Stories for October 2013


Thursday, October 31

Craig briefs: EPA story set to run in Saturday Morning Press

The Craig Daily Press will have a large feature on the Environmental Protection Agency’s listening sessions on the cover of this week’s Saturday Morning Press.

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Craig locations celebrate Halloween for all ages

Wherever you went in town during Halloween, there was no shortage of children in costume around to bring a smile to your face. As early as 3 or 4 p.m., kids and their parents were surrounding the sidewalks of the downtown businesses on Yampa Avenue and Victory Way in their pursuit of Milky Ways, Tootsie Pops, Twizzlers and all other forms of sugary, tooth-rotting goodness that find their way into your bag, bucket or pillowcase upon utterance of those magic words: “Trick or treat!”

Craig City Council works on a tough budget

Craig City Council met with city officials Thursday to work on a tight budget for 2014. “This is probably the worst budget I’ve seen since I’ve been on City Council,” council member Ray Beck said.

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Freshmen, sophomores from Moffat County football finish strong

The C team went 8-2, including a 42-0 win against Battle Mountain in Craig on Thursday.

Tim Douglas: Honor, courage and commitment

In just a few days on Nov. 11, we will commemorate Veterans Day. I would like to say a great big thank you to all those who are veterans and to those family members of veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Knights of Columbus Council 4131: Thank you

A big thank you and thumbs up to all the residents and businesses of Moffat County and visitors to Moffat County for making our annual Tootsie Roll Drive another great success. Horizons and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be forever grateful. God bless you all.

Craig Mortensen: Vote for Jim Loughran

There are many good men in our community, and Jim Loughran, a candidate for the Moffat County School Board of Education, is one of them. I would like to endorse him for that position.

Ray Cartwright: Yes to improvements

I read with interest Mr. Hawks’ letter to the residents of Shadow Mountain Village. I am that “guy” that he refers to in his letter. I do agree with him that the county and city have engaged in some double talk.

Gail Serverson, Robin Schiffbauer and Roberta Hawks: Fundraiser success

St. Michael’s Community Kitchen and the Yampa Valley Potters would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all for supporting our first Empty Bowl fundraiser. Our success could not be possible without each and every one of you.

Julie Sperl: Yes on Amendment 66

Amendment 66 will modernize Colorado’s P-12 system by strengthening early childhood education by investing in preschool and full-day kindergarten and reducing class sizes to offer more one-on-one time between students and teachers.

Linda Riley: Stolen cane

To the person who took the cane from the cart at City Market: Don’t you think someone might be needing it? How rude and disrespectful you are!

Janet Sheridan: The adolescent season

I amuse myself by assigning personalities to the seasons: Spring reminds me of youthful rebels optimistically battling the weary veterans of winter. Summer becomes a revered athlete incapable of delivering the 100 percent perfect performance fans expect every outing, and winter is a polar bear magnificent in its power and beauty. This fall, I decided that autumn is a temperamental adolescent.

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Craig Middle School students raising funds for volleyball net

Right now, the northeast corner of the field between Craig Middle School and Sandrock Elementary School looks no different than the rest of the parcel of land. Come next year, it could be entirely different if two students have anything to say about it. CMS seventh-graders Caroline Riley and Lacey Wiseman have been working to get an outdoor volleyball net installed on the school’s property.

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Moffat County football to finish season at home against Palisade

The Bulldogs will have their hands full against one of the state's best teams.

On the record for Moffat County, Nov. 1, 2013

The daily cops roundup and jail report

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The Bock’s Office: Mirth knows no age limit in ‘Bad Grandpa’

Life can be at its funniest when you’re either very old or very young. But no matter what your age, a comedy like “Bad Grandpa” inspires laughter in everyone.

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Moffat County residents head to Denver to testify and rally for traditional energy

More than 20 traditional energy advocates caravanned to Denver Wednesday to attend the Environmental Protection Agency listening sessions and a rally on the state Capitol steps. The EPA set up hearings nationwide in their regional EPA offices to listen to input on the upcoming proposed regulations for existing power plants. The proposed regulations for new power plants came out in September, and caused controversy because of their strict rules for coal fire power plants.

Craig man to serve 20 years for meth possession

Conny Mullis, 45, was sentenced Wednesday in Moffat County District Court to 20 years in prison for methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute.

Wednesday, October 30

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Moffat County residents head to Denver to testify on behalf of coal industry

Dozens of Moffat County residents headed to Denver early Wednesday to testify on behalf of the coal industry at the Environmental Protection Agency’s listening tour where regulations on carbon emissions for existing power plants will be discussed.

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Craig offers much to do on Halloween

Craig will be jam packed with trick-or-treating hotspots and fun events to attend this year as downtown businesses do their annual Trick-or-Treat Street on Yampa Avenue and the Craig Christian Church hosts its Fun Fest for the 27th year in a row. So put on your best Halloween costume and enjoy the spooky fun.

Tuesday, October 29

Craig briefs: Moffat County to rally for coal in Denver on Wednesday

Moffat County residents who are worried about impending Environmental Protection Agency energy regulations are heading to Denver on Wednesday to rally in support of traditional energy.

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Hayden School Board candidates discuss standardized testing, school calendar during forum

Three Hayden School Board candidates agreed Tuesday that educating families about the importance of education is crucial for the district and students to succeed.

Ecologist discusses coming to terms with our energy dependence

Ecologist Charles A. S. Hall told an overflow crowd at Bud Werner Memorial Library on Tuesday night that if the modern denizens of the high plains understood their relationship to fossil fuels the way the Sioux Indians of the 18th century understood bison, they surely would behave differently.

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Craig elementary students get strong in the water at Moffat County High School

Sunset Elementary School students are doing their swimming instructions at the high school this week.

Craig church raises $6,000 for Community Kitchen

One local charitable group will be able to ensure its dishes are full of food for quite some time. St. Michael’s Community Kitchen brought in $6,115 from its recent Empty Bowl fundraiser, money that will be used entirely to further the services of the church organization’s mission of feeding the hungry of Craig and Moffat County.

Craig Sports Briefs for Oct. 30, 2013: Moffat County volleyball season ends at districts

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

On the record for Moffat County, Oct. 29

The daily cops roundup and jail report

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints members: Give to food drive

The young women and men of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will be knocking on doors from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 6. They are doing a food drive for Love INC, a nonprofit organization here in Craig that helps families in need.

Phil Hawks: On Shadow Mountain

Once again, I’m writing concerning, referred to by different names, Resolution 2013-65, Resolution 2013-66 or on the ballot by “Moffat County Referred Measure 5A.” I would advise the residence of Shadow Mountain Village who own property and those renting property here to look closely at these referred documents and read the fine print.

John Williams: No on Amendment 66

Again we hear the cry, more money for education. Several constants have been imbedded in our education system for a long time, and until these are eliminated, there never will be enough money to fix the problem of poor results.

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Craig students sign banner as Red Ribbon Week pledge

The Moffat County School District celebrates Red Ribbon Week this week with a number of activities, such as dress-up days and educational activities about the importance of the cause, a drug prevention program first launched in 1985 to commemorate the life of Enrique Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Agency agent who was killed by drug cartels.

Prather’s Pick: 'The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile' is full of aquatic fun

Children will be attracted to the artwork from the time they pick up the book because the fish and some of the plants on the book’s cover actually sparkle. The text of the book is done in delightful verse, which sometimes is printed in a wavelike motion, and on one page, it runs along the line from a fishing pole.

Lance Scranton: Amendments, taxes exposed

When asked to vote on an amendment that involves a tax increase, I go to our future voters to get their opinion. When I engage students in a discussion about taxation (investment, as it now is described), the views almost always are in support of helping others — a worthy responsibility of our government.

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Snow causes rollover crash on U.S. Highway 40 near Craig

The flurry of snow that hit Craig at about 9 a.m. Tuesday made for dicey driving conditions. One person rolled his or her vehicle just east of the Wyman Living History Museum on U.S. Highway 40. The driver was heading westbound when the pickup slid off the road.

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Weather Watch: Early week snow, precipitation expected to calm by Halloween

The National Weather Service’s forecast calls for some windy and possibly wet weather in store for Craig early in the week. Gusts could reach 40 miles per hour Monday, with a 20 percent chance of showers.

Monday, October 28

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College update: Catching up with Routt County collegiate athletes

See what some local athletes are achieving in their collegiate careers.

Hayden School Board candidates to speak at open forum

The four candidates vying for three slots on the Hayden School District School Board will participate in a question-and-answer open forum Tuesday at the Hayden Town Hall.

VNA to host informational meeting about health insurance

A representative from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be available to answer questions about health insurance reform from 4:30 to 6 p.m Tuesday at the Boys and Girls Club of Craig.

Gov. John Hickenlooper wants to make amends with rural Colorado

In the past week, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper expressed remorse for his frayed relationships with rural Colorado. In light of the secession movement, in which 11 counties want to secede from the state, he suggested he hasn’t been doing everything he can to bring all voices to the table.

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Craig street corner now includes clock, trees

Anyone who has walked or driven past the corner of Fourth Street and Ranney Street has by now noticed a significant transformation. What was three months ago a dusty section of parking lot next to Furniture Gallery has become much more pleasing to the eye.

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Hometown Hero: Getting back in the game with Rich Sadvar

For an athlete, the worst moment of one’s life can be the uncertainty of whether or not an injury will take you out of your sport forever. It’s during that period that you’re willing to do all you can to recover properly with the help of professionals who know how to get you back in shape. That’s where someone like Rich Sadvar comes in to do all he can to aid in the rehabilitation process.

Sunday, October 27

Craig Briefs: Bears Ears Patriots to host talk on Nov. 7

The Craig chapter of the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots is hosting an educational talk at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Center of Craig, highlighting concerns regarding the new Common Core standards the Colorado Board of Education supports.

Mary Jo Brown: Small spaces hold a lot of love

A living room can be just a room with no signs of life, happiness or joy expressed anywhere. If you add a picture, dress up the couch with a few pillows to highlight the subtle colors of the upholstery, add some pizzazz, you can make it more cozy and comfortable and it doesn’t need to be cluttered.

Stephanie Pearce: A giving community

One of the things that inspires me to write this column is my passion for where I come from — right here. There still are things that happen in this community that make me feel that we will overcome any obstacle, whether it be the oil and gas booms and busts, the president and governor attacking our industries, or the question of becoming a new state. Our community is here for one another.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Oct. 28, 2013

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.

Saturday, October 26

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Moffat County cross-country places 5th at state

Moffat County's Brenna Ciesco was 16th as an individual in the year's final meet.

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Craig, Hayden square off in middle school boys basketball

The Bulldogs and Tigers split a pair of games Saturday in Hayden.

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Your Health: Cold weather no excuse for less exercise

No matter what the calendar says, it’s always important to get a steady amount of exercise whether you’re staying the course with your current workout plan or embarking on getting off the couch for the first time in your life.

Health briefs for Oct. 26, 2013: Craig police to host drug take-back day

The Craig Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will host a prescription drug take-back day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the parking lot of Centennial Mall.

Superfood Tip: Mangos are pumped full of vitamin A, antioxidants

Mangoes are rich in flavor as well as vitamins, fiber, phytonutrients and low in calories.

Fitness Tip: Daily exercise reduces stress, blood pressure

Only 15 minutes of moderate-paced walking after a meal can help control blood sugar levels. A thirty-minute walk first thing in the morning can wake you up, increase blood flow, reduce stress and jump start your metabolism allowing you to burn calories throughout the day.

Education briefs for Oct. 26, 2013: Honor Society to host children’s Halloween event

Members of Moffat County High School’s National Honor Society will be offering a special Halloween activity to Craig and Moffat County children.

Friday, October 25

Pipi's Pasture: Updating the fair book

The 2014 Moffat County Fair is roughly 10 months away, but fair board members, extension personnel and county fair volunteers already are busy making plans for the event. That includes getting the 2014 fair book ready for the printer.

Craig briefs: State, local partnership key to improving US 6

The Colorado Department of Transportation will advertise a project to prospective contractors in February that will improve U.S. Highway 6 east and west of Edwards. Pending a successful contract award, the much-anticipated project will begin in early spring and last through late fall 2014.

Patrick Wayne Germond: Vote for me

My name is Patrick Wayne Germond, and I am running for the Moffat County School District Board of Education District 4 seat. I have resided in Craig for 18 years, and currently have three children attending Moffat County schools. By now, most everyone has received their mail-in ballots, and I would like to ask for your vote.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Slow-cooked taco meat loaf

This week, Stacy Gray, from the 5 Bar Angus Ranch in rural Craig, sent me an intriguing recipe. I received it just yesterday, so I haven’t had a chance to try it yet.

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Moffat County football dominates Battle Mountain, 54-3

The Bulldogs picked up their second win of the season in Edwards Friday night.

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Museum of Northwest Colorado: Repurposing a parsonage

Like so many other communities, Craig often repurposed its early structures that had been frequently well-built. As the little town grew in the post World War II era, there was an increased demand for homes, as well as other infrastructure buildings, including schools and churches. In 1959, the First Congregational Church of Craig moved into their new church building on Green Street and put the old church and the parsonage up for sale.

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Craig elementary libraries receive 400 new books

The libraries of Craig’s elementary schools have gotten a little bigger in their inventory. As a result of last year’s Passport to Reading program where students achieved 5,733 total stamps in the mock passports that charted their reading progress, Craig schools received $5,000 in grant money from local groups: $2,000 each from Friends of Moffat County Education and Craig Rotary Club and $1,000 from Human Resources Council of Moffat County United Way.

Moffat County residents will head to Denver on Wednesday to protest EPA regulations

Moffat County residents are heading to Denver on Wednesday to rally and testify against the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to enact new regulations for existing coal-fire power plants. “Rural communities in Colorado are rallying for their livelihood and against, plainly and simply, a federal agency that is trying to put the coal industry out of business,” said Stuart Sanderson, president of the Colorado Mining Association. The EPA is hosting listening sessions nationwide to go over their plans to regulate the carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants. They will set up in Denver on Wednesday and listen to testimony throughout the day.

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More Craig commuters board the bus to get to Steamboat

Connie Preston was driving her vehicle from Craig to Steamboat Springs five days a week for 15 years to get to work. The trip wasn't always easy. The cost of gas, oil, snow tires and basic maintenance was tough on her budget. And winter driving with traffic can be a headache.

TMH Living Well: Tips on navigating the Health Insurance Exchange

With the enactment of the Affordable Health Care Act on Oct. 1, many people have questions on what it all means. Will you be forced to buy health insurance? Will it cost more, or less? For whom is it designed? We spoke with Keith Velardo, patient financial counselor for The Memorial Hospital in Craig to get some answers to common questions.

Give it up for the Moffat County girls cross-country team

The girls head have done an admirable job once again in their 2013 season.

Editorial: Amendment 66 difficult to dissect

Amendment 66 has received an enormous amount of attention, and whether you’re opposed or in favor of the constitutional amendment, one thing is clear — Moffat County education needs better funding. The amendment may not be as important to other school districts, such as Steamboat Springs or Cherry Creek, but we believe it’s important to our district. Although the majority of the editorial board is in favor of the amendment, some board members have reservations.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of Oct. 26, 2013

Gas prices in Craig as of the afternoon Friday, Oct. 25.

On the record for Moffat County Oct. 25

The daily cops roundup and jail report

Thursday, October 24

Moffat County School Board discusses state-level issues

During its Thursday meeting, the Moffat County School Board of Education heard a report from board member Christine Balderston about the Fall Conference and Delegate Assembly for Colorado Association of School Boards, which she attended Oct. 11 and 12 in Denver.

Craig briefs: Craig police to host drug take-back day

The Craig Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will host a prescription drug take-back day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Centennial Mall.

Sandy Orgoglioso: Thanks for article

Thank you for the beautiful article featuring Roberta Hawks in Wednesday’s paper. It is great to see how much she loves her community, and what she is helping to put together.

Craig's proposed city budget is tight

The city of Craig’s 2014 budget is going to be a tight one. Craig City Council looked at the proposed budget at their Tuesday meeting but won’t vote on it until the second reading Nov. 19. In 2012 the City of Craig ran into a deficit of $2.9 million. This year the proposed projected budget predicts a deficit of $2.2 million.

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The Bock’s Office: Horror watches for your viewing pleasure

All Hallow’s Eve is nearly upon us, and that means it’s time to park yourself in front of a screen for flicks that inspire fright. There are decades of movies you could check out, but if you’re not interested in going too far back in film history, there have been a number of good features of terror that have come out in the past year.

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Moffat County United Way hosts Bridges Out of Poverty

Nearly 70 people participated in United Way’s Bridges Out of Poverty training to learn about the complicated cultural divide between poverty, middle class and the wealthy. Sharon Farquhar, executive director for Advocates Crisis Support Services, led the discussion and used different activities to help bring to light the socialized differences between classes. “It’s good to have a big group because then you get people from healthcare, education and the business community,” she said.

On the record for Moffat County Oct 24

The daily cops roundup and jail report

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State Rodeo Championships could come to Craig, join Grand Olde West Days

Community members are trying to rope the State Rodeo Championships into Craig, combining the event with the popular Grand Olde West Days at Moffat County Fairgrounds in May. Dave Fleming is coordinating the effort with the board of the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association to see if Craig will be the right location for the 2014 and 2015 High School and Jr. High Rodeo Championships. That means that Craig could potentially host the rodeo for the next two years.

Yampa Valley Golf Course pro leaving for Idaho

Head pro David Hardison is leaving the course after one year in Craig.

Craig Sports Briefs for Oct. 25, 2013: Moffat County volleyball has tall task at districts

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

Wednesday, October 23

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Moffat County football seeking win against winless Battle Mountain Huskies in Edwards

The 1-7 Bulldogs and 0-8 Huskies square off Friday in Edwards.

Moffat County resident Cathrine Blevins named hospital trustee

The Moffat County Commissioners recently named a new member to The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. Their appointment was Moffat County resident Cathrine Blevins.

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Empty Bowl Fundraiser to raise money for community kitchen in Craig

Philanthropic potters have been working seven months to prepare for St. Michael Community Kitchen’s biggest fundraiser of the year. A group of about seven local artists crafted around 300 to 400 bowls for the Empty Bowl Fundraiser that will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at St. Michael’s Church. People who attend will get a hand-thrown ceramic bowl, soup and enjoyable entertainment from the Cedar Mountain String Quartet. About 95 percent of the proceeds will go directly into St. Michael’s food fund. The rest will cover expenses.

Tuesday, October 22

Craig briefs: Conferences for MCHS parents and teachers

Parent-teacher conferences at Moffat County High School will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Tuesday. Choir, drama band and art teachers will be available only Tuesday.

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Craig basketball splits games vs. Meeker

The eighth-graders from CMS lost, then won against the Cowboys.

County commissioners approve raises for District Attorney's Office employees

Routt County District Attorney Brett Barkey on Tuesday successfully lobbied regional politicians to give raises to his employees.

On the record for Moffat County Oct. 22

The daily cops roundup and jail report

Thom Schnellinger: Best homecoming ever

I would like to express my personal thanks and gratitude to the Moffat County community, businesses, Booster Club and parents for making this past Homecoming Week one of the best ever.

Evan Gaffney: Homecoming success

I arrived in Craig last year as a stranger, unfamiliar with the culture and traditions of this great city. With absolutely no idea what I was doing, I embarked on the adventure of organizing homecoming.

Shirley Balleck: Coal is our livelihood

Are you ready to live in a ghost town? It’s going to happen if the government and the Environmental Protection Agency get their way. If you think this won’t affect you — think again.

Yampa Valley Data Partners fills executive director role with longtime Steamboat resident

Keith Kramer has been tapped by the nonprofit to replace Kate Nowak, who now is the executive director of Routt County United Way.

State meet features tight competition for Moffat County cross country

The Bulldogs are one of many teams with their eyes set on a high finish.

Halloween adventures carved out for Craig this weekend

From painting pumpkins and erecting spine-chilling scarecrows at the Wyman Museum, to braving eerie haunted houses and trick-or-treating in downtown Craig, Moffat County will be full of horrifying things to do this Halloween.

Lance Scranton: Homecoming boost for community

We’ve been beaten over the head enough with test scores and how our sports teams are struggling. We hear enough about how public schools are failing our children and how teachers don’t care about kids. But the return of “full-on” homecoming activities supported by our local Booster Club and administration is a testament to the care and spirit we can achieve as a community when given the opportunity.

Prather’s Pick: 'Coyotes in the Kitchen' is an adventurous picture book

My family members know that I teach Children’s Literature at the college and that I write a book review column each week so they’re always on the lookout for books that I might be able to use. The children’s picture books featured in this week’s column are examples.

Monday, October 21

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State to spend millions to make highway safer between Silverthorne and Kremmling

Kathy Connell, a State Highway commissioner from Steamboat, was very upbeat and enthusiastic Monday when she could say the state soon will spend tens of millions of dollars to help make Colorado Highway 9 safer.

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TMH Board of Trustees donates to cancer cause

In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month, The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees contributed $525 to the Moffat County Cancer Society during a live auction held at the Moffat County High School volleyball match.

Education briefs for Oct. 12, 2013: Red Ribbon Week starts today

National drug prevention campaign Red Ribbon Week is scheduled to run from Oct. 21 to 29. The effort, one of the largest anti-drug programs in the country, teaches people of all ages about both the dangers of illegal drugs and the illegal use of legal drugs.

Stephanie Pearce: Halloween fun

Enjoy this Halloween and don’t take it so seriously. Remember to enjoy your kids and all the memories that you’re making. Have fun, be safe and don’t forget to laugh.

Mary Jo Brown: Slow down to enjoy life

The fast track tends to shackle us to that pace and standards which prevent us form leading a truly successful, happy life doing our work in our own authentic way.

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Moffat County students read to Craig’s young children

Amid the hubbub of last week’s Homecoming activities, the students and athletes of Moffat County High School found time to tear themselves away from their busy schedules and connect with their biggest — and smallest — fans by reading and playing games with local elementary children.

Forecast calls for sunny weather for Northwest Colorado

After weeks of climate that has changed from day to day, it looks like Northwest Colorado will have a steady week coming up.

Sunday, October 20

Craig briefs: No free pumpkins at Homemaker Furnishings

Because of drought conditions and severe hailstorms, Homemaker Furnishings, of Craig, will not be able to give away free pumpkins this October.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Oct. 21, 2013

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

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Hometown Hero: Derek Duran pays it forward to next generation of Craig athletes

The former Bulldog quarterback wants to provide a great experience for today's high schoolers.

Saturday, October 19

Craig Sports Briefs for Oct. 21, 2013: Parks and Rec seeking basketball officials

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

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Your Health: Dental Coalition urges awareness of oral health options in Moffat County

The mission of maintaining good oral health for all ages is one the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition continues to strive toward, even as the battle continues to stay on an uphill course. Starting off as a collection of dental professionals in 1997 and starting an official clinic in 2005, NWCDC offers preventative, restorative and surgical dentistry to Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco, Jackson and Grand Counties.

Superfood Tip: Egg whites = pure protein

Did you know that egg whites (not the yolk) are considered the purest form of protein? One egg white provides 7 grams complete protein with only 45 calories, zero carbohydrates, zero fat and zero cholesterol.

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History column: Craig’s first mobile homes

Mt. Harris coal mine, a few miles east of Hayden, started operations in the mid-1910s. As it wasn’t located near any existing town, the mine owners built houses for the miners and their families. These structures were stoutly built and each one was situated on a generous plot of land with room for a vegetable garden.

Fitness Tip: Eat less calories, burn more fat

According to, “Your weight is a balancing act, but the equation is simple: If you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight. And if you eat fewer calories than you burn, you lose weight.”

Friday, October 18

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Hayden volleyball rights the ship on 'Think Pink' night

Hayden High School volleyball clinched a 10-win season Friday night, beating Vail Mountain, 3-0. The Tigers' season finale is Saturday at Vail Christian.

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Hayden football blanked by Vail Christian in season finale

On senior night and the season finale for the Hayden High School football team, the Tigers were shutout for the first time all year, 20-0, by Vail Christian.

Government update for Oct. 18

Government update for Oct. 18

Healthy Eating: Madeira Beef (or elk)

A great way to prepare naturally lean elk — this recipe is a family favorite from local resident Doris Mayhan.

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Montezuma-Cortez spoils Moffat County homecoming game, 41-21

The Bulldogs turned it over seven times in the loss.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Pumpkin treats

Most of us enjoy pumpkin desserts, but for some reason at our house, for example, we have them mostly during the fall and winter holidays. It’s kind of silly, when I think about it because pumpkin cookies, cakes and pies are good all year.

Craig briefs: Empty Bowl fundraiser set for Friday in Craig

St. Michael Community Kitchen is having its first Empty Bowl fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for kids 10 and younger and family tickets are $45.

FBI arrests man believed to have threatened Steamboat school

Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said Friday night that 27-year-old Nicolaus House Demetrian was apprehended by FBI agents while he was having a drink at a bar in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Moffat County homecoming week busting with energy

During Homecoming week, the majority of students and faculty were bursting with school spirit, participating heavily in the activities like dress-up days, a bonfire, pep assembly and homecoming parade. Sports also play a huge role in homecoming and the bulldogs were bursting with blue and white as they took on a fun-packed week where students, parents and faculty found themselves glowing.

Sasha Nelson: Sage grouse offer positive boost to economy

We have a responsibility to leave the world a better place for future generations. That means being good stewards of the land and protecting habitat for all wildlife. By protecting sage grouse, we protect the land and water that all of us — from hunters and hikers to anglers and ranchers — value and enjoy. And here in northwest Colorado, by protecting sage grouse we enhance our local economy. Saving sage grouse just makes good dollars and sense.

Moffat County Humane Society at max capacity — pets need forever homes

Pets are a ubiquitous part of American life. They share space in family photos, help the agricultural community keep pests at bay and provide services with affection in hospitals. But many get left in animal shelters. Ann Anderson, the Moffat County Humane Society secretary, is anxious to help the left-behind animals find a home

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Summit teaches Craig teens leadership through sports

Mind, body and soul. Those are the three elements of younger children that older kids like Dakota Ahlstrom and Tracer Hickman hope to enhance with some handy tools and techniques they’ve learned in recent weeks. Ahlstrom and Hickman attended the 2013 Triple Play Leadership Summit at Colorado Springs’ Olympic Training Center in September. The two 16-year-olds represented the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, along with supervisor Kari Neuman, the club’s program director.

Moffat County girls cross country snag regional championship again

At the regional meet in Delta, the girls team took first and the boys took eighth.

Bridges Out of Poverty to teach Moffat County about poverty

Poverty is an undeniable part of all of our lives. Even people who are not personally impoverished still deal with ramifications of those who can’t find employment to put food on the table. About 13 percent of people in Moffat County live below the poverty line, according to numbers from Yampa Valley Data Partners.

On the record for Moffat County for Oct. 18

The daily cops roundup and jail report

Pipi's Pasture: Planning pavilion projects for the fair

This is the time of year when 4-H and FFA members choose their livestock for the coming year, especially the market animals since they need to start feeding them. During November and December (by January), 4-H members also select those general 4-H projects that they wish to complete during the coming year. The target date for completion of all of these projects is county fair.

Forget Me Not: Sandrock Ridge provides companionship, family to its residents

I visited Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab for the first time Friday afternoon, and I was pleasantly surprised how clean and cheerful the staff keeps the facility. Over the years, I’ve visited dozens of nursing homes and a large majority don’t live up to those standards. Sandrock Ridge Administrator Dollie Rose was kind enough to set up an interview for me with two delightful ladies who live at the home — Debbie Harris and Betty Rice. The two are the closest of friends.

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Visiting Nurse Association: Flu shots are important

It is best to get vaccinated before flu begins to spread. It takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to provide full protection, so the sooner you get vaccinated, the more likely it is that you will be fully protected once flu begins to circulate in our community.

TMH Living Well: The role of nurse navigators in cancer treatment

If you, or someone you love has gone through cancer treatments, you know what a complicated and confusing journey it can be. Answers around treatment are never obvious: you are always weighing benefits and drawbacks. Should you, say, get a mastectomy or a lumpectomy? Should you then get both radiation and chemotherapy? How about genetic testing? Add in the shock a cancer or other challenging diagnosis brings and no wonder you feel you can’t think straight. On top of all that, you don’t feel good.

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Homecoming bonfire brings together high school students

Fire swirled in the air after the Craig Fire/Rescue lit an enormous bonfire behind Moffat County High School on Thursday night, warming the young crowd in commemoration of homecoming week.

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March against domestic violence in Craig

Tracey Lahthrop’s second husband threatened her children. He hit Lathrop until she bruised. When she divorced him, he stalked her. It took Lathrop years, several calls to the cops and persistence to finally get him out of her life. Her story is unfortunately not unique.

Thursday, October 17

Craig Briefs: Annual Hunters Chili Supper today in Maybell

The Maybell Seniors are holding its Annual Annual Maybell Hunters Chili Super at 5 p.m. Friday at the Maybell Community Center.

On the record for Moffat County for Oct. 17

The daily cops roundup and jail report

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Craig youth football leagues crown champions

The Doak Walker football leagues held their playoffs this week, with the Ravens and Vikings earning championships in the two leagues.

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Government employees get back to work in Moffat and Routt counties

Government employees are heading back to work in Moffat and Routt counties after a 16-day long government shutdown that put 800,000 federal employees into furlough nationwide. “BLM employees are back to work,” said Celia Boddington, assistant director of communications for BLM.

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MCHS names Homecoming royalty

As part of Homecoming week, MCHS announced the recipients of royalty honors Thursday, with seniors Jay Hayes and Allie Ehlers taking the distinction of Homecoming King and Queen.

Moffat County hosting Cortez in homecoming game

Homecoming is here at Moffat County High School, and the football team hopes to pick up a win to close out the week on a high note.

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Moffat County Booster Club donates money for fireworks at homecoming game

Fireworks will grace the Moffat County football halftime once again in 2013, with the Moffat County Booster Club to thank for it.

Faith column: Humbled by saints before us

There are many faith traditions within Christianity that celebrate the memory of the saints who have gone before us. One of them revolves around the celebration of Halloween that will be upon us in a few weeks. Halloween actually is a word that combines (All) Hallows Evening (E’en), the day before All Saints Day, a day dedicated to the saints, martyrs and all other faithful departed Christians.

Scott Tipton: Continue spending reforms, prevent default

We have voted every way possible to repeal, defund and replace Obamacare in the House. Some even thought that a government shutdown would stop it. But as we’ve seen over the past two weeks, while some government functions have ceased during the shutdown, Obamacare has continued unaffected.

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Veterans Telehealth Clinic in Craig continues to expand services for vets in Northwest Colorado

Six years ago, Andrew Seed regularly traveled the 150-miles to the VA hospital in Grand Junction to manage his high blood pressure. Today, Seed travels just down the road to the Major William Adams Veterans Telehealth Clinic in Craig.

Janet Sheridan: Becoming a blogger

I started using Facebook a few months ago. When I bragged about doing so to my teenage grandson, he replied: “Hey, nice. But now everybody’s on it, Facebook’s not so cool anymore. All my friends and I have moved on to texting or tweeting.” Well, la-di-da, Mr. Cutting Edge; I guess I’m not an early adapter.

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Moffat County students get creative with Homecoming dress-up days

Students across the Moffat County School District have been looking a little different these days. As part of Homecoming week, Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School and local elementary schools have participated in dress-up days this week. MCHS and the elementary schools have been following the Homecoming theme of Disney, while CMS has its own set of days.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Phillips’ offers no view from the Captain’s Table

You don’t hear much about buccaneers, raiders or pirates being involved in nautical pursuits since most of these rascals live in Tampa Bay, Oakland and Pittsburgh these days. But as “Captain Phillips” shows us, you can’t assume the industry of ship-jacking died out in the 1800s just because their modern equivalents don’t wear eye patches and carry parrots on their shoulders.

Wednesday, October 16

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Sand “Rocky’s” Muddy Buddy obstacle course raises funds, promotes fun

Every year each school has their students participate in fundraisers. It’s just a part of school life. The money raised goes back to the school to help support additional programs for kids and teachers. The P.A.C (Parent Advisory Committee) and the principal help decide what fundraiser to do, how to kick it off, what prizes or incentives there will be, etc. This year, Sandrock Elementary School, had a goal for every student to sell at least 10 items. In order to get the kids excited about selling the P.A.C planned a motivational reward event. This is how the Sand “Rocky’s” Muddy Buddy obstacle course was derived. Each student that sold at least 10 items was able to participate in the obstacle course in some way. All of the other students got to cheer the teachers on.

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Business forum explores ways to expand Moffat County's economy

Diversifying the economy, boosting businesses and attracting young people to the area were only a few of the topics discussed during a business forum at Colorado Northwest Community College on Tuesday.

Alberta and Jerry Brock: Snow help appreciated

We would like to thank Jeremy, Nathaniel and Colt of Scout Troop 1150, Boy Scouts of America, from The Journey at First Baptist, and their scout master Darrin and scout leaders Cindy and Shawnel for coming to our home and cleaning up all the downed branches that we lost from our trees in the recent snow storm and piling them at the curb for us.

Jay Oxley: Filling Safeway’s space

Thank you to the Craig Daily Press editorial board for considering the role of the Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership (Oct. 5 Editorial), and for addressing the now-vacant Safeway building adjacent to Centennial Mall.

Frank Moe: EPA tour is important

On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Craig Daily Press published an article with the provocative title “Craig Station Ranks as No. 1 carbon polluting power plant in Colorado.

Tracy Winder: Not voting to secede

Here is the language appearing on the Moffat County ballot:

Craig Briefs: Love INC distributing winter coats this week

Love in the Name of Christ will be handing out free winter coats to those in need from 10 a.m. to noon today and Thursday at Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way.

Tuesday, October 15

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Moffat County football C team runs away from Steamboat

The Bulldogs combined a potent offense with dominant defense to win, 38-0.

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Moffat County volleyball just misses on senior night

Senior night for the Moffat County volleyball team was looking good but finished with a five-set loss to Rifle.

Hayden announces 5 police chief finalists

Residents are invited to come meet the five finalists chosen to interview for the job of police chief in Hayden.

On the record for Moffat County Oct. 15

The daily cops roundup and jail report

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New study estimates economic impact of Routt County's airports

Out of the state's 14 commercial airports, Yampa Valley Regional Airport's estimated annual economic impact of $299 million ranks as the sixth highest.

Some federal employees in Routt County working without pay during government shutdown

Yampa Valley Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said Tuesday that two Federal Aviation Administration technicians based in Routt County still are at their jobs, working without pay to monitor and maintain aviation navigation and lighting equipment across Northwest Colorado.

Prather's Pick: "The Ides of April" is historically mysterious

This week’s novel for adults is a new (2013) book at the Moffat County Library. It’s a mystery, set in Rome, the Aventine Hill, in March to April AD 89.

Lance Scranton: Homecoming offerings

I will celebrate my 16th Homecoming as a teacher and coach at Moffat County High School this week, and the excitement for events, the anticipation of wins and the Bulldog spirit continue to be on display in our school and in the community.

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Moffat County soccer beaten 5-0 in homecoming game

The Bulldogs couldn't hang with Roaring Fork for the full 80 minutes.

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Former Craig resident brings new book to town for signing

A down-on-his-luck gambler who receives a second chance. A hotel clerk faced with a late-night guest whose requests keep getting more bizarre. A family torn apart and brought back together only to have their future remain uncertain. These characters and more are contained within the pages of “Everyone Dies Alone,” having sprung from the mind of writer Ryan Mitchel Collins. The former Craig resident will be signing copies of the book, a collection of nine short stories, from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Downtown Books.

Monday, October 14

Weather Watch: Chances of rain to stay throughout week

The residents of Northwest Colorado will be feeling the briskness of the autumn season in their bones this week.

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Hometown Hero: Chris Winn helps fight breast cancer at TMH

Under her scrubs Chris Winn wears pink almost every day. Her socks, t-shirt, jewelry usually flash rosy hues. Even in simple ways Winn embodies the movement she has devoted 24 years of her life working on. She works as a mammographer at Memorial Hospital, performing roughly 80 percent of the mammograms at TMH, and hopes to ensure women catch breast cancer early to stop it in its tracks.

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Sky Dome gives students indoor astronomy show in Craig

The wonders of outer space are part of the Sky Dome Planetarium, which has set up in Craig for the coming week. The educational program, part of Mobile Ed Productions, is sponsored by Friends of Moffat County Education, which also brought the company’s geography- and geology-themed Earth Dome to Craig last year.

Tracy Winder: A ‘yes’ vote is not a vote to secede

If Referred Measure 1H passes, it neither commits Moffat County to any secession movement nor limits the County from exploring other available avenues. Voting “yes” on this measure does not constitute your approval for our Moffat County Commissioners to attempt a split or separation away from the State of Colorado.

Sunday, October 13

Maximum Commitment to Excellence: Vote ‘yes’ on 66

Maximum Commitment to Excellence is a group of concerned citizens and business leaders that has taken the stance to improve the Moffat County school system. The focus of this group is to facilitate and assist our schools and help our students to be better prepared to achieve in life.

Craig briefs: Moffat County schools have no class Monday

Moffat County School District students will not have school today. They do not have to attend because of a teacher in-service and training day.

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MCHS Homecoming to offer many activities

Moffat County High School’s Homecoming starts this week with a multitude of activities for Bulldogs of past and present to show their school spirit.

Mary Jo Brown: For the people, by the people

When did it become all right to let the service men and women, the elderly, the sick and children suffer because there is a disagreement going on in the government?

Stephanie Pearce: Staying in touch

This electronic world we live in amazes me. I am in awe at how it works with email, Facebook, snapchat, texting, phones; there is communication everywhere and just about anywhere. When I was in high school we didn’t even have a phone, let alone a personal cell phone that you can do all of the above on. My friends were all in this town except for a pen pal maybe. If you didn’t live here, I most likely didn’t know you.

Saturday, October 12

Hayden volleyball loses 3rd straight

After back-to-back sweeping losses, the Hayden High School volleyball team wasn't able to right the ship Saturday, falling in five games at West Grand.

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Motorcycle driver from Texas dies after hitting deer in Routt County

A 61-year-old Texas man died Saturday after the motorcycle he was driving hit a deer.

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Moffat County soccer can't find net in 1-0 loss to Aspen

The Bulldogs had several near misses in the home loss to the Skiers.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Oct. 14, 2013

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.

How to vote in Moffat County

This election year is the first that House Bill 1303 will go into effect, making mail-in ballots the primary method of voting. Voters still can head to the Moffat County Courthouse to vote at the polls, but that will be their only polling location.

Thinking About Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act

On Oct. 1, millions of uninsured Americans — 716,000 in Colorado — suddenly got a new way to buy health insurance. They can now shop in the state insurance exchanges.

Health briefs for Oct. 12, 2013: TMH to honor breast cancer survivors

The Memorial Hospital will offer a free luncheon at noon Friday to pay tribute to those who have survived breast cancer. Hosted by the hospital’s Women’s Health Services program, the event is part of National Mammography Day and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Staff members will be wearing pink as part of the effort, and anyone currently or previously afflicted with breast cancer is welcome.

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Your Health: Craig couple sheds nearly 200 pounds

At the beginning of 2013, husband and wife Rob and Lorraine Counts knew they needed to make a change. Both of them were significantly overweight and had been for much of their lives, and they were worried that without a major body overhaul, things only could get worse. Less than a year later, the two of them are much healthier, happier and ready to embrace life.

Amendment 66, secession among topics for Moffat County voters

Moffat County citizens can perform their civic duty come November and vote on state, county and municipal issues. While the 2013 coordinated election hasn’t exhibited the same frenzy as a general election, there still are some hot topics that have riled up Moffat County and Colorado residents. Mail-in ballots for the November election will go out starting Tuesday to voters around Craig and Moffat County. Among the issues for which residents will be voting for or against are state educational funding, local term limits and potential county secession.

Superfood Tip: Mushrooms galore

Mushrooms are a type of fungus, but don't let that scare you! They are a great addition to any meal, as they impart our fifth taste sense, umami, which is savory, hearty and "meat-like." Mushrooms are a tasty, economical and nutritious way to enhance your main course. They also are considered a superfood, as they contain very few calories per serving and many vitamins and minerals.

Fitness Tip: Exercise provides a slew of benefits

There are several benefits of daily exercise such as reducing chances of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Friday, October 11

Craig briefs: Craig Chamber of Commerce mixer scheduled for Thursday

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite the business community to a Business After-Hours Mixer hosted by the Holiday Inn of Craig, Total Entertainment, KRAI and 55 Country. The mixer will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

Student news: Joel G. Wixson receives master's degree

Congratulations to Joel G. Wixson, who received his master’s degree in zoology at the University of Florida located in Gainesville, Fla., at 10 a.m. Aug. 10, 2013.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Minestrone Soup with Meat

As I’m typing up this week’s Over A Cup of Coffee, I can’t help but notice how dreary it looks outside. It’s dark and rainy — a day for soup. This week’s column features two soup recipes. If you try them, remember that you can adapt the recipes to your liking!

Healthy Recipe: Autumn Chicken Stew

Healthy Recipe: Autumn Chicken Stew

Government update for Oct. 15, 2013

Government update for Oct. 15, 2013

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Moffat County offense can't get going at Glenwood Springs

The Bulldogs struggled all evening against the Demons and lost, 42-6.

Tigers volleyball dropped in straight games in Wyoming

The Hayden High School volleyball team traveled to Wyoming on Friday night to take on Little Snake River but returned to Northwest Colorado with a sweeping loss, 3-0.

Forget Me Not: Giving back warms the heart

Because giving back is so important, I was incredibly touched when I heard about a local woman who stood at the checkout counters at City Market in Craig and paid for groceries for every senior who passed through. What a remarkable gift to give.

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Hundreds of Northwest Colorado educators participate in development day

Nearly 700 educators spanning seven school districts in Northwest Colorado gathered at Steamboat Springs High School on Friday to take part in the second Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services professional development day.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Oct. 12, 2013: Ciesco wins, Moffat County girls second in Rifle

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

Education briefs for Oct. 12, 2013: MCHS classes to build floats for homecoming

As part of Moffat County High School’s Homecoming Week festivities, the various grade levels will each be meeting starting Monday — there will be no class that day as part of Fall Break — to assemble floats for the Friday parade.

Nate Waggenspack: Handshakes add personality to Moffat County volleyball games

The MCHS volleyball team does some wacky handshakes to keep everybody entertained.

John Kinkaid: No to Amendment 66

If passed, Amendment 66 would increase state income taxes by $1 billion per year and mandate that 43 percent of existing revenue would be spent on education and that all incremental revenue increases go to P-12 education.

On the record for Moffat County for Oct. 12

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

Editorial: Parents' involvement is lacking at school district

On Wednesday, the Craig Daily Press published an article about the recent Parent Advisory Committee meeting that took place Monday night at Moffat County High School. The story specifically was about how only three parents attended the meeting despite the fact that the high school has 506 students. We find that low amount of parent participation concerning.

Rep. Bob Rankin: School funding and its intricacies statewide

This November, Colorado citizens will vote for or against the first progressive income tax and the largest income tax increase in the state’s history. The new tax will raise about $1 billion each year to increase funding for K-12 public schools and new pre-K-12 programs. The legislation that the new funding supports also changes the formula by which money is distributed to school districts in Colorado.

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Museum of Northwest Colorado: Railroads built tough

The Moffat Road, as the railroad between Denver and Craig was known, has always been famed for its peculiar challenges that come from the steep grades and the horrific winters. Millionaire founder of the line, David Moffat, lost his entire fortune to the building and upkeep of the Denver, Northwestern & Pacific Railway. He died while in New York seeking additional funding for the railway, just two years before the first passenger train finally wound its way into Craig in 1913.

Living Well: Pregnant? Hungry? Nutritional dos and don’ts during pregnancy

So, you are eating for two. Congratulations! It’s exciting but also a huge responsibility: What you put in your mouth is helping form the baby that’s growing inside you. The food you eat literally is becoming part of his or her growing and dividing cells. Whoa. Before you get too wigged out, know this: If you eat a healthy diet, your baby will grow just fine. Here are some tips to consider on eating well during pregnancy.

Pipi's Pasture: Sloppy fall days!

It’s funny how different one year can be from another. For example, last year we brought the cattle home from summer pasture the first weekend in September and fed them expensive hay until they went back to pasture in late May. This year, we’re thankful that there was enough grass, helped along a little by September rain, so that the cattle could stay on pasture until October — last weekend, to be exact.

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Moffat County school board forum gives candidates a chance to voice opinions

Moffat County School District Board of Education candidates got a chance to present their positions to the public at a forum held at Moffat County High School on Thursday night. The event was moderated by the MCHS speech team. They covered a wide range of issues, including Amendment 66, standardized testing, the challenges Moffat County School District faces, declining enrollment and the relationship board members should have with school staff. Ten of the 11 candidates were there; Christine Balderston, District 6 incumbent, could not make it to the forum.

Thursday, October 10

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Craig Middle School volleyball falls to Snake River in final home game

The Craig Middle School volleyball team heads to Rangely for a district tournament Saturday.

Routt County DA: Felony plea deals no longer will be bargains

District Attorney Brett Barkey put defense attorneys and accused felons on notice Thursday that plea offers going forward may no longer be the sweet deals they are used to.

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Seafood, live comedy among Crabfest offerings

The smell of savory butter. The sound of hundreds of chitin-filled shells breaking. The sight of people enjoying a food they don’t get to eat very often. It can only mean one thing: Crabfest is here again. Crabfest 2013 is scheduled for Saturday night at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. The Craig Chamber of Commerce’s annual fundraiser features a night of fun complete with the meat of the title crustacean as the main course.

Craig briefs: Republican Women to meet at Galaxy on Friday

The September meeting of Northwest Colorado Republican Women will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Galaxy Chinese Restaurant an Lounge.

Letter to the editor: Thanks for fundraiser

We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to a community that showed such kindness to help our family. Everyone that helped set up and attended the benefit for Laura Bingham-Gonzales went out of their way to make it a amazing event.

Letter to the editor: Thanks for support

A big thank you to all involved in making the benefit for Laura Bingham Gonzales a huge success.

John Aiken: Thanks for cleaning up

Thank you, local road and bridge department, for cleaning the city after last week’s snowstorm.

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The Bock’s Office: Racing film ‘Rush’ spins out of control fast

Muhammad Ali had Joe Frazier. Chris Evert had Martina Navratilova. The team of cheerleaders from “Bring It On” had the other team of cheerleaders from “Bring It On.” A good rivalry can push athletes to their peak or leave them to crash and burn, a pair of conditions that's very applicable for the two sportsmen of “Rush” as well as describing the quality of the movie itself.

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Bike-a-Thon at Craig school makes fundraising fun

After being delayed by weather for a couple weeks, the Calvary Baptist School got its Bike-a-Thon going this week and had another big year.

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Moffat County will face tough defense at Glenwood Springs

The Demons enter the game with a 3-3 record, as Moffat County looks for its second straight win.

On the record for Moffat County Oct. 10

The daily jail report and cops roundup.

Veterans Hotline: Vet services during the government shutdown

I received information on the government shut down regarding veteran benefits.

Rep. Bob Rankin: Upcoming legislative session will have its challenges

Folks who I meet with are starting to ask what I think the session will be like next year. Will it be as divisive and downright hostile as the 2013 session? Or will the fact that it’s a campaign year soften the bills and the rhetoric? The 2014 session is bound to be dominated by the residual effects of the partisan controversial bills from 2013. There’s still unfinished business resulting from at least four of the big bills from last year.

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Trekker who came through Steamboat struck and killed by semitrailer

Joe Bell, 48, the cross-country trekker from Oregon who came through Steamboat Springs in early August on his mission to increase public understanding of the relationship between bullying and teen suicide, was struck and killed by a semitrailer late Wednesday afternoon while walking along U.S. Highway 40 in Kit Carson County.

Wednesday, October 9

Jay Gallagher: Protecting Colorado’s water future

Water is essential to what makes Colorado special. Whether you live on the Western Slope or the Front Range, water shapes our land and our economy; it is what makes Colorado’s productive farms and ranches, our thriving recreational industry, our beautiful environment and our vibrant cities possible.

Salmonella fears prompt grocery stores to pull some chicken from shelves

All City Market and King Soopers stores in Colorado, including those in Craig and Steamboat Springs, have voluntarily stopped selling potentially dangerous chicken.

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Art instructor Jeff Roth sets out for Denver on foot

“I’m a self-proclaimed identity artist. I’m biracial, and growing up, I became very aware of the associated problems. I’ve had it from both sides.” — CMC art instructor Jeff Roth on the eve of setting out on foot for Denver.

Tuesday, October 8

Craig Briefs: School Board Candidate Forum set for Thursday

A school board candidate forum will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

Kim Womantree
: Tipton’s claims false

Representative “Where’s Scotty?” Tipton claims in your paper that he fought to keep government open.

Bob Grubb: Creation question

Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? Also, does the nature of the egg exactly correspond to the nature of the chicken?

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Defense key to 1-0 Moffat County soccer win

The Bulldogs bested Grand Valley at Woodbury Sports Complex on Tuesday.

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Moffat County volleyball falls to Cedaredge

Bulldogs honor cancer victims in home game

The Bulldogs lost in three sets in a home game Tuesday in Craig.

On the record for Moffat County Oct. 8

The daily cops roundup and jail report

Moffat County schools seek involvement for committees

The group meetings have been known as Parent Advisory Councils in the past, and these days are referred to as School — or Parent — Accountability Committees, but whether you call it a SAC or a PAC, the numbers for the MCHS organization are not uncommon at other places of learning in the Moffat County School District.

Moffat County approves solar garden for Craig

On Tuesday, Moffat County commissioners voted to approve a solar panel garden that’s slated to be built in Craig before the end of the year, weather permitting. The project will cost more than $1 million for Clean Energy Collective and take about six weeks. The organization wants to wrap up construction by December, but that largely will depend on weather.

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County expands guest ranch permit to include weddings

Bicycling tours in the future

Susan and Josh Boles’ new permit for Elk River Guest Ranch allows them to begin hosting road and mountain bike tours as well as weddings.

Lance Scranton: Explaining shutdown to students

Confrontation is generally described using particularly strong adjectives that imply physical harm or destruction. But the confrontation of ideas can be the most powerful and serious encounter we have with each other.

School board candidate forum takes place Thursday

What are the most pressing problems in our school district? This is one of the questions that will be asked of the 11 candidates at the Moffat County School Board Candidate Forum being held this Thursday. The Forum will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Moffat County High School auditorium and is open for anyone who wants to attend.

Monday, October 7

Craig Fire/Rescue chief retires abruptly

Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston announced his retirement last Thursday, and it was effective immediately. “Once I make a decision, I carry it out swiftly,” Johnston said. Johnston had worked with Fire/Rescue for 26 years, but retired abruptly Thursday without an extensive explanation of why, or why he didn’t give a longer notice.

Weather Watch: Mid-week winds turn into wetter weather

In what’s becoming a consistent recurrence, the weather for the region this week will go through a cycle shifting from pleasant to dreary to pleasant again.

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Timing of snow storm leads to broken trees across Yampa Valley

The reason that so many broken tree branches are littering streets from Steamboat to Craig has more to do with leaves than snow.

Data Sense: Personal income growing from government sources

The United States federal government shut down on Oct. 1, because the House and the Senate were unable to agree on a continuing resolution to keep the government funded. The government shutdown is having some local impact here in the Yampa Valley. For example, the Bureau of Land Management and Dinosaur Monument essentially have closed down. In addition, the U.S. Forest Service is closed including the Hahn's Peak Bears Ears Ranger District Office in Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Ranger District in Yampa.

Sunday, October 6

Craig briefs: Parent Advisory Council meeting is 6 p.m. today

Parents of high school students who want to stay involved with the Moffat County School District have an opportunity to do so at 6 p.m. today at Moffat County High School.

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Yampa Valley Friends of NRA have best year of fundraising

The organization raised over $40,000 for the future of shooting sports at its annual banquet.

Mary Jo Brown: Enjoy your own backyard

Now and then when I am watching television a program comes on about landscapes. I was fortunate enough to find one about “America the Beautiful” last week. The program began by showing a part of the plains in the Midwest then moved on to the Rocky Mountains.

Stephanie Pearce: Family pranks

Our family is full of colorful people. That is putting it mildly. They like to tell stories, joke and pull pranks. I think October could be a great month to let you in on a few of these stories. My grandma used to tell us “ghost stories.”

Education briefs for Oct. 7, 2013: Moffat County schools off Friday, Monday

The Moffat County School District will have no classes Friday or the following Monday. Friday is a district-wide teacher in-service day, and the next Monday will be the annual one-day Fall Break.

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MCHS Spanish students learn from Sandrock ELL students

On Wednesday afternoon, the second year Spanish students of Moffat County High School teacher Jessica Knez convened at Sandrock Elementary School ready to learn about the intricacies of one of the Romance languages from some very experienced speakers: the second- through fifth-grade students of Sandrock’s ELL program.

Saturday, October 5

Hayden volleyball falls to undefeated Paonia

Hayden High School volleyball's five-match win streak was snapped by undefeated Paonia on Saturday afternoon. The loss dropped the Tigers in their league standings.

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Public visits fire tower at opening in Craig

Craig Fire/Rescue unveiled its latest project, the live fire training tower, with a grand opening Saturday. More than 100 residents came to check out what the tower is all about.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Oct. 7, 2013

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County

Hayden football can't overcome power outage, West Grand speed

A two-hour power outage delay forced a late contest for Hayden High School football. When play resumed, the Tigers were smashed by a much faster West Grand squad.

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Craig Middle School football splits games vs. Steamboat

The two teams of Bulldogs hosted Steamboat Springs Middle School on Saturday at the CMS football fields, with the seventh-graders coming away with a decisive, 32-0 victory. The eighth-grade team lost for the first time this season, falling 9-6 in overtime to the Sailors.

Fitness Tips: Exercise regularly and with variety

The American College of Sports Medicine speaks about quantity and quality of exercise. Studies show that participating in 150 minutes of exercise each week is beneficial to healthy living.

Health Tip: October is Dental Hygiene Month

Whether you get cavities depends on many things, including heredity, oral hygiene, fluoride exposure and your food choices. Carbohydrates in both starches and sugars mix with bacteria in your mouth to make acids that promote tooth decay.

Healthy Recipe: Ramen Slaw

Note: This slaw tastes even better the second day!

Health briefs: Connections 4 Kids hosts children’s oral health education opportunities

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, is hosting a series of children’s oral health education opportunities in Craig, Meeker and Rangely for families and care providers, according to a press release.

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Your Health: Northwest Colorado offers many options for women’s health

The opportunities for women’s health care in Northwest Colorado are better than ever, according to area professionals, and one part of that is the amount of awareness of what is available in way of care specific to females.

Friday, October 4

Over a Cup of Coffee: Cooking Banana Squash

Surprisingly, even though I planted the garden late this past spring, we harvested some banana squash. It’s my favorite variety of winter squash.

Government update for Oct. 8, 2013

Government update for Oct. 8, 2013

Craig briefs: MCHS homecoming set for Oct. 15 through 19

Moffat County High School’s homecoming week is scheduled for Oct. 15 through 19.

Hayden volleyball wins 5th in a row

The Hayden High School volleyball team cruised to its fifth-straight win but will host undefeated and league-leading Paonia on Saturday.

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Moffat County football notches 1st win of season at Summit

With 28 straight points, the Bulldogs pulled off a 28-21 win in a tight game played through a blowing snowstorm.

Forget Me Not: Elderly are not to be forgotten

Growing old is not easy. I never realized how difficult it is for the elderly until my grandma Mary Leavitt broke her hip in 2005, which ultimately confined her to a nursing home. Unfortunately, she took her last breath in a place she did not call home, a place where other senior citizens rarely were visited by their family, a place where a majority of the elderly population end up despite their desperate wishes to live and die in their own houses.

Nate Waggenspack: Bring on the bad weather for fall sports

Craig Daily Press sports writer Nate Waggenspack likes seeing athletes compete in the rain and snow.

Meet your school board candidates: Part 3

After presenting interviews with those running for positions with the Moffat County School Board throughout the past two weeks, the Craig Daily Press brings readers the final three candidates.

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Museum of Northwest Colorado: From Hamilton to Hollywood

Television still was a fairly new innovation when a small-town guy from Craig won a trip to Hollywood for auditions in 1951. Vernon Davis grew up on his parents' homestead south of Craig, near Hamilton, in a family of seven children. During the Depression years, the parents were so hard-pressed that they were compelled to send some of the children to live and work with other family and community members.

Craig movie showtimes for Oct. 4 through 10

Craig movie showtimes for Oct. 4 through 10

Pipi's Pasture: What if ...

Are you one of those people, like me, who worries about everything, especially the “what ifs?” Right now, with the change in the weather and all of the winter work that has to get done, there are plenty of “what ifs” here at Pipi’s Pasture.

Maybell Park Board: Thank you Chuck Grobe

A special thank you to Chuck Grobe, Moffat County commissioner, for the donation of your time, expertise and materials to repair all of the electrical pedestals at the Maybell Park. It is wonderful to have them all safe and working again.

On the record for Oct. 5, 2013

The daily jail report and cops roundup

Living Well: Annual mammogram or not?

Let’s face it. For women, getting a mammogram is right up there with getting dental work. It’s a procedure we endure rather than enjoy. But it feels great to walk out the door and know we can check it off the list for at least another year — or two.

Editorial: Let's quickly find a replacement for Safeway

We were very disappointed to hear that Safeway — a company that’s been in Craig since 1929 — decided to close its Craig store. The business will shut its doors Oct. 12. The economic impact of this decision could be devastating for Centennial Mall and other businesses housed around Safeway. Additionally, Craig will lose its only Starbucks. We’d like to take this negative news and try to turn it into a positive.

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Heavy snow causes trees to break, power outages in Craig

Snow hit Craig hard Thursday night, tearing into trees that pulled down power lines and caused power outages on the west side of town. Yampa Valley Electric Association reported that since 8 p.m. Thursday, there had been about 1,000 customers who experienced power outages in the region, said Melissa Watson, manager of consumer accounts for YVEA, in a press release. Families and groups of homes scattered from Yampa to Baggs, Wyo., lost power because of heavy snowfall that caused branches and trees to fall on power lines.

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Steamboat receives more than 1 foot of fresh snow

As of Friday afternoon, Steamboat weather observer Art Judson had measured 12.8 inches of new snow for the storm at his site between downtown and the mountain.

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Craig inventor sells her product on Etsy

A local entrepreneur is starting up a business in Craig via the social media craft site, Etsy. It’s been a long time coming, but in the recent year she’s made headway. The name of Stacey Behrman’s portable baby-changing product, Little Bailey Poopers StowAway Changer, has a sentimental history.

Thursday, October 3

The Memorial Hospital board approves plan to work with school athletics

At its Thursday meeting, the board of trustees for The Memorial Hospital voted, 5-0, to go ahead with the initial stages of a contract with the Moffat County School District to provide the district with medical support for its athletics programs.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Cloudy’ sequel consists of likable leftovers

The amount of food we put away every day might make some feel guilty if they saw their pork chops or chicken nuggets up and moving around before they made their way to the dinner table. In the case of “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” it’s a lot harder than ever to look your meals squarely in the eye.

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Moffat County will combat weather, Summit Tigers in Friday matchup

Just past the midway point of the season, Moffat County hits the road again for its final nonconference game of the season.

On the record for Oct. 4, 2013

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

Bob Rankin: We need honest compromise

It seems that some crisis always is upon us. Our fellow Coloradans on the Front Range have suffered fires and floods of historic proportions. And now the federal government has shut down because of the debate on Obamacare. While we sympathize and pray for our fellow citizens and closely monitor the news on the shutdown, some crises affect our daily lives more directly than others. I’m proud of our state agencies, the National Guard and the federal resources that came to the rescue and support of flood victims, and I read with great concern the ongoing daily reports and developments.

Craig briefs: Parent Advisory Council meets at 6 p.m. Monday

Parents of high school students who want to stay involved with the Moffat County School District have an opportunity to do so at 6 p.m. Monday at Moffat County High School.

Janet Sheridan: Sketchy motel stories revisited

After my July column that highlighted flaws with motels, I heard from two readers who confessed to odd habits they’ve adopted in order to feel safe when staying in motels. In addition, two others told me about unpleasant experiences they endured when road weary and longing for a good night’s sleep.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Colorado water law evolving

With the recent headlines of catastrophic flooding in Colorado, the concept of drought is not quite as vivid as it was only a few months ago.

Wednesday, October 2

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Moffat County tea party holds forum on secession

The Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots held a public meeting Wednesday night to talk about the secession movement happening in Moffat County and in other parts of Colorado. State Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, and Jeffrey Hare — who founded the 51st State Initiative — were at the meeting to address questions and concerns voters have about seceding from the state.

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Steamboat Springs woman recovering after moose attack

A Steamboat Springs woman is expected to be OK after apparently being attacked by a moose Sunday near the water treatment plant east of The Sanctuary subdivision.

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Recent Moffat County grad makes most of muzzleloader hunting opportunity

Trent Parrott, 18, brought back a six-by-six bull from Game Management Unit 2 in northwest Moffat County this muzzleloader season after drawing one of the toughest tags to get in the state.

Tuesday, October 1

TMH to host meetings for knee replacement, breast cancer awareness

The Memorial Hospital will host informative meetings about its Joint Clinic and breast cancer awareness at venues both outside and within Craig in the next week.

Friends of NRA Banquet back in Moffat County

The Yampa Valley Friends of NRA Banquet will begin at 5:30 Saturday at the Boys &, its 18th straight year here.

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Moffat County cross-country making push for season's end

With regionals and state looming at the end of the month, the teams are making their final push.

Craig sports briefs for Oct. 2, 2013: Craig pool league Sunday session canceled

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

Sen. Michael Bennet: Washington should follow Colorado's example

As Congress wastes time in endless debate about shutting down the government and allowing the nation to default on its debt, Coloradans are working together and recovering in the aftermath of unprecedented flooding. The heroism and generosity we’re seeing in Colorado during and after the flood is in stark contrast to the ideology and bluster coming out of Washington.

On the record for Oct. 2, 2013

The daily cops roundup and jail report

Deer-vehicle collisions up in Colorado, down nationally

Deer are getting a break this year according to a survey that shows deer-vehicle collisions are down 4.3 percent nationwide compared with last year. In Colorado, the chances of hitting a deer in your car has increased.

Craig briefs: Mobile food pantry to distribute food Tuesday

The Food Bank of the Rockies mobile food pantry will distribute food from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Prather’s Pick: 'Pirates Love Underpants' is a lively picture book

One can’t help but admire the creative abilities of picture book authors. Just coming up with ideas for the books is an incredible talent. Take this week’s picture book, for example. “Pirates Love Underpants” (2013) was written by Claire Freedman and illustrated by Ben Cort. (The writer and illustrator live in England.) The book is the newest addition to the Underpants series, which include “Dinosaurs Love Underpants” and “Aliens Love Underpants.”

Rep. Scott Tipton: We fought to keep government open

We fought late into the night to keep government open, pass a Continuing Resolution that listens to the concerns of our constituents and conference with the Senate. The Senate refused to negotiate on any portion of Obamacare, including creating fair treatment for all Americans under the law, removing special treatment for Congress or repealing the costly medical device tax that is raising the cost of care and costing jobs. It’s disappointing that the president and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., won’t sit down and discuss the issue of why they think the American people shouldn’t receive the same exemptions that they gave to big business or why Congress should be exempt from the laws it passes.

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Government shutdown to have various effects on Northwest Colorado

The federal government has shut down, and although Washington, D.C., is almost 2,000 miles away, people are feeling the effects right here in Northwest Colorado.

Weather Watch: Weekday clouds to give way to sunny weekend

By all indications, last week’s pattern of a couple of days of sun followed by dreary skies before leading into a nice weekend is one we’ll see again this week.