Stories for November 2013


Saturday, November 30

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Parade of Lights brightens up Craig as December holidays approach

The annual parade had a wide variety of entries lighting up the streets after dark in 2013.

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Hayden boys basketball fighting through inexperience, injuries

Graduation and injuries aren't doing Hayden boys basketball any favors in the early going, but head coach Mike Luppes said his young group has a chance to make some noise this season.

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Moffat County boys basketball scrimmages Rifle, Steamboat

The Bulldogs played 10 periods of basketball against the Bears and Sailors on Saturday in Craig.

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Your Health: Working to prevent sports-related injury

The best ways to keep yourself healthy and on the field, according to Craig's physical therapy experts.

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Moffat County girls basketball using speed to beat out size

The Bulldogs enter the 2013-14 season as defending WSL champs and regional finalists.

Friday, November 29

Craig briefs: Hunter Photo Contest entry deadline Saturday

Saturday is the last day to submit your hunting photos for the Craig Daily Press’ Hunting Photo Contest. Whoever submits the best hunter photo will receive a $250 gift certificate to Murdoch’s. Send photos to

Over a Cup of Coffee: Popcorn Balls and Popcorn Candy

The other week, I asked readers for popcorn ball recipes, and I got two calls — one for popcorn balls and the other for popcorn candy. I can hardly wait for the weekend so that I have time to try the recipes.

Pipi's Pasture: 2013 4-H Achievement Night, part 2

There were lots of awards and other recognitions during the 2013 Moffat County 4-H Achievement Night, held Nov. 13 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. In fact, there were so many that this week’s “From Pipi’s Pasture” has more results to report.

Nate Waggenspack: The holiday sibling sports season is in full swing

Craig Daily Press sports columnist Nate Waggenspack on the fun rivalries renewed during the holidays.

Lara Gut bests Raptor downhill skiing course at Beaver Creek

Switzerland’s Lara Gut is on a streak, and the 22-year-old continued what has been a breakout season with a win at the first downhill of the World Cup season at Beaver Creek.

KRAI Holiday Drive helps those in need

The word “giving” has a strong meaning in Craig, especially when it comes to the annual KRAI and 55 Country Holiday Drive. Last year, the radio station collected more than $25,000 in cash donations and close to 8,000 pounds of food. “This thing is monstrous for the community,” said Frank Hanel, owner and general manager of KRAI.

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Museum of Northwest Colorado: A turkey toss and Craig’s trade day

Customer appreciation gestures are not new in the endeavor of downtown businesses to attract customers. One such giveaway event held in December 1939 certainly would draw the ire of many people if it were repeated today. At that time, the entire country was pulling out of the throes of the Great Depression, and a spirit of hopefulness was pervading our nation. Growth also was being experienced in Moffat County, and throughout Northwestern Colorado, cash was more readily available, allowing people more freedom to travel and enjoy a bit more discretionary spending.

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Moffat County High School speech team starts season strong

The members of the Moffat County High School speech and debate team have begun their season with a promising outset. A first-place overall finish at their most recent meet at Grand Junction High School showed what the group is capable of, as they competed in a variety of events testing their proficiency for communicating.

Education briefs for Nov. 30, 2013: Moffat County High School to host Law Week

Law Week will take place at Moffat County High School from Dec. 2 to Dec. 6. The event is intended for history and government classes and includes a question-and-answer session with members of the Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol.

Football proposals place Moffat County in 2A for coming seasons

Moffat County football will play in the Western Slope League or the Northwest League in 2014.

Forget Me Not: Practicing patience with our elderly population

Have you ever sat down with your grandparents and it took forever for them to tell a story or get to the point? What about the stories that you’ve heard over and over again? I know that it might be more beneficial to us if we could speed things up or stop them in the middle of retelling a story we’ve already heard, but I wonder how that makes them feel.

TMH Living Well: Preventing falls this winter with elderly adults

It’s hard to imagine that the cute throw rug Aunt Elizabeth bought for her back porch could bring her harm. Yet it’s just the thing that might cause her to slip and fall. Falls are a major health risk and a leading cause of disability in people older than 50. If you have an elderly relative, prevent falls by making simple changes in the home and in your loved ones' health habits.

Superfood Tip: Celery

Celery is an excellent source of vitamin K which is needed to maintain healthy, balanced blood. It is also a good source of folate, vitamin A, potassium, fiber and vitamin C. It is considered a “negative calorie food” because it is thought to require more calories to digest than the amount of calories contained in one serving.

Fitness Tips: Make exercise a priority, drink water

Are exercise excuses slowing you down? Find the time and make exercise a priority. Some of the toughest exercises can be done in just 15 minutes. A gym is not the only place you can find your fit body. There are so many great workouts that can be done at home on videos, on television, or just with some good music in your own living room. Maybe you are unaware of a good exercise plan?

Craig health briefs for Nov. 30, 2013: VNA offers insurance advice for Craig residents

Do you have questions about health insurance? A representative from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be available to answer questions from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays — Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 — in December at the Boys and Girls Club in Craig.

Thursday, November 28

Skier Lara Gut the downhill favorite as World Cup training ends

It’s just training, of course. But there is no one who wouldn’t want to trade places with Switzerland’s Lara Gut in the Raptor women’s World Cup field going into Friday's downhill at 10:45 a.m at Beaver Creek.

Craig briefs: Craig Daily Press Hunter Photo Contest deadline is Saturday

The Craig Daily Press is seeking hunting photo submissions for its Hunter Photo Contest. The newspaper will collect submissions through Saturday. Whoever submits the best hunter photo will receive a $250 gift certificate to Murdoch’s.

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Hayden Thanksgiving dinner draws crowd

The Hayden community Thanksgiving Dinner was as much about the community as it was the food.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Catching Fire’ a sequel that satisfies your hunger

In the world of young-adult literature, some books only get less dynamic as they go. Although some series disappoint even when expectations are at their lowest, at least there’s one series that keeps “Catching Fire” after an auspicious introduction.

Balleck leaving Moffat, Rio Blanco County's Connections 4 Kids

The Early Childhood Council coordinator will stay in Craig, working for the Middle Park Medical Center.

Wednesday, November 27

Craig sports briefs for Nov. 29, 2013: Git R Done extends lead in Craig BCA

The latest sports news from Craig and Moffat County.

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Denver's cheap fares a barrier to new airline service at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

It’s the affordability of flights in and out of Denver International Airport that raises one of the biggest hurdles to expanding air service out of the Yampa Valley.

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Man flees from traffic stop in Craig

A young man is being sought by the police after fleeing from a traffic stop Wednesday in Craig.

Leonard Browning: Give thanks as God intended

As we should, this time of year we focus on being thankful. I recently was challenged to look at our word Thanksgiving and the celebration thereof with a new focus. Within this word, the compound of thanks and giving, we associate and encourage things related to being thankful. Generally, we mean thanksgiving, reflected in our attitude. My new focus is on the second part of the compound — giving.

Janet Sheridan: Meaningful blessings, gratitude

I’m grateful for the days of autumn splendor that blessed us this year. Although interrupted by colder periods laden with long-awaited moisture, days of generous sunshine filtered through crisp air arrived with gilt-edged invitations, requesting our presence outdoors, and we complied.

Tuesday, November 26

Nick and Bev Rubley: Hit-and-run help

We are seeking the community’s help in locating a witness or the person responsible for a hit-and-run on a parked blue 2013 Subaru Forester between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday in the parking area between Pizza Hut and McDonald’s.

Craig briefs: Craig Daily Press launches Hunter Photo Contest

The Craig Daily Press is seeking hunting photo submissions for its Hunter Photo Contest. The newspaper will collect submissions through Saturday. Whoever submits the best hunter photo will receive a $250 gift certificate to Murdoch’s.

Holiday Inn of Craig sold to New York company

The Holiday Inn of Craig was sold to new owners — a transaction that was finalized Tuesday. New York-based Jacobs Real Estate Advisors bought the 159-room hotel for roughly $3.1 million under a newly formed company called Jacobs 300 Colorado LLC.

Steamboat's marijuana laws differ from those proposed in Denver

As the busy winter tourism season approaches, Steamboat Springs police want to make sure those visitors seeking a Rocky Mountain high are following the rules.

Prather’s Pick: 'Heaven is Paved with Oreos' is a coming-of-age book

Sarah Zorn has a very “interesting” grandmother. Known as the family as “Z,” this 63-year-old granny can make an adventure out of most anything — like shopping for pencils, planning a diet (sometimes just one color of food each day of the week) or reading the fortunes in fortune cookies.

Craig sports briefs for Nov. 27, 2013: Craig Cougar Bantams drop 3 at Summit

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

Holiday season set to shine in Craig

Christmas festivities already have begun, and even more merrymaking events are sure to come after all the savory Thanksgiving feasts Thursday. From tree decorating and gingerbread contests to a flashy parade of lights and picture-taking opportunities with Santa Claus, Craig will be hosting a large number of exciting events for the holidays.

On the record for Moffat County, Nov. 27, 2013

The daily police and sheriff's report.

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Moffat County encouraged to keep shopping local during holidays

As the holiday shopping season approaches, businesses within Craig and Moffat County are not unlike the rest of the country anticipating a surge in demand for consumer goods. Hopefully, the majority of residents will keep in mind the importance of buying locally, but in some areas, the message already has been received.

Monday, November 25

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Gov. Hickenlooper speaks to Northwest Colorado residents in Craig

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper met with Northwest Colorado residents Monday morning at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion in a community forum to address issues facing the area.

Study could make the case for more summer air service at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Assuming Steamboat Springs can convince an airline to take on a non-ski-season route that makes business sense, it isn’t likely to come without subsidies.

Northwest Colorado reacts to governor’s forum

Following Gov. John Hickenlooper’s public forum Monday morning at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Craig, the Craig Daily Press spoke with Northwest Colorado residents about their thoughts.

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Steamboat Ski Area to open Wednesday with more than 630 acres

Steamboat Ski Area announced Monday that it will have five lifts, 52 trails and 635 acres of terrain open when the season starts with Scholarship Day on Wednesday, according to a news release.

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Hometown Hero: Shirley Stehle shows love for Moffat County in published poem

Shirley Stehle, 86, of Craig, knows what it means to be a Moffat County resident. She’s lived in the county for more than 60 years and recently had a poem published in a book that perfectly captures what life is like in the high plains of Northwest Colorado. Stehle is the Craig Daily Press’ hometown hero this week due to her giving spirit, her triumph in fighting breast cancer and her ever so dedicated love for Moffat County.

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Hickenlooper to visit Craig today at 11:30 a.m.

Today is the day: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will be in Craig at 11:30 a.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion to visit with the community about a variety of issues. His visit to the area is just one stop that’s included in his tour of western Colorado.

Sunday, November 24

Mary Beth Willemin: Thanks for generosity

Thank you to the kind and generous person who paid for a meal for my family and I. Your kindness brought tears to my eyes. There truly still are good people in this world.

John Kinkaid: Moffat County matters

I strongly urge Moffat County residents to attend and participate in our open forum with Gov. John Hickenlooper. We need to send a strong message back to the state capitol that we feel disenfranchised by urban lawmakers.

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Moffat County Libraries winter reading program begins this week

In the coming months, the Moffat County Libraries plan to show both kids and adults that reading is pretty cool. Starting Tuesday, the libraries will be offering a new reading program, entitled “Reading Is Snow Much Fun!” The winter-themed literacy activity, which will run through the end of February, is available to readers of every age.

Weather Watch: Colorado should have smooth Thanksgiving travel

The National Weather Service predicts mild weather for Northwest Colorado this week, a trend that will take place over most of the state. The past weekend saw a great deal of heavy winter activity across New Mexico, reaching into southwestern and parts of central Colorado.

Stephanie Pearce: Thanksgiving memories

Thanksgiving. The word brings so many things to mind. Giving thanks, traditions, family, friends, food and warmth are just a few. We’ve had fancy dinners at nice hotel restaurants and meager dinners at a tiny diner where we were thankful the gravy was good and covered the rest of the food that wasn’t quite so tasty. My favorite Thanksgivings, though, were those spent in our little homestead house at the ranch.

Mary Jo Brown: Live your life to the fullest

Go onward and live your life to the fullest and don’t worry about the past it is over, tomorrow is yet to come, and each day is a present use it well.

Thinking About Health: Your options for Medicare open enrollment

After recently reviewing options for next year’s Medicare coverage, it’s important to understand how Medicare fits with the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. With all the media attention focused on shoppers in the individual market and their troubles navigating the government’s website, it’s no wonder seniors want to know if they have to sign up somewhere to keep getting their Medicare benefits. Do they have to shop in the exchanges? What happens to their premiums?

Saturday, November 23

Hayden runner Chris Zirkle hungry to return to nationals after 1st trip Saturday

Former Hayden and Moffat County athlete Chris Zirkle raced at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics nationals in cross-country during the weekend.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Nov. 25, 2013

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

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Craig wrestlers perform well at Bad Dogs Rumble

The Bad Dogs Youth Wrestling team hosted a tournament at Craig Middle School on Saturday, and more than 100 wrestlers competed in the early-season event.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Thanksgiving recipes

We’ll celebrate Thanksgiving this coming week, so cooks everywhere have been searching for their family favorite recipes.

Friday, November 22

John Williams: Common Core is bad

The recent speaker provided by the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots on the subject of Common Core, a very important issue regarding the education of our children, was lacking participation by a very important group: our educators.

Lawrence L. Sober: Honored to serve

It was an honor and a privilege to serve on the Moffat County School Board as the District 7 representative. I hope to continue to volunteer to support this community in any way I can. I have served on other boards in the past, and I know that this is a great community with a lot of good hard working citizens. I wish to thank all of the people who voted for me in this past election!

Craig Puck Ewes renew rivalries after season off

The women's hockey team from Craig has played six games this season.

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Luttrell Barn faces unknown future

Nestled on the east side of Craig, the Luttrell Barn is practically empty. It hasn’t hosted an event in years — and it possibly won’t ever again. Built in 1904, the barn has been moved, renovated and now faces some difficult questions. Moffat County owns the structure, and it is up to county commissioners to decide whether they want to put a hefty sum of cash toward fixing it up, or if they should let it go: to be demolished or handed over to the Wyman Living History Museum.

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Moffat County girls swimming eyes state this season

The Bulldogs have 14 members on the girls swimming team this season.

On the record for Moffat County Nov. 22

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

Your options for Medicare open enrollment

Before reviewing options for next year’s Medicare coverage, it’s important to understand how Medicare fits with the Affordable Care Act often called Obamcare. With all the media attention focused on shoppers in the individual market and their troubles navigating the government’s website, it’s no wonder seniors want to know if they have to sign up somewhere to keep getting their Medicare benefits. Do they have to shop in the exchanges? What happens to their premiums?

Nate Waggenspack: Lots to look forward to with the Moffat County winter sports

Craig Daily Press sports reporter Nate Waggenspack looks forward to the stories he sees playing out with the MCHS sports teams.

Education briefs for Nov. 23, 2013: Moffat County High School speech team wins Grand Junction tourney

At the Tiger Talk Invitational at Grand Junction High School, the Moffat County High School speech and debate team placed first overall, and won numerous other honors during the tournament, placing in most events.

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Craig Middle School class puts together holiday baskets for less fortunate

For children who don’t have as much as other families, the holidays aren’t quite as joyous as they should be. But, when those around them each put forward just a small bit of help, it can mean the world. This is the lesson Craig Middle School eighth grade teacher Kimberly Heater has tried to impart on her students in recent weeks.

Healthy recipe: Fresh cranberry, raspberry sauce

This is a wonderful Thanksgiving side dish, and leftover sauce can be served on pancakes or waffles.

TMH Living Well: Emergency departments called to improve under health reform law

A buzzword we keep hearing these days is “health care reform.” As you know, it refers to changes the government is requiring of health care facilities to improve the care they give. Despite the problems with the launch of the health care exchange, the overall intentions of health care reform are good — to make health care more comprehensive and accessible for everyone. Simply put, to make sure that when people need care, they get it fast and that it’s effective and affordable. One specific area of hospital services that’s mandated to improve is emergency departments (EDs).

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Your Health: Eat smart this Thanksgiving

Making sensible dietary choices during Thanksgiving and other winter holiday meals can have a significant impact on your health as the days get colder. By eating smart, you can enjoy such celebrations guilt-free.

Health briefs for Nov. 23, 2013: November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. According to the web site for The Memorial Hospital, recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless people take steps to stop it.

Superfood Tip: Plain, non-fat Greek yogurt

This week’s super food is plain, non-fat Greek yogurt. Six creamy ounces offers only 90 calories and provides many of the vitamins and minerals that are lacking in the typical American diet such as: Vitamin D, Calcium, and Phosphorus. These vitamins and minerals are essential for energy and the maintenance of strong bones and teeth — (peak bone density is reached by age 18). Even though this yogurt contains 0 grams fat, it promotes satiety (feeling of full) due to its high protein content.

Fitness Tip: Holiday exercise

Don’t let the holidays throw your workout routine out of whack. Choose a condensed, yet intense workout that can be crammed into the otherwise busy days.

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Location change for Hickenlooper visit to Craig

The location for Gov. John Hickenlooper's Monday visit has changed due to the high number of participants registered for the event. The Department of Local Affairs notified Audrey Danner, interim director of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, that the governor will now visit with community members at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Thursday, November 21

Hiking after the one thing

One of my favorite achievements of my youth was earning my Eagle Scout badge. I loved almost every minute of scouts, from my first Pinewood Derby as a Tiger Cub, to my Eagle Scout ceremony in high school. In addition, my grandparents started the troop in my town and my uncle and dad were leaders, so it was a family adventure. When I look back at it, scouts gave me a passion for the outdoors, which is a big part of why I moved to Colorado after college.

Joyce Rankin: Education funding needs 2nd look

The $1 billion tax increase to enable Colorado Senate Bill 213, a major change to school financing, was defeated by a 65 percent to 35 percent vote. The voters of Colorado have voted against a tax increase once again. But where does that leave Colorado’s need for reform of its government-run schools? The voters and the state Legislature are being forced to think again.

The Flower Mine Gift Shop: Hickenlooper’s visit

A group of small businesses are encouraging everyone with a business to attend Gov. John Hickenlooper’s town forum in Craig. It will be held at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth St., Room 175. Let’s fill that room so full that they have to move the agenda out of the room and all the way down the hall.

Moffat County School Board welcomes new members

It was a passing of the torch at Thursday night’s school board meeting as newly elected board members Sue Voloshin, Tony Peroulis, Darrell Camilletti and KC Hume were sworn in for four-year terms with the district. The four of them and re-elected board member Joel Browning officially began their terms midway through the meeting.

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Craig youth wrestling team back on the mats for new season

The Bad Dogs Youth Wrestling team's 2013-14 season is underway.

Moffat County works toward better Internet service

Getting high-speed Internet to rural Colorado has been an ongoing issue since the Internet was invented. Audrey Danner, interim director of Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, laughed when she recalled the efforts she and other county leaders took to expand telephone networks in the region in 1996. “We called it high-speed telecommunication back then,” she said.

Craig Sports Briefs for Nov. 22, 2013: Puck Ewes have slow start to season

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

Gov. John Hickenlooper to visit Craig

Gov. John Hickenlooper is coming to Craig on Monday. As part of a tour of western Colorado, the governor will be stopping at Colorado Northwestern Community College for a town hall meeting. He will provide a short presentation on some pressing issues, and then turn it back to Moffat County, said Reeves Brown Executive Director of the Department of Local Affairs. Hickenlooper’s trip to was spurred by “more than one request for the governor to visit Moffat County,” Eric Brown, director of communications for the governor, said in an email.

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Service dog recovering after being hit by car

Ian Engle's service dog, Zuma, is recovering after getting hit by a car. Zuma’s hips were shaved for emergency surgery to repair a shattered pelvis with plates and screws.

On the record for Moffat County Nov. 21

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Thor’ follow-up still not that mighty

Until American folk hero John Henry gets his own feature film, there will be only one movie character renowned for his hammer. So swings the blunt instrument once again in “Thor: The Dark World.”

Wednesday, November 20

Moffat County Undersheriff announces bid for sheriff in 2014 election

Moffat County Undersheriff Charlene Abdella announced her bid to run for Moffat County sheriff in the 2014 election on Tuesday. “I would like the opportunity to continue to serve the citizens of Moffat County and do hereby announce my intent to run for the office of sheriff,” Abdella said in a statement. That makes her the first woman to run for Moffat County Sheriff. Her undersheriff would be Lieutenant KC Hume.

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Craig Middle School donates 3,400 pounds of goods to food bank

When it comes to giving to those in need, oneupsmanship is hardly a bad thing, and a little friendly competition between the students of Craig Middle School has led to some very positive results. In the past month, the kids of CMS have amassed 3,400 pounds of non-perishable food items to donate to the Interfaith Food Bank. Besides the 1.7 tons of canned and packaged goods — determined by weighing a flatbed truck before and after the food was transported for delivery Monday — students also collected a financial contribution totaling $3,376.

Tuesday, November 19

Craig briefs: Craig Daily Press seeks hunter photos for contest

The Craig Daily Press is seeking hunting photo submissions for its Hunter Photo Contest. The newspaper will collect submissions through Nov. 30. Whoever submits the best hunter photo will receive a $250 gift certificate to Murdoch’s.

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Craig basketball wins against Hayden in double OT

The seventh and eighth grade boys teams from the middle schools squared off Tuesday, with the eighth grade game entering double overtime.

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Moffat County mink farmers denied permit to set up new location

A mink farm that’s been under pressure in the past week was denied a conditional use permit by Moffat County commissioners at their Tuesday meeting. The farmers pursued the permit even after their farm was raided by an unidentified individual or group. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating the incident. All of the farmers’ mink were set free in the raid, and although many were recaptured, all are useless as breeding stock. They can only be sold for their pelts. That decreases the price of the mink from more than $250,000 to about $10,000, the farmers said. In an anonymous e-mail, the Earth Liberation Front alleged it perpetrated the act and praised the individual or individuals who carried it out.

On the record for Moffat County Nov. 19

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

More osprey nests pop up in Northwest Colorado

A small flock of osprey once again might call Moffat County home this spring. Dr. Allan Reishus and several volunteers successfully installed two additional artificial nests Nov. 12.

Craig Sports Briefs for Nov. 20, 2013: Craig BCA through nine weeks of play

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

Prather’s Pick: “The Night Before Christmas in Ski Country” is a modern holiday tale

I know that it isn’t Thanksgiving yet, but you might want to hunt up this week’s book in time for Christmas. “The Night Before Christmas in Ski Country” is a brand new picture book that readers of all ages will enjoy. This modern variation of “The Night Before Christmas” classic, was written by Suzanne Nieman Brown and illustrated by Dana Schlingman. Both author and illustrator are Colorado residents. The book is published by Westcliffe Publishers (an imprint of Big Earth Publishing), Boulder.

Lance Scranton: Get on the education train

We enter the seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas after having celebrated the sacrifice of our military and the protection of our liberty. Students in my class learn that liberty, as we define the principle, is the right to self-determine.

Monday, November 18

VNA, Boys & Girls Club address grief for Craig, Steamboat youths

As part of Children’s Grief Awareness Day on Thursday, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado will feature special events intended to help children learn how to handle loss.

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Elementary school book fair offers numerous titles

This week marks the book fair at local elementary schools, with dozens of literary entries for young readers available for purchase. Students have already had the chance to fill out wish lists for their most desired books, and parents can take a look to see what is available to them in the school libraries.

Weather Watch: Craig could see a bit of midweek snow

A smattering of recent snow may have residents of Northwest Colorado wondering if a big winter storm is on the way, and though early indications look doubtful, the weather will indeed be on the chilly side.

Education briefs for Nov. 18, 2013: Tutoring available to high school students

Moffat County High School students in need of a little extra help in the subjects of English and math are eligible to receive free tutoring at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Stephanie Pearce: The mother/daughter bond

There’s always a special bond between a mother and a daughter. Sometimes it takes a little time for the lessons a mother can teach a daughter to really take hold.

Sunday, November 17

Craig briefs: Craig Daily Press hosts Hunter Photo Contest

The Craig Daily Press is seeking hunting photo submissions for its Hunter Photo Contest. The newspaper will collect submissions through Nov. 30. Whoever submits the best hunter photo will receive a $250 gift certificate to Murdoch’s. Send photos to

Mary Jo Brown: Colors help with moods

One thing some of us tend to take for granted is our ability to see the many colors of the world. I am particularly fond of pastel colors, however, I tend to associate different colors with different feelings. Light blue represents serenity, light green is peaceful, soft yellow is warmth and tan is a warm homey feeling.

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Hometown Heroes: Moffat County juniors dedicated to their sports teams

Lexie Gonzalez and Trenci Towner spend time behind the scenes as sports trainers.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Teaming up to help children cope with grief

Experiencing a death can be overwhelming for anyone, but it especially is difficult for youths, and the first step of support is for the rest of us to become more aware of what these kids are going through.

Saturday, November 16

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Craig beats Steamboat in tight youth hockey game

The Cougars and Sailors Bantam hockey teams battled, with Craig coming away a 3-2 winner.

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Craig Middle School basketball looks good in wins against Rangely

The seventh- and eighth-grade teams picked up wins against the Panthers in Craig on Saturday.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Nov. 18, 2013

The coming sports schedule for Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School.

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Moffat County High School musical to premiere Thursday

The Moffat County High School production of “Grease” opens Thursday evening in the MCHS auditorium, with the cast and crew revved up for a fantastic four-show run.

Friday, November 15

Over a Cup of Coffee: 2 more cookie recipes

The holidays are nearly here, so everybody’s talking about food. This week, I had requests for two cookie recipes: peanut butter and oatmeal raisin.

Craig briefs: Gov. John Hickenlooper to visit Craig on Nov. 25

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will hold a Northwest Colorado Community Forum from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Nov. 25 at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Academic Building Room 175 in Craig.

Pipi's Pasture: Achievement Night 2013

On Nov. 13, 4-H members, their families and leaders looked back on the many accomplishments of the 2013 program year. The annual 4-H Achievement Night was held at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. This week’s “From Pipi’s Pasture” salutes the 4-H members and leaders.

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Museum of Northwest Colorado: Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first train car in Craig

The whistle of the first passenger train echoed across Craig’s little river valley on the snowy morning of Friday, Nov. 21, 1913. Excitement must have been contagious as the entire population spilled out of doors to meet that first train. A multitude of events were planned for the celebration and school was cancelled that day, and not just in Craig. Hayden also closed its school doors so that the teachers and children could ride the first train to their neighboring community.

Council on Aging summit to discuss senior center for Craig

The Moffat County Council on Aging and the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Colorado will host a summit from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday in Room 175 at the Craig campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College. The main purpose of the meeting is to discuss the possibility of bringing a senior center to the area where seniors can meet, socialize, exercise and more.

Moffat County School Board starts superintendent search

The Moffat County School District Board of Education took the first steps in seeking out a replacement for outgoing Superintendent Joe Petrone during a special meeting Thursday afternoon at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

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Moffat County mink farm raided, future unclear

A controversial mink farm in Moffat County may be out of business because an unidentified person or group released the animals from their cages Thursday. The Moffat County Sheriff's Department currently is investigating the issue, so it couldn’t release many details, but it was certain that this was an intentional act, Cpl. Alec Brown said. “We know that some mink were purposefully released,” Brown said.

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Your Health: Maintaining good digestive health

If you suffer from obesity or irritable bowel syndrome, perhaps bacteria can help. Doctors and universities across the world currently are knee-deep in research, trying to figure out how “good” bacteria can help fight IBS and obesity and ward off colon cancer.

Craig sports briefs for Nov. 16, 2013: Open gym basketball underway at CMS

The latest sports news from Craig and Moffat County.

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Big team means high hopes for Moffat County wrestling

The Bulldogs field a bigger team this year, with lots of new, young wrestlers.

Patt McCaffrey: Thanks for the help

I am fortunate to live in Craig, where people actually come to help their fellow neighbors, and thanks to those who called me to make sure I was unhurt.

Sasha Nelson: Circle of life needs life support

The blaze orange and camo contingent have been out in numbers across town. I find myself rubbernecking at every pickup to see who’s bringing in game. I find myself looking longingly at my bow, recalling hunts of years gone by and deciding which friends might be sweet-talked out of a little venison (thanks, Allan). It’s hunting season in Northwest Colorado!

Nate Waggenspack: Moffat County wrestling deserves your support — no matter what

With coaching changes and rumors swirling, keep the athletes in mind this wrestling season.

On the record for Moffat County, Nov. 15

The daily cops roundup and jail report

Hayden gala Saturday helps fund school programs

Hayden Secondary Schools will host its third annual fundraising gala Saturday night. The event plays a big role in funding school organizations, including band, Tigers sports and the speech and debate team.

Health briefs for Nov. 16, 2013: Medicare patients can alter plans through Dec. 7

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D prescription plans and Medicare Advantage health plans is underway and continues until Dec. 7. Current Medicare beneficiaries interested in changing to a different plan must make a decision by Dec. 7.

Living Well: Eating well during holidays and beyond with diabetes

Holidays are about celebrating friends and family but let’s face it, they are also about eating. For diabetics, the focus on large portions and lots of sweet goodies can be challenging. Here are some tips to maintaining a healthy diet — and glucose control — during the holidays.

Superfood Tip: Crack a coconut

Recent research has confirmed the suspected health benefits of coconut! Coconut may help improve weight loss efforts, cardiovascular profile and some neurologic disorders.

Fitness Tip: Stay motivated, find a workout partner

Make your workout fit for you! Choose a routine, time of day, cardiovascular machine, and a friend that will motivate you.

Museum of Northwest Colorado debuts its remodel

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is debuting its remodel, artifacts and a brand-new train diorama for Railroad Day on Thursday, which happens to be the 100th anniversary of when the railroad came to Craig. Community members can explore the museum’s new digs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and the Craig Chamber of Commerce will host a mixer that day from 5 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 14

Frank Moe: Economic development

I attended the Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership meeting with the Craig City Council and the Moffat County Commissioners this past Tuesday night. A serious and heartfelt conversation was held by these three entities concerning our local economy.

Craig briefs: Craig Daily Press launches Hunter Photo Contest

The newspaper will collect submissions through Nov. 30. Whoever submits the best hunter photo will receive a $250 gift certificate to Murdoch’s. Send photos to

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Winter sports get started at Moffat County High School

The winter sports teams are underway, with seasons about a month away.

On the record for Moffat County, Nov. 14

The daily jail report and cops roundup.

Moffat County sports stay in 3A, will see new faces next year

Changes across the WSL in next athletic cycle

Moffat County will remain in the 3A Western Slope League in most sports in the next CHSAA athletic cycle, beginning in fall 2014. The football classification settings are still to be determined.

Katie Grobe: Waiting tests our resolve

One of the most difficult things for me is waiting — waiting for something to happen, waiting to recover from grief or illness or waiting for someone to follow through. Waiting tests our resolve, tempers our excitement and clearly delineates our weaknesses.

Janet Sheridan: Lesser blessings

Once again, I will devote a November column to small personal pleasures most folks ignore when counting their blessings. For example, on Thanksgiving, how many of you will be giving thanks for size eleven shoes?

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Last Vegas’ is mostly a bust for prolific stars

Since its inception, Sin City has been a haven for people making bad decisions that, with any luck, won’t impact their real lives. When you look at a movie like “Last Vegas” that way, it’s easier to understand what its actors were thinking when getting involved with it, but it’s still clear that no one was expecting a jackpot.

Hayden School Board race avoids recount

Two Hayden ballots that were not counted because there was something wrong with them, such as not being signed, will not affect the outcome of the Hayden School Board race nor will they trigger a recount.

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The Memorial Hospital Foundation receives $5,000 from Questar

The Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors recently received $5,000 in funding from energy company Questar Corporation.

Wednesday, November 13

Yampatika's 1st full moon snowshoe tour of season planned Sunday on Steamboat's Skyline Trail

With a forecast of fresh snow on Saturday night, snowshoe conditions on Skyline Trail could be ideal.

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Lisa Lesyshen bound over for trial on 1st-degree murder charges

The preliminary hearing of Lisa Lesyshen, the Routt County woman accused of killing her 9-year-old son before attempting suicide May 29, was held Wednesday in Denver, and emotional testimony was offered by the victim's father and police detectives.

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Series of moderate storm fronts heads for the Yampa Valley

Meteorologist Joel Gratz, of the snow forecasting Web page, said the evolving forecast was trending toward a more active storm system with the possibility of 6 inches of snow or more by Sunday afternoon.

Tuesday, November 12

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Fees could go up at Yampa Valley Golf Course in 2014

The Yampa Valley Golf Association Board of Directors held its annual meeting Tuesday.

Joyce Alexander, Ron Alexander Jr., Tim Alexander and Stephanie Zimmerman: Thanks for kindness

The kind generosity of good friends like you has been a great help to us during this very difficult time. We would like to offer our most sincere thanks for the meals, flowers, cards and prayers you sent in memory of our dad and husband, Ron “Gramps” Alexander Sr.

Vicki Barron: Have ‘the conversation’

Why wait until a health crisis arises or a terminal diagnosis is received to make your wishes known? Have you started thinking about and talking about how you want the end of your life to be? As hospice providers, we work with families facing these tough questions each day.  

Yampa Valley Regional Airport sees 21 percent increase in Saturday inbound winter flight capacity

The emphasis recently for Yampa Valley Regional Airport has been on building capacity Saturdays, the day of the week that most winter vacationers prefer to travel in and out of the Yampa Valley. “Saturday capacity is up 21 percent over last year. It’s our highest Saturday capacity since five years ago,” Janet Fischer, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. airline director, said to Routt County commissioners Tuesday. “Saturday is our best opportunity for higher load factors and higher (revenue) yields.”

Moffat County mink farm relocation proposal causing a stink

A mink farm is causing controversy in Moffat County. A group of farmers brought a proposal before Moffat County commissioners Tuesday to re-establish their mink farm in a new location. The mink farm currently is in the Western Knolls subdivision, an agricultural community about 8 miles west of Craig. But community members next to the existing mink farm and near the proposed site spoke against the proposal and requested that commissioners deny the farmers a conditional permit.

Craig briefs: Newspaper launches Hunter Photo Contest

The Craig Daily Press is seeking hunting photo submissions for its Hunter Photo Contest. The newspaper will collect submissions through Nov. 30. Whoever submits the best hunter photo will receive a $250 gift certificate to Murdoch’s.

Routt County sends contested cellphone tower back to Planning Commission

The Routt County Board of Commissioners let the air out of 40 rural residents Tuesday afternoon when they tabled a proposal by Union Wireless to locate a new telecommunications tower in their neighborhood.

Lance Scranton: Walking the walk

Ben was 17, fighting with his brother, getting into trouble with his parents and essentially out of work. Growing up in Boston was tough and his disagreements with his family led him to make a life-altering decision: He would leave his hometown to discover if he could make it on his own.

Craig sports briefs for Nov. 13, 2013: MCHS, Hayden runner to compete at nationals

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

TMH board addresses strategic plan, other topics at latest meeting

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees took action at its regular Thursday meeting and at a subsequent meeting Monday night.

On the record for Moffat County, Nov. 12

The daily jail report and cops roundup.

Prather’s Pick: “A Seasoned Life Lived in Small Towns” is a book you can’t put down

I so admire Janet Sheridan’s talent for writing. I thoroughly enjoyed her new book, “A Seasoned Life Lived in Small Towns: Memories, Musings and Observations.” After I started reading, I couldn’t put her book down. I read while supper cooked, while waiting for students to arrive and while filling the livestock water tank. I even took the book with me when we helped my brother gather cows one day and was waiting at the gate. I read the book in a short time — then I wanted more.

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New video store offers DVD rentals, plenty of nostalgia in Hayden

Yampa Valley residents yearning for cheap DVD rentals, movie theatre candy, new-release Tuesdays and the pressure of some modest late fees have a new movie store to check out.

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Moffat County High School pays tribute to area veterans

Moffat County High School’s Veterans Day assembly was a huge success, as the school’s staff and student body, as well as Craig community members, took the time to acknowledge the local members of the military, whether they were there in body or in spirit.

Monday, November 11

Water forum panel believes Yampa River Basin has chance to do something different

Not that water hasn’t already been a major issue in the West, but Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, said, 2014 is the year of the Colorado water plan.

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Soldiers in the spotlight at Hayden's Veterans Day program

As James Diehl and Scott Berroth drove around Northwest Colorado in a GMC pickup on Monday, the two men talked about how great it was to be veterans.

Yampa Valley Electric Association purchases commercial parcel on Elk River Road

Yampa Valley Electric Association has purchased just less than 7 acres of commercial land on Elk River Road.

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Hometown Hero: Honor your local veterans

On Veterans Day, Craig acknowledges those within the community who have served in the military and who continue to serve the region in various capacities. Organizations like the American Legion Post 62, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and other such groups are full of folks who give their all for Northwest Colorado.

Weather Watch: Mild temperatures expected to wear off Wednesday

The warm weekend temperatures will continue today and part of Tuesday, as Craig experiences a brief rise in the mercury. According to the National Weather Service, the expected highs early this week in the mid-to-high 50s are about 10 to 15 degrees above the average for the first half of November.

Education briefs for Nov. 11, 2013: Moffat County High School to host Veterans Day event

In honor of Veterans Day, Moffat County High School will host a special assembly starting at 8 a.m. today in the MCHS auditorium.

Sunday, November 10

Craig briefs: Veterans Day Dinner at 5 p.m. Monday at VFW

Join Veterans of Foreign Wars on Veterans Day for a dinner honoring vets and their spouses.

Mary Jo Brown: Holding on to charms of life

While I was sorting through more of my papers and rough drafts of my Senior Spotlight articles, I came across an article I had written several years ag

Stephanie Pearce: Honor our veterans

Black and white photos in an old scrapbook fill the pages with names and dates delicately scripted underneath. Grandpa in his Marine dress uniforms on the steps of a building with his beautiful bride.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Nov. 11, 2013

The schedule of sports for the coming week in Craig and Moffat County.

Saturday, November 9

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CNCC Craig campus shows prospective students what college learning is like

Colorado Northwest Community College's Taste of Education offered a variety of classes for free to all willing students.

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Craig hockey loses late lead for tie in early-season game

For most of the game, the Craig Bulldogs hockey team played top-notch hockey. It didn’t close out the final 10 minutes, however, and came away with a 4-4 tie in its second game of the season.

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Craig community shows Oxley family support at benefit

Hundreds turned out at the Moffat County Ice Arena on Saturday to help raise money.

Craig Sports Briefs for Nov. 11, 2013: MCHS fall athletes earn league honors

The latest sports news in Craig and Moffat County

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Hayden man writes poem to help with war-related PTSD

John Kregar, of Hayden, deals with struggles pertaining to war on a daily basis. He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder related to the incredibly difficult situations he encountered while fighting the war in Iraq. Yet he’s found solace in a poem that took him four years to write. The act of writing the poem gave him a form of therapy that encouraged him to move past his strife.

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Understanding Medicare and Medicaid in Moffat County

Healthcare in America is changing., the Affordable Care Act website, launched Oct. 1 and has received criticism for not being user-friendly and packed with glitches. Regardless of the deficiencies of the website and the law, it has changed the insurance market and what existing government healthcare programs can provide to whom. Because of the Affordable Care Act, about 750 Moffat County adult residents will become newly eligible for Medicaid. Also, Medicare will offer more preventative coverage for free and cheaper prescription options for people who are spending about $3,000 on their medication per year.

Friday, November 8

Pipi's Pasture: Nearly winter at Pipi's Pasture

It doesn’t seem like it was very long ago that I was writing “It’s Fall When…” in my column. How can it be time for winter already?

Craig briefs: Craig Daily Press seeks hunter photos for contest

The Craig Daily Press is seeking hunting photo submissions for its Hunter Photo Contest. The newspaper began accepting photos Oct. 30 and will continue collecting submissions through Nov. 30. Whoever submits the best hunter photo will receive a $250 gift certificate to Murdoch’s.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Sugar Drop Cookies

Miner and Darlene Blackford, my sister and her husband from Rocky Ford, host an open house in December. They’ve been doing this for years and years. So Darlene already has started baking and freezing goodies for the event.

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Maybell teacher Bill Ronis wins award

Moffat County man named Peabody Energy Leader in Education

Tuesday morning started out a little bit confusing for Craig resident Bill Ronis. As the main teacher at Maybell School, he rarely sees people come through his parking lot, but that day he saw several, all of whom seemed to have odd reasons for being there. When he started to see folks he saw more regularly descend on the school, his suspicions that something was up were confirmed, with the results being much more pleasant than he had expected earlier in the day.

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Moffat County cheer team brings the noise to the Bulldog sidelines

The Moffat County cheer team kicks off the Craig Daily Press winter sports preview coverage.

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Moffat County High School donates pillowcases to hospital

Craig businesses provided fabric for project

Earlier this week, the students of Moffat County High School’s Family and Consumer Science program donated 27 specially made pillowcases to The Memorial Hospital for patient use. The household items were made during the past few weeks by the students of FACS instructor Kelly Pyper.

Meth dealers in Craig take plea deals

Two people who had been charged with Felony 3 charges of distributing methamphetamine accepted plea bargains last week to avoid long-term incarcerations. Shelly Boyer, of Craig, accepted a 20-year sentence on Wednesday in lieu of facing a jury trial where she could be handed a 176-year sentence. Her husband Robert Boyer had plead guilty in September and accepted a plea deal where he took a 20-year sentence instead of 64 years.

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Tom Ross: South Routt's Redmond family carries agriculture values forward

Routt County lost another member of an elder generation of ranchers Oct. 20 when James T. “Jack” Redmond died at his family’s historic ranch house at the edge of the Flat Tops on Bull Creek. Redmond was emblematic of a generation that grew up in the Great Depression and weathered the tumult and shortages of World War II to deliver their farms, ranches and families to more prosperous times.

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Museum of Northwest Colorado: Saturday with Sally

In the very early 1950s, Hollywood was rocked by several scandalous incidents involving some of its leading actors and actresses and their personal lives. Mainstream America, which tended to idealize the stars of that time, was appalled at the shenanigans of those they so deeply admired, and that outrage was not lost on the publicity teams in the movie industry. As a response, Hollywood organized a tour of actors to travel around the country and reassure the public that the movie industry was going to embark on making better movies and reflect the reigning values of the public. Amazingly enough, small-town Craig — with a population of less than 3,000 — was included on one of the tours in October of 1951.

Dr. Shannon Becker quick to adapt to Craig

Kinder Family Clinic physician has enjoyed first six weeks

Now that she’s been a part of the Craig community for more than a month, the newest staff member of Kinder Family Clinic has plenty of positive things to say about the people here. Physician Shannon Becker first began at Kinder Family Clinic in late September. As the medical outlet’s family practitioner, she is on hand five days a week to attend to the needs of patients, whom she said have already been receptive to her presence.

Craig columnist Sheridan comes out with book of her work

Janet Sheridan's book A Seasoned Life Lived in Small Towns is out now.

On the record for Moffat County Nov. 8

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

Close contests in sports are the best

The Craig Middle School - Little Snake River Valley School game was a reminder of how great a close game can be.

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Steamboat man's survival tale to be featured on Discovery Channel show

On Monday night, Steamboat's Charles Horton will be featured on "Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell," which is making its premiere in front of American viewers.

Health briefs for Nov. 9, 2013: VNA to offer free cardiovascular screenings Nov. 11

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will provide free cardiovascular screenings from 8 to 5 p.m. Nov. 11 at its Craig building at 745 Russell St. The screenings will include several aspects of cardiovascular health, such as total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, blood glucose and body mass index.

Forget Me Not: Generation gaps — snail mail vs. email

Do you remember what it was like receiving a letter in the mail before email became popular? It’s so nice to open a mailbox, clogged with bills and advertisements, and see a letter among the mess. Just seeing a card that someone composed, addressed, stamped and carried to the mailbox can put a smile on anyone’s face. So we must ask ourselves, “Should I take a moment and send a note to a friend or a loved one?”

Superfood Tip: Kale is a powerful food

One cup of kale is only 25 calories and is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. One serving of kale contains all of the vitamin A, K, and C that we need in one day.

Fitness Tip: Improve your workouts with H2O

Improve your workouts by drinking lots of water! Not only does water keep you hydrated throughout your workout, but it acts as a lubricator for your muscles, joints and vital organs.

TMH Living Well: Learning about diabetes — prevent disease by eating well, exercising

What better time to talk about diabetes than Diabetes Awareness Month? If you have a family history of diabetes, or you struggle with maintaining a healthy weight, read on to learn the basics about diabetes — and most importantly, how you can prevent it.

Thursday, November 7

N. Tony Peroulis: Thanks for voting

I would like to personally thank the voters of Moffat County for placing their trust in me to serve as a member of the Moffat County School Board.

Veteran's Hotline: Non-VA emergency care fact sheet

A medical emergency is an injury or illness that is so severe that without immediate treatment, it threatens your life or health. If you think your life or health is in danger, your situation is an emergency.

Craig briefs: Photography event to showcase Villard ranch

The Moffat County Tourism Center in the Centennial mall will be hosting Yuri Chicovsky’s photo exhibit today as well as hosting the launch of his 30-day Kickstarter fundraising campaign to produce his film on the Villard’s sheep ranch at noon Saturday.

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CMS basketball loses in thriller to Snake River

The Bulldogs tied the game late in the fourth quarter, but fell 30-29 in overtime.

Friends and community to host fundraiser for the Oxley family

Christina and Kevin Oxley’s home was devastated by a fire on Sunday evening after a blaze — started by their back-porch grill — quickly spread to their second story and destroyed their house within about 30 minutes. Now the family of five is trying to piece their lives back together, and their friends and community are trying to help. The couple has three young daughters.

Craig City Councilor Gene Bilodeau accepts South Dakota job

College vice president to leave Craig in December

Nearly two decades ago, Gene Bilodeau and his family were new to the city of Craig. He had just accepted a position with Colorado Northwestern Community College, moving from a job with Casper (Wyo.) College. Back then, CNCC’s main building on the Craig campus was still the facility known as the Bell Tower and the husband and father of two was looking to help the college expand while integrating himself and his family into the community. Now, with the school thriving and his kids grown, he’s looking to start the next chapter of his life, and he may have found it in a whole different state.

On the record for Moffat County Nov. 7

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

New Craig business asks Moffat County Commissioners for tax credit

Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership and a new local business, Hill Petroleum, introduced a proposal to Moffat County Commissioners Tuesday to get a tax credit. Hill Petroleum, a full-service petroleum marketer, has three other Colorado locations, and in those locations received partial sales tax breaks. “We’ve been granted a moratorium of 50 percent of our sales tax for three years and for some cases, five years,” said Troy Hill, president of Hill Petroleum.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Free Birds’ a feather-brained fowl fable

Describing something as a “turkey” in the movie business usually isn’t a compliment. In the case of “Free Birds,” that term has another connotation, though not a wholly different one.

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Moffat County athletes switching focus for winter season

From fall sports to basketball, quite a bit changes in how athletes prepare.

Tuesday, November 5

Moffat County, Colorado say no to Amendment 66

Like the majority of Colorado communities, Moffat County voted by a landslide against the passage of Amendment 66. The outcome from Tuesday’s elections saw 77 percent of county voters, more than 3,000, cast their votes against the proposed legislation, which would have created a two-tiered tax increase intended to raise nearly $1 billion annually for the purpose of school funding across the state.

Term limits extended for Moffat County surveyor and coroner

Voters said "yes" to extend term limits for two elected officials, coroner and surveyor,, and voted "no" on the others, including Moffat County commissioners. Specifically, voters were asked whether term limits should be extended from two consecutive terms to three.

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Election: Secession question voted down in Moffat County

Moffat County will not act to secede from Colorado. The voters came out against the measure, 55 to 45 percent. Eleven counties put the question on their ballot. The counties were split, and the exact number in favor was not available at time of press. Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid introduced the idea of putting the secession question to voters in Moffat County. But, he said he wasn’t disappointed by the results.

Moffat County School board adds four new members

Out of the five seats on the Moffat County School Board up for election, four of them will be filled by newcomers. The results from Tuesday’s elections saw Moffat County residents Sue Voloshin, Tony Peroulis, Darrell Camilletti and KC Hume voted in as first-time candidates to serve on the Board of Education.

Dinosaur says no to recreational marijuana

Dinosaur voted to keep the sale of retail marijuana outside of city limits Tuesday.

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CMS basketball teams use defense to beat Soroco

Seventh grade won two, eighth grade lost to the Rams

The Bulldogs and Rams squared off in Craig Tuesday.

Election: Shadow Mountain improvement district approved by voters

Voters approved a measure that will allow Moffat County to increase the county debt to make improvements to the Shadow Mountain modular home development. This will be a great step for the community, said Director of Moffat County Development Services Roy Tipton. “I think it’s a good deal for the people living there,” he said “Something needed to be done there.”

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Secession fails in Moffat County, term limit extensions passes for 2 elected officials

Moffat County voters decided not to pursue secession with 54.6 (2,169 against) and 45 percent (1,768 voters) in favor, according to figures released by Lila Herod, clerk and recorder for the county. A total of 3,992 people casted votes in Moffat County. Voters decided to extend term limits from two consecutive terms to three for only two of the seven measures, with the county surveyor and coroner given the green light to run for a third term.

Ann Anderson: Thanks for support

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their services, support and donations.

Craig briefs: Photography show to showcase Villard ranch

The Moffat County Tourism Center in Centennial Mall will be hosting Yuri Chicovsky’s photo exhibit Friday as well as hosting the launch of his 30-day Kickstarter fundraising campaign to produce his film on the Villard’s sheep ranch at noon Saturday.

On the record for Moffat County Nov. 5

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

Love INC hosts busy November of giving

The annual Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC) Coat Distribution is being held this week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The organization began distributing coats on Monday and will continue to do so through Thursday at Centennial Mall.

Lance Scranton: Dedicated coaches, players

I wish every sports season finished with players hoisting the championship trophy, knowing the very last contest proved they were the very best team for that brief but lasting moment in history. I was part of a National Championship football team over 30 years ago, and I still remember the feeling when the clock counted down to zero and we cheered knowing that for this time, in this place, for this moment, we would be recognized as the very best.

Prather’s Pick: “Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage” is an interesting read

Susan Shillinglaw spent twenty-five years researching and writing “Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage” — this week’s featured book. The book, published in 2013, can be found at the Moffat County Library. Shillinglaw is a leading expert on John Steinbeck’s life and work. She directed the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University from 1987 to 2005. During that time she edited the “Steinbeck Newsletter,” organized conferences, taught classes and lectured — all about Steinbeck.

Craig Sports Briefs for Nov. 6, 2013: Tie at the top of Craig BCA

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

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Craig college to offer introductory event

Once you experience a small part of something, you’re more likely to want more. That’s what the administration of Colorado Northwestern Community College would like to see happen with people considering entering its doors. CNCC will host Taste of Education from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at its Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St. Taste of Education is an introductory event for those considering enrolling in college classes but unsure of how to get started, what subjects they want to study or have other concerns.

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Moffat County voter turnout remains steady with years past

Roughly 27 percent of Moffat County has cast their ballots as of 9 a.m. today, which is consistent with the trend of years past, according to figures released by the county election office. Voters throughout the Moffat County will decide on a variety of hot topics, including potentially extending term limits for county elected officials and possibly giving the county a green light to pursue secession.

Monday, November 4

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Passenger kept youth hockey players calm as plane skidded off runway Sunday at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Passenger Jeff Brown said everything seemed normal as the plane made its final approach to YVRA. He said that before the plane touched down, it rose into the air, then came down sideways to the wind direction. That’s when the younger passengers reacted in fear.

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Christina Oxley's Craig home destroyed by blaze Sunday night

The home of Chris and Kevin Oxley was destroyed Sunday night after a barbecue grill blaze lit the house on fire, according to the Moffat County Sheriff's Office. No one was injured, but the house was severely damaged. “We were paged at about 6:45 last night to the report of a fire in the back of the house,” said Moffat County Sheriff's Office Battalion Chief KC Hume. “The entire back or east side of the house was involved with fire aggressively moving through the second story.”

Weather Watch: Snow will start week for Craig, Northwest Colorado

According to the National Weather Service, there will be a 50 percent chance of snow starting Monday afternoon, with the likelihood of the cold precipitation increasing to 60 percent by nightfall.

The Memorial Hospital’s Andy Hughes says goodbye to Craig

Andy Hughes, a family practitioner with The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic, had his last day of work in Craig on Friday and has since readied himself for a move elsewhere in Colorado, namely the community of Sterling.

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Hometown Hero: Barbara Sonntag lends a helping hand

Barbara Jean Sonntag always wanted to help people. Sometimes in just a simple way; by offering a hug or telling a stranger that she loved them. “I’d say, you know what, I love you just the way you are,” she said. People may be surprised by her forward adoration, but grateful. They’d come back and thank her, she said.

Sunday, November 3

Stephanie Pearce: Pie baking

Fall is the perfect time to make pies. The cooler weather makes it tolerable to turn the oven on and heat up the house. The smell of the baking pie crust wrapped around the warm, fragrant fruit fills the air. Making pies totally from scratch isn’t heard of a lot with the convenience of pre-made pie crusts and even frozen pies. My favorite part of pie baking is the leftover crust my mom would make into cinnamon sticks.

Mary Jo Brown: Food can be such a comfort

This past week, I was having a problem with food. Usually food and I get along real well, but my stomach was not cooperating and I had to think differently about food for most of the week. Food to me represents comfort, a basic need and represents a form of security while also being a token of love.

Kristin Ingalls
: Thanks for support

The Moffat County High School National Honor Society would like to thank all the community members of Craig who came out to support our first “Trunk-or-Treat” on Halloween.

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All OK after private plane crash at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

A sudden and strong gust of wind sent a private plane about 600 feet off the runway while it was in the process of landing at Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Sunday afternoon. The pilot and passengers all emerged safe.

Thinking About Health: Choosing insurance in the state exchange

Buying health insurance is not fun. But if you make the wrong decision, it could cost you, so it pays to think carefully about the policy you buy in the state shopping exchange.

Craig sports briefs for Nov. 4, 2013: MCHS hosting winter sports parents night

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

Healthy Eating: Sesame broccoli

This recipe will become your family’s favorite way to eat broccoli.

Saturday, November 2

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Craig youths get 1st taste of hockey at the Moffat County Ice Arena

As part of Try Hockey for Free Day, the Craig Youth Hockey Association gave out free skate rentals and showed locals the ropes of the sport.

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Lots and lots of Girls on the Run on Saturday

Nearly 1,000 runners took to the road on Saturday for the Girls on the Run program in Steamboat Springs.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Nov. 4, 2013

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

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Moffat County rallies for coal, testifies at EPA listening sessions in Denver

More than 20 traditional energy advocates caravanned to Denver on Wednesday to attend the Environmental Protection Agency listening sessions and a rally on the state Capitol steps.

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Your Health: Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center offers resources to all parents

The 21st annual Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center Chili Supper takes place Saturday night at the Center of Craig. The fundraising effort, which includes large amounts of savory food and a silent auction, will benefit YVPC, which provides opportunities to those expecting a child and in need of assistance. The organization is in the midst of moving from its site at 580 Green St. to a downtown location at 25 W. Victory Way, which will allow it a little more space while still providing the same services.

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Opening night for Moffat County High School musical is Nov. 21

The MCHS drama department soon will be featuring performances of its fall musical, “Grease.” The curtain will go up Nov. 21, 22 and 23 for the beloved show about student life in the 1950s at fictitious Rydell High.

Friday, November 1

Craig briefs: Independence Pass closed this weekend

The Colorado Department of Transportation closed Independence Pass on Thursday morning because of snowfall and adverse conditions (more than 6 inches of snow and snow drifts as high as 4 feet). The pass closure includes the area from just east of Aspen to west of Twin Lakes, about 18 miles, according to a press release.

Government update for Nov. 2, 2013

Government update for Nov. 2, 2013

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Moffat County football loses season finale to Palisade

The Bulldogs lost to Palisade, 47-8, on Friday night.

Frank and Kerry Moe: Thanks for coal support

As supporting members of the Coalition for Affordable Energy, we would like to thank everyone involved who testified before the Environmental Protection Agency in Denver on Wednesday as well as everyone involved in setting up, promoting, attending and speaking at the rally.

John Haddan: Yes on Amendment 66

While I acknowledge that Amendment 66 is not perfect, I will be voting “yes” on Amendment 66 for numerous reasons, including the positive impact it will have on rural school districts across Colorado.

N. Tony Peroulis: Vote for me

One thing is for sure come Tuesday, there definitely is going to be change in the Moffat County School District. I think change is a good thing and absolutely is necessary from time to time to get new perspective on how things get accomplished.

Ron Schaeffer: Halloween fun

Thank you to all who made the recent downtown Halloween activities so enjoyable. It’s definitely my favorite night of the year.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Chocolate Drop Cookies

I’ve baked “Chocolate Drop Cookies” a bunch of times. The recipe is easy to make, the cookies have a great chocolate taste and you can vary the recipe, too, depending on the ingredients you have on hand.

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Craig Middle School basketball hosts Steamboat in 4 games Friday

The Bulldogs and Sailors seventh- and eighth-grade teams played in Craig.

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Northwestern Tack switches owners

Northwestern Tack in downtown Craig switched hands recently, giving the former owner an opportunity to tend to her family’s wellness. RaeAnne Hadley made the tough decision to sell the business less than six months after she opened shop so that she and her husband could focus on the health of their oldest daughter, Madison.

End of a sports season always a bummer

CDP sports columnist Nate Waggenspack writes about the difficulty of moving on from a sports season.

Superfood Tip: What is quinoa?

Pronounced KEEN-wah, this grain is native to South America and is the superfood of the week. Although it is somewhat similar to other grains such as rice, it cooks faster and has twice as much protein and fiber.

Fitness Tip: The importance of stretching

Stretching is just as important as exercise in your daily workout routine. Stretching those just-worked muscles can increase blood flow, improve athletic performance and decrease risk of injury.

LIving Well: Having a conversation about end-of-life care

Talking about our wishes for the end-of-life can be uncomfortable. Most people don’t want to think about their loved ones dying or face the idea of dying themselves. Yet knowing wishes about medical care and personal desires is critically important in helping the transition be a peaceful one rather than a stressful one.

On the record for Moffat County, Nov. 1

The daily cops roundup and jail report

Health briefs for Nov. 2, 2013: VNA, hospital to host meeting about end-of-life care

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Hospice staff will host a conversation starter session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital. The topic of the seminar is how to broach the subject of end-of-life care with your family members.

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Museum of Northwest Colorado: Tuba boy

The Denver Post in past decades often ran small feature stories that featured their Western Slope and Yampa Valley readers. In 1950, a diminutive 8-year-old boy from Craig started playing the Double B-flat tuba, an instrument definitely larger than him. Jackie Steffen was the son of June and John Steffen, both musically gifted people with equally talented children. His photograph with his oversized instrument appeared in The Denver Post that year.

Pipi's Pasture: Animal behavior and weather changes

Years ago, when we lived on the Front Range, one of our neighbors, an older lady, used to watch Benji, our son’s dog, when he was outdoors. Sometimes Benji rolled around on the ground, both legs up in the air as he rubbed his back. “Stop that!” our neighbor yelled at Benji. “When dogs roll around on the ground, it means that the wind will blow.”

Education briefs for Nov. 2, 2013: CNCC to offer Taste of Education

Colorado Northwestern Community College will host Taste of Education from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at its Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St.