Monday, September 30
The cold creeps in and wraps around us like a blanket of fog. Sometimes you can actually see it. Other times it’s just the feeling. It makes us want to dress warmer. It makes us prepare to spend more time inside, closer together. It makes us want to cuddle, to drink warm drinks and sit by a fire. It makes us excited to plan for the holidays ahead.
A lifelong resident of Craig, Nancy sympathizes with the human spirit and feels compelled to fix someone’s hair for free if they are in need of a spruce up.
Sunday, September 29
I was a little dismayed while reading the letter to the editor from a mom who was complaining about having to practice “sight words” with her child. The fact that the teacher sent a letter home explaining the need for practice was justified!
Christmas trees will be for sale starting Dec. 1 in the parking lot on the west side of McDonald’s on West Victory Way.
More than 200 photos on display at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort served as a solemn reminder of the ultimate sacrifices made by Colorado soldiers.
The turnout was sizable at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion Sunday afternoon for the seventh annual Love INC pig roast and silent auction fundraiser. About 200 people came out for a good meal and good times with the people of Craig and Moffat County.
October is well on its way, with the temperature going up and down and giving us surprises daily. Hopefully this type of weather will settle down soon and we can go forward with what we recognize as fall. This year has been quite an experience weather wise not only for Craig but all over the world.
Over the past month in town hall meetings and through thousands of phone calls, emails and letters, I have received a strong message from my constituents — keep government open and stop the Obamacare train-wreck in the most effective way possible. Obamacare is already hurting jobs in my district, driving up costs and making it harder for many people, especially in rural communities, to access the care they deserve.
Across the United States, fire departments that rely on volunteers and minimally paid firefighters are struggling to fill their ranks. It is no different here in Routt County, and local officials increasingly are growing concerned. They said local staffing levels not only put their firefighters at risk, they also increase response times, putting lives and property at risk.
Colorado State Fire Chiefs along with the Colorado State Firefighters Association earlier this year learned they had received two federal grants worth $3.3 million to address retention and recruitment problems.
Saturday, September 28
In one of the final golf tournaments of the season, everything went the right way.
Watch out. Hayden’s coming. That’s the message Hayden High School volleyball coach Christene Planansky said her Tigers broadcast Saturday afternoon.
The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.
A defensive miscue cost the Bulldogs a goal in the second half that would prove to be the difference.
Last week, the Craig Daily Press interviewed several of the candidates for the upcoming school board elections, mail-in ballots for which will be going out to voters Oct. 15. This week, we bring you three of the remaining six candidates running for office.
This week Shirley Stehle, of Craig, called to tell me how she makes chokecherry jelly.
Thank you citizens of Craig! We truly appreciate the foresight and dedication of folks in your community to acquire Moffat’s Marcia Car.
I would like to publically thank the Craig, Steamboat Springs and Maybell communities for their enthusiastic support and promotion of Constitution Week.
Moffat County Commission meeting. When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Love INC will hold its biggest fundraiser of the year Sunday. The event includes a silent auction.
The daily jail report and cops roundup.
Friday, September 27
Rangely outlasted Hayden, 15-14, on a cold, wet Friday night and in a game that was about far more than the score.
Even with its best performance of the season, the Moffat County football team is still searching for its first win.
The Wakonda Cup golf tournament Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course will provide residents of Northwest Colorado the chance to contribute to multiple causes. Besides the tournament’s entry fee of $100 per person going toward the Cory Pike scholarship fund for another year of assisting area students in their academic endeavors, this year’s event features another element. Representatives from The Memorial Hospital will be on hand during the tournament to register interested participants in the National Marrow Donor Program.
Students needing to take the ACT and SAT exams can register online at actstudent.org for the ACT and collegeboard.org for the SAT. Both sites also provide information for those taking the tests, including necessary supplies, documentation and other details.
This year United Way is aiming to be more “impact specific” as it does its yearly fundraising campaign for local non-profit organizations.
During the past two or three months, we’ve pulled hoses around on our yards and gardens, trying to keep the plants from drying up; we’ve hauled water to our livestock; and we’ve cranked up the house fans in an effort to stay cool. Suddenly — or it seems suddenly — we’ve gotten some moisture, the grass has greened up, the daytime temperatures have been cooler and it has frosted.
It's been a trying fall season for Moffat County sports, but they are handling it well.
Life can be challenging, but with a painful, stiff knee that makes it even harder to get out of bed in the morning, it’s doubly so. Osteoarthritis, sometimes called wear-and-tear arthritis, affects millions of people throughout the world. When the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down they rub together and cause pain. A common place to have osteoarthritis is in the knee joint.
Thomas Schmedke, 13, has had a long walk to school every day. With limited use of his legs due to a congenital defect, Arthrogryposis, it can be even longer than his peers’ trip to class. But, as of Saturday he can commute like most kids his age can: with a bicycle. With the help of J & R Cyclery and a local Good Samaritan, Schmedke now owns a Sun HT-3 Hand Trike which is a bicycle he can pedal with his hands.
William’s Fork was first settled in the mid-1880s and among those early pioneer arrivals was middle-aged Civil War veteran Henry Davis.
Lesser charge given in murder verdict
Craig resident Leroy Fief, 49, was found guilty of second-degree murder and menacing with a deadly weapon in the stabbing death of Shane Arredondo on Dec. 9.
Thursday, September 26
The Wakonda Cup Fore Fat Cor golf tournament will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course.
At its monthly meeting Thursday, the Moffat County School District Board of Education:
The Bulldogs lost to the Titans in three sets Thursday night in Craig.
The teams played two scoreless overtimes to keep the final score at 1-1.
When you’re powerless to help others or yourself in a bad situation, the matter is only made worse knowing that things could be so much easier if all the rules went out the window. Perhaps in one way or another, the title of “Prisoners” applies to all members of society.
The daily jail report and cops roundup
Biology professor Shawn Sigstedt, of Steamboat Springs, came to his discovery about the relationship between native people, bears and the osha plant while living with a Navajo family and observing its spiritual life in northern New Mexico.
The jury for the Fief murder trial began deliberating at about 3 p.m. Thursday. Leroy Fief, 49, of Craig, has been charged with first-degree murder related to the stabbing death of Shane Arredondo on Dec. 9.
For the past 41 years, the Hayden couple has been responsible for calling in daily 6 p.m. weather observations to the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction.
The Bulldogs take on the Devils at 7 p.m. Friday at the Bulldog Proving Grounds.
The Affordable Care Act formally makes its debut Tuesday when its central feature, the state shopping exchanges and accompanying government subsidies to help low- and moderate-income people, opens for business. Just how will this new act affect you?
Moffat County High School students got a glimpse of some of the secondary educational opportunities available to them at the school’s College Fair Wednesday morning. Representatives from 30 universities, colleges and other programs packed the MCHS gym, coming from around Colorado, as well as establishments of all different levels from Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, Arizona and South Dakota.
Wednesday, September 25
Leroy Fief, on trial for the murder of Shane Arredondo, told the Moffat County Court on Wednesday that he would not testify on his own behalf. Fief’s announcement came as a surprise, since even his lawyer, Jeremy Snow, said he had not anticipated Fief's change of heart. Fief had been expected to testify since the beginning of the trial. Snow said his client made the decision based on Judge Michael O’Hara’s final choice on jury instruction.
The Craig Police Department is advising citizens to be cautious when donating money to organizations that claim to be collecting funds to help provide relief to the victims of the recent floods in Colorado, according to a press release.
The store opened its doors in 1929 and will close Oct. 12. Business hours have been shortened to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until the closure.
Tuesday, September 24
The Hayden High School volleyball team came from a nine-point deficit to stun Soroco in the first set of a Tuesday night showdown between the rivals, riding that momentum to a three-set victory.
Moffat County volleyball loses to Roaring Fork in four sets Tuesday in Craig.
The Bulldogs surrendered three second half goals and lost, 4-1.
Leroy Fief, the 49-year-old Craig man currently on trial for the murder of Shane Arredondo, has broken down in tears several times during his ongoing trial. While he maintained a calm demeanor in the trial's first days; he cried when his wife testified and while he watched his own confession tape.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve the grant for the design phase of Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s runway project.
It might not look like much right now, but a $25,000 grant is going to allow area students to learn what it takes to turn a beat-up 1953 Chevrolet farm truck into a hot rod.
The search continues for someone to fill the space at 538 Yampa Ave. Harley Guess, owner of the building that has formerly housed both Golden Cavvy Restaurant & Lounge and The Baker House Bar & Grill, is still searching for a buyer for the property.
It has been nearly fifty years since John F.Kennedy was shot to death in Dallas. A brand new book, released this August, begins on that tragic day — at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 22, 1963. “These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie” is a biography. It isn’t just about that terrible day, however. After the first chapter, the author goes back in time, remembering the thousand days that Jack and Jackie Kennedy occupied the White House, especially their last year together.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away there was a most imaginative woman of enduring beauty and intellectual prowess. She held court with the famous and waited patiently for prince charming all the while impressing those around her with her powers of intuition and discernment.
The lineup for the Craig Concert Association’s 2013-2014 season kicks off Thursday night with a performance by The Unexpected Surfer Boys.
Monday, September 23
Leroy Fief, on trial for the murder of Shane Arredondo, wept while his wife gave an emotional testimony Monday morning at the Moffat County Courthouse. Mary Rose Fief was called to the stand to testify about the events that took place on Dec. 9, 2012, that resulted in the death of Arredondo, with whom she admitted she had an affair.
The National Weather Service predicts a lot of variety for Craig and the surrounding areas in the next several days.
As the dark gray clouds over Steamboat began to break up by 10:30 a.m. Monday, accumulated snow was visible just below the Four Point summit at 9,700 feet at Steamboat Ski Area.
I grew up learning it’s better to give than to receive. We all are programmed to give, give, give. But I’ve learned a valuable lesson the past few months. Sometimes, you need to be a gracious receiver. When you are raised to be strong, to be the giver, to do all you can to help others, it’s kind of hard to get in the mindset to accept help or gifts from others. But, what is the best part of giving? It’s knowing that you helped someone or made someone a little happier by your gift. So when you give, most likely you’re expecting a certain reaction from the receiver.
Chris Miller, the owner of Miller Family Appliance, makes the satisfaction of his customers and the community as a whole the focus of his business. And he’s been busy doing that since he set up shop in Craig.
While looking through things in my living room, I came across a small photo album that I had forgotten I had. Curiosity, one of the things that sometimes gets me into trouble, kicked in and I thought I would take the time to see what was in the album. To my delight, I found pictures of a trip my granddaughter Haley, daughter Jane and I had taken to Montana and Yellowstone National Park.
Sunday, September 22
Bulldog Sports for the week of Sept. 23, 2013
On Friday, the House passed legislation by Reps. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and Doc Hastings, R-Wash., to immediately address the hazardous conditions of Western forests by establishing a plan for healthy forest management to reduce the occurrence and severity of wildfire; protect watersheds, species habitats and ecosystems; and prevent the loss of life and property, according to a release from Tipton’s office.
It's homecoming week in Hayden as local students will be holding a weeklong black-and-orange celebration in anticipation of Friday's high school football game and Saturday's volleyball match, both against the Rangely Panthers.
I am writing in regards to the new signs that are posted upon entry into Moffat County. Why are these signs replacing the historic Moffat County signs?
My daughter is a first-grader at East Elementary here in Craig and I am baffled by some of the newsletters I receive.
With fall officially here, events like the farmers market won’t be around in the months to come as Craig residents prepare for colder and colder weather. Even so, that doesn’t mean the downtown area will be completely devoid of activity. Come downtown Thursday for a pair of happenings: Taste of Zucchini and the Upcycle Contest.
A new-to-town sports event company is hoping to put a little color into Steamboat Springs, and its next attempt will bring out the whole rainbow.
Saturday, September 21
The Moffat County varsity volleyball team lost to Grand Valley in only three sets Saturday, 25-18, 25-21, 25-16.
The Leaf Cruncher 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Run got going at 8 a.m. Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park with more than 100 participants, according to Friends of Moffat County Education’s registration numbers.
The Moffat County High School boys and girls cross-country teams won their respective races at Loudy-Simpson Park on Saturday.
Two representatives from Steamboat’s Zirkel Wireless headed to Washington, D.C., this week to give legislators a window into the state of broadband and telecommunications from the view of Northwest Colorado.
The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s Craig Station is listed as the No. 1 carbon polluting power plant in Colorado and 55th out of nearly 6,000 electricity-generating facilities in the country, according to a report called “America’s Dirtiest Power Plants” released Tuesday by Environment Colorado.
Calvary Baptist School will host its Bike-a-thon fundraiser at noon Friday in the parking lot of Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave.
Elections for the Moffat County School District Board of Education will be coming up in the next several weeks, and with five seats on the seven-member board open, the race is on for 11 candidates to fill the positions, and at least two of them will be filled by newcomers with board members Sandie Johns and Karen Stillion term limited. The Craig Daily Press sat down with some of the candidates to get an idea of why there’s so much interest in the campaign this year. CDP also will be running candidate profiles in the Sept. 28 Education section.
Friday, September 20
It took 10 years, but on Friday, the Soroco High School football team savored every possible second as it beat Hayden in football.
For the third time in as many weeks, the Bulldogs gave up more than 50 points and could get nothing going on offense. They lost, 53-7, at Delta on Friday and fell to 0-4 this season.
Moffat County Commission and Craig City Council
The daily cops roundup and jail report
Sports writer Nate Waggenspack writes about the adventure of getting into shape after coming to Craig.
As the church bells of Craig rang out earlier this week in celebration of our Constitution, I found myself reflecting on the idea of the supreme law of the land that boldly declares “We the people, of the United State of America” and continues to designate the responsibilities of Congress, the president and the courts in forming “a more perfect union.” And four years later, the Constitution was amended when 10 new provisions known as the Bill of Rights became part of the law.
The recent rains are proof that we just can’t predict what the weather will be like from year to year, even month to month. Out here, in the area around Pipi’s Pasture, the short grasses have gotten enough moisture so that they’re green again, much like spring. Our lawn is emerald green, just as it is in May.
An open meeting about Moffat County seceding from Colorado will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilions. The event offers an opportunity for Moffat County residents to talk about how they feel about secession.
In honor of National Prostate Cancer Awareness month, how about gaining some insights into the signs, symptoms and causes of prostate cancer? Better yet, read on to learn ways to prevent it.
Leroy Fief’s murder trial continued Friday with the prosecution calling a woman to the witness stand to describe the events she witnessed early Dec. 9. Fief is on trial for the stabbing death of Shane Arredondo, who Leroy Fief suspected was having an affair with his wife, Mary Rose Fief.
Northwest Colorado's unemployment level for August 2013 was lower than the previous year, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
The number of people who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, in Moffat County went up by nearly 50 percent since 2009. Each year, the number increases, said Kerri Klein, director of the Social Services Department, at the Moffat County Commission meeting Tuesday. Between 2009 and 2010, the average number of households that used food stamps went up about 25 percent, according to figures released by Social Services. That number continues to grow. In 2009, more than 500 households were using food stamps. So far in 2013, the average is more than 740. The numbers reflect a 45 percent increase since 2009.
Charles Merrill came to Northwest Colorado from Hartington, Neb., around 1904 and homesteaded land just west of Craig, where today’s Shadow Mountain is situated. In addition to his duties as cashier at the First National Bank of Craig, Merrill became actively involved in his new community. He joined the town’s baseball team, served a term as mayor of Craig and served as president of the Citizens Bank. In 1907, he married Elnora Green, daughter of pioneer homesteaders R.S. and Sarah Green.
Thursday, September 19
After a nearly 2 1/2-hour public hearing Thursday night, the Routt County Planning Commission voted, 4-3, to deny a permit sought by Union Wireless to build a new telecommunication tower 8 miles south of Steamboat Springs.
Playing against their closest rivals Thursday, the football teams from Craig Middle School wore out Hayden en route to a 46-24 final score.
The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board fire tower is nearing completion. After breaking ground last December, construction for the 4,279-square-foot structure on Industrial Avenue recently finished, with work done by companies like Three Sons Construction and Anson Excavating & Pipe, as well as landscaping on the adjoining property by Bob Meckley.
Leroy Fief, of Craig, who was charged with first-degree murder in December, is on trial, facing a minimum sentence of life in prison.
The Bella Voce Chorus members of Sweet Adelines International are searching for women singers in the Craig, Meeker, Steamboat and Baggs areas. The group wants to grow its chorus.
I am hearing that some of our school board candidates wish to deplete our capital reserve funds. To illustrate the effects of this let’s use our federal government for example.
After nearly a year, Wyman Museum’s unofficial mascot is back where he belongs, on the museum property.
The competition between golfers from each city takes place Saturday and Sunday.
I sprouted to unusual heights at an early age. As a result, teachers, baby sitters and forgetful relatives often assumed I was older than my years. Often, when I tattled, cried, pouted or poked a classmate, an adult would say, “Shame on you, Janet, you’re big enough to know better. Act your age.”
We are devoted to focusing on literacy. The English Department has been challenged to increase literacy through more reading and more non-fiction writing. They are leading the charge and challenging the other content areas, i.e., social studies and science. Research has shown that focus on non-fiction writing reaps significant student growth in literacy. This is their work and challenge.
It’s a harsh truth, but at high school and college bacchanals across the country, kegs, bottles and plastic cups are a common sight every weekend. And, although they might not let on, there are a few tears involved whenever someone starts to knock back a drink. As “The Spectacular Now” shows us, sometimes trying to have fun really isn’t all that fun.
The second annual Leaf Cruncher 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Run will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park. Besides being a healthy activity for every member of the household, the event also is a fundraiser for Friends of Moffat County Education.
The Bulldogs battle the Panthers in Delta this Friday.
Wednesday, September 18
This is the slow season, but there still is a lot to see and do during a behind-the-scenes tour at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
The Steamboat Institute collected supplies Wednesday to assist communities on Colorado's Front Range that have been devastated by historic flooding.
The Dotson family lives in Craig and consists of Caleb, 11, Colton, 7, Chandler, 3, Creed, 1, and their parents, Chris and Caroline Dotson. Inspired by the recent devastating flood that destroyed thousands of homes and caused numerous deaths throughout Colorado, the two oldest children, Caleb and Colton, decided to start the Hope Floats fundraiser to help kids and families who have lost their belongings in the floods.
Tuesday, September 17
Safeway officials still have not said whether they will be closing Craig’s local store, which has been open for more than 80 years. Kris Staaf, director of public affairs for Safeway, could not confirm that Craig’s Safeway would stay open.
In conceiving this commentary, I wish to place forth that any small community is great to the degree to which it rolls up its sleeves and supports its schools. I desire to seek a greater conversation, offer more information and help people understand our work. What is that work? Providing our children with a challenging and engaging education to be ready for the demands of the future.
Shell Oil's Steve Compton told the Routt County Board of Commissioners that Shell intends to go beyond state regulations to sample more wells than required and return more frequently than required to sample the wells after drilling is completed.
The daily police report
The latest sports news from Craig and Moffat County.
The boys golf team shot 262 and had no individuals qualify for state Tuesday.
Several local businesses got involved with the flood relief effort taking place in Craig.
Moffat County has personnel aiding the Front Range and is collecting donations to send to those in need. Rain to taper off in Craig as week continues
Children will enjoy the lively words used to describe the Halloween goings-on at Farmer Brown’s barnyard, including the “creak, creak, creaking," “crunch, crunch, crunching” and more as the words are repeated during the story. As with all of the other Cronin and Lewin books, this one is sure to be a hit with children and the adults who read it to them.
Our American story is one that necessarily involves struggle, hope and perseverance. William Bradford set sail on the Mayflower, settled upon a compact and founded Plymouth Rock but in the ensuing struggle lost his wife (literally) and half of those who put their trust in him for a better life.
Seats were hard to find in the Moffat County High School auditorium during the popular culinary stage show, making a well-received return to Craig. The show functions as a walk-through of beloved, easy-to-fix meals from the Taste of Home cookbook as well as a display of what’s new in the world of epicurean accessories and appliances.
Monday, September 16
The recent flooding in Colorado’s Front Range and surrounding areas could have a negative impact on the rest of the state, including Northwest Colorado.
Vote in the upcoming election Nov. 5. Mail in ballots will be mailed out in October. Your votes do count, and this will be a very important election with all that will appear on the ballot. All votes do matter.
Those who have strong leadership, drive and — most of all — passion, are the key components to shaping a thriving community. Sara Linsacum is no stranger to such skills and continues to make a dent in Craig through a strong internal drive that makes her this week’s Hometown Hero.
Sunday, September 15
The new Steamboat Springs High School mountain bike team has been a hit off the trail and a success on it.
After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010, Steamboat's Jill Murphy Long found solace in filmmaking.
I enjoy watching games shows where the contestants can make a lot of money. The show that is on television while I am writing this has a contestant that won a million dollars. It has always been my thought that it would be fun to be part of a game show like Family Feud or Truth or Consequences, although with my luck I would probably end up with all the consequences. It’s the excitement of the game I like although the money wouldn’t exactly hurt my feelings either. Games that deal with words or trivia are usually my favorite types.
I grew up being taught to treat others how you want to be treated. OK, maybe when it came to my siblings, that rule didn’t get used enough, but for the most part, I have tried to always abide by this rule. I really think it applies in the real world and if more people used it, every day would be a little brighter all around.
Constitution Week begins Tuesday and runs through Sept. 23 with numerous activities and educational opportunities for residents of Craig and Steamboat Springs regarding the signing of the United States Constitution, which formed the backbone of the American government.
The Memorial Hospital is bringing a national speaker, Ridley Barron, author of Twist of Faith, to Craig to talk about the value of vigilant patient-centered care. “He has a really important message about patient safety and patient-centered care,” said Chief of Organizational Excellence at TMH Jennifer Riley. Barron’s presentation will touch on what can happen after a single medical mistake in a brief moment, she said.
Saturday, September 14
The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.
The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.
The Bulldogs won their first Western Slope League game of the season Saturday.
A group of science teachers from across the state gathered Saturday at Legacy Ranch for a workshop on how to take students out of the classroom for hands-on work in the field.
Now that the school year is in effect, the Passport to Reading program is in full swing with Craig’s fourth- and fifth-graders hitting the books with determination. Organizer James Neton, librarian for Moffat County High School, said the initial response to the program has been even better than when he first started it last year.
This week, the Moffat County Commission gave the green light to improvements to the Loudy-Simpson pond to remove algae and sediment. Improvements to the pond are drastically needed, making this a good thing for the community, the fish and the ducks.
The 15th annual Craig Sheep Wagon Days takes place today at Wyman Living History Museum. The event is a celebration of the agricultural heritage of Northwest Colorado complete with demonstrations and displays for all ages, including a blacksmithing station, a hay maze, a petting zoo and more.
Friday, September 13
Alive at 25 is a 4 1/2-hour driver’s awareness program, which is different from driver’s education, according to a press release. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Craig Fire Rescue, 419 Yampa Ave. The cost is $39 without a scholarship.
The Sailors scored three special teams touchdowns in the first half en route to downing the Bulldogs.
Government update for Sept. 14, 2013
A buzzword in health care these days is “patient-centered.” It signifies a positive trend to put patients first. Gone are the days when you sat on the examination table and kept your mouth shut as your doctor took a look and then quickly summarized the situation. Today, you are encouraged to ask questions.
This week’s recipe is one of my favorite chocolate cakes ever. I found it in the May 13 issue of “The Fence Post.” The recipe was submitted by Marcy Dyer, of Pierce.
The hot, dry days — until now — of summer have flown by, and suddenly, it’s time for area ranchers to be thinking about bringing the cattle and sheep home from summer pasture. That goes for our family, too. Before long, we’ll be hauling our little herd home for the winter.
On Oct. 1, 1929, the fairly new Safeway grocery chain opened a store in Craig in the Cowgill building at 469 Yampa Ave. The chain, which began in 1915, was built on a “no-credit and good value to the customer” system.
I wish good luck to the high school soccer teams.
The Moffat County rodeo teams have big plans for state and national rodeos in the 2013-14 season.
On Thursday, I had the pleasure of interviewing a man doing something completely insane — but also pretty cool. Noah Coughlan is running across the U.S. and has me inspired.
The daily jail report and cops roundup
This is the year for our Northwest Colorado region to be host to the most influential nonprofit conference in the state: Rural Philanthropy Days, which is a collaborative program that builds excellence among the nonprofit and social service agencies that support our communities.
Say cheese! The schools of Moffat County School District will be featuring Picture Days starting Monday and running through the following week.
A rockslide occurred late Thursday on Interstate 70 near Exit 167, causing closures on the road that lasted until about 11 a.m. Friday. At about 10:30 a.m., only one lane of eastbound and westbound I-70 between U.S. Highway 6 and Hidden Valley is open with all traffic running on the eastbound lanes, according to a press release.
Noah Coughlan, 29, is undertaking the venture to raise awareness for Batten disease, a rare, genetic brain disease that occurs in two to four of every 100,000 births in the United States.
Thursday, September 12
If the weather cooperates this weekend, Hayden resident Corey Hunter plans to begin work on overhauling the Hayden Speedway.
Tinneal Gerber recently resigned from the board of trustees for The Memorial Hospital, as of the group’s Sept. 5 meeting. Her decision to leave the position was based on a need to focus on her job as finance director for Moffat County School District.
What do the residents of Moffat County have to say about Moffat County? How could the area be made better? That’s what Kate Nowak, executive director of Yampa Valley Data Partners, and Chris Oxley, executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, intend to find out with a project they are seeking funding for. “This is a chance for local citizens to have a voice,” Nowak said, adding that it gives them an opportunity to say where they want to see their community go.
I can’t thank you all enough for helping a complete stranger that morning. This event confirms what I have always thought about Craig: great community.
The former Steamboat Springs resident accused of faking cancer and stealing thousands of dollars in charitable contributions has committed suicide, according to a former friend.
The law requires every state to set up an insurance exchange, or marketplace, to be available by Oct. 1 so individuals and small businesses can shop for the coverage that will meet their specific needs and budget. Colorado is well on its way to meeting that requirement. Connect for Health Colorado will be open Oct. 1, so people can shop for individual or business insurance plans as well as determine if they are eligible for premium support (tax credit) payments. If an insurance plan is purchased through the Colorado marketplace, the first premium will be due Dec. 15, and coverage will begin Jan. 1.
The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.
A jam-packed Zumba class at Old Town Hot Springs honored Giselle Miller on Thursday with a surprise party a day before her 80th birthday. Eighty, however, is just a number to Miller and one that won’t keep her from her thrice-weekly Zumba routine.
It’s impossible to represent and listen to folks in the northwest corner of Colorado without feeling the impacts of federal land management decisions. The socio-economic impact of federal decisions on the local communities of western Colorado is enormous. This month’s column focuses on that single, critical issue.
The Bulldogs and Sailors will renew their rivalry Friday in Craig.
Wednesday, September 11
Craig Reuer, of Craig, during a sentencing hearing Wednesday was given a 150-day jail sentence with work-release and nine years of probation for embezzling money from Tri-State Equipment. Reuer was arrested in November 2012 on charges of embezzling money, identity theft and forgery. He was facing a possibility of 18 months in Moffat County Jail and pleaded for no jail time.
Moffat County leaders are reacting to recall elections in Pueblo and Colorado Springs with mixed feelings. Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, were voted out of office in a recall election Tuesday because of their support of gun control legislation. “It sends a very clear message to lawmakers that you work for your constituents,” said Brandi Meek, Moffat County chairwoman for the Colorado Republican executive committee.
One of the most unifying symbols of the United States is a fabric rectangle featuring six white stripes, seven red and 50 white stars on a field of blue. Although Americans see this image on a daily basis, there are some days when the nation’s flag instills an increased sense of patriotism. The members of Craig Rotary Club will be placing flags along Victory Way and Yampa Avenue on Wednesday as part of their efforts to acknowledge significant American holidays and days of observance, in this instance a tribute to those who perished in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Tuesday, September 10
Rifle beat the Bulldogs boys soccer team, 3-1, in Rifle.
Moffat County Commissioners approved a project Tuesday to dredge Loudy-Simpson pond. The project has a budget of $300,000, but it may cost well less than $240,000 since the bidding process returned an affordable option.
It was another dominant performance in the .22 rifle shooting at the 4-H state competition.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a permit that would allow drilling of the new Wiregrass oil well in far northwestern Routt County.
Rhett Pair has been on a three-year-long venture to open a debt solution company, and it finally has come to reality in Craig: It’s called Rocky Mountain Debt Solutions, and its grand opening is Tuesday.
The daily jail report and cops roundup
The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrot Heads sends a warm tropical thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Art’n the Park’n Lot fundraiser a success!
This week’s novel for adults is a must read. I started reading it when I came home from the library Thursday afternoon, read a little Friday — because I was busy — and by late Saturday afternoon, I’d read the whole thing. “The Burgess Boys” was written by Elizabeth Strout, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Olive Kitteridge.”
Many of our modern heroes are perfectly human in their imperfections but cast a large shadow over the society they feel compelled to protect. The hero in a teen's life isn’t always from stories of Zeus or Apollo or even knights in shining armor. Today, a hero can be someone as humble as a firefighter or a teacher.
Craig resident Frank Moe requested that Gov. John Hickenlooper visit Moffat County to discuss various concerns constituents in rural Colorado have about the state’s current political climate.
What would happen to Craig if a disaster hit, whether it was natural, a flood or a school shooting? After the initial shock, how would the community recover? A disaster preparedness committee met Monday for the third time to discuss how it could enact an aftermath recovery plan. Craig City Council member Gene Bilodeau chairs the committee and said Craig needs more than just an emergency response plan.
Monday, September 9
Yampa Valley Regional Airport Manager Dave Ruppel held a conference call Monday with the airlines that fly in and out of Hayden to discuss the runway resurfacing project that will shut down air service in the spring.
Northwest Colorado’s wet season has finally hit, and it’s hit hard. After bits of rain off and on throughout the weekend, Craig residents saw a greater deluge Monday morning with significant precipitation covering the town for the first time in a good long while.
Dylan Correia is back in Northwest Colorado after serving in Afghanistan. His bravery earned him a Purple Heart.
Sunday, September 8
The Club 20 meeting concerning health care held Saturday at the Two Rivers Convention Center was the epitome of a public meeting. The guest speakers were knowledgeable and articulate. The audience was interested and inquisitive. The facilities and luncheon were well staffed and appointed.
It is clear from the Declaration of Independence that our founding fathers believed in a creator and that it is this creator that gives us our rights. When God gives our rights it means that man cannot change them or man is acting against the will of his creator when he does.
Moffat County High School Parent Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. today in the library.
Forthcoming legislation, both potential and concrete, was on the minds of people from the Western Slope this weekend while attending the fall meeting of Club 20. The group's fall meeting, held Friday and Saturday at Grand Junction’s Two Rivers Convention Center, brought forth talking points regarding federal and state government, namely the United States’ Affordable Care Act and the Colorado Commits to Kids Initiative.
I drive by the chokecherry bushes everyday twice a day; on my way to work and on my way home. They change throughout the year almost like we do throughout our lives. They make me really think about how quickly this life goes by. In the spring, these bushes are just lots of grey twigs sticking out of the ground. There’s really nothing to them. They may be sprouting some green buds that will eventually be leaves, but really there’s not much there. Kind of like when babies are first born and they just eat and sleep and you find yourself staring at them for hours.
We all need to listen to our words, not only what we say but the manner in which we say it. In this day and age of texting there are many misunderstandings because you can’t put sound into a text message. Often the meaning of the text is taken completely wrong and feelings are hurt. The written word although expressive often cannot get across the feeling of the situation unless you are writing a book and put in what the character is feeling or the mood in which they spoke.
The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.
Colorado Northwestern Community College saw a decrease in enrollment this semester. The overall headcount decreased by 2 percent while the full-time equivalent enrollment decreased by 9 percent. The rate reflects a national trend said Gene Bilodeau, vice president of the Craig campus. Across the country schools are seeing lower enrollment numbers because, with the improving economy, more people are getting jobs instead of going to school.
The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County
Saturday, September 7
A Hayden teacher who raised $1.6 million so he could better teach his students was named Educator of the Year on Saturday night by Peabody Energy.
The Bulldogs struggled to find consistency in their home tournament Friday and Saturday.
The 27th Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials means a lot of things to a lot of different people, whether you’re one of the handlers competing for the combined $20,000 purse or just someone sitting on the sidelines.
Friday, September 6
Trapper Mine, a surface coal mine located 6 miles south of Craig, had two recent accidents resulting in injuries to Trapper employees, according to a press release.
Thanks to Mary Burnett, of Craig, we have some zucchini recipes to use with our late summer garden produce. I had hoped to try her “Italian Zucchini Bake” from last week’s column, but our weekend was so hectic that I didn’t take the time to make it. Maybe this coming weekend!
The results are in for the livestock and dog shows held during the 2013 Colorado State Fair. Moffat County junior exhibitors brought home lots of ribbons, some of them champion and reserve champion awards.
Children need to know the rules of the road — plain and simple. It can save lives. Last week, the Craig Daily Press ran a story that gave readers information on what is right and what is wrong while walking and/or cycling on the road.
The Bulldogs fell behind 27-0 at the end of the first quarter at Bears Stadium in Rifle.
Starting Sept. 10, if you’re admitted to the hospital you most likely will be given a few different wristbands, one bar-coded for scanning. While it might seem like overkill, it’s good protection against medication errors. TMH is implementing barcode scanning at the bedside. It means a safer visit for you.
A candidate for state treasurer stopped in Craig and Steamboat as part of his statewide listening tour. In July, Broomfield Mayor Pat Quinn announced his candidacy for treasurer in the 2014 election and since then has been high-tailing it across each Colorado county. So far, the Democrat has been through 38 counties, but his plan is to hit all 64.
Craig’s first unofficial “Welcome Wagon” committee was comprised of two sisters, Flora Tucker and Rosella Breeze, who moved here around 1890 when the town site was first being laid out by their brother Willard Teagarden and Flora’s husband William. The two women, noted for their kindness, strove to welcome newcomers into the close-knit frontier community, helping them to settle in and become adjusted to the remote area with its rigorous climate.
The weekly report of government meeting agendas
Suicide continues to devastate families in Moffat County. The area has a higher suicide rate than either the state or national average. That’s why Ronna Autrey who leads REPS (Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide), a Yampa Valley organization, is going to host a public suicide prevention class at Colorado Northwestern Community College on Saturday. “September is suicide prevention month and one of the reasons we did this was to raise awareness,” she said.
The Moffat County boys golf team has seen its scores drop dramatically this season.
The Bulldogs are two games into their season, hoping to return to the playoffs in 2013.
In an era when air-conditioned farm tractors with satellite radio have become the norm, there’s something to be said for reconditioning a venerable agricultural implement like the self-propelled Hay Cruiser that Bill Fetcher put to work this summer.
The Peabody Energy Leaders in Education program will name its Educator of the Year for the 2012-2013 school year at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Steamboat Grand in Steamboat Springs. Those scheduled to attend include Colorado Lt. Gov. Joseph Garcia and Kemal Williamson, Peabody Energy’s President of the Americas. Among the 12 regional teachers and school staff members in the running for the award, all of whom received the Leader in Education distinction within the last year, are Moffat County High School Guidance Counselor Paula Duzik, MCHS math teacher Kristin Ingalls and former Craig Middle School science teacher Brynna Vogt.
Thursday, September 5
I like to golf, but the problem is that I am not good at it. I’m not that bad, but I’m definitely not that good.
Earlier this week, I expressed my feelings about the Moffat County School District’s test scores.
The Memorial Hospital Foundation announced that it is seeking volunteers to serve on the foundation’s board of directors.
The board of trustees for The Memorial Hospital voted unanimously Thursday night to approve a site lease for an outpatient dialysis center on the hospital’s land. The proposed 5,000-square-foot building would provide dialysis services for patients with kidney ailments.
The Bulldogs face Rifle at 7 p.m. Friday in Rifle.
Mike Bingham shot a career-low 79 for the Bulldogs, and the team posted a 258, its best score this season.
Two years ago, I experienced nature’s magnificence as I walked along one of the many trails that twine behind the Sandrocks like tendrils of spaghetti clinging to a pot. An unexpected — but not uncommon — encounter, it lingers in my memory; and a glimpse of furtive movement, a September sun washing my face, or the spicy smell of sage can instantaneously pull it back into my consciousness.
The Routt County District Attorney’s Office has filed formal assault charges against a Denver man after an incident Sunday night at a downtown Steamboat Springs bar.
In aviation, you need a great amount of horsepower before you can take to the skies, an apt analogy for the ingenuity needed to make a movie soar. Sadly, in that department, the well-meaning “Planes” can’t seem to get itself off the ground.
Wednesday, September 4
One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese.
Still an officer down, the town of Hayden plans to enlist the help of the Routt County Sheriff's Office. The Hayden Town Council is expected to formalize an agreement with the Sheriff's Office during a meeting Thursday.
The economy continues to gradually recover from the recession in Moffat and Routt counties with a dip in unemployment. Yampa Valley Data Partners released its latest Fast Facts report Wednesday, which calculated market trends and data through July in both counties.
Stage 1 fire restrictions are scheduled to be lifted Tuesday, because of a change in the weather and that fact that no human-caused fires have been reported, said Sgt. Todd Wheeler, of Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.
Tuesday, September 3
Kate Nowak will be leaving her position as executive director of Yampa Valley Data Partners to become the executive director of Routt County United Way.
The boys soccer team lost to the Titans, 4-0 Tuesday at Woodbury.
Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads will host the fifth annual Art’n the Park’n Lot from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the space next to J.W. Snack’s at the corner of Tucker Street and Victory Way. The event is a day full of fun activities for people of all ages as they celebrate the local art and music scene.
I first read this week’s picture book when my sister, Darlene Blackford, gave me a copy. She said that she loves the book. I do, too! It’s “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” written by William Joyce. I’ve been trying to think of the words that best describe the book. It’s “fanciful” — certainly it’s imaginative — but the book is more than that. There’s a message about the power of reading, too, and the reader is left with a comforting feeling when the book ends.
I was really frustrated this summer when my kid’s vernacular was reduced to: “bring it” when compelling another sibling to a challenge of some order or type. So, I used my coaching voice (it’s how I describe raising my voice for emphasis) and told them to stop. I told them that it served no purpose to use such a trite expression for every single situation that might spark a disagreement or provoke some kind of competitive contest
The law states that pedestrians are supposed to walk against traffic and bicyclists are supposed to ride with traffic, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Yet does this happen? Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said that he’ll often see kids that are walking on the wrong side of the road or are riding their bikes through stop signs, paying no attention to the law and ultimately putting themselves and others in danger.
The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.
Volunteer firefighters took time out of their Labor Day weekend to fight for a cause. Volunteers, mostly firefighters, stood in the road on East Victory Way, Yampa Avenue and Fourth Street holding out galoshes for their “Fill the Boot” muscular dystrophy drive. They told drivers about the issue and asked for donations.
Sunday, September 1
The annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials gets started this week and runs from Wednesday through Sunday, offering five days of sheepdog herding competition for a purse totaling $20,000.
Our public school tests are shameful. Mr. Curtis’ report to the Board of Education didn’t just highlight the pitiful scores and performance of our students, it spotlighted our shame.
I am beginning to see the advantage of going at a turtle’s pace in that although I move slowly, I still get the job done.
Oh, to be young again. Actually, I don’t wish to be young again, but it would be nice to feel young again. Watching teenage girls figure out who they are can be very entertaining.
The Bulldogs went 1-2 in three tournament games over the weekend in Glenwood Springs.
Steve Stephenson is a subsitute teacher at Moffat County High School with plenty of stories to share.
The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.
Moffat County football struggled on offense and lost 20-6 at Ridge View Academy