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Friday, October 31

Hankins' defense objects to delaying case

Public defender files motions in pending local murder trial

Defense attorneys have objected to a prosecution motion to delay a pending murder trial while awaiting a Colorado Supreme Court decision.

Christina M. Currie: Costumes equal chaos

Halloween originally was a Celtic holiday, celebrating a new year at a time when it was believed the veil between the living and the dead was the thinnest. Whether costumes entered the picture as part of the celebration or, as some believe, to scare off or fit in (so as not to be mistaken for the living and taken away) with the ghosts of the dead still is debated.

Dora "Corky" Coverston: Thanks to the hospital

To the editor: I would like to thank everyone who works at The Memorial Hospital.

Ken Brenner: Set the record straight

To the editor: Setting the record straight on health care: A postcard sent for my opponent in State Senate District 8 claims that, if elected, I will increase health care prescription drug costs, reduce your options for health insurance and promote higher taxes. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Marianna Raftopoulos: 47 advances freedom

To the editor: If you start your own company, nobody would say you must join a chamber of commerce in order to stay in business. If you grow corn, nobody would say you must join the Corn Growers Association, or the Cattlemen's Association if you raise cattle.

Police: Safety comes first on Halloween

Craig Police Department amps up patrol officers

With hundreds of kids out trick-or-treating tonight, the Craig Police Department is set to bolster the number of officers on duty. The primary goal for the Police Department on Halloween is simple, Police Department Captain Jerry DeLong said. "Making sure the kids are safe," he said, adding that patrols would center on high-traffic trick-or-treating areas. "We'll try to get downtown and at the mall with the officers. A lot of that depends on calls for service."

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Convictions of a game warden

Mike Swaro wakes up happy every day - at least every workday, though it is a few hours before dawn and he will be on the job until it's over, whether the sun still hangs in the sky or not. He's a game warden.

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Hunters give photography a shot

Residents draw from experience in field to hone their hobby

Nearly every morning, Gary Peer hunts in Loudy-Simpson Park. His quarry, at the park and other locations across the state, includes osprey, eagles, bears and hawks.

Moffat County Neighbor: Noah Miller

Occupation: Appliance repairman, delivery and sales

Diane Prather: Make waffles with leftover pumpkin

I had several calls from readers concerning "Mom's Sour Cream Chocolate Cake." One reader said that she and her husband made the cake, adding raspberries (that they had frozen) to the batter. Then, they frosted the cake and put raspberries on top of it. Yummy!

Bulldogs have no need for costumes

Bulldogs football players just that for Halloween

Ghosts, goblins, witches, wizards and superheroes galore. Halloween is a time for kids, teenagers and parents to dress up in costumes and, even if just for a few hours, take the opportunity to become someone or something else.

Datebook for Oct. 31

7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Colorado Division of Wildlife is sponsoring a Hunter Education "Crash Course" at the Maybell Community Center in Maybell. No late admittance is allowed. Participants of this course will receive a temporary Hunter Education Card that is good until Dec. 31. This also will be a completion class for the Internet Course. To pre-register, or for more information, call 970-272-3238.

Craig briefs for Oct. 31

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.

Council looks at insurance bonds

The Craig City Council plans to consider tying the amount of insurance bonds required of outside vendors to the amount of city sales tax the event is expected to generate.

OB/GYN recruitment proceeds

The Memorial Hospital board votes, 5-0, for permission to move forward

The Memorial Hospital board gave administrators the go-ahead Wednesday night to proceed with the recruitment of a second OB/GYN, a candidate one administrator called an "ideal match" for TMH.

Early voting ends today

Take-home ballots no longer will be accepted through the mail

Today marks two important deadlines in the 2008 general election. It is the last day for early voting in the 2008 general election, and it is the last day to request mail-in/absentee ballots. However, it is too late to actually send those ballots by mail.

Police blotter for Oct. 31

Officers responded to five animal complaints.

Restaurants, bars host Halloween bashes

Many Halloween parties set to last into early Saturday morning

Halloween isn't only for children. A number of local bars and restaurants have found various ways to celebrate the holiday with their clientele.

Thursday, October 30

Council to look at ordinance change

The Craig City Council plans to consider tying the amount of insurance bonds required of outside vendors to the amount of city sales tax the event is expected to generate.

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Bill Harding: Senior dinners continue at VFW

There will be a senior citizen dinner Saturday at the VFW Post (scalloped potatoes and ham) and on Dec. 6. The VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary regret the confusion regarding the monthly senior dinner program this past week.

Bulldogs football hosts Panthers in season finale

On paper, Moffat County and Cortez appear to be two evenly matched teams. Each has won three games this season and is searching for a fourth in Friday's regular season finale.

Steering committee to continue seeking support, funding

Residents in favor of a Craig recreation center sent a clear message Wednesday night.

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CDOT: State needs more money to fix roads

Bleak news and a hope to change the inevitable were the only things offered during a discussion of statewide transportation Wednesday at Craig City Hall.

Churches, organizations to offer candy, activities to local youths

There's more than one place local children can get candy this Halloween. And, in many cases, they don't have to go from door-to-door to get it.

Oliver Phillips: Thanks to the hospital

I would like to express my appreciation for the superior medical care I received from the staff and doctors at The Memorial Hospital.

Cathy Hamilton: Mammogram provokes imagination

"Cathy Hamilton," I mutter under my breath, as I approach the desk. "Mammogram at noon."

Police blotter for Oct. 30

Penny Norene Doolin, 46, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Craig briefs for Oct. 30

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

Datebook for Oct. 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.

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This year's popular Halloween costumes range from creatures to candidates

Local youths will turn into superheroes, presidential hopefuls and everything in between Friday night. With the help of a costume, that is.

Police: Student's death an accident

MCHS junior fell more than 65 feet

The Craig Police Department released findings from an investigation Wednesday afternoon into the weekend death of a Moffat County High School junior.

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Schaffer addresses crowd of supporters at Serendipity

Moffat County resident Joe Calhoun said he is big oil. He does not own an oil company, work for one or have relatives who work for one. But he does have a retirement plan with investments in energy companies - a plan, he said, that hit the skids since the stock market jumped down the rabbit hole.

Wednesday, October 29

Police: Student's death an accident

MCHS junior fell more than 65 feet

The Craig Police Department released findings from an investigation Wednesday afternoon into the weekend death of a Moffat County High School junior.

Chris Gingrich: Fantasy fix

This week I'm changing it up a little, and I'm going to give all the Fantasy Football players a break from digging through stats to find the best matchups for their players every week. These user-friendly defenses have been letting players rack up a lot of fantasy points against them, and the trend should continue the rest of the season.

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Ghastly greeting

Ghastly greeting

Our View: Ballot issues no easy matter

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.

Police Blotter for Oct. 29

Moffat County Jail

Datebook for Oct. 29

Today

Sexual assault suspects appear in court

A woman who was involved with a 35-year-old former Craig man sat crying Tuesday morning in Moffat County Court as attorneys argued details of the man's pending sexual assault case.

Commission approves $763K in grants

When it became known that Moffat County Social Services had nearly $700,000 it wanted to give away, local organizations got busy submitting applications for the money.

YVRA plans Wi-Fi, new sign

Airport aims to spruce up grounds before tourism season

Yampa Valley Regional Airport is chugging away on modifications and improvements ahead of the ski season.

Following the money

Hagenbuch attacks opponent's fundraising in HD 57 race

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS - Trailing his Republican opponent by about $10,000 in fundraising, Routt County Democrat and state House District 57 candidate Todd Hagenbuch has gone on the offensive.

Free senior dinners not canceled

Next meal scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday

Free senior dinners are on again.

County approves MCTA director position

Soon, the Moffat County Tourism Association will have the personnel its board has said it needs.

Judge lowers attempted murder suspect's bond

With her family there in support, a 44-year-old Craig woman charged with attempted first-degree murder was successful in her request for a bond reduction Tuesday morning in Moffat County Court.

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Bulldogs shoot past Tigers

Craig Middle School basketball team wins by 27

Starting the game, 0-4, from the field, Craig Middle School eighth-grader Paul Laliberte wasn't going to be deterred Tuesday against visiting Hayden.

Council approves Kum & Go liquor licenses

After meeting with regional Kum & Go officials face-to-face, as well as 12 local employees, the Craig City Council unanimously approved renewing 3.2 percent beer retail liquor licenses for the company's three Craig stores.

Tuesday, October 28

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Birch keeps tabs from Iraq

Hayden police chief proud of department's professionalism

Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch has been in Iraq for about three months, and the Steamboat Pilot & Today reached him by e-mail to find out how things are going.

John Vandelinder: Bulldog beat for Oct. 28

The fall sports season has pretty much come to a close, with the football team hosting Cortez in the season's final event Friday.

County awarded grant money for security

Although less than requested, Moffat County has been awarded grant money to bolster security at the county courthouse.

Datebook for Oct. 28

Today

Police Blotter for Oct. 28

Moffat County Jail

Maren Schmidt: Misbehavior meets needs

Misbehavior. That's when you don't act the way I want you to when I want you to.

Jerry Bartholome: Obama questioned

To the editor:

Craig briefs for Oct. 28

Craig briefs for Oct. 28

Mary Jo Brown: Time is complex

Time, I find, is a complex thing. I find myself hurrying only to find I have time, and I end up waiting. And, when I think I am on time, I end up late. It's just me, I know, but sometimes my watch and clock seems fast or slow.

Jennifer L. Grubbs: My definition of 'hope'

There's been a lot of talk about "hope" this year.

Bob Schaffer to visit Craig on Wednesday

Bob Schaffer, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 general election, plans to appear Wednesday in Craig to speak briefly and answer questions.

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Red Ribbon Week to supplement anti-substance abuse messages in school

Intent to prevent

Matt Beckett was greeted by hugs and high fives Monday when he made an appearance at East Elementary School.

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College hoops on the horizon

CNCC basketball team begins play

If geography plays a roll in supporting a team, college basketball fans in Craig don't have to go far to find one.

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Twin sisters take every opportunity to vote

A mission never finished

In 1944, twin sisters Edith McLean and Ardith Cooper turned 21.

Monday, October 27

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Wild horses find new homes

Locals adopt through BLM program

Fran Ackley, a wild horse and burro specialist for the Bureau of Land Management, was pleasantly surprised at the conclusion of Saturday's wild horse adoption at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. More than half of the 20 horses available found new homes, most of them locally.

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Alicia Nelson joins ranks of MCHS cross country state champions

Her legs wobbled as she came to a halt. Hands clutched at her sides, Alicia Nelson fell to her knees. She gasped for a breath of air and immediately was swarmed by television cameras, microphones and prying eyes everywhere. And for good reason - Nelson had just won a state championship.

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Blaze engulfs Stagecoach home

No injuries in Saturday night fire; cause unknown

A fire engulfed a Stagecoach home Saturday night, severely damaging the residence but resulting in no injuries.

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MCHS runs rampant at state

High School cross country is a team sport. Throughout the season, individual performances are geared toward earning the lowest possible team tally.

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Chamber holds annual crustacean feast

Before the start of Crabfest 2008 on Friday night, the kitchen and dining room were a flurry of activity, as the volunteers put biscuits in the oven, melted butter, made sure the warming trays were ready for the king crab legs and, most importantly, they straightened each others' crab hats.

Lynne Herring: Vote yes to Amend. 48

I would like to encourage your readers to vote YES on Amendment 48. For 30-plus years, we have been lied to and led to believe that abortion is a constitutional right for every woman. Actually, this has nothing to do with the Constitution.

H. Neal Glanville: Fishing down memory lane

Before I wander off into this week's column, I'd like to thank the folks who contacted the paper about my writing. I appreciate the time from your day for such a kind gesture.

Police blotter for Oct. 27

Firefighters responded to a report of a barbecue fire.

Craig briefs for Oct. 27

The Craig Police Department is investigating the death of a juvenile male found Sunday morning at the base of Sandrocks cliff.

Datebook for Oct. 27

8 a.m. to noon. Love INC will distribute free coats at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. Anyone who needs a coat can get one, regardless of income. Only one coat per person per year. Parents may get coats for their children. For information, call 826-5222.

Bryce Jacobson: Shop locally this holiday season

Early signs of the holiday season already are upon us. As I walk through local and national retailers stores in Craig, the holiday items are on display. Decorations, toys and gifts are ready for you to purchase.

School Board rejects bids on property

Offers lower than value

At its monthly meeting Thursday, the Moffat County School Board rejected five bids for two tracts of land it offered up for sale recently. The reason: bids received didn't reflect the properties' estimated value.

Aging Well: Prevention key to keeping 4-legged friends healthy

Few people would refute the benefits of sharing time with a pet. For older adults who look forward to fresh air exercise with a pup or the unconditional love of a lap cat, pet companionship may be even more powerful.

Sunday, October 26

Juvenile male's body found Sunday morning

The Craig Police Department is investigating the death of a juvenile male found Sunday morning at the base of Sandrocks cliff.

Saturday, October 25

Police blotter for Oct. 23

Deputies responded to two reports of an abandoned vehicle.

Tracy Winder: Obama is anti-guns

There is one point I would like to make very clear. Barack Obama does not support the Second Amendment, despite his claims and recent television ads. If elected, I think Obama would be the most anti-gun president in American history.

Our View: More work to do

The party's over. Decisions made by Craig City Council members Oct. 14 indicate they are very serious about putting a stop to alcohol sales to minors.

Craig briefs for Oct. 25

DOW holding hunter crash course

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Beyond big cities

Presidential campaigns pitch ideas for rural America

Campaign spokesmen for presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama shared different plans and philosophies for rural America, including Northwest Colorado.

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Intrawest optimistic

Company officials say they have no plans to cut services, staff

A day after Intrawest beat a loan deadline by refinancing, company officials Friday shrugged off speculation that the deal could hinder operations.

Oak Creek ponders contract

Officials consider collaboration with county Sheriff's Office

Despite initiating a citizens focus group to hash out the design of a future Oak Creek Police Department, town officials said Friday that Oak Creek still is considering the possibility of contracting with the Routt County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services.

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BLM hosts wild horse, burro adoption today

In business, spending and sales slow in times of a struggling national economy. The horse market is no different, said Fran Ackley, a wild horse and burro specialist for the Bureau of Land Management.

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Free senior dinners canceled through '08

VFW officials look for new location for event

A free monthly dinner offered to local senior citizens will be canceled for the next two months.

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Prosecutors seek trial stay

Appeal process cited as reason for murder case postponement

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed a motion Friday seeking to delay a December murder trial until the Colorado Supreme Court rules on an appeal filed in the case.

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Help your horses beat the cold

Additional hay during winter provides extra calories, maintains body temperature

This week's cold and snowflakes are signs of what's to come, and everyone's getting homes and cars ready for the winter months ahead.

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Bulldogs tamed by No. 1 team

Glenwood Springs rolls over Moffat County, 41-7

Trailing 19-6 before even stepping on the field, Moffat County had an uphill climb Friday in Glenwood Springs.

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4-H shooting team gets 7 state titles

What began in a classroom - with endless hours of safety classes - in April, culminated a month ago in seven state championship titles.

Fundraisers target school technology, equipment

Travis Walsh, 13, pulls out a flyer from his large paper envelope worn ragged from use.

Datebook for Oct. 25

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. SHARE Craig distribution takes place at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. Call Karen at 824-7939.

Senate candidates oppose 'personhood' amendment

Neither candidate for state Senate District 8 will support nor vote for Amendment 48, which effectively would eliminate abortions if passed in the Nov. 4 general election.

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Sizable turnout for early voting

The Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office had a busy time with the first week of early voting, but they all seem busy, Lila Herod said.

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Drugstores have long tradition in Craig

Today's consumers are accustomed to picking up their drug prescriptions and home medical supplies in a section of a grocery or discount store that is part of a chain. The concept of a chain store may seem a modern phenomenon, but it is nearly as old as the city of Craig.

Chuck Mack: Another busy and fun-filled day

On Sept. 24, my wife and I drove up to Mt. Harris and stopped right downtown and talked to Thelma Melson. Thelma and her husband, Doc, live in what used to be the home of the railroad section foreman.

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Finale sweet for Tigers

Hayden blows out West Grand to end season on a high note

Hayden senior Coy Letlow was just trying to spread the wealth. But offensive lineman Braylin Wertenberger wasn't ready for the unexpected handoff during the Tigers' rout Friday night.

Friday, October 24

Harry Peroulis: Support Hagenbuch

During the campaign, I have on numerous occasions taken the time to listen to the District 57 candidates either speak or debate, and each time I came away more and more convinced that Todd Hagenbuch is the clear choice to represent the district. And believe me, I am a lifelong Republican, so I really needed convincing.

David, Michelle and Amanda Moore: Start recycling now

First off, I would like to thank Holly for a great letter about recycling in Craig. As usual, we are way behind the rest of the country.

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Christina Currie: Sugar and spice, that's my girl

They say that girls are sugar and spice and everything nice. Boys, on the other hand, are snips and snails and puppy dog's tails.

Craig briefs for Oct. 24

VA changes key enrollment forms

Brianna Myre-Wilensky: Country needs balance

We are so caught up in words like ... gasp ... "socialism" that I think we are losing our common sense. The new charge of the Republican Party is that Obama's tax cuts for the middle class are "typical class warfare and socialist." The Bush tax cuts were also a redistribution of wealth, if that's how you choose to look at the tax system; they just favored the rich and redistributed wealth upwards.

CNCC's $21.3M on schedule

The check is in the mail for Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Board hires firm for superintendent search

Illinois-based company chosen over two other groups

The first task in finding a new superintendent is complete.

Datebook for Oct. 24

8 a.m. to noon. AARP presents 55 Alive, a two-day driver safety program, at Sunset Meadows 1, 633 Ledford St. in Craig. This is the second day of the class. The class, which costs $10, will be held in the second floor activity room.

Student news: Lindsey Kunkel

Former Craig resident Lindsey Kunkel completed her master's degree in clinical psychology Sept. 10 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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Diane Prather: Nothing better than sour cream chocolate cake

Halloween will be here in a little more than a week. You might choose to use this week's recipe to make a Halloween cake.

Police blotter for Oct. 22

A 35-year-old Craig man was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust.

Craig man faces sexual assault charges

Prosecutors allege pattern of abuse

A 35-year-old Craig man has been charged in Moffat County Court with three sexual assault felonies, acts prosecutors allege are part of a pattern of abuse dating back at least two years.

Ken Parsons: Support Al White

I am writing this letter to express support for State Rep. Al White in his campaign to become State Sen. Al White.

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Fright for sore eyes

Some of the cast members get into the spirit Thursday night before haunting hours at the Craig House of Horror. About 14 people are helping to bring the scares to their location on Victory Way next to Brass Key Realty.

Intrawest refinances

Analyst: Debt payment will mean less investment in Steamboat

Intrawest successfully refinanced $1.7 billion in debt Thursday, staving off fears that Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s parent company was heading toward bankruptcy.

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In the final stretch

MCHS cross-country team headed to state

A season's worth of hard work has reached its climax.

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Caroline Dotson: 'Eat Right For Your Type' discusses blood types

"Eat Right For Your Type" is a book that has crossed my path a few times, so I decided to read it.

Senior spotlight for Oct. 24

Seems like I'm always making lists - groceries, refill prescription, things to do, buy, phone calls I need to make, appointments, etc. Trouble is, I forget where I put them, or forget to take them with me. Sometimes, I'll remember without the lists, like I can birthdays.

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Having a say

Candidates could do more to reach out to Hispanic, Latino voters, local says

Voting isn't only Rachel Flores' right and responsibility.

Moffat County Neighbor: Dianna Goucher

Occupation: Liquor Store Manager at Dark Horse

Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks for support

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the Golden Cavvy for hosting the monthly meetings.

Charlie Brown: Vote 'yes' on 58

After reading and watching the ads on how to vote on Amendment 58 - the tax on energy companies - I find the ads wanting us to vote against this are very disturbing.

Lynne Herring: Obama a socialist

I would like to tell you about a dirty little secret. I would like to introduce you and your readers to my husband and I. We are the "dirty little secret" because we have a "small" business.

Thursday, October 23

Datebook for Oct. 23

8 a.m. to noon. AARP presents 55 Alive, a two-day driver safety program, at Sunset Meadows 1, 633 Ledford St. in Craig. This is the first day of the class. The class, which costs $10, will be held in the second floor activity room. RSVP to 824-5123.

Woman arrested on attempted murder

Police: Sunday incident involved weapon

A 44-year-old Craig woman was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder and felony menacing, according to records.

Police blotter for Oct. 21

A 52-year-old Craig man was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Marcus Nielsen: Mine jobs dangerous

I just wanted to state a few facts and opinions for the readers.

A date with the Demons

Moffat County to visit No. 1 Glenwood Springs on Friday

Facing the top competition in the state is becoming familiar to the Moffat County High School football team.

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CNCC crafts Plan B

Funds for building design could come later than expected

The credit crunch may hit home for a local community college.

Craig briefs for Oct. 23

Freeze on housing voucher program

Cathy Hamilton: Write-in campaign over

My fellow Americans: After weeks of soul-searching reflection, I have decided to drop out of the race.

Social Services dollars awarded next week

Community groups form work and life skills coalition for possible youth program

Since announcing its plans to grant Colorado Works funds to community organizations, Moffat County Social Services has taken 13 applications totaling $805,950.

Ada McArthur: Goodbye to Craig

After living in Craig nearly 11 years, I have moved to Las Vegas. After an injury last year, I realized I should/could not shovel snow. Two daughters here were anxious to have me live near them.

Veterans Hotline: CNCC seeks Amsterdam veterans

Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig is hosting a community presentation Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bell Tower Building near the Holiday Inn of Craig. They have invited Joesphina Kooijman, a translator, born and raised in Amsterdam to be the guest speaker. The program is called "Amsterdam: Resolute, Heroic and Merciful." There will be refreshments served. The college is asking for veterans who served in that area during the wars or who visited this city on leave to attend and share their experiences.

Candidates tout water experience

Both candidates for Colorado House District 57 said water issues would take priority during their legislative tenure if they win the Nov. 4 general election.

Wednesday, October 22

Ruth Greenwood: Flowers beautiful

I would like to comment on the awesome flowers Craig had all around town this summer. The caretakers did a wonderful job keeping them flourishing. I'm sorry to see them go. A great job of beautifying Craig.

Trish Snyder: Adults inappropriate

After reading Kerry Alonso's editorial in Thursday's paper, I felt the need to expound on a few details.

Jill L. Brake: Kids are my business

Our world is changing rapidly and our education system is struggling to keep pace. Demand for a highly skilled and educated workforce is growing, 20th-century jobs are falling by the wayside and the global marketplace is a reality. But, as a commissioner for higher education, I know we are losing too many kids and wasting too much talent. Nationwide, about one in three students drops out of school before graduation and many graduate unprepared for college and work. I also recognize that support of public education and quality early childhood programs is an investment in a better Colorado and one that I plan on making a priority if elected to the Colorado State Board of Education, third congressional district.

Kerry Alonso: Letter clarification

I would just like to clarify one thing: Just because my letter was in the paper on Thursday, Oct 16, next to John Mann's letter does not make me in any way responsible for or involved in the so-called "pop incident" at the homecoming football game.

Datebook for Oct. 22

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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Standing on energy

Udall, Salazar visit Craig power plant

After U.S. Rep. Mark Udall finished an hourlong tour of the Tri-State power plant in Craig, two workers felt like they had to come out and shake his hand.

Apology not enough

Judge sentences convicted distributor to 10 years in prison

A 29-year-old man convicted of methamphetamine distribution apologized and asked for leniency Tuesday afternoon in Moffat County District Court. It wasn't enough to keep a judge from handing down a lengthy prison sentence.

CNCC board approves added $60,000 expense

Funds for changes to new campus's water system

Pipe, valves and hydrants cost money.

Craig briefs for Oct. 22

Energy Producers dinner Nov. 11

Police blotter for Oct. 20

Ralph Wendall Hall Jr., 62, of Dodge City, Kan., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Our View: Fighting about cheering futile

Too much already has been made of a squabble between a group of parents and high school students seeking to cheer on the Bulldogs at a football game.

Claudia Peters: Obama vote risky

For those who haven't been keeping up with Sen. Obama's rare appearances at his day job in the Senate, he proposed the Global Poverty Act, which would cost the American taxpayer $845 billion during the next 10 years. After which, I assume American taxpayers will need a Poverty Act to bail us out of the poor house after paying for all of this. But wait. He claims he'll only tax those nasty rich people for all of this. Folks, there aren't enough wealthy people in the entire Western Hemisphere to pay for all of this. Bill Clinton promised a middle class tax cut in 1992. The confetti hadn't been swept up yet from the inaugural balls when Clinton declared that things were much worse than he thought and the middle class would have to pony up for his spending increases. Can you spell dejà vu?

Fantasy Fix: Catching Week 7 from afar

I am writing this week's column to you from Honolulu, Hawaii, where I have been on vacation for about a week. Even though I'm having a great time, I have been able to keep up with what's going on in the world of Fantasy Football.

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Speed kills

Bulldog Mile final tune-up for state

High school cross country is a 5,000-meter race - or a little more than three miles - on dirt, other times grass, and many times gravel.

Wanted: Piece of severance-tax pie

2 amendments propose different ways of using industry money for state projects

Two ballot questions in the Nov. 4 general election present voters with different options for how to use severance taxes to fix the state's problems.

Tuesday, October 21

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Line change at the top

Bulldog Hockey Club kicks off season in Grand Junction

The ice barely had frozen inside the arena and yet, they were there.

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DA's office intends to appeal ruling

Prosecutors to challenge suppressed statements

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed a notice Friday announcing its intent to appeal a judge's ruling to suppress key statements in a first-degree murder case.

Datebook for Oct. 21

Today

Jane Glanville: What's in a name?

The Craig Cougar Hockey Team was a force to be reckoned with and proud of that fact and the name they had established through hard work and many a hard-earned victory.

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Ahead of the crowd

At least 1,500 early voters expected to turn out for general election

Colleen Snow stood with pen in hand, pondering her answers. But, she didn't have to think long.

Craig briefs for Oct. 21

College to host free presentation

Maren Schmidt: Noticing the right stuff

In my elementary and junior high school years, I always sat in the back row. Except in my seventh grade English class.

Police Blotter for Oct. 19

Moffat County Jail

Jennifer L. Grubbs: Me? Undecided? Couldn't be

Four years ago, I was in the same place I am right now. You see, I'm undecided.

Auto dealer responds to allegations

Grand Valley Auto upset with fraud claims, will send $33K to car buyers

Grand Valley Auto values its reputation more than $33,000, Wayne Damico said.

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Woman stumbles across black bear

Craig resident Dixie Osmun wasn't expecting it.

John Vandelinder: The week in review for MCHS sports

The fall season has come to a close for the soccer and volleyball teams, leaving the boys of the gridiron and the Bulldog harriers in the home stretch.

Claudia Peters: Obama not for change

The Obama/Biden team has been claiming they stand for change. After listening for something of substance for the better part of a year, all I have heard is the same old Democrat message of class warfare and envy of anyone who prospers in America.

Monday, October 20

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Aging Well: Fitness, lessons help older skiers, riders stay safe

At their best, alpine skiing, teleing and snowboarding are exhilarating, freeing and fun sports. At their worst, they can be painful.

H. Neal Glanville: Hungry customer's lament

Last month Jane and I were enjoying spending time with each other at one of our local restaurants. Service seemed a little slow, but as we looked around, we noticed the place was half full, so we thought no more of it and went back to our time together.

'Not the right time'

Rec center group to discuss delaying tax campaign

Tony St. John knows first-hand that problems on Wall Street easily find their way into the pocketbooks of people across the country.

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Fill the bus

MCHS cross-country team qualifies boys and girls teams for state; Nelson wins 3rd regional crown

A season's worth of hard work and dedication came to fruition Saturday for the Moffat County High School cross-country team.

Craig briefs for Oct. 20

Early voting begins today

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Volleyball finishes season on high note

Four games was all the Moffat County High School volleyball team needed to finish their season with a win.

Datebook for Oct. 20

Today

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Banded together

BLM gather draws in mix of wild horses

A low-flying helicopter flew in the cold morning air Saturday, the dull thud of its rotors growing louder as it moved across the horizon at Sand Wash Basin, west of Craig.

Bids for school district property close Wednesday

The Moffat County School District is looking to sell of two tracts of land it owns with the hopes of putting more money away into its capital reserve fund.

Bryce Jacobson: Welcome back the hunters, Craig

The sea of Orange and Camouflage has arrived in Craig.

Sunday, October 19

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Acting on autism

Early intervention helps children, families cope with spectrum disorder

It didn't take Craig resident Michele Dugan long to notice something was different about her youngest son.

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Hayden sandwiched on budget

Town falls between solid and shaky outlooks for 2009 finances

Hayden falls between Craig and Steamboat Springs in more than one way, according to Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin.

Saturday, October 18

MCHS falls in season finale at Roaring Fork, 5-2

Winners in double overtime late Thursday against rival Steamboat Springs, the Moffat County High School soccer team ran out of gas Friday afternoon in the team's season finale.

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Airedales to zebras, and everything in between

Wide variety of projects available for new, returning 4-H enrollees

"Geospatial" - it's a brand new 4-H project in Colorado that's all about exploring spaces, going places.

Know their face, know their policy

Residents react to Thursday's candidate forum

Residents in the audience at Debate 2008 gave different opinions on how interesting they thought this year's political candidates are.

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Habitat volunteers surge to finish construction

Routt County Habitat for Humanity benefited Friday from a bounce in participation in construction of its West End Village duplex, partly in response to the recent criminal charges against the organization's former executive director.

Datebook for Oct. 18

Today

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Ida Freeman Fox: The lost Freeman grave

Many of Craig's historical stories deal with people making their mark on the growing town and settling happily into the community. These families find themselves in the pages of the newspaper frequently throughout the years as they make their contributions.

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Picture perfect

Return home reunites Marine with toddler son

When asked Friday what he thought of most while serving in one of the world's most dangerous regions, Craig native Chris Thompson didn't have to look far to find the answer.

Our View: Flood of orange welcomed

On Wednesday night, parking lots at local motels might have looked a little more full than usual. "No Vacancy" signs were lit up. The grocery stores' lots featured more RVs than average. Local fashion suddenly trended toward camouflage, brown and bright orange.

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MCHS journalism students learn about content, layout at conference

Quality by design

When Skyler Gingrich looks at the pages of her high school newspaper, she sees what could be there.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Igor' odd, but amusing feature

The evil scientist is one of the most enduring stock characters of all entertainment, but what about the man behind the maniac? The untold story of the put-upon lab assistant is told in the animated film "Igor."

Craig briefs for Oct. 18

Independent Life Center changing office hours

NRA puts Democrats at the head of the class

The National Rifle Association graded candidates on their gun rights policies, and in the race for Colorado Senate District 8, gave the Democrat an "A."

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A lopsided affair

Steamboat rolls over Moffat County, 43-7, in annual rivalry game

Moffat County and Steamboat Springs' matchup Friday night was exactly what you'd expect in a high school rivalry game.

Chuck Mack: A different type of beautiful day

Autumn in Northwest Colorado is just as colorful as anywhere we've ever been. The only thing I can see wrong: It just doesn't last long enough. It keeps Alberta and I busy trying to make a circle drive each day while the colors are beautiful.

Police Blotter for Oct. 17

Moffat County Jail

Friday, October 17

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Bulldogs beat Sailors in double-OT thriller

The playoffs are out of the question for the Moffat County Bulldogs soccer team. But the season isn't over.

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For the love of the game

Craig gamer devoted to perfecting his hobby

Nick Larson sits in a dimly lit room, transfixed.

Moffat County Neighbor: Kaddie Williams

Name: Kaddie Williams

Andy Bockelman: 'Eagle Eye' a sharp action flick

In a society where privacy is a thing of the past, the action movie "Eagle Eye" is an accurate reflection of the constant observation the average person must endure.

Diane Prather: Diane's Yellow Peach Cake is quite peachy

For our family, autumn arrives with a lot of early morning activity. There are cows to work and family members to get off to hunt. And all of it means quick breakfasts.

Caroline Dotson: 'Tea for Ruby' a charming delight

Robin Freiss Glasser, the illustrator who brought "Fancy Nancy" to life, brings readers a new character that is cute, klutzy, and forgetful in the new book "Tea For Ruby," written by Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York.

Craig briefs for Oct. 17

Craig briefs for Oct. 17

Police Blotter for Oct. 17

Moffat County Jail

Datebook for Oct. 17

Today

Candidates use background to appeal to voters

Heritage, education, firearms

Heritage and origin were at the center of arguments presented by each state Legislature candidate during Thursday's Debate 2008 at Centennial Mall.

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Candidates face off in debate

Responses reveal where opponents differ, agree

Four candidates for two local offices faced off in a debate Thursday, debating issues ranging from Moffat County budget priorities to public perception of the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Thursday, October 16

MCHS Student Council: Thanks to community

To the editor:

Kerry Alonso: Youths have no respect

To the editor:

Cathy Hamilton: Small stuff is just that

And to think I used to spend time worrying about the pack rat that lives in my garage.

Craig briefs for Oct. 16

Craig briefs for Oct. 16

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Structural steel nearly completed at CMS

Inside and out, Craig Middle School is taking shape.

Wall sentenced to probation

Sheriff ordered to complete public service, alcohol therapy

Senior Judge Cecil Wayne Williams sentenced Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall on Wednesday to a year of unsupervised probation, 36 hours of community service and 12 hours of alcohol education and therapy.

Flannery charged with Habitat theft

The former executive director of Routt County Habitat for Humanity was charged with felony theft Wednesday amid allegations that she stole as much as $72,000 from the nonprofit organization in a six-month period.

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Dissecting the issues

Elected officials explain ballot questions

When Sharon Lausin showed up at American Legion Post No. 62 Wednesday, she had a pretty good idea of the election outcome she wanted. She just didn't know if a yes or no vote on ballot issues would make it happen.

Hayden plans to trim budget

General fund revenue is expected to slip 3 percent for 2009

Hayden has shifted down budget expectations for 2009, although a heavy load of flights at Yampa Valley Regional Airport could mean more sales-tax revenues than projected.

Rivalry time

Steamboat Springs to visit Friday

As far as high school football goes, it doesn't get any better than a rivalry game.

Datebook for Oct. 16

Today

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BIll Harding: VFW offers transports to VA Medical Center

Veteran transports to the VA Medical Center in Grand Junction provided by the VFW and Moffat County funded van system has provided rides for more than 160 vets between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30.

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Girl Scouts tour BLM field office

BLM officials touch on career opportunities, fire safety

Being a Girl Scout is about discovering all that a girl can do.

David Morris: Vote yes on 58

To the editor:

Police Blotter for Oct. 16

Moffat County Jail

City Hall renovation bigger than expected

Costs may encourage building new City Hall

City officials received unexpected and unpleasant news at a workshop Tuesday night regarding a possible City Hall renovation.

John Mann: Grow up, people

To the editor:

Mary Blakeman: Human Society event

To the editor:

The Class of 2012: Freshman class grateful

To the editor:

Wednesday, October 15

Plea offer coming to suspect

William Baird charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder

An 18-year-old Craig man charged with attempting to arrange a "hit" on two people could have a plea offer from the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office before his next court appearance.

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Students encounter science first-hand during 3rd annual cardboard regatta

To build a boat

With paddles flailing, Brodie Schulze and Nathan Ellgen tried to move away from shore.

Existing services top priority list; funding new projects at bottom

Keeping promises

The one consideration deemed most important for the county's 2009 budget is making good on its promise to provide residents with services they need, Budget Analyst Tinneal Gerber said.

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Choral students perform in concert

The sounds of eight choirs filled the Moffat County High School auditorium with music Tuesday night.

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Chris Gingrich: Eyeing hoops fantasy talent

The NBA's regular season is only three weeks away and fantasy basketball drafts have been underway since the beginning of this month. The top 5 picks in most drafts have been Chris Paul, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Amare Stoudemire and Elton Brand.

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72-year-old Craig resident moving to Texas - on his bike

Harnessing leg power

Riding a bike alone through Colorado is difficult enough.

Council denies Kum & Go retail liquor licenses

The Craig City Council rejected applications to renew 3.2 percent beer retail liquor licenses for Craig's three Kum & Go stores.

Search committee limits consultant list

Groups to make presentations Oct. 23

The list just got shorter.

Walt Vanatta: Police beat for September

Below is my summary of my monthly report to the Craig City Council, regarding Police Department activity for September.

Craig briefs for Oct. 15

Craig briefs for Oct. 15

Police Blotter for Oct. 15

Moffat County Jail

Our View: Get your cheat sheet ready

Moffat County voters have a big decision to make in coming weeks.

Datebook for Oct. 15

Today

Tuesday, October 14

Craig briefs for Oct. 14

Craig briefs for Oct. 14

Construction permit granted for new hospital

Construction is a go. The city of Craig granted a building permit to The Memorial Hospital's general contractor, which will allow work to begin on the 300-room facility.

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Community turns out to watch groundbreaking ceremony for CNCC

The first scoops of dirt spelled out another chapter in a local community college's history.

City Hall project moves forward

Meeting at 5:30 tonight to discuss plans

Craig City Hall has old carpet, old paint and wasted space, City Manager Jim Ferree said.

Datebook for Oct. 14

Today

Police Blotter for Oct. 14

Police Blotter for Oct. 14

Maren Schmidt: Giving positive directions

A funny thing about the mind; it takes a while for our minds to figure out how to "don't."

Jennifer L. Grubbs: Wider range of voices appreciated

One of the things that was very foreign to me coming to the Daily Press was the way the paper's editorial board was run.

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Last hoorah for cross country

MCHS finishes regular season in Gypsum, gets ready for regionals

Training season is over. Moffat County cross country coach Todd Trapp has said all season that everything his team does throughout the regular season schedule is geared toward the season-ending state tournament.

John Vandelinder: Bulldog beat for Oct. 14

The cross country team wrapped up its regular season, and the soccer and volleyball teams will do the same this week.

Gloria Moore: Bulldogs a bad image

To the editor:

Braeden Sullivan: An apology to Craig

To the editor:

Holly Sperry: Angry about recycling

To the editor:

Allen Hischke: Fly-by-night unwanted

To the editor:

Mary Jo Brown: Hoping my mailbox will continue to be full

I didn't realize how popular I was until I opened my mailbox, and it was full of stuff for voting for or against something or someone. I will vote, but not because of my mailbox popularity. I hope my mailbox will continue to be full with mail, but with letters and cards from friends and family, etc.

Monday, October 13

Police blotter for Oct. 13

Firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle crash.

Craig briefs for Oct. 13

Jeffrey Kran, a representative of Chosen People Ministries, will be speaking at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at The Journey at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth Street. The meeting is open to the public.

Datebook for Oct. 13

All day. Moffat County Libraries is celebrating Teen Read Week. Teens can write and display their own book reviews at the library.

DA candidates push domestic violence 'fast-track' program

Although Republican Elizabeth Oldham and Democrat Tammy Stewart are locked in a contested race for District Attorney of the 14th Judicial District, they see eye-to-eye on a need to speed up prosecution of domestic violence cases.

Bryce Jacobson: County right to advocate local shopping

Good government strikes again. But this time, it was the Moffat County Commissioners looking after local businesses in Moffat County.

Homecoming dance a cause for celebration

Almost every generation has treasured memories of their high school experience.

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MCHS homecoming nearly perfect

Co-adviser: Weather, community, students cooperate to make MCHS event a success

DeLaine Brown sounded pleased. Brown was one of two co-advisers who helped Moffat County High School Student Council members plan and organize the annual homecoming celebration.

Aging Well: Improving older adults' oral health

There is good news and bad news when it comes to older adults' oral health.

Bulldogs soccer team rolls past Palisade

Moffat County a class above league cellar

To high school soccer fans, Saturday's match-up between Palisade and Moffat County wasn't exactly a preview of the postseason that lies ahead.

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Bulldogs drop 2-game Saturday home stand

Having gone 1-1 so far during its season-ending five-game home stand, the Moffat County volleyball team was looking to play spoiler against the top-two teams in the league.

Construction lull could come

Steamboat may see industry slow-down amid the U.S. economic slide

Steamboat Springs' construction boom isn't busting, but industry insiders and observers said the field might be headed for a slowdown amid the U.S. economic slide.

H. Neal Glanville: 'Debate' not the right word

It just gets worse. Ever since the infamous Nixon-Kennedy debates, we - yes, we - have allowed the mass marketing of candidates to be rammed down our collective throats.

Saturday, October 11

Police blotter for Oct. 9

Officers responded to two requests to assist a resident.

Datebook for Oct. 11

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A free Car Care Clinic will be held at 1150 W. Ninth St. in Craig for single mothers, seniors and the disabled. This is the First Baptist small group project. The clinic is by appointment only. Call Love INC at 826-4400.

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Skies clear for parade

Moffat County adds its own flavor to homecoming tradition

Only in a county that calls itself "The Real West" does homecoming royalty get to ride in the back of a truck.

Hankins faces murder charge

Craig man will be tried for killing wife, abuse of a corpse

Michael O'Hara, chief judge of the 14th Judicial District, issued rulings Wednesday afternoon on the last of an assortment of motions in a case against a Craig man charged with murder.

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Coles kept the books for Moffat County

While some of Craig's leaders worked in the limelight, helping the city to grow, others stayed in the background, providing invaluable guidance in critical areas.

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Public election test certifies voting machines

Moffat County's public test for the Nov. 4 general election proved successful, Lila Herod said, meaning all voting equipment works as election day draws nearer.

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MCHS homecoming, from the students' views

Every year, MCHS celebrates homecoming week a different way. This year's celebration kicked off with Class Color Day.

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Clerk holds mock election for Newspapers in Education students

And the winners are ...

There should be voting via the Internet in Moffat County, the students participating in the 2008-09 Newspapers in Education program decided.

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Let the celebration begin

Bulldogs put away Rawlins in homecoming victory

It took them a while to get going, but when they did, they rolled.

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4-H Council reprints book for funds

Moffat County plat resource to be updated

Moffat County 4-H Council members have announced the "Moffat County Plat and Brand Book" is being updated and reprinted. The plat book last was printed in 2003. Sale of the book is a fundraising project for the Council.

CNCC breaks ground Monday

On Monday, Moffat County residents will see the first visible progress on the new Colorado Northwestern Community College campus in Craig.

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Bus transit facility close to done

Commuters will have more reliability in service

Officials expect the new Steamboat Springs Transit facility in Craig figures to be finished within a month, before winter ices the Yampa Valley, Jonathan Flint said.

Emery Bear: County losing money

Moffat County just had half of $1 million stolen.

Tom, Roxane and Taylor Miller-Freutel: Cross party lines

How important will leadership be in the coming months? As everyone now realizes the events of the past three months, and, most notably, the past three weeks, have focused our attention on the very real need to cross party lines in an effort to rebuild the American economy. What may be less obvious is the effect recent events will have at the state level. This same bipartisan leadership will be critical for the survival and viability of a strong Colorado economy. With the upcoming election, we will have a unique opportunity to assure the future success for our children. Sound fiscal practices and balanced decisions will calm our fears and lead us beyond the present difficulties.

Chuck Mack: We had a fun day - part 2 of 2

When we got to State Highway 134, which is the Gore Pass highway, we made a right turn headed towards Toponas. After reaching the summit of the pass and then going down the other side a few miles, we came to the road that turns off and goes down to Radium and the Colorado River. This road follows along Blacktail Creek for most of its distance down to the Colorado River.

Our View: Let the healing begin

One week ago, a group of more than 50 community members, The Memorial Hospital Board members and hospital employees gathered at The Boardroom restaurant to celebrate jumping a tall hurdle.

Craig briefs for Oct. 11

Local election debates next week

Friday, October 10

Homecoming a different experience for MCHS athletes

The lights. The competition. The pressure. Homecoming week can be a different experience altogether for student athletes.

Alumni: Mike Anson, Nancy Bohrer and Michael Todd Reece

Year graduated from Moffat County High School: 1988

Faculty: James Neton and Robin Weible

Where did you come from originally and what brought you here?

Teachers work around student excitement during homecoming

Homecoming week poses unique challenges to high school faculty.

Longtime residents reflect on homecomings past, present

Pete Pleasant remembers when homecoming was the biggest event of the fall semester.

Keeping the past alive

A look at how homecoming celebrations, themes evolved throughout the years

In the year 1919, "It" was afoot.

Homecoming: A time for coming together

Crisp, clear skies, cool October mornings and Friday-night lights make for some of the best days in Craig.

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Tigers must get defensive

Stopping running back is Hayden's key to rejoining league race

Hayden football coach Shawn Baumgartner knows stopping Hotchkiss running back Ethan Coe is the key for the Tigers tonight in a pivotal Western Slope League game in Hotchkiss.

Moffat County Neighbor: Carol Whitehead

Name: Carol Whitehead

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The homecoming bonfire continues to be a favorite

Twenty-nine years ago, Dennis Jones watched the homecoming bonfire as a senior in high school.

Amendment 58 opposition not about taxes

Conservatives say it raises revenue at local communities' expense

State Rep. Al White, R-Hayden, said he does not oppose Amendment 58 because it raises taxes on the energy industry.

Diane Prather: Perfect treat for fall: pumpkin cookies

Autumn is here, and last week, inspired by three pumpkins that are turning orange in our garden, I decided to bake something with pumpkin in it.

Ruth White: Don't vote for Obama

Here is my opinion: I don't think Sen. Barack Obama should be president of the United States.

Carol Valera Jacobson: I'm ready for change

About this time every four years, I get a bit baffled and bewildered by the onslaught of information, misinformation and biased attack ads leaking through television, radio, print media and the Internet about political candidates, amendments, initiatives and referendums.

Scott Cook: Union statement wrong

I wanted to question/clarify Mr. Cartwright's letter.

Police Blotter for Oct. 10

Robert Allen Mack, 33, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrant.

Craig briefs for Oct. 10

Craig Fire/Rescue responded to a hazardous materials spill Wednesday after a Halliburton truck rolled over and caused a release of chlorine gas.

Datebook for Oct. 10

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

Trash collection costs to grow

Hayden residents will pay 50 cents more a month for garbage collection under a contract the Town Board approved Tuesday night.

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Test election extended to today

Public participants not worried about errors

Walker Criswell, 46, and John Ponikvar, 52, have spent the past few years helping the county test its election machines as respective Democratic and Republican representatives.

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MCHS names 2008 Bulldogs homecoming royalty

If their newly crowned royalty status doesn't come with a personal assistant, Moffat County High School's 2008 homecoming honorees might need to look into hiring one to keep track of their appearances the rest of the week.

Thursday, October 9

Flannery charges expected

Former Habitat director accused of stealing as much as $70K

Steamboat Springs police expect to file felony theft charges against Shelly Flannery, the former executive director of Routt County Habitat for Humanity, as early as the end of the week.

Police Blotter for Oct. 9

Robert Allen Mack, 33, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Bulldogs strive for first homecoming victory in 3 years

Friday's game against visiting Rawlins, Wyo., will mark the third consecutive homecoming game for the Moffat County High School football team.

Local standings

Craig Middle School results:

Don Roth: Tournament a success

On Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 6 and 7, Craig was host to a two-day event.

Ray Cartwright: Amend. 47 hurts us all

In support of Mr. Wilson's letter, here are some facts from the "Bureau of Labor Statistics":

Mary Blakeman: Give to Humane Society

The success of the Humane Society of Moffat County depends on the generous donations from our community, especially the donations designated to the Humane Society through the United Way.

Cathy Hamilton: Dolls trigger love-hate relationship

Of all the horrifying reports I saw on "The Today Show" this week, perhaps the most shocking was the one about grown women playing with dolls.

Craig briefs for Oct. 9

Moffat County High School has a new Web site.

Datebook for Oct. 9

9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at the Golden Cavvy. Marian Simons will review "John Adams" by David McCullough.

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Bill Harding: Buy American Legion Post 62 raffle tickets

The American Legion Post 62 raffle for the Remington Model 700 BDL 30-06 with a variable 3-9x40 Leupold scope ends Saturday.

Moffat County needs a plan

Tourism board seeks research company to identify marketing plans

The Moffat County Tourism Association board plans to hire a professional firm to research marketing opportunities for Moffat County.

Clerk's Corner: Election day is approaching fast; be prepared

The County Clerk's Office would like to remind you that Election Day is approaching fast!

Murder confessions won't be heard

Murder trial judge's rulings include change of venue

Three separate, recorded confessions by a Craig man accused of killing his wife and dismembering her body will not be heard by a jury, a Moffat County District Court judge ruled Wednesday morning.

A year, plus 99, in the making

About 100 years after the Gerber family first settled near Craig, Arloa Gerber found herself attending one of the final meetings of the Craig Centennial Committee.

Wednesday, October 8

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Judge to rule on motions today

Attorneys in murder case make final arguments

Attorneys involved in a motions hearing in Moffat County District Court made final arguments Tuesday afternoon and await today's decision from Judge Michael O'Hara.

Commission: Shop local

County to prioritize local companies for government contracts

Local businesses should get preference when bidding on government work and purchasing contracts, the Moffat County Commission said.

Flannery investigation dry in Moffat County

Moffat County Budget Analyst Tinneal Gerber said the investigation into possible financial improprieties by Shelly Flannery has not yielded anything suspicious.

Chamber, MCTA almost buddy up

The Craig Chamber of Commerce board will explore options to help the Moffat County Tourism Association hire an executive director.

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Brenner, White split on oil

State Senate candidates disagree about industry regulation

State Senate candidates Al White and Ken Brenner disagreed about how to manage western Colorado's oil and gas development, with Brenner urging for more regulation and White saying that such efforts could hurt the state's economy.

Caroline Dotson: 'The Painter From Shanghai' grabs readers

Jennifer Cody Epstein has written her first novel, "The Painter From Shanghai." Epstein grabs the reader with this beautifully written historical-fiction story about Pan Yuliang, a woman who went from prostitute to famous Chinese painter during the early 1900s.

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Beeg wins state title

D'Evelyn senior comes from four strokes back

Trailing by four strokes heading into Tuesday's final round of the 4A high school golf state championships, D'Evelyn senior Brenden Beeg did the unthinkable.

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Bulldogs fall to Sailors

Moffat County swept by rival on homecoming

When it comes to Steamboat Springs versus Moffat County, you can pretty much throw out records, stats and home-court advantage.

Murals OK'd for regional airport

Logos representing Steamboat Springs and Hayden are set to join Craig's symbol on the side of an airport wall.

Fantasy Fix: Week 6: Changing the tune

Another surprise at running back in Week 5 already has people scrambling to add Deangelo Williams to their lineups.

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Demons too much for Bulldogs

Moffat County falls in homecoming game

The Moffat County High School soccer team played a great first half Tuesday against visiting Glenwood Springs.

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Mail-in ballots on the way

Final voter registration tally for Nov. 4 election pending

Voter registration for the upcoming general election drew to a close Monday with more than 500 people submitting registration and change of address forms on the deadline.

George Wilson: What 47 is really about

I have been reading the letters about Amendment 47, and I thought I would tell you what I know about this issue.

The Hayden Class of 1958: Thanks to the Temples

The class of 1958 would like to say thank you to our fellow classmate, George Temple, and his wife, Steffenie, for opening their home for our 50th class reunion, which was held Oct. 5.

Our View: Show your school spirit

This week Moffat County High School celebrates Homecoming.

Police Blotter for Oct. 6

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs for Oct. 8

Traffic interruption on Colo. 13 Thursday

Datebook for Oct. 8

Today

Tuesday, October 7

New allegations against ex-Habitat director

Flannery accused of stealing about $70K from county nonprofit

Police are investigating claims that Shelly Flannery, former executive director of Routt County Habitat for Humanity, embezzled about $70,000 from the nonprofit organization over a nine-month period.

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Logging of ski slopes under way

Forest Service, Steamboat officials will remove only most dangerous trees this year

Several Mount Werner hiking and biking trails have been closed for the remainder of the fall while the Steamboat Ski Area and U.S. Forest Service work to remove dead and dangerous trees before the slopes open to skiers and snowboarders for the winter.

John Vandelinder: Results from Bulldogs sports

Oh, how I wish I were watching the high school boys state golf championships in our own backyard and a Bulldog was in contention.

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Slow start, fast finish

Sailors golfers compete in first day of state tournament at YVGC

Judging by their first six holes during Monday's opening round of the state championships at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig, no one would have thought Scott Ptach and Kaelen Gunderson would end their rounds with smiles on their faces.

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Eyeing the finish line

MCHS cross-country team places 5th in Loveland

Since the beginning of the cross-country season, Moffat County High School coach Todd Trapp has preached improvement each and every week.

Club 20 hosts Moffat County Caucus at Holiday Inn

Tonight, Reeves Brown wants to tell you why his organization opposes all Nov. 4 Colorado ballot questions, with one exception: a constitutional amendment that makes it harder to pass constitutional amendments.

Ken Parsons: Vote 'no' on 58

Amendment 58 proposes to eliminate the property tax credit energy companies take against their severance tax liability, thereby increasing severance taxes.

Valerie Rohrich: Clean up your garbage

Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in highway cleanup with an organization in the community.

Jennifer L. Grubbs: Early adventures in civics

Elections can be so much fun for children.

Maren Schmidt: Asking children for what you want

The best selling book, The Secret, talks about the problem of not having a clear vision of what we want.

Police Blotter for Oct. 5

Moffat County Jail

Senior Spotlight for Oct. 7

Have you ever thought about what kind of animal you are like or would like to be?

Craig briefs for Oct. 7

MCHS announces new Web site

Datebook for Oct. 7

Today

Judge sentences defendants to prison

A Moffat County District Court judge handed down 11.5 years total prison time Wednesday to two suspects for drug convictions.

Voter registration closes

Officials prepping for heavy November turnout for general election

With less than a month left before the Nov. 4 general election, the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office has a whole new batch of potential voters to enter into its system.

Funding plan raises questions

Commission unsure EDP will return investment

Moffat County needs to diversify its economy and not be dependent on the energy industry, said Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership officials.

Monday, October 6

Datebook for Oct. 6

Today

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A piece of the past

Sheep Wagon Days draws people in for a look at area's heritage

The buzzing of clippers raking through a sheep's wool mixes in with old-time music, adults and children laughing and talking.

Craig briefs for Oct. 6

Singers wanted for Handel's 'Messiah' in December

Business beat: New Monday business columnist starts today

Good morning! Starting today, each Monday in this space, the Daily Press will print a business column written by me, Bryce Jacobson, publisher of the Craig Daily Press.

Last chance to register to vote

Voter registration office sees surge, more active voters in this election

Today is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 general election, though it seems many in Moffat County already have done so.

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Bulldogs blanked by Huskies

Battle Mountain celebrates homecoming with 8-goal outburst

After every home game, the Battle Mountain soccer team has run across the field to salute its fans.

Aging Well: Getting the most from nutrition labels

Fill your grocery basket with fresh fruits and vegetables and you know you're buying nutritious products. Choosing healthy processed foods, such as cereal, bread and yogurt, isn't so easy.

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H. Neal Glanville: That's just life in Craig

Yup, I like Craig. I've always liked it, and when I've gone away on one adventure or another, she's been in my heart.

Sunday, October 5

Better times ahead

Economist offers a brighter outlook amid difficult days

Economist Carl Steidtmann analyzed the financial crisis and gave a levelheaded forecast of the U.S. economy Friday morning, predicting a modest recession with a slow recovery that could start late next year.

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Censorship not a relic of the past

Banned Book Week promotes awareness of current literature disputes

As Thomas Jefferson said Friday, "Information is the currency of democracy."

Saturday, October 4

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William Terrill - keeping the peace

People often assume that a small-town boy can't make much of a difference in the big picture of Colorado or America, but several natives of Northwest Colorado have defied that thinking and served in high offices with dignity and determination.

Chuck Mack: We had a fun day: Part 1

It looked like it was going to be a beautiful day, so this morning we decided to take a drive to see how the fall colors were coming along. Our son, Mike, and daughter-in-law, Deb, went with us.

Patrick Wayne Germond: Informative, hilarious

Letters from Allen Hischke and Michelle Conroy were printed in the Daily Press on Oct. 1. Michelle's was informative, and Allen's was hilarious.

Dave Pressley: Purely coincidental

After reading the front page article in Thursday's paper, "Pumping the Economy Dry," I found it very interesting that by lunchtime, gas prices in Craig had dropped 8 to 10 cents a gallon from the day before.

Our View: Ordinance not needed

We often hear talk of the "nanny state." But as an editorial board, we are rallying against the "mommy and daddy state."

Police Blotter for Oct. 2

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs for Oct. 4

Prairie dog plan comment period extended

'Ghost Town' reverts to formula

The comedy "Ghost Town" introduces old and new movie standards for the spirit world. For instance, ghosts need closure in order to cross over into the afterlife - old - and stepping through them is the primary cause of sneezing - new.

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Beef Council promotes products

"On behalf of Colorado's farmers and ranchers, welcome to Colorado."

Bulldog pride in full force

Moffat County High School celebrating annual homecoming

Don't be surprised if you see a lot of blue around Craig next week.

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Big game migrating to area

Moose spotted on Mount Werner; food limits bear problems

Dropping temperatures are pushing moose and elk down to lower elevations and into populated areas of the Yampa Valley.

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Salvage yard unveils art

Home ReSource to use warehouse to store items for winter

In the spirit of salvaging anything it can, Home ReSource opens its reclaimed warehouse today, with live music, food and a community art project.

John Salazar votes 'no' on bailout

Representative 1 of 63 Democrats to oppose financial measure

U.S. Rep. John Salazar again voted against the financial bailout bill Thursday, when the landmark legislation cleared both chambers of Congress and was signed into law by President Bush.

Hearing pushed to next week

Court to resume testimony, evidence in murder case Tuesday, Wednesday

Five days of witnesses and hours of recordings wasn't enough for a motions hearing to conclude as scheduled Friday afternoon in Moffat County District Court.

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Bulldogs team up for win in volleyball

5-game victory doubles Western Slope win total

Wins have been hard to come by this year for the Moffat County High School volleyball team, but when it does win, it makes it exciting.

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Devilish game in Gypsum

Bulldogs fall to Eagle Valley, 44-21

The Moffat County High School football team entered Eagle Valley on Friday night looking to move to 3-2 in the league, and play homecoming spoiler for the second-consecutive week.

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District misses moving target

Moffat County meets fewer AYP goals last year than 2 years ago

The Moffat County School District met fewer Annual Yearly Progress goals for the 2007-08 school year than it did the previous year.

Datebook for Oct. 4

Today

2009 budget: Same services, new year

The city of Craig does not plan to shift priorities in the new year, City Manager Jim Ferree said.

Friday, October 3

Diane Prather: Bake a cake in a mug? It works!

This week's recipe comes with a warning (all in fun): "And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we are only five minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!"

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Thank you for smoking - outside

Smokers weigh in on indoor ban

Renee Turner and Christy Raymond find their little corner outside Village Inn for a post-meal smoke quite comfortable.

Council talks long-term issues

Craig City councilors, the mayor, city department heads and city staff talked about more than numbers during a seven-hour budget session Thursday.

Chamber glad to see labor measures dropped

Four amendments would have harmed business, Evans Hall said

Steamboat Springs - Sandy Evans Hall was "thrilled" to learn Thursday that labor groups agreed to drop four proposed constitutional amendments from the Nov. 4 ballot. Evans Hall, executive vice president for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, said those proposals would have been detrimental to business.

Bears gnaw Bulldogs in Rifle

RIFLE - Down 8-2 in the third game, Rifle volleyball coach Geneva Farr called for a timeout to re-energize her troops.

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Back in the swing of things

Bulldogs sweep past Hayden

The streak stopped Thursday.

Moffat County Neighbor: Stacy Scroggs

Name: Stacy Scroggs

Patrick Mosbey: Walk in my shoes

To the editor:

Lois J. Stoffle: Excellent coverage

To the editor:

Christina M. Currie: A high pressure job

I'm scared. Really scared.

Craig briefs for Oct. 3

Craig briefs for Oct. 3

Motions hearing enters 5th day

Recording describes death, burial

An Aug. 24, 2007, interview between investigators and a Craig man suspected of murdering his wife resulted in the recovery of the woman's dismembered body, according to an audio recording heard Thursday morning in Moffat County District Court.

Datebook for Oct. 3

Today

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A new TMH on the horizon

HUD loan guarantee paves way for new facility

On Wednesday, George Rohrich heard the news he had been waiting one year to hear. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will guarantee the $40.3 million mortgage loan that will help make a new The Memorial Hospital facility a reality.

Thursday, October 2

Cathy Hamilton: Skin shows ghosts of the past

I don't want to sound like an alarmist, but I'm seeing spots and, well, it's alarming, I tell you!

Craig briefs for Oct. 2

Craig briefs for Oct. 2

Murder case resumes with pretrial testimony

A Craig man charged with murder told a Moffat County Sheriff's Office deputy that he believed he was in danger from his late wife and had to defend himself, the deputy testified Wednesday.

Ollie Hope: Bailout unnecessary

To the editor:

Homecoming spoilers

MCHS football looks to steal second-consecutive victory at Eagle Valley

Moffat County took a big step in the right direction last week with its 12-10 victory against host Delta on the Panthers' homecoming night.

Lynne Herring: To the American people

To the editor:

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Datebook for Oct. 2

Today

Schools score well on reports

Steamboat High School misses Adequate Yearly Progress goal

The schools of Routt County fared well on annual Adequate Yearly Progress reports from the Colorado Department of Education, but because of one goal left unmet, the Steamboat Springs School District failed to meet the state's goals.

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Pumping the economy dry

State Senate candidates eye local gas prices

Both candidates for state Senate District 8 have taken up gas prices as an issue for Northwest Colorado residents.

County clerk: Local sales tax applies to all auto sales

There may have been some confusion or misinformation about vehicles purchased at the recent Grand Valley Auto "tent" sale at Craig's Centennial Mall, according to resident reports at the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office.

Mark Hillman: Big donors question energy tax

Looks like Gov. Bill Ritter has mastered a priceless political skill: the ability to say something absurd or hypocritical, while maintaining a straight face.

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CNCC moves forward with fundraiser

When John Boyd came to interview for the position of president for the Craig campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College, he was told to look out the windows north of the current campus to see the future.

Wednesday, October 1

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Rodeman charges dropped

Former Oak Creek mayor plans civil suit against town

The District Attorney's Office dropped all charges Wednesday against former Oak Creek mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman, who was arrested July 19 in an incident that eventually led to her being stunned with a Taser in her home.

Datebook for Oct. 1

Today

Chris Gingrich: Week 5: Time to pick up obscure talents

The Week 4 scoring leaders looked like a throwback to the 2005 season, as Larry Johnson racked up 29 points, Brett Favre threw six touchdown passes for 34 points, and Laverneus Coles caught three touchdown passes for 105 yards and 28 points.

Salazar: Bailout needs time

US Representative says economic solution could take '4 to 5 days'

Congressman John Salazar said Tuesday that he will not support a financial bailout bill without greater protection for taxpayers on the Western Slope.

Funding race close in HD 57

Hagenbuch has financial edge over Baumgardner in state House battle

Grand County Republican Randy Baumgardner has raised slightly more money than opponent Todd Hagenbuch in the race for state House District 57. But Hagenbuch, a Routt County Democrat, has spent far less and almost had $13,000 more available as of Sept. 24.

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Bow hunting harvest down

Local hunters blame harsh winter

Blame it on the winter.

Our View: We have a dream:

Craig is known as the Elk Hunting Capital of the World, which is a grand distinction.

Pipeline building delayed 2 weeks

A 94-mile natural gas liquids pipeline planned to run from Meeker to Wamsutter, Wyo., recently hit a three-mile hitch in Moffat County.

Michele Conroy: Germond misinforms

To the editor:

Finance professionals support bailout

Wall Street crisis not an immediate threat to average Americans

The need for government intervention in the financial markets is real, regional bank officials said Tuesday.

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Public Lands Day a success

Project continues work at Duffy Mountain

Community participation in this year's National Public Lands Day prompted Gina Robison to declare it the most successful one yet.

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CNCC plans for Amsterdam, Bruges

Local residents could experience European culture, art and history this spring.

Craig briefs for Oct. 1

Craig briefs for Oct. 1

Hankins' defense seeks venue change

Second day of motions hearing again focuses on recordings

The defense team for Terry Hankins filed a change of venue motion Friday in Moffat County District Court, seeking to move proceedings to another jurisdiction.

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CNCC plans for Amsterdam, Bruges

Local residents could experience European culture, art and history this spring.

Mary Jo Brown: Seeing the wonders of nature in full bloom

Sunday, my daughter, Jane, my great-granddaughter, Haley, and I went for a ride up through Morapas. The colors are in full splendor.

Police Blotter for Oct. 1

Moffat County Jail