Sunday, January 31
Friends: Bill Harding ‘the kind of person God put on this Earth to help other people’
Bill Harding, a former Moffat County Veterans Service Officer, died Saturday at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Denver. Harding lived in Craig from 1976 until June 2009, when he and his wife, Sandy, moved to Grand Junction. He was an advocate for local veterans in Moffat County.
Saturday, January 30
The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team will look to pick up its second Western Slope League win at 5:30 p.m. tonight when they play Rifle High School.
The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team, fresh off a Friday night victory over Battle Mountain, will play at 4 p.m. today in Rifle.
After three suicides in Moffat County in the past month, Ronna Autrey, suicide prevention coordinator for Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, said now is a critical time for awareness. “Three suicides in a month is a real wakeup call,” Autrey said.
Despite a slow start, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team was able to win, 55-26, Friday in Battle Mountain. The team jumped out to an early 15-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
At the beginning of March, Coloradans will start trooping from door to door to count their neighbors as part of the 2010 census. That requires about 80 workers in Routt County, and census workers said there is a test nearly every day within driving distance of Steamboat Springs for people who would like to work.
Bulldogs dominate Cowboys on Friday night
In his first action since injuring his forearm, Moffat County High School wrestler Nathan Tomlin was told to stretch out his Friday night dual. Wrestling against Meeker High School’s Pat Love, Tomlin couldn’t resist the urge to show that he was back at almost full strength. Tomlin was just one of 10 Moffat County victors Friday night in Meeker.
Staci Nichols, 27, leaned through the window of her rusted 1964 Ford truck Friday, her wide blue eyes shining through the dim light of the garage. Unemployed for nearly 15 months, Nichols, a self-proclaimed workaholic, said she has applied for almost 70 jobs. She got one interview, but she said she was turned down because she is unable to answer phones, having been born deaf.
Official: Hospital is exactly where it needs to be, regardless of numbers
At first glance, The Memorial Hospital’s employee turnover numbers look concerning, said Samantha Johnston, TMH chief of organizational excellence. However, when assessed in the context of “cultural change,” Johnston said TMH is exactly where it needs to be.
The total debt is a staggering amount and incomprehensible to most of us. And yet our president stands before Congress and proposes spending more than $8 billion on high-speed rail in various locations, including Florida and California. This is part of his “jobs” bill, formerly called “stimulus.”
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.
Surge in patients leads managers thinking of moving facility
Operators of the Craig VA Telehealth Outreach Clinic are considering a move. The clinic, at 551 Tucker St., has seen a surge in patients in the past six months. The upturn in patients has indicated to managers that moving the facility to a bigger building in Craig will be helpful in dealing with the increased volume.
Datebook for Jan. 30
It’s tough to blend the themes of utter repulsion and unconditional love in a movie. “The Lovely Bones” shows how the combination can be detrimental to what is basically a solid story. The Salmon family is the average, picture-perfect clan of 1970s Pennsylvania.
While working on a story about local exhibitors who attended the 2010 National Western Stock Show — to be featured in an upcoming issue of the Craig Daily Press — this author has been pondering the word “winner.” Just who is a “winner,” anyway?
What’s black and white and hops through the snow like a giant rabbit? A giant rabbit?? Nope. It’s a border collie. She has to mimic everything she sees. She is a human and dog.
Local troops donate 75 new books to Moffat County Libraries
Kayla Keith was at story time at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries last summer when the idea first struck her. The theme for that month’s event was “Helping others,” and Kayla, a Girl Scout, started to think ahead to her next community service project.
Fourteenth Judicial District Judge Shelley Hill granted the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s request to have still photography from inside the courtroom during the Capote assault trial on two conditions: that the photographer take no photos of the jury and that the photographer not be a distraction during the proceedings.
March 2 is the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. When he was 50 years old in 1954, he created his first and maybe most famous book, “The Cat in The Hat.” A publisher challenged Dr. Seuss to use 250 of the most important words for children to learn. Dr. Seuss used 220 words in “The Cat in The Hat,” which was an instant success.
Last night, I had lots of paperwork to complete so I had to come up with something quick for supper. I had to stop by the grocery store anyway, so I picked up a 40-ounce can of chili with beans and a bag of tortilla chips.
Ten questions — 10 minutes. It’s safe, it’s easy and it’s the law, mandated by the U.S. Constitution that everyone residing in the United States be counted every 10 years.
This is for all Marines who might re-up. Steps are being taken to ensure that all members know which types of tattoos or brands are appropriate and which are not.
Dear Annie: I am a 23-year-old girl, and my best friend, “Natalie,” is my roommate. We have been best friends since childhood and have a strong bond. We went to the same high school, now attend the same college and even studied abroad together.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Unless you are extremely careful, you could make an important decision based on unverified factors. See conditions as they are and not merely as you want them to be.
Friday, January 29
The Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling team will take a injury-depleted squad to Meeker tonight to grapple with the Cowboys.
On the Record for Jan. 29, 2010
Love INC distributed more than 525 coats, as well as many mittens, gloves and hats, from October through December 2009. The organization is distribute coats in Craig.
The God Delusion/Reason for God discussion group meets at 4 p.m. Sunday at McDonald’s in Craig. For the remainder of January and throughout February, the group will discuss “The Reason for God” chapters 4, 5, 6 and 7.
One of the shortest questionnaires in history. That is how Jennifer Riley described the 2010 census. Riley, a co-chairwoman of the Craig-Moffat County Complete Count Committee, referred to the U.S. Census Bureau’s slogan for 2010 in describing the ease of filling out the forthcoming statistical survey.
“Redistribution of wealth” is a trigger phrase that conjures ideas of socialism or communism, and yet, what is charitable giving? Voluntary redistribution of wealth? Maybe the key word here is “voluntary.”
My siblings and I grew up with certain understandings: Dad gets the biggest piece of pie; don’t disturb mom’s nap unless you’re hurt enough to go to the emergency room; and the “Lawrence Welk Show” is unavoidable. We also obeyed a more universal decree: Children do chores.
Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon in Craig.
Proposed schedule includes shorter days, longer school year, adjusted breaks
After three years of a modified school year calendar, the Moffat County School District is proposing a return to a longer school year and shorter days. In a work session before its monthly meeting Thursday, district administrators presented a proposed school calendar for the 2010-11 school year, which, if adopted, will remain in effect for the next three years.
Dear Annie: My 40-year-old daughter has had behavioral and psychological issues her whole life. In recent years, she has behaved very irresponsibly — drinking, doing drugs, fighting with her family, becoming unemployed and spending too much money. Last year, she and her husband filed for bankruptcy and lost their home. The police have even been to their house for domestic violence issues. My 9-year-old grandson is subjected to all of this.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Look for verification before accepting the word of someone who may be a nice person but about whom you’re unsure of his or her judgment. It’s smart to be dubious.
Trailing 6-0 in a national tournament bout is nothing for 10-year-old wrestler Deven Mosman. The Craig Bad Dogs youth grappler found himself in such a situation during the Jan. 23 Beehive Brawl national wrestling tournament in Richfield, Utah.
Craig Adult Coed Indoor Soccer has been scheduled for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. Games start at 7 p.m. and will be played starting Sunday. Games also will be played Feb. 7 and 28, and March 7 and 14.
Thursday, January 28
On the Record for Jan. 28, 2010
Ryan Atkinson, 25, turned himself in to the Routt County Sheriff's Office this morning. He is suspected of supplying alcohol at an underage drinking party that left a teenage girl in a coma.
This weekend’s plans could include making connections, strutting your stuff and practicing your triple axel. And this is a weekend you could hit all the events without missing a beat.
Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were searching Wednesday evening for a 26-year-old man who they think supplied alcohol at an underage drinking party that left a 17-year-old girl in a coma. Deputies have issued a warrant for Routt County resident Ryan Atkinson on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and intimidation of a witness.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You’ll have no trouble being spurred into action when you learn another’s arrangement can directly affect your plans. You’ll make sure that everything turns out to your satisfaction.
Dear Annie: My in-laws live in a condominium about 35 miles from us. We visit them once a month. My father-in-law does not move around very well and is incontinent. He seldom leaves the condo. My mother-in-law still walks, but only to the grocery store or doctor’s office. She is obviously beginning to slow down.
For a sport with so many variations, Larissa Grammer has had no problem picking out her favorite dive. The Moffat County High School freshman rode the inward one-and-a-half dive to a first-place finish at the Dec. 19 Moffat County Invitational, and she hopes it will carry her into the state meet.
Participating Jan. 23 at the district Elks Club hoop shoot contest in Salida, Craig’s Josey King was able to claim first place. All told, three Craig youths placed in the event.
Dear Snuggie makers, I take it all back. The jokes, the insults, the “I wouldn’t be caught deads.” I apologize for the jabs at your late-night TV commercials. I regret my derisive laughter at those people wearing your trademark blanket with sleeves on bleachers and airplanes.
I am writing because it still amazes me about how generous and wonderful people can be. This past week, my daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Rick Bustad, received an amazing gift.
Art is part of the American culture, as well as every culture on the Earth. Literature, applied arts, musicals and choir — they help make up the American culture.
I would like to remind everyone that the only questions you need to answer on the 2010 census is the age, sex, and name of each person in your household, nothing more, no matter how much they ask or threaten with repercussions.
A 20-year-old man was arrested Sunday in Sweetwater County, Wyo., on allegations that he robbed a Wamsutter restaurant using a pellet gun, according to a Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office news release.
Chemotherapy to be offered in Moffat County
George Rohrich, The Memorial Hospital chief executive director, had what he called “big and exciting news” for the board at its monthly meeting Wednesday. During his report, he mentioned Beka Warren, interim chief clinical officer, had taken the lead on bringing an oncology ward back to Moffat County.
The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are hosting a business after-hours mixer, hosted by the Wyman Museum, 94350 U.S. Highway 40, and MetLife Insurance, from 5 to 7 p.m. today. There will be food, drinks and a chance to win door prizes.
The Moffat County Commission reviewed possible improvement plans Wednesday to the Browns Park swinging bridge on Moffat County Road 83. The commission closed the bridge in November 2009 after county road and bridge staff and a state engineer determined the structure’s support cables too brittle for regular use.
Tiarra Schroeder was surfing the Web when she came across a MySpace page in her name. The page was written from her point of view, and displayed several pictures of her. But there was a problem. She never made the page.
Wednesday, January 27
On the Record for Jan. 27, 2010
Gliding across the silent ice. Tromping through fresh white powder. Seeing wildlife in its own, unspoiled habitat.
Money to be split between UNICEF and Wish for Haiti
Brad Somers just wants to do his part. Somers said after seeing on television the destruction caused by the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti that reports say killed as many as 200,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless, he wanted to help out.
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a drop-in flu clinic today for seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccinations for all ages of the general public.
This space is sometimes used to criticize the decisions made by our local governments, especially when it comes to their choices on how they use public funds. But it’s used in equal measures to doll out praise for endeavors that are particularly beneficial to the common good, and today’s editorial falls into that category.
Paula Reed is looking for community members to help keep local youth safe. The Craig City Council received Tuesday night an update from Reed on behalf of Moffat County Youth Services and the Rural Collaborative for Runaway and Homeless Youth.
Organization prepares for grant financing
The Moffat County Commission completed its sale of the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse to American Legion Post 62 at its Tuesday meeting. The commission reviewed documents for the sale of the Clubhouse with American Legion Commander Mel Shockley and county attorney Kathleen Taylor.
With budget season looming, the Moffat County School District will turn to four guiding principles to steady its course through the process of budget reductions. The first guideline, and the most important, according to Assistant Superintendent Christine Villard, is to remain true to the district’s core beliefs: student learning and achievement, and continuous improvement.
Twenty members of the North Park moose herd have a new address in Rio Blanco County this week. The moose were captured last week from the willow bottoms in Jackson County, on the other side of the Park Range from Steamboat Springs, Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton said.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Owing to a twinge of jealously, it might be difficult for you to give deserved praise to someone with whom you’re closely involved. Don’t be petty.
Dear Annie: I have four grown children. However, I am not entirely certain that my second daughter is my biological child. Around the time she was conceived, my wife had an affair with my brother-in-law.
If you throw a dart at a calendar page, you’d be sure to find a holiday of some sort, whether it’s a money-maker for Hallmark or a completely obscure celebration. Apparently, this method of picking a subject was a strategy used in the creation of “Leap Year.”
Tuesday, January 26
With Steamboat Springs High School boys varsity basketball team reeling, the Moffat County High School boys varsity team was unable to capitalize Tuesday night. Playing in Steamboat, the Bulldogs trailed the Sailors, 24-20, at halftime.
Moffat County girls basketball team falls, 45-34
After falling Tuesday, 45-34, to Steamboat Springs High School, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team won’t have much time to recover. “It doesn’t get any easier this week,” MCHS coach Craig Mortensen said. “We have Rifle, who put it to Steamboat, this week.”
On the Record for January 26, 2010
The Craig Concert Association presents “Men of Worth,” a duo performing traditional Celtic music, original compositions and poetry, beginning at 7:30 p.m. today in the auditorium at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.
A scorched safe, twisted pipes and a melted plastic dog kennel surround the remains of Devin and Susan Staker’s home. The Staker house, a log home near Moffat County Road 15, burned Jan. 16 after catching fire from an unknown source. The structure, rented to the Stakers by Lou Wyman, was destroyed in the blaze, as was everything inside.
The Memorial Hospital board meeting
Finis origina pendet. Or, “The end depends on the beginning.” This is from the movie, “The Emperor’s Club.” A favorite book is “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. One habit that I encourage parents to develop is “begin with the end in mind.”
The earthquake in Haiti has the attention of the whole world. It is truly a tragedy, and yet the American people are only being told of the devastation and loss of life.
The programs on television are getting worse in some areas, if that’s possible. I’ve gotten to where I don’t turn the television on sometimes, unless there is a game show on or an old movie. I have videos I watch and my great-grandchildren come over and watch with me.
Datebook for Jan. 26
Dear Annie: I have been married to “Glenn” for 18 years, and we have two teenage daughters. Three years ago, we bought a new home so we could have a larger family room.
Horoscope for Jan. 26
For the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team, one of their toughest weeks of the season will start in a familiar spot. Playing at 6 p.m. today, the Bulldogs (6-8 overall, 4-1 in Western Slope League play) will renew their rivalry with Steamboat Springs (10-4 overall, 5-1 in the WSL) in Steamboat.
Moffat County High School basketball team features 3 Raftopoulos boys
Whether its working on the ranch, running drills in practice or trading shots with the Western Slope League’s finest, Andrew, Angelo and Zach Raftopoulos most often can be found in the same spot. Together.
Moffat County School Board meetings
Monday, January 25
Commission votes, 2-1, on decision; meeting tonight will begin 5-year term
The Moffat County Commission agreed Tuesday morning that choosing between two candidates vying for an open seat on The Memorial Hospital board was not easy. In the end, the commission voted, 2-1, to appoint John Kinkaid to the board for a five-year term.
Police Blotter for Jan. 22 to 24
Eduardo Capote cannot prevent wife from testifying at trial
Eduardo Capote cannot prevent his wife from testifying during his assault trial scheduled to begin next week, a judge ruled Monday morning. Capote and his brother, David, face assault charges in connection with a downtown Steamboat Springs altercation in January 2009 that led to the death of Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez. Jury selection in their case begins Feb. 1.
Kinkaid, Luke interview for five-year term on hospital board
The Moffat County Commission interviewed two candidates Monday morning for an open seat on The Memorial Hospital board once held by Corrie Ponikvar. Ponikvar's five-year term ended this month, and she decided not to reapply for the position.
Team places first at Beehive Brawl
Coming off a strong performance in Las Vegas, the Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling team took 38 wrestlers to the Jan. 23 Beehive Brawl in Richfield, Utah.
5 men missing in North Routt on Sunday return safely
A group of five local snowmobilers who weathered a stiff snowstorm overnight in the backcountry returned safely to the Columbine parking lot in North Routt County at 9:30 a.m. Monday, just as 20 searchers in three groups prepared to set out to look for them.
Datebook for Jan. 25
For the first time in his life, Tanner Tritz has a real voice. Born with cerebral palsy and plagued by seizures, Tanner, 11, has been unable to communicate clearly until recently, when his family learned about a device that acts as a voice box.
One of Craig’s most popular annual events, the Rotary Club’s Diamonds & Spurs dinner and dance, marked its 13th consecutive year Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.
Moffat County High School hockey splits weekend with Gunnison
Based on the results, Moffat County’s Jarret Walt might want to stay at center. Playing in his first full game at the new position, Walt scored a goal in the Bulldogs’ 3-2 victory against visiting Gunnison on Sunday. The Bulldogs were coming off a 3-1 Saturday night loss to Gunnison at the Moffat County Ice Arena.
Health is a personal matter, and senior wellness clinics involve more than checking a person’s weight, blood pressure and other vitals. The drop-in clinics, offered by the Aging Well program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, are about developing relationships so seniors feel comfortable discussing issues affecting their well-being.
Government update for Jan. 25 and 26
I’m still not sure which of the Manning brothers got the phone call from Sally, but that call was all it took. The next morning, two pickups and a loaded four-up horse trailer left Cora, Wyo., headed south to Nevada. I had no idea who Sally was and even less why it was so dang important to drive straight through Utah, the party state of America.
Poisonous Plants and New Developments in Rangeland Grasses is an informative workshop scheduled for Feb. 3 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.
Tracey Parrish recently passed her securities licensure requirements and now can begin selling life insurance, long-term care, 401k, annuities, IRAs and other investment products offered by New York Life.
“I’m a mom. I’ve got two kids, a boy and a girl. I’m a wife, and then I work here. I don’t really do anything else.
Horoscope for Jan. 25
Dear Annie: I have two 21-year-old granddaughters who live in different states. My son was never married to “Shannon’s” mother, and there are a lot of hard feelings between them.
Craig AARP Chapter No. 1418 is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. today at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.
The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club hosted its ninth annual Poker Run on Saturday at the Freeman trail area north of Craig. The event had a turnout of nearly 100 entrants for the 30-mile snowmobile contest, bringing in about $1,800 for the group’s fundraising effort for Moffat County High School scholarships.
Bowling fundraiser brings in money for Hayden family
After weeks of hospital visits, 6-year-old Logan Morrison, of Hayden, needed a way to take his mind off his medical situation. The community raised more than $4,000 at Saturday’s fundraiser for the Morrison family at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center in Craig to help with medical treatments after Logan was diagnosed in December with Burkitt's lymphoma.
Here are some of December’s entries for the holidays and gift-wrapping categories in the Craig Daily Press’ Your Community Snapshots photo contest.
Sunday, January 24
Five local men, ages 25 to 33, set out Sunday morning to ride in North Routt County. They hadn't returned as of 10:30 Sunday evening. Searchers believe the men are experienced in the backcountry and should be safe overnight.
Saturday, January 23
Every once in a while, Rick Bustad will drive his power chair outside into the crisp, winter air. He’ll visit Cook Chevrolet, where he used to do bodywork on cars, or he’ll go to the convenience store. On those rides down the sidewalks, he said he sometimes likes to put his chair into high gear and feel the dry wind on his face, pretending he’s still riding his Harley-Davidson around winding mountain roads.
The Craig Association of Realtors recently announced it has funds available for qualified Craig and Moffat County non-profit organizations that provide housing services to moderate- to low-income people. Grant applications will be accepted through Feb. 22.
Normally, the Editorial Board is a proponent of keeping local dollars local as often as possible. There are exceptions, however, and those exceptions weren’t hard to find Friday.
Dear Annie: I have been with the man of my dreams for a little more than three years. We have a son together, and I am the happiest I can remember being. There is just one problem. “Karl” is still married.
Datebook for Jan. 23
Logan Morrison, 6, of Hayden, was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma in December 2009. He is currently in Denver undergoing chemotherapy. Extended family members helped organize a fundraiser tonight at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center in Craig to help the Morrisons with mounting expenses.
You don’t lose weight, you just look thinner from a distance
First of all, we had Christmas, which began way before Halloween appeared on the calendar. Then there was New Year’s. Stop and think about it, “party — eat, “party — eat.” That is all we’ve done for months. OK, so begins a new year and we make a resolution to lose weight.
Teen romances come and go, but “Youth in Revolt” offers something special between its star-crossed young lovers.
Daily horoscope for Jan. 23
Police Blotter for Jan. 21 and 22
The Moffat County County Commission will interview two people — John Kinkaid and Forrest Luke — Monday for an open seat on The Memorial Hospital board. Corrie Ponikvar formerly held the now available board seat.
Locals contribute to disaster relief efforts through bake sale
Cookies, cupcakes and pies filled tables Friday outside of City Market as Craig resident Karen Sakran embarked on her goal to help a group of people half a world away. The sale’s profits were Sakran’s contribution to philanthropic endeavors to help the people of Haiti after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated and shook the nation Jan. 12.
With their feet planted squarely on pieces of tape on the gym floor Thursday morning, 20 Sunset Elementary School first-graders were ready for one final rehearsal. The students were preparing for Friday’s dance performance, when their parents would line the walls of the gym with video cameras attached to their hands to watch their children perform.
Friday, January 22
MCHS has big third quarter but can’t hang on
Playing Friday at home against Glenwood Springs High School, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team needed a spark. Enter Jordan Wilson. The senior forward scored seven of his 27 points in a 19-4 Moffat County third quarter, but it wasn’t enough, as the Demons won, 80-73.
Since falling Jan. 15 to Palisade High School, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team is 2-0, including Friday night’s 51-36 win against Glenwood Springs High School at MCHS. The win against the Demons, coupled with the Jan. 16 victory against Delta, has the Bulldogs at 4-1 in the Western Slope League.
On the Record for Jan. 22, 2010
The Craig Association of Realtors recently announced it has funds available for qualified Craig and Moffat County non-profit organizations that provide housing services to moderate- to low-income people. Grant applications will be accepted through Feb. 22.
Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick joins ranks of Michael Phelps, Lance Armstrong
The Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skier joins the ranks of Michael Phelps and Lance Armstrong in receiving the honor from the U.S. Olympic Committee. Vail skier Lindsey Vonn earned the SportsWoman of the Year accolade.
First of all, we had Christmas, which began way before Halloween appeared on the calendar. Then there was New Year’s. Stop and think about it, “party – eat, “party – eat.” That is all we’ve done for months.
The Moffat County County Commission will interview two people — John Kinkaid and Forrest Luke — on Monday for an open seat on The Memorial Hospital board.
Police Blotter for Jan. 20 to 21
Scott Rawles, head mogul coach for the U.S. Ski Team, thinks the bumps found on Mayer’s Mogul Run on Voo Doo ski run will provide a great place for his team to escape the hype that surrounds the Olympics and refocus its efforts on the ultimate goal — winning a medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.
More than 300 students participate in Sagebrush Reading Council event
Standing in the gymnasium of Sunset Elementary School, 5-year-old Caden Call prepared to get a new book at Thursday’s Family Literacy Carnival. And he wasn’t the only one planning to trade in his books. More than 300 elementary school children attended the Literacy Carnival, hosted by the Sagebrush Reading Council.
On the surface, Glenwood Springs and Moffat County High School don’t have much in common. Looking at their records, it would appear Glenwood Springs (4-0 in the Western Slope League) has the edge over Moffat County (1-3 in WSL). But that is where the differences end.
Scott Fauble, a senior from Wheat Ridge High School, has been named as the 2009-2010 Gatorade Colorado Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
I don’t make “scratch” pizza as often as I should because it takes time to prepare the dough. So sometimes I make a pizza casserole. This morning, while I was browsing through my casserole file, I found a recipe for “Pop Over Pizza” on a yellowed newspaper clipping.
Fuel gauge report for Jan. 22
Moffat County Road Department workers fix leaking curb
This edition of Communities At Work gives a glimpse at some unsung people the Craig community relies on almost daily.
Dear Annie: My girlfriend recently told me, “I will never promise that I will always be faithful to you. I have seen too many people make that promise and not follow through.”
Horoscope for Jan. 22
Some years ago, I had a friend who was arrested as part of a large undercover operation that netted a number of suspected drug dealers. Some years ago, I had a friend who was arrested as part of a large undercover operation that netted a number of suspected drug dealers.
I want realistic predictions from others, not false optimism. I’m unhappy when anticipated rosy outcomes yield to unpleasant actuality. Why did the doctor promise, “This won’t hurt at all,” before forcing a needle the size of a turkey baster into my resisting flesh? I yelped, shot accusatory glances and felt momentary hatred.
If you are a World War II veteran, or if you know of one, applications for the Honor Flight in May to Washington, D.C., are available in my office.
Datebook for Jan. 22
Karen Sakran will be selling baked goods starting at 9:30 a.m. today outside of City Market, 505 W. Victory Way. Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, two organizations helping to provide relief to victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
Thursday, January 21
Commission to interview 2 candidates for position
As her five years on The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees come to a close, Corrie Ponikvar said she will not seek another term. Ponikvar’s open seat will be filled before the first board meeting of 2010, which will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital, 750 Hospital Loop.
Moffat County Jail Wednesday, Jan 20 Dustan Jacob Bailey, 21, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating bail bond conditions and violating a restraining order.
What do Paul Stastny, Craig Anderson and CJ Walt all have in common? Barring trades or injuries, all three will be on the ice at the onset of the Feb. 12 Colorado Avalanche hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Moffat County real estate transactions for December 2009
Are you a dancing queen? Or maybe you’re more into motorized fun. Either way, this weekend has something for you. Welcome to “Livin’ it Up,” a new recreation and entertainment column that gives you the tidbits of information you need to know to plan a great weekend in Craig.
Group receives water consumption statistics
The Yampa/White River Basin Roundtable has yet to make a decision on the proposed Yampa Doctrine governing the water rights of the Yampa River.
For Steamboat Springs resident Lorraine Morrison, specific dates and times from the past several weeks have become jumbled. But she’ll always remember when she first got the call. It was, Dec. 5, 2009, when her second cousin, 6-year-old Logan Morrison, of Hayden, was being rushed to Denver for emergency surgery after complaining of a stomach ache for weeks.
During the months that the Routt County District Attorney’s Office was down by one or two attorneys, teamwork was a basic tenet of survival to get the work done. Now that the office is back to full staffing with two new faces, teamwork is a tradition they hope to continue, lead attorney Rusty Prindle said.
With the assistance of other agencies, the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership is attempting to do its part to enhance the local community.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Trust your judgment and reasoning faculties when it comes to dealing with others. Your determinations are likely to be superior to those who have paralysis from over-analysis.
Dear Annie: I have been with “Sven” for two years, and we have been living together since August. He is good to me and my two kids, but I’m having a problem.
As the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team approaches midseason, there are several numbers to consider. Like two. Thirteen games in the 2009-10 season, the Bulldogs (5-8 overall, 3-1 in the Western Slope League) are being led in scoring by a second-year forward.
The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team will host the Gunnison Blades for two games, the first starting at 9:45 p.m. Saturday.
Studies have shown that after a certain number of years, longtime lovers start to look alike. I’ve got a couple of married friends who prove the theory true, especially when they wear matching Hawaiian shirts and Bermudas — but I don’t think it holds much water in my case.
10 and 11:30 a.m. Story-time takes place in the children’s room at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St.
Preserving the Last Frontier is scheduled to host its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the second-floor conference room at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.
Merwin, Arambel also in court Tuesday
Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers was sentenced Tuesday morning in Moffat County District Court for his role in an alleged vehicular incident reported in July 2009.
Wednesday, January 20
Burkie Wynkoop worked 21 years as high school, college referee
Burkie Wynkoop, a former Craig resident, was recently inducted into the Colorado Football Officials Association Hall of Fame.
Reports of auction churn after ads appear in national newspapers
Speculation about the future of Intrawest and its North American ski resorts swirled Wednesday after ads published in several major newspapers announced a public auction of lenders’ financial stakes in the company. The auction, scheduled for Feb. 19, would be for indirect ownership of property and stakes in Intrawest resorts including Steamboat Ski Area and Whistler Blackcomb, according to a Bloomberg report published late Wednesday.
Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, Jan. 19 Deputies responded to six requests to assist another agency. Deputies responded to an animal complaint. Deputies responded to a report of gunshots fired.
Saturday’s snowmobile Poker Run offers a unique family sporting event in a relaxed environment, said Rob Albert, vice president of the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club and Poker Run coordinator. The ninth annual Poker Run begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Freeman Reservoir trailhead.
MCHS junior varsity basketball fall; freshmen win
What started as a comfortable seven point lead, Moffat County High School Bulldogs couldn’t stay comfortable enough for Rangely High School. Playing Tuesday at the MCHS gymnasium, the Rangely High School boys varsity basketball team appeared to finally put away the pesky junior varsity Bulldogs with 30 seconds left in regulation.
Community Indicators Tool can help business owners, residents
A new Web tool can help people learn a broad range of information about Yampa Valley communities with a click of the mouse.
Agenda for Economic Development Partnership
It’s a debate that’s surfaced several times in Moffat County and one that has been decided upon by local voters. That is, whether to impose term limits on our elected officials. Still, in an election year in which the political landscape of our community and state could change dramatically, the topic was raised as a point of debate during Monday’s Editorial Board meeting.
Hayden School District plans cuts
The Hayden School District is scheduled to unveil the first step in a process to trim more than $300,000 from the 2010-11 budget when the School Board meets tonight. Hayden High School Principal Troy Zabel will lead a discussion with School Board members about a survey created by the district’s budget committee.
Real estate transactions for Moffat County property sales for December 2009
Dear Annie: I have been married for 12 years to a man who can’t seem to keep a job. No matter where he works, “Ted” always finds a reason to quit.
Horoscope for Jan. 20
Police Blotter for Jan. 15 to 19
The Northwest Colorado Council for Children and Families presented its quarterly report to the Moffat County Commission at its Tuesday meeting. The organization, which is dedicated to strengthening childhood education within schools, families and other outlets, provided commissioners Tom Mathers and Audrey Danner with an overview of its activities in recent months, as outlined by representative Barbara West.
Datebook for Jan. 20
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is scheduled to host a drop-in flu clinic for seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccinations for all ages of the general public from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the VNA’s Craig office, 745 Russell St.
Bake sale to take place at 9:30 a.m. Friday
Karen Sakran said she’s never had a lot of extra money to give to relief efforts, so she does one thing to help: bake. When a devastating earthquake struck Jan. 12 near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sakran thought nothing of the distance between the city of Craig and the Caribbean island when planning a bake sale to benefit disaster victims.
For a year, the Aberle family lived and breathed Haitian life, from eating traditional meals outside in the lush greenery of the Caribbean island to attending church in one of the quaint, open-air buildings. Craig residents Cammie and Sam Aberle and their two children attended Haitian weddings and learned and spoke the Creole language while they lived in a small town in northern Haiti as missionaries.
Bulldogs varsity team had 9 competing at Jeffco competition Jan. 16
A short-handed Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team placed 15th out of 21 teams at the competitive Jeffco Invite on Jan. 16. Coach Anita Reynolds said because of the limited number of girls — MCHS had only nine swimmers competing — she had to shuffle her lineup for the relays.
Tuesday, January 19
Moffat County Jail Friday, Jan. 15 Tom Lee Murrah, 48, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a court order. Julie Ann Pierce, 28, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant for possession of marijuana. Wesley Paul Kline, 46, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of shoplifting.
Team without three swimmers
Despite having only nine swimmers, the Moffat County High School girls varsity swim team managed to place 15th out of 21 teams at the competitive Jeffco Invite on Jan. 16. Coach Anita Reynolds said because of the limited number of girls competing, she had to shuffle her lineup for the relays.
Moffat County Sheriff’s Office
Dear Annie: My wife and I were high-school sweethearts. We have been together for 13 years and married for seven. I am 29, and she is 28. Like every couple, we have had our ups and downs but nothing that couldn’t be resolved, until this year.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — That long-awaited opening may present itself without warning. You will finally get something off your mind that has been bothering you for quite some time.
“Look, mommy! I’m daddy!” Three-year-old Scotty opened a blue marker and scribbled on the wall as his mom, Margie, cut vegetables for dinner. Scotty had watched his dad paint the kitchen during the weekend.
I would like to comment on the political cartoon in Saturday’s paper showing the devastation in Haiti. The idea that the cartoon seems to promote is that God is to blame for the earthquake and all the devastation (entitled “ACT OF GOD”) and that all the good credit goes to those helping the victims (entitled “ACT OF HUMANITY.”)
The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank Elna Yoast and Jannice and Michael Cutler for the monetary donations.
The program “Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader?” is interesting for me to watch, as I listen to the questions asked by the hosts to the contestants ranging from first to fifth grade.
Moffat County Tourism Association marketing meeting
Attorney: Junior water rights vulnerable to interstate water contract
On Wednesday night, local water attorney Tom Sharp will explain another long-view idea, his Yampa Doctrine, at a meeting of the Yampa/White River Basin Roundtable in Craig. The roundtable is a group of regional water experts and river users that works with state officials to guide long-term water policy.
Christina Currie, Craig Chamber of Commerce executive director, recently completed her sophomore year at the Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
The Moffat County Tourism Association marketing meeting is scheduled to take place at 4:30 p.m. today in the conference room at the Craig Daily Press, 466 Yampa Ave.
Ribbons of steam rose from the cooking pan, which once belonged to Joanne Roberson’s grandmother, as she slid her creation out of the oven. “It’s like aromatherapy,” Roberson said as she lowered her nose to the chocolate chip zucchini cake she whipped up in her Craig home Monday afternoon.
Starting in preschool, Moffat County School District students are introduced to three puppet characters, which will pop into their classrooms once a week until the student graduates to Craig Middle School.
Monday, January 18
Injuries catch up to Bulldog wrestlers
Wrestling Friday and Saturday at the Bill Thoman Jr. Memorial Wrestling Tournament in Green River, Wyo., Moffat County High School coach Roman Gutierrez knew his team would be shorthanded.
Team finishes third overall
Despite having only 30 wrestlers, the Craig Bad Dogs fared well Jan. 16 in a Las Vegas invitational tournament. The youth wrestling squad claimed third place out of 25 teams.
Holistic Health & Fitness, 420 Breeze St., now offers two weight-loss-related classes each Monday. The first is a free Weight Loss Support Group, which is open to anyone, at 5 p.m. every Monday at the fitness center.
Don and Misty Jones can be seen year after year dancing the night away at Diamonds & Spurs, the Craig Rotary Club’s annual formal fundraiser. This year will be no different.
I love colors, it makes me feel good. My favorite is burgundy red. It’s deep, and it’s so dark and pretty. It almost reminds me of the lipsticks they wore in the 40s.
Kum & Go, L.C., announced Saturday that “customers can opt to donate $1 at the registers to the American Red Cross for Haiti Relief Efforts.”
Bulldogs girls beat Panthers, 53-49, for league win
Coming off one of their toughest losses, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team could do little wrong Saturday in Delta. Between a potent offense and stingy defense, the Bulldogs (5-8 overall, 3-1 in the Western Slope League) were able to topple Delta High School, 53-49.
There are many radon myths. Among them: Radon only affects certain types of homes or that a person can rely on a neighbor’s radon test to indicate levels in their own home.
The sign on the door at Kathy and Tim Osborn’s Craig home greets visitors with the words, “Welcome to the zoo.” To the contrary, the scene inside the house is almost serene, as Kathy sits in a green leather chair, surrounded by deep green walls with dark pinewood trim.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Your mind is always open and receptive to new information. You are likely to hear about something that could be put to profitable use. Stay alert.
Dear Annie: My sister-in-law is overly obsessed with bleach. She uses it to wash dishes, and within minutes before she bathes her two small children, she wipes down the bathtub with it.
Well, another year and another batch of well-intended resolutions have spilled forth from those we know and many more from those we don’t. Each of us has a multitude of weakness that are either in our face each morning or raise their ugly little heads when we least expect it.
With less than five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, the Delta High School boys varsity basketball team was clinging to a slim, two-point advantage against Moffat County High School.
You don’t hear the term “divorce with benefits” very often, but the romantic comedy “It’s Complicated” offers a lot of new ideas along with that.
Sunday, January 17
Chief: Blaze was ‘fully involved’ upon department’s arrival
A Saturday night structure fire on Moffat County Road 15, west of Craig, has been deemed a total loss, Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston said.
Saturday, January 16
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You’re not likely to have the patience or tolerance for people who present themselves as materialistic or selfish. If you’re smart, you’ll avoid these types.
Colorado First Conservation District now is taking orders from the public for seedling trees. Seedling trees “are a great way to establish a living snow fence or a windbreak,” the First Conservation District reported in a news release.
Ronna Autrey’s son committed suicide eight years ago, at the age of 31, leaving behind a grieving mother and father in Steamboat Springs and a wife and two children in Maryland, where he lived. Autrey came home to Steamboat after the funeral and started to look for someone to talk to, a counselor or psychiatrist who might help her cope with the uncertainty that enveloped her life.
Moffat County Commission
Moffat County Jail
I sat in on the Moffat County School District’s Accountability Committee meeting Thursday night with the intention of listening in on proposed changes to the school calendar and budget. But it was a completely different topic that grabbed my attention.
As executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, I get many questions about the upcoming 2010 Census. What is it? Why should I fill out my questionnaire? Is it safe? Is it really that important?
The 2010 seed and nursery catalogs are out. Just browsing through the pages of vegetables and fruits is enough to make a person’s mouth water. One can imagine the sliced tomatoes, buttered corn on the cob, creamed peas and potatoes, green and wax beans, and all of the other vegetables from the summer garden.
The room had grown quiet while seventh-grader Clayton Moon slowly ticked off ideas he had written down on a Post-It note. Each student sitting on the carpet Thursday of Serendipity Café & Coffee Shop had taken turns voicing their ideas while Clayton organized them.
I just turned another year older, but I don’t feel any older. Well, except when I do feel older. My inside self still feels like 18, but my outside self screams if I try to look in the mirror. So I just don’t look in mirrors. I hope my inside and outside self never meet.
Dear Annie: I am a middle-school teacher in California and would like to thank you for your wonderful response to “Frustrated,” who wrote about her son dealing with a “mean and degrading” teacher. You said to first talk to the teacher.
Despite losing Friday, 69-38, to Palisade High School, Moffat County High School boys varsity coach Steve Maneotis is still excited about what his team can do. “We are on a tough learning curve right now,” he said. “Sooner or later, they will figure it out, and I’m excited to see where that will take us.”
Garrett Flint and his fifth-grade classmates from Ridgeview Elementary School walked closely behind their remote control car as it sped around the cafeteria. Shouts of “awesome” and gasps of excitement filled the room as the little car sped across the floor, finishing 1 1/2 laps before sputtering to a stop.
After seeing progress in a loss to Grand Junction Tuesday night, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team was unable to capitalize against Palisade High School.
Friday, January 15
The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team fell, 69-38, to Palisade High School. In the earlier game, Palisade managed to hang on and top the Moffat County girls team, 39-28.
Medical marijuana dispensaries seek distribution methods in light of city law
The number of licensed medical marijuana users in Routt County doubled during the course of three months in 2009, and local dispensaries and caregivers are moving in to fill the demand — including in ways the city deems illegal.
Oak Creek Town Board declines to take action on dispensary
The Oak Creek Town Board on Thursday declined to institute a moratorium or take other action regarding a potential medical marijuana dispensary in the town. The town’s Planning Commission is slated to take up the issue at 7 p.m. Wednesday and can make recommendations to the town board after the hearing.
Craig police still are following leads on a recent burglary at the Moffat County Courthouse, Sergeant John Forgay said. The courthouse was broken into Nov. 11, 2009, on Veterans Day, when staff was off work for the holiday.
When asked why local governments would be interested in talking to a community energy coordinator, Kate Nowak gave possibly one of the most attractive reasons: money.
Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon in Craig.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Obstacles or challenges aren’t likely to keep you from accomplishing something close to your heart. Instead, any problems that occur are likely to help you focus like a laser beam.
Dear Annie: I have known my husband for nine years, and we’ve been married for the past three. Unfortunately, it has not been a stellar relationship. My husband has a mental health problem that he dealt with by abusing drugs, which resulted in physical, emotional, mental and financial abuse toward me. We are now separated.
Starting tonight, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team will find itself in familiar territory. On the road. At 5 p.m. today, the Bulldogs (4-7 overall, 2-0 in Western Slope League play) will play at Palisade. At 4 p.m. Saturday, the team will play at Delta.
Weekend trip to Palisade, Delta pits Moffat County against league foes
Heading into a weekend against two physical Western Slope League teams, Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball coach Steve Maneotis said he wants to see one thing from his team. “Effort,” he said. “Our effort isn’t where it needs to be.”
The Jan. 23 Moffat County Invitational swim meet has been canceled. Delta High School will be unable to attend the one-day meet.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt reassured Americans that “we have nothing to fear, but fear itself.” I do not know whether he was basing his quote on the facts of the Bible or not. Last week, when the phone began ringing again, after the Christmas and New Year break was over, I told myself to face some of the unidentified callers and tell them I wanted to be taken off their calling lists.
Old-timer Ernie waxed philosophic when he ate corn: the more gnawed cobs, the more profound his utterances. During a six-cob session, he told me the best thing about being old: No one expected anything of him anymore, and when he did stir himself to action, people expressed amazement and appreciation.
During the past year or so, I’ve continually heard and read how the new Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission rules have “driven out industry.” In fact, just last week in response to Gov. Ritter’s decision to not seek re-election, I saw our own county commissioner, Tom Mathers, say “He shut our industry down here. He’s one reason we’re in the shape we’re in, in Moffat County.”
Moffat County School District trying to head off teasing, harassment
Tracer Hickman and Blake Ludgate sat across from each other at a table during sixth-grade lunch Thursday afternoon at Craig Middle School. As he finished up an apple, Tracer absentmindedly worked on homework while he joked with his friends just before the bell rang.
The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are holding a business after-hours mixer, hosted by the Wyman Museum, 94350 U.S. Highway 40, and MetLife Insurance, from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 28.
The Wounded Warrior program has been a part of the All Mountain Adaptive Ski Camp at Steamboat Ski Area in each of its five years, and in 2010, seven disabled veterans attended. Adaptive Adventures, which host the camp with Access Anything and Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports, is celebrating its 10th year.
The Moffat County High School Student Council would like to thank MCHS students and staff, as well as the local community for their support for our Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraiser.
Craig Police Department
This week’s column begins with some exciting news concerning two food preservation workshops scheduled for January and February in Craig. Both workshops will take place at the Moffat County Extension Kitchen, 539 Barclay St. The workshops are open to anyone: those who want to learn to preserve foods and those who want to update home canning techniques and knowledge.
Craig Planning and Zoning Commission meeting
Thursday, January 14
We’ve all heard that spreading rumors is bad. And given its gossipy title, “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” is about what you’d expect.
South Routt County may have its first medical marijuana dispensary if four men get the go-ahead from the Oak Creek Town Board, but Town Board members will consider their options tonight, including a moratorium on dispensaries.
Education officials asking for feedback as important decisions loom
At a Parent Advisory Committee meeting Tuesday night at Ridgeview Elementary School, a teacher asked some of the parents in attendance if she could use some money rasied by the school to buy her class whiteboards to work on math problems at their desks.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Be prepared to stand or fall on your efforts instead of expecting surrogates to do things for you, because even though you may have little confidence, you’re the only one who can get things done.
Dear Annie: I am one of four sisters, all of us in our 50s. We are a close-knit family, though we no longer live in the same communities. My niece, “Tara,” gave birth to a son while she was still in high school. A wonderful couple adopted the boy, and because the adoption was open, they have stayed in contact. The baby had some health issues, which they initially attributed to the lack of prenatal care.
Banged-up wrestling team to face tough competition in Green River, Wyo.
If the Las Vegas Tournament gave the Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling team a different experience, this weekend’s duals will give them an education, coach Roman Gutierrez said.
Moffat County Jail
I’d planned a diatribe for the column this week. It was to be a rant about the cold weather, a rage against the obscene temperatures — sub-freezing digits that leave my digits numb despite two pairs of gloves.
On Jan. 6, Mr. Francisco Reina wrote a short letter to the editor of the Craig Daily Press expressing his disappointment with Integrated Community’s Adult English as a Second Language Program. This text is a response to Mr. Reina and all other Craig residents who shared their diverse points of view.
On Tuesday night, Alan and Laurie Jorgensen sat on a bench in their daughter’s former high school cafeteria during a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted by the MCHS Student Council. The event raised more than $500 for the national foundation for research on the disease.
Officials table decision on purchasing land south of Craig
The Craig City Council approved, 7-0, a resolution at its meeting Tuesday allowing retail liquor stores and liquor licensed drug stores to host wine, beer and liquor tastings.
City: Findings will be released when final report is submitted
City officials have received a partial report from an outside investigator tasked with reviewing the Craig Police Department’s internal affairs policies and procedures. However, its contents won’t become public until a final draft is complete, City Manager Jim Ferree said.
Craig Middle School principal Bill Toovey invites parents of students to look through the lost-and-found to claim their student’s items during Saturday’s home basketball game.
Literary work seeks art, writing entries
In late April, 1,000 copies of the Waving Hands Review will roll off the presses, the pages fresh with the works of writers and artists from across Northwest Colorado. The Colorado Northwestern Community College literary review will be printed in the spring for a second year, said Joe Wiley, an English instructor at CNCC Rangely.
Wednesday, January 13
MCHS student council hosts cystic fibrosis fundraiser
Alan and Laurie Jorgensen's daughter, Kellie, is a junior at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. The 2007 Moffat County High School graduate studies biology and is planning her wedding for this summer.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Get hold of your spending early in the day before it can wipe you out. You’ll be proud of yourself later when you realize how much discipline it took, and that you did it.
Area businesses eager to be a part of new campus project
It was a sign of the times, Gene Bilodeau said, as more than 50 local and statewide business owners milled around one of the classrooms at Colorado Northwestern Community College.
Tomlin, Mann, Griffiths and Adams pick up 1st-place finishes for MCHS wrestling team
Broken fingers, torn ligaments. In the end, the injuries the Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling team sustained didn’t matter, as the team was able to claim a second-place finish at the Las Vegas Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Dear Annie: I am 56 and have a 45-year-old brother, “Bruce.” Although I was close to him, he and my mother never got along, and when Bruce married, he ceased all communications with the family. He showed up for our parents’ funerals, but Mom died two years ago, and I haven’t heard from Bruce since.
Statewide, the signs started with Gov. Bill Ritter’s announcement that he would not vie for a second term, continued with speculation about who the democratic contender could be, and what the Republican opposition might look like.
Moffat County Tourism Association meeting
Moffat County Jail
County approves no-bid computer contract for treasurer
The Moffat County commissioners would like to see clearer signs that explain to truck drivers there is a road bypass around Craig, and they should use it.
The Craig Chamber of Commerce is now booking after-hours mixers for 2010. There are currently no mixers scheduled for January, April, May, September, October, November and December.
CBI agent: Task force has issues, needs work
After lengthy presentations by Colorado Bureau of Investigation agent Curt Williams and Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta, Craig City Council members said they feel more comfortable with the operations of the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force and its commander, Garrett Wiggins.
Tuesday, January 12
MCHS basketball teams lose on road
Although the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team lost Tuesday night, coach Craig Mortensen said he was pleased with the effort.
Craig resident Mike Brinks, 59, filed papers today stating he intends to run for Moffat County treasurer in the November election.
Swimming Saturday in Aspen, the Moffat County High School girls varsity swim team was able to pick up several accolades.
While I was trying to see where my crocheting needle was supposed to go next, I thought my life is like this also: At times it’s on the mark, and other times I get in a place where I can’t see which way to go.
The cheers don’t start when Paul Laliberte steps onto the floor. His baskets don’t create the resounding cheers like Jordan Wilson’s layups or Dylon Camilletti’s 3-pointers. Instead, when Laliberte sinks a free-throw or lands a 3-pointer, there is one cheer he hears more than any other from the crowd.
The tenderness of the snowpack in the Routt County backcountry revealed itself during the weekend, with a pair of human-caused avalanches on Rabbit Ears Pass and several more slides in northern Routt County.
Grace Lynn McNeil was found Jan. 6
The Arapahoe Basin ski instructor who was found dead at Steamboat Ski Area last week suffocated, Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said Monday. Ryg said autopsy results revealed that Grace Lynn McNeil died of suffocation after falling into a tree well.
Gates Gooding creates thesis about Steamboat’s growth at MIT
Gates Gooding is hosting a public meeting Thursday night to talk with city residents about Steamboat 700, as the first step in a study to quantify the proposed annexation’s potential impacts. For his graduate thesis at MIT, he hopes to create a scientific, quantifiable study of potential impacts from future local development, or lack thereof.
Lone home tournament for Craig Red Dogs brings out tough competition
If Spencer Wayman didn’t know already, he found out Saturday. Regardless of age, a good hockey player is a good hockey player. Wayman, 18, was the goalie for the Craig Red Dogs in the Yampa Valley Invitational hockey tournament Friday through Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Factors behind the scenes are developing a number of new channels that can be used for personal gain. Research all of them first, however, because a couple won’t fly.
Dear Annie: I am a divorced woman in my late 30s, with two young sons. My ex-husband is not a good father, but my boys understand that and accept that he will not be a huge part of their lives.
What’s your child’s favorite food? Color? Outfit? What does your child dislike? Preferences give important insights into our personalities. For the child who is agreeable in most situations, we have smooth sailing.
Just like many people, I was struggling to find affordable health care. As a program manager at a nonprofit organization in town, I don’t make much money.
Moffat County Jail
I have 2010 calendars in my office. The calendar I have is called “Salute to our Veterans.” These calendars have information on veterans’ Web sites, facts about health issues, and many other pertinent information pieces concerning veterans.
Colorado Northwestern Community College is scheduled to host a meeting at 1 p.m. today to provide information to potential subcontractors on the college’s new campus project.
Officials: Reduction due to changing operations
Peabody Energy officials confirmed Monday that Twentymile Coal Co., which Peabody owns, recently terminated about 15 full-time positions at the mine. Twentymile is located in Routt County but employs many Moffat County residents.
Monday, January 11
The 23-year-old Arapahoe Basin ski instructor was found dead at the bottom of Chute 3 at the Steamboat Ski Area last week. It is believed she fell head first into a tree well.
Officials to host public workshop before regular meeting
After a five-week hiatus during the holidays, the Craig City Council plans to start the new year where it left off — addressing concerns regarding the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force. City officials plan to host a public workshop on the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s independent review of the agency at 5:30 p.m. today at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.
Here are some of December’s entries for the holidays and gift-wrapping categories in the Craig Daily Press Your Community Snapshots photo contest.
Dear Annie: I am married to a wonderful man who loves my kids and me very much. Since the first of our five children was born, I’ve stayed home to raise them. The problem is his family.
Horoscope for Jan. 11
Moffat County fell, 73-63, but outscored Battle Mountain, 41-34, in the second half. A night after Moffat County’s upperclassmen led the way in a 65-64 victory against Eagle Valley, it was a freshman who kept the Bulldogs in the game.
Annual classroom program includes coloring contest
Starting this week, members of Steamboat Ski Patrol will enter Routt County kindergarten classrooms to talk with students about safety on the slopes. Michelle Baxter, who’s worked for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. for 24 years, 23 of those with Ski Patrol, started the annual program 10 years ago.
Just before 2 a.m. Jan. 5, Beth Poole gave birth to her and husband Brian’s first daughter, Hannah, and the first baby of 2010 at TMH. On Friday afternoon, Hannah’s parents coddled her while Beth Poole’s family helped watch, Jaden, 4, who is Beth Poole’s first son, and 2-year-old Andrew, who is Brian Poole’s first child with Beth.
Sponsored by the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club of Craig and Colorado State Parks, an avalanche safety clinic is a brief overview on how to travel safely in avalanche terrain, specifically on a snowmobile.
Moffat County High School beats Battle Mountain, moves to 2-0 in Western Slope League
By winning two home games this weekend — against Eagle Valley on Friday night, and with Saturday’s 55-26 victory against Battle Mountain — the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball (4-6 overall, 2-0 in the Western Slope League) is tied with Steamboat Springs and Rifle atop the league standings.
Citing the advantages of a bigger shop and better showroom, High Desert Outdoor Power owners Paula and Rob Haughey have moved their business to a new location at 351 School St.
The Craig Middle School Parent Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the CMS library, 915 Yampa Ave.
Datebook for Jan. 11
My life, my words: Tonia Coates: Art in Motion
The New Year has brought new learning and fitness opportunities from Aging Well. In Hayden, Aging Well is partnering with Colorado Northwestern Community College to offer a beginning computer class for older adults at The Haven Community Center. Aging
Our country may have a plethora of unique topographical features, but they all tend to run together when you’re “Up in the Air.”
2000s offer wide array of films for all tastes
Part 1 of this end-of-decade review was published in Friday’s Craig Daily Press. Below are my notable film picks of the year for 2005 through 2009.
Saturday, January 9
The MCHS boys basketball team mounted a late surge but was unable to top Battle Mountain, falling 73-63 at home.
The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team improved to 2-0 in Western Slope League play with a 55-26 victory against the Battle Mountain Huskies.
Although he is now 62 and hasn’t lived in Moffat County since he graduated from high school in 1965, Craig native Cecil Gutierrez never forgets.
9:30 a.m. Colorado State Parks and the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club of Craig sponsor the annual avalanche safety training day at Freeman Trailhead, north of Craig. Visitors should bring avalanche equipment — beacons, probes and shovels — and their snowmobiles. The event is open to the public. Call Ralph Stewart at 824-5353 or 824-4198.
Colorado Northwestern Community College will host a meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday to provide information to potential subcontractors for the college’s new campus project.
In the end, the score didn’t matter. A win is a win. Playing Friday at home for the first time this season, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team was able to outlast Eagle Valley High School, 65-64.
Groups to take discussion results to lawmakers
There is a lot of talk about change swirling in government these days, but Reeves Brown, executive director of the Western Slope advocacy group, Club 20, is taking action on the idea.
The First National Bank of the Rockies is under extra federal oversight after bank regulators found several reasons to criticize the bank’s past lending practices. Under the agreement with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the primary government regulator, the bank has started to change its lending practices and keep more money in reserve.
Kalicia MacGregor, 6, was crouched over her bingo board, intent on beating her partner, Tressa Otis. “I won twice already,” announced Tressa, a first-grader in Karen Eitel’s class at Ridgeview Elementary School.
We wish to express, as best we can, our appreciation to the Craig community, in general, and a few businesses and individuals, specifically, for their prayers and tangible support thus far in our battle against Cheri’s second bout with Stage 4 breast cancer.
Daily horoscope for Jan. 9
Dear Annie: I’m 42, and my mother, sister and adult daughter have all informed me repeatedly that I’m worthless, useless, unattractive and unlovable. I’ve examined my whole life to try to fix whatever it is I’m doing wrong, but I just can’t seem to come up with any specific thing. I also have an ex-husband who agrees with everything they say, blames me for everything that ever went wrong in our marriage and adds that I’m lousy in bed, too. I’ve never been with anyone else to compare, but I’m too scared to discover he’s right.
Children sometimes get a bad rap by adults, and unfairly so. Too often, an older generation sits back and bemoans and derides the declining morals, values and behavior of generations that come after it.
Next meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 12, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way
Rick Mark Vaughn, 56, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating a restraining order.
I have 2010 calendars in my office. The calendar I have is called “Salute to our Veterans.” These calendars have information on veterans Web sites, facts about health issues and many other pertinent information concerning veterans.
Playing Friday night for the first time on their court, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team wouldn’t let Eagle Valley spoil their home opener.
The November general election season is almost here, with residents filing to be candidates for county offices and local officials preparing for the spring caucuses.
Thank you all who responded to Mr. Francisco Reina’s comments about Integrated Community’s English as a Second Language program.
Friday, January 8
The Bulldogs are now 1-0 in Western Slope League play.
The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team is playing their first home game of the season at 6 p.m. tonight at the MCHS gymnasium, 900 Finley Lane.
This recipe came from “Ground Beef Recipes,” a pamphlet put out by the “Beef: It’s What’s for Dinner” promotion and furnished by the Colorado Beef Council. “Chili Beef Express” serves four people (about 1 1/4 cups per serving).
Three power outages that affected more than 1,000 Craig homes in the past two days are most likely because of extreme cold weather, Yampa Valley Electric Association officials said.
Murray Selleck can’t remember the first time he helped put on the annual Ski Haus Avalanche Clinic, which returns to Steamboat Springs tonight. The clinic is “just full of critical skills for any backcountry skier, and we’ve been skiing in the backcountry around here for a long time,” said Selleck, an employee at Ski Haus.
No one was injured in a house fire that began at about 7:45 a.m. Thursday at 870 Exmoor Road in the Ridgeview subdivision on the west side of Craig.
Volunteers have been called 7 times in 6 days to begin 2010
Since the start of the new year, Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers have been called seven times in six days for lost snowshoers, skiers and snowmobilers.
Decade offered wide array of films for everyone
As a new decade begins, it’s time to reflect on what the past 10 years have brought the world in terms of film accomplishments.
Dear Annie: My 59-year-old husband of 15 years wants to leave the U.S. and move abroad for a few years because he is not getting along with his family. He insists I also pack up and move.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Put your head together with friends or associates with whom you share a common objective. If you build a team with a good purpose in mind, you’ll have an excellent chance of success.
MCHS boys varsity basketball team to play 1st home game tonight
Coming off a tough December on the road, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team will get just what it needs: A stretch at home.
For the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team, playing at home means several things.
I’ve seen the cardboard testimonies presentation at a church or a camp five times in the past six months. The latest was Sunday at the church I attend. On Sunday, I even saw it twice in one day, and regardless of the repetition, I was just as choked up after the fifth time as I was the first time I watched a video on YouTube with the testimonies.
Integrated Community is doing just what it is supposed to be doing — teaching English to adults whose first language is not English.
As an Integrated Community volunteer, I’d like to make a quick clarification regarding Mr. Reina’s letter to the editor in Wednesday’s Craig Daily Press.
I enjoy the fresh feel of January when stark coldness freezes the bad stuff — germs, jaywalking, poor posture — and encourages new beginnings. I contemplate ways to better myself. I could be more intellectual, seek consistency with my grooming, sew without profanity.
James Franklin Morrison, 43, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of second-degree assault, menacing, third-degree assault, domestic violence and obstruction of telephone or telegraph service.
Regular unleaded and diesel prices around Craig as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo.
If you really believe this, then you haven’t been around too many critters in your lifetime. I give four-legged critters a lot more credit than I do lots of two-legged critters.
Marty Galloway, a 25-year-old who graduated from the University of Colorado in May, soon will get his chance at a childhood dream.
8:30 to 10 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.
The Craig Middle School Parent Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the CMS library, 915 Yampa Ave.
Something new is starting to happen each time Sandra Kruczek places a skateboard on the floor of her Craig home. Her dog, Stewart, will look at her, look back at the skateboard, then put his front paws on the board and begin to slowly push with his back feet.
Jerry Thompson was glad to see some new Ford vehicles dropped off at his dealership recently. The owner of Craig Ford said he could have been selling new cars for the past several months but that he hadn’t received any from the manufacturer.
Thursday, January 7
I enjoy the fresh feel of January when stark coldness freezes the bad stuff—germs, jaywalking, poor posture—and encourages new beginnings. I contemplate ways to better myself. I could be more intellectual, seek consistency with my grooming, sew without profanity.
Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter’s announcement Wednesday morning that he would not seek re-election elicited no tears from two Moffat County commissioners, both Republicans.
Snow in Northwest Colorado has less water than average
The wet snow that fell on the Park Range east of Steamboat Springs throughout the day Wednesday added to the water stored in the mountain snowpack, but it wasn’t enough to bring the number up to average.
Steamboat Springs’ November sales tax collections dropped only 8.7 percent compared with November 2008, bringing city coffers some relief after months of plummeting revenues.
Gilberto Silva Tarango, 25, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving while license under restraint and displaying expired numbered plates.
9 to 11 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association hosts a H1N1 flu clinic for free swine flu shots for adults ages 65 and older at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. Call 871-7684 or visit www.nwcovna.info.
The Craig Concert Association invites all musicians, singers and dancers to try out Jan. 30 for the Local Talent Concert, according to a news release.
The Memorial Hospital has a lot to look forward to in the coming year, officials said, some of it exciting and new, and some daunting and uncertain.
Dear Annie: Some time ago, relatives from out of town asked to visit us when they were here for a nearby event. We agreed, as we seldom get to see these people. To our surprise, they arrived with the dog they had recently rescued from the pound. It was just a few months old and not housebroken. Worse, we were stuck dog-sitting the evening they went out.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Look for an opportunity to become involved in an arrangement that can add to your resources and enhance your holdings. That’s where your luck lies.
Yampa Valley Invitational largest in Western Slope
The 16th annual Yampa Valley Invitational men’s hockey tournament will begin play Friday and continue through the weekend at Moffat County Ice Arena.
After opening the season with games in Utah, Denver and Palisade, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team will return home this week.
When Lindsey Yoast, Amanda Snyder and Jessi Moser suit up Friday, it will be with a mixture of emotions.
It has all started, people. New year, new decade, new me. Yes, I realize that, technically, 2010 began several days ago. But, have you ever seen any real positive change occur on the weekend following a Thursday New Year’s Eve? Let’s get real, shall we?
The Gabbert Family would like to thank Craig Steel, which, in a major crisis, opened it doors for us and donated everything we have needed. Thank you.
The realities of avalanche danger is becoming strikingly real this year, with many risks lying hidden deep in the snow.
Wednesday, January 6
Yampa Valley Invitational largest in Western Slope
The 16th annual Yampa Valley Invitational men’s hockey tournament will begin play Friday, and continue through the weekend at the Moffat County Ice Arena.
Saying he needs to spend more time with his family, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter announced Wednesday he won't seek re-election this year - a move that he said would free him politically to make "tough and unpopular decisions" in the months ahead.
23-year-old Arapahoe Basin ski instructor found in tree well
Steamboat Ski Patrol members found Grace Lynn McNeil's body this morning in a tree well. The 23-year-old Arapahoe Basin ski instructor had disappeared Tuesday afternoon while skiing the Christmas Tree Bowl.
Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter won't run for re-election this fall, sources told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
With the 2010 election year barely under way, two senators and one governor - all Democrats - ditched plans to run for re-election in the latest signs of trouble for President Barack Obama's party.
The public is invited to attend the annual avalanche safety training day, sponsored by Colorado State Parks and the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club of Craig.
Tammy Villard and her mother-in-law, Bonnie, were greeted at the entrance to St. Michael’s Kitchen by the rich scent of bubbling vegetable soup and the buzz of a kitchen full of cooks, dishwashers and other volunteers. The kitchen serves a meal to anyone who needs it from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays.
Within the span of about two weeks, news came out that a popular Craig restaurant was closing its doors for good because of struggling finances, and a local church was opening a twice-a-week free food kitchen for people in need of a hot meal.
Dear Annie: My mother is overly controlling with her grown children. She seems to think that when she gives an opinion, we have to agree. What’s worse, she is so negative about everything. She starts fights with us and expects us to capitulate and say she is right every time. She voices her opinions without thinking them through and has stepped on a lot of toes throughout the years. She has no friends left. We don’t even celebrate holidays together because it is too depressing.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — There’s nothing wrong with assertiveness as long as you don’t cross the line to pushiness or aggressiveness. In which case, others are likely to put up strong barriers.
Baseball has taken Brad Grinstead a number of places. From the fields of Moffat County to a diamond in Conway, Ark., and the conference championships in Jackson, Miss., Grinstead, 20, is already a baseball lifer.
On Jan. 2, six grapplers from the Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling team traveled to Loveland for the Rocky Mountain Nationals Who’s Bad tournament.
We applaud Colorado Northwestern Community College’s efforts to lay the groundwork for local contractors and suppliers to be involved in this and future building projects at the new Craig Campus.
I feel sad and disappointed about how Integrated Community presents their English-speaking programs. I live in the United States of America, and I am from Spain.
Charles James Castor, 33, of Sundance. S.D., was booked into Moffat County Jail on three warrants.
As an editor at Moffat County High School’s newspaper, the Postscript, Alex Selan is no stranger to writing. But, when she came to the personal statement part of her college application, the senior was stumped.
At its Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission approved, 3-0, a personnel requisition for a new Moffat County Tourism Association director.
9 a.m. Placement tests for Integrated Community’s English as a Second Language class take place in the basement of the St. Michael Catholic Church office, 678 School St. ESL classes begin Jan. 11. Call Eveline Bacon at 824-6424 or e-mail email@example.com.
Attorneys to meet for motions hearing next week
A U.S. District Court case against a former Craig woman charged with 31 counts of felony bank fraud continues in Denver with no set trial date.
Tuesday, January 5
As the decade comes to a close, it’s a time to reflect on what the last 10 years have brought the world in terms of film accomplishments.
At its Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, a personnel requisition for a new Moffat County Tourism Association director.
While waiting for my car at the dealership, the early morning TV talk show hostess interviewed a former 700-pound woman who confessed that before her decision to lose weight, she had never sat down and eaten a meal.
Datebook for Jan .5
Investigator bills city $3,900 for services through December
As officials prepare to discuss the results of a Colorado Bureau of Investigation review of the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force, a second independent inquiry into the Craig Police Department continues.
A 17-year-old Steamboat Springs student reportedly turned himself in to police and returned most of the $7,000 in money stolen from Holy Name Catholic Church in November. Then, last week, someone stole baby Jesus, Joseph and a lamb from the church’s downtown Nativity scene.
Playing Sunday in Grand Junction, the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team lost its first two league games of the season. Facing a tough Grand Valley Mavericks team, the Bulldogs lost the first game, 5-3.
New moves, techniques and training regimen are part of the transition from eighth- to ninth-grade grappling. For Moffat County High School’s freshmen trio of Justin McAlexander, Jacob Teeter and Garrett Stewart, they are about to experience something entirely new. Las Vegas.
When 20-year-old Kaleb McKey pulled into Craig in mid-December, the scene that greeted him was just what he had been hoping for. After four months studying abroad as a Colorado State University junior, he said the warmth he felt coming home to his family was everything he wanted.
Former Craig Daily Press reporter, photographer and editor Michelle Balleck has returned to the newspaper. Balleck started Monday as the online content producer.
The New Year is settling in pretty much like the old one right now. The decorations are put back, goodies are mostly a yummy memory and reality is setting in with people going back to work.
Police blotter for Dec. 31 to Jan. 4
The Moffat County School District School Health Services Team would like to take this opportunity to thank the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition for their continued support, dedication and mission of providing the needed dental assistance to our small community.
Horoscope for Dec. 5
Dear Annie: How do you deal with a married 40-year-old daughter with two children who is so jealous of her brothers that she causes family rifts? Right now, “Claire” isn’t speaking to her father, her brothers or me. We don’t understand it. We always have treated our children the same.
Parents and seniors are encouraged to attend the 2010 Senior Parent Financial Aid meetings at 6 p.m. today and Thursday in Room 308 at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.
Monday, January 4
Grand Valley tops Bulldog hockey team
Playing Sunday in Grand Junction, the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team lost its first two league games of the season.
Here are some of December’s entries for the holidays and gift-wrapping categories in the Craig Daily Press Your Community Snapshots photo contest.
Investigator bills city $3,900 for services through December
As officials prepare to discuss the results of a Colorado Bureau of Investigation review of the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force, a second independent inquiry into the Craig Police Department continues.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Clint Gabbert and his family for the wonderful Christmas light show.
This week marks the beginning of three bi-monthly business development seminars provided by a consortium of local and regional community organizations.
A bipolar/depression support group meets at noon today in the gold room of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Craig office, 745 Russell St.
Before there were Batman and Robin, Crockett and Tubbs or most any other crime-fighting duo, there was a pair of investigators that set the template for detective stories henceforth. But the heroes of “Sherlock Holmes” are a tad different by today’s standards.
I moved here in June because I was a teacher last year, but I lost my job in Rangely, so Craig was the first place I found a job.
Aging Well offers Tai Chi lesson, film and wellness information at Thursday event
Getting back to the business of life after a frenzied holiday season can be stressful. It may not the best time to set New Year’s resolutions framed as more to-dos. A person might start by worrying less and having more fun — simple yet powerful steps toward feeling better and more capable of tackling other goals.
Datebook for Jan. 4
Cowgirl Adventures, owned by Sheila Davis and Christy Cramer, is offering horse adventures for cowgirls in Craig, Browns Park, Williams Fork and on the Front Range.
The Memorial Hospital EMS
Playing in his second year of college football, JT Haddan found success everywhere. On the field, the Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves went 7-4. In the classroom, the 2008 Moffat County High School graduate had a 3.6 grade-point average.
It started with an estimate on new carpet to liven up The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic at 785 Russell St. Eventually, turning The Memorial Hospital’s old campus into the home of two medical clinics became a full-blown project that was put before the TMH board at its meeting Wednesday night. The $50,000 in renovations — including new copy machines, windows, doors and flooring — was approved, 5-0.
Sunday, January 3
Steamboat skier wins Nordic combined World Cup event
Steamboat Springs skier Johnny Spillane dominated the Sunday competition at a Nordic combined event in Oberhof, Germany, as he made the climb to the top of a World Cup podium for the first time in his 130 circuit starts.
Saturday, January 2
The energy industry — because of the number of people it employs, the amount it pays to workers and the tax revenue it generates — has been a large part of what kept Moffat County’s economy relatively healthy and stable during the recession, Darcy Trask said.
After 32 years of teaching music to kindergartners, Charleah Firestone knows what it takes to keep children interested in their studies.
To kick off the new year, the Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling team will look for luck in Las Vegas.
Craig Youth Hockey Association is selling discounted tickets for the Feb. 12 Colorado Avalanche game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Craig City Council handled its share of controversies in the past year, first getting embroiled in a First Amendment lawsuit and then tackling how it should regulate medical marijuana inside city limits.
Over the holidays, a friend came to visit and we got to talking about the “good ol’ days” of living in Brown’s Park. We remembered people who came knocking on our doors for one reason or another, usually lost or out of gas, and needing a phone, or something.
Government update for Jan. 2
I made the trip to Texas this fall and was able to revisit a couple of monumental memories, just to see whether they were real.
January marks the beginning of the National Western Stock Show. Running nearly the entire month, the 2010 Stock Show is jam packed with events, including Cattlemen meetings, rodeos and livestock show competitions. Area 4-H and FFA members have circled dates of their livestock shows on the calendar.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 is scheduled to host a senior dinner at 5 p.m. Monday at the post headquarters, 419 E. Victory Way.
Datebook for Jan. 2
Daily horoscope for Jan. 2
Dear Annie: For the five years I have been married to “Joe,” I have had the dubious privilege of enduring frequent, spur-of-the-moment overnight visits from his best friend of 40 years. Joe says “Derek” comes two or three times a week because he is too drunk to drive home. Derek is a married man with a family.
This week’s dessert recipe is unusual, indeed, because the main ingredient is tortillas, but you’d never know it.
Perhaps more than war, health care, Social Security or a myriad of other problems dominating the American consciousness today lies the current, and some consider barren, landscape of the economy.
“Here’s to the Heroes” is a program that provides free admission to five of seven Anheuser-Busch theme parks in 2010 for any active duty, active reserve, National Guardsman or ready reserve service member representing any of the five service branches, and as many as three of his or her direct dependents.
Friday, January 1
Horoscope for Jan. 1
Dear Readers: Happy New Year. We hope you managed to get through last night with a minimum of embarrassment or harm and that you still remember what you did.
I recently was preparing a sermon on the God of all comfort. As I was praying about what I would say, God spoke to my heart and said, “Write me a letter about the comfort you have received from me.”
I would like to thank John Ponikvar, Jay Oxley, Mark Samuelson, John and Jonie Walt, Jay Wagner and Xcel Energy for their generous contributions to the Bulldog Midget hockey team.
A big, heartfelt thank you to those in the community who participated in my family’s Christmas. You will never know how much it meant to us and to me, specifically.
Police Blotter for Dec. 30
The Craig Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from businesses and residents for its annual Businessperson, Small Business and Large Business awards to be presented at the Chamber’s annual meeting in February.
Below are the January schedules for Moffat County High School varsity sports teams. The Moffat County club hockey team will kick off the 2010 sports season Sunday, with high school teams starting Jan. 7, when varsity wrestling travels to Las Vegas.
My spree started with a handful of candy corn on Halloween and ended with a dip-dripping chip on New Year’s Day.
Despite having already played eight games, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s season is just beginning.
Craig man attacked husband and wife in their home Aug. 30
In a Dec. 14 court appearance, James Lee, of Craig, pleaded not guilty to a series of felony charges related to an reported assault on an elderly couple.
Visiting Nurse Association to pay $7,500 more in rent this year
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will pay The Memorial Hospital $7,500 more to occupy its building in 2010.
A look at the stories that gripped Craig in 2009
Large building projects, a first-degree murder trial and a former Craig police detective’s arrest were just some of the stories that gripped Craig and Moffat County in 2009. The end of the year invites many to reflect on how they spent the past year, the challenges they faced and the accomplishments they achieved. It also allows for a look back at the top news stories of the year that was. What follows are some of the biggest stories of the year, as chosen by the Daily Press staff.
The primary concern for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, a public health organization, is meeting community needs.