Stories for November 2008


Sunday, November 30

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Tayyara leaves behind a legacy

Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara, 67, dies Saturday in Craig

Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara, who died Saturday in Craig, leaves behind him a legacy of public service.Tayyara emigrated to the U.S. from Syria in 1963 and became an American citizen in 1972. He came to Craig several years later, opening a restaurant in 1975. But it was as a politician that he left his mark on the community. During the next 30 years, Tayyara would forge a political career that spanned periods of boom and bust in Moffat County.

Saturday, November 29

Moffat County's federal legislators say they're not against coal

Moffat County's congressional representation said it is committed to coal's future. Democrats John Salazar - Moffat County's U.S. representative - senator-elect Mark Udall and Sen. Ken Salazar said they support coal and all other domestic energy resources as a means to achieve energy independence.

Craig briefs for Nov. 29

The Moffat County Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday this week, instead of at its usual time Tuesday morning. Its meeting agenda will be released Monday or Tuesday, with a full government update running in the Daily Press the following day.

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Local young women swoon for 'Twilight' book series - and now movie

Craig resident Crystal Walker had a premonition.

Chuck Mack: Mining out the memories

I was working at the Haybro Mine near Oak Creek in 1950. My wife, Alberta, and I were married Dec. 11 of that year. When the mine closed down in the spring of 1951, it was never to reopen again.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Bolt' electrifies family audiences

In a world where hamsters roam free and Styrofoam packing peanuts are considered Kryptonite, super dog "Bolt" reigns supreme.

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Athletic footwear varies among different sports

From wrestling to basketball and beyond, what an athlete wears on his or her feet plays an integral role when competing.

DOW plans 'aggressive' winter action

Regional Colorado Division of Wildlife officials plan to meet winter head-on this year. "We're geared up, I hope, so if we have a similar winter again (compared to record snowfall last year), we can hopefully alleviate the problems that landowners experienced," said Bill de Vergie, area wildlife manager for the Meeker office, which oversees Moffat County.

How to reduce energy costs

Winterizing a home can be a cheap and easy project

Last winter, Ace at the Curve employee Jim Warren cut his home energy costs by replacing all his windows. He also stopped warm air from leaving his house by caulking around those windows, and he put a hotel shower cap over the inside grate of a bathroom fan.

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Black Friday brings relief

Local retailers report strong turnout on traditional shopping day

Whether you were on Wall Street in New York or Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs, this year's Black Friday provided a bright spot after months of dark economic news.

Datebook for Nov. 29


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Maneotis named 2008 4-H Member of the Year in Moffat County

Karissa Maneotis is one busy 16-year-old.

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Almost 140 students get credit for CSAP

MCHS pupils accrue total of 118.5 credits from proficient, advanced scores

It may be too early to tell, but numbers from a first-year Moffat County High School program giving students class credit for performing well on a state test could be changing students' attitudes about the annual assessment.

Our view: Bargains in your backyard

What's on your Christmas shopping list? Kitchen gadgets? Books? Children's toys? Or maybe an iPod or flat-panel TV? Every year, many Craig residents make a mass exodus to shopping centers in Grand Junction and surrounding areas to do their Christmas shopping.

Police blotter for Nov. 29

Firefighters responded to a vehicle crash.

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Gary Neptune: pastor to the people

The people of Craig always have held to their faith to help them build the community and sustain their lives. It took a special person to be a spiritual leader on the frontier - whether it was in the late 1880s or the mid-20th century.

Christmas trees galore

It's that time of the year again: the day after Thanksgiving.

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Consumers up at dawn

Residents stake out stores in early morning to be the first ones inside

John Lopez and Alexandria Kjellesvig, an younger-than-20 couple new to Craig from California, had one mission for their day after Thanksgiving. "I could do with one of those laptops they have in there," Lopez said at about 4:30 a.m. in front of the Wal-Mart SuperCenter. He had gotten there early enough to be at the front of a 200-person line.

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John Vandelinder: MCHS state champions share common ground

I think I'm onto something.

Friday, November 28

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Family truly thankful on Thanksgiving 2008

Doug and Andrea Hurth ate their Thanksgiving meal in 2005 while sitting in a hospital at the bedside of their 14-month-old daughter, Valerie.

Diane Prather: Easy-to-make candy: Chocolate Nut Clusters

I have to choose the easiest recipes when it comes to making Christmas candies. With the exception of popcorn balls, I usually don't have the time to make goodies involving a candy thermometer or to keep checking candy mixtures for their readiness.

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Datebook for Nov. 28


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Outreach program brings hope, community to Public Safety Center

Billie Colorow moved to Craig with her three children for a fresh start. But she found herself with too much spare time and couldn't escape her old demons.

Deals abound across town

Black Friday sales to awaken Craig residents

One holiday down, two to go - and lots of shopping in between.

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Thanksgiving feast

May McIntyre receives a second helping from Erica Tripp, of Friendship United Methodist Church, during Thanksgiving dinner at Sunset Meadows I.

Bob Woods: 'I'm putting you in charge'

Matthew 25:31-46

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Craig resident hauls in unisex deer

It's not as if he knew it was going to happen.

Bryce Jacobson: Setting the record straight

What a month! Since our Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, issue of the Craig Daily Press hit the streets, we have been bombarded with phone calls regarding our decisions on placement of our news coverage on the presidential election.

Craig briefs for Nov. 28

The 2008 Craig Lions Club Parade of Lights takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, beginning at the Craig Middle School parking lot, 915 Yampa Ave. The parade is scheduled to travel south on Yampa Avenue, west on Victory Way, north on Ledford Street and disperse at Centennial Mall parking lot, 1111 W. Victory Way.

Moffat County Neighbor: Brianna Moralez

Name: Brianna Moralez

Christina M. Currie: The biggest turkey

Classic Spice: The following column originally ran in the Daily Press on Nov. 23, 2007. New 'Touch of Spice' columns return next Friday.

Thursday, November 27

Bill Harding: Take a moment to give thanks this holiday

Happy Thanksgiving

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Structural steel work begins on new hospital

The Memorial Hospital's new building is going vertical.

Cathy Hamilton: Thanksgiving debacle of 1991

When it comes to Thanksgiving cooking, I'm a total turkey.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course still open

Haymaker Golf Course - closed. Catamount Golf Club - closed. Meeker Golf Course - closed. Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club - closed. Steamboat Golf Club - closed. Yampa Valley Golf Course - open for business.

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Energy companies plan for regional pullout

The lights are dimming on Northwest Colorado's energy future.

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MCHS graduates return to Craig for Thanksgiving

Sean Smith's biggest reason for spending Thanksgiving in Craig isn't really big at all.

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Terminal flies at airport

Crews lift new building onto its foundation after more than a year of work

Ray Beck was giddy Monday about the long-awaited arrival of the new terminal building at the Craig/Moffat County Airport.

Datebook for Nov. 27


Police Blotter for Nov. 27

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs for Nov. 27

Gingerbread House Contest deadline is Dec. 5

Wednesday, November 26

Wall, county spar over fees

Commissioners want details about legal bill; sheriff refuses

Routt County Commissioners want more information before they will pay a $6,700 legal bill forwarded to them by the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

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Ski area opens today

Trails of all levels open for Scholarship Day

Ten trails and two lifts will be open today at the Steamboat Ski Area, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday. The Christie Peak Express and Preview lifts will start at 8:30 a.m. for Scholarship Day. The open trails are: Desperado, for lessons; upper Boulevard; Headwall North; Lil' Rodeo, with some of the terrain park; Preview; lower Right-O-Way; Stampede; Jess' Cut-Off; Sitz; and See Ya.

Our View: Time to give thanks

Moffat County residents have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.

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El Pomar gives $1M to state nonprofits

David Freseman didn't know what to say.

Council amends outdoor vendor regulations

The Craig City Council has taken a first step toward reforming its outdoor vendor ordinance, a move the mayor said was prompted by a recent visit from a regional car dealership.

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Border war goes to Baggs

Shorthanded Bulldogs no match for Rattlers

CRAIG - Girls ball, boys ball, it didn't matter.

Chris Gingrich: Possible pickups for playoffs

This week I've noticed a few quarterbacks and a couple running backs who could help out fantasy football teams headed into the playoffs. The fantasy football playoffs start with week 15 and go through week 16, so if you're looking for some last-minute talent to help you with your run, now is the time to scour the waiver wire in search of help.

Caroline Dotson: 'Invention of Hugo Cabret' wins Caldecott Medal

Each year, the Caldecott Medal is awarded to the children's book with the most distinguished illustrations; the 2008 medal went to "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick.

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Dog trainers earn certification

Grandbouche: Expanding industry requires diversification

The dog training industry is changing, and two of its local practitioners are trying to keep up.

TMH hires family practitioner

Second new doctor hired in weeks

A new family practitioner has accepted a job offer from The Memorial Hospital, TMH Chief Executive Officer George Rohrich told the hospital's board at its meeting Tuesday night.

Police Blotter for Nov. 26

Moffat County Jail

Datebook for Nov. 26


Craig briefs for Nov. 26

Craig briefs for Nov. 26

Maria Mosman: Be careful driving

To the editor:

Tuesday, November 25

County hires Denver firm for study

Project to determine feasibility of moving courtrooms to Safety Center

Moffat County has hired an architecture firm to draw up plans for renovating the Public Safety Center with courtrooms, beginning a long process with an uncertain end.

Datebook for Nov. 25

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.

Thanksgiving meals offered in Craig

For those who prefer not to cook - and those who prefer not to do the dishes - there are plenty of other places in Craig to get a full meal this Thanksgiving.

Dinosaur Social Services office staffed with local

After five months of uncertainty, Moffat County Social Services staffed its Dinosaur office with a permanent clerk from the town.

Senior Spotlight for Nov. 25

The yearly turkey time is in full swing. By this time next week, turkeys will be hashed, mashed and anyway else a person can eat turkey. But right now, turkey sounds real good, dinner-wise. You all have a real good Thanksgiving and all that goes with it.

Maren Schmidt: My heroes have always been cowboys

You can take the girl out of Oklahoma, but you can't take Oklahoma out of the girl. Even though I left Oklahoma in 1964 when I was 8 years old, I still join in at every opportunity for a rousing chorus of "Oklahoma!"

Sports weekly wrap-up for Nov. 25

Each Tuesday, the Craig Daily Press will review the past week in Moffat County sports, with complete team and individual statistics, along with a team schedule and results.

Jennifer L. Grubbs: Ice cubes and good china

This year will mark my first Thanksgiving spent without at least one member of my family.

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Football banquet shows Bulldogs all grown up

Oohs and awes accompanied raucous applause from the darkly lit Moffat County High School auditorium.

Craig briefs for Nov. 25

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three to four people to participate on its next editorial board, which begins Jan. 1, 2009. Editorial board members will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays to discuss the paper's opinion pieces for the following week's Wednesday and Saturday papers. Editorial board terms last three months. To apply, call Editor Jennifer L. Grubbs at 875-1790, or e-mail

Police blotter for Nov. 25

Moffat County Jail Thursday, Nov. 20 Lytle Paul Alderman, 54, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Cole White: Chinese free Christmas

Chinese free Christmas

Monday, November 24

Police Blotter for Nov. 23

Moffat County Jail

Business beat: Happy Thanksgiving

I will not be writing this column next week, but I will return the week after that.

Craig sports briefs for Nov. 24

CMS boys basketball team falls

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Not your typical rebuilding plan

MCHS grapplers back to prove last year is history

One. For a team that has grown accustomed to annually fielding one of the top high school wrestling squads in the state, the number above - MCHS' state wrestling tournament placers of a year ago - is tough to swallow.

Aging Well: Live orchestra helps older adults leave cares behind

It's hard denying that life, for many people, has become more difficult. Even in tough times, however, it's nice to know that pleasures such as music can bring a much-needed lift to the soul.

H. Neal Glanville: 'Accidental' the wrong word

Well Craig, we've been robbed. A promising life has been taken from us.

Sandy Beran: How little we know

After reading about the investigation of Christopher Wilson's death, I was struck by how little we know about one another.

Jackie Welch: Actions were cruel

Cat person or dog person, which one are you?

Datebook for Nov. 24


Student news: Emily Gilchrist

Emily Gilchrist will serve as makeup artist for Hastings College production of "The Arkansaw Bear" on Dec. 5, 6 and 7.

Take it slow on ice and snow

Motorists urged to winterize vehicles, review safety tips, check conditions

As winter slowly sets in on Colorado, particularly over the mountain passes, Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance crews have begun their winter patrols.

DA awaits word on deal offer

Hearing continued for former Social Services employee

A court appearance for a former Moffat County Social Services employee accused of distributing drugs from a government office was continued last week in Moffat County District.

District stands to gain with grants

As much as $490,383 could be awarded

The Moffat County School District currently has stake in four grants totaling up to $490,383 for district programs, traffic safety and security upgrades.

Andy Bockelman: 'Madagascar' makes for good escape

Sequel operates on higher level than original movie

As the pulsating techno beat starts up, viewers begin to "move it, move it" to the animated sequel "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa."

Craig briefs for Nov. 24

Work skills survey is online

Saturday, November 22

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Not another Pinedale

Environmental Coalition and Pinedale, Wyo., residents warn of energy impacts

Rita Donham came to Craig with a warning. "I guarantee, the land will change when the energy industry moves in," she said during the Colorado Environmental Coalition's "Murky views, acrid air" presentation on Bureau of Land Management practices in Wyoming, held Nov. 19.

Too hot for elk

Warm weather blamed for hunter troubles

With continued warm weather during the last week of rifle season, hunters continued to have minimal success finding animals.

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New Hayden High School building has grand opening today

One of Kevin Kleckler's former students dropped by the new vocational education center Tuesday to check things out.

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Hayden says goodbye

Memorial service for Robert 'Bobby' Donelson fills high school gym

Hundreds of friends, family members and classmates packed the Hayden High School gymnasium Friday afternoon to remember Robert "Bobby" Donelson in an emotional memorial service, with black and orange ribbons pinned to their clothes in his memory.

Our view: No excuses accepted

At a Veterans Day event held at Moffat County High School, turnout was down.

Chuck Mack: Part 3: Getting to our (2nd) home

Oct. 21 - We planned on going back out into the sand to play this morning. Darn, before we got ready to go, it started raining. We will have to see what takes place. We are a fairly easy day's drive from our Oklahoma home on the Lake.

Ellen Johnson: Comment out of context

The last remark made toward me Nov. 14 regarding my letter on President-elect Barack Obama's picture on the back page: Quote: "and really, do you seriously think you qualify to say whether Obama is right in the eyes of God?"

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A hurt that 'never goes away'

Grand Junction couple hoping against odds to locate missing daughter

Evening. Nov. 21, 1979. The small, pretty girl with blonde hair, blue eyes and an easy smile is getting ready at her parents' Hayden home. The night's plans revolve around a 4-H dance a town over, at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, in Craig.

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All about kids, learning

Roberson chosen as 2008 Outstanding 4-H Leader for 2008

Joanne Roberson likes photography and scrapbooking; she studied photography and art in school; she likes substituting for teachers; and she likes kids - with a big emphasis on the kids.

Paul and Mona Blee: Help find our daughter

Today marks the 29th year since our daughter, Marie Blee, went to a dance in Craig and never came back home to Hayden, where we lived at that time.

CNCC spring 2009 pre-registration begins next week

Conversational Chinese, a certified pool operator course, watercolor painting, oral history and a QuickBooks crash course.

Andy Bockelman: 'Quantum' not the solace it should be

After 46 years, 22 official films and six actors, the James Bond film franchise still keeps an audience, primarily in the latest release, "Quantum of Solace."

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Craig's early gas stations

With the dramatic decline in gas prices during the past several months after record highs this summer, a fill up doesn't seem to hurt nearly so bad, at least for awhile.

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Moffat County loses to Rock Springs, 4-3

Too little, too late. The Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club scored two goals in the final four minutes of Friday's game against visiting Rock Springs, but it couldn't overcome a three-goal deficit, eventually falling, 4-3.

MCHS set to host 4-team scrimmage

Midway through the practice season, Moffat County High School boys basketball coach Steve Maneotis wants to see how his team has progressed.

Datebook for Nov. 22

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Operation Christmas Child shoebox drop off takes place at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. Call Julie Grobe at 824-5222 or 276-3926.

Craig briefs for Nov. 22

Steve Sharp Transportation will have a wide load traveling down Colorado Highway 13 from the Wyoming-Colorado border Monday morning. The load is approximately 24-feet wide and will block other traffic on the. It is expected to cross the Colorado state line at 7 a.m. Monday.

Police blotter for Nov. 22

Deputies responded to five civil problems.

Friday, November 21

Police blotter for Nov. 21

Jamie Lynette Mitchell, 24, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Sheriff's Office on a warrant.

Moffat County Neighbor: Sandra King

Occupation: Realtor

E.V. Peterson: Having no TV guide is a bad idea

I was both surprised and irritated to see the announcement about discontinuing printing the TV listings, both daily and weekly. Your excuses don't wash with the older generation these days, especially when they are continually battling with tight budgets.

Christina M. Currie: Shelling out

Christmas is coming. There's no way that fact is sneaking up on anybody. I mean, please, I had to drag my girls away from the bedecked and bedazzling pine trees to reach the Halloween costumes.

Craig briefs for Nov. 21

Gov. Bill Ritter ordered that both the United States flag and the Colorado state flag be lowered on all public buildings throughout Colorado today in honor of Sgt. Jonnie Stiles, 38, of Highlands Ranch.

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Caring for parents a choice for local couple

In 1994, Donna Beason made a decision. After Donna's father died the year before, her mother, Mable Beaulieu, was left alone. At that point, Donna had a choice: either put Mable in an assisted living facility or care for her herself. Donna chose the latter.

Jerry, Harry, Larry Seip and families: Thanks for support

The family of Leetha Hellman would like to express our gratitude and love to everyone who supported us throughout her illness and passing. Your visits to her during her illness and your cards, food, flowers, telephone calls, donations on her behalf and other expressions of support made our difficult time so much easier.

Pastor Bob Woods: Risky lifestyle is worthwhile

The worst nightmare of every mother happened to a woman who was stopped at a traffic light. Suddenly, a stranger opened the passenger door of her car, grabbed her 2-month-old baby, and ran. Her motherly instincts took over. She jumped out and ran after him. A protective mother can move with austere speed. When she got close, the man threw her baby into a ditch and kept on running. Miraculously, the child was not hurt.

Layoffs affect 16 at Ski and Resort Corp.

Diamond: Not all impacted workers will lose jobs outright

This week's layoffs affected 16 Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. employees, Ski Corp. President Chris Diamond confirmed Thursday.

Debbie Knez: Daily Press coverage disrespected President-elect Barack Obama

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, was a day of American history in the making. It was a major historical event that our children will no doubt be required to learn about in school. The Steamboat Today shows his picture as front-page news. The first paragraph states, "Barack Obama swept to victory as the nation's first black president Tuesday night in an electoral college landslide that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself."

Diane Prather: Perfect for Thanksgiving: Pumpkin chiffon Pie

Last December, former Craig resident Julie Jones-Eddy, who now lives in Colorado Springs, sent me her mother's recipe for pumpkin chiffon pie." Julie wrote that their family always enjoyed the pie on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

ILC loses Section 8 program

Rent-assistance vouchers go through Grand Junction

As of Nov. 5, the Grand Junction Housing Authority took control of all Section 8 housing vouchers in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. Colorado Division of Housing officials said they took the program away from the Independent Life Center in Craig because it could not meet federal administration requirements. Section 8 vouchers pay the majority of a person's rent on a scale dependent upon income and number of children. Eligibility is based on the same factors.

MCTA collects 15 director applications

Group also ready to accept 2009 funding requests

The Moffat County Tourism Association received 15 applications for its executive director position since advertising a couple of weeks ago and is no longer taking resumes.

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Drug case nears a close

Sentences have been handed down to 10 of 11 distribution suspects

Ten of 11 people charged earlier this year in connection with a drug distribution ring have been convicted in Moffat County District Court, the most recent coming Thursday night following a jury's verdict. Charges against the suspects stemmed from an All Crimes Enforcement Team investigation into methamphetamine and cocaine distribution.

District prepares for 4th elementary school

Board reviews proposed changes to student, teacher distribution

The Moffat County School District is planning for its next big change. District administrators and staff are drafting ways to redistribute students and staff for the 2009-10 school year after the current Craig Intermediate School is transformed into the district's fourth elementary school.

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Moffat County cheers

More than 100 hours of practice has come down to this. The Moffat County High School spirit squad competes in the state regional tournament Saturday in Grand Junction, with a season's worth of hard work bottled into a 2-minute routine at Mesa State University.

Datebook for Nov. 21

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

Thursday, November 20

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Great American Smokeout is today

If improving your health isn't enough of an incentive to finally kick the smoking habit, maybe money is.

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Craig men on strike

Bowling championship draws local competition to Thunder Rolls

Lyda Vernon has been bowling for at least 30 years, yet the accomplishment had somehow managed to elude his grasp.

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Economy, prepare for takeoff

Local and state specialists highlight perceived advantages of general aviation

Mike Forney posed a big question Wednesday.

Craig briefs for Nov. 20

MCHS musical begins run tonight

Police blotter for Nov. 18

Justin Warren, 37, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Cathy Hamilton: Stirred by Bond gadgets

Why are men so gaga over James Bond movies?

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Veterans Hotline: Send troops mail

The U.S. Postal Service recommends sendnig mail to troops ASAP. All Holiday mail for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan should be mailed by Dec. 4 to arrive before Christmas. The USPS is running articles in the Daily Press "Local" feature regarding their services and deadlines. Read them and comply so our young service men and women know that public support still exists for their sacrifices in our behalf.

DOLA critical for local government

Changing rules and decreases in available funding worrisome

City and county officials said the Colorado Department of Local Affairs is a significant funding source for local government needs and should remain so as long as there's money.

Datebook for Nov. 20

8 a.m. to noon. Craig Workforce Center will host an open house at 480 Barclay St. for "Keep Colorado Working Day." Find out about the services available at the local work force center. For information, call 824-3246.

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Hayden remembers Robert 'Bobby' Donelson

Robert "Bobby" Donelson was remembered Wednesday as a friendly classmate and capable woodworker with an easy smile. Bobby died Tuesday afternoon after collapsing on Hayden High School's football field. He was 15.

Local DOLA request almost $2 million

Local government and other groups plan to apply for at least $1.9 million from the Colorado Division of Local Affairs in the agency's December grant cycle.

Frazier East project gears up

59-acre annexation development plans new homes, commercial space

After a period of little to no visible activity, progress on the newly annexed land west of Craig began this week.

Wednesday, November 19

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Just punching the clock

Quality employees in high demand but short supply

When it comes to finding employees with a strong work ethic, Cindy Looper said she's seen businesses from across the spectrum struggle.

Colorado Division of Wildlife extends youth hunts

The Colorado Division of Wildlife announced Monday it has some openings remaining for a cow elk youth hunt Dec. 6 and 7 on private land in the Meeker area.

Datebook for Nov. 19

7 p.m. The Colorado Environmental Coalition hosts a public presentation at the Center of Craig, Sixth Street and Yampa Avenue, on effects of energy development in Colorado. The meeting is open to the public. Call the Environmental Coalition at 824-5241.

Police blotter for Nov. 17

Mark E. Freestone, 30, address unlisted, was booked into Moffat County Jail on third-degree assault.

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Caroline's Critiques: Pulitzer winner 'Oscar Wao' takes some work to get into

The 2008 Pulitzer Prize went to Junot Diaz for his first novel, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao."

TMH hires second OB/GYN

Saint Joseph Hospital resident to start July 2009

The Memorial Hospital reached an agreement Friday with a second obstetrician/gynecologist who will join TMH next year.

County approves incentives for select businesses

The Moffat County Commission has more in common with the thoughts of Darcy Trask, Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership director, than it previously thought.

CNCC seeks grant for career, technical building

The wait is on for Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Our View: Jump starting smart growth

Craig has an opportunity to make an investment in future growth and long-term profits.

Moffat County School Board agenda for Nov. 20

4 p.m. work session Thursday

Rec center campaign put on hold

The Community Recreation Center Steering Committee will hold off on asking local residents to fund a new rec center.

Hayden boy dies during class

15-year-old student collapses while exercising with classmates

A 15-year-old Hayden High School student died Tuesday of cardiac arrest on the school's football field at about 1 p.m.

Jennifer Stagner and the Moffat County FFA Alumni: Thanks for FFA support

The FFA Alumni would like to thank Murdoch's, Planet Powersports and Craig Sports for their help and generosity during our Moffat County FFA Alumni fundraiser.

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Fantasy fix: Stock up for later in season

Some players you might not have considered in your fantasy basketball draft or passed up on the waiver wire are starting to make some noise in the association. There are also a few injured players floating around on the waiver wire who are sure to be a valuable commodity in December when they make their returns to action.

Tuesday, November 18

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Craig native returns to Middle East after 18-day leave

Home and Iraq again

The world was a different place June 5, 2001, the day Talon Jayne enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Craig briefs for Nov. 18

Craig briefs for Nov. 18

Open house held at Workforce Center

Employers and prospective employees are invited to an open house "matchmaking" Thursday at the Craig Workforce Center, 480 Barclay St.

Meeting attendants consider qualities for school leader

Experience, communication skills and a willingness to live in a rural area were among the characteristics community members said they would like to see in the Moffat County School District's next superintendent.

John Vandelinder: Weekly wrap-up

Each Tuesday, the Craig Daily Press will review the past week in Moffat County sports, with complete team and individual statistics, along with a team schedule and results.

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Bulldogs use balanced attack to dismiss Cowboys

A team effort

Two out of three isn't bad.

Police Blotter for Nov. 18

Moffat County Jail

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Datebook for Nov. 18


Work, Life Skills program seeks feedback

Online survey results will help guide curriculum for new program

The Moffat County Work and Life Skills Program Coalition is attempting to narrow down the list of workforce skills it would teach to local students in its upcoming new program.

TV: Times, they are a changin'

How many people watch TV the same way they did 15 years ago? How about five years ago? One year ago?

Maren Schmidt: Choosing thankfulness

About six months ago at a conference, I noticed an unusual number of people wearing purple plastic wristbands. I didn't think much about it, imagining that the bands must be in support of a worthy cause.

Monday, November 17

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Datebook for Nov. 17

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Operation Christmas Child shoebox drop off takes place at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. Call Julie Grobe at 824-5222 or 276-3926.

H. Neal Glanville: Grandpa's stories came to life

As a young man, I would listen to the stories my grandfather and his brother, Blaine, would tell.

Assault victims group comes back

Support program open to domestic, sexual violence survivors

For someone who has gone through the trauma of domestic violence or sexual assault, talking about the experience can be difficult enough. Talking about it in a group setting, even more so.

Airport seminar coming Wednesday

Event informs about subsidized flight program

Air transportation, though not the most visible industry around Moffat County, is important to the regional economy, said Darcy Trask, director of Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership. The organization plans to host a panel discussion at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday about the issues surrounding the Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden and the Moffat County Regional Airport in Craig, as well as future plans for each.

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Hockey a passion for Puck Ewes women's team

After school is over, work is done and the family has been fed, daughters, wives and mothers around town are sneaking off. But there is nothing covert or secretive about where they run off to or what they're doing. These women are hockey players. Meet the Craig Puck Ewes.

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Bryce Jacobson: Open minds a good development

Your local government officials have continued their commitment to assisting new "primary jobs" being created in Craig. On Tuesday, the Craig City Council stood by its earlier change of heart.

Craig briefs for Nov. 17

Steve Sharp Transportation, of Cokeville, Wyo., is scheduled to bring an oversized/overweight load through the area today, the company announced in a news release.

Police blotter for Nov. 17

Firefighters responded to an EMS request for assistance.

2008 Moffat County 4-H Achievement Night Results

The following are the remaining results from the Nov. 7 Moffat County 4-H Achievement Night. The first part of the results were published in the Saturday Morning Press.

Aging Well: Awareness, positive outlook are key to diabetes care

Saundra Steele first noticed her vision problems on a routine drive to Craig. Road signs, which normally appeared clear, were blurry, even through her prescription glasses.

Saturday, November 15

G.I. Buffham: Thanks to voters

This letter is to thank the Moffat County voters who supported me for write-in candidate for Moffat County surveyor in the recent election. Thank you, and God bless America.

Karina Weiman: Shocked and amused

I am shocked and a bit amused about the amount of fuss that has been made regarding the Craig Daily Press' decision to put Barack Obama's picture on the last page of the paper the day after his election.

Chuck Mack: Exploring sand dunes

Well, now it is pretty near 7 p.m. Oct. 18. We spent the day in the sand dunes except for a lunch break.

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High school academic clubs plan to build from previous achievements

Last year's successes are paying off for two Moffat County High School academic clubs, both of which are using their newfound momentum to train new members while boosting the performance of older members.

Datebook for Nov. 15

10 a.m. The Craig Trap Club will hold its annual Turkey Shoot at the Craig Trap Club, west of Craig on Highway 40. Everyone is welcome for a fun day of shotgun shooting. The club will give away turkeys and other prizes.

Craig briefs for Nov. 15

Village Inn celebrates 50 years

Police blotter for Nov. 13

Officers responded to two reports of a suspicious person.

Our View: Ready to recycle

Instead of allowing our solid waste to simply be trucked off to a landfill, we can dispose of our trash in ways that are better for the environment.

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509 Yampa stands the test of time

Many of Craig's early residents added to the history of the town. The marks they left still can be seen today.

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Financial experts recommend riding out stock market struggles

"It worries me, because at my age, I need to be a little more conservative, but I just don't have a conservative personality," Pike said. "With the market as low as it is now, if you move your money now, you've lost that money. But, those people that stay in for the long term, they'll probably make that money back. I guess it just depends on how long you can wait."

An end and a beginning

Moffat County 4-H Achievement Night marks end of 2008 season

Katia Voloshin, 10, waited for one word on the night of Nov. 7.

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Still a perfect season

Rattlers slide past Bulldogs to win, remain undefeated

The Little Snake River Valley Middle School boys basketball team did something Thursday they had been waiting nearly a year to do.

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Back in the win column

CMS basketball team cruises past Soroco

With the goal of an undefeated season washed away Thursday night in Baggs, Wyo., the Craig Middle School boys basketball team sought a bit of redemption Friday against visiting South Routt County.

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Never say quit

Bulldog Hockey Club defeats Kremmling in comeback

At full strength for the first time this season, the Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club showed what it could do when the team is complete.

Friday, November 14

Moffat County Neighbor: Debbie Tomlin

Age: 45 Occupation: Nakita Mountain Spa owner Place of birth: Fresno, Calif.

Walt Vanatta: Police beat for October

Halloween ended a month of "dirty tricks" and "mistreatment." The actual celebration of Halloween, or "All Hallows' Day," now also known as All Saints' Day, had a long tradition dating back to Europe.

Craig briefs for Nov. 14

'Colorado Scenic Byways' authors to visit

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Healthier living for 2

New VNA program helps new, expectant mothers quit smoking

Acetone, arsenic, ammonia. Candle wax, carbon monoxide, lighter fluid.

Datebook for Nov. 14


Daily Press looking for hunting tales, photos

Are you a hunter who has an interesting story of how you bagged your buck? Do you have a picture of your prized kill?

DA, public defender agree to deal

Murder solicitation charge dismissed against Craig man

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office and the attorney for a Craig man charged with soliciting murder settled on a plea agreement Monday in Moffat County District Court.

County releases official results

Election process complete after canvass board survey

Moffat County election results are now official.

Christina M. Currie: The parent report

Parent/teacher conferences always were nerve wracking. You're pretty sure that there's no cause for concern, but when you know two people are meeting to talk about you, there's no telling what will come up.

Andy Bockelman: 'W.' a balanced presidential portrait

In times of political strife, America needs a leader who can make the tough calls when necessary - you know, a "decider." And thus, we scrutinize the title character of "W."

Diane Prather: A delicious 'Impossible Pie'

This week's intriguing first recipe might become part of your Thanksgiving menu. Give it a try, and see what you think. That's what I'm going to do this coming weekend.

Paula Reed: Please return glasses

On Oct. 25, a friend and I held a yard sale across from the school administration building.

Police Blotter for Nov. 12

Moffat County Jail

Pastor Bob Woods: Audacity of hope in our hearts

The weather forecast in a newspaper said "there is a 90 percent chance of tomorrow."

Francone takes the reins

New MCHS swim coach primed for season

The Moffat County High School girls swimming team had to replace more than just the Conci sisters this past offseason.

Visitor Center remodel has cloudy future

Project may depend on available funding

The only certain thing about plans to expand the Moffat County Visitor Center is that nothing is certain.

Barb Parnell: Help yourself quit

The American Cancer Society is urging thousands of tobacco users across the country to give up their tobacco products for the day and perhaps a lifetime Nov. 20 for the Great American Smokeout.

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Toning up, tuning in

MCHS junior 3rd in family to qualify for state choir event

The names of Daniel McClellan's older brothers hang on a plaque in the Moffat County High School choir room, reminding him that he's repeating history.

Moffat County Housing Authority agenda

Moffat County Housing Authority

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Snake bitten

Rattlers end CMS 5-game win streak

In a middle school basketball matchup between two undefeated teams, somebody had to leave with a loss.

Thursday, November 13

Superintendent search group seeks input

Public meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday

Community members who want to have a say in selecting Moffat County School District's next superintendent will soon get their wish.

Sherry Sampson: Appreciating veterans

On behalf of the entire Moffat County Public Libraries Craig branch staff, and myself, I would like to extend our genuine appreciation to all veterans. I would especially like to thank Bill Harding, Harold and Joan Bates, Don Kronk and Jon Forgay for their participation in the Children's Story Hour on Nov. 6.

Craig briefs for Nov. 13

The Moffat County High School swimming pool is now open for public swimming. Lap swimming takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 12 to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Recreational swimming will immediately follow lap swimming. The pool closes at 8:15 p.m. weeknights and at 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 826-6557.

Veterans Hotline: Looking for WWII veterans, sponsors for honor flights

GRAND JUNCTION - WWII Veterans of Western Colorado are now one step closer to visiting their long-awaited WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., thanks to a group of patriotic citizens in Grand Junction. The Honor Flight Network Headquarters announced the formation of a new hub, Western Slope Honor Flight. The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America's veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and the ultimate sacrifices of their friends. The goal of Western Slope Honor Flight is to make this dream a reality for local members of "The Greatest Generation" who have waited so long for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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MCHS basketball teams back to work

Step in to the Moffat County High School gymnasium at about 6 p.m. this week - or next week, or the week after - and what you'll see closely resembles a shift change at the local power plant.

Datebook for Nov. 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.

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No errors found in election results

Canvass board to finish counting duties today

The general election is almost over. Although ballots were cast more than a week ago, the county has begun digging through the votes to make sure the numbers add up, which is where the volunteer canvass board comes in.

Cathy Hamilton: How far we've come

There was a slumber party every other weekend in seventh grade.

Daily Press no longer printing TV listings

Daily Press readers may have noticed a change on the Entertainment page in the past week.

Police blotter for Nov. 13

Moffat County Jail Monday, Nov. 10 Christopher Shane Wenthold, 44, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Craig City Council reconsiders business incentives

The Craig City Council has changed its mind about government incentives for private industry.

Wednesday, November 12

Police arrest man in connection with teen death

21-year-old in jail on suspicion of contributing to a minor

A 21-year-old Craig man was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Moffat County Jail on suspicion of buying alcohol for minors, one of whom died in an alcohol-related accident.

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Larger Haven dining room open; community center nearly ready

Getting bigger and better

The first segment of the Haven Assisted Living Center's expansion has opened to good reviews.

Chris Gingrich: Claim these waiver wire contributors

We're halfway through the NFL season, and it's time to take a look at what moves have paid off for my top fantasy football teams, and a few players to claim off the waiver wire for Week 11.

Ellen Johnson: Obama photo

I am asking you a simple question: Why was President-elect Obama's picture placed on the last page of the newspaper the day after he was elected?

Police blotter for Nov. 12

Moffat County Jail Wednesday, Nov. 5 Gabriel Ryan King, 26, of Montrose, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Our view: Election participation vital

Thank you, Moffat County voters, for participating in the 2008 general election in record numbers.

Murder trial vacated

Judge orders delay while awaiting Supreme Court ruling

A Moffat County District Court judge has agreed with a prosecution motion to delay a murder trial, which was scheduled to begin next month.

Carlsons: Grand thank you

We would like to say thank you for helping us celebrate our grand opening.

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Speaker: Meth takes 'humanity out of the human'

Forensic hygienist makes presentations on 'clandestine' meth labs

A "tweaker" to-do list, highlighted Tuesday in a presentation by a forensic hygienist, underscored the scattered and potentially dangerous mind of someone locked in a cycle of methamphetamine addiction.

Datebook for Nov. 12

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

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MCHS freshman cheerleader going to Hawaii

Michele Porter knew it was bound to happen.

Craig briefs for Nov. 12

The Craig Chapter of the Ducks Unlimited will host its 28th annual banquet Saturday. Mike and Mardi Anson are the co-chairpeople this year.

Andrea Minor: Help Humane Society

I am a former Craig resident. Although I do not miss the winters in Northwest Colorado, I do miss working with the great folks in the Humane Society of Moffat County. They do an awesome job of finding homes for unwanted pets in your area. This year, like most, they have too many cats and kittens in the shelter and need to find foster homes for some until permanent, loving homes can be found. The other benefit of foster homes is that it provides a social environment for these cats so they are better adapted to life with children and other pets.

Daily Press seeks hunt submissions

Are you a hunter who has an interesting story about how you bagged your buck? Do you have a picture of your prized kill?

Caroline Dotson: Rice does her homework for 'Christ The Lord'

Ann Rice was the author who birthed America's love for vampires. She has written thriller/horror novels, but since 1998, she has turned away from her atheist perspective back to her Catholic roots. "Christ The Lord: Out of Egypt" is Rice's first novel since her transition.

Local businesses appear at council

Representatives appear en masse for liquor license approvals

Local business owners have seemingly taken notice of the Craig City Council's tougher stance on liquor licenses.

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Veterans Day service draws in smaller crowd than last year

Gray clouds hung over snow-dusted hills south of Craig on Tuesday morning.

Les and Rose Hutton: Great young man

Expecting a long, hard winter, my husband and I had three cords of wood delivered. We were getting ready to stack it, when a lady we didn't know stopped by and said her son would be there after school, the next day to help us. She said he would have to quit at 5:30 to go to practice. His mother said he needed to learn to "give back." What a pleasant surprise!

Tuesday, November 11

Government update for Nov. 8

Moffat County Commission

Pilots to honor airport

State group selects Steamboat Springs facility for annual award

Steamboat Springs Airport soared above the competition to earn honors from the Colorado Pilots Association.

Tayyara sets goals for second term

Republican incumbent Saed Tayyara received the most votes of any Moffat County Commission candidate in the Nov. 4 general election.

Maren Schmidt: Hungry, hungry planet

A recent museum exhibit, Hungry Planet, showed photographs of 12 families from around the world along with the food they ate for a week.

Police Blotter for Nov. 9

Moffat County Jail

County for coal

Commission signs resolution supporting coal industry

The Moffat County Commission is concerned for the future of coal and natural gas.

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'Kind of a hobby'

Carlson family opens Sports Connection in Centennial Mall

Feeling as though Craig needed somewhere for athletes to gear up for their respective seasons, Todd and Cena Carlson put their heads together.

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Love, military style

Local couple met, married while serving in different branches

When service members came to The Tavern, a hangout at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, they usually came looking for an evening's entertainment.

Weekly wrap-up

Each Tuesday, the Craig Daily Press will review the past week in Moffat County sports, with complete team and individual statistics, along with a team schedule and results.

Craig briefs for Nov. 11

CSU seeks poetry submissions

Senior Spotlight for Nov. 11

The frost was on the pumpkins and just about everything else. When I was a child, Jack Frost would come.

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Judge grants stay in Culverwell case

A judge's order will keep Rodney Culverwell out of Moffat County Jail for the foreseeable future.

MCHS to perform 'Crazy For You'

3 evening performances, 1 matinee scheduled for next week

Daniel Mullens, Moffat County High School director of choral activities, has an idea of what his students will feel next week.

Jennifer L. Grubbs: Big night for political junkies

I fully admit to being a political junkie.

Datebook for Nov. 11


Monday, November 10

Monty R. Ages: Concerned about case

It concerns me very much that a public defender for our area feels compelled to side with the criminal element of our community.

Police Blotter for Nov. 10

Moffat County Jail

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Aging Well: VNA Companion Care program eases daily burdens, keeps clients independent

When Carol O'Hare planned to have her knee replaced, she knew her active, independent lifestyle would be on hold - at least during her initial recovery, when she wouldn't be able to walk or drive.

Craig sports brief for Nov. 10

CMS moves to 5-0

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In the middle of the pack

Bulldogs split 4-game season-opening home stand

Above the bottom, but not quite at the top. To coach Gene Carson, that's right about where he said he feels his team is after splitting a four-game home stand with Grand Valley on opening weekend of the club hockey season.

Craig briefs for Nov. 10

Speaker talks about meth labs Tuesday

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A decade to SHARE

Participants look at organization's past, future

Sometimes, it pays to persevere. That's a lesson Karen Gibson, Friendship United Methodist Church co-pastor, learned 10 years ago.

Bryce Jacobson: New buildings popping up in Craig

As you drive down Victory Way from the east, you will see a couple of new buildings.

Datebook for Nov. 10


COMA: Meth presentations protect 'buyer and seller'

Effects on real estate will be discussed at events

In a continuing effort to education the public about methamphetamine, Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse is sponsoring a Tuesday appearance by a Bailey-based industrial hygienist, who will share "his extensive knowledge about meth and meth labs."

Saturday, November 8

Our View: It's 'Kum Ba Yah' time

The election is over, and not a moment too soon.

Craig briefs for Nov. 8

Craig briefs for Nov. 8

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Upcoming campaign to focus on violence prevention, awareness

Advocates plans to use recently awarded grant to fund undertaking

Simply responding isn't enough. That's the stance one local group has taken against sexual assault, domestic violence and related crimes.

Datebook for Nov. 8


Tammy Stewart: Putting in resignation

To the editor:

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MCHS conferences keep parents in the know

Teacher: Parent involvement can help struggling students

On Thursday night, Moffat County High School was bustling with noise and movement long after the last bell had rung.

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Still perfect

CMS steals win with 10 points in final 3 minutes as it moves to 4-0

CJ Chavez knew it was just a matter of time. With three minutes and 18 seconds remaining in Friday's basketball game against visiting Steamboat Springs, Chavez saw his opening.

DA-elect preparing for office

Filling current vacancies a focus in interim

A Tuesday night election party for Elizabeth Oldham, the 14th Judicial District Attorney-elect, ended without her definitively knowing the outcome of her bid against Democrat Tammy Stewart.

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Loyd DeuPree III - one of Craig's best

In addition to raising prime livestock and produce, Moffat County also has produced some wonderful people. Loyd DeuPree certainly was one of the best.

Intervention program unites parents, teachers

Craig resident Lorna Tunks laughed ruefully when she remembered scenes from last year.

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Prosecution reply paves way for judge's ruling

Attorneys attempt to resolve trial date question

Prosecutors trying Terry Hankins' first-degree murder case responded Friday to ongoing written motions in the case, replying to a previous argument made by the defense.

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Changing season brings few surprises

Ranchers say they can count on weather this time of year

Although there certainly can be surprises, area residents can count on weather conditions to be pretty much the same in Moffat County, year after year.

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Mixed messages

DOW: Hunter, landowner needs in conflict

Hunters staying at the KOA Campgrounds in Craig usually have one reaction to this year's hunts. "They're livid," KOA owner Patt McCaffrey said.

Police Blotter for Nov. 8

Moffat County Jail

Ted Crook: Election went well

To the editor:

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Culverwell appeals sentence

Rancher convicted of wildlife crimes Sept. 5

The defense for Rodney Culverwell filed an appeal Wednesday, challenging four felony and 11 misdemeanor convictions that resulted from his trial earlier this year.

Carol Scott: Help with pet adoption

To the editor:

Sue Thompson: Health care needs

To the editor:

Chuck Mack: Heading east, playing on the dunes

Chuck and Alberta Mack moved from their Colorado home to their Oklahoma home in October. Chuck chronicled their trip for the Daily Press.

Friday, November 7

Diane Prather: Leftover zucchini? Make Zucchies

Early morning is my favorite time of day. In between chores, I enjoy a cup of coffee while I write my column. I savor the letters from my readers then, too. One of last week's letters came from Salliann Owens, of Loveland. (She has previously contributed to this column.)

Police Blotter for Nov. 7

Moffat County Jail

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Winter wonderland

Cedar Mountain can be seen off in the distance, covered in snow from Loudy-Simpson Park.

Failed amendments invoke mixed reactions

Although Moffat County is a community relatively isolated from the rest of Colorado, local residents held strong beliefs on statewide ballot questions in the Nov. 4 general election.

MCTA approves $1,500 for tourist stops

Craig resident Carol Jacobson is embarrassed.

Datebook for Nov. 7


Moffat County Neighbor: Brandi Cole

Name: Brandi Cole

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Bulldogs on ice

Hockey season-opener this weekend

After what coach Gene Carson called a disappointing finish last season, the Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club begins another push toward a Frozen Four berth Saturday.

Bob Woods: Choices: Mosquito or honeybee?

If you think a mosquito is small and has little influence, try sleeping in a hot room at night with just one of those little blood-suckers - remember its high-pitched whine and its sharp little stinger.

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MCHS seniors tackle their 1st election

Both students turned 18 on Election Day

Hannah Jones stood amid a growing line Tuesday morning, waiting to do something she had never done before.

Passed, failed amendments to affect local education groups

There were mixed results Tuesday on amendments local education groups took a stand on.

Christina M. Currie: Peewee politics

Nine-year-old cousin Isiac is moving to Canada. Or maybe Mexico.

Craig briefs for Nov. 7

Craig briefs for Nov. 7

Thursday, November 6

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Less amount of snowfall expected this winter

Not like last time

Craig resident Joe Byrd said he was glad to see snow falling, if only to get the county's big game herds moving around to where hunters can find them.

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Harrison leads Spartans to home-opening win

Call it a clean sweep.

Datebook for Nov. 6


Oldham wins in D.A. race

Grand County chose ADA over challenger Stewart by large margin

Steamboat Springs - Final results from Grand County on Wednesday morning confirmed the victory of Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham in Tuesday's District Attorney race.

Craig briefs for Nov. 6

Craig briefs for Nov. 6

Bill Harding: Honor flight network opening hub in Grand Junction

The National Honor Flight Network announced the formation of a hub in western Colorado. The goal of this Western Slope Honor Flight group is to make it possible for WWII veterans and their caregivers to go to Washington, D.C. and visit the WWII Memorial and capital. This includes a free flight, meals, overnight accommodations and motor coach services while in D.C.

Cathy Hamilton: Cheap up the road from crazy

If cheap is the new black, color me the doyenne of hip. I come by my frugality honestly. My mother - who cringes at the word "cheap" (I prefer 'inexpensive.' 'Cheap' is crass.") -taught me well. Unfortunately, it took me years to recognize the brilliance in her thriftiness.

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CNCC women's basketball wins home-opener by 10

Having missed her five previous shots from behind the three-point line Wednesday, CNCC guard Carmellita Begay wasn't going to be deterred.

Voter turnout reaches record high

Recently updated data shows a record number of Moffat County voters turned out for the 2008 general election.

Wednesday, November 5

John Salazar easily defeats Wayne Wolf

Salazar had appeared to be in a close race early in the evening with Wolf, a Delta County commissioner, but his lead widened as votes from the San Luis Valley were counted.

Udall cruises past Schaffer

Udall managed to shake the "Boulder liberal" label to beat former Congressman Bob Schaffer in a race billed as one of the most competitive nationwide.

Oldham takes victory in DA race

Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham won a close race Tuesday for District Attorney of the 14th Judicial District, despite losing Routt County to opponent Tammy Stewart.

Smooth morning sailing at Centennial Mall

Centennial Mall: 7 a.m. Before the polls opened Tuesday morning, Moffat County voters already were lining up in Centennial Mall to cast their ballots.

Voters trickle into Maybell polls

A presidential election comes just once every four years, so it's only natural the topic would dominate conversations around the nation, including Moffat County, Craig and even Maybell.

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Craig polls close with high turnout

A brief and tired applause went up when polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Mall.

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Behind-the-scene Bulldogs

Freshman trainers a constant at every football game

They don't wear pads, cleats or helmets. If asked what a zone blitz scheme is, encroachment on the defense, or a buttonhook, Jordan McLeslie and Kelsey Nylander would be the first to admit they hadn't the faintest idea.

Fantasy Fix: Players on the mark early in NBA season

The NBA season already is a week old, and the waiver wire is full of players who will make an impact this year. The waiver wire is ripe with talent this time of year in fantasy basketball, as players who will prove to be very valuable for the entire season are starting to emerge.

Caroline Dotson: Cookbook has fun recipes for special occasions

Fall is here, and winter quickly is approaching. This is the time of year for get-togethers, football parties and family gatherings, so I invested in a cookbook: "Favorite Brand Name Made Simple Entertaining."

Our View: Help college, help community

Colorado Northwestern Community College is one month into the private phase of its campaign to raise money to complete system-wide projects at its campuses in Craig and Rangely, as well as its satellite campuses.

Oldham holds slight lead in DA race

Elizabeth Oldham, the Republican candidate for 14th Judicial District Attorney, held a narrow lead against Democratic challenger Tammy Stewart as of press time late Tuesday night.

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Moffat picks McCain, nation picks Obama

Local voters pick Republicans in all races

GOP-heavy Moffat County bucked the national and statewide outcome of Tuesday's presidential election, supporting the Republican candidate for president by more than 70 percent.

Gray wins re-election bid

Republican incumbent Tom Gray won his re-election bid to the Moffat County Commission by a close to 3 to 1 majority against Democratic challenger Lois Wymore.

Datebook for Nov. 5


Police Blotter for Nov. 4

Moffat County Jail

John Vandelinder: It's official: I voted

It's official. By registering to vote Oct. 20, I did something I had been struggling with for 16 years - or four presidential election cycles.

White captures Moffat vote

If election results are any indication, a majority of Moffat County voters think Republican state Rep. Al White has done a good job advocating for Northwest Colorado in the state Legislature.

Baumgardner wins over Hagenbuch

Republican Randy Baumgardner won the State House District 57 seat.

Almost 5,670 Craig voters cast ballots

Number represents more than half of county's active voter roll

More than 60 percent of registered Moffat County voters turned out during the 2008 general election in Craig.

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Culverwell sentenced to 60 days in jail

$16K in fines and community service also levied

Rodney Culverwell, a 41-year-old Moffat County rancher, was sentenced Tuesday for four felony convictions related to the deaths of four elk on his property last winter.

Craig briefs for Nov. 5

Emergency Preparedness Fair Nov. 14

Tuesday, November 4

Voters trickle in to Maybell vote center

A presidential election comes just once every four years, so it's only natural the topic would dominate conversations around the nation, including Moffat County, Craig and even Maybell. But, on Tuesday morning, you would have been hard-pressed to find anybody inside the Maybell Community Center muttering the words Obama or McCain.

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Voter turnout remains steady over lunch hour

Turnout expected to swell after 5 p.m.

Voter numbers held steady during the lunch hour Tuesday as Craig polls continued to draw in an average of 150 voters per hour.

DA candidates brace for results

More than six months of campaigning - through door-to-door visits, public forums, a debate and other methods - in three counties ends today for two candidates vying to become the 14th Judicial District's next District Attorney.

CNCC more than halfway to fundraising goal

Fundraiser's internal phase raised between $1.5 and $2 million in Craig

Businesses in the local energy industry are being asked to pick up slack in a local college fundraiser.

Jennifer L. Grubbs: The campaign that never could have been

Elections have a funny way of bringing out the best and worst in people.

Mark Nielsen: Thank you, Tony

I would like to say a special thank you to school board member Tony St. John for assistance on a school policy.

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Big catch

Craig youth reels in a keeper (with some help from his grandpa)

Despite standing barely 4-feet tall, Kyler Cox thinks he knows what big is. The 10-year old proved it last Sunday.

John Vandelinder: Week in review of Moffat County sports

The football team ended its season on a high note Friday, rolling over Cortez, 41-12, and sending its senior class of three out in style.

Carol Wilson: Trick or Treat thank you

On behalf of the Downtown Business Association, I wish to express a very heartfelt thank you to the Craig Chamber Ambassadors and to the Craig Police Department.

Formal charges filed against sex assault suspect

Craig man faces felony, three misdemeanors

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed formal charges Monday morning against a 32-year-old Craig man who prosecutors allege sexually abused a mentally disabled woman.

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He never asked for a close-up

Local attorney's stage play moving toward production

Craig City Attorney Kenny Wohl grew up in something of a showbiz family.

Datebook for Nov. 4


Craig briefs for Nov. 4

VA Medical Center ER open Nov. 11

Polls open for Election Day

Today, Election Day 2008, marks the culmination of more than a year's worth of speeches, promises and criticism from and for several political candidates and amendments to the Colorado Constitution.

Police Blotter for Nov. 2

Moffat County Jail

Maren Schmidt: Bring something to the table

As I was getting ready to go on a picnic with some friends, the phone rang, "What can I bring?" my friend asked.

Ron Schaeffer: A spook-tacular time

Every Halloween evening, the Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and the Craig Police Department do a terrific job of directing pedestrian and automobile traffic in downtown Craig.

Senior Spotlight for Nov. 4

The evening was a beautiful autumn scene when I looked at the double doors and could see through the glass.

Monday, November 3

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Saltcedar eradication to take place west of Craig

Noxious tree crowds out native species in area

This week, crews will continue battling an invader threatening local habitats. Workers with the Bureau of Land Management and Moffat County Pest Management are scheduled to eradicate patches of Saltcedar, a noxious weed, that has taken root in a 144-acre swath of public land about 20 miles west of Craig.

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Visualizing Routt County's future

Vision 2030 meetings to clarify goals, priorities for next 20 years

After a year of collecting ideas from Routt County residents about how they would like to see the area develop in the next two decades, Vision 2030 is starting to hone in on a plan.

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Hagenbuch makes last of 3 trips to see voters in Craig

Todd Hagenbuch spent the past three weekends going door-to-door in Craig and said he still didn't have the time to meet and talk with all the people he wanted to.

Bryce Jacobson: Have you voted yet?

Tomorrow is Election Day. I simply am stunned by the number of people who already have voted, and I am hopeful that Election Day brings a continuation of the voter turnout we already have experienced.

Datebook for Nov. 3

9 to 11 a.m. Toddler/preschool playgroup is at Loudy-Simpson Park. Call Kevin at 824-1703.

Craig briefs for Nov. 3

Craig Intermediate School's library will host a Scholastic book fair from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. today through Friday at the school, 201 E. Ninth St.

Sexual assault suspect still in custody

Alleged victim is mentally disabled

A Moffat County Court judge set a $100,000 bond Friday for a Craig man suspected of sexually assaulting a 23-year-old mentally disabled woman.

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School Board reviews progress on new middle school

Proof is in the pictures

Taxpayers no longer have to imagine what a new middle school will look like. They can begin seeing it for themselves. Exterior masonry on the building's south wing indicates what the completed school will look like - on the outside, at least. Interior construction in the one-story south wing still is ongoing.

H. Neal Glanville: Now, I've seen everything

Ever see or experience something that convinced you that you had just seen everything possible? A year or so ago, I was part of a construction crew remodeling Storm Mountain Condos in Steamboat Springs. Now, let's agree that a day, any day, in Steamboat will about fill your "now I've seen everything" score card.

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Bulldogs shut down Cowboys

CMS defense stingy in 14-point win

Three minutes and 12 seconds into the first quarter of Saturday's middle school basketball game, Meeker forward Nate Walsh laid the ball into the hoop at Craig Middle School.

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Class helps older adults remain active, healthy

Staying on top of healthy habits, such as exercise and good nutrition, can be hard enough without the added complications of chronic health problems.

Saturday, November 1

Our view: Tuesday: last chance to vote

After a week of deliberation, the Daily Press Editorial Board went over the ballot issues one by one. First, we decided which ballot issues we would form opinions on.

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Back on the mat

Bad Dogs youth wrestling team resumes season

On the street, in school or in front of the TV watching cartoons, the members of the Bad Dogs youth wrestling team look like most other children their age.

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Going out in style

Bulldogs roll over Cortez, 41-12, in season finale

Trailing, 12-6, behind Cortez at the end of the first half Friday, the Moffat County football team turned to junior Pablo Salcido to turn the tide.

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Get your garden ready for spring

Last summer, this author wondered how area gardens were producing with the late spring and all, so I visited with some of the residents. Their comments were pretty much the same, having to do with the wet spring, grasshoppers, frost, hot winds, and deer.

Chuck Mack: My kind of sky

My wife, Alberta, and I went for another beautiful picture-taking, sight-seeing drive on Sept. 26. We drove down Highway 13 to Hamilton, then turned off and drove up the Williams Fork road until we came to Moffat County Road 37.

Al White: Brenner's politics dirty

There, there, Ken. The postcard you accuse me of attacking you with did not come from me. I had no knowledge of it, and no control over it.

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Local youths create memorial for late friend, relative

Sixteen-year-old James Hebert and 17-year-old Kaleigh Cutler looked up at a three-word epitaph: "Rock in Peace." Scrawled in gold spray paint, the words adorn a large wall of weathered plywood dug into a dirt hill at Sherwood, a local BMX park. The wall is a testament to their late friend's twin passions for bike riding and music with a message.

Jennifer L. Grubbs: Nov. 4: A long, historic night

In the news business, we love elections. Sure, we journalists know that an election day will be crazy, busy, chaotic and long, but we also know that it is the day when we truly do write the first draft of history.

Moffat County Education Association: Oppose 47, 49 and 54

We, the members of the Moffat County Education Association, would like to urge voters to oppose ballot issues 47, 49 and 54.

Datebook for Nov. 1

8 to 9:15 p.m. Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous' open meeting is at 50 S. Ranney St. Call 888-333-9649.

Colorado seen as contentious pillar for either presidential campaign

'B' is for battleground

Ron Danner, chair of the Moffat County Republican Central Committee, has no doubt Colorado is a wide-open state for either presidential candidate.

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Craig couple finds each other after losing loved ones

For two young Craig natives, memorials of loved ones lost to life's tragic circumstances are never far away. Jordan Bailey, 20, a 2006 Moffat County High School graduate and first-year U.S. Navy man, keeps a silver cross containing some of the ashes of his late father, Michael Bailey, of Craig. Kacie Owens, 18, a 2008 MCHS graduate, has a tattoo of a cross covered in an olive branch with words paying tribute to her late cousin, Cassie Owens, also of Craig. Both Michael Bailey and Cassie Owens were taken far too soon.

Police blotter for Nov. 1

Gregory Phillip Debusk, 38, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a courtesy hold.

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Adult remedial reading program could start in mid-January

They can read a sentence. They understand what the words mean. But when asked to describe what they've just read, some adult readers can't do it.

More than half of voter roll votes early

About 53 percent of active registered voters in Moffat County had cast a ballot as of Friday, either during early voting or by mail-in for the Nov. 4 general election.

Caroline Dotson: 'The Secret Life of Bees' is charming

Books are made into movies now more than ever. My long list of books to review is mostly of books that are or will be made into a movie.

Craig briefs for Nov. 1

Veterans and active-duty military not in uniform now can render the military-style hand salute during the playing of the national anthem, thanks to changes in federal law that took effect this month.

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Christian Church of Craig rises from ashes

The early residents of Craig knew the importance of building homes, clearing the land and creating infrastructure for their new town, but they also knew the importance of fellowship and faith to strengthen them.