Stories for December 2009


Thursday, December 31

Celebrate the end of a decade in Craig

A New Year's Eve directory

As the year winds down, several local restaurants are gearing up for celebrating the end of 2009. Many restaurants are offering specials, while bars are providing party favors and complimentary champagne toasts for patrons. To add to this New Year’s Eve directory, call 875-1793.

Appeal of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ is elementary, my dear movie-goer

Before there were Batman and Robin, Crockett and Tubbs or most any other crime-fighting duo, there was a pair of investigators that set the template for detective stories henceforth. But, the heroes of “Sherlock Holmes” are a tad different by today’s standards.

Law enforcement fires back at Routt County sheriff

All Crimes Enforcement Team commander defends himself against barrage of criticism

Craig Police Chief Walt Va­natta said he saw no use in getting in a war of words with Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall. Wall recently spoke out about various ethical issues he sees in the Craig Police Department and All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force after the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office recently filed criminal charges against two former officers assigned to the unit.

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Moffat County High School fall sports teams finished the year strong

A retrospective for the year in Moffat County High School varsity sports. The fall season saw the volleyball team qualify for the regional tournament, and both cross-country teams finished ninth at the state meet.

The Memorial Hospital reduces VNA’s rent discount

Hospital's board of trustees votes to offer $7,500 discount

The Northwest Colorado Vis­i­ting Nurse Association will face an increase in the amount it pays to The Memorial Hospital to occupy its building in 2010. In its monthly meeting Wednesday night, The TMH Board of Trustees voted to give the VNA a discount of $7,500 off of its rent in its current lease.

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Students find ways to pass the time during holiday break

After all the wrapping paper was picked up off the floors and the Christmas trees were taken down, a unique quiet settled over Craig. Many families went on vacation to visit relatives, while other residents went right back to work Dec. 28. But for the town’s youths, there are no structured days, no planned activities and no homework or sports until Jan. 4, when school starts again.

Cathy Hamilton: Kids, keep your hands off

“What do you want for Christmas?” my son asked me during dinner the other night. “Yeah, what do you want, Mom?” my daughter chimed in. At times like these, I usually give a “selfless mom” pat answer like, “All I want is to be with my family, enjoying your company and our time together.” You know, the typical hogwash.

Datebook for Dec. 31, 2009

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.

Craig Briefs: Seasonal, H1N1 flu clinics available

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host two drop-in flu clinics for vaccinations next week.

Horoscope for Dec. 31, 2009

Horoscope for Dec. 31, 2009

Police Blotter for Dec. 31

Police Blotter for Dec. 31

Annie's Mailbox: Marriage is falling apart

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Tom” for five years. We had a shaky start, and now it is just horrible. Tom makes decisions for his own benefit, his job is out of town, he works night shifts, and when he gets home, he is a growling bear. I have a son from my first marriage, and Tom treats him terribly. He barely notices our baby. But our 4-year-old is the spitting image of his father, and Tom spoils him rotten.

Wednesday, December 30

Celebrate the end of a decade in Craig

As the year winds down, several local restaurants are gearing up for celebrating the end of 2009. Many restaurants are offering specials, and bars are providing party favors and complimentary Champagne toasts for patrons. To add to this New Year’s Eve directory, call 875-1793.

Our View: The process of crafting an opinion

The term of the current Editorial Board almost is over, and on Monday a new roster of community representatives will join newspaper staffers each week in attempting to reach a consensus on local issues for weekly opinion pieces.

Law enforcement to increase DUI patrols for holiday weekend

It starts in front of the bar, and it could end in handcuffs. A night of drinking in celebration of a holiday, such as New Year’s Eve, can be a festive occasion or a night that changes lives for the worse. Drinking and driving in Moffat County has led to 70 DUI arrests in 2009, up from 67 in 2008.

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Craig woman wins snowmobile

Judy Franks, of Craig, won the 2010 M6 Arctic Cat Snowmobile 50/50, as part of a raffle sponsored by the Colorado Snowmobile Association and Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club, of Craig.

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A look back at Moffat County High School varsity sports in 2009

A retrospective for the year in Moffat County High School varsity sports. The winter season saw both boys and girls varsity basketball teams qualify for the state tournament and several wrestlers make the state cut. Spring saw two Bulldogs claim state titles.

‘Squeakquel’ offers double the pleasure for young audiences

“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” is a good lesson in multiplication. In that respect, the viewers who haven’t yet learned how to finish the equation “Three chipmunks times two movies” are the ones who will enjoy the movie the most.

County OKs supplemental budget, special events permits

At its Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 2-0, supplemental budget requests for December, which included $17,074 in contingency spending and $14,706 taken out of the county’s emergency reserve account.

Questions and accusations still surround drug task force

It seems lately that the frontline of Moffat County’s war on drugs has moved from the streets to the offices of local law enforcement and elected officials. After two Craig police officers assigned to the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force were brought up on criminal charges in the past three months, numerous questions regarding the agency’s character have surfaced.

Shannan Koucherik and Luann Kline: Thanking the community

The members of the Craig Salvation Army Service Extension Unit would like to thank the people of the Moffat County community who gave so generously of their time and money during our annual Christmas Kettle Campaign.

Datebook for Dec. 30, 2009

The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older. Options include art, writing, and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. This event takes place at American Legion Post 62, 1055 County Road 7. Call 871-7676.

Horoscope for Dec. 30, 2009

Horoscope for Dec. 30, 2009

Police Blotter for Dec. 28

Police Blotter for Dec. 28

Margaret Culverwell: Holiday drive a success

December’s KRAI Holiday Drive was nothing but amazing. Because of the community’s generosity, hundreds of citizens will enjoy a merrier Christmas.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband too friendly with female friend

My husband began getting a little too friendly with a female friend of ours. My husband seldom calls anyone, but he was finding reasons to pick up the phone for her.

Craig Briefs: Many state offices closed this week

Many state government offices will be closed Thursday as one of eight mandatory furlough days this fiscal year to help cut expenses and keep the state budget balanced during the economic downturn, a governor’s office news release stated.

Tuesday, December 29

The Boardroom to close its doors after New Year’s Eve

Mathers Bar to expand into space currently used for restaurant

Before the clock strikes midnight Friday, ticking away the last seconds of 2009, The Boardroom will have served its final meal. When 2010 dawns, the restaurant won’t reopen. After three years as part of Mathers Lounge & Café, The Boardroom will close Thursday.

Moffat County unemployment hovers around 5.6 percent

Regional unemployment in has mostly hung steady since August, according to statistics from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The agency’s Labor Market Information Web site reported Moffat County’s unadjusted unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in November, the latest month available.

County tries to keep community aid funding despite budget crunch

Although Moffat County faces what officials have called “tremendous challenges” with its budget in the future, the commissioners still consider local nonprofits and community aid organizations an important part of their duty to residents.

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Husband preparing to retire as Little Snake Field Office manager

John Husband, field manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office, spent part of his Monday reflecting on his career with the BLM. That career will sunset this week after more than three decades.

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Grand competition ahead for Bulldogs club hockey team

Despite winning each of the four league games they have played, the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team can still improve. “We can still be better,” coach Jerry Strahan said. “We’re getting better.”

Andy Bockelman: ‘Avatar’ has stunning visual flair, but story is colorless

There are plenty of recognizable components in the alien world of “Avatar,” and the movie’s storyline is at the top of the list.

Maren Schmidt: Ten little words

As soon as my Southern drawl is detected, I am usually greeted with something like, ”Aren’t you from the South? Southerners are so polite.”

Datebook for Dec. 29

Datebook for Dec. 29

Craig Lions Club: Thanks from Lions Club

The Craig Lions Club would like to give heartfelt thanks to all who participated in our annual Christmas tree sale.

Senior spotlight for Dec. 29

Christmas is on its way out one door and the New Year is getting closer to coming in the other.

Horoscope for Dec. 29

Horoscope for Dec. 29

Vail lift tickets hold at $97

Aspen at $96 for pass; Steamboat, Telluride charge $95

Like Aspen, Vail decided this wasn’t the year to flirt with a $100 single-day lift ticket. And Steamboat Ski Area backed off a plan to increase its single-day tickets to $97.

No more citations issued in crash

Injured mother and daughter remain in fair condition

The Steamboat Springs Police Department chose not to amend the citation given to the driver whose two passengers remain hospitalized in fair condition after a two-vehicle car crash Wednesday, Capt. Joel Rae said Monday.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband will not move for wife

Dear Annie: I remarried two years ago and am very happy with my new husband. I have several children from my first marriage, ranging in age from 17 to 27. I also have five young grandchildren.

Craig briefs: VNA offering flu clinic Wednesday; Mini-tech conference Jan. 21 in Hayden

The Northwest Col­orado Visiting Nurse Association will host a drop-in flu clinic for seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccinations for all ages of the general public this week.

Police blotter for Dec. 29

Police blotter for Dec. 29

Monday, December 28

Datebook for Dec. 28, 2009


Annie's Mailbox: Concerned about son’s friend

Dear Annie: My son’s friend “Josh” confided to their group that he is gay. Josh’s parents are pretty strict and often comment that they have to keep an eye on him because he is a teenager and “interested in girls.”

Horoscopes for Dec. 28, 2009

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — There is nothing wrong with your financial picture, but if you’re not careful, you could do a good job of messing it up. Continue to operate along prudent lines.

Lance Scranton: The reality of things

The Editorial Board is correct in assessing a “perceived” lack of educational prowess in our school system. However, the reality is much more difficult to discover than a poll or public opinion measure.

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The Boardroom plays host to holiday dinner

A few weeks before Christ­mas, Tom Mathers was standing behind the bar at his bar and restaurant, when three young men came in for a drink. “I asked them what they were doing for Christmas,” Mathers said. “And I asked them if I had a free dinner at the bar, would they come? And they said, ‘Absolutely.’”

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MCHS girls basketball seeks consistency

With league play approaching, Bulldogs looking to iron out the kinks

Despite having played eight games already, the Moffat County High School girls basketball still is filled with question marks. On Jan. 8 against Eagle Valley High School, coach Craig Mortensen hopes the team can answer some of the unknowns when the Bulldogs play their first home game.

Hayden business robbed Sunday

A safe that contained an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry was stolen from a Hayden business early Sunday morning, Police Chief Ray Birch said. Between 2 and 5 a.m., Birch said the “fairly large” safe at Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services, 148 W. Jefferson Ave., was taken by at least two people.

Craig briefs: Hayden announces lights winners

The Hayden Tour of Lights was Dec. 20. Winners are below:

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Bryce Jacobson: Voice spending objections to elected officials

Each year, there are several employees, business managers and/or owners who visit me at the Craig Daily Press throughout the year to inform me of a government entity that has decided to contract with a non-local business rather than a local business.

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Heidi Click: Settling down

"I left Craig, thinking maybe I needed to find a different job opportunity. I went across six states, and I ended up back in Craig after a four week odyssey."

H. Neal Glanville: A stab at defining normal

Well, it’s a couple of days since Christmas, and if you glance about, it seems things are returning to normal, if you’re normal. Far be it from me to define normal. I’m the furthest of the furthest from any dictionary’s version of that word.

Aging Well: Calendar Journal offers motivation for all

It was a windy, spring day when Nancy Smith and two of her Tai Chi students practiced their art barefoot in the park as traffic whizzed nearby. It wasn’t an ideal setting for Tai Chi, but in a sense, that was the point — for the women to break out of their comfort zone just a bit, still enjoying themselves in the process.

Sunday, December 27

Incidents lead to state audit, policy changes for drug task force

A state audit and two embarrassing incidents involving the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force in the past year is leading to tightened procedures. The audit, conducted by a Col­or­ado Bureau of Investigation agent, recommended that the task force update policies about how money for controlled drug buys is handled and when task force officers are allowed to drink alcohol while on undercover duty, among other po­l­icy changes.

Saturday, December 26

‘Avatar’ has stunning visual flair, but story is colorless

Great, soaring extraterrestrial pterodactyls. Spores of intergalactic trees that look like dandelion seeds. There are plenty of recognizable components in the alien world of “Avatar,” and the movie’s storyline is at the top of the list.

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Alicia Nelson keeps up her winning ways in college

Alicia Nelson knows success. Nelson, 19, was the Division 4A 2008 state champion in cross country and broke the Moffat County High School record for the mile in May 2009. Running for perennial powerhouse Adams State College, the 2009 MCHS graduate found herself in an unfamiliar place. Second.

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CASA program to advocate for children in court cases

As a middle school counselor in the Moffat County School District, Kathy Bockelman said she made reports to social services almost once a week detailing cases of abuse and neglect. And she knows counselors only see the tip of the iceberg.

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Local family the recipients of community’s giving spirit

In October, Craig resident Debbie Conner started to dread the holiday season. A week before Christmas, she was facing the bitter end of a year that was nothing but lows and feelings of failure.

Horoscope for Dec. 26

Horoscope for Dec. 26

Kay Borvansky: Giving to children in need

Horizons raising money for special needs through campaign

Horizons would like to publicly thank Nicole Inglis, the Craig Daily Press staff reporter who honored our request to share the story of little Tristan Gorley. The story appeared in the Dec. 19 Saturday Morning Press.

Government update for Dec. 26, 2009

Government update for Dec. 26, 2009

Craig Briefs: Craig AARP chapter meeting is Monday

Craig AARP Chapter No. 1418 is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Monday at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.

Diane Prather: Cheesecake bars an easy holiday treat

When I was looking through my files this week, I came upon my recipe for “Chocolate Cheesecake Bars.” I haven’t made the bars for a while, probably because the recipe has been buried in the dessert file.

New Year’s resolutions for 2010

When 2010 rolls around in a few days, we’ll get a chance to remember the resolutions we intend to keep in the New Year.

Sports Briefs: Water aerobics classes to start Jan. 5

Registration is open for Craig Parks and Recreation water aerobics classes.

Our View: A test of character

The Moffat County School District has a responsibility to provide the highest quality education possible to our children and teenagers. After meeting with Superi­ntendent Joseph Petrone, Assistant Superintendent Christine Villard, school board president Jo Ann Baxter and Finance Director Mark Rydberg, the Editorial Board believes the district as a whole appreciates the importance of this duty.

Baxter Black: Christmas gift exchange on the farm

The week before Christmas, the farmer announced to the animals that he would not be giving them the traditional cheese and sausage box. The pig was relieved. The farmer suggested instead they should pool their names in a black rubber bucket and draw names.

Police Blotter for Dec. 26

Police Blotter for Dec. 26

Datebook for Dec. 26, 2009

Noon to 1 p.m. Open lap swimming takes place at the Moffat County High School swimming pool, 900 Finley Lane. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students. Punch and season passes are available. Call 826-6557.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Invictus’ an inspirational sports saga

Movies like “Chariots of Fire” and “Miracle” have shown just how the grand tradition of athletics can serve a greater purpose. That modus operandi comes across once again in “Invictus.”

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Moffat County History: Oral history preserves Moffat County treasures

From the earliest days of civilization, people have passed on their life experiences to their families and neighbors. The verbal histories that were passed from generation to generation provided valuable information and enriched the lives of those who heard and later passed them on to others.

Kathy Bassett: Tidbits to end the year

How many times did we hear folks tell us “Don’t cry over spilled milk?” Were they talking about actual milk being spilled out of a glass or carton? Naw. Most of the times I ever heard that statement was right after some sort of problem jumped up and presented itself.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband has an awful temper

Dear Annie: I’ve known my husband for 16 years, and we have been married for the past seven. He is basically a good man, but he has an awful temper and also is an addict.

Friday, December 25

Gov. Ritter offers holiday, New Year’s tidings

On Thursday, Gov. Bill Ritter extended holiday wishes and hopes for the new year to Coloradans.

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2009 Tour of Lights winners

Thanks to all of this year’s participants in the 2009 Holiday Tour of Lights Contest sponsored by Yampa Valley Electric Association.

Slew of NBA action scheduled for holiday

For Christmas, the NBA will offer sports fans a full day of basketball.

Janet Sheridan: A tale of 2 nights

The phone shrilled through our silent house, causing heads to pop up from pillows in alarm. We could hear our parents’ voices: insistence in Dad’s, reluctance in Mom’s. Soon footsteps hurried across the porch; our jeep protested, then started.

Craig police officers honored for excellent service

Several Craig Police Depa­rtment officers were recognized for their efforts in 2009 at a ceremony Dec. 18. Officers Dale Secules, Norm Rimmer, Tony Fandel and Frank Schmedeke; Sergeants Brian Soper and Marvin Cameron; and Corporal Travis Young were honored for their service to the community, according to a Police Department news release.

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Sandrock Ridge worker Kari Kalar earns Employee of the Year

Kari Kalar was impressed with a few of the new decorations in the room of an 88-year-old woman she has grown fond of. Kalar chatted with her friend about her new dream catcher, photos and several Christmas cards that adorned the room. Then, as the crackled soundtrack of old black-and-white movies played in the background, Kalar lifted the woman to her feet to get ready for lunch at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab.

Swimmers Kelsey and Caitlin Conci manage to stay in touch despite distance

Despite being separated by more than 1,000 miles, sisters Caitlin and Kelsey Conci remain connected. And not just by text messages. The twin sisters, both 2008 Moffat County High School graduates, are continuing their swimming careers at Division I schools.

Ed Wilkinson: Don’t forget a prayer for our troops

I wish everyone would say a prayer for our troops overseas, and don’t forget the troops that are in different countries that are not in harm’s way.

Annie's Mailbox: Holiday cheer for our readers

Dear Readers: Merry Christmas! Here’s a little something sent in by a reader (author unknown) who thought it would provide some holiday cheer:

Horoscope for Dec. 25, 2009

Improvements in many areas of your life are indicated in the year ahead, but one is likely to be more outstanding than all the others, and that is, you won’t repeat old mistakes. Tremendous growth will take place in your life.

Thursday, December 24

New time zone, new school, new events don’t phase 2009 MCHS grad

For Katherine Dodd, 2009 Moffat County High School graduate, college life has represented a monumental change from her high school life. Attending Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., Dodd is more than 2,000 miles from her hometown. Swimming at a new school, Dodd has changed events, from the freestyle to the backstroke, as well as colors from Bulldog blue to Yellow Jacket yellow.

Sports briefs: Hockey team to play in Steamboat

The Craig Puck Ewes women’s hockey team will play at noon Jan. 2 at Howelson Ice Arena in Steamboat Springs against the Steamboat Storm hockey team.

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Craig children's letters to Santa

Editor’s note: Santa and Mrs. Claus made a special stop at the Craig Daily Press on Dec. 18 to visit local boys and girls. As children visited Santa, they gave him their Christmas letters, which we are publishing here. Please note we typed the letters exactly as they were written to maintain the integrity of the children’s wishes and youthfulness.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus: Never stop believing

Mrs. Claus: It’s the red and white. It’s a universal thing. You’re in red and white, you’re Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.

Cathy Hamilton: Serial long message-leaver

I am leaving the world’s longest message in somebody’s voice mail.

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Ken Harjes: More than a game

❱ My love was to coach football, and that’s what I had been doing. The last school I was at, the head coach had been there forever. I was told I could have the head coaching job if he left and if I wanted it. There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted it, but then I came out here.

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Jim Blevins: Watching the world change

❱ I don’t know if you’ve ever looked at how a lot of the people in China live, but their homes are bunks. They live with a lot of other people, and their pay scale is a lot lower than ours.

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Elwood Eisenhauer: The machinist

❱ I’m not a cowboy; I am not a roper; I am not a bull rider. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, that’s their thing. I am in to motor sports.

Police Blotter for Dec. 22

Police Blotter for Dec. 22

Datebook for Dec. 24, 2009

5 p.m. A Christmas pageant takes place at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St., followed by Christmas Mass.

Craig Briefs: Sign up for local billiards league

Craig BCA Pool Leagues will begin a new session in January for those who are interested in playing pool on a team.

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Locals 2009

Read about the residents featured in the Craig Daily Press Local section: There's a family man, a coach, a bar owner and more.

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Dena Garcia: Standing her ground

❱ Most people do like me. The people that don’t, I probably had a problem with them in the bar.

Annie's Mailbox: Being made fun of in junior high

Dear Annie: I started junior high in September. Everything was going fine, although I wish I could be more popular and stuff like that. This one guy had a crush on me and asked me out. We had only texted and never really talked in person. So I said no. Now he’s taking it personally.

Horoscope for Dec. 24, 2009

In the year ahead, there is nothing wrong with driving yourself a bit harder in order to get what you want. But don’t forget to take a little time to smell the roses along the way, especially when finding time for those you love.

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Charlene Abdella: Lady law

❱ New Year’s baby. My parents got to claim me as a tax deduction all year long (the) first year.

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Jarrod Ogden: The family man

❱ I just try to be as good a person as the one I married. (Tona) is a saint. She’s even got the wings back there to prove it. I can show you if you want, it’s an awesome tattoo.

Wednesday, December 23

Moffat County Jail offers special visiting hours

Sheriff wants to let family, friends see inmates before Christmas

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office plans to provide special visitation hours to inmates from 1 to 4:30 p.m. today for the holiday season. Sheriff Tim Jantz said he wants to allow family and friends a chance to see inmates before Christmas if they want.

Sales tax still slumps in City of Craig

City budget plans for revenue decline in ’10

City sales tax revenue again was below budget in October, according to the latest figures from local officials. The state distributes sales taxes to local governments two months after they’re collected. Most economists consider sales tax a good barometer of economic activity because it directly represents consumer activity in the community.

Search and Rescue finds missing couple

Pair was stranded for the night in Powderwash Basin after rabbit hunting

Moffat County Search and Rescue officials have found a local man and woman who were stranded for a night in Powderwash Basin. Jimmy Weber Jr., and Leona Backus had been missing since 10:30 a.m. Monday but were found at about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Our View: Are we ‘just Craig’?

During a recent discussion with the Editorial Board, Dr. Joseph Petrone, Moffat County School District superintendent, relayed an interesting conversation he had with a local patron. When Petrone described lofty goals for school district programs and students, the patron responded with something akin to, “We’re just Craig.”

Christmas church services in Craig

Many local churches will be offering special services this year in Craig. Several offer candlelight services Christmas Eve, as well as services Christmas morning. If you have any more services to add to the directory, call reporter Nicole Inglis at 875-1793.

Sports Briefs: Parks and Recreation water aerobics classes to begin Jan. 5

Registration is open for Craig Parks and Recreation water aerobics classes. Classes are from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.

ATV appeal reaches county commissioner

Tom Mathers voices strong support for vehicles’ sanctioned travel on county roads

Although the request to allow all-terrain and off-highway vehicles on county roads is new, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said he’s ready to give his approval the first chance he gets.

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Students learn valuable skills at lifeguard training

Summer job options are limited for a 15-year-old like Kylee Gorringe. It was either explore the options of fast food or spend her days at the swimming pool. With those options in mind, Gorringe decided to take the plunge and become a lifeguard.

Police Blotter for Dec. 21

Police Blotter for Dec. 21

Annie's Mailbox: Sister’s boyfriend is trouble

Dear Annie: I live at home with my parents and three siblings. My sister “Hannah” has been dating “James” for four years, and he’s been in jail for three of them (gun possession and drug possession with intent to distribute).

Roving Christmas Tree tradition began 71 years ago

Five generations of Webbers have participated in the Roving Christmas Tree since it started on Christmas Eve in 1938 in Steamboat Springs.

Horoscope for Dec. 23, 2009

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — If you are negotiating something of great importance, it might be smart to make your best offer at the start. If the other person knows the strategy up front, it will save a lot of haggling.

Datebook for Dec. 23, 2009

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults age 50 and older. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. This event takes place at American Legion Post 62, 1055 County Road 7. Call 871-7676 for more information.

Craig Briefs: Craig AARP chapter meeting is Monday

Craig AARP Chapter No. 1418 is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Monday at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.

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Nordic team members: Lost bags, jet lag are just part of the sport

Changed flights, missing bags and long international flights are just part of the game for the members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team. “There is nothing that we can do about it,” said Dave Jarrett, U.S. Nordic combined coach. “Unless we want to live in Europe, we are always going to be faced with challenging flights and tight schedules.”

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Planned North Routt timber sale to span 4,500 acres

The way has been cleared this month for one of the largest timber sales on public land in Routt County in years, with the issuance of a final decision on the environmental assessment of the Little Snake North Timber Sales and fuels reduction project. It is intended to remove pine trees that have been killed by the statewide beetle infestation that is virtually wiping out lodgepole pine forests in Colorado.

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America’s best moguls skiers battle for Olympic slot today

The first moguls run on Voo Doo ski trail at Steamboat Ski Area takes place at 1 p.m. today for the men and women. The second run is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

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TMH Café, local businesses donate food to feed hungry

More than anything else, Mark Stanczak hates throwing away food. The longtime cook and now executive chef at the Mountain Café at The Memorial Hospital, always has found something productive to do with leftovers: give them to someone who needs them more.

Tuesday, December 22

Datebook for Dec. 22

Datebook for Dec. 22

Senior Spotlight for Dec. 22

The reason for the season is drawing closer every day. Christmas is Friday, Christ’s birthday. Santa represents the spirit of Christmas, the joy in giving, sharing and forgiving. I think that is the main reason for Christmas.

Police Blotter for Dec. 21

Police Blotter for Dec. 21

Horoscope for Dec. 22

Horoscope for Dec. 22

MCHS boys varsity basketball falls in Thornton

Despite an improved effort and better offensive production, Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball couldn’t break through during last week’s Thornton Tournament. Playing against some of the top teams in Division 4A, the Bulldogs weren’t able to register a win.

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Bulldogs skate past Wolf Pack

Hockey team sweeps weekend double-header

Playing in the last game of 2009, the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team was able to knock off the Crested Butte Wolf Pack in a Sunday double-header. Playing at the Moffat County Ice Arena, the Bulldogs won the first game, 2-1, behind goals from Ethan O’Mailia and Jacob Baron.

Annie's Mailbox: Mother feels shut out by adopted daughter

Dear Annie: We adopted our daughter when she was just a few weeks old. She is an adult now with children of her own. She recently found her birth family. I have so many conflicted feelings about this.

Scott L. Ford: Community generosity

One of the true indicators of a community’s character is its commitment to show generosity to those less fortunate.

Andy Bockelman: Movies to round out the year

Another year has come and gone with the various blend of films: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Student News: Cassandra Marie Vigil

Cassandra Marie Vigil, a 2005 graduate of Moffat County High School, graduated from the University of Colorado on Dec. 12, 2009, with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

‘At-risk’ man is found

An “at-risk” adult man returned safely to authorities Monday after going missing during the weekend. Anthony Jonathan Logan, also known as AJ, went missing Friday evening after last being seen at Hastings, 2401 North Ave.

Mathers family hosts holiday dinner

It’s been about five or six years since Mathers Lounge & Café hosted a free Christmas dinner. Tom Mathers, who co-owns the business with his brother, Mike, said the two decided to stop what had become a family tradition because of waning community interest and a desire to be at home with their families for the holiday.

Craig briefs: Chamber seeking award nominations

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from businesses and residents for its annual businessperson, small business and large business awards to be presented at the Chamber’s annual meeting in February.

Maren Schmidt: Gimmee! Gimmee!

’Tis the season to be jolly. If only our over-demanding children would stop with the demands for this and that, and this again. Frustrated? Take the time and try to see the world from your child’s point of view. You might see that some of the following situations reinforce whiny requests.

Updates to police Web site allows better look at local crime

Craig residents now have instant access to crime data in their neighborhoods, thanks to a new update to the Craig Police Department Web site.

Monday, December 21

Aging Well: Seize the holiday spirit and prepare for family gatherings

It’s the holidays. Families gather in warm, festive settings. They are content, at peace and completely immersed in the moment. This is not reality for most families. Whether it’s squabbles or sarcasm, feigned happiness or empty seats at the dinner table, the holidays often highlight tension and conflicts.

Datebook for Dec. 21

Datebook for Dec. 21

Horoscope for Dec. 21

Horoscope for Dec. 21

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Your community snapshots for Dec. 21

Here are some of November’s entries for pictures of Thanks­giving and baking in the Craig Daily Press Your Community Snapshots photo contest.

‘At-risk’ man missing

Officials reported an “at-risk” adult man disappeared Friday in Grand Junction and are asking residents in the region to report any information that might lead to his whereabouts.

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Local dog trainer publishes book

Laura Tyler, a dog trainer and longtime Craig resident, spent six days with Beaky, a young robin who fell from his nest, sharing feeding duties with the mother and father robin and keeping him safe in her greenhouse until he learned to fly. She documented the adventure in her journal and digital camera before realizing it wasn’t something that she could keep to herself.

Annie's Mailbox: Daughter's family living in squalor

Dear Annie: My daughter and her children live in a small home with three dogs and three cats. She doesn’t work, and her husband has been on disability leave for a year.

Manage stress over holidays

Finding ways to work through stress rather than ignore it is key

To take on the causes of family stress during the holidays, Kristen Race takes a step back and looks at the brain. About 30 parents attended the pre-holiday event, which offered child care, pizza and strategies for slowing down a hectic atmosphere and managing stress.

Colowyo Coal to cut production

Company’s decision has ramifications in several tax funds

Although opinions differ about how Colowyo Coal Co.’s announcement it will cut 10 percent of its staff might affect Moffat County, the mine south of Craig is intertwined with several aspects of the local, state and federal economies. Along with its personnel cuts, Colowyo plans to roughly halve its coal production for the foreseeable future.

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New mall store sells local handmade crafts

Tonia Parshall and her husband, Vince, have talked about opening a consignment store for local artists for years, a dream they finally realized Dec. 1 when they opened Little Bear Creations in Craig. Located in Centennial Mall, Little Bear Creations features jewelry, decorations and trinkets made by Tonia Parshall and other local artists. It is, as they dreamed, a sort of stationary craft fair open year-round.

H. Neal Glanville: A Craig Christmas story

It was a week, maybe two before Christmas, and all through town, kids were whispering little wishes to Santa and surfing the Web sites that could be found.

Bryce Jacobson: Holiday well wishes to all, even the local economy

want to wish each and every one of you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year from Peyton, Bayley, Jamey and myself. I hope that your holiday season is filled with good times with family and friends.

Craig briefs: Swine flu vaccine available to veterans

The Craig Veterans Affairs TeleHealth Clinic has received 100 doses of H1N1 vaccine for distribution to veterans.

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Bulldogs grapplers place 2 at prestigious Warrior Classic

Revenge was sweet for Scott Mann. The Moffat County senior wrestler at 171 pounds went into the Warrior Classic Wrestling tournament Friday and Satur­day hoping to avenge a loss from a previous tournament to Rangely’s Keane Raley.

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MCHS Girls swim team places 1st at home meet

Swimming in front of a home crowd certainly had an affect on the Moffat County High School girls swim team, freshman Eryn Leonard said. Swimming Saturday at the Moffat County Invitational, the team racked up eight individual first-place finishes, three first-place finishes in relays and a first overall finish.

Saturday, December 19

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Sports briefs: Hockey to face Crested Butte

The Moffat County Bull­dogs club hockey team will face Crested Butte at 7:45 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday at the Moffat County Ice Arena.

McMillen places 5th in steer wrestling at National Finals

By all accounts, it has been a good year for Casey McMillen. The 1999 Moffat County High School graduate was married in May, and he and his wife, Rayanna, welcomed a baby boy, Tucson James, in October. On Dec. 12, McMillen’s year improved even more when he placed fifth in steer wrestling at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

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Les Shirkey bowls a perfect 300 on Dec. 10 after years of just misses

For years, Les Shirkey, 65, has tried to achieve a bowler’s dream — ten throws, ten strikes — only to come up short. On Dec. 10, Shirkey hit every pin and joined bowling’s most exclusive club. Bowling in the first game of the mixed doubles league at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, Shirkey bowled a 300 — a perfect game.

Diane Prather: Sugar cookies great for holiday cut-outs

This past Friday and Saturday, my sister Darlene Blackford and her husband, Miner, of Rocky Ford, visited and managed to return home before the snowstorm hit. Each year they host an open house before Christmas, so they spend weeks beforehand baking goodies and freezing them.

Carroll Moore and Paula Duzik: Wonderful volunteers

Christmas for Kids has gotten lots of newspaper coverage recently, but I would like to thank them for a special service they provide to high school students.

County asks area residents to obey plow laws

As the evidence of winter’s arrival lay in alternately wet and frozen piles on the ground, plow trucks can be seen traveling local roadways in people’s attempts to tame the season.

Ed Wilkinson: Clinic has H1N1 shots for veterans

The Craig Veterans Affairs TeleHealth Clinic has received 100 doses of H1N1 vaccine for distribution to veterans. These doses are available by appointment only to veterans enrolled as patients with the VA.

Horoscope for Dec. 19

Horoscope for Dec. 19

Police Blotter for Dec. 17

Police Blotter for Dec. 17

Annie's Mailbox: Mom not interested in having assisted living

Dear Annie: Our 90-year-old mother’s brain is turning to mush. She was one of the smartest, brightest people we knew, but after years of sitting in her home alone, she is getting duller by the day, and it is not because of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Datebook for Dec. 19

Datebook for Dec. 19

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Communities at work: Holiday season shopping

Some local storeowners said the holiday shopping season hasn’t been as busy this year as in years past.

A childhood country Christmas

There wasn’t a lot of money when my sisters, brother and I were growing up on the ranch, but at Christmas we never knew any different. Santa always visited us.

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Ridgeview Elementary students read to therapy dogs in new program

Five children were chosen to participate in the first year of the Yampa Valley Canine Connection’s pet partners program, which offers children who struggle with reading the chance to have a trained therapy dog by their side once a week. Kim Thompson, a literacy paraprofessional at Ridgeview who also trains therapy dogs, said a similar program in Steamboat Springs was helping children make large strides in literacy.

Government update for Dec. 15

Government update for Dec. 15

MCHS Student Council: Program a success

The Moffat County High School Student Council would like to thank the students and staff at Moffat County High School and the many community members who donated used cell phones to the “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program we sponsored in honor of Veterans Day.

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17-year-old single mother Jessie Gorley learns to grow up quickly

On Friday afternoon, Jessie Gor­ley, 17, returned home with her son, Tristin, from a Christmas party at the Moffat County Alternative School, which she attends each morning. This holiday will be her first with her son, but it wasn’t that long ago that Christmas presents and decorations were the furthest thing from her mind.

Craig briefs: MCTA promoting local businesses

The Moffat County Tour­ism Association plans to sponsor a booth at the 2010 International Sportsmen’s Exposition from Jan. 7 to 10 in Denver, and the group would like items from local businesses to help promote Moffat County.

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Annual museum tour starts at 7:30 a.m. today in Craig

For the second year in a row, Yampa Valley history aficionados are in for a treat. The Northwest Colorado Parade of Museums will start at 7:30 a.m. today from the Wyman Museum in Craig.

Friday, December 18

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Swim team prepares for first home meet at Moffat County Invitational

With this weekend’s Moffat County Invitational swim meet coming up, coach Anita Reynolds said the community has a chance to see progress in action.

Sexually violent predator in Craig

Jeff W. Hammond, who the state has labeled a “sexually violent predator,” arrived Wednesday in Moffat County, according to a news release from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.

Dinosaur closing roads for winter

Dinosaur National Monument officials are preparing to transition into winter operations. Monument superintendent Mary Risser said the park’s Harpers Corner Road, which begins two miles east of Dinosaur on U.S. Highway 40 and runs 31 miles north into the monument, will close Jan. 1.

Hoop shoot contest winners named

Winners could go to state competition

The winners of the Craig Elks Club hoop shoot contest have been announced.

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Christmas for Kids helps hundreds in need

Courtney Niedermeier is trying to start a new tradition this Christmas. “I want them each to pick out a present and have everyone watch while they open the first one,” she said. But each of the four children in her house have been talking about waking up extra early in an effort to make the day of unwrapping presents last as long as possible.

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First-graders reach out beyond Craig with use of iPods

Cheryl Arnett’s first-graders stomped in from recess Thursday, cheeks flushed with cold and bouncing with energy from lunchtime. As they sat down in front of the white board, Joey Kenney’s hand shot into the air. “Ms. Arnett, are we going to use the iPods?” she asked her teacher.

Janet Sheridan: Montgomery Ward’s catalog

Because we lived without television and far from town, my siblings and I didn’t consider store displays or TV commercials when deciding what we wanted for Christmas. Instead, our inspiration for letters to Santa Claus came from the Montgomery Ward Christmas catalog.

Datebook for Dec. 18, 2009

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

Craig Briefs: Division Of Wildlife Calendar available

For the first time, Colorado Outdoors — the official bimonthly magazine of the Colorado Division of Wildlife — will publish a calendar featuring the magazine’s photography.

Annie's Mailbox: In love with a married man from work

Dear Annie: For two years and counting, I have been attracted to a married man. We became friends at work and would go out to lunch occasionally.

Horoscope for Dec. 18, 2009

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Sometimes taking a shortcut can work out, but it isn’t likely to do so today. Thus, insisting upon doing things the easy way will cripple your success.

Police Blotter for Dec. 18

Police Blotter for Dec. 18

Kathy Bassett: Hold Christmas in your heart

Poor grandpa. He just couldn’t win for losing. Last Christmas, he was feeling his age and found that shopping for Christmas gifts had become too difficult. So, he decided to send checks to everyone instead. In each card he wrote, “Buy your own present!” and mailed them early.

Stage set for Capote trial

Judge: Statements brothers made to detective will be allowed

A judge ruled Thursday that the statements Eduardo and David Capote made to a Steamboat Springs detective at Yampa Valley Regional Airport early this year will be allowed at the February 2010 trial of the brothers accused of playing a role in the Jan. 5 death of an Army sergeant.

Heidi Click: Thanks, Holiday Inn

I want to thank Melody and her Holiday Inn of Craig crew, from the front desk, kitchen staff, hostess, bartender and servers for hosting an outstanding Christmas party for the City Market employees.

Sheriff, jail affected by budget crunch

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office is quite familiar with the budget crunch now sweeping through local, state and federal governments. Unfortunately, Sheriff Tim Jantz said, much of his department’s revenue comes from government sources, such as the state of Colorado or the Bureau of Indian Affairs, that pay Moffat County’s jail for keeping their prisoners.

Thursday, December 17

'The Princess and the Frog:' Hop to it

Since 1937, the output of Walt Disney Animation Studios always has amounted to top-quality, full-length cartoons. After more than 70 years, the content still remains riveting, although for “The Princess and the Frog,” perhaps a better word would be “ribbiting.”

Moffat County cuts capital projects in 2010, expects more cuts later

It seems certain that one year of budget cuts will not be enough for Moffat County, officials said. The Moffat County Com­mission approved, 3-0, its 2010 budget Tuesday.

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Local children donate hair to benefit Locks of Love

Courtney Lytle flipped her waist-length blond hair over the back of the stylist’s chair as she eased into her booster seat. “I’m going to look weird,” the 6-year old said. Crystal Walker, her stylist at All About You Salon, reassured her. Salon owners Crystal and her mother, Sarah Walker, are familiar with strange, detached ponytails being handed around the room. They offer free haircuts to those who pledge to give their hair to Locks of Love, which makes wigs out of donated hair for children with cancer.

Daily horoscope for Dec. 17

Daily horoscope for Dec. 17

Annie's Mailbox: After 25 years, mother-in-law still rude

Dear Annie: My husband, “Kevin,” and I have been together 25 years. Our relationship is as wonderful today as on our first date. My mother-in-law, however, hates me. She says I wrecked her only son’s life because I can’t have children. This same woman called her son two days before our wedding and told him to “choose.” Kevin told her, “I’m going to spend the rest of my life with the woman I love. I have nothing more to say to you.” And he hung up.

MCHS boys basketball to face tough competition in Thornton tournament

Facing some of the best teams in Division 4A should be all the motivation the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team needs. At 6 p.m. today, the team will get to see how it stacks up against one of Colorado’s toughest teams when it kicks off the Thornton tournament with a game against Pueblo East High School.

Club hockey team to take momentum to Crested Butte

Going into a weekend series against Crested Butte, the Moffat County club hockey team has one big advantage. Momentum, and lots of it.

Joanne Lighthizer: Craig has theft problem

I thought long and hard about writing this or not. I have to warn others like myself about this problem with theft in Craig.

Jesse Kurz: Rec center needed

Looking for something to do besides sledding or ice skating? Me, too. I think Craig should build a recreation center. If Craig has a rec center, it would bring more people to town and create more activity for people of all ages.

Cathy Hamilton: Family makes a great sacrifice

It was shaping up to be an ordinary birthday. Not that all birthdays aren’t extraordinary, by some measure, but this one was No. 54 — well past the hoopla of 50 and not quite the “double nickels” milestone I’m dreading.

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Colorado’s Future touts ballot reform

Group hosts event with civic leaders to discuss revised ballot process

If a ballroom at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort were the U.S. Senate floor, America would have health care reform by now. Local Democrats and Re­­publicans found widespread agreement on numerous ideas Wed­nesday evening during a three-hour event about ballot reform and public policy hosted by Colorado’s Future.

Police blotter for Dec. 17

Police blotter for Dec. 17

Craig Briefs: H1N1 vaccine now offered to veterans

The Craig Veterans Affairs TeleHealth Clinic has received 100 doses of H1N1 vaccine for distribution to veterans.

Datebook for Dec. 17, 2009

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.

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Consumer-driven lab testing eyed at TMH

The Memorial Hospital is in the process of implementing a new plan that could help patients take some aspects of health care into their own hands.

Wednesday, December 16

Moffat County begins swinging bridge repairs

Swinging bridge in Browns Park has been closed for about a month

Moffat County officials have begun the process of repairing the Browns Park swinging bridge, which is closed to public traffic. The county commission closed the bridge about a month ago after road and bridge staff and a state engineer deemed its support cables too brittle for regular use.

3 local soldiers are sent a taste of Craig

Residents, veterans, families create care packages

Local residents, veterans and families of veterans gathered Friday to help bring local soldiers a taste of Craig.

Police to register ATVs, OHVs Thursday and Friday

Proponents of a city ordinance allowing all-terrain and off-highway vehicles on city streets still have one more step to take before they can freely drive their machines on the road. All ATVs must be registered with the Craig Police Department before they can be driven on public roads when the ordinance takes effect Friday.

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Craig Middle School to move into north side of building

On Tuesday afternoon in the Craig Middle School auditorium, instruments were piled on the seats. When the students return from holiday break Jan 4, they will unpack their flutes, trumpets and tubas into the new band room across the new hallway, complete with sound diffusing technology and locking storage for their instruments.

County OKs halt on medical marijuana dispensaries

The Moffat County Com­mission did not need extra time to consider a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in the unincorporated parts of the county.

Winner announced in baseball booster club raffle

Stillion plans to give guided hunt to relative

Karen Stillion has been named the winner of the Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball booster club’s drawing for a guided big game hunt.

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MCHS girls, boys basketball splits vs. Tigers

Playing against Hayden High School’s junior varsity team, Moffat County High School’s girls freshman team could do little wrong. After tying the game at 10 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs never trailed agai and won the game, 50-35.

Daily Sentinel: Incremental steps better than monster health bill

Among the most recent dust-ups regarding the massive health care reform bill awaiting action in the Senate was a demand late last week by labor leaders that Democrats eliminate the tax on so-called “Cadillac” health insurance plans.

Interfaith Food Bank: Thanks for donations

The members of the Interfaith Food Bank would like to thank the community, Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School for their generous donations.

Moffat County School District Accountability Committee Agenda

Next meeting: Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Moffat County School District administration building, 775 Yampa Ave.

Police Blotter for Dec. 16

Police Blotter for Dec. 16

Datebook for Dec. 16, 2009

The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults age 50 and older. Options include art, writing and exercise classes.

Craig Briefs: Trucks collide in Rio Blanco County

A Colorado State Patrol official said emergency crews responded to a traffic collision in Rio Blanco County involving a semi-truck and a dump truck about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Hayden district’s balance dwindles

School Board accepts audit, plans for budget cuts in 2010-11

If the Hayden School District continues to spend at its current rate, it will deplete its fund balance this fiscal year, its auditor told the School Board on Tuesday night. The district ended fiscal year 2008 with a $1.06 million fund balance. But it ended fiscal year 2009, on June 30, with more than $384,000.

Horoscope for Dec. 16, 2009

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — General trends and influences that affect your material well-being will be quite favorable for you. It is an excellent time to dedicate yourself to endeavors that could be profitable.

Annie's Mailbox: New love didn’t last

Dear Annie: I am a 49-year-old widow. I recently began dating the most wonderful gentleman. “Martin” and I fell in love in just eight weeks.

Tuesday, December 15

Annie's Mailbox: Woman afraid celibacy may discourage partner

Dear Annie: I am a 24-year-old female and a virgin because I have had a hormone deficiency since I hit puberty.

Truck slides off Highway 317

80 gallons of diesel spill onto frozen creek during accident

A man and his Ford F-250 slid off Colorado Highway 317 on Sunday afternoon outside Hamilton and rolled once down a 50-foot embankment into the Williams Fork.

Police Blotter for Dec. 10-14

Police blotter for Dec. 10-14

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Bad Dogs pick up 11 1st-place finishes

The Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling team secured 11 first-place finishes at the Palisade Little Dawgs Tournament on Saturday. Facing some of the Western Slope’s toughest youth wrestlers, the Bad Dogs accumulated a 46-15 overall record with 28 pins.

Horoscope for Dec. 15

Horoscope for Dec. 15

Officials discuss impacts of Colowyo personnel cuts

Colowyo Coal Co.’s recent announcement it that would cut 10 percent of its mine staff by mid-2010 is a reminder of how delicate the local and national economies are, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said. The energy industry, which Gray said has historically benefited local residents and the community, also is susceptible to hard times.

Moffat County wrestling team has successful weekend

With a 33-13 overall record, Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling had a successful weekend. With the Warrior Classic looming, it’s added momentum for what coach Roman Gutierrez said will be a grueling weekend ahead for the Bulldogs.

Datebook for Dec. 15

Datebook for Dec. 15

Senior spotlight for Dec. 15

The cards lay on the table waiting to get mailed. I sent some already, but it seems like it’s time to get around to it now. My Christmas is catching up to me.

Maren Schmidt: Learning the gift of gab

Language occurs in two basic ways. Receptive language is what we understand. Expressive language is what we can say.

H. Neal Glanville: Test of fatherhood

Well, it’s three days until my double dose of first-born twins turn 40. I’d thought about many of the escapades we had together, but somehow they missed the mark of what a father should say about his grown children. Bragging about one’s children is too easy, but looking back with honesty at the choices you made can be frightening.

Brianna Burkett: Grateful thanks

I would like to thank SAPP, the DARE program and McDonald’s for all their support.

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J.W. Snacks takes part in energy conservation awareness program

The walls of J.W. Snacks are normally dazzled with neon beer signs and televisions, illuminating the gulf coast beach décor of fishing nets and surfboards. But last Friday, the walls were dark and the TV screens blank.J.W. Snacks owner Danny Griffith had turned the lights out on purpose. For one hour, restaurants across Colorado joined together as a part of Lights out Lunch, an energy conservation awareness effort.

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Craig residents construct nests for migratory birds

This spring, Allan Reishus hopes Moffat County’s ponds and streams are filled with even more fishers. The airborne, migratory kind. On Monday, Reishus helped install two 60-foot nests, built specifically for migratory ospreys.

Monday, December 14

Horoscope for Dec. 14

Horoscope for Dec. 14

Datebook for Dec. 14

Datebook for Dec. 14

Craig briefs: Children’s book signing is Saturday

Downtown Books plans to host a book signing for local author Laura Tyler’s new work, “The Story of Little Beaky Robin,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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Memorial scholarship to honor MCHS graduate

At a small gathering Saturday at the OP Bar and Grill, family and friends hosted a drawing for a New Belgium Fat Tire cruiser bike to raise money for a memorial scholarship in the name of Cory Pike, a Moffat County High School graduate who died Nov. 16 of Burkitt's lymphoma.

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Residents keep holidays bright despite economy

It started off as an empty cardboard box. It once housed a new water heater that Ruth Greenwood installed in her Craig home, but it turned into a creative, unique toy for her 2-year-old great-grandson. She made several more clubhouses from extra boxes she found at appliance and furniture stores around town and sold them for $15 each at Saturday’s Winter Arts and Crafts show at Centennial Mall.

Moffat County boys basketball sinks Summit

Win gives Bulldogs 7th-place finish at Shoot-Out tournament in Steamboat Springs

Despite dominating Summit High School, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team still has a ways to go, coach Steve Maneotis said. And that should scare the rest of the Western Slope League. The Bulldogs refused to let Summit get into any sort of rhythm, and out-hustled the Jaguars en-route to a 48-18 victory at the Steamboat Springs Shoot-out.

Rasmussen known as a fighter and a homesteader

A large group of people gathered in the Zobel Chapel on Aug. 24, 1960, to honor a man who had been a strong part of the Craig community for several years. They honored his work and his life with their attendance before laying him to rest in the soil of his adopted home.

Annie's Mailbox: Friends think lawyer's future is in jeopardy

Dear Annie: How can we help a 47-year-old female lawyer who still is living with her parents and cannot go anywhere without her mother?

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Your community snapshots for Dec. 14

Here are some of the November entries for Thanksgiving and baking in the Craig Daily Press Your Community Snapshots photo contest.

Aging Well: Beating the winter and holiday blues

Amidst colorful decorations and holiday music, some smiles mask sadness, anxiety, irritation and hopelessness. For many people, the holiday season is a time for family, friends, festivities and joy. For others, the holidays further emphasize loss or loneliness while making it even harder to cope with depression and other life challenges.

Nurse Donna Reishus: Thanks for support

I have been asked to give many talks about my spiritual journey to Belize, where I provided health care services to indigent people from 2000 through 2007.

Sunday, December 13

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Sailors girls win, boys lose in Shoot-Out

Steamboat basketball tourney wraps up

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team has talked about winning a Western Slope League championship this year. It appears more and more like a reasonable outcome, especially after the Sailors’ performance in his year’s Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out.

Saturday, December 12

Our View: Sparks lighting the fuse

Far too often in our community, praise for the youths of our community is intertwined with achievements on the basketball court, football field or wrestling mat.

MCHS girls basketball ends Grandview tournament with 1-3 record

Playing Friday in the last game of the Grandview Invitational basketball tournament, the Moffat County High School girls varsity learned a valuable lesson. “We have to come ready every night,” coach Craig Mortensen said. “Nothing is ever going to be handed to you.”

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MCHS basketball falls to Green River, 74-64, in overtime

Intensity. Hardnosed play and stingy defense. All the things Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball lacked in its 81-28 loss Thursday to Rock Canyon came back in spades with Friday’s 74-64 loss to Green River (Wyo.) High School.

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KRAI Holiday Drive raises more than $25,000

From the thousands of people who stopped by or volunteered at the 2009 KRAI Holiday Drive, radio station owner Frank Hanel remembered a young boy no more than 5 years old. He had received a check for $5 from his grandparents for his birthday. But when his parents took him to the west entrance of the Centennial Mall, he handed the check over to Hanel and the team collecting donations for needy families.

Diane Prather: Ian’s heifer wrangle

Almost a year ago, during the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Ian Duzik participated in the National FFA organization’s Heifer Wrangle and caught a calf. The Heifer Wrangle is similar to the National Western Catch-It-Calf Contest. In both cases, participants try to catch calves in an arena. In neither case do winners get to keep the calves they catch. In the case of the Catch-It-Calf Contest, winners are presented with steers that they feed for the next year’s Stock Show.

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Moffat County High School students visit Wyoming prison

It was the late 1980s when Joy Tegtman saw it for the first time — a series of pale, beige buildings, squatting plain and unassuming in a field south of Interstate 80 in Rawlins, Wyo. But it was the stories that came from inside the Wyoming State Penitentiary that touched her and moved her to take a class of students back there every semester.

Independent Life Center receives $460,000 in loan, grant money

In the history of the Independent Life Center, Executive Director Evelyn Tileston has never seen as much federal funding as she did Friday. ILC, which provides resources for people with disabilities across Northwest Colorado, received its largest contribution of $460,000 in loan and grant money to help preserve its services.

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High school student travels across New Zealand in an RV

Wesley Chapman never lived Nov. 23, 2009, but he lived Dec. 8 twice. Such is one of the strange things that happens to a person when he travels to the other side of the world. Chapman, a 15-year-old sophomore at Moffat County High School, left Los Angeles the night of Nov. 22, went backward in time as he passed over Hawaii and arrived Nov. 24 in New Zealand on the far side of the International Dateline.

Daily horoscope for Dec. 12

Daily horoscope for Dec. 12

United Way, Saddleback Ranch gatherings highlight charity activities

Two big charity events and a downtown visit from Santa Claus will help kick off the holiday season in Steamboat Springs this weekend. The Merry Mainstreet Down­­town Holiday Celebration will close Lincoln Avenue from 4 to 7 p.m. today. The event includes a Santa Claus parade.

Yvonne Gerber: Appreciating talent

I would like to thank the Yampa Valley Brass, Mr. John Bolton and the Moffat County High School jazz bands for another very enjoyable evening.

Police Blotter for Dec. 12

Police Blotter for Dec. 12

Government update for Dec. 12, 2009

Government update for Dec. 12, 2009

Datebook for Dec. 12, 2009

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual Winter Arts and Crafts Show will take place at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. More than 75 artists from across the region will have their wares on display. For more information, call 824-7011.

Craig Briefs: Parade of Museums set for Dec. 19

A tour of local museums will take place Dec. 19 starting at the Wyman Museum, 94350 U.S. Highway 40.

Kathy Bassett: More Browns Park adventures

When Mother Nature decides to get a little ornery, she “lets ’er rip!” Whoooeeeee! I remember one such winter.

Annie's Mailbox: Nephew in and out of rehab

Dear Annie: My 24-year-old nephew is an alcoholic and a drug addict. He is currently in his sixth rehab facility, which just happens to be in my hometown.

Friday, December 11

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MCHS falls, 81-28, to Rock Canyon at Steamboat Springs tournament

Sometimes, practice can be a good indicator of future success. Unfortunately for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team, a bad week of practice led to a loss Thursday night in Steamboat Springs.

Ed Wilkinson: VA seeks county services feedback

The state office of the Department of Veterans Affairs is conducting a survey for veterans using a Web site.

VNA denied grant from federal government

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has been waiting for several months to hear word about a $2.5 million grant from the federal government.

Bond issue helps upgrade technology in Moffat County schools

To Marlene Knez, the technological journey of Moffat Cou­nty School District throughout the past several years can be likened to Ebenezer Scrooge’s in “A Christmas Carol.”

Grandview tops MCHS girls basketball, 63-24

Playing in its third game of the Grandview Invitational tournament, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team ran into some tough competition: the home team.

Craig Briefs: Chamber seeking award nominations

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from businesses and residents for its annual Businessperson, Small Business and Large Business awards to be presented at the Chamber’s annual meeting in February.

Datebook for Dec. 11, 2009

Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

Police Blotter for Dec. 9

Police Blotter for Dec. 9

Victor Cordes: What you can do

Winter storms and the cold, snow and ice are here, making it more challenging for our Post Office and letter carriers to deliver your mail.

Annie's Mailbox: Sister is feeling used

Dear Annie: My sister and I live on opposite coasts, and I visit her once a year at Christmas. For the past two years, she has used my visit as an opportunity for me to do work on her house. Last time, I painted her bedroom and shampooed her carpets.

Daily Horoscope for Dec. 11

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Don’t hesitate to involve yourself with a big group. In fact, the larger the assembly, the more effective you are likely to be. For whatever reason, you seem to know how to connect with crowds.

Diane Prather: Start a tradition with Prime Rib Roast

Families have their own traditions when it comes to dinner and supper menus for the Christmas holidays. Turkey and ham seem to be family favorites, but some enjoy beef roasts. (For our family, t-bone steaks often make an appearance on the Christmas Day menu.)

Andy Bockelman: ‘Everybody’s Fine’ is mediocre family portrait

There’s something off about the movie “Everybody’s Fine,” not the least of which is the fact that its title sounds like a kiss-off. Especially when you tend to think of “fine” as an anagram for Freaked-out, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional.

Janet Sheridan: The finest type of giving

World War II ended, and men came home to work their fields. Although they protected their country, they could not protect their crops. A dry summer sky seared sugar beets, alfalfa and corn. Plants shrank from an unrelenting sun. Farmers watched the sky and worried — with one exception.

Lisa, Emma and Rudi Balstad:

We would like to send a big thanks to the individuals who helped us the other evening after we hit a deer on U.S. Highway 40.

Thursday, December 10

Report: Craig police officer died of natural causes

Former Craig Police officer Kathie Johnson died of natural causes from a seizure disorder, according to an autopsy and toxicology report.

Former Craig detective pleads not guilty

Johnson’s trial set for May 24 in district court

Former Craig Police Depa­rtment detective Ken Johnson pleaded not guilty to three felony charges Tuesday in Moffat Cou­nty District Court. Johns­on, wh­o resi­gned from the police department in September and was arrested in October, is charged with attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony; as well as accessory to a crime and embezzlement of public property, Class 5 felonies.

MCHS girls varsity basketball secures 48-34 win

In its second game of the Grandview Tournament, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team found its shot and the success that comes with it.

Money stolen from JW Snacks this week

The Craig Police Department responded to a burglary report at about 7:45 a.m. Monday at JW Snacks Gulf Coast Bar & BBQ. Sergeant John Forgay said it appears the perpetrator or perpetrators took some money after using a cinderblock to break in through the back late Sunday night or early Monday morning. He would not comment about how much was taken.

Free Medicare consultations available at Wal-Mart

Health insurance for senior citizens is perhaps the most complicated network of policies on the market, said Kate Neuschafer, a senior specialist for Silverthorne-based DML Associates.

MCHS boys basketball hopes to find shooting stroke in Steamboat

Although last week’s 37-35 win against Montezuma-Cortez High School wasn’t the prettiest victory, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team took something away from the grind-it-out game.

CNCC closer to breaking ground

New building projects to encourage use of local subcontractors

Several pounds of paper are piled on Gene Bilodeau’s office bookshelf at Colorado Northwestern Community Col­lege in Craig. Three booklets, outlining the plans of three college construction projects, have taken up much of his office space and his efforts as the projects move closer to breaking ground.

Datebook for Dec. 10, 2009

The Craig Book Club meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Club member Marty Cisar will review “Sunflower and the Secret Fan,” “Peony in Love” and “Shanghai Girls.” Marian Simons will host. Call 939-8073.

Moffat County School Board AgendaCraig Police Department Tuesday, Dec. 8 Officers responded to four reports of an abandoned vehicle. Officers responded to a report of a theft. Officers responded to a

Craig Police Department Tuesday, Dec. 8 Officers responded to four reports of an abandoned vehicle. Officers responded to a report of a theft. Officers responded to a report of fraud. Officers responded to two reports of a suspicious vehicle. Officers responded to two reports of a suspicious person. Officers responded to two reports of property damage. Officers responded to four animal complaints. Officers responded to two reports of a drug violation. Officers responded to two requests to assist a resident. Officers responded to a request to assist another agency. Officers responded to a civil problem. Officers responded to a report of harassment. The Memorial Hospital EMS Wednesday, Dec. 9 An ambulance crew responded to two medical calls. An ambulance crew responded to a trauma call.

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KRAI Holiday Drive benefits local programs

Temperatures were well below zero when Margaret Culverwell arrived early Wednesday morning at Centennial Mall for the KRAI Holiday Drive. Dressed in insulated work pants, a down jacket and a fleece headband, she wasn’t feeling the cold. She was warmed by the spirit of giving and the number of donations she’s seen throughout the past two weeks as director of the Christmas for Seniors program.

Police Blotter for Dec. 8

Police Blotter for Dec. 8

Virgil Brown: Grateful to firefighters

Thank you, with great appreciation, to Craig Fire/Rescue.

Craig Briefs: Bookstore to offer beading class

Downtown Books & Beads, 543 Yampa Ave., is hosting a beading class at 1 p.m. Dec. 20.

Cathy Hamilton: Just one of the guys

“Hi, guys!” chirp two perky, young hostesses in unison as my husband and I walk through the door. “Table for two, guys?”

Rebecca Hammond: Thanks, budget center

I would like to send a thank you to the local Community Budget Center.

Wednesday, December 9

Sports briefs: Ex-Moffat football player doing well at Sterling

Andrew Drake, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound sophomore running back from Craig, has finished his sophomore year at Sterling College in Sterling, Kan.

MCHS girls varsity basketball falls, 52-44, to Montbello

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team played Montbello High School on Tuesday at the Grandview Tournament in Aurora and fell, 52-44.

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Sunrise singers bring smiles to residents at Sandrock Ridge

Fourth- and fifth-graders spread holiday cheer

There are times Betty Rice can be as sad as anyone else. She’s been in a wheelchair and within the walls of Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab for four years with an uncontrollable form of diabetes. But as 25 Sunset Elementary School students, each dressed in bright tie-dyed T-shirts, launched into “Jingle Bells,” on Tuesday, Rice couldn’t contain her smile.

Kathy Bassett: More Browns Park adventures

The winters in Browns Park are normally pretty mild. Well, of course, there were some exceptional years, like 1949 just before Christmas when it began to snow and snowed so deep that the plows formed tunnels that were way higher than the vehicles.

‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ proves a shrewd animated heist movie

In a year of animated movies, cartoon-makers have to find a way to stand out. And what better way to do so than to bring characters fully off the drawing board with all-encompassing animatronics without the use of expensive 3-D glasses? It certainly works for “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

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Moffat County High School wrestlers claim 1st, win hardware

Wrestling accolades come in all forms. State meet invitations, medals, trophies, scholarships and ribbons are usually what wrestlers can expect as reward for a good performance.

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Future of Russell Street building remains unknown

When The Memorial Hos­pital moved its operation to a new, $42.6 million building at 750 Hospital Loop, it didn’t leave an empty shell of a building behind. At 745 Russell St., the front door that admitted patients and visitors to TMH for 60 years still slides open and closed for patients of the TMH Medical Clinic and Valley Health Center.

Our View: Keep the shovel handy

As this week’s storm attests, the old, blustery Northwest Colorado winter has returned for its annual assault, and in full force.

Hayden to vote on budget tonight

The Hayden Town Council is scheduled to decide tonight whether to approve the second reading of the 2010 budget and 2009 property tax levy.

Craig Briefs: Santa Claus coming to the Daily Press

Attention, Craig children. Santa Claus has asked the newspaper to help him gather Christmas letters. Bring your letter to Santa to the Daily Press’ office at 466 Yampa Ave., on Dec. 18.

Routt County adopts building fee increases

Rates effective Jan. 1 in unincorporated areas

County commissioners Tues­day approved fee increases re­­quested by the Routt County Re­­gion­al Building Department, making the new rates effective Jan. 1 in unincorporated areas and potentially setting the tone for upcoming votes by local municipalities.

Police Blotter for Dec. 7

Police Blotter for Dec. 7

Datebook for Dec. 9, 2009

The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults age 50 and older.

Flight For Life expands to 24-hour availability

Summit County service moves to full time

The Flight For Life air ambulance service based in Frisco is going to a full-time operation, offering emergency flights and other services 24 hours a day across the region, including Steamboat Springs.

Moffat County School Board Agenda

Moffat County School Board Agenda

Tuesday, December 8

The Memorial Hospital surgeon earns national honor

Dr. Jeff Womble, The Memorial Hospital’s general surgeon, became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons during convocation ceremonies at the college’s 95th annual Clinical Congress in Chicago last month.

Budget cuts top Sen. Al White’s concerns

State senator speaks durning Moffat County Commission meeting

Colorado Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, is hopeful the bleeding has stopped. Or at least coagulated. White told the Moffat Cou­nty Commission during its regular meeting Tuesday that the state budget’s freefall might begin to bottom out by the end of the year.

Council approves ATVs, OHVs for city travel

Residents interested in saving on gas money now have a cheaper way to get around town. The Craig City Council gave final passage to an ordinance allowing all-terrain and off-highway vehicles on city streets at its regular meeting Tuesday.

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Winter storm warning in effect until 6 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for eastern Utah and western Colorado until 6 p.m. today because of a strong Pacific storm moving in from the four-corners area.

Horoscopes for Dec. 8, 2009

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Sometimes taking a shortcut can work out, but it isn’t likely to do so today. Thus, insisting upon doing things the easy way will cripple your success.

Ed Wilkinson: Donations to troops accepted at several locales

Congratulations to Trish Johnson for winning the rifle from the American Legion Post 62 raffle. The Legion’s annual Christ­mas party will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the post headquarters, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.

Anthony G. Stoffle: Our duty to remember

On Dec. 7, 1941, then President Roosevelt said “A day that will live in infamy.” How many citizens remembered this day? I know it is antiquated history to most. But you remember July 4, 1776, and Sept. 11, 2001.

Police Blotter for Dec. 6, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Senior Spotlight for Dec. 8, 2009

As the reason for the season gets closer, the air tends to get more electrified with the energy of people scurrying around from place to place. There are plenty of things to do, and places to go.

November Moffat County real estate transactions

A listing of Moffat County property sales and purchases for November 2009

Datebook for Dec. 8, 2009


Craig briefs: Mixer set for Dec. 17 at T&H Napa Auto

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is offering a business after-hours mixer, hosted by T&H Napa Auto Parts and Batteries Plus, 400 Taylor St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 17. There will be food, drinks, door prizes and more.

Annie's Mailbox: Planned party difficult to attend

Dear Annie: Four years ago, my mother moved to Florida to be closer to my two sisters and their families. Now they are planning a party for her 90th birthday, and my sister has set the date for Christmas Eve.

MCHS varsity wrestling places 6th in Survivor Series

Team has 2 overall champions

Going into the Mountain Vista Survivor Series, wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez knew Moffat County High School would be at a disadvantage.

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New event to launch in August

1st hot air balloon festival to take place this summer in Craig

Melody Villard still can remember back when she was 5 years old and wandering around the Steamboat Springs Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. She recalled getting lost and telling the announcer to try and page her aunt, who she claimed was the one who had gotten lost.

Maren Schmidt: Profanity: A sign of limited ability

A visit to an elementary school opened my eyes to something that never would have happened a few years ago at a “good” school. Profanity from the children.

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Bad Dogs rumble at home

Winter Rumble sees more than 200 youth wrestlers fill MCHS gym

Wrestling at home can have its advantages. On Saturday, Dajia Lewis got to find out for herself. Competing in the Craig Bad Dogs Winter Rumble, Dajia grappled her way to a 3-2 record and a third-place finish.

Monday, December 7

Tom Mathers charged with 3 misdemeanors after vehicle incident

A Moffat County commissioner was charged Monday in Moffat County Court with three misdemeanors stemming from a vehicular incident July 12.

Craig briefs: Gov. Ritter orders flags be lowered

Gov. Bill Ritter has directed all U.S. and Colorado flags be lowered to half-staff on state buildings today across Colorado, according to a news release.

Bryce Jacobson: Craig restaurant turns 4 years old

One of my personal favorite restaurants turned four years old this week.

MCHS boys basketball win season opener

It may not have been the prettiest win, but an early-season victory is a win all the same. The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team was able to outlast Montezuma-Cortez High School, 37-35, to claim its first victory of the season Saturday in Palisade.

Aging Well: Time and thought go a long way during the holidays

It wasn’t until I was an adult that I learned that some of the most memorable Christmases in my family also had been the toughest financially.

Horoscope for Dec. 7

Horoscope for Dec. 7

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Christmas comes to Craig early

Cowboy Christmas event raises $28K for Boys & Girls Club of Craig

The 2009 Cowboy Christmas fundraiser brought more than 200 guests to the transformed gym in the Boys & Girls Club of Craig and raised about $28,000. Decorated with white tablecloths, wine glasses and Christmas lights, the room exuded the festive and giving atmosphere of the event.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Old Dogs’ needs to be put to sleep

There have been plenty of memorable dog characters in movies, from Rin Tin Tin to Lassie to Benji. While “Old Dogs” isn’t actually about a canine, it’s comparable to a mangy cur that licks itself for hours on end and is no longer housebroken.

Margaret Culverwell and Amber Kawcak: Thanks for donations

The Christmas for Kids/Christmas for Seniors giving trees have been located in Murdochs and Kmart for about a week now.

Annie's Mailbox: Boyfriend accused of being a child molester

Dear Annie: My 60-year-old boyfriend has been accused of being a child molester.

Datebook for Dec. 7

Datebook for Dec. 7

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7th-, 8th-grade MCHS basketball teams win championships

As it turned out, 37-35 was a popular score for boys basketball in Craig on Saturday. Mimicking what Moffat County High School had done earlier in the day, Craig Middle School decided to wait until the last minute for a win.

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Steamboat Springs Orchestra reaches out to local youths

Aside from the sounds and feelings of winter, the Steamboat Springs Orchestra had a more important message in its program during Friday night’s holiday concert at the Moffat County High School auditorium.

H. Neal Glanville: ‘You’ll never guess what’s in our car’

Attention, children of the Glanville girls, the following was performed on a closed stretch of private property by a semi-trained professional.

Sunday, December 6

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Steamboat can’t keep up with Valor team at state

The realities of high school football can be cruel. As storied a run as it was, as much as it seemed like destiny and as much as fate seemed to be looking down on Legacy Stadium, Saturday’s Class 3A state championship game just wasn’t meant to be for the Steamboat Springs High School football team.

Saturday, December 5

MCHS girls varsity basketball wins against Orem

For a team filled with question marks, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team answered one important one Friday night. Moffat County fell behind early, but rallied to lead Orem, 13-11, after the first quarter.

Diane Prather: ‘Pineapple Pudding Dessert’ worth a try for holidays

This past weekend I took some time to try a new recipe that I found on a newspaper clipping. You might enjoy “Pineapple Pudding Dessert” during the Christmas holiday.

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Swimming team gets chance to get their feet wet

MCHS girls to see 1st action today in Grand Junction

Despite a cancellation of her team’s first meet, coach Meghan Francone is even more upbeat about the Moffat County High School girls swim team’s chances today.

Daily horoscope for Dec. 5

Daily horoscope for Dec. 5

Annie's Mailbox: Wife worried about PMDD, relationship

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for almost 20 years. Our problems started to surface in the past six months. My husband said I had a “bad side,” so I went into counseling because I didn’t like that part of my personality.

Datebook for Dec. 5

Datebook for Dec. 5

Police Blotter for Dec. 3

Police Blotter for Dec. 3

Shannan Koucherik: Campaign starts off

The Craig Salvation Army Service Unit kettle campaign started off with a bang last weekend.

Colowyo Coal Co. to cut jobs by 10 percent

Because of lower anticipated coal production, Colowyo Coal Co. will cut 10 percent of its employment by the second quarter of 2010.

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Laughter is the best teacher

Science teacher uses humor to relate to students

While writing on the whiteboard, Craig Middle School teacher Brynna Vogt has an uncanny ability to know exactly which student was talking out of turn without looking behind her. She sprinkles in small doses of discipline while still allowing her students to joke and tease her about her drawing skills.

Kathy Bassett: We never lied ... it was just a diversion

There used to be a little ol’ sweetheart of a gal in Brown’s Park named Esther Campbell, who everyone dearly loved.

Our view: Another spending stumble

Another example of federal government spending unwisely is on the table. Next week, the Moffat County Commission will decide whether it wants to partner in a proposed program that offers rebate incentives to residents who make new purchases — such as household appliances — that improve energy efficiency or use renewable resources.

Criag briefs: High School parent meeting is Monday

A monthly meeting for parents of Moffat County High School students will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday in the MCHS library.

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Boys & Girls Club of Craig honors people of the year at fundraiser

Several people stood out to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig as outstanding contributors to the program’s vitality. At tonight’s Cowboy Christmas fundraiser, the club will honor its Person of the Year, Business of the Year, Youth of the Year and Volunteers of the Year.

Gov. Ritter orders flags to be lowered

Order made to remember Pearl Harbor

Gov. Bill Ritter has directed all U.S. and Colorado flags be lowered to half-staff on state buildings across Colorado on Monday, according to a news release.

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Eighth-graders win prizes in essay contest

About 10 Craig Middle School students submitted essays about honoring war veterans for an essay contest called Patriot’s Pen.

Local clubs and organizations carrying out community missions

The holiday season finds agriculture organizations, 4-H clubs and the Moffat County FFA Chapter busy planning Christmas parties and carrying out community service activities.

Government update for Dec. 1

Moffat County Commission

Friday, December 4

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MCHS choirs team up with Steamboat Springs Orchestra

The voices of the Moffat County High School Jazz choir rang clear through the choir room Thursday afternoon, giving each phrase and each vowel a holiday ring. But, when the choir performs its medley of Christmas carols tonight, their voices won’t be preserved on a CD, or sold on iTunes.

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Students awarded prizes for SAPP efforts

The Substance Abuse Prevention Program only has one chance each year to raise funds for scholarships and after-school programs. The 2009 SAPP pancake breakfast raised $6,400 to help provide students with safe, alternative options to using drugs and alcohol.

Kathie Johnson autopsy report could be released in 1 to 2 weeks

A pathologist completed a toxicology report for late Craig Police officer Kathie Johnson on Thursday, said Chief Terry Wilson, of the Glenwood Springs Police Department.

Sports briefs: CMS basketball tourney Saturday

Craig Middle School boys seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams will host a season-ending tournament Saturday.

Baumgardner addresses education funding concerns in Craig visit

The state has a long road ahead of it if it wants the economy to return to a pre-recession abundance of jobs and tax revenue, said state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs.

Police blotter for Dec. 4

Police blotter for Dec. 4

Daily horoscope for Dec. 4

Daily horoscope for Dec. 4

The Rev. Randy Dollins: Following the money

When I check out at Safeway, I am usually asked if I want to donate $1 to “such and such a cause.” My response is always the same — “no.”

Al Shepherd: Buying a tree supports eye projects

The Craig Lions Club is selling Christmas trees, as we have for years.

The family of Tanya Schulze Bohrer: Overwhelming support

We are so blessed to live in such a wonderful town.

Janet Sheridan: Family economics 101

My husband and I recently joined the fixed-income set. With impeccable timing, we retired as the economy shattered. We’ll be fine. We came from large families with blue-collar budgets and parents who insisted we wear it out, save for a rainy day, turn out the lights.

Police: There are several people of interest in burglary

Moffat County Courthouse broken into Nov. 11

The Craig Police Department is continuing to investigate a recent burglary at the Moffat County Courthouse. The courthouse was broken into Nov. 11, when it was closed for Veterans Day.

Datebook for Dec. 4

Datebook for Dec. 4

Craig briefs: Church to display nativity scenes

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1295 W. Ninth St., is hosting its Sixth Annual Community Christmas Nativity Display.

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Moffat lets the basketball games begin

Coach Steve Maneotis needed only two words to describe his team before the first game of the young season. “We’re ready,” he said. “I don’t know who’s more ready — the coaches or the players.”

Thursday, December 3

Hinder named state Player of the Year

Steamboat Springs High School quarterback Austin Hinder was named the 2009-10 Gatorade Colorado Football Player of the Year on Thursday. He's now a finalist for the national award, to be announced this month.

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Pilot & Today police report appears on ‘Leno’

A November entry from The Record in the Steamboat Pilot & Today had Jay Leno laughing Monday night. During his “Head­lines” segment on “The Jay Leno Show,” the host pulled out The Record clipped from the Today with an entry about a police call on West Acres Drive.

Tickets available for annual Cowboy Christmas

Cowboy Christmas is planned to start at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and will include live music by the 1340 Band, dancing, a silent auction, poker tournament and catered dinner by Brothers Custom Processing.

Interfaith to provide needy families with holiday meals

On Dec. 15, the Interfaith Food Bank will hand out Christmas baskets filled with all the makings of a festive meal for the whole family.

ZIRKEL Wireless completes new antenna sites

ZIRKEL Wireless announced Wednesday that the company has successfully completed the installation of three new high-speed Internet antenna sites in Moffat County.

Ex-police officer sentenced in theft

Brabo receives 1-year deferred sentence

Former Craig Police Officer Bob Brabo was sentenced Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to stealing about $500 in drug buy money from the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force.

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$1 million MRI machine to be running in mid-December

The Memorial Hospital is getting a new $1 million piece of equipment: A new magnetic resonance imaging machine, or MRI, that will be the cornerstone of medical technology in Moffat County.

Police blotter for Dec. 3

Police blotter for Dec. 3

Datebook for Dec. 3

Datebook for Dec. 3

Craig briefs: Enroll in Moffat 4-H program now

Enrollments are now being taken for the 2010 Moffat County 4-H program year.

Avalanche to honor Craig Youth Hockey

The Avalanche Youth Skater program has invited Craig Youth Hockey to be represented at the Feb. 12, 2010, Colorado Avalanche game against the Phoenix Coyotes in Denver.

Sports briefs: Hoop shoot contest scheduled for Dec. 12

The Elks Club is again hosting the annual basketball hoop shoot contest, starting at 8 a.m. Dec. 12 at Sandrock Elementary School.

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MCHS varsity wrestling starts season with Mountain Vista Survivor Series

For the first wrestling meet of the year, coach Roman Gutierrez has two goals for his team. Compete and improve.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Planet 51’ is space case story with fun moments

There’s no shortage of alien stories, but how often do they play out the same way? All those tales of little green men pull a complete 180 in the animated “Planet 51.”

Daily horoscope for Dec. 3

Daily horoscope for Dec. 3

Cathy Hamilton: Some traditions remain sacred birds

She looked as if I just murdered her new puppy. “You mean, you’re not going to make your famous stuffing this year?” my daughter asked, lower lip quivering. “But, nobody makes it like you!”

Pamela Kinder: In support of club

I read with interest Collin Smith’s article Wednesday on the funding request for our Boys & Girls Club building.

Annie's Mailbox: Miss Motor Mouth monopolizes conversations

Dear Annie: I get together once or twice a year with a group of girlfriends I’ve known since high school. We are at our wits’ end with one I will call Miss Motor Mouth.

Wednesday, December 2

Boys & Girls Club seeks funds

Moffat County Commission unsure about $20K request

On Tuesday, the Boys & Girls Club of Craig discussed a formal funding request to Moffat County for $20,000 to go toward the overall project’s $188,000 cost.

Archeological Society gets grant to study Sand Wash

Jeff Simon’s family has a history of digging through the dirt.

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VNA, community remember loved ones during holidays

On Tuesday at the VNA, staff and community members were welcome to share in a small ceremony celebrating the memory of lost loved ones.

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Successful cross-country season comes to close Tuesday night

Moffat County's high school boys and girls cross-country teams finished ninth at the state meet and to commemorate the past year’s successful season, the cross-country team had its award banquet Tuesday night.

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Local woman spearheads effort to send care packages to troops for holiday

Cory Phillips is hoping for donations of local jerky and baked goods to give local soldiers stationed overseas a taste of Moffat County and their hometown while they’re far from their loved ones.

Datebook for Dec. 2

Datebook for Dec. 2

Sports briefs: Bad Dogs Winter Rumble this weekend

The Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling team will host the Bad Dogs Winter Rumble starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Moffat County High School gym.

Daily horoscope for Dec. 2

Daily horoscope for Dec. 2

Craig briefs: SHARE Craig orders taken today

Purchasing for SHARE Craig food orders and Christmas packages will be received between 4:45 and 6:45 p.m. today at St. Michael Catholic Church, 638 School St.

Police blotter for Dec. 2

Police blotter for Dec. 2

Bill Johnston: Thanks to those who helped Craig Fire/Rescue

Craig Fire/Rescue takes a lot of pride in the services that we provide to our community as a part-time fire department with firefighters who all have full-time employment in addition to our fire department responsibilities. But, there are always the calls that simply wouldn’t be as successful without the support of our generous community and neighboring communities.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Pirate Radio’ loses reception, but effective in heart

The comedy “Pirate Radio” will mean something different to everyone who sees it. Depending on what you’re expecting, you may applaud, sing along with the hits or just chuckle.

Masons offer public information session

Group opens up

Hidden in plain sight, at the corner of Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs, the Masonic Lodge can be viewed as a secretive organization. To combat that perception, lodge leaders are throwing open the doors literally and figuratively tonight for an information session that is open to the public.

Annie's Mailbox: Stepdaughter acting immature

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married 23 years. I have four stepchildren, all in their 40s and 50s.

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MCHS wrestling looks poised to prove last year was a fluke

Although the team sent three grapplers to the state meet, the 2008-09 Moffat County High School varsity wrestling season did not go according to plan. Injuries derailed the Bulldogs at times, and the team wasn’t able to get rolling. Barring injuries, this year should be different.

Our View: Think outside the box stores

As a general rule of thumb, it’s always a good idea for consumers to spend their money within their own community. As one statistic indicated, nearly three-quarters of every dollar spent in a community stays within that community.

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Hockey team is loaded with new and returning players

Around the Moffat County Ice Arena, there is a sense that this winter will be special. With six seniors, a bevy of talented juniors, sophomores and freshmen, the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team should be able to face off against almost anyone.

Integrated Community: Thanksgiving sharing

This November, Integrated Community had its first community Thanksgiving dinner in Craig.

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MCHS girls basketball going back to basics to succeed

After losing all five starters to graduation, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team will have a new trademark this season. “Keep it simple,” coach Craig Mortensen said. “And work hard while you’re doing it.”

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Young MCHS swim team working on fundamentals

Being one of Moffat County High School’s teams hardest hit by graduation, girls varsity swimming is hoping some of its young swimmers will rise to the top this season.

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Boys basketball loses 5 starters; talented youngsters expected to lead team

Steve Maneotis, Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball coach, uses one word to sum up the 2009-10 team. “New,” he said. “We graduated all of our starters from last year.” But, even with a new starting five, the team that went 16-9 overall and 11-3 in the Western Slope League last season won’t have to change everything.

Tuesday, December 1

School district, city partner for sidewalk grant

Money would build sidewalks around CMS, Sandrock campus

To help alleviate the problem of youths wandering in front of cars, the city and Moffat County School District are working together to apply for $188,905 in state grant money to build sidewalks on six streets surrounding the CMS and Sandrock campus.

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DOW officers discuss poaching cases, investigations

Although investigations into poaching and unlicensed outfitters are not as publicized as other crimes, wildlife officers put their safety on the line to make sure local wildlife is not hunted to extinction.

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Parade of Lights, 2009

Parade of Lights, 2009. Click to view more photos.

Craig Duathalon scheduled for June 2010

Jim Gregoire, manager at Trapper Health Club, had been trying to add Craig as a venue to the Steamboat Springs Running Series, and at 8 a.m. June 26, his dream will become reality.

Police blotter for Dec. 1

Police blotter for Dec. 1

Amy Pankonin Chamberlin: High school reunion

The Moffat County High School Class of 1990 is organizing our 20-year class reunion for summer 2010. I am one of the alums who is involved in the planning process.

Daily horoscope for Dec. 1

Daily horoscope for Dec. 1

Annie's Mailbox: Mother-in-law is cold and narcissistic

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married 14 years and have four children. My mother-in-law always pitted his two sisters against each other to try to make them jealous and garner more attention for herself.

Datebook for Dec. 1

Datebook for Dec. 1

Craig briefs: Send mail for troops by Friday

The U.S. Postal Service reminds everyone that holiday mail and packages for U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan should be sent by Friday for arrival by Christmas. Holiday mail going to other military overseas locations should be sent by Dec. 11. Except for military mail going to Iraq and Afghanistan, Express Mail also can be used to mail packages to other overseas military locations until Dec. 18 for delivery by Christmas.

Maren Schmidt: Expressing an attitude of gratitude

Being able to express thankfulness to one another is an important skill to develop. Having an attitude of gratitude keeps us open to possibilities and able to visualize positive steps in a forward direction.

Senior spotlight for Dec. 1

Once Thanksgiving is over, it seems like the rest of the holiday season rushes through.

Annual Hayden Christmas Tree Festival takes place Sunday

Organizations such as Love INC depend on fundraisers like this Sunday’s Hayden Christmas Tree Festival. The event, at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Routt County Fairgrounds’ Exhibit Hall, allows local organizations to auction decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and centerpieces. All proceeds go directly back to the organization.