Stories for October 2007


Wednesday, October 31

Wall was in county vehicle

Sheriff's Office employee provided ride home after traffic stop

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall was in his county-owned vehicle when he was pulled over and charged with DUI and prohibitive use of a weapon Saturday night. A Sheriff's Office employee provided Wall and his female passenger a ride home after the traffic stop.

Any officer can arrest the sheriff

Colorado State Patrol troopers could have arrested Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday night, even though Wall is the county's top law enforcement officer.

Maureen Wilkey: MCHS FFA trip was experience of a lifetime

Twelve members of the Moffat County High School FFA boarded buses at 4 a.m. Oct. 23 and headed out for an experience of a lifetime. By 10 p.m., they had driven and flown halfway across the country to Indianapolis to compete and represent their school at the National FFA Convention.

State OKs funds for Highway 13

Committee allocates $6.5 million for section

Colorado Highway 13 - including a stretch between Craig and Wyoming - will receive a $10 million upgrade next year, the Colorado Department of Transportation reported.

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City looks at potential surplus

Sales tax revenues higher than projected for 2007, trend expected to continue

There might be some grounded proof to the optimism emanating from Craig City Hall. Sales tax numbers are up, and that's a good indicator the local economy is not only healthy, but, as City Hall projects, it's growing.

Datebook for Oct. 31

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.

Police blotter for Oct. 31

Moffat County Jail No reports.

'Bring it on'

Puck Ewes hockey team looking to defend Women's Association of Colorado Hockey trophy

Some say hockey is supposed to be a man's sport. Tell that to the women who are members of the Puck Ewes.

Locals sound off on Broncos' loss to Packers

The Craig Daily Press took to the city streets Tuesday afternoon for predictions from local residents on whether the Broncos will make the playoffs this season.

Our view: Tourists in all of us

It's important to remember the benefit of tourists

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'After Diana' an interesting book packed with information

When I read a biography, I turn to the book's bibliography and sources pages. It seems to me that the longer the list of references, the more likely the book's contents are credible.

Commission makes money, spends money

The Moffat County Commission said taxpayers want them to run the county like a business. With that in mind, the commission approved proposed fee increases for the Moffat County Landfill at its meeting Tuesday.

Craig briefs for Oct. 31

Church's Halloween Funfest today

First Christian Church hosts its annual Funfest, a Halloween alternative, from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the church, 960 W. Victory Way.

Q&A on Referendum 1A with TMH's Samantha Johnston

A transcript from Monday night's online chat with The Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Samantha Johnston

Tuesday, October 30

Datebook for Oct. 30

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.

Police blotter for Oct. 30

Terry Lynn Earle, 37, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a court order.

Gene Bilodeau: Two measures will enhance quality of life

It's been almost a year since the voters of Moffat County voted yes on last year's ballot measure asking for a continuation of the 3 mills that Colorado Northwestern Community College receives each year.

Hayden Town Board and public to discuss budget tonight

The Hayden Town Board of Trustees will hold its budget workshop tonight, opening its proposed 2008 budget for discussion by the board and town residents.

Terry Crouse: Property owners don't have unlimited funds

I have nothing against a new hospital or improving education.

Patrick D. Calicura: Officials have forgotten about who elected them

I am compelled to address recent issues addressed by our local officials.

Craig briefs for Oct. 30

Friday last day for early voting

Friday is the last day for early voting in the 2007 general election.

Commission decides on fair board today

Possible landfill increases also to be discussed

What makes someone volunteer for the Moffat County Fair Board? In the case of Nancy Hettinger, who spends her weekdays as an administrative assistant at the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, she just wants to help her neighborhood.

CDOT urges residents to be safe on Halloween

Don't let Halloween turn into a nightmare. Those are the precautionary words issued by the Colorado Department of Transportation for state residents planning to celebrate the holiday Wednesday.

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Bulldogs romp

Moffat County freshman football team wins, 36-6, in season finale against West Grand

The Moffat County High School freshman football team made a huge leap forward, defeating visiting West Grand High School, 36-6, in the Bulldogs' season finale Monday.

Contract may pay off for county

Inspector finding unreported assets

Suzanne Brinks may have discovered more than $40,000 in taxes for the county. She did it with an inspector from Visual Lease Services, an Oklahoma-based company that contracts with government bodies to appraise private oil and gas assets.

John Vandelinder: The end of the road

Bulldog Beat

Last week was the end of the road for two of Moffat County's sports teams.

Monday, October 29

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Wall: 'I wasn't intoxicated'

Sheriff, State Patrol keep tight-lipped about case

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall reaffirmed his innocence to charges of drunken driving Monday but declined to provide any specifics about the Saturday night traffic stop that has sparked another controversy involving the county's top law enforcement officer.

Alphi Bennett: I want the right to vote on future taxes

I don't know about the rest of the community, but I would like to have a right to vote for or against any future taxes. If 1A and 3A passes, I can certainly kiss my rights goodbye.

Dr. Michael Sisk: Please vote 'yes' on 1A in November

Over the past few weeks, I've watched the discussion about a new hospital facility unfold on the Craig Daily Press reader forum, and I've heard the discussion in the community. I'm compelled to offer my opinion about whether a new hospital facility will mean more doctors and specialists.

Duane "Cris" Criswell: Ballot issue 3A is not fair

The Board of Education wants new facilities for the Craig schools and no facilities for the children in Dinosaur. Those children have to go to school somewhere else.

Owen A. Grant: Please support proposition 1A

As we approach Election Day in 2007, I would like to urge the voters of Moffat County to support proposition 1A, which makes additional funds available for the construction of a new hospital for Craig and Moffat County.

Mark Rydberg: Financial impact of investing in schools

There have been many questions related to ballot question 3A.

Aging Well: The Sandwich Generation - caught in the middle

Maybe you've heard the term "sandwich generation" and wondered what it means. Visualize yourself being pressed between two large slices of bread about to be eaten by a huge monster - only the "bread" is your parents and your children, and the "monster" is time.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: The heart of our people

It's a bubble. Everything seems perfect. All it takes is one flame, one gust of wind and one scream to turn a bad day into a natural disaster. It wasn't the crisp ocean breeze that woke me up that morning or the laughter of my roommates echoing from the kitchen.

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Girl runners continue tradition of excellence

Nelson fourth, Jourgensen 15th at state meet

The Moffat County Football Team put up a "Tradition of Excellence" board this year to show the history of the football team's postseason appearances. The girls cross-country team could use a display of their own.

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Bulldogs volleyball season ends at district tournament

Heading into the second round of the district tournament in Montrose on Saturday, the Moffat County High School volleyball team had won 14 consecutive matches.

Rollover sends 3 to hospital

Saturday crash injures teens, damages property

A Craig couple's quiet evening at home was disrupted Saturday night by the sounds of an out-of-control car sheering a front-yard fire hydrant and crashing through a chain-link fence.

Business news and notes for Oct. 29

Resident crafts intuitive marketing campaign for Craig

Craig needed a push.

Health watch: Can eHealth keep you healthy?

When Paul was diagnosed with hypertension, he wanted to know everything he could do to help manage his disease. So to supplement the information given him by his doctor, he went to the Internet.

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'Not forgotten'

Craig woman chronicles the lives of the Yampa Valley

They came to Craig by wagon, by train, by automobile.

Craig briefs for Oct. 29

'Oklahoma' to be performed at MCHS

Moffat County High School is presenting Rodgers and Hammersteins musical "Oklahoma!" with four performances - 7 p.m. Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Nov. 16 and 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 17 - in the Moffat County High School auditorium.

Datebook for Oct. 29

7 p.m. Samantha Johnston will answer questions about the hospital tax question, referendum 1A, during a live Web chat on

Sunday, October 28

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Sheriff issued summons for DUI

Wall denies his ability was impaired

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence and prohibitive use of a weapon Saturday night by the Colorado State Patrol.

Saturday, October 27

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Limits and liabilities

TMH officials: New hospital the only option for improving health care

Vic Updike, The Memorial Hospital's facilities manager, emphasized Friday two major points, facts he hopes voters keep in mind in coming weeks, regarding the current hospital building.

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Trapper Mine employees guide hunts for disabled

Hunting has been a life-long passion for Jack Fischer. His house is full of mounts from his time hunting in seven states, along with an array of weapons.

Datebook for Oct. 27

Datebook for Oct. 27

Police blotter for Oct. 25

Thursday, Oct. 25

What others have to say on ballot issue 3A

• Very simply, the primary purpose of 3A is to repair our aging buildings. We are at the point where we must have the necessary funding to bring our buildings up to current standards. - Joel D Sheridan, Assistant Superintendent

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Andy Bockelman: 'Gone Baby Gone' one year's best films

The crime drama "Gone Baby Gone" is a powerful piece of cinema that should keep viewers engrossed.

SAMANTHA JOHNSTON: The need for a new hospital is very real

A new administration. A new way.

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Andy Bockelman: Simply put, 'Comeback' is not good

The sports spoof "The Comebacks" may boast some all-star comedic talent, but almost every moment of the movie is worthy of the bench.

TMH doctors: More than a vote for a pretty building

Building a new hospital is not just about having a pretty, new building.

Our View: A matter of due diligence

Before voting on 3A - a bond proposal to rebuild the middle school and update other Moffat County School District schools - in the Nov. 6 election, consider the following:

Ranching book helps fundraiser

Great Ranches of the West is a large, 228-page coffee table book featuring spectacular photography and the fascinating history of 30 great ranches and the families that run them, and a portion of its sales are being used as a fundraiser for Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America.

Mike and Suzanne Brinks: Vote 'yes' on ballot issues 1A and 3A

We are writing this letter to voice our support of both ballot questions on the November ballot: 1A for our hospital and 3A for our schools.

Halloween fun for adults, kids

Costume parties kickoff tonight

Halloween is Wednesday and with that comes several festivities to keep both adults and children alike entertained.

Doris Moore: New hospital needed in Craig

This is in response to Debra Sanders letter saying how expensive our hospital costs are compared to St. Mary's. I would like to say she probably has her friend still because The Memorial Hospital has an emergency room, equipment and doctors there that took care of him, plus the new drugs that were needed to stabilize him.

Chuck Mack: Address of the president

Listed below is part 4 of a 5-part speech President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered by radio from the White House on May 2, 1943. The speech was mentioned in Chuck Mack's column appearing Sept. 22 in the Saturday Morning Press.

Painting the town red

Grand Futures Director coordinates Red Ribbon Week

This week, Chad Kiniston is seeing red, and he hopes it's contagious.

Board discusses statewide graduation standards

In the next year, there may be more debate in education beyond money for public schools.

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Bulldogs suffer big loss

Glenwood passes by Moffat County, 55-12, on senior night

A close 21-12, halftime deficit turned into one of the worst home losses the Bulldogs have suffered in more than 20 years.


It's not over yet.

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Bucking traditional outreach

CPD's seat belt program starts next week

History can change people, and people can change history.

Michael Lyon: Time to step up to the plate; 'yes' on 1A and 3A

My wife and I have lived in Craig since 1980.

Friday, October 26

Craig man faces three felonies

30-year-old charged in connection with alleged child sex assault

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office has charged a 30-year-old Craig man with three felony charges in connection with an alleged assault of an 11-year-old girl.

Lucille Theis: New hospital will aid health care needs

I am writing in support of The Memorial Hospital's tax question - 1A. I strongly believe that it is time for a new hospital that is able to accommodate more advanced health care and specialists.

Thomas N. Told: 1A and 3A support vital to future economy

I have spent nearly my entire medical career practicing in Craig and The Memorial Hospital. It has been a rewarding experience to see the medical community grow. Today, we have one of the finest group of physicians and staff serving at our hospital that I have seen in my 34 years of working there. These people have a great team spirit and tremendous drive to deliver the best care to the patients. We are destined to be one of the top 100 hospitals, and we are working hard for that goal, but it requires everyone's help.

Elisa Shackelton: Use your crockpot safely

Opening the front door on a cold evening and being greeted by the inviting smell of beef stew or chicken enchiladas wafting from a slow cooker/crockpot can be a dream come true at the end of a long work day. Slow cookers can make life a little more convenient because, by planning ahead, you save time later. They also take less electricity than an oven.

Police blotter for Oct. 24

Police blotter for Oct. 24

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'Go big, or go home'

Bulldog volleyball team looking to win districts

The atmosphere inside the Moffat County gymnasium during Thursday's volleyball practice wasn't what you would expect from a senior-laden team, which could possibly be playing for its final time.

Bob Woods: Were our founders Christian?

Our founders were not of one religious persuasion.

Cross-country team prepares for state championships

Top 10. That is what Moffat County cross country coach Todd Trapp is hoping his boys and girls teams each finish at Saturday's state championship in Colorado Springs.

Agreement reached in Eller case

District Attorney's Office, former marshal defer prosecution

Russell "Wayne" Eller, the former Dinosaur town marshal who was charged with lying about his professional background, agreed to a deal Tuesday that bans him from seeking law enforcement employment for a year without conceding guilt.

Turning up the heat

Social Services helps low-income families pay heating bills

Worried about the winter cold?

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Christina M. Currie: Paying the price

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it'll cost me more than $500,000 to feed, clothe, transport and care for my two girls. That's assuming they move out they day they turn 18, and that doesn't include any college-related expenses.

Promoting the 'love of books'

Local author to visit Downtown Books

Downtown Books co-owners Carol Jacobson and Caroline Dotson like to provide things for people they may not be able to get otherwise.

Rockies lose nail-biter

Schilling, bullpen pitch Red Sox past Rockies, 2-1, for 2-0 series lead

First a blowout, then a nail-biter. October ace Curt Schilling and Boston's stingy bullpen figured out another way to stop Colorado.

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Diane Prather: Popping up some good ideas

This past weekend, I finally took time to put up some of my Halloween decorations.

Craig briefs for Oct. 26

CNCC to look at elementary program

Datebook for Oct. 26

Datebook for Oct. 26

Thursday, October 25

Commission upholds Twentymile complaints

The case is over.

Police blotter for Oct. 23

Police blotter for Oct. 23

Bill Harding: Flu shot clinic postponed

The scheduled flu shot clinic for actively enrolled veterans at the Craig Teleclinic on Oct. 30 has to be cancelled.

John Vandelinder: Elam saves Broncos

It's World Series time for most, but how can we overlook the Broncos defeating the Pittsburg Steelers on Sunday.

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A promise kept

Local cancer survivor looks back on battle well fought

The realization was slow in coming.

Rockies drop the ball

Colorado goes down, 13-1, in Game 1

Now who's going to remember that the Colorado Rockies got here by winning 21 of 22?

Datebook for Oct. 25

Datebook for Oct. 25

Dental health focus of open forum

Among stories of four-year-olds with 32 rotted teeth, dental and other health providers met for an open forum Wednesday to discuss concerns and ideas on bettering dental care around the state.

Hayden artists set up shop

Cooperative to bring variety of crafts under one roof

A group of local artists and craftspeople looking for a place to call home are forming a new cooperative in downtown Hayden.

Bulldogs looking for upset in home finale

Moffat County football coach Kip Hafey draws on small pieces of cardboard paper.

Wednesday, October 24

Datebook for Oct. 24

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.

Craig briefs for Oct. 24

Auditions near for Craig Idol

The Yampa Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines will be hosting a Craig Idol contest at their annual show Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at the Moffat County High School auditorium.

Police blotter for Oct. 24

Taylor Kaye Miller, 24, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Our View: Tomorrow is today

It's no secret that many believe Craig and Moffat County are on the cusp of a growth cycle that will potentially lead to an influx of new residents, businesses and economic advantages.

Council endorses 1A, 3A

The council unanimously passed resolutions endorsing propositions 1A and 3A at its meeting Tuesday, just as Mayor Don Jones expected after the Craig City Council's Oct. 9 meeting.

High winds a major threat during winter

Gov. Bill Ritter has proclaimed this week through Saturday as winter weather preparedness week in Colorado. This is an excellent time for all individuals, families, businesses, schools, and radio and television stations to review their winter weather preparedness plans, according to a National Weather Service press release.

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Taking a shot

Craig area youths learn to shoot hoops

Toni Keleher stands in the center of the Ridgeview Elementary School gymnasium, attempting to keep a watchful eye on her team.

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Rocks or the Sox?

Local fan torn between hometown loyalty, state pride in this year's Series

There was the 1981 season, when Boston-area native and then-Northeastern University freshman Val Pleasant spent warm summer nights perched on her dormitory fire escape, watching the lights and listening to the sounds of nearby Fenway Park.

Roads hurt by area's energy traffic

Commissioners look to DOLA for grant to maintain roads

Between the oil and gas fields in Rio Blanco County and Wyoming, Moffat County sits poised for a lot of through traffic and not much else.

Predicting the Series

Local residents' thoughts on the Rockies

The Colorado Rockies, in the team's first ever World Series appearance, face perennial American League power the Boston Red Sox, in Game 1 tonight at Fenway Park in Boston.

Diane Prather: A story of the pig and the Titanic

A lot has been written about the Titanic. In fact, it might seem that there's nothing else to write about it. But then, surprise, it seems that there was a pig on board the ship - a true story.

Tuesday, October 23

MCTA: We can be more than hunting

Although Moffat County is a national hunting destination, it could be more than that, which Moffat County Tourism Association board members want to create.

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Bulldogs going to Montrose

MCHS volleyball team to travel for district championships

The word is in. The Moffat County High School girls volleyball team will be traveling to Montrose Saturday to the district championships.

Power down

Winter storm causes outage in Craig, Hayden

A storm spitting snow, ice and heavy winds Saturday night knocked out power to about 3,800 homes and businesses in Craig and Hayden, Yampa Valley Electric Association reported Monday.

What does that warning mean?

Winter is just around the corner. When a warning is issued will you know what it means, and will you know how to respond? During this Colorado Winter Weather Preparedness Week, please review the list of winter warning products, as well as warning and advisory criteria.

Mary Blakeman: Be a responsible pet owner

On Friday, 32 homeless and abandoned pets were listed on the adopt-a-pet page.

Craig briefs for Oct. 23

Council looks at 2008 budget

The Craig City Council plans to see the first drafts of the city's 2008 budget and a resolution to raise water and wastewater rates at its meeting at 7:30 tomorrow night at City Hall.

Police blotter for Oct. 23

Charles M. Bennett, 30, of Gallup, N.M., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and failure to drive in a single lane.

Craig man arrested on suspicion of child assault

A 30-year-old Craig man remained in custody Monday afternoon following his arrest on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

Bulldog Beat

The week in review for Moffat County sports

The season is over for the soccer team, but every other squad had a successful week in the Moffat County High School sports world.

Datebook for Oct. 23

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.

Developers planning hotels cannot find lots for apartments

Developers and local officials are aware that although Craig may have room to grow, the housing and lodging shortage is an obstacle.

Monday, October 22

Wanted: Full-time dentist

Dental Coalition search slow going

Slow. That is how Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition Director Janet Pearcey describes the search for a full-time dentist to work at the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition at 485 Yampa Ave.

Mike Anson: 3A would enhance learning

The primary purpose of 3A is to improve the infrastructure and facilities of the Moffat County School District.

Stay active, age wisely with ongoing classes

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, is helping residents 50 and better stay physically and socially active with ongoing classes in Routt and Moffat counties. Here is an update of current and upcoming fall/winter classes (classes are free unless otherwise noted):

Water rights making waves

Lawmaker considering state authority on future allocations

A Western Slope lawmaker is considering legislation that would give the state of Colorado authority over all future water rights.

Cross-country Bulldogs going to state

The emphasis all season long for the Moffat County cross-country team was to train hard in preparation for the end of the season.

Moffat County chews up Palisade

Volleyball team finishes regular season on 13-game win streak

Midway through the Moffat County girl's volleyball season, the Bulldogs had an overall record of 3-3. A loss to defending league champion Battle Mountain had dropped the Bulldogs to 1-2 in league play.

Local business feeling the boom

Anyone driving around town might have noticed several dug up lots surrounded by orange construction fences.

Datebook for Oct. 22

Noon to 4 p.m. The Northwest Colorado Homeschool Association will be taking a field trip to Grand Junction to visit the Jouflas Pumpkin Farm and corn maze and visit the Western Colorado Math and Science Center. For information or to RSVP, contact Tobi at 824-6512.

Marching for awareness

Candlelight vigil recognizes adults, children impacted by domestic violence

When she started Advocates Against Battering and Abuse 24 years ago, Diane Moore said women used to ask her, "You mean this happens to others, and I'm not crazy?"

Be prepared for winter weather

Winter Weather Preparedness week continues through Saturday Oct. 27, as proclaimed by Gov. Bill Ritter. Before winter weather arrives in earnest, it is highly recommended that you prepare your car or truck for winter travel.

Diabetes care - Down to the feet

Of all the treatments for the long-term management of diabetes, foot care is probably the simplest to do, and the easiest to ignore. The consequences can be enormous. Each year, about 54,000 diabetics suffer assumptions - usually as a result of a seemingly harmless skin sore.

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Chance and circumstance

Unexpected stop in Yampa Valley leads to new dentist in Craig

When Russell Blackhurst packed up his faded, maroon-and-white 1987 Ford F-150 and loaded the U-Haul behind it, his final destination was not supposed to be the Yampa Valley.

Saturday, October 20

Storm could bring 8 inches to Steamboat through Sunday

Wind, snow advisories in effect for Steamboat Springs, much of western Colorado

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of western Colorado, and wind and snow advisories in Steamboat Springs. A Pacific storm is expected to dump 4 to 8 inches of snow on Steamboat by Sunday afternoon.

The Food Mill set to close

Hayden eatery will be replaced by Mexican restaurant

Kevin and Alaine Montgomery, owners of The Food Mill restaurant in Hayden, say they just want to "have a life."

'Shaken, but not stirred'

Hillewaert third person to bowl perfect 300 in history of Thunder Rolls Bowling Center

On any given night, one can stroll into Thunder Rolls Bowling center and find more than 100 people chatting and laughing, telling tall tales of bowling glory.

ACET conducts search warrents, arrests five

Warrants net cocaine, marijuana seizures

The All Crimes Enforcement Team, formerly known as GRAMNET, conducted three search warrants Thursday in Craig that resulted in five drug-related arrests.

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Early voting begins Monday

$72.1 million in tax questions posed to voters

On the eve of the second stage of voting, and about two weeks out from Election Day, officials from the Moffat County School District and The Memorial Hospital are confident their proposals - requests totaling $72.1 million for new construction - are agreeing with voters.

Bulldogs soccer misses playoffs

The Moffat County Bulldog soccer team finished the season Thursday, with coach Seth Young exceptionally pleased with the team's effort, despite missing the playoffs.

Police blotter for Oct. 20

Rodney Joseph Wiessner, 33, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of parole violation.

Volleyball win streak hits 12

Bulldogs beat Delta in five games

With just two games left on the season and the playoffs beckoning, Moffat volleyball coach Brianna Montgomery wasn't going to let the Bulldogs slip.

Storied and celebrated Dixon man turns 97

Harry Russell, Jr., 96, is believed to be the oldest man on the Snake River. He will celebrate his 97th birthday today, though his actual birthday is Oct. 27.

Sandy Feeney: Do your part; help Humane Society

Hello from Montana.

VNA: Support education, health ballot initiatives

On behalf of the Board of Directors and management team of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Inc., we urge your support for Moffat County's important health and education ballot initiatives.

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Times at the ranch

Business changes as land, technology prices rise

It was a normal part of the schedule at the Ex Corporation Ranch when mother, father and son worked with friends and hired hands to herd cattle more than a mile across their land on Thursday.

Craig briefs for Oct. 20

Pregnancy Center hosts fundraiser

The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center will host the 15th Annual Chili Supper & Silent Auction on Friday Nov. 2 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Pat Pearce: Pat Pearce

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank Karen Bunk for the generous donation. It is greatly appreciated.

Our View: Breathing new life

Moffat County voters will be asked to decide Nov. 6 the immediate futures of the most important public institutions in our area - The Memorial Hospital and the Moffat County School District. With more than $70 million in public money at stake, representing one of the largest combined tax questions in county history, the decision each voter faces isn't one that should be approached lightly.

Bulldogs win shootout in Cortez

Losing streak ends at five with 33-29 victory

The Bulldog football team found itself in a fight with the host Panthers on Friday. Moffat County (3-5 overall, 2-4 Western Slope League) entered looking to break a five-game losing streak.

Renae Dove: Yes on 3A in best interest of youths

As I look forward to the positive future of the children of Moffat County, I cannot help but feel pride at being involved in our children's lives on a daily basis.

Chuck Mack: Franklin D. Roosevelt's address to miners, part three

Listed below is part 3 of a 5-part speech President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered by radio from the White House on May 2, 1943.

Datebook for Oct. 20

Datebook for Oct. 20

Friday, October 19

Task force arrests five

The All Crimes Enforcement Team, formerly known as GRAMNET, conducted three search warrants Thursday in Craig that resulted in five drug-related arrests.

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Welcome to the 2007 election

The Nov. 6 general election is coming, and Moffat County residents are faced with two tax questions.

Moffat County Neighbor: Andrea Lay

Andrea Lay

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One common goal

The Moffat County cross-country team travels to Delta to compete for state

Bulldogs cross-country team members have each run more than 500 miles this season.

Hayden resident passes away

Ingalls spent past year and half battling infection, diabetes

Hayden resident Tim Ingalls, who spent the past year and a half overcoming open-heart surgery, serious infection and constant battles with diabetes, passed away Oct. 14.

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Rastrelli Cello Quartet to perform Tuesday

Bastolomeo Rastrelli was a famous Italian architect hired 300 years ago by Peter the Great to design the city of St. Petersburg, which would become the capital of Russia.

Battle Mountain edges Moffat in OT

Bulldogs soccer finishes season with 4-10-2 record

Sometimes, it is better to be lucky than good.

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Diane Prather: A new take on vegetable hamburger soup

Isn't it great when a cook can adjust recipe ingredients to accommodate the family's preferences? That's what Erma Ozbun did with the Vegetable Hamburger Soup recipe that appeared in the Sept. 14 column.

Norm Yoast: Help this village

Help this village

Benefit today for former Hayden man

Kochenower still in hospital after Sept. 21 motorcycle accident

A benefit for former Hayden resident Tyrrell "Tye" Kochenower is today in Northglenn.

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Costumed canines

Dressing up pets for Halloween a local, national trend

When asked whether she dresses up her pets, Irene Kitzman started giggling.

Police blotter for Oct. 17

Police blotter for Oct. 17

Elisa Shackelton: Get involved with the Disc Dogs program

Research shows that, unless you're someone who really dislikes animals or is absolutely too busy to care for them properly, pets can provide excellent social support, stress relief and other health benefits.

Auditions near for Craig Idol

Auditions near for Craig Idol

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Christina M. Currie: Memory makers

One of my fondest childhood memories is of a late, late night coughing so much that I couldn't sleep, but barely aware that I was awake. I remember my father coming in with cough syrup.

Annual Winter Sports Club Ski Swap offers winter gems

A sure sign of the season to come, the annual treasure hunt known as the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Ski and Sport Swap takes place today and Saturday at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Centennial committee ready to approve merchandise

Ray Beck thinks the Craig centennial celebration is shaping up to be something the community can mark on their calendar.

Datebook for Oct. 19

Datebook for Oct. 19

Chamber supports hospital, schools

The community "certainly" needs a new hospital and new schools, said Christina Currie, Craig Chamber of Commerce executive director.

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J.T. 'the Diesel' Haddan rehabilitates his knee and his ego

A routine play in a routine game on a routine night.

Thursday, October 18

EDP looks to return to business before hiring director

As the deadline for an economic development specialist nears, the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership is warming up its engine in time for winter.

Datebook for Oct. 18

Datebook for Oct. 18

Police blotter for Oct. 16

Police blotter for Oct. 16

Dean Visintainer: Hospital an essential ingredient to progress

I am writing to voice my support for 1A - The Memorial Hospital's request for a mill levy increase. I believe that a hospital is an essential ingredient to progress. In order to keep up with change over time, the hospital has to keep up with and try to stay ahead of the changes.

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Global, green and Gore

Church sponsors screening of 'An Inconvenient Truth'

Freshly minted Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental activist Al Gore's "city by city, person by person" message about the effects and potential dangers of global warming reached a new audience Wednesday night in Craig.

Craig briefs for Oct. 18

AARP to discuss hospital question

MCHS speech and debate nets good start at competition

The Moffat County High School speech and debate team continued its persuasive ways this past weekend in Denver at its first competition of the year.

Bulldogs looking to get back in the win column

Losing five games in a row and being knocked out of the playoff hunt isn't enough to deter the Moffat football team from competing.

Rockies make it look easy

Oh how easy they made it seem. These I'm-just-along-for-the-ride group of diamond kings - the National League Champion Colorado Rockies.

Kelly Corson and Justin Walz: Thanks to hospice program, team

Once again, we would like to thank the hospice program.

Wednesday, October 17

Top candidates turn down post

Salary prompts 3 airport management prospects to back out

Yampa Valley Regional Airport Manager Dave Ruppel had hoped to name his new assistant manager during last week's Airport Commission meeting. But all three of the job finalists turned down his offers.

Sen. Salazar fighting meth

Federal appropriations bill awaiting approval

Routt and Moffat counties are poised to gain an additional $100,000 to fight the methamphetamine scourge in Northwest Colorado, pending final approval of a federal appropriations bill.

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Facing an uncertain future

Employees struggle to save Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

Kathy Cox calls Off the Beaten Path Bookstore her "hub" in Steamboat Springs.

Longtime landfill employee liked to laugh, ski

Being the youngest of four children has its advantages - like knowing your parents love you the most and that you're the best looking one of your siblings.

Man arrested in alleged sex assault

Craig man arrested on suspicion of two incidents involving 9-year-old girl

A 33-year-old Craig man was arrested Oct. 5 on suspicion of forcing a 9-year-old girl to touch him inappropriately at a Thanksgiving gathering last year.

Raftopouloses seek conservation easement for Cold Spring Mountain area

The construction signs indicating new development may be seen around Craig, but John Raftopoulos doesn't want office parks or condos around Cold Spring Mountain.

Bulldogs dominant in last regular-season meet

Mike McNicol was leading three quarters of the way through his race in the Dawson Invitational on Thursday in Lafayette, approaching a hair-pin turn obstructed by foliage.

Hunters keep Rio Blanco sheriff busy

Heart attacks claim the lives of two out-of-staters

The Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with other agencies, conducted four search and rescue missions Monday, two of which involved fatalities.

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Go green, even when it's white

Environmentally-friendly principles as winter approaches

"Going green" is second nature to Sarah Fox, so when the vice president of Fox Construction entered her father's contracting business, her environmental principles followed her into the workplace.

Council sets up downtown dollars

Steamboat Springs Business Improvement District funding depends on approval from voters

City officials decided Tuesday how to spend money for downtown improvements - if downtown voters allow the money to be spent.

Police blotter for Oct. 15

Police blotter for Oct. 15

Young Life pig roast and auction Friday

An alarm call of elk calls can be heard in the evenings across Craig, calling to hunters from across the country.

Jerry Raehal: Questions that need answers

It can be interesting to watch.

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Nothing to lose, everything to gain

Trapper Fitness Center program targets drug and alcohol addictions

Aug. 13, 1995. It was, as alcoholics generally call it, a moment of clarity for Jim Gregoire.

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Diane Prather: 'What Is Heaven Like' is a special, poignant book

This week's beautiful picture book is on loan from the family of the late Cassie Owens. Cyndee Owens thinks the book is a good resource to use when helping children deal with death. She wants others to know about the book.

Craig briefs for Oct. 17

Quartet to perform

Datebook for Oct. 17

Datebook for Oct. 17

Tuesday, October 16

Man dies in accident at Milner Landfill

Longtime employee remembered as smart, caring, irreplaceable

A 51-year-old Steamboat Springs man died Tuesday afternoon at the Twin Landfill in Milner after a bulldozer attachment fell on top of him.

Rockies Sweep Diamondbacks

Head to World Series for first time

Rockies win in sweep over Diamondbacks.

Police blotter for Oct. 16

Officers responded to two requests to assist another agency.

CIS staff, students: Thanks to Wyman's Ranch for fun day

The staff and students of Craig Intermediate School would like to thank the Wyman's Living History Ranch and Museum and employees for hosting a fun afternoon at the museum.

Purple Circle Swine: Thanks to Murdoch's for supporting 4-H

We would like to let our community know how much we appreciate Murdoch's. They are always there to support 4-H in Moffat County.

Mary Jo Brown: Old Man Winter

Senior spotlight

Old Man Winter is creeping up on us, so I'm digging out heavier duds. I have mitts, flannels and earmuffs. Who could ask for anything more?

Branding not just for livestock anymore

Northwest Colorado Products brand to market locally-made goods in region and abroad

Like Yampa Valley ranchers making their mark on livestock, the Community Agriculture Alliance wants to create a symbol that marks a product as being from Northwest Colorado.

Bulldog Beat: Separating the contenders

Last week separated the contenders from the pretenders in the world of Moffat County High School sports. Some teams kept on rolling, while others are looking ahead to next year.

Area among top in social services

County ranks high in state, falls short of meeting federal standards

At their meeting last week, the Moffat County Commission heard a report of Moffat County Social Services' annual Child and Family Services review.

Elmer Monahan, M.D.: Outdated hospital won't attract good staff

There is a nationwide shortage of doctors and nurses. This is worsening. The type of hospital Craig provides will have a powerful effect on medical recruiting.

Rockies beat Arizona 6-4 to sweep NLCS

Colorado heads to first World Series

Riding a Rocky Mountain High like none other, Colorado is heading to its first World Series.

Datebook for Oct. 16

4 to 7 p.m. Craig Intermediate School has Parent-Teacher conferences. No appointment is necessary. Progress reports will be handed out. Conference dates also are available Thursday.

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Kettle-cooked victory

Moffat County sophomore scores three touchdowns in romp against Steamboat Springs

At 5 feet 4 inches and 135 pounds sopping wet, Jasen Kettle doesn't appear to be your typical football player. That is, except when he is toting an oblong brown piece of leather.

Federal grant to help fight domestic violence

It's an unsettling reality for Advocates Crisis-Support Services, an area nonprofit agency designed to aid victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, that times are busy.

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A spiritual journey

Craig man goes from rebellion to being reborn in church and becoming pastor

As First Baptist is the congregation to which he has belonged, much of Len Browning's spiritual journey has taken place while he was connected to the very church where he now preaches.

Monday, October 15

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Bulldogs dispatch Demons

MCHS win streak reaches 11 matches

When Amy Dilldine served the ball short and off teammate Markie Workman's back, just about every member of Moffat County's volleyball team just laughed.

Datebook for Oct. 15

4 to 6 p.m. The MS Support Group meets at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Craig office at 745 Russell St. Guest speakers will be Annie Smyth and Priscilla Magnall, representatives of the National MS Society. Call Kathy or Sandy Beran at the VNA at 824-8233.

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Sports mom

Kids and the games they play keep Shannon Samuelson on the run

Most mothers are more than happy to have one or two children involved in extracurricular activities, as long as their schedule permits.

Business news and notes for Oct. 15

West Theater offers comfort to audiences

If anyone has been to the West Theater and not liked the seats, they can sit comfortable knowing the theater will have new seats in one screen by the end of next week, manager Debbie Winder said.

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Soroco coach reels in grant to enhance fishing program

For Soroco physical education teacher David Bruner, taking a group of teenagers fishing is about more than just making a great catch and getting out of school.

Health Watch: Don't procrastinate on flu shots

A few years ago, the flu season started early and was responsible for a cluster of deaths among previously healthy children. The early deaths sounded an alarm for parents and health care providers alike, fearful of an unusually lethal influenza virus. Parents across the country scrambled to have their children vaccinated well into the season, and vaccine supplies were soon in short supply.

Aging Well: Help and support aren't far

Independent Life Center helps people with disabilities overcome challenges

It's hard for Jackie Lyons to describe an average day on the job helping people with disabilities, because every day and every client is different.

The Memorial Hospital: Technology at TMH enhances diagnoses

The Memorial Hospital has added a state-of-the-art multi-slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner to their facility.

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Health care commission gets an earful at hearing

Members of the Colorado Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform listened to sometimes angry, sometimes tearful testimony at a public hearing Saturday in Craig.

Craig briefs for Oct. 15

Families benefit from USDA program

USDA Rural Development has federally backed mortgage guarantees for home purchases to qualified residents of Moffat County.

Saturday, October 13

Police blotter for Oct. 13

Pablo Loya, 22, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

High school freshman off to leadership forum in Europe

Hayden High School freshman Lysa Valora spent this week attending Spanish class and feeding her sheep. She will spend next week shaking hands with members of British Parliament.

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Local retailers stocked and ready to rock

The sign on the Backwoods Diner reads: "Open 6:30 a.m. 10 p.m."

Panthers down Bulldogs

Moffat County losing streak hits five as Delta runs through defense, chews up clock

Down 15-0, Travis Wilson leaped into the air blocking a Delta extra point.

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Hanging with the homies

Home school association students, teachers congregate every two weeks for joint classes

Despite encouragement, the students weren't sure they could make it.

Kidnap suspect to appear in court

One of four suspects accused of felony criminal charges stemming from an alleged kidnapping and assault of a 27-year-old Craig woman is scheduled to appear in court next week.

Homelessness still a problem

Moffat County residents encouraged to support programs

The phone calls started before the school year began.

Marketing students succeed at year's first competition

There are more extracurricular activities at Moffat County High School than sports.

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Wasting disease numbers hard to measure

Decrease in harvest, submissions for testing make more recent numbers hard to qualify

New information on Chronic Wasting Disease was released in August by the Colorado Department of Wildlife, and while the numbers of new cases in animals didn't show any large spreading of the disease, state and local officials are cautious not to call the numbers a positive sign.

Joel D Sheridan: 3A and Student Achievement

Understandably, there seems to be some uncertainties about what Referendum 3A should do and what it actually does.

They said it

Memorable quotes from the past news week

"There has been a tremendous awakening to this issue. I personally think Colorado and our Legislature were really smart in taking a proactive stance in coming up with the solution."

Chuck Mack: President Franklin D. Roosevelt's address on the coal crisis

Listed below is part 2 of a 5-part speech President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered by radio from the White House on May 2, 1943. The speech was mentioned in Chuck Mack's column appearing Sept. 22 in the Saturday Morning Press.

Samantha Johnston: Reality: Hospital cannot be built without taxpayer support

The Memorial Hospital is asking taxpayers to approve the investment in a new community hospital by voting Yes on 1A in November. 1A is a ballot initiative to approve 3 dedicated mills for the construction of a replacement hospital facility.

Jeff Whilden: A battle for control of public lands

All of this discussion about Vermillion Basin is really not about the basin at all.

Datebook for Oct. 13

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A scrapbooking activity takes place at First Baptist Church, 1146 10th St. The cost is $10, lunch will be provided and the event is open to the public. Bring a picture that you've been wanting to frame. Call Sonja at 620-4290.

Pete Bergmann: Our kids, our community: the right investment now

A strong educational system is the foundation of a strong community.

Craig briefs for Oct. 13

Church begins new "Bible Blitz"

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 630 Green St., is beginning a new curriculum called "Bible Blitz," a class to learn to look things up in the Bible for first- through sixth-graders. The church also has a new toddler kindergarten class learning their first Bible stories.

Our View: Health care is broken

The American health care system is a joke. It is an expansive, expensive, bureaucratic and ineffective mongrel that tramples, or avoids, as many people as it helps.

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Finding the hot spots

Rifle season opens today, with more than 130,000 hunters expected to head into Moffat County's hunters' paradise.

Friday, October 12

Mary Blakeman: Humane Society here to serve Moffat County

The Humane Society of Moffat County serves the needs of the community in many ways. One way is helping arrange reduced-cost spaying, neutering and vaccinating companion animals for low-income families.

De-varmint your yard

Lecture to address preventing wildlife damage

Moffat County residents putting hard work into gardens and well-groomed yards may notice their elbow grease offset by the intrusion of deer and varmints.

Police blotter for Oct. 12

Kyle Allen Palmer, 20, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Elisa Shackelton: Stay committed to year-round fitness

With the trees quickly losing their leaves and the nights getting colder, it's a great time to light a fire, make a cup of cocoa and snuggle with your family.

Streaking Bulldogs escape Bears

Rifle pushes Moffat County to five games, fails to play spoiler

A Moffat County High School team on a nine-game win streaked entered Thursday's match with Rifle High School full of confidence.

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Diane Prather: Cooking with apples

Last month, I visited Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation in Craig. The day I was there, recreation director Mary Gillingham and the residents were making applesauce.

Moffat County Neighbor: Mozart

Mozart Age: 9 Occupation: Entertainer and model

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'Smart thing to do, right thing to do'

Chamber hosts customer service seminar

The Chamber hosted a community service seminar for area businesses Thursday at the Holiday Inn. Sixty-six people out of a possible 120 attended the seminar.

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Unweaving a tangled mess

VNA director: Health care reform critical to providing for rural communities

It's no secret that health care reform is a hot-button issue.

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Christina M. Currie: Meeting responsibilities

I was not quite 22 when I got my first taste of the role meetings play in how society functions. I can't imagine sitting down and trying to calculate just how much of my time since then has been spent in meetings.

Datebook for Oct. 12

9 a.m. to noon. A homeschool co-op class takes place in the building under the grandstands at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Call Michelle at 620-0283.

George Rohrich, FACHE: Why Moffat County needs a new hospital

Moffat County needs a new hospital to ensure the best quality medical services into the future.

Thursday, October 11

VNA launches flu shot campaign

Enough vaccinations for whole community

With October being the traditional start of the flu season, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has three core tactics in preventing the flu.

Kevin Langley: Competition will drive fuel prices down

How high will the price of fuel go? Well, that depends on us.

Police blotter for Oct. 11

Deputies responded to one request to assist a citizen.

Pres and Patti Askew: Give youths first-rate educational experience

For almost 10 years, we lived in Craig and enjoyed the lifestyle of a great community.

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Bulldogs at full strength

Moffat County football team healthy as it prepares to face Delta this Friday

Trailing the final playoff position in the Western Slope League by two wins, the Moffat County football team is looking to capture victories in its last four games for a shot at making it to the postseason.

Safeway to donate money to area schools

Back to School drive uses shoppers' spendings

Craig Safeway shoppers donated money to Moffat County schools from this past July to September, and they may not have known it.

Craig briefs for Oct. 11

Pumpkin giveaway Saturday

There is a pumpkin giveaway and Love INC-sponsored coat, hat and mitten drive from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at three locations: Homemaker Furnishings at 468 Yampa Ave.; Stillwater Motors at 458 Ranney St.; and Black Dog Cycles at 464 Ranney St.

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Felonies swamp DA's Office

Judicial District gets OK to hire new investigator

An increase in felony cases across the 14th Judicial District is overloading the District Attorney's Office and could result in the hire of a new investigator.

Bill Harding: Flu shots for veterans on way

Veterans Hotline

Last week, I wrote about upcoming flu shots for veterans enrolled in the VA Healthcare system at the new Craig Telehealth clinic.

A Messiah for everyone

High school music directors hope to spur interest in the arts

Sean Teets and John Bolton live music, and they think there are others in Northwest Colorado who share that passion.

Real estate transactions for September

Real estate transactions for September 2007

Crime team reduces budget

Wiggins: Donations allowed ACET to cut spending

The All Crimes Enforcement Team has reduced its supplies and operations budget by 34 percent while making several drug-related arrests with limited staff.

John Vandelinder: Rockies on top

Broncos play second fiddle to baseball

Even if 99 percent of baseball fans can't name a single player on the Arizona Diamondbacks or even fill a coffee cup with Rockies knowledge, it doesn't matter.

Datebook for Oct. 11

9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at First Congregational Church. Marty Cisar will review "When the Emperor was Divine," by Vivian Schilling. Call Jan at 824-4136.

Wednesday, October 10

Real estate transactions for August

Real estate transactions for August 2007

Never just one rabbit

Gardening club hosts program on how to deal with local wildlife

As winter begins its descent into the valley, so are many animals, finding their way into town in search of warmth and food.

Datebook for Oct. 10

9 to 9:30 a.m. The Moffat County Department of Social Services distributes food allocated by the United States Department of Agriculture at the Maybell Community Center. Families that receive USDA commodities must be recertified each year. Photo identification, proof of address, income or current eligibility is required. Call Social Services at 824-8282.

Prepare your vehicles for winter

When snow and ice blanket Colorado roads, will your car handle as reliably and safely as it should?

Police blotter for Oct. 10

Daniel Wayne Cowherd, 43, of Casper, Wyo., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of two counts of driving under the influence, speeding and possessing an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

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Hockey season on the way

Peek into the Moffat County Ice Arena at about 7 p.m., and you will see aspiring hockey youths claiming to be the next NHL superstar.

Craig briefs for Oct. 10

Habitat dedication event Sunday

The Moffat County Chapter of Routt County Habitat for Humanity will hold its dedication ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited to attend at the house site, 745 Yampa Avenue. For more information, call 824-3990.

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Questions and answers

Two forums today to discuss hospital tax question

Samantha Johnston dubs it "the single biggest question" she's faced in trying to garner voter approval in the November general election to build a new hospital facility: "Why did (The Memorial Hospital) say that it wouldn't ask for taxes five years ago, and now they're asking for taxes?"

Our View: The extra mile

Craig and Moffat County's seemingly-porous attention to the all-important details of customer service has been a point of contention for every editorial board in the past 18 months.

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Scoring bragging rights

Yampa Valley Golf Club beats Steamboat Springs to get Yampa Cup for second straight year

In the world of professional golf, the Presidents Cup - a series of men's golf matches between a United States team and an International Team vying to bring home the cherished trophy - concluded Sept. 30.

Council debates tax initiatives

Mayor expects votes of endorsement

Presentations from the Moffat County School District and The Memorial Hospital at Tuesday's Craig City Council meeting left Mayor Don Jones "no doubt" the council would vote to endorse tax initiatives from both entities at its next meeting Oct. 23.

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Diane Prather: Trip 'Down the Colorado River' a marvelous one

One can only marvel at the courage and conviction of our country's explorers. One of them, for whom Lake Powell is named, is the subject of this week's nonfiction picture book for ages 8 and older.

State dollars helping local communities

Social Services uses Colorado funding in county

Families receiving welfare assistance benefit from the Colorado system, said Laura Willems, Moffat County Social Services self-sufficiency manager.

Tuesday, October 9

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Checking out for good

Robb's Grocery prepares to close its doors

Meeker resident Larry Beck, 65, walked into Robb's Grocery on Monday, as he had done many times before during the past seven years, only to discover his favored store was closing.

DA charges four suspects

Accused face felonies in connection with alleged kidnapping and assault

A joint investigation conducted by the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office into a 27-year-old Craig woman's report that she was kidnapped and assaulted has prompted criminal charges against four suspects.

Local economy too healthy for Ritter's plan

Surplus of jobs makes Yampa Valley a different case than most of the state

The economy of the Yampa Valley and Moffat County is bright enough that businesses almost need to wear shades, said Scott Ford, a local entrepreneur and Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership interim director.

Datebook for Oct. 9

9 to 11 a.m. The Moffat County Department of Social Services distributes food allocated by the United States Department of Agriculture at 595 Breeze St. in Craig. Families that receive USDA commodities must be recertified each year. Photo identification, proof of address, income or current eligibility is required. Call Social Services at 824-8282.

Rene' Littlehawk-Calicura: Preserve the land for future generations

It seems the commissioners of Moffat County and their helpers are determined to do as they wish regardless of the wishes of the residents who elected them. We the people are the ones who will have to suffer the consequences of the hardheadedness and shortsightedness of our elected officials.

James Gentile: Thank you for contributing to life

To those who contributed to the beautiful book of remembrance of Lois Gentile's life, thank you.

Harris Sherman: Department is at odds with article

I feel compelled to respond to the assertions made in the article published in your newspaper Oct. 4 regarding gas resources in the Vermillion Basin.

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Nelson wins again

Moffat County junior wins third meet of season

With the peak training period a distant memory for the Moffat County cross-country teams, the unit is now cramming for regionals.

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Astronaut lands in Steamboat

Former resident recounts journey on shuttle Atlantis

Being an astronaut isn't all work and no play - NASA Mission Specialist Steve Swanson admits he spent some of his time in space trying to do the "perfect flip" in a weightless environment.

Bulldog Beat: The week in review for Moffat County sports

For Moffat County High School sports teams, it's crunch time.

Police blotter for Oct. 9

Channelle Marie Southard, 33, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Pastor Bob Woods: God's method is 'Happy Feet' that share the message

I finally saw the movie "Happy Feet."

Monday, October 8

Datebook for Oct. 8

6 p.m. The Humane Society of Moffat County hosts its monthly meeting at the Golden Cavvy. The meeting is open to the public.

Health watch: Holiday, winter driving - stay safe

Lance left work 30 minutes early and ran to the parking lot. He had 30 minutes of city driving to pick up Sarah and then another 20 minutes to get to the day care center. If they could get a head start on the rush-hour traffic, the family had a six-hour drive ahead of them.

Craig briefs for Oct. 8

The Aging Well Program offers an all-day program, "Wellness Wednesdays," each Wednesday at the American Legion post, formerly the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse, in Craig for adults 50 years old and older.

Andy Bockelman: 'The Game Plan' truly scores

The Disney family movie, "The Game Plan," is a movie that winningly appeals to both football players and ballerinas simultaneously.

'Backwoods' in name only

Seizing a recent opportunity, the Backwoods Diner, 337 W. Victory Way, expanded to make room for 30 more seats.

Watch your step in and out of your home

Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people ages 65 years and older in the United States, with more than a third of adults aged 65 years or older falling each year. In 2001, this was more than 1.6 million older adult emergency room visits with nearly 388,000 associated hospitalizations.

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Bulldogs end four-game slide

Victory against Rifle tightens playoff race

With only a handful of games left to play, the Moffat County High School soccer team knows the time is now if they are to make a push toward the playoffs.

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Yampa dammed for repair

Expert divers take on intake pipe project in Hayden

Long-awaited repairs to the Hayden water plant's intake pipe on the Yampa River began last week after several delays. Before the damaged pipe can be replaced, expert divers must partially dam and drain the river. Repairs are estimated to take at least two weeks to complete. The problem was first noticed at the plant in September 2006, when intake from the pipe dropped to 625 gallons per minute, down nearly half from its usual level of 1,000 gallons per minute, according to Plant Operator Scott Price.

Aging Well: Avoid some of the pain of downsizing

A trip home to visit family and friends is often a highlight of summer. However, these trips also can make us aware of some of the difficult aspects of aging.

Skills to pay the bills

Chamber, sponsors offer customer service seminar

Registration for an upcoming customer service seminar - a workshop offered by the Craig Chamber of Commerce and a host of other sponsors - has been good thus far, but is short of participants from an important segment of the local business community.

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Filling in for the fall

Craig residents take second jobs during hunting season

At first, Chelsey Herod just wanted to get experience.

Saturday, October 6

Craig briefs for Oct. 6

Names released in crash

Routt County Deputy Coroner Mitch Locke released the names Friday of two men that were killed in a head-on crash west of Hayden on Thursday.

Police blotter for Oct. 6

Moffat County Jail

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Against the grain

Wheat prices up, local crop down

The skyrocketing price of American wheat has been making news across the world.

Luke Schafer: Statistics are not the issue

On October 4, the Craig Daily Press reported that the Moffat County Commission disputed Gov. Bill Ritter's use of the term "2 percent" in referring to Vermillion Basin. The governor made it clear that he was referring to the percentage of the Bureau of Land Management's Little Snake Resource Area's overall acreage in the Vermillion Basin, which is 2 percent. This is not in dispute.

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Banned together

Many controversial books available in Moffat County

On the American Library Association's most challenged and banned books list, contemporary classics share legroom with modern pulp fiction.

Backs to the wall

Moffat County coaches and physical education instructors struggle to keep up with competition

With the ever-shrinking budget for the Moffat County School District, some programs are going to be cut.

Our view: A risk worth taking

It's the flawed thinker who believes problematic issues can be solved solely by shoveling more money at them.

The Lewis R. Livingston Family: Craig truly 'hometown America'

We extend our sincere appreciation and thanks to the many friends, doctors and medical personnel who assisted and supported our family throughout the past 18 months during Irene's illness.

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Moffat County starts strong, but can't sustain pressure

In search of momentum heading back into league play next week, the Moffat County football team was looking for an edge.

Robber used toy gun

Fake weapon brandished in Kum & Go robbery

An unknown male used a fake weapon during the armed robbery of a Kum & Go convenience store earlier this month, Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said.

Cannon Trust annexed

Hayden Town Board of Trustees approves 14.9-acre petition

The Hayden Town Board of Trustees approved the annexation of the 14.9-acre Cannon Trust property on the east side of town at its meeting Thursday night.

Debra Sanders: Health care funding alternatives needed

Last month, a close friend of mine had a heart attack. My friend has a job that pays $12 an hour and has no health insurance.

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Bulldogs dump champs

Seniors go out with a bang; win streak at nine

If having your seniors play in front of their home crowd for the last time in their high school careers, isn't enough motivation, visiting on Friday was the defending 4A state champions - Battle Mountain.

Datebook for Oct. 6

5 p.m. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary No. 4265 hosts its monthly Senior Citizen's Dinner at the VFW restaurant. The menu will consist of beef stew, biscuits and fruit Jell-O. Call Jeannie Wixson at 276-3145.

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Happy trails

Craig Middle School students work together to make a new path

When Darby Andrews visits Craig with her family 20 years from now, she knows one place she'll go.

Jim Loughran: Importance of approving 3A

For 75 years, my family has been educated in Moffat County schools.

Friday, October 5

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Moving forward, thinking back

Woman sells hot springs she ran for 45 years

She brought the Juniper Hot Springs into the 20th century, and now is helping it into the 21st.

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Preparing for snow in 2057

Steamboat ski area work crews setting pipes for next 50 years

The blue concrete pipe stacked around the base of the Steamboat Ski Area this week has to do with the push to make snow not only later this month, but also 50 years into the future.

Moffat County neighbor: Brandy Pocheco

Age: 19 Occupation: Student-Art Major What should your business card say you do? Painter

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Two die in accident on U.S. 40

Head-on collision closes highway Thursday afternoon

Two men died in an accident on U.S. Highway 40 west of Hayden on Thursday afternoon.

Commission places CNCC on priority list

College requests money for academic building design work

John Boyd, Colorado Northwestern Community College president, said he's satisfied with his school's rung on the pecking order of capital improvement projects for colleges across the state.

Police blotter for Oct. 5

Matthew James Lujan, 26, of Casper, Wyo., was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

MCHS debate team named elite program

Moffat County should be proud of its high school speech and debate team, high school principal Jane Harmon said.

Andy Bockelman: 'Shoot 'Em Up' a white-knuckle thrill ride

The action flick "Shoot 'Em Up" hardly has any kind of profundity, but as luck would have it, that is the entire basis of its appeal.

Moffat County girls push volleyball streak to eight

In 25-point games, an error or two can get swept under the rug.

Datebook for Oct. 5

Noon to 2 p.m. A home school sack luncheon and nature trail walk takes place at Loudy-Simpson Park. Call Michelle at 620-0283.

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Christina M. Currie: Like pulling teeth

When I told Katie that she would have to be 6 years old before she would start losing her teeth, she couldn't wait to turn 6. On that blessed day, I woke her up singing "Happy Birthday" and told her she was 6 years old.

Craig briefs for Oct. 5

The Yampa Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines will be hosting a "CRAIG IDOL" contest during their annual show January 26 in the Moffat County High School auditorium.

Charges filed in homemade bomb case

Haskins, Zabel face felonies as a result of August incident

Two 19-year-old former Hayden residents have been charged with possessing an explosive device and reckless endangerment for allegedly setting off homemade acid bombs in Hayden in August.

CMS caps off perfect season

Defense forces two turnovers in final minutes to seal victory against rival Steamboat Springs

Heading into the much-anticipated rematch with rival Steamboat Springs, the Craig Middle School football team didn't disappoint.

Diane Prather: Soup's on the menu

This week's soup recipes are courtesy of Nancy Hettinger and Debbie Taylor, of Craig.

Thursday, October 4

Ray, Cyndee, Caleb and Chayton Owens: No. 10 on wish list accomplished

We would like to thank some special people who made getting through a difficult time a lot easier.

John D. Wellman: Slam dunk 3A

The opportunity has come for Moffat County voters to make the figurative "slam dunk." Supporting 3A is that "slam dunk."

Scheduling appointments at Craig Telehealth Clinic

All appointments for the Craig Telehealth Clinic must be scheduled through the nurse clerk stationed in Grand Junction at 970 263-2834 or the toll free number 1 866 206- 6415, and then ask for Judy Moran at extension No. 2775.

Sports briefs for Oct. 4

Round one. The Craig Middle School football team started the Craig/Steamboat Springs football rivalry off with a bang Sept. 8, defeating the Sailors, 40-8.

Coal companies: tax increase would hinder sales

Coal industry representatives claim the Colorado Department of Revenue's plan to reverse a 14-year-old freeze on coal severance taxes is an unconstitutional violation of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights.

Craig briefs for Oct. 4

Tobacco-free kits for smokers and chewers are available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Craig office, 745 Russell St.

Warm for the winter

Love INC provides coats for people in need

There's only one requirement for people needing winter coats through Love INC of the Yampa Valley's annual coat drive: One coat per person.

Police blotter for Oct. 4

Richard Benjamin Robinson, 34, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and turning movements and required signals.

Datebook for Oct. 4

5:15 p.m. The Craig Beautification Committee meets at the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

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Governor's statistic disputed

Commissioners: Ritter's facts on Vermillion Basin not from a scientific study

Politically, the governor and the Moffat County Commission sometimes view things differently.

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Bulldogs searching for momentum

Starting the season 2-0 builds confidence.

Wednesday, October 3

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Art and coal

Local women mine creativity at work

Tonia Perkins likes to four-wheel, camp and fish on the weekends. She hunts, too.

Bond request denied

Defendant accused of exploitation ordered to surrender passport

Judge Sandra Gardner denied Monday morning a 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office request to increase the bond for a Craig man charged with possessing illicit material.

Our View: Promise keepers

By enlisting in the Armed Forces - and for many, volunteering to risk their lives in war - America's veterans pledged to protect their country. And for bravely and selflessly doing so, America in turn made the promise to care for those veterans if and when they returned home.

The Record for Oct. 3

Moffat County Jail Friday, Sept. 28 Megan Rae Valenzuela, 21, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespass, third-degree assault and theft by receiving.

John Vandelinder: Wake up Craig - The Rockies are in the playoffs

I know, I know. This is a football town, but come on sports fans. Pay attention. There is still a baseball season left.

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Bulldogs bite back

Moffat County comes back from two games down to push win streak to seven

How both teams react afterward might be the best way to look at Monday's Fruita Monument-Moffat County volleyball game.

Wastewater plant has room to grow

Construction and growth in Steamboat Springs is placing an extra workload on Steamboat's wastewater treatment plant, but the plant is not yet approaching capacity, a city official said Tuesday.

Moffat falls 4-2 to Glenwood

Bulldog goals break two-game scoreless skid

The Glenwood boys soccer team doesn't get to play under the lights very often, so Tuesday, the Demons made it count.

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Wal-Mart on track for Nov. 7 opening

Rumor: Wal-Mart has not been able to find enough employees and will likely postpone its opening until January. Response: There has not been any problem finding an eager workforce, store manager Lou Groff said.

Datebook for Oct. 3

Noon. The Red Hat Pot Luck takes place at the Craig Fire Station. Bring a dish to share and your own table service and drink. Call Peggy at 824-2338.

Craig briefs for Oct. 3

Western Slope college fair Sunday

The third annual Colorado Western Slope College Fair is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Aspen High School. Representatives from 180 colleges and universities will attend.

Diane Prather: The Moose and the loose tooth

The moose in this week's picture book is as lovable as he is comical, and he has a loose tooth.

Tuesday, October 2

Craig briefs for Oct. 2

Ten free trees, all of which are autumn classics, will be given to anyone who joins The Arbor Day Foundation this month.

Police Blotter for Oct. 2

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Declaración alude a amenazas

PolicÃa: Cisneros dijo que matarÃa a bebe, a sà misma

Steamboat Springs - Segðn declaraciones juramentadas sometidas por la policÃa que fueron publicadas el jueves, la madre de Brianna Simón habÃa amenazado con suicidarse y con asesinar a su hija de 1 año de edad en las semanas previas al incidente del 6 de septiembre.

Hospital committee ready to campaign

Three public forums to take place in next 15 days

The Committee for a New Hospital, a group of residents campaigning on behalf of The Memorial Hospital's November tax initiative, will launch its campaign this week.

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Student heads to nation's capital

Joe Hendershott to attend global leadership forum

Thirteen-year-old Joe Hendershott walked quietly - without fuss, with a hardback novel under his arm - through the Craig Middle School hallways, not betraying any semblance of anticipation.

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Bulldogs run tired

Peak training takes its toll on Moffat County runners

Smack dab in the middle of the peak training period for the Moffat County cross-country team, the Bulldogs reached a Summit.

Hospital committee ready to campaign

Three public forums to take place in next 15 days

The Committee for a New Hospital, a group of residents campaigning on behalf of The Memorial Hospital's November tax initiative, will launch its campaign this week.

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A pound per person

Three hundred. That seems to be the magic number for the Craig Chamber of Commerce's upcoming fifth annual CrabFest, an evening of dinner, entertainment and community camaraderie.

Reunión del condado y el gobernador es cuestionada

Una reunión realizada el pasado viernes por la mañana entre la Junta de Comisionados del Condado Moffat, el Gobernador Bill Ritter, y otros representantes del condado puede haber violado las leyes de Colorado.

Datebook for Oct. 2

Today: 10:30 and 11 a.m. SHARE Craig registration takes place in the community room at Sunset Meadows 1, and 30 minutes later, in the conference room. Call Ginny at 326-3003.

Monday, October 1

Business News and Notes: A generation of kids influences the face of downtown

Downtown Yampa Avenue will look a little different in a couple weeks.

Winter weary

AAA Colorado recommends winterizing vehicles before inclement weather hits

Last year, amid one of the most active winter seasons in state history, calls for roadside automobile service reached "unprecedented levels," said David McDonald, AAA Colorado roadside assistance manager.

Commission seeks input on health care reform

Nearly 800,000 state residents - nearly a quarter of them children - have no health insurance, according to estimates. With public opinion polls listing health care as a top concern, the state Legislature created the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform.

Datebook for Oct. 1

6 to 7 p.m. The Moffat County High School Parent Accountability Committee meets in the high school library to discuss new ideas, materials, concepts and concerns for the high school and the school district.

Craig briefs for Oct. 1

American Legion to host indoor garage sale

The American Legion Auxiliary recently announced it will host its Second Annual Indoor Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at the legion post, 1055 County Road 7.

Doris Zimmerman: Vote yes on hospital bond issue

Several times in the past few years, my family has experienced the hardship of having a loved one needing cancer treatment. In each case, treatment was not available in Craig. Even going to Steamboat for chemotherapy is hard when one is very sick.

TMH personnel: Support new hospital question

The need for a new community hospital is about more than a big, new building and fancy equipment - it's about an investment in our community for the improvement of health care in the Yampa Valley. Moffat County is home to great doctors and other medical professionals who come to work every day in an aging hospital and who overcome the limitations of operating space and technology there.

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Attack of the killer A's

Moffat County volleyball team win streak at six

Angie Charchalis, Amy Dilldine and Ariel Sanchez.

Health Watch: Savor the power of antioxidants

What do luscious, red strawberries, midnight hued blueberries, shiny black and red beans and deep green spinach have in common? Not only do they tantalize our taste buds, but they're all rich sources of antioxidants - nutrients that are believed to protect the body from oxidation, a process associated with heart disease, cancer and aging itself.

Aging Well: Resident celebrates nearly 100 years in Routt County

In this time of growth and change, residents may have different ideas about what it means to be a local.

Devils down Bulldogs, 9-0

It's hard to believe that the same Eagle Valley and Moffat County soccer teams that took to the pitch Saturday in Gypsum were the ones that faced off in Craig earlier in the season.