Stories for November 2007

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Friday, November 30

Visitor Center workshop ends without resolution

Joint committee to be formed to decide a plan

General consensus at Thursday's crowded workshop meeting said that the Moffat County Visitor Center is a valuable asset for the community and that it benefited every group present.

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Bulldog dance and cheer teams headed to state championships

Erin Knez and Anngie Sparks have been waiting.

In search of the elusive state championship

As the Moffat County girls basketball coach for nearly 30 years, Craig Mortensen has pretty much seen it all in the world of girls high school hoops.

A fresh start for Bulldogs

Boys basketball

Last season was last season. This year, Moffat County High School's new boys basketball coach Steve Maneotis takes the helm.

TMH targets October 2009 opening

Financial timeline, construction for new facility established

Craig and Moffat County voters could see the finished product - a new The Memorial Hospital - of what their additional tax money paid for in about 23 months.

Rolling with tradition

Nineteen league championships, 14 regional championships and five state titles.

Skating toward a championship

First year Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club coach Jim Hall is new to the team, but not to the game he loves.

Bulldogs 2007-08 winter sports schedules

Bulldogs 2007-08 winter sports schedules

Diving into season

Swimming

Moffat County girls swim coach Marin Campbell has her work cut out for her this season.

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Kathy Bower named Water Commissioner of the Year

Kathy Bower's cramped office in downtown Craig isn't indicative of the large geographical area she manages as the Division 6 water commissioner for the Department of Natural Resources.

Moffat County Neighbor: Renae Dove

Renae Dove

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Holiday gift card purchases on the rise

In Maxine DeLong's opinion, postage is expensive.

CNCC to offer new programs

For Ed Winters, Colorado Northwestern Community College energy technology director, the "help wanted" signs around town say it all.

Elisa Shackelton: Another good reason to limit holiday weight gain

The holiday season tempts us with extra calories from baked goodies, hot winter drinks, party appetizers, and more frequent eating events than usual - and unfortunately, the average American gains about a pound each holiday season, planning to take it off when they start a new diet in January. But rather than justifying over-eating throughout the holidays, a few extra pounds should be a signal that it is time to either make some immediate corrections in the way you're eating or increase your level of physical activity or, preferably, do some of both.

Carol Wilson: Thanks for Parade of Lights success

On behalf of the Craig Downtown Business Association I would like to say thank you to the businesses and individuals who worked together to make this year's Holiday Parade of Lights a success.

LuAnn Kline: Thanks to firefighters

I just wanted to thank the firefighters and members of the community for all the help already being offered to victims of the County Mall fire.

Capt. Brett Williams: Thanks for food donations

I would like to take a moment to thank Ms. Diane Townes, Steamboat Meat and Seafood Company and Ms. Sherri Perez for their generous actions of processing and packaging donated meat for the family of Angel Figueroa. Mr. Figueroa regretfully lost his life in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 131, south of Steamboat Springs, on Aug. 23.

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Christina M. Currie: Belly up to the bar

My father and uncle have some property that's ideal for family gatherings.

Police blotter for Nov. 28

Police blotter for Nov. 28

Datebook for Nov. 30

Datebook for Nov. 30

Thursday, November 29

Fire recalls need for fire code, marshal

A fire marshal could not have prevented the Country Mall fire, Byron Willems said.

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Fire ruled arson

Investigators believe Country Mall blaze set deliberately

Craig police, firefighters and fire specialists investigating a blaze at the Country Mall concluded their probe Wednesday. During a meeting later in the day, investigators reached a consensus on the fire's cause.

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Bulldog girls basketball starts the season ranked No. 5 in state

The Moffat County High School basketball team begins the season Friday in Utah.

Girls summer camps announced

The Sportswomen of Colorado is announcing that the online summer camps scholarship opportunity registration will be available starting Dec. 1 through April 15, 2008.

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John Vandelinder: Broncos season full of ups and downs

As optimistic as I'd like to be regarding the home team, I have to say it's hard to put a finger on them.

Bill Harding: Honor veterans and servicemen this holiday season

Last week, we celebrated Thanksgiving, and we are entering the shopping frenzy prior to Christmas and New Year's in less than 30 days.

Officials set priority list for next wave of DOLA grants

Large work projects continue around the area, and local government agencies plan on taking advantage of opportunities at the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to get them done.

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Craig man to perform with Steamboat Springs Orchestra

Jim Simpson clearly remembers his first public musical performance.

Cathy Hamilton: Missing keys, sanity possibly hiding together

I'm searching high and low for my blankety-blank keys.

Elberta Cochran: Cut cash flow to China

Problem: China.

Michael Toothaker: Thanks firefighters, law enforcement for help

On behalf of the clients and staff at Horizons, I want to acknowledge the courage and dedication of the firefighters and law enforcement who were involved in fighting the devastating fire at the Country Mall and are investigating its cause.

Steve Miller: Where is MCTA in role with Visitor Center?

I have been silent on an issue until reading the story about the City Council meeting concerning the Moffat County Vistor's Center.

Craig briefs for Nov. 29

Christmas tree fundraiser begins

Police blotter for Nov. 27

Police blotter for Nov. 27

Datebook for Nov. 29

Datebook for Nov. 29

Craig woman faces meth-related charges

A 26-year-old Craig woman, who was charged in September with child abuse, faces two more counts, all related to the same alleged incident.

Wednesday, November 28

Fire cause: Arson

A joint investigation of the Sunday night fire at the Country Mall, 356 Ranney St., has determined the fire was a work of arson, the Craig Police Department announced this afternoon.

Council thinks Visitor Center works where it is

The debate at City Hall on Tuesday night doesn't change the truth, Craig City Councilor Byron Willems said.

Diane Prather: Mia Hamm says 'Winners Never Quit!'

Learning the importance of being part of a team and how to lose graciously are crucial to being successful in life, whether it's in sports or anything else. The author of this week's book learned these lessons as a child.

Newspapers give volleyball honors

Each year, coaches vote and decide which high school athletes have earned the right to be named to their respective all-conference teams. Newspapers throughout Northwest Colorado have decided to vote and announced a separate team of deserving athletes.

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Shooting at hoops

Elks Lodge sponsors national free throw contest for Craig area youths

In the world of basketball the free throw shot typically is recognized as the easiest shot in the game.

Moffat County School District adopts new science curriculum

Although his plans of becoming an astronaut never became reality, Roger Spears still finds ways of contributing to the field of science.

Andy Bockelman: 'Enchanted' revamps Disney magic

The name Disney has always been associated with characters so cute that they teeter on the brink of being nauseating.

School board begins preliminary planning for bond issue items

The wheels of progress began turning at the monthly Moffat County School Board meeting Tuesday night.

Hearings continued in drug, stabbing cases

A Craig woman, who was arrested a week ago by an area drug task force, faces 10 criminal charges related to alleged narcotic possession and distribution.

Sandy Orgoglioso: Thanks to those who helped firefighters

I want to thank those community members who, quietly behind the scenes, cooked for our firemen and to all those who are praying for our loved ones who lost so much.

Our View: Call of duty

The call to duty can come at any time.

Police blotter for Nov. 28

Officers responded to two reports of theft.

Craig briefs for Nov. 28

FSA to operate out of Steamboat

Lewis Frank, executive director of the Colorado Farm Service Agency, announced Tuesday a temporary office solution for producers serviced by the Moffat County Farm Service Agency office, which was located in the Country Mall.

Datebook for Nov. 28

8 a.m. The Craig Downtown Business Association meets at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. The second Wednesday of each month is a meet-and-greet, hosted by a local business.

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County officials: Roads will be OK for winter

The full extent of the County Shop's fire may not be known for a year or two, Commissioner Tom Gray said.

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Police: No timetable on cause

Authorities sifting through charred remains of Country Mall

Craig firefighters, police and a Colorado Bureau of Investigation fire investigator remained at the charred scene of one of the biggest fires in Craig's nearly 100-year history Tuesday.

Highway 40 crash victim identified

A Craig woman killed in a Monday morning car crash has been identified as 24-year-old Teodora Diaz Simon. The Colorado State Patrol also identified a Steamboat Springs man injured in the crash as Russell Blackhurst, 30.

Tuesday, November 27

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Shops, community centers put out by fire

Bev Rubley spent the past 26 years - her whole life in Craig - working at the Country Mall.

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Cause of fire at Country Mall under investigation

When Vicky Kessler first arrived on the fire scene at the Country Mall about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, she admitted to having hope.

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Fit for the season

Local fitness centers offer tips on staying healthy in Craig's winter wonderland

The winter season is here, and Mother Nature will do her best to keep Craig residents indoors during the cold months.

A building remembered

The Country Mall housed nearly 70 years of Craig history

The Country Mall, located at 356 Ranney St., caught fire and burned Monday night. With it went almost 70 years of Craig business history.

Police blotter for Nov. 27

Melisa Jean McCarthy, 18, of Rangely, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of theft from a building.

Datebook for Nov. 27

10:30 a.m. SHARE Craig registration takes place at Sunset Meadows II in the community room. Call Ginny at 326-3003.

City to discuss Visitor Center tonight

Moffat County Commission plans to hold workshop later this week

Mayor Don Jones voluntarily spent this summer pulling weeds at the Moffat County Visitor Center, which is one of the in-kind services the city provides there.

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An era lit by fire

Fires at area businesses illuminate Craig's past

On the evening of Feb. 13, 1896, costumed Craig residents strolled to Town Hall, expecting to find the building decorated for a masquerade.

Craig briefs for Nov. 27

Orchestra to perform at school

Steamboat Springs Orchestra, including five members from Craig, presents Tchaikovsky's entire Nutcracker Suite No. 1 and his Variations on a Rococo Theme - featuring John Sant' Ambrogio, former principal cellist with the St. Louis Symphony - at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Moffat County High School.

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Crash kills Craig woman

Icy morning conditions keep law enforcement busy

A Craig woman died Monday morning when her car skidded into oncoming traffic and was hit by another car driven by a Steamboat man, who was in stable condition at Yampa Valley Medical Center as of Monday evening.

Monday, November 26

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Country Mall Burns

Craig Rural Fire Protection District and West Routt County Fire respond to call

The Country Mall, located on the corner of Ranney Street and 4th Street in Craig started on fire Sunday Evening.

Aging Well: Celebrate Alzheimer's Awareness by testing memory

There is a serious epidemic facing our country that affects all of us. It's an insidious disease that is increasingly attacking aging members of the population and changing the quality of life for everyone in its wake.

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County Shop catches fire

Early reports: Minimal damage to county vehicles

A fire at the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department County Shop on First Street on Saturday destroyed the county's sign inventory but left county vehicles with minimal damage, according to early reports.

Datebook for Nov. 26

2 p.m. AARP Chapter No. 1418 meets at Sunset Meadows I, 663 Ledford St. Jeff Comstock, Moffat County director of natural resources, will be the guest speaker. Call 824-5123.

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'The last of the first'

Long-time mine employee weathered changes in career, economy

From boom to bust and back again, Mark Parchman has seen it all.

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Road warriors

Moffat County High School winter sports teams open season on the road

Location, location, location. It seems to be the deciding factor when Moffat County High School athletic/activities director Jeff Simon negotiates scheduling for the school's sports teams.

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Kicking off the holiday season

Annual parade of lights marches through Craig

The streets of downtown Craig were lined with glowing snowflakes hanging from street lamps, as a giant lighted star overlooked the town from atop the Sand Rocks.

Health Watch: Breakfast - Don't skip or skimp

On frosty winter mornings, your grandparents and their family gathered around a warm stove in the kitchen to enjoy a hearty breakfast - hot cereal, sausage, eggs, potatoes, toast and, on special occasions, hot cakes with maple syrup.

Sunday, November 25

McKelvie promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade in Navy

James Bennett McKelvie of Steamboat Springs has been promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) in the United States Navy. He serves in the Civil Engineer Corps at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Saturday, November 24

Datebook for Nov. 24

The Moffat County Libraries will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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High school careers earn college scholarships for Moffat County girls basketball seniors

Angie Charchalis and Markie Workman have been dominating the Western Slope League throughout their Moffat County High School basketball careers.

DOLA grants Fire/Rescue $275K

Money to go toward two wildland/urban interface engines

Rare has been the occasion when the Department of Local Affairs has turned down a funding request from Craig Fire/Rescue, Deputy Fire Chief Bill Johnston said.

Teen works hard behind the carts

Sure, it's not the most fun thing to do, but the job is important, Corey Lindsey said.

Chuck Mack: Moffat railroad in 1906 - Part 2

When I found this article while searching through the old newspaper - the May 30, 1906 Steamboat Pilot - I decided it would be a great story for Craig and Moffat County, since it had mentioned David Moffat's private coach, Marcia.

Craig briefs for Nov. 24

CNCC awarded grant

Be prepared for winter-weather driving

If you've ever driven in heavy falling and blowing snow, you appreciate being able to see well while driving.

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Black Friday, happy smiles

Craig businesses fare well at start of holiday shopping season

It was the day that all retailers worth their salt should be open, Kitchen Shop owner Nadine Daszkiewicz said.

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A night 4 achievement

4-H members, family celebrate accomplishments

The evening of Nov. 16, 4-H members, their families and friends gathered at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion to celebrate the annual 4-H Achievement Night.

Two arrested in knife attack

Bias played a role in stabbing, prosecutors allege

A 39-year-old Craig man was transported Wednesday evening to The Memorial Hospital after two men, one of them using a knife, allegedly attacked him at the Baker Hotel.

Our View: A stance of one

We've heard the tales and justifications.

Tutor program gives students taste of teacher's life

At first glance, Moffat County High School students Millie Blackstun, Clare Sorrentino and Alex Selan appear typical high school students.

Friday, November 23

A call for bell ringers

Salvation Army seeks recruits to man area kettles

The sound of ringing bells outside grocery and department stores from hearty Salvation Army volunteers has become as much a part of the holidays as Christmas carols.

Permits now available to cut your own Christmas tree

Sure, buying a Christmas tree off the blacktop in a parking lot is a popular option, but some residents continue to choose the old-fashioned method and head to the forest for their perfect evergreen.

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Local woman returns to Craig as Moffat County Housing Authority director

She drives familiar roads to work, to home, to everywhere in Moffat County, but she isn't bored.

Accident claims life of teen

State patrol suspect speed, alcohol contributed to wreck

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the cause of a one-vehicle rollover accident Wednesday night that claimed the life of a Wyoming teenager.

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Businesses prepare for beginning of holiday shopping season

Black Friday is widely recognized as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, the phrase conjures images of frantic shoppers flooding stores the day after Thanksgiving.

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Dinner, auction to benefit ill mine worker

When tragedy hits a family, it's nice to know friends can be counted on in times of need.

Leck takes third at competition

YVRA firefighter hopes Las Vegas performance promotes fitness

It wasn't your typical weekend in Las Vegas. Dal Leck came back a winner, but it had nothing to do with his performance in the casinos.

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A coach on and off the field

Lance Scranton places faith, family and students above sport

At 6-feet-2-inches tall and weighing 240 pounds, Lance Scranton is an imposing figure.

Elisa Shackelton: Don't inhale

Today, Americans consume 16 billion quarts of popcorn as a crunchy snack that comes in many forms including plain, sweet, savory or salty.

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Christina M. Currie: The biggest turkey

Twas the night before the last day of school before Thanksgiving break and all was quiet in the house.

Winter prediction: above-normal temperatures

The air is cooling, and snowfall to this point has been more of a tease than a reality in Northwest Colorado.

Datebook for Nov. 23

Datebook for Nov. 23

Thursday, November 22

Be a safe driver on Thanksgiving holiday

The Thanksgiving holiday is the busiest time of the year for family travel. AAA expects 31.2 million Americans to drive more than 50 miles for their Thanksgiving feast. That's up 1.3 percent from last year.

Cathy Hamilton: Nametags would make life easier

I am standing in the supermarket having an animated conversation with a woman whose name I've completely forgotten.

Rockies go postal

The U.S. Postal Service has produced two attractive color souvenir envelopes that will be available to the public starting Friday. They sell for $10 each.

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John Vandelinder: Football and turkey: A Thanksgiving tradition

As a child growing up in southern Ontario, Canada - yes, I'm a Canuck - I was a stones throw away from Detroit.

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Handing out the hardware

This season over, next season already under way

The season is over for the Moffat County football team.

Craig briefs for Nov. 22

City Market to hold open house

Bill Harding: Vet Clinic offers flu shots Tuesday

Vet Flu shot walk-in is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Craig Telehealth Clinic at 551 Tucker St.

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Local shipping businesses work to send donations to soldiers overseas

Some time ago, a woman came to PackCenter Shipping, worried about her son serving overseas, wanting to send him something - anything that might make him, and her, feel better, closer - but she could not afford shipping costs for three packages.

Jail report for Nov. 20

Jail report for Nov. 20

Datebook for Nov. 22

Datebook for Nov. 22

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Boys & Girls club looks for community support at fundraiser

Dana Duran, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, can sum up last year's Cowboy Christmas fundraiser in two words: very successful.

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Moffat County residents celebrate season with unusual events, banquets

From in flight to on the run, Moffat County residents historically have found ways to liven up time-worn Thanksgiving traditions.

Bill Johnston nears fire fighting career goal of Craig Fire/Rescue chief

A couple of different twists and turns could have changed the whole course of events for Craig Fire/Rescue Deputy Chief Bill Johnston's firefighting career.

Wednesday, November 21

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Light up the night

Parade of Lights to kick off local Christmas season

For Craig residents, the weekend after Thanksgiving holds more than leftover turkey sandwiches and frenzied Christmas shopping.

ACET nabs two Craig residents

Task force seizes alleged methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia

Several months of investigations led to the arrests of two Craig residents suspected of drug-related crimes, the All Crimes Enforcement Team, reported Tuesday.

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Full flights lengthen airport lines

Yampa Valley Regional Airport advises holiday travelers to arrive early

Travelers flying out of Yampa Valley Regional Airport for the Thanksgiving holiday should plan to arrive early and expect longer-than-usual check-in and security lines.

Diane Prather: 'Great Joy' beautiful and endearing

Books make wonderful gifts. This week's Christmas book is an example. It's both beautiful and endearing.

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Running for cancer

61-year-old Craig resident to compete in Florida marathon

Thomas Williams was a 27-year-old recreational runner when he competed in a marathon more than three decades ago in Phoenix.

Increased gas costs not deterring Thanksgiving travel

Regular unleaded gasoline prices have never reached $3 per gallon on average in November until this year, according to an AAA Colorado press release.

Julie Dempster: Thanks for help with cooking school

I have some very special people to thank for their work on the Taste of Home Cooking School at Moffat County High School.

Craig briefs for Nov. 21

Orchestra to perform at school

Steamboat Springs Orchestra, including five members from Craig, presents Tchaikovsky's entire Nutcracker Suite No. 1 and his Variations on a Rococo Theme - featuring John Sant' Ambrogio, former principal cellist with the St. Louis Symphony - at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Moffat County High School.

DOLA comes through for city, county, schools

The state is helping.

Commission looks for Visitor Center funding

The Moffat County Commission is concerned about the Moffat County Visitor Center.

Our View: Dishonoring the vote

It was a hotly contested election.

Campus project under way

CNCC in planning stages for student housing, career technical center

Colorado Northwestern Community College is moving into the planning stages of a campus building project.

Police blotter for Nov. 21

Seth Radford Linton, 30, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of domestic violence, obstruction of telephone or telegraph service, harassment and child abuse.

Datebook for Nov. 21

6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig Playday, in which the club will be open throughout the day. The club will be cooking and serving a Thanksgiving dinner around noon.

Wrong man booked into jail

A 62-year-old Craig man was wrongfully booked into the Moffat County Jail on Monday, authorities said.

Tuesday, November 20

The Family of Gladys Kowach: Thank you goes out to doctors for care

The family of Gladys Kowach would like to express our deepest appreciation to Dr. Told for his loving care and kindness while she was in The Memorial Hospital battling her illness.

Military news: Private James Alexander Clift

Private James Alexander Clift graduated from Army Basic Training on Nov. 9 with the Third Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. He currently is assigned to Company A 143rd Ordinance Battalion, Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland for his 14-week Advanced Individual Training.

Craig briefs for Nov. 20

Students earn prizes for safety

The Craig Police Department recently awarded 18 Moffat County High School students with prizes as part of an annual safety belt program.

County helps Dinosaur hire deputy

It's never good to need law enforcement assistance when the nearest deputy is far away or off-duty.

Bulldog Beat for Nov. 20

Rosters have been finalized in Moffat County High School swimming, girls and boys basketball and wrestling.

Bill Greenwood: The Memorial Hospital staff deserves thanks

This is a sincere thank you to The Memorial Hospital and staff after my recent outpatient surgery. I was met at the door by a "pink lady," directed to admissions after which nurse Beth started preparations. After surgery, when I awoke in recovery, there was my cup of coffee waiting as promised. At home the following day, I received telephone calls from both nurses and a doctor for checkup.

Pete Waller: Consider big picture for housing market

Much has been written about the turmoil in the subprime mortgage market, and consumers may understandably be worried about what it means to them.

Police blotter for Nov. 20

Jack Edward Paulson, 62, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Datebook for Nov. 20

6:30 to 8:15 p.m. "Pulse" Young group, for youths ages 11 to 18, meets every Tuesday at the New Creation Church in the Centennial Mall. Call 756-0010.

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'We're the problem-solvers'

Veteran journalism instructor selected to mentor beginning teachers

Katy Gray, a 23-year Moffat County High School journalism teacher, thumbs through her copy of the Colorado High School Activities Association guide. The pages bulge with sticky notes, which mark high schools sponsoring student newspapers.

Locals to make a difference with Tourism Association

There are some people around here who think they can help out.

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Winter blowing in

Storm forecast for today could bring end to mild fall weather

The brown of autumn could soon be replaced by the white of winter - and just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Steamboat Springs could receive between 2 and 5 inches of snow from a storm moving into the region today, said Ellen Heffernan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

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Twin(s) splitting

Conci sisters sign with different colleges

Twin sisters are generally inseparable. Look for one and you will find the other.

Monday, November 19

Bulldogs skate to a tie with Rock Springs

Moffat County comes back from two-goal deficit

The Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club shook off the early morning cobwebs against visiting Rock Springs on Saturday, coming back from a two-goal deficit.

Paul and Mona Blee: Where's Marie?

On Nov. 22, 1979, Thanksgiving Day, our daughter went missing. This Thanksgiving will mark 28 years since she's been gone.

The Kiwanis Club of Craig: Thanks for honoring vets Craig Rotary Club

The Kiwanis Club of Craig would like to express an enthusiastic and deep felt thank you to the Craig Rotary Club for their sponsorship and hard work in decorating the town with American flags for Veterans Day.

Student news: Emily Krogman

Emily Krogman, a freshman at Colorado State University from Craig, has been awarded the Cornell Stanhope Scholarship in the amount of $500.

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The final bow

Three high school seniors perform in last musical together

The dressing room exuded an almost palpable energy Friday night as the Moffat County High School cast of "Oklahoma!" prepared for their second performance.

Wellness Wednesdays catch on in Craig

It's Wednesday, late morning, and the parking lot at the American Legion in Craig is overflowing with cars. Inside, more than 30 older adults gently stretch limbs and work muscles in a fitness class aimed at helping them become stronger and more flexible.

Datebook for Nov. 19

Today 4 to 6 p.m. The MS Support Group meets at Visiting Nurse Association. Call Kathy at 871-7661.

An award for excellence

Have you ever taken a vacation only to find your hotel room smells and the staff is rude?

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Blood, sweat and tears

Large crowd witnesses first local cage fighting event

The sign on the front door of the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion read, "Sold out."

TMH excited about CT Angiography services

The Memorial Hospital will be offering CT Angiography services to patients in Moffat County.

Craig briefs for Nov. 19

A house is being moved from Elk Head Road to Jensen, Utah, beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Sunday, November 18

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Attackin' Akron puts end to Hayden's historic playoff run

The No. 1-ranked, defending state champion Akron Rams rolled over Hayden 55-6 on Saturday, ending a historic season for the Tigers. It was the first time Hayden reached the state semifinals in football.

Crash victim had ties to Steamboat Springs

Man was Balloon Rodeo participant

A man who died in a hot air balloon crash Friday morning in Iowa was a frequent visitor to Steamboat Springs and a longtime participant in the annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo.

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Wal-Mart supercenter now open

Moffat County store offers competition

Steamboat Springs' Wal-Mart has gained a super-sized competitor, of its own kind, with the recent opening of a new Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Craig.

Saturday, November 17

A class for the practically educated

Agricultural program gives high school students hands-on experience, college opportunities

As cement drops from a mixing truck, Moffat County High School students scramble, shovels and rakes in hand, to spread it.

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More than 50 years and going strong

Moffat County Cowbelles promote beef

Beef promotion has been the goal of the Moffat County Cowbelles for more than 50 years.

Hands in the pie

Local officials fear state will take bigger piece of energy-impact funds

Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara spent five hours Thursday touring County Roads 4 and 7 with Billy Mack, the county's Road and Bridge director.

Our View: Teaching well

There is an old saying: "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach."

Chuck Mack: Moffat railroad in 1906: Part 1

When I found this article while searching through the old newspaper - the May 30, 1906 Steamboat Pilot - I decided it would be a great story for Craig and Moffat County, being as how it had mentioned David Moffat's private coach, Marcia.

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Ski area official describes the science behind the snow

In his office, Doug Allen keeps a photo that shows Mount Werner covered in several feet of powder after a weekend-long dumping of snow. The picture was taken the Monday after Thanksgiving in 2001 - the only other time in Allen's 21 years with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. that Steamboat Ski Area missed its opening day.

Taste of Home Cooking School almost sold out

There will be two hours of a live cooking show to watch and learn from.

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Shooting at a Thanksgiving dinner

The Craig Trap Club to host turkey shoot events

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the opportunity to score that perfect turkey to serve Thursday is here.

Comedian headlines boys basketball fundraiser

Moffat County basketball has a five-year cycle on uniforms, meaning without funding, the team will be playing games in uniforms worn by former students who may since have graduated from college.

Datebook for Nov. 17

The Hands-On Quilters will meet at the Craig Fire Station. Call Cheryl at 824-2567 to get materials for project.

Police blotter for Nov. 17

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Craig briefs for Nov. 17

Chamber elects 2008 officers

Gene Bilodeau, current Craig Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors president, thinks change is a good thing.

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To chuck a pumpkin

Science Olympic event a hands-on lesson in scientific method, teamwork

Moffat County High School seniors Chet Peterson and Saraya Hammond had one goal in mind: to chuck a pumpkin farther than anyone else.

Results for the Bulldog Speech and Debate Invitational on Nov. 9 and 10

Voted Outstanding Speakers: Michael Zehner and Greg Blackstun

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Kids at play

Craig at Work

After opening Thursday and Friday, the final shows of Moffat County High School's presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" are at 2 and 7 p.m. today.

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Sixteen feet of hexagon

Local fighters prepare for a night inside an Ultimate Cage Fighting enclosure

It's Fight Night Eve and underneath the tranquility, battle plans are being drawn.

The heat spoils hunter's fruit

It's been an Indian Summer.

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Centennial coin available soon

Beth Gilchrist, Craig 100th Birthday Committee member and Craig Middle School secretary, has a varied collection of Craig memorabilia.

Friday, November 16

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Siren going silent

After decades of chasing alarms, Craig Fire/Rescue chief preparing for retirement

The scene: Colorado Highway 13 southbound. The wreck: twisted metal, scattered shards of glass. The woman: critically injured, clinging to life. Chris Nichols and his Craig Fire/Rescue comrades responded to the emergency.

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Giving back to the environment

Ducks Unlimited Craig chapter hosts annual fundraiser Saturday at Holiday Inn

The first time Mike Anson attended the Ducks Unlimited dinner for the Craig chapter, he was with his father, Larry, at the annual fundraiser's inaugural event 27 years ago.

Datebook for Nov. 16

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Northwest Colorado Homeschool Association Thanksgiving luncheon is at the Moffat County Fairgrounds pavilion. Call Michelle at 620-0283.

Craig briefs for Nov. 16

The Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has pledged support to the Institute for Environmental Solutions for its work on The Tree Project, an effort to identify how trees can be used to optimize energy and water conservation while also promoting carbon emissions sequestration and mitigation.

Police blotter for Nov. 16

Melissa Ann Guevara, 29, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

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Christina M. Currie: Pass-fail parenting

I'll give teens a warning now: There will never be a time when you don't dread parent/teacher conferences.

The doctors of the medical staff at The Memorial Hospital: TMH doctors thank community for support

We, the doctors at The Memorial Hospital, want to extend a big thank you to the community for your support in passing referendum 1A.

Jessie L. Rowley, Ed and Colleen Wilkinson, Gary and Sherron Shepard: Sad to lose Dr. Miller from Memorial Hospital

As satisfied patients of Dr. Joel Miller, we are very sad to hear that we may be losing him.

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Pastor Dave Ross: The road to Jerusalem

In August 2006, my wife and I, pastors of Craig Assembly of God, and Troy Lewis, pastor of Steamboat Christian Center, decided to go on a pastor's familiarization tour to Israel, which was hosted by the Rocky Mountain District Council of the Assemblies of God.

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Lunch and empathy

Independent Life Center gives lunchgoers a small taste of living with a disability

Walking around her darkened house at night gave Evalyn Carstens an idea of what it might be like to be blind. Or so she thought.

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Hayden prepares for clash with No. 1 Akron

Hayden football coach Shawn Baumgartner could spend some time reflecting on how far the Tigers have come since he first took the program's reins. But four years later, Baumgartner is only looking forward.

Moffat County Neighbor: Stefanie Nelson

Stefanie Nelson

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Diane Prather: A taste of home, a little early

Taste of Home Cooking School will be in Craig on Monday.

Elisa Shackelton: Around the house: monitoring indoor humidity

The word humidity refers to the amount of water vapor in the air, and this time of year, it is important not to let the air inside your house get too dry.

County's visitor center on the brink

At its meeting Thursday, the Craig Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors reviewed a draft budget for 2008 and discussed closing the Moffat County Visitor Center because of a projected $14,000 deficit in 2008.

Thursday, November 15

Youth Wellness Initiative meeting alerts parents, community to underage drinking

For high school youths, it is easy to get ahold of alcohol. As easy as a phone call.

Bulldog football, girls volleyball earn season-end awards

The Moffat County High School football and girls volleyball teams will be taking home some hardware this season.

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A not-so-elusive first kill

Twelve-year-old gets first hunting license and shoots first deer, chalks it up to luck

As a wet-behind-the-ears hunter at the ripe old age of 8, Garrett Stewart would tag along with his family in an attempt to prepare for the opportunity to earn his first kill.

EDP up for another at-bat

Economic partnership decides on part-time director position

In Craig's competitive job market, the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership received five applications for its open executive position.

Bill Harding: Remembering Veterans Day

As the front page Daily Press article showed, the flag retirement event was a success. More than 200 flags - USA, Colorado and POW/MIA - were cremated, and the ashes will be buried.

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Cold turkey

Great American Smokeout, local businesses provide initiatives to quit tobacco

George Barlow knows about cold turkey. As the manager of Subway restaurants in Craig and Steamboat Springs, it's part of the territory.

Police blotter for Nov. 15

James William Coday, 35, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under restraint, compulsory insurance and an improper left turn.

The Humane Society of Moffat County: Humane Society thanks individuals, businesses

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following individuals and businesses.

Hayden to appoint new mayor

Schminkey's replacement expected today

After seven weeks without a mayor, the Hayden Town Board of Trustees is expected to name Joseph Schminkey's replacement tonight.

Datebook for Nov. 15

The Moffat County Libraries will read stories in recognition of Thanksgiving about spending time with family and friends and other things to be thankful for. Call the library at 824-5116.

Craig briefs for Nov. 15

Annual holiday bazaar Saturday

The St. Michael annual holiday craft bazaar is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 678 School St.

Wednesday, November 14

Council OKs budget, utility increases

When Craig City Council members asked why he approved of the 2008 city budget that he drafted, City Finance Director Bruce Nelson answered succinctly.

Testing the waters

CNCC, Mesa State gauge local interest in teacher licensure program during forums

A Mesa State College representative fielded questions from the public during two forums hosted by the Colorado Northwestern Community College on Tuesday.

Hayden police station granted funds

The Hayden Police Department was granted more than half the money it needs to build a new station.

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Construction hits sewer snag

Workers find Perry-Mansfield pipe on school district property

Steamboat Springs School District officials are hustling to get the expansion of Strawberry Park Elementary School back on schedule, but workers recently hit a snag with the discovery of an 8-inch sewer line - owned by the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp - in the construction area.

Diane Prather: 'A Thousand Days' a must-read

This week's novel for young adults is based on "Maid Maleen," a little-known fairy tale written by the Brothers Grimm way back when.

Locals sound off on winningest team

The Denver Broncos and the Moffat County High School boys and girls basketball teams each play a 16-game schedule.

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Building champions

Bad Dog Wrestling Club taking it to the mat

Robbie Jensen and T. J. Shelton make the trip from Meeker to Craig each Tuesday and Thursday to participate in the Bad Dogs Wrestling Club.

Our View: All the wrong moves

A job is not a right. A paycheck is not a right. You are not owed success and career fulfillment. You do not automatically get to wake up every day and shuttle off to a satisfying job that is more a labor of love than labor.

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When the curtain rises

Moffat County High School musical production brings high emotion to cast, director

Dancing. Singing. Acting. A musical production, said director and cast members of the Moffat County High School musical, incorporates a dizzying number of elements.

Police blotter for Nov. 14

Adrian Delfino Gonzales, 20, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Craig briefs for Nov. 14

SHARE Craig Distribution Day is Saturday at the American Legion Building, formerly known as Shadow Mountain Clubhouse, on County Road 7.

Datebook for Nov. 14

8 a.m. The Craig Downtown Business Association meets at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. The second Wednesday of each month is a Meet-and-Greet, hosted by a local business.

Coaching residents through barriers

Commission OKs new social services position

At Tuesday's Moffat County Commission meeting, Marie Peer recalled a past experience she had counseling a single mother of two.

Tuesday, November 13

Mary Jo Brown: Senior spotlight

I hope you all had a nice Veterans Day. I say nice because I know for some it could have been better, myself included.

Craig briefs for Nov. 13

Church: Don't be alone for holiday

First Congregational Church will host a special Thanksgiving dinner Sunday, the church recently announced.

Datebook for Nov. 13

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. A book fair is at East Elementary. The public is invited. Call Kristy at 824-6042.

Kum & Go closes for six weeks

North location's building to be demolished, replaced with gas pumps

The Kum & Go store at 895 Yampa Ave. closed at 5 p.m. Monday night and should remain closed temporarily for about a month to six weeks, manager Les Self said.

School district enrollment up

Overall student population in Moffat County shows modest increase from last year

Enrollment in the Moffat County School District increased slightly from last year, exceeding budget projections and bringing in more - but not much more - state funding for the district.

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A reason to relay

50 percent discount on team registration at Wednesday meeting

The Craig Relay for Life committee will hold a "pre-kickoff" meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Moffat County High School Library.

Police blotter for Nov. 13

Keone Ikaika Beaulieu-Kalilkane, 20, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of aggravated robbery.

David DeRose: Volunteer firefighters deserve pat on back

On Thursday, Nov. 8, I had the experience of being in the building at 485 Washington St. to begin winterizing any piping that we could. I was more than surprised to find the building in the condition it is in.

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John Vandelinder: Bulldog Beat

The week in review for Bulldog sports

The Moffat County High School boys and girls basketball teams started practices last week, with final cuts and roster decisions coming soon. The Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club started the season with a bang, giving hockey fans optimism.

Prevention

Teen education program seeks to reduce violence

A program sponsored by Advocates-Crisis Support Services, PReVENT educates high school students about bullying and relationship-based violence and then trains them to pass that information on to their peers.

Monday, November 12

War memorial fountain dedicated

One of Steamboat Springs resident Buck Buckland's most vivid memories while working for the U.S. Department of Defense was seeing family members talk to each other on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall, while they couldn't see each other.

Craig furniture outlet closes

Progress isn't always good for the status quo.

Craig sports brief for Nov. 12

Bulldogs win both games in double-header Friday

The Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club (2-0) easily dispatched visiting Kremmling, 10-2, late Friday night, sweeping the double-header with the Cattle Kings (0-2).

Health Watch: Wash your hands, and do it right

Do you wash your hands before meals and after using the toilet? With images of your mother hovering over your shoulder, you probably answered yes. But, do you really?

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The retired and the rescued

Local veterans pay proper thanks to worn, torn and tattered American flags

Under other circumstances, an event organized to burn hundreds of American flags would be either cause for outrage, a happening born of protest, or both. Sunday morning's gathering at the Moffat County Fairgrounds was neither.

Andy Bockelman: 'Bee Movie' stung by inconsistencies

In the mood for a cartoon with talking bugs and more black and yellow than a cab company? If so, then swarm to "Bee Movie."

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Puck Ewes blank Aspen, 2-0

Goalie Kandice Torno pitches first shutout of season

As a goalie in hockey, the idea of a perfectly played game is about getting the all-to-elusive shutout victory against the opposition.

Craig briefs for Nov. 12

Support group to host juicing program

Craig Cancer Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Craig office, 745 Russell St. Irina Caras will present a program on juicing. Cancer survivors and their support people are invited to the tasting party. For more information, call 824-3990.

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Home again

Information specialist returned to county for retirement

Ned Miller, an information specialist at the Moffat County Visitors' Center, retired 35 years ago.

Datebook for Nov. 12

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.

Saturday, November 10

Moffat County School Board and Administration: School Board thanks community for support

The Moffat County School Board and administration, would like to extend a sincere thank you to the community for their support of 3A.

Suspect arrested in robbery

Beaulieu-Kalilikane charged with armed robbery of Kum & Go

The Craig Police Department arrested a Craig man Thursday in connection to the September robbery of the east Kum & Go.

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A Bulldog big sister

Football trainer and senior a constant on Moffat County football field for past four years

High School football is filled with hard-hitting tackles, battles in the trenches and physical blocking schemes. When the inevitable happens and an injury occurs, running out onto the field is the trainer.

Hayden vetoes houses near airport

City's Planning Commission updates Comprehensive Plan

The Hayden Planning Commission on Tuesday struck down the idea of building residential housing near Yampa Valley Regional Airport, amid fears that doing so would create "two separate Haydens."

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Blue jackets, bright futures

Twelve students represent Moffat County at national FFA convention in Indianapolis

The week of Oct. 23, 12 Moffat County FFA members, Moffat County FFA adviser Rick Murr, and chaperones Maureen Wilkey and Dave Summer flew from Denver to Indianapolis, site of this year's National FFA Convention.

Our View: People and politics

Tuesday's election brings editorial board members a sigh of relief, but also a bit of concern.

HUD changes in fair market rents met by protests

Ridgeview West to raise rents, forcing Section 8 tenants to move; few area apartments found that meet guidelines

Sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Such is the case for at least 12 local families who receive U.S. Housing and Urban Development Section 8 housing vouchers through the Colorado Division of Housing.

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Moffat County hockey wins season opener

Penalties can make or break a hockey club during the course of a game, placing pressure on the guilty team.

Winterize your vehicle before cold weather arrives

Last year was one of the most active winter seasons in Colorado history. In late December 2006, Colorado received two back-to-back storms that combined to produce up to five feet of snow.

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Art of the kill

Leland Reinier opened Big Cat Taxidermy four years ago in Craig. His father, Bob Reinier, is also a taxidermist and operates his own business, B&L Quality Taxidermy, in Steamboat Springs.

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Faith and the art of motorcycle maintenance

Road to recovery littered with smiles and tears for local man Kevin 'Bear' Riddle

The burly man sitting on the lawn chair that's too small, in front of a Colorado Street home that isn't his own, is drinking a beer. Only, he's a recovering alcoholic.

Police blotter for Nov. 10

Alfred Joseph Jensen, 63, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under restraint, careless driving and compulsory insurance.

Datebook for Nov. 10

Joey Hendershott hosts a bake sale outside City Market to raise money for his trip to Washington, D.C., next March. He was nominated to participate in the People to People Leadership Forum. Call 824-6248.

Friday, November 9

Suspect arrested in Kum & Go robbery

The Craig Police Department arrested a Craig man Thursday in connection to the September armed robbery of the east Kum and Go.

Striking out against meth

COMA bowling fundraiser provides funds for drug abuse awareness

The war against drugs continues this weekend - at a bowling alley.

Craig briefs for Nov. 9

The Aging Well Program offers an all day program, "Wellness Wednesdays", each Wednesday at the American Legion Building (Shadow Mountain Clubhouse) in Craig for adults "50 and Better."

Elisa Shackelton: It's not too early to plan Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, many stores already are putting turkeys, stuffing, cranberries and baking supplies on sale.

At the root of it all

Grassroots campaign to curb youth drinking begins Tuesday

Organizers of an upcoming local campaign designed to limit underage drinking are angling for participation from key areas - health, mental health, education, law enforcement and the judicial system.

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Diane Prather: A treat sure to be eaten in a flash

As promised, this past weekend I made Pumpkin Bars, and we had them with coffee after we dug potatoes on Sunday. The bars taste like pumpkin pie.

MCHS basketball team to throw fundraiser

The Moffat County boys basketball team is out to raise money.

Two teams seek the same path

Bulldog basketball practices begin Saturday

The winter sports season for the Moffat County High School is on the horizon.

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Craig resident 'bags the big one' on hunting trip

It's not supposed to be this easy. Hunting is all about tracking the animal, staking it out, researching its habits and finding out its routines.

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Fun over 50 still possible, Red Hat Society member says

What do members of the Red Hat Society do? Anything they want, says Red Hat member Cheryl Bush.

David DeRose and J.B. Champman: Special thanks for those supporting 3A

It was a privilege to work with a great staff that cares about the future of education in Moffat County.

Moffat County Neighbor: David Dmytro

Age: 66 Place of birth: Long Beach, Calif. Occupation: Rocky Mountain SER assistant to Sam Ordoner

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Christina M. Currie: It's all about presentation

It's been a long time since I've checked the score in the nature versus nurture debate, so I've got no idea whether genetics or environment are ahead.

Datebook for Nov. 9

Joey Hendershott hosts a bake sale outside City Market to raise money for his trip to Washington, D.C., in March. He was nominated to participate in the People to People Leadership Forum. Call 824-6248.

TMH acts quickly

Board commissions study, hires general contractor for hospital project

It didn't take long for The Memorial Hospital's board and administration to move forward with plans to build a new hospital.

The Ina Rollins Family: Family expresses gratitude for kindness

The family of Ina Rollins wishes to express its deepest gratitude for the kindness expressed during the passing of our mother.

Police Blotter for Nov. 7

Deputies responded to eight requests to assist another agency.

A drive for improved roads

Former CDOT leader starts push for rural highway improvements

Dick Prosence, of Maybell, doesn't like the drive on Highway 13, his town's main roadway.

Thursday, November 8

Commission 'tickled' about growth

Two Moffat County commissioners shared optimistic expectations for the future Wednesday morning.

Datebook for Nov. 8

Today 9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club is scheduled to meet at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant. "Quietus" by Vivian Schilling will be reviewed by Susie Begam-Violette. Call Veda at 824-5703.

Craig briefs for Nov. 8

This annual observance, created by the American Cancer Society, encourages smokers and chewers to quit for a day in hopes that they can quit for good.

Police Blotter for Nov. 6

Michael Dawayne Garren, 20, of Rawlins, Wyo., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of theft, burglary and criminal trespassing.

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Voter turnout up for odd-year elections

During the past 10 years, November coordinated elections - those in odd numbered years -have averaged a 31 percent voter turnout.

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Diving in

Elementary school students getting their feet wet

Ridgeview Elementary School physical education teacher Matt Ray stands at about 6 feet 8 inches tall.

Retiree funerals get a change

Veterans Hotline Air Force Changing Details for Retiree Funerals (AFRNS): Manpower cuts and a high operations tempo, plus more retiree funerals than ever in Air Force history, mean base honor guards Air Force-wide need to change the way they perform retiree funerals.

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Speech and debate team starts varsity season at home

For varsity members of the Moffat County speech and debate team, the training has led up to this.

Heather Burchall: Partake in Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society is urging thousands of tobacco users across the country to give up their tobacco products for the day and perhaps a lifetime on Nov. 15 for the Great American Smokeout.

Justin Vandelinder: College vs. pro

The sporting world is a mystical place.

Bulldog basketball to throw fundraiser

Twelve-year-old basketballs.

Shelly Flannery: A hospitable, welcoming place to hunt

As the director of Tourism for Moffat County, I would like to commend the local communities for their welcoming attitude with the hunters who flock to Moffat County this time of year. It would be easy to become frustrated when you can't find a parking space anywhere you go, and just a little grumpy when both grocery stores are completely out of milk and bananas, but the majority of folks here in Moffat County don't go there. They seem to understand that this influx of visitors sporting camouflage and blaze orange also are pouring revenue into the economy, and when you take time to visit with them, they're pretty interesting and friendly on top of it.

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'It will be a success'

Wal-Mart opens doors to throng of eager residents

Wednesday started early for one Craig family and its neighbor.

Gas, oil prices set records

The simple action of going to the gas station and filling up a gas tank doesn't always conjure images of global markets spinning out of control and complicated geopolitical relationships.

Wednesday, November 7

CNCC enrollment increase highest in system

Enrollment at Colorado Northwestern Community College is on the rise, school officials reported Monday.

Used book sale to benefit library

Fiction. Nonfiction. Western. Sci-Fi. Name any genre, and it will probably be there.

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A 'decisive' vote

School bond passes by two-thirds

When the unofficial vote totals for Referendum 3A were posted in the Moffat County Courthouse hallway Tuesday night, Joel Sheridan - a former math teacher - scanned the numbers and added up the results in his head.

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Election elation

Voters approve new $42.6 million hospital

Administrators, board members and supporters of The Memorial Hospital's proposed ballot question, 1A, got the news they were hoping for Tuesday night after the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office posted election results.

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Diane Prather: Whoopi gives advice to 'you' in children's book

You'll never see Whoopi Goldberg with her finger in her nose. It's just bad manners - and "ucky," too. And that's just one example of bad manners. The reader will find plenty more in this week's book.

Police Blotter for Nov. 5

Thursday, Nov. 1 David Stanley Lenfest, 71, of Hayden, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Craig briefs for Nov. 7

The Rifle Snowmobile Club hosts a snowmobile swap and pig roast from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Old Ben Rex parking lot on Railroad Ave., next to City Market. Visitors may bring snowmobile-related items to the swap.

Our view: No-need politics

It is meant to provide better collaboration, help state workers, and create a more efficient work place.

Starting the season strong

CMS seventh-grade basketball team wins Glenwood tournament

The Craig Middle School seventh-grade football team wrapped up its season two weeks ago.

Debbie and Zach Hansen: Thanks for supporting family through battle

We would like to thank everyone who supported Zach and I throughout Mike Hansen's battle with cancer. This community has taught and shown us how caring Craig is.

Wal-Mart opens today

Months of anticipation from business leaders, politicians and retail customers ends in Craig today.

Datebook for Nov. 7

Today 8 a.m. The Craig Downtown Business Association meets at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. The second Wednesday of each month is a meet-and-greet, hosted by a local business.

Tuesday, November 6

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Hospital, school measures pass

With the majority of all ballots officially counted both tax questions in the November 2007 election have passed.

Datebook for Nov. 6

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day. Federal law requires voters to present identification at the polls. Vote Centers are located at the Centennial Mall of Craig at 1111 West Victory Way in Craig; Hamilton Town Hall on South Highway 13 in Hamilton; the Maybell Community Center at 103 Ellis in Maybell; and Dinosaur Town Hall at 333 S. Stegosaurus in Dinosaur.

Craig briefs for Nov. 6

Baggs police grateful for donations

The Baggs, Wyo., Police Department has received several grants and donations recently, the police department reported Monday.

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Suspect in high-speed chase flees hospital

The Colorado State Patrol is looking for a man who walked out of Yampa Valley Medical Center early Saturday morning while recovering from minor injuries suffered Friday during a high-speed car chase and subsequent crash.

Bulldog Beat: The week in review for Moffat County High School sports

The fall sports season for Moffat County High School has come to a close, so this week was pretty thin. The winter season is on the horizon, so be on the lookout for future analysis of boys and girls basketball, wrestling, hockey and swimming to hit the beat in the coming weeks.

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A losing record, but a season not lost

Moffat County High School football players proud of year on the field

After each Moffat County High School football game, the Bulldogs knelt in a circle to accept criticism and accolades from head coach Kip Hafey and assistant coach Lance Scranton.

Commissioners heard before climate plan unveiled

Before Gov. Bill Ritter publicly unveiled his Climate Action Plan at Coors Field on Monday, the Moffat County commissioners were given a chance to give their thoughts.

Elk Hunting Capital of the World

Craig Branding Committee makes the campaign official

From many accounts, the town has decided, and the Craig Branding Committee agrees, Craig is the Elk Hunting Capital of the World.

A STEP up

Employment program gives students natural resource conservation experience

In an effort to recruit a younger work force, the Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering part-time employment to Moffat County High School students during the school year.

Man gored by deer while hunting

Victim's name and condition not yet released

One man's hunting trip took a dangerous turn this weekend when a wounded buck deer gored him approximately 15 miles south of Craig.

Police blotter for Nov. 6

Officers responded to three requests to assist another agency.

Super Tuesday

Voters to decide fate of new construction questions

At some point tonight, officials from the Moffat County School District and The Memorial Hospital will learn whether the immediate futures of their respective organizations will be shaped by voter-approved new construction measures.

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'Our top choice'

District Attorney lands dedicated rookie prosecutor

October was a month of accomplishments for rookie attorney and new 14th Judicial District prosecutor Matthew Barrett.

Monday, November 5

Salvation Army seeks volunteer bell ringers for holiday donation drive

When the holiday season begins in earnest this year, residents may hear new sounds as they go about their business - sounds like snow crunching underfoot or an occasional Christmas carol.

Monitors give voice to silent disease

Monitoring your blood pressure is kind of like watching the temperature and oil pressure gauges on your automobile. If your car is relatively new and has been well maintained, those gauges are going to be sitting right on normal nearly all of the time. But, it's still important to keep your eye on them - just in case.

L J Davis: Patients need to be patient at TMH

In my line of work, I have spent quite some time in the emergency room at The Memorial Hospital.

Ron Schaeffer: Police department appreciated for patrol

A special thank you to the Craig Police Department for assisting with traffic control during the recent Halloween activities.

Fitness, lessons keep older skiers, riders on the slopes

At their best, alpine skiing, telemarking and snowboarding are exhilarating, freeing and fun sports. At their worst, they are, well, painful.

The surgical services department: TMH staff gives reasons to vote 'yes'

In a few days our community has a vital decision to make that will impact our future for generations to come.

Datebook for Nov. 5

Today 6 to 7 p.m. The Moffat County High School Parent Accountability Committee meets in the high school library.

Legislative committee taking more time

Severance tax group explores 'consensus bill'

A special committee of the Colorado Legislature has been given more time to draft a bill that could lead to a new bonding authority for huge infrastructure projects in areas heavily impacted by energy development.

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Puck Ewes in the win column

Eckroth hat trick in third period leads ladies past Vail, 4-1

As the two-time defending champions of the Women's Association of Colorado Hockey, the Puck Ewes have been skating with a bulls-eye on their backs.

West Theater should open Friday

'Closed for new seats' will not be shown

The movie-going public may have noticed there were no movies to go to in Craig the past couple weeks.

Barry Bergman: Thank you for engaging discussion

I would like to thank all the citizens of Moffat County who have engaged in the thoughtful debate about Referendum 1A. A very active discussion thread has been taking place on the Craig Daily Press Web site.

Saturday, November 3

Bill Ronis: Model character for our children

Our third-grade class volunteers to raise and lower the flags each day outside in front of our school.

Early voting ends with higher than expected turnout

About 1,700 ballots cast early in race to decide two tax proposals

One group - proponents or opponents - are leading in the race to decide whether Moffat County gets new and revitalized schools and a new hospital.

Craig briefs for Nov. 3

The Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project and the Moffat County Library are sponsoring "Ask-A-Lawyer Night" on Tuesday at the library's Craig Branch. The event entails a 10 to 15-minute private consultation with a member of the Northwest Colorado Bar Association.

Our view: Part of the process

If you have sauntered through Steamboat Springs during the past few weeks, it's easy to see how contested the 'Boat's City Council election is.

Moffat County Neighbor: Al Cushion

Al Cushion Age: 53 Occupation: Insurance Agent

Halloween goes to church

Local congregations host Halloween alternatives

This Halloween, some parents and their children opted not to canvas the block in search of candy.

Dave Summers: Need to provide better learning environment

Having had kids in the Moffat County School District the past 13 years and having at least another eight years to go, I have seen that we need to provide a better learning environment and a more secure one four our kids.

VNA offers programs for women's health and newborn care

When it comes to community resources, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is often the first point of contact for expectant parents and families with young children. VNA is the local Public Health provider for Routt and Moffat counties and is home to many community programs. The following is a summary of just some of the services and resources available through VNA. All programs are free unless otherwise noted.

A moment in time

Painting captures long-past summer, historic friendship

A gun, a felled elk and the stillness of the Colorado wilderness.

Bulldogs lose season finale

Rifle football shuts down Moffat County High School, 28-6

The Moffat County football team visited Rifle on Friday for a match up of teams heading in different directions.

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Sporting a family tradition

Hafey brothers, son take college skills to influence 900 Craig athletes

Driving up to the quaint house located on the corner of Woodbury and Woodland streets, you can see the lights from the big screen television in the family room from the lawn.

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PAC meeting to hear parent input, discuss school-related issues

The monthly Moffat County High School Parent Accountability Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday evening, giving parents of high school students an opportunity to become more involved in their child's education.

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Views from the inside

CMS students and staff support bond issue

Craig Middle School teachers have been there.

Stan Hathhorn: Shelve 1A and 3A

I think by now everyone is aware of the intentionally devious wording of both ballot issues.

Datebook for Nov. 3

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A free car care clinic for single mothers, seniors and residents with disabilities takes place at 1150 W. Ninth. Visits are by appointment only. Call Love INC at 826-4400.

Natasha Chapman: First vote, and vote 'yes' on 3A

As a senior at Moffat County High School and a newly registered voter, I am excited about the opportunity and privilege that I have to join the rest of my family in shaping the future of Craig, Moffat County, Colorado and the United States of America.

Going to the big show

Local 4Hers travel to national stock competitions

Andrea Maneotis helped her sister prepare animals for the American Royal last year because she was too young to show them herself.

Ray DuBois: Compelling reasons to vote 'yes' on 1A, 3A

I have been closely following the debate about whether Moffat County needs a new hospital, a new middle school and upgrades to our other school buildings.

Police Blotter for Nov. 1

Moffat County Jail No reports

Looking Back: Capacity audience sees 'Teahouse'

From the Thursday, Nov. 7, 1957, issue of the Steamboat Pilot:

Leading stroke experts visit Craig for program

The Colorado Stroke Alliance and The Memorial Hospital will offer an education program from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital on the acute management of stroke patients. There is no registration fee and lunch is included at no charge.

Friday, November 2

Craig briefs for Nov. 2

The next distribution day for the Love INC coat drive is Saturday at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Volunteers will be available to assist people needing a coat from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Christina M. Currie: Sweet tooth

Ever since 7-year-old Katie had the miraculous discovery that her two front teeth were lose, part of our bedtime ritual includes me wiggling them and then predicting when they'll fall out.

First-round challenge for Hayden

'Second season' hopes go through tough Sanford team

The Hayden High School football team has proved that it can win when it must win.

John Vandelinder: Melo and the fellows

Rockies gone, Broncos sink, it's Nuggets time

The general consensus this week in the "man about town" suggests Craig football fans have discarded the notion of the Broncos making the playoffs.

Maybell couple starts woodworking business out of shed

Wander up around Maybell, a little more than four miles northwest on Highway 318, and you might find a family trying something new.

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On the way

United Way campaign moving toward $475,000 goal

With about 25 percent of pledges returned, and results out from several large donors, it's still too early to tell whether the Moffat County United Way campaign will reach its $475,000 fundraising goal.

Hospital expecting $1M net profit

Improved financials behind expected gain

Financial projections indicate The Memorial Hospital is on pace to earn $1 million net profit by the end of the year, the hospital's highest profit margin since at least 2002.

Sports briefs for Nov. 2

The news is in. Results have been posted for this year's Western Slope League "All Conference" and "Honorable Mention" selections. Three Bulldogs have been named to the team.

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Diane Prather: Pumpkins a plenty

Last December, Julie Jones-Eddy (formerly of Craig and now from Colorado Springs) sent me her mother's recipe for "Pumpkin Chiffon Pie." Margaret E. Jones always made the pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Keeping in check

Love INC sponsors free car clinic

For some, a car's engine is a mystical force propelling them down the road. If a problem were to arise, keeping it running could be a bewildering challenge.

Which way the water flows

The head of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources stirred up a tempest Wednesday in the Legislature's interim Water Resources Review Committee with a suggestion that two big pots of money used to pay for water projects be merged into one.

Datebook for Nov. 2

Today 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second eight-hour "crash course" for temporary hunter educations cards takes place at the Maybell Community Center. This class will be the last day before the start of the third season. Call 272-3238.

Police Blotter for Oct. 31

Mendylon Paige Strickland, 45, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating conditions of release.

Don't let credit cards take you permanently into debt

When I was little, my Grandpa drilled it into my head that if a person couldn't pay cash for something, he couldn't afford it. Unfortunately, along came credit cards and too many people seem to have lost the ability to assess what they can and can't "afford."

Pete Bergmann: Don't let rumor mill guide your vote

First of all, we would like to thank the residents of Moffat County for allowing us to share information regarding the upcoming 3A election.

Marilyn Bouldin: Support 1A and 3A

Even though I have moved away, I still care deeply about the community of Craig and Moffat County.

Susan Whinery: Insider's view: Yes on 3A

A friend recently mentioned that few individuals in our circumstances (50-plus years old and with grown children) seemed to speak in favor of the school bond issue, 3A.

Thursday, November 1

James (Jim) L. Simpson Family: Thank you

We would like to thank Dr. Kinder, The Memorial Hospital Staff and G & G Medical Staff for the help and care given to Jim Simpson before he passed away Sept. 8, 2007.

Nuggets bottle up Durant in 120-103 win against Seattle

Kevin Durant's shot was off in his NBA debut, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Seattle SuperSonics, 120-103, on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.

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In the business of competition

Christine Knight has traveled globe as world-class runner

Italy, Canada, Australia and Denmark.

Police blotter for Oct. 29

Monday, Oct. 29 Jason R. Swanson, 32, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrant.

Moffat County football team travels to Rifle for season finale

The victories haven't piled up like most expected this season for the Moffat County football team, but coach Kip Hafey said wins and losses don't necessarily reveal the success of the team.

Annual fundraiser to benefit local mothers in need of aid

Spending $250 for a pair of pies may be unheard of at most auctions, but it happened last year at the chili supper and silent auction hosted by the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center.

Flu vaccines did arrive

The Craig Telehealth Clinic did get flu shot vaccine in and held a limited walk-in for shots on Tuesday. Another day will be scheduled shortly. A full walk-in clinic is scheduled for Nov. 27.

TV show will blow up family's home to eliminate radon

On Sunday night at 6 p.m., the popular ABC television program "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will blow up a home in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Datebook for Nov. 1

5:15 p.m. The Craig Beautification Committee is scheduled to meet at the Craig Chamber of Commerce building. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Change of plan

Bridget Manley follows unforeseen calling

If college taught Bridget Manley anything, she said it taught her this: education is not destiny.

MCTA seeking grants for museum

Part of agreement for office space

For the Moffat County Tourism Association, it's that time renters see coming but don't always budget accordingly.

Visitors, locals invited to Holiday Inn Hunting Camp

When it began last year, it was geared toward visitors - hunters who come to Craig for a country getaway.

Hayden salaries still lag

Town Board looking to increase wages in 2008 budget

Even with recommended pay increases in 2008, salaries for law enforcement officers in Hayden still lag about 15 percent behind pay at the Routt County Sheriff's Office and the Steamboat Springs Police Department, Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch said Tuesday.