Stories for February 2008


Friday, February 29

Christina M. Currie: Matters of faith

My girls have been pretty preoccupied with death lately. It was something I was getting a little concerned about until I realized that they were less concerned about the actual process of dying and more concerned about the concept of heaven.

Moffat County Neighbor: Elizevette Ayala

Occupation: Waitress at El Ranchero Restaurant

Town contributes to runner's cause

More than 8,000 runners converged on Jacksonville, Fla. on Feb. 18. Many of them present were focused on finishing the 26.2 mile marathon run in the Florida heat.

Sports briefs: Soccer team seeks players

Attention all high school aged boys who are interested in playing competitive soccer.

Dispute about oil shale plan brought to City Council

Although Moffat County doesn't have the natural resource stores seen in counties to the south, as a regional player it stands to benefit or falter along with development in those communities.

Terry Hankins arraignment continued

An arraignment hearing for a man charged with murder was continued Wednesday in Moffat County District Court at the defense's request.

Police blotter for Feb. 29

Joshua Shannon Love, 28, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of obstruction of view or driving mechanism, driving under restraint and obstructing a police officer.

Diane Prather: An oldie but a goodie

If you're a recipe "clipper" like me, you've probably saved a bunch of clippings that you cut out so long ago the paper has yellowed. One time years ago, when I was extra ambitious, I even attached some clippings to paper and organized them in a notebook. The tape I used is so old that it has all come off the paper.

Elisa Shackelton: Eating whole grains creates slimmer abs

Cutting calories helps people lose weight, but doing so by filling up on whole grains may be particularly heart-healthy, new research suggests.

David Pressgrove: The Good Book in schools

A man was stranded on his roof during a flood so he prayed for God to rescue him. At different times, a piece of driftwood, a boat and a helicopter came by, but the man didn't take advantage because he was waiting only for God to rescue him.

School board decides to postpone Bible class decision

The Moffat County School board decided to hold off approving a Bible literature and history course until a review period scheduled for the 2010-11 school year.

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Senior program grows, participants sing its praises

It keeps things fresh, keeps life new and keeps someone from retreating into his or her self.

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Playoff time

MCHS girls basketball team to host Berthoud on Saturday

Heading into Saturday's matchup with Berthoud High School, the Moffat County girls basketball team is five wins away from its first state title in coach Craig Mortensen's 28th season at the helm.

A different kind of contest

Speech and Debate brings unique competitive challenges, members and coach say

They practice. They travel. They compete.

Craig briefs for Feb. 29

Museum seeks 'unique' collections

The Hayden Heritage Museum has an opening for an exhibit this summer for anyone with an "outstanding or unique vintage collection," the museum reported in a news release.

Datebook for Feb. 29

8:30 to 10 a.m. Senior Swimnastics is at the American Legion Post 62 pool,

Thursday, February 28

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Man dies in fall from roof at Steamboat Grand

A Steamboat Springs High School graduate who served in Iraq with the U.S. Army died Thursday after falling six stories off an icy roof at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

Hayden students thrive in Destination ImagiNation

Queen Elizabeth was coming for a visit, and the challenge was to put her to work doing household chores.

Council action items

At its Tuesday meeting, the Craig City Council:

Out for the show

Northwest Colorado Home School Association play tonight and Friday

It's her first big role, but Amanda Barber, 14, said she isn't that nervous.

Datebook for Feb. 28

8:30 to 10 a.m. Senior Swimnastics is at the American Legion Post 62 pool,

Police blotter for Feb. 28

James J Moyer, 31, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under restraint and driving a vehicle without a valid license.

Bill Harding: Moving Wall scholarship going on

This scholarship is available for seniors and/or juniors this spring.

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Memories at risk

Shop owner suggests using care with digital photography

Recollections - small moments that, throughout time, can accrue meaning and value to the owner.

Craig briefs for Feb. 28

School policies to be discussed

The Moffat County School Board will hear comments from the public about district-wide school policies 4 p.m. today at the School District Administration building, 775 Yampa Ave.

Rail service possible

Steamboat, Craig join Rocky Mountain Rail Authority

The cities of Steamboat Springs and Craig have joined a group exploring high-speed, passenger rail service that could include a spur extending from South Routt to Craig.

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All the way

High school marketing team qualifies four students for international competition

Krista Schenck, Moffat County High School business and marketing teacher, had a premonition.

Wednesday, February 27

Diane Prather: Excitement aplenty for reader in 'Josefina Javelina: A Hairy Tale'

Some picture books seem to have been written as much for adults as for children. This week's funny book is an example.

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Turnovers end turnaround

Bulldog boys hoops team eliminated from playoffs

All of the turnovers the Greeley Central boys basketball team forced Tuesday turned into the end of the season for the Moffat County Bulldogs.

Social security recipients eligible for stimulus plan

Residents must file 2007 income tax form to receive payment

When the United States Department of the Treasury begins sending out economic stimulus payments in May, Sunset Meadows resident Marilyn McKinney fears Moffat County senior citizens may miss out on their share of the money.

Datebook for Feb. 27

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

Property tax claim reassessed

Commissioners take second look at Craig Partners' assessment

The landlord for a large commercial operation in Craig successfully protested its property valuation, lowering the assessed value about $500,000.

Police blotter for Feb. 27

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Craig briefs for Feb. 27

Craig man arrested on drug charges

A Craig man was arrested Monday on suspicion of distributing methamphetamine, after a month-long joint investigation by the Steamboat Springs Police Department and the All Crimes Enforcement Team.

Frank and Frances Vigil: Blessed to have Folks

We read an article in the Daily Press dated Saturday, Feb. 16, titled "Straight From The Soul."

Our View: On the same page

At times, it was said out loud.

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A purposeful traveler

New residents plan to start ESL classes this fall

There's nothing like it in Craig, and the opportunity thrills Eveline Bacon.

Craig sports brief for Feb. 27

Travel soccer team being assembled

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Casting call

Students to take the director's chair in one-act plays

Singing or acting - it makes no difference to Kyle Hawkins. As long as the Moffat County High School senior is in front of an audience, he's at home.

Tuesday, February 26

Mark Field: Special thank you

A special thank you to all Moffat County High School staff and volunteers who helped at the Western Regional 4A Wrestling Tournament. There was a gauntlet of events during the tournament, and every one of them handled the events in a very professional manner. Congratulations on a well-run event.

Senior spotlight for Feb. 26

I find myself putting things away in places I can find them easier. And then I forget where I put them.

Craig briefs for Feb. 26

MCHS parents group to meet

Datebook for Feb. 26


TMH board of trustees agenda for Feb. 27

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Wednesday Platinum Conference Room

On the Record for Feb. 26

Moffat County Sheriff's Office Thursday, Feb. 21 Deputies responded to two requests to assist another agency.

Andy Bockelman: 'Vantage Point' a standard, '24'ish-style thriller

The prospect of multiple perspectives within the timeframe of one story: pro or con?

Wide-eyed freshmen

MCHS first-year varsity wrestlers step into new world at state

Earning a spot on the Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team is hard enough as an upperclassman, let alone a freshman.

Give blood, save lives

Donations taken today at Center of Craig

Mishelle Rivera, 25, is one of the Bonfils Blood Center lab technicians coming to Craig today for the Craig Community Blood Drive.

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Grand Futures director resigning

The face of substance abuse prevention in Moffat County will soon change.

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Back to the press

Craig Middle School teacher releases second poetry collection

Dave Morris, Craig Middle School eighth grade language arts teacher, thought publishing a book of poetry was a passing fancy - a one-time occurrence marking a temporary phase.

Under one roof

EDP, MCTA and Chamber to examine moving in together

It's about efficiency and accomplishing specific goals within a larger mission, said Christina Currie, Craig Chamber of Commerce executive director.

Schmidt: Connecting needs to feelings

A critical aspect of effective communication is learning how to express our needs. To communicate effectively with others, we need to learn how to observe behavior, without evaluating, to figure out an individual's needs.

Raftopoulos: Been there, done that

I have been to Spain. I have been to Greece. I have been to Africa. I have been to Mexico.

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Shooting for a deep run

MCHS boys basketball team begins playoffs today in Greeley

The postseason is here for the Moffat County boys basketball team.

Monday, February 25

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Skaters beat the blues

Ski and Skate event helps residents get out of winter funk

As 11-year-old Craig resident Nik Crossman stepped onto the frozen pond Saturday, he took little time to acquaint himself with ice before setting off at full speed.

Craig briefs for Feb. 25

County budget online

Andy Bockelman: Plot a long jump

'Jumper' struggles with story, lack of heroes

If only we could travel thousands of miles in seconds. We would be able to experience all the world had to offer effortlessly, but like the characters in the sci-fi drama "Jumper," we would probably just waste it.

MCTA funding rules may change

Possible changes to the Moffat County Tourism Association's event funding guidelines could allow for more money to single events.

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Adding to experience

Dental Coalition director's obligations, community involvement increase

Janet Pearcey, Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition director, pauses as she thinks about the direction her life has taken during the past year.

Datebook for Feb. 25


Making healthy bones a priority

It wasn't too long ago that bone fractures were considered an inevitable part of aging.

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'A lot of fire in that kid'

Freshman Griffiths only Bulldog to place at state

As the lone freshman in the 125-pound weight class at the 4A state wrestling championships in Denver, Charlie Griffiths' goal was simply to place in the top six at the event.

Saturday, February 23

Chuck Mack: Craig coal lands

No other part of the Bear River Valley is so well adapted to a townsite location, the valley being broad and level and well above the river.

Our view: Making a winter wonderland

Last Saturday's editorials encouraged community members to move beyond merely pointing out problems and look for solutions.

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Grappling friendship

Wrestling just part of the bond for coaches

Roman Gutierrez sits back with a little lean to the left in the chair above the main floor of the Pepsi Center.

State in sight

Bulldog boys win, wait on news if they made state

The Moffat County boys basketball team's season could be over.

Bulldog girls end with win

Share of league championship ensured

Paced by seniors Markie Workman and Angie Charchalis, the Moffat County High School girls basketball team ended the regular season with a win Friday night, defeating home-standing Eagle Valley, 77-33.

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No quit in Bulldogs

Second day at state full of success for MCHS wrestling team

Heading into day two of the 4A state wrestling championships, the Moffat County High School wrestling team had its back to the wall.

Rec'quiem for a center

Rec center possibly on November ballot

In November, Craig residents may again vote on a proposed sales tax increase for a new recreation center.

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A pioneer woman

Mary Wiley Humphrey one of Craig's early women

When many people think of pioneers and homesteaders, they visualize a man working hard to grub out sagebrush and build a home for his family.

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Spring gardening is bound to come

Plan ahead when choosing what seeds to plant

Although it may seem like the snow and cold will last forever this year, spring is bound to come.

Police Blotter for Feb. 21

Joseph Carl Borchert, 38, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Craig briefs for Feb. 23

County budget online

Moffat County's final 2008 budget hit the county's Web site this week and can be found under the Administration Department.

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Waiting on Monday

Craig couple braces for Marine Corps son's deployment to Iraq

This is the kind of kid Craig native Wacie Laabs was: The kind who talked endlessly about joining the United States Marine Corps.

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On the rise

Increased practices, teacher's efforts helped DECA team reach state, students say

More members, more practices and more dedication spelled out a single result for a Moffat County High School business and marketing club this year, said Desiree Holland, high school junior and DECA member.

Friday, February 22

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Diane Prather: Wintertime cookie recipes

Before long, we hope, warmer weather will have us out of the house. But, until that that time, these snowy days allow more time for baking.

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Trainers behind the talent

Area manager: Volunteer coaches 'crucial' to Special Olympics

Except for the sound of clinking metal, the Moffat County High School weight room was quiet Wednesday night.

Moffat County Neighbor: Amber Atkinson

Amber Atkinson

Police blotter for Feb. 20

Police blotter for Feb. 20

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Andy Bockelman: It's Oscar time

As Sunday nears, Oscar fever reaches its highest fervor.

Elisa Shackelton: Now is a good time to prune your trees

Light pruning to remove a few small branches of trees can be done at any time of year, but more extensive pruning should be done in late winter to early spring. There are three advantages to pruning at this time of the year. First, wound closure is most rapid if it's done just prior to when new shoots emerge. Second, there are few insects and disease spores to infest pruning cuts. And third, deciduous trees have dropped their leaves, so it's easier to see what you're pruning. When removing any branch, large or small, avoid stubs and cuts close to the trunk. As a guideline, look for a bark ridge located in the branch crotch. You also will find that most branches have a slight swelling or "collar" at their base. Avoid cutting into this because that will destroy a natural protection or boundary in the tree.

In need of families

Social Services to start campaign recruiting foster care providers

The care given to juveniles who commit sexual offenses needs to change, and that's what the Foster Care Recruitment Committee hopes to accomplish.

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Christina M. Currie: The simple life

I haven't decided yet whether children oversimplify things or whether adults complicate them.

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Slow start

MCHS wrestling winless in first day at state

Peering into the dark hallway beneath the Pepsi Center stands, one could barely make out the dozens or so bobbing heads and the eerie silence.

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Chickens and drilling

Agencies meet with BLM about sage-grouse habitat considerations

By all accounts, the cooperating agencies meeting at the Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office in Craig went well.

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FFA labor auction raises funds for groups

As long as Rick Murr can remember, Moffat County Future Farmers of America have made money by loaning what most of them already have: A strong back and a willing pair of hands.

Datebook for Feb. 22

Datebook for Feb. 22

Craig briefs for Feb. 22

Visitor Center debate ends

Thursday, February 21

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Two halves

Couple honored with Citizen of the Year award

Two halves of the same person.

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Customer service fuels awards for businesses

A common theme runs between the two award-winning businesses the Craig Chamber of Commerce recognized Tuesday during its annual meeting.

Trask gets started at first EDP board meeting

At Darcy Trask's first Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership board meeting, objectives were broached large and small to the point board members joked they got a steal in hiring her as a part-time executive specialist.

District superintendent outlines last year's developments

If increased student achievement, financial stability and capital upgrades are indicators of a school district's success, Moffat County is in good stead, said Pete Bergmann, Moffat County School District superintendent.

Jail report for Feb. 19

Jail report for Feb. 19

Cathy Hamilton: Clooney inadequate flu distraction

I was so sick last week. (Cue reader: "How sick were you?")

Craig briefs for Feb. 21

AARP to install officers

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Home stretch

Season finale for MCHS basketball teams carries playoff implications

The 4A state playoffs are around the corner for both Moffat County High School basketball teams.

Bill Harding: Combat veteran health care eligibility

On Jan. 28, "Public Law 110-Enhanced Eligibility for Health Care Benefits181" titled the "National Defense Authorization Act of 2008" was signed into law.

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Props for Keith and Murdoch's

Ranch and home supply store manager named Businessperson of the Year

Andy Keith, store manager of Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply, originally is from Washington, but he doesn't mince words when talking about where he calls home.

Datebook for Feb. 21

Datebook for Feb. 21

Wednesday, February 20

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Prosperity-guided growth

Mayor proud of accomplishments, advises responsible development

Craig is headed in positive directions with positive leadership, Mayor Don Jones told the crowd at Tuesday's State of the County event.

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Report to highlight underage drinking

A local grassroots organization is taking another step in its three-pronged approach to knock out underage drinking in Moffat County.

Police blotter for Feb. 18

Police blotter for Feb. 18

Our View: A competition of ideas

When looking up the words "race" and "competition" in a dictionary, you will find definitions that include prizes or contests.

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County: Goals are 'moving targets'

The Moffat County Commission accomplished last year's four primary goals while keeping taxes in line, Commissioner Saed Tayyara said Tuesday.

Datebook for Feb. 20

Datebook for Feb. 20

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Past to present

Past, future board presidents present accomplishments, goals

Gene Bilodeau, departing Craig Chamber of Commerce board president, saw the organization make good strides in 2007, he said.

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Won and done

Rewind to Feb. 2. The Moffat County High School swim team had won its last home meet of the season. School records were broken, state qualifying times were met, and the Bulldogs won seven of 12 races in their home pool.

Tuesday, February 19

Police blotter for Feb. 19

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Mary Jo Brown: Senior spotlight

February is here, and Valentine's Day has passed, but we can still have a heart full of different things good to give.

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Puck Ewes drop road tilt

Women's hockey team loses in Aspen weekend after hosting Mardi Gras tournament

The Craig Puck Ewes couldn't regroup from a busy last weekend and lost a road game Saturday to the Aspen Mutherpuckers.

Bulldog Hockey Club advances to semifinals

The Moffat County Bulldog hockey club advanced to the second round of the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League playoffs this weekend, sweeping past visiting Oak Creek to advance to the semi-final round of the league playoffs.

Andy Bockelman: 'Spiderwick' film retains some of its literary roots

Goblins and griffins and teenagers, oh my. All of these unusual creatures can be seen in "The Spiderwick Chronicles."

An inside look at the county

Local organizations address year ahead at tonight's event

Speeches from four local organizations round out tonight's State of the County event, an "inside look" into Moffat County's future plans.

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Beat the 'winter blues' at Moonlight ski, skate event

Ron Dellacroce, Yampa River State Park manager, can see it in people's faces. The malady is cabin fever, he said - a natural accompaniment to winter weather that keeps many people sheltered in their houses until the snow melts.

Maren Schmidt: We cannot not communicate

To communicate to the heart of our relationships, it is important that we learn to state our needs with clarity and positiveness. Negative requests can confuse the listener and provoke resistance.

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Diane Prather: A fascinating novel with unexpected end

Light of the Moon" is Luanne Rice's most recent novel for adults and was released in January.

Craig briefs for Feb. 19

'Changing economy' topic of talk

The Colorado Environmental Coalition and Friends of Northwest Colorado will present economist Peter Morton on the "Changing Economy of the Rocky Mountain West," at 6:30 p.m. today at the Center of Craig.

Datebook for Feb. 19

5:45 p.m. The Youth Wellness Initiative, a community group committed to preventing and reducing underage drinking in Moffat County, is scheduled to meet in Room 222 at Moffat County High School. Call Diane Miller at 824-8233.

DOW to begin wildlife baiting around Maybell

Within the week, Colorado Division of Wildlife officials hope to begin baiting elk and deer away from private property around Maybell, DOW spokesman Randy Hampton said.

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Unwelcome guests

Foraging elk prove problematic for DOW officials, Craig and Maybell property owners

Randy Reno stood in his backyard Monday morning looking into a storage shed tucked behind his house at 1413 N. Yampa Ave.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: On the boardwalk

It was a typical Sunday morning. I woke up around 7:30 a.m., because with age, I no longer can sleep past 8.

Monday, February 18

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Season's 'best weekend' yields five state qualifications

Cory Vigil's face summed up his team's final round of the Class 4A Regional Wrestling Tournament on Saturday - bloody.

MCHS girls basketball routs Battle Mountain

The 4A Western Slope girls basketball race seems to be coming down to a coin flip, literally.

Health Watch: MRI Scan: Traditional vs. open

When Karla had an MRI scan a decade ago, she was warned that she might feel claustrophobic inside the large tunnel-like machine. In fact, she was more bothered by the loud jackhammer noises that bombarded her periodically.

Craig briefs for Feb. 18

Through With Chew Week

Feb. 17 to 23 is "Through With Chew Week," a campaign to decrease spit tobacco and increase awareness of the negative health effects of using this product. In addition, the "Great American Spitout" is Feb. 21. Tobacco-free quit kits for chewers are available at the VNA offices in Steamboat at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 and in Craig at 745 Russell St. The kits promote the Colorado QuitLine and free support from a trained coach who guides and supports individuals through the quitting process. Research shows you are seven times more likely to end your tobacco habit with the QUITLINE than if you are trying to quit on your own.

Cory Overton: Ranchers should help the elk

I have lived in this area my entire life, and the deer and elk have always gone in cycles. Ranchers who keep saying they want something done about the elk eating their hay should think about letting people in to hunt without charging so much. That would help with the so-called problem before it starts. I don't feel sorry for these people. They want the elk at hunting season, but not now. That's because they are not making money. When they have to spend some to help the herds, they don't want to. Some things are wrong with this idea. The elk can help the ranchers, but they can't help them.

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Firearms legislation shooting blanks

Persistent legislative attempts to either strengthen a citizen's Second Amendment right to bear arms or to keep it from being watered down are making little headway in this year's session of the Colorado Legislature.

Aging Well: 'Never quit on a bad day'

In 1988, Robert Fry was carried in his wheelchair into a Routt County courtroom.

Bulldogs boys sweep away Huskies

Saturday night's game between the Moffat County and Battle Mountain boys basketball teams was typical February basketball - intense, raucous, physical and desperate.

Datebook for Feb. 18

The Moffat County Libraries are closed for President's Day.

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Couple known for local businesses opens Mom and Pop's Coffee Shop

No matter what Joy, 58, and Gabriel, 63, Daigle find themselves doing, they have the same business approach.

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Gold and silver lining

Kelsey Conci crowned state champ in 50-yard freestyle

Sleeping. That's what you would have found Kelsey Conci - the No. 1 ranked 4A swimmer in the state - doing Saturday about a half hour before her championship meet.

Saturday, February 16

Chuck Mack: These are the early days: Part 3

When I first found this article in the June 4, 1913, Steamboat Pilot, I thought how wonderful it was that I happened to find it in 2008, the year of Craig's 100th birthday.

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A shepherd of life's spiritual journey

Outreach mentor guides inmates to healing

The second-floor courtroom is quiet on this day, a Thursday afternoon in the Moffat County Courthouse, and its rows of seats are empty, save for the man sitting in the front row.

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Through history's lens

Dan Diamond one of Craig's early photographers, had portable studio mounted on car to visit Baggs, Steamboat

When we think of the people who made lasting impacts on the development of Craig, we usually think of those who stayed for decades, or even their entire life. But, there was a handful of people who made lasting contributions in a very short time span.

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Vandahl shines in Sailors' 54-41 win

The night, the game and possibly the distinction of best point guard in the state belonged to Steamboat Springs' Michael Vandahl on Friday night against Moffat County.

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'Thrilled is the word' at poster contest

Craig Centennial Committee selects four winners from pool of 20 entrants

When the Craig Centennial Committee started advertising a poster contest in January, Carol Jacobson did not expect 20 entries by the Feb. 8 deadline.

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'It's nature's way'

Jackrabbits spotted in increasing numbers across county, snow possible cause

The jackrabbit - whose original name was said to be "jackass rabbit" because of its long, donkey-like ears - is no stranger to Moffat County.

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Conci sisters advance at state

Relay team misses finals in swim-off at championships

Seeded 28th entering the girls 200-yard medley relay at the 4A swimming state championships in Fort Collins, members of the Moffat County High School girls swim team didn't have high expectations about finishing in the top 16.

Our view: A frank discussion between us

Remember in grade school, when our mothers and fathers tried to teach us that we can't depend on the teacher to solve our problems.

Police Blotter for Feb. 14

Moffat County Jail No reports.

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Moffat County girls stifle Steamboat, 78-24

It's glimpses like the first six minutes of Friday's Steamboat Springs-Moffat County game that give the Steamboat girl's program hope. But it was the last 26 minutes of Friday's 78-24 loss that showed why Moffat County is one of the top teams in the state.

News from Little Snake River Valley School

Bonfils Blood Center will be in Baggs from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday. at the Higher Ed Center.

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Jumping hurdles

Sunset Elementary student teacher looking to stay in Moffat County after graduation

Sara Schneider, Chadron State College student, has enrolled in the classes, attended the lectures and taken the exams. But, the real test began six weeks ago when she started student teaching at Sunset Elementary School.

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Straight from the soul

Program helps incarcerated find recovery

Jon and Megan Crook don't deny that their lives together have been rough.

Suzanne Brinks: Addressing some ugly comments

I have gotten calls this week asking, "How are you and your office surviving all the complaints about taxes since the tax bills were mailed last Monday?"

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Stellar second round moves wrestlers into first

As a returning regional champion, Moffat County senior Cory Vigil knows what it takes to win at the big tournaments. But his struggles this year had to be in the back of his mind as he stepped to the mat for this year's Class 4A Regional Wrestling Tournament in Craig.

Datebook for Feb. 16

The Moffat County Libraries are closed for Presidents Day.

Friday, February 15

'The place I want to be'

Experienced health care program developer to join Craig VNA in March

Gisela Garrison's family likes to get to know the world, she said.

Burglary nets lottery tix

573 scratch tickets taken from convenience store

The Craig Police Department is asking for the public's help with an investigation into a burglary at a local convenience store.

Craig briefs for Feb. 15

Chamber of Commerce to close for Presidents Day

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day.

Police Blotter for Feb. 13

Lawrence Wayne Adair, 46, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

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Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: College: It's what you make of it

Going to college is something that has been instilled in me since I was born.

Jo Carlson: A random act of kindness

I'd like to tell you a true story about what happened to my husband and me on our way to church Sunday.

Cherie Walker: Help with car trouble greatly appreciated

I would like to thank the kind people who stopped to help me Tuesday when my car was stuck in a large puddle by Village Inn.

Riley O'Leary: Pollution in our world

Our world is dying, and we're killing it.

Carol Scott: Humane Society shows gratitude

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following individuals and businesses:

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Crocheting program allows inmates to help local women

The story behind how Veranda Auld learned crocheting begins with yarn and hooks.

Moffat County Neighbor: Chad Starnater

Chad Starnater Age: 21 What should your business card say you do? Mine coal

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Wrestling regionals begin today

Moffat County High School wrestler Matt Kincheloe sauntered into the wrestling room for practice Wednesday with a stone-cold look on his face.

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Diane Prather: Mixing up Mexican casserole

The nice thing about making Mexican casserole recipes is that you can substitute ingredients, like soups and cheeses, and the recipe still turns out. Mine never taste the same twice. You have choices of ingredients in this week's recipe (origins unknown).

Elisa Shackelton: Clean magnesium chloride off your car frequently

A pair of recent research projects detailed some of the environmental impacts of using magnesium chloride as a highway de-icer in the winter and as a summer dust-suppressant on unpaved county roads.

Task force: drug seizures on the rise

ACET also reaching out to users seeking help

The All Crimes Enforcement Team, formerly known as GRAMNET, seized more than $250,000 worth of illegal narcotics in 2007, a number more than double the previous year's drug seizures.

'Big task to accomplish'

Chamber board wants movement on '08 goals

Big dreams take big effort, said Bryce Jacobson, Craig Chamber of Commerce board president and Daily Press publisher.

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Christina M. Currie: Tis the season

Love is in the air. At least, for my 6-year-old and 7-year-old daughters, it is.

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Racing, cook-offs and sleds, oh my

Winter Festival this Saturday and Sunday at Wyman Museum

There's so much planned for the Wyman Museum's Winter Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Museum Curator Nicky Boulger can't keep it all straight.

Datebook for Feb. 15

6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is open for a play day. Participants can help prepare for the Winter Carnival at the Wyman Museum.

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Away from home

MCHS basketball teams to compete in weekend road trip

Three games to go in the regular season.

Thursday, February 14

Snow advisory in effect until 6 p.m. today

Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas are under a snow and blowing snow advisory until 6 p.m. this evening. Between 5 and 10 inches of snow could fall in downtown Steamboat, although the storm's southwesterly flow could keep those totals to a minimum.

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2008 Relay for Life kicks off

Second annual cancer research fundraiser aims to collect more money than last year

Motivation to end cancer. That was the purpose behind Craig's second annual Relay for Life kickoff celebration Wednesday night at Moffat County High School, said Elisa Hayes, Craig Relay sponsorship chair and event co-chair.

Alphi Bennett: 'Gratitude' is two-fold

I have two comments I would like to make.

Cyndi Floeter: Thanks for making home accessible

Just want to thank everyone for their help with Dan Floeter and making his home handicap accessible.

Don Roth: 'Elk Hunting Capital of the World' indeed

What a great part of the country to be in.

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Moffat County all-star cheer team to compete in Nationals

Two minutes and 30 seconds. That's it. No second chances, just one shot at glory is all they get.

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MCHS swim team to compete in state championships

Playful splashing of water followed by raucous laughter echoes throughout the cavernous walls inside the Moffat County High School pool.

County looks at DOLA grants, rule changes

The Moffat County Commission met with Budget Analyst Tinneal Gerber on Tuesday and discussed current and future Colorado Department of Local Affairs grants.

Meeting criteria may make you eligible for beneficiary travel benefits

p>If you meet the criteria below, you may be eligible for VA beneficiary travel benefits associated with obtaining VA health care services. In most cases, travel benefits are subject to a deductible.

Datebook for Feb. 14

Today 9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at Serendipity Coffee Shop. "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" by Mark Haddon will be reviewed by Bonnie Thompson. Call Susie at 824-1956.

Interim emergency coordinator named

For a person who claims he moved to Craig for semi-retirement, Tom Soos, 49, already carries a hefty load.

Police Blotter for Feb. 12

Moffat County Jail No bookings reported.

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Local couple making good on marriage pact made 20 years ago

During 20 years of marriage, Ann and George Kidder said they have never fought. Instead, "We discuss," Ann said.

Boomergirl: On the fringe of anti-aging

A disclaimer appears at the bottom of my column.

Options to help

DOW: Elk, deer baiting operation would require additional funds

The Colorado Department of Wildlife can help Moffat County ranchers replace the hay and fix the fences lost to elk and deer, DOW officials said.

Wednesday, February 13

Joanne Roberson: Thanks for helping Art Walk to success

I would like to take a moment to thank the Downtown Business Association, Mary Kay and Johnnie Sherman of The Giving Tree and all the chocolate tasters who voted for me during the 13th Annual Art Walk.

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MCHS Speech and Debate member qualifies for nationals

Greg Blackstun and Mike Zehner, Moffat County High School Speech and Debate team members, knew what they were facing when they debated in a district-wide speech competition last week.

Heidi Click: Thank you, secret snowplower

I'd like to send out a heartfelt thank you for whomever was kind enough to plow our driveway Friday on Meadow Lane.

Police Blotter for Feb. 11

Zachary Beckwith, 18, of Steamboat Springs, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana and unlawful distribution/manufacture/dispensing/possession.

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Diane Prather: 'Princess Mia' stirs things up

Meg Cabot's "Princess Diaries" are books popular with young adults, perhaps because some of them were made into Disney movies.

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Fun in the sun

At the very least, 'Fool's Gold' an escape from winter doldrums

Ah, to be on the Florida coast right now. Experiencing all the sun, surf and explosions? Such is the action of the Sunshine State in the new movie, "Fool's Gold."

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Wall to appeal license revocation

Routt County sheriff will appear in court today

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall will fight the Colorado Department of Revenue's yearlong revocation of his driver's license and is asking that his license be reinstated while the appeal process plays out.

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City considers Triple Crown extension

Triple Crown Sports wants to use the playing fields at Steamboat Springs' Emerald Park as part of its proposed two-year contract extension with the city.

Datebook for Feb. 13

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

Encore once more

WMA Hall of Fame Inductee to make third appearance in Craig

Pop and country music - Michael Martin Murphey has performed them both, said Frank Hanel, 55 Country and KRAI owner and general manager.

New understanding for child care agencies

At times, it's been a struggle to keep child care services streamlined, Cmdr. Bill Leonard, of the Craig Police Department, said.

Puck Ewes finish 4th in tournament

Craig women's hockey team comes up short in annual Mardi Gras event

In this year's annual women's Mardi Gras hockey tournament, the Craig Puck Ewes had the task of playing both host and hockey in the same weekend.

Council appoints CNCC dean

Hard decision between two finalists

And then there were two. The Craig City Council identified two finalists Tuesday night for the seat vacated by Rod Compton: Chris Nichols, former Craig Fire/Rescue chief, and Gene Bilodeau, Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus dean.

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City aware of snow pack concerns

It's not the snow buildup on sidewalks worrying downtown business owners, said Tom Cramer, co-owner of Cramer Flooring at 575 Yampa Ave. It's the curbs.

Craig briefs for Feb. 13

Daily Press seeking nominations

The Craig Daily Press is asking for the public's help in identifying some of the area's top professionals younger than 40 years old. The newspaper is seeking nominations, and those professionals selected will be featured in upcoming editions.

Tuesday, February 12

Craig breifs for Feb. 12

VNA to raise Hospice funds

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Still in transition

New Moffat County Youth Wellness Initiative coordinator named

When Heather Burchall came to Craig in August to become the community health educator for Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, her primary focus was snuffing out tobacco use in Moffat County.

Department of Education releases test dates

Parents encouraged to help prepare students for assessment

The Colorado Department of Education and Moffat County School District are urging parents to help students prepare for Colorado Student Assessment Program tests.

Senior spotlight for Feb. 12

Monday is starting out as usual after a not-so quiet weekend.

Police Blotter for Feb. 12

Moffat County Jail

Craig Downtown Business Association: Thank you for Art Walk help

After an exhausting day and evening of preparing and experiencing Saturday's Art Walk, I would like to extend the appreciation of the Downtown Business Association to all the artists, businesses, chocolate makers, pottery program students and staff, and the Craig Centennial Committee for their participation. It was a wonderfully full evening that was even smiled upon by the weather gods.

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Rodeo in her veins

Six-year-old Craig resident crowned Little Britches saddle champion

Jaidyn Steele appears to be your typical 6-year old girl.

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Two years and 10 days

Local man preparing for first deployment to Iraq

Craig couldn't keep him forever. Two years ago, Jason Kawcak, then a newly minted Moffat County High School graduate, spurned the route many other classmates chose by forgoing college and joining the United States Marine Corps for a five-year enlistment.

Our View: End the Dukes of Craig

It's been said before, and it's being said here again: perception is reality.

Datebook for Feb. 12


Monday, February 11

'Rolling right now'

MCHS boys basketball team sweeps weekend

Losers of 11 of its first 12 games, the Moffat County boys basketball team was searching for an identity.

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Relay for Life kickoff Wednesday

Organizers target raising $100,000 to donate toward cancer research

The theme - and more importantly, the fundraising goal - behind this summer's second Craig Relay for Life event has direct tie-ins with the city's centennial anniversary.

More snow on the way

National Weather Service: River basin flow on the rise

If weather predictions from the National Weather Service prove true, Moffat County residents may be shoveling their way into a warm, wet spring.

Datebook for Feb. 11


Craig briefs for Feb. 11

USDA commodities to be distributed

Win streak hits nine

Moffat County girls basketball team sends seniors off with a bang

The Moffat County girls basketball sent its four seniors out with a bang Saturday night, blowing past visiting Delta High School, 83-51, in the Bulldogs last regular season home game of the year.

Make room for two more

Moffat County relay team qualifies for state championships

Heading to Montrose on Friday to compete in the regional championships, the Moffat County swim team had qualified just three swimmers for the upcoming state championships beginning Thursday in Fort Collins.

Aging Well: Love later may be better

Last week, Ray and Patsy Magness of Craig celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary.

Health Watch: Check for early signs of health problems from tobacco use

Did you know about 18 percent of men in Moffat County use chew tobacco?

DOW: Wildlife numbers changing normally

Monty Ages sees elk every day, he said.

Sunday, February 10

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Stories of a bygone era

Contributions by black Routt County residents immeasurable

The stern, coal-dusted faces of about 20 miners are fixed straight ahead in a 1942 photograph of a Moffat Coal Mine crew. The unity of the racially diverse men belies the segregation of the era.

Saturday, February 9

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Bulldogs net 2 point win

The Moffat County High School boys basketball team won a tight game, 71-69, against visiting Palisade Friday night.

Datebook for Feb. 9

The Moffat County Ice Arena, 600 Ranney St., is closed for a hockey tournament. There will no open skating.

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Kettle rings to service

Local longtime volunteer gives free time to 4-H

Valentine's Day is coming up.

Police blotter for Feb. 9

No reports.

Our View: Dialing in the correct steps

Type in "Moffat County emergency management coordinator" into an Internet search engine, and at the top of that list is a link to a Moffat County Sheriff's Office Web page.

Pat Moul: Thank you to all who helped with birthday

I wish to thank all those involved in making my 100th birthday party a success.

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Win streak hits eight

Moffat County girls basketball team defeats Palisade

Palisade won the opening tip against host Moffat County on Friday night in varsity girls basketball action. Unfortunately for the visitors, it would be their only lead of the evening.

Building in weather's façade

Heavy snowfall. High winds. No problem.

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Silence in the snow

Kiwanis play details a secret to be revealed at show time, director says

If Kiwanis Club member Jack Reed knows anything about the club's upcoming play - and as play chairman and director, he does - he isn't spilling details.

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'Next to a death'

Meeker couple reflects on shop fire that took vintage automobiles, family collections

The building that once sheltered Del Turner's dreams now sits abandoned, a blackened blight against the newly fallen snow.

Craig briefs for Feb. 9

Wild Turkey dinner tonight

The National Wild Turkey Federation will host its annual Hunting Heritage Banquet tonight at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner follows at 7 p.m.

A plot twist once more

Retired Moffat County schoolteacher wins award for work in state literacy association

Paulette Bray's teaching career has taken many turns, perhaps as many as the stories her former elementary-level students read.

News from the Little Snake River journalism class

Wille and Mikesell take top school honors

The February "Students of the Month" have officially been announced. This month, middle school student Morgan Wille and high school senior Ryan Mikesell won the awards.

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A founding father

R.V. Bryan helped lay Craig's foundations

There is a good chance that when R.V. "Bob" Bryan first came to the Yampa Valley, he wasn't planning to become one of the foundations of the area.

Tri-State workers round Council applicants

Two workers from the Tri-State power plant are in the running for a Craig City Council vacancy.

Taylor gets extension for bill

Senator has another week to reach compromise with DOW about illegal hunting

District 8 Sen. Jack Taylor has been given another week to attempt a compromise with the Colorado Division of Wildlife about his bill that would dramatically change the crime of illegal hunting in the state.

Chuck Mack: Tales of early days, part two

When I first found this article in the June 4, 1913, Steamboat Pilot, I thought how wonderful it was that I happened to find it in 2008, the year of Craig's 100th birthday.

Friday, February 8

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Meeting to focus on warning signs of teen depression

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, a Yampa Valley agency, originally scheduled a public discussion titled "Recognizing Teenage Depression" for early March to highlight an upcoming training seminar on suicide prevention.

Craig briefs for Feb. 8

Art show takes place in Steamboat

Dennis Dickson, now of Craig and formerly of Steamboat Springs for eight years, is having an art show featuring pencil drawings at the Steamboat Springs Mental Health Center.

Police blotter for Feb. 8

No reports.

Moffat County Neighbor: Kristina Davis

What should your business card say you do? Helping people

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Ready for regionals

Wrestlers warm up in Moffat County

Rifle, Eagle Valley, Steamboat Springs and Moffat County competed Thursday in Craig, in a meet all of the coaches said would be used as a preview of the upcoming regional tournament.

Christina M. Currie: It's only make believe

It's a fantasy world at my house. Guess that happens when you have children.

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MCHS Key Club quarter drive to benefit homeless youths

Sean Smith, Moffat County High School senior, is measuring one of his last contributions to Moffat County in quarters.

Colorado's U.S. senators debate energy fund

Both officials agree on swift action, sending money to Western Slope

Colorado's U.S. senators want about $34 million or more to come back to Colorado counties affected by energy industry development.

Student news: Anna Herring

Anna Herring, of Craig, has been named to the Fall 2007 Dean's List of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado.

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Routine maneuvers

Locals use rituals, routines when creating artwork

A dab of ingenuity. Sometimes that's required to create works of art, local artists Sasha Nelson and Lynette "Sis" Pell said.

Bob Woods: Let's use our faith to bring us together, not to drive us apart

Most of us have at one time kept a caterpillar in a jar.

Sherrie Knez: Salons in Craig accept walk-in clients

I am writing this letter in regards to the letter, "Craig needs a barbershop that accepts walk-ins."

Datebook for Feb. 8

The Craig Centennial Poster Contest ends. All entries must be delivered to Pam's Designs, 512 Yampa Ave., by 5 p.m. Call 824-8244.

Diane Prather: Bake goodies in honor of Valentine's Day, Washington's birthday

Jane Starcher, of Craig, who likes to bake cookies for her family, called me with a question about last week's recipe for roll-out cookies. Jane, I thought about you when I decided to feature the "$250 Cookies" in this week's column.

Bulldog Beat for Feb. 8

It's been a few weeks since the last beat, so I've got some catching up to do.

Four new residents enter Council race

Four more residents cast their names into the ring to fill a Craig City Council vacancy by filing letters of intent before the Feb. 4 deadline.

Thursday, February 7

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Can area sustain more growth?

Mesa State presents findings on impacts; audience laments frustrations with state

When representatives from Mesa State College, El Pomar Foundation and Club 20 presented findings from their regional economic growth study Wednesday, the audience's frustrations with the state spilled out.

Randy Looper: Thanks for help with Diamond, Spurs event

On behalf of the Craig Rotary Club, we would like to thank everyone for their support of our eighth annual Diamonds and Spurs dinner/dance.

Dave and Mary Pressley: More info needed on influx of wildlife

We looked out our kitchen window one recent afternoon and counted 32 elk on our neighbor's property here in town. Never before have we seen a single elk there, much less 32 of them. No doubt all of us in Craig would agree that there are more animals here than we've ever seen before.

A look at law enforcement

Applications for Citizen Academy being accepted by the Craig Police Department

Watching a dog sniff and search a room for drugs.

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Intent on playing some more

Football player J.T. Haddan fifth Bulldogs athlete to sign national letter of intent

Early in the Moffat County football season, linebacker/running back J.T. Haddan was injured.

Gordon and Evelyn Tileston: Thank you for help with snow removal

Gordon and I would like to thank the mysterious stranger who so kindly came to clear our driveway on the afternoon of Feb. 2.

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Program gives students credit for local employment

Joseph Padon, Moffat County High School teacher, sits beneath a row of posters attached to his classroom's ceiling.

Duane "Cris" Criswell: Snow removal excellent in area

I just couldn't keep from responding to Bill Harding's guest commentary.

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USDA programs benefit public, private sector

Pattie Snidow came home recently, if only for a few days.

Bill Harding: Make voice heard, or don't complain

The caucus night was Tuesday.

Police blotter for Feb. 7

Chayan Hernandez Soto, 19, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrant.

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Steering the path

After-school programs created to help students avoid drug, alcohol abuse

Life could have been different for Zack Allen.

Datebook for Feb. 7

10 and 11:30 a.m. The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries hosts story-time at the library, 570 Green St. This week's theme is stories by author Robert Munsch.

Craig briefs for Feb. 7

USDA commodities to be distributed

United States Department of Agriculture commodities are to be distributed by the Moffat County Department of Social Services at various locations from Feb. 12 to 14.

Diane Prather: 'The New Year's Quilt' a heartwarming book with a message

Whenever I read one of the "Elm Creek Quilts Novels," I think of my sister, Charlotte Allum, who always has a tote of quilting projects with her. It isn't unusual for Charlotte to stitch away as she rides in a car.

Wednesday, February 6

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X's and O's

An inside look at game planning for high school, college athletics coaches

Not an hour had passed since the Moffat County boys basketball team defeated Delta High School, but coach Steve Maneotis wasn't relishing in the victory.

Police blotter for Feb. 6

Chayan Hernandez Soto, 19, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Reducing the bottom line

Food Check-Out Week highlights farmers', ranchers' contributions

Less than 10 percent of an average American's disposable income pays for food, the American Farm Bureau Web site reported.

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Caucuses draw record crowds

As predicted by local political leaders, the 2008 presidential race proved enticing for local voters.

Our View: Reading into the future

Walk into a bookstore, and more than likely, you will read the following quote. It reads like this: "A room without books is like a body without a soul."

Craig briefs for Feb. 6

Taste of Chocolate set for Saturday

Chocolate temptations will be featured at various downtown businesses in conjunction with the Art Walk.

Father Randy Dollins: Better than bling

Mr. T was ahead of his time. I remember watching "The A-Team" when I was a kid. I also remember the several pounds of jewelry, mainly necklaces, Mr. T donned.

Datebook for Feb. 6

Today marks the beginning of Lent. Masses will take place at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. in English and at 7:15 p.m. in Spanish at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: A mother's love

Some may call it irony. A busted knee. A handicap pass to help with the aforementioned bad knee, but no place to park because everyone seemingly has the same passes and are using them.

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Jitterbug dances into 100th birthday

Sunset Meadows resident stays 'feisty' in her golden years

The year was 1908. It was a big year for baseball: "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" made its debut, and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series - they haven't won one since - by defeating the Detroit Tigers.

Commission to support ballot protests

Moffat County Clerks have qualms about decertification process

Elaine Sullivan, Moffat County Clerk and Recorder, appeared before the Moffat County Commission at its Tuesday meeting to protest recent state legislation regarding the 2008 general election.

Tuesday, February 5

Datebook for Feb. 5

10:30 a.m. SHARE Craig registration takes place at Sunset Meadows No. 2 in the community room. Call Ginny at 326-3003.

Precinct caucuses tonight

Local political party leaders, despite the hours they expect to spend after work at public forums, are excited to see what happens tonight.

Mary Jo Brown: Senior Spotlight

I'm a puzzle person right now. Jigsaw puzzles are second to word puzzles of any kind.

Craig briefs for Feb. 5

Dr. Seuss' birthday is March 2. When Seuss, whose real name was Theodore Geisel, was 50 years old in 1954, he created his first and maybe most famous book - "The Cat in the Hat."

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Eyes on the sky

Space Fair allows students, parents to study the stars

Outer space has fascinated Mark Lincke since he was a child. Now an adult with his three daughters enrolled in East Elementary School, Lincke's trying to pass on that that fascination.

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Bulldog wrestlers fall in Delta

Moffat County wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez is sick. After a third-place showing by the Bulldog wrestling team in Delta, Gutierrez felt ill in two ways.

Maren Schmidt: People who communicate emotions better are generally happier

A long-term study of college students tested their vocabularies while also asking the group to rate their level of happiness. For more than 50 years, the test subjects with the largest vocabularies declared the greatest satisfaction with their lives.

Proposed bill would add revenue for CNCC

Colorado Northwestern Community College officials are keeping an eye on a proposed legislative bill that, if approved, would add needed revenue for expanded programs and staffing.

Craig Puck Ewes tie Vail, sink Steamboat

The Craig Puck Ewes blanked the Steamboat Springs Edge, 6-0, on Saturday, capping an undefeated weekend road trip that catapulted the team into first place. On Friday, the Puck Ewes skated to a 2-2 tie in Vail.

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Opening the door

Minister-turned-author writes suspense, horror stories for struggling young adult readers

Dubbed "The Sinister Minister," Steve Burt recently turned his attentions from magazine and pastoral writing to young adult fiction - particularly of the suspenseful and supernatural kind.

Police blotter for Feb. 5

Cynthia Ann Strong, 39, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under restraint, compulsory insurance and mandatory use of safety belt systems.

Andy Bockelman: 'Cloverfield' agreeably reptilian

Sci-fi monster flick boring to some, intriguing to others as action remains mostly fresh

The world has been destroyed by invaders many times on camera, but nevertheless, the action in the frantic sci-fi story "Cloverfield" remains predominantly fresh.

Property tax bills mailed Monday

Moffat County assessor: Values increased across the board, partly due to school, hospital bonds

Property owners may remember getting a notice of value on their property from the Moffat County Assessor's Office in May 2007.

Monday, February 4

Business news & notes: Italian restaurant to open

Bad to the Bone future uncertain

In a couple of months, those ordering delivery food will have another choice to mull over.

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Making a splash in the end

They lost. But, you'd be hard pressed to notice.

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Trask set for task

EDP hopes specialist can help manage economic growth

Meet Darcy Trask. She is a 22-year resident of Steamboat Springs and a married mother of two boys.

Lawrence Sober: Craig needs barbershop that accepts walk-ins

Recently, there have been some articles in the paper making reference to Economic Development.

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Bulldogs boys' four-game win streak ends at Rifle

Scott Rust and Drew Blatchford keyed a third-quarter scoring surge that broke open a close game and helped the Rifle boys basketball team to a 73-60 victory against visiting Moffat County on Saturday night, ending the Bulldogs' four game winning streak.

Japanese encephalitis? No thanks

It's that time of year again when palm trees, white sand beaches and temperatures above 70 degrees sound pretty nice to shivering residents in Northwest Colorado.

Bulldogs hockey team blanked in Durango

The Moffat County Bulldogs hockey club entered this weekend averaging nearly five goals per game.

Datebook for Feb. 4

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

Student news for Feb. 4

Three Moffat County residents were named to the University of Wyoming's academic Dean's and Freshman Honor Roll for the fall semester.

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From 1890 to 2008 :

806 Yampa Ave. a historical house

The frame home of Craig and Vicki Conrad at 806 Yampa Ave. is the oldest structure to survive from the beginnings of this frontier community almost 120 years ago.

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Craig resident takes home all-around rodeo crown

A winter rodeo season that began nearly six months ago has come to a conclusion, and it has a new senior boys all-around champion.

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Bulldogs roll to victory

MCHS girls crush Rifle, 55-29

The Moffat County girls basketball team used the momentum from the previous night's decisive victory against Glenwood Springs to propel the Bulldogs to a 55-29 win at Rifle on Saturday.

Health Watch: Take charge of the foods you eat

For much of human history, our forebears waged a daily struggle to catch, gather or grow enough food to live. Food literally was about survival. In developed countries today, our relationship with food has become far more complex. Food is relatively cheap, overly abundant and, unless we limit ourselves, increases the risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and even certain types of cancer.

Alta Wisdom: DOW, affiliates not doing their jobs

I just saw another scene on TV, taking care of our wildlife put on by the Division of Wildlife: "Keeping Colorado Well."

Chris Rollins: House Bill 1137 hurts Colorado wildlife

House Bill 1137, which would severely hamper the Colorado Division of Wildlife's ability to purchase any form of private property rights, including land and/or water rights, is a bad bill for Colorado's wildlife.

IRS warns of e-mail, telephone scams

The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to beware of several current e-mail and telephone scams that use the IRS name as a lure, according to a press release.

Sunday, February 3

Brian and Irene Kitzman: DOW needs to do its job

I have lived in the Craig area for approximately 13 years and my wife is a native of the area.

Saturday, February 2

MCHS girls top Glenwood Springs

In their previous high school girls basketball contest, Glenwood Springs defeated visiting Moffat County by 16 points.

Student news: Lisa McDermott

Lisa McDermott, a 2004 graduate of Moffat County High School, has been named to the University of Wyoming's President's Honor Roll, earning a 4.0 for the third time.

Playoff seeding on the line in season-ending road trip

On Wednesday, Bulldog hockey club coach Jim Hall said he was comfortable with the schedule and where his team stood in the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League.

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End of the line

Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado making steps to preserve depot

A brick edifice stands on the south end of Yampa Avenue, where the road ends and the railroad tracks begin.

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Getting ready for Ag-Day

Rain, snow, hail, wind and sunshine - at one time or another, they've all been part of the Moffat County Cowbelles' annual Ag-Day.

Police blotter for Jan. 31

Police blotter for Jan. 31

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Bulldogs win in thrilling fashion

Trailing by nine points at the end of the first quarter Friday night, the Moffat County boys basketball team needed a spark.

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By the bootstraps

Craig pioneer Archie McLachlan a self-made man

Early life didn't bode well for Archibald McLaughlin. When he arrived in Craig as a young man, he was fatherless and had little formal education.

Craig briefs for Feb. 2

Academy applications available

Datebook for Feb. 2


Bill Harding: Snow service is snow job

I've been biting my tongue for a couple of winters now, but I finally have got to say something about the snow plowing, or lack of, in Craig.

City taking applications for Council vacancy

As the city approaches the deadline for filling a vacant Craig City Council seat, it waits for the public to get involved, said Shirley Seely, city clerk and personnel director.

Chuck Mack: Tales of early days: Part 1

When I first found this article in the June 4, 1913, Steamboat Pilot, I thought how wonderful it was that I happened to find it in 2008, the year of Craig's 100th birthday.

Voice out

School District to seek input on adjusted school calendar, middle school construction

Moffat County School District is preparing to start construction on a new middle school building and complete capital improvements at its other schools, district officials said.

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Andy Bockelman: 'P.S.': Don't take your husband

Receiving correspondence from beyond the grave may be portrayed as eerie in most movies, but in "P.S. I Love You" it is considered purely romantic.

Friday, February 1

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'Three-way street'

Family Literacy Carnival brings basic skills home

In the second-floor foyer of the Moffat County High School, it's standing room only for parents and children.

Diane Prather: It's not Valentine's Day without heart-shaped cookies

It wouldn't be Valentine's Day without heart-shared cookies, decorated with colored sugar or icing. This week's column features two roll-out cookie recipes.

Police blotter for Jan. 30

Wednesday, Jan. 30

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Calm before the storm

Pizza delivery restaurants prepare for Super Bowl Sunday

The dining room is nearly empty.

Jackie Manley: Sen. John McCain not overlooking war

With the upcoming caucuses and the Republican presidential race heating up, it is time for voters to seriously consider who they will choose for the GOP presidential nomination.

Justin Duzik: Predators will attack anything

Don't kid yourself. Any large predator will attack anything if it is hungry enough.

Governments look at solutions for snow problems

After some of the heaviest snowfalls in recent memory, work hasn't been easy for local Road and Bridge departments to handle, officials said.

Prosecutor announces candidacy

Grand County chief deputy running for district attorney

A Grand County prosecutor announced Thursday her candidacy for the 14th Judicial District Attorney's office and could officially file for the position today.

Elisa Shackelton: Have you tested your well-water?

Public drinking water supplies are required, by law, to be free from microbial pathogens.

Taking it to the next level

MCHS boys team puts win-streak on line

Riding a three-game winning streak into tonight's match-up against visiting Glenwood Springs, Moffat County High School boys basketball coach Steve Maneotis said one slip-up against the Demons could prove costly.

Moffat County Neighbor: Kole Nielson

Kole Nielson

Democratic National Convention hosts contest

With the Democratic National Convention coming to Denver Aug. 25 to 28, the Convention Committee is sponsoring a youth essay contest.

Satterwhite keys Bulldog win

Moffat County senior wrestler Josh Satterwhite knew something had to be done after teammate Lyle Schaffner was upset at 171 pounds.

Most Wanted suspect found

Casias in Moffat County on attempted murder charge

Cross a name off Craig's Most Wanted list.

Christina M. Currie: Sinking your teeth in

If you're feeling a little blue, your ego's not as healthy as it should be or you just need a quick pick-me-up, I'm telling you that the absolute best way to do that is to have lunch at an elementary school.

Bill Muldoon: "A long road" article excellent

The front page story in Tuesday's newspaper, "A long road," by Bridget Manley was excellent. Not only was it well written, but it championed a worthy practice - legal immigration.

Shaun and Jeanne May: Thanks Division of Wildlife for help

Like many other Moffat County residents, we drove home on U.S. Highway 40 to Maybell during Monday's storm.

Karen Gibson: One word changes history

What drives a person to sacrifice long hours to help someone who is incarcerated or someone who has lived a life of addiction, abuse or poverty find a new way of living?

Craig briefs for Feb. 1

Wild Turkey dinner Feb. 9 at Fairgrounds Pavilion

Tease photo

Battle for the top spot

Glenwood Springs visits today

The Western Slope League - home to the Moffat County High School girls basketball team - is an eight-team league.

Datebook for Feb. 1

Datebook for Feb. 1