Stories for March 2007

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Friday, March 30

Letter: Detective Stan Belk

Having worked for the city of Craig Police Department for 11 years and a similar sized police department in Missouri for 16 years, I have presented many criminal cases to district attorney's and prosecutors.

Briefs for March 31

Fitness center grand opening delayed

Cleta Rose Henderson

Cleta Rose Laymon was born Sept. 16, 1925, in Neosho Falls, Kan., to Bunk and Stella (West) Laymon. She was raised and attended school in Neosho Falls. Following high school, Cleta worked for a time as a waitress at a local restaurant.

Education briefs for March 31

After presenting a poetry workshop for Craig Middle School eighth-graders, Downtown Books owner Carol Jacobson decided to host a poetry contest for the students.

Virgina Lee "Ginny" Bohach

Virgina Lee "Ginny" Bohach, of Grayville, Ill., died March 27, 2007 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. She was born July 28, 1947, in Baltimore, the daughter of Albert and Mary (Emery) Cimorelli. She married John D. Bohach on July 14, 1979.

Addressing the problem

Deer committee plans to educate Craig about nonlethal deer control options

Education. That's the direction the deer committee has taken since beginning its meetings in February.

Letter: Richard and Jeanne Smith

We would like everyone to know what a good man our Craig City councilman Joe Herod is.

Sunday concert exhibits local talent

On Sunday, several local musicians will exhibit their artistic talents during the annual Craig Talent Concert.

Residents warned to be wary of cons

Police caution against giving personal information over phone

Scams happening across the country also have happened in Craig, and residents should safeguard themselves from con artists looking to bilk them of money, the Craig Police Department reported Thursday.

Craig calling

A look back at a history of telephone service

The evolution of Craig's telephone system can be measured by milestones noted in the local newspaper throughout the 20th century.

Betty Lou Hammet Johnson Patton

Betty Lou Hammet Johnson Patton was born March 1, 1928, in Akron, Ohio, to Joseph and All Les Hammat. In 1933, Betty, her father Joseph, and her brother Joseph (whom everyone called "Sonny") moved to Colorado from Missouri. Betty was raised by her grandparents Zachary and Jessie Lippard and attended school in Craig.

Grecian hospitality

CNCC's 10-day trip to Greece filled with history, culture, kindness

Mary Shearer was humbled to find Greeks who could not speak English.

Who will fill the void?

Five Craig residents run for three council seats

On Tuesday, three Craig City Council seats are up for grabs. Five people are running for those seats: Ray Beck, Rod Compton, Bridgette Harris, Joe Herod and David VanWagner. Mayor Don Jones is running unopposed.

Editorial: When worlds collide

Education funding in Colorado is a complicated world.

Ponies of the Vikings

Horses find home in ranch west of Craig

Tom Soos was looking for the right horses to breed on his ranch west of Craig when his wife, Brenda, suggested they check out Norwegian Fjords.

CNCC looking for fitness manager

Colorado Northwestern Community College is seeking to hire a new manager for its Trapper Fitness Center.

Colorado's physician pipeline half empty

Colorado is facing a critical shortage of physicians -- particularly family physicians -- to meet the health care needs of its growing population.

Thursday, March 29

Stone Wilk Balleck

Brandon Balleck and Sheena Halcomb, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Stone Wilk Balleck, at 8:57 p.m. on March 25, 2007, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat.

Chloe Delight Hobson

Paul and Alison Hobson, of Steamboat Springs, announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe Delight Hobson, at 12:42 p.m. on March 26, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Cassie Owens

Craig resident Cassie Owens -- a college student and 2003 Moffat County High School graduate -- is battling cancer. The public is invited to lend her a helping hand.

Walt and Nancy Bohrer: Herod is upstanding member of City Council

We would like to express our opinion of Councilman Joe Herod. He is an upstanding member of our City Council. He tried to help someone in trouble when no one else would. If you were in the same predicament as the family Joe helped, you would have appreciated him.

Stitching it up

Craig woman donates time and sewing talent to help wounded veterans

Craig resident Mary Walters has been sewing nearly all her life.

TMH approves new financial policies

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees unanimously approved Wednesday night two new measures meant to financially assist people and organizations in need.

Second shootout suspect pleads guilty

Another Craig man has pleaded guilty to charges in Natrona County District Court in Wyoming, making him the second of six suspects to do so.

Vivian Riddle

Funeral services for Vivian Riddle will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery. A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Michael Catholic Church.

Team plays, succeeds together

One-hundred percent team effort.

Diane Prather: Over a Cup of Coffee

This week my neighbor, Donna Lougee, called with a question about "pretzel salad," which was printed in this column a couple of weeks ago.

Heart of a Marine

Injured Marine honored with all-expense-paid hunting trip

Craig resident Cory Hixson sat in a German hospital, nursing an eye injury he suffered while fighting in Iraq. One thought kept coming back to him while talking to other injured U.S. troops.

School Board presented with possible budget cuts

The Moffat County School District Board of Education saw a list of possible reductions and cuts for the 2007-08 budget at its meeting Thursday evening.

Briefs for March 30

City changes pay schedule

Wednesday, March 28

MCHS soccer home opener cancelled

Girls' game has been postponed for third time because of weather

Was the third time to be a charm?

Wyatt Ace Schell

Bryce and Jessica Schell of Craig announce the birth of their son, Wyatt Ace Schell, at 5:18 p.m. on March 22, 2007, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Roy Jons

Roy Jons of Baggs died Tuesday at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center in Craig.

Edward Burt White

Edward Burt White, 91, was born at Cross Mountain near Maybell on Aug. 26, 1915, to Francis William and Louise Carmen (Farrell) White.

Briefs for March 28

CLUB 20 spring meeting April 6, 7

Wal-Mart dirt work postponed to Monday

Due to weather constraints, construction on Craig's Wal-Mart SuperCenter has been postponed to Monday.

Bill Harding: Are you eligible for veteran groups, benefits?

Veterans can take advantage of different service groups and benefits depending on their service experience. The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign War are two such groups.

The foundation

Building relationships with children key to instilling beliefs, values

The key to connecting with today's children, and thus instilling beliefs, values and good behavior -- begins with engaging them in a caring, loving relationship, nationally renowned Christian ap�--�--ologist Josh McDowell said Wednesday night.

Hayden Community center timeline unknown

Exercise room, Internet cafe planned

Con�--struction on a community center in Hayden could start this year, if a builder willing to do the job for the right price can be found.

Elkhead reaches milestone

Calls were made to people living near the Elkhead River telling them to expect high water levels.

Tracy Shaffer: How to stay safe from the 'state bird'

Birds of the feather really do flock together, especially when it comes to the unofficial state bird.

EDP considers business park development

At its meeting Wednesday, the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership discussed the possible purchase and development of land for a business park.

Youths fast for 30 hours

Church members aim to tackle poverty

Thirty hours without food and a weekend of work isn't many teenagers' idea of a good time.

Back to the track

Student athletes return with 4A state experience

Just when boys and girls track teams were starting to hide their strides in practice, they hit a hurdle.

Tuesday, March 27

Joseph Donald Halcom

Janice and Donald Halcom, of Craig, announce the birth of a son Joseph Donald Halcom, at 4:27 p.m. March 24, 2007 at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

9Health Fair slated for Saturday

Site coordinator Kristi Shepherd describes Saturday's 9Health Fair as a good excuse to get a regular checkup.

Sue and Tom Beachman: Where are Daily Press' investigative reporters

Letter to the Editor: We agree with your recent editorial that the office of the District Attorney is too important to our district to not be taken seriously.

Daveth Young: Roesink has to go

Response to Don Quick: Prosecutor Integrity? Ethics? Justice to victims? Where do these fit in with District Attorney Bonnie Roesinks' decision to give the maximum sentence to Dustin Lund of one year? Prosecute with Careless Driving Causing Death? How about homicide?

Kathy Oberwitte: Recall is about the people, not numbers

Yes, there are always two sides to every coin just as there are always two sides to every story. I find it of great interest that the stories continue to focus the recall on the death of my brother. If this were a horse, you've beaten it to death.

Vivian Riddle

Vivian Riddle, of Craig, died Tuesday at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center. A service is pending.

Cleta R. Henderson

Circulators attempt to remove Dinosaur mayor from office

Circulators seeking to remove Dinosaur Mayor Freda Powell from office are getting closer to the required number of signatures on a recall petition, organizer Dorothy Slaugh said Tuesday.

Betty L. Patton

A funeral service for Betty L. Patton will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Grant Mortuary. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery.

Speech at state

Moffat County High School speech team places at state, heads to national qualifier

As a freshman, Gavin Thompson decided to give the Speech and Debate Team a try. Now, in his second year competing, he's hooked.

School Board to evaluate budget cuts

The Moffat County School District Board of Education will get a glimpse of possible staff and program cuts in the 2007-08 budget at its meeting Thursday.

Shootout suspect's trial postponed

Another suspect scheduled for change-of-plea hearing Thursday

Originally scheduled to begin Monday, the trial of a Craig man being held in Casper, Wyo., has been pushed back to this summer, a Natrona County District Court clerk said.

Five Bulldog hockey players to play in All-Star games

Five Moffat County Bulldog club hockey team players will participate in the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League All-Star Series.

'Great ideas for home, work and play'

Spring Expo kicks off 25th year this weekend

KRAI 93.7/102.3 and 55 Country present the 25th annual Spring Expo Friday and Saturday at the Centennial Mall.

Code infractions raised

It could cost you more if you don't follow the Municipal code.

Prather's Pick: 'Serious Trouble' is not-so-serious fun

This week's picture book for children is a humorous fairy tale. Its characters include a king, a queen and a three-headed, people-eating, fire-breathing dragon.

Our view: Survive and thrive

How long can you beat a drum before someone hears it?

Jordanna Miller and Devin Duncan

Chris and Joyce Miller, of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jordanna Miller, to Devin Duncan. Devin is the son of Ken and Mary Duncan, of Craig. The couple is planning a July 21 wedding at St. Michael.

Briefts for March 28

Keep kids safe from poison

Faith Roxanne Baily

Christina Bailey, of Craig, announces the birth of a daughter, Faith Roxanne Bailey, at 12:44 a.m. March 26, 2007 at The Memorial Hospital.

'In the best interest of the state'

Commissioners agree to sign letter, asking Gov. Ritter to look at oil and gas impacts

While the boom in oil and gas exploration is working its way across Colorado, a number of elected officials on the Western Slope think things might be moving too quickly.

Monday, March 26

Why belief matters

Christian author Josh McDowell speaks in Craig on Wednesday

Pastor Len Browning called it unusual for a community of Craig's size.

The big sale

A Realtor gives us an inside look on how to have a successful sale

Selling your home? Nell Rose, RE/MAX About You agent and president of the Craig Association of Realtors, has some helpful advice: Clean it up and keep it bright.

Alone at the top

Work on short game makes for long day for opponents

It was just a matter of time. After the Moffat County High School girls golf team placed second at its last two tournaments, the Bulldogs stood alone after consecutive runner-up finishes.

German engineering in fire truck purchase?

Six Craig Fire Department officials to visit Germany to look at Metz aerial truck

A late arrival into the competition to sell the Craig Rural Fire Protection District an aerial tanker truck has led to an overseas trip for six local firefighters.

On the Record

Free health services Saturday

The arrival of spring means it is time for Routt County's annual check-up.

Briefs for March 27

Datebook for March 27

'Grow and be prosperous'

City Council candidates discuss growth at forum

Sunset Meadows hosted a number of visitors, City Council members and political hopefuls Monday afternoon as the lone scheduled forum for Craig City Council candidates took place.

District attorney ready to speak out

Fighting for her political future, 14th Judicial District Attorney Bonnie Roesink said Sunday she intends to make herself available to the public and defend her prosecutorial record.

Sunday, March 25

'Our main goal'

Helping others through difficult time top priority for mortuary assistant

Two communities couldn't have been more different in the early 1970s than the sunny, crowded beaches of Southern California and the calm, open space of Meeker.

A day for painting

Bob Ross technique taught in classes

It was Flor Jurado's second painting class, and she already has two paintings to show for it.

Clothing store brings hip, Hispanic flair

It's not your grandmother's clothing store.

Comunidad Integrada seeks coordinator

Comunidad Integrada is accepting applications for a full-time program coordinator to replace two part-time positions.

Gone fishing

The ice may barely be off the lakes and rivers in Northwest Colorado, but already anglers are gearing up for the 2007 fishing season.

No shortage of offense

Bulldogs split doubleheader against Delta, score 38 runs

Amazing. That was coach Rich Sadvar's statement on his Moffat County High School baseball team's play Saturday.

Molly Look full of smiles at benefit

Molly Look's hair is a little shorter and she still has a few bandages protecting her small hands, but her electrifying and infectious smile did not waver as she walked into a fundraiser benefiting her and her family Saturday night.

Datebook for March 26

Friday, March 23

Road to the NHL

Former Steamboat youth hockey player joins Anaheim Ducks

Steamboat Springs -- Ryan Dingle isn't sure how he's going to spend his first paycheck as a professional athlete -- that's something he has to first run past his mom, Karen.

Education briefs for March 24

Colorado Northwestern Community College's Outdoor Recreation Program is sponsoring free biking and disc golf clinics April 2 to 5 in Craig and Rangely.

Packed and prepared

PE III class heads to the Grand Canyon and Moab Desert to test training

Thirteen Moffat County High School physical education III students are about to put a semester's worth of preparation to the test.

Datebook for March 24

Emma Shea Reed

Vince and Tonja Reed of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Shea Reed, at 8:14 p.m. on March 17, 2007, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Don Quick: Taking integrity, ethics seriously

As a 19-year career prosecutor -- both at the District Attorney's Office in the 17th Judicial District and at the Colorado Attorney General's Office -- I take prosecutor integrity and ethics very seriously. I have dedicated my career to both.

Carrie Sykes: Too much trash on roads

I would just like to comment on the condition of Moffat County Road 29 that leads to the newly revamped Elk Head Reservoir. I drive down this road nearly every day and the trash that has accumulated during the winter is an embarrassment.

Airport celebrates grand opening

How things have changed at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Fundraiser to benefit Molly Look and family

For the first time since January, little Molly Look is ready to meet her public.

Controversial case nearing end

Alleged impaired driver pleads guilty to charge from fatal accident

Two men linked through a vehicle crash in February 2006 spent their time in drastically different ways Tuesday.

MCHS baseball exacts revenge on Montrose

Revenge is sweet.

Strikes are the goal

Thunder Rolls bowling center provides entertainment for all ages.

Rachel Marie Barrett

Shaun and Nicole Barrett of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Rachel Marie Barrett, at 12:42 a.m. on March 20, 2007, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Briefs for March 24

Library events set for March, April

Hayden superintendent resigns

Luppes retires but will remain through 2007-08 school year

Hayden -- The Hayden administrative team generated most of the buzz at Wednesday's monthly School Board meeting.

Ag-vantageous

Members, parents say 4-H about more than raising animals

After eight years of Moffat County 4-H himself, Scott Shaffer said having his daughter participate was a good idea.

Our View: The loud and the languishing

On one side, allegations have been blunt and to the point. On the other, relatively little has been heard outside of an interview and some scattered letters of support.

Back on line

Craig water plant returns to operation

During the Great Depression, a program initiated by the government to put Americans to work was the Works Progress Administration.

Thursday, March 22

Christina M. Currie: Greetings fellow Craigites!

This week, I'm writing from warm and sunny Oklahoma.

Dale Morgan: Don't make trash a MCHS tradition

I attended a "little guys" wrestling match on the evening of the 16th at the high school.

Mark Peters: No backpedaling, apologizing needed

I feel compelled to write regarding your article on Friday, March 16, covering the Craig city council meeting.

The Word from the south

Steve Wallace is the new pastor at Ridge Church of God

For the past five years every March, pastor Steve Wallace travelled from Bessemer, Ala., to Craig for a revival.

Streets quiet during St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend

Law enforcement agencies in Craig and Moffat County, as well as those around the state, reported a relatively quiet St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend.

Martha D. Elzey

A memorial service for Martha D. Elzey is at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church. Services will conclude at the church.

Two Grand Junction men arrested Tuesday

Drugs, cash, defaced weapon seized at traffic stop

Two Grand Junction men came to Moffat County to deliver a friend for a court date. The duo ran into their own trouble with the law Tuesday.

Asked and answered

Web forum gives public insight to police department

At least once a day, Craig Police Department detective Ken Johnson comes into work, logs onto his computer and checks the department's Web site, specifically the thread marked "Ask A Cop."

Wal-Mart construction could begin Thursday

Construction on Craig's Wal-Mart SuperCenter is slated to begin Thursday, the project superintendent said.

Laura Tyler: Thanks to those who have served our city

The City Council election is coming up in the near future. We've got some pretty great people running for election, and I want to commend them all for their desire to serve our community. I'd also like to thank the good people that have served our city in the past and those who serve it now.

Pleasant training

Certified athletic trainer brings profession to youth

It's a training tool he has used for years.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Chocolate Eclair Cake

This week's column starts with a luscious dessert and just in time for Easter. It's Sunnie Smith's Chocolate Ãclair Cake.

Extension connection: Prune trees before they bud

Did you know?

Under your feet

Local flooring stores offer tips to deciding what's best to install

Recent innovations in flooring products have made it possible for homeowners to install a variety of floors in their home. Floor coverings come in dozens of colors, sizes and shapes, from simulated wood textures to the finest marble. Hardwood floors, carpet and vinyl are all very popular, and many have been made easier to in�--�--stall.

Wednesday, March 21

Area briefs for March 22

The Human Papillomavirus, known as HPV, vaccine is now available through the Colorado Vaccines for Children program for VFC eligible females 9 to 18 years of age.

Kaiden Verne Stewart

Lindsey Stewart, of Craig, announces the birth of her son, Kaiden Verne Stewart, at 12:13 p.m. March 15, 2007, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Mayor Don Jones: What really happened at City Council meeting

At the March 13 City Council meeting, your reporter objected to the holding of an executive session to discuss negotiations (pertaining to an insurance claim against the city) on the basis that the announcement of the session was not specific enough to satisfy the Colorado Sunshine Laws.

Tracy Shaffer: Your nose knows

Have you ever smelled something in the air that reminded you of a time in your life? Maybe a scent of a fireplace or flowers.

History maker

Bulldog center to represent Moffat County in The Show all-star game next month

Cayla Maneotis is making history. The 6-foot-5 center has been selected as one of the top 20 female players in Colorado -- voted on by Colorado media -- and will play in The Show, the Colorado high school all-star game, on April 6.

On the Record for March 22

On the Record for March 22, 2007.

Quilting bees

Craig women's quilts included in Capitol show

When Carolyn Robson decided to take up quilting -- as her mother and great-grandmother had done -- three years ago, she connected with Lin Yoast, a quilting business owner with 20 years of experience.

Well done

Grant award from Daniels Fund evidence that Aging Well Program is a success, VNA says

The popularity and effectiveness of Moffat County's Wellness Wednesday program has increased dramatically in its brief, three-month history, senior outreach coordinator Cathy Vanatta said.

Satterwhite-Gray

David and Sharla Satterwhite announce the engagement of their daughter, Crystal Satterwhite, to Wayne Gray, son of Bill and Ruth Gray.

Candidates to address voters

Public forum set for week before election

Candidates vying for Craig City Council seats will have a chance to jockey for Election Day position during a forum set for a week before the April 3 election.

Bill Harding: Hometown Heroes picnic is May 19

The annual Hometown Heroes Picnic is scheduled for Armed Forces Day, May 19. The Craig Daily Press will be the main sponsor with assistance from the public and the local veterans service organizations.

Martha D. Elzey

Martha D. Elzey, of Craig, died Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital. Services are pending at Grant Mortuary.

Tuesday, March 20

Little by little

Craig Relay for Life taking form quicker than expected

Elisa Hayes expected a good turnout for the Craig Relay for Life, but she didn't expect one this big.

CNCC considers study for campaign

Colorado Northwestern Community College is considering a feasibility study to gauge area businesses' support for possible projects at the college's Craig and Rangely campuses.

Briefs for March 21

The Human Papillomavirus vaccine is now available through the Colorado Vaccines for Children program for VFC eligible females 9 to 18 years of age.

Deaths: Kerry Cobb

Editorial: What will move you to speak?

We live in a community that often is ready to voice its opinion on many subjects, from herds of deer to fundraisers.

Board learns library dos and don'ts

When the Moffat County Libraries board finished with the items on its Monday agenda, members went through a board orientation presentation, in part to train three new appointees.

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

Flood Safety Awareness Week continues through Friday

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, know as AHPS, coined "Water Predictions for Life's Decisions," is an ongoing effort by NOAA's NWS to modernize hydrologic services. AHPS provides improved river and flood forecasts, as well as water information for locations across America to protect life and property, as well as to ensure the Nation's economic well-being.

Diane Prather: Albom's 'For One More Day' a must-read

When I called the Moffat County Library to renew this week's novel, "Cindy Chotvacs," I had a comical conversation.

Steamboat marathon nearing capacity

The 26th annual Steamboat Springs marathon, half marathon and 10K, 7:30 a.m. June 3, are filling up.

Bryce Jacobson: Support our troops

As I sit back and think about this past Monday's four-year anniversary of the war in Iraq, I marvel at the dedication, selflessness and love that our soldiers who are fighting this war must have for our great country.

Commissioners get first-hand look at jail troubles

Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz sees problems and maintenance issues at the county jail every day. On Tuesday, he gave the Moffat County Commissioners a tour of the facility to show them first hand.

Datebook for March 21

Recall petition entering final stage

Up against an April 9 deadline, a committee attempting to oust 14th Judicial District Attorney Bonnie Roesink has begun its final push to acquire necessary petition signatures.

Monday, March 19

Natasha H.: What can you tell me about Colorado?

I am a fifth-grader from Conway Elementary in Washington and my class is doing state reports. I chose Colorado.

Joan Perez and family: Thanks to the Elks Club for benefit

We would like to thank the Elks Club for sponsoring the benefit chili lunch and also everyone who donated to the Ray Perez family. We had a great response and we are very grateful. Thank you.

Senior Spotlight for March 20

March is marching on, so I'll be optimistic and say spring is around the corner for sure on Easter Day.

Briefs for March 20

VNA offers HPV vaccine for girls

The Human Papillomavirus vaccine is now available through the Colorado Vaccines for Children program for VFC eligible females 9 to 18 years of age.

Datebook for March 20

Mold attacking lawns

Many Front Range lawns are now being afflicted with gray snow mold, caused by a fungus called "Typhula incarnate."

Terms and definitions ... what to listen for

National Flood Safety Awareness Week continues through Friday

A "flash flood" is a rapid (generally within six hours) rise of water along a stream or low-lying area after a heavy rainfall or from the failure of a dam, levee or ice jam. By definition, flash flooding is life-threatening.

Jacob Matthew Lengerich

Jacob Matthew Lengerich, 2, formerly of Craig, died March 13, 2007, at his home in Weipa, Queensland, Australia.

Forecast good for golfers

Yampa Valley Golf Course opens

With Mother Nature's help, the Yampa Valley Golf Course opens to the public at 10 a.m. today.

Decisions by all

Commission chairman: Now is not the time for administrator/manager

Of the 64 counties in Colorado, 16 choose to employ a full-time administrator/manager to oversee all operations, according to research compiled by the Moffat County commission.

Shredding his way to success

Craig teen spends his mornings in school, his afternoons snowboarding

He attends Moffat County High School for half a day.

Two weeks until city election

Two weeks from today, voters have the opportunity to visit Centennial Mall to select their candidates for Craig City Council, and city clerk Shirley Seely is prepared for a good turnout.

Difference maker

New designation could help improve health care for the impoverished

Carrie Godes, director of community care for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, said the VNA's "niche is to serve the underserved."

Sunday, March 18

Preparing a plan

BLM getting public input on draft

The Bureau of Land Management was looking for public input on its Resource Management Plan for land under control of the Little Snake Field Office on Thursday.

MCHS swimmers place third

Six 4A schools were at Saturday's Patriots Invitational swim meet, held at Denver University.

Flooring business expands, gets downtown gig

Tom and Jessie Cramer, owners of Cramer Flooring, have a plush feeling under their feet.

Bulldogs lose three at Montrose Tournament

The Moffat County High School baseball team didn't lose three games as much as it gained non-league experience.

Engagement: Pischke-Foy

Joe and Eloise Foy of Craig and Janet Perino of Newcastle, Wyo., are announcing the engagement of their daughter, Jill Foy, to Brian Pischke, both of Newcastle.

Power player

For Marianna Raftopoulos, finding balance means key to future

When Marianna Raftopoulos looks toward Moffat County's future, the former Moffat County commissioner cites several goals.

Jerry Raehal: The weight of words

What is in a word? Some letters, and a whole lot of meaning.

Friday, March 16

William "Bill" Rademacher II

1971-2007

William "Bill" Rademacher II of Grand Junction died in a motorcycle accident in Grand Junction on March 13, 2007. He was 35.

On the Record for March 17

On the Record for March 17, 2007.

Our View: Woulda, coulda, shoulda

No more excuses for not voting in Craig city elections

In a little more than two weeks, Craig voters will have the opportunity to shape municipal government's future, a proposition that should stimulate public debate and consideration.

May Emma Ogg: Thank you to medical personnel for help

I recently had to make a return trip to The Memorial Hospital. I would like thank our Little Snake River Ambulance crew, Ron Taylor, our three emergency medical technicians, Rhonda Henold, Jodi Wille and Joyce Jones for getting me to Craig.

Money-saving tips on taxes

More than 31 percent of Colorado taxpayers who have filed their federal tax returns did not request the telephone excise tax refund, according to an Internal Revenue Service press release.

Celebrate St. Patrick's in Craig

Places around town to find corned beef and cabbage, drink specials

Today across the country, Irish-Americans -- and others -- celebrate Saint Patrick's Day by wearing green. In Craig, that also means corned beef and cabbage.

Anna Annette Nicole Long

Jenny Collins and Terry Long, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Annette Nicole Long, at 1:23 a.m. Wednesday, March 14 at The Memorial Hospital.

Changes in store for hunting season

Big game hunters should be aware of some changes to the license procedures for 2007.

'It's all in the anatomy'

Resident wins at taxidermy show, blackjack tables

For Mark Zimmerman of Craig, winning at a blackjack table at last weekend's New Mexico Taxidermy Association's State Show in Albuquerque was almost as exciting as taking two first-place prizes in mounts.

Education briefs for March 17

Institute seeks Teacher of Year nominations

The bull market

Area sale on April 14 in Hayden

For five years, the North Western Colorado Bull Sale has offered area ranchers the opportunity to show off -- and offer for sale -- the bulls they have been perfecting through years of selective breeding.

'Discovering the bus'

More workers choosing transit system for transportation

Steamboat Springs Transit officials said the city's offering of a low-cost regional bus service has three purposes -- lowering traffic volumes, lessening pollution and bringing in out-of-town workers.

Chuck Mack: Craig, as it was in 1910 -- part one

I have been busy searching everywhere I can find to search for anything to do with area coal mines. I have this ongoing project, trying to locate and name as many coal mines as possible.

Area briefs for March 17

Area briefs for March 17, 2007.

Jerry Raehal: Life lessons from hell

Sage advice from Aunt Marlene

High school is the pits. So says my Aunt Marlene, five decades past her teen-life experience. She is a woman who often has sage advice. Not that the above line is the advice.

District hears input on possible bond issue

With 11 community members and some critical questioning, Moffat County School District's meeting to hear public input on a possible bond issue reached more residents on Thursday than its similar March 8 meeting.

'Zodiac' keeps audiences on their toes

The suspenseful and engaging film "Zodiac" proves to be as entrancing as the mystic, astrological study whose namesake it is even though it has nothing to do with that.

Thursday, March 15

On the Record for March 16

On the Record for March 16, 2007.

Spring cleaning: Start in the bathroom

Extension Connection

Your visit to the bathroom each day might be a quick in and out, but it is also can be a "quick and dirty" visit because bacteria like to hang out long after the toilet flushes or your teeth are brushed.

School official testifies before Senate

Moffat County assistant superintendent speaks about funding

A Moffat County School District official testified in front of the Colorado Senate education committee Wednesday, explaining why the district -- the lowest funded per pupil in the state -- and others are in dire financial situations.

Cowboys of the Opera, with Hudson Shad

'The Good, The Shad & The Ugly' gallops into Craig on Monday

Saddle up with the singing cowboys of Hudson Shad when they gallop into Craig at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Moffat County High School.

Mission possible

Moffat County swimmers defeat Glenwood Springs, qualify individuals for state

The Moffat County High School swim team set out to win a meet and qualify more individuals for state, and have already accomplished both goals.

MCHS soccer knots up with Glenwood

In 90 minutes of play, Glenwood Springs held possession for probably 75 minutes. In 90 minutes of play, the Demons put 14 shots on goal to MCHS' one. That, on top of numerous shots that narrowly missed their mark.

MCTA contributes to fishing pond project

The Moffat County Tourism Association's board unanimously approved Wednesday contributing $5,000 to a fishing pond and park project at the Wyman Living History Ranch and Museum, east of Craig.

Rules and procedures

Councilman Herod reprimanded for not following proper guidelines

It was an honest mistake. That was the sentiment from City Councilman Joe Herod and his fellow councilors at Tuesday's meeting about Herod's role in not following the proper procedures in dealing with a resident.

Area briefs for March 16

Area briefs for March 16, 2007.

Christina M. Currie: It's a trip

Touch of Spice

Two-day trip. 150 miles. I drive an SUV. The reason I do is because it's a roomy vehicle that can handle a road trip with children.

The true meaning of St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick is best known for driving the snakes from Ireland, but this tale comes from the time of fables and probably is symbolic of his work as a Christian influence to the island.

Washed out

Melting snow leaves neighborhood stranded

Residents struggle to get out of Crooked Creek Drive after melting snow floods the culverts.

Spilled oil, fire contained

Well site east of Hayden catches fire early Thursday

A fire Thursday morning consumed more than 14,000 gallons of crude oil on the surface of a well site east of Hayden.

Moffat County Neighbor: Colton Conrad

Colton Conrad

Cinderella's slippers

One-and-done format, giant-slaying underdogs and mathematical improbabilities main attractions of NCAA Tournament

You watch Selection Sunday. You hear the committee announce the teams. You print the bracket Monday morning. You begin brainstorming. You ask: Who's going to wear Cinderella's slippers this year?

Wednesday, March 14

Convicted meth dealer faces time in prison

A Craig woman convicted in 14th Judicial District Court of selling methamphetamine near a child will be sentenced in May.

Elkhead should fill this year

Elkhead reservoir should fill this year, Public Works Director Bill Earley told the Craig City Council on Tuesday evening.

Area news briefs for March 15

Area briefs for March 15, 2007.

Looking to make a splash

Bulldog swim team hosts Glenwood today in lone home meet of the year

Today's 4 p.m. dual meet against Glenwood Springs originally was scheduled to be the Bulldogs' season-opener, but was pushed back due to Glenwood Springs' postseason basketball run.

Ringing in the spring

Steamboat Springs Orchestra presents annual concert with dessert reception

The Steamboat Springs Orchestra performs its annual spring concert in Craig next week. This year, though, there's a twist.

Sweeping away winter

Street cleaners at mercy of weather as they battle to remove dirt, sand on 50 miles of roads

Dan White doesn't like to see the streets of Craig covered with dirt and rocks. As the city of Craig's street sweeping supervisor, White oversees operations to remove the dirt and sand left behind by the long Northwest Colorado winter.

St. Pat's special at City Park Cafe

The City Park Cafe, the restaurant at the VFW Post 4625 building under a new name, is hosting a corned beef and cabbage special Saturday.

On the Record for March 15

On the Record for March 15, 2007.

The Craig Girl Scouts: Thanks for helping make sale a success

The Craig Girl Scouts would like to thank the community for helping make our cookie sales so successful.

Away from home

Social Services aims to help parents at risk of losing rights

In 2004, Moffat County Department of Social Services placed 27 children in new homes. A year later, 43 children were removed from unhealthy home environments.

Pamela Kamzalow

Memorial services for Pamela Kamzalow, of Craig, will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Congregational Church.

Tuesday, March 13

Causal connection

Drug incidents, thefts decrease in 2006 for Craig Police Department

Seen by Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta as a sign that anti-drug efforts are making an impact, drug-related incidents reported to the Police Department in 2006 decreased for the first time in five years.

Madeline Simone Soper

Brian and Kara Soper of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Madeline Simone Soper, at 4:07 p.m. on March 8, 2007, at The Memorial Hospital.

On the Record for March 14

On the Record for March 14, 2007.

Our View: Clean it up, Craig

With winter's grip loosening, it's time to start cleaning

Like a woman wearing too much makeup and then taking it off, the façade left by winter snow is melting off the face of Craig.

MCHS boys basketball honors student-athletes

The Moffat County High School boys basketball team may not have advanced to postseason play, but its work as student-athletes was noticed.

Dejvu

MCHS girls golf sees same results on different course

The Moffat County High School girls golf team placed second to host Montrose at Bridges Golf Course on Tuesday --he same result as Monday, but on a different course.

CMS wrestlers aim for wall of fame

The Craig Middle School wrestling team continued its hot hand with a second-place finish out of 15 teams at last weekend's Soroco tournament.

Head and shoulders above the rest

Three Bulldog girls named to Western Slope All-Conference team, two earn honorable mentions

The Moffat County High School girls basketball players excelled in both areas of the student-athlete title in the 2006-07 season.

VFW restaurant changes name

The VFW Post 4265 Restaurant and Bar is officially opening its doors today under a new name.

Area news briefs for March 14

Area news briefs for March 14, 2007.

Alfred LeVergne More

Alfred LeVergne More was born Aug. 6, 1915, at his family's Pleasant Valley ranch home, seven miles south of Steamboat Springs.

County considers soccer proposal

New field suggested for Loudy-Simpson park

Isidro Quezada has a problem finding places to play soccer in Craig. As Yampa Valley Soccer League President, Quezada is asking the Moffat County Commissioners to help out with the soccer situation in Craig.

Monday, March 12

The chance to give

United Way allocates its record-setting donation total

With a record-setting total and community support that Moffat County United Way Director Corrie Scott said is unmatched, the agency notified local organizations of their funding allocations last week.

Jones running for mayor

Mayor Don Jones is running unopposed in the April 3 elections, and that's all right with him, he said, because there still is a lot to be accomplished by the mayor and the Craig City Council.

Briefs for March 13

Senior Spotlight

Ruth Hutton

Fire department sets 2007 goals

Calls, classification and curbing cardio problems on to-do list

Acquiring a $462,000 grant from the Department of Local Affairs, convincing voters to approve a long-awaited mill levy and answering more calls for service are among highlights listed in the Craig Fire/Rescue 2006 annual report.

Bulldog girls basketball honored as top scholars

The Moffat County High School girls basketball team's success reached past the hardwood in the 2006-07 season.

On the Record

Avalanche takes life of Steamboat man

Paul Maniaci was an experienced backcountry skier equipped with the necessary avalanche equipment Saturday, but preparation could not save his life.

Public comment sought by BLM

Following years of discussions and hours of meetings covering the use of federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management's Little Snake Field Office, the public has an opportunity to comment on the draft of the Resource Management Plan.

Datebook for March 13

Four gone conclusion

MCHS golf four strokes behind Montrose

Four strokes. That's what separated the Moffat County High School girls golf team from first place and host Montrose Monday at Cobble Creek Golf Course.

Sunday, March 11

Incumbent seeking re-election

As Joe Herod finishes his first four-year term on the Craig City Council, he also is looking ahead to what the city can be in the future.

Retreat to Craig

State 4-H youth attend district event during weekend

Archery, swimming and roping.

MCHS swimmers qualify for state

The Moffat County High School boys swim team began the season with two goals: win a meet and qualify a relay team for state.

Craig sixth-grader places third at Elks hoop-shoot

Paul Laliberte can sleep in now.

MCHS teen swims with best in the west

Moffat County High School senior Kelsey Conci didn't finish to her expectations Saturday and Sunday at the sectional swim meet in Seattle.

Grassroots conservation

Luke Schafer is trying to protect natural settings from development sprawl

Growing up roaming his grandparents' farm in the small town of Carleton, Mich., Luke Schafer was raised to appreciate the environment and the importance of preserving natural settings.

Baker Drive Pets offers breed variety

When Shannon Lee bought Baker Drive Pets on Jan. 16, her first order of business was to clean up and remodel.

Datebook for March 12

Friday, March 9

Editorial: Get pumped up

Call them. They won't answer. Or at least they shouldn't.

Obituary: Steve Radosevich

Steve Radosevich, of Browns Park, died March 8 in Thayne, Wyo.

One second, one bad decision ...

Is all it takes to become trapped in the hopeless world of meth, COMA says

The room is dark, smoky and grungy, the epitome of squalor.

Jerry Raehal: Changes, small and big

Speak-up line's last day is Tuesday

I have often said the first six months of any journalism job is rough. The publisher says it's more like a year.

Citizens of the world

CNCC takes 19 community members on trip to Greece this week

Visiting Greece is the chance of a lifetime for Kathy Simpson, the math and biology instructor at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Health Fair targets development

The Children's Health Fair is about checking in.

Spring forward more than for clocks

In 2005, Congress passed a measure to begin daylight-saving time earlier in 2007 than in previous years.

Swimmer tests her skills in Seattle

Moffat County High School senior Kelsey Conci is putting swimming abilities to the test this weekend in Seattle.

Bulldogs baseball drops opener to Uintah

Moffat County High School baseball skipper Rich Sadvar said Friday's season-opening 9-6 loss to Uintah of Vernal, Utah is nothing to worry about.

Paraprofessionals convert lab into tropics

Grass skirts, sun umbrellas and Hawaiian leis don't make for a typical classroom.

Full circle

History of more than 100-year-old Three Springs Ranch filled with outlaws and ranchers, life and death

If one word describes the Three Springs Ranch, history would be it.

Thursday, March 8

Obituary: Kerry L. Cobb

A memorial service for Kerry L. Cobb will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Exhibit Hall at the Routt County Fairgrounds.

Obituary: Pamela (Fritz) Kamzalow

Pamela (Fritz) Kamzalow was born Nov. 10, 1946, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Ronald and Helen Ann (Lawton) Fritz.

Obituary: Steve Stutsman

Steve Stutsman, formerly of Craig, died Monday, March 5, 2007, in Redding, Calif.

Love INC of the Yampa Valley Briefs

Love INC hosts its annual Easter basket silent auction fundraiser March 25 and April 1.

Craig Intermediate School honor roll

Straight As Fifth grade

Laying it on the line

Paul Laliberte may only stand 4-feet-11, but can drain a basketball from 15 feet away with pinpoint accuracy.

Education Roundup for March 10

Send in FAFSA ASAP

CollegeInvest, a not-for-profit division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, reminds students to fill out and send in their Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible.

More activities, less government

VanWagner eyes council seat

More free activities for youth and less government involvement with businesses.

Drug court implementation 'progressing'

Biggest obstacles to installing drug court is money and treatment options, committee says

Michael O'Hara, chief judge of the 14th Judicial District, recently presided over a criminal court case in which a Craig woman was found guilty of selling methamphetamine and child abuse because she sold the narcotic with her son in the room.

Noticing the red flag

Baby-sitting clinic to teach youth job safety

Paula Reed's concern is safety of the community's youth, and she's making steps to help.

District to host a second community input meeting

With a number of scheduling conflicts, just a handful of residents turned out for Moffat County School District's community meeting Thursday to gauge public opinion on the district's possible bond issue for capital construction projects.

Behind the music

Music offers youths chance to express themselves, learn life skills

Some students wring their hands.

Serving Uncle Sam

Local vet named county Marine Corp liaison

Mark Juarez, a 1997 Moffat County High School graduate, concluded his reserve Marine Corps service Feb. 22. He didn't get much of a break from "the few, the proud, the Marines."

Wednesday, March 7

C.O.M.A. seeks public input

In October 2004, community residents met inside the council chambers at Craig City Hall to discuss the emerging problem of methamphetamine use.

'Passionate about our community'

Bridgette Harris running for council

As the lone woman running in the Craig City Council election, Bridgette Harris said it's helpful to have diversity on the city council.

4-Hers converge on Craig

District Retreat draws 250 youths from eight counties

Youths from eight area counties will gather in Craig this weekend for a luau of sorts.

Birth: Isabella Rain Nickerson

Esther Forsyth of Craig announces the birth of her daughter, Isabella Rain Nickerson, at 8:31 p.m. March 3 at The Memorial Hospital.

Letter to th Editor: Margaret Hill

An open letter to the citizens of Grand, Moffat and Routt counties in support of Bonnie Roesink:

Getting into the swing of things

MCHS girls golf overcomes putting struggles, takes first in Fruita

Life is pretty good when a "disappointing" round of golf results in a first-place team finish.

Come ride annual 'Rolling Thunder'

Anyone interested in joining a local American Legion Rider group, contact Donald R. Cronk at 970-824-3623 for more information. What are the American Legion Riders?

Post Script prizes

High school students win 28 awards, learn life skills

They raked them in.

Tuesday, March 6

A long goodbye

Community prepares to bid longtime volunteer farewell

In 1970, a 23-year-old woman from Long Island, N.Y., packed up her Volkswagen Bug and headed west. She landed in Craig, a small mining town in Northwest Colorado, and didn't know a soul.

Looking forward

Rod Compton seeks City Council seat

Rod Compton has long been involved with Craig youths and the Moffat County school system. He would like to expand his passion for improving the city by being elected to the Craig City Council.

Tabitha Rose Inness

Seth and Samantha Inness of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Tabitha Rose Inness, at 3:59 a.m. on March 5, 2007, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Briefs for March 7

Realtors group offers scholarship

Students who have received a scholarship from the Craig Association of Realtors in the past three years and have been a student concurrently are encouraged to apply for the "Returning Student" Scholarship now being offered by the Craig Association of Realtors.

Our View: Aggression tops adversity

It would have been easier to fold.

Fun with words

Sagebrush Reading Council's Literacy Carnival combines games and reading skills

It's not all fun and games at Thursday's carnival.

County purchases dozer and trucks

Moffat County's Road and Bridge Department will be ready to work on county roads this summer with purchases approved by the county commissioners at Tuesday's meeting.

CMS wrestlers take third

Team paced by first-place finishes at Montrose Invitational

Paced by the first-place finishes of Charlie Griffiths and Dallas Daniels, the Craig Middle School wrestling team finished third at Saturday's Montrose Centennial Invitational.

For real

Bulldog girls golf takes second in Grand Junction

Before Tuesday's golf match, Amber Nicholson hadn't taken a swing on a golf course this season.

'An awesome feeling'

Bulldog soccer team hopes to know what it's like to kick it into the postseason

Improving the win-loss ratio from a 5-9-1 overall record is the top goal for the Moffat County High School girls soccer team.

Hickory-Vorhies

Jim and Cindy Vorhies announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole Vorhies, to Brian Hickory.

Godes named director of Grand Futures

Former Craig's Boys & Girls Club head takes over

An extensive background in working with youths, fundraising, board development and strengthening community bonds made Jonathan Godes an easy choice to oversee Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, organization officials said Tuesday.

Datebook for March 7

Diane Prather: Are you cowboy enough?

There are all kinds of camps for kids -- church camps, nature camps and sports camps, just to name a few.

Monday, March 5

The kennel club

Craig Animal Shelter reports an up and down year

Shy doesn't command attention, doesn't get you noticed.

Big expectations

Ray Beck running for Craig City Council

City Council candidate Ray Beck has big expectations for Craig.

Five file for city election

Craig city clerk Shirley Seely hopes for a good turnout at the April 3 city elections.

Home buying 101

Workshop offers tips to those in the market for a house

Knowing what's available is the first step to a successful sale.

Briefs for March 6

Citizens needed for editorial board

Do you want to have a public voice on city issues on a weekly basis?

Kerry Cobb

Kerry Cobb of Hayden died Monday in Craig. A service is pending.

Ruth Hutton

Ruth Hutton of Craig died Sunday at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday at Grant Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to

Tom Pearce

Longtime Meeker cattleman Tom Pearce died Feb. 28, 2007, at his rural Meeker home.

Lee and Donna Jons

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Jons recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Still hungry

MCHS girls basketball finishes short of season goal

The 2006-07 Moffat County High School girls basketball, led by seniors Ashleigh Mann and Cayla Maneotis, built a strong foundation for the junior-laden club.

Web site reaches new milestone

Bloggers become first credentialed by the Colorado Press Association

The seven bloggers at ColoradoConfidential.com became the first journalists solely dedicated to blogging to be credentialed through the Colorado Press Association. The CPA was founded in 1878 to "promote the interests of daily and weekly newspapers."

Club 20 committee meetings end

Bi-annual gathering influential in forming group's future policies

Members of the Western Slope political group Club 20 concluded issue-driven committee meetings Friday, meetings club officials said will produce future club policies.

The Record for March 6

• Computers at Craig Regional Dispatch were down Monday morning and unable to release police and sheriff's office reports from the last few days. Officials at the Public Safety Center said the reports will be available as soon as the computer problem is fixed.

Datebook for March 6

Senior Spotlight for March 6

March came in like a lion, hopefully it will go out like a lamb.

Gary Monsey

Gary Monsey of Craig died Saturday at The Memorial Hospital. There will be no local service.

Sunday, March 4

Through thick and thin

During the good times and bad, Craig campus dean has remained loyal to CNCC

In 1994, incoming Colorado North�--western Community College official Gene Bilodeau made a commitment to remain in Craig at least until his two sons graduated from high school.

Another success

Kiwanis play pokes fun, raises money

The 61st annual Kiwanis Club play, titled "Possibility Paradise," was another sold out event and another success story, play chairman Dave DeRose said.

Used car dealership opens on Ranney

Stillwater Motors fills a need, the new business' owner and manager said.

Birth: Emma Marie Davis

Reena Davis and Josh Lemon, of Baggs, Wyo., announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Marie Davis, at 9:02 a.m. Thursday, March 1 at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

MCTA board planning activities map

Where to go and what to do?

Friday, March 2

Strangers and dangers

School district advises students to abide by safety precautions

An attempted kidnapping and sexual assault of a 13-year-old Craig Middle School student prompted the Moffat County School District to release a tip sheet advising parents and students to abide by safety precautions.

City, county looking for an improved EDP

Craig and Moffat County officials said they are satisfied with work being done by the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership, but are looking for improved performance in the future.

How convenient

Baby born in Steamboat 7-Eleven chip aisle

No one heard Sabrina Gill the first time she yelled for an ambulance from inside the 7-Eleven bathroom early Friday morning. And after the second time she screamed for help, Gill knew she wasn't leaving the Steamboat Springs convenience store before her daughter was born.

Winter feeding

11 Bar Ranch uses Belgian horses to haul hay in winter

It's 18 degrees on Friday morning, and Melton Sullivan is heading out to feed the cattle. He's not worried that its been snowing and blowing all night, and he doesn't give a second thought to the tractor not starting.

Bears stun top-seeded Bulldogs

Third time's a charm for Rifle against Moffat County in Sweet 16 match-up

The third meeting between Rifle and the Moffat County High School Bulldogs was a charm for the visiting Bears, as they escaped MCHS with a 69-61 overtime victory last night in the Sweet 16 4A state championship.

Pamela Kamzalow

Pamela Fritz Kamzalow was born Nov.10, 1946, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Ronald and Helen Ann (Lawton) Fritz. She was raised and attended school in Mars, Pa., where she graduated from high school. After high school, Pam attended college in Edinboro.

Vern More

A funeral service for Vern More will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hayden Congregational Church. Interment will follow in the Steamboat Springs Cemetery.

Frances LuCeil Westphal

Frances LuCeil (Milliken) Westphal passed away at the age of 80 years old in Saratoga, Wyo., on Feb. 24 with family and friends at her side.

Organization offers trainings for children with disabilities

A state organization is offering two Northwest Colorado training sessions for parents and caretakers of children with disabilities this week.

'Confidential' excuses

Imagine the following conversation between a boss and his employee.

Theater tears

When the cast of "Our Town" was taking its bows at Moffat County High School opening night, I was shocked to have to hide my face.

Chuch Mack: My memories of a Mount Harris Christmas

Christmas is a joyous time of the year, especially for kids, and I suppose almost every grown-up has fond memories of his or her childhood Christmas.

Education briefs for March 3

Sagebrush Reading Council hosts its sixth annual Literacy Carnival this week.

Andy Bockelman: 'The Number 23' does not add up

The conspiracy theory-driven film "The Number 23" is undeniably enticing for the paranoid, but unfortunately, something gets lost in translation.

Hall-Prow

Dan and Debbie Prow, of Elk Mountain, Wyo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebekah Prow, to Brian Hall, of Saratoga, Wyo. The groom's parents are Randy and Kathy Hall, also of Saratoga, Wyo.

Glenwood beats Pueblo at MCHS

Demons to face Bears in Elite Eight

Sam Ciani wasn't yet ready to have her prep career ended. The senior post amassed 30 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, blocked five shots, assisted two buckets, stole two balls and sacrificed her body for two jump balls, helping the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team earn a 77-67 win against the Pueblo Central Wildcats in a Class 4A Sweet 16 showdown at Moffat County High School.

Mary Zimmerman

A graveside service for Mary Zimmerman of Craig will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Craig Cemetery.

Thursday, March 1

Vern More

Vern More, a longtime Craig resident, died Wednesday at the Walbridge Wing in Meeker. A service is pending.

Mary Zimmerman

Mary Zimmerman, of Craig, died Wednesday at her home.

Moore-Batchelor

Melvin and Sharon Batchelor, of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Ruth Batchelor, to Scott Phillip Moore. Scott is the son of Stan and Janice Moore, of Craig.

Touch of Spice: Making the grade

I just received Katie's second trimester report card. I felt like a seasoned professional as I went through it, as I now understand the differences between PP2, PP3 and proficient.

Extension Connection: Be cautious about lead in pre-1980s homes

All winter I've been watching home decorating shows and looking at magazines, and am now ready to give the inside of my house a "face lift" by painting with some of the new popular decorating colors.

Prather's Pick: Spring recipes for winter weather

Boy, am I ever looking forward to spring -- so much so that this week I searched my files for recipes that might be more associated with spring.

13-year-old fended off attacker

Craig Police Department pursuing kidnapping suspect

The Craig Police Department is "aggressively investigating" an attempted kidnapping and sexual assault of a 13-year-old Craig Middle School student, officers announced Thursday.

Fresh ink

Art, lifestyles converge at local tattoo parlors

The dull buzzing noise comes from a back room of the small duplex at 536 Stout St. Inside, the creative juices of Pam Wilson-Orth are flowing, along with jet black ink.

Datebook for March 2

Briefs for March 2

Chicken recalled in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is urging individuals who may have purchased a variety of Oscar Mayer/Louis Rich chicken breast cuts and strips at retail locations in Colorado to check their packages for specific code information as this chicken may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes.