Stories for April 2008


Wednesday, April 30

Bulldogs girls soccer shut out by Huskies

The Moffat County High School girls soccer team traveled to Vail on Tuesday for a matchup of two teams on opposite sides of the Western Slope League.

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Rockin' the house

High school arts festival showcases musical, visual arts

Janna Thompson was one of several high school students who occupied the high school's mirror-backed dressing room during a one-act play directed by high school student Rachel Greene-Wagner on Tuesday night.

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Rescuers evacuate Steamboat couple's California celebration

Julie Grady first smelled smoke while walking to the reception in her homemade hemp wedding dress. The newlywed (formerly Julie Sokolowski) had just exchanged vows below towering pines at a remote camp in California's San Gabriel Mountains.

Cris Criswell: DOW, Humane Society dysfunctional agencies

In reference to the "Humane Society Asks for Aggressive Prosecution of Elk Kill Cases" of April 23, I couldn't help but give a view of the true picture. It's called trickle-down funding. In this case, the Department of Wildlife hopes to collect big bucks (money), and the Humane Society hopes some of that money will be donated to them.

Andy Bockelman: 'Baby Mama' duo create comedic magic

What do you do when the person carrying your most precious cargo cannot comprehend its fragile nature?

CNCC submits property covenants

Board of Control previews possible exterior for proposed building

The pieces are coming together for the first phase of a new Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus.

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Judge denies Wall appeal

Sheriff will fight DUI charges in jury trial

Senior Judge Cecil Wayne Williams upheld the revocation of Sheriff Gary Wall's driver's license in Routt County Court on Tuesday, and a jury trial has been set for the drunken driving case against the county's top law enforcement officer.

Police blotter for April 30

Candace Cole Johns, 39, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

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Bulldogs sluggers sweep Sailors

Moffat County High School baseball team clinches share of third straight league title

Trailing Palisade by two games in the win column heading into Tuesday night, Moffat County High School baseball coach Tim Hafey knew what was at stake.

Datebook for April 30

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 April 30

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is taking calls about the Child Health Plan Plus.

Water among top concerns

Local group studies different area needs

Water will become an increasingly precious resource in the future, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said.

Council to view rec proposal

Dave Pike expects to take the first step toward a community recreation center proposal in three weeks.

Hayden recreation district shaky

Town officials seek supporters to take on campaign proposal

The proposed West Routt Recreation District is in peril.

Our view: No vacancy

Last week, officials and architects from The Memorial Hospital unveiled the first look at renderings and plans of a sparkling new facility in development west of town to largely positive reviews from the public.

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Diane Prather: Content, photos make 'Great Ranches' a great read

"Great Ranches of the West" is Jim Keen's newest book, and he'll be at Downtown Books on Saturday for a book signing. Keen is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker.

Tuesday, April 29

MCHS baseball drops road game in Utah

'Lethargic' sluggers lose to Uintah, 6-5

Coming off a 35-2 doubleheader sweep of visiting Battle Mountain on Saturday, the Moffat County High School baseball team looked to continue its momentum Monday in Utah.

Police blotter for April 29

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Tax dollars could support new program at CNCC

Officials at Craig campus preparing space for nine-month automotive technology program to start in August

Colorado Northwestern Community College officials are putting the finishing touches on a new program coming to the Craig campus this fall.

Craig briefs for April 29

Accountability committee to meet

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

Officials see December DOLA grant decisions

Moffat County has a road problem. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs can help, said Linda DeRose, county Road and Bridge Department manager. But whether DOLA's help will allow the county to keep up with road maintenance across its roughly 3 million acres is a matter of faith.

Stephen Skidmore: How many more do we need to lose?

I was listening to the morning news on a radio station here in Colorado on how there is a 50 percent rate of suicide among Colorado National Guardsmen and U.S. Army Reservists, and possibly nationwide, who are returning from the Iraq War.

District amends DOLA request

Contingency fund to pay for upgraded foundation

Timing can affect the success of grants made to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

Maren Schmidt: Put the big stuff in first

A Ukrainian folktale called "The Mitten" relates the story of a lost mitten and a bear. The children in my class enjoyed this story and even turned it into a play.

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Dinosaur more than just a visitor center

Park officials push other attractions

Despite the Dinosaur National Monument's Quarry Visitor Center being closed since July 2006, park officials have not stopped organizing new programs and promoting other attractions.

Wade Gerber: Animals overpopulated

Just to think if the Division of Wildlife could open its eyes and see what a problem it has in the overpopulation of animals and learn to do the job DOW was assigned, there wouldn't be as much of a problem.

Senior spotlight for April 29

Have you noticed how each day brings its own beauty? It's all around us. On Sunday, my daughter Jane and I went for a short drive. What a wonderful panorama spread before us. The views were beautiful.

Datebook for April 29

8:30 to 10 a.m. Senior swimnastics is at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: An awkward holiday, a void filled

Sunday marked a much different holiday for me. It was my first Greek Easter spent away from family.

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'Peaking at the right time'

Bulldogs golf team places second in home tournament, Innes first among individuals

With regionals a week from today, Monday presented the last opportunity for the Bulldogs girls golf team to get in a competitive round.

New roads proposal proffered

Officials more receptive to increased vehicle registration fees

Routt County officials are more receptive to a proposal that would increase vehicle registration and rental fees than they were to one that would impose a $5 toll on Interstate 70 from Floyd Hill to the Eisenhower Tunnel.

Monday, April 28

Datebook for April 28

9 to 11 a.m. Toddler/preschool playgroup is at Serendipity's. Call Kevin at 824-1703.

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Aging Well: CNCC class helps older users tackle technology

In a bright and airy computer lab in Craig, students furl their brows as they explore what for many is a completely new world.

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Devils hand MCHS its 12th loss

With one win apiece and sitting at the bottom of the league standings, Saturday's girls soccer match between Eagle Valley and host Moffat County High School wasn't carrying much value in the hunt for playoff positioning.

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Training partners undefeated in cage

On Nov. 17, 2007, Craig resident Travis Linsacum knocked out Carl Futch in a first-round victory in the Holistic Health & Fitness inaugural cage match.

Craig briefs for April 28

Poetry contest winners announced

Winners of the first Cowboy/Western Poetry Contest have been announced. They are:

Business News and Notes: Walgreens plans mid-summer opening

Winter couldn't stop construction at the new Craig Walgreens, even if this year's cold season turned out to be worse than imagined.

Andy Bockelman: No objections to 'Baby Mama'

What do you do when the person carrying your most precious cargo cannot comprehend its fragile nature?

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Democrats meet candidates at fundraiser

On the national stage, the Democratic Party has used "change" as a lightning rod for gathering support.

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Ben Williams tosses perfect game in MCHS home opener

Not in his 25 years as coach has he seen a perfect game.

Saturday, April 26

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Bulldogs dominate home turf

MCHS track team wins 15 events, sets new school record in boys shot put

Sitting inside the timer's tent, Moffat County High School girls track coach Todd Trapp couldn't see much of Friday's action.

Education briefs: Moffat County High School set to 'Rock the Arts'

"Rock the Arts," a vocal, instrumental, visual and theatrical arts festival, takes place at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.

Police blotter for April 24

Police blotter for April 24

Student news: Klava Caras

Klava Caras, a 2006 Moffat County High School graduate, will receive a bachelor's of science in nursing on May 17 from Mesa State in Grand Junction. On May 16, she receives her registered nurse pin.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Miss Pettigrew' sweet natured, smart

For a film that hearkens back to the good old-fashioned screwball antics of the Golden Age of Cinema, be sure to check out "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day."

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Fiddlers make way to Craig

The Craig Concert Association presents the Hunt Family Fiddlers at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Moffat County High School auditorium.

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Moffat County High School senior sets sights on art education

Kristin Brown, Moffat County High School senior, is stepping out.

Rolling along

MCHS rodeo team stays in the money

The Moffat County High School rodeo team gained two valuable items from its rodeo last weekend in Black Forrest.

Chuck Mack: Hugus & Co. in Craig

The following is an article from the April 11, 1917, Craig-Empire.

Distribution hearings scheduled

A scheduling error delayed a status conference Friday in Moffat County Court for a 28-year-old Hispanic man accused of distributing narcotics.

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Sage-Grouse plan to prevent endangered listing

Federal classification could have consequences for landowners, businesses

When Jean Stetson sat down with the Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Working Group in 1996, she didn't expect to sit there for 12 years.

Community Agriculture Alliance: One group, many projects

In 1999, a group of Routt County residents thought agriculture was being threatened, and they decided to do something about it.

Phyllis Barainca: Resident urges DOW to 'Clean up your mess'

I drive west on Highway 40 to Maybell everyday.

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Facility feedback

TMH seeking public input on future of Russell Street location

For all the questions officials from The Memorial Hospital have answers for, one that remains unknown thus far is the fate of its current Russell Street facility.

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William Penn Finley: Supporter of Craig and its people

It wasn't unusual for homesteading families to move on to what they hoped were greener pastures and another homestead. Rowland and Laura Finley grew up on Iowa farms but ended up in Colorado.

Northwest politicians lobby for more discussion of coal energy talks

The two Republicans who represent Northwest Colorado in the state Legislature say the region mostly is being left out of the conversations about renewable energy that have dominated this year's general assembly.

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Historic church changes with time

A group of 30 people had signed a charter to begin the Congregational Church in the spring of 1900.

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The great debate

Sunset Elementary third-graders argue the ban on shooting prairie dogs

Recent news about a petition to ban prairie dog hunting has created some debate in one Sunset Elementary third-grade class.

Datebook for April 26

Datebook for April 26

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South Routt takes energy lead

Overhaul includes biomass heating

The South Routt School District could be the last in Colorado to heat its schools with coal. In a matter of months - after the hazardous coal boilers installed in 1970 are removed and replaced - it could also be the first Colorado school district to heat a school with biomass, using wood pellets from plants in Kremmling or Walden.

Friday, April 25

Police blotter for April 23

Police blotter for April 23

Carol Jacobson and Caroline Dotson: CIS essays wonderful

In keeping with the spirit of Craig's Centennial Celebration, Craig Intermediate School students participated in an essay contest: What Do You Love About Craig. Forty-one students submitted essays about their experiences growing up in Craig.

Student news: Kate Pauline Schafer

Kate Pauline Schafer is scheduled to graduate from the University of Colorado with a bachelor's degree in International Affairs and Spanish on May 8, 2008, in Boulder.

Datebook for April 25

Datebook for April 25

Elisa Shackelton: Time to test your soil

As we all are getting eager to be outside again gardening and working in the yard, it would be wise to get a soil test done before you do any new plantings in order to maximize your success rate as well as your investment in seeds or plants, water and time - and perhaps to also decrease your level of frustration when plants don't do as well as you'd hoped because of poor soil preparation.

Father Makarios: Why Two Easters?

This Sunday, the world's 350 million Orthodox Christians, including the parishioners of Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Craig, will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Bob Woods: But to be a butterfly

When I was a child, I kept a caterpillar in a jar.

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Demons terrorize Bulldogs

Glenwood Springs defeats Moffat County High School, 8-0

With only a few games remaining in girls high school soccer before the playoffs begin, Glenwood Springs' coach Bryan Stoltzfus and Moffat County coach Alegra Yager both said they were looking for victories.

Andy Bockelman: No forgetting 'Sarah Marshall'

Suffering from a broken heart is one thing, but having to nurse it on vacation is quite another. This is especially true when you literally cannot get rid of your ex, like the hapless hero of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

Craig briefs for April 25

Golf meeting April 30

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'As long as we're not bystanders'

Holocaust survivor gives presentation at Moffat County High School

On Nov. 9, 1938, Susan Warsinger's family was planning to celebrate her mother's birthday the next day in their apartment on Adolph Hitler Platz in Bad Kreuznach, Germany.

Moffat County Neighbor: Sandy Quick

Sandy Quick

Rev. Karen Gibson: Where He leads me I will follow

This weekend, there will be a special worship service at Friendship United Methodist Church, 657 Green St.

Diane Prather: Favorite old-time recipes

Some time ago I copied these recipes down from a Cowbelle cookbook.

The Campos Family: Thanks to VNA

On behalf of the family and friends of Ron Campos, we would like to thank the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Craig and the American Cancer Society for providing personal care for Ron as well as spiritual support to his family in our time of need.

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Curtain goes up

Public catches early look at new The Memorial Hospital

An early look at architectural plans and renderings of a proposed new The Memorial Hospital were met with generally positive reviews from the public Thursday night at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

When life gives you hogs

Local boy turns hobby into diversified business

Sometimes you're up early, and sometimes you're up late. Sometimes, you're up early and late, J.B. Chapman said.

Christina M. Currie: It's a trip

As I rush to close off as many loose ends as possible before my two girls and I leave for a week-long vacation, people keep asking "are you excited?"

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'It starts now'

Area professionals, officials share insight with Craig eighth graders

When Dana Duran was in eighth grade, she knew what job she wanted.

District approves $1.8 million in construction contracts

The Moffat County School Board approved contracts for three of its capital improvement projects at Thursday night's board meeting.

Thursday, April 24

Rick Hammel: Protect prairie dogs

This is in regards to "Petitions opposing prairie dog ban circulate" published in the Craig Daily Press on April 22.

Willems: Thanks to TMH

The family of Mike Willems would like to thank everyone who brought food in, sent flowers, cards or donations, and a thank you to all who kept us in your thoughts and prayers.

Ben Hegwer: Thanks to chamber

I would like to thank the Craig Chamber of Commerce for its endorsement of the right to work measure that will appear on the November ballot.

MCTA approves application, Web site expenses

The Moffat County Tourism Association board continued previously discussed projects and objectives at its Wednesday meeting.

Police blotter for April 22

Police blotter for April 22

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Call to tradition

High school juniors make final preparations for junior/senior prom

David Grabowski, Moffat County High School junior class advisor, was a man on the move Wednesday afternoon.

Dan and Eva Garrett: Letter correction

I made a mistake in a letter to the editor in mentioning the wrong deputy's name when he came to our house on the night of April 21. Thank you Deputy Folks, you were so kind and gave support to our family.

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Diane Prather: Prom trilogy perfect for this time of year

It's prom time at high schools everywhere, and that's the setting for a brand new trilogy of books written for the young adult reader.

Craig sports brief for April 24

'Big Blue Football Camp' accepting applications

Bill Harding: Colorado State Board of Veteran's Affairs meeting in Craig

The Colorado State Board of Veterans Affairs is May 13 and 14 in Craig.

'Hard pill to swallow for the taxpayer'

Property taxes on one lot up 500 percent

When Homer and Shane Wilson opened their tax bill this year, they were shocked by the bottomline.

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Back for more

Ultimate cage fighting event Saturday

Holistic Health & Fitness co-owners Karrie Booth and Josh Magnuson's vision: To organize a series of cage fighting events in Northwest Colorado.

Cathy Hamilton: Jury duty lacks cinematic flair

Just as I was wondering what to do with myself now that basketball season is over, I was called for jury duty. Again.

Datebook for April 24

Datebook for April 24

Wednesday, April 23

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Waste no more

Students collect trash, recyclables in honor of Earth Day

A car hood. An antelope head. And an assortment of toys, golf balls and fast food wrappers. These are a sampling of what Moffat County High School biology, chemistry and integrated science students collected Tuesday, science teacher Amber Clark said.

U.S. Humane Society asks for 'aggressive' prosecution of elk kill cases

The Humane Society of the United States is watching the court progress of two Moffat County ranchers charged in March with illegally killing 34 elk.

History in the flesh

Jewish immigrant from Nazi Germany to speak at high school

Eric Hansen was 14 years old when a Holocaust survivor gave a presentation at his high school, he said.

Datebook for April 23

Datebook for April 23

Craig briefs for April 23

Family looking for missing teen

Police blotter for April 21

Police blotter for April 21

Sabrina Bowersox: Call Craig Police with information on teen

It has been one week since my daughter decided to leave home. My heart feels as though it went with her. I need prayer for her safety and for soundness of my mind. Here is her info again:

The Humane Society of Moffat County: Humane Society thanks community for support

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank Kelly Hepworth and his staff for the ongoing help and support, The Golden Cavvy for the meeting space each month and Nora Jones for the cat food donation. We truly appreciate you all.

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MCHS golf team places second in Glenwood Springs

Entering play at The Hill Golf Course in Glenwood Springs, the Moffat County High School girls golf team had two tournaments left before state playoffs begin.

Hamilton polling place may close

About 15 miles south of Craig, Stephanie Jeffcoat, 33, has orchestrated elections in Hamilton for about eight years.

Council endorses Section 8 program

The Craig City Council showed unanimous support for the Section 8 housing voucher program at its Tuesday meeting.

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Huskies blank Bulldogs

Defending league champions too much for MCHS

Two high school girls soccer teams headed in different directions.

Our View: Piecing the puzzle together

When it comes to Craig's future, many pieces to the puzzle are on the table.

Tuesday, April 22

Kids Talk: Seven traits that can destroy lives

Ever notice how a word, a phrase, a quote or a book title keeps popping up?

Police blotter for April 22

Wednesday, April 16

Black Mountain Theatre: Thanks for making production fun

Black Mountain Theatre would like to thank the following people for their hard work and creative, fun ideas and great attitudes they brought to our recent production "The Great Diamond Swindle of 1872" which made it so much fun to do.

Craig briefs for April 22

Church to host study group

First Congregational Church of Christ, 630 Green St., is hosting a book study beginning at 10:30 a.m. today. The study will cover the book "God's Psychiatry," by Charles L. Allen.

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MCHS swim team places second at Jeffco

With three weeks remaining before the state championships, Moffat County High School boys swim coach Patti Worsley said a meet the caliber of the Jeffco Invite is exactly what the team needed.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: A new chapter

It starts with a goodbye.

Jim and Kathie Butts, Sheela, Travis, Vicki, Bonnie, Connie and their families: Thank you for support during time of need

The family of Jewell Callahan would like to thank all of her wonderful relatives and friends for the donations and flowers brought over during our time of need. To those folks who brought food and gracious words of condolences, we can't say thank you enough.

Datebook for April 22

The Moffat County Libraries will be closed for computer upgrades.

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Petitions opposing prairie dog ban circulate

Sprinkled around town, inside businesses that have chosen to participate, petitions opposing another petition can be found.

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100-day celebration kickoff stirs memories for Craig residents

Dan Davidson, Museum of Northwest Colorado director, stands amid the growing crowd and looks up.

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Country Mall cleanup begins

Veldon "Lop" Behrman remembers being confused the December 2007 day he saw "Danger: Asbestos" signs wrapped around the Country Mall, a property he owns with Marvin "Red" Cortner.

Hayden gives derby green light

Crandall Avenue will be blocked for part of May 24 weekend

Derby racers, strap on your helmets and aim for Crandall Avenue.

Monday, April 21

Datebook for April 21

Today 9 to 11 a.m. Toddler/preschool playgroup is at Serendipity's. Call Kevin at 824-1703.

Collin Smith: Keeping good prices

New liquor store separates itself with low-cost, clean store

No matter how many particular businesses open in Craig, one can never presume that whatever is here is as good as it gets.

Eva and Dan Garrett: Thank you to operator

On Friday night, I had to call an ambulance for my husband.

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An end and a beginning

Beard contest judging kicks off 100-day

Tonight, 100 days of beard growth probably will end for 46 contestants participating in the Brothers of the Brush contest.

Aging Well: The fiber challenge

Fiber: Most of us know we need it and probably don't get enough of it. But why, exactly, is fiber so important and how do we get more of it in our diets?

Wal-Mart bomb threat false alarm

A bomb threat at the Craig Wal-Mart Supercenter on Sunday night was a false alarm, officials said.

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Bulldogs drop girls soccer home opener

Season-high two goals not enough versus Delta

Finally. The Moffat County High School girls soccer team took the field Saturday at Woodbury Park in its first home game of the season.

Jerry Raehal: 100 years for Craig

Happy birthday. Or anniversary. Or Centennial celebration.

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They called it 'proving'

Reflections on a family homesteading in Northwest Colorado

December 1922. The winter is harsh, and Howard and Emily Norman are carrying precious cargo.

Sunday, April 20

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Drawing the lines of a new territory

First county surveyor devotes life to developing Craig

No one would argue that developing frontier lands took a lot of hard, physical work to make sage brush into fertile fields and empty places into bustling communities.

Saturday, April 19

Ready to rumble

Craig Bad Dogs host wrestling invitational

Vision quest. A term frequently used in wrestling circles nationwide, according to Bad Dogs youth wrestling coach Shane Hadley.

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One in the win column

Brewer, Hernandez combine efforts in Moffat County soccer's first victory of the season

The third time was a charm. Moffat County scored its third goal in as many games. But Friday's score was more than just a morale builder.

Police Blotter for April 16

Moffat County Jail No reports.

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Course cultivation

When it comes to golf, the course is as much an integral part of the sport - if not more - than the opponent.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Nim's Island' a fine family film

Eleven-year-old Nim Rusoe (Abigail Breslin) lives an amazing life; she and her father, Jack (Gerard Butler), reside on an uncharted island amid the South Pacific.

Datebook for April 19

Today Passover begins at sundown

Centennial datebook for April 19

April 21 Celebration kickoff. April 21 was the day Craig was officially made a town. Join us for the judging of the beard-growing contest at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

Sabrina Toombs: Relay For Life teams need to work together

My brother died of Cancer last October.

Chuck Mack: Craig in throes of building boom

C. M. White has caught the spirit of improvement that has so many Craig people in its grip. The result is one of the nicest and best-equipped meat markets in the county. Mr. White is aware that the people of this town are deserving of the best and is doing his share to give it to them.

Mickey Allen: Need way to control horse overpopulation

Thanks to the animal rights movement and many well-meaning but misinformed animal lovers, the slaughter of unwanted horses is now essentially banned in all 50 states.

Our view: Money wise

It won't be long now before stimulus checks from the U.S. Treasury begin arriving in Moffat County residents' mailboxes. Based on rough calculations and estimates, the payments could total north of $5 million for county residents.

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Straight and narrow

Moffat County senior Travis Wilson's career, faith soon to hit the road

Practicing Christian. Truck driver. Travis Wilson, Moffat County High School senior, plans to be both after he graduates high school.

Craig briefs for April 19

Fire Weather Watch posted for today

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the lower elevations of Northwest and West Central Colorado and Northwest Utah.

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A whole lot of bull

Northwestern Colorado Bull Sale today in Routt County

Save the day to save your dollars - it's the sixth annual Northwestern Colorado Bull Sale, going on today at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.

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Behind the 8 ball

Housing voucher program may leave Moffat and Rio Blanco counties

Suesanne Smith and her husband, Wesley, have never asked for help before, Suesanne said.

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Another decoration for local doc

Family physician Larry Kipe earns Walking Stick Award

Recently named the winner of a prestigious state award, Dr. Larry Kipe has tossed around a few thoughts about what he might say if asked to give a speech.

Friday, April 18

Betty (Wyman) Unruh: Thank you for the support

Thank you to the Cedar Mountain Ensemble for providing special music for Veda Wyman's birthday. Thank you also to the community and family members who contributed in various ways in making her birthday very memorable.

Moffat County Neighbor: Corenia Wells

Corenia Wells Age: 30 Occupation: Manager at Tin Cup

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Bulldogs drop eighth in a row

Eagle Valley's Luczkow bags hat trick in 5-1 Devils' win

There will be no sprints during Eagle Valley's soccer practice today.

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Diane Prather: Say 'cheese!'

This week's column is very special because it features some very old recipes.

Carol Jacobson and Caroline Dotson: Eighth-graders express challenges in poetry

For the second year, Downtown Books and the Craig Poets have sponsored a poetry contest for students in eighth grade at the Craig Middle School.

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Weather watch out

Moffat County resident finds fun in monitoring atmospheric conditions

Imagine snowdrifts piling 4 feet high. Envision 12 feet of snow in a single season. Finally, picture a flood that filled a Wyoming church with 18 inches of water. Nancy Wiggins has seen them all, and she has the numbers to back it up.

TMH to unveil new facility renderings

Moffat County residents have an opportunity next week to see firsthand what new tax dollars approved last year will pay for when The Memorial Hospital officials and architects unveil renderings of a new facility.

CNCC to rebid residence halls

College officials 'uncomfortable' with design-build process

It's back to the bids for Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Craig briefs for April 18

Police: Be aware of water flow

The spring runoff and warmer temperatures are beginning to show a significant rise of water in Fortification Creek and the Yampa River, meaning that water is flowing at an increased rate, the Craig Police Department reported in a news release.

Police Blotter for April 15

Danny James Winner, 25, a transient, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of theft by receiving, vehicular eluding and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Robert and Sabrina Bowersox: Extending prayers to a runaway daughter

Brandi, First of all, I know now you are God's child and not mine, so I must let God keep you safe until you are found and returned to our care. Growing up is hard enough to do already without being a runaway, also.

Debi Harmon: Showing support for Red Cortner

It's preposterous to hear Red Cortner was even considered of any wrongdoing in the Country Mall fire.

Nancy McStay: What is with drivers in our community?

Why do I have to stop at intersection when the light is green? Doesn't green still represent go?

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Sharing the great outdoors

Visitor Center fully staffed, ready to serve tourists

After 30 years of making his office inside a yellow Caterpillar, Terry Carwile, recently retired Trapper Mine foreman, plans to start his first desk job Wednesday.

Datebook for April 18

Today 8:30 to 10 a.m. Senior swimnastics is at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

In the money

MCHS cowboys and cowgirls have success in Fort Collins

Heading into the Fort Collins rodeo last weekend, Taylor Vernon was hoping for a good showing from her horse, Lacey.

Elisa Shackelton: Check for excess home moisture with spring thaw

There's a fine line in Colorado between having a house that is too dry for occupant health (dry respiratory passages) and having a home that is too wet resulting in structural damage and/or compromising your family's health from mold or mildew growth.

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Christina M. Currie: Taking a world view

Again with themes. Maybe it's just me, but I'm still seeing connections all over the place.

Thursday, April 17

Remembering the children

Early Childhood Council to involve area agencies

Life for new parents can be tough, Jenna Davis said. As a mother, Davis knows from experience. "As a parent, you kind of feel on your own," she said.

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Leaving an impression

Limited-time cancellation stamp to commemorate Craig centennial

Norma Hahn likes stamps. A lot. Hahn has collected stamps for 63 years.

Datebook for April 17

Today All day event. Large Group Musical Festival at Moffat County High School. Several performances scheduled. Event is free to the public.

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A point to losing

Bulldog girls soccer team scores first goal of the season

Five hundred and seventy-seven minutes. Into its seventh game of the season, the Moffat County High School girls soccer team got in the scorebook.

Bill Harding: A better solution

The following was published in the Craig Daily Press newspaper. Permission is granted to use any of this information in support of veterans' interests.

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Diane Prather: New Steel book chronicles developments after disaster

As "Amazing Grace," the newest novel by Danielle Steel, opens, it is a hot, muggy spring day in San Francisco. In fact, it's what some might consider "earthquake weather."

Craig briefs for April 17

Music Festival open to the public

The Large Group Music Festival is scheduled to start at 9:20 a.m. today at the Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.

EDP board elections next month

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership members will vote for six open board seats at the group's annual membership meeting May 21.

Wednesday, April 16

Police Blotter for April 14

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Janis Brown: Thank you for support

The family of Charlie L. Brown Jr. would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all the love and support we received during the loss of our husband, father and grandfather.

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Moving to the next level

Future Business Leaders of America students head to state competition

Desiree Holland, Moffat County High School junior, said she's not nervous. Yet.

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Bulldogs sweep Bears

Moffat County baseball team plays small ball against Rifle

Escaping Craig's winter weather, the Moffat County High School baseball team competed Tuesday in Rifle.

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Oil and water

State seeks economic impact data, local officials call it bad process

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is listening to stakeholder comments on its proposed oil and gas lease rules, said Deb Frazier, Department of Natural Resources communication director.

ILC may stop housing voucher program

Evelyn Tileston, Independent Life Center executive director, said she didn't like appearing before the Moffat County Commission for this reason, but the problem forced itself.

Weapons confiscations at high school increase

No evidence of ill intent in any of five cases

A knife forgotten in a student's pocket or a hunting rifle left in a student's truck at school.

Our view: A community ACET

It remains to be seen whether the recent drug sweeps by the All Crimes Enforcement Team results in convictions for the 12 people charged with distributing illegal narcotics in Moffat, Routt and other Colorado counties.

Craig briefs for April 16

Family looking for teen

The family of Brandi May Gourley, a 16-year-old Moffat County High School sophomore, is looking for her and asking for the public's help.

Datebook for April 16

Today 7 to 9:30 a.m. Northwest Colorado Council for Children and Families has a community outreach forum to help establish a local Early Childhood Council at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. This the third of three meetings.

Tuesday, April 15

Wyoming police locate absconder

Craig man being held in Uinta County

Authorities in Evanston, Wyo., arrested a Craig man at a hotel late Friday night on a warrant for failing to appear for a jury's verdict in Moffat County.

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Time to tee off

Yampa Valley Golf Course open for season

Nick Navratil had been waiting. Waiting for the snow to melt, the grass to turn green and for the opportunity to tee off at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Early childhood forum for parents this week

There's a discrepancy between the importance of early childhood education and the amount of money invested in it, Debbie Yeager said.

Datebook for April 15


Martinez family: Thank you

The family of Al Martinez wishes to express our gratitude to everyone who sent cards, flowers and donations during our time of need. Those who brought food and stopped by to share their condolences or sent special thoughts and prayers our way are equally appreciated.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Building your resume

Does it sound better to say you're able to communicate in Spanish or speak Spanish?

Moffat County High School soccer blanked in Glenwood Springs

Girls track team places second at Fruita Invitational; boys team finishes in seventh place

The Moffat County girls soccer team was shutout 10-0 Saturday at Glenwood Springs (4-3 overall, 4-2 Western Slope League).

Next stop: Nationals

Michael Zehner second student to qualify for national speech, debate contest

Michael Zehner, Moffat County High School junior, had one last chance to qualify for a national competition.

Craig briefs for April 15

Craig blood drive takes place April 12

Police Blotter for April 13

Moffat County Jail

Senior Spotlight for April 15

I see green. Hey, it's the grass changing from a dreary, almost un-color to a fresh spring-like color.

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Bulldogs let one get away

Moffat County High School splits weekend series with Palisade High School

Last season, Palisade High School and Moffat County High School split the Western Slope regular season schedule.

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Macys takes helm of Yampatika

Steamboat resident brings experience to executive director role

Sonja Macys brings depth of experience to her new role as executive director of Yampatika, the Steamboat Springs-based environmental education organization.

Monday, April 14

Craig briefs for April 14

Semi-tanker rolls over

Craig Fire/Rescue responded to a semi-tanker rollover Saturday morning in Hamilton Canyon.

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Aging Well: Local programs make travel easy, fun

Venturing beyond our remote valley for a bit of adventure isn't always easy, especially for older adults.

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MCHS swim team cruises to home meet victory

Heading in to Saturday's lone home meet of the season for the Moffat County High School boys swim team, coach Patti Worsley said one of her goals for the team was to win.

Datebook for April 14

9 to 11 a.m. Toddler/preschool playgroup is at Serendipity's. Call Kevin at 824-1703.

National Weather Service: Be weather wise

Understanding severe weather watches and warnings

As the National Weather Service becomes aware of the potential of hazardous summer weather, the agency passes it on to residents. A stream of weather information is sent from its offices days before a warning may be issued.

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Business News and Notes: Kum & Go's alternate timeline

Although initial plans coming out of Kum & Go's West Des Moines, Iowa, office were to open the 895 Yampa Ave. location in Craig sometime around Jan. 1, the year pushes on without much progress.

TMH forming nonprofit corp

Corporation responsible for making lender payments for new facility

The Memorial Hospital is in the process of setting up a nonprofit corporation, responsible for making lender payments for a new facility, and could appoint corporate board members later this month.

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Mission: Diploma

High school special education teacher sets students on graduation path

Wille Babb, Moffat County High School special education teacher, holds up crossed fingers.

Sunday, April 13

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Worsley finds his fit

Former Sailors swimmer thriving at University of Denver

These days, it seems like Blake Worsley and the University of Denver have always been a perfect fit. But there was a time when it seemed as if Worsley just didn't fit in at most colleges.

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Battle for the Mountain

Minturn residents to vote on annexation

There is a rift between Ginn Resorts' Minturn headquarters and the town outside.

Saturday, April 12

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Frontier files for bankruptcy

Denver-based Frontier Airlines announced it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late Thursday night, citing an unexpected increase in holdbacks of customer receipts by its primary credit card processor.

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Hayden plans spring sale

Dead cars will be towed for free as part of May 3 cleanup

Hayden has set its town-wide spring cleaning for May 3. Trash bins will be available at Routt County Fairgrounds, and this year, residents also can cash in by selling their unwanted stuff.

Datebook for April 12


Our View: Speak up

What is quality growth? Do we want dirt roads or do we want developers to pave the way?

Officials search for man convicted of assault

Warrant issued for failing to appear for verdict

A Moffat County District Court judge issued a bench warrant Wednesday afternoon for a 41-year-old Craig man's arrest after he failed to appear in court for a jury verdict.

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End in sight

High school football player has eyes on college academics, athletics

Casual greetings from classmates follow J.T. Haddan, Moffat County High School senior, as he walks down the high school's halls.

Craig briefs for April 12

FSA moves to temporary location

The Moffat County Farm Service Agency (FSA) office in Craig has relocated to temporary offices at the Remax About You offices located at 390 Yampa Avenue.

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Sunday liquor sales likely

Ritter set to approve measure; local businesses less than thrilled

Gov. Bill Ritter is scheduled to sign legislation Monday allowing alcohol sales at retail stores starting in July, according to a news release. The reaction among Steamboat Springs retailers was lukewarm, though most stores said if the law is enacted, they plan to be open that seventh day.

Police blotter for April 12

Officers responded to seven requests to assist another agency.

The race is on

Two candidates vying for 14th Judicial District Attorney position

The race is on to become the next 14th Judicial District Attorney covering Moffat, Routt and Grand counties.

Chuck Mack: Craig in 1909

This growing and prosperous town is located 48 miles west of Steamboat Springs. Ideally situated as it is, in the beautiful Valley of the Bear River, at an altitude of about 6,000 feet above sea level, and sheltered by the surrounding hills from severe storms, it is indeed an ideal place of residence.

MCHS swim team hosts Montrose

Entering Saturday's lone home meet of the season for the Moffat County boys swim team, coach Patti Worsley said she's looking for three things at the meet:

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Moffat County Thunder cheer team places third at nationals

Months and months of practice came to a conclusion March 29 for the Moffat County Thunder cheer team at nationals in Las Vegas.

The $300,000 study

Western Slope officials present statistical growth models to Legislature

About a year ago, Jesse Smith found himself sitting in on Bureau of Land Management officials talking to Western Colorado government officials about oil shale development.

Problem musseling into Colorado

DNR sounds alarm on zebra mussel

It stinks; it's sharp enough to require handling with Kevlar gloves; it can clog everything from dams to boat engines and water pipes; it spreads fast.

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The Osborn clan grows up and out

As the large Osborn clan of Deer Creek grew, their interests did, as well.

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Parenting, cow style

A look at the relationship between cows and their calves

The other afternoon, as I sat waiting for the stock tank to be filled with water, my attention was drawn to Sarah, an older Simmental cow, who came into the back part of the pasture and stood there bawling.

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Cash flood

Economic stimulus payments not seen as a long-term economic bonus

Starting in May, the U.S. Treasury will begin mailing economic stimulus payments.

Friday, April 11

Police blotter for April 11

Anna Jean Lighthizer, 24, of Hayden, was booked into Moffat County Jail by court order.

Moffat County Neighbor: Mary Pressley

When did you move to Moffat County and what brought you here? 1982, for a job

Chamber board passes employer rights resolution

To represent its members, the business owners of Moffat County, the Craig Chamber of Commerce passed a resolution to support all cases of employer rights at its meeting Thursday.

MCHS baseball wins in extra innings

The Moffat County High School varsity baseball team pulled out a 9-7 extra inning victory Thursday against host Uintah High School in Utah.

Kelley Davis: Taking issue with letter about poster

I am writing this letter in response to another letter to the editor that was recently published.

Datebook for April 11

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Craig Intermediate School hosts its Spring Book Fair in the library.

Craig man pleads guilty to distribution

A Craig man arrested last year by the All Crimes Enforcement Team pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon in Moffat County Court to distribution of a schedule 2 controlled substance, a felony.

Mineral leases profitable for county; property issues remain

Northwest of Lay, 10,000 acres of possibility rolls across the horizon.

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A lingering winter

Craig residents, weather specialists look at winter and spring seasons

Randy Call has lived in Craig for more than 30 years.

Diane Prather: Making quick-fix soup and pie

I made a new soup for supper. Hamburger Vegetable Soup is quick to fix and makes about six servings.

Christina M. Currie: Social studies

I've been quite interested in the more social aspects of my children's lives lately. It's endlessly fascinating to hear their chattering about who's their friend, who's not, and why.

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A new challenge

MCHS senior Meghan Innes eighth athlete to earn college scholarship

Add another to the list.

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High school reunion organizers look back, ahead

Children going to college, grandchildren and, for some people, a few gray hairs.

Elisa Shackelton: Wet spring brings mosquitoes

And an increased risk for West Nile Virus

A long, wet winter in Northwest Colorado has left standing water in low areas, providing excellent breeding areas for mosquitoes.

Craig briefs for April 11

Pet program accepting members

The Craig chapter of Heeling Friends pet visitation program, a Delta Society affiliate, will hold team screening and training beginning at the end of April.

Thursday, April 10

Craig briefs for April 10

9Health fair times and date

The Craig Lions Club 9Health fair is coming to Craig on April 19.

Police blotter for April 10

Michael Lawrence Clark, 41, Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail by court order.

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Up in smoke

Search for nonprofit's client, financial records leads to dead end

A notebook lies open on the desk in front of Debbie Rudd, Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center director.

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MCHS awards ceremony is a ball of laughs

If you had ventured into the Moffat County High School gymnasium at any point during the course of the girls basketball season, you would find girls giving their all out on the floor.

ACET suspects make first court appearance

Nine suspects facing an assortment of drug possession and distribution charges made their first court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Moffat County Court.

No timetable for Country Mall cleanup

Steve Bell, Furniture Gallery of Craig owner, said he wondered about the Country Mall investigation and the future of the site, which remains charred across Ranney Street from his business.

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Alpine Electronics closing

Downtown store, open since '89, shutting doors this weekend

Alpine Electronics in downtown Steamboat Springs plans to close its doors Saturday. The store at Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue has been run by Maureen and Dan Hebard since 1989.

Datebook for April 10

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Craig Intermediate School hosts its Spring Book Fair in the library.

Bill Harding: Post meeting has been changed

This a reminder/announcement that the American Legion Post 62 meeting, which normally is the third Tuesday of each month, has been moved to April 22 this month because of scheduling issues for the building.

Wednesday, April 9

State gas prices inch toward record

Feds say $4 a gallon possible by Memorial Day

Colorado's average gasoline price of $3.283 Tuesday was little more than a nickel away from hitting a record high.

Senior Spotlight for April 9

Spring must be coming.

Police Blotter for April 7

Moffat County Jail

Craig brief for April 9

Centennial quilt signing locations added

Keeping students in the Yampa Valley

The problem for some newly graduated area high school students may not be a desire to leave the Yampa Valley, said Gene Bilodeau, Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus dean.

George K. Lewis: People in town deserve honors

I see no reason to say anything more than the letter of April 4, "Bring honor back to Mr. Cortner" stated, and which was signed by nine individuals. Bless them all, and I would have been honored to have made it ten signatures, if I had had the opportunity to do so.

Ruth Greenwood: Keep up your good work, Red

I would like to thank the good citizens of Craig for stepping up to the plate and taking time to defend one of Craig's most benevolent citizens, who has never been a glory seeker.

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Old West with a twist

Play based on Moffat County history receives revamping, second showing

Dancing cacti. Singing cowboys. Saloon girls. And puns - lots of puns.

Council views two proposed ordinances

Liquor license, utility tax statutes introduced

During discussions for two proposed city ordinances Tuesday night, members of the Craig City Council remarked how both measures would benefit the city.

Datebook for April 9


Our View: Stand firm

Is the court system too soft? Is it too hard?

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Charges dismissed against two ACET suspects

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office dismissed drug distribution charges late Friday against two suspects arrested during last month's sweep by the All Crimes Enforcement Team.

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Bulldogs lose to Sailors

Moffat County shut out by regional rival

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team is making dominance a habit.

Diane Prather: 'Help me, Mr. Mutt' a funny, interesting read

There are all kinds of experts who offer advice to others. In this week's picture book, it's Mr. Mutt, a canine counselor, who helps dogs with people problems.

Sports briefs for April 9

Swimmers tally 132 points in dual win

Avis and Esther Jo Self: Thank you for remembering us

Thank you to those who remembered us in our five-month stay in Denver.

Right to disagree

Commission examines conflicting property rights

Everyone in the room agreed government should honor private property rights.

'Way ahead of last year's pace'

MCHS track team qualifies two for state

When the dust finally settled Friday at the Fruita Invitational, Moffat County High School girls track coach Todd Trapp said he was pleasantly surprised.

Tuesday, April 8

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Birch headed to Iraq

Hayden police chief to be deployed this summer

Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch will head back to Iraq this summer.

Police Blotter for April 6

Police Blotter for April 6

Craig brief for April 8

Colorado extension applies to filing

Datebook for April 8


Jim and Betty Covalt: Very thankful for caring people

Very thankful for caring people

Patricia McCaffrey: Women not represented on Centennial poster

Women not represented on Centennial poster

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Moving on

MCHS principal to leave district next year

On Monday, Jane Harmon notified high school staff and administrators that this year will be her last as Moffat County High School principal.

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'Miserable out there'

Moffat County High School golf team places fourth in snow-shortened tournament

Midway through its season, the Moffat County High School girls golf team has found themselves indoors a lot.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Trying to cure homesickness

Some say that homesickness comes with college. That when you are home under the care of your family, you can pretend that life away would be so much better.

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Funds forthcoming

Moffat County United Way to begin making allocations to area agencies

This year, April 15 will bring more than a tax deadline to more than two dozen Moffat County nonprofit organizations.

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Council sees first draft on liquor license procedures

Although the Craig City Council will have its first draft for new liquor license violation procedures at tonight's meeting, a final decision is at least six weeks away.

Monday, April 7

Andy Bockelman: 'Leatherheads' fumbles in attempt

Long before Tom Brady or the Manning brothers strapped on their plastic protective wear before stepping onto the gridiron, there was a group of men who hit the field with little more than a flimsy bit of cowhide shielding their craniums.

Former Northwest Colorado resident saving cacti

Former Northwest Colorado resident Jimmy George used to work in Colorado's open pit coal mines, where trees are bulldozed and the soil stripped away to get at the coal.

Datebook for April 7


The dirt on cleaning products

At long last, it's time to open windows and doors to welcome spring and waft out stale winter air.

Health Watch: Health Shorts: BP monitoring, FDA confidence and organic food

Most medical experts agree that 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is the most effective way to measure blood pressure and dangerous hypertension. The patient wears the device all day and during sleep to measure how his or her blood pressure responds to various situations.

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Season ends with a splash

Hundreds flock to ski area on closing day of record winter

A record-setting ski season ended Sunday with songs, shouts and splashes.

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Finish lines

Cub Scout Pack No. 166 keeps Pinewood Derby tradition alive

Speed racers ranging from youths to adults kept a tradition steeped in 55 years of history alive and well Sunday in Craig during the second annual Cub Scout Pack No. 166 Pinewood Derby at the Centennial Mall.

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The next chapter

Ridgeview Elementary School teacher appointed to state reading council position

Letters form words. Words string together to make a sentence. And, ultimately, sentences link together to convey a thought.

Water commission evaporates

Officials hashing out mission and structure for new body

A lack of focus and communication with city staff has led to the dissolution of the Steamboat Springs Water Commission.

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Late-game heroics

MCHS baseball earns split with Delta after comeback

Trailing 8-5 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday in Delta, the Moffat County High School baseball team was four outs away from a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Panthers.

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Bulldog soccer team falls in Delta

Moffat County High School's new offense yields familiar result

Having been outscored 19-0 in its previous three games to open the season, the Moffat County High School girls soccer team was looking for a change.

Craig briefs for April 7

Dinosaur Monument announces hours

Saturday, April 5

Fall to bring changes to CNCC

New automotive program, more times for energy courses set for August

Ed Winters, Colorado Northwestern Community College energy technology director, is planning on August bringing more than new students and the first traces of autumn.

Arraignment set for two illegal elk killing cases

Rodney Culverwell, 41, and Kenneth Wolgram, 43, two Moffat County ranchers alleged to have killed elk illegally on their property, are ordered to appear in Moffat County District Court for their first advisement of the charges at 8:30 a.m. April 15.

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Bulldogs shut out

MCHS soccer scoreless streak reaches three games

First-year Moffat County High School girls soccer coach Alegra Yager said she wants the team to learn how to win. To win in soccer, teams must score goals.

4-H around the world

District retreat in Craig draws hundreds of people to make friends, learn leadership skills

"Huge activity. Kids love it." Alisa Comstock, Moffat County 4-H Youth Development Agent, was referring to the annual 4-H District Retreat this year from March 28 to 30 at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

Chuck Mack: Railroad days in Craig

Nov. 12, 1913 Craig's big celebration to show its appreciation of the arrival of steel rails will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20 and 21.

Colowyo official discusses planned move to Rio Blanco

Colowyo Coal Co. is not leaving Moffat County for any reason other than it is following the coal seam, said Bob Green, director of sustainable development for Rio Tinto Energy America, the parent company of Colowyo Coal.

'Agreement in theory'

Talks aim to combine groups at Visitor Center

According to the stakeholders, combining the Craig Chamber of Commerce, Moffat County Tourism Association and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership into one building makes sense.

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Waiting for the World

Charitable foundation sending local family on needed vacation to Walt Disney World

Six-year-old David R. "Willie" Lewis flipped through a booklet Friday afternoon, his doe eyes filled with wonder and anticipation as his fingers ran across glossy pictures of spectacles and characters he'll soon see.

Datebook for April 5

2 and 7 p.m. The Moffat County High School Theater Department presents "Charley's Aunt" by Brandon Thomas in the high school auditorium. Tickets cost $5 for general admission. High school students are admitted free with student ID.

Police blotter for April 5

Jennifer Rose Herring, 26, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

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Water wardens

Water is a complicated subject. It affects everything from wildlife to farming to irrigation to what goes into coffee in the morning.

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Seeking a hard compromise

State and local officials discuss proposed drilling regulations

The current rules governing energy drilling permits and public land mineral leases are more than a decade old, said Dave Neslin, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission acting director.

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Osborns add to Craig's development

Newlyweds share dreams of the life and riches ahead of them, and sometimes they make dramatic changes to facilitate those dreams.

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Weight of absences heavy

High school official thinking 'a little differently' about student absences, truancy

About three to five times a week, Mary Quinn, Moffat County High School Language Arts teacher, notices a student's desk is empty for reasons unknown.

Craig briefs for April 5

Village Inn not closing doors

The recent bankruptcy case for Village Inn restaurants will not affect local Village Inns, said Michael Scott, director of operations for Family Restaurants, which owns both Craig and Steamboat Springs Village Inns.

Our View: The good and bad life

Life in a smaller community can be great. You can walk into a grocery store and know many of the people walking down the aisles, as well as the family life of the person who checks you out.

Friday, April 4

Police blotter for April 4

Michael Eugene Burkett, 37, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrant.

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Bulldogs sweep Demons

Moffat County baseball team scores 32 runs

Big leads early led to a doubleheader sweep against Glenwood Springs, to kick off the 2008 Class 4A Western Slope League season for the Moffat County Bulldogs on Thursday.

Samantha Fox and Sierra Arellano: Trip fundraising dance was a success

We would like to thank all the people who made our dance to raise money for our Washington, D.C., trip a great success.

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Crafting a tradition

Craig resident of 28 years makes Centennial quilt her last area project before moving on

Cheryl Bush, a Craig resident for 28 years, has one major project left on her list before she leaves.

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Christina Currie: Worrywart

What amazes me sometimes is how a specific theme works itself into your day. I often find myself talking about one thing in the morning, only to have the topic come up in several different ways throughout the day.

No place for Bulldogs in Delta

MCHS golf team shorthanded, Innes places fourth

The Moffat County High School girls golf team had a date with the Devil on Thursday, and Devils Thumb Golf Course lived up to its name.

A clean sweep

Beautification Committee officials aiming to improve Craig's appearance

Since Betty Miesner has lived in Craig, she's had to make some adjustments.

Hiawatha not done

Questar asks permission to expand drilling

The gas reserves located in the Hiawatha region of northern Moffat County and southern Sweetwater County, Wyo., are not done, said Vincent Rigatti, Questar Exploration Legacy Division general manager.

Moffat County Neighbor: Billy Collier

Billy Collier Age: 28

Letter: Bring honor back to Mr. Cortner

As parents, business people and longtime members of this community, we are collectively writing to express our opinions on an important issue presently before us.

Bill Harding: Moving Wall scholarship deadline was Monday

Veterans Hotline

The deadline for Moving Vietnam Wall scholarship entries was Monday. All entries must have been submitted to Ms. Duncan at the high school. No late submissions will be accepted.

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Diane Prather: A 'Dorito Casserole' to please the whole family

This past weekend, I fixed a Mexican casserole that I've made a couple of times before. Our son's family was here for the weekend, and the casserole was gobbled up in a hurry.

Datebook for April 4

8:30 to 10 a.m. Senior swimnastics is at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

Thursday, April 3

Cathy Hamilton: At the end of a long rope

Boomer Girl

Believe it or not, I have a very long rope. By that, I mean I possess a seemingly endless amount of patience in times of inconvenience and duress.

District attorney candidacy announced

Steamboat Springs attorney and former Routt County Deputy District Attorney Tammy L. Stewart is running as a Democrat for District Attorney of the 14th Judicial District.

Vi Thompson: Thank you for helping through bereavement

I want to thank all the friends that helped me through the bereavement of John Wolschon.

Police blotter for April 3

No bookings reported.

Group addresses Mesa State study

Workforce, housing top list of local concerns

Darcy Trask, Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership executive specialist, has proposed a twofold approach to the problems addressed by the recent Mesa State College study concerning regional growth and social impacts.

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Picture this: Centennial moving forward

Posters printing, play progressing, beards growing

With a little more than two weeks remaining until Craig celebrates its 100th birthday, the Centennial Committee is putting its final touches on the celebration.

Elk killing case highlights ranchers' frustrations

Two Northwest Colorado ranchers, apparently frustrated by foraging elk eating hay intended for livestock, now face thousands of dollars in fines and multiple felony charges for allegedly killing 34 elk.

Craig sports briefs for April 3

Hayden holds awards banquet

Hayden High School held its awards banquet Tuesday for the winter season athletic teams.

A date with the Devil

Moffat County High School golf team to compete in Delta

Devils Thumb Golf Course. It sounds intimidating, and with its mountainous backdrop, it sure looks intimidating.

Datebook for April 3

8:30 to 10 a.m. Senior swimnastics is at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

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SSHS senior to try Swiss ice

Anderson taking hockey talents to international level

Last weekend's Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League all-star game could have marked a competitive end for Steamboat Springs High School senior T.J. Anderson.

Craig briefs for April 3

Democrats to host spaghetti dinner

The Moffat County Democratic Party hosts a friend-raising/fundraising spaghetti dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. April 26 at the American Legion Post, 1055 County Road 7.

Wednesday, April 2

Derby heads to Hayden

Soap box drivers ages 10 to 17 welcome

Soap Box Derby racers, start your engines - or your downhill descent, anyway.

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'A blatant disregard'

STD screenings reveal a majority of patients using unsafe sex practices

Screenings conducted at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association last month showed some disturbing results, VNA community care director Cole White said.

Datebook for April 2

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.

Commission approves park contract without bid process

The importance of getting the job done compelled the Moffat County Commission to forgo its normal bidding process for a Loudy-Simpson Park project, Commissioner Tom Gray said.

Snowfall forms tenuous bond

Avalanche danger increases because of old snowpack

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is reporting that backcountry travelers in Fish Creek Canyon northeast of Steamboat Springs witnessed "large collapses in the snowpack, and the snowpack has only grown more tender since then."

New Hayden schools leader praised

Boss in Tennessee says future superintendent has strong communication skills

In Greg Rockhold, the Hayden School District will get a superintendent with strong communication skills and an eye for the big picture, Rockhold's current boss said.

Making ends meet

School district officials to look at preliminary budget for 2009

From where he sits in the Moffat County School District's administration building, Finance Director Mark Rydberg said he sees the district at a crossroads.

Police blotter for April 2

Todd Jefferson Jones, 45, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

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Baseball teams thrown a curve

Bulldogs, Sailors deal with weather, schedule crunching

First-year Moffat County High School baseball coach Tim Hafey isn't used to it. In fact, he said sometimes it's downright frustrating.

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Rodeo team starts slow in Cortez

The Moffat County High School rodeo team competed last weekend in its first rodeo of the spring season, but winter weather forced a quick exit for the Bulldog cowboys, cowgirls and coach.

Our View: Something to talk about

What is the point of an Editorial Board? For that matter, why does a newspaper feel obligated to run editorials in the first place?

Craig briefs for April 2

City to begin hydrant flushing

The city of Craig plans to begin flushing fire hydrants Thursday and continue through early May, weather permitting, as part of its annual water distribution system maintenance.

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Officials oppose I-70 toll plan

State Sen. Andy McElhany's proposal to make Interstate 70 a toll road from the Eisenhower Tunnel to Floyd Hill passed a Senate committee last week, but Senate Bill 213 doesn't have many friends in Routt County.

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Diane Prather: Glittering world of 1899 Manhattan, with a twist at the end

The Luxe," by Anna Godbersen, released February 2008, is a novel for young adults - but one adults will equally enjoy, too. It's a novel you just can't put down.

Local ranchers face wildlife charges

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office in Craig filed misdemeanor and felony charges against two Moffat County ranchers Tuesday after a Colorado Division of Wildlife investigation.

Tuesday, April 1

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Keeping Yampa Valley on par

Brett Etzler takes over at Yampa Valley Golf Course, aims for April 10 opening

Brett Etzler takes a break from his Reuben sandwich served up at the Tin Cup Grill at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

CBI investigating Meeker shooting

A Meeker Police Department officer was involved Friday morning in a fatal shooting incident with an adult male, the Police Department reported.

Datebook for April 1

8:30 to 10 a.m. Senior swimnastics is at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

Police blotter for April 1

Michael Allen Hayes, 24, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of theft by receiving, possession of hallucinogenic drugs, distribution of hallucinogenic drugs, possession of weapons by a previous offender, driving after revocation prohibited and sale of marijuana.

Mary Jo Brown: Senior spotlight

Easter has come and gone. I told several people it probably would be snowing at least until then off and on, and we are still at it. So Easter was early this year.

BLM OKs 30-day oil shale comment extension

The Bureau of Land Management approved a 30-day extension to the public comment period for its Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for oil shale development March 20.

ACET suspects charged

Task force seizes more alleged methamphetamine

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed criminal charges Monday against 14 suspects who authorities think are part of an organized drug distribution network.

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Andy Bockelman: Smart, fast-paced '21' is a winning hand

Millions of people flock to the desert paradise of Las Vegas every year to empty their pockets in a fleeting attempt to win big. These people are gambling. An elite few gamers head to Sin City to do something entirely different: count.

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Independent Life Center closing housing vouchers wait list

The wet, white accumulation of a spring snowstorm this weekend left more than snowpiles behind for Evelyn Tileston, Independent Life Center executive director.

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Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Library lessons

Faintly through the headphones of a girl studying for her biology midterm, the sound of Carrie Underwood's song 'Don't Forget to Remember Me' whispers comfort.

Craig briefs for April 1

Cub Scouts prep for Pinewood Derby

Cub Scout Pack No. 166 hosts its annual Pinewood Derby at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Centennial Mall.

Middle school foundation increases projected cost

Features planned for a new Craig Middle School have one element in common: They require a solid foundation to support them.

Colowyo plans to move digging to Rio Blanco County

By 2011, Colowyo Coal Company LP plans to move all of its digging operations south to Rio Blanco County.