Tuesday, August 31
Twentymile Coal Co. employees from Craig, Steamboat Springs attend packed public hearing
Twentymile Coal Co. employees from Craig and Steamboat Springs made their voices heard last night at a packed Mesa County Courthouse.
The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership will soon conduct a survey aimed at examining the local planning and building process through the eyes of construction companies and contractors. The surveys are part of EDP’s BUILD project, which seeks to understand the customer experience for users of local gas and electric utilities, city and county planning, and other organizations builders may do business with, according to a news release. EDP hopes to determine if building processes and organizations are efficient and easy to work with, according to the release.
GRAND JUNCTION — When Craig resident Matt Winey’s name was called on a speaker system Monday night in Grand Junction, he was met with applause, whistling and shouts of encouragement from the audience. Winey, a shift foreman for Twentymile Coal Co., located east of Craig, knew why he received the applause. “You might wonder why I got all the applause,” he said speaking to a crowd of hundreds. “It’s (because) I’m just one of the coal miners here. I’m one of the ones … afraid this bill is going to do away with my job.”
On Saturday, every drive, chip and putt at the Yampa Valley Golf Course went to a good cause, Bear River Young Life area director David Pressgrove said. The third annual Young Life Golf Tournament went smoothly Saturday despite the constant threat of foul weather, Pressgrove said. “Overall, it went well,” he said. “We had some ominous looking clouds around 8 a.m., but the weather held.”
6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 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. 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.
To the editor: On Wednesday, Aug. 25, at about 6:35 p.m., I left Bank of the West after making a withdrawal. As I went out to my car, I dropped my wallet and did not notice that it was missing. I was back within minutes to look for it, but it had already been picked up. I called the police, hoping that whoever picked up my wallet had turned it in. The police didn’t have it, but they went to the bank and looked at the recordings that they have for the bank, and they have a picture of a young boy who picked up my wallet.
The American Poolplayers Association league is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Mathers’ Club, 420 Yampa Ave. Interested players can call Michelle at 826-2783, or sign-up at the door.
This is the first fall since I was 5 that I haven’t had a first day of school. Now, as a recent college graduate, the first of September will mark the first day of the real world. And this first day of reality gives me feelings like the first day of school used to. Something about the crisp fall air, the Friday night lights that illuminate the entire town, and the first day of school make me giddy.
To the editor: St. Michael’s Kitchen would like to thank several participants in the Colorado State Barbecue Championship for their generous food donations.
(Time Date Place Host) MCHS cross-country: 4 p.m. Sept. 3 Away Arapahoe 10 a.m. Sept. 4 Away Cherry Creek 5 p.m. Sept. 10 Away Grand Jnct. 5 p.m. Sept. 17 Away Liberty Bell 10 a.m. Sept. 25 Home Moffat Cnty.
Both MCHS cross-country teams return experienced runners. But, is it enough?
The names of individuals who won state cross-country titles during their time in Bulldog blue aren’t engraved. Their jerseys aren’t lifted into the rafters. For one, cross-country runners don’t have numbers, and even if they did, they probably wouldn’t be retired. State and school records aren’t hung up on the wall, like with track and field athletes. But, on the walls of the Moffat County High School gymnasium, there are still banners.
When the Bulldogs get down, Matthews and Roberts pull them up
Off the court, the 2010 Moffat County High School volleyball team looks quite different, with two new coaches representing the biggest changes the team has seen from last season to this one. On the court, however, the Bulldogs have two of their pillars back for 2010.
Spirit team working hard to prepare for upcoming season
Eat. Cheer. Sleep. Repeat. This has seemingly been the routine the last nine days for Moffat County High School freshman cheerleader Brianna Combs.
After years of maturing, MCHS boys soccer team ready for breakout season
With his boys soccer team just beginning to recover from their hardest conditioning drill of practice, Moffat County High School coach Rusty Cox decided to have a little fun. “Watch this,” he said, as sweat dripped from his athletes’ faces. “Alright, do it again. This time in reverse.” Team members quietly lined back up on the field and started the grueling conditioning again.
As BIG WHITE approaches, time is running short on admiring community improvements
Some of you readers deserve a heartfelt thank you from our community, and this is the best time I could think of to express it. Your gift to all of us might have been unintentional, but nevertheless, the results of your hard work have benefited our town as a whole. We all know that the BIG WHITE change is only about two months away.
Brady Conner and the Bulldogs share a common story
Brady Conner was a 15-year-old Moffat County High School sophomore. As a tight end in the Bulldogs’ system, he was the first one out to block for running backs trying to turn the corner. The game was Sept. 26, 2008 in Delta. It was the Panthers’ homecoming, and the Bulldogs were looking to move to 2-2 in the Western Slope League. As usual, Conner was the man at the end of the line.
MCHS rodeo has staying power, and a crop of promising young cowboys on the horizon
What does it take to build a successful sports program? Veteran leadership, a strong will to improve, and a stock of young talent are good places to start. In that way, it’s check, check and check for the 2010 Moffat County High School rodeo team, sponsor Janice Edwards said. In addition to returning everyone but Gabby Miller and Taylor Vernon from last year’s team, the first of several promising young wranglers will be entering high school.
Dear Annie: My good friend “Kathy” has an 8-year-old son, as do I. “Brian” is extremely smart, but has a sailor’s vocabulary.He also threatens other kids and says he will beat them up. Sometimes, Brian encourages other kids to hit him. Over the years, he’s been in trouble numerous times, but Kathy blames the school, saying Brian is too smart to sit still and acts up because he’s bored.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Although Lady Luck might play a constructive role in your affairs, both financially and personally, she may not extend her favors onto others who are involved. Enjoy your good fortune. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — You are likely to handle any and all major issues adroitly, while petty or frivolous ones may have you scurrying for the aspirin bottle. Go figure. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Stay in contact with your major sources, and keep your eyes open for any hidden financial opportunities not readily discernible. Something big is stirring behind the scenes.
MCHS golf team looking to end streak of missing state
In 2009, a streak — and an unfortunate one at that — was almost broken. Mark Dockstader narrowly missed becoming the first Moffat County High School boys golfer to qualify for a state meet since 1998. He shot 83, but wound up in a one-hole playoff for second alternate. All summer, he spent his mornings and weekends making sure that when the scores roll in, he’s on the right end of a trip to state.
Grave renovations honor Moffat County pioneers in wildlife photography
Up on a hill a half-mile north of Lay, on a patch of ground surrounded by sagebrush, rest the graves Augusta and Allen Grant Wallihan. As one looks into the distance, few things break the sight of the surrounding hills in the distance save for a barn and a transmitter, said Dan Davidson, Museum of Northwest Colorado director. “You get a feeling of place when you see it,” he said. “More like what Northwest Colorado would have looked like 100 and some years ago.”
Craig resident’s calling to photography blooms in retirement years
There aren’t a lot of comparisons to be drawn between Janele Husband’s two most recent trips. The first was a three-week sojourn through various parts of Alaska. The second was a weekend reunion with childhood friends in her native Nebraska, one nicknamed “The Chill,” and forbidden to spouses and children. But, for the 53-year-old Husband, scenery is irrelevant. Everywhere, no matter the location, is a potentially palette-rich environment for her photographer’s eye.
Monday, August 30
On the Record for Aug. 31, 2010
After days of cooking, winners of the first Colorado State BBQ Championship were announced Saturday afternoon at the Wyman Museum in Craig. Among the winners were two local teams: Smokin’ 101 of Meeker and Adrian Nelson of Craig. Smokin’ 101 won two awards — sixth place in the pork category and 10th place for brisket. Nelson, who works in the parts department at Tri-State Generation & Transmission, was awarded $100 for his fourth-place finish in the chicken category.
Natasha Sloan doesn’t need more than a handful of seconds to think of why shooting sports are her favorite. The 15-year-old 4-H sharpshooter said she is happiest when she is staring down a target through the sights on her .22 rifle. “Shooting is my whole life, pretty much,” she said. “I hunt, and it’s just my favorite sport.” On Aug. 21, her sport gave back to her and her team.
“I think it was 1996 when I opened this place, but I can’t remember for sure. I know it’s been more than 10 years. My whole family has always been in the food industry. My husband, Mike, worked in restaurants, and before he was cooking, he was a waiter and it just seems like we’ve always been involved in that industry. It’s been a natural progression to me opening the shop. And after I started it, he joined me once he retired.
Upon arriving Saturday afternoon at the scene of a cabin fire in Wilderness Ranch, firefighters found a structure fully-involved in flames with little chance of being saved. However, the nearly 50-person crew from several responding agencies was able to contain the blaze to the cabin, and keep it from spreading to the surrounding forest. Given the close proximity of trees and the ease in which the fire could have spread to them, containing the fire to the cabin can’t be downplayed, Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston said.
An unusual scene unfolded Saturday night at Fireside Family Restaurant in Baggs, Wyo. Seven uniformed sheriffs, men more accustomed to writing traffic tickets and serving justice, were instead writing meal tickets and serving food. The occasion was “Tip-a-Cop,” a fundraiser for deputy Kyle Rosentreter, of the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office. At $15 per plate, the event raised an estimated $1,700 in three hours.
The American Poolplayers Association league begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mathers’ Club, 420 Yampa Ave. Interested players can call Michelle at 826-2783 or sign-up at the door.
Last week, while trying to comprehend the political mish-mash of events that keeps crawling under our Zucchini plants, the normal side went on vacation. Well, not really a vacation, but he’s upset with the weak side for not understanding that there’s a greater good being served here and there’s “no need to pick everything apart and make fun of it. This all started with the news that General Motors was going to offer its stock to the public for an undisclosed amount per share. The company hadn’t really thought about when they were going to make this offer, but the sound bite alone that they were going to, made the TV stock market “analysts” so happy the population of the planet Stupid rose by 80 percent.
Today is the first day of school for Moffat County School District students. 10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bob Woods at 824-6836.
Colten Yoast Age: 14, Moffat County High School freshman Sport and position: Football, nose tackle How did you get your start in your sport? “I really wanted to hit people in the third grade, so I started playing.”
Friends face long recovery for burns sustained in Kremmling incident
Two Steamboat Springs men burned in an explosion at a Kremmling home last week have received temporary skin grafts and face long, challenging recovery periods.
Most of us take our eyesight for granted, not realizing that someday it might not be so easy to read, write, drive or recognize familiar faces. Although normal aging of the eye does not cause low vision, diseases that impair vision are more common among older adults.
Dear Annie: My wife and I have been together for 17 years — married for the past nine. This is a second marriage for both of us. We have no children together. Things were good for the first several years, but then I became complacent and lost interest. Sex happened only on rare occasion. We started doing things separately. My wife told me she loved me, but she’d met a man who made her feel good and wanted to be with him.
Saturday, August 28
When Scott Patterson, 36, climbs to the top of a mountain, he has a distinct feeling — one of peace and accomplishment. “For me, it is a clear mind,” he said. “It helps you forget about everything else. Everyone has a hectic life, I guess, and it helps you focus on nature instead of on traffic or the noise of everything.” But that feeling of serenity isn’t new to Scott. During his life, Scott said he has climbed 1,469 mountains since climbing his first in 1981.
Standing behind a barbecue grill for three hours had an effect on Gene Bilodeau, who got a face full of smoke while preparing cheeseburgers and hot dogs Wednesday night. Although he wound up bleary-eyed by the end of the night, he still had his sights set on the future. Specifically, in a location a few miles north.
In California, the governor launched “Operation Welcome Home.” This $20 million program is designed to help veterans transition from battle to the home front. The governor said, “We are doing more than thanking them. We are showing them our gratitude through our actions.”
When Craig Daily Press reporter Brian Smith and I were sharing recipe ideas last week, he mentioned that he’d like to have more recipes that used macaroni and cheese. So, this week’s first recipe is with you in mind, Brian. The recipe was submitted last spring by Stacy Gray, of Craig, and it has appeared in this column before. However, it is good enough to repeat. And, if you’re cooking for yourself, the recipe is easy to fix and nutritious (and, Josh Roberts, you can probably make the whole thing in one pan, depending on its size).
For a while, the Moffat County High School varsity football team looked like it could do no wrong. Playing Friday night at home against the Evergreen High School Cougars, the Bulldogs scored an early touchdown and added a safety to take a 9-0 lead into the second quarter. Then, the momentum changed, coach Kip Hafey said. “We had it, then they took it right back from us,” he said. “We were able to get it early, then they had the momentum and kept it.”
Did you ever notice how our senses can trigger memories? To name a few: the sound of rain on the roof, the scent of freshly mowed hay, the aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon, and the sound of a John Deere A tractor. They’re all examples of things heard and smelled that take us back to a time and place. For me, this back-to-school time of year has several triggers.
What’s more disgusting than seeing a person devoured by an unstoppable killing force? If you disagree when I say the debauchery of college kids on vacation is more deplorable, just take a look at “Piranha 3-D.” To paraphrase another famous fish movie: “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater…” Lake Victoria is a small, picture perfect little Arizona town for about 50 weeks out of the year.
By mid-morning Friday, things were already heating up at the first Colorado State BBQ Championship in Craig. A field of 29 regional and national contestants stood under blue skies, a warm sun and windswept clouds of smoke. Among the teams assembled for the weekend event at Wyman Museum are local cooks from Craig, Hayden and Meeker. “There’s some real competition here,” Craig resident and competitor Alan Webber said. “Johnny Trigg just showed up. He’s a two-time (Jack Daniels) champion, and he’s done the BBQ Pitmasters (television) series. That guy knows his ribs.”
To the editor: This is to wish the best to the Moffat County High School soccer team and coach Rusty Cox this season. You can be number one, and your community will be proud of you.
Moffat County Commission Last met: Tuesday, Aug. 24 Decisions: • Approved, 3-0, a fiduciary insurance renewal form with Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. for one year starting Sept. 1. • Approved, 3-0, a yearly office lease with the state electrical inspector’s office totaling $1,200. • Approved, 3-0, a Qwest telecommunications contract for a line volume plan with eligible participants
More than politics, more than anything, really, the most divisive issue societies have historically faced has involved religion. Wars have been — and are still being — fought over matters of faith, and it’s questionable whether that will ever change. It’s almost understandable — people are passionate about their respective beliefs of a higher power, and sometimes attach an intolerance to others who believe differently.
At its meeting Thursday, the Moffat County School Board: • Authorized, 7-0, Christine Villard, Renae Dove and Joe Petrone to serve as federal program representatives. • Approved, 7-0, the Colorado Preschool Program to contract preschool services for identified at-risk preschoolers through Sunrise Kids LLC Preschool & Child Care.
Holistic Health & Fitness is hosting a free informational meeting for its Inner Diva classes, which will be offered this fall. The meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Holistic, 420 Breeze St. Program classes include Sexy 101, belly dancing and pole fitness and are open to women of all sizes. Participants must be age 18 or older.
8 a.m. The third annual Young Life Golf Tournament takes place at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The format is a four-person scramble, and the cost is $240 per team. Call David Pressgrove at 629-9600, or e-mail him at email@example.com. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ hosts its second Junk in the Trunk yard sale at the church, 630 Green St. Call the church at 824-6836, or Bev at 824-8727.
Dear Annie: I just got fired yesterday. In all my 18 years of working, I have never been fired. I was completely blindsided. My boss never addressed any issues she had with me. Yesterday, she called me into her office and simply said, “It’s not working out. I don’t think you’re a good fit.” I was outraged at her approach and “reason” for firing me. She’s new and has never been in management before. I am the second person she has fired since she became boss six months ago.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Putting strings on what you do for another would cause the person to regret ever asking for your help. In fact, s/he might never ask anything of you again, because they might even leave your life. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — You and your partner must look out for one another’s interests when involved in a joint endeavor. Not doing so would not only hinder your efforts, but hurt the relationship as well. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Don’t make quid pro quo all-important with your friends, or you could damage the relationship. Of course each should look for a way to repay a favor, but without pressure of any kind.
Friday, August 27
Bulldogs playing host to Evergreen High School
The Moffat County High School Bulldogs begin a new season at 7 p.m. today when they play out-of-league opponent Evergreen High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.
The Moffat County School District resumes classes Monday, and teachers were busy this week preparing their classrooms and attending meetings. Students were busy gathering last-minute school supplies and enjoying the sunshine before heading back to school. The Craig Daily Press asked a handful of these teachers and students: Are you excited for back-to-school? Here’s what they had to say.
On the Record for Aug. 27, 2010
Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.84; Diesel: $2.94 1. Kum & Go, 1302 W. Victory Way
A Meeker hunting outfitter was indicted Tuesday on charges of conspiracy and violating the federal Lacey Act, which prohibits the trade or sale of illegally hunted and killed wildlife across state lines. Dennis Rodebaugh, 69, owner of D&S Guide and Outfitter, and Brian Kunz, 54, of Augusta, Wis., a hunting guide, were both charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., and nine counts of interstate sale of unlawfully taken big game, all felonies, according to court records.
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association honored its longest-tenured employees Wednesday in a ceremony following the VNA’s annual meeting at The Haven in Hayden. Registered Nurse Ann Irvin, the VNA’s nurse-family partnership supervisor, was among 12 employees recognized at the event. This month marks a significant milestone in the career of Irvin, who works from the Craig office. “This is really extraordinary,” VNA Chief Executive Officer Sue Birch said to the crowd at Wednesday’s meeting. “For the first time ever (at the VNA), we have a 25-year employee.”
Don Riley got a phone call a few weeks ago, and it was one he was happy to receive. The call was from a former protégé, requesting that he return temporarily to the education career he ended seven years ago. Not long after, he agreed to step back into the role of school administrator.
One-sixth of the American economy. That’s the amount health care expert Kelly Victory said will be controlled by the federal government if health care reform continues where it’s headed. Victory, a Steamboat Springs resident, spoke Wednesday night at the Bears Ears Patriots monthly meeting at American Legion Post 62.
Team hosting Evergreen in zero week game
In a first for the Moffat County High School boys varsity football program, the team will play a zero week game at 7 p.m. Friday at MCHS against Evergreen High School. Every year, a handful of teams play a game before the first day of school, and this year, it’s the Bulldogs who are matched up against the Cougars a team in the Metro South League.
To the editor: The 2010 Moffat County Balloon Festival Committee would like to thank the community of Craig and Moffat County for attending the many activities going on during the balloon festival weekend. Your good spirits and enthusiasm for this new event in our area are truly and greatly appreciated.
Richard Wildenhaus, Moffat County High School athletic director, is warning the community about a company soliciting local businesses, possibly fraudulently. An advertising company called Victory Sports is soliciting local businesses, Wildenhaus said. The company is not affiliated with MCHS, he added.
9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool children takes place at Loudy-Simpson Park, weather permitting. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann at 826-2717. 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. Noon to 9 p.m. The Colorado State BBQ Championships takes place at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40. Admission is free. Tony Rosario and the Poor Boys perform live music from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit www.craigbbq.com for a full schedule.
The Friday Night Variety Show has been scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. The evening will include desserts, coffee, poetry and music. Performers of poetry, readings, music and comedy can sign up at 6:30 p.m.
To the editor: There is a serious problem with a group of Colorado Republican legislators who traveled this month to Arizona to meet with that state’s governor and legislative leaders. They billed the trip as an opportunity to “refine (their) understanding and fortify our resolve.” This trip signals that the Colorado GOP in the statehouse wants to craft a policy similar to the controversial Arizona law. Whether or not you agree with the Arizona bill, it is simply not right for Colorado, and these legislators that went to Arizona used the bill for a political photo-op.
I have an idea for a reality TV sensation: Family Reunion Frenzy. This summer, my family gathered in Wyoming, and Joel’s a week later in Illinois. I needed more recovery time: my eyes had barely begun to refocus when we departed for the Sheridan festivities. I have six siblings, and Joel has seven.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Someone in dire need may seek you out for your know-how and talent, which in the end is likely to benefit you. As it turns out, you should be able to profit from being helpful. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Collective effort has its rewards. While working in close conjunction with one or two other people, your team could end up making a big impact on something important. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — It isn’t likely that you will feel fulfilled unless you work on something you believe to be of importance. Devote as much time as you can possibly spare to do so.
Dear Annie: My boyfriend and I met each other at a military school. A month later, we moved in together. My 12-year-old daughter and I moved 900 miles to be with him. Six weeks later, he asked me to marry him. Soon after, we both began getting cold feet. For no reason, I became enraged with jealousy and started to smother him.
Rep. Randy Baumgardner recently spent about six days in Arizona with 10 other Republican state legislators. The Republican from Hot Sulphur Springs said “there’s a very good possibility there will be legislation drafted” regarding immigration laws in Colorado’s 2011 legislative session.
Thursday, August 26
New terrace, umbrella bar will replace Bear River deck
A terrace and umbrella bar is one of several new ski area improvements announced by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. on Wednesday. The Bear River Bar & Grill’s deck will be torn down soon. The work should be completed before the start of the ski season.
The Walden area mostly was isolated from outside communication Thursday afternoon because of a cut fiber optic line. Officials reported that residents in the area could call one another but could not call out of the area or reach 911 services.
On the Record for Aug. 26, 2010
Remember the days when action heroes were big, dumb brutes who were always easy to cheer for as they doled out their brand of justice? One of the stars of “The Expendables” certainly did, so he made his movie accordingly. When government agencies need someone who can do a dangerous job fast and efficiently, they call The Expendables, a group of soldiers for hire who perform every task as if it were their last, because in their line of work, it very well may be.
Are you ready for some football? Or some delicious barbecue? How about some make-your-belly-hurt laughs with a side of cheap beer? This weekend’s got a solid mix of all things wonderful, so dig in.
The Moffat County Tourism Association will be doing something this fall it has never done before, director Marilynn Hill said. MCTA is currently requesting proposals from companies to study Moffat County’s tourism assets and how they can be marketed best, she said. The evaluation of the county and surrounding region will be completed at the beginning of next year, and is the first phase of MCTA’s new marketing plan.
Social Services expects to allocate $2.47 million by year’s end
Marie Peer, Moffat County Department of Social Services director, has seen the number of food stamp cases her department handles consistently increase since 2008. Seeing more residents need help putting food on the table can be tough sometimes, she said. But, “you don’t have time for heartbreaking,” she said.
At its regular meeting Wednesday, The Memorial Hospital board: • Approved, 5-0, medical staff privileges for 12 clinicians and staff members. • Tabled a request by Mitch Edgeworth, a regional vice president for Quorum Health Resources, to move the regular meetings from the last Wednesday of each month to the last Thursday of each month. The board agreed to meet on Oct. 28, Nov. 30, and Dec. 30, and will reconsider the proposed change during the final meeting of 2010.
Gathering around the grill is no foreign concept to Craig residents, but a national-level barbecue competition is something entirely different. Although the size of an upcoming barbecue event in Craig may be rare for the community, it will nonetheless be well done if organizer George Rohrich has anything to say about it.
More than 250 season passes sold
The waves will stop crashing Sunday when the Craig Swimming Complex closes for the winter, signaling the end of another summer, The complex, which opened for the season in May, may still have some school programs come through, but aquatics supervisor Sylvia Griffiths said it will be closed to the public at the end of the week. “It’s going to be Sunday,” she said. “We might still do some stuff with the schools in the afternoons, but for all intents and purposes, the pool will be closing Sunday.”
American Legion Post 62 is hosting bingo Saturday night at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way. The progressive jackpot is now more than $1,400. Doors open at 5 p.m., and games begin at 6:15 p.m. The event is open to the public. For more information, call 824-3625.
To the editor: Thank you to all the people who supported the Craig Lions Club circus, and especially to those who had to use their tickets for the show in Hayden the following day. Your patience was greatly appreciated, as the sales for the circus event were much higher than anticipated. The Craig Lions are very pleased with the exciting presentations and the professional attitude of the members of the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, including Trey, the man in the cage with the lion, Solomon, and the two tigers.
I want to be a busker. Those zany street performers really have it made, don’t they? No deadlines. No office politics. No budget cuts. Just put on a clean costume, show up for work and do something amazing. Ah, but there’s the rub. What could I do that would amaze, awe and attract large amounts of pocket change from the crowds? I have no special talents. At least, none that could be considered busk-able.
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. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Story-time takes place at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. Call 824-5116. 1 to 8 p.m. The Craig Swimming Complex is open for swimming. The cost is $4 for adults 18 and older; $3.25 for swimmers 12 to 17; $3 for swimmers 4 to 11; and swimmers 3 and younger and 55 and older swim for free. Call the pool at 824-3015.
The Craig Parks and Recreation 2010 Doak Walker football season began this week. In Monday’s third- and fourth-grade games, the Colts defeated Hayden, 20-12, and the Packers edged the Broncos, 20-19. In Tuesday’s fifth- and sixth-grade games, Hayden defeated the Ravens, 32-12, the Steelers slipped past the Chargers, 25-21, and the 49ers beat the Jets, 12-7.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — A particular change you’ve been trying to fight off might happen without your approval. However, once it’s operational, you’ll appreciate its value and what it’s doing for you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — You’re likely to be far luckier in partnership situations than anything you do strictly for yourself. Embrace every associate who wants in, as long as they can make a contribution. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — The assistance you require to accomplish something special will be there for you, but you may have to ask for it. Others who want to repay you for past deeds want to help.
Dear Annie: I have three sisters, but the one who was my best friend in the whole world was “Michele.” Nine years ago, I found Michele and my husband of 19 years in bed together. They both said, “It’s not what you think,” but really, Annie, they were both naked in the bed. There was no mistaking what they were doing. I lost both my sister and my husband in one day, and I haven’t spoken to either of them since. My ex-husband moved out of state, but I cannot look at Michele without feeling betrayed.
Wednesday, August 25
The men's identities have not been released by law enforcement officials. Both were transported Tuesday to University Hospital in Denver for apparent burn-related injuries.
On the Record for Aug. 25, 2010
The Bears Ears Patriots will host a meeting today with the state of health care in the U.S. as the focus. The meeting, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7, will give those in attendance the chance to hear from a medical expert about health care. Kelly Victory, a medical expert and health care consultant for the Republican National Committee, will address how recent actions by the federal government will impact citizens across the country. The meeting is open to the public.
Junior Parker King paces Bulldogs with 77
For the second time in a week, the Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team has had to compete without one of its top players. And, for the second time in almost a week, the team has responded well to the challenge, coach Ken Harjes said. Playing Tuesday at Rifle Gap Golf Course in Rifle, the team finished sixth out of 15 teams with a score of 255. The team was without the help of senior Mark Dockstader, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Tax to appear before voters in November at 6.9 percent
The Craig City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday to ask voters if they would be in favor of implementing a 6.9 percent lodging tax in the city limits. At its regular meeting Tuesday, the council approved, 6-1, on second reading, ordinance No. 1006, which will manage the tax if approved, and a ballot question concerning the tax to be placed before city voters in November’s general election. A committee of residents developed the ordinance and ballot question over the last several months. The committee is proposing the tax be collected in the city, and be divided into four categories related to the improvement of tourism in the area. The committee is also proposing two entities manage the lodging tax money.
After months of waiting and weeks of practicing, the first football games of fall arrived Tuesday in Moffat County. The 2010 Craig Parks and Recreation fifth- and sixth-grade football season began Tuesday with three games at Woodbury Sports Complex. The six-game regular season schedule kicked off with the Hayden Tigers playing Craig’s Ravens, the 49ers hosting the Jets, and the Chargers playing the Steelers.
The Moffat County School District resumes classes Monday, and the district is welcoming 15 new teachers to its staff. Below are photos and short bios on the educators for the community to get to know these new teachers. The school district is still in the process of hiring a music teacher for Sandrock Elementary School.
August is on its way out. Boy, what a month it has been for me. There has been something going on every weekend. Picnics, anniversaries, fair, birthdays, etc. Oh, I musn’t forget yard sales. The weather also made a difference, as usual. But, all in all, everything is going by so fast. For instance, as I was going into another section at City Market one day, a gentleman was waiting to go into an isle by somewhere I was. As I got close to him, he said I didn’t put his name in the paper for his birthday.
Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus, 50 College Dr., will be hosting a Community Appreciation Barbecue from 5 to 8 p.m. today. The barbecue is CNCC’s way of saying thanks to the community for its ongoing support of the community college. The event is open to the public.
To the editor: I have watched with interest the political process unfold the last five months. I voted Aug. 10 for the candidates of my choice. I was gratified that my vote and the votes of the majority of citizens mattered, and Robert Razzano won the primary election. I am now disappointed that someone in the minority has decided to go against the majority and not uphold the voter’s decision. I always thought the will of the majority decided elections, not the discontent of the minority.
I would like to commend the Craig Parks and Recreation department on the improvement to the green strip just east of Murdoch’s along U.S. Highway 40. What a change for the better.
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676 for more information. Noon. A meeting for women only of the Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bud at 824-1793.
Moffat County School Board meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at administration building, 775 Yampa Ave. Agenda: • Call meeting to order
With two successful tourist events in the rearview mirror, and hopefully a third on the horizon, Craig and Moffat County has been a busy place this summer, and one fortunate to have such activities. The Moffat County Fair recently wrapped up its 92nd year, and judging by the performance of youths, feedback from community members, and the quality of projects and animals entered, this was another year of achievement for participants and organizers. But, that’s not the only event that’s drawing praise.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — It would be best if neither you nor your mate react in a way that would stir things up, just to get what you want should a disagreement arise. If you can’t remain civil, don’t speak until your slow burn is gone. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Be particularly careful not to disrupt a situation that is presently running smoothly. If you’re the one who disassembles the mechanism, you’ll have to take the fall. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Take care that you don’t come off as being too loud or too strong in a social situation, regardless of how much something annoys you. Friends will respond better to consultation than to rudeness.
Dear Annie: My 81-year-old mother passed away several months ago. One of her final wishes was that my older sister and I get along. Sis inherited Mom’s house, but she lives five hours away and didn’t want it, so I purchased the house from the estate. I have a sentimental attachment to it, since my father built the place and that’s where we grew up. I go there on my days off to do maintenance and upkeep.
Tuesday, August 24
At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, a fiduciary insurance renewal form with Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. for one year starting Sept. 1. • Approved, 3-0, a yearly office lease with the state electrical inspector’s office totaling $1,200.
On the Record for Aug. 24, 2010
Kerry Moe to challenge Tom Mathers for District 3 in November
Craig resident Kerry Moe, 48, has announced she will run as a write-in candidate for the Moffat County Commission in November’s general election. Moe, a Republican, filed her candidate petition Monday afternoon for the District 3 commission seat currently held by Tom Mathers. Moe’s husband, Frank, ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in the Aug. 10 Republican primary election against Mathers. Mathers won by 49 votes in the primary. He received 1,197 votes, or 51.04 percent, while Frank Moe received 1,148 votes, or 48.96 percent.
Board of Commissioners to vote today on de-icing pads for YVRA
The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote today on whether to spend $280,000 to rehabilitate a pair of concrete aircraft de-icing pads at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
Moffat County vote center shows state’s busiest Election Day activity, increase over 2008 primary voter turnout
Numbers for the Aug. 10 primary election showed a marked increase in voter turnout as compared to 2008 results. With a total of 2,732 registered county voters participating in the primary, the turnout was 47.43 percent of the overall 5,760 voters, as determined by election officials’ final count Friday. That turnout was significantly higher than the 2008 primary, which saw only about 5 percent of registered voters.
Working beneath the rotted-out roof of a house badly in need of repair, teenager Casey Martin faced a number of hassles during his mission trip to Montana: the July heat, standing still for hours on end holding up fresh lumber, not to mention having to continually rinse off the mess caused by a flock of roosting pigeons. But, he said his reason for working so hard was to help those who lived beneath the roof, and in doing so, carrying out the work of the presence above it. Martin was one of 21 Catholic mission workers from Craig, Steamboat Springs and Meeker who attended the Catholic HEART Workcamp in Billings, Mont., this summer.
Savannah Williams joins Bulldogs
When it comes to importing athletes from Hayden, Moffat County High School has had success. Chris Zirkle was the top boys Bulldog runner in 2009 as a junior, finishing sixth at state. Taylor Branstetter rounded out the boys varsity golf team’s top three in 2009. Ben Williams has been the ace of the MCHS baseball staff for the last two years. His brother, Jordan, was an all-conference selection for MCHS before becoming the co-rookie of the year for Colorado School of Mines in 2009.
The Craig Planning and Zoning Commission gave thumbs up Monday to MJK Sales & Feed for new site development plans. At a special meeting Monday, the commission approved, 5-0, the plans re-submitted by owners Lonnie and Lorraine Kawcak with reduced square footages of two new buildings for their proposed development. The development will be located about a half-mile west of the Moffat County Public Safety Center on First Street, Craig community development director Dave Costa said.
Craig resident Diana Booco, 37, has only been looking for a job for a month, but said she knows what she is up against. “It’s extremely tough,” she said of trying to find a job. “There’s not a whole lot of options out there. This year, I’ll have three kids in school, so it’s back to fulltime employment.” Booco recently resigned from her part-time job coaching volleyball and basketball at Craig Middle School in hopes of finding a full-time night job.
Today None Wednesday 8 a.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team plays at the Vail Golf Club. Thursday None
7 p.m. Wednesday in conference rooms A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop Agenda: • Call to order by chairwoman Missy Bonaker • Agenda review • Conflicts of interest • Opportunity for public to address the board • Consent agenda:
The Friday Night Mixed Nuts bowling league will have an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Friday at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave. The meeting is open to anyone interested in joining.
Two or more Moffat County Commissioners are scheduled to meet with Jay Fetcher, northwest regional director for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., to discuss various issues at 3 p.m. today at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way, in the main floor conference room. The meeting is open to the public.
6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 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. 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.
When I know something is right, I get a unique feeling in my stomach. Since my curly, frizzy-haired childhood days, I have been known to follow this feeling, this gut instinct. I describe this feeling as a pinch that awakens you to the reality that stands right before you. So, do you say yes, or no? In my younger years, these decisions existed on a smaller scale. For example, whether to sneak out or not, whether to take the buzzer shot or to pass it on, whether to trust what I felt at that very moment or to deny it all together.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — It’s good to be your own person, but not to the point of being uncooperative in things that could be mutually advantageous for you as well as for all concerned. Don’t trip yourself up. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Good planning is generally required in areas where you hope to be productive and successful. If you don’t know what you’re doing, but attempt it anyway, you’ll set yourself up for failure. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Normally you are someone who likes to be helpful and very cooperative when the situation calls for it. However, you might agree to help when your better judgment warns you against doing so.
Dear Annie: My husband and his brother are very close. Too close. “Chris” calls his brother every day, sometimes twice a day, and talks for an hour or more each time. Whenever we go out, it is to his brother’s house two hours away. Recently, Chris and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. We reserved a room in a nice hotel, which just happened to be near his brother. Shortly before we arrived, his brother called to say he’d meet us at the hotel and take us out to dinner for our anniversary.
Monday, August 23
On the Record for Aug. 23, 2010
If the Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team has a day like it did Wednesday, big things are in store, coach Ken Harjes said.
“I started learning the guitar at about 18, 19 years old
Having formerly had an office at Moffat Insurance Agency — which was recently sold and relocated to the offices of Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services — Richard Haslem of Centennial Benefits Group will now be located upstairs at the Bank of Colorado, 250 W. Victory Way.
As the sun rose from behind the mountains east of Craig on Saturday morning, the sounds of blowing fans and the rustling of several crumpled silk balloons could be heard at the Craig-Moffat County Airport. The sounds indicated the eight balloons participating in the first Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival were preparing to launch into the cool, summer morning air.
Dear Annie: My husband and I are a happily married couple of less than 10 years, both in our late 40s and in good health.
Moffat County High School is having an open house for freshmen and new students this week. The event is scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the high school, 900 Finley Lane. Students may pick up class schedules, locker assignments and find their classrooms during the open house.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Much progress and many accomplishments can be achieved when you work shoulder to shoulder with others. Collectively you’ll be able to come up with numerous bright ideas that’ll really work.
My beloved brother Roy, who was also an uncle and brother-in-law, and I loved this time of year. Not only was the fishing on every body of water known to us reaching its peak, but our need to go hunting was driving our respective wives crazier than any of our daily stupidity could ever dream of.
There is no way to fully prepare for the challenge of caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Most jobs come with training, but caregiving — and the many roles and responsibilities that come with it — often is unexpected and overwhelming.
Name: Tracy Mendoza
Mutton bustin’, ranch rodeo, home arts ribbons bring end to Routt County Fair
A ranch rodeo, ornery lambs, shaved ice and piles of prize ribbons brought an end to the 96th annual Routt County Fair on Sunday as locals and visitors gathered at the fairgrounds in Hayden in gorgeous late-summer weather marred only by a few gusty winds.
10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.
Saturday, August 21
Plodding across the barren, blazing Mojave Desert, Brendan Beachman and Alex Conner saw something in the desolate Southwestern landscape that was much more than a mirage. The potential for art.
Robert Schenck has never had anyone tell him they didn’t like one of his home-brewed beers. “Everybody likes your beer — it’s free,” said Schenck, echoing the thoughts of many friends that have drank his beer as he sat in the bar of his two-story home northwest of Craig.
As a new sports season approaches, Moffat County High School teams are busy finalizing their rosters. One team, however, is having problems filling out its numbers.
Bittersweet. Samantha Johnston knows it sounds cliché, but said it’s truly how she feels about leaving Craig and moving on to a new challenge.
With the start of the new school year, students will be preparing to get back to work. But the pupils of one Moffat County High School class will be readying themselves for a different set of work expectations, complete with a new teacher to guide them through the process.
The first Moffat County Hot Air Balloon festival kicked off Friday, but the main events of the festival start this morning, said Ray Beck, chairman of the festival committee.
6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Balloons for the Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival launch from the Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40, or, in the event of high winds, from the Craig-Moffat County Airport.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — A social contact you make could turn out to be quite lucky for you, bringing about something that you’ve been hoping would happen for a long time.
Moffat County Commission Last met: Tuesday, Aug. 17 Decisions:
Dear Annie: My three grown sisters and I have a widowed mother with a severe hoarding problem. Due to numerous roof leaks and animal infestations, her drywall and ceilings are collapsing.
The Humane Society of Moffat County is hosting a pet adoption day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Craig Animal Shelter, located at Bear Creek Animal Hospital, 2430 E. Victory Way.
The Moffat County Fair is over for another year. In fact, fair time in northwest Colorado is drawing to a close.
This week’s column begins with a request. I’m looking for two types of recipes that are too often overlooked in the column.
Friday, August 20
Sometimes you need to travel the world to truly learn who you are and what you’re capable of doing in life, taking in all the cultures, cuisine and companionship you can. And, sometimes you may as well save a year and a lot of money in airfare by just stretching on a yoga mat for a half-hour, heating up a can of Chef Boyardee, turning on the TV and snuggling with your cat. Such is the lesson to be learned in “Eat Pray Love.”
On the Record for Aug. 20, 2010
Officials: Alkali blaze grew to 7,917 acres at its peak
At its peak, the Alkali Fire north of Maybell reached 7,917 acres, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported. However, fire crews were able to contain the fire Thursday afternoon.
Dispensaries, cultivation and manufacture centers barred
The prohibition of the medical marijuana industry in Hayden passed without a comment Thursday evening. No members from the public spoke, and no members of the board added to the ongoing conversation about the prohibition of medical marijuana industry in the town during a Town Council meeting.
Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.84; Diesel: $2.94
Miguel Molina has been in constant motion this month. He wakes up every day and runs with the cross-country team at 6:30 a.m. When his run is over, the 16-year-old returns to Moffat County High School, puts on his shoulder pads, and delivers and takes his licks as a defensive back and wingback. Such is life for the two-sport Molina.
The 24th annual Meeker Classic Championship Sheepdog Trials are almost at the gate. The world-renowned event will provide days of entertainment for humans and canines alike. Taking place Sept. 8 through 12, the sheepdog trials are a competition for border collies experienced in herding and entertainment for the crowds that come to cheer them on.
Rolfy Chavez, 46, contends from the beginning of time, people have gathered around food. “Food brings people together in any race, any color, any religion,” he said. “People come when there is something to eat. I like that. That is a good experience in the community and for everybody.” Family and people are the main reasons Chavez, the executive chef at the Castle Ranch Steakhouse inside the Holiday Inn of Craig, initially became interested in cooking and ultimately decided to become a chef.
Geologists gathered thousands of geological readings throughout area
After three months of scouring the area surrounding Craig, a team of nine geologists have finished preliminary data gathering to determine if the area would be suitable for carbon sequestration. Carbon sequestration is the process by which carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and other sources are captured and injected into the ground. The team of geologists from the Colorado Geological Survey began research April 15 and wrapped up around July 15, said David Noe, a field geologist who worked on the project.
Craig Police Department Wednesday, Aug. 18 Officers responded to two requests to assist another agency. Officers responded to 16 animal complaints. Officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle.
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. 9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place Loudy-Simpson Park, weather permitting. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann Anderson at 826-2717. 1 to 8 p.m. The Craig Swimming Complex is open for swimming. The cost is $4 for adults 18 and older; $3.25 for swimmers 12 to 17; $3 for swimmers 4 to 11; and swimmers 3 and younger and 55 and older swim for free. Call the pool at 824-3015.
In April, Joel gave a tour of Craig to each of the out-of-town finalists for the administrative position at East Elementary School. He enjoyed getting to know the candidates as he showed them our civic sites. Since then, I’ve thought about the places I’d take potential inhabitants of Craig, and the best season for each.
To the editor: Living in Craig for 35 years now, I have seen the people here helping other people who have had misfortunes. Drew Balleck worked for the Craig Daily Press years ago. He was also active with the Boom Town Players. Today, Drew is badly burned and severely helpless. Please, everyone in Craig, write to him and encourage him to live.
There seems to be a lot of judging going on about our community about others without first really getting to know them. Why are we so quick to cast the first stone? The historical Jesus waarns us about doing so, “Do not judge others with a splinter in their eye when we have a log in ours.” The ethos of a people is defined as “the tone, character, and quality of their life, it’s moral and aesthetic style and mood, the picture we have of the way things in sheer actuality are, our most comprehensive ideas of order” (Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures).
The Emerald City Outreach Opera is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. today at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1295 W. Ninth St., in Craig. The performance is “Suor Angelica,” a one-hour opera about a princess who has an illegitimate son and then enters a convent to atone The second hour will be selections from Puccini’s “La Boheme,” a love story set in turn-of-the-century Paris.
Dear Annie: Our 19-year-old son, “Todd,” left home a year ago with only a backpack. He left a voicemail saying he was with a friend and not to look for him. My husband finally got a mailing address when he called Todd’s cell phone and said perhaps insurance coverage was no longer needed if we didn’t know where he was. We continued to forward mail to him and twice received e-mail — once to ask for money (which we sent) and another time to tell us his guitar had been stolen
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Those with whom you’re involved will expect you to do what was promised regardless of how you feel. Not feeling up to the task will be no excuse, so try to do the best you can. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — There is nothing wrong with your earning capacity, yet it could be a day of downs for you financially, when expenses get thrown at you from left and right. Bite the bullet and handle it. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Spoiled youngsters could expect that all that you’ve done for them in the past should be standard procedure, and could make some unreasonable demands on you. Don’t let them get away with such behavior.
Thursday, August 19
The Alkali Fire north of Maybell has grown to an estimated 6,500 acres, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported Thursday morning.
On the Record for Aug. 19, 2010
A fast-growing fire is burning on private land about 10 miles north of Maybell in Moffat County, according to the Bureau of Land Management. The fire was started by lightning Wednesday afternoon and by 8:30 p.m. had consumed 1,000 acres.
About 100 youths worked at various city departments during school break
At the start of each summer, as the schools close and the weather warms, Craig City Clerk and Personnel Director Shirley Seely finds herself with a large stack of work to sort through. That work entails filing the paperwork to add about 100 youths ages 16 to 20 to the city’s payroll for various positions around Craig. “It takes a lot of time,” she said. “Our first payroll in June is the one that really hits us, because that is when they all come on board and it takes quite a bit to do all the paperwork and track them down.”
The Craig Rotary Club is partnering with other Rotary Clubs throughout Colorado to send aid to villages in Guatemala that are exposed to Dengue Fever, a life-threatening virus that is transmitted via mosquitoes. The Craig Rotary Club has committed $1,000 to assist in the prevention of the fever, which is reaching near epidemic proportions in the Central American region. This is a yearlong project during which Rotary Clubs throughout the state will provide funds in the amount of about $95,000 for education and prevention of this disease
Craig resident Danny Wells was at looking for a Toyota 4Runner at a tent sale at the Kmart parking lot Wednesday. Wells said he received a flier in the mail about the sale, and wanted to “come see what they had.” As he browsed the car selection, Wells said he is loyal to the Toyota brand, but sometimes has to shop in Glenwood Springs or Denver to find cars made by the company.
Nobody knows where Craig and Moffat County will be in the future, but one man is ready to share his projections. Black Mountain Theatre will host auditions Aug. 30 and 31 for “Moffat County’s Last Stand,” a three-act play set in Craig in the year 2025. The show is an original piece by local writer David Morris, a teacher at Craig Middle School. Morris, better known under the pen name Orlando Frangipani, will also serve as the play’s director.
A cool Pacific breeze will be blowing through Craig this weekend. Craig Fire/Rescue will host the 71st annual Firefighter’s Ball on Saturday evening at The O.P. Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way. Running from 6 p.m. to midnight, the event carries a Hawaiian luau theme. The night of tropic-themed entertainment will include a costume contest for the best island garb, limbo dancing, music by disc jockey Mason Siedschlaw and more. O.P. owners Delbert and Diana Knez will provide a spread of food and beverages, complete with a burger bar and two bars dispensing alcohol for the crowd.
Former D-I player to coach JV team
Volleyball is no small part of Stormy Schuler’s life. She grew up around it, and it brought her first to Western Wyoming Community College, then to Arkansas State University. Now, volleyball has brought her to Moffat County. Last week, Schuler, 25, was named the assistant coach for the Moffat County High School girls volleyball team.
Bonfils Blood Center hosts a community blood drive from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. Each donor will receive a free beach towel as a token of thanks. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Bonfils appointment center at 1-800-365-0006.
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. 11 a.m. Story-time takes place at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. Call 824-5116. 1 to 8 p.m. The Craig Swimming Complex is open for swimming. The cost is $4 for adults 18 and older; $3.25 for swimmers 12 to 17; $3 for swimmers 4 to 11; and swimmers 3 and younger and 55 and older swim for free. Call the pool at 824-3015.
There will be a meeting for the Thursday night premier mixed doubles bowling league at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave. Current and prospective league members are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Eunice Linton at 824-9764, or Phyllis Goodwin at 824-3196.
To the editor: This weekend, my family and I were at Elkhead Reservoir to camp and water ski. Our hosts were the Colorado State Parks rangers, who constantly let themselves be known. I counted five of them on a hilltop spying on us with binoculars, or constantly harassing us in the campground that was not even a quarter full about paying fees, which were already paid.
I never thought I’d say this, especially in print, but I kind of miss those excessive heat warnings. It’s not that I enjoyed walking around in a sober stupor for days on end, my sense of humor evaporating with gallons of sweat. (Dear citizens: I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to everyone I scowled, swore or spat at in the last several days. I was not myself. In fact, that was my evil twin, Cranky.)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — You’ll get a lot further with others if you look for their virtues instead of their frailties. Once you start criticizing others, you can expect to be attacked regarding your less charming facets. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — When being generous, you become more and more attractive by the minute. Conversely, when you’re more concerned about getting than giving, all people see are your figurative warts. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — You might find yourself wanting to manipulate others into doing your bidding, but don’t do it. You would soon find out this ploy has more weak points than strong ones.
Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 20 years. He was a drinker when I met him, but of course, I was young and naive and thought I could change him. When I couldn’t, I decided to join him. We had two children, and because of our drinking, the children were taken away from us for two months.
Wednesday, August 18
For me, the end of summer means finishing up projects and gearing up for school. It also means attending my seventh wedding of the summer, a garage sale Friday and Saturday and prepping the house for a guest staying with us for a month. Sleep is not in my future. But fun can be in yours. Just have a look at what this weekend brings.
On the Record for Aug. 18, 2010
Ken Harjes, head coach of the Moffat County High School boys golf team, liked what he saw from his team Monday at Bookcliff Golf Course in Grand Junction. Problem is, there wasn’t enough of it. The golf team was rained out of its first tournament, and the first official sporting event of the MCHS fall sports season Monday. The team played 10 holes before storms moved in.
The curtains will rise on 48 local singers Saturday at Moffat County High School. The recital, billed as “Highlights from The Scarlet Pimpernel and other popular Broadway musicals,” is a presentation by the Emily Pfeifer Voice Studio. The performance is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the MCHS auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. Admission is free and refreshments are provided.
Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray contends communities that develop energy should have had a voice in the recent passing of Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act. Following the bill’s passing, Gray and the commission are pushing for state regulatory commissions to consider how the bill and its fallout would impact Moffat County. The bill requires some Front Range power plants to submit emission reduction plans that “give primary consideration to replacing or re-powering coal-fired electric generators with natural gas and to also consider other low-emitting resources including energy efficiency,” according to the bill.
Northwest Colorado residents will soon have a forum to discuss ideas about living harmoniously with the area’s black bear population. The Colorado Division of Wildlife will host a public meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 31 at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7, on managing the region’s black bears. The meeting provides an opportunity for local residents to give input to the DOW about the species and its presence in the areas north of Craig and Steamboat Springs, as well as all of North Park.
Marguerite Carr adjusting to new courthouse, codes, town
Since starting as the newest prosecutor for the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Moffat County, Deputy District Attorney Marguerite Carr, 32, has hit the ground running. “I jumped right in with both feet,” she said. “I took over half the felony caseload pretty much immediately.” Carr filled the vacancy created by the resignation of Jeremy Snow, the former chief deputy district attorney, who was hired as Moffat County attorney in May. She started in her new position on Aug. 3.
To the editor: The purpose of this letter is to publicly endorse Jennifer Riley as a write-in candidate for Moffat County assessor Nov. 2. Jennifer is a Certified Residential Appraiser and currently serves as chief appraiser in the office. This only begins to describe her qualifications and education. I would describe Jennifer’s role in the office as indispensible.
The Emerald City Outreach Opera is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1295 W. Ninth St., in Craig. The performance is “Suor Angelica,” a one-hour opera about a princess who has an illegitimate son and then enters a convent to atone. The second hour will be selections from Puccini’s “La Boheme,” a love story set in turn-of-the-century Paris.
Sad as it may be, the warm and relaxed days of summer are quickly fading, giving way to the emergence of the cooler fall season. And, with the summer’s annual eviction comes the inevitable dread of students everywhere — the beginning of school and the grind of classes and assignments beginning anew. Students in Moffat County begin school in less than two weeks, and while the responsibility of preparing for that first day of class lies with them and their parents, the community-at-large is not without its own role.
There will be a meeting for the Thursday night premier mixed doubles bowling league at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave. Current and prospective league members are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Eunice Linton at 824-9764 or Phyllis Goodwin at 824-3196
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676 for more information. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries is closed. The library reopens at 1 p.m.
Dear Annie: My wife of almost 30 years passed away several years ago, and after grieving for more than a year, I reluctantly tried online dating. Just when I was about to call it quits, I met a lovely widow who had had many lousy relationships after her husband died. “Hannah” and I had instant chemistry. She knows I am not like the abusive men she dated before. We live six hours apart and are able to see each other for a few days every month.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Be cognizant about what you are spending, especially those little, nothing expenditures that can add up like crazy. Keep your wits about you, be sensible about your purchases and count the change. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Your awareness of small details is extremely acute, which is well-and-good. Just don’t become so obsessed with what and how to do things that you become unproductive. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — When with a sensitive friend, weigh your words with considerable care. An off-the-cuff, thoughtless remark could be so abrasive to him/her that it leaves a scar no bandage could cover.
The Hayden School Board meets tonight to finalize the wording of a proposed mill levy override that could generate as much as $321,473 a year for the school district.
Tuesday, August 17
On the Record for Aug. 17, 2010
Mike Massey knows small towns. From his hometown of Loudon, Tenn., a place “a lot smaller than Craig,” the 63-year-old Massey has been able to accomplish big things. The trick pool shot specialist has a resume that includes the following: 2002 World Artistic Champion, 2005 Billiard Congress Hall of Fame inductee, and the 2000 and 2001 ESPN Trick Shot Magic Champion.
For Moffat County elections supervisor Stephanie Beckett, the county’s 2010 Republican primary is not quite complete. It will be a few days before she can move on to the November general election. Beckett is in the process of verifying 30 provisional ballots from the Aug. 10 primary.
The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office released Friday its proposed resource management plan and final environmental impact statements. The plan provides a guideline on how the Little Snake Field Office will seek to manage its 1.3-million acres of public lands and 1.1-million acres of subsurface mineral estate in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties for about 20 years. Several issues are addressed in the plan, including energy and mineral development, special management areas for lands with wilderness characteristics, and wild and scenic rivers, among others, according to a BLM news release.
This past week, I spent some time getting ready for a family yard sale. Sorting through my stuff is like going through a museum. I tend to keep finding things I’ve had since Moses was a baby. I can’t really remember how long.
Moffat County now has a second contested race on the Nov. 2 ballot. Craig resident Jennifer Riley, 37, chief appraiser for the assessor’s office, filed her affidavit Monday afternoon to be a write-in candidate for Moffat County assessor in the November general election. “I’m running for assessor because I feel the work of the assessor’s office is vital and important to this community,” Riley said. “And, I believe I have the qualifications, the education and the experience to continue to do the work the assessor’s office does and has been doing the last seven-and-a-half years
Karen Brown, president of the Downtown Business Association in Craig, used one word to describe how the downtown businesses lining Yampa Avenue and West Victory Way are doing in the bad economy. Struggling. “I think sales are down and it’s partly the economy,” she said. “I think people are just hanging on to their money.” Foot traffic downtown, Brown said, is about the same, but shoppers are being more frugal about how they spend money.
The family of Sarah Fleming has established a memorial fund at Yampa Valley Bank, 435 Mack Lane in Craig. Fleming, 22, died Saturday in a vehicle crash in Madison County, Mont. She was a 2006 Moffat County High School graduate. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the memorial account.
6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 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. 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.
To the editor: We came up and camped at Elkhead Reservoir this last weekend with friends. What a joke. There were five rangers at the boat dock checking boats, and they stayed most of the day sitting under the shade and alongside the building.
The 2010 Craig Parks and Recreation tackle football season will begin Aug. 24. Below are the schedules for the fifth- and sixth-grade league. All games are played at 5:15 p.m. at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 S. Mack Lane:
Three months have passed since graduation day, and it seems while some things have changed, some never will. Our jokes from freshman year, stories from our beach graduation party and the landlord nicknamed “The Rat,” — all of this never loses its charm. These stories and these moments have all brought us here, to our first reunion.
Today 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County High School boys junior varsity golf team plays at Tiara Rado Golf Course in Grand Junction Wednesday 9 a.m. The MCHS boys varsity golf team plays at the Bridges Golf Course in Montrose.
Dear Annie: My husband became ill at the age of 27 and was sick for 22 years. I took care of him and raised our two sons, now 25 and 26. He said that after he died, he hoped I’d find someone else to love. He passed away in January. In June, I met an amazing man. “Robert” is a great support for my boys and me. The problem? My two older sisters have never met him, yet they say Robert is bad for me and that I’m neglecting my adult children in their time of need. They insist I stopped grieving too soon.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — This is an excellent day to give some thought to organizing that special outing you want to put on the calendar. If your plans are well thought, everything will turn out. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — If money is owed you for work you’ve done, don’t be reluctant or embarrassed to request that which you’ve justly earned. It should evoke a good response.
Monday, August 16
If you’re trying to find a summer espionage thriller that challenges your intellect with new ideas and unexpected twists, you may want to wait until next year. However, if you’re looking for an action heroine in a slinky ensemble, it sounds like you could use a dash of “Salt.” As a CIA agent, Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) has seen, done and heard it all. So, a last-minute interrogation of a Russian defector (Daniel Olbrychski) is no huge effort for her, even though this ex-spy has a story that baffles, explaining a Russian plot to destroy the United States from within through the use of unsuspecting American citizens brainwashed by the KGB.
On the record for Aug. 16, 2010
Local businesses, volunteers organizing aid for 18 displaced by blaze
Several local businesses and volunteers are finding ways to help those displaced by Saturday’s fire at an Old Town duplex, but many challenges lie ahead. Sarah Cherry, who volunteers through American Red Cross, said Sunday that 18 people “lost everything” in the Saturday fire at a duplex at Fourth and Oak streets.
Going into Saturday and Sunday’s Yampa Valley Golf Course club championship, four-time winner Nick Bomba said he knew the pressure to win was focused squarely on him. “Every year, there’s more pressure,” he said. “Every year, the target on my back gets a little bigger.” Bomba was able to hold onto his parking spot — the top prize awarded to the men’s and women’s club champion — by shooting a combined two-day gross score of 140 to capture his fifth club championship and fourth in a row.
One person died and another was injured in an early-morning rollover crash Saturday in Madison County, Mont. The victim was 22-year-old Sarah Fleming, said Roger Thompson, Madison County undersheriff and deputy coroner. Fleming was a 2006 Moffat County High School graduate. A Ford pickup truck was driving at 2:15 a.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 287, when its driver, a male, lost control of the truck about five miles south of Ennis, Mont., according to the Montana Highway Patrol.
Age: 16, incoming Moffat County High School junior Sport: Golf How did you get started in your sport? “When I was 2, my parents bought me a little plastic golf set. I would go over to my grandparents’ house and practice chipping.”
As the beginning of a new school year approaches, parents and students are getting themselves ready. There are school supplies and clothes to be bought. I want to use this week’s business column to encourage you to make every attempt you can to shop with our local retail stores. I realize that some things have to be bought out of town because they aren’t available here, but much of what students need can be bought here.
The Moffat County Tourism Association replaced a member of its board Friday, a day before an organizational retreat in Steamboat Springs. During a special meeting Friday, the Moffat County Commission approved, 3-0, appointing Craig Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson to the MCTA board position once held by Frank Moe. Moe resigned from the position July 15 in a letter written to the commission.
Lacie Coupe, 17, stood Saturday near the holding pen of her steer, excitedly talking with friends and relatives at the Moffat County Fair. Coupe’s holding pen was in a special place, away from numerous others lining the livestock barn at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. It was near the barn’s west entrance, decorated with purple cloth and lights. A sign hung from the bars indicating the steer inside, KW, was the fair grand champion in the market beef category.
“I’ve lived here for seven years. So, a little while now. My husband actually works at Colowyo, and he works out (at Yampa Valley Golf Course). “The best thing in Craig? The people. There are some great people around here, and we’ve made some great friends while we’ve been here. It’s pretty awesome. “This is my seventh day of golfing all year. So, I get out every now and then.
6 a.m. The Moffat County High School boys soccer team opens practice at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 S. Mack Lane. 6:30 a.m. The Moffat County High School girls cross country team opens practice at the high school track, 900 Finley Lane. 7 a.m. The Moffat County High School volleyball team opens practice at the high school gym, 900 Finley Lane. 7 a.m. The Moffat County High School football team opens practices at the MCHS practice field, 900 Finley Lane. 7 a.m. The Moffat County High School spirit team opens practice at the high school track, 900 Finley Lane.
The Moffat County Libraries board is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Craig branch, 570 Green St. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda is listed below: • Call to order • Introduction of guests • Public comment • Approve minutes • Treasurer’s report: Memorial account bank statement Edward Jones investment report
Several times a year, I get the urge to search through my many boxes of glorious keepsakes. You know, the stuff you pick up here and there, some of which you find and some you’ve been silly enough to pay for. I’m not really sure why I open each box and explore the contents as if a new treasure will appear that I’ve long forgotten. But, I dutifully dump each box and start my three-pile process of elimination. Pile number one is most definitely and positively the “throw away pile.” Pile number two is always the “just maybe it’s worth keeping” pile, and number three is the “keep no matter what pile.”
Dear Annie: A while ago, my husband, my adult son and I attended a family function in a different city. My husband left for home a day earlier, so my son and I ended up sharing a room before our early-morning flight. That night there was a party to which he was invited.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Be careful about what you pretend to know. Someone could ask for an explanation on that very subject and place you in an extremely embarrassing spot not easily gotten out of. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — In an effort to be kind, you might make a loan to a person who is an extremely poor credit risk, known for not paying his/her bills. Don’t be the underwriter of an unworthy person.
Saturday, August 14
2 families displaced by fire at 4th and Oak streets
No one was injured when a duplex caught fire at about 4:20 p.m. Saturday at Fourth and Oak streets. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue crews responded and worked to control the blaze after nine people and a dog escaped from the smoke-filled structure.
Talk with Jeremy Ashton, a veteran Moffat County Sheriff’s Office investigator, and it’s easy to recognize the themes of duality that run through his life.
For some, Yampa Valley Golf Course’s men’s and women’s club championship is about the chance to play 18 holes among familiar faces.
For Darren McLaughlin, 15, few things compare to competing in the Colorado State Fair in market sheep. During competition, Darren’s days are comprised of moving through ladders of different classes and weight divisions, showing lambs against hundreds of competitors.
Ray Beck, chairman of the Moffat County Balloon Festival committee, has high hopes for the first annual balloon festival in Craig.
Cheryl Arnett, 57, was sitting Friday morning at Sunset Elementary School in a chair meant for a child. From her hunkered vantage point, the same many of her students have during school, she looked at a computer screen and opened an award-winning work she accomplished with her Craig students.
A 19-year-old Craig man will likely be cited by the Craig Police Department for his role in a Thursday night crash at the intersection of Sixth and Rose streets.
The Colorado State BBQ Championship are scheduled to be in Craig from Aug. 26 to 28 at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Hwy. 40.
Dear Readers: When we printed the letter from Walt Paluch, asking for the words to an old Father’s Day song, we had no idea so many readers would be interested. Although none seems to hit the nail on the head, one comes close. It was sent in by two readers, one from Ft. Myers Beach, Fla., and the other from New Bedford, Mass.
Name: Colby Haddan Age: 16, incoming junior at Moffat County High School Sport: Golf
If you have not bought a raffle ticket for the .45-caliber, semi-automatic weapon that American Legion Post 62 is raffling, you only have today to purchase them.
Moffat County Jail Wednesday, Aug. 11 Robert Donald Mannion, 58, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.
Moffat County Commission Last met: Wednesday, Aug. 11 Decisions:
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — The best way to make certain a joint endeavor will be successful is to make sure the workload is equally distributed. Once done, each contributor must focus solely on doing his/her part.
10 a.m. The third edition of the Moffat County Mud Runs will begin at Wyman’s Museum, 94350 E. US Highway 40. Admission is $8 for for anyone 13 and older, $4 for spectators aged 6 to 12 and free for anyone fine and under. A pit pass costs $20.
No wonder the state is de-emphasizing this year’s Colorado Student Assessment Program results. With the exception of a few bright spots, there’s not much to brag about in the largely flat numbers, and that’s a shame.
The idea for this story came one early morning during the summer when this author was weeding the garden. Among the pea plants were two filled out pea pods that I’d missed a few days earlier.
Friday, August 13
On the Record for Aug. 13, 2010
There are movie cops who do great things. They clean up the streets, protect the public, and sort out corruption on the force. And then there are “The Other Guys.” Det. Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) has always wanted to be a cop, but he never could have imagined that going into a career with the New York Police Department would have been like this. A major slip-up on the job has resulted in his forced partnership with the force’s weakest link, Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell).
Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.84; Diesel: $2.94 1. Kum & Go, 1302 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.84; Diesel: $2.94 1. Trevco, 702 Industrial Ave.
Joe Petrone, Moffat County School District superintendent, said he takes results of the Colorado Student Assessment Program seriously. And, after receiving this year’s CSAP scores, Petrone said, “We have some work to do.” “There are achievement levels that we will pause and celebrate, and then there are those that will create questions in the minds of the teachers that work with those young people,” he said.
While some Moffat County Republican candidates had a nail-biting night Tuesday during the primary election, it was smooth sailing into November’s general election for three uncontested candidates. Current Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz, county clerk and recorder candidate Lila Herod and county surveyor candidate Peter Epp each notched more than 2,000 votes as they were the sole GOP contenders for their respective positions. They move on to the general election, and possibly into public office in January 2011. As of now, there are no Democratic or write-in challengers for the any county positions, save for Tami Barnes for Moffat County Commission, District 2.
A 26-year-old Craig man appeared Monday morning in Moffat County Court for an arraignment hearing on a felony drug charge. Bryan Keith Koppe was charged a week earlier with possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a Schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class 3 felony. Koppe, who is in custody at Routt County Jail, appeared via video conference before Judge Sandra Gardner.
With the Moffat County High School fall sports season officially starting Monday, Bulldog football players were able to get in a little preseason action this week. The football open camp started Monday and wrapped up Wednesday, and MCHS head coach Kip Hafey said the camp accomplished what he hoped it would. “A big part of it is getting kids used to the offense,” he said. “We have a lot of new guys, so we want them to get used to the offense.
Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner said the county’s response to the passing of Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, may “just seem like phone calls and meetings.” But, Danner contends the commission’s recent attempts to voice concerns about the bill’s impacts will make a difference. “I believe it will, and I have to work on it and proceed as if it will make a difference to our community,” she said. “Doing nothing is not an option. We must respond and this is part of doing our job, to respond effectively.”
Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered that U.S. and Colorado flags be lowered to half-staff at state and federal facilities throughout Colorado today in honor of Marine Cpl. Max William Donahue, 23, of Highlands Ranch. Donahue was killed after being injured Aug. 6 in the Helmund Province of Afghanistan while in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His funeral is slated for Friday in Highlands Ranch.
Because I had happy memories of camping when young, I didn’t object when Joel suggested we intersperse motel stays with camping during our road trips. But, trying to recapture the fun of trekking through the dark of night to an outdoor toilet is like trying to wear the swimming suit I wore at 16 — doomed. Our recent camping ventures have included views of breath-taking beauty and wildlife sightings we’ll never forget, but some of our tenting experiences make a colonoscopy seem festive.
Dear God, we cannot fool you or pretend to be something we’re not; you know us too well. Open our minds and our understanding to know you as best we can, and to grow in appreciation of your great mercy. Amen. Every parent who has children approaching or into the early teenage years knows that the day of reckoning is coming. The day of which I speak, of course, is the day when our desire to care for and love our children openly clashes with our children’s quest for a separate identity from us and their search for independence.
Moffat County Commission meeting 10 a.m. today Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way
At 2 p.m. Saturday, trick shot specialist Mike Massey will perform an exhibition, challenge matches and pool instruction at Mathers Lounge & Cafe, 420 Yampa Ave. Massey was the 2002 World Artistic Pool Champion, and was the ESPN Trick Shot Magic Champion in 2000 and 2001. He was also a 2005 inductee into the Billiard Congress of America’s Hall of Fame. Massey has performed exhibitions in 48 states and 20 countries.
7 a.m. Check-in of open class rabbits and poultry is in the Moffat County Fairgrounds rabbit and poultry barn as part of the 92nd annual Moffat County Fair. 8 a.m. The rabbit show is in the Moffat County Fairgrounds rabbit and poultry barn as part of the 92nd annual Moffat County Fair. 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.
To the editor: We would like to thank everyone who participated at the second annual Lid Jam in memory of Shane. The turnout was over the top, as was the skating and biking. It truly was a day we will never forget. None of this would have come together without the support of this community. It is folks like all of you who pull together and help us heal. We know we are blessed to live here.
Dear Annie: I was quite amused by the letter from “Dirty Dishes Not Dirty Hands,” who objected to a friend washing up in his kitchen sink after playing golf. I am curious: Before this family prepares food, do they go to the bathroom to wash their hands? After they prepare the hamburger patties for grilling, do they go back to the bathroom to clean up? And after they rinse off the raw chicken, do they go back to the bathroom to wash their hands? After they clean the counter to prepare the salad, do they go into the bathroom to rinse the cleanser off their fingers?
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Once you establish a definite objective, you won’t have any trouble coming up with a profusion of ideas as to how to achieve it. Your mental faculties will be sharper than usual. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Not only are you likely to have the ability to generate larger or extra earnings, you’ll have the wisdom to handle these funds wisely. Do your stuff and grow as much as you can.
Thursday, August 12
Commission, AGNC hoping to voice concerns on emissions reduction plan
The Moffat County Commission is continuing to fight Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act and try to have local concerns heard months after Gov. Bill Ritter signed the bill into law. The commission, along with the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado and other area counties, is pushing to have their voices heard during the review periods of the emissions reduction plans required by the bill, said Aron Diaz, AGNC executive director.
On the Record for Aug. 12, 2010
The Moffat County Commission examined the recent sale of Bresnan Communications to New York-based Cablevision Systems during its meeting Wednesday. Cablevision announced June 14 it would acquire Bresnan, which serves Craig, Meeker and Rangely among other cities in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah in a deal valued at $1.365 billion. Jeremy Snow said the county would have an opportunity to voice concerns during the sale process in hopes of lobbying for expanded services, upgrades and other actions.
Jeremy Gohr, 24, finished his lunch outside of his new home — the Apple House — Wednesday and walked to join his friends and several staff members of Horizons Specialty Services for a group photo and ribbon cutting. “I really like it,” he said looking around his new yard. “It’s big and fancy.” Gohr was one of about 25 residents and six Horizon’s clients that gathered to celebrate the opening of the new Horizon house in the 500 block of Rose Street with a lunch, open house and tour.
Now that the dust has settled from Tuesday’s Moffat County Republican primary election, I want to congratulate incumbent commissioners Audrey Danner and Tom Mathers on their victories and wish them good luck as they advance — likely unopposed — to November’s general election. It’s no secret that I voted for their opponents Tuesday night. However, this is no time for sour grapes. Instead, it’s time to reflect on what we learned from this election. The question I have today is, what do the people of Moffat County want?
Before Craig Sea Shark Matt Hulstine entered the pool during the Aug. 6 to 8 seasonal state meet in Colorado Springs, he felt especially confident. His times in the 200-meter breaststroke had been dropping, and he liked his chances against the field. “The weekend before, I took a lot off my time,” he said. “I was pretty confident I could do it again.”
From humble beginnings 12 years ago, the SHARE program in Craig had grown to supplying dozens, even hundreds, of residents with discounted food each month. But, no longer. SHARE Craig is closing up shop. “I was really sad to see it close,” longtime volunteer Diane Grubb said. “I was really disappointed that the program is disbanded.”
The 2010 Moffat County High School fall sports season will begin Monday with the first official team practices. The boys varsity soccer team will practice at 6 a.m. Monday at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 S. Mack Lane. The Bulldog cross country team will practice at 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the MCHS track, 900 Finley Lane. The football team will practice at 7 a.m. Monday at the practice field at MCHS. The volleyball team will begin practice at 7 a.m. at the MCHS gymnasium. The spirit team (dance and cheerleading) will practice at 7 a.m. at the MCHS track.
I was feeling so smug. Cruising to the grocery store in my air-conditioned car, I passed countless rental trucks and perspiring parents moving their kids into new digs in the 100-degree heat. “Better you than me, suckers!” I said, waving gleefully through the window.
8 a.m. The junior division, showmanship, market class, breeding meat and dairy goat show is in the Moffat County Fairgrounds livestock barn as part of the 92nd annual Moffat County Fair. 8 to 10 a.m. Weigh-in of market beef is in the Moffat County Fairgrounds livestock barn as part of the 92nd annual Moffat County Fair. 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.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — When making a major purchase at a terrific price, carefully examine why it is being sold at such an amazing cost. A quick sale price could be hiding many flaws and quirks. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Any agreement is only as good as the intent of the parties involved. When you see the other guy bending over backward to be fair, step up and follow his example.
Dear Annie: I am a blessed child of two wonderful, loving people. My parents are incredibly generous. Right now, they are putting my sister through school and paying all of her expenses so she will graduate debt-free. They have helped me in countless ways, both emotionally and financially, and my husband, as well. They have custody of my cousin’s child because he is a drug addict. They also help my grandfather, saying how fortunate they are to be in a position to do so. My issue is with “Aunt Liz.” Ever since I can remember, she’s been sponging off my parents.
Wednesday, August 11
After this hectic week, here’s hoping Keith and I can actually spend some time together this weekend between fair fun and garage sale prepping. And beyond that, there’s plenty to keep you occupied for a weekend of music, billiards and revving engines.
On the Record for Aug. 11, 2010
Robert Razzano won the nod for the county assessor position in the Republican primary election Tuesday. Razzano, who is currently Moffat County treasurer, defeated Moffat County deputy assessor Carol Scott with 1,286 votes to 1,035, according to results released Tuesday from the Moffat County elections department. There were 2,321 total votes cast for assessor, according to the results.
With a new school year starting Aug. 30, preparation for the fall sports season is upon Moffat County High School. The first day of practice is Monday, and athletes need to have paperwork completed if they want to participate in the first week. Any athlete participating in the first day of practice must have the emergency consent form signed and filled out, the notice to athlete-parents signed and completed, an up-to-date physical, and proof of insurance.
The Craig City Council tabled Tuesday night the second reading of the lodging tax proposal that voters could see on the November general election ballot. Because council members Gene Bilodeau and Joe Herod were absent from the meeting due to Tuesday’s Republican primary election, the second reading of the proposal was moved back to the council’s next scheduled meeting.
Republican primary races were decided Tuesday night, and three uncontested candidates took their next step toward office as well. Tim Jantz, Moffat County incumbent sheriff; Lila Herod, Moffat County clerk and recorder candidate; and Peter Epp, Moffat County surveyor candidate, were unopposed in their efforts for the Republican nomination and each secured more than 2,000 votes in the primary.
For the past year, Amber Nicholson has enjoyed a privilege she earned through her play at Yampa Valley Golf Course. This weekend, she’ll fight to keep it. Nicholson, last year’s women’s club champion, will vie to keep her parking space, the club prize for the top men’s and women’s golfer.
Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner was the 13th resident to cast her vote Tuesday afternoon at the Hamilton Community Center. “Lucky number 13,” she said with a laugh to a group of residents as she awaited the final results of the Moffat County Republican primary election at the Moffat County Courthouse. And when the final votes from the Dinosaur branch of the Moffat County Libraries came in at about 9:30 p.m., Danner stood 92 votes above opponent Tony St. John in the race for county commission, District 2.
When the first batch of results came in Tuesday night for the Moffat County Republican primary election, local chiropractor and first-time bidder for public office Kirk McKey held an early lead over his fellow GOP opponent for county coroner. That lead held up throughout the night. “I felt good when I got that early lead, but I didn’t exhale until I got that final vote,” said McKey, owner of McKey Chiropractic Clinic in Craig, shortly after the results were finalized at the Moffat County Courthouse.
Elaine Sullivan, Moffat County’s current clerk and recorder, is likely switching offices at the Moffat County Courthouse. Term-limited as clerk, Sullivan notched a big win in Tuesday’s Moffat County Republican primary election to earn the nomination for treasurer. She said her tenure at the county, which dates back to 1981 when she became a deputy clerk, has a foundation built around the advice of her father.
Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers had few words to say Tuesday night after receiving the final vote totals in the Republican primary election. Those totals placed him as Republican county voters’ choice to serve another four years as commissioner. “That was a nail biter,” Mathers said with a sigh. Mathers, 61, the incumbent District 3 commissioner, had fallen behind challenger Frank Moe in preliminary vote totals until the final votes were announced about 9:30 p.m.
To the editor: Recently, the Craig water department had a water main break in the 800 block of School Street. I am writing this letter to let all the residents who live on this block, gave us a helping hand or had a kind word for my distribution crew, that my staff and I appreciate it. A person on this street took time out of their day to block the road with their personal truck until we could get on-site to repair the water break.
Entries for the Moffat County Fair Sheep Lead Contest are due today in the barn office at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. 8 to 11 a.m. Entries are accepted for the youth and open class projects, home economics, junior corps in horticulture, and wool exhibits in the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion as part of the 92nd annual Moffat County Fair. Judging of pavilion entries begins at 12:30 p.m.
Moffat County School District is hosting an orientation for all interested substitute teachers for the 2010-11 school year. The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the district administration building, 775 Yampa Ave. For more information, call 826-6264.
Our society generally thinks of children in terms of innocence and naivety. And to a large degree, those are accurate descriptions. However, the opposite can be equally true — just as adults possess the ability to be merciless to each other without cause, so too do children.
To the editor: This letter is to the newly elected Moffat county commissioners, although it’s Tuesday afternoon and I have no idea who you are yet. As a citizen, I expect George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson all in the same room: Principles, honesty and integrity.
To the editor: On July 26, I lost a cross that means more to me than words can say. My oldest son made this special cross for me more than 30 years ago in school. It would not look to be anything special to anyone else, but it was made with love by my child. It is well worn, and made of copper with a little teal paint left around the edges.
At 3 p.m. Saturday, billiards trick shot master Mike Massey will perform an exhibition, challenge matches and pool instruction at Mathers Lounge & Cafe, 420 Yampa Ave. Massey was the 2002 World Artistic Pool Champion, and was the ESPN Trick Shot Magic Champion in 2000.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Sometimes it is better to make small profits a little at a time rather than trying to make one big killing. Holding out for an uncertain larger amount may yield you exactly nothing. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Ideas or concepts that were tailored for another’s needs aren’t necessarily likely to do the same for you. There are variables involved that may work against your needs. Think for yourself.
Dear Annie: I have been dating the woman of my dreams for a year. She treats me incredibly well, and we both are very much in love. Like most adults our age, at first we had sex every week. However, over the past few months, “Jane” has not been willing to make love and has not shown much sign of physical attraction toward me. I confronted her about it, and she said sex is painful. We agreed to try to make things better and not give up on a potentially great sex life.
Tuesday, August 10
All Crimes Enforcement Team commander will face Gary Wall
Garrett Wiggins, commander of the All Crimes Enforcement Team, defeated Nick Bosick in the Republican primary election that ended Tuesday. He will face incumbent Democrat Gary Wall in the November general election.
Sullivan, Razzano, McKey take treasurer, assessor, coroner offices, respectively
The voters of Moffat County have spoken, and they have said Audrey Danner, Tom Mathers, Elaine Sullivan, Robert Razzano and Kirk McKey are their candidates of choice. Those candidates are the winners of the Moffat County Republican primary.
On the Record for Aug. 10, 2010
Moffat County elections supervisor Stephanie Beckett said Monday afternoon, 24 hours before the Republican primary election, that she was nervous with anticipation. For Beckett, who has been in her current post since April, the primary is her first election as the county’s top election official. “I just want it to run smooth,” she said. “I guess every year (former elections supervisor Lila Herod) gets nervous, too. I just want it to be no big deal. Just another day.”
There was the usual trickle of golfers making their way to the tee boxes Monday morning at Yampa Valley Golf Course. However, one group of golfers, who haven’t been assembled since a cold, blustery day in Steamboat Springs last year, made their way to the greens. The Moffat County High School boys golf team opened practice Monday, which marked the unofficial start of the fall sports season.
With campaigns winding down, Moffat County Commission candidates reflected Monday on their efforts to win votes and how they think today’s primary election will turn out. Four candidates are running for two open commission seats in today’s election. Tony St. John is running against incumbent commissioner Audrey Danner for the District 2 seat, and Frank Moe is running against incumbent commissioner Tom Mathers for the District 3 seat.
Candidates for three contested Moffat County races — assessor, treasurer and coroner — are anxiously awaiting for voters to decide their political fates in today’s Republican primary election. The two candidates competing for the county assessor seat are deputy assessor Carol Scott and current county treasurer Robert Razzano. Scott said she is somewhat nervous heading into the election because winning the race “is important to me.”
Friday 7 p.m. Wiener dog races take place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way. Saturday Noon. Lawnmower races take place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way.
6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Polls are open for the Republican primary election. Moffat County polling places are at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way; Hamilton Community Center, 17400 S. Colorado Highway 13; Maybell Community Center, 103 Ellis St.; and the Dinosaur Library, 400 W. School St. Call the Moffat County elections office at 824-9104 and visit www.craigdailypress.com/Election2010.
The Ladies Nite Out Bowling League will have an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave., in Craig. Any women bowlers interested in joining a league are encouraged to attend the meeting.
This weekend wasn’t so busy. I had time to sit back and crochet some. I’ve been crocheting afghans (broomstick patterns). They are the easiest for me to do. I think I am about caught up now.
Over the past three months, I have taken to many household chores. While the boys try to do their version of cleaning, a woman’s clean and a man’s clean are two very different categories, just like a bachelor pad and a bachelorette’s loft have their numerous contrasts. It is the little things that make a house feel like a home, things that a woman understands and a man doesn’t even consider. It is the vanilla hazelnut candles lit in the evening, the beauty of the light from an antique lamp, or the fresh basil potted plant, for both smell and flavor, that welcome strangers and residents to a home.
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting a drop-in immunization clinic for kindergarten through high school students today at the VNA’s office in Craig, 745 Russell St. The clinic is scheduled for 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Immunizations will be offered for up to $14 per shot. Parents are asked to bring their child’s immunization records and are required to be at the clinic.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Being the type of person you are, you’re likely to go out of your way tto make sure those in your presence are treated fairly, even if you have to give up part of your share to equal things out. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Anticipating negative conditions can generate them, so try to keep a positive attitude. This is not likely to be the trying day you thought it could be, unless you make it so.
Monday, August 9
On the Record for Aug. 9, 2010
Age: 17, incoming senior at Moffat County High School Sport: Basketball How did you get your start in your sport? “My dad. I thought it just looked like fun.”
Comments are frequently made about improving the community’s appearance, and for this week’s business column, I want to point out a couple of things that have caught my eye. First of all, the City of Craig has done a wonderful job with the grassy area on the 400 block of Lincoln Street. As residents and visitors alike drive by that location, I am sure they will be impressed with the nice green grass that replaces the vegetation that existed there before.
During a Saturday campaign stop in Craig, Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis emphasized his rural roots, a background he said makes him different from other candidates running for governor. McInnis, a former U.S. representative for Colorado’s Third District, stopped at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant & Lounge for a meet-and-greet with about 20 residents. McInnis, a Grand Junction resident, is running against Evergreen resident and businessman Dan Maes, who has visited Craig several times, in Tuesday’s primary election.
“I like it here, because you get to know everyone. You know where to hang out, and you get to do it with awesome people. “You feel like you get to know everyone. And, you get to know them well. “I work at the Boys & Girls Club (of Craig) because I’ve been a member for so long. It was like, as soon as I was old enough I was hired on the spot.
Craig Fire/Rescue Friday, Aug. 6 Firefighters responded to a medical call. Firefighters responded to a report of a fire.
Craig Mortensen’s stay in Moffat County was supposed to be a short one. It didn’t turn out that way. “I thought I would be in Craig for two or three years,” he said. “Originally, I had plans of moving up the ladder. “Eventually, it became more than winning. I started really enjoying the young people I was coaching, and it reinforced how important my job was. Moffat County has been the big time for me.”
Drivers transported to TMH in Craig for treatment
Two vehicles collided at about 3:33 p.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 40, about four miles east of Craig. The drivers of the two vehicles were transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig with “serious but non-life threatening injuries,” according to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol.
The Humane Society of Moffat County’s monthly meeting is set for 6 p.m. today at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Ann Anderson at 826-2717. MCTA hosts special meeting today The Moffat County Tourism Association is scheduled to have a special meeting at 1 p.m. today at the MCTA office inside the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to the public.
In the early years, when life was just a notch above simple, my brothers and I led a life filled with fun and the best of adventures. Sure, we had chores to do in the morning and, as we grew older, sometimes these small jobs interrupted our afternoons of goofing off, but we managed. All this was to change when Grandma and Aunt Ruthie sat us down one night and told us our father and his new wife were going to have a baby.
8 a.m. The 4-H & FFA Halter & Performance Horse Show, part of the 92nd Annual Moffat County Fair, takes place in the arena at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. For a full fair schedule of events, visit www.craigdailypress.com/fair. 10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bob Woods at 824-6836.
To the editor: When it comes to electing a coroner, many people vote along party lines, or whose name appears first on the ballot, because they don’t understand what a coroner does. No one anticipates they will ever hear that dreaded late-night knock on the door carrying the worst of news — a loved one has died.
Dear Annie: My sister, “Elaine,” has terminal cancer. Yesterday, I got a call from someone named “Laura” telling me Elaine had made arrangements to move in with a family from her church. I offered to let her come here and even said she could bring her elderly dog so they could spend her final months together. I did this even though I am allergic to dogs.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Unless you are a self-made millionaire, don’t try to tell others how to mange their resources. You might mean well, but what you’re advising them could lead to a losing experience. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — It’ll be important to remember that giving and taking is a two-way street. Be just as enthusiastic about lending what you can as you are about receiving loans from others.
Saturday, August 7
Dan Minor said he is a staunch proponent of education. The dean of occupational and academic programs at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus, Minor recently completed a creative writing class and is trying to find time to attend other classes in the future.
In August 2005, Daniel Hazen awoke in the middle of the night surrounded by lightning.
Mike Rapp, a 27-year-old new priest at St. Michael Catholic Church in Craig, was worried last week that the blue dye he’d applied to his closely cropped brown hair wasn’t going to wash out.
Although there isn’t a lack of activities for Craig Middle School students to participate in, assistant principal and athletic director Jill Hafey was hoping for one more.
Tayler Tipton, 6, is excited to start first grade this fall. Her teacher, Linda Knoche, is equally excited.
Dear Annie: Our three sons, ages 14, 17 and 20, live with us. The problem is the 20-year-old. “Justin” couldn’t keep up the pace of home schooling and bailed out with a GED. This despite my wife’s correcting all of his work before submission. He now works two hours a day and feels that’s plenty. He gives us lots of lip and attitude and does nothing to help around the house.
There will be a chance for high school and middle school athletes to undergo physicals necessary to compete in the fall sports season at 5 p.m. Monday at Kinder Family Clinic, 595 Russell St.
The Youth Leadership Team, a part of the Rural Collaborative for Runaway and Homeless Youth, is collecting food to donate to the Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley’s food pantry at Calvary Baptist Church. The group will collect food and monetary donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Wal-Mart Supercenter, 2000 W. Victory Way.
To the editor: As the important August primary quickly approaches, I wanted to say a word about your candidate for Moffat County treasurer, Elaine Sullivan.
A 26-year-old Craig man the All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested in July has been charged in Moffat County Court with a felony.
Moffat County Commission Last met: Tuesday, Aug. 3 Decisions: • Approved, 3-0, payroll warrant resolutions ending July 24 totaling $421,863.14.
The Craig City Council tackled two items at its July 27 meeting, both of which hint at the council’s desire to be proactive when it comes to much-needed economic development in the city.
Saturday 8 a.m. The 16th annual Craig Kiwanis Club Scholarship Golf Tournament is at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The format is a four-person scramble. The cost is $70 per player for adults and $35 per player for youths 16 and younger. Call the golf course at 824-3673 to register.
This week’s recipe is intended for children, although there certainly isn’t an age restriction. The recipe is quick to make, and there is a lot of stirring that kids will enjoy.
Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley (Love INC) is hosting collections for school supplies, classroom supplies and clothes for those in need this back-to-school season.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Don’t hesitate to heed your hunches or utilize any inside information to which you are privy that comes from someone you trust, because both are likely to be right on the money.
Friday, August 6
Bryan Keith Koppe scheduled for Monday arraignment
A 26-year-old Craig man the All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested in July has been charged in Moffat County Court with a felony. According to court records, the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office charged Bryan Keith Koppe on Monday with possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a Schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class 3 felony. The charging document alleges Koppe “unlawfully, feloniously and knowingly possessed with intent to sell or distribute” 25 to 450 grams of methamphetamine and amphetamine.
What would you do with an acquaintance who offers you money when you hit him with your car? And then goes on to use a phrase that most of us left in the fourth grade and begs you not to embarrass him? Well, you could take him to the movie “Dinner for Schmucks,” but the humor might be over his head. Tim (Paul Rudd) is a smart guy, a hard worker, a one-of-a-kind presence at the Los Angeles investment firm where he is employed. Because of this, he’s a shoo-in for a promotion, and he knows it.
Female passenger taken to hospital Thursday night
A semi-trailer truck hit a van Thursday night in west Craig that was making a left turn from South Colorado Highway 13 onto First Street, Craig Fire/Rescue Battalion Chief Dennis Jones said. Jones said the passenger of the van, a female, was taken to The Memorial Hospital for treatment. The van’s driver, a male, was not treated, Jones said.
On the Record for Aug. 6, 2010
County fairs have been around for a long time. They had roots in rural communities, providing opportunities for neighbors to get together and show off crops, livestock, home-canned produce, and needlework. Making fairs even more exciting are competitions and attractions such as carnivals.
A 540-acre fire north of Maybell, as well as several smaller fires, all caused by lightning, were contained Wednesday, according to the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. The Adobe Fire, located 15 miles north of Maybell in the Great Divide area, was reported at about 4 p.m. Tuesday. The fire quickly spread through sagebrush and cheatgrass, reaching 540 acres, fire officials reported.
A Moffat County coroner candidate stressed fiscal responsibility in his speech Tuesday night to an estimated 150 people attending the Craig Daily Press/KRAI candidate forum. Kirk McKey, one of two candidates vying for the job currently held by the term-limited Owen Grant, told the audience at Centennial Mall that he would run the coroner’s office as responsibly as his business, McKey Chiropractic Clinic.
Troy Vernon can’t remember the exact day he decided to climb on top of bull. But, since he was 11 or 12 years old, he has lifted weights, ran miles, spent countless hours on top of practice bulls and walked on fence poles to be able to become a better bull rider. And, at the National Little Britches Rodeo from July 25 to 30 in Pueblo, Vernon, 19, of Maybell, earned the right to say he was the best.
Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way
Division of the VNA recognizing National Health Center Week
The Northwest Colorado Community Health Center in Craig will recognize National Health Center Week, which begins Sunday and ends Aug. 14. The week is designed to raise awareness about health centers across the country. The health center in Craig is a division of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.
As Craig resident Katia Voloshin’s name was called Thursday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, she put on a smile and strode onto the stage in a denim ranch-wear outfit. “It’s an ensemble a country girl would be glad to wear,” said the announcer as Voloshin, 12, paced across the stage. Voloshin was one of 13 competitors in the Moffat County 4-H Fashion Revue that featured projects made by junior and intermediate 4-H members and several Cloverbuds.
Ponikvar: McInnis’ visit to area is ‘long overdue’
Moffat County Republican Central Committee Chairman John Ponikvar said he is glad Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis had decided to visit the Craig area as he campaigns before the primary. However, Ponikvar said McInnis’ visit is “long overdue.” “It’s way too late,” he said. “He should have been here a month ago, and I have been on his case and I have been on his campaign’s case since February.”
The Humane Society of Moffat County’s monthly meeting is set for 6 p.m. Monday at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Call Ann at 826-2717 for more information. Immunization clinic slated for Tuesday The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting a drop-in immunization clinic for kindergarten through high school students Tuesday at the VNA’s office in Craig, 745 Russell St.
To the editor: On Aug. 10, Moffat County voters will elect a new county treasurer. I would like to encourage voters to cast their ballots for Elaine Sullivan. Elaine has served our community for the past 30 years. She has proven herself to be a hard worker and excellent office manager. Under her leadership, the clerk and recorder’s office has run smoothly and with efficiency.
The Ladies Nite Out Bowling League will have an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave. Any female bowlers interested in joining a league are encouraged to attend the meeting. For more information, call Esther Jo Self at 824-5371, or Beryl Dschaak at 824-2695.
To the editor: Thank you so much to everyone who came to our kids’ lemonade stand to benefit Hannah Sixkiller. It was a hot week, but the friendly smiles and amazing generosity kept them going.
To the editor: I’m writing to encourage voters to vote for Elaine Sullivan as Moffat County treasurer on Aug. 10. In the past, Mrs. Sullivan has shown a commitment to Moffat County citizens by running and maintaining a busy office, keeping with state statutes and updates that continually cause change within an office.
I recently facilitated a teleconference. I should have gone to the dentist for a root canal instead. Being anxious about the electronic connections involved, I arrived 30 minutes early at the designated meeting room. I wanted to be sure the telephone worked, and that I knew which buttons to push and codes to enter.
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. 9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at Loudy-Simpson Park, weather permitting. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann Anderson at 826-2717.
Every Sunday, inadvertently — or not so — maybe, Christians remind our community that we are divided. We meet in different locations, follow varied (extra-biblical) practices and sometimes preach against each other. I don’t think this is what Christ had in mind.
Dear Annie: A year ago, my uncle was released from prison after serving time for sexually abusing a little boy and girl. I have two young children. Anytime my uncle is around and I see him pick up my kids and give them kisses, I freak out and yell, “Don’t touch my kids.” My mother and grandmother think I am being overprotective. They insist he would never hurt my children because they are family and are younger than his usual victims.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Even if you know you can do something that would publicly embarrass an annoying individual, restrain yourself. This person would try to get even later on down the line. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — It would be far better not to use anything belonging to another family member without his/her permission. If what you borrow is lost or broken, the sparks would fly in all directions.
Thursday, August 5
On the Record for Aug. 5, 2010
There will be a parent meeting for the upcoming fall sports season at 7 p.m. tonight in the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. The fall sports season will begin Monday, when the golf team practices.
With the summer swimming season drawing to a close, the Craig Sea Sharks had two performers swim well during the July 31 Long Course State Championships in Grand Junction. Moffat County High School sophomores Eryn Leonard and Matt Hulstine both had solid times in their events, and Hulstine was able to extend his season. “Matt had a great fifth-place finish in his 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:12.88, which qualified him for sectionals,” head coach Caitlin Conci said. “Sectionals is a competitive meet among all of the Western states.”
When Caitlin Harjes lined up her first shot Wednesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, there was a lot going through her mind. The 14-year-old girl was not only thinking about her shot, but of friends and family. Golfing during the 11th annual Rally for the Cure event, a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Moffat County Cancer Society, Harjes said she was thinking about loved ones who had dealt with cancer.
Tipton and McConnell vying for primary, Gilman discusses Libertarian views
Two Republican candidates for Third Congressional District took turns sharing platforms on a variety of state and federal issues Tuesday. State Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and Steamboat Springs Republican Bob McConnell, opponents in the Aug. 10 Republican primary, appeared at the Craig Daily Press/KRAI candidate forum. They are vying for a chance to face incumbent Democrat Rep. John Salazar in November’s general election.
Incumbent Republican facing Libertarian, Democratic challengers
Three candidates for Colorado House District 57 were given the chance to speak to about 150 residents Tuesday night during the Craig Daily Press/KRAI candidate forum at Centennial Mall. Incumbent Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, will likely face two challengers in the November general election — Libertarian Mike Kien and Democrat Steve Ivancie. Each candidate was given five minutes Tuesday to address the crowd and outline why they should hold the position that represents Moffat, Routt, Grand, Rio Blanco, Jackson and Garfield counties.
To the editor: One of the managers at Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply will soon be leaving our local store and moving to Laramie, Wyo. Murdoch’s has been very generous in helping and supporting various community groups and organizations such as 4-H, Christmas for Seniors and Christmas for Kids, just to name a few.
The Craig Chamber of Commerce ambassadors are having a business after-hours mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the chamber, 360 E. Victory Way. RSVP by calling 824-5689, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To the editor: We would just like to thank Paulson Trucking for sponsoring our mud volleyball team.
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. 11 a.m. Story-time takes place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds covered picnic area. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. Call 824-5116. Noon to 2 p.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association hosts a drop-in immunization clinic for kindergarten through high school students at the VNA’s Craig office, 745 Russell St. Call 824-8233.
My cocker spaniel can’t seem to grasp the concept of boundaries. I don’t mean tangible, physical boundaries. Lucy has a healthy respect for fences and doors. Unlike her predecessor, the wayward terrier who spent every waking minute concocting an escape plan from our backyard or mudroom, Lucy seems content to stay within the property line. I’m talking about personal space. You know, that invisible barrier everyone puts up to keep others at a comfortable distance?
To the editor: I would like to address, with the voters and taxpayers of Moffat County, some of the misconceptions currently being implied about my office, the jobs we perform and the “customer service” we provide to the public. Comparing the level of customer service required of the treasurer’s office and the assessor’s office is like trying to compare apples and oranges. You can take an apple and bite right into it, however, the process of eating an orange is much more involved. You must remove the peel and get to the inside before eating the orange. This is similar to the levels of customer service required of the treasurer’s office and the assessor’s office.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — There isn’t likely to be anybody within your peer group who doesn’t recognize your leadership abilities. If a development should arise that requires a firm hand you’ll be expected to take charge. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Be alert, because victory can be snatched from defeat concerning a career development that would otherwise go against you. Make those adversarial conditions work for you.
Dear Annie: I am 52 years old, have been divorced for 15 years and am currently involved in a relationship with a wonderful man. “Chuck” lives 80 miles from me, but we have adjusted to the distance and enjoy weekends together. The problem is, he still lives at home with his parents. He’s 53, has never been married and is very spoiled.
Wednesday, August 4
Welcome! My name is Miranda Blomquist, and I am proud to say that I am your 2010 Senior Fair Queen Attendant.
Hello, I’m Mandi Ellgen, and I’m proud to be your 2010 Senior Fair Queen.
This year, the Moffat County Fair Board is dedicating the 2010 Moffat County Fair to Joanne Roberson. Joanne was born in New Jersey and moved to Colorado when she was in her teens. She moved to the Western Slope shortly after that. In 1985, she and her husband, Al, and their son, Devin, moved to Craig.
Lewis and Lorrae Moon grew up participating in county fairs as 4-H members and as part of ranching families. Now, as parents and youth leaders, they continue to participate in the Moffat County Fair and 4-H program in a variety of ways. They raised their three boys, Doyle, Rance, and Nate, in the ranching lifestyle and they continue to work on their family ranch north of Craig.
Hi. My name is Delaney Baker, and I am your 2010 Intermediate Moffat County Fair Queen Attendant.
For the second time, fleet-footed rabbits will have an opportunity to shine at the Moffat County Fair. Moffat County 4-H leaders Michelle Pilgram and Stacie Ossen will be putting on the second annual rabbit agility competition from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 14. When the topic of expanding the Moffat County Rabbit Rustler group came up last year, Pilgram said she heard of rabbit agility courses and did some research. “I saw that the agility courses were big in Europe and others parts of the United States,” she said. “I thought it was something the kids could have fun doing with their rabbits.”
Craig resident Jo Anna Santistevan said she put her kids into 4-H because she felt it would instill in them a strong work ethic. After starting her oldest, Ashleigh, eight years ago and her 15-year-old daughter, Faith, more than five years ago, the message is coming across clear. “Kids can be lazy,” Faith said. “They have to stay determined and work hard, or they will end up quitting.”
The Moffat County Fair Board has a message to convey to residents regarding this year’s 92 Annual Moffat County Fair — events are not only for 4-H members. Board treasurer Karl Huntsman said more events are open this year to the public than ever before. “When people think of the fair, most of the time their first thought is 4-H,” he said. “That is not necessarily true.”
Hi, my name is Brice White, and I am honored to be your 2010 Moffat County Intermediate Queen.
Bill and Ramona Green have been a part of 4-H and the Moffat County Fair for as long as many can remember. Bill and Ramona were both born and raised in Routt County. They moved to Craig in March 1979 and have lived on the Dry Fork Ranch north of Craig for the past 30 years, where they raised their two children, Chad and Lacey. Bill and Ramona were both active members of 4-H and FFA growing up in Routt County, and became involved in Moffat County 4-H in 1988, when Chad was eight years old.
Carol Jacobson’s unfortunate death July 29, 2009, while on a “dream of a lifetime” float trip through Lodore Canyon on the Green River, marks the passing of a truly remarkable person and valued community member who gave generously and unselfishly of her time and energy. She was born Carol Valera Wyman to Lou and Loita Wyman on Dec. 13, 1954, at For Carson Hospital in Colorado Springs, and grew up primarily in Moffat and Routt counties. Carol began her education in a one-room schoolhouse located in the Williams For River Valley near the family ranch.
At 6 years old, Cody Rogers showed his sister’s lamb in his first Moffat County Fair. The event stuck, and Cody, now 18, is preparing his own sheep and adding more events in preparation for the 2010 Moffat County Fair. “Sheep have always been easy for me,” Cody said. “My mom raised me to take care of them, so it is just something I have always been around.”
Franklin L. “Pud” Stetson was born Jan. 29, 1960, in Kremmling, to Frankie and Eileen Stetson. His childhood was spent in and around Steamboat Springs, with as much time as possible spent on the family ranch in Oak Creek. Pud participated in 4-H as a youth, excelling in leatherwork and showing steers and horses. One of his greatest leather projects was the saddle that he made and rode. While in grade school, his love for leather and all things Western prompted him to carry a saddle to school for show and tell — no small feat for a fifth grader who rode the school bus.
The passing of Kimble Frentress on Aug. 7, 2009, was indeed a sad time for all who knew him. He was a man of few words, who excelled in everything he took part in throughout life. Kimble was a native of the area who will long be remembered for his cooperation and dedication to the fair and the 4-H program. He was born April 25, 1958 in Hayden, to Norman and Dollie Frentress. He was raised in Routt County, graduating from Hayden High School in 1976.
All locations within the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way:
Saturday, July 24 At Bear’s Ears Sportsman Club .22 Rifle Completion Shoot Wednesday, July 28 At the Trap Club Shotgun Completion Shoot Monday, August 2 Under the grandstands 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Early check-in for 4-H General Projects
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but summer is winding down. To squeeze all we can out of our few remaining weekends, our little guy is having a big water party with his friends Saturday. So we’ll be digging out our squirt guns. We’re also digging out buried treasures for our upcoming garage sale. A little extra cash at the end of the summer goes a long way. For your summer fun, here’s what Craig has up its sleeve for you.
On the Record for Aug. 4, 2010
Moffat County treasurer candidates Mike Brinks and Elaine Sullivan outlined their backgrounds and professional experience to voters Tuesday night during the Craig Daily Press/KRAI candidate forum at Centennial Mall. Sullivan and Brinks are engaged in one of five contested Moffat County races for public office. The two candidates made opening remarks to the audience of about 150 people. Sullivan talked about her time in the community and work as the current Moffat County clerk and recorder.
As Parker King approached the back nine Monday at Rifle Creek Golf Course, he knew he would need to adjust his game. Playing in the top-flight during the championship round of the Ace High School Golf Tournament, King, an incoming Moffat County High School junior, didn’t start off the front nine the way he wanted. “After the front nine, I was five back,” he said. “I knew I would need a big comeback to win. “I would either have to golf really well, or he would have to make a mistake.”
Moffat County Commission candidates had an opportunity to share their platforms and ideas with local voters Tuesday, a week before the Republican primary election. That opportunity came in the form of the Craig Daily Press/KRAI candidate forum at the Centennial Mall, where the four commission candidates fielded a variety of questions. Candidates were given an opportunity to make opening and closing statements and were asked several questions by a moderator.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes told voters gathered Tuesday night at the Centennial Mall that if he were elected Colorado’s next governor, he would continue coming back to Moffat County. “Actions have to match words,” Maes said. “I’ll never forget the time I went to Cortez, and a county chairman said to me, ‘You all come here once, and then forget about us.’ But after we win the primary, I promise you I will come back.” Maes has made several campaign stops in Craig and Moffat County this year.
What if instead of being suspenseful and creepy, “The Sixth Sense” was just melancholy and weepy? It would probably be a lot more like the drama “Charlie St. Cloud,” for one thing, and Haley Joel Osment would have faded into obscurity. Fortunately, the star of the newer of the two still has something going for him. Besides abnormally thick eyebrows.
Former Moffat County High School basketball players, fellow coaches, and community members are invited to honor former coach Craig Mortensen. There will be a celebration of Mortensen’s 30-plus years as head coach of the boys and girls basketball teams at 5 p.m. Saturday at Craig Middle School. The event, which is open to the public, will include refreshments and an alumni pick-up basketball game.
Survey results: Sandra Gardner earns high marks in ‘virtually every category’
The 14th Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance has recommended Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner be retained in the November general election. The recommendation for Gardner, who was appointed county court judge in 2006, was released Tuesday afternoon. Commissions around the state evaluated 134 justices as part of a process on whether to recommend retention.
Carol Scott and Robert Razzano, candidates for Moffat County assessor, spoke to a crowd of about 150 local voters Tuesday night at Centennial Mall, pitching their campaign platforms a week before the Aug. 10 Republican primary election. Their words came during the Craig Daily Press/KRAI candidate forum. They addressed the public they hope to serve in the future. Scott is Moffat County’s deputy assessor, and has been with the office for 13 years.
Beckett: turnout lower than expected, hoping for more awareness
Moffat County elections supervisor Stephanie Beckett said she expected early voting week for the primary election to be hectic in her office at the Moffat County Courthouse. But, Beckett said her office hasn’t been very busy after all. “I think a lot of (voters) are not aware that they could vote early in August,” she said. Beckett said early voting activity should pick up throughout the week.
Organizers of the Moffat County Fair offer a reminder to fair photography exhibitors. Due to space limitations, all entered photographs must be able to hang. The Moffat County Fair runs Sunday to Aug. 14. For more information about the photography category or any of the fair’s competitions, call the Moffat County Extension Office at 824-9180.
To the editor: With early voting beginning Aug. 2nd and the primary election a week away, I would like to take the opportunity to remind the voters of Moffat County of the importance of casting your vote. One of the candidates in the primary election for the office of Moffat County treasurer is Mike Brinks. Mike is a certified public accountant with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics.
Brian Smith, your job as a reporter comes with a certain responsibility to weigh integrity and compassion with relating the facts. It is not your God-given right to include any fact any way you want. Using unnecessary information to sensationalize your story with gory details and setting up horrific images in the reader’s mind with your descriptions is reprehensible. You have no professional right to do that to me as a reader, but more importantly, you have absolutely no right to victimize Shannon’s family and friends like that.
I would like to endorse Frank Moe’s candidacy for Moffat County Commissioner. I have known Frank and Kerry well for almost all the 20 years I have lived in Craig. Moffat County is lucky indeed to have a person of Frank’s ability, honesty and commitment running for commissioner. Frank is a person of great integrity. I have never known him to be dishonest or deceptive in the slightest way. He is a tremendously caring individual with excellent judgment who can be trusted.
11:30 a.m. today, upstairs conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • Call to order, roll call, welcome guests Review and approve meeting minutes Review and approve financials and bills to be paid Conflict of interest disclosure
Organizers behind Sunday’s second annual Lid Jam in Craig, and a Dixon, Wyo., benefit for a former Craig resident should be commended, as well as those who supported them. These people, who mostly deflected public praise for their efforts, took what could have been wholly negative happenings and created something positive. Lid Jam, a biking and skateboarding event at the Craig skate park, paid tribute to the late Shane Braselton, a 20-year-old Craig man who died a year ago. It sought to not only honor Shane, but also impress safety habits upon those youths biking and skating city streets today.
9 a.m. A Rally for the Cure cancer benefit golf event is at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394. All women are welcome to participate. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation and the Moffat County Cancer Society. Call Susan at 824-9656. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676 for more information.
Dear Annie: My friend “Helen” has a 5-month-old baby, “Petey.” This is her first child. She has no siblings and very little family, so her experience with babies is limited. Petey seems to be rather small (about 12 pounds) for a 5-month-old. He seldom lifts his arms or legs or does any of the things my children did at that age. Helen has used a swaddling blanket on Petey since he was born. She makes him take a lot of extended naps during the day, plus at least eight hours of sleep at night.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Because you’ve finally figured out how to overcome negative aspects and replace them with positive ones, it should be a good day for you. You’ll be able to accomplish all that you want to. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — There should be an encouraging financial trend starting to take hold for you. Do what you can to make the most of what you have at hand, and you will be rewarded more than usual.
Tuesday, August 3
At its Tuesday morning meeting, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, payroll warrant resolutions ending July 24 totaling $421,863.14.
On the Record for Aug. 3, 2010
The Craig Daily Press and KRAI will be hosting a public political forum tonight with hopes of better informing local voters as the Aug. 10 primary election nears. The debate will take place at 5:30 p.m. today at Centennial Mall, in front of the KRAI office. Candidates for local, state and federal offices have been invited to participate in the forum.
Today 4 to 6 p.m. Skills camp for Moffat County High School volleyball players at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. 5:30 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation youth soccer plays at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 S. Mack Lane.
Duzik ready to take on responsibilities of title, attend events throughout year
Mattie Jo Duzik, 11, had one goal after being named the first runner-up in the National Little Britches Rodeo Association Royalty Pageant in 2009. Winning the princess title. After this year’s Little Britches final, Mattie Jo achieved her goal and was named princess of the rodeo after about a year and a half of training and practice, she said.
Rose Hutton visited the Center of Craig on Monday night for a meet-and-greet with Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper. By the end of the event, Hutton said she was seriously considering voting for the candidate. “I think it was the fact that he is very open-minded,” she said. “You know, I haven’t heard any of the other candidates coming to Craig or making a speech, as far as I know.
Although Moffat County’s American Legion Post 62 didn’t win the state tournament, manager Justin Folley said the team was still successful on its home field. “I thought we did a good job of not only showcasing our baseball field, but our town,” he said. “I think we made a good name for ourselves.” Moffat County was the host of the American Legion state tournament from July 29 to Sunday, and Folley, who helped organize the event, said he was pleased.
To the editor: I have known Mike Brinks for over 25 years both as a friend and a co-worker. He is very knowledgeable in the field of accounting. He maintains his level of expertise by taking several hours of continuing professional education each year.
Today marks 22 candles on the birthday cake this year. I am anxiously awaiting the moment to blow out the candles on my birthday cake, even though I have never really liked birthday cake. So instead, I will be blowing out 22 candles on my mom’s infamous éclair cake, in honor of her and her love for birthdays, but mostly in honor of a new year. Yes I am the girl who searches for an eyelash on her cheekbone just to blow it away and make a wish. I am the one who will sit for hours on the front porch longing for a shooting star because I believe it might have the power to change my luck. The girl who will never walk under a ladder or open an umbrella indoors.
6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. John Hickenlooper, a Democratic candidate for Colorado governor, will speak. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 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. 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.
There will be a chance for high school and middle school athletes to have mandatory physicals at 5 p.m. Monday at the Kinder Family Clinic, 595 Russell St. The cost is $15 per athlete, and forms are available at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave., or Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.
To the editor: Two years ago, Tyler Johnson was flown by helicopter from Yampa Valley Medical Center to a Denver Hospital. Tyler had become seriously ill with a high fever and a rapidly spreading rash on his feet. Lab tests never confirmed the cause, but all symptoms pointed to N. Meningitidis or bacterial meningitis. Tyler survived the infection, but only after amputation of his feet and portions of fingers.
To the editor: It’s been a roller coaster ride for the past few months and during this time, I’ve had some great support and care. I have had so many acts of kindness, prayers and superior medical care.
Happy Hands Crochet Club has set its fall meetings dates. Upcoming dates are 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 and 22, Sept. 5 and 19, Oct. 3 and 17, Nov. 7 and 21, and Dec. 5 and 19 at the south back building at 655 Ranney St. The August dates feature a pot holder project, and participants should take size 1 crochet hook and four-ply yarn.
Dear Annie: I am married to a man four years my junior who seems locked into the idea that I am cheating on him. I am not, although I’d have good reason: He is hardly ever around and pays little attention to me. We have two children, and I gained a lot of weight during the pregnancies. Recently, I began exercising and watching my diet to improve my health and have almost returned to my pre-wedding weight.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Using a burst of anger to cover up your lack of comprehension when conversing with contemporaries will make matters worse. Keep a level head and don’t hesitate to confess your incomprehension. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — In a commercial arrangement between you and another person, each is likely to think you are the giver and the other is the taker. In reality, you both could be a bit too greedy for anybody’s good.
Monday, August 2
Craig man reaches 90 mph in pursuit
A 46-year-old Craig man led Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a car chase that reached 90 mph on the west end of Steamboat Springs on Sunday evening, ending when the man drove off a 50-foot embankment and rolled his vehicle.
On the Record for Aug. 2, 2010
After countless matches, and gallons of mud, a winner emerged from the pits during the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s 11th annual Mud Splash volleyball tournament Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park. The tournament had 12 teams volleying in the mud for a chance to be crowned winners, and by the time the pits had cleared, the Mud Sharks were winners over The Valley.
Tracey Parrish, a licensed agent and financial services professional for New York Life, has gone out on her own and now has a practice. “I am excited to be representing New York Life at my own individual practice,” Parrish said. New York Life offers products such as life insurance, long-term care and other investment products including, but not limited to, annuities.
Age: 33 Sport: Golf How did you get your start in your sport? “When I was back East, my uncle took me for the first time.”
Breyden Clark, 11, and Samuel Walls, 10, walked to the event table filled with prizes Sunday at the Craig skate park during the second annual Lid Jam. They set their skateboards down and asked Lid Jam organizer Kenny Stacy if there were any helmets left. “You guys always need to wear these, OK?” said Stacy as he pulled out two of the last three helmets from under the table and handed them to the boys.
A 16-year-old boy died Saturday in the Yampa River behind the Kampgrounds of America in Craig, the victim of an apparent drowning. Jeremy Ashton, a Moffat County Sheriff’s Office investigator, said the boy was Craig resident Shannon Wenger. Wenger was with a group of friends who were walking through a tributary pond of the river on the Northwest Ready Mix property east of Craig, Ashton said.
“I grew up in Washington, D.C., My parents were government workers, which is why we were there. I spent the first 18 years of my life in (Washington) D.C. I moved out here to go to college in Colorado. I went to Mesa State College in Grand Junction and the University of North Colorado. I chose Mesa because I had a basketball scholarship, but that never really happened.
John Hickenlooper, a democratic candidate for Colorado governor, is scheduled to visit Craig from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The event is open to the public. Call 734-9000 for more information. Hickenlooper will also attend the Craig Rotary Club meeting at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Gold Cavvy Restaurant & Lounge, 538 Yampa Ave.
The Memorial Hospital EMS Friday, July 30 An ambulance crew responded to two medical calls. An ambulance crew responded to a motor-vehicle accident.
10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bob Woods at 824-6836.
I spend a goodly portion of each week running column ideas through both sides of my brain. The normal side always takes charge of this and has me jot down ideas and scribble notes on any object that will receive ink or pencil lead.
Dear Annie: I love my mother, but not after 7 p.m., when she starts drinking. For 11 years, I have suffered through her alcoholic abuse and have been ravaged by the physical and emotional agony that come with it. My family and I have done everything possible to tell her how much we care and want her to get help. She always replies with a wonderful speech about how she will change and make sure we all stay together and happy. But after about a week, she reverts to her old ways.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Don’t let a good opportunity for personal gain slip past you, as long as it is ethical and legal. Be alert and prepared to act on anything that happens along, no matter how unusual. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — That opportunity to take advantage of something that has been outside of your immediate control could at last open up for you. Continue to stay alert, positive and enthusiastic about your chances.
Sunday, August 1
Coroner: Craig teen died of apparent drowning
A 16-year-old boy died Saturday in the Yampa River behind the Kampgrounds of America in Craig, the victim of an apparent drowning. The teen was with a group of friends who were walking through a tributary of the river, and the current swept him under the water, a sheriff's office investigator said.