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Wednesday, March 31

On the Record for March 31, 2010

On the Record for March 31, 2010

Mining Association condemns passing of "Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act"

The Colorado Mining Association (CMA) today condemned the passage of legislation to retire existing coal fired power plants along the Front Range and replace them with higher cost natural gas. The bill, Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the “Clean Air - Clean Jobs Act," passed after extensive floor debate, in which several senators offered amendments that would have resulted in additional time to study its provisions. Thirteen senators voted against the bill, including ten Republicans and three Democrats.

Committee takes steps to beautify Craig

When Sally Smith drives by the “victory garden” on West Victory Way, full of flowers and shrubs she helped plant, she can’t help but smile. “Every time I drive by … the Finley-Victory garden, I get a sense of personal satisfaction of seeing something that was absolutely an eyesore that is now an addition,” she said.

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Pastor hopes to bring Christianity, Islam together in Quran study group

The spiritual books of Christianity and Islam are not competing doctrines of faith, said the Rev. Bob Woods. Instead the Bible and the Quran are more like close relatives, featuring similar figures, storylines and meanings.

Moffat County girls soccer loses to Battle Mountain

Bulldogs take No. 1-ranked Huskies to double OT

A day after falling to rival Steamboat Springs High School, Imelda Hernandez said she was nervous at the start of Tuesday’s Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer game. Playing against No. 1 ranked Battle Mountain at home, Hernandez and her teammates were able to ease those fears with an early goal.

Civil rights complaint filed against district

The Federal Office of Civil Rights is investigating Moffat County High School regarding a complaint about handicapped parking spaces. According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Education press office, a complaint was filed Nov. 6, 2009, against the school district on the grounds of discrimination based on a disability.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course set to open Friday

Back 9 set for walking-only golf; front 9 ready in ‘2 or 3 days’

Weather permitting, spring will arrive Friday for Yampa Valley Golf Course. The golf course, 2179 Highway 394, will welcome back golfers for the first time since fall when the back nine opens Friday for walking-only golf.

Moffat County operating under budget

Tightening its belt has paid off for Moffat County. The county, as of the end of February, is under its 2010 budget projection, much to the satisfaction of the Moffat County Commission.

Police blotter for March 29

Officers responded to three reports of a disturbance in progress.

Horoscope for March 31

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You can never go wrong trying to do the greatest good for the greatest number. Today, you will have you do just that, and your unselfishness will result in larger rewards than usual for yourself.

Hayden School Board to talk about administration

District could hire secondary principal and superintendent, or post jobs

The Hayden School Board is scheduled to approve a new administrative leadership structure at a special meeting tonight.

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11 dead cows found in Yampa River

Experts: Water quality not threatened by corpses

Authorities are investigating why 11 cows showed up dead in the Yampa River near Hayden, but river experts say the animals should not affect the water quality. Routt County resident Linda Bernhardt said she was fishing Saturday near the Yampa River Wildlife Area when she saw the animals in the river.

Craig briefs: REPS offers suicide prevention training

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide presents ASIST Gatekeeper Training on April 26 and 27 at the Moffat County Public Safe­ty Center, 800 W. First St.

Annie's Mailbox: Move on or try to reconcile?

Dear Annie: I am an 80-year-“young” gay male and have been swept off my feet by a 55-year-old gay man. I went into this as a fling, but it soon became serious. I know several male couples who have a similar age difference, and the relationships have worked out very well.

Datebook for March 31

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

The Memorial Hospital board meeting agenda for March 31

7 p.m. today, conference rooms A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop

Our View: Muck and grime be gone

In about six weeks, Craig residents will get the opportunity to get rid of a host of unwanted items during the annual Clean-Up Craig event.

Tuesday, March 30

Eduardo Capote to plead guilty to manslaughter in Steamboat

Capote agrees to 3-year jail term for reckless action in 2009 fight

Eduardo Capote is scheduled to go before a judge April 16 to change his plea. He is accused of participating in an altercation in January 2009 that led to the death of Richard Lopez. Capote has agreed to a three-year jail term as part of the deal.

Action from the Moffat County Commission meeting

At its regular Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, payroll warrant resolutions ending March 20 totaling $405,661.48.

On the Record for March 30, 2010

On the Record for March 30, 2010

City, county to host lodging tax workshop

The Craig City Council will host a public workshop at 6:30 p.m. April 7 at City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St., to discuss the possibility of implementing a city lodging tax. The Moffat County commission also will attend the workshop.

Craig sports briefs: Sea Sharks planning April 8 meeting

The Craig Sea Sharks swimming team will host a mandatory parents meeting at 7 p.m., April 8 at the Moffat County High School library, 900 Finley Lane.

Replacement census forms, help still available

Replacement census forms are available at the Census Assistance Centers for residents who did not receive a form or received a damaged form. The blank forms are located at the two assistance centers: Moffat County Social Services, 595 Breeze St. and the Moffat County School District administration building, 775 Yampa Ave.

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Event paints bright economic future

Richard Wobbekind talks about financial climate at Money Matters

As Richard Wobbekind stood in front of a crowd of about 60 residents Monday, he asked them “is the light at the end of the tunnel a train coming toward us, or is the light at the end of the tunnel actually a beautiful Colorado sky?”

Lawrence Soper: Impacts of new bill

By the sound of it, the Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act makes people think of clean air and creating new jobs. Since Xcel Energy has taken over the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, it has requested and received more rate increases than any other energy company in the country.

Maren Schmidt: A child’s sense of order

Three-year-old Abby was the perfect, cheerful morning preschool student with never a tear or a fret. Until the end of April. All week at dismissal, she had begun to cry as soon as I opened the car door. Her mother was greeted with big sobs and screams of “You don’t love me.” Her mom was horrified, and I was confused, to say the least.

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Sailors girls soccer tops Bulldogs, 8-0

Moffat County falls at Steamboat Springs

Injuries forced Moffat County coach Harry Tripp to make some adjustments to his lineup before Monday night’s game at Gardner Field, but it was the Sailors offensive attack that left the Bulldogs hurting this time around. Steamboat rolled to an 8-0 win.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife wants to warn others about betrayal

Dear Annie: I recently lost my husband. We married quite young, and after 20 years, he had an affair and we divorced. Three years later, we remarried and stayed together for another 20 years. He was a wonderful husband and an attentive grandfather. We went to church, and he even taught a Sunday school class.

Horoscopes for March 30, 2010

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You’re someone who knows how to select associates who can offer collaborative, constructive efforts. This gift you have for finding the right people who fit this bill will be used today.

Moffat County Commission update and agenda

Moffat County Commission

Craig briefs: Craig committee seeks new members

The Craig Beautification Committee is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. today at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public.

MCHS boys track 5th, girls 9th at Mickey Dunn

Brian Ivy jumps to 2 1st-place finishes

Competing Saturday at the Mickey Dunn Invitational track and field meet in Grand Junction, Moffat County High School’s Brian Ivy was able to continue his early season success with a pair of first-place finishes. Ivy, a senior, finished first in the long jump and triple jump as the MCHS boys team finished tied for fifth with Grand Junction Central.

Monday, March 29

Moffat County History: Images from Lewis Hellebust

Throughout the year, the Museum of Northwest Colorado and the Saturday Morning Press will partner in featuring 100-year-old images from the collection of Lewis Hellebust, an area photographer who “captured the dusty charm and vigor of the young town of Craig in 1910.”

County coroner's race now contested

Sheriff’s Office deputy announces candidacy

Larry Dalton, 60, a Repub­lican, announced Mon­day his candidacy for Moffat County Coroner. Dalton, a patrol deputy with the Moffat Co­­un­­­ty Sheriff’s Of­­fice, said he would file his candi­­date papers today.

On the Record for March 29, 2010

On the Record for March 29, 2010

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Kevin Oxley: Building now

“I was born and raised in Craig. My dad’s owned our company for about 35 years. I went to school at CSU and graduated in business and commercial real estate, and I figured I had a good family business to come back to, so here I am doing that."

Bryce Jacobson: Finances, economy at heart of tonight’s Money Matters event

The Craig Daily Press, Yampa Valley Bank and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership are sponsoring a Money Matters event at 7 p.m. today at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

H. Neal Glanville: Adventures in amateur gardening

When the girls were very young as was I, we often had something growing somewhere in our yard. One year, while living on Washington Street, the girls argued for weeks what they should grow that coming spring.

Dona Shue: Sick of mess in D.C.

Almost daily, we hear of another example of the people in Washington, D.C., not hearing us, or if they do, not listening or taking us seriously. Hopefully, this November we can empty Washington.

Craig briefs: Pet Mates Calendar Contest under way

The Humane Society of Moffat County’s 2011 Pet Mates Calendar Contest has begun. The contest is free. Enter by submitting your digital photos to HSMC2011@yahoo.com by May 17.

CMS wrestling finishes 3rd

3 wrestlers win weight classes at Steamboat Springs Invitational

Wrestling Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Invitational, Craig Middle School seventh-grader Kelsey Coates ran into a bit of trouble. Coates, who typically competes in the 85-pound class, wrestled in the 90-pound class Saturday.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband has plans to become a woman

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Jerry” for 15 years. Four years ago, I discovered he was a crossdresser. I was understanding about it, and even went shopping, bought clothes and tried on shoes for him. I agreed to go away with our children so he would have “private time” to dress up on a regular basis.

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Abdoul Doumbia brings African culture, music to Moffat County

We only own two things in this life, Abdoul Doumbia said. The food we eat and the good deeds we do. His words resonated around the Craig Middle School auditorium, complemented by a wide smile, which he offered to the audience and the performers on stage.

Horoscopes for March 29, 2010

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Group negotiations should go quite smoothly for you today, but it could be one-on-one encounters that give you fits. It behooves you to be as friendly as you can when in just such a bargaining position.

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Baby, dog races highlight weekend’s Spring Expo

The reigning champion stared down the track in front of him Saturday at the Centennial Mall. As KRAI’s Frank Hanel counted down into the microphone, more than 100 people began cheering for two small dachshund’s that were supposed to take off down a racetrack, which was outlined with masking tape on the mall floor.

MCHS girls soccer plays today

The Moffat County High School girls soccer teams will play today in Steamboat Springs. The junior varsity team will play at 4 p.m. with the varsity team playing at 6 p.m.

Aging Well: Simple practices can prevent foodborne illness

A group of 10 older adults brought plenty of cooking experience to a presentation at The Haven Community Center last year. Even so, questions during “food safety bingo” stumped at least a few of them.

Jim Blevins: Thanks for assistance

Thanks to the assistance of the Craig Daily Press, the Craig Coffee Party held its first meeting Saturday. Fifteen people signed the Civility Pledge.

Sunday, March 28

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Routt County drug court provides rehabilitation in lieu of jail

Routt, Moffat counties’ programs provide rehabilitation in lieu of jail

This is the last stop for many of the defendants in the drug court. Faced with a felony and a probation violation, these drug offenders are about to be sent to jail. Or they can participate in an intensive treatment program and follow up with a judge and a team of overseers every two weeks.

Saturday, March 27

Curator leaving Hayden Heritage Center

Mary Pat Dunn has resigned from the part-time position at the Hayden Heritage Center. The museum board is scheduled to approve a replacement for her at its meeting next week.

Diane Prather: Pharo shows his cattle knowledge

Kit Pharo, of Pharo Cattle Co., is one busy man. This author caught up with him last Sunday as he was returning home to Cheyenne Wells. Pharo had been on the road with speaking engagements here in Craig, and in Riverton and Pinedale, Wyo.

Kathy Bassett: Census takers being led to middle of nowhere

I was asked last fall if I would be interested in being a census taker. I replied, “No way.” Shiver, shiver, shudder.

Lee sentenced to 7 years in assault, burglary

Craig resident James Lee, 31, who was accused of assaulting Sharon and her husband, Howard, Aug. 30, 2009, at their home in the 400 block of West Sixth Street in Craig reached a plea agreement Wednesday with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

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Moffat County Literacy Council looks to boost interest in reading

Using a $3,000 grant, the Literacy Council is focusing on community awareness and is handing out free books at upcoming community events in April, culminating in a literacy festival April 29 at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Ray Dubois: Help needed to kill HB 10-1365

Trapper president: ‘Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act’ a threat to area jobs

Colorado House Bill 10-1365 has been erroneously named the “Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act.” The name sure sounds good, but if the bill passes, Colorado stands to lose jobs, and most consumers will pay higher energy prices.

Craig Daily Press staff to monitor Web site users

The Craig Daily Press will strictly enforce its online policy agreement for users of its Web site, www.craigdailypress.com, and will begin sending users warning notifications of use violations.

Craig briefs: Preserving the Last Frontier meets today

The Preserving the Last Frontier group is scheduled to host its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. today in the second-floor conference room at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.

Daily horoscope for March 27

Daily horoscope for March 27

Annie's Mailbox: Enjoyment continues with age

Dear Annie: “Frustrated in N.J.” wrote to say that his 65-year-old wife no longer wants to have sex with him because of vaginal dryness. In your response, in which you recommended counseling (which may indeed be needed), you missed an opportunity to educate your readers about what can be done about this problem.

Local economist will present program to Moffat County residents

Richard Wobbekind, who Trask said is one of Colorado’s leading economists, will present Money Matters, an event focused on discussing the current economic climate. EDP, Yampa Valley Bank and the Craig Daily Press are sponsoring the event.

Steamboat Springs Orchestra performs Saturday

The ground may be blanketed in fresh, spring snow, but there is no reason not to celebrate the coming of a new season, said Lou Mathews, Steamboat Springs Orchestra executive director. The Steamboat Springs Orchestra will perform its season finale repertoire tonight in Craig before finishing out its season Sunday in Steamboat Springs.

Kaci Doolin: Craig needs mining jobs

I’m very concerned with what you are doing to Colorado mining jobs. My husband is a coal miner, like most people who live in Northwest Colorado are.

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MCHS boys varsity swimming outpaces Glenwood Springs

The Moffat County High School boys varsity swimming team hosted Glenwood Springs Friday at the MCHS pool. The Bulldogs won their first home meet, 121-90.

Datebook for March 27

Datebook for March 27

Friday, March 26

Daily Press to increase enforcement of online use agreement

The Craig Daily Press announces that it will strictly enforce its online policy agreement for users of its Web site, www.craigdailypress.com, and will begin sending users warning notifications of use violations.

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Senior Nick Glispy enjoying 1st year on swimming team

Moffat County High School senior Nick Glispy has joined the swimming team this year. Glispy is getting educated quickly and he and his teammates will have a chance for more practice at 4 p.m. today during their first home meet.

Moffat County pool to stay open

A potential closure of the Moffat County High School swimming pool is now off the table in school district budget cut discussions for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

Clean Air measure could reduce coal mining jobs

The Moffat County Commission took action on a bill Thursday the commissioners believe could reduce coal mining jobs in Moffat County. During a special meeting, the commission approved, 3-0, to send a letter of opposition to state senators and representatives regarding Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the “Clean Air - Clean Jobs Act.”

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New school state assessment tests to take effect in 2011-12 school year

Moffat County School District officials said the district is well on its way to aligning with new state standards before 2012.

Craig City Council looking into new streetlights

The Craig City Council is considering installing new streetlights in downtown Craig.

Datebook for March 26

Datebook for March 26

Annie's Mailbox: Not wanting marriage leaves woman alone

I am a widow and have been going with “George” for almost 15 years. It began with me inviting George over for a homemade meal.

Horoscope for March 26

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Get out and mingle today if you get a chance, especially if you’ve wanted to make some new contacts or friends. People in general are likely to be more available and friendly than usual.

McIntyre family: Thankful for all the help

The McIntyre family would like to thank everyone for all they did to help out at this difficult time.

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Mild weather brings out bears in Steamboat

1st black bear sighting of the year is reported this week

Mild weather and rapidly melting snow have roused some of Steamboat’ furriest residents; the first reported bear sighting of the year was called in Tuesday. Colorado DOW area wildlife manager Jim Haskins said it’s no surprise that bears will start appearing across town as they wake from hibernation.

Gay Albers: Postings have become too negative

I confess: I love our town. I love, most of all, its people. I was surprised when a friend noted a “negative” and hateful atmosphere in Craig because I don’t experience that at all.

Craig sports roundup: CMS track begins April 5

The Craig Middle School track team will kick off its season with an April 5 practice.

Craig briefs: Serendipity hosting open mic night

Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave., is scheduled to host open mic night today.

Sheridan: Coupons create nothing but hassle

My skepticism toward customer reward programs began with S&H Green Stamps. They burdened my childhood like colds, oatmeal, and Justin Nelson’s cooties

Ed Wilkinson: Denver street to be named after Navy Seal

South Santa Fe Drive in Denver will be renamed Petty Officer Danny Dietz Memorial Highway on Aug. 17 in a ceremony honoring the Navy Seal who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005 in a gun battle with Taliban forces.

BLM prescribed fire projects planned

The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office is set to conduct two spring prescribed burns to improve big-game habitat and reduce built up fuel loads.

Thursday, March 25

On the Record for March 25, 2010

On the Record for March 25, 2010

Andy Bockelman: ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’: Was sixth grade this bad for everyone?

Whether your days were filled with wedgies, swirlies, cooties or something worse in the years between elementary and high school, anyone can identify with the prepubescent kid in question in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”

Craig discusses tax on lodging

Craig City Council member Terry Carwile raised the idea Tuesday night of possibly implementing a citywide lodging tax in Craig during the council’s meeting.

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DOW officials gather in Craig for annual conference

DOW officials gathered at the Holiday Inn of Craig for an annual conference on Tuesday and Wednesday to learn about new ways to manage and preserve the more than 500,000 acres across Colorado designated as state wildlife areas.

Moffat County gets new community housing

With a new property and a new partnership with a national Christian nonprofit agency, the Moffat County Fuller Center is ready to move into the future of improving sub-standard housing for low-income families in the area.

Annie's Mailbox: Marriage headed for divorce

Dear Annie: Once again, my husband is taking a vacation without me. We both work. My job, however, is part time with no paid vacation, and after taxes and paying my student loan, my annual income is $10,000.

Craig briefs: Commission hosts special meeting; Krispy Kremes go on sale Friday

The Moffat County Commission will host a special meeting from 8:30 to 9 a.m. today at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

Craig City Council action items for March 22

At its Tuesday meeting, the council: • Approved, 6-0, to extend the contract of Anson Excavating and to allocate $25,000 more in installation costs to replace 1055 feet of water line on Steele Street.

Daily horoscope for March 25

Daily horoscope for March 25

MCHS girls soccer team falls

The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team lost, 4-0, on Tuesday to Palisade High School.

Datebook for March 25

8:30 to 9 a.m. The Moffat County Commission hosts a special meeting at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The commission will discuss House Bill 1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, and its potential effects on the county. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

John Salazar to visit Steamboat on Saturday

Congressman to speak at Democrats’ fundraiser days after health care passage

U.S. Rep. John Salazar will visit Steamboat Springs less than a week after voting for the federal health care overhaul, but the nature of his scheduled appearance means it’ll cost $25 to bend his ear on the controversial legislation.

Agenda for Moffat County School Board for today

The agenda for Moffat County School Board for today.

MCHS wrestlers receive individual awards at team dinner

For a year that was marred by injuries, the Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling team was able to make a successful run. That success included four state qualifiers, one state placer, four academic all-state honorable mentions, one academic all-state first team member, two all-conference selections and two all-conference honorable mention selections.

Wednesday, March 24

Moffat County treasurer to run for assessor in November

Moffat County Treasurer Robert Razzano has filed paperwork to run for Moffat County assessor in November's election.

Cathy Hamilton: And the bracket goes bust

I am many things: wife, mother, journalist, basketball fan, lover of guacamole (the real stuff, not the store-bought kind). But, there’s something I’m not and that’s a bracketologist.

On the Record for March 24, 2010

On the Record for March 24, 2010

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Michelle Balleck: Perfect mix of fun

With some culture, some shopping and a whole lot of basketball, this weekend could be the perfect mix of entertainment. • I am pretty excited to hear about the African drumming workshop and performance this weekend.

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Spots available for African drumming workshop

Abdoul Doumbia will be in Craig this weekend to host djembe drum workshops and performances with students and community members interested in learning a unique and expressive art form.

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Local business owner seeking to expand broadband to rural areas

Danny Hutton, ow­­ner­­ of Hutton’s Radio Communications, no longer wants Moffat County to be the poster child for a lack of broadband Internet access.

Craig City Council OKs water line replacement

On the heels of what Craig Public Works Director Bill Earley called a “huge” water line replacement project, the city will see more work done to its water lines. At its Tuesday meeting, the Craig City Council approved, 6-0, to allocate $25,000 more in installation costs to replace 1055 feet of water line on Steele Street.

Horoscopes for March 24, 2010

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ­­— You might believe you’re right, but unless you express yourself without pushing your view on others, they won’t buy what you’re selling. Voice your strong beliefs with a bit of lightheartedness.

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Annual KRAI Spring Expo slated to have most exhibitors ever

Times have changed, KRAI sales manager Vicki Gutierrez said, and in an economic recession, businesses have to evolve. Gutierrez said it’s for that reason the 27th Annual KRAI Spring Expo will be the largest it has ever been. Forty-nine businesses and 13 nonprofit agencies will fill Centennial Mall from end to end.

Annie's Mailbox: Looking for less ‘scary’ solution for extreme sweating

Dear Annie: I am in my mid-20s and recently became engaged. For years, I have suffered from hyperhidrosis — extreme sweating of my hands, armpits, eyebrows and upper lip. When I say extreme, I mean sweat dripping down my hands, visible beads of sweat on my brow, etc. It is embarrassing. Needless to say, I do not like to shake hands or touch people. Fortunately, my fiance loves me the way I am and couldn’t care less about my sweaty hands.

Craig sports briefs: Swim team to host Glenwood

The Moffat County High School boys varsity swim team has added an extra meet to its schedule.

Craig briefs: MCHS Class of 2000 preparing reunion

The Moffat County High School class of 2000 is scheduled to host its 10-year reunion Aug. 7 and 8. If you were a member of the class of 2000, or a family member of someone who was part of the class 2000, send contact information to moffatcounty2000@gmail.com.

Hayden ordinance includes new process for issuing citations

The new nuisance ordinance and fee schedule revision, approved last week by the Hayden Town Council, will take effect April 1. The ordinance was amended to allow the town to fine residents who violate sections of town code relating to alarm systems, garbage and weeds.

Tuesday, March 23

Andy Bockelman: ‘Ghost Writer’ is haunting, provocative mystery

Who determines things like facts, truth and history? Ideally, these are concepts that everyone could agree on, but as the characters of “The Ghost Writer” find out, it’s just not that easy.

Citizen Police Academy canceled

Police department drops scheduled program due to lack of interest

The Craig Police Department has canceled its spring Citizen Police Academy due to lack of applications. Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said the department received two applications for the program, which usually sees between eight and 16 resident trainees.

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Craig youth wrestler wins Triple Crown

Deven Mosman, 10, becomes first Craig Bad Dog to accomplish feat

To start the second round of his March 21 championship round in the Rocky Mountain Nationals, Craig Bad Dog wrestler Deven Mosman found himself in unfamiliar territory. Mosman, 10, owned a perfect 22-0 record in the 10-and-under 113-pound class, but against Randy Maynes — a wrestler Mosman had defeated a week before — he faced an uphill battle in Denver.

On the Record for March 23, 2010

On the Record for March 23, 2010

Action for Tuesday's Moffat County Commission meeting

At its regular Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, warrant resolutions for the month of March totaling $540,412.68.

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Moffat County girls soccer looking to start streak

Bulldogs girls teams play today in Palisade

After the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team scored its first goal of the season, first-year head coach Harry Tripp said his worries waned. Tripp and the varsity soccer team won, 3-1, on March 13 in Eagle Valley to claim Tripp’s first high school win. At 4 p.m. today, Tripp and the Bulldogs will try to build on their season-opening victory when they play Palisade on the road.

Craig briefs: Craig Kiwanis Club offers scholarships

The Craig Kiwanis Club has 2010 scholarships available, the club announced Monday in a news release. This year, the club expects to award about $9,500 in scholarships to Moffat County High School graduates.

Traveling art exhibit opens in Craig

Photographer Mark Mabry’s work runs through end of the week

Photographer Mark Ma­bry’s traveling art exhibit, “Reflections of Christ,” opens today in Craig and runs through the end of the week. The exhibit features more than 30 large-scale, black-and-white and color photographs depicting scenes from the life of Christ as told in the New Testament.

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Health care bill elicits mixed local reaction

Medical community responds positively to health care overhaul; concerns remain

Members of the local medical community gave primarily positive responses Monday to the federal health care overhaul, especially citing its potential to increase coverage and access to services in rural Northwest Colorado. But there also are concerns of increased costs to hospitals and an increase in demand for services that may be difficult to keep up with in the absence of more medical professionals.

Datebook for March 23

Datebook for March 23

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Resident interested in bringing new party to Craig

Fresh politics brewing

From his chair, Jim Blevins can see Victory Way traffic, CNN broadcasting national news on the TVs surrounding him, and curiously scan the Internet on his desktop computer. It was from these three sources that Blevins decided to try and bring a new political movement to Moffat County — the Coffee Party.

Senior spotlight for March 23

Looks like spring has sprung in some places with flowers bravely showing colorful faces. Spring break is over, and we are back to our usual routines.

About $1M more funded for food assistance last year in Moffat County

A stamp on hunger

Although Marie Peer, Moffat County Social Services director, doesn’t like to see an increase in food stamp funding, she is more than happy to help those in need. Last year, social services distributed about $1 million more in food assistance money than 2008 to households across Moffat County.

Horoscope for March 23

Horoscope for March 23

Maren Schmidt: Sensitive periods of learning

Before the age of 6, human beings are in a unique period of learning and development. At this time in our lives, certain information is absorbed by our personalities without conscious effort. Young children learn to walk, talk and do hundreds of things without formal instruction or being aware of learning.

Annie's Mailbox: Man lied about separating from wife

Dear Annie: When I met my husband, he told me he was separated from his wife. At the time, I was separated, too. It turns out I was the only one telling the truth.

Moffat County High School girls golf team finishes 3rd

Competing for the first time in almost a year, Moffat County High School senior golfer Heather Nicholson said everything went as well as she had hoped. Golfing Monday at Bookcliff Golf Course in Grand Junction, Nicholson shot an 88 to lead Class 4A, as the MCHS girls golf team placed third overall.

Monday, March 22

On the Record for March 22, 2010

On the Record for March 22, 2010

Scholarships available through Craig Kiwanis Club

The Craig Kiwanis Club has 2010 scholarships available, the club announced Monday in a news release. This year, the club expects to award about $9,500 in scholarships to Moffat County High School graduates.

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My life, my words: Lisa Davis: The perfect job

“Right after I graduated from high school, I went down to Grand Junction. I already knew what I wanted to be, so that’s when I went and got my degree down there. I came back to Craig a few years later, and I’ve been doing hair since 1981.

John Williams: Consequences of actions

Politicians in general and the far left in particular either don’t care or don’t know the consequences of actions they take today and what those same actions will cause in the future. The attempt by the Obama administration, the Pelosi/Reid puppets, and the rest of the liberal lemmings that follow in tow to try and cram this plan down the throats of the American people is one of the most blatant crimes against the people to happen in years.

Aging Well: Diabetes workshop begins Tuesday in Steamboat

Jim Pitzer, of Yampa, has had diabetes for about 15 years. In that time, he has gathered a lot of information and advice about managing his condition. o it was mostly curiosity that brought him to the first of six classes aimed at helping individuals with diabetes better manage their symptoms and make healthier choices.

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Andy Bockelman: ‘Green Zone’ is tiring so-called thriller

Movies of political intrigue often are centered on a controversial issue. Although the subject matter of “Green Zone” is based on something that has raised a lot of eyebrows, it plays it disappointingly safe, especially considering that it takes place in the middle of a war.

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Department of Wildlife beginning fishing regulations review

The Colorado Division of Wildlife has begun its five-year review of statewide fishing regulations and is looking for input from anglers and sportsmen organizations. DOW spokesman Randy Hampton said the review process is designed to include local input as the first step because the DOW values the voice of the sportsmen who support and fund the agency.

Craig briefs: AARP scheduled to gather today

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

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MCHS golfers try to push up course opening date by shoveling greens

For Moffat County High School golfers Parker King and Mark Dockstader, golf season can’t come soon enough. While Yampa Valley Golf Course is not yet open and will not be open until the snow is gone, King and Dockstader spent some of their spring break clearing off sections of the course to try and move the course’s start date up.

Moffat County girls golf season starts today

The Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team will head outdoors at noon today when it competes at Bookcliff Golf Course in Grand Junction.

Datebook for March 22

Datebook for March 22

Moffat County baseball team takes 2

Despite dropping its first game, the Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball team was able to win its last two games of the Friday and Saturday Lloyd McMillan baseball tournament in Montrose. The team finished in fifth. The Bulldogs lost their first game, 11-7, Friday to Emery (Utah) High School.

Annie's Mailbox: Daughter living separate lives

Dear Annie: My husband and I have a 22-year-old daughter who still lives at home. “Ashley” has been dating the same guy for five years, but we can count on one hand the number of times he has come to our house.

Horoscope for March 22

Horoscope for March 22

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Initiative coaches early childhood care providers

When it comes to caring for infants and toddlers, every detail matters, Craig resident Judi Whilden said. Whilden, who has owned and operated Sunrise Kids Preschool & Child Care for 16 years, is the newest certified instructor for the Expanding Quality in Infant and Toddler Care Initiative in Northwest Colorado.

H. Neal Glanville: Shooting story has proof

Spring this, spring that, rake the yard, clean out the shed … Yeah, right. If I go anywhere near that shed, it’ll be to talk to my two-person flotation thing about fishing and which body of water we will be on first this year.

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Your Community Snapshots for March 22

Here are some of your photos from the Craig Daily Press Your Community Snapshots photo contest.

Saturday, March 20

Veterans Hotline: Caucus delays American Legion meeting

The March 16 American Legion meeting was canceled because of caucus meetings and the post commander having surgery that day. The Legion will meet on its regular day in April, the third Tuesday of every month.

Vice looks to open 2nd taxi service in Craig

When Mike Vice decided to pursue starting another taxi service in Craig, he didn’t know just how overwhelming it would be. Mike and his wife, Soni, who own Lariat Liquors, 391 Lincoln St., started the process of acquiring a taxicab license in July and said the community has supported their decision.

Kathy Bassett: Windy conditions ripe for bad hair day

A friend of mine called me from Arizona a few days ago. She was laughing so hard I couldn’t understand what she was saying, so I asked her take a deep breath, slow down and repeat.

12 DUI arrests during holiday saturation patrol

The Colorado State Patrol made 12 driving under the influence arrests during a weeklong saturation patrol, Sgt. Scott Elliott said.

Annie's Mailbox: My mother is spiteful, vindictive

Dear Annie: My son was recently married in a small, private ceremony. For some unknown reason, my mother did not want to attend, but eventually, she and my father decided to show up.

Horoscope for March 20

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Don’t shy away from a challenge or competition, because both are likely to bring out the best in you. It won’t matter if you partake in a business situation or a sport like tennis, bowling or golf.

Government update for March 20

• Approved, 3-0, warrant resolutions for the month of February totaling $669,842.66.

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Diane Prather: Quick, easy recipes for calving season

It’s calving season around the county, and that means cooking meals that are quick, nutritious and can be reheated.

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Moffat County High School could feature 1st female wrestler soon

Moffat County High School wrestling has claimed five state championships. The record-holder for most wins in a season wore Bulldog blue. Its coach has won more meets than any other in Colorado history. But there is one thing the Bulldogs have not seen. A female wrestler.

MCHS boys baseball falls in Montrose

Bulldogs lose, 11-7, to Emery High School

For the Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball team, waking up to two inches of snow in Montrose proved to be a bad omen.

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Weather expert explains Steamboat climate

Nolan Doesken discusses temperature changes, drought Wednesday

State climatologist Nolan Doesken outlined the intricacies of Routt County’s climate to a gathering of about 30 gardeners Wednesday afternoon, in a presentation that offered explanations for those cold nights that can make gardening tricky.

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4 new council members, new mayor, to take over in Dinosaur in April

L.D. “Smitty” Smith, Jerry Jeffrey and Dick Blakley are the men who live in, care about and want to represent Dinosaur. Smith, who moved to Dino­saur four years ago, is on track to be elected mayor of Dinosaur, succeeding Freda Powell’s four-year stint.

Craig briefs: Kick Butts Day focus on Facebook, texts

Young people from Moffat County are joining thousands of youths across the country who are taking part in Kick Butts Day, a nationwide initiative that aims to stop youth tobacco use.

Moffat County High School journalism teacher honored with Medal of Merit

When describing how the field of journalism would maintain its relevance through the digital age, Moffat County High School teacher Katy Gray turned to her other passion, archaeology, for an analogy.

Datebook for March 20

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

Our View: Compliment on compliance

In 2008, an alcohol compliance screening of Craig businesses revealed a startling fact: 50 percent of the businesses screened failed to ask for identification from underage purchasers.

Lloyd Powers: Why does Pinnacol have such a surplus?

I see where Pinnacol Assurance wants to give the state $374 million for full privatization to help the state in its budget crunch.

Verniece Self's 91st birthday

Verniece Self, a Craig resident, will celebrate her 91st birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 restaurant, 419 E. Victory Way.

Police blotter for March 18

Officers responded to three civil problems.

Friday, March 19

Wiggins to leave, then re-enter in sheriff's race

ACET commander said decision is based on Hatch Act questions

The All Crimes Enforcement Team commander said his agency would be finished spending a federal grant early next week. He'll refile for the Routt County sheriff's race then, to avoid any possible Hatch Act violation.

On the Record for March 19, 2010

On the Record for March 19, 2010

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High winds in Steamboat bring bust, boom

Ski area closure not expected to affect today’s operations; businesses benefit

Gusty winds forced the all-day closure of Steamboat Ski Area on Friday, caused pockets of small power outages around the county, and resulted in an unexpected boom for some local businesses. High winds that ski area officials said reached peak gusts of 79 mph shut down Mount Werner for the entire day.

Annie's Mailbox: Worrying about eating habits

Dear Annie: My son and his wife have been married 12 years and have two beautiful daughters. But I am terribly concerned about their eating habits.

Jobless rate up, sales tax down in Moffat

Ken Christopher is out of work. He and his wife, Shelly, are new in Craig and were looking for work Wednesday at the Colorado Workforce Center in Craig. Ken, 46, who eventually wants to be a preacher, has been getting by during the past month by working at a local temp agency but is currently out of work.

Census officials still looking for employees

Distribution of forms heading into 2nd phase

Despite dwindling worker application numbers in Moffat County and across the Western Slope, U.S. Census officials are preparing for their largest operation phase yet. And they still need help.

Datebook for March 19

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

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Marilynn Hill to participate in 1st Denver Post Ride the Rockies

When Marilynn Hill told her kids she was going to participate in the 25th annual Denver Post Ride the Rockies bike ride, she received the extra push she needed. “They said ‘We’re behind you all the way,’” she said. “Now, when I go to the gym and workout, they ask me how it went. They are my best little trainers.

MCHS baseball competes in tourney today

The Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball team will kick off its preseason at 10 a.m. today when the Bulldogs play in the Lloyd McMillan Baseball Tournament in Montrose.

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MCHS graduates, sisters, collaborate on award-winning book

Ashley Foster’s dog training education and her older sister Sasha Foster’s background in physical therapy collided in one moment, when Ashley saw Sasha doing physical therapy stretching on a thoroughly relaxed Diesel. It was an idea charged with the motivation and business savvy of the two Moffat County High School graduates: Apply the theories and practices of research-based human physical therapy to dogs.

Craig briefs: AARP to gather at 2 p.m. Monday

Craig AARP Chapter No. 1418 is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Monday at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. The meeting is open to the public.

Horoscope for March 19

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Adopting a positive, optimistic attitude could put you in the position of being a big winner. Hang onto this frame of mind as long as you can.

Fuel gauge report for March 18

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

Stephanie Rickman: Thanks to JW Snacks crew, police officers

I would like to thank Danny and his crew at JW Snacks for helping my children and I out on the night of March 11. They made sure my boys were taken care of while I was with the officers who responded to our call. They offered us a hot meal.

Janet Sheridan: The good people of Craig

March 9 opened poorly. It began with incessant ranting on the early morning news shows about the falling sky. Exercising, which usually delights me when it ends, didn’t do the trick. The coffee ran out. I made more, but it tasted like tar because the potato peels drifting in the gray water of the plugged garbage disposal distracted me.

David Pressgrove: Taking on the ‘laity myth’: There is no ‘just’ in your title

I’m opening with a scene from a video I saw the other day. A man on a hike came upon a woman trapped under a tree. The woman begs for his help but the man claims, “I’m not an EMT or a lumberjack; I’m just an accountant. I’m sorry I can’t help.”

Thursday, March 18

Energy: Moffat County's driving force

Energy. For 100 years, it’s been the driving force of Craig’s economy, as well as its people.

On the Record for March 18, 2010

On the Record for March 18, 2010

El Mexico soccer team wins Grand Junction tourney

The El Mexico soccer team won the March 6 and 7 Grand Junction soccer tournament, which included 14 teams.

Parks and Recreation T-ball starts May 3

Craig Parks and Recreation will offer T-ball for 5- and 6-year-old ballplayers, beginning with practice May 3.

MCHS ahletics looking for program feedback

The Moffat County High School athletic department is conducting a survey for parents and guardians of MCHS athletes.

Police blotter for March 16

Officers responded to three reports of harassment.

Annie's Mailbox: My boyfriend cheated on me

Dear Annie: I was with my boyfriend for a while and became pregnant. Unfortunately, I had a miscarriage.

Police blotter for March 16

Officers responded to three reports of harassment.

Wyman Museum reducing hours during spring

Museum to be closed Mondays to Thursdays through April

Lou Wyman, owner of the Wyman Museum, has decided to keep the lights off for a few days a week. The museum has closed its doors Mondays through Thursdays during the typically slow months of March and April.

Cathy Hamilton: A more succinct world

The e-mail read: “I am reaching out to you because Madge shared with me some concerns she’s having with an issue that mirrored concerns you shared with me in the past. Please reach out to her.” I rushed to Madge’s office and rapped urgently on her office door.

Danner not in violation of Hatch Act

Commissioner: Decision should put issue to rest

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner has received a response from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel clearing questions surrounding her candidacy for another term as District 2 commissioner. “This res­­pon­­­se confirms that my actions of giving information to our employees was not in violation of the Hatch Act,” Dan­­ner said. “It was not influencing their campaign.”

Kim Walker: Thanks to Taylor Street B&B for warm welcome

My family and I are in the process of moving to Craig within the next couple of weeks. We recently had the great pleasure of staying at the Taylor Street B&B. We truly enjoyed it.

TMH clinic target of break-ins

Police: None of 4 attempts successful

The Memorial Hospital Med­ical Clinic has been the target of several attempted break-ins the past six weeks. Four apparently unsuccessful break-in attempts have been made at the TMH Clinic, 785 Russell St., the former site of The Memorial Hospital, Craig Police Department Sgt. John Forgay said.

Datebook for March 18

9:30 a.m. The Census Bureau offers pre-employment testing at the Colorado Workforce Center, 480 Barclay St. Two forms of ID are required. Jobs are available starting at $12.50 per hour and 50 cents per mile. Visit census2010.gov, or call 1-866-861-2010.

Craig AAU board members: AAU program thanks community for effort

Twenty-five teams consisting of boys and girls from the sixth, seventh and eighth grades competed over the weekend. Hosting this tournament would not have been possible without the help of the Craig community.

Craig briefs: Committee seeks new members

The Craig Beautification Committee is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. March 30 at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public.

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Deven Mosman trying to win 1st Triple Crown in Bad Dogs history

After taking first place in the March 12 to 14 Rocky Mountain National tournament in Prescott, Ariz., Craig Bad Dogs wrestler Deven Mosman has one thing on his mind.

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Michelle Balleck: Stay in & hang out

With a limited itinerary for Craigites this weekend, it’s the ideal opportunity to sit back and relax with some low-key fun. ■ West Theatre is showing “Alice in Wonderland” and “She’s Out of My League” for another week, so catching a flick could be a good way to relax this weekend, especially if it snows Friday like it’s forecast to do.

New Hayden eatery requests liquor license transfer

Couple hopes to open April 8 at Creek View location

The Hayden Town Council is scheduled to consider tonight whether to approve a liquor license transfer and temporary liquor license for Hayden’s newest restaurant.

Police blotter for March 16

Officers responded to three reports of harassment.

Hayden won’t renew Rockhold’s contract

School Board votes not to approve superintendent for next school year

Greg Rockhold will not be the Hayden School District superintendent in 2010-11. The School Board on Wednesday night unanimously voted “no” when Rockhold’s contract came up for approval.

Horoscope for March 18

There is a good chance that in the year ahead, you will be offered an opportunity to run an operation that has excellent potential for growth. Be careful about bringing anyone else in prematurely, because that could derail the entire project.

Wednesday, March 17

Hayden won't renew superintendent's contract

Greg Rockhold was hired two years ago from Tennessee school

Greg Rockhold became the district's superintendent in March 2008 and received a two-year contract at the time. The Hayden School Board voted unanimously tonight against renewal.

On the Record for March 17, 2010

On the Record for March 17, 2010

The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic target of break-ins

The Memorial Hospital’s old campus has been the target of four break-ins over the last six weeks. Four attempted break-ins have been reported to the Craig Police Department, although none of the attempts have been successful.

Wyman Museum temporarily scaling back

Museum to reduce hours of operation until summer

The Wyman Museum has decided to close its doors Monday through Thursday during the typically slow months of March and April, office manager Nicky Boulger said.

Craig briefs: Last Frontier meets March 27 at Sunset

The Preserving the Last Frontier group is scheduled to host its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. March 27 in the second floor conference room at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.

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St. Michael’s Kitchen averaging more than 60 at weekly meals

Before 91-year-old Elna Yoast sat down to lunch Tuesday in the basement of St. Michael Catholic Church, she approached Pam Hastings, a volunteer with St. Michael’s Kitchen.

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Tuesday night caucuses include community participation, voices

Chris Craft said being a Democrat in Moffat County “can be challenging.” But despite the challenges in what is a Republican dominated county, Craft attended the Moffat County Democratic caucus Tuesday night “as is my right and duty,” he said.

Museum seeking spurs with a history for upcoming exhibit

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is on the lookout for new stories and old spurs from some of the old “unsung” ranchers and cowboys of Moffat County.

Annie's Mailbox: Trip has thrown us off kilter

Dear Annie: I am 28 years old and have lived with the same man for 10 years. We have two beautiful daughters, ages 8 and 4. Last May, “Rob” and I decided to take an extended vacation. We bought an RV and spent the summer traveling and visiting family. Although I really enjoyed the sights, some aspects of our trip were truly horrid.

Horoscopes for March 17, 2010

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — A good opportunity might be dumped in your lap, but you might have to prime the pump a bit to get a positive flow started. Don’t hesitate to begin an outpouring and get back what you gave.

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2 Craig refs officiate at state

Darrel Irvin and John Whinery call 2A tournament games

At the Colorado State High School basketball tournament, everyone on the court has proven they deserve to be with the best of the best. Including the referees.

MCHS track team fares well in Aurora

Competing Saturday at the Ralston Valley Relay meet in Aurora, the Moffat County High School varsity track and field team had several strong performances, coach Todd Trapp said.

Our View: Congrats and thanks in order

The state of our economy today is in such disarray that it causes many to feel uncertain about the future, and justifiably so. People adjust their budgets and judge each cost and expenditure on whether it’s necessary. They don’t know what tomorrow will bring but fear the worst.

Jane Hume: Act makes little sense

Since the Hatch Act was passed before the prolific scattering of federal grants across the country, it makes little sense to keep candidates with past political ties to federal money from running again, especially since the federal money often is given to implement federally mandated policies.

Jim Blevins: Obama's Israel stance

Those of us who truly care about Israel know that President Barack Obama is right to confront Israel about its approval of a new settlement construction plan in east Jerusalem. Settlement expansion undermines the prospects of peace. And Israel’s future is dependent on reaching a two-state solution.

Food, drink and entertainment specials on tap for St. Patrick's Day in Craig

A drop of food coloring could change your luck for the better, OP Bar & Grill owner Delbert Knez said. It’ll also give you a discount.

Victoria Barron: Tobacco education

In an era of increasing awareness about the negative health effects of tobacco, it seems to me that we may be missing the boat on tobacco prevention in ways other than cigarette smoking and chew tobacco.

Tuesday, March 16

On the Record for March 16, 2010

On the Record for March 16, 2010

Commission discusses legislation, coal industry

County officials consider effects state, federal bills could have on local energy economy

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray thinks the local coal industry is being placed in the crosshairs of potential federal and state legislation aimed at reducing energy related emissions. “Its not a trend I’d like to see start or continue,” he said.

Audrey Danner: Clearing up the rumor

As a current Moffat County commissioner, I have served the citizens for 15 months with an emphasis on open communication, and I appreciate the improved relationships with the community and media.

Maren Schmidt: Centuries of fun

The group of 10-year-olds sat absorbed, thumbs moving. Each played an individual game on his cell phone. During the past few years, I keep noticing this phenomena of groups of children who elect to be connected to their electronic games when there are “live knowledge objects,” previously known as “people,” sitting right next to them.

Senior Spotlight for March 16, 2010

Daylight saving time — I had one clock I couldn’t reach, and it happened to be the one I go by the most. So, I needed to remember to add an hour to the time when I looked at it.

Craig briefs: Local bar to host St. Patrick’s Day event

Mather’s Club, 420 Yampa Ave., will offer the public free meal of corn beef and cabbage in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at 6 p.m. Wednesday in downtown Craig.

Danner requests review

Commissioner sends letter asking for Hatch Act clarification

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner said Monday that she has requested a review from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel regarding her candidacy for another term as District 2 commissioner.

Student News: Eric Fredrickson

Eric Fredrickson, a 2005 Moffat County High School graduate, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2009 semester at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta.

Education department officials to visit Steamboat for town hall meeting

Officials from the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education say they want to know what residents think as they work to draft a new statewide assessment program. Officials will attend a town hall meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Steamboat.

Caucus kicks off Moffat County election season

Tonight, Moffat County residents will gather for the caucus — an early step in the election process for many candidates. The caucus, which Moffat County Republican Central Committee chairman John Ponikvar called “politics at is most basic level,” will take place at 13 different precinct caucus locations for Republicans and at one for the Democrats.

Craig sports briefs: MCHS girls soccer victorious in Eagle Valley

The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team started its season on a positive note, as the Bulldogs won Saturday in Eagle Valley.

Horoscopes for March 16, 2010

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Get all the necessary data, such as costs, time factor and people involved, before agreeing to go on an outing with friends. If you don’t, you could find yourself involved in an unhappy situation.

Annie's Mailbox: Uncle is abusive when drunk

Dear Annie: I’m 18 years old and still live with my family. A few months ago, my uncle moved in with us. He comes home drunk all the time. I can smell the liquor on him, and I hate it. I make sure to be in my bedroom before he walks in the front door, which often means I’m upstairs by 6 p.m.

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Boys, girls basketball teams win at AAU tourney

Craig 7th-grade boys, 6th-grade girls win their brackets

Playing Sunday during the Yampa Valley Classic AAU Basketball Tournament at Moffat County High School, the Craig seventh-grade boys basketball team was able to outpace Olathe, 41-20. The seventh-grade boys team was one of two teams from Craig to take the top spot in their home AAU tournament, following the sixth-grade girls’ victory against Paonia.

Shannon Winegarner: Thanks from Hospice

Thank you to the generous community members of Moffat and Routt counties for making the 2010 Hospice Daffodil fundraiser a huge success. This year, we sold 4,500 bunches through our annual volunteer-run event and raised more than $20,000 to provide Hospice care for terminally ill patients in the Yampa Valley.

Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks for support

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank Kristi Shepherd and Murdoch’s for donating pet food. We would like to thank transfer drivers Nancy McStay, Nancy Roberts, and Tammy Villard. Your help gives shelter animals another chance of finding their “forever” homes.

Patrick Wayne Germond: Tea Party amazing

Last Wednesday’s Tea Party at Serendipity was amazing. The strength and power of the patriotism and spirit of freedom was incredible.

Monday, March 15

Andy Bockelman: ‘She’s Out of My League’: Disparities in dating

For those who haven’t heard the portmanteau term “moodle,” it breaks down to “man poodle,” a guy considered cute and likable but not dating material. And that unique breed has a unique problem in “She’s Out of My League.”

On the Record for March 15, 2010

On the Record for March 15, 2010

KRAI earns station of the year award

Local radio station takes home hardware from Colorado Broadcasters Association

For the second year in a row, KRAI received the Colorado Broadcasters Association’s Medium Market Radio Station of the Year award. The station, 93.7 and 102.3 on the dial, also received eight other first-place awards Saturday from the CBA.

Hurt Routt County man picked up by Flight for Life helicopter

A 44-year-old Routt County man was taken from the North Routt backcountry by a Flight For Life helicopter Saturday night after injuring his leg in a snowmobiling accident. The group of four Routt County men, described as experienced snowmobilers, were riding in the Quaker Mountain.

Steamboat Ski Area weathers high winds

Gusts that closed lifts Sunday morning not forecast to return today

The gusting winds that closed Steamboat Ski Area lifts Sunday morning are not forecast to return early this week. The National Weather Ser­vice office in Grand Junction is forecasting sunny skies and temperatures in the 40s for today and Tuesday, with “calm” winds of less than 10 mph both days.

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Bulldogs baseball splits in Rifle

Moffat County High School boys open season against Bears

Playing Saturday in Rifle, the Bulldogs split the doubleheader for MCHS.

MCHS students place at state speech and debate competition

Of the 13 Moffat County High School students who went to the state tournament Friday, some were disappointed with the outcome, and others were elated.

Craig briefs: Seuss contest winners named

Almost 100 students entered the Third Annual Dr. Seuss Bookmark Contest, according to a news release from Downtown Books.

Datebook for March 15

Datebook for March 15

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Rachel Jensen is looking at the faces of the future

“I came from a small town called Kimberly, Idaho, that’s near Twin Falls, Idaho. We came here because of my husband’s job. He works at the high school as an assistant principal, Travis Jensen.

Bryce Jacobson: Restaurant reopens in Maybell

Mark and Pam Zum­mach reopened a restaurant in Maybell in August 2009. Lou’s is open for business from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays.

H. Neal Glanville: Get ready for young drivers

As April draws closer, a cloud of squeamish doom slowly makes its way into the daily crud of adulthood.

The Fross family: Thank you for help

We would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all of the people who helped our family through a difficult time. We experienced the caring and support that makes this a community in which we are so very proud to live in.

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2010 National Western Stock Show results

This is the second part of a two-part story about local exhibitors and their placing at the 2010 National Western Stock Show in Denver in January.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman won’t talk to sister who’s dating her ex

Dear Annie: Six years ago, my sister’s ex-boyfriend found out I was divorced. He called and invited me for a drink. I accepted with some reluctance, as I didn’t think my sister would approve, but I needed some lighthearted company after the dark days surrounding the end of my marriage. “Jim” and I had a nice time and began seeing each other.

Daily horoscope for March 15

Daily horoscope for March 15

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All 13 Craig businesses screened pass alcohol checks

Alcohol compliance checks were recently conducted as a collaboration of the Moffat and Routt counties Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, the Mof­fat County Sheriff’s Office, and the Craig and Steamboat Springs police departments.

Aging Well: Downsizing does not have to be daunting

Downsizing is a process we undertake, to various degrees, throughout our lives. Still, as we age, we seem to accumulate more stuff while growing more attached to items that have accompanied us throughout the years.

Hoopsters headline Steamboat fundraiser

Event will raise money for Boys & Girls, Optimist clubs

The Harlem Ambassadors are bringing their basketball hijinks to Steamboat Springs. The team will participate in a fundraiser Tuesday night for the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs. The event is at 6 p.m. at Steamboat Springs High School.

Sunday, March 14

Hurt snowmobiler rescued by helicopter Saturday night

The 44-year-old man was flown to Yampa Valley Medical Center with a leg injury. The man was part of a group riding in the Quaker Mountain area of California Park.

Saturday, March 13

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February marks 15 years since Hayden’s Dick Roberts was last seen

The missing mayor

It’s been 15 years since Richard “Dick” Roberts’ gray and white Ford pickup was found in the Utah desert near the Colorado state line, surrounded by a cluster of pinyon pines. Roberts’ wallet, car keys and .22-caliber rifle were missing and so was the 6-foot-tall, 250-pound, red-haired man who served as Hayden’s mayor for three years.

Craig briefs: Discussion group will meet Sunday

The God Delusion/Reason for God discussion group is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Sunday at McDonald’s in Craig. Throughout March, the group will review chapters 5 and 6 of “The God Delusion.”

Datebook for March 13

Datebook for March 13

Colowyo in early stages of sale consideration

Mark Roberts, Colowyo director of commercial planning and business development, confirmed Friday that Colowyo Coal Co. is in the “early stages of looking into a possible sale” of the coal mine.

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MCHS baseball season swings into action

Moffat County High School boys team playing doubleheader today in Rifle

Starting today, the Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball team will see a change. The wooden floors of the MCHS gymnasium will be replaced with the turf of an outdoor diamond — and the games will count.

Moffat County School District to recruit principal

Joel Sheridan to remain at East Elementary until end of school year

Moffat County School district officials have begun the search for a new principal at East Elementary School. Former principal Diana Cook, who has been on a leave of absence since October, resigned from the position. Her resignation was accepted by the School Board at its Feb. 25 meeting.

Our View: Hatch Act has no place

Archaic, unreasonable and unfortunate are just a few of the descriptions — and the nicer ones, at that — that have been used recently to describe the Hatch Act, a federal law that suddenly has become a factor in our community and others regarding November’s election.

Tony Bradley: Applaud Baumgardner

On behalf of my organization’s Colorado members, I applaud Rep. Randy Baumgardner for co-sponsoring House Bill 1289, a piece of legislation meant to create jobs by encouraging investment in broadband and telecom services.

Horoscope for March 13

Horoscope for March 13

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Craig Middle School taking extra measures

RAPTOR visitor screening system piloted at school

Each day, Craig Middle School secretary Beth Gilchrist watches visitor after visitor walk by the glass window of her office. Teachers, students, district employees and parents pass back and forth through the school’s front doors, which are unlocked by a button behind Gilchrist’s desk.

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Hayden basketball eliminated from state tournament

From the start of summer, the Hayden High School boys basketball team’s goal was to make it to the state tournament. That much it accomplished by romping through the regional tournament, earning the Tigers their first state tournament berth in 28 years.

Sports briefs: AAU basketball tournament is today, Sunday

Beginning at 8 a.m. today, there will be an AAU basketball tournament in Craig. More than 20 teams from Colorado and Wyoming will compete today and at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Diane Prather: 1 recipe of many mincemeat variations

Thanks so much to all of the readers who have sent in recipes for mincemeat and pemmican. Who would have thought there were so many mincemeat recipes? This week’s first mincemeat recipe calls for green tomatoes. What a great way to use up all those green tomatoes in the fall.

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Behind the lanes at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center

This edition of Communities at Work gives a glimpse into the inner workings behind the lanes at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.

Moffat County History: Images from Hellebust catalog

Museum of Northwest Colorado, Saturday Morning Press partner to show collection

Throughout the year, the Museum of Northwest Colorado and the Saturday Morning Press will partner in featuring 100-year-old images from the collection of Lewis Hellebust, an area photographer who “captured the dusty charm and vigor of the young town of Craig in 1910.”

Government update for March 13

Government update for March 13 for Moffat County Commission

Friday, March 12

DUI patrols planned for St. Patrick’s Day weekend

Colorado State Patrol will set up saturation patrols in Moffat, Rio Blanco, Grand, Routt and Jackson counties. The increased enforcement period begins today and runs through Thursday.

On the Record for March 12, 2010

On the Record for March 12, 2010

Geologist: Incident that killed Craig resident near Hayden was rare

No additional dangers identified in area on US 40

A Colorado Department of Transportation geologist said the rocky cliff in Mount Harris is relatively safe and that no mitigation work is needed to try to prevent future rockfalls similar to the one that killed Craig resident Karen Evanoff on Wednesday.

Annie's Mailbox: Brother-in-law acting immaturely

Dear Annie: My sister died seven years ago, and within six months, my brother-in-law was dating. “John” stays in touch with my 96-year-old mother and gives her news of the grandchildren, now in their 20s.

Karen Brown: Thanks for donations

The Community Budget Center would like to thank the Colorado Northwestern Community College pottery class for their generous donation collected during Art Walk. We are so thankful they chose us to benefit from the pottery sale.

Janet Sheridan: Preferred seating

Folks seem to stress about seating arrangements as much as they do about telemarketers who call during dinner, deer that eat begonias, and dentists who say, “Oh-oh.” In family vans, at meetings, in office break rooms, on buses and planes, people fuss about who sits where.

Republican caucuses are drawing near

Moffat County will continue on its election path to November next week. The Moffat County Repub­lican caucuses, which county Republican Central Committee chairman John Ponikvar called “politics at is most basic level,” is scheduled to take place Tuesday.

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Craig businesses see economic boost from I-70 closure

Since an estimated 20 boulders fell Monday on Interstate 70 forcing the interstate to close, Craig has seen increased traffic. The closure between Dotsero and Glenwood Springs had forced traffic north through Craig, but the Colorado Department of Transportation was able to open two lanes of traffic Thursday.

Fuel Gauge report for March 12

Fuel Gauge report for March 12

Datebook for March 12

Datebook for March 12

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Extracurricular activities top concern among students at budget forum

For many Moffat County High School students gathered in the school library Thursday afternoon, the day doesn’t end when the last bell rings. From speech and debate to swimming, student council to band, many factions of MCHS extracurricular activities were represented during the after-school meeting.

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Moffat County girls soccer poised for early game

Varsity team to face Eagle Valley on Saturday

For Harry Tripp, the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer’s first year coach, Saturday’s game in Eagle Valley will be his first at the helm. The MCHS girls soccer team will kick off its season at 11 a.m. Saturday, when the junior varsity plays. The varsity team will play at 1 p.m.

Moffat County track running in Aurora today

Relay, field athletes ready for 2nd meet

The Moffat County High School track and field team will compete at 3:15 p.m. today in Aurora at the Ralston Valley Relays. MCHS is coming off a successful first meet of the year. Competing March 5 at the Warrior Relays in Grand Junction, several MCHS events took first place.

Pastor Linda Taylor: Who, me? I wasn’t smoking

I remember when I was a young teenager, and I knew if I smoked, I was somebody important, and if I smoked a cigarette, I was tough and you didn’t mess with me. The truth was that no matter how grown up I thought I was, I didn’t dare smoke around my parents.

Ray Cartwright: Traffic problem

With the damage and closure of I-70 and the detour that is being routed up from Colorado Highway 13 to Craig and then across U.S. Highway 40, something needs to be done about the traffic through downtown Craig.

Horoscope for March 12

Horoscope for March 12

Kathy Bassett: Grandma didn’t smoke pot — she kept it under the bed

I was talking to a friend in Craig a couple days ago, and we got to laughing so hard about how it was when we grew up. Our grandkids are never going to realize what life was like back then.

Craig briefs: Love INC to give out coats today

Love INC distributed more than 525 coats, as well as many mittens, gloves and hats from October through December 2009. The organization is continuing to distribute coats in Craig.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband’s daughter refuses to acknowledge marriage

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for nine years. It’s a second marriage for both of us. The problem is my husband’s 30-year-old daughter.

Thursday, March 11

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Hayden boys hoops falls at state, enters consolation bracket today

Team lost to Holyoke, 50-36; will face Lutheran Parker at 10:45 a.m. today

The Hayden High School boys basketball team couldn't hang on for the win against Holyoke in Pueblo, losing 50-36.. The boys fall to the consolation bracket and will play at 10:45 a.m. today.

Colorado State Patrol preparing for increased DUI enforcement

Colorado State Patrol Troop 4B, which covers a five-county area, will conduct driving under the influence checkpoints beginning this week, troopers announced Thursday in a news release.

On the Record for March 12, 2010

On the Record for March 11, 2010

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Author Dan Caro to give motivational speech at library today

Talk focuses on beating adversity

Dan Caro has some experience with adversity. Since an accidental fire took away the use of his hands at age 2, the New Orleans native has risen to his challenges, breaking through them to become an accomplished drummer.

Workers break up boulder in Glenwood Canyon

CDOT hopes to open 1 lane of I-70 in each direction by tonight

Workers successfully broke up a huge boulder threatening to tumble down a cliff onto Interstate 70 in western Colo­rado on Wednesday, days after a rock slide closed the high­way. Crews will have additional cleanup work today along with drainage work and pavement repair. CDOT will “make every effort” to reopen a lane in each direction today.

Sports briefs: MCHS athletics looking for feedback

The Moffat County High School athletic department is conducting a survey for parents and guardians of MCHS athletes.

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Danner addresses Hatch Act

Commissioner: Implications to county were motivation behind research into federal law

Moffat County Commission­er Audrey Danner addressed Wednesday the circumstances behind her research of the Hatch Act, a federal law that surfaced recently at the local level, during a news conference at the Moffat County Courthouse.

Craig briefs: Craig Book Club to meet this morning

The Craig Book Club meets at 9:30 a.m. today at the Lutheran Church of Grace, 657 Green St.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is typical Tim Burton tea party

Riddle me this: Why is a raven like a writing desk? After nearly 150 years, we still don’t have a definitive answer to the question posed by Lewis Carroll, and the latest rendition of “Alice in Wonderland” isn’t offering any solutions. But that’s not to say that it doesn’t have its own direction.

Moffat County Tourism Association marketing meeting agenda

8 a.m. Friday, Craig Daily Press conference room, 466 Yampa Ave.

Louis A. Hahn: Responding to Salazar

In response to the $75,000-plus for projects at the Craig-Moffat County Airport, U.S. Congressman John Salazar comments about this were: “As a pilot, I am proud to have supported this effort and I will continue to support projects like this, projects that will improve our infrastructure and strengthen our economy.”

Roy Southard’s Family and extended family: So many to thank

We live in a small town with a big heart. This was very evident during Roy Southard’s illness and his death. There are so many people to thank.

Cathy Hamilton: Perfect purse is too much baggage

I am carrying the handbag from hell. My handbag seemed like the perfect gift when I received it on my last birthday. The handsome, over-the-shoulder model in supple, saddle brown leather seemed like the ideal accessory.

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Boys basketball players lauded

MCHS hoops team honored during end-of-season banquet

Although the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team finished the season with a 6-17 record, coach Steve Maneotis said the Bulldogs had a more successful year than the record indicated. “Our record doesn’t exemplify the kind of year we had,” he said.

Horoscopes for March 11, 2010

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — There is a strong probability that you could meet an exciting new someone who will have an immediate impact on your life. Unfortunately, the relationship could end just as abruptly.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband doesn't care for himself

Dear Annie: I’ve been married to “Mitch” for seven years, and we have a 4-year-old son. Mitch provides well for us, and everyone at his job thinks he’s the best. Unfortunately, we see a different side of him at home.

MCTA discusses voting violations

The Moffat County Tourism Association board hosted a special meeting Tuesday to address an illegal voting method used during the hiring process of its new director Marilynn Hill.

Wednesday, March 10

Michelle Balleck: Weekend plans: Spring cleaning ... and beer pong!

There’s not an abundance of activities in Craig this weekend, which may be a welcome change.

On the Record for March 10, 2010

On the Record for March 10, 2010

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Woman killed when boulder hits car near Mount Harris on Wednesday

Craig resident headed to work in Steamboat when rock struck car

Craig resident Karen Lynn Evanoff died Wednesday morning on U.S. Highway 40 east of Hayden when a boulder fell on the roof of the car she was riding in, killing her instantly.

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Broad reactions in wake of Steamboat 700 election

Voters’ denial of annexation spurs celebration, regret across city

Steamboat 700 supporters and opponents agreed on one thing Tuesday night: Voters’ rejection of the annexation means it’s time for the city to update its community plan and rethink how to handle growth in coming years.

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Moffat County United Way exceeds its goal

In a year plagued with economic woes, budget cutbacks and financial strain on many households, Moffat County United Way faced an uphill battle for its 2010 fundraising campaign. But it prevailed, with the 2010 campaign raising more than $515,000, exceeding its goal of $485,000 and setting a new record.

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MCHS girls basketball team celebrates at end-of-season banquet

Moffat County High School seniors Amanda Snyder, Jessi Moser and Lindsey Yoast, along with juniors Nike Cleverly, Justine Hathhorn, Maddy Jourgensen, Callie Papoulas and Lauren Roberts were recognized Tuesday for making the Colorado High School Activities Association all-academic first team.

Jo Ann Baxter appointed to state education council

Gov. Ritter names School Board president to 15-member Council for Educator Effectiveness

Moffat County School Board President Jo Ann Baxter was appointed to the Colorado Council for Educator Effectiveness in an announcement Thursday from Gov. Bill Ritter’s office.

Tuesday's Moffat County Commission action items

t its regular Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, warrant resolutions for the month of February totaling $187,504.07.

Police chief provides annual report to City Council

Police calls for service increased in 2009

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta described 2009 as “successful” but still having its down moments. Still, the police chief told the Craig City Council during its Tuesday night meeting that his department is moving forward.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife’s intimacy is peculiar

Dear Annie: I have been married to a beautiful woman for more than 10 years, and we have been together for nearly 20. In spite of our close relationship, I am troubled by the increasingly peculiar nature of our intimate lives.

Daily horoscope for March 10

Daily horoscope for March 10

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I-70 closure causes concerns in Steamboat

Some traffic, no major backups as slide diverts cars to US 40

Over-the-road trucks rumbled through Steamboat Springs in greater numbers than usual Tuesday afternoon, but civic leaders were looking out a month to the scheduled repaving of Lincoln Avenue/U.S. Highway 40.

Craig briefs: Food orders can be submitted today

Purchasing for SHARE Craig food orders is scheduled for today.

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Olympians to visit troops

Nordic combined team will travel to meet, greet US forces

The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team — winners of seven Olympic medals — will take part in the Armed Forces Enter­tainment “Olympic Heavy Medal Tour” in early April. The tour will take Olympic medalists Johnny Spillane, Billy Demong, Todd Lodwick and Brett Camerota on a special tour to visit troops at U.S. military bases around the globe.

Datebook for March 10

Datebook for March 10

Our View: Just in case

The Editorial Board was pleased to see our emergency responders acting proactively, working out the process kinks and training for the day no one hopes will ever come.

Jackie Adams: Seat belt use

On Feb. 22, my daughter was driving down Finley Lane and saw a state trooper but ignored him. She then drove to K-Mart, where he turned his lights on and she pulled over. He walked up and asked her if she knew why he stopped her. She said she didn’t.

Hayden School Board to hear survey results

Officials to consider options for next year’s budget cuts

The question is not if cuts will be made next year, but where the money will be taken from as the Hayden School District predicts a 10 percent cut in state funding. To prepare for the cuts at a Hayden School Board meeting next week, the board will meet at 5 p.m. today to discuss the results of a community survey and lay the outline for budget reductions.

Patrick Wayne Germond: Vote on principles

I would like to welcome candidates and citizens alike to this year’s election cycle on behalf of your local Tea Party, Bears Ears Patriots, formerly known as the Northwest Colorado Tea Party Patriots.

Andy Bockelman: Batten down your mental hatches

With the strike of a match, the main character of “Shutter Island” takes a peek at something disturbing in pitch black. And through an American film legend’s near effortless touch, we in the audience are attuned to his every move as he recoils.

Sports briefs: 6 Bad Dogs claim 1st place in Grand Junction

Wrestling during Saturday’s Little Warrior Tournament in Grand Junction, the Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling team was able to claim six first-place medals.

Police blotter for March 10

Police blotter for March 10

Tuesday, March 9

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Steamboat says ‘no’ to 700

City voters reject annexation 61 to 39 percent

The vote rejects what would have been the city's most substantial annexation since the Mount Werner ski resort area was folded into city limits decades ago. Danny Mulcahy, Steamboat 700 principal and project manager, said earlier today that his development team was not yet sure what its next step would be if voters denied Steamboat 700.

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Steamboat 700 vote wraps up at 7

Clock winding down on city's annexation vote

Supporters and opponents of the annexation have spent time on Lincoln Avenue downtown today, waving signs and attempting to sway every last vote in the election.

Girls basketball shines on, off court

Upperclassmen nine-for-nine on all-academic team

Since Craig Mortensen started coaching the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team, there has always been one thing he hasn’t fretted over. “I have never had to worry about a player being ineligible because of academics,” he said Monday night during the team’s end-of-season dinner.

On the Record for March 9, 2010

On the Record for March 9, 2010

Deputy clerk resigns due to Hatch Act violation

Moffat County Chief Deputy Clerk Lila Herod will resign from her position with the county in order to run for county clerk and recorder in November.

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Adding depth to the pool

Deep roster of swimmers expected to propel MCHS boys swimming team

Although coach Meghan Francone would like to see the Moffat County High School boys varsity swimming team compete well in every category, there is one event she expects the team to dominate this season. Last year, the MCHS 4-by-200 team of Charlie Griffiths, Chance Peterson, John Kirk and Cole Worsely placed 19th at the state meet.

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Girls golf team gets home course advantage

Moffat County High School girls varsity golf to host regional tournament

With a new girls varsity golf season fast approaching, coach Ann Marie Roberts has one goal for her team. Go where no Moffat County High School girls golf team has gone before. The state tournament.

Craig briefs: Hospice daffodil sales are today

Daffodils to benefit Hospice will be on sale today at City Market, Safeway and the Visiting Nurse Association offices in Craig, as well as the Hayden Merchantile. Daffodils are $5 a bunch.

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Rodeo gearing up for state

Moffat County High School rodeo team to host state finals

Although the names won’t change, there is something new in store for the Moffat County High School rodeo team. Craig will play host to the rodeo state finals in June, something MCHS head coach Janice Edwards said the team is looking forward to.

Maren Schmidt: The black hole valentine

Three 8-year-old boys in my classroom created a serial story of comic strip characters. Set in another universe, each character had special super-hero qualities. Some abilities were unique. Other attributes emerged only in conjunction with the skills of associates or the task at hand.

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New coach, new field, new outlook

Team unity and talented pitching to carry MCHS boys varsity baseball team

For a team that finished out of the playoff hunt a season ago, there is a certain amount of optimism following the Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball team. The team is playing in a revamped park, with a new head coach, a new assistant coach and a new approach.

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Girls soccer making a return to basics

MCHS girls varsity soccer focusing on fundamentals this season

Harry Tripp, first-year Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer coach, wants two things from his team this season. “My goal for this year is for them to get along as a family,” he said. “And my personal goal is for them to go to the playoffs.”

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New coaches take the helm

3 new Moffat County High School coaches primed for 1st seasons this spring

A new slate of games and sports isn’t the only change for Moffat County High School athletics this spring. Several sports, including baseball, girls soccer and boys swimming, have undergone coaching changes for the upcoming season.

Moffat County swim team dives in

Any expectations Moffat Co­­unty High School boys varsity swimming coach Meghan Francone had for her team heading into the first meet of the year might need to be raised. The team narrowly missed qualifying for the state meet in its medley relay.

Nancy Sadvar: Bogus ticketing

This past weekend, many adults in Craig came together to support our local Kiwanis chapter. It was a night out, and many people made arrangements for a safe ride home. I was one of them.

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New kids off the blocks

MCHS track team will feature several new faces this season

Looking at the Moffat County High School varsity track team, it’s easy to see what it has lost. But for a team that lost so much, it also has returned enough to again be competitive when the May 20 state meet rolls around.

Law enforcement targeting DUI offenses

As part of the Colorado State Patrol’s strategic action plan, Capt. Richard Munroe said CSP is working with the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office to reduce fatal and injury accidents by drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Datebook for March 9

Datebook for March 9

Agenda for Moffat County Tourism Association

Moffat County Tourism Association special meeting/director agenda

Bob Sweeney: Paying tribute

It was good to see you at the recent Colorado Press Convention. Your Craig newspaper swept sweepstakes again this year and you should be proud to publish such a great Colorado daily newspaper. I’m proud of my hometown and local newspaper.

Craig Cougars bantam fall in Frozen Four

Hockey team beats Telluride, loses to Durango, Crested Butte at weekend tournament

The Craig Cougars bantam hockey team completed its season Sunday with a loss to Crested Butte in Gunnison during the Frozen Four tournament. The team advanced to the third round of the double elimination tournament, so­­­me­thing head coach Jason Porter said his players should be proud of.

Annie's Mailbox: High school senior has trouble with girls

Dear Annie: I am 17, a senior in high school and have never had a girlfriend. It seems like no matter what I do, I never can find a girl to go out with.

Horoscope for March 9

Horoscope for March 9

Senior spotlight for March 9

The change in the seasons is beginning to show up, weather-wise. March can’t decide if it wants to be known as coming in as a lion or a lamb.

Monday, March 8

St. John to run for commission seat

Tony St. John announced his candidacy for Moffat County Commission on Monday in an email to the Craig Daily Press. St. John will be running for District 2 against incumbent Audrey Danner and Tami Barnes of the Moffat County Tea Party.

Residents trade dialogue with state, congressional candidates

Hopefuls attend informal forum Sunday in Craig

Residents had the opportunity to meet with state and congressional candidates during an informal forum Sunday at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Craig. More than 30 residents attend­ed the event, hosted by John and Corrie Ponikvar, and were able to speak with the candidates or their representatives and ask questions.

On the Record for March 8, 2010

On the Record for March 8, 2010

Moe, St. John announce intent to seek county commission seats

New contenders emerge

Two longtime local residents announced their candidacies Mon­­day for the Moffat County Commission. Tony St. John, 68, a republican, is running for the District 2 seat, and Frank Moe is running for District 3.

Aging Well: Preparing for the unthinkable

The “it can’t happen here” mentality makes Jim Johnsen’s job challenging. When he’s not helping coordinate local emergency response, Johnsen educates people about how to prepare for devastating fires, floods or other man-made or natural disasters likely to happen, at some point, in our remote region of the state.

Craig briefs: Habitat Partnership to meet Tuesday

The Northwest Colorado Habitat Partnership Program committee is scheduled to host its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way.

Datebook for March 8

Datebook for March 8

Bryce Jacobson: Furniture Gallery diversifying inventory

Steve Bell, owner of Furniture Gallery in Craig, has brought in a new line of furniture that is affordable for everyone, a value-priced selection from Ashley.

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SOS reaches out to Craig

Students travel to Steamboat Springs for 5 days of snowboarding

Through the Snowboard Out­reach Society, a nonprofit organization founded in Vail in 1993, and the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 14 Moffat County children were given the opportunity to learn how to snowboard.

H. Neal Glanville: Stuff that makes a friendship

For 40 years, people have asked me why Roy Southard and I were friends. I could tell you stories that would make you cry and laugh until your pants are wet. But they’d only be stories of the fun we had.

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Craig Middle School grapplers finish 3rd in Hayden

For Ashlee Griffiths, pinning three opponents in a row was all in a day’s work at the March 6 Northwest Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Hay­den. The Craig Middle School grappler was unmatched in the 85-pound class, as she won her weight class. Griffiths, one of two girls on the team, was able to pin all of her opponents in the first round.

Horoscope for March 8

Horoscope for March 8

Annie's Mailbox: Neighbors paying high price for victimization

Dear Annie: My neighbors, “The Smiths,” are new members in the community. Recently, their 8-year-old son went to play at a classmate’s home.

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Your Community Snapshots for March 8

Here are some of February’s entries for the Super Bowl and Valentine’s categories in the Craig Daily Press Your Community Snapshots photo contest.

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Emergency medical services train with mass casualty scenarios

Once a year, the Moffat County Emergency Manage­ment Council organizes a training exercise to test protocols and cohesion among several agencies, including the Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Craig Fire/Rescue, The Memorial Hospital EMS, Search and Rescue and dispatch.

Steamboat 700 campaign tops $100K

Developers continue heavy spending for annexation votes; Let’s Vote reports $4K

Supporters and opponents of the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation continued their heavy campaign spending in February, pouring thousands of dollars into local media outlets and businesses in an effort to spread their messages leading into the final days of the election on Referendum A.

Sunday, March 7

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Hayden boys basketball headed to state

Tigers win regionals, earn ticket to Pueblo

The Hayden boys basketball team beat John Mall High School on Saturday, capping an astonishing finish to the season for the Tigers and earning them a trip to state for the first time since 1982. The game illustrated well what set this year’s 19-5 squad apart from last season’s 10-10 team.

Saturday, March 6

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VNA physician receives obstetric privileges to treat underserved pregnant women

Undocumented and some uninsured pregnant women rely on emergency Medicaid, which provides coverage only at the time of delivery and not in the nine months prior. Such a pregnant woman might never see the inside of a doctor’s office until she is in labor.

Diane Prather: Modern pemmican

Two weeks ago, this column featured a request for a pemmican recipe, specifically the way the Native Americans made it. Mary, Adams of Craig, called me with a modern version of the recipe.

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MCHS track team wins several events at 1st meet

Running Friday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction during the Warrior Relay, the MCHS boys team was able to dominate in its first action of the season. In the 4-by-1,600 and 4-by-100 meter relays, MCHS was able to win convincingly.

Weak weekend forecast in Steamboat

More visitors expected at month’s end; lodging rates are down

The resort community will endure a weak spot in the March calendar this weekend, but tourism could be closer to normal March 13 to 14, and there’s one more crescendo to come the weekend of March 27 to 28. “This weekend is a soft one for us,” said Mike Lomas, vice president and general manager at The Steamboat Grand.

Kathy Bassett: Old-time game wardens

Living in the country where we do has given us and still gives us the privilege and honor of knowing so many wonderful folks. The stories they have to tell are fascinating. I got to know some of the old-time game wardens.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife would like control of house

Dear Annie: My mother-in-law has a heart of gold and always tries to help out — even when it is not welcome.

Horoscope for March 6

Horoscope for March 6

Basketball roundup: Hayden boys win, 58-33, regionals

The Hayden boys team is one game away from the state tournament. The Tigers beat up on Long­mont Christian on Friday night in the first round of the four-team regional tournament at Grand Junction’s Mesa State College. Hayden won, 58-33. The win sets up a regional championship showdown for 12:30 p.m. today in Grand Junction against John Mall High School

Jerry Flannery: Apologize

I would like to apologize to everyone in the community of Craig and surrounding areas that I may have hurt or disappointed in any way, shape or form because of my wrongful criminal behavior.

Volunteers of St. Michael’s Kitchen: Chasing a dream

Flash back to 1989, when an Iowa corn farmer heeds a mysterious voice that instructs, “If you build it, he will come.” The farmer then cuts a baseball diamond in his cornfield.

Baxter Black: Jake working overtime

In an effort to make managing the 20-section ranch more efficient, the boss bought Jake a Ranger, a 4-wheel drive muscle car ATV. The cowboys on this west Texas ranch were equipped with cell phones, of course. What modern cowboy isn’t? They have replaced Copenhagen as the habit-forming addiction for the “orally dependent.”

Our View: The tax tradeoff

Moffat County tax bills were sent out to residents in January and represented an increase in property taxes. Many residents, particularly now in a downtrodden economy, might be feeling the sticker shock of those higher taxes, and that apprehension is understandable.

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Moffat County students get lessons from a late poet

School district students, faculty celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday

Caymen Shepherd would have pleased Sam-I-am: he didn’t hesitate to eat his green eggs and ham. He would eat them at school and while sitting on a stool. During third-grade lunch Tuesday at East Elementary School, Caymen and his classmates sat munching on a special meal made in honor of the late Theodor Seuss Geisel, who would have turned 106 that day.

Government update for March 6

Government update for March 6

Veterans Hotline: Defining a veteran

In general, a veteran is anyone who served in one of the branches of the Armed Forces or was granted veteran status by the U.S. government.

Datebook for March 6

Datebook for March 6

State, congressional candidates to discuss platforms Sunday

At last week’s Moffat County Republican Central Committee Lincoln Day Dinner at the Holiday Inn of Craig, several candidates running for office in November’s election had a chance to speak to a Moffat County audience. Some of those candidates will have another opportunity Sun­­day.

Craig briefs: Moffat County EMS to conduct drill

Moffat County EMS personnel will be conducting their annual emergency and mass casualty drill today.

Friday, March 5

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Sage grouse granted “warranted but precluded” listing

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Friday that the greater sage grouse will receive a “warranted but precluded” listing under the Endangered Species Act.

MCHS track starts season at 2 p.m. today

The Moffat County High School track and field season begins at 2 p.m. today, when the Bulldogs compete in the Warrior Relays in Grand Junction.

On the Record for March 5, 2010

On the Record for March 5, 2010

MCHS Student Council to travel to state capitol

As budget woes sweep the state and talks take place of spending cutbacks for school districts, cities and counties, the Moffat County High School Student Council felt one voice was being overlooked: The voice of future public servants and community members. The voice of students.

Janet Sheridan: A birthday memory

Monday was my mother’s birthday. I woke up remembering the first time I was aware of missing her.

MCHS grad named to All-East 2nd team

Angie Charchalis, a 2008 Moffat County High School graduate, was recently named to the All-East basketball division’s second team.

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Tami Barnes running for Moffat County Commission

Tami Barnes, a Republican and chairwoman of the Moffat County Tea Party, announced her candidacy for the county commission Feb. 27 at the Moffat County Republican Central Committee Lincoln Day Dinner.

Daily horoscope for March 5

Daily horoscope for March 5

Tony Bohrer: Loving others

The question was asked of Jesus, “What is the Great Commandment?” Jesus answered, “Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first commandment.”

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MCHS track and field opens season today

The Moffat County High School track and field team will start its season at 2 p.m. today, when they compete at the Warrior Relays at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

Craig briefs: Wedding Expo at Centennial Mall; Teacher of the Year nominations sought

The Wedding Expo, sponsored by Centennial Mall and the Craig Daily Press, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

Annie's Mailbox: Doomed to repeat

Dear Annie: I am at the end of my rope. I have proved that I am a horrible parent and should never have had kids. I have screwed up my daughter so thoroughly that she will need years of therapy.

Datebook for March 5

Datebook for March 5

Thursday, March 4

Andy Bockelman: Does the Oscar always go to the right person?

As the biggest night of the year in movies, March 7 will honor the best and brightest of 2009’s films at the 82nd annual Academy Awards. Just as with every year, the time-honored tradition should provide shocking moments along with sure things as the Hollywood elite prepare for the gold.

Two MCTA board members resign Wednesday

A day after hiring its new director, the Moffat County Tourism Association lost two board members. Melody Villard, a candidate for the director position, and Cindy Looper resigned during the MCTA board meeting Wednesday.

On the Record for March 4, 2010

On the Record for March 4, 2010

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Craig-Moffat County Airport to receive federal dollars

$75,000 allocated to local airport for runway, lighting projects

U.S. Congressman John Salazar, D-Colo., announced Thursday that $75,000 in federal funding has been allocated toward projects at the Craig-Moffat County Airport.

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Hayden boys lead the way as county hoops teams play for state

The Hayden High School boys basketball relived its biggest win of the season, which came Saturday against what had been considered the state’s No. 1 team, undefeated Meeker. Coach Mike Luppes said that will be little more than a footnote if the team can’t realize its next goal.

Cathy Hamilton: My husband’s new views

Remember that dashing but snarky critic, curator of fashion fiascos and creator of the “Ten Worst Dressed Women List” who died in October 2008? Well, rest in peace, Mr. Blackwell; Mr. Hamilton has taken your torch and is running with it!

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Bowler Les Shirkey bowls 2nd perfect game this season in Craig

Les Shirkey achieved his dream of bowling a 300 on Dec. 10, 2009, after more than 30 years of striving for perfection. The wait for his second was much shorter.

BLM seeking comment on permit application

The Bureau of Land Man­agement’s Little Snake Field Office is seeking public comment on an application for a new commercial special recreation permit for big-game outfitting and guiding on BLM lands in Northwest Colorado.

Craig/Moffat EDP, Chamber partner to offer classes on better business

The EDP and Chamber will host “Jumpstart Your Marketing Brain” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the Moffat County Courthouse’s main floor conference room.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband doesn’t make effort with mom

Dear Annie: My husband has never had a close relationship with his mother. He spent most of his childhood years with his grandparents, who gave him a terrific life. His mom, though still fairly young, lives alone and has few friends.

Daily horoscope for March 4

Daily horoscope for March 4

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Steamboat's Olympic medalist Johnny Spillane visits Whiteman Primary

In what is likely the beginning of a whirlwind tour, Spil­lane, a Lowell Whiteman Primary School alumnus, visited the school in the afternoon Wednesday. The U.S. Nordic Com­bined Ski Team member recently returned to Steamboat Springs after winning three silver medals in the just completed Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Kristy Nielson: Accusations

I, Kristy Nielson, would like to apologize for wrongly accusing Damen Hart and Ruth Bell of something they did not do.

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Homemakers Club visits Maybell school with historical donations

On Wednesday, Browns Park residents Bob and Mara Molloy presented students at Maybell Elementary School with two prints made from nearly 100-year-old portraits that hang in the historic Lodore Hall in Browns Park.

Datebook for March 4

Datebook for March 4

Craig briefs: 800 number helps gambling problems; meeting for ranchers at 6 p.m. Wednesday

The Colorado Lottery would like to remind residents that if you or someone you care about has a gambling problem, free and confidential information is available.

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Moffat commissioners start work for Swinging Bridge rehabilitation

The Moffat County Com­mission voted to purchase two new cables to stretch across the Swinging Bridge. The cables, which will be the same diameter as the current ones, will cost $14,855 each and will arrive in about three months.

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Yampa Valley Chapter of Safari Club International named Chapter of the Year

The Yampa Valley Chapter of Safari Club International was created in August 2008. This year, the chapter was presented with the Chapter of the Year award for chapters with 25 to 50 members.

Wednesday, March 3

Michelle Balleck: Variety spices up the weekend

There’s a good variety of happenings this weekend, from a wild party to laidback movie selections. Take your pick of the style of weekend you’d like.

YVEA: Squirrels culprit behind Tuesday night power outage

An estimated 280 Craig residences were without power late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning due to an outage. The outage was reported at 11:48 p.m. Tuesday, and reached from Rose to School streets and from Third to Eighth streets.

On the Record for March 3, 2010

On the Record for March 3, 2010

Our View: Daily Press committed to Web

Change isn’t always easy, and it isn’t always popular. But we’ve got to grow with the times. And the Craig Daily Press is no exception. In the new world of social networking and instant information, the Daily Press is keeping up and the Editorial Board contends that’s exactly what readers should expect from their news source.

Law could end Wiggins’ run for Routt County sheriff

ACET leader to continue campaign while Hatch Act is examined

Garrett Wiggins is looking into a 1939 federal law that could prevent him from running for elected office, but he said he is continuing his campaign until the question is resolved.

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Former Cork and Bottle owner Roy Southard dies at 70

For 34 years, the only fixture more permanent in the Cork and Bottle liquor store than owner Roy Southard was a chair next to the counter. Anyone who sat in that chair, whether it was one of Southard’s many nieces and nephews or a regular customer, was likely to be treated to a piece of life advice or an old fishing tale.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: If you smoke, you smoke

Her lips are freshly stained red from her Dior lipstick, her shirt neatly tucked into her trendy dark washed denim jeans. And her gold jewels adorn the Mediterranean blue sweater wrapped around her neck. And even though she is cleaning the house and cooking for her guests, she looks like an ad torn from the pages of a fashion magazine.

Craig briefs: Library hosts game nights, story-times

The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries hosts story-times and family game nights throughout the month of March.

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Cole White steps down from VNA

Although a new job opportunity may have relocated him to Kremmling a few days a week, Cole White’s investment in the Moffat County community will not waver. “I moved to Craig as much for the community as I did the job offer,” he said about moving his family to Moffat County four years ago. “My ties to Craig will remain.”

Hill named MCTA director

The Moffat County Tourism Association board announced Marilynn Hill will be its new director. The MCTA board voted by anonymous pa­­per ballot, 4-3, Tuesday for Hill, 46, formerly of Parker.

Horoscopes for March 3, 2010

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — If you rely more on yourself and less on others, several endeavors over which you have personal control will start to pay off in ways that will be extremely important to you.

OHV club seeks members

Yampa Valley group planning March 15 meeting

With the winter coming to a close, Delaine Brown and the Yampa Valley OHV Trailriders Club are ready to start hitting the trails. Brown, the club’s president, said the club will start its second season at 7 p.m. March 15 with a meeting at Moffat County High School.

Craig sports briefs: Deven Mosman brings home youth gold

Wrestling at Saturday’s Colorado All State Youth Wrestling Tournament, the Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling team brought 37 grapplers to compete against the state’s top youth wrestlers.

Annie's Mailbox: In love with wife’s daughter

Dear Annie: My wife of four years passed away rather quickly last year, and I was devastated. She was only 42. I am 49. Her 22-year-old daughter came to live with me, and we began consoling each other. She is the spitting image of her mother. The problem is, we have fallen in love.

Tuesday, March 2

On the Record for March 2, 2010

On the Record for March 2, 2010

Section 8 housing back in Moffat County

After nearly 18 months of out-of-town management, the Section 8 housing vouchers are back under Moffat County supervision. At its Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission voted, 2-0, to approve a contract with the Moffat County Housing Authority to oversee the administration of the housing vouchers.

Maren Schmidt: When nuthin' goes right for nobody

Ever have those frazzled times with the kids? And spouse? Where everyone seems irritable? Where each family member appears to be a nemesis to each other’s happiness? Ever have a day, a week, or more, where “nuthin’ went right for nobody?”

Annie's Mailbox: Couple needs help

Dear Annie: My good friend “Allie” works full time and lives in low-income housing. Like many others, she lives day to day. Allie has befriended a couple that has fallen on hard times. From time to time, she allows them to live with her.

Steamboat sales tax slide continues

January collections down 8 percent; West Steamboat hit hard

City sales tax collections continue to slide in front of a rapidly approaching shoulder season that could push some downtown businesses over the edge. The city of Steamboat Springs collected about $150,000 less in total sales tax revenues in January 2010 than it did in January 2009, a decrease of about 8 percent.

Horoscopes for March 2, 2010

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Your natural abilities to listen and detect are extremely sharp. If you feel deprived of essential information in certain situations, now is the time to probe and investigate.

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MCHS seniors eye track and field records

Lindsey Yoast and Brian Ivy could claim school track records

For Lindsey Yoast, a successful year throwing the discus ends in one place. With her name on the Moffat County High School’s wall of records. Located in the main entrance of the high school, the wall carries the records of all former MCHS track and field stars, and if Yoast has her way, her name would join the ranks.

Kenneth Rice: High gas prices?

When the price of oil is down, why are gas prices going up? No refinery has been hit by a hurricane, sales at the pump are down, people are cutting down or back on purchases. It should be a surplus, and prices are going down. It seems we are also higher in Craig.

John Ponikvar: Danner’s actions

Today, I have contacted the Office of Special Counsel in Washington D.C. to ask for an advisory opinion regarding the Hatch Act and candidacy of Audrey Danner for Moffat County commissioner, District 2.

Eric Hansen, Casey Kilpatrick and the Moffat County High School Speech and Debate Team: Tournament a success

Last weekend, the Moffat County Speech and Debate Team hosted the District Tournament. During the weekend, multiple businesses and people were key to the success of our tournament, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank them.

Senior Spotlight for March 2, 2010

March is a good time to think of spring cleaning. Getting ready for new beginnings and the promise that spring brings. Although spring comes officially this month on the calendar, I always say it’s not going to quit snowing until after Easter, which is in April this year. So don’t put your winter clothes away yet.

Police Blotter for Feb. 28, 2010

The Memorial Hospital EMS

Former KRAI radio personality, Craig mayor Richard Bonderud dies at 82

In order to hear the voice of community involvement in Craig during the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, all one had to do was turn on their radio. But that voice has signed off for the final time. Richard “Dick” Bonderud, of Palisade, died Saturday in Grand Junction’s Hospice Care Center at the age of 82.

Craig briefs: Food distributions are Wednesday

Special food supplement distributions will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday at 330 Stegosaurus Freeway, Dinosaur, and 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at 595 Breeze St., Craig.

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Drilling permit dip concerns officials

Moffat County saw a decrease in drilling permit applications filed by oil and natural gas companies in 2009. Some area officials say new regulations designed to better protect wildlife and the environment from potential harm caused by drilling for oil and gas are to blame, while others point to a downward economy or a drop in natural gas prices.

CNCC awards bid for construction project

College to utilize renewable energy

Colorado Northwestern Com­munity College has awarded the bid for its latest project. The college announced Mon­day that it will employ Aurora firm Adolfson & Peterson Construction for the construction of a new Craig campus on its parcel of land on Moffat County Road 7.

Moffat County gears up for local and state elections

With elections soon ap­­proa­ching, Moffat County elections supervisor Lila Herod is pushing to raise voter awareness. Located in the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way, Herod’s office is the Moffat County elections headquarters. There, residents can find information on the upcoming elections, deadlines and forms for both candidates and voters.

Monday, March 1

Maddy Alonso: Thank you, policemen

This is to the policemen and firemen and everyone who came. Thank you for coming to my house when I accidentally started a fire. Thanks for talking to me about fire safety and thanks fire chief for giving me a big hug.

Alicia Alonso: Thank you for helping

I’d like to say thanks to a few people. Thanks to the dispatcher, the fire chief and officers for helping my sister and me. Thank you to the dispatcher when I was on the phone scared and didn’t know what to do right away.

Victoria Barron: Smoking is smoking

In an era of increasing awareness about the negative health effects of tobacco, it seems to me that we may be missing the boat on tobacco prevention in ways other than cigarette smoking and chew tobacco.

Jessica Dean: A good program

If you are a first-time parent in Steamboat Springs and are overwhelmed, I encourage you to try the Nurse-Family Partnership program at the Visiting Nurse Association.

Aging Well: Help available for sleep struggles

It’s easy to take sleep for granted — that is, until zzzzz’s are replaced with restlessness, tossing and turning and daytime exhaustion. People of all ages experience insomnia, snoring, restless leg syndrome and other sleep problems, but these disorders tend to be more prevalent among older adults.

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Cougars ice Grand Valley

Craig hockey team wins doubleheader to advance in playoffs

Despite trailing, 3-1, in the third period of a playoff game against Grand Valley, Matt Balderston and his Craig Cougar Bantam teammates didn’t worry. They just went to work.

Annie's Mailbox: Rift with sister growing wider

Dear Annie: I am 26, and my sister is 18 months older. We have never gotten along well, but recently, there has been a huge rift. My sister and her boyfriend own a nice house, and she drives a new car. I am recently divorced and am struggling to raise three children on my own. Our wealthy parents have been helping me out a great deal.

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Dinner shakes up election races

Annual Lincoln Day event elicits candidate announcements, withdrawals

As promised by John Ponik­var, Moffat County Republican Central Committee chairman, Saturday’s Lincoln Day Dinner held many surprises. Two candidates for the Moffat County Commission emerged, a county coroner candidate withdrew from the race and 17 other candidates spoke during the event held at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

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MCHS Speech and Debate takes team trophy for 3rd year in a row

It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Moffat County Speech and Debate Team. But as seniors Brodie Schulze and Janna Thompson hoisted the district sweepstakes trophy above their heads on the stage in the Moffat County High School auditorium Saturday, it was a debate dynasty that was on their mind.

Craig briefs: DOW offers hunter education class

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is sponsoring a hunter education course March 15 through 18 at the Colorado North­western Community College campus in Craig. The classes will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. each night. Participants are required to attend all four classes.

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Drew Morris: Teaching regional appreciation

“I went to school at the University of Wyoming. I came back here intending to teach, but I didn’t intend on coming to Craig to teach, it just kind of worked out that way."

Horoscopes for March 1, 2010

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Avoid the old ways, and don’t you let your fears prejudge people you’ve never met. Get past your initial evaluation so you can let life happen.

H. Neal Glanville: Spring isn’t here yet

Last week’s column “How many dollars lost?” was a collaboration from far too many people to thank individually. I will take a moment and thank all the contractors I spoke with and the ladies at the county courthouse who helped with all the confusing paperwork.