Stories for May 2010


Monday, May 31

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Cowboy Action Shoot in Craig features more than 70 gunslingers

At the Cowboy Action Shoot on Saturday and Sunday, almost everything was the same as it has been in recent years.

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MCHS graduates celebrate endings, new beginnings

The Moffat County High School Class of 2010 was one of a kind.

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20th Grand Olde West Days brings fresh activities to Craig

Mardi Anson thought Craig's Grand Olde West Days celebration needed something more.

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More than 70 volunteers lay flags near veterans’ gravestones in Craig

Families, veterans and community members gathered Sunday night at Craig Cemetery to place American flags at 680 gravestones belonging to local veterans.

Don't miss out on today's Grand Olde West Days

Don’t miss out on the myriad of festivities happening this morning.

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Joseph McConnel becomes youngest Lane Frost Challenge winner

As far as 16-year-old Joseph McConnel knows, winning bull-riding competitions is easy.

Annie's Mailbox: Remember the sacrifices made by our veterans

Dear Readers: Today is Memorial Day.

Sports Spotlight: Ashley Whiffen

Age: 14 Sport and position: Softball, pitcher

Glanville: Dream-killer turned memory-machine

I entered my 13th year, and that’s the year the weak side of your brain decides to stay home or find someone else to play with.

My Life My Words: Renata Beason — Enjoying the many freedoms

“I came here from Gdansk, Poland in 1991.

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Aging Well: Dinner and golf event celebrates hospice programs

It is said that life is best lived in the present. That adage is perhaps no more poignant than when the end of life is near. When a person’s fight is finished and their focus turns to peace — and the present — there is hospice.

Datebook for May 31

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Craig Briefs: Free car show part of street festival

Grand Olde West Days will include a free car show today during the street festival.

Horoscope for May 31

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Don’t allow activities of a frivolous nature usurp the time you allotted for a more serious project currently on your drawing board, especially if it could be a big moneymaker for you.

Saturday, May 29

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Photo of gravestone decorated for Memorial Day prompts museum research

When Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, found an old photo of a gravestone located at the Craig Cemetery in January, he knew he had something unique.

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Maggie Blackstun graduates from the Air Force Academy

Basic training was coming to a close at the United States Air Force Academy in the fall of 2006, and cadet Maggie Blackstun was thinking about giving in.

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Cheerleader Jasmine Higgins named 2010 female athlete of the year

As teacher Joe Padon announced the 2010 Moffat County High School female athlete of the year during Tuesday’s academic awards, senior Jasmine Higgins knew she had a shot, but wasn’t expecting to hear her name.

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Moffat County senior graduates a long way from home

Theresia Doloksaribu’s slender fingers delicately tapped the black and white keys of her Yamaha electric piano while her 3-year-old cousin, Keaton Drake, tugged lightly at her elbow.

MCHS senior comfortable with change

Holly Bergman said she’s not a perfectionist. But, today she’ll graduate Moffat County High School with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. In art class, she found herself pulled to painting instead of drawing because she didn’t like smudging her work.

MCHS graduates to enlist with U.S. Marine Corps following graduation

For as long as Devon Enochs can remember, there has been one thing he has seen himself doing. Shortly after graduating Moffat County High School, Enochs, 18, will get his wish when he enlists in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Valedictorian, class president reflects on busy high school years

When Brodie Schulze was a freshman at Moffat County High School four years ago, he walked into an after school meeting for the speech and debate team.

Annie's Mailbox: Mother looking for way to get son going

My son is 26 years old and lives with his father, rent free. He sleeps all day and stays up all night drinking beer and watching TV. My ex-husband buys him whatever he wants or needs.

Grand Olde West Days schedule

Below is a schedule of events for this weekend’s Grand Olde West Days celebration, which begins Saturday.

On the record

Craig Police Department Thursday, May 27 Officers responded to a noise complaint.

Editorial: Caps, gowns and congrats

It’s not often a person gets the chance to witness a pivotal, life-changing moment in another’s life. Even more rare are chances to witness this occur numerous times over.

Datebook for May 29

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of Memorial Day weekend.

Craig briefs: Holiday service slated for Sunday

Memorial Day services will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Reader Cemetery two miles east of Savery, Wyo.

MCHS valedictorians Curtis and Nathan Ellgen attribute upbringing, school to preparation for life

It’s been a long time coming. For Curtis and Nathan Ellgen, fraternal twins who will graduate at the top of the Moffat County High School Class of 2010 today and move in different directions, this is a moment they’ve been working toward their entire lives.

‘MacGruber’: Explosions and not much else

If you’re going to be an action hero, you have to look the part, and nobody wears flannel shirts, down vests and shaggy mullets like the title hero of “MacGruber.”

Bassett: Part 2 of old time storytelling

Queen Ann Bassett told many stories to Dale and the kids. One story was about some train robbers who got $50,000 in gold and silver coins. The posse chased them down from Laramie, Wyo., into Irish Canyon and caught up with them holed up in a cabin at the lower end of Browns Park on the Green River near Jessie Ewing Canyon.

Friday, May 28

VFW and American Legion hosting holiday events

Mel Shockley, American Legion Post 62 commander, said there was a time when people “lost track” of veterans’ significance.

New headstones to honor 11 veterans on Memorial Day

Town plans event

People attending the Mem­orial Day observation Monday at Steamboat Springs Cemetery will have a chance, for the first time, to properly pay their respects to 11 veterans buried there who have new headstones. Organizers have created a Memorial Day program that includes a detailed map of the cemetery plots, guiding visitors to the 11 graves that had been unmarked until recently.

School district budget up for approval at June 24 meeting

The 2010-11 Moffat County School District budget is on its way to a public hearing June 10, after the school board considered the budget’s final draft at its monthly meeting Thursday.

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Local cowboys and cowgirls get May tune-up at Moffat County Fairgrounds

As Wednesday’s Little Britches Rodeo at the Moffat County Fairgrounds concluded, Cutter Barnes, 11, said he was glad he was able to be a part of it.

Over a Cup: Making a safe burger

Summer is burger time.

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Motherhood doesn’t keep MCHS senior from graduating

For Chandrea Lopez-Shue, 18, a single decision changed the rest of her life.

Craig Sea Sharks hosting silver medalist Kristy Kowal

The Craig Sea Sharks swimming team has two coaches who swim at the collegiate level, the team will get outside inspiration later this summers; inspiration from an Olympian.

Craig Briefs: State offices to close today and Monday

Many state government executive branch offices will be closed today for a mandatory furlough day and Monday (May 31) in observance of Memorial Day.

Datebook for May 28

Many state offices are closed today for a mandatory furlough day.

Annie's Mailbox: Daughter's friend left unsupervised

Dear Annie: My daughter is 13 years old. She has a 12-year-old friend, “Tasha,” who is often left home alone, sometimes watching a younger sibling, while her mother works a second-shift job. Mom doesn’t get home until 1:00 a.m.

Janet Sheridan: A graduation speech

I scanned my competitors. Their faces glowed with inspiration and their pencils flew with confidence.

Local fuel gauge for May 28

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon.

Horoscope for May 28

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Find a perky companion who is also trying to flee boredom, and do something fun and nonessential, if you can take the time to break away from work and routine. It’ll do you good.

New events added to Grand Olde West Days

With Grand Olde West Days starting Saturday, the event committee is still adding events to entertain attendees.

Thursday, May 27

Moffat County considering medical marijuana options

Commissioners get feedback with legal counsel Thursday

The Moffat County Commission met Thursday afternoon with county attorneys Kathleen Taylor and Jeremy Snow to examine options regarding medical marijuana dispensaries within the county. The county’s six-month moratorium on dispensaries ends June 15.

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Magazine highlights Craig railroad

Corona Telegraph highlights rail history in Craig

A lot of what Craig is today may not have happened if it hadn’t been for the Denver & Salt Lake Railroad that came to Craig in 1913, said Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado. Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, helped provide facts and photos about the railroad in Craig for an article in the March 2010 edition of the Corona Telegraph, a publication that has covered the D&SL Railroad for more than 10 years.

On the Record for May 27, 2010

On the Record for May 27, 2010

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7 Moffat County athletes named all conference

Four baseball and three soccer players earn WSL honors

Although their seasons are over, Moffat County High School boys baseball and girls soccer players are still receiving accolades for accomplishments on the field.

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Craig Grain closing doors

After 43 years of business, owner Gordon Grandbouche set to retire

Before the next wheat harvest is trucked into town this fall, Craig Grain Company owner Gordon Grandbouche will close his doors, ending a 43-year run of business. He plans to retire July 1.

School board to consider final budget draft today

After months of discussion, Moffat County School District superintendent Joe Petrone said the final draft of the 2010-11 fiscal year budget looks much like the one that will be up for approval at the June 24 school board meeting.

TMH board chairman resigns

Six months before his second term ended, The Memorial Hospital board chairman has resigned from his position.

Datebook for May 27

4 p.m. The Moffat County School Board hosts a work session at the district administration building, 775 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-3268.

Craig Briefs: Hayden museum opening Thursday

The Hayden Heritage Center and Museum will be open for the summer starting today.

Cathy Hamilton: PDA — what's private and what's public

I’ve always had an issue with public displays of affection, otherwise known as PDA.

Steamboat's Bob McConnell plans busy summer on campaign trail

The energetic background noise was clearly audible as Bob McConnell spoke on the phone Tuesday, in the middle of a three-day retreat to reload his campaign after a surprisingly positive result at the district assembly last week.

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Craig Pool Complex set to open Tuesday

After a busy offseason that included renovating facilities and hiring new staff, the Craig Pool Complex is ready for public use and is scheduled to open Tuesday.

Veteran's Hotline: Veterans — The reason for our free country

Have a great Memorial Day weekend and remember our fallen veterans

Horoscope for May 27

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — The only way you might be able to gain the cooperation of your associates is to soft- peddle your request. Being pushy or aggressive will be interpreted as bossy, and be rejected.

Hayden Heritage Center resumes summer hours

Museum features guided tours, new displays

The Hayden Heritage Center will resume its summer hours today. The museum at 300 W. Pearl St. will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Annie's Mailbox: How do I handle the fact that husband looks at porn?

Dear Annie: The other day my 2-year-old son picked up his father’s BlackBerry and gave it to me.

Wednesday, May 26

Michelle Balleck: Remembering and celebrating: Ideal Memorial Day weekend

It’s one of the biggest weekends in Craig all year. So soak it up. As for me, I’ll be in Indianapolis enjoying a good friend’s wedding, maybe some shopping and, of course, seeing “Sex and the City 2!” Words cannot describe my excitement. And yes, Keith will be there by my side, loving every minute of it, no matter how hard he tries to deny it.

On the Record for May 26, 2010

On the Record for May 26, 2010

Craig Police advise residents to lock their vehicles

Officers have seen rise in thefts from autos in recent weeks

The Craig Police Department has seen a rise in thefts from vehicles, police reported in a news release Tuesday, and are advising residents to take precautions. Residential areas and business parking lots, specifically at grocery and retail stores, are “potential targets of the thieves looking for the opportunity to steal,” police said in the release.

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport gets new snow sweeper

$350,000 cost paid for by airline landing fees, other charges

The snow removal crew at Yampa Valley Regional Airport will have a new weapon in its closet next ski season when it puts a truck-mounted, 22-foot-wide broom to work on the runway.

District attorney seeking Moffat County replacement

Elizabeth Oldham screening applicants for prosecutor position

Elizabeth Oldham, 14th Judicial District Attorney, said she has big shoes to fill in replacing a departing Moffat County prosecutor. Oldham has begun the process of replacing Jeremy Snow, chief deputy district attorney in Moffat County, who will soon become Moffat County Attorney.

Craig City Council voices concerns on lodging tax measure

The Craig City Council weighed in on a proposed lodging tax ballot question Tuesday during a workshop before its regular meeting.

Craig/Moffat EDP appoints new board member

Chris Jones to fill seat once held by late Marianna Raftopoulos

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership elected a new board member at its annual meeting Tuesday. Chris Jones, of Jones & Associates, was appointed to a vacant seat once held by the late Marianna Raftopoulos.

John Suthers: Driving out a destructive drug

Colorado ranks No. 8 in the country for total number of methamphetamine users, but I am pleased to report we’ve recently had some good news in our battle against this destructive drug.

Craig Briefs: VNA offers diabetic screenings in June

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free cardiovascular and diabetes screenings including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, body mass index, height, weight, blood pressure, and A1c for diabetics who haven’t had it checked in the last three months.

Datebook for May 26

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.

Senior Spotlight for May 26

I see the list of yard sales in the newspaper is growing.

MCHS girls golf finishes 8th at state

For the first Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team to be represented at the state meet, the Bulldogs proved they belonged.

Annie's Mailbox: What do I say to a friend who improperly fixed my car?

Dear Annie: My father and I co-own a vehicle.

Horoscope for May 26

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Making a major domestic decision without consulting with other family members is likely to turn out to be a big mistake. Get everybody’s input first.

Tuesday, May 25

Child found walking near US Highway 40 outside Hayden

Boy was returned home safely; criminal activity not suspected

The boy was in front of a home day care center about 2 miles east of Hayden on Monday morning, Deputy Paul Yonekawa said. Yonekawa said the child was not injured but appears to be "quite a Houdini and escapes regularly."

Wisconsin woman treks through Craig on journey for MS

Ashley Kumlien, founder of MS Run the U.S., is currently in the Yampa Valley as she makes her way across the country to raise awareness and funds for people with multiple sclerosis.

Agenda for Wednesday's The Memorial Hospital Board meeting

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting Wednesday, conference room A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday meeting

At its regular meeting Tuesday morning, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, two payroll warrant resolutions ending May 15. The first totaled $677,397.21, and the second $1,612.46.

On the Record for May 25, 2010

On the Record for May 25, 2010

Moffat County delegates help shape state primary ballot

Jeanie Durham said there are only two times she feels a vote counts.

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MCHS freshman places at state meet

Matt Hulstine, a Moffat County High School freshman, has three years left in his swimming career.

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MCHS girls golf competes at state

If the Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team gained any momentum by winning the regional tournament, it translated to a seventh-place finish on the first day of state.

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About 155 8th-grade students receive certificates of completion at Craig Middle School

When Nestor Arellano walked across the stage of the Moffat County High School auditorium Monday night, he was admittedly nervous.

Craig Briefs: Libraries to close for Memorial Day

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of Memorial Day

Datebook for May 25

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

Horoscope for May 25

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Plan well before taking on work assignments if you hope to have any chance of accomplishing your aims. Departing from productive procedures that you know work well would be a mistake.

Student news: Blackstun graduates

The public is invited to attend a graduation reception Friday for Lt. Maggie Blackstun, a 2006 Moffat County High School and 2010 United States Air Force Academy graduate.

Maren Schmidt: Fluidity in learning

In his adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain tells of Tom playing hooky from school, and usually fishing or roaming in the woods.

Knez: Thanks for the tech help

I just want to give a big thank you to Derek Cleverly of Jackson’s Office Supply/Radio Shack

Annie's Mailbox: What rights does a father have?

Dear Annie: My son met his girlfriend while in college.

Monday, May 24

On the Record for May 24, 2010

On the Record for May 24, 2010

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Aging Well: Hospital’s Health Resource Center offers array of services

Managing personal health or the health of a loved one can be stressful.

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Hayden High School graduates look to the future

42 seniors cross the stage Sunday at school’s commencement

Colorful, sticky string flew as fast Sunday as the black-and-orange caps students tossed in the air after being presented as the Hayden High School Class of 2010. The high school gymnasium was filled with about 1,000 family members, friends and teachers on hand to honor Hayden’s 42 graduates.

Rebuilding consumer confidence is key step

As the local and national economy continues its slow recovery, I am more convinced than ever that consumer confidence is one of, if not the only, indicator that can predict where things are going.

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Willems legacy carried on in Craig through antique tractors

Mike Willems was a quiet man.

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MCHS senior Lindsey Yoast sets personal mark in discus at state

After her first two throws in the discus were not counted, Moffat County High School senior Lindsey Yoast still had one chance Saturday at the state track and field meet in Lakewood.

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My Life My Words: Leland Reinier - Life and work among animals

“I was born in Grand Junction.

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50 people brave rain to practice shooting, fishing at DOW event in Moffat County

Trenton Lawrence crouched low to the ground, resting his elbow on his knee.

Horoscope for May 24

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Your friendly behavior can sow an abundance of seeds for a future harvest of goodwill, so try to be as amicable as possible. Thoughtfulness and tact will take you a long way.

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Riders make 30-mile trip to Maybell

Sweat was running down Todd Miller’s face Saturday morning when he reached for a small paper cup from the back of a truck.

Datebook for May 24

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

Shepherd: Lions Club news update

The theme for the annual Grand Olde West Days parade Saturday is to honor the history of the event: 20 Years of Grand Olde West Days.

Australian group to visit Craig

Six Australian business professionals are scheduled to spend three days in Craig as part of a month-long visit to the Rocky Mountain region, according to a news release from the Craig Rotary Club.

Craig Briefs: AARP meeting set for today in Craig

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

Glanville: Prode, angwer and tears

I had been asked to write about the adventures of acquiring whiskey and beer in one state and bringing it home to Park City, Utah, for fun, profit and a headache.

Annie's Mailbox: Praying no way to honor granddad

Dear Annie: I am a 37-year-old married witch.

Saturday, May 22

Local legends, attractions highlighted in book

Those with a taste for the strange, bizarre, ghastly and sometimes disturbing, might find a few treasures in Moffat County. From grisly murder tales and Wild West showdowns, to mysterious creatures and historical artifacts, local legends weave a strange history and a peculiar present.

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‘The life blood’

Relationship between Moffat County and the coal industry runs deep

Retired coal miner and Craig resident Don Laib spent 29 years working for Trapper Mining Co. in Craig. He takes pride in that fact. “I look up at the mine and I realize where I used to work,” he said. “It’s 20 below zero and it’s snowing and it’s cold. I see that, and I think about the guys that are up there working. “I care about them. I care about their safety.”

Moffat County sees drop in unemployment rate in April

Unemployment in Moffat County dropped in April, a month after reaching the highest mark the county had seen since 1993. According to statistics provided by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, unemployment in Moffat County dropped to 8.9 percent in April from March’s 9.4 percent.

Editorial: Our flag first

When did the American flag become something to be ashamed of? In the Editorial Board’s opinion, it hasn’t and never will be.

Annie's Mailbox: Daughter’s laziness gives single dad plenty of fits

Dear Annie: I am a divorced father and have raised two children alone for the past six years. The kids are now 19 and 16. The problem is chores.

Craig briefs: Hayden students to host project today

The Hayden High School Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Center will host a student project auction and vintage car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The event will take place in front of the career center, 495 W. Jefferson Ave.

MCHS girls golf team preparing for state

The stakes may be a little higher, but the mindset hasn’t changed for the Moffat County High School girls golf team as it prepares for the 4A state tournament.

Datebook for May 22

7 to 11 a.m. A community garage sale takes place at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. Proceeds benefit the church’s religious education fund. Call Jessica Smith at 620-4425.

Friday, May 21

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MCHS runners shine on second day of state track meet

Johnny Landa, a Moffat County High School sophomore, admitted he was nervous before he stepped onto the track Friday during the state track and field meet in Lakewood.

MCHS announces graduation week events

High school to send off graduating seniors May 29

Moffat County High School will host a series of events next week in celebration of the end of the school year and the 2010 graduating class. The week kicks off Monday with an event for future MCHS students.

On the Record for May 21, 2010

On the Record for May 21, 2010

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MCHS Student Council celebrates accomplishments, looks ahead

It might look like just a ballpoint pen to some. But this pen, now encased in a glass frame, means much more to Moffat County High School Student Council members.

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MCHS senior Brian Ivy jumps to 3rd-place finish at state

How close was Moffat County High School senior Brian Ivy from finishing first in Thursday’s triple jump at the state track and field meet?

DOW event to provide hunting, fishing intro for Moffat County families

It’s a fun introduction to shooting and fishing for the whole family.

Craig/Moffat County EDP board set to fill 3 openings

It has not been an easy 12 months for economic growth in Moffat County.

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Craig native Josh Lowe starts company that combines data and geography

Josh Lowe said starting a mapping business in the middle of an economic downturn may not have been the best timing.

Veteran's Hotline: At the end of the day, we're all one nation

May is designated as National Military Appreciation Month, and is an important month for those who serve.

Annie's Mailbox: How can I stop stepdaughter from smoking around kids?

Dear Annie: My stepdaughter, “Pam,” is 24 and is the mother of two children, one 7 months and the other a toddler. Her children are often ill with bronchitis and other maladies, and the oldest has behavioral issues.

Sports Briefs: Youth soccer camp starts July 5

Craig Parks and Recreation is hosting a youth soccer camp July 5 to July 19.

Datebook for May 21

9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at Loudy-Simpson Park, weather permitting. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann Anderson at 826-2717.

Tony Bohrer: The voices of yesterday in your life

There is something everyone reading this column has in common.

Family of Jack Gray: Thanks for kind wishes

We wish to thank everyone for the outpouring of friendship, love and prayers during the recent loss of John (Jack) Gray.

Janet Sheridan: In a split second

Even in lives gently lived — removed from aggression, cruelty and violence — some moments, of our own making, sear themselves into our memories and cling long, despite efforts to erase them.

Local fuel gauge for May 21

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

Craig Briefs: Tech students to host project auction

The Hayden High School Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Center will host a student project auction and vintage car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Horoscope for May 21

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Spending some quality time with the family is likely to prove to be the most satisfying activity for you, even if this means merely puttering around the house or working in the garden.

Thursday, May 20

Andy Bockelman: ‘Robin Hood’ misses the mark

The concept of “rob from the rich and give to the poor” has been a popular one in America in times of economic trouble. One would think reinventing the character who first embodied that ideal would be a surefire way to energize the masses, but if the new rendition of “Robin Hood” is any indication, it just isn’t worth the effort.

On the Record for May 20, 2010

On the Record for May 20, 2010

Moffat County Sheriff's Office scholarship golf tournament set for June 5

Moffat County Sheriff’s Office will be sponsoring the Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament on June 5, at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Hayden High School tech students to host project auction

The Hayden High School Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Center will host a student project auction and vintage car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Moffat County delegates readying for state party assemblies

Joe Herod, a Craig City Council member, said sitting through speeches at the Republican state assembly can make for a long day.

Moffat County grad named second team all-conference player

If Brad Grinstead’s dreams become reality, baseball will take him a long way.

Michelle Balleck: Rain, rain go away — I want to play

Mr. Weatherman calls for a break in the cloudy, rainy weather this weekend. Let’s see if it’s true.

Craig lodging tax proposal finalized

The Craig lodging tax committee finalized Wednesday the ballot question it will submit to the Craig City Council for approval.

Parks and recreation season gets underway in Craig

As the sun started to set, the last rays of light shined on the baseball fields at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Hayden Town Council to consider dispensaries

Members to review land use changes tonight that would allow marijuana shops

Hayden’s Town Council will consider amending land use regulations, which would allow medical marijuana dispensaries.

ACET arrests 2 during drug bust Tuesday in Steamboat

Suspects accused of selling $5,400 of meth to undercover cop

The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested two people suspected of bringing methamphetamine from Denver and selling it in Steamboat and Craig.

State track meet gets underway today with MCHS athletes competing

The Class 4A state track and field meet begins today at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.

Datebook for May 20

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

Ellis: Thanks for the help

he Northwest Colorado Homeschool Association, along with Eagle’s Wings Christian School, sincerely appreciates the invaluable time and service provided by community members who judged our science fair.

Craig Briefs: Chamber mixer today at Holiday Inn

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are offering a business after-hours mixer, from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

Annie's Mailbox: Should the kids know father's gay affairs caused split?

Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our late 40s and have been married 20 years. We have four kids. We are both well-educated professionals.

Horoscope for May 20

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You have a tendency to be somewhat of a loner, especially when working. You may have a need to bury yourself in your work, but try to do so without appearing to be unfriendly.

Hamilton: The underwear war wages on

“Cathy, we need to talk.”

Wednesday, May 19

Craig lodging tax committee meeting tonight

Committee to focus on finalizing ballot question language

The Craig lodging tax committee will meet at 6 p.m. today at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St., in the downstairs meeting room.

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Moffat County students step up to seatbelt challenge

More than 200 local students recognized for safe driving

Zaide Duarte was late for school when she saw the lights — red, blue and blinding white — in her rearview mirror. “I freaked out,” the Moffat County High School senior said. “I was sitting there just waiting for the officer, and then he was like, ‘Hey, you got an award.’”

On the Record for May 19, 2010

on the Record for May 19, 2010

Craig resident appointed to The Memorial Hospital board

Forrest Luke to fill position vacated by Melton Sullivan

Moffat County commissioner Tom Gray knew what he was looking for when he reviewed applications for a vacant seat on The Memorial Hospital.

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Moffat County candidates, students exchange dialogue during forum

Megan Smith, 18, recognizes one of the most important resources in Moffat County — its people. She also recognizes that she and her counterparts on the Youth Leadership Team, a part of the Rural Collaborative for Runaway and Homeless Youth, are the voices of the future.

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Moffat County High School coach picks up league honor

Lance Scranton named Western Slope League Boys Coach of the Year

The Moffat County High School boys varsity track and field team came home from Friday’s Western Slope League Championships in Grand Junction with some hardware.

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Gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes visits Craig

Governor candidate Dan Maes said it is time for Gov. Bill Ritter to “go home.”

EDP agenda

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership board meeting was rescheduled from today to May 25.

Datebook for May 19

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.

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Grand Olde West Days start May 29

A primary goal for organizers of this year’s Grand Olde West Days celebration is to provide a fun community event for area residents and, hopefully, avoid the rain.

Goodbye Ridgeview, and thanks for everything

As the end of the school year draws closer, I am reminded of Margaret Wise Brown’s children’s book, “Goodnight Moon.”

Craig Briefs: Barbecue and dance to raise money

The Haven assisted living center’s annual barbecue and barn dance fundraiser is scheduled for June 12 at the facility in Hayden.

Editorial: A comeback for coal?

Coal, it has especially seemed lately, has become a dirty word, and that’s nothing but bad news for our community’s economy, and the many residents and families the coal industry here supports.

School administrators answer budget questions

The following questions were compiled by the Moffat County School District Accountability Committee, a group of parents representing each of the district’s schools, based on feedback and questions heard from a variety of parents and community members.

Baughman: Don't bash the police

President Barack Obama last week made some nice remarks at the Police Day Memorial.

Sports Spotlight: Brian Ivy

Year: Senior, Moffat County High School

Horoscope for May 19

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Unless you are diligent regarding how you spend your money, you are likely to get careless and start incurring big bills on unnecessary items. Rein in your credit cards.

Annie's Mailbox: How can I get my son to be more active in his own life?

Dear Annie: I have two teenage sons. The oldest is very athletic and makes good grades. He will be graduating soon and leaving for college.

Bockelman: ‘Letters to Juliet’ a sweet love story in need of new postage

Correspondence with a person who never existed might sound like a twist ending in a psychological thriller, but the leading lady of “Letters to Juliet” can tell you that the premise works for a romance story, too.

Moffat County High School grads run Colorado Marathon

Hitting the wall — a point where the body has burned its fuel and wants to quit — is an inevitable part of marathon running for most.

Tuesday, May 18

On the Record for May 18, 2010

On the Record for May 18, 2010

Governor candidate campaigning today in Craig

Republican Dan Maes slated to host luncheon, speak to Tea Party

Dan Maes, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, will be campaigning today and Wednesday in Craig and Steamboat Springs. Maes, who is seeking public office for the first time, will appear at a luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Hampton Inn, 377 Cedar Court, in Craig. The luncheon is open to the public.

Hatch Act resolution aided by Moffat County residents passes in state Senate

A resolution aimed at limiting the federal Hatch Act’s reach into small, rural communities, such as Craig, passed the Colorado Senate on May 12.

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MCHS track and field readies for state

As one of 13 state-bound track and field athletes, Moffat County High School senior Brian Ivy has a simple goal for himself, and his team.

Senior Spotlight for May 18

I was listening to Swapshop this morning, and I thought how interesting some of the things were up for sale or for giveaway.

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Renovations unveiled at Maybell Library

Kathey Ogle visits the Maybell branch of the Moffat County Libraries every day. Her daily trip has become part of her early afternoon routine while walking her dog or going to the post office.

Datebook for May 18

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

MCHS swimming qualifies relay teams for state

Every year the Moffat County High School boys varsity swimming team qualifies swimmers for state, they get treated to homemade macaroni and cheese from coach Meghan Francone’s mother.

Craig Briefs: Candidate speaking today in Craig

The Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots are scheduled to meet from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.

Maren Schmidt: Educating the whole person

As we look toward new education, we see that our constant testing for facts and measuring academic skills has robbed children of rich and meaningful learning experiences.

Horoscope for May 18

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Your initiative could lead you to the exact spot where opportunity is buried and lying in wait. Don’t sit around doing nothing; “Seek and ye shall find” should be your motto.

Annie's Mailbox: Is it normal for teen boys to be nude together all day?

Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our mid-60s. For the past five years, we have been the guardians of my daughter’s 13-year-old son, “Jake.” When I married 12 years ago, I certainly didn’t expect to be raising a teenager at my age.

Monday, May 17

On the Record for May 17, 2010

On the Record for May 17, 2010

MCHS track team qualifies seven for state meet

Two relay teams also qualify

With the state track and field meet beginning on Thursday in Denver, Moffat County High School will be well represented. The team qualified seven individuals spanning 11 events and two relay teams to compete from Thursday to Saturday.

MJK launches big sale

MJK Sales, a local hardware store, is hosting its annual sale until Sunday.

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Hundreds of Moffat County residents honor servicemen and women Saturday

The clouds broke just before 11 a.m. Saturday, bathing a slab of concrete in Craig’s City Park in spring sunshine.

My Life My Words: Irene Losolla

“I’ve always loved music. I can remember being 3 years old, that’s the earliest memory I have of singing along to the radio. For me, it’s a source of relieving stress, it makes me feel good, music can be inspiring, it’s just a lot of things.

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Little Feet Fun Track Meet nets big turnout in Craig

Rain and sleet were no match for the determination of local youth Saturday as more than 70 young athletes participated in track and field events at Moffat County High School.

Moffat County FFA team raises money selling food, projects and plants

Mary Penner, a Moffat County High School student, was surrounded by a sea of green Friday at the MCHS agriculture shop.

Horoscope for May 17

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Keep the faith even when those around you have little hope of your success.

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MCHS boys track team wins league championship

MCHS coach Todd Trapp picks up 2nd league title of the year

By all accounts, it has been a banner season for Moffat County High School running programs.

Datebook for May 17

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

Glanville: Horse-pucky bailouts

As I watch our economic souls gasp for air as they swirl around the bowl headed for Greece, I’m dumbfounded at the, “if we don’t do it” reasons we hear.

Craig Briefs: Meeting, open house today in Maybell

The Moffat County Libraries board is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Maybell branch, 202 Collom St.

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Aging Well: Moving away from arthritis pain

Warm weather inspires movement: Long walks, hikes, bike rides, swimming and maybe yoga or tai chi in the park.

Annie's Mailbox: Put end-of-life wishes in writing

Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Confused,” the disabled 58-year-old woman whose relatives want her to dump her 73-year-old husband and keep trying to control her health care.

Sunday, May 16

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Hayden officer to pick up TSA award

Corriveau’s work at YVRA to be recognized during ceremony

Hayden Police Department Officer Ed Corriveau learned last week that he would be awarded by the Transportation Security Administration for his work at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Corriveau said he was shocked and humbled. “It was unexpected,” he said. Those who know him disagree.

Saturday, May 15

Hometown Heroes presentations delayed half an hour

Event still happening, despite rainy conditions

The Hometown Heroes Community Picnic, originally scheduled for 11 a.m. will begin with presentations at 11:30 a.m. today at Craig City Park.

Maybell bike ride postponed

Annual 30-mile event moved to May 22 due to rain

The Where the Hell’s Maybell? annual 30-mile bike ride from Craig to Maybell along U.S. Highway 40 has been postponed. The ride was originally scheduled for today but has been moved to May 22 due to rain. The times, locations and costs associated with the ride will remain the same.

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400 students graduate DARE program

Craig Middle School sixth-grader Hunter Roberts made a pledge Tuesday before 200 of his peers. Standing by his side on the CMS auditorium stage were classmates Selena Hernandez and Morgan Lawton, who made the same promise as they read their Drug Abuse Resistance Education essays in front of the sixth-grade class.

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MCHS boys track team ties for WSL championship, girls finish third

For a short period of time, it appeared the Moffat County High School boys varsity track and field team had to settle for second place in the Western Slope League. After entering the last event of the day, the 4-by-400-meter relay Friday at the League Championships in Grand Junction, MCHS was three points of ahead of Glenwood Springs High School for the title.

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Part of highway to be named after Craig Medal of Honor recipient

The state Senate approved a resolution to name part of Colorado Highway 13 that runs through Moffat County the “Maj. William Adams Medal of Honor Highway.”

2010 Patriotic Artwork and Essay Contest winners announced

The Craig Daily Press announces the winners of its 2010 Patriotic Artwork and Essay Contest. For the kindergarten to second grade division, the essay winner is Joelle Kenney and the artwork winner is Julia Chavez. For the third to fifth grade division, Cody Pleasant is the essay winner and Lane White is the artwork winner.

Annie's Mailbox: Extra visiting family leads to trouble

Dear Annie: My in-laws will be visiting us soon (at our expense), and we are quite excited since we only see them once a year. However, my stepmother-in-law invited her son, daughter-in-law and three grandkids to stay with us, too.

Datebook for May 15

7 and 7:30 a.m. Where the Hell’s Maybell? bike riders depart Northwest Storage and Western Knolls, respectively. Breakfast tickets cost $6, T-shirts cost $15 and transportation back from Maybell costs $5. Call Pam Maneotis at 826-2004.

Craig briefs: Lodore Hall to host free country dance

A free country dance for the family is scheduled for today at Lodore Hall in Browns Park. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information, call Mara Malloy at 269-3000.

Editorial: Community contributions key

It doesn’t take long to realize the Craig and Moffat County community has an assortment of valuable resources, but none so greater than its volunteers and the service agencies they support. Volunteers and their non-profit groups, many of which have noble missions of supporting various aspects of the community, are the backbone of our area.

Friday, May 14

Congressional candidate addresses Craig residents

Scott Tipton speaks at Friday’s Craig Rotary Club meeting

State Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, issued a challenge to his opponent Friday. While speaking at the Craig Rotary Club’s meeting at the Golden Cavvy, Tipton, who represents the 58th District, issued a call for Democratic U.S. Rep. John Salazar to speak with Craig residents and openly discuss his voting record.

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Expert speaks in Craig: Coal an energy ‘mainstay’

Consultant debunks energy myths, contends coal is energy of future

Bob Wendling, an energy consultant with more than 30 years of experience, said coal is the primary energy source of the past, present and future. Wendling presented a look into current and future energy development Thursday night during the “Energy Myths and Energy Realities” public seminar at the Moffat County High School auditorium.

On the Record for May 14, 2010

On the Record for May 14, 2010

Industry reps discuss clean coal in Craig

Rick Johnson, plant manager at Tri-State Generation & Transmission’s Craig Station, said he is tired of hearing “coal is dirty,” and “coal-fired electricity is dirty,” in the media.

Aiming for effective educators in Moffat County

Senate Bill 191 passes in final vote, 37 -8

In the closing hours of its 2010 legislative session Wednesday, the Colorado Senate approved a controversial bill aimed at improving educator effectiveness.

Jourgensen: Our community is great

I would like to express how impressed I am and how lucky I feel to live and work in such a wonderful, kind, giving community.

Datebook for May 14

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

Local fuel gauge for May 14

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon.

Hayden Speedway to open season May 22

Fans visiting the Hayden Speedway this summer will see a number of recently finished upgrades that track officials said should be a benefit to drivers and fans.

Janet Sheridan: Adventures in spring cleaning

Last year, I didn’t get around to spring housecleaning until November.

Linda Taylor: The answer to important questions

In John 20:17, Jesus said “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God.”

Sports Briefs: Free soccer lessons offered from coach

Francisco Reina, a retired soccer coach, is offering free soccer lessons to anyone ages 2 and older.

Craig Briefs: FFA sale scheduled for today at MCHS

The FFA Project Sale is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Moffat County High School Ag Shop, 900 Finley Lane. The sale is open to the public.

Annie's Mailbox: Is it normal for divorcee to try lesbian relationaship?

Dear Annie: I have a 49-year-old stepdaughter, “Tina,” who was married for 20 years and has two children and four grandchildren.

Horoscope for May 14

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Although you might be a bit of a daydreamer today, something you come up with could actually be a winner. If it seems good to you, turn your fanciful idea into concrete fact.

Thursday, May 13

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MCHS baseball falls short of playoffs

Rifle claims fourth and final WSL spot

As it turns out, the first game of the Moffat County High School varsity baseball season was the most important. On Wednesday, the baseball team discovered it would not be part of the 4A state playoffs.

El Paso Corp exec discusses Ruby Pipeline in Craig

Price: Pipeline could benefit Colorado natural gas industry

A proposed natural gas pipeline running from western Wyoming to southern Oregon could change the natural gas industry in Colorado, said Tom Price, vice president of marketing and business development for the El Paso Corporation.

On the Record for May 13, 2010

On the Record for May 13, 2010

Craig postal users donate 3,360 pounds of food

Post Office drive collects food for disadvantaged families

The Craig Post Office collected more than 3,000 pounds of food May 8 as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, according to a news release.

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MCHS ag mechanics team brings state championship home to Craig

Every day, Moffat County High School seniors Nick Chew and Curtis and Nathan Ellgen make a trek up the hill next to the high school to the agriculture shop.

Moffat County Commission reviewing letters for TMH board

Three Craig residents have placed their bid for a vacant position on The Memorial Hospital board.

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MCHS track and field hopes to qualify more athletes during league championships

If today is Cole DuBois’ last chance to qualify for the state track meet, then he plans on going out with a bang.

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Riders to pedal 30 miles from Craig to Maybell

John Jepkema has been pedaling from Craig to Maybell every spring for the past 15 years.

Craig Briefs: Farmers Market meeting today

An informational meeting for this season’s Farmers Market is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave.

Annie's Mailbox: I want to help orphaned children

Dear Annie: I am a single, childless, 50-year-old woman. I’m in a dead-end job and looking to make changes in my life.

MCHS choir director departs after 2 years

In the dimly lit Moffat County High School auditorium, a wave of sound, 50 voices strong and deeply harmonious, sang the chorus of a show tune from the 1945 musical “Carousel.”

Datebook for May 13

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. An AARP driver safety program takes place in the second-floor conference room at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Call 824-5123.

Horoscope for May 13

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — If your motivation and enthusiasm ebbs and flows instead of staying consistent, it isn’t likely that you will complete what you start. Rather than begin something new, finish what was begun.

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Lori Fournier remembers sister Kimberly

Lori: Kimberly was a free spirit with amazing energy

Lori Fournier described her sister, Kimberly, as a free spirit with amazing energy, who was vibrant, personable and loved life. Kimberly, 41, was killed in a rollover wreck Satur­day evening north of Hayden.

Cathy Hamilton: Worrying, what Moms do best

Sunday, millions of mothers opened sentimental, hand-picked greeting cards from their children, lauding and thanking them for the myriad of things they do throughout the year.

Wednesday, May 12

Michelle Balleck: Feel good kind of weekend

From patriotism to a school fundraiser, a pet adoption special to an old-fashioned country dance, this weekend has all the makings of one that will give you the warm fuzzies. Check it out.

On the Record for May 12, 2010

On the Record for May 12, 2010

CNCC nursing program graduates 19

There were tears of joy and tears of relief. But, Friday at the Center of Craig, many of the 19 Colorado Northwestern Community College nursing graduates also cried tears of farewell.

City council looks at city transportation

The Craig City Council is looking 20 years into the future of transportation in the city.

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MCHS senior Heather Nicholson claims regional crown in 1-hole finale

As Heather Nicholson stood on the first hole for the second time Tuesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, it all seemed so familiar.

Scouts: We try to 'Leave No Trace'

This is in response to the letter from Diane Ackerman.

Datebook for May 12

Today is the deadline for the youth Patriotic Artwork and Essay Contest. View all of the details at

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MCHS golf team wins regional tourney

Bulldogs heading to state for first time as a team

Unknowingly, each member of the Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team had the same thing for breakfast Tuesday – French toast. Based on their performance on the links, French toast must be the breakfast of champions.

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Routt County students pitch in on Global Youth Service Day

Activities were a part of worldwide event

About 90 sixth- through eighth-graders put down their pencils and picked up brushes Tuesday afternoon to help paint Hayden Middle School’s hallways and classrooms. The activity was part of Global Youth Service Day, which encourages youths to participate in service projects.

Annie's Mailbox: Shouldn't we meet the parents?

Dear Annie: We find it hard to drop off our kid at a friend’s house for a party or a group school project.

Horoscope for May 12

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Uncluttered horizons enhance your ability to plan and succeed, so don’t put any limitations on your thinking today. Instead, attempt to envision everything in the broadest perspective.

Bulldog baseball drops 2 to Delta in Grand Junction

Playing Tuesday in Grand Junction, the Moffat County High School varsity baseball team was swept in a doubleheader against Delta.

Craig Briefs: Reduced rates for pet adoption available

Together with the Craig Animal Shelter, the Humane Society of Moffat County is offering reduced cost adoptions for shelter animals until Saturday.

Editorial: What's not to like about Maybell

The small town of Maybell, home to about 370 people in western Moffat County, felt a temporary — but beneficial — population boom Sunday.

Tuesday, May 11

MCHS girls golf claims regionals

Team will play at state May 24 and 25

Playing Tuesday at home, the Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team was able to claim first at the regional tournament, which was at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The team shot a combined 276, which edged out Rifle by 12 strokes.

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MCHS band teacher named 2009-10 Craig Daily Press Teacher of the Year

When a young John Bolton found himself floundering in the rough waters of adolescence, it was band class that came to his rescue. “It was a lifeboat for me as a kid,” Bolton said. “And it’s not that my home life was so horrible as I see with the kids today who have to deal with some really difficult situations.

On the Record for May 11, 2010

On the Record for May 11, 2010

MCHS baseball games moved to Grand Junction

Playoff hopes rest on winning one game today against Delta

Today’s Moffat County High School varsity baseball doubleheader against Delta has been moved from Craig Middle School to Grand Junction.

Jeremy Snow accepts county commission’s offer to serve as county attorney

Commissioners to offer Jeremy Snow county attorney position

Moffat County commissioner Tom Mathers said he knows the first thing he will tell Jeremy Snow when he starts as the county’s new attorney. “I’m going to tell him, ‘Lose your suit, man,’” Mathers said. “This is a totally different kind of job down here.”

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MCHS girls golf team and Yampa Valley Golf Course host regional tourney today

Ann Marie Roberts, Moffat County High School girls varsity golf coach, said there is one overriding goal for her team today when the Bulldogs host the regional tournament.

MCTA to discuss new marketing plan

Marilynn Hill, director of the Moffat County Tourism Association, has been busy in her first few months on the job.

Dotson: ‘Food Rules’ breaks down the basics of choosing, eating food

From the author of “In Defense of Food” comes a less extensive version on how to eat right using traditional food wisdom, with advice from our mothers and grandmothers.

Marine visiting family in Craig before re-deployment

Kaleb McCarthy is relatively calm for someone heading to Afghanistan soon.

Sports Briefs: Boy, 6, finishes perfect season

Dylan Zimmerman, 6, recently capped his undefeated wrestling season by being voted as the Northwest Colorado League Outstanding Wresler in the 6-year-old and younger division.

Craig Briefs: Habitat Partnership meeting today

The Northwest Colorado Habitat Partnership Program committee is hosting its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way.

MCTA agenda for May 11

Moffat County Tourism Association marketing meeting

Horoscope for May 11

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Your best possibilities for achieving your goals today could come from one or two progressive contacts, even though, ironically, their methods may be based upon traditional procedures.

Datebook for May 11

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

Senior Spotlight for May 11

May flowers are bursting out — Dandelions galore are sprinkling yards with color, nature’s quilt perhaps.

Rohnke: Thank you for lunch

The other day some friends and I

Schmidt: Potential begins at birth

The human being grows based on experiences in his or her environment. Brain development and learning are based on an individual’s interaction with sensory information.

Annie's Mailbox: Should we tell boss about partner's indescretions?

Dear Annie: I work in a doctor’s office where the husband and wife are both physicians.

Monday, May 10

Haymaker scheduled to open to golfers today

City-owned course is in great shape, golf pro says. But Mother Nature may have other ideas in store for this week. The plan is to open the pro shop at 8:30 a.m. The course will start accommodating golfers at 9 a.m., weather permitting.

Sherry Sampson: Highlighting Moffat County Libraries' Summer Reading Program

The annual Summer Reading Program for all ages is fast approaching, as well as an open house at the newly-renovated Maybell branch library. “Make a Splash — READ!” is the reading program theme this summer at the Moffat County Libraries.

On the Record for May 10, 2010

On the Record for May 10, 2010

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Demons Drop Moffat County High School Bulldogs

If the hour-and-a-half delay at the beginning of the day was any indicator, the Moffat County High School varsity baseball team was in for a long day Saturday in Glenwood Springs.

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My Life, My Words: Amber Snow - The joy of motherhood

“I moved here in 2003, and I met my husband, Andy, we got together and got engaged.

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About 1,500 attend Maybell Cultural Heritage Days and Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive

Ethan Walton, 4, jumped and skipped around Sunday at Maybell Park, pretending he was a cowboy riding one of the many horses he watched trot through town.

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Special Olympians win big Saturday in Craig with medals, friendships

Saturday was a day of notable achievements for Craig resident Julianne Malley.

Sports Spotlight: Anastasia Todd

Year: Senior, Moffat County High School

Ackerman: Pack out your garbage

Recently, a group of people ventured out on a cold May day to enjoy and explore the eastern property of Dinosaur National Monument.

Annie's Mailbox: My husband keeps ex too close

Dear Annie: Can you please explain to my husband why it’s not a good idea to play nice-guy to your ex-wife on Mother’s Day?

Glanville: Know where I'll be Saturday

Each year, I rediscover how lucky I am. I don’t actually forget my luck, I just ease it into the background so I can enjoy each moment of the extra days I get.

Datebook for May 10

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

Co-worker: Hayden woman who died in rollover was an animal lover

Autopsy planned today for Kimberly Fournier

Kimberly Fournier, the Hay­den woman who died in a rollover north of the town Saturday evening, had a couple of cats and a couple of dogs, HiWay Bar kitchen manager Brian Brittingham said.

Craig Briefs: Middle school PAC meeting today

The Craig Middle School Parent Advisory Committee will host its May meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in the CMS library, 915 Yampa Ave. All CMS parents are encouraged to attend.

Aging Well: Friendly faces, helping hands

An illness, injury or disability can seriously affect a person’s emotional well-being. While contending with challenges of daily living, they often grieve loss of independence and fear moving into a long-term care facility.

Horoscope for May 10

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Don’t underestimate your hunches, because they could put you a step or two ahead of others when it comes to competitive undertakings. Follow your instincts when going for the goal.

Saturday, May 8

Woman killed in wreck near Hayden

Hayden resident Kimberly Fournier was killed Saturday evening in a one-vehicle rollover wreck north of Hayden, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said.

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MCHS students present more than $5,000 to local organizations

For 11 Moffat County High School students, making an impact on their community was a top priority this school year. Because of their efforts, a few more needy children will be outfitted with shoes and socks, have new playground equipment to enjoy or benefit from improved social services.

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Decades of good deeds

Dr. Thomas Told honored for 34 years as Moffat County Medical Officer

When the Craig Station of Tri-State Generation & Transmission was under construction in the late 1970s, it was Moffat County Medical Officer Thomas Told’s priority to make sure it was built with the health of county residents in mind.

Moffat County candidates utilizing Internet for voter outreach

Some Moffat County candidates are using tech-friendly, non-traditional methods to get their campaign platforms across to voters.

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MCHS girls varsity soccer ties school record with fifth win

Compared to past iterations, the 2010 Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team is better in every category, senior Raquel Robinson contends.

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Unbreakable bond: Craig mother and sons mending past, making up for lost time

Pamela Aldridge looked into the green eyes of the young man, a stranger it seemed to her at the time, who had been following her around the Kum & Go convenience store. As she moved through the store, the young man kept stopping in front of her. Then she looked closer. It clicked.

Editorial: Positive partnering

Our community has been no stranger to times when we’ve been splintered by issues. Think about it for a second — they’re not hard to remember.

Craig briefs: Daughters meeting today at museum

The Augusta Wallihan Chapter of the National Honor Society Daughters of the American Revolution is scheduled to host its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. today at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave.

Annie's Mailbox: Doors not shut becomes a problem

Dear Annie: My husband has the bad habit of not closing doors — kitchen cabinets, file drawers, closets, etc. Do other women experience this? I try to ignore it, but I worry someone will get hurt.

Datebook for May 8

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Church of Destiny offers free labor on oil changes for single mothers and widows at Craig Conoco, 140 W. Victory Way. The gas station will offer use of its bay and church volunteers will perform the oil changes. The cost for the oil and filter is $20 from Conoco, or women can bring their own. Call 824-4486.

Government update for May 8

Craig City Council Last met: April 27

Friday, May 7

On the Record for May 7, 2010

On the Record for May 7, 2010

Andy Bockelman: ‘Iron Man’ sequel a tad rusty, but it does the job

Whoever said it ain’t easy being green obviously didn’t take into consideration the difficulty of being red and gold because even the gleaming armor covering the title character of “Iron Man 2” can’t protect him from everything.

Craig Daily Press hosts youth essay, artwork contest

On Armed Forces Day, the Craig Daily Press is partnering with McDonald’s and the Veterans of Foreign Wars to honor and remember active servicemen and veterans with the Hometown Heroes Community Picnic.

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Boots on the ground: Craig Marine returns home, reflects on Iraq, Afghan experiences

Wacie Laabs’ tattoos — a U.S. Marine Corps emblem, a Celtic cross, the word “Honor” inked in old English — can almost be viewed as his road map to war.

Moffat County commission interviews candidates for attorney job

Moffat County is a step closer to knowing who will serve as its next attorney.

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Maybell Cultural Heritage Days and horse drive this weekend in Moffat County

Lisa Balstad said in a modern society dominated by cell phones, computers and the Internet, there is something many people want to experience.

Local fuel gauge for May 7

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

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Hayden grad earns Co-Freshman of the Year award with Mines

Jordan Williams, a 2008 Hayden High School graduate, was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s Co-Freshman of the Year. Williams hit .329 while knocking in 14 runs at Colorado School of Mines.

MCEA: We should help teachers

Colorado Senate Bill 191 penalizes teachers who are considered to be “ineffective,” instead of supporting and helping them become more effective.

Corriveau: Craig schools prepare students

Wonderful people of Craig America, it was such a pleasure to read the Craig Daily Press (electronic version) recently.

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75 turn out for National Day of Prayer in Craig

About 75 area residents gathered around the flagpole at Moffat County Courthouse on Thursday as spring snow flurries began to fall from the sky.

Datebook for May 7

9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann Anderson at 826-2717.

Horoscope for May 7

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — There is a good chance you could meet someone new today and in time become part of his/her group. Interesting things will develop, making you a major player.

Annie's Mailbox: How do I deal with ex's flame?

Dear Annie: I was married for 35 years to a cheating husband. We have been separated for the past nine.

MCHS soccer to play Rifle today

The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team will host Rifle at 4 p.m. today at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 S. Mack Lane, in the last game of the season.

Craig briefs: Elks Lodge hosting bingo tonight

The Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way, is hosting bingo tonight.

Snowmobile team awards young riders

The X-Treme Mountain Racing snowmobile team had its annual awards banquet April 17 at the American Legion Post 62 headquarters.

Janet Sheridan: We'll hear Mom's voice

In the end, my mother died as she lived, with resolution and strength. After all, you do what you have to do.

F. Neil Folks: The future: Are we borrowing it without repayment?

There is an old Native American Proverb that states, “We are only borrowing Mother Earth’s resources from our grandchildren.” Just what does this mean, really?

Thursday, May 6

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Bad Dogs finish season in Rangely

A triple crown winner.

Bockelman: The hits and misses of spring’s flicks

As the summer movie season comes once again, we reflect on movies from the last few months — some of which are either still in theaters or already on DVD — a period between the more influential films of the year and the high energy popcorn flicks of May, June, July and August. And while not every movie of the winter and spring months is a keeper, occasionally quality does show itself in this dry spell.

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‘True athletes’ coming to Craig

Special Olympians competing Saturday at Moffat County High School

When more than 100 Western Slope Special Olympians gather Saturday at the Moffat County High School track, they will assemble with a common goal.

Committee decides lodging tax allocations

The Craig city lodging tax committee has decided how it wants the potential tax to be allocated, if approved by voters later this year.

Michelle Balleck: Wishing I could be everywhere at once

It’s another one of those weekends.

MCEA: Let's do reform right

School reform is happening in Colorado.

Williams named Co-Rookie of the Year

Jordan Williams, a 2008 Hayden High School graduate and former member of the Moffat County High School varsity baseball team, was recently named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s Co-Rookie of the Year.

Cathy Hamilton: Some kind of Godzilla phase?

I’ve got ants. They’re not in my pants, but God only knows what could happen if the kitchen infestation spreads to the laundry room.

Student news: Smith wins award

On Monday, Mesa State College in Grand Junction named Craig resident Brian Smith as its Outstanding Mass Communication Student of the Year.

Craig Briefs: Church helps single mothers, widows

In recognition of Mother’s Day, the Church of Destiny is offering free labor on oil changes for single mothers and widows from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Craig Conoco, 140 W. Victory Way.

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

Dear Annie: My sister “Justine” has invited me to go on vacation with her three times.

Datebook for May 6

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

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Training sessions to help volunteers broach depression, suicide with teens

Suicide and depression are difficult topics to broach in any conversation, but with teenagers the challenge is necessary, local mental health professionals say. About 15 Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide members will learn how to bring the message to youths.

Horoscope for May6

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Strong urges to get things done and out of the way will overtake any thoughts of playing. Now is the time to take on those projects that previously had appeared too difficult to tackle.

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Benefit to help Hayden's Morrison family

Funds from dinner to assist with Logan Morrison’s medical bills

Katresha Morrison said the Hayden community has rallied around her family since her son Logan’s diagnosis of Burkitt’s lymphoma in December. Now it’s Hayden Valley Elementary School’s turn.

Wednesday, May 5

On the Record for May 6, 2010

On the Record for May 6, 2010

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Bulldogs sweep away Huskies

As Halen Raymond goes, so goes the Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball team, it seems.

Continued discussion

Lodging tax committee meeting today

Craig City Council member Terry Carwile said it’s important for local residents to have an interest in the future of their community.

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Finding their voice

Student council gains political insight through legislative visit

Four Moffat County High School students, all officers of the student council, witnessed a monumental moment in Colorado history last week.

‘Disappointing’ casino night raises $1,800

Kay Borvansky, Horizons Specialized Services resource development coordinator, said the state provides funding for each disabled resident enrolled in the Horizons program, “but it is never enough to cover everything.”

Datebook for May 5

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

Sports briefs: Youth soccer set to start June 21

Craig Parks and Recreation is offering youth soccer for players from 5 to 15 this summer.

MCEA: Vote no on State Bill 191

To the editor: Colorado Senate Bill 191 is an irresponsible, unfunded mandate.

3rd-grade CSAP reading scores remain consistent

Moffat County School District third-grade students were consistent in state assessment reading scores this year, according to Tuesday’s Colorado Department of Education release of preliminary scores.

Craig briefs: Health seminar set at Wyman Museum

Healthy Living 2010, a public seminar with professor Walli Carranza, PhD., is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the second-floor conference room at the Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Bockelman: "Back-up Plan:" Plan C, anyone?

The ticking of a woman’s biological clock doesn’t necessarily sync up with her love life. When that happens, she may need to enlist “The Back-up Plan.”

Annie's Mailbox: How can I help my grandchild?

Dear Annie: My daughter-in-law took her own life a few days after Christmas, leaving behind our son and 10-year-old grandson. “Jane” was only 33, but we loved her like our own daughter.

Horoscope for May 5

Provided you don’t take on more than you can handle, your chances for success in the year ahead look better than usual. You can achieve whatever it is that you want if you do things one at a time and never get overloaded.

Tuesday, May 4

Grammy winners to perform Thursday in Craig

Riders in the Sky slated for Craig Concert Association’s season finale

Western music legends, Riders in the Sky, will perform the Craig Concert Association’s 2009-10 season finale at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

MCHS baseball hosting Huskies today

Doubleheader set for Craig Middle School field

The Moffat County High School varsity baseball team will host a doubleheader at 4 and 6 p.m. today when the Battle Mountain Huskies visit the baseball complex at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave.

Moffat County Commission backs residents applying for BLM council

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, March 9, 23, 25 and 30 meeting minutes. • Approved, 3-0, warrant resolutions totaling $378,650.70.

On the Record for May 4, 2010

On the Record for May 4, 2010

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MCHS track teams finish 1st at home

If Monday was the last time Aaron Nielsen would compete at home, the MCHS senior said it was a good way to end his high school career.

Senior Spotlight for May 4

Mother’s Day is coming up, and I hope your mothers have a very good one.

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Care at the fair

About 330 area residents screened at Saturday’s 9News Health Fair

Josh Garfein’s hands worked diligently around Dan Martin’s collar.

Maren Schmidt: What does success look like?

In shaping the new education we’ll need to understand key concepts: how learning takes place, how to create a new way of assuring proficiency, how to stock each student’s box of learning tools, how to allow for deep learning time on a daily and multi-year level, as well as how to appreciate the uniqueness of each person’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and risks to overall development.

Craig Briefs: Band set to perform concert tonight

The Moffat County High School band will perform its spring concert at 8 p.m. today in the MCHS auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

MCTA agenda for May 4

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

Witham: The people should decide

I am writing this letter as a former employee of The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Datebook for May 4

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

Annie's Mailbox: Am I wrong to want to cut ties with my father?

Dear Annie: I have only known my biological father for 14 years.

Horoscope for April May 4

Old, lingering, negative conditions will finally fade from your life in the year ahead. You should now be able to make some of those significant changes you were fearful to initiate, which could enable you to produce many benefits for yourself.

Monday, May 3

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‘A long time coming’

CNCC breaks ground on new facilities Monday

For almost two decades, Colorado Northwestern Community College officials, board members, teachers and students waited. They waited with patience, and persisted on the state and community levels to meet an important need in Craig.

On the Record for May 3, 2010

On the Record for May 3, 2010

Hikers brave elements to honor fallen Craig firefighter

More than 40 people participate in Brett Stearns Memorial Walk/Run

Despite snowy and cold conditions, more than 40 people made the trek Saturday around Cedar Mountain for the first annual Brett Stearns Memorial Walk/Run. Stearns was a local Bureau of Land Management engine captain who died in June 2009 while in the line of duty.

MCHS lone home track meet now underway

The Clint Wells Invitational track and field meet has begun this morning at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. The meet was originally scheduled for April 30, but snow showers caused the postponement.

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Soccer falls to Delta

MCHS varsity girls team drops game to Panthers, 2-1

Although they had plenty of opportunities, Moffat County High School junior Katie Ellgen said the girls varsity soccer team just didn’t have enough luck.

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A family festivity

Cinco de Mayo celebration brings communities together

Mayola Cruz was surrounded by family Saturday at Centennial Mall.

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Residents perform in Local Talent Show

Eighth-grader Travis Walsh strode onto the dark Moffat County High School auditorium stage Saturday night.

My Life My Words: The Rev. Randy Dollins

In the Catholic Church, if there’s more than one priest, there’s one who’s the head, the pastor, and his assistants are either newer guys on their way up or older guys close to retirement.

Sports spotlight: Kulen Turner

Year: Junior, Moffat County High School Sport and position: Baseball, centerfield

Steamboat Springs School Board to discuss salaries

Staff compensation decisions come during district budget cuts

Steamboat school officials tonight will consider 2010-11 contracts for Superintendent Shalee Cunningham and district administrators, along with the Collaborative Bargaining Team’s compensation proposal for district staff.

Glanville: Share your gift with anyone

Each week, I cruise town.

Craig Briefs: Relay for Life holds meetings Tuesday

A Relay for Life committee meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop.

Action Drain unveils new service website

Action Drain has launched a new website,

Aging Well: ‘Life changing’ products help ease vision and hearing loss

Losing vision separates a person from the world; losing hearing separates them from humanity.

Blevins: We should look ahead

Having read the letter to the editor by John S. Kinkaid, I feel compelled to provide an alternative perspective.

Annie's Mailbox: How can I help my ex-con son?

Dear Annie: My 27-year-old son was just released from prison after serving 18 months on drug charges.

Datebook for May 3

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

Horoscope for April May 3

Certain conditions you’ve been unable to control in the past year are likely to take a dramatic turn for the better in the year ahead. What transpires will make your life much happier both materially and socially.

Teachers: 8th graders explore different careers

On April 29, eighth-grade boys from Craig Middle School explored career opportunities during a career day event.

Saturday, May 1

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CMS eighth-grade girls gain life insights at career seminar

They wore their professional best: slacks, dresses and high heels. They carried notebooks from room to room at the Holiday Inn of Craig, and politely clapped for guest speakers. But, the 50 Craig Middle School eighth-grade girls giggled nervously and were shy to ask questions to women presenting at the annual Girls to Women seminar Thursday. They still exhibited signs that they hung in a sort of limbo, a transitional period when social pressures and physical changes left them somewhere between girls and women.

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David Bradshaw named new MCHS boys varsity basketball coach

It’s the little things that add up, David Bradshaw said. Bradshaw, who was named Friday as the new Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball coach, said his approach for the team will start with the seemingly small.

‘Death at a Funeral’ tells same jokes

The passing of a loved one is hard on everybody. However, if the family in “Death at a Funeral” is any indication, things can always be worse. Today is not a good day for Aaron Barnes (Chris Rock). Arranging the funeral for his recently deceased father has been bad enough, but dealing with his living relatives is even more painful.

Craig briefs: Chruch yard sale to benefit local causes

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 657 Green St., will host a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The church’s ladies auxiliary will use the proceeds to support local community causes. For more information, call Carol Beumer at 824-9204.

Datebook for May 1

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 9News Health Fair takes place at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. The event is open to the public.

CMS career day helps boys explore futures

Brenden Spencer, 14, wants to be a professional hockey player. But after seeing a video of blasting at Trapper Mine, Spencer said he might be changing his mind. He thinks Trapper could be a good backup plan. The excitement of the explosions didn’t do much to deter him from that idea.

Editorial: Ahead of the class

There’s 85 acres on the western edge of Craig, land near the new hospital that, if you’re unfamiliar with now, you should very quickly become acquainted with.

Letter to Editor: CMS thanks book store

On behalf of Craig Middle School, especially the eighth-grade students, we would like to thank Downtown Books and Beads, and its owner Vicky White, for inspiring and supporting reading, writing, and poetry in our students.

Annie's Mailbox: Patience running thin with mom

Dear Annie: My patience is running thin with my 92-year-old mother’s rude and hurtful behavior. When I talk to her about it, she just laughs and brushes it off.

Prather: Market animal weigh-in, tagging on the horizon

The weigh-in and tagging date for 4-H/FFA market beef was Feb. 7. Now it’s time to weigh-in and tag 4-H/FFA market lambs, goats, and swine.

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Winning words from the fourth annual eighth grade poetry contest

Painful childhood events and strong, emotional experiences found their way to paper through the pens of 10 Craig Middle School students.