Stories for September 2010


Thursday, September 30

MCHS alum Darwin Dunn to be featured in Homecoming activities

One of Moffat County High School’s greatest football players is coming home. Darwin Dunn, a 1948 MCHS graduate, will be an honored guest in this year’s Homecoming festivities, riding in today’s parade and participating in the coin toss at tonight’s football game against Palisade. Dunn, 80, of Savery, Wyo., never played at the high school’s current location, but he made a name for himself in Craig as No. 22 on the school’s football team, playing blocking back.

Janet Sheridan: Rare sightings

When I can’t see what others point out to me, why do they act as though I’m apathetic, irksome or dull-witted? I have trouble distinguishing distant, miniature objects. Does that mean I’m peculiar? I don’t understand why my inability to discern far objects causes others to tear their hair and wail.

On the Record for Sept. 30, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 30, 2010

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BLM planning wild horse roundup

The Bureau of Land Management is planning to gather about 238 wild horses in two areas southwest of Meeker starting in mid-October. David Boyd, BLM public affairs specialist for the northwest district, said the agency is removing the horses to maintain a healthy wild horse population in the area.

Prescribed Moffat County burn pushes past boundary

Fire officials not anticipating problems in containing 100-acre burn

An unexpected wind gust pushed the Bureau of Land Management’s Jack Springs II prescribed burn outside the identified boundary shortly after ignition Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. The fire crossed Moffat County Road 56 and spread to about 150 acres, fire officials reported. Ground and air resources were ordered to suppress the fire.

MCHS volleyball plays Steamboat today

Throughout the week, the players and coaches of the Moffat County High School volleyball team have been toiling away in the gym, smacking balls over the net, diving to the floor and doing everything else they normally do to practice for an upcoming game. But, today’s game isn’t a typical one. Not only is it the first of three home volleyball games during Homecoming Week, but it’s also against the Bulldogs’ main rival.

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MCHS golfer Parker King prepares for state tourney

Parker King has been golfing for 14 years. Starting his career swinging plastic toy clubs in the backyard at age 2, he always had an interest in the game. However, he wonders if he might be further along in his game if he hadn’t quit temporarily to focus on baseball. Although his average score might be a little lower, he would likely still be in the same scenario he found himself in at the end of the Sept. 21 regional tournament.

Hospital board updated on potential impacts of health care reform

At a Wednesday night work session, Mitch Edgeworth, regional vice president of Quorum Health Resources — The Memorial Hospital’s management company — tackled the “daunting” task of distilling the 1,000-plus-page health care reform bill into an hour-and-a-half presentation. “The purpose of this presentation is to give you some insight into what has transpired in health care reform,” Edgeworth said.

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Craig community service officers reflect on busy summer

Community service officer Jill Nelson said some residents “might not have a clue” about the amount of work done by the Craig Police Department’s community service officers. “Sometimes, I don’t think that the general public notices the success that we (have) because they’re not seeing all the individual yards, for instance, that we have dealt with,” said Nelson, one of three community service officers. “They might just see their neighbors’ (yards), and that might not be where there are issues.”

Craig Briefs: Commission set to hold special meeting

The Moffat County Commission will host a special meeting today at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The agenda is below: • 3:30 to 3:35 p.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence • 3:35 to 4:30 p.m. Discussion with Moffat County attorney Jeremy Snow — Possible executive session to discuss lease negotiations of the Moffat County Public Safety Center and to receive legal advice.

Cathy Hamilton: Ready for the bedbugs

Some things I would enjoy discovering in my bed: crisp, 800 thread-count sheets, a sexy sprinkling of red rose petals or Jon Hamm in his skivvies. Better yet, all three simultaneously. One thing I would not relish finding is a bedbug. Ew. Ew. Ew. Ew. Ew.

Terry: Thanks for the help

To the editor: My family and I wish to thank Nancy McStay of Northwest Colorado Options for Long Term Care, Karen Brown of the Community Budget Center and Larry Neu of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 for their support and funding to purchase a much-needed lift chair from Homemaker Furniture Store.

Winey: Defining the tea party

To the editor: There seems to be many misunderstandings about what the modern tea party is. I would like to explain that today’s tea party is not a highly-organized group. There are different types of tea Parties in America today.

Datebook for Sept. 30

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The AARP Chapter 1418 driver safety program takes place in the second-floor activity room at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. The cost to AARP members is $12 and the cost to non-members is $14. Call Beverly at 824-5123. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Story-time takes place at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. This week’s theme is favorite things. Call 824-5116.

Annie's Mailbox: Man angering wife

Dear Annie: My husband and I are retired. “Freddie” is quite helpful around the house repairing things, but he has no male friends he can hang out with, so he spends most of his time watching TV. Whenever I try to start a conversation, he belittles me, makes fun of me and says I never accomplished anything, even though I worked a full-time job for decades while raising four children.

Horoscope for Sept. 30

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — You might firm up what you want to do and how you should go about it, but, sadly, once things are in place you’re not likely to follow your game plan. If you don’t, it’ll be another wasted day in Margaritaville. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Don’t be hasty about agreeing to something that you haven’t taken any time to analyze. If things go south, the penalty might be more than you thought.

Wednesday, September 29

Michelle Balleck: Music, magic & the marching band — plus, welcoming weather

With record highs predicted this week, enjoy this unseasonable weather this weekend with some school spirit, a magic show for the kids and some stellar tunes right here at home.

On the Record for Sept. 29, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 29, 2010

TMH board meeting agenda for September 29

The Memorial Hospital Board Next meeting: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop, in conference rooms A, B and C

Andy Bockelman: ‘Wall Street’ sequel sees slight drop in stocks

For an actor, returning to a famous character can sometimes work out well, as in the case of Paul Newman in “The Color of Money,” or be an unmitigated disaster, as in Al Pacino in “The Godfather Part III.” But, sometimes such a venture can result in being perfectly in the middle, like the star of “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” Investment banker Jacob Moore (Shia LaBeouf) is a prodigy in the financial world. Earning a seven figure paycheck at one of New York’s most prestigious firms and coming home to his loving girlfriend Winnie (Carey Mulligan), 2008 looks to be a very good year for him.

Moffat County Commission meets with DOLA rep

At its regular meeting today, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, a payroll warrant resolution ending Sept. 18 totaling $664,754.18. • Approved, 3-0, an annual renewal of the Moffat County Emergency Medical Services medial director provider agreement for Maybell ambulance services with Jon Ossen not to exceed $4,000.

Moffat County School District awaits funding decision

Last month, Moffat County School District administrators learned of a new revenue stream from the federal government. However, administrators are now worried state actions could negate those gains. On Aug. 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Education Jobs Fund — a bill providing $10 billion in support of 160,000 education jobs nationwide.

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Chargers edge out Ravens, 26-19, in Tuesday Doak Walker game in Craig

Momentum. That was the word of the day for Chargers quarterback Eddie Smercina, as he and his teammates took the field Tuesday evening in fifth- and sixth-grade Doak Walker football league play at Woodbury Sports Complex. And, with coaches and parents helping the team build up steam, victory was the result, but a hard-fought one. The Chargers beat the Ravens 26-19 in a game that came down to the final minutes, with tension building from the moment the first whistle blew.

Craig lodging tax committee focusing on education

Craig resident Dave DeRose said he sees no reason why Craig voters should not pass a proposed lodging tax ballot question in November. But, DeRose recognizes the importance of educating the community about why he and other supporters believe the 6.9-percent tax on lodging establishments in the city would benefit the area.

‘Ugly Three’ focus of upcoming Craig Chamber of Commerce forum

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is hosting a public forum Thursday night on local impacts of “The Ugly Three” — Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 — according to a news release. City of Craig and Moffat County School District officials, as well as Reeves Brown, executive director of the Western Slope lobbying group Club 20, will speak to community members about “how these measures hamstring the state and local communities,” according to the release.

Editorial: How soon we forget

While the summer provided some fun and memorable moments for the Craig and Moffat County community, it was not without its share of heartbreak and loss. Over the summer, our community lost young people to tragic and avoidable circumstances, occurrences that have become all too familiar and ones that irrevocably damage local families. To them, the hearts of friends, family, neighbors and sometimes even complete strangers in the community go out, and assistance or support is never far away.

Blomquist: Thanks for support

To the editor: I would like to thank the staff at Sandrock Elementary School for all their help with the fundraiser for the Thompson family. I would also like to thank the community of Craig for the help in making the fundraiser a huge success.

Craig Briefs: Concert association to kick off season

In its first concert of the 2010-11 season, the Craig Concert Association presents Redhead Express this weekend. The concert is set for 7 p.m. Sunday at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. The Walker family, from Alaska, performs a range of music including hits of the 1950s and 1960s, country, originals, traditional, bluegrass and old-time music.

Datebook for Sept. 29

9 to 11 a.m. The Moffat County Department of Social Services distributes USDA food supplements at 595 Breeze St., at the northeast alley entrance only. Call Meghan Rudd at the Moffat County Department of Social Services at 824-8282, ext. 11. 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.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman worried about sister’s drinking

Dear Annie: My sister’s 50th birthday is coming up, and I would like to acknowledge it in some way. However, due to years of her heavy drinking, lying, self-pity, verbal abuse and the resulting toxic personality, she has managed to lose her career, condo, dog, friends, family and health. I finally followed Al-Anon’s advice and suspended our relationship four months ago. It was difficult but necessary.

Horoscope for Sept. 29

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — There is a strong risk of letting your ego put you in an embarrassing position, such as pretending you know something about which in truth you know little. It’ll be your loss. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Find a way to screen any confidential activity from someone who has an insatiable curiosity and an even bigger mouth. If you don’t, be prepared for him/her to circulate what you want kept private.

Tuesday, September 28

On the Record for Sept. 28, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 28, 2010

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 28

Turkeys, pilgrims, pumpkins, spiders, witches, Santa. Wait a minute. What’s this? Oh, stores stocking up for Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas already. Boggles my mind.

BLM planning prescribed burn near Greystone

The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office is planning a prescribed fire as early as Tuesday, if weather conditions remain favorable, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported in a news release. The project site is 10 miles west of Greystone in the Jack Springs Draw area. The objective of the fire is to reduce hazardous fuels, lessen the threat of wildland fire to area residences, improve wildlife habitat, and ecosystem diversity, fire officials reported.

Sports Spotlight: Chanda Walker

Age: 17, Moffat County High School senior Sport: Volleyball How did you get started in your sport? “I’ve been playing since fifth grade, but then I started playing a season of actual games in eighth grade.”

Moffat County unemployment hovering at 8 percent

Craig resident Lucas Hartlung has been looking for a job for about nine months. “Everything has gone down — the economy is bad,” said Hartlung, 25, during a Monday visit to the Colorado Workforce Center of Craig. “It’s hard times for everybody.” Hartlung was attending college at IntelliTec College in Grand Junction for a degree as an automotive technician, but was forced to move back to Craig.

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Congressman announces step to rename Craig VA clinic after local hero

For more than a year, a Craig resident has worked to honor the memory and military service of a local fallen hero. Larry Neu, a Vietnam veteran and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 quartermaster, has spearheaded several projects in honor of Major William E. Adams, a Medal of Honor recipient and former Craig resident. During a Saturday stop in Craig, U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., announced he has taken another step in hopes of helping Neu in his mission.

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MCHS volleyball defeats Glenwood, 3-2

Too nice. Those are the two words that rushed to the forefront of Glenwood Springs volleyball coach Sarah Ryan’s mind after watching her Demons stumble to a 3-2 defeat against visiting Moffat County on Saturday. Up 2-1 and having won back-to-back games in dominating fashion, Glenwood seemingly had the match in hand.

Datebook for Sept. 28

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

Craig Briefs: Elkhead Reservoir open on weekends

Due to “overwhelming” public response from residents in Moffat and Routt counties, Colorado State Parks has decided to keep Elkhead Reservoir open on the weekends — weather permitting — through October, according to a news release from state parks. Elkhead will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The lake will also remain open for hand-launched vessels through the end of the season.

Bulldog sports for Sept. 28

Thursday 4:30 p.m. The Moffat County High School freshmen volleyball team plays Steamboat Springs at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. 5 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team plays at Eagle Valley

Sports Briefs: Western Slope League football results

There were some upsets in the first week of conference play in the 3A Western Slope League. Glenwood Springs (3-1 overall, 1-0 in the WSL) narrowly defeated Palisade (3-1, 0-1), 21-20. Moffat County (2-2, 1-0) pummeled Delta (2-2, 0-1), 26-7.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: If you keep on dreaming

After you graduate college, you learn to appreciate Sundays. Whether your Sundays take you to church in the morning and brunch afterwards, or they really don’t take you anywhere except around those that you love, Sundays after college are a beautiful thing. In college, Sundays are consumed by homework and deadlines. Sunday is the day that almost every college student dreads because it is to where all the work that should have been completed throughout the week is put off.

Annie's Mailbox: Internet activities concern wife

Dear Annie: My husband and I share a computer. I recently came across the complete name and city of an individual with the caption, “activated his profile,” as well as the message, “Sex is live. Come find your partner.” My husband says he has no idea how this profile popped up on his computer.

Horoscope for Sept. 28

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Some kind of endeavor in which you’re involved has benefits that have yet to be exploited. Study things carefully, because what you’re missing could be quite meaningful. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Listen to your inner voice, because it could provide you with some constructive ideas as to how to better your financial affairs. Don’t dismiss your intuitive perceptions lightly.

Monday, September 27

Beaver Flat fire contained

Fire crews in North Routt County on Monday continued fighting a blaze that spread from a campfire. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Diann Ritschard said crews expected to have the 8-acre Coulton Creek fire contained by 6 p.m. Monday.

On the Record for Sept. 27, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 27, 2010

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Annual Love INC fundraiser to aid group’s charitable efforts

Pat Jones, executive director of Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley, said she empathizes with the people her organization serves.

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Taking a bow: “Moffat County’s Last Stand” plays to about 300 area theatergoers

The Craig Middle School auditorium suddenly went empty Saturday night. The audience had filed out, and the cast had retired backstage to change out of their costumes.

Business beat: Local insurance company adds new executive

Draper Insurance, a local provider of products such as auto, home, health, business, commercial and life insurance, has hired Vicki Field as an insurance producer.

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MCHS boys, girls finish 1st individually, overall

Threepeat. The word holds special significance for Chris Zirkle and Alfredo Lebron because it’s a feat they’ve reached together. The two Moffat County High School cross-country runners placed first and second, respectively, for their third consecutive meet at Saturday’s Moffat County Invitational at Loudy-Simpson Park.

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My Life, My Words: Bettina Magas: School involvement, then and now

“I teach math at the high school. This semester, I’m teaching pre-algebra, consumer math and geometry. This is my seventh year full-time, and I subbed before that. I did subbing at other schools, but full-time, I’ve always taught at the high school. I graduated with a B.S. in business from the University of Wyoming. I grew up in Craig. I graduated from the high school in 1975. That was when it was still in the old building.

Datebook for September 27

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.

Craig briefs: Editorial board members needed

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three or four people to participate on its next Editorial Board, which begins Oct. 4. Editorial Board members meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays to discuss the newspaper’s opinion pieces for its Wednesday and Saturday editions.

Letter to the Editor: Bill could affect a lot

To the editor: We have been reading and hearing all the stuff about Colorado House Bill 10-1365 and thought it was time to say something about it.

Letter to the Editor: Thank you for help

To the editor: The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank James Mora for cat litter, Margaret Sellers for cat food, and Lori Joens for the donation for shelter dog Andy’s care and adoption.

Horoscope for September 27

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Something you’re always looked at as being a sideline could offer a huge opportunity to profit big time. If handled with finesse, it could even trump your primary source of income.

Glanville: Growth depression defined: H.B. 10-1365

As we watch President Barack Obama’s hand-picked crew abandon his sinking “vessel of hope,” the humiliated millions who elected him are drowning in his ocean of un-payable bailouts, and the lifeboats of unemployment he orders lowered are mere papier-mache rafts that swell up with useless pride and they too are lost.

Annie's Mailbox: Violent dad tough to deal with

Dear Annie: I need your advice on how to deal with my very violent father. He knows no boundaries, has no respect for anyone and exerts zero control over himself. He is physically violent and verbally abusive. He threw chairs at his 82-year-old mother and lost his temper at my cousin’s wedding and made a huge scene.

Rodeo team finishes fall season strong, prepare for spring

Waiting for his name to be called while in the corral leading to the arena of the Moffat County Fairgrounds, Ian Duzik cheered on all competitors as they roped calves and rode bulls.

Saturday, September 25

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Middle Park grinds up Hayden in 28-21 win

Middle Park’s slow style eats away Hayden’s big gains

Seasons change with more urgency than the Middle Park High School football team’s offense operates. And like the cold creeps into Routt County — slowly and depressingly surely — the Panthers overpowered Hayden on Friday night, knocking the Tigers off at home, 28-21.

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Hayden volleyball takes West Grand in 4

The Hayden girls volleyball team again came out on fire. It again let its intensity dip the middle of a match, and it again walked away victorious. The Tigers bounced back from a second-game defeat to beat West Grand on Friday night, 25-17, 25-22, 25-14, 25-20.

Sports Spotlight: Eryn Leonard

Age: 15, Moffat County High School sophomore Sport: Cross-country How did you get your start in your sport? “I’ve been running since I was a little kid. Sixth-grade was the first year I did cross-country, and I just liked it a lot.”

Over a Cup: A pizza that isn’t frozen or delivered

This was pizza week at our house. I had not made pizza from scratch for a while, well, sort of from scratch, at least. I have pizza dough recipes that I’ve used on occasion, but since my time is limited, I usually use packages of pizza dough mix.

Horoscope for Sept. 25

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Forgo talking about your family run-ins or problems with others, because what you say in anger will get back to whomever is the target. What you say will not just be repeated but embellished. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Someone with whom you’ve had personal problems might start to get chummy with a buddy of yours. Before s/he can do any harm, explain your consternation to your friend. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Take care not to place a friend or yourself in an awkward position by asking to borrow something in front of others, in case s/he needs to say no. Be more discreet.

Government update for Sept. 25

Craig City Council Next meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 28 Where: Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St. Agenda: • Roll call

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Craig area environmental reps share passion for work

Whenever public land uses are at issue in the West, “inherent controversy” exists, Soren Jespersen contends. As the Northwest Colorado wildlands coordinator for The Wilderness Society, it’s Jespersen’s job to mitigate that controversy — often a stressful task, he said. But, Jespersen isn’t alone in his responsibilities for advocating for a balanced approach to environmental issues.

Datebook for Sept. 25

8:30 a.m. The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office hosts a GPS/geocache tutorial at the BLM office, 455 Emerson St., followed by a clean-up at Cedar Mountain at 10 a.m. and a barbecue and raffle. Call Gina Robison at 826-5083. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craig Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration host the National Prescription Drug Take-Back day at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Residents can anonymously drop off unused prescription and over-the-counter medications.

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Earning the emblem: Recent MCHS grads return from boot camp as U.S. Marines

Paul Collins and Devon Enochs reached a significant milestone in their lives earlier this month — they went up a mountain as recruits and came down as U.S. Marines. “The Reaper is the last challenge (of boot camp),” Enochs said of the 700-foot mountain near Camp Pendleton in Southern California. “It’s the defining moment of becoming a Marine,” Collins said.

Trask: EDP — No economic lessons needed

This is in response to the guest column by Michelle Haefele, of The Wilderness Society, that appeared in the Sept. 11 Saturday Morning Press, titled “A protected Vermillion Basin strengthens NW Colorado economy.” In your column, you use your status as an economist to make several points that the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership believes are unnecessary or misleading.

Craig Briefs: Play presented twice today

Black Mountain Theatre presents “Moffat County’s Last Stand,” an original play by David Morris, of Craig, that looks into the county’s future in 2025. The play is performed at 2 and 7 p.m. today at the Craig Middle School auditorium, 915 Yampa Ave. “Craig’s in big trouble when this play takes place,” Morris said during an interview earlier this month. “(Corporations) are buying up the county to turn it into a toxic-waste landfill.”

Annie's Mailbox: Dad’s whining becoming worrisome

Dear Annie: Our dad is in his 80s. In the past few years, he has become the poster child for whining. My siblings and I have gently brought this to his attention, but he insists it is not whining, it’s commentary. We call every day and visit once a week. It has become a running joke to see how long it will take before he complains. It starts with “I didn’t sleep well” or “My stomach is upset” or “I’m so tired.”

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Moffat County School District in the process of gauging student health

On Wednesday morning, Craig Middle School seventh-grader Morgan Lawton echoed the sentiments of many of her classmates. Health screenings, she said, are “boring.” Nonetheless, the in-school screenings are an annual occurrence within the Moffat County School District and a step to ensure student wellness, district officials said.

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MCHS soccer rolls over Palisade, 8-2

Home sweet home. This was the sentiment shared by the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team in their Friday game hosting Palisade High School at Loudy-Simpson Park. The MCHS Bulldogs (7-1-0 overall, 3-1 Western Slope League) got right back on their feet following Tuesday’s loss at Battle Mountain (5-1-0, 4-1), returning home and defeating the Palisade Bulldogs (2-5-1, 0-3-1), 8-2.

‘Town’ is directing at its best

The star of “Armageddon,” “Gigli” and “Surviving Christmas” has had more than his fair share of second chances, but at long last, it looks like his movie career is back on track, on both sides of the camera, in “The Town.” When it comes to crime in Boston, there’s no neighborhood that breeds more corruption than Charlestown. Bank robberies, in particular, are an epidemic, especially when local boy Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) and his crew are out and about.

Sports briefs: CMS and MCHS rodeo team to finish fall season this weekend

The final Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School rodeo meet of the fall starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Ten team members will be representing CMS and MCHS in events such as bull riding, bareback riding, goat tying and more. Rodeo team sponsor Janice Edwards said about 75 to 100 competitors from around the state will be attending the meet, which continues at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Potter: ‘Vote yes on 62’

To the editor: Amendment 62 on our Colorado ballot for Nov. 2 is the only one of its kind in the nation. The exact wording is, “The term ‘person’ shall apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.”

Friday, September 24

Bulldogs ‘thunder’ past Delta, 26-7

DELTA – Before last week, the last time Hodge Raftopoulos ran the football in a game was his freshman year. Friday night in Delta, the senior and Moffat County’s “thunder” formation ran over the Panthers for a 26-7 victory. “The thunder is the easiest offensive formation in football to prepare for,” said Raftopoulos, who spends most of his time as a lineman. “We just run the ball right up the gut and challenge teams to stop us. To be honest, I didn’t think I’d run the ball at all going into this season, but I’ll do whatever the coaches need.”

On the Record for Sept. 24, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 24, 2010

Local fuel gauge for Sept. 24

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo above. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $2.99 1. Kum & Go, 1302 W. Victory Way

Andy Bockelman: ‘Machete’ hacks away at topical material

Someone once said, “Those who live by the sword die by the sword.” While that’s a nice pearl of wisdom about non-violence, much can be gleaned from getting one’s hands bloody, too. And, if the B-movie material in “Machete”

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Yampa Valley Medical Center launches Craig clinic

Yampa Valley Medical Center, based in Steamboat Springs, launched a new medical clinic May 4 in Craig, and spent the summer enhancing services and adding physicians. The clinic, which occupies 6,378 square feet at 651 Yampa Ave., in downtown Craig, now includes five doctors and laboratory services.

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Craig community speaks out to PUC

DENVER — When Colorado Public Utilities Commission Chairman Ron Binz sat in his chair Thursday before a public comment hearing, he paused a moment. “I’ve been in churches that are louder than this,” he said, commenting on the tense silence of the crowd. The PUC took public comments Thursday from hundreds of attendees on Xcel Energy’s emission reduction plans required by Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act.

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Coal miners, community members rally on capitol steps against coal bill

DENVER — Craig resident and retired coal miner Tony St. John had a message Thursday for Gov. Bill Ritter when he began his speech at a rally on the west steps of the state capitol in Denver. “Shame on you,” he said. “Shame on you with (Colorado) House Bill 10-1365 and shame on … those legislators that voted for it.”

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Moffat County starts league play against physical Panthers

Starting tonight, everybody in the Class 3A Western Slope League has the same record. That’s the message Moffat County High School head football coach Kip Hafey and his staff delivered to their team this week. The Bulldogs, 1-2, travel to Delta, 2-1, today to start the games that really matter.

Barrie: An important effort

To the editor: On Sept. 14, advocates for the sickened uranium and nuclear weapons workers delivered a petition to Congress asking for Congressional hearings and for Congress to introduce legislation to create an independent advisory board. This board will examine the U.S. Department of Labor’s implementation of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000, as amended.

Craig Briefs: Suicide prevention training next month

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is slated to present ASIST Gatekeeper Training on Oct. 26 and 27 at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St. ASIST stands for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.

A&L: Project list for next year

Isn’t it wonderful that there’s always a next year? At the end of each season, or even during a season, we reflect on things we wish we’d gotten done or things we wish we had done differently, vowing to make changes “next year.”

Sports briefs: Local football schedule

In addition to the Moffat County High School varsity football game at 7 p.m. today in Delta, other local football teams will also be in action. On the schedule for today is Steamboat Springs (0-3) hosting Eagle Valley (1-1); Hayden (1-2) hosting Middle Park (2-1); and Soroco (3-0) hosting Vail Christian (1-2).

Moffat County School Board takes action at meeting

At its regular meeting Thursday night, the Moffat County School Board: • Approved, 4-0, the first reading on policy 1111 on accreditation.

Janet Sheridan: Craig revisited

After my column about worthy locations in Craig, several of you told me about local places you enjoy. Realizing what discriminating people my readers are, I immediately added your suggestions to my list. A friend chose the fairgrounds when it’s bustling with 4-H and FFA activity. It is rewarding to watch our youth display meticulous projects, model self-sewn clothing, demonstrate marksmanship and show well-groomed animals from beef to rabbits. When finished with serious competition, they ride the mechanical bull, rope chickens or chase pigs. You have to love them.

Datebook for Sept. 24

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Craig office is closed for a staff meeting. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann Anderson at 826-2717.

Annie's Mailbox: Man worried old flame still burns 

Dear Annie: Fifty years ago, I met and fell in love with the most beautiful, perfect woman. “Denise” and I were both teenagers, and due to errors in judgment on my part, we went our separate ways. But I never stopped thinking about her. We are both divorced from our first spouses, and our children are grown. Denise remarried, and I have been in a relationship with a nice woman for 25 years.

Horoscope for Sept. 24

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Let that wonderful spirit of cooperation and fairness you naturally possess be pronounced in all that you do, and you’ll easily find harmony in your dealings. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — You’re in an especially good cycle for beginning something that normally might be difficult, such as going on a diet or starting an exercise program. Don’t waste this point in time. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Contact that impressive person you recently met whom you would like to know better, and suggest doing something interesting together. That person is equally eager to cozy up to you, too.

Thursday, September 23

Rain keeps lid on wildfire south of Hayden

Firefighters battling a wildfire south of Hayden got an assist from a rainstorm Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The fire is expected to be fully contained today, officials said.

On the Record for Sept. 23, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 23, 2010

Fire officials turn attention to Beaver Flat Tops Fire

Ground crew and air support personnel were expected to be released Wednesday from the Big Ridge Fire southeast of Rangely, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported in a news release. The fire remained at 18 acres, and fire officials expected full containment to be reached Wednesday night.

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CMS volleyball teams split with Soroco

Tuesday was a day of both victory and defeat for the Craig Middle School volleyball teams. Facing off against Soroco Middle School, the seventh-grade team won its match, 2-0, while the eighth-graders had the opposite result, losing both games. The eighth-grade team lost 25-18 and 25-15.

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Craig Middle School seventh-, eighth-grade football teams perfect on the season so far

Craig Middle School is looking to finish the football season undefeated, and if a recent game is any indication, there is a strong chance both the seventh- and eighth-grade teams do so. In a combined game with seventh- and eighth-grade players Tuesday at CMS, the Bulldogs defeated Soroco Middle School, 40-6. The eighth-graders took the field in the first quarter, and dominated within the first 15 seconds. Tyler Davis, the starting quarterback and defensive end, ran back Soroco’s kickoff for a touchdown.

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Dollar Tree begins hiring, slated for Oct. 12 opening in Craig

Craig resident Geoffrey Mansfield finished a job interview Wednesday morning at the Centennial Mall, and was smiling as he walked out. “I think he hired me,” Mansfield said of his interviewer. “He told me to come back on (Sept. 29) for orientation, so that’s a good deal.” Mansfield was among numerous local residents who attended a hiring event for Dollar Tree, a new local business opening Oct. 12 inside the mall at 1111 W. Victory Way.

Michelle Balleck: Fall into fall with weekend of fun

A sunny, warm-temperature finish to the summer isn’t a bad way to go out. And I say, bring on the fall colors. I am excited for a weekend of bonding with my husband (insert “aww” here) and for shooting the heck out of the beautiful scenery around us. I think I’ll even dig out my old Pentax and shoot some film for the first time in years. Enjoy our nice weather any way you choose, but have a look at these events to keep you entertained this weekend.

Craig police to host drug drop-off day

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta hopes his police department can help impede a trend growing both nationally and locally. According to a news release from the police department, a 2008 national survey found more Americans abused prescription drugs than those abusing cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined. In hopes of deterring the problem locally, the police department has signed on to be part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Cathy Hamilton: Physical conjures unfair comparisons

My annual physical last week made me wish I was more like my Toyota. Seems no matter what I do to it, that car just runs and runs and runs (a record I just undoubtedly jinxed by putting my braggadocio in print). Sure, I give it an oil change every who-knows-how-many miles; gas and washer fluid, now and again. I’ll put air in its tires when someone on the street mentions they’re looking a bit deflated. Vacuum the interior twice a year. (Not this year, however. Or last. Suffice it to say, you don’t want to carpool with me.)

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Craig resident on path to cancer recovery, preparing for final treatment

Craig resident Dan Kennedy used one word to describe his family’s summer. Tragic. Dan and his wife, Karleen, who live in Ridgeview, recently experienced a death in the family, and were also faced with news their 13-year-old daughter, Katie, had cancer. “It has just been one thing after another,” Dan said.

Craig Briefs: Coffee party to meet Saturday

The Craig coffee party is scheduled to meet from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. The group’s purpose is to discuss political issues from all points of view for the purpose of better understanding. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Jim Blevins at 824-4564.

Yoast: Soldiers’ pics needed

To the editor: As part of our upcoming Veterans Day activities at Craig Middle School, I am asking any veteran or currently serving military personnel who has ever been a student at Craig Middle School to send me a picture in uniform. Our school would like to proudly honor these students by displaying their pictures at CMS. This may be an actual photograph or e-mail submission. Copies only, no originals to be returned, please.

Zimmerman: An ‘awkward’ defense

To the editor: The op-ed piece by Michelle Haefele in the Sept. 11 Saturday Morning Press was an awkward attempt at defending the “protection” of Vermillion Basin. In contrast, Scott Cook’s letter to Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey director gave solid statistics on what it would cost our area if the 1-percent plan is scrapped and all of the two million acres first proposed were included.

Datebook for Sept. 23

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Story-time takes place at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. The theme of the week is friends and family. Call 824-5116.

Kathy Bockelman: Good people wanted

To the editor: Northwest Rocky Mountain Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children has implemented a new program in Craig this past year. CASA is looking for people who are interested in making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. CASA is seeking people interested in being on a Community Development Committee to handle fundraising and public relations, etc.

Sports briefs: WSL football results

In weekend Western Slope League high school football action, Palisade (3-0) and Delta remained tied as the top-ranked teams in the league after defeating 2A’s Roaring Fork (1-2), 53-13, and 4A’s Belen (N.M.) (3-1), 51-7, respectively. Glenwood Springs picked up a win (2-1) against 4A/5A’s Fruita-Monument (0-3), 36-28. Steamboat Springs (0-3) lost to 4A Montrose (4-0), 40-7.

Horoscope for Sept. 23

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Look in the mirror if you are receiving a lack of cooperation from your mate or associates, because their withdrawal could be due to a lack of cooperation on your part. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — A negative attitude could lead you to believe that what is assigned to you is far more difficult than anything given others, when, in reality, your job is apt to be the easiest. Quit whining and start signing!

Annie's Mailbox: Woman mad at kids

Dear Annie: I am an 80-year-old widow, and my doctor says I’m doing great for my age. I thought so, too, until recently. Some of my family members have begun to pop in — no phone calls beforehand, even though they all have cell phones, as do I. Last weekend while I slept, my son and daughter-in-law decided to clean out my refrigerator.

Wednesday, September 22

Wildfire south of Hayden 25 percent contained

Two Hot Shot firefighting crews and local firefighters will resume efforts this morning to extinguish a 32-acre fire about 20 miles south of Hayden. The Beaver Flat Fire near Stin­­sby Reservoir was 25 percent contained by Wednesday evening, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Diann Rits­­chard said. She said crews expect to have the fire fully contained by Friday.

On the Record for Sept. 22, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 22, 2010

Moffat County Commission mulls pulling pot ballot question

The Moffat County Commission remained undecided Tuesday on whether to withdraw a question from November’s ballot concerning the future of medical marijuana dispensaries in the county. At its regular Tuesday meeting, the commission discussed the option of withdrawing the question it set on the ballot in July. No official action was taken and as of now, the measure will appear before voters.

BLM hosting events for Public Lands Day

Saturday marks the 17th annual National Public Lands Day, and the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office is hosting two area events in recognition, according to a news release from the BLM. A GPS/geocaching tutorial will take place at 8:30 a.m. at the BLM office in Craig, and volunteer work at Cedar Mountain, located about seven miles northwest of Craig, is scheduled for 10 a.m.

Horoscope for Sept. 22

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — A friend who has been beneficial for you previously is likely to be so again. This person may be the one who initiates things for you, but you’ll play the key role in the end. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Devote all your effort to your most important project, because whatever you do is likely to go more smoothly, and will come out better than expected. The bigger your endeavor, the luckier you are.

Officials: Fire danger high in Northwest Colorado

The 37-acre Big Ridge Fire was reported at 5:30 p.m. Monday, and is located six miles southeast of Rangely on Bureau of Land Management public land, according to a news release from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. The Rangely Rural Fire Protection District initially responded to the lightning-caused incident, but was unable to find access to the fire.

MCHS golfer Parker King qualifies for state tourney

Tuesday’s regional golf tournament saw a bogey and a birdie for Moffat County High School boys golf coach Ken Harjes. While altogether the team placed 11th out of 11 participating teams — the bogey — the birdie made up for it. The birdie was the 3rd place ranking for junior Parker King, who shot a score of 77, making him a state qualifier. King is the first MCHS golfer to qualify for the state level since Cody DeGuelle in 2002.

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MCHS soccer loses to Battle Mountain, 3-2

EDWARDS — When word reached Battle Mountain soccer that Moffat had defeated Eagle Valley, 12-4, Saturday, the intimidation factor was there. “That was a little jaw-dropping,” Huskies’ centerback Cody Hervert said. “We have a lot of respect for Eagle,” Battles Mountain coach David Cope said. “If you add up all the goals we’ve scored against Eagle in the last four years, it doesn’t add up to 12, including one (in two games) last year. Obviously, people were a little shell-shocked by that result.”

Moffat County residents planning to attend Denver rally in protest of coal bill

Hayden resident Danielle Campbell is worried about her husband’s job, but not because of his work ethic. Danielle said if her husband, Nathan, who works at Twentymile Coal Co., loses his job as result of Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, the family could be forced to move. “The cost of our mortgage payment and the cost of living here, I don’t think there is another job that can fill that void,” said Danielle, a stay-at-home mom with three children.

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Craig Interagency Hotshots winding down 2010 fire season

Shawn Telford, superintendent of the Craig Interagency Hotshots, said he doesn’t get scared in the midst of a big wildfire. Quite the opposite, he said. “I get ramped up,” Telford said. On Tuesday, however, the Craig Hotshots were winding things down at their station on West Victory Way, preparing to stand down for 2010.

Annie's Mailbox: Friendship strained by judgemental dad

Dear Annie: I met “Tom” a few months ago at church. We are both retired and have a lot in common. He is close to my age and attends services with his 84-year-old father, who has limited mobility. Tom is his caregiver. It turns out Tom is gay, so romance is out of the question, but I’d still like a friendship, and he feels the same.

Daily Press welcomes 2 reporters to staff

The Craig Daily Press editorial department recently added two reporters to its team. Ben McCanna joined the Daily Press on Aug. 24 as the newspaper’s education and health care reporter, replacing Nicole Inglis who is now the arts and education reporter for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Andy Bockelman took on the role of interim sports reporter on Saturday, replacing Ben Bulkeley.

Shepherd: Thanks for the support

To the editor: Thank you for the solid article on the Craig Lions Ducky Race on Saturday. While the event raises money for the Lions’ eye programs, it also gives the members and their families as well as participants the chance to cavort in the Yampa, which is always a big hit.

Editorial: Join them, any way you can

It’s hard to argue with the words Editorial Board members heard Monday in reference to the potential impacts of Colorado House Bill 10-1365. “I don’t know if our community understands the impact of what may happen,” said Jeff Pleasant, owner of Rehabil- itation Services of Craig and a fourth-generation Moffat County resident.

Moffat County School Board agenda for Sept. 23

Moffat County School Board meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday, district administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Agenda: • Call meeting to order

Craig Briefs: Library branch to have limited hours

The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, according to a news release from the library. It will reopen this afternoon. For more information, call the library at 824-5116.

Moe: My sincerest thanks

To the editor: I would like to thank everyone for all the support and encouragement extended to me before, during and after the Aug. 10 Republican primary election. It was an honor and a privilege to run for the office of Moffat County Commissioner in District 3.

Community Budget Center Thanks for hard work

To the editor: The Community Budget Center would like to express our gratitude to the Moffat County Jail Inmate Program for all of the help they have provided over the last several months. Since we signed up for the program, we have had huge projects to complete for the year.

Datebook for Sept. 22

9 to 9:30 a.m. The Moffat County Department of Social Services distributes USDA food supplements at the Maybell Community Center. Call Meghan Rudd at the Moffat County Department of Social Services at 824-8282, ext. 11. 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.

Weber Family: Thanks for kind wishes

To the editor: The family of Dan Weber would like to thank you all for the wonderful gestures of love for our family in our time of loss of our beloved son, husband, father, brother, uncle, nephew and, most of all, friend. Nothing will bring him back, but we have our wonderful memories.

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Songwriters to host workshop, play concert today in Steamboat at Strings

When singer-songwriters Patty Larkin and Lucy Kaplansky share a bill, the conversation backstage is just as exciting as the musical exchange onstage, Larkin said. Tonight, they will share the stage at Strings Music Pavilion.

Tuesday, September 21

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Car strikes cows on US 40 near Steamboat II

Craig man Isaiah Farnsworth was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center, although law enforcement officers do not think he suffered significant injuries. A second car also was involved in the accident.

On the Record for Sept. 21, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 21, 2010

County commission discusses Xcel plan

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said he was pleased that an Xcel Energy representative came to meet with the commission Monday and discuss the company’s emission reduction plans required by Colorado House Bill 10-1365. The bill is also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act. But, that doesn’t mean Mathers is budging from his stance on the bill and the impacts Xcel’s plans could have on the area, he said.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: New girl on the block

I have never been the new girl in town, in school or on the block. But, there is something refreshing about being new. It gives you a new step in your walk, a new twist in your dance, and a new brightness to your smile. Much like a new car seems faster on the road because it is new, or a new outfit makes you more confident for your day ahead, being the new girl on the block makes me fearless in taking on this new territory.

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Kansas woman brings abuse awareness campaign to Craig

A small yard sign, advocating for something other than an upcoming sale or a political candidate, can carry a big message. That’s the belief of Lily Madrene Hill, a 63-year-old Wichita, Kan., woman who arrived Saturday in Craig. She brought signs with her urging residents to be aware of a sad and disturbing crime — child abuse. “Once you are aware of something, you are kind of empowered that you might be able to help and do something,” Hill said.

MCHS volleyball drops pair

Melissa Camilletti wants a rematch. She’ll get one, but first comes prep time. As a setter and hitter for the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team, Camilletti has seen some ups and downs with her team, but play over the weekend included more of the latter.

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MCHS cross country teams finish 4th in tune-up for home meet

For Moffat County High School senior Maddy Jourgensen, getting back into stride was something that began with some difficulty, but became easier with each step. Jourgensen was among the 19 members of the MCHS cross country team who competed in Saturday’s Liberty Bell Invitational hosted by Littleton’s Heritage High School.

Chad: Vote ‘em all out

To the editor: This letter is in reference to keeping our coal mines alive and well. I think by now that pretty much all of us who live here in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties know how important it is to have the jobs that we do in the mines. We all know how important the mines are to everyone around here, the state, the whole country, and yes, the world.

Bulldog Sports for Sept. 21

Today 8 a.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team plays at regionals at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose. 4 p.m. The MCHS boys varsity soccer team plays at Battle Mountain.

Craig Briefs: Mayor declares Constitution Week

Craig Mayor Don Jones earlier this month declared Friday to Thursday as Constitution Week in the City of Craig. In the proclamation, Jones states that he asks “our citizens to reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties.”

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 21

I like doing puzzles of any kind. Jane and I are working on one that’s three feet long. And like life, it’s a doozie. The pieces are cut in real crazy shapes and the border isn’t straight in places. But, I find puzzles are like life — what you put in is what you get out. So we keep trying.

Cartwright: Ban outside vendors?

To the editor: I found it somewhat amusing as I drove through Craig on Saturday afternoon on my way home from Art ‘n the Park’n Lot. Low and behold, there was someone set up outside of the Checker Store, selling footwear. It didn’t appear that the shoes were being sold by any local merchant.

Datebook for Sept. 21

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

Rohnke family: Thanks for kind acts

To the editor: We would like to express our gratitude for the acts of kindness shown to us during this difficult time. A special thanks to Grant Mortuary, Moffat County Schools, P.E.O., Wyman Museum, Bank of the West, Mike Taylor, Chuck Cobb, Dr. Neil McCandless, Pete Bergmann, Bill Lawrence, Robert Libbee, John Allen, and Dr. Henry Fabian and his staff.

Annie's Mailbox: Can he remove hearing aid in public?

Dear Annie: This isn’t the biggest problem in the world, but I’d like your advice. My hubby wears a hearing aid. When we are out in public, especially when sitting in a restaurant, he will dig into his ear to pull the aid out and put it away.

Horoscope for Sept. 21

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Don’t be jockeyed into a position where you won’t be able to bargain from a position of strength. Unless you hold an ace in your hand, negotiating from weakness will cause you to lose. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Obviously you need to listen to what everyone has to say, but you must bear in mind what they think could be infeasible. Don’t hesitate to say no, if their suggestions are foolish or nonproductive.

Monday, September 20

On the Record for Sept. 20, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 20, 2010

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Local Parrothead chapter hosts Art ‘n the Park’n Lot

If Jimmy Buffett’s lasting appeal seems baffling, consider the words of Dave Pike, founder of the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads. “It’s the lifestyle that (Buffett) portrays,” Pike said. “It’s what we all want to do — sit on the beach under a canopy, drink beer, become professional surfers, or just fish every day and drink beer every night.” Despite Pike’s claims that Parrotheads just want to have fun, the Craig chapter was hard at work Saturday during its second annual Art ‘n the Park’n Lot.

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MCHS soccer downs Eagle Valley, 12-4

Two strategies are instrumental in winning a soccer game: Scoring first and scoring fast. Moffat County High School soccer coach Rusty Cox said his team used these tactics well in their Saturday game against Eagle Valley at Loudy-Simpson Park, using the former immediately and the latter repeatedly. The MCHS Bulldogs extended their undefeated season (6-0-0 overall) with a 12-4 victory over the Eagle Valley High School Devils (2-3-1).

Sports Spotlight: Cody Fallon

Age: 17, Moffat County High School junior Sport: Soccer How did you get your start in your sport? “I used to play when I was really little, and I don’t know why, but I took a break from it. I don’t know if it was World Cup fever or what, but I decided to return to soccer.”

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Craig Lions Club’s 3rd annual Ducky Race completed despite high winds

Al Shepherd, Craig Lions Club president, stood amid a small crowd on the rocky banks of the Yampa River and stared into the choppy water below. “We’ve never had a wind like this,” Shepherd said. “We’re not even sure if they’re going to get here.” Shepherd was speaking of the 370 rubber ducks that had been released upriver from Loudy-Simpson Park and were buffeted by strong headwinds Saturday. The rubber ducks were part of Craig Lions Club’s third annual fundraising Ducky Race.

My Life My Words: Flint Dillion — Building interest for the future

“My job here at FNBR (First National Bank of the Rockies) is a loan administration specialist, and I’m a part-time teller. I’d never worked in banking in my life. I had been working at the airport, but I just filled out an application and got hired as a teller. Then, eight months into it, I got promoted to a part-time LAS, and it’s been going pretty good. There’s a lot of detail to pay attention to, but I enjoy my job for the most part. I like the team we’ve got here. It’s a good work environment.

Business Beat: Take a stand for our community

As I understand it, during the most recent bust cycle of Moffat County’s long history of boom and bust, the saying in Craig was, “Will the last one out please turn off the wave pool?” Now that yet another bust cycle is possibly on the horizon here in Moffat County, I want to focus my business column this week on encouraging you — each and every one of you — to do something to prevent it.

Datebook for Sept. 20

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

Glanville: Common sense makes sense

Each week, the folks kind and brave enough to speak to me, sometimes in public, about this column all seem to have the same single rope they’re hanging onto — common sense. Common sense as a whole doesn’t make up much of a pie, though it should dictate how much of our pie is given away. We seem to enjoy giving so much of our pie away that we end up fighting wars over a piece we should have kept a closer eye on.

Craig Briefs: Library board slated to meet today

The monthly meeting of the Moffat County Libraries Board of Trustees is set for 5:30 p.m. today at the Craig branch, 570 Green St. Call 824-5116 for more information.

Horoscope for Sept. 20

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Your marvelous knack for taking the failed ideas of others and making them work is something you use all the time, so it won’t come as any surprise to anyone when you do so again. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Applying extra effort always pays off handsomely for you, so you won’t find the need to grumble should the boss throw a big project your way, which s/he is likely to do.

Aging Well: Make fruits and vegetables a priority

The message from health organizations about eating fruits and vegetables is straightforward: more, more, more. Americans are not getting enough nutrient and fiber-rich produce, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Annie's Mailbox: Stepdaughter creates drama

Dear Annie: I have been married almost 30 years to a really good guy. We have two children together, and “Judd” has a 34-year-old daughter, “Toni,” from a previous marriage. I helped raise her. But Toni creates drama every time she visits and manipulates my husband into doing things without talking to me first. Judd feels the reason Toni makes poor life choices is because of his divorce from her mother. Even though his ex-wife was the one who wanted out, he feels guilty.

Sunday, September 19

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Steamboat Springs School District enrollment on the rise

Numbers down at most other county public and private schools

To the surprise of the Steam­­boat Springs School District and despite a lagging economy and fewer jobs, student enrollment is up this year. According to a Sept. 9 student enrollment summary report, the district’s enrollment has grown by 64 students, or about 3 percent, from last year to 2,236.

Saturday, September 18

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Late rally lifts Bulldogs over Kennedy

With less than a minute left in the Moffat County High School varsity football game Friday night, sophomore quarterback Bubba Ivers was calm.

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Moffat County Tea Party, local students recognize Constitution Day

The U.S. Constitution, Bob McConnell said, makes for good, enlightening reading.

A soup and a salad for the fall

There’s chilly weather ahead, and that means hunting up soup recipes.

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Readying for Round 2

Brian Bevel, a coal miner on the long-wall bull gang at Twentymile Coal Co., has good reason to travel next week to Denver to testify before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Xcel Energy’s emissions reduction plan required by Colorado House Bill 10-1365.

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Thirty Western state colleges participate in MCHS college fair

Thom Schnellinger, Moffat County High School principal, summed up the goal of a college fair in one word. “Possibilities,” he said.

Horoscope for September 18

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Your judgment regarding certain people you meet will be very keen and even fortunate. They might be the very people who can help you develop an idea or something very important to you.

‘Going the Distance’ barely makes it to the finish line

Having 3,000 miles separating you from the one you love the most can make you do crazy things. While not everyone may handle the pressures of such a setup the same way, most people wouldn’t be so distraught that they give themselves a one-of-a-kind tan line in a spray tan booth.

Letter to the Editor: Tancredo favors coal

I find it rather disconcerting that on a Friday in Grand Junction, Club 20 would agree to support the coal industry, however, on the next day, Saturday, they would deny a seat to Tom Tancredo at the debate for governor.

Government Update for September 18

Moffat County Commission Last met: Sept. 14 Decisions: • Approved, 3-0, payroll warrant resolutions ending Sept. 4 totaling $415,535.46.

Dancing the night away

Annual dances in Browns Park have been area favorites for as long as Greystone resident Mara Molloy can remember. The Browns Hole Homemakers Club, a group Molloy belongs to, will host a fall dance at 7 p.m. today at Lodore Hall in Browns Park, about 80 miles northwest of Craig.

Datebook for September 18

8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Craig Sheep Wagon Days takes place at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Hwy. 40. Admission is free.

Craig briefs: NWS issues red flag warning for today

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a red flag warning for today and a fire weather watch for Sunday due to high temperatures, low relative humidity and wind gusts exceeding 35 miles per hour.

Letter to the Editor: Let all kids play

Being fans of Moffat County Sports, we attend games every now and then to show our support for the kids. We know it’s still early in the season so we might be jumping the gun a little bit by saying this, but we feel it needs to be said.

Annie's Mailbox: Blind son wants to find work

Dear Annie: I am writing about my 18-year-old son, “Jacob,” who is blind. He is a bright, intelligent young man who lives on his computer. All his friends are visually impaired. The few people he knows at school don’t socialize with him outside of class. All his other friends are only online. I have watched him go from being an outgoing person to becoming a withdrawn young man. Jacob would like to get a job, but there aren’t many people willing to take a chance on a blind teenager. I thought he might be able to volunteer, but where does he start? We live in an area without bus service, and there is no way for him to get anywhere during the day. I can’t drive him because I’m a single mother and take public transportation myself. I contacted an association for the blind, and they were no help. What do other families do?

A&L: Colorado State Fair livestock results

To even enter livestock in Colorado State Fair competition is a huge accomplishment. Just think of all of the hours of work and dedication that go into raising and training the 4-H animals. And then the exhibitors from Northwest Colorado came home with a bunch of ribbons and other honors, including champion and reserve champion. The following is a list of the livestock shows placings.

Editorial: Road fever

It’s no bold revelation to state that driving on Colorado Highway 13 north of Craig can be dangerous.

Friday, September 17

Bulldogs earn first victory

The Moffat County High School varsity football team resumed its season schedule at 7 p.m. today against John F. Kennedy High School at the Bulldog Proving Grounds. The Bulldogs will have their work cut out for them against the former Class 4A and current Class 3A school, head coach Kip Hafey said Thursday.

On the Record for Sept. 17, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 17, 2010

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Bulldog soccer team beats rival Steamboat Springs, 5-1

Introducing the newest contender into the foray known as Western Slope League soccer. Although it’s still early, Moffat County made a league-wide statement Thursday in Steamboat Springs, downing its U.S. Highway 40 rival, 5-1.

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Bulldogs look to conquer Commanders

John F. Kennedy playing MCHS football team Friday

For the first time since Aug. 27, the Moffat County High School varsity football team will be at home when they play the John F. Kennedy Commanders at 7 p.m. Friday. The Bulldogs (0-2 overall, 0-0 in the Western Slope League) are coming off a bye-week.

Veteran's Hotline: New VA hospital being constructed in Denver

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. If you have a function this week, please take a moment to remember these soldiers and their families.

Local fuel gauge for Sept. 17

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo above. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $2.99

CNCC hosts chili cook-off Saturday

Colorado Northwestern Community College is gearing up for its first chili cook-off this weekend. The event — scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday — is a fundraiser, said Student Government Vice President Sean Smith. “We’re looking to do a fundraiser for our student council,” Smith said. “We do many different things with (the money).”

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Sandrock Elementary School teachers raise funds for co-worker’s family

When Cherie Blomquist returned to work for the new school year at Sandrock Elementary School, she learned one of her co-workers was going through a crisis. Fellow teaching aide Anna Thompson’s husband Gary had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Blomquist said her first thought was to help with the Thompson’s expenses.

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Craig, Moffat County to continue safety center discussion

Craig Mayor Don Jones had few words when asked how negotiations between the City of Craig and Moffat County will proceed following an initial Tuesday workshop on the Craig Police Department’s lease of the Moffat County Public Safety Center. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. “We’ve got a starting point, and we’ll continue on and keep working at it.”

AGNC board cuts director position

Mathers: Decision a result of local governments’ budget woes

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said, in a tough economy when local governments have to tighten their belts, officials need to examine a wide variety of expenditures. “Whenever you look at the overall picture on these big budgets, you’ve got to look at the different organizations you belong to,” he said. Mathers, also a member of the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado board, said budget concerns of local counties were the main reason AGNC decided to eliminate its director position.

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Moffat County students attend 12th annual Craig Sheep Wagon Days

Second-grader Jack Doane tasted butter he churned with his own two hands Thursday. “I love it,” he said with a smile. Doane and his classmates from Sunset Elementary School were on a field trip to the 12th annual Craig Sheep Wagon Days at the Wyman Museum

Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado: Suicide prevention is key

To the editor: Recent media coverage of suicide statistics in Colorado for 2009 paint a grim picture for our state, with 940 deaths, more than in any previous year. Suicide is a preventable death, but last year it claimed the lives of more victims than motor vehicle crashes and homicides combined.

Judy Laib: ‘A life worth living’

You may think, “I don’t have a life that is worth living.” Yes, you do. Everyone does. We all have great worth. Another thought might be, “You don’t know what I am going through.”

Janet Sheridan: Eating disordered

I’m a disordered eater: I drop peas in my lap, find it impossible to furl spaghetti around a fork and can’t keep lettuce corralled in my salad bowl. I try to be ladylike. Once, as my brother and I walked in a parade on a blistering day, Mom came out of the crowd and handed us each an ice cream cone. What a dilemma: I loved ice cream, but couldn’t eat it. Spectators lined the sidewalk, and everybody knows eating in front of others is rude.

Datebook for Sept. 17

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Craig Sheep Wagon Days takes place at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40. Admission is free. 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.

Kinkaid: Stand up for the future

To the editor: It’s time for ordinary people like you and me to start taking over as the driving forces of our country and its priorities. This is our future. Our children and grandchildren’s future.

Craig Briefs: Hunter safety class set for next month

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will sponsor a weeklong hunter safety class beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Bears Ears Sportsman Club’s Cedar Mountain Range. Class size is limited. Online course completion can be arranged.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman can’t forgive scheming ex-friend

Dear Annie: I am having problems with my neighbor “Sarah,” who I used to consider a good friend. A year ago, she began sending my husband text messages. They started out innocently, but then she began implying she wanted “Ed” to have an affair with her. I was extremely hurt and angry.

Horoscope for Sept. 17

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Don’t hold back from getting involved in an enterprise in which you are asked to play a prominent role. Once your imprint is on it, you won’t have to share the spotlight with others. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — By associating with good friends with whom you have strong personal bonds, you can reap more benefits than usual. Each will be able to do for the other what s/he needs.

Thursday, September 16

On the Record for Sept. 16, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 16, 2010

Craig Fire/Rescue holds annual open recruiting

Fire Chief Bill Johnston wants you to join Craig Fire/Rescue. But, he might try to talk you out of it, first. “Our dropout rate is 50 percent,” said Johnston, speaking of his annual fire academy for new recruits. “We want (recruits) to be eyes wide open, fully informed, because it’s quite a commitment.” Craig Fire/Rescue seeks six part-time firefighters to fill its ranks. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 20, said Ashley Ellis, administrative assistant for the fire department.

Haze caused by Utah fire, Moffat County danger remains high

The Twitchell Fire southwest of Richfield, Utah, is the source of haze experienced the past few days in Moffat County and surrounding areas, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported Wednesday evening. The fire is 20,870 acres and is being managed for multiple objectives including benefits to natural resources, according to a release from the fire unit.

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Steelers blank Jets, 7-0, in Doak Walker action in Craig

Four games into the season, coaches of fifth- and sixth-grade Doak Walker football teams have had time to gauge their teams’ strengths and weaknesses. On Tuesday, Steelers coach Steve Hafey saw his team play strong defense against an equally potent defensive team, the Jets.

Parrotheads to host Art’n the Park’n Lot

Cody Draper, an officer with the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads, has one hope for this year’s Art ‘n the Park’n Lot event. Better weather. The event, an outdoor festival of sorts featuring arts, crafts and music, is in its second year and is hosted by the local chapter of the national Parrotheads organization.

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Writing ‘now and forever’: Craig author RaeAnne Hadley releases second novel

Fiction is all about creating a different world from one’s own real-life experiences, something local author RaeAnne Hadley knows all about. Her life has served as inspiration for her own books, although some of the details are drastically different. For instance, she’s never had an encounter with a ghost or fallen in love with a psychic. She leaves that to the heroine of her latest novel.

12th annual Sheep Wagon Days kicks off today in Craig

If ever there were a reason to adopt a sheep’s state of mind, the next few days would be an ideal time to follow the flock. The 12th annual Craig Sheep Wagon Days begins today on the grounds of the Wyman Museum. Running through the weekend, the agri-tourism event includes numerous educational demonstrations about the heritage of sheep ranching in the area and the craftsmanship of yesteryear.

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Antique and coin buyers hold event in Craig

Kathy Ross clutched a plastic bag full of costume jewelry Wednesday as she walked toward the entrance of the Hampton Inn & Suites in Craig. She walked out carrying a check for more than $1,000.

Michelle Balleck: Dancing + music + food + beer = one great weekend

Hold on to your britches, because this weekend’s going to be a wild one. There’s plenty of dancing, music, good food and good times, with a few cold ones. There are lots of choices, so take your pick. ■ Party with a purpose. That’s the motto of the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads, and it’s a fitting description of this weekend’s event.

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MCHS boys soccer off to best start

Team has won all four games it’s played

The Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team has had early success this season. Already, the Bulldogs have done something no other MCHS boys soccer team has done. Win four games to open a season.

Datebook for Sept. 16

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Story-time takes place at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. Call 824-5116. 11:30 a.m. The Craig Chamber of Commerce Board meets at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. Call 824-5689.

Craig Briefs: Aging Well to offer new fitness classes

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, is offering two new fitness classes starting this week. The N’Balance class starts today and runs from 2 to 3 p.m. every Thursday through Nov. 4 at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. There is a $3 suggested donation per class.

Cathy Hamilton: Another scheme bites the dust

I may be a journalist by trade, but in my heart, I’m an entrepreneur. Over the years, I’ve dabbled in a handful of home-based businesses — some good, some just OK, but none disastrous. So, you’d think my new, brilliant, can’t-fail moneymaking scheme would come as no surprise to my better half.

Jones: Making a difference

To the editor: I would like to thank the staff at Craig Middle School. My daughter missed almost the first two weeks of school due to a complication with her kidney disease.

Linton: Team worth supporting

On Saturday, my wife and I decided to take in the soccer game at Loudy-Simpson Park. Although our own children have long been graduated from Moffat County High School, we still like to root for the local teams.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife worried about hubby’s new friend

Dear Annie: I’ve been married for five years. We’ve been very happy until recently. Last year, my husband spent three days in jail due to a misunderstanding that got out of control. While there, he befriended a fellow inmate, and they exchanged contact information. The inmate has four more years to serve.

Horoscope for Sept. 16

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in trying to do too much. If you make it a point to take a break or two in order to relax a bit, refreshing your psyche will double your productivity. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Being overly concerned about how certain situations in which you’re involved will work out only weakens your abilities to do things well. Replace negativity with a positive slant, and proceed forward.

Wednesday, September 15

On the Record for Sept. 15, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 15, 2010

Club 20 supporting coal industry on Western Slope

Club 20, a Western Slope lobbying organization, unanimously agreed the coal industry in Colorado is vital to communities and local economies during a meeting Friday in Grand Junction. Club 20 Chairman Jeff Comstock, who is also Moffat County’s natural resources director, discussed his organization’s support of the industry at the Moffat County Commission’s regular Tuesday meeting. Comstock said Club 20 approved a policy stating the organization supports the viability of the coal industry and acknowledges the social and economic contributions it makes to local communities.

Legal issues halt seatbelt awareness program in Craig

A 16-year community initiative has drawn to a close in Craig, and Tony St. John isn’t happy about it. “A few bad apples have ruined a great program,” St. John said. St. John was speaking of the Craig Police Safety Belt Awareness Program he organized in 1994, and a few drivers who had inadvertently been caught with illicit materials. This month, the Craig Police Department ended the program, citing changes in “case law.”

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Safety center lease at issue in Craig

Craig City Council member Byron Willems has an idea of how area law enforcement agencies will be affected if negotiations are not resolved concerning the Craig Police Department’s lease of the Moffat County Public Safety Center. “If this doesn’t work out, law enforcement in Moffat County and the City of Craig will be damaged,” he said in a work session Tuesday. “We have to always remember that it works great the way it is.” Willems was discussing an expiring lease agreement between the county and city for the police department to rent space in the safety center.

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Moffat County volleyball team victorious against Hayden Tigers, 3-0

Moffat County High School senior Lauren Roberts knows volleyball is a balancing act. From riding too high or too low, a volleyball team can fall behind and a balance is needed, Roberts said. On Tuesday night, that’s exactly what MCHS varsity volleyball did at home against Hayden High School.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Get Low’ is highly enjoyable comedy-drama

No matter where you live, it seems like there’s a crotchety old man who makes everyone live in fear. But, as the curmudgeon of “Get Low” proves, there are two sides to every story. In 1930s Tennessee, Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is a social outcast. With a nickname like “The Mysterious Hermit of Caleb County,” you’d hardly expect him to be popular, but he has lived in isolation in a forest shack for more than 40 years, leaving people in all the surrounding towns to gossip about just why he has separated himself from society.

Datebook for Sept. 15

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 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. 3:30 p.m. An Arthritis Foundation Aquatics class takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. The program is for adults ages 50 and older. Call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 871-7676.

Clarke: More alike than different

To the editor: Everyone loves a good rivalry, and the Moffat County High School Bulldogs and Steamboat Springs Sailors are symbolic of this: the rich vs. the not so rich, the elite vs. the redneck, and so on. But, as the mother of a son who has now played for both teams, it has become clear to me that while may be a few differences, they are more alike than you would think.

Sports briefs: CMS Bulldogs on the move this weekend

The Craig Middle School football and volleyball teams will be on the road this Saturday, as both play in Meeker against the Cowboys. The boys eighth-grade football team will play at 9 a.m. in Meeker, with the seventh-grade football team following afterwards. The eighth-grade volleyball team will also play at 9 a.m. with the seventh-graders following.

Ferguson: For the protection of all

To the editor: This letter is regarding the recent publication of the story, “Craig man charged with 40 felonies.” I am a current resident of Craig and have children in the community. It concerns me that there is a resident who has had 40 charges brought against him. Three of these counts are for sexual exploitation of children, four counts are for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, 33 counts are sexual exploitation of a child, and there is one count of indecent exposure.

Editorial: Competing at a cost

A key and exciting aspect to every new school year in Moffat County is student activities. And by activities, the Editorial Board means all student endeavors outside the classroom, not just sports. Our students here in Moffat County are blessed with a number of talents that are displayed in a variety of ways, and it’s in this selection that the community should be assured that our youth are being offered the chance at a well-rounded educational experience.

Singleton: Thanks for ongoing help

To the editor: I want to thank our community for the recent show of support for Ryan and Hannah Sixkiller. And, I want to urge you to provide additional help if you possibly can. Ryan has lost her job because she missed so much time in the past for her own medical problems and was also missing work to support her young daughter in her fight against cancer.

Craig Briefs: Tax promotion committee to meet

A community group designed to educate and support the proposed 6.9-percent lodging tax in Craig will meet at 6 p.m. today in the Yampa Valley Bank boardroom, 435 Mack Lane. The meeting is open to the public.

Horoscope for Sept. 15

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Guard against strong inclinations to take any material risks. Something might sound good, but unless you fully understand it, you’ll be taking a flyer on a potential loss. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — It might seem like the clever thing to do, but getting your associates to handle things for you instead of doing the work yourself will end poorly. Be self-sufficient. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Don’t do anything that could greatly weaken your financial wherewithal if things go south. Loading up more debt will place you in a hopeless position.

Annie's Mailbox: Mom worried about obsessive in-law

Dear Annie: My husband and I have a year-old baby boy. He is the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to us. However, my husband’s family almost makes me regret having a child. His stepmom didn’t like me before I got pregnant, but as soon as I gave birth, there was a complete turnaround. She is obsessed with babies.

Tuesday, September 14

Andy Bockelman: ‘American’ is smart but slow tale of international intrigue

If there’s one thing Hollywood knows how to make, it’s a slam-bang action movie. But, do the makers of European art house cinema share the same style? That’s the biggest question of all in “The American.” The life of a gun for hire is a dangerous one, something that professional assassin Jack (George Clooney) knows now more than ever. After a disastrous incident in Sweden, he’s ready to get out of his line of work, which means not looking over his shoulder everywhere he goes.

Club 20 supporting coal industry

Moffat County Commission introduced to organization’s new policy

Club 20, a Western Slope lobbying organization, unanimously agreed the coal industry in Colorado is vital to communities and local economies during a meeting Friday in Grand Junction. Club 20 Chairman Jeff Comstock, who is also Moffat County’s natural resources director, discussed his organization’s support of the industry at the Moffat County Commission’s regular Tuesday meeting. Comstock said Club 20 approved a policy stating the organization supports the viability of the coal industry and acknowledges the social and economic contributions it makes to local communities.

On the Record for Sept. 14, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 14, 2010

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MCHS cross country sweeps top 3 positions in Grand Junction

Although the meet may have been smaller, the results were the same for the Moffat County High School cross country team. Running Friday at Grand Junction Central’s Warrior Invitational, the boys team finished first overall with four of its runners placing in the top 10, while the girls finished second, also with four top-10 finishers. “It was a good meet,” head coach Todd Trapp said. “So many kids improved on their times from a year ago.

Moffat County candidates file financial reports

John Ponikvar, Moffat County Republican Central Committee chairman, said there is more to a campaign than the amount of money spent on advertising and promotions. “I still don’t think it makes that big of a difference, locally,” he said of candidate campaign spending. Ponikvar said most voters already know who candidates are and may not be influenced by campaign advertising and spending, particularly in a small community.

Moffat County Census committee receives award

The Craig-Moffat County Complete Count Committee received a national award Thursday for the area’s initial participation rate in the 2010 Census. Doug Wayland, spokesman for the Denver region of the Census, said the award is part of a “thank you campaign” to acknowledge the support received from local communities in fostering positive Census survey participation rates. Moffat County had an initial mail-back rate of 63 percent — one of the highest in the region.

Craig lodging tax committee focusing on education

Council member organizing members, planning first meeting

In August, the Craig City Council approved placing a 6.9-percent city lodging tax measure before city voters in November. Now, city officials and lodging tax supporters are looking for ways to promote the proposed tax. City council member Terry Carwile, who originally raised the lodging tax idea, is in the process of organizing a committee to oversee the promotion, education and support of the tax.

Craig Briefs: High school hosting college fair today

The Colorado Council on High School/College Relations will host a college fair from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. The council coordinates with high schools and colleges to provide current information to students and parents. About 40 colleges and universities will be represented today at the high school, according to a news release from MCHS.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: A second wind

We have been waiting for this event since we heard the news that he popped the question — a big fat Greek wedding in Craig, where our ancestors first settled from their homeland villages. While most of them were arranged marriages at the time, their love for the culture and the land continues to influence the Yampa Valley. It started with them, but it is the Christmases, the countless New Year’s Eve parties and the weddings that have made our bond timeless. Whether we are all smashed into the basement of the Kourlis house, fighting over who was mouthing the words during Pictionary, or sledding in the crisp snow of the Charchalis sledding hill on New Year’s Day, fourth and fifth cousins have become first cousins and those with no blood ties at all have become family.

Sports Briefs: WSL football results

In weekend Western Slope League high school football action, Palisade (2-0) defeated No. 2-ranked D’Evelyn (1-1), 36-29. In a tight game, Glenwood Springs (1-1) fell to 4A’s Montrose (3-0), 6-0. Battle Mountain (1-1) fell to Roaring Fork (1-1), 42-20.

Bulldog Sports for Sept. 14

Today 5 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls freshmen volleyball team plays Hayden High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. 6 p.m. The MCHS girls junior varsity volleyball team plays Hayden High School at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

Moe: ‘Stand up and be counted’

To the editor: The next Public Utilities Commission hearing for individuals to voice their concerns about Colorado House Bill 1365, the so called Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, is scheduled for Sept. 23, 2010 in Denver. The hearing will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in hearing Room A. The address is 1560 Broadway.

Datebook for Sept. 14

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517. Noon. The Craig Lions Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome. The Lions Club is an international organization that provides the community with vision projects and eye screenings for area children. Call Al Shepherd at 824-6697.

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 14

This past weekend, we went to Loudy-Simpson Park for what was called the “last hurrah” before winter. We being family members, some couldn’t make it. Those of us who were there first were met by a cold wind. Most of the time we spent wondering stay or go.

Miesner: A day to remember

To the editor: Saturday was Sept. 11, a day that saddened and changed many lives across this country and the world. I would like to thank the businesses and individual residences that chose to honor this day of remembrance and reflection by displaying and or lowering (if able) their flags to half-staff. It does however, seem such a sad shame that many did not. The Craig Daily Press published the governor’s order Sept. 11. Hello, page 2. Wake up, Craig.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman hates family sleeping arrangements

Dear Annie: I just returned from a weeklong family vacation, and once again, I am disturbed by the sleeping arrangements of my relatives. My large family rents several condos, so we have plenty of beds, couches and ample floor space. Here’s the creepy part: There are mothers sleeping with teenage sons, teenage boys sleeping with their sisters, dads sleeping with teenage daughters.

Horoscope for Sept. 14

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Instead of attempting to outrun your competition, you should outthink them. When it comes to competitive situations, the race is more likely to go to the smartest person, not necessarily the fastest. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Trying to force something could be like trying to push square pegs into round holes. In fact, developments that are dictated by chance and circumstance will turn out far better. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Only self-doubt and negative thinking can impede your progress, but, sadly, that’s exactly how you’re likely to handle what’s important. You’d be better off if you can think fearlessly.

Monday, September 13

On the Record for Sept. 13, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 13, 2010

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Wildcats slip past MCHS volleyball

At Moffat County High School’s volleyball game Saturday at home against Fruita-Monument, it looked like the Wildcats had the Bulldogs wrapped up. Winning two games to none, and holding a 17-8 lead in the third game, the Wildcats looked poised to breeze through Moffat County. The Bulldogs had other plans.

Business Beat: Fitness biz to host open house Saturday

Zumba will host an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at its 261 Commerce St. location, inside Trapper Fitness Center. The business will have 15-minute Zumba workouts every hour for visitors. According to, “The Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves” that allow participants to “achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life.”

Sports spotlight: Lisa Camilletti

Age: 15, Moffat County High School sophomore Sport: Volleyball How did you get your start in your sport? “It just looked fun, I guess.”

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Craig store diversifying in the digital age

Robert Libbee, owner of Quality Plus One Hour Photo in Craig, opened a cabinet and pulled out a vintage 110-format camera. “This is a lot like my first camera,” Robert said. “My dad bought me one of these when I was a kid.” Times have changed, Robert said. And so has his store.

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Tai chi expert offers insight and knowledge to Craig residents

A crowd of 12 local residents gathered under the Saturday morning sun at Craig City Park. Standing before them was a diminutive woman clutching a sword. Dressed in flowing pink garments, the woman gracefully twirled and danced for long stretches of time, then occasionally interrupted the moves with a thrust of her sword. The woman’s husband, Owen Jenrich, explained the movements.

My Life, My Words: Mike Armstrong — Fatherhood from a distance

“Basically, my job is that I work on a bull gang at Twentymile. The production crew comes in the shift before us and they cut the coal and ship it out. Then we come in, and once they get far enough in, we have to move the section and advance the power and the belt, do all the pipes. That’s what we do. I’ve been doing that for about a year and three months. “I met my wife, Dana, three years ago at my buddy’s birthday party, and we hit it off and dated for a couple years. Then she got pregnant with Boston, our son. He’s a year and two months old now. And then, I asked her to move in about a year ago with Boston, and we got married in April. She’s originally from North Dakota, and she was living in Minneapolis and then she moved down here when I met her.

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MCHS Bulldogs soccer cruises past Grand Junction, 6-2

For the second time in a week, the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team took on a Grand Junction team and won. Playing Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig, the Bulldogs (4-0-0 overall) beat the 5A Grand Junction Tigers (2-1-0 overall), 6-2. The win comes after Tuesday’s 4-3 romp at Grand Junction Central, another Class 5A school.

Datebook for Sept. 13

10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bob Woods at 824-6836. Noon. The Moffat County Commission hosts a special meeting at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The commission is scheduled to conduct an executive session during the meeting.

CMS staff: Thank you for the help

To the editor: This is to Love, INC., and the Craig community. The teachers and staff at Craig Middle School would like to extend our deepest thanks and appreciation for the “goody” bags given to us at the beginning of the year.

Cooks: To a job well done

To the editor: We recently had the windows in our home replaced by Black Mountain Glass. We were very impressed with their work. They came with a crew of four, moved what needed to be moved, took down curtains and had the job done in a timely manner. When the job was complete, they brought in their vacuum and cleaned up, put everything back in place and even left clean windows.

H. Neal Glanville: My computer illiteracy

Over the past 20-plus years, I’ve been cajoled, laughed at and whispered about over my lack of computer skills. Skills. Who am I kidding? Its taken me two years to gather the grit needed to turn the computer on, punch up the office page, ( no one will ever know how many times I’ve punched myself instead of the screen), and type my weekly column.

County commission meeting agenda for Sept. 13

Moffat County Commission Special meeting: Today, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 12:05 to 12:10 p.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Craig Briefs: Humane Society meeting today

The next meeting of the Humane Society of Moffat County is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Golden Cavy, 538 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Ann Anderson at 826-2717.

Horoscope for Sept. 13

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — If you can fit some time into your schedule to take care of an old family obligation, you’ll feel like a load has been lifted off your back. The best time to do it is right now. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Being both a visionary and a realist, your chances for personal achievement look better than usual, especially if you team up with another to accomplish a joint endeavor. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — A reliable friend will come through for you to help you accomplish something that was impossible for you to do alone. It’ll get you out of a bind from which you’ve been unable to liberate yourself.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman suspicious of husband

Dear Annie: My husband, “Sam,” and I are retired. Two weeks ago, we ran into one of Sam’s former co-workers while out shopping. He seemed quite happy to see her. They kissed hello with a peck on the cheek — no big deal. I told Sam to stay and talk and I’d continue shopping. When I got to the next aisle, I saw a neighbor and we began chatting. From where I stood, I could see Sam and his friend.

Saturday, September 11

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Craig men’s budget wisdom results in trip of a lifetime

To some, planning and executing a 15-day foreign trip may seem like a daunting task. For Craig resident Tony Pogline, it wasn’t.

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Exchange student from Isle of Man visits MCHS

Shayna Grammer, a Moffat County High School senior, understands one reason why many have never heard of the Isle of Man. She said the small country in the middle of the Irish Sea doesn’t always appear on maps.

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Bulldogs’ schedule ranked No. 1 in preseason strength ratings

hat started with a zero-week game has evolved into a number one ranking. The Moffat County High School football team (0-2 overall, 0-0 in the Western Slope League), according to Massey Rankings, started the 2010 season with the hardest schedule in the state.

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Labor Day of love

Craig firefighters spend holiday raising money for muscular dystrophy

Firefighters across the country spend their workdays battling blazes, but when Labor Day came around this year, local fireman Troy Hampton was working just as hard on his day off.

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Dog days of Meeker

The sound of a whistle, the sight of several wooly grazers, and the feel of wind whipping behind the ears. These are some of the sensations experienced by the canine participants of the 24th annual Meeker Classic Championship Sheepdog Trials.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for all help

About six weeks ago, our son, Shannon Wenger, was taken from us in a drowning accident. We, as a family, would like to express our appreciation for all the care and support we have felt from the community. We would like to thank each one of you for the phone calls, cards, and other expressions of sympathy that we have received.

Datebook for September 11

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The semifinal round of the 24th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials takes place west of Meeker on Colorado Highway 13. A single day pass costs $10 for adults and $5 for ages 8 to 16. Children younger than 8 are admitted free. The event includes booths from numerous craft and food vendors, as well as demonstrations from dog experts.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Mary’s easy-to-make recipes

Awhile back, I requested sugar-free recipes and those that are easy to make, requiring few ingredients and utensils. Craig resident Mary Burnett responded by sending four recipes, two of which appeared in last week’s column. She said she has used the recipes over and over.

Horoscope for September 11

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Because it can be difficult for you to praise others at times, you are easily misunderstood. You’ll feel good about yourself if you will speak up and praise someone for a job well done.

Man unable to get over midlife crisis

Dear Annie: I had a textbook midlife crisis. In my early 50s, after an affair of six weeks, the guilt became too much and I confessed to my lovely and intelligent wife of 31 years that I wasn’t sure I’d ever loved her. The new love of my life was also in her early 50s and had been married more than 30 years.

Guest Columnist: EDP letter advocates for 1-percent Vermillion use

Dear Mr. Bob Abbey: We appreciate the important work the Bureau of Land Management does in Moffat County and we understand that it is a challenge to achieve all of the goals and objectives you have for our public lands.

Government Update for September 11

Moffat County Commission Special meeting: Monday, Sept. 13, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Letter to the Editor: Good job MCHS soccer

I would like to say good job to Moffat County High School soccer players Alan Flores, Alex Perez, Jonathan Pando, Tracy Mendoza and Jorge Gonzalez. Keep up the good work and don’t give up.

A&L: Colorado State Fair General Projects — Part II

This column focuses on local and area state fair participants and is a continuation from last week. Congratulations go out to the following 4-H members who exhibited general division projects at the Colorado State Fair

Guest Columnist: A protected Vermillion Basin strengthens NW Colorado economy

The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office in Craig recently announced that as part of the land management plan for the area, it would be setting aside around 77,000 acres of Vermillion Basin to protect the area’s outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values.

Craig briefs: Lodging tax committee to meet

A group aimed at educating and supporting the proposed Craig lodging tax will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Yampa Valley Bank boardroom, 435 N. Mack Lane.

MCHS volleyball falls in Grand Junction

Although the Moffat County High School girls varsity volleyball team was unable to top Grand Junction on Thursday, head coach Sandy Camilletti said there were positives her team took away from the match.

Friday, September 10

DOW moving forward with Wounded Warriors Program

Wildlife commission approves free hunting licenses to injured combat veterans

The Colorado Wildlife Commission announced Thursday that the Colorado Division of Wildlife will offer free hunting licenses this fall to combat veterans severely wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. As part of the military’s Wounded Warriors Program and the regulations of Colorado Senate Bill 10-211, the DOW will provide a free license to veterans for deer, elk and pronghorn antelope for the hunting season.

On the Record for Sept. 10, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 10, 2010

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MCHS soccer batters Rams

Though he may be on a tear, Tracy Mendoza, Moffat County High School senior, said he has bigger plans for the boys varsity soccer team. “It’s just winning that counts,” he said. “Hopefully, we can see how we would do against some harder teams.” Mendoza, who scored three goals Tuesday in the Bulldogs’ 4-3 win over Grand Junction Central, scored five more Thursday as MCHS toppled the Roaring Fork Rams, 7-5.

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Statistics indicate visitations increasing at Elkhead State Park

Aside from two boat inspectors on duty, Elkhead State Park was nearly empty Thursday afternoon. The inspectors had good ideas as to why. “It’s too windy for boats today,” inspector Maureen Underhill said of the strong autumn winds that pushed through the Yampa Valley. “September (attendance) always drops off because of school and hunting,” inspector Stacy Kapferer added.

Local fuel gauge for Sept. 10

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

State suicide rate highest in 2 decades

Highest number ever. That’s the sobering reality Jarrod Hindman is faced with. Hindman, program manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Office of Suicide Prevention, announced Tuesday that in 2009, Colorado saw its highest number of suicide deaths in history.

Craig Hotshots dig in

Thirty-two Northwest Colorado firefighters and administrators have been called to duty at the Fourmile Canyon Fire in Boulder, including all 21 members of the Craig Hotshots. “The Craig ‘shots are here,” said Lynn Barclay, an interagency spokesperson for the Fourmile effort, who typically serves as education and mitigation specialist for the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office in Craig. The fire, which began Monday morning, has burned 6,365 acres and burned or damaged 198 structures, including 169 residences, Barclay reported Thursday afternoon.

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MCHS golfers battle high winds at Yampa Valley

Something out of the ordinary happened an hour into the Moffat County High School boys varsity golf tournament today at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Battle Mountain sophomore Michael Wilhelm teed off on the seventh hole and hooked his shot into the wind. But, a fortunate bounce sent his ball straight into the hole, earning him an ace on the scorecard.

Craig Briefs: No Elks bingo this weekend

The Elks Lodge and American Legion Post 62 will not host bingo this weekend due to most of the event volunteers being unavailable. The regular bingo schedule will resume next week. Food distributions later this month The United States Department of Agriculture food supplement distributions have been scheduled for later this month.

Janet Sheridan: Rambling wrecks

I grew up with cars that clanked, shook like a belly dancer, and scattered parts willy-nilly across the countryside. Though I knew other families took pride in their cars and even cleaned them, I appreciated the pluck of the dilapidated cars my dad chose. I remember bouncing around with my siblings in an icy breeze from the missing side flap of a bucking jeep. We cheered as Dad yelled, “Go, old boy, go!” and rammed the hard-charging jeep into the mountainous snowdrifts that lined the lane leading to our house.

Datebook for Sept. 10

7 a.m. The third preliminary round of the 24th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials takes place west of Meeker on Colorado Highway 13. A single day pass costs $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 8 to 16. Children younger than 8 are admitted for free. The event includes booths from numerous craft and food vendors, as well as demonstrations from dog experts. 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Blue Ribbon Kitchens hosts an EPA-certified renovator training class at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. The class will teach safe practices for renovating lead paint–covered surfaces. Enroll online at

WSL football schedule for week 2

Moffat County High School and Steamboat Springs High School both have bye weeks in the second week of the Class 3A football season. Games on this week’s schedule are:

Taylor: A conversation with God

God asks: What is it that I have done wrong? You seem so angry with me, please tell me why you dislike me so much. The person responds: OK, God, I will tell you, being that you asked me. You never answer my prayers.

Weber family: Thanks for love, support

To the editor: This is to our dear friends and family. Thank you so much for all of the love, support, food, flowers, visits, calls, sympathy and assistance of all kind that our family has received during this very difficult time.

Horoscope for Sept. 10

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Certain perceptions you get about people could be more on target than usual. If you get any strong feelings about somebody in particular, don’t underestimate your hunches. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — People in general could be more scrutinizing about others and life than usual. Keep this in mind if you’re trying to make a good impression on those with whom you spend your day. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Your abilities to achieve material success are particularly good, but it won’t mean a thing if you fail to acknowledge those who helped you open those doors. Give them their just due.

Annie's Mailbox: Father wants son to mend rift with sister

Dear Annie: Three years ago, our daughter, “Lucy,” married a wonderful biracial man, and they now have a beautiful little girl. Our son-in-law has a great job and is a positive influence in Lucy’s life. She is going back to school to obtain a career in a related field, and we are helping her with the tuition. We also have a son, who is married and has a lovely wife, a 5-year-old daughter and a baby boy on the way. Lucy loves her niece and used to spend a lot of time with her.

Thursday, September 9

On the Record for Sept. 9, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 9, 2010

County assessor candidate now unopposed

Robert Razzano, Moffat County treasurer and the Republican nominee for county assessor, said he wishes former write-in opponent Jennifer Riley well in her new position. “If that is the direction she wants to go, I guess that’s fine,” Razzano said Wednesday after hearing Riley would withdraw from the November election. “There are no hard feelings on my end. I just wish her good luck in the new spot.”

Moffat County golfer finds swing in Steamboat

The Moffat County High School golf team didn’t win in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday, but the team did have its share of highlights. Most of them came off the clubs of junior Colby Haddan who led the team with a personal-best round of 81, and helped the Bulldogs tie for sixth place in the 12 team varsity field. “It was a great day for Colby,” coach Ken Harjes said after the round. “It gives him and the team some confidence as we move into an important part of the season. We’ve been looking for someone to step into that No. 3 slot all season, and I’m hoping that we’ve found him.”

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TMH names new administrator

Hospital hires Jennifer Riley as chief of organizational excellence

The Memorial Hospital announced this afternoon that Jennifer Riley, chief appraiser for the Moffat County Assessor’s Office, has been named the new chief of organizational excellence. Riley, who is also a Craig City Council member and a write-in candidate for Moffat County assessor in the November general election, will begin work Sept. 27 at TMH. She replaces Samantha Johnston, who served the hospital for three years and recently was named executive director of the Colorado Press Association.

Craig man charged with 40 felonies

A 29-year-old Craig man has been charged in Moffat County District Court with 40 felonies including sexual exploitation of children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to court records. The suspect, whose name is being withheld in accordance with newspaper policy to not name people accused of sexual-related offenses unless convicted, is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children, a Class 3 felony; four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony; and 33 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, a Class 4 felony. He is also charged with indecent exposure, a misdemeanor.

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CNCC volleyball team plays rare home game in Craig

Spartans fall, 3-0, to Western Wyoming Community College

Although the stands were shaded Bulldog blue Tuesday, the crowd at the Moffat County High School gymnasium was cheering for red. The Colorado Northwestern Community College volleyball team, which plays most of its home games in Rangely, made a rare appearance in Craig, hosting Western Wyoming Community College at MCHS. Although the Spartans lost, 3-0, head coach Richard Barker said the night was a success.

BLM prescribed fires proposed for fall in Moffat County

The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake and White River field offices are planning several prescribed fires this fall on BLM land, according to a BLM news release. The fires are scheduled to take place between now and the end of October, the BLM reported Prescribed fires are conducted if weather conditions are favorable.

Craig Briefs: Governor orders flags to be lowered

Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered all U.S. and Colorado flags be lowered to half-staff at state and federal facilities throughout the state today in honor of Army Capt. Dale Goetz, 43. Goetz died Aug. 30 in Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, after an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. Goetz is survived by his wife and children, who live in Colorado Springs, and his mother, who resides in Parker. He is the first Army chaplain to die in combat since 1970. His funeral service is set for 10 a.m. today at Fort Carson.

Ide family: Thank you, community

To the editor: We were recently reminded of what a wonderful community we have in Craig, during the loss of our father, Jerry Ide, on Aug. 8. The support our family received through cards, notes, emails, phone calls, visits and more was incredible. The goodness in people is heartwarming.

Cathy Hamilton: The evil exam that makes boomer a cheater

“We’re going out for margaritas and tacos. Tonight’s two-for-one,” my friend said. “Wanna come?” “Can’t,” I groaned. “I’m cramming.” She took a beat, then asked, “Didn’t you finish school in, like, 1975?”

Datebook for Sept. 9

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The Colorado Wildlife Commission hosts its September meeting at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. The commission will discuss various outdoor topics. The meeting is open to the public. 9 a.m. The Moffat County High School boys golf team hosts a tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394.

Hayden volleyball picks up 3-game sweep against Rifle

There were mistakes Tuesday when the Hayden High School girls volleyball team took on Rifle. “I even had some,” third-year coach Greg Johnson said. “But besides those, we played well. Our girls showed as much hustle as I’ve seen from a team I’ve coached, and that’s an encouraging thing.” That hustle paid off in a three-game sweep as the Tigers thumped Rifle, 25-21, 25-15, 25-22.

Horoscope for Sept. 9

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Although personal gain looks extremely likely for you, it would help to include others who can benefit as well from your endeavor. Their input can spur things along. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Put your take-charge qualities to work, so that you’ll be operating in an element where you can feel both effective and comfortable. Co-workers won’t mind; they’ll appreciate your verve and style. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — To your credit, in situations where you’re asked to make some small sacrifices on behalf of those you love, you’ll step right up to the plate.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman can’t get help dealing with surgery

Dear Annie: Seven years ago, I had an elective bilateral mastectomy. I had multiple lumps and biopsies, coupled with a family history of cancer. Also, my young daughter was reaching the age I was when I lost my own mother to breast cancer.

Wednesday, September 8

Michelle Balleck: Weekend goes to the dogs

It’s another slow weekend in Craig, but it might be a welcome respite. The skies are forecasted to clear up for the weekend, so you can get outside for work or play. And watch out for next weekend — it’s shaping up to be a busy one.

On the Record for Sept. 8, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 8, 2010

DOW commission set to meet in Craig

Randy Hampton, a Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman, said it is important for residents to attend Thursday’s Colorado Wildlife Commission meeting in Craig. “The wildlife commission doesn’t want to be a manage-from-Denver kind of commission, and that is the reason that they move these meetings around the state,” he said. “It gives people in outlying areas, especially in areas that are affected by wildlife management, an opportunity to participate and understand how that wildlife management takes place.” The meeting, which the wildlife commission hosts monthly in different locations, will focus on a wide variety of topics, according to a news release.

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MCHS volleyball splits at Regis Jesuit

Sandy Camilletti, Moffat County High School volleyball coach, said she was pleased with how her team played in its first tournament of the season, her first as head coach. The MCHS girls varsity volleyball team played Sept. 3 and 4 at the Regis Jesuit tournament in Aurora, where it finished with a 2-2 record against four larger schools. “The girls did well and they worked hard,” Camilletti said. “It was a good way to start the season.”

Moffat County Cross country wraps up 2-day weekend

The Moffat County High School varsity cross country team finished its first weekend of action with three top-10 team finishes. Running Friday at the Arapahoe Warrior Cross Country Invitational, the girls team finished third and the boys finished sixth. Head coach Todd Trapp said the team hung tough against some of Colorado’s best running programs. “Friday, they really did well,” he said. “It’s a tough course, and I would say 95 percent of the other schools were in (Class) 5A.”

Charges pending in fatal Montana crash

An investigation into the Montana crash that killed former Craig resident Sarah Fleming is nearly complete. “At this time, charges are pending,” said Marcus Cook, a trooper with the Montana Highway Patrol who is leading the investigation. Louis Schardine, 27, of Cameron, Mont., was driving a Ford truck at 2:15 a.m. Aug. 14 on U.S. Highway 87 in Madison County, Mont., when he reportedly lost control of the vehicle about five miles south of Ennis, Mont.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday meeting

The Moffat County Commission took action on several items during its weekly meeting Tuesday.

Moffat County meth defendant sentenced to prison

Eli Ramos, a resident of Mexico, was sentenced Tuesday afternoon in Moffat County District Court to serve six years in prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute a Schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class 3 felony. Ramos reached a plea agreement with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office on July 13. The plea deal stipulated Ramos could not be sentenced to more than six years in prison if he pleaded guilty to the charge. According to court records, Ramos was arrested Aug. 15, 2009, while driving through Maybell with Utah resident Fernando Rojas.

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Yahoo Golf Tournament and Ball Drop to benefit Boys & Girls Club of Craig

Hail falling from the sky pales in comparison to golf balls. On Sept. 18, about 3,000 golf balls will indeed plummet to the ground as part of the 11th annual Yahoo Golf Tournament and Ball Drop at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig. The ball drop is a raffle, said Tom Knez, organizer of the yearly event. This year’s event benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Datebook for Sept. 8

Today 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. 3:30 p.m. An Arthritis Foundation Aquatics class takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. The program is for adults ages 50 and older. Call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 871-7676.

Editorial: Web wisdom

It’s a technology-driven world we live in today, and information in an accessible location is vital. It seems our Moffat County officials are picking up on this. In a display of progressive thinking and action, county officials are preparing to launch a new county website,, with expanded and updated content.

Price family: Thanks for donating

To the editor: We would like to thank the community of Craig for their generous donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraiser. To the firefighters of Craig who gave with open hearts and made the fill-the-boot drive possible, our family can’t thank you enough.

Horoscope for Sept. 8

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — If there is some kind of project you’re anxious to get going, don’t wait on others to start the ball rolling. The sooner you take the initiative yourself, the quicker things will begin to come together. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Your productivity could be severely hampered if you allow your activities to be governed by outside influences. If you want to get something done in a timely fashion, block out all frivolous interference. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — This might be a perfect day to start that new project you’ve been anxious to get popping. Temporarily shelve all extraneous involvements and concentrate only on it.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman wonders if there is new fire with old flame

Dear Annie: Many years ago, I was engaged to “Roy,” a great guy. I called off the wedding two weeks before because I had a terrible case of cold feet. Roy and I remained friends for three years, but when I began dating someone else and miscarried his child, Roy stopped speaking to me. Since then, I have moved around and dated others, but they never compared to Roy.

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Winona’s back to cooking in Steamboat

Restaurant to reopen today after more than a month

Veteran employees of Wi­­nona’s Restaurant & Bakery — like day kitchen manager Doree Waters and dining room manager Georgie Weber — have been waiting for more than a month to see customers coming through the front door of the popular little dining room at 617 Lincoln Ave. Today, they get their wish.

Tuesday, September 7

On the Record for Sept. 8

On the Record Moffat County Jail Wednesday, Sept. 1 Charles Brian Fread, Jr., 30, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of theft from a building

Moffat County close to launching new website

After several months of planning, developing and data migration, Moffat County officials are almost ready to unveil the new county website. County website project manager Jennifer Riley said the website will go live to the public on Sept. 14. The county contracted with the Statewide Internet Portal Authority in March to provide an updated layout template and hosting services to the county and library’s web presence.

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Average harvest expected in Moffat County

Wayne Counts, a Moffat County wheat farmer, said there are a handful of farmers in the county left willing to try to make a living in farming. “There is definitely a reason there are only a few of us left,” he said. Counts said the economics of farming and ranching in the area are often difficult. But, despite the struggles he and many other farmers and ranchers may go through in a year, he loves the profession he grew up with, he said.

On the Record for Sept. 7

The Memorial Hospital EMS Thursday, Sept. 2 An ambulance crew responded to a medical call. Friday, Sept. 3 An ambulance crew responded to a medical call. An ambulance crew conducted two patient transports to Steamboat Springs.

Datebook for Sept. 7

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

Craig Briefs: Special Olympics feedback sought

Special Olympics Colorado is inviting the public to a town hall meeting later this week in Craig. The purpose of the meeting is to hear feedback from local residents on how the Special Olympics is performing and meeting the needs of athletes, families, caregivers, coaches, volunteers and supporters. The Craig meeting is one of 13 hosted around the state through Sept. 23.

Annie's Mailbox: Wife worried about stepdaughter

Dear Annie: Several years ago, I married the man of my dreams. “Darren” was everything I wanted. He had three children, two from a previous marriage and one from an earlier relationship. Darren told me all about his children before we married, and I appreciated his honesty. He gave me the option of ending our relationship if this was something I couldn’t handle.

Horoscope for Sept. 7

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — For good or ill, your words are likely to hold more weight than usual, and will make a lasting impression. Thus, you’ll want to choose your words carefully when something important is at stake. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — We all can learn much from observing the way a successful person handles things, so watch and listen. If you’re diligent, you’re likely to spot something brilliant that you can do.

Monday, September 6

Moffat County smoke reports stem from Wyoming, Utah fires

Numerous reports of smoke called into the Craig Interagency Fire Dispatch Center on Sunday afternoon were the result of fires burning in Utah and Wyoming, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported in a news release. The August Fire is burning two miles west of the Colorado border in Utah. The 150-acre fire started Aug. 26, and is being monitored.

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 7

One thing I noticed was that it’s calendar collection time. I’ve been going to various businesses and receiving a calendar. By next month, I could have enough calendars to supply all my family and some friends. But, I quit that part.

Anderson: Good owners needed

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to remind everyone that we are offering reduced cost adoptions of our shelter animals through Sept. 15. Shelter cats and dogs are available for $60. The adoption fee covers vaccinations and spay/neuter procedure. If there is an older pet or a pet with special needs, the adoption fee may be even lower. Pet may be seen on line at, or at the shelter located at 2430 E. Victory Way.

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Kurt Utzinger sinks hole-in-one at Yampa Valley Golf Course

When Craig’s Kurt Utzinger hit his first hole-in-one, it was five years ago at Ironwood Golf Course in Scottsdale, Ariz., on his last swing of the day. “It was kind of unusual,” he said. “We were playing in a couples league, and it was the last shot of the round and my last shot of the day. “I was hungry, and ready to go in. Then, it kind of just happened.”

Sports Briefs: Western Slope League football results

The first official week of Western Slope League football wrapped up Saturday, as all eight teams competed out of the division. On Friday, there were two close games, as Battle Mountain was able to beat Summit, 7-0, and Rifle won its first game, 20-19, over Grand Valley. Glenwood Springs was a big winner over Basalt, 35-7, Palisade was able to throttle 4A’s Grand Junction Central, 35-14, Eagle Valley lost to Coal Ridge, 27-0, and Moffat County fell to Aspen, 46-13.

Bulldog Sports for Sept. 7

Today 4 p.m. The Moffat County High School junior varsity football team plays in Meeker. 5 p.m. The MCHS boys varsity soccer team plays at Grand Junction Central. 6 p.m. The Colorado Northwestern Community College volleyball team plays Western Wyoming Community College at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.

Sports Spotlight: Inez Quezada

Age: 18, Moffat County High School senior Sport: Soccer How did you get your start in your sport? “I’ve been playing since I was a baby. It’s in my blood.”

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MCHS soccer team cruises past Cortez

Although there was a smattering of vuvuzelas sounding at halftime, it was the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team making the most noise Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park. The Bulldogs won their season opener, 6-1, over the visiting Montezuma-Cortez High School Panthers. Coach Rusty Cox said the Bulldogs needed a little time to establish themselves.

My Life My Words: Bryanda Sanchez — A move that creates a better life

“I’m a hostess, but I do a little bit of everything. I bring the salsa and chips to the tables and I seat people. I like doing everything here, helping the customers and the waitresses. And I like the enchiladas. I love the chicken enchiladas here. They’re my favorite. “I’m 17, and I’m going to be 18 on Sept. 11. I graduated this year and I’m planning to go to college sometime soon. I want to be a cosmetologist. I want to do makeup, hair, nails. It’s fun to be a cosmetologist. I miss high school a little bit because of my friends. At the same time, I want to go to college. That’s why I’m working. I want to save money for college next year. I’m not sure where yet, but we’ll see.

Blue Ribbon Kitchens of Craig hosting EPA-certified renovator training class

Blue Ribbon Kitchens, a Craig business, will host a training class for area contractors Friday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. The class will cover safe practices for anyone renovating homes with lead paint, and will ensure contractors are complying with a Environmental Protection Agency rule that went into effect earlier this year.

Craig man David Morris’s original play mixes message with mayhem

David Morris has glimpsed Moffat County’s future, and by his reckoning¬, it’s both bleak and zany. Morris will present his vision later this month at the Craig Middle School auditorium in the form of “Moffat County’s Last Stand,” a three-act play set in 2025. “Craig’s in big trouble when this play takes place,” Morris said. “(Corporations) are buying up the county to turn it into a toxic-waste landfill.”

Business Beat: Bank of Colorado president graduates from CU banking program

David Dempster, branch president of the Bank of Colorado in Craig, has completed the graduate school of banking at Colorado, according to a news release. The program provides training to banking professionals in the areas of “management and leadership,” the release reported. Dempster was among more than 100 banking professionals to graduate from the course this year, which was the program’s 60th anniversary.

Craig Briefs: Libraries closed today for Labor Day

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed today in observance of Labor Day. The library branches are scheduled to reopen Tuesday. For more information, call 824-5116.

Sports briefs: CNCC volleyball plays Tuesday in Craig

The Colorado Northwestern Community College volleyball team will host Western Wyoming Community College at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. It will be the only time this fall the CNCC Rangely campus team will play in Craig. Admission is free for children ages 5 and younger, adults older than 65, and MCHS and CNCC students. The cost is $5 for adults and $4 for other students.

Smercina: To ‘a great community’

To the editor: In a time of great need, our friends, neighbors and community have once again come together and proven why Craig is an awesome place to live. I want to say a huge thank you to all of you who came together and helped make the auction for Katie Kennedy a huge success.

Blevins: A program that works

To the editor: I was happy to read the front page article, “Rebuilding Lives,” in the Saturday Morning Press. I was disappointed that no mention was made of the oldest and most successful drug treatment program – Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA. AA was founded in the 1930s by a group of people addicted to the drug alcohol, but long ago realized that addiction to any drug is basically the same. So don’t be put off by the name. Groups are largely autonomous and sometimes have restrictions such as alcohol-addicted or women only.

Datebook for Sept. 6

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

Glanville: The old station at Butler Hill

Fifty or so years ago, atop Butler Hill sat a real, honest-to-goodness gas station. A station young boys would pass on their bikes, slowing to watch other young boys race out, wearing company shirts with tire gauges and pens stuck in the pockets just below their embroidered name. A station where service with a smile was a given, and the extra mile was just jogged to, a place where you never left without everything from your tire pressure to the dip stick being checked.

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Aging Well: Taking control of cholesterol

It’s difficult to talk about cardiovascular disease without talking about cholesterol. Cholesterol is a major controllable risk factor of heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S.

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Lincoln construction starts up again today in downtown Steamboat

Construction zone likely to stretch from 3rd Street to 11th Street

Get ready, Steamboat Springs: Construction is back. Barriers and orange cones return today to Lin­coln Avenue downtown as the Colorado Department of Transportation continues the $5.6 million road upgrade project.

Saturday, September 4

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Southern hospitality a long way from home

The slow pace of Western life is even slower on the outskirts of Craig’s east side. Businesses and homes are sparse, and shade is tough to find. It’s a quiet place.

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MCHS student council pushing for 100-percent graduation rate for Class of 2011

Whether it’s academics, sports or a busy social life, high school students typically have a lot hanging over their heads. Starting this year, Moffat County High School student council has added one more thing to the list. Suspended nearly 20 feet over the high school’s main lobby is a 15-feet-wide banner that reads: “Every student will graduate.”

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Rebuilding lives: Meth use in area still a problem, but local entities looking to make a difference

When David Peterson was 25, methamphetamine came knocking at his door. Peterson was living in Lake Havasu, Ariz., when several drug dealers came to his house looking for his neighbor. They asked Peterson if he would like to try meth and left him with a bag of the drug.

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Skiers top Bulldogs, 46-13

Although the final score of 46-13 may not have shown it, Kip Hafey, Moffat County High School head football coach, saw something in his team that could help them through the next eight games.

Over a Cup of Coffee: ‘Strawberry Jello Pie’ bound to be delicious

Thanks go to Craig resident Mary Burnett who sent me four recipes this week, one of which is for “Strawberry Jello Pie,” which can be made sugar free.

A&L: Local results from 2010 Colorado State Fair

The results are in for General 4-H projects exhibited at the 2010 Colorado State Fair, and exhibitors from Northwest Colorado have brought home ribbons galore.

Datebook for September 4

Saturday Moffat County Libraries are closed in observance of Labor Day. 1 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team plays Montezuma-Cortez High School at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St.

Horoscope for September 4

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Be careful about lending out something that you greatly prize to a friend or even a family member. Accidents happen all the time, and today’s probabilities for such an occurrence are high. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — In attempting to keep the peace, you could yield to demands imposed upon you. However, by trying to please everyone, you could change course far too often and fail to achieve anything of substance.

Annie's Mailbox: Workplace affair brings tension

Dear Annie: My married boss is having an affair with one of my co-workers. We work in a very small office with few employees. We have all been here for many years and have become close, but now the tension is unbearable. The affair is the big pink elephant in the room that no one will admit is there. I find what they are doing very unprofessional, and it has created some distrust toward the boss and this co-worker. I think it is affecting everyone’s work performance.

Government Update for September 4

Moffat County Commission Last met: Aug. 31 Decisions: • Approved, 3-0, meeting minutes from March 16, April 6, June 1 and 15, July 6 and 27, and Aug. 17. • Approved, 3-0, payroll warrants ending Aug. 21 totaling $430,212.63.

Editorial: Rights no one can take away

It’s a common flaw of today’s society that many people, for reasons sometimes defying logic, place blame on others rather than accept their own responsibility.

Craig briefs: Libraries closed for Labor Day weekend

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed today through Monday in observance of Labor Day. For more information, call 824-5116.

Letter to the Editor: ‘You Scan’ not useful

To the editor: I was shopping Thursday night at City Market and the time came to check out. I did my usual and went for a checker over a machine, or “you scan” as these evil machines are called.

Friday, September 3

Andy Bockelman: Summer cinema offered small victories, blockbuster disappointments

Each summer offers an array of movies that bring excitement, emotion and more into the lives of viewers for two-hour increments. As with any year, getting to the theater during the sunnier months can be an arduous task, especially when you don’t want to waste your hard-earned cash on something that isn’t worth the price of popcorn, let alone admission.

Bulldogs battling in Aspen tonight

MCHS varsity football seeking to even record

The Moffat County High School football team is looking to break into the win column this season when it plays Aspen at 7 p.m. today on the road. The Bulldogs (0-1 overall, 0-0 in the Western Slope League) are trying to rebound from a 26-22 defeat a week ago at the hands of visiting Evergreen.

On the Record for Sept. 3, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 3, 2010

Hayden Town Council approves road work

Town can issue certificates of occupancy for Lake Village homes

The Hayden Town Council approved preliminary acceptance of road improvements Thursday for the Lake Village subdivision by a 5-0 vote.

Looking back at Mobil Economy Run’s stop in Craig

Gasoline fuel economy has been of national interest for years, even in 1967 when gas prices averaged 33 cents per gallon. The Mobil Economy Run, an annual competition that ran from Los Angeles to Detroit, made a stop in Craig for refueling on April 6 of that year.

Local fuel gauge for Sept. 3

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

Secretary of State candidate talks campaign in Craig

Republican Scott Gessler running against incumbent secretary in general election

Republican Secretary of State candidate Scott Gessler said his “passion” for elections is a good fit for the job he hopes to have next year. “I think that is why I was unopposed in the primary, because I think a lot of people realize I am pretty well qualified for the job,” said Gessler during a Wednesday stop in Craig for a visit with the Craig Daily Press. Gessler, 45, is running against incumbent Bernie Buescher, a Democrat, in the November general election.

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Sunset Elementary School introduces multi-age class

Principal Zack Allen pointed at a group of students marching single file through a Sunset Elementary School hallway. “Can you tell which (students) are first graders and which are second graders?” Allen asked. Judging by the look of the students, who were all roughly the same height, Allen’s question was rhetorical. The students were members of Sunset Elementary School’s first multi-age class.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Scott Pilgrim’ — Dating, growing up, defeating evil, whatever

Just when you thought that the shy, awkward young man archetype has been played out, a hero steps forward and pulls a flaming sword from another dimension from deep within his chest. If that description sounds weird, just wait: It’s one of many surreal moments in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” In the faraway land of Toronto, Canada, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a meek twentysomething without much happening in his life beyond being a second-rate bassist in a third-rate rock band.

Junior Parker King shoots 70 twice to lead MCHS golf team

Following his second consecutive day of tournament golf this week, Moffat County High School junior Parker King said things would never be the same. The reason? After winning Wednesday’s tournament at Devil’s Thumb Golf Course in Delta with a score of 70, King shot 70 again Thursday to finish second, which was first in Class 4A, at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose.

Veteran's Hotline: Helpful reminders on proper flag etiquette

With the Homecoming Parade coming up, here is a reminder and some general information about flag protocol: • When carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers. • When other flags are carried, the flag of the U.S. may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. • When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute. • To salute, all people come to attention.

Dip in DOLA funds concerns Moffat County officials

When Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers heard the Department of Local Affairs was accepting applications for its energy impact assistance grant program earlier in the summer, he said he knew exactly what was going to happen. “We knew this was all smoke and mirrors, saying they were going to have one,” he said of the DOLA grant cycle. At the end of July, the Moffat County Commission applied for two DOLA grants for road improvements to Moffat County Road 107 and Ninth Street.

MCHS football team looking to even record

Bulldogs slated to face one of 2A’s toughest Friday night

Moffat County High School football team, meet Nick Ufkes. Ufkes, meet the Bulldogs. When the MCHS varsity team (0-1 overall, 0-0 in the Western Slope League) plays Aspen High School (0-0) at 7 p.m. Friday in Aspen, the team can expect to see plenty of the Skiers’ senior tailback.

Datebook for Sept. 3

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 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. 5 p.m. The Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way, hosts bingo. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games begin at 6:15 p.m. Call Frank at 824-6131 or 620-0874.

Ridgeview Elementary: Thanks for the supplies

To the editor: The staff at Ridgeview Elementary School would like to give a heart-felt thanks to Love INC for the wonderful contribution of school supplies to our school and the school district. This contribution will assist us with our goal of providing all students with everything they need for a successful start to the school year. Without you, we might not have been able to do this.

Janet Sheridan: Keeping Bossy Janet in check

When young, I admired my mother’s ability to make a decision. “Janet,” she’d say as I sprawled on the couch rereading Little Women, “you need to learn how to change Blaine’s diaper. Quit wrinkling your nose and gagging. Come here.” She ordered me to brush my teeth and lace my shoes. She decided my book-besotted mind needed the challenge of clarinet lessons. At a church social, she insisted I dance with Justin Clinton, a runty mouth-breather who rested his chin on my hipbone.

Larsen: Cholesterol awareness

To the editor: September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month. High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. As blood cholesterol rises, so does the risk of coronary heart disease. When other risk factors, such as high blood pressure and tobacco smoke, are present, this risk increases even more.

Craig Briefs: Last day for phone book recycling

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 630 Green St., is serving as a collection point for old phone books to be recycled. The last day to drop off old books is today. The phone books can be dropped off anytime in the boxes near the church’s front door.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman humiliated by husband

Dear Annie: Last May, my 56-year-old husband met a woman on Facebook and quickly became infatuated. She lives in Germany. We live in Kansas. My husband thinks he knows everything about her and believes she is completely on the up and up. In October, the two of them plan to meet in Boston and drive up to Maine for a week’s vacation.

Horoscope for Sept. 3

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Your path might start out with a few stumbling blocks, but don’t let them trip you up and make you prematurely throw in the towel. Tenacity can realize your hopes and wishes. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — That opportunity to talk to someone essential to your plans might not come until midday, so don’t get discouraged early on. Keep the faith, and you’ll end up with what you want. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Although you might start out a bit down in the dumps, your upbeat spirit will grow as the day wears on, providing a lot of pizzazz. Hope you like crowds, because you may draw one.

Thursday, September 2

On the Record for Sept. 2, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 2, 2010

Oil and gas company sentenced for bird deaths

EnCana Oil & Gas Inc., a company based in Denver, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 26 for two misdemeanor violations regarding the deaths of about 55 federally protected migratory birds in Colorado and Wyoming. The company was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Denver for violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the deaths of the birds, including waterfowl and owls, in natural gas well reserve pits and wastewater storage facilities, according to a news release. The court sentenced the company to pay a total of $200,000 in fines and community service payments for the violations, which occurred in the past four years, after reaching a plea agreement, according to the release.

Michelle Balleck: Sunshiny, lazy Labor Day weekend

With temperatures in the mid-80s and clear skies as far as the eye can see — or so the forecasters claim — it’s a wonderful weekend to kick back, relax and enjoy an extra day off in observance of Labor Day. I’ll be on an airplane headed home for a family reunion, but maybe you could make that long overdue trip to the lake, head out to the wilderness for a hike and a camp trip, or just take a nap in the hammock. Oh, man, a hammock sure sounds nice

MCTA mulls making director full-time

The Moffat County Tourism Association discussed Wednesday the possibility of making its director a full-time position. MCTA Director Marilynn Hill presented the board with the idea at its regular monthly meeting, but she said it was not her idea. Hill said the MCTA board requested in a July meeting to investigate the cost associated with increasing the position to full-time employment. “The purpose of that is to be able to have me do a number of the items that were in the marketing strategy that I can’t currently do because of the limited hours that I have,” Hill said.

Moffat County School Board wary of ballot initiatives

The Moffat County School Board declared unanimous opposition on Aug. 26 to three ballot initiatives. The three proposed measures, Amendment 60, Amendment 61 and Proposition 101, are aimed at cutting taxes and fees, and eliminating state borrowing. They will appear on the Nov. 2 general election ballot throughout the state. Opponents — which now include the school board — say the initiatives, if passed, could jeopardize Colorado’s per-pupil funding and hinder schools’ ability to purchase big-ticket items, such as computers.

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Trio golfs 54 holes in Craig to raise money for Young Life

Steve Herman could see himself in a marathon golf tournament again. If the cause was worthwhile. Herman, along with teammates Dave Peterson and Bob Markham, could be found from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course during the third annual Bear River Young Life Golf Tournament.

Koonce: Thank you, agencies

To the editor: I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Craig Rural Fire Department, Moffat County Sheriff and the Bureau of Land Management for their quick response to the recent fire at Wilderness Ranch. Without the concerted efforts of these brave individuals, we may have seen a much worse situation than what occurred.

The Jones': Grateful for the support

To the editor: Sue and I would like to thank the Visiting Nurse Association, employees of ColoWyo and the staff of the Hampton Inn for all your help with the renovation of our house, cards, financial support and visits to Sue while she was at the Craig Rehab Hospital in Denver. There is no way to be able to return your support, so please call us if you need help of any kind.

Koucherik: Assistance appreciated

To the editor: On Aug. 21, the Augusta Wallihan Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated the newly renovated and landscaped gravesite of A.G. and Augusta Wallihan in Lay. This was the first historic preservation project completed by the chapter that was organized in 2009.

Letsinger: Disappointed at Elkhead

To the editor: After reading two letters to the editor from our friends in Craig, we decided to write one, too. We were up to Elkhead Reservoir on the same dates of Aug. 13 to 15. It was good to know we weren’t alone in our feelings of the state park.

Craig Briefs: Bank set to host mixer on Sept. 9

The Bank of Colorado hosts the next Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Business After Hours Mixer. The mixer is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the bank, 250 W. Victory Way RSVP by calling 824-5689 or e-mail

Datebook for September 2

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. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Story-time takes place at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. Call 824-5116. 4 to 6 p.m. A free hot lunch is served at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. The church is looking for volunteers to help set up and cook, as well as drivers to deliver meals. Call 824-5330.

Sports Briefs: CNCC volleyball playing at MCHS Sept. 7

At 6 p.m. Sept. 7, the Colorado Northwestern Community College volleyball team will host Western Wyoming Community College at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. It will be the only time this fall the CNCC Rangely campus team will play in Craig.

Pearce: Thank you for the help

To the editor: The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following: • Ruth Smith for the garage sale donation. • Kelly Hepworth and his staff.

Cathy Hamilton: The dog lover’s wife

“How’s my beautiful lady?” he coos, in a voice thick as syrup. “How’s my girl? I’m so glad to see you. Did you have a nice day? I missed you so much. You’re the cutest girl in the world. Yes, you are. The cutest girl. … ” I sit silently on the sofa, witnessing this extraordinary display of affection, repeated every evening for the last year. “Be patient,” I say to myself. “Wait for it … ”

Horoscope for Sept. 2

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — This is one of those unusual days when it’ll seem that everything is going your way, because it is. Concentrate on the two areas that might mean the most to you — finances and work. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Now is the time to take another shot at a problem that you’ve been unable to resolve. Your mind is much sharper than recently, and should easily be able to come up with the answers that have eluded you.

Annie's Mailbox: She feels disrespected by husband

Dear Annie: I’ve been married for 18 years and have two wonderful children. I love my husband, but there are some behaviors I simply don’t understand. “Andy” works long hours, while I am home alone with our two children. He rarely calls to check in, and I never know when he will be home.

Wednesday, September 1

On the Record for Sept. 1, 2010

On the Record for Sept. 1, 2010

Moffat County Commission discusses Vermillion plan

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said he has a clear idea of how the efforts of local entities that developed the 1-percent drilling plan for Vermillion Basin should be viewed. Gray contends they are on the “moral high ground” for reaching a “balanced approach” to managing drilling in the area. But, several months after the Bureau of Land Management proposed keeping Vermillion closed to natural gas drilling in its resource management plan, Gray said many have raised eyebrows at the integrity of the decision.

MCHS junior varsity golf takes on The Hill

MCHS matches up against Aspen, Rifle

Just like golf courses vary, so too have Ken Harjes’ teams for the past 30 years. This year’s team, however, shares a common goal from top to bottom, the Moffat County High School head golf coach said. “Everyone on this team comes ready to work,” Harjes said. “They come to practice, they listen, they try to incorporate what we are teaching them.”

Big action from little players in Craig

Christine Balderston started recording football stats five years ago. When she started, she recorded tackles and rushing yards, but as the years went by, she expanded her stat sheet to include pass attempts, penalty yards, sacks, receiving yards and kick returns. All these stats are kept for the Bengals of the Craig Parks and Recreation fifth- and sixth-grade Doak Walker football team.

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Barbecue teams make large food donation to Craig kitchen

Like the taste of a good barbecue sauce, the first Colorado State BBQ Championship in Craig continues to resonate. St. Michael’s Kitchen was the recent recipient of “hundreds of pounds” of barbecued pork, brisket, ribs and chicken donated by teams from Friday and Saturday’s championship at the Wyman Museum. The kitchen, a non-denominational charitable organization of St. Michael Catholic Church, serves free food to the community from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays in the church basement, 678 School St.

Judge sentences Craig woman to jail term

Tausha Merwin to serve 30 days in Moffat County Jail

Judge Shelley Hill had stern words for Craig resident Tausha Merwin before sentencing Tuesday afternoon in Moffat County District Court. “I do not hesitate in telling you, do not come before me or Judge (Michael) O’Hara again, because you will not like it,” she said. Hill sentenced Merwin to serve 30 days in Moffat County Jail. Merwin was convicted July 14 of attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony, after a three-day jury trial. She pleaded not guilty to the charge Feb. 17.

Craig Briefs: Groups hosting business courses

Three local business groups are sponsoring “How to Use the Internet to Grow Your Business” later this month. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Moffat County Courthouse. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, Craig Chamber of Commerce and Service Corps of Retired Executives are hosting the event.

Moffat County Fair Board: Thanks for the support

The Moffat County Fair Board would like to extend a huge thank you to the entire community for their generous support of the Moffat County Fair. Many months are spent planning and organizing the fair.

Datebook for Sept. 1

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

Garrett: A good job appreciated

To the editor: I recently had a windshield replaced. I called Northwest Auto Glass, and they got it in that day. I was without a vehicle, but they brought me home and when it was done they came and got me.

Wilderness Ranch cabin owners: Thank you for your work

To the editor: This is to all the firefighters who helped contain the fire at Wilderness Ranch. We were very sorry that Adam Smith’s family cabin burnt. But, we are very grateful for the responding agencies that worked so hard to contain the fire from getting into the forest. There are many cabins at Wilderness, some close to the Smith’s cabin. With the beetle kill that is in the forest at Wilderness Ranch, it would have been terrible if that fire had not been contained.

Editorial: Too loose with spruce

To borrow a phrase from Craig Daily Press contributor Mary Pat Dunn, “Big white,” also known as the long and sometimes grueling Northwest Colorado winter, is closing in. That annual passing of the seasons means several lifestyle changes for local residents. From the river, we go to the ski slopes; from little league and adult softball games, we turn to Sundays — and hopefully victorious ones — with the Broncos; and from lawn-mowing, hedging and weed-eating, we begin snow-shoveling and de-icing.

Senior Spotlight for Sept. 1

The trees are starting to change their green leaves to shades of yellow and orange, a good sign that autumn is nearly here. School has started, so I’ll get to see children go by carrying their backpacks and whatever else they take along. I wonder if someone watched as I went by on my way carrying Big Chief tablets, crayons and pencils. What a difference time makes.

Horoscope for Sept. 1

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Let others take center stage if you are uncomfortable in the presence of someone who has a powerful influence over your work or career. Don’t talk; just smile and be attentive. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — A known gossip who doesn’t have your best interests at heart might skillfully try to get you to talk about things you shouldn’t. If you’re aware of things and on your toes, you can remain mum. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Unproven tips passed onto you by a well-intentioned friend should not be taken at face value. Your pal might mean well, but his or her information is likely to be greatly distorted.

Annie's Mailbox: Man wants to find life partner

Dear Annie: I am a divorced male in my mid-50s. I cannot seem to find anyone to connect with. I am a fit, intelligent, successful businessman. I can prepare a gourmet meal, clean a bathroom and change the head gasket on a 1986 Pontiac. Most of the women my age tend to be rather fuddy-duddy. They are only interested in their grandchildren, quilting or gardening.