Stories for January 2009


Saturday, January 31

Kathy Bassett: The Flying Pickle

Dale Simpson and his wife, Arleen, from Montana, called me a couple of days ago. They want to come down to visit awhile. I told them that would be great and that we just can't wait until they arrive. They are a laugh a minute, and we have such a wonderful time when we get together.

Baumgardner bill gains agriculture committee support

First-term House District 57 Rep. Randy Baumgardner is defending his attempt to get more money for energy impacted communities by going after one of the few pots of money that is growing while the economy is in a tailspin.

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Bulldogs girls win 6th straight game

It was business as usual. At least that's how the Bulldogs acted during Friday night's girls basketball game against visiting Battle Mountain. It just took them a while to get warmed up. Moffat County used a 25-3 second quarter to separate themselves from the Huskies on their way to a convincing 67-17 victory.

Datebook for Jan. 31


Police blotter for Jan. 31

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs: Masterworks bids earn tickets

A silent auction Friday for two tables to the March 6 and 7 Craig Kiwanis Club play raised $1,800 for local student scholarships and community programs.

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Moffat County History: Augusta Wallihan - a lady of the west

We frequently know a lot about the men who homesteaded Northwest Colorado but little about the women who worked and lived with them. Sometimes finding that information is nearly impossible - sometimes even a woman's given name is obscured by the customs of the times. Mary Augusta Wallihan was not one of those women. She held her own in the field and in the community and left plenty of evidence to document her activities.

Government update for Jan. 31

Directed The Memorial Hospital officials to open a bid process for local real estate agents to bid on the current hospital building's sale. Only local agents will be eligible to earn the contract.

Diane Prather: 'The Flower Man' has unexpected ending

A primary or main story and several secondary stories within the main story - that's what readers will find in this week's picture book. All that, and it's a wordless book, too.

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Locals appreciate John Salazar's visit, but stimulus concerns linger

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray and 39-year-old Craig resident Patrick Germond, both registered Republicans, now feel a little better about at least one congressional Democrat's plans.

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Work and Life Skills deadline extended

Darcy Trask carried away candy bars as quickly as she could. The director of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership was on a mission: to inform Moffat County High School students about the upcoming after-school program organized by the Moffat County Work and Life Skills Coalition.

Super Bowl picks by MCHS staff

The Pittsburg Steelers and Arizona Cardinals take the field at 4:28 (MST) on Sunday in Super Bowl XLIII, broadcast on NBC. The Craig Daily Press hit the hallways of Moffat County High School and asked a few coaches for their predictions.

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Bulldogs boys basketball powers past Huskies, 72-41

Stinging from Tuesday's loss at rival Steamboat Springs, the Bulldogs took their frustration out Friday night on the visiting Huskies.

School district to pursue partners for gym

The community has a need for more gym space, and the Moffat County School District wants to help. But the district can't do it alone, Superintendent Pete Bergmann and district construction liaison Joel Sheridan said at the Moffat County School District Board of Education meeting Thursday.

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Moffat County Drug Court turns 1 year old, graduates 1st client

A year ago, Moffat County Drug Court organizers contended that the long-awaited, planned and difficult-to-install program would be worth the effort if it helped a single person.

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2008 grain summary numbers are in

The United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Services released the Annual Crop Survey on Jan. 12. In the summary, acreage and production of 2008 crops are compared with revisions of 2007 crops (as a result of the 2007 Census of Agriculture).

Our view: The Band-Aid syndrome

It's true what they say. Our government does not make money. It only gets what we give it.

Tammy Villard: Girl Scout cookies are safe

Keep buying and selling those Tagalongs and Do-si-dos. The peanut butter used in all Little Brownie Bakers Girl Scout cookie products is not sourced from the supplier involved in the current peanut butter recall.

Friday, January 30

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Local bookstore owner to be awarded for promoting literacy

Trace it back, and it's easy to find where Carol Valera Jacobson, Downtown Books owner and a soon-to-be honored award recipient, first acquired what has been a lifelong love of the printed word.

Diane Prather: Make chili to go with the chilly weather

"Ginger's Chili" will be supper at our house one night this week, but in the meantime, I'm putting the recipe in this week's column so you can try it, too. Ginger is a great cook, so I know her recipe is a good one.

Bill would change how DOW responds to property damage

State Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, said he thinks it is time for the Legislature to address game damage issues, especially given the difficulties landowners faced last winter.

Datebook for Jan. 30

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: Find a good deal on a formal dress at Prom Expo 2009

Prom Expo 2009 is an exchange of used prom dresses and accessories from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 on the third floor of Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.

Bulldogs wrestlers take down Devils

MCHS dominates after 2 wrestlers with 48 combined wins return

Boosted by the return from the injured list by senior Ethan Kinner (24-4) and junior Nathan Tomlin (24-4), the Moffat County High School wrestling team rolled over host Eagle Valley, 54-18.

US Rep. Salazar to speak in Craig about stimulus today

Salazar plans to appear at 11 a.m. today at Craig City Hall to address city councilors, county commissioners and other local officials and discuss the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009.

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Christina M. Currie: Yes, Virginia

It's happened. I'm losing credibility. And who's beating me? Whose words and experience mean more than mine? Pretty much anyone between the ages of 8 and 10. I have to say, I'm a little hurt.

Police blotter for Jan. 30

Robert Mack, 33, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Bob Woods: Remember the ongoing gift of your baptism

A little boy visiting his grandparents was given his first slingshot. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit his target. He went back to Grandma's backyard, where he spied her pet duck. On an impulse, he took aim and let fly. The stone hit. The duck fell dead. The boy panicked. He hid the dead duck in the woodpile, only to look up and see his sister watching. She had seen it all, but she said nothing.

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Craig youth wrestling team takes 3rd in national tournament

The minute they stepped into the Sevier Event Center in Richfield, Utah, the Bad Dogs youth wrestling team had something to prove.

Thursday, January 29

Prosecutors add child exploitation charges against 32-year-old Craig man

Additional sexual-related charges were filed Tuesday against a 32-year-old Craig man already in police custody on suspicion of assaulting a mentally disabled woman late last year. In November, the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office charged the man with sexual assault on an at-risk victim, a Class 2 felony, third-degree assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor, and resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer, Class 2 misdemeanors.

Craig Puck Ewes blank Steamboat Storm, 7-0

The Craig Puck Ewes women's hockey team rolled over the visiting Steamboat Storm, 7-0, Friday at the Moffat County Ice Arena. The Ewes exploded for four goals in the first period, then clamped down defensively to shut down the visitors.

Christopher Gingrich: Fantasy Fix: Unheralded players to grab off the hoops waiver wire

This past week in the NBA saw players showcasing their talents before the All-Star weekend, which is about two weeks away.

Moffat County doubles road sign budget to meet federal standards

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said he's not happy with the federal government's edict to replace all its road signs with more reflective ones.

Police blotter for Jan. 29

Shane A. Meimerstorf, 36, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a court order.

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Weekend sports preview: Postseason is just around the corner

The wrestling and swimming teams' schedules are coming to a close, the Bulldogs Hockey Club looks to clinch a Frozen Four berth, and the boys and girls basketball teams host Battle Mountain in a rematch of their Jan. 10 doubleheader in Gypsum.

Cathy Hamilton: Obamas make for must-see TV

You'd have to be a real Debbie Downer - or Rush Limbaugh - not to feel a sense of optimism amidst the events of last Tuesday.

Rep. Baumgardner's bill could boost county mineral lease funds

A bill sponsored by freshman state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, could bring a major windfall to infrastructure projects in Northwest Colorado but at the expense of some money allocated to school districts, higher education and state grants.

Craig briefs: Arts Council seeks input about budget cuts

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

Datebook for Jan. 29

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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Bill Harding: Department of Veterans Affairs releases health care enrollment updates

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced plans to re-open enrollment in its health care system by July to about 265,000 veterans, whose incomes exceed current limits.

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Caroline Dotson: 'Screwtape Letters' a philosophical view of Satan

"The Screwtape Letters" is a classic C.S. Lewis book based on the philosophy of Christianity. Lewis is best known for his "Chronicles of Narnia" series.

Uncertainty remains about water plant

Craig City Engineer Bill Earley said a mistake was definitely made with the new $9 million water plant. It's not certain whether the plant's engineers, Denver-based Tetra Tech RTW, made engineering mistakes, he said, but, at the very least, their understanding of water levels in the Yampa River and in the plant was off. Tetra Tech officials did not return phone messages Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 28

Police Blotter for Jan. 26

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs: Soccer tournament registration open

Local resident Bill Sawer wants the upcoming Midwinter Classic Soccer Tournament to fill the void between fall and spring.

Council hears regional transit presentation

Philo Shelton, Steamboat Springs Public Works director, crossed the Yampa Valley on Tuesday to appear before the Craig City Council.

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Steamboat defense keeps Moffat County at bay

Some things may have changed around the program, but the philosophy and foundation of the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team still revolves around defense.

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Bright lights, big stage

Variety of acts slated for Craig Concert Association's annual talent show

A single fact, above all others, remains constant for the Craig Concert Association's annual talent show, an event scheduled for later this week.

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Bulldogs sink Sailors

Moffat County girls top Steamboat Springs, 55-48

Moffat County girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen has seen enough games and enough bad halves to know it's never a good idea to panic.

Yampa Valley Canine Connection: Congratulations, teams

The Yampa Valley Canine Connection would like to congratulate the seven teams that earned their Delta Society Pet Partners Certification on Sunday.

Guest editorial: Selection process OK as is

Gov. Bill Ritter selected a political novice, former Denver schools Superintendent Michael Bennet, to succeed Ken Salazar in the U.S. Senate.

Moffat County School Board meeting agenda

School District Administrative Building, 775 Yampa Ave.

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New director an ardent supporter of strong local libraries

A career that began in 1993 at the entry level slowly has materialized in the past 15 years for Sherry Sampson, the recently appointed director of the Moffat County Libraries.

County, TMH further building sale talks

Every local real estate agent should have a chance to earn a contract with The Memorial Hospital to sell its existing facility at 785 Russell St., Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said.

Datebook for Jan. 28


Tuesday, January 27

Maren Schmidt: Teaching forgiveness

"Forgive and forget" is a phrase that is given as advice. As a child, I remember being upset about a transgression and yelling, "I don't want to forgive her, and I won't forget it!"

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Students give online safety presentation at administration building

Allie Liljedahl, a Moffat County High School senior, is part of a joint venture between Future Business Leaders of America and Distributive Education Clubs of America to educate children and parents on the Internet's potential dangers.

Best seats in the house for Kiwanis Club play will be auctioned off

Last year's silent auction for tickets to the annual Craig Kiwanis Club play raised $2,000, which paid for an additional scholarship for a graduating Moffat County High School senior.

Datebook for Jan. 27


Agenda for The Memorial Hospital board meeting

7 p.m., Jan. 28

Jeremiah Herman: Volunteer for Relay

The American Cancer Society has been an active member of Craig for many years, offering services and support to those battling cancer, as well as lifesaving cancer information to the community.

County discusses running Section 8 program

Jane Reece, Moffat County Housing Authority director, thinks Moffat County has a responsibility to administer its own Section 8 housing vouchers, if it can.

Bulldogs swim team comes up short in Aspen

Diver Genna Bradley might be sitting alone. The Moffat County High School girls swimming team failed in its bid Saturday in Aspen to qualify any athletes for the state championships.

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Bulldogs wrestlers 5th in Rifle

Moffat County finishes tournament with 3-2 record

The Moffat County High School wrestling team has less than three weeks before it hits the mats in the state regional tournament. Last weekend, the Bulldogs got a taste of what they will be up against when the postseason arrives.

Police Blotter for Jan. 26

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs: Six-session health class starts Feb. 4

A new class starting next month is designed to "provide strategies for managing the challenges of chronic health conditions," according to a news release.

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 27

January is over the hill, and we are going into February with the idea that spring is that much closer, right?

Anniversary: Kenneth and Ema Lea Reust

Kenneth and Ema Lea Reust, longtime Craig residents, now of Grand Junction, invite the community to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 1.

DA files vehicular homicide charge

20-year-old charged in death of prosecutor

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office alleges a 20-year-old man's reckless driving in December 2008 caused the death of a longtime Wyoming federal prosecutor.

Monday, January 26

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Snowmobile Club's annual poker run helps raise scholarship money

An atypical January rainfall Saturday turned normally snowy conditions at Freeman Trailhead into a slushy mess for the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club's annual poker run.

Datebook for Jan. 26

9 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swim program is at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

Craig briefs: CEC hosts free documentary screening

The Colorado Environmental Coalition invites the public to a free screening of a documentary, "Last Hat in Town," which is about Rifle. The screening is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Center of Craig, Sixth and Yampa Avenue.

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H. Neal Glanville: The 'crud' of adulthood

Every so often, I let the "crud" of adulthood get a little too close. Not so close that the hoogie boogies start following me around, but close enough that the little hairs on my neck start dancing together.

Caroline Riley: Thanks for the books

Dear Rotary Club, Thank you for the Magic Tree House books!

Police blotter for Jan. 26

Firefighters responded to a medical assist.

Bryce Jacobson: Fire department launches new Web site

Please join me in welcoming a new editor to the Craig Daily Press. Joshua Roberts was promoted to editor of the Craig Daily Press after serving as assistant editor since April 2006.

Aging Well: Make healthy bones a priority in your life

It wasn't that long ago that bone fractures were considered an inevitable part of aging.

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Bulldogs Hockey Club sweeps away Crested Butte

If revenge is a meal best served cold, the Bulldogs Hockey Club dished out a frozen buffet Saturday and Sunday to visiting Crested Butte.

New deputy district attorney primed for experience in 14th

After working shorthanded for about a month, the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office in Moffat County added a third prosecutor last week, bringing the office back to full staff.

Sunday, January 25

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Rifle no match for Moffat County basketball

High school basketball may be a 32-minute game, but Moffat County needed just 8 Saturday night.

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ASIST gives depression, suicide prevention training

Tom Gangel is teaching students in his suicide prevention course how to deal with a man on the edge. To demonstrate such a situation last week, Gangel became just that.

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Classmate shares photos of Obama from Punahou School yearbooks

In one of President Barack Obama's books, he tells a story about a redheaded girl who wants to touch his Afro at school. Lynne Marr hopes that isn't her - but she isn't sure.

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Bulldogs girls send Rifle to first league loss

Scoring one basket in the fourth quarter against a first-place team isn't exactly a recipe for winning. But that's exactly what happened Saturday night for the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team against visiting league-leader Rifle.

Saturday, January 24

Andy Bockelman: 'Slumdog' a rich journey for characters, audience

What is the latest movie release likely to wow audiences with its beautiful depiction of an Indian rags-to-riches story?

High Plains Mustang Club to unveil park model Tuesday

Dona Shue, High Plains Mustang Club president, is passionate about horses.

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Hockey Mini Jamboree full of hits and a few goals

Visions of hockey greats like Wayne Gretzky, Joe Sakic and Mario Lemieux skate through their minds as they put on their pads and skates before practice Tuesday.

Chuck Mack: Streeter built Axial into booming town

Wonder stories are happening every day in Northwest Colorado, and the development and progress are so marked and rapid that they pass almost unnoticed in the prosperity that has come in recent years.

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A big year for beef

Now that 2009 has rolled around, various agricultural agencies are sending out their annual reports. Such is the Beef Checkoff Program Fiscal Year 2008 report, mailed out to producers last week.

Kathy Bassett: Let's do the twist

Have you ever looked at something and said, "Oh we can do that"?

Our view: Communicate with leaders

There is much to love about Moffat County, but every now and then we all find something to complain about.

Datebook for Jan. 24


Police blotter for Jan. 24

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs: Work/Life Skills registration deadline is Wednesday

Students who plan to participate in the Moffat County Work and Life Skills program must turn in their registration applications to the Moffat County High School counseling office by Wednesday.

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DOW officials use helicopter flights to take stock of elk herds

"Calf. Cow. Cow. Cow. Spike. Mature bull."

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Concerns expressed over Shell water filing

Local and regional representatives expressed "serious" concerns in the past two weeks about the recent Yampa River water right filing by Shell Frontier Oil & Gas.

Flannery accepts plea bargain

Former Habitat director also faces charges in Rio Blanco County

The former executive director of Routt County Habitat for Humanity accepted a plea agreement with open sentencing Friday in Routt County District Court.

A successful school transition

From time to time, children need to make a transition into a new school. This can be due to moving from one grade level configuration to the next (elementary to middle school), a family move across town after the purchase of a new home in a new neighborhood, a job transfer to a different city or state, or loss of a job and relocation. There are a variety of reasons that children can be required to settle into a new school setting and each move is just as important to you and your child, whether it is across town or across the state.

Flight issues loom

Ski season air travel program dipping into reserves

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Airline Program Director Janet Fischer told a group here Friday that within two winters, the resort community could face a funding shortfall as it tries to maintain current levels of ski-season jet service.

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Students' best interest key for teacher moving to new school

Sunset Elementary School is a special place for Michele Conroy.

Diane Prather: Making 'Texas-Style Chili'

A couple of weeks ago I requested some chili recipes, and Linda Riley of Craig was kind enough to send her "Texas-Style Chili" recipe.

Government update for Jan. 24

Craig City Council

Friday, January 23

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Bulldogs grapplers defeat Meeker in Gutierrez showdown

As aspiring young wrestlers, brothers Joe and Roman Gutierrez squared off more than once to see who was king of the mat.

Highway projects in consideration for stimulus package

Projects to improve bicycling on three 5-mile segments of state highways in northwest Colorado could be among the first to get funding through the transportation portion of an economic stimulus package under consideration by Congress.

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Carnival of words

Catcher Jackson, 3, takes a break Thursday while in line for a balloon at the Eighth Annual Literacy Carnival at Sunset Elementary School. The carnival, which was hosted by the Sagebrush Reading Council, invited children from preschool to sixth grade and their families out to enjoy reading-related games and prizes.

Monty Ages: Deer add character

To the editor:

Moffat County Neighbor: April Cox

Name: April Cox

Datebook for Jan. 23


police blotter for Jan. 23

Moffat County Jail

Sandy Beran: Enjoying the animals

To the editor:

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Key Club students learn to love serving the community

Laughter and balloons filled the Sunset Elementary School library Thursday afternoon. Elementary school teachers and five high school students worked together to prepare for the evening's Literacy Carnival.

Craig briefs for Jan. 23: Dinner to benefit students' trip

A benefit dinner will take place Jan. 30 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St.

City pays $80k for transportation plan

It's been more than 25 years since the city of Craig last created a transportation plan for the future, City Manager Jim Ferree said.

Satterwhite hearing continues

A prosecutor from the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office agreed Thursday to continue a hearing in the felony criminal case against a local 21-year-old charged with purchasing alcohol for a minor.

Thursday, January 22

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Weekend preview of Moffat County sports

The winter sports season is in full stride, and each of the five Moffat County sports teams compete this weekend.

Gisela Garrison: More medical options

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Cathy Hamilton: Family feuds in high-def

Seems the top-selling consumer electronics item on this past holiday season was a 52-inch high-definition TV.

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Bill Harding: Sleep-deprived people more likely to catch cold

U.S. researchers reported Jan. 12 that people who sleep less than seven hours a night are three times as likely to catch a cold than their more well-rested friends and neighbors.

Police Blotter for Jan. 22

Moffat County Jail

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Datebook for Jan. 22


Relay for Life meeting Tuesday

Relay For Life is a fundraiser for cancer research, as well as a statement, said Jeremiah Herman, American Cancer Society community relationship manager.

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Steamboat Springs Transit facility opens in Craig

The new bus barn is more than "steel and mortar," Craig Mayor Don Jones said.

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Rotary readies pavilion for 'adult prom'

Getting ready for a prom takes a lot of work.

Wednesday, January 21

Man on the street for Jan. 21

Inauguration Day, in their own words

With President Barack Obama's inauguration Tuesday, the Craig Daily Press took to the street to ask local residents on what his swearing in means to them.

Police Blotter for Jan. 21

Craig Police Department

Bill Ronis: Leave Yampa River alone

To the editor:

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Datebook for Jan. 21


Laura S. Day: Reduction is a better solution

To the editor:

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Locals reflect on President Barack Obama's inauguration

County official Lennie Gillam, 34, was working when President Barack Obama took the oath of office Tuesday morning and delivered his inauguration speech.

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Artists use quilting as creative outlet

A "sanity saving" hobby, and the eventual formation of a new community group, was born in 1991 from Craig resident Linda Pinnt's surprise discovery at the home of her late mother.

ACET arrests two suspects

Search warrant misses on suspected meth lab

The All Crimes Enforcement Team, a Yampa Valley task force, conducted a search Tuesday morning of a Craig residence that resulted in the arrests of two suspects, both of whom have prior drug convictions.

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Chris Gingrich: Fantasy baseball season drawing near

It's never too early to start thinking about fantasy baseball. Being the fantasy addict that I am, I'm already planning my strategy for this year's drafts, which officially begin in mid-February.

County sales tax overcomes mid-year struggles

Sales tax revenue in 2008 was as unpredictable for the county as it was for the city of Craig, County Budget Analyst Tinneal Gerber said.

County upset by mineral leasing decision

The Moffat County Commission sent a letter to the state Bureau of Land Management director this week in an effort to end a practice it considers harmful to the local economy.

Craig briefs for Jan. 20: Moffat County Commission approves actions

The Moffat County Commission approved, 2-0, a three-year contract with the city of Craig for trash pickups during its second meeting of the week Tuesday.

Our View: Celebrating new president for the right reasons

Americans can be whatever we want to be. That is a definite message that we can take away from the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

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Diane Prather: 'The Farmer' an endearing children's story

"The Farmer" was Mark Ludy's first book for children. He intended it to be a wordless picture book, but text was added before the book went to print.

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Moffat County High School swim team returns from Jeffco with eyes on state

With only two meets remaining before the state regional tournament begins Feb. 6 in Durango, the season is running out for the Moffat County High School girls swimming team.

Our View: Celebrating new president for the right reasons

Americans can be whatever we want to be. That is a definite message that we can take away from the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Tuesday, January 20

Police Blotter for Jan. 20

Moffat County Jail

Mary Jo Brown: Life is like a puzzle

Life is like a puzzle, full of missing pieces. As I go on with mine, I find some of the pieces fit in spots of sadness, friends, family, etc.

Craig briefs for Jan. 20: 'Heavenly Hollywood' on stage Jan. 29, 30

The Northwest Colorado Home School Drama Club will present presents "Heavenly Hollywood" at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 and 30 at Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way.

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Datebook for Jan. 20


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Wounded Bulldog wrestlers claw through Green River

Senior Ethan Kinner - out with a back injury.

Maren Schmidt: When development is off track

"Is my child going through a stage or is something wrong?" is a question that runs though our minds, usually in the wee hours of the morning. We worry because the question addresses the art of being a parent, that is, knowing when to act and when to step back and watch.

County, TMH discuss building sale

The Moffat County Commission agreed Monday afternoon to direct its attorney to draft a memorandum of understanding laying out stipulations between the county and The Memorial Hospital regarding the sale of the current TMH facility.

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Sales tax revenue too hard for city officials to predict in 2009

Craig officials are planning more conservatively for future sales tax revenue.

New at the Museum

Several items added to collection

The Museum of Northwest Colorado recently has acquired the following items:

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Additions bring Police Department back to full staff

Walt Vanatta, Craig Police Department chief, swore-in two new officers Jan. 12, bringing the department back to its full complement, a trait that was difficult to achieve last year.

County seeks building regulation amendment

After hearing the case of one man and woman faced with moving out of their home in wintertime, the Moffat County Commission voted to change a county regulation.

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CNCC expands staff, frustrated with audit

Gene Bilodeau has been waiting for this moment since 1994.

Monday, January 19

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New DA begins term with full staff

Oldham brings in new prosecutor for Moffat

A new era for the tri-county 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office was ushered in Wednesday when Elizabeth Oldham was sworn into office during a ceremony in Grand County.

Aging Well: Radon: 'Test, don't guess'

There are many radon myths. Among them: Radon only affects certain types of homes or that a person can rely on a neighbor's radon test to indicate levels in their own home.

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MCHS girls earn 1st home victory

Moffat County dispatches Palisade, 45-34

The third time was a charm. The Moffat County High School girls basketball team did something Saturday it hasn't done so far in the 2008-09 season. Win at home.

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New victim/witness coordinator learning ins and outs of the court system

Before December 2008, Moffat County resident Jamie Jones rarely found herself in a courtroom. Now, with several weeks' experience behind her, she's in there a few times a week.

MCHS boys basketball team improves to 4-0 in league play

So much different than a year ago. The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team ran circles around visiting Palisade on Saturday, cruising to an 82-46 victory.

Bulldogs Hockey sweeps Telluride

The Bulldogs Hockey Club's four-game winless road trip Jan. 3 at Durango prompted coach Gene Carson to send a message to his team.

Business beat: Businesses relocate to downtown

Rehabilitation Services of Craig, 473 Yampa Ave., is now host to two new businesses at its downtown Craig location.

Datebook for Jan. 19


Timothy Monahan: Confused in Craig

If you are not part of the solution, are you part of the problem?

H. Neal Glanville: Diaper ride

When the girls were born, we realized my "pre-baby preparedness project" (try saying that three times real fast) was a failure.

Police Blotter for Jan. 17

Moffat County Jail

Panic attack support group starts Wednesday in Craig

Heart palpitations. Chest pains. Light-headedness. All these disturbing abnormalities can occur for no apparent reason.

Craig briefs: Rocky Mountain National Park Service saves 17-year-old

About 5:30 p.m., Friday, Rocky Mountain National Park Service dispatch was notified about a stranded climber in the Lumpy Ridge area of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Saturday, January 17

Police Blotter for Jan. 16

Moffat County Jail

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Fourth quarter trips up girls

MCHS girls outscored late, fall to Delta

For the second time in as many games, the Moffat County girls varsity basketball team couldn't close the deal.

Quilt Guild hosts first meeting Tuesday

Nonprofit to offer education on quilting techniques

Linda Pinnt is serious about quilting. Apparently, other people are, too. The first meeting of a local quilt guild takes place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the common room of Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.

Our view: Getting the bigger picture

It has long been a tradition for many Craig residents to wake up, start a pot of coffee, step outside and pick up the newspaper, and then to read the morning's news before heading to work or taking the kids to school. Even with the rise of the Internet and 24-hour television news coverage, that's something that has not changed entirely. While the news has been bleak for much of the newspaper industry, the Craig Daily Press Editorial Board sees a value in the printed news product, and we think residents feel the same.

Officials still tying up roadless rule loose ends

Creation of state-specific regulation extends past Dec. 5 deadline

The Colorado Department of Natural Resources received the green light last month from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to postpone submitting final changes to Colorado's roadless area rule, said Harris Sherman, Colorado Department of Natural Resources executive director.

Datebook for Jan. 17


Craig briefs: Club to discuss 'Screwtape Letters'

Page Turners book club will meet at 3 p.m. Jan. 31 at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave., in Craig, to discuss "Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis. Light refreshments will be served.

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Moffat County History: Craig's early motels

As major highways began to see improvements during the 1920s and 1930s, one of the new features on the American scene were motels first called Tourist Camps or Cabin Courts. In Craig, the first one was the Craig Cottage Court at 894 Yampa Ave., now known as Craig Motel.

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Varsity boys basketball team rolls over Delta, 67-41

Steve Maneotis is done looking at the big picture. After Tuesday night's third consecutive fourth-quarter lapse - a loss to visiting Grand Junction - the Moffat County varsity boys basketball coach said he wanted to start fresh.

Residents share more memories of old-fashioned lavatories

Having outhouses tipped over on Halloween and going to the outhouse in the dark (or, even worse, in the winter's cold and dark) are just two memories older residents have of those outhouse days.

Kathy Bassett: Googling Maybell

Have you ever been so bored that you just started Googling things? For those of you who truly don't know, Google is a giant search engine on the Internet. You can type just about anything on Google and come up with answers. So, yes : I'm guilty. I Googled up "Maybell, Colorado."

Family treated for carbon monoxide poisoning

Fire department: Protect your family with alarms

A Craig family was transported Friday morning to The Memorial Hospital for treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a faulty furnace, Craig Fire/Rescue reported.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Gran Torino' a wrenching but rewarding watch

Not only does the drama "Gran Torino" showcase a classic American car, but also the work of a classic American filmmaker.

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Teachers: More resources needed for gifted, talented students

Giving a lecture is only half of Linda Mosher's work in her East Elementary School fourth-grade classroom. After she's given a lesson, she said, she gives students time in class to practice the skills she's taught them. She takes this time to aid students who have trouble completing their work.

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Local car dealers enjoy sales bump

National automobile industry picture remains murky

Scott Cook's sales are down at Cook Chevrolet, but he's glad to be living in the Yampa Valley. The biggest problem in Moffat County, Cook surmised, is consumer confidence, which he said is hurt by media reports that sensationalize potential issues.

Chuck Mack: Stumbling upon Mount Streeter Mine

Golly, old newspaper articles are a wealth of information. I'm certainly glad I've found lots of early information on the Mount Streeter coalmine; and Mount Streeter townsite.

Oil shale a hot topic at Capitol

Shell's Yampa River water rights filing brings energy to forefront

While one Colorado River District official called Shell Oil's request for Yampa River water rights "just another water filing," state lawmakers and other Capitol observers say it's much more than that.

Friday, January 16

Moffat County Neighbor: Becky Smith

Occupation: Assistant manager

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Class teaches Craig residents to write memoirs

It's the mid-1950s. Howdy Davis, 16, is making his annual summer trip down the Susquehanna River from New York to his home in Pittston, Penn. This adventure is one of several Davis, now 71, plans to include in his memoirs. He and 16 local writers are recording their life adventures with help from a class offered by Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Chamber membership fluctuates with economy

Perceived or real, economic issues are affecting Craig Chamber of Commerce membership. However, the group is not lacking members.

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New dean plans to attract out-of-area students

Dan Minor was looking for a change of scenery and a chance to be closer to Colorado's mountainous country. Enter Colorado Northwestern Community College. On Jan. 1, Minor started his first day as dean of instruction for the college's Craig campus.

Attorney: 2 suspects were not aggressors in Steamboat fight

The attorney for two men considered suspects in the death of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez said Wednesday that Lopez and his friends were the aggressors in the fatal confrontation earlier this month.

Craig briefs for Jan. 16

Integrated Community/Comunidad Integrada is looking for volunteers for the Cinco de Mayo committee.

Marcia and Johnny Sfreddo: Thanks, road crew

We want to thank the Moffat County road crew. The crew has been working for a couple of days to remove all the excess snow piles along the sides of the streets where we live in Shadow Mountain.

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Christina M. Currie: The art of not listening

If you want to learn anything about kids, you don't ask, "How was your day today?" You don't ask, "What do you think about that?"

Arraignment in attempted murder case continues

An arraignment hearing in an attempted murder case set for Thursday in Moffat County District Court was continued at the request of the defendant's public defender.

Leonard Browning: I can't preach 'no regrets'

Foolishly, I preached a sermon on Jan. 4 entitled "No Regrets" in 2009. My premise was that if we can truly surrender our will to the Lordship of Christ, we can live regret-free in 2009.

Sports briefs for Jan. 16

The North Park Snow Snakes Annual Snowmobile Poker Run takes place at 10 a.m. Jan. 24.

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Diane Prather: Make potato puff ground beef casserole

This morning, over a cup of coffee, I checked out my files looking for some main meal recipes. I always seem to get into a rut when it comes to planning meals this time of year. I don't know why, but for some reason I can't seem to think of anything to cook.

Datebook for Jan. 16

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

Police blotter for Jan. 16

Channelle Marie Southard, 35, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Unemployment on the rise across state; some uneasy about Craig's economy

Moffat County's unemployment is on the rise, but it remains under state and national averages and within what economists consider good economic conditions.

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MCHS back in action this weekend

Four Moffat County High School sports teams are in action this weekend.

Thursday, January 15

Hayden Town Board to consider home-rule charter

The town, which currently operates as a statutory municipality, is interested in having more flexibility for taxing and other purposes. Neighboring Steamboat Springs and Craig are home-rule cities.

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City Council: DOLA, festival present financial issues

The city of Craig did not escape the same fiscal strain affecting other local groups that sought state funding. Just as the Colorado Department of Local Affairs approved less than half the grant money that other local groups asked for, the city received less than half of what it requested for equipment replacement.

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City, DOW discuss controlling Craig's deer population

Some see the deer in Craig as a blessing of rural, Western living; others see them as pests, Mayor Don Jones said. No one disagrees that Craig has its share of deer, but what to do about them remains a sticking point for city representatives and the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Doubt' is a provocative religious drama

With an unflinching skepticism and a powerful cast, "Doubt" tackles still-relevant topics in a nostalgic era.

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MCHS graduate chugging away on football scholarship at CSU Pueblo

Three games into the 2007 high school football season, J.T. "the Diesel" Haddan went down with an injury. There he lay, Moffat County High School's Mr. Everything athlete, on the ground of Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

Social host ordinance scheduled to go before City Council this summer

Local groups looking to reduce underage drinking are banking on community presentations this spring to help fuel passage of a new ordinance.

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Christopher Gingrich: Dunks deserve recognition

This week, I would like to address an issue that has been on my mind since the fantasy basketball season started. Why doesn't the NBA count dunks as an official statistic?

Datebook for Jan. 15

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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Bill Harding: VA Data: Home health technology improves access to care

Veterans with chronic conditions can manage their health and avoid hospitalization by using special technology provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs in their homes, according to a recent study.

Rodney Culverwell: Thanks, community

I would like to give a big thanks to the community for its support. There have been those who have given prayers and wished us well. There have been those who have put time in on our ranch to free up time for my court obligations. There were so many who took time and dropped in on court to show support.

David Morris: Let's protect the Yampa River

According to recent articles in the Denver Post and the Craig Daily Press, people here in Moffat County are expected to roll over and watch as two huge and powerful entities fight it out over who is going to preside over the ultimate destruction of the Yampa River.

Cathy Hamilton: Patient seeks scaled-back annual exam

I am fidgeting nervously in my internist's waiting room, listening expectantly for my name to be called. It's time for my annual physical. Let the fun and games begin!

Police blotter for Jan. 15

Officers responded to two reports of property damage.

Craig briefs for Jan. 15

Xcel Energy on Wednesday proposed the establishment of an Innovative Clean Technology program as an effort to secure adequate funding for small demonstration projects that eventually could support Colorado's future clean energy needs.

Wednesday, January 14

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Defense speaks in Lopez case

Attorney says two suspects were not aggressors in fatal downtown fight

The attorney for two suspects in the death of Richard Lopez, an Army Special Forces soldier, said Lopez and his friends were the aggressors in the fatal confrontation. Charles Feldmann identified the two suspects as only "Eddie" and "David," two Florida brothers in their early 20s. The two men were unaware Lopez had been injured when they took off running from the fight and left downtown in a taxi with their wife and girlfriend, Feldmann said.

Datebook for Jan. 14


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Local teenage girls, adult women drawn to variety of books

Popular genres include romance, suspense, social issues

Romance. Suspense. Healthy eating. Aging well. Books popular with adult and teenage women cover a wide spectrum of genres, said Christy Gonzales, programs coordinator at the Moffat County Libraries' Craig branch.

Police Blotter for Jan. 12

Moffat County Jail

Leo and Pam Fournier: Disappointed in closing

We are not happy at all that Craig Medical Center is closing for good.

District to consider parental input on changes

Meetings gather feedback on proposed attendance area boundaries

The Moffat County School District is trying to strike a balance between parent requests for continuity and establishing ideal class sizes at existing and new elementary schools. It hasn't been an easy task.

Convicted distributor's sentencing pushed back

Judge orders defendant to jail until pre-sentencing completed

A Moffat County District Court judge ordered a convicted drug distributor to jail Tuesday afternoon, after the court learned the man had failed to complete requirements of a pre-sentencing report.

Caroline Dotson: 'Racing in the Rain' filled with human compassion

"The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein topped the bestseller charts in July 2008. Stein has written a handful of other books, but this novel is his most notable work.

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Moffat County teams swept in home opener

Boys, girls let late leads slip against Grand Junction

High School basketball is a 32-minute game. It proved to be eight too many for the Moffat County varsity boys team Tuesday night.

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Pump pressure

Water plant pumps a cause for concern

The city of Craig paid about $9 million for a new, 12 million-gallons-a-day water plant, and officials want to make sure they got what they paid for.

Birthday: Jack Gray

Friends and family are invited to help Jack Gray celebrate his 90th birthday from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 17 in the dining room at Sunset Meadows I. To RSVP, call 824-5592.

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Bulldogs grounded in Gunnison

Flying high after last week's home meet win - its first of the season - the Bulldog swimming team was brought back down to earth Saturday in Gunnison. Moffat County placed fifth in the five-team event.

Walt Vanatta: Police beat for December

The Police Department responded to 1,067 requests for service in December and Community Service responded to 178 requests for service.

Union Wireless plans new phone tower

Digital cell phone users may soon enjoy enhanced reception between Craig and Hayden thanks to Union Wireless.

Craig briefs for Jan. 14

Local group to unveil monument plan

Our View: Snow removal essential

Craig residents are all too familiar with snow-covered sidewalks, streets and parking spaces. We know to walk slowly and watch where we step.

Tuesday, January 13

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Bennet seeks ag post

Ritter outlines budget difficulties in Steamboat visit with Senate designee

Michael Bennet is the first to admit he doesn't bring the same rural issues credentials to the table as Ken Salazar, the man he is set to replace in the U.S. Senate.

Police Blotter for Jan. 11

Moffat County Jail

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Grapplers place 2nd in Vegas

Bulldogs best last year's finish by 2 spots

If this keeps up, future Bulldog opponents better watch out. The Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team returned Sunday from its annual trip to Las Vegas - second-place trophy in tow - a confident and content bunch.

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 13

Years ago, I knew a person who had the habit of saying, "Life gets tedious, don' it?"

Maren Schmidt: Accentuate the positive

"If I tell Ginny not to do something, she just looks me in the eye, and does it. She seems defiant." Sam, Ginny's dad, told me at a company picnic.

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County Democrats to help local group pay for roof repair

Griffith: Damages to Boys & Girls Club didn't endanger occupants

At the Moffat County Democrats' meeting Jan. 8 at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, group member Lois Wymore saw something that concerned her.

Craig briefs for Jan. 13

District wants parent input

Frances Chisholm: Where is TV guide?

I am not sure why the Craig Daily Press chose to not publish the TV guide either daily or at least the weekly TV guide. I prefer the daily because my friends and a lot of senior citizens I spoke with like to check daily so if we are gone to another event, concert or whatever, we can tape the program we missed.

Moffat County United Way exceeds target

Corrie Ponikvar has worked for 13 years as Moffat County United Way's executive director. And for 13 years, United Way has reached its fundraising goal for area service groups. This year, it was the same verse of the same song.

Award: Leonard B. Allen

Leonard B. Allen, a former Moffat County resident, recently received the Linda S. Weindruch Award from the Iowa Taxpayers Association in recognition of his "outstanding accomplishments in promoting and protecting the principles and policies of fair business taxation in Iowa," according to a news release.

County: Flannery check is clean

No improprieties found in MCTA investigation

Moffat County's investigation into a former employee charged with theft of more than $20,000 in Routt County has turned up nothing suspicious to local officials.

Jennifer L. Grubbs: Return of awards season

It's that time of year when the airwaves are flooded with big, over-produced awards shows.

Datebook for Jan. 13


Red Dogs go out with a bang

Craig earns 2nd shutout to close home tourney

Maybe it was because two players had just returned from watching an Colorado Avalanche game in Denver. Maybe it was because one player was returning from a suspension. Maybe the goalie was angry about letting in five goals just six hours earlier.

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Nine in the class of '09

Fire department training one of its largest rookie classes

The final hurdle of a screening process for prospective Craig Fire/Rescue recruits is an interview with longtime fire department veteran and second-year Chief Bill Johnston.

Business beat: Events worthy of support

The business community of Craig is comprised of for-profit businesses and businesses (or organizations) that operate not for a profit. Today, I am going to talk to you about three upcoming fundraisers for nonprofit organizations that I feel do great things for this community.

Monday, January 12

U.S. 40 re-opened over Rabbit Ears Pass

Colorado Department of Transportation officials reopened the highway shortly after 9 a.m. this morning. The road had been closed because of snowy and windy conditions.

Datebook for Jan. 12

9 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swim program is at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

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Calvary Baptist Church finds pastor after 11-month vacancy

What does a man do after he's earned a bachelor's of science degree in biblical studies, a master's degree in Old Testament theology and has a hankering for adventure?

Bulldogs boys start conference play 2-0

Last year, the Moffat County varsity boys basketball team began Western Slope League play 0-4. This year has proven to be much different.

1st-year legislator introduces bill

House 57 Rep. Randy Baumgardner proposes bolstering funds for road, bridge construction

Rookie lawmaker Randy Baumgardner, of Hot Sulphur Springs, is finding his first week in the Colorado Legislature slightly daunting. "You are so inundated with all the information, it's like drinking out of a fire hydrant," said Baumgardner, who took the oath of office as the House District 57 representative during opening day ceremonies Wednesday for the 67th session of the General Assembly. It's been a season of firsts for the rancher and former Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance worker-turned-legislator.

Craig briefs for Jan. 12

A new twist on the "Nigerian" scam entails attempting to legitimize mailings to people by appearing to be from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Craig Police Department reported in a news release.

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H. Neal Glanville: No room for mediocrity

The residents of Moffat County need to quiet down, sit up straight and openly applaud the recent court-imposed sentences for drug dealers. (The constraints of political correctness - that term makes no sense, except nonsense - keeps me from calling these vile, scum-sucking goat-lovers what I really want to call them.)

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Bulldogs girls conquer weekend in Eagle County

Sure, the Bulldogs girls varsity basketball team has a revamped roster. They started the season below .500 for the first time in more than a decade, suffered a 43-point defeat and don't have a player on averaging double-digits in scoring.

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Aging Well: Snowshoeing gets heart, spirit pumping

The sun is shining, and the snow is fresh. It's the perfect day to snowshoe up the Uranium Mine trail near Fish Creek Falls.

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DOW officers introduce moose to Northwest Colorado

Jeff Madison stands among family, friends and colleagues and watches moose after moose run from the confines of cramped trailers into the open wilderness that surrounds the south fork of the White River.

Sunday, January 11

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Plane crash kills 2 near Hayden

Single-engine craft goes down at YVRA on Sunday morning

Victims have been identified as William "Bill" Rooney Jr. and his adult son William Patrick Rooney III. NTSB investigators expected to arrive today.

Varsity boys basketball team starts conference play 2-0

Last year, the Moffat County varsity boys basketball team began Western Slope League play 0-4.

Moffat County girls conquer Eagle County

Bulldogs roll through Battle Mountain, complete weekend sweep

Sure, the Bulldog girls varsity basketball team has a revamped roster.

Saturday, January 10

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Redistricting information meetings

District administrators, school principals to take parent input

Craig resident Michelle Moore is trying to stay positive in the midst of change.

Police blotter for Jan. 8

Steven Jay Heafner, 48, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating bail bonds and violating a restraining order.

Conference Jan. 30 in Byers to focus on agritourism

From spending a week working cattle on a ranch to getting lost in a corn maze, agritourism activities are popping up across the state. According to a 2006 survey by CSU, 13.2 million visitors experienced agritourism in Colorado, with a total economic impact of $2.2 billion.

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DECA, speech and debate students prepare for events

District, state competitions on the horizon

You could say the past few months have been hectic for Becky and Kaci Meek.

Chuck Mack: 'Largest underground opening in the world'

Well, now we know a little more of the history of the beginnings of the Mount Streeter mine.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Benjamin Button' is curiously perfect

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" approaches the most crucial, philosophical aspects of our existence - love, friendship, death, etc. Most impressive is the fact that the movie handles such questions in reverse.

Datebook for Jan. 10

7 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. Ongoing games in the Yampa Valley Invitational men's hockey tournament are at Moffat County Ice Arena, 600 S. Ranney. For more information, call 824-3011.

Moffat County basketball sweeps Eagle Valley

Girls win, 56-31; boys win, 69-36

In a sloppy Slope opener, The Devils committed 32 turnovers, losing to Moffat County, 56-31, in Gypsum.

Roloff appointed new defense attorney for drug charges

Carla Roloff has a new court date and a new attorney.

Craig briefs for Jan. 10

Suicide prevention class Thursday

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Long-time prosecutor, district attorney finishes career in the 14th

A long-time area prosecutor used part of her Friday morning to remove three framed degrees, reminders of a family heritage in law, from a wall in her office at the Moffat County Courthouse.

Our View: Differing views of crime, punishment

Why should criminal cases be covered at all?

Baumgardner introduces 1st bill

Lawmaker seeks to change distributions of energy exploration revenue

Rookie lawmaker Randy Baumgardner, of Hot Sulphur Springs, is finding his first week in the Colorado Legislature slightly daunting.

Government update for Jan. 10

Moffat County Commission last met: Tuesday, Jan. 6

Red Dogs shut out Steamboat

Yampa Valley Invitational men's hockey tournament continues today

Less than three minutes into Friday night's game against Steamboat Springs, Doug Bouck made a statement.

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Tales from the outhouse

Local folks remember pranks, critters and cold nights involved in a trip to outdoor privies

Ask older residents about their memories of "outhouses," and the first thing they recall is tipping the buildings over on Halloween. The memories come from their younger days, when tipping the privies was a common prank.

Friday, January 9

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Police seek key witness in downtown altercation

Lopez's death still under investigation

Steamboat Springs police are searching for what Capt. Joel Rae called a "a key witness" in the ongoing investigation into the death of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez. Lopez died Monday of severe head trauma at a Denver hospital. His injuries stemmed from a fight just after midnight Jan. 2 at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue after he and two friends argued with two unidentified men at The Tap House about song choices on the jukebox.

Board OKs TMH budget with decreased projected profits

A budget process that began in September 2008 ended Thursday night for The Memorial Hospital.

Janet Kawcak and many of her friends: VFW meal was good

I wanted to write a rebuttal to the letter that was written about the meal that was served by the VFW to seniors on the first Saturday of December.

Tracey Lathrop: Thanks to TMH staff

I hear almost daily about The Memorial Hospital. The usual comments I hear, paraphrasing, are that our hospital is equal to a Band-Aid station. It has even been likened to a barn.

The Moffat County Fair Board: Thanks for support

The Moffat County Fair Board would like to extend a huge thank you to the entire community for their generous support of the Moffat County Fair. Many months are spent in planning and organizing the fair, as many of you well know. Without the many volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to the fair, we could not make it happen.

Bad Dogs tamed in Denver

The Moffat County Bad Dogs youth wrestling team ran into some tough competition Saturday in the Rocky Mountain Nationals - Who's Bad? wrestling tournament in Denver.

Moffat County Neighbor: Deidre Jewell

Occupation: Hair stylist

Craig briefs for Jan. 9

Parent class accepting applications

Datebook for Jan. 9

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

David Pressgrove: Giving more with less to give

I've known for a couple of weeks that I was responsible for this column, and the words of a podcast during my trip home for Christmas gave me an idea, but I couldn't put it together in my head. After reading a story on Simien, a former All-American basketball player for the University of Kansas, it all came together.

Work and Life Skills Program starts next month

The first day of classes looms near for the Moffat County Work and Life Skills Program Coalition.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: A Spanish heart

Some people set goals when they are about to embark on a life-changing experience, such as studying abroad. Others would rather forget about expectations because of their fear of failing to meritocracy.

Galaxy Aviation hits record at YVRA

More fuel than ever sold Dec. 27 by new fixed-base operator

Private aviation at Yampa Valley Regional Airport experienced a record-setter last month. Dec. 27 was the best day in history in terms of volume of fuel sold for private aviation, said Don Kaplan, regional manager for Galaxy Aviation. Galaxy took over from Spectrum Jet Center as fixed-base operator at the Hayden airport last fall.

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MCHS back in action this weekend

Four Moffat County High School athletic teams are in action this weekend.

Police blotter for Jan. 7

Michelle Ann Doolin, 19, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Craig in need of doctors

Shortage has TMH, medical professionals scrambling

Recruiting new doctors to Moffat County has been a primary focus for The Memorial Hospital for years, said Samantha Johnston, the hospital's service excellence officer.

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Local graphologist: Handwriting reveals author's character traits

Handwritten words tell a strange and sordid tale to Craig resident Jeanny Seely.

Sexual assault trial rescheduled

Trial continued to April in district court

A jury trial scheduled to begin this month in the case against a 39-year-old Craig man charged with an assortment of sexual offenses has been vacated and rescheduled in Moffat County District Court.

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Diane Prather: Cherry torte the perfect finisher

Time! I've often said that it's something I don't have enough of. So when it comes to meals, I often have to resort to making something super fast.

Thursday, January 8

TMH officials discuss Told clinic

The fate of Craig Medical Center, the family clinic operated by Dr. Thomas Told until his recent departure to Denver, hangs heavy on The Memorial Hospital, officials said Tuesday.

Datebook for Jan. 8

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 for Jan. 8

Retirement party planned for DA

Police blotter for Jan. 6

Cody Michael Keller, 27, of Fort Collins, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under restraint and speeding.

The Memorial Hospital agenda for Jan. 8

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees

Cathy Hamilton: 1st workout pain remains

If there's a three-word phrase I never dreamed I'd utter in my lifetime, it's "my personal trainer."

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Veterans Hotline: Craig Telehealth clinic administrator injured in accident

Deb Nicholas-Olson, the Craig Telehealth clinic administrator, was seriously injured in a two-vehicle auto accident Saturday north of Rifle and is in the intensive care unit at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. Please send a card to her c/o ICU, St. Mary's, 2635 N. 7th St., Grand Junction, CO 81502. A full recovery is anticipated, but it will require a long rehabilitation period.

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Yampa Valley Invitational hockey tournament begins Friday

Beginning Friday, many men who have grown up emulating Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Peter Forsberg, will push aside their bills, jobs and families for a chance to lace up a pair of ice skates, clutch a stick and chase a frozen piece of black rubber

Bulldog Hockey Club takes down Steamboat

With seven league games remaining before the postseason begins, it's crunch time in the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League.

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Gearing up for ESL classes

Integrated Community's second semester begins Jan. 26

When Mayola Cruz came to America from Mexico three years ago, the only English she knew was what she'd learned in a few high school classes.

MCTA hears pitch for YVRA display collaboration

Michelle Perry, the newly hired Moffat County Tourism Association director, has a new collaborative project in the works.

Wednesday, January 7

Shell requests water rights on Yampa

Application includes large reservoir west of Maybell

Shell Frontier Oil & Gas Inc. is requesting water from two diversion points in west Moffat County.

Police blotter for Jan. 5

Amy Janel Sanchez, 27, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a bond revocation.

Craig briefs for Jan. 7

Check your home's radon levels

Our View: Big job for Legislature

With a Colorado state budget shortfall estimated by the legislative staff at $604 million, there is a clear challenge for the incoming state Legislature leadership: Deal with the economy. And deal with it within the confines of constitutional spending mandates.

Rhonda Stehle: Keep pets on a leash

I would like to write this letter to those people who let their pets run loose and go into other people's yards and use them as the bathrooms. I would also like to say that the people who throw their snow back in the street when they shovel their driveways and sidewalks make it dangerous to drive because the snow makes it hard to drive even at slow speed.

Dale L. Beck: Fund sledding hill

The story Saturday, Jan. 3, about the Cathy Cisar sledding hill brought back many memories for me.

Jake Hamill: Fund food for herds

Winter is here as I'm again reading the headlines of the Craig Daily Press on Saturday, Nov. 28: "DOW states they are planning aggressive winter action."

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Fantasy Fix: Basketball shake-up

The Yahoo rankings are getting a little shake-up this week, as six of the top 10 players are lesser-known commodities to most fans. Players like Jeff Green, Paul Millsap, David Lee and Mehmet Okur all are making a name for themselves this year.

Sports briefs for Jan. 7

Fitness camp begins Monday at Holistic Health & Fitness

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Diane Prather: 'My Messy Closet' a delightful children's book

"Clean up your room!" Kids hate to hear those four words. Parents dread saying them because they know the hard part is make their children follow through with the order.

Datebook for Jan. 7

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wellness Day at the new Haven Community Center in Hayden for adults ages 50 and older, presented by Aging Well. Lunch costs $2.50. The lunchtime presentation is "An introduction to the services offered by the Aging Well program, CNCC and the Routt County CSU Extension Office." Call Johanna Hall at 871-7676.

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Looking at 'Crystal Darkness'

Documentary airs tonight on Colorado's scourge of methamphetamine

Tausha Merwin has led two lives - one being a long downward spiral and the other the difficult climb back up.

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Clothing stores cater to various sizes

Finding a flattering style isn't a one-size-fits-all situation.

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Aiming high, shooting low

Meghan Innes settling in at Carroll College

As an only child, Meghan Innes always enjoyed having free reign of her parent's house.

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Craig's first child of 2009 born

On Jan. 5, 1949, Sharon Meckley, now a Craig resident, came into the world as the first baby born that year in Laramie, Wyo.

County, Steamboat try to resolve alleged debt

A tentative plan is in the works to settle a $142,420 dispute between Moffat County and the city of Steamboat Springs.

Tuesday, January 6

Recent car theft under investigation

Police chief: No leads, no suspects

The Craig Police Department is investigating an auto theft at Stillwater Motors in Craig that is thought to have occurred Dec. 29.

Police Blotter for Jan. 6

Moffat County Jail Friday, Jan. 2 Thomas Everett Senkevech, III, 31, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Weekly wrap-up for Jan. 6

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.

Maren Schmidt: The secret of good teaching

Between the ages of birth to 4 1/2 , children are in a sensitive period for refining their senses.

Charges dismissed vs. ACET suspect

Judge signs order vacating suspected distributor's trial

A judge signed an order Monday agreeing with a prosecution request to dismiss charges in Moffat County District Court against a suspected drug distributor.

Boarder rescued in Fish Creek drainage

A snowboarder who ventured into the Fish Creek drainage Sunday afternoon was rescued by Routt County Search and Rescue personnel later that evening.

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Coaches still needed for AAU basketball

Angie Charchalis, Moffat County High School girls basketball all-time leading point-scorer and Colorado High School All-state selection, did it.

Betsy Peck: Christmas for Seniors

Once again, I am amazed at the kindhearted, wonderful people who live in Craig. This year, as they have always done in the past, they opened their wallets and gave so lovingly to Christmas for Seniors. We also got many items donated that we were able to give to the senior citizens in our community.

Man on the street for Jan. 6

How have teachers and students reacted to the first day back to school?

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Law enforcement officials say drivers are going too fast, causing accidents

At about 10:27 a.m. Monday, a 41-year-old man lost control of his 1999 Dodge Durango on eastbound U.S. Highway 40, slid left across the road and rolled his vehicle into a ditch.

Legislators take aim at new session

2009 General Assembly convenes Wednesday for 120-day session

About the only thing that's changed for Al White at the Colorado Legislature this year is the title on his name plate.

Craig briefs for Jan. 6

The Aging Well Program, a division of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, received a $14,000 charitable contribution from proceeds of the Colorado Grand Car Rally, the VNA reported in a news release Monday.

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 6

January is off to a good start. I bet I dug out every article of clothing I thought was winter wear, and summer and autumn, as well. When layered, it works - I can hardly move.

Jennifer L. Grubbs: Falling on ice

Falling on the ice sure can be a learning experience.

Datebook for Jan. 6

Noon. Craig Red Hat Society Potluck at Craig Fire Station, 419 Yampa Ave. Everyone welcome. For information, call Peggie Lawton at 824-2338.

Monday, January 5

Patrick Hunter: TMH staff helpful, nice

I have been reading articles about how rude the staff at The Memorial Hospital is. I have been in the hospital three times this year, and my ex-wife has been, too. All the nurses and aides have been helpful and nice. I am sure they have their bad days just like everyone else.

Aging Well: The makings of meaningful resolutions

As if the holidays weren't stressful enough, then comes along a new year and the pressure to make resolutions.

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Ski-aholics anonymous: H. Neal Glanville

At age 7 or 8, I discovered skiing. Discovered isn't quite the right word, I had been hypnotized by the controlled chaos of Buddy Werner. How could anyone come so close to human flight, turning and twisting through feeble bamboo gates with an unseen abandonment?

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Bulldogs swim team wins home meet for 5th consecutive year

Maybe there's something in the water. Maybe it's the home crowd, parents in attendance or familiarity with the pool. Regardless of the reason, the Moffat County High School girls swim team refuses to lose at home.

Ski-aholics anonymous: Ericca Glanville Wallet

I was 8 years old when I became enthralled with my dad slicing through the snow. All my friends and family were more consumed with speed; I dreamed of cutting through the fresh powder with the grace and beauty of an angel.

Officer suffers minor injuries

Anthony Gianinetti struck by vehicle

A Craig Police Department officer suffered minor injuries Saturday morning when a vehicle driven by a 38-year-old Dinosaur man struck him in Craig.

Financial aid workshop for MCHS seniors is Tuesday

Counselor: The time to start applying for assistance is now

The time to plan college financial aid strategies has arrived for Moffat County High School seniors.

Police Blotter for Jan. 4

Moffat County Jail

Dale Potter: Scripture is good news

I have good news for Mr. Herbert Parker, the "dowser." The source of the good news is God Himself, as recorded in scripture.

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Winter warning signs

Avalanche training and rescue class teaches how to avoid dangerous conditions

It comes down to a crucial 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes is how long before a person caught in an avalanche asphyxiates, said Ron Dellacroce, park manager for Yampa River State Park and Elkhead Reservoir.

Business beat: Bail bonds, salon and eatery highlight new business offerings

Happy New Year. We have now reached a new year, and I'm hopeful that the financial woes many have experienced will move on and away.

Craig briefs for Jan. 5

Library's Winter Reading program kicks off today

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Police station's frame nearly complete

Hayden building expected to be 'dried in' by Friday

Hayden's new police station is rising from the dirt, its frame nearly finished after the first few months of construction.

Datebook for Jan. 5


Moffat County limited to 2 points in Gunnison

One game below .500 entering Sunday's doubleheader against Gunnison B, the Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club was looking to pull even on the season. They'll have to wait.

Sunday, January 4

Bulldogs drop doubleheader in Gunnison

Flying high after its Dec. 13 victory against league powerhouse Durango, the Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club was grounded Saturday night in Gunnison.

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Bulldogs swim team wins home meet for 5th consecutive year

Maybe it's the home crowd, the parents in attendance or maybe it's just familiarity with the pool. Regardless of the reason, the Moffat County High School girls swim team refuses to lose at home.

Saturday, January 3

Community Indicators Report adding new data

The sixth edition of the Community Indicators Report - a comprehensive look at various issues in the Yampa Valley - will have a few new wrinkles when it's released in February.

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Draft or no draft, Chris Winder just wants to play ball

The 2008 Major League Baseball draft came and went without a phone call, fax or e-mail.

Craig briefs for Jan. 3

DOW suspects to appear in court

Police Blotter for Jan. 3

Moffat County Jail

Deputy DA position remains vacant

New District Attorney to be sworn in Jan. 14

About 10 days away from officially taking over, incoming 14th Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham has been successful in filling three of four vacancies across the tri-county judicial district.

Datebook for Jan. 3


Unwed pregnancy still 'high' in Moffat County

Out-of-wedlock births trend up from 2000 to 2006

Elation. Uncertainty. Fear. A positive result on a pregnancy test can elicit a wide range of emotions for local women who visit the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center.

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Library to launch winter reading program

Residents of all ages can participate in new 12-week program to help escape the weather

Moffat County Libraries hope to help youths and adults beat the winter blues with books.

DOLA awards half of what was requested

As the county tightens its purse strings in anticipation of a $600,000 spending deficit, officials ponder the future availability of state assistance.

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Decision to return to Mexico becomes a question of family for local immigrants

Times have been tough for Eutiquio Pereyra.

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Cathy Cisar Hill a frequent destination for local sledding enthusiasts

It's not that local people are unaware of the hill's history.

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OSU Horse Judging Team reigning champions

"You never know what another two years will bring."

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Andy Bockelman: 'Bedtime Stories' is fun family fantasy

If the family film "Bedtime Stories" features nothing else, it is the first and probably only medieval/Western/gladiator/outer space hybrid movie ever made.

Chuck Mack: Beginnings of schemes and dreams

I've found numerous very early articles on the Mount Streeter mine.

Our View: Unseen injuries hurt, too

People dealing with problems related to mental health and domestic violence often do not receive the help they need. That is true across the United States, including in Craig.

Government update for Jan. 3

Moffat County Commission

Friday, January 2

Denver superintendent Michael Bennet headed to Senate

Rocky Mountain News: Ritter selection to be named Saturday

Gov. Bill Ritter will announce his U.S. Senate pick Saturday, selecting the head of Denver Public Schools to replace Ken Salazar.

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Craig resident believes spiritual forces heal emotional troubles

An aged man with a white beard and a low voice sits at a table, inches away from the woman sitting next to him.

Police blotter for Jan. 2

Moffat County Jail

Datebook for Jan. 2


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Diane Prather: Macaroni-Beef Skillet Supper

I found this week's first recipe in a newspaper clipping in my file of untried recipes.

ACET drug case ending this month

A drug case brought out by an All Crimes Enforcement Team investigation in March 2008 is scheduled to conclude this month in Moffat County District Court.

Statistics reveal local suicides

Year-end statistics indicate Moffat County finished 2008 with its second-lowest total since 2000 in a category both grim and troublesome - suicide.

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Cassie Rogers won't take no for an answer

As a young fifth-grader, Cassie Rogers had a dream.

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Christina M. Currie: Turkey and urinal cakes

It's the same every year.

Thursday, January 1

Police blotter for Jan. 1

Geoffrey Ward Mansfield, 36, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, turning movements and required signals, violating a restraining order, violating bail bond conditions and driving a vehicle while license under restraint.

Datebook for Jan. 1

1 p.m. Community United meets at the Craig firehouse, 419 Yampa Ave. Call 824-6424 to RSVP.

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Andy Bockelman: So many movies, so little time

The past several months have seen a wide array of films, some of which still are in theaters; others already are on DVD. The following is a selection of movies released between August and December 2008.

Craig briefs for Jan. 1

2009 Winter Reading Program begins Monday and ends on March 27 at Moffat County Public Libraries. The program is available to all ages, and people may come in any time between those dates to register and pick up a reading log and packet.

In Memoriam 2008

Craig lost three residents in 2008 who each left a big mark on the city and the loved ones, friends and neighbors they left behind. Their accomplishments and dreams live on, though, in local youth who play on soccer and baseball fields, and Broncos supporters who saw Craig be named as one of eight cities in Colorado with the team's biggest fans.

Moffat County's 2008 top sporting events

Moffat County High School was involved in several dramatic sporting events in 2008.

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2008: Year in Review

Craig's centennial, high-profile court cases some of the big stories of the year

The end of a year always invites reflection, as we note the passing of time, remember what happened during the last 366 days and look to the future. Many changes, events, celebrations and happenings were in the pages of the Craig Daily Press throughout 2008.

Cathy Hamilton: 2008 columns bring great tips

Column writing is a lonely endeavor. Unlike news reporting, there are no experts or eyewitnesses to talk to, no photographers to chat up between interviews, no fiery arguments with editors: "You buried the lede, &%$@#!" "Did not, you son of a %&$%@!!" (Newsroom language can get colorful, even among friends.)

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Bill Harding: Inauguration Day for Barack Obama is Jan. 20

This VSO office has been getting a lot of calls for snow removal since we're snowed up the first of this month.