Stories for June 2009


Tuesday, June 30

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Green's family thankful for community support

Husband and his brother located missing woman in Fish Creek on Monday

Missing woman's husband: "I couldn't ask for a better wife, a better friend. She was a fantastic mom. Her whole life was making sure our kids were taken care of and loved."

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Fire/Rescue: 4th of July show will be bigger, bolder

With a bigger bankroll behind it this year, Craig Fire/Rescue is planning a bold and better fireworks show for area residents on the Fourth of July.

Datebook for June 30, 2009


Police arrest burglary suspect

19-year-old Steamboat man accused of breaking into convenience store, 6 cars

Police arrested a 19-year-old Steamboat Springs man Sunday on suspicion of breaking into a gas station and stealing two bags of chips, as well as taking spare change from six unlocked cars.

Former Advocates director lauded for leadership role

A Craig woman and former advocate for survivors of domestic violence has been presented with an award. Pat Tessmer is the former executive director of Advocates-Crisis Support Services in Craig.

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Tigers baseball team notches 1st win of season at tourney

Baseball is a game of timing. And the Hayden 8- to 10-year-old boys baseball team couldn't have picked a better time to notch its first win of the season.

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Local girl raises winning pig

A hamp pig was among five pigs local youth Andrea Maneotis picked up for Easter this year, and it has proven a prize winner. "She just loves everything about pigs," her mother Karen Maneotis said.

2 men charged in TMH, Budget Center robbery

A case involving two local men charged with robbing the Community Budget Center and The Memorial Hospital on the same night is half way to being resolved in Moffat County District Court.

Student News for June 30, 2009

The University of Wyoming lists 215 students, including several from Craig, on its 2009 spring semester dean's list and freshman honor roll.

Denver Post to charge on Sundays

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

Maren Schmidt: Benefits of The Happy Song

"I don't feeeel good," was the daily lament from one of my 4-year-old students. Whatever ways we tried to distract Zoe and get her mind off her problems and into some fun learning, Zoe chose to sit and complain about vague physical aliments.

Horoscopes for June 30, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - A small gesture from someone with whom you have strong emotional bonds will make your day. Sometimes it's those unexpected things in life that warm the heart so dearly.

Fantasy Fix: What does Shaq have left in the tank?

Besides the draft Thursday night, there was other action going on around the NBA. The biggest news, at least in terms of trades, had to be Shaquille O'Neal going to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Sasha Pavlovic and Ben Wallace.

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MCHS girls volleyball team hosts 3-day camp

Having one volleyball coach from Wyoming is good. Having three might be better. On Monday, the Cowboy Up volleyball camp took over the gym at Moffat County High School.

Fire/Rescue extracts man from Yampa River

On Saturday afternoon, Craig Fire/Rescue pulled a 24-year-old man, who was pinned against an obstruction, from the Yampa River during a water technical rescue.

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Woman donates Native American artifacts to Wyman Museum

It seems Western life is fading from America's collective consciousness, but it doesn't have to fade completely, Gail Hanley said.

Senior Spotlight for June 30

Summer time; the sun is shining. People are buzzing around like bees on this beautiful day. I am hoping the rain will stay away.

Police Blotter for June 28

Craig Police Department

Craig briefs: Fire officials: Drier conditions likely for holiday

The National Weather Service is forecasting an upcoming drying trend, which follows an extended period of spring moisture.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband's mother doesn't respect him

Dear Annie: I have been married to my true love for 16 years. "Daniel" is a wonderful husband, a fantastic father to our three boys, a generous and successful businessman with many friends, and a great guy. My problem is his mother. She cannot see what a wonderful person her son is.

Monday, June 29

The Doris Jean Plantiko-Thompson family: Thank you for support

The Doris Jean Plantiko-Thompson family would like to send their deepest appreciation to everyone that came together in their time of need. You all have been so supportive. Thank you.

Aging Well: Plan for a fun and safe road trip

A well-planned road trip is a fun road trip, but for older adults, in particular, a bit of forethought can prevent the headaches and emergencies that plague the worst car excursions.

New superintendent to start Wednesday

Joe Petrone won't officially become Moffat County School District superintendent until Wednesday, but he has been visiting Craig and attending district meetings since mid-April.

Business beat: Upgrades at Elk Run Inn

As you drive west on Victory Way, after passing City Market, take a gander to the north, and you will notice an improved look to the locally owned Elk Run Inn.

H. Neal Glanville: Hal's take on random topics

Craig's bomb scare has once again brought forth the "woulda, coulda, shouldas." I've been gently nudged not to get too carried away with this portion of the column, but as life would have it, I can't do that.

Annie's Mailbox: Tired of supporting my husband

Dear Annie: I have been married five years, and my husband has never wanted to work. I am the sole support for our family. I recently kicked him out and am considering divorce. He is mean to my daughter from a previous marriage and screams and cusses at our 4-year-old twins. We have no sex life, and I am tired of supporting a bum.

Prather's Pick: "A River of Words," a classic on poetry

William Carlos Williams, one of America's most influential poets, is the subject of this week's picture book. "A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams" was written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

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Two women re-enact 1st female transcontinental drive

As Emily Anderson, 37, and Christie Catania, 33, drive across America at 35 miles an hour in a 100-year-old car, their thoughts sometimes flit around the country's last century.

Craig briefs: Tea Party Patriots planning Fourth of July demonstrations

The Northwest Colorado Tea Party Patriots, a Craig organization, is planning demonstrations for the Fourth of July in Moffat and Routt counties.

Police Blotter for June 27

Craig Fire/Rescue

Search for Green not yet rescheduled

Large-scale effort involving Summit County crews postponed

A decision about when to reschedule an extensive search for Rebecca Green, the Steamboat Springs woman who has been missing since she fell into Fish Creek on June 13, has not been reached, Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall said Sunday.

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BLM firefighter killed

Brett Stearns, 29, struck by fallen tree Friday

A Bureau of Land Management firefighter was killed Friday afternoon in an accident while working on a hazard-tree removal project, the BLM office reported in a news release Saturday.

Datebook for June 29, 2009


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Third weekend of racing at Hayden Speedway includes multiple crashes

If Nathan Rawlings was sore after Saturday night's dwarf car race at the Hayden Speedway, it was with good reason. Rawlings, of Vernal, Utah, was coming around the last turn when he slid off the track and collided with the wall.

Gloria Moore: Adoption fees expensive

I am writing this letter in regard to all the animals in the Craig Animal Shelter that are up for adoption. I took interest in adopting a kitten from the shelter that was in the paper. I was told that to adopt a kitten or even a cat from the shelter that I would have to pay $110.

Horoscopes for June 29, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Regardless of a matter's urgency, don't be rash or impulsive about finalizing it. Make sure that everything is done correctly. A meticulous and cautious outlook is needed at this time.

Saturday, June 27

BLM firefighter killed in accident

A Bureau of Land Management firefighter from Craig was killed Friday afternoon in an accident while working on a hazardous-tree removal project at Freeman Reservoir, the BLM office reported in a news release Saturday.

Annie's Mailbox: Readers share stories about love with younger men

Dear Annie: "Not Harold and Maude" wanted to hear from readers who are involved with younger men.

Horoscope for June 27, 2009

Horoscope for June 27, 2009

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9th annual TMH golf tournament attracts 128 golfers

All fore the Foundation

With an hour to go until the ninth annual The Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament, a paddle might have been more appropriate than a golf club.

Sports briefs: Dwarf Cars race set for today

In its first action since June 13, The Hayden Speedway welcomes Dwarf Cars today to the track.

John Kinkaid: Heads-up to homeowners

To the editor: When my new home property tax assessment came a few months ago, I didn't see a fluctuation, I saw an enormous spike.

Craig airport to host Fourth of July celebration

Independence Day festivities to include pancake breakfast, flag ceremony, helicopter rides

To Ray Beck, Fourth of July weekend is about fireworks and festivities.

Local commissions seeking members

Positions available for Area Agency on Aging Council, Planning and Zoning Commission

There are positions open for people wishing to serve Moffat County.

Hay Day 2009 is Tuesday

The composition and timing of hay cutting, organic fertilizers, poisonous plants, weeds, species composition and windrow grazing all are topics that will be covered during Hay Day 2009, which is Tuesday.

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VNA calls the shots for required immunizations

Students entering kindergarten, sixth and 10th grades might need to brave several needle pricks before they're allowed to start school in the fall.

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Local poet inspired by nature

Resident Joyce Phillips recently won awards from the Poetry Society of Colorado

On a Ute trail in the fall of 1972, Joyce Phillips stopped to take a nap. Phillips had trouble keeping up with her husband, Oliver, on hikes when she first moved to Colorado.

Kathy Bassett: A .22 sandwich did that skunk in

Last fall, a big ol', fat skunk kept coming around eating up all the kitty food. When you live on a ranch, you need kittens and cats around to keep down the mice and pack rat population. So, I was after that critter. Besides, I like my baby kitties, and I hate skunks.

Datebook for June 27

6 p.m. The Bone Appetit dinner/dance takes place at the OP Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way.

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County workers go door-to-door, resolving property tax protests

Each year, Jennifer Riley, chief appraiser for the Moffat County Assessor's Office, and Carol Scott, chief deputy appraiser, must go to the home of every person who protests their property valuation.

Police blotter for June 27

Deputies responded to two animal complaints.

Diane Prather: Ready for rhubarb

To make "Rhubarb Kuchen" you'll need: 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, 1 beaten egg, 2 tablespoons milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1 (3-ounce) package strawberry gelatin, 1/3 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 4 cups sliced rhubarb, 2/3 cups sugar, 1/3 cup sifted all-purpose flour and 3 tablespoons butter or margarine.

Craig briefs: Cowboy Roundup Days is coming

It's summer, which means Cowboy Roundup Days at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series is around the corner.

Our View: A bomb that could have been

In some circles, the Moffat County Sheriff's Office has been criticized for its response to a bomb scare June 15 at the Moffat County Courthouse.

Baxter Black: A cinch in time

Cowboys can be quite creative when hard times cut into the daily operating expenses.

Dennis Collins: Sheriff's Office was right

To the editor: I have about heard it all now. I have been watching this thing in the news about the Moffat County Sheriff shutting down the courthouse, etc., about what was thought to be a possible bomb.

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Bikers share the story of Sherwood Forest

At Sherwood Forest, bikers, buzz around the course like bees, silent but for the hum of tire tread on packed dirt, and the jangling of chains after a successful jump.

Government update for June 27

Moffat County Commission last met June 23 and next will meet Tuesday.

Friday, June 26

Datebook for June 26

9 to 11 a.m. A playgroup for toddlers and preschool-aged children takes place at Loudy-Simpson Park. Call Kevin at 824-1703, or Ann at 826-2717.

Moffat County eliminates half-day kindergarten

The Moffat County School Board approved, 4-1, a motion to offer only full-day kindergarten for the 2009-10 school year, in a meeting Thursday night.

Annie's Mailbox: I want to try living with my wife again

Dear Annie: My wife and I met when we were in college. We are now 43. Ten years into the marriage, I became addicted to cocaine.

Horoscope for June 26, 2009

Horoscope for June 26, 2009

Sports briefs: Dwarf Cars race set for Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

In its first action since June 13, The Hayden Speedway will welcome Dwarf Cars on Saturday to the track. The gates open at 4:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.

Wrestling team gaining summer strength

If the recent five-day wrestling camp has taught coach Roman Gutierrez anything, it's that anything can happen.

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American Legion baseball finishing season with away games

With six games in four days, the Moffat County American Legion Post 62 baseball team is heading in to the homestretch.

Police blotter for June 26

John Irvin Sutton, 54, of Omaha, Neb., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence, possession of an open container of alcohol, driving while license under restraint, failure to drive in a single lane.

Local fuel gauge for June 25

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

The Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks from Humane Society

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the Daisy Girl Scout Troop No. 3557 for the pet food donation.

Craig briefs: Michael Jackson dies Thursday

Michael Jackson, the sensationally gifted "King of Pop" who emerged from childhood superstardom to become the entertainment world's most influential singer and dancer before his life and career deteriorated in a freakish series of scandals, died Thursday.

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County values swinging up and down

Moffat County can't stop its tax base from floating up and falling down. It may not be that difficult next year, however.

Religion: Dreams and destinies

Have you ever had a dream that you were afraid to tell someone about?

TMH puts focus on customer service

Board looks ahead with new facilities

The next three to six months of business at The Memorial Hospital is looking "incredibly busy," chief executive officer George Rohrich said at TMH's annual meeting Thursday morning.

Thursday, June 25

$338K for infrastructure projects approved

City Council discusses preference for local companies during bids

The Craig City Council approved, 7-0, bids for three local infrastructure projects that totaled $338,817 at its meeting Tuesday.

Datebook for June 25

7 to 8 a.m. The Memorial Hospital board and administration hosts an annual meeting at the Holiday Inn of Craig to provide the public an update on the new hospital project, an overview of 2008 finances, a look at 2009 finances and a brief look at the 2009-10 strategic plan. The meeting is open to the public. There is no cost. A continental breakfast will be served. To RSVP, call Samantha Johnston at 826-3109 or email

Craig briefs: Editorial Board seeks new members

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three to four people to participate on its next Editorial Board.

School District anticipates budget deficit

Officials: Reserve fund used to balance finances

The Moffat County School District will vote on the 2010 budget at tonight's school board meeting at the administration building, 775 Yampa Ave.

TMH board approves bedside testing unit

Emergency room patients with shortness of breath could be experiencing any number of health problems.

Awareness project aids with financial burden of breast cancer

Debbie Curd wants to promote prevention and early detection, but she thinks money should not get in the way.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Year One' is far from the year's No. 1 comedy

Just when you thought the Geico commercials had shown you every caveman joke you could imagine, along comes the everyday knuckle-dragger's new favorite feature, "Year One."

Veterans Hotline: List and request still on agenda

• I am still compiling a list of Moffat County veterans who are buried at cemeteries other than the Craig cemetery.

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Dr. Carolyn Gochee racing to raise awareness, money for Sherry Bird

When Dr. Carolyn Gochee started racing in 2005, it was to promote girl power.

Annie's Mailbox: Mom should be in rehabilitation

Dear Annie: After a botched operation left her bedridden for months, my mother has to relearn to walk.

Horoscope for June 25, 2009

Horoscope for June 25, 2009

Police blotter for June 25

Vincent Eugene Turner, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of second-degree assault.

Memorial Hospital golf tournament scheduled for Friday

The ninth annual The Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament will take place at 2 p.m. Friday at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Cathy Hamilton: A bit of dad remains

It's the second Father's Day without my old man. As expected, the pain has diminished a bit since last year. Or maybe it's just a different kind of pain.

Wednesday, June 24

Builder, Hayden settle Lake Village dispute

Robinson Construction will finish some work at stalled subdivision

Under the agreement, Oregon-based Robinson Construction will finish some of the work at the subdivision.

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Jail to look at staffing levels

Consultant John Milosovich said to improve a jail's operating efficiency, perhaps the most important thing to change is an attitude often passed from shift to shift and year to year.

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Lieutenant governor promotes outdoor activities during statewide trip

On Snake Island in the Yampa River, Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien spent about an hour Tuesday morning talking with a Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps crew about why they were outside.

Hayden furloughs to start this week

Town's suggested cuts can't meet expected $200,000 shortfall

Hayden trustees and town staff members met calmly Tuesday evening to discuss the facts of budget cuts. The town expects to see $200,000 in revenue reductions this year.

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Christopher Gingrich: Value to be found on the mound

Summer is officially here, and that means baseball is at the forefront of the fantasy sports community right now.

Maren Schmidt: Thoughts and actions matter

Thomas Watson, of IBM fame, posted one-word notices in IBM factories and offices. "THINK," the signs read.

Advocates to offer survivor groups starting July 7

After several delays, Advocates-Crisis Support Services will be adding support groups to its list of services.

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Proven technology and care intersect at the VA Telehealth Clinic

April Branstetter, a Hayden resident and registered nurse with more than 30 years experience, hadn't seen too many times when health care and technology intersected. At least not to the extent she does now, every day as a nurse working at the Craig VA Telehealth Outreach Clinic.

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All's well with the wastewater

Sewage plant not near capacity, only seeing minor maintenance

A family of ducks swims, drinks and plays. Green, blue and gray feathers shimmer with the dewed water from the pond they live in, built right next to a solid separator at the Craig wastewater treatment plant.

Police blotter for June 24

David Tayler Hickson, 18, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of producing marijuana, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and child abuse.

Student news: Meghan Innes

Carroll College in Helena, Mont., named 394 students, including a Craig native, to its 2009 spring semester dean's list.

Horoscope for June 24, 2009

Horoscope for June 24, 2009

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Highway needs work, funds

CDOT in need of funds to complete road project between Craig and Wyoming state line

Having finished a 4.9-mile improvement project on a section of Colorado Highway 13, north of Craig, the Colorado Department of Transportation has now turned its attention to a longer stretch of the same highway.

Susan Whinery: Teach us Major Adams' story

To the editor: Recently, elementary students in Craig were given the honor and responsibility of naming the new elementary school.

Voters to decide fate of city charter provision

Reina's civil suit still pending in District Court

The Craig City Council took a step toward changing a city charter provision on campaign expenses Tuesday night but did not address an ongoing civil suit against the city regarding the same issue.

Craig briefs: False alarm at Trapper Mine

Craig Fire/Rescue and The Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Service responded to a page Tuesday afternoon about an "industrial accident" at Trapper Mining but learned the only emergency was an employee's medical issue.

Seniors disappointed in tax exemption eliminations

Jim Meineke, of Craig, will not be surprised when his property tax bill in 2010 is double what he paid this year.

Student news: Adriane Zachary

Adriane Zachary, a 2006 Moffat County High School graduate, was named the University of Northern Colorado's 2008-09 student of the year.

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$9 million water plant renovation almost complete

The city's renovation of its water treatment plant has been, at times, a murky process. That may all come to an end soon, as City Engineer Bill Earley said the parts to repair the plant's new pump systems are about six weeks from delivery.

Area groups take next technological step

Technological upgrades in the city, county and schools foster security and efficiency

It's difficult to keep up with changing technology, especially when a new system can become outdated within a few hours. Technological upgrades require constant revamping, rewiring and maintenance.

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Craig businesses see benefit in offering Internet to customers

Randy Looper, owner of the Elk Run Inn, didn't have a choice when it came to offering wireless Internet.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband may be addicted to prescription

Dear Annie: Because of a severe, chronic back condition, my husband has been on prescription Oxycodone for about a year.

Datebook for June 24

9 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at Saint Mark's Church, 657 Green St. Bring a salad. Call Audrey at 824-3590.

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Paranormal romance novels popular literary fare this season

Whether reading by the pool, at the beach or every night in bed, Craig women continue to find interesting reads this summer.

Our View: Where were they from?

The 10th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, along with the Moffat County Young Life/Colorado Cruisers Car & Motorcycle Show, worked in tandem last weekend to provide our community with wonderful recreational events for local residents and out-of-town tourists alike.

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Local teen prepares display in honor of Fourth of July

Clint Gabbert, 18, is not your average teenager. His idea of a hobby is spending countless hours stringing together lights and tinkering with a computer program to set the display to music.

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Bulldogs punish Huskies in doubleheader

The Moffat County American Legion Post 62 baseball team beat Battle Mountain in both games of a doubleheader Tuesday night.

Tuesday, June 23

Datebook for June 23, 2009


Horoscope for June 23, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Instead of dashing your hopes, you could have reasons to intensify your expectations. Something is likely to occur that will help you get what you want.

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Chris Gingrich: Value to be found on the mound

Summer is officially here and that means baseball is at the forefront of the fantasy sports community right now.

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School almost out for summer

Extended year nears completion for 18 students

Eleven students and five teachers sat inside a classroom Monday morning at Moffat County High School learning new words like "annihilation."

Craig briefs: Relay For Life meeting tonight

Craig Relay For Life is hosting a committee member meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at Yampa Valley Bank, 435 Mack Lane. For more information, visit, or e-mail

Mary Jo Brown: Summer is really here

Between rain showers, people braved the crowd and the weather this weekend for the car show, Whittle the Wood and celebrating Father's Day, weddings and birthdays, etc.

VNA seeks recovery opportunities

Community group delves into questions about current TMH building

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is on the hunt for federal recovery funds to renovate and possibly add space to its current facility.

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Diane Prather: More 'Burnt Sugar Cake'

A few weeks ago, I asked readers if they had a recipe for "Burnt Sugar Cake," an old cake recipe. This was after I had found my mother's recipe for "Burnt Sugar Icing" but no directions for making the cake.

Pamela Gray-Willis: Thanks to TMH staff

To the editor:

County seeks input on BLM's plans for local rivers

Jeff Comstock said it's only fair the public gets a chance to comment on the Bureau of Land Management Resource Management Plan for this area before the plan becomes final.

Annie's Mailbox: My friend was raped and won't report it

Dear Annie: I am 16 years old, and my friend "Kelly" is 17. Last week, Kelly went to a party where there was alcohol. She got a little drunk and then drove her brother home, along with one of his friends who stayed over. She was asleep when her brother's friend came into her bedroom and forced himself on her. She couldn't fight him off because the alcohol made her feel disoriented. Afterward, she realized she was raped.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Attempting to define 'opa'

One comes around when it is time.

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After weeks of cold and rain, Parks and Recreation baseball is back on schedule

It was difficult to decide which was the more rare sight Monday at Woodbury Sports Complex.

Monday, June 22

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10th annual Whittle the Wood comes to a close

Returning champion Forrest Dorman won another first place honor this year at Whittle the Wood Rendezvous with his carving of wolves.

Datebook for June 22

2 p.m. Craig AARP Chapter No. 1418 meets at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. Call president Bev Chapman at 824-5123.

Sherry Sampson: News and events from your local library

Playaway, a pre-loaded digital audio player, is an easy way to listen to a book on the go.

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H. Neal Glanville: Fishing with Roy

Saturday was Roy Franklin Southards' 70th birthday. As I sat across from the old coot eating way too much cake, I remembered the year of the big fish.

Errica Glanville Wallet: And the other side says :

Thanksgiving always was a wonderful experience in our home.

2 DUI arrests made Saturday night

When Makeysha Slaugh, of Craig, was asked to step out of her vehicle Saturday night, she wasn't concerned.

Craig briefs: Hospital to host annual meeting Thursday

The Memorial Hospital board and administration will host its annual meeting Thursday at the Holiday Inn of Craig. The event is open to the public.

The Memorial Hospital agenda for June 22

Meeting: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Platinum Conference Room, 785 Russell St.

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Aging Well: Older adults guide housing alternatives

Imagine a cozy gathering of cottages for residents nearing or in the midst of retirement.

Horoscope for June 22, 2009

Horoscope for June 22, 2009

Annie's Mailbox: Husband has become unemotional

Dear Annie: I need to know how to deal with my husband's loss of emotion.

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Rain keeping swimmers away from pool

Most summers, the crew at the city of Craig swimming pool welcomes a little rain. This is not most summers.

Saturday, June 20

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Liberty is a part-time job

24-year-old mechanic, blacksmith restores WWI-era military truck

It's taken nine months of part-time work for Dalton Reed to undo about 90 years of history's wear and tear.

Horoscope for June 20, 2009

Horoscope for June 20, 2009

Police blotter for June 20

Channelle Marie Southard, 35, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of third-degree assault and domestic violence.

Amy and Rick Bustad, et al.: Thanks for the kindness

To the editor: We would like to thank so many people of this community for all of their generosity and kindness during our difficult time.

Our View: Moffat County's 'going green'

If Noah were bouncing around Moffat County during these recent weeks of heavy rainfall, he would have thought seriously about building a second ark.

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Students learn about biodiversity, geology in Costa Rica

"Pura vida" is a term frequently used by Costa Ricans as a greeting or expression of the Costa Rican philosophy of community and good spirits. Literally translated, it means "pure life" or "full of life."

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Diane Prather: More 'burnt sugar cake'

A few weeks ago, I asked readers whether they had a recipe for "Burnt Sugar Cake," an old cake recipe.

Baxter Black: The dark side

Two of the richest animal rights groups in the country recently have made the news.

Datebook for June 20

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Public voting for the 2010 Pet Mates Calendar Contest will be held during Whittle the Wood event at Craig City Park. Voting table will be located with the craft vendors.

Kathy Bassett: I'm a wuss when it comes to heights

For years now, I have been corresponding with Cindy Paskett, of Sandy, Utah, who is the great-granddaughter of Josie Bassett Morris.

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MCHS football team takes on old-school training

It's the stuff montages are made for. On Thursday evening, one not uncommon for Craig's summer without a summer, a group of young football players took to the rain-lashed high school track.

Craig briefs: 'Emergent church' to be discussed

Dr. Jim Steel, of the Center for Biblical Ministries, will speak at the Yampa Valley Baptist Church on the topics of "dispensationalism" and the "emergent church."

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Moffat County History: Craig Armory building important in history

World War I, "The Great War," was a wake-up call to Americans that they needed to be prepared for future confrontations both within and without their borders.

Brands and branding, part 2

Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part story. The first part was published on the June 6 Agriculture and Livestock page of the Saturday Morning Press.

Annie's Mailbox: I get no breaks from my paralyzed son

Dear Annie: Two years ago, my then 15-year-old son was paralyzed in a diving accident. I am his primary caregiver. Make no mistake, I am not complaining about caring for my child. I would do anything for him.

Government update for June 20

Government update for June 20

Friday, June 19

Annie's Mailbox: I feel I'm ready to have a baby

Dear Annie: I am 19 years old and in a very committed relationship. My boyfriend and I have been together two years. When we had been dating only six months, I had an abortion because we just weren't ready for children. But I'm going to be 20 soon and feel I'm ready for a baby. I plan on being with my boyfriend for the rest of my life. I know I'm young, but all of my friends already have had a baby or are expecting one. I hear it's hard, but that being a mother is the greatest thing in the world.

Horoscope for June 19, 2009

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - It is important to remain impartial if you are called upon to make a difficult decision that will affect dissenting factions. If you show impartiality, no ill will shall result from your decision.

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Moffat County baseball team 'cold' against Eagle Valley

Justin Folley, Moffat County American Legion baseball coach, summed up his team's batting and the weather with one word. Cold.

Dorina Fredrickson: Grateful for scholarship

To the editor:

Datebook for June 19, 2009


Craig briefs: H1N1 flu victim confirmed in Routt County

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association received a report of the first confirmed case of H1N1 flu in Routt County. The case was mild and the person is fully recovered.

2 big projects, 1 pot of money

Officials discuss use for one-time DOLA funding

The state Legislature wants to pressure the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to use a $17 million grant for a new highway interchange off Interstate 70 near Parachute.

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Varying styles a staple of Whittle carvers

Whittle the Wood artists are progressing on their works, moving past the first parts of designing their sculptures that will be displayed Saturday.

Social Services sees rising caseload, falling budget

America's ongoing national recession presents two competing problems for Moffat County Social Services: As the economy gets worse, more people need services, but the state has less money to provide them.

TIME OUT with Ben Williams

Age: 16

Karen F. Gibson: De-cluttering brings new life

Our son came home for a 12-day visit.

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Christina M. Currie: Priorities

I don't find it difficult to find something (or 1,000 somethings) to occupy my time on a construction site, but my children do.

Thursday, June 18

Hayden trustees to discuss charter

Board to review home rule document at meeting today

Hayden trustees are slated to decide tonight whether to put a new home rule charter to a public vote. The town's Home Rule Charter Commission built the document, which has gone through a public hearing and a revision with lawyers.

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Volunteers continue search for Rebecca Green

Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers continued to comb the banks of Fish Creek on Wednesday for any signs of Steamboat Springs resident Rebecca Green, but they again came away empty-handed.

Horoscope for June 18, 2009

Horoscope for June 18, 2009

Veterans Hotline: VFW, Legion looking for more meeting participation

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and American Legion Post 62 host meetings Monday and Tuesday nights at the organizations' respective buildings.

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10th annual Whittle the Wood competition starts

Carvers choose stumps, begin sculptures

Chainsaws were buzzing in Craig City Park Wednesday, the first day of the 10th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.

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MCHS volleyball working on building team

Brianna Montgomery, Moffat County High School girl's varsity volleyball coach knows she is going to have a young team for the upcoming season.

Craig briefs: TMH golf tournament is June 26

The Ninth annual The Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament will take place at 2 p.m. June 26 at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Sarah Longwell: DUI roadblocks are avoided

To the editor: The sobriety checkpoint planned for Craig this weekend will serve to funnel limited state and federal grant money away from measures that have proven to be most effective in combating drunk driving (State Patrol: DUI checkpoint coming Saturday, Craig Daily Press, June 16).

Datebook for June 18

8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Whittle the Wood Rendezvous wood carvers work on their sculptures at Craig City Park. The public is welcome to watch.

Reina, ACLU file countersuit against city

City drops criminal case, prepares for civil suit in District Court

The citation filed against Craig resident Francisco Reina was dismissed Wednesday morning, but the case continues in Moffat County District Court in the form of a civil suit against the city of Craig.

Cathy Hamilton: Reunion rules play out a lot like kindergarten

Remember that old Robert Fulghum essay and best-selling book, "All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten?" An ode to the essential lessons of life, it contained nuggets of wisdom most of us picked up in the sandbox (along with the occasional case of pinworms):

Police blotter for June 18

Deputies responded to five requests to assist another agency.

Precipitation for June already almost double average

If it feels as though it's been raining more than normal, that's because it has. More than double the norm, in fact.

Annie's Mailbox: Boyfriend used me for my money

Dear Annie: I had been seeing "Clark" for a year, and he told me everything a woman would want to hear.

Wednesday, June 17

Johnson found guilty of murder in retrial

Jury re-convicts man of killing Steamboat resident Lori Bases in 2000

A Larimer County jury of 11 men and one woman took less than three hours Wednesday to convict Thomas Lee Johnson of first-degree murder in the May 2000 stabbing death of Steamboat Springs resident Lori Bases.

City dismisses Reina citation

ACLU files suit against city in District Court

The city dismissed a citation Wednesday morning against former Craig City Council candidate Francisco Reina.

Intercambio gives language-learning opportunities

A group of four diverse people shared their culture and language Tuesday night at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig during a group meeting called Intercambio.

Hayden discusses revitalization

Hellyer: Efforts already under way to draw businesses, people

Hayden leaders joined forces Tuesday evening to discuss the best way to revitalize the town. The centerpiece of their discussion was a report from the Community Revitalization Partnership.

Annie's Mailbox: My teen daughters text constantly

Dear Annie: My teenage daughters are good kids, get good grades and don't drink or smoke pot. The problem is, they text constantly.

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Christopher Gingrich: Less than 2 weeks until NBA draft

The final game of the NBA season has been played, and the Los Angeles Lakers have been crowned champions.

Police blotter for June 17

Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person.

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Redevelopment planned for Country Mall site

Developer aiming to rebuild shopping center burned by arson in November 2007

Plans for an empty lot at 365 Ranney St., the site of the former Country Mall, call for the development of Behrman Plaza, a proposed 16,792-square-foot building that would include eight spaces for offices or retail businesses.

Craig briefs: Bright STARTS bright and early Thursday

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to host a Bright STARTS (Sales Techniques and Retail Trade Strategies) meeting from 8 to 8:50 a.m. Thursday at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave.

Social Services takes on temp help

With three employees going on maternity leave, several others with less than a year's experience and an increasing caseload, Moffat County Social Services has petitioned county officials for an extra, but temporary, full-time employee.

Thelma Whicker's family: Thanks for the prayers

To the editor: A special thank you goes out to family, friends, neighbors, our pastor and all who knew Thelma Whicker.

MCHS rodeo team finishes season

Dave Fleming, Moffat County High School rodeo coach, knows the dangers of pitting man versus beast.

Our View: Visitor Center project: RIP

A project that has had support in several segments of the community for years came to a close - some would say, finally - last week when the Craig Chamber of Commerce board unanimously agreed to quash a proposed expansion of the Moffat County Visitor Center.

Today's Legion Baseball game postponed

Today's Moffat County American Legion Post 62 baseball game against Coal Ridge has been postponed.

Horoscope for June 17, 2009

Horoscope for June 17, 2009

Craig businesses face forward, plan for the future

Christina Currie, Craig Chamber of Commerce executive director, said Moffat County's bigger industries are hurting. Car dealerships and higher-end retail outlets have trouble attracting consumers willing to dip so far into their savings, which only recently became so important. But, by and large, business here is good.

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Several local options available for staying fit this summer

The days are getting warmer and longer, which makes it easier to take on fitness goals.

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Three Sons Construction moving from garage to bigger building

Three Sons Construction, Craig resident Jarrod Ogden's business, is named, appropriately enough, after his three boys, Carter, 7, Seth, 9, and Levi, 14. The general contracting business celebrated its three-year anniversary in April. Three Sons currently is developing a building of its own at 1121 E. Victory Way.

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Two local churches ready to expand

Journey at First Baptist church officials are building a 7,500-square-foot addition to their church, and Pastor Len Browning said he expects the project to be completed in April 2010.

Datebook for June 17

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Whittle the Wood Rendezvous wood carvers work on their sculptures at Craig City Park.

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MJK plans large, new location, but sticking to its roots

No matter how big it gets, MJK Sales and Hardware always will be a local store.

Tuesday, June 16

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Boxing classes teach students about sport and building confidence

As Dakota and Dylan Kurz now know, boxing isn't easy.

Datebook for June 16, 2009


Rich Foster: Let the vets build it

To the editor:

State Patrol: DUI checkpoint coming Saturday

The Colorado State Patrol, with assistance from Moffat County Sheriff's Office deputies and volunteers with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, will conduct a DUI checkpoint Saturday night in the Craig area, the State Patrol announced in a news release Monday afternoon.

Diane Prather: Experimenting with a meat loaf recipe

I like meat loaf, and I usually make it in a hurry.

Craig briefs: Be mindful of Hantavirus while spring cleaning

Hantavirus is a serious respiratory disease carried by deer mice (brown on top and white underneath with large ears).

Mary Jo Brown: Crossroads of life


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10th annual Whittle the Wood starts with Wednesday tree lottery

This weekend's Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, perhaps the city's signature community event, moves into its 10th year when it begins Wednesday at Craig City Park.

Annie's Mailbox: My mother and I cannot get along

Dear Annie: I'm a 15-year-old girl whose mom is her worst enemy. Mom and I haven't really connected during the past few years. We drive each other crazy, and both of us say hurtful things such as, "I don't care about you" or "You are ruining my life."

Horoscope for June 16, 2009

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - The biggest enjoyment you get out of life is doing fun things with fun people, so stick to this game plan. If you are reclusive, you will waste what could be a really great day.

MCHS football team finishes annual camp at University of Wyoming

After a grueling four-day camp in Laramie, Wyo., Kip Hafey, Moffat County High School football coach, said his team did exactly what it set out to do.

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County receives 1st federal recovery grant

About $24,000 earmarked for work force training program

Jamie Mitchell, an unemployed 25-year-old mother of five, quickly can sum up the difference between today's job market and that of a year ago.

Maren Schmidt: In a Twitter

The most important help in life we can offer to our children is to provide opportunities to develop concentration and independence.

Monday, June 15

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Courthouse bomb scare turns out to be false alarm

'A sign of the times'

A red cooler filled with an empty soda can, tools, spoons and an open bag of sunflower seeds stopped all activity at the Moffat County Courthouse for more than five hours Monday afternoon.

Courthouse evacuated for 'suspicious package'

Local law enforcement began evacuating the Moffat County Courthouse at about 1 p.m. today after receiving word of what Sheriff Tim Jantz called a "suspicious package."

Horoscope for June 15, 2009

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - Your reputation is a bit fragile, so be extra mindful of your behavior, especially when you are with someone you want to impress. Don't do anything that could be misinterpreted.

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H. Neal Glanville: Ditto, darling

While preparing for this weeks' column, my granddaughter, Jennifer, was suddenly attacked by a gang of "my ways."

Datebook for June 15, 2009

Monday, June 15

Craig briefs: Editorial Board seeking new members

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three to four people to participate on its next Editorial Board.

Business beat: Anson settling into new office building

Anson Excavating & Pipe, Inc. has installed a new office building at 789 Stock Dr.

Results from the Seventh Annual Arroyo Memorial Golf Tournament

Golf tournament results

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2nd week of Hayden Speedway racing involves 2 new champions

For second-year racer Heath Chamberlain, it all came down to the last corner of the last lap.

Aging well: Conference is 'one-stop shopping' for caregivers

Deciding the best care and living situation for an elderly loved one can be one of the most difficult decisions a family makes.

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The Journey at First Baptist breaks ground on new addition

Between two Sunday services at The Journey at First Baptist, lead pastor Len Browning stood outside with a gold shovel in his hand, thanking God before breaking ground on a $2 million expansion project for the church.

Annie's Mailbox: My grown children constantly ignores me

Dear Annie: I am blessed with three grown children, all with wonderful children of their own. This sounds ideal, but I can't talk to them. I'm either boring them with stuff they don't care about or voicing feelings they don't want to hear.

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'Land of the Lost' is lost cause TV remake

The dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park" and "King Kong" may have been mindless creatures, but at least they didn't take their battles against humans personally. If you really need to see a giant reptile that's sensitive about his intelligence, maybe "Land of the Lost" is for you.

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Sweet Adelines director helps group to highest ever finish at recent competition

Emily Pfeifer and her husband, Jon, don't have a TV or an Internet connection at their house.

Saturday, June 13

Sea Sharks coach to experience 1st meet from other side of the pool

Caitlin Conci, first-year Craig Sea Sharks head coach, knows the first swim meet of the year can result in a different kind of butterfly other than the stroke.

Government update: Moffat County Commission

Last met: Tuesday, June 9

Datebook for June 13

8 a.m. The Seventh Annual Arroyo Memorial Golf Tournament takes place at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. Sign up and pay fees at the golf course. The tournament is a four-person scramble. Call Joe Arroyo at 639-2548.

Sports briefs: Hayden Speedway is open for racing today

The Hayden Speedway will be open for the second time this season when it welcomes the Street Stock Showdown at 7 p.m. today.

Horoscope for June 13

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - If you're looking for some good buys, follow your definition of a true bargain rather than that of a slick-talking salesperson. Your assessment will be correct.

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Moffat County History: The history of Victory Highway

As the people of the United States moved forward from the Great War, they began looking for ways to honor those who had given their lives fighting for world peace in faraway lands.

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School construction on track

Craig Middle School on schedule to be ready by start of school year

Desks are piled up in classrooms and old computers sit dust-ridden in rows, but each room in the new Craig Middle School is beginning to look more and more like a functional classroom.

Craig attorney: No citation coming for Carwile

Some council members would like more about policy issue

Craig City Attorney Kenny Wohl said he does not plan to cite City Councilor Terry Carwile, who may have violated the city charter by not filing a complete campaign expense report after the April election.

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Retiring preschool director shares memories of 27 years at St. Mark's

In the basement of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, miniature chairs sit at knee-high tables, empty, as if waiting for the next class of 3-year-olds to troop down the stairs with their muddy shoes and miles of craft paper and Scotch tape.

Police blotter for June 11

Steven Jay Heafner, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of a probation violation.

Craig briefs: Church set for ground breaking

The Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St., is scheduled to begin construction on a $2 million facility upgrade and expansion, beginning in late June, according to a news release from the church.

Communities at Work: Meeker man has spent almost 50 years making saddles

It can be argued that there is a point when any craft becomes an art form.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband doesn't pay expenses

Dear Annie: "Ben" and I are in our late 50s, and we recently married. We intended to sell our houses and buy one together, but because of the downturn in the economy, Ben's house is up for sale, and we live in mine.

Kathy Bassett: Can you hear me now?

When most women get a gift, it is usually something like flowers, jewelry, clothes or something fabulous. Me? Whoooopeeeee! I got a new outhouse!

Our View: The trouble with drugs

The Craig Police Department recently released its 2008 annual report, a year-in-review of sorts for the city's law enforcement agency.

Friday, June 12

Veterans Hotline: VA awards $5.2 million for veterans homes

The VA recently awarded $5.2 million for Minnesota veterans' homes.

Police blotter for June 10

Jeremiah Benjamin Blair, 22, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of aggravated robbery.

Craig Planning and Zoning Commission Monday agenda

Monday 5:30 p.m. Work session

The Memorial Hospital Laboratory Staff: TMH thanks Girl Scouts for teddy bear donation

The Memorial Hospital thanks Girl Scout Troop No. 213 for donating 13 teddy bears to The Memorial Hospital Laboratory for our pediatric patients. The teddy bears were made at the Teddy Bear Stuff'n Factory and delivered to us June 2.

7th annual Arroyo Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday

When Isidro Arroyo first started helping children, he made sure they had something to eat at Christmas time.

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GymStar Gymnastics team will travel to Castle Rock for state finals

After a recent strong showing, the GymStar Fun 'n' Fit Gymnastics team will travel to Castle Rock for the state finals.

Horoscope for June 12, 2009

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - When you truly believe in what you're doing, chances for success improve greatly; on the other hand, promoting something that means little to you is likely to fall flat. It's your choice.

Annie's Mailbox: Her children don't accept me

Dear Annie: I am a 52-year-old single male, never married. Ten months ago, I met the love of my life. "Cindy" is everything to me. She was widowed two years ago and has two adult daughters, one still at home. The dilemma is that the girls are very unhappy that Mom is dating me. Mind you, they've never met me. It's just the idea that Mom is dating. Cindy told them I make her happy, while constantly reiterating that I am not a replacement for their father and never will be.

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Cook loses Jeep line; Victory becomes Craig's only Chrysler dealer

There are no closed or closing car dealers in town, local dealership owners said. But - mirroring the national landscape - the local auto industry is changing.

School Board looking to honor all local veterans

Jo Ann Baxter, a Moffat County School Board member, said in her recent travels she noted that every small town she drove through had some kind of war memorial with names of local heroes.

Craig briefs: Cigarette tax begins next month

Beginning July 1, retailers will charge a 2.9-percent state sales tax on all retail cigarette sales, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Chamber ends Visitor Center project

Board members say plan could divide local organizations

Gene Bilodeau has been involved with the Moffat County Visitor Center expansion project from the beginning, but he said that doesn't mean he can't see when a good idea has run its course.

Andy Bockelman: 'The Hangover' is an intoxicating comedy, but drink with caution

To get an accurate summation of "The Hangover," first think of "Three Men and a Baby" meets "The Three Stooges" meets "Dude, Where's My Car?" Then, as an optional step, throw back a shot of Jagermeister and get ready to roll.

Datebook for June 12

5 p.m. The Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way, hosts bingo. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games begin at 6:15 p.m. Call Frank at 824-6131 or 620-0874.

Thursday, June 11

Prosecutors mum on bank fraud

Alleged beneficiaries not named in Cabano case

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver said he could not confirm or deny there are other investigations related to the indictment of former Craig resident Patricia Cabano.

Kindra Ehlers: Voting on school name a valuable experience

As a parent of two elementary students, I would like to commend the Moffat County School District on its method of naming Sandrock Elementary.

Craig briefs: VNA offers free, confidential clinic

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 745 Russell St., is scheduled to host a drop-in sexually transmitted disease clinic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Police blotter for June 9

John Marion Saul, 53, of Baggs, Wyo., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and failure to drive in a single lane.

Elberta Cochran: More communication efforts are made today

I lost my hearing from spiral meningitis at seven months old.

Datebook for June 11

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 4-H Extension Office will make a presentation. Call 824-5116.

School Board looking to recognize local war hero by renaming park

Maj. William E. Adams will not have an elementary school named after him, but the Moffat County School Board is looking at other options to recognize the late Medal of Honor recipient.

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Library offers summer programs

When Christy Gonzales was growing up in Craig, the Summer Reading Program made a lasting impression on her. Now the Moffat County Libraries program coordinator, Gonzales wants to share her love of reading and the value of staying engaged in the arts through the summer months.

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Diane Prather: 'First Family' keeps reader turning the pages

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, private detectives, were the central characters in "Simple Genius," a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, by author David Baldacci.

Legion baseball wins 1 in Rifle

Team playing .500 ball in the summer

If Moffat County's American Legion Post 62 baseball team didn't know what it was like to swing a wooden bat, it got a lesson June 4.

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Bulldogs basketball camp finishes today

When Moffat County High School junior Dylon Camilletti stood Wednesday underneath the basketball hoop in the high school gym, there was silence.

Horoscope for June 11

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - Remain calm and be considerate if you find yourself dealing with a difficult person. Don't try to use threats or intimidations to bend him to comply. It takes quiet action to compose someone.

Annie's Mailbox: I am talking to a former lover on the phone

Dear Annie: I've been married to "Craig" for 38 years, and for the past 10, we haven't had much of a sexual relationship because of his erectile dysfunction and various other marital issues. I have reconnected by phone with a man I was in love with before I met Craig. In fact, we had a serious relationship for three years. We are now having phone sex about once a week.

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Continuance granted in murder trial

New finding pushes trial date to August

A murder trial, which was scheduled to begin next week, has been pushed back nearly two months after a judge's ruling Tuesday in Moffat County District Court.

Cathy Hamilton: Early years a blur

This week, as anticipation for my 40-year reunion of St. Ann Elementary School Class of 1969 reached its peak, a tidal wave of memories came rushing back:

Craig man arrested in connection to armed robbery

Law enforcement arrested a Craig man Wednesday, who is suspected of robbing $199 at gunpoint from the Loaf 'N Jug on Aug. 28, 2008.

Wednesday, June 10

Gary Moyer: Thanks Sen. White

With a substantial amount of finger-pointing going on in Colorado and Washington, D.C., politics, I think it's important we also point to those who have truly represented the interests of their district and made good decisions, even when it wasn't the popular thing to do.

Airport project hits funding shortage

When local officials decided to renovate the Craig/Moffat County Airport last year, they intended to install a new terminal at the same time as putting down a new overlay on the front parking lot.

Mike Maxson: On the edge of reality

With regard to the Francisco Reina matter, ignoring the advice of their own attorney, a man who deals with matters of the law every day, I am convinced the Craig City Council is camped out on the edge of reality.

Craig briefs: Workshop to address prairie dogs

Conservation of prairie dogs in Northwest Colorado will be the subject of a one-day workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Highway 13.

Police blotter for June 8

John Daniel Foster, 28, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of liquor and failure to stop for traffic control signal.

Our View: A rank that's right on

Outdoor Life magazine's recent ranking of the top 200 towns in the United States for sportsmen to live placed Craig in the top quarter, a not-so-insignificant achievement.

Public meeting tonight about water diversion project

Developers and opponents of a proposed water diversion from the Green River to the Front Range hope Moffat County residents turn out to a public meeting about the issue tonight.

Datebook for June 10

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Conservation of prairie dogs in Northwest Colorado is the subject of a one-day workshop at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Highway 13. The workshop is an early step in the implementation of the Gunnison's and White-tailed Prairie Dog Conservation Plan. To attend or for more information, contact Brian Holmes at or 878-6063.

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Relay For Life aims high

Annual Craig fundraiser hopes to rally support despite recession

When Ken Prescott's wife was struggling with Hodgkin's lymphoma, he was stricken with many terrifying thoughts. One of the most difficult scenarios was how he could raise their two children on his own.

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Sandra King shares her love of purses

When Sandra King went to her high school prom, she carried her grandmother's white beaded purse. Now, almost 25 years later, the 1950s-era clutch is the smallest of an elaborate collection of purses and handbags, spread out on the floor of her Craig home.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Signs that pointed me home

We roamed around the island of Catalina - on foot and on bike - mingling with the locals and wandering with no distinct direction. Not only was this adventure a kickoff to summer, but it was also my goodbye to the sandy beaches, best friends and a summer romance that turned to much more of California.

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Skufca family returning to Las Vegas for annual pool championships

Joe Skufca, 48, of Hayden, and his daughter, Julie, will travel to Las Vegas for the National Team Championships in pool after their team, Talk To Da Ballz, secured the Yampa Valley American Poolplayer Association League trophy.

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Fantasy Fix: Baseball and football tips wrapped into 1

In this week's installment, I would like to talk about the Atlanta Braves call-up of pitching phenom Tommy Hanson, a Yahoo! Fantasy Football mock draft I participated in and who is tearing up the waiver wire in fantasy baseball this week.

Horoscope for June 10, 2009

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - If you are alert, a valuable lesson can be learned from observing how another handles a complex problem similar to yours. It'll be the answer you've been seeking.

Annie's Mailbox: I am upset that my son and daughter are fighting

Dear Annie: A few months ago, my daughter got into an argument with her brother. During the course of this very heated disagreement, my daughter said she never liked his stepson because of something that happened 10 years ago. My son's wife overheard the remark and was very hurt. When she came into the family, her son was very young, and we all accepted him.

City: Groups should solicit HRC for funds

The Craig City Council opted to take no action during its meeting Tuesday night regarding a donation to an event supporting nonprofits this fall.

Tuesday, June 9

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Craig resident Jeni Jones finds success as studio owner

Dancing is all Jeni Jones has ever known. She dreamed of one day opening a dance studio. She got her chance at 22 when she was working with a dance teacher in Craig who had to leave suddenly in the middle of the season.

Former Craig woman indicted for federal bank fraud

A former Craig woman was indicted in U.S. District Court in Denver last month after officials alleged she stole money from 18 different accounts at the Bank of Colorado in Craig, where she worked.

Datebook for June 9

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

Senior spotlight: Rain brings memories of my son

This rainy weather reminds me of my son, Drew. On the way to the children's hospital, he'd be looking out of the window singing "raindrops keep falling on my head," whether it was raining or not.

Craig briefs: Relay team captain meeting today

Craig Relay For Life will be having a team captain meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at Moffat County High School.

Police blotter for June 7

Joshua Wayne Murcray, 28, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Maren Schmidt: Strong families create success

In Betty Smith's classic, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," she tells the story of a young girl, Francie Nolan, in the early 1900s living with her family in the tenements.

Annie's Mailbox: Can a husband sexually assault his wife?

Dear Annie: Is it OK for a husband to have sex with his unconscious wife? I am a very deep sleeper. I went to bed with my pajamas on but woke up naked and discovered my husband had had sex with me. He can't understand why I am unable to get over this. As a result, we are currently estranged.

Local couple reflects on fundraiser in their name

After learning Sherry Bird, a local 43-year-old married mother of three, was diagnosed with breast cancer, a coalition of several businesses, churches and residents managed to raise about $7,500 for her and her family at a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Sunday.

YVEA forum sparks debate

Utility candidates disagree about rate structure, conflicts of interest

Stark differences about Yampa Valley Electric Association's roles and rate structure emerged during a Wednesday night forum featuring candidates for the utility's board of directors.

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Young golfers hit the links as part of golf camp

Halle Hamilton kneeled down Monday to sort through her pile of bright yellow golf balls after rain clouds had shuffled past.

Horoscope for June 9, 2009

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - Do not try to squirm out of handling your responsibilities, because someone who is watching your performance will do something to bolster your career.

Monday, June 8

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Residents learn fire business

Whether they were interested in firefighting as a career, or just plain interested, more than a dozen local residents participated in Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue's first Citizens Fire Academy on Saturday.

Craig briefs: Picnic to honor retiring preschool educator

All former students of St. Mark's Preschool, and friends of Rosie Crosthwaite, are invited to attend a free picnic, scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the preschool. The picnic is to celebrate Crosthwaite's 27 years at the preschool.

Student News: Joshua Peters

Joshua Peters, a Moffat County High School graduate, and son of Tracy and Bren Shaffer, was named to the 2009 spring dean's list at Black Hills State University in South Dakota. Peters will be graduating next year with a major in outdoor education and minors in photography and commercial arts.

Aging Well: Simple practices can prevent foodborne illness

A group of 10 older adults brought plenty of cooking experience to The Haven Community Center last week. Even so, questions during "food safety bingo" stumped at least a few of them.

Deaf, hard of hearing from across Colorado join together in Craig

Deena Armstrong didn't greet her friends with "hello" or "how are you?" If she had, they might not have heard her. Instead, she ran up to them with an enormous smile and hugged them repeatedly. Her deaf friends responded just as enthusiastically.

Pride event creates community feel

Yampa Valley LBGT Pride Committee hosts 6th Annual Gay Pride Event

High winds couldn't keep the rainbow flag from flying off the west shelter Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park. Despite the weather, spirits were high at the Sixth Annual Gay Pride Event, hosted by the Yampa Valley LGBT Pride Committee.

Business beat: Canoes needed to play softball

I think it would be an excellent idea if someone would open up a canoe rental business at Loudy-Simpson Park. Yes, maybe you could do this in the pond, but more appropriately in the walkways between the ball fields.

Datebook for June 8


Horoscopes for June 8, 2009

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - Using your intuition and/or instincts to handle a delicate financial matter is a smart thing to do. Having the courage of your perceptions will contribute to success.

Annie's Mailbox: No interest in being intimate with husband

Dear Annie: My husband, "Danny," and I have been married for 37 years. We raised two daughters, who are now married with children of their own. As far as my friends are concerned, Danny is a great husband, and they continually tell me how lucky I am because he treats me like a queen.

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MCHS girls finish tournament with solid showing against Wasatch

After five games in two days, Craig Mortensen, Moffat County High School girls basketball coach, knows a little more about his young team. For one, some rest might be in order.

H. Neal Glanville: A made-for-TV drama

Each time I watch kids playing ball, fishing or "nukin" bugs with a magnifying glass, I begin to see a flicker of hope. Granted it's small and doesn't give off much light, but with sound encouragement and direction, this flicker could become our future leadership.

Sunday, June 7

Women's 10K results

Results from the 28th annual Steamboat Marathon held June 7, 2009

Men's 10K results

Results from the 28th annual Steamboat Marathon held June 7, 2009

Women's half-marathon results

Results from the 28th annual Steamboat Marathon held June 7, 2009

Men's half-marathon results

Results from the 28th annual Steamboat Marathon held June 7, 2009

Women's full marathon results

Results from the 28th annual Steamboat Marathon held June 7, 2009

Men's full marathon results

Results from the 28th annual Steamboat Marathon held June 7, 2009

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Marathon proves to be waterproof

Saitta wins ninth title, fifth in a row

Nearly 1,800 runners and walkers took place in Sunday's 28th annual Steamboat Marathon, competing in the full marathon, half-marathon and 10-kilometer races. Parker's Jason Saitta won the marathon for the ninth time, and fifth time in a row.

Saturday, June 6

Annie's Mailbox: My best friend often ignores me

Dear Annie: I am 15 years old and in the 10th grade. I have two best friends. One of them, "Alyssa," is a gorgeous and nice girl with few flaws. She's the one the guys always fall for. But she randomly ignores me or seems really mad at me, especially in the morning. In the afternoon, things are fine.

Craig briefs: Deaf social planned for today

A deaf social is planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today behind Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave.

Hayden Town Board agrees to settlement

Robinson Construction to work out deal

The Hayden Town Board unanimously agreed to reach a settlement with Robinson Construction concerning faults in the Lake Village subdivision, but Town Manager Russ Martin said there still is work to be done to finalize the deal.

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Lady Dogs basketball dominates Steamboat Springs, Rangely in mini camp

If the summer basketball tournament is any indication, the Moffat County High School girls team might want the season to start sooner.

Kathy Bassett: Another night fishin' adventure

Back when I had another half, my friend Bruce was talking to us one day and decided we should go night fishin' in his big pontoon.

Elaine Sullivan: Northwest Colorado fortunate to have affordable dental care

A smile represents more than just happiness. It is a measurement of a person's health and personal well-being.

Friends of Northwest Colorado: Conservation and the economy - Part 2

In the first part of this series about conservation and the economy, we considered some of the challenges in determining the value to place on a range of natural resources such as air, water and public lands, among others.

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Teachers, school district move closer to agreement

After nearly a month of negotiations, the Moffat County Education Association and the Moffat County School Board reached a settlement in teacher salary negotiations for fiscal year 2010.

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Division of Wildlife hosts youth Cast and Blast

The Division of Wildlife hosted a youth Cast and Blast on May 30 in Axial Basin. The event had a full roster of 30 youths from Craig and Meeker. Lunch, transportation and equipment were provided by DOW. The day promoted interest in outdoor activities and focused on fly fishing and shotgun shooting. The primary goal of this event was to recruit young people into hunting and fishing.

Andy Bockelman: 'Terminator' needs to power down

When the classic line "I'll be back" was first uttered 25 years ago in "The Terminator," nobody could have expected that a sequel was on the way. Then another. And now those murderous machines are back yet again in "Terminator Salvation."

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Family leans on faith, each other while dealing with illness

Sherry Bird's voice doesn't tremble; her emotions don't rattle.

Our view: Free Francisco

There's a lot of potential trouble, controversy and headaches brewing for the city of Craig's government about one council candidate who earned a paltry 105 votes in a recent election.

The Germond Family: On the hunt

To the editor

Datebook for June 6, 2009


Police blotter for June 6, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Margaret Thompson: Appreciation for hospital

To the editor:

Horoscope for June 6, 2009

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - If you feel reluctant about making a critical family decision on your own, see how your mate feels about it. Two heads are always better than one, and collectively you'll figure things out.

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Branding, tagging key to identify cattle, deter rustling

When retired Moffat County Brand Inspector Floyd Martin visits area elementary schools to talk about branding, he hands the students a comical drawing of a cow stuffed into a mailbox.

Baxter Black: Beetless Tuesday

I felt a twinge of sadness when I heard that the SEAM (Social Engineers And Manipulators) had declared BEETLESS TUESDAY in Missoula. It cast a pall over folks in Montana. Little school children begging the cafeteria lady, "Please, please, we need our beets!"

Government update for June 6

Craig City Council

Friday, June 5

YVEA repairs temporary power outage

About 7,000 were without electricity Friday night in and around Craig

A Friday night outage left about 7,000 homes in and around Craig without power for about an hour and a half, a Yampa Valley Electric Association official said.

Craig briefs: Collecting Western History class starts June 17

Local resident Bill Mackin, founder of the Museum of Northwest Colorado's Cowboy & Gunfighter Museum, and author of "Cowboy and Gunfighter Collectibles," will teach the Wellness Wednesday course, Collecting Western History.

Loretta Herod: Thank you to TMH

To the editor:

Horoscopes for June 5, 2009

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - Attempting to do a good job on a project when your mind is off on something else sets the stage for confusion. To lessen the mistakes, try to restrict your thinking to one task at a time.

Fuel gauge report for June 5, 2009

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

Annie's Mailbox: Strip club habit can turn into more

Dear Annie: I read the letter from "Wife of a Sneak," who discovered her husband was going to strip clubs and getting lap dances.

Johnson murder retrial begins in Larimer County

Trial starts Thursday after '01 conviction was overturned

Thomas Lee Johnson's defense attorney told a Larimer County jury Thursday morning that her client indeed killed Lori Bases in her Steamboat Springs home in May 2000 but that he did not plan the attack. Johnson was convicted in Bases' stabbing death in 2001, but the Colorado Court of Appeals overturned the conviction in 2006.

Police blotter for June 3, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Magazine ranks Craig among top outdoor destinations

Terry Carwile, Sportsman's Information Officer, thinks Craig is one of the best towns for sportsmen to live in.

Bob Woods: A positive force in the world

Fred was a traveling salesman back in the 1950s. He worked on commission only, with one valuable perk: the luxury of a vehicle.

Sports brief: Girls basketball tournament today

Craig will host a girls basketball tournament today and Saturday. Teams from Steamboat Springs, Hayden, Rangely, Buena Vista and Wasatch will come to Craig to play the Moffat County High School girls varsity, junior varsity and freshmen basketball teams.

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Christina M. Currie: Car talk

We currently have two houses, and my children, Lord help them, live in the car.

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Saturday's Sheriff's Scramble will benefit college-bound students

The annual Sheriff's Scramble golf tournament is all for the kids. Sort of. The tournament is the main fundraiser for the Moffat County Sheriff's Office Scholarship Fund, which gives three Moffat County High School graduates $1,000 for college.

Datebook for June 5, 2009


Thursday, June 4

Julie Dempster: Honor Adams the right way

This is in response to Wednesday's editorial. I am definitely not disappointed in how the school district handled the naming of Sandrock Elementary. The idea to take the schoolchildren's opinion into consideration was a wonderful idea, and the kids got to see that their vote mattered.

Craig briefs: Health Institute offers workshop

The Colorado Health Institute will offer a July 29 workshop in Craig about how to display health or population data about communities or regions in map format. The workshop is one of several being offered across the state.

Thanks for the recipe, ladies

For awhile now, readers have been contacting me, asking if I'm going to compile a book of recipes.

Veterans Hotline: Local vet organizing statue for Adams

This being my first "hotline," I am hoping to continue with the fine service that Bill Harding has done in the past years. The Moffat County Commissioners met with officers of the American Legion to update the status of the legion hall at Shadow Mountain.

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MCHS rodeo team to travel to Lamar for state

For Dave Fleming, Moffat County High School rodeo coach, his last regular season rodeo trip went relatively smooth. Except for the snow. Fleming said it was 88 degrees in Craig when the team left last week, and 93 degrees in Las Animas when they arrived for the last meet of the year.

Annie's Mailbox: How do I respond to girlfriend's family's attempt to get to know me

Dear Annie: I've been in an off-and-on relationship with "Denise" for seven years. We were high-school sweethearts and attended the same college. A lot of the strain on our relationship can be attributed to her family not approving of our interracial romance. In fact, for years Denise was afraid to tell her father about us.

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Local rancher bringing mini-Herefords to Moffat County

After growing up on a 3,000-acre ranch near San Luis, with more than 500 head of cattle, Bill Shue said he wanted a smaller ranch. By smaller, he meant everything. Including the cows.

Sports briefs: Annual Sheriff's Scramble golf event is Saturday

The annual Sheriff's Scramble golf tournament will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The tournament is a fundraiser for the Moffat County Sheriff's Office scholarship fund.

Police Blotter for June 2

Moffat County Jail

Horoscopes for June 4, 2009

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - This could be one of those days when you will discover that you possess the necessary determination to see difficult matters through to their conclusions. Get those tough assignments out of the way.

Cathy Hamilton: To love, honor, cherish and share a bathroom

When my mom and dad built what is still my mother's home, they put in "his" and "hers" bathrooms. At the time Dad died last March, my parents had been married 53 years. I know now that separate bathrooms had a lot to do with their marital longevity.

Andy Bockelman: 'Up' balloons Pixar's good reputation

Ready for a grand-scale epic that the entire family will love? All you have to do is look "Up." Carl Fredricksen (voice of Ed Asner) is a 70-something man whose life has been thrown into turmoil.

Diane Kalsow: Help was a blessing

A sincere thank you to the Moffat County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado State Patrol, and particularly those who responded to my son's vehicle accident Friday night on Knez Divide.

New Daily Press reporter starts today

Nicole Inglis will cover education, health care

The Craig Daily Press has hired a new education and health care reporter, the newspaper announced Wednesday afternoon. Nicole Inglis, 23, a Rochester, N.Y., native, begins work at the newspaper today.

Target date: Memorial Day 2010

Veterans have new goal in mind for honoring Adams

There's no surrender to two area veterans who have set their sights on formally honoring Craig's sole Medal of Honor recipient, Maj. William E. Adams.

Student News: Emily Keiss

More than 550 Fort Lewis College students culminated their undergraduate academic careers during the college's 46th Spring Commencement. Emily Keiss, an accounting major from Craig, was among this year's graduating class.

Datebook for June 4


Wednesday, June 3

Craig briefs: Intro to public health offered in June

Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials is offering Introduction to Public Health in Colorado from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18 and 8:30 a.m. to noon June 19 at The Haven Community Center, 300 S. Shelton Lane, Hayden.

Datebook for June 3


Police Blotter for June 1

Moffat County Jail

John and Doris Zimmerman: Disappointed in choice

As friends of Maj. Bill Adams and his family, we were very disappointed when we saw Saturday's edition of your paper. We were disappointed in the Moffat County School Board's experiment in letting children vote on something that they knew little about.

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Veteran homebuilders: Market has seen better days

Developers seeking a real estate rebound in coming months

With the sounds of hammers, drills and saws buzzing in the background, and employees busy, the home construction project Behrman Construction was working on May 28 in the Pine Ridge subdivision was well in hand.

Horoscopes for June 3, 2009

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - Don't let something new disrupt a recently established friendship. If you stop and think about whatever gives you pause, you'll realize it is merely a slight bump in the road.

Kids and cops cast off for fishing event

Fishing event set for Thursday; Huck Finn Fun Day on Saturday

When most people think of law enforcement "reeling them in," something other than flies and poles comes to mind. But with the annual Kids and Cops Fishing Day on Thursday, members of the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Colorado State Patrol and Craig Police Department will be after a different kind of catch.

MCHS names Richard Wildenhaus as new athletic director

If the new athletic director has his way, Moffat County High School won't just produce athletes. It will churn out students who happen to be athletes. Richard Wildenhaus, of Las Vegas, has been named the school's new athletic director, and one of his priorities will be education balanced with athletics.

Our View: Name KIA

Any number of descriptions could be used to sum up the Moffat County School District's decision to bypass naming its newly reorganized elementary school after Maj. William E. Adams - a Craig native and Army helicopter pilot who died in Vietnam - and instead install the popular name, as determined by student vote, Sandrock Elementary.

With plans for several new developments, this year may mark change in residential home landscape

Work is expected to begin this year on 400 duplexes and townhomes, more than 100 single-family houses and three new apartment buildings with about 90 units.

Commissioners' meeting summary

During their Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commissioners:

Fantasy Fix: An early look at fantasy gridiron drafts

Hard to believe, but fantasy football draft time is slowly creeping upon us folks in the fantasy world. The rankings are slowly leaking their way to the public, but mock drafts have been going since April. Yahoo! starts its drafts sometime in the next few weeks, while ESPN starts July 1.

Annie's Mailbox: E-mail full of criticism wound up in my inbox

Dear Annie: Recently, an e-mail correspondence between my mother and sister somehow ended up in my inbox. I can only assume it got there by mistake because it was full of criticism and hurtful comments about my family.

Meadows at Pine Ridge on the horizon

Developer says 41 new homes fill a niche

With 41 units and a lower asking price, Darryl Merkel thinks The Meadows at Pine Ridge will be able to fill a niche in Craig.

Hillside: DCS wants to build the home you want

Development would add close to 100 homes

With Hillside, a planned 95-home development south of Moffat County High School, developers think they finally have a chance to build exactly what they want and exactly what they think the city wants - a neighborhood of single-family homes for the average Craig resident.

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59 acres of houses, apartments, duplexes and commercial real estate

Although the national housing market has been reduced to rubble in many American cities, Craig has room to grow, said Blair Hadley, 9 Cents LLC co-manager.

Police: Calls decline in 2008

Less activity attributed to lower staffing level

The year 2008 was a "busy, yet successful year" for the Craig Police Department, Police Chief Walt Vanatta wrote in his annual report. The Police Department responded to more than 15,000 calls for service and 1,800 criminal calls.

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School district superintendent prepares for retirement

As people began crowding into the American Legion Post 62 on Tuesday afternoon, it seemed, at first, like any other gathering. More than 60 people clustered around, chatting, laughing and eating.

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Wedding daze

If we'd have been smart, we'd have run away long ago. In all fairness, Keith Balleck, my fiance, tried to convince me of such. But I was having none of it.

Tuesday, June 2

Mary Jo Brown: Month of June brings in changes

We're in June, another month, week and day starting.

Craig briefs: Police asks public for help on investigation

The Craig Police Department is asking for the public's help with an investigation into an alleged Sunday morning assault, police said in a news release Monday morning.

Terry Carwile: Remembering

To the editor:

County lays out layoffs

Commissioners will be presented initial round of cuts in July

The Routt County Board of Commissioners agreed Monday to a process for identifying the positions it will cut in response to budget shortfalls.

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H. Neal Glanville: Messy outhouse dealings

It's known and frequently documented that I'm easily confused. Take, for instance, the "insider trading" that's running amuck in the portable outhouse trade.

Horoscope for June 2, 2009

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - It won't be a waste of time to shoot for the moon, especially if it involves work. Favorable aspects have much to do with financial enterprises and foreign investments.

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New Housing Authority director excited to get busy

Ute Murray wasn't born in Craig, but the little community that sits among the mountains of Northwest Colorado has become her home.

Sports briefs: MCHS baseball coach resigns

Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball coach Tim Hafey verbally has resigned from the team, school officials said.

Former business owner sentenced

Poznet owner pleaded guilty to theft over $15,000, a felony

The owner of a former Craig business, who had pleaded guilty to a criminal charge alleging he stole money from clients, was sentenced Thursday in Moffat County District Court.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband cares more about farm

Dear Annie: I have been married to "Tom," a successful farmer, for seven years. We both have children from previous marriages, three of whom work here, and my youngest son lives at home.

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Sprint Cars race at Hayden Speedway

A little water couldn't slow down the races at the Hayden Speedway.

Datebook for June 2, 2009


Monday, June 1

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The Cosgriff Hotel

Landmark known for its grand and troubled existence

Built in 1940 by William "Bill" and Wilma Cosgriff, along with several local businessmen as stockholders, the Cosgriff Hotel was a landmark in Craig for many years.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Up' balloons Pixar's good reputation

Ready for a grand-scale epic that the entire family will love? All you have to do is look "Up."

Annie's Mailbox: My husband could be bisexual

Dear Annie: My husband, "Jonas," and I own a small antique store that we have successfully operated for five years. We have no children and always have been very close. However, for the past two months, our love life has been a little rocky. Jonas has not shown any interest in sex even though I have given him every opportunity. Of course, we both have two full-time jobs with the antique shop on the side, so there's not much time for intimacy.

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Business beat: More improvements made on Yampa Avenue

The owners of the Craig Motel recently have added a coat of paint to the outside of the building and all of the rooms, as well.

Charlie Williams: Keeping vets alive

To the editor:

REPS offers help

Suicide, depression forum is Tuesday

The death of a loved one, friend or coworker from suicide can leave the survivors numb and overcome with shock and disbelief. This, Ronna Autrey knows well.

Datebook for June 1, 2009


Moffat County School Board: Invite to a reception

To the editor:

Craig briefs: Jobs Cabinet seeks public input

For nearly sixteen months, a group of business executives, economic development, education and workforce professionals have been working on enhancing regional and state economies through the Jobs Cabinet. After a year of listening, learning and deliberation, the Jobs Cabinet has developed ideas for aligning the needs of employers with appropriately educated and trained employees.

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Carnival a hit with crowd

Organizers for school fundraiser happy with results

This wasn't the ordinary Steamboat Springs carnival. In the Meadows parking lot during the weekend, rides and the standard boardwalk-type games - not to mention the funnel cakes and cotton candy - created a county fair atmosphere for many local families.

Lawyers circle Reina case

Legal experts discuss city's case against ex-council candidate

As Craig resident and former City Council candidate Francisco Reina prepares for what he hopes will be a quick and painless court appearance later this month, others consider his case far more important.

Aging well: Awareness key to stopping elder abuse

Editor's Note: This article first was published Aug. 8, 2008. Information has been updated for accuracy.

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Moffat County American Legion baseball team sweeps Steamboat Springs in doubleheader

Ben Williams is in the middle of the Moffat County and Steamboat Springs rivalry.

Horoscope for June 1, 2009

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - There's nothing you like better than participating in a speculative involvement where the excitement of winning big is at stake. Sadly, however, Lady Luck isn't likely to be in your corner.