Stories for August 2009


Monday, August 31

Smoke from California fires drifts into Craig

Satellite images show haze is coming from near Los Angeles

The haze that started blanketing Craig on Monday is because of wildfires now burning in California, said Norv Larson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

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California, Utah fires create Steamboat haze

Skies affected by California fires; 2 weekend fires extinguished

A couple of small lightning-caused local blazes were put out during the weekend, but Routt County residents are still dealing with the effects of wildland fire.

City agrees to discuss planning, zoning codes

The Craig City Council agreed at its meeting Tuesday to meet with local organizations about its planning and zoning regulations.

Craig briefs: Veteran services offered today

The staff of the Grand Junction Veterans Center will have office hours from 9 a.m. to noon today at the Colorado Workforce Center, 480 Barclay St., in Craig.

Horoscope for Aug. 31, 2009

Horoscope for Aug. 31, 2009

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Golf team features mix of old and new players

Ken Harjes, Moffat County High School boys varsity golf coach, knows his team will need some balls to break the right way this season for his team to compete.

With state finals in Craig, MCHS rodeo team looks to fill event with locals

Janice Edwards, Moffat County High School rodeo team sponsor, knows there will be a large local contingency at the State Rodeo Finals.

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Cheerleaders hope for more community involvement

Heather Higgins doesn't have to drum up enthusiasm when it comes to cheerleading. Her daughter, Jasmine, has been a cheering staple at Moffat County High School football games, and this year, Heather is helping the team.

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New dance coach wants team to explore new styles

Julie Hall needed just one small push to become Moffat County High School dance team coach.

Datebook for Aug. 31

Today is the first day of new school year in Moffat County School District.

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Aging Well: Age no match for local tennis competitor

JoAnn Lathrop is accustomed to being a decade or so older than her tennis peers, but only recently has she been comfortable revealing her age.

Fire unit: Fire danger remains high

Fire danger remains high in Rio Blanco and Moffat counties, the Northwest Fire Management Unit recently reported.

Stacking up the Western Slope League: Football

To win Western Slope League (note: coaches could not vote for their team)

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Soccer team looks to rebound from 4-win season

As Rusty Cox enters his second year as head coach of the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team, he knows there's not one player to watch on his team.

Bryce Jacobson: Craig Association of Realtors hands out awards

The Craig Association of Realtors recently bestowed annual awards to member realtors.

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Businesses: Hunters will come despite recession

The recession might not stop the annual pilgrimage of big game hunters from pouring into Craig, local business owners and representatives said.

Annie's Mailbox: Pregnant employee exposes belly

Dear Annie: "Remember Back When" commented on the way expectant mothers dress. I am a 29-year-old mother of one and a supervisor of 30 employees, two of whom are very pregnant.

H. Neal Glanville: It's that 'too many things to do' time of year

As I've been dragged kicking and screaming into middle age, I mourn the passing of summer less and less.

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3 races remain for Hayden Speedway this season

With nights getting cooler, the racing at the Hayden Speedway is just starting to heat up. With three races left in the year, it will be make or break time for a number of drivers.

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Christine Balderston a potential new School Board member

Christine Balderston, 48, originally from Denver, most likely will be the newest member of the Moffat County School Board, representing District 6.

Ray Cartwright: Clean up after sales

To the editor: This is to all of the citizens out there who have had yard sales or garage sales in the past week or two.

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Cross-country team has mix between new and old runners

Todd Trapp, Moffat County High School cross-country coach, has one goal for the year.

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With new attitude, volleyball team hopes to soar

If the Moffat County High School girls varsity volleyball team hopes to rebound from a five-win season, it will need a new attitude.

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Moffat County football ready to run behind seasoned line

This year, the Bulldogs' leaders will be making the push. With a deep and experienced offensive line, Moffat County High School's varsity football squad knows it should be able to move the ball.

Sunday, August 30

Fuse cutout cause behind Sunday night power outage

A power outage Sunday night in Craig lasted about 28 minutes and was caused by a fuse cutout near Moffat County High School, Yampa Valley Electric Association reported.

Saturday, August 29

Datebook for Aug. 29

9:30 a.m. Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., offers the program "Living Proof Live" via simulcast. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and the event begins at 9:30 a.m. Call Janet at 824-5222.

Our View: Let livestock stay

With our area's rich heritage in ranching and agriculture, City Council should keep an open mind to allowing residents to keep livestock inside city limits.

Police blotter for Aug. 29

Ryan Brandon Rowley, 35, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Kathy Bassett: Women can hunt, too

I was taught how to hunt by probably one of the best ol' timers in the country. He was a game warden for DOW and always called his shots. Before he became a game warden, he was a government trapper.

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3rd year of preschool assessment shows growth

The early childhood assessment program, Results Matter, sometimes is called the "baby CSAP." But it differs significantly in nature from the sit-down, standardized testing approach.

Craig briefs: Page Turners to share book reviews

Page Turners book club meets at 3 p.m. today at Downtown Book, 543 Yampa Ave, to discuss a book of individual choice.

D. H. Burns: Day of atonement is real

To the editor: There is a Biblical expression that states the truth shall set you free. It does, and I am.

Hayden to consider raising water rates

Hayden residents could see higher water bills this fall, Town Manager Russ Martin said. Town staff members plan to present a base rate increase of about $3 a month to the Hayden Town Council at its Sept. 17 meeting.

Chuck Mack: Railroad plans, Part 8

Gosh, I thought I had finished the series on the Mt. Streeter railroad until I came across this article. I don't believe I've used this article as a whole in the previous railroad stories.

Government update for Aug. 29

• Approved, 3-0, a $1,670 bid from APH Construction to conduct some repairs to the Moffat County Public Safety Center boiler room. It was the only bid submitted.

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Teacher takes on role as JV golf coach

Joe Padon, 24, a Moffat County High School teacher, already volunteers his winters helping the high school boys basketball program, and starting this year, the junior varsity golf team.

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Trapper Mining buys $22M worth of equipment

New front-end loader is largest of its kind in the world

One rubber tire on the new front-end loader at Trapper Mining costs about $100,000 and carries $40,000 in chains to pull it through the mud. The loader, which the mine purchased earlier this year, is about three stories high.

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Parents, students prepare for school year

Lori Gowdy knew she had to break her children's summer habits before school began. Two weeks ago, she started waking her two sons up early every day.

Moffat County School Board may cancel election

Open seats still are going uncontested

A November election for three open seats on the Moffat County School Board is one step closer to being canceled after Thursday's board meeting.

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Remembering the country school

School will be starting for Craig youths Monday, and all of the back-to-school talk triggers memories of school years when my sisters, brother and I were growing up on the ranch.

Horoscope for Aug. 29, 2009

Horoscope for Aug. 29, 2009

Janet Sheridan: Remembering the freedom of recess

Elementary students carrying backpacks and a carefree attitude cavort by my house on their way to and from school.

Annie's Mailbox: Stepdaughter not happy with me

Dear Annie: My fiance and I have lived together for 28 years. We would have married, but we had a slight legal problem.

Friday, August 28

Airport commissioners weigh car rental tax

Hayden residents will decide in November whether to add cost to car rentals

Airport commissioners pondered the possible effects of Hayden's proposed car-rental tax at a meeting Thursday evening. The Yampa Valley Airport Commission discussed the proposed 3.5 percent increase in sales tax, which Hayden voters will decide on at the Nov. 3 election. Janet Fischer, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s airline program director, provided figures about the cost to car renters.

Pat Jones: 'The food that endures'

I was just interviewed by Nikki (on the staff at the Craig Daily Press) about Love INC's Project School Supply and Clothing for Kids programs.

New Web site planned for Bulldogs athletic department

One thing jumped out at athletic director Richard Wildenhaus while he was researching Moffat County High School's athletic Web site. Namely, that one didn't exist.

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Veterans Hotline: Local veterans visit nation's capital

Four local World War II veterans - Bill Cook, Bill Frye, Carl Medvesk and Leonard Yoast - went on the honor flight to Washington, D.C., to view the World War II memorial.

Datebook for Aug. 28

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.

The Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks to the following people for donations

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

Horoscope for Aug. 28

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Try to be as tolerant and forgiving with your family as you are with your friends. You can always count on your loved ones when the chips are down.

Annie's Mailbox: My husband cheats on me

Dear Annie: I have been married to "Jerry" for 38 years. I have endured much pain, verbal abuse and humiliation. He has had affairs, stolen from my parents when they were ill and continues to spend my hard-earned money on other women. All he does is take from everyone, doing nothing to help out financially or otherwise.

Carl and Fredonne Chapman and family: Thanks to firefighters who contained fire

A big "thank you" to all of the firefighters who worked so hard to contain the lightning fire on Aleka Butler's ranch and on our ranch. We are so fortunate to have the dedicated people on Craig Fire/Rescue, the Moffat County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Land Management fire departments. We sure appreciate your hard work.

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Sharp Shooters sweep state meet

When Jody Lee took 16 young marksmen to compete at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, he expected a number of things.

Police blotter for Aug. 26

Travis Martin Johnson, 20, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of first-degree burglary and second-degree burglary.

Craig briefs: Chamber seeking volunteers

The Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Moffat County Tourism Association are working together to open the visitor center on Saturdays, in hopes of gauging whether there is a need for extended hours permanently.

P. Hansen: Please watch for wildlife on road

A deer was hit in front of our house last week by a driver going way too fast coming down off the hill on County Road 33 (Knez Divide), where the first houses start.

Susan E. Kirkpatrick: Budget cuts to affect grants

Tough decisions impacting Colorado's budget, as proposed by Gov. Bill Ritter during a meeting before the Joint Budget Committee on Aug. 18, modify the timeline and potential funds available through the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund.

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Superintendent welcomes back Moffat County School District staff, teachers

Early Thursday morning, more than 300 Moffat County School District staff members gathered in the Craig Middle School auditorium to meet what will be their extended family for the 2009-10 school year.

Dealers wait for Clunkers funds

Cash for Clunkers was like a bittersweet candy, Victory Motors co-owner Steve Maneotis said. There's enough to like, but something about it doesn't work.

MCHS to switch to early release

Students will have study hall while teachers collaborate

Moffat County High School students no longer will be able to sleep in on Thursday mornings.

EDP discusses tax increment financing

Plan is possible business-friendly way to build roads, infrastructure

City and Moffat County officials plan to learn more information in coming months about a way to finance new infrastructure in the area, such as roads, power lines and water and sewer systems.

Thursday, August 27

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Preschool teachers furnish new classrooms

Toni Tuttle is sitting in a chair made for a 3-year-old, putting together a fake, wooden sink. The new preschool center at Sunset Elementary School is on its way to being a functional classroom, including a "dramatic play" area that will feature a stove, oven and a play sink.

Council addresses livestock issues

In addition to an at-times heated discussion about medical marijuana, the Craig City Council also made some progress Tuesday on its ongoing issue with livestock inside city limits.

Datebook for Aug. 27

10 and 11:30 a.m. Story-time takes place in the children's room at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St.

Cathy Hamilton: Garage door, meet car fender

I don't mean to brag, but as a wife and housemate, I'm just about perfect. Simply stated, as a spouse, I'm all that and a bag of chips. I'm practically flawless.

MCHS golf finishes 2nd by 1 stroke

With a thinned field, the Moffat County High School boys varsity team thought it had secured a first-place finish Monday at Rifle Creek Golf Course.

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CMS volleyball to switch up offensive scheme

Diana Booco, Craig Middle School eighth-grade volleyball coach, said this year should be a successful season for her team.

Jail Report for Aug. 25

Levi Garrett Schwingdorf, 24, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of habitual traffic offenses.

Lynne Herring: Politics destroying US

This letter is to all the Republicans and Democrats out there.

Annie's Mailbox: My wife left me

Dear Annie: My common-law wife of many years has left me for another man.

TMH to purchase MRI machine

Department of Local Affairs and bank loan provide $1M in funds

When The Memorial Hospital board members sat down to their meeting Wednesday, they were unsure whether they would have anything to report on the possibility of a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine.

Horoscope for Aug. 27

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - If the powers-that-be insist something should be done a certain way, it's best to comply regardless of whether you know a better way. Ignore this command at your peril.

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Hankins sentenced to life without parole for murder

Before a judge imposed sentencing Wednesday on Terry Hankins, who was convicted of murdering his wife, the defendant spoke with his attorneys in an empty courtroom.

Craig briefs: Flags lowered to honor Kennedy

In accordance with Wednesday's presidential proclamation ordering U.S. flags lowered to half-staff on all federal facilities through Sunday to honor U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, Gov. Bill Ritter also has directed that U.S. and Colorado flags be lowered to half-staff on state facilities through sunset Sunday.

Wednesday, August 26

Jury's verdict: Guilty

A jury returned a verdict of guilty against Craig man Terry Hankins about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday morning in Moffat County District Court. Hankins was convicted of first-degree murder, a Class 1 felony, and abuse of a corpse, a Class 2 misdemeanor, in connection with the June 2007 death of his wife, 34-year-old Cynthia Hankins, also of Craig.

Fantasy Fix: Fantasy baseball winding down

It's been a few weeks since I've talked about fantasy baseball, and this will likely be one of the last times, seeing as how fantasy football is going to take the spotlight in just two weeks.

Annie's Mailbox: Trapped with separated parents

Dear Annie: My parents are married but separated. My father isn't financially stable. For some reason, he can't seem to keep a job. Currently, he's unemployed and has no car. Annie, my father is a freeloader. All he does is lie around the house and do nothing. My mother is a hard-working woman, and I respect and adore her. She does everything for my brother and me.

Andy Bockelman: 'Julie & Julia' serves up delectable dishes, delightful story

With the coming of the digital age, it was only a matter of time before a blog inspired a film. But even with its tie to something as impersonal and simulated as the Internet, the movie "Julie & Julia" touches and tantalizes all five senses as finely as a gourmet meal.

The Memorial Hospital board meeting agenda

7 p.m. tonight, Platinum Conference Room

Bill Muldoon: Children need caution

On Tuesday afternoon about 3 p.m., a young boy about 9 years old was spared serious injury or death. His parents may know who he is. Wearing a white helmet and riding a junior bicycle, he exited a blind driveway on the north side of Seventh Street, directly in the path of my oncoming car. I was alert, the vehicle was traveling under the speed limit, and I stood on the brakes.

Our View: Moratorium justified

A dispensary for medical marijuana is now open in Craig, a new business venture that should be neither celebrated nor encouraged.

Craig news briefs: Police: Sexually violent predator has moved

A Craig man who was considered a sexually violent predator has moved from the area, the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office announced Monday morning.

VNA annual meeting tonight

University of Colorado pediatrician to speak

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will honor and celebrate those who have contributed to the health center tonight at its annual meeting.

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Council puts a hold on medical pot

The Craig City Council unanimously approved, 6-0, an emergency moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries Tuesday night, after a public discussion about the issue turned into a shouting match and the mayor closed proceedings.

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Attorneys make closing arguments in Moffat County murder case

As it has been for most of Terry Hankins' murder trial, the moments before his wife's death were a focal point during attorneys' closing arguments Tuesday.

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School district teachers trained in blogging, Wikis and interactive learning

Moffat County School District teachers will start the year off armed with ideas and tools for a 21st-century classroom.

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Cardinals return opening kick for touchdown in 1st Doak Walker game

The Cardinals needed little time to welcome in the 2009 Doak Walker Football season. On the opening kickoff, Shandon Hadley ran the ball back for a touchdown against the Colts.

Horoscopes for Aug. 26, 2009

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - If you have to attend a gathering that includes several people you would like to ignore, be on your best behavior. If one of them gets wind of your disapproval, he or she might create an incident.

Police Blotter for Aug. 24, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs: MCHS offers open house for new students

Moffat County High School is hosting an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday for new students to the district and incoming freshmen.

Datebook for Aug. 26, 2009


Tuesday, August 25

Horoscopes for Aug. 25, 2009

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Money can produce a more generous personality or bring out harsher traits. If you think a friend has taken advantage of your generosity, the latter is likely to prevail.

Annie's Mailbox: Mother takes all husband's time

Dear Annie: I have been married to "Sam" for 25 years, and we have three beautiful daughters. Sam works three hours away. When he comes home, I make sure to have supper on the table, laundry completed, house spotless, grass mowed and any repairs fixed.

Council to discuss marijuana, livestock

The Craig City Council plans to vote on an emergency moratorium of all medical marijuana dispensaries at its meeting tonight, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Senior Spotlight for Aug. 25, 2009

It must be an exciting time for the graduates who are going off to college, university or tech school.

Report of 14-year-old crashing vehicle false

A weekend report of a 14-year-old crashing a car because his parents were too drunk to drive turned out to be false, said Brian Bagley, a corporal with Colorado State Patrol.

Datebook for Aug. 25, 2009


CMS football teams have not lost in years

It takes a moment for Craig Middle School football coaches Gary Tague and Todd Hildebrandt to remember when their teams last lost a game.

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Defense rests in murder trial

Closing arguments expected today

Although the ongoing murder trial of Terry Hankins was scheduled to last through Friday, attorneys plan to deliver closing arguments this morning.

Police Blotter for Aug. 23, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Carol Wilson: Thanks for patronage

I would like to thank everyone in Craig, Hayden, Steamboat Springs, Baggs, Wyo., and beyond who has patronized my store, NEOLITHICS, in the past 12 years. It's been an enriching experience running a business, and especially getting to know such great customers and fellow business owners.

Maren Schmidt: Lessons of John 15:13

The idea of selfless service was the theme of a story from my kindergarten days. The Sunday School lesson told of a firefighter who died saving families from a burning building.

Monday, August 24

Moffat County School District's new faces

Meet the 18 new teachers at Moffat County School District

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Aging Well: Painting with fabric: Quilting can bring income, pleasure

A complex array of red, orange and rust tones mesmerize while telling the story of a devastating wildfire. The elaborate patterns are pieced together in a quilt inspired by the Hinman fire near Clark seven summers ago.

Craig briefs: Sign-up for Conservation Stewardship under way

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Services authorized a new program to encourage environmental stewardship on the part of agricultural and forestry producers.

Datebook for Aug. 24, 2009


Business beat: New salon open for business in mall

Haircuts, coloring, perms, nail enhancements and facial waxing are the services currently offered at Tumbleweeds and Lace in the Centennial Mall.

DOW will meet to address deer concerns

The Colorado Division of Wildlife and Craig deer committee plan to meet at noon Friday at Carelli's Pizza, 465 Yampa Ave., to discuss options about how to address the city's deer population.

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Thunder Rolls Bowling Center welcomes 1st National Bowling Week

Thunder Rolls Bowling Center hopes to be part of history. On Sept. 5, Thunder Rolls, 990 Industrial Ave., will finish its first National Bowling Week with an attempt at helping break the record for most games bowled in one day.

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Elks Lodge serves up recognition, dinner for veterans

One place setting was empty upstairs at the Elks Lodge. Alone at a small, round table sat a single candle, a rose wrapped in red ribbon, mugs, silverware and a plate expectantly, waiting for its guest.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband had racy photos of co-worker

Dear Annie: Last week, I found provocative pictures on my husband's digital camera of his female co-worker in a hotel room, wearing skimpy lingerie and one of his ties. My husband was not in any of the pictures.

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Local church celebrates 50th anniversary inside the same walls

On a hot August Sunday in 1959, members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ began their worship like any other day.

H. Neal Glanville: The importance of our own counsel

Each day of our lives, there are too many people to count who affect that day's outcome.

Horoscopes for Aug. 24, 2009

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Go all out to do something that will improve your lot in life. Your luck is running particularly strong in financial areas, and you could make quite an impact at this time.

MCHS boys varsity golf consistent in 1st week

With two fifth-place finishes in one week, the Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team is showing it can compete, coach Ken Harjes said.

Saturday, August 22

School reconfiguration prompts traffic changes

Adding a grade and rebuilding the middle school, as well as transforming Craig Intermediate School into a preschool through fifth-grade building, will mean safe student arrival could be a concern Aug. 31 and beyond.

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Downtown Books to remain open under Caroline Dotson

Caroline Dotson is putting books away on the shelves of Downtown Books the way she always has. But it's missing its founder and former co-owner, Carol Jacobson.

Datebook for Aug. 22

1 p.m. The Red Hat Society gathers at Subway.

Government update for Aug. 22

Government update for Aug. 22

Police blotter for Aug. 22

Bryan Jennings Johnson, 32, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of bond revocation.

Patrick Wayne Germond: Freedom is about morality

To the editor: Benjamin Franklin once said, "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they need more masters."

Baxter Black: The mechanical bull

"So, what's the difference between riding a mechanical bull and riding a real one?" the boy asked his dad.

Our View: Board boredom

Lack of candidate interest in serving on Moffat County School Board a disappointing situation that could cancel November election.

Horoscope for Aug. 22

Horoscope for Aug. 22

Annie's Mailbox: Stepdaughter played card vs. stepmom

Dear Annie: I have raised my stepdaughter, "Candace," for the past 10 years. Her mother passed away tragically when she was very young, and I have tried to be a friend ever since, standing up for her, bending over backward to be good to her.

Kathy Bassett: Move over, Paul Bunyan

We were all working away. The chainsaws buzzin', the mauls choppin', the chips flyin' and the sweat pouring. We weren't going to wait until there was a foot or more of snow on the ground before we got in our winter supply of firewood. No sir. We're getting while the getting is good.

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Local sheep industry has had brutal and bloody confrontations

By the 1890s, sheepmen from Utah and Wyoming were beginning to see that Northwest Colorado could be a profitable place for their flocks.

Our steak in transportation

Working cattle is never easy, but there are things a rancher can do to minimize stress and injury to the cattle, leading to a quality product and more profitable operation, and perhaps a less stressful and safer time for the rancher, too.

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After 35 years, local man still working with bees

Steve Smith, 61, has been farming fresh honey for the past 35 years, taking it from hives he cultivates throughout Moffat County.

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1st contact at Friday scrimmage

Moffat County High School football moves into action for season

As the Moffat County High School varsity football's offense rumbled down the field for the first time this season, everything appeared to be clicking.

Pastor Bob Woods: Come celebrate with us

To the editor: On Aug. 26, 1959, First Congregational United Church of Christ moved from Tucker and Victory way.

MCTA discusses new marketing plan

The Moffat County Tourism Association plans to revamp its approach to marketing the area, either by hiring a professional consulting firm or by conducting its own surveys.

Friday, August 21

Craig sports briefs: 1st football scrimmage tonight

The Moffat County High School football team will have its first scrimmage at 7 p.m. today at the high school, 900 Finley Lane. It will be an inter-squad scrimmage.

Datebook for Aug. 21, 2009


Craig briefs: Community college cookout Wednesday

Colorado Northwestern Community College is hosting its annual Community Cookout Wednesday at its Craig Campus.

Police Blotter for Aug. 19, 2009

Moffat County Jail

John Salazar talks about health care debate

Congressman accused of ducking debate speaks out

U.S. Rep. John Salazar, a Blue Dog Democrat accused of hiding from the health care debate, outlined and defended his stances on the issue Thursday. He spoke with the Pilot & Today before speaking at the Colorado Water Congress' annual summer conference at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

Fuel gauge report for Aug. 21, 2009

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

Christina M. Currie: New additions already a hassle

We got the dog so that we wouldn't have to get cats. Seven-year-old Nikki voted for a dog. Nine-year-old Katie voted for a cat. I put off voting with the hope that the issue would die.

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After sunset, lifeguards relish chance to watch the pool

As the sun set Thursday on the Craig Swimming Complex, there still were a few people around. Lifeguards mop up bathrooms and tiled surfaces after their shifts are over, and a couple of stray swimmers paddle back and forth.

Andy Bockelman: '(500) Days' is ideal movie, summer or otherwise

You'd think when the end of a movie is completely spelled out, you wouldn't be interested in the rest of the story. See "(500) Days of Summer" to learn how wrong you are.

Annie's Mailbox: Family dog left in the heat died there

Dear Annie: I've done something terrible and I can't sleep. My heart is broken. We contracted with a tree removal company to take out a large weeping willow. The workers arrived before 9 a.m., but they were frightened of our dog, "Rocko," so I moved him to another part of our yard, along with his water and food dish. Two hours later, I left for work.

Groups could look at city's planning, zoning regulations

With a local builder pledging never to build a project of his own in city limits, community groups may enter a discussion about the city revising its planning and zoning regulations.

Horoscopes for Aug. 21, 2009

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - If overly protective of your self-interests, you are likely to overreact and do things in a manner that might outsmart yourself. By doing so, the chances for happiness or gain are slim.

George and Ann Kidder: Thanks to Craig VFW

We would like to thank the Craig Veterans of Foreign Wars post for the program they had when our daughter, Kathy, returned from Iraq.

F. Neil Folks: Great love and great suffering - Part 2

I just recently got to experience both sides of the mind and heart space. I was in Fort Collins for four-day training on Eleven Essential Principles of Mourning. There were 16 of us present.

County unsure it will receive oil shale revenue

Moffat County officials are skeptical they will receive $1.7 million from the federal government related to a change in oil shale development that began in 1997.

Veterans Hotline: Veteran news, notes and event happenings

A free spaghetti dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Saturday for all veterans at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way, in Craig. Please RSVP to telephone number 620-4174

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Sunset Meadows hosts party for residents age 90 and older

Eght gold crowns dotted the tables in the cafeteria of Sunset Meadows, each a guest of honor at Wednesday's Nifty Nineties party, celebrating the retirement community's residents who are 90 or older.

Thursday, August 20

Residents react to proposed medical marijuana dispensary

Upon hearing that a local man plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Craig, residents and community leaders seem split in their opinions.

Prosecution rests in murder trial

Judge Michael O'Hara denied a motion from the defense Wednesday to dismiss all charges against Terry Hankins, who is charged with murdering his wife, Cynthia Hankins, in June 2007.

Nonprofit collects supplies, clothes for needy students

Love In the Name of Christ, or Love INC, wants every child to start the school year on a level playing field and is having a school supply drive to provide children with new backpacks filled with new supplies.

Datebook for Aug. 20

Today The lap pool at the Craig Swimming Complex, 605 Washington St., will be open until 9:30 p.m. for a family moonlight swim. Adults must accompany children younger than 12. General admission rules apply.

Craig briefs: Salazar touring Northwest Colorado today

Salazar will address the Colorado Water Congress at 8:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort in Steamboat Springs; the Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden at 10 a.m.; and the Garfield County Airport in Rifle at 3 p.m.

Cathy Hamilton: Unexplainable quirks

I arrived at my mother's house Sunday afternoon - suitcase, laptop and mini-blender in hand.

MCHS golf finishes 13th Monday, 5th Wednesday

If the Moffat County High School boys golf team showed any rust during its first match of the year, it quickly wore off during the second. On Monday at Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction, senior Taylor Branstetter, of Hayden, shot a 78 while the rest of the team shot between 90 and 92, coach Ken Harjes said.

Sports briefs: Bomba wins City Championship

Nick Bomba not only helped Richard Padon, Brett Etzler and Justin Gallegos win the McGladrey qualifying golf championship Sunday in Brighton, he also has recaptured his title during the City Championships.

Horoscope for Aug. 20

Horoscope for Aug. 20

Annie's Mailbox: Daughter putting life on hold

Dear Annie: My 19-year-old daughter has been "dating" a nice young man for three years. The problem is, he moved with his parents to another state two years ago.

Andy Bockelman" '(500) Days' is ideal movie, summer or otherwise

You'd think when the end of a movie is completely spelled out, you wouldn't be interested in the rest of the story. See "(500) Days of Summer" to learn how wrong you are.

Claudia Peters: Religion page

This is in response to a letter to the editor written by Sean Davis in regard to the Friday edition's religious articles.

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Craig biker eyes silver screen

Former cop, cycle shop owner to act in independent film

Jesse McAvoy, a Craig resident for seven years, landed his first role in an independent movie being filmed in Boulder. He can keep his tattoos, but he'll have to cut off his long hair and shave his beard for the "cop look."

Wednesday, August 19

Annie's Mailbox: Longtime boyfriend may have ADD

Dear Annie: I have been with an amazing man for many years. "Todd" is funny and sweet, and my family adores him. However, I continue to question our relationship because, although he's very motivated, he lacks the follow through.

Commission approves various bids

The Moffat County Commission approved three bid requests, all 3-0, at its meeting Tuesday morning.

Our View: Enter and exit

A development that could have produced new businesses and tax revenue to the city of Craig, as well as fill a now barren lot, has been relocated outside city limits, actions that add fuel to the debate regarding the city's planning and zoning regulations.

Sandy Orgoglioso: One's word is one's bond

Collin Smith's article concerning Lex Burton talked of the old and the new and the changes over time. One thing should never change - that a man's word is his bond.

Police Blotter for Aug. 17, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Datebook for Aug. 19, 2009


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Friends of 45 years sport same hairdo

Debbie Ciani and Janice Nicoletto have been friends since before kindergarten. Forty-five years later, Ciani still is doing Nicoletto's nails out of her Craig home.

MCEA welcomes back district employees

Summer vacation is winding down for students and teachers, and there's a lot to do to get ready.

No suspects in stolen truck crash

An investigation into a reported auto theft and accident is ongoing, Craig Police Department officials said. Shortly after 11 p.m. Aug. 12, a green Chevy truck crashed into the side of Al Cashion's house at Sandrock Drive and Barclay Street.

Fantasy Fix: Value in the backfield

Running backs who can boost your fantasy team's rushing numbers

After covering wide receivers and quarterbacks, it's time to focus some attention on undervalued running backs and tight ends.

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Craig team advances to McGladrey golf championship

When Brett Etzler and Richard Padon played at Riverdale Dunes last year, one shot separated their team from the top team. This year, the result was the same, only reversed.

Horoscopes for Aug. 19, 2009

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Banking too heavily on others to help get through the rough spots in a new endeavor is a mistake. Even those who want to assist you might find themselves in a position where they simply can't.

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Local man intends to open medical marijuana dispensary in Craig

Shaun Hadley was born in Craig and has lived here his entire life. Hadley recently was laid off from his job as an electrician, but at 25, he wants to turn a problem into an opportunity.

Tuesday, August 18

Earthquake's magnitude adjusted

Originally reported as 4.4, Craig quake now listed as 3.7 on Richter Scale

Analysts from the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden have adjusted the magnitude of an earthquake that occurred Monday night north of Craig.

Datebook for Aug. 18, 2009


Craig brief: VNA to offer free asthma screenings in schools

The Northwest Colorado Pulmonary Health Program, an initiative of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, will offer asthma screenings and education to students with pulmonary symptoms.

Police Blotter for Aug. 15, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Annie's Mailbox: Mother angry with me for helping friend

Dear Annie: I deeply care about my best friend, "James." He is the oldest of eight children, and they live in a very cramped, worn-out trailer home. James is the first in the family to go to college and works to support himself. He is kind-hearted and selfless and has taught me to think about others in need. James has never asked me for money, but it breaks my heart to see him suffer. So I help out by paying some of his bills, buying food, etc., even giving him a little extra so he can have fun with his friends. I love seeing him happy.

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El Pomar approves grant for local food bank hit by spike in requests

Although the Interfaith Food Bank faced what members described as its worst crisis of funding and food this year, they knew they weren't alone. Members were joined by their faith.

Garrett Mercer and Katie Jo Knez: The best mailman

Hi. I'm Garrett Mercer. I'm 4 years old. And I'm Katie Jo Knez. I'm 3. We get to go to work every day with our mommies at American Family Insurance. We have a super nice mailman. We love him. His name is Mr. Wilkey.

Maren Schmidt: What teachers wish parents knew

At a teachers conference a couple of years ago, we broke into groups to answer the following question: What are the most important ideas you'd like to communicate to parents of the children you teach? Here are the thoughts from more than 100 teachers and school administrators.

Colorado State High School Rodeo finals coming to Craig

The third week in June 2010 should be very busy for Craig. On top of Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, Moffat County also will host the Colorado State High School Rodeo finals.

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Travis Goodwin wins 3rd straight Sport Stock race

Travis Goodwin can smile when it rains. A little water on the track means he can race the way he wants to. On Saturday, rains lashed the track at the Hayden Speedway, and Goodwin did what he's done all season on less-than-ideal conditions. Won.

Horoscopes for Aug. 18, 2009

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Guard against not only your own weakness for extravagance but also that of a companion who might try to entice you into frivolous and pointless spending. You could be faced with a double whammy.

Mark Wick: Thank you for support

Nothing helps the healing from the scars of war or separation more than a welcome home. That is exactly what the wonderful people of Craig and Moffat County did Friday for staff sergeant Kathy Weiher.

Andy Bockelman: 'Funny People' humorous but lacks punchline

The comedy "Funny People" certainly can promise a lot from its cast with its title. Still, a movie called "Funny Premise" might be a little more reassuring.

Senior Spotlight for Aug. 18, 2009

When I get up in the morning, one of the first things I like to do is draw the drapes open and then look out and survey the scene.

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Autopsy testimony heard in murder trial

At the start of the second week of testimony in the Terry Hankins murder trial, the court viewed the most graphic photos to date of Cynthia Hankins' remains.

Monday, August 17

Monday night earthquake: 4.4 on Richter scale

An earthquake, measuring 4.4 on the Richter Scale, originated Monday night about 12 miles north of Craig, the National Weather Service in Grand Junction reported Monday night.

Bob Grubb: Religious discussion

I read with interest the "more diversity needed" letter by Sean Davis in the Wednesday, Aug. 12 issue of the Daily Press.

Business beat: Improvements power new image at Interstate Batteries

As you are driving west on Victory Way, you may have noticed a new coat of paint on the building located at 1705 W. Victory Way.

Datebook for Aug. 17, 2009


Horoscopes for Aug. 17, 2009

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - If your independence means too much to you, it could cause you to be completely uncooperative and standoffish, putting you at an extreme disadvantage when dealing with the events of the day.

Annie's Mailbox: 'Deeply in like' with boyfriend's friend

Dear Annie: I am a college student and have been dating a nice guy for almost a year. Unfortunately, "Cody" is more into our relationship than I am. I have my reasons (Cody made some major mistakes that my heart has looked past, but my head has not), but what makes matters worse is I am deeply "in like" with a friend of Cody's. I believe this friend feels the same about me.

H. Neal Glanville: At home in the time tunnel

I'm pretty sure I was 15, maybe 16, the fall grandpa asked me for help bringing in the bulls and any momma cows that had been missed during the earlier roundup. Grandma spun like a cheap top from the Woolworths store.

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Mud Splash volleyball returns for 10th year

They came, they played, they got dirty at the same time. More than 60 players showed up for the Craig Chamber of Commerce's 10th annual Mud Splash mud volleyball tournament, which was played despite rain.

Aging Well: Baby steps toward housing solutions

On any given day, members of the Over the Hill Gang are living very much in the present. Whether hiking, biking, skiing or picnicking, members of the 50-plus club stay true to their goal of living well and having fun at the same time.

'Genuine enthusiasm' for new CMS

Patience a virtue in reconfiguration

Tonight, for the first time, the community will have the opportunity to wander the soft yellow, naturally lit corridors of the new Craig Middle School.

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Funnel clouds spotted Saturday near Craig

Weather Service: Tornadoes in Northwest Colorado are rare and usually weak

If you happened to glance to the northern sky at about noon Saturday, you might have seen a strange gray cloud twisting toward the ground.

Craig briefs: Nature club excursion at local ranch

The Kids Outside Nature Club will be hiking at Carpenter Ranch, east of Hayden, on Wednesday. The group will meet at 10 a.m. and begin hiking at 10:15 a.m. All ages are welcome.

MCSD looks at declining CSAP proficiency levels

When scores from the Colorado Student Assessment Program come in, work at Moffat County School District has just begun.

Saturday, August 15

Mud Splash mud volleyball tournament is back for 10th year

For the 10th year, they will come for glory. They will come for a chance to be named the best. They will come for the mud.

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Local man asks council to let him keep horses at his home

When the city annexed Lex Burton's property, he agreed with one condition: they allow him to keep his horses, to which the city relented, but only as long as Burton was alive to take care of them. Now, that agreement has come under scrutiny.

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Community gathers to welcome veteran home

Craig Weiher, of Craig, said he could barely hold back tears when he was waiting Friday in the terminal at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Datebook for Aug. 15

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Congregational Church, 630 Green St., hosts its first "Junk in the Trunk" community yard sale in the south parking lot. The cost for sellers is $10 for two parking spaces and a table, if needed. Call pastor Bob Woods at 824-6836 between 9 a.m. and noon.

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1st week of Hankins murder trial concluded

Arguments focus on minutes before Cynthia's death

After the first week of Terry Hankins' murder trial, the case seems to have boiled down to discerning what happened in the brief amount of time before Cynthia Hankins' death.

Craig briefs: Love INC. holds school supply drive

Throughout August and September, community members can help needy students be ready for the first day of school by donating new school supplies to Love INC.'s Project School Supply.

Police blotter for Aug. 13

Officers responded to a noise complaint.

Kathy Hall: We don't need no regulations

During the past several months, hydraulic fracturing has become a hot topic and subjected to much misrepresentation.

Chuck Mack: Railroad plans - Part 7

"The Axial Basin Development Company, owner of the Mt. Streeter mine at Axial and the Mt. Streeter Railroad Co. and which last year prepared a survey of the proposed railroad line between Mt. Streeter and Wamsutter, Wyo., is about to come to life again, according to the Craig Empire. The company has lain dormant since last summer, when a proposition to build the railroad proved unsuccessful.

Moffat County Commission agenda for Aug. 18

Last met: Aug. 11

Sports briefs: Sign up for new billiards league

At 1 p.m. today at the Popular Bar there will be a mini billiards tournament and Billiards Congress of America sign-up social.

City Championship begins today

By Monday, the choice parking spot at Yampa Valley Golf Course might be occupied by a new car.

Janet Sheridan: Tour bus courtesies

In Denver recently, I noticed a tour bus unloading passengers near the 16th Street Mall and instantly felt sleepy.

Kathy Bassett: How to install a swamp cooler

Well, let's see. First of all, you wait until summer is almost over, and then one day, when you have two or three truckloads of visitors show up, you sweetly say that you can't figure out how to get your swamp cooler installed into the window and running so that you can be cool.

Over A Cup of Coffee: Saucy Skillet Meatballs and Potatoes

Most of us do lots of cooking with ground beef. This week's ground beef recipe is courtesy of the Colorado Beef Council.

Moffat County Fair's dedicated volunteers

The Carcass Contest has just taken place. The boxes of items to be sorted, like ones from the pavilion judging (that are filled with such items as can openers, plastic spoons, paper plates, tape, staplers, scoring sheets and ribbons) have been returned to the Moffat County Extension Office.

Horoscopes for Aug. 15, 2009

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - You and two close buddies could be at odds where minor issues are concerned, but don't fret. You'll be in complete harmony with all major concerns, and that's what counts.

Annie's Mailbox: Estranged dad wants to make amends

Dear Annie: I'm 19 years old and haven't had a real conversation with my father in five years. My parents divorced when I was 3, and I saw my father every other weekend until I was 14 and realized he was an alcoholic. The only time he ever called was to ask me to talk to my mother about dropping the tremendous amount of back child support he owed. He also became violent toward me more than a few times. We've been estranged ever since.

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High school renovations on track to finish early in school year

One by one, large metal pieces of the elaborate scaffolding that filled the Moffat County High School auditorium are being removed.

Friday, August 14

Parent meeting highlights athlete rules

With Moffat County High School sports starting Monday, parents, players and coaches were caught up during an informational meeting Thursday.

Andy Bockelman: 'G.I. Joe' is fun but indulgent toy movie

For all those boys and man-boys who could only imagine what it would be like if your favorite action figure were to come to life, your day has come with "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra."

Police blotter for Aug. 12

Deputies responded to 14 civil problems.

Datebook for Aug. 14

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.

Moffat County Tourism Association agenda for Aug. 20

4 to 6 p.m. Thursday

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Confession, victim's body presented at Hankins trial

Jury sees photos of Cynthia on Day 4

On the fourth day of Terry Hankins' murder trial, the prosecution played an audio recording of Hankins' first confession to killing his wife, Cynthia, and showed the jury the first pictures of her dismembered body.

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Mattie Jo Duzik trades in boots for makeup in pageant

If Mattie Jo Duzik had her way, she would wear blue jeans and T-shirts every day. She would be hunting or fishing instead of applying makeup and practicing speeches.

Craig briefs: Governor orders flags lowered

Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered flags to be lowered to half staff today on all state and federal buildings in honor of Petty Officer Third Class Anthony Garcia, a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy.

Student news: Lindsay Ellgen

Lindsay Ellgen, a junior at Colorado State University from Craig, has been awarded the $1,000 Margery Monfort Wilson Scholarship.

F. Neil Folks: Great love and great suffering - Part 1

Great love and great suffering were created by God to help us break down the door created from our own ego defenses, crush our dual thinking and open us up to mystery. It should not be any surprise that the Christian icon of redemption is a human being offering love from a crucified position.

Annie's Mailbox: I don't know who the father is

Dear Annie: I have been married to "Jim" for over 20 years. We love each other deeply, and I would never dream of hurting him. I recently had a friendly lunch with "Pete," my oldest and dearest friend. Afterward, I realized I still have deep feelings for him. Pete and I have lunch regularly, and my attraction to him has been growing.

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Senators discuss budget cuts, energy, education during Craig visit

As told by Colorado Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, and Senate Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, the state Legislature has no small tasks in front of it.

School Board election off to a slow start

With the deadline to turn in petitions to run for Moffat County School Board two weeks away, one district is still without any candidates.

Horoscope for Aug. 14

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Be careful to weigh and balance all your major decisions, because if you make one in haste and put it into action, you could discover that it's a major mistake you won't be able to rewind.

Thursday, August 13

Jim and Sherry Kurz: Waiting for an answer

We are still waiting, Moffat County School District.

Sports briefs: Sign up for new billiards league

At 1 p.m. Saturday, at The Popular Bar, there will be a mini billiards tournament and Billiards Congress of America sign-up social.

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Truck reported stolen crashes into house

A driver of a stolen truck hit a stop sign before entering the Cashions' yard and then hit a retaining wall of cinder blocks and a birdbath, before landing with the front wheels in a vegetable garden Tuesday.

FMU: Conditions ripe for 'large fire growth'

In Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, fire danger is holding at high to very high, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported Wednesday afternoon.

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VNA health fair a 'great success'

Free event focuses on pediatric care

A health fair Wednesday was part of the celebration of National Health Center Week, which offers education and awareness about Federally Qualified Community Health Centers, such as the VNA, that provide services to the underserved and uninsured.

County faces two road closures

Elkhead repair ongoing, energy company faces issues with state regulations

The Moffat County Commission deliberated on two road issues Tuesday, one a possible closure near Hamilton and the other concerning the road to Elkhead Reservoir.

Datebook for Aug. 13

Today The Moffat County Libraries will close early today. The Maybell and Craig branches will close at 4 and 5 p.m., respectively.

Annie's Mailbox: Use manners, not tech

Dear Annie: Please tell the rest of the world that not everyone has the same technology. I got a phone call this morning from a friend who didn't give her name, and I couldn't identify her voice. I have a regular landline without caller ID. I had to ask who she was. It was embarrassing for both of us.

Craig briefs: Vision expo today in Hayden

"The Eyes Have It" expo on aging eyes and vision loss is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Haven Community Center, 300 S. Shelton Lane, in Hayden.

Police blotter for Aug. 13

Police blotter for Aug. 13

Cathy Hamilton: Future of health care: Take a number

I am sitting in Surgery Waiting Room 1, doing what a person is supposed to do in such an aptly named place: I'm waiting. Waiting for someone to call No. 37. It's a little like waiting for a pizza, except there's no cold beer, and the aroma is different.

Evelyn Tileston: Disability Awareness Week

Disability Awareness Week was even more successful than we hoped it would be. The proclamations by local governments, in support of Disability Awareness Week, gave the event a great start.

Veteran's Hotline: New rules on hearing aids and eyeglasses

Veterans do not have to have a military-service related disability to qualify for hearing aids and eyeglasses. The veteran only needs to qualify for care and have enough hearing loss to need hearing aids.

Attorneys paint two sides of Hankins couple

Prosecution, defense give opening statements in Hankins murder trial

Attorneys for the prosecution and defense painted different portraits of a man accused of first-degree murder and his wife, who he is charged with killing in June 2007.

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Rally For The Cure golf event sees largest crowd

p>The greens were pink Wednesday morning. More than 50 golfers participated in the 10th annual Rally For The Cure golf tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Horoscope for Aug. 13

Horoscope for Aug. 13

Wednesday, August 12

Investigation under way into alleged assault

Detective Ken Johnson, of the Craig Police Department, has begun an investigation into an alleged assault that occurred Friday night.

Datebook for Aug. 12, 2009


Craig briefs: Grand Futures youth event tonight

The Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is hosting a "splash event" for seventh and eighth graders from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. today at Craig City Pool.

Sean Davis: More diversity needed

Every Friday, this paper prints an article of a religious nature. As best I can tell, it seems that these articles are from diverse sects, as if to show a sense of "religious tolerance." This showing is, however, deeply flawed.

Our View: Praise deserved

There were contests to catch a pig and kiss one, too. There was barbecue and desserts, broncs and bulls (miniature ones, anyway), and a livestock sale that would have made Old McDonald envious.

City Council actions for Aug. 11, 2009

At its Tuesday meeting, the Craig City Council:

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Local contractor takes development outside city, vows not to return

Just outside Craig city limits, a 15,000-square-feet industrial office park is going up. Lop Behrman, owner of Behrman Construction and a local builder for the past 40 years, chose the location on First Street east of Ranney for a reason.

'The Ugly Truth' is an attractive romance

Ladies, does your guy refuse to accompany you to any film that comes close to being classified as a "date movie?" Well, "The Ugly Truth" will clear up that ongoing argument.

Health fair to increase health center awareness

A year ago, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association qualified as a Community Health Center. Now, the VNA is using that qualification, and the funding that comes with it, to provide care to the medically underserved, and more specifically, preventative care for children.

Lyn Cox, Rick and Kim Cox, Zac and Ginger Cox: Thank you for help

We would like to thank all the people who purchased tickets for beef to help out Rick and Amy Bustad. We want to thank Mike Pinkham for donating the beef and the "guys" at Cook Chevrolet for donating to have the beef processed.

Jury selected in Hankins murder trial

After the second day of court proceedings, a jury of 11 men and three women were selected to serve in the murder trial of Terry Hankins.

Fantasy Fix: Undervalued picks under center

As I promised a couple weeks back, I am here to give you some good, undervalued picks at the quarterback position for your upcoming fantasy football draft.

Doak Walker Football schedule

All games are played at 5:15 p.m. at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 S. Mack Lane.

Horoscopes for Aug. 12, 2009

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Because your motives are likely to be completely unselfish, you won't be looking to take any bows for your kindnesses to others. Your humility becomes you as much as your generosity does.

Moffat County Commission actions for Aug. 11, 2009

At its Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission:

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Emerald City Opera to perform Italian opera set in the Old West

Operas, cowboys and steer wrestling don't usually go hand in hand. But tonight, the heart of the Old West will shine through with a famous Italian opera, performed by the Emerald City Opera Artist Institute for Emerging Singers, of Steamboat Springs.

Police Blotter for Aug. 10, 2009

Moffat County Jail

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Justin Folley named new baseball head coach

Moffat County High School baseball's new head coach is no stranger to the program or the game. Justin Folley served as the assistant coach last season, as well as the skipper of the Moffat County American Legion Post 62 baseball team during the summer.

Bonnie Weber: River users disrespectful

I guess it's bad no matter where you go. We live on the river bottom south of town and have had people leave their trash along their route. Plus, they take things that aren't theirs on the way.

Walt Vanatta: Police beat for July

The Craig Police Department responded to 1,591 requests for service in July, and Community Service responded to 305 requests for service.

Annie's Mailbox: Mother-in-law hogs time with my son

Dear Annie: My mother-in-law lives far away. She visits twice a year and stays for a month. While she is here, we take our son out of his day care program so she can spend the maximum amount of time available with her grandchild.

Tuesday, August 11

Hayden superintendent's name submitted for job in Tennessee

Greg Rockhold has no immediate plans to pursue job

Hayden School District Superintendent Greg Rockhold has expressed interest in the Cheatham County, Tenn., director of schools vacancy, according to a story published Wednesday in the Tennessean.

EDP grant denied

USDA Rural Development awards no funds to state

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership officials received word Monday morning that its grant application for a local economic gardening program was denied.

Police Blotter for Aug. 9, 2009

Moffat County Jail

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Fall football camp has large turnout

For the first time since October, the varsity football team took the field. Only this time, the players were wearing baseball hats instead of helmets. Fall camp kicked off Monday night, one week before training camp starts.

Craig Sea Sharks end season on positive note

Despite swimming in a new age group for the last meet of the summer, Matt Hulstine managed to surprise.

BLM organizes events for Saturday's Public Lands Day

This Saturday marks the annual Public Lands Day, and the Bureau of Land Management's Gina Robison plans to pack it with as much to do as she can.

Craig briefs: AARP schedules annual gathering

AARP Chapter No. 1418 will have its annual picnic at noon Aug. 24 at Craig City Park. Chicken will be provided. Visitors are asked to bring a side dish, table service and beverages.

Maren Schmidt: Beginning a conversation

We were looking forward to spending the weekend with old friends and their 8- and 10-year-old sons, whom we had never met.

Craig sports briefs: Parks and Recreation running bus trip to Rockies vs. Giants

Craig Parks and Recreation is offering seniors a chance to watch the Colorado Rockies face the San Francisco Giants on Aug. 23 at Coors Field.

Horoscopes for Aug. 11, 2009

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - One of your better assets is your ability to make everyone with whom you associate feel like a VIP. This is likely to prove fortunate when someone you meet responds in a rewarding way.

Phyllis Knorr: Thank you to EMTs

I wish to thank the EMTs and others who stopped along the roadside recently to help in my medical emergency. Your kindness will always be remembered.

Andy Bockelman: 'G-Force' features furry heroes, fuzzy appeal

The world's most promising protectors are dedicated, they're determined, they're nine inches tall. Meet "G-Force."

Datebook for Aug. 11, 2009


Senior Spotlight for Aug. 11, 2009

The flurry of fair time is slowed down and over for some people. Others are anticipating going to the state fair.

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Murder trial begins

Jury selection extends to 2nd day in Hankins case

After a day of questioning potential jurors for the Terry Hankins murder trial, Judge Michael O'Hara told the remaining crowd they would have to come back today and that they should plan on staying for most of it.

Youth Services receives 3 grants to help homeless minors

There was a time Kelly Patterson doubted whether Moffat County had homeless youths. That's not the case anymore.

Over A Cup of Coffee: 'Asian Beef and Noodle Toss'

Last week, Julie Moore, of the Colorado Beef Council, graciously sent me "Convenient and Healthy Ground Beef Recipes," the brochure I mentioned in a previous column.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband is insecure, controlling

Dear Annie: I have been married to my second husband for six years. While we were dating, he was romantic, thoughtful, caring, hardworking - everything I was looking for. I could count on him to be there for me and help with the stress of being a single parent.

Monday, August 10

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First miniature bull riding event features little bulls, big spills

The bulls were miniature. The ring was smaller. The cowboys and cowgirls were shorter. But the action was regular sized Saturday during the first Moffat County Fair miniature bull riding competition.

Business beat: Tyser, Mozart back home in Kester's Jewelry

Mozart the cat finally has completed Kester's Jewelry in downtown Craig. I don't want to give away too much information because you have to see the new look in person.

Datebook for Aug. 10, 2009


Craig briefs: Tickets available for Craig Fire/Rescue event

The 70th annual Craig Fire/Rescue Firefighter's Ball/Luau is scheduled for 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the OP Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way.

Strikers Soccer Team, Wildcats Soccer Team and Coaches Dwayne Gonzales and Heather Hampton: Thank you for help

I would like to thank Chris Nichols and Brenda Elsbury for the help they extended to our soccer teams for our end of the season awards party.

Aging Well: New strategies, support compensate for low vision

Most of us take our eyesight for granted, not realizing that someday it may not be so easy to read, write, drive or recognize familiar faces. Although normal aging of the eye does not cause low vision, diseases that impair vision are more common among older adults.

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Marc Leier defeats Tyler Zong in last fight

All it took was a tap to make a room explode. With Marc Leier gripping Tyler Zong in a move known as "the guillotine," a few taps from Zong's right hand against Leier's side made more than 200 people in the Moffat County Ice Arena explode with cheers.

Horoscopes for Aug. 10, 2009

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - That upon which you are depending might be on wobbly legs and unable to come through for you, but it's not the end of the world. Look around. Life goes on in other ways.

Wine, salsa and watermelons please locals

Without the proper climate and growing season, it's difficult to grow grapes in Northwest Colorado. But the Moffat County Fair wine tasting provided proof that creative and unique wines can be made from fresh, local products.

Annie's Mailbox: Parents don't like boyfriend's parents

Dear Annie: I am 19 years old and seem to be getting pulled in different directions. I have been a good daughter, making my parents proud with great academics and strong morals. My family always has depended on me to be a role model for my younger relatives.

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Board deems 2009 fair a success

To Moffat County Fair Board president Gary Stagner, this year's fair "felt good." "We really wanted to provide some good family fun," he said. "Instead of bringing in some big names that cost a lot, we wanted to have things the whole family could enjoy."

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Animals, handlers say goodbye at Junior Livestock Sale

All eyes were on Andrea Maneotis and her pig, Chicken on a Chain. She tapped the pig lightly with her show stick as the white-shirted ring men called out bids, and the driving cadence of the auctioneer's voice rang out across the pale sawdust of the ring.

H. Neal Glanville: Bearing arms

It seems like only an hour ago that Steamboat businesses were mandated to use "bear proof" garbage cans/Dumpsters. Not only have they not been bear proof, they acted as food storage units for some of the rainbow people during their last visit.

Saturday, August 8

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Great Divide ranchers lose cattle to suspected rustlers

Brad Ocker got the first call in October 2008, as cattle ranchers across Moffat County brought their herds off summer pastures and began to count their stock. Three ranchers near the Little Snake River northwest of Great Divide were missing cattle, as many as 50 head of mature Black Angus all together. The suspected cause: rustlers.

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Lights out when fight's out for Marc Leier

Tonight, for the first time in his life, Marc Leier will headline a fight. It'll be the last fight of his life.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband infatued with female co-worker

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 10 years. I know in my heart he is faithful, but he recently started working with a female who is younger and very flirtatious, and I'm worried. Many of his co-workers say this woman cheats on her husband, and some think she and my husband are having an affair. He says they are just friends, but since they began working together, he has been less than truthful.

Government update for Aug. 8

Moffat County Commission Last met: Tuesday, Aug. 4

Prather's Pick: 'Math Attack' comes with surprise ending

School will be starting soon, and for some kids, that means remembering their times tables. Hopefully, it won't result in brain circuit overloads as it did for the girl in this week's picture book.

Craig briefs: Construction on road to Elkhead Reservoir

The Routt County Road and Bridge Department plans to begin repair and construction work Monday on a damaged portion of the road to Elkhead Reservoir.

Our View: Still in progress

The scenario that Moffat County and The Memorial Hospital officials have feared regarding the current hospital campus is fast approaching.

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Maddy is top dog at Moffat County Fair's Wiener Dog Races

Dachshunds of all colors and one shape stretched their paws during the Moffat County Fair's Wiener Dog Races.

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Moffat County Fair events competitive

For some, showing livestock at the fair is competitive. For Stetson White, of Craig, it's just a "blast," but he walked away with some ribbons, as well.

Chuck Mack: Railroad Plans Part 6

"The annual meeting of the Axial Basin Development Co. and the Mount Streeter Railroad Co. was held at Mount Streeter last week and at the same time work was started on the Mount Streeter Railway.

MaryBea and Larry Neu: Irresponsible dog owner

If your dog came home Friday morning, July 10, with blood on its muzzle, this is for you.

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CSAP emphasis on growth, not achievement

Scores show some improvement from last year

Moffat County School District has celebrating and improving to do in response to the release of the Colorado Student Assessment Program scores.

Wilma Taylor-Baker: Luminary thank yous

A late thank you for the Craig Relay for Life committee, workers, volunteers and everyone else involved. Speaking as a survivor, you made taking part in the Relay special. Being a survivor is a blessing, and you continued the blessing.

Police blotter for Aug. 9

Police blotter for Aug. 9

Kathy Bassett: Mosquitoes make you like flies better

Where did all the Bull Bats go? I think the 'skeeters chased them away. Holy cow, there are lots of mosquitoes! Not to mention those horrific little buffalo gnats!

Bill Willison: Space should be free

I feel that the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association should have all the space they need to accomplish the work they do, at no cost to them.

Datebook for Aug. 8

Today 2 p.m. The Augusta Wallihan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosts its monthly meeting at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome. Call Shannan Koucherik at 824-9518.

Horoscopes for Aug. 8, 2009

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Keep everything on a purely businesslike scale, especially commercial matters that involve friends. If a snarl develops, it will cause major trouble for you down the line.

Friday, August 7

Court briefs: Attorney asks for delay in marijuana case

The case against Timothy Nelson, a Hayden man arrested on suspicion of growing marijuana, was delayed Wednesday at the request of his attorney.

Section 8 vouchers open for applications

The Grand Junction Housing Authority plans to reopen its waiting list for Section 8 housing vouchers from Monday to Sept. 11.

Sports briefs: Demolition Derby scheduled for tonight was canceled

The demolition derby, which was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today as part of the 91st annual Moffat County Fair, has been canceled.

Moffat County Road 41 temporarily closed

Moffat County Road 41 will be temporarily closed starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday for culvert replacement, the county's road department announced Thursday.

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8-year-old tops in barrel racing

Any barrel racers returning to the National Little Britches Rodeo's Little Wranglers division can breathe easier. The champ is leaving.

Datebook for Aug. 7

Today Today is the deadline to register for the Craig Chamber of Commerce's annual Mud Splash mud volleyball tournament. Registration forms are available at, or call 824-5689.

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Marijuana dispensary laws vague

City considers regulations for budding industry

Colorado's regulations governing medical marijuana dispensaries are vague or nonexistent. On Tuesday, the Steamboat Springs City Council rejected a proposed emergency moratorium on such businesses to allow city officials enough time to craft an ordinance governing them.

Annie's Mailbox: Daughter's boyfriend never pays rent

Dear Annie: My teenage son, 22-year-old daughter and I live with my elderly mother in order to help take care of her. My daughter, "Vanna," used to be a fun-loving person who enjoyed going out to clubs, meeting new people and helping those in need.

Keeping our food safe

Food safety is on everyone's minds these days. By following some food safety steps, consumers can keep their food healthy.

Horoscope for Aug. 7

Horoscope for Aug. 7

Bob Woods: Faith and love

We Americans have a tendency to ask others, "What can you do for me?" We want the earthly loaves and fishes. We ask what Jesus can do for us. We forget that we are called to be servants.

Christina M. Currie: Life's hard lessons

Katie hates her life. She spent several days last week ranting about life's unfairness and asking "Why me?"

Police blotter for Aug. 7

Moffat County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, Aug. 8 Deputies responded to a report of gunshots fired. Deputies responded to two reports of theft.

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Three Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters promoted

In a brief ceremony Thursday, Fire Chief Bill Johnston granted promotions to Samantha Johnston, K.C. Hume and Dennis Jones.

Local dealers nervous, see little benefit from 'Cash for Clunkers' program

Although the "Cash for Clunkers" program seems to be a success nationwide, local car dealers said they are not overly excited.

Thursday, August 6

Allen Hischke: Slobbish people

I have to agree with Carrie Lawton. There are far too many slobs who are using the roads these days for a trash can. The slobbish way these people dump their trash wherever they decide they are done with it makes me sick.

Datebook for Aug. 6

Today 10 and 11:30 a.m. Story time takes place in the children's room at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St.

Horoscope for Aug. 6

Horoscope for Aug. 6

Craig briefs: Social Services to distribute food

Moffat County Social Services is scheduled to distribute United States Department of Agriculture commodities later this month.

Dental Coalition awarded funds

Colorado Health Foundation funds agency with $27,000 grant

The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition has received a one-year grant, worth $27,000, from the Colorado Health Foundation.

Police blotter for Aug. 6

h3>The Memorial Hospital EMS Wednesday, Aug. 5 An ambulance crew responded to a medical call.

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Craig Hotshots contain Allred Fire in western Moffat County

About 100 firefighters and support personnel responded to the Allred Fire this week in western Moffat County. Officially, it got its name from Allred Peak, a hilltop southwest of Sand Wash Basin near the fire's origin.

Andrea Luker pleads guilty to theft, refusal to permit inspection

A Craig day care operator, charged with seven felonies in connection with an alleged fraud of Moffat County Social Services, agreed to a plea deal Tuesday in Moffat County District Court.

Susan Birch, Gisela Garrison, Diana Hornung: Health Center Week

Access and quality health care is critical. If everyone woke up tomorrow with an insurance card, it wouldn't help unless they also had access to a doctor - and unless the care provided was excellent.

Sports briefs: Football starts Monday

Moffat County High School football will start its fall camp at 6 p.m. Monday at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. For more information, call coach Kip Hafey at 824-9586.

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Tax proposals on Hayden agenda

Town Council to discuss vote on car-rental, accommodation increases

Hayden Town Council members are slated to decide today whether to put two tax proposals on the November ballot.

Annie's Mailbox: Hoping to win girlfriend back

Dear Annie: A month ago, my girlfriend told me she didn't trust me enough to be in a relationship. This is because of a mistake I made over a year ago. Shortly after we started dating, I cheated on her. I still feel horrible about it. She kept telling me there was a small chance she would be able to find a way to trust me again and just needed time. So I gave it to her. Now she says she doesn't think she can ever trust me again and ended the relationship.

Cathy Hamilton: Tree Frog resonates in any language

My freshman year in college, I got an A in Latin. I'm talking five credit hours each semester, people! Sure, it was only Latin 101, but my scholastic accomplishment is worth noting because of my previously poor record in Spanish, my otherwise unimpressive grade point average and a band named Tree Frog.

Veteran's Hotline: Veterans' groups considering new procedure to welcome back soldiers

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and American Legion Post 62 will host an open meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the VFW post, 419 E. Victory Way.

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Family, community remember compassionate friend Shane Braselton

Shane Braselton's family, friends and acquaintances always will remember him in shorts, a T-shirt and a worn baseball cap. Shane Braselton died July 29 in Grand Junction after falling off his skateboard in Craig.

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Doak Walker equipment check-out is next step toward season

On Wednesday, more than 100 other players were divvied up among 10 teams for Craig Parks and Recreation's Doak Walker Football league. Equipment was handed out to players ranging in age from 7 to 12 years old at Craig City Hall, one week before practices begin.

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20 mine rescue teams gather in Craig

To prepare for the worst, each underground coal mine has two mine rescue teams, and 20 of those teams gathered in Craig this week to participate in a competition.

Wednesday, August 5

Datebook for Aug. 5

Today 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Aging Well Program takes place at the American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.

Chris Gingrich: Relief pitchers valued late in the season

There are roughly eight weeks left in the fantasy baseball season, and the trade deadline for most Yahoo leagues is Aug 16.

Jail working on special housing

The Moffat County Jail has an issue with housing special offenders - such as people charged with sex crimes - but it will have to wait until it has enough money before it can address the problem.

Melissa George: Clean up after party

Well, folks, judging by the number of empty beer and tequila bottles, and beer cans lying about, you must have had one heck of a party at Cedar Mountain recently.

Mary Jo Brown: Senior Spotlight for Aug. 5

This past weekend I had a birthday. My family came over and gave me an impromptu party.

Irene Beard: Quilt Guild

We are now called the Yampa Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild, and are now 26 members strong and still looking for new membership.

Annie's Mailbox: Trying to do what's best for baby

Dear Annie: I recently married my boyfriend, "Joey." We have a 5-month-old baby. Joey still goes out drinking with his friends, and I don't know if he's cheating on me. I've asked him many times to come home and take responsibility for his family because he doesn't spend a lot of time with us. He always promises he will, but nothing changes.

Our View: Investing in its own future

Our community is investing in its own future, stimulating its own economy, rather than needing or waiting for federal money to do so.

Craig briefs: Hotel receives excellence award

The Best Western Deer Park Inn and Suites in Craig recently received the Best Western Chairman's Award, the hotel's highest honor for "outstanding quality standards," Best Western reported in a news release.

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Crews battle fire west of Maybell

Firefighters expect full containment by Thursday night

Firefighters working on a wildfire 20 miles west of Maybell reached 50 percent containment Tuesday, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported.

Glen P. Sherman: Commend editorial

I commend your Editorial Board for its opinion on "Neverland" on July 18.

Moffat County Tourism Association meeting for Aug. 5

11:30 a.m. today; Upstairs conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

Moffat County approves VNA/TMH purchase

Commission agrees to consider $500K discount

The Moffat County Commission signed a letter Tuesday that potentially offers a $500,000 discount to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association for its purchase of property at The Memorial Hospital's current site.

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University of Colorado president visits Craig Rotary Club

University of Colorado President Bruce Benson talks to Craig Rotary Club members on Tuesday. Benson's history is in the oil business. He worked his way up from roughneck to driller and eventually started his own exploration and production company, Benson Mineral Group.

TMH sets move-in date; hospital to be up and running in November

On Oct. 15, TMH will have ownership occupancy, meaning the building is 90 to 95 percent complete and the hospital can begin to move in furniture and equipment. The new facility, off of Moffat County Road 7, will open and be fully functional on or about Nov. 12, said Samantha Johnston, TMH service excellence officer.

Moffat County real estate transactions for July

Seller: STRANGE, E MICHAEL ET AL Buyer: BAYSINGER, JONATHAN D ET AL Address: T8N R92W Sec. 27-28, Desc. Sales Price: $200,000

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Craig Parks and Recreation soccer season ended Tuesday

Craig Parks and Recreation youth soccer season came to a close Tuesday, but the white team, of 7- and 8-year-old boys and girls, were a force to be reckoned with.

Horoscope for Aug. 5

Horoscope for Aug. 5

Tuesday, August 4

Fire burning west of Maybell

Air reconnaissance estimated a wildfire 20 miles west of Maybell to be about 3,000 acres, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported Tuesday morning.

Datebook for Aug. 4, 2009


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Joshua Clift prepares for his Cage debut at Craig event

Joshua Clift has come a long way to get inside a cage. Last summer, Clift, 30, lived in Utah and weighed 275 pounds. One year, 70 pounds and a move back home to Craig later, he will showcase what he has worked so hard for.

City's 50-year-old campaign spending limit voided

Francisco Reina, a candidate for Craig City Council in the April 2009 municipal election, may have changed the landscape of city politics, despite coming in last place in his bid for local government.

Irene Beard: Thanks for helping hand

Thanks for giving us a helping hand with our guild. We are now the Yampa Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild and are now 26 members strong and still looking for new membership.

OSHA report not finished

A federal investigation into an April incident at the Tri-State Generation & Transmission power plant south of Craig likely won't be finished for a few more weeks.

Horoscopes for Aug. 4, 2009

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - There is no law that says you must spend time with a companion who is frustratingly annoying. Don't let this person make decisions that you want to make for yourself. Be selective about your pals.

Wednesday service scheduled for Shane Braselton

A funeral has been scheduled for a 20-year-old Craig man who died last week after a skateboarding accident.

Craig hotel wins excellence award

The Best Western Deer Park Inn and Suites in Craig has recently received the Best Western Chairman's Award, the hotel's highest honor for "outstanding quality standards," Best Western reported in a news release.

Craig sports briefs: Refs needed for Doak Walker Football

As the Doak Walker Football season begins, Craig Parks and Recreation is looking for officials. Anyone who wishes to be an official must be at least 14 years old.

Police Blotter for Aug. 2, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Maren Schmidt: Helping children learn about money

A few years ago I discovered that the 6-year-olds in my class couldn't differentiate between a nickel, dime or quarter, much less a half-dollar.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife may be having an affair

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been together since high school. We have been married 17 years and have two boys, one 20 and the other 14. One night, my wife admitted that when she was in high school, she had sex with a teacher. This teacher married one of his students, although when he was later fired for reportedly taking advantage of his female students, she divorced him.

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Officials to discuss damaged road

Part of the road to Elkhead Reservoir slid off the hillside it's built on earlier this year, reducing about 50 feet of the road to one lane for both directions of traffic.

Monday, August 3

Datebook for Aug. 3, 2009


Fire Management Unit: Spring Creek fire 90 percent contained

Firefighters working on a wild fire near Rangely reached 90 percent containment by Saturday night, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported.

H. Neal Glanville: The secret curse

I start each morning with a cup of black sludge, a smoke and a quick read of the Craig Daily Press. I try not to read articles or columns that will ruin my new "kinder, softer, gentler attitude," something I admit still needs work; not a lot but some.

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Class of 1949 sees changes at old high school

Claudine Talkington slid into one of the desks at the new Craig Middle School, as if she were a student about to start class. "These desks aren't too bad," she said with a smile. "Do they have heating and air conditioning in here, too?"

Annie's Mailbox: Husband is verbally abusive

Dear Annie: I am 55 and married to a verbally abusive man. When I threaten to leave, he will be better for a while, but soon the yelling starts again.

Business beat: Paint contractor breaks out on his own

Ryan Coffey has spent years in the painting business, and now he is out on his own. He has opened Coffey's Custom Painting.

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Community says goodbye to writer, teacher, friend

In the words of Terry Carwile, his late wife, Carol Jacobson, was a "collector." She collected little things such as buttons and jewelry - things that others would have thrown away.

Carrie Lawton: Trash a problem

It's that time of year again, when the trash really starts to fly. It is so noticeable on County Road 29, on your way up to Elkhead Reservoir, that we see people drive by our house and throw bottles and trash out the window.

Aging Well: Resurrecting the art of storytelling

Al Dietsch has worn several distinguished hats throughout his life, including lawyer, businessman and officer in the U.S. Navy. It wasn't until retirement that he encountered one of the more scary experiences of his life: Telling a story to school children.

Craig sports briefs: Rally for the Cure event is Aug. 12

The 10th annual Rally for the Cure Golf Event is scheduled for 9 a.m., Aug. 12 at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394.

Moffat County Tourism Association agenda

Moffat County Tourism Association agenda for Aug. 5, 2009

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Fourth annual Wes Hertzog Memorial Bronc Match rides into Moffat County Fair

When Nick Peters, of Lubbock, Texas, decided to mount a bucking bronco three and a half years ago, it was because of a whim. "I grew up on a ranch, so I've been around it my whole life," he said. "One morning, I woke up and decided that I wanted to ride bucking horses.

Horoscopes for Aug. 3, 2009

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Today may be the day to renegotiate an arrangement that has proven to be quite troubling. Your ability for careful planning, along with a plethora of common sense, provides the answers.

Saturday, August 1

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Local nature club gets children outdoors

Two-year-old Bailey Wagner, of Craig, ran shrieking out of the Yampa River. "There was a fish in there!" she said, teeth chattering. But she wasn't scared.

Craig settles suit with Francisco Reina

City to pay $2.2K in City Council candidate's legal fees, agrees to void spending limit

Attorneys for the city of Craig agreed to a settlement Friday in Moffat County District Court for local resident Francisco Reina's civil suit, filed by an American Civil Liberties Union legal team.

Horoscope for August 1, 2009

Horoscope for August 1, 2009

Police blotter for August 1

Sara Lynn Gullion, 20, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Whitney Showalter: Thanks to community

To the editor: Three weeks ago, I was in a car wreck and was ejected from the vehicle. Even though I suffered no critical injuries, my face took quite a beating.

Our View: A commentary on comment cards

A constant criticism of government today, be it on the local, state or national level, is that all too often, the voice of the common, everyday citizen is disregarded or ignored.

Chuck Mack: M.T. Streeter and his railroad plans, Part 5

Gosh, I love this job I've worked out for myself. I love digging through old newspaper files or any other means I can find searching for anything pertaining to early day coal mining.

Sports briefs: 6-and-younger results from Yampa River Junior Classic

For the boys six-and-younger division during Tuesday's Yampa River Junior Classic golf tournament, Kale Beckett finished first with 24, Ethan Hafey was second with a 34 and Logan Hafey was third with a 39.

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Family activities build unity, bonding

There are a lot of positives to be gained when families spend time together. You can see the positives at the Moffat County Fair, for example, like the evening the doors to the exhibit area are opened so 4-H members can find out the results of 4-H Completion Day judging.

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Local family works around disabilities, refuses to give up

Seventeen years ago, Mark and Laura Day's wedding didn't go as planned. Instead of getting married in a pink dress by Manitou Lake near Colorado Springs, Laura said her vows in a hospital gown with a metal halo cradling her broken neck.

Kathy Bassett: He was just that kind of feller

Suddenly, my funny bone eludes me. I can't think of anything funny, nor do I want to. It is sad to lose a dear friend. Greg Scott was a dear friend.

Mud wrestling event is at OP Bar & Grill today

At 1 p.m. today, the OP Bar & Grill will welcome women's mud wrestling behind the restaurant, 534 E. Victory Way, for the first time.

Government update for August 1

Government update for August 1

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Disability Awareness Day promotes empathy

Deena Artmstrong, Staci Nichols and Deb Dunaway were attracting curious looks at McDonald's on Friday as they fumbled with their money and attempted to communicate despite being unable to see or hear.

Datebook for August 1

8 a.m. Moffat County Young Life sponsors a golf tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394. The cost is $200 for a four-person team. Call David Pressgrove at 629-9600.

Craig briefs: BLM's Northwest RAC to meet Aug. 20

The Bureau of Land Management's Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council will meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Meeker Recreation Center, 101 Ute Road, in Meeker.

Annie's Mailbox: Advice about sex life was wrong

Dear Annie: I can't believe the advice you gave "Not Interested Now/Never Was," who didn't want sex anymore after 37 years of marriage.

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Moffat County History: Hamilton a hamlet to hundreds

As Henry and Mary Hamilton raised their nine children on a farm in DeKalb County, Mo., they were fulfilling a dream of pursuing an agricultural lifestyle.

Janet Sheridan: The charm of small-town motels

On a recent road trip, my husband and I stayed in chain motels that blurred together like the daily brushing of teeth: nothing special to distinguish one experience from the next.

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Local man uses geo-exchange system for new home

Clay Trevenen, 39, smiles about possibilities as he looks out at 6,400 feet of high-density plastic coils laid out in a 7-foot deep pit next to his partially-built new home in Moffat County.

Baxter Black: A gift horse

Dave came by. I had seen him the week before at the horse sale.