News for Monday, December 22, 2008

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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.

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.

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.

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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.