Stories for January 2008


Thursday, January 31

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No injuries in bus accident

No one was injured in a Wednesday morning crash between a Moffat County school bus and car.

Groups agree to principles for Visitor Center funding

The joint committee on Moffat County Visitor Center funding agreed to the principles of a memorandum of understanding outlining the facility's long-term funding at a meeting Wednesday.

Bill Harding: Soldiers Ride on Saturday

The Northwest Colorado Snow Machine Club and the Colorado Snowmobile Association Soldiers Ride is Saturday.

Craig briefs for Jan. 31

Free quit kits available

Head Southwest with Santa Cruz River Band

For this installment of the Craig Concert Association's winter concert series, they're heading Southwest.

TMH board lifts doctor privilege moratorium

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees lifted a moratorium on privileges for new doctors at Wednesday night's meeting.

No plea in murder case

Arraignment delayed pending ruling on defense motion

Terry Hankins' arraignment hearing came and went Wednesday without a plea from the jailed gold miner charged with murdering his wife last year.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Atonement' a stunning drama

Featuring a virtual whirlwind of emotions and a particularly gorgeous and ornate production design is the beautifully heartrending period piece "Atonement."

Police blotter for Jan. 29

Police blotter for Jan. 29

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Bulldog football team named 3A academic champion

When the high school football season began in August, Moffat County coach Kip Hafey said he had some simple instructions for each member of the team.

Reward program introduced

Sheriff: Corrective actions can only go so far at Public Safety Center

It's not touchy-feely. It's what works better for everybody, Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said.

Datebook for Jan. 31

Datebook for Jan. 31

Wednesday, January 30

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Brothers of the Brush centennial beard contest kicks off

Participants at the beginning of the Brothers of the Brush centennial beard contest.

No one injured in school bus crash

No one was injured in a Wednesday morning crash between a Moffat County school bus and car.

Police Blotter for Jan. 30

Moffat County Jail

Silence all

District considers regulating electronics use in schools

Faculty and staff in Moffat County schools have tried to regulate students' cell phone use during academic hours.

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MCHS defends home court

Midway through the second quarter in the MCHS freshman girls basketball game Tuesday, a Cowboys guard attempted to set a screen against Bulldog Britteny Ivers.

Krentz's 'Sizzle and Burn' thoroughly enjoyable

"Sizzle and Burn," a romantic suspense novel, is bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz's newest book. The "Arcane Society" novel was released Tuesday.

Craig briefs for Jan. 30

Chamber of Commerce seeking nominations

Moffat County passes storm

Officials pleased with services' performance

Like other motorists on the road, Monday's snowstorm prevented Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray from driving home.

Cowboys round up Bulldogs

Meeker defense shuts down Moffat in fourth quarter

A seesaw battle went the way of the Cowboys on Tuesday night, as Meeker used a stingy fourth quarter defense to defeat host Moffat County in a low-scoring affair, 34-32, in freshman boys basketball.

Our View: Just our opinion

So, the Craig City Council is upset with the Craig Daily Press and its Editorial Board because the board didn't point out the city's "infrastructure" plans - that is upgrading the water treatment and wastewater treatment facilities as well as some codes it has worked on - in the Jan. 19 editorial "Funding inaction."

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Those who can

Craig resident builds truck from ground up using trial, error

Wayne Wagner, 25, didn't receive what some might call a traditional education. He prefers it that way.

Study eyes growth, consequences

Moffat County presentation planned for Feb. 6

Community leaders interested in changes to the regional economy, effects of change and possible future plans are invited to attend a presentation by Mesa State College and the El Pomar Foundation on Feb. 6.

Datebook for Jan. 30


Tuesday, January 29

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Bulldogs swim to first

Moffat County swimming team wins tri-meet in Grand Junction

With "the toughest stretch of training" almost behind her team, Moffat County girls swimming coach Marin Campbell said the team is tired.

Craig briefs for Jan. 29

Funke to host writing workshop

Commission examines raising county fees

Regulation for agriculture buildings possible

The Moffat County Commission tabled a revised county fee schedule, one that could raise prices and introduce the first example of regulating agriculture buildings, at its Monday meeting.

Bulldog freshmen sweep by Delta

The MCHS boys and girls freshman basketball teams captured first-place Saturday in Eagle Valley, while competing in four-team tournaments.

Puck Ewes blanked in Steamboat

Craig women's hockey team loses to Storm, 3-0

The Steamboat Springs Storm exacted a bit of revenge Sunday on the Craig Puck Ewes.

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 29

The year has gotten off to a record snowfall in many places. We, too, have gotten lots of snow.

Police Blotter for Jan. 29

Moffat County Jail

Datebook for Jan. 29


Craig City Council: Opinion piece lacks thought, research

As the elected representatives of the city of Craig, we, the Craig City Council, have the responsibility to respond to the Craig Daily Press opinion, "Our View: Funding Inaction" printed in this paper on Jan. 19, 2008. We, the City Council, are strong advocates of responsible, public discussion of issues relevant to this community.

Raftopoulos: Just a fling

Remember when you were little, let's say in kindergarten, and your older cousins would drill you with questions?

'Open to everyone'

Colorado College Goal Sunday to offer help filling out FAFSA

Sending a child off to college is difficult enough without sorting through the past year's bank records and income tax forms, said Mary Anne Hunter, Colorado College Goal Sunday public relations coordinator.

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A long road

Acquiring U.S. citizenship took 16 years for translator

For six years, Maria Sandoval, a translator and program counselor at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, has been the mediator between two worlds.

Caucuses may not influence presidential election

When residents attend the 2008 Colorado caucuses next week, they will be asked to elect party delegates, but their voices may not reach the presidential races at the national conventions, officials said.

Blizzard conditions demand highway closures

Hundreds of motorists were caught in whiteout conditions between Craig and Steamboat Springs early Monday evening.

Rick Hammel: Wolves do not attack children

This is one of the myths about wolves. They don't attack children. There has only been one death of a human ever attributed to a wolf in North America.

Andy Bockelman: Credibility dead with 'Bucket List'

Two heavyweight actors not enough to breathe life into Reiner film

Biking along the Great Wall of China, an inside tour of the Taj Mahal and driving a Shelby Mustang at top speed: The combination of these endeavors can only be seen in "The Bucket List."

Maren Schmidt: The heart of relationships: communication

To know who children really are, we need to observe our children at work and play. J Krishnamurti, an Indian philosopher, wrote that the highest form of human intelligence is observing without evaluating.

Monday, January 28

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Steamboat to Hayden stretch reopened

Officials have re-opened U.S. Highway 40 from Steamboat Springs to Craig. U.S. 40 remains closed from Steamboat Springs east to Kremmling, and the Eisenhower Tunnel on Interstate 70 also is closed to traffic.

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Helping people a normal part of life for local man

By his own admission, Randy Looper shies away from the limelight.

Craig briefs for Jan. 28

Citizens Police Academy to start

The Craig Police Department currently is accepting applications for the next Citizens Police Academy. The anticipated start date is Feb. 28. The academy will take place one night a week for about 11 weeks. Applications may be picked up at the Police Department counter in the Moffat County Public Safety Center.

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Bulldogs keep rolling

Moffat County High School girls basketball team wins fifth game in a row

Forty-three percent. That is the rate at which Bulldogs senior Angie Charchalis drains 3-pointers this season.

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Three in a row

Bulldogs win pushes team into fifth place

Entering this weekend's two-game home stand, the Moffat County boys basketball team was in seventh place in the Western Slope League standings.

Aging Well: Eating well without breaking the bank

Many people loathe grocery shopping, and it's no wonder - a plethora of products, busy lifestyles and increasing food costs can make the task overwhelming and very expensive.

Datebook for Jan. 28

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

Saturday, January 26

Meeker Chamber seeks beautification funding

The Meeker Chamber of Commerce is seeking to raise funds for its 2008 beautification project - a 9.5 foot statue and information kiosk on the corner of Fifth and Market Street in Meeker - by selling smaller replicas of the statue, among other fundraisers.

Police blotter for Jan. 26

Ciro Davila-Campos, 33, a transient, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a courtesy hold.

Bulldogs blow past Huskies

Workman outscores entire Battle Mountain offense

Three minutes remained in the first quarter of Moffat County's match up against visiting Battle Mountain on Friday, with the game tied at six.

DOW monitoring winter conditions in Northwest Colorado

District Wildlife Managers and terrestrial biologists with the Colorado Division of Wildlife are monitoring winter conditions throughout Northwest Colorado to determine whether wildlife populations will need supplemental winter feeding, according to a news release.

TMH board receives $200K grant

The Memorial Hospital Foundation Board has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Caring for Colorado Foundation.

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A war of words

Early Craig businessman's feud with peers appeared in pages of local newspaper, entertained town residents

For Craig residents in the late 1800s, pages of a local newspaper were a main source of news and entertainment. One of Craig's first businessmen helped liven up those pages.

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Raising expectations

MCHS Look At Me Now program designed to motivate, inspire students to succeed

Persevere. It's the advice Jen L. Albee, Moffat County High School alumna, gives to her students at an alternative high school in Wasilla, Alaska.

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Divining the weather

County residents attempt to predict severity of winter based on environmental observations, summer patterns

Each year, beginning in late summer and continuing into fall, county ranchers begin thinking about the type of winter to come. Will there be enough snow for irrigation water for the next spring? Will there be another drought?

'An oral history'

Black Mountain Theatre Group performs historical play for Centennial

The Black Mountain Theatre Group hopes a lot of people will audition for its next production. The play is about their ancestors, after all.

Moffat County Board of County Commissioners: County has set priority to increase reserves

This letter is in response to the Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, Editorial Board article title "Funding Inaction."

Our view: Disappointed by whom?

There is a point when a problem is so widespread that there are no innocents.

Datebook for Jan. 26

1 to 4 p.m. Happy Hands Crochet Club meets at 655 Ranney St. The club will work on a ribbon coaster project. Call Mary Walters at 824-2923.

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Bulldogs win overtime thriller

Eli Buckner's free throw seals victory

Stepping to the free-throw line, game on the brink, in overtime, Eli Buckner hit the right shots, helping lead Moffat County to a 71-69 home victory Friday against Battle Mountain.

Senate confirms environmentalist

Sen. Taylor fails to block nomination to Public Utilities Commission

District 8 Sen. Jack Taylor was unsuccessful Thursday in his attempt to block the nomination of environmentalist Matt Baker to the Public Utilities Commission as being detrimental to the coal industry of northwest Colorado.

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Life as a house

Family mending the pieces after harrowing accident

The small trailer home on Moffat County's outskirts sits low and quiet in the crevices of the rolling landscape, a place 15 miles away from the hustle and noise of the city.

Friday, January 25

Moffat County 4-H Council: 4-H thanks Murdoch's for continued support

The Moffat County 4-H program would like to thank Murdoch's for the continued support throughout the year.

American Legion membership, missions grow

Post to offer bingo nights bimonthly as fundraiser for community outreach programs

With greater numbers comes greater responsibility. This is the case for the Craig American Legion Post No. 62, which in recent years has seen its membership - and its mission - dramatically expand.

E.V. Peterson: Daily Press should apologize to Council

I was quite shocked to read your "Funding Inaction" editorial in Saturday's paper, which took the city to task for not annexing adjoining undeveloped land and for not blindly running roads and utilities into undeveloped property.

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Fighting complacency

Girls basketball team to host two teams with total of two league wins

Sometimes, it's hard at the top. At least, that what Moffat County girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen thinks.

Pastor Steven Wallace: What are we afraid of in referring to early Christian influences?

Dr. Vitz and a committee examined 60 social studies and history textbooks used in U.S. public schools. The results showed that almost every reference to the early Christian influence in the United States had been removed.

Not out of winter's woods yet

Car maintenance still important

More motorists need roadside assistance in February than any other month of the winter season, according to AAA Colorado.

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'On the same wavelength'

Local youths find common ground with National Western Stock Show competitors

Multi-colored ribbons, hours on the road, goats with names like Cocoa Puff, Juicy Fruit and Alabama - it's all part of the show for Makayla and Alexi.

Elisa Shackelton: Change your furnace filter regularly

If you're one of those people who only change their furnace filter once a year, you may well be shortening the life of your furnace, as well as breathing in some really dirty air.

Police blotter for Jan. 25

Shiloh Harms, 32, a transient, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of a community corrections violation.

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When opportunity knocks

Bulldog boys basketball team to host Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley this weekend

Moffat County boys basketball coach Steve Maneotis' voice is enthusiastic as he talks about this weekend's matchup with visiting Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley.

John Thompson: Children at bus stop easy target for predator

To my astonishment, I witnessed a cow elk being pursued by a large black wolf on my property, three miles north of Craig.

Datebook for Jan. 25

6 p.m. The Elks Lodge hosts bingo each Friday night. Fifteen games are played with a minimum payout of $1,000 each night. The lodge is at 43 W. Victory Way. Doors open at 5 p.m.

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Hearty beef, barley, lentil soup for a slow cooker

This week, Jan Rinker, who lives west of Craig, sent me a recipe for "Beef, Barley, Lentil Soup."

State LEAP gets $8.1M

Moffat County program enrollment down from last year

Those looking for help with heating costs are encouraged to apply to the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program at Moffat County Social Services.

Moffat County Neighbor: Brittany Lenker

Brittany Lenker Age: 25

Moffat County School District superintendent tells board this year will be his last

Moffat County School Board members voted Thursday to extend Superintendent Pete Bergmann's employment contract an additional year.

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Christina M. Currie: When push comes to shove

I've decided that the way to judge the quality of a parent is by evaluating how they handle a good, old-fashioned temper tantrum.

'Gotta see 'em, at the Wyman Museum'

Many years ago, when Mary Jo Brown would drive her children - now grown - to Denver, she remembers the family reading old Burma-Shave signs along the road.

Craig briefs for Jan. 25

In celebration of Craig's centennial, Black Mountain Theatre will produce "Land of Northern Mystery."

Thursday, January 24

Datebook for Jan. 24

6 p.m. The Elks Lodge hosts bingo each Friday night. Fifteen games are played with a minimum payout of $1,000 each night. The lodge is at 43 W. Victory Way. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Affairs of the state

Chamber, county, city to present 2008 agendas

Last year's Craig Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, which featured addresses from city, county and state agency officials, provided valuable information to the 120 people attending, organizers said.

Bill Harding: Veteran work program pay ruled tax-free

Payments provided to veterans under two specific programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs - the Compensated Work Therapy and Incentive Therapy programs - no longer are taxable, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

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'Eternity in mind'

Missions begin at home, church members say while preparing for February trip to Africa

On Feb. 1, Jon Curtis and six other New Creation Church members, including Pastor Jason Haskell, are embarking on a 12-day trip to Burkina Faso, an African country nestled against the continent's Atlantic shore.

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Four-goal third seals comeback win

Moffat County center Scott Smith had two game-tying goals, and CJ Walt scored the game-winner as the Bulldog hockey club came back from a two-goal deficit in the third period Wednesday to beat the visiting Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association Midget Major A team, 6-4.

Police blotter for Jan. 24

Tausha Lorraine Merwin, 27, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Craig briefs for Jan. 24

State of the County on Feb. 19

The Craig Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting "State of the County: An inside look at Moffat County" is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Craig Holiday Inn, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

Ron D. Velarde: Follow-up to Division of Wildlife story

I wanted to briefly follow up on the story about the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Craig Chamber Visitors Center, titled "DOW Won't Give Funds" in the Jan. 23 Daily Press.

Cathy Hamilton: Laughter a cure for sinusitis

Inserting the spout of a miniature teapot into my right nostril, I tilt my head just so. After a moment, the water streams - then trickles, then streams again - out the nostril on the other side.

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Tickets going on sale for Craig Kiwanis Club play March 7 and 8 at fairgrounds pavilion

For as long as Jeff Corriveau can remember, people have waited for Craig Kiwanis Club play tickets days in advance of them going on sale during blustery mid-winter weather.

Working the budget

MCTA budget workshop addresses Moffat County Visitor Center, goals

Unexpected drops in lodging tax revenue from the latter half of 2007 prompted the Moffat County Tourism Association to convene a budget workshop Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 23

Poor, but prosperous

What the late Earl Camp lacked in money, he made up for with family

The times were many that long-time Craig resident Earl David Camp didn't have two nickels to rub together.

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Meeker is weaker

Bulldog wrestlers defeat Cowboys in dual meet

Disappointed in his 2-3 finish while competing Saturday in Rifle, Bulldog wrestler Charlie Griffiths said he wanted the time to "fix what I'm doing wrong."

Police blotter for Jan. 21

Police blotter for Jan. 21

Craig briefs for Jan. 23

Nominate area professionals

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Unforgettable

Everyday after school I would walk to my Yia Yia Georgia and Papou George's house, with a big backpack full of crayons, trapper keepers, and permission slips.

Diane Prather: Great book for a grandmother

This week's book would be a great gift for a grandmother or a grandmother-to-be. My sister, Darlene, gave it to me awhile back.

Our view: Snowplow men cometh

There's a lot people can - and do - gripe about when it comes to their city government.

Bulldog swimmers place third

Moffat County attacking records along the way

Marin Campbell, Moffat County swim team coach said the "hardest month of training" is coming to a close for the Bulldog swimmers.

Foster care needs improvement

Local families could take in children left in outside care facilities

Moffat County could do a better job caring for its troubled youths, said Marie Peer, Moffat County Social Services director.

Humane Society of Moffat County: 'Generous donation' appreciated

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank Robert and Bette Albestod, Beth Postemski, Michael and Janice Cutler, and Chloe Butler for the generous donations. It is all received with great appreciation.

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DOW won't give funds

Cuts prevent regional division from giving more to chamber

The Craig Chamber of Commerce asked the Colorado Division of Wildlife for an additional $10,000 a year to fund the Chamber's sportsman's information specialist position.

Council returns $8,000 to MCTA

The Craig City Council voted unanimously to return an $8,000 appropriation from the Moffat County Tourism Association at its meeting Tuesday.

Datebook for Jan. 23


Tuesday, January 22

Back to its winning ways

Bulldog Hockey Club sweeps Grand Junction

The weekend of Jan. 12, the Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club had its 14 game unbeaten streak halted at the hands of visiting Gunnison.

Mary Jo Brown: Senior spotlight

June in January? No, just a difference in the temperature recently. But, watch out now. We're back to thoughts of wishing winter was over.

Maren Schmidt: How do we want to be?

Kids Talk

Each of us has a picture in our minds of how we want our personal world to be. This vision of our perfect planet contains the people most important to us, along with favorite activities, feelings, foods, decorations, surroundings and more.

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Bulldogs finish in bottom half

Moffat County wrestlers place seventh in Rifle

In a season full of what Moffat County wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez has called "a bunch of up and downs," the Bulldogs encountered another down Saturday.

Police blotter for Jan. 22

Moffat County Jail No reports.

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Thumbs up to Sonic

Zoning Commission recommends plans for restaurant, Candlewood Suites

The Craig Planning and Zoning Commission voted Monday to recommend the Craig City Council approve site plans for two projects, which Chairman Jim Meineke said were good for the city.

Datebook for Jan. 22

6 p.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ hosts a free movie at the church, 630 Green St. The movie is "Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam," a film that compares similarities and differences in religious beliefs and practices.

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Time fulfilled

Assistant superintendent announces retirement

For Joel Sheridan, Moffat County School District assistant superintendent, the time has come.

Movies with a message

Free film screenings educate community

Popcorn, soda pop and a dark room.

Craig briefs for Jan. 22

Flu shots available through VNA

Influenza season usually peaks in February, according to a Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association news release.

Museum grants denied; one pending

Officials say losing grants won't hinder operations

Two of three grants, totaling $35,000 and applied for on behalf of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, have been rejected.

EDP hires specialist

Steamboat woman named top executive

Scott Cook, Cook Chevrolet owner, would like to get education on certain things, such as reducing employee health insurance premiums and property tax dues.

Monday, January 21

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Victims' group lauds police detective

Ken Johnson earns Officer of the Year honor

A mutually complimentary relationship exists between Craig Police Department Detective Ken Johnson and the local victims' advocacy group, Advocates-Crisis Support Services.

Terrie Barrie: Make your voice heard

In less than three weeks, the major political parties will hold a caucus to determine which presidential candidate should represent their respective party in November's election. This caucus, held locally, is the basis of a free and democratic society. This caucus is the first step for local citizens to have a loud voice to choose their candidate to run for president.

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'On the board'

Noble 3-pointer, assist guide Bulldogs to first league win

Moffat County guard Thomas Noble went from goat to hero in a matter of 39 seconds.

Bulldogs fly past Delta

Moffat County High School girls team wins by 54 points

Markie Workman made a triumphant return to the starting lineup Saturday, helping guide the Moffat County Bulldogs girls basketball team to an 83-29 victory against host Delta.

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The show goes on

Craig Idol talent contest set for Saturday

Every week, millions of viewers sit down to watch and judge obscure no-names from Anywhere, U.S.A., all of whom are vying to be the next American Idol.

Craig briefs for Jan. 21

Yearbook for home school students

The Northwest Colorado Home School Association is offering all home school students an opportunity to participate in creating a page in the group's first yearbook. The cost is $15 and includes assistance putting together a family page and a copy of the finished yearbook. The deadline for accepting pages is March 14. To schedule an appointment, call Tobi Chacon at 824-6512 or Michelle Peters at 620-0283.

Debra Sanders: A warning to the citizens of Moffat County

On Jan. 18, something unprecedented happened in the financial world. The bond company, Ambec, lost their AAA rating. Bond companies insure the banks and there are just a handful of them.

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Room to grow

Art Walk, Taste of Chocolate festival provides venues for artists, confectioners

Downtown Books co-owner Carol Jacobson can sum up last year's Art Walk and Taste of Chocolate in a few words.

Andy Bockelman: '27 Dresses' a sweet and satisfying flick

The old adage, "always a bridesmaid, never a bride," is brought to life in the new flick, "27 Dresses."

Health watch: BP monitoring, the FDA and organic foods

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

Datebook for Jan. 21

State offices are closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. City and county offices are not. Craig's Veterans Service Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Aging Well: More than willpower

Mary Dike, 58, of Steamboat Springs remembers the moment 10 years ago when she decided to quit smoking.

Business News & Notes: Craig's first all-inclusive spa

Debbie Tomlin, 44, and Roxanne Nelson, 36, recognized a business opportunity.

Saturday, January 19

Making ends meet

Director: Not enough state funding for early intervention program

Sarah Hepworth, the Moffat County School District early childhood services director, said she finds her students' frankness appealing.

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Bulldogs can't stay close

Moffat County boys play strong first half, but Palisade pulls away in third quarter to win

Running the floor, hitting the open shot and staying close to undefeated Palisade through the first half of their matchup Friday, Moffat County was poised to claim its first league win.

Ride the divide

Craig residents take tractor trip over Continental Divide

On the early morning of Aug. 18, 2007, a group of people was gathered at Medicine Bow National Forest where they were unloading trailers. Although there were scattered clouds in the sky, the day was sunny. Evergreen and Aspen trees waved slightly in the breeze.

Police blotter for Jan. 19

Moffat County Jail No reports.


The multi-colored building located on the north end of Meeker looks slightly out of place.

Task force arrests suspected distributors

The All Crimes Enforcement Team, an area task force, arrested two men this week, both suspected of distributing narcotics, during separate search warrants executed in Steamboat Springs and Craig.

Datebook for Jan. 19

8 to 9 a.m. The MS Support Group meets for breakfast at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. Public is invited. Call Kathy at 871-7661.

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In sickness and in health

Friend sends man battling cancer to Denver for final Broncos game of season

For more than three decades, work was the staple of Don Pankey's life. As the co-owner of Western American Drilling, there was a business to run, rigs to operate and holes to drill.

Bulldog girls hoops presses into second

Moffat County uses defense to knock off Palisade, move up in Western Slope rankings

Palisade coach Jay Muller said Thursday he was looking forward to the Friday night visit by the Moffat County girls basketball team.

Craig briefs for Jan. 19

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for large business of the year, small business of the year and businessperson of the year.

Lawmakers playing 'defense' in pine beetle epidemic

Western Colorado lawmakers admit there is little the state legislature can do about Colorado's catastrophic loss of lodgepole pine forests from an epidemic of the mountain pine beetle.

Out of the loop

Questions arise about MCTA project funds, communication with officials

A Moffat County Tourism Association project to put Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carvings around town and establish a tourist walking tour has derailed for logistical reasons.

Our view: Funding inaction

Local politicians are afraid. The hovering specter of an energy bust is driving them into hiding our tax money.

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A renaissance man

Town site developer William F. Teagarden tried his hand at many trades

Postmaster, miner, real estate salesman, town site locator. William F. Teagarden did it all.

Friday, January 18

Moffat County Neighbor: Ryan Duran

Age: 27 Occupation: Business owner What should your business card say you do? Depends on the day

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Diane Prather: What a treat

What a treat. I received two recipes this week.

Craig briefs for Jan. 18

We see D.C. seeks volunteers

Do you and your significant other want to help with the annual trip to Washington D.C. and the Williamsburg, Va., area for We See D.C. - an educational project that sends area youths the nation's capital?

Liftoff at airport

Cross-Yampa Valley information project begins

Officials made the first step forward on a joint Yampa Valley Regional Airport information center at an informal meeting Thursday.

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Business names released

Police Department gives compliance check list; many differ on fairness

In the wake of an alcohol-related investigation this month, area business owners voiced their views on compliance check operations.

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Bulldog Beat for Jan. 18

What happened? I go on a week's vacation and everybody loses? I guess I can never leave Craig.

A winter centerpiece

Organizers aim for Winter Festival to draw crowds in off-season

Looking forward one year, Nicky Boulger could see the Moffat County calendar was pretty bare from hunting season in the fall to Grand Old West Days in the summer.

Datebook for Jan. 18

6 p.m. The Elks Lodge hosts bingo each Friday night. Fifteen games are played with a minimum payout of $1,000 each night. The lodge is located at 43 W. Victory Way. Doors open at 5 p.m.

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Andy Bockelman: Not quite a 'Legend'

But still a must-see for thrill seekers

Imagine if when Tom Hanks appeared in "Cast Away," he and Wilson the Volleyball were constrained to save all of humanity. Transport him to Manhattan, and you have the movie "I Am Legend."

No rest for the wary

Sleep apnea a disorder causes wakefulness for family, sleeping partners

Loud snoring. Daytime sleepiness and depression. And, occasionally, death.

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Battle for second

Moffat County girls to compete against Palisade

Moffat County High School girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen stands in the middle of the gym during practice Thursday.

Fr. Randy Dollins: Mind your P's and Q's

It happened to me again just the other day.

Elisa Shackelton: Lots of snow: How's your back holding up?

Although 15 minutes of snow shoveling benefits a healthy heart, most people don't understand that the initial attempt at shoveling, especially if the snow is wet, can be like picking up a set of heavy free weights, since one shovelful of wet snow can weigh as much as 25 pounds.

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Christina M. Currie: The blame game

It is oh-so tempting to establish yourself as all-seeing and all-knowing when it comes to the way you want your children to perceive you. I'm telling you now, it will come back to haunt you.

Thursday, January 17

Police Blotter for Jan. 16

Ashley M. Stevens, 21, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of a community corrections violation.

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Applying herself

Financial aid applications a rite of passage for MCHS senior

Four months out from graduation, Moffat County High School senior Desirae Pearcey is looking beyond the cap and gown.

Bill Harding: VFW features new service for media representatives

New Online VFW Media Room: The VFW has a new service for media representatives and invites you to explore it at

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Ten out of 22 businesses fail recent alcohol sales compliance checks

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office recently conducted an investigation to determine if local establishments were selling alcohol to individuals under legal drinking age.

Craig briefs for Jan. 17

Kick the habit

Tobacco-free quit kits for smokers and chewers are available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offices in Steamboat Springs, 940 Central Park Dr., suite 101, and Craig, 745 Russell St.

EDP plans consumer study

Data to illustrate which industries have room for growth

Relying on the local scenery and wildlife to attract businesses to the area might not be enough.

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Local sled dog racer among sport's elite with 200-mile win

For four years, Tom Thurston has had the 2008 Seeley Lake 200 circled. This year, at this 200-mile race, was when Thurston was going to have his adult, 12-dog team primed to compete for a win.

Datebook for Jan. 17

Today The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries reopens.

Sentence entered in alleged church theft case

Stealing, an official with First Congregational United Church of Christ said, is bad enough. Stealing from a church, she added, should be punished by mandatory jail time.

Wednesday, January 16

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Bulldogs fall to Fruita

So close. That is how Moffat County High School boys basketball coach Steve Maneotis describes his team's efforts at netting another win.

Scott Cook: Thanks for going above and beyond

As a local, small business owner, I know we get all the blame if something goes wrong but no credit when things go right.

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Fire at CMS 'did minimal damage'

Craig Fire/Rescue reported to what is believed to be a chemical fire at Craig Middle School at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, after a small fire broke out in Room 208.

Eddie Kiggins: Snow needs removing from city sidewalks

As a senior, I believe the city should remove snow from the two main streets of Craig.

Craig briefs for Jan. 16

Diamonds and Spurs tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for the Craig Rotary Club's annual Diamond and Spurs Dinner Dance, which takes place Saturday, Jan. 26.

A win-win situation

Puck Ewes continue dominance against league opponents

Through the years, the Moffat County women's hockey team, the Puck Ewes, had not lost to either of its weekend opponents in 12 games.

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Diane Prather: Wild ride, happy ending in 'Wild Swans'

This week's beautiful picture book, with illustrations done in colored pencils, celebrates the bicentennial of Hans Christian Andersen's birth. The inside cover pages are done in gold.

Our view: Craig: A destination town

Sonic is in the process of coming to Craig, just one more sign of the boom.

Datebook for Jan. 16

The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries is closed for inventory.

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Wall to appear in court today

Local attorneys speculate on possible change of venue, potential strategies

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall will appear in court at 8:30 a.m. today, but little is expected from the proceedings.

Washington trip getting set

What's the greatest vacation you have been on?

Murder suspect bound for trial

Court orders defendant held without bail

A Moffat County District Court judge bound a defendant charged with murder over for trial Tuesday, following an approximate eight-hour preliminary hearing.

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Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Tough skin

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos from San Diego to Craig

I have always called myself a fair weather skier.

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Three Dog Night to play at the Fairgrounds

Band will headline Centennial Celebration closing concert

When Dave Pike thinks back to his high school years, he remembers the band Three Dog Night was in the middle of a good run.

Identifying the need

Local agencies: Temporary housing for homeless needed in Craig

Transitional and emergency housing still is a need to be met in Moffat County, said Pat Jones, Love INC executive director.

Tuesday, January 15

One better

Bulldog wrestlers place fourth in Vegas

MCHS wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez went into the two-day Las Vegas Invitational wrestling tournament seeking a top-five finish for his Moffat County High School team.

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Bulldog hockey loses first game

Moffat County falls to Gunnison in first game, 5-3, ties second game, 2-2

The Moffat County Bulldog hockey club team tasted defeat for the first time this season Saturday, losing the first game of a home double-header against Gunnison, 5-3.

Datebook for Jan. 15


Police Blotter for Jan. 15

Moffat County Jail

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Senior needs presented to county

An estimated 1,800 county residents - or slightly more than 10 percent - are considered seniors. In a recent survey aimed at identifying their needs and concerns, the answers were not necessarily typical.

County Shops on Commission agenda

Renovation, Steamboat Transit construction project ongoing

There were two County Shops on the Moffat County Commission's meeting agenda Monday, but the county is not currently using either of them.

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'Twinge of wishing'

Abandoned church building a reminder of congregation's past, possible future

On Wesley Drive stands a building with boarded windows and fissures growing between its bricks. The building was once a church, but the sign at the head of the driveway is gone, and churchgoers no longer gather there on Sundays.

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MCHS speech and debate looks for bigger competition, more wins as a team

Eric Hansen, Moffat County High School speech and debate coach, said he knew his team had improved this year.

Maren Schmidt: I dream of a world...

Martin Luther King Day 2008. I dream of a world where every person sees their own greatness and reaches for the vision they have for themselves.

Craig briefs for Jan. 15

Sheriff's Office deputy ticketed

Monday, January 14

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Volunteer crews work on Habitat duplex in West End Village

For single mother Melissa Kerbs, the best part of owning a home will be that her young sons will have their own rooms for the first time.

MCHS swim team makes progress

Coach enthused by squad's performance at latest meet

Two words came out almost immediately when coach Marin Campbell described the Moffat County High School girls swim team's performance at the Jeffco Invite on Friday and Saturday: great and excited.

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Daddy looks weird without beard

Brothers of the Brush contest kicks off Craig Centennial celebration

Eight minutes in to holding signups, Mayor Don Jones and Craig Centennial Committee member Beth Gilchrist had 22 people enter the Brothers of the Brush contest.

Business News & Notes: Local preacher plows fields, cuts lawns

Back hurting from shoveling the snow on your walk and driveway?

Snowmobile club thanks veterans

There are many ways to thank veterans.

McKee and Dickinson families: Words of gratitude

The family of Casey McKee thanks their friends in the communities of Craig, Milner, Hayden, Maybell and Browns Park as well as St. Michael parish, Father Jim Fox, and Owen and Judy at Grant Mortuary for the many prayers, masses, food, beautiful flowers and cards and phone calls of concern. We also thank you for the scholarship fund donations and for traveling the miles to show tribute and celebrate his life with us.

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GOP meets at Holiday Inn

State and national politics topics of the evening

Amid the glamour and glad-handing at the Holiday Inn on Saturday night, some points were made, some concessions given and some candidates presented.

Datebook for Jan. 14

The Craig Branch of the Moffat County Libraries is closed for inventory.

Craig briefs for Jan. 14

MCHS to host financial aid seminars

College grants, loans, work-study and scholarships are subjects that will be discussed at the seniors financial aid seminar at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Moffat County High School.

Tax season could be delayed for some taxpayers

The Internal Revenue Service announced recently that the upcoming tax season is expected to start on time for everyone except certain taxpayers potentially affected by late enactment of the Alternative Minimum Tax "patch."

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Bulldogs shoot down Rifle

Moffat County High School girls basketball team wins, 37-29

For Moffat County High School girls basketball point guard Angie Charchalis, Saturday's 37-29 victory against Rifle was a long-time coming.

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The learning game

Bulldogs boys close in loss; looking to learn how to win

There's hustle. There's resolve to come back. There's talent.

Aging Well: Gliding into health

Sven Wiik, 86, knows a thing or two about cross-country skiing.

Sunday, January 13

Suspect in Moffat County case arrested in Utah

A Colorado man sought by police for allegedly firing a gun at a woman in November at a trailer park in Dinosaur has been arrested.

Saturday, January 12

USDA loans available

How is your house holding up against this winter weather?

HUD plans solution

Will conduct telephone survey to ensure correct voucher rent values

In the next week or so, if a person calls asking about your monthly rent and utility costs, Evelyn Tileston would like you to consider not hanging up.

Court rules in favor of TMH

Collection company owner denies criminal, malicious wrongdoing

The Memorial Hospital has "received very little," of the nearly half million dollars owed to it by a now defunct Craig collection company, hospital officials said.

Our View: Healthy minds, healthy state

The Colorado State Legislature has begun, and there is no doubt that important issues will be discussed.

Bulldogs boys fall, 75-46, to Demons

After outscoring Moffat County, 23-9, in the third quarter and taking a 54-37 lead, the Demons put on a show for the crowd at Glenwood Springs High School.

Craig briefs for Jan. 12

Seedling trees for sale

The Colorado First Soil Conservation District is taking orders for seedling tree sales.

Datebook for Jan. 12

9:30 a.m. An avalanche awareness training, hosted by the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club, is at the Freeman trailhead, approximately 11 miles north on Highway 13. The seminar is free. Call 824-5353 or 824-4198.

Police blotter for Jan. 12

No reports.

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Career minded

Business advisory committee creates network between students, business leaders

Krista Schenck, Moffat County High School business and marketing instructor, has her sights set on her students' futures - beyond high school and after college.

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Time to enroll in 4-H

Program helps youths build leadership skills through projects

To Make the Best Better.

Bryce Jacobson: A son's intuition?

Most everyone has heard of a mother's intuition - the maternal ability to know the welfare of her child regardless of date or distance.

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Road's end

Early Craig resident found permanent home in Moffat County

John Mack - carpenter, ranch hand, wayfarer and, eventually, one of Craig's earliest residents.

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MCHS girls fall to Glenwood

Two games into Class 4A Western Slope League play, the Glenwood Springs girls are sitting on top of the standings.

DOW takes heat for buy up of private land

Some long-held grievances have put the Colorado Division of Wildlife in the bull's-eye of at least three rural Republican lawmakers who believe the agency is out of control in its buy up of privately owned land.

Year one down for Jantz

Sheriff looks at first year, toward second

Sitting on Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz's desk is a blue Mead notebook.

Friday, January 11

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Sonic has plans for Craig

Fast-food franchise seeks to build on land in front of Wal-Mart

Years of speculation have led to this: The rumors are true.

Up from the ashes

Reconstruction efforts going on after apartment fire

Early May is the goal for completing reconstruction on a Craig apartment complex that caught fire in September 2007.

Craig briefs for Jan. 11

Art Walk on its way

The 13th annual Art Walk, co-sponsored by the Downtown Business Association and the Colorado Northwestern Community College pottery program, is from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 in downtown Craig.

Police blotter for Jan. 11

Brian Barry Conifer, 45, of Rangely, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of liquor.

Christina M. Currie: The price of a good life

I, as happens occasionally, bribed 7-year-old Katie and 6-year-old Nikki with a Happy Meal to sit quietly through yet another meeting. The rest of us were eating margarita pizza, so the girls were really missing out. They didn't see it that way.

Elisa Shackelton: Are icicles causing damage to your home?

Many of us love the look of icicles hanging down in front of our windows during the winter, but few realize that the ice dams on the edge of the roof may actually be causing structural damage to our home, and/or negatively be impacting our home's indoor air quality.

Moffat County Neighbor: Esther Camp

Occupation: Store manager of Corral West

Bulldogs boys team seeks first league win

Coach Steve Maneotis answers immediately when asked what his Moffat County High School boys basketball team must do to be successful in this weekend's games against Glenwood Springs and Rifle.

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'A legitimate threat'

Bulldogs girls face off against conference rival Glenwood on Friday

The Moffat County High School girls basketball team will be without one of its leading scorers and rebounders this weekend in games against Glenwood Springs and Rifle.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Homemade soups are sure to warm up cold, snowy nights

You just can't beat a pot of hot soup on these cold, snowy nights.

Datebook for Jan. 11

10 a.m. to noon Northwest Colorado Homeschool Association COOP Class is at the Fairgrounds Pavilion. Call Michelle at 620-0283.

'Huge challenge for 2008'

Chamber director, board expect good things for new year

Christina Currie, Craig Chamber of Commerce executive director, is proud of her organization's achievements last year but doesn't think her board should rest on its laurels.

For the love of a book

Book club introduces members to wide variety of literature

For more than a quarter century, Veda Wyman has come to The Craig Book Club meetings.

Thursday, January 10

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Vegas vacation

Bulldog wrestlers travel to compete in Nevada

Team bonding, families enjoying the nightlife, a little Texas hold 'em and a top-five finish.

Police blotter for Jan. 10

Brian Barry Confer, 45, of Rangely, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Craig briefs for Jan. 10

Commissioners named to boards

At Tuesday's Moffat County Commission, several yearly duties were taken care of.

Veterans Hotline: Snow removal and snowmobile rides

Repeating for one more time, Local American Legion Post 62 has arranged with the Moffat County Sheriff's Office to assist city and county senior citizens and/or disabled veterans by establishing a courtesy snow removal service, using inmates from the safety center.

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The written Paige

Craig youth to be published in oral history collection

Fourth-grader Paige Durbin didn't consider herself an author.

Suspect arrested in connection with burglary

A 27-year-old man listed as a transient was arrested Monday on suspicion of committing a burglary that included the theft of firearms, the Craig Police Department reported.

Datebook for Jan. 10

6:40 a.m. The Craig Chamber of Commerce's quarterly Wake-Up Craig breakfast, sponsored by Laurus Associates and hosted by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, is at the Park Cafe, 419 E. Victory Way (upstairs). The cost is $5. Contact the chamber at 970-824-5689 or to register.

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Community united

Moffat County United Way raises largest figure in 30-year history

Corrie Ponikvar knew the lofty fundraising goal her organization set would be difficult to reach, and indeed it was. Based on the latest figures, it appears Moffat County United Way's latest campaign drive will fall just short of the $475,000 target.

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'On target'

Centennial hats on sale; concert performers to be announced soon

Craig's 100-year anniversary celebration will soon have a voice.

Boomergirl: January doldrums sink in

Whew! Between learning a new language, ridding my fridge of fattening and/or expired foods, nurturing my spiritual side, following through on my commitments, enhancing relationships with family, friends and co-workers, and organizing my self-help books, I've had a busy 2008 so far.

Wednesday, January 9

Poster contest rules

Guidelines for Craig's 2008 Centennial Poster Contest


Commemorative Craig Centennial memorabilia

Centennial calendar

Jan. 12 Brothers of the Brush beard growing contest begins. Participants should arrive clean shaven at 10 a.m. at the Centennial Mall to register for the competition and for their before picture.

Nate Kelly and family: Family of Jack. E. Kelly thankful for support

The family of Jack E. Kelly would like to thank the Routt County Search and Rescue, Sharon and Gordon Booco, Tim Barnes and family, Chuck Cobb, Diana and Delbert Knez, Sherri Ferree, Anita Teeter, Brenda McKey and the OP Bar and Grill staff along with everyone else who has been here for us in our time of need.

Police blotter for Jan. 9

Orlando Javier Zuniga, 28, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violation of bail bonds and violating a restraining order.

Exploring the gap

Commission to determine if teacher gap exists

By state mandate, the Quality Teacher Commission convened earlier this month. The commission's purpose: close the teacher gap.

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Wellness in motion

Chiropractor unveils new mobile digital X-ray lab that allows images of moving people

For Craig Chiropractic Clinic co-owner Allan German, it's all about movement. "The whole idea behind chiropractic (care) is restoring motion," he said. "Life is motion. If you're not moving, you're dying."

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Accidents attributed to icy road

Sheriff's Office vehicle rolls while responding to earlier rollover

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a Tuesday afternoon accident involving a Moffat County Sheriff's Office vehicle.

Craig briefs for Jan. 9

The Yampa Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines International is planning its annual show for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Moffat County High School. The show title is "Craig Idol" and is a localized version of the television show, American Idol.

Datebook for Jan. 9

8 a.m. The Craig Downtown Business Association meets at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. Members will discuss goals and plans for the upcoming year, including participation in the Centennial celebration. Call 824-5343.

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Diane Prather: Piggy book packed with excitement

I realize that I've reviewed a bunch of children's books in a row lately. That's because the Moffat County Library has a wonderful display of new fairy tales right now, and they're irresistible. I'll get back to adult books shortly.

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Bulldogs win league opener

Girls dispatch rival Sailors by 43 points

The clock read 3 minutes, 26 seconds before halftime. And it marked the first time the visiting Steamboat Springs girls basketball team scored a point in Tuesday's game against rival Moffat County High School.

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Ground contamination removal duty cloudy

County commission debates Park-and-Ride facility

The question: Who will pay for the ground contamination removal conducted by the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department at the construction site of the new Steamboat Springs Transit Park-and-Ride facility, which is being built by the east Kum and Go?

Developer targets fall opening for retail space

Building near Wal-Mart to offer multiple spaces

The developer of a proposed retail building near the Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Craig has received interest from potential business tenants and is targeting a fall opening date.

Our View: Constitutional rights, wrongs

Have you read the Colorado state Constitution? If you have, you truly are a tenacious reader.

Tuesday, January 8

Maren Schmidt: Deciding when to make your child ask permission

For many of us, it is easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission.

Police blotter for Jan. 8

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Total judicial caseload decreases

District sees modest reduction in 2007

The tri-county 14th Judicial District handled 4,993 total cases - ranging from felony prosecutions to traffic infractions - in 2007, the district's lowest total in three years.

Lynette Cloer: Appalled at money spent by candidates

With the Iowa Caucus over, I'm appalled at the amounts of money spent by these campaigners.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Sweeney Todd' dark, powerful film

Guaranteed to send shivers down your spine and forever frighten you from getting a haircut is Tim Burton's version of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."

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John Vandelinder: Hockey still at top of Bulldog beat

The Moffat County High School played host to swimmers and wrestlers from around the state in tournament action this weekend. The Bulldog Hockey Club is still unbeaten and tonight the girls and boys basketball teams host rival Steamboat Springs.

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Showdown in Craig

Bulldog boys and girls basketball teams to host rival Steamboat in doubleheader tonight

Two games, four teams. Two are defending Western Slope League champions, the other two are following a blue print toward the same success.

Craig briefs for Jan. 8

Two radon education programs will be offered at the CSU Moffat County Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. The first class is from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 15, and the second class is from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 17. A light meal and short-term radon test kit will be provided free to participants. Registration is required by contacting Elisa at the CSU Moffat County Extension Office at 824-9180.

Dropping temperatures raise risk

Fire hazards related to heat sources, lighting increase during winter

Various devices - a string of decorative lights or an electric heater - may bring warmth and light to the cold winter months.

Debra Sanders: A sound off on politics, presidential race

I would like to speak out about the upcoming presidential race. First, I want to qualify myself by saying I have checked the candidates' past voting record as well as cross checked everything each candidate has said against the facts.

Datebook for Jan. 8

Friendship United Methodist Church offers a basic Bible study using the guidebook "Your Bible! The Study Begins." The study will last five weeks, and finishes Feb. 5. Anyone is welcome. The class will take place at Pastor Phil and Karen Gibson's residence, 1509 Oak St. in Craig. Call 824-7939.

Republicans host Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday

Dick Wadhams to speak at Republican fundraiser

The Moffat County Republican Central Committee is hosting its longtime fundraiser, the Lincoln Day Dinner, on Saturday at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

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Regional snowpack below average

Measurements show state above average

Recent measurements taken throughout Colorado indicate that the state's average snowpack is tracking above average, the NRCS reported in a press release.

Monday, January 7

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Snow will dissipate today

A storm that brought 9 inches of heavy snow and wind gusts up to 55 mph Saturday and Sunday is forecast to continue to affect the region through this afternoon, with an additional 5 to 9 inches of accumulation possible in the city of Steamboat Springs.

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Wrestlers finish fourth

Bulldogs come up short in Dog Fight Duals tournament

Moffat County wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez summed up his team's performance in Saturday's Dog Fight Duals wrestling tournament, with one word.

Red Dogs finish fourth

Last-minute Smith goal not enough

The Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club isn't the only competitive male hockey team in town.

Andy Bockelman: Movies of 2007: A year in review

Last year provided moviegoers with a vast array of films - some purely enlightening, some mind numbing and some comfortably in between.

Members of Black Mountain Theatre: Thanks for all the hard work

We would like to thank our sponsors, the Craig Daily Press and Katie's Kostumes, for their support for our New Year's Eve event.

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Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: The winter blues

Ornament by ornament, my mother undresses the Christmas tree. The ornament of a pair of baby slippers that reads "Mari Katherine's first Christmas" gets harder to put away each year for my mother.

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Give Kids A Smile signup starting

Event offers free dental care to uninsured youths

In the previous two years the Northwest Dental Coalition has offered the Give Kids A Smile Day, the one-day event has been "booked solid," said Janet Pearcey, director of the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition.

Health Watch: Save the ER for a true emergency

Your daughter's friend is stung by a bee while playing in your yard and suddenly finds it hard to breathe.

Craig briefs for Jan. 7

Time to sign up for 4-H

Enrollments are being taken for the 2008 Moffat County 4-H program year. 4-H enables youths ages 8 to18 to participate in hands-on projects, attend camps, make friends, acquire and/or improve their leadership and public speaking skills and much more.

Datebook for Jan. 7

6 to 7 p.m. The Moffat County High School Accountability Committee is scheduled to meet at the high school library.

Brothers of the beard

Centennial Committee sponsoring contest for city celebration

Fifty years ago, a group of men under the name "Brothers of the Brush" decided to go unkempt.

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Swimmers scorch pool

Moffat County High School wins home meet

The Bulldogs found their sea legs Saturday, capturing seven first-place finishes on its way to winning the second leg of back-to-back home meets.

Aging Well: The makings of meaningful resolutions

As if the holidays weren't stressful enough, then comes along a new year and the pressure to make resolutions.

Sunday, January 6

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Watch the skies

Don't miss out on cosmic events of 2008

If you enjoy watching the skies for eclipses, meteor showers, comets and bright planets, then 2008 has plenty of celestial events to keep you busy. Here is a brief summary of some of the celestial highlights you can look forward to in the New Year:

Saturday, January 5

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Almost something else

A past of pain and pitfalls leads to redemption for local woman

Mother. Wife. College student. Business owner. Addiction counselor. School volunteer. Faith leader.

Craig briefs for Jan. 5

Time to sign up for 4-H

Tony Stoffle: Thanks for prayers

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts, prayers and donations to Betty's memorial fund.

Our View: Beating back bogus bills

It's a near certainty that whenever a community has something good - whether it be a successful program, amenity or organization - someone will come along and try to ruin it.

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Ranching goes on in the winter

Imagine the snow being so deep that a team of horses get bogged down and has to be shoveled out. That's what my father, Kenneth Osborn, occasionally had to do in years past when he fed with a team and sled.

VNA program receives $14,500

The Colorado Grand has granted Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association $14,500 to support The Aging Well Program's Wellness Wednesday, according to a news release issued Friday.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Juno': One of the year's best films

A topic like teenage pregnancy may not normally seem like an appropriate subject for comedy, but that wall is broken down in the indie hit "Juno."

New program set for CNCC

Automotive mechanic classes designed to reduce technician shortage

A good, local automotive technician is hard to come by these days. Just ask Steve Maneotis, Victory Motors of Craig co-owner.

Taylor, White set to start legislative session

Energy and water on to-do list for Western Slope lawmakers

Republican Sen. Jack Taylor of Steamboat Springs may be entering his 16th and final year in the Colorado Legislature, but don't call him a lame duck.

Bulldogs claw through Oak Creek

Criswell goal pushes unbeaten streak to 14

Tied at two goals apiece, with a little more than 1 minute remaining in the first game of a double-header, the Moffat County Hockey Club found itself in a precarious position.

Police blotter for Jan. 3

Police blotter for Jan. 3

Chuck Mack: More coal mine history

Still more articles on the continuing saga of the coal mines that were to be in the immediate area of Craig.

Taylor eyes goals for final year on Colorado senate

Unlike some high school seniors, State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Dist. 8, doesn't plan on taking his send-off year easy.

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Bulldog swimmers place second in home opener

Four doesn't equal one. At least it didn't Friday. The Moffat County High School swim team earned four individual titles Friday at its first home meet of the season, but despite the individual accomplishments, the team finished second overall.

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Craig: the pre-incorporation years

A scarcely populated expanse of sage, brimming with wildlife.

Datebook for Jan. 5

Today The Moffat County Ice Arena will be closed due to a hockey tournament.

Friday, January 4

Elisa Shackelton: Overcome your perceived fitness barriers in '08

No energy to exercise? Unfortunately, if you don't exercise, you'll have no energy, and it becomes a vicious cycle.

Moffat County Neighbor: Christine Muzik

Christine Muzik

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'Connection to the past'

Local group seeks to interpret, help preserve petroglyphs

Early morning sunshine illuminates Hazel Holdridge's face and the line of photographs hanging above her.

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Dog fight

Bulldog wrestlers prepare for home opener

Inside the Moffat County High School wrestling room the mood is somber. A handful of wrestlers have just returned from winter break, and the eerie silence coming from the dozen or so teenage boys is remarkably unexpected.

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Diane Prather: Three recipes to ring in the new year

On New Year's Day, we had clam chowder, oyster stew and leftover pizza and snacks from the night before. I was left in charge of making the clam chowder from my daughter-in-law Brandi's recipe.

Police blotter for Jan. 2

Police blotter for Jan. 2

Vet clinic finds success in first 100 days

Tuesday marked more than the beginning of a new year for the Craig Community VA Telehealth Clinic - it also marked the clinic's first 100 days of operation.

Student news: Josiah Pearson

Josiah Pearson of Craig was one of 342 students to be named to the Union University's Dean's List for the fall 2007 semester.

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Christina M. Currie: Dream job, sort of

I want a job where I only have to work seven hours a day, 177 days a year. I want between three and six breaks a day. I want to be able to show up regardless of my performance and have a myriad of counselors and specialists at my beck and call ready to help me succeed. I want lunch to be delivered to me and cost no more than $2.

Craig briefs for Jan. 4

Account available for donations

Datebook for Jan. 4

Datebook for Jan. 4

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The tourist hub

YVRA seen as prime tool to promote Moffat County tourism

John Ponikvar went to the Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden last weekend.

Alleged offender released from custody

A 38-year-old Craig man accused of alleged sexual offenses was released from custody Thursday afternoon following a Moffat County Court judge's ruling.

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Preventative measures

Snowmobile club to alert outdoor enthusiasts of avalanche risk

One moment of inattention or carelessness in the Colorado backcountry could cost a life, local officials say.

White looks at 2008 session

The Colorado State Legislature's 2008 session could bring a mix of statewide and local controversies.

Thursday, January 3

Cathy Hamilton: A year in view, a year in review

The year's end is a time for many columnists to review and reflect on stories they told during the past 12 months.

Bill Harding: Service to help with snow removal

Local American Legion Post 62 is arranging with the Moffat County Sheriff's Office to assist city and county senior citizens and/or disabled veterans by establishing a courtesy snow removal service using inmates from the safety center.

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Red Dogs Hockey hosts Yampa Valley Invite

It began almost 15 years ago.

Police blotter for Jan. 1

Police blotter for Jan. 1

Datebook for Jan. 3

Datebook for Jan. 3

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Immunizations may prevent influenza

It's not too late to vaccinate, local and national health officials said.

Winter Reading Program offers prizes

Winter's cold temperatures, wet snow and icy roads can sometimes keep a person indoors when he or she might otherwise go out.

Holiday calm for law enforcement

Nothing like what happened in Denver - thankfully.

Cities on the plains

Large subdivision housing lots planned for Maybell

A little time, a little patience, a little money.

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'Generosity of their hearts'

Volunteers bring food distribution program to senior citizens

SHARE Colorado registration coordinator Ginny Roth sits at an empty table, her tools spread in front of her.

Craig briefs for Jan. 3

Business of the year nominations sought

Wednesday, January 2

Andy Bockelman: Walk your way to 'Walk Hard'

In the mood for an inspirational and stirringly real musical biopic? You may not find those traits in "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," but you will find an endless cacophony of laughs.

Bulldog beat for Jan. 2

Winter break is coming to a close. The high school hosts a swim meet and a wrestling tournament this weekend and Steamboat Springs is scheduled to visit shortly thereafter in a rivalry match up in girls and boys basketball.

Little trouble on New Year's

Quiet holiday season for Routt County law enforcement officials

Routt County residents rang in 2008 with a walk on the mild side, law enforcement officials said Monday.

Moffat County swim team hosts two-day meet

ll semester, the Moffat County High School pool was empty.

YVEA: Rates may increase in '08

Electric co-op might raise rates by as much as 5 percent

Yampa Valley Electric Association customers may soon see rates rise 3 percent to 5 percent, according to officials from the region's energy co-op.

Our View: Vote of no confidence

For the most part, journalists enjoy breaking stories.

Police blotter for Dec. 31

Police blotter for Dec. 31

Datebook for Jan. 2

Wednesday, Jan. 2

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'Realizing what I almost lost'

Craig man's devotion to fiancee deepens after vehicular accident

When Dan Floeter received the call, he expected the worst.

Compton's departure vacates Council seat

Despite their reluctance to see Rod Compton leave, city officials expect the transition on the Craig City Council to go smoothly.

Joshua Roberts: Animal planet

Tigers eat people, deer plot coordinated attacks and Shelties dig chocolate cake and Heineken

New Year's Day.

Tuesday, January 1

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Diane Prather: 'Hans Brinker' captures Holland in winter

The scene for this week's picture book is chilly looking, indeed. Windmills, houses and trees are covered with snow, and people skate on the frozen river. It's Holland in winter.

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John Vandelinder: 2007: The year of falling records

The year 2007 has been a year of steroid allegations whirling throughout the sporting world. But despite the allegations, it has turned into a year in which many records have fallen.

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History repeated

New Year's Eve theater performances, past and present

On Jan 1, 1898, Craig residents celebrated a new year and a new beginning.

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Unhappy hours

The morning of Jan. 1 is traditionally a mulligan for those who drink too much the night before

Curing the common hangover is one of the great pursuits in amateur medical science.

Police Blotter for Dec. 27

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Here's to snow in your face

Snow-Cross races hit Hayden this weekend

Twelve laps in less than two minutes.

Senior spotlight for Jan. 1

Ring out the old year, ring in the new.

Datebook for Jan. 1

Today All city of Craig government offices will be closed. All Moffat County government offices will be closed.

Craig briefs for Jan. 1

Flu shots available through VNA

Influenza season usually peaks in February, according to a Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association news release.

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Year in review

The top news stories from the year that was

Craig police and firefighters were called to a fire at the Country Mall, 356 Ranney St., on Nov. 25 for what was later described as one of the worst fires in the city's nearly 100-year history.