Stories for May 2009


Saturday, May 30

Government update for May 30

Moffat County Commission

Annie's Mailbox: Bags can get too heavy

Dear Annie: I would like to send a request to all grocery store managers, checkout clerks and baggers on behalf of all the little old ladies like myself.

Horoscopes for May 30, 2009

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - The best way to turn potential success into failure is to stubbornly do things that contradict what others are saying. Don't be your own worst enemy.

Big garden memories from the ranch

With the economy the way it is, more people than ever are planting vegetable gardens this spring. Planting gardens to help out with the grocery bill brings back memories of the big gardens we planted at the ranch when I was a kid.

Mary Nelson: Wrong message for city

To the editor:

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As school ends, classes shift at district schools

Out go the students, and in come the movers. With the eighth-graders on their way to Moffat County High School, construction at Craig Middle School will quicken.

Datebook for May 30, 2009


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Veteran trying to find next of kin for World War II veteran's Purple Heart

Nestled inside the compartments of a dark brown, leather briefcase are two small cardboard boxes, each carrying the medals given by a grateful nation to a fallen soldier.

Baxter Black: Ty Murray the cross-over cowboy

It's been a long time since I've seen a real cowboy walk into the urban world spotlight and take it by storm. Not since Ben Johnson, Wilford Brimley, Nolan Ryan and Mac Baldridge, could I have pointed and said, "He's one of us."

Local veteran renews pledge to honor Craig's Medal of Honor recipient

Larry Neu, a Vietnam veteran and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, walked away from Thursday night's Moffat County School Board meeting without anger.

Sally Beauchamp: Thanks for your help

To the editor:

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Diane Prather: 'Hippo Goes Bananas' colorful, comical

The leading character of this week's picture book for children is a great big fellow. He's lovable. And Hippo has a problem.

Our view: Don't let youth run wild

Friday marked the last day of the 2008-09 school year for the Moffat County School District and signaled the beginning of summer vacation for hundreds of our community's youths.

Kathy Bassett: Maybell loves us

It was time to go. We had our cookies baked, but just as we opened the front door, the skies opened up and the rain fell down in torrents. I made a run to the truck, opened the door and went back into the house to tell grandma to make a mad dash for it.

Police blotter for May 30, 2009

Craig Police Department

Craig briefs: 3 upcoming county workshops

The Moffat County Commission has three workshops within the next few weeks that cover several community issues.

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MCHS football team gets ready for camp in Wyoming

Apparently, grueling summer workouts are growing in popularity.

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Widow, friends, country memorialize Vietnam veteran

Charlie Epp hasn't seen it, but he knows it's there, a row of white names chiseled into black marble.

Friday, May 29

Jane Hume: To the City Council

To the editor:

Leo Snowden: Thanks to TMH staff

To the editor:

Datebook for May 29, 2009


Father Randy Dollins: Encountering the 'shoulds' of life

Molly Jo announced to her coworkers that she was pregnant. Her morning cheer changed into afternoon sorrow - what happened? She was informed of what she "should" do, i.e., quit smoking, stop drinking, read several books, start saving for college, take these vitamins, etc. The influx of "shoulds" defeated her. Having a baby seemed to be a burden. Molly Jo was comparing where she was at, in the moment, with the ideal of what an expectant mother "should" be.

Annie's Mailbox: College friend doesn't have time to socialize

Dear Annie: In college I roomed with four other girls and we were as close as sisters. It's been seven years since graduation, and we still visit each other several times a year, talk on the phone monthly and e-mail often. Except one.

Chamber suffers 'fractures' after special meeting

The Craig Chamber of Commerce board conducted a special meeting Wednesday morning to discuss issues surrounding the organization's executive director and her handling of a contentious bid award.

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American Legion baseball team prepares for Saturday tilt with Steamboat Springs

For the Moffat County American Legion baseball team's third game of the young season, first-year coach Justin Folley will have a bit of a challenge.

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2 Craig Intermediate School teachers prepare for life after education

A longtime Moffat County School District educator is preparing to say goodbye to the school that's been a home away from home for almost to 30 years.

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Diane Prather: Spaghetti Pizza: Add toppings to your taste

Because of the rain, we didn't barbecue as much as we usually do this past Memorial Day weekend. So I took the time to make a recipe from my "to try" file. It's from a clipping without a source.

Jon Rogers: Craig has grown up

To the editor:

Police blotter for May 29, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs: Mud Runs scheduled for Saturday

Moffat County Mud Runs are scheduled for Saturday at Wyman Museum, three miles east of Craig.

Horoscope for May 29, 2009

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - Think twice before rushing to judgment over a situation you can usually size up quickly. If things are distorted, they could provide a false reading.

New school name: Sandrock Elementary

When Moffat County School District kindergartners through sixth-graders cast their votes for a new name for Craig Intermediate School, the choice apparently was simple.

Thursday, May 28

New school name: Sandrock Elementary

The Moffat County School District has a new name for an elementary school

Grand Olde West Days committee: Event a success

To the editor: Another Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, and with it another Grand Olde West Days.

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Graduating 8th-graders at Craig Middle School

The following students participated in the Craig Middle School Transition Ceremony on Tuesday and have graduated from eighth grade:

Free cancer screenings offered to women

With Colorado's unemployment rate reaching a 21-year high at 7.5 percent, Women's Wellness Connection is expanding its eligibility requirements by offering free breast and cervical cancer screenings to women who are recently unemployed or who have lost health coverage.

Datebook for May 28

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

Charles F. Perry: YVEA has the right policies

Owning no generation facilities, Yampa Valley Electric Association provides power to the membership with a long-term contract with Xcel Energy.

Annie's Mailbox: My married friend has feelings for me

Dear Annie: I have two friends I will call "Tom" and "Jack." All three of us have been friends since high school.

Horoscope for May 28, 2009

Horoscope for May 28, 2009

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Diane Prather: Spaghetti pizza: add toppings to your taste

Because of the rain, we didn't barbecue as much as we usually do this Memorial Day weekend. So, I took the time to make a recipe from my "to try" file. It's from a clipping without a source.

Visitor Center project inches forward

Groups formally commit to concept; resident agrees to research costs

After almost two hours, various community and government representatives said they all support the concept of expanding the Moffat County Visitor Center.

Student news: Emily Gilchrist

Emily Gilchrist, of Craig, graduated from Hastings College on May 16, 2009, at the college's 123rd commencement ceremonies.

Police blotter for May 28

Deputies responded to a request to assist another agency.

Jane Hume: City Council wrong to prosecute Reina

To the members of Craig City Council: The prosecution of Francisco Reina will not be a shining moment of the Craig City Council.

Cathy Hamilton: Welcome warm weather with antihistamine cocktail

Of all life's ironies, perhaps the cruelest is seasonal allergies.

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Former MCHS standout completes 1st college season

For Odessa College's leadoff hitter and Craig native Chris Winder, playing baseball in Texas has its advantages.

Craig briefs: Summer reading program is June 4

Beginning June 4 and running through July 29, the Moffat County Libraries story times will be at 11 a.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds covered picnic area.

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Bill Harding: Thank you for successful Memorial Day

Members of the VFW Post 4265, American Legion Post 62 and the Sons of the Legion wish to thank all those who assisted with the gravesite flag placement and retrieval this weekend.

Francisco Reina served a summons Wednesday

City attorney does not expect to seek jail time

A Craig Police Department officer delivered Francisco Reina's municipal court summons Wednesday morning, less than 12 hours after city officials decided to prosecute the former candidate for spending too much of his own money in the city election last month.

Wednesday, May 27

Police blotter for May 27

Richard Leon Mann, 51, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, failure to drive in a single lane and no insurance.

Datebook for May 27

9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Aging Well Program's "Wellness Wednesday" is at American Legion Post No. 62 for individuals ages 50 and older. It includes art, writing and exercise classes throughout the day. Lunch is served at each week's presentation. To register for activities, call 871-7676.

Horoscope for May 27, 2009

Horoscope for May 27, 2009

Dear Annie: Should I walk out?

Dear Annie: I am a confused and stressed-out 28-year-old pregnant woman.

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Arrest warrant pending in pot bust

Chemicals and 6 plants, 2 ounces of dried marijuana seized

Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies seized six marijuana plants, 62.8 grams (2.2 ounces) of dried marijuana and 10 samples of chemicals during a raid on a house east of Hayden on Thursday and Friday.

Bo Barnes: Where's the respect?

To the editor: I was completely horrified during the parade Saturday. No one took off their hats or placed their hand over their hearts when the veterans float went by, except me and the woman I was with.

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Organizers: Grand Olde West Days was a success despite rain

A little rain couldn't keep people from enjoying the 19th annual Grand Olde West Days celebration.

Craig briefs: County commission in action

At its Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission:

City to prosecute Francisco Reina

Former council candidate spent 3 times campaign limit

The Craig City Council voted, 6-0, Tuesday to recommend the city attorney prosecute a former council candidate for spending more money than was allowed on his campaign for the April election.

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Christopher Gingrich: Top picks for Mid-season Draft

If you're looking to get a fresh start with a new fantasy baseball team, you're in luck.

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3 MCHS rodeo team members receive scholarships to continue careers

With the Moffat County High School rodeo team's season almost over, coach Dave Fleming has reason to smile as his team prepares for the last few meets of the year.

2009-10 MCHS girls basketball team and coaches: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The Moffat County High School girls basketball team would like to send out a big thank you to all of the veterans who have served and are serving our country, securing our individual freedoms and ensuring the rights that we benefit from on a daily basis.

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Make flying with pets easier

We dress them up. We feed them gourmet foods. We treat them like members of the family. So when we have to fly - whether it be on a beach vacation or to grandma's house - our pets often are a first-class priority.

Our View: A Great and Grand celebration

The 19th annual Grand Olde West Days celebration - one of the biggest and most widespread community events in Craig - has come and gone, and in the Editorial Board's opinion at least, the festivity was a resounding success.

Tuesday, May 26

Moffat County real estate transactions for April 2009

Moffat County real estate transactions for April 2009

Datebook for May 26


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Runners race for Relay For Life team

Before Kayla Haley went out for her morning run, her friend asked her to join up with other participants in a 5K. Funny thing was, she won.

Senior Spotlight for May 26

The weekend went by fast with so many things going on despite the rainy weather.

Water plan on agenda

Broad blueprint for conservation could save cash for taxpayers

Local water and sustainability experts hope to help residents save money and the environment. They're sharing a wide-ranging water conservation plan with the public this week. Their first goal is to slash peak water use in the Steamboat Springs area by 10 percent by 2015.

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More than 200 residents gather for Memorial Day service

Barely a few sounds could be heard over a gathering of more than 200 people at Craig Cemetery on Monday morning. Only the flat caws of crows, soft wails from a baby and piercing squeaks from a large American flag being raised to half-mast were cast over the crowd.

Hinder chooses California

Local football player verbally commits to west coast university

Steamboat Springs High School junior quarterback Austin Hinder verbally committed to the University of California-Berkeley on Monday.

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Billet brings motocross show to Craig

At the start of Henry Billet's Warrior Freestyle Extreme Stunt Show on Sunday in the Moffat County Fairgrounds parking lot, he asked his motocross riders to show the 150-person crowd where motocross freestyle came from.

The members of the Interfaith Food Bank: Thanks for donations

The Interfaith Food Bank would like to thank all of the postal patrons who left food at their mail boxes during the Postal Drive.

Pat Pearce: Many thanks

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank Ken and Rose White for the pet bedding and Sandra Gardner for the donation.

Horoscopes for May 26, 2009

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - What you couldn't see before, you will see at this time. If you study the procedures or tactics used by those who are successful, you'll better understand what you need to do to advance your interests.

Maren Schmidt: Learning 21st century skills

The latest educational push is for 21st century skills that include analysis, critical thinking and cooperative learning. I don't think we can protest that these skills aren't worthy of developing. But skills also require knowledge based on experiences that allow accurate and timely feedback.

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Crowd pays respects in Maybell

The grass was mowed, flowers were placed on the graves, American flags waved from their posts and residents of Maybell came out to honor the dead. At 3 p.m. Monday at the Maybell Cemetery, more than 30 people came to pay their respects.

Craig briefs: Free car clinic set for Saturday

A free car care clinic for single mothers, seniors and disabled residents is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1150 W. Ninth St.

Family says Jon Roberts improving

City manager in California hospital after skydiving accident

City manager's condition is improving at a California hospital after a skydiving accident Saturday.

Hayden seeks charter feedback

Commission members want to hear from residents

Hayden residents have a chance to speak up about the town's future at a hearing Wednesday.

Annie's Mailbox: How can we help friends with marriage?

Dear Annie: I live in a close-knit neighborhood of eight young couples. Naturally, there is some gossip, so we feel personally involved in situations that may not be our business.

Monday, May 25

Aging well: Connecting with grandchildren through nature

School almost is out for the summer, and that means many older adults are expecting visits from grandchildren.

Carrie Clark: Owners and unleashed dogs beware

Every day I get up and out with my dog, Ruger. As I leash him and strap on my running shoes to jog through the streets of Craig, more often than not, I am attacked/pestered by unleashed dogs.

Police Blotter for May 23

Craig Fire/Rescue

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Students tell classmates to be fearless in graduation speeches

Moffat County High School's graduation ceremony was all about movement. The students filed into the school gymnasium Saturday in pairs, a girl in white and a boy in blue. Paparazzi parents snapped photos, and the crowd sent forth whoops and hollers for their favorite graduates.

Datebook for May 25


Horoscopes for May 25, 2009

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - It's not abnormal to resent others telling you what to do and when to do it. But you can beat them to the punch if you establish a worthy agenda about which no one can complain.

'Night at the Museum' is smartly silly fantasy flick

Slap-happy capuchin monkeys. An octopus who likes to hug. An infomercial with George Foreman. What more could you want in a movie? No need to answer because "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" answers that rhetorical question over and over.

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Bull riders battle rank steers and bad rains, but not fear

The public address system was a loud, scratchy and random assembly of country, classic rock, hip-hop and techno. It was raining and cold, and the arena was filled with clay mud a foot thick, as sticky as concrete that has just begun to set.

Annie's Mailbox: Opinion of mother has changed

Dear Annie: I am in my early 20s and attending college. I recently found out that my mother had been having an off-and-on affair with a married man for years. Ever since, I have not been the same. I am angry, hurt, humiliated and confused.

Student News: Dustin Reishus

Dustin Reishus received his PhD on May 15 from the School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Dustin's dissertation was "On the Mathematics of Self-Assembly."

Craig briefs: Gov. Ritter orders flags to be lowered today

Gov. Bill Ritter has directed that U.S. and Colorado flags at federal and state facilities be lowered to half-staff until noon this Memorial Day, which is today.

H. Neal Glanville: Sales, fishing and thanking vets

Sale, sale, sale, most everything is on sale. Ten, 20, even 30 percent off products we may or may not need. But, if it's a chance to save money, why not make the purchase? Two thoughts cross my mind when I see those big sales offering 60 or 70 percent off.

Saturday, May 23

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Busy weekend capped by Memorial Day services in Craig, Maybell

With the Moffat County High School's class of 2009 graduating and the numerous events surrounding the 19th annual Grand Olde West Days celebration taking place, this weekend is bound to be a busy one in Moffat County.

Our View: Never forget veterans

Perhaps the busiest weekend of the year is now upon Craig and Moffat County.

Horoscope for May 23, 2009

Horoscope for May 23, 2009

Datebook for May 23

8 a.m. An antique tractor pull takes place at 312 Yampa Ave.

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FFA chapter busy this spring

Spring is jampacked with activities for the Moffat County High School FFA Chapter. For example, the State FFA Judging Contest was May 3 to 5 in Fort Collins.

Police blotter for May 23

Richard Leon Mann, 51, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, failure to drive in a single lane and no proof of insurance.

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Residents plan meeting to find new political candidates

Moffat County is a rural, loosely-populated stretch of land known for its ranching and coal. Some residents, however, see no reason why it can't be in the vanguard of a national political movement.

Government update for May 23

Moffat County Commission last met Tuesday, May 19

Baxter Black: The art of driving

Most farm kids learn to drive early on. It's part of the responsibility given along with daily chores.

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Senior balances rigors of parenthood, academics

Disbelief was the word that came to Brooke Behrman's mind in June 2007, when she took her first pregnancy test. The test came back positive. So did the second.

Student news: MacKenzie Maneotis

MacKenzie Maneotis, a 2008 Moffat County High School graduate, was named student of the month on the Albany County campus of Laramie County Community College.

Labor scene grim

April numbers show 1.6 percentage point increase from March

Routt County's unemployment rate increased from 6 percent in March to 7.6 percent in April. "That's quite a jump," said Brian Bradbury, an employment specialist at the Colorado Workforce Center. It could reflect an adjustment from ski season to mud season in the area, he acknowledged.

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Senior Corey Bruce the first in his family to graduate

If Corey Bruce is excited, it's for good reason. Today, he will don cap and gown and receive his high school diploma, becoming the first in his family to do so.

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Senior Jesse Breslin has words of advice for incoming freshmen

For Jesse Breslin, bad grades are like dollar signs. Every D or F is another dollar off his scholarship. Now Breslin, scheduled to graduate today, wants to talk to incoming freshmen about how important school is, even at the beginning.

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3 sets of twins and 4 cousins set to graduate in the same class

When it comes to graduation, the Moffat County High School Graduating Class of 2009 is holding three pairs, and four-of-a-kind.

MCHS graduating seniors with 4.0 grade point averages

Moffat County High School graduating seniors with 4.0 grade point averages

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Motocross stunt show is Sunday at the Fairgrounds

Carol Wilson, treasurer for the Grand Ole West Days Steering Committee, understands how people might not see the connection between a celebration of the Old West and a highflying motocross stunt show.

Craig briefs: Oil shale conference is Tuesday in Meeker

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Northwest Colorado Farmers Union, the Douglas Creek Conservation District and White River Conservation District will host a conference Tuesday in Meeker about how oil shale will affect the Western Slope's water supply, agriculture and local communities.

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Andy Bockelman: Heavenly artworks, devilishly dull acting

The film adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code" brought to life the global adventure of Dan Brown's novel of the same name. While the disappointment of that version lingers, the follow-up "Angels & Demons" is an improvement, although still hardly divine.

Annie's Mailbox: Mother-in-law is too dependent

Dear Annie: My husband and I retired several years ago and built a house in the country. He told me that one day, he might have to let his widowed mother live with us.

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Students vote on new school name

By next week, a new name for Craig Intermediate School will be decided and presented to the Moffat County School Board for final consideration.

Friday, May 22

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Seven-legged calf born

Animal also had two spines, Steamboat Veterinary Hospital worker said

A seven-legged calf was born Thursday afternoon at Steamboat Veterinary Hospital.

Datebook for May 22

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

Diane Prather: Ready for rhubarb

Our rhubarb is nearly ready for picking. Following is a recipe I clipped from a newspaper nearly 20 years ago.

Fun Run set for Monday

The Rack Pack Relay for Life team is sponsoring a 5K Boot Scoot Fun Run on Memorial Day, during the Grand Olde West Days celebration.

Annie's Mailbox: My adult daughter has temper issues

Dear Annie: My adult daughter's behavior is causing a great deal of emotional pain in my family. "Carole" has a violent temper that makes everyone - even her sweet-tempered husband - cower in fear. About six months ago, our entire family attended a large party she and her husband were giving. The morning after, Carole got into a raging, swearing screaming match with her father, which left him in tears. Since then, there has been no contact between them.

Hayden board accepts Fund Board gifts

November's half-cent sales tax renewal allows sharing of revenue

For the first time, the Hayden School Board accepted gifts from the Education Fund Board on Wednesday night. Until last November, funding generated from Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education was dedicated only to city schools.

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New chef thinks a steak, like Craig, is fine being itself

A good steak is like the city of Craig: It doesn't need to be dressed up to make it any better.

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Christina Currie: Time to hide the remote

I don't know if it's the news reports or the fact that my girls listen to adult conversations a little more closely than they should, but for being 7 and 8 years old, questions about finances come up a lot more often than I really expected at this point.

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MCHS girls soccer becomes a team after 1-12-1 season

It wasn't about the wins; it was about the chemistry and the fun. Nicole Dolence, Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer coach, said although the team only mustered one win, the girls learned a lot and had fun doing it.

Horoscope for May 22

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - Secrecy might be necessary in order to enhance an important business affair. You should be able to get what you want when you screen out interference from busybodies.

Martin: Hayden furloughs start in June

Decreased sales tax revenue cuts hours by 10 percent in Hayden

Reduced sales tax income will force the town of Hayden to implement a furlough plan for its employees, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

Reina spends 3 times limit in campaign

City attorney does not plan to prosecute

There has never been a candidate who spent more than the city charter allows in a municipal election, Craig City Attorney Kenny Wohl said.

Police blotter for May 20

Michael James Bosman, 24, of Steamboat Springs, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a courtesy hold.

Kathy Bassett: Night fishin' in Colorado

If you've never gone night fishin', you don't know what you've missed out on.

Craig briefs: Shuttles offered to graduation

In an effort to help parents, family members and community members with a smoother arrival, and to provide additional parking space for graduates, the Moffat County School District, in cooperation with Kmart, will be offering free shuttles from the Kmart parking lot on graduation day Saturday.

Veterans Hotline: VFW, Legion selling buddy poppies

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and the American Legion will be outside of several major shopping outlets the next few weekends handing out buddy poppies.

Len Browning: We need to balance compassion with prudence

I have had a rigorous test of my faith recently. Jeff Hammond showed up on my doorstep as it were, via telephone last week.

Thursday, May 21

Datebook for May 21

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

Police blotter for May 21

Brice Umrao Boling, 20, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

MCHS athletic staff: Thanks for the time and help

Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School would like to thank Kinder Family Clinic for donating their clinic and time to conduct our Spring Sports Physical Clinic on May 19.

Horoscope for May 21, 2009

Horoscope for May 21, 2009

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Bill Harding: Buddy poppies to help raise money

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and the American Legion will be outside of several major shopping outlets the next few weekends handing out buddy poppies.

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Hayden Speedway ready for racing

With the rumble of powerful engines and the cheer of the crowd, racing returns May 30 to Northwest Colorado.

Craig resident wants city to change building code

At 34 years old, Lennie Gillam has seen enough of the federal government to know its movers and shakers are beyond his sphere of influence.

Craig briefs: Sheriff's Office golf tournament is June 6

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office will be hosting the Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament for the 22nd year June 6 at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The shotgun start is at 7:30 a.m.

Cathy Hamilton: Invitation brings back memories of sisterhood

The invitation read: You are cordially invited to attend the Class of '69's 40th reunion! "Wait just a pea-pickin' minute," I said to myself. "Class of '69?"

Dear Annie: Husband uses Internet to connect with with women from high school days

Dear Annie: My husband is on all of these websites - Classmates, Facebook and Reunion - trying to reconnect with old friends. But it seems he's only connecting with women from his old high school.

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Terms for loans becoming stricter

Event speakers share tips about lending options

Larry Neu, owner of Northwest Diesel Sales and Service, has a chance to buy the land his business has rented for the past 15 years.

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Exhibit portrays 100 years of cultural changes

Employees at the Museum of Northwest Colorado spent Wednesday preparing for Sunday's launch of a new exhibit they said is rich in history and dollar value.

Wednesday, May 20

Police blotter for May 20

Tracie Lou Giroux, 48, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a bond revocation.

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Diane Prather: Ready for rhubarb

Our rhubarb is nearly ready for picking. Here is a recipe I clipped from a newspaper nearly 20 years ago.

Thursday REPS meeting to call for suicide-prevention volunteers

Suicide is a problem that has no commonality and one that has claimed more than 40 lives in Moffat County the past 10 years.

Craig briefs: Grand Olde West Days starts Saturday

Grand Olde West Days, a three-day festival, begins this weekend in Craig.

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County OKs $30K for review of fairgrounds master plan

Mountain Architecture to examine master plan created in 1998

The Routt County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Mountain Architecture to revise the original Routt County Fairgrounds master plan, which was updated in 2000.

Horoscope for May 20, 2009

Horoscope for May 20, 2009

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Heather Nicholson finishes 24th at golf state championship

When Moffat County High School golfer Heather Nicholson chipped a shot on the 10th hole at Patty Jewett Golf Course and had it land on the green, a feeling of relief came over her.

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Christopher Gingrich: MLB season a quarter of the way finished

Before I get to fantasy baseball this week, I'd like to express my gratitude to the folks at the Craig Daily Press.

Annie's Mailbox: Concept of marriage scares us

Dear Annie: I'm 27 years old and have been dating the handsome love of my life off and on since high school.

Datebook for May 20

9 to 9:30 a.m. Moffat County Social Services distributes United States Department of Agriculture commodities at the Maybell Community Center. Households that receive commodities must be re-certified. Picture identification, proof of address and income or current eligibility is required. Call Suzette Chavez at Social Services at 824-8282.

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Welcome summer with the grill

When temperatures rise, it's time to heat up the grill, too.

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22-year-old mother opens dance fitness studio

As a Moffat County High School cheerleader, Christalin Thompson limited her thoughts of becoming a professional dancer to daydreams. Now 22 and a single mother in Craig, she's living bigger.

State budget strains Moffat County Extension Office

The Moffat County Extension Office for Colorado State University is short-staffed and under a hiring freeze, and more money may be taken away later this year.

Our View: Commission criticism unsettling

It's highly doubtful that this year's legislative session was the easiest that state Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, has ever gone through.

Tuesday, May 19

Police blotter for May 19, 2009

Craig Police Department

Mary Jo Brown: Going through doors

Doors. Have you ever thought of how many doors you have gone through so far?

Survival mode: energy industry hurting locally

The number of natural gas drilling rigs in the Piceance Basin declined from 102 in September 2008 to 26 last week, and energy companies have slashed their capital project budgets twice this year.

Trend pro coming to summit

Daniel Levine to talk about global trends at conference

Grant Fenton is excited about the top speakers at this week's Economic Summit in Steamboat Springs.

Datebook for May 19, 2009


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Advocates offer different solutions for world's energy future

Coal is the answer, said Fred Palmer, senior vice president of government relations for Peabody Energy, which owns Twenty Mile Coal Co. in Routt County.

Annie's Mailbox: Man sits in hot tub naked in public

Dear Annie: I am 23 years old and a virgin. I have never seen a naked man in my life because I believe virginity should be kept until marriage. The other day, I went with my sister to watch my nephew's baseball game. He plays on a field that is uphill, so you can see the backyards of some of the houses across the street. My nephew had heard from his friends that one of the men in those yards sits naked in his hot tub. I always assumed this wasn't true.

Wilma Taylor-Baker: Thank you, Zorro

To the editor:

Maren Schmidt: Beware of the Tree Octopus

A recent newsletter from the Core Knowledge Foundation introduced me to the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus.

EDP hosts discussion with White, Baumgardner

People are busy, so when planning an event, you have to make it worth their time if you want anyone to show up, Darcy Trask said.

Craig briefs: Local musicians share talents

Music is a tonic. Get yourself a good dose by attending this year's Grand Olde West Days Street Festival on Monday in downtown Craig.

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MCHS boys swimming finishes well at state meet

Although the Moffat County High School boys swim team will be losing the 4A swimmer of the year, the team still has reason to look forward to next year.

Horoscope for May 19, 2009

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Don't try to gain acceptance from a subordinate; go directly to the big shots to promote an idea that you believe will help your company. Take nothing for granted.

Monday, May 18

Datebook for May 18, 2009


Aging well: Bird watching keeps minds active

Anyone who watches birds, even casually, has experienced the natural high of seeing something so beautiful or awe-inspiring that it links them, instantly, to nature's marvels.

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Alicia Nelson fastest runner in MCHS history

If ever there was a time for Alicia Nelson to make her move, it was with 250 meters left on her last lap of her last high school race.

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Riders trek from Craig to Maybell

Saturday wasn't a typical bike ride.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Star Trek': Logic dictates a fantastic ride

In preparing for the sci-fi summer blockbuster "Star Trek," get ready to boldly go where no movie-goer has gone before - with the exception of the past 10 movies.

Craig briefs: Donations accepted for local injured man

Two local families have opened a donation account for Craig resident Ricky Bustad, 37, who was hospitalized after crashing his motorcycle last Monday west of Hayden.

Horoscope for May 18, 2009

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - If bullheadedness causes you to be intolerant of those who do things differently, it won't make them more compliant, only rebellious. Give others room to breathe.

Annie's Mailbox: Son's girlfriend keeps him out late

Dear Annie: I have a 17-year-old son. Until three months ago, he was the best son a mother could ask for. He's captain of the varsity baseball and golf teams, band officer, top 10 in his class, you name it. He gave his father and me no problems until recently, when he began dating "Holly." Now everything has gone out the window. Our son's curfew is 9:00 p.m. on school nights and 1:00 a.m. on weekends. The problem is, Holly has no set time when she needs to be home. She can be out all night and nobody cares. Our son feels because she has no curfew, neither should he.

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100 years of tradition mark graduation

Hayden High School graduates 32 seniors

Hayden High School's Sunday graduation ceremony was the 100th in the school's history.

Police blotter for May 18, 2009

Moffat County Jail

New school name down to 5 finalists

A committee tasked with finding a name for a new elementary school in Moffat County has whittled down a batch of suggested names to five finalists, the committee reported Friday afternoon.

CNCC celebrates end of school year

The Center of Craig was full May 8 as students, their families and Colorado Northwestern Community College staff celebrated the achievements of Craig campus students.

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H. Neal Glanville: DOW responds to column

Well, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. (Some of you may want to put the paper down until this part is over.)

Sunday, May 17

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Brooklyn home 1st to make city historic register

Kate and Craig Rench's 1930s vernacular style home has been added to the Steamboat Springs Register of Historic Places, and they find it's a plus on two levels.

Saturday, May 16

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Worsley wins state title in 50-yard freestyle

Steamboat senior places second in 100 fly at swimming championships

With a title in the 50-yard freestyle and a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly on Saturday, Steamboat senior Cole Worsley, swimming for Moffat County, wrapped up one of the most decorated swimming careers in the high school's history.

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Cole Worsley wins state title

Steamboat Springs senior wins 50-meter freestyle at high school championships in Loveland

Worsley won the 50-meter freestyle today at the Class 4A State Swimming Championships in Loveland, touching the wall in 21.22 seconds. The Steamboat Springs High School senior swims for the Moffat County Bulldogs.

Craig residents donate 3,580 pounds of food

Letter carrier food drive held May 9

Postal customers in Craig were generous in giving to the annual letter carriers and postal food drive May 9. Craig residents donated 3,580 pounds of food.

Annie's Mailbox: Mother-in-law acts like I am not capable

Dear Annie: My in-laws always visit on weekends when things are really laid back around the house. My mother-in-law is great about pitching in and helping with the kids and the house. The trouble is, she never stops. When I cook, she murmurs criticisms about the food, so I stay out of her way and let her do it. She also organizes my cupboards and drawers, and advises me on how to clean. Annie, I know how to clean and organize. I just don't do it on the weekends. Besides, I have my own system, and after my mother-in-law is finished, I can't find anything.

Government update for May 16

Moffat County Commission

Our view: Keep it clean

During a name dedication ceremony in October 1996, a Moffat County Commissioner at the time summed up Loudy-Simpson Park as a "beautiful and practical facility."

GM spares Cook; Victory likely to lose GMC, Buick

A day later, the shoe is on the other foot.

Judge sends ex-Social Services employee to prison

A Moffat County Court judge complied with a prosecution request Wednesday and imposed a prison sentence on a former Moffat County employee, who pleaded guilty to distributing drugs from a government office.

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MCHS Jazz Choir inspires elementary students

East Elementary students treated to music workshop

On Thursday, the Moffat County High School Jazz Choir, directed by Daniel Mullens, visited East Elementary School to run a workshop with Tanya Kunkel's classes, and they were eager to join in as the second-graders performed their favorite songs.

Spring a busy time for 4-H

Spring is a busy time for the Moffat County 4-H program.

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Erin Urbanoski wins 3rd state title in long jump

Right before the last three jumps of her high school career, Erin Urbanoski did what she always does.

Horoscope for May 16

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Although you enjoy competitive sports, your ego might not be able to handle losing too well. You won't necessarily let others know, but that slow burn will eventually place you in a foul mood.

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Former governors debate climate change at Energy Summit

Although the questions surrounding global warming - its existence, causes and effects - were not settled Friday, two former Colorado governors took the opportunity to discuss the issues in front of an audience deeply invested in the debate.

Craig briefs: To all Moffat County vendors

Moffat County is implementing an online bid system.

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Longtime area couple, public servants say final goodbyes

The signs and earmarks of Bill and Sandy Harding's life together are sprinkled all around the inside of their red and white home at 831 Columbine St., in Craig.

Baxter Black: The emperor's answer

Here's a tough question: If you are hitting yourself on the head with a spatula and are complaining because it hurts, what should you do?

Datebook for May 16, 2009


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Worsley qualifies for events in today's finals

Steamboat Springs High School senior Cole Worsley, who swims for Moffat County, made a loud splash at Day 1 of the Class 4A State Swimming Championships, qualifying for today's finals in his individual events and setting a state record in the process.

Kathy Bassett: Sombrero horses vs. Mother Nature

The sleepy, quiet little town of Maybell opened her arms wide on Mother's Day to embrace the day.

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Legislators decry energy rules

White, Baumgardner speak about experiences this session

Two Republican state representatives and two Republican state senators bemoaned the actions of a Democratically controlled state Legislature Friday, and the local politicians tried to explain some of their tougher moments this year.

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CNCC graduates nursing students

Colorado Northwestern Community College graduated 18 nursing students May 9.

Friday, May 15

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Cook's Chevrolet brand safe for now

Car dealer likely to lose Jeep line but expects to keep Chevrolet

Cook Chevrolet, Jeep and Subaru appears to be safe from the closure of 1,100 General Motors dealerships, owner Scott Cook said Friday.

School of choice forms are due today

With large numbers of students switching schools next year, the Moffat County School District has implemented a lottery to determine school of choice.

Craig briefs: FFA hosts meal, sale today

The Moffat County FFA Chapter will host its annual Oyster Fry and Project Sale at 6:30 p.m. today in the agriculture shop at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.

Victor Cordes: Prevent dog bites

To the editor:

Tomey's driving record not considered in charges

Story incorrectly stated how police arrived at traffic infraction

A story on page 3 of Thursday's Steamboat Today incorrectly stated that police looked into Terry Tomey's driving and criminal history before determining the Class A traffic infraction for failure to yield to a pedestrian with disabilities.

Nancy Gutierrez: Thank you, hospital staff

To the editor:

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Lane Frost Challenge competition brings bull riders to Craig

With a flurry of horns and hooves, chaps and cowboy hats, bull riding will return to Grand Olde West Days.

Annie's Mailbox: I hate being married to a 'mama's boy'

Dear Annie: I have been married for two years to a "mama's boy," and I hate it. Every time we have an argument, he calls his mother, asks her to come to our house to help and insists that I talk to her.

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Veterans Hotline: Hometown Heroes picnic Saturday at City Park

The Hometown Heroes picnic begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at City Park. Setup will start around 8:30 a.m. with tent covers, tables and the podium area.

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Diane Prather: 'Dog Biscuit' imaginative, comical children's story

Did you ever look at a dog biscuit and wonder how it tastes? Maybe that's why the little girl in this week's picture book eats one.

Horoscope for May 15, 2009

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Unlike many, your focus will be on achieving success. Because of this, you'll handle difficult situations so efficiently that you can't help but succeed.

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State geologist highlights importance of Colorado's gas, uranium deposits

There are a few unmistakable realities in the world.

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Craig to Maybell on 2 wheels

23rd annual bike ride and breakfast to take place Saturday

Twenty-three years ago, doctors Thomas Told and Neil McCandless, and Mike Bauman, of the Division of Wildlife, were looking for a challenge.

Cook likely to lose Jeep franchise

Victory Motors to keep Chrysler, Dodge

Irene Kitzman, a partner with Victory Motors, told her employees Thursday morning that she wanted to see the UPS letter immediately once it arrived.

Datebook for May 15, 2009


Friends of Northwest Colorado: Conservation and the economy

Green Economy, the New Energy Economy, Natural Dividends, Sustainable Growth, Amenities/Life Style Economy and Sustainable Business - they are all the new buzzwords being bandied about regarding 21st century economic development and diversification.

Thursday, May 14

Driver ticketed in Bob Bear's death

Craig man could receive 6-point citation, fine for fatal accident

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers issued Craig resident Terry Tomey a citation for failure to yield to a pedestrian with disabilities Wednesday, after Tomey struck Robert "Bob" Bear with his pickup May 6.

Road to the Maroon Bells to open May 21

Maroon Creek Road leading up to Maroon Lake and the Maroon Bells will reopen for the summer May 21, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Police blotter for May 14

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Horoscope for May 14

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - The temptation to think on a grand scale should not be denied. Don't hesitate to make grandiose plans that could have a positive impact on your future, because chances are you'll pull them off.

Donation account made for Craig man injured in motorcycle crash

Two local families have opened a donation account for Craig resident Ricky Bustad, 37, who was hospitalized after crashing his motorcycle Monday west of Hayden.

Cathy Hamilton: Mothers: They never play to type

There are many kinds of mothers. Married mothers, single mothers. Mothers of two, mothers of five - heck, there's even the "Octomom," mother of 14.

Datebook for May 14

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

City starts water plant repair process

The city's long-gestating repair process at the Craig water plant may come to a close within the next two months.

19th annual Grand Olde West Days to begin May 23

The 19th annual Grand Olde West Days runs May 23 through 25 in Craig.

Phyllis Knorr: Move your carts

This is overdue and is addressed to the folks who continually leave shopping carts in parking spaces - even in handicap spaces - in the parking lots of our local businesses.

Craig pitcher earns All-Conference honors

Brian Wojtkiewicz, a junior at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., was recently named to the second team All-Conference team after a strong 2009 season.

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Little League teams take to the diamond in season opener

With the dink of the aluminum bat, and as much cheering from the dug-outs as the bleachers, Little League baseball and softball returned Wednesday night to Craig.

Diane Prather: 'Burnt Sugar Cake' a treat for the sweet tooth

Remember my request for a "Burnt Sugar Cake" recipe a few weeks ago? Well, this week I had a letter from Heather Higgins from Craig.

Craig briefs: County, BLM work together; Council questions MCTA funding

The Moffat County Commission and Bureau of Land Management blazed a new trail in the name of cooperation Tuesday.

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Student sculpture prompts county to buy recycling bins

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers thanked 23 fifth-graders from Craig Intermediate School on Wednesday for reminding him of a forgotten cause. A 9-foot sculpture they made from recyclable materials moved him and the other commissioners to purchase recycling bins for each floor of the Moffat County Courthouse.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband refuses to see doctor

Dear Annie: I am a newly married woman and am writing about my husband, who refuses to see a doctor for a potentially life-threatening issue. In fact, he refuses to see any doctor at all. I am not aware that he has any specific fear of doctors, so this puzzles me.

Wednesday, May 13

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Youths pitch in for Hayden service day

95 middle school students participate

Austin Bush and Kayla Dunckley were two of the first students on the scene Tuesday at the Haven Assisted Living Center, raking dirt to prepare it for landscaping.

Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District meeting agenda

Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District meeting agenda

Police blotter for May 13

Moffat County Jail Monday, May 11 Lori Lee Matuska, 30, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under restraint and turning movements and required signals.

Food stamp use increasing in Northwest Colorado

According to a set of reports from the Colorado Benefits Management System, the state's computer records, Moffat County's food stamp requests and dollar allocations have increased rapidly in the past year.

Horoscope for May 13

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Your common sense is usually reliable and provides you with acceptable behavior, but sometimes your pride gets in the way and trips you up. This could be one of those times, so be careful.

Annie's Mailbox: Help needed to recover from sexual abuse

Dear Annie: I just finished my college degree. Getting the career I've always wanted is a hop, skip and jump away. I have amazing friends and a big family. But I feel so lost and alone. I was raped by a family member when I was 5, sexually assaulted as a young girl and raped again when I was 18. I was close to all these men. My father, the only man I ever trusted, died when I was a teenager, and my mother has never been a good role model.

Chris Gingrich: Playing through the rough patches

I was reading some Yahoo user comments on the fantasy baseball message board this week, like I usually do. I came across one user who had a very good idea in terms of overall team strategy. His basic premise was that you should stick with the team you drafted and only make moves if necessary, like in the case of an injury.

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Hayden police station on schedule

Furniture installation scheduled for next week

That new-police-station smell is flowing through the halls of the building that will house Hayden's finest. Police Chief Ray Birch was basking in the scent as he showed off the new digs Tuesday.

Craig motorcyclist remains in serious condition

Man airlifted to Denver Health after crash Monday

Craig resident Ricky Bustad remains in serious condition in a Denver hospital after crashing his motorcycle west of Hayden on Monday night.

Craig briefs: Plant exchange in downtown Saturday

Craig's annual plant/bulb exchange is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Alice Pleasant Park.

Datebook for May 13

Today 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Aging Well Program's "Wellness Wednesday" is at American Legion Post No. 62 for individuals ages 50 and older. It includes art, writing and exercise classes throughout the day. Lunch is served at each week's presentation. To register for activities, call 871-7676.

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Garden season right around the corner

For those with a green thumb, their season to shine is just around the corner. Gardeners are gearing up for planting season.

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Veda Wyman awarded TMH Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year

On Monday night, the Ladies Auxiliary was recognized during an appreciation dinner at the Holiday Inn of Craig to commemorate them for their hours of volunteering at The Memorial Hospital.

Our View: All due respect

In that one sentence is perhaps the best way to describe the actions of heroes - those who bravely put themselves in harm's way on behalf of a fellow human being.

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MCHS track team hopes to run away with state

Coming off several strong performances during last week's regional meet to qualify for state, the Bulldogs seem to be hitting their stride at precisely the right moment.

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Visitor Center draft reviewed

With nobody firmly opposed to the idea, the Moffat County Commission and Craig City Council are prepared to negotiate facts and figures for expanding the Moffat County Visitor Center.

Tuesday, May 12

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March sales tax plummets

Collections decline 22.5 percent from same month in 2008

Steamboat Springs' March sales tax report, expected to be released today, will show a 22.5 percent drop in collections for the month, city officials said Tuesday. Year to date, city sales tax collections declined 18.5 percent in the first quarter compared with the first quarter of 2008.

High winds, low humidity lead to fire danger

Red flag warning issued for Northwest Colorado; blazes could spread rapidly

Weather conditions and fuels such as dry grass on the ground prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for Northwest Colorado on Tuesday. The warning is a strong indication that anyone burning should take extra precautions, as fires could spread rapidly.

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Beavers damaging Loudy-Simpson Park

At Loudy-Simpson Park, a place local residents have set aside to preserve some of the area's natural beauty, beavers are building a civilization.

Senior spotlight for May 12

I hope Mother's Day was good, nice, happy or at least OK for all you mothers.

Datebook for May 12

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

Maren Schmidt: Sign of a good-hearted woman

Perhaps it is harder to identify a good-hearted woman in today's world, but good-hearted women are all around us even if we don't have cat drawings to help us recognize them.

Craig briefs: Shuttles offered for graduation

In an effort to help parents, family members, and community members with a smoother arrival, and to provide additional parking space for graduates, the Moffat County School District, in cooperation with K-Mart, will be offering free shuttles from the K-Mart parking lot on graduation day, May 23.

Police blotter for May 12

Moffat County Jail Friday, May 8 Richard Charles Ferdig, 43, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Departure comes too quickly

Whether it's the aroma of a summer barbecue down the street, the Sunday night Sea World fireworks finale, or my fresh tan line, summertime is quickly approaching and school is coming to a close.

Annie's Mailbox: Important to know challenges in Army

Dear Annie: The Army's recent report of an increase in the suicide rate among soldiers sheds light on an important public health issue. It also highlights the need to create greater awareness around the challenges affecting the men and women serving in our armed forces, as well as the many services available to them through the Department of Defense and other organizations.

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Northwest Colorado magazine available

The first edition of the Waving Hands Review is a 48-page booklet of short fiction, non-fiction, art and photography, all produced by residents of Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

Horoscope for May 12

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Should you find yourself dealing with a problem similar to a recent one, trade on this experience. What worked out well for you in the past should work once again.

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Kyle Petty stops in Craig as part of tour across US

Former NASCAR drive Kyle Petty traded in his number 44 race car for a motorcycle as part of the 15th annual charity ride, and brought along professional golfer Davis Love III and NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth.

Police Beat for April

The Craig Police Department responded to 1,385 requests for service in April, and Community Service responded to 191 requests for service in April.

Monday, May 11

Craig man in serious condition after motorcycle crash

A 37-year-old Craig man who was thrown from his motorcycle in a crash on U.S. Highway 40 west of Hayden on Monday night was listed in serious condition. He was scheduled to be flown to Denver Health, authorities said.

Red flag warning issued for Northwest Colorado

Low humidity and high winds combine to make dangerous wildfire conditions

High winds, low humidity and an abundance of dry fuels are combining to make for particularly dangerous wildfire conditions today. A flood advisory has been issued for the Elk River near Milner.

Moffat County School Board special meeting May 12

A Moffat County School Board special meeting is at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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Charity ride to continue on journey today

Ride Across America benefits camp for chronically ill children

This morning, NASCAR driver Kyle Petty - joined by about 200 other motorcycle riders - will roar out of Steamboat Springs and continue a cross-country trek benefiting a children's charity.

Datebook for May 11

9 to 10 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

Debbie Barger: Wonderful memorial

The honoring of Bill Adams to name the new Intermediate School after him is a wonderful memorial to a lost soldier who fought for his country.

H. Neal Glanville: The hunt for fish and game

Preparing this week's fishing report, I had a weak side of the brain idea. Why not talk to the fish and game? Sounds reasonable, doesn't it? Off to the phone book I went to find the local number I was sure would be there. But, what to the chagrin of my wandering finger should appear? Nothing.

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MCHS boys swimming performs well with one week until state

With the last lap of the 400-meter free relay, the Moffat County High School boys swim team had some catching up to do.

Bryce Jacobson: Family finds success in cheese biz

The Petre family moved to Craig in 2003 and decided in 2005, after reading about milking sheep, to begin a sheep's milk operation.

Annie's Mailbox: Only friend does spiteful things

Dear Annie: I am a 24-year-old female and have been friends with "Danielle" for 12 years. In fact, she is the only friend I have. Recently, I expressed some personal frustrations to her about my in-laws' lifestyle. I said these things in confidence. My husband is aware of my feelings, and we have reached an understanding. However, last week my brother-in-law came to visit and was extremely distant. He was obviously angry with me but refused to say why.

Aging Well: Haven happenings highlight community

This week, staff at The Haven and Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, which operates Haven facilities, is adding community programs focused on outdoor landscaping and gardening projects and a caregiver support group.

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110 athletes compete in Special Olympics

The Special Olympics Colorado Western Area Summer Games have been in Craig for more than 30 years.

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Maybell Heritage Day and Great American Horse Drive bring out region's Western flavor

The Sombrero Ranch Great American Horse Drive has been a long-standing tradition, but the activities in Maybell are starting to grow into their own tradition.

Diane Cookston and Roberta Hawks: Pennie for Peace Fundraiser thank you

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Pennies for Peace Fundraiser. The Moffat County School District raised $1,408.31 for this project.

Horoscope for May 11

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Don't depend on a surrogate to handle something important that you can manage effectively all by yourself. Do all your own loading, aiming and firing.

Craig briefs: Stamp prices increase

The cost to mail a U.S. First Class 1-ounce letter will increase by 2 cents, from 42 to 44 cents. The cost to mail a postcard will increase from 27 to 28 cents.

Saturday, May 9

Police blotter for May 9

Deputies responded to three requests to assist another agency.

Craig briefs: Flags to be lowered today

Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered that United States and Colorado state flags be lowered to half-staff at state and federal facilities throughout Colorado today in honor of Sgt. James Dewel Pirtle, 21, of Colorado Springs.

Datebook for May 9

8 to 10:30 a.m. American Legion Post 62 hosts a pancake breakfast at the Legion Headquarters, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Breakfast is $5 a person.

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'Tis the season to put cattle out on summer pasture

Calving season is over in Moffat County, and most ranchers have finished branding. The next job is to turn the cattle out onto summer pasture.

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Moffat County History: The last of the bad good guys

The earliest settlers of the West went without a lot of things as they worked to build a new life. Apart from the lack of material goods and comforts, they also frequently found themselves living in a country where there were no laws.

The Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks, 7th-graders

The seventh-grade class recently held a pet food drive at Craig Middle School and donated the food to the shelter and to the humane society.

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Kirk McKey sinks hole-in-one on 11th hole at Yampa Valley Golf Course

As Kirk McKey came out of his backswing Thursday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, he knew his shot was going to be good. Just not a hole-in-one type of good.

Hayden gets $725,000 to fund Poplar Street improvements

Hayden has received $725,000 for Poplar Street repairs, and officials are ecstatic. The funding is coming from an energy impact grant through the state Department of Local Affairs.

Horoscope for May 9, 2009

Horoscope for May 9, 2009

Family of Larry Radosevich: Thanks for sympathy

The family of Larry Radosevich expresses their deep appreciation for the prayers, phone calls and cards from the communities of Craig, Maybell and Browns Park.

Annie's Mailbox: My mother always yells at me

Dear Annie: I am a 15-year-old boy and an only child. I get good grades, and my social life is somewhat fair. I have no drama except for one thing - my mom.

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Local couple won't stop each other's collecting habit

His legacy may be assured at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, but Bill Mackin, 69, still is living; and living means collecting.

Kyle Petty, Herschel Walker to visit Craig on Monday

What do two NASCAR racers, a Heisman Trophy winner and a PGA tournament golfer have in common? They all will be in Craig at about 2:30 p.m. Monday at the west Kum & Go, 1302 W. Victory Way.

Legislature adjourns on busy last day

The 2009 session of the Colorado Legislature adjourned Wednesday with a flourish of activity that included one last dramatic vote on capital punishment.

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MCHS Key Club donates money to help pay 2007 graduate's medical bills

When Summer Hudish was involved with El Pomar Youth in Community Service Program, her classmates at Moffat County High School looked up to her. Two years later, they helped look after her.

Government update for May 9

Government update for May 9

Baxter Black: Roasting chestnuts

There is a new book out on Horse Lameness. The author is my good friend and a fine equine veterinarian, meaning he can tell a $50 horse from a $5,000 horse via the the phone.

Our View: Something Special to see

It's not often life presents us with the chance to witness firsthand people bravely overcoming their difficulties and succeeding in such a triumphant manner.

Kathy Bassett: Mothers, celebrate your bravery this year

Can you remember the first time you actually had a Mother's Day? I'm talking about the burnt toast, raw eggs on a tray with dandelions for a centerpiece, while you are still half asleep and trying to plaster a smile on your face to match the gigantic ear-to-ear grins on your little people's faces?

Veterans, residents push for school to be named after soldier

Larry Neu, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, never met Maj. William E. Adams, the only soldier from Craig to have received the Medal of Honor.

Friday, May 8

Ritter: Northwest Colorado faces higher risk of wildfire

Pine beetle infestation elevates danger in this part of state, the governor says during a preseason fire briefing with local and federal officials.

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Saturday's Special Olympics dedicated to late Craig woman

Saturday won't be the first time Josh Chase has anchored the torch run for the annual Special Olympics event in Craig. He ran the last leg of the run, which signals the beginning of the games, once before, three years ago.

Police Blotter for May 7

Moffat County Jail

Linda Pinnt: Sharing quilts, stories

I did a trunk show for Wellness Wednesday on "Quilting with the Pioneer Woman." The Museum of Northwest Colorado brought over quilts to share and show during this program.

Moffat County plans for DOLA decline

Agency awards Moffat about half its request for road project

It's not good news, but it's reality, and Moffat County will manage, commissioner Tom Gray said. As has become the norm during the past year, the county received less than it requested from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs energy impact grant fund last week.

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MCHS boys swimming team prepares for regional meet

It was light work in the pool Thursday afternoon for the Moffat County High School boys swimming team as it prepared for its regional meet in Montrose.

Datebook for May 8


Officials identify 'sexually violent predator'

The Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday they expect Jeff Hammond, a 28-year-old considered a sexually violent predator, to have moved to Craig by today.

Annie's Mailbox: Married daughter has estranged herself

Dear Annie: My married daughter has decided to estrange herself from her stepfather and me. We have not spoken since she shrugged me off at her son's graduation party last June. I recently began counseling to help me deal with the situation.

TMH board considers moving facilities

Russell Street building could see other tenants

In with the new, and back to the old. As The Memorial Hospital prepares to move to its new facility, it might consider moving other entities in to its current Russell Street building.

David Pressgrove: Taking the space to say 'thank you'

No theology for me this time around in the faith column. I want to take this space to simply say "thank you."

Christina M. Currie: Playing it by ear

Let me tell you about last week. At least the pieces I remember, because most of it was a blur.

Fuel gauge report for May 8

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

Horoscopes for May 8, 2009

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Try to keep your ego out of the picture if a less-than-clever friend has something good going for him or her. You'll look bad trying to take the spotlight off your pal.

Craig briefs: Caregiver Support Group meets May 16

A new Caregiver Support Group is forming to support Moffat County. The group is open to anyone supporting someone who is elderly, disabled or chronically ill.

Thursday, May 7

Flannery ordered to pay $75,270 in restitution

Former Habitat director also gets 90 days in jail for embezzlement

Rochelle "Shelly" Flannery was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail and ordered to pay $75,270.90 in restitution after pleading guilty to embezzling money from Routt County Habitat for Humanity.

Daily Press names new sports reporter

Craig Daily Press staff writer Ben Bulkeley has made the switch from covering news to sports, the newspaper announced Wednesday afternoon.

Datebook for May 7


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New obstetrics supervisor returns home to Western Slope

When Tanya Surbeck moved away from Colorado, it was under very daunting circumstances. After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in January, 2007, Surbeck moved from her home state to Naples, Fla.

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Bad Dogs finish strong

Wrestlers wrap up season by dominating in Rifle

Sometimes, a loss can have a more positive impact than a win. After taking only one first place during the December Palisade Little Dogs Tournament, the Moffat County Bad Dogs youth wrestling team had found new motivation.

Craig briefs: Grand Olde West Days set for May 23 to 25

The 19th Annual Grand Olde West Days celebration is scheduled to take place May 23 to 25 - Memorial Day weekend - in Craig. The GOWD schedule and contact information is available online at

Annie's Mailbox: Mother is intrusive while living with us

Dear Annie: My mother always has been a strong presence in my life. Growing up, I couldn't do anything right. She took things away from me and redid them, or stood over me and directed.

Horoscopes for May 7, 2009

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Keep your eyes open for any movement that is taking place on the job. If you're alert, you'll be first in line to take advantage of whatever is happening.

Cathy Hamilton: WHO hazardous to mental health

I have never been what you'd call a germaphobe (yet another thing Howard Hughes and I don't have in common). My home isn't exactly a sanctuary of immaculateness.

Police Blotter for May 5

Moffat County Jail

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Meth lab found near Dinosaur

ACET leads investigation, site suspected to be inactive

Several local law enforcement agencies, led by the All Crimes Enforcement Team, discovered the remnants of a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory Tuesday.

Diane Prather: A recipe that goes with 'anything Italian'

This week's recipe is courtesy of Craig resident Victoria Larkin. Some time back, she contributed a soup recipe to this column. I even visited her home where the soup bubbled away. It's always fun to see what Victoria is up to.

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Annual horse drive coming through Maybell

Oh, how he loves horses. Donald Broom, 42, has worked at Moffat County's Sombrero Ranches for about a quarter century, and is now a member of the tourism business' management team.

Wednesday, May 6

Annie's Mailbox: Letters contained shocking things

Dear Annie: Please advise your readers not to hold onto any letters that contain family information or intimate details of a relationship that should remain secret. I was cleaning out my mother-in-law's house after her death and came upon letters addressed to "My dearest wife and son," written while my father-in-law was away at war.

Our View: Courtroom control

Years of lobbying paid off for officials on the third floor of the Moffat County Courthouse last month, when long-desired security measures were implemented.

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The sound of music

Craig Concert Association hosts annual membership drive

The best deal in town. That's how Julie Dempster describes the Craig Concert Association's membership drive taking place this month. The association's season membership puts tickets at $7 a piece for adults, making it a steal for good entertainment, she said.

Fantasy Fix: Diamonds in the rough

A change to the top-20 and players to consider adding to the lineup

Last week, I ranked the top 20 fantasy baseball players. After going over the list one more time, I decided there needed to be a change.

Al White: To the citizens of Northwest Colorado

I have received a lot of grumbling, and frankly, downright anger, this year from many of you. I'm hopeful that with a little explanation, I might help you better understand why I have done some of the things that seem to have you so upset.

Horoscopes for May 6, 2009

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - You'll linger forever if you wait for optimal conditions before acting on your ambitious objective. You need to focus your efforts on making things happen for you.

Work and Life Skills has support

County officials would like to make program permanent

Three Moffat County High School students appeared at the Moffat County Commission meeting Tuesday with the same message. The Work and Life Skills Program should be a mandatory class for any student who wants to graduate.

Senior Spotlight for May 6

May is starting out with tradition: May poles, baskets and rain.

As economy turns, county focuses on present and future

What is known: applications for permits to drill in Moffat County are down this year. What is unknown: what that decline means for Moffat County.

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MCHS junior places 2nd at state qualifying golf tournament

Despite a strong showing during last week's home win, the Moffat County High School girls golf team wasn't able to capitalize on the momentum during Tuesday's qualifying regional tournament in Montrose. MCHS finished fourth out of 12 teams at Cobble Creek Golf Course. Glenwood Springs High School came in first.

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Trudel bringing care to Craig

New cardiopulmonary manager at TMH wants to keep it local

For Ron Trudel, moving from Billings, Mont., to Craig didn't represent as large a change as the distance might indicate. His wife, Carmen, was originally from a mining town, and the weather isn't too different, he said.

Craig briefs: Clinic offers free sports exams

Through July 31, Moffat Family Clinic will be offering free sports exams for athletes from the Moffat County, Hayden and Baggs, Wyo., school districts. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 824-3252.

Police Blotter for May 4

Moffat County Jail

Tuesday, May 5

'Wolverine' not as sharp as it should be, but still X-citing

Although he may not look the age, Hugh Jackman shows us just what a supercentenarian superhero can do in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse: Thank you from COMA

Our organization would like to thank Bresnan Communications for the use of complimentary cable television time to broadcast methamphetamine drug abuse programs and for purchasing a new DVD player to run them on.

Sherry Sampson: Learn what's new at your local library

The Moffat County Libraries has stepped up its technology. We now are offering wireless Internet access to our patrons, and we have added a selection of Playaway titles.

Local agencies join together, create swine flu task force

With an eye toward caution, eight local agencies and one state official took the first step toward readying the community for one or more cases of the swine flu virus now concerning federal health officials and countries across the world.

Horoscopes for May 5, 2009

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Use your judgment when it comes to enjoying the good things in life. You'll pay a price with any kind of overindulgence, from stressing your muscles to partaking in too many substances.

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District Attorney's Office offers budget solution

The Routt County Board of Commissioners can't cut the District Attorney's personnel budget, so Elizabeth Oldham is offering up other areas to be trimmed.

School district struggles with kindergarten indecision

Officials unsure whether there are enough students for half-day program

Despite an outcry from parents at the last Moffat County School Board meeting, half-day kindergarten's fate still is unclear.

Police Blotter for May 3

Moffat County Jail

Maren Schmidt: Tips for a healthier brain

John Medina, affiliate professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine, gives us 12 principles for surviving and thriving at work, home and play in his book, "Brain Rules."

Property in western Colorado bucking national trends

Property owners in western Colorado may be expecting to see their 2009 Notice of Valuation showing a lower amount than their 2007 value because of the economic downturn. In most cases, their value will have increased or remained constant.

Annie's Mailbox: Concerned about mother's relationship

Dear Annie: I am a teenager, but in a few years, I will be away at college. I am concerned, however, because Mom has a boyfriend with a major anger problem, and he throws tantrums and gets abusive.

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Girls golf team building momentum

After winning home tournament, MCHS looks to repeat in Grand Junction

Coming off a win on their home turf in which three Bulldogs placed in the top four, the team took Monday to refine the finer aspects of their game before the state qualifying regional tournament at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose.

Craig brief: CNCC sponsors learning trip to New England

Colorado Northwestern Community College is sponsoring an adult learning adventure trip to Vermont from Sept. 19 to 25.

Datebook for May 5


Monday, May 4

NASCAR racer Kyle Petty's cross-country ride coming to Steamboat

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is a fundraiser for chronically ill children. More than 200 motorcycle riders will roar into Steamboat on May 11 and depart the next day.

Craig briefs: Post Office: Help 'Stamp Out Hunger'

On Saturday, Colorado letter carriers once again will collect food on their routes to feed the hungry in their communities as part of an annual food drive.

Usual suspects step up at Tiger Invitational

It was only a matter time before Erin Urbanoski regained the top spot in Class 4A in the long jump. At least that's what she thought.

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Court personnel relieved after guards' arrival

Until recently, Moffat County Court judge Sandra Gardner knew people brought weapons into her courtroom. Moffat County Sheriff's Office deputies Lynn Schonert and Jarrod Poley are trying to change that.

Aging well: Walking for fitness, fun and challenge

Marlene Griffin always has enjoyed walking, but the opportunity to travel pushed her to join a walking class to improve her endurance.

The status of your local newspaper

In light of newspapers closing such as the Rocky Mountain News and others across the country, I am frequently asked about the status of your local newspaper, the Craig Daily Press.

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Moffat County High School swimmers show well in their own pool

Back-to-back home meets proved to be successful outings in the pool Friday and Saturday for the Moffat County High School boys swimming team. Cole Worsley, a senior from Steamboat Springs, broke a 24-year-old school record.

Diane Prather: Cherry gelatin cake a good quick fix

It's branding time in Northwest Colorado, and that means fixing meals for a branding crew. It also means fixing food ahead of time and/or preparing oven meals because at most ranches everyone helps with branding - even the cook.

Horoscopes for May 4, 2009

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - You won't be good at playing politics when it comes to your social affairs, so be careful about trying to play one pal against another. Chances are the results will be disastrous.

Police Blotter for May 2

The Memorial Hospital EMS

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Integrated Community holds 5th annual Cinco de Mayo festivities

The Irish have St. Patrick's Day. Italian's have Columbus Day. German's have Oktoberfest. These are days to celebrate heritage, not only for the people originating from those areas of the world, but for all to appreciate.

Diane Prather: Steel's 'One Day at a Time,' an easy, enjoyable read

I haven't read a Danielle Steel novel for some time, so last week I picked up "One Day at a Time" from the shelf of new books at the Craig Moffat County Library.

H. Neal Glanville: Adventures of fishing

Throughout the years, Roy and I have shared more adventures than most people dream of. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, we hunted and fished across three states.

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Musician comes to Craig to help youths find identity

Hip-hop hallelujah

Aaron Witcher spent a lifetime in music. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, he was influenced by gangs and gangster rap until he became a born-again believer in 2000.

Datebook for May 4


Annie's Mailbox: Daughter receives gift card that doesn't work

Dear Annie: My daughter received an iTunes gift card from one of her friends. At the birthday party, she and this friend attempted to redeem the card online, but it did not activate. The friend told her mother the card did not work.

Saturday, May 2

Our View: The weight of water

Water is our most important resource and should be protected.

Kathy Bassett: How to fix a broken water pipe

Being on your own, especially if you are a female sometimes : wait a minute, this isn't sounding just right.

Hayden plans cleanup, community garage sale

Booths available to those who wish to sell

Hayden residents are invited to throw out the old and bring in something new during a community cleanup and garage sale May 9.

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Students earn computers after completing program

Not a sound was made as more than 200 people waited quietly for the last of 71 names to be called.

Moffat County officials visit Washington, D.C.

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner said she knew she had arrived in Washington, D.C., when Ray Beck shook the hand of a lobbyist sitting next to him on the plane and said, "See you on the Hill."

Carol Wilson: Responding to the Editorial Board

Regarding the April 25 Editorial Board suggestion for grafting together Grand Olde West Days with Whittle the Wood :

Dental Coalition addresses letter, fees

We, the board of directors and executive director of the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition, would like to respond to and clarify several points made in the recent letter regarding prices charged at the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition.

Horoscope for May 2, 2009

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Only you can permit relatives or outsiders to have an influence over your family affairs, which is none of their business. Stand your ground, and keep them out of your clan's concerns.

Datebook for May 2

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Centennial Mall, at 1111 W. Victory Way, hosts the Spring Mother's Day Bazaar. Call 824-7011.

Baxter Black: When the cat hits the fan

The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet have exposed our suburban children to the dog-eat-dog reality of nature.

Annie's Mailbox: Our friend is embezzling money

Dear Annie: My husband and I have a good friend, "Steve," who is a manager at a company where my husband used to work. My husband is still pretty close to a lot of the people there.

TMH Board hears viability study about possible medical office building

Citing the need for extra space, The Memorial Hospital has started looking into the possibility of adding a medical office building at the new hospital campus.

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Former educator-turned-writer's work debuting Sunday in The Denver Post

Craig woman 1 of 16 people chosen from 230 Colorado candidates to write column for newspaper

The house at 701 Taylor St., with its walls built of stones from throughout the Yampa Valley, resembles a cottage and looks as if it were plucked from the pages of a fairy tale.

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Big Blue football camp teaches young players gridiron fundamentals

On Thursday, a few minutes before a session of the Big Blue Football Camp started, there were hoards of kindergarten through eighth-grade players playing on the blocking sleds or a game of two-hand-touch.

Craig briefs: Cinco de Mayo festival today

Integrated Community/Comunidad Integrada will host the Fifth Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40, two miles east of Craig.

Government update for May 2

Government update for May 2

Police blotter for May 2

Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person.

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Eating the nutrient-rich way

Make the most of your money by preparing healthy, filling meals

These days, people are trying to find ways to stretch the food dollar. According to a recent consumer survey, funded by the Beef Checkoff Program, American consumers actively are working to manage their food costs but aren't sure about the best approach.

Friday, May 1

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National Weather Service seeks volunteers for weathering watching

A network that started with a flash flood 12 years ago has a drought of volunteers in western Colorado.

Police blotter for May 1, 2009

Moffat County Jail

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Bulldogs soccer shut out by Sailors' 7-0 victory

The result was the same for the Moffat County High School girls soccer team. Matched up against Steamboat Springs, the Bulldogs struggled to keep things close and lost, 7-0.

Courthouse remodel study almost complete

Klipp, a Denver-based company, will have all it needs after a visit next week to prepare a final cost estimate for building courtrooms at the Moffat County Public Safety Center and renovating the Moffat County Courthouse.

Craig briefs: Library renovations begin today

Starting today, the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., will be undergoing renovations. The renovations will be at the front of the library, library officials said. The library will remain open during the renovations.

Gabbi Steele: Thank you, Work and Life Skills

To the editor:

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Girls golf wins home tourney

It's hard to imagine the Moffat County High School girls golf team coming away from its lone home tournament of the year, the Moffat County Invitational Tournament, with any better results.

CMS eighth-grade teachers: Exploring options

To the editor:

Datebook for May 1, 2009

Friday, May 1

Legislators unhappy with Dems' fiscal direction

Baumgardner, White oppose general fund spending bill

The two Republican men who represent Northwest Colorado in the state Legislature aren't happy with major fiscal policy directions the majority Democrats seem to be taking.

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Christina M. Currie: Money matters

We have undertaken the overwhelming process of remodeling two houses - one for resale and a new one to call home.

Commissioners wary of Sen. White's recent positions

Not all politicians are immune to the confusion and angst local residents demonstrated on tax day in Moffat County.