Stories for September 2008


Tuesday, September 30

Police Blotter for Sept. 30

Moffat County Jail

H. Neal Glanville: Participating is worth the time

Yes, Craig America, there is a free lunch.

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Love INC fundraiser improves from last year

Sunday's fundraiser could set up a local nonprofit for the next several months.

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BLM rebuilds agency

Grand Junction to become regional office

The Bureau of Land Management plans to restructure its agency to put more authority in local regions rather than in state offices.

Motions hearing continues today with video recording

Prosecutors, defense presenting evidence in murder case

Day one of a five-day motions hearing in Moffat County District Court ended with the court listening to the beginning of an audio recording between Terry Hankins and local investigators.

Habitat for Humanity seeking more humans

Next project on hold until land can be purchased

It could be a while before Habitat for Humanity launches another project in Craig.

Craig briefs for Sept. 30

The annual Moffat County High School Homecoming Parade will be held on Friday, Oct. 10, on Yampa Avenue and Victory Way.

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Would-be voters on the clock

One week left to register for 2008 general election

Residents have until Oct. 6 - six days from today - to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election, which is shaping up to be one of the busiest elections for local officials in recent history.

Datebook for Sept. 30


Marsha Scullion: Way to express feelings

To the editor:

Anna Herring: React to roadless ruling

To the editor:

Maren Schmidt: Effective skill building is key

Research shows that learning new skills in the most efficient manner requires self-discipline and practice. That seems like commonsense to most of us. Science is confirming that, yes, to get better you've got to make yourself sit at the piano and play those tunes and do those finger exercises. Every day.

John Vandelinder: Bulldog beat for Sept. 30

First, let me start by saying I'm guilty.

Climbing the Summit

MCHS cross country team places third and fourth in Frisco

Maybe it was the 2 1/2-hour bus ride.

Monday, September 29

Andy Bockelman: 'The Women' wastes potential talent

Throughout the course of human history, the female gender has suffered a great deal of inequality and mistreatment. Sadly, this is only exacerbated in "The Women."

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A throwback to the Old West

Local gun club plays cowboys and Indians

Stacie Ossen, or "Sidewinder Sadie," as she's called by her fellow Northwest Colorado Rangers, wasn't trying to show off.

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Rampage in the Cage goes pro

Local cage-fighting circuit hosts first professional event

A small idea thought up about a year ago by two friends is turning out to be something a little bigger than expected.

Flu shot first line of defense against winter illness

Many people may accept a week in bed with a fever, cough, stuffy head and achy muscles as a typical, if unpleasant, part of every winter.

Datebook for Sept. 29

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

Craig sports briefs for Sept. 29

The Moffat County High School girls volleyball team came away winless this past weekend during its two-game road trip to Grand Junction and Delta.

School Board is in favor of tax surpluses used for education

The Moffat County School Board took a stand Thursday night on a proposed constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot this November.

Craig briefs for Sept. 29

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three or four people to participate on its next editorial board, which begins Oct 1.

Saturday, September 27

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Craig Fire/Rescue to display new fire trucks Thursday

Engines equipped to fight wildland, structural fires

Formally, they're known as Engine 2 and Engine 3. But Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston has another name for the two latest additions to the fire department's arsenal of flame-fighting tools.

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Cattle owners required to support research

Producers must pay $1 to the State Beef Council for each bovine sold

According to information on the Cattlemen's Beef Board Web site, "By law, all producers selling cattle or calves, for any reason and regardless of age or sex, must pay one dollar-per-head to support beef/veal promotion, research and information through the Beef Promotion and Research Act."

Chuck Mack: Old-time fire bosses and Tommy-Knockers - part 2

What the heck's a Tommy-Knocker? Well, they originated back in the early days of coal mining. Back then, miners were of a superstitious nature. This is understandable. Here they were, working deep underground, in total darkness, with only the most primitive means of lighting and breathing air that was just barely life-sustaining, at best, using primitive tools to mine the coal and everywhere was the threat of death.

Economic squeeze

Outside financial woes push against regional progress

As a principal party in the 1970s oil shale boom, Glenn Vawter is excited Colorado has re-emerged as an industry destination and a region of relative prosperity.

Datebook for Sept. 27

8 a.m. Meet Gina Robison, Bureau of Land Management outdoor recreation planner, for National Public Lands Day at the BLM Little Snake Office, 455 Emerson St. Volunteers will help build a trail at Duffy Mountain and will then be treated to free barbecue, a free raffle, a free T-shirt and live music at Juniper Hot Springs.

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Irving Pierce Beckett was born to lead

In the course of any town's history, some people stand out as born leaders - people who accept challenges and are able to get the general populous to follow them.

Asked and answered

Part 2 of a 2-part question and answer with district attorney candidates

The Daily Press submitted five questions to District Attorney candidates, Democrat Tammy Stewart and Republican Elizabeth Oldham. Answers to the first two questions were published in the Sept. 20 Saturday Morning Press.

Colorado Department of Agriculture issues livestock disease update

The Colorado Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Industry is responsible for animal health and livestock disease control activities in Colorado.

Our View: Unions should be a choice

There is no getting around the fact that the proposed "right to work" amendment - Amendment 47 - on the Nov. 4 ballot will weaken unions.

Craig briefs for Sept. 27

Crabfest scheduled for Oct. 24

Superintendent search is on

Bergmann to retire next year

The search is on for the next Moffat County School District superintendent. Pete Bergmann, Moffat County School District superintendent, plans to retire at the end of the 2008-09 school year.

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Getting even

Bulldogs spoil Delta's homecoming with fourth-quarter comeback

Moffat County and Delta, both 1-2 in league play entering Friday's contest, were searching for a pivotal win that would place one of the two teams at the .500 mark.

Friday, September 26

School Board reviews policy on searches

County approves action for student investigations

On Thursday, the Moffat County School Board approved a first reading of a policy that governs under what circumstances students may be searched and questioned at school.

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Prosecutor's job inspired by missionary service

Practicing law is an extension of Jon Pfeifer's stated commitment to public service.

Christina M. Currie: Running to something better

"How was school today," I asked.

Moffat County Neighbor: Andrea Luker

Name: Andrea Luker

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Shredding the pounds to win

New weight loss competition to launch Monday

Year after year, it was the same.

Diane Prather: New ham chowder recipe 'delicious'

This weekend, to use up some leftover ham, I made "Ham Chowder," a new recipe.

Yampa Valley Partners deals with funding loss

Although government support for Yampa Valley Partners has declined recently - ending with the Routt County Commission's total withdrawal this year - the group intends to continue services.

Craig man charged with witness tampering

The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested a 41-year-old Craig man Sept. 18 on suspicion of intimidating and tampering with a witness, a trend the task force contends is becoming more commonplace in criminal cases.

Police Blotter for Sept. 26

Moffat County Jail

Patrick Wayne Germond: Giving people a choice

Giving people a choice

Craig briefs for Sept. 26

Craig briefs for Sept. 26

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MCHS soccer falls in Rifle

RIFLE - All the running coach Ryan Mahler puts his Rifle boys soccer players through paid off Thursday.

Thursday, September 25

Cathy Hamilton: Mad Man sparks fantasies

Don't tell my husband, but I'm mad about another man.

Patrick Wayne Germond: Please vote yes on amendment 47

Amendment 47 is a right-to-choose amendment, conservative-style.

Don Roth: Moffat community full of generosity

To the editor:

'A long day'

MCHS golf team fails to qualify for state championships

Having placed two golfers in the top-5 two weeks ago in Aspen, the Moffat County High School golf team had reason to be optimistic about its chances in its return visit Tuesday.

Even record on the horizon?

MCHS football team visits Delta in battle of 1-2 teams

The 3A state football playoffs still are six weeks away, but the Moffat County High School Bulldogs can take a big step toward the postseason direction Friday when the team visits Delta.

Police Blotter for Sept. 25

Police Blotter for Sept. 25

Craig briefs for Sept. 25

A 50th class reunion for the class of 1958 in Hayden has been set for 10 a.m. Oct. 4 at Hayden City Park.

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SMART Board utilized for students' benefit

Cheryl Arnett clasps her hands together and smiles.

Affidavit: Suspect wrote 'hit list'

Craig man charged with soliciting first-degree murder

An 18-year-old Craig man has been charged in Moffat County Court on suspicion of attempting to arrange a "hit" on two people, according to court records.

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Museum plans new sculptor exhibit

Although not typically seen as an artist's mecca, Northwest Colorado helped shape the life and work of at least one nationally recognized sculptor.

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Tried and tested

Student first to be eligible for national scholarship in eight years

Jessica Hogue recently learned that a couple of hours spent studying and reviewing class notes pay off.

Datebook for Sept. 25


Bill Harding: Send clinic RN off right

Best wishes, Dave:

Wednesday, September 24

Craig Concert Association to kick off season

The Frank Vignola Quintet to perform Saturday

Get ready for another round, concertgoers.

Sales tax revenue up for city, county

The city of Craig's financials look good and not so good in different spots, city Finance Director Bruce Nelson said.

CDC extends influenza vaccine guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidelines for influenza immunizations.

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Fruita sweeps away Bulldogs

MCHS volleyball team loses 6th match in a row

Fruita volleyball coach Amelia Conner didn't want it to happen again.

Datebook for Sept. 24


Local human services groups form alliance

Human services groups, such as Moffat County Social Services, can do a better job of working together to overcome community issues, Marie Peer said.

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Craig Concert Association to kick off season

The Frank Vignola Quintet to perform Saturday

Get ready for another round, concertgoers.

police Blotter for Sept. 24

Moffat County Jail

Chris Gingrich: Fantasy season heading into Week 4

It's probably safe to assume that you did not have Ronnie Brown in your lineup for his amazing 39-point outburst against the Patriots. Well, join the crowd because 75 percent of Ronnie Brown's owners did not start him last week.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Besos de Lluvia en Madrid

Today we had our first rain of the fall season. The fall of the rain against my cheeks was much like that of happy tears.

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Fuel costs hit home for schools

Reserve projected to cover possible future price increases

Jim Baptist can remember a time when fuel for school buses cost about $1 a gallon.

Despite losing federal dollars, ACET committed to maintaining operations

The loss of a $92,000 federal grant means the All Crimes Enforcement Team won't be able to expand operations, task force commander Garrett Wiggins said.

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Relay for Life receives awards for goals

Relay For Life finished its second year in Craig with two awards and is gearing up to start its third.

Our View: Credit where credit is due

When Moffat County taxpayers voted last November to funnel public money into two major infrastructure and construction projects, we were excited to see the foresight involved in this decision.

Robert Thompson: Journalism worth pursuing in 2008

Although I was born in Knoxville, Tenn., I lived in Craig for 17 years, and I am now a 23-year-old student majoring in journalism at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pa.

Tuesday, September 23

Jennifer L. Grubbs: Memories fuel fans' team passion

On Monday, Broncos spirit was on overdrive in Craig.

Maren Schmidt: A thank-you walk

"I'm worried that my 4- and 6-year-old will be spoiled. They have such a great life - plenty of love, food, toys and money. I want them to be thankful for what they have," Melinda said.

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Celebrating the orange and blue

Football fans flock to Boys & Girls Club for Broncos Mania

School shmool.

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Rough riding

Injury-plagued MCHS rodeo team fights through home event

Cracked ribs, a torn ACL and a severed nerve.

AARP forum draws local hopefuls

Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara said his homeland of Syria has no freedom, no democracy.

Craig briefs for Sept. 23

The Moffat County Weight Loss Competition begins at 6 p.m. Monday at The Center of Craig. The 12-week program advises proper nutrition, food choices and encourages exercise. Participants receive personalized weekly one-on-one coaching.

Datebook for Sept. 23


Jason Wilensky: Increased tax rate is understandable

To the editor:

John Vandelinder: Bulldog beat

The soccer team made the biggest moves this week, picking up its first two victories this season to join every MCHS sports team with at least one win.

Mary Jo Brown: With sun and rain, a rainbow will appear

There's a song that has the words "every day's a new day" in it. Today is a new day, probably with sunshine in the morning and rain later on. I'll take the sunshine and get as much done as I can and when the rain comes, I'll hope it doesn't last too long.

Government, economic growth

State team leads discussion on planning

Government or industry incentives can attract development, Mark Buschenfeldt said, but the local government's planning process typically matters more.

Monday, September 22

Datebook for Sept. 22


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Bulldogs soccer coming together

MCHS defeats Roaring Fork for 2nd win

Two in a row - and counting. Having gone winless in its first four games, the Moffat County High School soccer team is picking up steam.

Craig briefs for Sept. 22

Daily Press editorial board seeks new members

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Waiting for the duckies

Craig Noon Lions Club holds first Rubber Duckie Race

Although the early bird may get the worm, the late duck got the prize Saturday.

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Making politics personal

MCHS teacher uses local government, elections in curriculum

Liane Davis-Kling doesn't rely only on a book to teach American government.

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Yampa Valley Bank building opens today

The new Yampa Valley Bank Craig building - formerly Moffat County National Bank - represents a new, important investment in the community, bank Vice President Mike Toczek said.

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One, two, three

Moffat County High School teams place third in home meet; girls finish in top 3 spots

Nike Cleverly had a plan. Competing in her second-consecutive Moffat County High School Invitational cross-country meet, the Bulldog sophomore didn't want a repeat of last year's home meet.

Aging Well: Taking control of arthritis

Jenny Thomsen held up a large can of anchovies as evidence of a change she's made in response to a big disease.

Saturday, September 20

Cheryl Chase: Thanks, community

I am writing this to thank a lot of people in our community - Craig Fire/Rescue, Craig ambulance crews, Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Craig Police Department and the staffs of The Memorial Hospital and Craig Mental Health.

Police blotter for Sept. 18

Monica Nmn Quezada, 26, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

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Pull up a chair

Community holds frank conversations on county's future

Darcy Trask got what she wanted Friday morning: Concerned residents, government officials and business owners talking frankly.

Asked and answered

Part 1 of a 2-part question and answer with district attorney candidates

In a month and a half, voters in the tri-county 14th Judicial District will elect a new District Attorney.

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Getting on the board

MCHS soccer team blanks Palisade for first win of season

It was bound to happen.

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Tom Ross: Pinedale a changing Western town

A great deal can change during the course of seven years in a mountain town, whether it's Steamboat Springs or Pinedale, Wyo.

Legislators, candidates discuss DOW

Since February, the Daily Press has followed the Colorado Division of Wildlife's big game herd management practices in Northwest Colorado.

Tigers want to match pace with speedy Bears

Letlow has put up big numbers on gridiron in previous games against Dolores

It's not the size of the Dolores football players that has Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner sweating, just a week after his team's biggest victory of the young season. It's the speed.

Datebook for Sept. 20

10 a.m. Craig Noon Lions Club presents the first Rubber Duckie Race, which finishes at Loudy-Simpson Park. Tickets are $10 per duck and are available from any Lions member. First prize receives $1,000, second gets $500 and third place wins $250. The fundraiser is for Craig Lions Eye Glass Fund. For information or tickets, call 824-5814.

Hankins motions hearing set

5-day murder case pretrial scheduled to begin Sept. 29

Attorneys are about a week away from beginning a five-day motions hearing in Moffat County District Court in the murder case against Terry Hankins.

Craig breifs for Sept. 20

Editorial board members needed

DOW offers materials to protect crops

Fencing provided free of charge to agricultural producers

Ranchers, farmers and landowners still have time to order free fencing materials to protect their hay and crops from winter wildlife damage.

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MCHS bows to Palisade

No. 2 team in state too much for Bulldogs

Having never beaten the Palisade Bulldogs during his previous six years at the helm, Moffat County High School football coach Kip Hafey was looking forward to the opportunity this season.

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Ersel Deakins devoted his life to Craig

If the adage, "20 percent of the people do 80 percent of the work," is true, Ersel Deakins was certainly one of the former during his long life of service to Craig and its people.

The Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks for compassion

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following:

Chuck Mack: Fire bosses cleared gas from mines

In the olden days of coal mining - I mean way back in the olden days, back before electricity, steam engines, gasoline engines, etc, the days before all these modern conveniences - if a job required power, you had two choices: human power or animal power.

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Lessons from Mother Nature

Craig Intermediate School field trip takes science classes outdoors

It was a dream vacation for local fifth-graders.

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Enter your sheep for awards in contest

The American Sheep Industry Association, a national organization with offices in Englewood, has announced the deadline for submission of nominations for its annual awards.

Friday, September 19

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Craig briefs for Sept. 19

A ceremony Monday marked the next phase in the education of seven nursing students at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

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Just call him 'Bubba'

Teenager juggles sports, family and the loss of his father

It's 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, a school day, and Brentten "Bubba" Ivers sits calmly with his hands folded in a makeshift trailer that doubles as the Craig Middle School administration office.

Clerk's Corner: Choose to vote by mail this year

By choosing a mail-in ballot, you have given yourself the freedom to sit down, relax and make an informed decision without the pressure of waiting in line.

Moffat County Neighbor: David Sheeran

Age: 32 Occupation: Cashier at Loaf 'N Jug

Andy Bockelman: 'Righteous Kill' is a disappointment despite stellar co-stars

Two of the greatest screen legends of all time unjustly find themselves holding a smoking gun with the misfire "Righteous Kill."

Datebook for Sept. 19

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

Police blotter for Sept. 19

Moffat County Sheriff's Office Wednesday, Sept. 17 Deputies responded to two requests to assist another agency.

Diane Prather: Use cabbage to warm up in the colder months

Fresh garden vegetable can be used to make wonderful soups

We have some nice cabbages in our garden, so I've been trying to find ways to use them. This past weekend I made cabbage burgers - our son and family were here - and the burgers sure went in a hurry.

Christina M. Currie: The art of communication

We clearly have a communication issue. I was sifting through 8-year-old Katie's backpack, looking for traces of the education I KNOW she's getting, when I found a scrap of paper on which she'd written "bring snack tommorwo" (She's generally a great speller, but you could tell she'd gotten ahead of herself.)

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An itching to scratch

They shine from beneath the glass, bearing the bright color of green and the possibility for big money. Scratch tickets can range in price from $1 to $20.

Republicans give $1,000 to local campaigns

The Moffat County Republican Central Committee does not plan to rest on its laurels for the Nov. 4 general election.

Thursday, September 18

Elizabeth Anderson turns 95

Elizabeth Anderson, of Craig, recently celebrated her 95th birthday at the home of her son and his wife, Tom and Ingrid Hammond.

Police blotter for Sept. 18

Gary Eugene Higgins, 21, of Grand Junction, was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrant.

Datebook for Sept. 18

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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Bill Harding: Recognize POW and MIA soldiers with national holiday

Sept. 19 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. This day of observance is the third Friday in September.

Craig briefs for Sept. 18

Church to host fundraiser Oct. 12

New angle on recreation center

Residents debate whether to have extra tax pay for addition to city

Lynne Herring is not opposed to a recreation center in Craig. She does not, however, want the community to pay more taxes to build it.

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The $8 billion fix?

Funds from federal legislation could put CDOT funding back on track

It's a familiar sight on many Colorado roads: crumbling asphalt, disintegrating roadways shoulders and dilapidated bridges.

Cathy Hamilton: Proposing fashion's next hot item

Michael Kors obviously didn't get the memo. Neither did Calvin Klein, Vera Wang or Marc Jacobs.

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MCHS football team hosts No. 2 Palisade Bulldogs


One game at a time. Despite last week's convincing victory against host Battle Mountain, you'd be hard pressed to find a Moffat County High School football coach who would talk about it.

Mathers institutes cover charge to pay for security

After owning a bar most of his adult life, there is one part of the business Tom Mathers still doesn't understand.

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Homecoming organizers accepting parade entries

Decorated float applications due Oct. 7; entry costs $30

The Moffat County High School Homecoming Parade of 1989 was going according to plan. Then, something out of the ordinary happened.

Wednesday, September 17

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Second-half intensity

Craig Middle School football team fights back for 22-20 home victory

Football is a game of 11 players on offense and 11 players on defense.

Datebook for Sept. 17


Rotarians come with questions for Stewart

Craig Rotary Club members took an opportunity Tuesday to probe deeper into the platform offered by a candidate for the 14th Judicial District Attorney's office.

Flannery case not a concern for GOWD

The Grand Olde West Days committee does not plan to research their finances after news that a former chairperson was investigated for embezzlement in Rio Blanco County.

Former POW lauds McCain

Retired colonel spent years in Vietnamese camp with candidate

Retired Air Force Col. Tom Kirk wasted few words Tuesday evening.

MCTA finalizes staff position

Board hopes to fill director opening by mid-October

The Moffat County Tourism Association board would like its director position filled by Oct. 15.

Police Blotter for Sept. 16

Moffat County Jail

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Dear American Soldier ...

Local military member brings flags to students who sent him letters

E.J. Caras was easy to spot at Craig Intermediate School on Friday morning.

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Investigation into marijuana operation continues

Future arrests are possible as the Routt County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a major marijuana growth and distribution operation discovered earlier this week south of Steamboat Springs.

Monty Robertson: Roadless areas crucial

In 2001, the Forest Service adopted a rule to limit roads in the backcountry of our state. This rule was supported by ranchers, hunters, anglers and everyday folks like you and me, who recognized that national forest roadless areas are crucial for a variety of reasons.

Cisneros gets life in prison

Woman found guilty of 1st-degree murder for killing daughter

A jury found Luz Cisneros, 34, guilty of first-degree murder Tuesday for the Sept. 6, 2007, death of her 1-year-old daughter, Brianna Simon. Judge Michael O'Hara sentenced her to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Chris Gingrich: Time for bargain hunting

Some early castoffs looking good now

In the second week of the season, fantasy football players really can start to tell who is going to be in their lineup week-in and week-out. Now is the time to target underachieving players for trades and look through the waiver wire for bargains.

Duckies down the Yampa

Fundraiser benefits those in need of eyeglasses

More than 300 rubber duckies will sail down the Yampa River this weekend, one cruising toward a $1,000 prize, in support of a worthy community cause.

Craig suspect back in police custody

Weeks before sentencing on a separate case, a Craig man was taken into custody Friday on a variety of alleged offenses, including domestic violence and child abuse, possibly adding to an already lengthy criminal history.

United Way begins donation campaign

Moffat County United Way begins its 2009 donation drive with the highest donation goal in the organization's history: $480,000.

Our View: Change needed for GOWD

Grand Olde West Days has fallen on hard times. Revenue is down, reserves have been tapped, volunteers are few and far between, and, with multiple locations scattered around town, the two-day event itself has started to feel disjointed.

Craig briefs for Sept. 17

Sheep Wagon Days scheduled for Oct. 2 to 5

Andy Bockelman: 'Burn After Reading' marks a return to Coens' familiar zaniness

In an age when government incompetence requires exposure, "Burn After Reading" allows audiences to re-examine the wording of Central Intelligence Agency.

Tuesday, September 16

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Deputies make pot bust

Cops seize Hilton Gulch marijuana operation, make arrest

Investigators with the Routt County Sheriff's Office needed all day Monday and a 26-foot-long U-Haul to deconstruct and seize a major marijuana growth and distribution operation south of Steamboat Springs.

Police Blotter for Sept. 15

Moffat County Jail

Love INC kicks off annual coat drive

With winter waiting around the corner, a nonprofit organization is gearing up to help residents stave off the cold.

Jennifer L. Grubbs: My guilty pleasure revealed ...

We all have guilty pleasures. Come on, admit it.

Maren Schmidt: Why don't we listen better?

The hostess at the dinner party asked me question after question, keeping me actively engaged in conversation.

'Plenty of options for everyone'

Lucero refutes Amendment 54 aimed at silencing teachers' unions

A Colorado campaign chairman recently defended an amendment that a speaker at last week's Moffat County Education Association meeting said was designed to bust teachers' unions.

John Vandelinder: This week in MCHS sports

A mixed bag of results in the land of Moffat County High School sports this week led to some movement in my weekly rankings.

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Middle school wing takes shape

Sixth-grade wing, administrative offices under construction

Crews are setting the stage for the new south wing at Craig Middle School.

Datebook for Sept. 16


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Local face joins veterinarian clinic

Although Julie Amick's veterinary career spans about three months, she has spent most of her life helping animals.

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 16

What a difference a day makes. Sunshine brings out the smiles and a feeling of awe.

Craig briefs for Sept. 16

Prescribed burn set for today

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Heading home

MCHS cross-country team returns from meet in Colorado Springs, readies for home meet

Having completed half of its fall sports schedule, the Moffat County High School cross-country team is right about where coach Todd Trapp wants his runners.

Social services eager to fund local actions

Moffat County Social Services has about $242,420 it has to spend before June 30, 2009, or the county loses that money to the state's long-term reserves.

Monday, September 15

Police Blotter for Sept. 14

Moffat County Jail

Siminoe honored as patrol deputy of the year

When it comes to corporal Dave Siminoe of the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, the scuttlebutt goes something like this.

Bulldogs volleyball swept at Glenwood Springs

Coach Sean Lively has said all season long that, with time and more experience, his Glenwood Springs volleyball team would come around.

Aging Well: Continuting education a path to many goals

Benita Bristol, 85, has always understood the importance of higher education. She and her late husband, Everett, helped found Yampa Valley College - now the Alpine Campus at Colorado Mountain College - in the late 1950s.

Terrie Barrie: Editorial on the mark

Your editorial, "Mud-slinging seasons starts," was right on the mark. I wish to offer some valuable Web sites that may help voters check out the facts themselves.

Datebook for Sept. 15


Murray Tucker: Primary care concern

This summer, Congress passed, over a Presidential veto, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008. If the override had not occurred, an automatic provision would have reduced primary care physician fees by 10.6 percent.

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Bulldogs bedeviled

Moffat County High School soccer team falls to 0-4 on the season

Tied, 1-1, at the half Saturday afternoon against visiting Eagle Valley, the Bulldogs had to be pleased with the defense played against Devils senior Cesar Castillo.

Craig briefs for Sept. 15

Love INC sponsoring coat drive

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Life in the fast lane

Teenager juggles racing cars and high school girls

What goes more than 100-miles per hour, dodges moving objects and still watches Sponge Bob Sqarepants?

Sunday, September 14

U.S. 40 closed between Steamboat and Kremmling

U.S. Highway 40 is closed between Steamboat Springs and Kremmling due to a semitractor rollover on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Saturday, September 13

Murder trial may end Monday

Luz Cisneros' attorneys questioned a number of the accused murderer's friends and family Friday as part of their effort to convince jurors that Cisneros was a loving mother who became so distraught by a failing romantic relationship that she "snapped" and killed her 1-year-old daughter.

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Next stage under way in TMH construction

Partial permit issued, final permit anticipated by month's end

There's evidence to prove that plans for building a new hospital are moving forward. On Thursday, workers began drilling holes for piers that will support the new facility's foundation.

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Bulldogs on the board

MCHS football team shuts down Battle Mountain, 43-31, for season's first win

Halftime in a football game is reserved for a rest period, as well as an opportunity for coaches to make adjustments.

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DOW releases Prairie Dog Conservation Plan draft

The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) has released for public review its draft conservation plan for the white-tailed and Gunnison's prairie dogs. This plan, when final, will be used as a guide to maintain these two species on native range on public and private lands in Colorado.

Craig education briefs for Sept. 13

Admissions meeting Sept. 30, Oct. 1

Police blotter for Sept. 13

Travis Kanimore, 35, of Denver, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving a vehicle while license under restraint, speeding, violating registration provisions and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Stoddards recorded the history of Craig as they lived it

It is unlikely that John and Mary Stoddard had any indication of the impact their son Charles A. would have on many lives when he was born on Dec. 21, 1893, in their Primghar, Iowa home.

State awards heritage tourism grant

Nancy Cramer had two words when she learned the Community Agriculture Alliance was awarded a $33,000 grant from the state for cultural heritage tourism.

Chuck Mack: My upcoming book

Since the recent article appeared in the paper concerning my receiving a grant from the Colorado Humanities to help in publishing my book on Mt. Harris, I've been asked what the book will be about.

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Locals show off their prize-winning livestock at State Fair

Kelly McLaughlin said the McLaughlin family members still are pinching themselves. That's because 13-year-old Darren, Willard and Kelly's son, won Grand Champion honors with his market lamb during the Colorado State Fair.

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Behind locked doors

Law enforcement veteran is named detention deputy of the year

A heavy locked steel door, with big bold words warning visitors against having tobacco or firearms, stands entrenched as a line of demarcation for Moffat County Sheriff's Office corporal Mike Malley.

Livestock purchases support 4-H students

Moffat County Fair results in animal assets

Many local residents and businesses purchased the animals raised by area 4-H members as their projects this year.

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Datebook for Sept. 13

6:15 p.m. The American Legion Post No. 62 hosts bingo night at the Elk's Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way. Sixteen games will be played. Doors open at 5 p.m. A 10-game pack costs $15. A progressive jackpot is more than $1,000. Call 824-3625.

John Vandelinder: A great week for Broncos fans

Whoa there. Slow down Broncos fans. Take a deep breath and relax.

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Hayden football downs Grand Valley

The Hayden High School football team isn't one-dimensional anymore.

DOW eager to strike a balance

Officials present herd plans, ideas to improve relations with landowners

Bill de Vergie is committed to doing what he can to bridge the gap between the Colorado Division of Wildlife and local landowners, including the farmers and ranchers who have been critical of regional wildlife policy.

Our View: We can't depend on DOW

There are two lessons the Colorado Division of Wildlife should learn from Rodney Culverwell's trial. First, the agency must realize at this point that its investigation was poor and not ready for trial.

Craig briefs for Sept. 12

Veteran fund provides wheelchairs

Preventative medicine at the polls

Election judge program gets students involved in the voting process

What's the best way to prevent voter apathy?

Craig briefs for Sept. 13

Calvary Baptist Church is scheduled to begin hosting Awana clubs, a nondenominational ministry, for children ages 3 years old through sixth grade at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Sept. 10 at the church, 1050 Yampa Ave. The acronym Awana stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, from 2 Timothy 2:15.

Friday, September 12

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Yea for one, nay for three

Members of Education Association urged to vote yes on SAFE

A group of Moffat County educators were urged to vote in favor of an amendment that would deposit funds into the state education fund.

Brianna Myre-Wilensky: Inform yourself about what McCain has done

Although I commend Gar William's service to our country and the American Legion, I wish he was better informed on where the candidates stand on veterans' issues. A candid look at McCain's voting record shows that he voted against veteran benefit bills more than he voted for them. The bills he did vote for gave significantly less money to veterans than the ones he voted against, even when there was a clear way to pay for these benefits. He also voted against a recent bill to give veterans scholarships, calling the bill "too generous."

Stephen Ghirardelli: Surprise: Obama aids American veterans

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, your front-page article featured veteran Gar Williams recalling his trip to the Aug. 28 American Legion Convention. He came away, it appears, with a dim view of Sen. Obama's regard for American war veterans. That's too bad.

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Frontier lands in Hayden

Lower-cost airline plans 3 daily YVRA flights for ski season

Frontier Airlines has added ski season flights from Denver to Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, the airline announced Thursday.

Chamber considers Marcia car options

Most of Craig's growth can be traced back to the railroad, and the town would be well served to keep a piece of that history alive, Dan Davidson told the Craig Chamber of Commerce board.

Judge denies mistrial in Cisneros case

Routt County Judge Michael O'Hara denied several requests for a mistrial Thursday in the first-degree murder case of Steamboat Springs resident Luz Cisneros.

Moffat County Neighbor: Nicky Boulger

Nicky Boulger Age: Old enough to know better

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Mixed emotions, reactions on anniversary

9/11: Still remembering 7 years later

As day was preparing to break on Wednesday, 12 members of the Craig Rotary Club headed out on the wet street, flags and cement buckets in tow. They hung up the flags all down Victory Way and Yampa Avenue in remembrance of an event that happened seven years ago, Sept. 11, 2001.

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Greek Orthodox Church celebrates 50th anniversary this weekend

Attending one church in Craig has been more than a ritual for Steve Maneotis. It's a part of his heritage. Maneotis, a Craig resident, grew up attending Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church.

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Datebook for Sept. 12

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

Leigh Ann Toovey: Go easier on local high school athletes

I am a former Moffat County resident with family still in the area, one of whom is a student athlete at Moffat County High School. I continue to read the Craig Daily Press online to keep up on local news and sports.

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Up-and-coming local cage fighter to defend title Saturday

Cody Fredrickson's blood spills on the floor of a cage just like any other fighter's. But, unlike the many who have dared step into the cage before him, the fluid that pumps through Fredrickson's veins has proved to possess a different strain.

Police blotter for Sept. 12

Firefighters responded to a call for a medical assist.

Democrats fund Wymore's campaign

Moffat County Democrats voted unanimously Thursday to support Lois Wymore's bid for the District 1 seat on the Moffat County Commission and will donate up to $500 for campaign expenses.

Former MCTA director accused of embezzlement

Police are investigating

The former executive director of the Moffat County Tourism Association is under investigation for embezzling more than $7,000 from the Rio Blanco County Historical Society, authorities confirmed Thursday.

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Bulldogs fight back for conference-opening win

Backed in a corner Thursday night, the Bulldogs did what Bulldogs do.

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Local rancher and veterinarian forge musical band with help from family

Meet John Allen. His deep voice and sun-reddened skin speaks to his lifestyle as a Moffat County rancher. But the feeling that his weather-roughened exterior hides comes out in notes, chords and lyrics - some of which he's written himself.

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Christina M. Currie: It's all a learning experience

I'm so glad my children are back in school and can experience the joys of recess.

Thursday, September 11

Frontier adds YVRA flights

Daily ski season service to begin Dec. 18

Frontier Airlines has added ski season flights from Denver to Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, the airline reported today. The service will run Dec. 18 to April 22 on Bombardier Q400 aircraft operated by Lynx Aviation, a Frontier Holdings subsidiary, according to a news release from the airline.

Craig briefs for Sept. 11

At its Tuesday meeting, the Craig City Council: • Renewed the 3.2 percent beer retail liquor license for Pizza Hut at 1070 W. Victory Way.

Lena Copeland: Thank you to school employees who helped

Thank you to school employees who helped

MCHS football looks for first win at Battle Mountain

Searching for a 'W'

Touchdown, no touchdown, it just doesn't matter anymore. Last week's nail-biting loss to visiting Rifle is gone now, a not-too-distant memory in Bulldog coach Kip Hafey's mind.

Craig Police Department investigates armed robbery

The Craig Police Department is continuing an investigation into an armed robbery that occurred Friday at a local business, Capt. Jerry DeLong said.

Police blotter for Sept. 11

Moffat County Jail Wednesday, Sept. 10 Kristen Nicole Verplanck, 19, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Cathy Hamilton: Weather sends party plans awry

There are few inalienable truths in life, and here's one of them:

CNCC to partner with CSU

Agreement to allow CNCC students to earn a bachelor's degree from university

Colorado Northwestern Community College students could begin taking their education to the next level without leaving home.

Bill Harding: Remembering 9/11

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the coordinated attack on U.S. citizens, air carrier services and buildings that are symbols of a free capitalistic society.

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Craig postmaster sworn in

With his hand on a Bible held by his two young sons, Victor Cordes took his oath Wednesday morning as Craig's new postmaster.

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Hispanic population learning English, breaking barriers

Integrated Community to launch ESL classes in Craig

Eveline Bacon has seen first-hand the need for English classes for Craig's Hispanic community.

MCTA funds state high school golf championship dinner

The Moffat County Tourism Association board decided a state athletics tournament is the kind of event it should support.

Walt Vanatta: August saw a mixture of criminal activity

The Police Department responded to 1,348 requests for service during August, and Community Service responded to 231 requests for service.

Murder case mistrial possible

Cisneros proceedings in jeopardy because of possible perjury

Trial proceedings for murder suspect Luz Cisneros adjourned Wednesday on the cusp of a mistrial.

MCHS golf team places third in Aspen

Going low

Finally. The Moffat County High School golf team did something Tuesday in Aspen it hadn't done all season, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

Commission candidates on the economy

Below is the first in a series exploring candidate platforms before the Nov. 4 general election.

Wednesday, September 10

Councilor curious about recent robberies

Craig City Councilor Joe Herod wants to know more about two armed robberies that happened during the last few weeks in Craig.

Our View: An anniversary to remember

It seems that the collective memories, the ones where everyone alive at that moment knows exactly where they were and what they were doing, are among the most painful memories we share.

Police Blotter for Sept. 10

Moffat County Jail

Dinosaur services position open to applicants

The Moffat County Commission does not want to abandon the idea of having a Dinosaur resident staff a Moffat County Social Services office in Dinosaur.

Bill Johnston: Grasping newly adopted fire code

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District has put a great deal of time and effort into the topic of adopting a uniform fire code. The district made important strides toward the safety of fire district residents, business owners and firefighters at its regularly scheduled August board meeting, where the 2006 International Fire Code was adopted effective immediately.

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Steamboat Springs takes a 6-0 victory against Moffat County

Continuity and experience are trademarks of the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team.

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One-stop college shopping

Other college preparatory events to follow in coming weeks

Nathan Hill and Jimmy Howe weren't sure exactly what they would find Tuesday night.

Craig briefs for Sept. 10

On Sept. 22, the Denver Broncos Football Club will visit the Boys & Girls Club of Craig to thank fans for their support of the team, according to a news release from the team. From 3 to 4:30 p.m., the public is invited to meet Broncos cheerleaders, Miles the Mascot, Ring of Fame member Billy Thompson and view the team's Super Bowl trophies and enjoy other activities.

Craig briefs for Sept. 10

On Sept. 22, the Denver Broncos Football Club will visit the Boys & Girls Club of Craig to thank fans for their support of the team, according to a news release from the team. From 3 to 4:30 p.m., the public is invited to meet Broncos cheerleaders, Miles the Mascot, Ring of Fame member Billy Thompson and view the team's Super Bowl trophies and enjoy other activities.

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Craig residents remember, take stock, 7 years after Sept. 11 attacks

Valerie Rohrich still remembers, seven years later.

Chris Gingrich: A review of the NFL's Week 1

Other than the season-ending knee injury to Tom Brady, the 2008 NFL season started off in excellent fashion.

Tuesday, September 9

Police Blotter for Sept. 9

Craig Police Department

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Maybell school gets $1,000 grant

A recent grant could benefit both young and old in Maybell.

Craig briefs for Sept. 9

Local band releases new album

Mary Jo Brown: Fall is a time to get things done

Autumn is a time to get things done, like fixing things and reading for winter. Get the ladder out and fix whatever. Ladders of all sizes are like our lives: The ups and downs change.

John Vandelinder: Bulldog beat

I returned from my vacation Sunday eager to find out what happened on the Moffat County High School sports scene.

Maren Schmidt: Children love quiet

Somehow between Madison Avenue and Hollywood, and all the places where kiddie culture is fed, we're given the view that children are rowdy and eternally needing to be entertained.

TMH building delayed

Contractors must receive licensure before work begins

Plans to begin the next stage of constructing a new hospital temporarily stalled Monday.

Jennifer L. Grubbs: A decision to let writers express ideas

Two weeks ago, I made a decision that I make twice every week. I chose to run a column written by my sports reporter, John Vandelinder.

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Bulldogs run through Grand Junction, Nelson wins second title

During its season-opening weekend beginning Aug. 28 in Denver, the Moffat County High School cross country team competed in the hustle and bustle of the big city.

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American Legion director hears presidential candidates at convention

Gar Williams, American Legion Department of Colorado director, sees four important issues at stake in the coming presidential election: Operation Iraqi Freedom, energy development, gun control and veteran's affairs.

Monday, September 8

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Huskies outrun Bulldogs

Four second-half goals lead Battle Mountain to 6-1 win against Moffat County

It may be monotonous and tiresome, but the beep drill is paying off for the Battle Mountain boys soccer team.

Aging Well: Retirees experience new lives abroad as volunteers

As an elementary school teacher, Joni Moss, of Clark, never imagined that in retirement, she still would be helping children - but in a much different way.

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Craig native's work focuses on women homesteaders

If they needed medicine, they brewed it themselves. If they needed a well, they dug it by hand. If they wanted a doll, they made it from pages from a catalogue.

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Culverwell defense speaks after case

Convictions not for elk shot in property defense

Pamela Mackey saw a measure of victory in her client's mixed verdict late Friday night.

Craig briefs for Sept. 8

Daily Press editorial board seeks new members

Saturday, September 6

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Collecting more ribbons

Moffat County 4-H members enter projects at 2008 Colorado State Fair

Ribbons galore. That's what Moffat County 4-H members received on their general category projects after judging at the 2008 Colorado State Fair.

Updates ahead at state level

School curriculum review anticipates standard charges

Some of the skills and content taught to Moffat County students, and students across the state, are about to change.

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Children's writing icon visits Strawberry Park

When Edward Irving Wortis began speaking in front of about 200 students at Strawberry Park Elementary School, very few students probably knew his real name. But when it comes to his books, they can almost recite them by heart.

Police blotter for Sept. 4

Officers responded to two requests to assist a resident.

Businesses decide on police plan

Oak Creek owners to present demands to Town Board next week

Oak Creek business owners came to a consensus Thursday night on what the town needs to do to improve community-police relations, though they are keeping mum on exactly what those demands are until presenting them to the Town Board next week.

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Steadfast teacher helps first-year educator

At Sunset Elementary School, a wall and 25 years separate Kathy Duran and Sara Linsacum.

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Golf fundraiser to benefit Moffat County Horizons

The sun shines through the back bedroom window at the converted group home on 50 W. 13th St., in Craig, and it's through the glass that 61-year-old Linda Roper looks out and finds enjoyment in nature's creatures.

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Hayden holds off Roaring Fork

Take away a pair of Coy Letlow runs and it might have been an interesting night in Hayden on Friday as the Tigers played their football home opener.

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Bears beat Bulldogs by inches

Rifle survives 42-35 marathon in offensive showdown

Rifle prevailed, 42-35, on a last-second goal-line stand against the Bulldogs in both team's Class 3A Western Slope League opener.

Our View: Mud-slinging season starts

Once again, it's starting to get muddy on the airwaves.

Chuck Mack: I wonder why?

Just dreaming about peaceful co-existence between deer and humans

I wonder why the village deer that frequent our yard most every night are so wasteful.

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The Bilsings - one of Craig's great landmarks

Some of Craig's greatest landmarks - structural and human - began with modest beginnings but have given Craig a rich history of American commerce.

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Culverwell convicted of 16 charges

Craig man found guilty of 4 Class 5 felonies; sentencing scheduled for Nov. 4

After almost nine hours of deliberation, Rodney Culverwell's jury found him guilty of 16 of 80 poaching charges filed against him April 1 by the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Craig briefs for Sept. 6

High Desert Classic today at 10 a.m.

Friday, September 5

Verdict reached in Culverwell trial

Rodney Culverwell, 41, a Moffat County rancher, was convicted Friday evening on 16 of 80 poaching charges filed by the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

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Closing arguments begin today in poaching trial

Day eight in the trial of a Moffat County rancher accused of poaching wildlife on his property ended Thursday with the defense and prosecution resting, setting the stage for jury instructions and closing arguments today.

Independent Living Council meets Sept. 10

The Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. A 15- to 30-minute public comment session is scheduled at 1 p.m. for people who wish to address the SILC about issues concerning individuals with disabilities in and around Craig. Sign language interpreters will be available throughout the meeting, which will be fully accessible.

Moffat County Neighbor: Jedonne Mattson

Age: Old enough

Fr. Randy Dollins: Armchair Christians

9.475? Are you kidding me? She was robbed! If you are like me, for two weeks in August, you became an "Armchair Olympic Judge." Over the past four years, none of us has watched any gymnastics or diving, and yet, with a few hours of viewing the games and listening to NBC's commentators, we feel completely qualified to dispute the scores given to athletes. We are casual critics who lack real experience. We are Americans and being presumptuous is in our blood. Whether it is watching sports, listening to our doctors, finishing our homework or even practicing our religion, on our own authority, we just know better.

Local boy wins 1st place at rodeo

Moffat County High School kicks off rodeo season in Cortez

Inconsistency is holding back the Moffat County High School rodeo team, coach Dave Fleming said Wednesday.

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Golfers move up at home

Team finishes sixth at meet behind Moyer and Dockstader

It took Mark Dockstader nine holes to get warmed up, but the Moffat County junior was pleased with his effort after that.

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Tigers dominate net, bulldogs

GJ cruises to a 3-0 victory against Moffat County

It didn't take long for Grand Junction High School to establish volleyball dominance over Moffat County on Thursday.

Police Blotter for Sept. 5

Moffat County Jail

Clerk's Corner: Election dates to remember

Upcoming dates for 2008 General Election:

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Teachers fetch lessons from Meeker Classic

If all goes according to plan, Tyler Gonzales, 8, will see something today that he's been hoping to see for a while.

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Datebook for Sept. 5


Diane Prather: Special process makes this chocolate cake extra good

I've written before how rewarding it is to meet people through this column. This past week I received a letter from Bonnie Clifton, a former Craig resident who now lives in Brighton. (Do any of you remember Bonnie Dunn?) I got to visit with Bonnie by phone, too.

Andy Bockelman: 'House Bunny' is sweet, but shallow comedy

With high heels, a tube top and an insipid look on her face, "The House Bunny" is coming to a theater near you.

Holding their own 'watch parties'

Two Moffat County men like what they see as McCain accepts nomination

Moffat County Republicans stayed home to watch Sen. John McCain accept their party's nomination for president Thursday night.

Craig briefs for Sept. 5

Sports center makes hunter list

Christina M. Currie: Counting the days

We wait all summer for this, don't we?

Thursday, September 4

Upgrades in elementary schools nearly completed

One of the first phases of building upgrades across Moffat County School District is almost finished.

Bill Harding: Display flag to remember those who died Sept. 11

In order to remember all those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001, next Thursday, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States.

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City Road, Bridge replace patch

A stretch of Yampa Avenue was narrowed Wednesday while crews revisited a temporary fix.

Craig briefs for Sept. 4

Wyman hosts High Desert Classic

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Police Blotter for Sept. 4

Moffat County Jail

Construction stops as CNCC waits for contract

Colorado Northwestern Community College's Craig campus is nearly finished with one phase of its new campus.

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Terminal construction under way

Company has 60 days to complete structure

A year's worth of work began taking shape Wednesday at Craig/Moffat County Airport.

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Culverwell case closer to resolution

Colorado Division of Wildlife policies were again at the forefront of testimony and questions in the case of local rancher Rodney Culverwell on Wednesday.

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Bulldog golfers finish 8th at Haymaker

After the final ball had dropped Wednesday, the Moffat County High School golf team landed right in the middle of the 16-team field at the Steamboat Sailors Invitational.

Cathy Hamilton: Facebook brings social worry

I'm depressed and distraught because I don't have enough friends.

Wednesday, September 3

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 3

Nice refreshing rain, yes? Company on the way home. My sister, Anna Berniece, and daughter Jean were here for the Labor Day weekend.

'It's been a long process'

Developer for 187-acre parcel to enter two-year waiting period for Pence Drive

The Moffat County Commission gave the green light for the next phase in one subdivision but not for a road in a similar parcel.

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Back in session

First day of school brings a few challenges to district administrators

The first day of school Tuesday brought a mix of challenges to Moffat County School District administrators.

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Hayden begins school year

Tuesday was day of discovery for Hayden Valley Elementary School first-grader Christian Aamodt, who began the new academic year by being introduced to the school library, school policies and school regulations, not to mention his teacher and classmates.

Andy Bockelman: 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' an amazing showcase

Woody Allen movie provides fantastic Spanish setting

Woody Allen's movies once centered largely on New York City, but an upsurge in his work has coincided with his filming in European sites. The latest, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," is no exception.

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Bears kick past Bulldogs

Moffat County opens season with 3-1 loss to more experienced Rifle team

Ryan Mahler can empathize with Moffat County's Rusty Cox.

Board to name road, discuss annexation

Hayden trustees also will hear presentation related to Solandt Memorial Hospital

The Hayden Town Board is scheduled to bestow a name on a new road, tackle a whopping annexation proposal and address a request related to Solandt Memorial Hospital at its meeting Thursday.

Police blotter for Sept. 1

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs for Sept. 3

VFW Ladies Auxiliary hosts dinner

Datebook for Sept. 4


Culverwell takes the stand

Prosecution rests in poaching trial

Rodney Culverwell admitted to killing six elk on his ranch this winter during almost four hours of testimony Tuesday afternoon.

Fantasy Fix: Roster additions for depth

NFL season opener right around the corner

The NFL season is only a day away with the New York Giants starting their title defense at home against the Washington Redskins. I

Our View: What took DA's office so long?

Sometimes it takes a successful snake-oil salesman getting caught to highlight something that's not working correctly in a community.

Tuesday, September 2

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Sharing a passion for science

Massey has worked to upgrade technology, curriculum in Hayden

In an understated way, Dean Massey calls his background "unusual."

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Flag fundraiser a trademark Rotarian project

What began as an Eagle Scout project for a local youth has become a visible stamp of one local group's activity in Craig.

Jennifer L. Grubbs: Plentiful tree sculptures

One of the oddest things for me in moving to Craig was seeing all of the tree sculptures across town.

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Bulldogs slain by Spartans

Defending champions use big plays to silence MCHS in season-opener

Moffat County High School football coach Kip Hafey knew it was coming.

Datebook for Sept. 2

Today 6:55 a.m. Tammy Stewart, Democratic candidate for 14th Judicial District Attorney, plans to speak to the Craig Rotary Club about her campaign platform at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave.

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Colorado Street home a testament to city history

The house at 595 Colorado St. stands as an example of the faith and determination possessed by two of Craig's early residents.

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Culverwell case continues today in District Court

A criminal case against a Moffat County rancher charged with poaching elk on his property this winter continues today in Moffat County District Court.

Craig briefs for Sept. 2

Weather helps stop fire spread Rain, cloud cover and higher humidity helped stop the spread of a fire seven miles northwest of Meeker, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported in a news release.

Maren Schmidt: Noise

Blaise Pascal, the 17th century philosopher and mathematician, wrote "All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone."

Monday, September 1

Datebook for Sept. 1


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Trapp secures running series championship

Well, what exactly did people expect him to do for a celebration? Todd Trapp won Sunday's 10K at 10,000 feet Steamboat Springs Running Series race and, in turn, locked down the men's season-long running series points competition.

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Gala to benefit MCHS clubs, sports

Former Bronco Marlin Briscoe to speak at inaugural event

On Saturday, residents can support 12 local school groups all at once.

Fires partially contained

Portions of blazes allowed to burn to benefit habitat

During the weekend, fire crews continued to battle two blazes that started last week.

Aging Well: Tai Chi eases and strengthens the mind and body

With names such as "Play the Lute" and "Push the Mountain," Tai Chi movements reveal both the relaxing and invigorating aspects of the exercise.

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Bulldogs off and running

Harriers race in back-to-back races in first week of season

The Bulldogs jumped into their season with back-to-back meets against some of the best teams in the state Thursday and Friday on the Front Range.

Gabriel Daigle: What is truth?

Some of us believe all the things we see and hear. Some of us would rather believe a lie than the truth because it sounds so good. Some of us don't know what the truth really is.

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PD names detective employee of the year

Citing her work on a high profile, difficult and time-consuming case, the Craig Police Department has named a veteran investigator as its 2007 employee of the year.

Rick Stephenson: Consider drilling facts

This is in response to a previous letter suggesting that we demand Congress repeal the ban on offshore oil drilling. I am about as mad about the high price of gas as the next guy, but before you make up your mind on this issue, I would encourage you to consider a few facts.

Craig briefs for Sept. 1

DAR promotes Constitution Week