Sunday, March 31
“Major,” that special horse I had that taught me about patience, played such a big role in my childhood.
Moffat County Commission meeting
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.
To give Hayden pastor Doug Zirkle the new kidney he needed to survive, Mike Markle had to overcome challenge after challenge.
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.
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’s baseball team again split a doubleheader while playing Gunnison on Saturday.
Saturday, March 30
Upcoming sports for the first week of April for Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School
Several years ago, I think maybe at Easter, I featured a recipe for “Pig-licking Good Cake” in this column.
The March winds blew and snow fell, too. Now April will show us what it can do.
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.
Congratulations to your new general manager.
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
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’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.
“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
Gas prices in Craig as of 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Craig Police Department and Craig Fire/Rescue calls for March 28, 2013
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.
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.
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.
My fondest memories of Easter are connected to yellow daffodils. I recall attending church one Easter Sunday as a child.
Thursday, March 28
The Moffat County School District Board of Education took time during its regular meeting Thursday to honor a MCHS senior.
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.
Moffat County High School senior Kayla Hall has committed to cheer at Chadron State University in Nebraska next year.
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.
Jail report and incident reports from the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office.
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.
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.
Despite an 0-3 start, Moffat County High School girls soccer coach Harry Tripp is encouraged by his team’s chances.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lawn care tips and service recommendations to get your lawn started for the season and maintain it throughout the summer.
Tuesday, March 26
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.
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.
Q-and-A with City Council candidate Gene Bilodeau
Q-and-A with City Council candidate Leland Ray Smith
Q-and-A with City Council candidate Jennifer Riley
Q-and-A with City Council candidate Byron Willems
Q-and-A with City Council candidate Jarrod W. Ogden
Q-and-A with City Council candidate Tony Bohrer
Several Moffat County sports teams have been in action on the road over the past several days. Get the latest on MCHS sports results.
During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Craig City Council:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, will be in Craig on Wednesday to thank voters for their support during the November general election.
The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition announced the winners of its February Oral Health Poster Contest by surprising winning students in their classrooms Monday morning.
During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:
During its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board:
Moffat County and city of Craig police, fire and ambulance calls
Monday, March 25
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.
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
Craig mayor candidate Ray Beck participates in a Q-and-A compiled by the Craig Daily Press.
Craig mayor Terry Carwile participates in a Q-and-A compiled by the Craig Daily Press.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The upcoming week in sports for Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School
State Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, will be in Craig on Wednesday to thank voters for their support during the November election.
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.
Hayden Congregational Church is selling Krispy Kreme Donuts as a fundraiser for an upcoming youth mission trip to Venezuela.
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
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.
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.
A car chase Friday evening ended with an Oak Creek man crashing his car into a ditch on the east side of Hayden.
Gas prices in Craig as of Friday afternoon, for the weekend of March 23.
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.
This week’s recipe was contributed by Catherine Mills, of Craig. The brownies are delicious.
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.
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.
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.
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
Classrooms at Hayden High School were locked down Thursday morning while firefighters extinguished a truck fire in the parking lot.
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.
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.
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.
Based on her remarks after being named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education, Lori Hornstein’s commitment to education was clear.
The family of Peggy Burch would like to express its sincere thanks to many.
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.
Routt County hunter Lonny Vanatta waited nearly 30 years for the opportunity he got recently to go bow hunting in Mexico.
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.
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.
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.
Here's what's happening at Colorado Northwestern Community College:
The record Police, fire and ambulance calls — some minor calls omitted
Wednesday, March 20
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.
The Moffat County School District is hosting open houses for community members to meet candidates for two principal positions.
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.
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.
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
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association once again is selling daffodils as a fundraiser for its hospice program.
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.
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.
Some newcomers and some familiar faces have the Moffat County High School track and field team looking tough in the early season.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Agenda items include staffing, financial and project updates
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.
There are several scholarship opportunities available to current Moffat County High School seniors and recent graduates with deadlines throughout March, April and May.
Moffat County and City of Craig police, fire and ambulance calls
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
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.
Spring break is from April 1 to 5 for all Moffat County School District schools.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-824-6449.
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.
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
The week in sports for Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’re supportive of ordinances passed by Moffat County and the city of Craig that prohibit marijuana businesses and clubs
We would like to thank those who responded and helped during the passing of our loved one.
Well, I forgot to set my clocks forward last weekend, so I was late getting around Sunday.
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
Thank you to everyone for all the prayers, cards, food and flowers.
Local gas prices in Craig as of Friday afternoon.
Upcoming agendas for Moffat County Commission and Moffat County Libraries meetings
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.
As another golf season approaches, a new and important member of the golfing community in Craig has made it to town.
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.
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.
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
2012 was an interesting year for the Craig Police Department, according to both the statistics and the headlines.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The MCHS girls soccer team and CMS wrestling team both had alterations to their schedules for Saturday.
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.
Moffat County and city of Craig police, fire and ambulance calls
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.
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 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Action items during a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday of the Moffat County Commission.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
In a regional final game Saturday at Brush, the Moffat County Bulldogs were outplayed, falling to Brush, 68-58.
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.
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.
Through the years, I have heard story after story of accidents related to calving season.
The upcoming week in sports for Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School and the community.
Last week’s “Spicy Sausage Casserole” recipe inspired at least one readers to take a stab at it.
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
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.
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.
No one was injured when a Greyhound bus caught fire west of Craig on Friday afternoon.
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.
Local gas prices as of 5 p.m. March 8
Due to incoming weather, Moffat County High School canceled travel plans for the boys swimming and track and field teams this weekend.
Agendas for the Moffat County Commission and Craig City Council meetings next week.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Moffat County and city of Craig police, fire and ambulance calls
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Moffat County and city of Craig police, fire and ambulance calls
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 at Craig was recently recognized by Medline Industries with an Excellence Award for its work with a pressure ulcer prevention program.
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.
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.
Moffat County and city of Craig police, fire and ambulance calls
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
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.
ion of Grace Baptist Church Pastor Doug Zirkle is recovering after undergoing a successful kidney transplant surgery Wednesday.
As I glance out the window and see it is still snowing, deer access the street going on their daily walk to find food.
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
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.
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.
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.
Applications for deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, sheep, goat and bear are due April 2, according to a Parks and Wildlife news release.
The coming week in sports for Craig Middle School, Moffat County High School and other local sports.
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
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.
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.
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.
I like change. I think it’s good, and healthy.
Longtime Craig resident Jane Pickert celebrates here 80th birthday today.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 will resort to hydraulic fracturing in an effort to boost production from its underperforming wells in Moffat County, a company spokesperson said Friday.
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.
Craig fuel gauge
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.
The Moffat County Commission's agenda for its Tuesday, March 5 meeting
A look at what’s happening at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig
The Ridgeview Elementary School library and literacy team will host three days of “Books and Breakfast” to celebrate Dr. Seuss and literacy next week.
Moffat County and city of Craig police, fire and ambulance calls
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.
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.
At the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center, we provide classes on pregnancy, infant care and parenting.