Stories for May 2007

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Thursday, May 31

Former Dinosaur marshal arrested

District attorney to file felony charges

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed criminal charges early Thursday evening against former Dinosaur town marshal Russell "Wayne" Eller.

Hospital to review contractor bids

Work on infrastructure of new The Memorial Hospital could begin in a month

A month from today, Craig and Moffat County residents could see infrastructure work beginning at the site of a proposed new The Memorial Hospital.

On the Record for May 30

On the Record for Wednesday, May 30.

Obituary: Helmer Zsahach

Helmer Zsahach, of Craig, died Thursday at his home. A service is pending.

Michael Lausin: Thank you for help with veterans float

Thank yous for help for Grand Olde West Days parade.

Mike and Jeannie Albee: Don't believe rumors; speak out for the truth

The American Heritage Dictionary defines rumor as unverified information of uncertain origin, usually spread by word of mouth; gossip; hearsay.

Vacation Bible Schools starting soon

Schedule of this summer's Vacation Bible Schools.

BLM crews cut hazardous trees

A convoy of yellow Bureau of Land Management trucks negotiated the winding road and uphill grade to the Freeman Recreation area north of Craig for a little chainsaw practice Thursday.

Extension Connection: Keeping basement, crawlspace dry in summer

As homeowners try to utilize every inch of space in their homes, many are transforming basements into extra bedrooms, recreation rooms and offices.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Easy as chocolate cake

When we were working cattle this past weekend, I noticed the rhubarb is ready. It seems like it's ready (and even trying to go to seed) way too early. So, I'm trying out some new rhubarb recipes that I'll feature in next week's column.

Advancing his skills

MCHS graduate Brad Grinstead prepares for collegiate baseball career

Brad Grinstead is one step closer to living a dream. The 2007 Moffat County High School graduate, a four-year letterman on the Bulldog varsity baseball team, is taking his skills to the collegiate level in mid-August.

Obituary: Sandra Noe

Sandra Noe, of Craig, died Thursday at The Memorial Hospital. A service is pending.

Obituary: Charles Howe

Charles Howe, of Maybell, died Wednesday at his home. A service is pending.

Area briefs for June 1

Residents should be skeptical about Web sites, MySpace postings and print advertisements asking people to help save puppies that are in desperate straits, the Craig Police Department warned Tuesday.

School's out for the summer ... now what?

Now one week into summer vacation, some of Moffat County's youths already are wondering what to do with their abundance of time.

Datebook for June 1

Datebook for June 1, 2007.

Wednesday, May 30

Obituary: Patricia Ellen (Sabatino) Ramsey

Patricia Ellen (Sabatino) Ramsey died May 12, 2007, at The Sandrock Care and Rehabilitation Center in Craig. She was 56.

Yampa Valley Partners pleased with summit

Reflecting on the success of the recent Energy Summit hosted by Yampa Valley Partners, director Audrey Danner informed the Moffat County Commissioners on Tuesday that the event was valuable in bringing a wealth of information to Northwest Colorado.

Datebook for May 31

9 a.m. Craig Poetry girls meets every Thursday except the second Thursday of the month at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave. Call 824-5343.

Bill Harding: Veterans are worth remembering on Memorial Day

This Memorial Day weekend was a great success, and "the Grand Ol' Wet Days" weren't.

Logging the miles

MCHS rodeo team competes and travels across Colorado

While most Moffat County High School students are enjoying the summer freedom, the Bulldog rodeo team is logging its fair share of miles.

Raising the bar

Craig teen to take powerlifting skills to state level at Special Olympics Summer Games

J'Lea Dalton lets her actions speak louder than her words.

Dog days of summer

Classy Canine 4-H Club hosts first-ever canine walk fundraiser Saturday

The Classy Canine 4-H Club hosts its first ever Tails on Trails dog walk fundraiser Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Drop a line, catch a fish

Huck Finn Fun Day calls youth fishermen to catch a few Saturday

Johnny Garcia said the looks on children's faces make his hard work worthwhile.

Lindsey Kawcak: Great job putting on Grand Olde West Days

Grand Olde West Days were awesome.

Birth: Vera Rain Jones

Jennifer Ann Stoker and Andrew C. Jones, of Craig, announce the birth of a daughter, Vera Rain Jones, at 10:13 p.m. May 25, 2007, at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Birth: Olivia Marie Cordova

Angela Marie and Timothy Cordova announce the birth of a daughter, Olivia Marie Cordova, at 2:28 p.m. May 25, 2007, at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Student news: Sara Magas

Sara Magas, a 2004 Moffat County High School graduate, graduated with honors in May from Montana State University, Bozeman, with a B.S. in Health and Human evelopment.

Anniversary: Virden

Jack and Phyllis Virden are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary at the Holiday Inn on Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend.

On the Record for May 29

On the Record and Jail Report for May 25 to 29

Obituary: Nancy Lee (Charvat) Ratzlaff

Nancy Lee (Charvat) Ratzlaff was born Feb. 13, 1942, in East St. Louis to Lee and Eleanor Charvat. Nancy left this life May 25, 2007, at Aurora Medical Center.

Helping break the habit

Northwest Colorado VNA offers tobacco-free quit kits, supports Colorado QuitLine

Moffat County's smoking and tobacco use is higher than the national average, which is 23 percent of adults, according to Teresa Wright.

Officials report on health of county

Child death rate higher than state average

Moffat County is experiencing a higher child death rate than the Colorado average, as well as higher rates of cardio-vascular disease due in part to being a medically underserved population, according to Visiting Nurse Association Access to Care Coordinator Diane Miller.

Birth: Makayla Rose Puckett

Melinda Rose Pierce and Frank Robert Puckett announce the birth of a daughter, Makayla Rose Puckett, at 4:16 p.m. May 21, 2007, at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Tuesday, May 29

Weight for it

Largest Loser competition challenges Craig residents to lose weight, get healthy

Carrying around a few extra pounds? Starting this week, you've got a chance to do something about it.

Sending a message to Salazar

Commissioners discuss county's position on BLM draft plan

With two years of work put in the Resource Management Plan -- a document that will oversee the use of Bureau of Land Management's public lands --Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray wanted U.S. Rep. John Salazar's representative to understand the county's position on two key topics.

On the Record for May 26 to 28

On the Record for May 26 to 28

Engagement: Bailey--Demlow

Scott and Jeanie Demlow, of Alvarado, Minn., announce the engagement of their daughter, Joy Beth Demlow, to Timothy Stuart Bailey, son of Bill Bailey, of Craig, and Cheryl Whipple, of Burlington.

Obituary: Patricia Ellen Sabatino

Patricia Ellen Sabatino died May 12 at The Sandrock Care and Rehabilitation Center in Craig. She was 56.

Obituary: Dorman Silver

A memorial service for Dorman Silver will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grant Morturary.

Maybell Cultural Heritage Group: Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive a success

The viewing of the Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive through Maybell was a huge success this year despite Mother Nature.

Shelly Flannery: Thank you to Olde West Days attendees

On behalf of the Grand Olde West Days Committee, Moffat County Tourism Association, NWCO Cultural & Heritage Tourism and the Colorado State Tourism Ambassador program, I would like to thank all of the groups, organizations, vendors, volunteers, business owners, city and county employees and those who attended the 17th Annual Grand Olde West Days celebration this past weekend.

Ada McArthur: Community pride should apply to all

The Craig Daily Press poll this week asks how successful the Clean Up Craig attempt was. Any attempt to beautify our town and area is admirable.

New commissioner of education named

In a special meeting of the Colorado State Board of Education, Dwight Jones was appointed the next Colorado commissioner of education.

Craig sends 13 to Summer Games

Special Olympics athletes to compete in weightlifting, swimming and track and field

A baker's dozen. That's how many Craig athletes qualified for the 38th annual Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games on Saturday and Sunday in Greeley.

'Click, Clack' sequel is fun-packed

Rhyme-filled 'When Sheep Sleep' another good choice for young readers

Awhile back, author Doreen Cronin and illustrator Betsy Lewin teamed up to bring elementary readers the popular "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type," a rollicking story about Farmer Brown's cows who find a typewriter and learn to type out messages.

Two Wyoming shootout suspects plead guilty

Two Craig suspects pleaded guilty earlier this month to criminal charges stemming from a robbery and shootout with police in Casper, Wyo.

Our View: A big problem

Join in weight-loss efforts

More than 30 medical conditions -- including multiple types of cancer, cardio and heart disease and diabetes, to name a few -- await those who do not take care of it.

Area briefs for May 30

Craig concert group seeking memberships.

Obituary: William 'Bill' C. Lockhart

William "Bill" C. Lockhart died Dec. 21, 2006, at Family Healthy West in Fruita. He was 82 years old.

Reading for the future

Summer program helps reading comprehension, encourages interests

What starts today could last a lifetime. This is especially the case today as the Moffat County Library summer reading program continues registration at the 570 Green Street location.

Monday, May 28

Sports briefs for May 29

Bulldogs named to all-conference team

Sally Smith: Public Library has stunning garden

As a member of the Craig Beautification Committee, I have spent a lot of time this spring observing local businesses and public places and their attention, or lack thereof, to cleanliness and landscaping. There are many places that are doing a great job, but I would like to point out one in particular.

Mosquito Open entertains 176 local golfers

Eighty-eight two-person teams spent Memorial Day at Yampa Valley Golf Course playing in the annual Mosquito Open.

Wyman's hosts many attractions

Automobiles of all types and horsepower began showing up early at the Wyman Living History Museum and Ranch on Saturday for the second annual Colorado Cruisers' Car Show.

Gunfighter comes to town

11-year-old shoots up range at Bears Ears Sportsman Club

Riding into Craig as outlaw Butch Cassidy once did, Wyatt Henry Kinion was packing single-action revolvers, rifles and shotguns.

Obituary: Dorman Silver

Dorman Silver, of Craig, died Sunday at The Memorial Hospital. Services are pending.

Obituary: Nancy Ratzlaff

Nancy Ratzlaff, of Craig, died Friday in Aurora. Services are pending.

Small but proud

VFW conducts ceremony for Maybell veterans

The Maybell Cemetery is just a small plot of Moffat County, not too crowded or too close to town.

Flags and flowers

Craig pays tribute to fallen veterans

Maj. William E. Adams, a Craig native and U.S. Army helicopter pilot, knew the risks involved in piloting a mission into the Kontum Province in the Republic of Vietnam.

Sunday, May 27

Defining moments

MCHS class of 2007 steps into the future

Like most Moffat County High School graduates, Bryan Rhodes felt a weight lifted off his shoulders Saturday.

Nelson sheds seconds off record

MCHS sophomore breaks 1997 record twice in one season

Hard work, extra hours of practice and driven coaches assisted Alicia Nelson toward a new Moffat County High School 1,600-meter record.

Letter to the editor: Maybell Women's Group

We would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their continued support of the Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive and Maybell Women's Club.

Letter to the editor: Maybell Cultural Heritage Group and Maybell Women's Group

We wish to take the opportunity to thank the following businesses and individuals for their contributions for the silent auction during the Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive through Maybell.

Letter to the editor: Rosemary Crosthwaite

A truly heartfelt thank you to the Craig Community. It is impossible to express on paper the gratitude and emotion your gift has created.

Community prepares for Memorial Day service

B.J. and Diana Cassady, of Guthrie, Okla., don't know anyone in Craig.

Spills and chills

PBR Discovery Tour bull riding entertains at Moffat County Fairgrounds

The best bull riders in the west put their talents on top of rampaging bulls Saturday during the Professional Bull Riders Discovery Tour.

Trained dogs compete in agility trials

Well-trained and energetic dogs showcased their talents in Maybell as part of the Grand Olde West Days celebration.

Friday, May 25

Catherine Vatalaro: Inmates doing an awesome job for town

This letter is in regards to Russell Whitten's and his letters on inmates. First, I would like to start by asking Mr. Whitten if he is willing to do this work for our community, and if so for free since he is so community oriented?

Right as rain

Storms bring welcome water at critical time for ranches in west valley

Georgia McIntyre looked at the storm clouds to the south just as a clap of thunder rumbled across the Yampa Valley, near Maybell.

A piece of homestead history

New display at Museum of Northwest Colorado depicts life in a wild and rough country

David Kline was a 64-year-old widower when he took his pension from the A&P grocery stores and headed west from Pennsylvania.

Going to the Lone Star State

Catherine Compton returns to Texas to play collegiate soccer at Hardin-Simmons

Catherine Compton is returning to her roots. The Moffat County High School senior was born in Dallas, and after living in Craig the past six years, she is returning to the Lone Star State for college.

Andy Bockelman: 'At World's End' a great way to end trilogy

Avast, ye mateys! Thar be the film spectacular "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" off the port bow!

Broken on the inside

Craig youth, family gutting out a difficult fight with rare disease

Meet Willie. That's not his given name, just a nickname. He's 5 years old, has blue eyes, pale skin and lives with his parents on Barclay Street. He's like any kid -- he likes toy cars, the Cartoon Network and Marvel Comics superheroes.

Making the grade

Six Moffat County students graduate with 4.0 GPA

Melissa Ellgen was pretty sure she had it in the bag.

EPYCS students grant $48,000 to nonprofits

Students from six area El Pomar Youth in Community Service clubs presented nonprofit organizations with grants May 16 at the Steamboat Grand Resort and Conference Center.

Keeping the faith

Pastors, youth leader pray at baccalaureate for graduating seniors to retain beliefs

David Pressgrove worries about the estimated 80 percent of teenagers who abandon their faith after graduating high school.

Changes ahead for Maybell Fire

Residents of Maybell and the surrounding area who are 18 years and older and are willing to participate in meetings and activities with the Volunteer Fire Department, are considered members, and therefore eligible to vote on Fire Department issues, according to Maybell VFD by-laws.

Briefs for May 26

Freeman campground fees remain

Freeman Reservoir Campground, about 20 miles north of Craig, will be operated by Moffat County Parks and Recreation beginning this year.

Patty Davis: Letters overlook many quality places in Craig

I was a little surprised to see the letters people have written regarding the customer service in Craig. Having lived here for about 30 years, I find it to be a different story.

Our View: Class of '07, the future is yours

Today marks a special feat. Many of the town's youths are graduating from Moffat County High School. No doubt many will receive numerous gifts at various parties. There will be cards with wise information, or at the very least cards with wisecracks.

Thursday, May 24

Letter to the editor: Mike and Jeannie Albee

Wait a minute. Time out! How can a person, who was Western Slope Coach of the Year for two years in a row with back-to-back winning seasons, be released as head baseball coach? Are you kidding?

Christina M. Currie: Time for transitions

This week has been a whirlwind of end-of-school activities. It's almost as frantic as the first week of school, when you're trying to adapt to changing schedules, earlier mornings and your new role as transportation supervisor.

A musical weekend

GOWD offers fan favorites, newcomers

Musical entertainment for the Grand Olde West Days includes a number of singers and bands familiar to area music enthusiasts, as well as newcomers who's skills remain to be discovered by valley residents.

To great lengths

MCHS sophomore takes state long jump title, school record

It only took her two years, and now she's at the top.

Ten tips for improving your truck or SUV's gas mileage

You may be starting to feel a budget pinch from the rising gas prices, and the crunch is definitely making more people think about gas-saving alternatives.

'Hopefully, it will be a role model'

Chamber of Commerce beautification project underway

Inspiration. That is what Christina Currie hopes comes out of the work being done on the corner of Fourth and Ranney streets.

Student News for May 25

Jada Hastings graduated from the University of Northern Colorado on May 12, 2007.

Letter to the editor: Russell Whitten

This is in regards to Mark's letter about my letter. The only time I saw inmates supervised was at Craig clean up day.

Letter to the editor: Christina M. Currie and members of the Craig Beautification Committee

It was a welcome sight to see the people of our community sweeping sidewalks, pulling weeds and gathering junk during Clean-Up Craig week. Anytime residents unite, their efforts are so much more measurable than when a few people try to tackle a problem alone.

Letter to the editor: Margaret and Dwaine Kinnett

Thank you for the opportunity to thank a few of the businesses for their great work ethic and customer service.

School Board budget not as bad as once thought

Board also proceeds with $28 million bond issue for November election

Moffat County School District's financial situation may not be in the crisis once thought, school officials told the Board of Education on Thursday evening.

'He confirmed'

New priest asked for guidance on future, received answer from above

At 18 years old, Randy Dollins found himself in an unusual spot in life. Fresh out of high school, he was young, successful and earning a substantial salary as the art director of a flourishing sports wear company.

Diane Prather: Savoring strawberries and salads

This week's first recipe can be used as a dessert or salad.

Council appoints park and rec board members

The Craig City Council appointed Tuesday night seven residents -- five members and two alternates -- to serve on the recently re-established Craig Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board.

Wednesday, May 23

Obituary: Forrest Frentress

Forrest Frentress, longtime Hayden resident, died Wednesday at his home.

Letter to the editor: Deborah Hulton

To the person or persons who stole my 4-year-old son's birthday presents, sent from his big sister and brother-in-law from Las Vegas, left on our porch by the mailman, you are an extremely low person.

Letter to the editor: Margaret and Dwaine Kinnett

Thank you for the opportunity to thank a few of the businesses for their great work ethic and customer service.

Craig gymnast qualified for nationals, continues to set goals

The sport is called TnT and Rochelle Johnson is dynamite at it.

Woods students present projects at annual show Friday

Friday night offers Chris McAlexander the chance to show off his skills and hard work to his family, friends and community.

Arts, preservation and ethics leader dies

Carol Gossard, former Moffat and Routt county resident, was 84

A former Moffat and Routt county resident who made her mark on the state of Colorado has died.

Letter to the editor: Mark Madden

This is regard to a letter from Russell Whitten about inmates running loose in town.

Craig Sea Sharks start season on winning note

The Craig Sea Sharks placed sixth out of eight teams in combined team scoring with 332 points at May 12's Delta Short Distance meet.

Briefs for May 24

The CNCC Foundation dinner and dance took place April 14, at the Rangely Campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Big fish and lil' rascals

At age 11, Jake McAvoy already knows plenty about fishing.

The pros are coming

Grand Olde West Days bull ride for professionals

Sitting yourself down on the back of a 2,000 pound mass of angry, twisting turning fury for an eight-second ride should be left to the professionals whenever possible.

The gift of giving back

Community buys longtime preschool director a car

In the middle of a parking lot sits a red car with a white bow on top.

Obituary: Gary W. Lingo

Gary W. Lingo was born Jan. 21, 1945, in Long Beach, Calif., to Ralph and Edna (Check) Lingo.

The price of travel

Gas just one price to increase as summer approaches

Although travel costs have increased this summer, they have not deterred people from traveling this upcoming Memorial Day and during the summer travel season, according to a press release.

Letter to the editor: CNCC Alpha Phi Psi Chapter -- Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Thank You from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Students.

Letter to the editor: 10 concerned senior citizens

We feel a response must be made in defense of the senior citizens in our community to the editorial "Education is our future," apparently agreed upon by the editorial board of the Saturday Morning Press and published in the May 5, 2007, paper.

Remember your Memorial Day flag etiquette

Don't forget to fly your U.S. flag at half-staff, or half-mast, until noon Monday. All veterans are encouraged to wear their medals on that holiday.

Tuesday, May 22

The Record for May 18

Friday, May 18

Engagement: Whitney Lee Gerber & Justin Travis Sadvar

Whitney Lee Gerber and Justin Travis Sadvar, of Craig, announce their engagement.

Class notes: Sarah Kawcak

Sarah Kawcak was awarded an Oklahoma State University Animal Science Department Scholarship.

NALC Branch 5236: Thanks to community for food drive success

The National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 5236 would like to thank our community for making this year's food drive a success.

Law enforcement agencies to host annual Kids and Cops Fishing Day

The annual Kids and Cops Fishing day, a cooperative effort between local law enforcement and state agencies, offers local youth a "safe place to have fun and do some fishing," Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said.

Speedway entertains locals

Saturday's Hayden Speedway Invitational, sponsored by Annette Hall Prudential Realty, awarded 12 winners from four different classes.

It's Bowling Pin Shoot time

Bears Ears Gun Club tradition continues every other Tuesday

The tradition of shooting bowling pins off a table at the Bears Ears Gun Club began recently and is scheduled to continue until late August.

City approves new CNCC lease agreement

Colorado Northwestern Community College is keeping its off campus home at the city owned Center of Craig community building, though the school's rent will come at a higher price.

Shirley A. Stevens: Thanks to Craig for memorable visit

Recently, my sisters and I visited Craig to see the ordination of our nephew, John Turner, as pastor of the Faith Lutheran Church.

County orders cleanup

Thompson hill 'rubbish' to be removed

County residents may occasionally get a little slack from the rules and regulations on outbuildings they put up on the ranch.

Tracy Caddy: Thank you Safeway

I want to publicly thank Safeway's store manager, Chuck Sadvaar, for removing the professional hair care products from his super market shelf.

Cook-off reborn

Chili contest changes renew interest

When the original chili cook-off was established three years ago as part of Grand Olde West Days, it was modeled after events in other cities.

Briefs for May 23

Auction benefits rancher

Final strokes

Amber Nicholson ends MCHS golf career with top-10 finish

After tying for 16th place at the 4A state golf championships last year, Amber Nicholson and Meghan Innes set their sights on the top 10 this year.

Operation: Ship Free

Donations sought for veteran items shipping fund

New and used books. Magazines. Baby wipes. Sanitary gel. Tooth paste. Cards. Candy, beans, nuts, beef jerkey, crackers, canned meats.

Prather's pick for May 23

"On Tall Pine Lake," this week's novel for adults, is Dorothy Garlock's 50th book.

Our View: Craig showing its best

Author George Elliot once wrote, "The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another."

Monday, May 21

'They really reached their potential'

Moffat County High School's Erin Urbanoski takes state title in long jump event

Coming together and reaching their potential.

Grand events in store

Organizers release schedule for Grand Olde West Days

To contstantly improve and make changes.

Datebook for May 22

Obituary: William Eugene Wilson

William Eugene Wilson was born Dec.14, 1950, in Stockton, Kan., to Robert Eugene and Eulalia (Brown) Wilson.

Jerry Raehal: Opening Pandora's box

Tell us about businesses that provide quality customer service

There have been plenty of comments regarding Saturday's editorial, "Questions companies don't want asked."

Debbie Barger: Customer service is not good

Ed Wilkinson: Please be safe on our street

Dinosaur summer

Workers ready monument for Memorial Day

On May 25, Dinosaur National Monument workers will turn on the water at the campgrounds and open summer campsites to paying visitors.

Drake signs to play football at Sterling College in Kansas

A strong work ethic and a belief in Christ is taking Andrew Drake more than 600 miles east of Craig to play football at the collegiate level.

CNCC inks deal with airline group

A banner day. That's how David Cole, director of Colorado Northwestern Community College's Aviation-Flight Technology Program, described a recently signed deal between the school and Mesa Air Group. Under the long-term agreement, signed in late April, the air group agrees to hire flight officer candidates from CNCC.

Golfers fight course at state

A longer course and 4A state championship nerves played a role in the outcome of Moffat County High School girls golfers Amber Nicholson and Meghan Innes' Monday afternoon.

Freshmen transition

Eighth-graders undergo orientation, ceremony as they prepare for high school

Lyndi Wellman remembers being a freshman.

Merna Carver: Lots to be impressed by

A new beginning

GRAMNET operating under new name

Compared with a flurry of arrests made at the end of 2006, this year has been relatively low-key for the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotic Enforcement Team.

Hayden Class of 2007 celebrates commencement

Students earn more than $224,000 in scholarships

Hayden High School's Class of 2007 already is well on its way to financial success.

Sunday, May 20

Healthwatch: Irritable bowel syndrome: A gut-wrenching problem

Just as surely as the thigh bone's connected to the hip bone, so the gut is connected to the brain. It's this brain-gut connection that causes much of the distress and misunderstanding associated with irritable bowel syndrome.

Riding into the season

Bike ride brings locals together for enjoyable first ride of the year

It's a family affair for Craig resident John Jepkema and his kin.

Hauling out the trash

Cleanup rids city, residents of junk appliances

As Craig's code enforcement officer, Becky Otis knows there are plenty of old appliances around town that need to be disposed of.

Aging well: Friendly faces, helping hands

VNA Companion Care program eases daily burdens, keeps clients independent

When Carol O'Hare planned to have her knee replaced, she knew her active and independent lifestyle would be on hold -- at least during her initial recovery, when she wouldn't be able to walk or drive.

Briefs for May 21

Datebook for May 21

'Ultimate sacrifice'

Community pays tribute to Hometown Heroes

For Craig native Cory Hixson, there are mixed memories from his two tours serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq.

Friday, May 18

Hayden Speedway set to entertain

The second in a 10-race Hayden Speedway summer season is slated for 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Communing with nature

Senior Kellie Jorgensen seeks career in marine or wildlife biology

Kellie Jorgensen has known for some time what she wanted to do.

New veterans clinic to feature sophisticated technology

Increasing enrollment is the most important ingredient to expanding what will initially be offered as a basic services health care clinic for Northwest Colorado, said Michael W. Murphy, director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction.

Fire truck approved

The six-month search for a new fire truck culminated Thursday evening, when the Craig Rural Fire Protection District board of directors approved the purchase of a 100-foot articulating aerial platform fire truck for the department.

Obituary: Thomas M. Sullivan

Thomas Marshall Sullivan was born Nov. 8, 1923, at the Sullivan ranch south of Pagoda. He was the sixth child of Brendon P. and Mary Marshall Sullivan.

Class notes: Amanda Campbell

Amanda Campbell, a Moffat County High graduate and formerly of Craig, will receive an Associates of Arts Degree in Transfer Studies, on Saturday, June 2, from San Diego Mesa College in San Diego, California. Amanda resides with her husband Nick, also formerly of Craig, who is a Machinist Mate for the Untied States Navy.

Rural life learning

Agriculture Day at Moffat County Fairgrounds impresses fourth-graders

Techniques learned on the ranch came in handy for the presenters at last weekend's annual Agriculture Day at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, as herds of fourth-grade students were wrangled and prodded through different displays.

Education briefs for May 19

In an effort to help parents, family members and community members with a smooth arrival and additional parking services for commencement services this year, Moffat County School District is offering free shuttles from the K-mart parking lot on graduation day, May 26.

Comunidad Integrada hosts immigration forums

In an effort to involve a wide range of community members in successful immigrant integration, Comunidad Integrada/Integrated Community is hosting a series of forums in Craig and Steamboat Springs.

Chuck Mack: Tales of Steamboat Springs, part 2

The state engineer gives the area of Routt county coal fields as 440 square miles.

Editorial: Questions companies don't want asked

Customer service sucks.

Nelson's finish highlights state performance

When Sam Weel�--dreyer made his first trip to the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships as a sophomore, he was surprised by all the unexpected bodies flying by.

Saving the best for last

Worsley earns second at state in 50 free

The scene was deafening, and the results spoke for themselves.

Thursday, May 17

Brandon Eugene Colorado Babb

Mellissa J. Babb and Joseph "Mike" Weatherell, of Hayden, announce the birth of a son, Brandon Eugene Colorado Babb, at 1:45 a.m. May 14, 2007, at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Ronnie Hall: Glad Wal-Mart is coming

I went and purchased equipment from a local store. I got it home and went to use it and it was broken.

Paula and Dick Sadvar: Way to go son

We would like to say congratulation to Rick (Sadvar) for being "Coach of the Year" two years in a row.

Natasha H.: Thank you

Thank you so much for responding to my letter.

Pillows and prayer

First Congregational United Church of Christ offers lock in

The First Congregational United Church of Christ is offering a chance for all Craig youth to get together Saturday night.

Easy does it

Craig residents find summertime enjoyment with cookouts

Here's some advice: Take it slow.

Look out for dropping times

Bulldog swimmers slash times during first day of 4A meet

FORT COLLINS -- As the level of competition rose Thursday at the 4A state championships swim meet in Fort Collins, the times for Moffat County High School boys swim team seemed to drop.

Sports briefs for May 18

Student athlete sports physicals Monday

The future is black

Coal generated electricity on the rise

Meeker Mayor and Colowyo Mine employee Steve Loshbaugh has seen plenty of changes in Colorado's coal industry.

Community picnic gives veterans thanks of grateful nation

When Bud Nelson, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 commander, thinks of the annual Hometown Heroes picnic, images of Rockwellian bliss come to mind.

Shootout suspects to appear in Natrona County

A Craig suspect charged with several felonies in stemming from an alleged attempted burglary and shootout with police, is scheduled to appear in Natrona County District Court today.

Raegan Alexandria McMillen

Amanda and Bret McMillen, of Craig, announced the birth of a daughter, Raegan Alexandria McMillen at 8:55 a.m. May 14, 2007, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Jeanne Horne: Craig tourism meeting highlights

I have had the pleasure of being involved with the Moffat County Tourism Board over the past couple of months working on an extremely worthwhile program that has been named "HIT" (Hunting Is Tourism).

Moffat County Neighbor: Bobby Holmberg

Bobby Holmberg

Over a cup of coffee for May 18

Recently I've enjoyed two telephone conversations with Willi Daniels of Craig.

Christina M. Currie: Fly away with me

The universe has a way of balancing things out �---- whether you want it to or not.

Wednesday, May 16

William E. Wilson

A funeral service for William E. Wilson will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Grant Mortuary Chapel.

Einar H. Carlson

A memorial service for Einar H. Carlson, father of Linnea Reece, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Meadows I.

Virgie Lucille Bunn

Virgie Lucille Bunn was born July 12, 1920, in Durant, Okla., to John D. Bates and Beulah Richardson.

Anthony Loughran

Anthony Loughran, a Craig high school graduate, was among the 5,650 graduates who received degrees on May 11 during spring commencement ceremonies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Loughran earned a bachelor's of environmental design.

Bryan Foster

John Brown University announces the graduation of Bryan Foster of Craig with a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting. Commencement took place on May 5 at the private Christian University in Siloam Springs, Ark.

Dan Bingham: Thanks to first responders

I feel very fortunate to live in a community that has such a highly trained and dedicated team of first responders. I was involved in a serious collision Saturday, which had the potential to have taken my life as well as my wife's.

Suzanne Bobo: Thanks for making Olympics special

Thank you for your hospitality in hosting the Special Olympics Summer Games on May 11 and 12.

Windfall for Logan County

Ritter, Northeast Colorado celebrate wind power

Logan County's agricultural community is rebounding from years of drought, thanks to a new kind of crop -- wind.

Loving her locks

Rachel Alexander cuts off 20 inches of hair for child cancer victims

No more shutting it in the car door, squeezing through a bottle of conditioner in a week or spending a half hour blow drying hair that reaches past her lower back.

Track and field prepares for 4A state championships

If this weekend's weather forecast for Denver is accurate, the Moffat County High School track and field team will enjoy temperatures in the mid-70s.

Bill Harding: Honor our fallen heroes

Don't forget to fly your U.S. flag at half-staff (half-mast) until noon on Monday, May 28.

Cowboy fighting for life

Growing up in the Yampa Valley gave Charlie Cordova an appreciation for the ranching way of life.

Healthcare for Veterans

Local clinic planned

Establishing a veteran's healthcare clinic in Craig has long been the goal for Bill Harding with the Veteran's Service Office. The only thing missing now is a building to house the clinic.

Briefs for May 17

World Cafe event held Tuesday

Tuesday, May 15

Richard Watts: BLM should have less-restrictive plan

BLM has drafted four plans for this area.

Jane Yazzie: Vermillion Basin -- what is its value?

Imagine your full family, all of its branches, having signed, in something like a conservation easement agreement, to set aside 20 of its acres, not selling them or marketing their resources for income and, further, being expected simultaneously to protect them in a natural, healthy condition while also making available to your family and others low-damaging human and domestic animal presences on that 20 acres.

Annual Craig to Maybell bike ride this weekend

Craig Parks and Recreation will host the 21st annual Where The Hell Is Maybell Bike Ride on Saturday.

Sports briefs for May 16

The Yampa Valley Golf Course recently announced 40th anniversary events for the summer of 2007.

'Life changing experience'

Organizers say

The inscription says it all: In honor of the men and women of the Armed Forces who served in the Vietnam War.

Briefs for May 16

Volunteers needed for marathon

The Record for May 12

Saturday, May 12

Mike Albee: People must compromise on RMP

I would like to comment on off highway vehicle use on BLM public lands and the possible limitations that could take effect if the preferred alternative is selected for the Little Snake Resource Management Plan revision.

Nels James Krogh

Nels James Krogh was born on March 30, 1928, in Williston, N.D.

Our View: New kids on the block

Today's youths are lazy.

County takes stand on BLM plan

Although the Moffat County Commissioners applaud the efforts by the Bureau of Land Management on gathering public input for a proposed plan to determine public land use, there are some areas of disagreement between the two entities.

Delmar Vance Coyner

Delmar Vance Coyner was born on Oct. 29, 1935, at home in Steamboat Springs to Elza Leo and Sadie Adeline (McBride) Coyner.

Prather's picks

I intended to review a book for adults this week, but then I came upon a timely picture book for young readers.

Residents participate in MS Walk on Saturday

Krista Schenck participated in her first MS Walk four years ago to support a co-worker with multiple sclerosis.

Brian Corey uses swimming to make the Army a reality

Little did Brian Corey know that when his friends urged him to join the swim team last year it would change his life.

Monday, May 14

A win and a loss

MCHS baseball coach Rich Sadvar wins coach of the year again, but contract not renewed

He won 89 percent of the Western Slope league games from 2005-07. In two years, he won two coach of the year awards. And he won't be back to coach the Moffat County High School baseball team next year. Rich Sadvar's contract is not being renewed.

CNCC board looks at 2007-08 budget

Colorado Northwestern Community College's Moffat County Board of Control discussed its Craig campus budget for the 2007-08 school year Monday evening.

Bostick-Ebbert: Rattlesnake responses' hysterical tone striking

As I read the various responses to the article about the rattlesnake, I was struck by the hysterical tone of the letters on both sides of the debate.

Einar H. Carlson

Einar H. Carlson, father of Linnea Reece, of Craig, died Sunday at The Memorial Hospital. A service is pending.

Delmar Vance Coyner

Delmar Vance Coyner was born on Oct. 29, 1935, at home in Steamboat Springs to Elza Leo and Sadie Adeline (McBride) Coyner.

Patricia Ramsey

Patricia Ramsey, of Craig, died Saturday at the Sandrock Ridge Care Rehab Center. A service is pending.

Briefs for May 15

Kids, cops converge for fishing day

The annual Kids and Cops fishing day will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Little Rascals Fishing Pond behind the Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St. Hot dogs and chips will be provided, with prizes for catching the biggest fish. For information, call Tim Jantz at 824-4495.

Club names new director

Regis University administrator to take helm

Working within education or a related field. Being in a small-town environment. Making an impact on Generation Next.

'Hurting all around'

Volunteer shortfall has Advocates-Crisis Support Services searching for helping hands

When asked how many volunteers Advocates-Crisis Support Services is seeking to bolster its service, volunteer Karen Aragon offers a straight-forward response.

Taylor, White disagree about education tax law

Al White supports a new tax law that will boost local funding for school districts across Colorado even though that position places him at odds with many in his Republican Party.

Faye Russell

A memorial service for Faye Russell, former Craig resident, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Congregational Church. Memorial donations may be made to the First Congregational Church in care of Grant Mortuary.

William E. Wilson

William E. Wilson, of Craig, died Friday at his home. A service is pending.

Datebook for May 15

Sunday, May 13

Briefs for May 14

Information offered to immigrants at workshop

A "Know Your Rights" workshop hosted by Comundad Integrada and the Africa Community Care Team is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Boys and Girls Club of Craig for foreign nationals.

Health Watch: Health shorts: Flu, thick phlegm and the benefits of back sleeping

To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome doctors have for several years advised parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs. A National Institute of Health study recently found back sleeping babies also have fewer doctor visits for ear infections and a reduced incidence of fever, stuffy nose and upper respiratory infection.

Datebook for May 14

Oral health, total health: Know the connection

Oral health and its relationship to total health underscores the need to educate consumers about the importance of quality preventive oral health care.

The golden boy

Craig youth E.J. Camp lights up Western Area Summer Games with medals, Olympic torch

Move over Spider-Man. Watch out Star Wars. Back up, all you green Army men. You've now got some company, and competition, when it comes to vying for Craig youth E.J. Camp's attention. Where the eye candy for the 11-year-old Camp once was the bedroom posters of the web crawler, the space trotting figures from a galaxy far, far away and the disciplined personnel from the U.S. Army, it's now something far more catching.

Swimmers finish fourth at regional event

The Moffat County High School boys swim team came in fourth out of six teams at the Western Slope Regional championships at Fort Lewis College in Durango.

Individual, relay teams off to state

The Moffat County High School track and field team qualified individual and relay teams for state competition during the weekend's 4A Region 1 championships in Grand Junction.

State GOP chairman fires up Lincoln Day Dinner crowd

The campaigning has begun for Colorado's next vacant seat in the U.S. Senate.

'Flash fire' extinguished

Three hospitalized Saturday for wreck, gas plant fire injuries

A fire at a gas plant Saturday afternoon on Breeze Mountain, south of Craig Municipal Airport, resulted in a two-car accident on Highway 394.

Volunteers win at Special Olympics

About 14 years ago, a friend asked Bonnie Dalton if she could help host a dinner for the Special Olympics.

Friday, May 11

Elisa Shackleton: Safety day to be hosted in Craig

Extension Connection

The fourth Annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day will be held May 22 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds for all East Elementary third-graders.

Hot shots in cool job

Group of wildland firefighters reunite for training, await next call

Spring is in the air. And for some young men and women, thoughts turn to fighting fires across the nation.

MCHS project auction is Tuesday

With about 5,000 plants and dozens of welding and wood projects, organizers say Moffat County High School's annual project auction is sure to bring out the typical large crowd Tuesday evening.

On the Record for May 8 to 11

On the Record for May 8 to 11, 2007.

Stumme-Gonzalez

Gretchen J. Stumme and Timothy M. Gonzalez announce their engagement to be married.

COMA gets OK for Neighborhood Watch signs

Neighborhood Watch, a traditional crime prevention program, unites residents and law enforcement by attempting to curb criminal activity and bolster community safety, the National Crime Prevention Council contends.

Every day is Mother's Day at Warne home

Twenty-five years ago, Cindy Warne's husband, Mike, pinned a note on their infant child and brought him to her.

'The biggest joy of my life'

St. Mark's Preschool director chosen as Craig Daily Press Teacher of the Year

Rosemary Crosthwaite sees in children what others see in her.

Local youth wrestlers see success at Classic

The Moffat County Youth Wrestling team placed five grapplers May 5 at the Gladiator Classic at Coal Ridge High School.

State-bound

Seven Bulldogs athletes qualify at regionals for 4A state track and field

The end result is still the same. Some of the Moffat County High School track and field members may not have been happy with their results Friday at the 4A regional championships, but they still qualified for state May 18 and 19.

Area briefs for May 12

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig hosts a children's immunization clinic with Craig Fire/Rescue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the fire station, 419 Yampa Ave.

Tractors the rage at plow day

The first antique tractor plow day was April 22. The Yampa Valley Antique Power Club hosted the event at Blaine Tucker's residence, south of town. Wayne and Wesley Counts sponsored the event.

Graduate on a mission

Christian mission work is Katie Knez's calling

Katie Knez has one post-graduation goal -- to help others.

John Husband: BLM's Draft Plan offers balanced OHV approach

The Bureau of Land Management's Draft Resource Management Plan for the 1.3-million-acre Little Snake Field Office has generated a fair bit of news coverage during the 90-day public comment period, which ends Wednesday.

Education briefs for May 12

Seventeen Craig Intermediate School sixth-graders were honored Tuesday with awards for essays they wrote for "Be Kind to Animals Week."

'Sing your heart out'

Moffat County High School choir seniors perform last concert Tuesday

Senior Kadi Cattoor said she's sad to perform her final Moffat County High School choir concert.

Glenn J.D. Case

Frank and Monica Case, of Milner, announce the birth of their son, Glenn J.D. Case.

In for a penny, in for a pound

Area youths bring livestock to fairgrounds for first official weigh-in for fall fair competition

At 11 years old, Darren McLaughlin already knows what to look for in a quality lamb for his Moffat County Fair project.

Our View: What will be left in tsunami's wake?

With an expected flood of energy-related money washing into the community, re-investing and diversifying local economy is a must.

Thursday, May 10

Time for a clean sweep

Clean-Up Craig Week starts Saturday, focuses on routes used by Ride the Rockies cyclists

A pretty little town, where downtown businesses swept and hosed the sidewalks. That is how Sally Smith recalls Craig in the 1970s.

Area briefs for May 11

Contractor Cargo Company will be bringing an oversized load from Wyoming to Colorado. CCC will be traveling today, leaving Baggs, Wyo., at 8 a.m. and traveling south on state Route 13 to County Road 5.

On the Record for May 9

On the Record for May 9, 2007.

Robert "Bob" E. Kracht

1930-2007

Robert "Bob" E. Kracht was born Sept. 23, 1930, to William and Iva Kracht in Meeker.

Christina Currie: The things they say, the things they do

Why do kids say the things they say? Do the things they do? Exactly what are they thinking when they mush Play Doh into the carpet and add milk? What, precisely, is so fascinating about the dog's butt? Why, oh why, are there six pairs of shoes on the lawn and none in the closet?

Gayle Zimmerman: Consider all venomous snakes dangerous

In reference to Jennifer Wittlinger's letter to the editor headlined "Ranchers had horrible disregard for nature." That is really sweet of you to have such a high regard for poor little rattlesnakes. Of course, there is a place in God's world for all creatures. However, I feel that there are times when some of these creatures should not cross my path.

ACE students honor employers at banquet Thursday

Rose Siminoe says the Alternative Cooperative Education program is designed for students who need to get out of a classroom and into the real world.

Moffat County Neighbor: Brice Reid

Brice Reid

Making Mom happy

Need a Mother's Day gift for Sunday? Homemade is the way to go

Nadine Scranton's four boys usually take her to McDonald's for Mother's Day. Sure, it's not a shiny necklace, a bouquet of flowers or a day of relaxation at a spa, but that meal at McDonald's is special to her.

Getting a running start

Track and field kicks off postseason at regional competition in Grand Junction

The Moffat County High School track and field team finally got a good week of weather as they prepared for the 4A Western Slope regional competition.

Girls golf coach voted best in Western Slope

The third time was a charm for Ann Marie Hamilton. The Moffat County High School alumna and third-year girls golf coach was surprised Monday night when she was named the Western Slope coach of the year.

Planning Craig's centennial

Committee discusses entertainment, parade for next year

Landing top-notch entertainment is a priority of the Craig 100th Birthday Committee.

Chamber looks to create Craig brand for marketing

At Thursday's Craig Chamber of Commerce board meeting, the board discussed branding the community with an identity -- whether that be agriculture, energy, the Old West or another theme.

Diane Prather: Making the most of macaroni and cheese

During the work week, especially when my schedule is hectic, I search out nutritious recipes that are easy to fix. Take this week's recipes , for example. They're all made with macaroni and cheese dinners.

Wednesday, May 9

Kaeden Abran Martinez

Shawna and Charlie Martinez, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Kaeden Abran Martinez, at 11:24 p.m. May 7, 2007, at The Memorial Hospital.

On the Record for May 8

On the Record for May 8, 2007.

Sandwash future in question

OHV and snowmobile access would be limited by preferred management plan alternative

Jared Alpe enjoys riding his off-highway vehicle in the Sandwash Basin. It's one reason the Hayden resident has issues with a proposed plan that would limit his ability to ride in the area.

Tax rate freeze means more money for Moffat County

Gov. Bill Ritter's signature on the School Finance Act grants Moffat County School District an additional $273,645 in state funding next year.

Special days ahead in Craig

City to host more than 130 Special Olympics athletes Friday and Saturday

The city of Craig plays host to more than 130 Special Olympics athletes Friday and Saturday as the chosen site of the Western Area Summer Games.

Job fair focus on advanced workers

The Craig Daily Press and KRAI job fair this weekend offers opportunities geared towards college students and adults, said Vicki Gutierrez, an event coordinator.

Jennifer Wittlinger: Ranchers had horrible disregard for nature

My colleagues and I were outraged after reading (the Ron Knaack) story.

Kerry Alonso: Son's trumpet playing is music to my ears

A few months ago I submitted a fun letter "apologizing" for my son's trumpet playing as we had banished him to the yard and garage and the entire neighborhood got an earful.

Runnion--Stauffer

Mrs. Beverly Rave and Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Stauffer are proud to announce the engagement of their children, Vickie Lynn Runnion and Thomas L. Stauffer.

Dee Turner

Nov. 16, 1941 -- May 6, 2007

Dee Turner passed away May 6, 2007, in the company of Tom Stockman and her four children after a valiant fight following heart bypass surgery.

Robert 'Bob' Kracht

Sept. 23, 1930 -- May 6, 2007

Robert "Bob" E. Kracht died May 6, 2007.

Montey Baxter Franklin

Ann A. and Bailey L. Franklin, of Meeker, announce the birth of a son, Montey Baxter Franklin, at 1:38 p.m. May 3, 2007, at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Boys swim prepares for postseason

The Moffat County High School boys swim team has racked up the mileage this year --n the road and in the pool.

Bill Harding: Time to talk about veterans clinic coming to Craig

The VA medical center staff from Grand Junction will meet with local residents at 1 p.m. at the Shadow Mountain Headquarters for American Legion Post 62 on Friday, May 18.

Elizabeth Bell: Beating snake to death with rope not funny

Ron Knaack -- who paid $1,750 to be a cowboy but was thrown from his horse when a snake scurried by and so had the ranch hands beat the creature to death with a rope -- said, "I did get the last laugh, I have his rattles."

Area briefs for May 10

Moffat County will be crack sealing the streets of Shadow Mountain from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 8

City, CNCC to negotiate new lease

Officials from the city of Craig and Colorado Northwestern Community College contend that a lease agreement between the two sides for use of the Center of Craig is mutually beneficial.

Navratil takes wrestling talent to college level

After wrapping up 43-1 season, Bulldog wrestler signs with Adams State College

Nick Navratil, the 2007 4A 189-pound runner-up, with a record of 43-1, signed a letter of intent Monday afternoon to wrestle at Adams State College in Alamosa.

Diane Prather: Underachievement 101

Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver are the authors of "I Got a 'D' in Salami: Hank Zipzer, The Mostly True Confessions of the World's Best Underachiever."

Bill 'Billy' Lamont Doolin

Longtime Hayden resident Bill Doolin died Saturday, April 28, 2007, in Grand Junction at the Veteran's Hospital after a brief illness.

Annette McCurdy: Thank you for food, flowers, cards

I would like to express my sincere thank you to all the kind people who visited me and those who brought or sent food, flowers and cards while I was in the hospital and upon my return home.

Melson-Castleman--Vallejos

Judy Ann Melson-Castleman and Antonio Miguel Juan Vallejos, both of Hayden, announce their engagement and plans to wed.

Demetrious E. Glimidakis

Demetrious E. Glimidakis, a 1993 graduate of Moffat County High School, will graduate May 19 from Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, Mass.

On the Record for May 7

On the Record for May 7, 2007.

Area briefs for May 8

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office is hosting the 20th annual Moffat County Sheriff's Office Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament to award scholarships to deserving Moffat County High School graduates.

Judge: 'On the fence'

Sentencing for convicted meth dealer delayed

Stuck between a report recommending probation and the usual stance of sending drug dealers to prison, Judge Michael O'Hara continued a sentencing hearing Tuesday for a Craig woman convicted of child abuse and distributing methamphetamine.

Earning a cowboy name

Man spends week in hospital after Sombrero horse drive mishap

It wasn't his first time on a horse, and it won't be his last. But Ron Knaack said his ride last week certainly will be his most memorable.

Fire season approaches; precautions advised

Fire season predictions for Northwest Colorado are "near average," according to fire experts. But they warn that can change quickly.

Saying 'no' year round

Craig Intermediate School students graduate from D.A.R.E program

As the T-shirts they wore pledged, 171 Craig Intermediate School students vowed to steer clear of drugs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Nicholson, Innes return to state

MCHS girls golf finishes second at regionals

After alternating top finishes all season long, Moffat County High School girls golfers Amber Nicholson and Meghan Innes did so once again at the 4A Western Slope Regional Tournament, held at Rifle Creek.

Kandee Dilldine: Buying gas locally makes sense

In reference to Mr. Janota's letter about buying gas in Steamboat or Baggs, he said that he would gladly lose a couple of dollars to save money and not let his money go to local business.

Nels J. Krogh

A memorial service for Nels J. Krogh will be held at 2 p.m. Sat-urday at St. Mark's Episcopal/Lutheran Church of Grace.

County improves land

Plans for increased hay production would mean more revenue

For decades, land sold to the county by Loudy and Simpson has been used for a park, with the remainder contracted out for harvesting as dryland hay each fall.

Our View: Who do we want to be?

We must find and define Craig and Moffat County's selling points

There may be no better time for us to define ourselves as a community with Craig's 100-year celebration in 2008.

Monday, May 7

State gas prices hit record high

A new record high for Colorado gasoline prices was set Monday as the average cost per gallon of unleaded gasoline reached $3.089.

Predator violated parole

Robert Allen Barnstable sent back to Department of Corrections

A 53-year-old man deemed a sexually violent predator, and the subject of a recent community notification meeting, has been relocated for violating terms of his parole, the Craig Police Department announced Monday.

A bittersweet melody

For four Moffat County seniors, tonight marks the final band performance of high school

Suspense is building toward the end of the year, particularly for four Moffat County High School seniors who perform their final concert tonight.

Briefs for May 9

Immunization clinic for children

The Visiting Nurse Association in Craig will be holding a children's immunization clinic with the Craig Fire Department from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the Fire Department, 419 Yampa Ave.

Nick Janota: Buy gas elsewhere

When I left town one night recently, the prices for diesel along Highway 40, except for the Conoco on the east side of town, were $3.39 per gallon.

Bear on a hot diner roof

Bruin leaps from Steamboat restaurant, flees through downtown

You've heard the expression "raining cats and dogs," but bears?

Airport veteran plans departure

Copeland trading big jets of YVRA for likeable llamas of Flat Tops Wilderness

Ann Copeland remembers being a young girl sitting on her grandparents' porch and gazing across a future runway as the Yampa Valley Regional Airport was being built in the 1960s.

Delmar Coyner

A funeral service for Delmar Coyner will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church. Memorial donations may be made to the Yampa Valley Baptist Church, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary.

William Nash

William Nash, of Craig, died Thursday in Craig. No services will be held.

Dee Turner

Dee Turner died on May 6, 2007, at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Hospital after heart bypass surgery. Tom and her children were by her side. Dee's body has been cremated.

Bulldogs swim into postseason

Boys team defeats two of three teams during meet at Montrose High School

In its final regular season meet before league competition, the Moffat County High School boys swim team beat two of three teams Friday at Montrose High School.

Attorneys to handle additional caseload

Bonnie Roesink, 14th Judicial District Attorney, said prosecutors should have little trouble picking up the extra caseload stemming from the recent departure of a deputy district attorney from the Craig office.

MCHS students charged

Alleged school violence threats lead to arrests

Two Craig juveniles who allegedly developed a "hit list" and made threats of school violence against Moffat County High School were arrested Friday and have been charged in juvenile court, the Craig Police Department announced.

Land of division

What to do with Vermillion Basin subject of debate

For nearly three years the Resource Management Plan used by the Bureau of Land Management to regulate the use of federal lands in Northwest Colorado has been receiving input for revision.

Lucille Bunn

A graveside service for Lucille Bunn, former Hayden resident, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Hayden Cemetery.

Sunday, May 6

Third-grade reading CSAP scores drop

Moffat County School District's third-grade reading scores on the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests dropped from last year, according to unofficial results released Thursday by the Colorado Department of Education.

Celebrating cultural heritage

Spirits run high at annual Cinco de Mayo event

When Bette Carlson, vice president of the Comunidad Integrada board of directors, woke up Saturday morning, she found snow on her front lawn.

Exclusively online: J.B. Chapman's speech on Hunting In Tourism

Thank you and thank you folks for allowing me the opportunity to take some time this afternoon to share with you the importance of hunting in the tourism picture for this beautiful state we live in.

Exclusively online: Q-and-A with Gov. Ritter

Give a speech.Get a set of skies as the keys to the city. Make a few jokes. Fly off to the next destination.

Business briefs for May 7

Vicki Tromburg has had a passion for nails since an early age.

Briefs for May 7

Hooves on the highway

Annual Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive passes through Maybell on Sunday

Kathy Rinker was raised in Maybell and can remember the Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive passing through town every spring.

Ritter: Heritage tourism is 'a great economic opportunity'

Economic development happens on more than the Front Range.

Bulldogs baseball goes 1-1 in district play

The Moffat County High School baseball team may have seen its season end at the hands of Thomas Jefferson High School, but they gained postseason experience and made their opponent nervous.

Regular season comes to a close for MCHS teams

Boys and girls track and field place in top-10 at Tiger Invite

The Moffat County High School boys and girls track and field teams finished the regular season with top-10 finishes Friday and Saturday at the Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction.

Friday, May 4

Nels Krogh

Lucille Bunn

Bill creates new judgeship for 14th Judicial District

Craig resident Robert Aaberg has spent six years on the 14th Judicial District Nominating Commission, a board tasked with selecting potential replacements for outgoing judges. In his tenure, he's helped replace five judges.

Delmar Coyner

Service seeking campground hosts

U.S. Forest Service officials are looking for residents interested in spending some time in the woods this summer hosting visiting campers.

Third-grade reading CSAP scores drop

Moffat County School District's third-grade reading scores on the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests dropped from last year, according to unofficial results released Thursday by the Colorado Department of Education.

Andy Bockelman: Pay your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man a visit

Marvel Comics mania is once again in full swing with the release of "Spider-Man 3."

New heights

Casey Jackson sets new Craig Middle School high jump record

Casey Jackson was confident it would happen.

Breslin picks Mesa State

State wrestling champ uses late friend as motivation

Not many people notice Jake Breslin's short kiss on a sweaty green and white wristband before each wrestling match.

MCHS girls soccer loses season finale

Bulldogs walk off field with smiles despite 1-14-1 record

Neither the Bulldogs nor the Indians had anything to play for Friday afternoon, but that didn't stop them from having fun.

Booming in Baggs

Town sees increased demand for lodging

A mini-building boom is occurring in Baggs, Wyo.

Chuck Mack: Tales of Steamboat Springs, part 1 of 3

Sheldon P. Purdy in Rocky Mountain Magazine originally wrote the following. It was copied from a Nov. 2, 1904, issue of the Steamboat Pilot.

Our View: Education is our future

The story goes like this: There is a debate about whether taxpayers should fund a school bond. Some residents believe that since their children are out of the school system it is no longer their responsibility.

Less dependence

Agricultural community undergoing 'paradigm shift' when it comes to alternative energy sources

Agricultural use of alternative energy sources like wind, ethanol, biodiesel and biomass makes financial sense for farmers, stimulates local economies and reduces America's dependence on foreign oil, the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture said.

Presenters at summit give wide range of energy perspective

Thanks to new technology in the energy business, presenters at the Energy Summit, held Friday in Craig, were quick to talk about how things will be handled during the current energy boom in Northwest Colorado, and the benefits to be realized.

Briefs for May 5

On May 10: Mother's Day. We show our appreciation for all those mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and daughters by spending story time reading about some fabulous ladies, then make photo frames at take home as presents.

High-tech future

Mark Oxley chooses computer engineering for his post-graduation plans

The self-proclaimed "technology buff" loves cell phones, iPods and computers.

Rebuilding a village

For Tero Rimon, being in the United States is a world away from her home on the Solomon Islands.

Spring shearing

A look at how the sheep-trimming process has changed through the years

Each spring Clair Villard makes the trip north of Craig to the area where his son Albert has gathered sheep for shearing.

Thursday, May 3

Industrialization affecting Colorado

Geologist: China, India growth changing world energy markets

State geologist Vince Matthews said the ravenous appetite China and India are showing for energy and minerals will directly affect Colorado.

Briefs for May 4

County commissioners schedule special meeting

The Moffat County commissioners will host a special board meeting at 10:30 a.m. today in the commissioner boardroom. The meeting is expected to last about 15 minutes and the commissioners are expected to sign a Department of Local Affairs Impact Grant contract regarding road improvements. The meeting is open to the public.

Meat-ing their expectations

Moffat County FFA meats judging team takes first at state competition

There's no bright lights, no cheering crowd, no victory dance in the end zone.

Karen Bassek

No love lost

Bulldogs girls soccer loses tough game to rival Rifle, 3-2

As Moffat County High School's Shaylyn Kawcak put it, different sports have their own rivals.

Over a Cup of Coffee: South Indian Fish Curry best eaten with the right hand

A few months ago I featured Heidi Balaraman's recipes, and some I saved for later. Here is one of those:

Governor to pay Craig visit

Ritter scheduled to speak at tourism

Regular visits to the state capitol, "relentless" conversations and e-mails to Gov. Bill Ritter's staff, and at times the governor himself, has paid off for the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Tourism group and its regional director, Shelly Flannery.

Extension Connection: Weekend warriors need to stay hydrated

Warmer temperatures prompt the need to increase beverage consumption to avoid dehydration.

Best boat behavior

Rangers instruct East Elementary students about reservoir and river safety

Second-grader Elizabeth Weis got the chance to row a canoe, ride a raft and swim around yesterday, only it was on the grass of the East Elementary playground.

Touch of Spice: The original copycats

Even her teachers comment, 5-year-old Nikki writes her name very well.

Bulldogs look to shrug off Fort Lupton

Moffat County High School and Palisade finished Western Slope play with identical records, but begin District Five tournament play as the No. 18 and No. 7 seeds, respectively.

Wednesday, May 2

Three decades of fitness

New manager brings classroom, personal experience to facility

One week. That is how long Jim Gregoire has been the new manager at Trapper Fitness, Three decades. That is experience the 60-year-old brings to the facility.

The power of Earth

Is harnessing Mother Nature key to future of energy?

With rising gas prices, fear of too much dependence on foreign products, and the view of better protecting the environment, natural resources and renewable energy are being looked at more and more.

Speaking out for sake of hearing

Rod and Karen Kowach spent a lot of time this spring somewhere they weren't used to.

Suzanne Brinks: Be aware of notice of value of property

On May 1, the Moffat County Assessor's Office mailed notices of value to all real property owners in the county. This year -- 2007 -- is a reappraisal year for all counties in the state of Colorado. Reappraisals are done every odd numbered year. Please pay attention to this notice of value because your tax payments for 2008 and 2009 will be based on this value.

Glenn Tabb

Glenn Tabb passed away at Family Health West in Fruita on May 2, 2007.

Richard Wayne Langley

Richard Wayne Langley was born April 10, 1961, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Richard D. and Lou (Jones) Langley. Richard was raised in Denver and Northwestern Colorado, and attended high school in Craig, graduating from Moffat County High School in 1979.

Davidson-Miller

Doug and Debbie Davidson of Hobbs, N.M., announce the engagement of their daughter, Samantha Davidson, of Abilene, Texas, to Kerry Miller, of Merkel, Texas.

Veterans Hotline: Town meeting for vet clinic

The VA has announced there will be a town meeting in Craig regarding the proposed veterans clinic.

Steamboat prom to check breaths

Random Breathalyzer tests to be conducted during, after high school event

Steamboat Springs High School principal Mike Knezevich is hoping this year's prom will be a night to remember for all the right reasons.

Hawks-Pratt

Annette Elizabeth Hawks and Carson Daniel Pratt announce their engagement.

Suits salutes

Moffat County grad-to-be ready to say goodbye to high school, hello to Navy

Amber Suits has known since seventh grade what she'd do after graduation -- enlist in the U.S. Navy.

Cinco de Mayo celebration returns to Moffat County Fairgrounds

Authentic food, traditional dancing and the mixing of cultures are trademarks of Craig's annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Maybell comes alive with 40th anniversary horse drive

Maybell is once again gearing up for the Sombrero Ranch Horse Drive, where people are invited to witness more than 600 horses driven through the town's main street as they are moved from their winter range back to the ranch.

Briefs for May 3

Ritter urged to sign energy bill

In a letter to Gov. Bill Ritter on Wednesday, CLUB 20 urged Ritter to sign into law HB-1139, regarding the distribution of energy impact funds to local communities.

Tuesday, May 1

Working on the railroad

Union Pacific crews enter Craig for tie replacement

While news of men working on the railroad may bring images of crews swinging large hammers and driving spikes deep into ties with each blow, Union Pacific foreman Dean Barber said modern equipment has changed the life of railroad workers.

Witnesses describe 'hit list'

Police: But no weapons or means to carry out violent acts

Three witnesses told police they saw a "hit list" made by two Moffat County High School students who allegedly made threats of school violence last week, Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said.

School district may receive additional state money

Senate passes School Finance Act, approves three-year funding plan

Moffat County School District may receive an additional $273,000 in state funding next year following a narrow Colorado Senate decision Tuesday.

Carrie Marie Brown

Jody M. Brown and Daniel J. Brown, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Carrie Marie Brown, at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Bailey Rae Weber

Brianna Brown and Zach Weber, of Baggs, Wyo., announce the birth of their daughter, Bailey Rae Weber, at 2:02 a.m. Thursday, April 26 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Bill Doolin

A graveside service for Bill Doolin is at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hayden Cemetery.

Norma Jean Rolando

Norma Jean (Montieth) Rolando died Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene, Ore., following a long illness.

Town meeting to provide veterans clinic info

The battle area veterans and veterans' organizations had long fought -- securing a local medical care clinic for veterans -- was won last month when news came that a facility would open in Craig.

Upgrading the river

Study would examine fishing holes, kayak spots in Yampa to ensure health

City officials are seeking a consultant to ensure that manmade structures such as kayak parks and fishing spots are not eroding the Yampa River's health.

Early burns a sign of an early spring

White plumes of smoke throughout Routt County are serving as another reminder that spring arrived early this year, allowing the agricultural community to get an early start on spring chores.

Swinging to the collegiate level

MCHS senior Amber Nicholson signs letter to play golf at Saint Joseph's College

Amber Nicholson's charismatic personality and 4A state championship golf swing are taking her nearly 1,300 miles away from home to begin the collegiate chapter of her life.

MCHS football team hosts Big Blue camp

Those interested in learning the sport of football from the Moffat County High School football team may register from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday at the MCHS varsity game field.

Prather's Pick: A wild west tale with a twist

This week's picture book is different because its story is expanded by some newspaper clippings found within the design of the book's front and back inside covers. "Don't Touch My Hat!" written and illustrated by James Rumford, is a wild west tale with a twist.

County commissioners look toward summer

As summer approaches and Moffat County dries out, officials are preparing for the impending fire season.

Dinosaur mayoral recall petition fails

Lead organizer won't seek another effort

A petition proposing to recall Dinosaur Mayor Freda Powell was deemed insufficient and fell short of the required number of signatures, town officials said Tuesday.

Preparing children for oral checkups

With a little preparation, getting children ready for their first visit to an oral health care provider need not be an apprehensive experience, according to the American Dental Hygienists' Association.

Our View: Tough choices

Parents have a lot of hard choices in life.

Briefs for May 2

Baggs man arrested for threats

The Baggs Police Department, assisted by Wyoming Highway State Patrol and the Carbon County Sheriff's Office, resolved an incident in Baggs, Wyo., on Monday without injury.