Stories for July 2008


Thursday, July 31

Police blotter for July 29

Cara Lynne Porto, 41, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Cathy Hamilton: Beauty treatment fishy

No matter how hard I try, I can't get the visual of feet-eating fish out of my head.

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'Going in the right direction'

MCHS ACT scores up from last year, below state averages

Results from the 2008 American College Testing assessment high school juniors took in April show Moffat County High School students scored lower than their peers across the state, on average, in all five categories.

Bill Harding: D.C. trip assistance available

There are a number of organizations offering trips or assistance for trips to Washington, D.C. Try Honor Flight at or The Greatest Generation Foundation at

Norm Yoast: Thanks Trapper Mine

I would like to take the time to thank Ray DuBois and the employees of Trapper Mine.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Step Brothers' a brilliantly dumb laugh-fest

Ah, childhood - a time of rubber Chewbacca masks, bunk beds and mother-made grilled cheese sandwiches. For most folks, it ends at 18, but the main characters of "Step Brothers" will not give up the sweet life without a fight.

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C.R. 37 extension nearly complete

Routt County Road 37 is almost, but not quite, linked up to U.S. Highway 40 east of Hayden.

Datebook for July 31

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

Craig briefs for July 31

Hunting season housing needed

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'Happily surprised'

Summer attendance swells at Boys & Girls Club of Craig

At the Boys & Girls Club of Craig this summer, more is better, administrators said.

Wednesday, July 30

Craig briefs for July 30

Crews battling 350-acre Chief Fire

'Avoiding bad situations'

Martial artist to teach women's self-defense class

Learning how to protect one's self is a must in today's society.

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Natasha Chapman: Moffat County Fair - full of family, friends and fun

Moffat County: A place full of family, friends and fun.

Our View: Despite the best intentions

What we need is cheap energy.

Police blotter for July 28

Chad Taylor Hake, 20, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Commission: No barriers with city

There is no unworkable rift between city and council officials on planning and zoning issues, Moffat County Commission members said.

Caroline's Critiques: Brush up on 'Colorado Canyon Country'

Hiking in Colorado can be a wonderful, peaceful experience as long as the hiker is prepared for the hike and understands the destination. Colorado is full of great hiking trails through the State Parks, but many of the state's beautiful landmarks are hidden on Bureau of Land Management land.

Gabriel Daigle: God bless America

Yes, we want God to bless America, but we as Americans want God out of our schools, colleges, courtrooms, government and all public places. We as Americans think we don't need God except when we in America are in a disaster such as tornadoes, floods, fires, hurricanes and terrorist attacks.

Chris Gingrich: Drafting for a good ground game

I'm sure most of you have been waiting patiently, and maybe not so patiently, for the 2008 NFL season to begin. Before the season begins, however, fantasy players are focusing on draft strategies, looking at depth charts and sorting through names and statistics in hopes of finding that one player that will have a breakout season and lead them to a Fantasy Football title.

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Voluntary or mandatory?

Some parents ask: Who draws the line for summer sports camps?

Everybody wants to win. Coaches, players, parents - everybody involved in sports wants to taste victory.

Datebook for July 30

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.

'Mixed picture'

2008 CSAP results show school district reading strong, writing lags

Results from a statewide standardized test students took this spring revealed a blend of good and bad news, Moffat County School District administrators said.

4-H gives local youths a chance to travel

Group seeking new leader for next year

Kaycee Stagner, 18, got her chance this year.

Tuesday, July 29

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Promising what you have

"Act normal; don't tell mom," she says to her sister, wiping the makeup from her brow as they scurry down from her mother's closet.

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Emerald City Opera to bring 'Cosi fan tutte' to Craig

Mozart gets a makeover

With the help of a local theater group, a comedic opera set in late 1700s Naples, Italy, will undergo a modern twist next month.

Senior spotlight for July 29

July is leaving some good time memories, among other things. August will be peeking around the corner with fairs, rodeos and school supplies. I hear people say time is going by so fast.

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Local fighters perfect in Denver

Craig fans win award for their support to athletes

As 9-year-olds, Cody Fredrickson and Travis Linsacum would spar together, creating scenarios where a last-second pin would win a match.

Maren Schmidt: The brain learns best with guidance

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

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MCHS Class of 1998 reunion scheduled for next month

In 1998, Naomi Beason and Nick Bomba were preparing to graduate from high school.

Local population stagnant

Census Bureau estimate shows minimal growth

Despite forecasts suggesting Northwest Colorado is in a growth spurt, a U.S. Census Bureau report released earlier this month shows little residential growth in Yampa Valley towns.

8-year-old drowns on Green River

A young boy drowned Sunday on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument while on a rafting trip with his family, the Moffat County Sheriff's Office reported Monday night.

Craig briefs for July 29

Donations to aid with cancer

Rich White: Check your filters

The soot and smoke from wildfires can be a serious concern for vehicles and passengers, unless the air filters and cabin filters are in optimum working condition. The Car Care Council suggests that these filters be checked to ensure they provide maximum protection during this difficult time.

Locals to get lesson in dried grub

Expert in preservation and safety to teach dehydration course

Apparently, dehydrated yogurt tastes a bit like cheesecake.

Monday, July 28

Datebook for July 28


Problems on the range

Ranchers, DOW meet for town hall meeting

At Saturday's town hall meeting between Colorado Division of Wildlife officials and local residents, there were more angry questions than compliments.

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Serving up something special

Craig Special Olympics tennis team aces summer fun

For the Craig Special Olympics team, the sporting season is about being caught in the moment.

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100 percent Bulldog

Football players to hit Bulldog Proving Grounds starting today

The back of the press box overlooking the Moffat County High School football field reads "Bulldog Proving Grounds."

Health Watch: Moving beyond cancer: Keeping your body strong, Part 2

Joyce Jensen, another survivor, was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2003.

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Business news & notes: Local couple moving, closing downtown store

After 24 years in Craig, moving to Grand Junction won't change where Otis and Donna Fleetwood call home.

Aging Well: Mining memories

Memoirs help older adults connect to families and personal history

It wasn't until weeks before my grandfather died that he spoke about the war.

Lance Scranton: Best days are ahead

There is absolutely, positively, without a doubt, an easy answer.

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Bridge replacement to begin

Soda Creek crossing will close from mid-August to November

Arvada-based construction contractor TARCO is mobilizing for the replacement of the structurally obsolete Yahmonite Bridge in Old Town Steamboat Springs.

Sunday, July 27

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Dealing with denial

Communities cope with reality of unprecedented beetle epidemic

There's nothing quite as serene as lying under a stand of lodgepole pine trees. Their fallen needles pad the ground, choking the forest floor and smothering other growth between the slender trunks.

Saturday, July 26

Andy Bockelman: 'Hellboy' shows red-hot effects

An obnoxious, demonic manifestation may not be most people's idea of mankind's champion, but the title titan of "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" gets the job done.

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Officials: fire numbers down, risk increasing

The drought seemingly is over and there are fewer dry thunderstorms this year starting fires, Lynn Barclay said.

$86K awarded for health care

Grants to fund equipment improvements, supplies for local providers

Two local agencies will get a financial boost from a grant program honed in on rural healthcare.

John Vandelinder: Rodeo not as easy as it looks

OK, OK. This job does have its perks.

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Bulldogs swept from postseason

Moffat County legion baseball team sent packing

Qualifying as the No. 5 seed in the eight-team Colorado American Legion Baseball state championship tournament, the Moffat County Bulldogs headed to Eaton on Wednesday to prove the small team from the Western Slope belonged.

Interim library director selected

Sherry Sampson steps in for retired longtime director Donna Watkins

In the wake of a longtime director's retirement, Moffat County Library Board officials are happy with how their ship is sailing.

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Mining critical to development of Northwest Colorado

Early settlers in the Yampa Valley saw the richness of the land for ranching and farming, but many also realized there were other riches under the ground, and those would become a critical element in the development of Northwest Colorado.

Military News: Paysen Hamilton

Petty Officer Third Class Paysen Hamilton recently has been awarded "Sailor of the Quarter" and "Air Caption of the Quarter."

Wider variety of students in program

MCHS agriculture instructor said industry contains multiple career paths

The opportunity is there, said John Haddan, Moffat County High School agricultural education instructor.

'Blue Jeans and Country Dreams' at the county fair

"Blue Jeans and Country Dreams" is the theme for the 2008 Rio Blanco County Fair which will take place at the Rio Blanco Fairgrounds in Meeker. Though the fair officially opens Wednesday, some events will take place before that.

Police Blotter for July 25

Moffat County Jail

Datebook for July 26


Craig briefs for July 26

Police look for robbery suspect

Our View: A hands-on position

One election around here may be getting glossed over, and we'd just like to bring some attention to it.

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100 days and more

Centennial closing ceremonies extended

As men's facial hair grew from January to April, so did the fervor of the community for Craig's three-month centennial extravaganza.

Friday, July 25

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'She touches people'

Local family cares for child with rare genetic condition

It was 1996 and Craig resident Kathy Hildebrandt was struggling to accept a reality that would change her family's life.

Not sitting idle

Craig resident does not allow multiple sclerosis to control his life

Parking can be a minor hassle for some, and a major obstacle for others.

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The highs and lows

Cross-country walker tours for breast cancer

On Thursday, 39-year-old Ron Kessler made his way through Craig as the latest stop in his tour across the country to promote breast cancer awareness.

Edward Manring, M.D., M.S.: Write legislators about Senate Bill 08-200

The Colorado legislature and Governor Ritter have recently passed and put into effect Senate Bill 08-200.

Moffat County Neighbor: Bill Ronis

Occupation: I was an elementary teacher for many years, but I'll be starting this coming year as the English Language Learner (ELL) teacher for the high school and middle school

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Visitor Center co-op

Chamber, MCTA, EDP look to have joint office

There is no question. Officials from the Craig Chamber of Commerce, Moffat County Tourism Association and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership agree it would best serve the three groups to share a joint office.

Standing on their platforms

Five Republican candidates meet to discuss campaigns

As the election season draws closer, political candidates are making their rounds and discussing plans for office.

Datebook for July 25

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

Bulldogs fall in state opener

Seventh inning rally falls short in Eaton

The Moffat County Bulldog legion baseball team lost its first game of the state championship tournament Thursday in Eaton, 5-3, to the No. 4 seeded Fort Morgan Mustangs.

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Christina M. Currie: A walk to remember

I've mentioned before that I think the skills I'm learning to train our new puppy would translate nicely into training children (and men).

Craig briefs for July 25

Ultimate Fighting event canceled

Police blotter for July 23

Joseph John Fields, 44, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Officer Candidate Christian Venhuizen: Army's green recruits may solve wildfire problems

The key to saving thousands of acres, homes and heartache from devastating wildfires may lie in a handful of small plots of land in eastern Wyoming, surrounded by just enough wooden posts and barbwire to keep the cattle out.

Craig Association of Realtors: Good time to sell home

Summer is finally upon us and while most of us are glad it's here and we are no longer shoveling snow, some of us are probably ready to see snow again just because of rising temperatures.

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The final lap

Craig Sea Sharks end season at Western Slope championships

One last lap. The Craig Sea Sharks swimming team ended its season Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Grand Junction during the Western Slope Championships swim meet.

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Event at Circle K Ranch included rocket launch, leather crafting, cookie decorating

Homemade rockets were a-flying over the Circle K Ranch on Thursday afternoon as 4-H members stared up into a slightly cloudy sky.

Thursday, July 24

Cathy Hamilton: Disrupting peace of mind

I don't think this is what Alexander Graham Bell had in mind.

TMH, Mayo Clinic partnership goes live

The Memorial Hospital has entered into an association with Mayo Medical Laboratories, the national reference laboratory of Mayo Clinic, located in Rochester, Minn., to expand its laboratory testing menu.

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Diane Prather: How to make Boy Scout Cake

This week, I received two recipes from Pat Coyner of Craig. We needed something sweet in the house so I got busy and made Pat's recipe for "Boy Scout Cake." Pat pointed out that there are no eggs in this recipe, and it's a good thing because I was low on eggs.

MCHS football team to host two clinics

The high school football season is around the corner and Moffat County High School football coach Kip Hafey is looking to get a jump on the upcoming season.

Bill Harding: Craig Centennial Airfest features aircraft flights, uniformed vets

The Craig Centennial AirFest went well last weekend. The veterans who started the ceremonies at 6:30 a.m. were well received. The noon salute to colors thoroughly was enjoyed. Flights in the various aircraft were the highlight of the weekend. The pilots were impressed with the number of uniformed veterans in attendance.

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Cost of gas stagnant after oil price falls

Since average unleaded and diesel prices in Colorado hit an all-time high July 17, oil prices have started to fall.

Clerk's Corner: Keep these deadlines in mind during election season

Did you know? You will not vote for president until the general election on Nov. 4.

Police blotter for July 21

Gregory Ray Bauer, 40, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of bond revocation.

Datebook for July 24

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

City councilor seeks city, county cooperation

Craig City Councilor Gene Bilodeau said he intends to find out whether perception is reality.

Senior girls reporting more rapes

Advocates director: Too soon to tell whether trend is developing

The number of Moffat County High School senior girls who reported being sexually victimized increased by 27 percent last year from the 2005-06 school year, according to the 2007-08 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey.

Craig briefs for July 24

At its Tuesday meeting, the Craig City Council:

Wednesday, July 23

Airport funding approved

Everything takes a little something to get, Airport Manager Jerry Hoberg said.

Datebook for July 23


Craig briefs for July 23

This has been identified as a photo of Pearl (Johnsen) Heron taken at the Heron Ranch in 1938. The Heron Ranch was in the Pagoda area.

Our View: Some good news

We haven't seen people come together like this for a long time.

Fantasy Fix: Need help? Look at these pitchers, position players

This week, it's back to business with a rundown of who's playing well and available on the waiver wire.

American Bass Anglers Division 92 results

July 12 - Steinaker Lake, Utah

Caroline Dotson: ABCs with 'Fancy Nancy's Favorite Words'

On the shelves at bookstores are many books reciting the ABCs. These books include familiar words that start with letters from the alphabet.

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Food bank straining to meet local demands

The larders at the LIFT-UP of Routt County Food Bank aren't quite bare, but the bank's monetary accounts are just about empty as the group faces increasing demands.

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Fair offers new features

Life is a whirlwind right now for Fair Manager Jill Delay. The 94th annual Routt County Fair is only a few weeks away, and she's hustling to get everything together.

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Cultural Heritage Tourism group looks to apply for grant

A local group is looking for another chance to receive a grant to fund cultural heritage tourism sites in Northwest Colorado.

TABOR and public schools

Commission grapples with Supreme Court case

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said he understands that Colorado school districts, especially rural ones, hurt for enough funding.

Police Blotter for July 22

Moffat County Jail

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'Good, clean family fun'

2008 NSCA championships taking place in Craig

O-Mok-See: A term used by the Blackfeet Indian Tribe meaning "riding big." Derived from the term oh-mak-see pass-kan meaning "riding big dance."

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Trying on a different hat

When I think of a horse, I think of my first horse, Pinky, a horse that took care of me, never leading me off the beaten path.

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Walk the walk, talk the talk

Colorado man on trip across country for cancer awareness

Arriving in Steamboat Springs on Monday afternoon, Ron Kessler, feeling "tired and dehydrated," took a break from his trip.

Tuesday, July 22

Maren Schmidt: The brain seeks to control stress

Brain researchers think that a newborn's brain creates neurons at a rate of more than 250,000 per minute.

USBC mixed bowling tournament a success

Thunder Rolls Bowling Center hosted its first mixed bowling tournament the past two weekends. TRBC owner Beryl Dschaak said the event was an overwhelming success.

Patrick Wayne Germond: Not a reasonable stance

This is in response to Ryan Neece's letter to the editor Monday. He was appalled about the Democratic Congress and the President's policy on foreign wire tapping, a position that Barack Obama now endorses.

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Preschool earns high rating

Similar ratings may become mandatory for preschools, program manager says

Last month, Sunrise Kids, LLC, Preschool & Child Care came about three points away from obtaining a four-out-of-four-star rating from Qualistar Early Learning, owner and director Judi Whilden said.

Military News for July 22

First Lieutenant Jill Wolfram

David DeRose: Help we can provide

I read the Editorial Board column Saturday, and I have some observations. I think these will lead all of us to some of the answers.

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Triple Crown could stay

City officials are working on contract details

City officials could buy some time to negotiate a long-term contract with Triple Crown Sports.

Senior Spotlight for July 22

Thanks to the Relay for Life volunteers. I was there - in spirit. I am a survivor. I don't participate much in anything anymore, but I am doing fairly well now. So, onward and forward to the now.

Craig briefs for July 22

Police looking for attempted robbery suspect

Datebook for July 22


DOW seeks volunteers to lead youth hunts

When Randy Hampton joined the Colorado Division of Wildlife, he took his young son on a DOW youth hunt through the agency's Hunter Outreach Program.

Police Blotter for July 21

Moffat County Jail

Survey shows changes in student substance abuse

A survey taken by Moffat County High School students in the 2007-08 school year reveals that alcohol use among the student population had declined since 2005-06 while tobacco and marijuana use increased during the same period.

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Storm blows through Steamboat

Craig U-14 soccer team caps off undefeated season with championship

Board up your windows, check your pantry for supplies and brace yourself for what's coming.

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Big approach for big issue

The Sea to Sea 2008 Bike Tour nears Craig on its mission to raise awareness of world poverty

It is quite moving to behold so many people dedicating their time and bodies to a "noble effort," Meghan Kraley said.

Monday, July 21

Craig briefs for July 21

Chamber businesses' after-hours mixer July 24

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Soaring attendance

Craig Centennial AirFest draws large crowd

The instant the rotor blades began whirring around her, 10-year-old Brittany Young felt a surge of anxiety as the Zephyr Helicopter in which she was riding lifted off the ground.

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Drug Court receives vote of confidence

Craig resident Tausha Merwin said 11 years of methamphetamine abuse came to an end this year with the aid of the new program.

Datebook for July 21


Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks for assistance

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank Doug Slaight for the extra large dog crate; Tom and Sue Beachman for the tent; and Joe and Marie Shaffer for the use of the post-hole digger.

Ryan Neece: Sick of government

As American citizens, I think we have a civilian duty to support our government, but this can only be held true if said administration actually is holding by their duty to serve the American populous, and these conditions must be starkly clear to the people.

Aging Well: Caregivers' input sought on program planned at The Haven

A family member or friend caring for an elderly or disabled person at home is an increasingly common situation.

Health Watch: Moving beyond cancer: Keeping your body strong

Mary Robison was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 while living in Henderson, Nev. Shortly after, she was treated with a lumpectomy and lymph node dissection.

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Scrambling for 100

Craig residents continue celebration of city's centennial on the links

Brett "Spiderman" Sperl clutched the microphone outside Yampa Valley Golf Course while drawing names from a hat, as golfer after golfer strolled up to receive one of the numerous door prizes being given away during Craig's Centennial golf tournament.

Former Oak Creek mayor Tasered, arrested

Kathy Rodeman charged with DUI, resisting arrest

Former Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman was stunned by a Taser and arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of DUI, DUI per se, resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer.

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'A testament to Craig'

Relay for Life raises more than $101,000 for American Cancer Society

Standing in line for pancakes and sausage about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, 47-year-old Sylvia Whiffen was tired, but not down.

Saturday, July 19

John Vandelinder: Tales from the Cottonwood

I haven't picked up a golf club since the tournament.

Student news: Trisha Jean Curtis

Trisha Jean Curtis graduated in May 2008 with a double major from Regis University.

City water plant experiences shutdown

A Sunday power outage in Craig temporarily shut down the city's new water treatment plant.

Our view: No easy answers

There seems to be a common - at least somewhat common - idea in this community that its youths are not getting a proper education.

Police blotter for July 17

Matthew Douglas Mitchell, 39, of Logan, Utah, was booked into Moffat County Jail for driving under the influence of liquor, driving under the influence and driving on roadways laned for traffic.

CNCC Ninth Street extension cost drops

The evidence is in. Colorado Northwestern Community College is planning to spend about $29,000 to remove subsurface water from the site of a proposed road extension on its Craig campus site west of Craig, CNCC president John Boyd said.

Andy Bockelman: 'Dark Knight' is comic book moviemaking at its best

As dusk falls on Craig's West Theater and Steamboat Springs' Wildhorse Stadium Cinemas, so begins the unsettling saga of "The Dark Knight."

Datebook for July 19

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Hayden Marketplace sponsors a free farmers market on Walnut Street in Hayden.

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Looking for a few good men - and women

As popularity in cage-fighting increases, so does the need for new fighters

Boxing, karate, wrestling and good-old-fashioned street fighting. For fighters in Rampage Promotions' local cage-fighting circuit, these skills can come in handy.

Debbie Zimmerman: Sgt. Dusty Schulze is appreciated, missed

To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to extend a huge public thank you to Sgt. Dusty Schulze of the Craig Police Department for his 15 years of public service as a law enforcement officer.

Moffat County well represented at State 4-H Convention

"4-H, The Key To Your Future." That was the theme for this year's State 4-H Convention, hosted on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins from June 23 to 27.

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Craig airport an important part of city's history

When Charles Lindbergh made Craig a small part of his famous transcontinental flight, his appearance over the town in September 1927 was the first time many - if not most - of the residents had seen an aircraft.

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The light at the end of the tunnel

Relay for Life attracts many participants, raises cancer awareness

Pacing himself, Tim Osborn strode the perimeter of the Moffat County High School track, the inside edge of which was surrounded by his departed loved ones.

Craig briefs for July 19

Chamber to host mixer July 24

Chilling with creepy crawlies

4-H Entomology Project Club members unearth insect knowledge

Mark Nava, 9, stands in front of a small circle of his peers in the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries.

White, DOW to hold open meeting

Rep. Al White, R-Hayden, said he wants his constituency to get the answers they're looking for.

Friday, July 18

Christina M. Currie: Double the fun

For the first five years of my daughter Nikki's life, she shared her birthday with her sister, older by 14 months.

B. Shine: In troubling times, all voices should be heard

To the editor: Although I live in Utah, I want to share my thoughts with others who have had doubts about the recent presidential primary.

Mollie Newton: Arkansas hunters were dealt a great injustice

To the editor: I am writing this letter in the regards of the "poaching men from Arkansas."

Evidence debated for Cisneros murder trial

Motions hearing continues today for Cisneros murder case

District Court Judge Michael O'Hara could make rulings today determining what, if any, evidence will be excluded from Luz Cisneros' upcoming murder trial, as the case's motions hearing continues at the Routt County Justice Center.

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New athletics director hired

Hayden schools' former superintendent steps up to sports

Just two weeks after stepping down as superintendent of Hayden schools, Mike Luppes was hired as the district's new athletics director during a School Board meeting Wednesday evening.

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Sharp shooters take aim

Natasha Sloan, 13, carried a solid wooden target backer over the dusty soil at Bears Ears Shooting Range on Thursday evening.

EDP to use state resources locally

There are opportunities and avenues for Moffat County to grow. At least five businesses and entrepreneurs have sought information recently from the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership about opening in the area.

Highway 13 project may hit major delay

Although road repairs on Colorado Highway 13 north of Craig have been a state priority for several years, it may be delayed until later in the year or until 2009.

Datebook for July 18

Friday, July 18 8:30 to 10 a.m. Senior swimnastics is at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

Craig briefs for July 18

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is hosting its biggest mixer of the year from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chamber and Moffat County Visitor Center offices, 360 East Victory Way.

Police blotter for July 16

Moffat County Jail Wednesday, July 16 Christopher L. Braley, 23, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Bill Harding: Warning about possibly tainted refillable propane tanks

Not sure if this is Internet urban legend or not, but felt I should pass it on, so if it is true, it can make a difference.

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Bulldogs slide into playoffs

Moffat County Legion baseball team awarded division title

The Moffat County Bulldogs Legion baseball team was awarded the Colorado American Legion Baseball "B" League Mountain Division title after winning a tiebreaker ruling Tuesday.

Moffat County Neighbor: Jennifer Stagner

Occupation: Teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School, part-time jelly maker

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Recipe for success

Apples, applesauce, apricots, red pitted cherries, sweet black cherries - the list of preserved and canned goods that Moffat County residents can enter in the Moffat County Fair this year goes on.

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Diane Prather: Zucchini soup

The recipes in this week's column came from Sunnie Smith and Mary Kihlstrom, readers who have contributed recipes to the column before.

Thursday, July 17

FFA member elected to state leadership

MCHS alumni celebrates after third attempt

After three tries, Eric Wellman got his wish.

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Relay for Life events to culminate Friday

White paper sacks that contain LEDs symbolize the victims and survivors of cancer.

Police blotter for July 15

Kelly Don Walls, 42, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrant.

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Vandals hit Victory Way businesses

Senseless. Sad. Something has to be done. Local business representatives and Craig Police Department officials all said the same things following two acts of vandalism Sunday morning.

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Longtime hospital bookkeeper retires

Bessie Jo Rienks an asset to community for 47 years, Solandt board president says

Bessie Jo Rienks kept the books for the Solandt Memorial Hospital in Hayden and the hospital district for 47 years. On July 6, she turned them in for the last time.

Cathy Hamilton: Too much baggage with purse

I am carrying the handbag from hell. (Note to male readers: Yes, this is a column about pocketbooks. But, there's a payoff, if you'll just hang on. Here's a hint: It involves my husband's "man purse" from 1975.)

Student news: Nicole McFarland Grubb

Nicole McFarland Grubb graduated from Capella University, an online program, June 29. Nicole graduated with a master of science in human services. She lives in Aurora and works for the Cherry Creek School District, helping children who have emotional and behavioral disorders. Nicole is married to Doug Grubb, is the mother of three children and is the daughter of Valarie McFarland and the late Valden McFarland of Craig.

EDP looks at ways to find business capital

It takes money to make money. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership has drawn interest from a few businesses and local entrepreneurs looking for capital to relocate or build an upstart venture.

Francisco Reina: Concerned about teasing soccer players

I have been a fan of soccer for about 60 years. I have played the game, coached the game and been a referee for the game since 1980.

Datebook for July 17

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

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Learning to 'Cowboy Up'

MCHS hosts three-day girls volleyball camp

Volleyballs flew through the air in rapid succession Wednesday in the Moffat County High School gymnasium.

Craig briefs for July 17

Free nicotine patches available

Wednesday, July 16

Thomas Penner: Search and rescue

Just a note to say a few positive words about a quiet and small operation in Moffat County that rates bigger than the county it serves.

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Crown achievement

Kinlie Brennise a princess in many ways

She's traveled more than 5,000 miles this year in a trailer with her name on it, but she can't drive. Her favorite city is Las Vegas, Nev., but she isn't old enough to gamble.

Morgan to be honored at Hayden Daze

As one of the highlights of this year's Hayden Daze event, the new Little League field at Dry Creek Park will be named after Don Morgan on Saturday.

Datebook for July 16


The long goodbye: AL wins All-Star game 4-3 in 15 innings

Baseball's All-Stars came to say goodbye to Yankee Stadium - and what a long, long goodbye it was.

Fantasy Fix: Waiver wire must haves

Digging through the waiver wires this week, I found some pitchers who are worthy of a spot on your roster and some batters who have been crushing the ball as of late.

Craig briefs for July 16

ILC to host meeting on vision loss issues

Guest Editorial: McCain right for Colorado, country

As our country prepares to elect a new president in November and we must choose who will bring our country forward, the disparity between Barack Obama and John McCain is clear.

Police Blotter for July 15

Moffat County Jail

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'Party with a purpose'

Craig Parrot Head Club cleans Yampa River

Musician Jimmy Buffett - creator of party anthems such as "Margaritaville and "Cheeseburger in Paradise" - writes a recurring theme in his songs relating to island life. This is the type of atmosphere that Dave Pike wants to bring to Craig.

Craig Centennial AirFest to offer many activities

Paper, balsa wood and candy.

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Three directives, more questions

DA candidate speaks, answers questions at Rotary Club meeting

When Elizabeth Oldham appeared at the Craig Rotary Club meeting Tuesday, members were not gun-shy about asking their questions.

Integrated Community executive director announces resignation

One of the founding members of a local multicultural organization recently announced her resignation.

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Choosing a life of significance

Craig resident planning second long-term trip to Zambia

When Debra Lueck, a Craig resident, left for a two-and-a-half year trip to Zambia in 2004, she knew she was headed in the right direction.

County adopts new political activities policy

Moffat County's political activities policy has a two-fold purpose, County Attorney Kathleen Taylor said.

Tuesday, July 15

Men charged with poaching plead guilty

A poaching case dating back at least two and a half years was concluded June 30 in Moffat County District Court.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Family by blood, friends through adventure

Remember high school dances. There was prom, homecoming and the sweetheart dance, just to name a few. And with these dances came traditions.

CNCC looking to increase fall enrollment

Colorado Northwestern Community College is looking to increase its enrollment for the second year in a row.

Craig sports briefs for July 15

Bulldogs earn share of baseball title

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Last hurrah

Sea Sharks finish regular season at home

Craig's City Park was full of tents, RVs and fans.

Hayden High School increases class offerings

With advanced college-credit courses, a reading and writing academy for low-level freshmen, and more time focusing on character development, Hayden High School's increased class options for the 2008-09 school year will provide coursework to help a wide variety of students, Principal Troy Zabel said.

Piecing the puzzle together

Yampa Valley Partners starts new Community Indicators Project

The aim is to provide simple answers for complicated questions.

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Puppy pupils

Head Start classes designed to socialize, train young dogs

In at least one respect, raising a puppy and raising a child are similar, said Laura Tyler, one of three instructors for Head Start Puppy Training.

Senior Spotlight for July 15

My days are like some jigsaw puzzles.

Police Blotter for July 14

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs for July 15

Oldham to speak at Rotary meeting

Mike Albee: Obscene gesture unfair

This letter is to the motorcycle rider that I almost pulled in front of on Yampa Avenue by the middle school at about 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 13.

Datebook for July 15


Maren Schmidt: Kids Talk - How do we want to be?

Each of us has a picture in our minds of how we want our personal world to be.

Monday, July 14

Datebook for July 14


Hashing out health care

Denver doctor presents concerns about cost, insurance

Tom Bost, a highly specialized private practice physician from Denver, has a proposal: "If I said you can have better coverage for less money, and never go bankrupt from it and never lose, what do you think? I think you'd say, 'Well, where do I sign up?'" Bost said, explaining his position in support of a single-payer universal health care system.

City resolving sign code issue

Crackdown results in discussion of notification process

A recent crackdown on violators of the Steamboat Springs sign ordinance has prompted discussion between realtors and city officials to change the notification process for people in violation of the code.

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Garage sale to benefit suicide prevention effort

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide coordinators aren't picky about what items they will allow residents from Moffat and Routt counties to bring to an upcoming community garage sale.

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Electrical line causes explosion, brush fire

While using a backhoe to dig a conduit line for fiber optic cables, Steven Tomlin, of D & D Construction, hit an unmarked electrical line. The unleashed current caused an explosion, which resulted in a fire in the surrounding grasses.

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Ladies dance on the links

Craig's golfing landscape dominated by 21st annual Silver Bullet tournament

Three out of four isn't bad. As the final group headed into the Yampa Valley Golf Course clubhouse Sunday afternoon signaling a conclusion to the 21st annual Ladies Silver Bullet golf tournament, a familiar name sat atop the leader board.

Letting off steam

Rampage Promotions brings cage fights to Meeker

The orange glow emitted Saturday night by the lights inside the Rio Blanco Fairgrounds cast a daunting shadow on the hexagon shaped cage in the middle of the room.

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Two bands, one big night

Craig Centennial concert with Firefall, Three Dog Night well-attended

With a magazine and his iPod in hand, Craig resident John Kinkaid was at the Moffat County Fairgrounds by 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Craig briefs for July 14

Volunteer teachers wanted

Aging Well Spotlight: Mary Walters

Craig retiree puts sewing hobby to special use

The soft green boxer shorts with the pool ball pattern were a big hit. Then there were the cozy black fleece pants, made from a large bolt of donated fabric.

Saturday, July 12

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Big weekend for busy buses

Record summer for Steamboat Springs Transit

It's a record year for Steamboat Springs Transit, and this weekend is predicted to be the busiest of the summer.

Chuck Mack: Old timer tells of early days

Even as late as the 1880s, there now and then were Indian uprisings.

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'A big feat for a small committee'

Stage at Moffat County Fairgrounds set for Three Dog Night and Firefall

As the stage goes up at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, Dave Pike, Craig Parks and Recreation director, reflects on the months of planning involved in tonight's concert - the amount of money paid to the performers, the extensive setup involved in constructing the stage and the excitement of the show.

Police Blotter for July 11

Deputies responded to five civil problems.

Fire department seeks recruits

Nearer and nearer, but still far away. Craig Fire/Rescue has had some success this year attracting new recruits, more so by the middle of July than any other year in recent memory, Training Officer Samantha Johnston said.

Seniors eligible for 50 percent tax credit

Property tax exemption for those 65 and older

Some senior citizens are eligible for a break.

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A look back at the Back Country Horsemen of America

Clearing and improving trails on public lands, packing out trash and educating people about how to care for the land - these are just a few examples of projects carried out by members of the Back Country Horsemen of America.

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'Same wild bunch'

Moffat County High School Class of 1978 gathers for its 30-year reunion

When Walter Bohrer got the call, he knew.

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The Fuss family: Bringing the staff of life to Craig

As Craig continued to grow through the 20th century, more and more of her residents changed from rural to town lifestyles.

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Diane Prather: From jellies to jams

This week, Mary Kihlstrom called with a recipe for "Zucchini Soup." Awhile back, Sunnie Smith sent me a recipe for "Overnight Ham and Egg Casserole." The recipes are coming up in next week's column.

Relay currently over $4K over goal

Craig resident Jana Rowe has a reason to run, walk or jog into the early morning hours during Craig's second annual Relay for Life event next weekend.

Datebook for July 12


Craig briefs for July 12

Dinner fundraiser for Relay for Life

The Rack Pack Relay for Life team will host a dinner fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant, 1111 W. Victory Way, to raise money for cancer research.

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Who let the Dawgs out?

Defense, pitching lead Moffat County to tourney title

Dogs don't lay eggs. Don't tell that to the Moffat County Dawgs all star baseball team.

Student news: Jacquelyn Kinder

Jacquelyn Kinder, a former Moffat County High School student, was named to the University of Montana's Dean's List for the 2008 spring semester.

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Racing for a reason

Relay for Life currently $4,000 above fundraising goal

Craig resident Jana Rowe has a reason to run, walk or jog into the early morning hours during Craig's second annual Relay for Life event next weekend.

Our view: Cost/benefit analysis

What is the benefit of having the Moffat County Regional Airport owned and subsidized by the county?

Friday, July 11

Sports fans dream weekend

From cage fights to car races, sports fans have many events to choose from this weekend. Sports will dominate the landscape, and here is a list of events Craig residents can check out.

Craig briefs for July 11

Volunteer teachers wanted

Integrated Community/Comunidad Integrada is looking for volunteers to help teach new English as a Second Language classes.

Easy landing after turbulence

Airport terminal project ends with $31,000 surplus

The long and winding road has a visible end. Officials with the Moffat County Regional Airport have gone through uncertain times recently. Grants to build a new terminal building and repave the parking lot came in about $39,000 less than originally promised.

Student news: Brandi Babin

Brandi Babin graduated from Louisiana State University Department of Education with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology in May.

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Taking the high road

New Grand Futures county director aims to reduce underage drinking

Matt Beckett grimaced while reading 2007 and 2008 survey results about underage drinking in Moffat County.

Chamber takes grant prospect to MCTA

Tourism board president sees opportunity

The Craig Chamber of Commerce board debated its role Thursday afternoon.

Police Blotter for July 10

Deputies responded to a noise complaint.

Casey Eddy: Meth problem reducing in Craig

This is referring to the question in the Craig Daily Press, "What is the opinion of the meth problem in Craig?"

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Crossing the country for ALS

Trio of friends, cyclists raise money for Lou Gehrig's disease

As they reached mile 1,450 of a 2,600-mile, cross-country bike tour Wednesday, three friends pulled into Concordia Lutheran Church to spend the night on a ride to raise money for Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Fire crews: Make, practice escape plan

With undergrowth drying out and fires more likely, the Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Department is urging families to make a fire safety plan and practice their escape routes before a fire strikes.

Datebook for July 11

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ridgeview Church of God hosts Vacation Bible School for children ages 4 and 5 and students in kindergarten through sixth grade at the church, 690 Riford Road. For more information, call 824-9619 and leave a message.

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School Board gives go-ahead for MCHS parking lot replacement

If a recently approved project goes according to plan, Moffat County High School students will be parking on a new patch of asphalt this fall.

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Williams dominant in Bulldog win

Moffat County Legion baseball team takes down rival Sailors

Coming off what coach Rich Sadvar said was a "Bad News Bears performance" Monday at Summit County, the Moffat County Bulldogs legion baseball team was looking to get back on track against visiting Steamboat Springs.

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Christina M. Currie: DVD player handy on the road

Even with these gas prices, when you're planning an 800-mile car trip, your biggest concern is how to keep a 6- and a 7-year-old fully occupied.

Have money, will spend

MCTA board approves $19,040 in advertising

It's about reaching people. "With the commitments we made today, we have the ability to reach 900,000 people," said John Ponikvar, Moffat County Tourism Association board member.

Moffat County Neighbor: Jayna Hammond

Jayna Hammond Age: 34 Occupation: Licensed cosmetologist at Attitudez

Sally Smith: Clarifying Pine Ridge residents' opinion

In regard to Wednesday's article, "Annexation Approved," I would like to clarify the position of the Pine Ridge residents regarding duplexes and apartments.

Garrett, Shaylyn or Kaylee Buckley: Thanks for letting us sell raffle tickets

Buckley Group 4-H pig group would like to thank Wal-Mart for letting us sell raffle tickets for 4-H.

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Resale shops not frugal on friendship

Thrift store employees say they share camaraderie

Craig resident Rick Jones drifted amid a wilderness of packed clothes racks at the Community Budget Center on Thursday morning.

Thursday, July 10

Three Dog Night to perform

With the help of "An Old-Fashioned Love Song," "One" musical group will give Craig residents cause to "Celebrate."

District, college face declining tax revenue

The county isn't the only local authority facing declining property tax revenues.

Bill Harding: Shadow Mountain pool to reopen Friday

Shadow Mountain Pool is to reopen this Friday, if the new boiler that was installed this past week works correctly and the pool temp gets back up to the desired level.

Craig briefs for July 10

Council approves annexation

At its Tuesday meeting, the Craig City Council: • Approved renewal of the retail liquor license for East Side Liquor at 539 E. Victory Way.

The Poole family: Gratitude for support

The family of Larry Poole would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to everyone who sent flowers, cards, food, called or came by to offer their support and condolences to our family.

Ruth Allen: Thank you for a fun night

A special thanks to all my older friends and younger people. It was a fun night.

Police Blotter for July 8

Taylor Ashton Grimmer, 25, of Steamboat Springs, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Datebook for July 10

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ridgeview Church of God hosts Vacation Bible School for children ages 4 and 5 and students in kindergarten through sixth grade at the church, 690 Riford Road. For more information, call 824-9619 and leave a message.

One progressing, one paused

New hotels in west Craig still under way

One of two hotels that broke ground earlier this year is taking form, while the other still is on the drawing board.

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Mad Dogs split games with All Stars

Wednesday's first game in Rawlins, Wyo., had plenty of action as the Craig Mad Dogs won by five against the Rawlins All Stars, but the second game went on for 2 1/2 hours before Rawlins came away with the three-run victory.

Music, airplanes and more fill month for Centennial

Flying through the air without ever leaving the ground. Although seemingly impossible, this will be an attainable goal at the Craig Centennial AirFest.

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Four-star euphoria

Early Childhood Center receives highest rating from evaluators

The Moffat County School District's Early Childhood Center wanted to make a statement, director Sarah Hepworth said.

Wednesday, July 9

COUNCIL UPDATE: Approved items from Tuesday meeting

Approved action items from Tuesday night's Craig City Council meeting

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Finger on the 'Pulse'

Local groups seeks to draw youths with games, music

Imagine playing dodgeball with toilet paper. Envision making an ice cream sundae in someone else's mouth.

Craig briefs for July 9

Volunteers needed for Relay for Life

The Rotary Club of Craig is looking for volunteers to help with the activities of Relay for Life.

Police Blotter for July 7

Virgil Francis Brown, 39, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrant.

Caroline Dotson: Fiction I want to be true

"The Shack" by William P.Young has wonderful, spiritual insight that is rarely seen in a work of fiction, and rarely on the best-seller list.

County expects drop in revenue

Mill levies to increase to compensate

Last year's cheap natural gas prices will not benefit the county in 2008.

Datebook for July 9

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.

Potential income from DOLA

The Memorial Hospital's emergency medical services received priority at Tuesday's committee meeting to discuss funding requests for the Department of Local Affairs. DOLA is a state-funded program that provides grants for local governments and outlaying organizations within the respective communities.

Church leaders use summer to reach youths

A recent face-off between boys and girls yielded financial benefits for a local nonprofit organization.

Annexation approved

Council, residents thank developers for compromising

The Craig City Council applauds compromise.

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Warming up

American Legion swimming pool heating system replaced

A crisis can spell opportunity. American Legion Post No. 62 took the opportunity to replace their swimming pool's heating unit in the face of crisis.

Our view: Merging departments

When times are good, we as a community tend to not pay as much attention to potential government efficiencies.

Chris Gingrich: My team

I'd like to switch it up a bit this week and show people my best head-to-head fantasy baseball team this year. I have four teams all together and out of the four, this one is doing the best so far this year.

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Mad Dogs fall in season opener

Walks, errors, lead to 10-run defeat against Sailors

The Craig Mad Dogs 11- and 12-year-old all-star baseball team opened its season Monday against the visiting Steamboat Sailors.

Kathie Johnson: Clearing up how to adopt a pet

To the Editor: The city of Craig has an ordinance in place requiring all pets adopted from the shelter be spayed or neutered within 30 days of adoption.

Tuesday, July 8

STD screenings at VNA get 'huge' turnout

In examining people for sexually transmitted diseases, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has conducted more than 200 tests.

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Elementary school upgrades under way

Most projects to be completed this summer

Returning Ridgeview and East elementary school students can expect to see changes in their school buildings when classes resume Sept. 2, officials for the Moffat County School District and its general contractor said.

Student news: Lisa A. McDermott

Lisa A. McDermott, of Craig, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo. at the end of the 2008 spring semester.

Senior spotlight for July 8

What a weekend! Hope you all got to enjoy some, if not all, the goings on and stuff. Picnics, rodeos, air shows, etc.

Livability index funding debated

City Council hesitant to commit to portion of cost

The importance of the Routt County Livability Index wasn't disputed by the Routt County Board of Commissioners or the Steamboat Springs City Council during a joint meeting Monday, but the cost of the information was.

Police Blotter for July 3

John Brands Savage, 21, of Rifle, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence, violation of registration provisions, false reporting to authorities, possession of marijuana, required position and method of turning, flashing signals, driving under restraint and signals by hand or signal device.

Craig briefs for July 8

Alumni association accepting aid

The Browns Park School Alumni Association is planning to refurbish the Browns Park School building, located about 90 miles west of Craig on Highway 318.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Forever young

She closes her eyes to memorize the five-digit ZIP code on the ID. Says it five times to herself and then repeats all her the information to her friends including her horoscope, the year she graduated high school and her crooked smile in her picture.

Waiting for further evidence

CNCC moving ahead with 3 change orders, postponing review of a fourth

Colorado Northwestern Community College officials are planning to move forward with three change orders while postponing a fourth.

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Walgreens primary construction done

It's almost there. For several months, through fall's heat and winter's chill, construction crews have labored away on the new Walgreens location at the corner of Victory Way and Green Street.

Datebook for July 8

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ridgeview Church of God hosts Vacation Bible School for children ages 4 and 5 and students in kindergarten through sixth grade at the church, 690 Riford Road. For more information, call 824-9619 and leave a message.

A new beginning

Local woman plans to start regular fund drives

Fireworks normally commemorate Independence Day. Janie Withers, 55, used the holiday to honor the legacy of the community's living veterans.

Monday, July 7

Health Watch: Exercise, not rest, helps cancer patients with recovery

On February 13, 1988, I heard the words "non-Hodgkin's lymphoma" and then couldn't take in the rest of what the doctor was telling me as my whole world started spinning.

Aging Well: Workshop aims to help residents navigate Social Security, Medicare

Most adults nearing retirement probably aren't looking forward to making decisions about Social Security and Medicare.

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Breezy, not easy

Wind affects final round of 42nd Annual Cottonwood Classic golf tournament

Yampa Valley Golf Course's 42nd Annual Cottonwood Classic attracted more than 200 golfers during the Fourth of July weekend.

'Day by day'

Multiple sclerosis support group makes progress, needs greater attendance

Fatigue. Lack of balance. Blurred vision. Patsy Magness has had to contend with these symptoms and more since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000.

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Saddles and more saddles

Moffat County Little Britches Rodeo 'a lot of fun'

Craig resident Gabbi Steele knew if she was to win a saddle while competing in the junior girls division of Little Britches Rodeo, she needed to do it now.

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Business News and Notes: Victory Way shakeup

Victory Way is in the middle of two subtle changes.

Datebook for July 7


Craig briefs for July 7

Library to sell bags of books

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Cattle on parade

Cowboys, cowgirls steer animals down Lincoln Avenue on Sunday

Children were being children Sunday morning as they lined Lincoln Avenue, waiting for the stars of the Saddleback Ranch cattle drive.

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Trapp wins half marathon

There was a moment of confusion Sunday morning immediately after the conclusion of the Mountain Madness half marathon, a 13-mile race that launched dozens of competitors out of Steamboat Springs for a race along the Yampa River.

Deep Roots hosts talk tonight

Movement forming to cultivate local food production

There was a time when residents of Northwest Colorado had no choice but to rely almost entirely on themselves for their daily bread.

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'Compassion and responsibility'

Local veterinarian committed to animals, clients

Horses, cows, sheep, goats. Iguanas, snakes, birds. Elk, buffalo, llamas, alpacas.

Saturday, July 5

Chuck Mack: Old timer tells of early days in Northwest Colorado

Dan Saunders, one of the early settlers of this country, is visiting some of his old-time friends in Craig. He relates some interesting tales of the early days of this country to the Craig Empire.

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John Vandelinder: Olympics ditch baseball

World games now boast trampoline, ping pong

I couldn't believe it when I heard it. Trampoline is an Olympic sport. I had to read it twice. And, get a load of this nonsense: Baseball and women's fast-pitch softball are out. What?

'Another piece of accountability'

New state program designed to chart students' long-term growth

A new level of school accountability could change how parents look at their child's standardized test scores this year.

PTSD seminars open to veterans, families

Officials say more than 100 local vets could be affected

For one person, it could be the pungent smell of onions or garlic.

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'One of the most beautiful places on Earth'

"We think it's one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and we are dedicated to raising quality registered Angus cattle as well as the stewardship of the land."

Power outage affects businesses

The Golden Cavvy Restaurant and Lounge saw a great deal of customers Friday morning. For more than three hours, the eatery was packed with customers, many of whom were eating out because of a power outage.

Mary Blakeman: 'Bone-Appetite' held to fund Humane Society

The recent "Bone Appetite" fundraiser was held to benefit the work of the Humane Society of Moffat County, not the City of Craig Animal Shelter. The Humane Society of Moffat County, a nonprofit public charity, helps the animal shelter find second chances for animals that have run out of time for adoption in Craig. However, the Humane Society of Moffat County and the City of Craig Animal Shelter are two separate entities.

Datebook for July 5

The Moffat County Libraries will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday.

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W.P. Irwin Pharmacist and friend of Craig

As the town of Craig grew, residents enjoyed more of the finer things in life. Things that are taken for granted in the 21st century were major improvements in the early years of the past century.

Our View: Craig, America

Let's read between the lines.

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Buried history

Time capsules draw large crowd to City Hall

Kenneth Gott, 21, and Katie Carla, 18, were there for this community, their families, the country and Craig.

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Andy Bockelman: 'WALL-E' one of Pixar's best

Hath not a robot eyes? If you prick him, does he not spill motor oil?

Friday, July 4

Three Craig residents' views on meaning behind Fourth of July

James Blevins is a longtime Craig resident whose birth came months after the official end of the Second World War.

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National Little Britches brings cowboys, cowgirls to fairgrounds

Every square foot encompassing the perimeter of Moffat County Fairgrounds is packed.

Cottonwood Classic golf tourney kicks off today

Tom LeFebre stood at the back of the Yampa Valley Golf Course parking lot, waving his hands frantically.

Cathy Copeland: Column on soccer field grant unfair

I want to start this letter on a positive note so that if I seem nasty as this goes on that you see the important part. I want to sincerely thank Moffat County, the Commissioners, grant writers and all those who supported the efforts of this grant for the new soccer field.

Diane Prather: Time to bake cookies

I haven't baked cookies for so long that my husband, Lyle, said he thought it must be illegal.

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Lincoln Street park slated for fall completion

With Craig's condensed building season, any construction projects have a finite window to get done.

Ray, Cyndee, Caleb and Chayton Owens: Thank you for helping remember Cassie

The family of Cassie Owens would like to thank Western Slope Building Supply for having a construction vendor benefit. We really appreciate all the vendors who donated to Cassie's scholarship fund, especially Shawn and Jeanie May and staff. Thanks again for remembering Cass in this special way.

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Cyclists pass through Craig in philanthropic effort

Riding across America on a piece of metal.

Datebook for July 4

The Moffat County Libraries will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday.

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School alumni to refurbish aging Browns Park School building

A building that once faced an uncertain fate has now become the responsibility of a group dedicated to preserving it.

Police blotter for July 4

Tommy Travis Whitehead, 23, of Neola, Utah, was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrant.

Craig briefs for July 4

Library to sell bags of books

The Moffat County Library will sell bags of books for $1 each Wednesday. The bag will be made up of a varied and plentiful assortment of used books. All books on displays marked "Friends of the Library" are included in the sale. You can check the displays weekly as those items will continue to rotate. Call 824-5116 for more information.

Jennifer Riley: Adoption fee not meant to discriminate

I am writing in support of the adoption fees charged by the animal shelter. Recently, my family adopted a cat from the animal shelter, and we were not surprised that the adoption fee for our cat was $90. This fee included her spaying and vaccinations. For those who adopt a pet from the shelter, they are paying for spaying or neutering, vaccinations, as well as the adoption fee.

Patrick Wayne Germond: On the Oil and Gas Commission

I would like to take a moment and explain the injustice of the Oil and Gas Commission takeover of Northwest Colorado. The Commission wants to use environmentalism as a battle cry to subjugate our community and economy. If the environmentalists cared about the sage grouse, they would loosen restrictive rules on predator control in the area.

Moffat County Neighbor: Dan Martin

Occupation: Rancher, businessman, owner of Lay Valley Bison Ranch

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U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar makes Craig visit

Colorado and the nation face difficult challenges, U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar said.

Christina M. Currie: THE talk

The job description for a parent includes occupational titles such as nurse, counselor, teacher, housekeeper, cook, caregiver, personal shopper, stylist, chauffer, law enforcement officer, scientist, comforter and many, many more.

Thursday, July 3

YVRA to get full project funding

Bush extends FAA bill, taxiway repairs will go ahead this summer

Yampa Valley Regional Airport will get the federal funding it needs for summer projects, Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said.

Gas prices not expected to siphon off visitors

Fuel costs could diminish tourism from out of state, Chamber director says

The number of travelers taking to the roads for the Fourth of July holiday this year could decrease.

14th Judicial District fills one opening, advertises for another

The vacancy left by Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James, a 21-year veteran of the 14th Judicial District, was filled Tuesday.

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Airport project experiences turbulence

Officials looking for $20,000 to finish terminal

Officials may have to shift some funds around to move forward with renovation projects at Moffat County Regional Airport.

Craig briefs for July 3

The Journey of Hope, a cycling group raising awareness for diabetes, is scheduled to appear at 2:30 p.m. today at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. Highway 40. The team will give a bicycle safety presentation and a puppet show at the club.

Police blotter for July 3

Matthew Lee Smith, 30, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of menacing assault on family with a gun, third degree assault, domestic violence and criminal mischief.

Susan Higgs: Decrease adoption fee at animal shelter

I recently read there was a fundraiser for the animal shelter.

Bill Harding: American Legion Post 62 sponsors celebration

The American Legion Post 62 is sponsoring a community picnic/barbecue and fireworks-watching celebration this Friday at the old Shadow Mountain complex. They are offering a $3 hamburger or hot dog, salad, chips and drink special. Read the paper and listen to news spots on the radio for more details.

Sports brief: Forms available for youth, women's hunts

The Colorado Division of Wildlife Hunter Outreach and Women Afield programs are pleased to announce applications are available for several big game and small game hunts in Northwestern Colorado. The hunts are open to youths ages 12 to 17 years old, or women who are interested in learning to hunt.

City, county sales taxes not as high as early 2008

Although city and county officials said the local economy continues to look good, recently collected sales tax revenue shows the first signs of a cooling period.

Craig's Fourth of July festivities

America's birthday is here. July 4 is a day for Craig residents to take pride in their country, time off work and spend it with their families.

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Bulldogs power past Titans

Moffat County's big bats lead to doubleheader sweep

Austin Sadvar and Halen Raymond broke out the lumber Wednesday as the Moffat County Bulldogs legion baseball team swept past Coal Ridge, 12-3 and 14-3, at Craig Middle School.

Maybell Fire Advisory Board reflects on year's progress

Some new cabinets here, a new fire truck there.

Datebook for July 3

1 p.m. Comunidad Integrada will meet at the Craig Firehouse. Call 824-6424 for more information.

U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar visits Craig today

U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar wants to talk with rural Coloradans. He'll get to do that during a visit to Craig today.

Wednesday, July 2

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Shark sightings increasing

Craig Sea Sharks now boast 18 postseason qualifiers

Every day between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m., the Sea Sharks are in the water.

Craig briefs for July 2

Integrated Community needs volunteers

Wet woes continue for CNCC

Additional work at future college site could add up to $60,000

Extending Ninth Street on wet soil could prove more costly than Colorado Northwestern Community College officials first anticipated.

'We'll make it work'

CNCC board adjusts 2009 budget in response to tax revenue estimates

Colorado Northwestern Community College board members shaved about $200,000 from their 2009 budget.

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Moffat County Courthouse evacuated

Officials evacuated the Moffat County Courthouse twice Tuesday morning because of a natural gas leak on the building's north side.

Reneta (Hahn) Kawcak: Help find classmates

The Moffat County High School Class of 1978 would like help from your readers to try to locate the following classmates.

YVRA to get full project funding

Bush extends FAA bill, taxiway repairs will go ahead this summer

Yampa Valley Regional Airport will get the federal funding it needs for summer projects, Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said.

Datebook for July 2


Police Blotter for June 30

Moffat County Jail

Dena Thompson: Please control pets

I consider a pet owner anyone who has responsibility for an animal.

Our View: Show some thought for reason

When the Daily Press started its online forum, the newspaper was hopeful it would allow the community an easy way to be involved.

'Lasagna Gardening', 'Xeriscape Plant Guide' aid in gardening

This summer, I decided to try out my green thumb and learn to garden.

Tuesday, July 1

Police Blotter for June 29

Moffat County Jail

Soggy soil dampens Ninth Street extension project

Although Monday proved to be a typically warm, late June day, excess water was on the minds of officials at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Datebook for July 1


Maren Schmidt: Brains love opportunities for meaningful learning

During the first six years of life, our brains are developing at a tremendous rate, creating a foundation for lifelong learning and accomplishment.

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Wells places second

Moffat County High School 1993 graduate fares well in Steamboat Springs

The Moffat County High School track team hosts an event each year named after him.

Student news: Crystal Schiffbauer-Bowles

Crystal Schiffbauer-Bowles graduated June 6 from the University of Denver with a master's degree in Environmental Project Management, with an emphasis in GIS systems.

COMA meeting reacts to drug abuse pictures

Rock band OneRepublic's "Stop and Stare" set a somber tone as one drug-ravaged face after another was projected onto the screen.

Senior Spotlight for July 1

July brings to mind watermelon juice all over my chin. When I was a child, I would get a piece of watermelon - regardless of size or shape - and bite into the center.

Craig briefs for July 1

No residential trash service Friday

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Hospital moves ground

The Memorial Hospital site sees new step toward construction

The road toward building a new hospital reached a milestone Monday.

Positions still open

School District looking to hire teachers, paraprofessionals

Eleven down, 22 to go. That was the status Monday of the Moffat County School District's search for teachers and other staff members to fill open positions for the 2008-09 school year.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: The sweetest addiction

I was five years old in an oversized yellow crew neck T-shirt with the number three printed on the back in a font that was as tall as I was.