Stories for April 2010


Friday, April 30

MCHS taps new basketball coach

David Bradshaw to take over as boys head coach

Moffat County High School named David Bradshaw, a coach who has experience leading basketball teams in the Yampa Valley, as its new boys varsity basketball coach Friday afternoon.

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Oak Creek's Mike Kien steps forward as candidate for state House

Libertarian opposing Randy Baumgardner for District 57 seat

Northwest Colorado voters will have a decision to make on who will represent them in the Colorado House of Representatives. Mike Kien, a Libertarian, filed candidate papers March 29 for the House District 57 seat held by incumbent Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, who is running for re-election.

On the Record for April 30, 2010

On the Record for April 30, 2010

2010 Best of Moffat County winners

2010 Best of Moffat County winners

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At your service

Local women honored in food and beverage industry

Mike Mayer sidled up to the bar in Mathers’ Lounge & Café on Wednesday evening and slid an empty glass across to Erin Mathers-Call. With a smile and a blink of her wide gray eyes, Mathers-Call grabbed the glass of clinking ice and remnants of brown liquor. “You want another one, honey?” she asked.

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Moffat County’s ‘Atticus Finch’

Local attorney Sherman Romney never envisioned himself before the U.S. Supreme Court, hammering away at the justices with the finer points of law. And although he dabbled in it for a time, he never really took to criminal defense work, either.

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Jantz and Hume recognized for outstanding community service.

As with any two people, there are certainly surface-level differences between Tim Jantz and K.C. Hume, two of Moffat County’s most popular public servants.

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Megan Cook named best masseuse in Moffat County

Masseuse Megan Cook doesn’t have magic fingers. What she does have is the title of top masseuse in Moffat County. Cook, 22, was voted the top masseuse in the Craig Daily Press’ 2010 Best of Moffat County contest.

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Carwile voted top town councilor

Terry Carwile can’t help getting interrupted. Residents randomly drop by his table Thursday at J.W. Snack’s, chatting with him while he eats a pork sandwich and sips a cold iced tea. But, it’s not a problem for the Craig resident and city council member. He talks with every resident who comes his way.

Craig Briefs: Salad luncheon set for today in Craig

A salad luncheon is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 630 Green St.

Local fuel gauge for April 30

Local fuel gauge

Datebook for April 30

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

Janet Sheridan: Wrestle mania

Recently, a friend of mine complained about the TV-viewing habits of her pre-teen daughter: “I can’t believe what she watches. Her favorite shows are mindless, but she hangs on every word.”

Barron: Allergies are disruptive

With the arrival of spring, seasonal allergies can wreak havoc on our lives. People with asthma may have a particularly difficult time during this season.

Horoscope for April 30

Some exciting times could be in the offing in the year ahead, where your social life is concerned. There’s a good chance you will make several dynamic new friends who will introduce you to all kinds of innovative, fun things.

Health & Fitness named top health club

Although Holistic Health & Fitness was named the best health club in the Craig Daily Press’ 2010 Best of Moffat County contest, co-owner Karrie Booth said there is always room for improvement.

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport bids are next for takeoff

YVRA hopes to add baggage carousel, modern restaurant

Officials at Yampa Valley Regional Airport are ready to seek construction bids for a two-year project that would add a baggage carousel and a restaurant to the terminal for 2011-12 season. “The bids are scheduled to be opened around the end of May, depending on the actual release date, and construction is to begin in early July,” Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said.

Kinkaid: Energy crisis looming

In the midst of serious world-wide economic instability and a depression/deep recession here in the United States, we are faced with a “War on Prosperity” from President Barack Obama, his administration, most congressional Democrats and far too many congressional Republicans.

Yampa River voted best for fishing

There are several options for casting a line in Northwest Colorado.

Pat Jones: A lesson about transforming love

I learned a lesson about transforming love this week.

Annie's Mailbox: What do you do if you see a parent cheat?

Dear Annie: Three years ago, our 7-year-old granddaughter saw her mother kissing another man and told her father (our son).

Thursday, April 29

Steamboat briefs: Man injured in mine accident at Twentymile

A man’s arm was injured while he was working on a belt crew at Twentymile Mine this week, Peabody Energy spokeswoman Meg Gallagher said Thursday. The man was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center, and the incident is under review, as is common in accidents, Gallagher said.

On the Record for April 29, 2010

On the Record for April 29, 2010

Craig residents testify at Capitol to limit Hatch Act's reach

Sitting and waiting for more than three hours at the state capitol, and listening to heated committee debates between Colorado lawmakers, Craig resident Lila Herod was admittedly nervous.

Energy summit looks to fuel thought

4th annual energy event scheduled for May 12 to 14 in Craig

Kate Nowak, Yampa Valley Partners executive director, said the upcoming Fueling Thought Energy Summit will provide visitors with a local, national and global perspective on energy development. The fourth annual Fueling Thought Energy Summit, hosted by Yampa Valley Partners, is scheduled for May 12 to 14.

TMH accepts 2009 audit

It was no ordinary year for The Memorial Hospital in 2009, and Certified Public Accountant Mike Rowe, of Stockman Kast Ryan, didn’t expect an ordinary financial audit.

Billie Chase: Appreciate hard work

My family and I would really like to thank Andy and Jolene Keith, Toni, Buffi and Tammi Birch and her 4-H group (the Colts and Fillies) and the entire Murdoch’s staff for the great time Saturday. This 4-H group did a great job of serving up the cheeseburgers and keeping the long lines going.

Craig Briefs: Chamber raffle deadline today

Today is the last day to enter the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s Big Game Raffle.

Annie's Mailbox: How should I handle a relative who is acting childish?

Dear Annie: My wife’s 84-year-old mother lives with us. My wife’s cousin, “Erma,” lives two hours away and occasionally sends letters and newspaper clippings to Mom to keep her updated on happenings in the old hometown.

Cathy Hamilton: Woe unto those who remodel

Now that I’ve written about my kitchen remodel, people are coming out of the woodwork to wish me well, offer advice or, mostly, scare the bejeezus out of me with horrifying cautionary tales.

Datebook for April 29

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

Horoscope for April 29

Past experiences have done their job of getting you ready to finally make an important change in direction in the year ahead. What you do will propel you forward and put you on a path that could lead to huge accomplishments.

Wednesday, April 28

Michelle Balleck: Take your pick of fun this weekend

Doesn’t it feel like feast or famine around here? Either we sit around and twiddle our thumbs or we’re so booked we can’t possibly make it to everything planned. Well this weekend, it’s the latter, so read on to find out more about what’s going on so you can pick and choose.

New Moffat County girls basketball coach named

Matt Ray to take over reigns of high school varsity team

After being without a coach for the first time in 15 years, finding a new coach took just one week for the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team.

Clint Wells invite pushed to Monday

The Clint Wells track and field invitational has been moved from Friday to Monday, because of a fast-approaching storm front.

On the Record for April 28, 2010

On the Record for April 28, 2010

Today's MCHS baseball games rescheduled

oday’s Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball games against Delta High School have been rescheduled. The two teams were originally slated to play at noon and 2 p.m., but due to ACT testing, the games have been moved to noon and 2 p.m. Thursday in Delta.

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Armstrong partners with Steamboat's Honey Stinger

Seven-time Tour de France winner joins ownership team

The seven-time Tour de France winner will become part of the ownership team at the energy food company. He'll also lend his image to the company's marketing campaigns, and Honey Stinger products will be available at Armstrong's events.

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Reaching their potential

Casino Night to raise funds for Horizons Specialized Services

Jeremy Gohr and Jason Latham are learning to cook together. The two men already share their favorite TV shows, video games and a two-bedroom apartment in Craig. They share a love for competing in the Special Olympics, and display countless medals won in competition in their bedrooms.

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Cinco de Mayo celebration set for Saturday at Centennial Mall

Craig resident Erika Valenzuela has lived in America for more than 20 years, but her memory of May 5 stretches back to her childhood in Mexico.

Officials discuss projects at airport

Craig City Council member Ray Beck said airports are “vital pieces of infrastructure,” and improving them is important to communities.

Annie's Mailbox: Should he know about lying wife?

ear Annie: My husband’s older brother was married last year and we have since discovered that his wife is a compulsive liar.

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Steamboat girls soccer defeats Moffat County

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team shook off more rust and a tough outing after the first day back from spring break, downing rival Moffat County, 4-0, on Tuesday in Craig. Steamboat, which fell to Cheyenne Central on Monday, was never really challenged Tuesday.

Datebook for April 28

8 a.m. to noon. All Moffat County High School juniors take the state ACT test at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

The Memorial Hospital board meeting agenda for April 28

7 p.m. Wednesday, conference rooms A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop

Commission approves energy audit

Moffat County could be going green and saving some green in the process.

Editorial: Tax as a catalyst

It seems many agree that a proposed 6.9-percent lodging tax is a worthy question and one best left to voters to decide on in November.

Horoscope for April 28

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Even if something you’re presently negotiating looks like it is close to reaching a final agreement, don’t sign the deal until all the facts have been verified and things are actually a fait accompli.

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Scott Costello homers on birthday to lead MCHS baseball over Steamboat, 9-3

Last summer, Scott Costello couldn’t believe he had hit his first career home run until it left the yard. On Tuesday, it was déjà vu all over again for the Moffat County High School senior. Costello, who celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, brought his own fireworks in the way of a two-run home run in the fourth inning to pace MCHS in its 9-3 win Tuesday over Steamboat Springs High School at Craig Middle School.

Craig Briefs: Juniors scheduled for testing today

All Moffat County High School juniors will be taking the state ACT test from 8 a.m. to noon today at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

Tuesday, April 27

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Commission to honor longtime area physician

County officials to recognize Dr. Thomas Told for 34 years of service

The Moffat County Commission is scheduled to honor a longtime area physician next week.

Mental Health Month activities planned

Colorado West Regional Mental Health Center acknowledges May as Mental Health Month, which has been officially recognized since 1949. CWRMH puts forth the message to area communities that treating the body without treating the mind is not treating the person.

Volleyball coach resigns

Brianna Montgomery-Braun resigns as MCHS head coach

Brianna Montgomery-Braun, Moffat County High School girls varsity volleyball coach, resigned from her post on Tuesday.

On the Record for April 27, 2010

On the Record for April 27, 2010

Herod and Hume testifying at state capital

Lila Herod and K.C. Hume, two residents recently affected by the Hatch Act, will be testifying today before the Colorado House committee on state, veterans and military affairs. They will be sharing their recent experiences regarding the Hatch Act and voicing their opinions on a proposed House joint resolution aimed at limiting the Hatch Act’s scope.

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MCHS girls golf finishes third at home

For junior golfer Nike Cleverly, Sunday and Monday couldn’t have been more different.

Barnes continues campaign

Tami Barnes, a candidate for the District 2 Moffat County Commission seat, is organizing a candidate forum next month in Dinosaur and invited all Moffat County candidates to attend.

Craig Farmers Market to open for season June 17

This year’s Farmers Market will begin June 17 at Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig.

Bringing healthy back

Health fair offers preventive health care at reduced rates

Michelle Moore, 9News Health Fair lab supervisor, said attending a health fair this weekend in Craig is a wise way for residents to use their time.

Craig Briefs: Juniors scheduled for Wednesday test

All Moffat County High School juniors will be taking the state ACT test from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. There is no fee for taking the test.

Datebook for April 27

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

\David Morris: Pick up your garbage

Did you enjoy your Sunday afternoon?

Senior spotlight for April 27

One thing I realized a while back — every day brings another chance to correct yesterday’s mistakes and to fulfill our dreams.

Lawrence Sober: Education cuts should start with things we don't need

We are now hearing more and more about how we as a nation are falling behind in education.

Sports briefs: Baseball, soccer teams to face Steamboat

The Moffat County High School varsity baseball and girls varsity soccer teams will play rival Steamboat Springs High School today.

Maren Schmidt: Understanding learning

In our model of exponential education, our methods of teaching and learning will be scientific in approach and execution.

Annie's Mailbox: Should I risk losing him if I need space?

Dear Annie: I am 18 years old and have been in a relationship with “Justin” since I was 15.

Horoscope for April 27

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Taking on several goals of equal significance won’t faze you one bit today. Your good attitude helps you keep everything in perspective, allowing you to function well at what you’re doing at the moment.

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Hayden High School students get free laptops

Hayden High School senior Ryan Mahaffie wants to design video games after he graduates from college. He’ll attend Rocky Moun­tain College of Art & Design in Denver. To get a jump-start on accomplishing his goal, Mahaffie’s high school rece­ntly gave him a valuable tool: a free laptop. Four other seniors were given laptops, as well, as part of a program the high school created this year.

Monday, April 26

David Pressgrove: World-wide significance

As I stood at the base of Taipei 101, the world’s second tallest building, I fought a feeling of insignificance.

Post Office preparing for food drive

Letter carriers to accept donations May 8

The Craig Post Office is asking postal customers to “help the hungry” by donating to the annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive across America on May 8, according to a news release.

On the record for April 27

Deputies responded to five civil problems.

Editorial: Shaping our future

It’s no secret that we’re living in a tough economy today, and one made potentially tougher on our small, energy-dependent community by the recent passage of Colorado House Bill 10-1365, fraudulently known as the Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act.

National magazine lauds local contractor

Dave DeRose, president of Masterworks Mechanical, was recently recognized in a nationally distributed trade magazine, published by the National Comfort Institute, as member of the month.

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My Life My Words: Bridget Harrington

“I started working here because I wanted to get more hours and I enjoy the people.

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MCHS girls varsity soccer continues strong 2nd-half play

If the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team is close by halftime, coach Harry Tripp likes his team’s chances.

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Familiar school, new job

Sarah Hepworth to take over as East Elementary principal in August

he last time Sarah Hepworth walked the halls of East Elementary School as an employee was 12 years ago.

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Coffee party may be winding down

The Craig chapter of the coffee party political movement has lost some momentum.

Datebook for April 26

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide presents the two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St. The workshop is offered free of charge. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. Call Ronna Autrey at 875-2941 or 846-8182.

Annie's Mailbox: Is daughter’s behavior normal?

Dear Annie: Is it unusual for a 25-year-old to not know her sexual orientation?

On the record for April 26, 2010

An ambulance crew waited on standby for the fire department.

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Aging well: Wellness Day helping to ease the aches of aging

A few years ago, a group of independent-minded older adults in South Routt County started their own little exercise class at the Community Center in Oak Creek.

Sports Spotlight: Kyleen Ellgen

Year: Freshman, Moffat County High School

Horoscope for April 26

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You will feel pressure from others if you are too rigid and stubborn about having your way. No matter how right you think you are, be willing to bend a bit.

Glanville: Hospital marketing, why not?

Marketing a hospital — I had never thought about such stuff until I read a recent article about a retiring TMH board member who mentioned it as part of his job description.

Saturday, April 24

Budget concerns could affect sports

District looks to cut officials to save money

Students at Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School may see changes in their sports, clubs and activities during the next school year. During Thursday’s work session of the Moffat County School Board, members of the district’s Activities Council presented the committee’s recommendations for budget adjustments.

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Craig resident focusing on making sheep industry documentary

Chicovsky, 31, moved to Craig in October 2009 to do what he believes may amount to his life’s work — make a documentary. “The Sheep People,” the working title of Chicovsky’s film, combines his passion of meeting and interacting with people, along with photography and his heritage. “I want to memorialize a tradition that I find to be just gorgeous,” he said.

Annie's Mailbox: My sister asked for gifts returned

Dear Annie: My mother recently decided to sell her house and move into a senior living complex. As a result, she needed to downsize.

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Communities at Work: Bringing food to the table

This edition of Commun­ities at Work gives a glimpse into the daily work routine of some community members who help bring food to your table.

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Activities secretary Nikki McLeslie helps the athletic department run smoothly

To Richard Wildenhaus, Moffat County High School athletic director, activities secretary Nikki McLeslie is more than a smiling face.

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Sports Spotlight: Andy Browning

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT Name: Andy Browning Year: Sophomore, Moffat County High School Sport: Track and field, triple jump; basketball

Moffat County track battles tough weather

Moffat County High School’s Jimmy Howe only needed several words to describe Friday’s track meet at MCHS.

April 24 Government update

• Approved, 7-0, a proclamation designating April as the Month of the Young Child. • Approved, 7-0, to renew the hotel and restaurant liquor license for Carelli’s Inc., 465 Yampa Ave

Datebook for April 24

Today Noon to 1 p.m. Open lap swimming takes place at the Moffat County High School swimming pool, 900 Finley Lane. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students. Punch and season passes are available. Call 826-6557.

Horoscope for April 24

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Getting involved in some kind of recreational outlet would do you a world of good today. Find a bit of time to devote to a pleasurable pursuit.

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CNCC spring break trip takes 44 students overseas to Ireland

Mae McCollum is 82. She lives alone in her Craig apartment. Her husband died years ago and her son has since moved away. But on March 12, she took off in a cross-Atlantic jet with 43 others on a journey of learning, laughter and historic discoveries on the island of Ireland.

Diane Prather: ‘Shepherd’s Pie’ good for leftovers

This week, while stuffing bags of Ag-Day materials for fourth-grade teachers, I browsed through a new booklet provided by the Colorado Beef Council.

Kathy Bassett: Animal kingdom offers life lessons

What can be cuter than a little baby something? Funny how sometimes ugly babies grow up to be beautiful and sometimes beautiful babies grow up to be ugly, if not in looks, then in personalities. Same as people.

Craig briefs: American Legion hosting bingo today

American Legion Post 62 bingo is scheduled for today at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way, in Craig. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games begin at 6:15 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Friday, April 23

Helping the next generation

MCHS varsity football players to work Big Blue camp

If future Moffat County High School football teams want to be successful, it starts now, junior Brady Conner said.

‘Democratic right’

2 Craig residents headed to testify for Hatch Act resolution

Lila Herod and K.C. Hume, two residents recently affected by the Hatch Act, are headed to the state Capitol to voice their opinions about a federal law they contend is out of date.

Proposed lodging tax now set at 6.9 percent

Craig’s lodging tax ballot question is taking form.

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Sen. White: Energy bill could cost up to 200 coal jobs in Routt

Senator says law intended to cut emissions could affect Twentymile

State Sen. Al White said this week that a new law intended to reduce emissions and convert some Front Range coal plants to natural gas could result in as many as 200 lost jobs at Routt County’s Twentymile coal mine. Gov. Bill Ritter signed the Colorado Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act into law Monday.

Datebook for April 23

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.

Sports briefs: Baseball game rained out

Thursday’s Moffat County High School varsity baseball doubleheader against Delta was canceled because of rain.

Craig Briefs: Open Mic Night set for today in Craig

Those interested in performing poetry, readings, music or comedy have an opportunity today.

Annie's Mailbox: Can I help him quit drinking?

Dear Annie: “Rick,” my best friend and significant other, likes his beer.

Local fuel gauge for April 23

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

Andy Bockelman: ‘Kick-Ass’ a super-irreverent, funny flick

Ever wonder why most superhero films feature squeaky-clean protagonists and hold back on the brutality and crudeness? It could be that they were saving all the carnage and coarse language for a single movie in which these traits spill out into the title: “Kick-Ass.”

Bob Woods: Who's the greatest?

Again today, I will be telling you what I believe about Jesus and religion.

Horoscope for April 23

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Both friend and foe might observe the way you react to developments today, and if you’re not careful the wrong type could use this against you. How you behave will become very important.

A ‘community perspective’

Human services partnership looking for public input on old hospital building

Nearly six months after The Memorial Hospital moved out of its old facility at 745 Russell St., the future of the old building remains under discussion.

Janet Sheridan: On being speechless

From inside a restaurant, I saw two teenagers stroll a Steamboat sidewalk.

Thursday, April 22

MCHS prom slated for Saturday

The Moffat County High School Junior/Senior Prom is scheduled for Saturday night in the school gym and commons area.

On the record for April 23, 2010

Deputies responded to three civil problems.

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MCHS hoops coach announces retirement

MCHS coaching mainstay Craig Mortensen calls it a career

Craig Mortensen’s résumé at Moffat County High School spans almost four decades, two programs and more than 500 wins, a more than successful career by any barometer.

EDP discusses future project with city, county

Officials: Education of building processes important to economic growth

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership met Tuesday with members of the Craig City Council and Moffat County commissioner Audrey Danner to hear feedback, clear misconceptions and find a direction for EDP’s upcoming BUILD project.

Soccer blasts Rifle

With the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer game scoreless at halftime in Rifle, head coach Harry Tripp let his team know about his displeasure.

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Sullivan resigns from hospital board

For more than seven years, Craig resident Melton Sullivan has spent countless hours at The Memorial Hospital board meetings.

Livin' it up: Get some education, music this weekend

I’ll be out of town visiting family this weekend, but for those of you sticking around, there are a few things to keep you occupied.

Craig Briefs: Play set to run for 2 nights at church

The Northwest Colorado Homeschool Association’s speech and drama club, “Heavenly Hollywood,” is scheduled to present a theatre production, “The Fairest Flower of the South,” today and Friday.

Datebook for April 22

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.

Horoscope for April 22

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Try to seek refuge from the demands of the outside world. If this means retreating into your own world and avoiding others, so be it. You can do so without being rude or unfriendly.

Cathy Hamilton: I still get the discount, right?

“We’re having a fashion show, and we’d like you to participate,” the organizer said over the phone.

MCTA agenda for April 23

Moffat County Tourism Association board workshop

Annie's Mailbox: How can I push idle husband?

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Archie” for 20 years.

Wednesday, April 21

On the Record for April 21, 2010

On the Record for April 21, 2010

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Golf team putts to a win

Varsity finishes 1st on Tuesday in Montrose

If Monday night was any indicator, Moffat County High School golfer Nike Cleverly was due for a good day of golf the following day in Montrose.

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The gift of time

Advocates board members honored as Volunteers of the Year

Around Renae Virden’s neck, attached to a gemstone given to her by her husband, hangs a small silver charm.

River basin roundtable to discuss water issues

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said it is important for residents to attend today’s Yampa/White/Green River Basin Roundtable meeting because residents throughout the county have a stake in water-related issues.

Suicide ‘1st aid’ training planned

Steamboat Springs resident Ronna Autrey knows first-hand the ripple effect caused by suicide.

Budget cuts to impact sports

If Richard Wildenhaus had his way, Moffat County High School would have a new softball team.

Datebook for April 21

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older.

Sports briefs: Football camp to start next week

The Big Blue football camp will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Editorial: A bit of well-deserved praise

In today’s rapid-fire society, no one has enough time.

Craig briefs: Museum now open for summer hours

On Monday, the Wyman Museum opened under its summer hours. The museum, 94350 U.S. Highway 40, will be open six days a week, closed on Wednesdays.

Senior spotlight for April 21

The birds are busy building nests.

Teresa and Michael Stoffle: Thanks for the support

We would like to thank American Legion Post 62 for having such a nice, clean facility for the community to have special events such as our year-end Snocross Awards for X-treme Mountain Racing.

Horoscope for April 21

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Your restless spirit might impel you to start a couple of large projects simultaneously, which is well and good if they don’t have to get done immediately. If they do, you’re in trouble.

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Homeschool drama club’s production slated for Thursday and Friday

“The Fairest Flower of the South” hits the stage at Craig Christian Church

The Northwest Colorado Homeschool Association’s speech and drama club, “Heavenly Hollywood,” is scheduled to present a theatre production, “The Fairest Flower of the South,” this week.

Hayden School Board to discuss teacher contracts

Administration to recommend not renewing 1 probationary job

The Hayden School Board tonight is set to consider whether to renew contracts for probationary and nonprobationary licensed staff.

Annie's Mailbox: Can I raise a child with my ex?

Dear Annie: I’m 24 years old and confused. I have been in an on-and-off relationship with the same woman for the past eight years.

Tuesday, April 20

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Full transcript of online chat with Darcy Trask, Scott Ford available

The Craig Daily Press and Cook Chevrolet, Subaru hosted an online chat with two area economic experts today.

Action from Tuesday's Moffat County Commission meeting

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 2-0, warrant resolutions for April totaling $330,847.87. • Approved, 2-0, a core services contract with Timberwolf Drug Testing for substance abuse urine analysis not to exceed $3,000.

On the Record for April 20, 2010

On the Record for April 20, 2010

BLM to continue with Deer Valley prescribed burn

Fire managers from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit are planning a 150-acre prescribed burn on Douglas Mountain about two miles southwest of Greystone and 34 miles west of Maybell in Moffat County, the BLM announced Tuesday in a news release.

Community mourns loss of longtime resident Marianna Raftopoulos

Hundreds gather to remember former county commissioner

While lying in her hospital bed in Salt Lake City, Marianna Raftopoulos told her family about the kind of flowers she wanted at her funeral.

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Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act signed into law

Local officials opposed signing

Gov. Bill Ritter signed Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, into law Monday in Denver surrounded by bill supporters.

MCHS swim team does well at Jeffco meet

The Moffat County High School boys varsity swimming team continued its string of strong performances Friday and Saturday at the Jeffco Invitational.

Annie's Mailbox: Why does a parent get exiled?

Dear Annie: When our children were growing up, their father was working, sleeping or playing golf. I was the one who coached their softball teams, went to their sporting and scholastic events and took them to church.

Bad Dogs bring bite to Meeker

The Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling team competed Saturday at the Northwest League Tournament in Meeker and brought home 11 first-place trophies.

Craig Briefs: Blood drive set for today

The Craig Community Blood Drive is scheduled from 12:30 to 6 p.m. today at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.

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Moffat County cheerleading team claims 5th at national event

After months of learning a new routine and practice, the Moffat County Thunder Competitive All-Star Cheerleading Program was able to cash in at the Las Vegas Jamfest. At the April 10 and 11 national cheerleading competition, the Moffat County Thunder was able to finish fifth, its highest finish at a national event.

Datebook for April 20

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

Coal dust causes fire

Craig Fire/Rescue responded to a small fire Monday morning at Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s Craig Station.

Maren Schmidt: A new grading system

In our education for a new world we learn to respect and honor the uniqueness of our children, while giving students, teachers and parents the time to learn and forge partnerships. In this new system, children possess a set of age-appropriate tools to organize thoughts and actions, problem solve, foster self-expression and personally manage their lives.

Gabriel Daigle : Love and forgiveness

It’s better to have loved and to be loved and to have my heartbroken and crushed by loved ones than never to know love at all.

The police blotter for April 20

Alan Arnold, 37, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest, reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and obstructing government operations.

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My life my words: Becky Howlett-Jackson: Love of family over volleyball

“Lately, I’ve been pretty crazy busy with my 14-year-old son who’s totally into all the sports at his school. Last weekend, we were up in Laramie for basketball, and he’s also involved in middle school track."

Horoscope for April 20

Horoscope for April 20

Monday, April 19

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Local marijuana strain takes top honors at Cannabis Crown

Local dispensary’s ‘Kandy Kush’ earns top honors in Aspen

"Kandy Kush," a strain grown by Steamboat's Rocky Mountain Remedies, won the inaugural Western Slope Cannabis Crown in Aspen. It beat out entries from 140 other growers in the judged contest.

Coal dust catches fire at Tri-State’s Craig Station

No one injured in quickly contained Monday morning fire

Craig Fire/Rescue responded to a small fire Monday morning at Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s Craig Station.

On the Record for April 19, 2010

On the Record for April 19, 2010

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Your Community Snapshots for April 19

Here are some of the entries for the Craig Daily Press Your Community Snapshots photo contest for March’s categories — industry and spring break.

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Aging Well: Eating well for health, community and the environment

Thursday is Earth Day, a time to think about how the health of the environment affects our well-being and the well-being of our communities. What we eat and where that food comes from are just a couple aspects of everyday life influencing our own health and that of our natural surroundings.

Datebook for April 19

Datebook for April 19

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Tough week ahead for Bulldogs baseball

After facing one of the top three teams in the Western Slope League on Friday, the Moffat County High School varsity baseball team will play the other two this week.

Craig briefs: Relay For Life fundraiser today

Sunset Elementary School’s Relay For Life team is having a fundraiser at 5 p.m. today at Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant, 1111 W. Victory Way. The restaurant will donate 25 percent of the night’s sales back to the team.

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Huskies slip past Bulldogs soccer

Moffat County girls varsity soccer falls, 3-0, against Battle Mountain

After a first half that saw the Battle Mountain Huskies score three goals against the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team, coach Harry Tripp said the team got a rare treat. A break. The game was delayed 15 minutes because of a lightning storm, and Tripp said he used the time to amp his team up. After the break, the Bulldogs held the Huskies scoreless, but were unable to score and fell, 3-0.

David Pressgrove: Asian adventures

I’m writing two days into a trip to Taiwan and I feel like it’s been a week. To try to go through everything I’ve done in two days would make for a lengthy, possibly boring, summary. First, I should answer the question of why I’m sitting in a hotel in Taipei, 13 hours ahead of Craig and half a world away. I’m the Young Life Director in Craig. Our mission statement is “To introduce adolescents to Christ and help them grow in their faith.”

Annie's Mailbox: Wife feels abandoned by her husband

Dear Annie: My husband of many years has become emotionally distant. We used to spend a lot of time together, but he recently took a new job in another town and has an apartment there. We see each other once or twice a week for a few hours. I have a full-time job that I can’t leave.

Publisher's notebook: Remembering Marianna

Today, we celebrate the life of a great woman. As many of you know, a memorial service for Marianna Raftopoulos, a woman who contributed to our community in countless ways, will be at 11 a.m. today at St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church. Overflow will be handled at various locations throughout Craig.

The Memorial Hospital seeks new management options

Hospital contract with Quorum Health Resources expires June 30

It was a time of financial desperation for The Memorial Hospital in the late 1980s. In an effort to turn the hospital around, TMH signed a contract with Quorum Health Resources, a hospital management company based in Brentwood, Tenn. The most recent QHR contract was negotiated and signed in 2004, and is slated to expire June 30.

Horoscope for April 19

Horoscope for April 19

H. Neal Glanville: Return of beloved republic?

“Yep, there I was, surrounded on all sides.” That was my Uncle Blaine’s introduction to any story he was about to tell, or opinion he was sure to give to all who would listen. His reputation included running whiskey in three states and borrowing unused horses from the forest service.

Sunday, April 18

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VNA: Children's dental care substandard

Resources available for parents, families struggling in recession

Local health officials said last week that the struggles of many families to provide oral care for their children are being compounded in the economic recession, potentially worsening an already alarming amount of dental disease in local youths.

Saturday, April 17

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‘Ahead of the curve’

Craig water plant receives award for new upgrades, sustainability

When Craig Water and Wastewater Director Mark Sollenberger walks into work every day at the Craig Water Plant, the first thing he sees is a small plaque hanging on the wall.

Kathy Bassett: A little stink goes a long way

Cowboy Joe was telling his fellow cowboys back on the ranch about his first visit to a big-city church. “When I got there, they had me park my old truck in the corral,” Joe said. “You mean the parking lot,” interrupted Charlie, a worldlier fellow.

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Giving in to laughter

Final performances of ‘Alice’ today at MCHS

When the crowd’s ovation dies down after tonight’s performance of “Alice in Wonderland,” the curtain will close on more than just a cast of 13 Moffat County High School students.

Andy Bockelman: Carell, Fey make ‘Date Night’ all right

Heading out on the town with your significant other: fun and a good way to keep a marriage fresh. Zooming down the street in a sports car tangled around a taxi while being shot at: not so fun and possibly grounds for divorce.

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Baseball splits with Palisade

Varsity baseball team wins 1st game, drops night cap

If the Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball team wanted to send a message to the other top teams in the Western Slope League, consider it sent.

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Group to build ramp at Loudy-Simpson

Parrotheads seeking volunteers to assist with Yampa River improvement project

For Robin Herring, the North­west Colorado Chapter of Par­rotheads quartermaster, a project to widen a river access ramp today at Loudy-Simpson Park means more than just surface level improvements.

On the record for April 17

Nicholas Allan Bulla, 18, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Annie's Mailbox: I am pregnant and jobless

Dear Annie: I am 17. Last year, I got into a relationship with “Jeremy,” who was 19. He was my first boyfriend. Our relationship got serious pretty fast. He told me early on that he wanted kids. After six months of being together, I got pregnant. I am now five months along.

Datebook for April 17

9 a.m. to noon. A spring bazaar takes place at Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way. Homemade gifts, sweet rolls and coffee will be available. There also will be a bake sale. The event is open to the public.

Horoscope for April 17

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — This is an excellent day for reaping past rewards and/or realizing your just dues financially. If there is something that is owed you, there’s a good chance you’ll see it today.

Craig Briefs: Church hosting bazaar today

A spring bazaar is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon today at Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way.

Downtown business association: Businesses are open

This letter is in response to the Editorial Board’s article on Wednesday. It made reference to downtown businesses being closed at 5 p.m. and on weekends.

Editorial: Time for change

At the end of March, a prominent southeast Arizona rancher who worked the ground his family has owned since 1907 was found slain, an apparent gunshot victim.

Communities at work: Bringing back the good old days

This edition of Communities At Work focuses on a business bringing part of American recreational history back to life.

Another calving season is upon us

Calving season — it’s what Northwest Colorado ranchers have on their minds right now.

Sports briefs: Fly-fishing classes offered

Craig Parks and Recreation will offer fly-fishing classes starting at 6 p.m. May 26.

Diane Prather: Perfect dishes for the season

Awhile back, Stacy Gray, of Craig, sent some recipes that she says are family favorites, “especially during calving season.” This column featured two of them a couple of weeks ago, and here’s another. I’ve tried “Meaty Mac ’n’ Cheese,” and it’s great.

Friday, April 16

On the Record for April 16, 2010

On the Record for April 16, 2010

Parrotheads to build river access ramp at Loudy-Simpson Park

Group seeking volunteers to assist today and Saturday with improvement project

The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads will start a project today to widen the river access ramp at Loudy-Simpson Park in hopes of providing boaters, rafters and kayakers with safer and easier access to the Yampa River.

MCHS baseball playing at 4 p.m. today

The Moffat County High School varsity baseball team will play Palisade High School at 4 and 6 p.m. today at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave.

Governor to sign coal bill Monday

Local officials contend Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act will harm local economy

When Gov. Bill Ritter signs Colorado House Bill 10-1365 on Monday, he will make a “ghost town out of Craig,” Moffat County commissioner Tom Mathers said.

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Sustainability at CMS

7th-graders start recycling program

Just before lunch Wednesday, Laurel Tegtman, Hazel Quin-ones, Dylan Bagley and Aubrey Campbell left through the Craig Middle School west doors and walked around the corner of the brick building.

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Tea party supporters gather to 'take America back'

The normally neat lawn outside of the Moffat County Courthouse was trampled with the feet of about 200 residents Thursday during the Moffat County tea party tax day protest.

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Ridgeview kindergartners learn with multi-sensory, interactive lessons

Ridgeview Elementary School kindergartner Reese Weber didn’t hesitate when her classmate walked over to her table Thursday looking for a glue stick.

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Girls soccer falls short

Palisade defeats MCHS Bulldogs despite stellar 2nd half

For senior forward Raquel Robinson, scoring her first soccer goal was only a matter of time. Tuesday, that time came.

Baseball team set to host palisade

The Moffat County High School varsity baseball team looks to extend its winning streak to four games when it hosts Palisade High School today for a doubleheader.

Local fuel gauge for the Yampa Valley as of Thursday, April 15

Regular unleaded and diesel prices Craig:

Annie's Mailbox: Grandchild won’t listen to advice

Dear Annie: A while back, I went on Facebook and found many friends I had not heard from in years.

Datebook for April 16

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.

Craig Briefs: Putt-Putt Classic deadline today

Three local bars will host the annual Putt-Putt Classic at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Janet Sheridan: A lifetime with chickens

My recent column about eggs inspired me to reflect on chickens. During my childhood and youth, I hung out with them.

Horoscope for April 16

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Although it might not be quite as much as you thought and has been unduly long in coming, that payoff you’ve been working hard to achieve could finally come your way, starting today.

Thursday, April 15

Controlled burn fills valley with smoke

A previously planned controlled burn on Elk Mountain caused smoke and haze in and around Steamboat Springs on Thursday afternoon.

On the Record for April 15, 2010

On the Record for April 15, 2010

Real estate transactions for March 2010

Real estate transactions for March 2010

Real estate transactions for February 2010

Real estate transactions for February 2010

MCHS baseball team hosts Palisade Friday

The Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball team will look to extend its winning streak to four games when Palisade plays Friday at 4 and 6 p.m.

CDE deems some CSAP tests invalid

A photograph published by the Craig Daily Press in its online edition of students at Craig Middle School preparing for the Colorado Student Assessment Program was found to be in violation of Colorado Department of Education policies on CSAP testing.

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Former Moffat County commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos dies

Marianna Raftopoulos, 55, succumbs to 11-year battle with leukemia

Marianna Raftopoulos, a longtime Craig resident and former Moffat County Commissioner, died today at her home.

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The wait is over

Yampa Valley Golf Course opens with warm weather

With warm weather and sunshine returning to Craig, the Yampa Valley Golf Course is now open.

Pat Pearce: Thank you benefactors

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank:

Cathy Hamilton: ‘Curb appeal’ casting

Our house needs reshingling. The shed needs a paint job. Twenty-eight storm windows need replacing. The yard requires nothing short of an HGTV makeover.

Michelle Balleck: A mixed bag of good times

From theater productions to livestock sales and baseball games to a quick round of “getting to know you,” there’s quite a variety of activities happening this weekend.

Hayden names superintendent finalist

Board OKs Luppes as top candidate for half-time superintendent despite dissent

The Hayden School Board voted, 3-2, to make Mike Lup­pes a finalist for half-time superintendent in the 2010-11 school year. The vote came at the end of a more than two-hour meeting Wednesday that was almost entirely devoted to a public discussion with more than 30 district faculty, staff members and parents about the district’s administrative structure and hiring process for next school year.

Datebook for April 15

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

Annie's Mailbox: How can I move on from him?

Dear Annie: I’ve been divorced for five years. Immediately after the papers were signed, I met “Matthew.” We dated for a few months. The chemistry was perfect, but then he shocked me with an e-mail saying he didn’t have feelings for me.

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Bull sale set for Saturday

Annual event includes livestock auction, beef lunch

Cattle will be the focus at the Routt County Fairgrounds this weekend. Doors open for the second annual Bunkhouse Bull Session, which includes a steak dinner and performances by cowboy poets, at 5 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the eighth annual North Western Colorado Bull Sale starts at 1 p.m., with lunch served by the Routt County CattleWomen from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Demons defeat Bulldogs

Varsity soccer falls in Glenwood Springs

Playing in the cold and snow Tuesday, the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team was unable to cool a hot Glenwood Springs High School offense.

Craig briefs: REPS meeting scheduled at TMH

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is scheduled to meet at noon today at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop.

Horoscope for April 15

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Because you’ll not expect more than you deserve and are willing to work for what you get, things will work out quite well for you, both personally and in commercial affairs.

Wednesday, April 14

On the Record for April 14, 2010

On the Record for April 14, 2010

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Hemmerich named to MCTA board

Leona Hemmerich can rattle off the scientific names of the nine species of dinosaur fossils found in Dinosaur National Monument.

Johnson pleads guilty

Ex-detective faces up to 2 months in jail

Former Craig Police Detective Ken Johnson reached a plea agreement with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday. Johnson pleaded guilty to attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony, according to court records.

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County tea party plans protest

Matt Winey, a Moffat County tea party member, said the current Tea party movement follows in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers’ ideals.

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Bats come alive against Sailors

MCHS wins home opener, 15-7

Austin Sadvar has hit home runs before.

Craig man dies in rollover

3 others injured in Moffat County Road 22 crash

Gary Higgins, 23, of Craig, was killed at 8:30 p.m. Monday, when a car he was riding in rolled over and he was ejected from the vehicle, according to a Colorado State Patrol news release.

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New Hayden baseball fields likely to see Triple Crown play

With the snow gone, the Hayden Parks and Recreation Department is working to get grass growing on the new baseball fields at Dry Creek Park to make them Triple Crown-ready by summer, Town Manager Russ Martin said Monday.

Annie's Mailbox: Should I wait for him to get a divorce?

Dear Annie: I am at a crossroads and need your advice. For the past two years, I have been dating an older married man who works at my office.

Datebook for April 14

8 to 9 a.m. The Craig Downtown Business Association meets at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave.

Hayden School Board to announce superintendent finalists

Person would replace Greg Rockhold as Hayden superintendent

The Hayden School Board plans to announce a finalist or finalists tonight for part-time superintendent in 2010-11. It will correct action that School Board President Brian Hoza said last week and reiterated Tuesday “wasn’t handled properly.”

Craig briefs: Elks Lodge hosting community dinner

The Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way, hosts a community spaghetti dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Editorial: Doing downtown better

One of the many benefits of winter’s slow eviction and the emergence of nicer weather is that it helps better reveal some of our town’s attributes.

City Council forms lodging tax committee

New group to help draft proposal

The Craig City Council took another step Tuesday toward presenting Craig voters with a lodging tax proposal on November’s ballot. The council approved, 7-0, a resolution to form a committee tasked with developing recommendations to the City Council regarding the issue originally presented by council member Terry Carwile.

Horoscope for April 14

ARIES (March 21-April 19)—A project upon which you may have placed little significance may gain much appeal today. Consequently, you’ll now be more willing to spend some quality time and effort on it.

Tuesday, April 13

Action from Tuesday's Moffat County Commission meeting

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission: Note: Commissioner Tom Mathers was absent.

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MCHS golf second in Glenwood

After weeks of playing indoors, the Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team was able to capitalize outside, as it took second place Monday in Glenwood Springs. The Bulldogs book-ended the top 10, with Heather Nicholson taking first place with an 84, and Callie Papoulas finished 10th with a 103 on the par-72 course.

On the Record for April 13, 2010

On the Record for April 13, 2010

Rollover on Moffat County Road 22 kills one

Gary Higgins, 23, of Craig, was killed at 8:30 p.m. Monday when a car he was riding in rolled over and he was ejected from the vehicle, according to a news release from Colorado State Patrol.

Fast finish

Track and Field has big day in Grand Junction

Before Alfredo Lebron ran the mile Saturday in Grand Junction, he didn’t feel like he was about to set a personal best.

Candidates speak

Full texts from Saturday’s candidate speeches at the Moffat County Republican Party County Assembly

Moffat County, Craig building permits down in 2009

As the weather warms, so the construction season begins.

Inmate trustee program reviewed

The Moffat County inmate trustee program, which allows inmates to work off sentence time and give back to the community, has been successful in the past, but it recently encountered hiccups, Sheriff Tim Jantz said.

No 'final answer' yet

School district releases new draft of budget reductions

After weeks of receiving feedback from parents, staff and community members, Moffat County School District officials presented an updated budget reduction template at a work session Monday night.

Datebook for April 13

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

Sports briefs: Baseball team to play Steamboat Sailors

The Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball team is scheduled to play Steamboat Springs High School at 4 p.m. today at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave.

Craig briefs: Habitat Partnership meeting is today

The Northwest Colorado Habitat Partnership Program committee is having its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way.

Craig city council agenda for April 13

7:30 p.m. today, Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

Annie's Mailbox: Will I inherit in-law’s baggage?

After four years, I finally got engaged to “Thomas.”

Moffat County Commission agenda for April 13

8:30 a.m. today, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

Horoscope for April 13

ARIES (March 21-April 19)—Appearances are important if you want to be a leader today, so wear a positive face at all times if you hope to be the one who inspires and/or directs others. People will follow smiles.

The police blotter for April 13

An ambulance crew responded to two medical calls.

Maren Schmidt: Allowing opportunities for movement

A kid’s got to move. Observing a few minutes at a playground will attest to that.

Monday, April 12

Government update for April 12

Moffat County Commission Next meeting: today, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence • 8:35 to 8:45 a.m. Consent agenda

On the Record for April 12, 2010

On the Record for April 12, 2010

Craig briefs: Alpha Tau electing officers today

Alpha Tau Chapter 757 of ESA is scheduled to host a business meeting at 1 p.m. today at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.

Datebook for April 12, 2010


Horoscopes for April 12, 2010

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Don’t be so quick to give up on something just because things aren’t happening for you as quickly as you think they should. Stick with it because it will yield all that you’re hoping it would.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband had affair 30 years ago

Dear Annie: I am a 64-year-old woman, and my husband is 65. We have been together for 45 years. Until recently, I thought we had the perfect marriage. However, when he became seriously ill and thought he might die, he confessed to an affair 30 years ago.

Aging Well: Exercise improves Parkinson’s symptoms

There are many unanswered questions about Parkinson’s disease. Some, such as what causes the condition in the first place, are troubling. Others, such as why exercise improves lives of people coping with the disease, are more optimistic.

George Peters: Where we are failing

It seems many citizens and politicians today have no knowledge of history and its teachings. Many see only today and tend to bend the rules and laws to suit their own limited knowledge of the mistakes of man.

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Bryce Jacobson: New treatments offered at NutriTherapy Center

Holly Sperry, owner of The NutriTherapy Center in downtown Craig, has brought on two new specialists to perform acupuncture treatments.

H. Neal Glanville: My attempt at saving the planet

During the past month and a bit, I’ve spent time in search of a job to supplement our income. Being a tradesman, I didn’t think President Barack Obama’s economic floundering would have too much effect on craftsmen finding work. Once again, the weak side of my brain was doing the thinking.

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Bulldogs varsity soccer batters Rams, 6-0

Moffat County wins Saturday against Roaring Fork

If there was one thing the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team needed, it was a big win, freshman Kelsie Pomeroy said. And that’s exactly what the team and Pomeroy delivered Saturday at Woodbury Sports Complex against visiting Roaring Fork High School.

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Children get ‘quality family time’

8th annual Celebrate Children Festival draws large crowd

Porter Walker, 6, sat expectantly on a bench Saturday morning in Centennial Mall. Erica Stewart, an occupational therapist with the Moffat County School District, knelt before him and unwrapped a shiny, black bike helmet.

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Shane Thomas: Multitasking

“There’s a lot of things that are IT. It’s anything from just repairing computers to programs not working, copy jobs, copiers, any kind of business like that. Basically, anything that confuses you, you can come and we’ll find it out. I don’t know everything, but I know a lot of places to get that information. It works out pretty good.

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Steamboat ski season ends with events

Closing Day includes Pond Skimming competition, costumes

It wouldn’t be Closing Day at Steamboat Ski Area without the goofy getups. Skiers and snowboarders were decked out in all sorts of costumes Sunday. The guy wearing an orange tuxedo and top hat was hard to miss. So were the people in banana suits. There were little girls wearing tutus, men dressed as cowboys and women wearing bikini tops with their ski pants.

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Commissioner candidate eliminated

Delegates at Saturday’s county assembly vote on candidates, resolutions; Barnes off primary ballot

Tami Barnes, a Moffat County Commission District 2 candidate, was eliminated from the Republican primary ballot Sat­urday during the Moffat Coun­­ty Republican Party Coun­ty Assembly.

Saturday, April 10

Commissioner candidate eliminated from primary

Delegates at Saturday’s county assembly vote on candidates, resolutions

Tami Barnes, a Moffat County Commission District 2 candidate, was eliminated from being placed on the Republican primary ballot Saturday at the Moffat County Republican Party County Assembly.

Moffat County history

Throughout the year, the Museum of Northwest Colorado and the Saturday Morning Press will partner in featuring 100-year-old images from the collection of Lewis Hellebust

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Imagination comes to life

MCHS thespians prepare for opening night

Cody Fallon sat in a folding chair Thursday in the bright lights of the dressing room.

County attorney Taylor announces retirement

Moffat County Attorney Kathleen Taylor, who has served as the county’s legal counsel for eight years, announced her retirement Wednesday. Her last day will be June 2.

Dems to send 5 to state assembly

Brian Baxter, Moffat County Democratic Party treasurer, said in a Republican dominated county such as Moffat, it is important to represent the other side of the political coin.

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The weekly rodeo

MCHS, CMS rodeo teams gains experience with practices

Every Tuesday night is rodeo night in Craig.

James Merett: Room for improvement

In response to Bill Snare’s letter, “U.S. can be great again,” I see his point and somewhat agree.

Craig briefs: Young Life banquet is at 7.m. Sunday

Bear River Young Life’s Annual Dessert Banquet, themed “The Road to Real,” begins at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

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Communities at work: Nontraditional exercise

This edition of Commun­ities at Work focuses on a business offering a nontraditional avenue for exercise. Paul Cruz, a licensed black belt, has practiced Kom Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do for 21 years and is currently the head instructor and business operator for the Northwest Colorado Tae Kwon Do School, 315 Tucket St.

Routt County disputes sheriff’s fees

Commissioners in suit with law firm about $16,000 in legal costs

The law offices of Ralph Cantafio are going after the Routt County Board of Commissioners for $16,000 in unpaid legal fees stemming from disagreements between the commissioners and Sheriff Gary Wall.

4th grade Ag Day returns in May

Ag Day is back!

Datebook for April 10

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 2010 Celebrate Children Festival takes place at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Free activities will be available for children 2 to 8 years old. All children should be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Steamboat patrollers place 2nd statewide

Exchange ski patroller member Goudeau named King of the Mountain

The Steamboat Ski Patrol capitalized on its French connection in Winter Park on Wednesday and came home from the 2010 Colorado Pro Ski Patrol Convention with the second-place trophy. Steamboat dominated the giant slalom race with a one-two finish by John “Pink” Floyd and Charlie Reynolds, and a first-place finish by Paula Lepporoli in the women’s race.

Golf team ready for the links

This year isn’t the longest the Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team has had to wait to practice at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Horoscope for April 10

The ability to make and maintain friendships will be one of your more outstanding assets in the year ahead. The high regard which others hold for you will grow more in evidence as each day passes, and will do much for bettering your life.

Fonda Crockett: Thanks for pizza

The Craig Elks Lodge No. 1577 would like to thank the manager, Christine, at Pizza Hut

Editorial: Logic behind lodging tax

A proposed 6 percent Craig city lodging tax — which would essentially trump a similar levy by Moffat County — could raise about $480,000 per year, city officials estimated.

Larry Sanders: Thanks for saving me

Thanks to all the emergency room staff who was on duty at 5 p.m. April 3

Annie's Mailbox: I offended my sister-in-law

Dear Annie: I have been married to my husband for 14 years.

Bassett: Doing the cracky thing

I heard something on the radio the other day that I thought was kind of interesting.

Meeker High School’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ opens April 16

Bob Amick graduated in 1961 from Meeker High School.

Poet to give free reading at Steamboat library

Michael Blumenthal strives to be ‘intelligent but accessible’ in work

When Michael Blumenthal talks about his poetry, he talks about other poets. Blumenthal will read excerpts from his books of poetry at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library. A celebration of National Poetry Month, the free reading, discussion and book signing is presented by Epilogue Book Co. and the library.

Baxter Black: Katrina’s good sports

In fall 2008, before the election, as the recession crashed down around us, I gave up on politics.

Friday, April 9

On the Record for April 9, 2010

On the Record for April 9, 2010

Moffat County High School baseball games postponed

Saturday's Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball games versus Delta have been rescheduled for noon and 2 p.m. April 22 at Craig Middle School.

Moffat County attorney announces retirement

Kathleen Taylor's last day of work will be June 2

Moffat County Attorney Kathleen Taylor, who has served as the county’s legal counsel for eight years, announced her retirement Wednesday.

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Craig official wants Highway 13 funding

A highway some consider to be an important corridor in Northwest Colorado could receive funding in hopes of improving safety.

School district to switch insurance

For the first time since 1988, the Moffat County School District is switching health insurance providers in an effort to save money.

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Running back now running track

MCHS senior Jasen Kettle competes in 1st track season

Between Jasen Kettle, Pablo Salcido and Braeden Sullivan, the 2009 Moffat County High School football team rushed 1,325 total yards.

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Early years are learning years

Month of the Young Child to bring awareness to early childhood education

Learning doesn’t begin in kindergarten, said Sarah Hepworth, Moffat County Early Childhood Center director.

GOP gets ready for Saturday assembly

Delegates to vote on primary candidates

Moffat County will have a clearer picture of how its election ballot will look after Saturday’s Moffat County Republican Party County Assembly.

Datebook for April 9

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

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Local fuel gauge for April 9

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon.

Baseball to play 2 vs. Delta Saturday

As long as the snow melts fast enough, the Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball team will play ball this weekend.

TMH Foundation awarded grant

The Memorial Hospital Foundation was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Boettcher Foundation to assist with building costs of the new hospital, the foundation announced in a news release.

MCTA agenda for April 9

Moffat County Tourism Association special meeting

Craig briefs: May 1 Cinco de Mayo celebration planned

Integrated Community is looking for volunteers to help with its Sixth Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1 at the Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

The police blotter for April 8

Jesse Caperton, 24, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of vehicular elusion and reckless driving.

Janet Sheridan: A job well done

In February, after skiing the golf course, I drove into a snow bank. Trying to correct my error, I maneuvered the truck along an incline until it leaned like a speed skater taking a curve.

Annie's Mailbox: My 2nd husband isn’t the person I thought he was

Dear Annie: I was married for 34 years and divorced two years ago. Within months, I married “Sam,” who I met through an Internet dating site. He treated me like I was all he cared about in this world.

Horoscope for April 9

Much of your time and efforts are likely to be focused on practical objectives in the year ahead, which is well and good. However, don’t get yourself so involved in these pursuits that you fail to take some time out for a little relaxation.

Prather: ‘To die for’ pie perfect for any holiday

Just when you thought you’d read everything you ever wanted to know about mincemeat (from recent columns), here’s still another recipe.

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McConnell campaign counts on constituents’ anger, tea party principles

Say what you will about Bob McConnell’s odds — it won’t slow him down. It might only make him angrier. The fiery Steamboat Springs resident, military veteran, ski patroller, Copenhagen chewer and Republican candidate for Congress is campaigning relentlessly across the Western Slope.

Thursday, April 8

County assembly to vote on candidates, resolutions

Moffat County will have a clearer picture of how its election ballot will look after Saturday’s Republican county assembly. The assembly — the second step in Colorado’s caucus process — will see the 86 delegates from Moffat County vote on which candidates’ names will appear before voters for the primary election in August.

Girls soccer game against Palisade postponed

The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer game originally scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at Woodbury Sports Complex, has been postponed due to snow on the field.

On the Record for April 8, 2010

On the Record for April 8, 2010

MCHS basketball job still open

Although the season is seven months away, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s first deadline is fast approaching.

Workshop looks at potential lodging tax

A six percent lodging tax was proposed to a group of about 30 residents Wednesday at a workshop hosted by the Craig City Council.

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Local woman bakes special cake creations in her home

Shirley Cromer’s love affair with cake decorating began three years ago when a naked woman emerged from her oven.

Rodeo teams fare well at Golden event

For the Moffat County High School rodeo team, the future is fast approaching.

Bill Snare: US can be great again

Today, as a nation, we are in trouble and our higher up elected officials can’t understand why. We were once the greatest industrial nation in the world. Being so, we were the envy of the world. We were respected, feared and looked up to. At that time, it seemed everyone in the world wanted to come to America.

Craig briefs: Board to discuss health insurance

The Moffat County School Board will host a special meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. today in the boardroom of the administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave.

Datebook for April 8

9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at the Lutheran Church of Grace, 657 Green St. The club will review the medical novel “Oxygen.” Call 824-7368.

Annie's Mailbox: How can I stay in my son’s life despite his icy wife?

Dear Annie: Ever since my son met his wife 12 years ago, he has allowed her and her family to insult me.

Horoscope for April 8

Much progress can be made in the year ahead by keeping abreast of both new and current knowledge in your chosen field of endeavor. Advancement can be yours if you’re brighter and better informed than your associates.

Cathy Hamilton: It’s all about the apps

I was so excited on Easter because I finally got to open my Christmas present. My gift is a smart phone — a Palm Pre Plus, to be precise – and the reason I couldn’t get it at Christmas is because, well, I wasn’t very smart.

Wednesday, April 7

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C&K adds Moffat County to list of clients

Durrell Martin said the best part of his job is being surrounded by “the Lord’s creation.”

Michelle Balleck: Days outside, nights in

Here’s hoping the piles of snow melt with this warm weather we’re supposed to have. I am ready for spring, and ready to get to work outside, as I know many of you are as well.

On the Record for April 7, 2010

On the Record for April 7, 2010

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Wet snowstorm elevates avalanche threat

Buried wind slabs and crusts complicate snowpack

The heavy snowstorm that dumped 21 inches of snow on the summit of Steamboat Ski Area in 48 hours Monday and Tuesday has prompted the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to issue a strong caution to backcountry skiers headed for powder skiing beyond the ski area’s boundary.

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Dr. Scott Ellis appointed to county medical officer position

As a U.S. Army obstetrician and gynecologist at Fort Sill, Okla., Dr. Scott Ellis’ training went well beyond women’s health care and delivering babies.

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Officials OK Hamilton center construction bid

Lila Herod, former Moffat County deputy clerk and county elections supervisor, said im­provements to the Hamilton Com­­munity Center serve not only for the betterment of the building, but also for the community.

Fraud suspect reaches plea agreement

Patricia Cabano, a former Craig woman who was charged with 31 counts of bank fraud, reached a plea agreement Monday in U.S. District Court in Denver.

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MCHS baseball team hopes a pair of aces adds up to a winning season

With the Western Slope League filled with tough baseball teams, Moffat County High School might have an ace up its sleeve. Or two.

Craig briefs: Board to discuss health insurance

The Moffat County School Board will host a special meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom of the administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave.

BLM seeks advisory council nominations

The Bureau of Land Man­agement is seeking nominations for five openings on its Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council, according to a news release.

Copper’s new owner dusts off its love of the outdoors

The village was built and is owned by another company. The condos are developed and sold. The ski hill is an island in a state dominated by the biggest resort companies in the country. The mountain must battle an ingrained season-pass war that has prices hovering at 1970 levels.

Hayden to redo Luppes hiring

Hoza: School Board acted improperly when appointing superintendent

Hayden School Board Pres­ident Brian Hoza said the hiring of Mike Luppes last week as half-time superintendent for the 2010-11 school year “wasn’t handled properly” and needs to be corrected.

The police blotter for April 7

Jennifer Jade Smith, 30, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Our View: A state divided

The name is catchy — the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act. After all, who could argue with those prospects?

Sports briefs: Weather forces MCHS sports cancellations

A doubleheader scheduled for 4 p.m. today between the Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball team and Uintah (Utah) High School has been canceled.

Datebook for April t

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.

Horoscope for April 7

ARIES (March 21-April 19) —Be careful that you don’t come off as being too insistent about having your own way, especially in social involvements with friends. You wouldn’t want to be labeled as being selfish.

Don and Judy Laib: Teaching of the Quran

We really like the town and area of Craig. The people, as a whole, are friendly and willing to do anything for you. It definitely has a small-town feel. Therefore, we are very proud of this community.

Annie's Mailbox: Is my slacker son headed for a fall?

Dear Annie: Our 20-year-old son “Kevin” worries us terribly. He was kicked out of college because of marijuana use and for the past year has couch-surfed, backpacked and hitchhiked.

Tuesday, April 6

Voter turnout low in Dinosaur

4 council members, mayor elected Tuesday

Forty-seven people turned out to Dinosaur Town Hall on a snowy Tuesday, and elected a new mayor and four town council members. Election board member Lola Lee said the number of ballots cast was low but not the lowest voter turnout the town of about 300 has seen.

U.S. 40 closed over Rabbit Ears Pass

A winter storm warning remains in effect for Steamboat Springs until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Between 3 and 5 inches of snow are expected tonight in city limits, and there’s a 40 percent chance of snow Wednesday before the storm moves out of the region in the afternoon.

MCHS baseball doubleheader canceled

A doubleheader scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday between the Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball team and Uintah (Utah) High School has been canceled.

On the Record for April 6, 2010

On the Record for April 6, 2010

Fifteen votes cast in Dinosaur election

Town electing mayor, four council members

As of 1:15 p.m., approximately 15 Dinosaur residents have turned out to cast their votes for mayor and four town council seats, Dinosaur town clerk Tamara Long said.

MCHS girls soccer games canceled

Today’s Moffat County High School girls soccer games against Rifle have been canceled due to inclement weather.

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Moffat County’s Jeremiah Gordon and Lindsey Yoast take 1st place in discus

After warm, spring-like meets in Grand Junction and Aurora, it was only a matter of time before the Moffat County High School track and field team ran into cooler weather.

Andy Bockelman: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ is fiery family fun

All pets have their good and bad points, although most don’t have the drawback of being able to rip off you head and eat you whole.

Horoscope for April 6

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — A couple of your more private goals and/or material objectives could actually become realities today. Continue to keep a good attitude and proceed as if what you desire is a certainty.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife worried about husband’s nude workout

Dear Annie: My husband, “Joe,” turned 40 last summer. His cholesterol, blood pressure and weight are higher than they should be and his doctor suggested he lose 20 pounds. I try to feed him well, but I know he stops for the occasional doughnut.

Peterson takes 4th place at state event

Although the Craig Middle School wrestling team didn’t return from the April 2 and 3 middle school state tournament in Denver with any individual champions, coach Ron Linsacum said the team gained valuable experience.

Datebook for April 6

8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

Craig briefs: MCHS Class of 1980 to host meeting

There will be an organizational meeting for all 1980 Moffat County High School graduates at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

Maren Schmidt: 3-period lessons help clarify

Up to age 4, children are in a sensitive period for refining their senses. Children at this age are capable of learning to discern hundreds of qualities of the things around them.

Senior spotlight for April 6

Another weekend full of children anticipating some special happening. Easter has been noted for including real live chicks and bunnies. However, I think Easter egg coloring and Easter egg hunts are still the most popular.

Local officials to discuss potential lodging tax

Craig City Council member Ray Beck said it is important for the community to attend an upcoming workshop about a potential new city tax. Beck was referring to the Craig City Council and Moffat County Commission’s public workshop at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to determine whether Craig should move forward with a lodging tax.

Jane Yazzie: Haiti group needs help

Moffat County residents may be interested in informing themselves of and making a contribution to the Colorado Haiti Project, which the Denver Post wrote about in its March 22 edition.

Judy Samer: Tax would harm town

I read the article in your paper about the Craig City Council wanting to add a tax for the city to add to the state tax on hotels/motels.

Monday, April 5

Sales tax sees slight decline in Steamboat

City Manager: February revenues give city budget “breathing room”

February sales tax revenues dipped just 3 percent compared to February 2009, giving city officials confidence that the winter months could buoy Steamboat’s budget through a potentially slow mud season.

State legislators opposing Hatch Act in small communities

Two state representatives want to push a federal law out of small communities. In March, Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R- Hot Sulphur Springs, and Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, began investigating a solution to problems caused by the Hatch Act in Craig, Steamboat Springs and other communities after hearing concerns from residents.

On the Record for April 5, 2010

On the Record for April 5, 2010

Agenda for Moffat County Tourism Association

Moffat County Tourism Association agenda

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Your community snapshots for April 5

Here are some of the entries for the Craig Daily Press Your Community Snapshots photo contest for March’s categories — industry and Spring Break.

New tool forecasts unemployment

Analysts use year-over-year data to predict rates in Routt, Moffat

Scott Ford and Yampa Valley Partners are trying to add perspective to the inexact science of unemployment figures. The statistics are a challenging metric partly because of the way unemployment is calculated, said Ford, director of the Routt County Economic Development Co­­operative.

Aging Well: Grandparents’ support important to families, children with autism

When Lu Etta Loeber’s grandson, Henry, was diagnosed with severe autism 12 years ago, her initial shock ebbed into fear, worry and denial. She grieved that she never would have the relationship she expected with her grandson, and she grieved for her daughter, suddenly saddled with the enormous responsibility of raising a son with a complex and baffling neurological disorder.

On the Record for April 2

On the Record for April 2

H. Neal Glanville: Lost in land why, how come

I have been to the river, and spring is creeping our way — slowly perhaps, but it’s coming. It sounds silly coming from a fish-alcoholic who loves winter, but we should brush the next few storms off and begin doing our part to clean up the mess the snow has hidden these past six months.

Craig briefs: Seniors invited to VFW dinner tonight

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way, is hosting a free spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. today for all seniors.

Horoscope for April 5

Horoscope for April 5

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Easter events decorate weekend in Craig

Cassie Reed reached her blue-dyed fingers into her plastic shopping bag to show off her loot. In the annual Craig Lions Club Easter egg hunt Saturday at City Park, the 8-year-old came away with what she called a good haul of pastel-wrapped candy.

Advice for accidental business start-ups

EDP offers seminars for entrepreneurs

An economic downturn bre­eds a different kind of workforce, said Darcy Trask, Moffat County Economic Development Partnership director. With high unemployment levels, some turn to alternate sources of income by starting a small business. These are known as “accidental entrepreneurs.”

Paving in Steamboat slated to begin today

Weather not expected to delay resurfacing project on U.S. 40 through downtown

Last week, Colorado Department of Transportation officials said snowfall could postpone the start of work on Lincoln Avenue through downtown Steamboat Springs today. But Scott Contracting's Jody Patten said there hasn’t been enough snow in the past few days to delay the $5.6 million repaving project.

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My life, my words: April Rubley: No bad dogs

“I started at PETCO in Glenwood Springs, which is where I trained for grooming. And from there, I got offered a position at an Aspen grooming staff.

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Andy Bockelman: Don’t bother with ‘Bounty Hunter’

Seeing one of the stars of “The Bounty Hunter” slung over the shoulder of their co-star stirs up memories of Charles Grodin in the same position with Robert De Niro in “Midnight Run” nearly 25 years ago. Granted, it’s a sexier look with the former pair, but that’s about the best thing you can say about their movie.

Datebook for April 5

Datebook for April 5

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Cardboard Classic celebrates 30 years Saturday at ski area

Annual event showcases creativity and construction prowess

Since the early-1970s, Steam­boat Springs residents and guests have devoted the late spring to construction projects that almost always end in disaster. Crafting vehicles from cardboard, glue, string, tape and water-based paint, competitors with a daring streak have entered the Cardboard Classic.

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Bad Dogs perform well at home

Several Craig wrestlers claim 1st-place finishes during 4th annual Bad Dogs Wrestling Classic

For most of the year, Cody Pleasant and his Craig Bad Dog youth wrestling teammates have had to travel long distances for tournaments. The team won a national tournament in Utah, competed in Las Vegas and has made several trips to Denver and the Front Range. Wrestling at home Saturday was a nice change, Pleasant said.

Annie's Mailbox:

Dear Annie: My husband and I are an interracial couple. My father totally disapproves of all interracial relationships, especially one involving his “baby girl.” Annie, I am 47 years old, and even after two years of being with the most wonderful man in the world, I still cannot take him to my parents’ house.

Saturday, April 3

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Sen. Mark Udall visits with Moffat officials

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., visited with area officials Friday to hear their concerns and feedback, most notably regarding energy development.

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White, Bellio and Shrode selected to attend elite hockey camp

After hearing that they had been selected to play in the Rocky Mountain District Player Development Camp, teammates Sarah White, Ripley Bellio and Taylor Shrode had the same reaction.

Kathy Bassett: I don’t know what boring is

I’ve had several people make the remark that they could never live out in the country like we do because it would be boring and there isn’t anything to do here. Excuse me? Hello!

Hunting limited license deadline Tuesday

Big-game applications can be filed online

Although hunting season doesn’t start for another five months, Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesmen Randy Hampton said it’s time to start thinking about licenses.

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Staying connected with the community

Larry Ozbun, 70, has a business card despite no longer owning a business. Printed in the bottom left corner of the otherwise empty, pale cream colored card is: “Larry M. Ozbun Craig, Colorado You’ve heard of me.”

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House of Fabergé replica eggs on sale to benefit Community Foundation

In the 1970s, spending $60 to $70 on a decorative Easter egg was a lot of money for Lolly Hathhorn. But her collection of replica House of Fabergé ornamental eggs was more than a hobby.

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MCHS sends 5 to speech and debate nationals

Thursday at the Craig Branch of the Moffat County Libraries, five Moffat County High School students were acting like the teenagers they are.

Horoscope for April 3

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — The only thing about having a preconceived notion of how another in a particular situation will treat you is having an erroneous reaction to them when you first meet. Don’t be your own worst enemy.

Government update for April 3

Next meeting: Tuesday, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

Bostock: Piercing Problems

As the years go on, body piercing has become the new style, the new “in.” Our spouses and children have facial piercings such as nose, lips, eyebrows and ears. Both men and women.

Datebook for April 3

9:30 a.m. The Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling team hosts the Bad Dogs Wrestling Classic at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. Tickets are $2 at the door.

Diane Prather: A fancy cake to complement Easter dinner

Last night, I made Stacy Gray’s “Mexican Meat Loaf.” It has a delicious taste and is moist. I used an 8-by-10-inch pan so the meat loaf servings were smaller, but the pan worked great.

State 4-H turns 100

This year, Colorado 4-H is 100 years old, and special events will take place during the year to celebrate.

Our View: Involvement over indifference

A week from today, the Moffat County Republican Assembly will convene at Sandrock Elementary School, an event that will go a long way toward shaping the ballot in this year’s elections.

Veterans Hotline: Academy women to be 1st submariners

Female sailors will began serving on submarines by the end of next year, with Naval Academy graduates leading the way.

The police blotter for April 1

Matthew Joseph Roberts, 26, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Hot Tub’ almost drowns in bitterness

Hollywood has brought us quite a few vehicles for jumping around history, both ancient and recent.

Annie's Mailbox: Will I sound desperate if I ask a boy out?

Dear Annie: I am a seventh-grade girl. There’s this guy I like — and I know he likes me, too. The problem is, we’re both too shy to ask the other out. But I’m scared that if I don’t do anything, nothing will ever happen. If I ask him out, will I sound desperate?

Craig briefs: Easter egg hunt scheduled for today

he Craig Lions Club hosts an Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. today at the north end of Craig City Park.

New coal mine proposed in Routt County

More truck trips on Routt County Road 27 cause concern

The Routt County Planning Commission on Thursday night embraced Peabody Energy’s plans to build a new coal mine west of Steamboat Springs, but it also sent a clear message to mine officials that the county needs more information about the number of heavy trucks needed to haul the coal before the plan could be endorsed.

Friday, April 2

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Steamboat cheers 'Hometown Heroes'

Parade, evening celebration honor Olympians with ties to city

Friday certainly served as another reminder of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team’s bustling success at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games — and rightfully so, with seven Olympic medals clanging together on the stage — but the overriding tone Friday was that it really does take a community to raise an Olympian.

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U.S. Senator visits with Moffat County officials

Mark Udall, D-Colo., discusses assortment of issues with officials from four counties

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., visited with area officials Friday to hear their concerns and feedback, most notably regarding energy development.

On the Record for April 2, 2010

On the Record for April 2, 2010

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Qwest gives $10,000 to Moffat County United Way

Nonprofit organization raises $515,000 in record year

At a time when many corporations are tightening their belts, Qwest Communications reached deeper into its pockets to give more than ever to Moffat County United Way.

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MCHS senior Austin Sadvar returns from 2 elbow surgeries to play baseball

For Austin Sadvar, there is only baseball. The Moffat County High School senior has been playing since he was little, and since he first put on a glove, it was a year-round love affair. “I love baseball more than anything,” he said. “It’s my life.” But for the first baseman, his career was almost cut short.

Deputy clerk to step down because of Hatch Act

Lila Herod to remain 2010 clerk candidate

Lila Herod, Moffat County chief deputy clerk and elections supervisor, will step away today from the office she has called home for more than 20 years.

Fuel gauge for April 2

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

Craig briefs: State offices to be closed today for furlough

Many state government executive branch offices will be closed today for a mandatory furlough day.

Sports briefs: Yampa Valley Golf Course opening delayed

Because of snow, today’s opening of the back nine at Yampa Valley Golf Course has been delayed.

Cheryl Ivy: Salvation with Jesus

After reading the article regarding the Quran study group, I felt compelled to respond.

Janet Sheridan: A mania for eggs

The Saturday before Easter, West Mountain near Utah Lake teemed with youngsters shrieking and throwing hard-boiled eggs at one another.

Annie's Mailbox: Should I give boyfriend divorce ultimatum?

Dear Annie: I am 33 and have a 16-year-old daughter. I’m currently in a loving relationship with a 44-year-old man.

Easter services across Craig

Several churches and organizations across Craig are hosting special Easter weekend events. Children and families can enjoy Easter egg hunts, free breakfasts and several options of church services.

Datebook for April 2

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.

Sherry Sampson: Library offers new services on Internet

I’m excited to announce that you can now access your library card online.

Horoscope for April 2

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Something that gave you some concern previously may resurface again today, but this time it shouldn’t cause you any trouble in handling. Negatives have now turned into positives.

Len Browning: Reality and ramifications of Jesus’ resurrection still tangible today

The Apostle Paul, in his first letter to the church at Corinth, in what we have divided as the 15th chapter, spends the entire section establishing the reality and ramifications of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

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Steamboat to host an Olympic-size ‘congrats’

Athletes, families swept up by post-Olympic whirlwind

A good local will tell you it’s as much those Olympians as it is Champagne Powder that separates Steamboat Springs from other ski towns, and today, the town will get a chance to say “good job” after an unprecedented medal haul from February’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Thursday, April 1

On the Record for April 1, 2010

On the Record for April 1, 2010

Former Craig detective to change plea

Hearing set for April 13 in Ken Johnson case

Former Craig Police detective Ken Johnson is scheduled to appear April 13 in Moffat County District Court to plead guilty to attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony, according to court records.

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Thursday power outages roll through Craig, Yampa Valley

Craig residents felt the effects of a spring storm that could end with 4 to 8 inches of snow on the ground today. Rolling blackouts from downed power lines and falling tree limbs affected electricity in the Yampa Valley on Thursday.

The Memorial Hospital seeing more patients

The Memorial Hospital has admitted 30 percent more patients in 2010 than at the same time last year, according to TMH Chief Financial Officer Bryan Chalmers’ monthly report.

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CMS wrestlers head to state

For Sheldon Greenwood, what started out as a way to get into shape for baseball has brought him to new places. Namely the 2010 middle school state wrestling tournament. Greenwood, 14, will represent the Craig Middle School wrestling program alongside Brayden Peterson and Ashlee Griffiths on Friday at the Denver Convention Center.

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Craig receives CDOT grant to improve sidewalks for children

The city of Craig, which worked in conjunction with Moffat County School District, is slated to receive $188,905 in CDOT funds to help provide safe routes to schools for children to be used by children at Craig Middle School and Sandrock Elementary.

Officials think 'Clean Air' bill will hurt jobs

State Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, said the state Senate approval of House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, on Wednesday, will harm the Colorado coal industry and mining jobs.

Moffat County Web site being redone

Moffat County’s Web site will be getting a facelift. Mason Siedschlaw, Moffat County information systems coordinator, said the county is working with the Statewide Internet Portal Authority to provide an updated layout template and hosting services to the county and library’s Web presence.

Susan E. Birch: ‘A Healthier America’

Please observe National Public Health Week 2010 with us from April 5 through 11.

Moffat County rodeo team happy with early results

Although the Moffat County High School rodeo team placed in only one event, coach Janice Edwards was happy with her team’s performance. After all, it was the first rodeo of the spring.

Craig briefs: State offices to be closed Friday

Many state government executive branch offices will be closed Friday for a mandatory furlough day.

Datebook for April 1

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.

‘The Ghost Writer’ provides a haunting story of mystery

Who determines things like facts, truth and history? Ideally, these are concepts that everyone could agree on, but as the characters of “The Ghost Writer” find out, it’s just not that easy.

Cathy Hamilton: Playing the puppy lottery

Raising a small dog is a lot like raising a small human in that, sometimes, you get lulled into a false sense of security and disaster ensues.

Horoscope for April 1

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — This is likely to be one of those days in which you will be in the right spot at the right time through nothing you’ll perceive or do, but just by chance. Be sure to take advantage of something really good.

Annie's Mailbox: Should I help adopted son find his birth mother?

Dear Annie: My husband and I adopted a boy from a reputable adoption home 26 years ago. At the time, we were given only a few details about the birth parents.

Cathy L. Lacy: Census tells more than population

Today, April 1, is Census Day. It marks the culmination of years of planning for the largest peacetime domestic mobilization our nation undertakes.

Michelle Balleck: Cloudy with a chance of bunnies

Today let’s celebrate that it’s April and finally spring. April fools. It’s supposed to be cloudy and rainy, or even snowy, this weekend. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pull out those adorable Easter dresses and enjoy the holiday. I don’t predict the weather will inhibit bunny travel eithe