Stories for September 2009

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Wednesday, September 30

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Doak Walker Football in contention for Oct. 15 championships

With the Cardinals on a bye week, coaches Justin Gallegos and Shane Hadley took a break Tuesday night by watching their potential playoff opponents dish it out on the gridiron.

Craig briefs: History club to review Lower Big Gulch School

Preserving the Last Frontier, a local history club, is scheduled to meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.

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Musical at Moffat County High School kicks off rehearsals

'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' opens Nov. 19

Moffat County High School's musical director Dan Mullens chose "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" as this year's fall musical. Until opening night Nov. 19, the cast and crew have about 9 1/2 weeks to put a final product together.

Annie's Mailbox: Parents' history not a good comparison for teen's behavior

Dear Annie: I am a normal 14-year-old teenager and can honestly say I'm no angel. I have a question. Do adults remember what it was like to be a teenager?

Police Blotter for Sept. 27

Police Blotter for Sept. 27

Ex-Craig Police Department detective arrested

Former officer Ken Johnson facing felony charges

A former Craig Police Department detective was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempting to influence a public servant, accessory to crime and embezzlement of public property, all felonies.

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Man encounters mountain lion on Quarry Mountain trail

Mountain bike rider Dave Dietrich wasn't sure how he should feel Monday evening after coming across a full-grown mountain lion on Emerald Mountain.

Memorial Hospital Agenda for today

Memorial Hospital Agenda for today

Horizons receives $10K grant to help with costs

Horizons Specialized Services received a grant of $10,000 from the Front Range-based Daniels Fund to help with operating costs.

Christopher Gingrich: Players worth a roster spot

With week three of the NFL already in the books, players are finding their roles within their teams and some are even making a case to be in your fantasy lineup for the coming weeks.

Datebook for Sept. 30

Datebook for Sept. 30

Daily horoscope for Sept. 30

Daily horoscope for Sept. 30

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Andy Bockelman: 'Jennifer' sets up a new body of expectations

When playwright William Congreve coined the phrase, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," it's a shame he didn't have an extra 300 years to stick around. After seeing "Jennifer's Body" he may have altered his most famous quote to include teenage girls.

Our View: Recovery rescue? Not likely

Since the national recession hit in September 2008, the tremors of that financial shockwave have been relatively light in Moffat County.

Tuesday, September 29

Masons to christen middle school Wednesday

Before the advent of modern construction techniques, builders began every project with a cornerstone.

County discusses Section 8 agreement

Stage set for Moffat County to take over local housing voucher program

This week will prove an important step in Moffat County's plan to acquire the local Section 8 housing voucher program.

Horoscope for Sept. 29

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Social situations could work out far better than usual, so don't be a loner. You might even meet someone right now who will become "special" in your life as time marches on.

Annie's Mailbox: How much privacy should families have?

Dear Annie: I am the father of two sons, 7 and 11. At what point do you stop dressing or being naked in front of your children? I come from a minister's family, and my wife comes from a somewhat dysfunctional family. Let's just say they are at the other end of the spectrum and leave it at that.

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Diane Prather: A vegetable recipe worthy of summer leftovers

You know it's summer when the refrigerator is overflowing with yellow summer squash and zucchini. So one morning, over a cup of coffee, I took out my vegetable recipe file to find ways to use summer squash.

Veterans Hotline: Soldier who fought in Afghanistan earns Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously to Sgt. First Class Jared C. Monti.

MCTA set on marketing strategy

After a few weeks of discussion, the Moffat County Tourism Association board voted last week to start a new marketing strategy this fall.

Ruth Allen's family: Thanks to everyone

Great thanks to everyone in this wonderful community for lifting up our family during these very difficult days. May the blessings that we humbly received return to all of you, and that all were considered.

Bob Meckley: Thanks for support

The family of Sharon Meckley would like to thank doctors Hughes, Pense, Kipe, Roberts, Kohn and all the doctors who cared for Sharon during her illness.

Maren Schmidt: 7 factors of enlightenment

Zen Buddhist monks might be the last people you'd think would clown around.

Craig Planning and Zoning Commission agenda for Oct. 7

Craig Planning and Zoning Commission special meeting

Moffat County Commission agenda for Sept. 29

• Approved, 2-0, allowing city staff to take seniors to South Dakota with the Maybell senior van. City officials will cover the vehicle and passengers with its insurance.

Senior spotlight for Sept. 29

September is slowly fading into the distance, as October comes creeping in with hints of what we can expect.

Police blotter for Sept. 27

Michael Lee Oliver, Jr., 29, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Datebook for Sept. 29

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: EDP board meets at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership board meeting for September and October is scheduled to take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Highway 13.

Crews battle North Routt fire; red flag warning in effect today

National Weather Service issues red flag warning for today

Firefighters will return this morning to ensure a 1-acre wildfire in northern Routt County is fully extinguished. Crews battled the blaze all day Monday.

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MCHS freshman football tops Palisade, 44-22

Moffat County High School's Keenan Bradshaw might have exemplified his team's success. On Monday, against Palisade High School's freshman football team, the 14-year-old wide receiver and safety was dominant on both sides of the ball.

Monday, September 28

Small wildland fire burning in North Routt

The blaze is about one-tenth of an acre. Fire crews are hiking to the area today to begin suppression efforts.

Aging Well: Medications blurring the line between helpful, harmful

Chronic pain, anxiety and depression are just a few problems that can send a person to their doctor's office for relief. Chances are, they will leave with one or more prescriptions for medications.

Jeff Womble: Ordinance's downside outweighed by benefits

I would like to respond to Ms. Day's letter to the editor printed Saturday.

H. Neal Glanville: 'Bumper tag' cures boredom

We've talked about riding amongst a herd of elk and the insanity of throwing a loop at one of them.

Police blotter for Sept. 25

Firefighters responded to a brush fire at mile post 89 on U.S. Highway 40. An electrical short caused the fire.

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Bulldogs host lone fall rodeo

By his own admission, Wyatt Uptain's first bronco ride at home as a member of the Moffat County High School's rodeo team could have gone better.

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BLM firefighters raise money for the late Brett Stearns

Somewhere among the live music, dancing and reminiscing of another fire season gone by, Bureau of Land Management firefighters raised more than $5,000 in the name of a fallen comrade.

Bryce Jacobson: Happy anniversary, Jamey!

I know this is a business column, but I want to share some personal business with you today.

Datebook for Sept. 28

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.

Craig briefs: New Editorial Board members wanted

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

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Craig Fire/Rescue rookies face 1st live burn

Justin Fedinec was crouched in a parking lot north of Hayden, watching smoke pour out of several old train cars. He was fully dressed in firefighting gear, ready for his turn to walk through the rusted, metal door that led into the train cars and straight into a wall of flames.

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'Rescues and Runways' raises funds, supplies for homeless pets

"Rescues and Runways," the inaugural fashion show to raise money for the Humane Society of Moffat County and the Craig Animal Shelter, brought more than 75 people Saturday afternoon to Centennial Mall.

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Homecoming festivities unite Hayden

Week of events brings school, town together

About 20 of Hayden High School's more than 40 seniors gathered at various times Sunday at Vance and Sue Fulton's home in north Hayden to begin work on the senior class float for the homecoming parade. Several events will be held throughout the week to help celebrate Hayden's 2009 homecoming.

Kathy Bassett: Browns Park and Greystone - Part 3

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 county roads 10 and 12.

Annie's Mailbox: My fiance is on singles Web sites

Dear Annie: After being a widow for four years, I recently became engaged to "Dennis," a wonderful man who lost his wife two years ago. They had been married 42 years.

Horoscope for Sept. 28

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Although you might need assistance to get desired results in a situation that has a direct effect on a personal interest, you shouldn't have any trouble getting the necessary help.

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Boys, girls cross-country finish 1st at home

MCHS' boys and girls teams finished first Saturday at the Moffat County Cross Country Invitational at Loudy-Simpson Park, with the girls claiming the top five spots and the boys taking the first three.

Saturday, September 26

Horoscope for Sept. 26

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Don't be surprised if your place becomes the designated meeting spot where important friends and colleagues stop by. You're the magnet that attracts them.

Annie's Mailbox: I don't like grandma's boyfriend

Dear Annie: My father-in-law died last year, and within two months of his passing, my mother-in-law began dating a man I have come to dislike.

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MCHS football ends win streak with 1st loss of season against Palisade

After his team's first loss of the 2009 football season, linebacker Jordan Wilson had only a few words for the rest of the Western Slope League.

Sports briefs: MCHS rodeo hosts 1st home meet of year

The Moffat County High School rodeo team will welcome competitors from across the state in its lone home meet of the fall this weekend.

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Diane Prather: Signs fall has arrived

Even if we didn't have a calendar, we'd know it's fall because: The wheat has been cut, and the fields are a golden brown.

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Experience and patience a virtue with eager, talkative 2nd-graders

It was reading time Thursday morning, and Room 21 at East Elementary School was buzzing quietly with low voices sounding out words.

Laura S. Day: Consider downside

I was at the Craig City Council meeting last Tuesday with my family (its a great idea to go now and then with kids to show how to get involved), when the council discussed a proposed ordinance which would allow police to get a warrant to enter private property to search for evidence if they have probable cause to suspect minors are consuming alcohol.

Police blotter for Sept. 24

Michael Lee Oliver, Jr., 29, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

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Local woman wants to help others who struggle with bipolar

Rochelle Johnson has bipolar disorder. She has decided to start a support group through the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association so she can help others struggling with the disorder.

Firefighter event to benefit scholarship in honor of Brett Stearns

Bureau of Land Management firefighters' end-of-season party is a celebration of another fire season gone by. But tonight at Old Town Pub in Steamboat Springs, someone will be missing from the festivities.

Datebook for Sept. 26

11 a.m. Moffat County High School rodeo team hosts a rodeo at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way. Admission is free.

Craig briefs: Parrot Heads event at 11 a.m. Oct. 10

The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrot Heads is hosting "Art in the Parking Lot" from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 in the parking lot at Victory Way and Tucker Street, west of JW Snacks.

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Officials comment on local recovery act spending

One thing stands out when Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers looks at what the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act paid for locally.

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City addresses 'urban chickens' ordinance

Proposal would allow up to 5 hens in single-family zones

An ordinance in the early stages of review would allow as many as five chicken hens to be kept at homes within city limits in single-family zone districts. The ordinance has not been reviewed by the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission or City Council but probably will be this fall.

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Andy Bockelman: On a scale of 1 to 10, '9' ranks highly

If you only like your cartoon characters squeaky-voiced and silly, then that's your prerogative.

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Diane Prather: 'Beet Cake' a rich treat

Young, speckled robins are eating our chokecherries and the grasshoppers are merrily eating their way up the kohlrabi row, but we did manage to save the pie cherries from one of our young fruit trees.

Friday, September 25

Palisade ends MCHS winning streak

MCHS drops road game, 34-6

The Moffat County High School football team drops its first game of the season.

MCEA to 'Put Kids First'

$110 million in education cuts might be unavoidable

The state Legislature potentially could cut kindergarten through 12th-grade spending by $110 million, and a statewide grass-roots effort to fight the cuts has made its way to Moffat County.

Horoscopes for Sept. 25, 2009

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Problems will stem from rationalizing matters rather than seeing issues in a realistic light. If you want a productive day, take off those rose-colored glasses.

Sports briefs: MCHS asks for community's support with crowd control

Moffat County High School is asking parents to accompany young students to high school sporting events.

Moffat County faces similar gridiron foe tonight in Palisade

When Moffat County High School and Palisade High School face off at 7 p.m. today in Palisade it will be a battle of the Western Slope League's Bulldogs.

Karen Gibson: The challenge of students and us all

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity and invitation to attend the nationally recognized "See You at the Pole" campaign or rally.

Janet Sheridan: The buzzing of a fly

Mrs. Cornaby never left her seat; she didn't need to. She commanded her 10th grade English students with personality and intelligence, not proximity. Much of what I learned in her class informs my life to this day.

Kim Hernandez: Thanks for kindness

I just wanted to say thank you to all the nurses and doctors at The Memorial Hospital who took care of my daughter, Imelda, during her stay.

Police Blotter for Sept. 24, 2009

Moffat County Jail

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Fall frost marks Farmers Market finale

Two days after the first frost of fall, local growers and crafters displayed Thursday afternoon their vegetables, pies, jewelry and other goods for the last time of the year at Alice Pleasant Park.

Datebook for Sept. 25, 2009

Today

Craig briefs: VNA clinic to visit Sunset Elementary

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting a drop in immunization clinic for kindergarten shots only from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sunset Elementary School.

Hankins defense plans appeal

The Colorado State Public Defender's Office has taken the first step to appeal the Aug. 26 felony conviction of Terry Hankins.

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Maurices runway fashion show set for Saturday

Fashion isn't always about fabrics and stitching. For Alyssa Fineran, a 26-year-old mother of two with four cats and two dogs, her first shot at being a model is more about helping animals than showing off clothes.

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Moffat County History: Town of Lay faded into history

Craig wasn't the first community to develop in Northwest Colorado, nor was it the largest in the early years of development of the area.

Annie's Mailbox: Grandparents have found grandson's real father

Dear Annie: I have raised my grandson since he was an infant. He is 24 now and doing well. Our daughter (his mother) passed away when he was 12. He does not remember his father.

Thursday, September 24

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Steamboat Springs able to top Moffat County, 3-1

Although Annie Sadvar had played some varsity volleyball her freshman year, she and fellow sophomore Melissa Camilletti were more properly introduced to the Western Slope League on Thursday.

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CBI agent talks to seniors about protection from identity theft

John Zamora, an agent for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's Identity Theft Fraud Unit for the Western Slope, based in Grand junction, talked about identity theft to a group of more than 50 seniors at the American Legion Post 62.

Cathy Hamilton: Travel turbulence begins with packing

Traveling is hard enough these days. There's the stress of getting to the airport on time; parking miles away from the terminal in the cheap lot; catching the shuttle; remembering where you parked so you're not wandering around in a jet-lagged stupor upon your return; negotiating the check-in kiosk; hoping to God your reservation isn't lost and you remembered to bring your locator number.

Police Blotter for Sept. 22, 2009

Moffat County Sheriff's Office

Moffat County School Board meeting agenda

Today, district administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave.

New photographer begins work

Shawn McHugh, a Metro State grad, to shoot photos, video for Daily Press

Photographer Shawn McHugh, a May graduate from Metropolitan State College in Denver, began working for the Craig Daily Press on Wednesday.

Student Council leads way to homecoming

Moffat County High School students working together on event planning

April Rodgers was pretending to be on the phone with a Moffat County commissioner. Rodgers, a sophomore, was playing out a skit with several other members of the Moffat County High School Student Council, the school's student government.

Datebook for Sept. 24, 2009

Today

Craig briefs: Honor Flight will take 2nd trip to DC

The first Western Slope Honor Flight was "so successful and rewarding" for the 110 World War II veterans who participated on the inaugural flight Aug. 25 and 26 that the Honor Flight board has decided to schedule a second flight for May 4 and 5 2010, according to a news release.

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MCHS students find alternative artistic outlets

Three BMX bikes are parked in front of Kevin Hickson's house on Russell Street. In the backyard, on a cement strip in front of an underground garage, three Moffat County High School students, dressed in skate shoes and fitted, backward caps, are hunched over their new project.

Officials build a dialogue at development code meeting

Craig City Councilor Gene Bilodeau had to reflect on his own experience with municipal development codes after one comment during Tuesday's meeting at City Hall.

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Steamboat Springs comes to Craig for volleyball battle

A week after battling Glenwood Springs High School, Moffat County will turn its attention to conference-foe and longtime rival Steamboat Springs High School.

Horoscopes for Sept. 24, 2009

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Although you will be well received everywhere, you are likely to shine the brightest with members of the opposite gender. Have fun, and enjoy yourself.

3 groups glad for others' support

Relationships between three Moffat County community organizations have grown considerably in the past year, representatives said.

Annie's Mailbox: Co-worker being physically abused by her boyfriend

Dear Annie: A young co-worker came into the office last week with a horrible black eye. Her boyfriend had punched her in front of her young children and some of her friends.

Wednesday, September 23

Police Blotter for Sept. 21, 2009

Moffat County Jail

YVRA car rental businesses fear impact of possible Hayden levy

In a worst-case scenario, a new car rental tax in Hayden could knock business down by 10 to 15 percent, Aaron Wiltfong said, who operates Budget Rent A Car at Yampa Valley Regional Airport and will be among those voting on the proposed tax Nov. 3.

Annie's Mailbox: Problem with parents and rent

Dear Annie: I was wondering if you could help me with a problem I'm having with my parents. I'm 31 and freely admit I still live with them, as does my 26-year-old brother. My parents are both semi-retired, working part time. They earn decent salaries, and my dad gets a nice retirement check every month. We live in a nice house with extremely low rent and few bills.

Horoscopes for Sept. 23, 2009

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Be careful about attempting to push your desires onto a peer group when meeting with fierce resistance. Drop it and let the majority rule, or you'll end up being a lonely orator.

Fantasy Fix: Memo to NFL fantasy owners: Fear the Jets

After the conclusion of the NFL's Week 2, fantasy owners at least know one thing: Do not start any of your players against the New York Jets' defense. At least that's the way it looks right now.

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MCHS varsity golf places 8th at regionals

With just three holes remaining Tuesday at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs, Mark Dockstader was enjoying a solid game of golf with a score of 67.

No ruling on assault suspect's bond

James Lee continues to be held in Moffat County Jail on $50,000 bond after a status conference Tuesday between attorneys in the case and Judge Sandra Gardner.

The Humane Society of Moffat County: A big thank you

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Zaragoza for the generous monetary donation.

Cheryl Chase: Thanks to community

The Craig Special Olympic athletes and coaches would like to thank the Craig community, Charlie Hamblin, Wendy's and the volunteers that helped for all their support during our corn sales last week. Without you all, it wouldn't have been the success that it was.

Our View: Grateful for the generosity

Finding homes for wayward pets can be a thankless job. There's usually an endless stream of unwanted, lost or abandoned animals, and often the only bit of reward volunteers get comes in the form of self-satisfaction from doing a good deed of uniting these animals with new owners.

MCTA special meeting agenda

4 to 5:30 p.m. today in the back room, Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave.

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Residents looking forward to live cooking show

Retired schoolteacher Peggy Bomba, of Craig, always is looking for new ideas to bring back to her kitchen.

County waives 2 bid processes

Road and Bridge lease, Pavilion renovation given no-bid contracts

The Moffat County Commission approved, 2-0, waiving a formal bid process for two separate projects at its meeting Tuesday.

Chamber, MCTA, EDP launch joint Web sites

Three community groups have banded together to create joint Web sites in a bid to better collaborate and serve the community.

Datebook for Sept. 23, 2009

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Craig briefs: Homecoming parade has new route

The 2009 Moffat County Homecoming Parade will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 9. Line-up begins at 1 p.m. at the new starting location at Craig City Park.

Social host is 1 step closer to approval

Noise ordinance temporarily held back

The Craig City Council discussed two new proposed ordinances at its meeting Tuesday night, but only one was informally approved to return for first reading. Underage drinking and noise were the meeting's focus.

VFW receives approval on helicopter for veterans memorial

A decommissioned Huey helicopter might soon make its home in Craig, as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 recently received approval from the Army and the national VFW to obtain one of the machines for a proposed veterans memorial.

Tuesday, September 22

Police blotter for Sept. 20

Clovis Floyd Harper, 47, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Senior spotlight for Sept. 22

As I was sorting through my yarn bag, which had all sorts of odds and ends tangled up, I decided to untangle some of the bigger ones, and so I dumped it all on my bed.

Local couple honored as 2010 Citizens of the West

Moffat County may be a remote corner of the state, but that didn't keep the National Western Stock Show from honoring two of its residents as the 2010 Citizens of the West.

Assault suspect to appear in court today

Judge could rule on motion to reduce Lee's bond

A man accused of assaulting an elderly couple Aug. 30 at their home in Craig is expected to make his second appearance at 2 p.m. today in Moffat County Court.

Datebook for Sept. 22

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: Aging Well class begins Wednesday

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Aging Well program will begin offering a free, six-session class, Healthier Living Colorado, on Wednesday. The class will teach participants new ways to cope with ongoing conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease, arthritis or asthma, to name a few.

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Fundraiser benefits MCHS grad Cory Pike

When J.J. Pike's City Market co-workers discovered her son had been diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma, they wanted to do something to help.

Moffat County gets $20.6M in recovery funds

Governor's team visits Craig, plans meeting today in Steamboat

Moffat County groups and organizations have received more than $20.6 million in federal recovery funds since the program began in February.

Horoscope for Sept. 22

Conditions in general should help bring substantial improvements in the year ahead. You can only be stopped by your own doubts and a reluctance to move on things. Be bold, and step into the spotlight.

Annie's Mailbox: Can I take sides in a divorce?

Dear Annie: My husband and I are both military. Recently, two of our oldest friends (also military) announced that they are splitting. "Emily" was cheating on "Roger" while she was deployed and now thinks there is someone out there who is better for her.

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MCHS' Mason Updike makes most of 1st chance

Moffat County High School sophomore Mason Updike is used to mimicking other team's defenses.

Sports briefs: MCHS cross-country boys claim 3rd, girls 4th

The Moffat County High School boys cross-country team finished third out of 23 teams at the Sept. 18 Liberty Bell Invitational Cross Country Meet in Littleton.

CMS 7th-grade football loses 1st game in years

For the first time in years, the Craig Middle School boys seventh-grade football team lost a game.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: The best 4 years of your life

As a freshman, college seems endless, as if there is no deadline, and because of this an event or a goal is put off because there is four more years to complete.

Maren Schmidt: Holding the paradox

Have you ever taken two magnets and tried to put like poles together?

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Twentymile coal available in Craig

Bower Brothers Construction will distribute coal to individuals

For stockings and stoves, Routt County residents will be turning to Craig this winter after Twentymile Coal Co. contracted out its home coal distribution to Bower Brothers Construction.

Carol Balleck: Thanks to TMH staff

I would like to take a moment to thank some people at The Memorial Hospital.

Monday, September 21

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Saturday fundraiser benefits son of City Market employee

When J.J. Pike's City Market co-workers discovered her son had been diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma, they wanted to do something to help.

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Carolyn Gochee wins 1st race of year at Hayden Speedway season finale

Driving in the last race of the track's season, Carolyn Gochee won her first race of the season, beating out Isadora Hitz and Casey Madsen in the Sport Stock Class.

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Wyman Museum event brings sheep ranching back to life

Several small trailers were parked outside the Wyman Museum last week as a reminder of the life of a sheepherder and the relevance of the sheep industry today.

Andy Bockelman: Virtual reality never looked so horrible

If every time you lost a game of "Pac Man," a real-life yellow circle died elsewhere in the world, would you feel guilty or just keep inserting quarters? Sure, you may have extra lives at your disposal, but the tortured souls of "Gamer" don't have that luxury programmed into their systems.

Annie's Mailbox: Cheating can be a tough lesson to learn

Dear Annie: I am 26 years old, and earlier this year I met the man of my dreams. "Stu" is wonderful and caring. However, I made a big mistake.

Daily horoscope for Sept. 21

Daily horoscope for Sept. 21

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Despite comeback, MCHS varsity volleyball falls, 3-1

After Moffat County took the first game in the team's first home meet of the season, Glenwood claimed the next two, and the Demons jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in the fourth match, and stretched it to an 11-2 advantage.

Aging Well: Taking control of arthritis

Jenny Thomsen held up a large can of anchovies as evidence of a change she's made in response to a big disease. Thomsen suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, a particularly debilitating form of arthritis causing chronic pain and joint damage.

Rosemary Potter: Government involvement won't help

What makes anyone think that the federal government can do anything efficiently and within budget?

Don Roth: Mail solicitations

The politics and efforts by various groups that claim to be making a great effort to inform and help the general public through their mailings is becoming close to a scam. I endeavored at one time to keep track of the massive amount of mailings. It was an average of more than one per day for solicitations.

H. Neal Glanville: A wives tale that has merit

There are several old wives tales that I have seen unraveled before my very eyes. But there is one "tale" I'm absolutely, positively, pretty sure of. You can't rope a pig.

Datebook for Sept. 21

Datebook for Sept. 21

Craig briefs: Relay for Life seeks local volunteers

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers for the 2010 Craig/Moffat County Relay For Life.

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Fall Hoedown at Lodore Hall keeps heritage alive

From 12-year-old Sara Dippel to white-haired and grinning Dottie Petrini-Kossar, the circle of couples crossed generations, their feet shuffling on the hardwood floor of the one community building left in the Browns Park community. The Saturday night dance was a part of the Fall Hoedown, one of several events put on by the Browns Hole Homemakers Club at historic Lodore Hall, about 80 miles northwest of Craig.

Bryce Jacobson: Businesses unveil bold new paint jobs

As you drive west on Victory Way, you may notice on your left as you cross Taylor Street a brightly painted Flower Mine.

Sunday, September 20

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Twentymile coal available in Craig

Residents who want coal for their homes must drive out of Routt

For stockings and stoves, Routt County residents will be turning to Craig this winter after Twentymile Coal Co. contracted out its home coal distribution to Bower Brothers Construction. Owner Bud Bower said the construction company will begin distributing coal to individuals at the Northwest Ready Mix site.

Saturday, September 19

Government update for Sept. 19

• Approved, 3-0, a personnel requisition for a part-time assistant wastewater plant operator in Maybell. It was an existing position.

Police blotter for Sept. 19, 2009

Laverda Lisa Duncan, 31, of Denver, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Horoscope for Sept. 19, 2009

Horoscope for Sept. 19, 2009

Annie's Mailbox: Nephew can't get a job since getting out of jail

Dear Annie: My nephew was involved in a robbery when he was only 19 and paid for it with 10 years of his life.

Baxter Black: Bronc years

Calf ropers are a peculiar group of talented cowboys. I would characterize them as more serious about their work than most.

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Most elementary classes at target size

Literacy a focus in larger-than-normal classes

In the Moffat County School District, 16 out of 54 classes, or about 30 percent, at the four elementary schools are above the target class size. Of those classes, two-thirds are at Sandrock Elementary.

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MCHS' Mason Updike paces team in 45-7 win against Battle Mountain

The Bulldogs overcame injuries to senior fullbacks Pablo Salcido and Jasen Kettle to beat Battle Mountain High School, 45-7, on Friday at Moffat County High School.

Soccer falls to Battle Mountain

On Friday, the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team fell to Battle Mountain High School, 4-1, at Loudy-Simpson Park.

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Be safe in preparing meats

Food safety begins at the grocery store. "Convenient & Healthy: Ground Beef Recipes," a brochure prepared by the Colorado and Iowa Beef Councils, offers tips for buying beef.

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3rd-graders learn life skills at Outdoor Education

Halite was 8-year-old Ashleigh Wheeler's favorite kind of mineral. Former Moffat County School District superintendent Pete Bergmann had encouraged her to taste the clear, white stone to determine what kind of rock it was. If it tasted like salt, it was probably halite.

School district upgrades security measures

The doors of all Moffat County schools now are locked during school hours and are unlocked only by a button inside the secretary's office after a visitor is identified.

Moffat County prepares for major revenue loss in 2011

Looking over a recent audit of Moffat County's finances, County Budget Analyst Tinneal Gerber said she is glad to have sizable reserves.

Datebook for Sept. 19

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free flu shots for veterans are given out at the Craig Telehealth Clinic. Veterans intending to get a flu shot are asked to notify the clinic staff ahead of time by e-mailing april.branstetter@va.gov or gina.andujo@va.gov, or calling the clinic at 824-6721 after 5 p.m. and leaving a message.

Craig briefs: Sheep Wagon Days kicks off today

The Wyman Museum, 94350 U.S. Highway 40, hosts the 11th annual Sheep Wagon Days this weekend.

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Sawer to build soccer field

When it comes to Bill Sawer and soccer fields, it's been a story of almosts. Now 66, Sawer has decided to get his hands dirty.

Francisco Reina: Coach not ready to lead

Dear editor: I have known the team for four years, and I am really proud of the team. But to be honest, I feel the coach is not ready to be the head coach or to compete.

Friday, September 18

MCHS runs record to 3-0

MCHS vying for third straight win to begin the season

The Moffat County High School football team, 2-0 on the season, is back in action tonight against Western Slope League opponent Battle Mountain at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

Steamboat slips in Ski Magazine rankings

Readers put resort at No. 10, a two-slot drop from last year

Steamboat Ski Area slid in at No. 10 in Ski Magazine's poll of best North American ski resorts, a two-spot slip from last year's No. 8. The rankings come from a poll of Ski Magazine readers. The resort ranked No. 1 in family programs.

Craig Briefs: Fashion runways help animal shelters

Maurices, in Centennial Mall at 1111 W. Victory Way, is attempting to help local pets and animal shelters this month.

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Dogfight: Battle Mountain Huskies in town to face Bulldogs

The Moffat County High School boys varsity football team hopes to stretch its winning streak to three games tonight against the Battle Mountain High School Huskies.

Veteran news and notes

I just received new brochures about Agent Orange and Gulf War reviews. If anyone is interested in reading those reviews, come see me at my office.

Giving credit where it's due prayer in ministry

It was early in my time as director for Young Life in Craig that I realized my priorities in the ministry were wrong. My daily to-do list and my time with the youths were at the top of my list.

Janet Sheridan: The wonder of words well chosen

During sharing time, we hitched our chairs forward, drawing closer to the warmth that radiated from Mrs. Thomas. We offered her our feelings and unfledged thoughts, knowing she would handle them as carefully as she did the geraniums growing on the windowsill.

Shannan Koucherik: We like the deer

As the dialogue over the town deer continues, there have been claims made on both sides about the abundance of the deer within the city limits - some say there were never deer here in the early days of the town. Others claim that the deer were here first.

Moffat ACT and PLAN scores below state average

Core students performed better than non-core

2009 Moffat County High School graduates, two-thirds of whom went on to a two- or four-year college, scored an average of 19.5 on the ACT, which was 3 percent below the state average composite score of 20.8.

Datebook for Sept. 18

Datebook for Sept. 18

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Industry, academic, government groups get CO2 sequestration grant

Tri-State Generation & Transmission officials hope a $3.8 million grant award to study carbon sequestration in the mountains south of Craig is one step toward giving the company a lasting future in Northwest Colorado.

Ken Johnson leaves behind years of community service

Detective Ken Johnson left the Craig Police Department on Sept. 8. He spent the past three years working as a detective.

Kathy Bassett: Browns Park and Greystone - Part 2

I was there when Mr. Terry was murdered at the K-T Mine. His partner, Howard Sadler, had come back from town and found him, so he came to our house to call the sheriff's office.

Craig City Council to hear noise ordinance Tuesday

The Craig City Council plans to review a proposed noise ordinance at its meeting Tuesday at City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

Development code meeting Wednesday

Making good on their promise, city of Craig officials plan to host a second meeting to discuss land use codes. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

Daily horoscope for Sept. 18

Daily horoscope for Sept. 18

Annie's Mailbox: Man said his living daughter had died

Dear Annie: I have been living with "Alex" for two years. We have a 9-month-old daughter, "Maggie." I just found out that Alex told his employer that Maggie had died. He received $300, and the company was going to hold a fundraiser to cover funeral expenses. I was furious. I called his boss and let him know that Maggie is alive and well. Alex resigned his position and returned the money.

Andy Bockelman: 'Taking Woodstock' is one groovy trip, man

The '60s music culture was a wonderful time for many Americans, though those who enjoyed the scene the most probably don't remember a thing.

Sports briefs: Moffat boys soccer team to battle Huskies

The Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team will take on the Battle Mountain High School Huskies at 4 p.m. today at Loudy-Simpson Park.

School Board election required by state law

Despite all three seats being uncontested, the Moffat County School Board election is required by state law to take place Nov. 3.

Thursday, September 17

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Drug resistance program includes 5th- and 6th-graders

Two years ago, 12-year-old Logan Roberts had to make a decision. His best friend invited him over to go for a ride on his new snowmobile, something that sounded like a lot of fun.

MCHS JV golf wraps up season, impresses coach

When Moffat County High School junior varsity golf's season ended Wednesday at Cedar Ridge Golf Course in Rangely, coach Joe Padon saw something only he might have noticed.

Rodeo team fights injuries in Gunnison

Coming off a good start Sept. 6 in Cortez, Janice Edwards had high hopes for the Moffat County High School rodeo team when it participated in a rodeo Sept. 12 and 13 in Gunnison.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband not willing to start over with parents

Dear Annie: My husband, "Sam," grew up in a family that was physically abusive. In order to escape, he joined the military after high school. We live far away from his parents, but there are times when he wants to talk and visit with them, often followed by periods of zero contact for months on end because he is hurt again.

Teenage candidate drops out of School Board race

All seats uncontested

After coming forward as a write-in candidate for the Moffat County School Board election, 19-year-old Lisa Richardson has dropped out of the race for the district 6 seat.

Horoscopes for Sept. 17, 2009

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Do for yourself that which is usually done by others, and you'll be amazed at how much personal gratification you can experience. Self-sufficiency has surprising rewards.

Veterans Hotline: New brochures on Gulf War, Agent Orange available

I just received new brochures on Agent Orange review and Gulf War review. Anyone interested, come in to my office.

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Officials prepare for fall flu season

Although there is no indication swine flu will live up to the fears it sparked this spring, local authorities are preparing themselves for the coming flu season with the mindset they won't leave anything to chance.

Cathy Hamilton: Invitation brought back memories

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

Carol Balleck and Linda Lee: Deer always were here

We have been reading all the stories about the deer trouble here in Craig and thought it time to say our two cents worth.

Police Blotter for Sept. 16, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Joshua Roberts: Daily Press launches new pages in print product

Design, content changes begin today

We've all heard or read the stories - the newspaper industry is a relic, a dusty old dinosaur limping toward extinction.

Datebook for Sept. 17, 2009

Today

Craig briefs: Museum, bookstore host book signing

Downtown Books and the Museum of Northwest Colorado are hosting a book signing by Stella Craig from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the museum, 590 Yampa Ave.

Wednesday, September 16

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'Stella Craig at Juniper Hot Springs' featured at book signing

Stella Craig, 93, didn't want to open the box by herself. She wanted her "right arm," Suz Syvertson, by her side when she ripped open the package of fresh, crisp paperback books.

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MCHS loses close game to Steamboat Springs, 2-1

After his team's Tuesday loss at the hands of the Steamboat Springs High School Sailors at Loudy-Simpson Park, coach Rusty Cox had little trouble pointing to the positives.

Horoscopes for Sept. 16, 2009

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - If you're smart, you'll let compassion govern your behavior. When you do things out of the goodness of your heart, even when companions think you're foolish, you'll come out a winner.

Our View: Cooling off the controversy

Religion and politics are two topics best avoided in many situations, and for good reason. Those subjects, more than just about all others, stoke fierce feelings for many people, and debates about the subject quickly can turn uncivil.

Kim McMurtrey: Stinkin' Problem

Let's face it, no one likes opening the Dumpster lid to see a severed deer head staring back with flies swarming all around or finding animal parts in a shopping cart.

Regional unemployment rate increases faster than state's, nation's

Since August 2008, a month before the global recession began last September, unemployment rates in Moffat and Routt counties roughly doubled, increasing faster than state and national averages.

Hayden Town Council, Routt County commissioners to discuss YVRA

Airport plans and possibilities could be at the center of a powwow Thursday between the Routt County Board of Commissioners and the Hayden Town Council.

Steve Foster: Thank you for honor

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Craig Association of Realtors for giving my company and me its Service Member of the Year award for 2009. What an honor.

Datebook for Sept. 16, 2009

Today

Police Blotter for Sept. 14, 2009

Moffat County Jail

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Colts defeat Chargers, 34-6, in Doak Walker action

If the Colts keep playing at the level they were Tuesday, coach Mark Balderston will have even more reasons to smile.

Write-in candidate pulls out of School Board race

A write-in candidate in the only contested seat in the Moffat County School Board election has pulled out of the race, leaving all three seats uncontested.

Craig brief: Phone service at Sandrock to be fixed today

Moffat County School District officials still are working to repair the Sandrock Elementary phone system.

Fantasy Fix: Picking the right fantasy quarterback

When you are debating what quarterback to start and you go against your instincts and common sense, nothing good can happen.

Annie's Mailbox: Afraid husband will be let down by family

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.

Tuesday, September 15

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City Council to look at drafted pot dispensary ordinance

Meeting tonight will start at 5 p.m.; council also will meet with West Acres residents

Steamboat Springs City Council will take its first look today at an ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall, 124 10 St.

Horoscopes for Sept. 15, 2009

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Give your total attention to the task at hand, and do not be distracted by wandering thoughts. If you let your mind roam and focus on nonissues, your plans might have to be scrapped.

OSHA issues fines for April plant incident

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration issued 18 citations this month to four subcontractors hired to work on an environmental upgrade to the Tri-State Generation and Transmission power plant south of Craig.

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Elk Run Inn owners broadcast disapproval of proposed development

Randy and Cindy Looper are upset about recent events in an ongoing development deal they think will hurt their business, and they want to take their message to the people.

Datebook for Sept. 15, 2009

Today

Craig briefs: Phone service at Sandrock temporarily down

The Moffat County School District learned Monday that telephone access to and from Sandrock Elementary School is temporarily unavailable, district superintendent Joseph Petrone said in a news release.

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 15, 2009

I went to my mailbox and what did I see? Two more catalogues waiting for me. I look through them, and me oh my, look at all the neat things there are to buy. Lots of things for my Christmas list, Halloween goodies and birthdays that I missed.

Cris Criswell: In defense of deer

This is for the people who hate the deer so bad. Most of the people in town like the deer. So, maybe we need to vote on the deer before we do anything.

Kris Smith: Deer could hurt children

As the debate about keeping the deer in town continues, has consideration been given to the safety of the children? The deer roam throughout neighborhoods with parks and schools, and they are unable to make distinctions between children and other threats.

Teresa Stoffle: Drivers, please slow down

People really need to slow down in residential areas. On Friday, a vehicle hit our pet cat and left him lying in the street for the children on the bus to see.

Maren Schmidt: Curiosity: The roots of intelligence

Reading an article in the July 2009 issue of Smithsonian called "Birth of a Robot" got me thinking about human intelligence versus artificial intelligence. Nicholas Butko, one of the researchers quoted in the article, said that they wanted to program their robots with curiosity, not knowledge.

Walt Vanatta: Police Beat for August

The Craig Police Department responded to 1,472 requests for service in August. Community service stats for the month were unavailable.

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MCHS freshman football defeats Rifle High School, 50-0

As Ryder Seely rumbled towards Rifle's end zone, he wasn't paying attention to the Bears defenders closing in on him or his blockers mashing their way down the field.

MCHS varsity golf gets 5th in Carbondale

Ken Harjes, Moffat County High School varsity golf coach, knows his team can play. After a Monday trip to River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale, he knows they refuse to go away.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband doesn't trust stepdaughter

Dear Annie: My 24-year-old daughter, "Dawn," still lives at home. The problem is my husband, her stepfather. "Jim" likes to control everything Dawn does. She's in the process of looking for an apartment, and Jim wants to decide where she lives and what she does once she moves out. He doesn't trust anything she does or says because she has lied to us in the past.

Andy Bockelman: 'Extract' is a tasteful, slightly bland portrayal of career world

If you thought your job was terrible, try being the boss. One day in the position of the protagonist of "Extract" and you'll be begging for a demotion.

Monday, September 14

Police Blotter for Sept. 13, 2009

Craig Police Department

TMH employee earns highest sleep technologist credential

Michelle Hampton, with The Memorial Hospital, has earned the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist credential.

Annie's Mailbox: Daughter-in-law steals from us

Dear Annie: My son and daughter-in-law are in their 30s. They have college degrees and good jobs. However, every time they come to visit, I discover things are missing. I'm not imagining it. This happened even when they were dating.

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MCHS boys and girls cross-country teams place 1st

As the new season dawned on the Moffat County High School cross-country team, coach Todd Trapp said he had high expectations for his runners.

Craig briefs: College fair comes to Moffat County High School today

The 2009 Colorado College Day/Night Program will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Moffat County High School. In attendance will be representatives from more than 30 schools from Colorado and the surrounding area. All students are encouraged to attend, and parents also are welcome.

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Event finds a 'forever home' for animals

Pet adoption day helps Craig Animal Shelter place cats and dogs

Craig resident Wanda Brown made her way slowly around the room of cats in the Craig Animal Shelter. Some batted paws at her fingers, some eyed her from the backs of their cages while others, like the Persian cat Zelda, meowed for attention.

Datebook for Sept. 14, 2009

Today

Horoscopes for Sept. 14, 2009

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - It's OK if you are a bit of a dreamer because you will find ways to bring these dreams to reality and achieve what you desire.

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Yahoo Golf Tournament raises more than $15,000 for COMA

With the buzz of an airplane's propeller and the thud of 3,700 golf balls colliding with the greens, the 10th annual Yahoo Golf Tournament was opened.

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Eagle's Wings Christian School starts year

In the classroom at Eagle's Wings Christian School, five desks sit empty, waiting for their students to return after the weekend. Each desk is a different size, as students of all ages gather in this classroom each morning.

Aging Well: Tackling the mountain, feeling better in the process

Willpower, motivation, positive thinking, planning - these challenges can trip up anyone trying to make better health choices. What may be small hurdles for some can turn into seemingly insurmountable mountains for individuals coping with chronic conditions and daily symptoms such as pain, fatigue and depression.

Governor's recovery act team to visit Craig

Officials from Gov. Bill Ritter's economic recovery team plan to host two public meetings on the federal recovery package Sept. 21 in Craig.

Saturday, September 12

Solace, Taylor-Baker and DeuPree: Class reunion a success

To the editor: The 2009 Moffat County High School combined class reunion was successful. Those attending the events enjoyed visiting with classmates from various classes - 1950 through 1957.

Datebook for Sept. 12

9 a.m. The 10th annual Yahoo Golf Tournament takes place at Yampa Valley Golf Course. For more information, call Tom or Helen Knez at 824-4227.

Annie's Mailbox: Please learn about your family's medical history

Dear Annie: A few months ago, my 57-year-old husband developed an odd pain in his right shoulder. After a few weeks of massage therapy, his doctor did an EKG. He immediately was sent to a cardiologist who said he needed a triple bypass.

Andy Bockelman: Blockbusters not only films in summer

Another summer has come and gone with the expected amount of big-budget movies, both spectacular and less so. But among the blockbusters of the past few sunny months, there also were a number of more offbeat films to be found.

Kathy Bassett: Browns Park and Greystone - Part 1

Browns Park might, at first glance, seem ordinary and quiet. But take another look, and she isn't and she never has been. She is full of mystery, hidden treasures, sorrows, happiness, with no in between.

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Bulldogs win sealed with Nathan Tomlin's interception

If last week's Moffat County High School varsity football game against Berthoud was a close game, then its game Friday against Rifle High School was razor thin.

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Moffat County does well with livestock at state fair

The results are in from the Colorado State Fair livestock show, which took place Aug. 28 through Sept. 7 in Pueblo.

Government update for Sept. 12

• Approved, 3-0, allowing the Moffat County Sheriff's Office to spend excess funds to remodel the jail library into a special offenders' cell. The library will be moved.

School district looking at 1st enrollment increase in a decade

A preliminary head count of students in kindergarten through 12th grade indicates the Moffat County School District is looking at a 3-percent enrollment increase this year, the first rise in student population in 10 years.

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Baggs, Wyo., hosts 1st football game in 56 years

Junior center Alaska Burnell soaked up the moment as he and his teammates on the Little Snake River Valley School varsity football team made use of a sliver of shade behind a set of bleachers.

Police blotter for Sept. 12, 2009

Officers responded to a report of theft.

10th annual Yahoo Golf Tournament is today

The 10th annual Yahoo Golf Tournament will get the ball rolling at 9 a.m. today, when hundreds of golf balls are dropped from an airplane onto Yampa Valley Golf Course.

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Colorado College Day will be at MCHS on Monday

Moffat County High School students will have the chance to start exploring options at a college fair from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday in the high school's first- and second-floor commons areas.

Horoscopes for Sept. 12, 2009

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Unless you're mindful of protocol, you're likely to offend an old pal in order to spend time with a new acquaintance. Thoughtlessness will result in hard feelings.

Jim Blevins: We all need health care

To the editor: "Now is the time to deliver on health care." While many Craig residents don't much agree with our president, they really should consider the truth of this assertion.

Our View: Small change on a big scale

With several properties littered with junk and overgrown weeds, it's time for some residents to take stock and clean up their area.

Baxter Black: Not one more acre

How do you put your mind around oppression for the common good and eminent domain? The explanation most times is, "follow the money."

Friday, September 11

MCHS moves to 2-0

MCHS in action versus Rifle

The Moffat County High School Bulldogs are off to winning ways this season.

Janet Sheridan: The changing sound of air

My thoughts buzzed, angry and mutinous. Air blasted in and out my lungs. I plucked at the neck of my T-shirt, to ease the rasping ache of my breath, and struggled on.

Ritter's recovery act team to visit Craig, Steamboat

Officials from Gov. Bill Ritter's economic recovery team plan to host two public meetings on the federal recovery package Sept. 21 in Craig.

Datebook for Sept. 11, 2009

Today

City continues consideration of social hosting ordinance

Craig City Councilor Byron Willems and Matt Beckett, Moffat County Grand Futures Prevention Coalition director, gave a presentation to the council and city staff during a special workshop Tuesday about instituting a social hosting ordinance.

Veterans Hotline: Volunteers needed to drive veterans to Grand Junction

This office would like to recruit some drivers for the veterans van. The job entails picking up veterans on their appointment date, driving to Grand Junction and then returning here.

Woman asks Craig City Council to allow ATVs on city streets

DeLaine Brown was prepared for the Craig City Council meeting Tuesday with a request: She wants residents to be able to use all-terrain and off-highway vehicles on city streets.

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Craig Book Club celebrates 30th anniversary

Carlos Ruiz Zafon's novel "The Angel's Game" focuses on a mysterious and magical place called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

Yahoo Golf Tournament scheduled for Saturday

The 10th annual Yahoo Golf Tournament will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

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Boys varsity golf finishes 3rd

With scores consistently under 250, the Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team has proven it can play on the road.

Fuel gauge report for Sept. 11, 2009

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

Varsity football team takes on Rifle tonight

If last week's scores are any indication, Moffat County High School varsity football's game tonight against Rifle High School shouldn't be a high scoring affair.

Rosemary Potter: Deer weren't here first

This is in response to Monday's letter in Monday's Craig Daily Press in which the writer said that deer were here in town first. They weren't.

Charles M. Gomez: Coverage lacks soccer

I am a concerned grandparent of a soccer player. All of these young men need the support of our community and the local newspaper.

Christina M. Currie: Life's a pain

You don't waste a trip out of town by not doing any shopping - especially if you're a woman who believes your life isn't complete without a closet full of shoes.

Our View: Take time to remember

Today marks the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a day representing one of the darkest and saddest chapters in American history.

Horoscope for Sept. 11, 2009

Horoscope for Sept. 11, 2009

Police Blotter for Sept. 8, 2009

Moffat County Jail

Annie's Mailbox: I don't like my son's new soon-to-be wife

Dear Annie: A year ago, my son ended his marriage to a woman I liked very much. Since then, he has become engaged to "Julia."

Craig briefs: Ritter orders flags to be lowered

To commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy, and in accordance with Congressional Joint Resolution 107-89, Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered all flags be flown at half-staff today until sundown.

Thursday, September 10

Police blotter for Sept. 10

Police blotter for Sept. 10

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Bulldogs golf team impressive in Steamboat

Moffat County High School golf coach Ken Harjes is realistic with his expectations, but he was ecstatic with Wednesday's results. Playing the same course the Bulldogs will see at the Sept. 22 regional tournament, Moffat County finished seventh Wednesday at the Steamboat Sailors Invitational at Haymaker Golf Course.

Craig City Council meets about development codes, residents unhappy with government

Craig City Councilor Gene Bilodeau organized a meeting during the past few weeks after public concern arose regarding a local builder's plan to relocate a development at the old Country Mall site to property and instead build in Moffat County partly because city requirements to build new curbs and sidewalks made it too expensive to build.

Dawn Bolstad: On Obama's speech

Although I am a teacher with the local school district, I speak only for myself in this letter.

Linda Pinnt: Auction invitation

I would like to invite everyone to the auction that the Yampa Valley Piecemakers Quilting Guild is having at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sunset Meadows I.

Cathy Hamilton: Trends make terrible masters

This week, the eagerly anticipated list of the "Top Ten Fall Fashion Trends" was released by Neiman Marcus. Here, in case you missed it, is what the well-dressed fashionista will be wearing this autumn: Red handbags and accessories; leggings (especially in denim with zippers at the ankles); long and chunky cozy knits; motorcycle-inspired jackets; leopard prints; metallic shoes; jackets with "emphasized but refined" shoulders; "statement" jewelry; studs, buckles or zippers on shoes and bags; and "major" (as opposed to "little") black dresses with stand-up collars, cut-out details or big skirts.

Annie's Mailbox: Sister takes care of 29-year-old nephew

Dear Annie: My nephew "Ken" is 29 years old, a high-school graduate and still lives at home with his mother -- along with his pit bull that his mother reluctantly takes care of. Ken periodically works as a carpenter and has racked up a lot of debt. He is also an alcoholic.

Craig briefs: High school musical auditions today

Auditions for the Moffat County High School fall musical, "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," are from 4:30 to 9 p.m. today and Friday in the MCHS auditorium.

Craig City Council approves no-bid contract

Special events permit for Parrotheads also OK'd

The Craig City Council approved a no-bid contract at its Tuesday meeting after city staff said the project needed to be completed before winter.

Daily horoscope for Sept. 10

Daily horoscope for Sept. 10

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President's speech part of curriculum at Moffat schools

Middle and elementary school parents could excuse students from watching speech

President Barack Obama's education-themed speech didn't seem to hit home with many of the students in Joy Tegtman's third-period criminology class at Moffat County High School. After viewing the recorded speech during Wednesday's class, Tegtman asked her students to share their opinions about the speech, which focused on the importance of education.

MCHS rodeo team performs well in 1st rodeo of year

In a rodeo that featured both Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School cowboys and cowgirls, both schools were able to compete.

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Nationally renowned motivational speaker visits Moffat County High School

Tim Piccirillo had all of Moffat County High School laughing as he bounced down the aisle and toward the stage Wedneday in the auditorium. Piccirillo is a motivational speaker who travels the country talking to students and teachers about understanding their potential and setting goals to stay on track in life.

Datebook for Sept. 10

Datebook for Sept. 10

Wednesday, September 9

Higher demand on Moffat County Social Services

Agency has less funding to provide programs

June marked the 10th consecutive month Moffat County Social Services registered an increase in its food stamp caseload. The number of residents who receive food stamps in June crossed the 500-person mark for the first time Social Services Director Marie Peer could remember.

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25 animals available at Craig adoption event Saturday

The Humane Society is hosting an adoption event Saturday for 25 cats and dogs at the Bear Creek Animal Hospital, 2430 E. Victory Way. The Craig Animal Shelter is inside the hospital.

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Counselor begins new role at Hayden High School

There's one thing Nicole Dolence, the new counselor at Hayden High School, said she's not worried about. "In a small high school like this, I won't be mistaken for a student," she said. "But it has happened in bigger schools where I did internships."

Horoscope for Sept. 9

Horoscope for Sept. 9

Annie's Mailbox: Wife lives her life online

Dear Annie: My wife of 15 years is seriously addicted to fantasy role-playing games, often spending 12 hours or more online every day. I really can't begrudge her this form of entertainment. We are both retired, and she should be free to spend her time as she pleases. I manage to keep myself quite busy with a number of activities. The problem is, I see her withdrawing from the real world in which I prefer to live. I favor face-to-face relationships with actual people, whereas she considers her online "guildies" to be her true friends.

Sports briefs: Adult coed volleyball registration deadline Monday

Spring coed volleyball starts Monday, and team captains can register their teams in one of two leagues - competitive or semi-competitive.

Christopher Gingrich: Inside my fantasy football draft

This week I thought it would be a good idea to go over a recent draft I took part in. This is a 12-team league that starts 10 players every week and includes two individual defensive players in that mix.

Our View: Couple's safety, peace of mind important

A married couple in Craig, ages 65 and 70, was resting Aug. 30 at their home on West Sixth Street, when a 31-year-old man is suspected of attacking them in an unprovoked incident. The Editorial Board was disappointed with a judge's decision to set the bond for the man accused of attacking them at $50,000.

Moffat County real estate transactions for August

Moffat County real estate transactions for August

Andy Bockelman: 'District 9' is harsh, realistic sci-fi

So many science fiction and horror films lately do everything they can to avoid having any kind of relevance toward the real world. But, the squalid, sordid landscape of "District 9" and its inhabitants has much more significance than any movie of its kind in recent years.

Linda Watson: Deer help themselves

I read about the deer and the DOW that was in the Saturday Morning Press.

Police blotter for Sept. 9

Police blotter for Sept. 9

Craig briefs: Quilt Guild to host auction

The Yampa Valley Piecemaker Quilt Guild is hosting a public auction at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. The auction is a fundraiser for educational programs.

Assault case continued until Sept. 22

Defense attorney requests lower bond

The case of a Craig man charged with assaulting an elderly couple was continued Tuesday until 2 p.m. Sept. 22 in Moffat County Court. James Lee, 31, is charged with first-degree assault, a Class 2 felony, as well as two counts of second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and second-degree burglary, all Class 3 felonies.

Preschoolers attend 1st day at reconfigured schools

Ten minutes into their school year, new preschool students at East Elementary School had only one thing on their minds: The new playground. Until this year, all preschool classes were at the Moffat County Early Childhood Center. With reconfiguration, preschool rooms were set up at each of the four elementary schools.

Tuesday, September 8

Reported Flat Tops fire likely caused by lightning

Garfield County crews expected to search today for site south of Yamcolo Reservoir

Smoke was reported Monday afternoon near Yamcolo Reservoir in the Routt National Forest, but fire crews have not found its source.

Arraignment today in assault case

Prosecutors file formal charges in attack

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed formal charges last week against a 31-year-old Craig man accused of attacking an elderly couple in their home.

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Despite crash, Steve Bethka able to win at Speedway

For Steve Bethka, Saturday's race at the Hayden Speedway was a little too familiar. Bethka, of Grand Junction, was racing in the Sport Stock class, and after jumping out to an early lead, he ran into some trouble.

Horoscope for Sept. 8, 2009

Horoscope for Sept. 8, 2009

Annie's Mailbox: Older sister splits our family apart

Dear Annie: My older sister, "Daisy," and I always have had a relationship full of conflict. She is hard-headed and stubborn.

Shannan Koucherik: Never taken for granted

To the editor: I read your lead story in Saturday's paper with great interest and happiness. I, too, am a birthmother.

Maren Schmidt: Raise kids who love the Earth

Close your eyes and think back to a happy time and place in your childhood. What do you see? For most of us, these memories involve nature and our families.

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 8, 2009

Every now and then, I look back on the tapestry of my life and see where I need to patch a spot or two. New colors of life are added - some darker and gray, some bright and sunny.

Police blotter for Sept. 8, 2009

Firefighters responded to a wildland fire in the Hamilton area.

Craig briefs: Animal shelter to hold adoptions

The Humane Society of Moffat County will host a pet adoption from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Craig Animal Shelter.

Datebook for Sept. 9

Datebook for Sept. 9

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Doak Walker Football Chargers defense leads team

Team falls to Steelers, 21-0

If Brian Ludgate's Chargers defense keeps performing the way it did Tuesday, the wins will come, he said. The Chargers of the Craig Parks and Recreation Doak Walker Football fifth- and sixth-grade league eventually fell to the Steelers, 21-0, but for three quarters the hits kept coming.

Datebook for Sept. 8

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

Planning and zoning workshop is Wednesday

City to discuss its land-use code at open meeting

The city plans to host a special workshop at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss its planning and zoning regulations and building codes.

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Lila Herod finishes national election education program

Lila Herod, Moffat County chief deputy clerk and recorder since 1999 and an election official since 1990, graduated from the Certified Election Registration and Administration Program in August.

John Fleeker: Suicide is everyone's concern

National Suicide Prevention Week, which highlights efforts to prevent suicide, is this week through Saturday. Throughout the United States, there are communities like ours that help educate the public about how to recognize symptoms of suicidal behavior in our friends, co-workers and family members.

Monday, September 7

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Aging Well: Discuss precious possessions sooner than later

Sometimes it helps to be outspoken when making important decisions. At least, that was the case for Bobbi Beall, who got together with her two sisters and mother to decide how to divide their mother's possessions.

Horoscope for Sept. 7, 2009

Horoscope for Sept. 7, 2009

Annie's Mailbox: Friend with no other friends is too clingy

Dear Annie: I am worried about a boy in my class. It is clear that besides me, "Jonathan" has no real friends.

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MCHS varsity volleyball finishes 3-1 at season-opening tournament

In its first action of the season, the Moffat County High School girls varsity volleyball had a strong showing at the Regis Jesuit Jam volleyball tournament in Lakewood on Friday and Saturday.

Cross-country team impresses coach in early season primer

On Friday at the Arapahoe Warrior Classic in Littleton, the boys team finished seventh out of 31 teams, and the girls team placed sixth among 23.

Ken Rice: Deer were here 1st

To the editor: This is to the people who want to rid Craig of deer: Deer do not know where the city limits are.

David Burns: Open up school records

To the editor: If we as parents, grandparents and concerned citizens of this country really want to put children first, the consideration of a complete, universal access to public school records must be considered.

H. Neal Glanville: Adventures of apple gear

Long, long ago, much longer ago than "long time ago last night," in a land just far enough away from the normal side of anything, lived a sprinkle of red-haired pixies and their evil twins who could make life : well, for now, lets call it playful.

Datebook for Sept. 7

Moffat County Libraries is closed in observance of Labor Day.

Bryce Jacobson: Paying rightful respect

I'd like to use this week's column to divert from the regular business-related topics and discuss an issue equally as important as the positive happenings of our local marketplace.

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City, county pacesetters raise more money for United Way than in 2008

The city of Craig and Moffat County raised about $45,600 in an effort to jump-start the United Way campaign, which begins Sept. 14.

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19-year-old a write-in for School Board election

Lisa Richardson almost missed her chance to have her voice heard on the Moffat County School Board.

Sunday, September 6

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Record turnout at Wild West Air Fest

Visitors take to skies in vintage, new aircraft at 5th annual event

Jen Alexander hit the skies in a J-3 Piper Cub during the fifth annual Wild West Air Fest at Steamboat Springs Airport off Routt County Road 129. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association sold more than 1,600 buttons for entry, the most ever, master of ceremonies Mike Forney said.

Steamboat briefs: CMC offering parent, toddler movement class

Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs is offering a parent and toddler movement class from 10 to 11:55 a.m. Wednesdays. Parents and toddlers as old as 4 are welcome. Six sessions cost $48 and begin Wednesday. Register with CMC at 870-4444, or call Robin at 846-3356 for details.

Saturday, September 5

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Local WWII veterans visit Washington, DC

Carl Medvesk had never been on a plane in his 86 years. He said his recent first-ever flight was mostly smooth, but he felt woozy when he looked out the window as the airplane accelerated toward Washington, D.C.

Our View: Deer and the DOW

A city of Craig committee and officials from the Colorado Division of Wildlife recently conducted an informal meeting to address what some consider a problem population of deer within city limits.

Howard and Sharon Salman: Thanks for aid, support since our attack Sunday

We would like to send out a heartfelt thanks to all of the kind people who have come to our aid since we were brutally attacked Sunday morning at our home.

Ken Rice: Hospital should not be involved in building sale

It seems to me if the county owns the hospital building and it's being negotiated to be sold to the Visiting Nurse Association, then why does the hospital have a say in a building they rent from the county?

Police blotter for Sept. 3

Wallace Brian Moore, 30, a transient, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating bail bonds.

Datebook for Sept. 5

The Moffat County Libraries is closed in observance of Labor Day.

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MCHS varsity football beats Berthoud, 20-14, in overtime

With Moffat County High School varsity football's season opening game on the line, two things were streaming through fullback Pablo Salcido's mind.

Government update for Sept. 5

Last met: Tuesday, Sept. 1

Horoscopes for Sept. 5, 2009

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Don't expect associates to show a spirit of cooperation if you are being uncooperative yourself. You need to set the tone for unity first. You'll get what you give.

Annie's Mailbox: Concerned that home-schooled niece is illiterate

Dear Annie: My 11-year-old niece, "Molly," just spent a week with my kids and me. My sister and brother-in-law home school her. Both of them hold master's degrees, but I was floored by Molly's poor academic skills.

Moffat County shows well at State Fair

Before this year's Moffat County Fair, 4-H Completion Day marked the culmination of work in general 4-H projects.

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CNCC sees rise in enrollment

Community colleges across state see significant increases

Gene Bilodeau, Colorado Northwestern Community College vice-president of administration, recalled a conversation with a new student about the current job market.

Friends of Northwest Colorado: Conservation and the economy - Part 4

This four-part series began with a question: How does Northwest Colorado capitalize on our natural resources to keep our economies diverse and our land, air, water, wildlife and heritage healthy?

Kathy Bassett: Cops and cowboys

I have friends who are cops, and I have friends who are cowboys. Do cowboys have to be cops? Do cops have to be cowboys? Heck no! We need cops, and we need cowboys.

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Craig woman finds birth mother through state records

Rita Updike was lying on the floor of her apartment for more than 45 minutes, shaking and crying, clutching the phone in her hand. At that moment, she was closer to finding her biological mother than at any other time in her 47 years.

MCHS JV football loses to Berthoud squad, 34-6

In the first home football game Friday night, the Moffat County High School boys junior varsity team lost to Berthoud High School's junior varsity team, 34-6.

Friday, September 4

MCHS defeats Berthoud in OT

MCHS in season-opening grid action

MCHS defeats Berthoud, in a back-and-forth contest, 20-14, in overtime.

BLM releases report into Craig firefighter death

Findings indicate safety protocols were followed

The Bureau of Land Management released findings of a report Friday afternoon into the June 26 death of BLM firefighter Brett Stearns in Moffat County.

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War bomber lands for Air Fest

WWII-era Pacific Prowler still flying after more than 60 years

The pilots of the Pacific Prowler, a plane built during WWII that never saw combat, love hearing veterans' stories. That's the best part of flying the B-25 Mitchell Bomber across the country, Steve Swift and Pat Mahaffey said. The plane will be at Steamboat Springs Airport this weekend for the fifth annual Wild West Air Fest.

Sports briefs: Yahoo Golf Tournament Sept. 12

The 10th annual Yahoo Golf Tournament will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 12 at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Sean Michael Davis: The golden dawn

The hour was late and darkness had long since lain hold upon the world.

Museum, Mustang Club partners in monument

The High Plains Mustang Club has decided to relocate its Colorado Wild Horse Monument Park and Interpretive Center to the Wyman Museum, 94350 U.S. Highway 40.

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Christina Currie: NFL blues

To some, it's a shift in the air that blows dryly through the trees, smelling of melancholy.

Police blotter for Sept. 2

Billy Lyle Richards, 45, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under restraint.

Craig briefs: Author plans museum appearance

Downtown Books and The Museum of Northwest Colorado are partnering to offer a book signing in coming weeks by a local author.

Datebook for Sept. 4

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

Police chief drafts noise ordinance

City officials want more control of permits

As it stands, the city has little control over whether to issue noise permits for loud events, Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said.

Jail officials prepare for library remodel

Project would provide space for special offenders

After more thought, the Moffat County Sheriff's Office decided it wants to go ahead with remodeling the jail library and making it a separate holding cell for special offenders.

Xcel rail spur work to affect C.R. 27, US 40

Lane closures, speed changes expected during project

Construction of a rail spur for Hayden Station could affect traffic on Routt County Road 27 and U.S. Highway 40 this fall.

19-year-old puts name in as write-in candidate for School Board

The Moffat County School Board was prepared to cancel its November election for three open, uncontested seats, until 19-year-old Lisa Richardson put her name forward as a write-in candidate.

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Bulldogs host Spartans in 1st football game of season

Kip Hafey knows how explosive the Berthoud High School Spartans can be. Last year, in the opening game of the season, Berthoud jumped to an early lead in the first quarter, scoring on three of its first four plays.

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Moffat County History: Historical movers and shakers

Earthquakes in Colorado are few and far between, despite the many dormant volcanoes that dot the northwestern region of the state. Unlike Californians, who treat "minor" earthquakes with indifference, Coloradans take note of the smallest shakings and talk about them for weeks or months afterward.

Annie's Mailbox: Another woman worries me

Dear Annie: I met "John" six months ago and truly love him. I moved four hours away from my friends, family and kids to be with him. He says he loves me and appreciates that I gave up a lot for him.

Horoscope for Sept. 4

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Fail to think for yourself, and you will find someone waiting and willing to make decisions that are not apt to be to your liking or to your advantage. Be your own person.

Thursday, September 3

3 suspects formally charged in drug case

All three suspects in an alleged cocaine and methamphetamine distribution ring remain in custody on a $20,000 bond and a hold for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Cathy Hamilton: High rollers few and far between

Last weekend, I traveled alone to Davenport, Iowa, to attend a gathering of BoomerGirls at the Quad-Cities Convention Center. I stayed at the Isle of Capri Hotel, which is adjacent to the convention center and, as it turns out, the Isle of Capri Casino.

Efforts to recognize Medal of Honor recipient still under way

The wheels still are turning, however slowly, in the process to erect a memorial for local war veterans and Medal of Honor Recipient Maj. William E. Adams.

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Andy Bockelman: Tarantino's new film is gloriously sadistic cinema

When a film begins with the introductory disclaimer "Once upon a time in Nazi-occupied France :" there should be no doubt you're in for a gamble of a movie experience.

Horoscope for Sept. 3

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Three friends might introduce new elements into a shaky social situation. With their intercession, things will turn around in ways that will please you.

Annie's Mailbox: Our son is in a custody battle

Dear Annie: Our oldest son married a beautiful woman from another culture, who then became pregnant with our only grandson, "Seth." We were warned that "Zelda" was a gold digger who would leave our son after having the baby and live on the child support. Apparently Zelda's older sister had done this a few years earlier.

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49ers top Broncos in 2nd week

3rd-, 4th-grade teams swap hard hits in Doak Walker Football

In a closely matched battle between two teams, the 49ers managed to edge the Broncos, 19-7, in the second week of third- and fourth-grade Doak Walker Football.

MCHS boys varsity golf finishes 10th among tough competition

For the second time in one week, Moffat County High School boys varsity golf found themselves in unfamiliar territory.

Jayne Morley: Why low bail?

This letter is for Judge Sandra Gardner, regarding the violent physical assault on my neighbors.

Craig briefs: SHARE Craig releases dates

Registration for the SHARE Craig food program is scheduled to take place Tuesday and Wednesday.

Police blotter for Sept. 1

Jeromy Luis Vigil, 29, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of domestic violence, child abuse and third-degree assault.

Datebook for Sept. 3

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 proposes idea for VNA acquisition

VNA waiting for federal funding to purchase hospital campus

George Rohrich, The Memorial Hospital chief executive officer, proposed the idea to sell the TMH campus in its entirety to the VNA for $1 million at a hospital board meeting Aug. 26.

Sales taxes slump, darken economic outlook

The city and county are below budget on sales tax revenue through the first six months of 2009. Sales taxes are a direct indicator of commercial sales in the area. The fact tax revenue is dipping shows consumers are spending less, which could portend a slowing economy.

Wednesday, September 2

Taste of Home Cooking School to feature fall comfort foods

Cooking enthusiasts, food experts and the culinary-challenged no longer have to stay chained to their couches to watch a cooking show.

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No-knock ACET raid catches 3 with meth and coke

A raid of a south Steamboat Springs home Monday night turned up about a pound of methamphetamine and about half a pound of cocaine, and ended with three men arrested. Law enforcement officers estimate the seized drugs are worth about $81,000 in street value.

Veterans Hotline: VA expands suicide outreach services

The Suicide Prevention campaign of the Veterans Affairs is expanding its outreach program by piloting an online, one-to-one "chat service" for veterans who prefer reaching out for assistance using the Internet.

Annie's Mailbox: My boyfriend sabotages every job he has

Dear Annie: I've been seeing "Dave" for four years. Even in the midst of this recession, he has no trouble finding good jobs. The problem is, he gets depressed, drinks too much and gets fired, or decides the job is not for him and quits. He spends all his money, often losing his apartment. Then he ends up on my doorstep.

Horoscope for Sept. 2

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Methods or procedures that haven't proven to be effective might finally begin to take hold and produce more than you thought. It'll be a long-awaited turning point.

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Ravens stop Chargers, 30-12, in Doak Walker Football

As their team was walking off the field Tuesday at Woodbury Sports Complex, Ravens coaches Nate Hitz and Phil Hoth struggled to come to an accord.

Sports briefs: MCHS officials warn against fraud

Moffat County High School officials said that a company called Kelly Publishing has been soliciting local businesses for sports calendar advertisements and claiming it is working on the school's behalf.

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Christopher Gingrich: Football countdown: 1 week to go

There isn't much more advice I can give to fantasy baseball players now that the playoffs are less than a week away.

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Andy Bockelman: Don't make time for 'The Time Traveler's Wife'

If you could do anything over again, would you? Spend more time with family members, work harder on your career, not waste your money on "The Time Traveler's Wife?"

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Diane Prather: Surprise ending in 'Bea Rocks the Flock'

This week's column features two more picture books for kids.

Salazar to host health care teleconference Thursday

U.S. Congressman John Salazar plans to host a teleconference with Western Slope residents at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, an event intended to mirror town hall meetings taking place across the country.

Our View: Justice served

A week ago, a jury returned a guilty verdict against Craig man Terry Hankins, bringing an end to a sad and unfortunate murder case in Moffat County District Court.

Rita and Tom Arellano: Thanks to Petrone

We would like to publicly thank the new superintendent of schools, Dr. Joe Petrone, for listening to our concerns about the local school programs. We would encourage anyone with any concerns about our schools to contact him, as we found him to be very receptive in helping support our children's best interests.

Police blotter for Aug. 31

Deputies responded to three requests to assist another agency.

Moffat County Tourism Association agenda for Sept. 2

Moffat County Tourism Association meeting 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today

Craig briefs: Chamber seeking board members

If you're a Craig Chamber of Commerce board member in good standing and would be interested in serving on the Chamber's board, call Lisa Balstad at 824-7000 or Christina Currie at 824-5689.

Datebook for Sep. 2

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older. Options include art, writing, and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week's lunchtime presentation. Register for activities before Wednesday. This event is held at the American Legion Post, 1055 Moffat County Road 7, formerly the Shadow Mountain Club House. Call 871-7676 to register.

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Students begin school year

Amelia Seim, 5, was comfortably settled into her new kindergarten classroom at Sunset Elementary School. As she sounded out words in a book, she looked to her father, Hunter, with pride.

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Agencies extinguish grass fire, car fire along Colorado Highway 13

Tuesday might be just the beginning, said Dennis Jones, battalion chief for Craig Fire/Rescue.

Al White: State budget a 'tragedy'

Senator visits with local officials on state's funding woes

Colorado Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, said the best way to describe the state budget's freefall is to compare it to a Shakespearean tragedy in three acts.

Tuesday, September 1

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Andy Bockelman: 'The Goods' comes fully loaded with comedy

If there's one thing Don "The Goods" Ready (Jeremy Piven) knows, it's how to move cars.

MCHS golf teams run into tough courses

Coming off a string of scores of 250 or less, the Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team began looking like a pleasant surprise. Until it ran into Deer Creek Golf Course in Cedaredge.

MCHS freshman football downs Union High School

If the early season scrimmage against Union High School's freshman football team is any indication, Matt Ray's offense will be unstoppable. Almost.

Craig briefs: Book Club to celebrate 30th anniversary

The Craig Book Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10 to hear a member's book review and to commemorate its 30-year anniversary.

Police blotter for Sept. 1, 2009

Frank Nicholas Baronne, 49, of Henderson, La., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of speeding.

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 1, 2009

Children are loaded down with school supplies, as well as instructions, bus drivers and teachers, etc.

Maren Schmidt: Slaying green, scary monsters

Green. Everything today is green. Cars are green. Food is green. Sports equipment is green. Kermit the Frog should be happy because he crooned that "it's not easy being green."

Datebook for Sept. 1

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

DOW, deer committee look at deer options

The Colorado Division of Wildlife and Craig deer committee left an informal meeting Friday with plans for progress.

Arrest made in assault of elderly couple

James Lee, 31, in custody at Moffat County Jail

Craig Police Department officers arrested a local man at about 2 a.m. Sunday after he reportedly assaulted an elderly couple at their home in the 400 block of West Sixth Street.

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Parents, teachers, students brave 1st-day jitters

Looking around Shawn Cookston's second-grade class at Sandrock Elementary School, there are subtle indications that it's the first day of school.

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Black bears edge closer to Steamboat for berries

More encounters reported as animals look to town and people for food

Ripe serviceberries and chokecherries around Steamboat Springs are drawing black bears in from the wilderness, keeping Division of Wildlife officers and homeowners busy this summer deterring, and sometimes killing, nuisance bears.

Annie's Mailbox: Surgery a possibility

Dear Annie: "Desperate in Pennsylvania" asked about a click in her throat. She may want to get a CT scan to rule out Eagle's syndrome.

Horoscope for Sept. 1, 2009

Horoscope for Sept. 1, 2009