Stories for July 2010

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Saturday, July 31

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Moffat County businesses fight through tough times

Moffat County real estate, auto industries struggling to keep pace

Robert and Maryellen Gonzales have had their home at 3845 Exmoor Place on the market for about 30 days. In that time, the couple has had two showings. They hosted an open house recently, but no prospective buyers came.

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Massaging the thought of a new career

Even if residents are only toying with the idea of a new career, Dan Minor invites them to explore their options. Minor, dean of instruction for Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus, and program director Cammi Montieth, are hosting an open house for the massage therapy program next week.

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Fundraising total for former Craig resident adjusted

Brianna Braun said she estimated that last weekend’s fundraiser for former Craig girl Hannah Sixkiller raised $25,000 for the family to use for expenses in treating Hannah’s cancer. When Braun crunched the actual numbers from the event this week, she found the benefit raised more than she originally thought.

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Moffat County falls to Fort Morgan

Although his team was on the brink of elimination, American Legion Post 62 shortstop Carlos Maldonado wasn’t about to give up. With Fort Morgan holding a 15-2 lead over Moffat County Friday night during the second round of the American Legion state tournament in Craig, Maldonado dug in against Fort Morgan’s Ulises Hernandez.

Datebook for July 31

Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Humane Society of Moffat County hosts its annual garage sale in the barn behind the house at 2205 E. Ninth St. Call Ann Anderson at 826-2717.

Craig Daily Press and KRAI to host forum

The Craig Daily Press and KRAI will be hosting a public political forum next week with hopes of better informing local voters as the Aug. 10 primary election nears.

Editorial: i-Awareness

Last week, the Craig Police Department issued a news release that warned local residents about scams that had recently surfaced.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Quick casserole for breakfast on the run

Breakfast is on my mind this week. That’s because our out-of-town son and family were here last weekend to move cows from one pasture to another. When we need to get an early start, it’s hard to sit down for a breakfast meal. And breakfast is important.

Horoscope for July 31

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — You’re going to get that chance to use some valuable knowledge you recently acquired. It’s likely to be in a situation you had previously confronted and failed. This time you’ll succeed.

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Strings presents inaugural Free Community Matinee Concert in Steamboat

Strings Music Festival music director Monique Mead was surprised about how many locals didn’t know where the Strings Music Pavilion was. It was then that she decided to fashion a new concert to give back to the community.

Craig briefs: Legion bingo scheduled for today

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

A&L: Finishing up projects

There are still some final stitches to put on clothing and needlework projects and a few more photos to put in the photography books. There are still choices to make about the color of lettering to put on display boards. Woodworking and leathercraft projects are being finished up, and model rockets are tested.

Annie's Mailbox: How do I make my teenager interested in school?

Dear Annie: Our 16-year-old son, “Kevin,” finished his sophomore year and received nothing but D’s and C’s on his report card. He is not concerned in the least, telling us, “D’s are passing grades, and that’s good enough for me.”

Friday, July 30

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Lid Jam to honor late Craig skateboarder

Sunday’s event also designed to raise helmet safety awareness

Members of the Craig and Moffat County skateboarding community will hit the skate park Sunday in memory of Shane Braselton, a late Craig resident and skateboarder. The second annual Lid Jam, hosted by Carelli’s Pizzeria and J&R Cyclery, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the skate park at the corner of Baker Drive and Ashley Road.

On the Record for July 30, 2010

On the Record for July 30, 2010

Craig Grain sold to Utah company

After announcing he would step away from his business to retire, Gordon Grandbouche has sold the land and equipment of the Craig Grain Company. According to the Moffat County Assessor’s office, Grandbouche sold the two lots and equipment he owned for 43 years at 786 Industrial Ave. Darcy Land LLC, the real estate holding company of The Goodrich Mud Company, purchased both lots on July 21 for $700,000, according to the assessor’s office.

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Craig Postal Service employees have mixed reaction to Saturday proposal

In less than a year, residents could find their mailboxes empty on Saturdays. Due to declining mail volume and revenue, the U.S. Postal Service has proposed eliminating a day of delivering mail, most likely Saturday, the lowest mail volume day of the week, said Al DeSarro, the Postal Service’s Western Slope spokesman. The Postal Service estimates it could save $3 to $5 billion a year by cutting Saturday delivery, DeSarro said.

ACET arrests Craig man

Bryan Koppe in custody on suspicion of intent to distribute

The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested a 26-year-old man Wednesday afternoon in Craig on suspicion of intent to distribute. Bryan Keith Koppe was arrested at about 3 p.m. while doing business at a bank. His arrest, ACET reported in a news release, was the product of a joint investigation between the task force and the United States Postal Service.

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National Night Out in Craig to promote crime prevention, community safety

A public event next week in Craig will include activities that emphasize community partnerships for a “safer America,” according to a news release from the Craig Police Department. The 2010 National Night Out, a national community policing program that promotes crime prevention and community safety programs, is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Local fuel gauge for July 30

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.84; Diesel: $2.94 1. Kum & Go, 1302 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.84; Diesel: $2.94 1. Trevco, 702 Industrial Ave.

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Moffat County American Legion falls in 1st round of state playoffs

American Legion Post 62 first baseman Ivan Nielsen knows that if the Bulldogs field their positions, swing the bats and stay positive, the wins will come. Unfortunately, the team wasn’t able to put it all together, Nielsen said, and lost, 13-3, Thursday in the opening round of the American Legion state tournament against the Fleming Rattlers. “We couldn’t hit,” Nielsen said. “The (Fleming) pitcher wasn’t throwing hard, but we still couldn’t hit.”

Brown: A candidate I believe in

To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank Elaine Sullivan for her many years of dedication to Moffat County. Mrs. Sullivan has gone above and beyond helping me and my family on several occasions.

The Rev. Tony Bohrer: The power of choice

I have been on this kick for a while that everything we do is a choice. No matter what is going on in our life, we still have the choice to make the right decision on how to handle whatever is at hand. It is very interesting on how many people want to blame someone else for our actions.

Craig Briefs: Golf tournament to benefit Susan G. Komen foundation

A Rally for the Cure cancer benefit golf event is scheduled to take place at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394. All women are welcome to participate. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation and the Moffat County Cancer Society.

Datebook for July 30

8 to 11:30 a.m. The Journey at First Baptist hosts vacation Bible school called “Soul Survivors on Danger Island” for children up to sixth grade. Call Sandi or LuAnn at 824-5926. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Humane Society of Moffat County hosts its annual garage sale in the barn behind the house at 2205 E. Ninth St. Call Ann Anderson at 826-2717. 8:30 a.m. to noon. St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St., hosts vacation Bible school, with the theme Son Harvest County Fair. Call 824-5330.

Janet Sheridan: Lessons from a 4-H project

Every year as August approaches, I remember 4-H, a long-ago fair, and a lesson from my mother.

Horoscope July 30

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — You’re not likely to have much patience with others, so take care that you don’t respond in an unseemly manner should someone challenge your ideas or position. Keep your cool. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — This is not likely to be one of your better days financially. It will be bad enough if you lose money because of someone else, but it’ll be just plain dumb to get yourself in trouble.

Annies Mailbox: Woman has to dodge invites from strange couple

Dear Annie: I enjoy taking my 8-year-old daughter to our neighborhood park. Over time, she’s made many friends there, and while she has become close with some, there are others I’d prefer remain “playground friends” only. Most people seem to understand this. There is one set of parents I do not care for at all. Their little girl is sweet, and I hate to avoid her simply because she has weird parents.

Thursday, July 29

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U.S. Senate candidate Norton discusses candidacy in Steamboat

Republican U.S. Senate can­­didate Jane Norton told a Steamboat Springs audience Thursday morning that Washington is out of control, with over-regulation costing the state jobs and preventing the development of natural resources.

On the Record for July 30, 2010

On the Record for July 30, 2010

Michelle Balleck: Jam-packed weekend of fun

What a weekend. Are you ready for this one? Here we go: ■ The second annual Lid Jam, a skateboarding competition in memory of Shane Braselton, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Craig skate park at the corner of Baker Drive and Ashley Road.

College soccer coming to Craig

Bill Sawer to lead new CNCC program offering class credit

Craig resident Bill Sawer knows soccer. He built his own field of dreams in his backyard and, this fall, will again welcome players on it. Now, he’s adding to his resume in the sport. Sawer, who has coached for more than 40 years, will take the helm of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s soccer team this fall at the Craig campus.

New TMH board chair steps forward

Missy Bonaker said she is finding her new position as The Memorial Hospital board’s chairwoman “a little overwhelming.” But, despite only being chairwoman for two board meetings, Bonaker is making adjustments along the way, she said. “I am definitely learning to talk louder,” she said with a laugh before the hospital board’s regular meeting Wednesday. The soft-spoken Bonaker, 61, took the reins as the board’s chairwoman June 15 after a unanimous approval from the board.

Gubernatorial candidate to visit Craig

Democrat John Hickenlooper planning visit to Center of Craig, Rotary Club

John Hickenlooper, Democratic candidate for governor, will be in Craig next week for two events. Hickenlooper will appear for a meet and greet from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. Moffat County Democratic Party Chairman Ted Crook said the meeting is open to the public and members of any political party are welcome to attend.

Boomer Girl: No red hat needed

In 1998, the Red Hat Society was founded by a woman “of a certain age” who was inspired by a poem by Jenny Joseph titled “Warning.”

Reishus: Updating friends, family

To the editor: I love the E-edition of the Craig Daily Press. I feel a need to update my Craig family and friends. Allan and I are now the proud grandparents of two granddaughters, Anna and Nick Som’s children, MaryAnn, 3, and Amara Jo, 3 months.

Sports briefs: Volleyball skills camp begins Monday

The Moffat County High School girls volleyball team will participate in a skills camp from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The camps, which are for incoming freshmen and older players, will be at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. The camp is free.

Craig Briefs: Legion bingo slated for Saturday night

American Legion Post 62 is scheduled to host bingo Saturday at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games begin at 6:15 p.m. The progressive jackpot is now more than $1,000. For more information, call the American Legion at 824-3625

Datebook for July 29

8 to 11:30 a.m. The Journey at First Baptist hosts vacation Bible school called “Soul Survivors on Danger Island” for children up to sixth grade. Call Sandi or LuAnn at 824-5926. 8:30 a.m. to noon. St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St., hosts vacation Bible school with the theme Son Harvest County Fair through Friday. Call 824-5330. 11 a.m. Story-time takes place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds covered picnic area. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. Call 824-5116.

Horoscope for July 29

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Money issues could be your downfall at this time, such as being generous to those in need, but unrealistic as to how much giving is enough. Or, you could make a loan to a friend who never pays you back. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Listen to what others have to say but abide by your own common sense. Your conclusions on certain subjects could be as good as, or perhaps even better than, those of your peers.

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New coal mine calls for revision of traffic patterns in western Routt County

When Peabody Energy’s new Sage Creek Coal Mine becomes operational as soon as late summer 2011, motorists on Routt County Road 27 will find themselves rolling through a really big traffic roundabout in the middle of west Routt.

Annie's Mailbox: How should daughter deal with sister-in-law?

Dear Annie: My daughter, “Betty,” is having a terrible problem with her sister-in-law, “Linda” (her husband’s sister). Linda is very manipulative, thinks she’s never wrong and can be downright hateful. Recently, Linda’s husband was given a very bad diagnosis, and she used this situation as an opportunity to verbally attack Betty. She brought up things that were resolved years ago and wouldn’t shut up until my daughter agreed with her on everything.

Wednesday, July 28

On the record for July 29, 2010

On the record for July 29, 2010

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Idaho man’s journey through Craig suffers setback

Moffat County residents lend assistance in difficult time

When Idaho resident Phil Dawson, 59, set out on his 7,500-mile journey across the United States, he knew he would run into problems. What he didn’t expect was to be sidelined for a few weeks, Dawson said. Dawson’s trip is designed to raise money for the non-profit organization he founded, America Fundraisers Inc., an organization that assists families with medical expenses for children who need organ transplants. The trip brought him through Craig on Thursday.

Moffat County applies for two road improvement grants

Commission unsure if projects will get thumbs-up from state

After a year of waiting, the Moffat County Commission is ready to submit two energy and mineral impact grant applications. At its regular meeting Tuesday, the commission approved, 3-0, two grant applications for roadwork improvements to Moffat County Road 107 and Ninth Street. The commission requested $613,680 for the County Road 107 improvements and $131,576.50 for Ninth Street improvement.

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Young golfers take on the Yampa

Junior classic in Craig features 49 young golfers

Although she finished first in the girls 6-and-under division, golfer Halle Hamilton thought she could have improved on her score of 27 for three holes. “It was pretty good,” Hamilton said. “It was probably worse than how I usually golf.”

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Moffat officials eyeing river level

State park: About 3 more weeks to float river in Craig

The season for taking a cool float down the Yampa River in the summer heat, a favorite pastime for many Craig and Moffat County residents, could soon come to a close. That’s according to Ron Dellacroce, manager of the Yampa River State Park. He estimated that a section of the river many local residents use — from Yampa Valley Golf Course to South Beach — should be floatable for three more weeks. It is one of the deepest river sections in the region, he said.

Craig City Council approves lodging tax on 1st reading

The Craig City Council took one of its last steps Tuesday in approving the 6.9-percent lodging tax ballot measure to present to city voters. But, the decision from the council wasn’t unanimous. The council approved, 5-1 on first reading, to place the 6.9-percent lodging tax ballot question and ordinance before Craig voters in the November election.

Bishop: Think before you vote

To the editor: As a longtime Moffat County resident, I am writing to ask everyone voting in the upcoming election to consider something important. This year, we have a number of candidates to choose from. However, a few of these candidates are what I would call “career politicians.”

Datebook for July 28

8 to 11:30 a.m. The Journey at First Baptist hosts vacation Bible school called “Soul Survivors on Danger Island” for children up to sixth grade. Call Sandi or LuAnn at 824-5926. 8:30 a.m. to noon. St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St., hosts vacation Bible school, with the theme Son Harvest County Fair, through Friday. Call 824-5330. 9 to 9:30 a.m. United States Department of Agriculture food distributions take place at the Maybell Community Center. Call Meghan Rudd at 824-8282, ext. 11.

Craig Briefs: Food distributions continuing today

Moffat County’s United States Department of Agriculture food distributions continue today. The Maybell distribution will be from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the Maybell Community Center. The Dinosaur distribution is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the county office.

Editorial: New Trapper boss key to economy

The board of directors at Trapper Mining Co. recently made news by naming Jim Mattern, a 26-year employee, as the coal mine’s new president and general manager. The hiring caught the attention of the Editorial Board, and for good reason: the position Mattern inherits is extremely vital to the overall well-being of the Craig and Moffat County economy.

Jowell: Time to keep promises

To the editor: I seem to recall our local politicians running on the promise of keeping our gas prices fair and in balance with the rest of the state. What happened?

Herring: A worthy candidate

To the editor: I would like to encourage your readers to mark Aug. 10 in red on their calendars. On Aug. 10, get out and vote in the Colorado primary election. I would also like to encourage the voting public to vote for Tony St. John for Moffat County Commissioner, District 2.

Horoscope for July 28

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Don’t rush your assignments and you’ll be amazed at how much more you’ll accomplish. Consistency rather than urgency gets you what you want without engendering time-consuming mistakes. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — The best way to get the assistance of someone who could help you achieve a goal is to avoid making continuous pitches for his/her support. Ask only once and accept this person’s response.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman tried to mend family

Dear Annie: I am 55 and have been married to Jim, age 73, for five years. Jim’s wife died six years before we met, and his two children became furious when he began dating, saying he was being unfaithful. They badgered Jim until he deeded them his house and property. Jim also gave each kid $250,000 in cash and paid off the mortgages on their homes.

Tuesday, July 27

Craig City Council meets tonight

Council to vote on lodging tax measure on first reading

The Craig City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. today in the council chambers of City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St. The council has several items on the agenda including the first reading of the lodging tax ballot question and ordinance. The committee that spent several months developing the lodging tax proposal introduced the measure to the council on July 13. After its introduction, a group of representatives from the lodging industry presented a signed petition opposing the rate of the proposed tax to the council.

Hayden begins to receive town manager applications

Mayor says the town hopes to have position filled by Nov. 1. Current Town Manager Russ Martin's last day on the job is Friday.

On the Record for July 27, 2010

On the Record for July 27, 2010

Horoscope for July 27

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Once you make up your mind about something important, you shouldn’t find a need to alter or adjust your decision if you’ve used good judgment. What you’ve reasoned out should work. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — The fruits of your labor will be good, if after planting your crops, you’ve given them the tender care they needed. Life will give back in proportion to what you put into it at this point in time.

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Benefit for former Craig resident raises $25K

About 250 people attend Wyoming fundraiser for former Craig girl

Brianna Burkett, 9, excitedly displayed a sign Monday in the 700 block of Yampa Avenue, stretching it so vehicles passing by could see. The sign had a simple message: “Lemonade 4 Hannah.” “It’s very sad what happened to Hannah,” Brianna said. “I hope that they can find a cure.”

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Moffat County preparing for state tourney

Opening round baseball action begins Thursday at Craig Middle School

If Moffat County’s American Legion Post 62 baseball team wants to progress in this week’s state tournament, catcher Brandon Galvan has a checklist the team will need to follow. “We need to talk to each other more,” he said. “We need to play as hard as we can, and we can’t make stupid mistakes and get down on each other.” The team will have one benefit for the tournament that starts at 9 a.m. Thursday — home field advantage.

Sports briefs: Junior golf tournament is Tuesday in Craig

The Yampa River Junior Golf Classic will tee off at 8 a.m. Tuesday, as more than 50 golfers aged 6 to 17 will hit the greens at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The first tee time will be at 8 a.m. for 13- to 17-year-old golfers. The 13- to 17-year-olds will compete in 18 holes of golf.

Carnival, circus coming to Craig this week

From high-rising thrill rides to high-flying trapeze acts, this week offers a variety of family fun. The Fun Zones Amusements Carnival in Craig and the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus in both Craig and Hayden are features of this week. And they are features Christina Oxley said are worth looking forward to. “We’re really excited,” Oxley said. “People say that there’s nothing to do in Craig, and we hope this weekend is one of those times when people feel like there’s more to do than they have time for.”

Student News: Taylor Vernon

Taylor Vernon, a recent Moffat County High School graduate, was recently awarded the WW Livestock Systems dealer’s scholarship of $250 at the Colorado State/Provincial High School Finals Rodeo on June 16 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

BLM considers field manager applicants in Moffat County

The Bureau of Land Management is getting closer to naming a replacement field manager for its Little Snake Field Office in Craig. The position was left vacant by the retirement of John Husband at the beginning of the year. Dave Blackstun has served as acting field manager in Husband’s absence. Blackstun said he did not apply for the permanent position because of a conflict of interest.

Senior Spotlight for July 27

Sunday included a flurry of activity in our family. We celebrated the 50th wedding anniversary of my sister, Anna Berniece James, and her husband, Roy, at the Luttrell Barn. Joining us was their daughter, Venita Jean Goldstein, of Laramie, Wyo., Krystal and Mike Morris, of Longmont, Lisa Gill Kayle Goldstein, and Jeremy Zmyslo, of Salt Lake City.

Knoche family: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The family of Hank Knoche would like to thank all our family and friends for all of their prayers, cards, letters, flowers, meals and support during these trying times.

Derick: A qualified candidate

To the editor: I have been a friend of Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner for more than 20 years and, in that time, I’ve had the unique opportunity to work with her in various capacities. I first worked with Audrey and school administrators in the mid-1990s to form Parents & Friends of Moffat County High School, which encouraged adults to get involved.

Craig Briefs: Kiwanis Club set to host golf tourney

The 16th annual Craig Kiwanis Club Scholarship Golf Tournament is set for an 8 a.m. shotgun start Aug. 7 at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The format is a four-person scramble and is open to anyone who wants to play. The cost is $70 per player for adults and $35 per player for ages 16 and younger.

Datebook for July 27

Today 6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Pat Jones, of Love INC, will be speaking about area youth and needy families. Call 826-4444. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

Bulldog Sports for July 27

Today 8 a.m. The Yampa River Junior Classic golf tournament begins at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394 5:30 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation youth soccer plays at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 S. Mack Lane

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Her lessons, our soundtrack

His fingers gently glide along the thin strings and the melody echoes throughout the valley. The sun is setting while the moon peaks out from behind the mountain range. To the west, the clouds string across the skyline in colors of pink and purple like cotton candy, and to the east the sky is settling into a deep blue tone. In front of me is the most beautiful sight — three cowboys and one guitar making music on the front porch. He may miss a chord or two, but he recovers nicely and it seems like the mishap was planned. If you heard his voice and the chords come together, you would think he had been playing for years.

Monday, July 26

On the Record for July 26, 2010

On the Record for July 26, 2010

Datebook for July 26

Today is the deadline to register players for Craig Parks and Recreation Doak Walker football. The league is open to boys and girls in the third through sixth grades. There is a $50 fee. Call 826-2029. 8 to 11:30 a.m. The Journey at First Baptist hosts vacation Bible school, called “Soul Survivors on Danger Island,” for children up to sixth grade. Call Sandi or LuAnn at 824-5926.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman can't handle step-duaghter

Dear Annie: I have been living with “Clyde” for more than a year. He has a 25-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter. His divorce was long and painful, and his ex-wife involved both children in the mess. She continues to badmouth Clyde to her daughter. Clyde and I live together and host this girl every other weekend. She is constantly making rude comments to her father and is disrespectful to me.

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Blessings in a ‘hard time’: Benefit dinners to help Craig resident recovering from cancer

This summer may not have been what Karleen Kennedy was expecting, but she’s happy family and friends are around to support her when she needs it most. On June 16, Karleen’s 13-year-old daughter, Katie, was diagnosed with papillary carcinoma thyroid cancer, which Karleen said is more common in people ages 30 to 50, rather than someone in their early teens.

Craig Briefs: AARP meeting open to the public

AARP Chapter No. 1418 is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. today at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. The public is welcome to attend the meeting. For more information, call chapter president Beverly Chapman at 824-5123.

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My Life, My Words: Kevin Willbanks — A laid-back lifestyle

“I grew up in Dolores, Colo., in the southwest corner of the state. I graduated from the high school there. I then went to college in York, Neb., because that is where a short white guy can play basketball. It was my passion. I really liked sports and wanted to be a coach. Everything kind of changed, though. I thought I’d be with the sport of basketball for a long time and that’s how I would get my living. I even got as far as doing my student teaching in the field. “I had this idea of what coaching was. It is a lot of work for very little pay. I made the basketball team as a freshman when I got there, but didn’t play a lot.

Softball teams raise more than $2,100 to help Craig coach, umpire

With three games in the hot July sun already under her belt, Heather Dobinski said she just wanted to do her best to win Saturday’s home run derby during the Craig Softball Association’s fundraising tournament at Loudy-Simpson Park. “I tried my best, and I got just enough to win,” said Dobinski, whose two blasts were enough to win the women’s division of the home run derby. Her brother, Junior Herndon, was the winner on the men’s side, with 15 homers. “I was trying for more,” Dobinski said. “But, I was happy with how I did.”

Sports spotlight: Zach Beauchamp

Age: 15 Sport: Football How did you get started in your sport? “My dad always watched football when I was younger and I just wanted to play since then.” What has been your defining moment in your sport? “Winning the championship at the Wyoming football camp.”

Glanville: Water is better, only it isn’t

Whenever possible, and when both sides of my brain collaborate to remind me, I drink some water. I know and have been reminded a gazillion times since birth that water is “the lifeblood of all things big and small,” and that I should guzzle it down by the half-gallon and like it. Well, ladies and gentlemen, boys, girls and Mrs. Brown’s cat, I don’t like it.

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ILC event in craig raises awareness, money for people with disabilities

Anna Adams, co-founder of the Independent Life Center in Craig, smiled Saturday as she thought of all the people the ILC was helping. “I can’t even believe what’s happened with the company,” Adams said. “We started with nothing, and now we are helping people with disabilities in five counties.” Her words came during the ILC’s Disability Days Concert & Carnival at Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig, an event designed to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities.

Business Beat: Chef returns to Castle Ranch Steakhouse

Castle Ranch Steakhouse, located inside the Holiday Inn of Craig, has hired Rolfy Chavez as chef. Chavez previously worked for the steakhouse, but returned to improve the operation after being gone for about a year. “Amazing creative culinary talents, tenure in the business … as well as strong, working knowledge of the steakhouse,” said Missy Arnett, hotel director of food and beverage, when asked about Chavez.

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Aging Well: Strength exercise yields essential benefits

It’s a bright summer morning at Colorado Mountain College, and the campus weight room is bustling with activity. There, students in a basic weight training class — their ages ranging from 20 to 60 and older — go about their routines, pushing themselves toward stronger bodies and minds.

Horoscope for July 26

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Regardless of what has caused you to be static in your thinking right now, you need some creative changes to get back on track. Don’t be your own worst enemy by refusing to alter your thinking. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Hanging on too tightly to what you have acquired will make you extremely possessive and unable to enjoy the fruits of your labors. Until you can let go, you’ll miss out on life. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — There’s a strong chance that you have reached a point of feeling that your daily routine, relationships and job have all become a source of dull routine. It’s just the day, things will change.

Saturday, July 24

Regional crews battle new wildfires

Wildland firefighters spent Saturday battling new wildfires in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties as warm, dry weather continues to fuel the blazes. No fires have been reported in Routt County, said Lynn Barclay, public information officer for the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office and the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

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Spring Creek Memorial attracts record turnout in Steamboat

Saturday's Spring Creek Memorial featured a wildly rugged 9-mile course and the straightforward 5K option. The two races attracted more participants than ever before, with 170 registered participants.

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Sunrise Kids awarded three-star rating from non-profit group

Sunrise Kids LLC Preschool & Child Care in Craig has received its second three-star rating from Qualistar Early Learning Rating System, a non-profit organization that evaluates the quality of early childhood programs in Colorado.

‘Shane would dig that, too’

Shane Braselton’s bedroom looks like one belonging to most 20 year olds: concert tickets, posters and photos of friends and fun times line the door and walls.

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Moffat County ousted from district tourney

Despite locking horns in a tight game, the American Legion Post 62 baseball team was unable to beat Summit and fell, 10-5, on Friday in the second round of the district tournament. Because it was the Bulldogs second loss, the team was bounced from the tournament in Glenwood Springs.

Moffat County’s largest wildfires now contained

The three largest wildfire that were burning in Moffat County this week have been fully contained, according to the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

Editorial: Judgment lapsed

The recent court case and work release situation of Utah man Fernando Rojas caught the attention of the Editorial Board at its Monday meeting.

Government update for July 24

Last met: July 20 Decisions: • Approved, 2-0, meeting minutes from June 8 and 22.

Craig briefs: Coffee party set to meet today

The Craig Coffee Party is scheduled to meet from noon to 2 p.m. today at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss politics and build a better understanding of issues.

Datebook for July 24

Saturday 9 a.m. A fundraising softball tournament takes place at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St. Proceeds from the event help Roman Gutierrez, who suffered an injury at a softball game last summer, cover medical expenses. Call Manuel Madrid at 629-8472.

Free black lung screenings offered in August

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will offer a series of free, confidential health screenings for surface coal miners in Craig and Meeker next month.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Two recipes for cool summer salads

Lettuce salads taste great on these hot summer days. There are several different recipes for layered lettuce salads. The following recipe comes from my recipe book that doesn’t have a cover.

A&L: Plenty of fun at the Fair

The Moffat County Fair’s agenda offers such a variety of competitions and entertainment that you’d think the event’s planners couldn’t come up with anything new.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman dating man for wrong reasons

Dear Annie: I’ve been dating “Bob” for almost two years, and we moved in together a year ago.

Horoscope for July 24

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Just because something you’ve learned fromx past experiences doesn’t work out well today, don’t think the premise is wrong. It may be the circumstance surrounding it that is the culprit.

Friday, July 23

Softball tourney this weekend to benefit Roman Gutierrez

The Craig Softball Association is hosting a benefit softball tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St. Proceeds from the tournament will help cover medical costs for Roman Gutierrez, who last year was hit in the head with a bat while umpiring a game.

ILC hosting downtown Craig event

Craig community concert to benefit people with disabilities

Independent Life Center director Evelyn Tileston wanted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law in a big way. “We wanted to have a celebration that the whole family could come to,” said Tileston, director of the center at 483 Yampa Ave. “We wanted something for everyone to do.”

Moffat County American Legion team drops tourney opener

Baseball team’s set for 2:30 p.m. tilt today against Summit

Playing Thursday in the first round of the American Legion district tournament in Glenwood Springs, Moffat County’s American Legion Post 62 team was unable to upend rival Steamboat Springs. The baseball team fell, 7-1.

On the Record for July 23, 2010

On the Record for July 23, 2010

Horoscope for July 23

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — A lack of exercise could be the culprit if you are now feeling somewhat sluggish. Deliberately engage in something physically vigorous in order to circulate energy throughout your entire system. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Unless you are on guard, you might absentmindedly be inclined to be excessive in your habits, which include eating, drinking or even being sedentary. Make moderation your byword today.

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Cowboy’s cross-country journey makes stop in Craig

The 59-year-old cowboy unsaddled his tired horses and unpacked the one set of clothes he brought on his cross-country journey. Phil Dawson, of Idaho, is more than a month into his 7,500-mile trip that is expected to last a year-and-a-half. He came Wednesday to Craig, stopping at the Moffat County Fairgrounds to rest and regroup before continuing his trip. Dawson is making his third pack trip across the U.S. to raise money for America Fundraisers Inc., a non-profit organization that assists families with medical expenses for children who need organ transplants.

Sports Briefs: Football registration deadline extended

Craig Parks and Recreation is currently taking registrations for Doak Walker tackle football. The program is for boys and girls in third through sixth grades. The deadline to register is July 26. For more information, or to become a certified coach or official, call 826-2029.

Local fuel gauge for July 23

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.84; Diesel: $2.94

Annie's Mailbox: She wants family peace

Dear Annie: When my widowed father required constant care, I tried repeatedly and without success to have him moved to my home, but was rejected by my siblings, as well as by my father, who wanted to stay in his home. I live quite a distance away and was unable to share in his care, although I did visit periodically. The burden fell to my brother and sister, who hired a wonderful person to help. I have had strained relations with my siblings for many years.

Moffat County candidates file financial reports

Frank Moe leading candidates in spending

As the primary election draws near, the campaign activity of Moffat County candidates for public office is increasing. One indicator of candidate activity — fundraising and expenditures — was released by the Secretary of State’s office Tuesday. Candidates’ financial reports indicate how much money they have raised and spent on their campaigns. Reports reflect candidates’ spending and contributions up to July 15.

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Craig dentist John Ilko sells practice after 40 years

In 1967, John Ilko was a new dentist about to work on a career-shaping procedure, he said. He had just been accepted into a rotating dental internship program with the Army in San Antonio. A soldier who had been fighting in Vietnam had been shot by a .50-caliber machine gun and shipped to San Antonio for reconstructive surgery on his lower jaw.

Craig Briefs: Area church hosts Bible school

St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St., hosts vacation Bible school, with the theme Son Harvest County Fair, from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through July 30. Monday is silly hat day, Tuesday features a free lunch and Friday will include slip-and-slide fun. The cost is $10 per child or $25 per household.

Datebook for July 23

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at Loudy-Simpson Park, weather permitting. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann Anderson at 826-2717. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Craig Pool Complex is open for swimming. The cost is $4 for adults 18 years and older, $3.25 for swimmers from 12- to 17-years-old, swimmers from 4- to 11-years-old can swim for $3 each and swimmers 3 and younger and 55 and over can swim for free. For more information, call the Pool Complex at 824-3015.

Free black lung screenings offered

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will offer a series of free, confidential health screenings for surface coal miners in Craig and Meeker next month. The screenings are intended to provide early detection of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung, a serious but preventable occupational lung disease in coal miners caused by breathing respirable coal mine dust.

Owens fammily: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The family of Dee Owens would like to thank all of our many friends and family for their support during this difficult time. We would like to thank those who helped with a meal, card and, most especially, visiting with Dee.

Elwood: Golfing in Yampa Valley

To the editor: My wife and I always look forward to visiting our children and grandchildren in Craig. I know that every visit to Craig will also require at least one trip to the Yampa Valley Golf Course and Tin Cup Grill. This year, we had occasion to play the course with our kids, grandson and some good friends of the kids.

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On the Mark: MCHS golfer ties for 3rd at Grand Junction tourney

Mark Dockstader knows that sometimes, what can go wrong on a golf course will. On July 13, he found out that sometimes, by some stroke, those opportunities will swing the other way — the ball will tip into the cup, the putt won’t fall short, the sand trap will be missed altogether. The incoming Moffat County High School senior had a day where little went wrong, and the bounces went his way.

Thursday, July 22

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Cash advised of charges during 1st court appearance in Steamboat

Man suspected of shooting wife June 11

Robert Cash was silent throughout his arraignment in Routt County Court on charges of attempted murder in the first degree and crime of violence Thursday afternoon. Cash is charged with attempted first-degree murder and crime of violence, both felonies.

On the Record for July 22, 2010

On the Record for July 22, 2010

Janet Sheridan: Blame it on birth order

I felt mistreated when Mom assigned chores by age. Being too old for Barbara’s pretend work and too young for Carolyn’s skilled tasks, I drew the ugliest jobs. I remember pushing our vacuum down the hall, trying to finish before the antiquated machine erupted. It needed to be emptied; I hoped to avoid doing so by stowing it away before Mom noticed the dust clouds oozing from its bloated pores.

Boomer Girl: Looking for a couples’ pastime

I appreciate the leisurely, laid-back tempo of summer, but this week, life slowed to a geriatric snail’s pace. Friends have left town, some not to return for weeks. Children have fled for jobs out of state. And, that vacation in September we’ve planned for months seems light years away. Suddenly, my mate and I were exchanging blank looks like a pair of 8-year-olds on a rainy Saturday afternoon: “What do you want to do?”

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Fire activity slows Wednesday near Moffat County

After a flurry of activity Monday and Tuesday, no new wildfires were reported Wednesday, according to the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. Twelve fires started Tuesday in western Moffat County and parts of Rio Blanco County, fire officials reported. Fire activity decreased Tuesday night due to cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity. Eight of the 12 wildfires were contained by Wednesday, according to a news release.

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Weekend fundraiser to benefit former Craig girl

Hannah Sixkiller undergoing treatment for brain cancer

At the beginning of June, 7-year-old Hannah Sixkiller began to complain of headaches. Her mother, Ryan Sixkiller, immediately took notice. “It didn’t seem right for a little kid to have headaches like that,” said Ryan, a former Craig resident who now lives with her daughter in Dixon, Wyo.

Trapper Mine hires new president

After working for Trapper Mining Co. for 26 years, Jim Mattern, 57, will take the reins as the coal mine’s new president and general manager. The Trapper Board of Directors decided Wednesday to officially promote Mattern to the position, which he has occupied since former president and general manager Ray DuBois left the mine July 1. DuBois resigned from the position to become the vice president and general manager at Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Co., in Teller County, near Colorado Springs.

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Moffat County Bulldogs name new volleyball coaches

Familiar faces rejoin Moffat County volleyball team

Sandy Camilletti knows Moffat County High School volleyball. She played four years for the Bulldogs in the late 1980s, and also spent a year working as an assistant coach. Now, she will take over the lead job. On July 14, MCHS named her head volleyball coach.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Inception’: Sweet dreams are made of this

How do you top one of the most-hyped movies ever made? Most directors might be intimidated to take the next step, but the maker of “Inception” has proved that even in between creating installments of material that’s heavily in demand, he can make a great film in his sleep. There’s no security like the human mind, especially during unconsciousness. At least, that used to be the case.

Sports Briefs: Mud Splash scheduled for July 31

The annual Craig Chamber of Commerce Mud Splash volleyball tournament will return at 11 a.m. July 31 at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St. The cost is $150 per team, which includes six commemorative T-shirts. Each team can rotate in an unlimited number of players, but only six players per team are allowed into the pits. There is a 16-team maximum, so space is limited.

Craig Briefs: Chamber breakfast set for this morning

The Craig Chamber of Commerce’s Wake-Up Craig breakfast is scheduled for 6:47 to 7:47 a.m. today at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. The Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is sponsoring the event. The cost is $5 per person.

Datebook for July 22

6:47 to 7:47 a.m. The Craig Chamber of Commerce’s Wake-Up Craig breakfast takes place at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. The Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is sponsoring. The cost is $5 per person. Call the chamber at 824-5689, or e-mail office@craig-chamber.com. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

Craig Daily Press hosting online chats with local candidates

The Craig Daily Press is hosting a series of online chats with candidates for Moffat County positions on the Aug. 10 Republican primary ballot. The next chats are scheduled for: • 5 to 6 p.m. today with Mike Brinks and Elaine Sullivan, candidates for Moffat County treasurer

Tileston: Dealing with the deer

To the editor: What do we have to do to get rid of these confounded deer? On Tuesday night, after feasting on our purple Petunias (only the purple ones), a four-point buck tried to attack our friend, who tried to chase it away. What has to happen before something is done?

Annie's Mailbox: Her family cut her off for talking to sister

Dear Annie: I haven’t seen my sister “Joanne” in six years because she had a falling out with my parents and my other sister, “Beth.” I recently invited Joanne to visit me at my home. When Beth found out, she turned against me and convinced my parents to do the same. My folks even changed their phone number and mailed back the birthday cards I sent. I’m terribly upset by their behavior.

Wednesday, July 21

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Robert Cash booked into Routt County Jail

Man accused of attempted murder; more charges expected

The Steamboat man accused of shooting his wife and then himself was formally booked into Routt County Jail on charges of attempted first-degree murder Wednesday. He had been hospitalized since June.

Michelle Balleck: Good times for good causes

There’ll be some downright fun for some downright good causes this weekend. And you can’t beat that. For those of you wondering what in the world Keith, my loving hubby, will be up to this weekend, well, we’re headed to Denver for a much-anticipated trip to the aquarium, Wildlife Experience and more. Keith can barely stand his excitement, and our little guy is looking forward to it a little bit, too.

On the Record for July 21, 2010

On the Record for July 21, 2010

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Lightning cause behind two Moffat County wildfires Monday

Lightning in Northwest Colorado is believed to be the cause behind numerous wildfires that crews worked Monday and Tuesday to contain, according to the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. Unit spokeswoman Lynn Barclay said lightning started 11 fires in recent days.

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Craig woman listed in fair condition after crash

Yvette Puhl involved in two-vehicle crash Monday night

A Craig woman sustained life-threatening injuries Monday night in a two-vehicle crash two miles south of Craig, the Colorado State Patrol reported in a news release. Yvette Puhl was transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig and later taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. On Tuesday, St. Mary’s reported that Puhl was listed in fair condition.

Pot question could appear before Moffat County voters

Commissioners moving forward with November ballot measure

The Moffat County Commission took another step Tuesday toward solidifying the future of medical marijuana dispensaries in the county. At its regular meeting, the commission approved, 2-0, a resolution containing a ballot question for the November election. As of now, the measure will appear before voters. However, the commission has until Oct. 6 to withdraw the question, if it chooses.

Neilson: Highly recommended

To the editor: This letter is in support of Carol Scott who is running for Moffat County Assessor. I have known Carol for seven years. Carol has an excellent relationship with assessors throughout the state of Colorado.

Albee: More than barren rock

To the editor: I must take exception to one of the statements made in the “Our View” editorial in the July 17 issue of the Saturday Morning Press. Saying that Vermillion Basin is a largely barren rock with little wildlife is ridiculous.

Sports briefs: Former players to honor retired coach

Former Moffat County High School basketball players are coming together to honor former coach Craig Mortensen.

Police: Be wary of Amazon, tech support scams

The Craig Police Department is warning local residents about fraud schemes that have cropped up in recent weeks. “New fraud schemes pop up daily and many are intended to steal your identity and your money,” police reported in a news release. The scams, according to the police department’s news release, are as follows:

Editorial: Community against cancer

Craig Relay for Life organizers and participants set out to achieve a difficult goal this year, especially in an uneven economy, to combat an enemy that has touched almost everyone in some fashion or another. They sought to raise $30,000 to contribute to the American Cancer Society for research into the disease.

Tupa: Thank you for the help

To the editor: I would just like to say, on behalf of our Relay for Life team, thank you to all the individuals and businesses in the community that were so generous in their donations to the American Cancer Society.

Softball tournament to benefit Craig umpire, coach

Two-day tournament to help Roman Gutierrez pay medical bills

As Roman Gutierrez got into his umpire crouch at a softball game last summer, it seemed like any other of the dozens of games he’s officiated. One moment he was standing, ready to call a ball or strike, and the next he was on the ground, unconscious for several seconds with a gash across his forehead.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Despicable Me’ mixes cuteness and ray guns with good results

What if Daddy Warbucks had made Little Orphan Annie sleep in a hollowed-out antique bomb and gave her a piece of old newspaper to use as a bathroom? Would the sun still come out tomorrow? Probably so, but if the anti-hero of the cartoon “Despicable Me” had the chance, he’d try to swipe the celestial body.

Craig Briefs: Chamber breakfast slated for Thursday

The Craig Chamber of Commerce’s Wake-Up Craig breakfast is scheduled for 6:47 to 7:47 a.m. Thursday at Village Inn, 1103 W. Victory Way. The Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is sponsoring the event. The cost is $5 per person.

Datebook for July 21

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676. 11:30 a.m. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meets in the main floor conference room of the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. Call 826-2039.

Moffat County unemployment hovering at 8.7 percent

Dustin Harrison, 22, walked into the Colorado Workforce Center’s Craig office Tuesday, removed his sunglasses and dropped his elbows on the counter. “I need a job,” he said with a sigh to a staff member working behind the desk. Harrison, a Craig resident, has been without a job twice this year, he said.

Horoscope for July 21

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — It might take far greater discipline than usual to finish what you start today. If you don’t want to leave a mess in your wake, you had better stay on top of whatever you take on. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Generally, you’re pretty careful about what you say about others, but today some flippant negative comments could be taken more seriously than usual. Mean what you say and say only what you mean.

Annie's Mailbox: Man can't stop thinking of ex

Dear Annie: Six months ago, I ran into a friend from high school. She mentioned an old girlfriend of mine, “Liz.” Over the years, I have thought of Liz often, wondering how she was, if she was happy, how much she may have changed and that sort of thing.

Tuesday, July 20

On the Record for July 20, 2010

On the Record for July 20, 2010

Horoscope for July 22

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — This is one of those days where hard work could pay off more handsomely than usual for you. It is likely to enhance your earning ability and add to your resources in larger than normal ways. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — You’ll enjoy life a lot better today if you immerse yourself in some kind of significant project or aim for an impressive goal. When you do something important, you’ll feel good about who you are. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Don’t believe people who tell you profit is a dirty word. That comes only from those who can’t make any. Engage in honest work and larger returns than usual could be in the offing.

Dinosaur officials mulling pot dispensaries

A recent proposal to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Dinosaur has prompted the town council to examine its options regarding the industry and recent state legislation.

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Forty-eight racers slog through muddy pits at Wyman Museum

Whether they raced for fun, in memory of lost loved ones, or simply to make use of old junk, 48 racers revved engines and flung earth at Saturday’s Moffat County Mud Runs at the Wyman Museum.

Craig chosen as host site for roundtable discussion

The city of Craig has been selected as one of nine regional hosts for the 2010 Colorado Sustainability Roundtable series, organized by the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, a non-profit agency founded in 2004.

Sports briefs: Safari Club to pay for hunter safety

The Yampa Valley Chapter of Safari Club International will be paying for the first 35 people who sign up to take an upcoming hunter safety class in Craig. After the first 35 people, others who wish to sign up must pay a $10 fee.

Annie's Mailbox: Is court-ordered test next step?

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Sam” for two years. Before we were together, Sam was in a relationship with “Sara,” who became pregnant. She claimed the baby was his, and he believed her. He took care of this child and loved him. But Sara started seeing her ex-boyfriend when he was released from prison. That made Sam question whether the child was his.

Craig briefs: Gubernatorial candidate to visit Craig

John Hickenlooper, a democratic candidate for Colorado governor, is scheduled to visit Craig from 5 to 6 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The event is open to the public.

Datebook for July 20

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Paula Reed will speak about service efforts for runaway and homeless youth. Visitors are welcome. Call 826-444.4

Senior Spotlight for July 20

Another July weekend gone by.

Horoscope for July 20

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - As long as you don’t prejudge events in advance, things will turn out to your liking. In fact, it is likely to be a far more exciting day for you if you simply flow with the tide.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: A beautiful mess

All the couches were taken and blankets were strewn throughout the house. It reminded me of a middle school slumber party except everyone was much taller this time.

Monday, July 19

Survey indicates mixed results when supporting businesses

A “Listening to Business” survey conducted by the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership indicates that Craig and Moffat County are largely positive business climates, despite some growth obstacles. EDP director Darcy Trask said 19 businesses participated in the survey, which was conducted the first part of the year. Findings were released at the beginning of July.

On the Record for July 19, 2010

On the Record for July 19, 2010

Rio Blanco County fires being managed

Fire near Rangely being managed, one north of Meeker contained

A 240-acre fire burning 25 miles southwest of Rangely is being allowed to burn to natural barriers, according to a news release from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. The Twin Buttes fire was determined to be lightning-caused and is burning on Bureau of Land Management land. It is consuming pinyon and juniper trees, oak brush and grass.

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Craig Relay for Life surpasses goal

The American Cancer Society’s Jeremiah Herman said he recognized how much a community like Craig could rally around itself during the city’s fourth annual Relay for Life.

Utah man sentenced in meth case

A Utah man was sentenced July 15 to eight years of community corrections after he reached a plea agreement with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Bulldogs drop two against Eagle Valley

The American Legion Post 62 baseball team went Saturday to Eagle Valley looking for a boost before the district tournament, but could not steal a victory.

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My Life, My Words: Dick King: The Colorado Appeal

“I grew up in Burlington, Colo., out on I-70 by the Kansas (state) line. I went to school there, high school there and graduated from Burlington High School. My dad owned a car dealership in Burlington when I was growing up and I basically grew up in the store. I was around the dealership and worked there up until we left Burlington.

Annie's Mailbox: Will womanizer ever change?

Dear Annie: For the past year, I have been involved with “Mr. H.,” who appears to care very little for me. He started off calling and visiting regularly, but six months into the relationship, he began distancing himself.

Aging well: Disability awareness highlights challenges, opportunities

As the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities act approaches, it’s a good time to think about challenges facing people with disabilities or, taking awareness one step further, to imagine having a disability.

Craig briefs: Library board to meeting today

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

Datebook for July 19

Monday 10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

Business beat: Local resident honored for ‘outstanding achievement’ in insurance

The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors recently recognized Shane Camiletti, of Mountain West Insurance & Financial Services, according to a news release.

Glanville: Scratching my head, thinking of reasons

Are there reasons, reasons the normal side of my brain can understand, that President Barack Obama’s administration insists on printing more and more money, reminding us as we push our share of the nation’s debt around in wheelbarrows and his approval rating plummets, that sticking by his “new deal” is the way to go?

Horoscope for July 19

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — It’s likely to be the little unnoticeable things that determine whether or not you can successfully handle a serious situation or problem. Know what you’re getting into before jumping in.

Sunday, July 18

Rabbit Ears owner: Fire was electrical

Greg Koehler says officials still investigating Rabbit Ears incident

A fire that started in Room 106 at the Rabbit Ears Motel on Saturday evening probably was electrical, motel owner Greg Koehler said Sunday. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue officials were at the motel investigating Sunday, he said.

Saturday, July 17

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Craig’s Joel Sheridan delivers speech Friday night at Craig Relay for Life

Craig resident Joel Sheridan’s life changed forever in 2007. Sheridan, then 58, was diagnosed with prostate cancer after he learned of an elevated prostate during a prostate-specific antigen test.

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About 160 residents participate in 4th annual Craig Relay for Life

Craig resident Natasha Plantiko used one word to describe her mother, Jean Thompson — “fabulous.” “She was the sweetest person in the world,” Plantiko said.

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Early Childhood Center receives strong rating from evaluating agency

Looking back on the last 12 years of her job as director of the Moffat County School District’s Early Childhood Center, Sarah Hepworth has many fond memories of her career.

Craig briefs: St. Michael to host food distribution

SHARE Craig’s Food Distribution Day is scheduled for today. Orders may be picked up from 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. For more information, call Karen Gibson at 824-7939.

Government Update

Moffat County Commissioners Last met: July 13 Actions: • Approved, 3-0, meeting minutes from April 20, May 4 and 25, and June 10. • Approved, 3-0, a treasurer’s monthly report.

Veterans Hotline: A brief history on the Pledge

The original Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy. It was first given wide publicity through the official program of the National Public Schools Celebration of Columbus Day, which was printed in the Youth’s Companion of Sept. 8, 1892, and at the same time sent out in leaflet form to schools throughout the country.

On the record for July 17

Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, July 14 Deputies responded to five requests to assist another agency.

Editorial: Victory at Vermillion?

Moffat County officials have perhaps an insurmountable task ahead of them — successfully lobbying to reverse a decision that doesn’t allowing drilling in Vermillion Basin.

Crew expects containment in Meeker fire tonight

A wildfire that began Thursday afternoon 20 miles northwest of Meeker is expected to be contained by tonight, according to a news release from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

Horoscope for July 17

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Those with whom you spend your day will follow the example the majority sets. If most people seem congenial and at peace with the world, so will be the rest of the group.

Datebook for July 17

Today 7 a.m. Teams in the fourth annual Craig Relay for Life walk final laps at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. A closing ceremony takes place at 7:30 a.m.

Over a Cup of Coffee: A recipe from the ‘to try’ file

This week, I made Stacy Gray’s “Mexican Meat Loaf,” which I make a lot, Stacy.

Annie's Mailbox: Daughter sees parents as being selfish

Dear Annie: I am 16 years old. Right now, I am living with my aunt (my father’s sister). My mother and father have never really been in my life, although I did live briefly with my mom.

Friday, July 16

MCHS football team preparing for season opener

Kip Hafey, Moffat County High School football coach, said player participation in offseason summer workouts is key to team success this season. “We have kids coming at least two out of the four days we workout during the week,” he said. “They are getting stronger, faster and learning the playbook.”

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State, federal candidates address voters at Tea Party forum

With the August primary approaching, the Moffat County Tea Party is hoping to inform as many voters as it can before they go to the polls, Tea Party member Jeanie Durham said. “We want all the candidates that are running to have the same air time or time with the people,” Durham said. “The people (should) decide. The Tea Party … they do not want to pick the candidate for you.”

Craig Briefs: Mud Runs this weekend at Wyman Museum in Craig

The Moffat County Mud Runs are scheduled for Saturday at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40. Vehicle registration runs from 7 to 9 a.m., and races begin at 10 a.m. The cost is $40 per vehicle. There will be eight race classes — four- and six-cylinder, stock, super stock, pro stock, modified, open, and snow machine.

Horoscope for July 16

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — If you’re unduly concerned about trying to impress others in order to feed your ego, it could cause you to end up boasting, exaggerating or behaving in some kind of unbecoming manner. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — By following a policy of always being forthright in your dealings with others, even if it is painful, you won’t have to worry about what you said to whom and why. Tell it like it is.

Annie's Mailbox: How should I handle my groping neighbor?

Dear Annie: In the past three years, my husband and I have become friends with another couple, “Lynn and Bob.” Lynn and I have become quite close. Bob is more introverted. My husband isn’t crazy about him. We’ve recently learned that he suffers from depression and has received extensive therapy.

Datebook for July 16

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at Loudy-Simpson Park, weather permitting. Call Kevin at 824-1703, or Ann Anderson at 826-2717.

Craig Briefs: Legion bingo slated for Saturday

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

Janet Sheridan: Camping downturn

I’m happiest at home. Every so often, I test that conviction by camping in the dirt. The knowledge that I prefer a sheeted bed in a room devoid of insects and snakes with a flush toilet readily available grew with my age. I used to love roughing it.

Linda Taylor: What’s stopping you? Fear

Why are you afraid to take the step that could give you eternal life — no, not here on earth — but your afterlife? The Bible tells us you’re going to live forever. John 3:15 says “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

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Moffat County High School student competes at Hayden Speedway

Casey Madsen didn’t have a driver’s license, yet she was competing against some of the best racecar drivers in Moffat County. “I’ve been going to the track since I was young with my family,” Madsen said. “When I was old enough, I seized my opportunity.” At 15, Madsen climbed behind the wheel of her No. 18 Ford Mustang 2 at the Hayden Speedway, and went for it, she said.

Local fuel gauge for July 16

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.84; Diesel: $2.94

Assessor predicting assessed value slump in Moffat County

A projection of Moffat County’s 2010 assessed value indicades county government and other taxing entities could see a dip in tax revenues. A presentation Tuesday from Moffat County Assessor Suzanne Brinks to the Moffat County Commission revealed the county could lose an estimated 7.49 percent of its assessed value from last year. Brinks is estimating the assessed value of the county for 2010 at $471.7 million, which is down from 2009’s $509.9 million. That equals to an estimated $38.1 million decline in value, according to estimates.

Craig Relay For Life looks to raise $30K

In January, Craig resident Bev Rubley lost her brother, Roger Snyder, after a five-year battle with colon cancer. She will hit the Moffat County High School track in his memory today and Saturday with Team Birthday 365 as part of the Craig Relay for Life. Rubley, a skin cancer survivor, will also be walking the track all night for her 5-year-old niece, who is currently fighting leukemia, she said.

Craig insurance companies announce merger

Mountain West acquires Moffat Insurance Agency in Craig

Mountain West Insurance & Financial Services, LLC has acquired Moffat Insurance Agency in Craig as of July 1, according to a news release from Mountain West. Mountain West, a locally owned and operated insurance and financial services company, acquired Moffat Insurance from Johnstown-based PFS Insurance Group, LLC.

Craig phys ed teacher spearheading program to reuse sneakers

Brett Sperl, a longtime physical education teacher at East Elementary School, has a new twist for an old phrase. “If the shoe fits, wear it — and (it’s) yours,” said Sperl, who has spent his 22-year education career at the elementary school at 600 Texas Ave. Sperl’s spin is an apt description of a program that began a few years ago by two elementary school students and one that’s now closing in on a milestone.

Newspaper hosting online chats with Moffat County candidates

The Craig Daily Press is hosting a series of online chats with candidates for Moffat County positions on the Aug. 10 Republican primary ballot. The next chats are:

GOP candidates for sheriff step up campaigning

It’s campaign season again, and two Republicans are stepping up their efforts to win the primary for Routt County Sheriff’s Office.

Thursday, July 15

On the Record for July 15, 2010

On the Record for July 15, 2010

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Downed trees force golf course closure

About 20 cottonwoods, some as tall as 90 feet, toppled over at the Steamboat Golf Club during Wednesday's ferocious storm. The course will remain closed until the trees can be removed.

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Craig couple’s horse wins championship title

Growing up on a ranch, Craig resident Ronald Kettle was always around horses. He said he had one goal in mind — raising a performance horse. “I always had a dream to raise a paint horse,” he said. “Then, one day, my friend went to a show and I found one that I was drawn to.”

Boomer Girl: My secret life as a spy

I’ve been thinking about a second career. Mind you, I’m not talking about a second job. Recession or not, I’m too old to consider moonlighting a viable option. Unless, of course, I could work in bed, but most of those options are illegal everywhere but Nevada.

Datebook for July 15

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 9 a.m. to noon. Craig Christian Church hosts vacation Bible school for kindergarten through sixth-grade students at the church, 960 W. Victory Way. Call the church at 824-6024. 11 a.m. Story-time takes place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds covered picnic area. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. The Colorado State Patrol and Craig Police Department are scheduled to make presentations. Call 824-5116

Andy Bockelman: ‘Knight and Day’ works well on Cruise control

One of the driving themes behind most movie pairings is the idea that opposites attract. Of course, the real moneymaker in Hollywood is to augment that idea further by saying “attractive opposites attract.” And no matter how dissimilar you and your significant other may be, you’ll find a thing or two to share about the latest romance/action/comedy, even if you’re as different as “Knight and Day.”

Annie's Mailbox: How does mom deal with insulting daughter?

Dear Annie: My 34-year-old daughter, “Mary,” has two children I love dearly and often take care of. Though she says she loves me, Mary has told me in anger that she doesn’t respect me. I don’t know where I went wrong or whether it is something in her. We’ve always had a complicated relationship. I’m well aware of my failings as a mother, but I never was deliberately unkind to her.

Horoscope for July 15

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — If you truly believe that your ideas or concepts are superior to your peers, don’t hesitate to push them onto others. If you are right, in time events will verify your beliefs. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Utilize your talents to the fullest by being imaginative, enterprising and resourceful in all your activities, regardless of their importance. The results will be most gratifying and may even be profitable.

Craig Briefs: MCHS Class of 1980 reuniting this week

The Moffat County High School Class of 1980 is having its 30-year class reunion Friday and Saturday. Events include a mixer Friday at JW Snacks, a barbecue Saturday afternoon at Loudy-Simpson Park and a dance Saturday night at The Center of Craig. Classmates up to five years younger and five years older than the 1980 class are invited to attend the dance.

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Youth soccer kicks into action in Craig

Coaches and parents yelled words of encouragement as every youth playing in the 8 and younger game followed the soccer ball around the field. “The kids are just excited to be out there playing and want to be in the action,” coach Dwayne Gonzalez said. Craig Parks and Recreation youth soccer started July 6 and games are played every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Woodbury Sports Complex.

Jury finds Craig woman guilty

Tausha Merwin convicted of attempting to influence a public servant

A jury of 12 residents returned a verdict of guilty against Craig woman Tausha Merwin about 6 p.m. Wednesday in Moffat County District Court. Merwin was convicted of attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony. Merwin pleaded not guilty to the charge Feb. 17.

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Moffat county candidates outline platforms

Craig resident Karen Gibson said she’s impressed this year by the number of quality candidates running for public office in Moffat County. “I wish that they could just team up and they could work together in those positions,” Gibson said. “It’s too bad it can’t work that way.” She said Wednesday’s candidate forum hosted by the Aging Well Program would help shape her decision at the polls in August and November.

Hayden Daze festivities start Friday

Hayden Daze, which Hayden Parks and Recreation Director Kathy Hockett said has evolved to combine past events Colorado Days and Summerfest, begins Friday evening on Third Street between Washington Avenue and Jackson Road in front of Hayden Town Park.

Wednesday, July 14

Michelle Balleck: Soak up the sun

It’s more weddings for me this weekend. I’ll be photographing one Friday and attending a second on Saturday. ‘Tis the season for lovebirds. And ‘tis the season for enjoying this weather. It’s certainly been heating up lately. And I, for one, am loving it. So we’d better get out there and enjoy it while we can.

On the Record for July 14, 2010

On the Record for July 14, 2010

Moffat County Commission considering putting pot’s future in voters’ hands

Mathers: potential ballot measure hinges on future state regulations

The Moffat County Commission is considering leaving the fate of medical marijuana dispensaries up to county voters in the November election. At its regular meeting Tuesday, the commission discussed the matter with county attorney Jeremy Snow. The commission extended its moratorium on dispensaries in unincorporated parts of the county for six months on June 10.

Craig City Council mulls lodging tax proposal

The Craig City Council addressed the proposed 6.9-percent lodging tax ordinance and ballot question developed over the last few months at its regular meeting Tuesday. The council heard two sides of the issue — one from the lodging tax committee that developed the ballot question and ordinance, and the other from several residents of the Craig lodging industry who opposed the tax percentage.

Craig Briefs: Ridgeview church offers Bible school

Ridgeview Church of God, 690 Riford Road, is scheduled to host vacation Bible school from 6 to 9 p.m. July 19 through 23. The program is open for pre-school through sixth-grade students. For more information, call Billie Baird at 620-5067.

Datebook for July 14

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676. Noon. Wellness Wednesdays, sponsored by the Aging Well Program, hosts a candidate forum at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. All county candidates for office except for county commission and coroner candidates have been invited. Call 871-7676.

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Moffat County 4-H shooters compete at nationals

Growing up shooting guns, Justin Willems said he knew he would be doing it for a long time. What he didn’t know at the time was that he would make it to a national competition at the age of 17. “My parents raised me outside shooting a gun,” Willems said. “To be where I am at now is amazing.”

Sports Briefs: Retired soccer coach offers free lessons

Francisco Reina, a retired soccer coach, is offering free soccer lessons for players ages 2 and older. The goal, Reina said, is to eventually form a soccer team in Craig. Reina said he would teach the basics and help give players a better understanding of the game.

2 candidate forums set for this week in Moffat County

Moffat County residents will have an opportunity to hear from federal, state and local candidates for public office this week. The Aging Well Program is sponsoring a local candidate forum at noon today as part of its Wellness Wednesday program at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.

Editorial: Plugged in

The word infrastructure tends to remind most of traditional public systems — roads, sewers, power, water lines, etc. — necessary for a community’s social and economic activity. Not often does Internet service merit consideration. A new committee is seeking to rectify that oversight.

MCTA board meeting agenda for July 14

Moffat County Tourism Association board meeting 11:30 a.m. today Conference room, Yampa Valley Bank, 435 Mack Lane Agenda: • Introduction:

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Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig featuring new exhibits

The Museum of Northwest Colorado has unveiled two new exhibits this summer — one that pays homage to a cross-country American highway, and another that puts a new wrinkle on an Old West tale. “America Takes to the Road on Victory Highway,” a tribute to an effort in the 1920s to honor World War I veterans, opened last week. And, earlier this summer, the museum injected the work of a new artist into “Passing of the Old West,” an exhibit that originally opened last year.

Harper: Thank you, Aging Well

To the editor: I would like to thank my many friends at Aging Well on Wednesdays, which takes place at American Legion Post 62 for seniors. Thanks to the American Legion post for all of its help and for trying to make everything right for the people who come for Aging Well classes.

Coniff's: Access for horses, please

To the editor: For six years, we enjoyed riding our horses to the Moffat County Fairgrounds from our house. Two years ago, the corridor between the track and the outer fence was enclosed for roping cattle. That meant three gates to open and close to get to the arena.

Annie's Mailbox: Man feels trapped by lifestyle

Dear Annie: My girlfriend got pregnant during our senior year, so I married her to do the right thing. At first, it was great living together, even with the baby. But now, five years later, we have two kids and she’s pregnant again. I know it takes both of us to make a baby, but she is the one responsible for birth control, and I didn’t want any more kids.

Horoscope for July 14

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Don’t hesitate any longer to make that needed decision that you’ve been fearful of making. Fortunately, your judgment is better than usual and likely to steer you correctly. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Assignments or tasks that others find to be both challenging and threatening are the ones that will be the most appealing to you. You’ll welcome being tested in these areas.

Hayden sales tax income decreases from 2009

The 14 percent decrease re­­flects more than $18,000 less in revenue than the town had forecast for this point in the year. Hayden had forecast a 10 percent sales tax decrease in the 2010 budget from 2009.

Human Society: Thank you for the help

To the editor: The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following: • Cinde Porter, for the dog dishes and dog leashes.

Tuesday, July 13

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Andy Wirth named CEO of Squaw Valley

Andy Wirth to take top executive position at Squaw Valley resort in California

Andy Wirth soon will be talking less about champagne powder and more about legendary steeps. Wirth, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., is leaving Steamboat to become chief executive officer at Squaw Valley USA. Former Ski Corp. marketing executive Rob Perlman will return to Steamboat and take Wirth’s position.

On the Record for July 13, 2010

On the Record for July 13, 2010

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Getting my feet wet

The waves crashed in one by one, and each made a unique noise and had a different presence. As each wave crashed on the shoreline, I found myself taking a step closer for a look at this foreign piece of Mother Nature. This was the first time I had seen the ocean and the first family vacation that I can remember. I was 12, and couldn’t wait to get my feet wet, both literally and figuratively.

Horoscope for July 13

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Patiently listen to everyone’s suggestions concerning a matter that is of joint concern. One among the group could have a dynamite, albeit unusual, idea that’ll be outstanding. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Because you are likely to be far more emotionally intent upon doing a good job, you’ll really throw yourself into your work. By doing so, the project will seem easier and far more fun.

Student News: Becky Marie White

Becky Marie White graduated cum laude from Oklahoma Panhandle State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology during the school’s commencement ceremony May 15, 2010.

Student News: Shawna Renee' Kleban

Shawna Renee’ Kleban graduated with honors May 14, 2010, from the University of Southern California. She was recognized as a Renaissance scholar, graduating with a major/minor in widely-separate fields of study.

Annie's Mailbox: Is it safe to show off children?

Dear Annie: Years ago, parents used to put up placards in their children’s bedroom windows to let firemen know where they were in case of fire. That proved dangerous because pedophiles also knew which bedrooms the children were in.

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Movie Gallery in Craig closes doors as part of national shutdown

Hundreds of plastic cases that had been on shelves at Movie Gallery in Craig for months found their way into customers’ hands Sunday for the last time. The store, located inside the Centennial Mall at 1111 W. Victory Way, spent weeks clearing out inventory before officially closing Sunday. The store offered discounts on its supply of DVDs, Blu-rays and video games in the weeks leading up to the closing.

Craig Briefs: Newspaper to host online chat series

The Craig Daily Press is hosting a series of online chats with candidates for Moffat County positions in the next couple of weeks. The next chats are scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. today with Kirk McKey, a candidate for Moffat County coroner, 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday with Lila Herod, a candidate for Moffat County clerk and recorder, and 5 to 6 p.m. Monday with Tim Jantz, Moffat County’s incumbent sheriff.

Datebook for July 13

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. District governor Bryan Cooke will speak during the meeting. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

Bulldog Sports for July 13

Today 5:30 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation youth soccer plays at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 S. Mack Lane. Wednesday None

Jury selected for Craig woman’s trial

During the first day of proceedings Monday, a 12-person jury and one alternate were selected to serve in the trial of Craig woman Tashua Merwin. Merwin is charged with attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony. The jury was selected from a pool of about 100 residents.

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Steamboat driver rebounds to win at Hayden Speedway

For Steamboat Springs resident Andrew George, racing cars wasn’t always a way of life. “A couple of years ago, I just heard of the track here in Hayden,” George said. “I started racing with absolutely no knowledge of what I should be doing.” After a few races, George said that being out on the track was the best way to understand the sport.

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Craig female golfers step up for 24th Silver Bullet

Craig resident Susan Utzinger limited mistakes, played consistent and finished with what she considers one of her better golf performances over the weekend in the 24th Annual Silver Bullet tournament. “I played the best I ever have during a two-day tournament here in Craig,” she said. “This was my 10th time playing in the Silver Bullet and it was my best performance.”

Craig lodging reps opposing tax

Elk Run owners: Tax is needed for industry, but proposed percentage is too steep

Local lodging representatives are scheduled to present a petition today to the Craig City Council opposing a portion of the city’s proposed lodging tax measure. Craig residents Cindy and Randy Looper, who own the Elk Run Inn, organized the petition and the group opposing the lodging tax.

Senior Spotlight for July 13

“May I ask you a stupid question,” I said to my friend one day. She replied that there is no such thing as a stupid question. The night before last, I was reminded of that as I was listening to an Evangelist priest make the remark, “A question is not the sign of ignorance, a question is a sign of intelligence — wanting to know something.”

Rep. Salazar discusses energy in Steamboat

Congressman says he supports Vermillion drilling

U.S. Rep. John Salazar expressed his support Monday for natural gas exploration on the Vermillion Basin and asked Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner to help with recommendations he can take straight to the top.

Teen finance class starts today in Hayden

Still time to sign up for CNCC money management course in Hayden

There’s still time to register for a locally offered Colorado Northwestern Community College class about financial management for teens. The class runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, starting today, through Aug. 3 at the Hayden Public Library.

Monday, July 12

On the Record for July 12, 2010

On the Record for July 12, 2010

Craig woman’s trial to begin

A Craig woman’s four-day criminal trial is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. today in Moffat County District Court.

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My Life, My Words: Daniel Wright: Living a healthy lifestyle

“I was raised Wheatland, Wyo., a big metropolis of 2,500 people. I went to high school there and graduated from there. The University of Wyoming decided that I was wonderful and competent and gave me a scholarship to go there. I got my degree from there. I tried to find myself here in the United States and decided that really wasn’t going to happen, and decided to go back to graduate school.

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Sea Sharks meet concludes

In a swim meet that had an Olympian as the special guest and saw Craig swimmers continue to improve their times, coach Caitlin Conci said she was exceptionally proud of everyone.

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Craig Elks raise money for local charities

Sitting near the entrance Saturday of the Craig Elks Lodge No. 1577 at 43 W. Victory Way, Sherri Finneman hoped to see a lot of traffic during the organization’s indoor yard sale.

Lightning cause behind fires

A 340-acre fire burning 20 miles northeast of Rangely was reported to be 70 percent contained as of Sunday afternoon.

Glanville: Lesson learned from beat-digger heaven

This summer is the 50th anniversary of my first paying job. Oh, sure, I had worked for and with my grandparents, various aunts, uncles and the occasional neighbor, but never for hard money I could stick in my jeans and waste anyway I thought important.

Craig briefs: Daily Press hosting online chats

The Craig Daily Press is hosting a series of online chats with candidates for Moffat County positions in the coming weeks.

Datebook for July 12

9 a.m. to noon. Craig Christian Church hosts vacation Bible school for kindergarten through sixth-grade students at the church, 960 W. Victory Way. Call the church at 824-6024.

Aging Well: Be aware and prepare for summer play

Blue skies, warm temperatures, trails, lakes and rivers are reasons to get outside, but summer play does not come without risks. Poor preparation and judgment can have serious health consequences, particularly for older adults.

Annie's Mailbox: Did friend steal from my home?

Dear Annie: An old acquaintance agreed to look in on my cat while I was on vacation. Upon my return, I noticed that the lock had been picked on the door to the room where I keep my valuables. My purses, dressers and closets had been rummaged through. Missing are several antique silver pieces and the contents of my jewelry box. There are dozens of other items I have yet to find.

Horoscope for July 12

CANCER (June 21-July 22) —Someone you helped out will be eager to tell others about the great job you did for him/her and how generously you gave of your time. This person wants others to know how nice you are.

Saturday, July 10

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Moffat County teacher publishes fantasy book

Walking through a barren landscape with nothing and no one in sight, Daphne Stroh began to grow weary. Relief finally came in the form of a large purple boulder, which, when she climbed on top of it, had the comfortable feel of a memory foam mattress. And just as she laid down to sleep… She woke up.

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Craig Sea Sharks host annual ABC swimming meet

Swimmer Eryn Leonard, an incoming Moffat County High School sophomore, was a state qualifier in her freshman year in the 100-meter butterfly.

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Art born from industry

Resident weaves love of native culture, construction into artwork

In 1987, Craig resident Bernie Rose had an experience at an art show in Denver he said shaped the rest of his life. At the time, Rose was displaying a metal art piece containing a sculpted buffalo skull and four feathers on a black and red disc, he said.

Numbers shifting in election registration in Moffat County

The deadline for Moffat County voters to register for the August primary election is Monday. Stephanie Beckett, a Moffat County elections supervisor, said many voters have expressed the most interest in local politics above state and national interests.

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Moffat County Alternative School moves locations

A cluster of worktables with two rows of computers sits empty now, but once the school year begins, students exploring their educational options will be using the station. The Moffat County Alternative School, an educational program for Moffat County School District students who require a schedule and teachers tailored to their needs, will be starting the school year in a new location.

Horoscope for July 10

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — When it comes to achieving success at work, timing is a factor that will either make or break you. Being anxious may get you to act prematurely while doubts might cause you to drag your feet.

Craig briefs: Ladies Auxiliary offering bingo

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 Ladies Auxiliary is scheduled to host bingo from 1 to 4 p.m. today upstairs at the VFW restaurant, 419 E. Victory Way. The event is open to the public. For more information, call Jeannie Wixson at 875-1768.

Datebook for July 10

8 a.m. The Craig Sea Sharks swimming team hosts its annual ABC Meet at the Craig Swimming Complex, 605 Washington St. Admission is free.

On the record for July 10

Craig Police Thursday, July 8 Officers responded to five requests to assist another agency.

Editorial: Bringing synergy to energy

With the future use of Vermillion Basin at the center of local discussions lately, the new incarnation of the Editorial Board found energy and the debates surrounding it fitting topics at its meeting Monday.

Government update for July 10

Craig City Council Last Met: June 23 Decisions: • Approved, 5-0, to renew the 3.2 percent retail beer license for Pizza Hut, 1070 W. Victory way. • Approved, 5-0, to renew the retail liquor license for Eastside Liquor, 539 E. Victory Way.

A&L: A busy summer for county 4-Hers

There’s been a lot going on for Moffat County 4-H members lately, including an expo, state conference, and even the collection of cell phones. And, on top of everything else, members are also starting to gear up for the county fair.

Over a Cup of Coffee: ‘Rhubarb Dream Dessert’ comes highly recommended

Last week, I received a call from Meeker resident Dixie Jones, who tried the “Green Bean Salad” that was featured in this column awhile back.

Humor of ‘Grown Ups’ is hardly adult but still agreeable

Among other things, the comedy “Grown Ups” imparts upon its audience a few pearls of wisdom about outdoor activities that anybody can use.

Elk Run Inn completes undefeated season

Elk Run Inn completed an undefeated season with one last victory and one last complete game by pitcher Brett Loyd. In the Craig Parks and Recreation 11- to 12-year-old end-of-season tournament, Elk Run Inn played Peroulis Brothers in the championship game Friday night at Woodbury Sports Complex.

Annie's Mailbox: Ex-husband on woman’s mind

Dear Annie: I met my current boyfriend while separated from my ex-husband, and we now have a beautiful son together. The problem is, I cannot let go of my ex-husband and his family. I’m sure they feel the same, because we secretly see each other all the time.

Hayden Food Bank expands hours

LIFT-UP makes decision based on increasing need for services

The LIFT-UP of Routt County food bank in Hayden has extended its hours to help meet the increasing need for its services. The food bank now is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays and from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays.

Friday, July 9

Craig Sea Sharks competing today

More than 200 swimmers expected for ABC meet

The Craig Sea Sharks are currently hosting the annual ABC swimming meet at the Craig Swimming Complex, 605 Washington St.

Karl Rove headed to Steamboat

Republican strategist will be keynote speaker at Freedom Conference in August

The influential GOP strategist and analyst will be the keynote speaker at the Freedom Conference, sche­duled for Aug. 27 and 28 at The Steamboat Grand. The conference is put on by the Steamboat Institute, a local conservative nonprofit group.

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Organic foods showcased at Farmer’s Market

Jars of pickles, braided rugs, wooden knick-knacks. Foods and crafts of all kinds could be seen Thursday afternoon at the Farmer’s Market at Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig.

Craig police looking ahead

Community committee helping shape department’s five-year strategic plan

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta contends good policing is a partnership between a community and the police department. Vanatta and the police department are currently developing a plan officers hope can maintain that partnership for the next five years.

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Meeker II wins championship

Strong pitching and solid defense lead to victory

Just as Cook Chevrolet was looking to make a comeback in the bottom of the fourth inning, Meeker II shortstop Garrett Frantz, 10, had other plans Cook Chevrolet batter Santiago Aragon hit the ball harder than it had been hit all night and it was headed straight for Garrett.

Datebook for July 9

Friday, July 9 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

Letter to Editor: Deer cause problems

On June 29, our 7-pound toy poodle was viciously attacked by a deer.

Letter to Editor: Great job by Hayden

Compliments to Hayden.

Annie's Mailbox: Daughter-in-law tired of being quiet

Dear Annie: My husband, my son and I live with my mother-in-law. She’s been divorced for nine years. I know Mom deserves companionship, but one night last month, she went out with the girls and decided to bring a guy home. We thought it was going to be a one-night stand, but “Stan” hasn’t left since that night. Stan is only two years older than my husband. He’s been eating our food and using our toiletries and seems to have made himself quite comfortable. I’m a stay-at-home mom, and while my husband and his mother are at work, Stan hangs around making moves on me. I’ve told my husband, but he refuses to believe the guy is hitting on me.

Horoscope for July 9

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — You could find yourself experiencing some beneficial changes in your material affairs. You’ll have to be alert and on your toes, however, because they’re likely to come from unfamiliar sources.

Craig briefs: Daily Press hosting online chats

The Craig Daily Press is hosting a series of online chats with candidates for Moffat County positions in the coming weeks. The next chats are scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday with Lila Herod, a candidate for Moffat County clerk and recorder, and 5 to 6 p.m. July 19 with Tim Jantz, Moffat County’s incumbent sheriff. Both races are uncontested for the Aug. 10 Republican primary.

Janet Sheridan: The soul of summer

I recently had a medical procedure requiring an IV. My nurse had trouble inserting the needle. She apologized for needing to poke me again and suggested I close my eyes and go to my happy place. “Do you have a happy place?” she asked.

Letter to Editor: Support of Carol Scott

I worked in the Moffat County Assessor’s Office for 20 years. I worked quite a few years with both assessor candidates.

Thursday, July 8

Two-day Hayden Speedway weekend

Modified class to headline race weekend

If speed is what fans want, speed is what they’ll get, Hayden Speedway president Tyrrell Kochenower said. “We have a lot of fast cars coming,” he said. “With that many fast cars on the track, there are bound to be some wrecks.” At 7 p.m. tonight and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the Hayden Speedway, 37900 Routt County Road 53, will host the International Motor Contest Association Modified Showdown.

Northwest Colorado broadband Internet committee formed

Committee to keep apprised of local conditions, state expansion efforts

Several counties have partnered to form a new committee to keep watch over broadband Internet services in rural areas of Northwest Colorado. Committee member Audrey Danner said the committee serves two purposes — communicating with state officials and keeping an eye on local broadband services.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course superintendent Tim Boyle aces hole 4

As Yampa Valley Golf Course’s superintendent, Tim Boyle spends his days pouring over the greens. Boyle may know the grounds as well as anyone — after all, he has spent the last three years making sure they are perfect.

On the Record for July 8, 2010

On the Record for July 8, 2010

Chip sealing street projects begin Monday in Craig

Beginning next week, the City of Craig’s Road and Bridge Department will be chip sealing streets around town. Starting Monday, workers will be coating locations with new material — a water-based, palmerized emulsion — to help keep up with street maintenance.

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Top seeds set to battle in baseball finale

Nine teams entered Craig Parks and Recreation’s 8- to 10-year-old end-of-season tournament, and after seven games, two teams remain to compete for the championship. After three rounds and two weeks, No. 1-seeded Meeker II will play No. 2-seeded Cook Chevrolet at 6 p.m. today at Woodbury Sports Complex.

Craig briefs: Fund established for medical expenses

Fund established for medical expenses Craig resident Mel L. Duran was recently diagnosed with leukemia, and is undergoing treatment at University Hospital in Denver. A fund has been established to help Duran with medical costs. Donations can be made to Yampa Valley Bank, 435 Mack Lane in Craig, in care of Mel Duran. For more information, call Tom Duran at 824-2244 or Terry Duran at 824-2773.

Datebook for July 8

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

Letter to Editor: Two separate groups

To the editor: In your article on June 29 about the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed resource management plan closing of 77,000 acres to energy development, there were some misconceptions.

Boomer Girl: Puppy paparazzi

The e-mail from our dog groomer read as follows: “I’m contacting you to let you know about a talent agent’s interest in Lucy. She wants a side shot so she can see the markings, age, weight, a little about her personality and a headshot.

Horoscope for July 8

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — If you need to purchase an expensive item about which you have little expertise or know little about, take along someone who is knowledgeable on such things.

Annie's Mailbox: How can I avoid hurting my bipolar, hard-luck mom? 

Dear Annie: My parents eloped 35 years ago, and my grandmother never forgave them. She disowned my mother and has never been part of our lives. Four years ago, my oldest brother also cut off contact with the family.

Wednesday, July 7

Hayden town manager offered Arizona job

Russ Martin plans to review the contract with his family before making a decision

Russ Martin said this evening that he hadn't received word or a contract from Camp Verde. He plans to review the offer with his family before making a decision but said he will probably take the job if the contract is acceptable.

DA hires new Moffat County deputy

Marguerite Carr to replace Jeremy Snow in August

The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Moffat County will soon have a new prosecutor. Marguerite Carr, 32, who currently lives near Washington, D.C., will be starting as a deputy district attorney next month, District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham said Wednesday. Carr will be filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Jeremy Snow, the former chief deputy district attorney who was hired as the Moffat County Attorney in May.

Michelle Balleck: Olympic athletes & fast cars — all in a Craig weekend

There’s plenty to keep you occupied this weekend — from yard sales to dirt track racing and drinking games to Olympic games. Plus, it’s prime time to be out enjoying the summertime, so go climb a mountain or snag a fish or whatever warm-weather fun you’re into. I will be enjoying one of summer’s most popular events this weekend — the wedding.

Craig Sea Sharks hosting lone home meet

For this year’s Craig Sea Sharks ABC Meet, there will be one special guest among the 200 participants. Olympian Kristy Kowal will be at the meet, and will sign autographs and speak with swimmers Saturday. Kowal, who won a silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke during the 2000 summer Olympics in Sydney, will speak at other swim meets along the Western Slope.

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Armstrong commits to Steamboat's Ride 4 Yellow

David Nagel, the event director for the Aug. 8 Ride 4 Yellow fundraising event, confirmed Wednesday that Lance Armstrong was scheduled to ride. The 26-mile ride along the Continental Divide trail is about half full, and organizers are bracing for a jump in interest now that the cycling legend will participate.

On the Record for July 7, 2010

On the Record for July 7, 2010

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Candidates address residents

Commissioner, coroner candidates to present platforms to public

Craig resident Stefka White said she visited American Legion Post 62 on Wednesday without a clear idea of who she would vote for in next month’s primary election. But, after hearing several candidates for Moffat County Commission speak about various issues facing the county, White said she had a much better idea of how she would cast her ballot.

Datebook for July 7

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676 for more information. 11:30 a.m. The Moffat County Tourism Association Board meets in the main floor conference room of the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. Call 824-2335.

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Lions Club brings famed circus to Craig

The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will be in Craig next month to offer families with a night of fun under the big top. The Craig Lions Club is bringing the circus to town, with performances at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

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Moffat County commission addresses BLM plan

Residents voice range of opinions on Vermillion Basin development

There was standing room only in the Moffat County Commissioners’ chambers Tuesday morning as the commission addressed a recent proposal regarding energy development in Vermillion Basin. About 20 residents attended the meeting to voice concerns or praise of the Bureau of Land Management’s recent decision to close the Vermillion Basin to energy development as part of its proposed resource management plan.

Wet weather soaks illegal fireworks use

The same heavy rains that threatened to put a damper on Sunday’s Fourth of July festivities may have helped keep the city safe. While Craig’s annual fireworks display took place without cancellation by the soggy Independence Day weather, other holiday celebrations around town were more subdued, at least according to Craig Fire/Rescue, the Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Craig Emergency Medical Services.

Boost in retail sales expected in Moffat, Routt Counties

Yampa Valley Partners Director Kate Nowak thinks the economy may be taking a turn for the better based on recent gross retail sales forecasts. Nowak and Scott Ford, director of the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative, have predicted a boost in retail sales in both Moffat and Routt counties, according to Yampa Valley Partners’ third quarter regional economic forecast newsletter. Gross retail sales in Moffat County are expected to top $35.8 million dollars in July, a 4.9-percent increase from 2009, according to the newsletter.

Craig Briefs: Pet calendar voting ends Thursday

Thursday is the final day for the public to vote on photographs for the Humane Society of Moffat County’s 2011 Pet Mates Calendar. Voting will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Farmer’s Market at Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig. Voting is by donation.

Editorial: Everywhere there's signs

One look around town lately is enough to reinforce what most already know — that, if it hadn’t already, campaign season has truly arrived, and in full force. Yard signs touting the candidacies of many state and local candidates for public office dot (some might say, litter) the landscapes of Craig and Moffat County neighborhoods.

Becky Pittman: Thanks for being kind

To the editor: I would like to thank the person who turned my cell phone into the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 on the weekend of Whittle the Wood.

Tom and Sue Beachman: Tell the whole story

To the editor: Last week, you covered Moffat County Commissioners Tom Gray and Tom Mathers’ visit to Pinedale, Wyo. In this article, neither commissioner mentioned any of the problems facing Sublette County in dealing with the massive increase in oil and gas development.

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Craig Bulldogs lose a pair against Steamboat Sailors

After having almost a month off, the American Legion Post 62 baseball team was unable to pick up where it left off and fell twice Tuesday. The Bulldogs (1-5 overall) were unable to hold on against the Steamboat Springs Sailors (6-2) on Tuesday at Craig Middle School.

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Little league tournament down to final 2 teams

After seven games and three days of baseball, the Craig Parks and Recreation end-of-season 8- to 10-year-old baseball tournament has two teams ready for the championship game. Tuesday night featured strong pitching performances from all four teams involved, but the No. 1 and No. 2 seeded teams will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Woodbury Sports Complex to crown a champion.

Sports Briefs: Swimmimg Complex to reduce hours

The lap pool at the Craig Swimming Complex will be closed Friday through Sunday because of the Craig Sea Sharks ABC Swim Meet. The wave pool will operate on a limited basis, with only 200 people allowed for each three-hour session. There will be a wave pool session from 1 to 4 p.m. each day, and a 5 to 8 p.m. session Friday and Saturday.

Annie's Mailbox: How do we deal with our creepy, ex-con neighbor?

Dear Annie: I’ve lived in the same apartment for almost a decade and have seen many neighbors come and go. Three years ago, I married “Joe” and he moved in. Joe quickly befriended “Nick,” a fairly recent arrival. We often share drinks on the patio. Nick does repairs around the building and has master keys. For the past two days, when I’ve come home from my office, Nick has said, “Hello, honey,” to me in a really creepy way.

Horoscope for July 7

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Be very careful about passing on any information you get from someone who is known to be a troublemaker. This person could have a malicious intent and use you to carry it out. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Although you basically are someone who holds a positive attitude on most things, this time you might give more credence to unsubstantiated negative thinking. Don’t be your worst enemy. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Managing delicate situations for others is generally what you do best, but sorting out some minor complications for yourself could be another story at times. Today might be one of those days.

Computer analysis delays Loggers Lane case

Routt County Sheriff’s Of­­fice investigator Mike Curzon said a computer analysis is taking longer than expected in the Loggers Lane Owners Association investigation.

Tuesday, July 6

On the Record for July 6, 2010

On the Record for July 6, 2010

Journalist David Sanger to speak about reality of Obama’s 1st year

The New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger will be the first speaker this year in the Seminars at Steamboat series and will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday at Strings Music Pavilion.

Datebook for July 6

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Shelly Flannery will provide a presentation on the Northwest Colorado Transition Coalition, a group that works with at-risk youth. Call 826-4444. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

Craig Briefs: Newspaper to host online chat

The Craig Daily Press is hosting an online chat with Peter Epp, a candidate for Moffat County surveyor, at 5 p.m. today. Epp will answer community questions regarding his interest in and qualifications for the surveyor position. Participants may submit questions to be asked of Epp before or during the chat.

Senior Spotlight for July 6

My great-granddaughter came in the house and said, “Come see the rainbow.” Hurriedly, all the chairs were emptied as my family went outside.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Since college

Most college students fear the day they graduate because they fear the ambiguity of the next stage. Will they backpack through Europe for the summer? Will they move back home and spend time with their family and save up money? Will they follow their dreams to move to the city and pursue their singing career? Or, will they begin their schedule of nine to five and settle for a more routine lifestyle?

William Fairbanks stops in Craig during cross-country journey

Since William Fairbanks began walking across the country July 2, 2009 in Los Osos, Calif., he has seen many things. He said he has seen indescribable kindness on the roads, despite the effects of a downtrodden economy.

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Cottonwood Classic wraps up weekend of golf in Moffat County

After three days and three good rounds of golf, John Svoboda walked away a champion. “I played better than I ever have at a Cottonwood Classic,” Svoboda said. “I just played my own game.” Svoboda was the winner of the fourth flight, shooting a three-round combined score of 247, 12 strokes better than second place.

Bockelman: ‘Jonah Hex’ tells the story of a dull, dusty, dirty gunslinger

The term “dead or alive” applies to the job description of bounty hunters, but for the title character of “Jonah Hex,” replacing the “or” with an “and” seems more appropriate. Once a proud defender of the Confederacy, former soldier Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) no longer has an allegiance to the South. Or the Union, for that matter.

Local man taken to hospital for burns

Craig Fire/Rescue responded to a report Monday afternoon of a man with burns to his face and body in the 500 block of School Street. Drew Balleck, a resident of the building the call was reported from, was taken to The Memorial Hospital for burn treatment after a crew of nine firefighters responded to the scene, Fire Chief Bill Johnston said.

Bulldog sports for July 6

Today 4 and 6 p.m. American Legion Post 62 baseball team plays Steamboat Springs at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave. 5:30 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation youth baseball plays at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St.

Horoscope for July 6

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Don’t just wish and wait for good things to happen. Take the initiative to make that which you’ve been hoping a reality. Define your objectives and then go after them. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — The results for which you’re hoping will be there for you, but not necessarily on your first try. It’s important to stay with your objective, even if you have to try several different methods to achieve it.

Annie's Mailbox: Mother's Facebook use hard to take

Dear Annie: Over the years, I have made several major moves around the country and have found that my Facebook account is a great way to keep in touch. However, my dear mother does not seem to understand Facebook etiquette. She comments on my page as if each change were directed specifically to her.

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No action by Craig City Council on political sign issue

The Craig City Council may not take action on a missing ordinance in the city’s land use code regulating political signs around the city. City attorney Kenny Wohl recommended by e-mail last week that the city council not draft an ordinance concerning the signs. Wohl’s recommendation stems from his recent investigation into other Colorado municipalities and court cases brought against them concerning political signs, he said.

Craig to host nationally sanctioned BBQ event

The end of the summer will have a little extra flavor for Craig and Moffat County residents. Craig will play host to the Colorado State BBQ Championship from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28. Sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society and the Rocky Mountain BBQ Association, the competition will mark the first time such an event has ever taken place in Northwest Colorado.

Monday, July 5

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Despite conditions, Craig Fire/Rescue moves forward with Fourth of July display

Rain showers were no match for the fireworks display put on by Craig Fire/Rescue on Sunday night. People gathered with family and friends at the Moffat County High School parking lot and enjoyed the Fourth of July festivities. Folding chairs were set out and blankets were used by some, while others stayed in their cars to stay warm and enjoy the show.

Meeker celebrates 125th annual Range Call

MEEKER — As a docent for the White River Museum, Sandy Shimko sees a steady flow of people coming in and out of the Meeker attraction. But, during the Independence Day weekend, the numbers fluctuate quite a bit, an increase in attendance that Shimko attributes to the collection of Western odds and ends that make up the museum.

Datebook for July 5

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. 10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bob Woods at 824-6836.

Craig Briefs: Daily Press to host online chat

The Craig Daily Press is hosting an online chat with Peter Epp, a candidate for Moffat County surveyor, at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Epp will answer community questions regarding his interest in and qualifications for the surveyor position. Participants may submit questions to be asked of Epp before or during the chat. A full transcript of the chat will be available after the chat has closed.

Business Beat: New Face, commitment to customer service

The Print Shop has hired a new designer/customer service representative. Laura Vermeulen joins the staff at The Print Shop after teaching art for a year at Rangely High School.Vermeulen is committed to serving her customers with creative designs and an efficient process.

My Life, My Words: Jennifer Barlean — The temptation of home

“I grew up mostly in Colorado, in the valley. I lived in the Craig, Hayden and Steamboat areas when I was growing up, and I eventually graduated from Hayden High School in 1992. After I graduated, I had my daughter and moved to California where I thought dreams came true. That wasn’t necessarily the case.

Glanville: Ants of parade

Imagine two ants walking along a well-groomed path. One of them stops every so often to grab a snack, look for something to do and admire the view, while the other marches head-long down the path, slowing only too remind the other, “we must keep going; our leaders insist everything will be fine, we must keep going.”

Church: Thanks for the support

To the editor: We wish to thank you for the wonderful coverage that you had in the Craig Daily Press last week for our community yard sale. It seems that you had news of it every day in the week preceding the sale that Saturday.

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Moffat County’s Little Britches Rodeo ends after 4 days

As Gabbi Steele can attest, the axiom “practice makes perfect” is true. Steele, who will be a Moffat County High School junior in the fall, said increased practice time helped her during the weekend’s Little Britches Rodeo at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. “I just spent a lot more time in the ring getting ready,” she said. “I definitely practiced a lot more this year.”

Sports spotlight: Troy Vernon

Age: 19 Sport: Rodeo How did you get your start in your sport? “My whole family does the rodeo and I have been raised on a ranch, so I have basically been doing it my whole life.”

Annie's Mailbox: Should I mediate daughters' fued?

Dear Annie: I have three daughters, all in their 40s and married with children. The problem is, the two oldest are not speaking to each other. They had a feud nine years ago when “Stefani” got married, and she and her older sister, “Jessica,” had some disagreement at the wedding. Quite honestly, I am not sure what happened.

Horoscope for July 5

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Your popularity among your peers is trending upward. Don’t be surprised if, everywhere you go, it’ll seem like others will find much to admire in you and will make you the center of attention. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Make your presentation of the issues or causes in which you believe using a touch of humor. By keeping things light, you can break through even with those that usually have hard heads. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — When you earnestly strive to establish a common cause with that special person you love, you can’t lose, so come up with a joint endeavor where you can work together to achieve those ends.

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Aging Well: Pedaling for fitness and fun

Two years ago, Peggy Epstein had a hard time keeping up with her biking buddies. A bike upgrade and many more rides later, she holds her own while riding county roads with other older adults — and continues to surprise herself.

Saturday, July 3

Fireworks show blasts off in Craig Sunday at dark

Craig Fire/Rescue again presents its Fourth of July fireworks display to help celebrate America’s independence. The fireworks show will begin at nightfall Sunday and is expected to last about 30 minutes. The show will contain $8,000 worth of fireworks — $4,000 paid for by the city of Craig and the other $4,000 paid for by Moffat County — including many types of aerial fireworks.

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A ‘50-50 shot’: Coal’s future looks strong but hinges on regulations, legislation

Editor’s note: This is the fourth part of a four-part series on the area’s coal mining industry. The first three parts can be viewed at www.craigdailypress.com. Travis Sondrol, 31, maintenance manager for Colowyo Coal Co., is tasked with overseeing maintenance on the mine’s numerous pieces of equipment. From haul trucks to drills, draglines and shovels, Sondrol and his staff of 67 mechanics keep the mine running so that it can operate 24 hours a day throughout most of the year.

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Craig resident reflects on three months of world traveling

Andrew Christensen found a common thread throughout his recent travels through Asia. Everywhere he went, he saw statues of gods and animals were always portrayed with odd numbers of arms or legs. He said the odd numbers meant good luck, like the Scarab statue he walked around three times to ensure good health. “Here, people always seem to pick even numbers,” he said as he described intricate carvings of a multi-armed god in a Cambodian temple. “I think this is just so beautiful.”

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MCHS senior represents Moffat County at national conference

A simple phrase became a sort of slogan among about 50 Colorado students who attended the National Association of Student Councils conference last week. “Student council should be like a railroad,” said Slade Gurr, who will be a senior at Moffat County High School in the fall.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Eclipse’ ushers in darker, deeper tone in ‘Twilight’ series

It took two false starts, but “The Twilight Saga” finally starts to show some fangs with its latest release, “Eclipse.” Life in Forks, Wash., is slow for most, but for teenager Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), time is almost standing still. While most of her classmates can’t wait for their high school graduation, there’s a big event she’s looking forward to even more: becoming a vampire.

Datebook for July 3

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. 7 a.m. The Cottonwood Classic tees off at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394. Call the pro shop at 824-3673. 7:30 a.m. The 124th annual Meeker Range Call celebration begins today with a 5K run walk. Other attractions include a pancake breakfast, parade, barbecue, fireworks, barn dance and a carnival. Tickets for the weekend are $35 for adults, $30 for children younger than 12 and seniors older than 55, and free for children younger than 5. For a full schedule, visit www.rangecall.com.

Craig Briefs: Legion bingo slated for tonight

American Legion Post 62 will host bingo today at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way in Craig. Doors open at 5 p.m., and games begin at 6:15 p.m. The event is open to the public. For more information, call the American Legion at 824-3625.

Veteran's Hotline: Local effort underway to make veterans’ lives ‘a little better and little easier’

The ladies at Sunset Meadows I and II are making afghans, caps, scarves and quilts for veterans at the Rifle Nursing Home and Grand Junction VA Medical Center. They welcome any donations of yarn, Velcro, batting material, bias tape, pillowcases, dowels, pipe cleaners, magnets, or money. If you have something to donate, please call Kathy Carlton at 826-9943. You will be helping to make a veteran’s life a little better and little easier and the donations will be greatly appreciated.

Dotson: ‘Whiter than Snow’ a captivating dramatic tale

Sandra Dallas’s newest novel, “Whiter than Snow,” is just as epic as her other novels. Dallas stays true to telling stories of small towns and families coming together during times of tragedy. In “Whiter than Snow,” nine children are buried during a devastating avalanche in the fictional mining town of Swandyce, Colo., in 1920. The lives of the families involved individually unfold through each chapter, and during the avalanche rescue efforts, the people’s differences are put aside and a community is formed.

Government update for July 3

Moffat County Commission Last met: June 29 Decisions: • Approved, 3-0, a Gulfport Energy Corp. division order for Museum of Northwest Colorado mineral lease royalties. • Approved, 3-0, voided warrant resolutions for the month of June totaling $7,862.50.

Over a Cup: A dessert for the holiday weekend

Happy Fourth of July, everyone. This week’s recipe is made with canned peaches and peach-flavored gelatin, although I expect it could be made into a festive Fourth of July salad by using frozen strawberries and gelatin. To make the “Peach Salad” (which could also double as a dessert), you’ll need: 1 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers, 1/4 cup margarine, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 (3-ounce) packages peach gelatin, 2 cups boiling water, 2 cups cold water, 29-ounce can of peaches, 8 ounces cream cheese, 8 ounces whipped topping, and 1 cup sugar.

Diane Prather: Spring arriving later than usual

Most Northwest Colorado residents agree that the spring of 2010 has been “wacky,” for lack of a better word. A late spring caused the usual garden planting to be postponed for two weeks, or if gardens were planted at the usual time, plants frosted (after perhaps more than one planting) and then were damaged by sudden hot winds. Ervin and Arloa Gerber, who live west of Craig, planted their tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers in Walls-o-Water and as a result have some tomatoes “way over the tops” of the walls.

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2nd day of Little Britches Rodeo is rain soaked in Craig

On Friday, the second of four days of the Little Britches Rodeo continued at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way. On-and-off rain showers provided extra challenges for several of the cowboys, including 12-year-old Trent Vernon. “It definitely makes it harder to rope,” he said. “When my (saddle) horn gets wet, it makes dally roping even harder.”

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Golfers open play in Cottonwood Classic in Craig

After his father became ill, Hayden resident Chester Hinkle had to cut back on one of his favorite hobbies — golf. “I used to play in seven to eight golf tournaments a year,” Hinkle said. “Lately, I am down to only a couple (tournaments) a year.” With the registration deadline looming, Hinkle, 49, decided at the last minute to play in the 43rd Annual Cottonwood Classic at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig. Rain delayed the tournament Friday, but after the weather cleared, play began.

Annie's Mailbox: Neighbors bothered by no wedding invitation

Dear Annie: For the past 20 years, I have been fortunate to have four neighbors who have become good friends. We socialize, take care of each others’ houses when one is out of town, and exchange birthday and Christmas gifts. We also have celebrated our children’s milestones. Last year, “Patty’s” son got married. For several months, she went on and on about the wedding plans, so we were all surprised when none of us was invited to the wedding. She never said a word about our being excluded. We thought maybe the guest list was limited or the groom’s family was given a smaller number of invitations. But after the wedding, Patty rambled on and on about the festivities and showed us all the pictures. It was a huge wedding, and several of Patty’s other friends were in attendance.

Horoscope for July 3

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Be careful you aren’t paying too high a price to get what you think you want from another. Consider all the ramifications to be sure your objective is worth what it will end up costing you. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Instead of adhering to some old methods or routines to do a job that doesn’t always turn out well, consider using some new techniques or equipment you’ve heard about. You’ll be glad you did.

Friday, July 2

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Homeless man's journey taking him to Steamboat

David Muniz left Greeley last month and hit Rabbit Ears Pass this afternoon

David Muniz left Greeley on June 22 on his way to Steamboat Springs. By this afternoon he was high on Rabbit Ears Pass, 13 miles from the edge of town.

On the Record for July 2, 2010

On the Record for July 2, 2010

Andy Bockelman: ‘Jonah Hex’ is a dull, dirty gunslinger saga

The term “dead or alive” applies to the job description of bounty hunters, but for the title character of “Jonah Hex,” replacing the “or” with an “and” seems more appropriate. Once a proud defender of the Confederacy, former soldier Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) no longer has an allegiance to the South. Or the Union, for that matter.

Janet Sheridan: Strutting my stuff

As I child, I participated in summer parades whenever possible. Unlike Halloween, which ignited my mother’s creativity and gave me heartburn, parades allowed us both to go berserk. The fun began in June with the Lake Shore Homecoming parade. While our friends rode streamer-festooned bicycles into each other, my siblings and I strutted our stuff. In 1950, we presented the “Bray One-Ring Circus”— which many deemed appropriate.

MCHS boys hoops team coming together

New coach: Team made strides at Western State College camp

Although the record wasn’t sparkling, David Bradshaw, Moffat County High School’s new boys basketball coach, liked what he saw from his team’s first in-game action. The team completed a June 24 to 26 camp at Western State College in Gunnison, and Bradshaw, who was named head coach in April, said he saw several positives from a team that went 6-17 last season.

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Journey of Hope stops in Craig

Thirty-three men in red, white and blue cycling jerseys were spread among rooms Thursday at the Boys and Girls Club of Craig, padding barefoot around and playing games like Twister, Dance Dance Revolution and carpet ball. In the craft room, Cheyenne Gensler, 8, was painting a scene with brightly-colored temperas. “We’re painting with bikers,” she announced, pointing at one of the cyclists.

Datebook for July 2

7 a.m. The Cottonwood Classic tees off at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394. Call the pro shop at 824-3673. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

Craig Briefs: MCTA hosts special meeting today

The Moffat County Tourism Association is scheduled to host a special meeting at 3 p.m. today at the MCTA office, 590 Yampa Ave., inside the Museum of Northwest Colorado. According to a news release, MCTA will discuss a Club 20 summer meeting on tourism. The MCTA meeting is open to the public. The next regular MCTA meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. July 14.

‘Gruff exterior’ with ‘the soul of a poet’: A story about the enigmatic James W. Ryan and his Black Mountain poetry

Shortly after World War I, a shell-shocked veteran returned to his remote homestead on Black Mountain, carrying within him the remnants of pain suffered in the Great War. Born in 1884 in New York, James W. Ryan moved with his family to Denver when he was a teen. Sometime before 1910, Jimmy moved on to homestead in remote Moffat County. Little is known about Ryan.

Local fuel gauge for July 2

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

F. Neil Folks: Jesus — Savior or wisdom teacher?

Interesting question, is it not? We’ve been taught through the years that He, Jesus, is our Savior and Lord. Yet, all through the New Testament, he is considered the rabbi, or teacher. Jesus always said, “Follow me, not worship me.” “Yes,” said Jesus, “as I am, you, too, can and must become. I will be here to help you. But you must do the work yourself.”

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More than 247 contestants in Craig for Little Britches Rodeo

If Denton Taylor has his way, this weekend will bring some additions to his saddle collection. Taylor, 13, will try to collect some prize saddles this weekend during the Little Britches Rodeo at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The rodeo started Thursday, and will continue at 9 a.m. today through Sunday.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband confused since wife left him

Dear Annie: My wife of 18 years left me. The day started out like any other. I got dressed for work, gave her a kiss on the lips and told her, “I love you. See you later.” She said, “Love you, too.” When I got home, I discovered that she had taken all of her things, plus a few of mine, and both of our dogs. She didn’t give a reason. She only left a short note saying, “I have to get away. I can’t take anymore.”

Horoscope for July 2

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Enrich your mind by allocating quality time to some mental pursuits, and leave all those physical ones to another day. Remember, your brain needs exercise perhaps more than your muscles do. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — You’ve always had a knack for being able to sort out complications others can unravel for themselves and because of this you may be asked to do more than usual. Volunteer where needed.

Former Craig resident sentenced for bank fraud

Patricia Cabano, a former Craig woman who pleaded guilty to two counts of bank fraud, was sentenced to 40 months in prison June 18 in U.S. District Court in Denver. Cabano, 56, now of West Sacramento, Calif., was originally charged with 31 counts of bank fraud.

Joint Commission awards accreditation to TMH

The Memorial Hospital recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its compliance with national standards of health care quality and safety, according to a TMH news release. The Joint Commission's on-site survey of The Memorial Hospital occurred in March.

Thursday, July 1

On the Record for July 1, 2010

On the Record for July 1, 2010

Craig Briefs: Business counseling sessions available in Craig

Jack Taylor, director of the Small Business Development Center, will be available today for confidential, one-on-one business counseling sessions. Reservations are required, but sessions are free to the public. For more information, call Darcy Trask at 756-1885.

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Fundraiser helps Craig resident work toward freedom from pain

‘A whole community’ behind her

Sarah Walker, 51, had set up her chair two weeks ago in Craig City Park, ready to enjoy a sunny afternoon at the annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. Seeing live music with her daughter, Crystal, is one of her favorite pastimes, but when the first drum beat rattled from the speakers, Sarah felt the familiar, searing pain in the side of her face. The vibrations had triggered a debilitating pain in her face and jaw called trigeminal neuralgia, a condition she has dealt with for four years.

Craig lodging tax committee finalizes ordinance

The Craig lodging tax committee approved Wednesday the ordinance and ballot question it has worked throughout the last few months to draft. The ordinance and ballot question will be introduced to the Craig City Council at its July 13 meeting. The city council must approve the ordinance and ballot question before they can be placed before voters in the November election.

New winners emerge at Hayden Speedway

Races June 26 at the Hayden Speedway featured several new winners during the third week of racing. During the Speedway’s regular show, every class featured a different winner than the June 5 races.

Moffat County looks at new ice arena cooling system

Commissioners travel to Wyoming in hopes of purchasing used unit

Faced with an aging and faulty cooling system at the Moffat County Ice Arena, the Moffat County Commissioners took action in hopes of finding a solution to the problem. Commissioners Tom Gray and Tom Mathers traveled to Pinedale, Wyo., on Wednesday to investigate an ice cooling system currently being used at the Sublette County Ice Arena.

Annie's Mailbox: Is my sister-in-law being unfair?

Dear Annie: I recently had a falling out with my brother’s wife, “Cindy.” I offered to take her to lunch to talk, but she sent my brother instead. He belittled me and had a list of grievances that went back seven years.

McIntyre family: Supporting a good cause

To the editor: Along with the Samuel Havenga Jr. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, we thank those in the community who expressed support for Mike Ehredt and Project America Run that came through Craig last week. He is running throughout America and placing a small American flag with the name of an American veteran every mile — for more than 4,400 miles — to honor soldiers who have lost their lives during military service in Iraq.

Shannon Winegarner: Giving a hand to Hospice

To the editor: The 17th annual Hospice dinner and golf tournament took place June 14 and 15 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Catamount Ranch and Club golf course. The turnout was amazing. More than 300 supporters of the Hospice program joined us for the dinner to remember and honor the lives of community members that we have lost during the past year.

Horoscope for July 1

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Keep your hands on the wheel and don’t take anything for granted when it comes to things that don’t look right. The moment you relax and glance away, you can take bets you’ll get hit. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Although you generally are very careful about what you say when out in public, this time it will pay to carefully weigh your every word. If you don’t, you could carelessly blurt out a no-no. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Generally there is no need to be on guard, but conditions are now ripe for a misunderstanding to occur between you and a close friend, with each blaming the other. Don’t let anything become an issue.

Boomer Girl: Lost in translation — the World Cup appeal

I’m sorry, World Cup fans, I just don’t see the appeal. It’s not the cup, per se. I appreciate large-scale international competitions — the coming together of nations on the field of battle Especially when the battle is void of guns and the field is mine-free. It’s the game I don’t get.

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Craig Parks and Recreation baseball tournament moves to quarterfinals

The first round of Craig Parks and Recreation’s 8- to 10-year-old baseball tournament continues tonight. At 5:30 p.m., the No. 4-seeded Big Kahuna Coins will take on No. 5 Rangely at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St.

TMH begins strategic planning process for 2011-13

The Memorial Hospital kicked off the process of building a three-year strategic plan by involving employees and community members in focus groups to share thoughts about TMH’s future. The strategic plan for 2011 through 2013 will focus on a long-term vision for the hospital and act as the basis for annual business plans and quarterly assessments, said Mitch Edgeworth, a representative of QHR, the hospital’s management company.

Little Britches saddles up for record rodeo in Craig

With a record 247 contestants signed up for the Moffat County Little Britches Rodeo, more than 700 out-of-town visitors could be in Craig this weekend, organizers said. The rodeo starts at noon today at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way, and continues at 9 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Datebook for July 1

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership hosts a seminar on negotiating and deal-making at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The cost is $10 per person and lunch is included. The presentation is free for Chamber of Commerce and EDP members. To RSVP, call 756-1885. 11 a.m. Story-time takes place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds covered picnic area. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. Craig Fire/Rescue will make a presentation. Call 824-5116.

Michelle Balleck: Celebrate this weekend with a bang

It’s a weekend for friends, barbecues and remembering why we honor the Fourth of July in the first place. And, although that reason does not revolve around explosives, it’s still a lot of fun to see the annual fireworks display light up the night sky. This year, the Craig Fire/Rescue display begins at nightfall Sunday. The fireworks are lit south of the Moffat County High School football field and can be seen from just about anywhere in town.

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Yampa Valley Community Foundation honors philanthropists

Craig-Scheckmans, Ritzel and Steamboat Restaurant Group awarded

During its annual recognition of residents who are honored for giving back, the Community Foundation named Michael and Sara Craig-Scheckman Individual Philanthropists of the Year and Steamboat Restaurant Group as the Business Philanthropist of the Year.