Stories for June 2013


Sunday, June 30

Senior Spotlight for July 1, 2013

Independence Day is fast approaching. Independence Day and the symbol of our country, the American flag, mean different things to different folks. What does it mean to you? When I was young and attending school, World War II was going on. Every morning we would salute the flag by pledging allegiance to it.

F. Neil Folks: Program helps others

Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing is having a Fuller Center Bike Adventure Build Day on July 15. The center is in need of work projects for some 25 cyclists that are coming to town to help us provide a “hand-up” to someone in need of work on their homes or property.

Stephanie Pearce: Life is short; spend time with loved ones

Life passes by so quickly. The loss of someone we love is bound to happen because no one lives forever. Some are taken way too soon, and we will never understand why. The past couple of years, so much loss has passed through our families and our friends. That’s why it is so important to make sure your life was a life worth living.

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46th Cottonwood Classic celebrates another successful tournament

The 46th Cottonwood Classic rolled through the weekend with frustration, relaxation and determination from 130 golfers that participated in the tournament that boasted seven flights, a senior flight and a championship flight.

Craig briefs: Moffat commissioners agenda for Tuesday

Moffat County Commissioners agenda for Tuesday's meeting.

Prather's Pick: "Ordinary Grace" highlights suspenseful murders

“Ordinary Grace,” this week’s novel for adults, is powerful — powerful because the events of the novel center around five deaths and the impact of those deaths on the town of New Bremen.

Friday, June 28

Craig briefs: Road work still being done on Twin Tunnels

The Colorado Department of Transportation announced that drivers should expect 35-mile-per-hour speed limits on the eastbound Interstate 70 frontage road around the Twin Tunnels while the detour remains in place through late 2013.

Diane Prather: 2013 Colorado State 4-H Conference was a success

Each year, 4-H members from across the state look forward to attending the Colorado State 4-H Conference held at the Colorado State University campus.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Baked Spaghetti

A while back, a reader requested a recipe for spaghetti that had a can of tomatoes in the ingredients.

Relay for Life returns to Craig

On July 19, Moffat County residents will gather to celebrate some of the strongest people you will ever meet.

Club 20 to visit Craig, invites community to participate

Club 20 touts itself as the “voice of the Western Slope” and works hard to tackle various community issues such as health care, energy, education, transportation and water, to name a few.

Craig reacts to Obama's recent announcement on climate change action plan

The area’s biggest economic players took a hit this week, as President Barack Obama announced Tuesday his climate change initiative to reduce carbon emissions from the nation’s fleet of coal-powered electrical generation plants.

Barbara Jean Sonntag:Retirement at Last

The reason I am writing this letter is to let the community know, who I have served and loved for so long, that I am finally going to retire.

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Energy representatives visit Craig to address recent legislation

A group of lawmakers, including Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, and Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulfur Springs, visited Craig Thursday to discuss Colorado's recent energy legislation.

Beaver Valley Ranch south of Hayden sells for $9 million

Beaver Valley Ranch has been managed as a low-key guest and hunting ranch with limited accommodations, according to company literature.

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Remote Control race track coming to Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig

It won’t be just the big, roaring engines tearing up the dirt track at Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park in Craig this summer. The remote control car and truck enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to show off the fruits of their labor soon.

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Best of Moffat County: Double Barrel Steakhouse wins best place to work with under 20 employees

The restaurant which has been in Craig for almost 11 months after moving from Hayden is the best place to work in Moffat County with under 20 employees.

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Best of Moffat County: Lorrae Moon wins best school bus driver

Lorrae Moon is the proud, admittedly over-protective mother of three boys, but she has oodles of other kids. Bus-loads of them, in fact.

List of winners for the 2013 Best of Moffat County

Check out the list of winners from this year's 2013 Best of Moffat County survey.

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Best of Moffat County: O.P. Bar & Grill wins best hamburger

O.P. Bar & Grill is not in the business of making “tiny, wimpy burgers.” Instead, the Craig restaurant boasts big and savory mouth-watering burgers that won the best hamburger in Moffat County.

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Best of Moffat County: Cornerstone Realty wins Best Real Estate Agency

When you walk into Cornerstone Realty in Craig, it’s as if a bright light shines down upon you.

Renee Campbell: Thanks for participating in this year's Best of Moffat County

We are excited to present to you the 2013 Best of Moffat County.

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Best of Moffat County: Wyman's Museum wins best tourist attraction

The Wyman Museum was voted the best tourist attraction by local residens of Moffat County for 2013.

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Best of Moffat County: Dave Higgins wins best nurse

Dave Higgins is Moffat County's best nurse for the third year in a row, but that doesn't mean the designation has gone to his head.

Thursday, June 27

Pastor Tim Douglas: Times flies ...

If you’re like me, I usually would complete the statement “time flies…” with the words “when you’re having fun.” As I thought about the subject of time, and how little of it I seem to have these days, it brought me to the original intent of time.

Mary Pat Dunn: Capturing memories

According to Dan Davidson and Jan Gerber, of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, an exciting new summer project gets underway this week in Moffat County. T

Craig briefs: Kids fishing clinic to be held in Steamboat

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a “Kids Fishing Clinic” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 6 at Steamboat Lake State Park.

Charity cycling rolls through Craig

Cyclists from across the country have banded together to undertake the Journey of Hope, bringing their message of understanding to the Boys and Girls Club of Craig on Thursday.

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Fourth of July fireworks will happen this year in Craig despite BLM fire restrictions

Fourth of July fireworks are a go this year in Craig, and officials are boasting that the brightly lit celebration will dazzle the community.

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Savoring summer snapshots in Routt County

Here are four memorable ways to spend an afternoon with your camera this summer in a breathtaking part of Routt County.

Sea Sharks hosting home meet in Craig

The Craig Sea Sharks have been working hard and improving during this early part of the summer, but now it’s time for that work to pay off at home. The youth swimming team from Craig will host its only home meet of the season, beginning Friday morning and finishing Sunday afternoon.

MCDS is revved up for a new 1st-class activities bus

The Moffat County School District's activities bus has served the district well since 2001, but age has caught up with the 10-year-old transport, and the Board of Education voted Thursday to retire the old rig and replace it with a new, first-class set of wheels.

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Young athletes putting in the work for Moffat County football

A large group of incoming football players in Craig are working hard this summer to get ready for the fall season.

Janet Sheridan: Whose bright idea was this?

Our bumpy voyage began on a gray November morning when Joel, gazing at the ceiling, remarked, “I’ve never liked the lighting in this kitchen.” That comment sparked a chain reaction: If we upgrade the lights, the cabinets will look bad. If we replace the cabinets, we should add more. If we add more, we’ll need a larger kitchen. If we enlarge the kitchen, we’ll have to cut back a wall. If we cut back a wall, we’ll have to replace some flooring. If we do all that, we’ll need more countertops. If we get new countertops, we’ll need matching paint. And on and on.

The Record for June 28, 2013

The daily police and jail report for Craig and Moffat County

Meet Craig Daily Press' new editorial board

I’m pleased to announce that the Craig Daily Press has formed a new editorial board that will meet every Wednesday at the newsroom, and I will write an editorial each week that will appear in the Saturday Morning Press.

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Andy Bockelman: ‘Monsters’ prequel gives it the ol’ college try

Like Pixar films before it, “Monsters University” isn’t bad, but it feels like coasting from a studio that once challenged all our conceptions of what was possible from animation and storytelling.

Wednesday, June 26

More meth busts in Craig

More arrests were made and several more warrants issued for people on distribution of methamphetamine.

Tuesday, June 25

Craig briefs: Colorado Highway 317 resurfacing project is underway

The Colorado Department of Transportation, Shell and Moffat County are resurfacing an 8.5 mile section of Colorado Highway 317 east of Hamilton.

Cheryl Martin announces retirement

After 33 years of service to the Moffat County Ranchers and Farmers through the Farm Service Agency, Cheryl Martin has decided to open the next chapter in life.

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18 Craig residents graduate from GOAL Academy

On June 8, the Colorado State Fair Events Center in Pueblo was the home to the GOAL Academy Class of 2013 graduation. GOAL Academy hosted graduates and their families who travel from across the state to participate in this milestone ceremony.

The Record for June 26, 2013

The daily police and jail report for Craig and Moffat County

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TMH golf tournament another big event at Yampa Valley Golf Course

The golf scene in Craig is now in its busiest season, with the conclusion of one successful tournament not spelling a break, but leading into the beginning of the next. Last weekend The Memorial Hospital Foundation hosted its annual golf tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course, to the tune of 108 players making up 27 scramble teams at the fundraising event.

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Have goat, will walk across the country for charity

Drivers slowed and pedestrians pulled out cameras as Steve Wescott and LeeRoy Brown strolled down the street. It might not sound that odd, but bear in mind — LeeRoy Brown is a goat.

Confusion swirls around ambulance service in Dinosaur

Emergencies in Dinosaur could become more drastic after August, potentially leaving those in need of medical care stranded for an hour and a half until an ambulance from Craig comes to their aid.

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Moffat County, Steamboat athlete to play junior hockey in Chicago

Jarret Walt, a Moffat County High School graduate and member of the Steamboat hockey team, was drafted ninth in the NA3HL draft earlier this month. He will play hockey in Chicago.

Lance Scranton: Fill your summer downtime with good literature

I hope your summer is allowing you to slow down a bit and fill up your time with some good literature. On a tablet or a good old-fashioned book, it’s worth your time to take some time to read this summer.

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Moffat County High School graduate Skylar Tripp signs with Hesston College

Moffat County High School alumnus Skylar Tripp prepares to take her rising star to Kansas as a member of the Hesston College Larks women's soccer team in Hesston, Kan.

James and Mary Lou Terry: Enjoyable anniversary

A fun 65th Wedding Anniversary

Monday, June 24

Moffat County author signing books in Craig

A Dinosaur National Monument Park Ranger will be in Craig at the end of the week with her full supply of books. Kathy Krisko will take part in the Do It Downtown Thursdays that have brought artists, performers and businesses together in downtown Craig.

2 Moffat County residents charged with dumping on BLM land

Two Craig ranchers have been indicted for using public land in Moffat County as a private dumping ground by a federal grand jury. The brothers were also accused of digging trenches to divert water from Woodbury Gulch to land where they kept livestock. In total, the brothers were charged with two counts of “committing crimes” on Bureau of Land Management land.

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Firefighters winning against Rio Blanco County wildfires

After almost a week of dauntless courage battling the numerous wildfires that afflicted Northwest Colorado, firefighters have gained the high-ground.

Sunday, June 23

Barn dances bring back memories, smiles

Country-dances bring back memories of old, and help us celebrate new generations.

“Little Red Hot” is sure to spice up your child’s bookshelf

"Little Red Hot" is a classic tale turned spicy by author Eric A. Kimmel and illustrator Laura Huliska-Beith.

Saturday, June 22

Wildfires continue to scorch Northwest Colorado

Strong winds and high temperatures continue to thwart firefighters as they attempt to control several large wildfires in Northwest Colorado.

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Alpine Bank team wins Ski Town Classic golf tournament

The Alpine Bank team won the tournament with a 122 and broke a string of three straight wins by the Tin Man Roofing team, which had won every Ski Town Classic since it switched to a flighted format four years ago.

Friday, June 21

Craig Briefs: MCHS Class of 1949 reunion set for July

The MCHS Class of 1949 is planning a reunion and luncheon July 13 at the Center of Craig.

From Pipi's Pasture: Soaking up the season

Summer officially started Friday, and while each Northwest Colorado summer is a little different from the previous one, there are the usual signs that we’re into the season.

Baxter Black: Equine chiropractory

Getting injured is an embarrassment to a cowboy.

Tony Bohrer: When life knocks you down, get back up

Life is going as fast as it has ever gone.

Over a Cup: Chili Casserole

This last week, I made a new recipe from my try-it file, and we liked it.

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Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig gets a facelift

The sawed-off shotgun, old horse saddles and train memorabilia at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig will have new company when the two new exhibit rooms at the historic building are complete. The back of the museum is getting a $150,000 remodel that’s sure to make the museum even more of a treasure to Craig than before.

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Tom Ross: Author Preethi Burkholder to speak at Steamboat's Tread of Pioneers Museum

Author Preethi Burkholder will tell stories about St. Elmo, nearby Tin Cup and other ghost towns at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Tread of Pioneers Museum during a talk about her new book, “Ghost Towns of the Rockies.”

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Caution urged on Yampa River as commercial tubing season starts in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs resident John Fielding and his son will tell you that the 700 cubic feet per second mark that signifies the start of commercial tubing season on the Yampa River doesn’t mean a mild, lazy river float.

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Bulldogs competing for spots this summer

Friday signaled the beginning of the basketball season for the Moffat County High School boys team, and the start of what the Bulldogs plan on making a memorable year. The Bulldogs took a team to the Gold Crown Basketball Camp in Denver Thursday through Saturday to tip off their summer season, which will include nearly 30 games against a variety of competition from inside and outside Colorado.

Craig Rotary Club gives single parents a helping hand

The Rotary Club of Craig wants to make sure that young, single parents can still pursue the education and the future they want.

Thursday, June 20

Senior Spotlight: Beauty still remains in fire territories

While watching television and listening to the announcer describe the devastation that occurred in the fires that still rage in Colorado, I remembered a trip I took with my daughter Jane several years ago.

Mike Swaro: Cast and blast a success

Colorado Parks and Wildlife would like to sincerely thank the following sponsors of the 3rd Annual Family Cast and Blast:

Phil Hawks: Resolution is no good

Shadow Mountain residents: I have asked the county attorney for a copy of the resolution that the county commissioners are presenting to us to vote on in November and have it in hand.

Francisco Reina: Pick up your dog poop

I am a soccer fan and coach and try to maintain the soccer fields.

Ruth L. Sheridan: Thanks for the support

The family of Dewey L. Sheridan would like to thank everyone who sent cards, food and flowers; the church pastor, Tony Bohrer; Lorita Earl, for singing; the ladies who provided the lunch; and most of all, thank you for all the prayers.

Shannan Koucherik: Preserve the Luttrell barn

I am saddened to learn that the Luttrell barn is threatened with extinction.

Craig Briefs: BLM Emerald Mountain closures set to be lifted

Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Management Area near Steamboat Springs will open Saturday, the Bureau of Land Management announced Tuesday.

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Grobe testifies in Washington, DC

Commissioner speaks about oil and gas exploration at energy subcommittee hearing

Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe testified at a small business hearing in Washington, D.C. Thursday, highlighting how expanding oil and gas business could benefit Northwest Colorado. Grobe’s testimony focused on job creation in rural western Colorado.

The Record for June 21, 2013

The daily jail and police report for Craig and Moffat County

Loudy-Simpson Park might house Amphitheater

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers wants a new amphitheater built at Loudy-Simpson Park.

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Moffat County graduate Ivers to play baseball at Mesa Community College

The 2013 graduate from Moffat County High School will play college ball in Mesa, Ariz.

Wednesday, June 19

Disappointment fire contained but still burning

The Disappointment fire that ignited Tuesday has been contained, but the area is still in flames.

Wild Rose Fire grows to 850 acres in Rio Blanco County

A new wildfire has grown to 850 acres in the southwest corner of Rio Blanco County.

Lisa Brown: Support appreciated

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate 20 years of Hospice on June 10 at Catamount Ranch & Club golf course and the Larson Barn.

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Bail set for Craig residents arrested Tuesday on charges of meth distribution

A man and a woman arrested Tuesday by the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force appeared in Moffat County District Court on Wednesday for a bond hearing.

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Missing Craig resident Deana Miller found alive

Craig resident Deana Miller, 24, who friends and family say was missing since late last week, was found Wednesday morning near Browns Park. She's being treated at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Tuesday, June 18

Prather's Picks: Book details life at Elkhead

“Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West,” written by Dorothy Wickenden, is a nonfiction book, but it reads like a novel.

Lance Scranton: Dads are an influential part of our identities

We just celebrated Father’s Day, and I was glad to hear so many people offer congratulations for being a dad.

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Firefighters get a handle on small fire burning at Carpenter Ranch near Hayden

Although the 7-acre fire was relatively small, there was a lot of fuel for the fire to burn, and putting it out meant manual labor and handwork for firefighters.

Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe to testify about benefits of oil and gas exploration

Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe is headed to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to testify on behalf of the county’s oil and gas industry and job creation.

New fire ignites in northwest Moffat County

Crews are battling the Disappointment Fire near Elk Springs.

Hayden School District voters overwhelmingly approve redistricting for at-large school board seats

The change was intended to attract more candidates and make the races more competitive. It takes effect this fall when three of five seats are up for election.

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3 from Moffat County headed to high school rodeo nationals

Moffat County will be well represented at the National High School Rodeo Finals in Rock Springs, Wyo. July 14 through 20. Three cowboys from the county qualified for the nationals by placing in the top four in their events at the Colorado State Rodeo Finals June 5 through 9.

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The Luttrell Barn Faces Uncertain Future

The stately old Luttrell Barn has fallen into disrepair, and the county must decide if the beloved building is worth saving.

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Youth volleyball camp teaching basics to Craig girls

A youth volleyball camp taking place this week in Craig is introducing local youth to the game.

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2 Craig residents arrested as a result of drug investigation

Conny Mullis, 45, and Maria Saenz, 32, both of Craig, were arrested on suspicion of unlawful distribution of controlled substances. A news release from the Craig Police Department alleges that both arrests involved methamphetamine.

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Craig resident Deana Miller reported as missing

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Craig resident Deana Miller, 24, who family and friends say hasn’t been seen since late last week.

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Triple Crown, tubing season to descend on Steamboat this week

The Yampa River is expected to dip to 500 cfs Friday, within commercial tubing range, as 86 youth baseball teams settle in to Northwest Colorado. Before the tournament is over, teams will have played in Hayden and Oak Creek as well as in Steamboat and Craig.

The Record for June 19, 2013

The daily police and jail report for Moffat County and Craig.

Monday, June 17

Yampa Valley Electric Association hires new general manager

Yampa Valley Electric Association has hired Diane Johnson to replace Larry Covillo as general manager of the rural electric co-op.

Update: New The Memorial Hospital CEO Chris Smolik takes charge

The Memorial Hospital looks toward the future as Chris Smolik takes the reins as the new, permanent CEO.

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2 fires merge into one at Dinosaur National Monument

The two wildfires at Dinosaur National Monument have merged into one 380-acre fire, and fire managers are working to suppress the blaze.

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Carpenter Ranch wildfire stays at 5 acres while firefighters pause efforts until Tuesday

When he first reported the fire around 12:30 p.m., West Routt Fire Chief Bryan Rickman estimated it had burned about half an acre and had a moderate potential of spreading.

Sunday, June 16

Stephanie Pearce: Joyful parenting

I’m so thankful that kids are so resilient.

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Fishing and shooting clinic put on in Craig by CPW

A large group of Craig residents made their way out to Wyman’s Living History Museum on Saturday to pick up some tricks of the trade when it comes to outdoor recreation.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of June 17, 2013

The coming week in sports in Craig.

Saturday, June 15

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Weekend car show in Craig exhibits classic autos

Cars of every make and model and every color of the rainbow lined Yampa Avenue on Saturday afternoon during the Bear River Young Life and Colorado Cruisers Car and Motorcycle Show. Spectators got the chance to see a wide variety of vehicular craftsmanship brought in from people all over the country while raising funds throughout the day for Young Life.

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Cracker rocks the park during Whittle the Wood festivities in Craig

Cracker packed the Loudy-Simpson Park on Saturday in a rocking send-off to this year's Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.

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Whittle the Wood carver sweeps 2013 awards

After more than three days of carving in the sun and heat at Loudy-Simpson Park, one artist’s work among 11 stood out Saturday at the finale of the 14th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.

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Whittle the Wood Quick Carve attracts a crowd in Craig

The main wood carving competition is the reason artists come to Craig for the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous and what attracts community members out to Loudy-Simpson Park during the week leading up to the Saturday festival. But when it comes to a higher-octane form of artsy entertainment, the Quick Carve can’t be beat.

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Runners Wake the Whittler Saturday at Loudy-Simpson

Whittle the Wood’s Saturday festivities began with a healthy community run through Loudy-Simpson Park. Friends of Moffat County Education hosted the Wake the Whittler 5K run and walk as well as a 1-mile family fun run.

Friday, June 14

Charlene Abdella: Thanks for the support

On June 8, the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office’s 26th annual High School Scholarship Golf Tournament was held and all had a great time.

Tamera Manzanares: Prevention key to men’s health

Guys: If you make it to 100, you will be surrounded by women.

Over A Cup: Rhubarb recipes for summer

This past week I checked our rhubarb.

From Pipi's Pasture: Passing time in the summer

Here at Pipi’s Pasture, the past few days has me remembering those hot summer days on the ranch when my siblings and I were growing up and how we kids passed the time to keep cool.

Craig Briefs: County seeks to address residents’ unmet needs

The Moffat County Collaborative Council for Children and Families is seeking input from parents to identify the community’s unmet needs for children and families.

West Routt Fire Protection District to go back to voters for tax increase

The West Routt Fire Protection District wants voters to reconsider chipping in more money each year to help fund emergency services, and the issue appears destined to be placed on November’s ballot.

3 Steamboat Springs teens injured in explosion released from hospital

The Steamboat Springs Police Department on Friday was continuing its investigation into what caused the explosion. Police think a marijuana concentrate called ear wax was being made inside the condo with butane, and the butane ignited.

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3 fires continue to burn in Northwest Colorado

Three fires continued to burn in western Moffat County Friday, but no structures or people are expected to be threatened after a busy 24 hours of battling fires in Northwest Colorado that began Thursday afternoon. The Wild fire and Hacking fire ignited Thursday on Wild Mountain in the western part of the Dinosaur National Monument and have burned an estimated 362 and 10 acres, respectively, as of late Friday, according to a news release from monument officials.

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Music to your ears: Whitewater Ramble performs at Whittle the Wood

As the day’s activities came to a close Friday afternoon at Loudy-Simpson Park, the carvers of Whittle the Wood and the people watching them craft works of art from old trees needed the chance to kick back, relax and enjoy some tunes. Carvers and spectators alike got just the serenade they needed as Whitewater Ramble took the stage. The Fort Collins-based band quickly filled the air

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Whittlers nearly finished with wood carvings at Loudy-Simpson

Carvers at the 14th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous have just about finished up their carvings, as the festival turns to its weekend activities.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of June 15, 2013

Local gas prices as of Friday evening, June 14.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course logs big numbers in May

Good weather has kept golfers both near and far coming to Yampa Valley Golf Course so far this summer. The course, which opened in April, saw snowstorms, which shut it back down for a week. Yet, it recovered with a strong month of May. Nearly 2,500 rounds were played in May, which is up from 2,200 rounds for the same month last year, according to the course.

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Tom Ross: The Yampa River tribe

On last week's trip down Yampa Canyon in Moffat County, we quickly slipped into the routine sharing of chores, honored our leaders and our shaman, and paid heed to our most-skilled rowers.

Car show in downtown Craig Saturday

While the chainsaws of Whittle the Wood will be revving up throughout Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park, another section of Craig will be celebrating things with a different kind of motor. The 400 and 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue will be gleaming with the chrome and metal of past and present during the Bear River Young Life and Colorado Cruisers Car and Motorcycle Show.

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Flag Day observed by Craig veterans

Veterans of Foreign War and the American Legion held a flag-burning ceremony on Friday at the VFW post in Craig, where they ignited roughly 800 retired flags given to them by the community. The ceremony was in commemoration of Flag Day, which was recognized nationally on June 14.

Craig Briefs: Residents are reminded about burn safety tips

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents about guidelines for agriculture and debris burning.

Karl Koehler: Bid for the YVEA board

As a candidate, I’d like to tell you why I’m interested in serving on the Yampa Valley Electric Association board and a little about the perspective I’ll bring should the membership choose to elect me as the district 5 representative.

The family of Les Hutton: Thanks for the support

The family of Les Hutton would like to thank everybody who sent cards, food, flowers and, most of all, prayers.

Thursday, June 13

Bain White: Life of faith must be lived in the community

One of the most common questions that I hear during discussions about dealing with faith is "how much time and effort should be placed into performing works?"

BLM oil shale regulations up for debate in Moffat County

The Moffat County Board of Commissioners sent a strongly worded letter to the director of the Bureau of Land Management on May 28 deriding the proposed oil shale regulation amendments for inaccurate descriptions of oil shale development, failure to consider the economic impact of the proposed regulations and failure to abide by the 2005 Energy Policy Act.

Janet Sheridan: Mind-spinning questions

I sighed, scowled and fidgeted as the problem I needed to solve stomped around in my head, trailing a mob of what-ifs.

Moffat County approves Shadow Mountain loan, but residents must give the final OK

Moffat County Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a loan slated to fix water and sewer lines in the Shadow Mountain modular home development. The entire project, which includes replacing the roads and sidewalks, will cost roughly $6.3 million and will take approximately three years to complete.

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Fire danger up to very high in Moffat County

In Moffat County, large wildfires have been avoided so far, but the fire danger level for the county recently jumped to very high as a result of the warm temperatures, low humidity and strong winds. Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management Snake River Field Office issued a news release with a red flag warning for Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

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Craig Sports Briefs for June 14, 2013: Moffat County soccer stars play in charity all-star game

The latest sports news from Craig, including Moffat County soccer players participating in a Western Slope all-star game.

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Whittle the Wood kicks off in Craig

By Thursday afternoon the artists’ carvings had taken on their shape. Over the contest’s final 36 hours, they will carve more detail, smooth and paint their work before the judging deadline at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Each artist hopes to win, but many of them are friends from seeing each other at competitions throughout the country. The 14th annual Whittle the Wood officially began Wednesday at Loudy Simpson, with 11 artists from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

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Moffat County girls basketball seeking answers from summer season

Next week, girls from Moffat County’s girls basketball teams will head to their final summer camps at the University of Wyoming and University of Northern Colorado, and after that they will be on their own until the winter sports season begins. Unless something drastically changes the team’s outlook like an injury, it will be the most in-the-dark head coach Matt Ray has ever felt about his team exiting the summer season.

Wednesday, June 12

With just 1 flight, Yampa Valley Regional Airport passenger numbers down 3,500 in April and May

Yampa Valley Regional Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said he had heard some complaints about the limited number of flights this spring but said the addition of the second flight this month has made it easier for travelers to make connections in Denver.

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Bear dies after being hit by pickup near Milner

A 300-pound bear was struck by a pickup and killed after attempting to cross U.S. Highway 40 near Milner on Wednesday afternoon.

Michelle Balleck: 10 tips to protect kids

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, hosted sexual abuse prevention workshops in May for parents and anyone who works with children in Craig and Meeker.

Tuesday, June 11

Craig briefs: AAA recommends basic car care in warm temps

The hot temperatures that have climbed above 90 degrees can take a toll on car batteries, and AAA Colorado reminds drivers to conduct basic battery care by doing the following:

Routt County Sheriff's Office making arrangements for paralyzed murder suspect

The Routt County woman accused of killing her 9-year-old son is paralyzed at a Denver hospital, and it is unclear whether the damage is permanent.

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Craig officially named a Train Town USA

Craig still relies on the railroad, but on Tuesday evening it was commemorated for its role in the history of the iron horse.

Moffat County term limit extensions being discussed

A 10-person committee wants Moffat County voters to extend the term limits from two terms to three for county elected officials, which means an additional four years in office.

The Record for June 12, 2013

The daily police, sheriff and emergency services report for Craig and Moffat County.

EAGLE-Net officials visit Moffat County, Craig about broadband services

EAGLE-Net representatives visited Moffat County Tuesday for the first time in five months, highlighting the procedures and problems that the broadband-internet alliance is currently facing.

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Craig wrestlers grapple at Paonia

Seven wrestlers from Craig tested their skills against some of the best wrestlers in Colorado and the surrounding areas over the weekend. The group of wrestlers from Craig was at the fourth-annual Paonia Summer Duals, an event that attracted over 500 wrestlers from six different states to Western Colorado for three full days of wrestling June 7 through 9.

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Summer basketball camp showing Craig's youth the way to play

Monday was the first day of summer basketball in Craig, with the upcoming generation of Bulldogs working on their skills. High school boys head coach Eric Hamilton, along with other coaches and players from the Moffat County basketball program, began the youth basketball mini-camp Monday, teaching elementary and middle schoolers the fundamentals and keys to being successful in hoops.

Monday, June 10

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Riding to Recovery in Moffat County

If you don't think a horse can be a therapist, you just haven't heard about Freedom Hooves yet.

Sunday, June 9

Government Update for June 10, 2013

Moffat County Commission meeting agenda for Tuesday.

Craig Briefs: Wellness Wednesday benefits area seniors

Wellness Wednesday, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, is a day of activities for older adults every Wednesday at Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of June 10, 2013

The coming in week in sports in Craig

Sheriff's Scramble Golf Results

Results are in from Saturday's Sheriff's Scramble Golf Tournament.

Junior makes his mark at Wyman Living History Museum

Clyde the Elk has some big hoof-prints to fill, but Junior is up to the task.

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Taxidermy competition in Craig draws a variety of game

Mountain lions, black bears, elk, deer, ducks and sheep are only a few of the animals that were on display Saturday at the Moffat County Pavilions, where roughly 175 people gathered to evaluate the taxidermy competition.

Saturday, June 8

Prather's Pick: Otis and the Tornado

Otis is a red and tan-colored tractor. He has two big tires behind and a small tire in front. Otis has a tractor seat, a steering wheel and all of the other parts that make tractors run, however, Otis is far from an ordinary tractor. For one thing, his headlights are more like eyes. He has a bolt-like nose and a mouth with a tongue. Besides that, Otis has feelings!

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Regional home-school association hosts book, bake sale in Craig

The Northwest Colorado Homeschool Association held a book and bake sale Saturday in Craig. Nearly 30 families in Craig and neighboring cities home-school their children and are members of the organization.

Friday, June 7

Craig briefs: CDOT reminds drivers to watch for wildlife

The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers to be aware of wildlife crossing roadways, especially at night.

From Pipi's Pasture: The ranch garden, part 2

Perhaps the family member who enjoyed the garden the most was my sister Darlene. When she was in her preteen and teen years, she would put on a big hat, grab the hoe and head for the garden.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Taco salad with green onions on top

The recipe is from a yellowed newspaper clipping that I found tucked in a cookbook. I had cut it out of a newspaper (I’m not sure which one) years ago but had never tried it.

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One bear suspected of breaking into cars in Steamboat Springs relocated

Time will tell whether wildlife officers successfully trapped a bear that has been opening car doors and ravaging the interiors in search of food.

The Record for June 8, 2013

The daily police, sheriff's, fire and jail report

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New tattoo shop makes its mark on Craig

A new tattoo shop is trying to make its mark on Craig, inking locals with a variety of art unique to each customer’s taste. Wolf Tattoo opened on March 26, in a 1,600-square-foot retail space along Victory Way.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of June 8, 2013

Gas prices in Craig as of Friday, June 7.

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Martial arts master comes to Craig

Craig welcomed a grand master of martial arts to town this week, and by the end of the weekend Craig will have a Master to call its own. Northwest Colorado Tae Kwon Do, which teaches Kom Do Kwan at Holistic Health and Fitness was founded by Paul Cruz in Craig in 2009. While Cruz is the top dog in Craig, this week his master Jason Thomas came to visit and administer black belt tests.

Craig Sports Briefs for June 8, 2013: MCHS coaches, players hosting basketball mini-camp

The latest sports news in Craig, with lots of summer youth sports camps and lessons.

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Yampa Valley still in demand for hunting, but local outfitters concerned about future

With the big game hunting draws completed, Colorado and Moffat County got a good sign for the 2013 hunting season despite concerns over the new firearm legislation that’s slated to take effect July 1. After Colorado House Bills 13-1224 and 13-1229 were signed into law earlier this year, there was concern over the potential hit to hunting when many non-resident hunters said they would boycott the state if the gun laws passed.

Thursday, June 6

Lois J. Stoffle: Thanks for the support

The Maybell Women’s Club would like to thank the members of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign War and the Maybell Scout Troop for providing the Memorial Day services at the cemetery on Memorial Day.

Tracey Gunn: Thanks for the help

I would like to thank the many people that helped make the Second Annual EMS Community BBQ a great success.

Eunice Linton: Rehab office still open

I want to thank Andie Tessler for attending the open house/farewell party for Val and Jeff Pleasant on May 30 at Rehabilitation Services of Craig and for the nice article that was in the May 30 paper.

Denise Williams: Public should have a say

Now, we have learned the week before it was passed by a unanimous vote of the commissioners (not the public) that we will have a “free clinic” for county employees.

Neil Folks: Nothing exists outside of 'now'

Now is listed as an adverb in the dictionary — a modifier of verbs, telling how, when, where and to what degree the action is performed. Have you ever experienced, done, thought or felt anything outside the now in this moment?

Craig briefs: Hospital staff donates to tornado victims

This week, employees, physicians and board members from The Memorial Hospital donated $3,200 to aid employees of Moore Medical Center in Moore, Okla.

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Yampa Valley Housing Authority to suspend Elk River Village loan payments

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority board and executive director sent a letter this week to the Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County Board of Commissioners stating that the organization plans to suspend loan payments on its Elk River Village property this month.

Senate Bill 252 heats up Moffat County tempers

Senate 252 is now a law. That does't mean the citizens of Moffat County are happy about it. Sponsored by Democrat Senate President John Morse and House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, the bill requires rural electric co-ops throughout the state to get 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. That represents a 100 percent increase over the previously required 10 percent.

The Record for June 7, 2013

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

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Fast-pitch softball back in Craig

Fast-pitch softball hasn’t been in Moffat County for over 30 years, but it’s making a return to Craig this summer. A group of girls from Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School have been gathering in the early morning hours at Woodbury Sports Complex to get ready for their first ever fast-pitch season.

Wednesday, June 5

TMH helps victims of OK tornados

There is a good reason why people working in the medical field are said to be in the "medical community," and TMH's act of generosity proves it.

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Craig Fire and Rescue respond to a roof fire Wednesday morning

Craig Fire and Rescue responded to a roof fire Wednesday morning at 439 Breeze St.

Craig briefs: Lay School to hold a workday on Saturday

The Augusta Wallihan Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a workday at the Lay School at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Tuesday, June 4

Lance Scranton: School is out; now, it’s time to read fun books

Summer provides ample opportunity to squeeze in some time for reading. Each summer, I try to catch up on my preferential reading and do less purposeful reading.

Mike Flannery: Rummel is mistaken

I read with fascination the stories about Mr. Rummel and what he and some of his peers are proposing. It seems to me that he is asking just the opposite of what gun control advocates are asking for.

W. Alan Webber: Letter of resignation

It is with great regret that I submit this letter of resignation as a board member of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors. In October 2005, when I accepted the position as a member of the Board of Directors, I had no idea how it would affect me personally and professionally.

Carol J. Sloan: Good job on event

Good job to all who helped with Grand Olde West Days. In my opinion, you brought Grand Olde West Days back in Craig, America.

Cory Overton: County loses my vote

The Moffat County commissioners are so out of this world if they think they are going to save money by opening their own medical clinic and that it won’t cost taxpayers a dime.

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Moffat County Commissioners approve free health care clinic in Craig

The purpose of the clinic is to give Moffat County employees a different option for basic health care needs and to save the county money, Human Resources Director Lynette Running said.

Fuller Center for Housing gears up for construction season in Craig

It doesn't look like much now, but by the end of summer teams of volunteers with the Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing will turn a vacant lot into a handicap-accessible two-family home.

Craig Sports Briefs for June 5, 2013: Craig BCA crowns champion

The latest sports news from Craig. The BCA pool league playoffs came to a close, with plenty of sports camps and learning opportunities for young and old in the coming months.

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Craig runners fill results sheets at Steamboat Marathon

A strong contingent from Craig showed up to test their training on the difficult, hilly courses of the Steamboat marathon, half marathon and 10-kilometer race. According to the results online, 25 people from Craig finished at the three distances.

The Record for June 5, 2013

Moffat County and city of Craig's daily police, fire and jail report

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Gymnastics center opens in Craig

The gymnastics scene in Craig is stepping up its game, with a new facility and new coaches. Rising Star Youth Training Center had its grand opening Monday at 538 Pershing St., next to the post office,

Monday, June 3

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Love INC provides charity in Craig

Love INC: It's not a handout, it's a hand up. A local charity organized by Craig church groups helps those in need.

Carol J. Sloan:Thanks for GOWD Help

To all who helped with GOWD, good job! In my opinion, you brought GOWD back in Craig, America.

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TMH honors cancer survivors in Craig

TMH celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day for the first time as it continues to expand its oncology clinic.

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Hundreds of mourners gather at Steamboat's Howelsen Hill to remember Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan

A stiff breeze ruffled international flags set out as if a World Cup skiing competition was about to take place as mourners gathering at Steamboat's historic Howelsen Hill to remember Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan, 9.

Sunday, June 2

Craig Briefs: Program for weight loss is available this week

Weigh and Win, a free incentive program to lose weight and make healthier choices, will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through June 13 at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Craig office, 745 Russell St.

Stephanie Pearce: Summertime memories

My parents were self-employed, so when summer came, I was with them all the time.

Neil McCandless: Officials out of touch

Are our commissioners totally out of touch with reality?

New committee meets to discuss mandatory gun ownership in Craig

A new committee met last Thursday to discuss a gun ordinance that would make it mandatory for Craig residents to own rifles.

Lydia Johnston: Thanks to Ms. Dahlberg

This letter is for Ms. Dahlberg, a most passionate and caring teacher. She taught discipline and respect, at the same time teaching children to have a dream, no matter what it is they want.

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Thunder Ridge starts summer racing season in Craig

Another season of racing began at Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park Friday and Saturday, and while the dirt track is running smoothly, it's still not getting the car turnout its owner would like. The track is now beginning its third summer of operation in Craig with hobby stock, sport stock and modified cars racing Saturday.

Saturday, June 1

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Bulldog Sports for the week of June 3, 2013

The coming week in sports for Craig.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course begins busy tournament season

Men’s tournament play returned to Yampa Valley Golf Course on Saturday for 27 holes of doubles play. The golf course kicked off June with 24 teams playing 18 holes of best ball followed by nine holes of Chapman-style golf, where teammates shoot from each other’s previous shots.

Craig briefs: Rules for agriculture and debris burning

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents about rules for agriculture and debris burning.