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Saturday, October 31

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Moffat County Drug Court helps residents overcome addictions

One of the funny things about Moffat County Drug Court is that even though it's still court, complete with a judge and probation officers, Paul Ridenour looks forward to going.

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New hospital unveiled to public today

On the morning of Nov. 12, after the last patient leaves the door of The Memorial Hospital at 745 Russell St., every sign will be taken down, and passersby might never know the space was once the lone hospital in Craig.

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Glenwood Springs football beats MCHS, 31-0

In a night when the temperatures failed to register above freezing, the Glenwood Springs High School Demons were able to stay hot by beating the Bulldogs, 31-0.

Datebook for Oct. 31

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local residents invite the community to be part of Quilt for the Cure, which creates homemade quilts to be given to cancer patients through Yampa Valley Medical Center. The group will meet in the basement of the Moffat County Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. People are encouraged to bring food for a potluck. People do not need to know how to quilt or sew. Many are jobs are available. Call Lorrae at 824-9568, Tina at 824-1919 or Deb at 846-1949.

Our View: They built it for us

The Moffat County and Craig communities should be proud of themselves for putting their money where their mouth was. Three years ago this month, voters approved a $42.6 million bond issue that would essentially pay for a new hospital to be built in Craig.

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Preliminary subdivision plat OK'd by council

After the Craig City Council approved the Hillside Subdivision preliminary plat, 7-0, Tuesday, the project is one small step closer to fruition.

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Post Script honored at Journalism Day

MCHS students travel to Fort Collins, take home 7 awards

Katy Gray has seen almost 200 issues of Post Script roll off the presses in her 25 years as the adviser for Moffat County High School's student newspaper.

It's pre-winter time

Pre-winter has arrived in Northwest Colorado. As residents, we know that this time of year (usually around Halloween) there are periods of snow, sometimes heavy.

Police blotter for Oct. 30

Deputies responded to five animal complaints.

Horoscope for Oct. 31

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - An entrenched family situation might suddenly start moving toward a positive conclusion. Everyone in the household will be happy with the results.

Annie's Mailbox: Brother-in-law, wife abuse parents' kindness

Dear Annie: My husband's parents are wonderful people in their late 70s, but I am concerned that their kindness is being abused by my brother-in-law, "Dan," and his wife, "Jane."

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Meth users cause a ripple effect

My involvement in COMA derives from the saying that evil exists, not because of evil, but because of good people who do nothing. I saw the need to become more proactive in preventing our youth from poor decision-making and empowering our community with the knowledge to combat the spread of methamphetamine.

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Andy Bockelman: Genuine scariness in 'Paranormal'

Sometimes the best movies come from a minuscule budget and an unerringly realistic presentation. "Paranormal Activity" fits the bill. Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston are a San Diego couple with a problem: Micah's house has been a little unsettling with weird noises and the unmistakable presence of an otherworldly nature.

Veterans Hotline: Activities planned for Veterans Day

Veterans Day, Nov. 11, is the day to honor all veterans. Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane, will host a ceremony starting at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium.

Kathy Bassett: Whatever you do, don't goose a ghost

It's Halloween! You know you are too old to go trick-or-treating when someone puts a candy bar in your trick-or-treat bag : and you lose your balance and fall over.

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Diane Prather: Beef soup a hearty meal for a cold day

The snow is blowing, and I can see little icicles hanging from the roof of the storage shed. Soup is just what's needed for a day like this. This week's soup recipe is a 1999 National Beef Cook-Off winning entry. It was cooked up by Jayne Timmerman from Nebraska.

Moffat County Commission agenda for Nov. 3

• Approved, 3-0, an application to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to exempt new oil and gas well production in 2008 from the county's 5.5 percent limit on increasing revenue.

Craig briefs: Community dinner in need of volunteers

Integrated Community is looking for volunteers to help with the Thanksgiving Community Dinner, which will take place form 2 to 6 pm. Nov. 19 at St. Michael Catholic Church.

Friday, October 30

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Teens, organizations gear up for homeless prevention month

Justin Zufelt, 18, moved to Craig a little less than two months ago from Arizona, where he was staying with his grandfather and grandmother. He didn't come with family. He said he came to find a new home. Zufelt's story is not unique.

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Former Craig resident receives state honor

After 42 years of nursing, Marilyn Bouldin, of Salida, received a lifetime achievement award from Colorado Public Health Association on Sept. 29.

MCHS varsity football squares off against Glenwood Springs

For the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball, the playoffs start tonight. Facing an uphill battle to get into the playoffs, the Bulldogs will look to take down the Glenwood Springs High School Demons at 7 p.m. today at MCHS.

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Craig and beyond prepares for Halloween events

Kandee Dilldine's nails are painted with stripes of orange, yellow and white. Ten tiny candy corns glittered under the lights in KS Creations as she helped customers find last minute additions to Halloween costumes Thursday in her craft store.

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Not Even Once Carnival concludes Meth Awareness Week

The gymnasium at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig was filled with the high-pitched voices of children of all ages and the smell of fresh popcorn and spun sugar. But among the Sno-cone stained smiles and painted faces, a message permeated the atmosphere.

Datebook for Oct. 30

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

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Andy Bockelman: I think I 'Saw' this movie 5 times already

It's finally happened. There are now as many entries in the "Saw" horror series as there are live-action "Star Wars" movies. And like its past couple predecessors, "Saw VI" makes "The Phantom Menace" and "Attack of the Clones" look like "The Empire Strikes Back" in terms of keeping up the good name of a franchise.

Janet Sheridan: Don't invite me to your party

I was once invited to an adult costume party where guests were expected to dress as their worst nightmare. I broke out in hives. Such a party is my worst nightmare.

The police blotter for Oct. 28

Officers responded to five requests to assist other agencies.

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Communities at work: Winter creates tough pickup

Early winter is normally a tough time of year for those who work at the Craig Sanitation Department.

Sports briefs: Cross-country state meet postponed

Because of more than 18 inches of snow on the course, the Colorado High School Athletics Association has postponed the Saturday cross-country meet at Fossil Ridge High School.

Craig briefs: Late-season cow hunt offered by DOW

The Colorado Division of Wildlife and a private landowner in the Meeker area plan to offer a special late season cow elk hunt in late November and December.

Annie's Mailbox: Family labeled me a 'psycho'

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been happily married for 20 years. After the kids were grown, we decided to downsize. We put our home on the market and moved to a different state.

Horoscope for Oct. 30

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - You can get a few nasty chores out of the way if you grin and bear it, roll up your sleeves and simply dive in. Remember the old saying, "The harder you try, the luckier you get." It can be yours.

Thursday, October 29

State cross-country meet postponed

Sailors will compete Nov. 7 in Fossil Ridge instead of this weekend

More than 18 inches of snow has fallen in Fort Collins, the site of the meet. Organizers delayed it because of safety concerns.

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High school pool reopens for public swimming

As the temperature outside continues to plummet, people looking to stay in shape will be forced to find new avenues to exercise.

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Bad Dogs wrestlers claim 9 1st place finishes in 1st meet of year

Despite a short practice schedule, the Bad Dogs Youth Wrestling team was able to put a strong performance together Saturday in Edwards.

Storm brings snow to Colorado

Craig residents weren't the only people brushing off their cars and bundling up against cold winter temperatures Tuesday morning.

Craig briefs: Patient aid group to meet Friday

Local residents invite the community to be part of Quilt for the Cure, which creates homemade quilts to be given to local cancer patients.

ACET approves policy changes

Board meets after ex-PD detective's arrest

In light of an ongoing criminal investigation into former Craig Police detective Ken Johnson, the All Crimes Enforcement Team board plans to implement some changes to internal policies.

Horoscope for Oct. 29

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - The way you handle the duties at hand will draw applause and admiration. Onlookers will like your style and how you do things with such a flourish.

Craig sports briefs: Craig Youth Hockey bantams schedule

Saturday: 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. vs. Grand Valley at home

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COMA brings meth awareness to schools

CMS students vow 'not even once'

Tiffany Lingo, 12, and a group of fellow seventh-graders sat down to eat Wednesday in the Craig Middle School cafeteria. A ghastly face stared back at them from a sheet of paper. It wasn't a Halloween trick: it was a photo of "The faces of meth," part of a campaign to raise awareness about methamphetamine abuse.

Cathy Hamilton: Long-winded phone messages

I am leaving the world's longest message in somebody's voice mail.

Police blotter for Oct. 27

Scott Adam Smith, 19, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, careless driving and illegal possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Datebook for Oct. 29

10 and 11:30 a.m. Story-time takes place in the children's room at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St.

TMH still limited on H1N1 vaccines

Health care providers around Northwest Colorado have begun to receive H1N1 vaccines, but The Memorial Hospital has yet to receive an adequate amount to protect all of its health care workers from contracting and spreading the virus.

Annie's Mailbox: Guests have overstayed their welcome

Dear Annie: An acquaintance recently lost his job, and we invited him and his wife to move into our home on a temporary basis. We all agreed they would live with us until one of them found another professional position.

Wednesday, October 28

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Michele Conroy to represent teachers, MCSD in Denver

Michele Conroy's dedication to education extends far beyond the classroom into the political and legislative realm, where her efforts trickle down into the very classrooms where she and her co-workers educate the children of Moffat County.

Fantasy Fix: Don't give up on Steve Smith

Two weeks ago, I told you about Miles Austin, a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. I assumed that he would be a one-week wonder and he would not have another good game for quite some time.

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CMS basketball looks to rebound : and shoot : and pass

With one game played already, David Grabowski, Craig Middle School eighth-grade basketball coach, can already see what his team's potential strength will be.

Andy Bockelman: 'Vampire's Assistant' is bloody awful but goes with the flow

When 1930s director Tod Browning created two of the greatest horror classics of all time, "Dracula" and "Freaks," who would have thought 70 years later the two themes would come together again?

Woman connected to ex-cop investigation in court

Tausha Merwin appears in Moffat County Court in relation to Ken Johnson case

A local woman charged in connection with the investigation into former Craig Police detective Ken Johnson appeared Tuesday in Moffat County Court.

County applies for revenue exemption

Moffat County still is reaping some benefit from the oil and gas boom of the past few years.

Early voting at courthouse

Campaign spending limit on the ballot

Friday is the last day for residents to vote early in the Nov. 3 general election. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. each day this week at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

Council approves social host ordinance

1st offense is at least a $500 fine, community service

The Craig City Council gave final approval at its meeting Tuesday night to enacting a social host ordinance. The ordinance's second reading passed by the same margin as its first, 4-3.

Our View: Use sensible approach to flu season

With the weather turning cold and the long months of winter quickly approaching, the intrusion of cold and flu season soon will start becoming a factor in daily lives, if it hasn't already.

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Students fight back against meth

Boys & Girls Club, COMA offer meth education

In the middle of a white poster were four letters scrawled in purple. M-E-T-H. Samantha Caudillo worked with her group to hastily cover up the letters with post-its, pictures from magazines and drawings of their own.

Craig briefs: Senate candidate won't appear today

U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton will not appear this morning in Craig as was originally planned. Deputy Campaign Manager Cinamon Watson said Norton canceled because of news there would be a winter storm in the area.

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Bust of Steamboat to kick off its 8th year

Art auction and event helps fund exams, breast cancer services

Presented by the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project, the eighth annual Bust of Steamboat auction is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Three Peaks Grill. Tickets are $30 and are available in advance at All That Jazz and Epilogue Book Co.

Horoscopes for Oct. 28, 2009

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - Do not deliberately place yourself in a difficult situation, but if you find yourself in one, you'll handle everything with grace and ease.

Annie's Mailbox: Mistake could make me lose my job

Dear Annie: I am a good person. I always try to do the right thing. But I did something stupid, and it could cost me my job and the respect I have earned.

Craig sports briefs: Winter sports meeting planned

There will be a meeting for all parents of athletes interested in participating in winter sports at 7 p.m., Monday in the Moffat County High School library. Parents will be able to pick up necessary paperwork and pay fees.

Margee (Mickee) Mackin: Thanks, staff of TMH

I would like to thank the staff of The Memorial Hospital for the excellent care that I received while there.

Police Blotter for Oct. 26, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Agenda for the Moffat County Tourism Association special meeting

4 p.m. Wednesday, Holiday Inn of Craig board room

Agenda for The Memorial Hospital board meeting

7 p.m. Wednesday, Platinum Conference Room, 745 Russell St.

Datebook for Oct. 28, 2009

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Tuesday, October 27

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Senate candidate cancels Craig appearance

U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton will not appear Wednesday morning in Craig as was originally planned.

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MCHS JV football team wins final game against Sailors

Moffat County and Steamboat Springs football games usually don't need any extra motivation. But after Steamboat Springs varsity football team beat Moffat County High School, 42-14, on Friday, the rivalry was fresh in the minds of both teams.

Andy Bockelman: 'Where the Wild Things Are' proves therapeutic

The world invented in "Where the Wild Things Are" covers the important things in life. You know: building forts, having dirt clod fights, stuff like that. And if you can't appreciate such pleasures, you are badly in need of a wild rumpus, my friend.

Senate candidate to appear Wednesday in Craig

Colorado has a new but familiar face entering the 2010 U.S. Senate race, and she plans to make a local appearance at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

Marie Peer: Meth hampers families, futures

I became involved with Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse because meth use devastates people and their families.

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Realtors honored at convention

Craig group recognized at conference in Colorado Springs

Although the Craig Association of Realtors is one of the smallest Realtor groups in Colorado, it took home five awards at a recent state conference in Colorado Springs, most of them for public service.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Parental wisdom never ages

Part of growing up is realizing that you never do. But it takes the process of growing up to establish this mindset. It takes growing up to realize that you never grow out of the need for advice from your parents.

Maren Schmidt: Eat, drink, breathe, think

A newspaper article written by a physician summarized a discussion on health with these words: It's about what you eat and what you drink, what you breathe and what you think.

Senior Spotlight for Oct. 27, 2009

This past Saturday, I had a gypsy, a big bug creature from somewhere and a lady selling spiders and skeletons, etc. Yes, it was a Halloween party for residents of Sunset Meadows I and II, and Golden Meadows. Because of the weather, attendance wasn't what we expected.

Police Blotter for Oct. 25, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Carol J. Sloan: Thank you for support

This is to those of you who know Bill and Linda Sloan, of Maybell, or those of you who might have read about Linda's heart transplant about 5 1/2 years ago. She has done very well, really she has, and has survived miracles.

Craig briefs: Love INC handing out coats locally

Love INC plans to distribute cleaned, used coats to anyone in need this winter. Coats will be available for free from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave.

Horoscopes for Oct. 27, 2009

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - Because you could be exceptionally fortunate with regard to end results, clear up and finalize that important matter. Everything will go your way.

Annie's Mailbox: Friend's R-rated movies make me uncomfortable

Dear Annie: I am a 17-year-old junior in high school and get invited to various parties. One girl, "Sarah," likes to show R-rated, unrated or uncut movies.

Datebook for Oct. 27, 2009

Today

The Humane Society of Moffat County: We appreciate your help

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following people:

Monday, October 26

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150 come out for Crabfest 2009

Nearly 300 pounds of king crab legs made their way into the bellies of more than 150 Craig residents during Crabfest 2009.

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MCHS cross-country misses sweep at regionals by 1 point

The Moffat County High School varsity cross-country team had top finishers in the girls and boys races, the boys team finished first, and the girls finished second. Montrose was able to top Moffat County's girls squad, 41-42, to prevent a Bulldog sweep.

Marie Peers: Meth hampers families, futures

I became involved with Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse because meth use devastates people and their families. I work at Moffat County Social Services and see people losing their income, their families, as well as severely hampering their future because of meth use.

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Retired physicist visits Hayden Middle School, puts on experiments

After Neylan Wheat's hair stood straight up as static electricity passed through her body, the Hayden Middle School eighth-grader used one word to describe the experience. "Awesome," she said.

Aging Well: Getting the most from nutrition labels

Fill your grocery basket with fresh fruits and vegetables and you know you're buying nutritious products. But choosing healthy processed foods, such as cereal, bread and yogurt, isn't so easy. Nutrition labels required on most foods are an important tool for determining the right choices.

MCHS to celebrate Veterans Day

On Nov. 14, Moffat County High School is going to try something new and different to celebrate Veterans Day. The social studies department is in the process of organizing a celebration that will include remembering, honoring and learning about local veterans.

Datebook for Oct. 26

Datebook for Oct. 26

Craig briefs: Volunteers sought for Nov. 19 dinner

Integrated Community is looking for volunteers to help with the first Thanksgiving Community Dinner, which will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at St. Michael Catholic Church.

Bryce Jacobson: New owners take over historic business

Charlotte and Glen Gariner have purchased the Golden Cavvy Restaurant and Lounge located in downtown Craig at 538 Yampa Avenue. The restaurant is one of the most recognizable businesses downtown, and employs about 25 people during the hunting season and around 22 the rest of the year.

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Coats will be given away to needy people at Calvary Baptist Church

Coats will be given away to needy people at Calvary Baptist Church

The traveling coat rack made its way to Meeker on Saturday, and also will pass through Rangely, Steamboat Springs, Dinosaur and Yampa, providing extra warmth to those in need this winter.

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Keeping northwest Colorado warm

Coats will be given away to needy people at Calvary Baptist Church

The traveling coat rack made its way to Meeker on Saturday, and also will pass through Rangely, Steamboat Springs, Dinosaur and Yampa, providing extra warmth to those in need this winter.

Working to address meth problem

As executive director of the Colorado Meth Project, I meet people like Jennifer. She came from a good family in Denver and at 17, planned to begin pre-med studies. Then, someone offered her methamphetamine.

Mary Morris: Thanks to Kathie

Last year, my daughter's beloved companion, Tonka, a beautiful Chesapeake Bay retriever, escaped from our yard and was hit by a semitruck on the highway.

H. Neal Glanville: Wright brothers glory

Each time I think we might be in for a daylong stretch of near-sanity, life fires up the afterburners and heads for planet stupid.

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Your Community Snapshots

Here are some of the September entries for Sports and Nature in the Craig Daily Press Your Community Snapshots photo contest.

Horoscope for Oct. 26

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - If you are working on a labor of love and hoping to make some progress, try to muster as much privacy as possible. The less interference you have, the more you'll get done.

Annie's Mailbox: Teen worries about lack of social skills

Dear Annie: I am very antisocial. I don't go to parties as often as most teens, I hardly ever invite friends over and the few friends I do have no longer attend the same school.

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Craig House of Horror offers scares for all ages through end of month

By day, Harvey Preston works for the Neenan Company on the Craig Middle School construction project. By night, Preston dons a bloody mask and wields a chainsaw in the dark corridors of the Craig House of Horror.

Saturday, October 24

Steamboat boys cross-country makes state

Team's success at today's Aspen meet qualified it to run next weekend in Fort Collins

Sailors boys team, led by Gus Allen's fifth-place finish, ran well enough today to qualify for next weekend's state meet in Fort Collins.

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Craig couple's firsthand description of life overcoming meth addiction

Meth. One word that means so much: pain, anesthesia, stimulation, devastation, perceived freedom, true imprisonment, madness, power, loneliness, pride, shame and death.

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Moffat County History: The Craig Motel's early years

As major highways began to see improvements during the 1920s and 1930s, one of the new features on the American scene were motels first called tourist camps or cabin courts.

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Moffat County football falls, 42-14, to rival Steamboat Springs

Playing against his rivals for possibly the last time, Moffat County High School senior Todd Stewart admitted he was trying harder than usual.

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Ridgeview students PAWS and Think

'Baker's Bunch' kicks off campaign for good behavior

Everything was going fine at recess, until 8-year-old Kenna Rowley fell and twisted her ankle. But she didn't need to worry. Three of her best friends worked as a team to alert a teacher and act as crutches to get their friend safely inside.

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CMS students raise money for technology

Katelyn Peroulis, 12, and Veronica Mead, 11, know the best way to learn. It involves lounging in the new chairs in their grade's collaborative space, gathered around a SMARTboard or a projector, participating in a joint lesson.

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Sandrock Elementary School 5th-grade teacher uses contemplative education

Taezsa Pacheco whispered each word as she read "The Mystery of the Golden Train" to herself. Another student plugged his ears with his fingers as he silently mouthed words. While fifth-grade teacher David Gaines worked with a small group in the corner of his classroom at Sandorck Elementary School, the rest of his students exuded a calm, quiet energy as they worked their way through the book on their own terms.

Local grocery workers could strike

City Market executive warns of lockout in event of Safeway strike

A union official said Friday that a potential strike of Safeway workers, and a related possible lockout of City Market employees, would affect the companies' stores in Steamboat Springs and Craig.

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Diane Prather: A newfangled phone system

Recently, I ordered a textbook via the phone from a publishing company. It took time and patience to reach the correct department because the company had an automatic answering device with a number of push button choices. It got me to wondering what would happen if a rancher had to rely on a similar phone system to get help with a problem - perhaps one requiring a veterinarian.

Kent MacLennan: Working to address Colorado's meth problem

As executive director of the Colorado Meth Project, I meet people like Jennifer. She came from a good family in Denver, and at 17 she planned to begin pre-med studies.

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Andy Bockelman: Prepare for the full force of female friendship in 'Whip It'

Coming around the corner from out of nowhere is the feel-good sports movie "Whip It." Just be careful that while it charms you, you don't get socked in the eye.

Government update for Oct. 24

Moffat County Commission last met Oct. 19

Eight guys from Michigan: Thanks Craig

It has taken me some time to get to writing this letter, but I could not put it off any longer.

Police blotter for Oct. 22

Raul Medrano, 22, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving after revocation permitted and driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Craig briefs: Love INC to hand out coats Monday

Love INC plans to distribute cleaned, used coats to those in need this winter.

Datebook for Oct. 24

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.

Annie's Mailbox: My aging mother has memory issues

Dear Annie: My parents are in their 80s. My father has been having strokes, and his right side is mostly paralyzed. He is usually in a wheelchair.

Horoscope for Oct. 24

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - Events could do an about-face with regard to something you've long hoped would happen but thought impossible. What transcends might test the limits of your rational intellect.

Kathy Bassett: Why were skunks created?

My poor momma cat is wearing herself thin moving her newest batch of babies here and there. First they went in the haystack, then under a big stock tank and then under the house, just to keep them safe from the skunks, coons and coyotes.

Friday, October 23

Free H1N1 vaccine offered to high-risk groups

VNA holding clinics for health care workers, pregnant women and young children.

DA gives out information on former detective

Arrest could affect more than 100 cases

For the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office, the time put toward digging through old case files since former Craig Police Detective Ken Johnson's arrest has been incalculable, officials said.

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Board member honored for service

Jo Ann Baxter receives award at regional conference

At an annual conference of the Colorado Association of School Boards in Steamboat Springs last month, board member Jo Ann Baxter was honored as the recipient of the McGuffey Award.

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Bulldogs fall in Sailors' wake

Despite loss, Moffat County coach optimistic about program's future

Moffat County fell to Steamboat Springs High School, 3-0, on Thursday night as the Sailors claimed their first Western Slope League championship in eight years. Despite the Bulldogs loss, coach Rusty Cox was optimistic about the team's future.

MCHS, Steamboat Springs continue gridiron rivalry tonight

It's not just one football team versus another. This is blue versus red. This is Bulldogs versus Sailors. This is another installment of one of the Western Slope League's biggest rivalry.

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Picking up the pieces: The day after the Craig Motel fire

Before the fire Wednesday at the Craig Motel, Lisa Wu had a home. She worked as the manager and lived in the motel's office with her family, including her three-week-old son. The office was quiet Thursday, with the blackened rubble of rooms 5 through 21 surrounding it, as Wu and her boyfriend spoke to a State Farm Insurance agent over the phone.

Police Blotter for Oct. 21, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Datebook for Oct. 23, 2009

Today

Craig briefs: High school wants photos of local veterans

Moffat County High School social studies department is looking for photos for a slideshow for upcoming Veterans Day activities. Teachers are looking for photos of residents currently in the armed forces or those who have served previously.

Annie's Mailbox: Uncle married niece's friend

Dear Annie: I am one of 12 siblings. My younger brother, "Dan," age 42, met "Karen," one of my daughter's friends, at her college graduation ceremony. He later married her. Since then, the two of them have tried to redefine their relationship with my daughter to suit their own needs.

Hayden election has multiple contested races for 1st time in years

There's an interesting wrinkle to this year's Hayden School Board race: Four candidates are vying for two seats. The candidates, all longtime Hayden residents, can't remember when there was this much interest in the School Board.

Shirley Simpson: Meth takes on anyone willing

I became involved with Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse at its inception five years ago, along with other friends, law enforcement officers and members of the community who saw meth tearing apart this town.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Castle Range Goulash

As I write this week's column, leaves are dropping off the trees, and the sky is a dark blue-black, threatening of storm. (It's probably a good thing that our potatoes are dug.) It's time to cook up some hearty, cool-weather meals.

Pat Jones: The virtues of mercy

Most of us know the story of the Good Samaritan, a parable that Jesus taught. It's the story about the man traveling down a road, minding his own business, probably thinking about what he would have for lunch or what he needed to accomplish when he reached the end of his trip before he could sit down to supper.

Janet Sheridan: In search of storybook endings

I stared in dumfounded silence at the mirror in the beauty shop. I had anticipated a halo of soft brown curls imbuing me with a youthful glow. Instead, I beheld an orange straw-stack, spoking out from an appalled face. Why was I surprised?

Horoscopes for Oct. 23, 2009

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - If your plans are to go to a place where you could run into someone you would like to impress, spend a little time primping beforehand. Appearances are important.

Thursday, October 22

Winning Powerball ticket sold in Steamboat

The ticket, which matched 5 of the 6 numbers in Wednesday's drawing, was sold at Safeway. The winner is yet to come forward to claim his or her prize.

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Cancer patient, race car driver inspire each other

Carolyn Gochee donated $550 of her winnings as a race car driver at Hayden Speedway and funds from sales of T-shirts and sponsorships to help Sherry Bird, who is battling breast cancer.

Friends, family remember Kathie Johnson as a loving adventurer

About 100 people filled the pews in the church Wednesday morning at the Faith Lutheran Church. Kathie Johnson's co-workers from the Craig Police Department, as well as many other law enforcement officers from Moffat County, joined her friends and family at the service.

Local organizations regroup after Ken Johnson arrest

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta and commanders Jerry DeLong and Bill Leonard said there is no chance they will ask the court for leniency in sentencing if former detective Ken Johnson is convicted in his ongoing felony case.

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Golf team awards banquet is end of season, career

Although the boys varsity golf season ended Oct. 5 with the regional tournament in Steamboat Springs, closure came Wednesday night.

Diane Prather: Making Castle Range Goulash

As I write this week's column, leaves are dropping off the trees, and the sky is a dark blue-black, threatening of storm. (It's probably a good thing that our potatoes are dug.) It's time to cook up some hearty, cool-weather meals.

YVMC puts new restrictions on hospital visitors

Rules aimed at preventing spread of flu and other viruses

Changes restrict children and unwell people from visiting hospital. Visitors must check in, and some will be required to wear masks.

Daily horoscope for Oct. 22

Daily horoscope for Oct. 22

Annie's Mailbox: Friend showing eating problems

Dear Annie: I'm a junior in high school. Two years ago, I was dating "Janie" and noticed she had some eating problems. She threw away the lunches her mom made and spent a lot of time in the bathroom. Then things seemed to get back to normal, and I forgot about it.

Travis Selan: Questioning ordinance

I'm sure everyone's intentions are good and they mean well, but I'm concerned this social host ordinance could mean some problems for all of us, such as questions about private property rights.

Gabriel Daigle: Forgetting God

Truly, the American people have been blessed "with blessings from Heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath" (Genesis 49:25).

Cathy Hamilton: Puppy-love stage fading fast

This new puppy is liable to kill me. It's not that our first week together hasn't been great. It has. Lucy, the too-cute-for-words cocker spaniel my daughter adopted from the Lawrence Humane Society, couldn't be better behaved. That is, for a 3-month-old puppy.

Nancy Hettinger: Methamphetamine awareness needed in Moffat County

I have been involved with Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse since Annette Dunkley, Buddy Grinstead and Dave Derose formed the organization.

Moffat County Commission agenda for Oct. 22

Moffat County Commission special board meeting

Moffat County School Board agenda for Oct. 22

Next meeting: Thursday, Oct. 22 at the district administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave.

Police blotter for Oct. 22

Police blotter for Oct. 22

Veteran's Hotline: Free chili supper for veterans

The American Legion Post 62 plans to host a free chili supper for all veterans and their families from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Legion hall, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.

BLM continues Deer Valley prescribed burn

Fire managers from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit plan to conduct a 150-acre prescribed burn today on Douglas Mountain about two miles southwest of Greystone and 34 miles west of Maybell in Moffat County.

Craig briefs: High school pool open for swimming

The Moffat County High School swimming pool is now open for public swimming, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Datebook for Oct. 22

Datebook for Oct. 22

Sports briefs: Moffat County High School names new girls soccer coach

When Moffat County High School needed a new coach to lead the girls soccer program, it reached out to a familiar face.

Wednesday, October 21

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Rally America drops Steamboat

National series eliminates nine-year-old Rally Colorado

The annual rally car race that has played out on the dirt roads between Steamboat Springs and Hayden for the past nine years - attracting some of the world's most talented rally drivers for some of that period - will no longer be a stop on Rally America's national circuit.

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Fire at Craig Motel

Firefighters battled blaze on Yampa Avenue

Craig Fire/Rescue responded at 11 a.m. to a structure fire at the Craig Motel, 894 Yampa Ave., and immediately saw spurting flames, Fire Chief Bill Johnston said. There were no reported injuries during the incident, which department officials determined was caused by a faulty wall-mounted heater.

Police Blotter for Oct. 19, 2009

Moffat County Sheriff's Office

Andy Bockelman: 'The Invention of Lying': Enjoyable entertainment and that's the truth

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to not deceive. Let's face it: Honesty is brutal.

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Hockey camp teaches young hockey players fundamentals

Leaves falling off the trees, temperatures hovering around freezing and youth football ending can mean only one thing. Hockey season has started.

John Forgay: Meth: A local law enforcement perspective

The distribution and use of methamphetamine has overwhelmed communities across the country. Craig has not escaped the damage. This is not an individual problem confined to users.

2 VNA groups begin Monday for those seeking comfort

A peer support group for people with bipolar disorder and depression had its first meeting Monday, attracting three visitors.

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Blood donors brave discomfort to save lives

Students as young as 16 can now give blood

Kaci Meek sat outside the door of Room 320 at Moffat County High School on Tuesday. Last year, she made the mistake of going inside.

Horoscopes for Oct. 21, 2009

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - This is the day when you should make some headway with regard to a new social circle you've been hoping to crack. Someone in the group is likely to be your entree.

Datebook for Oct. 21, 2009

Today

Craig briefs: Community invited to Johnson service

The community is invited to attend a funeral for Kathie Johnson at 10:30 a.m. today at Faith Lutheran Church in Craig.

Sheridan to step in as interim principal for East

The long-term future of the principal position at East Elementary School is currently unknown as Moffat County School District officials made plans Tuesday to fill current principal Diana Cook's shoes while she is on a leave of absence.

Fantasy Fix: Hoops season around the corner

I am not purposely ignoring fantasy football this week, but I am giving fantasy hoops some love seeing as how the NBA season tips off Tuesday.

Devin Jurgensen: Thanks for compassion

On Friday, my 2 1/2-year-old son suffered a seizure at Walmart. He had never had one, and I panicked along with my three other sons.

Our View: Craig comes through, again

Recent community-themed events in Craig reinforced what, after years of similar examples, has become a routine part of life in our town.

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Police 'fooled' during internal probe

City Council questions Police Department investigation into former detective

Craig City Councilor Ray Beck told Police Chief Walt Vanatta he was "concerned and disappointed" in the way the Craig Police Department handled its investigation of former Detective Ken Johnson.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife doesn't want to make marriage work

Dear Annie: "Audrey" and I have been together for 21 years, married for 16. The past couple of years, however, have been stressful.

Tuesday, October 20

Slopeside Grill sold

Bill Banks confirmed as buyer; sale slated to close Nov. 3

Steamboat homeowner Bill Banks bought the restaurant, which had been owned by Chris Corna's family since his death in May. Jim Cook said the sale is scheduled to close Nov. 3.

Broncos alumni set to return to Steamboat

Athletes will play exhibition basketball game Oct. 31

Football players to take on students, locals in Oct. 31 basketball game.

Commission OKs Legion roof bid

At its Monday meeting, the Moffat County Commission: Approved, 2-0, awarding a $30,825 bid to JMAR Construction to re-roof the American Legion Post 62 headquarters on Moffat County Road 7 with 50-year shingles.

Annie's Mailbox: Recovering alcoholic uncomfortable at bars

Dear Annie: I am a recovering alcoholic with six months' sobriety. Recently, I was hired at a new company. The job is everything I dreamed of, and my bosses and co-workers are great. The problem is, every Friday after work, they go to a bar to socialize.

Daily horoscope for Oct. 20

Daily horoscope for Oct. 20

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Craig Parks and Recreation volleyball offers chance to continue love of game

During Craig Parks and Recreation adult coed volleyball Monday night at Craig Middle School, the only thing shared by the players were the courts.

Maren Schmidt: Please don't eat the marshmallow

In the 1960s Walter Mischel conducted the now famous "marshmallow study'" at the Bing Nursery School at Stanford University. A researcher would let a 4-year-old choose a treat from a tray and tell the child that he or she could eat the treat right away or wait until the researcher returned and have two.

Caroline Dotson: Frustrating parade route

I am the owner of a business in downtown Craig and I am frustrated with the new parade route that was implemented during the homecoming parade earlier this month.

Senior spotlight for Oct. 20

What a wonderful warm day Sunday was.

3 agencies team up on 'Not Even Once' Week

Colorado ranks No. 8 in the country in terms of methamphetamine use, according to the Colorado Meth Project, and it's estimated the drug costs the state $1.4 billion a year, including more than $73,000 per dependent user.

Datebook for Oct. 20

Datebook for Oct. 20

Craig briefs: Humane Society offers low-cost clinic

The Humane Society of Moffat County, in cooperation with two local veterinarians, is offering a low cost spay/neuter clinic.

Marijuana ordinance bound for council

Craig Planning and Zoning Commission approves proposal

The city's proposed medical marijuana ordinance survived a brief hiccup Monday night, and is on track to be approved before the city's 60-day emergency moratorium expires in early December. The Craig Planning and Zoning Commission approved the draft ordinance on a 4-0 vote, though chairman Jim Meineke and commissioners Randy Kloos and Mike Tucci were absent.

Focus of tonight's special meeting is internal probe into former detective

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta is scheduled to speak to the Craig City Council at a special meeting tonight about an internal investigation into former detective Ken Johnson.

TMH administrator dies in ATV crash

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office is investigating an ATV crash reported Sunday morning that claimed the life of Ron Trudel, the cardiopulmonary manager at The Memorial Hospital.

Greyhound returns to Steamboat Springs

Bus will run daily from Salt Lake City to Denver on U.S. 40

After an absence of more than five years, Greyhound buses again will roll along U.S. Highway 40 between Salt Lake City and Denver. The daily service resumes today.

Monday, October 19

John Kinkaid: AARP and health care

For the life of me, I couldn't figure out why AARP would support health care rationing to seniors under the guise of "reform."

Police Blotter for Oct. 18

Police Blotter for Oct. 18

Bryce Jacobson: The Laundry makes important changes

Cindy Crabtree, owner of The Laundry, has been busy improving her Laundromat this year. The business has added many new washing machines recently. And The Laundry now offers UPS Shipping service, as well as free Wi-Fi for customers.

Datebook for Oct. 19

Datebook for Oct. 19

Craig briefs: Support group for women beginning

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering a grief support group for women beginning today at the Craig office, 745 Russell St.

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Auction raises $21,000 for MCHS grad

Tests show Cory Pike is cancer free

An auction Saturday at the OP Bar & Grill raised money for the Pike family's unexpected expenses, such as gas and an apartment in Denver. Longtime friends of the Pikes put on the auction, and businesses, individuals and organizations around Craig and Steamboat Springs donated the more than 300 items.

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Children enjoy fall festivities Saturday

On Saturday, outside Homemaker Furnishings on Ranney Street where owner Red Cortner was giving away pumpkins, Doizaki was one of the few children who found it easy to choose the right one.

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Your community snapshots

The Craig Daily Press will be printing September's entries - sports and nature - into the Your Community Snapshots photo contest.

Horoscope for Oct. 19

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Even if your financial circumstances are showing signs of improvement, it still may not be the time for extravagance or wastefulness. Don't gamble on something unknown; make every dollar count.

Annie's Mailbox: Newphew struggles to get back in job market

My nephew was involved in a robbery when he was only 19 and paid for it with 10 years of his life. While he was incarcerated, he got his GED and took various classes to prepare himself for a possible job opportunity upon his release.

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Low bids, few buyers at land auction

Sales of Dry Creek Village sites slow at Sunday event in Hayden

A Sunday land auction in Hayden featured few buyers, low bids and decreasing prices that attendees and property sellers alike attributed to the recessionary value of real estate in Routt County. Forty-three lots at Dry Creek Village subdivision were up for grabs at the Hayden Community Center.

Aging Well: Local programs help pay for mammograms, treatment costs

Most of us are guilty of putting off important health screenings or procedures. Often, that resistance has more to do with cost than laziness. It's important these women know there are local programs available to help them pay for breast cancer and other important screenings and even costs related to breast cancer treatment.

Cross-country invitational results

Moffat County High School cross-country results from the Oct. 15 Rifle Invitational cross country meet

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MCHS varsity boys defeat league foe, 11-2, Saturday

With the last home game of the year, the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team had a lot to celebrate. For one, the team netted 11 goals Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park while only allowing two against Palisade High School.

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MCHS varsity volleyball defeats Battle Moutain, 3-2

With Battle Mountain High School's girl's varsity volleyball team holding a 16-15 advantage against the Bulldogs on Saturday night in a deciding fifth game, something odd happened. The ball ricocheted off the basketball hoop. So the team rallied back to topple the Huskies, 19-17 to take the match, 3-2.

Police blotter for Oct. 20

Police blotter for Oct. 20

H. Neal Glanville: Sure Trey has a copy - or 20

Congratulations to the Cardinals and their coaches for the Doak Walker championship game victory for fifth- and sixth-graders. The game was hard fought and well played by both teams.

Saturday, October 17

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Man, dog, donkey and friend walk across the country, pass through Craig

Eric Sheets stood on the side of Colorado Highway 13 north of Craig on a sunny autumn day with a dog, a donkey, a friend and a vision. Sheets has been on the road since Memorial Day 2008. He arrived Friday night in Craig and will stay for an indefinite period.

Bryce Jacobson: In support of my paper's coverage

Much has been said in the past couple of days regarding the manner in which the Craig Daily Press handled the reporting of Kathie Johnson's death earlier this week. Some who have been critical of the coverage think the paper should apologize for the way the story was handled.

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Event to feature pumpkins, scarecrows, food

On Friday at the Wyman Museum, about 20 children from the Boys & Girls Club of Craig painted pumpkins, made scarecrows and wandered through the hay maze. Friday's activities were designed to entertain students out of school on fall break, but Wyman will be offering all those activities and more to the public during today's Wyman's Pumpkin Patch.

Over A Cup of Coffee: Evelyn Ott's baked apples a delicious recipe

This morning, over a cup of coffee, I checked out my calendar and discovered that, incredibly, October is nearly half over.

Annie's Mailbox: Bothered by partner's lack of financial ambition

Dear Annie: I love my boyfriend. He's a superb partner. He is, however, the laid-back type or, depending on how you look at it, just plain lazy. Since I am a bit high strung, I appreciate how easygoing he is, but when it comes to our finances, I am bothered by his lack of get-up-and-go.

Dave DeRose: Good Season, Steelers

Those who know me know two things - I love the game of football, and I am a proud citizen of Broncos' country. Today, however, I am a proud citizen of the Doak Walker Steelers nation.

Datebook for Oct. 17

Datebook for Oct. 17

Horoscopes for Oct. 17, 2009

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - This is not a day to let down and allow others to see your work. Keep control of all endeavors in your capable hands, because you're the one who will transform little into much.

Craig briefs: Alpha Tau Chapter ESA week today

The Alpha Tau Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha will observe the Colorado Epsilon Sigma Alpha Week today, which began Thursday.

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Pet adoption day is today in Craig

he Humane Society of Moffat County is scheduled to host a pet adoption day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Craig Animal Shelter, located inside the Bear Creek Animal Hospital at 2430 E. Victory Way. The Humane Society is offering reduced adoption rates.

Jury finds man guilty of lesser offense in vehicular homicide case

A jury convicted a 20-year-old Colorado man Thursday afternoon in Moffat County District Court, albeit for a lesser offense than what he was charged with. Logan Robert Arambel was charged in District Court with vehicular homicide, a Class 4 felony, in connection with a Dec. 26, 2008, accident on Colorado Highway 13, in northern Moffat County, between Craig and Baggs, Wyo.

Government update for Oct. 13

Moffat County Commission

Our View: And the band plays on ...

It's an unfortunate reality that, in the high school realm, the accomplishments of groups outside the world of sports sometimes is overlooked. That's a trend the Editorial Board would like to remedy today.

Police Blotter for Oct. 15

Police Blotter for Oct. 15

Attitude expert to speak at Achievement Night

Alisa Comstock, Moffat County Youth Development Director, said the upcoming "Achievement Night is going to look different this year."

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6th-graders to be published

Local students to be a part of National Gallery of Writing

Eleven-year-old Ryan Lueck had no problem choosing his favorite dessert. He also didn't have a problem describing, in mouthwatering detail, the delights of a "nice, big brownie" for an assignment in a sixth-grade English class.

Achievement Night to feature attitude speaker

Alisa Comstock, Moffat County Youth Development Director, said the upcoming "Achievement Night is going to look different this year." That's because the Moffat County Fairground Pavilion, the usual site of the annual Achievement Night, is being remodeled and is not available. So instead, 4-H members will gather at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. The event will take place Oct. 29.

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A look at how MCHS teams have played halfway through the season

With less than a month remaining in the fall schedule, Moffat County High School athletic teams have had solid seasons. Golf and rodeo teams have finished while volleyball, cross-country and football all turn their gaze to regionals and playoffs.

Friday, October 16

Janet Sheridan: Little bit of paradise

Before the Craig Daily Press discontinued the column, Moffat County Neighbor, I looked forward to the question, "What's your favorite place in Moffat County?" I enjoyed learning what other people like about our spot on the planet.

Auction to benefit 2007 MCHS grad with Burkitt's lymphoma

Becky Otis has organized an auction that will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at the OP Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way, to benefit the Pike family during their time of need. Cory Pike, a 2007 Moffat County High School graduate, has undergone chemotherapy and radiation therapy to treat his Burkitt's lymphoma.

Craig Fire/Rescue adjusting 2010 budget

Revenue changes could mean $8,000 in operational cuts for 2010

During the next month, Craig Fire/Rescue will have to rework its 2010 budget to accommodate $8,000 in cuts. The new budget was intended to be presented and approved at Thursday's Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board meeting, but a late adjustment from the Moffat County Assessor's Office forced a last minute agenda change.

Craig briefs: Support group is set to meet Monday

The first meeting of a new peer support group for people with bipolar disorder and depression is scheduled from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Gold Room at the Northwest Colorado Community Health Center, 745 Russell St. For more information, call Barb Parnell at 871-7655.

Datebook for Oct. 16

Datebook for Oct. 16

Walt Vanatta: Police beat for September

The department responded to 1,384 requests for service in September and Community Service responded to 218 requests for service.

Police Blotter for Oct. 15

Police Blotter for Oct. 15

Bob Woods: God called us to love

The central theme of the creation story throughout the first chapter of Genesis is that "God saw that it was good." But now God looks at all he has made, everything, and says, "It is not good." It is not good that a person should be alone. Everything else is good, but this isn't.

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Cardinals soar past Steelers, 26-21

Youth football team wins Doak Walker Championship

On the first kickoff of the season, the Cardinals' Shandon Hadley ran the ball back to the end zone for the first points. It was only fitting that Hadley also would score the last. Playing Thursday night at Woodbury Sports Complex, the fifth- and sixth-grade Cardinals managed to top the Steelers, 26-21, to win the Craig Parks and Recreation Doak Walker Football Championship game.

Fuel Gauge report for Oct. 16

Regular unleaded and diesel prices around Craig as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo above.

Horoscope for Oct. 16

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Although you might be a bit of a dreamer, your thoughts will be positive and well placed. You'll be both imaginative and expectant, providing the power to turn wishes into reality.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife wary of relatives

Dear Annie: I am a 25-year-old wife and mother. I was raised by a single mom who worked hard to make sure we had everything we needed. I also had a large, loving family that was always around to help.

Veterans Hotline: American NW Realty hosting Veterans Day event

American Northwest Realty is sponsoring a free lunch for veterans and their families from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 11, Veterans Day, at 105 E. Victory Way. I will issue another reminder later in month.

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Steamboat volleyball does quick work

Sailors cruise by Moffat County in 3 games

Give the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team any sort of momentum, rivalry or not, and the Sailors will likely make it a quick night. Playing Moffat County on Thursday in Steamboat Springs, the Sailors gained momentum and cruised past the Bulldogs in three games.

Thursday, October 15

Craig police officer found dead in Glenwood

Autopsy expected to take place today to determine community service officer's cause of death

A Craig Police Department officer was found dead Wednesday in Glenwood Springs, a Garfield County deputy coroner said. Kathie Johnson, a police department community service officer and wife of former police detective Ken Johnson, was found Wednesday afternoon in her room at the Hotel Colorado.

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Hampton Inn & Suites welcomes 1st guests

The new Hampton Inn & Suites, off Cedar Court west of Craig, welcomed its first guests Wednesday night after a ribbon cutting ceremony that afternoon. A year after ground was broken on the project, hotel managers, employees and Craig Chamber of Commerce ambassadors joined in for the ceremony, which marked the hotel's official opening. A grand opening party for the public will take place Nov. 20.

Annie's Mailbox: New boyfriend not interested

Dear Annie: I'm a 14-year-old girl who is having relationship problems. My new boyfriend and I just hooked up over the weekend. "Carter" and I go to church together, and he has always been my best friend. I was too shy to ask him out myself, so I had my friend "Justin" help me.

Datebook for Oct. 15

Datebook for Oct. 15

Craig briefs: Crabfest 2009 tickets now are being sold

Crabfest 2009, an event sponsored and hosted by the Craig Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Oct. 24 at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Cathy Hamilton: A new home companion

didn't want to get another dog. In fact, I was adamant about it. We've had a checkered history with the canine set. I blame it on my side of the family tree. When I was little, we had an English setter named Candy that my dad kept in a kennel in the country and used primarily for quail hunting.

Daily horoscope for Oct. 15

Daily horoscope for Oct. 15

Heather Sweet and DeLaine Brown: Homecoming thanks

The Moffat County High School Student Council would like to thank the many people who helped make 2009 Homecoming Week a success. We would not be able to have homecoming without support of people throughout the community.

Police Blotter for Oct. 13

Police Blotter for Oct. 14

Planning and Zoning Commission agenda

Craig Planning and Zoning Commission meeting

Moffat County Tourism Association agenda

Moffat County Tourism Association marketing committee meeting

Paula Hall: Special thanks

I would like to thank people in Craig who helped me clear my name of all charges in Moffat County.

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Craig resident Red Cortner gives away pumpkins for fifth year

Nobody knows what a good pumpkin is, Craig resident Red Cortner said, because there's no pumpkin that's any better than another. Any one of Cortner's hundreds of pumpkins could be the perfect canvas for carving or painting in the spirit of Halloween.

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Bengals football team victorious against 49ers

Doak Walker third- and fourth-grade league overcomes weather to take home a 18-0 win to finish undefeated season

Capping an undefeated season, the Bengals defeated the 49ers to take home the top spot in Craig Parks and Recreation's Doak Walker Football third- and fourth-grade league. Playing on Tuesday at Woodbury Sports Complex, the Bengals were able to overcome the weather and a physical 49ers defense for an 18-0 victory to finish the season 7-0.

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Cardinals, Steelers face off in Doak Walker championship

For the second time in 2009, the Steelers will face the Cardinals with the championship on the line. At 5:15 p.m. today at Woodbury Sports Complex, the Craig Parks and Recreation Doak Walker Football championships conclude, with a pair of 5-1 teams facing off for the chance to be called the best.

Water rate hike up for approval

Hayden council to consider second reading of ordinance today

Water rates in Hayden will increase if the Town Council approves the second reading of the water base rate ordinance at tonight's meeting. The Town Council approved the first reading earlier this month.

Wednesday, October 14

Residents speak out about Loudy-Simpson drilling

Commissioners discuss leasing minerals under park

The Moffat County Commission and a dozen local residents agreed on one important fact at the commission's meeting Tuesday morning. "A lot of us love this park," Craig resident David Morris said of the county-owned Loudy-Simpson Park. Commissioners said there would be no drilling within the park boundaries under the current lease and state statutes.

Andy Bockelman: 'Lost Symbol' offers puzzling mystery amid author's usual excesses

Are you ready for an adventure with more twists and turns than the Gordian Knot and a timeframe that could only realistically play out within the confines of a black hole? Well, this is author Dan Brown's bread and butter, and just as he did in "Angels & Demons" and "The Da Vinci Code," he brings out the action and magnitude of history with his latest, "The Lost Symbol."

DA's office plans to keep Johnson case

Former police detective makes 1st court appearance

Elizabeth Oldham, 14th Judicial District Attorney, said her office does not plan to seek a special prosecutor to handle the case against a former Craig police detective facing felony charges. Ken Johnson, a police department veteran, worked closely with prosecutors on various cases until he resigned from his position Sept. 8.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband wants to make marriage work

I have been married to "Kristina" for 14 years, and we have a beautiful 7-year-old daughter. My wife has numerous health problems, including arthritis and diabetes. I have been a husband, father and doctor to her. Over time, I started becoming detached emotionally, and then our physical contact diminished.

Horoscope for Oct. 14

Horoscope for Oct. 14

Christopher Gingrich: Wideouts and backs to keep an eye on

They say that time flies when you're having fun. Five weeks already have gone by in the fantasy football season, and though it may be fun, fantasy football can be very challenging. Challenges come in many forms in fantasy football. You have injuries, bad matchups, bye weeks and you also have to expect the unexpected.

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Bad Dogs youth wrestling team season begins

With a little more than a week until the Craig Bad Dogs first match, coach Billy Bingham said his team will have to work hard to be ready. On Tuesday, the youth wrestling team, which features wrestlers from 4 years old and older, found itself on the mat again for the first time since May during the first official practice of the year.

City Council OKs 1st reading of social host provision

1 vote left before ordinance is official

The Craig City Council was split in its endorsement of a social host ordinance, but concern about underage drinking convinced the majority of city officials to support the proposal. The City Council approved, 4-3, the first reading of an ordinance that would make it a municipal crime to provide a place for underage drinkers to consume alcohol.

Steve Andrew: Commission cheap shot

I'm writing in regard to Mr. Morris' letter of Oct. 3 concerning Loudy-Simpson Park becoming an oilfield. I would say to Mr. Morris, get real. His hysterical statement of "drill, baby, drill" is nothing more than another of his cheap shots at the Moffat County Commission.

Our View: Road rules

ike many areas of society today, courtesy and respect for others is becoming a lost art on the roadways. Drivers everywhere, including Craig and Moffat County, are caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and many are driving without regard or concern for their fellow motorists, Editorial Board members contend.

Real estate transactions for September 2009

Moffat County property sales and purchases for September 2009

Police Blotter for Oct. 12

Police blotter for Oct. 12

Datebook for Oct. 14

Datebook for Oct. 14

Craig briefs: Pet adoption day scheduled Saturday

The Humane Society of Moffat County is scheduled to host a pet adoption day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Craig Animal Shelter, located inside the Bear Creek Animal Hospital at 2430 E. Victory Way.

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Staff explores new Memorial Hospital building

The Memorial Hospital staff and clinicians attended one of several general orientations this week at the new facility off Moffat County Road 7 west of Craig. The staff members sat through a quick overview of new and existent building and behavioral procedures before taking what service excellence officer Samantha Johnston called a "30,000-square-foot tour" of the building.

Tuesday, October 13

Hayden voters to decide whether to boost rental car, lodging taxes

When mail-in ballots are sent to Hayden voters beginning today, they'll have to decide whether to adopt two tax measures that would boost town coffers as soon as 2010.

Horoscope for Oct. 13

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - You've always been told not to play favorites. If you weaken between two of your closest friends, you'll discover quickly why this advice is trenchant.

Annie's Mailbox: My spouse's siblings ask too many favors

Dear Annie: My husband seems to be the "go to" guy in his family. He used to do carpentry work, and now his three siblings call on him for all their repair needs. He is asked to fix broken windows, install appliances and everything in between.

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Cross-country girls finish 2nd at Chris Severy Invitational; boys place 3rd

Facing the toughest course it would see all season without two of its top runners, the Moffat County High School cross-country teams still were able to place well.

The Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks to Maurices for fashion show benefit

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank Maurices for making us the recipients of the proceeds from the "Rescues and Runways" fashion show.

Jason Steed: Thanks to organizations for education support

Going to college can take a great deal of dedication, effort and, unfortunately, more than a little bit of money. I certainly recognize that I am fortunate to come from a town like Craig, where community organizations and individuals value education.

Maren Schmidt: Bloom's Taxonomy

As we watch our children grow and learn, how can we, as parents and teachers, help direct our children to the next step in learning?

Police blotter for Oct. 11

Deputies responded to two requests to assist another agency.

Senior spotlight for Oct. 13

The frost is on the pumpkins, windows and different things around town and Halloween is sneaking up on us.

Student news: Darren McLaughlin

Darren McLaughlin, of Craig, has entered three head of sheep in the junior market lamb division of the 36th annual North American International Livestock Exposition.

Datebook for Oct. 13

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

Craig briefs: Young Life schedules auction and dinner

Bear River Young Life, formerly Moffat County Young Life, will host its third annual Sportsmen's Auction and Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.

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Fire Rescue seeks recruits

Self-fulfillment is what keeps Samantha Johnston at Craig Fire/Rescue. It's not the pay, which doesn't cover all the hours invested each week, and it's not for any public glory.

Flu calls up at VNA

Seasonal flu vaccine availability limited

There have "definitely" been more people calling and booking appointments for flu this year than last, said Gisela Garrison, Northwest Colorado Community Health Center director.

Monday, October 12

Datebook for Oct. 12

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.

Bryce Jacobson: Spa Country in new location at mall

Spa Country has relocated to a new store inside Centennial Mall.

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Gravel pit opponents speak up

Commissioners to consider pre-application Tuesday evening

Opponents of a proposed gravel pit south of Steamboat Springs have caught wind of the project they thought was dead in the water four years ago. The Routt County Board of Commissioners will review a pre-application for the Steamboat Sand and Gravel Mine and a subsequent land preservation subdivision Tuesday.

Andy Bockelman: 'Zombieland' a fun place, but I wouldn't want to live there

When you're dealing with the undead, you have to recognize your enemy. The lurching movement and garbled attempts at speech could be easy to mistake, but if the blood and bits of human sinews spilling out of their mouths don't tip you off, you wouldn't last a day in "Zombieland."

Annie's Mailbox: My ex's girlfriend is telling my son lies

Dear Annie: I divorced 18 months ago after being separated for three years. During this entire time, my ex-husband has had a nasty girlfriend who is always in the middle of every situation. I don't care for this woman at all.

Horoscope for Oct. 12

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Much self-discipline and assertiveness are needed to put you in front of the pack, but you can do it, as long as you don't let indifference get in the way.

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CMS Bulldogs sweep Sailors

7th-, 8th-grade football teams beat rivals

With the season coming to a close, the Craig Middle School football teams saved the best for last. Playing the Steamboat Springs Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade teams, both Bulldog squads won Saturday at CMS by wide margins.

Aging Well: Getting vitamin D from sun too risky, doctors warn

Vitamin D has been making a lot of headlines lately. It's long been known that vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium to build healthy bones. The vitamin prevents rickets in children and osteomalacia (soft bones) in adults. Together with calcium, vitamin D also protects against osteoporosis and the risk of bone fracture.

H. Neal Glanville: An error corrected

Before I get carried away with this week's column, I must call attention to a grievous error I made last week referring to Jaceson VanGrandt as my son-in-law.

Craig briefs: Humane Society meeting today

The Humane Society of Moffat County is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. today at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Ann Anderson at 826-2717.

Police blotter for Oct. 10

An ambulance crew waited on standby for the fire department.

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MCHS marching band learns new traditions

It all looked like part of the act. When Keath Fenton furnished his light saber and hit his band director, John Bolton, in the shoulder, Bolton made sure the simple mistake became a memorable part of the light, irreverent Star Wars theme of the halftime show.

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Parrotheads put on Art'n the Park'n Lot

Once inspired by the seafood and creole culture of the Gulf Coast, local artist Peggy Green's inspiration has evolved into sweeping Wyoming horizons and quaint Colorado churches.

Saturday, October 10

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Brady Meier died Friday after construction site accident

Brady Meier was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center, Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said. The cause of his death has not been determined, but Ryg and investigating officers said they think Meier was struck with a fitting from a pressurized water line.

Craig briefs: Parrotheads host fall art, music fest

The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads is hosting "Art in the Parking Lot" from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the parking lot at Victory Way and Tucker Street, west of JW Snacks.

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MCHS football victorious in homecoming vs. Eagle Valley

Although it wasn't his final home game, senior linebacker Jordan Wilson couldn't have picked a better time to score his first offensive touchdown. In Friday night's varsity football homecoming game against Eagle Valley High School, Wilson scored the third touchdown in Moffat County High School's 42-0 romp.

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CNCC lifelong learners go on 6-day tour of Vermont

When Phyllis Bingham, 78, along with 30 others, were sitting on their cross-country flight, they were told their trip was too early in the fall to catch any of the spectacular colors in New England. The tour group saw a lot more than leaves and colors on their six-day trip to Vermont and Boston.

Baggs facility breaks ground after 30 years of work

For 12 years, Callay Danford, of Dixon, wondered. She wondered if plans to build the Valley Community Center - a facility designed to serve Little Snake River Valley residents - would ever come to fruition. On Friday, she stopped wondering. The Community Center is designed to provide a location for community gatherings and events.

Government update for Oct. 10

Government update for Oct. 10

Kelly Corson: Social host ordinance

Due to not being able to attend the Oct. 13 meeting, I would like to voice my opinion on the new social hosting ordinance some are trying to pass about supplying a place for underage drinking.

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Students let out of school to watch homecoming parade

Stacy Ponikvar's fifth-graders thought homecoming was just about blue and white. But by the time the East Elementary School class reached Victory Way to watch the parade go by, they had received a full lesson in homecoming history.

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MCHS holds regatta featuring themed ships at Loudy-Simpson Park

Moffat County High School seniors Jimmy Howe and Alex McKey were ready to make cardboard boat racing history. Dressed in a poncho and sombrero, McKey pointed out the finer construction points of their taco canoe. The two spent nine hours building the canoe out of corrugated cardboard, duct tape and spray paint for the 2009 Great Cardboard Boat Regatta.

Horoscopes for Oct. 10, 2009

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - One of your best characteristics is open-mindedness, a willingness to look at the opposite side of an issue. Don't let another's point of view deter you, however, from making up your own mind.

The establishment of Craig Bottling Works

The town of Craig had several pop bottling factories through the years. The first was Craig Bottling Works, which at its start was known as Strehlke Bottling Works.

Annie's Mailbox: Am I expecting too much?

Dear Annie: My husband really is a wonderful man. People describe me as patient, easy-going and positive. I'm happy - except for my marriage.

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Cowbelles recruiting new members

"Beef: It's What's For Dinner." According to Moffat County Cowbelle president Arloa Gerber, the main goal of the Cowbelles is promoting beef.

Our View: Harmless decision

It seems anytime drilling for natural resources comes up, the conversation invariably raises intense feelings. Such is the case after the county leased its mineral rights last week to the land under Loudy-Simpson Park.

Police Blotter for Oct. 10

Police Blotter for Oct. 10

Datebook for Oct. 10

Datebook for Oct. 10

Friday, October 9

The rout is on

MCHS in home action against Eagle Valley

The Moffat County High School Bulldogs attempt to snap a two-game losing streak tonight against Western Slope League foe, Eagle Valley.

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Ski Haus celebrates 40 years

Rod Schrage said he didn't have a long-term plan when he took over a struggling little business called Ski Haus at the base of Mount Werner 40 years ago.

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High school girls share excitement for homecoming dance

There was a point when 15-year-old Jessi Scott thought about wearing jeans to the 2009 Moffat County High School homecoming dance. "I just could not find a dress," she said from behind the doors of a dressing room at Maurices, as she tried on different outfits for the Saturday night affair.

Parrotheads hosts music, art festival

Music always has been a part of Beth Gilchrist's life. It started when her mother taught music in Moffat County. Thus, it came to be that she joined the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads, an organization that has dedicated itself to encouraging music education in the Moffat County School District.

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MCHS volleyball teams successful against Rifle

Although she would have preferred to crash another team's homecoming celebration, Jessica Matthews was more than happy to have won hers. The junior libero said her team wanted to leave no doubt in front of the home crowd. In winning, 3-0, the varsity team did just that Thursday night at Moffat County High School.

2 faculty members honored during coronation

For Moffat County High School's 2009 Homecoming, two faculty members were chosen to be honored at a coronation Thursday for being outstanding educators.

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Homecoming king and queen crowned get Thursday

On a brightly lit stage in front of 400 shrieking and clapping teenagers, Moffat County High School senior Kelsey Grinstead didn't hear her named called as the 2009 homecoming queen. "I didn't even know they called me," she said. "I didn't know until I saw my friends just screaming and my mom pointing at me."

Great Cardboard Boat Regatta kicks off

Rule No. 1 is to have fun. The 2009 Great Cardboard Boat Regatta may be a required activity for advanced science students at Moffat County High School but that doesn't stop them from taking rule No. 1 very seriously.

State government closure day is today

Many state government offices will be closed today, the second of four closure days this year to help keep the state budget balanced during the economic recession. State offices also will be closed Monday for Columbus Day.

Bob Grubb: Are worldview claims truth or delusion?

Mankind seems to have a universal sense of morality and a desire to understand what is actually real. Our conclusions by which we live is called our "worldview." Before Pilate, Jesus said he came "into the world to bear witness to the truth," and "everyone who is of the truth hears my voice." Pilate, probably in sarcasm, responded, "What is truth?"

Janet Sheridan: Perfect for talent show

When I watch "American Idol," I identify with the contestants who inspire eyeball rolling and snickering. It takes time for some of us to realize that promoting our musical gift is a good thing - if we have one.

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Wounded veterans go on rafting trip

Group visits Lodore Canyon for outing to help with rehabilitation

A group of injured U.S. veterans were treated to a rafting trip last week through Lodore Canyon in Dinosaur National Monument. The trip was organized through a partnership between the Wounded Warrior Project, Adaptive Sports Association in Durango, Colorado Discover Ability and the National Parks Service.

Craig briefs: Auction to raise money for MCHS grad

An auction Oct. 17 at the OP Bar & Grill will benefit Cory Pike, a 2007 Moffat County High School graduate and a Colorado State University student. Pike was diagnosed June 10 with Burkitt's lymphoma.

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Seniors take part in their last homecoming

On a cool sunny afternoon, three Moffat County High School seniors gathered at a warehouse south of Craig to set to work on one of their last contributions to the spirit of their high school.

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MCHS seeking to snap losing streak against Eagle Valley

Coming off two straight losses, the Moffat County High School varsity football will get exactly what it needs. A little homecoming. The team will take on the Eagle Valley High School Demons at 7 p.m. tonight at the Bulldog Proving Grounds as it hopes to get back to its winning ways.

2 MCHS grads honored at coronation Thursday

Two graduates of Moffat County High School took the coronation stage Thursday for the crowning of royalty. George Avgares and Katrina Willey were good friends in high school 20 years ago, but are being honored this year for their contributions to the community and carrying on the legacy of Moffat County High School.

Datebook for Oct. 9

Datebook for Oct. 9

Fuel Gauge report for Oct. 9

Fuel prices around Craig for Oct. 9

Police Blotter for Oct. 9

Police Blotter for Oct. 9

Diane Prather: Warming up more 'Cup of Coffee' columns

Lots of news caused a recent backlog of "Over a Cup of Coffee" columns, but I'm on a roll again. First, a comment about the "Lemon 7-Up Salad" that was featured in the Sept. 29 column. This past weekend our neighbor Donna Lougee called me with a question about the salad.

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MCHS volleyball coach patrols sidelines sans shoes

When the game is on, Brianna Montgomery-Braun, Moffat County High School varsity volleyball coach, displays a range of emotions. When her team scores, she's the first to jump with joy. When opponents score, Montgomery-Braun is stern. But regardless of the game or situation, she always is the same in one regard. Her footwear. Or lack thereof.

Veterans Hotline: Grant money available to assist veterans

The Workforce Center has a small grant that is targeted for training assistance for a veteran, but also targets training for "green" jobs.

Thursday, October 8

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New councilor reflects on months in office

Since being elected as a Craig city councilor in April, Jennifer Riley has helped navigate what some city officials called the most controversial six months in recent memory. The work, however, has not been an encumbrance, said Riley, who at 38 is no stranger to contentious issues.

Homecoming relies on community involvement

Parade has new route, more than 30 floats

The route is set, and most of the floats are accounted for. All Delaine Brown can hope for is a little good weather for Moffat County High School's 2009 Homecoming Parade. The parade begins at 2 p.m. Friday at City Park and will travel west on Victory Way to the Safeway parking lot.

Datebook for Oct. 8

Datebook for Oct. 8

Cathy Hamilton: Celebrity sightings gone wild

The hubby and I returned this week from a much-needed vacation in California. We started and ended our journey in the Los Angeles area, where I hoped to spot a major movie star. I've seen plenty of stars without makeup and understand that celebrities are just people - like you and me - except for the millions of dollars in their 401(k)s.

Day care owner gets deferred sentence

Andrea Luker gets 4 years probation

Andrea Luker, co-owner and operator of Bear Valley Child Learning Center, was sentenced Tuesday in Moffat County District Court for her role in welfare fraud. Luker, 39, pleaded guilty to theft of a series of $1,000 to $20,000, a Class 4 felony, and refusal to permit inspection, a petty offense.

Craig briefs: Committee releases agenda for meeting

The Moffat County Republican Central Committee is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Craig Rural Fire Station. The meeting is open to the public.

Police Blotter for Oct. 8

Police Blotter for Oct. 8

MCTA debuts 2010 guide for funding

The Moffat County Tourism Association released its 2010 event funding application Wednesday, along with new guidelines for those seeking dollars. As part of its stated mission to expand tourism to the area, the MCTA board decided it only would contribute to events for advertising outside of Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties.

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MCHS volleyball looks to build winning streak against Rifle

If the Moffat County High School girls varsity volleyball team is going to make a run at the playoffs, the time is now. With tonight's homecoming game against Rifle High School, the Bulldogs can build not just a two-game winning streak, but momentum as the season enters its second half.

Wednesday, October 7

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Man who shot bear receives no jail time

Taxidermy costs remain unresolved in Nightwalker case

Kent Nightwalker will not serve jail time for shooting a bear in downtown Steamboat Springs - and he wants to keep the bear's remains if the Colorado Division of Wildlife insists on sticking him with a taxidermy bill.

Joanne Lighthizer: Grocery management

I have heard so many people complain about how a certain local grocery story is now - even the employees are complaing and with good reason.

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Big Agnes adding contracts despite recession

Affiliated Steamboat Springs companies Big Agnes and Honey Stinger just keep growing. The Edward Lowe Foundation is spotlighting Big Agnes this month as one of 50 Colorado Companies to Watch, an award it granted Big Agnes and Steamboat's Boa Technology in May.

Man charged in meth cases appears in court Tuesday

Three ongoing cases against Craig resident Jerry David Flannery were continued Tuesday in Moffat County District Court. Flannery, 46, is charged in two cases involving methamphetamine distribution, and one case of violating his probation for using counterfeit money.

Horoscope for Oct. 7

Horoscope for Oct. 7

Annie's Mailbox: Parents shocked by situation with sons

Dear Annie: I have two adult sons, one married, one divorced. We always had a good relationship, but I hadn't heard from either of them in a while even though they live nearby.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Love Happens' is a lackluster love story

Not many great romances start with one person pretending to be deaf and the other flipping them off in retaliation. But, just when you least expect it, "Love Happens."

CNCC seeks memoir instructor

Colorado Northwestern Community College is looking for someone to lead its memoir writing class and is hosting a meeting next week for anyone interested.

Family of Dan (Paco) Martin: Thanks for community

Thank you to the community and all of our friends for all of the cards, food, flowers, hugs and loving concern for our family during our great loss.

Matthew Beckett: Take a position on law

The social hosting ordinance looks to take its first steps toward law at the Oct. 13 Craig City Council meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. I encourage everyone to attend, regardless of your position on the ordinance. The ability to make our voices heard is what makes our country truly amazing.

Our View: Embracing the arts

Efforts in the community are just a snapshot of the numerous and varied artistic efforts put on by Craig and Moffat County residents, and it seems that the community has an appetite and appreciation for their works.

Police Blotter for Oct. 7

Police Blotter for Oct. 7

Moffat County commissioners discuss taxing district

As the Moffat County Commission discussed Tuesday, it's a complex issue when governments consider raising taxes to pay for needed services. "There's always advocates for more taxes," Commissioner Tom Gray said, referring to the prospect of raising taxes on residents who are trying to cope with the national recession.

Datebook for Oct. 7

Datebook for Oct. 7

Craig briefs: Elkhead Reservoir releases new hours

Elkhead Reservoir will be open weekends only, staff and weather permitting.

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Boys cross-country finish 3rd, girls place 4th at invitational

The Moffat County High School varsity cross-country team continued its strong performance, with a pair of top-five finishes Saturday at Fountain. Running in The Classical Academy Thunder Invitational cross-country meet, the girls team finished fourth out of 15 complete teams, and the boys team finished third out of 16 complete teams.

Christopher Gingrich: Wideout looking like the 'real deal'

The 2009 NFL season is already a quarter of the way finished, and I am wishing I could go back in time somehow to grab Steve Smith, of the New York Giants, off the waiver wire. I know I mentioned him awhile back as one of the Giants' receivers who could break out, but that was speculation. Now it's a fact: Steve Smith is a must start in fantasy football.

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Steelers romp Colts, set up chance for championship game

With seconds left in the Steelers game against the Colts, Ed Guevara was watching his counterpart's every move. With the pass in the air, Guevara surged, catching the errant pass and sealing the Steelers' win Tuesday at Loudy-Simpson Park in the final week of Craig Parks and Recreation Doak Walker Football's regular season. The Steelers won a battle of 4-1 teams with a 31-19 victory.

Baggs to get longtime dream of community center

On Friday, the towns of Baggs and Dixon, Wyo., will break ground on a new, 17,800-square-foot Valley Community Center, a project that has been more than 10 years in the making. Wyoming Gov. Dave Feudenthal will be present for the ceremony, which begins at 10:30 a.m. at the future site of the center on North Street.

Routt County commissioners to lay off 2 employees

2010 budget includes end to furloughs, restoration of part of pay

Routt County commissioners laid off two county employees, shrank two positions and eliminated two vacant positions Tuesday, cutting about $280,000 from the county's 2010 budget in the face of decreasing revenues.

Tuesday, October 6

Annie's Mailbox: Well-off sons won't offer to split the bill for dinner

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been together for more than 20 years. This is my second marriage. "Tony" has been a wonderful stepfather to my sons. All three are grown and doing well. Two are very happily married.

Andy Bockelman: 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' is tasty animation

Ah, disaster movies. "Earthquake" had an earthquake. "Volcano" had a volcano. "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" has. : Well, you see where I'm going with this.

Horoscopes for Oct. 6, 2009

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Odds are you will make an egregious mistake if you gamble on a stranger when taking on a project that needs more than two hands. Wait until you can get the proper help.

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COMA raises new message

Organization's new anti-methamphetamine billboard tied to Not Even Once Week

For a few years, commuters traveling into Craig from the west have seen the face of methamphetamine abuse displayed on a billboard beside what is now the Walmart SuperCenter.

Datebook for Oct. 6, 2009

Today

Senior Spotlight for Oct. 6, 2009

Time has come for me to tell myself to bring out the heavier outerwear and make sure they are ready to go forth and brace the elements.

Police Blotter for Oct. 4, 2009

Moffat County Jail

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Safari Club, Motherwell Ranch, DOW host youth pheasant hunt

After hunting pheasants for the better part of a day on Motherwell Ranch, local youths learned there is more to hunting than shooting.

Craig briefs: Today last day to enter parade

Today is the deadline to turn in parade entry forms for Friday's 2009 Moffat County Homecoming Parade. Nonschool floats or activities cost $30, and school floats and activities are $25.

City to extend marijuana dispensary moratorium

Officials want more time

Like most city attorneys across the state, Craig attorney Kenny Wohl plans to spend a lot of time in the next several weeks figuring out a way to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.

Fonda Crockett: Thanks for helping son

I would like to thank the Craig Elks Lodge No. 1577 and also American Legion Post 62 for paying for my son's medication this month.

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MCHS freshman football, JV volleyball win in Hayden

After winning the first two games Monday against Hayden High School's girls varsity volleyball team, Moffat County High School's junior varsity appeared to be on a roll. Then, the Tigers clawed their way back in.

Maren Schmidt: 5 hindrances to enlightenment

Last week's column discussed how seven factors in Zen Buddhist teachings might be seen as road signs to happy and healthy human development.

MCTA meeting agenda for Oct. 7, 2009

Moffat County Tourism Association meeting 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Office

The McClellan family: Thank you for care

We would like to thank the EMTs and the ambulance crew who took Sharon to the hospital. We also want to thank the emergency room people, Dr. Kipe and all the other doctors who took care of her.

Monday, October 5

Horoscopes for Oct. 5, 2009

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - It's not unusual for you to be able to manage the affairs of another because you're unhampered by emotion. If asked for help, don't hesitate to lend a hand.

Aging Well: Improving older adults' oral health

There is good news and bad news when it comes to older adults' oral health. Although more adults are keeping their teeth into old age, physical, cognitive and financial problems can make it difficult for them to ward off oral decay and disease.

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MCHS' Lauren Roberts celebrates birthday with win against Delta

Lauren Roberts didn't keep her birthday cheer all to herself. Instead, she shared the joy with her Moffat County High School varsity volleyball teammates as they celebrated a 3-0 win against Delta High School on Saturday.

Allen Hischke: Go back to glass

I have an idea that will put many people to work, save millions of barrels of oil and clean up the environment all at the same time. This idea: banning all plastic bottles, replacing them with glass bottles and requiring them to be returned and refilled.

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Craig Concert Association season opens tonight

Whenever Julie Dempster would leave for a performance put on by the Craig Concert Association, she said her husband, David, would roll his eyes.

Craig briefs: Deadline is today to register to vote

On Nov. 3, Craig and Moffat County residents will have the chance to vote on candidates for the Moffat County School Board and one question regarding the city's charter.

CNCC names classroom after local family

Colorado Northwestern Community College is naming the first classroom in its new, 70,000-square-foot Craig campus academic building after the Pete Pleasant family, the college announced Sunday in a news release.

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Hayden food bank moves to new location

LIFT-UP serves those in need Wednesday mornings on Walnut

LIFT-UP clients who walk into the new Hayden food bank space are likely to see Holly Blake's bright, smiling face. Blake, a volunteer and LIFT-UP of Routt County board member, will manage the food bank.

Annie's Mailbox: Perfect marriage is wrecked

Dear Annie: I have been married to the perfect woman for 13 years. If I had to order a wife, it would be her. We have wonderful, healthy kids, and I thought I had a great marriage.

H. Neal Glanville: Just a theory, folks

It's the little things I like most about Craig. People smile and speak directly to you when you pass on the sidewalk, while nonresidents usually have heads bowed as they kick sidewalk cracks on their way to wherever they're going.

Police Blotter for Oct. 4, 2009

The Memorial Hospital EMS

Datebook for Oct. 5, 2009

Today

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Magic Magic raises $1,000 for Humane Society of Moffat County

Logan Earle, 8, couldn't wait to offer his cousin a piece of gum. Sitting in the Moffat County High School auditorium, waiting for the Magic Magic show to start, Logan had a few tricks of his own up his sleeve.

YVEA: Saturday power outage caused by birds

Residents and businesses in Craig were in the dark Saturday afternoon when a power outage wiped out electricity east and north of town.

Saturday, October 3

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Delta pounces on Moffat County football, 20-0

Although he ran for 70 yards, quarterback Matt Linsacum wished two of his normal running backs would return. With injuries to Pablo Salcido and Jasen Kettle, the Moffat County High School boys varsity football offense struggled to get yards during Friday night's 20-0 loss to Delta High School.

Formal charges filed against ex-detective

Charges mirror those suggested in affidavits

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed felony charges Friday morning against former Craig police detective Ken Johnson and local resident Tausha Merwin in Moffat County Court.

Craig briefs: Monday deadline to register to vote

On Nov. 3, Craig and Moffat County residents will have the chance to vote on the Moffat County School Board and one question regarding the city's charter. However, residents have to be registered in order to vote in the election by 5 p.m. Monday.

Datebook for Oct. 3

Datebook for Oct. 3

Annie's Mailbox: Parents pressuring widow to move in

Dear Annie: I am a 52-year-old registered nurse. I have been widowed for seven years and happily live alone. My parents, ages 80 and 71, live in the same city, and I visit them at least once a week to help with chores. Although they could afford to hire outside help, they refuse to do so.

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Local couple operates independent radio station

Ricky Ratzlaff's favorite moment of the past four months running an independent radio station with his wife, Katie, came when a friend stumbled upon his broadcast and simply liked what he heard. "He just came on it looking for something to listen to, and he liked it," Ricky said.

Music to return to State Bridge Lodge

Owner hopes to revive the venue, which closed in 2007

Doug Moog never went to a show at the old State Bridge Lodge, but he's heard the stories. He'd heard about it from locals he talked to, of course, and from his friends in the band Donna the Buffalo, which played at State Bridge several years ago.

Craig briefs: Concert association preparing for first show

The first performance of the Craig Concert Association's 2009-10 season is nearing.

Daily horoscope for Oct. 3

Daily horoscope for Oct. 3

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New CFO starts work at hospital

Brian Chalmers brings 10 years of health care experience

Brian Chalmers didn't know it when he graduated college with a degree in social work, but the apple didn't fall far from his family tree of accountants. Today, Chalmers, 40, sits behind a large desk in his own office as the new chief financial officer for The Memorial Hospital.

Kathy Bassett: Browns Park and Greystone - part three

Greystone actually had its early start down the road to the north about a mile or two behind the big dry knob you see at the forks of Moffat County roads 10 and 12. Later, it was moved to its present location.

Janet Sheridan: Winds of change for rural medicine

Each morning I wake up happy and mostly healthy in Craig, a town with 9,189 residents. When I moved here in 1996, my new hometown had eight family doctors serving the far-flung, hardy inhabitants of Moffat County.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Informant!' espionage and business don't mix - and that's funny

What do you get when you cross the main characters of "Erin Brockovich," "Catch Me If You Can" and "The Office?" The daring, deceptive, deluded amalgam wouldn't even come close to the off-the-charts, seriocomic corporate antics of the man known as "The Informant!"

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Middle and high school class sizes on target

1 out of 120 sections exceeds limit

Every school day, Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School faculty teach about 120 sections of math, science, English and social studies, or what educators refer to as core classes. Out of those classes, only one, a high school English class, exceeds the district target class size of 30 students per class.

Judi Whilden: How to choose quality child care

According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a high-quality, early childhood program provides a "safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children."

MCHS parent advisory group to meet Monday

The Moffat County High School parent advisory meeting is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday inside the library at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. The meetings take place on the first Monday of every month.

David Morris: Park should be valued

Loudy-Simpson Park is one of the places that really makes Craig a great place to live. It seems our county commissioners are willing to throw that away for a chance to reap a few dollars off of drilling leases, without even bothering with stipulations on where the drilling might take place within the park.

Gale and Lois Norman: Anniversary thanks

We would like to send our thanks and appreciation to all our dear friends and family for honoring us on our 65th wedding anniversary. What a wonderful event it was.

Our View: Help wanted

If we know one thing about Craig and Moffat County, it's that there's generally no shortage of volunteers willing to pick up the slack to help with a good community cause.

Government update for Sept. 29

Government update for Sept. 29

Friday, October 2

Delta downing MCHS

MCHS in action at home against Delta

The Moffat County High School boys varsity football team (3-1 overall, 2-1 in Western Slope League), is looking to restart its winning streak tonight against the Delta High School Panthers (overall 2-2, 1-2 in WSL) at MCHS.

Formal charges filed against ex-police detective

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed felony charges Friday morning against former Craig Police detective Ken Johnson and local resident Tausha Merwin in Moffat County Court.

Datebook for Oct. 2

Datebook for Oct. 2

Janet Sheridan: Could we have a decision, please

When younger, I never dithered about everyday decisions such as snooze alarm or shower, pantyhose or knee-highs. With age, I've become less certain, more given to deliberation. I ponder all possibilities, consider inconsequentials and consult compulsively. I change my mind.

District Attorney to file formal charges today in Johnson case

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office plans to file formal charges today against former Craig police detective Ken Johnson and local resident Tausha Merwin. Johnson and Merwin were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of several felonies, and both bonded out of jail the same day.

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Craig sees season's first snowfall

Forecasters anticipate 'near normal' winter

Craig residents who looked out their windows Thursday morning saw a scene that's been absent since spring. A few fluffy white flakes were falling from the sky, settling on cars and rooftops around town.

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Moffat County High School boys soccer victorious

Bulldogs beat Bears, 5-2

During Thursday's game against Rifle High School, Dustin Carlson, Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer goalkeeper, was a cool customer. With temperatures in the 40s, Carlson was focused on staying warm as much as blocking shots in the Bulldogs' 5-2 victory.

Moffat County football ready to take on Delta

Bulldogs looking to get back to winning ways against Panthers tonight at home

With Delta High School set to take on the Moffat County High School boys varsity football team at 7 p.m. today at the Moffat County High School, expect to see the same old Bulldogs.

Veterans Hotline: Veteran flu shots still available

The Craig Telehealth Clinic sent out postcards reminding veterans to get their flu shots. Unfortunately, the cards came out late. However, the clinic is giving flu shots on a walk-in basis, and the shots still are available.

Craig woman accused of embezzling would receive no jail time

Plea agreement has judge unhappy

The Craig woman accused of embezzling more than $30,000 from a Steamboat Springs realty company reached an agreement to keep her out of jail, but District Judge Shelly Hill said she's not happy with the arrangement.

Autopsy report confirms drowning of Carol Jacobson

Craig resident Carol Jacobson died from accidental drowning, according to her autopsy report. The report's conclusion was based on evidence from the circumstances of the death, an investigation of the scene and the autopsy.

The Rev. Randy Dolllins: Failure to communicate

Most people would agree that breakdown in communication is at the root of many of our mistakes and dilemmas. Thus, proper communication should not be taken for granted.

Craig briefs: Gov. Ritter orders flags to be lowered

Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered U.S. and Colorado flags be lowered to half-staff on state buildings Sunday in observance of the 28th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

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Buster becomes world champion

Buster is a 4-year-old Bay Tobiano Stallion, and he was recently named an American Paint Horse Association World Champion.

Police Blotter for Oct. 1

Police Blotter for Oct. 1

Thursday, October 1

Public defender questions actions in Johnson arrest case

Public defender Sheryl Uhlmann said Tuesday's arrest of a former Craig police detective raises disturbing questions about his employment as a law enforcement officer. Ken Johnson, 42, was a nine-year Police Department veteran until his resignation Sept. 8. He was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of three felonies.

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Intrawest focuses on helmets

Children in lessons, instructors will be required to wear helmets this year

The ski resort owner and parent company of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will recommend this ski season that all skiers and snowboarders wear helmets at its resorts, and it will require helmets for children and some teens in ski and snowboard school programs.

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Masons dedicate cornerstone at new Craig Middle School on Wednesday

There is one stone missing in a corner of Craig Middle School. That empty space soon will be filled with a ceremonial plaque from the Masonic Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Colorado, solidifying the connection between the future of the new building and the 60-year history of the old one.

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New ski films take center stage

Teton Gravity Research, Telemark Skier Magazine to screen new films this weekend

Click on the headline to watch trailers of new ski films by Teton Gravity Research and Telemark Skier Magazine. TGR's "Re:Session" plays at 7 p.m. tonight at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort ballroom.

Hayden Town Council to discuss water rates

Water users in Hayden will pay more if the Hayden Town Council approves a base rate increase this month.

Transition team anticipates trouble-free move to new hospital

At a meeting Wednesday, The Memorial Hospital board approved, 6-0, the Patient Move Manual, a 25-page document detailing procedures and assignments for the morning of the move.

Craig briefs: MCHS hosts college prep workshops

Moffat County High School is hosting a senior/parent college planning workshop at 6 p.m. today in the MCHS library, 900 Finley Lane.

Datebook for Oct. 1

Datebook for Oct. 1

James R. Reiman: Find a candidate

Thomas Paine once wrote, "Consenting to leave the legislative part to be managed by a select number chosen from the whole body, who are supposed to have the same concerns at stake which those have who appointed them :"

Golf team preparing for McGladrey Tournament

Four Craig golfers will get a chance to try the course in Pinehurst, N.C., from Oct. 26 to 28 during the McGladrey golf championships, which is a best-ball amateur championship.

Moffat County Commission approves mineral lease

At it's Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission approved, 3-0, an oil and gas lease with Samson Resource Co. for minerals underneath Loudy-Simpson Park.

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Bulldogs boys soccer team falls, 12-0, to veteran team

Moffat County deviled by Eagle Valley

Although the Moffat County High School soccer team fell, 12-0, to the Devils on Tuesday at Loudy-Simpson Park, coach Rusty Cox said he was happy with his young team.

Commission agenda for today

Moffat County Commission special board meeting

Police Blotter for Sept. 29

Police Blotter for Sept. 29

Daily horoscope for Oct. 1

Daily horoscope for Oct. 1

Annie's Mailbox: Girl's relationship with sister waning

Dear Annie: My relationship with my younger sister is on the tip of breaking. "Lana" is 15 and habitually goes through my things and steals from me. When confronted, she becomes defensive and lies. She's been doing this for years and shows no sign of stopping. Mom says she is "trying her hardest" to rectify the problem, but nothing changes.

Cathy Hamilton: Born to be wild

I am standing in the middle of a scooter store, staring at the back of a sexy little motorized bike called the Piaggio. I recently experienced a minor financial windfall, and I've decided to buy a scooter.

Stayton Mosbey: Thanks to local support

I would like to thank the Moffat County Sheriff's Office and the Yampa Valley Golf Association Jim Severson Memorial scholarship board for their gracious support.