Stories for August 2013


Saturday, August 31

Hayden football team cruises in opener against Belleview Christian

THe Hayden football team won its opener Saturday in dominating fashion.

Data Sense: Yampa Valley electricity use surges ahead

A recent Yampa Valley Data Partners analysis of Yampa Valley Electricity Association data indicates that electricity use in the valley has continued to grow steadily throughout the past several years even while many other economic and social indicators moved down in the wake of the Great Recession.

Ambulance service lacking in rural Colorado

Colorado is a state with 82 percent of its 5.2 million people concentrated along the Front Range from Fort Collins to Pueblo. And a state with vast sweeps of rural land, including three of the country’s 15 least-populous counties. Those realities have spawned a patchwork emergency medical system where a wide disparity exists between the on-the-ground care you could expect along a rural highway and what you would see along the urban Front Range.

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Moffat County TCAP scores show growth, decline

The results of the 2013 Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, recently released by the Colorado Department of Education, show Moffat County School District is all over the grid in test scores for reading, writing, math and science, showing significant improvement in some areas and just as significant slides in others.

Friday, August 30

Government Update for August 31, 2013

When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday

Diane Prather: General 4-H Projects at 2013 State Fair

The 2013 Colorado State Fair is winding down, and the judging results are in for the general 4-H projects.

Over A Cup: Mary’s zucchini recipe

A couple of weeks ago or so, I was walking past the garden when something jumped up in front of me and landed just over a clump of onions.

Craig briefs: Craig Rehabilitation Services now closed

Craig Rehabilitation Services closed its doors earlier this week after a multiple-month search to find a replacement physical therapist to keep its operations going.

Get involved this school year

School is back in session, and this week the editorial board would like to encourage students, parents and teachers to hone in on a great school year. It’s not always easy to get back into the groove of set schedule, and we understand the hard work that the community puts into preparing for classes. We’d like to commend teachers and administrators for their hard work.

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Taste of Home cooks up a fun event in Craig

Easy-to-follow recipes, spices and fun are all on the menu for this year’s Taste of Home Cooking School that’s slated to visit Craig on Monday. The event will take place at the Moffat County High School auditorium, where chef extraordinaire Kristi Larson will teach the audience how to make a variety of dishes with ingredients that can be found in most people’s pantries.

Craig Sports Briefs for August 31: 2013: Parks and Rec adult volleyball signups open

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

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Man knocked off bike in crash on 4th Street in Craig

A man was knocked off his bicycle after being struck by a truck Friday afternoon in Craig.

Out of my comfort zone: Hunting 101

Craig Daily Press sports columnist Nate Waggenspack writes about being a duck out of water when it comes to hunting.

On the record

The daily cops report and jail roundup

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Ospreys to have new options for nests in Moffat County

Two area osprey families have full-grown offspring that need a home, and Craig resident Allan Reishus is planning to build their new digs.

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Strong returning runners for Moffat County cross country in 2013

A preview of the 2013 season for the Moffat County boys and girls cross country teams.

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Christian rockers Rhett Walker Band to play at The Journey

If you want energetic music with a strong message and you don’t want to wait until Sunday, The Journey at First Baptist is the place to be mid-week. The Journey will host Christian group Rhett Walker Band Tuesday at 7 p.m. RWB is a Southern Christian rock ensemble from Nashville, Tenn., whose 2012 debut album “Come to the River” launched successful singles of the title track and the Grammy-nominated “When Mercy Found Me.”

Getting back on track with a healthy diet

Have you or your kids put on a few extra pounds of late? Are you continually trying new diets but nothing seems to work? If you find yourself avoiding mirrors, it’s time to drop the idea of dieting and adopt a healthy attitude toward eating, instead. For real and lasting change, make eating well a part of your lifestyle. It’s less painful than you think.

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A new Sunset School for baby boomers

As early as 1952 it was becoming apparent that the vintage 1921 Yampa School (today’s Moffat County School District administration building) could not meet the needs of the burgeoning post-war generation known as the “baby boomers.” In November of 1953, Craig residents passed a $290,000 bond issue to build a second elementary school and two months later construction began on the new Sunset School. The six-month contract deadline was easily met and the dedication was held just after Christmas of 1954.

Richard Warner: There is no better name

Having grown up in Craig and being a part of the Class of ’78, I, too, mourn the untimely losses of Doug, Mike and Steve Deyo.

Gregory Smith: Dedicate field to Deyo

A fantastic idea was brought forth tonight on Facebook by Angie Dawson.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Blue Jasmine’ a seriocomic look at a mind unraveled

Sometimes complaining about your life to a friend makes you feel better just to know someone is listening. On the other hand, you have the heroine of “Blue Jasmine,” for whom having a second person for a conversation is redundant as she prattles on about anything and everything.

Thursday, August 29

Craig Briefs: Officials think fireworks started Hayden wildfire

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office thinks fireworks started the Aug. 17 wildfire in Hayden that burned 1,225 acres.

Tim Douglas: Troubled? Who’s not!

We all face trouble in life and a lot of the trouble we face is either unexpected or, as in my case and perhaps yours, many times self inflected.

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Congressman Scott Tipton holds town hall meeting in Craig

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton held a Town Hall meeting at the Memorial Hospital on Thursday to talk about local, national and international issues. “It’s am opportunity to hear from people directly and bring their issues back to Washington,” said Josh Green, press secretary for Tipton. He commented on the Affordable Health Care Act, saying it was the “number one job obstructer.”

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Moffat County football ready to hit Ridge View

Moffat County football kicks off its season on the road Saturday, starting the 2013 campaign in Watkins vs. Ridge View Academy.

Contractors lost their jobs due to Shell's impending departure

Shell Oil’s departure will have an unknown impact on the Northwest Colorado community. But one known result is that Highway 317 resurfacing will be halted indefinitely. “From what I know the six miles of road that has been completed is all they’re doing,” said Roy Tipton, director of developmental services for Moffat County. At least six people lost work because the project was put on hold said Carol Talbot, who works with Your Way Safety & Sign Supply.

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Connections 4 Kids continues to thrive

Connections 4 Kids is climbing the success ladder. The early childhood council centered on providing opportunities for children in Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties recently released its annual report for its fiscal year of July 2012 to June 2013. The organization’s mission to “strengthen resources and services for children birth to age 8 and their families” was carried out last year with projects new and old.

On the record

The daily jail report and cops round-up

Refined sugars are scary, try healthy substitutes

Summertime. Chock-full of hot sunny days outside, friend and family barbeques and time well spent in the garden. From juicy berries to succulent peaches, summer abounds with natural goodies for kids and adults alike. True, school started up again and it won’t be long before the changing colors of autumn whisper winter’s coming, but the opportunity to preserve summer’s fresh flavors is ripe.

West Routt fire district to go back to voters for tax increase

After an unsuccessful ballot initiative in November 2011, the West Routt Fire Protection District is going back to voters to ask for a mill levy increase of 1.5 mills.

Wednesday, August 28

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Shell continues to pursue planned oil wells in Routt County despite ultimate plans to leave

Shell’s plans to acquire permits for the Camilletti well north of Milner and the Williams well southeast of Hayden are consistent with what company spokesman Carolyn Tucker told Steamboat Today in early August.

Investigators think fireworks caused Hayden wildfire

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office thinks fireworks started the Aug. 17 wildfire in Hayden that burned 1,225 acres.

Moffat County boys golf still working to go low

The boys golf team shot a 277 at Devil's Thumb Golf Course in Delta.

Lloyd Rollins: Don’t divide the county

Is it wise for time and energy to spent on the effort to secede from the state of Colorado? To recite a limited quote given in the Craig Daily Press, I wish to include my entire statement given at the county commissioners meeting held Saturday.

John E. Lawton: Secession is ridiculous

I doubt Moffat County residents want to turn over highway maintenance — of all roads into and out of the county— to the Moffat County Road Department. I doubt they want to pay the higher property taxes necessary.

Tuesday, August 27

Craig briefs: Proposed gun ordinance still in works, on hold

Craig Rummel, the Craig resident who proposed that the Craig City Council pass an ordinance that would make gun ownership mandatory for head of households in the city, said he still is working on the ordinance.

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Craig City Council votes to ban retail marijuana establishments

Craig City Council voted unanimously in favor of banning the sale of recreational marijuana within city limits. Jessica Asplund, co-owner of Craig Apothecary, that dispenses medical marijuana, said the ordinance was going to take away potential tax money and business. “We should not give our residents more reason to spend money elsewhere,” she said.

Craig Sports Briefs for August 28, 2013: Adult coed volleyball signups open

The latest sports news for Northwest Colorado.

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Moffat County Commissioners approve secession for November's ballot

Moffat County residents who want to secede from Colorado now have a chance to vote on the issue in November. On Tuesday, Moffat County Commissioners approved a resolution that will stamp the ballot with the pressing question that many feel is a great idea.

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Moffat County soccer ready for season to start

The Moffat County boys soccer team’s Western Slope League season begins next Tuesday when the Bulldogs host Coal Ridge in Craig.

Northwestern Colorado still needs rain

The high mountain plains in Craig and surrounding areas are still thirsty for rain. Still below the normal trend of 1.1 inches of precipitation, Northwest Colorado received .39 inches of rain so far in August, yet that is expected to increase during the weekend, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Grand Junction.

Craig Daily Press welcomes new intern

The Craig Daily Press is proud to introduce its fall intern, Barry (Bear) Steadman, to the community.

Blocked schedules has great benefits

The school year has officially begun and students are now in the thick of some pretty cool changes at the high school. Most students will find the new schedule a bit different than the rapid pace of a seven period day.

Prather's Pick: "Starry Night" has soul despite tragedy

In 2010, Isabel and her rope-team partner Peter were climbing Ala Izquierda in the Bolivian Andes when they suddenly fell 1,100 feet. Isabel and Peter were severely injured. Isabel survived. Peter didn’t. The book is “about” Isabel’s struggle to survive the icy conditions with a broken foot and then finally to drag the foot over the ice in order to reach a place where she could send light signals and get help for Peter. It’s about her struggle to walk again following ten surgeries (by the time this book was published and then still more surgeries) and the rehabilitation that followed. Some pages in the book are devoted to her earlier life, too.

Colorado Hunter advertisers cautioned about scam

The publishers of Colorado Hunter, a hunting guide for Northwest Colorado, are warning advertisers that someone is attempting to fraudulently sell advertising for the magazine.

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Former Craig doctor arrested for prescribing medication that allegedly resulted in death

Joel Miller, of Craig, was arrested Monday in Steamboat Springs on charges of health care fraud, money laundering and dispensing controlled substances that allegedly resulted in death, according to a Department of Justice press release.

On the record

The daily cops round-up and jail report

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MCHS’s block schedule gets positive early response from teachers, students

MCHS’s freshly implemented block schedule plan has taken effect and both students and teachers like what they’ve seen. As opposed to the seven-period school day used in the past, the block schedule offers students eight total subjects with four periods per day, alternating every other day.

Monday, August 26

Frank Moe: No one listened until secession proposal

After reading the Craig Daily Press article with the sensationalized headline, “Secession splits Moffat County,” and the editorial board’s response to the secession idea titled, “Secession is a bad idea,” I felt compelled to address the editorial board, the citizens of Moffat County and the Moffat County Commissioners.

MCSD superintendent to leave position following 2013-14 school year

There was a tinge of sadness among the members of the Moffat County School Board of Education when Superintendent Joe Petrone formally requested to end his tenure with the Moffat County School District a year early at the board's monthly meeting Thursday. Petrone’s contract with the district was intended to run through the end of the 2014-15 school year. His reason for leaving the position sooner than he had intended is his desire to spend more time with family.

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Moffat County School District students return to school

The excitement of the first day of classes was buzzing at Craig Middle School, as students, parents and administrators bustled around campus, anxiously waiting for the first bell to ring.

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Moffat County schools begin today

Today’s the day. Summer vacation is officially over as teachers and students get back into the classrooms to start their learning experience anew. The past week has been a busy one for the Craig community as parents prepare their children for the 2013-14 school year and educators do the same for their facilities.

Sunday, August 25

Craig briefs: Meeker to discuss fate of elementary building

The community center proposal to repurpose the old Meeker Elementary School will be presented at Rio Blanco County Commissioner’s workshop at 1 p.m. today at the Commissioners Hearing Room, 200 Main St.

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Steamboat Springs City Council has mixed views of idea to build police station on Rita Valentine Park

The plan to build a police station on a corner Rita Valentine Park has been met with immediate opposition from nearby residents and a lack of enthusiasm from members of the Steamboat Springs City Council.

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Wild West Air Fest returns to Steamboat for ninth year

The Wild West Air Fest returns for its ninth year this weekend.

Stephanie Pearce: I commend a lasting marriage commitment

Marriage is a commitment. The definition of commitment is: 1. a pledge or promise , 2. Engagement, involvement. My parents celebrated 50 years of marriage this past weekend and my in-laws are on their 54th year. Talk about commitment. I look at these couples and I find inspiration to make my marriage last (we’re on year 16).

Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 26, 2013: High school sports start play this week

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

Saturday, August 24

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Scrimmage a step forward for Moffat County football

Moffat County football tested its work this summer in a preseason scrimmage Saturday, coming away from the game with the expected helpings of good and bad.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Aug. 26, 2013

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County

Moffat County divided over secession issue

Moffat County commissioners will vote Tuesday about whether they want to ask voters about seceding from Colorado.

Editorial: Secession is a bad idea

This week, Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid announced that he would like the county to move toward secession under the 51st State Initiative due to the county’s unhappiness with the direction Colorado is going under current leadership.

Conservation Colorado: The future of the birthplace of Colorado’s whitewater rafting industry

Through the peaks and canyons of far Northwest Colorado run two rivers, the Green and the Yampa, carving gashes as deep as 2,500 feet into the red sandstone. The untamed rivers with Class III to V rapids captured the interest of explorers like John Wesley Powell, who led the first recorded scientific expedition in 1869, and intrepid reporters from The Denver Post who wrote about their attempt to run the rivers in 1928. The photos and stories of these daring adventures enticed thrill-seekers to journey to what is now Dinosaur National Monument to ride the rivers solely for recreation. According to many, this was the beginning of the whitewater rafting industry in Colorado.

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Moffat County football ready to tackle 2013 season

Moffat County football enters the 2013 season with a host of new faces to take on a formidable schedule in the coming season.

Friday, August 23

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Cheneys highlight Freedom Conference in Steamboat Springs

Former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the National Security Agency while speaking Friday as part of the fifth annual Freedom Conference, put on by The Steamboat Institute.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Chocolate Zucchini Sheet Cake

This week’s recipe is another using zucchini. I think the recipe might have come from my stepmother, Mary Osborn, who made lots of zucchini recipes. I think I have made it before.

Seize the moment, contact those you love

As I continued to sort through the never ending piles of papers that have accumulated over the years, I came across a paper I had received from a teacher of a class I took here at Sunset Meadows.

Nate Waggenspack: Broaden your horizons with Moffat County sports

Sports reporter Nate Waggenspack wants you to exit your comfort zone in the Craig sports world this fall.

New teachers eager to start at Moffat County schools: Part 2

With the school year starting this Monday, the Craig Daily Press brings you the second part of a feature on new teachers in the school district. Please note, not all new district employees were available for a photo or to return the Daily Press questionnaires as of press time.

The Memorial Hospital: Lifeline saves lives, helps emergency responders

If you have an aging parent or an elderly friend or relative, there’s a good chance you worry about their well-being constantly. Is their medication in check? Are they safe? Did they fall? These worries may have you checking in several times each day or calling on the hour.

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Seniors on MCHS football team taking responsibility head on

The class of seniors on the 2013 Moffat County football team have big shoes to fill.

On the Record for Aug. 24, 2013

The daily cops roundup and jail report

Pipi's Pasture: A school day routine during years past

School is about to start, so pretty soon the school bus will be a familiar sight here at Pipi’s Pasture. I notice the bus because the driver and I are on the same schedule. I’m doing corral chores when the neighborhood kids get on the bus in the morning and then again in the afternoon when they come back home. Sometimes, the bus even has a stop on the county road right next to Pipi’s Pasture.

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Craig history: Missile unearthed on Yampa Avenue in 1956

The Colorado Department of Transportation just completed a resurfacing project on Yampa Avenue in downtown Craig this week, and fortunately they did not encounter the same danger experienced by another street crew in 1956. During excavation and construction work on a municipal curb and gutter paving project that fall, three employees with the Kiewit Construction Company were surprised when they unearthed a 90 mm missile projectile buried at the intersection of Taylor Street and Victory Way in Craig.

Craig briefs: Insurance requirements pulled back for Dinosaur

The National Park Service pulled back on new insurance requirements that would have increased insurance-coverage minimums for concessions and outfitters operating in Dinosaur National Monument by 500 percent, according to a press release.

School fashions of new bring back memories of stricter times

School fashions have changed dramatically since I carried my nap rug into kindergarten wearing a ruffled, polka-dotted dress and lace-trimmed anklets. Every day of every grade of every year from kindergarten through high school graduation, my friends and I wore dresses or coordinated skirts and blouses to class — the majority of them homemade.

Thursday, August 22

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Kelly Follett joins The Memorial Hospital's pediatrics staff

Kelly Follett began her tenure as the new pediatrician at The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic on Monday, a job which has been quite some time in the making. She originally signed a contract with TMH two years ago while still in residency at Salt Lake City’s Primary Children’s Medical Center.

Craig briefs: Rep. Scott Tipton to visit northern Colorado next week

He’ll be talking about various issues, including health care, immigration and the economy. He also will discuss the legislation he is preparing that he said will create jobs.

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Moffat County football prepping for scrimmage at Coal Ridge

Moffat County High School football will take on Coal Ridge in New Castle on Saturday in its final preparation for the 2013 season.

Ann Anderson: Thank you

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following businesses and individuals.

Diane Warren 
and Lillie Hembry: City Market thanks

We are very fortunate to have such great people in our town, our lives and our grocery store.

Colorado Water Congress discusses strategies to save agriculture

Five members of disparate groups were gathered to talk about what the process of saving agriculture in Colorado will look like and how their constituencies can come together to see it happen.

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The Bock’s Office: Summer full of unique films if you know where to look

For all the repetition among blockbusters this summer, there have been smaller movies that have shined, some of which already are on DVD and others you still can catch in theaters.

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Disaster practice to take place at Shadow Mountain area

In the midst of a disaster, one of the best ways to keep people alive is to keep people prepared. Moffat County Emergency Management will be orchestrating a disaster exercise, which will involve several local and state agencies from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The exercise also will call on residents of the Shadow Mountain area to join in. “We’ve been planning for this for six months or so,” Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Soos said. “We’re hoping to create some public awareness.”

Tony Bohrer: Guard your heart

At the Lighthouse Of Craig, we are finishing up a series called “New Hearts,” and I would like to share a little bit from the first part. It doesn’t matter if you believe in God or not — we all have had hurts that damaged our hearts.

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GOAL Academy moves to bigger space for 2nd year in Craig

The Craig branch of GOAL Academy will be operating out of a slightly new facility henceforth, one not too far from its previous location. The online public high school, which offers learning opportunities to ages 14 to 21, celebrated the grand opening of its new drop-in learning center at Suite 112 of the Centennial Mall, a spot offering students about twice the space in which to study than the previous space in adjacent Suite 123.

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Moffat County archery dominates at state shoot

The Moffat County 4-H archery team competed at the Colorado State Shoot last weekend, and 19 Robin Hoods in the making showed off the fruits of their hard work. The Moffat County team entered three teams into the competition, winning once and taking home two second-place finishes.

Tuesday, August 20

Craig Briefs: Dinosaur ambulance service issue resolved

After months of uncertainty, Moffat County solidified a plan Tuesday to provide ambulance services to Dinosaur and the surrounding area.

Ann Anderson: Support appreciated

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following businesses and individuals:

Cousins of Ruth Sheridan: Thanks for being there

Thank you to everyone for being there for Ruth Sheridan in the last days of her life and furnishing a lovely dinner after her services.

Becky Plummer: Thank you, West Theatre

I would like to take a minute to express our gratitude to the wonderful people that run the West Theatre for not showing “The Butler,” portraying Hanoi Jane as one of our first ladies.

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Moffat County commissioners consider placing secession issue on ballot

Moffat County could be moving toward secession from Colorado under the 51st State Initiative. Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid announced his intention Tuesday to write the ballot language that would ask local voters whether they want to join the secession movement.

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MCHS grad works to help educate blind children

Isadora Hitz, a 2012 Moffat County High School graduate who will be returning to classes at Fort Lewis College in Durango at the beginning of September, spent much of her summer learning as much as she could about the profession she hopes to pursue. She recently received scholarships from the National Federation of the Blind and the organization’s Colorado branch to attend NFB’s national convention in Orlando, Fla., last month.

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Curling coming to Craig

When winter hits Craig and the ice rink opens at Loudy-Simpson Park, another ice-related activity is in the works to grace the glassy surface.

On the record

The daily cops roundup and jail report

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Moffat County boys want to work on short game

The Moffat County boys golf team has a week-long break to work on its game.

Lance Scranton: Like Paul Harvey, get "the rest of the story"

Every time we hear something, about someone, what they did or are doing – we’re only getting part of the story. Take time to get the rest of the account.

Diane Prather: Young adult novel is an “enchanting” read

“The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail," a novel for young adults, is an example of storytelling at its very best. The story is absolutely enchanting.

Kate Nowak: Moffat better than state in student risky behaviors

A recent survey of Moffat County kids shows that our kids are less likely to participate in sexual and drug-related behaviors than their statewide peers.

Monday, August 19

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Flower power stays strong amid Craig summer

In spite of a summer climate that has been very inhospitable to plant life, members of the Craig community have managed to keep the town leafy and lovely.

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Road work closes portions of Yampa on Monday, Tuesday

The Colorado Department of Transportation will be performing road work Monday and Tuesday along certain parts of Yampa Avenue.

Ruth G. Herod: Disappointed in event

In regard to the “Catch a Pig Contest,” many children who have dreamed for years of running, laughing and falling in the mud trying to catch a pig were turned away at the gate after standing for hours in line. There were tears of disappointment, not only in our children, but also in the adults.

Sunday, August 18

Craig briefs: Moffat County Road 35 to be closed temporarily

The Moffat County Road Department temporarily will be closing Moffat County Road 35 at the intersection of Colorado Highway 394 and C.R. 35 for about one-half mile beginning Monday.

Fire near Hayden 100 percent contained

A fire near Hayden was fully contained Saturday evening after burning 1,225 acres.

Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 18, 2013: CMS fall sports begin this week

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County

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Brown again the Yampa Valley Club champ for 3rd time

Moffat County’s best on the links were out at Yampa Valley Golf Course over the weekend, battling over two days to determine the top golfers from the area in 2013.

Senior Spotlight for Aug. 19, 2013

The start of school, football games on television and cooler nights are all indications that fall is on its way.

Stephanie Pearce: Fall is fast approaching

Approach of fall brings back memories of gathering cattle with the family.

Presentation offers vital Medicare information

Medicare 101 is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Colorado Northwestern Community College Bell Tower. The event, intended for people nearing the age of 65, will include a presentation on what they can expect once they are eligible for the program.

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Nifty 90s pays tribute to eight Sunset Meadows residents

The days of dancing the Charleston and frequenting speakeasies were back for one night only last week when retirement community Sunset Meadows hosted its annual Nifty 90s party.

Saturday, August 17

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Wildfire near Hayden burns estimated 800 acres

A fire that started along the side of a road near Hayden blew up and burned an estimated 800 acres of grass and shrubs before being brought under control Saturday evening.

BLM presents preferred route for TransWest transmission line

The Bureau of Land Management presented its preferred route for a more than 700-mile TransWest transmission line to Moffat County in a meeting Friday. The line would be cutting through Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Nevada to transmit renewable energy to the Southwest.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Aug. 19, 2013

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.

Craig romance writer on USA Today bestsellers list

Romance novels always have been what Jan Bonthu could turn to in a crisis. She worked in The Memorial Hospital as a respiratory therapist for five years, so she liked authors who could write happy endings for their characters. Now, Bonthu is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author under the name J.S. Scott.

Craig briefs: Moffat County residents respond to grouse plan

The relatively large, undisturbed expanses of sagebrush in Moffat County provide habitat to roughly two-thirds of Colorado’s greater sage grouse population.

Friday, August 16

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Hometown Heroes: Pressgroves consider Craig kids part of the family

If you grew up in Craig within the last 10 years, there’s a pretty good chance you crossed paths with David Pressgrove at one point or another. There’s an equally good chance that he and his spouse’s friendly demeanor and commitment to helping others made you glad they were a part of your life. As the director of Bear River Young Life, David has impacted hundreds of lives within Northwest Colorado, and he and his wife, Jennifer, are still going strong in their community involvement.

Safeway official denies there are plans to close Craig store

Community fears about Safeway closing might be unfounded. Kris Staaf, director of public affairs for Safeway, said the company has no official plans to close its store in Craig.

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MCHS grads prepare to leave for college

In the coming weeks, many Moffat County High School graduates in the Class of 2013 will leave Craig for the next step in their academic or athletic careers.

Peabody: Timing for development of Twentymile, Sage Creek coal mines 'will continue to be evaluated'

In its most recent quarterly report, Peabody Energy stressed “cost containment and tight capital discipline.”

Commitment Night gives a cool view of Moffat County football

Some thoughts on the Moffat County football team making commitments to one another for the 2013 season.

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Sea Sharks tough at Seasonal State

The Craig Sea Sharks swam well in their final meet of the summer.

On the record

The daily cops roundup and jail repot

New teachers eager to start at Moffat County schools

The Craig Daily Press recently met with the new teachers hired by the Moffat County School District for the 2013-14 school year. With so many new employees, the paper will run teacher profiles in this week’s and next Saturday’s education section. Here are how the new educators filled out our questionnaires.

Living Well: Beyond PB&J: Getting creative with School Lunches

Avoid falling into a rut by planning ahead and offering fun and creative alternatives to the sandwich-apple-drink combo with pre-planning, variety and the correct gear.

Picking chokecherries

The chokecherry trees in our yard, next to Pipi’s Pasture, are loaded with berries this year. As I look at the chokecherries, I’m reminded of late summer to early fall days when I was a kid growing up on the ranch.

A favorite zucchini recipe

This week’s featured recipe is one of my favorite zucchini recipe, and I’m repeating it because you might have missed it the first time around.

BLM, Forest Service issue Northwest Colorado greater sage grouse plan

The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service have released a draft resource management plan and environmental impact statement for greater sage grouse in Northwest Colorado.

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Moffat County volleyball brings experienced group to 2013

The season preview for the Moffat County High School volleyball team.

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Mary Pat Dunn: This story is truly for the birds

The Great Depression was at its peak in 1933 when the local lumber company, Cashway Lumber, hosted its annual birdhouse construction contest for all of Craig’s grade school children.

Letter to the Editor: Board of Education needs hard-working board members

challenging — and even much more rewarding — than solving a single problem. My understanding of the “risk–reward” pattern was solidified soon after I assumed a seat on the Board of Education. As a member of one of the community education support groups, it has become clearer that we need the entire community to join together in order to educate our youth.

Thursday, August 15

Craig briefs: Immunization clinic is offered at middle school

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will hold a drop-in immunization clinic from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Craig Middle School for Back-to-School Night.

Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 16, 2013: Moffat County boys golf continues to improve

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

Reaction to Shell Oil's departure is mixed

Community and business leaders in the Craig area are hopeful that Shell Oil’s impending departure from the region will not have a lasting negative effect on the local economy. Shell’s announcement came just a couple of weeks ago, but county officials and Shell representatives are preparing for the company's pullout.

Kids health fair to cover all areas of youth vitality

The Memorial Hospital will host the inaugural Back-to-School Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at its medical clinic at 785 Russell St. in conjunction with numerous health organizations around Craig and other groups donating their time to the event.

On the record for Aug. 15, 2013

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

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Preadolescent Routt County girls learn to cope with life through physical challenges

A group of mountain climbers in third through eighth grades who take part in the Girls on the Run program in Routt County summited 14,265-foot Quandary Peak this month.

Mental health officials lay out their plan for the upcoming year

Moffat County leaders and mental health officials discussed a plan on Monday to expand mental health resources on the Western Slope.

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Moffat County football back to hitting

It’s not yet been a week of practice, but the Moffat County High School football team has put a heavy workload into its upcoming season.

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The Bock's Office: Social strata still the same in future of 'Elysium'

Do you sometimes feel bad worrying about trivial things knowing there are people in the world who can’t get medical care or even decent drinking water? Well, if there’s one thing to take away from a film like “Elysium,” it’s that people with first-world problems still don’t feel bad enough about themselves.

Wednesday, August 14

School district, state dedicated to keeping kids fed

The Moffat County School District recently announced changes to its school lunch policy for the 2013-14 school year.

Hayden Town Council to review pot ordinance

The ordinance would ban the retail sale, cultivation facilities and marijuana product manufacturing facilities.

Man who died while tubing in Steamboat Springs identified

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg on Wednesday released the name of the man who died Tuesday while tubing the Yampa River.

Moffat County Board of Education: Seeing responsible Board of Education members

As long-serving members of the Board of Education, with nearly 26 years of continuing service, we wish to encourage qualified community members to consider running for open board seats. Those of you who find themselves reflecting and possibly contemplating public service, as Board of Education members, we respectfully ask that you consider our nearly three decades of experience on this governance team.

Prather's Pick: 'Saving Laura' is an action-packed page turner

Author Jim Satterfield was in Craig awhile back for a book signing at Downtown Books. This week’s column is a review of “Saving Laura,” his newest book. (Autographed copies of the book are available at Downtown Books.) Local readers may find this book intriguing — I did — because it has, in part, a local setting. When I opened the book to chapter one, I was surprised to find that the novel begins in Baggs, Wyo. at the Drifter’s Inn, in fact.

Tuesday, August 13

Craig briefs: Paving work to close Yampa Avenue in Craig

On Monday and Tuesday, the Colorado Department of Transportation will repave Colorado Highway 13, also known as Yampa Avenue, in Craig.

City Council approves first reading of pot ban ordinance

An ordinance that would ban the sale of recreational marijuana within Craig city limits is well on its way to becoming law. City Council passed the first reading of the ordinance Tuesday night.

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Craig mayor donates pig to charity

Craig mayor donates pig to charity

Craig Mayor Terry Carwile acted on behalf of the city when he purchased a pig at the fair to be donated to a local charity. It’s a fundamental part of city tradition now, said City Council member Don Jones. He says the mayor has been buying a hog and donating it to a local charity for 14 years.

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Iowa man dies while tubing Yampa River in Steamboat Springs

An autopsy will be done Wednesday to determine how an Iowa man died Tuesday while tubing the Yampa River. It is suspected the man suffered from a medical problem.

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Cavvy’s debt settled, but reopening unlikely

Cavvy’s debt settled, but reopening unlikely

The latest development in the ongoing saga of the property at 538 Yampa Ave. took a new turn last Tuesday when Harley Guess, the owner of the building, paid off the debt owed to the Colorado Department of Revenue by Golden Cavvy Restaurant & Lounge proprietors Charlotte and Glen Gariner.

Moffat County boys golf fares well in first tourney

The Moffat County High School boys golf team scored 270 in its first competition of the season.

On the Record for Aug. 13, 2013

The daily cops roundup and jail report

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Fall sports seasons rolling for Moffat County

The first day of practice for Moffat County High School fall sports was Monday, with teams beginning preparation for the upcoming season.

Becky Plummer: Join me in picketing Jane Fonda's new movie

Woman plans to picket movie in protest of Hanoi Jane — Jane Fonda

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Youth swing strong at Yampa Valley Golf Course

Yampa Valley Golf Course hosted the Yampa River Junior Classic Tuesday morning.

Lance Scranton: Do one thing; live by the Golden Rule

The game of life isn’t really that complicated when we do one thing — practice the Golden Rule.

Monday, August 12

Yampa Valley Regional Airport to pause air service in 2014 for repairs

The runway at Yampa Valley Regional Airport will be closed for about 60 days during spring 2014.

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CNCC campuses to host student orientation events

With schools across the country preparing for the end of summer and the beginning of their academic year, the learning institutions of Northwest Colorado are no exception. The campuses of Colorado Northwestern Community College will be hosting orientation for incoming students in the next two weekends.

Open board seats at Moffat County School District

In this very challenging era for public schools, in Colorado and across the nation, highly effective governing is needed as never before. Opportunities for community leaders to join the Moffat County School District governing team are ample. The upcoming election presents a valuable and timely invitation to interested individuals, who wish to join the Moffat County School District governing team.

Cherish your loved ones, let them know they're appreciated

Don’t be afraid to let someone you care about know you are thinking of them, after all today will be tomorrow soon and for some tomorrow may never come.

Sunday, August 11

Craig briefs: County commissioners to meet on Tuesday

Commissioners will meet to discuss county business at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at 221 W. Victory Way, Suite 130.

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Tractor Pull concludes Moffat County Fair

Closing out the fair festivities Sunday morning was the antique tractor pull by the Yampa Valley Antique Power Club. Revving up the engines of their vintage farm equipment, members got the chance to show what their machinery could do.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Aug. 12, 2013

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.

Dry spell continues for Craig

Recent wet weather for parts of Colorado has been beneficial, but the northwest corner remains high and dry, and the National Weather Service expects that won’t be changing this week.

Saturday, August 10

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Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 12, 2013: Bullseye Shooters close 2013 summer

The latest sports information for Craig and Moffat County

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Cowboy babies bring smiles to Moffat County Fair

The Cowboy Baby contest took place Saturday morning at the 2013 Moffat County Fair.

Stephanie Pearce: Congratulations to fair kids — I applaud your hard work

A fair family is a family of a different breed. They live for this one time a year where they spend a week or two before school starts running like crazy, making amazing memories. Fair families work hard together toward a common goal. It’s actually the 4-H motto: To make the best better. And that is their goal every year — to have a better product than the year before.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Ground beef soup and ground beef casserole

When mornings start to turn cold, I begin thinking about cooking up a pot of soup. Recently, I made “Ground Beef and Vegetable Soup,” in fact, I’ve made it twice.

Friday, August 9

Craig briefs: still not a legitimate website

Local businesses are still being contacted by representatives from Sierra West Publishing about advertising on an internet-based business directory called, according to the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

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Lead the way: Craig teens learn life skills at camp

Moffat County High School students Tiffany Lingo and Aubrey Campbell recently attended a leadership conference as part of Rocky Mountain Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Craig, the two of them traveled to Estes Park’s YMCA of the Rockies in mid-July.

Meeting to offer info about Maybell School

The Moffat County School District will host an informational meeting Monday night to discuss the changes to the educational system at the Maybell School for the coming school year.

Pipi's Pasture: County fair show boxes hold a wealth of memories

Recently, I was looking at a photograph of two steers in a barn stall at the fairgrounds during the county fair. Also in the photo was a rather large wooden show box, painted green with a 4-H clover on the side. The show box was in front of the stall (where exhibitors usually place their show boxes). The photo got me to thinking about the show boxes so that’s the subject of this week’s “From Pipi’s Pasture.”

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Homelessness in Craig is a growing issue

The morning sun can heat up the inside of a vehicle quickly. It made sleeping hard for Kelli and Brian Udovich. The married couple moved out of their home in July, pursuing a job opportunity in Craig. The job didn’t work out, and they didn’t know in time to keep their home in Delta — so they found themselves homeless, living in their car.

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Hometown Hero: Keith Pankey is no fair-weather fair superintendent

The Moffat County Fair is a prime time for kids to show off their hard work raising impressive animals. But, it goes off without a hitch because of hardworking volunteers who help participants present their animals without upset. Keith Pankey has been helping out in the fair arena for 28 years now. He started because his son wanted to get involved in 4-H, but he stayed because being a superintendent remained meaningful. “I got to know a lot of good people. It was something I enjoyed with my family. And now my grandkids are doing it,” he said.

On the record

The daily roundup of the police and jail report.

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Pig-catching, fun night conclude Friday at the Moffat County Fair

The messy catch-a-pig contest gave way to a variety of activities Friday night at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, as Family Fun Night hit the 2013 Moffat County Fair.

Let's get this fall sports season rolling

Craig Daily Press sports columnist Nate Waggenspack is excited for the fall sports season.

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Historic Craig homes built by high school students

Today’s high school shop teachers do a great job in guiding 15 to 20 students through the process of creating useful pieces of furniture and other household items. The students at Moffat County High School in decades past really had a jump on today’s shop classes however. Craig’s teachers for Industrial Education classes in earlier years led their students in what today would be an impossible undertaking — the building of houses. The Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig is trying to identify exactly how many buildings those classes built over the years.

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Steamboat snowboarder receives 5-year prison sentence for fatal DUI crash

Shackled and wearing jail-issued clothing, David Torroni, a snowboarder who one year ago was an Olympic hopeful training with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, pleaded for leniency Friday after making the biggest mistake of his life.

Craig Sports Briefs for August 10, 2013: Vallarta’s, Popular Bar take softball championships

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County

A breath of fresh air: Meeker seeks artists for regional contest

The second annual Plein Air Art Competition, sponsored by the Meeker Chamber of Commerce, is a contest open to artists from all areas with the primary rule that all entries be painted within a 50-mile radius of downtown Meeker.

Editorial: Siphoning Shell's plan to leave Northwest Colorado

Shell’s recent decision to slowly leave Northwest Colorado has sent shivers down the spines of business owners, government officials and residents. It’s difficult to foresee what kind of economic impact the pullout might have on this area.

Annual screens keep kids healthy

Fall is a great time to schedule checks and screens for your children. You are already in the mode of preparing for a new school year, so why not? The hospital is making it easy for you this year by offering several free health screens at their new Back-to-School Health Fair for kids, ages four to 18. Screens include height and weight checks, blood pressure checks, blood screening for lead, glucose, and hemoglobin, hearing and vision checks, developmental screenings and lastly, immunizations.

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Moffat County boys golf swinging strong in 2013

With increased experience and a deeper roster entering the fall, the outlook for the Moffat County boys golf team in 2013 is looking up.

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No raft needed to explore Dinosaur National Monument

The gateway to the monument is a town that names its streets after dinosaurs and has a giant stegosaurus guarding its town hall.

Thursday, August 8

Craig Elks Lodge donates $2,000 to Interfaith Food Bank

The check was part of the grants furnished by the Elks National Foundation. The Elks Lodge also provides scholarships each year to eligible high school students and there is one $1,000 scholarship that is available for any student regardless of age to apply for.

Craig briefs: CDOT releases Click It or Ticket numbers

The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and law enforcement agencies in 12 counties in Colorado issued 2,356 seat belt citations to drivers during the Click It or Ticket nighttime campaign, which ran July 22 through 28, according to a news release.

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Barnyard buddies: Fair entrants show goats, pigs

A full range of farm residents were out and about Thursday as the festivities of the Moffat County Fair continued with the goat and swine shows.

Veterans Hotline: Hospital changes and new award for vets

I attended a congressional forum in Grand Junction on Monday. Items of discussion were the progress of a VA hospital in Denver, attendance results of outreach clinics, management updates, an administrative update and a report from customer relations.

H. William Baker: Seeking information

The reason for this letter is the fact that Cindi and I are planning to visit Craig and the surrounding area in April or May of next year in order to develop additional ancestral data regarding Charles and to visit some of the locales where he lived and worked.

On the Record for July 9, 2013

Daily cops and jail report

Kelly Pyper: Donations needed

My name is Kelly Pyper, and I am your new family and consumer Science teacher (home economics) at Moffat County High School. I am starting a new Career and Technical Education program in Culinary Arts I & II and Clothing I, II, & II with Fashion Design. We need some support from the community.

Out from Under the Dome: Important issues to follow

During the summer, I’ve been on a commission that’s mission is to “oversee” the implementation of House Bill 1303. This is the new law to “strengthen the participation of individuals in the election process.”

Janet Sheridan: Nail files, old sewing machines serve as trusty tools

Dad watched as I tried to turn a screw with a fingernail file and asked if I would try to use a crowbar to topple a telephone pole. I continued my effort, paying no attention to the man who bought a used Willys Jeep to transport his family of seven.

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The Bock's Office: ‘Millers’ a not so family-friendly comedy

Imagine how the Griswold family getaways might have been even more disastrous had Clark been moving a controlled substance, Ellen had a history of taking her clothes off for cash, Rusty was even dumber than usual and Audrey made her home on the streets. Plus, in this scenario, none of them are actually related and there’s a serious love/hate relationship among them.

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Regional officials: SET to help work toward economic strategy

Representatives from Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco County attended a seminar hosted by Stronger Economies Together to develop a long-term, high-quality plan that would combine the resources of the three counties for a regional economic strategy. “Our economic development is important not just for our community, but for the region,” said Audrey Danner, executive director for Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership.

Rep. Scott Tipton to hold Steamboat fundraiser with Speaker John Boehner

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, will host a fundraiser Aug. 30 in Steamboat Springs with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Hayden’s railroad centennial

On Saturday, Hayden is celebrating the centennial anniversary of the first train that came to town. The train was a major catalyst for the development of the area as it linked Northwest Colorado to markets across the country.

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Moffat County youths ride at Black Mountain Junior Rodeo Series

The Black Mountain Junior Rodeo Series came to the Moffat County Fairgrounds on Wednesday night and added more variety to the 2013 Moffat County Fair.

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Shear happiness rings through Moffat County Fair as children show off lambs

Children put their prized lambs on display at the Moffat County Fair on Wednesday evening for the popular Market Lamb show.

Wednesday, August 7

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Ladies golf association raises money for cancer at YVGC

The Yampa Valley Ladies’ Golf Association hosted its Rally for the Cause golf tournament and cancer benefit Wednesday, with 38 golfers making up 10 teams in a scramble format tournament.

Yampa Valley Data Partners report states real estate market softened in June

Real estate inventory in the Yampa Valley was at a year-to-date high for June. Average listing prices in Moffat were up 2 percent for the month compared with June 2012, and prices in Routt were down 15 percent compared with last year.

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Driver who crashed into Hayden school identified

Dented pickups, bent street signs and vehicle parts lined Jefferson Avenue in downtown Hayden on Tuesday night as a large crowd gathered near the parking lot of Hayden Middle School where a Ford Expedition crashed into one of the school's classrooms.

Traveling brings excitement, yet makes me love home

Travelling to North Dakota to visit family offers a host of different views as we wind our way across three states. Each one seems to have a personality of its own and can usually be found on the license plate depicting what the state chose for their identity.

Tuesday, August 6

Craig briefs: Leftover game hunting licenses now are on sale

Leftover big game hunting licenses went on sale to the public Tuesday at Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices and more than 700 hunting license retailers statewide, according to a news release.

SUV hits several trucks, crashes into Hayden school

The driver of the SUV left a path of destruction after hitting four pickups and slamming through the brick wall of a classroom. No one was seriously injured, and investigators are looking for witnesses.

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Sage Grouse Initiative teams with area ranches

The Sage Grouse Initiative Tour, which went through Jackson, Grand and Routt counties earlier in the week, came to Moffat on Tuesday with visits to ranches across the county. The tour, scheduled to pass through Rio Blanco County on Wednesday, provided people an idea of what kind of natural habitat the wildlife of the area calls home, namely the sage grouse.

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Fire legislation touches on a burning issue for Moffat County

Sen. Mark Udall teamed up with Sen. Jim Inhofe to introduce legislation that would help the Federal Emergency Management Agency handle fires much in the way they treat other natural disasters like floods and hurricane. The bill addresses the fact that fires are unique in the level of prevention work that needs to be implemented to mitigate damage.

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Youth show off their pups at Moffat County Fair Dog Show

The 2013 Moffat County Fair 4-H Dog Show took place at the Fairgrounds Tuesday, with locals putting their rapport with their dogs on the line

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Conservation lease in place; Yampa flows higher than in 2012

The Yampa River in Steamboat Springs, bolstered by a conservation lease of 4,000 acre-feet of water stored upstream in Stagecoach Reservoir, was flowing at healthier levels Tuesday than it did during the drought of 2012 when a similar lease was in place.

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Author visits Craig to highlight tragic mountain adventure

Isabel Suppe has quite a story to tell. She fell 1,100 feet from a mountain range in the Andes and wrote a book called “Starry Night” that highlights the tragic adventure in which she lost a good friend. She will be at Downtown Books in Craig at 5 p.m. Tuesday to share her tale and a slideshow.

Program helps new moms

Being pregnant and then bringing home a baby for the first time can be one of the most wonderful — and scary — experiences in a woman’s life. Becoming a new mom can be particularly overwhelming for young women facing financial hardship and other challenges.

Love INC to host Back-to-School Fair

Love INC of the Yampa Valley will host its inaugural Back-to-School Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Alice Pleasant Park. Children and parents can come to downtown Craig to pick up some free school supplies donated by the community.

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Shell Oil announces plan to abandon oil play in Northwest Colorado

Shell Oil informed officials in Routt and Moffat counties late last week it wants to soon sell off the leases it holds in the Niobrara Shale formation here to focus on its more productive operations.

Monday, August 5

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Shell Oil announces plan to abandon oil play in Northwest Colorado

Shell Oil informed officials in Routt and Moffat counties late last week it wants to soon sell off the leases it holds in the Niobrara Shale formation here to focus on its more productive operations.

New fire in Moffat County being contained for land benefits

A new lightning-caused fire ignited Saturday approximately one mile east of Little Bears Ears peak, which is 25 miles northwest of Maybell in Moffat County. The fire was named the Kodiak Fire and is currently burning 54 acres of thick pinion and juniper trees on Bureau of Land Management land. BLM Little Snake Field Office in Craig and fire managers are managing the fire for its positive benefits to the area, said BLM spokeswoman Lynn Barclay.

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Halter showmanship judged at Moffat County Fair

Competitors presented their horses at the Moffat County Fair’s halter and performance horse show on Monday. Courtney Haskins, 11, said she has been in 4-H since she was four. She led her horse, Dream, around the arena.

Sunday, August 4

Celebrate National Health Center Week 2013

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center is recognizing National Health Center Week 2013 through Sunday.

Craig briefs: Western Slope invited to Path Forward meeting

In 2011, Colorado’s Legislature merged the Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks to create Colorado Parks and Wildlife. As part of the process, legislators directed the new agency’s leadership to provide strategic direction by preparing a five-year plan called Path Forward to account for cost savings, efficiencies and other effects of the merger.

Brandon Owens: Unemployment rate down in county

The local labor market is on the mend. According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Moffat County unemployment rate in June was 6.7 percent.

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Dogs and their owners show off at open dog rally in Craig

About 20 well-behaved dogs communed under trees at the fairground’s grassy spot for some shade with their owners while, one-by-one, 4-H members led their pets through a modified agility course. The demonstration rally was open to dog lovers from the community and provided a space for people to show off their dogs' obedience skills.

Hot days bring memories of hand-churned ice cream

Smiles and sweet memories are easy to come by in summertime. With the sun sinking down over the horizon and the glaring heat seeming to disappear with it, relaxation kicks in. With that usually would come a treat in the evening.

Wind brings memories of kite flying

One thing about the weather right now, we don’t lack for wind. Sometimes it comes all at once, blowing strong and leaving just as fast as it came. It seems you can tell when it is spring or fall because the wind blows more. This made me think of times gone past when my oldest brother and I would watch some of the neighborhood children running as they tried to get a kite off the ground.

Saturday, August 3

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Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival a big hit in Craig

Loudy-Simpson Park was host to the fourth annual Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival this weekend when the bright colors on the balloons prevailed over iffy weather in the middle of the day.

Correction: Free entrance to state parks available Monday

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will celebrate Colorado Day on Monday, Aug. 5 by offering free entrance to all 42 state parks. Free entrance will not be available Sunday.

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Twist to tournament format produces lowest scores of summer at Yampa Valley Golf Course

Yampa Valley Golf Course played host to another tournament for local business and charity Saturday as the Bear River Young Life scramble saw 68 golfers hit the links.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Aug. 5, 2013

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.

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Pie-eating contest makes mess at Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig

The serene environment created by hot air balloons launching from Loudy-Simpson Park early Saturday morning gave way to a raucous 15 minutes of gluttony later in the day. Among the events on the docket at the 2013 Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival was the pie-eating contest.

Craig sports briefs for Aug. 5: 1st fall practice times set

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

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Church school receives accreditation, seeks more students

Calvary Baptist School will be going into its fourth year as an educational institution this month. Housed within the Calvary Baptist Church, the establishment is a private school focused on helping children to reach their potential. Though it has taken place within the church since beginning in 2010, the school has seen plenty of students from outside the congregation. Administrator Jamie Tipton said they employ a non-denominational approach.

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Stray cats, hot girls and time-travel

Stepping off the train in Craig in November of 1915, a visitor might have felt that he was at the edge of civilization. He was — at least as far as western Colorado went. The small frontier town, basking in the noon sunshine of a dry autumn day, was at the end of the line on the Moffat Railroad. The community was fortunate that the rails had come that far, for the railroad’s arrival was a major game-changer for the remote area.

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2 Craig youths shoot well at national 4-H competition

Dylan Villa and Dakota Lee competed at the 4-H 2013 National Shooting Sports Invitational at the end of June in Grand Island, Neb.

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Hometown Hero: Artist Nini Shroyer brightens Craig with her art

One of the greatest talents that a human can possess is the ability to make someone smile — and that’s what Nini Shroyer has done with her spectacular art that is displayed in almost every storefront throughout Craig.

Prather's Pick: "Prairie Chicken Little"

Remember “Chicken Little” — the classic tale about the chicken who thought the sky was falling? This week’s picture book for kids is a retelling of that tale. “Prairie Chicken Little” was written by Jackie Mims Hopkins and illustrated by Henry Cole. This 2013 book is published by Peachtree Publishers.

Friday, August 2

Craig Briefs: Motorcyclist goes to hospital after crash

A traffic crash involving a motorcycle caused injuries Thursday at the intersection of School and Fourth streets.

Over A Cup: Crumbly Crust Apple Pie

Two weeks ago, this column featured a recipe that I had found in an old magazine-like cookbook, “1000 Recipe Cook Book,” which cost 25 cents back in 1949 when it was published by Dell Publishing Company.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of August 3, 2013

Gas prices in Craig as of Friday afternoon.

Nate Waggenspack: Playing softball poorly, or how to have fun in the summer

Craig Daily Press Sports Reporter Nate Waggenspack on the summer coed softball leagues.

On the record

The daily police and jail report for Moffat County

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Funders come to Craig to talk cash

The problems facing Moffat County have much in common — and most solutions would cost money. Community members got a chance to talk with people representing foundations that could provide that money at an event Thursday that was an extension of Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD).

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Cutthroats battling in Triple Crown tournament

Another set of Colorado Cutthroats is playing in the Triple Crown World Series this weekend, and although they have turned up difficult results so far, they are not disappointed by their play.

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Golden Cavvy has assets seized by Department of Revenue

The Colorado Department of Revenue seized the assets of Craig establishment Golden Cavvy Restaurant & Lounge Monday morning in order to collect on the business’s unpaid taxes. A sign in the building’s front window, placed by a Department of Revenue representative, informs passersby of the site’s status.

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Couple to take on principal roles in Craig schools

Married couple Joe Libby and Laura Vinger will both be serving administrative functions in the Moffat County School District. Libby will be the principal for Craig Middle School, while Vinger will take up the same mantle at Sunset Elementary.

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Moffat County artists come together

Works of art can be found in nature every day, be they in a sunrise, a babbling brook or a serene valley. The feeling of being one with this quiet beauty can only be made better by sharing it with a friend. Or, in some instances, several friends. Such was the case Wednesday afternoon, at a get-together for the art enthusiasts of Moffat County, with 15 area women dropping by Ida Gordon’s ranch about one mile south of Hamilton. The gathering offered a picnic lunch leading into a group art effort as everyone set out during the day to explore the landscape of southeastern Moffat County and maybe get inspired along the way.

Keeping kids safe while bike riding

Nothing says summer for kids like whizzing down the road on a bike. Whether it’s riding to the local pool to meet a friend or to the nearby park, biking provides a taste of independence that all kids crave — and need. The challenge is knowing when your children are ready to venture off on their own. Making sure they understand the rules of the road and how to be safe is key. Here are some tips on how to keep your kids safe as they ride off on their next adventure.

Thursday, August 1

Craig Briefs: Hayden targeting new businesses with website

A new economic development effort is underway in Hayden with a newly launched website, according to a news release.

Hayden Town Council says 'no' to recreational marijuana

After hearing opinions from 19 members of the public, most of the Hayden Town Council members said they supported waiting to see how recreational marijuana sales roll out in other Colorado communities throughout the next few years.

Karen Gibson: The power of optimism

The economy affects the minds of many people in our area.

Steamboat Springs hotel room search reveals 149 grams of methamphetamine

Cory Alexander Sohonyay was arrested at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday on an unrelated arrest warrant for failing to appear in court.

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TMH administration aims to keep finances in check

At the midway point of 2013, The Memorial Hospital is seeing less revenue for the year than expected. A summary of the hospital’s financial statement presented to the board of trustees Thursday evening by chief financial officer Bryan Chalmers showed the total net income for the year to date as a loss. The document shows TMH’s total operating revenue for 2013 to this point at about $14.6 million, overshadowed by about $17 million in total expenses.

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New candidate vies for county commission seat at political barbecue

Leaders representing Moffat County and the Western Slope attended a barbecue thrown by the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots on Thursday to talk about upcoming campaigns and other pressing politics. Halfway through the event, a new candidate announced she would be entering the race for the District 3 county commissioner against Frank Moe, who announced his candidacy roughly two months ago.

Major makeover for launched Thursday

The Craig Daily Press launched its new website Thursday, giving the community a new look that emphasizes readability and ease of navigation for users.

On the Record

The daily jail and police report for Moffat County.

Craig Daily Press partners with Google

Craig Daily Press has expanded its partnership with Google in an innovative effort to provide an alternative to subscription-based websites. When users visit pages on, they will see some of the content, but to view all content, readers first will be asked to answer a simple survey question such as, “Do you drink soda?” or to share the content on a social media site such as Facebook or Twitter. By performing either of these actions, all content will appear. The survey question will be displayed only on the first page the reader views.

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The Bock's Office: ‘Wolverine’ rips back into comic fans’ good graces

It takes a lot of determination, and perhaps stupidity, to perform open-heart surgery on yourself, offer up your body as target practice for dozens of archers at once or bear the brunt of an atomic blast. Of course, there are other kinds of bombs that can be more damaging, and if the hero of “The Wolverine” can survive his last solo feature, his threshold for pain clearly is beyond human understanding.

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Twenty Mile players golf for charity at Yampa Valley Golf Course

Twenty Mile employees played a scramble tournament for charity Wednesday and Thursday at Yampa Valley Golf Course.