Stories for August 2008


Sunday, August 31

Obama message hits home

Local Dems say speech an inspiring personal challenge

Thursday night at Invesco Field, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama outlined what he thinks government can do for Americans.

Saturday, August 30

Motivational speaker addresses School District staff, community

Singer-songwriter Jerry Mills strummed his guitar as he spoke Wednesday night, his fingers seeming to have a mind of their own.

Andy Bockelman: Summer 2008: Ups, downs at the movies

As the summer ends, we look back on the past few months of movie magic and either fondly reminisce or gag in disgust. Summer 2008 gave us a number of examples in each category, some of which still are in theaters, some already on DVD.

Our View: City beautification appreciated

Have you noticed how pretty our city is looking these days?

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Bulldogs fall in season opener

Moffat County loses to No. 1 team in state, 40-7

Moffat County football coach Kip Hafey knew it was coming.

Government Update for Aug. 30

Moffat County Commission

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Bullets, tape recorder in spotlight

Rodney Culverwell trial finishes first week

A witness told Rodney Culverwell's jury of seven women and seven men Friday that a single bullet among 10 could be traced to firearms confiscated from the defendant.

The Crosthwaites - providing a legacy of excellence

Charles Crosthwaite was a teenager when his English parents left their Missouri home to claim a homestead in Craig. He finished his schooling in Craig, graduating in 1931. He loved the area and planned to spend his life here.

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Datebook for Aug. 30


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Student clothing trends display an eclectic mix

Vintage style may meet modern trends when Moffat County students return to school this year.

Police Blotter for Aug. 30

Moffat County Jail

Terry Carwile: Review information

To the editor:

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Fall semester kicks off at CNCC

Thursday and Friday marked the official beginning of the Colorado Northwestern Community College's Fall 2008 semester. Two days of orientation and registration activities took place at the Rangely campus Thursday and Student Orientation Advising and Registration events were in full swing.

Theft charge filed against Poznet

The Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office, in a special prosecution, filed a criminal charge Aug. 20 in Moffat County against the owner of a defunct Craig collection company.

Craig briefs for Aug. 30

The annual Mud Run event, scheduled for Sept. 13, has been canceled, due largely to soccer field construction at Loudy-Simpson Park.

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The right tool for the job

In agriculture, sometimes you use what's close at hand

Consider this scenario.

Diane Prather: Got veggies? Make Minestrone

Our cabbage is ready now, and I'm trying to find ways to use it. One way is to make Minestrone soup. Lots of other fresh vegetables can be used in the soup, too.

Crews continue work on Dinosaur monument fire

A lighting strike Monday started a fire on Split Top Mountain, about three miles north of the Utah temporary visitor's center in Dinosaur National Monument, the National Park Service reported.

School District going back to DOLA

The Moffat County School District is looking for more financial help from a state fund after a previous grant received the green light.

John Vandelinder: Thanks, Rick

As you all know by now, our former, supposed fearless sports leader, Moffat County High School Athletic Director Rick Penner, has gone bye-bye.

Friday, August 29

Christina M. Currie: Life lessons from little ones

My children aren't the funniest, cutest, smartest, best kids in the world. That's a hard thing for a mother to admit. But, I will break down and say that there are other children just as funny, cute and smart.

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Bringing alive the school spirit

Cheer/dance teams out to pump up fans

Good things come in small packages.

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Soccer team takes one step at a time

Team unity. Hustle. Aggressiveness.

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Crowd gathers on historic night

Moffat County Democratic Party hosts Obama Watch Party

There was clapping, cheering, even a few people jumping to their feet Thursday night as their candidate stepped up to the podium at Invesco Field at Mile High stadium in Denver.

Craig men face charges in stabbing

Two Craig men face criminal charges in Carbon County, Wyo., stemming from an alleged stabbing earlier this month at a bar in Dixon.

A matter of principle

Voting is about exercising American rights, locals say

Craig resident Bob Niewoehner believes his vote won't change things in the long run.

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Bulldogs sweep Rangely

Volleyball team cruises to season-opening victory

The Moffat County High School volleyball team started off its 2008 campaign on the right foot.

Datebook for Aug. 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.

Police blotter for Aug. 27

Officers responded to two reports of a disturbance in progress.

Moffat County Neighbor: Ivan Beason

Occupation: Third-grader

Craig briefs for Aug. 29

Fire crews make headway on blazes

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Back in the swing of things

MCHS boys golf team returns to the links

Summer vacation ended earlier than usual this year for the Moffat County High School boys golf team.

DOW presents Culverwell evidence

Colorado Division of Wildlife officials continued their testimony in Day 3 of Moffat County rancher Rodney Culverwell's trial.

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Bomba a constant in winner's circle

He says his first love is basketball, but golf is what he's best at.

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Back in the saddle

MCHS rodeo team to compete in short fall season

An old cowboy now has a new plan.

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Revamped MCHS volleyball team eyes postseason

Brianna Montgomery is the first to admit the Bulldogs are rebuilding.

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Bulldogs ready to tackle tough schedule

New offense means more runs; defense preparing to cover all types of plays

Kip Hafey knows this year is going to be difficult.

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Life in the fast lane

Bulldog cross-country team aiming at improving last season's success

Each member of the Moffat County High School cross-country team runs solo throughout the course of the season.

Thursday, August 28

Rick Penner out as Moffat County athletic director

Board hires Matt Ray as interim replacement for 'missing' man

At its monthly meeting Thursday night, the Moffat County School District declared Rick Penner had abandoned his post as the district's athletic director.

Cathy Hamilton: Couple set new rules in car

"You want me to drive?" I ask.

Police Blotter for Aug. 28

Moffat County Jail

Rick Penner no longer missing

The Craig Police Department canceled the missing person's alert for Moffat County High School Athletic Director Rick Penner, when he was found Wednesday.

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Changes ahead for CMS

School makes adjustments to accommodate construction

Parents will have to get used to dropping off their children at a different location at Craig Middle School this year.

The Memorial Hospital wraps up physician site visits

Ask George Rohrich, The Memorial Hospital's chief executive officer, about the hospital's primary area's of emphasis right now, and he'll give you a quick answer.

Testimony advances Culverwell trial

Three more Colorado Division of Wildlife officials testified Wednesday in the case of a Moffat County rancher charged with poaching elk on his property this winter.

Bill Harding: Historical veteran dates

Historical veteran/national dates

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High school opens house

A couple of hours or a couple of minutes: New Moffat County High School students can decide how long to stay at Friday's new student open house.

Pilot & Today publisher Larsen resigns

Steamboat Pilot & Today Publisher Bryna Larsen announced her resignation Tuesday after 12 years with the newspaper. Her last day is Sept. 8.

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Datebook for Aug. 28


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Tough task in store for Bulldogs

MCHS football team competes at defending state champion Berthoud

As coach of the Moffat County football team, Kip Hafey knows Friday's match-up at Berthoud won't be easy.

Plane crashes en route to Moffat blaze

A single-engine air tanker crashed Wednesday in Rio Blanco County while attempting to subdue a growing fire. No serious injuries were reported in the crash.

Craig briefs for Aug. 28

City-adopted Alcohol Retailer Toolkits available

Wednesday, August 27

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Datebook for Aug. 27


Chris Gingrich: Five fantasy predictions

I know most of you are familiar with me giving you advice on who to pick in drafts or pick up off the waiver wires, but this week, I'm going to do something I haven't done yet.

City Council OKs online system

Reserving a city park or signing up for a city recreation program may be a whole lot simpler in just a few weeks.

SimMan to debut at CNCC

An upcoming addition to Colorado Northwestern Community College that's gathering attention isn't a teacher or a student.

ACET faces lost federal funding

The good news: Local law enforcement agencies may not have to increase their financial support of a multi-county task force.

Police Blotter for Aug. 27

Moffat County

Craig briefs for Aug. 27

City refills trench dug for water line repair

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MCHS cross country team begins season on Eastern Plains

To Moffat County high School cross country coach Todd Trapp, the level of competition his team faces doesn't matter.

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Fires consume Moffat acreage

All three main blazes still burning as of late Tuesday

Crews from county and state agencies fought three main fires Tuesday that raged across Moffat County.

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Democratic contender makes Tuesday campaign appearance

Tammy Stewart, the democratic candidate for 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office, touted Tuesday night her 19 years legal experience as a primary selling point for voters this November.

Athletic director reported missing

Moffat County High School Athletic Director Rick Penner has been reported missing.

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Energy a DNC theme

Ritter joins Sen. Salazar in setting goals for renewable industry

Colorado's leading Democrats continued to exuberantly promote the state's developing renewable industry Tuesday, spotlighting solar and wind energy on the grand stage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Poaching case to challenge DOW

Opening arguments in Rodney Culverwell's trial suggested the case will look at whether the state did enough to protect the rancher's property from wildlife or if Culverwell unduly took the law into his own hands.

Tuesday, August 26

Young Democrats get involved in DNC

Young Democrats from across the nation convened Tuesday at the Colorado Convention Center to discuss the challenges of youthful politicos; namely, the difficulties of voter registration and interacting with less familiar audiences.

Pelosi addresses smaller group Tuesday

Following her speech at the Pepsi Center on Monday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday morning addressed a smaller but just as enthusiastic crowd regarding the Democratic agenda.

"When seniors vote democratic, Democrats win"

By Truett Scofield, Colorado Press Association

Questions about the future of Social Security and Medicare dominated the discussion Monday at the 2008 Democratic National Convention Senior Caucus.

Jennifer L. Grubbs: How Craig chose me

When my old high school acquaintance Bryce Jacobson called me out of the blue in April, I wasn't sure what to make of his words: "This is a recruitment call."

First- and second-grade classes near capacity

Craig's student population appears to be growing from the bottom up.

Police Blotter for Aug. 26

Moffat County Jail

CNCC enrollment 'in good shape'

Student numbers between 60 and 70 percent of 2007

Enrollment is on the rise, and life is good at Colorado Northwestern Community College, president John Boyd said.

Jury selected in Culverwell trial

At noon Tuesday, jury selection in Rodney Culverwell's trial had become the longest such process in Michael O'Hara's five-and-a-half-year judgeship.

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Meeker Classic readies for 22nd annual competition

There's something for everybody - competitors, spectators, students and especially those in the host town - taking part in next week's 22nd annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials, organizers said.

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Annual golf tournament to benefit programs for people with disabilities

Hitting a green with a golf ball is difficult enough.

John Vandelinder: Big dates aplenty in fall sports season

This week in the Beat, I'm taking a look at the upcoming fall sports schedule and circling a few dates that Moffat County sports fans will not want to miss.

Craig briefs for Aug. 26

Mack gets grant for Mt. Harris stories

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DNC fills Denver with excitement

The 2008 Democratic National Convention hadn't even started, and Lacey Ely received a hard lesson on the zoo that Denver has become.

Maren Schmidt: Brains need lots of quiet time

A sign in my father's office read, "Sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits."

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Datebook for Aug. 26


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New teachers exceed yearly average

Cindy Vorhies counted under her breath as she tallied up the new teachers.

Monday, August 25

Panel Discussion in Denver

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr says, "(Obama) has the capacity to hit."

During a testy panel discussion Monday on politics and race, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. compared Barack Obama to Jackie Robinson.

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'A mom and pop Walgreens' to open Tuesday morning

Walgreens Store Manager Jeremy Mattingley turned 32 on Sunday.

Patrick Wayne Germond: Wanting no liberal help

To the editor: Let's dance, Rick Hammel. My turn to lead.

The Memorial Hospital agenda

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday, Platinum Conference Room

Craig briefs for Aug. 25

Christian school to host open house Eagle's Wings Christian School is scheduled to host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at its new location, 11 E. Victory Way, formerly occupied by Mountain West Insurance & Financial Services, LLC. The school is accepting applications for full- and part-time teachers and teachers' aids. For more information, call Betty Ann Duzik at 824-4268.

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Water line leaks on Yampa Avenue

Businesses temporarily lose water service

A water line leak Saturday night created more than eight hours of work for city of Craig employees and temporarily cut off water service to at least two businesses.

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Aging Well: VNA promotes healthier aging communities

Annual meeting to highlight Aging Well projects, partnerships Wednesday

If there were an image to describe the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's mission, it probably would be a chain, with each link representing health programs that make life better for residents from infancy to their final hours.

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Literacy coordinator awarded $2,000

Funds to be used for putting new teaching strategies into practice

Shannon Samuelson has an approach to reading she thinks will work.

Local students inducted into National Honor Roll

Twelve local students have qualified for induction into the 2007-08 National Honor Roll.

Andy Bockelman: 'Thunder' is a comedy hurricane, on film and in real life response

Not every movie can prominently feature an actor who can refer to himself in the fourth person, but the spoof "Tropic Thunder" nails its target handily.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course wraps up city championship

Some people take their trophies and lock them in glass boxes.

Stuart Roberts: Pay attention to river

To the editor: On Aug. 14, Sen. John McCain told the Pueblo Chieftain that "the (Colorado River) compact that is in effect, obviously needs to be renegotiated over time amongst the interested parties."

Saturday, August 23

Craig briefs for Aug. 23

Wyman hosts fun-filled day today

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Julia Carpenter - Craig's grand, old lady

When the doctor delivered the fragile, three-pound baby girl June 1, 1877, he didn't give much hope for her survival. Her parents, Charles and Isabelle Easum, drew on their faith and common sense when they took on raising their fourth child, Julia.

Datebook for Aug. 23


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New drilling rig strikes natural gas

With $300,000 at stake, Ken Currey said Friday that he was fairly pleased a drilling rig leased by his company hit a producing pocket of natural gas.

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MCHS football team runs through final preseason scrimmage

Taking a look at the Moffat County offense from afar, you wouldn't think they were a big-play team.

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Local program attempting to bring services to children with autism

Keeping up with autism spectrum disorders hasn't been an easy task, said LuEtta Loeber,

Our View: Ideas deserve considerations

Summer holds a kind of mystique in the United States. It's a time for children to be children, parents to use up their paid vacation time, and families to head off to Disneyland or a camping trip.

Police blotter for Aug. 21

Officers responded to a report of child abuse.

Lessons learned at the chopping block

Local teens Joe Long and Eddie Brenner don't have to worry about leading their pigs in front of a judge for their latest contest.

Oil and Gas Commission alters public health proposals

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission made "substantial" changes to proposed public health regulations for energy companies this week, according to Department of Natural Resources officials.

John Vandelinder: No gold in America's pastime

It's the American pastime, but, alas, Americans didn't finish on top.

Brenner questions gas prices

Senate candidate: Price differences in Northwest Colorado warrant answer

Gasoline prices in areas of rural Colorado don't seem to add up, Ken Brenner said. If he's elected to state Senate District 8 in November, he plans to find out why.

Pursuing a perfect summer garden

Area residents face trials during their botanical quests

Each season presents Northwestern Colorado gardeners with challenges. This year some of them include: a late spring, frost, hot and dry winds and grasshoppers.

Tom Carter: McCain's Western water policy is wrong

Imagine if there was less water available for raising Northwestern Colorado's cattle and sheep. The added costs to Colorado agriculture for feed and water would be an additional tax on Colorado's ranchers, farmers and consumers. Yet, a few days ago, John McCain said that the water-sharing compact that Colorado and other upper basin states have with California, Nevada and Arizona should be "renegotiated" - to provide more water to Arizona and California. Apparently, McCain is more concerned about the golf courses and swimming pools of Arizona than he is about Colorado. McCain's policies will hurt Colorado. Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, a water law expert, responded to McCain's proposal to give away Colorado's water by saying the compact would be reopened "over my dead body."

Eddie Kiggins: Restaurant experience was the last straw

I would like to say enough is enough. I'm not one to complain, but the recent experience we had at one of our dining facility's was the last straw.

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For the love of the green

Willems had passion for tractor restoration

Call it taking care of unfinished business.

Patrick Wayne Germond: Russian Bear has Georgia by the throat

Have you seen the footage of the Bear attack? It's been on television for more than a week. That's right, the Russian Bear has been mauling one of America's shoulder-to-shoulder allies, Georgia. Right now, it has Georgia by the throat.

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A nighttime ride

The road to a lifetime of public service

It started with a frightened, frenzied car ride.

Friday, August 22

Rodriguez quickly climbing up ladder

Three months ago, Dave Rodriguez was on the bottom rung of the Moffat County soccer-coaching ladder.

An EDP for entrepreneurs

Group plans to mail consumer survey in September

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership board members expect a pending consumer spending study to help their group identify local business opportunities.

Datebook for Aug. 22

Today 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. A new student registration session takes place at Craig Intermediate School, 201 E. Ninth St., for students in fifth through eighth grade who are new to Craig this fall. Students enrolled in Moffat County schools last year are not required to attend. For more information, call 824-3289.

Craig briefs for Aug. 22

Chorus seeking new director

Police blotter for Aug. 20

Moffat County Jail Wednesday, Aug. 20 Darwin Roy Forquer, 41, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

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Christina M. Currie: What's in a word

I know now why Bill Cosby thought that the things kids say were worth a 30-minute time slot during prime time. Their innocence and the fact that they haven't developed many filters between their brains and tongues is often amusing, sometimes embarrassing and almost always worth listening to.

Murray Tucker: Supreme Court an overlooked issue

As long as the Iraq war lasts, it will be transitory except for its impact for at least a generation on the economy.

Cliff Cleland: The gist of Obama's tax plans for America

To counter recent false and misleading attack ads by John McCain on Barack Obama's tax proposals, here is the gist of Obama's tax plan for America.

Rick Hammel: Surely Sen. McCain is kidding

In 1922, the seven Colorado River Basin states signed a compact that allocated 7.5 million acre feet of water to the three lower basin states of California, Arizona and Nevada. In addition, 1.5 million acre feet was allocated to Mexico.

Ray Cartwright: Paying gas at Craig prices

I heard on KRAI where Ken Brenner has come out asking about the major differences in the gas prices between the towns in the valley.

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MCHS golf team finishes fifth in set of back-to-backs

They may live in the mountains, but that doesn't mean they play in them.

Moffat County Neighbor: Scott McKinney

Scott McKinney Age: 42 Occupation: Business Owner

Clerk seeks higher turnout

Lila Herod is holding out hope the Nov. 4 general election will draw more voters than the seemingly uninteresting primary election earlier this month.

Veterans Hotline: New source for DD214s in Colorado

The Colorado Division of Military & Veterans Affairs CDMVA sent all CVSO's an email this week stating that the Division has DD-214s for many Colorado Veterans at their office in Denver. Their DD-214 files go back to 1980 and are filed by year of separation, then alphabetically. They say that if the vet's mailing address, after separation, is Colorado they should have a copy on file. If your vet needs his/hers they can fax to the nearest CVSO office or we can mail copies directly to the vet.

Andy Bockelman: 'Mirrors' a cracked, yet insightful horror flick

What if every reflective surface in your house stared back at you with scenes of gruesome demise? That menacing hypothetical looms large in the latest horror film, "Mirrors."

Diane Prather: Make yummy zucchini cookies

Recently, this column has featured recipes for rhubarb and peanut butter cookies. This week it's zucchini cookies.

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Craig resident shows spirit as she reaches 100 years

Ask Hilda Schmidt the secret to living a long life and she'll deny that there is one.

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Pilates adds to residents' workout routines

When Deb Bergmann first heard the name, she had no clue what it meant.

Thursday, August 21

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Roadless rules concern group

When local archery hunter Rick Harmon visits Black Mountain, he has one thought on his mind.

Police Blotter for Aug. 21

Moffat County Jail

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Datebook for Aug. 21


Pat Pearce

To the editor:

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Moffat seeking $142K from city

County says Steamboat breached contract terms for transit center

What once was considered a healthy collaboration between the city of Steamboat Springs and Moffat County has become soured by a six-figure dispute between the two governments.

Craig briefs for Aug. 21

School, sport physicals offered Sept. 5

Mark Hillman: Udall's u-turn on drilling

Mark Udall's message to Colorado voters is crystal clear: Just tell me want you want to hear, and I'll say it.

Town mayor wants to keep Social Services office open

Dinosaur Mayor Freda Powell does not want Carla Roloff's arrest to become another example of lost services for Dinosaur residents.

Partial owner subject to increased property taxes

When Moffat County Assessor Suzanne Brinks protests the Salt River Project's reported property value, she is doing so because she wants the county to benefit from the money it is entitled to.

Wednesday, August 20

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Hayden Speedway

Vroom, vroom:

Police Blotter for Aug. 20

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs for Aug. 20

Come out to Wyman Museum on Saturday for a fun-filled day for the whole family. There will be cars, ATV's, snowmobiles, motorcycles, antiques, kids clothes, toys, crafts, parts, racing gear and tools. Food will be served all day. There will be swapping and selling until 3 p.m.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: A different course, a different lesson

When I think of a family dinner, I think of friends and family circled around the counter listening to the stories of when our parents were our age. In turn, us kids imitated the most entertaining of the relatives, in their presence or in their absence.

Our View: Hard work always pays off

There has been some grumbling of late around Craig about summer high school athletics camps. While these camps are called voluntary, they often are closer to mandatory for athletes who want to make the team come fall, and that rubs some parents the wrong way.

Pena-Villava pleads guilty in drug case

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office and a public defender reached a plea agreement Tuesday afternoon for a 29-year-old man who faced drug possession and distribution charges.

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Datebook for Aug. 20


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Boaters stopped for mussel checks

To those hoping to take a watercraft out on Elkhead Reservoir before winter comes, be prepared to wait for a zebra mussel inspection.

Community chooses director

Candidate's immigration law experience could benefit clients, director said

New hands soon will take the wheel at a Yampa Valley multicultural group.

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Craig picked by Broncos as biggest fans

If you wore orange and blue two weeks ago for Tony Maneotis' "Bronco-mania," give yourself a pat on the back.

Chris Gingrich: Merits to picking QB late in the game

Are you one of those fantasy football players who uses the early rounds to solidify your running back and receiver positions while putting off picking a quarterback until the mid to late rounds? It can work, and sometimes with great results. Take last year for example, when Derek Anderson was ignored until the late rounds of fantasy drafts and proved to be a great pick for owners who took a chance on him. When talent and opportunity meet in the NFL, you can look for a player to have a great season. The players I'm going to list have talent and will be given an opportunity this season to prove themselves in the NFL.

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Moving to the other side of the glass

Two new instructors lead CNCC automotive, industrial electrician programs

Everything clicked when Tracy Santistevan got help from someone else.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Pineapple Express' makes for a sweet ride

If you have always wanted the opportunity to see a movie that contains a crucifix constructed from rolling papers, then the comedy "Pineapple Express" is right up your alley. If not, well...

Tuesday, August 19

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Speedway season heading into home stretch

With two races left in the dirt track racing series at Hayden Speedway - Aug. 30 and Sept. 6 - points are at a premium.

Datebook for Aug. 19


John Vandelinder: Fall 2008: Check out these Bulldogs

With the beginning of the fall sports seasons less than two weeks away - besides, of course, golf, which started last week - I'm going to highlight a few athletes whom Moffat County High School sports fans should keep an eye on.

Senior spotlight for Aug. 19

August is going on around the corner. The season is well into fall. Snow on the mountain.

Deenie Orchard and family: Thanks after accident

To the editor:

Matt Beckett: Survey misconstrued

To the editor:

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Spectrum purchase poised

New fixed base operator would replace Spectrum Jet Center

Galaxy Aviation of Steamboat-Hayden is in contract negotiations with Routt County to replace Spectrum Jet Center, the longtime fixed base operator at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, county officials said Monday.

Lisa Balstad: Thanks, Mary Ann

To the editor:

Police Blotter for Aug. 19

Moffat County Jail

Government Update for Aug. 19

Moffat County Commission

Police examining 'suspicious death'

The Craig Police Department is investigating the "suspicious death" of Shannon (Dill) Senkevech, a 29-year-old Craig woman who died Friday in Aurora.

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Local VA clinic receives recognition

Telehealth facility saves veterans time, money, commander says

A recent visit to a Craig clinic saved resident Bill Harding about seven hours of travel time without cutting quality, he said.

Looking for an alternative

CDOT planning for decreased federal funding for FY 2009

If the Colorado Department of Transportation doesn't find a way to supplement its budget, it could be doing more repairs and less construction.

Maren Schmidt: Brain seeks to control stress

Brain researchers think a newborn's brain creates neurons at a rate of over a quarter a million per minute. The young brain grows and absorbs information without evaluating, filtering or giving priority to the information. The brain receives each event with the same import as every other experience.

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Regional developer encouraged by Craig's possibilities

Although there was a lack of visible growth in Moffat County during the past year, Rick Hill said he is not nervous.

Craig briefs for Aug. 19

Event dates from November 2008 through April 2009 need to be submitted by Aug. 20 to be included in the Winter 2009 Visitor's Guide. Submit dates to Kara Givnish at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association by e-mail at, or fax to 970-879-2543.

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Local group surveys Native American art

The weekend cold front had all but vanished by early Monday afternoon.

Monday, August 18

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Mucking around

Chamber fundraiser draws a different crowd

Faces at the annual Mud Splash mud volleyball tournament usually are different than those seen at other Craig Chamber of Commerce events, executive director Christina Currie said.

Texas family's plane found

Authorities say there were no survivors in Friday's crash

Authorities confirmed Sunday that there were no survivors in the crash of a plane piloted by a missing Houston, Texas, man flying home with his family from Steamboat Springs on Friday.

Aging Well: Awareness key to stopping elder abuse

Former Adult Protective Services supervisor suspects cases are going unreported in Routt County

Vickie Clark, new director of the Routt County Department of Human Services, recently was surprised to learn that only six referrals regarding possible abuse of at-risk adults were made in the county in the last year.

Datebook for Aug. 18


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'Speed freak'

The secret identity of 14-year-old Isadora Hitz

Isadora Hitz isn't your typical 14-year-old girl. Sure, there are things about her that resemble girls her age.

Craig briefs for Aug. 18

Autism presentation Thursday

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Tumbling toward perfection

Moffat County Thunder building on last year's success

The vast space inside the Gymstar Fun & Fit Gymnastics building on Saturday is eerily quiet when considering there are more then 20 participants present.

Business news & notes: The customer is 'typically right'

The Copy Shop wins customer service award from Toshiba

The award isn't the point, but it's nice to be noticed, Scott McKinney said.

Saturday, August 16

Police blotter for Aug. 14

Officers responded to a noise complaint.

MCTA eager to hire director

To get something done, the first step is finding the time to do it.

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John Vandelinder: Phelps can't be human

Last week, I jotted down 10 reasons to watch the Olympics, in the hopes that Craig residents would tune in and watch the United States kick some butt.

Our View: Something's missing

Perhaps the second-most disturbing aspect of recent stories involving sexual assaults at Moffat County High School is the response.

Datebook for Aug. 16


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Moonshines keeps it local

Variety of homegrown products available at ranch north of Craig

Moffat County resident Lorrae Moon thinks that people are looking for "a little more basic" food to make them healthier. She also choses to buy locally and support area farmers and ranchers.

Balancing on political precipice

DOW: Elk populations affect to ranchers and tourism

The Colorado Division of Wildlife does not exist in a vacuum, said Randy Hampton, DOW spokesman.

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L.S. 'Ted' McCandless - caring for Craig

It isn't unusual these days to hear about someone claiming that a bad hard start in life is the reason they have gone off the straight path.

CNCC Craig campus hires new nursing program faculty

Local nursing students will see new faces this year. The Colorado Northwestern Community College has hired three replacement faculty members for its nursing program, two of whom will be working part time with students in area hospitals.

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Walk-in clinics scheduled for shots

Some immunizations required for students by state law

First come the flu-like symptoms: nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting.

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Tales from the 'trails'

Moffat County resident's book recalls a half century of area hunts

In 1962, when Glenn Pritchard was young and not old, when hunting was pure and about something other than "money and politics," the then-19-year-old Moffat County resident found himself waiting patiently in the predawn morning of his favorite place.

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First step

MCHS football team kicks off season in annual Blue and White scrimmage

The offense is new, the uniforms are new and the football field at Moffat County High School even has new paint.

Patrick Wayne Germond: Security concerns

I am writing concerning the article on security for the courthouse. I'm glad to see the commissioners are at the threshold of providing security. They still are dragging their feet just a tad, though.

City, county planning remains unsettled

The city and county are not done talking.

Friday, August 15

Fleming taking reins as the MCHS rodeo coach

As a lifelong cowboy, the decision for David Fleming was a no-brainer.

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Diane Prather: Mexicali casserole

You have to open a lot of cans to make this recipe, but it's pretty quick to make. The ingredients for "Mexicali Casserole" are: 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans tamales, 1 (20-ounce) can yellow hominy (drained), 1 can Vienna sausages (cut into chunks), 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, and 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese.

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Christina M. Currie: Hide and, well ...

It's been quite the interesting week.

Craig briefs for Aug. 15

TeleHealth Clinic closed Sept. 2 to 5

Datebook for Aug. 15

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

Local rancher accepts plea agreement for poaching case

A Moffat County rancher accused of poaching elk on his property this winter pleaded guilty to reduced charges in District Court on Thursday.

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Mexican consul conducts meeting

Official says region an example of successful cultural integration

Mexican citizens living in America have access to services they may not be aware of.

Calls for service decrease

Calls for service to the Craig Police Department have increased by roughly 13 percent each year for the past five years, statistics show.

Evidence admissible in Cisneros case

Murder trial to begin Sept. 8 in Routt County District Court

Statements and evidence gained from Luz Cisneros on Sept. 6, 2007 - the day she is suspected of killing her 1-year-old daughter - are admissible in her upcoming murder trial, Routt County District Court Judge Michael O'Hara determined Thursday.

Moffat County Neighbor: Jon Longwell

Occupation: Works on ranches, sells fruit and does some carpentry work

County prepared to seek legal action against Steamboat

Disagreement about $142,000 relating to transit facility construction may go to court

Negotiations have stalled between Moffat County and the city of Steamboat Springs because of an alleged debt relating to the Steamboat Transit facility construction near the east Kum & Go in Craig.

Johnston faces jail after guilty plea

A 24-year-old Craig woman pleaded guilty to an assortment of criminal charges Tuesday in Moffat County District Court, including a sole count of attempted drug distribution.

The Rat Pack: Thanks for support

Now that the Relay For Life has ended, we would like to extend a very gracious thank you to Lou Wyman at the Wyman Museum for allowing us to use his facility. We held many successful fundraisers during Grand Olde West Days and the Mountain Man Rendezvous.

Student news: Austin J. Blomquist

Austin J. Blomquist graduated from Lackland Air Force Base basic training Aug. 3. A 2008 Moffat County High School graduate, he now is stationed in Wichita Falls, Texas. Training for his job includes inspection, maintenance, repair, modification and installation of aircraft release, launch, suspension and monitor systems, non-turret-mounted gun systems and related air munitions handling, loading and test equipment. Austin was one of two chosen for this job out of 452 graduates. In November, he will be stationed in New Mexico at the 27th Special Operations Wing in Cannon Air Force Base.

Police blotter for Aug. 13

Deputies responded to a request to assist another agency.

Bucking the odds

Craig resident Kasen Brennise earns world title

In his last year of competition as a Little Wrangler, Kasen Brennise's expectation heading into the National Little Britches Rodeo Association finals July 28 was simple.

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Gas tax revenue up from '07

Colorado roads could suffer if driver numbers keep declining

Although Americans are driving less, Coloradans are spending more on gas than they were a year ago.

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'Face of stability'

Auxiliary members donate time, energy to TMH

It's 6:30 Thursday morning.

Thursday, August 14

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Nearing the end

Longtime Girl Scouts have sights set on highest award

Local teens Kirsten McAlexander and Challyn Pfifer plan to stay the course until the very end.

Bill Harding: Benefits change proposed

Social Security bill proposed changes

Cathy Hamilton: Thwarted Olympic greatness

Before we begin, please stand and join me in singing our national anthem.

Rancher prepares for trial

Accused of poaching elk, Moffat resident pleads not guilty

About 40 Craig residents filled the seats behind Rodney Culverwell at his Wednesday morning pretrial motions hearing in Moffat County District Court.

Datebook for Aug. 14

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

Craig briefs for Aug. 14

Pickup, semi collide west of Hayden

Police blotter for Aug. 12

Deputies responded to three requests to assist another agency.

Diane Prather: Pat's peanut butter cookies

Remember the "Boy Scout Cake" recipe featured in this column about three weeks ago? This past week Pat Coyner, the recipe's contributor, told me how to make a frosting for the cake.

Election race begins where primaries end

With his family already in bed, Randy Baumgardner had a quiet Tuesday night, despite it being the culmination of his first political struggle.

Wednesday, August 13

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A problem 'still out there'

Police commander's award doesn't lessen desire to stem domestic violence

The reminders are there.

Officials scrap fire marshal idea

Fire District already has authority to conduct inspections

Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston said he no longer thinks the community needs a fire marshal.

Chris Gingrich: Catch these wide receivers

Wide receiver is the hardest position to draft for in fantasy football because it is so hard to predict.

Caroline Dotson: 'Plenty' filled with charming stories

People around the country are finding out that eating locally grown foods, compared to eating food grown thousands of miles away, is better for the consumer, the community and the earth. Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon have contributed to that awareness with their bestselling book "Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet."

Two Courthouse security plans under way

There are two plans for security at the Moffat County Courthouse, one short-term and the other long-term.

Police Beat for June

Crimes of the month and police department news and notes

Below is a summary of my monthly report to the Craig City Council regarding Police Department activity for June.

Outdoing donation expectations

Relay for Life participants exceed goal of $100,000

The number 100 has a double significance for Craig residents this summer.

Craig briefs for Aug. 13

Farmers market vendors needed

Police blotter for Aug. 11

Deputies responded to two reports of a suspicious person.

Our View: Some things to work on

The trash pick-up crews around Craig deserve a pat on the back.

MCHS girls basketball program:

The Moffat County High School girls basketball program would like to thank the following for assisting in making our summer fundraiser a success:

Kimble Frentress and family: Thanks for support

Thank you to the family, friends and community supporters of Kimble Frentress. Words cannot express our gratitude toward all of you and the support we have received during this time of need.

Jesika Warden: Did not want to move

Well, I did live (in Craig) until last year. And I lived there for 10 years, and I did not want to move. I had to with my parents, and I did not get a say in moving to Greeley. It really did not seem good we moved here, but my Grandma lives here, and they wanted to be closer. I did and did not want to move. It is pretty cool here, but I did not want to move.

Datebook for Aug. 13

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

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Baumgardner leads Korkowski

Early results from the 2008 Colorado primaries indicated that Randy Baumgardner, 51, of Hot Sulphur Springs, led the Republican primary race for Colorado House District 57 against fellow Republican candidate Dan Korkowski, 53, of Grand Lake.

State looks to phase in full-day kindergarten

Additional funds to be used for at-risk students

More Colorado kindergartners soon could have the opportunity to attend school for a full day.

70th annual Firefighters Ball tickets available

About 50 tickets remain for this weekend's Craig Fire/Rescue fundraiser, a longtime annual event designed to raise money for a high school scholarship fund.

Shining season for Green Hurricanes

Driven by glow sticks, team finishes year at perfect 9-0

For coaches in the Moffat County sporting scene, and pretty much everywhere, motivational tactics vary from sport to sport.

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Work starts on Lake Village

Crews tackling infrastructure repairs at Hayden subdivision

Repairs have started at the Lake Village subdivision south of Hayden.

Tuesday, August 12

Bulldog Beat: Back from summer break

It's been three months since the last Bulldog beat, and boy am I glad it's back.

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Resources to help 'medical home'

Local health center to receive roughly $1.8 million in three-year period

Thanks to the Department of Health and Human Services, Northwest Colorado Community Health Center will receive about $1.8 million during a three-year period to provide primary care to medically underserved clients in Moffat County and surrounding areas.

Datebook for Tuesday, Aug. 12

Today All day and evening Primary Election. Moffat County Clerk's Office will be closed for election.

Maren Schmidt: Brain learns best with guidance

Studies about how to age well site certain factors for well-being: have a close circle of family and friends, stay active and laugh often.

Patrick Wayne Germond: Congratulations to Iraqi Congress

Congratulations to the Iraqi Congress. They have out-performed Nancy Pelosi's Democratic-majority Congress hands down. Iraq's legislative body has bid out their oil fields to contractors and is on track to become the world's No. 1 oil producer in five years. They have enfranchised the Shiite population and brought them back into the fold of government participation. They have approved and are increasing their security forces by two brigades.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: This is your life, so love it

Although summer hasn't come to an end, it is the days that dwindle down right before your eyes that make you miss the season, because looking forward to the days of summer is much better than remembering them.

Local housing market slows despite energy boom reports

Moffat County's housing market seems to be losing steam today compared to 2007, County Treasurer Robert Razzano said, which is not helping local foreclosure rates.

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MCHS golf team places 11th out of 21 teams in season-opener

In the middle of the pack

As the first Moffat County High School sports team to compete this fall, the Bulldogs were looking to shake off the summer vacation dust Monday while competing in their season-opening tournament at Bookcliff Golf Course in Grand Junction.

Shirley R. Gossett: We hope to connect with World War II vets

We are losing our World War II veterans at an alarming rate, so we are trying to locate them to save their deeds for history. We wish to connect them with today's paratroopers so they can attend our National Convention.

Senior spotlight for Aug. 12

From the amount of rain and slightly lower temperatures, it looks like fall might be just around the corner.

Police blotter for Aug. 12

Moffat County Sheriff's Office No reports.

Kathie Johnson: Thank you to all who helped me July 26

I would like to thank the following people for coming to my rescue Saturday, July 26:

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Rally for the Cure to raise funds for breast cancer

At about 9 a.m. Wednesday, the casual observer will see one noticeable change at the Yampa Valley Golf Course: pink.

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Truck tips near First and Ranney

Driver uninjured; neither drugs nor alcohol suspected

A commercial truck tipped over at Ranney and First streets Monday afternoon, leaving the driver uninjured but requiring almost two hours of cleanup.

Craig briefs for Aug. 12

County clerk's office closed today

Monday, August 11

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Aging Well: Staying strong and sharp

Exercise, physiology and the chronologically gifted

When I first came to Steamboat Springs, I was retired for a couple of years and intent on becoming a ski instructor. In 1990, I was pushing 60, and the average age of an instructor was about 25.

Mark Hillman: Ritter's VP prospects: slim and none

It's hard to imagine anyone in Colorado touting rookie Gov. Bill Ritter as vice presidential timber. Yet 2,000 miles away, locked in the surrealism of the Beltway, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson has done just that.

Business news & notes: New building, new name

Moffat County National Bank anticipates changes

It seems as if it's taking a while to finish the new Moffat County National Bank building on Mack Lane, Bank Manager Dave Fleming said.

Datebook for Aug. 11


Evelyn Tileston: Response to letter

To the person who sent me an anonymous letter postmarked Glenwood Springs.

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Slowest race in the West

Moffat County Fair fans cheer on turtle races

More than 100 spectators packed inside the livestock barn at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

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Par for a different course

Disc golf newest Moffat County Fair competition

Dru Nielson planted his feet inside the three makeshift blue lines that represented a tee box.

'Just a good time'

Organizers settle down, look back on 2008 Moffat County Fair

Although they seemed fatigued to the point of giddiness, Alisa Comstock and Joanne Roberson relaxed and smiled when they looked back on last week.

Saturday, August 9

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Pains and gains

Rehab center's new designation aids cancer patients' physical recovery

The brain tumor - or "the big mean one" - was diagnosed Aug. 5, 2006. Subsequent radiation and chemotherapy treatments paralyzed her left leg, arm and side of her mouth, and left her depressed and fearful of what possibly lay ahead.

Oil and Gas Commission delays regulation ruling

Late Wednesday afternoon, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission decided to postpone its deliberations on proposed regulations for the energy industry until Sept. 11.

Student news: Yvonne McAnally

Yvonne McAnally, left, and Joyce Miller, right, Craig Association of Realtors Scholarship Committee members, recently presented a $750 Continuing Education Scholarship to Kristi Jurney, center, who is attending Colorado Northwestern Community College. Jurney's scholarship will be applied to her education in Dental Hygiene at CNCC's Rangely campus.

Our View: Way to go, boys

The Moffat County Commission deserves a thank you.

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CNCC gears up for fall 2008 enrollment

Students can build up transfer credits through state program

The end is in sight for Jeremy Rollins.

Craig briefs for Aug. 9

Hunter course starts Monday

Police blotter for Aug. 7

Barbra J. Moss, 52, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

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Two women, two early votes

Recorder: Fewest early votes in memory

Although this year's Colorado primaries attracted a record low number of Moffat County voters, two local residents found time Friday to visit the Moffat County Courthouse.

Memories of the Moffat County Fair

Finishing up the hay and the Moffat County Fair - it seems that's what rural county residents have been up to this past week. At least, that's what I found when trying to contact people about some stories I have in the works.

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John Vandelinder: Top-10 reasons to watch the Olympics

The Olympics kicked off yesterday in Beijing, signaling the start of the world's best athletes competing for their country's glory.

MCHS fall sports season begins Monday

The Moffat County High School golf team got an early jump on the fall sports season when it began practice Aug. 4.

Chuck Mack: Visiting Craig

Well, by golly, it is fair time in Northwest Colorado. I just happened to run across this article, which appeared in the August 8, 1919, edition of the Routt County Republican published in Hayden. Since the article does a good job of bragging about Craig, I thought it was worth putting in the paper during Craig's 100th anniversary. The article follows.

Datebook for Aug. 9

All day. Moffat County Fair events include free pancake breakfast, Breeding Beef Show, FFA tractor driving contest, pony rides/pet parade/petting zoo, singles disc golf tournament, gingerbread house decorating, live entertainment, lawn mower races, Cream'n Cotton'n Leather contest, doubles disc golf tournament, Cowboy Baby Contest, Survivor Olympics, kids hot dog social, sheep lead contest, watermelon eating contest, turtle races, live music, community barbecue, 4-H and FFA awards, 4-H & FFA Junior Livestock Sale and a dance. For information, visit

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John J. Sherman working for greater good

One thing prominent people in Craig's history had in common was a determination to work for the greater good. They knew that to ensure a healthy future for the city, there needed to be a good foundation.

Friday, August 8

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Rolling dice on a rollercoaster

Natural gas drilling a mix of luck and science

Over the hills and through the fields, to a natural gas drilling rig set inside a wheat crop about 10 miles north of Craig.

Datebook for Aug. 8

Housing voucher applications for Moffat and Rio Blanco county residents are available at Independent Life Center, 483 Yampa Ave. in Craig. Call Marlena or Evelyn at 826-0833.

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Greased lightning

Moffat County Fair events bring out the laughs

Life as a pig in Craig is no longer safe.

Bryce Jacobson: Answer 2 questions before Junior Livestock Sale

Question 1: How much are you willing to pay for a good employee?

Senior golf event to be held Sunday in Rifle

Rifle Creek Golf Course is hosting a two-day senior golf championship beginning Saturday.

Buchanan named MCHS assistant boys soccer coach

Less than one week on the job as new Moffat County High School athletic director, Rick Penner hired his first coach.

Walgreens opening closer, but not set

As lights go up and shelves go in at the corner of Green Street and Victory Way, a store opening looms.

Sheriff's Office investigating fire

Sgt. Courtland Folks, of the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, continued an investigation Thursday night into a car fire reported earlier that morning and deemed by fire officials as "suspicious in nature."

Police blotter for Aug. 6

Jean Haskins, 37, of Hayden, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving a vehicle while license under restraint.

'No one is calling'

Increased reward money hasn't yielded new tips in arson probe

An increased reward hasn't offered any new information about last year's Country Mall fire, Craig Police Department officers said Thursday.

Craig briefs for Aug. 8

Flash flood watch continues today

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Fair game

Many hands keep livestock shows running smoothly while youths compete

Travis Herod knows a thing or two about sheep.

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Diane Prather: My favorite zucchini recipes

We have two zucchini fruits, each about 4 inches long. So, I hunted up my zucchini recipes, some of which I've never tried before.

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Christina M. Currie: I think it's called displacement

Puppy preschool ended with our little one lying comfortably under my chair, not barking at other dogs or pulling to get free.

Thursday, August 7

Family reunion: Johnson - Bushyager

To coincide with the city of Craig's centennial birthday, the Johnson/Bushyager family hosted a reunion at Johnson Meadows on Black Mountain, off the Freeman Reservoir road to celebrate more than 100 years in the Moffat County area.

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County fair offers Culture Days

The varied smells of cooking food and the sounds of a crowd wafted from the Moffat County Fairground's covered picnic area Wednesday afternoon.

Jeff Whilden: Taking advantage

The Editorial Board was right on complaining about prices in Craig, even if they did not know where the load came from. Sunday, the price of gas in Steamboat was $4.15 and in Craig $4.43, a difference of 28 cents a gallon. It costs about $2.50 a mile to move freight by truck or $112.50 to get from Steamboat to Craig. A tanker hauls around 5,000 gallons, so someone is making a tidy $1,287.50 per load of gas sold in Craig. Also, remember that the price of everything (labor, real-estate, etc.) is much higher in Steamboat, so the profit on gas in Craig is probably even higher.

Police blotter for Aug. 5

Jesse Dean Brazelton, 41, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrant.

Bill Harding: GI Bill signed into law

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is celebrating the recently signed into law GI Bill for the 21st Century, after an intense ten-year lobbying effort for educational benefits comparable to those the original GI Bill of 1944 offered. The new GI Bill will pay the highest in-state public tuition rate, and also provide for books, fees and a living stipend. "This is why the VFW is just as relevant today as we were 109 years ago when we were founded. We make a difference," says VFW Commander-in-Chief, George Lisicki.

Craig sales tax back in gear

Moffat County troubles continue another month

After a disappointing month for sales tax returns in April, Craig Finance Director Bruce Nelson said it was good to be back in the swing of things.

Datebook for Aug. 7

Housing voucher applications for Moffat and Rio Blanco county residents are available at Independent Life Center, 483 Yampa Ave. in Craig. Call Marlena or Evelyn at 826-0833.

State lowers alcohol limit for boaters

A car isn't the only place drinking is dangerous, said Deb Frazier, Colorado State Parks spokesperson.

School District ends fiscal year with surplus

Finance director: Supreme Court ruling could have negative impact

Forces beyond Moffat County School District's control could impact the financial future.

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Much ado about something

Many Moffat County School District upgrades behind the scenes

If taxpayers want to see where some of their dollars are being put to work at Ridgeview Elementary School, they should look up, said Joel Sheridan, Moffat County School District construction liaison.

Cathy Hamilton: Sensory overload

For some women, the sweet smell of a newborn baby's head awakens long-suppressed maternal urges. For me, it's school supplies.

Craig briefs for Aug. 7

Indecision on Colorado Highway 13

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Town Board could fix problems at Lake Village subdivision

The Hayden Town Board could set the gears in motion to take over infrastructure repairs at the Lake Village subdivision at its meeting tonight.

Wednesday, August 6

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Craig Fire/Rescue acquires new wildland/urban engines

Craig Fire/Rescue acquires new wildland/urban engines

Craig Fire/Rescue took possession Tuesday afternoon of the second of three new engines the fire department is scheduled to receive this year.

Commission recommends judge's retention

Shelley A. Hill receives above-average marks

The 14th Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance - a 10-member panel - unanimously recommended a district court judge for retention in November.

LeFevre family: Thanks to community

The family of Thomas E. LeFevre would like to say thank you for all of your support, cards, flowers, donations and food to the family during our time of loss. There are no words that can express our gratitude for all that was done.

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Bronco mania to hit Craig

City to compete for biggest fan bragging rights

Do you bleed orange and blue?

Agricultural construction a problem

Developments difficult for Assessor's Office

When Moffat County residents John and Guyla Littlehorn appeared at the Moffat County Commission meeting Tuesday, they said they wanted equality.

Patrick Wayne Germond: Where's the parade?

Where's the parade and when is it? You know the one, the one we have when we're at war and we win. Maybe not this time though. There has been so much negative reporting on the war it is now beginning to show up in the actual way we perceive the reality of our win and the attitudes of our liberal political leaders.

Craig briefs for Aug. 6

Children needed for junior rodeo

Police blotter for Aug. 4

Officers responded to two requests to assist another agency.

Jane Brown: Plan for future

Sonic was supposed to be opened by this summer? Heard maybe some bureaucracy shut down was involved there. How can businesses get the go-ahead and then suddenly not meet certain requirements? Aren't requirements supposed to have been met before the OK? Is it any wonder that businesses are so hesitant to come to Craig?

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High hopes

4-H Dog Show participant, leader battle nerves, disappointment

Remmy Kohpay, 11, plucked nervously at the cuffs of his neatly pressed white shirt.

Datebook for Aug. 6

Housing voucher applications for Moffat and Rio Blanco county residents are available at Independent Life Center, 483 Yampa Ave. in Craig. Call Marlena or Evelyn at 826-0833.

Our View: The way the game is played

It seems like every time politics comes up these days, there aren't a whole lot of good things to be said.

Caroline's critiques: Fuller's latest closer to home

Alexandra Fuller is the author of the best selling book "Don't Let's Go, To The Dogs Tonight," a memoir about her childhood in Africa during the war in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.

HIgh school counselor: Statistic surprising

Factors may prevent students from reporting sexual assault

Moffat County High School Counselor Carroll Moore said she was taken aback when she saw the statistic.

Tuesday, August 5

No records for Town Board

Attorney: Oak Creek has no claim to files from Rodeman arrest

Oak Creek officials have the right to see only basic public information regarding the arrest of former Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman, the Town Board was informed by its attorney Monday.

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Moffat County High School boys golf team returns to the links

Back in the swing of things

Summer vacation is officially over - at least for the Moffat County High School boys golf team.

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Downtown gallery provides local artists with venue to display work

More than 50 paintings - capturing images ranging from rustic pioneer landscapes to the solitude of single portraits - line the green-carpeted walls at the recently opened Summer Art gallery in downtown Craig.

Bronco-mania to hit Craig

Do you bleed orange and blue?

Police blotter for Aug. 5

Moffat County Sheriff's Office Saturday Deputies responded to three requests to assist another agency.

Craig briefs for Aug. 5

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will offer a hunter education course Aug. 22 to 24 at Mountain Valley Bank, 400 Main St., in Meeker. Completion of hunter education is required for anyone born after Jan. 1, 1949, who wants to hunt in Colorado.

More slots available for at-risk preschoolers

The tables have turned for at-risk preschoolers. Recent state funding increases will allow 25 more at-risk students to receive preschool education this fall through the Moffat County School District and a contracted provider to give preschool education.

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Independent Life Center utilizes additional funding

Putting money to work

Temporary funding has brought temporary relief to the Independent Life Center's Section 8 housing voucher program, Life Center officials said.

Wellness Initiative to meet Thursday

Group to discuss media campaign, plan for upcoming presentations

A local organization is gearing up for another round of media messages and community programs to alert local parents to underage alcohol use.

Daily Press names new editor

Jennifer L. Grubbs has been named the new editor of the Craig Daily Press. Her first day of work was Monday.

Athletics director settles in

As a man on the move, newly appointed Moffat County High School Athletics Director Rick Penner has been busy lately.

Maren Schmidt: Best brains require good nutrition :

Are our children getting the right kinds of food for maximum brain development and health? Most parents think their children are getting adequate nutrition but data shows otherwise. Peeking into a few lunch boxes gives some indications and insight into the issue.

Monday, August 4

Datebook for August 4


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Eight seconds in a pile of dust

Saddle bronc Saturday's main event of Moffat County Fair

Eight seconds. A small amount of time to stay on a bucking horse with a $2,000 payday waiting.

Sports brief for August 4

MCHS boys golf begins fall practice today

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Moffat County Fair kicks off

Fun, competitions usher in 90th annual event

Moffat County Fair coordinator Carol Haskins paused, crunching the numbers in her head.

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Fifth annual wine festival draws crowds, celebrates vineyards

On Saturday afternoon at the Toast of Steamboat Grand Tasting, wine drinkers from across the state rubbed elbows in search of the perfect zinfandel, malbec or chardonnay. Humidity lifted up from the grass on Torian Plum Plaza as the sky clouded, dumped rain and cleared, while festival-goers lifted glasses and danced to the folk rock of Missed the Boat.

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Aging Well: Aging Well, CMC team up to offer more fitness classes

Beverly Lehrer-Brennan, of Steamboat Springs, injured her knee 30 years ago, but it wasn't until arthritis set in that the injury began to limit her active lifestyle.

Business news & notes: Along for the ride with Pro-Tect Security

It's 1 a.m. on a Saturday morning, and John Barr, of Pro-Tect Security, is thanking whoever or whatever is responsible for a slow evening.

Cory Overton: Explaining gas prices

I am writing in response to the Editorial Board's view on gas prices in Craig. I am one of the tanker drivers who hauls gas to some of the stations in Craig, Steamboat Springs, Meeker, Rifle and Grand Junction.

Western Colorado Racing Association results

Hayden Speedway WCRA modified show

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Snapped into action

American Bass Anglers spend regular season finale at home

Bill Butero sits comfortably at the bow of his boat.

Saturday, August 2

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Love INC provides supplies, clothes to needy

Organization relies on local donors, church volunteers

This school year, local children could get a boost from area donors and church volunteers.

Our View: Voodoo economics

We're not saying there's anything illegal going on, but the gas market has some odd behaviors around here.

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Lawrence couple strong supporters of Craig

The obituary for G.S. "Major" Lawrence that ran in the Empire Courier on Oct. 18, 1967, read like a Who's Who of Craig. It was a testament to the commitment he had to his adopted home town and her people.

A different approach

Youth Services Department tackles juvenile crime

Kids are not so ignorant they can just be manipulated, Kelly Patterson said.

June real estate transactions

June real estate transactions

Primary early voting all next week

Even though the race between Republican candidates for Colorado House District 57 is the only contested primary election on Moffat County ballots, it's still important to get out and vote, Lila Herod said.

The family of David O'Conor: Thanks for donations

The family of David O'Conor, a husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, would like to say thank you for all of the cards, calls, flowers, food and donations to the family during our time of loss. Words cannot express our gratitude for all that was done.

Tammy Stewart: Coverage concerning

My name is Tammy Stewart, and I am running for District Attorney.

John Vandelinder: Wheeling and dealing

Major League Baseball's trade deadline came and went Thursday, and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of activity the last three to four weeks.

Celebrate Recovery: Thanks for support

We would like to publicly thank the following people and organizations for their generous support and donations to our Celebrate Recovery group at First Baptist Church.

Craig briefs for Aug. 2

BLM to host geocaching event

Police blotter for July 31

Jay Allen Garcia, 23, of Grand Junction, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Datebook for August 2


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Time to make a move

ABA final regular season tournament begins today

Reservoir - A body of water collected and stored for future use in a natural or artificial lake.

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A tale of two graduates

MCHS alumni try their hand at the miner's life

When Robert Daniels graduated from Moffat County High School in January, he wasn't looking for a major to study or a freshmen dorm room.

4-H members to learn project results Tuesday

This year's General 4-H projects have been judged, but exhibitors won't know the results until 6 p.m. Tuesday. That's when the doors to the exhibit area under the grandstand at the Moffat County Fairgrounds will open, and everyone will be able to view the projects. The exhibitors will also be treated to an ice cream social.

Friday, August 1

Rodeman recordings released

Sgt. Erik Foster told dispatchers: 'They're attacking me'

In the July 19 incident that resulted in the arrest of former Oak Creek mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman, Sgt. Erik Foster initially told dispatchers five people were physically attacking him.

Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks for garage sale donations

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank everyone who donated items for the annual garage sale. Everything was greatly appreciated.

Hospital board approves new equipment

The technological components of a hospital are as essential as the human element. In order to best facilitate the needs of patients, the medical technology needs to be updated as often as necessary.

New state plan to cover preschool through secondary education

At its monthly meeting Thursday night, the Moffat County School Board reviewed a Senate bill passed by the state legislature this spring that is designed to change the way students in preschool through 12th grade prepare for life after school and the tests used to measure that readiness.

Police blotter for July 30

Shane Allen Gilmore, 42, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving a defective/unsafe vehicle, driving after revocation prohibited, compulsory insurance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of synthetic narcotic drugs and driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Ten days and counting

MCHS yet to name soccer coaches

The Moffat County High School fall sports season is around the corner.

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Longtime Craig cyclists opt for bike-bound commutes

Longtime Craig cyclists opt for bike-bound commutes

Gears clacked and brakes creaked as Tom Gilchrist came to a gentle stop at a crossing.

True value

Energy industry may owe $1M more in taxes

There are good apples and bad apples, said Jerry Wisdom, vice president for Oklahoma-based Visual Lease Services.

Datebook for Aug. 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.

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Riding the wave in

Tegtman caps off swimming season with bronze medal

Ranked No. 5 in the state in the 50-meter freestyle - his favorite event - Craig swimmer Colter Tegtman has his feet firmly planted in the state's swimming scene.

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Christina M. Currie: Liar, liar

Children are such bad liars.

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Diane Prather: Pinto cookies

Who would believe that you can make fudge, pie crust, mock pumpkin pie, cupcakes, and pizza from beans? Beans are good for us, too. They're high in fiber, protein and carbohydrates.

Relay centennial goal within reach

Planning committee: Less that $1,000 away

Simply put, it's quite amazing, Elisa Hayes said.

Rabid bat bites man in North Routt

Victim captured animal; no other rabies incidents reported

A rabies-infected bat bit a man last week in North Routt County, authorities confirmed Thursday.