Stories for January 2010


Sunday, January 31

Advocate for local veterans passes away in Denver

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

FINAL: Rifle downs MCHS boys

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.

FINAL: MCHS girls lose in Rifle

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.

Suicide prevention forum set for Thursday

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.

Bulldogs girls basketball hushes Huskies, 55-26

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.

Craig briefs: Bookmark contest to celebrate Dr. Seuss

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.

Ed Wilkinson: Potential Marines’ tattoos eyed

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.

Ray Beck: Census important to community

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.

Datebook for Jan. 30

Datebook for Jan. 30

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MCHS wrestling performs well in Meeker

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.

Judge rules that photographer may be in the courtroom for Capote case

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.

Horoscopes for Jan. 30, 2010

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.

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Girl Scouts pay it forward

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.

Kathy Bassett: Rules of the border collie

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.

Dissecting the noble traits of being a winner

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?

Over A Cup of Coffee: An easy recipe for when you’re on the go

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.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Lovely Bones’ features fractured storytelling

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.

Dick Prosence: Rails not a good idea

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.”

City extends bid deadline to Feb. 17 for office furniture

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.

Telehealth clinic considers move

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.

TMH turnover 23 percent in 2009

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.

Census seeks local workers for March questionnaire distribution

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.

Annie's Mailbox: Friend’s negativity is troublesome

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.

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Staci Nichols helping shape deaf community in Craig

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.

Friday, January 29

MCHS wrestlers looking to corral Cowboys

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

On the Record for Jan. 29, 2010

Craig briefs: Group discussion to focus on chapters

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.

Craig briefs: Love INC distributes coats twice a week

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.

Datebook for Jan. 29, 2010


Complete Count Committee pushing for census awareness

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.

Fuel gauge report for Jan. 29, 2010

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

Janet Sheridan: An appreciation of chores

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.

Craig sports briefs: Adult soccer offered in Craig

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.

District presents calendar plans

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.

Horoscopes for Jan. 29, 2010

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.

Annie's Mailbox: How do I help my 9-year-old grandson?

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.

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Bad Dogs claim 1st title at national tournament

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.

Father Randy Dollins: Yes, but for how long?

“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.”

Thursday, January 28

On the Record for Jan. 28, 2010

On the Record for Jan. 28, 2010

Suspect in underage drinking party arrested

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.

Craig briefs: Mixer is today at Wyman Museum

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.

Oncology clinic in TMH future

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.

Craig man charged in Wyoming robbery

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.

Lyn Cox: Thanks to community

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.

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Commission considering repairs on Browns Park structure

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.

3 local youths place at hoop shoot contest

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.

Cyber harassment becoming an issue at Craig Middle School

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.

Cathy Hamilton: Stylish types get fleeced with Snuggies

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.

Datebook for Jan. 28, 2010


Horoscopes for Jan. 28, 2010

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.

Investigators looking for man they say gave alcohol to minors

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.

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MCHS freshman diver close to claiming spot at state meet

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.

Annie's Mailbox: In-laws claim we don’t visit them enough

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.

Rick Barnes: Advice on census

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.

Robert Byrnes: Keep art program

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.

Michelle Balleck: Network, show off & skate off — all in one weekend

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.

Wednesday, January 27

On the Record for Jan. 27, 2010

On the Record for Jan. 27, 2010

Yampa River State Park to host winter event Saturday

Gliding across the silent ice. Tromping through fresh white powder. Seeing wildlife in its own, unspoiled habitat.

Craig briefs: VNA to administer flu shots today

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.

Datebook for Jan. 27, 2010


Our View: Pleased with the Pavilion

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.

Annie's Mailbox: Not sure 2nd daughter is biologically mine

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.

School Board to discuss budget reduction

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.

Commission OKs building sale to American Legion

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.

Council briefed Tuesday on local youth efforts

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.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Leap Year’ best enjoyed only once every 4 years

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.”

Horoscopes for Jan. 27, 2010

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.

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20 moose from North Park relocated to Flat Tops area

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.

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Party donations to benefit Haiti

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.

Tuesday, January 26

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MCHS boys fall to Steamboat, 49-39

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.

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Sailors girls slip by Bulldogs, 45-34

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 Jan. 26, 2010

On the Record for January 26, 2010

Horoscope for Jan. 26

Horoscope for Jan. 26

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Staker family recovering after losing home in fire

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.

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A family that sticks together

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.

Senior spotlight for Jan. 26

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.

Lawrence L. Sobe: Haiti devastation

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.

Datebook for Jan. 26

Datebook for Jan. 26

Craig briefs: ‘Men of Worth’ to perform concert today

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.

Boys, girls basketball ready for Sailors

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.

Agenda for Moffat County School Board

Moffat County School Board meetings

Agenda for The Memorial Hospital

The Memorial Hospital board meeting

Annie's Mailbox: Plasma TV creating rift in family

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.

Maren Schmidt: End depends on beginning

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.”

Monday, January 25

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Commission appoints Kinkaid to TMH board

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

Police Blotter for Jan. 22 to 24

Judge denies Capote's attempt to invoke marital privilege

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.

Commission to fill TMH vacancy Tuesday

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.

Bad Dogs Bee all they can Bee

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.

Stranded snowmobilers return safely to Columbine

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

Datebook for Jan. 25

Horoscope for Jan. 25

Horoscope for Jan. 25

Bryce Jacobson: New York Life adds licensed personnel

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.

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Your Community Snapshots for Jan. 25

Here are some of December’s entries for the holidays and gift-wrapping categories in the Craig Daily Press’ Your Community Snapshots photo contest.

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A strike against disease

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.

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Wellness clinics help seniors monitor their health

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.

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Oak Creek family raises funds for medical ‘voice box’

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.

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Dancers shine bright at Diamonds & Spurs

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.

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My life, my words: Carrie Lira: Life captured on film

“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.

Poisonous plants, rangeland grasses focus of upcoming workshop

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.

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Bulldogs hockey team ices Blades

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.

H. Neal Glanville: Willing to ride, help pals

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.

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Snowmobile Club raises scholarship money through event

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.

Craig briefs: AARP to hear about local census efforts

Craig AARP Chapter No. 1418 is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. today at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.

Annie's Mailbox: Granddaughters are being disrespectful

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.

Government update for Jan. 25 and 26

Government update for Jan. 25 and 26

Sunday, January 24

Search to begin Monday morning for lost snowmobilers

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

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Rick Bustad focuses on fatherhood, recovery after paralyzing accident

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.

Daily horoscope for Jan. 23

Daily horoscope for Jan. 23

Craig briefs: Thunder Rolls hosts fundraiser today

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.

Datebook for Jan. 23

Datebook for Jan. 23

Realtors announce funds are available

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.

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Music, physical education join forces at Sunset Elementary School

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.

Kinkaid, Luke up for TMH board

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.

Police Blotter for Jan. 21 and 22

Police Blotter for Jan. 21 and 22

Our View: When unlikely becomes reality

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.

Andy Bockelman: Where love and lawlessness meet

Teen romances come and go, but “Youth in Revolt” offers something special between its star-crossed young lovers.

Kathy Bassett: Go on the garlic diet

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.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman's boyfriend won't leave his wife

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.

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Craig residents come out to help Haiti victims

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.

Friday, January 22

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Bulldogs boys basketball falls to Demons

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.

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MCHS girls basketball ousts Glenwood Springs, 51-36

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

On the Record for Jan. 22, 2010

Realtors: Funds available for affordable housing in Craig

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.

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Lodwick named Olympic Committee's SportsMan of the Year

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.

Kathy Bassett: The garlic diet

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.

Kinkaid, Luke up for TMH board

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

Police Blotter for Jan. 20 to 21

Fuel Gauge report for Jan. 22

Fuel gauge report for Jan. 22

Craig briefs: Bake sale for Haiti victims is today

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.

Annie's Mailbox: Girlfriend can’t vow to stay faithful

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

Horoscope for Jan. 22

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Moguls skiers to sharpen skills in Steamboat

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.

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Literacy Carnival sees record attendance

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.

Bulldogs boys basketball team ready for Demons

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.

Wheat Ridge senior named Runner of the Year

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.

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Communities at work: Keeping roads safe

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.

Diane Prather: Pizza with a top crust

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.

Len Browning: Innocent until proven guilty

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.

Ed Wilkinson: Veteran feedback: Honor Flight is a worthwhile trip

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.

Janet Sheridan: Go ahead, let me have it

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.

Datebook for Jan. 22

Datebook for Jan. 22

Thursday, January 21

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TMH board member ends tenure

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.

On the Record for Jan. 21, 2010

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.

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CJ Walt named Avalanche youth skater

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.

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Michelle Balleck: Dancing, outdoor sports headline weekend

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.

Moffat County real estate transactions for December 2009

Moffat County real estate transactions for December 2009

Sports briefs: Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey to host Gunnison Blades this weekend

The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team will host the Gunnison Blades for two games, the first starting at 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

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A statistical look at the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team

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.

Annie's Mailbox: I think my boyfriend stopped loving me

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.

Basin Roundtable postpones discussion on Yampa Doctrine

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.

Cathy Hamilton: Age best left in gray area

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.

Craig briefs: Historical group to recognize members

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.

Datebook for Jan. 21

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.

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District Attorney's Office brings in 2 new hires to fill vacancies

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.

EDP, CNCC promote buying local

With the assistance of other agencies, the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Part­nership is attempting to do its part to enhance the local community.

Horoscope for Jan. 21

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.

County commissioner gets deferred sentence

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.

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Saturday fundraiser to benefit 6-year-old with Burkitt’s lymphoma

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.

Wednesday, January 20

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Former Craig resident elected to state officiating hall of fame

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.

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Intrawest debt for sale

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.

On the Record for Jan. 20, 2010

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.

Site increases access to area data

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.

Craig briefs: VNA hosting flu clinic today in Craig

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.

Real estate transactions for Moffat County

Real estate transactions for Moffat County property sales for December 2009

Board to review budget survey

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.

Police Blotter for Jan. 15 to 19

Police Blotter for Jan. 15 to 19

Our View: The final say

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.

Agenda for Economic Development Partnership

Agenda for Economic Development Partnership

Horoscope for Jan. 20

Horoscope for Jan. 20

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Bulldogs girls, boys lose to Rangely

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.

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Saturday’s snowmobile Poker Run offers ‘rare’ family opportunity

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.

Datebook for Jan. 20

Datebook for Jan. 20

Council for Children and Families presents its quarterly report to commission

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.

Depleted MCHS girls swimming places 15th at invite

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.

Craig residents reach out to Haitian victims

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.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband is always quitting his job

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.

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Local missionary reflects on year spent in Haiti

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.

Tuesday, January 19

On the Record for Jan. 19, 2010

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.

Depleted girls swimming takes 15th at Jeffco Invite

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.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife wants a separation

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.

Datebook for Jan. 19, 2010


Chamber director completes 2nd year at management institute

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.

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 19, 2010

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.

Police Blotter for Jan. 17, 2010

Moffat County Sheriff’s Office

MCTA marketing meeting agenda

Moffat County Tourism Association marketing meeting

The Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks for donations

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank Elna Yoast and Jannice and Michael Cutler for the monetary donations.

Dale Potter: An accurate depiction?

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.”)

Horoscopes for Jan. 19, 2010

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.

Craig briefs: MCTA marketing discussion is today

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.

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Meeting to discuss Yampa

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.

Elementary school students start anti-aggression program in preschool

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.

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15th Annual Art Walk and 4th annual Taste of Chocolate looking for entrants

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.

Maren Schmidt: 2 seconds to redirect behavior

“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.

Monday, January 18

Injuries catch up to Bulldog wrestlers

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.

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Bad Dogs cash in at Vegas Tournament

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.

Bryce Jacobson: Kum & Go attempting to aid Haitian relief efforts

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.”

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My Life, My Words: Natasha White: A splash of color

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.

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Local couple’s lives warmed by the presence of rescued dogs

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.

Andy Bockelman: ‘It’s Complicated’ features simple, agreeable story

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.

Craig briefs: Holistic offers 2 weight-loss classes

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.

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Bulldogs girls basketball downs Panthers

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.

Horoscopes for Jan. 18, 2010

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.

Delta holds on to beat MCHS boys

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.

Aging Well: Radon: ‘Test, don’t guess’

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.

Annie's Mailbox: Sister-in-law obsessed with bleach

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.

Datebook for Jan. 18, 2010


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Dancing a highlight of Saturday’s Diamonds & Spurs fundraiser

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.

H. Neal Glanville: Looking at resolutions

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.

Sunday, January 17

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Fire destroys home Saturday night

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

Police Blotter for Jan. 14, 2010

Moffat County Jail

Government Update for Jan. 16, 2010

Moffat County Commission

Craig briefs: Seedling tree orders being accepted

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.

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Team-building retreat kicks off new CMS Student Council

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.

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Moffat County girls fall to 2-1 in league play

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.

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Boys lose to Palisade, hope to even league record today in Delta

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.”

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Renewable energy education comes to Northwest Colorado

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.

Regional suicide prevention officials ready to help

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.

Gearing up for food preservation workshops

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.

Susan Kirkpatrick: Census 2010: It’s in our hands

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?

Datebook for Jan. 16, 2010


Julie Dempster: Recognizing bullying

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.

Kathy Bassett: Quality friends

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.

Annie's Mailbox: Parents always should talk to teachers

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.

Horoscopes for Jan. 16, 2010

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.

Friday, January 15

Bulldogs fall to Palisade

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.

Craig briefs: Jan. 28 mixer at Wyman Museum

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.

Datebook for Jan. 15, 2010


Annie's Mailbox: How can I trust my husband?

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.

Fuel gauge report for Jan. 15, 2010

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

Rev. Karen Gibson: The hidden deceiver: Fear

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.

Craig sports briefs: Moffat County Invitational swim meet scheduled for Jan. 23 has been canceled

The Jan. 23 Moffat County Invitational swim meet has been canceled. Delta High School will be unable to attend the one-day meet.

Craig Planning and Zoning Commission meeting agenda

Craig Planning and Zoning Commission meeting

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Bulldogs boys basketball aims for 2

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.”

Investigations ongoing in burglary, arson cases

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.

Planning Commission to take up pot issue

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.

Pot providers test business models

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.

MCHS Student Council: Thank you for support

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.

Luke Schafer: Sorting out the rhetoric

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.”

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Adaptive camp opens doors for wounded warriors

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.

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Girls basketball looks to continue league streak

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.

Horoscopes for Jan. 15, 2010

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.

Yampa Valley Partners to hire regional energy coordinator

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.

Over A Cup of Coffee: Sister Darlene comes through again with ‘Salmon Ball’

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.

Police Blotter for Jan. 13, 2010

Craig Police Department

Janet Sheridan: I’ve misplaced my derring-do

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.

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Banding together to fight bullying

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.

Thursday, January 14

Police Blotter for Jan. 12, 2010

Moffat County Jail

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Group hopes to open medical marijuana operation in Oak Creek

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.

Annie's Mailbox: Niece playing genetic Russian roulette

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.

Datebook for Jan. 14, 2010


Craig briefs: Parents can claim lost items at CMS

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.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Morgans’ is a little bit country, a little bit demeaning

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.

School district seeks parental involvement

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.

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MCHS wrestlers to face tough competition in Green River

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.

Horoscopes for Jan. 14, 2010

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.

Cathy Hamilton: A slow warm-up to winter

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.

Tatiana Achcar: Ready to educate

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.

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MCHS Student Council hosts cystic fibrosis fundraiser

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.

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Council approves liquor tastings

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.

Police Department review partially complete

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.

Waving Hands Review back for 2nd year

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

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Showing their support

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.

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CNCC: Local involvement a priority

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.

Annie's Mailbox: Brother has distanced himself from family

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.

Craig briefs: Chamber looking for mixer hosts

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.

Our View: Warning: Election season has arrived

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.

Police Blotter for Jan. 11, 2010

Moffat County Jail

Moffat County Commission discusses bypass signage

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.

Datebook for Jan. 13, 2010


Council reassured about ACET

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.

MCTA meeting agenda for Jan. 13, 2010

Moffat County Tourism Association meeting

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Boys wrestling claims 2nd in Vegas

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.

Horoscopes for Jan. 13, 2010

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.

Tuesday, January 12

Bulldogs boys, girls basketball teams fall in Grand Junction

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.

Local man announces treasurer candidacy

Craig resident Mike Brinks, 59, filed papers today stating he intends to run for Moffat County treasurer in the November election.

Girls swimmers perform well in Aspen

Swimming Saturday in Aspen, the Moffat County High School girls varsity swim team was able to pick up several accolades.

Eveline Bacon: Thank you, NWCHC

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.

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 12, 2010

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.

Twentymile cuts about 15 full-time employees

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.

Craig briefs: Businesses invited to CNCC meeting

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.

Police Blotter for Jan. 10, 2010

Moffat County Jail

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MCHS freshman Paul Laliberte breaks out in 1st home game

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.

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Pair of avalanches were human-caused at Rabbit Ears

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.

Annie's Mailbox: New, older significant other is a workaholic

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.

Student hosts Steamboat 700 meeting

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.

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Men’s hockey finishes 1-3

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.

Datebook for Jan. 12, 2010


Horoscopes for Jan. 12, 2010

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.

Ski instructor died from suffocation

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.

Ed Wilkinson: Calendars include valuable veteran information

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.

Maren Schmidt: Dealing with your child’s dislikes

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.

Monday, January 11

Autopsy: Grace McNeil suffocated

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.

Council to discuss ACET review today

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.

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Andy Bockelman: ‘Up in the Air:’ Mid-life crisis at 20,000 feet

Our country may have a plethora of unique topographical features, but they all tend to run together when you’re “Up in the Air.”

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Aging Well: Aging Well offering computer and ski classes

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

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My life, my words: Tonia Coates: Art in motion

My life, my words: Tonia Coates: Art in Motion

Datebook for Jan. 11

Datebook for Jan. 11

Horoscope for Jan. 11

Horoscope for Jan. 11

Steamboat Ski Patrol to talk about slope safety

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.

Craig briefs: PAC will discuss educational issues

The Craig Middle School Parent Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the CMS library, 915 Yampa Ave.

Bryce Jacobson: New business opens in downtown Craig

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.

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Snowmobilers learn avalanche awareness at clinic

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.

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Your Community Snapshots for Jan. 11

Here are some of December’s entries for the holidays and gift-wrapping categories in the Craig Daily Press Your Community Snapshots photo contest.

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Girls basketball team is fit to be 1st

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.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband's family always needs money

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.

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Andy Bockelman: Film fantastic — part 2

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.

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Boys basketball picks up win, loss during weekend

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.

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The Memorial Hospital’s 1st 2010 baby born on Jan. 5

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.

Saturday, January 9

Bulldogs boys fall to Huskies, 73-63

The MCHS boys basketball team mounted a late surge but was unable to top Battle Mountain, falling 73-63 at home.

Bulldogs girls improve to 2-0 in Western Slope League

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.

Daily horoscope for Jan. 9

Daily horoscope for Jan. 9

Datebook for Jan. 9

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.

Eveline Bacon: Thanks for Integrated Community response

Thank you all who responded to Mr. Francisco Reina’s comments about Integrated Community’s Eng­­lish as a Second Language program.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman’s family tell her she’s worthless

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.

Club 20 attempting to unify community voices

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.

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Girls varsity basketball leads for 1st time in the 4th quarter, wins game

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.

Moffat County races under way

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.

Our View: In appreciation of youths

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.

Carl and Cheri Race: Appreciation to Craig community for support

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.

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Regulators seek changes at First National Bank of the Rockies

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.

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Ridgeview teachers collaborate for 1st-graders

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.

Ed Wilkinson: ‘Salute to our Veterans’ calendar available

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.

Police blotter for Jan. 7

Rick Mark Vaughn, 56, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating a restraining order.

Craig briefs: CNCC subcontractor info offered Tuesday

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.

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Craig native elected Loveland’s mayor after years of teaching, military service

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.

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MCHS boys basketball holds on for close win against Eagle Valley

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.

Government update for Jan. 9

Next meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 12, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

Friday, January 8

FINAL: MCHS boys outlast Eagle Valley, 65-64

The Bulldogs are now 1-0 in Western Slope League play.

MCHS rallies to win league home opener

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.

Diane Prather: It’s time for a switch from desserts

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).

Cold weather cause of recent power outages

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.

Ski Haus Avalanche Clinic starts tonight

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.

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No injuries in electrical house fire Thursday

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.

Datebook for Jan. 8

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

Craig briefs: Middle school PAC to meet Monday

The Craig Middle School Parent Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the CMS library, 915 Yampa Ave.

Bulldogs hope for support in the stands tonight vs. Eagle Valley

For the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team, playing at home means several things.

Judi Whilden: Integrated Community provides valuable service

Integrated Community is doing just what it is supposed to be doing — teaching English to adults whose first language is not English.

Fuel gauge for Jan. 8

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

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Bulldogs look to down Devils

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.

Searchers off to busy start for year

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.

Annie's Mailbox: My husband plans to leave US

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.

Andy Bockelman: Films fantastic — part 1

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.

Police blotter for Jan. 6

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.

Young attorney joins Moffat County DA’s office

Marty Galloway, a 25-year-old who graduated from the University of Colorado in May, soon will get his chance at a childhood dream.

David Pressgrove: Missing the miracles? Get some cardboard

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.

Horoscope for Jan. 8

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.

Susan Whinery: Integrated Community should be applauded

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.

Kathy Bassett: Who sez animals are stoopid?

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.

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Local educator teaches with positive reinforcement

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.

Home, new car sales slump; business owners upbeat about future

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.

Janet Sheridan: Refusing to resolve

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.

Thursday, January 7

I refuse to resolve

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.

Horoscope for Jan. 7

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.

Men’s hockey to play at home Friday

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.

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Friday’s home opener will be last for MCHS seniors

When Lindsey Yoast, Amanda Snyder and Jessi Moser suit up Friday, it will be with a mixture of emotions.

Police blotter for Jan. 5

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.

Datebook for Jan. 7

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

Craig briefs: Concert Association auditions are soon

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.

More wet snow needed to bolster snowpack

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 sales tax slide slows in November

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.

Avalanche forecasters encourage cautious recreation this winter

The realities of avalanche danger is becoming strikingly real this year, with many risks lying hidden deep in the snow.

Annie's Mailbox: Where are people allowed to bring dogs?

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.

Cathy Hamilton: New decade, new me

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: Thanks to community

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.

MCHS girls to face Eagle Valley

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.

Local officials discuss Gov. Ritter withdrawal

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.

TMH chief financial officer discusses 2010 budget

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.

Wednesday, January 6

Men’s hockey to skate Friday at home tournament

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.

Colo. governor won't seek re-election

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.

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Woman dies at Steamboat Ski Area

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. Ritter to retire

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter won't run for re-election this fall, sources told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

3 Democrats — 2 senators, 1 governor — to retire

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.

Craig briefs: Avalanche safety training Saturday

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.

Commission OKs MCTA director position

At its Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission approved, 3-0, a personnel requisition for a new Moffat County Tourism Association director.

Police blotter for Jan. 4

Charles James Castor, 33, of Sundance. S.D., was booked into Moffat County Jail on three warrants.

Craig/Moffat EDP: Get involved with the CNCC Craig Campus

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.

Sports briefs: Bad Dogs earn 2 spots at national tourney

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.

Horoscope for Jan. 6

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.

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Church serving hot meals twice a week

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.

Francisco Reina: Disappointed with Integrated Community

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.

Annie's Mailbox: My mother is unreasonable

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.

Our View: Kindness of the kitchen

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.

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Brad Grinstead hopes to keep playing baseball after college

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.

Datebook for Jan. 6

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

High school seniors close to college application deadlines

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.

Craig bank fraud suspect awaits trial

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

2000s offer wide array of films for all tastes

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.

Commission approves MCTA director position

At its Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, a personnel requisition for a new Moffat County Tourism Association director.

Maren Schmidt: Breaking bad food habits

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.

Police Blotter for Dec. 21 to Jan. 4

Police blotter for Dec. 31 to Jan. 4

Balleck joins paper as online content producer

Former Craig Daily Press reporter, photographer and editor Michelle Balleck has returned to the newspaper. Balleck started Monday as the online content producer.

Bulldogs hockey falls for 1st time in conference

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.

Independent review of Craig Police Department ongoing

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.

Datebook for Jan. 5

Datebook for Jan .5

Annie's Mailbox: 40-year-old daughter creating family rifts

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.

Horoscope for Dec. 5

Horoscope for Dec. 5

Craig Briefs: MCHS financial aid meeting is today

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.

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Study abroad opens up world for 2007 Moffat County High School graduate

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.

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Freshmen wrestlers excited for 1st trip to Las Vegas tournament

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.

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Holy Name Catholic Church reports loss of baby Jesus, Joseph

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.

Terri A. Jourgensen, RN, BSN: Dental volunteers

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.

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 5

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.

Monday, January 4

Moffat County Bulldogs fall for first time in conference

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.

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Your community snapshots for Jan. 4

Here are some of December’s entries for the holidays and gift-wrapping categories in the Craig Daily Press Your Community Snapshots photo contest.

Independent review of PD ongoing

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.

The Monroy family: Light show was great

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Clint Gabbert and his family for the wonderful Christmas light show.

Small business programs launch this week

This week marks the beginning of three bi-monthly business development seminars provided by a consortium of local and regional community organizations.

Craig briefs: Support group to meet at noon today

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.

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Andy Bockelman: Appeal of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ is elementary

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.

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Kandice Torno: A life on skates

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.

Datebook for Jan. 4

Datebook for Jan. 4

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Bryce Jacobson: Cowgirl Adventures ready to ‘ride, rope and herd’

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.

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MCHS graduate JT Haddan switches position, picks up All-State honors

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.

Police Blotter for Jan. 2, 2010

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Aging Well: Library event to highlight spirit of healthy aging

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.

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TMH to undergo $50,000 in renovations

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

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Spillane wins first World Cup

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

Kathy Bassett: Knock, knock!

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.

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MCHS wrestling team prepares for Las Vegas Tournament

To kick off the new year, the Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling team will look for luck in Las Vegas.

Craig sports briefs: Craig Youth Hockey selling Avalanche tickets

Craig Youth Hockey Association is selling discounted tickets for the Feb. 12 Colorado Avalanche game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Economic development plans focus on small businesses

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.

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Libraries offer seasonal programs for youths and adults

After 32 years of teaching music to kindergartners, Charleah Firestone knows what it takes to keep children interested in their studies.

Year in review, part 2: A look at the stories that gripped Moffat County in 2009

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.

Daily horoscope for Jan. 2

Daily horoscope for Jan. 2

Craig briefs: VFW hosting senior dinner Monday; VNA hosts seasonal, H1N1 flu clinics

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.

Time for the National Western Stock Show

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.

Prather: ‘Chocotilla’ a tasty find from the recipes file

This week’s dessert recipe is unusual, indeed, because the main ingredient is tortillas, but you’d never know it.

Baxter Black: The Texas thank you tour

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.

Datebook for Jan. 2

Datebook for Jan. 2

Ed Wilkinson: Anheuser-Busch offers perk for veterans

“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.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband’s friend stays over too often

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.

Our View: Optimistic for ’10 fiscal recovery

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.

Government update for Jan. 2

Government update for Jan. 2

Friday, January 1

Horoscope for Jan. 1

Horoscope for Jan. 1

Annie's Mailbox: Offering readers New Year’s wishes

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.

A letter to God

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.”

Walker Criswell: Thanks for your help

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.

Deb Conner: Giving thanks

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

Police Blotter for Dec. 30

Craig briefs: Chamber seeking award nominations

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.

League games highlight slate of contests

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.

Janet Sheridan: Battling the holiday bulge

My spree started with a handful of candy corn on Halloween and ended with a dip-dripping chip on New Year’s Day.

MCHS boys varsity basketball ready to face familiar opponents

Despite having already played eight games, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s season is just beginning.

James Lee assault case headed to trial

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.

Hospital reduces VNA’s rent discount

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.

Year in review, part 1

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.

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VNA to expand into old hospital

The primary concern for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, a public health organization, is meeting community needs.