Stories for February 2009


Saturday, February 28

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MCHS Speech and Debate Team gets 'better and better' every year

He's said it before, and he hopes to say it again: best year yet. Eric Hansen, five-year coach of the Moffat County High School Speech and Debate Team, said his students are having another phenomenal year.

Gaining advantages in a slower housing market

What is home staging and how will it help me sell my home in a slower market?

Craig briefs: Open swim resumes at American Legion Post 62

Nearly seven months of searching has come to a close.

Chuck Mack: M.T. Streeter and his railroad plans, part 3

We've already learned a lot about the Mt. Streeter railroads from the previous two stories. I'm sure not going to rewrite the first two stories, so I will start with them.

Our view: Mulligans aren't good strategies

Colorado Division of Wildlife officials have a thankless job, but that shouldn't cause them to overlook citizen outreach as a critical component of their duties.

School district discusses new school structures

Planned improvements and changes for Moffat County School District fit together in a complex puzzle.

Stretching food dollars

Americans are fortunate to have lots of food available for them, and although people are talking about the rising costs at the grocery store, it's still possible to stay within a food budget and to eat healthy.

Police blotter for Feb. 28

Craig Police Department

Bad Dogs wrestling off to state

There's no rest for the wicked.

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Bulldogs girls basketball outlasts Jaguar in overtime, 53-49

Thirty-two minutes just wasn't enough. The Moffat County High School girls basketball team outscored visiting D'Evelyn, 10-6, in the first overtime period Friday night, pulling out a 53-49 Sweet 16-clinching victory.

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Moffat County history: The story behind Duffy Tunnel

Northwestern Colorado has been a draw for adventurers and people of vision since the first white men ventured across its broad spaces. It was never a place for the weak of heart or those who didn't want to work hard to make things happen.

Government update for Feb. 28

Moffat County Commission

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While sexual assaults increase, local response team loses exam space

A person is sexually assaulted at 2 a.m. He or she calls the Craig Police Department, and a patrol officer asks the person if he or she wants to cooperate with an investigation.

Datebook for Feb. 28


Friday, February 27

Al Cashion: Thanks, City Council

To the editor:

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Tomlin heads to Australia, Hawaii for International Games

Maybe it's because a 1-2 finish in this year's state championships left a sour taste in his mouth.

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Diane Prather: Cinnamon rolls: Easy as can be

Remember the recipe for "Strawberry Cake with Frosting" that appeared in the Feb. 6 column? Well, last Friday, while I was at the grocery store, a reader caught up with me. She had made the cake and frosting. (I didn't make the frosting because the cake tasted pretty rich. After it cooled, however, I wished that I had frosted it.)

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Bill Harding: Camp Lejeune conducts water study

The following article was send to me, and it didn't get a banner in last week's article. I am repeating it, so it gets to those it may affect.

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Bulldogs girls basketball hosts D'Evelyn in play-off opener tonight

It's time to lace 'em up. The Moffat County High School girls basketball team opens the 4A basketball state championships tonight against the visiting D'Evelyn Jaguar.

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Police blotter for Feb. 27

Moffat County Jail

High school auditorium fire deemed 'suspicious'

The Craig Police Department's preliminary investigation into a fire Monday night at the Moffat County High School auditorium concluded the incident is "suspicious in nature."

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Moffat County left out of road recovery bill projects

The first trickle of dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009 hit the Colorado Department of Transportation on Feb. 19, though no Moffat County projects are on the agency's go-ahead list.

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Christina M. Currie: Smarter than a 3rd grader?

My father has a theory that I recall often. If you think you're sick, you will be.

Snowmobile club offering appreciation event for area veterans

It's a reason to get out and ride. But, the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club is hoping to achieve something more this weekend, club President Stan Fox said.

Datebook for Feb. 27


Thursday, February 26

Craig briefs: Prom Expo 2009 on Saturday

Those looking for a good deal on a prom dress are invited to Prom Expo 2009.

Cathy Hamilton: Denial 1st stage of cold

I should've kept my big mouth shut. I should have stifled myself when I was ahead. But, no-oooo! I just couldn't resist.

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MCHS finishes off Conifer, 57-45

The crowd had gone silent. The clock read 2:33 remaining in the fourth quarter. Conifer junior Stephen Theiss had just knocked down a 3-pointer to put the visitors up, 45-42, in the first round of the 4A high school basketball state championship tournament.

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Projects line up for city approval

Andrea and Dale Camp have been talking about building a new movie theater in town for a few years.

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Elkhead bass unhealthy for children

Mercury levels in fish lead state agencies to issue advisory

State officials are cautioning pregnant women and young children against eating bass caught in Elkhead Reservoir in Moffat County.

School district presents city deal on gym

Pete Bergmann, Moffat County School District superintendent, came to the Craig City Council meeting Tuesday with an offer.

Matt Ray, Thom Schnellinger: Victory Sports is not connected with MCHS

It has come to our attention that a company called Victory Sports is contacting local businesses claiming to be a part of a fundraiser through Moffat County High School.

Police blotter for Feb. 24

Officers responded to a civil problem.

Datebook for Feb. 26

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

Wednesday, February 25

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Roughly 70 residents attend DOW meeting Tuesday night

There seems to be one simple and quick fix that would address several of the criticisms regarding the Colorado Division of Wildlife's big game hunting season structure, said Justin Gallegos, 33.

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Local trainer: It's all about abs as women prepare for spring

Women's midsections are how they generally gauge their fitness and overall readiness for swimsuit season, said Karrie Booth, personal trainer and co-owner of Holistic Health & Fitness, 420 Breeze St. in Craig.

The Memorial Hospital board agenda for Feb. 25

7 p.m. Wednesday, Platinum Conference Room, 745 Russell St.

County to fund methane research

County officials are aware of issues surrounding coal-bed methane extraction in the San Juan, Raton and Piceance basins.

Our View: A Western Slope voice

At first blush, the recent work of State Rep. Al White, R-Hayden, to rescue the Rifle Correctional Center from a state budget purging might not appear to have much relevance to Craig and Moffat County.

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Diane Prather: 2nd Mantle Ranch book available now

This week's column reviews "Last Ranch in Hells Canyon: Further Adventures of the Mantle Family," Queeda Mantle Walker's second book about the Mantle Ranch.

Police blotter for Feb. 23

Leith Adam Little, 37, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving under the influence of liquor and speeding.

Craig briefs: Master plan meeting Thursday

Representatives from Stantec, a national consulting firm, plan to host a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St., to discuss the city's pending master plan on future transportation developments.

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Bulldogs host Lobos tonight

The rules to the high school basketball postseason are simple: Win and stay in. Lose and the season is over.

Fire in MCHS auditorium roof reported Monday night

Classes resume Tuesday with no delay

Classes continued as usual Tuesday at Moffat County High School, hours after a fire burned inside the school's auditorium roof.

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Fantasy Fix: Owners of traded center should see bump in production

This is the time of season when fantasy players are evaluating their rosters, records and competition to see whether they are going to be making the playoffs, which start in late March and run through the last game of the NBA regular season in mid-April.

Moffat County School Board agenda for Feb. 26

Thursday, School District Administrative Building, 775 Yampa Ave.

Ken Olinger, Jennifer Pressgrove, Lance Scranton and Todd Trapp: Thanks to Wendy's

The Moffat County High School track and field team would like to thank Wendy's for its donation to our first chili fundraiser. During the MCHS/Steamboat Springs girls and boys basketball game Feb. 17, we sold more than 180 bowls of chili.

Datebook for Feb. 25

8:30 a.m. St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. hosts Ash Wednesday mass

Tuesday, February 24

Craig briefs for Feb. 24: CEC screening 2 Colorado documentaries

In a continuation of its Winter Film Series, the Colorado Environmental Coalition will present two Colorado documentaries at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.

Mike Albee: Canada's health system

A recent letter to the editor stated that "everywhere socialized medicine has been tried, it fails."

Maren Schmidt: Deep Concentration

In the young child there are observable characteristics of behavior that help us know that a child is following normal development.

Mary Jo Brown: Senior Spotlight for Feb. 24

The yard in front is showing signs of what's left of the snow. Backyard winter is still very much in evidence. Deer are showing up with fawns, so I say one more day closer to spring.

Few interested in municipal office

Nomination petitions available from city clerk through March 6

When the time came for Craig residents to collect petitions and run for municipal office, City Clerk Shirley Seely hoped many people would take the opportunity to become involved.

Datebook for Feb. 24

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

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CMS girls basketball wins championship, finishes season 12-0

The Craig Middle School girls eighth-grade basketball team wrapped up its season Feb. 14 in Meeker with a 20-13 championship-clinching victory against Rangely.

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State senator keeps Rifle prison open to protect local economy

Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, fought Gov. Bill Ritter's plan to close theRifle Corrections Center and transfer its employees as part of a strategy to cut into the state's deficit.

Police blotter for Feb. 24

Moffat County Jail Thursday, Feb. 19 Yolanda Castillo Palacios, 31, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Weekly wrap-up for Feb. 24

Each Tuesday, the Craig Daily Press will review the past week in Moffat County High School varsity sports, with complete team standings, schedules and past results.

United Way searching for volunteer of the year

Agency teaming with city, county for third annual award

Moffat County United Way, along with the city of Craig and Moffat County governments, is preparing to honor people who help the community by volunteering throughout the year.

Monday, February 23

Supreme Court reverses judge's ruling

Confessions back in play in Moffat County murder case

The Colorado Supreme Court overruled a Moffat County District Court judge's rulings in a pending murder case, according to a decision published Monday.

Aging Well: Don't be duped - be aware of scams

Scam artists in Canada have been busy tricking, or trying to trick, local residents out of their money.

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Rare brain disorder strikes Hayden teen

Clayton Huyser remains in intensive care

Clayton Huyser, 19, continues to battle vein malformation in a Denver hospital, where his mom has been stationed at his side since his collapse in late January.

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MCHS wrestling team finishes 3-8 in season-ending event

It hasn't happened in 22 years. When the dust had settled Friday night on the first three rounds of the 2008-09 high school state wrestling championships, the Pepsi Center in Denver was a lonely place for the Moffat County High School wrestling team.

Craig briefs: Baumgardner: Prison decision right

State Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs,

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Bryce Jacobson: Boy-Ko GM celebrates 25 years

As I drive around Craig, I am amazed when I realize the numerous businesses that I forgot to mention have made improvements to buildings to better serve customers in recent years.

Sue Beachman: Respect your neighbors

Respect. Tolerance. Kindness. These are values most of us recognize and share. I feel so fortunate to live in Moffat County and to have so many wonderful neighbors and friends.

Girls seeded 4th, boys 7th by state tournament committee

And so it begins. The Colorado State High School Athletic Association announced its selections for the 2009 4A high school girls and boys basketball state championship tournament Sunday.

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DOW to host public forum in Craig about hunting season

Agency seeks input on hunting season structure

The Colorado Division of Wildlife heard Moffat County's message and will be in Craig on Tuesday to hear public input on its next five-year big game hunting season structure.

Datebook for Feb. 23

Noon. Al Anon meets at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 630 Green St., in the library, for relatives and friends of alcoholics and addicts.

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Tri-State plans $39 million powerplant upgrade

Officials expect an upcoming $39 million renovation project at the Tri-State Generation and Transmission powerplant in Craig to increase output without increasing pollution.

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Betsy Peck chosen as the KRAI/Daily Press Citizen of the Year

When the selection committee for the KRAI/Craig Daily Press Citizen of the Year award met earlier this month to discuss potential award winners, committee members quickly formed a list with about 25 names.

Saturday, February 21

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MCHS teacher writes classroom curriculum to coincide with local's book

When Lance Scranton read the stories in fellow teacher Craig Conrad's book "Unstoppable," he was impressed.

Sen. Al White's game damage bill meets resistance

What's become a perennial battle over wildlife management between sportsmen and landowners spilled over into the Colorado Legislature again this year with Sen. Al White's bill to increase payments for game damage to crops and hay fields.

Rosemary Potter: Why I'm a Republican

Why I'm a Republican

Craig briefs: Gov. Ritter: Rifle prison to remain open

Gov. Bill Ritter announced today that his office, working together with the Department of Corrections, state Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, and the Joint Budget Committee, no longer is considering closing the Rifle prison to balance the state's budget.

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3 Bulldogs remain in state wrestling championships

The Moffat County High School wrestling team advanced three wrestlers to the third round of the 4A state championship Friday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

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Liver transplant saves Craig woman from fatal disease

Standing in a hospital hundreds of miles from home Jan. 29, with the "baby of the family" suffering from a rare disease, Craig residents Joann and Gary Hudish heard words every parent fears.

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Fire Academy seeks applicants

1st-of-its-kind career day to introduce residents to the trade

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue announced it is accepting applications for its 2009 Fire Academy, an eight-month program for people interested in a career with the department.

Carson, Taylor take party reins

Democrats, GOP strive for inclusiveness

Sixteen years in the state Legislature wasn't enough politics for Jack Taylor, who the Routt County Republican Central Committee recently named its next chairman.

Chuck Mack: Making railroad plans

The construction of the road from Craig to Mt. Streeter already is provided for, the bonds put up, the contract signed, and the Stryker Construction Company already is beginning work. It now is proposed to also build from Craig to a connection with the Union Pacific at Wamsutter.

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Andy Bockelman: 'He's Just Not That Into You' is unrelatable mush

February is a month for romantic comedies, with some inexorably being less bearable than others. And if the negative title of "He's Just Not That Into You" doesn't give you a clue as to which column it belongs in, nothing will.

Kathy Bassett: Crime in Maybell? Think again

No, I didn't hurt myself. No, I'm OK. It's just that I started laughing and laughed so hard that I fell on the floor and I'm enjoying every little carpet fiber in my face.

Datebook for Feb. 21

8 a.m. to noon. The Colorado Division of Wildlife hosts a youth fishing day at Little Rascal Pond behind the Moffat County Public Safety Center. The event is open to anyone 16 or younger, and the DOW will provide all fishing equipment. Call the Meeker office at 970-878-6090 for more information.

Police blotter for Feb. 21

Jodi Lee Jacobson, 37, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving after revocation prohibited.

State oil, gas regulations remain intact

It's a shame more private property protections won't be included in the state's new oil and gas regulations, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said. The House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee voted, 7-6, on Friday afternoon to indefinitely postpone House Bill 1255, introduced by Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma.

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'Taking Chance' premieres on HBO

"Taking Chance" premieres at 6 p.m. today on HBO. Check your cable or satellite provider for local channel listings.

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Bulldogs boys, girls end regular season with wins against Devils

The Moffat County High School boys basketball team beat Eagle Valley, 62-36. The Bulldogs girls dominated the Devils, 58-48.

DOW to address big game hunting season

Public meeting to be held in Craig on Tuesday

At the request of the Moffat County Commissioners and Craig Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has added a public meeting in Craig to get input on big game hunting season structure for the 2010 through 2014 hunting seasons.

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Barn cats: Here, there and everywhere

Barn cats - just about every ranch and farm has them. The name "barn cats" has been given to cats that like to hang out around barns, outbuildings and haystacks.

Friday, February 20

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MCHS wrestling team opens 1-3 at state finals

Charlie Griffiths knows the road ahead of him is tough. But the state's No. 3 ranked wrestler, at 130 pounds, isn't shying away from a little competition.

FFA Alumni: Thanks for the support

FFA Alumni would like to thank the following businesses for generously supporting our local FFA community: Bank of Colorado, Yampa Valley National Bank and Cook Chevrolet.

Police blotter for Feb. 20

Shane Allen Gilmore, 43, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

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Strings announces 2009 season

Tickets for Different Tempo Series, classical and family concerts on sale March 30

Violinist Elmar Oliveira will open the 22nd season of the Strings Music Festival, starting a summer of music that includes performances by The Neville Brothers, country musician Chris Hillman and guitarist Jason Vieaux.

Craig briefs: Pancake breakfast to raise funds

The American Legion Post 62 hosts a Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast on Saturday.

Bobbie Harper: Thanks for the good deeds

I have been wanting to personally thank many people for all their good deeds they do for our community.

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Thursday's local fuel guage report

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

Tony Bohrer: You love who you do loving things for

If someone were to ask you the question, "What is the opposite of love?" what would you say?

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Diane Prather: Cinnamon rolls are sticky goodness

Going from spicy to sweet, this week's recipe is about cinnamon rolls.

Datebook for Feb. 20

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

Governor, congressman honor Saed Tayyara in letters

A late longtime Moffat County public servant was honored Tuesday night during a special presentation that included a letter from Gov. Bill Ritter.

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Bill Harding: VA announces maximum in-state tuition, fees

The VA has listed the maximum in-state tuition and fees payable for each of the 50 states and U.S. territories for the post-9/11 GI Bill.

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Sales tax returns show growth, but budget officials still are wary

Craig Finance Director Bruce Nelson's eyes didn't light up when the state returned December 2008 sales tax revenue to the city last week, but he was pleasantly surprised. It seems Craig businesses made a fair amount of sales for the holidays.

Moffat County Commission acts on Shell water filing

The Moffat County Commission wants in the loop on Shell Frontier Oil & Gas' water right request on the Yampa River, a request that could affect the entire Yampa Valley.

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Christina M. Currie: Puppy love

There was only one way to say it. We officially were white trash.

MCHS boys, girls host Eagle Valley at end of regular season

The Moffat County High School basketball teams wrap up their regular season at home today against Eagle Valley.

Thursday, February 19

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Hayden's high five roll on

Five Tigers advance to Friday's quarterfinals of the state wrestling tournament

Five Tigers advance to Friday's quarterfinals of the Class 2A state wrestling tournament in Denver's Pepsi Center. Check for updates throughout the tournament.

Hayden's prom may have breath testing

Principal Troy Zabel said proposed process would not involve law enforcement

Hayden High School Principal Troy Zabel said Wednesday he plans to move forward with a plan to test the blood alcohol level of all students as they enter into the dance at the end of the year.

Craig briefs: MCHS pool closed for repairs through Monday

The Moffat County High School pool is closed for repairs until Monday. Open swimming, scheduled for today and Saturday, is canceled.

ACET arrests 2 distribution suspects

Two local residents were arrested early Tuesday morning at a Craig hotel, after authorities found items "consistent with the distribution of methamphetamine." Jerry David Flannery, 45, was arrested on suspicion of distribution of a schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class 3 felony, and tampering with evidence, a Class 6 felony. Carmen Lita Clark, 37, was arrested on suspicion of distribution of schedule 2 controlled substance.

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Local businesses lauded at State of the County

Don Cameron, KFC/Taco Bell manager, said training is the most important thing a manager can do for his employees. Based on his efforts, the Craig Chamber of Commerce named KFC/Taco Bell the small business of the year during the 2009 State of the County event Tuesday at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

Neil McCandless: Why I'm a Democrat

In answer to Mr. Ponikvar, I want to tell why I'm a Democrat.

Teresa Stoffle: Wyman's Winter Festival was a success

The Wyman's Winter Festival was a great success with more than 3,600 spectators on Saturday.

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A customer-based philosophy

Severson manager honored as businessperson of the year

Todd Jourgensen, rental and sales manager for Severson Supply & Rental Co., has a straightforward philosophy about business: Make everybody happy. Craig Chamber of Commerce officials chose Jourgensen as the 2009 businessperson of the year.

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Bad Dogs chew up Fruita

Youth wrestling team heads to Little Devil Wrestling Classic in Utah on Saturday

One week after placing 23 wrestlers in the Tiger Paw Classic in Grand Junction, the Bad Dogs youth wrestling team returned south Saturday and duplicated the feat in Fruita, placing 23 of the 28 grapplers who made the trip. Nine captured first place, five finished second, and seven ended the Mat Cat Invitational at Fruita Monument High School in third.

Bill would weaken role of DOW

Moffat County supports lessening power in energy development

In its continuing effort to support the energy industry, the Moffat County Commission cast its support behind House Bill 1255, recently introduced by Colorado House Minority Whip Cory Gardner, R-Yuma. The bill would weaken the roles of the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in the state's new regulatory process for drilling permits.

Datebook for Feb. 19

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

Cathy Hamilton: Swimsuit arrives just in time for Valentine's Day

Ahhh, Valentine's week. Love was in the air. Champagne and chocolate flowed freely. Thousands of dozens of roses were delivered to doorsteps. Sweet nothings were whispered in countless ears.

Police blotter for Feb. 19

Officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle.

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Christopher Gingrich: Assembling the right teams on draft day

Last Friday was supposed to be the first day you could draft your 2009 Yahoo Fantasy Baseball teams.

Wednesday, February 18

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Bulldogs close out Sailors girls basketball, 42-30

Moffat County used a stingy fourth-quarter defense to pull away from the visiting Sailors on Tuesday, handing MCHS coach Craig Mortensen his 500th win with a 42-30 victory.

Tomlin, Nelson and Griffiths qualify for state

MCHS junior Nathan Tomlin, senior Jesse Breslin and sophomores Charlie Griffiths and Cody Nelson are going to state.

Datebook for Feb. 18


Mathers: County in good shape

Commissioner says Moffat's immediate future looks to be secure

Change was a popular theme during the November 2008 election, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said, but that may not prove beneficial to the local community.

MCTA focuses on services

New director discusses YVRA advertising push, plans to track tourists

The Moffat County Tourism Association wants to help. That was the main message Tuesday night from MCTA Director Michelle Perry, who spoke about the group's plans for the year during the 2009 State of the County event at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

Craig brief: TMH meeting to focus on finances

The Memorial Hospital is hosting a public meeting Monday on hospital finance, TMH announced in a news release Friday.

Police Blotter for Feb. 17

Moffat County Jail

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Win lands Mortensen at milestone

With Tuesday's 42-30 home win against rival and league opponent Steamboat Springs, longtime MCHS hoops boss Craig Mortensen recorded his 500th career win.

Mayor to residents: Look forward amid recession

Thanks to prudent planning, the city of Craig remains a solid piece of the local community despite turbulence across the nation, Mayor Don Jones said.

Downtown Business Association: Art Walk a success

On behalf of the Craig Downtown Business Association, I would like to thank all the individuals whose time and talent went into making this year's Art Walk a success.

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The lowdown on health

Local nutritionist offers tips to living, feeling better

There is no magic wand to grant health and weight wishes, said Holly Sperry, a certified nutrition and wellness consultant and owner of The Nutri Therapy Center in Centennial Mall in Craig.

MCHS sophomore fixated on state title

Now a sophomore, Charlie Griffiths is a more confident high school grappler getting ready for another run at a state title.

Guest editorial: Repudiate move to paper ballots

More than a decade into the 21st century, Coloradans may be forced to vote with 19th century technology, if advocates for paper ballots have their way.

Roman Empire: Gutierrez the winningest high school wrestling coach in state history

Gutierrez, Moffat County High School wrestling coach, is officially king of the mat.

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Noble's 3-pointer sinks Sailors

They call him "Mr. Big Shot" for a reason. Moffat County senior Thomas Noble took one shot Tuesday night against visiting Steamboat Springs. It may have been the biggest shot of his high school career.

Chamber membership grows

Jacobson, Balstad discuss successes, future plans

Bryce Jacobson and Lisa Balstad managed to cover a lot of ground in the 20 minutes allotted for the Craig Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, February 17

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Parachute man seriously injured in US 40 crash

Driver ejected after colliding with semitrailer Tuesday morning

A Parachute man sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries Tuesday morning when he was ejected from his Jeep Cherokee after colliding with a semitrailer on U.S. Highway 40.

Atmos Energy announces new efficiency programs

Atmos Energy Corporation announced Monday three new energy efficiency programs for its natural gas customers in Colorado, the company reported in a news release.

Craig briefs: Democrats sponsoring chili supper fundraiser

The Moffat County Democratic Party is sponsoring a chili supper fundraiser Feb. 28 at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. Proceeds from the event, which runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., goes to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Nadine Daszkiewicz: Thanks to the artisans

To the editor:

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Datebook for Feb. 17


Police arrest prison parolee

41-year-old allegedly stabs man during altercation

The Craig Police Department arrested a 41-year-old Department of Corrections parolee Sunday night for allegedly stabbing a man during an altercation.

State of the County offers residents a look at local leaders

Anyone who wants an idea of what local government officials and civic groups plan to accomplish in 2009 can get some of their answers at tonight's State of the County address, said Christina Currie, Craig Chamber of Commerce executive director.

Police blotter for Feb. 17

Moffat County Jail

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Kremmling knocks Bulldog Hockey Club from postseason

Ian Forgay dreamed hundreds of times of being in the situation he was in Sunday night.

Maren Schmidt: Love of work

The young child's love of work, or being involved in meaningful activity, is an inborn trait. This love survives a lifetime, if properly nourished. Even in utero, the child is involved what can only be classified as work - growing and moving in a confined environment.

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Moffat County, Hayden groups join for airport tourism display

Donna Hellyer, 75, has spent almost a decade at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport helping tourists plan their vacations.

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Johnson family greets LaDue

Airman's squadron commander flew American flag around Iraq

Rebekah LaDue expected to see her mother, sister, niece and nephews when she arrived Monday in Hayden. She didn't expect to see Tyler Johnson. The 10-year-old came to Yampa Valley Regional Airport with his mother, Shara, and his sister, Tehya, to greet LaDue. The Air Force airman 1st class returned from Iraq, where she had been deployed since August.

Monday, February 16

Datebook for Feb. 16


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H. Neal Glanville: Cruising into victory lane

As the girls grew, we gave them the same encouragement and creative freedom I had been given by my beloved grandparents and Aunt Ruthie. Each time they wanted to try something new, we'd give it a go.

Ericca Glanville Wallet: And the other side says ...

The race of a lifetime seems so very long ago and yet like yesterday. It all started one sunny afternoon. My sister and I were track stars, at least in our minds.

Business beat: List of businesses with improved looks grows

As promised, the list below is of businesses that have made improvements in the past couple of years that I failed to include in last week's column.

Sports briefs: Bulldog Hockey Club drops playoff opener

The Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club let a three-goal lead slip Saturday, losing in an overtime shootout to visiting Kremmling, 6-5, in the first round of the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League playoffs.

Police Blotter for Feb. 15

Craig Fire/Rescue

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Aging Well: Moffat County group soaks up Hawaiian experience

One week in January, several local older adults were wearing coats, hats and boots. The next week, they waded into the warm ocean, were surprised and delighted by frolicking whales and watched red hot lava simmer into the sea.

Tyler Harkner: Embrace the problem

I have worked in the automotive industry all of my adult life. I have seen many ups and downs, and one fact has remained steady. I work at, in my opinion, the best dealership in the country, and we have been and will be here for our customers, now and always.

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2 Hayden residents to return from Iraq duty

Airman to arrive at YVRA today; police chief delayed

Air Force Airman 1st Class Rebekah LaDue is scheduled to arrive at 1 p.m. today at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch, who is serving in the Air Force Reserves, is expected to reach town early next week.

Craig briefs: Girl Scout cookie booth locations

The Craig Girl Scouts will have cookie sales booths at the following locations in February and March:

Chamber board takes hold of its budget

From now on, the Craig Chamber of Commerce board will have more hands-on involvement with the organization's finances.

Sunday, February 15

Bradley 6th at state diving meet

Steamboat athlete earns career-best score of 370.3, looks ahead to next year

Steamboat Springs High School junior Genna Bradley isn't shy when it comes to what her expectations are for next year's state diving championships.

Saturday, February 14

Police blotter for Feb. 12

Adam John Tucker, 25, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating a restraining order.

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Glenwood Springs girls reclaim top league spot

When Moffat County and Glenwood Springs have matched up the past few years in girls high school basketball, the game usually holds conference title and playoff seeding implications.

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116 students enroll in Work and Life Skills after-school program

For Moffat County High School sophomore Ty Spencer, the Work and Life Skills Coalition's after-school program was a way to prepare himself for the work force before he joined it.

Our View: Practicality trumps nostalgia

Today, about a week removed from the end of negotiations between The Memorial Hospital and Craig Medical Center, there are undoubtedly people angry with TMH for its decision not to acquire the clinic.

Chuck Mack: M.T. Streeter and his railroad plans

M.T. Streeter and the Axial Basin Development Company, of which he was the main pusher, sure had a lot of big railroad dreams, or schemes, whichever you prefer to call them.

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Annual Farm Bureau meeting brings grocery price discussion, election of officers

Grocery prices are still quite affordable, according to Moffat County Farm Bureau members.

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Taking in 'Taking Chance'

Film about former Craig resident killed in Iraq premiers this month

Gretchen Mack, a former Craig resident, had reason to be apprehensive and nervous Dec. 13, 2008, while sitting with friends and family at a home in Dubois, Wyo.

BLM plans to continue lease deferrals

Moffat County officials say move harms economy

Despite protests from Moffat County, the Bureau of Land Management will not issue new mineral leases on lands in high and medium priority sagebrush habitat in Northwest Colorado.

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Moffat County history: Piecing together a good life

In the history of Moffat County and Northwest Colorado, the mid-1880s are generally considered to be the beginning of established communities. The connections between the people who came here to make a life fit together like pieces of a well-planned quilt.

Yampa Valley has new Partner

Nowak takes over as executive director of indicators group

After 12 years of continuously taking the pulse of the Yampa Valley, Audrey Danner is ready to hand over the stethoscope to a new executive director of Yampa Valley Partners.

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Demons trip up Bulldogs

Glenwood Springs too much for Moffat County

Trailing Glenwood Springs by eight points entering the final quarter, the Moffat County boys basketball team scored 22 points in the final frame.

Booster club to help 4-H, fair

Routt County Fair Board decides Thursday to form funding group

Routt County's 4-H supporters hope the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club model works for them. The Routt County Fair Board decided at its meeting Thursday night to form a similar booster club to raise money for 4-H and the fairgrounds in Hayden.

Datebook for Feb. 14

The Moffat County Libraries are closed for the holiday.

Kathy Bassett: Senior dinners in Maybell

"Hey! Where did all the guys go? Well, golly, I don't know : they were all here a minute ago."

Craig briefs: TMH meeting to center on finances

The Memorial Hospital is hosting a public meeting Feb. 23 on hospital finance, TMH announced in a news release Friday.

Friday, February 13

MCTA announces event funding deadline

MCTA announces event funding deadline

Sports briefs: CMS finishes regular season perfect

The Craig Middle School eighth-grade girls basketball team wrapped up its regular season Saturday in Rangely the way they had intended all season.

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Christina Currie: Love is in the air

Eight-year-old Katie and 7-year-old sister, Nikki, were fighting in the bathtub. It was one of those "he said, she said" type of arguments that are hard to get to the bottom of because everyone denies culpability.

Police blotter for Feb. 11

Darrell Daniel Cordova, 41, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of criminal mischief, child abuse, criminal attempt, third-degree assault and domestic violence.

New Dem officers eager to engage community

Moffat County and the country as a whole face tough challenges, said Jane Yazzie, 69, who was elected Thursday night as Moffat County Democrats second vice chair.

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Sheriff's Office implements offender notification system

On Mary Byron's 21st birthday, Dec. 6, 1993, her former boyfriend shot and killed her while she waited for her car to warm up after work.

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Health Center's goal is to become health care hub for local families

Dr. Diana Hornung, a physician at the Northwest Colorado Community Health Center, said she'd rather work with patients in need than pursue more lucrative opportunities in health care.

Josh Nichols: Baby boomers - come together

I write you today - as a member of the generation that will one day inherit this country from you - to ask for a big favor. I write to ask you to please get along with one another in coming weeks, months and years.

Assistant basketball coach steps down

Nick Bomba, an assistant Moffat County High School boys basketball coach, is no longer on staff.

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Crunch time for Moffat teams

Throw out standings, points per game averages and home-court advantages. This weekend it's all about picking up the "W" for Moffat County sports teams.

Patricia Jones: The guidance of values

Core values. Many organizations have them. You can see them posted on office walls or in brochures of businesses.

Council mixed on transportation legislation

Members vote, 4-2, list several concerns with FASTER bill

Despite strong objections from Craig Mayor Don Jones and Councilor Joe Herod, the City Council voted Tuesday to throw its support behind a proposed $200 million state revenue increase for transportation.

Budget woes trumping legislative water bill discussions

The state budget crisis and its impact on the state engineer's office is beginning to overtake debate about any individual water bill in this year's Colorado Legislature.

Datebook for Feb. 13

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

Craig briefs: Contest to celebrate Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss' (Theodor Geisel's) birthday is March 2.

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Diane Prather: Lasagna makes a hearty meal

This week's recipe for lasagna serves 8 to 12. With a green salad and maybe bread, it makes a hearty meal.

Thursday, February 12

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Art Walk, Taste of Chocolate highlight Valentine's Day weekend

An assortment of activities - including viewing the works of local artists and a jam-packed winter festival - provides all the reason local residents need to break the winter doldrums and get out of the house this weekend.

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Gas prices filling back up

Most Craig unleaded still lower than national average

It turns out oil companies aren't the only people who control gas prices, AAA Colorado spokesman Wave Dreher said.

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Bad Dogs dominate Tiger Paw

Youth wrestling team earns 11 first-place finishes in Grand Junction

Of the 24 Bad Dogs who made the trek south Saturday to the 2009 Tiger Paw Classic youth wrestling tournament, 23 placed.

Police blotter for Feb. 12

Moffat County Jail Monday, Feb. 9 A 20-year-old man, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of sexual assault, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and domestic violence.

Baumgardner speaks with commissioners about legislative issues

State Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, called during the Moffat County Commission's meeting to discuss various issues surrounding the state Capitol.

Local sports standings for Feb. 12

Local sports standings for the week leading up to Feb. 12

Cathy Hamilton: Three ring tones and a funeral

I'm sitting in the last row of a church, attending the funeral of a friend's father. The sanctuary is packed, a fitting tribute to a loving and well-loved man, an exemplary pillar of the community.

Water plant fix on the way

Plant engineer: $20K a small price for $9M plant

Engineers made a mistake when they designed the city's $9 million water plant upgrade, Mike Rothberg told the Craig City Council at its Tuesday meeting.

Craig briefs: Volunteers hosting car care clinic

A free car care clinic for single mothers, seniors and residents who have disabilities takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1150 W. Ninth St.

Veterans Hotline: Duckworth tapped for VA assistant secretary

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to nominate L. Tammy Duckworth, director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, to be the assistant secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Datebook for Feb. 12

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

Caroline Dotson: Lavish words describe every detail in 'Outlander'

Gil Adamson's "The Outlander" is a dark piece of literature with words that flow like poetry.

Wednesday, February 11

Police blotter for Feb. 11

Deputies responded to two animal complaints.

Craig briefs: VNA to offer bereavement support

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is looking to host a new bereavement support group. The group will help people "learn how to deal with emotions and feelings that come with loss or death," the VNA reported in a news release.

Commission questions DOW on elk population

Moffat County Commissioners Tom Gray and Tom Mathers said the Colorado Division of Wildlife needs to demonstrate honesty and make itself available to local residents if it wants to improve its public image.

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Dolence named girls assistant soccer coach

The Moffat County High School soccer-coaching carousel came to a halt Jan. 13. Eight months of searching ended three weeks ago when Nicole Dolence accepted the assistant coaching position for the MCHS varsity girls soccer program.

Walt Vanatta: Police beat for January

The Craig Police Department responded to 1,202 requests for service during the month of January, and Community Service responded to 170 requests for service.

Tylawn Smercina: Money left at ATM

At a time in our world when everyone worries about their last dollar, someone has accidentally shorted themselves a few.

Our view: Rec center, or wreck waiting to happen?

There are a few topics that have been discussed publicly in recent weeks in Craig and Moffat County that have drawn scorn from opponents.

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New clinic, doctor prepared for large number of patients

Chart management

As the opening of a new Craig clinic grows closer, so does the anticipation of the clinic's primary treatment provider, a family care doctor with 23 years of experience.

Fantasy Fix: It's a little bit of everything

This week's offering is a bit of a mixed bag. I'm going to dip into some fantasy basketball, a little mock draft action with fantasy baseball and a first for me, fantasy racing.

Datebook for Feb. 11

2:30 to 5 p.m. The "Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions" class takes place at the American Legion post, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call the Aging Well Information Line at 871-7676.

Valentine's on the cheap

Sure, Valentine's Day is notorious for enormous bouquets of red roses accompanied by a box of chocolate candies that takes months to finish off. But why not think outside the greeting-card holiday box?

Colorado Works programs gearing up

Although Moffat County Social Services hasn't paid out a significant portion of the special grant funds it made available in November 2008, county officials remain excited by the money's possibilities.

Hunting fossils in the Uinta Basin

Earl Douglass' path to the Uinta Basin is not unlike many people's path today: the more he studied his trade, the science of studying fossils called paleontology, the more he knew there were fantastic opportunities for his line of work. His years of researching, studying and collecting in fossil beds in Wyoming and Western Montana in the late 1800s earned him praise in the field of paleontology, but he continued to toil in relative obscurity in the eyes of the public. He focused his research on fossil mammals - camels, three-toed horses, rhinoceroses, mastodons and others. He added 17 genera and 83 species to the scientific record of fossil vertebrates before coming to the basin.

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Ewes finish 4th in tournament

The Craig Puck Ewes women's hockey team took a break from league play last weekend. Sort of. The Ewes played host to five teams Friday, Saturday and Sunday in their seventh annual Mardis Gras Tournament at Moffat County Ice Arena.

Tuesday, February 10

Senior Spotlight for Feb. 10

Valentine's Day, a time to remember the special people in our lives, is coming up.

Maren Schmidt: Love of order

As parents and teachers, we are concerned about doing the right things with our children. When our children go through difficult periods, we can spend nights tossing and turning about what can be the matter.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Live, love in unison

Women have a love-hate relationship with Valentine's Day. Those who love it are in love, and those who hate it have been hated by love.

New GOP officers committed to party philosophy

It's an exciting time to be a Republican, Craig resident John Ponikvar said. His words came Monday night, shortly after he and three others were elected as new officers of the Moffat County Republican Central Committee.

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Real world experience on fake patient

CNCC nursing program introduces SimMan

Nursing students at Colorado Northwestern Community College are finding a fake person can help them get real world experience.

Datebook for Feb. 10


Police Blotter for Feb. 8

Moffat County Jail

Barb Parnell & Liz Morgan: Be 'Through with chew'

In Colorado, 7.3 percent of adult males use chew tobacco on a daily basis, compared to the national rate of 6 percent.

Hockey club back in the postseason

Moffat County shut out in Kremmling, clinches first-round home game

The Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club clinched a first-round home playoff series Sunday in Kremmling, but it didn't happen the way coach Gene Carson said he wanted.

Craig briefs: Ritter announces foreclosure aid

Gov. Bill Ritter joined Colorado Attorney General John Suthers on Monday to announce a $6 million settlement with Countrywide Financial Corp. that will assist Coloradans facing foreclosure.

Bulldogs swim team comes up short

Moffat County fails to qualify for state competition

Genna Bradley won't be sitting alone. Despite the Moffat County High School swim team's failure to qualifying any swimmers for state during Friday and Saturday's regional meet in Durango, the bus headed to Loveland for state will be full.

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Social Service director approaching milestone anniversary

Sifting through about 40 years of memories Monday, Marie Peer, director of Moffat County Social Services, came back to one in particular that stands out from all the rest.

TMH finalizes plans after clinic talks falter

The Memorial Hospital has definite plans for its newest physician now that talks to lease office space from the Craig Medical Center have ended.

Monday, February 9

Local political parties to elect officers

County Republicans, Democrats reorganize

Both major political parties plan to elect new Moffat County officers, beginning with the Moffat County Republican Central Committee's meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Craig Fire Station, 419 Yampa Ave. Moffat County Democrats plans to hold its election meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Allen Hischke: Do it yourself

I have been reading the comments by Tony St. John concerning a recreation center.

New Baggs, Wyo., business owner was schooled at CNCC

After going separate ways for eight years, Mitzi Corson and Shan D. Ferguson have returned home to Baggs, Wyo., to open a business.

Police blotter for Feb. 9

Firefighters responded to a false alarm.

Jan Reece: Thanks for helping my son

In August, my son Devyn Reece was brutally beaten. He received numerous injuries, and he will be having surgery next month to repair a broken nose. It has been a terrible time for my son, my family and my faith in humanity.

H. Neal Glanville: In our early years

In our early years, Roy, the responsible one, operated the Cork and Bottle liquor store. I, on the other hand, walked that fine line between responsibility and adventure.

MCHS boys end weekend with 31-point win in Palisade

A lot can change in a matter of minutes. At least, that's what happened Saturday night for the Moffat County High School boys basketball team.

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Church bridges the communication gap for deaf and hearing

Asking someone to describe his or her perfect day is generally straightforward. But when one person is deaf and the other doesn't know sign language, suddenly the situation is more complex.

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Ski and Skate prescribed as remedy for cabin fever

A spat of warm weather turned ice to slush, but Marlena O'Leary wasn't complaining. She basked in the sun as she watched her son and four Craig Cougar teammates play hockey Saturday at Yampa River State Park.

Craig briefs: Clear snow, ice from mailboxes

With the arrival of snow, ice and difficult weather conditions, the Craig post office is asking postal customers to always clear a safe, accessible path to mailboxes.

Datebook for Feb. 9

Intermountain Rigging & Heavyhaul will be moving a load on Colorado Highway 13 from the Wyoming border through Craig to Meeker. This load is 345 feet long, 20 feet wide and 16 feet, 6 inches high. The move is weather-pending.

Aging Well: It's never too late to quit smoking

Some people may have dates on their mind this Valentine's Day. Rather than a fancy dinner and roses, one of the best things smokers can plan for their sweetheart, and especially for themselves, is a date to kick their habit.

Bryce Jacobson: Some local businesses take on new looks

Many businesses have made improvements to their buildings' interior and exterior in recent years. These improvements have made Craig appear more attractive to folks who are passing through or considering relocation.

Mike and Kathy Thompson: Thank you for kindness

We wish to say thank you to Brian Smith and his girlfriend - whose name we are sorry we did not learn - for buying our family's dinner at the Galaxy Restaurant recently.

MCHS girls win 7th in a row

The Moffat County High School varsity girls basketball team shutdown host Palisade, 55-21, on Saturday, thanks in part to its trademark defense - the full-court press.

Sunday, February 8

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Local diver takes the plunge

MCHS diver from Steamboat raises her game for state meet

Genna Bradley was so nervous at last year's state diving meet, she couldn't bear to watch the competition. But when the little-known competitor from Steamboat Springs started to dive, she saw her name start to rise up the leader board.

Saturday, February 7

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Local 4-H and FFA exhibitors shine at Denver stock show

Nathan Chapman had a lot of positive things to say about his first year as an exhibitor at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. "I want to go back for sure," he said.

Craig briefs: County Democrats to reorganize

The Moffat County Democratic Party is slated to elect new officers for the next two years during a meeting next week.

Police Blotter for Feb. 5

Moffat County Jail

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Girls basketball's win streak hits 6

Moffat County girls take down Delta

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team avenged its lone league loss of the 2008-09 season Friday, running past the host Delta Panthers, 49-25.

Locals remember John Fetcher

Billy Kidd: "John was one of the legends of the valley here. ... He made so many contributions to this valley and this town - we're certainly going to remember him, with great memories."

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Annual trip to the US Capitol still has room

We See D.C. has been a trip offered to Craig Middle School students and parents as well as community members since 1985. The 2009 trip will take place from June 7 to 12. There are 18 students and two adults signed up for the trip.

MCHS boys basketball runs past Delta

Sometimes a little pep talk is all a team needs. The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team proved it Friday night.

Kathy Bassett: The mail in Maybell

The first U.S. Post Office in Maybell was kept by Mr. Banks on his ranch. He had a boy named George Bell and a girl, May. So he named the Post Office after his two children - now you know how Maybell got its name.

Our View: Fight the good fight

Put a group of Americans in a room and chances are the topic brought up quickest is the troubled and uncertain state of the U.S. economy.

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Pennies to purchase pencils

'Cups of Tea' inspires buckets of pennies for fundraiser

Forgive 7-year-old Zoey Quale, an East Elementary School first-grader, if she's a bit confused about the exact purpose behind the donation she made Friday at school. Still, her heart was in the right place.

Chuck Mack: Begginings of Mount Streeter mine

The vein that we were mining at Red Wing when I worked there averaged 27 feet in thickness. In one place, in the old workings where I had to make my examinations, there was a place where they had gone through a rock parting two or three feet thick and into another vein of coal above, averaging about 10 feet in thickness.

At the Capitol: Legislators attempting to alter oil and gas rules

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will continue to fend off several legislative attempts to alter a wholesale rewrite of the rules governing oil and gas development across the state before they take effect as planned April 1.

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Tradition of waiting in line for Kiwanis tickets carries on

Some of the crowd had stood in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 parking lot for three or four days, but they weren't thinking about time lost. When a person stands in line for Craig Kiwanis Club Play tickets, they said, that person is in for a great couple of days.

Datebook for Feb. 7


Told clinic ends discussions with TMH

Craig Medical Clinic ended negotiations Friday with The Memorial Hospital. The two parties had discussed for months a possible arrangement for the hospital to either lease the clinic's space or come to some other arrangement regarding its medical practice and patient base.

Friday, February 6

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An extraordinary life

John Fetcher, ski pioneer, dam builder and rancher, dies at 97

John R. Fetcher, who changed the course of history in Northwest Colorado by building reservoirs, overseeing local water districts and ushering the Steamboat Ski Area into the modern age, died late Friday afternoon at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 97.

Moffat County Neighbor: Heather Overton

Age: 26 Occupation: Cashier at GOFERs and a stylist at Styzl 5th Avenue Place of birth: Craig, Co

TMH, Told clinic continue talks

Nothing final regarding a lease or acquisition

The Memorial Hospital and Craig Medical Center continued negotiations Thursday regarding the hospital's possible lease of the clinic at 580 Pershing St.

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MCHS wrestling team finishes 2nd in regular season finale

If this week's meet in Palisade is considered the final tune up for the postseason, the Moffat County wrestling team showed they still need to make a few adjustments before hitting on all cylinders.

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Local man hopes to share his passion for unicycling

The unicycle no longer is just for circus entertainers. That's what Craig resident Kevin Morris has learned, and he wants to spread the word, as well as the skills.

Christina M. Currie: Sicky Nikki

It starts with a little moan. Glassy eyes. The next thing you know, the thermometer reads 102.7 and your whole day has changed. You reschedule meetings. You consider all your options for child care. There are few things that take precedence when your child is sick.

F. Neil Folks: Spirituality: What is it?

Spirituality. A word that seems to be thrown about a lot these days, and used in many contexts, a word that the modern world uses a lot as it struggles with religious fanaticism on the one hand and religious indifference on the other.

Cook sees role with 'fresh outlook'

New TMH board member approaching tenure with optimism

Don Cook, a newly appointed The Memorial Hospital board member, said he'll have no preconceived notions going into his five-year term on the board, which begins later this month.

DOW hosts public meetings

Organization pushing for new 5-year plan for big game hunting

The Colorado Division of Wildlife expects to have a new five-year plan for big game hunting by this fall.

Craig woman pleads guilty

Prosecutors dismiss attempted murder charge

An attempted murder charge against a Craig woman was dismissed Thursday in Moffat County District Court as part of a plea agreement with the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Rec Center representative asks MCTA for support

When Tony St. John moved with his wife and their three children to Craig around 1980, it was the middle of winter, and there was not much for his children to do.

Police Blotter for Feb. 4

Moffat County Jail

Sports briefs: Peewee wrestling sign-up is Monday

Bolstered by the success of the Bad Dogs youth wrestling team, founder Billy Bingham and crew decided to start training potential grapplers sooner than later.

Craig breifs: Free car clinic set for Feb. 14

A free car care clinic is scheduled for Feb. 14 for single mothers, seniors and disabled residents. The clinic will be from 10 a.m. to noon at 1150 W. Ninth St.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Strawberry cake perfect for your sweetie

First this week, more information about "Ginger's Chili," featured in last week's column. The recipe was contributed by Ginger Osborn.

Datebook for Feb. 6


Thursday, February 5

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Beetle epidemic to restrict camping

Pearl Lake campgrounds not expected to open this summer

The Dutch Hill Campground at Steamboat Lake State Park once was densely packed with lodgepole pine. But blue marks on bark now dominate the landscape.

Poznet owner pleads guilty to felony theft

Prosecution requests $74K in restitution

The owner of a former Craig business pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon in Moffat County District Court to a criminal charge alleging he stole money from clients in 2006. Kelly Eugene Grinolds, the former president and sole shareholder of Poznet Solutions, or Poznet Recovery Services, appeared in District Court with his attorney, Douglas Timmerman. As part of pending plea agreement with the Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office, Grinolds pleaded guilty to the sole count, theft over $15,000 in a series, a Class 3 felony.

Student news: Anna Herring makes the Dean's List

Anna Herring, a 2006 Moffat County High School graduate, was named to the Dean's List of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado for the fall 2008 semester.

Cathy Hamilton: Home repairs summon husband's alter ego

Don't tell the feds, but I'm living in a polygamous marriage. It's not the kind of arrangement you see on HBO's "Big Love" or TV news reports from Utah. Even if he secured a three-day pass from prison and came calling, there's no way I'd agree to be one of FLDS sect leader Warren Jeffs' 50-plus wives.

Datebook for Feb. 5

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

Hayden could annex 185 acres

Town Board to discuss expansion, Triple Crown, trustee appointment

Hayden trustees might decide to add 185 acres to town, Triple Crown teams to Dry Creek Park and a new trustee to their board. Town Clerk Susan Irvine said she expected the packed agenda to mean a long meeting today.

Police blotter for Feb. 5

Christopher Anthony Gonzalez, 20, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Baumgardner's energy revenue bill killed

Freshman state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, had an idea to reshape the way Colorado shares natural resource revenue with local governments. That idea died late Wednesday afternoon in the Legislature's Finance Committee. House Bill 1051 would have taken 10 percent of the state's federal mineral lease revenue and given that money to individual cities and counties with no strings attached.

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Trapper Mining seeks economic relief

Officials: Lower federal payments needed to extend mine's life

Trapper Mining officials want the coal mine to stay open, said Ray DuBois, Trapper Mining president and general manager. However, economic conditions could cause the mine to close early unless the federal government gives Trapper a break on its royalty payments.

Craig briefs: Have dinner and a movie Feb. 13

Eagle's Wings Christian School is sponsoring a dinner and movie night Feb. 13 at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., in Craig. The school will screen "Fireproof," a 2008 American drama about a firefighter's attempt to salvage his crumbling marriage by using a 40-day test called "The Love Dare."

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A look ahead: Weekend preview for local sports

The girls swim team has one last shot to qualify for the state championships, the wrestling team travels to Palisade for a last-minute tune up before regionals, the hockey team looks to clinch a spot in the Frozen Four and the girls and boys varsity basketball teams travel south for back-to-back road games in Delta and Palisade.

Bill Harding: February is full of historic US dates

Here are important historical veteran and national dates to remember:

Wednesday, February 4

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Puck Ewes shut down Edge

The Craig Puck Ewes women's hockey team swamped the Steamboat Edge, 7-2, on Friday night at the Moffat County Ice Arena.

Datebook for Feb. 4


Tony Alonso, Erica Dilldine, Matt Balderston, Brenna Ciesco, Taylor Duzik, Ashley Wardlow: Fundraiser a success

We would like to thank everyone who helped make our We See D.C. Chili Supper fundraiser a success.

Fantasy Fix: Hoops help hard to find

Let me start off this week by saying there is not much going on in the fantasy basketball world.

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The new face of Facebook

Older, more mature audience now logging on to social networking site

Facebook is growing up. The once predominantly college-aged social networking site has expanded to include a, shall we say, more mature audience.

Craig brief: Church to host Father Daughter Ball

Craig Christian Church is scheduled to host its second annual Father Daughter Ball next week.

Craig Rotary Club: Thanks to community

The Rotary Club of Craig would like to send a big thank you to the many wonderful community members who contributed to this year's successful Diamonds & Spurs Dinner Dance.

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Memories of Chuck Mack

Charles Cody Mack: Jan. 29, 1931-Feb. 2, 2009

Craig resident and Daily Press columnist Chuck Mack died about 1 p.m. Monday at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City, from complications of a quintuple bypass surgery.

Police Blotter for Feb. 2

Moffat County Jail

Our View: Reasons for optimism

Last month, Moffat County Drug Court notched two significant milestones in its brief history - the program's one-year anniversary and its first client graduate.

White addresses local concerns

State senator could make several visits to area from the Capitol

It seems the Moffat County Commission has a new, inside source in Denver. State Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, made the first of what could be many personal calls from the Capitol to the Commission Chambers in Craig on Tuesday.

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Running series changes course

Co-directors look for sponsorship, race directors

As small-business owners and participants of the Steamboat Springs Running Series, Cara Marrs and Lisa Barbour know how valuable the series is to the community. The co-directors are looking for sponsors, race directors and volunteers.

6th edition of Community Indicators Report released today

Yampa Valley Partners, a nonprofit community collaboration organization serving Moffat and Routt counties, today has published the sixth edition of the Community Indicators Report for 2009-2010.

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Report shows local, regional economies linked

Audrey Danner, Moffat County commissioner and executive director for Yampa Valley Partners, often says communities must communicate.

Tuesday, February 3

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Local food group offers a hand in dim times

SHARE gives all residents an opportunity for cheap groceries

For the past 10 1/2 years, Karen Gibson has led a local food program with the same goal. SHARE Craig, a chapter of Food Share America, provides cheaper groceries to local people and families with the hope they can put the rest of their money toward other needs.

Police Blotter for Feb. 1

Moffat County Jail

Convicted man sentenced to 24 years

A judge ordered Monday a 32-year-old Craig man, who a jury convicted of several felonies, to serve 24 years in prison for the kidnapping, robbery and strangulation of a woman in 2007.

Suspect arrested after SERT standoff

A report of domestic violence Saturday morning later resulted in the Craig Police Department calling out its version of SWAT - the Special Emergency Response Team.

County to fill TMH vacancy today

New board to replace Sue Lyster, serve five-year term

Having heard input from The Memorial Hospital, and conducted candidate interviews, the Moffat County Commission is scheduled to appoint a new TMH board member today.

Moffat County Search and Rescue: Help is appreciated

Moffat County Search and Rescue would like to thank the local businesses and individuals who donated time and/or materials to the organization.

Weekly wrap-up for Feb. 3

The week in reveiw for Moffat County sports teams

Each Tuesday, the Craig Daily Press will review the past week in Moffat County High School varsity sports, with complete team standings, schedules and past results. Teams are listed in alphabetical order.

Datebook for Feb. 3


Senior Spotlight for Feb. 3

Groundhog Day was Monday. I like to watch the different places on TV that show the groundhog being shown.

City prepares for election season

Candidate nomination petitions available Monday

The city of Craig may face serious tests in the next four years, City Clerk Shirley Seely said, which means there could be a lot riding on the April 7 municipal elections.

Craig breifs: Arts Council seeks public input

The current proposal for the state's budget balancing plan includes a 50 percent reduction for the Colorado Council on the Arts.

Maren Schmidt: Do the Hokey Pokey

In the gardening shop, I looked up to discover a sign over my head. "What If the Hokey Pokey Is What It's All About?" For whatever reasons, I started to laugh. Uncontrollably.

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Bulldogs swim team nearing state qualifying marks

Less than a second. That's how close the Moffat County girls swimming team came Saturday in Glenwood Springs to qualifying four swimmers for the state championships.

Monday, February 2

Craig briefs: Wildlife workshop is Thursday

Colorado's big game season structure, Division of Wildlife budget projections and an update on Rocky Mountain National Park's elk culling effort headline the agenda for the Colorado Wildlife Commission's February workshop in Denver.

The Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks for help

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

Police Blotter for Feb. 1

Moffat County Jail

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CMS girls basketball reaching for perfection

Team sweeps Saturday doubleheader, remains unbeaten

Little has stood in the way of the Craig Middle School girls basketball team so far this season. Saturday was no different. The Bulldogs pushed past visiting Baggs Middle School, 31-28, and Meeker Middle School, 35-25, improving to 7-0 on the year.

Business beat: Lingerie shop opens today

As far as business goes, things always are happening here locally, and on the national level, something very important is happening in the coming days.

Datebook for Feb. 2


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New at the museum

Several items added to collection

The Museum of Northwest Colorado recently has acquired some new items for its collections including a bridle made by David Lant, football programs from the mid-1900s and an advertisement featuring photos by A. G. Wallihan.

Bulldog Hockey Club eyes playoffs

Moffat County sinks Steamboat, 3-2

The Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club all but wrapped up a trip to the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League playoffs Friday night, skating past host Steamboat Springs, 3-2, at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Aging Well: Weathering financial stress

Tears of worry well in Dee Luce's eyes as she describes her husband, Al Luce, shoveling snow from high atop the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

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H. Neal Glanville: April cabin fever

It was early April, and the signs of cabin fever were everywhere. Doors being slammed, harder and harder. Senseless arguments, starting with sarcastic snaps at each other. My favorite symptom: watching three little girls drawing pictures on frost covered windows.

Moffat County Search and Rescue: Grateful for grants

Moffat County Search and Rescue would like to extend a thank you to the Department of Local Affairs, Yampa Valley Electric Association and its Caring Consumer Program, and the United Way for the grants received this past year, 2008.

More speakers added to State of County

Tickets on sale now

Additional speakers and a tribute to a late Moffat County public servant have been added to this month's State of the County address, one of the event's organizers said.

Nothing perfect in attempts to relocate students

Superintendent, school board trying to come up with best solution

In Pete Bergmann's perfect world, each and every parent would be happy with the way he has realigned the attendance area boundaries for the 2009-10 school year.

Sunday, February 1

Missing snowmobilers found, appear to be OK

Three snowmobilers who spent Saturday night in the backcountry after separating from a larger group were found in good condition Sunday, according to Routt County Search and Rescue.

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Local oral surgeon harvests stem cells for patients

Steamboat Springs oral surgeon Dr. John Lupori offers patients the chance to store the stem cells in the teeth he extracts. Lupori partners with StemSave, a New York-based company that freezes and stores stem cells found in the pulp at the base of teeth. Science is moving fast, those involved said, and the cells might someday save the patient's life.