Stories for June 2010


Wednesday, June 30

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Oak Creek woman accused of cruelty to horses

Resident: Horses at center of case are fine, charges are baseless

Sandy Wisecup was charged with 80 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after animal control officers found that her 72 horses were living in inadequate conditions in the Oak Creek Canyon.

On the Record for June 30, 2010

On the Record for June 30, 2010

Craig camp aims to add speed

Although he was expecting to get a workout, Josh Pritchard, a Moffat County High School sophomore, was still surprised Tuesday when he showed up at the House of Speed camp at the MCHS track. “It’s way more work than I thought it was going to be,” he said. “It’s definitely not easy.” Pritchard, who plays middle linebacker for the Bulldogs, was one of several athletes participating in the House of Speed camp at MCHS.

The Memorial Hospital board meeting agenda for June 30

The Memorial Hospital board meeting 7 p.m. today, conference rooms A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop Agenda:

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Craig slips to No. 68 in Outdoor Life’s ‘Best Towns’

Each fall, hunters come to Craig by the thousands to take advantage of two of the largest elk herds in the country. But, Terry Carwile believes Craig has more to offer than a temporary vacation spot. Carwile, sportsmen information specialist for the Craig Chamber of Commerce, believes Craig has a quality of life unmatched by hunting and fishing towns across the nation.

Former Craig police chief’s grandson wins reality TV show

As 19-year-old Andrew Sherman came flying down a ramp on ABC’s “Wipeout,” there was a “Yeehaw!” and he flung a tan cowboy hat at the TV camera. With a goofy grin, he ran at the first obstacle in the course, called the “fence flapper,” where he was promptly flung into the water below. “Well, this cowboy is going to have to mend those fences, and possibly his pride,” the announcer said.

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9 teams vying for Craig Parks and Recreation championship

With every pitch, every out, the Craig Parks and Recreation 8- to 10-year-old baseball season draws closer to an end. The season-ending tournament began on Tuesday, and three of the nine teams moved on while another three had their seasons end. Two games were played at Loudy-Simpson Park while another game was decided at Woodbury Sports Complex. At 5:30 p.m. today, games will resume at Loudy-Simpson and at 6 p.m., there will be another game at Woodbury.

Editorial: Natural resources

Last fall, the Craig Daily Press released 101 Things to do in Moffat County, a 56-page guide outlining various activities in our community. The introduction to this publication was titled, “Your wide-open playground,” a fitting description of our vast and beautiful county, and all it has to offer. At its most recent meeting, Editorial Board members discussed the Craig and Moffat County community and the various natural amenities, settings and places that make our area special.

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Vermillion Basin energy plan proposed in Moffat County

The Bureau of Land Management has taken a step closer to deciding the fate of energy development in Vermillion Basin. The BLM announced Tuesday its proposed resource management plan for the Little Snake Field Office would close the 77,000-acre basin, located in western Moffat County, to energy development. If approved, the plan would continue to restrict oil and gas industry leasing in the basin for the next 20 years, said Dave Blackstun, acting BLM Little Snake Field Office manager. Leasing has not been allowed in the area for the past 15 years, he said.

Craig fireworks display scheduled for Sunday night

To help celebrate America’s independence for more than 200 years, Craig Fire/Rescue holds a grand display of fireworks on July 4 just south of Moffat County High School’s football field. This year will be no different, battalion chief K.C. Hume said.

EDP meeting agenda

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership board meeting 11:30 a.m. today, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Craig Briefs: Business counseling sessions available

Jack Taylor, the Small Business Development Center director, will be available Thursday for confidential, one-on-one business counseling sessions from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations are required, but sessions are free to the public. Call Darcy Trask at 756-1885 for more information.

Annie's Mailbox: How do I overcome fear of birds?

Dear Annie: I am a 14-year-old girl who suffers from ornithophobia, which is a fear of birds. I have researched how to overcome it. One website listed steps to follow, and I did all of them except the last one, which said to go to a place where there are birds and learn not to freak out. I have an opportunity to do this every day, but when the birds come close, I run away.

Horoscope for June 30

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Although your authority over others will be most effective, your ways won’t come off as being harsh. You’ll have an innate sense of others’ shortcomings and bypass them when it comes to their work LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — A sensitive development could arise again, similar to one you previously handled well. You won’t have to alter your methods one bit, because this past experience will serve you well.

Tuesday, June 29

Action from Tuesday's Moffat County Commission meeting

At its Tuesday morning meeting, the Moffat County Commission: • 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.

On the Record for June 29, 2010

On the Record for June 29, 2010

Event organizers expect Craig Duathlon to grow

Apart from being a success, Jim Gregoire, Trapper Fitness manager, said one thing stood out during Sunday’s Craig Duathlon. “The food was outstanding,” he said. “I’ve been competing since I was 16, and I’m 63 now, and I can say that that was the best food I’ve ever had after a race. “The (Golden) Cavvy pulled it off.”

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: My best habit

As a little girl, I would sneak into my mother’s room while she was in the shower and rummage through her drawers. I didn’t have to be sneaky around her because she was a generous woman, one who would give the world to her children if she could. Yet, there was something spontaneous about being sneaky and being caught. I wasn’t looking for her square-shaped princess earrings or her rose-colored lipstick. I wasn’t trying to play dress-up, I was looking for one of her simple, baggy and worn T-shirts.

Bulldog Sports for June 29

5:30 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation youth baseball plays at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 S. Mack Lane. 6 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation youth baseball plays at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St.

Senior Spotlight for June 29

July is rounding the corner, and the Fourth of July is coming up. People ask what’s going on for the Fourth. Depends on who you are and what you want to do — picnics, boating, barbecuing, or just doing whatever’s handy or interesting, are always good options.

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Craig church restarts construction after 10-month funding block

The Rev. Jason Haskell preaches the “power of being born again” to his congregation at New Creation Church. The message, it would seem, now applies to the building in which Haskell’s congregation will worship. The church, which Haskell founded with his wife, Tracey, in 2001, will find a new home at 520 Westridge Road by the end of the summer.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Karate Kid’ remake has punch, but less force

What’s more important to take into consideration when making a movie about martial arts — honoring the individual sanctity of ancient disciplines or preserving the title of a film franchise? That’s just something you may want to consider before watching the remake of “The Karate Kid.”

Annie's Mailbox: Is it illegal for creditors to call looking for relatives?

Dear Annie: In these tough economic times, my husband and I have managed to stay ahead of things by working hard and being careful with our money. We know we are both fortunate to have jobs. Some family members are not so lucky, and have lost their homes. The appalling thing is that bill collectors have started calling us looking for these relatives.

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Craig street improvement projects set

The City of Craig Road and Bridge Department has begun preliminary patching and crack-filling work in preparation for several summer road improvement projects around the city. Randy Call, Craig road, bridge and solid waste director, said crews will start on two major projects within the next few months, including a chip-sealing project and paving of several city streets. The chip-sealing will take place from July 12 through 21 on 11.5 miles of streets throughout the city, he said.

Craig Briefs: Lodging tax online chat set for today

The Craig Daily Press is hosting an online chat with Craig City Council member Terry Carwile from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today. Carwile, who serves as an ex-officio member of the Craig lodging tax committee, will answer community questions regarding the city’s lodging tax proposal that will be on the November ballot.

Sports briefs: Parks and Rec baseball tournament begins today

The Craig Parks and Recreation season-ending, single-elimination baseball tournament will begin at 5:30 p.m. today. The 8- to 10-year-old teams will play either at 5:30 p.m. at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 S. Mack Lane, or 6 p.m. at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St.

Horoscope for June 29

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Believing that the world around you owes you some favors will lead to nothing but disappointment. You might find it hard to believe, but there are no free rides being given out. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Someone who is aware of your susceptibility to flattery might attempt to use some on you to his/her advantage. Enjoy the phoniness if you don’t mind being manipulated.

Monday, June 28

On the Record for June 28, 2010

On the Record for June 28, 2010

Hayden town manager is finalist for job in Arizona

Russ Martin in running for city manager role in Camp Verde

Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin is one of three finalists for the city manager position in Camp Verde, Ariz. Martin is in the final year of a three-year contract and said he wanted to see what opportunities were available.

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My Life, My Words: Sharon Martin: Staying personal in business

“I came to Craig for the business on March 20 of this year. I moved from Glenwood Springs. I am a graduate of Bridges High School. I went to Mesa State for many different things, from book keeping to history teacher to lots of different things. I ended up getting my associate’s degree in accounting.

Datebook for June 28

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.

Boulder man killed in wreck near Craig

A Boulder man died Saturday morning after his motorcycle hit a deer on Colorado Highway 13 south of Craig.

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Mother and daughter summer in remote cabin to herd cattle

Wanda Walker’s eyes swept knowingly around the room of the Maddox Cabin as the summer ranching home came to life. She stood tall in the cabin’s kitchen, blown straight up by decades of desert winds, permanently holding herself steady as if atop a horse.

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More than 30 runners and bikers compete in first Craig Duathlon

Craig resident Amy Peck had one goal Sunday while competing in the first Craig Duathlon. “I just wanted to finish the race,” she said. “And I did.”

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Yard sales raise funds for causes in Craig

Every year at Christmas, The Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, also known as the Pink Ladies, decorate the building with dark green trees, glittering garlands and shiny ornaments.

Annie's Mailbox: Child's life could be in danger

Dear Annie: I have a daughter whose lifestyle includes drugs. She has two children and refuses to let me be a part of their lives. The boy is only 3 years old, and no one has seen him in two months. I have contacted the police, child protective services and the child welfare department. They all tell me that unless I can prove my grandson’s life is in danger, there is nothing they can do. My daughter claims the boy is in Sacramento, Calif., living in a home with multiple families.

Craig briefs: Online chat set for Tuesday afternoon

The Craig Daily Press is hosting an online chat with Craig City Council member Terry Carwile from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Business beat: Become a better deal maker

Don’t miss an upcoming opportunity to improve your skills. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership will be offering a training seminar Thursday in the second-floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse. The training is designed to assist participants in becoming a better negotiator and/or deal maker.

Aging Well: Plan for a fun and safe road trip

A well-planned road trip is a fun road trip, but for older adults, in particular, a bit of forethought can prevent the headaches and emergencies that plague the worst car excursions.

Glanville: My grumpy old man persona

While fishing Sunday (there’s a shocker), I suddenly became overwhelmed by loneliness. Not the need to talk to hear my own voice kind — I talk aloud to myself on a regular basis — but the deep down, needful lonely you have after a bad dream.

Sunday, June 27

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Hayden teacher to create educational program after visiting South Pacific

Christine Epp and her husband, Charlie, will travel from July 8 to 21 to the Solomon and Fiji islands. Christine will mentor teachers in four schools while Charlie will use his construction background to assist with ongoing school projects.

Saturday, June 26

Boulder man killed in motorcycle wreck

Biker hit a deer, struck pickup near Craig this morning

Richard Jack, 61, was riding a 2006 BMW motorcycle south near mile marker 88 on Colorado Highway 13 south of Craig when a deer jumped into his path, according to a release from the Colorado State Patrol. The biker was ejected and came to rest against the tire of a pickup that was heading north and had stopped on the side of the road.

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Steamboat resident demonstrates blacksmithing trade at Wyman Museum in Craig

The sun bore down Friday on the roof of a wooden shop at the Wyman Museum. Sounds of clanging steel and the smell of burning coal bellowed out of the dimly lit structure. Inside, Dalton Reed, 25, worked away, sweat rolling down his forehead. His hands, one griping a hammer and the other a clamp, were covered in coal ash. He swung the hammer, knocking the bend out of what was once a coiled, car shock absorber.

Craig Briefs: “Junk in the Trunk” yard sale today

First Congregational Church, 630 Green St., is hosting its “Junk in the Trunk” yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The event is open to the public. Proceeds from the event benefit the church’s capital campaign. Space is available, for a fee, for anyone wishing to sell items. For more information, call 824-6836 or 824-4136.

Prather: Assistant state vet provides valuable info for Moffat County ranchers

Two weeks ago, the Agriculture & Livestock page featured a story about the new trichomoniasis rule in Colorado. Information for the article was provided by assistant state veterinarian Nick Striegel. This week, Striegel answers questions about “trich.”

Bockelman: ‘Toy Story 3’ is multi-generational heart-warmer with plastic coating

A good family film can bring together kids and adults through common ground. With a little help from Hasbro, Mattel, Fisher-Price and the like, Pixar Animation achieves such a goal once again with “Toy Story 3.” At 17, Andy Davis (voice of John Morris) is a little old for playtime, a fact that has hit hard on his once cherished toys. Though they’ve been dreading it for years, cowboy doll Woody (Tom Hanks), action figure Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the rest of the inhabitants of Andy’s toy box are unable to accept that their owner no longer needs them.

Annie's Mailbox: Father’s death changed husband’s behavior

Dear Annie: “Austin” and I have been married for several years, and we have two beautiful children. He was an alcoholic when we met, but when he realized it was seriously affecting his health, he quit in a single day. Our marriage was wonderful. Everything changed after Austin’s father died unexpectedly. He became a closet drinker, started gambling and distanced himself from the entire family.

Horoscope for June 26

CANCER (June 21-July 22) —Nothing will be resolved if you continue to drag your feet in doing something you dislike. If it involves making a bold decision, have faith in your judgment and do so without any regrets. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Two powerful generators could be in place today, enabling you to enhance your earning potential. One is your strong desire to succeed, and the other is the pride you take in your accomplishments.

Camping trip: MCHS hoops team has played 28 games this summer

Matt Ray, Moffat County High School’s first-year girls varsity basketball head coach, was familiar with his team already, but he has gotten to know them better over the summer. “We’ve played almost 28 games in the last two weeks,” he said. “We’ve looked pretty good, too.”

Journey of Hope to pass through Craig

A team of cyclists will ride July 1 through Craig to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities, according to a news release from the philanthropic organization, Push America.

Oak Creek Town Board OKs kitchen at marijuana dispensary

Business plans to create foods with pot added

Jacob Wise expects to have a medical marijuana kitchen open within a few months after the Oak Creek Town Board gave the final OK on Thursday night.

Datebook for June 26

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Congregational Church, 630 Green St., hosts its “Junk in the Trunk” yard sale. Proceeds benefit the church’s capital campaign. Space is available for a fee. Relay for Life teams will also be selling breakfast and lunch to benefit the American Cancer Society. Call 824-6836 or 824-4136. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pink Ladies volunteers from The Memorial Hospital host a yard sale at 220 Mack Lane to benefit TMH. The sale is open to the public. Call 629-9583. Noon to 2 p.m. The Craig Coffee Party meets at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. The group discusses political issues. Call Jim Blevins at 824-4564.

Government update: Moffat County Commission

• Approved, 3-0, voided warrant resolutions for June totaling $32,334.41 and $1,500. • Approved, 3-0, payroll warrant resolutions ending June 12 totaling $685,357.52. • Approved, 3-0, a bid recommendation from the road and bridge department for striping projects to Rocky Mountain Enterprises totaling $22,526.25.

Bresnan Communications sold to New York-based Cablevision

Deal cut valued at $1.365 billion, to be completed in early 2011

Cablevision Systems purchased Bresnan Communications, which serves Craig, on June 14 in a deal valued at $1.365 billion, according to a news release. Cablevision, a New York-based company, will create a subsidiary of the company to manage Bresnan’s customers in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah. The deal is expected to be completed in early 2011. The deal is also subject to “certain customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval,” according to the release.

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MCSD superintendent reflects on first year

Petrone faced budget cuts, calendar review in first year

Joe Petrone, Moffat County School District superintendent, will wrap up his first year at the district this month. The Moffat County School Board appointed Petrone to replace Pete Bergmann, who retired July 1, 2009. For Petrone, it’s important to reflect on the past as he moves into the future.

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Mountain States Electrical wins Craig softball tourney

Team won three games in one day to claim championship

For Kayla Hampton, there was but one word that could describe how her team, Mountain States Electrical, did in Thursday’s Craig Parks and Recreation softball tournament. “Awesome,” the 9-year-old pitcher said.

Editorial: Whittle all the way

Last weekend’s Whittle the Wood Rendezvous was a highly entertaining, quality event that the Craig and Moffat County community should be proud of, and organizers should be praised for putting together, Editorial Board members contend. The event, hosted at Craig City Park, complemented by the Bear River Young Life & Colorado Cruisers Car & Motorcycle Show, and headlined by the Blue Oyster Cult’s free public concert, drew thousands of visitors, perhaps the most in its history.

Prather: Summer a prime time for vegetable salads

About a week ago, I had a pleasant phone visit with Craig resident Mary Matlock, and then she sent me two recipes. (Readers can look forward to reading them in an upcoming column.) Mary made “Pea-Nutty Salad,” which was featured in this column recently, and she said everyone liked it. So, this week, while browsing through my files, I found a similar recipe to “Pea-Nutty Salad.” This one has peas and peanuts in its ingredients, but some not in the “Pea-Nutty Salad.” I have not taken the time to make this new recipe yet, but you might like it.

Friday, June 25

Steamboat Lake State Park swim beach remains closed

E. coli slightly elevated in water samples

New water samples have been sent to a Denver-area lab but had not come back as of Saturday afternoon. Steamboat Lake State Park ranger Matthew Schuler expects the beach to be closed until at least Monday.

On the Record for June 25, 2010

On the Record for June 25, 2010

Hayden potluck is Saturday

Yampa Valley Feeds hosts 2nd supper and barn dance this year

Yampa Valley Feeds owner Tammie Delaney said last month’s Community Potluck Supper and Barn Dance in Hayden was such a success that she decided to host another.

Horoscope for June 25

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Steer clear of any political conversations with those who are passionate about their views, if their opinions conflict with yours. What should be a debate will turn into a heated debacle. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Don’t break down and dip into funds that are earmarked for paying off some old obligations. If you do, you will quickly find yourself in big financial trouble, which will be difficult to extricate yourself from. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — It’s best not to be shy about making a decision, because there will always be someone who will quickly snatch that choice away from you. I guarantee you this person will feather his/her own nest.

Annie's Mailbox: Relatives keep mocking young cousins about their weight

Dear Annie: My widowed uncle has two sons, ages 11 and 13. My uncle is as skinny as a rail, but the boys are quite fat. They eat healthy food — my uncle is a great cook — but their portions are large, and their father makes no effort to control how much goes into their mouths. When we were with the extended family over the holidays, there were nonstop comments about the boys’ weight, none of which was constructive and all of which included ridicule.

Craig residents compete in 25th annual Ride the Rockies

Terry Carwile knew he was in for a trek when he signed up for his 13th Denver Post Ride the Rockies bike ride. After all, the ride spanned 532 miles and was considered the toughest in the ride’s 25-year history. “It was pretty tough,” Carwile said. “It was the most miles and the most hill-climbing of any Ride the Rockies I’ve done.” It was also the most in terms of days in which Carwile had participated, he said.

Local Fuel Gauge for June 25

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

Craig coffee party struggling forward

Craig coffee party founder Jim Blevins used one word to describe the work he hopes to accomplish through organizing and hosting party meetings with residents. Understanding. “I think most people have the idea that it’d be real nice to have a group of people be able to sit down and discuss widely-varying opinions in a friendly, civil manner,” he said. “That is really how you understand what the issues are.”

Datebook for June 25

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pink Ladies volunteers from The Memorial Hospital host a yard sale at 220 Mack Lane to benefit TMH. The sale is open to the public. Call 629-9583. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann Anderson at 826-2717.

Moffat County School Board approves 2010-2011 budget

The Moffat County School Board breathed a sigh of relief Thursday night after unanimously approving, 7-0, the 2010-11 school year budget and financial resolutions. The final budget is the product of months of discussions throughout the school year due to decreased state and local funding for the school district. The district budgeted a revenue of $19,350,000, or about $1.5 million less than the previous year. The total anticipated expense is $19,425,000. The $75,00 deficit is the amount it costs to keep the Moffat County High School pool afloat, and will come out of the reserve fund, officials said.

Officials credit growth in Craig, Moffat County to recreation, resources, economy

Craig Mayor Don Jones contends growth is important to any city. “The citizens are always wanting more amenities and different places to eat and, as you grow, things grow with you, things come in,” he said. “Otherwise, if we have no growth, we are stale and we are going to die.” Craig and Moffat County both grew in population from 2008 to 2009, according to estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

50 Craig elementary students finish up summer school

On Thursday at Sandrock Elementary School, a large block of ice sat melting in the hot sun near the playground. A group of third- and fourth-graders had first put out the ice block at about 8 a.m., when their last day at summer school began. About two hours later, it was time to evaluate the piece of ice as it succumbed to the summer rays.

Craig Briefs: Special Olympics meeting scheduled

A Special Olympics parent and coaches meeting is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Moffat County School District administration building, 775 Yampa Ave. The meeting is for anyone interested in having their child participate in the games, or for anyone interested in possibly coaching a team.

Craig yard sale to benefit First Congregational

For anyone who has extra “junk” lying around, First Congregational United Church of Christ can lend a hand in selling those items. The church, located at 630 Green St., will host its second “Junk in the Trunk” yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the church parking lot. The event is open to the public and anyone seeking to sell items can buy space for $5. A table can be rented for an additional $5. Pastor Bob Woods said the proceeds would go toward paying off the church’s new boiler system. “We welcome anyone from the church or from the community,” he said. “The money raised will go toward a great cause.”

Moffat County Humane Society fundraiser ‘a real family event’

Through fundraising, the Humane Society of Moffat County hopes to continue helping animals in need, Humane Society secretary Pat Pearce said. One of the organization’s most successful fundraisers the last two years has been the Bone Appetit BBQ. This year’s event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at OP Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way.

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Craig Sea Sharks compete in Grand Junction

If swimmer Matt Hulstine accumulated any rust between the Moffat County High School swimming season and the Craig Sea Sharks’ meet Sunday in Grand Junction, it didn’t show. The MCHS sophomore, who qualified for the state meet in May as a freshman, kept up his strong swimming. Hulstine finished first in both the 100-meter breaststroke and 400-meter medley.

Thursday, June 24

Jewelry worth $110,000 taken from Steamboat-area home

Incident is 3rd high-value burglary since April in Routt; deputies expect more

A burglar or burglars stole a 300-pound safe from a house in the Dakota Ridge subdivision Wednesday morning, according to the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

Moffat County School Board set to approve budget

Policy readings, executive session also on tonight’s agenda

At its regular meeting tonight, the Moffat County School Board is scheduled to vote on the 2010-11 school year budget. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the district administration building, 775 Yampa Ave., and is open to the public.

On the Record for June 24, 2010

On the Record for June 24, 2010

Moffat County, Craig show growth in population

The U.S. Census Bureau released 2009 population estimates Tuesday, which indicated both Moffat County and Craig have grown in population in the last year. Moffat County was estimated to have 13,980 residents in 2009, up from 13,822 residents last year. The 158 additional county residents represented a 1.1-percent increase in population. Moffat County ranks 28th in growth among the 64 counties in Colorado.

Horoscope for June 24

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Something good you hadn’t expected could offset a small but nasty encounter you may experience. In fact, if it weren’t for this small boon, this day could have been ruined for you. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — If you want the type of results you’re hoping for, weigh and balance each and every issue with careful consideration. Any movement made in a hasty fashion could be a mistake.

10th annual TMH golf tournament is Friday in Craig

Compared to last year, there are a number of changes for the upcoming 10th annual The Memorial Hospital Foundation golf tournament, coordinator Eva Peroulis said. For one, the forecast for this year’s tournament calls for sunshine rather than rain. And, there are already enough teams. “We are totally booked,” Peroulis said. “This tournament brings in a lot of people, and I think it’s one of the biggest at the golf course.”

Moffat County residents learn about health care reform

A group of about 20 local residents walked into Craig City Hall Wednesday night with questions. When they left, there were still many unknowns. The future of health care in the U.S. — and here in Craig — is complex in nature, and a forum sponsored by the Craig Chamber of Commerce indicated that there are still many unknowns when it comes to the effects of health care reform.

Germond: Voting is important

To the editor: I’d like to thank all the candidates that came to the forum put on by the Bears Ears Patriots last Friday. All of you did very well and showed commitment to our community and the people who will be deciding the direction of our county.

Moffat County School Board meeting agenda

Moffat County School Board work session 4 p.m. today, Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Agenda: • Call to order

Sports briefs: Adult baseball players needed

The Steamboat and Craig adult baseball club is looking for players. Games are played Sundays and last through August.

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Moffat County to spray for mosquitoes

As the weather warms and the evenings get longer, so begins mosquito season in Moffat County. Gary Brannan, Moffat County Pest Management Department manager, said the county started implementing mosquito larvae control in late April, but the increasing number of adult mosquitoes in the county is prompting his department to launch aerial spraying. Brannan said Craig, Maybell and the recreational areas of the county will be sprayed Saturday through Wednesday. Brannan said he was not sure which days the county would be treating specific areas, as weather and wind factors effect spraying.

Craig briefs: Sale to benefit TMH set for weekend

A yard sale by the Pink Ladies volunteers of The Memorial Hospital is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 220 Mack Lane in Craig. Appliances, books, clothes, games, toys and decorations are some of the items that will be available. The sale is open to the public. For more information, call 629-9583.

Cathy Hamilton: Not perfect, but still the best

We tend to canonize the dead, especially when they’re family. It’s human nature to praise our dearly departed loved ones for all their wonderful qualities — ignoring the not-so-wonderful ones — until their eternal image is no less than perfect. So, it was after the death of my father, over two years ago, when I eulogized him three different times in this space. He deserved it. He was a wonderful man, and a terrific dad.

Annie's Mailbox: Should we keep scheming mother-in-law out of our lives?

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Nick” for eight years. Four years ago, we decided it was time to start a family. After a year with no success, we consulted a specialist, and it turns out Nick is infertile. After much soul searching, we decided to use donor sperm. We selected a donor with the same ethnic heritage, coloring, height and weight as Nick. Nick didn’t want anyone to know we were undergoing a major fertility treatment process, so we told no one. Two years ago, our son, “Brian,” was born. At first, everyone said how much he looked like Nick, but as he got older, it was clear he was a blue-eyed, blonde child, and Nick and I are both brown-eyed brunettes.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Toy Story 3’ is multi-generational heart-warmer with plastic coating

A good family film can bring together kids and adults through common ground. With a little help from Hasbro, Mattel, Fisher-Price and the like, Pixar Animation achieves such a goal once again with “Toy Story 3.” At 17, Andy Davis (voice of John Morris) is a little old for playtime, a fact that has hit hard on his once cherished toys. Though they’ve been dreading it for years, cowboy doll Woody (Tom Hanks), action figure Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the rest of the inhabitants of Andy’s toy box are unable to accept that their owner no longer needs them.

Michelle Balleck: Golfing and running and movies — oh my!

It’s a weekend for exercise and good causes. There are fundraisers, running events and plenty of good times, I’m sure. I’ll be too busy hosting a bridal shower and bachelorette party to enjoy much of it, but you take your pick on what sounds best. And, maybe we’ll see you around on Saturday night!

Wednesday, June 23

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Praise, doubts mix at meeting about Steamboat's Chief theater

Proposal to renovate Chief elicits excitement, financial questions

Public reaction Wednesday to a proposed renovation of Chief Plaza Theater was a mixture of excitement, hope and concern about the project’s costs and fundraising needs. Friends of the Chief hope to raise $500,000 from the community.

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Relay for Life in Craig working toward $40,000 goal

Jo Beth Tupa’s involvement in the Craig Relay for Life the last three years wasn’t motivated by tragedy or a death in the family. It was simply a way to help out a friend. After watching her close friend, Shannon Samuelson, the Relay for Life chairwoman, beat leukemia, Tupa wanted to fight with her.

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Steamboat driver in fatal crash gets community service

Family of Jenna Gruben Morrill requests harsher punishment during emotional proceeding

Angelica Mangiardi, the driver in the crash that killed Steamboat Springs resident Jenna Gruben Morrill, was sentenced to 70 hours of community service after pleading no contest to a charge of careless driving Wednesday morning.

On the Record for June 23, 2010

On the Record for June 23, 2010

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MCHS wrestling picks up experience during camp

Although the Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team didn’t take first overall during the June 16 to 20 wrestling camp in Gunnison, head coach Roman Gutierrez considered the camp a complete success for one reason. “They got a lot of really good experience,” he said. “The kids got to see a lot of matches and they’re probably a little sore.” Overall, the MCHS team, which featured 11 wrestlers, went 9-7 in duals during the four-day camp.

Gallegos and Earls: Kids need health care coverage

Each year, thousands of children in Colorado go without health insurance, but local parents and guardians should know they don’t have to. Colorado’s Medicaid and CHP+ programs provide eligible families with low-cost health insurance for their children.

Craig briefs: Health care expert to present today

The Craig Chamber of Commerce has invited Elizabeth Arenales, a health care expert and attorney with the Colorado Center of Law and Policy, to speak with the public about the effects of health care reform, the implementation timeline and what it means for businesses. The presentation is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St. The presentation is free. RSVPs are required. Call the chamber at 824-5689, or e-mail

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Man running across U.S. in memory of fallen soldiers

Mike Ehredt’s feet shuffled along the Wyoming Highway 789 pavement Tuesday afternoon as he ran south toward Baggs, Wyo., carrying a story in his hand. It was a small American flag with a yellow ribbon tied around the wooden dowel. Handwritten on the ribbon was the name Keith E. Fiscus, a sergeant in the U.S. Army who was 26 when he was killed in December 2006 in Iraq.

Presentation in Craig to analyze health care reform

Craig Chamber of Commerce sponsoring Wednesday public forum

Health care expert Elisabeth Arenales, an attorney with the Colorado Center of Law and Policy, will appear Wednesday in Craig for a presentation on how national health care reform will impact local businesses. Sponsored by the Craig Camber of Commerce and its health care committee, the event will focus on the effects of recent federal health care reform, and the timeline for potential effects on the local economy.

County signs petition regarding coal bill

The Moffat County Commission took action Tuesday it hopes will allow the county to have a voice in how Colorado House Bill 10-1365 might affect the future of Northwest Colorado. At its regular meeting, the commission approved, 3-0, to become a co-sponsor of a petition drafted by the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado to allow public input on the emission reduction plan required by the bill, also known as the Clean Air-Clean Jobs act.

Annie's Mailbox: What do we do about family thief?

Dear Annie: Last week, our 22-year-old grandson flew in for a visit from college. We celebrated with lots of barbecues and swimming. The entire family was here for the weekend — our older son, his live-in girlfriend and her 17-year-old daughter, along with our younger son, his wife and their three teenage girls.

Horoscope for June 23

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — It wouldn’t hurt for you to try something different when it comes to a goal you’re trying to achieve that has to do with your work or career — larger than usual gains could be realized. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Take some time to reorganize your affairs and it will pay off handsomely, both with your relationships with others and what you get out of it. A fresh approach can do the trick.

Editorial: Progress limps forward

Inside today’s newspaper, you’ll find the Moving Forward section, Moffat County’s 2010 Progress Edition. The section takes a look at four categories — commercial, infrastructure, economy, and health care facilities. Compared to last year, the number of developments has definitely waned.

Beard: Fair not fair at all

Well, it’s interesting living in Moffat County. It seems if you’re not a rancher or socialite, your interests are of no concern. In my mind, the definition of a fair was big boys and lads showing all their livestock, and they had challenges showing all their new expertise. And, they exchanged new methods for the farm.

Council discusses political signs in the city

With the primary election approaching, several Moffat County candidates have placed campaign signs throughout Craig. The signs’ arrival around the city spurred the Craig City Council to discuss the issue at its Tuesday meeting. Council member Jennifer Riley brought the issue to the council’s attention and said she had received several calls from Craig residents wondering why the signs were being displayed so early.

Wild horse management activities to continue into fall at Sand Wash

Visitors to the Sand Wash Basin area north of Maybell may notice bait stations and other activity this summer and fall related to keeping the wild horse population in the area healthy, the Bureau of Land Management reported in a news release. The BLM and the Humane Society of the United States have partnered for an ongoing research project looking at the feasibility of reducing the reproductive rate in the wild horse herd in the Sand Wash Basin through the use of a vaccine. Two years ago, during a wild horse gather, 62 mares in Sand Wash were treated with a fertility control vaccine and released. This vaccine, called PZP, was projected to prevent pregnancy in the mares for two years.

BLM’S Little Snake Field Office partnering with youth groups

The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office and a host of community partners have teamed up to improve public lands and get young people outside, according to a BLM news release. “We have a number of projects planned this summer that are only possible through the support of local community organizations,” said Dave Blackstun, the acting Little Snake Field Manager, in the release. “In addition to the public benefits of work such as trail construction and maintenance, these partnerships are helping get young people into the outdoors.”

‘Get Him to the Greek’ a raucous romp across the globe

If the lead character of “Get Him to the Greek” embodies any ideal of modern music, it’s the near-immortality of rock stars, those from the United Kingdom in particular. As another character observes, whoever heard of a dead British rock star? Other than John Lennon, George Harrison, Keith Moon, Brian Jones, Sid Vicious… Well, nobody’s perfect.

Dotson: Author tackles hard subject with book, but message is worth it

I met the author of “By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead,” Julie Anne Peters, last year at a book expo in Denver. We chatted about the book’s subject matter — suicide and how the “bullying” often pushes young adults to their end. This book has created a bit of controversy.

Craig hosts duathlon Sunday

Craig fitness enthusiasts who usually travel to Steamboat Springs for the city’s running series will be able to stay close to home this weekend. The first Craig Duathlon, which is part of the Steamboat Springs Running Series, takes place at 8 a.m. Sunday at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St. The event will consist of three stages — a 5K run, 30K bike ride and another 5K run.

Datebook for June 23

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. A meeting for women only of the Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bud at 824-1793. 1 to 8 p.m. The Craig Pool Complex is open for swimming. The cost is $4 for adults 18 and older; $3.25 for swimmers 12 to 17; $3 for swimmers 4 to 11; and swimmers 3 and younger and 55 and older swim for free. Call the pool at 824-3015.

Tuesday, June 22

On the Record for June 22, 2010

On the Record for June 22, 2010

Bulldog Sports for June 22

4:45 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation youth baseball plays at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 S. Mack Lane. 5:45 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation girls softball plays at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St. 5:45 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation T-ball plays at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 S. Mack Lane.

Datebook for June 22

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

Sharpe: The problem is prohibition

This concerns your June 19 editorial. Not only should medical marijuana be made available to patients in need, but adult recreational use should be regulated. Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a youth-oriented black market. Illegal drug dealers don’t care about age, but they do recruit minors immune to adult sentences. So much for protecting the children.

Craig Briefs: Blood donations needed today

A Craig community blood drive is scheduled for 12:30 to 6 p.m. today at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. According to a news release, only 4 percent of Colorado residents donate blood, and donations decrease by up to 20 percent in the summer, while the need for blood “remains constant.”

Senior Spotlight for June 22

Summer time. The sun is shining and things are drying up. Maybe it’ll rain. I have company coming in — that time of year again.

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Cowboy vs. steer: Rodeo cowboys consider steer wrestling 1 of the toughest events

While bull- and bronco-riding might be rodeo’s highlight events, another, lesser-known event may be the most dangerous of them all. In steer wrestling, riders are tasked with riding their horse alongside a speeding steer and tackling it to the ground, usually in less than 10 seconds.

Moffat County begins budget process

In the face of declining revenues, the Moffat County Commission began preliminary discussions Monday of its 2011 budget. The commission will meet with county budget analyst Tinneal Gerber and various county department leaders several times over the next week to outline how it can match expenditures with revenues. “We are trying to figure out how we can continue the same services we have always done, but yet do it in a fiscally responsible way,” commissioner Tom Mathers said.

Sharpe: The problem is prohibition

This concerns your June 19 editorial. Not only should medical marijuana be made available to patients in need, but adult recreational use should be regulated. Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a youth-oriented black market. Illegal drug dealers don’t care about age, but they do recruit minors immune to adult sentences. So much for protecting the children.

Ivers throws gem, beats Middle Park

Although the American Legion Post 62 baseball team is comprised of mostly new players, the team turned to a familiar face for its first victory of the summer. Playing a doubleheader Saturday in Granby against Middle Park, the Bulldogs won their first game of the summer, 15-1, behind a solid pitching performance by Bubba Ivers, who also started for the Moffat County High School varsity team.

Weis: Show some Craig pride

Every year I go to Whittle the Wood intending to have a good time. I go early and pick a spot for myself and my children. I lay out our blanket, our chairs, cover the kids with sunscreen, and hide the water and munchies in the coolest spot I can find.

Tea party hosts candidate forum in Craig

Panel of residents ask candidates questions about state, local level issues

Craig resident Matt Winey attended a local candidate forum Friday in hopes of better understanding how a candidate would act in the “hot seat” if elected. “I’m discouraged with people that don’t find out really how a person … thinks when they put them in office,” he said. “… Once they get away from us, they are going to do their own thing, they kind of have to.”

Horoscope for June 22

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Someone you’ve been trying to impress might surprise you by going out of his/her way to make an impact. Don’t be too shy to respond in a very friendly manner. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Begin tying up all those loose ends on a project you started but never finished. Once it is completed, you’ll be surprised by how good you’ll feel about yourself and your accomplishment.

Monday, June 21

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Firefighters contain 2-acre brush fire in West Routt

Crews respond to blaze in Canyon Valley subdivision

Firefighters from West Routt, Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek contained a 2- to 3-acre wildfire Monday in the Canyon Valley area near Mount Harris.

On the Record for June 21, 2010

On the Record for June 21, 2010

My Life, My Words: Wyatt Shroyer: Tires, oil and old cars

“I grew up here in Craig with my mom, my dad and my siblings. I went to Moffat County High School for my freshman year and then I attended the alternative high school, where I graduated this year. I might possibly go to tech school at Lincoln Tech, but I haven’t decided yet.

Craig Briefs: Meeting set for Special Olympics

A Special Olympics parent and coaches meeting is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Moffat County School District administration building, 775 Yampa Ave. The meeting is for anyone interested in having their child participate in the games, or for anyone interested in possibly coaching a team. For more information, call Cheryl Chase at 629-0469.

Business Beat: Plumbing and heating biz celebrates 86 years

Shepherd & Sons Plumbing and Heating in Craig is celebrating 86 years of business and will be hosting a public celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday. The business will be offering free hamburgers, hot dogs and a drink. And, there will be a drawing for a free unit heater with installation.

Horoscope for June 21

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Be careful about adopting a tendency to anticipate everything in a negative light. Yes, there are some things that won’t go quite right, but if you keep an optimistic view, few things will be downright bad.

Annie's Mailbox: How can I get my wife to sign divorce papers

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married 35 years. Before you applaud, let me explain that it has not been a good marriage. I was crazy about my wife. She was smoking hot and even today, in her 50s, is still quite attractive. But she was raised to believe that sex was dirty and sinful.

Sports spotlight: Dallas Harrington

Age: 16 Sport: Fishing How did you get your start in your sport? “I grew up doing it with my paren

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Show displays more than 160 vehicles in Craig

A car show is as much about those in attendance as the contestants and their cars, said Lane Laugesen, the best of show winner at Saturday’s 2010 Bear River Young Life & Colorado Cruisers Car & Motorcycle Show. As he packed up his 1938 Chevy Five-Window Coupe and shook the hand of the last admirer of his car, Laugesen, a New Castle resident, said he hoped that people were able to learn something about cars Saturday.

Datebook for June 21

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. 1 to 8 p.m. The Craig Pool Complex is open for swimming. The cost is $4 for adults 18 and older; $3.25 for swimmers 12 to 17; $3 for swimmers 4 to 11; and swimmers 3 and under and 55 and older swim for free. Call the pool at 824-3015.

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Large crowd turns out for annual Whittle the Wood festival in Craig

At 1 p.m. Saturday, nine chainsaws roared to life in unison. Nine woodcarvers danced around their stumps as wood chips flew like confetti from the contact point, where machine meets nature and art comes into existence — in under an hour. The quick carve competition, a new event at the 11th Annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, was like a concentrated version of the four-day festival at Craig City Park.

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Aging Well: Calendars highlight summer programs for older adults

Older adults in the Yampa Valley are fortunate to live in communities flush with summer programs to keep them busy and healthy. Between trips, ongoing exercise and wellness programs, lunches, crafts, continuing education and other opportunities, it can be a little tough to keep it all straight.

Prather's Picks: “Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians” a new twist on an old tale

It’s always a treat to find the retelling of a classic fairy tale. This week’s picture book for children of all ages is an example. “Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians” was written by Jackie Mims Hopkins and illustrated by John Manders. As with the classic “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” the bears in this book live in the forest, but they aren’t just any ordinary bears. They love books.

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Colorado State High School Rodeo finished Sunday in Craig

While Gunnison’s Tab Hildreth didn’t sweep his events, even he was impressed with his bounty at the end of the Colorado State High School Rodeo. The senior picked up four belt buckles, including the year-end all-around championship. “It was a pretty good weekend,” he said. “I won the three rounds of bronc riding.

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Blue Oyster Cult draws biggest crowd in history to Whittle the Wood

Hands stretched into the air and catcalls rose from the crowd in front of the stage as a familiar riff drifted from the fingers of guitarist Buck Dharma. “Burnin’ for You,” which Blue Oyster Cult played near the top of their set Saturday at Craig City Park, got the entire crowd moving and shaking in the evening sun.

Saturday, June 19

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Keeping the family afloat in Moffat County

Coal miners: Jobs provide numerous benefits

In 2006, Steve Swindler had a decision to make. It had been three years since he was laid off from his job at Rawhide gold mine in Nevada. Steve had worked at the mine, owned by Rio Tinto, for seven-and-a-half years. He had a growing family with his wife, Janese, and needed a steady, well-paying job, he said. He applied for two positions — one at Colowyo Coal Co., also owned by Rio Tinto, and the other at the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Datebook for June 19

8 a.m. Wood carvers begin carving at the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous at Craig City Park. The public is welcome to watch the sculptures take shape.

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The shapes of things to come

Whittle the Wood carvers keep focused as deadline approaches

As tents, tables and vendors were being set up Friday afternoon in Craig City Park, carvers in the 11th Annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous were hard at work forming their sculptures for public viewing today.

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Speech nationals a ‘really great experience’

From Monday to Wednesday, four Moffat County High School boys worked non-stop in a sea of 5,000 high school students from across the country. For 10 hours each day, with hardly a break for lunch, 2010 MCHS graduates Brodie Schulze and Greg Blackstun, incoming senior Ryan Neece and incoming junior Ryan Zehner spoke and debated their way through the nation’s largest speech and debate competition, hosted in Kansas City, Mo.

Craig briefs: New Editorial Board members wanted

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three or four people to participate on its next Editorial Board, which begins July 1.

Over a Cup of Coffee: ‘Father’s Favorite’ quite a fitting weekend meal

This Sunday is Father’s Day, and, if it isn’t raining, most of us will probably grill for a Father’s Day celebration. But, just in case you decide to cook a meal indoors, this column features two recipes that Dad will enjoy.

A&L: Turning out the cows

In Northwest Colorado, “spring” (or spring as it gets in this part of the state) is finally here. On ranches, the calving season has been over for awhile and likewise for the branding season that goes with it.

Government update for June 19

Craig City Council Last met: June 8 Actions: • Approved, 7-0, meeting minutes from May 25.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife being mistreated by mom

Dear Annie: My mother-in-law always has to be the center of attention. She insists on buying expensive things and believes she’s always right even when you have proof that she isn’t. If you don’t agree with her, she gets nasty. My wife is the polar opposite -- she doesn’t care about material things and spends her free time volunteering at the soup kitchen.

Editorial: Time for a decision

It’s said that marijuana causes slow reaction times. Given the Moffat County Commission’s recent bout of inaction, the same must apply to governing bodies attempting to decide rules regulating medical marijuana dispensaries.

‘Marmaduke’ is dog-gone mediocre

It’s a dog eat dog world out there, and when you’re a breed that can stand up to a full height of more than six feet, you can write your own ticket.

Veterans Hotline: Veterans and health care reform

Many veterans have questions about the new health care reform law. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) offers information about the law and its impact on veterans.

Friday, June 18

Lecture in Craig teaches how to instill happiness in everyday life

Craig resident Cammi Montieth, a certified traditional naturopath, said she likes to help people any way she can. “I have a passion to help people,” she said. “I became a doctor because I see the need to help.” That purpose in life was the basis of her two-hour lecture titled “Happyology 101” on Thursday night at Colorado Northwestern Community College, in which she laid out a plan for women to be happy every day “for no reason.”

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Day 2 of Craig rodeo features cutting event

On the second day of the Colorado State High School Rodeo finals in Craig, contestants tried their hands at cutting. The rodeo, which started Thursday and continues Saturday and Sunday, featured one event Friday. Cutting is an event where a cowgirl or cowboy tries to separate a cow from the herd and keep it away while picking up points for technique.

On the Record for June 18, 2010

On the Record for June 18, 2010

Routt unemployment tops 10 percent in May

Routt’s figure for May is 1.1 percent higher than April, highest since 1992

May's jobless rate is the highest for the month since 1992, according to the state agency that tracks employment figures.

YVEA members to meet Saturday

Cooperative to decide whether to deregulate from Wyoming agency

Yampa Valley Electric Asso­ciation members will elect a board member and decide whether to deregulate from the Wyoming Public Service Commission on Saturday.

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State Rodeo brings out Colorado’s best

More than 110 cowboys and cowgirls compete for state titles

The Colorado State High School Rodeo finals began today, and will continue at 8 p.m. tonight at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way.

Blue Oyster Cult to play free show Saturday at Craig City Park

It’s not an unusual scene to find the entire lineup of Blue Oyster Cult buried in books, video games and electronics when they’re not traveling the world playing psychedelic rock music. Lead singer Eric Bloom is an avid science fiction fan and writes for a video game magazine in his spare time.

Tea party forum to showcase Moffat County candidates

Moffat County residents hoping to learn more about candidates for county public offices will have their chance tonight. The Moffat County tea party is scheduled to host a candidate forum at 7 p.m. tonight at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. All county candidates are expected to attend, save for Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz and corner candidate Larry Dalton, tea party member Billie Jacobs said.

Local Fuel Gauge for June 18

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

Craig briefs: New contest added to Whittle the Wood

A quick-carve contest has been added to the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous lineup for this weekend. The contest will place this year’s 12 competitors against each other in a one-hour contest to carve a stump while an audience watches.

Datebook for June 18

8 a.m. Wood carvers begin carving at the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous at Craig City Park. The public is welcome to watch the sculptures take shape.

Annie's Mailbox: He won't talk about marriage

Dear Annie: I am 26 and have been seriously dating “Bryan” for four years. We have lived together most of that time and love each other deeply. Last year, Bryan was offered a promotion in another city and said he wouldn’t go unless I came along. I agreed, quit my job, depleted my savings and moved.

The Rev. Bob Woods: Based on Acts 2 — 1-21: Fear or faith?

I’ve learned a new word recently. The word is, “apocaholics.” What is your opinion? Is the world as we know it doomed to inevitable ruin? For now, Let’s go back to long, long ago, and far, far away, to a place in evolution where someone gave something to someone else in exchange for something different.

Milligan: Thank you for the help

Thanks so much to the 4-H Club, Rabbit Rustlers. They came over to help me, a disabled woman, weed my flowerbeds.

Janet Sheridan: Remembering my father

I remember hearing on an NPR talk show that when asked to name a memorable feature of their father, most adults answer: “His hands.” I’m with the majority, although my mother may have influenced me.

Craig car show may draw larger crowd than in past

It’s time to dust off those gems hidden in the garage and show them off. That’s the message David Pressgrove, area director of Bear River Young Life, wants to share. “There’s a lot of people in Craig who have cars and you’d never know, and this is a good way to see that, as well as entries from all over the region,” Pressgrove said about the 2010 Bear River Young Life & Colorado Cruisers Car & Motorcycle Show.

Roberts: Thanks for cleaning up

On behalf of the Bureau of Land Management, I would like to thank all of the volunteers who donated their time and energy for our recent National Public Lands Day event June 6 near Dinosaur.

Farmer’s Market open for season in Craig

Craig residents Lorrae Moon, Kim Thompson and Jennifer Stagner have long held “cook days” at their homes while raising their families. They got together as often as they could to share stories and laughs, and make homemade pasta noodles along the way. On Thursday afternoon in Alice Pleasant Park, the products of their joint labor lay in front of them on a table: bags of homemade pasta labeled “Oodles of Noodles.”

Horoscope for June 18

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Although there are likely to be a number of disruptions in your domestic affairs, if you keep your wits about you, you should be able to handle them well. If you don’t, it could mean trouble. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — An arrangement you recently established might not have all the potential you thought it did. However, that does not mean it is dead in the water. Use your head and make it work.

Thursday, June 17

Police: Woman shot in Steamboat is up, walking

Law enforcement to review response policy after shooting

Rhonda Cash's condition is improving, police said. Police Chief JD Hays also said his department is refining its response to emergency situations after reviewing what happened in western Steamboat last week.

On the Record for June 17, 2010

On the Record for June 17, 2010

Craig Briefs: Lecture today tailored to women

Happyology 101, a free lecture for women helping them “learn simple but powerful ways to be happy for no reason,” according to a news release, is scheduled for today.

Datebook for June 17

8 a.m. Wood carvers work on their sculptures at Craig City Park as part of the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.

Annie's Mailbox: How can I fix my relationship with my daughter

Dear Annie: I have not had a real relationship with my 42-year-old daughter for years.

Moffat County real estate transactions for May 2010

Buyer: Moreau, Donald A Jr Et Al Seller: Miracle, Ivan D & Jeanette Property Description: Lot 17 & E2 Lot 16, Blk. C, Gadd Sale Price: $4,500

Cathy Hamilton: No boys allowed

The ladies’ room is a woman’s sanctuary.

Barron: New tobacco restrictions

The one-year anniversary of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act is approaching; and on that date, June 22, the following restrictions will take place:

Horoscope for June 17

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — When dealing with others, especially if you are acting in a supervisory role, try not to come on too strong or be too demanding. Speak softy.

Wednesday, June 16

Hayden district to pursue mill levy override

School Board also approves Luppes as half-time superintendent in 2010-11

The Hayden School Board plans to ask voters to approve a mill levy override to generate an estimated $344,560 annually for the district. The board also approved Mike Luppes as the district’s half-time superintendent in 2010-11 tonight.

Michelle Balleck: Biggest weekend of the year

Biggest. Weekend. Of. The. Year. Enough said. • Blue Oyster Cult is in Craig this weekend. No kidding. In Craig.

Moffat County awarded funds for rural health care

TMH Clinic and Dental Coalition receive funds for improvement

In a recent round of rural health care grants, Moffat County institutions received more than $90,000 in state funds, the most awarded to any Colorado county. The Memorial Hospital Clinic was awarded $49,808.30 and the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition was awarded $40,827.

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11th annual Whittle the Wood underway at Craig City Park

Carvers have until Saturday afternoon to finish creations

Tina Berssette stared up at a large tree stump, squinting into the morning sun. As one of the carvers in the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous in Craig City Park, Berssette chose her tree stump via lottery. But, she thinks it was really the tree that chose her.

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Soccer fans in Craig reflect on World Cup

For Harry Tripp, the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer coach, his home is divided — over which soccer team they want to win the World Cup.

On the Record for June 16, 2010

On the Record for June 16, 2010

Craig Briefs: TMH Foundation golf tournament set for June 25

The Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 10th annual golf tournament is scheduled to begin at noon June 25 at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Maren Schmidt: Taking charge of success

Our new education needs to be exponential education to meet the exponential change on our planet.

Horoscope for June 16

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Just because things don’t go perfectly, don’t think your initial assessment is completely erroneous. Instead of scrapping everything altogether, try to find the bugs in it that can be eliminated.

Summers: Thanks for the support

I would like to thank the numerous businesses that supported the Colorado State FFA Convention while it was in town last week.

Heglin: Students showed ‘exemplary’ demeanor

The State FFA Convention was held in Craig this past week.

Datebook for June 16

9 a.m. The 11th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous begins with the tree lottery at Craig City Park. Carvers may begin work on their assigned logs immediately after.

Sports Briefs: Hayden Speedway races called off

Saturday’s races at the Hayden Speedway, which were scheduled for 6:30 p.m., have been cancelled.

The Memorial Hospital Board approves 6-year Quorum Health Resources contract

The Memorial Hospital Board approved Tuesday, 7-0, a new contract with health care management company Quorum Health Resources at a special meeting.

Annie's Mailbox: My parents need to stop giving

Dear Annie: I am 32 and the youngest of three children.

Tuesday, June 15

Moffat County Commission appoints new board members

Tinneal Gerber to serve on hospital board, Thompson-Booker to MCTA

The Moffat County Commission addressed two county board vacancies Tuesday morning. During its regular meeting, the commission approved, 3-0, appointing Moffat County Budget Analyst Tinneal Gerber to serve on The Memorial Hospital board.

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President of Trapper Mine in Craig resigns

Ray DuBois taking job at gold mine on the Front Range

Ray DuBois, Trapper Mining Co. president and general manager, has resigned from the coal mine he has called home for 14 years. His last day is June 30.

Fund set up for Steamboat shooting victim

Friend of Rhonda Heaton Cash's said she doesn't have family here

A friend of Rhonda Heaton Cash has set up a fund to help with medical costs after Cash was shot Friday. Cash, a longtime Steamboat Springs resident, was shot in her home on Iris Lane, and she remains hospitalized in Denver.

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Moffat County football team reaches semi-finals during Wyoming football camp

Some football teams rely on bone-crushing defense. Others get by with offensive fireworks.

Craig city officials: Whittle the Wood could see largest crowd ever

When 12 wood carvers start their chainsaws Wednesday morning at Craig City Park, the rumble of their machines will be the soundtrack to the 11th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.

On the Record for June 15, 2010

On the Record for June 15, 2010

Senior Spotlight for June 15

The storms roll by like a classic symphony playing a mysterious song, as the wind blows in like violins warming up, and oboe and flute rumbles are heard in the distance.

Craig Briefs: Tea party to host candidates Friday

A meeting of the Moffat County tea party is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. The organization will host local candidates for public office, according to a news release.

Horoscope for June 15

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Your flexible personality gives you greater emancipation to think for yourself, and with greater versatility, than does a strong, fixed frame of mind. Keep being your independent self.

Wagner: Graduates disrespectful

We recently drove from Greeley to Craig to attend the graduation of our niece from Moffat County High School.

Student News: Heather Brown graduates

Heather Brown, of Craig, was one of 500 Fort Lewis College students who graduated this month during the Durango-based school’s 47th Spring Commencement.

Schnellinger: MCHS graduation: Celebration or ceremony?

During the last week-and-a-half, concerned parents, community members and others expressed a range of written and verbal emotions regarding the 2010 MCHS graduation.

Datebook for June 15

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

Moffat County power line routes considered

The Bureau of Land Management has received two applications for power transmission line projects that could run through portions of Moffat County. If approved, both projects would start in south central Wyoming and end near Las Vegas.

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Craig Rotary Club places 125 flags downtown for Flag Day

The two would wait until their father, Greg Roberts, climbed a ladder placed near a light pole on Yampa Avenue, retrieved the flag hanging from it, and then handed it to one of them.

Editorial: Conflict resolution

Friday’s deadline for area residents to submit letters stating interest in filling a vacancy on The Memorial Hospital board came and went with two people — both county employees — declaring their willingness to serve.

Letter, audiotape recovered at Cash home

Officials continue investigation into Friday’s double shooting

Steamboat Springs police have collected numerous items in the investigation of Friday's double shooting.

Moffat County hosts state high school rodeo finals this week

It took a community effort and almost a year of waiting, but the Colorado State High School Rodeo finals will be coming to Moffat County for the first time this week.

Student News: Bryan Wojtkiewicz honored

Bryan Wojtkiewicz, of Craig, was named to the spring 2010 dean’s honor roll at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., according to a news release.

TMH meeting agendas for June 15

The Memorial Hospital board special meeting

Shaffers: Library still needs work

We have an “impressive” library in Maybell?

Annie's Mailbox: How can I overcome memories of abusive mother

Dear Annie: I’m 35, a loving family man and a successful teacher who can’t get over my childhood.

Monday, June 14

Andy Bockelman: ‘A-Team’ is A-OK action flick

Just when you thought the 1980s were long gone, remnants of the decade make a return: an endless supply of stogies, the Mohawk, the black GMC van with the red stripe. Ladies and gentlemen, “The A-Team.”

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Moffat County grad shines at all-conference game

Third baseman Halen Raymond goes 3 for 4 with a homer

Halen Raymond, a 2010 Moffat County High School graduate, played in the June 1 Western Slope League all-conference game in Rifle.

On the Record for June 14, 2010

On the Record for June 14, 2010

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Clementson named new Sailors football coach

Alum, defensive coordinator to lead Steamboat Springs High School team

Steamboat Springs High School Athletic Director Luke DeWolfe confirmed Monday that the district has decided to hire Lonn Clementson to replace Aaron Finch as the school’s new football coach.

Sports Spotlight: Izzy Pascetti

How did you get your start in your sport? “I did it last year and it was one of my favorite sports.”

MCTA workshop agenda for June 14

Moffat County Tourism Association board workshop

Craig Briefs: Rally eyes Rangely, Dinosaur public

A tea party Flag Day rally is scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at Rangley Town Square.

Datebook for June 14

9 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at Faith Lutheran Church of Grace, 657 Green St. The club will review a selection of books to be read and reviewed in coming months.

Business Beat: Open for your convenience

Many downtown retail businesses will be open until 7 p.m. Thursday.

Sports Briefs: Youth hockey coaches needed

Anyone interested in being a head coach for Craig youth travel hockey teams can call Rich Villa at 824-6627.

Goverment update: Moffat County Commission

Moffat County Commission Last met: June 8

Walking for fitness, fun and challenge

Marlene Griffin has always enjoyed walking, but the opportunity to travel pushed her to join a walking class to improve her endurance.

Glanville: Working on microwave mastery

I’ve been wondering lately what my generation, the in-betweeners, is leaving behind for the next bunch of yahoos working their way up.

Moffat County Commission to consider board openings

The Moffat County Commission will review letters of interest for two county board openings at its weekly meeting Tuesday.

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Dogs, handlers bond at Maybell Dog Agility Trials

Lucy, a 4-year-old Corgi, is missing an eye and has a bad knee.

Horoscope for June 14

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — A pleasant surprise might be in store for you when the outcome of a testy situation that you believed was working out to your disadvantage does a happy turnaround and goes your way.

My Life My Words: Devon Christensen — Technology-based life

I’m originally from Arizona, but we moved to Grand Junction for about three years before I moved here. I went to two different high schools before ending up in Grand Junction.

Aging Well: Walking for fitness, fun and challenge

Marlene Griffin always has enjoyed walking, but the opportunity to travel pushed her to join a walking class to improve her endurance. Griffin, 73, has participated in a walking class for older adults in Craig for more than two years.

Annie's Mailbox: Is it OK to keep my boyfriend at home because of jealousy?

Dear Annie: I am a 21-year-old professional woman with two children. My boyfriend, “Rickie,” and I have been together for two years, and I am consumed with jealousy.

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Moffat County Mud Runs: A race through pits in the rain

One word could sum up how organizer Tim Meyer felt about Saturday’s Moffat County Mud Runs at the Wyman Museum.

Sunday, June 13

Robert Cash's condition uncertain

Spokeswoman says Denver hospital has no listing today for man who shot wife, self Friday

A spokeswoman for St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver said today that Rhonda Cash remains in serious condition there, but the hospital has no listing for her husband, Robert Cash, who was in critical condition at the hospital Saturday night. Police said Robert Cash shot Rhonda and then himself Friday morning at their western Steamboat home.

Saturday, June 12

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Sports Spotlight: Brianna Burkett

Name: Briana Burkett Age: 9 Sport: Tennis

Craig briefs: Bears Ears range closed today

The range will also be closed to the general public from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today for 4-H shooting. For more information, call Robin Sloan at 824-6163 or 701-9588.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Salad filled with plenty of taste

I’ve long admired people who can make delicious dishes by putting together a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Bassett: Adventures in summer fun

Hoooo boy! Summer finally got here and there ain’t nobody happier than me over that fact. No more sitting in front of the stove, drinking hot tea, wrapped in a blanket with a heating pad in my lap shivering like a dog eatin’ razorblades.

Prather: New Trichomoniasis Rule in effect

Assistant state veterinarian Dr. Nick Striegel said the rulemaking process for Colorado’s Trichomoniasis Rule is complete and the new regulations are now in effect.

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Moffat County's Taylor Vernon gives everything to try and reach rodeo nationals

Rodeo has been a tough road for Taylor Vernon. A busted knee, an injured back, and a shattered toe have tested the 17-year-old from Maybell physically, while the loss of her horse two years ago is still affecting her emotionally.

Editorial: Economic engine revving at Speedway

For those attending tonight’s racing at the Hayden Speedway, take note that it is Fan Appreciation Night. Appreciation is also what track regulars are likely feeling this season due to the numerous renovations organizers made in the offseason.

Datebook for June 12

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Maybell Dog Agility Trials take place at Maybell Park on U.S. Highway 40 in Maybell. Registration is now closed for the event. Spectators are welcome to watch canines compete in obstacle courses.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife feeling disrespected by hubby

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 22 years. Two weeks ago, I took him to the ER because he had abdominal pains. After hours of waiting, his scheduled CT-scan was delayed. The doctor recommended I go home, since it was 4 a.m. My husband was supposed to call me as soon as he had the results.

Balleck: Our pages, our rules

To censor or not to censor. That’s been the question for many newspaper staffs for many months. And it continues to be a topic of conversation at keyboards of members of our community and on our online forum.

Friday, June 11

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Events aiding Craig economy

FFA convention, rodeo finals bolstering Craig economy

ith this week’s FFA State Convention and next week’s Colorado High School Rodeo finals providing an influx of new consumers to the area, Moffat County can expect to feel a financial boost this month, organizers said. Dan Thorn, FFA Foundation executive director, said FFA made initial estimates that the organization would contribute $350,000 to the local economy during the three-day event.

Lamb camp teaches Craig youth showmanship

About 27 youth attending two-day camp at Moffat County Fairgrounds

.B. Massey watches intently over a line of about 27 youths gently holding their lambs around the neck Friday morning. His partner, Pete Dempsey, motions for the youths — students at Massey’s Show Lamb Camp — to walk their lambs in a circle around the arena at the Moffat County Fairground.

Stimulus grants to help Moffat County residents get back to work

Since he dropped out of Moffat County High School 12 years ago, Patrick Perkins has worked as a security guard, maintenance technician, at a lumberyard, as a pizza delivery guy and at Twentymile Coal Co. But, in 2008, Perkins found himself the victim of cutbacks at the mine. He was out of work in a country spiraling into an economic recession. He had no high school diploma and a wife and two kids at home.

On the Record for June 11, 2010

On the Record for June 11, 2010

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Police: Steamboat man shot wife, self

Officers stormed into west Steamboat home after hearing gunshot

Police Capt. Joel Rae said it appears that 55-year-old Robert Cash shot his wife, 48-year-old Rhonda Cash, in the back of the neck at about 6:30 a.m. Friday and then turned the gun on himself. Rhonda Cash was flown out by air ambulance later in the day and is listed in critical condition.

More than 300 pounds of trash picked up near Duffy Mountain

When DeLaine Brown and her husband ventured onto trails on Duffy Mountain, they received a surprise.

Local fuel gauge for June 11

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon.

Hampton: Sincerest apologies

I would like to publicly apologize to the management team at The Memorial Hospital for comments that I made in the article in the Craig Daily Press, entitled “Commission appoints Kinkaid to TMH board,” and on my Facebook account.

Deadline for primary voter registration approaching

Moffat County elections supervisor Stephanie Beckett said she has helped more residents than usual change party affiliations in recent weeks.

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Mud runs to make a mess Saturday at Wyman Museum in Craig

Getting a truck through the muck during the Moffat County Mud Runs isn’t always possible, Craig resident Oppie Smith said, but the difficulty adds to the excitement.

Moffat County Commission extends pot dispensary moratorium

The Moffat County Commission has decided to continue its freeze on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Craig Briefs: Bears Ears range closed to the public

The range at Bears Ears Sportsman Club will be closed beginning at 5:30 p.m. today for maintenance.

Janet Sheridan: At one with Aunt Bertha

It’s not that I can’t operate a cell phone.

Annie's Mailbox: How do I get boyfriend's children to respect me?

Dear Annie: I am 60 and have been in a relationship with “James” for nine years. He is 76 and a kind man. When we met, his wife had died six weeks earlier. I had been widowed for four years.

MCSD joins lawsuit over state education funding

In a special meeting Thursday, the Moffat County School Board approved, 7-0, joining 19 other districts around the state as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the state of Colorado.

As summer approaches, fishing hotspots abound

With the official start of summer approaching, the best spot for fishing is debatable.

Karen Gibson: 'Know your disease. Know your cure'

I was in Kansas City attending seminary and taking a doctrine class, and thought I would try to write an article on the following topic — sin.

Datebook for June 11

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.

Horoscope for June 11

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Don’t hesitate to show lots of appreciation for the slightest little thing your pals should do for you today. People in general are far more sensitive right now, and could resent not being thanked.

Thursday, June 10

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Local alumni react to CU's move to the Pac-10

Steamboat, CU grad to miss rivalry game with Nebraska

Former Sailor football player and CU Buffalo Joel Adams' fondest memories are of the games he suited up against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Future Buffaloes likely won't have that opportunity.

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$42,000 spent to make Craig's Little Rascals Pond wheelchair accessible

After five years, more than $42,000 in donations and grants, and countless hours of donated work, it’s time to fish again at the Little Rascals Pond. On Thursday, there was a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the pond to celebrate improvements made in the past five years.

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No charges in Yampa dog shooting

Sheriff’s office says rancher was within his rights

Animal Control Officer Cindy DelValle determined that no charges should be filed, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ken Klinger said. The wife of the rancher who shot the dog said she warned its owner.

Spots still available at CNCC’s Science Spree in Craig

Three-day camp offers hands-on activities for sixth- through ninth-graders

With a grant from the El Pomar Foundation and support from Mesa State College, Colorado Northwestern Community College will offer its annual Science Spree camp next week, focusing on energy sources. Students will learn firsthand where energy comes from and how to use it.

On the Record for June 10, 2010

On the Record for June 10, 2010

School Board meeting to take place at 4 p.m. today

A Moffat County School Board public hearing for the 2010-11 school year budget will take place at 4 p.m. today in the Moffat County School District administration building, 775 Yampa Ave.

Agency receives grant to help residents with bills

The Independent Life Center in Craig Monday received a $20,000 grant from Energy Outreach Colorado foundation to help Northwest Colorado residents pay gas and electric bills, executive director Evelyn Tileston said.

Craig Briefs: Ceremony today for Little Rascals Pond

A dedication ceremony is scheduled to take place at noon today for an improvement project that’s been years in the making at the Little Racals Pond at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St.

Datebook for June 10

9 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets with county attorney Jeremy Snow to discuss a resolution to extend the county’s moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. Call 824-5517.

Moffat County Commission meeting agenda

Moffat County Commission special board meeting

Horoscope for June 10

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — If there is something you strongly desire, keep telling yourself over and over again that you can make it a reality. Your mind will eventually figure out a way to bring it into being.

Martinez family: Thank you for caring

The family of Justin Martinez wishes to express our sincere thanks

Sloan family: Thanks for well-wishes

We would like to thank everyone

Annie's Mailbox: How do I stop having fantasies of my mother-in-law

Dear Annie: I am a 25-year-old male who has been married for a few years, and I still love my wife as much as the day I met her.

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Youth golf camp attracts 60 kids in Craig

Garrett Anson ran up to Junior Golf Camp Director Ann Marie Roberts on Wednesday with a smile on his face.

Cathy Hamilton: Escape from the crate

“Do you think she’s OK?” I asked, nervously.

Wednesday, June 9

Michelle Balleck: Dogs, mud & dancing — all right here

Take your pick. Fun in Craig, or a few minutes either way on the highway this weekend. I don’t think there’s any way to go wrong. Me? I’ll be headed to garage sales with my little guy — yay for garage sale season! — and then to two weddings — yay for wedding season! Big fat fun weekend!

Farm to table: Grant Family Farms agriculture program expands to Craig

Something as simple as a carrot may have traveled 1,800 miles or more before arriving at Yampa Valley dinner tables, Steamboat Springs resident Michael Moss said. The funny thing is, Colorado — and most other states — can grow carrots.

On the Record for June 9, 2010

On the Record for June 9, 2010

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Bear sneaks into Steamboat home

Dakota Ridge incident indicative of increased spring encounters

Mike and Arlene Zopf are accustomed to seeing bears around their Steamboat Springs home, but Tuesday afternoon marked the first time a bear entered their home and helped himself to the porridge — or in this case, oatmeal and apples.

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Yampa nearing peak flow in Craig

River running higher than average peak stream flow

The Yampa River’s flow in Craig is running faster than average, but the National Weather Service in Grand Junction expects the river to peak this week and continually decrease thereafter.

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MCHS graduate drafted by Tampa Bay

Chris Winder goes in the 27th round of the MLB first-year player draft

Chris Winder, a 2008 Moffat County High School graduate, was drafted Tuesday during the annual Major League Baseball first-year player draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Winder, who had recently completed his sophomore year at Odessa College in Odessa, Texas, was taken in the 27th round.

Editorial: Back on the tracks

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Datebook for June 9

8 a.m. to noon. Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394, hosts its annual Junior Golf Camp for golfers 4 to 17. The cost is $40 per golfer. Call the golf course at 824-3673.

Craig Briefs: Business mixer set for Thursday

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is offering a business after-hours mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Craig City council examines river erosion

Craig resident Jackie Crider said the flow of Fortification Creek has been eroding her back yard of her home for years.

Moffat County delays decision on medical marijuana

The Moffat County Commission delayed its decision Tuesday to extend the medical marijuana dispensary moratorium.

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Moffat County Summer school math and reading programs offer credit, a head start

About 30 Moffat County School District students gathered Tuesday to spend the morning at the last place they wanted to be during summer vacation: school.

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Maybell Dog Agility Trials set for this weekend

Maybell Park is no ordinary campground this month.

Annie's Mailbox: Should I try to get my kids' father to do something

Dear Annie: I have a toddler and another child on the way.

Horoscope for June 9

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — There isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t work on a couple of things simultaneously if you can handle them without any trouble. Doing so might confuse others, but not the sign of the Twins.

Hampton: Be informed for election

Wow. Did you attend the Grand Olde West Days parade Saturday? It’s for sure that campaign season is in full swing.

Moffat County escapee Nuebel arrested in Grand Junction

An inmate who walked away from a work detail last week at the Moffat County Public Safety Center was arrested Sunday night by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Racing results from week 2 at Hayden Speedway

At the second race of the Hayden Speedway’s 2010 season, the track saw four racers claim the checkered flag.

Tuesday, June 8

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Routt County approves medical marijuana dispensary moratorium

Commissioners' vote was unanimous

No members of the public showed up to speak Tuesday afternoon as the Routt County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a moratorium on medical marijuana facilities in rural parts of the county.

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Former Craig police officer sentenced

Ken Johnson gets seven days in jail, two years probation

Ken Johnson, a former Craig Police Department detective, was sentenced today in Moffat County District Court to serve seven days in jail at the Rio Blanco County Detention Center.

‘Prince of Persia’ a sand-swept waste of time

What can you say about a movie such as “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time?” Well, like sands through the hourglass, these are the days … Wait, that’s from something else entirely. But then, if you’ve seen this movie, you’ll know it really doesn’t deserve a catchy tagline.

Golf tournament benefits two Moffat County grads

Sheriff’s Office dedicates Saturday event to U.S. military

Fifteen teams participated Saturday in the 23rd annual Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament, an event that raises money for graduating high school seniors. This year’s tournament was dedicated to the men and women of the U.S. military, and was hosted at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

On the Record for June 8, 2010

On the Record for June 8, 2010

Student News: Thompson honored

Gavin Thompson, a 2009 Moffat County High School graduate and student at Western State College,

Annie's Mailbox: They deserve to know their genetic history

Dear Annie: I have two wonderful cousins, a brother and sister, related to me through their father. Both are now in their 50s and have seven children between them.

Student News: Mosbey named to dean's list

Stayton Mosbey, a 2009 Moffat County High School graduate,

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Goodwin returns to Hayden Speedway

At the beginning of last summer’s race season at the Hayden Speedway, driver Travis Goodwin had a bit of hard luck.

Moffat County real estate transactions for April 2010


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FFA convention comes to Craig

Mandi Ellgen, who will be a senior at Moffat County High School in the fall, recently won the FFA’s district competition for extemporaneous speaking.

Datebook for June 8

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

Craig Briefs: Fitness center to host seminar

Holistic Health & Fitness, 420 Breeze St., will host a presentation on Grant Family Farms Community Supported Agriculture at 6:30 p.m. today.

Senior Spotlight for June 8

As I watched my grandchildren and great-grandchildren gather around to help my daughter, Judy, blow out the birthday candles on her cake, I “said how blessed I am to have a family like this.”

Horoscope for June 8

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — You could find yourself more earnestly keeping your mind on something that needs solving, and consequently coming up with the answer.

Student News: Robert Byrnes and James Hebert earn Eagle Scout ranking

Robert Byrnes, left, and James Hebert

Hard rock near base delays Swinging Bridge project in Craig

Completion of the Swinging Bridge rehabilitation project has been delayed by about a month due to hard rock buried near the bridge’s anchor blocks.

Maren Schmidt: Win-win education

Our current educational system, as most of our society, is set up to reflect a culture that uses language and thinking based on competitive sports and combat.

Monday, June 7

Steamboat man arrested in connection with two home burglaries

Coin collection, a dozen guns stolen in 2 April break-ins

Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Thursday arrested a Steamboat Springs man suspected in two rural Routt County home burglaries.

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Enjoying the fellowship: Social event brings Craig hearing-impaired community together

It isn’t always easy bringing Northwest Colorado’s deaf and hearing-impaired community together, advocates said, but a social event Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Craig sought to overcome that obstacle. The second annual Northwestern Deaf Social took place in the church’s basement, and drew about 50 people, 15 of whom were deaf.

Former Craig detective to be sentenced

Ken Johnson faces up to 60 days in jail as part of plea deal

Ken Johnson, a former Craig Police Department detective, is scheduled for sentencing at 1 p.m. Tuesday in front of judge Shelley Hill in Moffat County District Court. Johnson, who was also a member of the All Crimes Enforcement Team task force, pleaded guilty in April to attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony.

On the Record for June 7, 2010

On the Record for June 7, 2010

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More than 100 children participate in Huck Finn Cops and Kids Day in Craig

Saturday was no ordinary Huck Finn Day, nor was it the usual Cops and Kids Fishing Day.

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Church runs car clinic in Craig

Two years after her daughter died of leukemia, Craig resident Debbie Backle keeps many of her things around.

Craig Briefs: Intercambio to resume in July

Intercambio, a free bilingual conversational group offered by Integrated Community and hosted Tuesday nights at the Boys and Girls Club of Craig, is taking a break until July.

GOWD committee: Thank you everybody

The Grand Olde West Days committee would like to thank the community for a successful 20th-year event.

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Craig American Legion team loses 2 against Rio Blanco

Although the results weren’t quite what he hoped for, American Legion Post 62 pitcher/first baseman Ivan Nielsen was happy with how the Bulldogs played Saturday.

Sports Spotlight: Sadie Smilanich

“This was my first time playing. I just came with my brother.”

Datebook for June 7

8 a.m. to noon. Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394, hosts its annual Junior Golf Camp for golfers 4 to 17. The cost is $40 per golfer. Call the golf course at 824-3673.

Glanville: Happy anniversary, darlin'

When my grandmother read in the Heber paper that the Glanville boys were going to spend their summer breaking horses in Park City, she proudly announced in hushed tones to her giggly girl friends at church, “ I’m going to ride horses all summer for money.

Couple now offering smoked barbecue at Mom & Pop’s

Mom & Pop’s Smoked Bar-B-Q is now open at 1740 E. U.S. Highway 40 in Craig.

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My Life My Words: Robert Libbee — Life through a lens

“Four years ago, I took over the photo store.

Annual event to benefit The Haven Assisted Living Center

At one time, a weekend in the country meant hopping on a horse or wagon and heading to a neighbor’s barn for dinner, dancing and music.

Annie's Mailbox: Should wife's 'friend' concern me?

Dear Annie: I’ve been married to “Julia” for 30 years.

Horoscope for June 7

Romance is favored in the year ahead for most Geminis. Those of you who are unattached and looking to establish a good relationship are likely to find one, while love will be savored for those who are married. Those remaining might rekindle an old flame.

Sunday, June 6

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Runners flood Steamboat for annual Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K

Nearly 2,000 racers took to the streets under blue skies today. Dan Edstrom of Denver won the men's marathon with a time of 2:47:37. Amy Schneider won the women's marathon in 3:15:13. Click on the story for complete race results.

Saturday, June 5

Over a Cup of Coffee: Rhubarb season has arrived

This past weekend, our daughter-in-law, Brandi, and I pulled rhubarb from our rhubarb patch. Brandi intends to freeze hers.

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Moffat County to host American Legion tournament

For the American Legion Post 62 baseball team, this will be a summer of change. The roster has been shaken up due to graduation and injuries, but one thing will remain the same. The team will represent the Western Slope when the state tournament begins.

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‘Watching the ground move’

George Connelly, 55, puts in anywhere from a day to three days of work preparing a blast pattern at Trapper Mining Co. With the flick of a switch, he watches the cumulative effort of that work be destroyed in less than two seconds.

Annie's Mailbox: Cousin’s behavior becoming worrisome

My cousin, “Daphne,” wears a lot of black. She seems perfectly happy with her life, but she is cutting herself. She showed me the marks on her arms and legs.

Communities at Play: Warm weather leads to plenty of fun

This week’s photo essay takes a minor turn from the norm.

Datebook for June 5

7:30 a.m. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office hosts a Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The cost to enter is $40 per player, plus non-members pay a green’s fee. Proceeds benefit Moffat County High School graduates pursuing higher education. Call Rick Holford at 826-2308.

Craig Briefs: Legion bingo held today at Elks Lodge

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. The event is open to the public. For more information, call Mel Shockley at 824-3625.

Editorial: Libraries leaping forward

It’s been an active several weeks for the Moffat County Libraries. In May, library officials unveiled a completed renovation project at the Maybell branch, a small but charming and frequently used facility west of Craig.

‘Shrek Forever After’ is fun but hopefully last in series

What if George Bailey had really taken advantage of his situation in “It’s a Wonderful Life” by terrorizing the residents of Bedford Falls and surfing along their rooftops? Well, the greatest Christmas movie of all time probably wouldn’t have been quite so heartwarming, but it would’ve had a lot more in common with “Shrek Forever After.”

Bassett: Explanation of what a muggle is

Let me explain. First of all, you have to belong to that famous, fastest-growing hobby group in the world, geocachers. It is a hoot and a wonderful education for your kids, as well as yourself.

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Calvary Baptist Church to start on-campus school for 2010-11

Jamie Tipton’s 6-year-old daughter, Tayler, sat on the floor of her office Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church, munching on chips and reading a VeggieTales book.

Friday, June 4

Capote's plea accepted; he'll serve 3 years in prison on manslaughter charge

Eduardo Capote was sentenced today for his role in a downtown Steamboat Springs altercation that led to the January 2009 death of Richard Lopez.

Moffat County to host American Legion tournament

CMS to be home site for end-of-season baseball tourney

The American Legion Post 62 baseball team, a team of Moffat County High School players, will have a big end to its summer. The team is scheduled to host the July 29 to Aug. 1 American Legion state tournament this summer.

Government update for June 4

Government update for June 4

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Craig church celebrating 50th anniversary

Faith Lutheran to host events, services June 19 and 20

Faith Lutheran Church will celebrate 50 years in Craig later this month. In honor of the celebration, the church has installed a new stained-glass window and will host public events and services at its 580 Green St., location.

On the Record for June 4, 2010

On the Record for June 4, 2010

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Summer Reading Program offers activities for readers of all ages

Four-year-old Avery Mac Phillips excitedly zipped around the children’s room at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, pulling books from the shelves and pointing them out to his mother, Molly.

Annie's Mailbox: How can I rescue my elderly father?

Dear Annie: My father is 78 years old and has been a widower since Mom died four years ago.

The Rev. Randy Dollins: Bumper sticker blunder

Bumper stickers are like tattoos — they seem like a great idea at the time, but later on people tend to regret them and they’re really tough to remove.

Local fuel gauge for June 4

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon.

Lausin: Thanks for all the help

I would like to thank the following people, businesses and organizations that helped with the Memorial Day service at Craig Cemetery

Veteran's Hotline: A word on the flag, Memorial Day

For the veterans who rode in the Saturday parade, the patriotism shown by spectators made us feel proud, especially when we saw little kids place their hand over their heart or salute when the flag passed by.

Craig Briefs: Forum today at fairgrounds pavilion

The Sirolli Institute will host a session today focusing on how entrepreneurship development can help revitalize a regional economy.

Bockelman: Fourth ‘Shrek’ is fun, but hopefully last in series

What if George Bailey had really taken advantage of his situation in “It’s a Wonderful Life” by terrorizing the residents of Bedford Falls and surfing along their rooftops?

Datebook for June 4

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.

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Craig community service officers prepare for increased summer activity

Connie Davis, a community service officer for the Craig Police Department, said there is one thing above all others she needs to get through her day.

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Moffat County’s Casey Barnes wins state junior high rodeo title

It’s hard for Casey Barnes to imagine a better Colorado junior high school finals rodeo.

Horoscope for June 4

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — There’s a chance that neither you nor a person with whom you’re presently involved will be completely forthright with one another. Compatibility can only be achieved through honesty.

Thursday, June 3

Janet Sheridan: What runner’s high?

I run for exercise. More accurately, I quick-shuffle. On a good day, I scuttle along quite nicely, though I slow to a walk for a few paces when my breathing sounds like a steam engine run amok. I began my exercise program at 26. I read “Aerobics,” by Dr. Ken Cooper, purchased running shoes, loaded the dog, and drove to the old railroad grade between Carson City and Virginia City, Nev.

Craig committee discusses lodging tax management

The Craig lodging tax committee determined Wednesday how it will manage a proposed 6.9-percent lodging tax, should voters approve the measure later this year. Dave DeRose, lodging tax committee chairman, said the committee outlined how a managing board would be established, and what qualifications board members would be required to have.

On the Record for June 3, 2010

On the Record for June 3, 2010

Sports Briefs: Junior golf open to Craig youth

Yampa Valley Golf Course hosting annual camp next week

Yampa Valley Golf Course will again host its annual Junior Golf Camp for youths 4 to 17 next week. The camp is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday at the golf course, 2179 Highway 394.

Annie's Mailbox: Why does college son date teen?

Dear Annie: My 21-year-old son, “Charlie,” a college junior, is dating a 16-year-old high-school sophomore.

Search ongoing for new MCHS volleyball coach

For the time being, Moffat County High School is happy to play the waiting game when it comes to hiring a new head volleyball coach, athletic director Richard Wildenhaus said.

Craig Briefs: Entrepreneurship forums offered

The Sirolli Institute will host a session called, “The Passion and the Trinity of Management.”

Datebook for June 3

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.

BLM, 4-H team up for noxious weed control near Craig

The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office and the Moffat County 4-H Cloverbuds teamed up Memorial Day weekend to help control a noxious weed called the Dalmatian toadflax about 16 miles southwest of Craig, near Morapos Creek.

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Huck Finn event tailored for Craig youth

VFW, law enforcement partner to offer Saturday event

Catching a fish is an amazing feeling, and Saturday’s Huck Finn Cops and Kids Fishing Day is designed to allow youths to have that experience, event chairman Don Offutt said. “We are hoping to introduce kids that have never fished to the sport,” Offutt said. “We will have men with a lot of experience fishing, so we will be able to help.”

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The Rev. Randy Dollins set to depart Craig for Summit County

The children who attended St. Michael Catholic Church Bible classes in the summer of 2009 call him Captain Cornball, after a fictional pirate he portrayed.

New events lend flavor to Grand Olde West Days

After a long weekend filled with events, Grand Olde West Days chairwoman Kandee Dilldine said she and her organizing committee are taking a much-needed month off.

Williams: Blame the federal government, not Arizona

I need to respond to the opinion column printed in last week’s Moffat County High School Post Script about racism and the Arizona immigration law.

Cathy Hamilton: Branson or another garage sale

There are certain things I never wanted to do more than once in my life: Get married, go through “the change,” contract meningitis, have a tooth pulled, visit Branson, Mo. and put on a garage sale.

Horoscope for June 3

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Some minor setbacks you might experience early on shouldn’t do much to inhibit you from accomplishing your goals. Treat them as a nuisance you can easily toss aside.

Wednesday, June 2

Economic workshops coming to Craig

Ernesto Sirolli to speak at economic events this week

Tammie Delaney sees the potential for economic prosperity in the Yampa Valley. But as a small-business owner — Delaney has owned Yampa Valley Feeds in Hayden for the past 18 months — she knows it’s not easy.

Michelle Balleck: Summer’s here: Get out and about

It’s officially summer in my book, so take note, Mother Nature. This would be a good weekend to get your flowers in pots or the ground, if you’re like me and haven’t yet. Now that kiddos are out of school, programs for them are kicking off, and we’ll be sure to take part.

On the Record for June 2, 2010

On the Record for June 2, 2010

Craig VNA remodel underway

Project entails adding exam, flexible-use rooms

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has begun phase one of a remodel project to expand the number of examination rooms at its Northwest Colorado Community Health Center in Craig.

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MCHS grad Alicia Nelson sets D-II steeplechase record

Alicia Nelson sets D-II record in 3,000-meter steeplechase

Alicia Nelson, a 2009 Moffat County High School graduate and current Adams State College athlete, is continuing her habit of breaking records. Only now, it’s happening at the collegiate level.

MCTA board meeting agenda for June 2

Moffat County Tourism Association board meeting, 11:30 a.m. today, upstairs conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

Horoscope for June 2

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — A nosy acquaintance might try to probe your thinking to uproot what you want kept secret. Don’t let anything slip out needlessly.

Annie's Mailbox: Can I get out of my lease if my landlord lied to me?

Dear Annie: My family and I recently moved to a new subdivision, which includes several duplexes crowded together.

Datebook for June 2

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.

Craig Briefs: Moffat County accepting letters of interest for hospital, tourism association boards

The Moffat County Commission is accepting letters of interest from people interested in filling open seats on The Memorial Hospital and Moffat County Tourism Association boards.

Moffat County candidate eliminated

G.I. Buffham fails to collect enough signatures for primary ballot

Although the Aug. 10 primary election is several weeks away, a Moffat County candidate has been eliminated. G.I. Buffham, 75, a Republican candidate for county surveyor, chose to bypass the caucus process and petition his way onto the primary ballot.

Sports Briefs: Baseball begins Saturday

The American Legion Post 62 summer baseball season begins Saturday at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave.

June designated Moffat County wildfire awareness month

Lynn Barclay, a fire mitigation/education specialist with the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office, said it is important for residents to be aware of safe fire practices heading into wildfire season.

Editorial: Building off momentum

Fresh off a weekend that included the fun and family-friendly Grand Olde West Days to the dignified and respectful tributes of Memorial Day, congratulations and thanks are in order to the organizers of both.

Tuesday, June 1

On the Record for June 1, 2010

On the Record for June 1, 2010

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Finch steps down as Steamboat's football coach

Steamboat Springs High School football coach Aaron Finch resigned Tuesday, bringing an end to his successful six-year stint at the helm of the program. Finch cited a number of reasons for his decision, including an interest in pursuing new business ventures. Finch compiled a 52-18 record.

Communities at Work: A history in the industry

This edition of Communities at Work focuses on a friendly establishment owned and operated by a couple whose roots run deep in Northwest Colorado’s restaurant industry.

Senior Spotlight for June 1

Another weekend full of extra things to do.

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About 775 fallen local veterans honored Monday at Craig Cemetery

Craig Cemetery echoed Monday morning with the names of about 775 fallen Moffat County veterans.

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Grand Olde West Days in Craig offered something for all

As 7-year-old Stefan Grabowski got off a bungee trampoline Monday, he stumbled around a bit before finding his father.

Sports briefs: Craig Pool Complex opens today

The Craig Pool Complex, 605 Washington St., is scheduled to open today.

On The Record for June 1

An ambulance crew conducted a patient transport to Steamboat Springs.

Craig Briefs: Deaf social slated for Saturday

The Second Annual Northwestern Deaf Social is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave.

Datebook for June 1

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries reopen.

Horoscope for June 1

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Certain interests of yours that are large in scope could be of equal importance to your peers or companions. Collectively you’ll succeed if you are the one who supplies the leadership.GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Certain interests of yours that are large in scope could be of equal importance to your peers or companions. Collectively you’ll succeed if you are the one who supplies the leadership.

Student News: Kawcak honored

Danielle Kawcak, a 2009 Moffat County High School graduate and student at the University of Northern Colorado, was recently named to The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Annie's Mailbox: In-law won't respect my privacy

Dear Annie: My husband and I have two daughters, ages 11 and 7. Last year, we took a family vacation with my mother-in-law. Now she thinks we should do it every year.

Maren Schmidt: Service to Humanity

In our new education, as we give our children daily opportunities for self-selected meaningful learning activities in specially prepared environments comprised of people, tools, nature and ideas, we will begin to see a new kind of child.