Stories for December 2013


Tuesday, December 31

Prather's Pick: 2 charming picture books

This week’s column features two new picture books for children. The books can be found in the children’s room at the Moffat County Library.

Lance Scranton: A year of memories

In 2014, we can all dare to dream! As 2013 was winding down, I was thinking about this past year and the many hurdles we faced as a school and as a community.

Minimum wage increases in Colorado with the New Year

Effective Jan. 1, the minimum wage in Colorado will increase by 22 cents per hour. That means minimum wage employees will be paid $8 per hour while tipped minimum wage employees will be paid $4.98 per hour. This wage raise in accordance with the state constitution that requires the wage be adjusted with inflation.

Monday, December 30

Sunset Elementary teacher’s resignation causes parental outcry

The recent resignation of a Moffat County School District educator has a number of local parents up in arms.

Stuck snowmobilers built a fire to weather a night in Diamond Park north of Steamboat Springs

Three men from Fort Collins and Longmont spent a long night in the backcountry of North Routt County after their snowmobiles bogged down repeatedly in deep snow on Sunday as the men attempted to return home over Farwell Mountain from Diamond Park

On the record for Moffat County jail Dec. 30

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

Shirley Seely retires as Craig's city clerk and personnel director

Shirley Seely retired from her position as city clerk and personnel director Dec. 20. She’s held her position with the city for 31 years, but said she was now ready for retirement. “I’ve worked a long time; most of my life,” she said. “Now I’ve got to find something else to do, but it’s going to be good.”

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Hometown Hero: Matt Herschberg uses experiences to help others

Matt Herschberg grew up in Craig, and while now in school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, he still considers himself shaped by the community. As a teenager he experienced bullying and tragedy: both pushing him to do something proactive.

Sunday, December 29

Craig briefs: Rotary is accepting fundraiser reservations

The Rotary Club of Craig once again will host its annual Diamonds and Spurs event the evening of Jan. 25 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

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Heeling Friends dogs easing the stress of airport travel

Heeling Friends, a local nonprofit organization using dogs to ease pressure in high-stress situations, is trying out a new thing, greeting tourists coming in and out of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Weather Watch: Temperatures to linger in the 30s on New Year's Day

If you have exciting plans for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, the weather shouldn’t get in your way. “It’s not real exciting” this week, said Travis Booth, forecaster for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. A few small snow showers are expected mid week, but nothing to severe.

Mary Jo Brown: Writing is a gift of its own

A present came to me in a very unusual way. I had a call from a woman who wanted to know why I wrote. How is this a present you may ask, well, it caused me to think back to when I started to write and the people most responsible for it happening. The present was in the form of treasured memories of people whom had touched my life in such a positive way.

Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 29, 2013: Winter water aerobics underway

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

Stephanie Pearce: Year end

In the few days between Christmas and the New Year, we will find ourselves making plans for the year ahead and designing new resolutions. I’m all for making plans and goals. I teach my kids to do the same because you can never get anywhere if you don’t have a goal with a plan to reach it. This year though, I want to wait until the New Year to start planning it. I want to take the days in between now and the New Year to reminisce about the year that is coming to a close.

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H Town Underground buys 'Fitness Temple' in Hayden

Two Hayden residents have jumped at an opportunity to purchase a historic downtown building to house their H Town Underground fitness center.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Dec. 30, 2013

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.

Saturday, December 28

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New police chief making Hayden home

While patrolling the streets of Hayden on Friday, recently sworn in police chief Greg Tuliszewski said moving to the town has felt like coming home.

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Your Health: Kicking bad habits in the New Year

A New Year’s resolution to improve one’s health is likely worth the time and effort involved, but those who have a long track history of breaking these promises to themselves aren’t likely to stick with it past January, let alone for the rest of 2014 or the rest of their lives.

Friday, December 27

Craig briefs: More DUI enforcement to ring in new year 

Once again, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Patrol will team up with 76 law enforcement agencies throughout Colorado to increase DUI enforcement through Thursday. During last year’s New Year’s Eve enforcement period, 501 people were arrested on Colorado roadways for DUI and there were two alcohol-related fatalities.

Janette Harris: Thanks from seniors

Once again I am just amazed at the kind-hearted, wonderful people who live in Craig. This year, as they always have done in the past, they opened their wallets and gave so lovingly to Christmas For Seniors. We also got many items donated that we were able to give to the senior citizens in our community.

Pipi's Pasture: New Year’s resolutions

In just a few days the year 2013 will be a memory. For our family, the year has been one of a variety of changes, One of the biggest changes has been the out-of-state move for our son Jody and family. We can’t help but wonder what 2014 will bring.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Chocolate Cherry Cake

A while back, probably early fall, this column featured a recipe for “Chocolate Cherry Cake.” The recipe first appeared in the “Fence Post.” It had been submitted by Marcy Dyer, of Pierce, and I enjoyed a nice visit with her when I called to get permission to reprint the recipe in “Over a Cup of Coffee.”

Help for Horizons

Horizons Specialized Services is reaching out to Moffat County for their annual Little Points of Campaign. They sent out requests for donation Dec. 1 and will end the campaign Jan. 15. The fundraiser directs money from community donations to Horizons’ early intervention and family support programs. “The money is going directly to families,” said Susan Mizen, director of Horizons.

Museum of Northwest Colorado: 'Everyone knows I turn there'

Small towns sometimes present challenges to daily life that are not experienced in large urban areas. The upside of life in a rural area, however, far outweighs any perceived drawbacks. One delightful aspect of small-town living is the ability to grow as an individual and become a vital part of a close-knit community.

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We B Smokin’ BBQ opens in Hayden

Hayden residents and visitors are following their noses to the west side of town where savory smoke billows from a large smoker.

On the record for Moffat County jail Dec. 27

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

Superfood Tip: Water importance

Proper hydration may not be on people's minds this time of year. However, even though we may not be as physically active or sweating as much during winter months, adequate hydration is still more important than ever.

Fitness Tip: Treadmill workouts

Treadmills are a great way to starting a workout when the weather isn’t in our favor. Here are a few tips to follow to make treadmill use effective and safe.

TMH Living Well: Putting an exercise plan in place

Are you setting resolutions to get in shape in 2014? Resolutions don’t always last past January, but here’s a little insurance that you’ll stick with it, offered by Luke Geer, P.T., D.P.T., physical therapist and manager of the Physical Therapy Department at The Memorial Hospital.

Health briefs for Dec. 28, 2013: The Memorial Hospital to close clinic services for holidays

The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic will close early at 3 p.m. New Year’s Eve. The clinic will also be closed all day New Year’s Day, resuming normal hours Jan. 2.

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Rotary Club’s Book Buddies opens pages to Craig students

As part of the Rotary Club of Craig’s Book Buddies program, local second-graders received hordes of new books last week, those they could keep for their very own. The people providing these items were also on hand to assist children in the full literary experience.

Winter break? Not always for sports

Craig Daily Press sports reporter Nate Waggenspack on the work high school athletes do to stay on top of their game.

Craig merchants see positive holiday shopping trends

Many local businesses saw a good amount of shoppers between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, with the people of Craig and Moffat County supporting small stores with their patronage.

Thursday, December 26

Craig's Spears receives his 2-year mission call

Elder Gaven Mckay Spears has received his two-year mission call for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Lois Stoffle: Christmas at Sandrock

I would like to thank the people who made Christmas at Sandrock Ridge such an enjoyable time for the residents, and consequently, their families.

Patricia McCaffrey: Thanks for article

Thank you for printing the article on the Luttrell Barn. The barn represents a snapshot of our history in Moffat County. It is strong and stable, contrasted with post and beam secured by wooden dowels, and has captured the hearts of many Moffat County citizens.

Steve and Tracey Lathrop: Great community

In the aftermath of the loss of our home to fire Dec. 7, the community has reached out to us with gifts, hugs, understanding ears and endless patience. And the list goes on.

Water and wastewater rates likely to increase in Craig in 2014

Water and wastewater rates are likely increasing in Craig starting Jan. 1. Craig City Council did their first reading of an ordinance Dec. 10 that would permit the city to raise water rates by about six percent and wastewater rates by about 12 percent. The average water use fee for residents is approximately $55 a month and $20 for wastewater, said Craig City Manager Jim Ferree.

On the record for Moffat County Jail Dec. 26

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

Craig sports briefs for Dec. 26, 2013: Junior basketball registration open in Craig

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

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Moffat County grad Tripp helped guide Hesston to first playoff appearance

Skylar Tripp started all 21 games as goalie for the Hesston College women's soccer team, which made its first-ever trip to the playoffs in her freshman season.

Craig briefs: Heavy traffic expected along I-70 corridor

The Colorado Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to anticipate heavy traffic in many areas of the state during the next several weekends because of holiday traffic, according to a press release.

Faith column: Christ and Christmas

We were fortunate enough to have family with us this Christmas, and one of the things that we did was to watch an older Christmas movie. It had many things, the North Pole, Santa Claus, reindeer, elves and the Christmas Spirit, but, unfortunately, the one thing that it was missing was the Christ in Christmas. In the movie there was one reference to faith, a reference to having faith in things not seen, but left unseen, but then they explained that they were speaking of faith in Santa Claus.

Janet Sheridan: The day after Christmas

My family followed established traditions on the day after Christmas just as we did on the day itself: Dad muttered about bills. Mom took a lengthy nap. The oldest children whined because we’d been left in charge of the youngest, and the youngest played with the empty boxes their toys had come in, chewed on ornaments from the tree and threw things.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘American Hustle’ a tricky tale of deceit

Last year in “Argo,” we saw a movie about the Central Intelligence Agency going through unusual channels to pull off a vital mission several decades ago. Now, we see a similar kind of story in the same time period in “American Hustle,” albeit with a different government body where apparently “intelligence” is not a prerequisite for being hired.

Wednesday, December 25

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Skype connects best-selling author with Hayden High School English students

Hayden High School English students got to conduct a Skype interview with the author of the book they had spent weeks working on before winter break.

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Liz Davis lights up retail in Craig

From operating her own store, attending biker rallies with her husband and being an avid member of the women’s Masonic organization called the The Order of the Eastern Star, Liz Davis is just one of the many engaging and devoted people of Craig.

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Vicki Haddan an integral part of Moffat County School District

Vicki Haddan may have only started in her current position with the Moffat County School District earlier this spring, but with her level of familiarity with local education scene, stepping into the job was a breeze.

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Susan Domer, "mad scientist in the kitchen"

Susan Domer is a food geek. She has the gadgets: crocks, a dehydrater, pressure cooker, slow-cooker and is always looking to start up a new food project. She preserves, ferments, cans, candies, but most of all, she plays. She calls herself the “mad scientist in the kitchen.”

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Jennie Schaffner: ‘Sandwich goddess’ extraordinaire

Cheesy pizza pies, fresh green salads, savory soups, tasty suds. These are some of the offerings available at downtown eatery Carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta, and if you’ve stopped in there lately, you’ve likely had your order served up to you with a smile by Jennie Schaffner.

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Erin Miller: Friendly service for Moffat County government

As administrative assistant to the commission, Erin Miller is the liaison to the entire populace of Craig and Moffat County for local concerns.

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Wyman Museum's Nelson enjoys unique community work

Annie Nelson is a Craig native who's been working at the Wyman Museum for two years.

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Kim Shreeve, an advocate for children in crisis

Kim Shreeve, child and family advocate for Advocates Crisis Support Services, moved from Salt Lake City to Craig in March. She admits the change came with some culture shocks. Some of those shocks had to do with the weather; getting used to mud season and enduring sub-zero temperatures that made her reconsider her wardrobe.

Tuesday, December 24

Craig briefs: Average retail gas prices jump slightly

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have risen 0.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.03 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.23 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

Harold and Joan Bates: Christmas poem

This poem was in a Christmas card we received from a veteran. Thought it would be nice to share with your readers, with hopes it will help in some small way!

Lance Scranton: Our schools, our community

Public schools are failing our kids! Teachers are being told that students can’t read, write or do their arithmetic. Parents are complaining about substandard test scores and students are complaining about classes that aren’t interesting, inspiring or worth their time.

EAGLE-Net made it to Craig

EAGLE-Net Alliance Regional Representative Dave Kavanaugh released a statement declaring that broadband fibers put in place in Craig are lit up and ready for use. “EAGLE-Net is open for business to provide broadband services to government entities, Internet service providers and telecommunication carriers in Craig,” Kavanaugh said in a statement. “The providers and carriers are in the best position to take advantage of the EAGLE-Net open access middle-mile and help improve broadband in Moffat County to areas outside of Craig.”

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Former East Elementary employees remember late principal

Earlier this month, past employees of East gathered to remember the life of former boss Jim Covalt, who passed away Nov. 26.

Prather’s Pick: ‘Staying Strong’ an inspirational memoir

“Family gives us strength and builds our character.” It’s a quote written by Demi Lovato for the Dec. 25 entry of her book, “Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year.” The book is this week’s Prather’s Pick.

Monday, December 23

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport schedules tours for beginning of 2014

The slate of tours for the beginning of 2014 has been announced by Yampa Valley Regional Airport, and those who make the trip to Hayden during winter will get to see the facility in the full swing of its peak season.

Moffat County High School spring play looks for community support

The Moffat County High School performing arts program recently cast its spring play, a stage version of the Dr. Seuss story “The Cat in the Hat,” and though the rehearsal schedule won’t begin until students return from winter break in January, the community can lend a hand in making the show a great one.

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Hometown Hero: Karen Brown helps others put in a tough spot

The Community Budget Center has been a helping hand in Craig since 1980. It’s been a local resource for people who fell on hard times and also the only nonprofit thrift store in town. Since then, it’s expanded and changed locations, but the mission to help the community has remained strong.

Sunday, December 22

Warren Marc Erickson and Carla Clement: Thank you

The family of Berchia Erickson would like to extend a huge thank you to Dr. Hamilton, Dr. Kafuuma, Dr. McClanahan, Megan, RN; Clara, RN; Mei, RN; Noah, RN; Aubrey, RN; Jasmine, CNA; Christalin, CNA; Morgan, CNA; Rose, CNA; Kyra, CNA; the staff working in the ER when she was brought in and the support staff at The Memorial Hospital and TMH Medical Clinic. We are so grateful for the comfort and care you gave to her during her last days with us.

Luke Tucker: I believe in Moffat County

We voted down Amendment 66, where we recognized the need for more funding but didn’t like everything that came with the tax. Bravo! I, too, am a proud fiscal conservative who is against new taxes. My hope, however, is that a vote against 66 wasn’t a vote against fixing the problems that face our schools, but a battle cry, “we will do this ourselves!”

Craig briefs: Rotary Club is taking reservations for event

he Rotary Club of Craig once again will host its annual Diamonds and Spurs event the evening of Jan. 25 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The black tie event features delicious food, drinks, a silent auction, dancing and music.

Mary Jo Brown: Keep Christmas simple, enjoy your family

Halleluiah, sing praises to the Lord, his birthday is so close we are almost touching it!

The Bock’s Office: ‘Darkest before dawn’ is key in holiday movies

Somewhere between the cutesy nostalgia of “A Christmas Story” and the vileness of “Gremlins” lie the best holiday films that exemplify how much Christmas can change your whole outlook. You may not think about how depressing some of your favorite flicks appear, but that’s because by the end, all is well even after the worst circumstances.

Weather Watch: Mostly dry Christmas expected for Craig

It won’t be the whitest Christmas, but Northwest Colorado could see a little snowfall for the holiday.

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Area wrestlers finish early-season schedule at West Grand Invite

Routt County high school wrestlers took on their final invitational before the holiday break. Then, the heart of each team's schedule ramps up in January.

Mathers' Bar hosts a free Christmas dinner for Craig community

Mathers’ Bar invites the entire community of Moffat County to come down and share food and conversation. Tom Mathers, owner of Mathers’ Bar, is happy to continue the tradition. “I love doing it. It’s our gift to the community,” he said.

Healthy Eating: Rosemary roasted sweet potatoes

A delicious twist to a classic side dish.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Dec. 23, 2013

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.

Stephanie Pearce: Christmas memories

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the true meaning, the birth of Jesus Christ, and I love the focus on family. Growing up, we didn’t have a lot of money, so I may not have gotten the biggest, best presents all of the time, but the memories of Christmas were priceless, and I love passing that on to my kids.

Saturday, December 21

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Defense, sweet shooting lead Moffat County boys basketball to win

The MCHS boys basketball team is 4-1 after a 68-42 win over Gunnison.

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Moffat County outlasts Gunnison in home-opener

The girls basketball team took a big halftime lead and held off the Cowboys for a Western Slope League win.

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Craig children show off foul shooting skills

The Craig Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot was Saturday at Sandrock Elementary School.

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Moffat County band students make beautiful music

The music program of Moffat County High School hosted its Winter Concert Tuesday, with the Symphonic and Jazz Bands performing a number of compositions for the audience’s listening pleasure.

Challenges of signing up for Obamacare

Buying health insurance is tough enough for anyone. It’s hard to slog through the terminology. You have to ponder the unknowns about next year’s illnesses and make your best guess about the coverage you’ll need. Add in the hassle of navigating the new state shopping exchanges, and you’re facing one of the most complicated shopping decisions, ever.

Depression is a community health issue

Tracey Lathrop, a clinician at Mindsprings Health, said one of the most important things to do when facing depression is to reach out. “Reach out and somebody will reach back. That’s probably one of the biggest things,” Lathrop said. “Even if you don’t feel like it, go out or join a group or get online.”

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Gabbert family light show returns to Moffat County

The Gabbert family light show is available again for the entertainment of Moffat County residents.

Friday, December 20

Over a Cup of Coffee: Strawberry Fruit Delight

Last week this column included a tip from Marlene Tate, of Meeker, (when she sent in a popcorn ball recipe) about making popcorn balls. She said she moistens her hands with water before working the popcorn into balls. A reader said that she had tried Marlene’s tip and it works.

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Moffat County basketball splits league openers at Olathe

The girls team lost to the Pirates after foul trouble derailed them in the second half. The MCHS boys had a big first quarter and ran away for a win.

On the record for Moffat County Jail, Dec. 20

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of Dec. 21, 2013

Gas prices in Craig as of 4 p.m. Friday Dec. 20.

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Trapper Mine employees show disabled hunters a good time in Craig

Several local hunters participated in Outdoor Buddies, helping three mobility-impaired outdoorsmen harvest an elk this hunting season.

When even the biggest sports fan doesn't need sports

Craig Daily Press sports reporter Nate Waggenspack on the end-of-year holiday season.

Conservation Colorado: Giving for the sage grouse

As for me this Christmas, I’m not asking for swans swans-a-swimming, six geese-a-laying, four colly birds, three French hens, two turtle doves or even a partridge in a juniper, let alone a pear tree. Instead, I’m asking for everyone to be willing to give support to BLM plan that will utilize the best available science to protect the Greater sage grouse. If that happens, maybe some Little Timmy 20 years from now will get his first shotgun at Christmas so he can chase healthy populations of sage grouse in the fall and maybe put a bird on the table for Christmas dinner.

Editorial: Swiftly find stellar superintendent

Finding a new superintendent for Moffat County School District will probably be the biggest decision the school board will make this fiscal year.

Christmas at Pipi’s Pasture

Soft snow is falling on Pipi’s Pasture. It’s a Christmas card scene for sure. As I watch the snow fall, I’m thinking about this year’s Christmas season. I will remember it for the warm memories, particularly those memories of giving from the heart.

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Museum of Northwest Colorado: A Christmas Tradition

Some traditions seem almost timeless when the Christmas season comes around. The traditional “Nativity Pageant” has been a part of church, and until recent years, school Christmas activities since at least the 17th century.

Baxter Black: Animal husbandry

As far back as 1628 “husbandry” was defined as agricultural produce, land under cultivation, farming. The word husband also implies a caretaker of land and livestock, a hands-on activity. From shepherds watching their flocks by night as described in the Bible, up to farm managers milking cows, showing fat steers and roping at the branding fire, animal husbandry was an appropriate title for a bachelor’s degree for a century.

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Police, downtown Steamboat bars discuss ways to curb over-serving

Steamboat Springs police plan to increase bar checks this winter with the hopes of curbing over-serving and the accompanying drunken debauchery.

Health briefs for Dec. 21, 2013: Health insurance enrollment deadline is Dec. 23

Those who plan to enroll in the health insurance plans offered through Connect for Health Colorado must do so by Dec. 23 if they want their coverage to be effective as of Jan. 1, 2014.

TMH Living Well: Stay healthy during holidays

Holidays are often filled with joy and fun, but also stress. For many people, holidays create a long list of obligations and interrupt comfortable routines. For other people, holidays bring up hard memories or accentuate feelings of loneliness.

Fitness Tip: Inhaling and exhaling

When it comes to exercise, the art of inhaling and exhaling may be a little more complicated than we think.

Superfood Tip: Peppers

Mention peppers and many people think of the fiery hot and spicy types that can burn your mouth and make your eyes water. But not all peppers have that effect.

Thursday, December 19

Colette Arnold: Christmas for Seniors

Thank you from Sandrock Ridge Rehab & Care for all the volunteers that made the Seniors Christmas a great one this year. It is so wonderful to see the community care so much for our residents. They had such a great time. Our staff also enjoyed it.

Craig briefs: Elks Lodge to host annual hoop shoot

The Elks Lodge will host its annual hoop shoot at 9 a.m. Saturday at Sandrock Elementary School. Kids ages 8 to 13 are welcome to participate in the event hosted by members of the Elks Lodge. For more information, call Frank Sadvar at 970-620-0874.

New committee wants to bring positive change to Craig

As a community, Craig has had its ups and downs. A new committee wants to find a positive solution to fight the downs.

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Moffat County basketball ready for tough tests in league play

The boys and girls basketball teams will begin Western Slope League games on the road at Olathe, followed by a home game vs. Gunnison.

Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 20, 2013: Upcoming skiing opportunities for Craig youth

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County

Faith Column: Commitment makes a strong community

Community is about building relationships, relationships that are generative in nature which results in the bettering of the self in order to better serve others.

On the record for Moffat County Jail Dec. 19

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

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Moffat County students prepare banner for Arapahoe High School

Moffat County High School’s Student Council is hoping to turn something negative into a positive. Starting Wednesday morning, the students and staff of MCHS began a project involving a banner intended for the people of Centennial’s Arapahoe High School following the shooting that occurred there on Dec. 13, in which one student was critically injured and the gunman — also a student — committed suicide.

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership brings speaker to Craig to boost business ideas

Rural and urban communities need to band together to create a healthy economy. “The state and the future of our state is really linked to our rural and urban issues,” he said.

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The Bock’s Office: 2nd ‘Hobbit’ shows dangers of going too big

Last winter, we were reintroduced to a place that a decade before had captivated our imaginations. Reactions to the second attempt at cinematic greatness were varied, to say the least — some hated it, some were indifferent and others claimed, “I liked it, but …” The good thing about “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is it likely will win over some who were put off by the changes made to a beloved classic. Still, the haters have an uphill battle.

Wednesday, December 18

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Craig kids bring their Christmas wishes to Santa Claus

The Craig Daily Press hosted Letters to Santa for Craig children Wednesday.

Holiday fun on weekend menu for Carelli’s

Carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta will host an Ugly Sweater Party Saturday evening, a night of festivities for its patrons.

Craig briefs: Reservations accepted for Diamonds and Spurs

The Rotary Club of Craig will once again host its annual Diamonds and Spurs event the evening of Jan. 25 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Tuesday, December 17

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Routt County jury awards $1.251 million to accident victim

A Routt County jury has awarded $1.251 million to a Steamboat Springs woman who was a passenger in a car involved in a fatal crash Feb. 5, 2011.

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Moffat County beats Steamboat Springs in back-and-forth wrestling dual

The Bulldogs and Sailors squared off in Steamboat Springs, with Craig coming away with a 42-39 win.

Craig sends off CNCC Vice President Gene Bilodeau

Craig said goodbye to a prominent community leader on Tuesday. Gene Bilodeau, vice president of Community College of Northwest College and city councilman, accepted a new position in Rapid City, South Dakota, as the executive director of their University Center. He and his wife will be making the drive north Saturday, he said.

Downtown business assessment brings together Craig leaders to plan economic development

Downtown Colorado Inc. made a stop in Craig on Tuesday to go over an assessment that that had been conducted in March. Katherine Correll, executive director of Downtown Colorado Inc., said this was an opportunity to get big players in town on board with planning to boost the economy in Craig’s downtown.

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DA will not seek death penalty in Lesyshen case

Routt County District Attorney Brett Barkey announced Tuesday that he will not pursue the death penalty against Lisa Lesyshen, the woman accused of killing her 9-year-old son, Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan.

On the record for Moffat County Dec. 17

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

Moffat County School District seeks local feedback

Superintendent survey available online through Dec. 31

The Moffat County School District currently offers a survey available to people within the community to weigh in on the hiring process of the replacement for Superintendent Joe Petrone.

Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 18, 2013: Craig BCA standings through 11 weeks

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

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Moffat County swimming keeps fast start going in Grand Junction

The MCHS girls swimming team shaved more time from many events in two meets over the weekend.

Nielson family gets community support

As the Nielson family mourns the loss of their loved one Kole Nielson who died in a vehicle accident last Wednesday, the community has been extending its support to show how much he meant to the people of Craig.

Lathrop fundraiser takes place Saturday

The tragic fire that took the home of Steve and Tracey Lathrop will no longer burn down their morale, as members of the Craig community are coming together to raise donations for the family at the Skate and Soup fundraiser this Saturday.

Lance Scranton: Spreading cheer

Students have spent the last two weeks making certain that children and families in our community are taken care of in the form of various food drives or adopt-a-family efforts that speak boldly of the spirit of the season.

Prather's Pick: 'An Otis Christmas' is a heartwarming Christmas tale

Awhile back, this column reviewed “Otis and the Tornado,” a picture book written by Loren Long. Librarians tell me that the books about Otis are popular with children. Up until now there have been three Otis books: “Otis,” “Otis and the Tornado,” and “Otis and the Puppy.” Now, just in time for the holidays, Long has published yet another book: “An Otis Christmas.” It’s this week’s featured book.

Monday, December 16

Former Craig teacher was target in Arapahoe High School shooting

Colorado was the scene of yet another school shooting on Friday, and the librarian targeted used to teach in Craig. A student gunmen, Karl Pierson, came into Arapahoe High School in Littleton with a shotgun, demanding one teacher present himself: Tracy Murphy. Pierson shot a 17-year-old student, Claire Esther Davis before turning the gun on himself, taking his own life. Davis is in a coma, according to The Denver Post.

Don't miss Santa's visit to the Craig Daily Press Wednesday, December 18th from 3:30 - 6 pm.

The Craig Daily Press will be hosting a very special visitor this week. Children who wish to meet Santa Claus will have the opportunity not only to get a glimpse of him but to give him your Christmas list from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Daily Press office, Yampa Ave.

Craig briefs: Warmer weather is in store for Craig this week

The climate looks to be warming up for Northwest Colorado this week, at least temporarily. Initial readings from the National Weather Service show that temperatures for Craig could get as high as the mid-30s by Wednesday.

Sunday, December 15

Mary Jo Brown: Joy during Christmas

December represents the month of gifts to me. Gifts that are wrapped in cherished memories of months gone by: ceremonies, celebrations and the birthday of a royal son who was born in a stable, and the joy of Christmas.

Stephanie Pearce: Let's enjoy holiday season

The Christmas season can be a hard time for many people. Let’s take time to encourage one another during this season and spread the warmth of the holiday.

Weather Watch: Warmer week in store for Craig

The climate looks to be warming up for Northwest Colorado this week, at least temporarily.

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Santa, Mrs. Claus bring generosity to Craig

The legend has been around for centuries, and though there are many versions, the basic idea is that there’s a man spreading cheer in December out of the goodness of his heart. Considering how many places he’s got to be around the holiday season, the people of Craig and Moffat County have been fortunate enough to have this jolly old elf around for an extended period.

Craig hockey swept by Durango in three games

The Midget hockey team lost 8-1, 8-3, 8-1 in Telluride.

Hayden planning for the future

With the potential for as many as two new hotels being built, officials in Hayden want to make sure the town can accommodate its guests.

Thinking About Health: There's more to good health than health care

Because so much of the national discussion lately has focused on health, the Affordable Care Act and its troubles, you might think that health insurance is all that matters when it comes to making people healthy. It isn’t. That good health is more than health care was a point I heard many times on my recent Fulbright fellowship visit to Canada, and it’s a topic we don’t talk much about in the U.S.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Dec. 16, 2013

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.

Saturday, December 14

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Moffat County boys basketball holds off Montrose to take 3rd in Steamboat

The Bulldogs are now 2-1 this season, with league play beginning next week.

Healthy Eating: Roasted root vegetables

You can serve the vegetables over cheesy polenta or in a salad. Another option is using leftovers as pizza toppings with ricotta and mozzarella.

Government update for Dec. 14, 2013

Government update for Dec. 14, 2013

Craig briefs: Hunter Photo Contest judging open to readers

The Craig Daily Press Hunter Photo Contest has ended, but the newspaper needs your help judging the photos. Go to the Craig Daily Press’ Facebook page to view the photos.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Marlene’s Popcorn Balls

I haven’t made Iva Decker’s popcorn balls yet, but I did try the popcorn candy recipe that Dixie Jones gave me. I had a little time so I chose a recipe that I could make in a hurry. I’ll make Iva’s recipe soon.

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Recycling in Craig

Recycling hasn’t changed much in Craig during the past 13 years. But last summer, Craig recycling expanded the plastics it accepts, said Rod Durham, solid waste department crew supervisor for the Road and Bridge Department.

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Your Health: Seasonal cold can be deadly

With the snow and ice of Northwest Colorado not going anywhere for the foreseeable future, it’s vital for people within Craig and Moffat County to remember the most basic credo of December and the following months — stay warm.

Friday, December 13

Shelia Rene Littlehawk-Calicurua: Protect sage grouse

Our wildlife and the habitat they need is increasingly under threat. Right now, the greater sage grouse needs our protection.

Interfaith Food Bank: Thanks for food donations

The Interfaith Food Bank of Craig would like to thank KRAI Radio for hosting the food and toy drive. We would also like to thank all the members of our community who donated so generously to Moffat County agencies.

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Museum of Northwest Colorado: Help us identify people in photo

Some things never change, and the traditional Christmas party held at Craig elementary schools is one of those holiday events still held today. In 1953, a party was held at Craig’s Breeze School in the gymnasium, which stood in the 600 block of Breeze Street.

Pipi’s Pasture: Winter memories

I’ve never liked winter. I don’t like snow (although I know that we need it), and I don’t like the cold. The only thing I might enjoy about winter is ice skating — if I knew how. I was born in February when Moffat County was experiencing a severe cold snap. My dad told me that it was 52 degrees below zero. He remembered how difficult it was to get a vehicle started so that he could drive into Craig from the ranch to visit his newborn daughter.

Editorial: Reach out for help

We hope that if there are people in Moffat County struggling and/or coping with strenuous situations that they reach out — or their friends suggest they reach out — to someone who can help.

On the record for Moffat County Dec. 13

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

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Concert, talent show display Craig student performances

The past week saw the Moffat County High School auditorium packed with parents, community members and arts supporters in multiple events showcasing the abilities of students from across Craig. The venue featured the Holiday Choir Concert on Tuesday evening and the school’s second annual Kennel Club talent show Thursday.

Education briefs for Dec. 14, 2013: Craig music student earns state honors

Moffat County High School junior Ryan Secules was recently selected to be part of the Colorado Small Schools All-State Jazz Band, in which he will play the lead trumpet.

Nate Waggenspack: Moffat County boys basketball will learn its lesson

Craig Daily Press sports reporter Nate Waggenspack on the Moffat County boys basketball team's season-opening loss.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of Dec. 14, 2013

Gas prices in Craig

Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 14, 2013: Snake River boys basketball off to undefeated start

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

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CNCC to host a going away event for VP Bilodeau

The city councilman will be leaving for South Dakota after finishing up work in Craig Dec. 20.

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Craig hockey brings wealth of experience to the ice

The Bulldogs midget hockey team is 0-1 so far this season in the CAHA, and its season against Colorado competition begins in earnest now.

Health briefs for Dec. 14, 2013: Volunteers needed for hospice

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is seeking volunteers for its Hospice program.

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West Routt begins search for new fire chief

After 39 years of service, West Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bryan Rickman is retiring, and the fire district’s board has began looking for the department’s new leader.

Superfood Tip: Beans are economical, full of fiber

Beans are a tasty, nutritious and economically efficient way to meet nutrition needs year-round.

Fitness Tip: Core strength equals good balance

The core muscles around your trunk and pelvis help your lower back, hips and abdominal muscles work together to increase balance and stability.

TMH Living Well: Keeping toddlers safe through the holidays

Here are some helpful tips to keep toddlers safe during the holiday season.

Craig briefs: Hunter Photo Contest judging open to readers

The Craig Daily Press Hunter Photo Contest has ended, but the newspaper needs your help judging the photos. Go to the Craig Daily Press’ Facebook page to view the photos.

Student news: Samantha Pearce attends 4-H National Congress

Samantha Pearce recently returned from 4-H National Congress in Atlanta, Ga. Samantha earned her delegation by receiving Grand Champion at State Fair with her Clothing Construction project of a black jean jacket.

Thursday, December 12

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Man sentenced to 4 years in prison for shooting gun into Steamboat bar

Judge Shelley Hill on Thursday sentenced Steven Torres to four years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Torres will get credit for the 1 1/2 years he has been held at the Routt County Jail.

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Moffat County boys basketball starts slow, can't recover in season opener

Golden took a big lead in the first half before beating Moffat County, 78-69.

Shadow Mountain DOLA grant approved

Shadow Mountain subdivision will see some much-needed improvements to its water/sewer system and roads with the help of funding from a Department of Local Affairs Grant. Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe received a letter notifying him of the DOLA grant approval Thursday. “We’ve been working on this so long and so hard, especially this year. It feels like baby steps, but now it really feels good to complete this project,” Grobe said.

On the record for Moffat County, Dec. 12

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

Pat Jones: True help in the name of Christ

Mary and Jack called Love INC the other day, (you can use any name you wish, but I’ll use Mary and Jack for my family-the names have been changed to protect their identity). They were really struggling this year. Prices have gone up on food and everyday needs while income has dropped. Jack was a construction worker you know, and in the wintertime the job opportunities go down.

Rep. Bob Rankin: Working for western Colorado

Under the dome

I’m once again struggling with the question of how to best represent western and rural Colorado. While it’s certainly an honor to be a state representative, it’s also true that we are outnumbered and outrepresented by the east slope urban corridor. Add that most rural legislators are members of the minority party. It’s important that we choose our battles carefully. I’ve chosen to get broadly but deeply involved in budgeting and technology across the many state programs so that I can detect potential impacts to western Colorado and work for our interests.

Holly Festival returns to Oak Creek

Holiday season cheer returns with the fourth annual Oak Creek Holly Festival beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. The South Routt community will be treated to premium deals at local shops, holiday events such as visiting Santa and caroling and even a chance to have coffee with the mayor.

Janet Sheridan: Grant us the grace

During the busy buildup to Christmas, I’m going to remind myself to notice simple pleasures and open myself to them, to remember all that I have. I invite you to join me.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Frozen’ will melt your heart

If you’re upset by the approach of spring and seeing the snowman in your front yard evaporate into nothingness, fret not. The movie “Frozen” teaches us that the coldest creatures welcome the warmth as much as anyone. You can even kick their head off, and they’ll just giggle and ask for a hug.

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Craig mourns the death of Kole Nielson

Craig lost a devoted community member, William Kole Nielson, on Wednesday in a car crash on U.S. Highway 40 about 1 mile east of Hayden. His family is still reeling from the loss.

Wednesday, December 11

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Insanity plea being considered by Lesyshen's attorney

Lisa Lesyshen is scheduled to enter a plea during her arraignment Dec. 20, but her attorney, public defender Scott Troxell, is asking that the arraignment be delayed.

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Craig man sets series record at Thunder Rolls with 4th 300

Les Shirkey extended his record for perfect games at the Craig bowling alley.

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Craig man dies in Wednesday crash on US 40 near Hayden

U.S. Highway 40 was closed for part of the day Wednesday about 1 mile east of Hayden as officials investigated a fatal crash.

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Moffat County United Way hosts Festival of Trees events

One of the best ways to bring joy to the holidays is with a brightly lit Christmas tree. Such joy is exuberated at the Festival of Trees now on display at the Moffat County Courthouse, where 32 beautifully decorated trees line the halls.

Tuesday, December 10

Craig briefs: Hunter Photo Contest judging open to readers

The Craig Daily Press Hunter Photo Contest has ended, but the newspaper needs your help judging the photos. Go to the Craig Daily Press’ Facebook page to view the photos.

The volunteers of the Humane Society of Moffat County: Humane Society help

The volunteers at the Humane Society of Moffat County would like to take a moment and explain who we are and what we do. F

Steve and Tracey Lathrop: Thanks for the help

Drake (Red Cross) Animal Control officer, our incredibly loving family (you know who you are!) and generous friends and neighbors. My husband and I are so very grateful for all of you, your hard work, and the instantaneous response of this amazing community in general.

Santa: Thank you

I would like to take a moment to thank a few people for their help during the past few weeks. First to all my friends and family that help with the float for the Parade of Lights: Jack, George, Karen, Kathy, Craig, Rhonda, Stan, Lance, Laurie, Cody, Olivia, Coley, Sean, Bud and Mrs. C. Thank you all.

Moffat County school board members attend state convention

At a meeting Tuesday night, the members of the school board discussed their time at the 73rd annual convention hosted by Colorado Association of School Boards last weekend at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

Hayden girls basketball picks up win

The Hayden High School girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season.

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Moffat County boys basketball prepping for 1st tourney

The Bulldogs will take on 3-0 Golden High School for their first game of the year.

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Leroy Fief sentenced to 30 years in prison for Craig murder

Leroy Fief, 49, of Craig, was sentenced to 30 years in prison, one year after he stabbed Shane Arredondo to death.

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Soccer Bill Sawer followed his interests to Steamboat, Craig

The local soccer enthusiast has had a major presence in the skiing and soccer communities of the Yampa Valley for years.

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Hayden fire department filling ranks

The West Routt Fire Protection District has filled its ranks with a third full-time firefighter, and a fourth should be hired in January.

Moffat County to have tighter budget in 2014

The Moffat County budget will be a bit tighter in 2014 than it was in 2013. “Basically, we’re just going down 4.11 percent. It is a 3.4 million dollar decrease from last year,” Moffat County Finance Director Mindy Curtis said.

Lance Scranton: 'Dare to Dream'

Students at Moffat County High School decided on a major shift this year and voted in a new schoolwide saying: “Dare to Dream.” The banner hanging in the commons area during the past three or four years read, “Every Student Will Graduate” — and more than a few students have, which is something we are very proud of as teachers.

Prather's Pick: 'My Story' a difficult read about Elizabeth Smart

At about 2 o’clock on the morning of June 5, 2002, Elizabeth Smart was taken from the bedroom of her Salt Lake City home. She was just 14 years old, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family. Elizabeth was held captive for nine months. “My Story,” written by Elizabeth Smart with Chris Stewart, is her memoir of those horrific nine months. The book, copyright 2013, is a new one at the Moffat County Library.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 11, 2013: Bad Dogs do well at national tournament

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

On the record for Moffat County, Dec. 10

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

Slight warm-up in forecast this week for Northwest Colorado

The arctic air that has kept the Yampa Valley and the rest of the state bone-chillingly cold in recent days will hang around here for a little while longer. But the good news is that after several days with highs in just the single digits and teens, temperatures could reach the low 30s by Wednesday.

Avalanche danger remains considerable across Steamboat zone

Brisk winds across the Steamboat and Flat Tops area were expected to create shallow, easterly wind slabs, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, but the real danger in the backcountry remains slabs sitting on surface or deep hoar.

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Thrift store seeking food drive contributions

The new secondhand store in town, The Warehouse, 124 W. Victory Way, is encouraging customers to bring in canned foods and other nonperishable items as part of its collection for the Inter-Faith Food Bank of Craig.

Monday, December 9

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Craig home destroyed by fire Saturday

The home of Tracey and Steve Lathrop was engulfed in flames Saturday morning. Nobody was injured, but the mobile home was destroyed.

Sunday, December 8

Stephanie Pearce: Sledding with a dog and goat

Winter holds so many wonderful memories for me. My daughter is getting to where she hates seeing the snow come, but I remember when she couldn’t wait for it. She used to love getting out and playing in the snow.

Mary Jo Brown: Bringing ‘jolly’ into Christmas

’Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, and so goes the song. What is it to “be jolly?” The mind brings up images of joyful, festive, merry or even plump and agreeable in appearance. Can I be in the jolly mood right now? I don’t think so.

Craig briefs: Local nonprofits part of Colorado Gives Day

On Tuesday, Coloradans will come together again to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits. Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day is a 24-hour period to “give where you live” by making online donations to the hundreds of charities featured on Community First Foundation’s online giving resource,

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Dec. 9, 2013

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.

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Hometown Hero: Skowronski goes all out for those in need

The Flint Personnel manager has been giving back to the community for several years with the family business.

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Cowboy Christmas was a huge success for Boys & Girls Club

Saturday night’s Cowboy Christmas at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig was a huge success. Between the tickets for the dinner and the funds brought in by auction activities, organizers are still tabulating how much was raised by the event, but the sheer turnout was something Club Executive Director Dana Duran found very encouraging.

Mixed results on first weekend for Moffat County wrestling

The Bulldogs went 2-3 in five matches at the Mesa Duals in Grand Junction.

Moffat County girls basketball comes up big in first tournament

The MCHS girls team took on three Utah high schools in Vernal over the weekend, emerging with a 2-1 record.

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Weather Watch: Less snow expected for Craig, but cold remains

Jack Frost’s time in Northwest Colorado may not be over yet, but the chill of the season should be a little less extreme for the coming week.

Saturday, December 7

Moffat County swimming starts winter strong

The Bulldogs had nearly every swimmer improve in their first meet at Glenwood Springs.

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Sage grouse debate on forefront of Colorado issues

Sage grouse numbers have declined slowly in recent years, prompting conservation groups to have the federal government consider the bird for the endangered species list. If that happens, it could have negative economic impacts on Colorado and Moffat County.

Friday, December 6

Craig briefs: Hunter Photo Contest judging open to readers

The Craig Daily Press Hunter Photo Contest has ended, but the newspaper needs your help judging the photos. Go to the Craig Daily Press’ Facebook page to view the photos. The photo with the most likes by Dec. 20 will win the contest and receive a $250 gift card to Murdoch’s. For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788.

Over a Cup of Coffee: An autumn stew

This past September, our son Jamie and grandson Kenny went on a hunting trip to Alaska where they got two moose. They packaged the meat and flew it home, and they shared some of it with us. So when Jamie and Kenny were here a couple of weeks ago, I made a moose stew.

Pipi's Pasture: Record book awards

There were lots of awards Just think how important record keeping is in our lives. We keep medical records, information needed for figuring income tax, business records and a whole lot more. That’s why record keeping is included in 4-H and FFA project work; it is a valuable skill for young people to learn.

Government update for Dec. 7, 2013

Government update for Dec. 7, 2013

Edward and Mary: Thanks VFW

We would like to thank the VFW Post No. 4265. Steve Klein, you’re great. Johnny and Cookie and everyone else that called, stopped by and helped while I was going through my battle with cancer.

Jennifer Hume: Enter front door

Moffat County has worked hard to implement new security measures designed to keep our children as safe as possible. School safety has been in the forefront of everyone’s minds given the events of the past 10-plus years. But safety is not just about “threats,” it also is about health and welfare.

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Moffat County boys basketball will keep pressure on opponents

The boys basketball team wants to win the Western Slope League this season, and advance past the regionals where it was beaten last year.

Take in the Moffat County swim meet as Craig winter sports get started

Craig Daily Press sports reporter Nate Waggenspack on why to support the Moffat County swimmers.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of Dec. 7, 2013

Gas prices in Craig.

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Candidate for U.S. Senate rolls into Craig

Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck is campaigning for a U.S. Senate seat, and made a visit to Craig Friday afternoon. It was an opportunity for voters to get to know Buck and see his stance on national issues that could affect Northwest Colorado. Buck will be challenging Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) in the 2015 election. He was direct about his feelings on his opponent.

Craig students show patriotism through writing

Craig Middle School participated in the Patriot's Pen essay contest through Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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Your Health: Staying hearty

Keeping tabs on the state of your heart may involve a lot of work, but the effort is well worth it.

On the record for Moffat County Dec. 6

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Out of the Furnace’ a well-forged tale of rising from ashes

You could look at a movie like “Out of the Furnace” and say things only go from bad to worse to rock bottom. Then, once the floor caves in, there’s a new standard for substandard conditions, but that just makes the climb back up all the more important.

Editorial: Give to others

The holiday season is about family, friends, decorations, bright lights and — in many ways — giving back. Moffat County is wonderful at giving back to the community. Such acts were clearly demonstrated when the Oxley family lost their home to a fire last month. The community came together, organized a fundraiser and helped the family get back on their feet.

Superfood Tip: The power of salmon

Every one of salmon's 244 calories per 4 ounce serving provides loads of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids not commonly found in other foods.

Fitness Tip: Shoveling snow

Shoveling snow is a daily event in most of our lives these days, and it will continue to be for the next several months.

TMH Living Well: Prevent osteoporosis with simple, daily habits

Here’s another reason to stay active as we age: it keeps our bones strong. Just a little bit of weight bearing exercise each day can make the difference between breaking bones and landing in a hospital or nursing home, or staying independent and healthy at home.

Museum of Northwest Colorado: Downtown Christmas lights for dark December nights

Christmas lights are a source of delight for all ages from toddlers to retirees. Every fall, in fine American tradition, Craig adults of all ages can be seen struggling in front yards with tangled strings of lights and awkward holiday decorative accessories in an attempt to bring holiday cheer to their neighborhoods.

Forget Me Not: Sad truths of being an elder

On Wednesday, my husband Shawn and I took our first Northwest Colorado flower delivery to Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab in Craig. Over the years, each delivery has been very different. Some are more difficult than others, and our visit to Sandrock was extremely emotional and tough for a number of reasons.

Education briefs for Dec. 7, 2013: Moffat County High School to host stage performances

Moffat County High School will be featuring numerous performance nights in the coming weeks. The Holiday Choir Concert is scheduled for Dec. 10, followed by the MCHS Talent Show Dec. 12 and the Holiday Band Concert Dec. 17. All shows will take place at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.

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Moffat County High School classes learn from local legal sources

As part of Moffat County High School’s Law Week, pupils in Liane Davis-Kling’s government classes were able to pick the brains of the professionals who work within various capacities of the legal system.

Health briefs for Dec. 7, 2013: VNA event honoring loved ones takes place Monday

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host the Celebration of Light Tree event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at 745 Russell St.

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Giving hearts warm Craig at Holiday Drive

Even with sub-zero temperatures freezing Craig, philanthropy won out. Volunteers for the 15th annual KRAI and 55 Country Holiday Drive solicited donations outside the Centennial Mall from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. Many stayed outside nearly the entire first day of the drive. It paid off.

Thursday, December 5

Craig briefs: Coloradans can renew canceled insurance

More than 95 percent of Coloradans affected by cancellation notices for individual and small group health insurance plans in 2013 were offered the opportunity to renew their policies early and continue them into 2014, according to a Department of Insurance press release.

The Memorial Hospital Board moves forward with Moffat County School District partnership

Dialysis center project still in progress

At its Thursday meeting, the board of trustees for The Memorial Hospital finalized, by unanimous vote of 5-0, a contract with Moffat County School District that will allow the hospital to provide medical support for the athletics programs at Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School.

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Moffat County football set in 2A for 2014

CHSAA's realignment will have MCHS against five other Western Slope schools in 2A football the next two years.

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Downtown Craig filling vacant store fronts, business picks up

Downtown Craig looks ready for the holiday season. Two local businesses moved to downtown in the fall for better visibility, and a new salon opened up in the area.

Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 6, 2013: Changes to girls swim meet Saturday

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

On the record for Moffat County Dec. 5

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

Faith column: Waiting, preparing, in joyful expectation

The snow that arrived on Tuesday night, the Christmas lights that adorn many houses and stores, the Christmas tree that was lighted on Saturday evening and then a Christmas Parade are just a few of the ways that the season of Christmas has already started illuminating our lives.

Wednesday, December 4

Ken Buck campaigns for US Senate in Craig

Ken Buck, Weld County district attorney, is running for U.S. Senate and will be making a stop in Craig on the campaign trail Friday. He started planning his trip the last week in November and but made his visit to Craig official Tuesday, said Brandi Meek, Moffat County chairwoman of the republican committee. “We’re really excited for the candidates for the (Senate) to visit,” she said.

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Go-fer Foods closes in Craig

Craig business Go-fer Foods, 923 E. Victory Way, closed its doors Tuesday morning.

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Area hunting improves in 2013, still difficult west of Craig

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife information-gathering, the large migrations of elk in far Northwest Colorado didn't come early enough to make the big-game hunting easy on everyone.

Tuesday, December 3

Craig briefs: Colorado gas prices are continuing to drop

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have fallen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.09 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado.

Museum of Northwest Colorado: Thanks Ken Wergin

The staff at the Museum of Northwest Colorado would like to express our deep appreciation to Ken Wergin, dedicated citizen and volunteer extraordinaire.

Delaine Voloshin: Visit courthouse

I would like to encourage our community to see the beautiful Christmas trees on display on the main floor of the Moffat County Courthouse. The trees are interpretations of movie themes, including the Grinch, Snoopy, the nativity story, “Polar Express” and more. There are approximately 25 trees, decorated by various, very creative, nonprofit organizations. Cheers to Moffat County United Way and the Moffat County High School Student Council for sponsoring this event.

Jay Oxley: Thank you Shell

The Marianna Raftopoulos Business Incubator Center is pleased to receive a $10,000 grant from Shell. Our partnership with Shell will provide staff and volunteer education and developing a solid marketing plan. These are two components of a strong foundation for our Business Center.

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Holiday fundraiser to benefit Craig Boys & Girls Club

Event to honor noteworthy figures

Cowboy Christmas, the annual fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, takes place Saturday evening with dinner and dancing, with live music provided by Four 2 Play. Following that are a silent auction, a live auction and a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament. All proceeds will go toward the local branch of the Boys & Girls Club.

Bank of Colorado's new president settling into Craig

The Craig branch of the Bank of Colorado welcomed its new president, Joshua Johnson, on Nov. 1. He has been settling into town nicely. Johnson has worked with the Bank of Colorado in its Estes Park location since 2010, but got a promotion and transfer when the former Craig Bank of Colorado president, Alisa Corey, left her position.

Steamboat's Storm Peak could see 2 feet of snow

The automated forecast for Storm Peak at the top of the ski area expects between 15 and 23 inches to fall overnight and during the day Wednesday.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 4, 2013: Craig's Stoffle takes top prize at international race

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

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Weather Watch: Craig hit by snowfall, frigid temperatures coming

Snowfall first started blanketing Craig and Moffat County Tuesday afternoon, and the region looks to be tucked in through Wednesday at least. Estimated measures from the National Weather Service ranged from four to eight inches for Craig by Wednesday morning, with the likelihood of the county seeing up to one foot or more of snow near the Flat Tops.

On the record for Moffat County Dec. 3

The daily cops roundup and jail report

Data Sense: Data paints a positive picture for Moffat County

The November 2013 edition of Yampa Valley Data Partners’ monthly FastFacts report paints a positive picture of the Moffat County economy across several different dimensions. In aggregate, the latest indicators point to an improving economic landscape and provide the basis for a positive outlook heading into 2014.

Lance Scranton: Thanksgiving and its meanings

I always ask students how the Thanksgiving break was (and it is truly a break for the kids) and some of their answers reveal how truly different we view the five day respite from school. Most answers fall along the lines of eating way too much and doing way too little. Sandwiched between those responses are the rather revealing (sometimes too much) accounts of domestic debauchery and kindred kindness. Most students are proud to give voice to their traditions of thankfulness and generosity and a few students confess heartily their compliance in the less traditional acts of Thanksgiving.

Prather’s Pick: 'The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit' is sure to ruffle feathers

“The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” written by Beatrix Potter, was published in 1902. The book was beautifully-illustrated with the author’s watercolor paintings. In the story, Peter Rabbit disobeyed his mother who told him that he must never go into Mr. McGregor’s garden. The book is a classic.

Monday, December 2

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Artisans’ Holiday Market to display homemade gifts

Those looking for unique, handmade specialty items for people on their Christmas lists can find those gifts this weekend at the fourth annual Yampa Valley Artisans Holiday Market. Hosted Friday afternoon and all day Saturday at Center of Craig, the event promises plentiful products sewn, woven, carved or otherwise prepared by artists of Northwest Colorado.

Storm pattern headed Steamboat's way is 'perfect for heavy snow'

The wind direction at and above mountain top is from a westerly direction, which means all mountains can see good snow because this wind gets lifted up by the mountains and rising air creates snow.

Sunday, December 1

Craig briefs: Hunter Photo Contest judging open to readers

The Craig Daily Press Hunter Photo Contest ran through November and has ended, but the newspaper needs your help judging the photos.

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Hometown Hero: Kim Maneotis loves working with Craig kids

As the unit director for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, Maneotis strives to make all the kids in the region who pass through her halls feel special and part of “a safe, nurturing environment.”

Weather Watch: Midweek snow to add to chilly start to December for Craig

Craig and Moffat County are due some snow, and by the middle of the week they’ll almost certainly be seeing it. A partly sunny but gusty Monday with highs in the 40s will herald the arrival of a rush of coldness later that night.

Stephanie Pearce: Did Hickenlooper really listen?

Listening is a skill that most of us learn early in life. We listen to our parents to learn how to speak and learn every day skills. We listen to our teachers to learn more. Some people also listen to clergy to help guide them through this life. Listening can be the most important part of a relationship. The funny thing about listening, though, is that when it is done right, it is done with an open mind and with your mouth shut.

Mary Jo Brown: Heartfelt holidays

The holiday season seems to be going by faster this year. Christmas is right around two corners and a lamppost. Thanksgiving Day gives me pause to think back of other gatherings and the legacy and traditions followed and of the abundance of an authentic contentment that was complete and good.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Dec. 2, 2013

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.

Healthy Eating: Turkey tortilla lime soup

This is a great way to use those turkey leftovers.