Monday, August 31
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.
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.
The Craig City Council agreed at its meeting Tuesday to meet with local organizations about its planning and zoning regulations.
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
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.
Janice Edwards, Moffat County High School rodeo team sponsor, knows there will be a large local contingency at the State Rodeo Finals.
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.
Julie Hall needed just one small push to become Moffat County High School dance team coach.
Today is the first day of new school year in Moffat County School District.
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 danger remains high in Rio Blanco and Moffat counties, the Northwest Fire Management Unit recently reported.
To win Western Slope League (note: coaches could not vote for their team)
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.
The Craig Association of Realtors recently bestowed annual awards to member realtors.
The recession might not stop the annual pilgrimage of big game hunters from pouring into Craig, local business owners and representatives said.
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.
As I've been dragged kicking and screaming into middle age, I mourn the passing of summer less and less.
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.
Christine Balderston, 48, originally from Denver, most likely will be the newest member of the Moffat County School Board, representing District 6.
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.
Todd Trapp, Moffat County High School cross-country coach, has one goal for the year.
If the Moffat County High School girls varsity volleyball team hopes to rebound from a five-win season, it will need a new attitude.
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
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
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.
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.
Ryan Brandon Rowley, 35, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.
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.
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.
Page Turners book club meets at 3 p.m. today at Downtown Book, 543 Yampa Ave, to discuss a book of individual choice.
To the editor: There is a Biblical expression that states the truth shall set you free. It does, and I am.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Elementary students carrying backpacks and a carefree attitude cavort by my house on their way to and from school.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 would like to thank the following people:
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.
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.
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.
When Jody Lee took 16 young marksmen to compete at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, he expected a number of things.
Travis Martin Johnson, 20, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of first-degree burglary and second-degree burglary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students will have study hall while teachers collaborate
Moffat County High School students no longer will be able to sleep in on Thursday mornings.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diana Booco, Craig Middle School eighth-grade volleyball coach, said this year should be a successful season for her team.
Levi Garrett Schwingdorf, 24, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of habitual traffic offenses.
This letter is to all the Republicans and Democrats out there.
Dear Annie: My common-law wife of many years has left me for another man.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
7 p.m. tonight, Platinum Conference Room
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.
A dispensary for medical marijuana is now open in Craig, a new business venture that should be neither celebrated nor encouraged.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moffat County School District teachers will start the year off armed with ideas and tools for a 21st-century classroom.
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.
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.
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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.
Tuesday, August 25
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.
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.
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.
It must be an exciting time for the graduates who are going off to college, university or tech school.
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.
It takes a moment for Craig Middle School football coaches Gary Tague and Todd Hildebrandt to remember when their teams last lost a game.
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.
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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.
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
Meet the 18 new teachers at Moffat County School District
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.
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.
Haircuts, coloring, perms, nail enhancements and facial waxing are the services currently offered at Tumbleweeds and Lace in the Centennial Mall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On a hot August Sunday in 1959, members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ began their worship like any other day.
Each day of our lives, there are too many people to count who affect that day's outcome.
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.
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
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.
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.
1 p.m. The Red Hat Society gathers at Subway.
Government update for Aug. 22
Bryan Jennings Johnson, 32, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of bond revocation.
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."
"So, what's the difference between riding a mechanical bull and riding a real one?" the boy asked his dad.
Lack of candidate interest in serving on Moffat County School Board a disappointing situation that could cancel November election.
Horoscope for Aug. 22
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.
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.
By the 1890s, sheepmen from Utah and Wyoming were beginning to see that Northwest Colorado could be a profitable place for their flocks.
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.
Steve Smith, 61, has been farming fresh honey for the past 35 years, taking it from hives he cultivates throughout Moffat County.
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.
To the editor: On Aug. 26, 1959, First Congregational United Church of Christ moved from Tucker and Victory way.
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
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.
Colorado Northwestern Community College is hosting its annual Community Cookout Wednesday at its Craig Campus.
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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.
Regular unleaded and diesel prices around Craig, as of Thursday afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We would like to thank the Craig Veterans of Foreign Wars post for the program they had when our daughter, Kathy, returned from Iraq.
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.
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.
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
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
Upon hearing that a local man plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Craig, residents and community leaders seem split in their opinions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I arrived at my mother's house Sunday afternoon - suitcase, laptop and mini-blender in hand.
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.
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
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.
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.
This is in response to a letter to the editor written by Sean Davis in regard to the Friday edition's religious articles.
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
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.
The Moffat County Commission approved three bid requests, all 3-0, at its meeting Tuesday morning.
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.
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.
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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.
Summer vacation is winding down for students and teachers, and there's a lot to do to get ready.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
I read with interest the "more diversity needed" letter by Sean Davis in the Wednesday, Aug. 12 issue of the Daily Press.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When scores from the Colorado Student Assessment Program come in, work at Moffat County School District has just begun.
Saturday, August 15
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Officers responded to a noise complaint.
During the past several months, hydraulic fracturing has become a hot topic and subjected to much misrepresentation.
"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.
Last met: Aug. 11
At 1 p.m. today at the Popular Bar there will be a mini billiards tournament and Billiards Congress of America sign-up social.
By Monday, the choice parking spot at Yampa Valley Golf Course might be occupied by a new car.
In Denver recently, I noticed a tour bus unloading passengers near the 16th Street Mall and instantly felt sleepy.
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.
Most of us do lots of cooking with ground beef. This week's ground beef recipe is courtesy of the Colorado Beef Council.
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.
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.
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.
One by one, large metal pieces of the elaborate scaffolding that filled the Moffat County High School auditorium are being removed.
Friday, August 14
With Moffat County High School sports starting Monday, parents, players and coaches were caught up during an informational meeting Thursday.
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."
Deputies responded to 14 civil problems.
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.
4 to 6 p.m. Thursday
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.
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.
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.
Lindsay Ellgen, a junior at Colorado State University from Craig, has been awarded the $1,000 Margery Monfort Wilson Scholarship.
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.
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.
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.
With the deadline to turn in petitions to run for Moffat County School Board two weeks away, one district is still without any candidates.
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
We are still waiting, Moffat County School District.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, at The Popular Bar, there will be a mini billiards tournament and Billiards Congress of America sign-up social.
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.
In Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, fire danger is holding at high to very high, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported Wednesday afternoon.
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.
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.
Today The Moffat County Libraries will close early today. The Maybell and Craig branches will close at 4 and 5 p.m., respectively.
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.
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Wednesday, August 12
Detective Ken Johnson, of the Craig Police Department, has begun an investigation into an alleged assault that occurred Friday night.
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.
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.
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.
At its Tuesday meeting, the Craig City Council:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All games are played at 5:15 p.m. at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 S. Mack Lane.
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.
At its Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission:
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.
Moffat County Jail
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.
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.
The Craig Police Department responded to 1,591 requests for service in July, and Community Service responded to 305 requests for service.
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
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.
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.
Moffat County Jail
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.
Despite swimming in a new age group for the last meet of the summer, Matt Hulstine managed to surprise.
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.
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.
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 Parks and Recreation is offering seniors a chance to watch the Colorado Rockies face the San Francisco Giants on Aug. 23 at Coors Field.
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.
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.
The world's most promising protectors are dedicated, they're determined, they're nine inches tall. Meet "G-Force."
The flurry of fair time is slowed down and over for some people. Others are anticipating going to the state fair.
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.
There was a time Kelly Patterson doubted whether Moffat County had homeless youths. That's not the case anymore.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
Tonight, for the first time in his life, Marc Leier will headline a fight. It'll be the last fight of his life.
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.
Moffat County Commission Last met: Tuesday, Aug. 4
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.
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.
The scenario that Moffat County and The Memorial Hospital officials have feared regarding the current hospital campus is fast approaching.
Dachshunds of all colors and one shape stretched their paws during the Moffat County Fair's Wiener Dog Races.
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.
"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.
If your dog came home Friday morning, July 10, with blood on its muzzle, this is for you.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
The case against Timothy Nelson, a Hayden man arrested on suspicion of growing marijuana, was delayed Wednesday at the request of his attorney.
The Grand Junction Housing Authority plans to reopen its waiting list for Section 8 housing vouchers from Monday to Sept. 11.
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 will be temporarily closed starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday for culvert replacement, the county's road department announced Thursday.
Any barrel racers returning to the National Little Britches Rodeo's Little Wranglers division can breathe easier. The champ is leaving.
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 craig-chamber.com, or call 824-5689.
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.
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.
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
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.
Katie hates her life. She spent several days last week ranting about life's unfairness and asking "Why me?"
Moffat County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, Aug. 8 Deputies responded to a report of gunshots fired. Deputies responded to two reports of theft.
In a brief ceremony Thursday, Fire Chief Bill Johnston granted promotions to Samantha Johnston, K.C. Hume and Dennis Jones.
Although the "Cash for Clunkers" program seems to be a success nationwide, local car dealers said they are not overly excited.
Thursday, August 6
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.
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
Moffat County Social Services is scheduled to distribute United States Department of Agriculture commodities later this month.
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.
h3>The Memorial Hospital EMS Wednesday, Aug. 5 An ambulance crew responded to a medical call.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
There are roughly eight weeks left in the fantasy baseball season, and the trade deadline for most Yahoo leagues is Aug 16.
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.
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.
This past weekend I had a birthday. My family came over and gave me an impromptu party.
We are now called the Yampa Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild, and are now 26 members strong and still looking for new membership.
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 community is investing in its own future, stimulating its own economy, rather than needing or waiting for federal money to do so.
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.
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.
I commend your Editorial Board for its opinion on "Neverland" on July 18.
11:30 a.m. today; Upstairs conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way
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.
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.
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.
Seller: STRANGE, E MICHAEL ET AL Buyer: BAYSINGER, JONATHAN D ET AL Address: T8N R92W Sec. 27-28, Desc. Sales Price: $200,000
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
Tuesday, August 4
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A funeral has been scheduled for a 20-year-old Craig man who died last week after a skateboarding accident.
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.
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.
Moffat County Jail
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.
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.
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
Firefighters working on a wild fire near Rangely reached 90 percent containment by Saturday night, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported.
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.
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?"
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.
Ryan Coffey has spent years in the painting business, and now he is out on his own. He has opened Coffey's Custom Painting.
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.
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.
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.
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 for Aug. 5, 2009
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.
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
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.
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
Sara Lynn Gullion, 20, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dave came by. I had seen him the week before at the horse sale.