Stories for February 2010

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Sunday, February 28

Craig Daily Press awarded state honors

The Craig Daily Press was named the best newspaper in its circulation class during the Colorado Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented Saturday at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver.

Saturday, February 27

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Alternative high school likely to graduate most students ever

Social worker Joanne Snow rattled five dice in her hand and let them fall on the table. Each time they landed, she called out observations that sounded like gibberish to the 10 Moffat County Alternative School students who were gathered around watching Snow.

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Yoder family of 13 counts its blessings

Five-year-old Judy Yoder turned to her mother, Lois, and buried her blond head in a cotton printed dress that matched her own. Silent tears started to roll away from the corner of her eyes as she shook her head.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife’s adult son causing problems

My wife and I have been happy together for 25 years. When her adult son lost his job, we let him move in with us so he could get back on his feet.

County surveyor race contested

G.I. Buffham announces his candidacy, will run against Peter Epp

Longtime resident G.I. Buffham, 75, announced Friday his candidacy for Moffat County Surveyor. Buffham has been a Colo­­rado professional la­nd surveyor since 1963 and owns the surveying business, G.I. Buff­ham Surv­eying.

Government update for March 2

Government update for Moffat County Commission

Datebook for Feb. 27, 2010

A Love INC Car Care Clinic for single mothers, seniors and people who are disabled takes place at Cook Chevrolet, 1776 W. Victory Way. Volunteers will check each participant’s vehicle bumper to bumper for free. An appointment is necessary for the clinic. Call Love INC at 826-4400 to schedule an appointment.

Our View: Remembering the past

A week ago, one of Moffat County’s most prominent and philanthropic residents was given the KRAI/Craig Daily Press Citizen of the Year Award during the annual State of the County event at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

Craig Briefs: DOW hosts youth ice fishing event

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will host a youth ice fishing event from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Little Rascals Pond, 800 W. First St.

Kathy J. Carlton: An uplifting story

During this time when people are tightening their belts, experiencing high unemployment rates, lay-offs, cut backs and recession, it still is encouraging to hear about people who still care, give and who step forward to help and do what needs to be done.

Jair Epp: Set the record straight

On Dec. 25, 2009, I was pulled over by Craig Police for a faulty brake light. During the course of events, I was questioned and the officer determined I was under suspicion of being intoxicated.

On the record for Feb. 25

On the record for Feb. 25

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Moffat County High School loses to division’s No. 1 seed, 56-36

Although the Moffat County High School girls varsity team lost, 56-36, Friday against Centaurus, MCHS coach Craig Mortensen said he sees a brighter future ahead for the Bulldogs.

Government update for Feb. 27, 2010

Government update for Feb. 27, 2010

Over a cup of coffee: Remembering Dad and his milk gravy

This past Monday, Feb. 15, I lost my 92-year-old father. Since then I’ve done a lot of “remembering.” It’s amazing how many memories are connected to food and family meals together.

Kathy Bassett: Cabin Fever symptoms

Oh, mercy. Spring had better hurry up and get here. I am more than ready. I’m telling you that winter just needs to end. Now. It is getting harder and harder to be all cooped up inside.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Wolfman’ definitely hairy, not very scary

One would think that seeing the title character of “The Wolfman” rip off a man’s arm and throw it to the ground while the pistol in the disembodied hand fires upon impact would be exciting.

Horoscope for Feb. 27, 2010

Horoscope for Feb. 27, 2010

Diane Prather: Rave reviews

Local youths fare well at 2010 National Western Stock Show

When this author asked Moffat County 4-H and FFA members to reflect on their experiences at the 2010 National Western Stock Show, she heard nothing but positive comments.

Police Blotter for Feb. 25, 2010

Police Blotter for Feb. 26, 2010

Friday, February 26

Bulldogs fall to Warriors

The Centaurus Warriors defeated the MCHS girls varsity basketball team, 56-36.

MCTA director search down to 2 applicants

The Moffat County Tourism Association board interviewed five candidates for its vacant director position Thursday but came away from the meeting without making a final decision.

Moffat County School Board approves 2010-11 calendar

New calendar features Aug. 30 school start, weekly collaboration

The Moffat County School Board finalized the school year calendar for the next three years at its monthly meeting Thursday. In a 5-1 vote, the board approved a calendar that features an Aug. 30 start date and a 75-minute early release each Friday district-wide to allow for teacher collaboration time.

Moffat County commissioner to run in November

Moffat County commissioner Audrey Danner has announced she will be seeking election in November. Danner, 57, filed candidate papers Thursday and will run as a Republican.

Sports Briefs: Craig Sea Sharks set to swim again

The Craig Sea Sharks competitive swim club will have a registration session at 4 p.m. March 10 at the Craig fire station.

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Young MCHS basketball teams show promise

As the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team plays in its 10th consecutive 4A state tournament, MCHS junior varsity coach Matt Ray believes talent is on the way to carry the Bulldogs for at least another three years.

Patricia Jones: Guiding principles

Core values. Many organizations have them. You can see them posted on office walls or in brochures of businesses. Love INC has a set of core values.

Janet Sheridan: Catalog clothing

After my column about the Montgomery Ward’s Christmas catalog was published, a young lady, out walking on a wintery afternoon, called across the street to say she enjoyed the column and remembered the catalogs.

Craig Briefs: Love INC to give out coats today

Love INC distributed more than 525 coats, as well as many mittens, gloves and hats, from October through December 2009.

Horoscope for Feb. 26, 2010

Horoscope for Feb. 26, 2010

Annie's Mailbox: Sister is a mean, lying drunk

I adore my husband of 20 years, and we have the best kids on earth. The problem? My parents. My older sister is divorced and has several small children. She also is an alcoholic and a horribly toxic person.

William Ronis: 1 in a Vermillion

A guy gave me a T-shirt with the words “One in a Verm­illion” printed on the front. I wear the T-shirt proudly because I believe it to be true.

Datebook for Feb. 26, 2010

Playgroup for toddler/preschool children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool inside the Moffat County School District administration building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann at 826-2717.

Ed Wilkinson: Attention all veterans

Doug Beckett, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, is trying to update the membership roster. If you are a member, whether you attend meetings or not, please call him at 824-7968.

Police Blotter for Feb. 24, 2010

Police Blotter for Feb. 24, 2010

Thursday, February 25

Census forms to be on Moffat County doorknobs Monday

U.S. Census Bureau employees will be hitting the pavement Monday in Moffat County to deliver forms for the once-a-decade questionnaire. Employees are being trained with the bureau to learn the process by which they will deliver the forms.

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Demong wins gold, Spillane takes another silver

Skiers finish 1-2 in final Nordic event

On Thursday, Billy De­­mong won a gold medal in the individual large hill Gundersen event, Johnny Spillane took a third silver, and two skiers from the once underfunded and uncompetitive U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team solidified their spots among the best on the planet.

On the Record for Feb. 25, 2010

On the Record for Feb. 25, 2010

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Downtown Books & Beads changing ownership

Craig also to see new pet store

Six months after deciding to keep Downtown Books & Beads open, Caroline Dotson will be stepping down as its owner.

Michelle Balleck: Free food, $1 drinks on tap this weekend

There’s free food, cheap drinks and political mingling this weekend, if you’re in the right place at the right time. Read on to find out how to get your share of some.

Craig police warn about e-mail scam

Officials: Fraud involves sale or giveaway of dog

The Craig Police Department is advising local residents about an Internet scam involving “the sale or proposed giveaway of a puppy/dog,” according to a news release.

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MCHS girls basketball faces No. 1 seed Centaurus on Friday

Since the basketball bracket was invented, there have been upsets. If Adrie Camp and her Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball teammates have their way, the Bulldogs will join the list of playoff spoilers.

OHVs now allowed on county roads

Moffat County Commission amends 1996 bill limiting vehicles’ access

Moffat County residents may now ride off-highway vehicles on all county roads.

Craig City Council gets positive finance report

Finance director Bruce Nelson presents 20-page year-end report to council members

Bruce Nelson is a numbers man. As the finance director for the city of Craig, he is tasked with overseeing around $34 million in revenue and expenditures coming and going from city coffers.

The Memorial Hospital board confirms officers

Ron Danner will continue as the chair of The Memorial Hospital board through 2010. At its monthly meeting Wednesday, the TMH board approved, 7-0, a recommendation to reappoint Danner to the chair position, promote Missy Bonaker to chair-elect and appoint Don Myers to the position of secretary-treasurer.

Craig Briefs: School Board to discuss calendar

Options for the 2010-11 school calendar will be the topic of discussion at a work session before the Moffat County School Board’s monthly meeting tonight at the administration building, 775 Yampa Ave.

Sports Briefs: Craig Cougars to host playoffs

The Craig Cougars bantam team will host two playoff games this weekend.

Phyllis Virden: Response to Luke Schafer

I’m responding to the article in Saturday’s paper by Luke Schafer about the decline of sage grouse. He states the decline in sage grouse population is due to habitat loss.

Randy Baumgardner: Setting the record straight

I am writing today to set the record straight on a topic that has taken on a life of its own. In short, I did not support nor did I vote for the vehicle fee registration increase dubbed FASTER by its proponents.

Cathy Hamilton: Calling for a new Olympic sport

As if the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue wasn’t ego-deflating enough, along comes the Winter Olympics to make me feel even worse about myself. Don’t misunderstand. I love the Olympics, especially the cold weather version. I’ve always been drawn to the mountains, and I love all the shushing and shredding and showboating of alpine sports.

Datebook for Feb. 25, 2010

The Moffat County Tourism Association board hosts a special meeting in the upstairs conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife’s parents disrespectful

My wife and I are both 54-year-old professionals. We grew up in the same small town but didn’t begin a romance until our 30th high-school reunion. We were in a long-distance relationship for four years and then married two years ago. Her children are grown. My 14-year-old son lives with us.

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MCHS students gain insight at 1st Career Day

On Wednesday, Clint Rogers sat behind a table in the Moffat County High School gymnasium to share his experiences with young community members who still are trying to find the perfect fit for their future careers.

Police Blotter for Feb. 23, 2010

Police Blotter for Feb. 24, 2010

Horoscope for Feb. 25, 2010

Horoscope for Feb. 25, 2010

Wednesday, February 24

Craig Police warn residents of e-mail scam

The Craig Police Department is advising local residents about an Internet scam involving “the sale or proposed giveaway of a puppy/dog,” according to a news release. The scammers are using advertisements through e-mail, police reported.

On the Record for Feb. 24, 2010

On the Record for Feb. 24, 2010

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Shell halts Yampa water bid

Oil company withdraws application filed in Steamboat in December 2008

Shell Oil Co. said Tuesday that it is abandoning its quest for water rights on the Yampa River to develop oil shale production, citing delays in the project because of the global economic downturn.

MCHS students, counselors discuss body image disorders

Although sophomores Jordan McLeslie, Emily Wellman and Ashley Wardlow said they’d never go to such extremes to look a certain way, they acknowledged that distorted body images and obsessive eating and dieting behavior are not uncommon in the MCHS halls.

Moffat County School Board to discuss 3 calendar options

After receiving input from staff and community members, Moffat County School District officials will present three 2010-11 school calendar options for vote at Thursday’s School Board meeting.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Just wait

Life is about waiting. As much as it’s about the pursuit, you can’t get there until you wait. We move forward while we wait. And much like you wait in line at the grocery store, we wait our turn for the next stage in life.

Datebook for Feb. 24, 2010

The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older. Options include art, writing, and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. This event takes place at American Legion Post 62, 1055 County Road 7. Call 871-7676 for more information.

Horoscope for Feb. 24, 2010

Horoscope for Feb. 24, 2010

Andy Bockelman: Upcoming Oscars acknowledge wide array of films

With the nominations announced in early February, the race for the 82nd annual Academy Awards is well under way.

Government update for Feb. 24, 2010

Government update for Feb. 24, 2010

Annie's Mailbox: Sister took control of mom’s bank account

Dear Annie: When my mother went into an assisted-living home, she added my sister’s name to some of her accounts so sis could help pay her bills.

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CMC won’t change location in Steamboat

Officials decide against relocating college campus

Colorado Mountain Col­lege’s Alpine Campus will stay put, the Board of Trustees decided after a discussion during a special teleconference meeting Friday.

ACET activity decreases in 2009, statistics show

Although the number of cases the All Crimes Enforcement Team processed is down from 40 cases in 2008 to 34 in 2009, commander Garrett Wiggins considers the year a success nonetheless.

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Local officials concerned about Vermillion Basin issue

Some upset with potential designation

Some local officials have been left confused and upset by a document leaked Thursday from the Bureau of Land Management, which lists the Vermillion Basin as a potential site for “special management or congressional designation.”

Craig Briefs: Car Care Clinic is set for Saturday

A Love INC Car Care Clinic for single mothers, seniors and people who are disabled is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Cook Chevrolet, 1776 W. Victory Way.

Tuesday, February 23

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MCHS girls basketball wins playoff opener, 43-38

Sophomore Melissa Camilletti admits to being nervous before her first playoff game. But any nerves the guard, or any of the Bulldogs, had before the game didn’t show as the team was able to hang on against the Commanders and win, 43-38.

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US Nordic combined team takes silver

Medal is US's 1st in team event

Tuesday’s silver medal performance has to rank up there as a defining moment of these 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The Austrians won gold, finishing in 48 minutes and 55.6 seconds, just 5.2 seconds ahead of the Americans. The Germans won bronze, 19.5 seconds behind the Austrians.

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Nordic combined team takes silver

The second-place finish represents another historic accomplishment for a U.S. team that had never before medaled in Nordic combined at the Winter Olympics.

County commission action items from Tuesday meeting

At its Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, warrant resolutions for the month of February totaling $328,564.73.

Police Blotter for Feb. 23, 2010

On the Record for Feb. 23, 2010

Wall files election paperwork

County sheriff remains tight-lipped about candidacy

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall has filed the paperwork to run for re-election this fall. According to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, Wall, a Democrat, filed his candidate affidavit Friday. Wall previously had declined to announce whether he would run again.

Behrman family: Gifts, calls meant a lot

On behalf of the Behrman family, we would like to thank everyone for all they did to help out at this difficult time.

Chairman: Fundraiser could have ‘surprises’

Speakers set for Moffat County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday night

John Ponikvar, Moffat County Republican Central Committee Chairman, said there may be some revelations at this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner. The dinner, scheduled for Saturday night, seeks to raise funds for the Republican Party’s local, state and federal candidates, and serves as a platform for residents wishing to announce their candidacies.

Craig briefs: River Basin rep to make a presentation

The Friends of Northwest Colorado, Colorado Trout Unlimi­ted, The Wilderness Society and Colorado Environmental Coalition are scheduled to host a presentation from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.

Moffat County School District releases draft options for budget cuts

Moffat County School District superintendent Joe Petrone never wanted to have to explain the two sheets of paper that he passed out to School District Accountability Committee members Thursday night. Because of reductions in state funding, the Moffat County School District is facing a nearly $2 million deficit for the 2010-11 school year and beyond.

Horoscope for Feb. 23

Horoscope for Feb. 23

Annie's Mailbox: Son-in-law’s drinking alarms mother

Dear Annie: My son-in-law drinks too much. Throughout the years, I’ve seen “Ted” overindulge at weddings, and I notice he consumes a tremendous amount of beer. Lately, my worry has turned from concern to alarm.

Sports briefs: Bad Dogs pick up 10 1st-place finishes in Delta

With a week remaining until the Colorado All-State Wrestling Tournament in Castle Rock, the Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling team was able to get in more mat time with a weekend trip to Delta. The Bad Dogs had 10 wrestlers take home first-place finishes at the Saturday meet.

Council to hear year-end ACET review from commander

Garrett Wiggins, the All Crimes Enforcement Team commander, will give a 2009 year-end review on the task force tonight during the Craig City Council meeting. The report will focus largely on statistical information of the department, rather than the day-to-day activity information.

Senior spotlight for Feb. 23

For being the short month of the year, February seems to drag on. Maybe it’s my way of trying to hurry up spring. Calendar-wise, spring will be coming forth on March 20. But I always say spring officially starts after Easter, which is April 4.

Bryce Jacobson: Mayor, commissioner miss the point — again

At Friday night’s State of the County event, Craig Mayor Don Jones and Moffat County commissioner Audrey Danner boasted about the amount of money their respective groups have available in reserves as a good thing.

Datebook for Feb. 23

Datebook for Feb. 23

Maren Schmidt: How not to be your child's ATM

The choices we make with our money can help change the world, said Nathan Dungan, president and founder of Share, Save, Spend.

Ken Rinker: Sage grouse population

I can remember when there were a lot more sage grouse in this area than there is now. There also were a lot more small-scale farmers and ranchers that had alfalfa fields, on irrigated and dry land.

Kerry Alonso: Special thanks

would like to take a moment to thank some very important people. Last Friday, there was a small incident at my home with my two daughters.

Monday, February 22

On the Record for Feb. 22, 2010

On the Record for Feb. 22, 2010

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MCHS girls basketball hosts playoff game tonight

For Moffat County High School senior Amanda Snyder, reality has not set in yet. That reality is that tonight’s game against John F. Kennedy High School could be her last in Bulldog blue. At 6:30 p.m. today, Snyder, along with fellow seniors Lindsey Yoast and Jessi Moser, will try to win what could be their last home basketball game.

Annie's Mailbox: Hosts should make adjustment for guest

Dear Annie: I am 49 years old and have been a “flexitarian” for 10 years, with fish being my primary protein source.

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Andy Bockelman: ‘Lightning Thief’ lacks electricity in mythic interpretation

For any normal kid, having sensory control over water fountains or being able to hold your breath in the pool for seven minutes may seem peculiar. But for the eponymous hero of “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” those are the more ordinary parts of your day.

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My life, my words: Beryl Dschaak: Life on the lanes

“We opened the bowling center in October of 2005. We thought the community needed a new a place for bowling, and we wanted to provide that. We wanted a state-of-the-art facility for everybody to go."

Bryce Jacobson: Chapman’s utilizing alignment rack

Chapman’s Automotive has installed a new alignment machine. This new machine’s HawkEye™ sensors use multi-dimensional modeling to provide accurate alignment measurements.

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Health center awarded Large Business of the Year

Business honored at State of the County event

Despite winning the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s large business of the year award, Gisela Garrison doesn’t see the Northwest Colorado Com­munity Health Center as a typical business.

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Your community snapshots for Feb. 22

Here are some of January’s entries for the New Year’s and winter activities categories in the Craig Daily Press Your Community Snapshots photo contest.

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Griffiths takes 3rd at state tournament

MCHS wrestler has highest finish for school at state tournament

Moments after winning his match against Thompson Valley’s Kyle McNally, Moffat County High School wrestler Charlie Griffiths had one thing on his mind. “I need to start getting ready for next year,” he said. “I only have one more chance.” Griffiths, a junior, wrestled his way to a third-place finish in the 145-pound class Saturday at the state wrestling tournament.

Aging Well: Local gardens offer chance to learn, grow with others

Snow blankets the ground, but plans for community gardens are sprouting up throughout Routt County. Having fresh affordable produce to eat, relieving stress and getting exercise while planting, weeding, watering and harvesting healthy food are among the many reasons gardeners develop green thumbs.

Patrick Wayne Germond: System is failing

As I watched the news the other day, I realized how bad our education system is failing. Either that or our politicians took a different math class than the rest of us Americans did. The debate is finally over in one area.

Julie Dempster: Not in the best interest

Regarding the Moffat County School District’s proposed calendar: What I don’t think is in the best interest of the kids is the number of days off during the school year or the two-hour early release every other week.

David H. Burns: School calendar

Concerning the matter of the school calendar, I would like to make a recommendation. I have taken the context of that calendar and changed it.

H. Neal Glanville: How many dollars lost?

A year and a bit ago, the majority of Craig was excited about the new Hampton Inn & Suites being built at 377 Cedar Court. Of course, another motel made as much sense to some as another foreign food restaurant, but local contractors jumped at the chance to help Craig expand and keep more of its earned dollars in town.

Datebook for Feb. 22

Datebook for Feb. 22

Craig briefs: DAR meets at the AARP at 2 p.m. today

Craig AARP Chapter No. 1418 meets at 2 p.m. today at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. The Daughters of the American Revolution will present a program on Women’s History Month.

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Best Western wins Small Business of the Year

Frank and Kerry Moe consider winning the Small Business of the Year award a reflection of their quality staff rather than a pat on their own backs. “It’s not really our award,” Frank said. “We couldn’t do this without the help of our employees. We consider it a recognition for the entire staff.”

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Dean Brosious named Businessperson of the Year

If the stock market has a down day, LPL Financial Services owner Dean Brosious is awoken by the same sound that disturbs brokers across the country. Brosious was honored for his services to the community Friday at the State of the County event, where he was presented with the Craig Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year award.

Horoscope for Feb. 22

Horoscope for Feb. 22

Saturday, February 20

Craig briefs: Sweet Adelines to perform at MCHS

The Yampa Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines International hosts a performance, “Pirates of the Craig-abbean” at 7:30 p.m. today in the auditorium at Moffat County High School. The event is open to the public.

Kathy Bassett: Can’t take credit for inventing curly fries

I didn’t intend for Pig to be a pet. He was supposed to end up as hams and bacons and such, but every time I took the buttermilk out to feed him, he would jump up, put his front feet on the top of the fence (which kept him from trespassing) and lay his chin down.

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Andy Bockelman: ‘Valentine’s Day’ is here to stay

“Life is like a box of chocolates” is a pretty appropriate analogy for the romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day,” except the lesson of “you never know what you’re gonna get” is replaced with a moral more along the lines of “too much sugar in one sitting can make you nauseous depending on your tolerance.”

Horoscope for Feb. 20

Horoscope for Feb. 20

Diane Prather: A request for beef mincemeat

Gloria Noland, of Craig, called me this past weekend. She is looking for a recipe for pemmican (pemican), specifically the way the Native Americans made it. Gloria said it is made with dried meat and berries. So if anyone has a recipe or knows where she can get one, please contact me.

Moffat County girls basketball win against Eagle Valley

Team closes season with a victory

Behind a superior post presence, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team was able to outlast the Eagle Valley Devils, 52-40, on Friday night. Coach Craig Mortensen said the Bulldogs inside combination of Lauren Roberts, Lindsey Yoast and Annie Sadvar was able to guide the Bulldogs to a win.

Moffat County boys hoops top Eagle Valley

Bulldogs varsity team comes away with 65-57 win against Devils Friday night

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team picked up a 65-57 win Friday night against Eagle Valley to close out the regular season. The win gives the Bulldogs a 6-17 overall record, and a record of 4-10 in the Western Slope League.

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Moffat County wrestling takes hit at state

4 Bulldogs wrestlers fall in tourney; Griffiths vying for 3rd place

With 10 seconds remaining in a crucial state match, Moffat County High School’s Charlie Griffiths was ready to wrestle. Unfortunately, his opponent wouldn’t let him. Griffiths fell, 5-2, in the semifinals of the state wrestling championship after his opponent, Fort Morgan’s Brandon Hoffman, ran around the ring as seconds slipped off the clock.

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Mayor looks ahead in State of the City address Friday night

Opportunity amid adversity

The only certain thing about the future is that it remains uncertain, Craig Mayor Don Jones said. In his State of the City address at the fourth annual State of the County event Friday night, Jones did not dispute that times have been difficult economically and will take time to get better.

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State of the County address focuses on continuing services and hard work

‘Goals and a vision of the future’

Despite the prospects of a tough economy and pending budget tightening, Moffat County commissioner Audrey Danner gave a State of the County address Friday night that focused on positive aspects of county government.

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Senator stays realistic for Colorado’s future

Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, said “times are always darkest before we take off our sunglasses.” “I wish it were that easy,” he said during Friday’s State of the County event at the Holiday Inn of Craig. “The truth is that I’m losing a lot of sleep over what is happening in the legislature right now.”

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Lou Wyman named Craig Daily Press/KRAI Citizen of the Year

Lou Wyman's dedication to community and its history did not go unnoticed. At Friday’s State of the County event, Wyman was named the Craig Daily Press/KRAI Citizen of the Year. Al Shepherd, a longtime friend of Wyman’s, presented the award at the end of the evening.

Michael and Teresa Stoffle: Thanks for support

It took two years to make this happen, and with a lot of planning and volunteers, we did it. We would like to thank BAM Film Productions for coming to our town and filming the Winter Festival and our snowmobile trails in Moffat County.

James Merett: Symbolism of obelisk

In this letter, I will write about the building in Washington, D.C. In 1793, when George Washington sanctioned the laying of the capitol building’s cornerstone, he did so wearing a Masonic apron emblazoned with the brotherhood’s symbols.

Datebook for Feb. 20

Datebook for Feb. 20

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Rebuilding a foundation

MCHS speech and debate team eyes upcoming district tournament

There were former soccer players and freshmen football players. There were aspiring thespians, writers and politicians. A computer lab at Moffat County High School housed an amalgam of students Thursday afternoon, from jocks to bookworms, who had all come together for speech and debate team practice.

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Craig couple turns tattoo passion into business, Liquid Flesh Tattoo

This edition of Communities At Work concentrates on a pair of local residents reuniting passion with work. Two things become quickly apparent when visiting Jimmy and Carrie Clark — they are passionate about one another and tattoos.

Government update for Feb. 23

Government update for Feb. 23

Annie's Mailbox: Relationship missing the glue for girlfriend

Dear Annie: My former girlfriend and I dated for 14 months. She is 49, and I am 52. We loved each other, but we’re not “in love.”

Luke Schafer: Saving a Western icon

The sagebrush sea is one of America’s wonders, a vast and expansive ecosystem that stretches across counties, watersheds and state lines.

Friday, February 19

MCHS boys earn road victory against Eagle Valley

Boys basketball team playing regular season finale against Eagle Valley

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team will hope to rebound following a Tuesday loss when they play at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Eagle Valley.

FINAL: MCHS girls win, 52-40

MCHS girls earn league victory on the road

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team will play at 6 p.m. tonight in Eagle Valley. The Bulldogs (10-12 overall, 8-5 in the Western Slope League) are coming off Tuesday’s 43-29 win over Steamboat Springs. A win tonight could seal MCHS’ state playoff bid.

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Vermillion Basin considered for wilderness designation

The Vermillion Basin in Moffat County and the high peaks between Silverton and Lake City are listed as potential areas for wilderness or other designation, according to a document leaked from the Bureau of Land Management.

Hayden advances trio of wrestlers

Five athletes still alive at state tournament in Denver

T-Lane Mazzola, Chad Terry and Treyben Letlow won quarterfinal matches this morning, earning places in the evening’s semifinal round. Two Tigers wrestlers were knocked from the championship bracket and two ended their tournament runs.

Moffat County, Hayden, Meeker wrestlers compete at state tournament

The Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling team began wrestling at 1 p.m. today at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

On the Record for Feb. 19, 2010

On the Record for Feb. 19, 2010

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Soroco's Lauryn Bruggink makes state wrestling history

Wrestler is 1st girl to win match at state tournament

The 103-pounder won her match this morning in the consolation bracket at the tournament in Denver, becoming the first girl to win a match at state. She proceeded to win her second match and wrestles again Saturday morning.

Annie's Mailbox: Parents concerned about son, girlfriend

Dear Annie: My son is 19 and a freshman in college. His girlfriend is 17 and a junior in high school. They have been dating for almost two years, and their relationship has been very physical from the beginning. Because of diligent observation and minor snooping, my husband and I are convinced they are sexually active.

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MCHS boys basketball team preparing to send off seniors

For the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s five seniors, one game left in the regular season might mean one last game in Bulldogs blue. “I had a good time while it lasted,” MCHS senior Jordan Wilson said. “But every good thing has to come to an end.”

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MCHS wrestlers Tomlin, Griffiths advance at state

Winslow, Adams fall at state tournament

Despite winning his first match against Silver Creek’s Alex Mann handily, Moffat County High School wrestler Nathan Tomlin knows things will only get harder as he advances in the state wrestling tournament.

F. Neil Folks: Trying to win back our lower place

Jesus came to preach the Gospel to the poor (Luke 4:18). They are the only ones who can actually hear it. They have nothing to prove or protect — worldly goods, status, or name. The status quo is not on their side.

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Steamboat 700 forum focuses on housing, growth impacts, traffic, water

The battle lines about Steam­boat 700 sharpened at a Thursday night forum, as opponents said the proposed annexation inadequately addresses affordable housing needs and infrastructure costs and has inherent financial risks, while supporters said city staff and elected officials have negotiated a phased, long-term plan that provides solutions, funding and land for growth.

Janet Sheridan: Washington and Lincoln

Like many school children in America during the 1940s and 1950s, I grew up with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Their portraits kept an eye on me in every classroom I entered at my elementary school. I remember radiators releasing a comfortable hiss, chalk dust sifting from erasers, art projects parading walls — and George and Abe on high, supervising.

Teresa Stoffle: Thanks for support

Xtreme Mountain Racing would like to send a special thank you to Jay and Wayne Wagner and Charlie Brown, of Wagner Construction, T.J. Montgomery and Wes Selby for all the time they spent preparing the snocross track, building the derby sledding hill and all the hours hauling snow.

Cory Overton: Looking at the calendar

When I went to school, we started Aug. 28 most of the time, and we did not have so many days off during the week. My son will be going to school three days this week. He was off Monday for Presidents Day, and he will be off Friday for teacher in-service.

Stan and Helen McPherson: Good luck to wrestlers

It has been our privilege to follow the Moffat County High School wrestling program for many years. This year’s team is great, and we thank you for doing a special about them. The kids and the coaches did an awesome job. We want to thank them for the T-shirts and especially the autographed tournament shirt.

Alayna Kline: Common courtesy

I have lived in Craig my entire life. Recently, the small community of ours that always has been so generous seems to have gotten more stingy with their money. I realize it is tight for everyone right now.

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Jailbirds squawk to raise money for muscular dystrophy

Volunteers get ‘locked up’ at Golden Cavvy for fundraiser

Bob Waker looked pretty happy for someone behind bars. But Waker, a long time Craig resident, wasn’t there for anything he did. He was there for what he hopes to do. “It just rips your heart out to think that some of these people won’t get a chance,” he said. “This stuff just eats you up. We have to do whatever it takes as an individual or community to help the cause.”

Colorado West receives advocacy award

The National Council for Community Behavioral Health­care has named Colorado West Regional Mental Health Center the winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence in Community Grassroots Advocacy.

Datebook for Feb. 19, 2010

Today

Craig briefs: State of the County open to the public

The Craig Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, the State of the County, is open to the public and starts at 6:30 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

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Humane Society of Moffat County hosting pet adoption day Saturday

For Lori Noland, the past four years have been a steady stream of wagging tails, wet noses and longing eyes. Every day, Noland, who is the kennel manager at Bear Creek Animal Hospital, walks the line between tending to animals in her shelter and caring too much.

Parents voice concern about proposed calendar

More than 50 parents attended SDAC meeting

More than 50 parents and community members filled the Moffat County School District board room Thursday to voice questions and concerns about the current proposed 2010-11 school calendar.

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Grant helps send Steamboat's Penny Fletcher to Olympics

Steamboat resident Penny Fletcher needed to be at the Olympics to watch her son Taylor compete. Thanks to a grant, she's made her way to Vancouver.

Fuel gauge report for Feb. 19, 2010

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

Horoscopes for Feb. 19, 2010

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You’re on a profitable roll so press forward on matters or arrangements you believe can benefit you and others. Chances are everyone will realize some financial gain.

Thursday, February 18

Glenwood skier McKennis enjoys first Olympics despite fall

20-year-old downhill skier trained in Steamboat for a year

Twenty-year-old Alice McKennis didn't quite make it through the course at the women’s downhill on Wednesday. But McKennis, who trained in Steamboat for a year, decided giving up just wasn't for her.

On the Record for Feb. 18, 2010

On the Record for Feb. 18, 2010

Mark Voloshin continuing wrestling career at MCHS

Mark Voloshin, a former MCHS wrestler, is now charged with helping current team members ascend to heights past his own.

Moffat County real estate transactions for January 2010

Real estate transactions from across Moffat County for January 2010

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Hayden, Steamboat, Soroco send wrestlers to state tournament

Hayden leads Routt County wrestlers with seven heading to state; Soroco is sending two, and Steamboat has one. Treyben Letlow is perhaps Hayden’s best shot at winning its first individual state title since 2000.

Horoscope for Feb. 18, 2010

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — It’s natural to use your magnetism and charisma in ways that will prove the most effective for you. In doing so, you will attract the right people for all the right reasons.

Annie's Mailbox: Daughter has gained a lot of weight

Dear Annie: My husband and I need some advice on how to approach a sticky situation concerning our daughter. In the past several years, “Tricia” has gained a tremendous amount of weight. We are genuinely concerned for her health, physical and mental. We don’t know how to approach the subject without alienating her and causing resentment.

Craig sports briefs: Mid-winter soccer tournament Sunday

The mid-winter classic soccer tournament will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

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MCHS girls basketball runs through playoff scenarios

Team can improve post-season odds with win Friday

With one game remaining, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team still has a shot at the 4A state playoffs. A win Friday at Eagle Valley High School, and the Bulldogs’ chances of continuing their decade-long run of playoff appearances would improve dramatically, coach Craig Mortensen said.

Cathy Hamilton: A redeemable coupon

I hate to be a killjoy, especially where love is concerned. But with Valentine’s Day recently behind us, I feel compelled to speak for women everywhere (and probably a lot of men) when I say that those so-called love coupons people think are cute and sexy are a bunch of Hallmark-inspired bull nuggets.

Dave Young: Letters are a disgrace

All these letters flooding the letters to the editor in the past week or so are, to say the least, a disgrace. The original content was a response to a Moffat County High School newspaper article written by a student.

Bank fraud case could be settled

The U.S. District Court case of Patricia Cabano, a former Craig woman charged with 31 counts of felony bank fraud, has been delayed until March. Cabano and her lawyer filed a notice of disposition Feb. 3 that stated “the parties have reached a settlement.”

Moffat County facing budget cuts

County commission meeting with departments to tighten budgets

In the face of revenue shortfalls, Moffat County is looking for ways to tighten its belt. The board of county commissioners plans to meet with many of its departments to hear suggestions and ideas of ways it can ease the budget deficit for both immediate and long-term solutions.

Craig briefs: State of the County open to the public

The Craig Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, the State of the County, is open to the public and starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

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Friends and family recall Lop Behrman’s dedication to work, family

Worn cowboy boots clunked on the wood floor, just visible from under countless pairs of work jeans. Cowboy hats bobbed through the crowd, and four kegs of beer were on hand to quench the thirst of more than 100 guests.

Datebook for Feb. 18, 2010

Today

Moffat County High School wrestlers poised for state

Coach expects 4 team participants to perform well

When MCHS grapplers Charlie Griffiths, Nathan Tomlin, Cody Adams and Ben Winslow wrestle today at the state tournament in the Pepsi Center in Denver — home of the Nuggets and Avalanche — they will be on the biggest stage of their careers.

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Despite injuries, MCHS sending 4 wrestlers to state, eyeing state title

For the Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling team, it was the year of the injury. Luckily, it was also the year of the recovery.

Moffat County High School’s regional wrestling qualifiers

Moffat County High School’s regional wrestling qualifiers

MCHS grapplers in the books

Scouring the Colorado High School Activities Association record books for top Moffat County High School wrestlers, achievements

Scouring the Colorado High School Activities Association record books for top Moffat County High School wrestlers, achievements, comes up with many.

Coach Ron Linsacum in the middle of Moffat County wrestling

Ron Linsacum has been coaching the Bulldogs for 13 years alongside Roman Gutierrez. For someone who has spent most of his life around the sport, coaching comes naturally, Linsacum said.

Wednesday, February 17

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Vonn grabs Olympic gold

Shin injury doesn’t stop Vail skier’s quest

Lindsey Vonn has treaded her way through the 2010 Winter Olympics with expectations heaped on her shoulders and an agonizing shin injury. But Vonn skied an attacking, aggressive run Wednesday, and the final piece of her magnificent career fell into place.

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Fans capture Olympic experience at downhill race

Many crowded the venue to cheer on all skiers, not just their country's

Everywhere you looked at Wednesday's women's downhill ski event there were flags, shirts and even a few foam fingers representing different countries at the Winter Olympic Games. But they were all there to enjoy the same exhilarating action of the downhill.

Michelle Balleck: A few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes. Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes. Throw in some whiskers on kittens, and you’ve got a few of everyone’s favorite things and a good weekend in Craig.

On the Record for Feb. 17, 2010

On the Record for Feb. 17, 2010

Budget cuts, calendar at issue

At its monthly meeting Thursday, the Moffat County School District Accountability Committee will be looking for parent and community feedback on two current issues that will affect the 2010-11 school year and beyond.

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Vermont’s Kearney basking as Olympic champion

First U.S. gold medalist of 2010 games has been on a sleepless schedule

Skier Hannah Kearney has been in high demand after winning women's moguls on Saturday, giving her the United States' first gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

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Prosecutor: Plea deal possible in Capote assault case

Prosecutors are not ruling out the option of coming to a plea agreement with Eduardo Capote after a jury deadlocked on a charge of second-degree assault. After the jury announced a deadlock Feb. 10, prosecutors scheduled a retrial for May.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Dear John’ is literate, laboring tearjerker

The phrase “Dear John” isn’t one that people like to hear bandied about when they’re in a relationship. But when you’re talking about seeing the movie of the same name, it’s much less daunting.

Soldiers thank community for a taste of Craig

Just before Christmas, six packages arrived in the hands of Keith Gauthier in Iraq. Six packages were sent to Wacie Laabs in Afghanistan and another six to Alex Clift in Iraq. Each of the 18 boxes was packed full of homemade cookies and elk jerky: a small taste of Craig the three men had left behind to serve in the Armed Forces.

Hayden schools seek input on budget

School Board to hear update tonight on budget feedback effort

Hayden High School Prin­cipal Troy Zabel will update School Board members tonight about the district’s progress in distributing surveys to engage the community in the 2010-11 school year budget process.

Steamboat Brief: Decision pending on charges in fatal wreck

Colorado State Patrol trooper Tonja Cowan said Tuesday that she has not decided whether to file charges in a fatal crash Saturday on U.S. Highway 40.

Horoscopes for Feb. 17, 2010

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You can project a warm and interesting presence that others find quite appealing simply by not being afraid to speak up. Just be yourself, and you won’t need to put on airs or pretenses.

Annie's Mailbox: Fiance is not being trustworthy

Dear Annie: I have been engaged to “Phil” for two years, but we’ve been dating for nine. I accidentally intercepted a text message from a woman that said, “Miss you.” Needless to say, this sparked my curiosity. I kept an eye on the phone bill and noticed that this same number showed up several times.

Former Bulldog receives accolade

Angie Charchalis named player of the week at Colorado School of Mines

Former Moffat County High School standout Angie Charchalis was named Monday as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference/Baden East Division player of the week.

Dale Potter: Offering a different view

In the continuation of the “Hot Topic” mentioned in Monday’s Daily Press, I would like to remind the readers that the original point of discussion was what the Bible says about homosexuality. Other matters have crept into the discussion, such as the Bible and science (creation, “flat earth”) and the Bible and geology (the world-wide flood.)

John and Jodi Pogline: Faith and history

We wish to thank Mr. Troy Taylor for providing clear facts for Mr. James Merett and the rest of the Craig Daily Press readers. It is good to know someone else is interested in the truth about our Founding Fathers and is willing to research the public record to verify their “sworn public confessions of Biblical faith.”

Kyla Pogline: He made Adam and Eve

It is not a sin for a husband and a wife to love each other, but God says in Levitcus 18:22, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is abomination.”

Marla Jackson: Open to interpretation

I admit I did not read the article in the Post Script on homosexuality that pastor Dale Potter has referred to in his letters. However, his letter certainly hit a hot spot with me.

Phyllis DeLong: Calendar issues

I am writing about what I consider to be a very important issue facing the parents, children and education system in Moffat County. The Moffat County School Board is preparing to vote on the school calendar 2010-11-12. I disagree with some aspects of the calendar and think many of you will, too.

Our View: Well represented

On Thursday, four young men of our community, athletes who have worked hard, sacrificed, and competed on behalf of themselves and their school, will begin pursuit of being the best in Colorado. These four Moffat County High School wrestlers — Charlie Griffiths, Nathan Tomlin, Cody Adams and Ben Winslow — carry their hopes, hearts and skill set into the Pepsi Center in Denver with the prospect of a state title on the line.

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Sage grouse considered for endangered list

Moffat County Commission requests more information from DOW

The greater sage grouse, a bird some consider to be a symbolic and rare bird of the West, soon could be classified as an endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required to announce its determination by Feb. 26 of whether the sage grouse warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Datebook for Feb. 17, 2010

Today

Craig briefs: Cowbelles open to new members

The Moffat County Cowbelles are scheduled to host their monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. All women are interested in promoting agriculture are invited to attend.

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Sandrock Elementary School kindergartners celebrate 100th day of school

If you looked toward the sky about 2 p.m. Tuesday, you might have seen a colorful display of nearly 100 balloons soaring in the air. If you happened to be close to Sandrock Elementary School at the same time, you might have heard the delighted shrieks of more than 60 kindergartners watching their balloons bob and sail away.

Liquor store owners opposing pending legislation

Mike Vice, co-owner of Lariat Liquors in Craig, contends that if Colorado legislation passes to allow convenience stores to sell full strength beer, “it will drive liquor stores out of business.” Colorado House Bill 10-1186 seeks to “allow the sale of malt liquor in convenience stores defined as retail businesses of less than 5,000 square feet.”

Tuesday, February 16

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Steamboat boys hold on for win

Bulldogs fall, 60-51, to rival Sailors

For the first time all season, Steamboat Springs High School boys varsity basketball coach Luke DeWolfe said the Sailors played a complete game. Save for the last two minutes. Playing Tuesday at Moffat County High School, the Sailors were able to withstand a late rally by the Bulldogs and escape with a 60-51 victory.

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Bulldogs girls stop Sailors, 43-29

MCHS beats Steamboat, 43-29

For the last home game for his senior players, Moffat County High School coach Craig Mortensen would not have changed a thing. Not only did Moffat County win against Steamboat Springs High School, 43-29, on Tuesday at home, but the Bulldogs also snapped a two-game losing streak.

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Chythlook-Sifsof keeps perspective despite falls

Former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member enjoys Olympic experience

On a day when Canadian rider Maelle Ricker gave the hometown fans plenty to cheer for with her gold-medal performance, Callan Chythlook-Sifsof just couldn’t stay upright on her board.

On the Record for Feb . 16, 2010

On the Record for Feb . 16, 2010

County commission approved Tuesday items

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, a warrant resolution totaling $662,649.73 for the month of February.

Datebook for Feb. 16, 2010

Today

Baxter Black: County fairs, why?

“Most people just don’t get it,” said Ron, bemoaning the urban politicians who continue to whittle away at funding for county fairs and the ag extension service. “It’s all about the kids learning real life.”

Craig briefs: Reduced price for pets Saturday

The Humane Society of Moffat County will host an adoption day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Craig Animal Shelter, 2430 E. Victory Way, inside the Bear Creek Animal Hospital.

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Journey at First Baptist church completes expansion

Journey at First Baptist hosts inaugural service in new space

The Journey at First Baptist congregation can now stretch its legs a bit more. After breaking ground in June 2009, the church has completed its new sanctuary addition months ahead of schedule.

Kandee Dilldine wins Taste of Chocolate

KS Kreations owner Kandee Dilldine won the fourth annual Taste of Chocolate on Saturday night with her chocolate tort with caramel sauce.

Local officials to reflect on 2009 at State of the County

City, county and state issues focus of Friday’s State of the County

Residents will have an opportunity to get a firsthand account of local and state issues at Friday’s State of the County address. Northwest Colorado officials will gather at the address to discuss and listen to the events of 2009 and what 2010 possibly could have in store.

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Bulldogs wrestlers Adams, Winslow state-bound

Grapplers finish 2nd and 4th, respectively, to advance

Heading into the Feb. 12 and 13 regional wrestling tournament, Moffat County High School grappler Ben Winslow had one goal. “I just wanted to do my best,” he said. “I was just trying to prove myself.”

Student News: Cassandra R. Rogers

Cassandra R. Rogers was named to the Dean’s Honor Roll during the fall 2009 semester at Hope International University in Fullerton, Calif.

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Craig riders have strong showing at Winter Festival Sno-X

The sun had gone down hours ago, and the bitter cold air Saturday outside the Wyman Museum was filled with clouds of frozen breath and two-stroke engine fumes.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband kicked me out

Dear Annie: I caught my husband engaging in Internet porn activities. We had a huge fight, and he kicked me out of the house.

Horoscopes for Feb. 16, 2010

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You may or may not have a hand in making good things happen, and personal and work-related arrangements will turn out to be extremely fortunate for you. That lucky horseshoe is still working.

Hoops teams host Sailors tonight

MCHS squads hope to square season series against Steamboat Springs

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team will look to get back into the playoff hunt tonight when Steamboat Springs pays the Bulldogs a visit.

Police Blotter for Feb. 14, 2010

Craig Police Department

Kiwanis play tickets still available

Despite a recent change in rules regarding how residents stand in line for tickets to the annual Craig Kiwanis Club play, ticket sales were not overly affected Friday, club member Jeff Corriveau said.

Senior Spotlight for Feb. 16, 2010

Another weekend full of giving. Valentine’s delivered, chocolate all gone, snow fun and President’s Day is a day of rest for some.

Monday, February 15

Datebook for Feb. 15, 2010

Today

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Winter Festival proves to be fun for all ages

2-day Wyman Museum event features snowmobile, cardboard box races

What’s a yacht without a “tanning babe” lying on its deck? That’s what 12-year-old Benjamin Robinson wanted to know as he stood next to his cardboard box derby entry Saturday at the Wyman Museum’s Winter Festival.

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15th annual Art Walk showcases various talents of local artists

It took Deborah Behringer 12 hours to sew the Earth. The blue and green quilt, which hung on a bookshelf in Downtown Books & Beads on Saturday night, depicted the entire world with different colors and fabric textures representing each of the continents.

Craig briefs: Planning, zoning commission to meet

The Craig Planning and Zoning Commission meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

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Mary Bouchard: Saying it with flowers

I’ve lived here for 10 years. I came here from Steamboat, and I lived in the upper peninsula of Michigan. That’s where I grew up. ... I just came in here shopping one day a year and a half ago, and I needed a job, and Shirley Balleck, the owner, hired me.

James Merett: A hot topic continued

If given the opportunity, I would like to clarify a few things with the letter exchange between Dale Potter and myself. It was not my intent to bring into dough the faiths of your Founding Fathers. Like today, they covered a wide range of religious views.

Aging Well: Preparing for healthy travel abroad

Biking through Italy, lounging in Tahiti, volunteering in Guatemala: A plethora of international adventures beckon retirees. They may have more time to travel, but older adults also may have more health concerns. Fear of sickness or injury shouldn’t prevent them or others with medical conditions from planning a getaway, however.

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MCHS wrestling team 4th at regional

4 Bulldogs wrestlers qualify for state meet

If Charlie Griffiths didn’t know about sacrifice, he learned Saturday night at the regional wrestling tournament in Denver. Moffat County High School’s 145-pound entrant had to hurt himself to help his chances of winning his weight class.

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Post players push Bulldogs boys past Bears

Angelo Raftopoulos nets 29 points against Rifle

The Rifle High School boys varsity basketball team didn’t have an answer Saturday night for Moffat County High School’s one-two post presence.

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Moffat County girls can’t top 1st-place Rifle team

Playing Saturday, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team was hoping to rebound from Friday night’s overtime road loss to Glenwood Springs with a win at home.

Annie's Mailbox: 17-year-old girl wants to move in with boyfriend

Dear Annie: I’m 17 years old and, in a few months, will be graduating and going away to college. I’m very excited about it.

Horoscopes for Feb. 15, 2010

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Know that nothing is wrong with reversing a position or decision, especially if you begin to see some important, previously overlooked alternative.

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Bryce Jacobson: Haitian relief efforts a success

Kum & Go recently announced that company stores raised more than $80,000 for American Red Cross Haitian relief efforts. According to a news release, the majority of the money, $59,000, was given by customers who donated $1 at the registers of Kum & Go stores, including locations in Craig and Hayden.

Sunday, February 14

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Spillane's win historic for U.S., Steamboat

Steamboat skier jumps, races to 1st U.S. Nordic combined Olympic medal

Steamboat resident Johnny Spillane has won the United States' first-ever Winter Olympic medal in Nordic combined, taking silver Sunday in the Normal Hill Individual Gundersen event at the 2010 games in Whistler, British Columbia.

Saturday, February 13

Wreck kills one on US 40 west of Steamboat

An SUV spun out of control and was hit broadside by a pickup Saturday evening between Milner and Hayden. Jenna Gruben, a 32-year-old Steamboat Springs resident, died of injuries suffered in the crash.

MCHS boys hold on to win

Boys basketball team attempting to get third league win against Rifle

Coming off a blowout loss Friday night on the road, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team won’t have to wait long for a chance at redemption.

Bears batter Bulldogs

Rifle blows out Bulldogs at MCHS

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team dropped a tough, 56-48, league game Friday night in Glenwood Springs.The team hopes to rebound from that overtime defeat when it returns to its home court at 4 p.m. today at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

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Sense of wonderland

Wyman Museum brings in professional ice sculptors

This edition of Communities At Work takes a glimpse at a highly-specialized profession contributing to the community’s weekend events. The Wyman Museum brought in Michael Campe, owner of Colorado Ice Sculptures, and Buddy Cassaday to add a sense of wonderland to the Winter Festival and Art Walk.

Bob Woods: Thank you, Ryan Neece

You are a smart and brave man. Thank you for taking a stand against hate and leading a call for tolerance, inclusiveness and justice for all.

Troy Taylor: Statements misleading

In your Feb. 10 paper, under the “Letters” section, I read the rebuttal to a previous letter by Dale Potter. In this rebuttal, James Merett made several statements that are completely misleading.

Bob Grubb: Response to Merett letter

Responding to James Merett’s response to Dale Potter’s letter. Your opening sentence, “Many of our so-called founding fathers …” I find rather derogatory.

Jeremy Browning: Potter misses the point

In his continued letters, Pastor Dale Potter regales us with his and the Bible’s opinions on homosexuality. And he makes a case that the United States was founded strictly upon Biblical principles.

Jim Blevins: Defending 2 points

I wish to defend what I think to be the two points called out by Mr. Merett’s letter to the editor.

Kathy Bassett: How to cook like you know how

I’m one of those people who starts out to do something, and on the way sees something else to do, and that leads to something else, and on and on until it’s time to go to bed. At that point, you wonder what it was you did all day and why the first chore is still sitting there waiting to be done.

Our View: Safety in the school zones

With congestion, and numerous parents and students rushing around before and after school, the potential certainly exists right now for someone in our community to get hurt in our school zones. Luckily, that hasn’t happened.

Craig briefs: Dixon, Wyo., hosting gymkhana Sunday

The Little Snake River Valley Saddle Club is hosting a gymkhana Sunday at the indoor arena at Russell Community Park in Dixon, Wyo.

Datebook for Feb. 13

Datebook for Feb. 13

Ed Wilkinson: Post-9/11 GI bill payments require patience

When the post-9/11 GI bill became law in summer 2009, veterans and their families showed up in masses to take advantage of it. As result, Veterans Affairs became clogged with a backlog of claims and only had estimates of exactly how many individuals were using the landmark legislation.

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Andy Bockelman: ‘When in Rome’ a lively date movie

The romantic comedy “When in Rome” not only provides an acceptable excuse for date night, it brings audiences a glimpse at a few of the finer things in life, such as art, magic and physical beauty. And sausage.

Horoscope for Feb. 13

Horoscope for Feb. 13

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Couple finds love in full bloom

High school sweethearts, Craig couple celebrates long, winding road to true love

Ray Magness had his hand on his wife’s, and eight roses — one for each year of marriage — sat between them. Ray, 78, had given them to Patsy, 77, on Tuesday in celebration of their anniversary. But the path that brought the one-time high school sweethearts together again in their late 60s was long and arduous.

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MCHS girls basketball let 1 slip away in OT

With Moffat County High School defenders in her face and time running out in regulation, Glenwood Springs' Kenzie Kuhn somehow sunk a 6-foot shot that tied Friday’s game between the Demons and visiting Bulldogs. Once in overtime, the Demons hit their free throws en route to a 56-48 win against their rival.

CNCC gets 1st glimpse at contractor bids

College officials analyze proposals, will announce their selection by next week

At a Friday gathering, Colorado Northwestern Community Col­lege got another step closer to it latest project. CNCC officials opened sealed contractor bids presented to them by seven contracting firms that submitted proposals for the college’s building project.

Moffat County History: A portrait of Craig’s early ‘roaming photographer’

Museum of Northwest Colorado, Daily Press partner to present series of 100-year-old photographs

Early photographic views of Craig can be a source of valuable glimpses into the formative years of our area. The Museum of Northwest Colorado is fortunate to have a collection of images by roaming photographer L. M. Hellebust, who lived in the area in about 1910.

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Wrestlers unbeaten at regionals

Moffat County High School team opens tournament on good note

Wrestling last year at the regional wrestling tournament, Moffat County High School’s Cody Nelson was able to finish off his opponents in less than one minute in the opening round. On Friday, the junior wrestler may have needed an extra 30 seconds for both matches, but the result was the same.

Diane Prather: A treat from ‘Cattlemen’s Favorite Beef Recipes’

This week’s recipe is a variation of a beef/green bean/tomato soup casserole recipe that I sometimes make. “Mile-High Vega-Beef Pie” comes from “Cattlemen’s Favorite Beef Recipes,” a pamphlet that was printed in 1957 by the Colorado Cowbelles. Mrs. Al Atchison, of the Mile-High Cowbelles, contributed the recipe, which serves six people.

Annie's Mailbox: About adoptive parents

Dear Annie: “Still the Mom” was jealous that her daughter has found her birth parents. Adoptive parents get the short end of things when we see TV shows and read articles about this. The public gets teary over the joyful reunion, and the adoptive parents are rarely mentioned.

Friday, February 12

FINAL: MCHS boys fall, 59-38

Coming off a convincing, 72-52 victory over Palisade, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team is hoping to dent Glenwood Springs’ perfect league record tonight.

FINAL: MCHS girls fall, 56-48, in OT

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team will look to push its winning streak to three tonight when they face the Glenwood Springs Demons. The two teams will play at 6 p.m. in Glenwood.

Creative Valentine’s ideas to pique your interest

Valentine’s Day is Sunday. And it’s a welcome excuse to show your significant other the way you feel about them. So, below are a few ideas that may spark your creative juices about how to do that in fun, frugal or original ways.

On the Record for Feb. 12, 2010

On the Record for Feb. 12, 2010

Andy Bockelman: ‘Dear John’ is literate, laboring tearjerker

The phrase “Dear John” isn’t one that people like to hear bandied about when they’re in a relationship. But when you’re talking about seeing the movie of the same name, it’s much less daunting.

Man arrested in motorcycle accident that left a friend dead

Tyrell Kochenower booked for investigation of vehicular homicide

A man critically injured in a Sept. 21, 2007, motorcycle accident in Weld County was arrested today in Craig for investigation of vehicular homicide.

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Wyman Museum hosts Winter Festival this weekend

Nicky Boulger contends “we have winter for six months, we might as well enjoy it.” Boulger, Wyman Museum events coordinator, is helping the Craig community do just that as she wraps up planning for the Wyman Winter Festival, which begins Saturday at the museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40.

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Learning ‘as a family’

One-classroom Maybell Elementary School has most students in history

Second-grader Drake Doherty was working quietly at his desk Wednesday morning at Maybell Elementary School. Occasionally, he would get up and ask his teacher, Rhonda Willingham, how to spell a word for his writing assignment.

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Race to state starts today for wrestling team

Moffat County High School gets ready for regional tournament in Denver

For Moffat County High School junior Ben Winslow, today’s regional wrestling tournament is just the beginning. Winslow and the varsity wrestling team will try to fill out their state roster at 1 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday when they wrestle at Mullen High School in Denver.

Bob Woods: Striving to be like Sam, the hardware store pastor

Remember the old Hardware stores or feed stores with the potbelly stoves? In one particular hardware store, Sam was the proprietor. If I visited the store, I made sure I had plenty of time to enjoy Sam’s hospitality, drink a soda, view the latest pictures of his grandchildren, and talk about the weather.

Janet Sheridan: A valentine for husbands

I achieved enlightenment while waiting to have my teeth cleaned. To pass the time, I picked up a well-thumbed women’s magazine. In it, I found an article advising wives to accept and forgive the quirks of their husbands: throwing

Dale Potter: Statement comments

In his letter responding to my presentation of what the Bible has to say about homosexuality, Mr. Merett said that many of the founding fathers of our nation were deists.

Agenda for Craig Planning and Zoning Commission

Craig Planning and Zoning Commission meeting

2nd candidate emerges for county coroner

K.C. Hume filed for position Wednesday, will be running against Kirk McKey

Moffat County now has a decision to make for its next coroner. K.C. Hume, 42, is the latest candidate to declare intent to seek public office in November. He filed for the position Wednesday.

CNCC to open bids today

Contractors to begin work on new campus project April 1

Colorado Northwestern Co­­­mmunity College’s goal for a new Craig campus began more than 10 years ago, when the school acquired a piece of land on Moffat County Road 7, west of Craig. In less than two months, that goal will become closer to reality when construction begins on the $38 million project.

Datebook for Feb. 12

Datebook for Feb. 12

Craig briefs: Sweet Adelines hosts Sweetheart Dance

The Yampa Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines International hosts the Sweetheart Dance from 7 to 11 p.m. today at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 640 E. Victory Way.

Police Blotter for Feb. 8 to 10

Police Blotter for Feb. 8 to 10

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Craig's 15th annual Art Walk, 4th annual Taste of Chocolate set for Saturday

Nadine Daszkiewicz isn’t sure what a “chocolate swoon” is, but she thinks it could be a contender in Saturday’s fourth annual Taste of Chocolate. The annual chocolate-making competition will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday at various downtown businesses during the 15th annual Art Walk festival.

Fuel Gauge report for Feb. 12

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

Annie's Mailbox: Girlfriend insecure about friend

Dear Annie: I am a happily married woman. I also am close to “Tom,” whom I have known for 15 years. My husband is friendly with Tom, as well.

Horoscope for Feb. 12

Horoscope for Feb. 12

Sports briefs: Youth Hockey Association meets Wednesday

The Craig Youth Hockey Association will host its monthly board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Moffat County Ice Arena, 600 S. Ranney St.

Thursday, February 11

K.C. Hume running for coroner

Second candidate to file for coroner race

K.C. Hume is the latest Craig resident to file papers for November’s Moffat County elections.

Wrestling team hoping to place at regionals

Bulldogs will travel to Mullen High School

The Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling team will try to fill out its state roster when it competes Friday.

On the Record for Feb. 11, 2010

On the Record for Feb. 11, 2010

Cathy Hamilton: Sleep numbers don’t add up

I am sitting on the end of my living room sofa, unable to move. It’s not that my leg has gone numb again, like it does after a long sitting with “American Idol.” It’s because Lucy the cocker spaniel has nested on top of the couch just above me, her rear end resting heavily on my shoulder, and she’s snoring to beat the band.

Police: Tax season a time for attempted fraud

It’s tax season, meaning fraudulent scams are starting to appear across the nation as well as locally, the Craig Police Department reported Wednesday in a news release.

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Lindsey Yoast to throw discus at her father's alma mater

Lindsey Yoast is the first person to point out the similarities between her and her father, Norm. Yoast has played some of the same sports as her father, and soon, she will attend the same college. Yoast, 18, will attend Western State College in the fall and throw discus for the Mountaineers.

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Craig medical marijuana dispensary sees expanded client base

In a time when many local businesses are struggling, Craig Apothecary has tripled its business. Since opening in August 2009, Craig’s only medical marijuana dispensary has seen its client base jump from 20 to 60 individual patients.

New school district calendar nearing vote

The Moffat County School District staff has had ots say. Now, it’s parents’ turn to give their input on the proposed 2010-11 school calendar, district officials said. Parent advisory committees for each school are discussing the proposed third draft of the school calendar, which features a shorter school day, longer year and collaboration time for teachers.

Police Blotter for Feb. 11, 2010

Police Blotter for Feb. 11, 2010

Horoscope for Feb. 11, 2010

Horoscope for Feb. 11, 2010

Annie's Mailbox: Husband unfaithful online

Dear Annie: I’ve been married for 29 years to a man I adore. We have had our ups and downs but have weathered the storms because we both believe we are meant to be together. But we have a problem I don’t know how to solve.

Sports Briefs: MCHS basketball teams play Glenwood on Friday

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team will start the weekend slate of games with a 6 p.m. match-up Friday against the Glenwood Springs Demons in Glenwood.

Paula Reed: Child care presentation

The Moffat County Child Care Providers Association would like to invite all licensed child care providers and all babysitters to join us at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Craig Christian Church West Wing for a presentation from Colorado State Licensing regarding changes in state rules and regulations of child care.

Datebook for Feb. 11, 2010

Datebook for Feb. 11, 2010

Craig Briefs: Sweetheart Dance held Friday evening

The Yampa Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines International hosts the Sweetheart Dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 640 E. Victory Way.

Wednesday, February 10

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Capotes not guilty of 3rd-degree assault

Jury deadlocked on 2nd-degree assault charge for Eduardo Capote, who will be retried

A jury found Eduardo and David Capote not guilty of third-degree assault Wednesday after a day and a half of deliberations, but jurors could not reach a decision about the more serious charge of second-degree assault against Eduardo Capote. Jurors said the group deadlocked on the final charge, with five jurors saying Eduardo Capote was guilty and seven saying he was not guilty.

Michelle Balleck: Season of love = one jam-packed weekend

This is one Craig weekend when there’s no excuse to be bored. With downtown culture, an outdoor festival, a couple of dances, lots of live music and Valentine’s Day activities all crammed into one weekend, there’s no excuse to sit at home.

Craig, Moffat County hit with sales tax declines in 2009

The city of Craig experienced one of its biggest sales tax declines of 2009 in December, according to city figures. Sales taxes in Craig were down 15.59 percent for the month compared against December 2008. That’s the second steepest drop since September 2009’s 16.75 percent decrease.

Cathy Hamilton: Sleep numbers don’t add up with this family

I am sitting on the end of my living room sofa, unable to move. It’s not that my leg has gone numb again, like it does after a long sitting with “American Idol.”

On the Record for February 10, 2010

On the Record for Feb. 10, 2010

Moffat County Commission considering ice arena revenue

The Moffat County Ice Arena’s fees may be increasing, which has the Craig Youth Hockey Association concerned. The ice arena currently is operating in the red. Moffat County needed to subsidize the rink by $144,649.41 to cover operating costs for the past six months.

Bulldogs wrestlers take 2nd in league

Team finishes with 3 league champions

The Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling team is one bruised squad. Between various injuries, the team’s biggest challenge at times hasn’t been pinning an opponent — it’s been avoiding the disabled list.

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2 MCHS swimmers to compete at state meet this weekend

For Genna Bradley, attrition is a good thing. The Steamboat Springs native and Moffat County High School diver will be competing in her fourth straight state championship Saturday, but last year’s sixth-place finisher won’t have to worry about a repeat champion.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Tooth Fairy’ main character has cavities

Some hockey players keep a running count of how many goals they score. Others collect teeth. The latter applies to Derek Thompson (Dwayne Johnson), a minor league hockey star whose aggressive nature has damaged the dental work of countless competitors and earned him the nickname “The Tooth Fairy,” as well as a record amount of time spent in the penalty box.

Cutthroat trout to get new home in summer

The protected strain of Colorado River Cutthroat trout will be getting a new home this summer. The Colorado Division of Wildlife will remove other species of trout in a 1.8-mile section of Willow Creek and replace them with a pure strain of Cutthroat trout.

Our View: Tackling the taboo

Mental illness often is a subject that’s difficult to address, especially in a community such as ours, where the spirit of independence and a pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps mentality exists so prominently. And yet, there this quiet killer is, year after year, thrust to the forefront of the public consciousness when tragedy unfolds and a life ends because someone sadly succumbs to these issues without getting much-needed help.

Craig City Council praises probe of Police Department

Timothy Leary says “the public critic is not an adversary.” His thoughts echoed the feelings of the Craig City Council on Tuesday night as it heard Leary’s report on the Craig Police Department’s internal affairs investigation of former police officer Ken Johnson in a public workshop before the regular city council meeting.

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‘Sledding the West’ show to document Craig snowmobiling

To 50-year-old Meg Allen, snowmobiling isn’t just for young, aggressive riders throwing back flips and high marking in the backcountry. She is out to show the snowmobiling community — and the rest of the nation — that the sport is fun, family-friendly and community-oriented. On Saturday at the Wyman Museum’s Winter Festival, Allen will take her place in front of a television camera manned by her husband, Blake, to host an episode of “Sledding the West.”

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2 new community service officers join Craig police

In January, there were 105 animal complaints reported to the Craig Police Department. From barking and vicious dogs to skunks and stray cats, it’s the job of the department’s three community service officers to field most of these calls. Jill Nelson, one of two new CSOs who began work Jan. 11, said nothing out of the ordinary has happened on the job so far.

Government update for Feb. 10, 2010

Government update for Feb. 10, 2010

Police Blotter for Feb. 10, 2010

Police Blotter for Feb. 10, 2010

Horoscope for Feb. 10, 2010

Horoscope for Feb. 10, 2010

James Merett: God not in Constitution

Many of our so-called founding fathers of our nation were not Bible-believing Christians; they were Deists. Deism was a philosophical belief that was widely accepted by the colonial intelligentsia at the time of the American Revolution.

Family of Austin Lee Mills: A note of thanks

The family of Austin Lee Mills would like to thank all of our friends and family for the donations, flowers, food, cards, phone calls and support during this difficult time.

Annie's Mailbox: Niece is ‘pure evil’

Dear Annie: I am the only boy in my family. I have one older and two younger sisters. One of my sisters has a daughter (my niece), whom I will call “Demon Spawn” to protect the innocent.

Datebook for Feb. 10, 2010

Datebook for Feb. 10, 2010

Craig Briefs: Class of 1960 preps for 50-year reunion

The Moffat County High School class of 1960 is hosting a planning meeting for its 50-year reunion at 7 p.m. today at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.

Tuesday, February 9

Capote case goes to jury in Steamboat

Six men, six women deliberate after closing arguments at trial

Jurors will decide whether David and Eduardo Capote are guilty of assault in a January 2009 fight that led to the death of Richard Lopez. Closing arguments from the defense focused on police conduct, and attorneys said the Capotes acted in self-defense. Prosecutors challenged that assertion.

County commission action items from Tuesday meeting

At its Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, a warrant resolution totaling $549,453.79 for the month of January.

On the Record for Feb. 9, 2010

On the Record for Feb. 9, 2010

MCHS swim team results from Grand Junction

Swimming at the regional competition Feb. 5 and 6, Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming missed sending the 200-meter medley relay team to state by less than a second.

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Capote case heads to jury in Steamboat

Eduardo Capote and his wife take witness stand during final day of testimony

Eduardo Capote took the stand as the final witness in his own defense Monday, bringing an end to the fifth day of testimony in the Steamboat Springs assault trial. After closing arguments today, the assault trial of Eduardo and David Capote will go to the jury.

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Co-chair for 2010 Relay For Life has high expectations for this year

Shannon Samuelson remembers the shock and tears of the day she was first diagnosed. As co-chair of the 2010 Relay For Life committee, she has high expectations for this year’s event, which raises money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.

Council to hear findings of police review

Timothy Leary, who the city hired to investigate the Craig Po­­­lice Department’s internal affairs investigation of former detective Ken Johnson, has finished his investigation and will host a public workshop tonight to discuss his findings.

Local officials: Potential legislation may harm EMS

The potential legislation exp­ected to be introduced this year would “take the three aspects of medical oversight for EMS and transfers the authority to manage that from the Board of Medical Examiners to the Colorado Department of Health,” said Eric Schmidt, who serves the Northwest Colorado region on the Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory councils.

MCTA narrows applicants to 5 finalists

In its search to fill the vacant director position, the Moffat County Tourism Association has narrowed its pool of 28 applicants down to five finalists. The MCTA board met Friday and selected Deborah Lueck, Denise Jones, Marilyn Hill, Melody Villard and another candidate as the finalists.

Datebook for Feb. 9

Datebook for Feb. 9

Craig briefs: Relay kick-off event is today in Craig

The Craig Relay For Life Kick-off is set for 6 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Highway 13. Anyone interested in participating in Relay For Life may come and learn more, and also register for a team. The event is open to the public.

Police Blotter for Feb. 5 to 7

Police Blotter for Feb. 5 to 7

Senior spotlight for Feb. 9

Days are starting slower than usual for me. I’m going in slow gear. I get up in plenty of time. Just not getting out of slow gear in doing things in the morning.

Lee and Donna Jons: Thanks for prayers

We’re happy to be back at the ranch but want to express our gratitude to everyone who said prayers, sent cards, brought flowers and all the wonderful visitors while Lee was at Sandrock.

Sherry Sampson: News from the local library

There’s more to the library than meets the eye. This month, I want to highlight our branch libraries — especially the new renovations at Maybell — and invite everyone to visit the Craig branch for the upcoming Chamber of Commerce mixer.

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Andy Bockelman: ‘Book of Eli:’ Knowledge is power after collapse

In a post-apocalyptic world where water, ChapStick and batteries are among the most valuable commodities on the planet, one item remains the most cherished and coveted of all: “The Book of Eli.” Mankind has reached a point where human life no longer holds any worth.

Horoscope for Feb. 9

Horoscope for Feb. 9

Annie's Mailbox: Daughter argues constantly

Dear Annie: My 19-year-old daughter always has argued with me about everything. I could say the sky is blue, and she would say, “No, it’s azure.”

Moffat County boys basketball coach to resign

Steve Maneotis, who led team to 31-40 overall record in more than 3 seasons, said it’s for team’s best interest

Steve Maneotis, Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball coach, has announced he will resign at the end of the season. The coach turned in his resignation Friday, before his team lost, 69-58, to Delta at home. Maneotis said resigning was in the best interest of the team.

Monday, February 8

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MCHS boys basketball coach to resign

Coach led team to 31-40 overall record in more than three seasons

Steve Maneotis, Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball coach, has announced he will resign at the end of the season. The coach turned in his resignation Friday.

On the Record for Feb. 8, 2010

On the Record for Feb. 8, 2010

MCTA narrows director search to five

The Moffat County Tourism Association has narrowed its pool of 28 applicants down to five finalists for its vacant director position.

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Eduardo Capote's wife takes stand this morning

Fifth day of witness testimony began today at the Routt County Justice Center. Desiree Capote cried several times during her testimony in defense of her husband and brother-in-law. UPDATE: Eduardo Capote took the stand at 1 p.m.

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My life, my words: Darrel Irvin: ‘Died and went to paradise’

“I grew up on a dairy farm, in Ordway, Colo., graduated in 1968 and got a full ride scholarship to Colorado State University to play linebacker. I don’t think my dad ever missed one of my high school games.

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MCHS girls basketball wins during weekend

Having individuals stand out is one thing, but having a whole team effort was what Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball coach Craig Mort­ensen wanted. On Saturday, his team delivered. The Bulldogs topped Palisade, 47-26, at home, to give them two straight league wins for the weekend.

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MCHS boys hoops earn 72-52 victory against Palisade

For Jordan Wilson and the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team, one change made a big difference. Playing Saturday against Palisade at MCHS, Moffat County could do little wrong in snapping its 8-game losing streak. The reason behind the 72-52 win was simple, Wilson said.

HVAC system to save MCHS 20 percent of energy

In the summer and fall, Haselden Construction worked to install a $650,000 HVAC system in Moffat County High School, complete with new boilers, to help control temperatures in the building. According to a report by the engineering company that designed it, the system also is calculated to save 20 percent of energy costs if it is running efficiently.

Whole grains: A world of options

In their whole form, ancient and alternative grains, in addition to familiar grains such as wheat, oats, rice and corn, are slowly gaining a foothold in the American diet, providing significant health benefits and improving carbohydrates’ image.

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Rookie firefighters start training with fire behavior

On Saturday at the Craig Fire Station, Dennis Jones, Craig Fire/Rescue battalion chief, used his memories and wealth of experience to describe fire behavior, or the science behind flames, to six rookie firefighters.

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Your Community Snapshots for Feb. 8

Here are some of January’s entries for New Year’s and winter activities in the Craig Daily Press’ Your Community Snapshots photo contest.

Annie's Mailbox: Girl annoyed with boyfriend’s behavior

Dear Annie: My boyfriend, “Michael,” has been irritating me for the past month. He breaks his promises, goes back on his word, bosses me around like crazy and gets angry and aggressive about everything.

Horoscope for Feb. 8

Horoscope for Feb. 8

H. Neal Glanville: Not much but sure is pretty

The year before I turned 17 and my life was forever changed by the uncaring horror of war, I was shuttling a bedroom between my grandparents and aunt Ruthie.

Datebook for Feb. 8

Datebook for Feb. 8

Craig Briefs: Moffat County Library board meeting is today

The monthly meeting of the Moffat County Libraries board takes place at 5:30 p.m. today at the Craig branch, 570 Green St.

Saturday, February 6

Girls earn 47-26 win against Palisade

The MCHS girls varsity basketball team defeated Palisade, 47-26, today.

Bulldogs win, 72-52, against Palisade

The MCHS boys varsity basketball team defeated Palisade, 72-52.

Kathy Bassett: Jobs don’t have to be boring

At my very first job, I made 50 cents an hour and thought I was rolling in the dough.

Ray Beck: Accepting the challenge

It was Dec. 23 when I poured my usual morning cup of coffee and sat down at the kitchen table to read the Craig Daily Press. After reading some of the main stories for that day, I managed to look at the editorial, which for me is like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re going to get.

Dinosaur National Monument staff receives regional honor

Dinosaur National Monument staff earned an Intermountain Region Wilderness Stewardship Award for a recent project of removing old structures from the Jones Hole area, according to a news release.

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Panel discusses factors related to suicide

Kelsey Grinstead attended Thursday’s suicide prevention forum in Craig for one person — herself. The 17-year-old Moffat County High School senior was there, at The Memorial Hospital, in hopes of understanding what affects more people her age everyday.

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Suicide, depression forum encourages community to be proactive

In a standing-room-only event Thursday night, nearly 50 parents, police officers, school administrators and teenagers crowded into a conference room at The Memorial Hospital to learn about suicide prevention. They all seemed to have a similar message: We want to help.

Important shows Sunday for Moffat County 4-H, FFA

The annual Market Beef Weigh-in and Tagging and the Moffat County Midwinter Invitational Feeder Calf Show are Sunday.

Craig briefs: Waving Hands Review accepting submissions

Colorado Northwestern Community College’s second annual literary magazine is accepting submissions of art, poetry, fiction and non-fiction from all Northwest Colorado residents.

Yampa River State Park staff: Great times had by all

The staff at Yampa River State Park would like to thank the Daily Press for the excellent promotion and coverage of our sixth Annual Ski & Skate event.

Police Blotter for Feb. 6

Police Blotter for Feb. 6

Government update for Feb. 6, 2010

Government update for Feb. 6, 2010

Datebook for Feb. 6, 2010

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

Craig Briefs: Ladies Auxiliary hosts bingo today

The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 is changing the dates it hosts bingo.

Diane Prather: Making a cobbler quickly is extra sweet

The recipe I tried this week was for an easy-to-make cobbler. It’s so good that I wish I’d tried the recipe sooner.

Annie's Mailbox: Reader angry about letter from ‘Sex Therapist’

Dear Annie: My blood is still boiling from the letter from “Sex Therapist,” who said men look at porn because women don’t take care of their sexual needs. What a bunch of horse manure.

Daily horoscope for Feb. 6

Daily horoscope for Feb. 6

Ed Wilkinson: Mourning the late Bill Harding

News and notes for Moffat County area veterans.

Friday, February 5

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Veterans advocate Bill Harding remembered for commitment, integrity

Community pays final respect to former Moffat County Veterans Service Officer

Bill Harding, a former Craig resident, Moffat County Veterans Service Officer and a staunch advocate for all veterans, was laid to rest Friday at the Craig Cemetery.

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David Capote takes stand in Steamboat assault case

One charge of third-degree assault dropped for each defendant

David Capote took the stand in his own defense Friday morning, telling his side of the story about what happened the night of Jan. 1, 2009. One third-degree assault charge was dismissed against David Capote and Eduardo Capote on Friday.

Panthers lead Bulldogs after three quarters

The Delta Panthers rode a 26-point quarter to take a 35-23 lead over the MCHS boys varsity basketball team.

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MCHS girls basketball team downs Delta, 55-24

At halftime of the MCHS girls varsity basketball game, the Bulldogs have stretched their lead to 27-12 over the visiting Delta Panthers.

On the Record for Feb. 5, 2010

On the Record for Feb. 5, 2010

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Prosecution rests at Capote assault trial

Mottlau brothers testify in about night Lopez was injured

The prosecution concluded its case Thursday afternoon after three days of testimony in the assault trial of David and Eduardo Capote in Steamboat Springs.

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Panthers use free throws to beat Bulldog boys, 69-58

Regardless of the end result, Moffat County High School boys varsity coach Steve Maneotis said he was proud of his team. Playing against a tough Delta team, Maneotis said the Bulldogs gave a valiant effort in a 69-58 Panther victory.

MCTA to review applications for director position

The Moffat County Tourism Association is scheduled to host a special meeting today to sort through a pool of 28 applicants for its vacant director position. The meeting originally was set for Thursday but was rescheduled.

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MCHS girls basketball to host Delta, Palisade this weekend

In a season of continuing improvement, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team might be hitting its stride, coach Craig Mortensen said. With postseason play in three weeks, the Bulldogs could benefit from a run this weekend, Mortensen said.

Craig residents announce candidacy for coroner, surveyor positions

A longtime Craig resident is the latest person to file with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, announcing intent to seek public office in November. Dr. Kirk McKey, 56, a Craig resident since 1979, filed papers Thursday for Moffat County coroner.

Dinosaur National Monument's visitor center temporarily closed

Superintendent Mary Risser announced Thursday that the facility that has served as Dinosaur National Monument’s visitor center since the Quarry Visitor Center’s closure will not be open Feb. 16 through 19.

Janet Sheridan: A lesson from loved ones

I recently attended my aunt Mary’s funeral. Her younger brother of 85, uncle Norley, sat by me — his bulk diminished, his laugh weakened; his hearing reduced. As we mourned, questions about growing old swirled through my mind — about pain and poor health, loneliness and isolation, diminishment and death.

Craig Briefs: Coffee shop offering an open mic night

Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave., is hosting an open mic night from 7 to 10 p.m. today. Anyone with a poem to read or guitar to pick is welcome to join the fun.

Police Blotter for Feb. 5

Police Blotter for Feb. 5

Government update for Feb. 5, 2010

Government update for Feb. 5, 2010

Datebook for Feb. 5, 2010

9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool inside the Moffat County School District administration building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann at 826-2717.

Annie's Mailbox: Father back in contact

My father has hurt our family with drug use, alcoholism and lies, and we haven’t spoken in more than a year. Recently, he has been attempting to contact me. He’s sent voicemails, letters and a few e-mails.

Horoscope for Feb. 5, 2010

Horoscope for Feb. 5, 2010

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Work program teaches MCHS students personal finance, work ethic

The Alternative Cooperative Education work program at MCHS includes classroom work teaching job-finding and personal finance skills, as well as real-world job experience.

Thursday, February 4

On the Record for Feb. 4, 2010

On the Record for Feb. 4, 2010

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Craig police step up school patrols amid reports of child enticement

Recent reports of child enticement have prompted the Craig Police Department to step up patrol efforts around schools, police reported Thursday in a news release. The police department reported that there have been two incidents in the past two days of strangers approaching children walking to or from school.

Mottlau brothers testify against Capotes in Steamboat

Third day of testimony in assault case continues this afternoon

Under cross-examination this morning, Michael Wesley Mottlau bristled when asked how much he had to drink the night that Richard Lopez was injured in what would turn out to be a fatal altercation.

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MCHS wrestler Scott Mann describes his go-to move

In wrestling, there is a specialized move for almost any situation or preference. For Moffat County High School senior Scott Mann, there’s one he calls his favorite. Popularized by 1972 Olympic silver medalist Rich Sanders, the Sanders’ Cradle is the preferred way Mann, who has 21 pins on the season, finishes an opponent.

Steamboat Springs resident making congressional bid stops in Craig

Despite a laundry list of accomplishments, ranging from Army Ranger, lawyer, author and outdoor enthusiast, what Bob McConnell is most proud of is what his wife calls “cowboy virtues.” As he tours the Western Slope promoting his Republican bid for the Third Congressional District seat in Congress, McConnell hopes to show residents that his virtues transfer to government. McConnell stopped Tuesday in Craig and spent Wednesday at Twentymile Coal Co.

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ILC receives funds for building upgrades

For Evelyn Tileston, executive director of the Independent Life Center, the past few months have been a “dream come true.” Months after purchasing the building located at 438 Yampa Ave., Tileston and the ILC staff received another boost Wednesday morning in the form of a check for $460,000 to start several building renovation projects.

MCHS wrestling team recovers from injuries

As the season winds down, the Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling team is setting itself up nicely for not just the regional meet, but the state meet as well, coach Roman Gutierrez said.

Datebook for Feb. 4, 2010

Datebook for Feb. 4, 2010

Craig Briefs: Community suicide forum is tonight

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide will host the Suicide, Depression and the Grief Process free community forum from 6 to 8 p.m. today at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop.

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Michael Mottlau testifies in Capote trial about night Lopez was hurt

Michael Wesley Mottlau, who described Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez as his best friend, testified Wednesday about the events of Jan. 1 and 2, 2009, that led to Lopez’s death. Mottlau and his younger brother, Timothy Mottlau, were with Lopez when the group quarreled with David and Eduardo Capote and were present for the reported assault that led to Lopez’s death. Taking the stand at the end of the second day of testimony, Michael Mottlau recounted how he and his companions were at the Tap House Sports Grill, where he said the Capotes heckled them for their selection of song.

Jan Fritz: Cancer care available

We are quite concerned that a Jan. 28 article in the Craig Daily Press misrepresented the availability of cancer care in the Yampa Valley.

Horoscope for Feb. 4, 2010

Horoscope for Feb. 4, 2010

Annie's Mailbox: Husband has substance abuse problem

Dear Annie: I have a daughter from a previous marriage, and my husband and I have a son together. The problem is, my husband ignores my daughter.

Cathy Hamilton: Lifetime pass? Don’t think so

Oh, goodie! I said, sarcastically, while throwing a bunch of my husband’s old Sports Illustrateds into the recycling bin. “It’s almost time for another swimsuit edition.” “Not necessarily,” my spouse replied. Boinnnnggg! I made a feeble attempt to wrap my head around this new information.

Police Blotter for Feb. 4

Police Blotter for Feb. 4

Government update for Feb. 4, 2010

Government update for Feb. 4, 2010

Wednesday, February 3

New officers assigned to ACET

Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office designate members to drug task force

Two new officers have been assigned to the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force. Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta appointed sergeant Marvin Cameron, a 14-year veteran, and Sheriff Tim Jantz appointed former Dinosaur deputy Bhrent Shock to ACET.

Michelle Balleck: Music & movies — the makings of a relaxing weekend

Don’t you just love weekends where you can stay in your jammies all day and hang out, looking forward to some laid back plans for the evening hours? I sure do, and that’s what this weekend seems to be made for.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Making a cobbler quickly is extra sweet

I’m getting lots of use out of my “to try” file lately, which is a good thing. I’ve kept recipes in the file for years without trying them! But I’d like to receive more recipes from my readers. If you have a favorite recipe that you’d be willing to share, please let me know.

On the Record for Feb. 3, 2010

On the Record for Feb. 3, 2010

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Sheriff’s Office deputy saves baby

Staffers at the Moffat County Courthouse called a Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputy a hero for his efforts Tuesday in saving a young child who was choking. Poley, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office off and on since March 2007, said the incident was just a part of his duties as a courthouse security guard.

Swinging bridge anchors to get soil test

The Moffat County Com­mission is moving forward with preliminary plans to rebuild the Browns Park swinging bridge on Moffat County Road 83. On Tuesday, the commission approved a $2,200 contract with Soilogic Inc. to perform soil and rock tests near the bridge’s anchors.

Moffat County School District to bid out insurance contract

With nearly 10 percent less state funding, the Moffat County School District is busy planning for upcoming budget cuts amounting to more than $1 million. On the expense side, rising insurance premiums could cost the district more than $500,000 more to provide benefits to its staff next year, district finance director Mark Rydberg said.

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Moffat County High School sends record number to All State Choir

On the west wall of the Moffat County High School choir room, next to a Colorado state flag, a series of plaques commemorate a significant achievement for several students in the school’s history. Each year, the names of students who are selected for the All State Choir are engraved on a plaque and hung on the wall. Soon, five MCHS students will see their names displayed next to decades of singers who achieved the same milestone.

Girls varsity swim team moves closer to state

With only one race remaining until the Feb. 12 state swim meet, the Moffat County High School girls varsity swim team is trying to add to its state-bound roster. The team will try to cut down on its times when it swims Friday at the League Championships in Grand Junction.

Moffat County census forms to be hand delivered

Moffat County will be one of the few counties nationwide that will have census forms hand delivered, census spokeswoman Deborah Cameron said. Unlike roughly 95 percent of the country, the Census Bureau deemed Northwest Colorado to be “not advantageous for mailing,” said Chris Anthony, a Craig resident and local census recruiting assistant.

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Asthma can’t slow Moffat County High School’s Eryn Leonard

Eryn Leonard, a freshman, will represent Moffat County High School this weekend at the all-league swimming meet in Grand Junction and Feb. 12 at the state meet in Loveland. She swims the 100-meter butterfly.

Our View: Clearing the lines of communication

Like several other key entities, the contributions of The Memorial Hospital in Craig to the local community are largely positive and its services completely necessary. Still, and again like several other key agencies, the hospital and its management are not without problems.

Part of Cedar Mountain Road closed to protect raptors

The upper portion of Cedar Mountain Road northwest of Craig will be closed to motorized vehicles from Feb. 3 through late spring or early summer to protect nesting raptors, the Bureau of Land Management reported in a news release.

Annie's Mailbox: Parents don’t say no

My husband’s brother has a 10-year-old son. He’s an only child and still sleeps with his parents. He has a perfectly nice bedroom, but they never got around to making him sleep by himself.

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1st-responders take witness stand at Capote assault trial

Testimony from officers, medics and taxi driver opens brothers’ trial

A steady stream of police officers and emergency responders filed up to the witness box Tuesday during the first day of the trial of Eduardo and David Capote. The Miami brothers are charged with assault in connection with a Jan. 2, 2009, altercation at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Seventh Street that led to the death of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez.

Sports Briefs: Mardi Gras tournament this weekend

The Craig Puck Ewes women’s hockey team will be hosting its annual Mardi Gras Tournament starting Friday at the Moffat County Ice Arena, 600 S. Ranney St.

Dale Potter: A counterargument

Ryan Neece’s article on homosexuality was well thought out and well written. However, I would like to present to Ryan and his readers the reasons why I disagree with him.

The Chapman family: Thanks, everyone

The family of Maurice R. Chapman would like to thank everyone who sent flowers, cards, brought food or just stopped by.

Government update for Feb. 3, 2010

Moffat County Tourism Association meeting

New policies, faces at ACET after audit

Drug task force ready to move forward

The All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force has added new officers and implemented new provisions after an audit from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Craig Police Department Chief Walt Vanatta requested the audit in the wake of two charges of officer misconduct in the past year.

Police Blotter for Feb. 3

Police Blotter for Feb. 3

Datebook for Feb. 3, 2010

Datebook for Feb. 3, 2010

Craig Briefs: MCHS class of 1980 plans for reunion

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

Horoscope for Feb. 3, 2010

Horoscope for Feb. 3, 2010

Tuesday, February 2

Action from the Moffat County Commissioner meeting

At its Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, a $2,200 contract with Soilogic, Inc. for the Swinging Bridge rehab project. The Hayden-based company will observe the excavation of three test pits in the area of the existing anchor blocks to test for moisture content, plasticity and fine content. Bedrock core samples will be tested for compressive strength. Soilogic will then make recommendations to the commission concerning rock anchor design and installation.

On the Record for Feb. 2, 2010

On the Record for Feb. 2, 2010

Asphyxiation ruled cause of death in Dady autopsy

Detectives, prosecutors will decide whether to file charges in Dady case soon

The results of an autopsy of Keith Dady confirm that the Steamboat Springs man died from the way he landed on the floor after a Dec. 4 scuffle with his friend and roommate.

Datebook for Feb. 2, 2010

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

Sales tax revenues drop $3.2M in 2009

City collections down about 16.3 percent from 2008

The city of Steamboat Springs collected about $3.2 million less in sales tax revenues in 2009 than it did in 2008, but the decrease falls within expectations and will not require reserve spending, a finance official said Monday.

Horoscopte for Feb. 2, 2010

Horoscopte for Feb. 2, 2010

Annie's Mailbox: Brother being abused

My brother is smart, nice and a good person. The problem is, he married the worst possible human being. The verbal abuse started eight years ago, and she began hitting him within the last three.

Sports Briefs: Springs sports meeting planned

Moffat County High School will host the spring sports parent meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 in the MCHS auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. The meeting will cover expectations, eligibility, sportsmanship and other topics.

Craig Bad Dogs dominate at Mat Cat Tournament

After claiming its first national title Jan. 23 at the Beehive Brawl in Utah, the Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling team kept up its dominance. Wrestling Jan. 30 at the Fruita Mat Cat Tournament, 28 Bad Dogs earned 30 total medals.

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XMR racing team hoping for success at Wyman’s Winter Festival

For Tallyn Wagner, there’s one thing he loves above all else on a snowmobile. “Jumping,” he said. “Jumping for the finish line.” Tallyn, 4, has been on a sled for 2 1/2 years, and on Feb. 13 and 14, he will hope to add to his considerable trophy collection when he competes at the annual Wyman’s Winter Festival in Craig.

Maren Schmidt: Finding the teachable moment

Children make us into adults, goes an old saying. “That’s because,” Monica added, “they give us our most embarrassing moments.”

Moffat County School Board: Guiding principles

We would like to take this opportunity to offer the following guiding principles that Moffat County School Board members will keep at the center of our discussions regarding our upcoming budget.

Police Blotter for Feb. 2

Police Blotter for Feb. 2

Senior Spotlight for Feb. 2, 2010

January left a good reminder that winter isn’t over yet. It’s now February, and I see partly cloudy skies. Mr. Groundhog will probably decide six more weeks of winter.

Brian Smith joins Daily Press staff as government reporter

Brian Smith has joined the Craig Daily Press as its government, courts and environment reporter. His first day was Wednesday. He replaces Collin Smith, who recently moved to Los Angeles.

Craig Briefs: City extends bid deadline to Feb. 17

The city of Craig published a legal notice in the Jan. 27 and 29 issues of the Craig Daily Press requesting bids for office furniture for the parks and recreation department.

Moffat County officials discuss ideas for centennial

With its centennial anniversary approaching, Moffat County officials met Monday morning to brainstorm possible ideas to commemorate the historic event. Commissioner Audrey Dan­ner met with Dan Davidson and Jan Gerber, of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, and county assessor Suzanne Brinks in what likely was the first of several meetings to iron out details ABOUT the upcoming celebration.

Monday, February 1

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Kiwanis ticket line tradition to change

For years, a popular community tradition involved local residents camping at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, waiting in line for their first crack at tickets to the annual Craig Kiwanis Club play. The tailgating tradition, of sorts, also involved residents having alcoholic beverages. This year, however, that tradition as it was known comes to a close.

On the Record for Feb. 1, 2010

On the Record for Feb. 1, 2010

Horoscopes for Feb. 1, 2010

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You may have a good game plan, but choosing the wrong person to team with could make success quite iffy, especially if you get involved with a past partner whose endeavors have failed.

Annie's Mailbox: How can our marriage be great again?

Dear Annie: I am happily married to an amazing lady who has been my best friend since the day we met 25 years ago. Our kids are all away at college, and we love our empty nest. We keep physically fit, are in great health, are financially stable and have a satisfying social life. The only problem is in the bedroom.

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MCHS girls can’t hold on against Rifle

Despite falling, 56-45, on Saturday to Rifle, Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball coach Craig Mortensen said he saw positives. “We’ll get to where we need to be,” he said. “We still have three weeks left in league play, and I think we’re getting better.”

Moffat County Commission meeting agenda

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

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Concert auditions bring out abilities of Craig residents

Jim Simpson, of the Craig Concert Association, contends the “whole world changes when the spotlight hits you.” Such a change occurred Saturday for nearly 20 Craig residents, who appeared under the bright lights of the Moffat County High School auditorium. The residents were auditioning for the Craig Concert Association’s upcoming Local Talent Concert, scheduled for May 1 at MCHS.

Craig briefs: MCHS PAC meets from 6 to 7 p.m.

The Moffat County High School Parent Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. today inside the library at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

Jim Blevins: High-speed rail is wise

I strongly disagree with the letter to the editor that maintained that railroad construction was not a good way to create jobs. That the initial jobs that are created are engineering jobs sounds good to me — engineers are as deserving of jobs as anyone else.

Datebook for Feb. 1, 2010

Today

Bryce Jacobson: New business now open in Craig

Labor Finders, now co-located at 1665 U.S. Highway 40 in Craig with Price Mine Service, is open for business.

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More than 600 years of life honored Saturday at Sunset Meadows

Perry VanDorn sat next to Harry Russel on Saturday afternoon at Sunset Meadows I, and leaned over and stuck his hand out. “Congratulations, Harry” he said in a raspy whisper, shaking Russel’s hand. VanDorn was congratulating Russel for being the “oldest man on the Little Snake River.”

Late heroics can’t lift MCHS boys past Rifle

After falling, 73-58, on Saturday in Rifle, there’s one way for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team to get back on the winning track, MCHS coach Steve Maneotis said.

Aging Well: Workshop helps older adults take active role in managing their diabetes

Perhaps more than ever, advances in diabetes treatment and education are helping people with the disease to live longer, healthier and happier lives. Many people, however, still experience serious complications that often can be delayed or prevented altogether with better practices.

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My Life, My Words: Joe Hays: Reinventing myself through art

"I moved down here about close to a year ago from L.A. I came down here to spend some time with my mom, because it had been a while since I’d seen her. Once I graduated high school from here, I took off and I’ve been gone since 2005. I came down here to see her and spend some time with her and get myself out of debt."

H. Neal Glanville: Plain and simple economic indicators

Each of us, young, old, or in my case, a slightly worn inbetweener, have been shaped by the influences of our youth. I am very fortunate to have been raised by grandparents, aunts, uncles and assorted “grey area” whatnots who lived and raised families through both sides of the Depression.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Book of Eli:’ Knowledge is power after society’s collapse

In a post-apocalyptic world where water, ChapStick and batteries are among the most valuable commodities on the planet, one item remains the most cherished and coveted of all: “The Book of Eli.” Mankind has reached a point where human life no longer holds any worth.