Thursday, June 30
I learned to appreciate fiery spectacles from my brother, Bob, a dedicated arsonist. “Quick! Everybody!! Get outside. Bob set the field on fire again.” We knew the drill: Anyone at home and ambulatory hurried to grab a gunny sack, dunk it in the irrigation tank, and whack at the line of flames creeping through the pasture.
Moffat County Pest Control will begin spraying for mosquitoes at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, and the spraying operation will continue through Sunday. Gary Brannan, test management supervisor for Moffat County, said spraying is dependent on the weather. If conditions are ideal, spraying could be completed Saturday.
This has been the six days that were. Or, maybe it’s been more like the weekend I spent in Grantsville, Utah. Take last Saturday, for instance. I was unlocking the truck at City Market when a female voice, which sounded like it was coming from about three feet away, started talking to the back of my head about my stand on tree huggers.
Back in 2006, we saw a racecar learn how to take life in the slow lane. Five years later, his creators have taken that “stop and smell the roses” philosophy, stomped on the gas pedal, and driven in the other direction in “Cars 2.” As the hottest racer in America, Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) has everything a car could want: four national championships, devoted fans and a best friend who adores him. But, having a pal like Mater the tow truck (Larry the Cable Guy) can have its disadvantages, especially when he accidentally gets McQueen involved in a high-stakes international race.
On the Record for June 30, 2011
Consistency, continuity and convenience. The three C’s are qualities George Rohrich plans to have in abundance in the coming months at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. At its Wednesday meeting, the hospital board unanimously approved plans to go ahead on a contract to hire four hospitalists through Rural Physicians Group. The hospitalists are multi-purpose physicians who would travel to Craig in cycles to be on hand 24 hours a day for 10 days at a time. Rohrich, TMH’s chief executive officer, presented the breakdown of the plan for board members.
Garrett Buckley was certain he had made the Colorado national rodeo team following the June 19 championship performance of the Colorado State High School Rodeo finals. Buckley, a Moffat County High School rodeo athlete, won the first performance of saddle bronc riding June 17 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds and followed up with another first-place finish in the championship round. However, a bad round June 18 ultimately cost him.
The Thunder Cheer team is hosting a Fourth of July teen dance on Friday. The dance runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at Gymstar Fun ‘N Fit Gymnastics, 315 Tucker St. Those ages 12 to 18 are invited. The cost is $5 per person and all proceeds benefit the Thunder Cheer team.
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.
Sudoku for June 30, 2011
In order to advance a personal ambition in the coming months, it might become necessary to enter into some kind of partnership arrangement, even a unique alliance. Selecting the right person will be crucial.
My daughter, "Chloe," receives child support for her son, "Logan," who is 3. Chloe does not live with her son because she is not capable of taking care of him. She is an alcoholic who lives with her abusive boyfriend. My husband and I have raised Logan since birth. He lives with us. Since Chloe has legal custody, however, she receives the child support payments.
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Wednesday, June 29
No new sentencing date has been set for real estate developer and part-time Steamboat Springs resident Brooks Kellogg, who pleaded guilty in April to one charge of interstate travel in commission of murder-for-hire.
The Moffat County Tourism Association Board hired a new director at its meeting this morning at the Moffat County Courthouse. The board offered its part-time director position to longtime Moffat County resident Melody Villard, who accepted.
With flows in the Yampa River subsiding but still far above average for this time of year, river rafting could be the best it has been in many years, and Yampa River State Park announced today that it has reopened river access. Park rangers are cautioning all boaters to be extremely careful.
A storm Tuesday night that Colorado Northwestern Community College officials described as “violent” ripped through the school’s Rangely campus, CNCC reported in a news release.
On the Record for June 29
We all know this weekend as the one that gives us a day off, one where we watch fireworks and twirl sparklers, gather with friends and family, and eat a buffet of summer favorites. This year, our family will be celebrating in Myrtle Beach and soaking up some much-needed rays. But, there’s also plenty to keep local residents busy here on this holiday weekend.
Toward the end of Tuesday’s city council meeting, the individual councilors took time during their reports to praise this year’s major changes to the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, which was held earlier this month. Those changes included: prohibiting event-goers from bringing their own alcohol and selling beer and cocktails onsite; and rearranging the layout of artists so they appeared in a single row. Councilor Joe Bird said the decision to manage alcohol consumption was balanced and wise.
The 44th annual Cottonwood Classic golf tournament will tee off Friday and continue Saturday and Sunday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. each day.
The activities department at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab is seeking volunteers to play pinochle with residents and who would like to help with the care of outdoor plants for the summer. Anyone who has a talent they would like to share with the residents is also invited to inquire.
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. Noon to 1 p.m. Communities 4 Healthy Relationships, a volunteer group designed to end relationship violence in Moffat County, meets at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St. The meeting is open to the public. Call Anngie Sparks at 826-2329.
It’s a sad but true reality that, at least at times, the Craig and Moffat County way is to complain about a problem rather than take action. This is true in areas such as economic development and recreational activities, both of which a vocal contingent believes there is a shortage of. But, that sentiment doesn’t apply when considering Craig resident Gregg Kolbaba and the volunteers who have helped launch Thunder Ridge Motor Sports Park south of Craig.
To the editor: You could lose your guns over a deal being presented in our nation’s capitol. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in agreement with the United Nations that there should be major gun control all over the member nations. The deal is called the United Nations Small Arms Treaty, and is disguised as “an international arms control treaty” to fight terrorism, insurgency and international crime syndicates.
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In no uncertain terms, my son and his second wife have told me that it is wrong to be in contact with my son's ex-wife. They've said my ex-daughter-in-law should not be invited to my home or to family functions, and that including her shows a total lack of support for my son. I am not close to my ex-daughter-in-law, although I hold no animosity toward her.
In the year ahead a second channel of earnings might develop that can be turned into much more than you ever thought possible. It's from a source where you have natural talent but never tapped as a means of profit.
Tuesday, June 28
On Monday, the Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Council announced it has awarded $2.035 million in its fourth round of grant funding, including $25,000 for two Moffat County organizations, to strengthen health care in rural communities. The council awarded 54 grants, ranging from $8,000 to $50,000, to physical, mental and oral health care providers in 42 counties.
The Moffat County Commission approved, 3-0, a final sublease agreement today regarding the Craig Police Department’s use of the Moffat County Public Safety Center. The two-year sublease calls for the City of Craig to pay $60,000 rent per year to the county to continue occupancy. The sum includes the cost of all utilities except telephone.
The Moffat County Little Britches Rodeo organizers are breaking form this year, changing the annual four-day rodeo to a two-day event. The rodeo, which will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way, brought in almost 700 people last year, including athletes and their families. “It has been a struggle to get city and county funding to sponsor us,” committee member Sheila Brennise said.
When: 9 a.m. Wednesday Where: Basement conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:
On the Record for June 28, 2011
A week’s worth of yard work might amount to little more than grass stains, blisters and griping for some teenagers. For 16-year-old Erica Dilldine, the chance to prune bushes and pull weeds for five days yielded a much more positive outcome. “It was indescribable in words, it was amazing, one of the best weeks of my life,” Dilldine said. However, it wasn’t so much the manual labor that she enjoyed as what the work was a smaller part of.
While the rest of Craig slumbered at 4 a.m. Sunday morning, Jim Gregoire was hard at work, preparing for the day ahead. Wearing a bike helmet with a light attached to it, he was inspecting the path he had planned out, all the while hoping the charted course was complete after so many changes. By the end of the day, he and everyone around him were exhausted. But, that was because they were at last able to enjoy what they had planned instead of worrying about the details.
The Craig Daily Press is seeking people to participate on its next Editorial Board, which begins July 5. The newspaper would particularly like to invite a teenager to serve on the board. Editorial Board members meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays to discuss the newspaper’s opinion pieces for that week’s Wednesday and Saturday editions. The first meeting will be held on July 5 due to the Independence Day holiday.
6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444.
I'm a young woman who is living at home for the summer before moving away in the fall. Here's my dilemma: Several months ago, I excitedly arranged for my long-distance boyfriend to live with my family and get work nearby. Unfortunately, now that he's here, I find that I simply don't want to be in a relationship with him anymore. He hasn't done anything wrong. I'm just a different person from who I was a couple of years ago when we began dating.
The aspects indicate that you could begin to profit handsomely in the year ahead from an arrangement you made with others some time ago. Keep it to yourself, however, because talking to the wrong people might spoil things for you.
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Monday, June 27
On the Record for June 27, 2011
When an auteur filmmaker inserts himself into his movies but doesn’t want to actually appear, he’s got to choose carefully who will represent him onscreen. After having Jason Biggs, Will Ferrell and Larry David portray a version of him, the creator of “Midnight in Paris” may have finally found a good proxy.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Craig resident Steven Sharp was still listed in critical condition at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Hospital spokesperson Deborah Dawes said federal patient privacy laws prevent her from releasing any more information on Sharp’s condition.
The Craig City Council is scheduled to host its monthly meeting Tuesday night at Craig City Hall. Find the meeting agenda here.
Under a hot June sun, motocross racers gunned their engines Sunday and kicked up dust at Thunder Ridge Motor Sports Park south of Craig. While the buzz of dirt bikes filled the air, the scene in the stands was mostly quiet. Less than 10 spectators showed up to watch a handful of racers compete at the new track’s second event. Owner Gregg Kolbaba said attendance was lackluster.
At the beginning of the 2010-11 school year, students in Sheryl Spears’ first-grade class had an eye-opening experience. Sunset Elementary School was paired with Chukopi Primary School in the Solomon Islands, Spears said. “They learned a lot about other cultures,” she said of her students. “They were just kind of shocked. Knowing that (Chukopi students) only had one computer for their village, as opposed to us having five in our classroom. They just kind of stopped. Their mouths dropped.”
“This is what I see myself doing for now. I like my spot, where I’m at working with people. I have been assistant manager here at Subway since January 1. I started in August of last year. “I’m not going to lie, I love my job. I was a car salesman for six years, but I had to settle with a normal job after my incarceration. When I got here at Subway, I found that I liked it. I know it’s making sandwiches, but it’s fun. I get regulars and people will come up to me and recognize me when I walk down the street and say, ‘Hey, Subway guy.’
Today 5:30 p.m. The Craig Parks and Recreation league baseball tournament begins at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St. 6 p.m. The Craig Parks and Recreation league baseball tournament begins at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane.
The Moffat County High School football team was on the outside looking in for the second straight year last season when it came time for the state playoffs. Not wanting a three-peat, the Bulldogs enlisted the help of MCHS grad Brandi Babin to run players through plyometrics this offseason. “The coaches wanted me to do some speed and agility training with their players,” Babin said. “I run them through some quick and powerful movements that help make them quicker on their feet.”
To the editor: I would like to thank everyone for their kindness after the death of my father, Kirby Barber. The cards, food and condolences were greatly appreciated. I would also like to thank everyone who cared for my father before his death.
The Northwest Colorado nonprofit organization Colorado Student Care has consolidated its Craig and Steamboat Springs learning centers into a single location at Steamboat’s Colorado Mountain College campus. Colorado Student Care was founded in Craig in 2009 by George Avgares, who worked at a similar program in Nevada for many years, as a service for high school students looking for guidance in pursuing the next level of their education. After working with more than 30 families in Craig, Avgares opened a second office at CMC in September 2010 for students in Steamboat and Hayden.
Justin Hegwer, a 2007 MCHS graduate, took first place in the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series on June 18 at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena. Hegwer competed in the saddle bronc riding event and rode a horse named Pink Painted Lizard, which had a 50-percent buck-off rate. The MCHS grad scored 75 points to win the event.
To the editor: Hello. Jane and I are now in California, and Friday she had a treatment. On Friday night, Cedars called us and said Jane will need more treatment, so as of now the transplant has been postponed until around July 19.
Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is slated to present Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training on July 7 and 8 at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St. Participants will learn to recognize suicide and depression warning signs, apply a model for intervention, and how to link people with community resources. The workshop lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is free.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association/Aging Well Program’s aquatics class takes place at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court. The cost is $32 for an eight-week session or $6 for drop-ins. Call Johanna at 871-7676. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147.
June is a month of weddings, anniversaries, vacations, graduation and tanning. Then comes July rodeos, but wait … let’s not forget the Fourth of July.
Every third blue moon or so, something happens or is said that starts a day off with uncontrollable giggle box attacks. For instance, take the 911 call from a disgruntled customer of Chinese takeout. The caller wanted the delivery person and the restaurant arrested for delivering the wrong order. I love Chinese food, but experience has taught me that Jane is the best reminder of what to order, and that no matter how hard I stare at the pictures, I’ll never eat the food.
Crossword for June 27, 2011
I have been dating Jeff for three years. He has two teenage kids from a prior marriage. During the first two years, I understood that he did separate activities with his children, but I now feel he should include me in more than the occasional dinner. Jeff claims he wants us to be together forever, but his actions say otherwise.
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There are indications that you could get involved in some kind of self-improvement program in the year ahead, which will not only do wonders for your health, but completely change your life in many advantageous ways as well.
Sunday, June 26
A dim hallway, a bit of frayed carpeting, a poorly placed piece of furniture: These details may present only small safety hazards in many households. But when a person has poor vision or balance or copes with other health challenges, the risk that seemingly harmless clutter or flaws within a home will cause that person to fall or injure themselves increases dramatically.
Saturday, June 25
The Fourth of July is just a few days away, and I’ve been trying to remember how we celebrated the holiday years ago, when my siblings and I were growing up on the ranch. I even called my brother, Duane, and sisters, Charlotte and Darlene. We all agree that it was rare for us to take the day off to celebrate the Fourth. It’s not that we weren’t patriotic, but the holiday fell during a very busy time for the ranch. First of all, it was likely that the cattle were being moved to summer range.
Brother’s Custom Processing, Inc., a Craig business, is somewhat off the beaten path. The unassuming processing shop and retail store is located midway down East First Street amid dusty breezes, tightly packed sagebrush and the random signs of industry. It’s an unlikely location for winners of a national competition.
In May, 135 Moffat County High School students donned cap and gown and graduated. That number could have been higher, but four students dropped out. MCHS Principal Thom Schnellinger said it’s a tragedy when any student drops out of high school. However, when considering numbers, statistics and trends, four dropouts is an improvement over previous years. “We’ve reduced the dropout rate from year to year, for sure,” Schnellinger said. “I think we’re headed in the right direction.”
Name: Burke Henderson Age: 9 Sport: Golf
The second Colorado State BBQ Championship is slated for Aug. 25 to 27 at Loudy-Simpson Park. Event organizers said there will be differences from last year’s inaugural offering. Last year’s championship took place at Wyman Museum.
Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:
The Memorial Hospital Board meeting When: 6 p.m. Wednesday Where: Conference rooms A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop Agenda:
During a recent meeting, Craig City Council member Byron Willems claimed that 10 percent of the Steamboat Springs population and nearly every student at Colorado Mountain College has a medical marijuana card. He used little supporting facts when making his claims, and voiced concerns about the perceived marijuana problem spreading to Craig. His soapbox on this issue has the Editorial Board thinking that at least 14 percent (Willems) of the city council is out of touch and trying to create an issue and concern in Craig and Moffat County where none really exists.
There is more than one definition for pasture roping, as Carter pointed out to me. It was during calving season. He and his wife were making the 5 p.m. heifer check. They were in the pickup driving through the calving pasture and noted a good size critter in the process of calving. They had seen it earlier. She’d been at it several hours and seemed to be tuckered out.
To the editor: I would like to express my sincere thanks to two organizations that have helped beautify Craig this spring. First, thank you to the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads. The flowerpots you sold as a fundraiser are absolutely amazing. It is fun to drive around Craig and see these incredible pots of beautiful blooms. This fundraiser was a win-win for your organization and our community.
The Craig Youth Hockey Association is looking for volunteer coaches. Coaches are needed for squirt, peewee, bantam and midget teams. For more information, call Rick at 824-6627.
Buyer: FEDINEC, FRANKLIN M Seller: BURTON, JERRY W Address: 1491 County Rd. 179 Sale price: $155,000
The Craig Daily Press is seeking people to participate on its next Editorial Board, which begins July 5. Editorial Board members meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays to discuss the newspaper’s opinion pieces for that week’s Wednesday and Saturday editions. The first meeting will be held on July 5 due to the Independence Day holiday. Editorial Board terms last three months.
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Calvary Baptist School hosts a fundraising community garage sale at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. Call 824-3111. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children are invited to color a luminaria at Color for a Cause at the Hayden Public Library, 201 E. Jefferson Ave., Hayden. The activity costs $5 and supports the Hayden H.E.A.T. Relay for Life team.
Crossword for June 25, 2011
In the year ahead, stick to the special endeavor you are working on until it is a fait accompli, even if it takes many small parts to make a whole. It'll be worth all the effort, if what you develop has excellent marketing possibilities.
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I'm confused about what to do with a situation in my family. At the age of 21, I am the oldest of four children. My parents have been divorced for seven years and still remain good friends. Dad remarried six years ago and is miserable. I know because he told me. I have evidence that makes me believe my father is having an affair with my best friend's mother.
Friday, June 24
When you need to relax after a long workweek, Moffat County has a variety of options to help you unwind.
While hunters travel all over Colorado each year to bag big game, Craig offers one thing other towns don’t, Rob Schmitzer said. “We have the big game hunting and a large population of other wildlife,” he said. “But, we have hundreds of thousands of acres of public land that are not over-utilized. Craig offers solitude.” In Outdoor Life magazine’s fourth annual rankings of the top 200 towns for sportsmen, Craig was ranked 77th, dropping nine spots from last year.
Bill Ronis first started attending the Craig Farmer’s Market three years ago, and since then, he has watched it grow. And, if the turnout for this year’s first market is any indication, it will keep right on growing. More than 100 people attended the first event of the summer at Downtown Craig’s Alice Pleasant Park for the homegrown produce and handmade crafts offered by the 10 local vendors.
At its regular meeting Thursday, the Moffat County School Board: • Adopted, 7-0, the 2011-12 budget and financial resolution. • Approved, 6-0, the second reading to rescind Policy 5160, regarding the sharing of student records and information between the school district and state agencies.
On the Record for June 24, 2011
Dan Brunner has been working with firearms since 1976, and in that time he has encountered many people who aren’t as well versed in the usage of such implements. But, that’s why he is available to instruct them. Through the Personal Defense Institute of Colorado Springs, Brunner will teach a concealed carry weapon permit class in Craig from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.
It’s possible the Moffat County School District will be a testing ground for Colorado Senate Bill 10-191 beginning in August. SB 10-191, also known as the “Great Teacher and Leaders Bill,” or the “Educator Effectiveness Bill,” was signed into law in May 2010 by then-governor Bill Ritter. Although the bill was signed more than a year ago, it won’t go into full effect until 2015.
November is more than four months away, but that hasn’t stopped the Moffat County High School wrestling team from preparing for next season. The Bulldogs participated June 15 to 19 in a 34-team wrestling camp in Gunnison. Head coach Roman Gutierrez said he took only seven wrestlers, but most wrestlers competed in 16 to 20 matches at the camp.
Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Craig: • Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way Unleaded: $3.85; Diesel: $3.95
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The 11th annual The Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament, which was set for today, has been rescheduled for Sept. 23 due to wet conditions at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Check-in will be at 11 a.m., and the shotgun start is slated for noon. The tournament will be a four-person scramble format to benefit The Memorial Hospital Foundation.
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Calvary Baptist School hosts a fundraising community garage sale at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. Call 824-3111. 4 to 7 p.m. The Humane Society of Moffat County will be at Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply, 2355 W. Victory Way, for voting on the Pet Mates Calendar contest. E-mail email@example.com.
It’s strange how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is starting a new campaign against smokers, complete with pictures of various body parts rotting away, right on the cigarette package. While this may seem a credible use of taxpayer money, one could argue its effects will be noticed more by adults than the beginning smoker. This is certainly not because the younger smoker lacks intelligence of the reported diseases caused by smoking nor the obvious peer pressure that comes along for the ride.
Apostolic Lighthouse Church, 3107 W. First St., will host a children’s event at 6 p.m. Saturday. The event includes a puppet show, clowns, a magic act, games, snacks, prizes, face painting and more. The event is free and is open to children of all ages.
To the editor: We would like to thank the people of Craig and the surrounding communities for their generosity shown to us during our yard sale.
To the editor: The family of Craig Smith would like to thank all of their friends, colleagues, students, church family and the Craig community for providing the wonderful food, paper products and the flowers during this difficult time. Donations to the Craig Smith Memorial Fund were so appreciated and will be a lasting memorial.
It’s finally summer, when young mothers push strollers through mellow evenings, laughter drifts across backyard fences and rainbows of green entertain eyes weary of yellow, gray and brown. Under a summer sun, I’m less obsessed by what’s for dinner and how much sleep I had the night before. I stand taller, breathe easier and open more readily to spontaneity and stray dogs. While running errands this week, I encountered a friend, a lady who exceeds me in years, wisdom and grace.
I'm so frustrated right now. Our 22-year-old daughter, "Olivia," is living at home with my husband, our 17-year-old son and me. A while back, she quit college and moved in with her friends, which turned out to be a financial disaster. Two years ago, Olivia decided to return to school and moved back in with us.
I admire the daring and skill of those who rodeo, especially the students who competed in the Colorado State High School Rodeo finals and the Little Britches Rodeo hosted by Craig this year. I never had their ability, but I did have a passion for mounting up and heading out, as illustrated by the following cowboy poem I penned.
What is a dream? For some people that may be a question, but for me it’s the answer, or at least the way it has to be phrased. Let me elaborate. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a knack for retaining trivia tidbits, layer upon layer of informational items useful to some — or no one — depending on how much or little they need to know about a given subject.
For Lonnie Kawcak and his family, running MJK Sales and Hardware boils down to one thing — customer service. “We want to treat people the way that we want to be treated, said Lonnie, 59. “We have about 25 people on staff any given day and they all concentrate on giving great customer service.” Lonnie, his wife Lorraine and their sons Blake and Blaine own and operate MJK on Ranney Street.
As you enter the doors of Furniture Gallery of Craig, you can expect to be greeted with some easy listening Muzak and a serene forest décor. You can plop down in a sofa or curl up on one of the store’s mattresses. And, if one of the staff members hasn’t approached you yet, they’ll be more than ready once you’re prepared to start checking prices on the furnishings you need in your home.
When Scott and Robyn Kitchen have a home to sell, they know just who to call — longtime friend and Craig Realtor Kim Cox, who has helped them sell two homes in less-than-ideal markets. “There wasn’t anything she couldn’t do, no question she couldn’t answer,” Robyn said of her experiences with Cox.
When Tammy Seela pulls into Loudy-Simpson Park at 5 a.m. every morning, it comes as no surprise to her to see people out and about. Seela, Moffat County’s parks and recreation manager, said people are constantly walking the trails, enjoying the picnic area, or exercising their dogs at the park.
Kelsey Bauman had plans to become a physical therapist, but a key part of the job didn’t appeal to her. “I decided that I wanted to make people feel better not put them in pain,” she said. The decision to choose another line of work has paid off. Bauman won best hairstylist in the Craig Daily Press’ 2011 Best of Moffat County contest.
A splash of red, a scribble of green, a speck of purple. That’s how some might see a painting if they stared at it from an inch away. Local artist Nini Shroyer views it in reverse. Shroyer, winner of best artist in the Craig Daily Press’ 2011 Best of Moffat County contest, paints according to how she views the world, in terms of color, and how it forms objects in reality.
While in college, Wayne Davis had a part-time job at a veterinary clinic and knew something was special about the work he was doing. “With all the jobs I held between high school and college, everything was always interesting at first, but then got boring,” Davis said. “When I started working with veterinary medicine, I knew it would never get boring.” Davis, owner of the Craig Veterinary Hospital, 73 Commerce St., was voted best veterinarian in the Craig Daily Press’ 2011 Best of Moffat County contest.
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Your material prospects look more promising in the year ahead than they have for some time. Just so you're not wasteful with the excess, start a saving program. In time, you'll be able to purchase something big.
Thursday, June 23
Don Jones has known since high school what he wanted to do. At his recent 20-year high school reunion, he was reminded from his yearbook that he knew he wanted to be a “successful accountant in the business world.” Now the owner of Jones & Associates, Inc., public accounting firm is celebrating the success of being voted best accountant in the Craig Daily Press’ Best of Moffat County contest.
Carelli's Pizzeria & Pasta has been voted to have Moffat County's best sandwich, pizza and Italian food.
Craig Daily Press readers voted J.W. Snack's as the best lunch restaurant and best place to eat chicken wings in Best of Moffat County.
Craig Daily Press readers selected Tin Cup Grill as having Moffat County's best steak dinner and as the best dinner restaurant.
The O.P. Bar & Grill was selected to have the best hamburger in the 2011 Best of Moffat County contest.
If you’re a patient under the care of nurse Dave Higgins, it’s a safe bet you’re probably going through a rough patch. Higgins, 48, is the clinical lead in the emergency department at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He also oversees the hospital’s new infusion clinic for chemotherapy patients. This year, Higgins was named best nurse in Moffat County in the Craig Daily Press’ 2011 Best of Moffat County contest.
Dr. Dennis Kinder offered a practical explanation on why he was named Moffat County’s best physician. “I’ve been working here for quite a while now, and I have a fair population of patients,” Kinder said. It’s an appropriately modest response from the humble internist. While it may be true that Kinder has grown his list of patients over the years, his response overlooks the compassionate and good-humored care Kinder is known for.
With a restaurant that keeps a wide span of business hours like Village Inn, workers can get used to a variety of customers, from early birds to night owls to everyone in between. In her three decades of waiting tables, Eileen Kunkle has seen them all and then some, but whether the people she serves are individuals there just for a cup of coffee when the doors open or a big family dinner late at night, she makes sure they never go hungry.
Mudd Shack in Craig has been selected as having best cup of coffee in the 2011 Best of Moffat County contest.
Popular Bar was selected by Craig Daily Press readers as Moffat County's best bar.
Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant awarded best margarita and best Mexican food in 2011 Best of Moffat County.
In the restaurant and nightclub hierarchy, the bouncer at the door of an establishment needs to be tough in order to get rid of ttroublemakers. Inside, the host/hostess and members of the wait staff need to be friendly to give clientele a reason to come back. But, those who work behind the bar have to be equally firm and forthcoming, a balancing act Michelle Jones upholds as she mixes and pours drinks, all while providing an attentive ear for customers.
On the Record for June 23, 2011
Dave Pike, Craig Parks and Recreation director, said the finished works from this year’s Whittle the Wood Rendezvous have been removed from Craig City Park, delivered to new locations, and will be permanently installed within the next few weeks. Typically, the carvings would stay at City Park for a longer duration, but two factors intervened, Pike said. First, the wood used at this year’s event — beetle-kill pine — is prone to cracking. Second, many of this year’s works were delicately carved by artists.
The Craig Duathlon’s trial run last year to see how it would fit into the well-known Steamboat Springs Running Series seems to have panned out. The local duathlon was added to the Running Series’ 2011 schedule and will take at 8 a.m. Sunday starting at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St.
Tourism organization also hires new office assistant
The Moffat County Tourism Association is a step closer to naming a new director. At its Wednesday meeting, the MCTA Board settled on two candidates for the open position to replace outgoing director Marilynn Hill. The board will reconvene June 29 to interview both candidates, whose names will not be released until after the interview process.
Children are invited to color a luminaria in remembrance of a loved one lost to cancer, or to honor someone who has won the battle, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the West Routt Library, 201 E. Jefferson Ave., Hayden. The luminarias will be lit during Yampa Valley Relay for Life on July 15 in Craig.
11 a.m. Story time hosted by the Moffat County Libraries takes place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds covered picnic area. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. Call 824-5116.
I am having an affair with a married woman. We used to live together and then separated under conditions that were totally my fault. Afterward, I begged her forgiveness and proposed marriage. She declined, but we continued our physical relationship. She then abruptly ended this relationship and married someone else. I was devastated.
If you can effectively qualify your objectives in the year ahead, you stand a good chance of having your ambitions fulfilled. If you can't, it'll be another story. Don't waste your time and effort on goals too difficult to achieve.
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Wednesday, June 22
The last set of movies that pertained to the ownership of a piece of jewelry turned out very well for Hollywood. While the comic book feature “Green Lantern” isn’t likely to lord over the Oscars like a certain trilogy, the tale of the ring involved in it has its moments. When he’s in the air, test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is a sight to behold as he performs incredible aerial feats that others could only dream of.
The Moffat County Cattlewomen donated a gift basket Sunday to new father Travis Oest. Oest’s son, Kenson, was the first baby born on Father’s Day at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. The mother is Bo Oest, and the couple lives in Craig.
Longtime post leader stepping down after lengthy tenure in position
Mel Shockley has served as commander of the Mark Anthony Evans-Lawton American Legion Post 62 for the better part of a decade. “Seven years and three months,” Shockley said. “A pretty long run.” But, all things must end someday, and Shockley is slated to retire from the position July 1.
On the Record for June 22, 2011
Bill Meek led Soroco schools for nearly 30 years
Today, the name William L. Meek can be read at the entrance to the South Routt School District’s athletic facility. But after 30 years as the district’s superintendent, Meek’s legacy runs much deeper through the roots of the South Routt community than a simple sign could illustrate.
Dave and Carrie Epstein to be featured on “The Marriage Ref”
It started off as Dave Epstein’s chance to meet Jerry Seinfeld. And meet the famous comedian he did, but as he and his wife, Carrie, auditioned and filmed for NBC’s “The Marriage Ref,” Epstein’s road to reality-show stardom was paved with a breadth of other experiences.
It’s a full weekend of summer fun with everything from produce to live music and running to motocross. ■ Get revved up for motocross races scheduled for Sunday at Thunder Ridge Motor Sports Park, south of Craig.
MCTA Board meeting When: 9 a.m. today Where: Basement conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:
The Thunder Ridge Motor Sports Park, located south of Craig, will be holding motocross races Sunday. All age groups and all classes are welcome to compete.
The sawdust has settled and the verdict, at least in the Editorial Board’s eyes, is in: the latest offering from the annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous was a success. We commend organizers of the 12th annual event for their work in giving the Craig and Moffat County community a fun, signature event that’s also building an audience on the Western Slope. The City of Craig also deserves a compliment for recognizing the event’s importance and providing money necessary to host the event.
The Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and Bear River Young Life will host a Wacky Wednesday Summer Fun event from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. The event includes a giant slip-and-slide, powered by a fire truck, and a crud war.
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. 4 to 7 p.m. The Humane Society of Moffat County will be at Walmart, 2000 W. Victory Way, for voting on the Pet Mates Calendar contest. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Father’s Day has come and gone. Most of my Father’s Days have been spent thinking of my dad. He’s been gone several years, but he left a beautiful gift of inspiration. When I feel down, I ask myself what my dad would do. Nine times out of 10, I come up with the answer that, if at first you don’t succeed, you try, try again.
To the editor: The 18th annual Hospice Celebration of Life dinner and golf tournament was held on June 13 and 14 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Catamount Ranch and Club golf course. Once again the turnout was profound. More than 300 supporters of the Hospice program joined us for the dinner and program Monday night to remember and honor the lives of community members that we have lost during the past year.
Sudoku for June 22, 2011
Crossword for June 22, 2011
Because you'll have more occasions in the next year to assume direct control over issues and/or opportunities, you'll get a number of chances to make much from little. It'll be up to you to take advantage of your possibilities.
I am a 20-year-old male who recently developed an eating disorder. I've lost almost 50 pounds from restricting, purging and over-exercising. Even though I get a lot of compliments on my weight loss, I am nowhere near where I'd like to be. My parents notice that I don't eat very much, but as soon as I eat a little more, my mother makes comments on how I'm going to gain the weight back.
Comics for June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21
The Moffat County Commission approved several items at today's regular meeting at the Moffat County Courthouse.
On the Record for June 21, 2011
Five Moffat County High School students returned this week from the National Forensics League’s national tournament in Dallas. The event, which ran from June 14 to 18, hosted 2,600 students from all 50 states. MCHS students Matt Balderston, Collin Dilldine, Ben East, Derek Maiolo and Ryan Zehner attended the tournament after qualifying at different events throughout the spring semester.
Kyler Stout, 7, stood Monday at the end of the Yampa Valley Golf Course driving range concentrating on each ball he swung at. “My favorite thing to do is hit golf balls,” Stout said. “I need to practice more, so I came to play this week. Golf is a lot of fun anyway.” Stout was one of 75 youths who participated in the first day of the golf course’s junior golf clinic Monday.
More than 70 people crowded into a Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds building Monday night to hear Colorado Division of Wildlife managers and biologists discuss the decline in the White River deer herd. Biologist Darby Finley and mammals researcher Chuck Anderson joined DOW managers Bill de Vergie and Bailey Franklin to discuss the hunting area surrounding Meeker. Finley told those in attendance that the White River deer herd has declined between 30 and 40 percent since 2000.
The Yampa Valley Electric Association Board added three new members during its annual meeting Saturday at Hayden High School auditorium. Craig residents Larry Ellgen and Mike Brinks and Steamboat Springs resident Tom Fox are the newest members of the nine-person board. Larry Covillo, YVEA president and general manager, said about 19,000 ballots were sent to the company’s customers and members. “We usually get back about 2,400 to 2,700, so this year was about average,” he said.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 is planning a Fourth of July parade and community barbecue to celebrate Independence Day. The parade begins at noon July 4 at the VFW, 419 E. Victory Way. The parade will travel west on Victory Way, north on Yampa Avenue, and east on Sixth Street to Craig City Park. The theme is red, white and blue, and parade registration is free.
6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444.
Comics for June 21, 2011
Knowledge you've gained from many of your past experiences is likely to play a big role in shaping your destiny in the year ahead. Most of the lessons you've learned will help you to avoid making the same mistakes again.
I have been in a relationship with "Derek" for two years. I love him dearly and know we will marry someday. The problem is, my sister and her husband will not accept Derek because we started dating when he was still going through a divorce. Annie, I know we should have waited until the divorce was final, but my sister can't seem to move past it.
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Monday, June 20
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On Saturday, Bear River Young Life & Colorado Cruisers held their annual Car & Motorcycle Show on Yampa Avenue in Craig. David Pressgrove, Young Life area director, said the event showcased 115 classic cars and motorcycles and grossed about $7,000 for the Christian-based youth group. Approximately 2,000 people attended the show.
A group of 10 older adults brought plenty of cooking experience to the Haven Community Center during a lunchtime event. Even so, questions during “food safety bingo” stumped at least a few of them.
“I enjoy reading, I mean I love reading. I love historical romance and nonfiction the most. I started working at the Maybell library in 2002 because I needed a job and lived there in Maybell. For the past two years, I have been working here in the Craig library.
Time and again, Garrett Buckley’s horse tried to buck him off Sunday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Competing in the saddle bronc riding championship round during the Colorado State High School Rodeo finals, Buckley didn’t let the horse get the best of him. “The run felt really good and really bad,” the Moffat County High School rodeo athlete said. “It felt good because I stayed with (the horse), but it felt bad because I took some bruises from her.”
Dave Pike, Craig Parks and Recreation director, said the policy to limit alcohol at this year’s Whittle the Wood Rendezvous was inevitable. “The BYOB thing was too good to be true,” he said. “We were probably the last venue in the state that allowed that.” Pike was referring to a tradition as old as the Rendezvous itself: visitors being allowed to bring their own alcohol to the event.
Renaissance-era artist Michelangelo, when remarking on one of his sculptures, said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” On Saturday, Craig played host to 11 artists during the 12th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. Although the artists use chainsaws on pine logs 10 feet tall and 3 1/2 feet in diameter, the insight Michelangelo shared 500 years ago still rings true today.
In a rough economy, creating jobs is a necessity. While this is easier said than done, seeking out new opportunities is what makes or breaks businesses. Craig resident and businessman Dave DeRose knows this first hand.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association/Aging Well Program’s aquatics class takes place at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court. The cost is $32 for an eight-week session or $6 for drop-ins. Call Johanna at 871-7676. 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Apostolic Lighthouse Church, 3107 W. First St., hosts Moms’ Monday. Local mothers can bring their children and lunch to the church to enjoy fellowship while children play. Call 824-2496 or 629-0176. 4 to 7 p.m. The Humane Society of Moffat County will be at City Market, 505 W. Victory Way, for voting on the Pet Mates Calendar contest. E-mail email@example.com.
As kids, my brothers and I were surrounded by animals. They were mostly ranch stock, but on occasion there’d be a dog or cat that wouldn’t take your arm off just to stay in practice. Cats outnumbered dogs 4-1, “which keeps every mouse headed for La Barge,” as Grandma would say to the worthless cousin silly enough to call to a feline that loved fingers for dessert.
Today 5:30 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation baseball plays at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St., and Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane. Tuesday
Craig’s Farmer’s Market is scheduled to begin Thursday. The market runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 22 at Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig. For more information, or to become a Farmer’s Market vendor, call Marilynn Hill at 824-4758.
Craig Softball Association’s summer co-ed season standings as of June 16: (Team — record) 1. Ace Painting/Gino’s — 9-1 2. TCB Contracting — 8-2
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You will certainly experience your share of both stress and pleasure in the year ahead, but how you handle each will determine your success and happiness. Don't let any insignificant event disturb you -- think "win" at all times.
I dated "Tony" for a year before we married two years ago. I thought I knew him, but shortly after the wedding, I discovered that everything about him was a lie. This included falsehoods about his financial situation, his family, his ex-wife, his children and his jobs. He lied about little things, big things, everything.
Saturday, June 18
Vacation of County Roads off of Moffat County Road 49 PLEASE BE ADVISED that Nick Charchalis has submitted an application to vacate Moffat County Roads LY1, LY2, LY3, LY4 and LY6; all off of Moffat County Road 49, Craig Colorado also located in Sections 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, and 27; Township 4 North; Range 92 West of the 6th Principal Meridian, Moffat County, Colorado.
COMBINED NOTICE- AMENDED- PUBLICATION FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1622 Original Grantor(s): Heath Scroggs and Stacy Scroggs Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Bank of the West, a California Corporation
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, Jack & Linda Paulson dba Lariat Lee Liquors Inc., 391 Lincoln Street, Craig, Colorado has by application dated April 27, 2011, applied for a Retail Liquor Store License on the premises hereinabove described.
The City of Craig is accepting bids for the 2011 Asphalt Work. Bids will be due at the Council Chambers at City Hall, 300 West Fourth Street, Craig, Colorado 81625 at 2:00 pm, Thursday, June 9, 2011 at which time they will be opened and read aloud. Award of bid will be at the City Council meeting on June 14, 2011. Bid, performance, payment bonds or some type of surety are required. Specifications may be obtained by contacting Public Works Director Bill Earley at (970) 826-2014
The City of Craig is accepting bids for the 2011 CURB & GUTTER CONSTRUCTION & CONCRETE IMPROVEMENTS. Bids will be due at the Council Chambers at City Hall, 300 West Fourth Street, Craig, Colorado 81625 at 2:00 pm, Thursday, June 9, 2011 at which time they will be opened and read aloud. Award of bid will be at the City Council meeting on June 14, 2011.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Mountain Homes Youth Ranch; applicants have submitted an Application for Conditional Use for Camping and Youth Programs located on private land in T7N to T10N; R99W to R102W of the 6th Principal Meridian, Moffat County, Colorado.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Mark and Betty Wick, applicants, has submitted an Application to vacate the current Schell Exemption E-98-01 and have applied for a new Exemption from Subdivision Regulations located at Sections 29 and 30; T7N, R93W of the 6th P.M., Moffat County Colorado.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Wyman Museum/Glen Sherman Park, applicant has submitted an Application for Conditional Use for a gravel pit located in Section 3; T6N; R90W of the 6th Principal Meridian, Moffat County, Colorado
Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Members of Yampa Valley Electric Association, Inc. will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at the Hayden High School Auditorium in Hayden, Colorado to take action upon the following matters:
The Reader Cemetery District is currently accepting bids for the installation of a new sprinkler system.
Moffat County, Colorado, will open sealed bids at 221 West Victory Way, Craig, Colorado on July 7, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. for the 2011 Asphalt Projects. Bids must be submitted by no later than July 6, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. to 822 E. 1st Street, P.O. Box 667, Craig, CO, 81626.
Sealed bids will be accepted by the BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MOFFAT COUNTY, COLORADO, until 12:00 p.m. Noon on Monday, June 20, 2011 in the Planning Department or Administration Department, 221 W. Victory Way, Suite 250 or Suite 110, Craig, Colorado 81625 for the following: SURPLUS EQUIPMENT
Moffat County, Colorado, will open sealed bids at 221 West Victory Way, Craig, Colorado, 81625, on June 10, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. for a Motor Grader. Bids must be submitted no later than June 9, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. to 822 E. 1st Street, P.O. Box 667, Craig, CO, 81626.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1634 Original Grantor(s): Johnny F. Bodkins Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1638 Original Grantor(s): Susan Johns Original Beneficiary(ies): United States of America, acting through the Rural Housing Service or successor agency, United States Department of Agriculture
The Wyman Living History Ranch and Museum has applied for a Construction Material Limited Impact (110) Reclamation permit from the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board ( the board) to conduct the extraction of construction materials in Moffat County. The attached information is being provided to notify you of the location and nature of the proposed operation. The entire application is on file with the Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety ( the division) and local county clerk and recorder.
PROJECT #C 0132-018 PROJECT ID #17654 In accordance with the notice provisions contained in 38 26 107 C.R.S. 1973 as amended, the DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, STATE OF COLORADO has established July 7, 2011 as the date of final settlement date with Tricon 2, LLC for Project #C 0132-018, Project ID #17654, in Moffat County.
NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT PROJECT #MTCE R300-173 PROJECT ID #18281
Case Number 11PR1
Notice is hereby given to Fernando Rojas, whose last known address is 925 w 1st Street #601Craig, Co 81625 pursuant to Colorado Statute 38-20-116 has abandoned the below described property that is stored at Hurricane Storage managed by Central Park Management, Inc., 1535 East Victory Way, Craig, Colorado - Unit H04. Christopher Duran must contact Central Park Management, Inc. at 970-824-6464 by the June 24, 2011. Current amount due is $369.00. Charges will continue to accrue until items are disposed of. Please note that this includes June rent
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1602 Original Grantor(s): Mary A. Carrera and John J. Lebonville Original Beneficiary(ies): New Century Mortgage Corporation
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1637 Original Grantor(s): Dennis Fredrickson and Sherri Fredrickson Original Beneficiary(ies): Ameriquest Mortgage Company
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1639 Original Grantor(s): Kammra J. Clark Original Beneficiary(ies): Argent Mortgage Company, LLC
The Moffat County Commissioners, acting as the Moffat County Board of Equalization, will hear appeals from July 1 to August 5, 2011 for taxpayers who disagree with the property value established by the assessor.
The Moffat County Housing Authority, Moffat County, Colorado will open sealed bids at 633 Ledford Street, Craig, CO, 81625 on July 5, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. for Painting the Exterior of the Sunset Meadows 2 Building. Bids must be submitted no later than July 1, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. in the office of the Moffat County Housing Authority, 633 Ledford Street, Craig, CO 81625.
The Moffat County Housing Authority, Moffat County, Colorado will open sealed bids at 633 Ledford Street, Craig, CO, 81625 on July 5, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. for Roof Reconstruction Services at Sunset Meadows 1.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1640 Original Grantor(s): Jeremy D. Lueck and Erin Lueck Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1641 Original Grantor(s): Crystal J. Noland and John T. Roe Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as nominee for USA Home Loans, Inc.
COMBINED NOTICE- DEFERRED- PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-803(6) FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1625 Original Grantor(s): RYAN M. MACGREGOR AND ANNIE L. MACGREGOR Original Beneficiary(ies): WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.
NAMES CASE NUMBER TYPE OF CASE Sandra Lee Rodriguez Hernandez VS. Juan Octoavio Of Marriage Hernandez Meza 11DR48 Petition For Dissolution
Jubilee Venture, LLC; 19754 E. Euclid Drive, Centennial, Colorado 80016, Phone 720-289-1455, has filed an application for a Regular (112) Hard Rock/Metal Mining Reclamation Permit with the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board under provisions of the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Act. The proposed mine is known as the Eagle Mine Project, and is located at or near SE ¼ NE ¼ Sec 2, T. 10N., Range 92 W., 6th Prime Meridian, Moffat County, Colorado.
The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety proposes to Approve Technical Revision Application No. 90 (TR-90) for the Colowyo Coal Mine (Permit No. C-1981-019), submitted by Colowyo Coal Company L.P. Ownership of the land affected by TR-90 is federal, state, and private. The application provides a technical demonstration that runoff from a 2.7-acre topsoil stockpile
Moffat County Libraries Board meeting When: 5:30 p.m. Monday Where: Maybell branch, 202 Collom St. Agenda:
Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:
Leroy Arthur Petry, an Army sergeant first class and a Ranger who lost his right hand and sustained shrapnel wounds while throwing a live grenade out of harm’s way, will receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama during a July 12 White House ceremony. Petry earned the honor stemming from a firefight May 26, 2008, in Paktya, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord-based Company D, Second Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at the time.
Moffat County School Board meeting When: 4 p.m. Thursday Where: Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Agenda:
Trent Vernon and Dusty Taylor sat atop a white fence Thursday watching the action at the Colorado State High School Rodeo finals at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Vernon, 13, and Dusty, 12, are just over a year away from competing in high school, but they aren’t waiting until then to prepare. Along with Garrett Uptain and Denton Taylor, Vernon and Dusty will compete on the Colorado Junior High National rodeo team June 26 to July 2 in Gallup, N.M.
In the course of their businesses, farm and ranch dads work in the fields, feed livestock in the winter, work cattle and sheep, watch cows and sheep at all hours during calving and lambing seasons, plow snow, and a lot more. Not only that, but they often work away from home, too. However, no matter how much work they have to do, farm and ranch dads always have time for their families.
To the editor: The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads would like to thank all of the merchants and members who purchased one (or more) of the lovely flowerpots you see while shopping in Craig. The proceeds from this fundraiser will be placed in our annual high school scholarship fund.
The Humane Society of Moffat County will be at the following locations for voting on the Pet Mates Calendar contest: • 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at City Market, 505 W. Victory Way • 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kmart, 1198 W. Victory Way
8 a.m. The Yampa Valley Horse Show Association hosts an open horse show at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The cost is $9 in advance at www.yampavalleyhorseshow.com or $10 on show day. Call Christina at 871-4567. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carving competition continues at Craig City Park, 605 Washington St. Food and arts and crafts vendors will be on site. Attendees can vote for their favorite carving.
The future, it’s been said, is merely history repeating itself. When it comes to this languishing American economy, battered by uncertainty, sagging personal and business finances, and alarming unemployment rates, the Editorial Board certainly hopes that phrase holds true.
I was having a nice chat with a ranch woman in New Mexico. We wound up discussing children. Then the subject of sons came up. We noted the special relationship between mothers and sons. Cheri, the ranch woman, said her son had been a dutiful cowboy ranch kid but had other plans for the future. By age 25 he was an officer in a bank in Phoenix and was on a career track to be rich and cautious someday. Despite her encouragement to find a nice woman, he just never had the time, was too picky, or professed no interest.
The Thunder Ridge Motor Sports Park, located south of Craig, will be holding motocross races today. All age groups and all classes are welcome to come compete. Sign ups will start at 7 a.m. and practice will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Crossword for June 18, 2011
Do not attempt to do more than you can comfortably handle at any one time in the next year, and a productive, rewarding period could be in store. If you manage your affairs well, you might even be able to do less and get more.
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I'm so confused. I have been married for 15 years and have five kids. Our married life started out great, but for the past several years, it has been dwindling to the point where I don't know if I want to stay. My husband will tell me in the morning that he hates me, and by lunch, he is hugging and groping me and saying he loves me. I used to think he was bipolar, but now I'm not sure.
Friday, June 17
As the name would indicate, the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous is centered on woodcarvers fashioning artwork out of discarded trees. But, each year, once competitors put down their tools, the other half of the event can begin, as the sounds of music replace the grind of chainsaws. This year is no different, though when the music begins Saturday afternoon, it won’t stop until the wee hours of the night.
Zabel has been teacher, middle school principal in district
Many of the 210 students who will walk the hallways of Hayden’s middle and high schools next year will already be familiar with their new head of school. Gina Zabel, an elementary literacy teacher in Hayden, was named the Tigers’ principal at a Hayden School Board meeting Friday morning.
Former Craig resident Harvey Craft said a recent mission in Africa changed his perspective on Western culture. “Nobody over here is happy,” he said. “Everybody has everything in the world and nobody is happy.” Things are different half a world away, he said.
On June 30, a team of fraternity members participating in the Journey of Hope will arrive in Craig as part of a nine-week, 4,000-mile cycling event across the country to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities, according to a news release. The team will arrive in the afternoon after a 90-mile ride from Dinosaur. The cyclists will first visit the Boys & Girls Club of Craig at 2 p.m. for a presentation on bike safety and Kids on the Block, a disability awareness-raising puppet show. That night, cyclists and crew members will have dinner and a Friendship Visit with Horizons at 6 p.m.
On the Record for Friday, June 17
Course’s proximity to wetlands concerns some board members
The Hayden Town Council on Thursday unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with Routt County for the operation of a disc golf course at Dry Creek Park that had some council members concerned because of its proximity to a wetlands mitigation area.
Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Craig: • Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way Unleaded: $3.89; Diesel: $3.99
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Grand Junction reported Wednesday that rumors the Craig Veterans Telehealth Clinic is closing are untrue. “Contrary to rumor, the Craig Veterans Affairs Telehealth Clinic is not closing,” wrote Paul Sweeney, VA customer relations chief, in a news release. “The clinic had to cancel onsite podiatry care due to staffing limitations and restrictions on what services can be provided at telehealth clinics.”
The Colorado State High School Rodeo finals began Thursday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds amidst bouts of rain and sunshine. With 111 competitors from around the state vying for the Colorado national rodeo team, four local athletes had the chance to compete on their home turf. Garrett Buckley, Wyatt Uptain, Ian Duzik and Taylor Duzik are representing the Moffat County High School rodeo team.
Four years ago, Jeff Simon resigned as Moffat County High School athletic director. Torn between teaching two social studies classes and fulfilling his duties as athletic director, Simon, a 1992 MCHS graduate, said he had to devote his attention to one or the other. “When I was athletic director it wasn’t a full-time job,” he said.
Yampa Valley Golf Course is hosting a junior golf clinic from Monday to Wednesday. The clinic will be split into three time segments — 8 to 9 a.m., 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — based on the number of youth who register.
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carving competition continues at Craig City Park, 605 Washington St. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bank of Colorado’s Pirates of the CURE-ibbean Relay for Life team is selling lunch in the bank’s parking lot, 250 W. Victory Way. A hot dog plate costs $3, and a hamburger plate costs $5. Call 824-9421. 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.
To the editor: The family of Hank Rader would like to thank everyone who donated food or helped with the family dinner following the service.
Colorado Northwestern Community College is seeking art for purchase to include its new campus buildings in Craig. Artists in Moffat County, Rio Blanco County, Hayden and Oak Creek are eligible to present their art for consideration. Entries must be postmarked by July 13.
The year ahead will be an extremely active one for you, both socially and career-wise. If you work hard and do your best, you'll have more than a few successes in each area. Even better, you'll find enjoyment in all that you do.
Comics for June 17, 2011
Sudoku for June 17, 2011
Crossword for June 17, 2011
My father is a dentist and earns a good living, but he is going after my money. When I graduated from high school, he took the money relatives and friends sent me and kept it for himself. A year later, he and Mom were going through a divorce, and he subpoenaed my work records to find out what I was earning.
Thursday, June 16
Fire season is here, and the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit is ready, the agency stated in a news release. According to the release, fire officials in Northwest Colorado have been preparing for the season for several months. Last week, a National Wildfire Preparedness Review was conducted by fire specialists from around the country. The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit, which includes the Craig Interagency Fire Dispatch Center, met or exceeded qualifying standards for wildfire operations and communication.
With iPhones and flashy video recorders on hand today, it’s easy to forget that once upon a time there were pieces of equipment much like this that actually needed a thing called film to run properly. “Super 8” takes us back to these glory days and may just bring a tear to your eyes as surely as whipping out the old home movies.
The search is over for the new Moffat County High School athletic director/assistant prinicipal. MCHS Principal Thom Schnellinger said the Moffat County School District appointed MCHS teacher Jeff Simon as the new athletic director/assistant principal earlier this week.
On the Record for Thursday, June 16
With the back and forth over the crushing national debt, it’s come to light that our government savings program will be broke in 2036. We could argue most of one day and the better part of the next one if Social Security is social or secure. The progressive Democrats of the 1930s gave us the social aspects of the idea. But, word to the wise: Don’t plan any big shindigs or a trip further than a tank of gas will carry you.
In third grade I made my dad a card shaped like a necktie for Father’s Day. I covered it with colorful stripes, avoiding pink because Dad wouldn’t wear pink. Inside, I wrote, “I’m glad you’re my father and work so hard to make money for food so we can eat good.” As I aged, I recognized other fine qualities my father possessed — honesty and humility, humor and quirkiness, absolute love for his family — but at 8, I didn’t see far beyond my stomach. Twice a month, Dad, with a flourish, presented his check from Geneva Steel to Mom.
As rodeo athletes from all over the state compete in the Colorado State High School Rodeo finals this weekend, someone unique will be on the lookout from the audience. Jed Moore, of Cheyenne, Wyo., will be on hand to scout athletes for Colorado Northwestern Community College’s newly formed rodeo team. “Where we are located geographically and the community we come from, a rodeo team seemed pretty obvious,” Moore said. “Plus, rodeo athletes are hardworking and determined, so they will come to CNCC and help augment our academics as well.”
Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership plans to move forward with applying for a business incubation grant through the Office of Economic Development and International Trade this summer. EDP director Darcy Owens-Trask presented the opportunity to the board during its monthly meeting Wednesday at the Moffat County Courthouse.
Colorado Northwestern Community College is seeking art for purchase to include its new campus buildings in Craig. Artists in Moffat County, Rio Blanco County, Hayden and Oak Creek are eligible to present their art for consideration. Entries must be postmarked by July 13.
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carving competition continues at Craig City Park, 605 Washington St.
Sudoku for June 16, 2011
In the near future, it's important to distinguish the difference between real opportunities and mere pipe dreams. If you operate only from sound, thoughtful choices, the results should be extremely gratifying.
I have known "Tony" for 17 years, and we've dated for the past seven. He has one ex-girlfriend who has remained in his life. When "Mara" became pregnant (by another man), she asked Tony to be the godfather. At first he told her no, because he thought it would make me uncomfortable (you think?), but after she pleaded with him that there was no one else, he agreed to do it.
Comics for June 16, 2011
Crossword for June 16, 2011
Members rejected proposal, 3-3, at June 2 meeting
The Hayden Town Council will consider whether to approve a memorandum of understanding with Routt County for the operation of a disc golf course at Dry Creek Park. A vote to approve the agreement failed, 3-3, at the June 2 meeting.
New Secondary Schools leader to be announced Friday
Hayden School Board members met with Secondary Schools principal finalists Gina Zabel, a literacy teacher in Hayden, and David Grabowski, a math teacher at Moffat County High School, on Wednesday night.
Wednesday, June 15
Mine officials are working to fix a blown transformer that caught fire Tuesday night and cut electricity to the mine. The mine is one of the most productive coal operations in the country, having produced 1.7 million tons of coal in the first quarter of 2011.
The man who fell into Soda Creek today was identified as John Christopher Noonan
The man who died Wednesday after falling into Soda Creek near 12th Street and Lincoln Avenue was identified as Steamboat Springs resident 58-year-old John Christopher Noonan, Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said.
A pair of rookies past and present shared a quick conversation today at Craig City Park. Mark Mahorney, of Kremmling, a first-year competitor in last year’s Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, spoke with John Parker, of Nederland, who is competing in the 12th annual competition for the first time this year. “I have been looking for a carving contest for a while, and I ran into Faye (Braaten) who told me about this one,” Parker said. “I jumped on it and signed up on the last day they were accepting carvers.” This year’s tree carving contest kicked off today in City Park.
A power outage today in Northwest Colorado impacted 9,187 residences and businesses.
Officials issue statement to dispel rumors
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Grand Junction reported today that rumors the Craig Veterans Telehealth Clinic is closing are untrue.
The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office in Craig has added three new officials in the last five weeks. Matt Anderson, 31, joined the local field office five weeks ago as associate field manager. Three weeks ago, Ed Hendricks, 41, joined as a law enforcement ranger, and Colt Mortenson, 42, became interagency fire management officer.
On the Record for Wednesday, June 15
What is a dream? For some people that may be a question, but for me it’s the answer, or at least the way it has to be phrased. Allow me to elaborate. For as long as I can remember, I have had a knack for retaining trivia tidbits, layer upon layer of informational items that are useful to some depending on how just how much you need to know about a given subject. Growing up, much of my knowledge wasn’t something that was likely to turn a profit, as I had yet to see a booth at career day for people who specialized in lyrics to “Weird Al” Yankovic songs, vintage Nintendo games or “Seinfeld” catchphrases. But, once I hit my sophomore year at Moffat County High School, one thing led to another, yadda-yadda-yadda, and then I was part of the school’s Knowledge Bowl team.
Board to meet Wednesday in executive session to interview candidates
The Hayden School District will announce its two finalists for the Secondary Schools principal position during a board meeting tonight. The candidates, whose names superintendent Mike Luppes declined to release before the meeting, will interview with School Board members in executive session.
It’s likely the most anticipated weekend of the year in Moffat County, and it’s finally here. ■ Whittle the Wood Rendezvous kicks off today as the carvers pick their stumps and get to work at Craig City Park. Check out the carvers from about 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Friday, and watch them finish up Saturday during the big day in the park.
After wrapping up the voting at Tuesday’s Craig City Council meeting, Mayor Terry Carwile invited staff reports. Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta gave his. “Mr. Mayor, council, just kind of a heads up,” he said. “We’re starting to get a lot more chickens in town.”
Craig Parks and Recreation is teaming up with Sable Mountain Outfitters out of Meeker for a horseback riding and fishing trip June 21. The trip will start with a guided horseback riding trip through the mountain trails to Marvine Creek, where participants will then have the rest of the day to fish.
The annual Jarvie Ranch Family Fest is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at John Jarvie Ranch. The event features live music, cowboy poetry, horse-drawn wagon rides and many old-fashioned demonstrations. Activities are free. Lunch, provided by the Browns Hole Homemaker’s Club, is $5.
8:30 a.m. The Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carver tree selection takes place at Craig City Park, 605 Washington St. 9 a.m. The Moffat County Tourism Association Board hosts a meeting in the main floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. See the agenda on page 5.
Listen throughout the day on any particular day in Craig and Moffat County, and you’re bound at least once or twice to hear the peace and quiet interrupted by emergency sirens. Those sirens sometimes belong to the volunteers at Craig Fire/Rescue, who answer an assortment of calls ranging from medical assists to fires to vehicle crashes, among others.
To the editor: Thank you to all the parents who supported our high school football players this past week at the University of Wyoming football camp. Thirty-five players made their way to Laramie, Wyo., for a three-day, crash-and-smash, full-contact, high-powered, dawn-to-dusk battle with 21 other schools from Colorado and Wyoming.
To the editor: The Cancer Support Group would like to thank the Shawl Ministry for taking the time to pray with us while giving each one of us a shawl. Your heartfelt generosity is greatly appreciated.
Two years ago, my son began dating "Layla," who then became pregnant. I went out of my way to include her in our family. I bought maternity clothes and baby outfits, took her out for lunch and paid for her to join us on a family cruise. Layla e-mailed everyone to stay away from the hospital the day of the baby's birth, as she wanted "bonding time." I asked my son if I could bring flowers. He said "fine" and met me at the hospital.
Comics for June 15, 2011
Sudoku for June 15, 2011
Crossword for June 15, 2011
In order to be happier and accomplish more, one of the more significant things you'll do in the year ahead is try to bring various segments of your life into better balance. Once you do, the results will be extremely gratifying.
Tuesday, June 14
The Tuesday night fire is not considered suspicious, but it is believed to have caused roughly $500,000 in damage. It's not clear whether all mining operations at Twentymile have ceased as a result of the loss of electricity.
Approval for Browns Park camp comes with stipulations
The Moffat County Commission approved, 2-0, a conditional use permit today for Mountain Homes Youth Ranch to operate in Browns Park. The vote comes a week after the commission hosted a public hearing on the matter. More than 20 community members attended the hearing to speak in support and opposition of the outdoor program for troubled teens. Commissioner Audrey Danner, who was absent from last week’s meeting, recused herself from today’s vote, but not from discussion.
The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board is scheduled to meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public.
The Moffat County Tourism Association Board is scheduled to host a meeting Wednesday morning, the organization announced today. See the agenda below.
After a few summer weightlifting sessions the past couple of weeks, the Moffat County High School varsity football team got back on the field for the first time this year. The Bulldogs took 35 varsity and junior varsity players to the University of Wyoming’s three-day camp June 9 to 11 in Laramie.
On the Record for Tuesday, June 14
Public invited to participate in Monday meeting in Meeker
The Colorado Division of Wildlife invites the public to a meeting Monday in Meeker to discuss concerns about a decrease in the White River deer herd with DOW managers and biologists, the agency reported in a news release. The meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds, 700 Sulphur Creek Road. The decline in the herd’s numbers has been a “major concern” in the White River area, the DOW reported.
Below is Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta’s monthly report to the Craig City Council regarding police department activity for May. The Craig Police Department responded to 1,384 requests for service in May, and Community Service responded to 180 requests.
When Weston Payne took over the Hayden Speedway last September, he had hopes of turning things around at the racetrack. However, a lack of racers, money and support forced Payne, a Craig resident, to close the doors on the Hayden Speedway’s 2011 season in mid-April. “It was a combination of reasons, but the biggest was there was no money,” said Payne, 28. “The past president didn’t do what he said last year and it made it hard for us to get sponsorships this year. Plus, the economy is always an issue.”
The Craig Swimming Complex opened for the season May 31 with resurfaced locker rooms and five different patterns in the wave pool. The pool is open from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3 for ages 4 to 11; $3.25 for ages 12 to 17; and $4 for adults 18 and up.
6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444.
The Craig Daily Press is seeking photos of hunting adventures and story suggestions from area hunters for inclusion in its annual “Colorado Hunter” publication. Story ideas range from features about generations of hunters to new equipment that is changing the world of hunting, and anything in between. Photos need to be at least 300 dpi and clear for publication. The Daily Press would need digital .jpg files.
Sudoku for June 14, 2011
Although you might have to step up the toil in order to fulfill an ambitious undertaking in coming months, the extra elbow grease will be worth it when your efforts prove worthy and are substantially rewarded.
I've been married for 20 years, but I have a situation at home and don't know what to do anymore. My wife gets angry over little things on a daily basis. She is constantly upset about things people do or don't do. If a child eats a cookie, she will throw a fit and then get mad at everyone else in the household.
Comics for June 14, 2011
Crossword for June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13
Brown had served as the agency's interim leader since Sue Birch resigned late last year. A search committee considered more than 40 applicants before deciding to remove Brown's "acting CEO" title.
Gov. John Hickenlooper issued an order today that flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings Wednesday in honor of Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth White, who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.
On the Record for Monday, June 13, 2011
The Craig Daily Press is seeking photos of hunting adventures and story suggestions from area hunters for inclusion in its annual “Colorado Hunter” publication. Story ideas range from features about generations of hunters to new equipment that is changing the world of hunting, and anything in between.
In any story, the opening sentences have to set the scene, with phrases like “Call me Ishmael,” and “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” coming to mind. When you hear something like, “It happened again…” there can be no doubt that you’re watching “The Hangover Part II.” The last time Phil, Stu and Doug (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha) got together for a bachelor party, it was a disastrous night made all the worse by Doug’s brother-in-law Alan (Zach Galifianakis).
The Community Health Resource Center, located in a small office in Yampa Valley Medical Center, exists to help people build knowledge and sift through information surrounding a health topic.
“Heart of the Home Kitchens is the showroom for our business, Blue Ribbon Kitchens, which is the designs and sales of the cabinetry, countertop and all the other things we sell. I’ve owned it with my sister, Cindy (Wright), for four years. We’ve had the showroom for three. We both have always used kitchens a lot. I had a kitchen that had to be remodeled, and I wasn’t liking the way that anybody was able to do it. I had designed additions to my home and I thought that if I wanted it to be done right, I need do it myself. Cindy had already worked for a cabinet shop in Steamboat years ago, so she helped me and we just got busy and designed my kitchen and loved it. So we decided that would be our business, and I would quit City Market. I worked there for almost 20 years.
Monday 5:30 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation baseball plays at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St., and Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane. Tuesday 4:45 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation girls softball plays at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St.
With a successful season with the Moffat County High School baseball team behind him, head coach Justin Folley has turned his attention to the summer season. As head coach of the American Legion Post 62 baseball team, Folley said this summer is about getting ready for the next spring. “I’m not really concerned about the wins and losses in the summer,” he said. “We want to get in repetition and get the younger kids used to our high school program. The eighth-graders who will be in high school next year have been chomping at the bit since we started in the spring to get going.”
A study of 2010 patient numbers indicates The Memorial Hospital in Craig gained market share from other hospitals in the region. The study was commissioned by Tennessee-based Quorum Health Resources, a hospital management and consultant group. The study tracked numbers of discharged patients, and the services they’d received from regional hospitals.
For anyone looking for an inexpensive lunch for a good cause, the Bank of Colorado staff has what you need this week. Bank staffers will host a barbecue for the community from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the building’s parking lot at 250 W. Victory Way. A hot dog plate will be $3 and a hamburger plate $5, with other picnic-style food also available. “People can come by, or we’re also doing pre-orders,” said Audrey Anna Charchalis, a loan officer for the bank. “If any of the businesses in town want to pre-order for their employees, we can bring them to them.”
Earlier this month, two local taxidermists accomplished something that, within their trade, would have been unthinkable 20 years ago. Scott Moore and Leland Reinier submitted a collaborative piece to a taxidermy competition and won. Their entry — a life-size African lion mounted on a rock cropping called “Can’t Kill the King” — won first place in the collective artist division at the Colorado State Taxidermy Competition from June 2 through 4 in Salida.
The Rio Blanco Ranger District will host a meeting to discuss the new Forest Service Travel Management Plan at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kilowatt Korner, 233 Sixth St., Meeker. For more information, call 878-5297.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association/Aging Well Program’s aquatics class takes place at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court. The cost is $32 for an eight-week session or $6 for drop-ins. Call Johanna at 871-7676. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147.
God Bless America. Tuesday is Flag Day. I put my flag in my flowerpot by my door. It’s a small flag, but it still works for me. I hope to see a lot of our flags out Tuesday, honoring not only our country, but our also our troops because they’re what it’s all about to me.
As young men, my grandfather and his brother, Blaine, took any job they could find. Late one summer, Uncle Blaine, being a fool for love, volunteered them to move several flocks of sheep. As most men will admit quietly, they’ll do most anything a young lady requests of them.
To the editor: There are few moments in any person’s life when they are truly terrified, but they are moments that give you reason to reflect and appreciate. On June 10, I watched my son sit on a ledge 2-feet by 1-foot on the south-facing side of a cliff face in Castor Gulch, terrified he would not have the strength to keep his balance after seven hours of sitting there until help could arrive. As a mother, you pray your child would never be in such a spot, literally hanging off a cliff. On this night, God sent four angels to rescue our son in Craig Fire/Rescue uniforms.
Comics for June 13, 2011
Even if you should have to work a bit harder than usual in the year ahead, go for brass ring. Your earnings will not only increase, but there are also likely to be some residual benefits.
Crossword for June 13, 2011
I'm a 66-year-old mother of two, grandmother of four. I have been verbally abused my entire life -- first by my father and now by my daughter. I love my daughter, but I'm ready to dismiss her from my life in order to preserve what sanity I have left. I am afraid to be in the same room with her because I never know what will set her off. The problem, of course, is her children.
Sudoku for June 13, 2011
Saturday, June 11
After swimming almost her entire life, Alex Ruppel said she wanted to teach others what she had learned. In the spring, Ruppel, 19, became the new coach for the Craig Sea Sharks swimming team. “If anything can give instant reward, it is coaching,” Ruppel said Thursday. “When a swimmer gets done competing and you see the smile on their face, it is very gratifying because you as a coach spent all the hours teaching that kid how to swim.”
From Monday through Thursday, Jackson County will host the 2011 Northwestern Colorado Exposition. The event will take place at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Walden. Debbie Alpe, Colorado State University Extension Agent for Jackson County, said she couldn’t remember just how long the Northwestern Colorado Exposition has been held, but it is a “longstanding event.” Seven Northwest Colorado counties — Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco, Grand, Eagle, Garfield, and Jackson — take turns hosting the event.
Mark Rydberg said the fiscal year 2012 budget proposal for the Moffat County School District is an attempt to make the best out of an unfavorable situation. “We’ll have $2 million less than what the state should be giving us,” the finance director said. “So, we have to make cuts. We have to live within our means. We have deficit spending this year, but really only because we had such a huge windfall.” At Thursday’s special school board meeting, Rydberg introduced three additional changes to the fiscal year 2012 draft budget proposal that was initially unveiled in late February.
The MedBow-Routt Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is seeking proposals for projects that will enhance forest ecosystems or restore and improve land health and water quality on the White River National Forest and other nearby lands in Rio Blanco County. “Rio Blanco County will have an estimated $113,000 to spend on projects, made available through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act,” said RAC Chairman Jerry Paxton. “These funds can be leveraged with matching funds.”
Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:
Buyer: NEILSEN, DONNA J Seller: VALLEY MORTGAGE INC Address: T3N R104W Sec. 12, Desc. near Dinosaur Price: $10,000.00
Craig/Moffat County Airport Advisory Board meeting When: 6 p.m. Monday Where: Craig/Moffat County Airport terminal building Agenda:
Moffat County Land Use Board meeting When: 7 to 9 p.m. Monday Where: Main floor conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:
8 p.m. An open meeting of Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bud at 824-1793. Sunday, June 12 1 p.m. An open meeting of Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bud at 824-1793.
I’m sitting here reading the newspaper about farms in Missouri and Louisiana being deliberately flooded to prevent inundation of towns on the Mississippi River. Alabama and Tennessee have been ripped with tornados, there’s snow on the ground in Wyoming, it’s too wet to plow some places, Texas is burning up and, at my place in Arizona, we haven’t seen rain since October. I guess it’s just another run-of-the-mill spring in the Land Outside the City Limits.
The Moffat County Commission sent one of its three members — Audrey Danner — this week to the Colorado Counties, Inc., 2011 Annual Summer Conference in Eagle County. On the surface, it appears the three-day gathering at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa included valuable information and insight for our local commissioner to hear and bring back home to Moffat County. While perhaps the host site was a bit extravagant for elected and public officials who mostly operate on tight budgets, nonetheless networking with other counties and officials isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
I am in my late 50s, divorced, with a career that spans 30 years. I have been successful in my life with one exception — relationships. I have been with "Ted" for more than seven years. The first half was good, but the second half has been a constant struggle.
Take on an enterprise that could be a second source of income in the next year, if you have the time and means to do so. Even if the returns are minimal and slow to arrive, given enough time they could grow considerably.
Comics for June 11, 2011
Sudoku for June 11, 2011
Crossword for June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10
Having graduated from Moffat County High School several years ago, Sam Johnson and Evan Hertzog haven’t returned to their hometown often. But, their latest visit will be a memorable one, summed up in one word. Loud.
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking additional nominations for five openings on its Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council, the agency reported Friday in a news release. The Northwest RAC is one of three advisory councils to the BLM in Colorado. The board includes 15 people appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. The Northwest RAC advises the BLM’s Northwest District, which includes Grand Junction, White River, Little Snake, Kremmling, and Colorado River BLM field offices.
Christine Villard accepts position with Poudre School District
The Moffat County School Board concluded its special meeting Thursday with a fond farewell to a longtime district administrator. School Board President Jo Ann Baxter approached outgoing assistant superintendent Christine Villard with a wrapped gift. “In recognition for all your years of service, and appreciation for all that you’ve done for us, we got this small gift … so you’ll be certain to remember us,” Baxter said.
On the Record for Friday, June 10, 2011
There are many things you can learn from “X-Men: First Class.” For example, never trust a girl who can change the color of her eyes and perhaps more seriously, don’t traumatize a kid with godlike abilities without expecting major repercussions. In 1962, things are changing across the globe. New music, new fashions, new species …
Jo Ann Baxter, Moffat County School Board president, began Thursday’s public hearing on the proposed budget with an explanation. Baxter said the special meeting was a forum for community members to address concerns about the budget for the 2011-12 school year. This year, after facing $2.2 million in cuts from the state, the school district has proposed reductions for full-time equivalents, transportation and more.
Local fuel gauge Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Craig:
Danny Griffith doesn’t claim to be the easiest boss to work for. “I’ve been guilty of making my girls cry because I’m so hard on them,” he said Thursday. “They work hard because they don’t want to disappoint me.” Griffith has owned J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Victory Way, with his wife, Teri, for five-and-a-half years.
To the editor: Hello, community. Just an update to those who have been following our story. Jane has completed two of three treatments to lower her antibodies.
The Northwest Colorado Republican Women’s Club will host its June meeting at 11:45 a.m. today at the Galaxy Chinese Restaurant and Lounge, 524 Yampa Ave. Officers will be installed by Sharon Sollenbarger, past president of the Colorado Federation of Republican Women.
9 a.m. to noon. Yampa Valley Baptist Church, 3900 E. Victory Way, hosts Vacation Bible School. The program, themed “The Gold Rush,” is open to youths 4 to 12. Call 824-5424. 11:45 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Republican Women’s Club hosts its June meeting at the Galaxy Chinese Restaurant and Lounge, 524 Yampa Ave. Officers will be installed. The meeting is open to all Republican men and women, and membership information is available.
To the editor: We want to thank everyone that came to help us celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.
To the editor: I am offering a reward for information leading to the finding of a 7-month-old beagle puppy named Major.
The 24th annual Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament scheduled for Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course has been postponed due to flooding on the course. The tournament has been rescheduled for 7:30 a.m. Sept. 3. The tournament will be a four-person scramble. The entry fee is $40 per person plus green fees for non-members.
Crossword for June 10, 2011
Individuals who have proven to be fortunate for you in the past are likely to be lucky again in the year ahead. Do everything you can to either remain in contact or to get in touch with those you haven't seen for a while.
Sudoku for June 10, 2011
Comics for June 10, 2011
I met "Janice" through my son's school. She's a parent of one of his classmates. She would come to my house in the afternoon before picking up her kids. We would enjoy a cup of coffee and sit around and talk and laugh. When three days went by and I didn't hear from her, I began to get worried.
Thursday, June 9
As a teen, I accepted any odd job offered. I needed money to buy tickets to the movies where Pat Boone crooned, Sandra Dee charmed, and “Psycho” Tony Perkins destroyed my enjoyment of showers. I also needed to purchase reeds for my clarinet, pounds of malted milk balls, and Ben Hur perfume. I saved any money left over for college: by the time I entered high school I had $11.15.
It’s a warm and cozy feeling knowing President Barack Obama is “concerned” about our economy. Not since President Jimmy Carter has our future looked so gloomy, or perhaps desperate is a better word for it. The unemployment numbers keep going up and the unknown number of people who have resigned themselves to being jobless is skyrocketing.
The Moffat County Tourism Association is taking another crack at hiring a new director. At its regular meeting today, the MCTA Board voted, 7-0, to reopen the group’s search for a new director. The group began its search after director Marilynn Hill announced in April her resignation from the post.
High school seeking candidate to fill AD/assistant principal role
The search for a new Moffat County High School athletic director will hopefully come to a close by the end of next week, MCHS Principal Thom Schnellinger said. Schnellinger said balancing schedules and concerns for 14 high school teams is no easy task and the school district wants the right person for the job.
On the Record for Thursday, June 9, 2011
For the second year in a row, the Moffat County Fairgrounds will host the Colorado State High School Rodeo finals. From June 15 to 19, 111 of the state’s top rodeo athletes will compete for a chance to make the Colorado state team and compete in a national competition. Four Moffat County High School athletes will compete — Wyatt Uptain, Garrett Buckley, Ian Duzik and Taylor Duzik.
Colorado Northwest Community College and Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, will host a new Tai Chi Level I class beginning Monday. The class meets from 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays at Trapper Fitness Center through July 25, except for July 4. The registration fee is $24.
9 a.m. to noon. Yampa Valley Baptist Church, 3900 E. Victory Way, hosts Vacation Bible School through Friday. The program, themed “The Gold Rush,” is open to youths 4 to 12. Call 824-5424.
Comics for June 9, 2011
I retired from the Navy after 30 years of service. Many of those years were spent at sea, so I was looking forward to spending some stress-free time with my wife. It hasn't happened. Here's the problem: We have owned our house for 30 years, but two years ago, new neighbors moved in. The one next door has a voice so loud, we can no longer enjoy our backyard.
Crossword for June 9, 2011
One of the best things apt to happen in the year ahead is the emergence of a stronger and more independent you. However, don't get cocky and dissolve friendships that stood by you through thick and thin.
Sudoku for June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8
Members can vote until June 17 or at June 18 meeting
Yampa Valley Electric Association spokesman Jim Chappell said three seats are up for election on the nine-member board each year. This year’s trio, two of which feature contested races, will be decided at the YVEA Board of Directors annual meeting June 18 in the Hayden High School auditorium.
A semi-truck rollover Wednesday on Colorado Highway 13 south of Craig blocked traffic for several hours. Colorado State Trooper Tonja Cowan said Michael Jones, 64, from Las Vegas, suffered minor injuries in the single-vehicle crash.
Craig resident Cathy Sonntag is 41, a single mother, and a reluctant beauty queen. “It’s my daughter’s fault,” Cathy said. “She’s the one who roped me into it.” In March, Cathy and her daughter, 14-year-old Rachel Sonntag, traveled to Denver to participate in a Dream Girls USA pageant. The Sonntags took top honors in their respective divisions and qualified for the Dream Girls USA 2011 Nationals from July 14 through 17 in St. Louis.
On the Record for June 8, 2011
Jason Back, head professional at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig, said there were more water hazards on his golf course than usual Wednesday. “Hole number two has a lake on it,” Back said. The golf course is one example of flooding in the region from the Yampa River. Michael Lewis, associate director of hydrologic data at the U.S. Geological Survey's Colorado Water Science Center in Lakewood, said the flows on the Yampa River are historic.
The Moffat County Tourism Association Board has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday morning at the Moffat County Courthouse. The agenda is below:
Gregg Kolbaba was shooting for a June 4 opening of his new stock car track south of the Moffat County Landfill. One determining factor for the opening, Kolbaba said, was how wet the spring in Craig would be. After heavy rain, Kolbaba said he was basically sidelined from sculpting the land into what it needs to be. “We couldn’t even come in here when it was wet,” he said. “There was standing water everywhere and we really couldn’t do anything.”
A listing of Moffat County property sales and purchases January: Buyer: PUBLIC TRUSTEE Seller: COLORADO HOUSING AND FINANCE AUTHORITY Address: 922 Colorado St. Price: $183,000.00
Jim Gregoire, owner of Trapper Fitness Center, said contrary to popular belief, summer brings a decline in gym memberships. “People want to get fit for the summer, but they don’t want to be inside when it is so nice outside,” he said. “We have to offer different and unique things to bring them in.” For Gregoire and Trapper Fitness Center, that means utilizing the facility’s outdoor gym.
It’s a fairly quiet weekend around Craig, which means this might be a good weekend to head out of town or get started on all of those summer projects you’ve been looking forward to. ■ Dust off your clubs and sign up for the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office’s 24th annual Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament.
The Craig Police Department has recently been focusing on parking issues along First Street. The issues stem from those of us who have children playing in Craig Parks and Recreation T-ball, coach pitch and fast pitch parking illegally along the shoulder of the street near Woodbury Sports Complex. Each night games were played last week, police officers made their presence known on the scene with multiple cars and lights flashing.
To the editor: The McKey family would like to sincerely thank Craig Parks and Recreation for the swimming lessons our family has received.
The Northwest Colorado Republican Women’s Club will host its June meeting at 11:45 a.m. Friday at Galaxy Chinese Restaurant and Lounge, 524 Yampa Ave. Officers will be installed by Sharon Sollenbarger, past president of the Colorado Federation of Republican Women. The meeting is open to all Republican women and men. Republican women are welcome to apply for full voting membership or associate membership.
Today 9 a.m. to noon. Yampa Valley Baptist Church, 3900 E. Victory Way, hosts Vacation Bible School through Thursday. The program, themed “The Gold Rush,” is open to youths 4 to 12. Call 824-5424. 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.
Moffat County School Board special meeting When: 4 p.m. Thursday Where: Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave.
A recent decision by organizers of the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous — the biggest and most important event in Craig and Moffat County — can go a long way toward ensuring the annual summer event remains a viable offering for local and out-of-town families. Organizers recently announced that visitors to the 12th annual Whittle the Wood would not be allowed to bring their own alcohol, a change in policy from recent years.
To the editor: I would like to take a moment to thank the Moffat County community, parents, teachers and staff that made the Moffat County High School commencement ceremony so successful. To the Class of 2011, you are a class act. You understood that graduation needed to be orderly yet different.
Yampa Valley Golf Course will host the 11th annual The Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament on June 24. Check-in will be at 11 a.m., and the shotgun start is slated for noon. The tournament will be a four-person scramble format to benefit The Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Craig Chamber of Commerce Board meeting When: 11:30 a.m. Thursday Where: Craig Chamber of Commerce conference room, 360 E. Victory Way Agenda:
You are likely to find that your social life will be far more active in the year ahead than it has been for some time. An old friend might reenter your life and bring with them a number of new people who'll prove to be quite interesting.
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My best friend, "Jamie," lives five hours away. She and her husband, "Bob," are both disabled. Jamie has several chronic illnesses that leave her in pain and exhausted most of the time. Bob weighs about 500 pounds and is immobile and bedridden. They have two teenaged children who are also obese.
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Tuesday, June 7
The Moffat County Commission hosted a public hearing today to review a conditional use permit application by Mountain Home Youth Ranch. The ranch, which has operated in Greystone for 11 months without a permit, “is a therapeutic growth program for troubled teens (co-ed ages 12 to 17),” according to the group’s website. The commission did not make a decision on the application today. Commissioner Tom Mathers said a decision would be announced at next week’s commission meeting.
The Northwest Colorado climate isn’t the friendliest for many plants, but with the efforts of devoted local greenthumbs, the sights around Craig can stay lush. Throughout the summer, the Craig Beautification Committee will be working on maintaining the Victory Garden, located at Victory Way and Finley Lane near Safeway. Besides planning for a section of sidewalk at the location, the group stocks the parcel of land with vegetation to catch the eyes of residents.
On the Record for Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Lauren Roberts was a two-time Western Slope League all-conference selection, a two-time state qualifier and held a 4.0 grade point average during her senior year at Moffat County High School. Her four years at MCHS culminated May 28 with her co-valedictorian commencement speech during graduation, but the honors have kept rolling in. Sergeant Eric Borror of the U.S. Army awarded Roberts and fellow graduate Dylon Camilletti with the Army Scholar Athlete award Monday at MCHS.
Keep plugging ahead, and do all that you can to bring about the material success you desire during the near future. If you do, you should have something to celebrate by this time next year.
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Brian Slaight has been involved with Craig Fire/Rescue in one capacity or another for 17 years. Being in the fraternity of firefighters is an important part of his life, one in which he was able to celebrate a new milestone Thursday night. Slaight was promoted to the rank of captain in Craig Fire/Rescue, taking over the slot left by former Capt. Steve Lingo in the department’s B Battalion. Replacing Slaight as a lieutenant will be Matt Beckett. The two were honored in a ceremony Thursday during the department’s monthly meeting.
My father passed away a year ago. My brother, who lived closest, was entrusted to oversee my mother's care. My siblings and I were all aware of the sacrifices Dad made to ensure my mother would be provided for. Their house is not paid off, but there is enough coming in monthly to cover her expenses.
As I grow older, I notice more and more the traits that I carry on from my parents. Aside from the dominant Greek genes, it is the little mannerisms that often make me stop and say, “Wow, I sounded exactly like my mom.” It’s from the way I drive with my head resting on my left hand to the way I plant flowers.
Monday, June 6
In the last few years, we’ve gotten used to the denizens of the vampire world having gorgeous, glittery skin and the romantic sensibilities of Don Juan. While the undead of “Priest” may be more intimidating, that doesn’t make them any less exasperating.
On the Record for Monday, June 6, 2011
5:30 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation baseball plays at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St., and Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane.
Comics for June 6, 2011
“We opened here June 17, 2002, nine years ago. I’ve had a real good go of it. We specialize in carpet, hardwood, vinyl, tile, granite countertops, that’s pretty much it. We focus on everything that’s in our showroom floor here. We’ve got thousands of tile samples to show people, thousands of carpet samples, hardwood samples. There’s not one item that we really go after, but we sell mostly carpet here.
58th annual Huck Finn, Kids, Cops and Vets fishing day
When two-year-old Caiden Sadvar reeled in a 10-inch trout Saturday, he achieved two distinctions. First, he caught his first-ever fish. Second, he became the youngest angler to catch a fish during the 58th annual Huck Finn, Kids, Cops and Vets fishing day at the Little Rascal Pond in Craig.
Craig well represented in 30th annual Steamboat Marathon
Todd Trapp is used to finishing in the top three during the Steamboat Springs Marathon. In 2007, Trapp finished third and a year later took second place. Last year, the Moffat County High School teacher, track and cross-country coach, again finished in second place. On Sunday, it was more of the same for Trapp in Steamboat.
Cyclists seek peace, pancakes during 25th annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bike ride
Thirty miles of highway lies between Craig and Maybell. The road is often straight and the landscape is often empty. For cyclists like Craig resident Tony Tennyson, who pedaled between the two locations Saturday, the vast open space doesn’t offer a lot to look at or think about. “Not much, and that’s why I do it,” Tennyson said. “It’s relaxing.”
Craig Parks and Recreation is hosting swimming lessons starting today at the Craig Swimming Complex. The lessons are for children ages 3 to 15 years old. Classes are Monday through Thursday and last for two weeks. Class size is limited to six participants. The fee to register is $35. To register, visit www.ci.craig.co.us. For more information, call 826-2029.
Maybe it’s my grandniece rolling up on 21 years, or living long enough to have a grand anything. Feeling great and grand is pretty fair, although the triple digit stuff is scary. For whatever reason, my 30th birthday party has been rolling around on the weak side’s side all week. I’m fairly certain that was the year Roy Southard and I started our foolishness over gifts on the major holidays.
The staff of Mountain View Furniture may cut wood, but the business doesn’t cut corners when shaping creations, and the same applies to its latest venture. Mountain View is now offering custom kitchen cabinets as part of its line of artisan-crafted furniture, all designed and built within the store’s workshop.
I enjoyed the pictures of the Moffat County High School graduates in the Craig Daily Press. Graduation signals another change in the season. Teens are going onto new adventures. Parents are facing decisions made, right or wrong, and getting ready for whatever comes next.
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I have lived across the street from my husband's sister for 20 years. She is super-competitive and nosy. She knows our every move — when we are home, who is visiting, etc. When she sees a car in our driveway, she will come over with some lame excuse to see who is visiting.
Achieving the recognition and advancement you desire isn't likely to be a problem if you put forth the effort in the year ahead. In fact, when you move up the ladder, it could be several rungs at once instead of one at a time.
Sunday, June 5
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles about Aging Well fitness and wellness class instructors in Routt and Moffat counties. This feature appears once per month on the Aging Well page. This week features Kathy Shea and Annette Zuber.
Saturday, June 4
Youth hockey teams looking for volunteer coaches The Craig Youth Hockey Association is looking for coaches for the 2011-12 season. The job would be a non-paying, volunteer position.
Moffat County Planning Commission meeting When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.
Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way
To the editor: Mom’s Kancer Krusaders for Relay for Life would like to thank all of you who came out to taste and vote for the best chili during Grand Olde West Days.
eatbelt usage isn’t a safety precaution — it’s a necessity. Unfortunately, our community has been saddled with tragic deaths in the past because people of all ages have forgotten to buckle up. These fatalities are completely avoidable.
Have you ever wondered where “Taps” originated? “Taps” is a 24-note bugle call. It is played by the military at burial and memorial services, when the U.S. flag is lowered, and to signal “lights out” command at the end of the day. While the tune for “Taps” is sad, it also suggests a sense of rest and peace. The origin of “Taps” can be traced back to the Civil War.
All during the late fall and winter, ranchers fed hay to their cows — every single day. Besides that, there were the other chores that went along with feeding, such as keeping an ice-free, fresh water supply. Then calving time arrived, followed by branding.
Two more area teachers picked for Microsoft’s U.S. Innovative Education Forum
Two area teachers received welcome news Thursday morning from Microsoft. “I was surprised because there were a lot of teachers who applied,” said Laura Voorhees, a Craig resident and kindergarten teacher at Hayden Valley Elementary School. “I thought it was kind of a long shot.”
After graduating from Moffat County High School in May 2004, Brandi Babin said she needed to venture somewhere new. With a full-ride scholarship and the lure of the bayou, Babin headed to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., to study kindergarten through 12th-grade physical education.
Winning tradition continues for mine rescue team
It’s inaccurate to say safety is a priority at Twentymile Coal Co. General manager Jason Davis prefers to put a finer point on it. “Safety is a value,” he said. “Priorities change, values don’t.” The statement is supported by evidence — trophies in Twentymile’s main building in Routt County. Shelves upon shelves in the building’s main corridor are occupied by bronze trophies.
Your competitiveness is likely to be accentuated in the year ahead, whether it is applied toward social or business endeavors. Once you know what you want, you'll find the way to make things happen as you envision.
My mother was physically and mentally abused as a child. I know because I have been listening to the horror stories since I was 5 years old. I am now in my 40s and, quite frankly, am running out of compassion for her. First of all, I resent her dumping this on me when I was so young.
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Friday, June 3
On the Record for June 3, 2011
Two years ago, Donald McLeslie wasn’t sure what he would be able to do in the Special Olympics, if anything. McLeslie, 45, said friends, family and co-workers told him he had a gift of strength even though he lacked confidence in himself. “Everyone said how strong I was, but I didn’t believe them,” he said. “I just didn’t think I was strong enough to compete anywhere.”
The Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig is not a particularly small building. The depth of the exhibit hall extends nearly a full block from its entrance on Yampa Avenue toward an alley out back.
The Moffat County Commission traveled Wednesday to Rawlins, Wyo., to meet with the Carbon and Sweetwater county commissioners, and discuss plans for two high voltage power transmission lines and the impact the projects could have on the adjoining areas of Northwest Colorado and south central Wyoming.
We’ve had our moment of spring and it’s time to put those plants that won’t freeze into the ground. Maybe. It’s also time for the wrangling, hedgehopping politicians to start the grimy trail to the presidency. I believe several things are absolute in the next year or so. Of course, we’ll have the new, much better for you, blame game and the promises will be bigger than ever.
To the editor: Our compliments to the City of Craig and Moffat County for two projects recently completed.
More than one opportunity may present itself to you of which you'll want to take advantage in coming months. However, approach each one individually; that's the only way you can make you way through them all.
Annual Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament set for June 11 The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office will host the 24th annual Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament on June 11 at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394.
To the editor: A most sincere thank you to the staff of the Maybell School for their generous donation of computers with flat-screen monitors to the Independent Life Center for our computer Learn and Earn program.
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I have two daughters, "Kathy" and her younger sister, "Carly," both in their late 20s. Carly and I have always had a rocky relationship, stemming from my being the disciplinarian since my wife refused to do it. Kathy always seemed more understanding and forgiving. After Carly graduated and I no longer sent her monthly checks, she stopped speaking to me.
Thursday, June 2
A sister-in-law burst into tears when she entered Colorado for the first time after a long drive on I-70: “I thought I’d see mountains. It looks just like Kansas.” In the past, I, too, misjudged Kansas.
The protagonist of “Kung Fu Panda 2” goes against some standards set for action heroes. For example, he lacks the ability to walk three flights of stairs without puking and his tummy rumbles even in the middle of a fight. But, once you light a fire under this big black and white cannonball, get out of the way and prepare to watch the fireworks.
On the Record for June 2, 2011
With warm summer weather showing glimpses recently, many around Craig may have outdoor activities on their to-do list. Two local clubs — the Western Bass Anglers and the Yampa Valley Mountaineers — can help with that. The Yampa Valley Mountaineers, started in February by club president Josh Veenstra, organizes trips across the state for mountain-climbing enthusiasts.
In organizing Craig’s biggest summer event, Craig Parks and Recreation Director Dave Pike has made some changes to this year’s Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. Some changes he believes people will be happy about, while others might not be as popular. People attending the 12th annual Whittle the Wood will not be able to provide their own alcohol at the event, which will take place June 15 to 18 in Craig City Park. Pike said the decision was made because Whittle the Wood organizers had been prompted by a similar event in Snowmass Village that had caused controversy with Colorado’s open container laws.
This season’s high water has delayed the annual opening of the Little Rascals Pond for fishing. But, not for much longer. On Saturday, the pond, which is located behind the Moffat County Public Safety Center, will open for the 58th annual Huck Finn Kids, Cops and Vets fishing day.
Eight years ago, Florida resident Glenn Fenster had a moment to remember. He was playing tennis with his son, Nyle Fenster, who was nine years old at the time. Suddenly, Nyle had a seizure and fell to the ground. The elder Fenster ran over and offered his son a hand.
Merv Johnson will be preaching at the New Testament Christian Church meeting at 10 a.m. Sunday at American Legion Post 62, 1055 County Road 7. Johnson was a pastor at First Christian Church in Craig for 17 years. He now lives in Meeker. A potluck meal will follow the service. The public is welcome to attend.
9 to 11 a.m. The Colorado Workforce Center offers “Workplace Harassment and Law: Bullying in the Workplace” at Colorado Northwestern Community College, room 201, 50 College Drive. The workshop is free. Call 824-3246.
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I am down to my last nerve with my husband of 30 years. He has turned into a lazy slob I can no longer tolerate. Last year, "Evan" worked a total of three weeks. It was the same the year before. He has taken one shower in the past four months, which was also the only time he changed his clothes. I work a full-time job, and Evan sits in front of the TV all day long.
Join any club or organization in the year ahead that promotes activities in your field of endeavor, because it could be just the ticket you need to propel yourself forward in your line of work. What you learn will prove to be valuable.
Wednesday, June 1
Ideally, when all the single women line up after a wedding to catch the bouquet, they have some sense of decorum. However, if any of the gals from “Bridesmaids” show up at your ceremony, be ready for some hair-pulling, scratching and elbow-throwing. Annie’s (Kristen Wiig) life has been in a constant state of disarray lately.
On the Record for June 1, 2011
It’s a weekend for getting outside and enjoying some sunshine. And I, undoubtedly like you, am hoping the forecasts for mid-70s and sunny are correct. My mom will be visiting from Ohio, and we have big plans to finally get my first garden planted along with other outdoor fun.
The work Alfredo Lebron puts in during the offseason may be just as important as what he does during regular season competitions. At least that’s how he feels. “I am taking two weeks off at the beginning of the summer and then I will be back out running,” he said. “Other runners will take off more time and I will have that little bit of extra training on them.”
John Kirk, a Moffat County High School student, is preparing for a college visit this week. It’s not unusual that a student between his junior and senior year would visit a college campus. But, the circumstances of Kirk’s trip are out of the norm. “It’s not just touring the campus,” Kirk said. “We’ll wake up at 5:30 (a.m.) every morning, do calisthenics, run two miles … then we do marching and drills.
The members of American Legion Post 62 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 will be bringing their patriotic spirit to Loudy-Simpson Park in the coming weeks. The groups presented a proposal to erect a new flagpole at the park during the Moffat County Commission’s meeting Tuesday morning. The plan is to place the pole near Loudy-Simpson’s picnic area.
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. 11:30 a.m. The Moffat County Tourism Association Board meets in the main floor conference room of Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. Call 824-2335.
Another year of Grand Olde West Days has come and gone with crabby weather dousing turnout. That’s nothing unusual, of course, given that erratic weather is seemingly joined at the hip with the annual event.
To the editor: This is to the Moffat County High School Class of 2011, their parents and families, Mr. Thom Schnellinger, the faculty of MCHS, the MCHS band and choir, and the Moffat County School District grounds and maintenance departments.
To the editor: We noticed in the Saturday Morning Press that The Memorial Hospital Board is considering implementing the hospitalist system. For what it’s worth, that is one of the worst ideas that could possibly happen to the Craig medical system from a patient’s point of view.
To the editor: The Moffat County High School girls basketball program would like to thank everyone who helped make the pancake breakfast fundraiser a success, including: • Tony Maneotis and the Lions Club for letting us use the cooking trailer.
Craig Parks and Recreation’s 25th annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bike ride, which was originally scheduled for May 21, will take place Saturday. Registration for the ride is free. There are two departure times — 7 a.m. from Northwest Storage, 4295 W. U.S. Highway 40, and 7:30 a.m. from Western Knolls.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and Auxiliary, American Legion Post 62, local law enforcement agencies and the Colorado Division of Wildlife are partnering to offer the 58th annual Huck Finn Kids, Cops and Vets fishing day on Saturday. The event is open to youths from 2 to 12 and takes place at the Little Rascal Pond at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St.
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Don't be surprised if, in the near future, are asked to handle and/or direct numerous organizational projects that call for just the kind of leadership qualities you possess. You may be destined to be a leader and innovator.
Our nation's schools provide the majority of American children with at least one of their daily meals. Unfortunately, more than 90 percent of the school meals do not measure up to national nutrition standards. This is worrisome because we know how important food is to the development of healthy bodies and minds. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering requiring our schools to add more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to their breakfast and lunch meals, while also lowering the levels of fat, sodium and calories.
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