Stories for May 2008


Saturday, May 31

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Pool preparations

It takes more than some water and a hose to get a city pool up and running.

Off to a slow start

Hayden Speedway finding bumps in the road

Race fans, don't panic. The sun is out, and because of that, racing will soon resume.

Craig sports brief for May 31

Yampa Valley Golf Course to host clinic

Patrick Germond: Light at end of tunnel

There is some sweet justice on the way. The light at the end of the tunnel may be coming from the U.S. Air Force. It's going to start mixing a 50/50 blend of oil based fuel with natural gas and/or coal based fuel just such as the Germans did in World War II. There is no drop in performance from the 100 percent oil based gas. It's a good bet that soon afterward, civilian versions will start showing up. Since the environmentalists don't like the little holes punched in the ground by a drilling rig, and they have been trying to convince us the U.S. is out of oil, we can now start open-pit mining for coal across America. What rubs me wrong is that thanks to these people, who barely rank higher on the intelligence chart than a carrot, America may become energy independent. The hilarious irony of this is that the people who love the Earth so much may now have a valid point for open-pit mining. It may embarrass them more than the whole biofuel debacle.

Mary Blakeman: Unable to return calls

Recently the Humane Society of Moffat County has been unable to return two calls made from cell phones. One call was too broken up and the other call back number had missing digits.

County, city show sales tax surplus

If sales tax numbers are a trustworthy economic indicator, then Moffat County and the city of Craig are doing better than expected, despite the nation's reported downturns.

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Moffat County High School history repeats itself

In any growing town, the children hold utmost importance. One of the first organizations in Moffat County was a school district. Residents were willing to dig into their pockets to ensure that their children would receive a quality education.

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'Grace like rain'

Christ-centered program offers hope to those trapped in addiction

On a late night in March 2006, David Dodge was prepared to end the dark road he'd been traveling.

Chuck Mack: Historical high water

Routt County has, this week, experienced worse conditions for high water than ever before since first settlement of this portion of the county. Travel across many of the county highways has been cut off completely, and several of the towns have almost been isolated from the neighbors. The Moffat road also has suffered heavily, and trains have been unable to go west of Steamboat Springs.

Rivers to peak this weekend

Flood warning in effect for the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs

The Elk and Yampa rivers are expected to peak this weekend before high-water season floats away, Routt County Emergency Management Director Chuck Vale said.

Kerry St. James leaving office

Elizabeth Oldham to replace longtime assistant district attorney

Longtime Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James is leaving the 14th Judicial District and will be replaced by Chief Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham.

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Talented finish

Achievement night showcases home-schooled students' performances, abilities

Violin performances, skits, and an essay about NASCAR racing.

Clinic for ID theft awareness

Monday event will focus on scams, fraud and self-protection

With identity theft on the rise in Routt County, Northwest Colorado Legal Services and the Routt County Council on Aging are combining forces to teach people to protect themselves.

Moffat County High School basketball coaches and girls: Fundraiser a success

The Moffat County High School girl's basketball program would like to thank the following for making our fundraiser a success: Tony Maneotis and Cedar Mountain Lions Club for the use of their trailer; Dick Conner-Boyko, Katrina Springer for the use of her building, electricity and water; Susie Coleman for the chairs and tables; Nicky for use of the tent and grill; KRAI and the Daily Press for the coverage and publicity; and lastly, all those who came down and paid for meals.

Police blotter for May 29

Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Craig briefs for May 31

Mountain Man Rendezvous

Datebook for May 31

6:00 a.m. The American Bass Anglers District 92 in Craig participate in a bass fishing tournament at Pelican Lake, southwest of Vernal, Utah. Call Steve Drake at 826-0360 or Don Eriksen at 629-2915.

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Making waves

Craig senior citizens stay fit in pool with help of Senior Swimnastics

Nine years ago, Craig resident Stefka White was taking 28 different types of medication and was limited to a wheelchair.

MCHS students receive medical education

It's never too early to get a head start on your career.

Airport projects almost under way

With funding for renovations at the Moffat County Regional Airport seemingly secure, county officials expect to open bids for two projects there June 3.

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Memories of winter and spring

After the drought-like conditions of recent years, Northwest Colorado ranchers were grateful for the moisture when it began to snow this past fall. After all, some forecasters had predicted a mild, dry winter for this part of the state.

Friday, May 30

Datebook for May 30

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

Student news: Sari Maneotis

Sari Maneotis graduated from Colorado State University on May 17. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, graduating summa cum laude with a 4.0 grade point average.

Patrick Germond: Liberals losing touch with reality

A little light, please. Reality has taken a holiday. We are paying $4 for a gallon of gas. And what does the liberal elite do? Shut down oil exploration in Alaska by declaring the polar bear threatened. Never mind the misuse of the Endangered Species Act, to place an animal on it that is thriving. The total disconnect at the cliff America is heading toward is what should scare us all. A liberal friend of mine told me that I quit drinking coffee and driving my SUV the rest of the world would have more. I don't think that's what's wrong with Haiti and Africa. What is wrong is skinny Kenny and starving Stan steal everything any farmer tries to grow or that's not nailed. There is a complete lack of civilization in other parts of the world. What these countries need is a sense of community, father and son events, town meetings and such.

Sports briefs for May 30

The Wyman Museum hosting paintball

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Reaching everyone by reaching out

Upcoming suicide prevention training aimed at reducing suicide deaths

Listen, don't argue. Stay, don't leave. And, don't attempt to bolster someone who is contemplating suicide by telling them "how great they are," said Tom Gangel, Craig Mental Health Center division director.

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Area cooks take pastime outdoors

A wide medley of foods, from pork and pizzas to pineapples and potatoes, have crossed Chuck Fread's grill the past 25 years, he said.

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City: Wave pool problems not immediate need

Summertime is on the horizon, and the City Park wave pool will be there when the time comes to dip your feet, city officials said.

City receives low asphalt bid, looks for other projects

The city seems to have caught a break, and officials would like to seize the opportunity.

Jail report for May 28

David Thomas Sherman, 46, of Tecumseh, Neb., was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Student news: Jen Albee

Jen Albee, daughter of Mike and Jeannie Albee of Craig, earned a Master of Education from the University of Alaska, Anchorage this month. Her degree was part of the school's master of arts in teaching program and emphasized teaching high school mathematics.

Carol Wilson, Lisa Balstad, Katrina Springer, Nicky Boulger and the Rack Pack: Thanks to community for event support

The volunteer committee would like to thank the entire community for supporting Grand Olde West Days. This year's event was a fantastic success thanks to our wonderful sponsors, those who worked hard behind the scenes and those who came out and enjoyed the diverse activities from the carnival to the concert, from the street fest to the car show, from the Centennial parade to the Wyman Museum and the 5K Boot Scoot, from the Warrior extreme stunt show to the Barn Dance and the Cowboy Action Shoot. What a great, busy weekend for everyone.

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Grand Olde West Days activities successful

The Grand Olde West Days committee is pleased with the results of their 18th annual three-day event.

Moffat County Neighbor: David Morris aka Orlando Frangipani

Age: Only my hairdresser knows for sure

Bass Anglers tournament this weekend

Bass Anglers tournament this weekend

Never fished before? It doesn't matter.

TMH to focus on physician recruitment

Dr. J. Scott Ellis is settling into his new office at The Memorial Hospital as its newest staff member. The obstetrician and gynecologist said he wouldn't mind being the "rookie" for a short period of time.

Thursday, May 29

Council sees draft liquor licensing ordinance

There's a light at the end of the tunnel.

Rodeo team gears up for state finals

The Moffat County High School rodeo team is counting the days.

Bulldogs lead All-Star game

Moffat County High School pitchers shut down opposition

They gelled, turned double plays and looked like they had been playing together all season. They were the best baseball players from Moffat County, Steamboat Springs and Delta, and they collaborated to beat the stars from Palisade, Rifle, Glenwood Springs and Eagle Valley, 6-1, in the Western Slope League All-Star Classic at Copper Field in Rifle.

Cathy Hamilton: Mind wanders as feet walk

I'm back on the exercise track after an embarrassing rib injury kept me sidelined for six weeks.

Bill Harding: Memorial Day services a success

I wish to thank all who attended the Memorial Day services at the Craig cemetery and the services at the Maybell cemetery Monday.

Datebook for May 29

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 May 27

Armando Valdez Borja, 18, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Craig briefs for May 29

Carnival extending stay

A calling to Northwest Colorado

Former Craig resident starts new church in Hayden

Books, papers and other office materials are strewn about the office of Pastor Bill Ditges, while in the corner stand a cowboy hat, saddle and horseshoeing tools. Ditges said these western decorations are an indication that he has never really left Northwest Colorado.

Moffat County FFA Alumni: Recycling popular

On behalf of the FFA Alumni, we would like to thank everyone who brought their computers to the first annual Computer Recycling Day. You are helping make our world a better place for our children and grandchildren.

TMH officials looking into name change

The Memorial Hospital is a community hospital, said Samantha Johnston, TMH service excellence officer.

Friends of Tanya Bohrer: Thanks for support

We would like to thank everyone for coming out to support Tanya Bohrer at her benefit auction. Also, thanks to everyone who donated items and food for the event.

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Teacher attrition rate up

Study indicates multiple factors influence teachers' decisions to quit

Drew Morris, Craig Middle School eighth-grade social studies teacher, said there are some things that can't be taught in a college classroom.

Wednesday, May 28

Council hears introduction to liquor licensing ordinance

After talking about restructuring the city's liquor licensing process for the last four months, the Craig City Council viewed a draft ordinance Tuesday that would do just that. Craig Police Department Chief Walt Vanatta said he had met with about 20 liquor license holders earlier that day and they agreed the draft was a good direction.

'Churches can do this'

Love INC to mobilize area churches to meet housing needs

Patricia Jones' voice grew husky and her eyes welled with tears as she spoke the words.

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Demolition, grading to begin at CMS

On June 2, initial demolition and grading work is scheduled to begin at Craig Middle School, said John Sattler, Diversified Consulting Solutions president and buildings division manager.

Craig briefs for May 28

Commission looks at road petition

Police blotter for May 26

Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Bill Snare: Don't waste tax money

Anger, frustration and disappointment caused me to take up a pen and write what I feel.

Library offers many activities

The phrase "catching a bug" generally refers to the contraction of an illness. When that bug is "the reading bug," the outcome is more positive.

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Diane Prather: Local's book tough to put down

This week, I read the new book, "Unstoppable: Inspiring Lessons for the Unstoppable You," a motivational book for people of all ages, by Moffat County High School teacher Craig Conrad.

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Balancing act

Rep. Mark Udall visits Craig for Senate campaign kickoff

Lauren Vikse, a 22-year-old, lifelong Moffat County resident, was one registered Democrat at Mark Udall's appearance Tuesday at the Center of Craig.

Datebook for May 28

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.

Chris Gingrich: Diamonds in the rough

It is estimated that 19.4 million people across the United States and Canada play fantasy sports.

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One foot out the door

MCHS Athletic/Activities Director focuses on family

Jeff Simon is a step ahead of the game.

Tuesday, May 27

Plane wreckage found; both men killed

Authorities locate Cessna near Fish Creek Reservoir

Father and son were on their way to race in Boulder.

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John Vandelinder: A year in review

The 2007-08 Moffat County High School sports season is finished as fans bid farewell to an impressive departing senior class.

Search area expanded

Civil Air Patrol looking at 4,000 square miles in 11 counties

Helicopters and planes could be seen and heard throughout the day in Steamboat Springs on Monday, during day two of a search for a downed aircraft carrying a Routt County man and his son.

Thank you for ad in Daily Press

Thank you for the great advertisement you placed in your newspaper for our Relay for Life team fundraiser. It was extremely generous of you. Most of all, we want to thank Tony Peroulis for the use of his shop for our fundraiser. Thanks for making a difference.

Dennis Collins: Gratitude for MCHS Class of 2008

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Moffat County High School class of 2008 for including me as a classmate Saturday at graduation.

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Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: A ticket to dream

Two years ago, I was dressed in a one size fits all white graduation gown. Two years ago, I was the girl waving to my family in the stands of the Moffat County High School gymnasium as I received my diploma.

Craig briefs for May 27

Clinic to address steps for filing bankruptcy

Colorado Legal Services will host a free clinic on bankruptcy for low-to-moderate income debtors who qualify for waiver of the bankruptcy filing fee.

Senior spotlight for May 27

Memorial Day weekend, but which one?

The 26th or the original 30th of May? Well, I guess May 26 was elected, but for me, May 30 it is. The date goes by fast anyway, I suppose. The rain put a damper on some things, but overall it was a good weekend.

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Weight of silence

More than 550 departed veterans honored at Memorial Day service

Silence, broken occasionally by the sound of flags rustling in the wind accompanied a Memorial Day service Monday morning at the Craig Cemetery.

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Getting dirty

Villard Ranch receives national spotlight on Discovery Channel's 'Dirty Jobs'

An average day at the Villard Ranch consists of feeding sheep, suckling lambs on nanny goats and generally taking care of whatever their ovine livestock may need. Thanks to the people at the Discovery Channel, the Villards soon will have an audience for these activities.

A day for remembrances

Ceremonies honor Maybell veterans

Communities of all sizes come together each Memorial Day to show their appreciation for their veterans, and Maybell is no exception.

Datebook for May 27

Today The Moffat County Libraries will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.

Monday, May 26

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Defying the laws of gravity

Warrior Freestyle Extreme motocross show awes Craig

The Holy Man. The Tsunami, the Sideshow, the Cliffhanger and Rock Solid.

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Cowboys compete in Ranch Rodeo at fairgrounds

If you're a cowboy or cowgirl, it's really no big deal.

Barking at the park

Maybell hosts annual North American Dog Agility Trials

Would you jump through hoops for your best friend?

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Search continues for downed aircraft

Rescuers searching Rabbit Ears Pass for two passengers

Rescue crews are moving their search for a downed aircraft from north of Hayden to Rabbit Ears Pass and have confirmed that at least one of its two passengers is from Routt County.

Oil and Gas Commission votes down rule-making motions

A perceived rush by state government to impose heavier restrictions on the energy industry prompted the Moffat County Commission to write a letter last week.

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Explosion blacks out Steamboat

Residents report flash of light from outage caused by animal

An animal caused a Sunday night explosion at Yampa Valley Electric Association's Mount Werner substation, sending an enormous flash of light into the sky and knocking out power for about an hour across Steamboat Springs and much of Routt County.

Craig briefs for May 26

The Colorado Division of Wildlife and a Meeker-area ranch recently hosted a youth turkey hunt. The private land hunt, held in mid-April at the Seven Lakes Ranch east of Meeker, was coordinated by local DOW personnel and volunteers from the ranch.

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A tribute to the fallen

Veterans' graves decorated with American flags

Amid the countless flower-adorned gravestones of Craig Cemetery stand small visions of red, white and blue. These miniature American flags mark the resting place of veterans recognized posthumously on Memorial Day.

Melanie K. Yazzie: Please preserve wildlife, wilderness

I ask the members of this community to remember our way of life when it comes to considering how we address the wildfire-like growth of oil and gas drilling in Moffat County.

Datebook for May 26

The Moffat County Libraries will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.

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'Time to Fly'

Moffat County High School sends off 2008 graduates

Some cried. Some cheered. And some celebrated, volleying plastic beach balls while they stood in line to receive their high school diplomas.

Aging Well: Curiosity on the wing

Bird watching keeps minds active

Anyone who watches birds, even casually, has experienced the natural high of seeing something so beautiful or awe-inspiring that it links them, instantly, to nature's marvels.

Sunday, May 25

Blown transformer blacks out Steamboat

Power outage total; residents report huge flash of light

Power has been restored to some areas of the city; officials expect other affected areas to come on line soon.

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Search area expanded

Civil Air Patrol looking at 4,000 square miles in 11 counties

The Civil Air Patrol expanded its search Monday for the pilot and passenger of a downed aircraft, to an area encompassing 4,000 square miles in 11 counties. Levi Klapperich, 26, of Durango, and his father, Mark Klapperich, 56, of Hayden, have been missing since Sunday morning after their twin-engine Cessna 310 left Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden and flew east toward Fort Collins.

Saturday, May 24

Relay For Life Team "Golden Girls": Thanks for stopping by Relay For Life booth

A special thank you for all the people who stopped by our Relay For Life booth at the Mother's Day Bazaar held at the Centennial Mall on May 3.

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J.J. Stanton one of Craig's early movers

As the years rolled by and Craig continued to grow, it was inevitable that new technologies would find their way into the Yampa Valley. As it is today, forward-thinking individuals were the ones who introduced new methods and ideas into the community and often profited from them.

Elisa Shackelton: Things I hope you will do when I am gone

I was told recently that I am considered the "Northwest Colorado Worry Wart," always trying to make sure that all of you are aware of the hazards lurking around us, and how to make healthier lifestyle choices.

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Parallel paths

Mother, son work toward graduation together

Cherie Blomquist knows firsthand the road her son, Austin, is finishing.

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Diane Prather: Peach Cheese Salad perfect for spring

Sunday was branding day at our house, with our entire family helping out, so what better opportunity to try some new recipes. The day before, I made salads and dessert.

Chuck Mack: Cowgill building in Craig

This article originally appeared in the June 16, 1915, Steamboat Pilot under the headline: "$10,000 Manufactory for Craig," "C.G. Cowgill Will Build Modern Plant for Leather Business"

Laura S. Day: Interesting choice for front page photo

When I saw the front page photo for May 23, I burst out laughing - only in Craig would you find such a sweet looking little girl looking so very enthralled at the bleeding sheep's heart in her hands on the front page.

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'Insanely focused'

Meeker High School student keeps busy with 4-H, church activities

Dessa Linsley, Rio Blanco 4-H Youth Development Agent, described Meeker teen Morgan Neilson as "insanely focused."

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Future uncertain

MCHS senior baseball player juggles college versus the pros

Two weeks ago, Moffat County High School senior shortstop/pitcher Chris Winder was juggling playing in the field and toting the rubber on the mound.

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'An incredible season'

MCHS baseball team hands out the hardware at awards banquet

A 15-6 record. Seven all-conference selections. A top-50 ranked player in the state. Six Western Slope League all-star selections and 30 pizzas.

District properties up for bid

School Board declines first right of purchase on 8.5-acre parcel

The Moffat County School Board voted to put two district properties up for bid at its monthly meeting Thursday night,

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Memorial Day meant to honor veterans

The creation of Memorial Day was intended to honor American soldiers who had died in the service of their country.

Jail report for May 22

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs for May 24

DOW conducts turkey hunt

Craig Post Office letter carriers: Thanks for support with food drive

The letter carriers of Branch 5236 would like to thank the community for its awesome support and donations for our food drive.

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Lighting the way

Luminarias represent cancer survivors, victims

The Relay for Life, a fundraising initiative for the American Cancer Society, may not be happening until July 18, but the sale of luminarias for the event's Ceremony of Hope already is taking place.

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Country, community, commencement

The year was 1964, and Dennis Collins, a wild, 17-year-old Moffat County High School junior, had a family tradition to follow and a country to protect.

Our View: Time and money

Recent talk of a potential recreation center has started an interesting discourse.

Datebook for May 24

The Moffat County Libraries will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.

U.S. 40 talks, inaction continue

Shelton talks history of bypass discussions at Economic Summit

Before Philo Shelton started his new job as public works director for the city of Steamboat Springs, he received a prediction from a predecessor: "You will be talking about the bypass at some time in your career."

Udall to visit Craig

Precisely because Craig is off the beaten path.

Friday, May 23

Faye Nissen: Thanks for support

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the relatives, friends and young adults of Craig, Meeker, Hayden and Steamboat Springs in sharing the incredible journey that my son Steve Ivers has taken us on the past two years.

Datebook for May 23

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

TMH trauma center gets favorable rating

Although The Memorial Hospital's recent Level IV trauma center review showed the hospital had no issues hindering care, Trauma Program Nurse Charity Neal said there still is work to do.

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Straight to the heart

Organ dissection gets CIS fifth-graders' hands dirty, minds engaged

With a pair of scissors, fifth-grader Eloy Hernandez points to a whitish tube near the top of what was once a sheep's windpipe.

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Expecting high waters

Experts say area rivers could be worse later this year

After a run of 80-plus degree weather melted some of the area's accumulated snow, local rivers are rising near their banks and threatening roads and property.

Moffat County Neighbor: Ryan Prentiss

Age: 20

Police blotter for May 21

Moffat County Sheriff's Office

Student news: Tanya Rinehart, Lyndi Wellman

Patrol Sgt. Rick Holford, left, stands with Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz, right, after awarding Tanya Rinehart, top, and Lyndi Wellman $1,000 from the Moffat County Sheriff's Office Scholarship Fund. Holford, who also is the chairman of the fund, said the Sheriff's Office awards three scholarships annually. Tyler Kalsow, who was unavailable for a photo, also received the scholarship.

'A favorable year'

District estimated to receive additional $400,000 from mineral lease revenue

If current predictions hold true, Moffat County School District could see an additional $500,000 coming into its coffers by the end of next month.

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Salazar takes state shot put title

Hayden junior wins championship with season-best throw

There was nothing unique about the sound of Holli Salazar's six throws Saturday at the Class 2A state track meet at Dutch Clark Stadium in Pueblo.


Moffat County High School displays student wood shop talent

Chairs, cabinets and gaming tables.

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More than just a swimmer

Moffat County High School senior named Swimmer of the Year

Before Tuesday, perhaps Andrew Aultman's most recognizable feature was his fiery red hair bobbing in and out of the waves he created in the swimming pool.

Christina M. Currie: The year of the mother

Hail to all mothers.

Craig briefs for May 23

Services set for Reader Cemetery

Thursday, May 22

Dangerous water conditions close County Road 53

The Moffat County Road and Bridge Department has closed County Road 53 south of U.S. Highway 40 because of dangerous conditions caused by high water.

Fern Opal Julian-Carlson: Seventy years have given me many memories

Disabled, with lots of time on my hands, I sit here in my LaZboy in Seattle, thinking about my beloved hometown in the shadow of the Rockies. I remember our little house next to Foster's Garage on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Victory Way across from the Fairgrounds. It had that awful fake-brick siding on it, but it was home.

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Charleah Firestone began, will end teaching career in Moffat County

Charleah Firestone wasn't looking for a career as a music teacher in the Moffat County School District.

Datebook for May 22

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.

Craig briefs for May 22

Enrollment open for dog training

Bill Harding: Seeking a 'Grand Olde' parade

On Saturday, local veterans will lead the Grand Olde West Day parade once again. Participants will assemble at the Craig Middle School north parking lot at 1 p.m. to decorate the float and then pull out a 2 p.m. to start the parade.

DA files additional charges against area ranchers

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office in Craig has filed additional charges against two Moffat County ranchers previously charged with felony and misdemeanor wildlife crimes.

Cathy Hamilton: 'American Idol' falls out of tune

"American Idol," we need to talk.

CSAP: 63 percent of third-graders reading at or above grade level

Standardized test results show less than three-quarters of Moffat County third-graders are reading at or above grade level.

EDP looks at promoting local contractors

At issue for the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership board is how it will balance attracting new businesses and developing existing ones.

Police blotter for May 22

Moffat County Jail Tuesday, May 20 Viviana Chavez, 18, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Learning the links

CMS students introduced to the game of golf

Craig Middle School eighth-grader Kassie Davis stands over her ball on the practice green Tuesday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

EDP looks at promoting local contractors

At issue for the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership board is how it will balance attracting new businesses and developing existing ones.

Wednesday, May 21

Datebook for May 21, 2008

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.

The Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks to community for fundraiser support

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the community for supporting the ice cream social fundraiser.

Craig briefs for May 21

Free CMS open house Saturday

Jail report for May 19

Kerry Lee Jackson, 57, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a court order.

Insurance company ups Country Mall reward

About six months after a Nov. 25, 2007 fire destroyed the Country Mall at 356 Ranney St., the company that insured the building is increasing its reward.

From cowboys to motorcycles

A wide array of activities set for Grand Olde West Days

The upcoming holiday weekend marks Craig's 18th annual Grand Olde West Days, a Moffat County celebration that features many ongoing favorite events. This year, the GOWD Committee has plans for newer activities, as well.

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Diane Prather: Book inspires youngsters to read

Tyrone Brown, the central character in this week's picture book, calls himself a professional class clown. It isn't that Tyrone is an overachiever. He solves the math problem of the day each day, and he lives for science experiments.

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A better final round

MCHS golfers move up leader board during final round of state championships

Monday, during the first round of the 4A girls state golf championships in Golden, Moffat County senior Meghan Innes said "everything felt off. I just couldn't put it together"

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Craig resident bags check for more than $4,000 on hole-in-one

Golf ball: $2. Round at Yampa Valley Golf Course: $17. Callaway clubs: More than $1,000. The hole-in-one Rick Holford hit on Yampa's par-3 fourth hole Monday: Priceless.

CNCC recognizes graduates, teachers

Colorado Northwestern Community College recognized Craig campus graduates, students and employees May 9 at Moffat County High School.

Teacher asks for limited alcohol sales

Norm Yoast, father of a son who plays Little League Baseball and a daughter who umpires, often enjoys the spring- and summertime games at Loudy-Simpson Park.

CNCC setting aside $900,000 for new campus costs

Colorado Northwestern Community College is preparing to pay upcoming costs associated with building a new college campus west of Craig.

Tuesday, May 20

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Structures unthreatened so far

Elk River leaves banks overnight; flood warning still imposed

The high-flying Elk River backed off during the day Monday, but the National Weather Service predicted the river would crest above flood stage again Monday night, posing a threat to buildings in the vicinity of U.S. Highway 40 and Routt County Road 44, about 7 miles west of Steamboat Springs.

The best part of waking up

Pancakes start the day for Grand Olde West Days

The 18th Annual Grand Olde West Days will take place this Memorial Day weekend.

Mike Butler: Profound gratitude

On behalf of Butler Ranch Wood Products, Mike and Annabelle Butler, and Dick and Claysil Butler, we would like to express our profound gratitude to the following people, agencies and companies for the long hours and determination in fighting the fire that occurred April 15.

Datebook for May 20


New pipeline construction expected this summer

A possible new natural gas pipeline running north from Rio Blanco County to Wyoming could bring $20 million a year in business personal property taxes to Colorado, according to the pipeline company's forecasts.

Maren Schmidt: Seven traits that can destroy lives

Ever notice how a word, phrase, quote or a book title keeps popping up? Throughout the past couple of years, the following Gandhi quote keeps showing up in my studies. Every time I read these seven statements I am astounded at the wisdom conveyed in so few words.

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A long way back

Moffat County High School golfers have tough first day at state

Meghan Innes let out a sigh, followed by a long pause.

Police Blotter for May 18

Moffat County Jail

Senior Spotlight for May 20

Saturday was a real nice day for me. The weather was perfect. The Hometown Heroes celebration was very moving. A lot of emotion was shown by the speakers and the listeners. We enjoyed the 1340 Band, the food and friends. I want to thank you all for making my day so nice.

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Making seat belt safety click

Rewards program decreases numbers of unbelted teens, police say

In Audrey Danner's view, there is no excuse.

CNCC awards design bid for residence hall

Project completion date could be one year later than first estimated

After deciding to re-bid the project last month, Colorado Northwestern Community College officials selected a company to design a residence hall building on its new campus west of Craig.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: The finale

It is 85 degrees on a cloudless Saturday afternoon.

Planning, Zoning officials suggest annexation

Craig needs to develop affordable housing, said Chris Nichols, city Planning and Zoning Commission member.

Monday, May 19

Craig briefs for May 19

Sports physicals today

Patrick Germond: No reason to apologize

As everyone has noticed, fuel has increased to the point of harmful repercussions.

Datebook for May 19


EDP interviews business owners

During a recent tour of interviews with business owners, Darcy Trask said she was reminded why Moffat County holds so much promise.

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Eyeing a state title

MCHS golf team competes in state championship beginning today

Two golfers competing in two rounds throughout two days.

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Urbanoski defends state crown in long jump

Moffat County High School junior Erin Urbanoski is undefeated when it comes to girls long jump on the state's biggest stage.

Aging Well: Getting closer

Open house a chance to preview new addition to Haven and the community

During the past few months, a dream has become a reality at The Haven Assisted Living Center - almost.

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'One of the lucky ones'

Craig resident speaks about time serving U.S. Army in Iraq

It was memories - of roadside explosions, of losing a friend in combat, of being blessed enough to come home safe and alive - that proved difficult for Ben Rinker while delivering a speech before hundreds of listeners Saturday afternoon.

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Hayden High School seniors get words of wisdom

Class of 2008 told to work hard, be passionate

Bob Harris sent off the Hayden High School seniors with advice the football team heard all season: "If you go out there with grit in the gut and fire in the belly, you'll get 'er done."

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Taylor thanks the people

Earnest try in politics marks senator's memory of career

The wind was blowing, but the weather was warm. The sun was shining but not hot enough to sting when wandering out from underneath the shade.

Sunday, May 18

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Worsley wins state title in 100-butterfly

Cole Worsley entered the 4A swimming state championships as the No. 1 seed in the 100-yard butterfly. The Steamboat Springs High School senior who swims for the Bulldogs didn't disappoint in Saturday's finals.

Saturday, May 17

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Erin Urbanoski wins second state title

Moffat County High School junior Erin Urbanoski defended her girls long jump state title during Saturday's 4A state track and field championships in Lakewood.

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Worsley wins state title in 100-butterfly

Cole Worsley blew away the competition, swimming the four laps required in 52.45 seconds, winning the state title by more than four body-lengths.

Worsley looks at two state title bids

Judging by his own standards, Cole Worsley has a lot left.

Datebook for May 17

Armed Forces Day

Police blotter for May 17

David Troy Selman, 46, of Baggs, Wyo., was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Student news: Sarah Kawcak

Sarah Kawcak accepts a Hill Farms Service and Otha H. Grimes Memorial Scholarship from Ray Hill Scholarship at the Animal Science Department Banquet on April 5.

Crystal A. Walker: Steve: A poem

I've seen the tears of your impending passing fill wells of despair in this small town of mine

Our View: Walk the talk

We've heard it for years.

Oil drilling potential for Vermillion Basin could be significant, not guaranteed

An ancient seaway once ran in a wide swath down the middle of the North American continent about 100 million years ago, said Fred Julander, Julander Energy Co. founder, on Friday afternoon.

State, industry officials disagree on timeline to regulate energy development

Energy industry officials cried foul at the prospect of increased state regulations during Friday's Fueling Thought Energy Summit 2008 at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

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Christina Murray's short tenure had impact on area

Some of Craig's stories are lengthy and cover decades.

Taylor: More funds should return to energy-impacted regions

Take a little here, a little there.

Highways strained, future uncertain

Colorado's highway infrastructure cannot keep up maintenance and construction demands with its current funding, said Russell George, Colorado Department of Transportation executive director.

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Paws-on experience

Prospective nursing student gets training at area animal hospital

Amanda Nichols, Moffat County High School senior, wanted to get hands-on experience in the nursing field. She got her wish this semester, but not in a traditional way.

The debate: Chewing gum in class

Editor's note: The following article was part of Boys & Girls Club after-school program, where students in the course learned the ins and outs of newspapers including reporting and writing an assignment.

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Going green with 4-H and Ford

On Oct. 11, someone in Colorado will win a 2008 Ford XLT F-150 4x4 pickup truck that runs on either gasoline or E-85 ethanol fuel.

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MCHS junior excels at state track and field championships

Somebody owes Erin Urbanoski a smoothie.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Speed Racer' more than cinematic eye candy

Featuring an endless spiral of camerawork, a veritable eruption of colors and a fully-clothed chimpanzee is the live-action version of the classic cartoon "Speed Racer."

Diane Prather: Give Creole Remoulade dip a try

I hope that you've had time to try Bud Nelson's "Cream of Cilantro Soup with Black Bean Salsa," featured in last week's column. First of all this week, as promised, is Bud's recipe for Creole Remoulade dip.

Hayden discusses speeding

Town Board invites Hospital Hill residents to air concerns

Hayden Town Board members batted around possible solutions Thursday night to concerns of speeding on Hospital Hill.

High levels of radon found in NW Colorado

Test results for Northwest Colorado counties are showing that approximately 50 percent of our homes have elevated radon levels above the EPA's action level of 4.0 picocuries per liter.

Energy companies predict long stay in Colorado

Several energy company representatives at this week's Fueling Thought Energy Summit 2008 event presented a straightforward vision for their industry's future in Northwest Colorado:

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State officials present alternatives to gas, coal energy

A climate reduction plan from Gov. Bill Ritter may push consumers toward energy sources other than oil and coal.

Chuck Mack: Modern hog ranch at Craig

This article is from the Sept. 8, 1915 Steamboat Pilot with the headline "Modern Hog Ranch Starts at Craig; Hulett Brothers Have Fattening Plant on Recently Purchased Tract - Automatic Machinery"

Craig briefs for May 17

A Browns Park exploration and conservation trip is planned for May 23 to 26.

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A name that echoes on

Mourners pay tribute to the late Steve Ivers

With a baseball field as the setting and words spoken into a microphone echoing throughout the ballpark, a Friday morning memorial service for a Craig community member was reminiscent of a historic moment from 1939 at Yankee Stadium.

Friday, May 16

Student News: Matthew William Told

Matthew William Told will receive his degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division in Davie, Fla., on May 25.

Craig briefs for May 16

Foundation awards $50K to TMH

The El Pomar Foundation has awarded The Memorial Hospital Foundation with a $50,000 grant, foundation and TMH officials learned Tuesday.

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Looking for balance

Energy summit keynote speaker encourages using multiple energy sources

It takes more than one. That was the message Jim Sims, Western Business Roundtable president and chief executive officer, gave to a group of energy industry representatives, local government leaders and community members Thursday night at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

Datebook for May 16

Today A fundraising, all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner for the Bad Dog wrestling team is at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and can be purchased from Bad Dog wrestlers or at The Furniture Gallery of Craig, 385 Ranney St. Call 846-7284.

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Worsley looking for two in state swimming

Steamboat swimmer eyes state titles this weekend

Kyle Steitz insists Cole Worsley doesn't get nervous. Steitz, a senior on the Moffat County High School swim team and a Steamboat resident, said when it comes to Friday and Saturday's Colorado Swim and Dive State Championships in Fort Collins, Worsley won't let the big stage and a legitimate shot at two individual state titles get the best of him.

Moffat County Neighbor: Robert Meckley

Robert Meckley Age: 52 Occupation: Business owner of Tunies & Such

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Colleges address work force issues

A business can't succeed without quality workers, energy industry speakers said Thursday during the Fueling Thought Energy Summit 2008 at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

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CNCC to receive $23.5M in state funds

Sum to pay for new academic building at Craig campus

Colorado Northwestern Community College will receive about $23.5 million in state funds for the construction of a new academic building, college officials announced in a news conference Thursday.

Industry wants renewable energy as part of big picture

The first day of Fueling Thought Energy Summit 2008 did not go by without speculation about Northwest Colorado's future.

Police Blotter for May 15

p>Moffat County Jail No reports.

Learning from the master

Lay youth gets grandfather's guidance on building his first saddle

Here's how it started. Garrett Buckley, 13, saw a saddle his grandfather, Doug Meacham, had made for Garrett's mother, Wendy.

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Christina M. Currie: Law and order

Two weeks ago, I was in Florida, laughing with glee as I saw pictures of home where cars were covered in eight inches of snow.

Thursday, May 15

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'Just another one of us'

Sylvia Duncan named 2008 Craig Daily Press Teacher of the Year

Moffat County High School sophomore Melissa Garlock and Sylvia Duncan, her English II teacher, both cast a critical eye on their handiwork Tuesday morning.

Datebook for May 15

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 May 14

Danny James Winner, 25, transient, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of theft by receiving, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful distribution/manufacture dispensing/sale/possession.

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'Now's the time to turn it on'

MCHS track team heads to state championships

Sideline coaching for the Moffat County High School track team is over. So are the state qualifying times, the lack of nerves and the goal of winning its home meet.

Bill Harding: Come honor service members at Hometown Heroes

The community is invited to come honor area servicemen and women at the annual Hometown Heroes on Armed Forces Day, which is Saturday.

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Sunset Elementary School oral history project nears completion

They've listened. They've written. And, by the end of the school year, Sunset Elementary School students will see the results of their labor, said Cheryl Arnett, Sunset Elementary first-grade teacher.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Redbelt' conveys nature of discipline

Most movies about the subject of martial arts are either unnecessarily violent or unsuccessful in conveying the philosophical nature of the discipline, but the drama "Redbelt" is an astute look at the topic.

Liquor licensees address City Council

Right in the thick of the Craig City Council's plans to restructure its liquor licensing and violation procedures, 10 Craig businesses failed liquor license compliance checks.

Craig briefs for May 15

Museum receives $3,000 from MCTA grant request

With Craig Centennial events costing the Museum of Northwest Colorado more than usual, some financial help is "certainly appreciated," Director Dan Davidson said.

Council approves $20K for rec center studies

Voters deserve a chance to hear the facts and make an educated decision, Craig City Councilor Gene Bilodeau said.

Wednesday, May 14

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Diane Prather: The investigation is on

Intrigue, twists, turns and even humor - this week's book for adults has it all.

Hamilton vote center closed for 2008

The Hamilton vote center will be closed for the 2008 primaries and general election, the Moffat County Commission decided Tuesday.

Police Blotter for May 13

Chase Allen Cleaver, 23, of unknown residence, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving a vehicle while under restraint and required position and method of turning.

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Grand Olde West Days organizers land musical acts for event

Three down. Although some events for Grand Olde West Days have yet to be finalized, at least three musical performances are set for the Memorial Day weekend celebration, committee member Carol Wilson said.

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Bike ride and breakfast

22nd annual "Where the hell is Maybell?" ride begins Saturday

Craig Parks and Recreation Department's Recreation facilitator Pam Maneotis has seen it before.

City backs Section 8, approves funding

The Council passed a motion to support the Independent Life Center's Section 8 housing voucher program by a 6 to 1 vote at its Tuesday meeting.

MCHS theater students: Thank you for support of theater program

The Moffat County High School theater students want to thank you, the Craig community, for your support and attending our play performances this year.

Our view: A matter of respect

While accepting the Republican vice-presidential nomination July 27, 1920, Calvin Coolidge made the following statement:

Craig briefs for May 14

Auction item list released

The following items will be available at the benefit dinner and auction for Tanya Bohrer, which takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion:

datebook for May 14

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.

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Striking back

Craig residents find a different use for bowling pins

The lifespan of bowling pins in Craig has been drastically reduced.

Tuesday, May 13

Student news: David McClellan

David McClellan has been called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He has been called to the Mongolian Mission.

Craig briefs for May 13

Help sought for Colowyo reunion

Colowyo employees from the W.R. grace era who are interested in helping organize the second annual Colowyo reunion, call Judi at 824-9400 or 326-5437.

Police Blotter for May 11

Phillip Carter Morris, 24, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Senior spotlight for May 13

Mother's Day was a quiet one for me. Enjoyed dinner at my sister Maria's later in the evening.

City Council to consider liquor license ordinance

In light of recent alcohol sales compliance checks, the Craig City Council is considering new ways to curb alcohol sales to underage purchasers.

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Ending the year on a high note

Craig Middle School, MCHS choirs to give last performance tonight

Sean Teets, director of choral activities at the Moffat County High School, clearly was the man in charge Monday afternoon.

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Games go on

Weather doesn't dampen spirit of Saturday's Special Olympics

Adverse conditions caused by cold temperatures and gusty winds forced organizers of Saturday's annual Special Olympics games to cancel most of the scheduled track and field events.

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'A little short-handed'

MCHS' Eric Fleming lone Bulldog to finish in the money

For seven consecutive weeks, the Moffat County High School rodeo team has been traveling Colorado in search of some competition.

Airport is looking for a sign

YVRA aims to add a sign on U.S. Highway 40 with lights

Yampa Valley Regional Airport could get a new sign this year, Airport Manager Dave Ruppel told Routt County commissioners Monday.

Kristi Hankins: Being proud to live in Craig

On Friday, Charlie the horse decided to go visiting down Highway 13 north.

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Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: You choose

He is handsome. He is smart. He is dedicated. She is beautiful. She is smart. She is dedicated.

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'Moving in a different direction'

Gary Tague stepping away from classroom, staying on the sideline

Gary Tague sits hunched at a desk too small for him, eating his usual salad lunch while alternating peeks between the newspaper and his computer.

Datebook for May 13

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.

Monday, May 12

Cassie Mack: Division of Wildlife criticism not fair

I would like to change some of your minds about the Division of Wildlife for the better.

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Aging Well: Resurrecting the art of storytelling

Spellbinders program brings seniors' wisdom to young students in Routt and Moffat counties

Al Dietsch has worn several distinguished hats throughout his life, including lawyer, businessman and officer in the U.S. Navy.

Craig briefs for May 12

Craig resident Jennifer Elisabeth Pressley, 21, has been called as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints. Pressley will serve for 18 months in the LDS mission in Taipei, Taiwan, where she will complete various types of service work. She will leave for Taiwan on Tuesday. Pressley is a 2007 Moffat County High School graduate and is a daughter of David and Mary Pressley of Craig.

MCHS alumni take unplanned careers in religious writing, priesthood

When the call came, neither of them saw it coming.

Business News and Notes: Local water and ice company goes with the flow

With the operation at Colorado West Bottled Water & Ice getting bigger and more demanding, it helps to have a family like Lynne Herring's, she said.

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Moffat County track team qualifies in seven more events for state

Entering the 4A regional track meet Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction, Moffat County High School senior Mike McNicol knew he was in for a tough race.

Datebook for May 12

New U.S. and International postage prices go into effect. For example, the cost to mail a U.S. First Class 1-ounce letter will increase a penny, from 41 to 42 cents. Go to for more price information and details.

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Another swimmer headed to state

Add one more to the bus.

Saturday, May 10

Delbert Knez: Know the laws on alcohol sale

It is illegal to sell whiskey, wine, beer or cocktails to any person younger than 21 years of age.

Annual Energy Summit offers opportunity to learn and question

Gas stations lining the country's commercial streets light up their prices on sometimes red, sometimes white and sometimes blue signs.

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Largest Loser contestants shed 969 total pounds

The average weight of an American man and woman is somewhere around 190 and 163 pounds, respectively, according to data. If so, there's the equivalent of about five fewer people walking around Craig and Moffat County today.

Legislature session had 'its ups and downs'

Term-limited District 8 Sen. Jack Taylor believes the 2008 session of the Colorado Legislature did a good job of protecting local impact severance tax funds until asked about Gov. Bill Ritter's support of higher taxes on oil and gas production to fund college scholarships.

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Making waves

Moffat County High School swimmers heat up pool in regionals

Having pre-qualified for next week's state championships in 11 events during the regular season, winning this weekend's regional meet in Glenwood Springs wasn't the top priority for the Moffat County High School swimming team.

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Sage-Grouse plan's official signing Monday

Work and then play. At least that's the plan for the Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Working Group, which for 12 years negotiated and compromised on ways to mitigate development impacts on native sage-grouse.

Craig briefs for May 10

Ice cream tickets for sale

Tickets for an ice cream social to celebrate Craig's Centennial go on sale at noon today at both Wal-Mart and City Market.

Student news: Jenna and John Beckerman

Jenna and John Beckerman graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ft. Lewis College in April, earning outstanding graduating seniors in their departments.

Chuck Mack: Craig's public campground

This article originally appeared in the Feb. 25, 1920 Steamboat Pilot article under the headlines: "Craig Next to Establish Public Campground," "W. H. Rose Donates Land to Moffat County Metropolis" and "Town Will Provide Conveniences for the Care of Auto Tourists and Others."

Police blotter for May 10

No reports.

Bobbie Jo Bogan (Ivers): Please respect family wishes

Isn't it wonderful that we all live in such a beautiful place, the Yampa Valley? We all know that our errands will take twice as long because we bump into a friend, a neighbor, an acquaintance or someone who wants to say hello and visit. It is nice to catch up on things and have the time in our day to spread good cheer.

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Beetle blues across state

Results of the 2007 annual forest health aerial survey, completed by the Colorado State Forest Service and U.S. Forest Service, reveal that the bark beetle affected about half a million new Colorado forest acres in 2007.

Diane Prather: 'Skippyjon Jones' a must read

If you haven't read the "Skippyjon Jones" books with your children, you're missing out on a lot of fun for both you and your kids.

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MCHS senior headed for career in criminal justice

Janet Pearcey admits she had hopes for what career her daughter, Desirae, would pursue after high school.

Our View: A precious commodity

In today's day and age, there may be no more valuable commodity than time.

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Maurice Flynn heads for Hollywood ... and back ... and back

Not everyone who came to the Yampa Valley in the first part of the 20th century to build a home stayed here.

Datebook for May 10


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Steamboat woman has no information on Burmese relatives

A week after Cyclone Nargis struck her native Mynamar, Cho Tun Schram has no idea whether relatives including her father and grandmother are alive.

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Keeping pace

MCHS track team has strong showing in regional preliminaries

Maddy Jourgensen was supposed to be nervous.

Friday, May 9

Booco prepares to take reins

Sergeant will fill in during Hayden chief's Iraq deployment

The fellow who will fill in for Hayden's police chief wears a necklace made of elk teeth and once sold a motorcycle to take his children to Disney World.

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Cleanup Craig Week starts Saturday

Locals encouraged to visit Chamber and clean where they see trash

Although there are fewer advanced calls from groups participating in Cleanup Craig Week from Saturday to May 18 than for last year's effort, Rose Counts doesn't think the community should be written off yet.

Craig briefs for May 9

Commodities to be distributed

U.S.D.A. Commodities are to be distributed by the Moffat County Department of Social Services in Craig is from 9 to 11 a.m. May 13 at 595 Breeze St. (northeast alley entrance only).

Police blotter for May 9

No reports.

Moffat County Neighbor: Colette Arnold

What should your business card say you do? Freedom Rings

Craig Tae kwon do students bring home hardware

Self-defense. An objective mind and discipline. And, a few awards along the way.

Chamber prepares TV programming

If the general consensus among Craig Chamber of Commerce board members holds true - that Steamboat tourists are fruitful marketing targets for Craig - then a recent deal could prove valuable for the area.

Diane Prather: A taste of Texas

Cream of Cilantro Soup with Black Bean Salsa a filling and delicious meal

This week's recipe is courtesy of Bud Nelson, of Craig. "Cream of Cilantro Soup with Black Bean Salsa" came from Bud's daughter-in-law, Terri, who lives in Texas.

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MCHS swim team competes in regionals

Walking into the Moffat County High School pool Thursday, coach Patti Worsley's voice could be heard echoing off the walls as she barked out orders to her team.

Mother's Day takes a turn in church

Church leaders, congregants say motherhood deserves recognition

A special touch. An anointing from God. These characteristics help define motherhood, area religious leaders said.

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Single mothers say parenting is challenging, rewarding

Fear, followed by resolve.

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Let the games begin

Craig plays host city today and Saturday for Special Olympics

There came a moment Thursday when a Craig woman, without any prompting, asked Kiwanis Club member Jim Herschberg a question.

Datebook for May 9

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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Rancher asks for water funds

Request raises eyebrows at Yampa/White River Basin meeting

A leading Northwest Colorado water official received initial support Wednesday to use state funds for a study assessing a potential private reservoir on his family ranch.

Christina M. Currie: Keep it simple, stupid

I'm not a big fan of e-mail forwards.

Elisa Shackelton: Pick up after your pooch

Four in 10 U.S. households include at least one dog, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.

Thursday, May 8

Craig businesses cited for selling alcohol to minor

Another liquor license compliance check, another 10 citations.

District names internal applicants for positions

Application: closed. That was the word on four administrative positions throughout the Moffat County School District this week.

Craig briefs for May 8

The Craig Daily Press is accepting nominations for the Teacher of the Year award for one more week.

Police blotter for May 8

Lyndsey Marie Sanchez, 23, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrant.

Datebook for May 8

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

Military news: Matthew R. Arola

Air Force Airman Matthew R. Arola has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Student news: Jenna and John Beckerman

Craig residents Jenna and John Beckerman graduated from Fort Lewis College in April.

Bad Dogs wrestlers bring home trophies

Three years ago, 6-year-old Deven Mosman sat on his grandfather Bud's lap, having a conversation.

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Bulldogs track team headed to regionals

Some team members already have done it.

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Fire burns downtown garage

Officials don't know cause of blaze behind Oak Street home

A garage in downtown Steamboat Springs burned down early Wednesday. No one was hurt, and fire officials are investigating the cause of the blaze.

Veterans Hotline: Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs to meet in Craig

The Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs will be meeting in Craig on the evening of May 13 and the morning of May 14.

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High school FFA team brings home individual, group awards

This year, things just turned out well, said Clint Chew, Moffat County High School senior.

Club's bike swap an opportunity to network

Routt County Riders bicycle club will host its annual bike swap Saturday at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill. The swap is from 8 a.m. to noon.

MCTA approves $4,000 for local events

Two funding requests, two events funded.

Wednesday, May 7

Compliance check yields violations police say

Police: 10 establishments sold to 'underage buyer'

Ten licensed liquor establishments in Craig failed a weekend compliance check, and the employees involved will be cited in Moffat County Court, the Craig Police Department announced Tuesday.

Two new hotels break ground

Two new hotels, a Hampton Inn and a Candlewood Inn & Suites, recently broke ground near the Colorado Highway 13 and First Street intersection.

Police Blotter for May 5

Moffat County Jail

Datebook for May 7


Craig sports briefs for May 7

Rodeo team set to compete in Eagle this weekend

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Going low

Moffat County High School girls golf team qualifies two for state

The Moffat County High School girls golf team is the smallest team - numbers wise - in the Western Slope League.

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Sixth-graders study wildlife

Animal droppings, bones hidden beneath the dirt and partially eaten mammal parts.

Animal droppings, bones hidden beneath the dirt and partially eaten mammal parts.

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One more fight

Tanya Bohrer prepares to face third bout with cancer

Tanya Bohrer is preparing to battle an old enemy.

Student news: Margery Jones

About 600 Fort Lewis College students graduated April 26. Among them was Margery Jones, of Hayden, who graduated with a degree in business administration-management.

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'Expanding my classroom'

High school teacher resigns to develop self-created inspirational speaking program

Craig Conrad, Moffat County High School woodshop teacher, is yearning for a larger classroom.

Craig briefs for May 7

EDP sponsors business grant seminar

Tuesday, May 6

Ranchers plead not guilty in elk cases

Two Moffat County ranchers charged with multiple counts of felony and misdemeanor poaching crimes have pleaded not guilty.

Senior Spotlight for May 6

For me, May started with a visit to the hospital in the middle of a blizzard. I would like to thank the ambulance crew, police officers, rescue crew, hospital Emergency Room staff, doctors Roberts and Kipe, my family and friends, Fr. Jim and all who I didn't list who cared and shared my experience.

Maren Schmidt: Geek or Greek?

The ancient Greeks taught that there are three basic types of appeals one uses to influence an audience: ethos, pathos and logos.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Going solo

Thelma and Louise. Romi and Michelle. Tom and Jerry. And Batman and Robin.

Gail Ellison: Thanks to Craig Chiropractic staff

My name is Gail Ellison and I would like to thank the staff and doctors of Craig Chiropractic. This is in reference to my personal experiences of the health care they have provided me.

Mascarenas family: Thank you for love in time of sorrow

The family of Jesse Mascarenas would like to thank everyone for all the love and support we received in our time of sorrow. Thank you to all those who sent cards, flowers, brought food and donated to the VFW-Hospice and St. Michael Catholic Church in memory of Jesse.

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A final note

Band performance tonight culminates in-house performance season

John Bolton, Moffat County High School band director, sits alone behind rows of empty chairs in the Craig Middle School band room.

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Do-or-die time

Moffat County High School girls golf team competes today at state regionals

A season on the links has come down to this. State regionals begin today in Delta, and for the Moffat County High School girls golf team, it's do-or-die to advance to the state championships.

Craig sports briefs for May 6

Moffat County girls place second in Tiger Invitational

Police Blotter for May 4

Moffat County Jail

Datebook for May 6


Craig briefs for May 6

School bus collides with dump truck

Winter brings high snowpack

Water expected to be plentiful for spring, summer

Ranchers, farmers and other water users might be glad to hear numbers and forecasts coming out of regional weather offices.

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Class dismissed

Area women's teacher organization meets for final time

Back in the day. The phrase cropped up occasionally as Bonnie Revelle, retired teacher and Delta Kappa Gamma area chapter president, looked back on her time in the group.

Monday, May 5

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Video - 100 years in the making

Videos of locals reflecting on Moffat County's past, present and future, including Saed Tayyara, Bill Johnston, Florence and Gaye Van Tassel, and Craig Mortensen.

Senior menu for May 5

Moffat County Senior Meal Program

Craig briefs for May 5

DOW approves 2008 license numbers

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Art and science

Colorado State Taxidermy Championships come to Craig

For a taxidermist to mount a mammal, such as an elk or bear, they first measure the distance between body parts - distance between ears, from eye to ear, from jaw to front leg, etc. Skin the animal and make sure all meat and fat is separated completely from the hide.

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Cinco de Mayo celebration draws a crowd

There's a purpose more than just having a good time behind the annual Cinco de Mayo festival in Craig, said Summer Laws, executive director of a sponsoring agency, Integrated Community.

Second stint

Former Moffat County deputy district attorney returns to area

A once vacant position in the Moffat County office of the 14th Judicial District has been filled with a familiar face and - more importantly - one already acquainted with the local judicial system.

Aging Well: 'Turn Back the Clock'

Students connect with local elders at nostalgic luncheon, dance

Pop culture icons like Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe transcend generations.

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Bulldogs go down swinging

Moffat County High School baseball team knocked from postseason in district championship

A six-week season for the Moffat County High School baseball team came down to a one-day district tourney birth.

Robert and Sabrina Bowersox: Daughter has been found

The Bowersox Family would like to extend its deepest gratitude for all the prayers, support, and tireless work that this community sacrificed in the search for our previously missing daughter, Brandi May Gourley.

Datebook for May 5


Health Watch: Same-day surgery: An overview of what to expect

Same-day surgery allows a person having an operation to go home later the same day.

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An experience 'like no other'

Ranchers return from Sombrero Great American Horse Drive

The sun was still high in the sky Sunday as cowboys and cowgirls rustled about the mess hall at Craig Ranch.

Saturday, May 3

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A growing epidemic

Pine beetle infestations killing trees in Craig, insects also found as far north as Wyoming and east as Kansas

In Craig, pine trees are dying from beetles. That's what Bill Ekstrom, Colorado State University Extension agent for Northwest Colorado, wants Craig residents to know.

Police blotter for May 3

Jerald Norris Batson, 29, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Chuck Mack: Craig grain elevator

After 90 days of construction work, the $10,000 grain elevator of the Craig Milling and Supply Company has become a reality, the Empire says. The big structure stands as a monument of the unbounded faith that the officers of the company have in the future of Craig and Moffat County.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Iron Man' soars, sets tone for summer

Streaking across the sky with a flash of scarlet and yellow is this year's lead-in to the summer movie season, "Iron Man."

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Operation teamwork

The employees in the operating room at The Memorial Hospital are a tight-knit bunch.

Mary Blakeman: Humane Society an independent entity

In reference to the letter from Mr. Cris Criswell, which appeared in the Daily Press on April 30, and to other letters posted in the Daily Press's online forum, we need to remind the community that the Humane Society of Moffat County is a completely independent organization and has nothing to do with the Humane Society of the United States.

Craig briefs for May 3

The city of Craig received full funding from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs for a road project on First Street, City Manager Jim Ferree said.

Our view: Supply and demand

In order to build a good house, you need a strong base. In the case of Craig, in order to build a good base for the future, we need some affordable houses.

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Moffat County homesteader goes to State

It's a long way from the plains of Kansas to the U.S. Senate, especially if your route winds through Northwest Colorado.

Clerk and Recorder's Offices conduct statewide mock election trials

The statewide mock election taught some lessons, but overall went by pretty smoothly, said Lila Herod, Moffat County chief deputy clerk and recorder.

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Area leaders adapt as volunteers hindered by time limitations

John Ponikvar pauses after listing the area boards he serves on. The Moffat County Finance Corporation, the Community Corrections Board, the Judical Performance Commission and the Moffat County Tourism Association make up his current obligations.

Datebook for May 3

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Curvaceous Babes host a used-book sale fundraising event during the Mother's Day Bazaar at the Centennial Mall. All proceeds go toward Craig's American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Call 824-3971.

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Flashback to the Old West

Today's Sombrero Great American Horse Drive gives city slickers taste of life on open range

It started in 1959 with two men, a truck and five horses. Now, the Sombrero Great American Horse Drive consists of numerous cowboys and cowgirls saddled alongside 30 so called "city slickers."

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Committed to serve

Saraya Hammond decides to join U.S. Marine Corps after graduation

Saraya Hammond, Moffat County High School senior, had her doubts. At first. It wasn't that becoming a diesel mechanic in the U.S. Marine Corps after she graduated was a foreign idea to Hammond.

TMH board taps CEO for nonprofit

George Rohrich appointed to serve hospital's new Facilities Corporation

The Memorial Hospital board has appointed its chief executive officer George Rohrich to the board of its new nonprofit entity, The Memorial Hospital Facilities Corporation.

Friday, May 2

Commission approves conditional Section 8 funding

Any money given to the Independent Life Center for its Section 8 housing voucher contract with the state is only temporary, the Moffat County Commission said.

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Finding common ground

Cinco de Mayo festival to host dance contest, talent show Saturday at fairgrounds

A talent show, a Mariachi band and area vendors selling authentic Mexican foods. These attractions and more will be featured at the Cinco de Mayo celebration, which goes from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Datebook for May 2

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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Diane Prather: Even green beans taste better with bacon

This has been an even busier week than usual since the Cowbelles have been getting ready for Ag-Day. It has meant fixing quick meals, so I haven't been doing a lot of cooking.

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Ball field to be named after Ivers

Nancy Sadvar is proud of Steve Ivers. She's proud of what he helped teach Moffat County's young people. And she is not alone.

Craig briefs for May 2

First National Bank not affected by A T Fund issues

First National Bank of the Rockies officials said that issues with the A T Fund of Funds will not impact the Craig branch, or any other of the bank branches.

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Christina M. Currie: The original copycats

Even her teachers comment, 5-year-old Nikki writes her name very well. Sometimes I am surprised. Sometimes I am not.

Moffat County Neighbor: Chris Morchak

Chris Morchak Age: 49 Occupation: Chef at the VFW What should your business card say you do? Food and beverage

Prairie dog shooting ban shot down

Moffat County resident Chris Jurney drove to Grand Junction on Thursday, not to shop, but to testify against a proposed ban on prairie dog hunting.

Police Blotter for May 1

Randy Alan Schultz, 54, of Denver, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

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Judge orders medical marijuana returned to Craig man

Tim Martin, a 24-year-old Craig man, said he has battled a "well-documented" history of severe pain caused by migraine headaches and stomach ailments for almost 10 years.

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Let the games begin

Moffat County baseball team heads to playoffs

A short regular season for the Moffat County High School baseball team is over. Its home opener was Saturday, the season finale, Tuesday. Tomorrow, the postseason begins.

Xeriscaping: Think plants, not rocks

The need for landscaping to conserve water has received new impetus following the recent years of drought and the realization that nearly 50 percent of the water used by the average household is for turfgrass and landscape plantings.

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Lending a willing hand

Parents say helping teachers a motivation for volunteering at schools

Ruth Bell works in the copy room of East Elementary School Thursday afternoon as Dommeniqc, a third-grader, watches.

Thursday, May 1

Jane Harmon: MCHS prom went off without a hitch

Last weekend, the Moffat County High School Prom 2008 went off without a hitch, and with the leadership of parents Dana Clark and Stan Fox, as well as the numerous other parents who volunteered their time, the After-Prom did so, too.

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Elkhead Reservoir open, new features planned for summer

Although the sky is, at times, still dark and gray, and thermostats around town may fluctuate between a cold winter and a not-quite warm spring, Elkhead Reservoir is open for frolickers and fisherman.

Steve and Sharon Andrew: Sense of community comes from help

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our neighbors, friends and family in the Fortification Creek community who were there to help when our shop roof blew off in the county road a couple of weeks ago.

Lyle P. Scheib: Thanks for cleaning South Ranney ditch

I wish to thank the county and its "employees" for cleaning the ditch along South Ranney. There is a lot of foot and bicycle traffic along there, and it was becoming a real eyesore.

Police Blotter for April 30

Cindy Jo Stephenson, 50, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of third degree assault, domestic violence and criminal attempt.

Datebook for May 1

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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Last show, new season

Concert series deal offered at Friday's Hunt Family Fiddlers show

It's too expensive to drive across the mountains and see live entertainment in Denver, said Julie Dempster, Craig Concert Association board publicity chair.

Chris Jurney: Management essential in prairie dog debate

Well, now that we have lots of opinions, lets get some facts straight.

Rick and Bo Barnes: Prairie 'rats' a big problem for ranchers

How about we rename "prairie dogs" to "prairie rats?"

Bill Harding: Veterans wanted for Grand Olde West Days parade

Veterans are being sought as part of this year's Grand Olde West Days festivities, which are May 24 to May 26.

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Giving help across the spectrum

2007 Volunteer of the Year donates time to seniors, elementary school children

Volunteerism is more than a pastime for Craig resident Betsy Peck. "My volunteering has been my savior," she said, adding that her husband's death eight years ago made that aspect of her volunteerism especially true.

Craig briefs for May 1

Letter carriers to collect food donations

Letter carriers are scheduled to collect nonperishable food donations Saturday, May 10, along their routes.

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Moving forward

Horizons Specialized Services open house reveals new Craig offices

Michael Toothaker, Horizons Specialized Services adult community coordinator for Moffat County, looked around his new office Wednesday afternoon.