Stories for March 2013

Subscribe

Sunday, March 31

Stephanie Pearce: The right person by your side

“Major,” that special horse I had that taught me about patience, played such a big role in my childhood.

Government Update for April 1, 2013

Moffat County Commission meeting

Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig opens for season

The Yampa Valley Golf course in Craig has opened for the season a bit earlier than expected thanks to a string of warm days, new pro David Hardison said Saturday morning.

Tease photo

Hayden preacher Doug Zirkle back to work after successful kidney transplant

To give Hayden pastor Doug Zirkle the new kidney he needed to survive, Mike Markle had to overcome challenge after challenge.

Just 2 days left to cast ballots in Craig's mayor and council election

This year’s municipal election features two candidates vying to be mayor and six candidates competing for either three or four council seats, depending on the outcome in the mayor’s race.

Tease photo

Easter egg hunts provide fun for all

Brightly colored plastic eggs, considered a precious treasure just minutes ago, lay discarded in cardboard boxes as kids feasted on the treasures inside Sunday afternoon at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab.

Moffat County baseball 1-1 at Gunnison

Moffat County’s baseball team again split a doubleheader while playing Gunnison on Saturday.

Saturday, March 30

Tease photo

Bulldog sports for the week of April 1, 2013

Upcoming sports for the first week of April for Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School

Over A Cup: Cakes for Easter

Several years ago, I think maybe at Easter, I featured a recipe for “Pig-licking Good Cake” in this column.

Senior Spotlight for March 30, 2013

The March winds blew and snow fell, too. Now April will show us what it can do.

From Pipi's Pasture: Remembering the sugary Easter eggs

This morning, I noticed how much snow has melted in the yard and in the fenced area where we keep the hay and plant the garden.

Steve and Sharon Andrew: Upgrades appreciated

Congratulations to your new general manager.

Craig Briefs for March 30, 2013: ‘Parenting the Love and Logic Way’ class slated

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

Friday, March 29

Editorial: Time for a good cleaning

The street sweepers have begun to make their springtime rounds, helping to eliminate the dirt and dust from our roadways and shoulders. But it takes a collective effort to give our community the spring scrubbing that it deserves, and needs.

Moffat County soccer dominates Rangely for 2nd straight win

Moffat County’s girls soccer team kept its strong offense going with a 9-0 win at Rangely Friday. With the victory the Bulldogs improved to 2-3 this season and have won two in a row heading into spring break next week. It was the way head coach Harry Tripp hoped they would finish before the break.

Tom Ross: Ecologist tells Steamboat audience wild horses play a vital role in the West

“The horse family is one of the most native of any group in North America. They were here continuously since the end of the dinosaurs.” — Ecologist Craig Downer

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of March 30, 2013

Gas prices in Craig as of 4:30 p.m. Friday.

On the record for March 30, 2013

Craig Police Department and Craig Fire/Rescue calls for March 28, 2013

Tease photo

MCHS soccer player Bryant Cox headed to Western Wyoming

Another Bulldog is headed to college to keep playing his sport. Bryant Cox, a senior from the Moffat County soccer team, signed Wednesday to attend and play soccer at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, Wyo. Cox played all over the field in his senior season with the Bulldogs, eventually settling into the anchor of the defense as head coach Rusty Cox found his optimal lineup.

With 3 days until Election Day, voter turnout remains low

Moffat County Clerk and Recorder’s Office officials said that as of Thursday afternoon they had received only 750 completed mail ballots from Craig voters. While that number was expected to increase as additional ballots were collected Friday, officials acknowledged they would like to see better turnout.

Briefs for March 29, 2013: Rotary Club sponsoring American flag project

The Rotary Club of Craig once again is sponsoring the American flag project to encourage community support for Craig and the United States of America.

Karen Gibson: The anticipation of Easter

My fondest memories of Easter are connected to yellow daffodils. I recall attending church one Easter Sunday as a child.

Thursday, March 28

MCHS senior wins 'Voice of Democracy' contest

The Moffat County School District Board of Education took time during its regular meeting Thursday to honor a MCHS senior.

Tease photo

Moffat County soccer scores big vs. Vail Christian

The Bulldogs had scored just once in its first three games of the season, but some outdoors practices had head coach Harry Tripp optimistic the team’s offensive troubles were bound to change sooner rather than later. He was right.

MCHS senior commits to cheer in college

Moffat County High School senior Kayla Hall has committed to cheer at Chadron State University in Nebraska next year.

Craig community meets Ridgeview and CMS principal candidates

Parents and other members of the Craig community took advantage this week of the opportunity to meet candidates for the principal positions at Craig Middle School and Ridgeview Elementary School.

On the record for March 29

Jail report and incident reports from the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

Tease photo

Boys swim team has new and experienced swimmers

In swimming, significant improvement doesn’t often come quickly. At the professional and Olympic levels, dropping a couple hundredths of a second is a huge deal. That’s why Moffat County swimming coach Meghan Francone is thrilled about the progress of the boys swimming team. With a roster full of mostly younger athletes and inexperienced swimmers, the times this season have dropped quickly.

Tease photo

Moffat County baseball looking for banner year in 3A

The Moffat County baseball team, off to a 3-4 start to the season, has a lot of returning talent from last season as well as a move to Class 3A. While they haven’t combined to bring immediate success to the program, the return of spring weather and a huge number of players bodes well for the team’s future.

Tease photo

Moffat County girls soccer much improved

Despite an 0-3 start, Moffat County High School girls soccer coach Harry Tripp is encouraged by his team’s chances.

Tease photo

Girls golf brings good attitude to the course

A family atmosphere has the Moffat County girls golf team in high spirits no matter what’s happening on the course. Of course, the girls can swing the clubs pretty well, too.

Angst, support evident during community meeting about Shadow Mountain project

A community meeting Wednesday with Moffat County and City of Craig officials suggested growing support among Shadow Mountain residents for a proposed infrastructure project that would replace water and sewer lines, roads and sidewalks in the deteriorating subdivision.

Masterworks honored by National Comfort Institute

Masterworks was honored by NCI for its commitment not only to training its own staff, but also for providing training opportunities for contractors throughout the state.

Tease photo

Moffat track and field has many eyes set on state

In what looked like a rebuilding year going in, the Moffat County track team has looked very strong anyway. The Bulldogs team lost a strong core of distance runners on the boys side from last year, and the roster looked thin heading into the season. But some newcomers to the team on both sides have Moffat County’s coaches looking at the state meet.

Tease photo

Steamboat Ski Area to launch $5M Four Points Lodge construction April 15

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s goal is to complete the new Four Points Lodge and have it operational in time for the 2013-14 holiday season.

Wednesday, March 27

Spring and summer flight options shrink for Steamboat travelers

In addition to cutting April and May flights to one round trip to and from Denver, there will be two daily round trips in June instead of the three that operated last summer and three flights in July instead of the four that served YVRA in July 2012.

MCHS hosts 'One Book, One MCHS' party

The Moffat County High School library was filled with students Wednesday as they discussed the literary merits and plot points of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” during lunch.

Tease photo

Rep. Scott Tipton talks issues with Moffat County residents, commissioners

Sage grouse conservation, government control of public lands, energy and the future of rural post offices were among the topics discussed with U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, during his visit to Craig on Wednesday.

Colorado Children's Campaign releases annual report

The Colorado Children’s Campaign recently released its 2013 Kids Count report outlining the well being of children in Colorado, breaking down numbers by county. The state as a whole saw the child poverty rate go up from 17 percent in 2010 to 18 percent in 2011. Moffat’s child poverty rate of children under 18 was 17.5 percent while Routt County’s was 11.9 percent.

Tease photo

Spring Spruce Up

Lawn care tips and service recommendations to get your lawn started for the season and maintain it throughout the summer.

Tuesday, March 26

Lance Scranton: ‘Fools’ teaches us to laugh at ourselves

The Moffat County High School Theater Department presented Neil Simon’s “Fools” this past week, and apart from difficulty hearing some of the voices, the comedy worked well with the plot suitably driven by a very capable acting team.

Craig Editorial: Wanted: Active, informed voters

Complain all we want about the state and federal governments, but the truth is, it’s our local governments that have the greatest potential to impact our daily lives in meaningful ways. It’s with that in mind that we call attention to Craig’s upcoming municipal election and the significance of strong voter turnout and an informed electorate.

Candidates Q-and-A: Gene Bilodeau

Q-and-A with City Council candidate Gene Bilodeau

Candidates Q-and-A: Leland Ray (John) Smith

Q-and-A with City Council candidate Leland Ray Smith

Candidates Q-and-A: Jennifer Riley

Q-and-A with City Council candidate Jennifer Riley

Candidates Q-and-A: Byron Willems

Q-and-A with City Council candidate Byron Willems

Candidates Q-and-A: Jarrod W. Ogden

Q-and-A with City Council candidate Jarrod W. Ogden

Candidates Q-and-A: Tony Bohrer

Q-and-A with City Council candidate Tony Bohrer

Prep sports roundup: Baseball loses at Rangely

Several Moffat County sports teams have been in action on the road over the past several days. Get the latest on MCHS sports results.

Craig City Council takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Craig City Council:

Tease photo

CMS wrestlers do well at league, regional events

At two different meets, the Craig Middle School wrestling team showed why it is one of the best in the state. The Bulldogs split up last weekend, sending the bulk of the team to the Western Slope League Championships in Meeker and some of its other members to a Rocky Mountain Nationals regional competition in Fruita.

CNCC hosts job, career and degree fair

Students and community members milled about two classrooms full of college and community business representatives from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday during the job fair. CNNC hosted a degree and career fair from 5 to 7 p.m.

Tease photo

US Rep. Tipton reintroduces hydropower, fire treatment bills to Congress

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton said the bill would allow small water districts to generate power by placing hydropower plants in existing water pipes, conduits and ditches.

Craig sports briefs for March 27, 2013: Craig BCA week six standings

Local sports news for Craig and Moffat County, including pool league standings, the conclusion of the first archery league, and parks and rec baseball signups.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in Craig on Wednesday

Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, will be in Craig on Wednesday to thank voters for their support during the November general election.

Winners of oral health poster contest announced

The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition announced the winners of its February Oral Health Poster Contest by surprising winning students in their classrooms Monday morning.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

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

Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board takes action at Thursday’s meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board:

The Record for March 27

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

Monday, March 25

Craig mayoral and city council candidates speak at AARP meeting

Craig mayoral and City Council candidates outlined their visions for the city during a forum at an AARP meeting. At times, the discussion turned from Shadow Mountain to marijuana to gun laws.

Tease photo

Craig family sifting through the ashes in wake of fire that destroyed home

Tabatha Slaight didn’t smell smoke Saturday evening when her son Kalib, 4, ran into the room to tell her their house was on fire. Tabatha immediately got her two boys and herself out of the home. Fifteen minutes later flames consumed the roof. When Craig Fire Rescue put the blaze at Knoll Ave. out a few hours later, a home was destroyed and a family displaced.

Sunday, March 24

Candidates Q-and-A: Ray Beck

Craig mayor candidate Ray Beck participates in a Q-and-A compiled by the Craig Daily Press.

Candidates Q-and-A: Terry Carwile

Craig mayor Terry Carwile participates in a Q-and-A compiled by the Craig Daily Press.

Stephanie Pearce: How much are you worth?

Have you noticed how everyone in this economy is trying to get the best deal they can for as little as possible? I’ve noticed this in several areas, not just in buying goods, but that is a great example.

Craig briefs: Donation drive goes through end of March

A donation drive for the Humane Society of Moffat County continues through the end of March at Craig Storage and U-Haul, 1592 W. Victory Way.

Tease photo

Bear River Young Life fundraiser sees large crowd

Kids in retro outfits navigated their way through the narrow spaces between tables in Colorado Northwestern Community College on Sunday night as they served tea and coffee to those attending the Bear River Young Life annual Fundraiser. More than 200 attended the event, which included a silent auction for goods and skills.

Saturday, March 23

Tease photo

Moffat County swimming loses dual to Montrose

Despite the loss, Brenden Carta won the 200-meter freestyle, and Chris Kling took the 100-meter free to give the Bulldogs two victories on the day.

Bulldogs Roundup: Baseball splits doubleheader at Grand Valley, girls soccer falls at Vail Mountain

On Saturday, the Moffat County baseball team split a doubleheader with Grand Valley, 15-1 and 10-9; and the girls soccer team scored its first goal of the season but fell to Vail Mountain, 3-1.

Tease photo

Bulldog sports for the week of March 25

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

Coffee with Congressman Tipton event Wednesday in Craig

State Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, will be in Craig on Wednesday to thank voters for their support during the November election.

Oak Creek bottle bomb suspect was focus of Craig police investigation before Friday car chase

An Oak Creek man is in custody at Moffat County Jail after leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a more than hourlong car chase Friday.

Craig Briefs for March 23, 2013: Hayden church selling donuts to raise money

Hayden Congregational Church is selling Krispy Kreme Donuts as a fundraiser for an upcoming youth mission trip to Venezuela.

Editorial: Bill offers promise

There’s still plenty of time — and political gamesmanship — that could alter the current proposed version of Sen. Mike Johnston’s changes to how Colorado funds its public schools, but what is included in the recent versions offers a lot to like for Moffat County parents and educators.

Friday, March 22

Tease photo

Rangely residents launch campaign to save ‘the tank’

Funds needed by month end

Musician and composer Bruce Odland equates the rusty tank to the Taj Mahal, great pyramid or Sistine Chapel of the acoustic world.

Tease photo

Moffat County working to improve brain injury education

In Moffat County, grants awarded the past three years by the Colorado Brain Injury Program have funded new helmets and increased education, all with the goal of improving the way with which brain injuries are dealt.

Car chase ends in crash in Hayden

A car chase Friday evening ended with an Oak Creek man crashing his car into a ditch on the east side of Hayden.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of March 23, 2013

Gas prices in Craig as of Friday afternoon, for the weekend of March 23.

Moffat graduate Pando back on the field at CSU

A Moffat County graduate has made the most of an injury comeback while at school. Jonathan Pando, a 2012 graduate from MCHS, overcame a knee surgery to play with the club soccer team at Colorado State University. After adversity at the beginning of the season, Pando became a major contributor to the team as it made a deep run in the national club tournament.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Nutella Brownies

This week’s recipe was contributed by Catherine Mills, of Craig. The brownies are delicious.

Diane Prather: Celebrating National Ag Day

The week of March 19 was designated National Agriculture Week. In addition, March 19 was National Ag Day, and in Colorado it was Ag Day at the Capitol.

Colorado House speaker to speak at Saturday fundraiser in Steamboat

The annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner, a potluck and fundraiser for the Routt Count Democrats, takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Government update for March 23

Government update

The record for March 22

8:38 a.m. Code enforcement officers warned residents in the 1500 block of Barclay Street about excessive junk and trash near their home, including boards, a chair and a bed frame leaning on the fence.

Tease photo

MCHS counselor Duzik receives Peabody award

Paula Duzik has left her mark on thousands of students who have moved on from Moffat County in the past, and now she has been recognized for her leadership of the county’s youth.

Thursday, March 21

Tease photo

West Routt firefighters extinguish vehicle fire in Hayden High School parking lot

Classrooms at Hayden High School were locked down Thursday morning while firefighters extinguished a truck fire in the parking lot.

Tease photo

'Fools' opens to big laughs at Moffat County High School

The so-stupid-its-funny show follows school teacher Leon Tolchinsky as he attempts to break a 200-year-old curse of stupidity cast upon the village of Kulyenchikev in order to be with the woman he loves, Sophia.

Craig briefs: Seedling trees and shrubs are available

The Colorado First Conservation District is accepting orders for trees and shrubs. The average cost of each tree is less than $1, with a wide variety of species available to plant this spring.

Janet Sheridan: Cruising

In February, news of a cruise ship stranded at sea for five days of heat, stench and plastic bags instead of toilets eclipsed all other current events. Evidently stymied politicians don’t interest us as much as people like ourselves bobbing around on a smelly ship, eating cold waffles and sleeping on mattresses dragged on deck.

Tease photo

Hayden teacher named Leader in Education, praised for efforts

Based on her remarks after being named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education, Lori Hornstein’s commitment to education was clear.

Sharon Batchelor: Sincere thanks

The family of Peggy Burch would like to express its sincere thanks to many.

Community invited to Museum of Northwest Colorado to view oral history videos

Second-graders in Cheryl Arnett’s Sunset Elementary School class invite the community to bring their smartphones and tablets from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

Tease photo

Bighorn sheep hunt worth the wait for Routt County's Lonny Vanatta

Routt County hunter Lonny Vanatta waited nearly 30 years for the opportunity he got recently to go bow hunting in Mexico.

Tipton schedules Craig, Steamboat Springs visits

Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, will be in Craig Wednesday to thank voters for their support during the November general election. The three-stop Craig tour begins with a “coffee with Congressman Tipton” event from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Cool Water Grille, 337 W. Victory Way. Coffee, tea and Danish will be served.

Tease photo

Sunset Elementary 2nd-graders preserving history with technology

Cheryl Arnett’s second graders are preserving the stories of older generations with modern day technology. The Sunset Elementary School students have been using iPads to record the oral histories of Craig community members speaking about their experiences and knowledge concerning exhibits at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig.

Tease photo

2 lady Bulldogs to play in All-State game

Two Moffat County girls basketball players were selected to play in the Colorado All-State basketball games this weekend. Kori Finneman and Lisa Camilletti, both seniors for the Bulldogs this year, are part of the top 16 players in 3A as selected by the Colorado Coaches of Girls’ Sports.

Weekly CNCC Craig campus update

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

On the Record for March 21

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

Wednesday, March 20

Colorado looking to provide comprehensive approach to sex education

If a bill concerning human sexuality education successfully passes the Senate, Moffat County School District might have to change some aspects of its sex education curriculum.

Meet Ridgeview and middle school principal candidates at open houses

The Moffat County School District is hosting open houses for community members to meet candidates for two principal positions.

Moffat County loses at Grand Valley, 6-0

Moffat County soccer lost to Grand Valley, 6-0, on Wednesday in Parachute. The game, rescheduled from Tuesday in Craig because of field conditions, did not turn out well for the Bulldogs on the scoreboard or on the field.

Fishing, hunting licenses for 2013-14 on sale

Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunting and fishing licenses for the 2013-14 season are on sale at retail outlets, Parks and Wildlife offices and online. The deadline to apply for a big game hunting tag is April 2.

Tease photo

Bear River Young Life fundraising gala set for Sunday

Bear River Young Life is hosting its annual fundraising gala on Sunday. Area director David Pressgrove said the event usually averages 150 attendees, but this year’s goal is to have 100 new guests.

Tuesday, March 19

Craig briefs: VNA selling daffodils as fundraiser for hospice

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association once again is selling daffodils as a fundraiser for its hospice program.

Downtown Craig revitalization not impossible, experts say

DCI reps present recommendations to community

Economic development is a team sport, said Downtown Colorado, Inc. team member Stephanie Troller, and increasing foot traffic to downtown businesses begins with better organization and communication among Craig’s various governmental and community entities.

Tease photo

Routt and Moffat county sheriffs say they won't, and can't, enforce new Colorado gun laws

Wiggins and Jantz maintain the legislation passed by Colorado's House and Senate won't keep guns out of the hands of criminals and instead will punish law-abiding citizens. Both sheriffs said Tuesday that gun control has been the No. 1 concern of their constituents in recent months, and that every email, phone call and comment they have heard is from residents who oppose gun control legislation.

Tease photo

Moffat County track has good start to season in Rifle

Some newcomers and some familiar faces have the Moffat County High School track and field team looking tough in the early season.

Lance Scranton: Testing the limits

Colorado tests students in selected grades each year to determine their knowledge in certain subject areas (science, math, reading, writing). Each student’s score is recorded, reported and then measured against a state standard to determine if our schools are meeting the child’s learning needs.

Tease photo

MCHS speech and debate doing well despite difficult circumstances

It’s been a rough few weeks for the Moffat County High School speech and debate team. But even with the loss of coach Casey Kilpatrick and disciplinary action for four team members that bars them from participation the rest of the year, students on the team have found a way to excel.

Craig sports briefs: Schedule changes for local sports teams

Several Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School sports teams had changes to their schedule this week and for the weekend. Check them out here, along with the latest from Parks and Recreation and an opportunity to go to a Colorado Avalanche game.

Craig Middle School students get mock stock market experience

Craig Middle School students are learning modern-day financials, including how to navigate and make a profit in the stock market. A mock stock market experience is part of the new financial literacy class for seventh- and eighth-graders at CMS this year.

City, county pull Shadow Mountain grant application

Officials advised to create local improvement district first

Improvements to Shadow Mountain Village’s deteriorating infrastructure are going to be delayed for at least another year, Moffat County Developmental Services Director Roy Tipton said Tuesday. Tipton, along with Craig City Manager Jim Ferree, told the Moffat County Commission he planned to withdraw the $1.6 million Energy Impact Grant application from consideration by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

Economic Development Partnership board meeting slated for Wednesday

Agenda items include staffing, financial and project updates

Tease photo

Gov. Hickenlooper signs Rankin, Baumgardner bill into law

Measure eliminates unnecessary reporting by government agencies

On Monday, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law Colorado House Bill 13-1203, which was carried by House District 57 Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, and sponsored by Senate District 8 Republican Randy Baumgardner, Cowdrey.

Scholarship opportunities available for MCHS seniors and recent graduates

There are several scholarship opportunities available to current Moffat County High School seniors and recent graduates with deadlines throughout March, April and May.

The Moffat County Record for March 20

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

Colorado to receive School Improvement Grant

The U.S. Department of Education announced that Colorado will receive $5.2 million to turn around its persistently lowest-achieving schools through the Department’s School Improvement Grant program. Colorado is one of 10 states to receive the funding.

Monday, March 18

Tease photo

Affidavit details chain of events leading to arrests in case of woman found dead in a Steamboat hotel

After discovering Gillian “Jill” Gentile’s body in a Steamboat Springs hotel room, Sam Wisecup Jr. used the dead woman’s credit card to extend her hotel stay by two nights and took off for Texas in her SUV while accompanied by another woman, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Routt County Court.

Moffat County School District news

Spring break is from April 1 to 5 for all Moffat County School District schools.

Tease photo

Downtown revitalization assessment yields opportunities

Downtown Colorado, Inc. to present recommendations Tuesday

It was a marathon Monday for representatives of Downtown Colorado, Inc., which completed the first of a two-day revitalization assessment of downtown Craig.

Sunday, March 17

Monday Medical: Program helps new moms

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

Craig briefs: Moffat high school Class of 1978 reunion nearing

Plans are being made to celebrate the 35th reunion of Moffat County High School’s Class of 1978. The reunion will take place June 14 and 15.

Joe Moylan: My dirty jobs

I am not a farmer or a rancher, and I understand little about the agricultural industry that is so prominent in Craig and Moffat County. As a native of the country’s third largest city, I was raised in the shadows of the world’s tallest skyscrapers and spent my childhood playing with friends on little more than a concrete sidewalk.

Stephanie Pearce: It’s all in how you look at it

Spring is in the air. I can smell the wet snow melting and making glorious scents of spring. These smells on our ranch usually mean mud … lots and lots of mud. But it’s all in how you look at it. You can take the positives or the negatives.

Antero Reservoir slated for draining

CPW, Denver Water cite drought conditions for decision

In response to ongoing drought conditions on the Front Range, Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Friday it would drain Antero Reservoir.

Tease photo

Sandrock Ridge celebrates St. Patrick's Day

Although it wasn’t as crazy as Denver’s Kegs N Eggs, Sandrock Ridge residents partied their own way Sunday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Residents wore green to avoid getting a pinch and feasted on green foods like grapes, shamrock cookies and green punch.

American Council of the Blind meeting this week in Craig

The American Council of the Blind will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday on the first floor of Sunset Meadows 2, 595 Ledford in Craig. The meeting is open to the public. The council is looking for volunteers willing to transport participants to and from monthly meetings. For more information contact Evelyn Tileston at tilestons@optimum.net or 970-824-6449.

Lions Easter Egg Race moved to City Park

The annual Lions Club Easter Egg Race will be held in its original location at the north end of City Park. This year's race previously had been planned for the CNCC Bell Tower parking lot. The egg race is at 1 p.m. March 30. The Lions Club recently decided to keep the event where it has been held for years, as recent warm temperatures will allow the area north of the swimming complex to be clear of snow in time for Easter.

Moffat County baseball loses 2 at Olathe

After a great first weekend, things looked much uglier for the Moffat County baseball team this Saturday. The Bulldogs lost both games of a doubleheader at Olathe Saturday, 9-8 followed by a 13-5 defeat. Much of what looked great for Moffat County in a 2-0 start over Aspen March 9 was not as strong this weekend.

Saturday, March 16

Tease photo

Bulldog sports for the week of March 18

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

Tease photo

Friends: Woman found dead in Steamboat Springs hotel caught up in love triangle

A former boyfriend of Gillian “Jill” Gentile, the Yampa woman whose body was found Friday in a Steamboat Springs hotel room, said Gentile asked him to help her mislead another woman about a relationship involving Sam Wisecup. Gentile’s death is being investigated as a possible homicide.

Over A Cup: Potato soup straight from the university

Carol Peterson, director of dining at the University of Northern Iowa, granted me permission to reprint two of the university’s soup recipes in this column.

From Pipi's Pasture: The sloppy season

A lot of melting is going on right now in the feedlot at Pipi’s Pasture. As a result, we’re having to deal with a gooey mixture of manure and dirt.

Baxter Black: An interesting season

It’s been an interesting season for those of us in agriculture. Several shifts in the world’s social gyroscope have come to light that will affect the public’s perception of our farming world.

Editorial: Cautious approach OK

We’re supportive of ordinances passed by Moffat County and the city of Craig that prohibit marijuana businesses and clubs

The Jurgensen and Harvey families: Appreciative of the help

We would like to thank those who responded and helped during the passing of our loved one.

Senior Spotlight for March 16, 2013

Well, I forgot to set my clocks forward last weekend, so I was late getting around Sunday.

Moffat County briefs for March 16, 2013: Craig resident to celebrate 90th birthday

A 90th birthday celebration for Veda Wyman is from 2 to 4 p.m. March 23 at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs.

Friday, March 15

Bonnie Weber: Many thanks

Thank you to everyone for all the prayers, cards, food and flowers.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of March 16, 2013

Local gas prices in Craig as of Friday afternoon.

Moffat County government update for March 16

Upcoming agendas for Moffat County Commission and Moffat County Libraries meetings

Colorado Parks and Wildlife honors 2 Steamboat Springs employees

Colorado Parks and Wildlife honored employees during an awards banquet in February in Colorado Springs. Among the winners were two Parks and Wildlife officials based in Steamboat Springs: aquatic biologist Bill Atkinson and property technician Steve Baumgardner.

Tease photo

New pro at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig

As another golf season approaches, a new and important member of the golfing community in Craig has made it to town.

Tease photo

Officials discuss Moffat County's readiness to deal with a disaster

Colorado experienced more than its fair share of tragedies in 2012. A mild winter resulted in the most active wildfire season in state history and fueled in June the two most destructive blazes on record. A month later, while firefighters were trying to contain the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires, a 25-year-old man walked into the Century Theater in Aurora during a midnight showing of “The Dark Night Rises” and opened fire, killing 12 people and wounding dozens more.

Tease photo

MCHS spring play 'Fools' promises fun for the whole family

Moffat County High School student’s preparation for the spring play, “Fools,” by Neil Simon, is in full swing. Laughter and fake Russian accents filled the MCHS auditorium as actors polished their performances and worked on their stage presence during rehearsal Tuesday night.

Singer/songwriter SJ to perform at CNCC first acoustic concert

SJ, a South Florida-based acoustic singer-songwriter, will performing the first CNCC concert at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Trapper Mine training shop. The training shop will be converted into an indoor/outdoor concert venue for the occasion.

Thursday, March 14

Craig Police Department's annual report yields surprising results

2012 was an interesting year for the Craig Police Department, according to both the statistics and the headlines.

Tease photo

Safe Routes to School sidewalk improvements waiting on CDOT review

Engineer hosts project open house Thursday in Craig

The engineering is done, the plans are set and the money has been awarded. The only thing keeping Craig children from enjoying a safe route to school is a Colorado Department of Transportation review.

Moffat girls soccer loses opener at Coal Ridge

Moffat County’s girls soccer team had a tough first game of the season, but given the circumstances the Lady Bulldogs have dealt with so far, their head coach was pleased with the performance.

Briefs for March 15, 2013

The 32nd annual Health Fair is from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. In the past, the event was held by the Craig Lions Club in conjunction with the 9News Health Fair, but it now is sponsored by the Craig Lions Club and The Memorial Hospital. Craig Lions Club and Cedar Mountain Lions will act as ambassadors.

Tease photo

Hayden’s Fralicks bond over Arabian horses and competitions

Every year at about this time, Ross and Medora Fralick return home to their Hayden ranch after enjoying some vacation time in the sun with their children Ian and Ryan. And while many families in the area head south for warmer climates during February, the Fralicks have made a tradition of heading west to compete at one of the largest single-breed shows in the world, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show.

Moffat County High School requiring more math and science from students

Moffat County High School has begun the process of increasing math and science graduation requirements for its students in an attempt to better prepare them for life after high school.

Moffat County girls golf takes 3rd and 4th in two tournaments this week

The Moffat County girls golf team, back to full strength after the winter sports season finally came to an end, continued its good play Wednesday.

Schedule changes for Moffat County middle school, high school sports

The MCHS girls soccer team and CMS wrestling team both had alterations to their schedules for Saturday.

Week 5 Craig billiards league standings

Both leagues are tight from top to bottom, with all 10 teams having between 709 and 768 points. Jean’s Angels still lead the Sunday league, but their advantage has shrunk in the past two weeks. In the Monday league, Up Against the Walls has jumped from third to first in the course of the past two weeks.

Antler hunting prohibited at Dinosaur National Monument

As antler collectors travel the backcountry in search of fresh sheds this spring, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are asking them to avoid stressing wildlife still struggling to survive the cold weather and the lack of forage.

The Moffat County record for March 15

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

Turkey hunting class available in Grand Junction

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will offer a class on turkey hunting in Grand Junction on March 20. The class, called “Turkey Hunting 101,” will be a one-night affair taught by veteran turkey hunters about one of the fastest-growing hunting activities in the U.S. over the past couple decades.

Scholarship opportunity for non-traditional students

The Daniels Fund has announced a scholarship opportunity for non-traditional students seeking admission to select two- and four-year colleges in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Friends of Moffat County Education kicking off book drive

Friends of Moffat County Education has a lofty goal and less than one month to accomplish it. The group kicks off the second year of its book project next week. The goal is to collect 13,000 books by April 13 to send home over the summer with kindergarten through fifth-grade students. The hope is that the books will encourage reading during non-school months.

Wednesday, March 13

Steamboat Ski Area announces pass prices for 2013-14 ski season

Season passes for adults will increase $20 to $979 if purchased by June 1. The 2.1 percent increase from the 2012-13 adult season pass rate is the largest increase in pass prices for next season.

Grand jury seated for Routt, Moffat and Grand counties

District Attorney Brett Barkey has enlisted the help of 16 residents to sit on a grand jury that will help investigate potentially difficult cases that come up over the next year.

Tuesday, March 12

Craig City Council hears Shadow Mountain project update from Moffat County officials

Next week, officials from Moffat County and the City of Craig will travel to Brighton to meet with Department of Local Affairs officials about an energy assistance grant application for capital improvements to the Shadow Mountain subdivision.

Moffat County wins with proposed legislation

School districts in Northwest Colorado now have their first official projection of what their budgets would look like if state Sen. Mike Johnston is successful in changing how schools in the state are funded.

Lance Scranton: Playoffs and performance

Great performances are rewarded with an appearance in the playoffs. Our high school basketball teams made a spectacular debut in Class 3A this season by posting excellent records before bowing out in the regional finals.

Craig briefs: Meeting to discuss plan for sidewalks Thursday

A community meeting about a plan to construct sidewalks near two Craig schools is from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in Craig City Council chambers, 300 W. Fourth St.

Local artists look to start co-op gallery in Craig

Although still in the early and organizational phases, a group of Craig residents is working to establish an artists co-op and gallery in Craig.

Tease photo

Craig Middle School wrestling on the rise

The team at Craig Middle School boasts its most participants in years — enough to field more than two full teams. For the coaches, that can make juggling the schedule and the wrestlers a bit of a challenge.

Craig sports briefs for March 13, 2013: Youth baseball league signups open

The latest sports news in Craig and Moffat County, including spring baseball signups, the first games of the season for Moffat County High School baseball, and water aerobics courses in Craig.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

Action items during a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday of the Moffat County Commission.

Safe Routes to School meeting slated for Thursday

A community meeting about a plan to construct sidewalks in the vicinity of two Craig schools takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in Craig City Council chambers, 300 W. Fourth St.

No injuries in car accident on Victory Way

Colorado State Patrol and the Craig Police Department responded to a car accident at the intersection of Green Street and West Victory Way on Monday afternoon. No one was hurt in the two-car crash.

Lions Club Easter Egg Race at new location

The annual Easter Egg Race hosted by the Craig Lions Club will be at a new location this year. The race will take place in the parking lot at the CNCC Bell Tower, 50 College Drive. The race begins at 1 p.m. March 30. Lions Club members said participants should arrive early because the eggs can be collected in as few as 8 minutes.

Devereaux family: Thanks for the kindness

The family of Muriel Devereaux would like to thank everyone who called and those who sent cards and flowers. Your thoughts and caring will help us through this time of sorrow.

Tom Soos: Thanks to Holiday Inn staff

I would like to thank the management and staff of the Holiday Inn for their assistance March 8 when a bus caught fire on U.S. Highway 40.

Monday, March 11

Health events upcoming in Craig

The 32nd annual Health Fair is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. In the past, the event was held by the Craig Lions Club in conjunction with the 9News Health Fair, but it is now sponsored by the Craig Lions Club and The Memorial Hospital. Craig Lions Club and Cedar Mountain Lions will act as ambassadors.

Tips for taking the TCAP

As the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, or TCAP, testing gets under way in the Moffat County School District, here are some tips for parents to help prepare their children.

Sunday, March 10

Tease photo

1.5 million welds and 2,000 man-hours later, Craig man has his dinosaur

What began as a project to use up a family member’s old scrap metal became a two-year journey for Craig resident Rick Kawchack.

Stephanie Pearce: Living what you learn

I recently chaperoned a 4-H trip, and I was pretty nervous about it. I wasn’t nervous about the trip in general, I was nervous about how I would fit in with the other chaperones and about how to be a good chaperone without ruining the trip for my daughter. This trip ended up being a great learning experience for everyone who went, and especially for me.

Craig briefs: Parrot Heads selling flower arrangements

The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrot Heads is once again selling flower pot arrangements to help beautify Craig while also raising money for local projects and scholarships.

Forum to address mental health issues

Last year, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide trained about 500 people how to recognize the signs of depression and suicide and to intervene to save the life of someone suffering from mental illness. On Tuesday, almost 600 teachers and students at Steamboat Springs High School received the training. Ronna Autrey, executive director of REPS, hopes to conduct similar trainings in Moffat County.

TMH board of trustees takes action at regular meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, The Memorial Hospital at Craig board of trustees unanimously approved all action items, including: — Medical staff privileges — Approval of the Organizational Performance Improvement Plan

Saturday, March 9

Boys basketball falls to Brush in regional final

In a regional final game Saturday at Brush, the Moffat County Bulldogs were outplayed, falling to Brush, 68-58.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife offering guided youth turkey hunts near Meeker

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be hosting guided youth turkey hunts April 26 to 28 on private land near Meeker. The opportunity is available to three hunters as old as 18.

Tease photo

Moffat County girls lose to Kent Denver in Sweet 16

Moffat County battled for four quarters with Kent Denver in Craig but didn’t hit the shots it needed in the closing minutes and fell, 58-50.

Black: Habits for safe calving

Through the years, I have heard story after story of accidents related to calving season.

Tease photo

Bulldog sports for the week of March 11

The upcoming week in sports for Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School and the community.

Over A Cup: Beef barley soup, just like the University of Northern Iowa’s

Last week’s “Spicy Sausage Casserole” recipe inspired at least one readers to take a stab at it.

From Pipi's Pasture: Passing the time in winter

When we were kids growing up on the ranch at Morapos, we didn’t have a television, telephone, computer or any of the electronic games kids have these days.

Friday, March 8

Moffat County boys overcome Classical Academy in 4th quarter

The Bulldogs trailed 45-38 entering the fourth quarter of a foul-fest against The Classical Academy, but ended up the better team in the fourth, getting baskets and defensive plays from everyone they put on the court down the stretch.

Tease photo

Moffat County uses 2nd-half flurry to beat Jefferson

The Bulldogs were in a fight with Jefferson Academy through almost three quarters Friday in Craig in a regional semifinal game. But they were able to put together a big run — something else Moffat County has done all season long — to secure a 53-40 victory and advance to the regional final.

Tease photo

No injuries in bus fire west of Craig

No one was injured when a Greyhound bus caught fire west of Craig on Friday afternoon.

Editorial: Time for unity

We hope Shadow Mountain residents support an effort to create a special improvement district that would fund the replacement of water and sewer lines on individual homeowners’ properties.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of March 9, 2013

Local gas prices as of 5 p.m. March 8

Moffat County swimming, track and field teams not traveling Saturday

Due to incoming weather, Moffat County High School canceled travel plans for the boys swimming and track and field teams this weekend.

Moffat County government update for March 9, 2013

Agendas for the Moffat County Commission and Craig City Council meetings next week.

Data Partners reports positive economic trends in Yampa Valley

YVDP unveils new FastFacts design, economic data points

The Yampa Valley’s economy is continuing its slow recovery out of the Great Recession, according to recently released data by Yampa Valley Data Partners.

Weekly CNCC Craig campus update

CNCC, the Colorado Workforce Center and the Craig Daily Press will host the CNCC Discovery Expo from 2-7 p.m. March 26. The event will provide information on transfer degrees, careers and local jobs.

Tease photo

Craig Middle School students compete in National History Day

It’s the first year CMS have participated in the competition. Sixth-graders chose a topic to research and present that fell under the theme “Turning points in history: People, ideas and events.”

Tease photo

Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service launch bighorn sheep study

During the past 10 to 15 years, two of the three bighorn sheep herds in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area have experienced population declines possibly resulting from bacterial pneumonia, according to a Parks and Wildlife news release.

Coal industry responds to suit over federal mining leases

A special-interest group has filed suit against the U.S. Interior Department over federal coal mining leases in four Western states, including Colorado. Trapper Mine and Colowyo Coal Co. are both cited in suit.

The Moffat County Record for March 9

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

Janet Sheridan: Colorado byways

During a lunch conversation about sharing winter roads in Colorado with whipping winds, blinding snow, tire-spinning ice and fellow travelers driving like idiots, a friend said that when road conditions are bad, she counts the miles until she can exit the freeway and its massed, slow-moving cars interspersed with crazed drivers intent on passing.

Editorial: Proceed with caution

Shell Oil’s acknowledgement that some its wells here haven’t produced as expected should give some pause to anyone expecting an imminent boom for Moffat County

Thursday, March 7

Briefs for March 8, 2013

Spring marks the beginning of a different type of hunting in Northwest Colorado, and the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office in Craig is reminding shed-antler hunters that it’s illegal to travel off existing roads on public lands in Moffat and Routt counties.

Tease photo

Tea Party candidates forum attracts 6 of 8 candidates

Sometimes the best prediction of what someone will do in the future is to look at what they have done in the past. But being able to talk about records is a luxury only about half of the candidates in the races for Craig mayor and City Council are able to play to their advantage.

Tease photo

Colorado Northwestern Community College, Colorado Mountain College officials support in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

As the Colorado House of Representatives prepares to take a final vote Friday on a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities, Northwest Colorado college officials are optimistic the legislation will bring about positive changes.

Moffat County School District board officials debate whether to spend reserves

Moffat County School Board members used a work session Thursday to try to get on the same page regarding the district’s budget and how money should be spent in the coming years.

Most area reservoirs expected to fill this summer, but Stagecoach still a question mark

Yamcolo Reservoir, with a capacity of 9,000 acre-feet of water, was tapped early in 2012 when every drop of water committed to agriculture was used.

Lady Bulldogs basketball looks to begin state run Friday

The team received a No. 5 seed in the bracket and will host regional tournament games Friday as it moves toward the ultimate goal of winning a state championship. Coach Matt Ray thinks that is a real possibility for his Lady Bulldogs.

Peabody Energy receives safety honors from mining organizations

On Tuesday, the St. Louis-based company announced it was recognized by the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety as well as the Colorado Mining Association for five safety innovations developed in 2012 at Twentymile Mine in Routt County.

Tease photo

Craig officials prepare for downtown revitalization assessment

Downtown Colorado, Inc. slated to conduct two-day study beginning March 18

Strengthening Craig’s urban core is at the heart of a two-day program sponsored by Downtown Colorado, Inc. later this month.

Tease photo

Moffat County boys basketball will try to beat size of regional foe Classical Academy

The Moffat County boys basketball team left Thursday for Brush High School and a chance to make the final eight in the state tournament with two wins this weekend in the regionals. The first team standing in the Bulldogs’ way is The Classical Academy, a charter school from Colorado Springs that went 14-8 on the season.

Connections 4 Kids conducting parent survey

Connections 4 Kids is conducting a parent survey to gauge the community’s needs and to guide the organization’s work. Everyone who takes the survey and provides their basic information will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card.

The Moffat County Record for March 8, 2013

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

BLM: Keep vehicles on roads when antler hunting

Spring marks the beginning of a different type of hunting in Northwest Colorado. But the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office in Craig is reminding shed-antler hunters that it’s illegal to travel off existing roads on public lands in Moffat and Routt counties.

Tease photo

For spring sports, weather conditions pose an ongoing battle

Several spring sports have already had their first competition of the season or have it coming up quickly, but the teams can’t prepare the way they’d like to given the weather conditions outside. For athletes and coaches in baseball, girls soccer, track and field, and girls golf, the name of the game is simply making do until the weather takes a decided turn toward spring.

Wednesday, March 6

Enrollment in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library reopens for Moffat County

The Moffat County Youth United Way and Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, says registration for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has reopened for Moffat County residents.

Longtime Craig resident opens new insurance agency

After years of working for others, Deborah Powell has opened JOPPA Insurance Agency in Craig. Her agency offers home, renters, auto, life, business, specialty and health insurance, a logical path for a woman who has spent the past nine years working in the insurance industry.

Tuesday, March 5

Craig briefs: Moffat County school board holding session

The Moffat County School District Board of Education is hosting a work session from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the board room at 775 Yampa Ave.

Christy Beckerman: Good people in county

As the shutters of cabin fever slowly open, I am reminded that there are still many more kind and good people in this county than evil. Recently, on one of Moffat County’s icier mornings, I was headed to town (and yes, driving too fast for the conditions) and realized too late that I was not going to be able to stop or make the corner.

Lance Scranton: Questions to clarify

In a world that is ever changing culturally, constantly shifting politically and almost completely unpredictable socially, the way in which we adapt is critical for success.

Tease photo

Moffat County High School basketball teams ready for regionals

Heading into the regional tournament and the first do-or-die weekend of the Class 3A high school basketball season, Bulldogs players and coaches are approaching Friday’s regional semifinals much like they did every other game of the season.

Tease photo

Shadow Mountain infrastructure improvements take step forward with hiring of an attorney

Improvement district needed if plans are to continue

Shadow Mountain, its residents and a long list of improvement projects continue to be top of mind for Moffat County elected officials and employees. On Tuesday, the Moffat County commissioners moved ahead with hiring a contract attorney to help guide them through the next phase of the project — establishing a special improvement district.

Moffat County School District Board of Education holding work session Thursday

The Moffat County School District Board of Education is hosting a work session from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the board room at 775 Yampa Ave. The work session agenda includes board direction for the district's budget committee. The meeting is open to the public.

The Memorial Hospital wins award for prevention program

The Memorial Hospital at Craig was recently recognized by Medline Industries with an Excellence Award for its work with a pressure ulcer prevention program.

Craig Sports Briefs for March 6, 2013: Moffat County girls golf has strong start

Latest sports news from Craig. Moffat County High School girls golf had its first match of the season, and some changes to the schedules of other spring sports. Also get the newest information on the pool and bowling leagues in Craig.

MCHS senior selected to all-state orchestra

Mitch Romney was in fourth grade when he first saw the Moffat County High School jazz band perform. He knew then that he wanted to be a part of the band, and he was taking drum lessons the next year.

The Record for March 6

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

Moffat County Commission passes ban on retail pot establishments

It was the second marijuana-related ordinance to pass in as many weeks. Last week, the commission unanimously passed Ordinance 2013-01 prohibiting the establishment of marijuana clubs.

Monday, March 4

Affordable Care Act poses new challenges to local nonprofits

As provisions of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act begin to be implemented across the country, Moffat County nonprofit organizations and other agencies will have to work through their own set of challenges related to the sweeping health care reform, from funding to access to education.

Briefs for March 4, 2013

ion of Grace Baptist Church Pastor Doug Zirkle is recovering after undergoing a successful kidney transplant surgery Wednesday.

Senior Spotlight for March 4, 2013

As I glance out the window and see it is still snowing, deer access the street going on their daily walk to find food.

Stephanie Pearce: Baking bread

There are few things that smell like home to me more than fresh baked bread. Last week as I wrote about my Grandma’s apron, it brought back memories of baking bread with her. It also seemed like my mom was always baking bread when we were growing up. I love the aroma, so warm and delicious.

Sunday, March 3

Hayden boys basketball faces tough test at regional tournament

They have to beat them all at some point. At least, that’s what the Hayden High School boys basketball team is telling itself after it was disappointed Sunday by the regional basketball pairings.

Rankin off to strong start in rookie legislative session

If the mark of a good state lawmaker is how many bills he can pass during a legislative session, then House District 57 Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, is putting together a solid rookie season at the Capitol in Denver.

New app geared to hunters, anglers

How to prepare game or fish is a question every hunter and angler faces, whether it’s in the field or back at the cabin. A new interactive application, from the designers of FishMate and HuntMate, aims at making those preparation decisions a little easier.

Parks and Wildlife accepting limited license big-game hunting applications

Applications for deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, sheep, goat and bear are due April 2, according to a Parks and Wildlife news release.

Tease photo

Bulldog sports for the week of March 4

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

Tease photo

Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab to host book signing for resident author

A self-described old, hillbilly, country kid, Sandrock Ridge resident Anna Mae Fleming Adams said she’s learned what’s important in life and has taken care to preserve it in her book “The Snake River From Three Forks to Columbine.”

Saturday, March 2

Tease photo

Moffat County boys basketball falls to Roaring Fork in tight game

For the third time this season the Rams and Bulldogs battled for four quarters with Roaring Fork coming out on top. Although the 59-54 final score was the largest margin between the teams this season, Saturday’s game in Palisade might have been the closest.

Tease photo

Moffat County girls basketball beats Olathe late, wins district title

Once again Saturday, the Moffat County girls basketball team found itself behind in the second half of a tight game. And once again, the Bulldogs delivered in the fourth quarter, this time beating Olathe, 46-41, and securing a district championship.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife commission meeting Thursday in Greeley

Stream improvements, falconry regulations on agenda

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife commission is scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Greeley to discuss regulations for state park and wildlife area use, updates about stream habitat improvement efforts and new falconry regulations.

Brent Boyer: Your paper, your community

I like change. I think it’s good, and healthy.

Briefs for March 2, 2013

Longtime Craig resident Jane Pickert celebrates here 80th birthday today.

Evelyn Tileston: Great work appreciated

This letter of thanks and gratitude is written to acknowledge the wonderful care provided to my husband by the staff at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, our local facility.

Paula Stephenson: Evaluating the whole bill

The potential rewrite of Colorado’s School Finance Act is one of the most important legislative issues facing our schools in years, and although the Craig Daily Press has published an article about the potential impacts a new bill may have on the school districts in Moffat and Routt counties, it chose to frame the issues as an “us” versus “them” debate instead of addressing the larger context of the bill.

Diane Prather: Moffat County 4-H students go to conference

The theme for this year’s Colorado 4-H Leadership Development Conference was “4-H Has Got the Magic.” The conference was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver from Jan. 25 to 28. The conference was attended by 4-H members from throughout Colorado. Representing Moffat County’s 4-H program were Will Pilgrim, Seth Morgan, Mitchell Davidson, Austin Luker and Samantha Pearce. Michelle Pilgrim was chaperone for the Moffat County group.

Editorial: Sounding the alarm

Our View: The federal government either doesn’t take security seriously or hasn’t been honest with the American public about the value of body-imaging scanners

Over A Cup: Spicy Sausage Casserole

Next week this column will feature a soup recipe that was developed at the University of Northern Iowa. It took a while to obtain permission to reprint the recipe, so this week’s column features a recipe I found on an old, yellowed newspaper clipping hiding in a book. I have not tried this recipe, but it sounds good, so I hope to soon.

Friday, March 1

Tease photo

Bulldogs outlast Aspen in thriller

Tyler Davis was having one of his worst shooting nights of the season Friday against Aspen. But the sophomore maintained confidence in his stroke and hit one of the biggest shots of the game to help Moffat County beat Aspen at Palisade High School, 59-52.

Tease photo

Bulldogs wrestling loses key cog who never even competed on the mat

When the high school wrestling season came to an end last weekend in Denver, it also meant the end of the careers of hundreds of senior wrestlers. For Moffat County High School, it also was the last hurrah for a senior who has never competed on the mat but has been invaluable to the program anyway.

Shell Oil announces plan to frack wells in Moffat County

Shell Oil will resort to hydraulic fracturing in an effort to boost production from its underperforming wells in Moffat County, a company spokesperson said Friday.

Tease photo

Moffat County girls pass test from Roaring Fork

Frustrated for much of the game, Moffat County’s inside players came through in the clutch Friday against Roaring Fork. Playing in a tense district semifinal at Palisade High School, the Moffat County girls basketball team executed late in the game to win, 39-38.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of March 2

Craig fuel gauge

Advocates Crisis Support Services provides students with information on teen dating violence

Boyfriend and girlfriend Skyla Laabs and Thorin Jackson say they have a healthy relationship. But not all teens are as lucky as the Moffat County High School couple.

Moffat County government update for the week of March 4

The Moffat County Commission's agenda for its Tuesday, March 5 meeting

CNCC Craig campus update

A look at what’s happening at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig

Ridgeview Elementary School to celebrate Dr. Seuss and literacy with books and breakfast

The Ridgeview Elementary School library and literacy team will host three days of “Books and Breakfast” to celebrate Dr. Seuss and literacy next week.

The Record for March 2, 2013

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

School finance bill could mean more money for Moffat County

Moffat County School District officials are cautiously optimistic that a proposed school finance bill being floated by a state senator could mean good things for the local school system.

Briefs for March 1, 2013

Police warn residents about online scam The Craig Police Department is warning residents to exercise caution when purchasing or selling goods and services online. Police say a Craig resident recently thought he was using Craigslist to purchase a vehicle, and he used Google Wallet for the transaction. After communicating online and by telephone, the resident wired $4,000 to the suspected scammer. The vehicle never arrived as expected.

Katie Grobe: Teaching your kids the right lessons

At the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center, we provide classes on pregnancy, infant care and parenting.