News for Wednesday, June 17, 2009



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.