News for Friday, June 24, 2011



Night on the Town

When you need to relax after a long workweek, Moffat County has a variety of options to help you unwind.

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Craig ranks 77th in Outdoor Life’s list of best towns for sportsmen

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.

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Weekly summer Farmer’s Market in downtown Craig starts strong

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.

Moffat County School Board takes action at Thursday meeting

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

On the Record for June 24, 2011

Local Fuel Gauge for June 24, 2011

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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MCHS wrestlers sharpen skills by competing in 34-team camp

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.

Moffat County School District interested in SB 10-191 pilot program

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.

Firearms class scheduled for Sunday in Craig

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.

2011 Best of Moffat County winners

... as voted on by Craig Daily Press readers

Briefs for June 24, 2011: Church to host children’s event

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.

H. Neal Glanville: Who’s it hurting attitude

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.

Janet Sheridan: Too soon finished

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.

Linda Smith and family: Supportive community

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.

Sports Briefs for June 24, 2011: TMH Golf Tourney rescheduled

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.

Datebook for June 24, 2011

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

Lester and Chris Welch and family: Generosity appreciated

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.

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‘Care about your clients’: Kim Cox voted Moffat County’s best Realtor

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.

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Providing Craig with the creature comforts: Readers select Furniture Gallery of Craig as best store

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.

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M2 Minute with Janet Sheridan: Columnist pays tribute to rodeo cowpokes

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.

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Hair or there: Best hairstylist brings worldly style to local salon

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.

Annie's Mailbox for June 24, 2011: Daughter's messy room causing stress

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.

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Art everywhere through these eyes: Moffat County’s best artist sees the world in a different light

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.

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I’ll take ‘anxiety’ for $800, Alex: One man’s musing on attempted game show stardom

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.

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‘Top of our list’: Customer service leads MJK to multiple 2011 Best of Moffat County awards

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.

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Laid-back Loudy: Readers peg Loudy-Simpson Park as Moffat County’s best recreation spot

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.

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More than a profession: Wayne Davis earns nod as Moffat County’s best veterinarian

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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Sudoku for June 24, 2011

Sudoku for June 24, 2011

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Crossword for June 24, 2011

Crossword for June 24, 2011

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Comics for June 24, 2011

Comics for June 24, 2011

Horoscope for June 24, 2011

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.