Stories for September 2007


Saturday, September 29

Police blotter for Sept. 29

Stephen Ray Syms, 47, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Beginning a rivalry

Craig and Steamboat Springs face off in first gridiron match

Football has been a great American pastime for more than a century, and the game was the talk of Northwest Colorado by 1909.

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Veterans Affairs clinic open for business

A struggle. A painful journey. An uphill battle.

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'You are a priority'

Gov. Ritter addresses gamut of questions, concerns

Business leaders, political leaders and community members from Moffat and Routt counties didn't let Gov. Bill Ritter come to Craig without asking tough questions.

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Bulldogs blow by Delta

Moffat County wins fifth straight

On any given game night, the Moffat County volleyball team will have a handful of players who rise above the rest.

Bulldogs football falls 40-24 to Sailors

In a game like this, coaches have to make the most of the positives.

Next-gen kids, next-gen outreach

Tobacco education, prevention group pays visit to Moffat County schools

Emily Miller and Chris Copeland sit on the grass in a circle of friends at the Moffat County High School's freshman barbecue Tuesday.

Black widow bites teen

Family hopes incident will raise awareness

Being from the South, Susie Makens didn't think much of it when she noticed a black widow spider on her porch recently. That all changed when her son Mike was bitten by one of the spiders Monday.

Craig briefs for Sept. 29

TMH officer named Fellow in society

The Memorial Hospital Chief Clinical Officer Bob Lindberg has advanced to Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society representing nearly 30,000 health care executives.

Know the ropes

Rope-maker has been in the craft since his childhood

As a child, Steve Cattoor spent more time on the road than in one spot, thanks to the business his father had chosen.

Chuck Mack: An address of the president - May 2, 1943

The following is part 1 of a 5-part speech by Presidet Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered by radio from the White House on May 2, 1943.

Our View: Jumping to conclusions

In the movie "Office Space," one character talks of creating a game called "Jump to Conclusions."

Datebook for Sept. 29

10 a.m. The Hands-On Quilters plan to meet at the Craig Fire Station. Please bring crib-size batting to the meeting. Those interested or with questions can call Cheryl Bush at 824-2567.

Friday, September 28

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Whiskey in the sky

CNCC's new helicopter program lifts off

3067 Whiskey is going down. The helicopter, a Robinson R44 Raven II, has an engine capable of powering it up to 150 miles per hour and a rotor measuring 35 feet long from tip-to-tip, with 700 rpm of thrust behind it.

Governor to stop in Craig today

Gov. Bill Ritter is scheduled to make his second formal Craig visit of the year today, when he hosts a community event as part of a statewide "Outreach Tour."

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Using leftover zucchini in a soup

I've been trying to use up some zucchini that has built up in the refrigerator, so last week I tried "Zucchini Soup." The recipe appeared in the July 25, 1994, edition of "The Fence Post." It came from the kitchen of Barbara Fleming of Sedalia.

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She did her to-do

Seventy-year-old Craig woman lives out her dream of flying

Someone walking by might have believed something was wrong, that the woman crying in the car at the Spectrum Jet Center parking lot was overwrought with grief.

Briefs for Sept. 28

Craig Intermediate School hosts Scholastic Book Fair

The Craig Intermediate School will host a Scholastic Book Fair from Oct. 15 to 19.

School Board plans to revisit Bible elective

Citing a petition signed by 866 Moffat County residents, and 116 Moffat County students, Phil Bethell does not accept altering a proposed Bible in History class.

Police Blotter for Sept. 28

Moffat County Jail

Datebook for Sept. 28

1 p.m. The VA Medical Center of Grand Junction is hosting the dedication ceremony for the Craig Community VA Telehealth Clinic at 551 Tucker St. Invitations have been sent to dignitaries and require a RSVP. The ceremony is open to the general public.

A fund-amental misunderstanding

Economic development disagreements won't hinder relations between commissioners, city and EDP board

A misunderstanding about a funding statement at a joint meeting of government agencies caused backlash and speculation during the past two weeks.

A show of magic for animals

One of the Humane Society of Moffat County's major fundraisers of the year begins at 7 p.m. Saturday evening at Moffat County High School.

Cross-country team running in Summit

Although the Moffat County cross-country runners have each run more than 500 miles this season, they have yet to hit their peak training phase.

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Affidavits cite threats

Police: Cisneros repeatedly spoke of killing baby, herself

The mother of slain 1-year-old Brianna Simon had threatened to kill herself and her daughter in the weeks leading up to the Sept. 6 incident that left Brianna dead in her Steamboat Springs home, according to police affidavits made public Thursday.

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... and we can dance

Bulldogs dance team out to make a statement, and have fun doing it

The smallest Moffat County High School sports team is here to broaden your sports knowledge.

Dave DeRose: Time to vote yes on school improvements

Times, they are a-changing.

Sue Lyster: Hospital finances unlike other businesses

I would like to respond to Gary Cole and all others who share his opinion.

Touch of Spice: Gambling for peace and quiet

Here's what I know about young children, and, trust me, it's not a lot.

Bob Woods: On speaking about God

For some reason lately, I have been thinking about the different words we use when speaking about God.

Thursday, September 27

District just short

Schools reach all but one Annual Yearly Progress goals

Moffat County School District officials said they are pleased with meeting all but one Annual Yearly Progress goals, but are not given to accept anything less than total academic proficiency.

Committed to winning

Bulldogs football travels to Steamboat Springs on Friday for match-up against rival Sailors

Moffat County head football coach Kip Hafey has a serious but enthusiastic look on his face as he reviews the several offensive and defensive game sheets scattered on his desk.

Gary Cole: Hospital ballot is bad business

My letter is in reference to all the publicity surrounding the new hospital.

Armed robber gets away with money

Police investigating east Kum & Go robbery

The Craig Police Department is investigating a Wednesday morning robbery in which an unknown male pointed a handgun at a convenience store clerk and made off with cash.

Police blotter for Sept. 27

Steven Dale Penfold, 21, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Craig briefs for Sept. 27

Take flight with CNCC program

Premier Helicopters, in conjunction with Colorado Northwestern Community College and Spectrum Jet Center, will offer helicopter rides beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday. The helicopter will be the same aircraft used in CNCC's helicopter program.

Wal-Mart traffic light blinking

The traffic light at West Sixth Avenue and Victory Way, better known as the Wal-Mart entrance, started blinking this week.

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On a mission

Volleyball coach in search of elusive state title

More than thirty girls grunt their way through suicide drills.

Veterans Hotline: Telehealth Clinic set to open Friday

The Craig Telehealth Clinic ribbon cutting, dedication ceremonies are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at 551 Tucker St. The public is welcome to attend.

New trail to old artwork

Volunteers sought for BLM local history project

Saturday is more than the 14th annual National Public Lands Day across America. It's a chance for Moffat County residents to be involved in creating a new trail to a piece of local history for generations to come.

Extension Connection: Controlling spiders around the home

It's pretty normal for spiders to wander indoors in the early fall when cooler outdoor temperatures force them to find shelter, so don't be surprised if you notice a spider or two trying to set up residence inside your house during the next few weeks.

Dental clinic receives grant

Northwest Colorado facility gets $20,000 to help children

The Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation has provided more than $2 million in free children's dental care the last four years. It hasn't been enough, Executive Director Barbara Springer said.

Datebook for Sept. 27

10 and 11:30 a.m. Story time is at the Moffat County Libraries branch in Craig, 570 Green St. Today's theme is favorite farm animals.

Tayyara endorsing hospital's proposed tax initiative

It's important people understand the distinction that comes with Saed Tayyara's endorsement of The Memorial Hospital's proposed tax initiative, he said.

Wednesday, September 26

Robber makes off with cash

An unknown person, wearing a ski mask and brandishing a handgun, robbed the east Kum & Go convenience store early this morning, the Craig Police Department reported.

Our View: Ridiculous indeed

As the assortment of fireworks shot into the Friday night sky during the pregame, halftime and closing activities of the Moffat County High School homecoming game, the responses could easily be heard over the thundering booms.

Carl Chapman: A small price to pay for our future

I am proud of the job your publisher, Bryce Jacobson, and your newspaper does to promote the well being of our city and county.

Police Blotter for Sept. 26

Moffat County Jail

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You can lead this elk to water, but he only drinks bottled

Museum resident no longer has taste for drinking from well

Clyde, the Wyman Living History Museum's elk, is a very picky drinker when it comes to quenching his thirst.

Julie A. Severson-Baker: Clarifications for newspaper readers

Please let me take a minute to clarify a few misconceptions that have recently been publicized within our community media. First, my name is Julie Ann Severson-Baker and I am the proud principal of Ridgeview and Maybell elementary schools. I am currently on The Memorial Hospital foundation board and before this, served on the hospital's capital campaign committee in 2005. Never, in 40 years, have I been known as "Julia Baker."

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Over A Cup of Coffee: Until the cows come home

There's something about cows that brings out the giggles in young and old alike. Perhaps that's why cows are often chosen as characters in children's books. An example is this week's book.

Bulldogs get stuck at red light

Steamboat gains advantage after MCHS penalties

Moffat County had plenty of momentum but was short on the breaks.

Craig briefs for Sept. 26

Take flight with CNCC program

Premier Helicopters, in conjunction with Colorado Northwestern Community College and Spectrum Jet Center, will offer helicopter rides beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday. The helicopter will be the same aircraft used in CNCC's helicopter program.

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Dinosaur marshal and bridges on county agenda

Commissioners sign applications for improvement grants

Sheriff Tim Jantz informed the Moffat County Commissioners on Tuesday that progress has been made in the search for a town marshal in Dinosaur.

Datebook for Sept. 26

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.

Council clears the road for bus facility

The Craig City Council addressed a municipal infrastructure question and approved a site plan for a Steamboat Springs Transit regional facility at 616 E. Victory Way during its meeting Tuesday.

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Where the road takes them

KOA campground a temporary home for travelers passing through Moffat County

The two dogs, a pair of "alpha males," are separated by a chain-length fence, but united in mutual dislike for the other. They crave the attention of their owner, Amanda Gillis, who sits at a picnic table a foot or two away, and are willing to bull-rush their sturdy metal cages to get it.

Tuesday, September 25

Veteran's clinic to open Friday

Friday's ribbon-cutting/dedication ceremony signaling the opening of a Craig Community Telehealth Clinic, a health care offering for area veterans, is the culmination of 15 years of work, said Bill Harding, Moffat County Veterans Service Officer.

Yampa Valley Partners awarded $75k grant to be used for informational system

While preparing to collect and publish community information about Moffat and Routt counties next year, the nonprofit organization Yampa Valley Partners recently learned it will receive financial help in presenting the data.

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Xcel plan all but official

Commissioners put conditions on rail spur

Barring an enormous change of heart from the Routt County Board of Commissioners, Xcel Energy's long sought-after rail spur will be approved.

Police Blotter for Sept. 25

Moffat County Sheriff's Office Thursday, Sept. 20 Deputies responded to a request to assist another agency.

Moffat no pudo escalar a Battle Mountain

Craig - Un dÃa despues de haber derrotado a Palisade 4-3, el equipo de fðtbol de la Escuela Secundaria del Condado Moffat enfrentó la difÃcil tarea de derrotar a los campeones estatales de la división 4A, de la ciudad de Battle Mountain.

Estudiantes aprenden sobre cultura indÃgena

Thomas McCoy, en el centro, intenta con muchas ganas iniciar un fuego usando un arco para rotar un palo sobre una tabla en la Escuela Media de Craig (o CMS por sus siglas en ingles), mientras sus compañeros de clase, Pat Thompson, Tyler Ripka y Steven Torres, observan curiosos.

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Bulldogs rally in fifth to bite Steamboat

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS - It was hard to hear inside the gym after Monday night's match between Steamboat and Moffat County, but it wasn't the home team making all the noise.

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Proyectos despiertan interes en la ciencia

Emily Norris,al frente, y Emily Hepworth, navegan en una lancha llamada "Rubber Ducky" (patito de hule) en la Regata OlÃmpica de Naves de Cartón del Departamento de Ciencia durante este viernes por la tarde en el parque Loudy-Simpson. Los competidores tenÃan que construir su barco usando cartón solamente, pegándolo con una cantidad limitada de cinta adhesiva para tuberÃas (duct tape) para sostenerlos.

Shootout suspect pleads guilty

Adult accomplice undergoing additional psychiatric evaluation

Authorities in Natrona County, Wyo., are compiling a pre-sentencing report on a Craig teen who earlier this month pleaded guilty to criminal charges, including two counts of attempted murder, stemming from a botched robbery and shootout with police.

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Cautious optimism

Local businesses still expect benefit from Wal-Mart opening

It's always possible to have buyer's remorse when opening the box after a new purchase.

Datebook for Sept. 25

Today 10 a.m. to noon. There is an employment verification and immigration laws and labor laws round table at the American Legion building, 1055 County Road 7.

Briefs for Sept. 25

The Girl Scouts of Chipeta Council will begin taking orders for its annual fall nut sale, starting Friday.

Monday, September 24

Small propane tank explodes in Hayden

No injuries, little damage reported in morning blast

A small propane tank explosion shook Hayden this morning, but little damage and no injuries were reported.

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Bulldogs muck it up

MCHS rodeo team has a blast - despite the weather - at season finale

The rain fell steady on the Moffat County fairgrounds infield.

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Crossing the finish line

Moffat County runners take on 5,000-meter race at home

Sweat pours down Mike McNicol's face.

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'Our brave little girl'

Craig girl saves great-grandmother after car accident

A pickup travels down a dusty, deserted gravel road 15 miles outside of Philip, S.D.

Coming to Search and Rescue's aid

Randall Hannaway, president of Routt County Search and Rescue, figures his group of 50 rescuers puts in as many or more volunteer hours as any organization in the county.

How can you flee the flu?

If you've been too busy to get a flu shot, you might want to consider whether you can spare a week or two to battle the fly.

Plot thickens for a new movie theater

The Camps are almost there, Andrea Camp said.

Steamboat residents work together to save injured pet

When Dancy St. John got home from picking up her children at school Tuesday evening, she heard yelping and barking coming from her backyard, where the Elk River runs at the bottom of a 40-foot drop.

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Habitat turns its attention to affiliation

After 18 months of revitalizing a crumbling old building into a home fit for a family, the Moffat County Habitat for Humanity chapter will be taking some time off from the construction business. Before moving onto its next project home, the group will concentrate on earning its affiliate status, interim group president Pat Jones said.

Third straight victory sweep for Moffat County volleyball

Heading into Monday's much-anticipated rematch with rival Steamboat Springs, the Moffat County volleyball team seems to be peaking.

Moffat County can't climb over Battle Mountain

One day after defeating Palisade 4-3 on Friday, the Moffat County High School soccer team was faced with a tall task, trying to beat defending 4A state champion, Battle Mountain.

Washington Street apartment fire shows Craig Fire/Rescue strengths, needs

Talk at the Craig Rural Fire Protection District meeting Thursday evening quickly turned to the recent Washington Street apartment fire.

J.B. and Paula Chapman: Vote yes on 3A

As the parents of two fourth generation Moffat County School students, we would like to encourage you, as citizens of Moffat County, to vote "yes" on 3A.

Datebook for Sept. 24

2 p.m. AARP Chapter No. 1418 meets at Sunset Meadows I, 663 Ledford St. Pete Bergmann, Moffat County School District superintendent, will discuss a November bond issue question. Call 824-2528.

Cautious optimism

Local businesses still expect benefit from Wal-Mart opening

It's always possible to have buyer's remorse when opening the box after a new purchase.

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Rail spur nears next hurdle

Planning commissioners to consider Xcel's application tonight

After receiving hesitant approval from the Routt County Planning Commission, Xcel Energy is approaching its potentially final hurdle in receiving county approval for a proposed rail spur east of Hayden. The project has been in the works for four years.

Adult day service for seniors will add to long-term care options

As older adults make up a growing segment of the U.S. population, there is an increasing emphasis on services that help keep seniors independent, living with families or living with caregivers instead of in skilled nursing or assisted-living facilities.

Saturday, September 22

Police blotter for Sept. 22

Tyler Lewis Fay, 19, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Craig briefs for Sept. 22

Students receive scholarships

The Bears Ears Sports Club announced the award of scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to Jennifer Brockman of Craig and Tyler Mazanares of Hayden.

Craig Rummell: Thanks for helping Sportsman Club

During the spring and summer of 2007, Bears Ears Sportsman Club has been able to accomplish material improvements in our ability to carry out the objectives of the club and to encourage and develop shooting sports in the community of Craig.

'The Brave One' a realistic depiction of violence today

"The Brave One," a harsh urban tale of violence and brutality, is a powerfully realized piece of cinema.

Tom Soos: Generosity of American Legion appreciated

The Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Service would like to thank the American Legion for its generous donation of Vermont Bears.

American Legion hosts fall conference

Leaders from various posts to discuss membership drive, community programs

The last time the Craig American Legion post hosted a fall conference for districts 13 and 14, the post was located at First Christian Church. This time, the local Legion has new digs to show off.

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Unusual projects invigorate students' scientific interest

A funny thing happened to Clint Gabbert, a Moffat County High School junior, when he found dry land Friday afternoon on the grassy shores of Loudy-Simpson Park.

Our view: All the 'Way'

It is true of most any community that its underprivileged, underserved populations face issues that rely on the public's good will to remedy. It also is true that, no matter how giving a community may be, constant charitable requests can be deflating to the pocketbook, and test wills.

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Bulldogs lose cool, lose game

Eagle Valley beats Moffat County, 20-6, at homecoming

The Bulldog football team had the ball down, 7-6.

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Water makes a town

A look at Western culture's development

In the first half of the 20th century, western Moffat County already was bustling with sheep ranchers and towns supporting the homesteaders and ranchers alike.

Can oral health have an effect on pregnancy?

Growing evidence suggests a link between gum disease and premature, underweight births. Pregnant women who have gum disease may be more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small. More research is needed to confirm how gum disease affects pregnancy outcomes. But it appears that gum disease triggers increased levels of biological fluids that induce labor. Data also suggests that when gum disease worsens during pregnancy, there's a higher risk of having a premature baby,

Datebook for Sept. 22

5 to 7 p.m. The Moffat County Habitat for Humanity chapter hosts a "finished house, open house," and offers tours of the home at 745 Yampa Ave.

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VIDEO: Christie gets a lift

Heavy-duty chopper installs towers at ski area

The giant mechanical dragonfly that buzzed back and forth over the lower slopes of Steamboat Ski Area on Friday afternoon made short work of installing the 18 towers for the new Christie Peak Express high-speed, six-seat chairlift.

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Ammo more expensive; hunters bearing burden

One wonders if legendary trapper Jeremiah Johnson ever had to worry about this.

James Gentile: Heartfelt thank you

To all concerned in the beautiful book of Lois Gentile's life, my heartfelt thanks.

Friday, September 21

Datebook for Sept. 21

5 to 7 p.m. The Moffat County Habitat for Humanity chapter hosts a "finished house, open house," and offers tours of the home at 745 Yampa Ave.

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Widow of soldier 'sick' over anti-war T-shirts

A former Hayden resident and widow of a soldier killed in Iraq has sharp words about a Flagstaff, Ariz., T-shirt distributor she believes is dishonoring the name of her late husband.

Gunman threatens Rio Blanco deputy

Criminal charges are pending against a 21-year-old Meeker man who was arrested Thursday after he allegedly pointed a loaded assault rifle at a deputy's head, the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office reported.

Bulldogs looking to pass by Eagle Valley

MCHS football hosts Devils for homecoming weekend

The Moffat County High School football team will be looking to do something this week that it hasn't done all season.

The parade is coming to town

Fifteen years ago, Jeff Simon used the Thursday before the Moffat County High School Homecoming Parade to prepare for the football game.

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Bulldogs streaking

Moffat County wins second consecutive game by shutout

The Moffat County High School volleyball team is on a roll.

Eagle County GOP considers run against White

A Republican primary could be in the works for the state Senate District 8 seat being vacated by term-limited Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs.

Hunting for tourism dollars

MCTA works with local resident to present pro-hunting discussion at annual conference

J.B. Chapman has hunted on his property for as long as he can remember. He's been taking other hunters out on his property for 12 years.

Briefs for Sept. 21

First-year nursing students from Colorado Northwestern Community College have scheduled their annual fundraiser dinner for Oct. 6. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. at the Center of Craig community building.

Golf ends season on sour note

Team fails to qualify for state tournament

Moffat County golfer Nick Moyer's voice was solemn as he spoke.

Police blotter for Sept. 19

Officers responded to five reports of a suspicious vehicle.

Logo chosen for centennial

Hats, shirts, coins and cups.

D.A.R.E. vehicle changes hands

Routt County Sheriff's Office donates drug education car to Moffat County

The Routt County Sheriff's Office gave away one of the last remnants of its Drug Abuse and Resistance Education program on Thursday. The Sheriff's Office donated its D.A.R.E. vehicle, a repossessed Chevy Blazer, to the still-running program in Moffat County.

Christina M. Currie: Kissing cousins

I was in a restaurant idly listening to a conversation between a mother, her son and her niece. When she told them they had to share an order of fries, the girl exclaimed, "does that mean we're dating?"

Diane Prather: Broccoli casserole and chokecherry jelly recipes

This week, Mary Kihistrom called me with a recipe for "Broccoli Casserole." (Gary and Mary Kihistrom are ranchers in the Craig area, and Mary is a member and past president of the Moffat County Cowbelles.)

Twentymile Coal Co. cited

Emergency response plan fails to meet federal standards

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited Twentymile Coal Co. for a failure to file an acceptable emergency response plan for its Foidel Creek Mine in Routt County. Out of 455 underground coal mines in the United States, Twentymile is the only one without an approved emergency response plan, the MSHA said.

Kathy Fagan: An insider's view of The Memorial Hospital

I have had the privilege of working as a registered nurse at The Memorial Hospital for almost 12 years. As the debate continues regarding the hospital's request for tax support through a mill levy, I'd like to give a little of an insider's view.

Thursday, September 20

Gunman threatens Rio Blanco deputy

A 21-year-old Meeker man was arrested today after he allegedly pointed a loaded assault rifle at a deputy's head, the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office reported.

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United Way campaign kicks off

The Moffat County United Way fundraising campaign kicked off Wednesday afternoon with a boost from the program's pacesetters, the Moffat County School District employees.

Craig briefs for Sept. 20

With the new school year now under way, the Internal Revenue Service today reminded teachers, parents and students that saving receipts and keeping good records can help them take advantage of various education-related deductions and credits on their 2007 federal income tax return.

Police blotter for Sept. 18

Christopher Allen Sanchez, 24, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a courtesy hold.

Don Myers: Grateful for TMH

My first memory of the Memorial Hospital was in the early 1950s when my grandfather, Ralph Reeve, was a patient in the new facility.

Elwin and Maxine Updike: Thanks for helping celebrate our 60th

Thanks to all that came to our 60th wedding anniversary. We enjoyed them and the cards so much. We greatly want to thank our four children for their preparations.

Bill Harding: Dedication for telehealth clinic scheduled for Sept. 28

The Grand Junction VA Medical Center released official invitations for the dedication of the new telehealth clinic in Craig.

No place like home

Moffat County High School cross-country team to host invitational homecoming weekend

The Bulldogs cross-country team will be sleeping in this weekend.

Election approaching

Clerks predict quick procedure for November ballot

Voters casting ballots in November's election will likely be spending less time in the voting booth than they will spend confirming their voting status and showing identification.

EDP supports bond and mill levy increases

The Moffat County/Craig Economic Development Partnership will support passing two tax questions this election cycle, and campaign so that the public is sure of its position, said Scott Cook, EDP Board of Directors chairman.

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Bold, strong, courageous

Mourners pay respect to Cassie Owens

The penciled sketch shows a hand, a healthy hand, reaching out to another. The fingers touch, the interlocking slight because one of them is weak with illness, revealing a love shared between two lifelong friends.

Datebook for Sept. 20

10 and 11:30 a.m. Story time is at the Moffat County Libraries branch in Craig, 570 Green St. Today's theme is manners.

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Last round

Yampa Valley Golf Course director stepping down

Chuck Cobb leans back in his chair and a smile as wide as the Yampa River that cuts through his golf course spreads across his face.

Wednesday, September 19

Craig man faces child exploitation charge

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed a criminal charge Friday against a Craig man for possessing "more than 20 different items qualifying as sexually exploitative material," according to the complaint.

Law enforcement offers youth training program

Before Bill Leonard was "Capt. Bill Leonard" of the Craig Police Department, he was a Craig kid approaching future's possibility chasm.

Flames destroy home in Hayden

Dog dies, but second pet saved in fire

A fire destroyed a 3,200-square-foot Hayden home Sunday night.

Preventing pain

Facts on early childhood caries

Early childhood caries (ECC) is an infectious disease that can start as soon as an infant's teeth erupt. ECC can progress rapidly and may have a lasting detrimental impact on a child's health and well-being. ECC is a serious public health problem.

Josie Burch: Please stop funding the EDP

The (letter to the editor) written by Shannon Schwingdorf was expertly written and right on target.

Police blotter for Sept. 19

Vincent Eugene Turner, 45, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of unlawful distribution/manufacture, violating a restraining order, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Bulldogs sweep away Meeker

Volleyball team wins three straight

Despite a convincing 3-0 victory against Meeker High School, you would have been hard pressed to find a single happy Moffat County volleyball player - or coach - after the match.

Datebook for Sept. 19

6 p.m. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary bingo is at the VFW Hall, 419 E. Victory Way. It is open to the public. Contact Mary Walters at 824-2923.

Bulldogs to unveil alumni sign

The Moffat County High School football team will unveil a new alumni sign Friday before the Bulldogs host Eagle Valley High School on homecoming weekend.

Andy Bockelman: 'Yuma' brings back the Western genre

The Western genre is revamped in "3:10 to Yuma," but not quite as successfully as it should be.

Diane Prather: 'The Last Summer' a story of moving youth to adulthood

Author Susan Brashares is probably best known for "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," one of her novels for young adult readers. "The Last Summer (of You & Me)" is her first novel for adults, and it's this week's featured book.

Citizens address board

Residents ask commissioners for endorsements on ballot issues

Moffat County resident Wes McStay warned the Moffat County commissioners that he was going to criticize them pretty harshly at the Tuesday meeting for not taking a stand on ballot proposal issues.

Craig briefs for Sept. 19

Community coat drive under way

Love INC of the Yampa Valley is sponsoring the annual Community Coat Drive. Winter coats and other outdoor apparel can be donated until Oct. 13 at the following locations:

Bulldogs rodeo team rides rough through Gunnison

Two days after competing in the Gunnison rodeo, Eric Fleming still had a look of disenchantment chiseled on his face.

Our View: Small acts of goodness

Hate breeds violence. And violence, in any shape or form, breeds more violence "adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars."

Tuesday, September 18

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Born to buck

MCHS rodeo team to compete homecoming weekend

Hanging on to a horse galloping more than 30 miles per hour, letting go of the reins and jumping on to a 500-pound steer.

Kurt and Cindy Sorensen: Thank you for help after accident

We would like to take this time to thank all the great people who helped us after our accident Aug. 13.

Datebook for Sept. 18

6 p.m. The Craig Intermediate School Parent Advisory Council meets at the school, 201 E. Ninth St., in the library. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

Craig briefs for Sept. 18

Be well on Wednesdays

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

Police blotter for Sept. 18

Troy Brent Leazer, 40, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Sari Cobb: Cartoon disrespectful to the presidency

OK, I'm tired of being silent. I realize this is just the warm-up season for the election next year, but the cartoon in Saturday's paper just went too far. I was raised to respect the office of the president of the United States of America.

City: Park pools nice, but have more potential

The wave pool is fun, right, but wouldn't it be nice if the waves came in different shapes and sizes?

Chief Chris Nichols: Craig Police, TMH EMS went above and beyond

Every day there are stories to be told in Moffat County that serve as small reminders about why we choose to live and work in our small community. Numerous times we read in the newspaper how our community comes together in a time of need to provide assistance during and after an emergency. But a story that you won't see in newspaper headlines, or television broadcasts, and certainly a story that you won't hear in very many other communities in the state or the country, is the story about our small community police department that went far above and beyond what is expected.

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Habitat for a family

Organization debuts first project at open house event this weekend

A house has been built.

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A new ride for seniors in Maybell

Shuttle bus makes weekly visits to Craig

To seniors living in Maybell, the vehicle used for trips to Craig is a lifeline, a means to stop at the doctor and dentist, as well as shopping centers. The bus will pick residents up at their homes, and it occasionally takes groups on field trips to Browns Park or Steamboat Springs.

Bulldogs volleyball team loses to Huskies

The 2007 Battle Mountain volleyball team is trying to establish a different identity from its 2006 state champion counterpart.

Monday, September 17

East Elementary School second-grade teachers: Thanks from second-graders

The second-grade classes at East Elementary School would like to thank all who made our fieldtrip to the Meeker Sheepdog Trials and Meeker Museum a success.

Exercise: The all-natural ED remedy

Visit a health food store or pharmacy and you'll see numerous products claiming to be "all natural" remedies for erectile dysfunction, or ED. In contrast to the three oral medications currently approved for the treatment of ED (Viagra, Levitra and Cialis), none of these supplements has been proven effective and safe in well-designed studies.

Datebook for Sept. 17

10 and 11:30 a.m. Story time is at the Moffat County Libraries branch in Craig, 570 Green St. Today's theme is Constitution Day, as stories to be read are about the U.S. There also will be patriotic activities.

MCTA pacing itself

Tourism agency moving toward the finish lines of 2008 projects

Quietly, the Moffat County Tourism Association has kept its promises and pursued some of the projects outlined in its 2008 goals, which were presented at the August meeting.

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Capped off

Crews work to plug nonproductive energy wells

Northwest Colorado is no stranger to energy drilling, and throughout the years, dozens of nonproductive wells have been drilled and abandoned.

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Brave to the end

Faith comforts Craig woman, family in difficult hours

The machine, or "pain pump," that had helped Cassie Owens manage what had grown into an unmanageable, cancerous tumor proved unnecessary Friday night at her home in Craig.

Aging Well: Strong bones need more than calcium

My paternal grandmother was frequently the recipient of teasing by family members who pointed out that she seemed to be shrinking as time went by. Grandma graciously accepted the teasing, and neither she nor others seemed to think anymore about it until the next family gathering provided another opportunity to pester her.

Craig briefs for Sept. 17

Mrs. Craig search is on

Tricia Dampier, the Colorado director for the Mrs. America Pageant, recently announced that the search for the new Mrs. Craig has begun.

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Bulldogs break losing streak

Moffat County High School boys soccer team defeats Eagle Valley, 3-2

Awesome. That was the word Moffat County High School soccer team head coach Seth Young used to describe his team's 3-2 victory against Eagle Valley on Saturday morning at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Saturday, September 15

Governor to pay Craig visit

Ritter to visit Boys & Girls Club on 'Outreach Tour'

Gov. Bill Ritter will make his second formal Craig visit of the year Sept. 28 when he hosts a community event as part of a statewide "Outreach Tour," the governor's office confirmed Friday.

Chuck Mack: Our trip going to a family reunion and sightseeing - part five

Wyoming has a lot of beautiful country and a lot of beautiful rivers and streams. But it also has a lot of country that's unfit for anything other than lizards and toads, and you have to drive through that part of the state to enjoy the beautiful part. Of course, this is just my interpretation of the Wyoming wastelands. I'm sure other people see a lot of beauty in the arid sections of Wyoming.

Kevin and Amy Peck: Vote yes on 3A

As products of the Moffat County School District, we encourage our community to vote yes on 3A. Thanks to the commitment and forethought of previous generations, we were afforded exceptional educational opportunities which, in turn, allowed us to pursue our goals and dreams without restriction. It is now our turn, as a conscientious community, to continue Moffat County's educational commitment.

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'A real severe need'

Community coat drive begins Monday

Off an on through the years, various organizations have conducted coat drives in the Yampa Valley to help fill the need of warm clothing in cold conditions.

Meeting in Baggs to discuss tax

The Carbon County Council of Governments plans to meet in Baggs,Wyo., Wednesday to discuss the proposed optional 1 percent tax and hear other reports.

Fire families find community

Hotel rooms, clothes, money, pots and pans and children's books and toys have already come in from friends and strangers alike.

Briefs for September 15

Support group begins session

Police blotter for September 13

Thursday, Sept. 13

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Students schooled on outdoor education

The Deer Lodge Park campground, about 50 miles west of Craig, appears as an oasis amid the barren mountainous region surrounding the area.

Baggs asks for more law enforcement

A Baggs, Wyo., city councilman asked Carbon County officials Tuesday for more law enforcement presence in the Little Snake River Valley so Baggs doesn't have to send its only officer out of town.

Bulldogs out-man Hayden

CMS football wins 30-12, 22-0

With host Craig Middle School outnumbering visiting Hayden by a 4-to-1 ratio, the outcome of Tuesday night's contest was never in question.

Haddan status up in air

Moffat County High School football player J.T. Haddan was injured early in the Bulldogs' Thursday night loss at Palisade High School.

Julia Baker: Save up for hospital

Forty-two million dollars for a hospital.

Sheep Wagon Days feature country's first travel trailers

Illena Updike slowly cranked the handle on the butter churn in front of the East Elementary School children visiting Sheep Wagon Days at the Wyman Museum.

Baggs bank gets a branding

When the Elkin family opened Summit National Bank in Baggs, Wyo., five years ago, it was providing a missing business service in the Little Snake River Valley for farmers and ranchers.

Cross-country team runs faster

Quicker course amounts to best individual times of season

Flat and fast.

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Comeback falls short

Bulldogs fall in five

Down two games to none Friday night to visiting Montrose High School, you would have been hard pressed to find a single frown on any of the Moffat County girl's faces.

Terri Jourgensen: Yes on 3A shows caring

My thought of an ideal community includes caring about each other, looking out to protect our children, and the safety in knowing that our children can participate in events and activities without due harm.

Maybell fire rolls on

Revamped department filling up

Maybell Fire Chief Scott Schaffer was busy Wednesday evening, passing out pagers and radios to the dozen firefighters at the Volunteer Fire Department building on U.S. Highway 40.

Our View: Catch-22

Somehow, at Monday's editorial board meeting, the conversation steered to education.

Datebook for Sept. 15

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sheep Wagon Days are at the Wyman Museum, located three miles east of Craig on U.S. Highway 40.

Friday, September 14

Bulldog football falls, 36-8

The Moffat County High School football team lost twice when it visited Palisade High School Thursday night.

Elisa Shackelton: Attend the emergency preparedness fair for ideas, freebies

National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools.

Police blotter for September 12

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Legislature considers borrowing against tax

Lawmakers hope money would help with impact of oil, gas development

Borrowing against severance tax and federal mineral lease revenue to pay for the burgeoning impact of oil and gas development, particularly in Garfield, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties, was among several issues considered Thursday by a special committee of the Colorado Legislature.

'Largest Losers' are big winners

Participants shed 759 total pounds in weight-loss competition

There's a little, or more accurately, nearly half a ton, less mass in Moffat County these days.

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Fire displaces local families

It was a scene that changed dramatically from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Officials lift water-use ban

Tests show no signs of contamination after pipe break

A ban on water use in west Steamboat Springs was lifted Thursday afternoon after tests on nine water samples showed no signs of contamination. City officials made the announcement at about 1 p.m., almost 48 hours after the ban was implemented.

Employee retention a priority for Chamber

Craig Chamber of Commerce member businesses have told their organization's director, Christina Currie, they are worried about employee turnover due to being unable to compete with energy industry salaries.

Bulldog soccer team loses, 3-1

The bad news for the Moffat County High School soccer team is it lost its fourth straight game to open the season, when the Bulldogs lost to Rifle, 3-1 Thursday night.

Bulldogs pass Eagle Valley in four

By talking to both head coaches after Thursday's volleyball match between Moffat County and Eagle Valley, one would have thought they were watching different matches during the Bulldogs' four-game victory.

Moffat County Neighbor: Sasha Nelson

Sasha Nelson

Community donations equal nonprofit support

Giving a little helps a lot.

Bob Woods: 'Come, let's reason together'

We Christians have a tendency to lock ourselves into untenable positions on certain issues.

Shannon Schwingdorf: Commissioners are right

I read with amazement your diatribe about the stance of the Moffat County Commissioners regarding tax ballot issues and the Craig-Moffat EDP.

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Diane Prather: Food to keep you warm

Brrr! Monday evening was so chilly that I dug some carrots and potatoes from the garden and, for the first time in awhile, made some soup for supper. The following recipe for "vegetable hamburger soup" is one of our favorites, and it's mostly made from our homegrown ingredients.

Datebook for September 14

Friday, Sept. 14

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Christina M. Currie: Consequences: Everyone has 'em

I'm a fairly logical person, which puts me at a distinct disadvantage with children. Like most adults, I like to progress from point A to point D via B and C.

Thursday, September 13

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Fire displaces 11 families, injures 1

Community is needed to assist displaced families

A fire Thursday morning on the 400 block of Washington Street at an apartment complex sent one person to the hospital and left 11 families temporarily displaced. The condition of the person is unknown at this time.

Officials, residents dedicate new Justice Center in ceremony

In the early 1920s, fourth-generation Steamboat Springs resident Jim Zulevich's great-grandfather was said to have supplied the stones used to build the original Routt County Courthouse.

Ex-marshal's arraignment postponed

An arraignment hearing for accused former Dinosaur town marshal Russell "Wayne" Eller was postponed Wednesday afternoon in Moffat County District Court.

CMS Volleyball defeats Hayden

Craig Middle School girls volleyball coach Becky Field summed up the play of her team when it hosted Hayden on Tuesday.

Daniel Schneider: Government helping Head Start program

In a recent article by Collin Smith, it was announced that Sunrise Kids Preschool and Child Care will be the new provider of Head Start in Craig. ("Preschool a head start for children," Sept. 1) Knowing of Moffat County's dedication to the program, I would like to share what the federal government is doing to strengthen Head Start.

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Baby Brianna laid to rest

Police not releasing additional information in suspected murder

The message Father Ernest Bayer delivered during Wednesday's memorial service for 1-year-old Brianna Simon was simple: love one another.

Mike Wilson: Gas price in Craig is fixed

It's true folks.

EDP: Past is past, future within reach

Although the Moffat County commissioners are not convinced, members of the Economic Development Partnership firmly believe their organization's mission is necessary and feasible.

Police blotter for September 11

Tuesday, Sept. 11

Briefs for September 13

Community Coat Drive to start

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Doak Walker football kicking into full gear

When City of Craig Parks and Recreation Director Dave Pike moved to the area more than 20 years ago, he knew he had come to a football crazy town.

Bryce Jacobson: Shocked by commission stance

Since becoming publisher of the Craig Daily Press, I have not normally used this forum to share my personal opinions about the policies and politics in our wonderful community.

Bill Harding: We need to remember those lost in Sept. 11 attack

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007, an American flag, of any size, should have been displayed outside every home, apartment, office and store in the United States.

MCHS volleyball team will play three games in three days

The schedule is tough.

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Moffat a hunting destination

Despite a national U.S. Fish and Wildlife report stating hunting and fishing participation is declining around the country, and the mountain region specifically, regional Division of Wildlife representatives and local hunting license dealers say the game is as good as ever in Moffat County.

Datebook for September 13

Thursday, Sept. 13

Hankins hearing continued

Michael O'Hara, 14th Judicial District chief judge, ordered police and coroner notes from an Aug. 30 autopsy of a murdered Craig woman be preserved for possible review by defense counsel.

Wednesday, September 12

Sheep wagon fun

Sheep Wagon Days had to be saved from passing into history last year, and Melody Villard answered the call.

Stalemate over EDP funding

Commissioners and City Council at odds

Lines were drawn in the sand at a joint meeting between the Moffat County Commissioners and the Craig City Council Tuesday night at City Hall.

Our View: Fear and living

Ambrose Redmoon once wrote, "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."

Cheryl Ivy: Glad to see band back on field

It was refreshing to see the Moffat County High School band perform at the varsity football game Friday night.

Tax money still out there

Almost 30 percent of Colorado taxpayers have not requested this year's one-time telephone excise tax refund, leaving more than $20 million on the table, according to an IRS press release.

Child oral health and learning

An estimated 51 million school hours per year are lost because of dental-related illness.

Bulldogs travel to face Palisade

Kip Hafey has achieved many goals since taking over as the Moffat County High School head football coach.

County opposes 4-H program

Letter takes issue with proposed premise identification

Leellen Koroulis wouldn't sign a bank loan without reading the fine print first. Similarly, she says she wouldn't want her children and grandchildren, who participate in Routt County's 4-H programs, to be forced to participate in a premise identification program that would require all 4-H members to register their livestock with the state.

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Andy Bockelman: Move over, Mary Poppins; Scarlett Johansson's the new nanny in town

Move over, Mary Poppins. There's a new nanny in town; Scarlett Johansson in the insightful film "The Nanny Diaries."

Datebook for September 12

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Police blotter for September 10

Friday, Sept. 7

Moffat County Board of Education: Schools in need of upgraded facilities

Over the past year and a half, the Moffat County School Board has pondered the facility needs of our school district.

Couples migrate to Yampa Valley Golf Course for tournament

More than 50 couples converged on the Yampa Valley Golf Course during the weekend to participate in the annual No Down, Low Down, Slow Down tournament for men and women mixed teams.

Luann Williams: Help with 'Little Hero'

The American Legion Auxiliary of Craig will be sponsoring a program called the Little Hero Bears. The Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion have joined forces to distribute "Little Hero" bears to the local Fire Department, members of the Ambulance Department and advocates.

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Students learn about Native American culture

There's fact and fiction, and it's all history.

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Diane Prather: Creative book talks about facing changes

The cover of this week's picture book bears three warnings: "Private," "Mind Your Beeswax" and "Top Secret." An inside credit page goes a step further. The "Danger: Radioactive" warning is accompanied by a drawing of a skull and cross bones.

Dinosaur Marshall and new roller top agenda

County lowers specs and saves money

Negotiations between Moffat County and Dinosaur to secure additional law enforcement for the town continues, as Sheriff Tim Jantz plans to meet with Dinosaur Mayor Freda Powell to discuss a couple of issues.

Tuesday, September 11

Seminars at Steamboat seeks program director

After providing another successful year of dialogues on public policy, Seminars at Steamboat realized it was missing something: help.

Red Cross hosts disaster preparedness program

If a disaster hit Moffat County, a number of organizations would swing into action to help care for the county's residents and even their small and large animals.

Datebook for Sept. 11

6:30 p.m. Northwest Colorado Homeschool Association hosts its first monthly Moms' Get Together and Home Educators' Support Group. Call Tobi Chacon to RSVP by Sept. 9 at 824.6512.

Craig briefs for Sept. 11

McCreight receives instructor award

Dr. James W. McCreight of McCreight Progressive Dentistry has been awarded the Las Vegas Institute Clinical Instructor of the Year.

Police Blotter for Sept. 11

Moffat County Jail

Larona McPherson: Thank you for the hard work, YVEA

Recently I was able to see firsthand what sometimes needs to occur to keep our homes supplied with electricity. I was aware as I headed home on the evening of Sept. 8 that there had been some power outages due to the storm.

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American Cancer Society recognizes Craig relay

Organization honored at Great West Leadership Summit

Craig and Moffat County have done well in the eyes of the American Cancer Society.

Bulldogs crown two cross-country champs

Moffat County team wins boys and girls individual titles at Grand Junction meet

Moffat County High School runners Mike McNicol and Alicia Nelson both did something Friday they hadn't done before in a cross-country meet this season.

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CMS football sinks Steamboat

Bulldogs win, 42-6, against rival

Most of the time, Craig Middle School football coach Todd Hildenbrand doesn't develop a game plan for his team's opponents.

CMS volleyball bumped in 3

Sometimes having more talent doesn't always add up to a victory.

Jil Hegwer: Truly amazed at rodeo response

I am the Moffat County High School rodeo team sponsor. We are in the process of organizing our High School Rodeo, which will be held at the Moffat County Fair Grounds on Sept. 22 and 23.

Andy Bockelman: 'Superbad' is super good for the right audience

The mindset of the average red-blooded American male teen is perfectly conveyed in the riotous comedy "Superbad" with the help of an exceptional soundtrack, two detergent containers filled with beer and a fake ID sporting the moniker "McLovin."

County to meet with city about EDP, airport

County commissioner Saed Tayyara thinks the time for decisions is close at hand.

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Can you stand the heat?

Fire Department seeking firefighter candidates

Alvaro Landa thought for years about becoming a firefighter, but he held back because he thought it was a "good-old boys club" that wouldn't accept him.

Monday, September 10

Insurance provider deals Medicare supplements

Here is something for anyone within three months of 65 or older on Medicare insurance.

Datebook for Sept. 10

6 p.m. The Moffat County Humane Society has its monthly meeting at the Golden Cavvy. The public is welcome. Call 870-7500.

Health Watch: ER: High tech, high skills save lives

A young man, conscious, but critically injured after his car collided head on with a pickup truck on a two-lane rural highway. A 35-year-old female with an ice pick in her chest. An elderly diabetic woman who has been found comatose in her home after a hypoglycemic attack.

Craig briefs for Sept. 10

Learn to sing

The Sweet Adelines are hosting special guest rehearsal where women can learn to sing from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the Sunset Elementary music room. Call 824-8326.

Aging Well: Music to the ears

Upcoming concert an opportunity for seniors to reap auditory pleasures

Exaltation, triumph, grandeur. Most of us experience little of this in our everyday lives. Yet, Ira Dubinsky feels these and many other powerful emotions while listening to classical music.

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Bulldogs lose nail biter

Moffat County girls fall to Steamboat Springs in five games

Saturday's much-anticipated matchup with Steamboat Springs ended on a sour note for the Bulldogs.

Two-goal lead not enough

Varsity boys soccer team loses to Glenwood Springs

With an 0-2 record entering league play, Moffat County High School head coach Seth Young wanted to start his varsity soccer team off with a clean slate.

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Burning coal efficiently

Hayden Station power plant fine tunes furnace

With the closure of the Seneca mine in 2006, the Hayden Station power plant shifted to burning coal from Twentymile to generate electricity.

Easy choices in education elections

No opposition for candidates at college and School District

Anyone thinking about submitting a petition to run for the Moffat County School District Board of Education or the Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Control is days late and a 50-signature petition short.

Sunday, September 9

Girls volley to beat rival Bulldogs

The much-anticipated match-up with Steamboat Springs ended on a sour note for the Bulldogs.

Saturday, September 8

Mudslide blocks River Road

Road may not reopen today

A mudslide forced the closure of Routt County Road 14, or River Road, from the Brooklyn neighborhood in Steamboat Springs to Mount Werner Road, after a mudslide reported at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday. There was no detour or route for traffic to move through the slide area Friday, and county officials were unsure when the road might reopen.

MCHS boys soccer match changed

The Moffat County High School boys soccer team has made a scheduling change.

Oklahoma! Theater!

MCHS students audition for musical

Some of them started in church choir. Some of them had siblings in church choir. Some of them did Shakespeare in fifth- and sixth-grade.

Craig woman faces child abuse charges

Police: Meth found in newborn's system

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office has charged a 26-year-old Craig woman with child abuse, a charge that stems from her newborn baby allegedly testing positive for methamphetamine.

Our View: A concerning matter

Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara has concerns about the Economic Development Partnership.

Housing vouchers still available

Low-income residents may qualify for Independent Life assistance

Normally, the Independent Life Center has no trouble allocating 81 vouchers that assist low-income residents with housing costs. There is usually so much demand, ILC executive director Evelyn Tileston said, the organization keeps a waiting list of names.

Another man camp to be constructed near Baggs

Construction of a third man camp between Interstate 80 and Baggs, Wyo., was approved by the Carbon County Planning Commission on Tuesday.

Datebook for Sept. 8

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tryouts for the Local Talent Concert of the Craig Concert Association are in the Moffat County High School auditorium. Call Jim Simpson at 824-4138.

Police blotter for Sept. 8

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Craig briefs for Sept. 8

Church to show its appreciation

The Maybell Interdenominational Bible Church will host a community barbecue at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the church.

Volleyball victory a warm-up for rivalry

Moffat County girls varsity team defeats Grand Junction in four games

Heading into conference play against Steamboat Springs this afternoon, the Moffat County High School girls varsity volleyball team made sure not to overlook Thursday's road contest against Grand Junction High School.

Chuck Mack: Our wonderful trip going to a family reunion and sightseeing, part 3

On the third day, we made it to our destination in Montana.

Following nature's lead

Rockin' J Ranch finds niche in health-conscious food market with grass-fed beef

When the Rockin' J Ranch was being restructured four years ago, new owners and partner/managers Keith and Wendi Lankister wanted to head in a slightly different direction with their beef.

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Bulldogs chew up Huskies, 54-32

Third-quarter scoring puts away Battle Mountain

The Moffat County varsity football team put on a rushing clinic, piling up 353 yards on the ground, to beat Battle Mountain High School, 54-32, on Friday night.

Hallgren joins Daily Press staff

Hans Hallgren was hired Thursday to fill the photographer position at the Craig Daily Press.

Retirement seminar this week

Anyone with questions about retirement - from 30-year-olds looking to make the right investments to 50- and 60-year-olds taking that step - might want to attend the "Passport to Retirement" seminar.

Education Roundup for Sept. 8

News and notes for MCHS homecoming

Friday, September 7

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The family ties that bind

Visiting Nurse Association offers new support group for grandparents raising children

It wasn't the easiest decision for Phil and Linda Pinnt. They were 53 years old, had raised four children of their own and were looking forward to having time to themselves.

Diane Prather: Delicious chokecherry jelly and chocolate chip cookie bars

Over a Cup of Coffee

Last week, I received a recipe for chokecherry jelly from Rozella Bobson of Craig. Rozella got the recipe for "MCP Chokecherry Jelly" from Kraft Kitchens. (MCP is a trade name for the powdered pectin.)

New YVRA assistant manager to take broader job

The search for a new assistant manager at Yampa Valley Regional Airport is moving forward, an airport official said Thursday.

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No place like home?

Bulldogs golf places 11th at Moffat County High School Invitational

With all the focus on hosting a tournament and being familiar with the golf course, the Moffat County High School boys golf team found neither to be an advantage.

Elisa Shackelton: Pack a safe lunch, not an intestinal one-two punch

Extension Connection

September marks the start of the school year and National Food Safety Education month.

God doesn't create junk: Identifying a God worth serving

Arlo Guthrie was at a benefit for the Sierra Club looking a whole lot older than he did 35 years ago, and his daughter was performing with her band. She told a story about Arlo that has stuck with me.

Craig briefs for Sept. 7

Learn to sing with the Sweet Adelines

The Sweet Adelines host a special guest rehearsal during which women can learn to sing, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the Sunset Elementary music room. Call 824-8326.

Bulldogs soccer lets lead slip

Varsity boys team falls to Grand Junction after leading for 16 minutes

Sixteen minutes. That's the amount of time the Moffat County boys varsity soccer team has led over the competition this season.

Comunidad offers Spanish interpreter training

Until there is an adult English as a Second Language class, Spanish speakers need interpreters to help them with essential components of day-to-day life, such as doctor visits and parent/teacher conferences, said Maria Martin, Comunidad Integrada program coordinator.

Police blotter for Sept. 7

Christopher Allen Major, 25, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of careless driving, driving under restraint, compulsory insurance and expired plates.

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Police: Woman killed her infant daughter

A 33-year-old Steamboat Springs woman has been charged with the murder of her 1-year-old daughter. Luz Devina Cisneros was arrested Thursday after police said she killed her infant daughter, Brianna Simon, in her Walton Ponds apartment.

To every county, to every corner

Obama presidential campaign looks to involve voters locally

The 2008 presidential election clambers closer and closer, and the campaign for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is the first to hire any Colorado campaign staff.

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Christina M. Currie: Good deed gone bad

Touch of Spice

I have to admit that my resolution to become Super Mom this school year hasn't ... well, let's just say I've had my off days.

Datebook for Sept. 7

7 to 9 p.m. Celebrate Recovery meets at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St. Child care is provided. Call Caroline 620-0659.

Agency helps women exit abusive situations

Without having enough money to hire an attorney, women and children involved in abusive relationships can remain mired in hopeless situations with no way out.

White to run for Senate in 2008

Al White, current Republican state representative for Northwest Colorado House District 57, has announced he will run for state Senate District 8 in 2008.

Rail spur moves forward

It was anything but an enthusiastic endorsement, but the Routt County Planning Commission recommended for approval Xcel Energy's application for a rail spur near Hayden.

County to ask voters for funds

Ballot measure seeks property taxes for road improvements

The city won't be alone in asking for increased property taxes this November.

Thursday, September 6

White declares senate candidacy for 2008

Al White, current Republican state representative for Northwest Colorado House District 57, will run for state Senate District 8 in 2008.

Stanley J. Wolschon: Mathers Bar sidewalk area is kept clean

In regards to the person who said the sidewalks between Fourth and Sixth streets are dirty and trashy looking, that person apparently didn't take a good look at the front sidewalk at Mathers Bar. I for one, know that the clean-up crew sweeps and cleans every morning.

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Potential for state

Moyer, Smith show promise at Steamboat golf tournament

As the Colorado high school golf season approaches the home stretch, Moffat County head coach Ken Harjes is in a precarious position.

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Wal-Mart enters final stages

Corporation nearing end of primary construction, hiring in preparation for Nov. 7 opening

Wal-Mart is in the final stages of primary construction and hiring in preparation for tentative plans to open its SuperCenter store Nov. 7.

Craig mentioned in Time article

Magazine story focuses on barbed wire ban in Colorado towns

Craig received a mention in the Sept. 10 issue of Time magazine in an article about banning barbed wire fences in Colorado towns.

Campbell promoted to advertising manager

Renee Campbell was promoted to advertising manager at the Craig Daily Press on Tuesday.

Police blotter for Sept. 6

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Tracey Lathrop and Dennis C. P. Dickson: Thank you to woman who aided elderly lady

This letter is to the stellar, kind-hearted, young woman who helped a frail, elderly woman who had fallen on the corner of Sixth and Ledford on Aug. 31.

Marie Schneider: Thank you for support in time of pain, grief

The family of William "Bill" Schneider thanks all you kind and generous people who sent flowers and cards, made calls and furnished food for the delicious meal after Bill's funeral.

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Railroad plow finds final resting place in Craig

D&RGW machine worked tracks plowing snow, dirt in 1930s

On Wednesday, a piece of American railroad history wound its way down the tracks from Phippsburg to the siding in Craig in a final journey to a resting place at the Wyman's Living History Ranch and Museum.

Bookkeeper avoids prison for embezzling

Lord vows to make restitution, sentenced to probation

Flanked by friends and family, a contrite former bookkeeper apologized Wednesday for embezzling money from the Moffat County School District during a sentencing hearing in Moffat County District Court.

Craig briefs for Sept. 6

Power zapped across Moffat County

A bolt of lightning struck an electrical pole behind the John Deere dealership west of Craig on Highway 40 at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, causing electricity to go out on the west side of Craig and beyond, said Jim Chappell, Yampa Valley Electric Association spokesperson.

'A big step toward the playoffs'

Bulldogs football prepares for home opener

Moffat County High School head football coach Kip Hafey is working on three rules with his kick-off and punt return teams this week, after his team fumbled three kicks last week.

Datebook for Sept. 6

9:30 a.m. Northwest Colorado Homeschool Association has a field trip to Meeker Pioneers Museum and Sheep Dog Trials. Call Tobi Chacon for carpooling information at 824-6512.

Bill Harding: Office offers free transport to Grand Junction hospital

Veterans Hotline

This office offers free transportation to eligible veterans from Moffat County and the adjacent counties of Carbon, Wyo., Routt and Rio Blanco, to and from the VAMC Hospital in Grand Junction.

Wednesday, September 5

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Ballot question language examined

Commissioners look for limits, clarification on TMH proposal

The Moffat County Commission discussed language Tuesday that could be used on The Memorial Hospital's mill levy proposal in the November general election.

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RMP draft hits delay

BLM pushes release back to summer 2008

The anticipated November release of the Resource Management Plan for the Bureau of Land Management's Little Snake River management area has been delayed until summer 2008.

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Doctors struggle with government insurance

Cuts make it hard to accept certain forms

Doctors are having a hard time coping with some financial realities caused by Medicaid, Medicare and State Children's Health Insurance Program.

Craig briefs for Sept. 5

Middle school meeting Monday

The Craig Middle School Parent Advisory Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the CMS Cafeteria. All CMS parents are invited to attend.

Police blotter for Sept. 5

Jacob Lee Chason, 27, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to drive in a single lane and compulsory insurance.

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Taking it hole by hole

MCHS boys varsity golf team to play back-to-back tournaments in Steamboat, Craig

The Moffat County High School golf team will have a lot of adding up to do by the week's end.

Bulldogs swinging into Grand Junction

Volleyball team working on offensive combinations

Moffat County High School girls volleyball coach Brianna Montgomery is swinging her girls into a faster-paced offense.

Hospital sets record months for baby deliveries

If anyone deserved to have the Labor Day holiday off, it was Dr. Gregory Roberts, a Moffat Family Clinic physician. After all, he spent the past month delivering numerous babies at The Memorial Hospital.

Our View: Living, and dying, history

If we want to preserve our historic icons, we have to become proactive.

Matthew R. Dent: Craig, Moffat County a celestial place

I am writing the following letter in the small hope you realize what a celestial place Craig or at least Moffat County actually is. I lived there no more than a year ago and found Craig to be a sanctuary of sorts.

Social Services offers free counseling to students

Moffat County Social Services works with Craig Mental Health to coordinate DISC, a counseling program students can attend during the school day.

Middle school football chews up Rangely

At Craig Middle School, football coaches are more apt to see if the kids enjoy the game, rather than see how well they perform.

CMS Bulldogs serve up victory

Hustle and flow. That's what Craig Middle School girls volleyball coach Becky Field is most pleased with after her girls cruised to a 25-3, 25-12 straight game victory against Rangely on Saturday.

Datebook for Sept. 5

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, September 4

Health Watch: Tackle phobias by the horns

Most of us have a healthy fear of spiders and snakes, enough to set our nerves on edge at the sight of the latest reality show contestant trapped in a spider-filled cage or awash in a slither of snakes.

Season Nordic passes on sale

Touring Center looks forward to changes for skiing operation

The staff of the Steamboat Ski Touring Center is preparing for a new season, highlighted by a pair of Fish Creek projects that could change the look of the cross-country skiing operation that occupies the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Course in winter.

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Beginning with a blank canvas

Moffat County High School freshmen football coach starts from scratch

Effort. Aggressiveness. These are the intangibles that freshmen boys football head coach Jim Neton is searching for among his players.

Police blotter for Sept. 4

Christopher Anthony Gonzalez, 19, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under restraint and compulsory insurance.

Tammy Workman: Cigarette butts are litter, a fire hazard

This letter is written because of concern of serious fire danger at Loudy-Simpson Part due to careless smokers. Our group of Colorado Northwestern Community College Wellness Wednesday's Walk for Fitness Class goes to this beautiful park to walk each Wednseday.

Chamber member wants more voice in board elections

Cindy Looper, Elk Run Inn owner and Craig Chamber of Commerce member, has an issue with the Chamber, and Chamber leadership thinks it's a good point.

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Symptoms of sharing

CMS teacher hoping support group makes lives easier

Awooden placard hangs above the doorway of Nicole Beckum's second-floor classroom at Craig Middle School. The phrase on the board reads a simple, but apt, message: "Find the good in every day."

Craig briefs for Sept. 4

Agriculture disaster loans available

Businesses in northwest Colorado now qualify for low-interest federal disaster loans in Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco and Garfield counties, as well as Uintah County in Utah.

Taxes a hard sell in Dinosaur

Residents 90 miles from schools and hospital in Craig

When Moffat County voters head to the polls in November, they will be asked to increase taxes in exchange for improvements to Craig schools and a new hospital on the west side of town.

Resort Group expanding

Office building under construction on Snapdragon Way

Construction is under way on a three-story office building at 675 Snapdragon Way in the Central Park business district, just east of the Taco Bell/Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.

Donations aid newspaper preservation

An effort that began more than a year ago to digitize and make available on the Web all of Routt County's historical newspapers finally has the funding it needs to proceed. The $45,500 project is being conducted by the Bud Werner Memorial Library and was made possible through organization grants and private donations.

Datebook for Sept. 4

10:30 and 11 a.m. SHARE Craig registration takes place at Sunset Meadows No. 2 and in the conference room at Sunset Meadows No. 1, respectively. Call Ginny at 326-3003.

Monday, September 3

Retirees volunteer and see the world

As an elementary school teacher, Joni Moss of Clark never imagined that in retirement, she would still be helping children.

Datebook for Sept. 3

Today All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of Labor Day.

Put good health on your plate

Let food be your medicine, Hippocrates said, and for centuries doctors have stressed the importance of a good diet.

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Sheep, dogs ... and monkeys

Sheepdog Classic begins Wednesday

Highly trained dogs from across the globe. Spirited competition with, in some cases, a national berth on the line.

SCORE to offer seminar for starting businesses

A great business idea is worthless until you take your first steps.

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Searching for hidden talent

MCHS boys junior varsity football team focuses on development

Hard work will be rewarded.

Casino night on the town

Horizons to host fundraiser Saturday

Bill Mason sat up straight in the barber chair and looked into the mirror.

Saturday, September 1

Chuck Mack: Our trip to a family reunion and sightseeing - part two

The next morning, we got an early start and drove to Cody, Wyo.

Dinosaur council meets with commissioners

Landfill, law enforcement issues top agenda

Dinosaur Mayor Freda Powell had some information for the Moffat County Commission during Tuesday's meeting in the county's western-most town.

Datebook for Sept. 1

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of Labor Day.

Craig briefs for Sept. 1

Activities available for '50 and better'

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."

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Bulldogs romp in season opener

MCHS boys varsity football team shuts out Rawlins

Despite installing a new offense in the offseason, the Bulldogs relied on what they do best in Friday's season opener against Rawlins, Wyo.

Our View: Cart before the horse

It's early in the pitch count for those hoping to construct a regional sports complex in Hayden, but they already have a strike against them.

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Preschool a head start for children

Program for kids of low-income families finds new home at local school

Preschool is important for children and every child should have access to it.

Police blotter for Sept. 1

Moffat County Jail

Saving ranch and wildlife

Programs can benefit landowners

Northwest Colorado ranchers are finding help to improve their grazing pastures through a number of programs offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, or NRCS.

Trains coming west

It rained two inches in the days before railroad cars jumped the tracks in Craig in 1914, putting a halt to passenger traffic that had started only the previous year.

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Homeowners: now or never

Real estate not expected to come down anytime soon

Are there any potential homebuyers out there in Moffat County?

July real estate transactions

July real estate transactions

Young girls cross country makes big stride in second meet

After watching the Moffat County girls cross country team run two meets in two days, coach Todd Trapp said he has learned this much about his young harriers: They can be contenders.