Stories for March 2008


Monday, March 31

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Aging Well: More room, programs at new Community Center

For years, older adults in the Steamboat Springs area have appreciated lunch, social time and other programs provided by the Routt County Council on Aging.

Joseph Hendershott: Thanks for supporting trip to Washington, D.C.

I just wanted to say thank you to the community for supporting me for my Washington, D.C., trip and also to KFC for the generous donation for my trip. One more thanks to the Rotary Club for letting me speak at their meeting and for their donation.

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Health a-fair

9Health Fair to offer blood screenings, information from area health care providers

Screenings for eyes, ears and blood.

Elder Quest LLC owner to lead human services department

Routt County has hired Vickie Clark of Grand Junction to lead its Department of Human Services. She starts May 1.

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An unexpected turn

MCHS track team tastes individual success in Rangely

On Friday, Moffat County High School track coach Gary Tague said he was looking to "feel out" his individual athletes at the Bulldogs meet the next day in Rangely.

Datebook for March 31

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free, confidential, rapid HIV and sexually transmitted disease testing and counseling is at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association office in Craig, 745 Russell St. Each screening takes about 20 to 30 minutes. No appointments are necessary, and all screenings are confidential.

Deserved gratitude

United Way accepting volunteer of the year nominations

United Way has a tradition of honoring volunteers of the year, though recognition usually isn't a prime concern for award winners, said Corrie Ponikvar, Moffat County United Way executive director.

Business News and Notes: Local doctor positive about own clinic in Craig

Dr. Joel Miller sits in a simple wooden chair in the front room of his new family practice clinic with his entire staff of two medical assistants.

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Bulldog chauffeurs

Bus drivers key to MCHS athletics

For each of the Moffat County High School sports teams, the road to a state championship is a long and windy one.

Craig briefs for March 31

Police chief chosen for training

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta has been selected to attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Center for Police Leaders training on leadership in smaller police organizations in Duluth, Minn.

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Upping the 'fun factor'

KRAI/55 Country Spring Expo requires more from vendors, owner/general manager says

What does it take to sell a product?

Sunday, March 30

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Businesses feel labor crunch

Visa issues, housing costs affect local employment market

In the job merry-go-round that is Steamboat Springs, employers sometimes have a tough time finding and hanging on to qualified workers.

Saturday, March 29

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City and county mired in fuel costs

Officials say no cutbacks in services this year

Despite the relative comfort of being tax-exempt compared to residents, Moffat County and the city of Craig are not immune to gas price fears, officials said.

Craig briefs for March 29

Police warn of tax scams

Our View: Courting a new solution

There is a problem.

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Courting one

Newly installed Drug Court seeks to aid in client recovery

The principal organizers of the long-awaited and newly installed Moffat County Drug Court agree on what would constitute a success: one client kicking a drug habit and turning around a life once on the brink of a prison sentence.

Budget moves to Senate

Rep. Al White lone Republican to vote in favor

The vagaries of the Colorado Legislature's budget process left House District 57 Rep. Al White of Hayden as the lone Republican voting in favor of the $17.6 billion budget that now goes to the Senate for debate.

Fund Board sales tax idea raises some eyebrows

City officials undecided about whether to share revenues with Hayden, South Routt districts

City officials were undecided Friday about whether to share revenues from the city's half-cent sales tax for education with school districts in Hayden and South Routt.

Police blotter for March 27

Police blotter for March 27

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MCHS track team to compete in Rangely

Twenty-two days. It has been that long since the Moffat County High School track and field team last competed in a meet.

Bulldogs girls soccer team falls to Bears

Rifle goalkeeper Abby Schmidt didn't really mind the relative inactivity on her end of the field. After all, it meant that her Bear girls soccer teammates were keeping the pressure high on the other end of the field.

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Shepherding to the early flocks of Craig

When we think of missionaries, we usually envision someone traveling to Africa or China - living among the natives in primitive housing and enduring numerous dangers and challenges to spread one religious message or another.

Building a foundation for 4-H

The history of the local 4-H Foundation is a long one, dating back to July 17, 1962, but its intent remains the same: to develop an avenue for kids to sell their livestock and to develop funds to help support the 4-H program.

Datebook for March 29

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The KRAI/55 Country Spring Expo takes place at the Centennial Mall. Weenie dog race registration begins at 9 a.m. with the races at 9:30 a.m. Crawling baby races begin at 11 a.m. The Sudoku tournament begins at noon.

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Andy Bockelman: Not a bad 'bit'

Calling all victims of high school bullying.

Stage enlightenment

Student lighting technician to work behind the scenes in upcoming play

Stayton Mosbey, Moffat County High School lighting technician, and Dylan Reed, his freshman apprentice, have a viewpoint above it all.

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A while to wait

Mesa State plans to bring second half of elementary education program to Craig next fall

Ready, set. Wait. It's the sequence for some Colorado Northwestern Community College students who are taking classes toward an elementary school teaching degree.

Dropout rates dropping

Moffat County High School rate declining; state average on the rise

Gather all the students who have dropped out of Moffat County High School during the past nine years, give them names and faces, and the result is a disturbing one for Jane Harmon, Moffat County High School principal.

Friday, March 28

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Marking their territory

Bad Dogs place four wrestlers at nationals in Denver

The Bad Dogs wrestling team traveled to Denver last weekend to compete in the Rocky Mountain Nationals tournament.

More arrests follow Tuesday ACET sweep

The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested three more individuals Wednesday night in Craig in an investigation that resulted in the arrest of 11 men Tuesday.

Riding into the season

MCHS rodeo team kicks off season in Cortez

The four-month lay-off is now over, and the Moffat County High School rodeo team competes in its first rodeo of the spring season, beginning Saturday in Cortez.

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Diane Prather: 'Cheesy Taco Cups' great for kids

When I first started writing this column, I featured a recipe for "Tater Tot Casserole," made with a layer of ground beef, green pepper, onion and followed with cream of mushroom soup and shredded cheese. On the very top is a layer of potato puffs.

Datebook for March 28

Datebook for March 28

Police blotter for March 26

Police blotter for March 26

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Blooming business

Florists take on various tasks, come back with stories to tell

A light snow falls, turning the sky gray Thursday morning.

Moffat County Neighbor: Danielle Brown

Danielle Brown

Elisa Shackelton: Unhappy with your backside? Take a hike

Are you happy with your butt? Most of us aren't.

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Christina M. Currie: Seven days of wonder

I'm five days into a seven-day stretch without kids.

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'Challenges remain'

High profile investigations highlight police department's annual report

Last year was unique in one respect for the Craig Police Department - it included two complex investigations that consumed resources and hundreds of staff hours.

Hospital project moving into important 90-day stretch

The Memorial Hospital is finalizing its application seeking a loan guarantee from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and should have the documents sent to Washington, D.C., by early May, TMH Chief Executive Officer George Rohrich said.

Salt of the earth

State charges waste disposal facility for contaminated ground

The Moffat County District Court plans to hear a case in early April filed by the state Attorney General's Office alleging a local solid-waste recycling facility improperly managed its water disposal units.

Father Randy Dollins: To what end?

I was watching a movie last weekend and a line really caught my attention.

Board votes for CSAP class credit

Thom Schnellinger, Moffat County High School assistant principal, said he thinks his students should be personally vested in the Colorado Student Assessment Program. The program is a series of annual tests mandated by the state to evaluate students' - and schools' - academic progress.

Thursday, March 27

Cathy Hamilton: Vacation chaos

I am careening down the road - on the wrong side of the street - riding shotgun with a maniac behind the wheel.

Bill Harding: Back in the saddle

Bonjour and Buon Giorno.

Datebook for March 27

Datebook for March 27

Police blotter for March 25

Police blotter for March 25

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Looking out for No. 1

MCHS girls soccer team gets ready for Rifle

Alegra Yager said before the season she wanted to "start from scratch" when it came to her expectations for the upcoming season.

Charmaine and Max Ciani: Thanks for community support after loss

We would like to thank everyone who called, brought food, sent flowers and cards, and all of the friends that came by the house just to say hello during the time of loss of our mother and grandmother, Mamie Bugay.

Center committee seeks input

Any proposal to come from the Community Recreation Center Steering Committee would be just that: Any recreation center the community wants, Committee member Tony St. John said.

ACET arrests distribution crime ring

Suspects believed to be part of larger operation tied to organized crime

In one of its largest operations to date, the All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested 11 Hispanic men Tuesday night in Craig believed to be tied to organized crime.

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Nearing the road's end

Speech and debate team to try for national slots at upcoming event

As the Moffat County High School speech and debate season nears a close, coach Eric Hansen pauses at his desk and takes a breath.

Wednesday, March 26

Hayden assault suspect turns self in

The suspect in an assault in Hayden turned himself in Wednesday morning and is being held without bail at Routt County Jail, police said.

Datebook for March 26

Datebook for March 26

Benefits without doubt

Professionals to answer questions concerning Social Security benefits

Questions and, sometimes, fear.

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Living out the dream

MCHS senior cheerleader earns college scholarship

Fifth grade. That was when Cassie Rogers decided she wanted to cheer in college.

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John Vandelinder: On the map

My eyes were glued to the screen Tuesday night as a highlight video of the Moffat County boys basketball season rolled on for 45 minutes.

Back in the swing

MCHS golf team places fifth in Grand Junction

After a one-week hiatus because of Spring break, Moffat County High School girls golf coach Anne Marie Roberts said she had expectations for her team.

Defense waives preliminary hearing

Man bound for arraignment on sexual offenses

The defense attorney for a 24-year-old man charged with sexually assaulting a child waived a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon in Moffat County Court.

Jail report for March 24

Jail report for March 24

Man seriously hurt in assault

Hayden police seeking suspect who they say left scene

An assault in Hayden left a man seriously injured Monday morning, and police are searching for the suspect.

A safe house?

Commission hears courthouse security issue

For Michael O'Hara, renovating security at the Moffat County Courthouse is not a new need.

Police: Knife fight racially motivated

Two men injured in March 7 altercation near ski area

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating a racially motivated knife fight that sent two men to the hospital with minor injuries March 7.

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Fire reward offered

Information on Country Mall blaze could be awarded with $10K

Tuesday marked the four-month anniversary of the Nov. 25, 2007, arson that burned the Country Mall and left an assortment of Craig businesses without a place of operation.

Moving forward, heel-to-toe

Council addresses changes to liquor license violation procedures

The Craig City Council's search for a new way to handle liquor license violations took a step forward Tuesday night, though a longer march remains, councilors said.

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Mulcahy shoots for 2010

Steamboat 700 developer seeks to limit real estate speculation

Steamboat 700 is no place for speculation, Project Manager Danny Mulcahy said Tuesday.

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Diane Prather: 'The Jellybeans and the Big Dance' a cute book with a message

Lots of young readers and their parents have giggled about the chain of events set off in "If You Give a Moose a Muffin" or "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" or any of the other books this series by Laura Numeroff.

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'Not guilty'

Murder suspect enters plea during Tuesday arraignment

After a series of delays, a Craig man accused of murdering his wife has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for a jury trial at the end of the year.

Our View: Spring cleaning

A car drives down the street.

Craig briefs for March 26

County offices closed today for funeral

Tuesday, March 25

Announcement for March 25

Airman Matt Arola, a 2004 Moffat County High School graduate, graduated with honors March 14 from the United States Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio.

Maren Schmidt: Listening to ourselves with compassion

When we do something that we wished we hadn't, we rarely give ourselves the level of forgiveness and understanding that we give to others. If we evaluate ourselves and subsequently change our behaviors because of negative emotions - shame, embarrassment, or fear to name only a few - we are feeding self-hatred.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: An inch older

Each day, when I was younger, I would wake up and measure myself on the closet door, hoping that maybe I grew over night or that my hair had more volume than yesterday. Sometimes, I would stand on my tiptoes when my brothers weren't looking. Other times, I would move my pencil mark on the door up a few centimeters just enough so no one would notice.

Andy Bockelman: Humor, drama make 'In Bruges' worth seeing

The charm of continental Europe; the historical buildings, the quaint little inns.

The Memorial Hospital board meeting agenda

Wednesday, March 26

City offers flood awareness

State, federal agencies here to answer runoff questions

Routt County residents with questions about the coming spring runoff and the potential for flooding can get some preliminary answers tonight during a meeting hosted by the city of Steamboat Springs at the request of state and federal agencies.

Police Blotter for March 23

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs for March 25

Editorial Board seeking members

Datebook for March 25


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Spring into Expo

Radio station's 25th annual event taking place Friday, Saturday

The question: What can people expect to see if they attend the 25th annual KRAI/55 Country Spring Expo on Friday and Saturday?

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'Starting over'

MCHS girls golf team attempts to tame Tiara Rado

With spring break over, the task for Moffat County High School coaches is to turn the attention back to sports.

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Long-distance calling

Moffat County Young Life leader to help train Christian youth ministry workers abroad

Off China's southeastern shore, the island nation of Taiwan sits suspended, bordered by the East and South China Seas and the Philippine Sea to the east. It's to this destination that David Pressgrove, Moffat County Young Life area director, has set his course.

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As fuel goes, so goes food

Grocery prices predicted to increase with energy costs

In the 30 years Sylvia Queen has lived in Craig, she's never seen food prices as high as they have been recently, she said.

Monday, March 24

Collin Smith: What they've always wanted

Local couple moves to New Mexico, closes downtown store

During the past five and a half years, Mary Kay and Johnny Sherman soaked up Craig.

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Sliding home

MCHS baseball team returns from spring training

In search of a warmer climate, a baseball field void of snow and a little bit of team chemistry, the Moffat County High School baseball team spent last week in Arizona to participate in spring training.

Aging Well: Taking care of the caregiver

Rene Mattone of Steamboat Springs feels fortunate to have six siblings living near her aging parents in Ohio. Although she's involved in family decisions, her brothers and sisters handle the daily care of their parents and their parents' farm.

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CNCC reveals Craig campus master plan

John Boyd, Colorado Northwestern Community College president, has one piece of advice for contractors who believed that constructing a college dormitory by next fall wasn't feasible.

Craig briefs for March 24

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three to four people to participate on its next editorial board, which begins April 7, 2008.

Datebook for March 24

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

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Their own boss

Craig couple making a name for themselves with business

A steady stream of cars flow in and out of the drive-up window cut into the side of Stockmen's Liquor store.

Saturday, March 22

Easter safety tips for kids, pets

For people who celebrate Easter with chocolate goodies and Easter egg hunts, here are a few tips to keep in mind to keep your children and pets safe.

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'Just a hilarious play'

Meeker High School presents 'The Pirates of Penzance (or the Slave of Duty)'

The Meeker High School Drama Club and International Thespian Society Troupe 1284 presents the classical musical comedy "The Pirates of Penzance (or the Slave of Duty)," by William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan next weekend.

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Teacher brings Europe to Craig

The little dark-haired girl loved to fish the lakes and streams of Switzerland with her father. Born April 7, 1893, and the youngest of 10 children, Emmy Pavid had many people to share her love of life with as she was growing up.

'Excited to be back on'

Moffat County to use paper ballots, electronic machines

Thrilled. That is how Elaine Sullivan, Moffat County clerk and recorder, summed up her reaction to state lawmakers killing a proposal that would have forced counties across the state to conduct paper ballots in the upcoming election.

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Strike-ing back at paralysis

Craig resident Bill Taylor bowls despite handicap

Bill Taylor bowls. His highest score is a 207, he has two custom balls, some fancy shoes and a love for the game he began participating in 1966.

News from the Little Snake River Valley's newspaper class

Ryan Mikesell recently returned from a trip to the nation's capital.

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All busy on the Western Slope

Energy, housing separate region from national fears

A year ago, Craig business owners Mike Anson and Jay Oxley sat down to discuss whether they wanted to start pursuing development on property they own within city limits.

One war, many voices

Area residents reflect on five years of combat in Iraq

Wednesday had little to distinguish it from other days in a Northwest Colorado spring.

Datebook for March 22

Today 1 p.m. The noon branch of the Craig Lions Club hosts its annual Easter egg hunt at the north end of City Park.

Police Blotter for March 20

Moffat County Jail Wednesday, March 19 Nicholas Lee Pettit, 25, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrant.

Craig briefs for March 22

Editorial Board seeking members

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three to four people to participate on its next editorial board, which begins April 7, 2008.

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Cowgirl up

Stevie Brumback fulfilling childhood dreams

Robin Brumback remembers her daughter Stevie had lots of plastic horses as a child.

Our view: What the puck?

Recently, the Craig Daily Press has run stories involving the Craig Women's Hockey team.

Chuck Mack: Beautiful Craig

Craig is the trading center of the greater part of the western half of Routt County and bids fair with the development of irrigating systems to be an important trade center.

Friday, March 21

Johnson appointed as new Hayden mayor

The Town of Hayden has a new mayor: Lorraine Johnson. She was appointed to the position Thursday night at the Town Board meeting. Her bid for the seat was unopposed.

State Labor director visits Craig on Colorado tour

Joe Bird, Cook Chevrolet service manager for Craig and Steamboat Springs, has a concern.

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Andy Bockelman: Other than customs, 'The Other' is flawed

The confusing, bed-hopping nature of King Henry VIII's court is examined in the period piece "The Other Boleyn Girl," showing a rather skewed view of the Middle Ages.

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Diane Prather: A rice dish that will leave you kickin'

Last week it was green stuff. This week, it's dirty rice.

Datebook for March 21

Today 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is open for play day.

Craig briefs for March 21

Bowling association to sponsor tourney

The Northwest Colorado Bowling Association will sponsor an open bowling tournament at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. April 12 and 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. April 13 at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.

Police Blotter for March 19

Tuesday, March 18 Michael Charles Beavers, 27, of Northglen, was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrant.

Moffat County Neighbor: Clint Gabbert

Clint Gabbert Age: 17 Occupation: Baker Drive Pets

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Christina M. Currie: Our little secret

Alright. Who told? Seriously. Clearly, there has been a breakdown in communication. I will try to explain so that there's no confusion in the future.

Elisa Shackelton: No space for a garden in your yard?

Try container vegetable gardening on your patio, balcony or doorstep

Not everyone has a big backyard with soil suited for growing vegetables, however, even the smallest patio, back porch, balcony or doorstep can provide enough room for a beautiful and productive container garden.

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More than just athletes

Girls swim team named academic state champions

In the pool, the Moffat County High School girls swim team had success.

Arraignment hearing hits snag

Public defenders question client's competency, seek evaluation

A Craig woman's arraignment hearing was continued Wednesday in Moffat County District Court after her defense attorneys questioned her competency and sought an evaluation.

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Check out these chicks

Chickens make fond pets for area youths

As morning sunlight lightens the gray horizon, Eli Dixon, 12, walks out to greet his cawing, crowing, many-feathered brood.

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More animals adopted, released to owners in 2007

The 2007 Craig and Moffat County Animal Control report tells a story.

Thursday, March 20

Police Blotter for March 18

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Chamber, MCTA, EDP agree to pursue joint Web site deal

Cooperation is the name of the game. The Moffat County Tourism Association board approved the principals of a three-way arrangement between itself, the Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership regarding Web site improvements at its meeting Wednesday.

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EDP executive specialist meets residents, lines up projects

She listened, and Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray remembered that being the most striking impression from his first meeting with Darcy Trask.

Craig briefs for March 20

Coloradans encouraged to buy flood insurance

If you live in a flood prone area, buying flood insurance is the best thing you can do to protect your home, your business, your family and your financial security, according to the National Weather Service.

Datebook for March 20

Today First day of spring

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John Vandelinder: The madness of it all

College basketball's championship tournament begins today

The final buzzer sounded Tuesday night in Mount St. Mary's 69-60 victory against Coppin State, and it meant one thing:

DA appeals attempted murder charge dismissal

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office has appealed a Moffat County Court judge's dismissal of an attempted murder charge against defendant James Jerome Barry.

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Need a lift?

American Cancer Society seeks volunteers to drive cancer patients to treatments

Asking for help sometimes isn't easy, said Judy Morehouse, American Cancer Society quality of life manager.

Wednesday, March 19

A challenger emerges

Local woman files for Commission candidacy in District 1

It's not about winning. It's about choice. That is the message of Lois Wymore, 57, who is the Democratic candidate for Moffat County Commission District 1. She will oppose incumbent Republican Tom Gray in the November general election.

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Hope in bloom

Annual daffodil sale collects funds for area hospice program serving patients, families

Hope and spring's resurgence. It's what bundled yellow daffodils represented for Sue Jones, a volunteer at an area hospice care program.

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Neighbors reach across mine's divide

Residents agree to gravel mine near homes

Whatever nervousness Larry Lyster had going into a public meeting with the Moffat County Commission on Tuesday, he left smiling.

Craig briefs for March 19

BLM to burn thinned trees

The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office is scheduled to burn slash piles of juniper trees thinned from around communication towers on Cedar Mountain, northwest of Craig. The burning will take place over the next two weeks, if weather is favorable.

Waiting for a step up

Habitat for Humanity chapter anticipating affiliate status

The Moffat County Habitat for Humanity chapter learned to take one project at a time during the construction of its first house last year, said Pat Jones, interim steering committee president.

Spinning a basketball Web

Final Four bracket on Daily Press site

Enjoy college basketball? Like filling out the NCAA Final Four bracket and competing against friends and co-workers in tournaments, and seeing how you did?

Police Blotter from March 17

Friday, March 14 Rance Douglas Moon, 19, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of indecent exposure.

Elk hunts less successful in 2007

Department of Wildlife numbers confirm hunters' critiques

Moffat County is not reaching its objectives. At least not in terms of certain big game populations, said Randy Hampton, Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman.

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'Charlie Hits It Big' in Hollywood

Even though their coat colors are different, Charlie, the guinea pig in this week's book, reminds me of Zachary, my grandson Jaycee's guinea pig. I wonder if Zachary thinks about hitting it big, too.

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'Just in case'

Craig youths learn to box

The dimly lit hexagon-shaped ring takes up most of the room in the far back corner of Holistic Health and Fitness.

Datebook for March 19

Today 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is open for play day.

Tuesday, March 18

John Wolschon

Memorial services for John Wolschon will be at 5 p.m. March 18 at Grant Mortuary.

Datebook for Tuesday, March 18

Today Ongoing. A fundraiser for Hospice Care is ongoing throughout the day. The fundraiser includes purchasing daffodils, which are called "Heralds of Hope." Hospice daffodils can be purchased in Craig at the City Market, Safeway, The Flower Mine and the Visiting Nurse Association. Call the VNA at 879-1632 for more information.

Man on the street for March 18

March Madness is here. The NCAA men's basketball tournament begins Thursday, and the Craig Daily Press took to the streets Monday to get residents' picks on which teams will make the Final Four and/or what team will win the national championship.

Police blotter for March 18

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: A break from yourself

This hard airport floor that I had been sleeping on for four hours was becoming more comfortable by the minute.

Andy Bockelman: Please do: See 'Horton Hears a Who'

Where can you find a species named after a pronoun, a plucky pachyderm and the most creative literary wording since Lewis Carroll?

Herbert Allen McCool

Herbert Allen McCool, a longtime Northwest Colorado resident, died March 13, 2008, at the Mesa Manor Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 93 years old and had been a resident at The Fountains assisted living center for 5 years.

Craig says CNCC must extend street

Requirement common for subdivision developers, community development director says

The cost of laying the groundwork for future Colorado Northwestern Community College facilities recently increased.

Craig man accused of stabbing sentenced to prison

A Moffat County District Court judge sentenced a Craig man Thursday to five years in prison for a November 2007 stabbing prosecutors described as a "vicious attack."

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Airport renovation dollars uncertain

With its Federal Aviation Administration grant delayed and likely lower than expected, the Moffat County Regional Airport renovation project is in uncertain times, said Ray Beck, Airport Advisory Board chairman.

Robinson and Holt

Jeff and Paula Robinson, formerly of Craig, and Robert and JoAnn Holt, of Enterprise, Utah, announce the engagement of their children, Erin Robinson and Kenley Holt.

Ray Price

Graveside services for Ray Price will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, March 21, at the Craig Cemetery.

Commission OKs subdivision sketch, tables other

Two up and one down.

Monday, March 17

Craig briefs for March 17

A look at the 'War in the West'

The Rocky Mountain Civil War Round Table and the Community College of Aurora present the inaugural Rocky Mountain Civil War Symposium, "The War in the West - 1862 to 1863" on April 5. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community College of Aurora campus, 16000 E. Centre Tech Parkway.

Briefs for March 18

The Craig Chamber of Commerce was alerted Monday about a company, Liberty Marketing, which is selling advertising space in Moffat/Jackson counties maps. The Chamber is urging businesses to consider potential purchases carefully.

Sports brief: MCHS baseball team wins two out of three

The Moffat County High School baseball team won two of its three games played this weekend in Olathe and Montrose.

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Testing the water

Moffat County High School swim team warming up

The Moffat County High School boys swimming team qualified two of its relay teams for the state tournament during a meet March 8 in Grand Junction.

Health Watch: Anxious children - early detection important

Throughout childhood and adolescence, kids have plenty to worry about - from the monster in the closet to what classmates are wearing to school. Fear, worry and anxiety are all part of growing up; that's why it's seldom easy to detect those who fret too much.

Datebook for March 17

5:30 p.m. The Moffat County Libraries Board of Trustees meeting is at the Craig branch, 570 Green St. Call 824-5116.

EDP plans follow-up to Mesa State presentation

The last time a group of Moffat County business owners, politicians, teachers, doctors, ranchers and residents got together, they didn't have answers.

Aging Well: Tackling tough talks from afar

Caring for an aging parent or relative living far away can be among the most challenging situations a person faces.

Attempting to bridge the gap

State initiative offers resources but not funding for districts trying to close achievement gap

More professionals, but no additional funding.

Saturday, March 15

Datebook for March 15


Craig briefs for March 15

MCHS play scheduled for early April

Police Blotter for March 13

Moffat County Jail

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Looking for ways to rejuvenate your pasture?

Colorado State University Extension offers information about hay production, insect infestation

Pasture and hay production and the oystershell scale insect - while unrelated, they're important issues for Moffat County residents, especially with spring just around the corner.

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Unique art

Visual performer to put talents on display Sunday

He has many names. There is the Balloon Man and the One Man Band. There's also The Hornophone Suit, The Bells Orchestra and the Dishophone.

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A reasonable conclusion

When told the news that Outdoor Life magazine ranked Craig No. 41 on its Top 200 Towns for Hunting and Fishing, locals responded with, "Well, that makes sense."

'One big day trip'

MCHS swim team to compete in Denver

Doing well, working hard and having fun.

Bill Ronis: Slippery slope in commissioner's stance

Thursday morning, while driving to work, I heard one of the county commissioners being interviewed on the local radio station.

Scholarship watch

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Education briefs: Electronic devices prohibited at MCHS

Moffat County High School students are reminded that beginning Monday all electronic devices, including cell phones and iPods, will be prohibited from use during the academic day.

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Washington Held in high esteem

The new town of Craig offered many opportunities for people to build prosperous lives. Many took advantage of them and, in doing so, became cornerstones of today's community.

DUI enforcement steps up

Local agencies prepare for St. Patrick's Day with extra patrols

Local law enforcement agencies are adding extra patrol officers for the St. Patrick's Day weekend as part of a statewide crackdown on drunken driving.

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Mission: three-peat

Puck Ewes clinch regular season title; playoffs next

Heading into its March 7 road game against the Down Valley Divas, the Craig Puck Ewes women's hockey team didn't know where the team stood in the Women's Association of Colorado Hockey - Mountain Division standings.

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Prescription for danger

Medical drug abuse remaining steady at high school, carries health dangers

Once. Maybe twice. That's how many times Katie Ronis, Moffat County High School junior, says she has been offered prescription drugs for non-medicinal purposes during her high school tenure.

Chuck Mack: Craig coal lands

The following is an article from the Steamboat Pilot on Feb. 28, 1906. It was written by Charles E. Baker.

Making the cut ... or not

House Bill 1346 clears first hurdle

For the first time, the annual funding bill for Colorado water projects includes money to acquire in-stream water rights for environmental protection and to explore alternatives to wild and scenic rivers designations by the federal government.

Friday, March 14

Margaret S. Petersen: Young man deserves thanks for help

I am a disabled person from Craig.

Elisa Shackelton: Is your sunscreen still good?

With warmer days upon us and spring break just around the corner, you may be getting antsy to get outside and expose more of yourself to the sun, but we all know that the sun can damage our skin and increase the risk of serious consequences, including skin cancer. Although it's not the only safeguard we need to take, sunscreen is one of the easiest ways to protect our skin and is a good first line of defense, so make sure you have a good supply of sunscreen before you start spending extended hours out in the sun.

Moffat County Neighbor: Lorri Cunningham

When did you move to Moffat County and what brought you here? 15 years ago, because of a job

Police blotter for March 14

Tuesday, March 11

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A patch of comfort

Area crafter makes pink quilts for breast cancer patients

As Linda Pinnt walks through the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offices in Craig, she points out samples of her handiwork.

Cisneros pleads not guilty in murder case

Luz Cisneros, the Steamboat Springs woman accused of killing her 1-year-old daughter, entered a plea of not guilty Thursday in Routt County District Court. Her trial is scheduled to begin in September.

Sports brief: MCHS girls soccer game postponed

The Moffat County High School girls soccer game against Glenwood Springs, originally scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, has been postponed.

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Qwest wants to give back

Communication company offers program to benefit schools

Qwest Communications customers in Moffat County who switch to automatic and electronic billing can give back to public schools of their choice.

Chamber board takes political stance for its members

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is not limited to direct services as far as its members are concerned.

Our View: What you make it

For all our boasts of a small-town community, where everyone is a neighbor and we help each other in times of need, we see something else going on in Craig.

Continuance granted for Terry Hankins

The case against a man charged with murder hit another delay Thursday afternoon in Moffat County District Court.

Datebook for March 14

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 March 14

'Wellness Wednesdays' for seniors

The Aging Well Program offers an all-day program, "Wellness Wednesdays," each Wednesday at the American Legion Building in Craig for adults "50 and Better."

MCHS varsity basketball team:

The Moffat County High School varsity basketball team would like to send a great big thank you to the manager and staff at Village Inn Restaurant.

Christina M. Currie: Laughter is the best medicine

I've been observing the schools as I continue my quest for well-behaved children who listen and follow directions.

The Skies of Craig

Western Skies subdivision developer sees Craig unique to Yampa Valley

Craig has a strong economy, a sense of community, it's a great place to raise a family and there's need for new, affordable housing.

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Marine Corps calling

Moffat County chief deputy DA steps down to renew military service

Ask Brett Barkey - the soon-to-be former Moffat County chief deputy district attorney - what he'll remember most about his short tenure in the 14th Judicial District, and his response is simple.

Diane Prather: Green stuff ... and potatoes

When St. Patrick's Day arrives next week, you might want to cook up some "Green Stuff and Potatoes."

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Finally on the field

MCHS baseball team kicks off season down south

Three games in two days, before a 10-hour drive to Arizona.

Thursday, March 13

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Group petitions state to ban prairie dog shootings

A petition to ban the shooting of live animals as targets, specifically prairie dogs, goes beyond its intent, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said.

Police blotter for March 13

No reports.

Birthday: Edith Ottens

A celebration to honor Edith Ottens 102nd birthday is from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at 829 Stout St.

Birthday: Beth Dixon

The family of Beth Dixon will hold an open house reception to honor her on the occasion of her 95th birthday.

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Par for the course

Low numbers hard to come by for MCHS golf team early in season

Endless practices inside East Elementary School preceded the Moffat County High School girls golf season, heading into its first two rounds in Montrose on Monday and Tuesday.

Sports briefs: Workman to play in 'The Show'

Moffat County High School senior girls basketball player Markie Workman was named to "The Show" all-star basketball game, to be played at 1:30 p.m. March 29 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Veterans Hotline on hold

Veterans Hotline is taking a short break while Veterans Service Officer Bill Harding is out of town. The Hotline is scheduled to return to the paper March 27.

Datebook for March 13

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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Pocket pain at the pump

Area average gas price climbs 14 cents higher than state average

With a statewide average of $3.11 per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline, Colorado's fuel prices rank among the lowest in the United States, according to the AAA of Colorado, tying with South Carolina for the fifth cheapest in the country.

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Moffat County: Steamboat owes us $155K

Dispute involves Steamboat Springs Transit facility site in Craig

As crews near the start of construction for a Steamboat Transit facility in Craig, the debate between Moffat County and city of Steamboat Springs officials about site cleanup costs nears conclusion.

Deer shot at Craig city street intersection

Division of Wildlife offers reward for information relating to incident

Before light Wednesday morning, an unidentified person fatally shot a mule deer buck within the Craig city limits at the Sixth Street and Ledford intersection, Colorado Division of Wildlife officials said.

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The MCHS fab five

Graduating girls basketball players leave behind a legacy

The final buzzer was less than a minute from sounding in Saturday's 61-49 loss for the Moffat County High School basketball team.

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'Good shape for snowpack'

National agency predicts most abundant water supplies in more than a decade

With snowfall averages totaling "above average" for the third successive month, Northwest Colorado - as well as the state - stands to have the most abundant water supplies in more than 10 years, the National Resources Conservation Service reported.

Clinics to address STD concern

VNA hosts screenings in light of increases

A nurse from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment pointed out the numbers - "dramatic" increases in the number of sexually transmitted diseases in Moffat County.

Craig briefs for March 13

Editorial board seeking members

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three to four people to participate on its next editorial board, which begins April 7.

Three organizations to apply for state grants in April

Agencies encouraged to prioritize requests and offer matching funds

A new middle school.

Wednesday, March 12

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Heading to 'The Show'

MCHS senior Markie Workman named to all-star basketball team

Standing 5-feet-10 inches and weighing less than 150 pounds, Moffat County High School girls basketball player Markie Workman doesn't look like an imposing post player at first glance.

Global warming comes home to Northwest Colorado: Part three

How subtle can the effects of global warming be on us here in Northwest Colorado? How do the current benefits of extracting our region's fossil fuels - irreplaceable for nearly one million more years - measure against the costs of that extraction?

Our View: Field of competition

The buzzer has sounded.

Family of Mildred Herring offers thanks

The family of Mildred Irene Herring would like to thank all of the wonderful friends of Mildred who were there during her long life and her recent passing. Our heartfelt thanks go to her caregivers when she needed them: Rainbow Care Center, the Jewell, Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab and The Memorial Hospital.

Paul Knez: Individual who hit two elk did not help

I am writing this letter in regards to the individuals who hit and killed not one, but two elk on Highway 13. The hit and run took place Saturday, March 8 at about 9:50 p.m. just north of the bypass.

Datebook for March 12


Officials disagree on policy making

Local, state reps deal with communication issues

The Moffat County Commission and a representative from Gov. Bill Ritter's office disagreed that state authorities do not include local officials in energy development plans.

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United Way has record year

Agency awards organization and contributing businesses

Moffat County United Way ended its 2007-08 fundraising season with a record-breaking sum, but still fell about $3,000 short of its total goal.

Police Blotter for March 10

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs for March 12

Church to host family event

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Leaky gas line cause of house fire

Craig Fire/Rescue responds to explosion, fire in county

Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters extinguished a house fire early Tuesday morning in Moffat County, after battling the blaze for about five hours.

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Moffat County girls soccer team routed by Steamboat

It's hard to judge a soccer game between two teams who have been practicing in cramped gyms since the start of the spring season.

Igniting the discussion

City, county, fire department discuss fire code, marshal position

As put by Craig City Councilor Bill Johnston - who is also Craig Fire/Rescue chief - the idea of a local fire marshal and a uniform fire code entered its infancy Tuesday night.

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Heeling to responsibility

Yampa Valley Canine Connection offers training, support for area dog owners

Sidney reclines beside Glenna Grandbouche, Yampa Valley Canine Connection president.

Diane Prather: 'Home to Holly Springs' another superb Karon work

"Home to Holly Springs," Jan Karon's newest novel, was released in November 2007. It's the first of the "Father Tim Novels."

Tuesday, March 11

Datebook for March 11


Police Blotter for March 9

Moffat County Jail

Paul Bishop: Bible should be taught as elective

Sir, regarding the teaching of the Bible in high school, I think it should be allowed as an elective course.

Maren Schmidt: Learning to request what you need

At the heart of our relationships is the need for effective communication. Our objective is to build a relationship based on honesty and empathy.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: The golden ticket

There I was, spinning around in circles in the desk chair, doing a drum roll on the end of the table and jumping up and down in the air.

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Back into the spring of things

MCHS track team runs through season opener in Grand Junction

Heading into Saturday's meet at Central High School in Grand Junction, the Moffat County High School track and field team wasn't expecting much in the way of results.

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Change of address

Post office considers new, consolidated facility

The U.S. Postal Service could be shipping its Steamboat Springs' offices to a new location in as little as 20 weeks.

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Where in the world is CNCC?

Anticipation builds as CNCC students, community prepare to embark on college-sponsored trip abroad

Julie Hanna didn't permit herself to think about it.

Global warming comes home to Northwest Colorado: Part two

There is no function of nature that will exempt northwest Colorado from climate change. Our winters are either milder or influenced by the relocating jet stream and by the Pacific Ocean's handling of accelerated Arctic ice-cap melt. Our summers are hotter and drier.

Cleaning up the confusion

EDP, Assessor's Office to host business property tax seminar Wednesday

For business owners and entrepreneurs curious about commercial property tax bills, two groups plan to answer any and all questions.

Defendants handed prison sentences

A 20-year-old Craig man will join his father in prison, the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office reported, following a sentencing hearing Friday in Moffat County District Court. Judge Sandra Gardner sentenced Nathan Seltzer to eight years in prison for conspiracy to distribute amphetamine. He also was ordered to serve 18 months in prison for violating probation on an earlier case.

Senior Spotlight for March 11

I remembered to change my bedside clock to daylight-saving time on Saturday night but forgot to tune in my memory bank time-wise in my head. Net result: woke up, looked at the clock and thought, whoa, Nellie.

Private Christian school seeks students for fall

Carol Whitehead, a Craig resident, saw her two children pass through a Christian school in Arvada.

MCHS off to quick start

Bulldog boys swim team hits two qualifying times

Throughout the course of a swimming season, particularly the Moffat County High School boys team, the main goal at each meet is to reach the state qualifying time in its chosen discipline.

Craig briefs for March 11

Local student named to Dean's List

Monday, March 10

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New OB/GYN to join TMH staff this spring

Doctor looks forward to practicing obstetrics, living in Northwest Colorado

Dr. J. Scott Ellis, OB/GYN, says Northwest Colorado is his "dream location."

Datebook for March 10


Florence Strahan: In memory of Robert F. Hayes

In memory of Roger F. Hayes

Caring from afar

Step-by-step planning and organization make long-distance caregiving manageable

Like many people in her generation, Nancy Schwanke, 54, is working hard to help her aging parents stay as independent as possible.

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'We had a great run'

MCHS falls to Silver Creek, 61-49, in Great 8

The run is done. The Moffat County High School girls basketball team ran into a wall Saturday in the girls 4A state quarterfinal game against host Silver Creek.

Global warming comes home to Northwest Colorado

The news of climate change is now frequent. The changes result from pollutant gases that over-concentrate in the earth's atmosphere, remain caught and less dispersible, and capture the sun's heat, interfering with the sun's various ray components and their dispersal.

Road warriors

At home or on the road, win or lose, parents support their hoopsters

It's minutes before tip off Saturday between Moffat County High School and Silver Creek High School in Longmont. The stakes are high - the winner of the contest to come extends its season, lives to play one more game and inches closer to every team's goal.

Andy Bockelman: '10,000 B.C.' a cliched knock off

In a time when massive beasts roamed the Earth and human beings struggled to comprehend their own existence, the severity of life was at its harshest. This examination of pre-historic days is represented in the epic "10,000 B.C."

Rehab Services geared up for grand opening

Rehabilitation Services of Craig provides treatments people don't yet know about.

Craig briefs for March 10

MCHS Class of 1988 looking for information about classmates

Saturday, March 8

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'We had a great run'

The run is done. The Moffat County High School girls basketball team ran into a wall Saturday in the girls 4A state semifinal game against host Silver Creek.

Bulldogs fall in Great 8

The Moffat County High School girls basketball team has been eliminated from postseason play after Saturday's 61-49 loss to host Silver Creek.

Chuck Mack: 1918: Flu situation in Craig becomes serious

In the 1990s, when I was interviewing some of the old-timers of Mt. Harris, gathering information for the stories I was writing, I learned that most everyone I talked to had suffered the misfortune of losing a loved one, close friend or family member to the flu epidemic of 1918 when it raged through Mt. Harris.

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Nearing the lead

Student newspaper brings home awards, second-place ranking

This year, Courtney Teeter, Moffat County High School junior, began seeing life through a lens.

Plowing the way

On the afternoon of April 22, 2007, members of the Yampa Valley Antique Power Club, families and friends gathered at an alfalfa field - which adjoined a dryland wheat stubble field - in the Breeze Basin area.

Datebook for March 8

7 to 10 a.m. The American Legion Post No. 62, 1055 County Road 7, hosts a community breakfast. The menu consists of scrambled eggs, bacon and biscuits and gravy. The cost is $6 per person and $4 for children under 12. Call 824-3625.

Andy Bockelman: 'Semi-pro' misses the mark

In a sport full of legends, one man stands out in the game of basketball. Not because of any kind of talent or on-court courtesy, but because of an amusingly horrible blond afro. That man is Jackie Moon, and his courageous story is told in "Semi-Pro."

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Developing Craig

Craig's residential real estate market could see more progress in the next 10 to 15 years than it has since the late 1970s.

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Capital projects top $100 million

More than $100 million in capital improvement projects are slated for the next two years in Craig.

Sen. Taylor: Oil and gas exploration being strangled

Northwestern Colorado Sen. Jack Taylor is among the rural Republican lawmakers not inclined to heed a call for patience from Department of Natural Resources Director Harris Sherman.

Bubbling back up

Survey indicates youths use alcohol more than other substances

Slurred speech and abnormal behavior. And the telltale odor. "Definitely the odor," Moffat County High School assistant principal Travis Jensen said.

Our View: Making grand futures

It is the elephant in the room no one wants to acknowledge. No one wants to say it. Everyone wants to just move on.

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Rosetta Webb-McKinney, an early Craig dynamo

Many of Craig's residents enjoy the benefits of our public library and City Park, but few know how either of these facilities came to be, or that they both may be credited to one determined lady with a lot of community spirit.

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On the way to the Great 8

Moffat County girls bounce Greeley West, 45-21, in Sweet 16 match

The constant for Moffat County High School girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen throughout the year when referring to his team has been defense. The Bulldogs proved Friday night they've been listening.

Friday, March 7

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Police impound, auction off about 150 vehicles

Renewed focus on code enforcement in city coincides with increase in sales of unwanted, seized vehicles

Since 2004, the Craig Police Department has auctioned off abandoned and seized vehicles to bidders seeking a cheap vehicle, spare parts or scrap metal.

Datebook for March 7

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

Craig briefs for March 7

Quilting volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to sew or donate fabric for National Quilting Day, which is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15.

Police blotter for March 7

Kristen Nicole Verplanck, 19, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

'A normal transition'

Community health educator opts for position targeted more to her specialty

Depending on whether the state decides to issue a grant renewal this month, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association may be seeking a new community health educator.

Boys & Girls Club to host basketball game April 8

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is hosting a basketball game April 8 in the Moffat County High School gymnasium.

Elisa Shackelton: 'Ramp up' your walking program with Nordic walking

Extension Connection

As the snow starts clearing from the sidewalks, trails and slopes, it may be time to put away your skis and snowshoes and put on your walking shoes.

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Building a program

New coach goes back to basics

Change. That is what first-year Moffat County High School girls soccer coach Alegra Yager said she is after.

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Springing into the saddle

MCHS rodeo team continues season

The break between the fall and spring rodeo seasons for high school students is about four months long.

Craig suspects scheduled for arraignments

Two men charged in Moffat County District Court are scheduled to enter a plea during arraignment hearings next week, according to court records.

Christina M. Currie: You know, the thing

Nikki's graduated from full-time speech therapy to occasional monitoring and despite the fact that I can now understand what she says, we still have trouble communicating.

Len Browning: Thoughts on the 'Bible in Literature and History'

In light of the recent controversy surrounding the Moffat County School District's consideration of a new "Bible in Literature and History" curriculum and its subsequent decision to review and consider it in the normal process of their curriculum consideration, I thought it would be beneficial to elaborate on areas of agreement shared by the school district and the Craig Chaplains Association.

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O'Hara laid to rest after military ceremony in Denver

Flanked by an honor guard of his fellow soldiers, U.S. Army veteran Sgt. Eric O'Hara was laid to rest Thursday at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver. While family and friends said their goodbyes one last time, the men from O'Hara's unit said theirs with a gun salute.

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Making a splash

Moffat County High School boys swim team out to show Bulldogs love the water

No diver. A state championship contender. And a couple of swimmers from Steamboat Springs.

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In search of state titles

MCHS track and field team deep with contenders

It is Moffat County High School boys track coach Gary Tague's 23rd season coaching Bulldog sprinters and jumpers.

Grand Futures to host prevention policy board

State grant to allow substance abuse prevention program to partner with other agencies

Taking a stand. It's the concept Mary Rupert-Housely, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition tri-county executive director, uses when talking about preventing underage drinking in Northwest Colorado.

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A taste of tradition

Owner of El Burrito Loco, grocery store opens restaurant, offers authentic Mexican food

On a nondescript day in 1978, Eutiquio Pereyra arrived in Craig with a friend from back home. From the outside, Craig seemed like a usual place. At least, it had the usual work.

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New coach, same team

Inheriting a baseball team returning its key starters from a Western Slope League co-championship team, one would think it'd be an easy task repeating.

Committee: Question is misleading

In Tuesday's edition of the Craig Daily Press, there is a poll about putting the Bible in the school to be taught as a religious study.

Running in the spring season

MCHS track competes today in Grand Junction

Snow and ice cover the track at Moffat County High School, but despite Mother Nature, the conditions aren't going to slow the start of the MCHS track team.

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Steal'n the spotlight

Former bass guitarist of Craig rock'n'roll band returns to performing as part of three-person The Goodman Band

Jerry Schaeffer, former bass guitar player of a Craig rock and roll band, sometimes thinks about what might have been.

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Building champions

Bad Dog youth wrestling team getting ready for nationals in Denver

Entering the wrestling room in Moffat County High School, the sound of clanging medals draped around the necks of the more than 20 Bad Dogs wrestlers present at practice, drowns out the sounds one would expect to hear coming from the group of six- to 12-year-olds.

DOW opens early cow hunts in Unit 2

Destination spot sees earliest-ever hunting

Early-season cow elk hunts happen every year in Moffat County's northwest corner, but 2008 will be the first year for early cow hunts in Game Management Unit 2.

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Not quite four

In the world of golf, low numbers reign.

A great activity for a wintry day

A friend who wishes to remain anonymous gave this old recipe for "Spud Nuts" to me. She said the recipe appeared in the Craig Empire Courier around the 1960s.

SkyWest stands by pilots

Investigations of Yampa Valley airport incident continue

Officials with SkyWest Airlines are defending their pilots in the wake of a close call at Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Saturday, when a United Express flight trying to land came within 300 or 400 feet of a smaller plane on the runway before turning abruptly to the right and climbing to avoid a collision.

Thursday, March 6

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On the road to the Final Four

MCHS girls basketball team travels to Longmont for Sweet 16

Sixteen teams remain in the battle for the girls 4A state basketball championship, and by 4 p.m. Saturday, the pool will be cut to four.

Weather forces postponement of baseball, soccer games

The MCHS baseball team rescheduled its March 8 doubleheader at Glenwood Springs to April 3 and its March 10 game at Uintah High School to April 28 because of field conditions due to weather.

Boomergirl: The great mouse hunt

I am down on all fours, sniffing around my kitchen like a hound on a fox hunt.

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Applejacks seized for failure to pay sales taxes

Lily Overholt, Colorado Department of Revenue tax compliance agent, made the drive up from Grand Junction to Craig on Tuesday and formally seized the Applejacks Bar and Grill property at 690 Victory Way.

Datebook for March 6

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

Craig briefs for March 6

Elkhead Wranglers met Feb. 20 at the Moffat County Colorado State University extension office. The club did not sign in officers, but it voted on splitting the secretary position into two jobs.

Police blotter for March 6

Stephen Lee House, 24, of Farmington, N.M., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving while ability impaired and careless driving.

Bill Harding: Veterans health care outpatient dental treatment available

Outpatient dental benefits are provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs according to law. In some instances, VA may provide extensive dental care, while in other cases, treatment may be limited.

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District unveils building plans

New Craig Middle School designs to go before state for approval next month

With a set of plans in hand, a building and design company selected by the Moffat County School District intends to start moving forward with construction on a new middle school this summer.

Commish sees value in state oversight

Letter requests rejection of county mining control

Although the Moffat County Commission almost always will favor local control, this particular case is an exception, Commissioner Tom Gray said.

Directing a director's results

MCTA outlines new position's parameters

A successful Moffat County Tourism Association needs resources, tools and an industrious hand, board members said at the group's Wednesday workshop.

Wednesday, March 5

Interim coordinator fills unexpected need

If there's a problem that Tom Soos, Moffat County interim emergency management coordinator, can help fix, he's going to help fix it, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said.

Datebook for March 5

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

Craig briefs for March 5

CNCC creates engineering center

Colorado Northwestern Community College announced Tuesday the creation of the W.C. Striegel Engineering Center at the college's Rangely Campus.

Police blotter for March 5

Kenneth Michael Gott, 21, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Our View: Times are a-changing

Historically, it was more likely to have a snowless winter in the Yampa Valley than to see new taxes get passed in Craig.

Richard Estey: Keep churches, public schools separate

I was reading about the attempt to put church into our publicly funded school system by having a Bible study class in the high school. What a great idea.

Cleaning the room for Western Slope

Chamber of commerce officials address state officials, governor

Western Slope constituents will have the full attention of several high-ranking state officials Thursday.

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Diane Prather: A salute to Dr. Seuss and his books

This week's book for children isn't a new release. In fact, its copyright date is 1965, but it and other books by the author are timeless, enjoyed by readers as much today as when they were published.

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Deliberated and deferred

Council hands out probations, deferred suspensions after alcohol sting

The Craig City Council handed down eight probations and three deferred license suspensions at liquor license hearings Tuesday.

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Getting America moving

Six-week National President's Challenge fitness program begins March 20

If you have been planning to increase your physical fitness but haven't been able to find the right motivation, there is a program beginning March 20 that could help.

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The write balance

School district struggles to increase writing scores on assessments

Across Moffat County School District, about half or less of students scored proficient or advanced on the writing portion of the Colorado Student Assessment Program last year, according to School Accountability Reports released by the state.

Tuesday, March 4

City may seek more input after survey

Some responses could have been predicted. Some were surprising. But in either case, city officials say they would like more input after recently receiving results from its citizen survey.

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School district seeking public comments

Forum set for Wednesday for community input on new Craig Middle School floor plans

Christine Balderston remembers walking through the school when her daughter was a CMS student and seeing hallways lined with buckets to catch water leaking from the roofs.

Craig briefs for March 4

EDP seminar on taxes March 12

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership and the Moffat County Assessor's Office will host a free seminar Wednesday, March 12 on "understanding your business property taxes."

Police blotter for March 4

Daniel Wayne Silos, 23, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of third-degree assault, harassment, child abuse and domestic violence.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Girly girl or guy's girl

On Friday night, a few of my close girlfriends dressed up in shiny metallic, flashy high heels and push-up bras to go out downtown to the grand opening of a new 18-and-over club.

Donna and Johnny Gill: Family of Matthew Gill thankful for support

The family of Matthew Gill would like to thank each and every one of you for your outpouring of support in our time of loss of a wonderful husband, dad, son, brother, uncle and friend.

Jack Hays: Setting the record straight on oil, gas

There's been a lot of rhetoric lately surrounding the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission's efforts to re-write the rules that govern the energy industry in this state.

Maren Schmidt: When needs are not fulfilled

Effective communication is at the heart of strong relationships. Our parenting and teaching work with children is dependent on vital relationships and communications.

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Puck Ewes freeze Ice Queens

Craig women's hockey sweeps past Glenwood, takes two-game lead in division

With three games left in the regular season for the Craig Puck Ewes women's hockey team, goalie Kandice Torno said positioning itself for the playoffs is at the top of her team's to-do list.

Close call at airport

Saturday incident reveals radar, communications challenges

A close call this weekend at Yampa Valley Regional Airport reveals some of the major challenges of mountain flight and small airport operations.

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Ice cream to cheer about

Cold Stone Creamery opening Wednesday at Curve Plaza

As he discussed his new Cold Stone Creamery franchise Monday, George Barlow pulled cups of ice cream out of a Subway box and handed them to toddlers.

Datebook for March 4

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

Girls basketball plays in 'Sweet 16' on Friday

The Moffat County girls basketball team will compete Friday in the "Sweet 16" round of the state 4A playoffs against Greeley West. Game time is 7 p.m.

Social Services plans programs for children's first 1,825 days

Debbie Yeager may not know the comfort of a typical day in her new job with Moffat County Social Services, but adversity is not new in her life.

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Views from both sides

Future assistant superintendent brings 28 years of experience to position

Christine Villard, Moffat County School District director of student services, prepares for her day in her sun-flooded office.

Monday, March 3

Daily Press brings home awards

The Craig Daily Press won 53 Colorado Press Association awards at the CPA's annual meeting in Denver.

Datebook for March 3

6 to 7 p.m. The Moffat County High School Parent Accountability Committee meets in the high school library.

Craig briefs for March 3

Special Olympics seeks volunteers

There will be a general orientation meeting Wednesday at the Moffat County School District Administration Building for anyone interested in volunteering with the Craig Special Olympics.

Health Watch: Headaches, fiber and whole grains

Which pill to take for a headache? For an adult, any over-the-counter painkiller should give relief. For children age 19 and younger, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is recommended since aspirin increases the risk of Reye's syndrome, a life-threatening disease that sometimes occurs after a viral infection.

On to the Sweet 16

Moffat County girls basketball team runs by Berthoud

Having had a bye in the first round of the state 4A girls basketball playoffs, Moffat County entered Saturday's second-round matchup with Berthoud a well-rested team.

Aging Well: Preparing for healthy travel abroad

Biking through Italy, lounging in Tahiti, volunteering in Guatemala: A plethora of international adventures beckon retirees.

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O'Hara remembered as a true hero

Bill Montag remembers his late stepson, Eric O'Hara, as "a true American hero."

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A 'family' weathers change

Bad to the Bone owner, staff greet closing with hurt and optimism

The unblinking eyes of Carrie McMahon betray the fact that she is trying to cope.

Saturday, March 1

Onto the Sweet 16

Moffat County girls basketball team runs by Berthoud

Having had a bye in the first round of the state 4A girls basketball playoffs, Moffat County entered Saturday's second-round match-up with Berthoud a well-rested team.

Datebook for March 1

5 p.m. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary No. 4265 hosts its monthly Senior Citizen's Dinner at the VFW restaurant. The menu will be lasagna, garlic bread, salad and cake. Call Jeannie Wixson at 276-3145.

Moffat County School Board action items

At its Feb. 28 meeting, the Moffat County School Board:

Daily Press wins six AP awards

The Craig Daily Press won six Colorado Associated Press awards for the 2007 year, including three first-place finishes by photographer John Henry.

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Craig becomes an official town

As the young community of Craig continued to grow, many of its residents began to think that the area needed to "graduate" to the ranks of an incorporated town. As usually occurs in a democracy, some residents were against the incorporations, but most were in favor of taking this step of independence.

Sports briefs: Craig Youth Soccer putting together team

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

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Free throws fall short

CMS student places fourth in Hoop Shoot state finals

Craig Middle School hosted a dance Friday and many seventh and eighth-graders were there.

Police blotter for Feb. 28

Police blotter for Feb. 28

Rural electric co-operatives support compromise bill

Rural electric co-operatives, which lost a major battle about energy efficiency measures in the Colorado House this week, reversed their long held opposition to net metering Thursday and testified in support of a compromise bill to boost acceptance of home-grown energy.

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A different type of tobacco

Officials address snuff tobacco issue as it grows in popularity

Jane Harmon, Moffat County High School principal, said she is familiar with the cans and the packs.

Our View: Time to make a ruling

If the Moffat County Courthouse were a private business, it would make a great mall.

Craig briefs for March 1

School district to present drawings

City survey provides guidance, priorities

Results from a recent city-commissioned resident survey are in, but there aren't as many mandates to officials as a steady range of priorities.

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Enthused to be endangered

Selection to historical site preservation registry could help save depot

Railroad history ties in closely with the childhood memories of Patt McCaffrey, Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado chairwoman.

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Calving season busy for ranchers

Beginning around January, the conversation among ranchers inevitably turns to when to begin calving.