Stories for May 2013


Friday, May 31

Diane Prather: Moffat County to host 4-H Expo

Moffat County is the host of this year’s Northwestern Colorado 4-H Livestock, Rabbit, Poultry, Dog and Horse Exposition that will be held June 10 to 13 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Chicken Tetrazzini

I don’t include as many chicken recipes in “Over a Cup of Coffee” as I should. So, this week I’m featuring a recipe for “Chicken Tetrazzini” that comes from my old fundraising cookbook.

5-year-old drowning victim identified

An autopsy has confirmed that a 5-year-old boy drowned after falling into a pond in the southernmost part of Routt County on Thursday.

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Shooting sports a big draw in Craig

Several groups gather at the Craig Trap Club and the Cedar Mountain Range Sportsman Club to test their speed or accuracy (sometimes both) with various firearms. All these groups share passion for having fun shooting guns.

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Alcohol suspected as contributing factor in rollover accident on US Highway 40 west of Craig

Officers responded to a one-car rollover accident Friday afternoon on U.S. Highway 40 near mile marker 78 west of Craig. The driver was removed from the car with Jaws of Life and taken to The Memorial Hospital in Craig. The accident is still under investigation, but alcohol is suspected as being a contributing factor in the crash.

Noelle Leavitt Riley: My door is always open

The new managing editor of the Craig Daily Press is thrilled to be apart of a tight-knit community.

Locking horns over health care in Moffat County

The staff at Memorial Hospital want to keep people happy and healthy, and so do leaders of Moffat County. The problem is that they each have different ideas about how that should be done.

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Local girl representing Craig at archery nationals

Moffat County High School graduate Tiffany Schulze will go to Grand Island, Neb. for the 2013 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational June 23 through 28 and shoot in the compound archery competition. She earned a spot nationals for placing high enough at the Colorado 4-H archery competition last August.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of June 1, 2013

Gasoline prices in Craig as of Friday afternoon, May 31.

Not too cool for the pool in Craig

The Craig pool is open, but this early in the season it's easier to get chills than chill out. Even so, there are people around town who won't let a little thing like the weather ruin their time.

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Arrest warrant alleges premeditated plan by Lisa Marie Lesyshen to kill her only child

A memorial service for Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan is at 4 p.m. Monday at Howelsen Hill. Har Mishpacha, Steamboat’s Jewish community, is holding a Shabbat healing service in Asher’s memory at 10 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church.

The Record for June 1, 2013

The daily report from Craig police, Moffat County Sheriff's Office and Craig Fire/Rescue

Thursday, May 30

Search for 5-year-old boy in far South Routt County ends in tragedy

A 5-year-old boy died Thursday after wandering away from his parents and being found in a pond near a ranch in the southernmost part of Routt County, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

Janet Sheridan: Remembering Ernie

Each year, the optimistic, abundant personality of spring reminds me of a friend of mine who had those same traits.

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Pleasant farewell for Rehabilitation Services of Craig

It's the end of an era for Rehabilitation Services of Craig, but not the end of the road for Valerie and Jeff Pleasant.

EAGLE-Net draws the ire of Moffat County Commissioners

It was supposed to connect our schools to a high-speed digital world and bring affordable internet to rural Colorado. It was supposed to be complete by this summer. Now EAGLENet Alliance is at a crossroads and many people are wondering "where did the network go?"

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Andy Bockelman: Pedal and metal rarely separate in 6th ‘Fast & Furious’

The stunts, more insane than ever, will catch your eye while the prominent theme of family rings true and makes you care about this ragtag band of misfits even if you’ve spent the past decade trying to ignore these films.

Craig sports briefs for May 31, 2013: Summer youth volleyball camp at Moffat County High School

The latest sports news in Craig, with a wide variety of youth sports camps open for registration.

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MCHS grad Nelson doubles up at track national championships

Moffat County High School graduate Alicia Nelson added to her growing list of accomplishments at the collegiate level last weekend, taking two individual national titles at the NCAA Division II 2013 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. That brought the former Bulldog and current Adams State University runner’s tally of national championships to four in the 2012-13 sports season, a number that would represent an excellent career total for most athletes.

Youth golf coming to Yampa Valley Golf Course

New Yampa Valley Golf Course head pro David Hardison has always enjoyed working with children, so he decided to introduce a new summer-long golf program for kids in Moffat County.

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Court documents: Lisa Lesyshen confesses to killing her son

The information was contained in a court order for a sample of Lesyshen’s blood that will be used to collect DNA. The court order also states Lesyshen bought .22-caliber ammunition at a Steamboat Springs gun shop the day before the shooting at her Stagecoach home.

Wednesday, May 29

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Friends remember Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan as a charismatic, energetic boy

Carson Hooker said he last saw his friend Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan at school Tuesday acting the way he always will be remembered: happy and crazy and fun.

Traffic between Craig and Steamboat to be routed over temporary bridge

Duckels Construction is in the midst of a $3.1 million project to replace the existing U.S. Highway 40 bridge over the Elk River that originally was built in 1958 and now is deemed functionally obsolete.

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Sheriff’s Office: Husband says wife killed their son before turning gun on herself

Lisa Marie Lesyshen, 45, was found by Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies in her home early Wednesday. She was unconscious with a single gunshot wound and was taken by ambulance to Yampa Valley Medical Center and later flown to another hospital, where she is being guarded by sheriff's deputies.

Tuesday, May 28

Data Sense: Recent data highlight importance of agriculture

Colorado State University recently released a study called “The Value Chain of Colorado’s Agriculture.” The study draws upon data collected through the USDA Agriculture Census of 2002 and 2007, among other data sources.

Lance Scranton: A charmed existence

On Memorial Day we paid our respects to the more than 400 soldiers buried in our local cemetery who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy.

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Commissioner John Kinkaid returns from rehab, hopes to restore trust from Moffat County

It’s been a long five weeks for Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid, who abruptly left town in April to check himself into rehab for alcohol and prescription drug abuse. Kinkaid said Tuesday that he initially was hesitant to tell the community why he took a 30-day leave of absence, but ultimately he decided that telling the truth was best for him, his constituents and his family.

The Record for May 29, 2013

Police, fire and jail reports from May 23 to May 28

Monday, May 27

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Craig honors fallen vets on Memorial Day

Nearly a hundred people gathered at Craig Cemetery on Memorial Day to honor those who gave their lives to serve our country.

Sunday, May 26

Senior Spotlight for May 27

The spring season is coming to an end, with summer looming in the near future.

Craig Briefs: Passport to Reading honors participants

Moffat County’s Passport to Reading program celebrated the end of the year last week with a barbecue and party for participants.

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Wild West Weekend fun from top to bottom

Craig showed off its Western heritage and sports prowess Saturday evening as part of Grand Olde West Days. The Wild West Weekend that took place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds on Saturday delivered a full slate of rodeo events and performances before a crowd of hundreds. Those attending were treated to bronc riding by cowboys young and old, as well as watching the youngest group of cowboys take on mutton busting and sheep hooking.

Stephanie Pearce: We need to never forget

This last week was an eye opener for me.

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Craig's Draft Horse Show and Feed Team Race kick up dust Sunday

Horse races and obstacle courses kicked off the Grand Olde West Days on Sunday, bringing farm horses and ranchers from across the state together to compete in the Draft Horse Show and Feed Team Race.

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On busy holiday weekend, Elkhead Reservoir gives visitors chance to get away from it all

A beautiful Memorial Day weekend was the perfect way to kick off the recreation season at Elkhead Reservoir. The lake, a few miles northeast of Craig, opened its boat ramp to the public last week and with cooperative weather for the first weekend, locals were out to enjoy all of Elkhead’s opportunities over the holiday weekend.

Saturday, May 25

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Moffat County High School's Class of 2013 graduates with pomp and circumstance

Two lines of cap and gown-clad members of MCHS’s Class of 2013 stood waiting to enter the gymnasium and mark the end of their 12-year journey of public school education. As the processional began, the students were silent and somewhat somber as they began their walks, two by two, down the center aisle in the gym to seats they would leave as high school students and return to as graduates.

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Class of 2013 academic award winners

Applause rang through the Moffat County High School auditorium Tuesday night as student scholars were recognized for their hard work and outstanding academic achievements.

Baxter Black: Faces of the cattle business

The cattle business today has evolved into several distinct segments.

Friday, May 24

From Pipi's Pasture: Planting the garden at the ranch

We worked hard, so we ate hearty meals when I was growing up on the ranch.

Wendy Reynolds: Dedication appreciated

I would like to personally thank the members of the Yampa Valley OHV Trailriders who recently donated their Sunday to cleaning up a mile stretch along BLM Road 1596 on Duffy Mountain.

Jessie Gorley: Don’t leave dogs in cars

Every year, dogs die after being locked inside cars while their owners shop or run other errands.

Herod family: Thank you for the support

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful community for the prayers and support during our daughters’ surgery for scoliosis and also for our son’s surgery for a growth in his ear and mastoid cavity.

Over A Cup: Karen’s ‘Wackie Cake’

Last weekend I made the “Spring Salad” — featured in my column — for branding lunch.

Craig Briefs: Rio Blanco wildfire is being allowed to burn

A 9-acre wildfire burning on federal land in the Piceance Basin in Rio Blanco County was being allowed to continue to burn Friday.

Joe Moylan: So long, Moffat County

I’ve never enjoyed goodbyes. I find them sad, uncomfortable and awkward to the point of being almost itchy. I’m a weird guy when it comes to saying goodbye because I do everything I can to avoid them.

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MCHS seniors strong on the field all year long

With all they have accomplished off the field this year, members of Moffat County High School’s Class of 2013 made sure to get their money’s worth on the field in the final seasons of their high school careers. In a school year that saw eight varsity teams make the regional or state rounds in postseason tournaments, MCHS athletics were buoyed by tremendous participation from this year’s senior class.

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For Class of 2013, graduation represents obstacles overcome

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Moffat County High School’s Class of 2013 will make its transition from students to graduates, and despite the excitement about what the future holds for the departing senior class, graduation also is a time when people often contemplate the past and the steps taken in order to walk across the stage for their diplomas.

Government update for May 25

The Moffat County Commission and the Craig City Council both meet Tuesday.

Lightning strike ignites wildfire in Piceance Basin

A 9-acre wildfire burning on federal land in the Piceance Basin in Rio Blanco County was being allowed to continue to burn Friday.

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Moffat County senior dedicated time to sports teams

Every year, students get involved with managing Moffat County High School's sports teams and taking care of all sorts of behind-the-scenes work. For the past four years, the football and basketball teams have had it good with Erica Dilldine as their trainer and manager.

Golf career ends with flourish for Moffat County grad

Moffat County High School graduate Mark Dockstader and his teammates didn’t get the dream finish they were looking for at the golf national championships, but it was an unforgettable way to finish a college career.

Fuel gauge for the weekend of May 25, 2013

The gas prices in Craig for Memorial Day weekend.

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Carnival adds to Craig's weekend festivities

Cotton candy, funnel cakes and ice cream are only a few of the treats on hand to give Craig patrons the sugar buzz they need to hit all the rides at this year’s Brown's Carnival.

Craig Briefs: Reunion being planned for MCHS Class of 1949

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

Thursday, May 23

Economic Development Partnership to host Inventor's Boot Camp

EDP to host inventor’s boot camp

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership and The Marianna Raftopoulos Business Incubator One Stop Business Center are accepting applications for a never-before-offered business development class scheduled for next month in Craig.

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MCHS student receives scholarship from Craig Rebekahs

Erica Dilldine,18, front center, a Moffat County High School graduating senior, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Craig Rebekah Lodge Number 138.

Despite decent moisture levels, wildfires still a concern heading into Memorial Day weekend

Fire management unit provides safety tips going into holiday weekend

Smoke will be visible beginning this morning east of Craig as Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Colorado River Conservation District officials conduct a controlled burn at Elkhead Reservoir. The controlled burn, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., will take place off of Elkhead Dam Road, also known as Moffat County Road 28. Deputies and Colorado River Conservation District officials will be burning driftwood piles previously removed from Elkhead as part of an effort to improve boater and public safety at the reservoir.

Leonard Browning: The true meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday that occurs every year on the final Monday of May.

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Moffat County rodeo team ready for state

The Moffat County High School rodeo team is looking to show how great a group from a small town can be. The group of Bulldogs has made its mark all over the Colorado high school rodeo scene during the 2013 season. Now, it’s about finishing strong for the group of seniors whose high school careers are coming to an end.

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New book showcases Craig's start as a city

With its upcoming railroad exhibit, the Museum of Northwest Colorado will tell one of Craig’s great stories over the past century and change.

Craig's Gavin Thompson receives top honor from Western State

Thompson, who majored in English and minored in politics and government, was presented with the 2013 Alumni Award for Excellence.

Craig Daily Press welcomes new managing editor and reporter

With the addition of Noelle Leavitt Riley and Andrea Tessler, the Craig Daily Press is poised for continued growth and success, General Manager Renee Campbell said.

Grand Olde West Days bringing full slate of fun to Craig

Grand Olde West Days has become a Memorial Day weekend staple in Craig since it began 23 years ago. And those who planned this year’s version hope it’s the best yet.

The Record for May 24, 2013

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

Tuesday, May 21

Moffat County grad playing at golf nationals

Mark Dockstader, a 2011 graduate of MCHS and current sophomore at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Ill., began play Tuesday at the National Junior College Athletic Associaiton Division II National Championships in golf. Dockstader and four teammates are playing at the four-day event at Goose Pond Colony Golf Course in Scottsboro, Ala.

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Craig Sea Sharks begin practice for summer season

Moffat County’s high school boys swimming team finished its season last weekend at the 2013 state championships, but the next swimming season in Craig already had begun.

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Craig resident opens quilting studio

Local resident opens longarm shop in Craig

Quilting is a way of life for Craig resident Linda Pinnt. It’s a passion she said she got from her mother, who left Pinnt a collection of quilting supplies, including a longarm machine, when she died.

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Moffat County's Class of 2013 prepares for farewell

The seniors of Moffat County High School began a miniature marathon of award ceremonies, special events and elaborate preparations this week that will culminate at 10 a.m. Saturday when they cross the stage in the school gymnasium to receive their diplomas.

Craig briefs: Moffat library branches set to close for holiday

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed Saturday through Monday for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The branches will reopen Tuesday.

Lance Scranton: Don't let opportunities pass by

Beginning in June, coaches are coordinating efforts to make sure student-athletes can increase their performance potential.

Craig sports briefs for May 22, 2013

The top 12 teams for the City Championships in pool are set, with matches beginning June 1. A presentation on mule deer population research in Rio Blanco and Moffat Counties will take place in Meeker next week, with all members of the public invited.

The Record for May 22

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

Social Services seeks parent input for child services survey

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

Government update for May 22

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District board meets Thursday.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday meeting

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

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Moffat County High School student makes a warm donation

MCHS sophomore makes quilt for needy kid

A semesterlong project for one Moffat County High School student recently came to a close and soon will brighten the day of a child in need.

Thom Schnellinger: High school graduation

During the month of May, to a quarter of our school population, their entire focus is Graduation on Memorial Day weekend in our high school gym. Without a doubt, the students have worked very hard and their accomplishments are varied and significant.

Monday, May 20

Moffat County resident Frank Moe announces bid for Moffat County Commission

The 2014 election is 19 months away, but a local candidate has emerged for the District 3 office of Moffat County commissioner.

Shell's preliminary ozone monitoring near Hayden detects no violation of federal standards

Routt County Environmental Health Director Mike Zopf said he would make a 2013 budget request that the county seek a cost-share with the city of Steamboat Springs for an ozone monitoring program. The program is estimated to cost $175,000 for three years.

Sunday, May 19

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Hayden graduates 31 seniors in lively ceremony

The graduating seniors plan to study psychology, mechanical engineering, gunsmithing, pediatric nursing, dental hygiene and environmental science, among many other topics.

Stephanie Pearce: The annual kickoff to summer

This upcoming weekend, Grand Olde West Days and Wild West Weekend will be in full swing. Everyone should get out and take advantage of all the community has to offer this weekend.

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Museum of Northwest Colorado exhibit to celebrate railroad centennial

The Museum of Northwest Colorado's new exhibit will open along with the start of Grand Olde West Days, which has become something of an unofficial start to the summer season for the museum, as well.

Senior Spotlight for May 20

May now is going over the hump, and we are past the middle of the month. We’re entering into the phase of school terms ending, vacations being planned, carnivals to attend and all sorts of other neat stuff.

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Secretary of State Scott Gessler: Gov. John Hickenlooper is a partisan rubberstamp

Troubles loom with new election rules

Depending on political affiliation, the first session of the 69th Colorado General Assembly could be summed up as monumentally historic or woefully un-American.

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Moffat County runners have big final day at state track

No Moffat County track athletes stood atop the podium on the final day of the state meet, but there was tons of good to take away from the meet for a young group that outperformed its regular season in almost every event at state.

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Moffat County's Hulstine withdraws from state finals because of health issues

Matt Hulstine’s swimming career was cut short Saturday morning when he ended up in an emergency room for an eye infection.

Government update for May 20

Government update

Friday, May 17

Craig Briefs: Teacher retirement gift entries sought by school

Sandrock Elementary School teacher Michele Conroy is retiring after 23 years of teaching, and the school is sending out a call for letters from former students, parents of students, colleagues and friends to add to a scrapbook being compiled for her.

Baxter Black: Me and Albert

Back in the days before satellite TV, cellphones, video players, Netflix and laptops, many ranchers in the West were isolated from civilization.

From Pipi's Pasture: A shopping day in Craig, part 2

When my sisters and I were kids, Dad and Mom sometimes planned a full day of shopping in Craig.

Over A Cup: Spring salad that’s good anytime

We’ll be branding calves at our place this weekend.

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Five finalists to run Saturday for Moffat County track at state championships

It has been a full two days for Moffat County athletes at the 2013 state track meet, and they have done well enough to have another busy one on the meet’s final day.

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Moffat County swimmers finish strong at first day of state meet

The afternoon started rough for the Moffat County boys swimming team at the first day of the state meet, but the Bulldogs turned it around in the second half of the competition.

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Barn dances return to Hayden on Saturday

The first of five community barn dances this summer kicks off Saturday at 8 p.m. and will go until 11 p.m. Future dances are June 15, July 20, Aug. 10 and Sept. 28.

Janet Sheridan: Mars and Venus shop

A pervasive joke about the shopping tendencies of men and women alleges that a man will pay $2 for a $1 item he wants, while a woman will pay $1 for a $2 item she doesn’t want.

Improved load factors, higher fares boost Steamboat airline program reserves

The committee that reports to Steamboat Springs City Council on the airline contracts that secure the majority of Steamboat’s and Routt County’s air service received good news Friday — the past winter’s ski season jet flights weren’t nearly as expensive as once feared. But challenges remain.

Town of Nucla passes mandatory firearm ownership ordinance; is Craig next?

Local resident plans to again appear before council with a similar ordinance for Craig

A small Colorado town’s decision this week to pass an ordinance making gun ownership mandatory likely won’t impact whether Craig city officials adopt a similar law.

It's official: The Memorial Hospital has a new CEO

Smolik accepts hospital board’s offer to join team as chief

During a special meeting Friday, the TMH Board of Trustees named Chris Smolik as its new CEO.

Routt County's Wiggins, Moffat County's Jantz join sheriffs' lawsuit over gun control bills

At issue are two laws passed this spring that are set to take effect July 1, limiting the size of ammunition magazines to 15 rounds and expanding background checks to private and online firearm sales. now free to all users

The switch, which went into effect Thursday, eliminates a paywall that was put in place in August 2012.

Moffat County High School MVPs by team

Moffat County High School MVPs by team

Steamboat Springs High School MVPs by team

Steamboat Springs High School MVPs by team

Top Yampa Valley athletes

A list of the other top Yampa Valley athletes this past year.

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Boys Team of the Year: Steamboat lacrosse

The season started with a high ranking and all the optimism possible, but there were plenty of times during the regular season when it appeared this Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team might not be all that special.

Hayden High School MVPs by team

Hayden High School MVPs by team

Soroco High School MVPs by team

Soroco High School MVPs by team

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The Yampa Valley's top 10 games of the year

Playing in the state quarterfinals, the Steamboat and Cheyenne Mountain boys lacrosse teams went back and forth with Steamboat narrowly holding on. The win put the Sailors in the Final Four for the first time in school history.

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Girls Team of the Year: Moffat County basketball

The Moffat County girls basketball team had work ethic and a been-here-before attitude for the 2012-13 season. With seven seniors who had contributed varsity minutes the year before, expectations were high for the Bulldogs.

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Coach of the Year: Steamboat's Betsy Frick

The challenge in front of Betsy Frick was daunting. The task was to restart a youth program from scratch with little to no help. But Frick said she had no reservations about the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team.

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Comeback Player of the Year: Hayden's Ryan Domson

Ryan Domson’s return from a devastating offseason knee injury wasn’t the stuff of movies or sporting legend. The Hayden High School senior’s journey might not have been made for Hollywood, but it still dropped plenty of jaws across the Yampa Valley.

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Soroco Female Athlete of the Year: Josie Rossi

Senior Josie Rossi may have been farther down the offensive stat sheet, but she was one of the key cogs for the Rams girls basketball team just the same.

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Soroco Male Athlete of the Year: Nic Paxton

The spotlight was nothing new for Nic Paxton as he prepared for his senior year. Paxton jumped onto the Soroco stage as a sophomore, assuming playmaker roles on the Rams football and basketball teams.

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Hayden Female Athlete of the Year: Savannah Williams

Coach Michelle Wilkie said basketball was where Savannah Williams’ distance-running heart shined through.

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Moffat County Male Athlete of the Year: Bubba Ivers

Brentten “Bubba” Ivers has seen success in everything he’s done. It’s why the Moffat County senior never is satisfied with being just good.

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Steamboat Female Athlete of the Year: Nikki Fry

Despite missing the fall volleyball season and half the basketball season recovering from an ACL tear to her left knee, Nikki Fry showed why she is an elite athlete.

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Steamboat Male Athlete of the Year: Peter White

As Peter White has navigated his junior year of playing soccer, skiing Alpine and Nordic and playing lacrosse, there isn’t a person who can say White ever took a practice or a game off.

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Female Athlete of the Year: Moffat County's Eryn Leonard

While much of her competitive time has been spent elsewhere on the Western Slope, when you produce results like Eryn Leonard does, the news tends to make it back home all the same.

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Male Athlete of the Year: Hayden's Mark Doolin

Doolin, the 2013 Yampa Valley Male Athlete of the Year, doesn’t scream and shout. His competitive heart doesn’t beat in your face. It smolders, burning on and on.

Craig Briefs: Free workplace anger seminar today at CNCC

A free seminar about “How to handle an upset or agitated employee” is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. today in Colorado Northwestern Community College Academic Building Room 175.

David Pressgrove: Baccalaureate an opportunity worth taking advantage of

I still have fond memories of my high school baccalaureate.

Thursday, May 16

Recovery plans key to mass tragedy healing

7/20 Recovery Committee members discuss lessons learned from Aurora shooting

During the course of a large-scale tragedy or a natural disaster, many communities discover they were better equipped to respond to the emergency than they expected. What’s often forgotten is the aftermath and the vast amount of resources a community needs to negotiate the long and difficult road to recovery.

Moffat County athletics director candidates speak to community

The three candidates conducted a short interview session in front of those in attendance, then met with school officials as well as parents and a few students to end a full day in Craig.

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Hospital CEO candidate meets Craig community at TMH

Hospital CEO candidate meets Craig community at TMH

Words like “transparency” and “teamwork” are too often used by politicians to create buzz, Chris Smolik said Thursday, but they’re also basic professional philosophies upon which he has built a successful career in health care.

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Yampa River, Elkhead Reservoir ready for outdoor fun

The weather has taken a turn for summer in the past week, and outdoor recreation is on the rise. The biggest local outdoors attraction for summer activities is the Yampa River, where residents can boat, float and fish for much of the year.

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Moffat County boys swimming in four events at state meet

It’s the biggest weekend of the year for the Moffat County boys swimming team, and the Bulldogs are ready to get after it.

Craig sports briefs for May 17, 2013: Final standings from Craig BCA pool league

The latest sports news from around Craig, including pool standings heading into the City Championships, youth summer sporting opportunities and more water aerobics from Parks and Rec.

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Dinosaur National Monument’s Ely Creek campground closed due to black bear activity

The Ely Creek backcountry campsites, located along the Jones Hole Trail, are a popular destination for anglers and hikers, and although Dinosaur doesn’t seem like the most ideal habitat for bears, several black bear sightings have been reported to monument officials during the past several weeks.

Craig man arrested on suspicion of child sexual assault

According to the arrest affidavit, the victim is between 15 and 17 years old. The suspect first contacted the victim using Facebook, according to court documents.

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Taylor Duzik receives first-ever Antique Power Club scholarship

Taylor Duzik, second from the right, a graduating senior from Moffat County High School, was chosen as the recipient of the first ever Yampa Valley Antique Power Club college scholarship. Duzik will attend Colorado Northwestern Community College in the fall where she plans to study equine science.

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Hoyt archery bows now available in Craig

Sand Springs Archery expands shop, product line

Archery bows are a lot like automobiles: they all have their defining characteristics that can breed lifelong customers. Allen Jenkins, 58, owner of Sand Springs Archery, said although archery shooters all have their unique preferences there is one product line that stands out as the Cadillac among Moffat County bow hunters, the Hoyt.

The Record for May 17, 2013

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

Wednesday, May 15

Harry and Erica Tripp: Thanks and congrats to MCHS girls soccer team

The Moffat County High School girls soccer coaches would like to thank the families, friends and countless fans who came to support the girls throughout their season.

Tuesday, May 14

Data Sense: Craig sales tax collections poised for continued growth throughout 2013

Although we have only three months of sales tax data for 2013, the data for the first quarter actually give us a pretty good idea of how collections are likely to shape up for the rest of the year because of the predictable monthly pattern in sales tax collections.

Craig briefs: Golf tournament fundraiser scheduled for June 8

The annual Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for college scholarships for local students, is June 8 at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Craig City Council takes action at Tuesday meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Craig City Council took the following action.

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Sunset Elementary receives 1st shipment of classroom iPads

Cheryl Arnett, a second-grade teacher at Sunset, said the 13 iPads arrived this week as part of a pilot program funded through a partnership with Friends of Moffat County Education to modernize learning for students in kindergarten through second grade.

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Moffat County track team makes 12 events at state

Moffat County’s track team will send a dozen athletes to the state meet, which begins Thursday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission took the following actions.

Learning safety with Smokey Bear

Public safety officers host Kindergarten Safety Day

On Tuesday, Smokey Bear joined Craig Police Department officers, Colorado State Patrol troopers, Craig Fire/Rescue and Bureau of Land Management firefighters and a host of public safety personnel for Kindergarten Safety Day at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Lance Scranton: A path worth following

When seniors graduate and are “out on their own,” they discover that many of these idealized quotes no longer make practical sense. Paths after high school can present some very challenging hazards, a few roadblocks and even the realization that the path isn’t leading to the place they thought it would.

Downtown Business Association, residents collaborate on summertime activity

Do It Downtown Thursdays to feature art, sales, entertainment

Inspired by Downtown Colorado Inc.’s two-day downtown revitalization assessment conducted in March, members of Craig’s Downtown Business Association have collaborated with local artists to develop an event designed to drive more foot traffic to Craig’s core.

4 Bulldogs girls soccer players given Western Slope League awards

The Bulldogs had a great deal to celebrate about a season in which they posted a school-record eight wins and made the state playoffs before losing in double overtime to Manitou Springs.

On the Record for May 15, 2013

Police, fire and ambulance calls — some minor calls omitted

Monday, May 13

Karen Bunk: Thank you

Thank you, generous community. The board of directors and staff of the Interfaith Food Bank would like to thank the community for its donations of food and money to our local food bank.

Sunday, May 12

Senior Spotlight for May 13, 2013

Mother’s Day has come and gone, and I hope it was an enjoyable one for all mothers out there.

Craig Briefs: Reading program kicks off next week at library

Moffat County Libraries’ summer reading program kicks off May 20 and continues through Aug. 3.

Stephanie Pearce: Being a rock

A large hill of rocks sits behind our house.

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Buck Brannaman horse clinics bring riders from all over the world to Hayden

The clinics at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden over the weekend marked Brannaman's 20th in the Yampa Valley,

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Moffat County girls third at WSL meet; boys fifth

The Moffat County High School track team had a big weekend in its final tune-up for the state meet later this week.

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Dirt Hog Scramble kickstarts golf tournament season

YVGC was host to the Dirt Hog Scramble Saturday, pitting 20 teams of four golfers against one another in a scramble format. In the end the team of Tim Boyle, Grant Corey, Brett Etzler and Scott Kitchen posted the lowest score, a 55.

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Craig Special Olympics delivers great experience for all involved

The Special Olympics Colorado Craig Summer Games took place at Moffat County High School, with track and field, aquatics and powerlifting competitions for athletes from across the Western Slope and also from Cheyenne, Wyo. Onlookers included hundreds of family members, volunteers and others.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of May 13, 2013

The coming week in sports for Moffat County High School and the rest of the community

Saturday, May 11

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Gov. Hickenlooper signs 2 bills during Routt County visit

A day after visiting with Britain’s Prince Harry in the Denver suburb of Sedalia, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper traveled to Routt County to sign two bills into law.

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Former Steamboat Springs woman accused of faking cancer, stealing $7,000

Former Steamboat Springs resident Elizabeth Emilie Bateman, 34, is accused of faking cancer, hosting a fundraiser for a phony cancer charity and spending the $7,000 in proceeds on herself, for which she faces a felony theft charge.

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Hayden Cog Run draws crowd to season-opening Running Series event

The Steamboat Springs Running Series opened Saturday with the Hayden Cog Run. Participation reached 87 runners after just 48 ran last year.

Friday, May 10

Baxter Black: Veterinary thought for discussion

I’ve been pondering the state of veterinary medicine in the new millennium.

From Pipi's Pasture: A shopping day in Craig

This morning, the skies over Pipi’s Pasture are gray, and a light rain is falling.

Craig Briefs: City awarded grant for park equipment

The city of Craig recently was awarded a $5,000 grant through the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado and the Department of Local Affairs.

Over A Cup: Karen’s enchiladas

Just yesterday I received a nice letter from Karen Pruitt, a former Craig resident who now lives in Michigan.

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Moffat County soccer loses playoff battle in double overtime

The Moffat County High School girls soccer team was feeling the nerves earlier in the week about their first-ever playoff game. They didn’t show it Friday in Greeley.

Little Snake River's Conner Lee named Carbon County's best athlete

Lee was unanimously voted as the recipient of the Jake Clarke Award for Carbon County male athlete of the year by the Carbon County Quarterback’s Club. The senior is a seven-time state champion.

BLM to offer Moffat County acreage for federal mineral lease sale

Some parcels held due to greater sage-grouse habitat

The Bureau of Land Management is offering three parcels totaling 2,125 acres. A 381-acre U.S. Forest Service parcel located in Garfield County also will be offered during the August sale, according to a BLM Colorado news release.

Craig woman arrested following altercation with police, doctor

A Craig woman was arrested this week after an alleged altercation with Craig Police Department officers and a doctor at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Bear activity up; 2 calves reportedly killed by predator in Northwest Colorado

Police and wildlife officials have noticed an uptick in the number of bears who have regained their appetites following hibernation.

Fuel Gauge for May 10, 2013

Local gas prices in Craig as of Friday afternoon, May 10.

Yampa Valley Electric Association warns of phone scam

Yampa Valley Electric Association is warning customers to be aware of a phone scam occurring in Northwest Colorado.

Government update for May 11

The Moffat County Commission meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Craig City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the The Memorial Hospital in Craig Board of Trustees meets Wednesday through Friday.

The record for May 11

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Mary Kyle: Thanks to everyone

The family of Ruth Smith would like to thank everyone who was kind and thoughtful to her when she was ill.

Veterans Hotline: United Way donations appreciated

I’d like to thank the following people for designating their contributions to the United Way campaign to Moffat County Veterans: Lance Hammond, Marty Jackson, Kirk Smith, Roy Meats, Jeff Winslow, Kristi Shepherd and Mason Siedschlaw.

Craig Briefs: Free health care reform seminar is this month

Mountain West Insurance and the Smart Business Alliance are hosting a free seminar about health care reform and what it means to local businesses and employers.

Mary Garcia family: Thanks for the support

The family of Mary Garcia would like to thank all the people who sent cards, flowers and food.

Buchanan family: Sympathy appreciated

The family of Carol Buchanan would like to thank everyone for the numerous cards, gifts, flowers, food and acts of kindness during this difficult time.

Thursday, May 9

Heather Brown: Congrats, girls soccer

My name is Heather Brown and I was a member of the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team from 2004 to 2007.

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Moffat County third-graders score below state average in reading proficiency

State releases third grade TCAP reading scores

Results from the state’s standardized reading test show third-graders in Moffat County are a little behind the curve, but local administrators are waiting for the full report before they evaluate educational programs in the district.

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Football camp targets next generation of Bulldogs

Boys from kindergarten through fifth grade attended the Big Blue Football Camp at Moffat County High School on Tuesday and Thursday to learn the fundamentals and basics of just about every aspect of football.

Moffat County boys swim team seeks strong result at league championships

The boys will swim at the Western Slope League Championships on Friday at Colorado Mesa University, with qualifying swimmers moving on and swimming in the finals Saturday.

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Northwest Colorado waits for expansion of EAGLE-Net broadband project

It’s unclear how much additional financing EAGLE-Net will need and whether the rural communities that were supposed to be the targets of expanded broadband access ever reap the promised benefits.

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Back to fishing fun

Cops and Kids Fishing Day slated for May 29

Every angler remembers the day they caught their first fish. Though they may not remember the exact date, location or even the species, they remember the bite that seemed to come without warning and the excitement of a fish tugging on the end of their line.

The Record for May 10, 2013

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

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Steamboat Springs Running Series opens Saturday

The Steamboat Springs Running Series opens on Saturday with the 34th annual Hayden Cog Run.

Jake Garcia: Many thanks

The family of Mary Garcia would like to thank all the people who sent cards, flowers and food.

Wednesday, May 8

Shell Oil intends to act on Camilletti oil well permit this summer, but won't frack it

Shell Oil’s Matt Holman, a senior geologist and project manager in this region, said Wednesday that his company does not intend to use hydraulic fracturing at the Camilletti well north of Milner.

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Moffat County youth track has grand finale at high school

The Moffat County youth track program, which introduces kindergarteners through sixth-graders to track and field events and teaches the basics, held its end-of-season meet Wednesday at the MCHS track. Hundreds of young runners-in-the-making showed up to show off what they have learned.

Tuesday, May 7

Craig briefs: Weigh and Win will be available June 4 to 13

Weigh and Win, a free incentive program to lose weight and make healthier choices, will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 4 to 13.

Keith Balleck: Great opportunity for athletes

The Kiwanis Club of Craig would like to invite and encourage everyone in the community to attend the Special Olympics Colorado Western Area Summer Games this Saturday.

Lance Scranton: Thanks, Mom

So much has been written about the role and importance of mothers that it might be easy for some of us to simply buy card and a box of chocolates this week and call it good. But every year I’m reminded of my mother, whose nurturing and protection were priceless.

Moffat County girls golf team finishes season at regionals

The Bulldogs played much like they have in recent weeks at River Valley Ranch in Aspen, but it wasn’t enough to advance from regionals.

Top TMH candidate will return to Craig next week for second round of interviews

Smolik: Hopefully we can bring it home next week

Chris Smolik said he's excited about his upcoming return to Craig, which was scheduled in conjunction with National Hospital Week. He expects the weeklong celebration will provide ample opportunities to interact with staff, but he also has requested time to get to know the Craig community.

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Moffat County girls soccer looks to extend season with postseason win

In making the state tournament bracket, the Bulldogs accomplished something no MCHS girls soccer team has done before. Now the Bulldogs will look to extend their season beyond just one extra game.

Routt County Commissioners approve new oil well permit despite concerns that grouse are reaching tipping point

“I think it’s really bad business that it needs to be done at the cost of driving sage grouse into extinction,” commissioner Tim Corrigan said just before approving Entek’s special-use permit to drill a new well in North Routt County.

Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid on leave of absence, collecting paycheck

Commissioner John Kinkaid out of contact after taking leave of absence

Less than four months into his first term as a Moffat County commissioner, John Kinkaid abruptly announced a 30-day leave of absence and hasn’t been heard from since.

The Record for May 8, 2013

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

Shell to begin fracturing wells this month in Moffat County

Shell conducts winter drilling program to test safety practices

Shell Oil officials said the past year has been characterized by experimentation, a trend that will continue when the energy company turns to hydraulic fracturing of at least two of its Moffat County wells.

Craig firefighters respond to Wyman’s for ditch fire

The call came in shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. The fire, which burned less than 1 acre, was contained in about an hour. No injuries were reported.

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Cold moisture continues to buoy snowpack in mountains near Steamboat

Weather observer Art Judson reported Tuesday morning that 0.26 inches of rain had fallen in Steamboat in the preceding 24 hours. A chance of showers is forecast for Steamboat and Craig through Friday.

Sunday, May 5

Senior Spotlight for May 6, 2012

It looks like the weather might cooperate so people can get all those spring things done.

Stephanie Pearce: Mother’s Day

I was such a momma’s girl when I was little.

Craig Briefs: YampaWorks opens new office at clinic in Craig

YampaWorks, Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Occupational Health Services, has opened an office in Craig.

Rain, afternoon thunderstorms likely in Craig this week

The daytime highs will be in the low to mid-60s throughout the week, but perhaps more significant is the persistent chance of rain through Thursday. Craig and Moffat County remain in the grip of severe drought conditions, with local officials already preparing for another wildfire season.

Moffat County baseball falls twice at Roaring Fork

The Bulldogs traveled to Carbondale and lost a pair of games to Roaring Fork, 16-4 and 7-1. In the process, they fell out of playoff contention. They entered the doubleheader one game ahead of the Rams in the 3A Western Slope League, needing to stay ahead in the standings to hold on to fifth place.

Saturday, May 4

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Craig veteran returns from Afghanistan

Sgt. Sterling Wilkey returned from Afghanistan last week, and VFW Post 4265 celebrated his return Saturday. He was deployed in July 2012.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of May 6, 2013

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

Friday, May 3

Craig briefs: Big Blue Football Camp registration is Monday

The ninth annual Big Blue Football Camp for kids in grades K-5 is from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Moffat County High School.

TMH officials discuss CEO finalist James “Chris” Christian Smolik

Return visit could happen during National Hospital Week

Officials at The Memorial Hospital in Craig talked Friday about James “Chris” Christian Smolik, a finalist for TMH’s chief operating officer vacancy. The TMH Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday night to extend Smolik an invitation to return to Craig for a second round of interviews, bringing the TMH community one step closer to completing what Board Chairman Don Cook called an arduous CEO search.

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Moffat County girls soccer closes season in style with 1-0 win

The Moffat County girls soccer team closed out its regular season on a high note Friday, beating Grand Junction Central 1-0 in Craig. It was a good end to the best season in MCHS girls soccer history, giving the seniors a win on senior night and an 8-6-1 record on the year.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of May 4, 2013

Gas prices in Craig as of Friday evening, May 3.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Making meat loaf

This week I’ve been hungry for meat loaf, one of my favorite meat dishes. Our family likes it, too, especially our son, Jamie, who could live off meat loaf sandwiches. I always make sure there’s meat loaf in the refrigerator when he’s here.

Pipi's Pasture: Getting the mail

I am amused when I hear people refer to today’s mail as “snail mail.” When I was a kid growing up on the ranch, we didn’t have a telephone — not until I was about 14 — so mail was the only way we had to communicate with people who didn’t live in the community.

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Craig youngsters receive education in Western heritage

Moffat County Cattlewomen host annual Fourth Grade Ag Day

Craig elementary school students received a lesson in their western heritage Thursday during Fourth Grade Ag Day at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The educational event, sponsored by Moffat County Cattlewomen, teaches youngsters from Sunset, Ridgeview, Sandrock and East elementary schools about a variety of farm and ranching activities, including livestock health, old fashioned techniques, water, farm safety, agriculture, butchering and branding.

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Hayden council approves tax incentives for proposed hotel

The Hayden Town Council voted, 4-0, in favor of the economic incentive package application during its Thursday meeting.

Moffat County government update for May 4

Government update

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Horse drive a Moffat County tradition like no other

Since 1962, the Sombrero Ranch west of Craig has herded hundreds of horses from their wintering area in Brown’s Park back to the ranch, covering some 62 miles in two days. The horse drive has evolved over the years, with the 2013 edition marking the 15th year in which the ranch has invited outsiders looking to enjoy a Western cowboy experience to share in the two-day event.

The Record for May 4, 2013

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Thursday, May 2

Rep. Scott Tipton outlines healthy forest, wildfire prevention bill

Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, was in Denver on Thursday for a field hearing of the Congressional Western Caucus hosted at the state Capitol. The theme of the hearing focused on forest health, wildfires and habitat protection, which provided Tipton an optimal venue to tout legislation he is carrying that would provide state and local elected officials the authority to designate high-risk wildfire areas.

Moffat County baseball loses two at Basalt

Moffat County High School baseball came up short in two games at Basalt on Thursday, losing both in a doubleheader that twice was rescheduled.

Colorado Mining Association chairman discusses environmental law at tea party meeting

The Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots met Thursday at the Center of Craig, where guest speaker Jerry Nettleton discussed environmental law and regulation.

TMH a step closer to naming new CEO

Board of Trustees votes to bring one finalist back for community visit

The trustees unanimously approved Thursday night naming James “Chris” Christian Smolik as the primary finalist for the vacancy. Smolik was one of four potential finalists the TMH board discussed in executive session Thursday night.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife goes social to share fishing updates with followers

Northwest Colorado anglers who have liked Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Facebook and followed the agency on Twitter already have picked up on some valuable information to guide their spring fishing trips.

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Regional leaders begin to develop shared economic vision

Community leaders from throughout the Yampa Valley congregated in Craig on Wednesday to begin developing a collaborative vision statement for the region.

Craig briefs: US Sen. Bennet to hold town hall in Steamboat

The Democratic senator from Colorado is expected to talk with residents about a wide range of issues, including the Farm Bill, forest health and the upcoming wildfire season. The forum starts at 12:30 p.m. in the Colorado Mountain College auditorium.

Frank Moe: They will listen

Last week, my wife, Kerry, and I spoke against Senate Bill 13-252 before the House Transportation and Energy Committee. SB 252 is a rural renewable energy bill that mandates 20 percent of certain rural electric associations’ power be generated by renewable energy resources by the year 2020.

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Moffat County track and field athletes seeking state qualifications

Moffat County’s track team is entering the home stretch of its season, and many athletes are looking to hold on to or earn a state qualification.

Janet Sheridan: A less painful place

My siblings and I have become the older generation that used to look on fondly as we organized games and chased after children. We are the old folks who go to bed early so we can get up with the sun, while our descendants reminisce and laugh late into the night.

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Little Snake River Valley student earns trip to Washington, D.C.

Last month, Espy, 15, a sophomore at Little Snake River Valley School in Baggs, Wyo., traveled to Washington, D.C., to join 50 middle and high school students from across the country for President Barack Obama’s fourth annual White House Science Fair.

Katie Grobe: Be open to those God brings to us

There are people out there who need Christians to get out of the way and stop trying to fix them so that they can connect with God and allow Him to work in their lives.

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MCHS senior Leonard commits to swim at Colorado Mesa University

The senior had committed to the Mavericks at the end of the girls high school swimming season in February, but she made it official Wednesday at the MCHS pool.

MCHS girls soccer loses at Fruita, 3-0

The Moffat County High School girls soccer team lost a nonconference road game against Fruita Monument on Wednesday, 3-0.

Moffat County government update for May 3

Moffat County Commission has scheduled a special meeting Friday.

The Record for May 3, 2013

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Yampa Valley rivers placed in cold storage by wintry storm

Aldis Strautins, a service hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said the current cool down appears to be a good thing for water supplies.