Stories for December 2008


Wednesday, December 31

Overcoming addiction

Addiction is a lonely thing, said Tom Cramer, a healing methamphetamine addict.

Stamp out tobacco use in 2009

Read just about any list of most popular New Year's resolutions, and you'll find quitting smoking at or near the top. This isn't lost on a local and state health organization.

Consultant recommends basic ways to improve finances

Regardless of spending habits, there are many ways to "Feed the Pig," according to the Web site,

Lifestyle changes, commitment can turn fitness resolutions into reality

For many, making a resolution to improve diet, increase exercise and lose weight is as common as popping champagne corks at midnight of a new year.

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Local organizations offer a variety of volunteering opportunities

Volunteering, in this generation at least, can be tough.

New Year's resolutions can be kept - with a little work and help

As we get ready to put away our 2008 calendar, it's only normal to think about what we want to do differently in 2009.

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Local resident rescued Sunday from Rio Blanco County avalanche

Scott Brennise looked back Sunday, scanning the snow for any sign of his friend.

Local fans weigh in on Broncos' ex-coach

Mike Shanahan (146-89 career NFL record including two Super Bowl titles) was fired Tuesday by the Denver Broncos. Denver let a three-game division lead slip with Sunday's loss at the San Diego Chargers - the first such occurrence in National Football League history.

Caroline Dotson: 'Human Body Book' fashionably detailed

"Dr. Frankenstein's Human Body Book," by Richard Walker and Nick Abadzis, is new this year from DK Publishing.

Chris Gingrich: Recapping NFL fantasy season

Instead of giving you the lowdown on who's hot on the waiver wire in fantasy basketball this week, I'm going to give you a rundown of how my fantasy football teams did this year. I'm not trying to brag or boast; I'm just going to give an honest opinion on how this fantasy football season went and what I can do better next year.

The Harper family on Rose Street: Thanks to the plower

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Thomas R. Ward: Bad treatment

To the editor:

TMH board says goodbye to longtime member

A decade's worth of public service drew closer to a finish Tuesday night for a long-time Moffat County resident and member of The Memorial Hospital board.

Datebook for Dec. 31


Police blotter for Dec. 31

Moffat County Jail

Police blotter for Dec. 31

Moffat County Jail

Disturbing case comes to an end

Craig man sentenced in former solicitation case

Frightening. Disturbing. Serious. These are some of the words attorneys, a judge and a potential victim used Tuesday afternoon to describe allegations made against an 18-year-old Craig man who plotted to kill two people and attempted to persuade a minor to help him.

Commission partially approves VNA funding

The Moffat County Commission partly will fund the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's recent funding request, but budget concerns kept the commissioners from giving all that was asked.

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Bad Dog wrestling team headed to Rocky Mountain Nationals

Through its first five meets, the Bad Dogs wrestling team has pretty much overwhelmed the competition, leaving many fallen opponents in its wake.

Our View: New Year's resolutions

Each new year brings new challenges and opportunities.

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Childcare options for local working mothers

Balancing a career and a family can be a daunting challenge.

Tuesday, December 30

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Broncos fire Shanahan

Coach since 1995 let go after end-of-season collapse extends playoff drought

Mike Shanahan, the second longest-tenured NFL coach, was fired by the Denver Broncos on Tuesday after the team lost a three-game lead with three games to go in the AFC West.

Mike Kiser: Kiser's family thankful

To the editor:

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Workman starting as a CNCC Spartan

To those who know Markie Workman, the news came as a surprise.

Law enforcement seeking another quiet New Year's

Last year, local authorities were able to avoid any incidents close to resembling the tragedy that happened 200 miles away on New Year's Day.

Mary Jo Brown: Post-Christmas news

Christmas came, and Christmas went. Hope you all had a good, if not merry, Christmas.

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County facing 'health care crisis'

VNA seeks additional $131,000 for health center, programs

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is asking the county for additional money in the face of state unfunded mandates and emerging health trends.

Where to drink, dine and welcome 2009

Local bars, restaurants to offer holiday specials

Local bars and restaurants are planning to ring in the New Year on Wednesday with dinner deals, drink specials and, in some cases, a party.

Datebook for Dec. 30


Police Blotter for Dec. 30

Moffat County Jail

Craig Fire/Rescue crew saves horse from ice

A five-man Craig Fire/Rescue crew responded Monday morning to an unusual call - a request to rescue a trapped horse that had fallen through ice in a creek bed.

Craig briefs for Dec. 30

REPS offers suicide intervention training

Maren Schmidt: Stop germs with hand washing

"My mommy said I don't have to wash my hands after I go to the bathroom," one of my preschool students said.

Jennifer L. Grubbs: Different type of thank-you note

One of my hobbies is making greeting cards. I love using my massive collection of rubber stamps, paper, cardstock, ribbon, buttons, beads, glitter and more to create festive, pretty, cute, quirky and elegant cards.

Monday, December 29

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Snow days in Craig

Residents are enjoying the season's offerings outdoors

The sound of skis splitting snow interrupted an otherwise quiet Sunday morning on the white-covered landscape at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The sun was out, the sky was clear and blue, and elk ran peacefully in the background. In other words, conditions ripe for cross-country skiing for Craig residents Jim and Cindy Vorhies.

Datebook for Dec. 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.

Jennifer L. Grubbs: Snow removal perfect for young entrepreneurs

One of the best gifts I have given myself this holiday season is setting aside money to hire a local youth to shovel my sidewalk.

Free avalanche training takes place Saturday

Seminar to teach warning signs, survival techniques

A beacon, an avalanche probe and a shovel. These are the tools local resident Ralph Stewart takes with him when he goes snowmobiling.

Rick Harmon and family: Thanks for the light show

I would like to thank Rick Gabbert and his family for putting on a very enjoyable Christmas light show at his home about 13 miles north of Craig (very worth the short drive).

Evan Pressley: The Christmas decorations were great

I just wanted to comment on the Gabbert house that was so well-decorated during the Christmas season this year.

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Local twins making a splash at separate colleges

Fifteen minutes. Until last summer, a quarter of an hour was all that separated twin sisters Caitlin and Kelsey Conci.

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Aging Well: Wellness Days kicks off in Hayden

It's cold, the wind is blowing and it's tempting to stay cooped up at home. Too much isolation, however, can leave older adults feeling depressed or just plain bored.

H. Neal Glanville: A good Christmas

Christmas at my grandparents was unbelievable - everything you've ever heard, seen or read about happened at their house.

Craig briefs for Dec. 29

Free nicotine patches or gum are available by calling the Colorado Quitline at 800-QUIT NOW (784-8669). Pick up your free quit kits, with no patches or gum included, at the the Craig VNA office at 745 Russell St., or Steamboat VNA office at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.

Andy Bockelman: 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' features poor acting, but provocative story

Not for lack of trying, but the magnitude of the update of the science fiction classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still" does not exactly conjure up the image of a planetary revolution stopping short.

Yampa Ranger District installs wind turbine

When the wind blows in Yampa next year, the local office of the U.S. Forest Service will enjoy the generation of green power without having to worry about injuring songbirds and raptors.

Police blotter for Dec. 29

Firefighters responded to a medical assist.

Saturday, December 27

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Local businesses make accommodations for wheelchair-bound employee

On the morning of Dec. 19, Bobby Homberg, 29, was hard at work and loving every minute of it. "I didn't do this aisle yet," he said as he peered down a row of merchandise in Walgreens in Craig. He began plucking outdated blue and white sales stickers from the shelves. A bag sat in his lap for discarded labels as he maneuvered down the aisle in his wheelchair.

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Craig bears brunt of winter storm Friday

Moffat County has an 11 percent chance to receive more snow today

Piles of snow greeted Craig residents Friday morning after a storm system blew through the region. A winter storm warning was in effect in Craig, Hayden, Steamboat Springs and surrounding areas until 5 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service's Web site.

Police blotter for Dec. 27

Officers responded to a request to assist another agency.

Datebook for Dec. 27

Closed. Moffat County Libraries will be closed.

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CNCC prepares for possible budget cuts

State funding for colleges, universities could decrease

Mary Morris is seeing times change at Colorado Northwestern Community College's Craig campus.

CMC keeps tuition rates steady

Increases at other institutions not expected to affect Alpine Campus

The Colorado Mountain College system is holding tuition rates steady in the face of an economic downturn and likely increases for other colleges throughout the state, CMC officials announced last week.

Government update for Dec. 27

Moffat County Commission

False reporting leads to arrest

Steamboat Springs man claims he was shot at by passing cars

A Steamboat Springs man was arrested Christmas Day on suspicion of false reporting after he told police he had been the target of drive-by shootings.

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Broncos season comes down to final game

The AFC West showdown in San Diego on Sunday night between the Broncos and the Chargers marks the first time in 20 years an NFL division crown will be decided on the same field in the last weekend of the season.

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Byron Cooper: a man of integrity

Some of the people who helped build Craig did so without benefit of publicity that comes from a long life. But lack of mention doesn't mean lack of importance.

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A rancher's New Year's resolutions

In a few days, we'll celebrate a New Year. Some of us think about what we'd like to do differently in the new year and even make resolutions (though we don't always follow through with them).

Our View: Bus benefits

Tired of driving slick, congested roads between Craig and Steamboat Springs?

Chuck Mack: Old-time mining wasn't easy

Remembering The Old Redwing Mine: Part 5 of a 5-part series

I kept the job of motor man until 1958, when the Mount Harris Mine shut down.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Seven Pounds' lacks true emotional power

The drama "Seven Pounds" is meant to be a feel-good film, but it comes off as more of a feel-OK feature.

Brumleve memorial service scheduled

Weather delays NTSB investigation of Monday's fatal plane crash

A memorial service has been scheduled for Joe and Suzette Brumleve, a Steamboat Springs couple killed in a Monday afternoon plane crash in Moffat County.

Craig briefs for Dec. 27

The Tracks and Trails Museum, 129 E. Main Street in Oak Creek, is featuring Daniel Ellertson's wildlife photographs on display on the Artist's Wall. Call 736-8245.

Friday, December 26

Research: Domestic violence awareness is lacking

A research project conducted last month in Craig confirmed what one local group already knew. A report from the Domestic Violence Research and Action Coalition indicates that residents don't know enough about domestic violence in their community. "Overall, information about domestic violence and the local services, as well as (their) limitations, is well-known among the professionals, but too little discussed in the wider community, leading to a passive kind of tolerance for domestic violence," a report from the coalition read.

YVEA keeps rates the same for next year

Electric utility plans to absorb cost increases for 2009

Yampa Valley Electric Association won't increase rates next year, utility officials said. "In 2008, the Yampa Valley Electric Board voted to absorb a $1.28 million rate increase from the association's power provider - Xcel Energy," Larry Covillo, YVEA president and general manager, said in a news release. "To assist our member consumers in this unsettled economic environment, the association projects that no increase in rates will be required next year."

Moffat County Neighbor:

Age: 13

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Despite low turnout, Christmas dinner a success for local church

Craig resident Tom Ward finished his plate of turkey, mashed potatoes and a roll Thursday afternoon, and he then made the rounds inside Faith Lutheran Church, chatting up others on a cold, snowy Christmas Day.

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2008 MCHS graduate turns Mines into personal playground

So much for the little fish in a big pond theory. When transitioning from high school sports to college, many athletes ride the pine hoping to one day get into the action.

Police blotter for Dec. 26

An ambulance crew responded to a report of trauma.

Datebook for Dec. 26

Closed. There will be no playgroup at the Early Childhood Learning Center (school district administration building).

Burglaries, thefts on the rise

Police suspect individuals or group are on local 'crime spree'

Steamboat Springs received an unwelcome gift this holiday season - a rash of thefts and burglaries across town, according to police.

Debbie Montgomery: My cats were shot and killed

When was hunting season open for cats?

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Diane Prather: A savory treat: beef biscuit casserole

Cookies and candies are delicious, but did you ever notice that after eating so many you start to crave a main dish? This week's main dish casserole features beef.

Andy Bockelman: 'Australia' is an epic bore

The 1930s had "Gone with the Wind," the '60s had "Cleopatra" and the '90s had "Titanic." Although "Australia," the new millennium equivalent, may not have the same running time as its predecessors, it will test the patience of a good many audience members.

Craig briefs for Dec. 26

AAU basketball is looking for coaches for the 2009 season for boys and girls in grades six to eight.

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Craig resident cuts back on holiday spending this season

On Wednesday, John Knoche was doing what he does every Dec. 24. Armed with a checkbook and a mental list of family and co-workers, Knoche was on a mission to knock out his Christmas shopping.

Christina M. Currie: Dream job, sort of

Editor's Note: Christina Currie is taking the week off to spend time with her family. This column was originally printed in the Daily Press on Jan. 4, 2008.

Thursday, December 25

Sexual assault case hearing begins Monday

Attorneys arguing the case of a 39-year-old Craig man charged with 11 sexual-related offenses are scheduled to begin a three-day motions hearing Monday, less than a month before trial.

Commission signs Land Use Board letter to DOW

The Moffat County Commission endorsed Tuesday a letter from the county's Land Use Board to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, lobbying for changes to the DOW's draft of the Colorado Gunnison's and White-tailed Prairie Dog Conservation Plan.

Police blotter for Dec. 25

Steven Leslie Faulkner, 53, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating conditions of release.

Nick Brizzi: Kindness in Craig

To the editor: On Monday evening, my grandson, U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Kevin Brizzi, was stranded at the Hayden airport, along with other travelers.

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Grab your remote: Christmas offers marquee matchups for sports fans

Christmas is an opportunity to gather with friends and family, feast on ham or turkey, exchange gifts, and relax. And, if you're a sports fan, it's an opportunity to catch up on some marquee matchups around the sporting world.

Datebook for Dec. 25

Closed. Moffat County Libraries will be closed.

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Faith Lutheran Church hosts Christmas dinner at 1 p.m. today

To John Turner, the decision was an easy one. As pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, today - Christmas Day - offered a perfect opportunity to give back. Turner and the members of Faith Lutheran are opening their doors to the less-than-fortunate residents of Craig for a warm holiday dinner.

Craig briefs for Dec. 25

With the arrival of snow, ice and difficult weather conditions, the Craig Post Office is asking postal customers to always clear a safe, accessible path to mailboxes.

Bill Harding: Have a happy holiday season

To all local veterans, their widows and dependants; and all those currently serving in the military during these trying times: My sincerest wish is for a safe and honorable return for all those from Moffat County and the United States in the very immediate future.

Cathy Hamilton: A full house for 2009

Dear family, friends and people I haven't seen for so long I hardly remember what you look like: Well, it's time for - drumroll, please - the 28th annual ho-ho-Hamilton family Christmas letter. TA DA!

Wednesday, December 24

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YVRA back to normal

3 Monday night flights landed using visual flight rules

Three evening flights made it to Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Monday after a missing plane led to concerns about the airport's instrument landing system, officials said. Flights came and went without problems Tuesday.

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Crash victims mourned

Joe and Suzette Brumleve 'died doing something they really enjoyed'

Full of life and love, Joe and Suzette Brumleve formed a dynamic team driven in recent years by their love of family and their passion for flying and living the Western lifestyle.

Police blotter for Dec. 24

Moffat County Jail Brandwynne L. Prespentt, 25, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Our view: It's Christmas time in Craig

Once again, our streets, lawns and rooftops are covered in white. Yet, if you are driving down the streets of Craig after the sun has set, that white may take on a green, red, blue or golden tint, the snow glistening from the twinkling of Christmas lights.

Chris Gingrich: Claim these waiver wire contributors

Most of us have heard the saying, "Don't hate the player, hate the game."

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More snow in forecast

Expect a white Christmas with 2 feet of accumulation predicted

Yampa Valley residents dreaming of a white Christmas might have their wish answered this year. Mother Nature is expected to bring Mount Werner as much as 2 feet of snow through Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

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One message for America: Be thankful, and God bless us all

Amanda Kenney, 35, said she is not a religious person, but God bless America.

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Craig business offers fundraising opportunity to local groups

Ann Anderson and Carol Scott, Humane Society of Moffat County vice president and treasurer, respectively, were ready to wrap Tuesday afternoon.

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Crash investigation temporarily delayed

An investigation into a single-engine plane crash Monday that claimed the lives of a Steamboat Springs couple will be delayed until after Christmas, said K.C. Hume, Moffat County Sheriff's Office investigator.

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Gabbert a two-year Tour of Lights winner

Residents put up impressive displays of lights for annual contest

Every year, residents brave climbing on ladders, wielding staple guns and extension cords. They set up blow-up figures of snowmen, the Grinch and Santa Claus, and place reindeer made from strings on lights on their lawns.

New resident sees faith as link between country's past, future

William Scalzo said he came to Craig in August, all the way from Connecticut, to be part of a good community.

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Moffat County budget analyst makes education her life's hobby

When they find the time, Tinneal and Wade Gerber like to dance, to country for the most part.

Datebook for Dec. 24

Today 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Moffat County Libraries will be open.

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30-year Village Inn employees recognized for service

Faces of dedication

In September 1978, Eileen Kunkle made a promise to not quit her job after three weeks. Thirty years later, Kunkle is still there.

Walt Vanatta: Police beat for November

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

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Former police officer living dream

Some people might say he changed.

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Craig resident remembers more than a decade of foster parenthood

Children came, then moved on.

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Police Department captain fulfills childhood wishes

For many, working is simply a means to an end, a way to earn a paycheck and a living. For the lucky few, however, their chosen profession isn't work at all, but rather a long-held dream turned into reality.

Craig briefs for Dec. 24

With the arrival of snow, ice and difficult weather conditions, the Craig Post Office is asking postal customers to always clear a safe, accessible path to mailboxes.

Jean Selan thankful to live in Moffat County

At 60 years old, Jean Selan has fears and doubts.

Interfaith Food Bank:KRAI Media Drive

The Interfaith Food Bank would like to thank all of those who contributed to the KRAI Media Drive two weeks ago. The generosity of this community is overwhelming. You donated $6,772.99 in cash, two gift certificates for $150 and 5,260 pounds of food. At this time of year, it is so nice to see so many people giving to those less fortunate in our community.

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MCHS swimmers getting closer to state

Two weeks removed from its season-opening meet in Grand Junction, the Moffat County girls swim team returned Saturday to the Orchard Mesa Pool.

TMH administrator finds a home in Craig

Ask Barry Bergman where he's from, and the short answer you'll get is Miles City, Mont., a small ranching community in the eastern part of the state. A place not all that dissimilar to Craig.

Tuesday, December 23

Bulldogs run past Panthers

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team entered the extended winter break on a high note Friday, cruising past Montezuma-Cortez, 62-34, in Palisade.

Jury convicts 32-year-old man of kidnapping

After four days of hearing arguments and testimony from more than 20 witnesses, a Moffat County jury returned with guilty verdicts Friday night on all counts against a 32-year-old Craig man.

Maren Schmidt: For unto us a child is born

This week we celebrate the birth of a man from Galilee. This man was born, as all of us are, as a small helpless being, dependent on the care and protection of a mother and father.

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Bulldogs finish 21st at Warrior Classic

Moffat County grapplers endure tough final day

After racking up 46 points Friday during the first day of the Warrior Classic high school wrestling tournament in Grand Junction, Moffat County High School was sitting comfortably in 11th place.

Weekly wrap-up for Dec. 23

The week in review for Moffat County sports

Each Tuesday, the Craig Daily Press will review the past week in Moffat County High School varsity sports, with complete team standings, schedules and past results.

Dora (Corky) and Eddie Coverston: Christmas lights

My husband and I would like to thank the young man who is putting on the best Christmas light show we have ever seen. Everyone should go out and see it. I know it is a little bit of a drive, but it is well worth it.

Datebook for Dec. 23

Today NO Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary bingo. For more information, call Mary Walters at 824-2923.

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Longtime Craig resident receives U.S. citizenship

Alvaro Landa, 34, straddles the space between two worlds.

Craig briefs for Dec. 23

The Moffat County Work and Life Skills Program Hiring Committee has selected finalists for its coordinator and counselor positions.

Senior Spotlight for Dec. 23

Winter moving in, the end of the year coming around the corner, Christmas speeding up and I'm still moseying along, getting what I call last minute things done.

Jennifer L. Grubbs: Ghosts of Christmases past

As I prepare for my first Christmas in Craig and away from family on the Front Range, I am reminded of things that once were holiday constants.

Horizons fundraiser under way

Proceeds benefit early intervention program for kids

Horizons Specialized Services is asking Moffat County residents to help support its program for local children.

Janet Sheridan: A Christmas Pageant

I loved the small, rural community that sheltered me in the early 1950s and the elementary school that anchored it. The old brick building had creaky wooden floors, hissing radiators, and banks of windows darkened by contrary roller shades. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln kept solemn watch over classrooms filled with wooden desks. The cafeteria smelled of cinnamon rolls, and every morning a tower bell tolled eight times to summon us from the playground.

Police blotter for Dec. 23

Moffat County Jail Friday, Dec. 19 Gregory Ray Bauer, 40, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a court order.

Mary Jo Brown: Keep Christ in holiday

It's depressing to see how some people leave Christ out of Christmas.

Monday, December 22

Commercial flights experience delays, cancellations

Few afternoon commercial flights made it to Yampa Valley Regional Airport, diverting to Denver because of concerns about the Hayden airport's instrument landing system after a Piper Malibu single-engine private plane failed to arrive as planned.

Crash victims identified as local couple

A Steamboat Springs couple died after their single-engine plane crashed west of Elkhead Reservoir in Moffat County this afternoon.

Craig Police: Working together will make us safer this winter

It's snowing, and with winter comes the need for snow plows to clear the streets. The Craig Police Department would like to remind everyone that Craig's road and bridge employees work hard and long hours to keep the streets plowed and cleared of snow.

Police blotter for Dec. 22

Firefighters responded to a smoke report.

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Bulldogs back in the win column

Triple-double guides MCHS past Thornton

Steve Maneotis couldn't help but toss and turn in his hotel room Friday night. As coach of the Moffat County High School varsity boys basketball team - losers of four consecutive games - he was questioning his coaching tactics, his team's chemistry and what it would take to end the skid.

Craig briefs for Dec. 22

With the arrival of snow, ice and difficult weather conditions, the Craig Post Office is asking postal customers to always clear a safe, accessible path to mailboxes.

Matthew R. Cassidy: TMH staff are rude

This is in response to Michelle Powers' letter (TMH staff rude) that was featured earlier this week in the letters to the editor section.

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Craig man postpones college to serve in Marine Corps

Corps before college

In 2006, Craig native Billy Richards was a 19-year-old seeking more excitement than his sophomore year at the University of Northern Colorado had to offer. "It was kind of boring," Richards said. "I wanted to do something a little more adventurous while I was still young." Enter Uncle Sam. More specifically, enter Uncle Sam's U.S. Marine Corps.

School District gears up for 2nd round of renovations

Moffat County School District administrators are preparing to implement the second phase of their district-wide building upgrade project. This summer, crews are scheduled to convert Craig Intermediate School into a fourth elementary school and renovate Sunset Elementary School. At the Moffat County School Board's work session Thursday, District Construction Liaison Joel Sheridan showed the most recent floor plans for both schools.

Principal Thom Schnellinger: Thanks, Red Cross

Last Saturday, we had two speech and debate teams (30 students and adult sponsors) from Fruita High School and Greeley Central High School who were snowbound and unable to leave Craig because of very poor road conditions. As a result they became "real guests" of Moffat County High School for the night.

Bulldogs beat Grizzlies, pull to .500 on season

The Moffat County boys varsity basketball team ended their appearance in the Grandview tournament on a high note Saturday, pushing aside Mesa Ridge, 46-36. With the victory, the Bulldogs closed the Front Range event with a 2-2 record.

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Bryce Jacobson: Christmas: a truly special time of year

Rather than giving you information about exciting business news happening in our community, I am going to write about my Christmas story. When I was a little kid, Christmas was truly a good time of the year. My family struggled financially for most of my years growing up, but Christmas always was a time of great gifts, joy and love.

Datebook for Dec. 22

2 p.m. Craig AARP Chapter No. 1418 meets at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. Bring a favorite Christmas memory or story to share. For more information, call 824-5123.

Scott and Cathy Trabing: Thanks the helping our daughter

Our daughter, Jennifer, was on her way home from college for Christmas break Dec. 15 when she lost control of her truck and rolled it just outside of Craig. It was a horrible phone call to get, but thankfully, the good news was that she wasn't injured.

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Aging Well: Fitness classes inspire students, instructors

Take some relaxation, add a little relief and empowerment, some friendship and a touch of silliness, and you have the recipe for a typical Aging Well fitness class.

Hammond, Planagan families: TMH staff is caring

The family of Elizabeth Hammond would like to take this opportunity to thank the doctors, nurses, staff and The Memorial Hospital for the wonderful care our mother and grandmother received while hospitalized at TMH.

TMH staff: We apologize for poor service

The Memorial Hospital executive team extends our sincere apologies to Michelle Powers and any other patients who have ever visited The Memorial Hospital emergency room to be met with insincere or unfriendly staff members who dismissed your pain or fear or simply treated you with disrespect. Our goal is to be kind and respectful to every patient and to provide the quality of care you expect in an emergency department. We are sorry that we let you down and, in doing so, let our community down.

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Local hero recognized

Seventh-grader honored for giving Heimlich to choking student

During an otherwise routine school lunch Nov. 11, seventh-grader Cole Sittig started to panic. He reached up to his throat and signaled that he was choking, as his chest tightened and friends tried to help him by hitting his back.

Man arrested on felony weapons charges

Routt County Sheriff's Office case involves drugs, automatic weapons

Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a 33-year-old Steamboat Springs man Friday afternoon on suspicion of nine charges, eight of which are felonies.

Saturday, December 20

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Bulldogs get 2nd win in 1 day, beat Mesa Ridge, 46-36

Bulldogs beat Grizzlies, pull to .500 on season

The Moffat County boys varsity basketball team ended its appearance in the Grandview tournament on a high note Saturday, pushing aside Mesa Ridge, 46-36.

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MCHS boys top Lewis-Palmer, 56-49, Saturday

Owens' triple-double guides Bulldogs past Rangers

Moffat County senior post player Chayton Owens tallied a triple-double (20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocked shots), guiding the Bulldogs past Lewis-Palmer, 56-49, on Saturday in the third round of the Thornton High School boys basketball tournament on the Front Range.

Police blotter for Dec. 18

Deputies responded to two animal complaints.

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The land that time forgot

Literal no-man's land holds up trail project

Completion of the city hike and bike trail from the Ridgeview subdivision to Sunset Elementary School has hit an unforeseen snag.

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Rural charm draws world traveler to Craig

George Bowman cannot escape the allure of exotic places.

A ranch animal's Christmas

For this author, Christmas means caring about others. We do this by helping those in need, purchasing and wrapping gifts for people, and sending out greeting cards. We cook up plates of goodies and give them to friends and business associates to say "thanks" for being there.

Craig briefs for Dec. 20

Partners board plans for future

Al Martinez a man of faith and leadership

The Martinez family was an active group, devoted to home and one another. Their home at 631 Tucker St. was a lively place. It was in this home that Lee and Siria Martinez welcomed their son, Alfred, on March 31, 1937. He was the third of five children who filled the home with love and faith. Only two of the children - Al and Ben - were born in Craig.

District attendance areas nearly complete

Administrators, board to speak to parents

Moffat County School District administrators are in the final stages of reworking elementary school attendance area boundaries to accommodate a fourth elementary school.

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Young couple settling down in Craig

Master's degrees in hand, youth on their side and the world at their fingertips, Ryan and Dana Duran faced several options: remain in Denver and become part of the big city, travel the country following a map with no end, or go back to their roots.

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Bulldogs drop 4th in a row

Varsity boys basketball team falls to Lions, 53-47

Bulldog varsity boys basketball coach Steve Maneotis' nemesis of a week ago has once again reared its ugly head.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Boy in the Striped Pajamas' features humanistic drama

Featuring an unusual angle on a distressing topic matter, the wartime drama "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" is a look at one of the most shocking periods in the history of mankind through the eyes of a child.

Moffat County Commission agenda for Dec. 23

Last met: Tuesday, Dec. 16

Local sports standings for Dec. 20

Craig Middle School schedule Girls basketball Jan. 9, at Steamboat, 4:30 p.m.

Our View: Not too late for Section 8

Moffat County stands to lose a valuable program if area groups don't step up.

State to fund planning for alternative educator pay programs

Changes in teacher compensation plan not on horizon for Moffat County

The Colorado Department of Education is offering funds to school districts that offer alternative ways of paying teachers.

Moffat County DECA results

Results from the district DECA competition Dec. 15 in Grand Junction

DOW looks into Mesa County

A quarantine on Little Creek Ranch in Collbran remains in place while an investigation by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado Division of Wildlife continues concerning disease issues and transportation of exotic hogs and sheep. Meanwhile, an important step has been completed in the case.

ACET report: Teen drug use increasing

A "disturbing" trend the All Crimes Enforcement Team has seen throughout 2008 is an increase in illegal drug use - and in some cases, drug distribution - by teens in Moffat and Routt counties.

Datebook for Dec. 20

1 to 2 p.m. SHARE Craig Distribution Day takes place at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 678 School St. Call Karen at 824-7939.

Nearly 100 residents tour new middle school

Chris Madigan and her daughter, Rebecca, 12, emerged from Craig's new middle school Friday pleased with what they had seen.

Bulldogs wrestlers 11th at Warrior Classic

Aided by five undefeated performances, the Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team is sitting in 11th place out of 32 teams through the first round of the Warrior Classic wrestling tournament.

Chuck Mack: Old-time mining wasn't easy

This one morning during my examination, I found the bottom of the portal flooded. I could not get through this way. I knew that the area around the bottom of the portal was in a low point of the mine.

Friday, December 19

Bulldogs drop tourney opener to Eagles

Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball coach Steve Maneotis has a new nemesis.

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Vinyl records hold nostalgic value for Craig residents

Craig resident Danny Griffith holds onto a couple hundred pieces of his history.

Datebook for Dec. 19

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 Dec. 19

Accident blocks US 40 east of Craig

School District to spend most of contingency funds

Money allocated for upgrades

Current estimates show the Moffat County School District could spend the majority of its contingency fund for district-wide building upgrades.

TMH loan closes; 2009 opening anticipated

Administrators from The Memorial Hospital returned Wednesday night to Craig with a holiday gift from the federal government.

MCHS to send 5 to band competitions

Moffat County High School is sending five students to the Colorado All State Band competition Feb. 19 to 21 at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Karen Bolton, 15, Keath Fenton, 17, Sarah Bolton, 17, Kimberlynne Hill, 15, and Kyra McClellan, 15, each had to perform in a live audition to be eligible for the competition.

Christina Currie: Be cautious of solicitation

I received a message from a very angry gentleman who complained that he'd gotten a very rude call from a man who was collecting donations on behalf of the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

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Moffat County High School competes in Warrior Classic beginning today

Having torn through the competition on its way to a 13-2 record, the Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team gets a chance to see where it stands against some of the toughest competition Colorado has to offer.

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Diane Prather: Carson City snack mix

This week's column features another recipe from "The Rocky Mountain Sweet Shoppe Cookbook," courtesy of Patty Ross.

Moffat County Neighbor: Jamie Brown

Occupation: Sales associate at Maurices

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Community performance of 'Messiah'

Irene Losolla, of Craig, sings during the community performance of the "Messiah" on Thursday at the Moffat County High School auditorium. Losolla joined 62 other residents on stage.

Police blotter for Dec. 17

Reports from the Moffat County Jail, Moffat County Sheriff's Office and Craig Police Department were not available Thursday because of technical problems at the Moffat County Jail.

Alex Hampton: Waiting for explanations

This letter is to the city of Craig, Moffat County commissioners and The Memorial Hospital: Why are our local governments and hospital sending money to Routt County?

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Christina Currie: Dating games

My daughter is 8 years old. She's in third grade.

Thursday, December 18

Jean Tucker: Lights a beautiful sight

To the people of Craig decorating with lights,

EDP shows support for local airports

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership will spend as much as $2,500 to advertise with the Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden and the Craig/Moffat County Airport.

Craig briefs for Dec. 18

Big-screen TV drawing at bingo

Cathy Hamilton: Call in Gray Day

I'm not sure how many people actually called in gay to work last Wednesday to protest anti-homosexual ballot initiatives in California and other states. The timing of "Call in Gay Day" wasn't exactly ideal. With a massive layoff announced every hour on CNN, I'd think twice about calling in sick with malaria right now.

Jason Steed: Thanks to Red Cross

I would like to take a moment to sincerely thank the American Red Cross for its recent support of stranded high school students. On the evening of Dec. 13, a speech and debate tournament was wrapping up; however, the troubles outside were just beginning. The storm that caused most of us to stay in our homes, closed roads and had laid a blanket of snow all around the valley delayed about 50 people from getting home.

Ray Beck elected to Club 20 board

The Club 20 Moffat County Caucus elected Craig City Councilor Ray Beck as the county's voting director at a special meeting Wednesday night.

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Veterans Hotline: Traumatic brain injury database to be developed

The National Guard is developing a method to track soldiers who have been exposed to blasts in Iraq or Afghanistan. The effort will allow soldiers who might develop problems years later to show how many times they were in the vicinity of a mortar round explosion, improvised explosive device detonation or other blast.

2 women arrested for prescription drug fraud

Two women were arrested recently in a case involving 2,135 prescription pills fraudulently obtained through their work at a Craig-based doctor's office.

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Puck Ewes claim 3rd

Craig hockey team out shoots competition at Utah tournament

Kandice Torno knew it was coming. After letting a puck sneak through the five hole - hockey lingo for the patch of ice in between the goalie's legs - for the game-tying goal in the third-place game of the Goal Digger Tournament in Park City, Utah, the Craig Puck Ewes goalie prepared for more of the same in an overtime shootout.

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Public tour of new middle school scheduled for Friday

Maggie Lilyblade looked please as she gazed at the partially completed library at Craig's new middle school Wednesday.

Police blotter for Dec. 16

Sean Michael Fenus, 38, of Mount View, Wyo., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating bail bonds.

Rollover on Highway 64 leaves 1 dead

The Colorado State Patrol received reports of a one-car fatal crash at 5:53 a.m. Wednesday on Colorado Highway 64 south of Dinosaur.

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Fantasy Fix: Time for layoffs

In most fantasy football leagues, this is championship week - the final game of the year to prove who is the best for the next nine months.

Wednesday, December 17

Our View: High hopes for John Salazar

Congratulations to 3rd District Rep. John Salazar. Last week he was named to the influential House Appropriations Committee. That's no small honor for a congressman just entering his third term in office.

District to add screening system

Procedure for handling potential threats to be determined

Moffat County School District is looking to add another tool to its already growing arsenal of school security devices.

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Bulldog swimmers place 7th in Montrose

Bradley qualifies for state

Nearly a year removed from her last taste of competitive swimming, diver Genna Bradley picked up right where she left off.

Salazar appointment praised

Gov. Ritter to name Senate replacement for popular politician

News that President-elect Barack Obama will nominate U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, a San Luis Valley Democrat, Interior secretary drew praise from both sides of the political aisle in Colorado on Tuesday.

Moffat County School Board agenda for Dec. 17

School Board work session

Irene Beard: Meal disappointing

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the VFW male members. It was such a good meal the night of Saturday, Dec. 6. Each table was decorated with nut cups and snowmen, etc. - NOT. And there was music - NOT. And smiling ladies having a good time with the seniors - NOT.

Datebook for Dec. 17

3:30 to 7 p.m. Ages 55 and older swim is at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

The Humane Society of Moffat County: Efforts appreciated

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following foster parents: Stephanie Mauth and Gary and Becky Bradford. Your kindness and commitment give animals time to find their "forever" homes.

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Storm brings plowing season

Moffat County roads are covered in white and brown sludge, heralding the start of plow season for local road and bridge departments.

The Sadvar Family: Light display impressive

Well, what a wonderful evening my family and I just shared. We took some time and drove around looking at Christmas lights together, enjoying the spirit of the season.

Defense: Allegations fabricated

Day 1 of kidnapping trial ends with

A Craig woman's allegations against a 32-year-old man are the fabrications of a scorned drug addict seeking payback, the man's attorney said Tuesday in Moffat County District Court.

Police blotter for Dec. 15

Thomas John Huber, 51, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of third-degree assault and domestic violence.

Michelle Powers: TMH staff rude

I recently had called The Memorial Hospital to ask about some extremely painful symptoms I was having, and the nurse who answered the phone was very rude to me.

County approves no-bid contract

Littleton-based company hired to conduct commercial appraisals

The Moffat County Commission approved a $29,400 contract without conducting a bid process during its Tuesday meeting.

Craig briefs for Dec. 17

State changes heating rebate rules

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Andy Bockelman: 'Four Christmases' offers lots of laughs

Among other things, the holiday comedy "Four Christmases" shows us that doing anything in quadruplicate is pointless when you can't get the original right.

CMS boys finish 2nd in tournament

The Craig Middle School eighth-grade boys finished second in their season-ending tournament in Rangely.

Fantasy Fix: NBA: Week 7

So far this year in fantasy basketball, I haven't been able to find a groove where I can win a few weeks in a row to move up the leaderboards. Out of four Yahoo teams, I only have one in the top 5. It's still early in the season, though, and things can change fast in the fantasy world.

Tuesday, December 16

Senior Spotlight for Dec. 16

Oh, the excitement of wrapping Christmas presents. The flurry of looking for the tape, ribbon, bows, stickers, etc. Checking the items for people I bought presents for, I had to remember some of the things I got and who I got them for, as I watched my daughter, Jane, do the work.

Craig briefs for Dec. 16

Crew completes Dinosaur monument trail projects

Owens, Peters named to all-tournament team

Moffat County High School senior basketball players Chayton Owens and Mike Peters were named Sunday to the Steamboat ShootOut all-tournament team.

Valerie Rohrich: Thank you

I wanted to extend a thank you to the gentleman who helped me Monday morning when I had my auto accident. You were kind enough to stay until the police arrived. And thank you also to all who stopped to make sure I was all right. How very lucky we are to live in a community such as Craig.

Weekly wrap-up for Dec. 16

Each Tuesday, the Craig Daily Press will review the past week in Moffat County High School varsity sports, with complete team standings, schedules and past results.

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Craig residents, youths tour governor's residence, state Capitol building

Two centennials, one celebration

Ray Beck, Craig City Council member, was 57 years old before he set foot in Colorado's Capitol building.

Maren Schmidt: Empowering kids to problem solve

"Stop!" I heard 6-year-old Alan tell a couple of 3-year-old girls. "I think you've got a problem."

Jennifer L. Grubbs: Snow place like home

I need to buy a snow shovel. That realization hit me Saturday, as I watched the sky turn gray and the land turn white.

Speakers present business method

Experts: Survey of services, quick turnaround key to attracting businesses

Successfully attracting new businesses to the Yampa Valley could depend on how much local economic development groups know about their communities, two state officials said at a public gathering Monday.

Kidnapping, assault trial begins today

The trial of a 32-year-old man charged with various felonies in connection with the alleged kidnapping and assault of a Craig woman is scheduled to begin today in Moffat County District Court.

Police blotter for Dec. 16

Moffat County Jail Saturday, Dec. 13 John Junior Ballard, 36, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

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DA's Office loses 2nd deputy to Glenwood Springs

Prosecutor Matthew Barrett spent Monday in his office at the Moffat County Courthouse, preparing for the first day of a jury trial and tying up other loose ends.

Datebook for Dec. 16

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.

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Told: The best in 2009

Mollie and I would like to thank all those who came out to wish us well last week. We also would like to thank those who have called or stopped by or sent cards and letters. You are truly the best folks on the planet, and it has been an honor to serve the area for over three decades.

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School district nursing staff gives away its Christmas party

The employees of the Community Budget Center know a little something about paying it forward.

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Grapplers finish second in Utah

Bulldogs claim five individual first-place finishes

If the third time is a charm, competitors at this week's Warrior Classic better beware.

Monday, December 15

2008 Wrangler NFR steer wrestling results


Ericca Glanville Wallet: Surprise for a twin's daddy

Most of you may know me by now as the oldest twin, Ericca, Hal's mini me. Yes, the one, the only Bookie, mother and wife. What you may not know is that I recently was reconnected with my dad.

Student news: Craig Intermediate School Honor Roll

Craig Intermediate School Honor Roll

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Wide variety of vendors take part in Winter Arts & Crafts Show

Chris Hostetter loves the outdoors and, in particular, watching birds. So when the former stay-at-home mother found her home empty, she decided she needed a hobby involving the outdoors.

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Parade of Museums leads people on tour of history

Tour takes travelers on journey through region's past

The 24 people boarded a school bus just after 8 a.m. Saturday at Wyman Museum for the Parade of Museums. Their destination? History.

Police Blotter for Dec. 13

Moffat County Jail

Aging Well: Time and thought go a long way during the holidays

It wasn't until I was an adult that I learned that some of the most memorable Christmases in my family also had been the toughest financially.

Bulldogs fall to Montrose

MCHS finishes 4th in Steamboat ShootOut

Leading Montrose by six with 1:08 left, the Moffat County High School boys basketball team couldn't buy a bucket Saturday.

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H. Neal Glanville: Mr. G's Job Camp

Each - no, every - time, I find myself even remotely agreeing with Vice-Principal Jacobson, I peek under the bed. Then look outside, hoping no one's on the front porch holding a white jacket with straps and buckles.

Datebook for Dec. 15

Monday, Dec. 15

Business beat: Always something to discover at local stores

One of the things that has been so much fun for me since moving here is getting to visit the restaurants and stores in a new place.

Saturday, December 13

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Bulldog Hockey Club stops Durango, 3-2

Moffat County did something Saturday no other Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey league team has done in nearly three years. The Bulldogs (4-3-1 RMYHL) retaliated after Friday night's 2-0 shut out loss, defeating league leader Durango, 3-2.

Budget, utility rates OK'd for Oak Creek

Town Board appoints focus group to assess policing needs

Oak Creek Town Board passed its 2009 budget and rate increases for all town utilities with little discussion at its meeting Thursday night.

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Elsie Wingo won the hearts of her community

The current economic events are not the first to turn the United States into a financial tailspin. As we watch giant corporations turn to the government for help, it's helpful to remember that, in the Great Depression of the 1930s, people tended to help themselves doing whatever it took to survive.

Layoffs not planned at Colowyo mine

Although its parent company recently announced 14,000 layoffs worldwide, Rio Tinto Energy America does not plan to layoff any workers, said Bob Green, director of sustainable development for the Rio Tinto Group subsidiary.

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Band director looks to develop eighth-grade musicians

The weary smile on John Bolton's face Wednesday said it all.

Bulldog Hockey Club shut out by Durango

The Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club ran into a hot goalie Friday night, losing 2-0 to visiting Durango.

Police Blotter for Dec. 13

Moffat County Jail

Diane Prather: An apple and an orange for Christmas

Among others, these are items that Santa might find on a child's want list in 2008: video games and a game console, CD player and CDs, computer, cell phone, high-definition TV and a DVD player.

Hayden Town Board trustees OK 2009 budget

Hayden trustees approved the town's 2009 budget without incident or fanfare Thursday night.

Chuck Mack: Astonishingly thick seam

Cardox were made of heavy, 2 1/2-inch pipe, about 3 feet in length. They had a rounded, slotted, removable snout on one end and a pipe-plug-looking affair, with a place to hook an electrical blasting wire on the other. They were filled under pressure with carbon dioxide gas. A fast burning powder primer was first placed in the plug end.

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Datebook for Dec. 13


Bulldogs fall to Wildcats, place 4th in Grandview tourney

Moffat County ended its four-game road trip in Aurora with a loss Friday night, falling to Arvada West, 52-41.

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MCHS loses physical game, 70-49, in Steamboat ShootOut

Playing its second ranked team in as many nights, the Moffat County boys basketball team couldn't meet the challenge, falling to D'Evelyn, 70-49.

Craig briefs for Dec. 13

The Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave., opened a new exhibit this week highlighting two men from Moffat County's past.

Government update for Dec. 13

Moffat County Commission

Our View: Making Craig a good fit

Craig has a lot to offer potential employees.

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Local inmates fix up bicycles for local children

For six hours a day, five days a week, Cliff Richardson, 57, repairs bikes.

Friday, December 12

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Major storm coincides with added terrain

At least 1 foot of snow predicted as ski area opens more lifts

The first major storm of the winter is hitting Northwest Colorado this weekend. A winter storm warning has been issued for Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas, with a foot or more of snow expected by Sunday afternoon.

Al White tabbed for Tourism Office Board slot

State senator-elect has said tourism funding is his No. 1 priority

Hayden Republican will assume seat vacated by term-limited state Sen. Jack Taylor of Steamboat Springs.

District's finances healthy, but still lacking

Auditor calls Hayden School District "a clean penny" despite fund decrease

An auditor gave the Hayden School District a clean bill of financial health Thursday, but the district is still struggling - net assets decreased $16,237 last year.

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Building on fire

Craig Fire/Rescue responded to a structure fire at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday at 85 County Road 35. Twenty-three firefighters responded to the blaze, which was started by woodstove piping. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for exhaustion but was OK, according to Fire Chief Bill Johnston.

Holiday Gift Ideas

With the price of gas having dropped by more than half from a couple months ago, many people in Craig and Moffat County may find themselves with a little extra money to spend this holiday season.

Moffat County Neighbor: Bobbie Jo Freyling

Name: Bobbie Jo Freyling

School leader search continues

The first phase of the Moffat County School District's search for a new superintendent ended Thursday.

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MCHS boys basketball team wins ShootOut opener

A last-minute addition to the Steamboat ShootOut high school boys basketball tournament, Moffat County made its presence felt Thursday in the eight-team tourney opener.

Diane Prather: Wendover Wonder Bars

Last week, I promised readers a new recipe from a fabulous new cookbook. The cookbook is "The Rocky Mountain Sweet Shoppe Cookbook: Culinary Sensations for the Sweet Tooth." The book's recipes are by Patty Ross; the set design is by Amy Larson. Both women are from Littleton.

Craig briefs for Dec. 12

Preventing Relationship Violence through Educating and Nurturing Teens hosts its first meeting 4 p.m. Monday in the Moffat County High School library, 900 Finley Lane. Students interested in becoming peer educators are invited to attend. Food will be provided, and door prizes will be awarded. For more information, call 824-7036.

State approves new energy industry regulations

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray is hesitantly encouraged by information about new energy industry regulations passed by state officials Wednesday.

Group to schedule community training to prevent domestic, sexual abuse

Next step: education. Community members and Advocates - Crisis Support Services representatives plan to host a public session on sexual assault and domestic violence.

Three Craig men arrested for suspected poaching

The Colorado Division of Wildlife arrested three Craig residents Thursday evening on suspicion of poaching.

Rick Hammel: Energy is important

Energy is important

Christina M. Currie: The List

Holidays are just generally overwhelming. For every business transaction that pushed off until after the holidays, you add two celebratory functions and one more shopping trip.

Police Blotter for Dec. 12

Moffat County Jail

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Datebook for Dec. 12


Girls basketball loses tight game, 42-40, to Mountain Vista

The Moffat County High school girls basketball team captured second-place in its four-team pool Thursday, despite a 42-40 loss to Mountain Vista.

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Craig residents go all out on seasonal decorating

The Craig home of Mike and Deb Nesta isn't hard to spot this time of year.

Thursday, December 11

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Bulldogs battle to tie with Steamboat

Nearly a month removed from its last league game, the Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club welcomed rival Steamboat Springs to the Moffat County Ice Arena on Wednesday evening.

Girls basketball team rides defense to victory, 32-27

Allowing 78 points to Grandview on Tuesday in their tournament opening loss, the Moffat County girls basketball team turned up its defense Wednesday.

Craig briefs for Dec. 11

Craig briefs for Dec. 11

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Datebook for Dec. 11


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State heavy equipment 'roadeo' champ has new role at county

Snow has started to show itself again in Moffat County, and that means motor road graders will soon be out in full force plowing snow.

Police Blotter for Dec. 11

Moffat County Jail

Cathy Hamilton: Birthday registry can be tricky

It's my birthday in a couple of days.

Grand Junction Housing Authority takes over Section 8

The Grand Junction Housing Authority now has an official agreement with Moffat County to manage the area's 72 Section 8 housing vouchers.

Bill Harding: Airport flag dedication, open house

This Friday at noon, there is an open house and flag dedication at the new Airport Terminal building at the Craig Municipal airport. Refreshments will be served. A joint military honor guard of VFW and American Legion members will perform the gun salute and flag dedication ritual.

MCHS graduate, author to make appearances Saturday

Breaking into the children's book trade may look easy.

Community Health Center open house today

Medical care is a real need, Gisela Garrison said.

Wednesday, December 10

In honor of a fallen commissioner

County to name new soccer fields after Saed Tayyara

Craig resident Tony Maneotis knew Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara, who died Nov. 29 after a fight with lung cancer.

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Girls basketball team loses, 78-30

At the beginning of each and every basketball season, Craig Mortensen schedules the toughest competition he can find.

Spending deficit expected in '09

The Moffat County Commission said it likely will have to operate in a spending deficit in 2009 to avoid cutting services.

Craig briefs for Dec. 10

U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Colorado Department of Higher Education a $1.7 million College Access Challenge Grant. The grant will boost ongoing efforts to help students pay for college and provide financial planning and debt management tools for families with students in college, a news release from CollegeInvest reported.

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Datebook for Dec. 10


MCTA names new director

Michelle Perry wants to be a part of Moffat County again.

Schools perform 'average' on state exams

Data released by the Colorado Department of Education Tuesday shows that, like last year, all Moffat County School District schools are performing average on state standardized tests.

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Loan finalization in sight for TMH

Final closing with HUD takes place Dec. 17

The Memorial Hospital's agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is a done deal.

Police Blotter for Dec. 10

Moffat County Jail

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Bulldogs place 2nd in Survivor Series

The Bulldog wrestling team won nine of its 10 dual matches Friday and Saturday during the Survivor Series tournament at Mountain Vista High School, finishing second overall in the 11-team tournament.

Caroline Dotson: 'Beautiful Sheep' showcases amazing art

Sheep farming is one of the oldest "organized industries" in the world. In "Beautiful Sheep" by Kathryn Dun and Paul Farnham, portraits of champion sheep breeds are beautifully showcased with pictures and corresponding information for each breed.

Council to update junk regulations

The Craig City Council revisited its trash codes during its meeting Tuesday night.

Chris Gingrich: Fantasy fix for Dec. 10

It's playoff time in fantasy football, and all the work you put in during the season to manage and upgrade your team or teams is finally going to pay off. It's time to put your team up against the best your league has to offer, and you want to be prepared so you can come out on top.

Our View: Impressive display of service

It's not always easy to find people willing to choose to step up and serve the public.

Tuesday, December 9

Moffat County High School swimmers place second at Fruita

Beginning the 2008-09 swimming season strong wasn't at the top of first-year coach Meghan Francone's list of priorities last week.

Craig Planning and Zoning Commission agenda for Dec. 15

Craig Planning and Zoning Commission

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees agenda

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees agenda

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Danner appointed to commission

Executive director of Yampa Valley Partners will assume Moffat County Commissioners seat previously held by Saed Tayyara, who died Nov. 29.

Moffat County School Board agenda

Moffat County School Board agenda

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Bulldogs place second in Survivor Series

A measly two points. Entering Friday's season-opening Survivor Series high school wrestling tournament, Bulldogs coach Roman Gutierrez predicted his team would win eight of the 10 dual meets they were scheduled to compete in.

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Fundraiser brings in $38K for Boys & Girls Club

About $38,000 and counting.

Datebook for Dec. 9


Police Blotter for Dec. 9

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs for Dec. 9

Craig briefs for Dec. 9

Mary Jo Brown: Spirit of Christmas is spreading more each day

The spirit of Christmas is spreading a little more.

Residents awake to find vehicles robbed

On the morning of Dec. 4, seven Craig residents left their homes to discover their cars and trucks had been burglarized.

Maren Schmidt: Making the invisible visible

"I've never gotten a present from Santa Claus," said Iliana, my 12-year-old seatmate on an east coast flight. "My parents thought I should only be given verifiable facts. They told me there is no veracity in Santa Claus."

Jennifer L. Grubbs: In defense of technology

Although I'm only 28, I'm old enough to remember when having a computer at home was an impossible dream. I can remember when only people with important jobs had cell phones - and they were huge. Many TV sets, like one we had, did not have remote controls. I remember telephones with rotary dials - and definitely with cords. And once upon a time, my entire music collection was on cassette tapes, and my parents would play their records for us children.

Monday, December 8

Vacancy Committee picks Danner

Audrey Danner named as the new district 2 Moffat County commissioner

After meeting Monday evening, the Moffat County Republican Party Vacancy Committee named Audrey Danner as their choice for Moffat County commissioner.

Business beat: Corral West closing in Craig

Corral West Ranch Wear has displayed signs that they are closing their store in Craig, located at Centennial Mall.

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All for the children

Annual Boys & Girls Club of Craig fundraiser draws people in

The gym at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig glowed Saturday evening with the twinkling of blue and white Christmas lights, strung overhead from wall to wall and from corner to corner.

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H. Neal Glanville: Love-hate affair with technology

As you're well aware by now, I'm electronically challenged and proud of said fact. It's taken me eight or nine weeks to get comfortable enough with Jane's computer to e-mail my columns to the paper each week.

Craig briefs for Dec. 8

Child-sized coats needed for winter

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Remembering a community leader

More than 170 friends and family attended the late Saed Tayyara's funeral Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church. Tayyara, a former Moffat County commissioner, died Nov. 29 in Craig.

Datebook for Dec. 8


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Commissioner finalists take community, committee questions

Vacancy Committee has until Tuesday to make decision

Finalists in the selection process for a new District 2 Moffat County commissioner took questions from the community Sunday night ranging from energy development and land use to county operations and area values.

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In perfect holiday harmony

Steamboat Springs Orchestra performs 2008 Holiday Concert in Craig

The sounds of a full orchestra filled the ears of an audience of about 200 Friday night in the Moffat County High School Auditorium.

Craig sports briefs for Dec. 8

MCHS girls varsity basketball goes 1-2 in Vernal

The Moffat County High School varsity girls basketball team concluded its tournament play Saturday in Vernal, Utah, earning a split in its final two games.

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Starting strong

Varsity boys team wins season-opener

It didn't come easy, but they got it. The Moffat County High School varsity boys basketball team won its 2008-09 season-opener Saturday afternoon, 73-60, against Montezuma-Cortez.

Shannan Koucherik: Good work habits last

Reflecting on Thursday's article about the training program for graduating students to prepare them for the real world, I agree with Publisher Bryce Jacobson in that the students shouldn't be coddled.

David Morris: Smog a problem

Right this minute, our neighbors to the north in and around the small town of Pinedale, Wyo., are suffering from smog as bad as our largest American cities like Los Angeles.

Aging Well: Cancer screenings available to low-income women

Exercise more, eat better and quit smoking - these are just a few goals likely to show up on many to-do lists for 2009.

Saturday, December 6

CMS wins regular season finale

Bulldogs roll by Rangely, 28-18

The Craig Middle School boys basketball team ended its regular season on a high note Saturday, defeating visiting Rangely, 28-18.

Strong start for Bulldogs

Varsity boys basketball team wins season-opener, 73-60

It didn't come easy, but they got it. The Moffat County High School varsity boys basketball team won their 2008-09 season-opener Saturday afternoon, 73-60, against Montezuma-Cortez.

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School-business fundraiser on a roll

Chapman: 'Keep Education Rolling' funds increase by one-third annually

A local program that funnels funds to area schools is picking up speed. Since it started in 2005, "Keep Education Rolling," a program sponsored by Chapman Automotive of Craig, has increased its annual intake by about one-third every year, co-owner Paula Chapman said.

Chuck Mack: Old-time mining wasn't easy

Remembering The Old Redwing Mine: Part 2 of a 5-part series

American Legion Post: Meet the challenge

We need your help. Most importantly, they need you.

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Saed Tayyara: Living the American dream

In many ways, Saed Tayyara epitomized the American dream - not of monetary wealth but the wealth that comes from dedication and the love of freedom.

Police Blotter for Dec. 6

Moffat County Jail

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Diane Prather: Buttermilk salad recipe should be tried, not ignored

This past weekend, I tried the "Chocolate Nut Clusters" from last week's column. This time, I used fresh salted peanuts - a whole pound can. (Mixed salted nuts also would be good in the recipe.) The candy, is delicious and so easy to make.

Color comics no longer inserted

Readers may have noticed a big change in the Saturday Morning Press today. Last weekend marked the last time the Saturday Morning Press included a Sunday color comics section.

Our view: Building future employees

For many students, reading, writing and math aren't enough. Editorial board members believe high school students need to learn how to balance a checkbook, count back change and, in some cases, care for their personal hygiene, before being jettisoned from school into the workplace.

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MCHS girls lose season-opener, 48-46

Moffat County High School loses season-opener, 48-46

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team couldn't overcome a 17-point halftime deficit in its season-opener Friday, losing, 48-46, to Ogden High School.

Government update for Dec. 6

Government update for Dec. 6

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Have yourself a country Christmas

Gift ideas for the farmer or rancher on your list

Christmas is just 19 days away. There's so much to do and so little time to get it all done. Topping the list of things to do is selecting the right gifts for friends and family members.

Open commissioner seat down to 4 finalists

Commissioner position needs decision Tuesday

The Moffat County Republican Party Vacancy Committee has chosen four finalists for the available Moffat County Commission District 2 seat.

Craig briefs for Dec. 6

Craig briefs for Dec. 6

Datebook for Dec. 6


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Candlewood opens doors to guests

Every room at Candlewood Suites in Craig has a kitchen - with stovetops, pots, pans and a toaster - and every guest can do his or her laundry at the free laundry service.

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Local bakers show their skills in Gingerbread House Contest

The sickly-sweet smell of gingerbread and frosting greeted visitors as they descended into the Museum of Northwest Colorado basement.

Friday, December 5

MCTA picks 3 finalists for director position

The Moffat County Tourism Association board has whittled down its prospective applicants for the group's executive director from 14 to three.

Police blotter for Dec. 5

Benjamin Jacob Hawks, 24, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrant.

Al White re-appointed to Joint Budget Committee

State senator says preserving tourism funding is his top priority

Protecting $20 million in tourism funding will be the No. 1 priority of state Sen.-elect Al White, R-Hayden, whom Senate Republicans unanimously reappointed last month to the Colorado General Assembly's Joint Budget Committee.

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Craig residents show off their nativity sets

Craig residents show off their Christmas collectables

Picture a traditional nativity scene with a manger, Mary, Joseph and three wise men. Add a few camels, and throw in a shepherd or two. Now, multiply that image nearly 500 times, and you'll get an idea of what an exhibit in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Craig looked like Thursday evening.

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Snow slows Memorial Hospital construction

Phase 1 of structural steel scheduled for completion next week

Despite snow, hospital construction was still a go Thursday. Although snow blanketed Craig, crews working on the new Memorial Hospital site still were on the job, working under Robins & Morton Group LLC, the hospital's general contractor.

Josh Nichols: Loving freedom for all it's worth

He cornered me many times. When Saed Tayyara got your ear, he didn't want to let it go. Anyone involved in politics, government or journalism in Northwest Colorado knows what that was like.

Pastor Bob Woods: In gardening, as in life, good soil is required

Gardening is difficult here in Craig. Besides the problems with deer, which eat almost everything, the soil just isn't very rich.

Craig briefs for Dec. 5

The Jarvie Christmas Fest takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the John Jarvie Ranch in Browns Park, Utah. Free activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, rope-making demonstrations and children's games. A chili meal also will be provided for $5.

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Christina M. Currie: Communication breakdown

When gauging the workforce readiness of new employees, employers interviewed by the Partnership for 21st Century skills listed oral communication as the third most desirable skill and written communication as the ninth. And, those same employers said those are two skills that most high school and college graduates are lacking.

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MCHS varsity boys hit the court Saturday

Each and every Bulldogs boys varsity basketball practice starts the same way. Coach Steve Maneotis leads off with a quote - most from famous leaders, sometimes Maneotis originals - to motivate his troops.

Felony trial goes on

The case against a former Moffat County Social Services employee was continued Thursday until 1 p.m. Dec. 18 after the defense attorney failed to appear.

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Bad Dogs keep rolling

The Bad Dogs wrestling team competes in its fourth tourney of the season Sunday in Steamboat Springs.

Moffat County Neighbor: Jennifer Barlean

Occupation: Sales/Office Manager

Datebook for Dec. 5

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, December 4

Hayden school vehicle rolls with students aboard

Only one minor injury reported

A cut finger was the only injury resulting from the accident early this morning. The driver was cited for careless driving causing injury.

Adventure Trip ranks ski area No. 3

Online magazine scores Steamboat high after compiling ratings

An online magazine has aggregated the results of top ski resort listings and placed the Steamboat Ski Area at No. 3 overall.

YVRA prepares for season

Flight schedules may shift; wireless Internet not yet installed

Ski season flights are slated to start in the next couple of weeks, and Yampa Valley Regional Airport should be ready to go.

Police Blotter for Dec. 4

Moffat County Jail

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Coalition members debate student requirements for earning incentives

Struggle about where to set the bar

How good is good enough? That's the question some local coalition members butted heads about Tuesday afternoon. "My concern is that if the purpose of the program : is to reach as many kids as possible, why are we being so rigid?" Mike Silverman, Moffat County High School assistant principal, said Tuesday.

'Role Models' an edgy but genuine comedy

The new comedy "Role Models" introduces many probing topics to its audience: the hidden symbolism of KISS lyrics, the increment denominations of coffee drinks and the fact that every Caucasian male resembles Ben Affleck.

MCTA funding questioned

Community Foundation concerned about request denial

The Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado plans to write a letter to county officials expressing concern about how the Moffat County Tourism Association approves funding requests. The foundation submitted an $8,000 request to the MCTA, which was denied at its Wednesday meeting. Board member Patricia McCaffrey abstained from the vote because of her affiliation with the Community Foundation.

Cathy Hamilton: Klutz's capillaries always at risk

Every year, it's the same thing. Leading the six o'clock news, wild-eyed, sales-crazed, early bird Black Friday shoppers charge through department store doors like a thundering herd of Visa-carrying buffalo.

Bill Harding: Memorial service for Tayyara is Saturday

A memorial service for Saed Tayyara Memorial services for Saed will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church at noon Saturday. One of Saed's last requests was for a large U.S. veterans presence at this event. I am asking for all veterans who can attend to do so and, if possible, wear your military service, vet organization uniform or at least the cap.

EDP to decide top business priorities for use of limited resources

Group to decide top business priorities for use of limited resources

Despite progress and achievements in 2008, the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership board still sees the organization at a crossroads.

Craig briefs for Dec. 4

Craig briefs for Dec. 4

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Deck the halls

Emily Gagon, left, works on Christmas decorations with Connie Sickle on Wednesday at Sunset Meadows. Girl Scout troops 3557 and 3269 stopped by Sunset Meadows to make decorations with residents and get them in the holiday spirit.

MCHS girls varsity basketball opens Friday

Craig Mortensen has been around a while.

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MCHS wrestling team hits the mats Friday

The wrestling room on the third floor of the high school was nearly silent Wednesday evening. Lining the walls were Bulldogs wrestlers, eyes glued on the center mat as teammates Nathan Tomlin and Todd Stewart squared off.

Datebook for Dec. 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.

Wednesday, December 3

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Gondola to open Friday

Storm Peak lift to bring top-to-bottom terrain Saturday

Eager skiers and riders will be greeted by top-to-bottom terrain at the Steamboat Ski Area this weekend. The gondola and Burgess Creek lift are scheduled to open Friday, followed by the Storm Peak Express lift Saturday.

Police Blotter for Dec. 2

Moffat County Jail

Program provides additional $4,885 for projects

Thanks to a community program, Moffat County High School staff members have an extra $4,885 to spend on projects and trips this year.

Vacancy Committee to name Commission appointee Tuesday

The Moffat County Republican Party Vacancy Committee has a big job, committee member Ron Danner said.

Our View: An examplary citizen

American patriotism is not only found in natural-born citizens. Saed Tayyara is a good example of that.

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Mission: Frozen Four

Bulldog Hockey Club targeting title

After what coach Gene Carson called a disappointing finish to end last season, the Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club begins another push toward a Frozen Four berth Nov. 8.

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MCHS grapplers back to prove last year is history

One. For a team that has grown accustomed to annually fielding one of the top high school wrestling squads in the state, the number above - Moffat County High School's state wrestling tournament placers of a year ago - is tough to swallow.

Craig briefs for Dec. 3

Parks and Rec offers lifeguard course

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Caroline Dotson: 'The Lump of Coal' is a gem

Lemony Snicket is the author of the "Series of Unfortunate Events" books for young adults. This year, he wrote a holiday book, "The Lump of Coal."

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Bulldog boys basketball has a path and a plan

So much for the element of surprise The Moffat County High School boys basketball team started last season with a 1-11 non-league record, losing its first seven games - one of them by 53 points.

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MCHS swim team sets eyes on state

The Moffat County High School girls swimming team had to replace more than just the Conci sisters this past off-season.

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Girls basketball team in unfamiliar territory

Replacing five starters who contributed to a 69-8 record the previous three seasons isn't easy.

Fantasy Fix: Surprises among top 20 NBA players

The NBA season is six weeks old, and there are a few surprises among the top 20 players in the Yahoo game.

Craig sports brief for Dec. 3

Bulldogs buck Rams in season opener

The Moffat County girls junior varsity and freshman basketball teams started their 2008-09 seasons off on the right foot Tuesday, cruising by visiting Soroco.

Coalition: Coordinator wanted

Survey reveals what skills employers want in new hires

One down, three to go. Members of a local coalition looking to prepare students for post-graduate life recently learned what they need to teach.

Datebook for Dec. 3


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Starting with a bang

Thunder cheer team sweeps through regionals

Having never lost in Grand Junction while under the watchful eye of coach Jannie Brenner, the Moffat County Thunder all-star cheer team returned to its stomping grounds last week to compete in the regional tournament.

Tuesday, December 2

Maren Schmidt: Using words to encourage

Twenty-five years ago, my husband and I took a video-based parenting course called "Active Parenting" developed by Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D.

Gas prices lower, but how much?

Craig more expensive compared to national and state averages than before drop

Regular unleaded gas prices fell about 10 cents around Craig between Sunday and Monday, continuing a roughly two-month trend.

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Father and friend

Tayyara's daughter, friends reflect on his life outside the political arena

To Craig resident Tom Maneotis, the late Saed Tayyara was more than a friend. He was like a brother. As youths, both men knew the terror of living in countries where freedom of expression and, at times, safety were not guaranteed.

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Ceremony celebrates life of Tayyara

Don't call it a memorial. Monday night's Daughters of the American Revolution ceremony was a celebration of Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara, said Shannan Koucherik.

Jennifer L. Grubbs: Having a bad day

There's a children's book I think about anytime I'm having a bad day. My mother read it to me frequently when I was a child, and one of the lines in it has stuck in my head through the years.

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Fire destroys truck in mall parking lot

A local pizza deliveryman may have a hard time bringing people their orders, after his truck caught fire Monday night in the Centennial Mall parking lot.

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Who wants some?

Craig woman to compete in grappling world championships

Angela Poe doesn't wear makeup, doesn't own a curling iron and most definitely doesn't wear dresses. And the only date she's worried about is a date with the champ.

Weekly wrap-up for Dec. 2

Each Tuesday, the Craig Daily Press will review the past week in Moffat County sports, with complete team and individual statistics, along with a team schedule and results.

Police Blotter for Dec. 1

Moffat County Sheriff's Office

Senior Spotlight for Dec. 2

There's another thing included in the fitness program besides exercise. That is diet.

Rick Nielson: Sad situation for animals

Another comment on the sad situation of our local deer and elk herd:

Datebook for Dec. 2


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Helping to provide a safe haven

Saturday's Cowboy Christmas features auctions, live entertainment

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is looking to put the "fun" in fundraiser this weekend. The youth-based organization, located at 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40, is scheduled to host Cowboy Christmas, its annual fundraiser, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Craig briefs for Dec. 2

Winter reading program begins Jan. 5

Monday, December 1

Storm system wreaks havoc on motorists

Numerous accidents reported across Routt County on Sunday

Local law enforcement agencies responded to about a dozen car accidents Sunday, including two involving cars that slid off Rabbit Ears Pass. None of the accidents resulted in serious injuries.

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Back on the court

The Bulldog girls basketball teams played host to Hayden in a pre-season scrimmage.

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Holiday season marches into town

Parade of lights works its way through Craig

Call it official - the holiday season is here. Bellies still full from Thanksgiving Day feasts and Thanksgiving leftovers, residents of Craig lined the city streets Saturday night to usher in the season's next big day.

Datebook for Dec. 1


Craig briefs for Dec. 1

County Republicans seek to fill vacancy

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H. Neal Glanville: Doubly surprised

As my little girls near their dreaded 40th birthday, I take pride and a certain amount of sadistic joy in reminding them of all the little things that occurred in their youth that were not only fun when they happened but should be memories they pass on to my grandchildren.

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Aging Well: Everyone invited to celebrate new Haven addition

Not too long ago, the Yampa Valley's only assisted living facility was in danger of closing. When the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association acquired The Haven in 2005, the VNA not only protected an important longterm care option - it seized an opportunity to expand older adult services while engaging the community in the process.

Award will be presented at posthumous ceremony

Tayyara's family will accept honor from DAR

The local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution plans to hold a posthumous ceremony in honor of Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara at 7 tonight at Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way. Tayyara died Saturday evening in Craig.

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Hayden lights up holiday season

Joneses host traditional ceremony for town in their yard

When Russ Jones and his wife, Dolores, bought their house at Fourth Street and Jefferson Avenue in Hayden two years ago, they were unaware that the nearly 80-year-old blue spruce towering next to U.S. Highway 40 had a proud history as the town's Christmas tree.