Stories for April 2013


Tuesday, April 30

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Moffat County girls golf shoots well at Yampa Valley Golf Course

The Moffat County girls golf team closed out its regular season on a high note, with two tournaments on the Western Slope this week. The Bulldogs hosted a home tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course Monday, with golfers from Grand Junction High, Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Palisade competing.

Lance Scranton: Responsibility coupled with reality

Students begin each school year excited by the opportunities and expectant that each of their endeavors will be successful. Unfortunately, as the academic year marches on, many students find themselves straining to keep up with their many commitments.

House passes controversial renewable energy mandate bill

A controversial bill that increases renewable energy mandates for rural electricity cooperatives was approved by the Colorado House of Representatives on Tuesday.

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Steamboat Ski Area testing lights for possible night skiing

A bigger Four Points restaurant isn't the only new attraction in the works at Steamboat Ski Area. The resort also is looking into the possibility of illuminating some of its lower-mountain terrain to offer night skiing.

EAGLE-Net suspension lifted, paving way for new broadband access in Moffat and Routt counties

Moffat County, Steamboat Springs slated for broadband infrastructure

High-speed broadband Internet service could be on its way to the Moffat County and Steamboat Springs school districts after the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced Tuesday that it lifted its stop construction order against the maligned EAGLE-Net Alliance.

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Moffat County girls soccer battles to tie with Aspen

In an important game with postseason implications, the Moffat County High School girls soccer team came up with the result it needed.

Moffat County government update for May 1

Government update

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

The record for May 1

The record Police, fire and ambulance calls — some minor calls omitted

Monday, April 29

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Moffat County sheriff given more authority to spend money to fight fires

Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz has been given greater authority over how certain county funds may be spent during the upcoming wildland fire season.

Sunday, April 28

Craig Briefs: District hosts reception for principal candidates Monday

The public is invited to a meet-the-candidates reception from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday in the Sunset Elementary School library.

Winter weather expected this week in Moffat County

Spring will make an emphatic appearance in Moffat County today, but typical of Northwest Colorado, winter isn’t quite ready to call it quits.

Stephanie Pearce: Lifelong friends

It was the first day of kindergarten. I was scared to death because I had never really spent much time away from my mother. I remember seeing this little girl across the room.

Senior Spotlight for April 29, 2013

April brought showers — both snow and rain — Easter, flowers and some sunny days.

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Moffat County baseball splits doubleheader with Coal Ridge

In the first of two games at the Craig Middle School baseball fields, the Coal Ridge Titans had their game of the year, winning 23-18. In the second game, Moffat County recovered and dominated, 13-2.

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Moffat County soccer beats Rangely; now in playoff position

In another important Western Slope League game, the Moffat County High School girls soccer team rose to the occasion and recorded a win.

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Bulldog Sports for April 29-May 5, 2013

The coming week in sports for Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School.

Saturday, April 27

Craig Briefs: No serious injuries in rollover crash Friday

Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters responded Friday to a one-vehicle crash on Colorado Highway 13 near milepost 128 just south of the Wyoming border.

Kelley Davis: Irresponsible comment

I am writing this letter in response to the recent Craig City Council meeting regarding the proposal for mandatory gun ownership (“Gun plan sends message to state,” April 24 Craig Daily Press).

From Pipi's Pasture: Going to the movies

When I was a kid growing up on the ranch, a trip to town was a big deal.

Over A Cup: Mary’s clam chowder and chocolate ice cream

This past week I got to meet Mary Burnett in person. Mary lives in Craig and previously has contributed recipes in this column.

Friday, April 26

CNCC honors students at year-end banquet

Jessica Gorley and Zoe Sowers highlighted a night of awards for Colorado Northwestern Community College last Friday.

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Parks and Wildlife: Don’t feed wild animals

Feeding wildlife attracts predators, spreads diseases

Mike Porras, public information officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said feeding the animals not only has a variety of negative effects on big game, it also can result in fines under Colorado law.

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Yampa Valley athletes dominate Clint Wells Invitational in Craig

Moffat County boys and girls had big days on the track Friday in Craig. The girls team took first place and the boys were second at the Clint Wells Invitational.

Energy production to remain in flux according to Yampa Valley Data Partners

Yampa Valley Data Partners’ new economic analyst wrote about the future of the region’s energy production in the organization’s April newsletter.

Craig firefighters respond to rollover crash near Wyoming border

Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters responded Friday to a one-vehicle crash on Colorado Highway 13 near milepost 128 just south of the Wyoming border. A woman reportedly lost control of her sedan and rolled off the northbound side of the highway.

The Memorial Hospital's search for a new CEO nears its completion

The candidate pool has been whittled down to four applicants, and one has already come to Craig for an on-site visit, with additional candidates visiting in the next few weeks.

Parks and Wildlife awards Bitterbrush State Wildlife Area with a reclamation grant

Funds to be used to reseed public lands affected by Cedar Knob fire

The grant funding was part of $280,000 awarded this week by Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Habitat Partnership Program. The Bears Ears Winter Range Habitat Enhancement Initiative was the recipient of $100,000 for the project in the Bitterbrush SWA.

Government update for April 27

Agenda for Moffat County Commission's April 30, 2013, meeting

The Record for April 27, 2013

Moffat County and city of Craig police, fire and ambulance calls

Thursday, April 25

Senior Spotlight for April 26, 2013

The greatest thing I have discovered about myself lately is an increasing belief that I can overcome the challenges I have faced since my health has caused changes in my physical ability to get things done.

Tim Douglas: Just 15 minutes could save a life

I read a quote once from Dwight L. Moody, a great American evangelist of the last half of the 19th century, which said, “God does nothing except in response to prayer.”

William Ronis: More valuable than coal

Is not our health and the health of our environment more valuable than oil and coal?

Craig Briefs: Grand Futures coalition conducting drug survey

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is collecting data on parents’ beliefs and perceptions about the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by their children.

Moffat County girls soccer notches big win at Aspen

With its season on the line, the Moffat County High School girls soccer stepped up and got a big win Thursday. The Bulldogs traveled to Aspen and came away with a 1-0 win over the Skiers. Kylee Gorringe scored the game’s lone goal as the team set the school record in wins in a season with its sixth.

M2: Christmas comes early for Craig’s own Santa, Mrs. Claus

George and Ann Kidder honored as Moffat County United Way volunteers of the year

For a short period of time each year, the entire country undergoes an almost magical transformation. The Christmas season evokes a spirit of brotherhood, and people everywhere find themselves smiling easier, laughing louder and spending more time in the service of others. A big reason for that transformation is the sight of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Since 1997, George and Ann Kidder, otherwise known as Craig’s own Santa and Mrs. Claus, have generously donated their time to help children of all ages embrace the spirit of Christmas.

Attendance issues hurting many prospective MCHS grads

With graduation just a month away, a significant number of seniors at Moffat County High School are scrambling to meet graduation requirements, with attendance being the main issue.

Moffat County girls golf back on course

The Moffat County High School girls golf team was back in action Wednesday and Thursday, playing a pair of tournaments as the postseason nears.

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M2: Al Shepherd, volunteer for life

Craig resident Al Shepherd has sealed his legacy through volunteering

This month the Moffat County United Way honored a number of people in Craig who have made a difference in the community through serving others. Al Shepherd, 81, was one of the standouts. He’s been serving on the 14th Judicial Community Corrections Board since 1984 and is one of the longest tenured Moffat County government volunteers, second only to Owen Grant, who has been serving on the Moffat County Cemetery Board since 1978.

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M2: Walters dedicated to area veterans

There are countless groups of people who benefit from the volunteer work done for them. In Craig resident Mary Walters, local veterans have an outstanding contributor to their cause.

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M2: Museum volunteers have been in for the long haul

Delaine Voloshin and Barbara Baker, both longtime residents of Craig, have been a part of major changes in the city through their volunteer work. Both women have their hands in several boards of directors, but their largest contribution of time has been to the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

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M2 Minute: Volunteering is the backbone of Craig, Moffat County

It may be cliché, but I find a lot of truth in sayings such as, “It takes a village to raise a child,” or “Volunteers are the lifeblood of a community.” We are fortunate to live in a community where many of our residents believe in the benefits of volunteering.

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Moffat County track team to host Friday meet

The Moffat County High School track and field team spends most of its time during the season in Grand Junction, but it likes to showcase its talent once a year to the hometown crowd.

Glenda Tibbs: Drive safe

Please be aware of all those construction signs out there for slower speeds.

Charles L. Poole: Gratitude

I want to express my gratitude to the community for having such a wonderful medical facility and caring staff available.

The Record for April 26, 2013

Moffat County and city of Craig police, fire and ambulance calls

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Moffat County baseball splits pair of close games in Craig

And while the Bulldogs lost a late lead in the second game, there were plenty of positives to take away from their first baseball in nearly three weeks. The Bulldogs are now 5-6 overall this season and 5-5 in the Western Slope League.

Wednesday, April 24

Judge denies motion to suppress evidence in Craig murder case

Charge added, trial rescheduled to September

Craig murder suspect Leroy Fief’s Fifth Amendments rights against self-incrimination were not violated in the aftermath of the Dec. 9 death of Shane Armondo Arrendondo in a downtown parking lot, a Moffat County judge ruled Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 23

Craig resident proposes ordinance requiring heads of households to own rifles

Craig resident requests council pass pro-gun ordinance

Citing years of attacks by the Colorado General Assembly on the industries that drive Craig and Moffat County’s economy — namely coal, power and hunting — Craig Rummel asked City Council members to consider passing an ordinance requiring heads of households within city limits to maintain a modern sporting rifle capable of accepting high-capacity magazines.

Hulstine, Bulldogs wow with top times

The Moffat County senior signed with the University of Denver last Wednesday, then had a meet to remember at the Jefferson County Invite, hosted at Chatfield High School in Littleton.

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Time runs out on Moffat County girls soccer rally

The Bulldogs tried furiously to rally back against Roaring Fork at Woodbury Sports Complex, but time ran out and they lost, 3-2. Allie Ehlers scored both goals for MCHS.

Moffat County Commission exploring refinance options for public safety center

The Moffat County Commission on Tuesday explored its options to refinance the second of two certificates of participation used to fund construction of the Moffat County Public Safety Center. A certificate of participation is similar to a bond. Dave Fleming, a member of the Moffat County Finance Corporation Board, said the second certificate, issued in 2001, could be refinanced after 10 years.

Craig briefs: Saturday is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

In an effort to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft, the Craig Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are hosting a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Centennial Mall parking lot.

4 men accused of dealing cocaine in Steamboat Springs

According to Steamboat Springs Police Department Deputy Chief Bob DelValle, the men were arrested after a series of controlled drug buys arranged by ACET. The investigation began in October.

Lance Scranton: Weather permitting

The unexpected spring storm that dumped some serious snow on our state last week shut down all kinds of activities on the Front Range and Western Slope. Encountering the unanticipated can send students into a flurry of thinking that the grass must be greener (sooner) somewhere else.

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MCHS delivers books to students to foster reading

Nearly half the students at Moffat County High School received books for free Tuesday as part of a nationwide program to bring literature to youths.

The Record for April 24, 2013

Moffat County and city of Craig police, fire and ambulance calls

Resources available for sex assault victims

Karen Zimmerman, sex assault response team coordinator at Advocates Crisis Support Services, said that last year, her agency responded to cases involving 32 primary victims and 51 secondary victims of sexual assault in Moffat County.

Sunday, April 21

TMH board of trustees meeting agendas for April 22, 23

The Memorial Hospital board of trustees meeting agendas

Craig Briefs: Shell offering ranching program scholarships

Shell Oil Co. is offering to residents of Moffat and Routt counties scholarships for the Colorado Ranching Legacy Program, which is designed to educate beginning ranchers, ranch workers who want to become ranch owners and established ranchers who want to be more effective managers, according to a news release.

Stephanie Pearce: Letting go

In the past week, we’ve lost two members of our family: our cow, Cocoa Bean, and our dog, Girl.

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Colorado lawmakers debating several education bills

Moffat County School District could see increased funding for preschool, special education

Colorado senators passed a bill Friday that would modify the Public School Finance Act of 1994. Senate Bill 13-260, sponsored by District 19 Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster, and District 31 Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, would change K-12 public school financing for fiscal year 2013-14 by increasing base per pupil funding to $5,954.28 to reflect a 1.9 percent inflation rate.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of April 22, 2013

The coming week in sports for Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School

Saturday, April 20

MCHS's Pinnt leads track teams at Phil Wertman Invitational

Moffat County High School's Kayla Pinnt posted her best times of the year in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Phil Wertman Invitational in Grand Junction, taking first place in both

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Moffat County soccer back on track vs. Colorado Rocky Mountain

Moffat County’s girls soccer team spread the ball around well, with six players scoring in a 7-0 win, tying the school record for most wins in a season.

Moffat County baseball games at Basalt postponed

Moffat County's baseball doubleheader at Basalt was postponed Saturday because of field conditions.

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TMH Health Fair offers variety of options to Craig residents

Hundreds of Craig residents made it out to the annual Health Fair at The Memorial Hospital on Saturday for a variety of checkups.

Friday, April 19

Diane Prather: Dispatches from the 20th annual 4-H district retreat

Each year, 4-H members and their chaperones from Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco, Grand, Jackson, Eagle and Garfield counties meet to participate in a District 11 Retreat. This year’s retreat was held at the Marriott Residence Inn in Glenwood Springs from March 1 through 3.

Briefs for April 20, 2013: Colorado Highway 13 work runs through October

A reconstruction project on Colorado Highway 13 south of Meeker and north of Rifle will take place from mile marker 25 south to mile marker 22.

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Local elected officials continue to slam renewable energy bill

Moffat County’s elected officials continue to rip a bill now making its way through the Colorado House of Representatives that would require Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association to increase its renewable energy portfolio to 25 percent by 2020.

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Moffat County baseball still battling the elements

Most outdoor spring sports in Northwest Colorado are used to dealing with cold weather, snowy conditions and indoor practices at the beginning of the season. With another significant snowfall in Craig during the weekend, the baseball team, now a month and a half into its season, still has not played a home game.

Outdoor Heritage Day open to public April 27

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting families to come out April 27 for the sixth annual Outdoor Heritage Day in Palisade.

Diane Prather: Homemade ice cream

Years ago, people routinely prepared recipes such as eggnog, ice cream and mayonnaise without cooking whole eggs or egg yolks. However, according to Karen Massey, Routt County Extension director and Family Consumer and Science agent, recent research has shown that pathogens are found inside the egg shell as well as on the outside.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of April 20, 2013

Gas prices as of 5 p.m. Friday in Craig, heading into the weekend of April 20.

Government update for April 20, 2013

Government update for April 20, 2013

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MCHS business students in Vail on Sunday for state competition

Nine students from Moffat County High School will look to showcase their business skills starting Sunday.

Alphi Bennett: Damsel in distress

There is a Craig resident who always seems to have a smile on his face and a friendly wave when he passes you on the street.

On the Record for April 20, 2013

On the Record Police, fire and ambulance calls — some minor calls omitted

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Pinwheel garden planted in Craig

A seed to remind the public about child neglect and abuse was planted in Craig Friday. Connections 4 Kids, Moffat County Child Protection Team, Northwest Rocky Mountain Court-Appointed Special Advocates, McDonald’s of Craig and Prevent Child Abuse Colorado teamed up again to plant a garden of pinwheels in Craig to advocate bright futures for children in Moffat County.

Thursday, April 18

Briefs for April 19, 2013: Colorado Highway 13 project ongoing through end of October

A reconstruction project on Colorado Highway 13 began April 1 on a stretch of the highway south of Meeker and north of Rifle. The work will take place from mile marker 25 south to mile marker 22.

Tony Bohrer: Turning my stumbling block into a steppingstone

On the path we call life, there are mountaintops, and there are valleys. Then, there are pits, and those pits sometimes are dug by us, and other times, we are thrown in by someone else.

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Weather slows training tower construction

Craig Fire/Rescue’s live fire training tower was slated to go vertical this week, but three days of snow has tabled construction.

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Udall calls for livestock insurance program in 2013 Farm Bill

Udall calls for livestock insurance program in 2013 Farm Bill

This week, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., urged the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee to include a permanent livestock insurance program in the 2013 Farm Bill. In a letter to committee Chairwoman Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D- Mich., Udall said ranchers need a safety net considering ongoing drought conditions across much of the Rocky Mountain west.

Craig sports briefs: CNCC rodeo team rakes in regional awards

The latest sports news in Craig and Moffat County, including upcoming Craig Parks and Recreation events and schedule changes for local sports teams.

Talent competition to be held in Craig on Saturday

Colorado You Got Talent will be holding auditions in Craig this weekend. The statewide talent competition will be at Victory Motors, 193 Commerce St., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

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Church of Destiny to give away van on Mother’s Day

The Church of Destiny, a nonprofit organization in Craig, is giving away a 1993 Mercury Villager minivan to a deserving family.

Janet Sheridan: Admitting ineptitude

I’m baffled by technology. Bamboozled. I don’t instinctively know how to navigate new sites. I’m unable to perceive the function and relationship of every command, icon and arrow.

Northwest Colorado VNA public health nurses: Vaccinate on time

Vaccinating children on time is the best way to protect them against 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before their second birthdays.

Michelle Tucker: Kindness of a stranger

On Sunday morning, I went out for a run and was chased by a rather unfriendly dog. I want to say thank you to the gentleman who was kind enough to pull his truck between the dog and me.

Pat Pearce: Thanks for the support

The Humane Society of Moffat County thanks the following for donations and support.

Ray Cartwright: Shame on you

Flags at the Moffat County Library, Moffat County Courthouse, City Hall and The American Legion all were at full staff. I commend Ridgeview Elementary, Yampa Valley Bank and McDonald’s for having them lowered to half-staff.

On the Record for April 19

The Record Police, fire and ambulance calls — some minor calls omitted

Duane Koukol: Retirement

Two workdays to go! Time to write!

Wednesday, April 17

Craig, National League of Cities launch water line warranty protection program

The city of Craig, in partnership with the National League of Cities, is launching its spring campaign offering a water line warranty protection program for local homeowners.

Byers Canyon shooting ranges open for the year

With big-game herds moving back to higher ground, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has reopened the Byers Canyon Shooting Range for 2013.

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Moffat County swimmer signs to swim at DU

After Eryn Leonard committed to Colorado Mesa University during the winter, fellow senior Matt Hulstine signed to swim for University of Denver beginning next year.

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Entrance fees waived at Dinosaur for National Park Week

Dinosaur National Monument is waiving its entrance fees from Monday to April 26 in celebration of National Park Week, which is celebrated annually by national parks across the U.S.

Tuesday, April 16

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Former US Rep. Bob Beauprez discusses tax reform at Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots forum

Tax Day on Monday marked the IRS deadline for filing 2012 taxes, a bizarre annual ritual considering the conflicts between the American colonies and England that ultimately ignited the Revolutionary War, former U.S. Rop. Bob Beauprez said.

Briefs for April 17, 2013: Reading programs available at library

Moffat County Libraries recently launched 1,000 Books before Kindergarten, a program intended to prepare children to learn to read upon entering school, according to a news release.

Renewable energy mandate bill passes Monday in Senate

The Colorado Senate passed this week a bill that aims to increase renewable energy mandates on rural electricity cooperatives from 10 to 25 percent by 2020.

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MCHS choir earns top rating at CHSAA event

MCHS, CMS bands also fare well at competition

The Moffat County High School Choir received a rating of “superior” Monday during a seven-school competition hosted by MCHS in Craig. The Northwestern Vocal Large Group Festival featured high school choirs from Craig, Steamboat Springs, Rifle, Rangely, Grand Valley, Lake County and Glenwood Springs.

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Craig Middle School writers awarded for thoughts on being mayor

On Tuesday afternoon, six Craig Middle School students were recognized for their work in the statewide essay contest “If I were mayor.”

Local runners react to Boston Marathon attack

After explosions shook runners and spectators near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three and injuring more than 100, people across the world were shocked. It was no different for members of the running community in Craig.

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Moffat County track and field delivers Friday

It was a big weekend for the Moffat County track and field team in its first meet in nearly three weeks. Even as the only 3A team competing at the Warrior Wild West Invitational hosted by Grand Junction Central Friday at Colorado Mesa University, the Bulldogs impressed in their return competition from spring break.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

Government Update for April 17

The Moffat County Tourism Association board meets at 3 p.m. Wednesday, and the Craig Rural Fire Protection District board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday.

On the Record for April 17

Police, fire and ambulance calls — some minor calls omitted

Frank Moe: Deja vu all over again

Déjà vu – 252

How many of us remember the misleading Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act, House Bill 10-1365? That bill was created behind closed doors, conceived in deceit, conspired on by then-Gov. Bill Ritter and his administration and thrust upon us with hardly any time to react. Now, nearly three years later, we are experiencing deja vu in the recently introduced Senate Bill 13-252.

Josh and Tabitha Slaight: Many thanks

The family of Josh & Tabitha Slaight and their parents, Darrel & Cindy Slaight and Tom & Natalie Simpson, would like to express our deepest gratitude for all the donations of food, clothing, furniture, and money that we have received since our life changing fire.

More games rescheduled in Craig because of weather

Moffat County High School baseball and girls soccer had to cancel games scheduled for Tuesday in Craig.

Moffat sheriff signs suit challenging Colorado gun laws

Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz is among county sheriffs throughout the state who are participating in a lawsuit against Colorado’s new gun-control laws.

Monday, April 15

2 explosions at Boston marathon finish line

Two explosions shattered the finish of the Boston Marathon on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the smoking site.

Sunday, April 14

Stephanie Pearce: Persistence

You know the old saying, “If you get bucked off a horse, you better get right back on”?

Senior Spotlight for April 15, 2013

April is a time when we need more watchdogs at the United States Treasury and fewer blood hounds at the Internal Revenue Service.

Briefs for April 15, 2013: Local students honored with Rising Star awards

Colorado Northwestern Community College students Clay Crozier and Zoe Sowers were honored with Rising Star awards at a ceremony and luncheon Tuesday at Front Range Community College.

CNCC talent show sees success in 1st year

Taking the stage, Alayna Behrman’s gold and white dress glimmered under the bright spotlight in the Moffat County High School auditorium Saturday evening. Only 10-years-old, Behrman competed in the Colorado Northwestern Community College Talent Show showcasing her singing abilities and won first place.

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Campbell named general manager of Craig Daily Press

Craig resident Renee Campbell has been named the general manager of the Craig Daily Press. She starts Monday.

Gun laws cause Moffat County outfitters concern for future

Recent gun legislation might not affect Colorado’s tourism for hunting in 2013, but it has local outfitters nervous for the future.

Craig, Moffat County organizations launch campaign against renewable energy bill

SB13-252 scheduled Monday for 3rd reading in Senate

Two Moffat County organizations last week launched a campaign to stop a bill that would increase renewable energy mandates on rural Colorado electric cooperatives. Senate Bill 13-252, sponsored by Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and Senate Majority Whip Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, would increase renewable energy mandates on rural Colorado electric cooperatives from 10 to 25 percent by 2020.

Saturday, April 13

TMH Finance Committee meeting agenda

The Memorial Hospital in Craig Finance Committee meeting agenda

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Bulldog Sports for the week of April 15, 2013

The week in sports for Moffat County High School from April 15-21.

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Moffat County girls soccer falls to Coal Ridge

Back on the field for its third game in three days, the Moffat County girls soccer team came up short against Coal Ridge in Craig. The Bulldogs came out strong but could not sustain their play throughout the game, losing 5-1 to the Titans.

Rep. Bob Rankin: Under the dome

I’ve now had a new experience under the golden dome of the Capitol, almost completely shrouded for renovation. Last week, the House debated the budget known as the “long bill.” I honestly don’t know how to describe it except to say it felt more like a partisan bickering session over how to spend a lot of new money on old programs than it resembled a real budget. It passed at 11 p.m. Friday.

Briefs for April 13, 2013: Baumgardner resolution passes out of committee

A Sen. Randy Baumgardner-sponsored water rights measure unanimously passed out of the Colorado Senate Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee on Thursday.

Friday, April 12

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4 in a row for Moffat County girls soccer

For the second day in a row, the Bulldogs girls soccer team didn’t allow a goal and took the win. On Friday, it was Rifle High School who fell to Moffat County, which now is sporting a winning record at 4-3 for the first time this season.

Over a Cup of Coffee: A recipe from Aunt Lila

his week, I was thumbing through the recipe cards in my old metal recipe file. I started the file before I was married, so it contains some recipes from my mother and other relatives. I took out a recipe for “Never Fail Mayonnaise” that was given to me by my Aunt Lila Osborn, who passed away some years ago.

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Wyman Museum seeks return of Clyde's antlers to complete remodel

Wyman Museum employees are hoping to have a key piece of the museum’s history returned to help complete the design of the remodeled trophy room: Clyde the elk's antlers.

Pipi's Pasture: Spot-on-the-Hip and other cows

This morning, as I looked out on Pipi’s Pasture, I was thinking about how gentle Pipi is. In fact, all of the cows in our little herd are tame. We need to be able to work them on foot or by four-wheelers, we need to walk out among them to vaccinate and ear-tag calves, and we need to check them at night during calving season.

John Williams: Now is the time to act

While everyone is still reeling from the onslaught against their loss of liberty and the stomping on our constitutional rights by the Colorado Legislature, now is the time to act. If you are not a member of the National Rifle Association and Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, now is the time.

Lois Stoffle: Why I volunteer

Since retiring from my “real” job at Yampa Valley Electric Association, I have been volunteering at the hospital for several years. My first position was in the business office for one day a week, helping with filing and making copies and such.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of April 13, 2013

Local gas prices as of 5 p.m. Friday, April 12, in Craig.

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CMS students participate in poetry reading

Casandra Cruz and nine other Craig Middle School eighth-graders read poems in front of their families and friends Thursday at Downtown Books as part of the Carol Jacobson Memorial Poetry Contest.

Baumgardner resolution against federal water permit requirements passes committee

House Joint Resolution 13-1004 calls on the U.S. Forest Service to rescind a 2012 directive that stipulates water rights revert to the federal government upon termination of a special-use permit.

Government update for April 13

Government update

3 car crashes close Rabbit Ears Pass for 3 hours Friday morning

U.S. Highway 40 at Rabbit Ears Pass was closed for three hours Friday morning because of three car crashes in less than a quarter mile stemming from poor road conditions.

The record for April 13

The record Police, fire and ambulance calls — some minor calls omitted

Moffat County baseball doubleheader postponed

The Moffat County baseball team's home games for Saturday against Cedaredge have been rescheduled because of field conditions.

Thursday, April 11

The Rev. Bain White: Indebted to a heretic

Have you ever thought about what caused the early church to decide what works should be included in the New Testament? It is a question that has been asked of me numerous times, and surprisingly enough, I often respond by saying that the books in the New Testament that we consider to be canonical came about in part through the actions of a person determined to be a heretic.

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Yampa Valley police chiefs weigh in on gun control

With much of the country engulfed in a passionate debate about gun control, the Yampa Valley’s police chiefs jumped into the conversation Thursday and questioned the enforceability of some of Colorado’s newest laws.

Bulldogs girls soccer wins third straight

More than a week off from practice didn’t slow the Moffat County High School girls soccer team in its return to the field Thursday.

US Postal Service delays cuts to delivery schedule

Congressional resolution prohibits 5-day delivery schedule

In light of a recently passed Congressional resolution, the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors announced Wednesday it would postpone plans to transition to a new national delivery schedule. The impact to Craig and Hamilton is not expected to be significant.

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Horizons' Pick-a-dish Fundraiser successful in first year

Horizons Specialized Services client Melinda Orr teamed up with Layle Dees, of The Memorial Hospital’s Mountain Cafe, to create a winning dish, taking first place in the judge’s choice category during Horizons' inaugural Pick-a-dish Fundraiser on Thursday night.

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Craig riders finish strong in snocross

Xtreme Mountain Racing, which pits snowmobile riders from Colorado, Wyoming and Utah against one another, finished its season with more championships for Craig riders.

The record for April 12, 2013

The Record Police, fire and ambulance calls — some minor calls omitted

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Woman extricated from vehicle after 2-car crash

A Craig woman was transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig with neck pain after a two-car collision at west Victory Way and Barclay Street. The crash took place at 9 a.m. just west of the Moffat County Courthouse.

Wednesday, April 10

Rep. Bob Rankin: I will vote 'no' on renewable energy standard proposed in legislature

The problems of SB13-252 are too numerous to detail. But legislation of this significance should never be introduced too late in the session for serious consideration and debate. SB13-252 is a rush to judgment by environmental radicals and the Democratic leadership in the legislature without thoughtful consideration of the impact on rural Colorado.

TMH and Craig Lions Club to host community health fair

For those Moffat County residents concerned because the 9News Health Fair won’t make its usual stop in Craig this year, local health care officials have one message: have no fear.

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TMH donates $1,000 to high school booster club

With the effort of more than 20 Moffat County student-athletes, booster club sponsors, parents and coaches, more than 90 percent of the boxed medical records were moved within four hours.

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Spring turkey-hunting season begins Saturday

From April 13 to May 26 some 12,000 hunters will take to the fields and woods of Colorado to pursue turkeys on public and private lands.

Brother's Customer Processing wins awards

Brother’s won grand champion for its jerky, bacon and specialty game. Brother’s took reserve grand champion for its salami. Brother’s also was awarded champion for its bone-in ham and summer sausage.

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Dinosaur sites, attractions won’t be affected by congressional sequestration

With many national parks announcing cuts to programs and access as the summer tourism season approaches, Dinosaur National Monument's Dan Johnson said budget cuts primarily will affect staffing.

Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs bringing Crutches 4 Africa collections to Northwest Colorado

What kinds of towns have an abundance of crutches, braces and other mobility devices in early April? Ski towns, of course.

Routt County Sheriff Wiggins will not join lawsuit against Colorado gun laws

Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins is not one of the 37 Colorado sheriffs who have signed onto a lawsuit challenging the gun laws recently passed by the state Legislature.

Tuesday, April 9

Craig briefs: Senior citizens seminar on retirement benefits

A seminar for senior citizens about rules and strategies for collecting retirement benefits and coordinating Social Security with other sources of retirement income is from noon to 1 p.m. April 17 and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 18 at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus.

Moffat County commissioners testify in Denver against renewable energy bill

Measure to increase renewal energy mandates to 25 percent passes Senate committee

Efforts to stop a new bill from passing out of a Colorado Senate committee fell short Monday, but rural energy and local elected officials pledge to thwart the measure they say could have dire consequences on rural electric cooperatives.

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Bilodeau voted assistant mayor, AGNC rep at first meeting of new Craig City Council

During a night that witnessed the transition of two Craig City Council seats, one longstanding member found himself accepting additional responsibilities.

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Moffat County basketball teams celebrate great seasons

It was a banner year for Moffat County High School’s basketball programs, with both the boys and girls teams winning games in the state tournament.

Two The Memorial Hospital nurses earn certifications for wound care

The Memorial Hospital at Craig recently had two registered nurses become Wound Care Certified. Amy Knights and Wendy Furman attended training through the Wound Care Education Institute and then passed the National Alliance for Wound Care exam to become certified. TMH General Surgeon Jeff Womble will become the physician advisor for the wound care clinic at TMH. The wound care clinic is for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes who have wounds that are slow healing. Patients needing to be seen at the clinic should contact Amy Knights at 970-826-3247.

Lance Scranton: The science of fiction

Science fiction class is a great venue for students to work out some of their deeper sociological and anthropological thoughts. It isn’t difficult to get an opinion from a teenager, but it is more challenging to have them think their opinion through to its logical conclusion.

Lloyd and Harold Rollins: Keep COGCC moderate

Attending a Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission meeting recently was a unique experience to one of my brother’s and my life. Being in attendance we were able to listen and experience firsthand the many issues that came before the commission.

State park managers in Routt, Moffat counties react to 2012 drought

The managers of Routt County’s three major state parks told the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that they are preparing for another season of drought while they study the impacts the drought of 2012 had on their campgrounds and picnic areas.

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Horizons to host Pick-a-Dish fundraiser Thursday

Local restaurants are pairing up with Horizons Specialized Services clients to cook specialty dishes for the community to sample and vote on Thursday evening during the Pick-A-Dish fundraiser.

The record for April 10

The record Police, fire and ambulance calls — some minor calls omitted

Gene Counts: Law-abiding citizens are punished

Hundreds of thousands of American soldiers gave their lives to keep this country free. To let some governor sign it all away with a stroke of a pen is ridiculous.

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Friends of Moffat County Education asking community for help with book drive

The group has received 3,000 books so far, leaving them 10,000 books short of the 13,000-book goal. The deadline is Saturday.

Craig sports briefs for April 10, 2013: Girls golf team has tough time in Parachute

Moffat County's girls golf team played a tournament in Parachute on Monday, and we've got the results. Also get the latest sports news from Craig, including a local skier placing in a national competition.

Shell community meeting in Hamilton postponed

The meeting Tuesday at the Hamilton Community Center to update residents about Shell work scheduled to begin this spring has been postponed, according to Shell representatives.

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1 taken to hospital after 2-car crash in Craig

A Craig man has been transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig following a two-car crash at the intersection of west Victory Way and Finley Lane. The crash took place at about noon.

Sunday, April 7

Briefs for April 8, 2013: Seedling trees, shrubs available to landowners

The Colorado First Conservation District is accepting orders for trees and shrubs.

Veterans Hotline: Demand cause of delay with pending claims

Many veterans have claims pending for various issues.

Senior Spotlight for April 8, 2013

The weather is keeping me guessing as to whether I need a jacket, rain coat or something else.

Stephanie Pearce: Clean-up from the inside out

I’ve been noticing the articles about the trash, and Craig clean-up days will be coming around the bend. I’ve been thinking about this community clean-up and I think it’s a great idea.

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Food pantry clients moving from emergency to monthly use

The Food Bank of the Rockies mobile pantry unit will roll into Craig next Tuesday as one of its monthly stops on the Western Slope. As usual, there most likely will be a long line of people waiting for food at the Craig Boys & Girls Club. Although not having enough to eat usually isn’t associated with the American culture of super-sized fast food, the Food Bank of the Rockies reports one in seven Coloradans go hungry.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of April 8, 2013

The schedule for Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School sports for April 8-14, 2013.

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Youth wrestlers showcased in Craig

With hundreds of children to keep track of at an all-day event, hosting youth wrestling can be a logistical nightmare. But it was no problem for Moffat County Youth Wrestling. The MCYW team hosted the Levi Webber Memorial Tournament on Saturday at Moffat County High School. It was the team’s first home tournament and went well from start to finish.

Saturday, April 6

Shell to host open house in Hamilton

Representatives from Shell and its local contractors are hosting a meeting Tuesday in Hamilton to update residents about work scheduled to begin this spring. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Community Center.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife accepting registrations for Focus on Forever conference

The Focus on Forever conference is designed to provide existing and new outdoors instructors with the latest training to teach skills such as archery, cast-iron cooking, shooting, canoeing and kayaking, among others.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife commission sets Alamosa meeting

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife commission is traveling this week to Alamosa, the site of this month’s regular meeting.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife announces waterfowl stamp art contest winners

Charles Black’s winning entry, titled “A Break in the Clouds,” features two greater scaup on a Colorado lake on a cloudy day with a sliver of early morning light illuminating the ducks.

Briefs for April 6, 2013: Food bank distribution scheduled for Tuesday

The Food Bank of the Rockies mobile food pantry will distribute food from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Diane Prather: Workshop to help small-acreage landowners

Both beginners and experienced landowners will find value in an upcoming workshop that will discuss topics related to managing small-acreage property.

Friday, April 5

Over A Cup: Chicken Mexican Casserole

What a week! First, my oven stopped heating, or so I thought.

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Legislative storm on the horizon

Colorado Dems introduce bill that could hurt Tri-State, rural energy co-ops

The Moffat County Commission is traveling Monday to Denver to testify at the Colorado State Capitol against a bill local officials are comparing to 2010’s Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act. Senate Bill 13-252 was introduced Wednesday by Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and Senate Majority Whip Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village. The measure aims to increase renewable energy mandates on rural Colorado electricity cooperatives from 10 to 25 percent by 2020.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course attracts early season players from across the region

Many players have made it out to YVGC to satisfy their itch to play after a long winter. But not all those players are from Craig. The course has many rounds played by out-of-town golfers whose hometown courses haven’t opened.

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Craig Road and Bridge Department on cusp of real estate deal

City council to address resolution Tuesday

The property, located on Yampa Avenue between Ram’s Horn Estates and 16th Street, is 100 feet wide by 800 feet long and encompasses 1.83 acres.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of April 6, 2013

Gas prices as of 5 p.m. Friday in Craig

ACET makes another Steamboat Springs drug arrest

A third person who is thought to have been involved with selling cocaine that later turned out to be methamphetamine was taken into custody this week in Steamboat Springs.

The record for April 6

Moffat County Sheriff's Office and Craig Police Department calls

Government update for April 6

Government update

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Kids travel the world during spring break at Boys & Girls Club of Craig

The Craig Boys & Girls Club took a trip around the world during spring break, visiting places such as Mexico, Japan, Antarctica and Africa.

Weekly CNCC Craig campus update

Here's what's happening at Colorado Northwestern Community College:

Thursday, April 4

Local author to hold book signing at Downtown Books

As a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator who has been living with Type 1 diabetes since 1975, Jane K. Dickinson has heard the question often over the years. “What can I eat?” people ask upon their diagnosis.

Briefs for April 5, 2013: Retirement benefits seminar slated in Craig

A seminar for senior citizens about rules and strategies for collecting retirement benefits and coordinating Social Security with other sources of retirement income is from noon to 1 p.m. April 17 and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 18 at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus.

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Craig City Council newcomers lay out plans as oaths approach

Tuesday marks the beginning of the new Craig City Council cycle, and the two newest members have one word on their minds: vision.

Toxicology results show Yampa woman had alcohol, painkillers in her system

Toxicology tests show the 32-year-old Yampa woman found dead in a Steamboat Springs hotel room March 15 had a significant amount of alcohol and prescription painkillers in her system.

Evelyn Tileston: Stop the unwanted calls

Is there any way in the world to get rid of these unwanted, unimportant, undesirable, unethical and unprofessional robo-calls?

Rosemary Potter: Defending our rights

I expect there are a lot of people who disagree with Charley Brown’s letter in Wednesday’s Craig Daily Press saying that the county sheriffs have no right not to enforce Colorado’s new gun laws.

Johnnie Mullis and family : In memory of Judy

To everyone who has supported us following the loss of Judy Mullis, we would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation.

Duncan and Counts families: A message of thanks

We would like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Little Snake River EMT crew for their diligent efforts after Steve Duncan sustained fatal injuries last week while working bulls near Dixon, Wyo.

Gene Bilodeau: Salute to voters

I would like to thank the members of the community of Craig who took time to exercise their right to vote in the City Council election.

John Allen: Recall Hickenlooper

Our governor is punishing law-abiding Colorado citizens by signing the new gun laws.

Janet Sheridan: The games we played

As a principal, I enjoyed playground duty.

Neil Folks: Spiritual gifts and natural abilities

There seems to be some misunderstanding as to the difference between a spiritual gift and a natural ability.

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Pinnt sisters tearing up the track

Two young runners came to Craig just as the track and field season was starting, and they already are burning up the Western Slope. Cheianne and Kayla Pinnt, a junior and a freshman at Moffat County High School, recently transferred to MCHS and have made an immediate impact on the team’s sprinting prospects.

On the record for April 5, 2013

The daily police, jail and fire report for Craig and Moffat County

Letter: Byron Willems

My journey on Craig City Council has come to an end. Good luck to the new councilmen.

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Spring break still means work for some athletes

For some athletes, spring break can prove beneficial to their performance, giving them time for injuries to hear, for soreness to dissipate and for focusing on their mental approach to the game. Others choose a different approach.

Tuesday, April 2

6-week course to be held until May 14

A six-week course about “Parenting the Love and Logic Way” is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from April 9 to May 14 at the Moffat County Department of Social Services.

Slight decrease in voter turnout for Craig's municipal election

Voter turnout for Tuesday’s city election was down slightly from the most recent municipal election election but still significantly higher than 2009, the last election year before Craig moved to mail-only ballots.

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Election results in: Carwile wins; most other incumbents not as fortunate

Terry Carwile will retain his seat as mayor of Craig after defeating councilman Ray Beck in Tuesday’s municipal election. Other incumbents didn’t fare as well.

Lance Scranton: The American Dream

What is taught in our local schools is the capacity of individual students to make the American Dream a valuable belief.

Charley Brown: Enforcing the law

As I started to read the March 20 Craig Daily Press, the headline “Sheriffs won’t enforce gun laws” got my attention. Sheriffs won’t enforce gun laws — how can that be? They are the chief law enforcement officers in the county and they won’t enforce the law?

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Middle School wrestlers compete at state

Members of the Craig Middle School wrestling team competed at the toughest wrestling meet in Colorado over the weekend and came up shy of the final podium.

Dispositions reached in Routt County wildlife cases

Last spring, the Routt County District Attorney’s Office filed a combined 32 misdemeanor charges and six felony charges against the men after a joint investigation by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

T. Wright Dickinson receives John D. Vanderhoof Award

T. Wright Dickinson, a lifelong resident of Western Colorado, has spent his life working, promoting and defending the agricultural industry in Colorado. As a result, Dickinson recently was given the John D. Vanderhoof Award for his service and dedication to Western Colorado. The award was presented during Club 20’s Awards and Recognition Banquet on March 22 at Colorado Mesa University.

Craig sports briefs for April 3, 2013: Craig pool league week seven standings

The latest local sports news for Craig, including udpated Billiards Congress of America standings, Parks and Rec signups and a schedule change for the Moffat County girls golf team.

On the record for April 3, 2013

The Moffat County Jail report and Craig Police Department call log

Officials investigate shooting in Hot Sulphur Springs

The victim of the shooting just before midnight Monday at the former Riverside Hotel is a 31-year-old male who is not from Grand County, according to Grand County coroner Brenda Bock, who is awaiting contact with family members before releasing more information.

Craig resident receives mission assignment

Craig local Elder Garrett David Spears received his two-year mission call for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints.

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Colorado GOP lawmaker tours Tri-State power plant in Craig

Rep. Mark Waller had previously been invited to Craig by Moffat County Republican Party Chairwoman Brandi Meek, who met him during a Colorado Republican Central Committee meeting in early March and talked with him about how recent and proposed legislation would impact local economic stability and recreation.

Monday, April 1

Fire at Columbine contained thanks to resident's quick action

Columbine Apartments residents evacuated their homes Saturday evening when the main building fire alarm went off. Most stood by watching and waiting for emergency services to come. Not Clay Dietrich.

Briefs for April 1, 2013: Bullying prevention workshop set for May

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