Stories for April 2009


Thursday, April 30

Swine flu confirmed in Colorado

Both victims live on the Front Range. One went on a cruise to Mexico and spent several days in San Diego. The other is a baggage handler at DIA.

Cathy Hamilton: Houseguests smell after 1 day

We've had houseguests this week. They're not the kind of company requiring new bed linens, our "good" towels or fancy little soaps.

City's February sales tax revenue down

After an encouraging holiday season, sales tax revenue is once again slumping in the city of Craig.

Girls golf tournament rescheduled for today

The Moffat County High School girls golf tournament, originally scheduled for Monday, has been rescheduled for today at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig.

Police blotter for April 28

No bookings reported.

From the family of Donald M. Smith: Thanks to community

Perhaps you sent a lovely card,

Marti Zimmerman: Dentist expensive

I would like to know how the Dental Coalition here in town advertises for the low income.

7 men arrested on illegal immigration charges

During the past two weeks, the Moffat County Sheriff's Office arrested seven men working for a subcontractor at the Tri-State Generation & Transmission power plant for suspected crimes related to illegal immigration.

Cinco de Mayo celebration to be held Saturday

Although Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, Integrated Community wants everyone to celebrate together.

Craig briefs: Church brings hip-hop to Craig

Music artist SOULJA, whose name is an acronym for Serving Only Under Lord Jesus Amen, plans to put on two shows this weekend in Craig.

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Veterans Hotline: Tele-psych services now available to vets

The Craig VA Telehealth clinic now provides tele-pysch services.

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Automobile sale causes stir

Grand Junction car dealership offers deals; area sellers say buy local

A Grand Junction car dealer has set up shop in Steamboat Springs for the week, and local dealerships don't like it. Grand Valley Auto Sales has brought about 90 vehicles to a lot on Routt County Road 129 near Steamboat Springs Airport.

Annie's Mailbox: My son won't speak to me

Dear Annie: My 29-year-old son and his wife have two young children. My oldest grandson and I were very close. I babysat, took him swimming, to the park and the library, taught him to ride a bike and accompanied him to Sunday school.

Datebook for April 30

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

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Bad Dogs prepare for last tournament

After blazing through competition during tournaments April 18 and Saturday, the Bad Dogs youth wrestling team now turns its attention to this weekend's season ending contest in Rifle.

Horoscope for April 30, 2009

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - If there is anyone who can draw blood from a stone, it is you. However, you will do it the old-fashioned way, cutting all the waste and then finding ways to stretch your dollar.

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Home values remain steady despite national trend

Unlike the early 1990s, when some mortgages cost more than a home's valuation, property values in Moffat County have remained stable during the latest national recession.

Wednesday, April 29

Annie's Mailbox: My girlfriend cheated on me

Dear Annie: Five months ago, my girlfriend went to a job conference in Texas. When she came back, she used my computer and accidentally left her e-mail open. I found numerous pictures of her business trip, and several are of her sitting on the lap of another man. She looks happy, and he has his hands wrapped around her. The last picture, the most worrisome, is of her standing up and hugging this man, looking at him as if they were about to kiss. I snooped a little more and found an e-mail from him telling her how special she was and that he "never went that far with a woman before at these conferences."

The Jerry Seip family: Thanks for kindness

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all our family and friends for all the love, prayers and many other acts of kindness shown to us in our time of sorrow. You have helped us through a really hard time and we are grateful for all of you.

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Bears sweep season finale, 9-4, 11-6

1st home runs not enough for Bulldogs against Rifle

Erik Leonard picked a good time to crank his first home run of the season. It was the seniors last time to play at his home field, and it was the team's first long ball of the season.

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Redesign on a budget

Simple ways to improve a room without hurting the walls

Although this might not be the year for a total home makeover, local designers say there are still low-cost ways to make a room updated and modern.

Our View: Plant the seeds

There aren't many instances in which community volunteerism is a problem for non-profit groups in Craig and Moffat County.

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Fantasy Fix: A look at the top 20

I've always found making a list of the top players frustrating in one way or another. There's always a factor that can be thrown in that will change things, or I will have a bias toward a couple of players I happen to like.

No cuts for DA payroll

Moffat follows Grand County's lead and denies Routt proposal

Court cases and trials take a lot of time and talent, Elizabeth Oldham, 14th Judicial District Attorney, said.

Police blotter for April 27

Yvonne Guerrero Colvin, 49, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of second-degree criminal tampering, third-degree assault and domestic violence.

Horoscope for April 29, 2009

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Although you might need some diversity, variety and a bit of change, you are set to have a good time with whatever it is you do.

Datebook for April 29

9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Aging Well Program's "Wellness Wednesday" is at American Legion Post No. 62 for individuals ages 50 and older. It includes art, writing and exercises classes throughout the day. Lunch is served at each week's presentation. To register for activities, call 871-7676.

The Memorial Hospital board meeting agenda for today

The Memorial Hospital board meeting

Craig briefs: Pork producer attends conference

Nathan Chapman, of Craig, participated in the National Junior Swine Association National Youth Leadership Conference on April 24 through 26 in St. Louis.

Police: Arson cause of MCHS fire

Craig Police Department officials believe a Feb. 23 fire at Moffat County High School was the result of arson.

Tuesday, April 28

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Cycling bill rolls to Gov. Ritter's desk

Safety proposal approved, 57-7, in House and, 29-5, in Senate

Senate Bill 148, which includes a provision requiring motorists to give cyclists a 3-foot berth when passing them, was overwhelmingly approved in the state House and Senate.

Datebook for April 28, 2009


Letter to the editor: Band gives thanks

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Rick Barnes: Tea Party a success

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Letter to the editor: Clint Wells a success

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Maren Schmidt: Success is not an outlier

Malcolm Gladwell in his book, "Outliers," makes a case for understanding successful people. We may think that someone is a self-made person, that they had overnight success or were born with talent to burn.

Craig briefs: No confirmed swine flu cases in state

As part of an ongoing investigation into an outbreak of Swine Influenza A (H1N1) in the United States and Mexico, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced confirmation of 40 human cases of infection with swine flu in the U.S.

CNCC moving forward with budget, projects

Funding from state still unknown

Although the legislature's Joint Budget Committee will not cut $300 million from higher education to balance the state's budget, Colorado Northwestern Community College still faces budget questions, officials said.

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10 CMS students win awards for their poems

From father-daughter relationships to threats posed by technology, Craig Middle School eighth-graders have found a new way of expressing themselves.

Allen J. Hischke: Firearms regulations

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Annie's mailbox: My parents treat me horribly

Dear Annie: I am 13 years old and the oldest of four children. Lately, things have gone downhill for me. My schoolwork load is horrible, and my parents put me down all the time. My 10-year-old sister is constantly coming into my room, breaking things and stealing money. I always tell my parents, but it backfires. I end up being the one in trouble.

Mary Jo Brown: Life is like cherries

The saying "Life is like a bowl full of cherries, full of pits" comes to mind this morning. Listening to people talking about their problems and other people's.

Tri-State closes illness investigation

OSHA plans to continue inquiry until it finds a cause

Tri-State Generation & Transmission has completed its investigation into an incident that sent several workers to the hospital about a week ago, but the company is no closer to finding out what happened.

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Golfers eye tourneys

MCHS fine-tuning in preparation for end of season contests

Ann Marie Roberts, coach of the Moffat County High School girls golf team, woke up about 4:30 a.m. Monday morning and found the ground covered in snow.

Horoscope for April 28, 2009

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Without meaning to, you could come off as a bit harsh if you're not careful. Be cognizant of treating all in a tactful and diplomatic manner, especially when dealing with a sensitive person.

Monday, April 27

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Swine flu fears have Routt County on alert

Health workers encourage residents to remain calm, cautious

Routt County health workers are encouraging residents to be alert but calm as a deadly strain of swine flu spreads from Mexico, a popular vacation destination for many Steamboat families during the past couple of weeks.

Annie's mailbox: My sister is being punished for affair

Dear Annie: My sister cheated on her husband and had an affair with a married man for several years. The man was separated from his wife at the time. My sister insisted the man loved her dearly and passionately, and I believed her because she seemed so happy.

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9News Health Fair draws large crowd

With a few minutes until the doors opened Saturday at Sunset Elementary School for the 30th annual 9News Health Fair, a line already was forming.

Ericca Glanville Wallet: And the other side says :

It always happens.

H. Neal Glanville: A tale from stuntman Hal

It was a beautiful morning for rabbit hunting. Frost covered everything, and the promise of sunshine was in the air.

Horoscope for April 27, 2009

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Usually, you're good about handling money, but a need for personal gratification may overwhelm you. Unfortunately, you will have to do without something you want.

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'Moonlight Journey'

'Moonlight Journey'

Craig briefs: Cinco de Mayo festival Saturday

Integrated Community/Comunidad Integrada will host the Fifth Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40, two miles east of Craig.

Aging well: "Life changing" products help ease vision, hearing loss

Losing vision separates a person from the world; losing hearing separates them from humanity.

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Business beat: Mountain States adds to personnel and fleet

Change is in the air at The Mountain States Company in Craig. Nancy Bohrer started working at the business March 10 as the new office manager.

Datebook for April 27, 2009


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Bulldogs soccer notches 1st win of the season

If only the Moffat County High School girls soccer team could play Eagle Valley more often. A four-game series. A best-of-seven. Anything to get the Lady Devils on the schedule.

Moffat County real estate transactions for March


Legislature sends 'long' bill to governor

The General Assembly sent Gov. Bill Ritter a $17.9 billion budget Wednesday, the same day the governor announced a new plan for ending the six-percent limit on spending increases.

Saturday, April 25

Datebook for April 25

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 9News Health Fair takes place at Sunset Elementary School, Seventh and Green streets. Call Kristi at 824-5814.

Patricia McCaffrey: Help the animal shelter

To the editor: Vote for us at, and we could win $20,000 to help pets in need right here in our community.

Craig briefs: 'The Little Princess' shows Sunday

The Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40, will be hosting a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday. The feature is "The Little Princess," starring Shirley Temple and Richard Greene.

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Government class law week tradition returns to MCHS on Monday

For the 20th year, students will have the chance to ask a police officer, "What if?"

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Canola an interesting prospect for area agriculture

The word "canola" is well-known everywhere as a healthy cooking oil. Shortening, margarine, cooking spray, mayonnaise, cake mixes and salad oil all are made using canola.

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Moffat County History: P.F. Kremer: artist, homesteader

Pete Kremer was never a rich and famous artist. His paintings were common pictures by a common man, but he could make you feel like you were beside him when he painted the scene.

All 3 county commissioners to donate 10 percent of pay

All three Routt County commissioners voluntarily are participating in the 10 percent countywide pay cuts they unanimously adopted April 1. Elected officials were not affected by the resolution adopting the pay cut because their salaries are set by the state Legislature and cannot be changed during their term in office.

Baxter Black: The choices we make

I was in Colusa, Calif., in the beautiful Northern Sacramento Valley. But, farmers were worried because of the lack of snowmelt in the surrounding mountains, which furnishes their irrigation water.

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4 Lions Club members have been a part of the 9News Health Fair for 30 years

On the eve of the annual 9News Health Fair, Jim Meineke and Al Shepherd could be found outside of Sunset Elementary School, unloading signs and tables from the back of a pickup.

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Local man spends life savings on new carpet-cleaning business

T.J. Montgomery, of Craig, decided to be his own boss and start up a carpet-cleaning business in Craig after being laid off from his job in Wyoming's oil fields.

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Bulldogs girls, boys track teams win 12 events combined at home

It happened so fast, Megan Knez didn't get to think about it, but when she crossed the finish line in first place, it was the first and the last time she would do that at her home track.

Horoscope for April 25, 2009

Horoscope for April 25, 2009

Kathy Bassett: Going on vacation in Maybell

You already caused your whole family to stare at you with big, long pouty faces when you explained to them that there would be no vacation this year.

Annie's Mailbox: Is my girlfriend too old for me?

Dear Annie: I've been dating "Hannah" for three months. It hasn't been easy because my parents don't approve of her, even as a friend, because she's 19 and I'm 15.

Police blotter for April 25

Sheena Marie Gipson, 20, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of third-degree assault and child abuse.

The Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks for helping pets

To the editor: The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank Dr. Kelly Hepworth and staff at Bear Creek Veterinarian Hospital for the help and support.

Our view: Where West meets Whittle

As school comes closer to an end and the cool temperatures of winter gradually give way to sunshine and warm weather, we draw near the light and breezy months of summer.

Government update for April 25

Government update for April 25

Friday, April 24

Craig sports briefs: 'Big Blue' football camp opens Monday

The "Big Blue" football camp is scheduled for Monday through Thursday at Moffat County High School, according to a news release from MCHS coach Kip Hafey.

Jail report for April 22

Officers responded to three parking complaints.

School Board OKs choice of kindergarten programs

Tasked with choosing between half-day and full-day kindergarten, the Moffat County School Board unanimously agreed Thursday to offer both options.

Pastor Tony Bohrer: What will you choose?

As I started preparing to write this article, I wanted to write something that could relate to the believer and the unbeliever. This is why I chose to talk about life.

Datebook for April 24

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

Craig briefs: VNA offers immunization clinic

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a drop-in immunization clinic from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday at Moffat County High School. Menactra and Tdap vaccinations will be offered on a sliding fee scale up to $14 a shot.

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Christina Currie: Getting motivated

I attended a high school assembly not too long ago and was shocked by the amount of side conversation, obvious indifference and general lack of respect that I saw.

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Seniors get blood drawn at 9News Health Fair

In 1997, Betty Cook's blood chemistry test revealed something her doctor couldn't.

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New VSO pledges to help veterans however he can

Ed Wilkinson, 68, has always felt an affinity for other people. He likes to meet new ones, and he wants to be there when they need help.

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Beth, Tom Gilchrist named 2008 Volunteers of the Year

Beth and Tom Gilchrist don't think they stand out from others in their community.

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Diane Prather: 'Burnt Sugar Icing' a delicious cake addition

Years ago, when I was a youngster, my mother, Judy Osborn, made some interesting and delicious cakes. For example, I remember that she made a "money cake" for special occasions. She washed and then wrapped coins in wax paper and baked them into a cake. I'm not sure what cake recipe she used (and it probably doesn't matter), but the cake was round and two-layered.

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Bulldogs soccer falls short at Woodbury

Shorthanded MCHS shut out, 3-0, by Palisade

Playing shorthanded and against an opponent that had already defeated them, the Moffat County High School girls soccer team was shut out, 3-0, Thursday afternoon at Woodbury Park.

Annie's Mailbox: My wife and I have drifted apart

Dear Annie: I have been married for 17 years and am the father of two teenage boys. In the past few years, my wife and I seem to have drifted apart. We've had our issues before, but have always been able to work things out. Not now.

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Veterans Hotline: Vets may be eligible for recovery dollars

It appears a "Veteran's Stimulus" one-time payment of $250 may be paid to some qualifying veterans by this summer.

Horoscope for April 24, 2009

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Even though a new relationship is in its early stages, much to your surprise, you'll discover that a recent acquaintance has turned out to be a good friend.

Legislature sends 'long' bill to governor for consideration

The General Assembly sent Gov. Bill Ritter a $17.9 billion budget Wednesday, the same day the governor announced a new plan for ending the 6 percent limit on spending increases.

Thursday, April 23

Horoscope for April 23, 2009

Horoscope for April 23, 2009

District attorney hopes to keep staff despite budget deficit

It's hard to look at Routt County's $4.9 million budget deficit and be upset the commission wants to make cuts, said Elizabeth Oldham, 14th Judicial District Attorney.

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MCHS swimmers to compete in Glenwood Springs on Saturday

The Bulldogs travel to Glenwood Springs on Saturday for a 10 a.m. meet with Glenwood, Montrose, Delta and Grand Junction. Six swimmers will be competing for MCHS.

Sarah Hepworth: Thanks to 2009 Children's Festival contributors

Dear editor: On behalf of the Moffat County Early Childhood Coalition, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude to those who contributed to the success of the 2009 Children's Festival held at the mall April 11.

Dinosaur National Monument gets $13.1M stimulus for new visitor center

Dinosaur National Monument will receive $13.1 million to construct a new Quarry Visitor Center.

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Bill Harding: Veterans may be eligible for recovery dollars

It appears a "Veteran's Stimulus" one-time payment of $250 may be paid to some qualifying veterans by this summer.

Police blotter for April 23

Rulon Seth Johnson, 21, of Cedar City, Utah, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under restraint.

Craig briefs: MCHS to hold crowning, prom Saturday night

It's that time of year when a king and queen are crowned and students dance all night.

Moffat County School Board agenda for April 23, 2009

Moffat County School Board meeting

Cathy Hamilton: Mathematics never factored into lifelong plans

This week, I learned that April is national Math Awareness Month (or MAM, as my accountant would say). Who knew?

Annie's Mailbox: My newlywed husband's financial life is a mess

Dear Annie: Two months ago, I married "Aiden" after more than a year of dating. He's a loving husband, and I am happy. The problem is, Aiden's financial life is a mess.

Datebook for April 23

7 to 11 a.m. 9News Health Fair senior blood draw takes place at Sunset Meadows II, 595 Ledford St., for seniors 65 years and older. Call Kristi at 824-5814.

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Hankins murder trial back in Moffat County

In a court order filed Tuesday, Judge Michael O'Hara agreed with a motion from the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office to return the murder trial of Terry Hankins to Moffat County District Court.

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MCHS seniors showcase art at Serendipity Cafe & Coffee Shop

Ten Moffat County High School seniors are displaying their work at Serendipity Cafe & Coffee Shop as part of the first Senior Art Show.

Wednesday, April 22

Winter Park ski train is no more

A spokesman for Denver businessman Phil Anschutz confirmed late Tuesday that the train is being bought and moved to Canada by a subsidiary of the Canadian National Railway Co.

Two local runners finish Boston Marathon

Schubert-Akin, Kounovsky conquer Heartbreak Hill on Monday

Jennifer Schubert-Akin and Bart Kounovsky conquered the 113th annual race through Beantown streets and up Heartbreak Hill in less than four hours.

Steamboat settles for $90K in bus depot dispute

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said he thinks a five-figure compromise between Moffat County and the city of Steamboat Springs will help the two governments maintain a good relationship after more than a year of dispute.

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Hayden seeks YVRA fuel funds

Martin: State is holding money from sales because of confusion

Hayden officials are pressing lawmakers to help retrieve thousands of dollars in sales tax from fuel sales at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. The Colorado Department of Revenue hasn't remitted sales tax collected the last few months of 2008, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

Cathy May: Thanks to Dr. Miller

We would like to thank Dr. Miller and his staff for going above and beyond the call of duty.

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Residents support Craig Community Blood Drive by donating

For Moffat County High School junior Holly Bergman, 17, donating blood for the first time was easy. She managed to pump out a pint of blood in 13 minutes Tuesday afternoon.

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MCHS girls golf team places 4th out of 7 at Rifle Creek on Monday

Another tournament and similar results for the Moffat County High School girls golf team.

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Christopher Gingrich: Looking for new fantasy players?

A list of acquisitions for your baseball lineup

So, some of your top fantasy baseball picks are not cranking out the numbers you expected. No need to fret.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband is hiding his sexual past

Dear Annie: I am 28 years old and very much in love with my husband of 11 months.

To balance budget, Routt County asks Moffat, Grand counties to cut DA personnel

Routt County's projected $4.9 million budget deficit may have unintended consequences for Moffat and Grand counties.

Datebook for April 22

9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Aging Well Program's "Wellness Wednesday" is at American Legion Post No. 62 for individuals ages 50 and older. It includes art, writing and exercises classes throughout the day. Lunch is served at each week's presentation. To register for activities, call 871-7676.

Our view: Fallout of fear

There are some anniversaries people would like to forget. Monday, the 10-year-mark of the tragic shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, is one such milestone.

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Students put teachers to the test with high-tech dishonesty

Never underestimate the creative genius of the desperate student.

Craig briefs: Injured worker flown to Grand Junction hospital

A man working at The Memorial Hospital construction site was injured Tuesday afternoon in "some type of industrial accident," a Craig Police Department representative said.

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Students help clean up for Earth Day

On Tuesday, more than 500 students helped clean up around Craig and Moffat County High School for Earth Day.

9News Health Fair to offer blood screening, other services

Annual event has been helping the community for 30 years

From 7 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Sunset Meadows II, seniors older than 65 can have their blood drawn and screened. On Saturday, anyone older than 18 can attend the 9News Health Fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sunset Elementary School.

Police blotter for April 22

Toni Elizabeth Moore, 50, of Steamboat Springs, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Horoscope for April 22, 2009

Horoscope for April 22, 2009

Hayden, Soroco diversify courses

High schools offer wider variety of rigor in classes

Hayden High School will offer an Advanced Placement course for juniors and seniors for the first time next year as the school begins a transition toward more AP offerings.

Tuesday, April 21

Dr. Anne Schuchat, U.S. Surgeon General: Caring for your children

When you're a parent or caregiver for a child, it's up to you to protect your children, whether it's making sure the car seat is secure or insisting on broccoli before dessert.

Boys & Girls Club of Craig may open branch for Routt County

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is mustering volunteers and funds in preparation for a possible eastward expansion to Steamboat Springs.

Parrotheads let the beat go on

Local group donates money to instrumental music program

Danny Griffith considers himself lucky. When he was growing up, his parents could afford to buy him a drum set and lessons. When he started taking music lessons in the fifth grade, he was able to excel. Now, Griffith and his fellow Parrotheads look to help local students in the same way.

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Girls soccer has something worth celebrating

Moffat County loses, 5-1, but has strong 2nd-half showing

Kat Thompson was out of breath, but it was a good out of breath. "I ran out of breath I screamed so long," she said. The freshman on the Moffat County High School girls soccer team let out a celebration yelp after scoring a goal against Battle Mountain on Monday at Woodbury Park.

Maren Schmidt: A whole new mind

Daniel Pink, in his 2005 book, "A Whole New Mind," tells us the world is changing and that our brains need to change, too.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Stopping and going

"Sis, once you get in this Dodge, you don't stop. Just keep driving," my little brother Angelo said as we set out for a daily trip to the ranch.

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School district officials remember Columbine shootings

Time has done little to dull Moffat County School District Officials' memories of April 20, 1999 - the day of deadly shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton.

Horoscopes for April 21, 2009

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Although you tend to be a lone worker, arrangements with others will work out quite well. In fact, even situations where the proceeds are shared will go well.

Datebook for April 21


Police Blotter for April 19

Moffat County Jail

Senior Spotlight for April 21

I woke up this morning, looked at the clock and said to myself, "I still have a little time. I'll just take it easy for a while."

Craig briefs: Infant immunizations available

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free infant immunizations Monday through May 1 for any child age 24 months old and younger. Immunizations are by appointment only.

Councilor takes on social host ordinance

Willems plans to bring draft to city in the future

Craig City Councilor Byron Willems said he was "shocked" by how much alcohol was available to his daughter when she graduated from Moffat County High School in May 2008.

Cause of Tri-State incident remains unknown

OSHA to investigate

A Tri-State Generation & Transmission official said Monday the company is no closer to identifying the cause of Saturday's incident at the power plant, which sent almost 20 workers to the hospital.

Charles and Tammy Bourbeau: A parent's nightmare

We recently experienced every parent's nightmare when we were unable to locate our 10-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter after they had been playing in our yard.

Annie's Mailbox: Uncomfortable with fiance's actions

Dear Annie: My 41-year-old fiance, "Michael," recently started a new job that requires some overnight travel. Last week while out of town, a 21-year-old female co-worker asked Michael's help to put air in her tires. He got in her car and they drove together to a gas station. This week, while out of town again, he and the same co-worker texted and phoned each other a few times, which I found disturbing.

Monday, April 20

H. Neal Glanville: Adventures of rites of passage

It's one of the few things that all of us share. It doesn't matter if it was age- or deed-related, we've all suffered through the rites of passage.

Business beat: Help promote change in Moffat County

I am impressed at the engagement of the citizenry of Craig and Moffat County throughout this past week. Citizens who were concerned about government and/or the actions taken by government.

Annie's Mailbox: Feeling trapped and understaffed

Dear Annie: A few years ago, the company I work for laid off a number of employees. This had a devastating effect on morale, but those of us who remained picked up the slack.

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Horizons wins big with Casino Night

Fundraiser brings in $6,500 for organization

The roulette wheel spun. The ball was dropped. Chips of every color covered red and black numbers. The dealer called out, "22 black!" More than 10 people packed around a seemingly small table let out a roar.

Horoscopes for April 20, 2009

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Just because a newcomer doesn't size up well on first glance to a co-worker doesn't mean you should share the same opinion. Determine your opinion upon scrutiny; think for yourself.

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Bulldogs baseball drops doubleheader to Demons

The Bulldogs dropped both Saturday games to the Demons, 10-0 and 11-1. The losses lowered the Bulldogs' record to 1-9 overall and 1-5 in the Western Slope League.

Aging Well: Service helps low-income older adults tackle legal issues

An elderly woman, bombarded by credit offers, incurs overwhelming debt, and creditors threaten legal action. An older man receives a large bill for dental work he is not sure he received, while another elderly individual just needs help getting advance directives in place.

Craig briefs: Governor orders flags lowered

Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered all U.S. and Colorado flags lowered today on state and federal buildings in Colorado, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings, and in remembrance of the innocent victims who died that day.

'Observe and Report': Mall insecurity at its worst

A pudgy security guard whose job is his life and is a little too dependent on his mother - it's dejà vu all over again with the "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" copycat "Observe and Report."

Louise Voorhees: Commending Bennet

I wish to commend our new senator, Michael Bennet, on taking the time to tour the Western Slope last week, listening to our ideas and concerns.

Police Blotter for April 17

Moffat County Jail

Tri-State workers taken to hospital Saturday

A total of 19 workers at the Tri-State Generation & Transmission power plant were taken to The Memorial Hospital early Saturday morning after complaining of flu-like symptoms.

Datebook for April 20


Saturday, April 18

Craig briefs: Flags to be lowered on Columbine anniversary

Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered all U.S. and Colorado flags lowered at state and federal buildings in Colorado on Monday in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings and in remembrance of the innocent victims who died.

A message from bankers: Colorado banks strong and actively lending money

Coloradans, like all other Americans, want our banking system to work properly and our banks to lend money and fuel our local economy.

Datebook for April 18

1 p.m. Unicyclists meet at Alice Pleasant Park. Call Kevin Morris at 824-1703.

Irene Beard: Quilt guild started

We have started a quilt guild in Craig called Yampa Valley Piecemakers. We meet every third Tuesday in the Sunset Meadows I lunch room area. We assemble at 6:30 p.m. with business, programs, helpful hints and show and tell for those of us who are fortunate enough to finish a project that month.

Annie's Mailbox: My children are left unattended

Dear Annie: My husband and I have two small children younger than 5. He watches them on the weekend so I can get my errands done.

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Baker wins battle with Hantavirus; 1 year later, everything has changed

Julie Baker lived the adventurous life. Driving fast, riding a motorcycle, jumping in to gorges without a moment's hesitation.

James R. Reiman: The Tea Party point

I read in your paper April 16 that Ms. Villard said she did not understand what the Tea Parties were all about. As a member of the voting public and a participant at the Craig Tea Party, I will try to sum up what these Tea Parties stand for or what they are all about. I shall have to condense millions of ideas, into one short letter, so forgive me as I must omit some ideas to save room.

Kathy Bassett: Don't get depressed about a depression

William Brown from Missouri ran away from home when he was 14. In order to hide his whereabouts, he always told a story that he was born and raised in a different town than where he actually was.

Horoscope for April 18, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Gratifying material urges could quickly knock your budget for a loop, so it's important to get a hold of yourself and exercise self-discipline in your spending habits.

Congressional representatives react to protest

Protesters at Wednesday's Tax Day Tea Party at the Moffat County Courthouse said they were hopeful their political leaders would listen to their concerns about big government.

Police blotter for April 16

Jenner B. Douqi, 21, of Mesa, Ariz., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of liquor and driving under the influence.

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Springtime on the ranch

This year's spring is reminiscent of those past, when I was a girl, growing up on the ranch on Morapos Creek.

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Bad Dogs slam competition

Youth wrestling team earns high winning percentage, focuses on good sportsmanship

Wrestlers from the Bad Dogs youth team wrapped up tournaments in Rangely and Meeker earlier this month with a staggering 136-49 combined record, good for close to a 75 percent winning percentage.

Patrick Germond: Unprofessional coverage

I'd like to thank all the Tea Party demonstrators and their families who showed up April 15. It was peaceful and a very positive experience.

Moffat County Commission agenda for April 21

Last met: Tuesday, April 14

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MCHS students make All-State, look to keep improving

For Moffat County High School students in the band program, they are only as good or as talented as the person sitting next to them.

Our View: The positives of protest

In an impressive display of citizen involvement, about 221 people gathered Wednesday on the lawn of the Moffat County Courthouse for a Tax Day Tea Party protest, joining hundreds of thousands across the country in a movement to show displeasure with the federal government.

Friday, April 17

Local fuel gauge for April 17

Regular unleaded and diesel prices around Craig as of Thursday afternoon.

Annie's Mailbox: My husband spends a lot of time with female co-worker

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married 22 years and have two children. "Myles" works for a large company known for its long workweeks. He and a woman, "Lara," co-manage the organization.

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Christina M. Currie: Taking a gamble

Drive to Hayden, jump on a plane and spend three blissful days in Wendover, Nev. It was the perfect way to escape - for a short while - the mud season doldrums.

Pat Jones: Who am I? I am a princess

I am a princess. I'm not a statuesque or regal princess. I'm not a stand-offish princess, nor am I a whiney, demanding princess.

Pinnacol proposal falls through

District 8 Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, beat a reporter to the punch with the first question about the collapsed proposal to use Pinnacol Assurance surplus funds to balance next year's state budget without slashing state support for higher education.

Ritter asks Tri-State for concerns about federal energy policy

Gov. Bill Ritter recently addressed the crowd at Tri-State Generation & Transmission's annual meeting in Westminster.

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Prather's Pick: 'Mortimer's First Garden' an inspirational read for children

Planting the garden can be a family affair, and that's what a mother and her children are up to in "Mortimer's First Garden," this week's featured picture book.

Committee seeks suggested names for Craig Intermediate School

Craig Intermediate Elementary School. Bulldog Elementary. Creekside. These are some of the suggestions Kamisha Siminoe, Craig Intermediate School principal, and other members of the school renaming committee, have heard in regard to a new name for Craig Intermediate.

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Tax Day Tea Party protesters

Tracy Winder, left, talks with Willard White during the Tax Day Tea Party protest Wednesday at the Moffat County Courthouse.

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New services network receives $85K federal grant for hospital building study

A network of 12 Craig-based health and human services groups received an $85,000 grant from the federal government this week.

Datebook for April 17

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

Planning and zoning agenda for April 20

- The Journey at First Baptist request for approval of a site plan for an addition at 1150 W. Ninth St.

Police blotter for April 17

Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious person.

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MCHS boys swimmers head to Denver for swim meet today

Halfway through practice Thursday, John Kirk and Charlie Griffiths were pushing each other through repeats. This has become a common scene at Moffat County High School boys swim practices this year.

Horoscope for April 17, 2009

Horoscope for April 17, 2009

Craig briefs: Wildfire safety training is today

Ten local agencies are partnering today to participate in a sand table exercise to test coordination, communication and decision-making between the agencies and cooperators who are first responders during a wildfire.

Thursday, April 16

Yellowstone wolf found dead in NW Colorado

Wildlife officials won't release exact location of female wolf's discovery. The 18-month-old wolf had wandered about 1,000 miles from the Yellowstone region.

Datebook for April 16

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

Property values going up, taxes may follow

Value-notice protests accepted through June 1

Property in Moffat County - including all residential, commercial, industrial and vacant land - increased in value by an average of about 20 percent this year, Moffat County Assessor Suzanne Brinks said.

Craig briefs: VNA offers respiratory screenings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free screenings for patients who have been experiencing breathing problems or have been diagnosed with asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or other related respiratory illnesses in Moffat, Routt and Jackson counties.

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Residents lobby for change at Tea Party demonstration

Flannel shirts, blue jeans and American flags. It almost looked like the Fourth of July, one woman said with a broad smile peaking out from behind a drape of loose blond hair.

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Veterans Hotline: Looking for WWII citation recipients

While cleaning out the files for my departure, I relocated the citations made for World War II veterans that were passed out by Veterans of Foreign War Post 4265 in 2004.

Annie's Mailbox: My neighbors ignore their dog

Dear Annie: About four years ago, a preacher and his family moved next door to us, and we have had it up to here with them. The latest episode involved a sweet little boxer puppy about 6 months old. The preacher's son-in-law wanted a puppy for Christmas, so they gave him "Fifi." She cried for two days in her new environment, then suddenly stopped and now never makes a sound.

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3 spring sports teams finally get a week outside

At Wednesday's Moffat County High School baseball practice, throws were dropping short of their target.

Cathy Hamilton: Spring 'War of the Roses'

Every spring, on the first warm weather weekend, my husband marches ceremoniously to the shed and emerges minutes later, grinning like a madman, pruning shears in hand.

A concern about debt: Anthony G. Stoffle

Wednesday's Tea Party in front of the courthouse made me think of maybe a bigger problem that this country may have, especially in Moffat County and other coal mining areas in this country.

Horoscope for April 16, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - If you want to be happy, make sure that you are heading in the direction where you want life to take you. Only you can figure out what that is and what you must do to get things rolling.

Police blotter for April 14

John Leroy Schnacker, 31, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespassing.

Wednesday, April 15

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Fantasy Fix: Regulators make a comeback

I know I told you last week that I would be going over some fantasy baseball, and I will, just as soon as I give some props to my fantasy basketball team, The Regulators.

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Holistic Health & Fitness offers free meditation classes

At Holistic Health & Fitness there's a steady level of noise. The speakers pump out music while weights clink together.

Craig briefs: Elk foundation raising money

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is hosting a fundraiser this weekend, with the proceeds benefiting elk and other wildlife. The fundraiser is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

Our View: Aware and beware

While the effectiveness a motivational speaker's message can have on a student still forming his or her own beliefs and identity can be debated, there was at least one point that hit home from John Underwood's recent speech at Moffat County High School.

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Track team's top athletes compete well at Front Range meet

It took a couple of seconds, but after some thought, Moffat County High School senior Alicia Nelson figured out an answer.

Sen. Bennet discusses Senate spending bill passed April 3

When the U.S. Senate passed a $3.5 trillion spending plan April 3, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., was one of the 55 who gave their support.

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Municipal judge still enjoys work in 'people's court'

As new and returning Craig City Council members and the mayor made their way to the dais, only one man stood in the way of a new term.

Agencies training to improve wildfire safety

Ten local agencies are partnering Friday to participate in a sand table exercise to test coordination, communication and decision making between the agencies and cooperators who are first responders during a wildfire.

Datebook for April 15

9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Aging Well Program's "Wellness Wednesday" is at American Legion Post No. 62 for individuals ages 50 and older. It includes art, writing and exercise classes throughout the day. Lunch is served at each week's presentation. To register for activities, call 871-7676.

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Senator promises new politics

Bennet agrees with residents that federal approach to issues must change

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said politics shouldn't be about memorized answers and party loyalty.

Police blotter for April 13

Deputies responded to five requests to assist another agency.

Walt Vanatta: Police Beat for March

The Police Department responded to 1,370 requests for service in March and Community Service responded to 168 requests for service.

Shannan Koucherik: A take on Obamas' dog

Ever since the Obamas announced that they would be getting a dog for their daughters, I have been watching the process with interest.

Betty Miesner: Thank you TMH, EMTs

I would like to sincerely thank the emergency room staff, Dr. Jon Ossen and Marie Kettle, as well as EMTs Joan Hillewaert and trainee Stayton Mosbey.

NCCPH members: NCCPH hosts fundraisers

This is in response to Keath's April 8 and Julie's April 9 letters to the editor. The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrottheads has recognized the importance of music, so we have banded together with Craig Middle School and Craig Intermediate School to help provide musical instruments and equipment to those schools.

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John C. Boyd: An open letter to our communities

The need for community colleges has never been greater, so rest assured, Colorado Northwestern Community College will do everything it can to address critical work force training, economic development, and quality-of-life issues in our communities.

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4 councilors, mayor take oath of office

Craig Mayor Don Jones began his 14th consecutive year in city government at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

Tuesday, April 14

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Bennet advises holding on to reserves

Freshman senator says health care reform 2nd only to economy

Local governments' strategies for confronting the economic crisis received some senatorial validation Monday during a visit by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Denver.

Motivational speaker talks to MCHS about making right decisions about future

The decisions you make now will affect you for the rest of your life. That was the message during motivational speaker Eric Chester's presentation Monday morning to Moffat County High School students.

Craig sports briefs: MCHS doubleheader rescheduled

MCHS doubleheader rescheduled

Local girl dies from car accident

About 18 and a half hours after suffering severe injuries in a one-car rollover accident Friday on U.S. Highway 40, 18-year-old Lindsey Everding was pronounced dead at Denver Health hospital.

Annie's mailbox: Restaurant employee has genital herpes

Dear Annie: I live in a small town in Kentucky that has a lot of fast-food restaurants. Most of us eat there at least twice a week.

Social Host Ordinance returns

Supporters will present research to push for another vote

Despite a defeat at a December meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council, supporters of a social host ordinance are bringing the issue back, armed with more information in the hopes of persuading council members.

John Williams: Great gun-grab scam

To the editor:

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Golf team finishes 4th in Montrose

Junior Heather Nicholson ties for 3rd with an 86

The Moffat County High School girls golf team continued its strong play Monday, finishing a tournament in Montrose with another top-5 team finish.

Craig briefs: Division of Water Resources meeting

The Colorado Division of Water Resources, in partnership with the Colorado River Water Conservation District, and the Fish and Wildlife Service, is hosting an informational meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

Kathy Oberwitte: 4-H club gives thanks

To the editor:

Maren Schmidt: Confident in self-discipline

An indicator of healthy and normal development in children (and adults, too) is the presence of self-discipline that seems to appear almost out of nowhere. In reality, there are factors that contribute significantly to the development of self-discipline in the child and adult.

Datebook for April 14, 2009


Police blotter for April 14, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Charmaine Ciani: Big thanks to TMH

To the editor:

The Memorial Hospital CFO resigns

Barry Bergman will leave TMH May 1

One of The Memorial Hospital's lead administrators - chief financial officer Barry Bergman - submitted his resignation April 9 and will be leaving his post May 1.

Horoscope for April 14, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - There are opportunities from which you could profit, but you may choose to ignore them and waste your time on frivolous interests instead. You may never know what you lost.

County pursues Section 8 program

Moffat County plans to take its first steps toward assuming control of the area's 72 Section 8 housing vouchers within the next month.

Monday, April 13

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Children search for hidden loot in Easter egg hunt

They watched the clock closely. Children huddled around three sets of doors, waiting for 2 p.m., when they would be unleashed.

Elkhead story hits newsstands

New Yorker editor spent months researching school near Hayden

Dorothy Wickenden's grandmother Dorothy Woodruff arrived in 1916 to teach at the Elkhead School north of Hayden, drawn by a desire to serve and a hankering for adventure. Wickenden, the executive editor of The New Yorker magazine, arrived to retrace some of Woodruff's steps and to tell her grandmother's story.

Annie's mailbox: Girl is sending me threatening messages

Dear Annie: I'm a 15-year-old girl who has been having problems with another girl for about a year. She's basically stalking me over the computer. I've received multiple threatening messages from her on MySpace. She says, "Why don't you just go and kill yourself already?" and that she is going to beat me up.

Andy Bockelman: 'Adventureland' is an emotional tilt-a-whirl

Just when you thought the 1980s teen comedy was dead, along comes a movie like "Adventureland."

John Kinkaid: Going 'green'

To the editor:

Craig briefs: 9Health Fair on April 23, 25

The 9Health Fair is hosting two health care events this month in Craig.

Police blotter for April 13, 2009

Moffat County

Horoscope for April 13, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - When performing a complicated task, don't use any new procedures or unfamiliar tools without totally schooling yourself on how to do the job. If you're unprepared, you could make a costly mistake.

Datebook for April 13, 2009


Rosemary Potter: Armed and dangerous

To the editor:

MCHS rained out against Palisade

The Moffat County High School baseball team hit the road Saturday in hopes of building off its first win of the season a few days earlier.

Sen. Bennet hosting town hall meeting to discuss economic recovery

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., is scheduled to host a town hall meeting this week in Craig, as part of a Western Slope tour covering economic recovery projects, his office announced Sunday afternoon.

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Aging well: VNA programs aim to improve, protect lung health

A lack of medical insurance or funds shouldn't be barriers to better lung health.

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Business beat: Morning routines include a mocha or latte?

McDonald's has expanded its menu. The restaurant has added a McCafe, which offers a wide range of coffee drinks that include mocha, cappuccino and lattes.

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Crowd of children, adults attend annual Celebrate Children Festival

Centennial Mall was filled Saturday with parents and youths picking up candy and literature at various booths as part of the Celebrate Children Festival.

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Girls basketball coach discusses all-star game, future on the sidelines

The bad news: Craig Mortensen, Moffat County High School girls basketball coach, is on a two-game losing streak.

Saturday, April 11

Matt Beckett: Underage drinking

To the editor:

Alberta Mack: 'Celebration' for Chuck

To the editor:

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Former Olympic trainer talks to CMS students about alcohol, drug abuse

John Underwood has advice for middle and high school students thinking about using drugs or alcohol.

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Moffat County history: 'Red Wash' Jones: Colorful man with varied past

The stories of Craig and Moffat County's history written for this series in 2009 are made possible through a generous grant from the Kenneth Kendall King Foundation to the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

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Elijah Dixon, 13, watches over pet shop while owner is away

When Dena Wardlow, owner of Critters 'R Us, received a call April 3, that her father had died, her first reaction was to close the pet store for a week while she took care of family business.

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Caitlin Conci comes back to Craig to head Sea Sharks

Caitlin Conci - now a 19-year-old finishing her freshman year as a scholarship athlete and pre-nursing major at the University of North Dakota - will never stop swimming.

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Busy couple of days lined up for Hayden

April 17 and April 18 will be big days for the town of Hayden.

Senator Al White continues to wrestle with budget woes

Northwestern Colorado Sen. Al White offers a vivid description of life as the lone Senate Republican on a Joint Budget Committee that must defend the JBC's effort to balance the state's budget in the wake of plummeting revenue.

Craig briefs: 9Health Fair on April 23, 25

The 9Health Fair is hosting two health care events this month in Craig.

Kathy Bassett: Great Turkey adventures, memories

Gobble Gobble? No, it's more of a whinny, whinny! As in horses? As in the wild horse herd on Douglas back in the 1970s?

Datebook for April 11, 2009


CORSAR search and rescue cards available through Chamber

The Craig Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that it now is a vendor of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) card.

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Peace Officers Association names Lifetime Achievement Award after former Craig police chief

A father and son - bonded by blood, public service and a proud family name firmly entrenched in Northwest Colorado - traveled across the Western landscape Friday, trading stories and memories on their way back home to Los Angeles.

Our view: Matters of the art

It's no easy task putting a label on Craig and Moffat County.

Diane Prather: One of Dad's favorite meals

One night this week, I fried steak and made milk gravy for supper. It's one of Kenneth Osborn's favorite meals. He's my dad, and years ago, he taught me how to make milk gravy.

Police blotter for April 11, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Annie's mailbox: Son has mental breakdown at college

Dear Annie: Last fall, we sent our 18-year-old son off to college. He was excited to be living in the dorms, meeting new people and starting new classes. He had dreams and goals. After one month, he had some sort of mental breakdown and was hospitalized for three weeks. He had to drop out of school.

Government update for April 11

Moffat County Commission

Kristy King: A wasteful contribution

To the editor:

Horoscope for April 11, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Not only is it wrong to take the lion's share of the credit regarding something you did in tandem with another; it'll damage your image. Give an honest accounting of who did what.

Friday, April 10

Datebook for April 10


Maren Schmidt: Developing responsibility

We are raising adults, not children. Our job as parents (and parent support systems) is to guide our children to complete independence. Little by little, day by day, we help our children develop skills and take on more responsibility until they can run at full speed on their own two feet.

Kim Hernandez: Thanks, Dave Rodriguez

I want to say thank you to Dave Rodriguez for the time he took to coach the girls soccer team.

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Huskies drop Bulldogs in dog fight

Battle Mountain soccer was going to play Thursday. Huskies coach David Cope had joked that if Battle Mountain was snowed out Thursday against Moffat County, he was going to have his team play a soccer doubleheader in Craig on April 20.

Annie's Mailbox: Nephew mistreats stepfather

Dear Annie: My sister, "Shelly," has two kids - a 10-year-old boy from her previous marriage and a 2-year-old girl from her current one.

Over A Cup of Coffee: One of Dad's favorite meals

One night this week, I fried steak and made milk gravy for supper. It's one of Kenneth Osborn's favorite meals. He's my dad, and years ago he taught me how to make milk gravy. He learned from his mom.

Francisco Reina: Thank you for voting

To those who got out and voted, either for or against me, it doesn't matter, at least you voted. It's a privilege. I am proud to live where I can do this. In many parts of our world, it's not allowed.

Police Blotter for April 8

Moffat County Jail

No cold feet here

Tax day protest organizer moves tea party event to courthouse lawn

With his Tax Day Tea Party event less than a week away, Moffat County resident Rick Barnes has settled on what his protest signs will say. One: "No to world order." The other: "No to tyranny."

Horoscopes for April 10, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - You won't have to put on pretenses in order to attract attention. Your charisma will be apparent to everyone who crosses your path. Use it humbly - not to mention wisely and judiciously.

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MCHS girls golf begins season with high finishes

The Moffat County High School girls golf team overcame steady wind and other difficult conditions to finish a two-day, two-tournament trip this week with a pair of top-5 finishes.

Craig briefs: Publishing workshop is Saturday

Have you always wanted to write and publish your own book - a novel, collection of short stories, memoir, or photo book?

Craig day care owner arrested for fraud

Charges allege woman forged billing documents

Moffat County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a Craig day care operator April 2 on suspicion of defrauding Moffat County Social Services for at least $3,264 in child day care subsidies.

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Three MCHS students qualify for national debate event

When Michael Zehner was a freshman at Moffat County High School, he went to his first speech and debate event with the allure of pizza. He stayed for the debate.

Milestone: Class reunion

The MCHS Class of 1964 is having its 45th reunion Aug. 21 through 23 at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

F. Neil Folks: Jesu, the warrior crucified

Jesu enters the temple and drives out the moneychangers who are selling things there (Luke 19:45-46). He's taking over the temple to re-image the temple in himself. He begins to teach there "every day" (v.44), and this not only gets him killed, but sheds light upon his personality.

Thursday, April 9

Dwayne and Donna Lougee: Thanks to EMTs

We also would like to make a comment about The Memorial Hospital. We have been both patients and visitors through the years and have never encountered anything but professionalism, friendliness and have been made to feel like we were important to them.

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Serendipity Cafe & Coffee Shop opens with new ownership

For Diana Vesely, the new owner of Serendipity Cafe & Coffee Shop, serving food runs in the family. Her great-grandfather ran a restaurant in Arkansas, and her son, Daniel, is a cook in the U.S. Army.

Bill Harding: Current legislation may affect veterans

I wish to thank all those who stopped at the American Legion booth at the Expo in Craig and purchased raffle tickets, and especially thank those who donated to the Honor Flight program sending local World War II vets from the Grand Junction airport back to Washington D.C. this spring.

Police Blotter for April 7

Moffat County Jail

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Breaking down the language barrier

ESL placement tests to be held April 20 to 22

Eveline Bacon's favorite part of the day is teaching English to non-native speakers. Through coordinating and teaching Integrated Community's English as a Second Language classes, Bacon can reach people directly and see firsthand if her work changes lives for the better.

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Students collect bottles to promote recycling

Craig Intermediate School students in George Bowman's fifth-grade class have a simple message to share. Pick up your trash. The students have been collecting plastic bottles for more than a month and hot-gluing them together until the pile is more than six feet tall.

Mary Karen Solomon: Open letter to Al White

Dear Al White, In the past, I have been a supporter of yours, but that is the past. I am appalled by the irresponsible and devastating cuts you have co-authored in the budget bill, with the intent of destroying education in Colorado, at a time when it is essential to Americans to have good, inexpensive education available.

Julie Dempster: Music needs attention

This is in regard to the April 8 letter from Keath Fenton. Thank you, Keath, for bringing up the lack of publicity for the school's music department.

Rosie Crosthwaite: One more thanks

Sorry, Kelly Hepworth. A big faux pas on my part. I forgot to thank you for your very generous donation of hamburger for the Early Childhood Coalition chili dinner.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Outside the classroom

We grow up in school. Although the first few years of childhood are spent at home learning how to speak in preparation for preschool, the majority of our adolescent years are spent behind desks being taught.

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Councilors-elect to be sworn in April 14

City clerk plans to certify election before anyone takes oath

With Tuesday's election behind her, Craig City Clerk Shirley Seely prepares to take the final step in every vote: canvassing the numbers to verify the results.

Sea Sharks hire new coaches

Craig Sea Sharks announces the hiring of Caitlin Conci, Sara Kurz and Stacey Zenker as the coaching team for the 2009 summer swim season.

Datebook for April 9


Craig briefs: Census operations begin today

The U.S. Census Bureau launches a massive operation beginning today to verify and update more than 145 million addresses as it prepares to conduct the 2010 census. Although the count is still a year away, workers will be going door to door, verifying addresses to ensure the accuracy of next year's census delivery lists.

Annie's Mailbox: Should we worry about son's attitude

Dear Annie: My wife and I are very strict with our 12-year-old son, "Jonathan." He has normal adolescent issues, but he really is a great kid - well-mannered, hardworking, gets good grades, etc. We give him lots of freedom to make decisions about free-time activities and try to teach him about life. We take him on vacations and spend a lot of time with him.

Horoscopes for April 9, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Override the morning blues so that you don't get off to a bad start on what should otherwise be a great day. Good things can happen when you're in the right frame of mind.

Wednesday, April 8

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Steamboat baseball wins two against Moffat County

Harris, Johnson lead Sailors over regional rival in Tuesday doubleheader

The Sailors got a two-run, game-winning single from Cody Harris to win Tuesday's first game, 5-4. In the second game, a lights-out pitching performance from Lars Johnson helped the Sailors cruise to a 12-2 win.

No suspense here: Mayor by a mile

It's noon Tuesday, Election Day, when Craig Mayor Don Jones walks into JW Snacks for lunch. He orders a blackened catfish sandwich, fries and iced tea, and settles in for a conversation.

Datebook for April 8


Our View: Planting the seeds

A group of about 13 people met Thursday to discuss the upcoming third year of the Downtown Business Association's Farmers Market, an annual gathering of merchants and residents that has quietly gained a greater foothold each year since its inception in 2006.

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New Craig City Council decided

Riley only new member as incumbents remain

Upon hearing that she won her first-ever bid for public office, Craig City Councilor-elect Jennifer Riley's voice was calm, but the tears in her eyes betrayed her excitement.

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Council candidate's hope runs high, results fall short

Francisco Reina always has worked with his hands. It has not been an easy life, the 63-year-old said Tuesday morning. Reina stood in the Centennial Mall parking lot - Craig's only vote center for the 2009 municipal election.

Fantasy Fix: Don't jump on player bandwagon too soon

The MLB season officially started Sunday with the Atlanta Braves beating up on the World Series champion, the Philadelphia Phillies. Derek Lowe pitched eight strong innings, giving up only two hits, but it was a rookie who stole the show.

Planning a decade ahead

Class aims to help students prepare for future, curb dropout rates

When Dr. Rebecca Dedmond looked at high school drop out rates four years ago, she knew she had to do more. "We're losing too many students," Dedmond said. "Sure, we can count them, but even five is too many."

Richard Beason: My apologies

The purpose of this letter is to provide a sincere written apology to Tony Maneotis and his son, Matt, for my wrongful action at noon Friday at the Spring Expo. My actions were unacceptable.

Horoscopes for April 8, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Don't hesitate to form an alliance with a person with whom you've never previously partnered. Even if you put the endeavor together loosely, it should work out rather well.

Annie's Mailbox: Is there such a thing as a neutral minister to marry us?

Dear Annie: I have a wonderful boyfriend I'll call "Ray." We have a lot in common and are very happy together. Although we have not yet committed to anything permanent, we both want marriage and have discussed it.

Patrick Germond: Drugs and gun control?

Like most, I've noticed news reports about violent drug gangs in Mexico, and how "our" government is calling for more gun control in America.

County hopes to emerge unscathed

Deal for telecom firm would leave Moffat's interests intact

When NCTelecom filed for bankruptcy about 3 1/2 years ago, Moffat County stood to lose $759,255 of the $1.2 million it paid to the company for prepaid broadband services.

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Incumbent Terry Carwile breezes into new term

While voters were casting their ballots Tuesday at Centennial Mall, Terry Carwile, an incumbent city councilor, took to the open road.

Craig briefs: Celebrate National Library Week

Sunday through April 18 is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide - and the perfect time to discover how worlds connect at your library.

Rosie Crosthwaite: Thank you to church

A big thank you to the Craig Christian Church for allowing the Moffat County Early Childhood Coalition to use the church for our chili dinner and program.

Rick Barnes: Thanks for support

I would like to thank everyone for their support of the Tea Party organization and inform everyone that, after overwhelming response, we have moved the Tea Party to the front of the Moffat County Courthouse. Again, thanks for all the support.

Police Blotter for April 6

Moffat County Jail

Here comes Peter Cottontail

Easter festivities planned for this weekend

From church services to egg hunts to potluck meals, there will be plenty to do this weekend with Easter celebrations abounding.

Keath Fenton: Music needs support, too

In regard to every local newspaper I have read, I have noticed that the music department at Moffat County High School is overlooked.

Tuesday, April 7

Craig voters elect council members, mayor

Craig voters chose four council members during Tuesday's city election.

Police Blotter for April 5

Moffat County Jail

Ex-governors to debate global warming

Since Feb. 23, Kate Nowak said she has been adjusting to a learning curve. Her progress continues this month as Yampa Valley Partners' new executive director puts the finishing touches on Fueling Thought Energy Summit 2009, planned for May 14 and 15 at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

Craig briefs: Horizons Casino Night planned for April 17

Almost all of Horizons Specialized Services adult clients in Craig require 24/7 care, said Kay Borvansky, Horizons resource development coordinator.

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Hunting a key focus

Population reductions concern local business owner at meeting with DOW

Critics of the Colorado Division of Wildlife throughout the past few years mostly have claimed there are too many elk, deer and antelope in Moffat County.

Overcoming disease with education

CDC designates April as STD awareness month

Officials from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association contend there is a key ingredient in limiting the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Education.

Gov. Bill Ritter: Keys to state's economic recovery

These clearly are difficult economic times everywhere. Nearly every economic sector, industry, business and family is struggling. Without a doubt, tough times still lie ahead.

Interfaith Food Bank volunteers: Thanks from food bank

The Interfaith Food Bank would like to thank the many people who donated to United Way and specifically our agency as the benefactor.

RaChell Novacek: TMH staff wonderful

We have all had good and bad customer service and care issues in the past. We never have trouble sharing the bad ones, but we forget to tell people about the good ones, because they are good.

Senior Spotlight for April 7

Hope. That's one thing I believe everyone has in some amount. Small or large, it helps us to get through what it is we are facing. I heard someone once say, "Well, there is no hope for me." There is, if you believe in Jesus. That's what Easter is all about. Have a very good Easter.

Annie's Mailbox: Family has history of abuse

Dear Annie: My grandfather molested me when I was a child, and I have been in therapy much of my adult life as a result. My entire family has a disturbing history of sexual abuse and incest, passed along from father to son.

Datebook for April 7


Tracie Austin, Randi Austin and Chance Green, Jim and Dee White, Susie and Jamie Lord and families: Thank you for sympathy

The family of Jason D. Austin would like to say thank you to all our many friends and extended families for your outpouring of love and sympathy during our time of great sadness.

Horoscopes for April 7, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - In your haste to move ahead quickly, you could take on something you're ill-prepared to handle. As a consequence, instead of advancing your cause, you are likely to retard it further.

3 Bulldogs in top 3 of state after meet

A snowy Saturday morning bus drive to Grand Junction didn't give the Moffat County track coaches much optimism for the coming day.

Monday, April 6

Section 8 program open to new applicants

Area residents once again can apply for Section 8 housing vouchers. The program's waiting list had been closed since last fall. Section 8 vouchers pay the majority of a person or family's rent if they qualify for the program.

Craig brief: Chamber sponsors DOW meeting about game herd sizes today

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is hosting a public meeting today that will give residents the opportunity to hear representatives from the Colorado Division of Wildlife talk about the process they use for estimating the size of big game herds - specifically elk.

Aging Well: Whole grains: A world of options

Quinoa, amaranth, millet, spelt: These grains may be new to most Americans, but some cultures have eaten, and revered, them for thousands of years.

Catherine Nicoletto Gush: Vote for Jennifer Riley

What a wonderful country that we live in. Even with the state of our national economy, we are given the opportunity at every election to vote for the candidates who reflect our hope for the future.

Road woes continue for girls soccer

The spring sports season is always hard in Northwest Colorado because the inconsistencies of the weather make it hard for teams to be consistent - especially for the Moffat County High School girls soccer team.

City election set for Tuesday

The 2009 municipal election will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Up for election will be four Craig City Council seats and the mayor's seat.

Horoscopes for April 6, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Don't hesitate to refuse to help another do something that you know this person can handle alone; be forthright, especially if you feel imposed upon or you're simply too busy.

Business beat: A dose of my own medicine

Throughout the past three-plus years that I have been publisher of this newspaper, I have published several editorials urging the citizens of Craig to assist in beautifying our town.

Datebook for April 6


'Bromance' heavy in buddy comedy 'I Love You, Man'

What can you expect from the comedy "I Love You, Man?" The amalgamation of a falsetto soccer fan, a sleeper hold from Lou Ferrigno, and a beagle-pug mixed breed named after Anwar Sadat.

H. Neal Glanville: A memory in my shirt pocket

We sat there atop the knob we'd nicknamed Barbra's Bottom, watching the elk as they fed into the meadow. How many seasons had I been keeping track of the resident herds, anticipating the coming fall's hunters?

Annie's Mailbox: Trust shattered by husband's habits

Dear Annie: I recently learned that during my entire marriage my husband has visited strip clubs, touched other women and had lap dances. He says he's sorry.

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Girl Scout troop donates gifts to foster children

Eight kindergarten-aged girls walked into the Moffat County Department of Social Services on Thursday with an assortment of bags almost as big as they were.

Saturday, April 4

MCHS girl's basketball program: Thanks for the support

At this time, we would like to give a big thank you to the fans, parents, media, as well as all those in our community who supported us throughout the year.

State legislature considering hunter access fee hike

A bill aimed at helping farmers and ranchers cope with big game damage to their crops continued to undergo changes in the House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources this week.

Baxter Black: If the world were up to me

I was at coffee shop communion with a couple of Nebraska wise men.

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MCHS boys wrap up successful season at banquet Wednesday night

A year removed from a 10-12 overall record, the 2008-09 season marked a return to winning ways for the Moffat County High School boys basketball team.

County settles religious discrimination suit

Technical Services insurance company agrees to pay former county employee $15K

About nine months ago, Penny Doolin, a former Moffat County Parks and Recreation employee, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in Denver's U.S. District Court citing religious persecution.

Cheryl Ivy: Make your voice heard

In response to the article "Moffat County's rattlesnake," which was published Friday, I would like to publicly thank Rick and Tami Barnes for organizing the local "New American Tea Party" gathering.

Craig briefs: Chamber to sponsor DOW herd meeting

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is hosting a public meeting Monday that will give residents the opportunity to hear representatives from the Colorado Division of Wildlife talk about the process they use for estimating the size of big game herds - specifically elk.

School District fails in bid for $178K grant

Finance director: Money would have been used to make streets safer

If the Moffat County School District wants funding for increased infrastructure improvements, it will have to wait until next year.

Mesa State student from Craig suspected of manufacturing date rape drug in dorm

Grand Junction police have arrested a Mesa State College student on suspicion of making and trying to sell a large quantity of a date-rape drug.

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Full-day kindergarten draws support from principals, administrators

A full-day kindergarten proposal is drawing support from Moffat County School District principals and administrators.

Kathy Bassett: Things were peachy in Brown's Park

Times change and people change. It's a sad but true fact. Wouldn't it be neat sometimes if such a thing weren't true? But that's the way it is, so it's a good thing that we all have our memories of the fun and wonderful times that used to be.

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Moffat County 4-H members attend annual retreat

The 16th Annual 4-H District Retreat for Districts 11 and 12 took place late last month at YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch, near Granby.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband, son should make up

Dear Annie: My husband and his ex shared custody of their son, "Danny," for 11 years. Two years ago, when his ex and her new husband began experiencing financial problems, she started pressuring Danny to live with her full time.

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Moffat County school superintendent to retire after 32-year career with district

Around Pete Bergmann's office, there are posters and books defining success, what makes a leader and how to go from good to great.

Patrick Germond: Looking forward to tea

Hats off to Rick Barnes and his planned Tea Party at Loudy-Simpson at noon April 15.

Datebook for April 4

1 p.m. Unicyclists meet at Alice Pleasant Park. Call Kevin at 824-1703.

Police blotter for April 4

Shannon James Wilson, 36, a transient, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating conditions of release.

Government update for April 4

Moffat County Commission

Lila Herod: Election fraud not true

I've been reading some comments on the Craig Daily Press reader forum regarding election fraud, and I feel compelled to respond.

Horoscope for April 4, 2009

Horoscope for April 4, 2009

Friday, April 3

Faye Paulson and family: Thanks to Hospice

We would like to send our sincerest thank you to the nurses of Hospice for their support and kindness and gentle care of Ted Paulson.

Bev Rubley: Were you there?

At 12:50 p.m. Feb. 4, in the Village Inn parking lot, a man was driving a dark blue 2008 GMC Sierra four-door pickup truck when he backed into a silver 2008 Trailblazer, which was parked near the front entrance of the restaurant.

Bob Woods: The final goal atop the mountain

While living in Hawaii, I joined a Wednesday morning hiking group. One hike I remember was on the windward side of Oahu.

Datebook for April 3


MCSD fails in bid to get $178,000 grant

Money would have been used to improve streets

If the Moffat County School District wants funding for increased infrastructure improvements, it will have to wait until next year.

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Bad Dogs dominate

Youth wrestling team earns combined 24 1st- and 2nd-place finishes at home tournament

The Bad Dog youth wrestling team set out to defend its house and its mat Saturday. According to coach Rodney Klimper, the team did just that at its only home tournament of the season.

'Truly student athletes'

Girls hoops team earns academic state championship

The Moffat County High School girls basketball team's postseason fell short of its ultimate goal - winning a state championship on the court. But, that didn't stop the team from winning big off it.

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Moffat County's rattlesnake

Local resident organizes tea party protest against government spending

Moffat County resident Rick Barnes, 43, a coal miner with Trapper Mining for the past 3 1/2 years, sees a particular significance in the historical Gadsden flag.

John S. Kinkaid: Don't socialize system

Currently, in the United States, we are blessed to have the greatest health care in the history of mankind. Across the globe, there are many extraordinarily talented and brilliant physicians.

5 questions with Mayor Don Jones

Below is a question and answer segment with Craig Mayor Don Jones, who is running unopposed for his third term in Tuesday's municipal election.

Christina M. Currie: Road trip

I have no idea whose idea it was to pile two kids into the car, drive 16 hours - through the night - to spend half of spring break in Oklahoma. Yes, Oklahoma. But, I'm thinking that person should have thought it through just a little better. OK, it was me.

Youth Services seeks $1 million grant

In an effort to reach out to the community's runaway and homeless youths, Moffat County's Youth Services Department has applied for a $1 million grant.

Craig briefs: Editorial board seeks members

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three to four people to participate on its next editorial board.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Strawberry Shortcake for an Easter treat

This morning, as I write "Over a Cup of Coffee," the snowy scene outside is anything but Easter-like. Even the robin that's perched on a branch of the crabapple tree looks puzzled. But my thoughts are on Easter dinner anyway.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband begs me for my painkillers every morning

Dear Annie: I have been married 25 years. My health is not as good as it used to be, and I am in chronic pain. I am finally on a good pain management program involving strong painkillers that help me function and keep my job, as well as keep being a mom, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, etc.

Horoscopes for April 3, 2009

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Your friendliness will be much in evidence, and this will work to your advantage. People are drawn to you and want to share who and what they know with you. Get out and mingle.

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Fuel gauge report for April 3

Regular unleaded and diesel prices around Craig as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo above.

Police Blotter for April 1

Moffat County Jail

Thursday, April 2

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VNA receives $130,378 in stimulus funds

Sue Birch, chief executive officer of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, returned late last week from Washington, D.C.; a trip she said was pleasantly surprising.

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Prather's Pick: 'The Underneath' destined to be a classic

Every now and then, a book comes along that takes my breath away. That's the case with "The Underneath," a children's novel by Kathi Appelt.

Police blotter for April 2

Officers responded to two requests to assist another agency.

Datebook for April 2

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

Student news: Eva Sorrentino presents honors thesis

Eva Sorrentino, a 2006 Moffat County High School graduate, recently presented her honors thesis on "A Comparison of Food Habits and Dietary Intake of School Age Children" during Academic Excellence Week at the University of Northern Colorado.

Cathy Hamilton: Hooters detour adds scenery for Jayhawk fans

While sitting over baskets of hot wings and blackened catfish nuggets, my attention was wavering wildly between hoops and Hooters Girls.

Cory, Heather and Bailey Overton: Thanks for the care

I would like to thank everyone at Dr. Miller's office for the great care of my son.

Serendipity owner selling shop to return to substitute teaching

Serendipity Coffee Shop is close to changing ownership, and its current owner will return to substitute teaching.

5 questions with City Council candidates: Part 3

This is the final part of a question and answer series with each Craig City Council candidate who will appear on Tuesday's municipal election ballot.

Craig briefs: Police say scams becoming more common

The Craig Police Department continues to warn citizens about scams that are "appearing more and more in the community and across the nation," police reported in a news release.

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Local cheer squads head to nationals

No matter what the final results will be in Las Vegas this weekend, the Moffat County Thunder cheerleaders have had a winning season on the cheer mat.

Harry Uncapher: Thanks for the outreach

From the family of Dana Uncapher, we deeply appreciate all of the effort and kindness shown to us at our time of deep loss.

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Veterans Hotline: County hires new Veterans Service Officer

Moffat County has hired Ed Wilkinson as the new Veterans Service Officer in Craig. Ed will replace me the first of June.

Horoscope for April 2, 2009

Horoscope for April 2, 2009

Annie's Mailbox: My husband has no respect for me or our family

Dear Annie: I think my husband is a sociopath. I have been enabling his Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality by letting people think everything is wonderful, but behind closed doors, he is physically and emotionally abusive to my daughter and me.

Wednesday, April 1

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Fantasy Fix: Reliable fantasy producers to be had in later rounds

This week, I am going to take a look at some great late round draft picks to round out your infield and outfield positions.

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Direct sales force up in Craig, nation

With her job security a bit shaky, Jana Rowe, of Craig, decided to find a way to earn a little money on the side.

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Craig focuses on kids

April designated as Month of the Young Child

The Moffat County Early Childhood Coalition works year-round to establish programs and policies that benefit young children.

February 2009 Real Estate Transactions

February 2009 Real Estate Transactions

John and Corrie Ponikvar: Vote for Jennifer Riley

This year, several fine individuals have stepped forward to run for Craig City Council.

Annie's Mailbox: Wedding dates present dilemma

Dear Annie: My two sisters live in different states. They have daughters who are getting married three weeks apart.

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Bulldogs girls place 3rd, boys 6th in track meet

Ice and snow haven't stopped members of the Moffat County High School track teams from establishing themselves as some of the state's best.

Hospital applies for $1 million grant

TMH the only local body to go for DOLA funding this cycle

After no one stepped forward with a proposal for Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant dollars last week, The Memorial Hospital hopes to take advantage of an opportunity, potentially worth $1 million.

Our view: Big shoes to fill

Last week, the Moffat County School Board ended its months-long search for a new lead administrator.

Rick Hammel: In support of S.B. 148

This letter is in response to your article by Brandon Gee on March 31: Proposal worries cyclists.

Horoscope for April 1, 2009

Horoscope for April 1, 2009

Datebook for April 1

9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Aging Well Program's "Wellness Wednesday" is at American Legion Post No. 62 for individuals ages 50 and older. It includes art, writing and exercises classes throughout the day. Lunch is served at each week's presentation. To register for activities, call 871-7676.

Craig briefs: Publishing workshop is April 11

Have you always wanted to write and publish your own book - a novel, collection of short stories, memoir, or photo book?

City Council candidates speak out

This is the second part of a question and answer series with each Craig City Council candidate who will appear on the April 7 municipal election ballot.