Stories for June 2008


Monday, June 30

Whitney Galbraith: CADA a monster

When Senate Bill 08-200, dubbed as an "extension of prohibitions against discrimination," was signed into law early this month, it added sexual orientation to an existing list of 20 protected classes of Colorado citizens.

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Boy faces amputation

Tyler Johnson, 10, fights undiagnosed disease at The Children's Hospital

When a healthy 10-year-old gets sick, most parents don't expect it to change the child's life forever. But that may be the case for Tyler Johnson of Steamboat Springs.

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Big money

Community bingo games quickly gaining popularity

O-66 was a lucky alphanumerical value for one regular bingo player Sunday afternoon.

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Business News and Notes: Kum & Go north opens for busy first day

Les Self, general manager for the Kum & Go north location at 895 Yampa Ave., pulled into work at 5 a.m. Friday for his store's grand opening after a lengthy remodel.

Datebook for June 30


Craig briefs for June 30

State Historical Fund to host workshop

Aging Well: Good planning makes a safe, fun road trip

A well-planned road trip is a fun road trip, but for older adults, in particular, a bit of forethought can prevent the headaches and emergencies that plague the worst car excursions.

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Beating the heat

Residents enjoy the waters at Craig City Park pool

Eight-year-old Brooke Hahn stood at the top of the slide at the head of the lap pool at the Craig City Park pool Sunday.

Health Watch: Exercise and fibromyalgia

There is more evidence that exercise can improve both the mood and physical function of people with fibromyalgia.

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Humane Society fundraiser brings in a crowd

Event helps shelters

About 10 to 25 animals now could have a chance to transfer to a larger shelter, thanks to a fundraiser sponsored this weekend by the Humane Society of Moffat County.

Sunday, June 29

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Looking to the West

New York firm pumps $100M into Comet Ridge for oil exploration

The Australian oil exploration company hoping to find 200 million barrels of oil in underground shale beds between Steamboat Springs and Hayden has hit a gusher of cash.

Saturday, June 28

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Time capsules give glimpse into past

In the study of any civilization's history, one of the most enjoyable and edifying activities is seeing and touching remnants of everyday life in times past.

Craig briefs for June 28

No residential trash service Friday

The city of Craig solid waste department is not providing residential trash service July 4. To accommodate residential customers during the week, trash service will be as follows:

Police blotter for June 28

No reports.

Datebook for June 28

12:30 and 2 p.m. Orders for SHARE Craig distribution day may be picked up at the American Legion Post No. 62, 1055 County Road 7. Call Karen at 824-7939.

F. Neil Folks: Thanks for coming to COMA meeting

I want to personally thank all of those who showed up at Thursday's noon meeting of Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse.

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A call for licensure

Gerber: Licenses would protect landlords and tenants

Jeff Gerber, the owner of the property where longtime Steamboat Springs resident David Engle died during a house fire June 15, said Friday that a rental licensing program for the city could be one way to ensure incidents such as Engle's death do not happen again and would protect landlords from potentially expensive lawsuits.

Our View: Public first

Last month, state Sen. Jack Taylor completed his final session of the state Legislature, bringing an end to a 16-year-run at the Capitol in Denver.

Rec Center Committee to seek citizen initiative

The Community Recreation Center Steering Committee decided to take a new direction after its meeting Wednesday.

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John Vandelinder: Soccer fields?

I'll be the first to admit that I don't know the mechanics of funding new sports fields, but from a sports fan's outside view, something appears wrong.

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'Huge shoes to fill'

Longtime administrator is days away from retirement

1976. Four years into his teaching career, a math teacher at a relatively small Illinois high school earns a master's degree in administration.

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Getting ready for haying season

A rancher's year is marked by one "season" after another, and the work that has to be done.

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Cost of student meals to increase next year

Government funding to pay for some students on reduced lunch program

Rising food prices are affecting nearly every local food and beverage vendor, said Mark Rydberg, Moffat County School District finance director.

'Recognizing the problem'

COMA to host seminar on meth abuse

Neil Folks, member of the board of directors for Communities Against Meth Abuse, paraphrased satirical comic strip character Pogo Possum in his assessment of combating methamphetamine abuse.

Friday, June 27

July 4 travel projections akin to '07

AAA projects that 10.48 million people in the western states (including Colorado) will travel 50 or more miles away from home for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. This is a decrease of only .8 percent from the 10.57 million who traveled in 2007.

Building a new team

MCHS girls basketball team completes summer workouts

The past few years, underclassmen on the Moffat County High School girls basketball team have had to exercise patience.

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Meth questions voiced at COMA meeting

Funding for drug task force to decrease this year, officials said

The methamphetamine problem in Craig still is just that - a problem.

Police Blotter for June 25

Carla Ann Roloff, 57, of Dinosaur, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Craig briefs for June 27

Chamber, COMA to host meth seminar

The Craig Chamber of Commerce and Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse are scheduled to present a methamphetamine awareness seminar at 6 p.m. Monday at the Moffat County School District Administration building, 775 Yampa Ave.

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Christina M. Currie: The name game

Even in the most surprising circumstances, people have nine months to get used to the idea of having a baby. I have to say the closest I've come to that type of commitment and responsibility - outside of my own children - was getting a puppy.

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Crossing tracks

Train enthusiasts share stories, work to save depot

A loud whistle, the scent of coal, and an increasing rumble vibrating through the ground.

Moffat County Neighbor: Joy Daigle

Age: 58 Occupation: Owner of Mom and Pop's Coffee Shop Place of birth: Lake Charles, La.

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Creekview homes may be done in August

Developers say they are moving forward on motel plans

The first section of Hayden's Creekview development should be finished by about mid-August, developers Stefanus and Louis Nijsten said.

'What did we do? What did we not do?'

Social Services Director: Department responsible for Roloff

Marie Peer, Moffat County Social Services director, said the responsibility for oversight on a department employee arrested for alleged drug distribution falls on her office.

Datebook for June 27

9 to 11 a.m. Yampa Valley Baptist Church hosts vacation Bible school, "Jerusalem in the Time of Christ," for ages 4 through 12. Mothers and caregivers are also welcome. Call 824-5424 or 826-1899. Rides also are available.

Name stays the same

TMH keeps label intact

The word "memorial" was originally included in the name of The Memorial Hospital to honor men and women who had served in World War II.

District not braced for student growth

Enrollment numbers decreasing locally, across state

At the Moffat County School Board's monthly meeting Thursday night, one resident voiced concerns about an expected subdivision on the west end of Craig bringing in more students than the district could handle.

Thursday, June 26

Diane Prather: Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake

This past week, I was happy to receive several letters and an e-mail from readers with recipes and a request for a recipe. It's so enjoyable hearing from all of you.

Sports briefs for June 26

Nick Moyer in first at Golf Tour

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Zabel pushes past tumor

Hayden girl fights on as chemotherapy treatment ends

More than a year after she spent her seventh birthday in the hospital, Hayden girl is finally done with chemotherapy.

Craig briefs for June 26

School Board holds public hearings today

ACET makes meth arrest

Suspect allegedly sold drugs out of office

The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested a Moffat County Social Services employee at her Dinosaur residence Wednesday on suspicion of distributing methamphetamine.

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VNA's STD screenings draw more people, wider age range

In men's and women's health clinics offered by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, about 3 to 5 percent of clients have sought treatment multiple times for sexually transmitted diseases, said Cole White, VNA director of operations.

Craig teenagers receive recognition for good deed

Moffat County High School students Blake Najera, Stephanie Balderston and Alex Villagrana had no idea what they would be doing when they went on their lunch break.

Datebook for June 26

9 to 11 a.m. Yampa Valley Baptist Church hosts vacation Bible school, "Jerusalem in the Time of Christ," for ages 4 to 12. Mothers and caregivers also are welcome. Call 824-5424 or 826-1899. Rides also are available.

Police blotter for June 24

Cody Darren Jones, 19, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

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Tegtman leads Sea Sharks in Glenwood

Twelve-year old Colter Tegtman is beginning to make a name for himself.

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Habitat chapter seeks president, building site

Members of a local Habitat for Humanity chapter are on the lookout for their next project site.

Cathy Hamilton: Coffee study shakes up habits

So now drinking massive amounts of coffee is supposed to be good for me?

Wednesday, June 25

ACET arrests county employee for alleged narcotic distribution

The All Crimes Enforcement Team has arrested three people for alleged distribution of narcotics, including a Moffat County employee who allegedly sold while on duty, the task force reported this afternoon.

Caroline Dotson: The power behind 'Three Little Words'

Thousands of children every year get tossed around in the foster care system.

Our View: Safety for all

Earlier this month, a host of Moffat County officials met to discuss a familiar topic - improved security measures at the Moffat County Courthouse.

Police blotter for June 23

James Eugene Cox, 58, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

Datebook for June 25

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.

Two soccer fields planned for Loudy-Simpson

Soccer once gave a teenaged Saed Tayyara a reason to feel good about himself.

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'Learning to self-manage'

Healthier Living class teaches positive lifestyle changes

Senior Norma Jean Campbell has made a conscious decision to start exercising more to get her heart in better shape. Her goal is to walk every day and keep at it without quitting.

Council OK's annexation proposal

Residents gather at meeting in opposition

The Craig City Council chambers were full Tuesday night as local residents organized to protest a proposed annexation plan southwest of town.

Chris Gingrich: Catch these catchers before it's too late

If you're like me when it comes to playing fantasy baseball, you don't draft one of the small handfuls of quality catchers on draft day, you get them off the waiver wire. So this week, I'll give you the lowdown on some quality catchers who should be available in most leagues.

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Back on the mat

Bulldog wrestling team returns from summer camp

As Western State College alumnus, Moffat County High School wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez remembers learning much on the mats as a Mountaineer.

Cyclist recovering after being hit

A 19-year-old bicyclist who ran a red light and was struck by a truck was treated at the emergency room and released Monday.

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First Street road work continues

The freshly laid asphalt glistened in the summer sun as city road workers redirected First Street traffic Tuesday.

Craig briefs for June 25

Celebrating Colorado's 10th annual Colorado Cares Day

Tuesday, June 24

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Staying cool

Ice deliveries increase along with temperatures

The rhythm of Christopher Herring's day typically beats to an oldies and classic rock soundtrack.

County discusses policy revision

It's unclear whether a June 17 meeting led by a 14th Judicial District Attorney candidate and county employee violated a county policy.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Still learning

When you least expect it, there it is. When that is the last thing you need, there it is. When you don't want it, there it is. When you expect the least and receive the most, there it is.

Craig briefs for June 24

Railroad Evening celebrates Craig's 100th

Railroad Evening honors the contributions of the railroad to the growth and development of the city. Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado, the public is invited to the free event at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Center of Craig. Refreshments will be served.

Student news: Mandy Karo

Craig native Mandy Karo was recently named to the Oklahoma Christian University's president's honor roll for the 2008 spring semester.

Senior spotlight for June 24

Those were the days, my friends. When? Depends on where you were and who you were with.

Fastest hose in the West

Craig Fire/Rescue team wins state tourney

Craig residents can sleep a bit easier today. The firefighters, who would be called on to respond in case of emergency, have been crowned state champs.

Datebook for June 24

9 to 11 a.m. Yampa Valley Baptist Church hosts vacation Bible school, "Jerusalem in the Time of Christ," for ages 4 through 12. Mothers and caregivers are also welcome. Call 824-5424 or 826-1899. Rides also are available.

Questions, answers

Hired consultants plan to be at rec center campaign meeting

One of the best times to get involved with a campaign is at the beginning.

Police Blotter for June 22

Moffat County Jail No reports.

'Died doing what he loved'

Driver succumbs to heart attack after winning race

David O'Conor, a 73-year-old racing enthusiast, was moments removed from winning his first main event race Saturday evening at the Hayden Speedway.

Monday, June 23

Aging Well: Sun protection key to preventing skin cancer, early aging

Tamera Manzanares is on vacation. This column originally ran in the fall of 2006.

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COMA to re-evaluate direction

Anti-drug organization schedules public meeting to look at group goals

A gradual decrease in public participation has prompted the grassroots, anti-drug organization, Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse, to schedule a public meeting this week designed to re-evaluate group goals and its direction for the next three years.

Craig briefs for June 23

New Meeker Stake Presidency

The Meeker Stake Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was reorganized Sunday in Craig.

MCHS boys hoopsters take their lumps

Injury-riddled Bulldogs finish 1-6 in Gold Crown boys basketball tournament

Last season's first-round ouster in the boys 4A basketball playoffs didn't sit too well with coach Steve Maneotis.

Datebook for June 23

9 to 11 a.m. Yampa Valley Baptist Church hosts vacation Bible school, "Jerusalem in the Time of Christ," for ages 4 through 12. Mothers and caregivers also are welcome. Call 824-5424 or 826-1899. Rides are available.

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One final ride

Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters honor departed brother Richard Self

Silence - except the sound of softly playing music and muted conversation.

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Charged-up community interest

Yampa Valley Electric Association hosts

Affordability, availability and reliability.

Sunday, June 22

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Colleagues praise Taylor

Steamboat Springs senator reflects on career at state Capitol

During 16 years at the Capitol in Denver, state Sen. Jack Taylor was the prime sponsor of 211 bills and 39 resolutions or memorials.

Saturday, June 21

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Lake Village inching onward

Developers met with town to discuss issues this week

The Lake Village subdivision in Hayden took a couple of steps forward this week, a consultant for the developer said.

Datebook for June 21

1 p.m. The reading group/book club, "Page Turners," meets at Downtown Books. "Once Upon a Day" by Lisa Tucker is the first book. Call The Book Ladies at 970-824-5343

Police blotter for June 19

Deputies responded to a report of trespassing.

Julie Ann Baker: A heartfelt thank you

Words simply cannot convey the gratitude that I would like to express to my family, friends, Moffat County School District colleagues, and fellow community members for the abundance of well wishes, caring thoughts and meals shared with me and my family during my illness these last few weeks.

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Bank on it

CNCC to offer new business and banking program in August

When the chance came to re-enter the banking field, Edy George jumped at it.

Time to think about the Moffat County Fair

Did you ever hear a thought similar to this while browsing the exhibits at the Moffat County Fair?

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Craig's oldest continuous retail business going strong

As the town of Craig grew, her people saw many businesses come and go. Some were but a flash in the pan, dying quick and sometimes painful deaths. Others provided the community with much needed services and materials to keep homes and other businesses moving forward.

Craig Intermediate School Honor Roll

Below are CIS students who earned academic recognition for the third trimester of the 2007-08 school year.

'Change is always happening in a school'

High school assistant principal steps up to higher title

When Thom Schnellinger started working as Moffat County High School assistant principal in 2005, one of his career ambitions was to become the school's principal.

Craig briefs for June 21

Learning Center to host fundraiser

American Bass Anglers Division 92 results

Results for June 14 and 15

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Summer time is Snowie Time

It's the first day of summer, but it feels as if the season has been here for weeks.

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Seeing clearly

Nicholson named all-conference selection for Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind.

She placed 10th in the 2007 girls high school golf state championships as a MCHS Bulldog, earned herself a college scholarship to Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind., and was recently named to the Great Lakes Valley Conference all-conference academic team as a freshman.

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'This facility's going to get built'

The Memorial Hospital officials plan to begin construction early next week

Taxpayers could begin seeing the first fruits of their vote to fund a new hospital facility by early next week.

Our View: Capitalizing on a buzz

The community is now a week removed from the conclusion of the Ninth Annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous in Craig, and by most accounts, the weekend festival proved to be yet another success.

Dave DeRose: Enforcement thought

I have read all of the stories about the recent liquor violations and the idea of enforcement, and I would like to add a thought.

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Reno Poker catching on

Larry Osborn sits back in his chair, straw cowboy hat tipped slightly downward, and peaks out from the hat's shadow, checking his cards.

Friday, June 20

Craig briefs for June 20

Pest Management to aerial spray

Moffat County Neighbor: Richard Large

Richard Large

Datebook for June 20

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.

Police blotter for June 18

Jeffrey Ray Jeff Hoover, 31, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of second-degree burglary (no forced entry) and theft from a building.

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Ritter plugs tax-credit repeal

Gov. Bill Ritter touted Thursday a proposed ballot measure that would repeal a tax credit enjoyed by the oil and gas industry in Colorado but has some local government officials worried about how the resulting tax windfall would be divvied up.

Sierra Arellano: Thank you to 2008 We See D.C. trip organizers

I would like to say on behalf of everyone who went on the 2008 We See D.C. trip, thank you to everyone who got our trip together. Starting with School Tours of America for allowing us to go to Washington, D.C. Secondly, I'd like to thank Mrs. Jenison for arranging everything for us, starting with getting us non-stop plane flights from Denver to Baltimore and back, as well as getting us tickets to many of Washington D.C.'s attractions. I'd also like to thank the chaperones who went along with us.

Concerns incorporated into new clarifications

Updating oil and gas development rules an ongoing process

Dave Neslin, the acting director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said Thursday that concerns raised in the ongoing process of updating the rules for energy development have been incorporated into a new set of clarifications.

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Working inside for rides outside

J&R Cyclery, Craig's only bike shop, busier than ever

If not for the sound of a wrench on metal, nobody would know they were there.

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Christina M. Currie: An addition to the family

I'm not sure what the motivation was - to give my children something to do or to get a semi-unruly dog trained - but when a friend suggested that one of my girls participate in some agility training using her dog, I had to think about it for a few days.

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Hammering out a tradition

Part-time museum employee takes up blacksmith trade from local craftsman

Rodney Duncan grew up around the smoke and flame of a blacksmith's shop his father built on a family homestead south of Steamboat Springs.

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Cooled down

American Legion swimming pool temporarily closed

With two hip replacements and a knee replacement, senior Bobbie Harper enjoys the soothing elements of the heated swimming pool at American Legion Post No. 62.

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'Very sobering'

Chamber of Commerce seminar puts faces to meth abuse

Christina Currie, Craig Chamber of Commerce executive director, said she heard it too many times to remember.

Thursday, June 19

Craig briefs for June 19

Editorial Board seeking members

The family of Donna Mae Kiesling: Thanks for condolences

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the ambulance crews - especially Dwaine, Dr. Pamela Kinder, the staff of The Memorial Hospital, Grant Mortuary and all the people who called with concerns and condolences when we lost our mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

Moving forward

School District continues with bond issue projects, waits for state permits

The Moffat County School District still is waiting.

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Disappearance of a memorial

Craig resident seeks return of 'Don't Drink and Drive' sign

When he went to bed on the night of June 6, Craig resident Bill Rowe disregarded barking coming from outside, from his dog, Shiloh. The next morning, he discovered what the Labrador/husky mixed breed had been trying to tell him.

Court orders new trial in Craig assault case

A Moffat County District Court judge overturned a Craig man's assault conviction Tuesday afternoon and ordered he receive a new trial.

Datebook for June 19

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Craig Chamber of Commerce Business Education Series and Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse are scheduled to sponsor a seminar at the Holiday Inn of Craig. The event will highlight how to spot drug users in the workplace and during the interview process. Cost is $15 per person and includes lunch. Register online at Call 824-5689.

Review under way

DA candidate may have violated county policy

The Moffat County Human Resources department is reviewing a meeting conducted Tuesday by 14th Judicial District Attorney candidate Tammy Stewart at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries to determine if the event violated state and county policies.

Bill Muldoon: Stop sales to minors

A Craig Police Department liquor-sales-to-minors compliance check May 3 resulted in 10 more businesses cited for failure to comply. Once again, the police spent a lot of time and taxpayers' money to enforce the law, and the City Council continues to respond by meting out meaningless penalties to some of the violators and none to others.

Police blotter for June 17

Deputies responded to a report of trespassing.

Annie Smyth: Nice MS article

I wanted to pass along my kindest thank you to your newspaper and to the young man, Andy Bockelman, who wrote the article in today's paper about our Multiple Sclerosis group meeting.

Sports briefs for June 19

CNCC names new basketball, golf coach

FAA continues YVRA incident study

Possible runway incursion in March could result in pilot penalty

The Federal Aviation Administration still is investigating a March 1 incident at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden.

Cathy Hamilton: Just one of the 'guys'

"Hi, guys!" chirp two perky, young hostesses in unison, as my husband and I walk through the door. "Table for two, guys?"

Mike Albee: Companies adapt well

I would like to clear up a couple of points made by Mr. Germond's letter June 18. First, grazing and hunting rights were not eliminated within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Diane Prather: Rhubarb coffee cake

A couple of weeks ago, I featured "Rhubarb Coffee Cake" in this column. The recipe came from my sister, Darlene Blackford from Rocky Ford, who got it from her sister-in-law. There was a mistake in the amount of rhubarb.

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John Vandelinder: How time flies

Has it really been this long?

Wednesday, June 18

Kim Maneotis: Caring and compassion doesn't go unnoticed

About 3:40 p.m. June 10, in front of Downtown Books, a woman lay on the sidewalk with her assist dog. This woman has cerebral palsy and was on her way to an appointment when she fell and was unable to get up.

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DA candidate leads public meeting

Stewart denies gathering violated regulations

At a gathering Tuesday night at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, Tammy Stewart, 14th Judicial District Attorney hopeful, met with a group of about seven people.

Bill Harding: Veterans services office closed

The Moffat CVSO office will be closed Friday, June 20 through Thursday, June 26 while I am attending my ship reunion out of state. The availability for rides to Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction will be very limited and will need to be arranged before I leave the office today at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. There is still no regular driver and I have limited volunteer drivers to pull from and then schedule around their other activities.

Navigating a new route

Maria Martin leaving Integrated Community for VNA health educator position

A desire to help the immigrant community was Maria Martin's motivation for volunteering with Integrated Community two years ago.

Glenda Bellio: Thanks for helping someone in need

Once again, someone I know broke down on the side of a county road. As they waited with flashers on and hood up, vehicle after vehicle drove by. In each case, one and I mean only one, stopped to see if help was needed.

Chris Gingrich: MLB first half 'studs and duds'

First off, let me say that I really undervalued Ryan Grant and Brandon Jacobs a couple of weeks ago.

Craig briefs for June 18

Blood drive scheduled for June 24

A community blood drive is scheduled from 12:30 to 6 p.m. June 24 at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.

Going low

MCHS senior Nick Moyer out to prove he's the best on the course

The Moffat County High School boys golf season doesn't begin until mid August, but the Bulldogs best ball-striker of a year ago isn't waiting.

Andy Bockelman: 'Hulk' more incredible second time around

With tattered clothing, a monosyllabic vocabulary and eyes that flash a violent shade of emerald, "The Incredible Hulk" returns to theatres to rip through the box office with a rage unlike any other.

Police Blotter for June 17

Ashley Nicole Roberts, 21, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespassing.

Caroline Dotson: Lasting words from 'The Last Lecture'

Randy Pausch, author of "The Last Lecture," was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2006. A computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, Randy had a lot to lose between his career and family.

Datebook for June 18

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.

Liquor licenses temporarily suspended for Craig businesses

A compliance check conducted by the Craig Police Department resulted in liquor violations for 10 local businesses.

Commission OKs river basin study

Water plays an integral part in the agricultural industry. To keep Moffat County agriculture at its full potential, outside sources must analyze the area's river basins.

Our view: Extreme measures

There's a war in Iraq with potentially no end in sight, inclement weather damaging parts of the Midwest, increased food prices, overall economic woes, and in 5 1/2 months, the country will attempt to wade through the campaign rhetoric and elect a new president.

Patrick Wayne Germond: Need to make some noise, voice opinions

It is good to hear our local government is working so hard behind the scenes.

Tuesday, June 17

Fire crews respond to Milner Landfill blaze

Area fire crews responded to a fire at the Milner Landfill on Monday evening. The blaze was thought to be contained late Monday night.

Shellye Lang: Thank you for helping

I would like to thank the couple who stopped to pick up my daughter, Trenna, after her bicycle accident Thursday and took her to the hospital.

'Age is not a barrier'

CNCC planning to sponsor trip to Hawaii for students age 50 and older

Janet Kawcak recently returned home. Now, she's ready to go again.

Craig brief for June 17

Sweet Adelines place 6th in Salt Lake City

Police Blotter for June 14

Moffat County Jail

The family of Don Stevenson: Words are not enough

Words cannot express the heartfelt thanks to all the friends and family who brought food, called, sent flowers and dropped by in our time of sorrow.

'New knowledge'

Multiple sclerosis support group meeting focuses on wellness tips

With her right hand held up to her face, Susan Chenoweth placed her middle and index fingers on her forehead, pinched her nose with her thumb and ring finger - and burst out laughing.

Datebook for June 17


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Passing through

New Moffat County High School athletics director visits Craig

He doesn't officially begin his new job until July 1, but new Moffat County High School Athletics Director Rick Penner just couldn't stay away.

Senior Spotlight for June 17

According to the calendar, summer officially arrives June 20. Hopefully, winter will listen and we can truly say it's summertime and the fish are awaiting, along with picnics galore and time for some getting out and gettin' 'er done.

Maren Schmidt: Physical activity enriches mind

During the first six years of life, a child's brain develops based on the interaction of the child with his or her environment.

The ugly truth

Presentation gives businesses information on meth abuse

Sunken skin, poor oral hygiene and hyperactivity are just three of the typical traits that could indicate an addiction to methamphetamines.

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'Fulfilling a dream'

Cancer survivor to trek across America to raise funds for research

Eastbound U.S. Highway 40 shimmered in the mid-afternoon sun as Rick Hammersley strode down its shoulder Monday.

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Moffat County rodeo team fails to place at state

A fifth-place and two ninth-place finishes aren't too bad in the state championships. Except when competing in high school rodeo.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Your natural instinct

He looks up from page one of his Wall Street Journal, takes a small sip of his house blend coffee and peers over the brim of the mug.

Monday, June 16

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Awards galore

Winners chosen at The Ninth Annual Whittle the Wood

Amid the many wooden sculptures that already fill Craig City Park, 11 new carvings reached completion Saturday.

Questions answered

MCHS football team back from summer camp

The Moffat County High School football team returned from summer camp in Wyoming on Saturday a "much improved unit," head coach Kip Hafey said.

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Giving to new hands

The Giving Tree to change ownership, remain largely the same, new owners say

A sign hangs above the silk flower arrangements set in the display window of The Giving Tree, 525 Yampa Ave.

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Guys' day out

Father's Day full of time spent on the links and U.S. Open predictions

Normally, competing with Tiger Woods isn't easy.

Craig briefs for June 16

Construction updates to be presented at public meeting

Datebook for June 16


'The word's gotten around'

Parks and Rec director: Whittle the Wood attracts larger crowds

Dave Pike, City of Craig Parks and Recreation director, surveyed the crowd milling around Craig City Park on Friday night at the Ninth Annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.

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Aging Well: Taking fitness from land to water

Most of the time, exercise makes us feel good. Other times, exercise can be more painful than pleasing.

Saturday, June 14

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Persinger sisters showed true style

There are many people who dream about operating their own business. Some follow through on that dream and open the doors of a business only to discover that it is more work than they imagined with many challenges and demands.

Police blotter for June 12

Officers responded to two requests to assist a resident.

Datebook for June 14

6 a.m. The American Bass Anglers District 92 in Craig participates in a bass fishing tournament at Starvation Lake, northwest of Duchesne, Utah. Call Steve Drake at 826-0360 or Don Eriksen at 629-2915.

Suicide numbers on positive trend

Suicide trends are hard to measure, but the current trend is good news for Moffat County officials who are involved with the issue.

Two views on Oil and Gas Commission hearing

Local energy industry and environmental representatives weigh in on public gathering

Marianna Raftopoulos said in her years as a member of the Colorado Wildlife Commission, she never saw a meeting like a recent public gathering in Grand Junction.

Elisa Shackelton reflects on years at Moffat County Extension Office

Elisa Shackelton took some time Wednesday, her last day in the office at Moffat County Extension, to reflect on her 8 1/2 years in Craig.

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Under the sun

Moffat County offers a wide range of summertime outdoor activities

As evident by Wednesday morning's snowfall, nobody can say for sure how long summer will last.

Iowa speaker touts innovation at Economic Gardening Gathering

Who knew that little Fairfield, Iowa, was a national leader in a form of entrepreneurship known as economic gardening?

Companies submit qualifications to CNCC

College officials to begin reviewing applicants to design new academic building

Colorado Northwestern Community College officials are preparing to head into the first stages of designing a new academic building for the college's Craig campus.

Patrick Germond: Meeting not democratic

On June 10, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission hosted a meeting in Grand Junction.

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Carving a masterpiece, slice by slice

Whittle the Wood Rendezvous participants look toward today's events

The Ninth Annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous features the woodcarving talents of 11 entrants, four of whom are new to the Craig competition. While all are enjoying the use of Craig City Park to shape their stumps into artistic creations, those who are in their first year in town have a fresh take on the procedure.

Craig resident injured in rodeo

Matt Bohrer speared by bull in Rifle

Matt Bohrer is used to it. As a bull rider for the Moffat County High School rodeo team, he has competed on bulls many times.

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Summer school programs offer reading, math help to students

The Sunset Elementary School library was empty Thursday morning.

Whittle the Wood competitor profiles

Faye Braaten carving career history: "My husband suggested I try it, since I liked oil-painting and drawing. Whittle the Wood was my first competition, and my skills really transferred over. My kids have gotten interested in it, too."

Briefs for June 14

Humane Society benefit June 28

George Bosick: DOW breaks own laws

I woke up this morning craving fish, so I went to the store to buy some. To my surprise, the label on the package said it was a product of China. What a shock.

Changes at Kustom Kuts, Quintero's

Recent graduate buys Hayden hair salon; Mexican restaurant opens bakery

Two businesses are going through some changes on Hayden's Jefferson Avenue.

For pride and money

On June 8, adults - young and old - spent the day at Moffat County Fairgrounds.

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Revving to race

Mustang Roundup allows drivers a lap on the course

It's hard to hear anything over the rumble of the '66 Ford Mustang GT 350 poised at the starting line.

Our View: Welcome Triple Crown

Numerous girls softball teams descended on Craig and Moffat County this week as part of the annual Triple Crown Sports youth tournaments, marking the 13th consecutive year the organization has brought youth sporting events to the Yampa Valley.

Friday, June 13

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Fatherhood gone full time

A look at local fathers who choose to stay home

Changing diapers and responding to the cries of his infant son Patrick recently became routine in James Neton's life.

Man recovering after construction accident

A local construction worker injured last week when he was pinned beneath heavy equipment is recovering well, according to a co-worker.

Humane Society of Moffat County: Humane Society says thank you

The Humane Society of Moffat County thanks the following: Samuelson's Hardware and Lumber for the donations of building supplies, and the Golden Cavvy for the convenient meeting location.

Student news: Josiah Zachary Pearson

Josiah Zachary Pearson, of Craig, was named to Union University's Dean's List for the spring 2008 semester, joining 363 other students.

Police blotter for June 13

No reports.

Chamber backs Hayden airport mural idea

A new idea at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport had Gene Bilodeau nodding his head.

MCHS soccer coaching status up in the air

The soccer coach carousel at Moffat County High School keeps on spinning.

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MCHS grad heads to College National Finals Rodeo

Losing a horse days before the college rodeo season's biggest event is akin to a NASCAR driver blowing his engine before the Daytona 500.

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County, Loudy-Simpson concessions reach temporary compromise

Moffat County commissioners said they wanted a "reasonable compromise" with Loudy-Simpson Park concessions operators to limit alcohol sales during youth activities.

District occasionally short on substitutes

This year, the Moffat County School District decided to start early.

Datebook for June 13

Deadline to register for the June 17 first aid and CPR class at the Meeker Fire House. Cost is $25 for both first aid and CPR and $20 for CPR only. To register for the course, call Suzan at 878-5510 or e-mail

Viewers watch Whittle the Wood contestants

Last week, the purpose behind the wooden stumps sitting in the middle of Craig City Park puzzled new Craig residents Simone Ketchum and Virgil Summa.

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Farmers market begins new year in Craig

Friendly faces, homegrown produce and homemade baked goods populated Alice Pleasant Park on Thursday afternoon, a common sight for the next several months.

Wal-Mart gives $2,500 to the new hospital

The Memorial Hospital Foundation was awarded a $2,500 donation from the Craig Wal-Mart store.

Moffat County Neighbor: Chrissy Williams

What should your business card say you do? "Always ready to work"

ACET makes arrests in connection to burglaries

The All Crimes Enforcement Team concluded an investigation Thursday into a "series of burglaries" that allegedly occurred in Moffat and Routt counties, Garrett Wiggins, ACET task force commander, reported in a news release.

Craig briefs for June 13

TMH tourney set for June 27

The Eighth Annual The Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, June 27, at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Starting time is 2 p.m.

Police Beat for June 13

(Below is a summary of my monthly progress report to the Craig City Council regarding Police Department activity for May.)

Christina M. Currie: K-I-S-S-I-N-G

Who doesn't remember their first kiss? That awkwardness and insecurity. The butterflies in your stomach.

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Two-legged dog takes top honors at mutt contest

The annual Nuts for Mutts dog show in Woodland Hills, Calif., isn't quite on the same level as The Westminster Kennel Club.

Thursday, June 12

CNCC board makes changes to budget

Amount of county taxes going to CNCC still an estimate

A preliminary draft of next fiscal year's budget for the Colorado Northwestern Community College's board may not look much different from last year, Craig campus dean Gene Bilodeau said.

Craig briefs for June 12

Highway 13 project progressing

Work progresses on the Colorado Department of Transportation's project to widen and resurface a stretch of highway north of Craig on Colorado Highway 13, between mile markers 123 and 128, the Wyoming state line. The project also entails installing safety improvements between mile markers 111 and 123.

DOW increases Chamber's sportsman funding

Christina Currie felt confident local Colorado Division of Wildlife officers would support her funding request, but she didn't expect the state office to agree given Colorado's budget climate.

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Crews begin leveling Craig Middle School

Project superintendent: Demolition on schedule

On Wednesday, the second day of demolition, The Neenan Company crews already had taken a noticeable chunk out of the south wing of the Craig Middle School building.

Student news for June 12

The University of Wyoming recently named four Craig students to its 2008 spring Dean's and Freshman Honor Roll.

Stacey Clark: Thanks for field day contributions

On behalf of the Northwest Colorado Homeschool Association, I would like to thank all who had contributed to our field day.

City Council approves liquor ordinance revisions

The Craig City Council approved changes to a proposed ordinance to restructure its liquor license violation procedures at its meeting Tuesday.

Police blotter for June 12

No reports.

Focusing on entrepreneurship

Technology to be discussed at economic gardening forum

Business experts from across the globe are visiting Steamboat Springs this week for the National Economic Gardening Gathering.

Datebook for June 12

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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Carvers return for Whittle the Wood Rendezvous

Chainsaw in hand, Montrose resident Ken Davis began cutting into his selected piece of wood immediately upon setting up in Craig City Park. By the time he is finished, it will be a young cowboy on a stick horse.

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Sea Sharks heat up Rangely pool

Craig summer swimming team qualifies 15 swimmers for postseason

When Ashleigh McDonald and Sara Kurz took over as coaches of the Craig Sea Sharks Summer Swimming Club team this year, they had no idea it would be like this.

Buckskin Network canceled for lack of use

An "institution," as Craig City Councilor Terry Carwile termed the Buckskin Network, is behind the times and being cut loose.

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4-H judging team takes No. 1

Routt County senior group to compete at state in two weeks

Routt County 4-H members edged out Elbert County to win the senior division of the livestock judging contest Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds. It was the team's first victory and seventh contest of the year.

Diane Prather: Beet jelly recipe request answered

Readers are telling me that Bud Nelson's "Cream of Cilantro Soup with Black Bean Salsa" is delicious and filling - just as Bud said it would be. Thanks again for the recipe, Bud.

Bill Harding: Huck Finn Day a success, vet transport increasing

The 2008 Huck Finn Fun Day was a great success.

Wednesday, June 11

City Council approves liquor ordinance revisions

The Craig City Council approved changes to a proposed ordinance to restructure its liquor license violation procedures at its meeting Tuesday.

'The Host' a tale about relationships, second chances

Stephenie Meyer is the best selling author of "Twilight," "New Moon" and "Eclipse," a vampire romance and young adult series. Young adult literature uses slightly simpler language, limited adult presence, and themes that are relevant to young people.

Chris Gingrich: Players on a tear

In this week's column, it's back to baseball.

Triple Crown brings summer ball

Triple Crown Sports, a national organization, seeks to "focus on something positive in the face of increasing talk about negativity in youth sports," according to a news release.

County looks to create Youth Services Department

"Let's be proactive with our kids instead of reactive," said Kelly Patterson, director for the Moffat County Crisis Intervention Team and Community Evaluation Team.

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Saddle up

Horse rider passes through Craig as part of excursion, protest

Arriving in Craig on Monday afternoon, Baden Whitehead received a response that he has gotten accustomed to in the past week, one of surprise upon seeing his equine transport.

Kenny Burch: When will the city maintain its property?

My letter is in regard to the land located north of Seventh Street owned by the city, known as Sherwood forest. It is my understanding that it was to be part of the park system. But, it now how become nothing but a dumping ground by some of the older kids, and a place for drugs, fighting and foul language. As a property owner in the area, I have had some problems occur with trash, things being broken on my fence, and then I have to put up with poorly mannered teenagers.

Student news: Kearn Gerber

Kearn Gerber, a student at Craig Intermediate School, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum.

Police blotter for June 9

Judith Jane Brown, 50, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of second-degree criminal trespass, two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of theft, crimes against at-risk adults and juveniles, unlawful acts/licenses, violation of bail bonds, violating a restraining order and possession of drugs.

Datebook for June 11

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.

Daughters redux

Former DAR chapter seeks to reorganize after disbanding 47 years ago

Peggy Clopton Gonzales' doesn't need a genealogy expert to tell her where her roots lie.

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Gold at the games

Special Olympians bring home gold

Julianne Malley didn't know. After all, it was her first time, and she couldn't help but pick up change.

Wooden it be nice

Whittle the Wood begins at Craig City Park

With the roar of a chainsaw and the patience of a saint, the participants of Craig's annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous can create works of art.

Tuesday, June 10

MCHS rodeo team headed to state

The longest Moffat County High School sports season is approaching its climax.

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'Signature' moments

Craig residents bury problems with L.A.-based artist

As Gilbert Jaramillo stood over the freshly dug hole in the grass of Alice Pleasant Park, he recounted the loss of his wife, Darlene, and buried his grief. Metaphorically, that is.

Road through America : stopping in Craig along the way

Marc Horowitz, a Los Angeles-based performance artist, visited Craig on Monday to help people bury their problems. Literally. In the ground. With a shovel.

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Seek, and ye shall find

Calvary Baptist Church holding out for right pastoral candidate

Fred Charles and other members of a five-person pastoral search committee at Calvary Baptist Church aren't settling for just anyone.

Oil and Gas Commission hosts public hearing today

Providing input for a piece of Colorado's future is a 154-mile drive away.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Kung Fu Panda' equals big, fat fun

What do you get when you cross Bruce Lee with Winnie the Pooh? The awesome animated star of "Kung Fu Panda."

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College cram time

MCHS football team headed to University of Wyoming for camp

May 17. The final day of the season for the Moffat County High School track team. And, the opening day of varsity football practice.

Craig briefs for June 10

Bowling competition to benefit ACS

"Pigs on Parade," the Moffat County Sheriff's Office Relay for Life team, is scheduled to sponsor a luau-themed bowling extravaganza from 7 to 11 p.m. June 28 at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.

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Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: No fear

I'm not sure if it is the warm ocean breeze in the night that makes me this way, the deep smell off the bonfires lining the coast of the ocean or the laughter that echoes throughout the valley on a Wednesday night that makes me this way.

Ashly Delay: Radio statement uncalled for

This morning, June 9, 2008, while listening to 93.7 FM, disc jockey Mike Fuller made an inappropriate comment.

Datebook for June 10

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.

Police Blotter for June 8

Jason Adam Kawcak, 21, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and vehicle not equipped with taillights as required.

Monday, June 9

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MCHS boys basketball team places second in Niwot tourney

Summer is a time when many high school athletes take a break from class, enjoy the outdoors or go on vacation.

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Families enjoy Huck Finn Fun Day

As the ripples moved across the pond at Loudy-Simpson Park on Saturday morning, the youthful participants of Huck Finn Fun Day cast out their fishing lines in the hopes of reeling in a big catch.

Senior Swimnastics: Indoor recreation facility needed in Craig

As members of the Senior Swimnastics exercise group, we would like to have a bit of input on how we feel about the new recreation center. Our indoor swimming pool situation in Craig is very limited. Things heard in the community seem to portray that the Moffat County High School pool is in a predicament due to needed repairs and year to year it is unsure whether there will be a pool there.

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TMH switching to use Mayo Clinic for lab testing

On June 24, The Memorial Hospital will add 2,200 world-renowned employees to back up its laboratory staff.

Craig briefs for June 9

Bank to host Customer Appreciation Day

First National Bank of the Rockies will host a Customer Appreciation Day at the Craig branch, 600 Yampa Ave., on June 27. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Business News and Notes: Another way to go green

YVEA reduces green electricity costs to customers

This year, signing up for the Yampa Valley Electric Association's green energy program will be about 80 percent cheaper than last year.

Datebook for June 9

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., hosts vacation Bible school for children 4 years old through the sixth grade. Call 824-5222.

MCHS graduate bypassed in MLB draft

June 5 and 6 went by, and Chris Winder's phone never rang.

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Aging Well: Volunteers educate, help preserve wilderness

Many older adults enjoy more of the activities they love, such as hiking, during retirement.

Sunday, June 8

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'I guess I was destined'

Man who survived plane crash as infant now soars above valley himself

Matt Kotts eases the single-engine Cessna 182 onto the Steamboat Springs Airport runway.

Saturday, June 7

Hayden addresses Hospital Hill curve

Plans to decrease speed limit, improve visibility on Hospital Hill

Hayden leaders want to drop the speed limit and trim trees to make a curve on Hospital Hill safer.

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CNCC ranks third in percentage of dually enrolled students

High school diploma, followed by a college degree; first one and then the other. As Jessica Knez found out, that order isn't set in stone.

Chuck Mack: Historical high water - Part 2

The train, which came in Tuesday night from Denver, did not reach Steamboat until 4 a.m., but it got to Craig before the track had been seriously damaged. It was unable to return and still is held there, Steamboat having become the western terminal for railroad travel.

Our view: Sake of a name

Officials and administrators from The Memorial Hospital began discussions at the end of May on the possibility of changing the hospital's name - a name that carries a legacy dating back nearly six decades - when TMH opens its new facility next year.

Craig briefs for June 7

'Rack Pack' hosts fundraisers

The Relay for Life "Rack Pack" team hosts two fundraisers this weekend to benefit the American Cancer Society.

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George and Julia Welch: part of Craig's founding tapestry

While some people who helped Craig become an established community came from distant places, others came from just "down the road." George Welch was one of the latter.

Bass fishermen have successful weekend on Pelican Lake

For a lake to be named after a bird that thrives off fish, one would expect it to be stocked to the gills with the water-dwellers.

Police blotter for June 7

No reports.

Datebook for June 7

7:30 a.m. to noon. The Relay for Life "Rack Pack" team presents a booth during Huck Finn Fun Day at Loudy-Simpson Park. Visitors can get their face painted, play fish pond, and win a free guided elk hunt or dinner for two. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

A view from the inside

Alvaro Landa, 34, is a second-year firefighter with Craig Fire/Rescue.

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A way with words

2005 MCHS graduate studies animal science at OSU

Mixing animal science with words. "I absolutely love it," said Sarah Kawcak, of Craig, when referring to her studies in Animal Science Livestock Merchandising at Oklahoma State University.

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2008 racing season kicks off tonight at Hayden Speedway

The speed is back. Hayden Speedway opens today after two weeks of cancellations because of weather, and Dana Goodwin said the event is long overdue.

Improving America one town at a time

Performance artist to stop in Craig as part of cross-country tour

Craig residents will have the opportunity to literally bury their problems Monday thanks to performance artist Marc Horowitz.

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Breaking tradition

Fire Department looks at new ways to attract recruits

Samantha Johnston's rookie year at Craig Fire/Rescue was a baptism by fire of sorts. She said she wouldn't have had it any other way.

Board votes to increase administrator salaries

Motion to bring wage closer to state averages

Numbers spoke volumes when the Moffat County School District began seeking applicants for the Moffat County High School principal position this year, superintendent Pete Bergmann said.

Friday, June 6

AprÃs Ski Way to close as redevelopment continues

Construction of a roundabout at Mount Werner Circle and AprÃs Ski Way is 30 percent complete and should be finished by Sept. 15, project coordinator Joe Kracum said Thursday.

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'This is our game'

Weekend rendezvous seeks to spark interest in mountain man lifestyle

Daniel Boone. Kit Carson. As Howdy Davis lists off their names and exploits, his eyes twinkle above a silver-tipped mustache that slopes down to his chin.

Attracting out-of-towners

Moffat County Tourism Association plans for summer

Darcy Trask, Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership executive specialist, acknowledges the value of tourism.

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Gone fishin'

Huck Finn Fun Day provides free fishing and prizes

Mark Twain's literary creations Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher have existed for more than 120 years, but their spirit lives on this weekend.

Datebook for June 6

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

Police Blotter for June 4

Sandra Dawn Harder, 30, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of second-degree assault on a police official, criminal attempt and menacing assault on a police official.

Fr. Randy Dollins: Opportunity cost

Last month, I drove to Steamboat to see the movie "Iron Man." The roundtrip is about 100 miles, my car gets 25 miles to a gallon, gas costs $4 a gallon, a movie ticket costs $7 and popcorn and a soda cost another $7.

Applying mission work in Mexico for 10th year

Craig Assembly of God is traveling to Mexico for another mission trip, but this year is going to be different.

D.A. dismisses charges against one ACET suspect

7 others bound to court for July appearance

The cases of eight defendants facing drug possession and trafficking charges took another step Thursday in Moffat County Court.

Quick response saves life

Responders reflect on man's collapse, recovery at 10K race

While announcing last weekend's Steamboat Marathon, Rob Powers watched as a runner collapsed about 100 yards from the finish line. "I was watching him come in like everybody else, and his legs just went to rubber," Powers said. "He looked like Joe Frazier had just clocked him in the head. Just a total knockout fall."

Craig briefs for June 6

Conservation District sets meeting date

The Colorado First Conservation District will host its annual meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40. All cooperators are welcome. RSVP to Dede Sorrentino at 824-5114.

Fifth annual LGBT picnic designed to foster community

Bratwurst and hamburgers sizzle on a grill while friends and family members bask in the early June weather.

Moffat County Neighbor: Katie Kinkaid

Katie Kinkaid Age: 19 Occupation: Student at Colorado Christian University in Denver

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Diane Prather: A busy day for breakfast casserole

First off, Iva Decker of Craig called me Wednesday with a question about "Rhubarb Coffee Cake," the recipe featured in last week's column. She wanted to know if the 1 1/2 cups brown sugar was the right amount. I checked the recipe, and that's what Darlene had written down. So, I called her.

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John Vandelinder: Moffat County's top 10 games of the season

The Moffat County High School rodeo team begins the preliminary round of the state championships a week from today, officially signaling the end of the 2007-08 MCHS sports season.

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Starting fresh

Moffat County High School volleyball team hard at work

The parking lot of Moffat County High School is empty, except for a few cars parked in the back. School is out for the summer, but inside the school gymnasium a loud voice can be heard echoing off the walls.

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Christina M. Currie: Truth behind the mask

I continue to be amazed by how creative hotels are when it comes to those little extras that make you remember your stay.

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Ski Corp. plans improvements

Revegetation, work on snow-making machine on the agenda

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has started its summer improvements to Steamboat Ski Area, but spokeswoman Heidi Thomsen said nothing major is in the works.

Thursday, June 5

An interview with Katrina Springer

Katrina Springer, Serendipity Coffee Shop owner, said she loves her Bug. Springer recently bought a 1973 Volkswagen Bug to supplement her 2004 Dodge Durango, which she said was an effort to stay ahead of rising gas prices.

State college system green lights CNCC auto program

Approval allows college to hire staff, award certificates

In November, several local representatives from the automotive industry met with Colorado Northwestern Community College officials to discuss the need for more younger mechanics to shore up a dwindling work force.

Datebook for June 5

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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Crowning achievement

Craig youth takes top title in state beauty pageant

On an evening 23 years ago, Stephanie Pearce and her mother were in dire straights.

Average unleaded gas prices reach historical peak

AAA: Prices not greatly different than last year

Colorado and the country shared the same fuel fact Wednesday. Both recorded the highest average prices for regular unleaded gas in their histories, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, updated every Wednesday.

Police Blotter for June 3

Michael Conrad Fedinec, 47, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under restraint, driving under the influence, resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer and failure to drive in a single lane.

Bill Harding: Support your local veterans organizations

The local veteran organizations, the Veterans of Foreign War Post No. 4265 and American Legion Post No. 62, support our local veterans and specialized services to various entities in our community. When you support them, they can support others.

Craig briefs for June 5

Moffat County Library story times

The Moffat County Library will host story time at 11 a.m. today in the covered patio area of Moffat County Fairgrounds. This week's theme is bugs.

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Craig runners participate in Steamboat Marathon

Whether consisting of 6.2, 13.1 or 26.2 miles, race running requires focus and determination. This is well known to the Craig residents who participated in the events of Sunday's Steamboat Marathon.

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Driving prices

Companies use fuel costs to attract customers

Craig resident Brenda Gustafson, 50, doesn't think gasoline prices will come down. Her take on current prices isn't any more optimistic.

Wednesday, June 4

The future of drilling

Coalition presents arguments for drilling rules

Luke Schafer, Colorado Environmental Coalition Northwestern campaign coordinator, maintains that natural resources always are contentious issues.

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New frontiers

MCHS science teacher to embark on sixth NASA endeavor

Picture riding shotgun in a race car traveling about 190 miles per hour.

Datebook for June 4

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

Craig briefs for June 4

Dr. Pamela Kinder, a neurologist from Kinder Family Clinic, and Karrie Booth, owner of Holistic Health & Fitness, will present information for people with multiple sclerosis as part of a program scheduled for June 16.

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Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Star struck

A day ago, I was on my ranch in Colorado putting out salt blocks for the cattle with my father. Even though I had been absent from here since last summer and out of commission from the job of putting out salt blocks, nothing had changed.

Mrs. Dennis Dickson: Love and admiration for senator

Senator Kennedy, thank you for everything.

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Seeing clearly

Area optometrists donate services to needy elementary school students

When the Colorado Optometric Association said no, Drs. Craig Eckroth and Ron Danner said yes.

Sabrina Bowersox: Our pet was part of our family

Monday was a regular day like any other. I got my children up and we went to clean our church and run an errand. On our return home we turned the corner on First and Mack Lane to find our 12-month-old lab dead in the road. Mind you I have 3 children in the car younger than 6 years of age.

Police Blotter for June 2

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Our view: 'Committed citizens'

A group of Moffat County religious leaders and nonprofit organization representatives seem to be embodying the spirit of words from a famous quote.

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The allure of the graphic novel

'Kingdom Hearts II, Book I,' a work that draws in reluctant readers

Young readers today are enjoying a new twist on literature. Not quite a comic book or chapter book, the increasingly popular graphic novel has qualities of both.

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Draft day sleepers

With some fantasy football leagues preparing for upcoming drafts, I believe now would be a good time to take a look at some players that will be worth picking up come draft day.

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Rodeo family

Vernons taking knowledge of lifelong sport to state finals

Riding a 2,000-pound bull, racing around barrels on a horse trying not to fall off and lassoing a speeding calf in less than 10 seconds. To many who witness these rodeo events, it could seem to be a nearly impossible task.

Commission approves new building codes

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray doesn't want to put unnecessary burdens on people, he said.

Tuesday, June 3

Homegrown goodness

Farmers market returns to Craig beginning June 12

A farmers market is an agricultural group effort among planters and ranchers that concentrates on keeping food consumption local. For the second year, the Craig Downtown Business Association will conduct its own farmers market.

Carol Scott: Pet photos needed

The Humane Society of Moffat County needs the community's help to make the 2009 Pet Mates Calendar the best ever.

Officials plan new courthouse security

There is an opportunity to address an old problem, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said.

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Fulfilling a dream

Rick Penner named MCHS Athletic Director

As an avid outdoorsman, Rick Penner said he's traveled more than 30,000 miles on the water.

Datebook for June 3


Craig briefs for June 3

Motivational speaker to read from book

School Board to vote on transfer rule

District aims to keep student mobility to a minimum

During a recent meeting, the Moffat County School Board approved the first reading of a policy and an accompanying regulation governing the way parents enroll their children in schools of their choice.

Police Blotter for June 1

Police Blotter for June 1

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Beginning of the end

Staff members, former student speak out as Craig Middle School nears demolition date

Impending demolition of the existing Craig Middle School elicits conflicting emotions for Craig Middle School secretary Beth Gilchrist.

Bears face sturdier trash cans

City tries to discourage conflicts with receptacles in public parks

Hungry bears will have a tougher time filling up on trash in Steamboat Springs city parks.

Public meeting on energy rules tonight

History is being written. What happens with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission's rulemaking process this year could affect Colorado for generations, Luke Schafer said.

Maren Schmidt: Addressing key frustrations

"If life is a bowl of cherries, why am I in the pits?"

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A new dawn

Dave Rodriguez named Moffat County High School girls assistant soccer coach

In the minds of Alegra Yager and Dave Rodriguez, 10-2 plus 1-11 equals a state title.

Senior Spotlight for June 3

June - another month bringing in new adventures, memories and all kinds of things to do.

Monday, June 2

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Cornerstone expands office, staff

It's better to own than rent, Stacey Mathers said.

Lucille Theis: Thanks to CNCC

I would like to thank Colorado Northwestern Community College, Mary Shearer and Kathy Ross for seven wonderful days. We took a trip to the heartland of America and Branson, Mo.

Aging Well: Safe at home

Program helps older adults pinpoint injury risks

Ever since having her knee replaced, Yolanda Critchlow of Oak Creek has walked with a cane to stabilize her sometimes unsteady feet.

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The importance of the past

Moffat County group strives to record history

Living in the new millennium involves adjusting to continually changing technology, endless alterations to the landscape and more.

Lake Village showing little progress on crumbling roads, finances

The people involved in the Lake Village subdivision asked the Hayden Town Board on Thursday for more time to fix the roads. They got it.

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Housing forum addresses future needs in the Yampa Valley

Two of the valley's leading affordable housing experts addressed the question: "Will your children be able to afford to live here?" before an audience of 40 at an affordable housing forum Friday.

Datebook for June 2


Deborah Colburn: Positive results

The 2008 legislative session is over, and some positive results were achieved for increasing access to dental services for Coloradoans in the coming year.

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Setting the pace

Craig resident places 2nd in Steamboat Marathon

A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, this time without sugar-free jelly.

Student news: Ashley Dawn Bishop

Ashley Dawn Bishop, daughter of Kim L. Bishop, graduated from Colorado Northwestern Community College on May 10 with an associate degree in applied science in dental hygiene and associate general science.

Wyman Museum puts fun in fundraiser with paintball

You won't find a bake sale or Girl Scout cookies.

Craig briefs for June 2

Humane Society sponsoring fundraiser show Sept. 20

Sunday, June 1

Hundreds gather to mourn Mark and Levi Klapperich

The overflowing bleachers and bright sunshine at the Hayden High School football field would have made Mark and Levi Klapperich smile.