Thursday, March 31
Sports first came into Richard Wildenhaus’ life in the form of a ball and bat. Before he was the athletic director at Moffat County High School, the 31-year-old from Dayton, Ohio played baseball for Wilmington College in the 1990s. After his freshman season, Wildenhaus was faced with a common yet difficult injury — he needed Tommy John surgery to replace a tendon in his elbow.
Being mobbed and beaten by a gang of grannies while you’re in your tighty-whities isn’t something that any pre-teen boy would want, but when it happens to the young hero of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,” it’s just the tip of the iceberg. With the horrors of sixth grade finally behind him, Greg Hefley (Zachary Gordon) is cautiously optimistic about the new school year. But, even though he’s gotten in the swing of things in middle school, he’ll never get used to life with his brothers.
On the Record for March 31, 2011
Craig resident Chris Jones expressed concern Monday night to the Moffat County School Board over looming state budget cuts. Jones told school board members he moved back to Craig with his family two years ago, and has a daughter in first grade and a son in preschool. “To put it in Texas Hold ‘Em terms, I’m all-in,” he said. “I’ve got the next 12 to 13 years of education for my kids here, so I’m very concerned about now, two years from now, five years from now, 10 years from now.”
Mineral lease prices average $1,233 per acre
Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said he recently saw something he has never seen in the county. That surprise came Tuesday when the Moffat County Commission, Natural Resources Director Jeff Comstock and others opened sealed bids on 1,055 mineral acres owned by the county and the Museum of Northwest Colorado.
Marilynn Hill, director of the Moffat County Tourism Association, said she left Tuesday’s Moffat County Commission meeting pleased with the outcome. During the meeting, Craig Chamber of Commerce Board members announced they were withdrawing a proposal made in February to oversee Moffat County’s 1.9-percent lodging tax rather than MCTA.
Richard Wildenhaus, Moffat County High School athletic director, said he receives numerous questions from community members when it comes to canceling sporting events, especially those in the spring. He hopes to answer some of those questions. “There are a number of issues we take into consideration before we cancel games,” Wildenhaus said.
The Yampa Valley Hens and Chicks, the local chapter of the Farmgirl Sisterhood, will meet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. One of the speakers will be Lorrae Moon, who will teach attendees how to get garden tools ready for spring.
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 March 31, 2011
I desperately need someone to tell me whether or not I am crazy. My husband and I live in an upscale neighborhood. He has met most of the neighbors by walking our dog. Last year, a neighbor moved out and rented his home to a couple with two little children and two dogs.
In the year ahead you will further cultivate your marvelous asset of making friends with persons from all walks of life. It'll afford you the advantage of having all kinds of different experiences that will broaden your knowledge considerably.
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Independent downtown bookstore plans to close in April
For Epilogue Book Co., one of Steamboat Springs’ two downtown bookstores, the end will come in April. Epilogue owner Erica Fogue said Wednesday that after eight years in business, the store will close when the books are sold.
Marco Pauvert faces 2 charges
After pleading guilty in December, Steamboat Springs restaurateur Marco Pauvert has walked away from a plea deal and will instead take his chances at trial facing two indecent exposure charges.
Wednesday, March 30
The Colorado Department of Transportation has announced that it will close Interstate 70 in both directions at Georgetown Hill for one or two days next week for a rock removal operation. The highway will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Tuesday.
The Memorial Hospital Board meeting When: 6 p.m. Thursday Where: Conference rooms A, B and C, TMH, 750 Hospital Loop
We sat in scarred wooden desks nailed to the floor that creaked whenever Mrs. Pulsipher, hugely pregnant, walked the aisles to check our work. Lately, the floors didn’t complain much; with maternity leave approaching, our teacher mostly sat at her desk, ate soda crackers, and burped. We sang an April Fools’ song, admiring the colorful construction-paper umbrellas and fat raindrops that danced around the classroom in anticipation of April showers.
On the Record for March 30, 2011
Agency hopes to get funding for netting, fencing
Colorado Department of Transportation officials are moving forward with plans to make the Mount Harris area of U.S. Highway 40 between Steamboat Springs and Hayden safer for drivers. An official said the project could cost $1 million.
Superintendent Joe Petrone said the Moffat County School District received 21 applications for the soon-to-be vacant assistant superintendent position. “There was a very solid candidate pool,” Petrone said. The school district has narrowed the applicant pool to four finalists, and those candidates will attend job interviews today and Thursday.
The winds of change are blowing down Breeze in Craig. On Monday night, the Moffat County School Board considered a proposal to transfer ownership of Breeze Park to the City of Craig.
After his final season on the Moffat County High School wrestling team, Cody Adams finds himself in familiar territory. In a year where Adams won 33 matches en route to the 4A state wrestling tournament, the MCHS senior was recently named a Western Slope League all-conference honorable mention.
The Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team struggled with its short game Tuesday at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Grand Junction. However, the troubles on or around the green weren’t enough to keep the Bulldogs from finishing second out of the tournament’s six teams.
Kandee Dilldine, Moffat County Tourism Association Board chairwoman, said the Maybell Cultural Heritage Days event has recently grown in both size and prominence in the area. “It brings awareness to the other half of our county and it is not even the other half because really that is our county, that is the rest of our state out there,” Dilldine said.
There is plenty of art, music and theater in your future as you gear up for this weekend. And don’t forget a few practical jokes just for kicks. • Sit back and relax as the Craig Variety Show comes at you with some local talent and a few special performances.
To the editor: The drivers for St. Michael’s Kitchen respectfully acknowledge Tony Balleck of Rocky Mountain Automotive for donating free oil services to the people who deliver meals for the kitchen.
To the editor: This is in response to Carrie Lawton's letter about the deer. Meeker has many deer also, but the consensus is that they are part of the community. They are not aggressive (they were here first) and how neat we live in Colorado and have such advantages as the wildlife.
To the editor: After the oil embargo of 1973 — people waiting in long lines to get gas and gas prices going from 30 cents per gallon to $1 — then President Jimmy Carter signed legislation creating the Department of Energy in 1977. Its mission was to make the U.S. energy independent and to avert future oil disruptions and uncertainty along with overseeing nuclear power. The energy department's annual budget is $22 billion.
Today is the last day to register for Craig youth baseball through Craig Parks and Recreation. Registration is $40 for ages 8 to 15. Call 826-2029. Today is the last day to register for Craig Parks and Recreation’s T-ball, coach pitch and girls slow-pitch softball. Registration is $30. Call 826-2029.
It appears the Craig City Council was wise in its decision to conduct an all-mail ballot election this year. In the face of slumping voter turnout, something had to be done to bolster participation.
To the editor: Craig and those who comprise our wonderful community have been well served by Ray Beck. We would like to publicly endorse his candidacy for a second term as a Craig City Council member.To the editor: Craig and those who comprise our wonderful community have been well served by Ray Beck. We would like to publicly endorse his candidacy for a second term as a Craig City Council member.
Today is the last day to register for Craig youth baseball through Craig Parks and Recreation. There are three age groups — 8 to 10, 11 and 12, and 13 to 15 year olds.
To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank every person who participated in our annual Daffodil Fundraiser for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice and Palliative Care program.
Crossword for March 30, 2011
Important changes are likely to take place for you business-wise and socially, in coming months. Your peers will envy the strong bonds you establish in each part of your life, and will try to emulate you.
My mom is 50 years old and just told me that she has hepatitis C. I think she has probably had it for quite some time, since my late father also had it. Growing up, Mom and I were never close. She kept to herself a lot. Things have improved over the years, but talking to her is still like pulling teeth. The problem is, Mom is an alcoholic and has no interest in giving up booze.
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Tuesday, March 29
Area economist optimistic county headed toward job balance
Craig resident Justin Meisner has been looking for steady work for the last six months. Several years ago, he wound up on the wrong side of the law and spent some time in prison. As he continues his daily job hunt, he has found his background hurts his employment chances despite his shift in attitude. “I’m not against the law, I’m with it now,” he said.
At its regular meeting today, the Moffat County Commission: • Approved, 3-0, a resolution for transfer of payment of warrants totaling $290,676.89. • Approved, 3-0, a resolution for payment of payroll warrants totaling $669,776.02.
On the Record for March 29, 2011
Dinosaur resident Leona Hemmerich said fewer visitors come to the Moffat County side of Dinosaur National Monument than the Utah side. Part of the problem, she said, is there isn’t anyone to give viewers guidance on where to go or what to see on the Moffat County side. Hemmerich and her business partner, Bill Mitchem, are trying to change that.
AARP chapter hosts forum with mayoral, council contenders
Craig resident Marlene Griffin has yet to fill out her ballot for Craig’s municipal election. The 74-year-old Griffin said it'll be hard to sit down and pick which candidate should be Craig’s new mayor, as well as decide between six candidates vying for three council positions in the April 5 municipal election. However, she said attending Monday’s candidate forum hosted by Craig AARP Chapter No. 1418 at Sunset Meadows I would help her make a decision on the city offices.
In the first month of the track and field season, Alfredo Lebron is picking up where he left last year. The Moffat County High School junior finished in first place in the 3,200-meter run at the Mickey Dunn Invitational on March 26 in Grand Junction. The place was not as important as the time.
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 Variety Show is scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. The events take place on the first Friday of every month. Shows include food, drinks, and performances by singer/songwriters, poets and storytellers. On Friday night, there will be special April Fools’ Day performances by John Prine, Iris Dement, Jeff Beck and BB King.
Crossword for March 29, 2011
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Sudoku for March 29, 2011
've been with my husband for 14 years. I have a career and make good money with excellent benefits. But "Ben" hasn't found himself quite yet. He is now in his early 30s and has studied architecture, business, machining, personal training, mechanics, computers and more. He has started a few businesses, all of which fizzled. He has trouble making decisions about a career, and whenever he gets close to finishing what he starts, he second guesses himself and starts a new path.
There is a good chance that in the next year you'll be quite fortunate in areas where you had no luck previously. For example, Dame Fortune may offer you numerous new ways to generate as much additional earnings as you desire.
Monday, March 28
When you think of life forms from other planets, you’d think they’d have names like Spleevax, Krrrr or Zornag, with amazing abilities to match their unusual monikers. While the titular alien of “Paul” has a pretty humdrum handle, he certainly doesn’t lack any special powers, chiefly the talent for making an audience burst with laughter.
While many people this time of year are tending to their NCAA brackets, the staff at KRAI in Craig spent part of Saturday filling out brackets of wholly different sort. Call it March Madness of a different kind. On Friday and Saturday, Centennial Mall played host to the 28th Annual KRAI Spring Expo, an event that showcased more than 40 area businesses and their products and services to local residents.
A man was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries after a rockslide Monday morning that shut down U.S. Highway 40 between Steamboat Springs and Hayden for more than two hours. The stretch of road didn't completely reopen until 7:30 p.m.
I’m going to interpret, to the best of my ability, the attack of the Planet Stupid on the Maybell Cultural Heritage Days. As we all know, this event, combined with the Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive through town, has become a summer staple to the Moffat County tourist trade.
On the Record for March 28, 2011
Another rockslide closed U.S. Highway 40 between Hayden and Steamboat for about two hours this morning. The highway was reopened to one lane of alternating traffic at about 10:15 a.m.
As the 122-pound championship match started March 20 at the National Western Events Center in Denver, every wrestler on the Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling program surrounded the mat. TJ Shelton was one win away from completing a season-long goal. The first period ended at 0-0. The second had the same result.
Two weeks after mailing out ballots to active, registered Craig voters, the Moffat County Elections Department has received 880 ballots as of Friday. Moffat County Elections Supervisor Stephanie Beckett said the city has mailed out 3,150 ballots since mid-March. As of Friday, there were 5,895 registered voters in the city, but only 3,150 are considered active. In late February, the Craig City Council voted to conduct a mail-in election in hopes of boosting voter turnout.
“I’m a librarian at the high school. “I’d been a (Spanish and history) teacher for 11 years or 12 years and I came over to the library because it was interesting and fun.
A trip to the 4A state wrestling tournament earned Moffat County High School’s Charlie Griffiths and Garrett Stewart postseason honors. A strong senior season brought Cody Adams postseason awards, as well. Griffiths, an MCHS senior, was named to the Western Slope League all-conference team for winning the regional tournament.
On the second floor at Moffat County High School, midway down the southern corridor, sits a trophy case. Behind the locked glass doors are trophies, medals and plaques for the school’s speech and debate team. Skyler Leonard, a junior and member of the team, said the case is full.
I was looking in my refrigerator trying to decide what I wanted to eat. I had some odds and ends of vegetables and a little meat. I decided that by mixing up all of my veggies, I would have a meal and also get rid of the clutter in the fridge.
Today None Tuesday 9 a.m. The Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team competes at Palisade High School, 3679 G Road.
Jan Gerber, Museum of Northwest Colorado assistant director, said a long-awaited book about a local cowboy and former advertising mascot has arrived and is ready for purchase. “Buster Brown and the Cowboy” is the story of Richard Barker, a former resident of the Little Snake River Valley, Gerber said.
I’m going to interpret, to the best of my ability, the attack of the Planet Stupid on the Maybell Cultural Heritage Days. As we all know, this event, combined with the Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive through town, has become a summer staple to the Moffat County tourist trade. Suddenly, it’s been brought to a screeching halt by the rumor mill of Planet Stupid’s do-gooders.
To the editor: There are many people who contributed to the Carol Jacobson Memorial Poetry Contest for eighth-graders. My teaching partner, David Morris, and I would like to acknowledge their gifts.
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 Cathy Vanatta at 826-0807. 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.
Craig AARP Chapter No. 1418 will host a candidate forum at 2 p.m. today at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. Candidates for Craig City Council and Craig mayor are slated to appear. The forum is open to the public.
Earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods and tornadoes — hardly a month goes by without news of catastrophic events pummeling their way into people’s everyday lives. Being prepared for an evacuation or emergency situation is practical, but knowing how to prepare isn’t quite so straightforward.
Crossword for March 28, 2011
I am a 65-year-old male who has been involved in an exclusive relationship for the past four years. "Betty" is 56, and we get along great, travel frequently and have an active sex life. Several months ago, I began to notice that Betty was becoming quite distant, emotionally and physically. I was frustrated, but didn't make a big deal out of it. However, quite by accident, I discovered that she was active on a dating website.
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Both Lady Luck and circumstances will be trending in your favor in the coming year, making you far more fortunate than usual in fulfilling your ambitious aims. However, it will be up to you to make the most of it.
Saturday, March 26
Moffat County, Colorado will open sealed bids at 221 W. Victory Way, Craig, CO, 81625 on April 18, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. for Moffat County Medical Director for the Emergency Medical Services Program. Bids must be submitted no later than April 15, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. at Moffat County Administration Office, 221 W. Victory Way, Suite 110, Craig, CO 81625.
Interested parties should obtain an Invitation to Bid along with the bid specifications from the Moffat County Commissioner's Office 221 W. Victory Way, Ste 130, Craig, CO 81625, or from www.colorado.gov/moffat by selecting "2010 Mineral Lease Sale."
The number was shocking — 248. That’s what Craig resident Dave Seed saw when he stepped on the scale a few years ago. The 62-year-old was embarrassed, dejected and “totally humiliated,” he said.
When I’m doing something away from home, people are used to hearing me say, “I have to go home now so I can fill the water tanks.” In fact, if I’d saved a penny for each time I’d said it, I would have quite a lot of money set aside. The “water tanks” are cow watering tanks, and I’m responsible for keeping two to three of them full of water.
Moffat County School Board workshop When: 4 p.m. Monday Where: Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Agenda:
Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:
When Kelly Ciesco went down Friday night at Woodbury Sports Complex, everyone watched as two teammates helped her off the field. The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team was playing at home for first time this season against Grand Valley High School. Luckily, Ciesco, a MCHS junior, had done enough before her exit, as the Bulldogs led 2-1 and went on to get their first victory on the season, 4-1.
This week’s column begins with an unusual recipe. It comes from Craig resident Myrtle Bates, who has contributed to the column previously. I always enjoy visiting with Myrtle.
Numbers have been a problem for the Moffat County High School boys varsity swimming team this season. After the Bulldogs started the season with 14 boys on the team, they have competed with limited numbers in all three meets thus far for various reasons. The meet Wednesday in Grand Junction was no exception.
To the editor: I was discussing with my wife a college ethics paper she’s doing on the golden rule. A few thoughts occurred to me that I felt were worth sharing. “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” This is an intrinsic and instinctual natural law that is at the foundation of all successful civilizations and social groups that achieve sustained healthy growth and reach Eudemonia (ancient Greek for deep and lasting happiness).
The Preserving the Last Frontier organization will host its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. today in the second-floor library at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. The program will either be the Dickinson/Sparks family history, or the history of Mills Craig. The meeting is open to the public.
9 a.m. to noon. The Humane Society of Moffat County hosts an adoption day at the Craig Animal Shelter, 2430 E. Victory Way. Animals are available for the reduced cost of $60. Available animals can be viewed at www.petfinder.com. Call Carol Scott at 824-2103. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. KRAI hosts the 28th Annual Spring Expo at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. More than 40 businesses are participating. Weenie Dog Races take place at 9:30 a.m. and Diaper Derby races take place at 11:30 a.m. Registration is 30 minutes before the races begin.
Each summer, Moffat County plays host to a number of events and activities aimed at entertaining locals and drawing in outside visitors. Most of these events do only that — amuse. But, one of our favorite events does more.
I was on the shuttle bus to pick up a rental car at the Denver airport when we passed the giant rearing blue horse with glowing red eyes. On my bus were an oriental man and his child. They were tourists going skiing, or so I deduced from their luggage. The boy exclaimed, “Daddy, what’s the matter with that horse!” I could see the dad trying to think of an answer. He said, “I think he is … mean.”
To the editor: The young women and men of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be knocking on doors in some areas in our community from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 30. They are doing a food drive for Love INC, a non-profit organization here in Craig that helps families in need.
To the editor: This is an exceptional year in the City of Craig political arena; many very good candidates have thrown their hat in the ring for Craig City Council. We believe Don Jones and Joe Bird would represent the citizens of Craig in an exemplary manner.
To the editor: This matter should be a huge concern for the people that live in town. I stopped by a friend’s house on School Street just to pick up a package and I was absolutely horrified to find (and I counted) 16 deer in her yard and the one behind her place. There were eight big bucks and they were all on guard. The rest were does.
To the editor: Today, a worldwide commitment to our planet is being held. People all over the globe are going to shut off their lights at 8:30 p.m. for 2011’s Earth Hour.
To the editor: The family of Pauline Chapman would like to thank everyone who called, sent flowers, food and cards, and stopped by.
Crossword for March 26, 2011
I'm looking for an essay that appeared in an old Ann Landers column. It was about an elderly man who was celebrating a birthday. He spent the whole day waiting, but no one came. I visited my mother today in a home. She brought up this same column in our conversation, and I promised to try to track it down. Can you help?
A Craig man wanted by the Colorado Department of Corrections was caught Friday morning in Grand Junction, the DOC reported. Jesse J. Bowers, 36, allegedly escaped custody Wednesday in Craig following a parole revocation hearing, DOC spokeswoman Katherine Sanguinetti said.
If for any reason you should have more responsibilities than usual dumped in your lap during coming months, it will only make you a stronger and more proficient person. Besides, the more assignments you have, the greater the benefits.
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Friday, March 25
Kayla Hall, a sophomore at Moffat County High School, said she isn’t sure what career she wants to pursue someday. “I haven’t decided,” she said. But, Hall was one of many MCHS students who attended Career Day on Wednesday in the school’s gymnasium, hoping to find answers to that career question mark.
In its many previous incarnations, the villain of “Red Riding Hood” has been described in varying sizes. Somehow, phrases like “What big ears you have…” and “What big eyes you have…” seem more fitting when we’re talking about a creature the size of a Clydesdale, but that doesn’t make it much more frightening. What is scary is the mistrustful nature of the people that he threatens.
On the Record for March 25, 2011
A Craig man who threatened an ex-girlfriend pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced in Moffat County District Court. Tyrell Kochenower, 31, was charged with two counts of stalking and one count of intimidating a witness or victim, all Class 4 felonies. He was also charged with violating bail bond conditions, a Class 6 felony, and violating a protection order and harassment, both misdemeanors.
Have you ever been working on something and your spouse comes to you and tells you you’re doing it wrong? Well, in our house, if my husband tries to tell me I’m doing it wrong, my comeback is, “I know what I’m doing.” I say this instead of, “Thank you, dear, for your help,” and I become upset with him, thinking he’s trying to tell me what to do.
Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $3.59; Diesel: $3.95
The Moffat County High School varsity baseball team packed its season up early in 2010 after being left out of the playoffs due to a head-to-head tiebreaker. But, in Justin Folley’s first year as skipper of the Bulldogs, he led his team to a five-game improvement in overall record with the help of seven seniors.
9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Carissa at 826-9742. Noon to 7 p.m. KRAI hosts the 28th Annual Spring Expo at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. More than 40 businesses are participating and singer Andrew Ripp performs at 4 p.m.
To the editor: On Wednesday, I voted for Craig’s mayor and city council members. It was quite cozy and comfortable in our kitchen as a trusted friend helped me to mark my ballot and showed me where to sign the envelope. All pretty painless, right?
To the editor: Don Jones is one of the top public servants we know. He has a track record of caring for our community and working to make it a better place. In dealing with the variety of issues that face our community, he has been fair and objective.
Gov. John Hickenlooper has ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff today on all public buildings statewide in honor of Lance Cpl. Christopher Meis, 20, of Bennett. Meis died March 17, 2011, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. According to Department of Defense reports, Meis was fatally shot when he and his unit came under fire on a mission.
To the editor: We would like to give our support to our grandson, Tony Bohrer, for Craig City Council. He is an honest and trustworthy person. He would be an asset to the city council.
My brothers and I were obsessed with speed. We rebuilt every bike we were ever given, and some that were “borrowed” we used for pieces and parts. We went as far as going through our father’s books on aeronautical engineering, learning about lift, drag and vortexes.
To the editor: Over the past 32 years it has been my privilege to know and have interacted with Terry Carwile. I have always been impressed with Terry’s knowledge on many subjects and his ability to listen to the opinions of others.
CHANNEL CHANGES: Current Channel: HDPPV From: 700 To: 990 Level of Service From: To: PPV Current Channel: iN Demand PPV 1 - 7 From: 801 - 807 To: 991 - 997 CHANNEL ADDITIONS: Channel: # 60 Network: Guide Level of Service: Expanded Basic CHANNEL DELETIONS: As of 4/26/2011, TV Guide Network which was on channel 60 will no longer be available. As of 4/30/2011, Discovery Fit & Health which was on channel 222 will no longer be available.
For Todd Trapp, the Moffat County High School girls varsity track team head coach, success for this year’s team has to start with his seniors. Britteny Ivers, Maddy Jourgensen and Lauren Roberts have been on the track team all four years, Trapp said. In their final year, Trapp said he expects big things.
With a record number of boys on the Moffat County High School boys varsity swimming team this season, coach Meghan Francone said her team has a lot of potential this season. “With the experience we have in our returning swimmers, the young guys get a lot of good examples,” she said. “Already, just a couple of weeks into the season, the newbies have advanced so much.”
In his second season as Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer coach, Harry Tripp is hoping to use what he learned as a rookie to improve this year’s team. The Bulldogs went 5-10 in Tripp’s inaugural season, tied for the school record for most wins in a season. “I think I learned about all the other schools (in the Western Slope League) last season,” Tripp said.
In Craig’s first year hosting the Colorado High School State Rodeo Finals in 2010, none of the Moffat County High School rodeo team members were able to qualify for nationals. Set to host the finals for the second straight year, MCHS coach Janice Edwards said she hopes to have a different outcome this year. “Last year we didn’t do too well at the state finals,” she said.
When the Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team was last seen in May 2010 on their home Yampa Valley Golf Course, they were celebrating and hugging on a sunny day. Heather Nicholson, an MCHS senior at the time, had just drained a putt on the first hole to win the 4A regional title.
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My husband and I are in our mid-40s, happily married with a wonderful family. In the past two years, my husband has reconnected with some high school friends through social media. I think it is great that they are able to communicate and catch up, since their lives have moved them all over the country.
Certain impediments and/or restrictions that have dogged your steps are likely to be alleviated in the next year. Recognize when they are gone, so you'll know when you are free to do what you want.
Thursday, March 24
For Craig resident Jolene Walls, billiards is more than just a game. Walls said she instantly connected with billiards starting at 8 years old while playing with her father, Ray Perez. “My dad got me started playing on weekends and evenings,” she said. “When I was about 12, I started playing for the Elks junior league. “Pool is just what my dad and I did.”
Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod said her office fills up “like a swarm of bees” in the afternoon. It has consistently for the last six months, she said. The activity comes from the 15 to 30 landmen flooding the office each day in hopes of locating and contacting mineral owners so oil companies can negotiate mineral leases.
If you see me chugging around town getting my exercise, you might think I’m the same person I’ve always been. But, if you read my last column chronicling my nosedive into medical testing, you know I’m not. I remember when I thought life meant growing up, getting married, and living happily every after.
On the Record for March 24, 2011
In 1984, Ken Harjes coached Ann Marie Roberts, who was one of two females on an otherwise all-male Moffat County High School golf team. Roberts, an MCHS freshman at the time, didn’t have a choice — there was no girls golf team at the high school.
Jody Lee sat in the backroom of the Bears Ears Shooting Club wearing a weathered leather jacket and a white cowboy hat. Behind him stood a wooden rack with four .22-caliber rifles resting within their cradles. Jody, a Moffat County 4-H Shooting Sports coach, said there’s no easy explanation on how to make a shot that’s true.
Craig native Joe Herod said there was a distinct philosophy he carried while serving on the Craig City Council for the last eight years. It was, simply, to listen. “I have a hard time listening to people so I had to learn to listen to people and try to understand why things were happening the way they happened,” he said.
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. The theme is the first day of spring. Call 824-5116.
The Craig Daily Press is seeking three to four people to participate on its next Editorial Board, which begins April 4. 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. Editorial Board terms last three months.
Sudoku for March 24, 2011
I am one of four adult siblings in a family that has always had difficulty communicating. I haven't spoken to my brother, "Tom," in many years. After getting married, Tom never bothered to invite our parents over, and he and his wife missed all the holiday celebrations. His wife is distant and didn't try to establish a relationship with my parents, even though she is very close to her mother.
An unusual number of surprises could be in the offing in the coming year, and fortunately, most of them will better your lifestyle or make you happier in some way. In all cases, they are likely to advance your station in life.
Comics for March 24, 2011
Crossword for March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23
Recent statistics indicate the Craig Police Department has been busier this year than any time since 2007. In the first two months of this year, the police department responded to 2,614 calls for service, compared to 2,189 through the first two months of last year.
When you can turn a doorknob and go from a women’s bathroom to Yankee Stadium to a busy Manhattan street to the base of the Statue of Liberty in a matter of minutes, you’d think you wouldn’t have to worry about being followed. But, if your pursuers are involved with “The Adjustment Bureau,” you’d be wrong. In 2006, New York congressman David Norris (Matt Damon) is on track to become the newest member of the U.S. Senate.
On the Record for March 23, 2011
Chris Nichols, a Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board member, emphasized a point early in Monday’s workshop discussion on a proposed second station for Craig Fire/Rescue. The project, he said, is in the exploratory stage right now. “All the work we’ve done to this point of going to the (Colorado Northwestern Community) College Board and The (Memorial) Hospital Board is just the preparation of checking the feasibility,” Nichols said. “We haven’t gone much further than that.”
For 20 minutes Monday, the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team battled with Glenwood Springs. Then, the Demons found holes in the Bulldogs’ defense. Glenwood jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the half and only allowed the Bulldogs (0-2 overall, 0-2 Western Slope League) to put the ball in the net once, capturing an 8-1 victory on their home field.
Over the weekend, Matt Hulstine, a Moffat County High School sophomore, qualified for the 4A state swim meet in May. On Monday, he was humble about the achievement. “It felt good because it was another event to go to state in,” he said.
The Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team had all five golfers competing together for the first time this season Monday in Fruita. The strength in numbers helped, as the Bulldogs finished in third place at Adobe Creek National Golf Course.
The Swim Pool Task Force met for the final time Tuesday night at the Moffat County School District administrative building. The task force, which has met nearly every two weeks since September, had gathered to put the finishing touches on its conclusive report on the Moffat County High School swimming pool. The report will be presented to the Moffat County School Board at 6 p.m. Monday.
Dave Fleming said last year was the first time the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association finals have been hosted on the Western Slope in more than 30 years. Last June, that rodeo came to Craig and will again this summer.
Musician Andrew Ripp doesn’t describe his music as Christian. “It’s soulful-rock, singer/songwriter stuff,” he said. Nonetheless, Ripp said his music intersects with Christianity in the stories he tells.
To the editor: It has been said, and I believe it, too, that there are three types of people who run for any office — those who crave power, those who have an axe to grind and those who want to serve their community.
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a drop-in immunization clinic for adolescents to get their Tdap and Meningococcal vaccinations from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today at Craig Middle School during parent-teacher conferences. Parents must be present and need to bring their child’s immunization records.
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. 5:30 p.m. A meeting for women only of the Craig Group One Alcoholics Anonymous takes place at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Penny at 824-1793.
To the editor: It is with great pleasure that I am supporting Joe Bird for Craig City Council. I have known Joe for several years now and find him to be an outstanding citizen of Craig. He cares deeply for this community and is willing to give his time to assist with all the important decisions that city council members must make.
To the editor: Love INC of the Yampa Valley would like to thank our community as a whole and the Dollar Tree of Craig in particular for their efforts to make a difference in the lives of our struggling neighbors in Craig. We are so grateful to them for making it possible for caring people in our community to donate personal hygiene and household cleaning items at the checkout counter in their store.
To the editor: Last fall, I didn’t see reason for concern on the ending of the first 10-year agreement between the City of Craig and Moffat County on the Moffat County Public Safety Center and a new agreement. It seemed a small issue and that two reasonable parties would quickly reach an agreement. As time passed, this didn’t come out.
Craig resident Marilynn Hill sees opportunity on 520 acres. She hopes to fill that amount of land with 12 greenhouses to feed a large-scale, hydroponic food business that could bring hundreds of jobs to the area, if the idea is feasible. In Hill’s idea, the Editorial Board sees merit. In Hill, we also see a variety of admirable qualities.
Moffat County School District Re-l is accepting bids from interested parties for custodial paper supplies and copy paper. Interested parties can obtain specifications at the Maintenance Department, 998 Rose Street, Craig, CO 81625 or by calling 970-824-5622. Sealed bids will be accepted on or before 2:00 p.m. MST on April 13,2011 for the copy paper and on or before 10:00 a.m.
Breeze Basin Resources, Inc.; 5980 Routt County Rd. 65, Hayden, CO 81639, (970) 276-3602, has filed an application for a Construction Materials Limited Impact (110) Reclamation Permit with the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board under provisions of the Colorado Land Reclamation Act for the Extration of Construction Materials.
Comics for March 23, 2011
Sudoku for March 23, 2011
Your managerial skills will be far more pronounced in the year ahead than they've ever been, so do what you can to put them to work. You could make things happen that was never possible previously.
I am 47 years old and am living with so many regrets. I married my husband because I did not think anyone else would ask me. I have never been in love with him. Fast-forward 25 years. Our children are off on their own. I have been in counseling, and my therapist suggested I bring my husband in with me. He has refused, saying there is nothing wrong with our relationship. We are intimate several times a week, and I do everything around the house.
Crossword for March 23, 2011
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT TAPP Investments, applicants, have submitted an Application for Exemption from Subdivision Regulations located at Section 20 and 21, T12N, R92W of the 6th P.M., Moffat County Colorado.
It’s an all-American weekend in Craig with music, shopping, baseball, roly-poly pets and a dessert buffet. Eat it up.
Tuesday, March 22
If you’re a DIY hobbyist, or simply a home owner that needs to get some work done, here are five Do It Yourself tips to help you save money in 2011.
With more than 50 participating businesses, the 2010 KRAI Spring Expo set a record for most vendors featured in the event’s history. While this year’s expo will fall short of the record — the lineup will include more than 40 businesses — organizers aren’t disappointed.
The Moffat County Commission responded Tuesday to a recent Craig City Council work session concerning negotiations for the Moffat County Public Safety Center. At its regular meeting, commissioners discussed what they felt were misrepresentations by the city council, namely regarding the financing of the safety center, as well as use of sales tax money collected to pay for construction of the center.
Over the weekend, Matt Hulstine, a Moffat County High School sophomore, qualified for the 4A state swim meet in May. On Monday, he was humble about the achievement. “It felt good because it was another event to go to state in,” he said. At the Montrose Invitational on March 18 and 19, Hulstine swam the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 4.02 seconds, coming in almost five seconds under the 1 minute, 9 seconds needed to qualify for state.
On the Record for March 22, 2011
Possible legislation could provide windfall to Moffat County
Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said he is optimistic recent federal legislative activity surrounding an oil shale development issue near the Roan Plateau could land the county anywhere from $1 million to $2.5 million. “The take home message is don’t give up hope because we haven’t,” the commissioner said. “And obviously Congressman (Scott) Tipton hasn’t.”
Angelo Raftopoulos said he was happy to be named to the Western Slope League all-conference football team in November 2010. He now has another reason to smile. Raftopoulos, a Moffat County High School senior and a post player for the boys varsity basketball team, was recently voted by league coaches to the league’s all-conference basketball team.
During a recent focus group meeting, Pati Martinez encouraged Moffat County residents to avoid cliché when talking about reasons people would want to visit the area. “We’re in the business of killing words,” Martinez said. “We can’t say it’s unique and authentic without sounding like everyone else who wants to be unique and authentic. We have to find the nitty gritty things that really make this place what it is.”
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 Moffat County Commission will host its regular monthly meeting at 8:30 a.m. today at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public.
Crossword for March 22, 2011
Sudoku for March 22, 2011
You might have to make some significant changes in the next year, if you want your efforts to result in greater material security. If you see an opportunity, take the plunge and embrace change.
Comics for March 22, 2011
I am having a problem and don't know what to do. Please do not suggest counseling, because I tried, and my wife won't even consider it. We married 17 years ago. Both of us were in our mid-50s. She had two grown children, and I had none. There wasn't supposed to be any baggage coming into this marriage.
Monday, March 21
Remember the children featured in “The Polar Express” who didn’t quite look authentic even being modeled after real actors? Their kind have come back once again in “Mars Needs Moms,” but at least the majority of characters here aren’t supposed to resemble actual people. Rambunctious 9-year-old Milo (Seth Green, voice of Seth Dusky) has it rough.
On the Record for March 21, 2011
When Craig Fire/Rescue began its annual training academy in January, fire department officials were concerned because the class had only three recruits. At a workshop March 17 before the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board’s regular meeting, Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston told the board that one of the recruits had resigned.
It was Friday night, and the curtains had just closed. The audience had filed out, and the Moffat County High School auditorium was once again quiet. Backstage, actors and actresses unwound after a go-for-broke performance of “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.” For seniors in the cast, the comedy was a swansong. It signaled an early step in the long march toward spring graduation.
Vickie Flanders, a counselor for Horizons Specialized Services in Craig, said client Melinda Orr has come a long way. “She’s grown into a flower,” Flanders said of Orr. “She needed a lot of TLC, but I think she’s finally made it to a rose.” Orr has developmental disabilities.
“I am (from Craig.) Not originally, but I’ve been here long enough I call myself ‘home grown.’ “I was actually born in Fort Worth, Texas, but I’ve lived here most of my life. “My dad lives there (in Forth Worth) so I’ve spent time there but not as much.
With less than 40 seconds left in the championship game Sunday, Tyler Davis took the ball at half court, dribbled into the lane and put up a floater toward the basket. His team, the Moffat County boys eighth grade team, was trailing Coal Ridge, 43-42. Davis’ basket went in and his team held on to win, 44-43, and win their bracket in the Moffat County Youth Basketball program’s Yampa Valley Classic youth basketball tournament in Craig.
Some of Chris Zulian’s first jobs in the electrical industry weren’t typical homes and businesses. Instead, Zulian served as a shipboard electrician for the U.S. Navy in the early 1990s. Zulian, who moved to Craig last year, started Royal Electric earlier this year. The company offers residential, commercial and industrial electric services.
Exercise has always been around, it’s just that now it’s more evident with advertisements in magazines, television, pamphlets, etc. I was recently reading one on isometric crunches.
As the Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball team walked off the field in Montrose Saturday afternoon, they were sitting at 0-3 on the season. Still, head coach Justin Folley said there was reason for hope. “Once we can get outside everyday, we will improve in a lot of areas,” he said. “Defensively and offensively, we will get better.”
To the editor: We would like to say thanks to the Craig Daily Press and Ben McCanna for such a great article on us. You are very kind.
The Yampa Valley OHV Trailriders are scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. today in the library at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. The club encourages any ATV/OHV riders who are interested in joining the club or would like to come and talk about summer rides or trail projects to attend.
9 a.m. The Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team competes at Adobe Creek National Golf Course, 876 18 1/2 Road, in Fruita. 4 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls junior varsity soccer team plays at Glenwood Springs High School, 1521 Grand Ave.
The editorial in the Saturday Morning Press brought back a thundering rush of geekhood memories. Throughout my entire school life, I was the kid in the hallway with an armful of books and a shirt pocket full of pens and pencils. As the favorite target of every practical joke and hurtful tease known to children, I dove even further into my studies.
The Memorial Hospital EMS Friday, March 18 An ambulance crew conducted a patient transport.
To the editor: I want to thank the residents of Craig for their friendliness, hospitality and understanding. Last week, a group of us from the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver came to spread the word about a gospel meeting the Craig Church of Christ (8th and Green Streets) was hosting.
To the editor: I’m recommending Byron Willems for Craig City Council. I have known Byron for the past 25 years in his work while being a firefighter with Craig Fire/Rescue and now a board member with the Craig Rural Fire Protection District.
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 Cathy Vanatta at 826-0807. 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.
Comics for March 21, 2011
Crossword for March 21, 2011
People come through the doors for different reasons. Some have fallen and hope tai chi will make them stronger. Others are looking for a renewed sense of calm through life’s trials. Whatever the reason, Susan Shoemaker is glad to see them in her Aging Well Tai Chi for Health class.
In coming months, you are likely to become a much stronger person, operating with far greater independence than in the past. Impediments that hampered your progress will diminish considerably as you progress.
I have been dating "Annette" for two years, and we are inseparable. I love and appreciate her. We both still live with our families and spend the majority of our time at her house. Annette often talks about moving in together and getting married, but after two years, she still refuses to meet my mother. She has met my father and a brother, but when it comes to my mother, her anxiety gets the better of her.
Sudoku for March 21, 2011
The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety proposes to Approve Technical Revision Application No. 89 (TR-89) for the Colowyo Coal Mine (Permit No. C-1981-019), submitted by Colowyo Coal Company L.P.. The mine operator proposes to leave eight livestock ponds in the mine permit area as permanent features.
Saturday, March 19
Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins and Undersheriff Ray Birch said they have been putting in 60- to 70-hour workweeks since taking office Jan. 11.
Estate of James C. Wells, Deceased Case Number 11PR9 All persons having claims against the above-named estate are required to present them to the Personal Representative or to District Court of Moffat County, Colorado on or before 7/18/11, or the claims may be forever barred.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1628 Original Grantor(s): Joanne A Birdsall Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for USAA Federal Savings Bank
Notice is hereby given that a general municipal election for the election of four members to the Craig City Council will be held in the City of Craig, Colorado on the 5th day of April, 2011. Three positions will be for a four year term as council member, and one position will be for a two year term as Mayor.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1621 Original Grantor(s): Victor Tarango Original Beneficiary(ies): Argent Mortgage Company, LLC
Crews are working to mitigate danger worsened by springtime temperature changes
Sometimes, all it took was a touch from Jason Simpson’s crowbar, and large boulders would come loose and crash below him on U.S. Highway 40. Other times, it took a little more convincing. Simpson is part of the Colorado Department of Transportation crew that has been trying to mitigate the rock danger along the cliffs between Steamboat Springs and Hayden.
The Swim Pool Task Force will convene for its final meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. At the meeting, the task force will endorse its final report, which will then be formally presented to the Moffat County School Board on March 28, Superintendent Joe Petrone said. The task force began to take shape a year ago at a school board meeting.
A Craig man has been issued court summonses after allegedly bringing seven horses into the state without the proper health certificates. Victor Tarango was issued summonses for seven counts of importing livestock without obtaining health certificates and two counts of failure to obtain brand inspection, Moffat County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Nichols said.
Four years ago, the Craig Middle School wrestling team only consisted of nine athletes. Now, as the end of the Bulldogs’ 2011 season draws closer, the 26 wrestlers on the current roster are making strides to make the CMS program known. “Our participation is way up this year,” coach Ron Linsacum said. “We are working on fundamentals right now and trying to get them on track for what they can expect in high school.”
Tom Kourlis has continued to run his father’s sheep operation on the same ground it was founded on about 90 years ago. But, a few years ago the legacy of lamb and wool production at the Harry Kourlis Ranch almost came to an end. With slumping wool and lamb prices, the 60-year-old Kourlis started developing a “phase out plan” for the ranch 30 miles south of Craig. The business that had put his two girls through college and kept food on the table just wasn’t profitable anymore, he said.
Dawn Bolstad, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher, said young poets deserve a spotlight. “Kids who are in sports get accolades,” she said. “Kids who are poets kind of walk along the sidelines. Not too many people celebrate (poetry) in this area.” Soon, however, 10 eighth-grade poets from Craig Middle School will get their chance to shine. The Carol Jacobson Memorial Poetry Contest will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave.
When the Little Snake River Valley School boys varsity basketball team laced up their shoes March 7 in Casper, Wyo., seven players were vying for more than a 1A state title. They were playing for their second state championship for the school year. The Rattlers varsity football team, which competes in a six-man league, brought home a state title in November 2010 after a 67-12 domination of the Hanna Elk Mountain Medicine Bow Miners.
After a long winter, the Moffat County High School Bulldogs varsity baseball team finally got to stretch their legs on the baseball diamond Friday in Montrose. Playing the first of three games in the Montrose Tournament, the Bulldogs fell to Carbon (Utah) High School, 9-5. “For the first game, we did pretty well and we got a couple of big hits,” coach Justin Folley said. “Our first couple of hitters were able to get on base, and that helped our offense get off to a good start.”
Moffat County Libraries Board meeting When: 5:30 p.m. Monday Where: Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Agenda:
Craig Planning and Zoning Commission meeting When: 5:30 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting Where: Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St. Regular meeting agenda:
Although it seems like the drifted snow and ice will never melt, for this author, there are signs that spring isn’t far off. Consider the following: • The tulips are coming up along a building wall where it’s bared off and warm.
This week’s column begins with a couple of notes about the column. First of all, a featured recipe is put within a box so it’s handy to clip and file. However, additional information about the recipe is included within the column, so don’t forget to check it out. And sometimes if space allows, a second recipe can be found within the column, too. Thanks to all my readers who call or write with questions or comments.
Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:
American Legion Post 62 is hosting bingo tonight at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way. Doors open at 5 p.m., and games begin at 6:15 p.m. Anyone is welcome to play.
Name: Jessica Matthews Grade: Senior, Moffat County High School Sport: Golf
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Moffat County Youth Basketball Program hosts the Yampa Valley Classic youth basketball tournament at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane, Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave., Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St., and Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. 2 p.m. The Moffat County High School Theatre Department presents “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood,” at the school auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. Tickets are $5 per person. Immediately following the matinee, the actors will host a mock wedding reception for Robin and Marion. Admission for the reception is $2 per person.
Take a walk down Moffat County High School’s hallways and it is hard not to spot them. They’re idols among students — athletic heroes and social royalty, so to speak. However, what is harder to find are students who pursue a different aspiration — lofty academic achievement. Sure top athletic positions and the other socially prominent roles have their place in the high school landscape. They probably always will.
To the editor: This is in support of the letter submitted by Rosemary Potter to impeach the president. I would hope that people start to pay more attention to what President Barack Obama does and less to what he says.
To the editor: Over the past few months, I have, like most residents of Craig and Moffat County, become increasingly upset and unhappy about the state of negotiations between the city and the county over the Moffat County Public Safety Center. There has been a fair amount of noise, but not much light shed on the issue until March 15.
Crossword for March 19, 2011
Operating independently of others in the near future could be an extremely important skill to learn. However, if you find this to be a necessity, handle it very tactfully so that you don't alienate any of your alliances.
I would like to thank you for the many times you've reminded readers to take care of important medical, financial and end-of-life decisions. I did that years ago and have a legal will and power of attorney. Over the years, I also gently requested that my parents do the same, but they chose to ignore me.
Comics for March 19, 2011
Sudoku for March 19, 2011
Last fall, the animal rights groups put Proposition B on the ballot in Missouri. The bill was written to reduce the number of breeding kennels that produce usually purebred puppies for pet stores. The bill was opposed by the Missouri Veterinary Association, the American Kennel Club, and other animal-related groups.
Friday, March 18
Among the many invaluable life lessons in “Beastly” is the axiom that you should treat others the way you’d want to be treated. Considering most of us learned The Golden Rule in kindergarten, that should give you an idea of just how well-developed the moral tone is in this teen romantic fantasy.
Wendy Reynolds is Colorado girl at heart. Her roots, she said, are firmly set in Northwest Colorado. But, she would have grown up a city girl in Denver if it hadn’t been for her father showing her the lands, wilderness and issues she would once make her living in.
On the Record for March 18, 2011
Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $3.49; Diesel: $3.89
Tough weather conditions put the Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team behind on their Thursday trip to Delta. When the team finally arrived at Devils Thumb Golf Course, they were granted the right to play together, as the groups they were assigned to individually had already started.
On Thursday afternoon, as late-season snow fell outside, Craig resident Terry Carwile wandered through a darkened, chilly bookstore. His bookstore. Carwile is the new owner of Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave. For the time being, the store is closed, but that won’t last long.
This summer, the woman who stole John Milligan’s heart 18 years ago may also get his kidney. Jane Milligan, 45, needs a kidney transplant. John, 44, is in the process of offering one of his. The Milligans have lived in Craig for nearly 12 years and have hosted Horizons Specialized Services clients in their home for most of that time.
To the editor: We support Byron Willems for Craig City Council for the following reasons: Byron Willems has proven his devotion to Craig by his service on the fire department for 23 years and his service on the fire district board for 10 years, including a term as president.
To the editor: Thank you, Wal-Mart, especially Polly, for your support of a miracle in our community.
The Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots are offering an essay contest for all Moffat County students in the ninth through 12th grades. Cash prizes will be awarded for first ($100), second ($75) and third ($25) places. The Moffat County Young Patriot Essay Contest calls on students to write 400 to 500 words answering the question, what does it mean to be an American?
To the editor: I am writing this letter to ask my friends and neighbors to join me in voting for Byron Willems for Craig City Council. I have had the privilege of working with Byron over the past four years as both a firefighter for Craig Fire/Rescue and Moffat County director of the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition.
Every moment comes at us and leaves. We can’t go back and try again. In these moments, there are opportunities for us to help and support others, but we do have the choice to do nothing or to tear them down, as well.
9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Carissa at 826-9742. 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. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. Call Megan at 756-4554.
Most of us have one or two things — in my case it’s in the hundreds — that just make us giggle for no apparent reason. It could be puppies or kittens playing, a cute baby babbling on about nothing in particular, or just plain babbling. On Thursday morning, when I saw the fresh snow, I started a giggle that turned into a belly-hurting laugh fest.
Comics for March 18, 2011
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1623 Original Grantor(s): Dale L. Pickering Original Beneficiary(ies): MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., ACTING SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR LENDER, AMERICAN MORTGAGE NETWORK, INC.
Darcy Owens-Trask said she heard several new voices add to the discussion about Moffat County’s portion of a statewide bottom-up economic development during a regional meeting last week. Those voices included Jeff Comstock, Moffat County’s natural resources director, and former Moffat County Commissioner T. Wright Dickinson.
Sudoku for March 18, 2011
My neighbor "Linda" has been single and lonely for years. A few months ago, she told me that she was communicating with a man she met on a personals website. I was initially happy to hear this, but quickly changed my mind. Over the past few weeks, Linda has told me they have lengthy phone conversations every day, although they haven't met. He originally told her he lived nearby but travels a lot on business.
PROPOSED PROJECT OR ACTIVITY WARRANTING: Gulfport Energy Corporation proposes production facility known as State 33-15
Notice is hereby given that the following proposed construction activity warrants public comment: Gulfport Energy Corporation proposes to operate a separator at an exploration and production facility known as State 33-15. This facility is designed to process 26.7 Mscf per day and is located at NWSE Section 15, Township 6 North, Range 91 West in Moffat County, Colorado.
In order to reap the substantial rewards you're capable of generating in the year ahead, a lot of patience and determination will be called for. To achieve these significant victories, a second effort is required.
Crossword for March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17
Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive to continue as planned
In 2010, Maybell Cultural Heritage Days attracted the largest crowd in its six-year history. About 1,500 people attended the event, which coincides with the annual Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive. Despite last year’s success, Maybell Cultural Heritage Days will be taking this year off because of what organizer Lisa Balstad called “permitting issues.”
In making any movie about the 1980s, there are always some go-to story elements. Among the other bits of same old, same old in “Take Me Home Tonight” are an orgy of ridiculous proportions, a stolen auto and at its center, a loser craving redemption. With those minimal requirements covered, the cocaine, rolled-up jacket sleeves and break dancing are just gravy.
On an afternoon of lung-tingling March weather, feeling as strong and vigorous as the day, I crossed Sixth Street by the museum and stepped to the opposite curb. I felt light-headed, thought, “Whoa,” and caught a close-up glimpse of my scuffed shoe next to dirty snow.
On the Record for March 17, 2011
Craig resident cited for using artificial light during November 2010 hunt
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is proceeding with a draft regulation that would prohibit the hunting, killing and harassment of bears in dens. During a March 10 meeting in Denver, the Colorado Wildlife Commission directed the DOW to move forward with draft language of the regulation, which states that “no person shall hunt, take or harass bears in a den,” DOW spokesman Randy Hampton said.
Heather Dahlberg has no doubt as to the readiness of her actors to perform in front of the community this week. “They are so prepared,” said Dahlberg, a Moffat County High School teacher and co-director of “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.”
Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said he was pleased with a Tuesday presentation about the county’s finances. “We’ve accomplished what we have set out to do and what we are going to continue to do and that is to keep the county healthy and not have to go through a series of cuts and layoffs like other counties are having to do,” he said.
Frank Schmedeke becomes eighth bowler to record 300 at Thunder Rolls
On March 11, Craig resident Frank Schmedeke looked at his scorecard at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center. With nine frames down in the first of three games, Schmedeke had a strike in every frame. “I didn’t even notice until the ninth frame that I was going for a perfect game,” Schmedeke said. “I thought, ‘Holy crap, I haven’t missed yet,’ and then went down and told my brother who also bowls Friday nights.”
10 and 11:30 a.m. Story time takes place at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. The theme of this event is St. Patrick’s Day. Call 824-5116.
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a drop-in immunization clinic for adolescents to get their Tdap and Meningococcal vaccinations next week. The clinic is scheduled for 4 to 6:30 p.m. March 24 at Craig Middle School during parent-teacher conferences. Parents must be present and need to bring their child’s immunization records.
Sudoku for March 17, 2011
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My husband and I have been married for more than 20 years. He is a very good-looking man. His co-workers are mostly women. Yes, I am jealous, and I have good reason to be. When we married, he was loving, caring and gave me lots of attention. My whole life changed due to health problems. Now, I barely get a kiss as he leaves for work.
There are strong indications that you are likely to be invited to participate in a venture that will be initiated by another during coming months. If it is successful, and there's a good chance that it will be, you will share in all the fruits.
The Hayden School District again will realize savings from having a half-time superintendent. The Hayden School Board on Wednesday approved a 2011-12 contract for Mike Luppes that will pay him $57,500 for working 130 days.
Approval of gas station move would require land-use code to be amended
If the Town Council approves the request when it meets at 7:30 tonight at the Haven Community Center, it will allow Kum & Go to move to Walnut Street and Jefferson Avenue from Poplar Street and Jefferson Avenue.
Wednesday, March 16
On the Record for March 16, 2011
The eight candidates in next month’s Craig municipal election — two for mayor and six for city council — recently answered questions for the Craig Daily Press. The interviews with each candidate are below.
Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board meeting When: 7 p.m. Thursday Where: Craig Fire/Rescue, 419 Yampa Ave. Agenda:
Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meeting When: 11:30 a.m. today Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:
As the Moffat County High School boys varsity swimming team approached its first meet of the season, the Bulldogs weren’t sure how the year would turn out. “Half of our 14 boys are freshmen who have never been in the water,” coach Meghan Francone said. “They were afraid to put their faces in the water.”
Speaking to the Moffat County Commission at a workshop Tuesday, Moffat County Tourism Association board member Tammie Thompson-Booker talked about MCTA’s contributions to the community. The balloon festival, Grand Old West Days and Whittle the Wood were all among events she noted the association has contributed money toward.
It’s time for green beer, leprechaun sightings, once-a-year meals and Kiss Me, I’m Irish buttons. Yep, it’s St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday. ■ Get your grub on then wash it down with a seasonal beverage. Here’s a rundown of St. Patty’s Day craziness for your pure enjoyment:
Craig resident Andy Bullen attended a Craig City Council work session Tuesday for just the second time in the more than 30 years he has lived in the city. The 66-year-old Bullen was one of about 20 residents that attended the meeting. He hoped to find answers to some serious questions he formed after reading about negotiations between the city and Moffat County Commission concerning the Moffat County Public Safety Center. It was a measure he voted in favor of more than 10 years ago.
To the editor: I have followed the back and forth between the Craig City Council and the Moffat County Commission regarding the Moffat County Public Safety Center. I hope that this issue can be resolved in the very near future.
To the editor: This letter is in response to negotiations between the City of Craig and Moffat County regarding the cost of space in the Moffat County Public Safety Center for the Craig Police Department. I would like to address the notion that “the people have spoken.”
The Craig Chamber of Commerce recently made a decision to close the State of the County 2011 event to those who couldn’t afford a ticket. In past years, residents who didn’t have the $40 or $50 for a ticket could attend the annual event, which often includes a state of the county and state of the city address, in a limited capacity.
The Craig BCA pool league finished the first week of its two-week playoff on Monday. Jeans Angels and Crazy B’s advanced from the Sunday night 8-ball league while Git-r-done and HD Ballbusters advanced from the Monday night 8-ball league.
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 Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meets in the main floor conference room of Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. See page 5 for the agenda. Call 826-2039.
The Moffat County High School Theatre Department’s presentation of the “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood” begins with a premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday. Additional shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the high school auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. The play is a comedic retelling of the legend of Sherwood Forest. Admission is $5 per person. On Saturday, immediately following the matinee, the actors will host a mock wedding reception for Robin Hood and Marion.
Sudoku for March 16, 2011
I am the second wife of the nicest, most wonderful man I have ever known. "John" and I have been in a happy marriage for seven years. John is friends with "Ruth," a 36-year-old mother of two, and her husband. The problem is their out-of-control 16-year-old daughter, "Bethany." The girl is jealous, manipulative and vindictive.
An unusual circumstance might offer you a rather big opportunity in the next year to make more money from a side source than you've ever made from your primary one. As long as everything is on the up and up, take advantage of it.
Notice is hereby given to Christopher Duran, whose last known address is 136 Hilton NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107 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., 1170 North Yampa, Craig, Colorado - Unit H04.
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Tuesday, March 15
On the Record for March 15, 2011
A Craig man charged in a December 2010 traffic fatality is expected to enter a plea next month. Nicholas Anthony Peroulis is charged in Moffat County Court with careless driving causing death, a misdemeanor. On Dec. 29, his vehicle allegedly struck Craig resident Justin Dean Bliss, who later died from injuries.
A business project spearheaded by Craig resident Marilynn Hill has taken the first step toward development. Hill announced March 8 at the Craig City Council meeting that Planet Yampa, an idea for a large-scale, hydroponic food business, has received pending approval for a grant to determine if the project is viable.
On Sunday night, the annual NCAA men’s basketball postseason tournament bracket was released with many surprises and snubs. Sports enthusiast around the country will scramble until Thursday morning when the first game of the second round tips off around 10 a.m. to pick their Final Four teams and the team that will try to fit into Cinderella’s shoes.
Gov. John Hickenlooper has ordered flags be lowered today to half-staff on all public buildings statewide in honor of Limon police officer Jay Sheridan, 27. Sheridan was killed March 9 while serving a fugitive warrant in Limon, a town 90 miles east of Denver. Sheridan was a six-year veteran on the Limon Police Department.
6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444.
Crossword for March 15, 2011
Making money isn't likely to be one of your problems in the next year, but if you handle your finances impractically, you could take a hit. Strive to use your head, not your emotions, when solving an issue.
My husband and I are in our mid-60s, married 42 years. Our marriage hasn't been great, but it's also not horrible. About 15 years ago, my husband developed erectile dysfunction and stopped wanting sex. I urged him to talk to his doctor, which he did. The doctor gave him some pills, but he refused to try them. I have tried other remedies on my own, but nothing has helped.
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Monday, March 14
On the Record for March 14, 2011
Jamison Fjoser, 36, was taken into custody March 10 by the U.S. Marshals Office. The dozen local charges against Fjoser include at least seven felonies related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine.
MCHS girls soccer team drops first game of the season
The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team got out to a slow start Saturday against Delta and couldn’t build on a second half goal as the Bulldogs dropped their first game, 3-1. Bulldogs head coach Harry Tripp said his team arrived late to Delta and only had a short time to warm up for the game. “We had to rush through our warm ups and I think that hurt us in the beginning of the game,” Tripp said. “We only arrived 25 minutes before the game started.”
MCHS junior skates with Colorado Avalanche before game
When Ethan O’Mailia entered the Pepsi Center on Friday night, he said he didn’t know what to expect. O’Mailia was selected by his Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team coaches and the Moffat County commissioners to warm up with the Colorado Avalanche before a game against the Anaheim Ducks.
“I pretty much do everything (in rodeo.) I rope, do barrels, poles, goat tying and trail course. “I like that we get to do it with our family and stuff. My whole family does it and, actually, all my cousins and everything (do too). We get to go see friends that we don’t see here.
Understanding Medicare is like tackling a Colorado 14er: Taking the process step by step is much easier than analyzing the whole mountain at once. Medicare is a health insurance program mostly for adults 65 and older. Having a firm grasp of program basics will make it easier for a person to take advantage of benefits when they are eligible, avoid penalties and adjust their Medicare options.
In Mr. Cosgrove’s 10th grade class, studying local government was the dreaded part of the year. He divided the class into city, county and state branches, and appointed a governor, mayor and the county board. If, by luck, you weren’t one of the political appointees, you were simply a voter with no party affiliations and you voted on the issues brought forth by each branch of government. Of course, we’d studied each branch’s charter (constitution) so we had a working knowledge of what they could get away with. Then each was given a “bill” to be presented to the voting public, a short debate followed, and then we voted.
VNA health care provider volunteering to bring health and peace to Vietnam
Last week, Frani Jenkins, a physician’s assistant with the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig, arrived in Vietnam. During her 17-day stay, she and other volunteers for Children of Peace International will travel throughout the country to provide medical care to needy people in rural areas, mostly in orphanages and schools.
It’s about time to get out our yard sale walking shoes, and put our minds in yard sale buying mode. Do you go to yard sales, or overspend on some cutsie thing, or something that you have to have? The need to go see what’s out there is a challenge.
Only moments after getting his picture taken with Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday, J.W. Snack’s owner Danny Griffiths had to get a towel.
Craig resident Dave Walters stood in his workshop Wednesday. “This here is 70 hours of my week,” Walters said of his shop. “I usually work 19-hour shifts every day.” Walters is a single father of three school-aged children. He works construction on the side, but the bulk of his working hours are devoted to his true passion, Chameo Engravings and Cutouts, which he runs out of his home on Sixth Street in Craig.
Grand Futures: Teen alcohol use down in Moffat County
Matt Beckett, Moffat County director of the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, contends teen alcohol use is down in Craig, and he credits a city ordinance with being partially responsible.
Not one nor two but three probable partnership involvements are likely to capture your fancy in the year ahead. Although you may play only a minor role in each arrangement, they all could be meaningful to you.
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My beloved sister, "Dawn," died last year following a long battle with cancer. Her husband of 43 years was a caring and capable caregiver. At the memorial service held in their church, "John" spoke tearfully of their love. Ten years ago, their marriage was rocked by John's affair with an old classmate. They went through counseling and worked things out, but there were times when Dawn suspected he was unfaithful.
Saturday, March 12
LEGAL NOTICE A public hearing will be held on Monday, March 21, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., before the Craig Planning and Zoning Commission, at the City Hall Council Chambers, 300 West Fourth Street, Craig, Colorado 81625, to consider a variance request to allow an attached roof cover over an existing ramp with an 11-foot rear yard setback submitted by Horizon Specialized Services on the following property situated in the County of Moffat, State of Colorado, to wit:
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS Colorado Northwestern Community College will receive Statements of Qualification electronically via e-mail from General Contractors for construction of an Automotive Technology classroom building on its Craig campus on or before 5:00 PM on March 23, 2011. The project includes a 4,023 SF concrete, CMU and wood frame structure on a concrete foundation/slab with polycarbonate and metal wall panels, wood open web joists and a membrane roof, along with associated site, plumbing, mechanical, fire sprinkler and electrical work.
Moffat County, Colorado, will open sealed bids at 221 West Victory Way, Craig, Colorado, 81625, on April 8, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. for two Pickups. Bids must be submitted no later than April 7, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. to 822 E. 1st Street, P.O. Box 667, Craig, CO, 81626. Interested parties should obtain an Invitation to Bid along with the Bid Specifications from the Moffat County Road Department, 822 E. 1st Street, P.O. Box 667, Craig, CO, 81626, (970) 824-3211.
Moffat County, Colorado will open sealed bids at 221 W. Victory Way, Craig, CO, 81625 on March 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM for Pesticides. Bids must be submitted no later than March 24, 2011 at 4:00 PM at Moffat County Pest Management Office. On March 29, 2011 in the Office of the Moffat County Commissioners, 221 West Victory Way, Craig, Colorado at 9:30 AM, Gary Brannan will present the bid results to the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners along with his recommendation.
The winners of the two Business of the Year awards at the State of the County 2011 may be different in size, but ultimately have the same goal — providing service to the people of Craig and Moffat County. The Golden Cavvy Restaurant & Lounge, 538 Yampa Ave., was named Small Business of the Year at Wednesday’s State of the County 2011, hosted by the Craig Chamber of Commerce.
With an audience of about 20 Moffat County residents and officials Wednesday afternoon, Gov. John Hickenlooper talked about motives behind his bottom-up economic development plan. “I don’t think any other state has ever tried to do this,” he said. “I think about it almost like a garden, that we’re trying to get all the ideas to come up naturally, without us coursing them.”
Joe Booker found himself in front of an iconic image. Six bronze men stretched into the summer sun, frozen in time while raising an American flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Booker, then an 85-year-old Fruita resident, was in the shadows of the Marine Corps War Memorial, near Arlington National Cemetery.
Clint Gabbert and Darrell Camilletti had two things in common Wednesday night — both took home awards, and both almost missed out on being recognized in person. Gabbert and Camilletti received distinctions during the State of the County 2011 event hosted by the Craig Chamber of Commerce. Gabbert was named Young Businessperson of the Year, while Camilletti was honored as Businessperson of the Year.
Craig resident Jason Back has made permanent a job he had been doing for almost a year. Back was named interim manager last year at Yampa Valley Golf Course. As of Jan. 1, he is the course’s head golf professional, beating out five other candidates. “I managed the course last year and I am able to get along with the members,” Back said. “I think the board of directors saw it would be an easy transition.”
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:
Craig/Moffat County Airport Advisory Board meeting When: 6 p.m. Monday Where: Craig/Moffat County Airport Terminal Building Agenda:
Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:
This week’s column features two gluten-free recipes from Peggy Bodine Reese, a Ph.D. who has lived in Meeker for the past 20 years. Now in her 80s, Peggy said that she is interested in a lot of different things, one of which is a gluten-free diet. She was on such a diet from age 10 to her teenage years, and has recently returned to eating gluten-free recipes because of health issues. Peggy works out of her home, too.
In the first track meet of the 2011 season, Moffat County High School varsity track and field team head coach Todd Trapp said his athletes performed as well as expected. The Ralston Valley Relays in Lakewood is an event in which every running and field event is a relay. “We competed against pretty big schools that were double our size,” Trapp said. “Everyone competed very well and finished their performances.”
What’s in the water in Baggs? Whatever it is, the athletes in the small Wyoming town north of Craig should happily continue to partake because it’s obviously working. The Little Snake River Valley School, which participates in the state’s 1A class, recently completed another championship athletic season.
8 a.m. to noon. A free car care clinic for single mothers, seniors, and disabled residents takes place at Cook Chevrolet, 1776 W. Victory Way. The clinic is by appointment only, and is a project by a small group from The Journey at First Baptist. Call Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley at 826-4400. 2 p.m. The Augusta Wallihan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meet at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. The meeting program includes handing out awards to essay contest winners. Visitors are welcome. Call regent Shannan Koucherik at 824-9518.
The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is hosting the five-on-five Spring Fling Soccer Tournament from 7 to 9 p.m. today. The event will be the last indoor soccer tournament of the season put on by Craig resident Bill Sawer.
The Augusta Wallihan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. today at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. The meeting program will include awards for an essay contest. Students in the sixth through eighth grades wrote about the life of Paul Revere. Winners are from Craig and Steamboat Springs.
To the editor: On behalf of Celebrate Recovery, I would like to thank the businesses and churches that sold tickets and let us put up posters to promote the Coffey Anderson concert. I also would like to thank everyone who attended the concert and those who helped make it happen.
On a bright afternoon earlier this week, the sidewalks at Moffat County High School ran wet with melting snow. Students dressed in spring attire gathered outside under full sunshine to await the arrival of yellow school buses. Inside, however, a collection of nearly 20 teenagers stood in a dark auditorium and toiled under bright stage lights. It was a rehearsal for the spring play, and it was serious business.
NASCAR has announced an agreement with the National Corn Growers Association to begin using Ethanol 15, a greener fuel, manufactured from corn. Al Gore has just announced that ethanol for use in cars was not as good an idea as he thought. He must have bought some BP stock.
Sudoku for March 12, 2011
Crossword for March 12, 2011
I am 55 and have been in a relationship with "Don" for two years. Don was trying to fix up a friend, so he called this woman who used to be his neighbor 20 years ago. He told her he had a girlfriend, but said nothing about the fact that I was standing right there. She ended the telephone call with, "Love you," and he mumbled softly back, "Love you." He didn't want me to hear.
Two secret aspirations that you've been nurturing for some time could be fulfilled in the coming year, so take care you don't prematurely forgo following your master plan. Give things plenty of time to take hold.
Routt County school lunch menus for March 14 to 18
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Friday, March 11
Mardi Anson reflected on the past and looked toward the future in her State of the Chamber address Wednesday night. Anson, the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s former vice president, was named president earlier this week, and her address on the organization came during the State of the County 2011 event at the Holiday Inn of Craig.
The former CEO of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association received the 2011 Be More Award from Rocky Mountain PBS at a luncheon Thursday.
Just when you thought you’d seen and heard it all, along comes a hillbilly jug band playing “Ride of the Valkyries.” And even that isn’t the most bizarre thing about the animated Western “Rango.” When his world, along with the terrarium he calls home, is shattered, a pet chameleon (voiced by Johnny Depp) separated from his owners is stranded on a desert highway.
Rock crashed through car windshield east of Hayden
Lorena Gutierrez sustained minor injuries Friday after a rock fell from a cliff, struck the hood of the car, went through the windshield on the passenger side and hit her in the chest. One lane of U.S. 40 was shut down for about 15 minutes.
On the Record for March 11, 2011
Without stepping on the fairway or getting the feel of a putting green, the Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team put on their uniforms Thursday and set out for their first tournament of the season in Palisade. The lack of practice didn’t hold the Bulldogs back, however, as the team took third place overall out of 14 teams.
Just as everyone puts on pants one leg at a time, everyone needs medical care at one point or another. “That’s right,” said Marie Kettle, an emergency room nurse at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. “People of all levels need medical care. So, you treat them the same.” Still, one patient who walked through the ER doors in need of care Wednesday night was atypical for the local hospital.
Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo above. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $3.49; Diesel: $3.89
At the 37th Colorado Taekwondo Institute Super Bowl on Feb. 25 and 26 in Lakewood, 15 Craig taekwondo students competed in poomse, which is composed of forms, sparring and first point sparring, and board breaking. There were 168 divisions and a total of 290 participants from ages 3 and up. The following are the results of the Craig students:
As I lay in the corner last week, I pondered my next coughing fit with the weak side and his companion, Mr. Normal. Normal, by the way, was convinced he’d been the first to say I was sick. He thought it was oh so funny to try and pronounce the names on my medication bottles.
In 1 Peter 2:5 (NIV), you, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. We moved here from Aberdeen, S.D., in a snowstorm in mid-November 2010. There were not as many rocks in northeastern South Dakota as there are here. I drive around town and see rocks used for landscaping and in many other creative ways.
Craig resident Ken Wergin appealed to the Craig City Council on Tuesday night. His request regarded the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s State of the County 2011 event Wednesday at the Holiday Inn of Craig. Wergin asked council members to do something about a Chamber board decision that would have prevented him from attending the event. After discussion, the city council stated that State of the County was the Chamber’s event and not under the city’s authority.
Late last month, the Craig Chamber of Commerce Board found itself with an open board seat and no president due to the resignation of Jim Herschberg. At its monthly meeting Thursday, the Chamber board began filling those two positions. Vice president Mardi Anson was named president in a unanimous vote, and a nomination committee was formed to fill the open board position.
9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Carissa at 826-9742. 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.
The Augusta Wallihan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. The meeting program will include awards for an essay contest. Students in the sixth through eighth grades wrote about the life of Paul Revere. Winners are from Craig and Steamboat Springs.
To the editor: I support Terry Carwile in his candidacy for mayor of Craig. He is a current city council member and is aware of problems and issues involving Craig.
To the editor: President Barack Obama should be impeached. There are many reasons for this statement. Here are some:
FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 1484 Original Grantor(s): Daniel J Rolando Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Countrywide Home Loans, Inc.
Comics for March 11, 2011
Sudoku for March 11, 2011
Crossword for March 11, 2011
've been dating "Trish" for almost two years. She's a few years younger than I am. I always saw myself as being single forever, but now I've learned the real meaning of love. I don't want to be apart from her. Trish recently began a new job and quickly became good friends with some of her male co-workers. These guys have rather unsavory reputations when it comes to women. Trish, however, has grown quite fond of the friendships.
Keep your eyes and mind open for new fields that could generate larger earnings for you in the year ahead. Some kind of long-range material prospects that hold favorable transformations are in the works for you.
Thursday, March 10
Since moving to Craig, I’ve learned a new definition for March Madness — craziness that creeps over the populace as winter rages against spring — and wins. However, for most of my life, March Madness meant the NCAA tournament and basketball at its finest. I grew up with the game.
On the Record for March 10, 2011
The Craig Book Club is scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 657 Green St. Jan Rogers will review Paul Chiasson’s “The Island of Seven Cities.” Marian Simons will be the hostess. For more information, call 824-7368.
9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 657 Green St. Jan Rogers reviews “The Island of Seven Cities.” Marian Simons is the hostess. Call 824-7368.
A few years ago, my husband had an emotional affair with an old girlfriend. This woman has caused problems throughout our marriage. I never seem to measure up to her. The first time I discovered that my husband was seeing her, I told him it had to stop. But just before our anniversary, he told me he wanted to be with her instead of me. I was devastated. Of course, a few days later, he got down on his knees and begged me to forgive him. He promised not to see her anymore.
Because you are likely to begin to get some breaks that have been denied you previously, your material conditions could be greatly improved in the near future. Make the most of your affairs when you see the worm turning your way.
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Drug task force commander won’t confirm link to Hayden bust
The Routt County District Attorney’s Office has filed 12 charges against a man who police say manufactured and sold methamphetamine, but officials won't confirm whether the suspect is the same man accused of operating a meth lab raided in Hayden on Jan. 29.
Wednesday, March 9
Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner delivered a simple message Wednesday night about what the commission’s philosophy was last year. “Moffat County Commissioners are committed to cost effectively prioritizing revenues and expenditures to reflect our goals,” she said. “And those are, very simply, providing services in a fiscally responsible manner without raising taxes and delivering the highest level of customer service we can within our budget.
Al Shepherd walked to the podium Wednesday night and took the microphone. Earlier in the day, Shepherd had been asked to present the Craig Daily Press/KRAI Citizen of the Year Award during the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s State of the County 2011 event at the Holiday Inn of Craig. “I have known this person for many, many years — about 45 years as friends,” Shepherd said.
In his State of the City address Wednesday night, Craig Mayor Don Jones said he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the city’s outlook this year. “Despite the unexpected reduction in sales tax revenue, the City of Craig ended 2010 no worse for the wear,” Jones said to the crowd during the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s State of the County 2011 event. “The city continues to operate within its budget and with very minimal staff reduction to the services provided to the community.”
As Gov. John Hickenlooper was getting in the back of a Colorado State Patrol car to be whisked away to his next speaking engagement Wednesday in Craig, he hit his head on a piece of metal. The blow required a trip to The Memorial Hospital’s emergency room for stitches. The incident reminded the governor of a recent, hot-button state political issue, he said.
Doug Winters concedes solving crimes is best suited for a team of people rather than an individual. “In my eyes, if you go through your law enforcement career just trying to do it all yourself and not working as a team, success is going to be hard to come by,” said Winters, the new investigator for the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team entered the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League Frozen Four on March 4 as the fourth and last seed. On March 6, the Bulldogs were one shootout goal away from playing in the championship game. After penalties hurt the Bulldogs’ chances in the first game against Gunnison, the team rebounded with back-to-back overtime wins against Kremmling and Crested Butte.
Today, Frani Jenkins, a physician’s assistant with the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig, will arrive in Vietnam. For the next 17 days, she and other volunteers for Children of Peace International will travel throughout the country to provide medical care to needy people in rural areas, mostly in orphanages and schools.
On the Record for March 9, 2011
There are aspects of tonight’s State of the County event that are contrary to public good. In the spirit of full disclosure, you should know the Craig Daily Press is a co-sponsor of the event, which brings local leaders together to speak with the public about the last year of decisions, projects and other areas of public interest.
Craig City Clerk Shirley Seely said candidates in this year’s municipal election have officially been set. There are two candidates running for mayor and six candidates running for three city council seats in the April 5 mail-in ballot election. City council member Terry Carwile and former Moffat County Commission candidate Frank Moe are the two mayoral candidates.
Josh Wright, a community service officer with the Craig Police Department, stepped Tuesday through thick mud in the city impound lot. “Most of these won’t make it off the lot,” he said of the vehicles parked within. “If they do, I’m not sure how far they’ll get.”
What is a cowboy? In the introduction to his book, “The Bunkhouse at Elkhead Creek: Stories and Verse of Present-Day Life and Living in Northwest Colorado,” author Les Hampton poses that question and then gives his impressions about a cowboy. “A cowboy today,” he writes, “surely owns a horse, rides, ropes and wears the hat, works with cows and lives in the remote regions of the West.”
There’s not much fun to report this weekend, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Warmer weather has me itching to get to cleaning the house and planning for my first ever garden. Plus, we’ve got a little painting on the docket this weekend.
As far as Christina Oxley is concerned, having Gov. John Hickenlooper as the keynote speaker at the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s State of the County event is a logical move. “It rounds it out,” said Oxley, the Chamber’s executive director. “It’s always been State of the Chamber, the State of the City, the State of the County. It just makes reasonable sense to top that off with State of the State.”
At its regular Tuesday meeting the Craig City Council: • Approved, 7-0, Feb. 22 meeting minutes. • Approved, 7-0, February bills totaling $435,256.64.
The following are the final scores for the Craig BCA pool league following the 26th week of play. The league will compete in the playoffs March 13 and 14, and March 20 and 21 at The Popular Bar.
Friendship United Methodist Church, 700 Barclay St., will host an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. tonight. There will be a hot dog dinner at 6 p.m., before the service. The public is invited to attend the service and the dinner.
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676. 3 to 5 p.m. The state Office of Economic Development and International Trade hosts a regional meeting to discuss the governor’s bottom-up economic development plan at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. Space is limited. Call the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership at 826-2039.
Craig Chamber of Commerce Board meeting When: 11:30 a.m. Thursday Where: Craig Chamber of Commerce conference room, 360 E. Victory Way Agenda:
It’s an issue that won’t go away — stalled negotiations between the City of Craig and Moffat County Commission regarding a lease agreement at the Moffat County Public Safety Center. Months of meetings have done little to resolve the issue, and the clock is ticking toward the current agreement expiring and the Craig Police Department being left in flux as to its permanent base of operations.
To the editor: After reading Saturday’s guest column from the Moffat County Commission, they claim they have heard from the people. Well, they haven’t heard from this person. Let me get these numbers straight: they want the city to pay between $700,000 and $1 million for a building that we as taxpayers are already paying for and have been for almost 10 years.
To the editor: It’s time we reflect on the history of the Moffat County Public Safety Center. The facility was funded by a .75-percent sales tax that was county sales tax and a portion of the 1.5-percent county sales tax that is collected within the city limits and was tendered to the city before this election.
Crossword for March 9, 2011
In the next year, there is a good chance you could find yourself involved in a novel endeavor. Although it might be different from anything you've done in the past, it could be both fun and profitable.
Are there any signs to look for to determine whether someone is a sexual predator? I have always heard that when it comes to young children being sexually abused, it is usually a close relative or friend. I have a 6-month-old daughter who has five uncles. I am scared to leave her with any man other than her father, so I refuse to allow any male to baby-sit her. Is this irrational?
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Tuesday, March 8
More than soldiers of the United States Army, and more than musicians in a top-tier jazz band, the 20 members of the Army Jazz Ambassadors travel the country bringing the heritage of the country to life with Dixieland, big-band and patriotic favorites.
It was a bittersweet ending to a nearly flawless season for the Little Snake River Valley School girls varsity basketball squad. The team claimed third place in Wyoming’s 1A state tournament Saturday, after rallying from a loss in the tournament’s semifinal round. The Rattlers defeated the Burlington Huskies, 52-42, in a game that decided the state’s third- and fourth- place teams.
On the Record for March 8, 2011
How do you inspire an athlete who’s lost just once in half a calendar year? An athlete for whom winning is not an aim but a habit of being? How do you inspire eight of them, and for one last time? Paul Prestrud, the Little Snake River Valley School (Wyo.) boys varsity basketball coach, found an answer to those questions minutes before Saturday’s 1A state championship basketball game was set to begin, and it came in the form of an American Thoroughbred.
Michael Green, a 17-year-old homeschool student, is no stranger to the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries. About four times a week, Green said he and his brother, Daniel, visit the library to check out books and take advantage of the technology available to patrons. “We always check out DVDs and stuff,” Green said. “My brother never, ever, stops using the Internet. He’d live here if he paid to use the Internet.”
Bo Lyons said the Craig Kiwanis Club provides valuable community services throughout the year such as picking up trash along highways and trails. Once a year, however, the group puts on trashy clothes and performs skits. This year was no different.
6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A free hot lunch is served at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. The church is looking for volunteers to help set up and cook and drivers to help deliver meals. Call 824-5330.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Lutheran Church of Grace, 657 Green St., will host a free pancake supper from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight for the community. Anyone is welcome, and donations are appreciated.
Sudoku for March 8, 2011
More than 10 years ago, I was convicted of prostitution and shoplifting and went to jail. At that time, I was homeless, an alcoholic and had an undiagnosed mental illness. With the help of several community agencies and my family (who never gave up on me), I was able to get sober, receive treatment and obtain housing.
Crossword for March 8, 2011
There is a strong possibility that you will establish a number of new relationships with certain people whom you've always thought of as special. With their influence, you'll be able to realize a number of major achievements.
Comics for March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7
Last week, Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner participated with other regional representatives in a discussion with Senator Michael Bennet’s policy staff in Steamboat Springs. At Monday’s commission’s meeting, Danner reviewed the meeting with fellow commissioner Tom Mathers.
On the Record for March 7, 2011
You know you’ve been married for too long when Applebee’s, Chili’s and Olive Garden are your first choices to pick up girls. But, as the men of “Hall Pass” learn, hitting the singles scene can be just as terrifying as storming the beaches at Normandy. Best buddies Rick and Fred (Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis) aren’t unhappy in their marriages, but that doesn’t mean they can’t daydream about the prospect of other women.
College in Steamboat needs final OK to offer bachelor’s
Colorado Mountain College got a boost Friday in its bid to offer four-year degrees. The Colorado Commission on Higher Education approved CMC’s request to offer a limited number of bachelor’s degrees contingent on approval from the Federal Higher Learning Commission.
Ethan O’Mailia started playing hockey 11 years ago after he watched a Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team game. Now a junior at Moffat County High School and a defenseman on the same Bulldogs club team, O’Mailia is getting the chance of a lifetime for any hockey fan.
Today None Tuesday None
When Steve Deyo was 19, he got a job working for Jerry Thompson at Craig Ford, where he spent the next 26 years of his career. Last week, Deyo, now 51, returned to the dealership. This time, however, he has a bit more invested. His new roles are both general manager and minority owner.
Spring will be popping out soon and spring break will be here. Some people may go on a trip.
“I’ve lived in Hayden for 32 years now. I’m originally from California “I’m old enough that I’ve been on Route 66 from Chicago to (Los Angeles) three different times. The first time, I was three months old. My dad knew I didn’t want to be (in Illinois) where it was cold and icy and nasty, so we moved to California. My mother was an amazing woman. She’s driving a car, following my dad who’s on his Harley (Davidson) and they’re driving from Illinois to California, and she has a three-month-old infant in the car. Amazing woman. I’m not sure I could have made that trip without losing my mind.
Steamboat Springs resident Maggie Rogers said she couldn’t believe Coffey Anderson was coming to Northwest Colorado. “When we started seeing posters for him, we were like ‘What?’ We were really surprised to see he was playing here,” Maggie said. Maggie and her husband, Chris Rogers, are part-time Colorado residents.
Logan Montgomery sat at the starting line on his Arctic Cat 120. It was an unseasonably warm day in mid-February on the grounds of the Wyman Museum in Craig. Fourteen other racers sat on stock or modified snowmobiles next to Logan and revved their engines.
Below is the agenda for the Moffat County Commission’s meeting today at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence
To the editor: March is National Nutrition Month. One of the best ways to improve your health through nutrition is to “Eat Right With Color.”
To the editor: The Save Jane Campaign is raffling off a beautiful Ibanez electric guitar. Raffle tickets are $2 each and the drawing will take place at 2 p.m. April 23 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, under the bleachers during our indoor sale.
8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Colorado Visiting Nurse Association/Aging Well program hosts an aquatics class at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court. The cost is $32 for an eight-week session or $6 for drop-ins. Call Cathy Vanatta at 826-0807.
Crossword for March 7, 2011
How do you deal with a husband who thinks the world revolves around him? "Donald" always has to be the center of attention and makes sure he is in the spotlight at all times. People have told me he is spoiled and self-centered, which I already knew from many years of marriage. Several years ago, I tried to improve my life by eating healthier, losing weight and being more active. I tried, unsuccessfully, to encourage Donald to join me.
You're the type of person who always wants to get along well with everyone, yet in the coming year you might let yourself be less careful about how you handle tough people. In some cases you'll win, in others you won't.
Music’s ability to reach us on a deep, emotional level has long fascinated scientists. Some therapies use music to help individuals experiencing or recovering from challenges including autism, Alzheimer’s disease, grief, chronic pain, stroke and depression.
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Saturday, March 5
Notice is hereby given to Randy Watson, whose last known address is P.O. Box 1491, Craig, 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., 1170 North Yampa, Craig, Colorado - Unit H02. Randy Watson must contact Central Park Management, Inc. at 970-824-6464 by the March 18, 2011. Current amount due is $475.00. Charges will continue to accrue until items are disposed of. Please note that this includes March rent.
"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution, Dubois Telephone Exchange, is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
Moffat County Hanger Lease The Moffat County Board of Commissioners will accept bid proposals for leasing a portion of the hangar owned by Moffat County located at the Craig/Moffat County Airport. Bid shall be for an amount to be paid per month for a three (3) year lease beginning May 1, 2011. Use of the hangar shall be for aviation related business only. A bid packet can be obtained from Jerry Hoberg, Moffat County, 221 W Victory Way, Suite 250, Craig, CO 81625. Phone contact - 824-9148.
The Hayden High School boys basketball team got 16 points from Mark Doolin and 15 from Brandon Ray on Friday to put away Del Norte and earn a spot in the regional finals game, set for 12:30 p.m. today in Grand Junction. Hayden beat Del Norte, 66-44.
A powerful second-half performance Friday lifted the Hayden High School girls basketball team to today’s regional championship game in Durango. The Tigers flew past Custer County, 60-35, blowing the game open in the second half.
The 2011 National Western Stock Show in Denver has come and gone, and Moffat County 4-H and FFA members brought home not only a lot of awards, but numerous memories, too. Craig resident Phyllis DeLong summed it up. “No matter whether it’s pigs or goats or lambs or whatever, kids that go to big shows are good at what they do,” she said.
Last weekend, I made the “Pizza Casserole” featured in last week’s column. I had forgotten just how much the recipe makes, or I would have cut it in half for the two of us. The 9-by-13-inch casserole dish was filled to the top, and it was heavy. We have lots of leftover “Pizza Casserole.”
Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Monday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way
Grade: Junior, Moffat County High School Sport: Soccer, center midfield How did you get your start in your sport? “I started playing when I was 5 and it was always one of the sports that just clicked with me.”
Eric Hansen, coach of the Moffat County High School speech and debate team, said the 2010-11 season has been a good one so far. “It’s been really successful,” he said. “We’ve placed at every tournament in Colorado that we’ve been to. We’ve won two rather large tournaments.” Those tournaments were in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Grand Junction, Hansen said.
A past participant in the National Western Stock Show, 16-year-old Makayla Goodnow said just getting to the show is a big deal, let alone finishing at or near the top. “There’s not a lot of kids that go from Moffat County,” Goodnow said. “It’s a national show, so it’s bigger than state fair and county because at those shows you’re competing on a county level and then at state you’re competing on a state level.
Statistics indicate there are more than 700 local residents looking for work. Here are a few words and stories on some of them, as told to the Saturday Morning Press this week at the Colorado Workforce Center of Craig
Jeffrey Southard stepped Friday into the Colorado Workforce Center of Craig just before the office closed for lunch. The 36-year-old Craig man walked to the board to look over the half-page list of job postings. Taking a pencil from the jar, he scribbled a few notes and shuffled to the counter.
The scam is back. An organization called Veterans Affairs Services is providing benefit and general information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, and gathering personal information on veterans. This organization is not affiliated with the VA in any way.
American Legion Post 62 is hosting bingo tonight at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way. Doors open at 5 p.m., and games begin at 6:15 p.m. Anyone is welcome. For more information, call 824-3625.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Girl Scout cookies are on sale at City Market, 505 W. Victory Way, and Walmart, 2000 W. Victory Way. Noon to 4 p.m. Girl Scout cookies are on sale at Walgreens, 750 W. Victory Way, and Safeway, 1295 W. Victory Way.
The Moffat County Commission and the Craig City Council have been participating in negotiations for the Craig Police Department to remain in the Moffat County Public Safety Center. Our discussion began in 2010 with an agreement that the “emphasis is on fair, but reasonable costs, with the primary goal to keep all entities in one facility and maintain the relationships.”
It’s a figure that’s frightening to see, especially given that it’s tied to potential funding cuts — $2,325,750. That’s the number that could be gutted from the Moffat County School District in fiscal year 2012. But, the shock, dismay and concern can only last for so long. Problems have to be solved.
The Craig Youth Hockey Squirts and Bantams played their final games on Feb. 26 at the Moffat County Ice Arena. The Squirts played a doubleheader against Oak Creek while the Bantams finished the season against Ashley Valley.
In the near future, there is a good chance that you will set some unusual objectives for yourself that you would have never had the courage to attempt previously. Your boldness will enhance your possibilities for success.
Sudoku for March 5, 2011
Comics for March 5, 2011
y brother was scheduled for open-heart surgery involving three different procedures. I hadn't seen him for several months and wanted to visit before the operation, as I feared he might not make it through. The day before his surgery, my wife and I were driving the two-hour trip to his home when we received a call from his wife.
Crossword for March 5, 2011
Friday, March 4
Steamboat resident faces attempted murder, assault charges
Bail has been set at $500,000 for a Steamboat Springs man accused of trying to kill his wife Thursday night. William “Billy” Gustav Klett, 44, is facing charges of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault. Police said Klett was at his home Thursday night despite a restraining order forbidding him to have contact with his wife.
In her third year as Craig Middle School athletic director, Jill Hafey said she is ready for aesthetic upgrades to the uniforms of several sports teams. On Feb. 28, Hafey spoke with the Moffat County School Board on the deteriorating state of uniforms for the school’s football, girls basketball, and track teams.
On the Record for March 4, 2011
The Little Snake River Valley School (Wyo.) boys basketball squad overcame a tepid start Thursday before finding its footing and dismissing the Upton Bison, 68-31, in the first round of the 1A state championships. Although the team never trailed by more than two points, LSRV faced an unknown opponent inside an intimidating arena that for the first few minutes of play distracted the Rattlers’ offense.
More than 50 residents listened Thursday in hopes of learning the thoughts and feelings of several candidates vying for Craig public office. Those residents sat for more than two hours in The Center of Craig during a Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots meeting to hear from five candidates for Craig City Council and two for mayor. Candidates who attended were council candidates Byron Willems, Ray Beck, Tony Bohrer, Don Jones and Joe Bird. Mayoral candidates Frank Moe and Terry Carwile also attended.
David Grabowski, president of the Moffat County Education Association, said there was widespread concern among teachers recently. “It was a shock that the governor’s (proposed) budget included such a drastic cut to K-12 funding,” Grabowski said. “It was not expected at all.
Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo above. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $3.34; Diesel: $3.69
She didn’t know how her squad would adjust to the glare of the spotlight or the sheen of the new court inside the Casper Events Center, but it didn’t take long for Jodi Stanley to find out. Wyoming’s 1A state basketball tournament’s center stage suits the Little Snake River Valley School girls just fine.
Christina Oxley, executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, said the newly formed Smart Business Alliance has a simple goal. The consortium — which includes the Chamber, the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, the Colorado Workforce Center and Colorado Northwestern Community College — seeks to streamline information on upcoming classes and courses that could benefit small business owners and workers. Oxley said the Smart Business Alliance began with a question.
Yesterday included one of those shifts in my upper hat holder when everything seemed to line up and make that momentary bit of sense. It started normally. (Whoever thought any dose of normal might be healthy? Never mind, I must obey the laws of political correctness.)
I’m convinced there is power in forgiveness. No matter if you’re a believer in Christ or an atheist, at some time in your life you will have to confront a situation and you will have to choose to forgive or harbor the hurt.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way, will host the Craig Variety Show from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight. Shows take place the first Friday of every month. Shows include food, drinks and performances by local singers, songwriters, poets and storytellers.
9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Carissa at 826-9742. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The local chapter of the Farmgirl Sisterhood — the Yampa Valley Hens and Chicks — welcomes new members to its meeting at the Moffat County extension office, 539 Barclay St. Call Susan Domer at 824-6436 or visit www.maryjanesfarm.org.
To the editor, Last weekend, our community unfortunately needed the services from the Moffat and Routt counties Search and Rescue teams. One of our community citizens, a 19-year-old snowmobiler, was out with a friend and was caught in a large avalanche on Sand Peak, south of Meeker. His friend tried unsuccessfully to find and dig him out, but was forced to leave the scene to seek help.
To the editor: As of March 2, it became apparent that it is time to put our newly elected GOP central committee officers’ feet to the fire. These people assured not only our precinct chairs, but also Moffat County, that they not only had the time, but the desire to commit to their respective jobs.
Crossword for March 4, 2011
The City of Craig is accepting bids to purchase two (2) 1 ton pickups with factory box deleted, four (4) ¾ ton pickups, one (1) 1 ton cab & chassis, one (1) service body, one (1) flatbed with hoist, and two (2) stationary flatbeds.
Projects or ventures you personally direct could be exceptionally successful in the year ahead. Of course, you need to allow those with whom you're involved to use their initiative, but remember to use your goods as well.
I've been married to "Sam" for 17 years. I have two grown daughters from my first marriage and a 16-year-old son with Sam. For all these years, Sam has been the quintessential stable husband and father, working to put a roof over our heads and food on the table. I, too, have worked the entire time.
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Thursday, March 3
City of Craig to mail more than 3,000 ballots starting March 14
Craig City Clerk Shirley Seely said the deadline for residents who want to participate in this year’s city election is soon approaching. The deadline for residents to register to vote in the s April 5 city council and mayoral election is Monday. Currently, there are 5,907 registered voters in the city. Since January, 32 new residents have registered to vote.
As a child, I pushed myself to color inside the lines, climb to the top of trees, and jump until the rope-turners quit. Now I’m easier on myself, not caring about excellence when I’m having fun, though I try not to burden others with my deficient enthusiasms. When alone, I sing with volume and drama. I croon the blues, nursery songs, pop tunes, cowboy laments, and church hymns.
With the first of two performances happening Friday, Craig Kiwanis Club member Bo Lyons wasn’t divulging details on who or what local happenings and people would be lampooned in this year’s play. “Nobody’s really safe,” said Lyons, the Kiwanis Club’s play chairman.
Looking for a movie that isn’t too challenging and gets gradually more ridiculous as it goes? You might be tempted to turn your nose up at it because of the far-fetched premise, but hey, “Just Go With It.” Whether it’s uneven eyebrows, breast augmentations or facelifts, L.A. plastic surgeon Danny Maccabee (Adam Sandler) can do it all.
On the Record for March 3, 2011
With three newly appointed members in attendance, the Moffat County Tourism Association Board voted for the second time this year on who would serve as chair. Unlike a vote in January, however, there was a winner by the end of Wednesday’s regular board meeting.
John Raftopoulos said his late wife’s accomplishments will live on in the memories of many area residents for decades to come. But now, thanks to the efforts of a Western Slope Congressman, the life of Marianna Raftopoulos is forever inked into the permanent archive of the United States.
Datebook for March 3, 2011
The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., is hosting its next Culture Night event from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday. The event will feature the poetry and pottery of David Morris. Culture Night takes place the first Monday of every month at the library, and showcases the talents of local artists.
I am a 28-year-old mother of two beautiful girls, ages 8 and 2. I have a problem controlling my anger, and I take out all of my frustrations on my girls. When something is done wrong or not fast enough, or when my 8-year-old talks back, I lose it. When talking and screaming don't work, I've spanked her and slapped hands. My older daughter is afraid of me.
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A plethora of short, pleasurable trips are in the offing for you in the next year. None of them is likely to be of long duration, but each one will be exactly what you need at the time and will greatly refurbish your outlook on life.
Grand Futures to use results to create youth programming
Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will use results from local surveys to create programming that supports its efforts to promote healthy lifestyles through alternatives to substance abuse for local youths.
Wednesday, March 2
Rev. Jim Fox appreciates the value fellowship has in a church community. “You’ve got to do that every once in a while rather than just all the service and the work,” said Fox, a pastor at St. Michael Catholic Church. “That’s important, but there’s always some leisure time.”
Craig resident Rob Albert said hitting the trails on his snowmobile has always been one of his biggest thrills in life. On Tuesday night, Albert was installed in a position to lead others with like minds. He was named the new president of the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club. “I joined the club back in 2002 because snowmobiling was really the only recreational activity I did with any regularity,” Albert said. “It is one of my biggest passions in my life.”
On the Record for March 2, 2011
Since her days at Moffat County High School, swimmer Kelsey Conci has become accustomed to finishing toward the top and taking home achievements. As a Bulldogs swimmer, Conci set numerous school records and was a state champion in her senior year. The Mountain West Conference swimming championships Feb. 23 through 26 in Oklahoma City, Okla., was no exception for the University of Wyoming junior.
Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said the trip he will take starting Friday is part of the county’s goal to be more proactive on the state and federal levels. “It kind of fits under that banner of an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure,” he said. “Once things are active and once things start down a road, it is a lot harder to get things stopped than it is just to keep them from getting started.” Gray will travel to Washington, D.C., as part of a trip organized by Colorado Counties, Inc., to represent and discuss issues agreed upon by the organization’s members with federal lawmakers.
Moffat County Tourism Association Board meeting When: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday Where: Second-floor conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way
It’s a wild weekend of culture — both genuine and sarcastic — in this crazy town of ours. ■ The well-known and much anticipated Kiwanis Play hits the stage Friday and Saturday. If you skipped standing in line a month ago in frigid weather to save your spot, no worries. The Craig Kiwanis Club still has tickets available for Friday night’s crudely hilarious performance at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. They’re $15 per person and they’re available from Jeff Pleasant at Rehabilitation Services of Craig, 473 Yampa Ave. Call 824-9359 to get yours.
To the editor: This is to the citizens of Craig. s I completed the gathering of signatures required to place my name on the upcoming City of Craig ballot for a city council seat, I began to question whether or not to turn in my completed petition.
To the editor: We want to thank City Market for letting us set up in front and have a bake sale for the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Jane Milligan.
This year’s municipal election is shaping up to be something much different than those from years past. The Editorial Board believes that’s a refreshing change. Not only do we have a number of candidates vying for city council, but we also have two mayoral candidates. It is not often we have so many candidates that represent such a wide variety of backgrounds interested in helping run our city.
Craig Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for Craig youth baseball. There will be three age groups — 8 to 10 years old, 11 and 12 years old and 13 to 15 years old. Youths 8 to 12 will have to travel to Hayden, Meeker and Rangely at least once during the season.
To the editor: This is regarding the Craig Chamber of Commerce taking over the lodging tax from the Moffat County Tourism Association.
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 conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. See page 5 for the full agenda. Call 824-2335.
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Crossword for March 2, 2011
Don't hesitate to play a secondary role rather than a leading one if that's all that is offered you involving a possibly rewarding enterprise. The profit it generates could be far greater than what a turn in the limelight would bring.
When I was 5, my mother married an abusive man. He talked down to us and often resorted to slapping and name calling. On at least three occasions, he was physically abusive -- punching, throwing and beating us. On the other hand, he adopted us and often did nice things, too.
Tuesday, March 1
Lean budgetary times could cause the Moffat County School District to look quite different next year. That was the sentiment school district finance director Mark Rydberg shared with the Moffat County School Board during a Monday afternoon workshop. Rydberg presented the board with a first draft budget proposal, as the district tries to prepare for potentially steep budget cuts.
Since mid-January, officials from counties around the state have worked on developing a bottom-up economic development plan for Colorado. A regional meeting next week in Craig, hosted by the state’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade, is another step in the process of developing that plan.
On the Record for March 1, 2011
Sasha Nelson, northwest organizer for the Colorado Environmental Coalition, said there’s a simple reason residents from as far away as Great Britain came to Moffat County last spring. They were hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the “phenomenal” and “spectacular” things wildlife does, but few are able to see. Locally, that wildlife is the greater sage grouse and that action is its yearly mating dance, Nelson said.
Council, mayoral candidates to appear before potential voters
A decade ago, local resident Jeanie Durham said she had a different view of local politics. “Ten years ago it didn’t matter to me who was on city council, but it does now,” she said. Durham, who has been involved with the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots for about two years, said her involvement in politics stemmed from a simple concept.
At 12 years old, TJ Shelton will head into March with sights set on accomplishing numerous wrestling achievements awarded to few wrestlers his age. Having already won three Rocky Mountain National tournaments this year, Shelton will look to finish his season with the Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling program by winning in Arizona on March 12 and in the Rocky Mountain Nationals on March 20 in Denver.
Datebook for March 1, 2011
A cancer support group is scheduled to meet from 6 to 7 p.m. today at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. Meetings take place on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the church. The meetings are open to anyone.
Sudoku for March 1, 2011
I'm a single father of a 16-year-old son whom I have raised since he was 2. "Zack" is mature and carries himself with confidence. When Zack took up sports and his schedule became busy, we found that it was sometimes necessary to share the bathroom. While he showers, I shave, or while I shower, he does his hair.
A number of opportunities will develop for you in the year ahead, stemming from places that are at quite a distance from where you reside. Yet, in order to reap what they offer, you're not likely to have to go to them; they'll come to you.
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