Stories for July 2009


Friday, July 31

Man admits to killing bear

Kent Nightwalker says shot was only intended to scare bear away

An Eighth Street resident admitted to killing a bear in downtown Steamboat Springs on July 20, but he said the shot was intended only to scare the bear away. Kent Nightwalker said he intended to shoot into the dirt and accidentally killed the male bear.

Carol Jacobson memorial scheduled for Sunday

A memorial service for local resident Carol Jacobson is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wyman Museum, 94350 U.S. Highway 40.

Craig woman accused of embezzlement

When more than $30,000 went missing from a local real estate agency in March 2008, the owner became suspicious and started looking into accounting practices.

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20-year-old dies after reported skateboard incident

A day after reportedly falling off his skateboard, resident Shane Braselton, 20, was pronounced dead Wednesday in Grand Junction, Moffat County Coroner Owen Grant said.

Fire Management Unit: Fire activity subdued Thursday

A fire near Rangely has been 40 percent contained, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported Thursday night, and full containment is expected by Saturday night.

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

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

Dinosaur National Monument plans move forward

Officials to use stimulus funds to rehab Quarry Visitor Center

In July 2006, "significant life, health and safety issues" forced the closure of the Quarry Visitor Center in Dinosaur National Monument, officials said. Since then, monument staff has been working to get the quarry wall - which contains about 1,500 dinosaur bones - open to the public again.

Craig briefs: Hunter education course offered Aug. 17 to 20

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is sponsoring a Hunter Education Course for four nights beginning Aug. 17. Classes will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Colorado Northwestern Community College's Craig campus. All four classes must be attended. Space is limited, and pre-registration is encouraged.

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Family remembers Jacobson's effect on others

In the words of her family, Carol Jacobson was: A spontaneous gift buyer. A dirty-fingernails girl. A woman of marvelous ability, character and fortitude. An artist. The greatest mom, the greatest daughter, a real blessing.

Police Blotter for July 29, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Museum presents new exhibit

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is presenting an exhibit titled "Passing of the Old West" through the end of the year.

Datebook for July 31, 2009


Annie's Mailbox: Husband has bizarre fingernail habit

Dear Annie: My intelligent, good-looking husband of 35 years bites his fingernails to the quick and gnaws on the skin around them. This drives me crazy. His fingernails are only half the size they were when I met him.

Christina M. Currie: Who slumbers at slumber parties?

We kept our promise to Katie, by the skin of our teeth and not without a lot of stress, a lack of sleep and a few sore, aching bodies. But against all odds, we were moved into our new house in time for her ninth birthday. Well, sort of.

Horoscopes for July 31, 2009

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Usually, you're good about ignoring bad behavior as long as it doesn't affect you. However, today that behavior won't be easily tolerated, so avoid people who are unduly boorish.

Young Life golf event set for Saturday

By club or by car, Moffat County Young Life will get its members to camp. On Saturday, Young Life will sponsor a golf tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course to help raise funds for youth retreat camps.

Ed WIlkinson: Congressman works for vets to receive timely treatment

U.S. Rep. Harry E. Mitchell, D-Ariz., recently spoke out for ways the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs could provide more timely medical treatment.

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Community members, merchants share memories of Carol Jacobson

Every Thursday at 8 a.m. for the past year and a half, Carol Jacobson and Janet Sheridan sat in a corner at Serendipity Cafe & Coffee Shop as friends and writing partners. The two women would read works that the other had written and offer critique and advice.

Thursday, July 30

Carol Jacobson dies in boating accident

Local woman owned bookstore, was active in community

Carol Jacobson, an active community member, owner of Downtown Books and wife of City Council member Terry Carwile, died Wednesday in an accident on the Green River, through Dinosaur National Monument.

Fire Management Unit: Fire spreads to 1,330 acres near Rangely

A fire near Rangely had been limited Wednesday morning to "creeping and smoldering," the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported. However, afternoon winds of as fast as 30 miles per hour helped cause the fire to pick up "significantly," and grow to span about 1,330 acres of Bureau of Land Management property, according to the FMU.

National Night Out is Aug. 4

National Night Out is a nationwide community policing program that promotes crime prevention activities, community safety programs, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie for a safer America.

Cathy Hamilton: Sleep woes fast track to lunacy

Anyone who suffers bouts of insomnia is all too familiar with the inner bedtime monologue. You know, the one that yaps incessantly from the time your head hits the pillow to the moment you decide to get up and watch QVC all night:

TMH on board with VNA acquisition

Board approves the concept of ownership of TMH campus by the VNA

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees supported the concept of the VNA acquiring ownership in the TMH campus at a board meeting Tuesday night.

Sports briefs: Moffat County Young Life sponsors weekend golf tournament

Moffat County Young Life will host a golf tournament Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Police blotter for July 30

Craig Police Department Tuesday, July 28 Officers responded to two curfew complaints.

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Yampa River Junior Classic features more than 50 young golfers

With golfers varying in size from wee-putters to high school clubbers, the Yampa River Junior Classic invited more than 50 young golfers to hit the links Tuesday.

Annie's Mailbox: Family doesn't like fiance

Dear Annie: A year ago, I met my soul mate, and we were soon engaged. Everything is wonderful between us, but our families are another story. My grandmother doesn't much care for "Pete," and his mother feels the same about me.

Horoscope for July 30

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Today's developments are apt to be to your liking. They'll involve just enough risks to make things interesting, but they will not be beyond your abilities to control things should something go awry.

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'Messiest Garage' winner will be announced Saturday

Six garages across Craig have been nominated for the "Craig's Messiest Garage" contest put on by the Craig Daily Press. The voting ended Wednesday.

Craig man accused of drug distribution near a school, other offenses

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed formal charges Wednesday morning against a Craig man who is suspected of distributing drugs near a school and a church.

Datebook for July 30

Today 11 a.m. Moffat County Libraries story time takes place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds covered picnic area. Bring a lunch, sunscreen and hat. In case of stormy weather, call the library before 10:30 a.m. to learn whether the event has been canceled. This story time will be the final one hosted at the fairgrounds. Call 824-5116.

Wednesday, July 29

Reina, city close to settlement

Attorneys for the city of Craig and local resident Francisco Reina are close to reaching an out-of-court settlement, according to paperwork filed in Moffat County District Court.

Datebook for July 29, 2009


Fantasy Fix: Think WR with early fantasy football draft picks

Most fantasy football drafts will be taking place from now until about a week before the NFL season starts, so I think it's a good time to discuss some draft strategy and take a look at some undervalued wide receivers.

Our View: Something for everyone

The 91st annual Moffat County Fair, which has begun with a few smaller events, represents more than just another entertainment option for residents.

Mary Blakeman: Feral cat prevention

The Humane Society of Moffat County is planning a feral cat intervention program. The Humane Society recognizes feral cats are a problem for the community and has conducted research to determine which existing programs are successful in controlling feral cat populations.

The Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks for dog food

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank Robert Pappert for the donations of dog food; Stephen and Diane Ghirardelli for the very generous monetary donation; and the Criswell family for the dog food donation.

Residents donate more to clerk

Community members contribute $25 more to Sullivan's cause

Some residents who support Moffat County Clerk Elaine Sullivan's program to mail comment cards to Gov. Bill Ritter are willing to pay for it.

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Habitat for Humanity gets 2 new properties

Almost a year ago, the Moffat County Chapter of Routt County Habitat for Humanity was hoping to have a property donated to it so group members could begin building a new project to improve housing opportunities in Craig.

Police Blotter for July 27, 2009

Moffat County Jail

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Understanding disabilities

Friday is 1st Northwest Colorado Disability Awareness Day

Evelyn Tileston's office looks like any other workspace. She has a desk with a computer and pictures of her family on a shelf. The difference is, Tileston can't see the pictures of her family.

Craig briefs: Daily Press seeks hunting photos

The Craig Daily Press is accepting hunting photo submissions from the public. The photos could be chosen for publication in the Daily Press' 2009 Colorado Hunter magazine.

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Lorna Farrow dies in crash

Longtime local was a gun enthusiast, repair shop owner

Lorna Lou Farrow, a local shooting enthusiast and co-owner of Farrow Repair Service in western Steamboat Springs, died Tuesday after she was struck by a dump truck while checking her mailbox on U.S. Highway 40.

Wine Festival brings top sips, 'Top Chef'

4-day culinary event features TV show winner, seminars, tastings

The day Gail Wiltshire heard Boulder fish chef Hosea Rosenberg had been chosen to compete on the Bravo TV cooking competition "Top Chef," the TeamSage Productions employee and sixth annual Wine Festival at Steamboat organizer called Rosenberg's restaurant.

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Hayden works on Lake Village deal

Robinson Construction would finish trails, landscaping under deal

Robinson Construction and the town of Hayden could extend their agreement on Lake Village subdivision, meaning the Oregon-based contractor would do more work than planned.

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Wrestling team hosts dinner to raise money for January tournament

For a sport known for steadfast dieting and weight-watching, what better way to support a wrestling team than with a prime rib dinner?

July 25 Hayden Speedway results

Results from the July 25 Hayden Speedway regular show.

Horoscopes for July 29, 2009

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Be on your toes, and you may discover a wonderful and profitable opportunity others have been treating indifferently. When you hear what it is, you'll instantly know how to make it work.

State seeks $5M for carbon storage project

In an effort to protect the interests of Northwest Colorado's energy industry, the Colorado Geological Survey plans to apply for a $5 million federal recovery grant to test whether the hills north of Hamilton would be suitable for carbon sequestration.

AGNC presents natural gas opportunity

Regional lobby group talks about fueling station in Moffat County

If local government shows enough interest, a natural gas fueling station for cars and trucks could be built in Moffat County.

Annie's Mailbox: Brother's children are ill-behaved

Dear Annie: Several years ago, my younger brother, "Ben," and his wife asked my husband and me to be the guardians of their new baby and any future children. They liked the way we were raising our own children and felt comfortable having us raise theirs if something were to happen to them. We happily agreed.

Tuesday, July 28

No new salmonella cases reported in county

No new cases have been reported regarding the King Soopers and City Market recall of nearly 500,000 pounds of beef products because of a possible salmonella contamination, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association said Tuesday.

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Youths assist BLM on release of biocontrol insects

The Bureau of Land Management and the Moffat County 4-H Cloverbuds released Sunday evening biological control insects on invasive salt cedar 35 miles southwest of Craig, near Duffy Mountain.

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Dealers react to 'cash for clunkers'

Area salesmen have mixed feeling about new federal recovery program

Local car dealers hope a new federal recovery program will hit the gas pedal on new vehicle sales, though optimism is somewhat hard to come by.

VNA offers $1M for partial ownership of TMH campus

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association made a tentative offer of $1 million to buy a portion of The Memorial Hospital's current campus during a workshop Monday evening at the Moffat County Courthouse.

Datebook for July 28, 2009


Senior Spotlight for July 28, 2009

Music is an important part of life. My mood sometimes change because of it. I was feeling down in the dumps Saturday and then played some CDs.

The Memorial Hospital board meeting agenda

7 p.m. Wednesday, Platinum Conference Room

Police Blotter for July 26, 2009

Moffat County Jail

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Traveling Western art show comes to town

Sale features antique prints and newer paintings

At 11 a.m. Thursday, the 11th annual "Spirit of the American West" fine art show and sale opens at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts. Mary Williams' collection will be on display and available for sale through Sunday, and the gallery will extend its hours through the weekend.

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Local couple signs lease at Space Station

Operator shoots for September opening

A local couple has signed a lease to reopen the Space Station gas station and convenience store in downtown Steamboat Springs. The station at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue has sat vacant for more than two years, and its owner was nearly cited for nuisance issues by the city.

David K. Williams, Jr.: There is only fraud

This is in response to Ryan Neece's letter to the editor where he sings the praises of government over private enterprise.

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Players show off skills Monday in 1st day of Doak Walker Football

Football's preseason has started. Doak Walker Football's preseason, that is. Monday was a mandatory skills day for third- and fourth-graders readying for a season on the gridiron.

Annie's Mailbox: Daughter's boyfriend is too controlling

Dear Annie: My 14-year-old daughter, "Sara," thinks she's in love with a controlling boyfriend who is two years older. In the past six months, she's become a different child. She recently informed me that she and the boyfriend are having sex.

Horoscopes for July 28, 2009

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - A financial or commercial matter should not be conducted impulsively, especially if you're doing business with a stranger. Be smart, precise and methodical.

Andy Bockelman: My take: I hate you, 'Beth Cooper'

If the teen comedy "I Love You, Beth Cooper" teaches us nothing else, it's that public speaking can be made even worse when you think outside the box.

Maren Schmidt:

There is magnetism with children 2 1/2 to 3 years old and their ability to blurt out observations in public. These comments can make us understand, that, yes, we are paying for our raising them.

Craig briefs: Home and garden registration beginning for fair

Moffat County residents who enter the open class home and garden contests can now pre-register for the 91st Annual Moffat County Fair.

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Siblings to start Venture Crew group

Boy Scouts-affiliated program encourages outdoor activities

A couple of local teens are organizing a Venture Crew that will provide Steamboat Springs' young adults with access to a number of outdoor activities. Venture Crew is a youth development program created by Boy Scouts of America for young men and women ages 14 to 20.

Workshop designed to give women inspiration during hard times

With a world leaving people in hard times, one local woman said she wants to go around the country to bring some light back to women.

Monday, July 27

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Weekend horse show part of Moffat County Fair

This weekend, horse enthusiasts showed off their prized possessions at the Moffat County Fairgrounds arena.

Datebook for July 27, 2009


Craig briefs: MCHS fall musical audition packets available

Those interested in auditioning for the Moffat County High School fall musical, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," should begin preparing now, school officials said.

Business beat: My message remains: Shop local, shop local

The July 13 issue of Newsweek has a story regarding the clause in the stimulus package, which requires using American made iron and steel in stimulus projects and the impacts that has had on foreign relations.

Annie's Mailbox: Old classmate made unwelcomed proposal

Dear Annie: I am the mother of an 18-month-old baby and have been happily married for 15 years. Since I am now a stay-at-home parent, I recently joined an online social networking system in order to reconnect with former co-workers. Many of my long-lost friends from high school found me and added me to their friend lists. We enjoyed remembering old times.

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Humane Society preparing to launch program to control feral cats

Wild cats don't always recover, but once in a while, it's possible. "Sometimes they come around after a few days," said Ann Anderson, vice president for the Humane Society of Moffat County.

H. Neal Glanville: Escape from the orchard

Somehow, the leg of my jeans got hung up on the middle row of barbed wire. I started laughing, thinking of the look Jane would give me when I suddenly remembered grandma holding my baby brother Kris's jeans the afternoon of the great green apple raid.

Sheila Mercado: Reform health care

I recently sent a letter to the president, and it was posted on the White House Web site concerning the need for health care. The president asked for personal stories from real people in America. He has the right idea.

County clerk lets residents write to governor about new vehicle fees

A chord was struck, it seems, after the Moffat County clerk and recorder recently initiated a program to let residents give Gov. Bill Ritter their feedback about increased vehicle registration fees.

Freedom Conference lineup announced

Steamboat Institute announces its speakers for event in August

The Steamboat Institute has announced its slate of speakers for the inaugural Freedom Conference in August. The Institute promotes limited government, lower taxes, free markets, a strong national defense and individual rights and responsibilities as its mission.

Horoscopes for July 27, 2009

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Be thoughtfully attentive to companions, whether in a social arrangement or a business meeting. Someone you impress will help you with something you couldn't do alone.

Aging Well: Disability awareness highlights challenges, opportunities

Disability Awareness Week is a time to think about challenges facing people with disabilities or, taking awareness one step further, to pretend to have a disability.

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Trent Durham beats Danny Stahl for Sport Stock victory

For the third time this summer, the Hayden Speedway has seen a young racer claim his first victory in the Sport Stock class.

Ryan Neece: Government is solution

The long-standing battle between big business and big government has been raging for years, decades, perhaps even centuries.

Sunday, July 26

Diane Prather: 'Colorado Industries of the Past' a look at economic past

"Colorado Industries of the Past," by William L. Reich, explores those Colorado businesses that have come and gone the past 150 years and the people who started them.

Saturday, July 25

Members of 4-H learn life skills at the fair

Fair observation a 'powerful experience'

I've been involved in fairs for many, many years - as an exhibitor, Fair Board member, superintendent, mother of exhibitors and even a judge. So, I've always known what young people gain from completing 4-H and FFA projects. After all, I was a 4-H member, too.But, this past weekend I had a chance to sit back and observe some terrific young people at work and to reflect on what I saw. It was a powerful experience for me, indeed.

Our View: Kudos, county

Earlier this month, the Moffat County Commission made a wise decision. The Editorial Board, a group that historically hasn't offered up much praise to decisions made in county circles, must give credit where it's due.

Horoscope for July 25

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Unless you continue to hold a strong grip on your spending habits, you could lose your grasp on something for which you've worked very hard. Continue to be practical and cautious so you don't weaken.

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New field proves a diamond can be found in dirt

With the hum of a steamroller Thursday afternoon, the chores of a maintenance crew and a fresh line of chalk, a diamond is quietly returned to gem status.

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Gubernatorial candidate pledges to stick to conservative values

If state Sen. Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, conveyed one message to 14 local residents who gathered Friday to hear him speak, it was that he wants to bring the Republican Party back to its roots.

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Hayden battles 29 percent water losses

Hayden manager: Utility rates probably will increase to cover money shortfalls

On paper, it appears Hayden is losing about 29 percent of the water it produces each year. Hayden Town Council members discussed the problem at their meeting Thursday.

Police blotter for July 23

Jerry David Flannery, 45, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of unlawful distribution/manufacture/dispensing/sale/possession, possession of hallucinogenic drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

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5-year-old's cancer in remission

The 5-year-old running races with her grandmother in City Park isn't sick. "It's getting hot out here," said Connie J. Robinson, Mackinsie Peterson's grandmother, as she took off her sunglasses and wiped her brow. "Let's go in the shade."

Census committee getting early start at reaching out

A local Hispanic leader sees potential stumbling blocks for a local effort to get a complete count in next year's census.

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190-million-year-old tracks found at Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument announces footprints of 'ancient mammals'

Far up a remote canyon in Dinosaur National Monument, paleontologists have discovered a remarkable deposit of footprints made by ancient mammals as they crossed the sand dunes of an ancient desert.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband more like a roommate

Dear Annie: My husband, "Don," and I have been married for more than 35 years and have five grown children. Don is a difficult person. When he is around, we all walk on eggshells. To protect the children, I have always been the peacemaker.

Kathy Bassett: They came a long way to play cribbage

It wasn't too long after the Flying-Pickle Friends left that we got more company. Our friend from South Dakota came down and brought his 8-year-old grandson, Seth, with him. Seth is just, well, there isn't any other words to describe him, he is a little cutie.

Government update for July 25

Last met: Tuesday, July 21

Datebook for July 25

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Humane Society of Moffat County hosts a garage sale at 2205 East Ninth St. The group is accepting donations other than adult clothes or large appliances. Call Ann at 826-2717 or 620-2014.

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Federal program gives rebate for inefficient car trade-ins

Car dealers prepare to trade new cars in 'Cash for Clunkers'

Car dealerships are ready to rev up the Car Allowance Rebate System, dubbed "Cash for Clunkers." Congress approved the program in June, and President Barack Obama signed it June 24.

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MCHS grad will study education at UNC with help from scholarship

In June, the Moffat County Education Association and the School Board presented Dani Kawcak, a 2009 MCHS graduate, with the Ed Townsend Scholarship, a $1,000 grant for a student who will pursue a career in education.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Public Enemies' is a welcome but wavery gangster picture

Ah, to be back in the days when fedoras were still in style and radio was the top communication medium. Of course, in between trips to the soup line, you had to be sure not to run into some "Public Enemies."

ACET: Distribution took place near school, church

All Crimes Enforcement Team arrests Craig man on drug-related charges

The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested a 45-year-old Craig man Thursday for allegedly distributing drugs near a preschool and day care center.

Friday, July 24

City Market recalls tainted beef

Meat sickens 2 with salmonella in Routt County

King Soopers and City Market have recalled 466,236 pounds of ground beef linked to 14 cases of salmonella in Colorado, including two confirmed cases in Routt County. Recalled meat was produced on dates ranging from May 23 to June 13.

Police Blotter for July 22, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Christina M. Currie: A painful time in the ER

"This will hurt me more than it will hurt you." Yeah. Anyone who's ever been on the receiving side of any form of punishment knows there's no way that statement can be true.

Lyn Cox, Rick and Kim Cox, Zac and Ginger Cox: Thank you to helpers

The family of Amy and Rick Bustad want to thank Delbert and Diana Knez and the O.P. staff for the great Poker Run they had this year.

Ed Wilkinson: VFW, American Legion news and notes

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and American Legion Post 62 had their meetings Monday and Tuesday nights, respectively. Be a part of your organization and participate.

County Board of Equalization meeting agenda

The meeting is to discuss property valuation appeals. CBOE board members are Moffat County commissioners Tom Gray, Audrey Danner and Tom Mathers.

Horoscopes for July 24, 2009

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - There are times when one must spend money to make money, but make sure that you're dealing with one of those situations before plunking down the cash. Don't do anything foolish.

Fuel gauge report for July 24, 2009

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

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TMH Ladies Auxiliary seeks more volunteers

Probably the most important quality for any prospective Pink Lady volunteer is compassion. That's the opinion of Doris Moore, 87, who was on staff when a young woman recently died at The Memorial Hospital.

Datebook for July 24, 2009


Craig briefs: MCHS fall musical audition packets available

Those interested in auditioning for the Moffat County High School fall musical, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," should begin preparing now, school officials said.

Annie's Mailbox: Brother is a picky eater, won't clean

Dear Annie: Because of the struggling economy, my mom needed to take a full-time position. I now have the responsibility of taking care of my younger brother, who is almost 12 years old. That means that I cook our meals, wash the dishes and do housekeeping. Although I enjoy cooking, it can be tiring to decide what to eat every day, clean up after and make sure Mom doesn't have work to do when she comes home late at night.

21st Century Team will begin training Monday

Cheryl Arnett's second-grade class is published. Web published, that is. On Arnett's class Web site, at, several videos and projects are posted showcasing the students achievements during the year.

Craig sports briefs: Demolition Derby deadline extended

The deadline for drivers in the Moffat County Fair's Demolition Derby has been extended to 4 p.m., Thursday. Applications and guidelines are available at the county Extension Office, 539 Barclay St.

VNA plans in limbo

Organization unsure about TMH purchase

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association may buy its portion of the current The Memorial Hospital campus, or the whole facility or none at all, said Cole White, VNA director of operations.

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Young Yampa Valley football players will wear Walker's name

When young football players suit up this season, they will be wearing a continuing legacy. A legacy spanning 82 years. A legacy that winds through Dallas; Detroit; Canton, Ohio; and Steamboat Springs.

Fr. Randy Dollins: Be a proud prude

I was watching the classic romantic comedy "Sleepless in Seattle" the other day and a particular scene caught my attention.

Thursday, July 23

U16 soccer team finishes 2nd

If the July 17 to 19 soccer tournament in Steamboat Springs is any indication of the upcoming season, coach Rusty Cox might have a lot to smile about.

Annie's Mailbox: My daughter has bipolar disorder

Dear Annie: My 25-year-old daughter, "Nola," lives in Alabama, as does her father, and I live in Florida. Nola is bipolar. She finally acknowledged that she needs medication, but has a hard time affording it because she has no insurance.

City gets Reina case extension

Attorneys negotiating out-of-court settlement for former council candidate

The city of Craig has until Monday to file an answer to former Craig City Council candidate Francisco Reina's civil suit in Moffat County District Court.

Veterans Hotline: VFW, American Legion meetings held

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and American Legion Post 62 had their meetings Monday and Tuesday nights, respectively.

Cathy Hamilton: A new vacation plan

I was suffering from an acute case of vacation envy. Symptoms included pronounced restlessness, intermittent depression, mild anxiety, cabin fever and an obsessive attraction to travel guides.

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Girl Scouts spend a day doing experiments

Alyssa Spencer has pink dye on her legs. Her hands are stained with the remnants of pink chalk and her shirt is covered with soap, glue and other casualties of a day of scientific experiments.

Browns Park native writes a book about her life on the range

It seems modernity has crept into all parts of the world, blanketing all that once was, Diana Allen Kouris said. She claims to know firsthand. As a young girl, Kouris spent much of her formative years on her family's ranch in Browns Park, aptly named the Browns Park Livestock Ranch.

Student news: Melisa McCarthy

The Cedar Mountain Lions Club Scholarship recipient for 2009-10 is Melisa McCarthy. She is a 2007 Moffat County High School graduate and a second-year dental hygiene student at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangley.

Police blotter for July 21

Officers responded to two requests to assist another agency.

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4-H Shotgun Shooting Sports club learns gun safety

With a shout of "pull," a bright orange trap exploded up from the grass. With a calculating eye and a steady gun, members of the 4-H Shotgun Shooting Sports club made sure the discs never made it to the ground in one piece.

School Board prepares for busy year

Communication and governance the focus

For the first time, Joseph Petrone will sit in the superintendent's chair at tonight's Moffat County School Board meeting.

Sports briefs: Moffat County Young Life to sponsor golf tournament

Moffat County Young Life will host a golf tournament Aug. 1 at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Horoscope for July 23, 2009

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Promises need to be taken with a grain of salt. Although another may mean what he or she says, this person may end up in a pickle and not be able to fulfill the pledges.

Datebook for July 23

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ridgeview Church of God hosts its annual Vacation Bible School for children in third to sixth grade. This year's theme is Crocodile Dock, "Where fearless kids shine God's light." Call 824-9619.

Wednesday, July 22

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Lodwick 'fine' after cycling accident

US Ski Team member collides with car while on bike in France

World champion and four-time Olympian Todd Lodwick was released from the hospital with bumps and bruises after a biking accident near Albertville, France, on Wednesday afternoon.

Datebook for July 22, 2009


Cherie Blomquist, Deb Yoast, Heather Sweet, Stephanie Harvey, Steve Martinson: Thanks, Trapper mine

We five teachers from Moffat County School District would like to thank Trapper Mining Inc. and Ray DuBois.

County hopes to reopen Hamilton vote center

Moffat County officials want to reopen the Hamilton vote center in time for the November election after closing it last year because it did not meet federal handicap access requirements.

Annie's Mailbox: Elderly boss stressing out worker

Dear Annie: Right now I am having an anxiety attack and a headache. All because my elderly boss started the week by screaming and belittling everyone in sight. The man can't hear, can't see and barely gets around, but he insists on running the business with an iron fist. His adult children are perfectly capable of taking over, but he refuses to let them have any responsibility aside from their hourly jobs.

County contributes $10,800 to ACET

13-year-old task force has conducted 25 investigations this year

After a brief discussion Tuesday, the Routt County Board of Commissioners approved a $10,800 contribution to the All Crimes Enforcement Team's 2010 budget.

Our View: A project worth considering

It's a subject this Editorial Board, and several others in the past, have hammered home many times: the need to work smarter and harder on improving the community's downtown district.

Craig briefs: Program to address feral cat population

The Humane Society of Moffat County plans to host its first meeting on its Trap, Neuter, Release Program at 6 p.m. July 30 at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant, 538 Yampa Ave.

Police Blotter for July 19, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Patrick Wayne Germond: Government the problem

A lot of economic "Greek tragedies" in the past have been caused from government leaders trying to go against the economic laws of nature and common sense.

Fantasy Fix: MLB players poised for a comeback

So, Albert Pujols didn't win the Home Run Derby last week like I thought he would. No big deal, really. As long as he continues this pace, he will single handedly deliver many a fantasy baseball title.

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Today is the last day for Doak Walker Football registration

For athletic youths who can't wait to get on the field to knock helmets, Doak Walker Football is just what they need. Through school teams, youths must wait until seventh grade before they can join a football team.

Horoscopes for July 22, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Being your own person can make you more assertive than usual, but that doesn't mean you'll be selfish in the process. You'll make your way in life without generating any ill will.

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Special-needs students bond with horses

One by one, 16-year-old Ashleigh Santistevan's crutches are placed on the ground next to the ramp. Physical therapist Carol Sitlington, a lean woman with a white cowboy hat and a red bandanna in her back pocket, shows unexpected strength as she lifts Santistevan onto a milk chocolate-colored horse.

Andy Bockelman: 'Harry Potter' just as magical 6th time

Eye of newt and toe of frog may make fire burn and cauldron bubble, but irrepressible infatuations and other teenage worries cause the toil and trouble of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

SART keeps space

Sexual assault victims can use confidential examination rooms

The Sexual Assault Response Team will continue to offer support to local sexual assault victims using space donated by The Memorial Hospital.

Tuesday, July 21

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Bear shot in downtown Steamboat

Adult male killed from shot to the head Monday night

Jim Haskins, Colorado Division of Wildlife area manager, said officers are treating the Monday night killing as a crime and investigating who shot the bear.

Salazar votes no on cap and trade

Congressman John Salazar, D-Colo., who represents Moffat County, was the only congressional Democrat of Colorado's delegation to vote no June 26 on the American Clean Energy and Security Act, otherwise known as the cap and trade bill.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: It's not goodbye, but I'll see you later

Sometimes it takes leaving a place behind to realize what place it holds in your heart. Sometimes it's not a place, but it's a person, an item or an occasion.

Datebook for July 21, 2009


Police blotter for July 21, 2009

Craig Police Department

Salvation Army seeks new volunteers

Members of the Craig chapter of the Salvation Army want to do more.

Craig briefs: Mother seeks info on 'runaway son'

A local woman is asking the public to contact her or the Craig Police Department if anyone knows the whereabouts of her son, a 16-year-old Moffat County High School sophomore, who it is believed has run away.

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Despite low fundraising total, organizer considers Craig Relay a success

This year's Craig Relay For Life, an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, almost didn't happen.

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Soccer league in its 3rd year

With 10 minutes left in the second half, the soccer teams were tied Sunday morning at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Mary Jo Brown: Summer in full effect

July is over the hump and on its merry way to more thunderstorms, signs of getting ready for school, grills going, and watermelon being nice and cold. You know, all the usual signs of summer being in full effect.

Maren Schmidt: Practicing freedom

Freedom is a tenuous situation at best. The ability to freely do something interconnects with several attributes that include critical thinking and the courage to act or not act, as the case may be.

Bruce A. Nottingham: Applauding 'Neverland'

To the editor:

Horoscope for July 21, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Get in the swing of things with fun-loving friends, and leave your worries at home. Don't let serious or down-in-the-mouth opinions prevail during lighthearted involvements.

Annie's Mailbox: My 24-year-old daughter acts like a child

Dear Annie: I have a pretty, petite 24-year-old daughter who is quite immature for her age. She looks like she is 15. She still lives at home, occasionally helps around the house and attends the local community college. But she can't keep a job for long.

Assault suspects appear in court

Three local men and a male juvenile appeared Monday in Moffat County Court to hear a judge's advisement on charges related to an alleged assault July 15 that sent one person to the hospital with critical injuries.

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Diane Prather: One column, two recipes

This week, the column features two more recipes from "Cattlemen's Favorite Beef Recipes: From the Kitchens of the Colorado Cowbelles."

Monday, July 20

Datebook for July 20, 2009


Sports briefs: Rampage in the Cage tickets now on sale

Rampage in the Cage tickets now on sale

Police make arrests in alleged assault case

The Craig Police Department arrested three Craig people and issued an arrest warrant for a fourth Friday stemming from an alleged assault a few days earlier.

John Kinkaid: Health care nightmare

To the editor:

Baumgardner named to tourism, ag groups

Representative plans to serve as 'strong voice' for the Western Slope

House Republican Leader Mike May, R-Parker, has appointed Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, to serve on the Colorado Tourism Office Board and the House Agriculture Livestock and Natural Resources Committee, according to a news release.

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H. Neal Glanville: Pluck a grape? That's stealing

Pushing your grocery cart through the produce aisle, you stop and pop a grape or two into your mouth. What's it hurt; it's only a stupid grape?

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Local transplant recipient featured in TV commercial

On May 11, just three months after a life-altering liver transplant, Summer Hudish climbed Cedar Mountain. But it was on the way back to her car that she broke through a barrier.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Harry Potter' just as magical sixth time around

Eye of newt and toe of frog may make fire burn and cauldron bubble, but irrepressible infatuations and other teenage worries cause the toil and trouble of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

Annie's Mailbox: I consider myself a very jealous woman

Dear Annie: I am an unbelievably jealous woman. I don't trust anyone around my husband, not even my sister. The root of this jealousy is the fact that several former boyfriends cheated on me, and sometimes it was with close friends and family members, my sister included.

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Troy Phillips to start work Aug. 1 at clinic

Dr. Troy Phillips subscribed to the Craig Daily Press a year before he moved to town. He didn't even receive the newspaper in his own town of Waco, Texas, where he was finishing his residency.

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Moffat County Mud Runs return with more success

There might not be a more difficult drive in Craig.

Aging well: Communication key to supporting friends with cancer

An invitation for a walk or movie, a helping hand with laundry, an offer to give a person a ride to and from treatment.

Horoscope for July 20, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - The most worthwhile thing you can offer someone in need might be a bit of advice or an excellent lead on which he or she can follow up. It could mean more to this person than anything else you do.

Saturday, July 18

Craig briefs: Fishing, shotgun clinic for women

The Colorado Division of Wildlife Women Afield Program is sponsoring a "Cast & Blast" clinic for women Aug. 1 in Steamboat Springs. The clinic teaches participants to learn to fly fish and shoot a shotgun.

Baxter Black: Another squeeze chute story

Another squeeze chute story. In my world, it is the equivalent of a shark attack or a middle of the night calving call, a story that sends shivers down my spine.

Officials: Fire danger 'moderate to high'

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported that a recent sampling of area vegetation shows a drying trend.

Post office to adjust delivery routes July 25

US Postal Service faces potential $6.5B deficit

Faced with declining mail volume and revenue because of the poor economy, along with other higher costs, the U.S. Postal Service is facing a potential $6.5 billion or more operating budget deficit this year, according to a news release.

Government update for July 18

Government update for July 18

Bulldogs lose to the Knights

American Legion baseball ends season with Game 2 loss in tournament

The last time the Moffat County American Legion Post 62 baseball team faced Eagle Valley's Jack Barbella, the result was a hitting coach's nightmare.

Police blotter for July 18

William Reynolds, 44, of Englewood, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Janet Sheridan: Heaven help me

The car was crowded, the trip long, the road narrow. Conversation stalled and died. Then 5-year-old Harrison fired a question: "Mom, MOM! I can't spell. I don't know how to study. What are they going to do with me in kindergarten?"

Annie's Mailbox: Woman acts like a child

Dear Annie: I have been living with "Lila" for less than a year. She owns her house but can't afford the mortgage payments. Instead of trying to work out an arrangement with the mortgage company, she opted to simply not pay the mortgage. I moved in and saved the house from foreclosure. I have caught up with the house payments and now make them every month.

Hayden gym needs repairs

Superintendent expresses concern about costs at School Board meeting

Hayden School District Superintendent Greg Rockhold expressed concern to Hayden School Board members Wednesday about how to pay for middle school gymnasium repairs needed to "keep the building from falling in," pending a report from a structural engineer who inspected it.

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Moffat County History: The last passenger train to Craig

When the Moffat Line reached Craig in 1913, the citizens rightfully were excited. They were linked to the rest of the United States by the steel ribbons that crawled across the mountains.

Kathy Bassett: I'll stick with cow pies and gooseberries

Good grief. IPods, cell phones, DVRs, DVDs, MP3s, GPSs and all that sorta stuff? I never heard of some of these things, I don't know what they do, and I don't wanna know what they do.

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Moffat County School Board has 3 open seats to fill

For those interested in running for an open position on the Moffat County School Board, the time to act is quickly approaching.

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Survivors fight back against cancer

Third annual Craig Relay For Life almost didn't happen

Claysil Butler got up out of her wheelchair and walked. Slowly but surely, she made it the last few feet of the survivor's lap Friday night at the Craig Relay For Life.

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From slaves to saviors

Sex-slavery survivors visit Steamboat during cultural immersion

Watching them laugh and smile as they prepare for a bike ride along the Elk River, it's hard to imagine the horrors these women have endured.

Our View: Resist Neverland

The Editorial Board members, by and large, are fans of Michael Jackson's music. However, we are abhorred by the constant, droning, obsessive coverage of his death and family troubles

Datebook for July 18

9:45 a.m. Motorcyclists meet at the Drifter's Inn, 210 Penland St., in Baggs, Wyo., for the start of the Dove's Nest Foundation Motorcycle Run, which rides from Baggs to Walden to Steamboat Springs to Craig. Organizers ask that each rider bring a canned good to donate. Call 970-756-KIDS or 307-380-7018.

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Trapper Mining donates $200,000 to CNCC campus

Trapper Mining recently donated $200,000 to Colorado Northwestern Community College for the Career and Technical Education Center it plans to build by spring 2010 at the new campus on Craig's west side.

Diane Prather: You know it's summer when ...

Sometimes summers in Northwest Colorado are remembered for something that stood out - like being hotter and drier than usual (even an all-out drought), or being colder and wetter than usual, or even for having an unusual presence of some type of insect (such as butterflies or grasshoppers).

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Tubers take to the Yampa

Getting down the Yampa River is easy. It involves a cheap rubber tube and two to three hours of free time to gently float to Loudy-Simpson Park.

Horoscopes for July 18, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Listen attentively to the ideas of others, because you could build upon their creative thinking and come up with something exciting for yourself. What you conceive will be quite unusual.

Friday, July 17

Horoscope for July 17, 2009

Horoscope for July 17, 2009

Fuel gauge report for July 17

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

Datebook for July 17

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

Police blotter for July 17

Officers responded to two reports of a suspicious person.

Government update for July 17

Government update for July 17

Student news: Justin Kawcak

Justin Kawcak, a 2006 Moffat County High School graduate, placed fifth in Marketing Analysis and Decision Making at the Future Business Leaders of America Phi Beta Lamboda National Leadership Conference in June in Anaheim, Calif.

Annie's Mailbox: 12-year lover refuses to leave wife

Dear Annie: I met "George" 12 years ago, and we began a relationship. I now am 78 and a widow.

Barbara Jean Sonntag: The Memorial Hospital is great

To the editor: I was worried when the Craig Medical Center closed. I didn't know where all the patients would go.

American Legion baseball drops 1st tourney game

The Moffat County American Legion Post 62 Bulldogs lost, 13-3, to Woodland Park in the opening round of the season-ending double elimination tournament.

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Popular Bar looking for new pool association

On Wednesday, Frank Alvarez, the 32nd ranked pool player in the world, was at the Popular Bar in Craig showing the benefits of the United States Pool Players Association.

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Man bears large cross walking from Texas

Man from Texas on his way to Washington with large cross on his back

With $5 in his pocket and a 12-foot cross on his back, James Strickland left Longview, Texas, on foot 11 weeks ago hoping to make his way to Aberdeen, Wash.

DOLA funding tightens in new fiscal year

Any faith the Moffat County Commission had that grants from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs would continue to be available were diminished this week when DOLA released new application guidelines.

Len Browning: Find God in summer, and share with others

Summer in Northwest Colorado always brings with it a plethora of activity.

Craig briefs: Hayden Daze is this weekend

The Hayden Daze festival is this weekend, starting with a barbecue hosted by the American Legion at 7 p.m. and then a street dance lasting from 8 p.m. to midnight.

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Neolithics to hold going out of business sale

Carol Wilson will close her shop's doors after more than 12 years in downtown Craig

After 12 1/2 years of standing behind the counter at Neolithics, Carol Wilson is ready to make the transition from retail into retirement.

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New York Times reporter shines light on Supreme Court

The New York Times' Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak spoke at the first installment of this year's Seminars at Steamboat lecture series. He practiced law for 15 years before joining the Times as legal reporter, and he's covered the Supreme Court beat for about a year.

Thursday, July 16

Rampage in the Cage to return to Craig

What has six sides, chain-link fencing, two fighters and returns Aug. 8 to Craig? Rampage in the Cage, hosted by Holistic Health and Fitness at the Moffat County Ice Arena, 600 S. Ranney St.

Horoscope for July 16, 2009

Horoscope for July 16, 2009

Craig briefs: Francisco Reina offers free soccer classes

Francisco Reina is organizing free soccer classes this summer for anyone from age 2 to 99 at his home, 774 Texas Ave.

The Harris family: Thanks for the love

To the editor: We would like to sincerely thank Delbert and Diana Knez for providing food and love after Brett Stearns' funeral.

Dear Annie: The man I love needs to contribute

Dear Annie: I am a single mom of two children, ages 10 and 16. I have a good job, can make ends meet on my own, and consider myself very independent and self-reliant.

Datebook for July 16

11 a.m. Moffat County Libraries story-time takes place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds covered picnic area. Bring a lunch, sunscreen and hat. In case of stormy weather, call the library before 10:30 a.m. to learn whether the event has been canceled. The Craig Police Department will make a presentation. Call 824-5116.

Police blotter for July 16

Arturo Villa-Estrada, 21, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of selling amphetamine.

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Ending global hunger a goal of man's cross-country ride

Drew Marinelli hopped on a road bike for the first time about a week before he set off April 1 to ride 6,000 miles across the country to increase awareness and raise funds in the fight against global hunger.

County, city talk economic growth

Moffat officials seek to apply for grants

Local politicians gave some insight into how they might approach future economic development proposals when they voted Tuesday on whether to support three grant proposals.

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Scholarships will help graduate go to college

When Dorina Fredrickson was little, she played store and dreamed about being a cashier. As she grew up, her goals did, too.

Rodeo state finals could come to Craig

Dave Fleming, former Moffat County High School rodeo sponsor, said he was contacted about the possibility of bringing the 2010 and 2011 CSHSRA State Finals to the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Alphi Bennett: Hazards need attention

To the editor: I have known and been friends with a few truckers in my life, and I personally do not have a problem with them as an industry.

Veterans Hotline: Telehealth clinics to get $7 million

The Veterans Affairs Rocky Mountain Network will receive $7,320,523 for its Telehealth Outreach Clinic expansion initiative.

Census committee wants wide involvement

From 2006 to 2008, Craig added 200 people to its population, bringing the total population to 9,241, according to recently released federal statistics.

Wednesday, July 15

Wall's salary request denied

Sheriff's Office employees not exempt from countywide pay cut

Routt County commissioners elected not to act on a request by Sheriff Gary Wall to restore some of his employees' salaries.

Our View: Put a leash on it

When people start carrying pepper spray and avoiding certain streets because of loose dogs, there's a problem. That's not a hypothetical. That's the reality.

Cory Overton: Trucks bring necessities

To the lady that does not want the trucks going though town, you would not have to back up at the stop light on Yampa Avenue if you stopped your car before the crosswalk, not on it, just like every other town and city in the U.S.

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Coach helps young divers find form

As aspiring divers clanked off the blue plastic diving board at the Craig Swimming Complex on Tuesday night, coach Dave Fix patrolled the edge of the pool.

Silver Bullet golf results from July 11 and 12

Golf scores

Datebook for July 15, 2009


Student News: Lindsey Browning

Lindsey Browning, the daughter of Cheryle and Leonard Browning, was named to the 2008-2009 Dean's List of Academic Distinction at the University of Northern Colorado.

Fantasy Fix: Keep an eye on the waiver wire

This week, I'd like to go over some waiver wire pickups in fantasy baseball and talk about some fantasy football.

Horoscopes for July 15, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Accolades might not be that important to you, but what you are able to accomplish is important. Plan your day by putting your aims first, and don't stop until you've reached your goals.

65th Anniversary: Earl and Beulah Kline

Earl and Beulah Kline, of Craig, were honored at an open house reception marking their 65th wedding anniversary Saturday, June 20, 2009.

Mr. Vernon Blevins and family: Thank you for kindness

May we send our heartfelt thanks to all who gave their kindness and sympathy in the death of our loved and respected wife and mother.

Police Blotter for July 13, 2009

Moffat County Jail

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Children find ways to play at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig

Six-year-old Julia Chavez is trying to glue her igloo together, but the top won't stay on. The theme is "Christmas in July" at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, and about 10 children sit around a table in the art room gluing felt hats on penguins and sprinkling glittery snow on their foam igloos.

Council places charter provision on ballot

At its meeting Tuesday, the Craig City Council took the final step needed to allow voters to keep or repeal a city charter provision that limits a person's personal financial contributions to their own political campaign.

Craig briefs: USDA collecting cash rental data

The U.S. Department of Agriculture relies on cash rental data to develop and administer programs that benefit Colorado's farmers and rural communities.

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Celebrate, remember and fight back

At last year's Relay For Life, 10-year-old Emma Samuelson fell asleep in her tent. This year, she's going to try to stay up all night as her family and more than 100 other participants walk around the Moffat County High School track for twelve hours.

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Jewelry trends for the summer looking bright

Jewelry is going big and bold this summer to accent the modern trends of fashion. "With the fashion trends of the summer, jewelry really stands out everywhere," said Elsie Hernandez, owner of One Way Fashions, 18 W. Victory Way, in Craig.

Annie's Mailbox: Miserable in my 4th marriage

Dear Annie: I am in my 60s, in good health, and have been married five years. This is my fourth marriage and I find myself miserable. My husband is good to me, and I know a lot of women would eagerly trade places. But I am ashamed to say I do not love him, nor have I ever loved any man.

Tuesday, July 14

The family of Brett Stearns: Thanks for support

On June 26, 2009, Brett Michael Stearns, a wildland firefighter, long-time Craig resident and our son, husband and brother, was killed while clearing hazardous trees in the Freeman Reservoir recreation area.

Horoscopes for July 14, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Don't think negative thoughts about your abilities. If you do the best you can, you'll have no reason to feel down on yourself when placed in a competitive situation.

Annie's Mailbox: Mother is going to rewrite will

Dear Annie: My father was sick for several years before he died. Dad told me that he and my mother were leaving their entire estate to me, their only child. He even showed me their wills.

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T.J. Montgomery teaches son about motocross

Picking a sport for his 4-year-old son to play was easy for T.J. Montgomery. He just looked into his own past. Logan Montgomery, now 6, was among the more than 400 riders participating in the Yampa Valley Sports Riders Club and Rocky Mountain Motocross Association weekend event in Craig.

The family of Margaret Blevins: Thanks to TMH

We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the professional and personal care Margaret received at The Memorial Hospital. Dr. Greg Roberts went above and beyond to ensure she didn't suffer.

Police Blotter for July 12

Craig Police Department

Andy Bockelman: 'Ice Age' is cool family entertainment

Parents, when it comes to prehistoric fun, you have a choice - either wait for the "The Land Before Time 35" to be released on DVD, or wrangle the kids to see "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs."

Assessor to present property value report

A few weeks ago, Moffat County Assessor Suzanne Brinks was happy the county would have an additional $77 million in assessed value from 2008 to 2009.

Craig brief: Police host next story-time

Through July 29, Moffat County Libraries officials and other local residents host Summer Reading Program story times at the Moffat County Fairgrounds covered picnic area.

Adrian S. Gray: Be fair with trucks

OK, we in the trucking industry understand that most people do not like truck traffic.

Bay Ruben: Gas drops 3 cents

I was going to put in a lawsuit against the local gas stations for price fixing, but now I am unable to follow through with my intentions because Gopher Foods lowered their price 3 cents a gallon.

Maren Schmidt: When to ask, when to tell

Fostering cooperation in our children can be a blood-pressure altering event. With so many chores that need to be done during the day, we can feel like a drill sergeant, police officer and the Wicked Witch of the West all rolled into one.

Senior Spotlight for July 14

Tomorrow - what an interesting word. Why? Because we use it a lot, but it never comes. It either turns into today or yesterday.

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Geocachers search Craig with a GPS and an 'eye for adventure'

There are more than 100 hidden treasures in and around Craig. Tucked away behind logs or in hollowed-out trees, they are waiting to be found by the next breed of treasure hunter, the geocacher.

Datebook for July 14, 2009


Monday, July 13

Business beat: Changing names and faces

Craig Liquors, at 391 Lincoln St., is now under new ownership and has a new name, Lariat Liquors. Mike and Soni Vice purchased the store in early June and have made a few changes.

Craig brief: Gov. proclaims Colorado Weed Awareness Week

This week, Coloradans are encouraged to remember the importance of managing noxious weeds, which negatively impact agriculture, water quality, recreational opportunities and wildlife.

Datebook for July 13, 2009


Eddie Kiggins: Holiday news lacking

I was sitting here thinking about the Fourth of July and was wondering why there was no celebration other than fireworks on this day that is so meaningful to a lot of people.

Class Reunion: Moffat Couny High School Class of 1979

The Moffat County High School Class of 1979 will have a reunion Friday and Saturday.

Mary Pressley: It's About Time

I was thrilled to read in Saturday's paper that our elementary school children finally will get more art classes each week.

H. Neal Glanville: Words and other confusing messes

Interesting things, words. Each has its own meaning, and at times multiple uses. We rattle them off like we know what we were talking or writing about.

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Craig Sea Sharks swim to victory at lone summer home meet

If Micah Espinosa learned anything about competitive swimming during the weekend's Craig Sea Shark's ABC Meet, it's that being in the pool is hard work.

Horoscopes for July 13, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Improvements in your personal affairs could be in the offing. All those stumbling blocks will now turn into steppingstones, leading you to new places and faces.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband, daughter are very close

Dear Annie: I have been married to "Vic" for 22 years. Our marriage is solid. We have an 18-year-old daughter, "Kara," who is totally in love with her father. Vic is, in turn, greatly attached to her. He always has been a nurturing and loving man, and their relationship has never bothered me, though it strains our relationship when the two of them occasionally team up against me.

DOW removing fish from Little Rascal Pond

Today, the Colorado Division of Wildlife will finish removing fish from Little Rascal Pond. Officials said the fishpond, located behind the Moffat County Public Safety Center on First Street, has mercury levels too high to be healthy for fish, and possibly children.

Aging Well: Be aware and prepare for summer play

Blue skies, warm temperatures, trails, lakes and rivers are reasons to get outside, but summer play does not come without risks. Poor preparation and judgment can have serious health consequences, particularly for older adults.

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Local Christian school enrolling for next year

Betty Ann Duzik said she was led by God to start a Christian school, but she needed a little more guidance. One year ago, she enlisted the help of Carol and Robert Whitehead, who had been involved with such schools before, and Eagle's Wings Christian School was born.

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Herring gets his excitement on the racetrack

Driver Loren Herring will be the first to say he's a nice guy. If his night driving in the Super Street class at the Hayden Speedway is cut short, he'll spend his time helping his fellow drivers.

Prather's Pick: 'Life As We Knew It'

Tidal waves, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. There are reports that the Statue of Liberty has washed out to sea. Untold numbers of people are reported dead. Will the earth ever be the same again?

Over A Cup of Coffee: Moffat County Stew

This week, I got a call from a reader who made "Tomato Soup Cake." She said the batter was way too stiff, but she added a can of water, baked the cake and her family thought it was delicious.

Saturday, July 11

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Gearing up for the fair

The official dates for the Moffat County Fair are Aug. 1 through 8, though some fair events will be earlier.

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Craig Sea Sharks' lone home meet begins with a mile

Running a mile takes a few minutes. Swimming one takes a commitment.On Friday morning, Craig Sea Shark Matt Hulstine made the commitment and was rewarded with a first place finish in the 1,500-meter freestyle.

Annie's Mailbox: Daughter didn't pay for car

Dear Annie: My wife recently went into a restaurant where our daughter had once worked. She casually mentioned our daughter's name, saying she used to be employed there a few years ago. A worker behind the counter walked over to my wife and, in a very angry tone, said my daughter had bought a car from another co-worker and had left town without paying for it. She still apparently owes the money after four years.

Conservation and the economy - part 3

How do we get Vestas Wind or Namaste Solar to develop wind and solar in Northwest Colorado? How do we get our piece of the new green, energy economy pie?

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Art class hours to double in elementary schools

When kindergartner Adylah Silva was asked to draw herself at the beginning of a handwriting class, her self-image was simple: A circle for a head, sticks for body parts, few facial features.

Our View: A 2-way solution

July 28 marks 32 years since a one-way traffic system was implemented in the city of Craig.

Lynda Watt: The United States is a constitutional republic

I read with some dismay the article by your new columnist, Janet Sheridan, entitled "Happy Fourth of July," which appeared in the July 4, 2009, edition of the Craig Daily Press. In this article, Ms. Sheridan referred to the United States as a "world-altering democracy."

Datebook for July 11

7 a.m. Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394, hosts the Ladies Silver Bullet golf tournament. Call 824-3673.

Bustad still in physical therapy

Family hopes he can return home in fall

It's important to stay positive, Lyn Cox said. When your son-in-law is in physical therapy in Denver after a serious motorcycle accident, and the doctors say it's likely he won't walk again, staying positive is the most important thing.

Government update for July 11

• Approved, 3-0, a bid award from Craig-based Osmun, Inc., for $17,380 to seal coat the Moffat County Public Safety Center parking lot. It was the low bid submitted.

Kathy Bassett: The Josie Bassett shoot

Hoooo Boy. You all need to show up next year just to see what kinds of fun you've missed out on throughout the years at the Josie Shoot in Vernal, Utah.

Student news: Laura Skowronski

Laura Skowronski, the daughter of John and Nancy Doane and the late Bill Skowronski, was named to the 2009 dean's list for Regis University in Denver.

Police blotter for July 9

Jesse Dean Brazelton, 41, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrant.

Craig briefs: MCHS 1979 class reunion Friday

The Moffat County High School Class of 1979 will have a reunion Friday and July 18.

Horoscope for July 11, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Because your praise and enthusiasm toward another lacks your customary sincerity, you may feel bad about it later. An apology will help.

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Local girl scouts complete video of Craig history

The final product only lasted 20 minutes, but it was the culmination of two years of hard work by two local high school girls.

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Family still struggling more than a year after being left blind

The blind cane now is used only occasionally, and the doctor visits are further apart, but Jose Cruz's world still is blurry shapes and dull shadows.

Friday, July 10

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Hayden native Ann Copeland dies

Former YVRA operations manager killed when her four-wheeler rolled Thursday night

Copeland, a vibrant member of the Hayden community, died Thursday night in a four-wheeling accident on the Copelands' Pyramid Llama Ranch south of town. She was born in Hayden and worked at YVRA for 21 years.

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Agriculture workshops provide curriculum ideas

To prepare their students for life after high school, agriculture teachers gathered in Craig to learn a few things themselves.

Datebook for July 10

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

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Christina Currie: An element of faith

I was pretty excited when the movie "The Velveteen Rabbit" arrived.

Alphi Bennett: Use truck route

I always thought the reason Craig has a truck route was so the 18-wheelers and heavy duty trucks would use it and stay off the city streets.

Ray Beck: Thanks for 4th help

On behalf of the Craig/Moffat County Airport Advisory Board, the city of Craig and Moffat County, I want to thank KRAI and McDonald's for sponsoring the July Fourth fly-in and celebration at the airport.

Arylle Rademacher: Raking pine cones, picking weeds was worth it

Most kids my age would never think about giving up three weeks of their summer to go volunteer for anything, but recently, I took that chance. I spent three weeks at a Young Life camp called Quaker Ridge working for free serving middle school students and Jesus Christ.

Veterans Hotline: New VA center planned for Aurora

A Senate subcommittee approved $119 million for a new Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora.

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Pitcher Nathan Hill contributes with arm, bat

When Nathan Hill hit a long blast against the Summit Tigers American Legion baseball team Wednesday, there was a bit of confusion.

Sports briefs: Pool to have reduced services

The Craig Swimming Complex will host the Sea Sharks ABC Swim Meet today to Sunday.

Craig briefs: Raffle to benefit injured Craig man

Tickets now are available for a raffle drawing to support the family of Ricky Bustad, a local man injured in a May motorcycle accident west of Hayden.

Police blotter for July 8

No bookings reported.

Horoscope for July 10, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Generally, you should be quite lucky, with one exception - handling the possessions of others. Enjoy people's company, but let them take care of their belongings.

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Andy Bockelman: 'My Sister's Keeper' keeps viewers' attention, thanks to cast

In between the expected sci-fi and fantasy epics of summer, there has to be a pit stop in reality at the movies. Enter the tearjerker du jour "My Sister's Keeper."

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Tour De Wyoming pedals through Craig

When the Tour de Wyoming bike ride started, there were 47 bikers pedalling through one state.

Family's pit bulls ordered destroyed

Dogs attacked, injured jogger July 5

Municipal Court Judge Kevin Peck ordered the city to destroy a local family's two pit bulls after he found the animals violated a city ordinance on vicious animals.

Annie's Mailbox: I found out my boyfriend still is married

Dear Annie: I am a 60-year-old widow, dating a man I met on the Internet two years ago. We've had our ups and downs but care deeply for each other. I spend most nights at his apartment. "Edmund" told me he was divorced twice. However, I have since discovered that he is separated from his second wife, not divorced. They have an excellent relationship and have dinner together once a week. He claims they never should have married in the first place.

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29th annual Balloon Rodeo to lift off Saturday

Event offers contest for pilots, colorful skies for visitors

The 29th annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo is Saturday and Sunday at Bald Eagle Lake. The launch field opens at 6 a.m. each day, with balloons inflating at 6:30 a.m. and taking off at about 7 a.m.

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Many children without coverage

Federal recovery grant may help VNA get more families insurance

Listen to health care officials, and they'll say it hasn't been easy persuading families to enroll their children into Medicaid or Child Health Plan insurance, even when those children are eligible and uninsured.

Thursday, July 9

Dangerous fire conditions today

National Weather Service issues red flag warning until 9 p.m. today

Temperatures in the mid-80s combined with low humidity and gusty winds will "create explosive fire growth potential," according to the National Weather Service.

TMH attempting to balance local needs with sound decisions

In early June, The Memorial Hospital ran an ad in the Craig Daily Press asking for bids from businesses to supply furnishings for its new facility.

Counties compromise to bid for $17 million in state grants

With $17 million in grants on the line, Moffat County and two of its neighbors hope a recent partnership will put them at the top of the state's funding list.

Police blotter for July 7

Officers responded to three noise complaints.

Craig Chamber offers guide for new businesses

New businesses and prospective business owners have a lot to learn.

Craig briefs: Discount program for FFA members

Murdoch's Ranch and Home supply, 2355 W. Victory Way, will introduce a storewide FFA discount program for FFA members on show-related products needed to complete agriculture-based education and training.

Datebook for July 9

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

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Craig Sea Sharks come back from Delta to host lone home meet

After a month and a half of slogging through the Western Slope, the Craig Sea Sharks will have a swimming frenzy in their own water.

Horoscope for July 9, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Don't merely talk about the changes you would like to make, implement them. You'll know immediately if they are any good and whether you should continue to bring them into being.

Annie's Mailbox: Is flirting outside of marriage OK?

Dear Annie: A few weeks ago, I discovered that my husband had sent a mildly flirtatious e-mail to a female acquaintance. When I confronted him, he admitted he found her good-looking but claimed he wasn't looking to start anything. He said he just wants to feel attractive again. He has not written her since that initial contact.

Moffat County real estate transactions for June


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Andy Bockelman: 'Transformers': Less than meets the eye

What do you do when you have a hit movie? Make it again.

Sports briefs: Star Shooter Camp starts Tuesday for $49

Coach Steve Maneotis has announced that professional shooting coach Ryan Wolf will conduct the acclaimed Jay Wolf's Star Shooter Camp on Tuesday. The day will be divided into two 3 1/2 hour sessions with grades fifth through 12th meeting from 8:30 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:30 p.m.

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Diane Prather: Oddly named 'Ding-A-Ling Casserole' a delight

About 30 years ago, I cut this week's two recipes from newspapers and put them in my "to try" file.

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Joseph Petrone talks short- and long-term goals

Joseph Petrone has spent years in Indonesia. He has traveled Europe and looked at jobs in Africa. He recently returned from a vacation in Peru and Argentina.

Wednesday, July 8

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Broncos cheerleaders in town this week

Squad in town from Denver for 2009-10 swimsuit calendar photo shoot

Squad is in town through Saturday for its 2009-10 calendar shoot. Taking a break from the typical beach location, the cheerleaders opted this year for a spot that says "Colorado."

Rain keeps fires low

Western county drying out, danger levels rising

For the first time she can remember, Lynn Barclay spent the Fourth of July at a family barbecue instead of being called to service to fight a wildland fire somewhere in the West.

Annie's Mailbox: Mom doesn't like my boyfriend

Dear Annie: I am a 28-year-old gay man. I have two jobs, keep my own house and pay my own bills. I recently started seeing someone who makes me feel wonderful, and for once in my life, I am happy. The problem is my mother. She has never met "Bill," but already doesn't like him because of our age difference. He's 47, but is the most caring person I have ever known. He supports me in all that I do and tells me I can do anything.

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Christopher Gingrich: Angels' Rivera snubbed for All-Star Game

OK, we're pretty much halfway through the MLB season and the All-Star Game in St. Louis is coming up next week.

EDP asks county for grant support

Competition concerns local officials

Three new grants equal three new opportunities as far as Darcy Trask is concerned. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership director hopes the Moffat County Commission feels the same way.

Craig briefs: Wyoming museum celebrates 1949

The Grand Encampment Museum, 807 Barnett Ave., in Encampment, Wyo., is hosting a Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering from July 17 to 19 and a Living History Day on July 18 and 19.

John E. Husband: Thanks to community for help with loss

On behalf of the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit and the Little Snake Field Office, I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who helped us deal with the loss of engine captain Brett Stearns.

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Kicking off the soccer season

Craig Parks and Recreation soccer allows children 15 and younger to get out and play

From pint-sized mid-fielders to aspiring Peles, soccer in every shape and form kicked into action Monday and Tuesday.

Horoscope for July 8, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Two friends are separately brewing up something special with the intent of repaying favors to you.

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New electronic records system will help VNA efficiency

At the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, a health care provider used to walk into an exam room with a paper chart. The chart could be passed off from medical assistants to providers, from billing staff back to the doctors.

Road and Bridge to begin street chip sealing Monday

The city of Craig's Road and Bridge Department will be sealing chips on streets in the area starting Monday and running through July 16.

Datebook for July 8

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

Our View: Property problems

A potentially messy situation exists in the area of Pershing Street between a couple who owns a business and an out-of-town development company seeking to expand an existing business.

Police blotter for July 6

Shiloh Elizabeth Harmsday, 33, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

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Valley Health Center's new OB/GYN begins work

The halls of Craig's Valley Health Center are much different than a refugee camp in Africa, however, Dr. Kathleen "K.C." Keating applies her medical philosophy equally in both places.

Driver in chase faces 9 charges

Police say guns, truck were stolen from same Craig residence

The Craig man who led deputies on a 40-mile chase Monday faces nine charges and remains in Routt County Jail on two $50,000 bonds.

Tuesday, July 7

Datebook for July 7

Today 6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444

Annie's Mailbox: Not interested in rekindling old friendships

Dear Annie: Five years ago, my husband and I lost our business. In an effort to keep it going, he did some illegal things and spent six months in prison. After he was released, we moved to a modest home in a modest neighborhood, and I went back to work. We drive inexpensive cars, clip coupons and shop at discount stores. We found a wonderful church, and our lives are happier now. The problem is our so-called "best friends." Those country-club couples dropped us like hot potatoes when this happened. Not one person stood by us. They were friendly if I ran into them, but that's where it ended.

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Carnival comes to Craig

La Feria Carnival begins Wednesday

A carnival is coming to Craig on Wednesday, on the corner of Ranney and Fourth streets.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Tasting to know

Coming back home for the summer has taught me that, much like a young child, I can't sit still. Once I feel settled, I feel uncomfortable to know that there is more out there to see and experience.

3rd Western Slope resident wins Lotto

Three Lotto winners this year hail from this side of the Rocky Mountains, with the last one being a lucky ticket bought in Palisade, which matched all six Lotto numbers in Saturday night's drawing.

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Craig Physical Therapy baseball team undefeated

With an 11-0 victory against the Peroulis Brothers team Monday night, the Craig Physical Therapy baseball team won the season-ending tournament and ran coach Billy Bingham's streak to more than two years.

The family of Vern Herbert: Thank you for care

We want to thank doctors Kipe, Crowe, Womble, Pence and Roberts for the wonderful care given to Vern. A special thank you to the wonderful and caring nurses, and also aides. Also, thanks to Marie Kettle from the emergency room.

OSHA report due this month

Agency finishes with on-site investigation at Tri-State

An investigation into worker illness incidents in April at the Craig power plant is about three weeks from its conclusion, said Herb Gibson, area director for the Operational Health and Safety Administration.

Senior Spotlight for July 7

The air was full of laughter, food smells, fireworks, etc.

County jobs on the ropes

3 layoffs to be considered today, another dozen for 2010

The Routt County Board of Commissioners could decide today which county employees will lose their jobs as part of ongoing budget cuts. The commissioners also will consider whether to abandon a countywide furlough plan adopted in April.

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Colleagues laud first-year Commissioner Danner's commitment

Audrey Danner was appointed Dec. 7, 2008, by the Moffat County Republican Central Committee to fill the seat of former Commissioner Saed Tayyara, a legend in local politics, who died from cancer.

Craig briefs: Pet Mates Calendar voting is Thursday

The Humane Society of Moffat County will host public voting for the 2010 Pet Mates Calendar contest during the Downtown Business Association's Farmers Market, scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Alice Pleasant Park.

Police blotter for July 7

Deputies responded to nine civil problems.

Horoscope for July 7

Horoscope for July 7

Monday, July 6

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Suspect in chase had 10 guns in stolen truck

Man led police on 30-mile pursuit from Routt County to Grand County

Glen Alan Shaffer was arrested on U.S. Highway 40 in Grand County after a chase that began in Routt County and reached 75 mph at times. The pursuit began after Steamboat Springs Police Department officers tried to pull over Shaffer near Fifth and Yampa streets.

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Fourth of July display brings community together

Craig residents Ed and Christine Jollie remember their first Fourth of July together in Colorado Springs. The two met while stationed together in the Air Force and married in 1987.

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VFW, American Legion posts retire 300 to 325 flags

Mark Wick, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, spent part of his post-Fourth of July on Sunday afternoon digging a hole on his 40 acres in Lay.

Business Beat: Trading Post business launches new products

Mom and Pop's Coffee, 1740 E. U.S. Highway 40, is a great hometown coffee and pastry shop.

Datebook for July 6, 2009


Craig briefs: Raffle to benefit injured Craig man

Tickets now are available for a raffle drawing with proceeds benefiting a Craig man who was injured in a motorcycle accident, and his family.

Government update for July 6

Moffat County Commission agenda

Horoscope for July 6, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Even if the spirit is willing, should the flesh be weak, all those tasks you planned to complete may go untouched. It won't help that you have a million excuses as to why you couldn't do them.

Annie's Mailbox: My mother expects too much from me

Dear Annie: I am sick and tired of my mother expecting me to fix everything. When my siblings get in financial trouble, she expects me to bail them out because I have a better job thanks to my college degree - a degree I paid for with student loans and grants. My family didn't help one bit. My wife and I struggled to pay off the loans while my siblings were getting into debt. My mother also expects me to spend all my vacations and weekends doing maintenance and remodeling on her home, even though I live out of town. She thinks I should fork over the dough whenever her "needs" cost more than she can afford, which is most of the time.

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3 Moffat County cowboys, cowgirls take home saddles at Little Britches Rodeo

Although there might have been more than 180 youths competing at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, Gabbi Steele was only concerned with one.

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Riders bike through Craig on way to D.C.

Cross country tour benefits the disabled

Drew Gottula has a dream of becoming an astronaut, but for this summer, his focus is on helping people with disabilities.

Police blotter for July 6, 2009

Saturday, July 4

Diane Prather: Oddly named 'Ding-A-Ling Casserole' a delight

About 30 years ago, I cut this week's two recipes from newspapers and put them in my "to try" file.

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Aging well: Volunteering yields bounty of benefits

One day per week, for the past 10 years, Betty Leipold has helped share Routt County's history.

Saturday, July 4

Horoscope for July 4

Horoscope for July 4

Fireworks display set for sundown

Craig residents who look to the sky at sundown today will be treated to a 30 to 45 minute fireworks display.

Our view: Community concern continues

With several blighted places across town and the expressed desire of many local residents to see these areas cleaned, the topic of beautification, particularly in Craig's warmer months, is one that comes up frequently.

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Local man uses restaurant grease to power his diesel truck

Wesley Musgrave's diesel truck doesn't smell like regular diesel fumes. He and his wife, Jessica, actually can detect a hint of Chinese food in fumes wafting from the tailpipe.

Denver Post to charge for Sunday edition

As of July 12, the Denver Newspaper Agency no longer will provide the Denver Post Sunday edition free to Craig Daily Press subscribers.

Gabriel Daigle: Love your children

To the editor:

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Noxious weed concerns county

Moffat County officials want residents to watch out for yellow start thistle, a noxious weed that can potentially cause the death of any horse that eats it.

Janet Sheridan: Happy Fourth of July

From the moment I first met the word "flabbergast," I wanted to experience its dumbfounded surprise. I had my opportunity in Brazil at age 45. There, with tearing eyes, amazed mind and full heart, I felt flabbergasted.

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MCHS weighs late start vs. early dismissal

Principal Thom Schnellinger is looking for input from parents on whether to keep the current school schedule or switch to an early dismissal.

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2nd day of Moffat County Little Britches Rodeo features winners from Craig, Maybell

When asked who is the best cowboy among the three cousins of Dusty Taylor, Cutter Barnes and Trent Vernon, there's a jam near the top.

Datebook for July 4, 2009


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Hotel owners, developer at odds regarding property

It's not that Friday was different than any other day Randy and Cindy Looper opened the Elk Run Inn office for business, but it was one more day of uncertainty about their hotel's future.

Annie's Mailbox: July 4 history lesson

Dear Readers: Happy July 4! Today is a good excuse to enjoy time with your family and friends, fire up the grill, play baseball, bask in the outdoors, visit a veterans hospital, volunteer at a soup kitchen, display the flag, listen to wonderful music and watch the fireworks.

Craig briefs: Relay for Life meeting Tuesday

The Craig Relay for Life organization will host a committee member meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. Team captains also are asked to attend a meeting an hour later, at 6:30 p.m., also at the high school.

Kathy Bassett: Summer means friends

I've always been a great believer in quality friends instead of quantity friends. Friends come and friends go, but the quality ones hang around to the end, and that is what is important.

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Going green at state 4-H conference

The Moffat County delegation left for the 2009 Colorado State Conference June 23 and arrived at the CSU campus in the afternoon. The first order of business was to check into the residence hall and to register for the conference.

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A touch of class for Northwest Colorado

H.W. Gossard first came to the far corner of Colorado in 1908. He was impressed with the area and purchased the Battle Era Mining Co. in Morgan Gulch. A businessman from the Midwest, Gossard didn't plan to homestead, but he did recognize the wonderful potential that the land held.

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42nd annual Classic Cottonwood golf tournament swings into action

For golfer Gregg Pietak, of Montrose, it didn't look like the 42nd annual Cottonwood Classic golf tournament was going to start Friday morning.

Friday, July 3

Datebook for July 3, 2009


Police Blotter for July 1

Moffat County Sheriff's Office

Andy Bockelman: 'Transformers': Less than meets the eye

What do you do when you have a hit movie? Make it again. Originality shifts out of sight as the sequel, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," brings about the same old story, fresh off the line.

Fuel gauge report for July 3, 2009

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

Pat Jones: Love, Jesus' style

In Mark 10:17-22, we often have studied (or taught our Sunday school students) this familiar story of the rich man who asked Jesus what to do in order to gain eternal life.

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Moffat County Little Britches kicks off 1st day

With cowboy boots, hats, big belt buckles and Little Britches, the rodeo returned to Moffat County. The Moffat County Little Britches Rodeo bucked into action Thursday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife had inappropriate photos

Dear Annie: Two months ago, I was looking at my wife's cell phone because I needed a new one and wanted to see if hers was better. I was not looking for anything. Isn't that always the case?

Horoscopes for July 3, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - An opportunity to show your stuff could occur in an area you do not consider a customary channel. It'll serve to be a pleasant diversion, as well as a new source of future income.

MCTA hosts special visitor center workshop

In an attempt to get a stronger grasp on the money it spends, the Moffat County Tourism Association hosted a special meeting Tuesday with representatives from two local visitor centers, both of which the tourism group funds annually.

Arson cases ongoing

Police investigation into high school, Country Mall fires continues

The Craig Police Department's investigation into a February fire at the Moffat County High School auditorium remains open, a police official said Thursday.

CNCC sees tuition increase by 9 percent

The state legislature approved Colorado community colleges, including Colorado Northwestern Community College, to raise tuition by 9 percent in preparation for probable cuts in state funding, according to the Colorado Community College System.

Christina M. Currie: Parent's IQ test

Should you even have children?

My kids are fairly well-behaved. They're intelligent, clean, don't suffer from malnutrition and make it to school on time 93 percent of the time. Yet, according to an online quiz that popped up that I couldn't resist taking, I should not be a parent.

Thursday, July 2

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No apparent injuries in small plane crash

Airport manager says pilot attempted to abort landing before plane crashed into a small gully just west of Steamboat Springs Airport late Thursday morning.

Horoscope for July 2, 2009

Horoscope for July 2, 2009

Moffat County's May expenses range from small to big

Although Moffat County wrote more than $1 million in checks for operations in May, not many of them were big purchases at the time.

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Little Britches Rodeo comes to Moffat County

Event expected to bring 500 to Craig

After months of planning, youths from 10 states are coming to Craig for one of the most competitive rodeos around.

American Legion team has won 9 straight games by double digits

The Moffat County American Legion Post 62 baseball team, which owns a record of 12-6, has not lost since a 4-0 setback June 18 against Carbondale.

Moffat County real estate transactions for May 2009

Moffat County real estate transactions for May 2009

Basketball shooting camp offered for $49

Basketball coach Steve Maneotis has announced that professional shooting coach Ryan Wolf will conduct the acclaimed Jay Wolf's Star Shooter Camp on July 14.

Police blotter for July 2

Eric Thaddeus Terry, 29, of Florrisent, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Local pets having trouble finding homes

When Bear Creek Animal Hospital took over operations of the animal shelter in Craig, the shelter started accepting relinquished animals people no longer could keep. In return, the shelter asks for a $75 donation to help care for the animals until a home is found for them.

Datebook for July 2

4 to 7 p.m. The Downtown Business Association hosts the Farmers Market at Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig. Local produce and products will be for sale. Bob LaFord will provide the music. Call Kay Jennings at 620-4917.

Cathy Hamilton: Late pop icons all took their own victory tour

It was a bad week for baby boomers, as we lost three pop culture icons in four days. (Why do these things seem to happen in threes?)

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New athletic director arrives at MCHS

Richard Wildenhaus, 29, is in Craig for the week, getting prepared for his new role as Moffat County High School's athletic director and health teacher.

Annie's Mailbox: How do I approach divorce?

Dear Annie: How do I talk to my adult children about divorcing their mother?

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Fallen firefighter honored by family, community

A crowd of 600 to 700 people gathered around a small burial site for Brett Stearns' funeral Wednesday afternoon at Craig Cemetery.

Craig briefs: Support group to meet July 16

The next meeting of the Hayden/Craig Caregiver Support Group is scheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 16 at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association office in Craig, 745 Russell St.

Wednesday, July 1

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US Olympic qualifiers returning to Steamboat

Freestyle, Nordic combined qualifiers coming in December

Freestyle and Nordic Combined teams will take part in a two-day competition in late December, Andy Wirth confirmed Wednesday.

VNA to get $300k in stimulus money

New project to expand facilities to begin soon

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association received $300,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, officials announced Tuesday.

Yampa River flowing 3 times faster than normal

Saturday afternoon seemed like the perfect opportunity to float the Yampa River for one Craig man and his friends. However, he didn't plan on being pinned up against a log in the middle of the river, unable to get free.

Community group plans for 2010 census

The newly formed Craig-Moffat Complete Count Committee won't actively count anyone during the 2010 census.

Datebook for July 1, 2009


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VFW to dispose of torn and tattered American flags Saturday

Burning American flags on the Fourth of July may not appear to be in keeping with the purpose of the holiday, but local veterans organizing such an event this weekend disagree.

Governor orders flags lowered in honor of fallen Craig firefighter

Gov. Bill Ritter issued an order Tuesday morning for the lowering of all U.S. and state flags in honor of a fallen local firefighter.

State recognizes county road and bridge

The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety has recognized the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department's efforts to maintain its gravel pits this month.

Moffat County officials respond to tax protests

Almost three-quarters of the people who protested their rising property values should be happy with the county's response.

Progress editions are evidence that Craig has sights on future

Alas, here we are, at the finish line of the Craig Daily Press' inaugural Progress edition.

Craig Physical Therapy, Peroulis Brothers score wins

On Monday, the Peroulis Brothers Team had to forfeit its game against the 3B Enterprise Team because it didn't have enough players.

Moffat County Commission special board meeting agenda

Next meeting: Today

Horoscopes for July 1, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Don't be afraid of change, because it tends to work to your ultimate advantage. When you have to deal with shifting conditions, it merely makes you more confident and sure-footed than usual.

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Hospital on budget and ahead of schedule

"The key phrase is, 'Is it on schedule, and is it on budget?" said George Rohrich, The Memorial Hospital chief executive officer. "The hospital is ahead of schedule and under budget, so it's going very well so far."

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Two-year middle school upgrade project to be finished in December

Last summer, the Moffat County School District and a contractor, the Neenan Co., embarked on a $29.6 million, two-year school upgrade at Craig Middle School. The last remaining part will be the north side of the middle school, to be completed in December.

Police Blotter for June 29

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs: CNCC to hold open house in July

Colorado Northwestern Community College will host an open house later this month to promote its industrial programs.

Our View: The need for more speedway

Although the stands and the roster of race car drivers haven't been as full as they once were, the dirt track a town over at the Hayden Speedway continues to draw hundreds to thousands of spectators each Saturday night.

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Getting summer colors

Summer brings more people to tanning beds

Although some people like to keep a crisp color year-round, others enjoy a tan during the summer.

Over A Cup of Coffee: A 'yummy' tomato soup cake

This week, I had planned to feature a new rhubarb recipe that I hoped to bake up sometime during the weekend. But then, Hayden resident Jennifer Swedberg gave me an intriguing cake recipe.

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Boys & Girls Club of Craig brings kids to courts for fun, exercise

There's singles tennis, there's doubles tennis. Then, there's Boys & Girls Club of Craig tennis. The difference? Five youths, ages 7 to 13, jammed on one side of the court, rocketing volleys to another five youths on the other side.

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Craig Fire/Rescue reloads with three new trucks

A ladder truck, which was built and imported from Germany, is just the latest upgrade for Craig Fire/Rescue's station.

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CNCC campus project aims to enhance local college life

In the fall, Colorado Northwestern Community College officials plan to have a new, 18,000-square-foot, $3.8 million career technical center finished and open to the public.

Annie's Mailbox: Family distances themselves in my times of need

Dear Annie: I am 49, the eldest of four siblings and have been suffering with multiple sclerosis for years. My family has little understanding of what living with MS is all about, even though they have seen me at my worst. I don't want their pity, but it would be nice to have some appreciation for what I'm going through and occasional assistance. Instead, in times of need, they distance themselves.