Keith Brennise is the president of the non-profit organization Kids, Cancer & Cowboys, a program intended to give children diagnosed with cancer the chance to experience the Western lifestyle and brighten their attitudes about facing the disease.
It’s that time again — the time to look back on the past year in cinema and assess what constituted the very best of the film world.
The Moffat County School District Board of Education took action at its regular monthly meeting Thursday night.
The Craig Daily Press is investigating a possible violation of the Colorado Sunshine Law following a meeting about sage grouse conservation. Daily Press government reporter Erin Fenner was banned from the meeting, which took place at American Legion Post 62 following Tuesday’s tour of Moffat County land by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.
The time has come for Moffat County residents to break out their finest wardrobe, polish up their boots and get ready for one of the fanciest nights of the year. Tickets are still available for the Craig Rotary Club event Diamonds & Spurs, which takes place Saturday evening at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.
Before any project can be started, the people involved must ask themselves a simple question. What do you want to achieve? That was the inquiry posed to those in attendance Saturday morning and Monday night at community meetings hosted by Moffat County Council on Aging to gauge interest in creating a senior center in the area. Held in the Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus Academic Building and overseen by CNCC President Russell George, the summit drew a number of people wanting to discuss the possibilities.
The energy was unforgettable at various locations across Northwest Colorado as football fans cheered on the Denver Broncos during the AFC championship game. And they weren’t disappointed as the Broncos claimed a 26-16 victory against the New England Patriots to snag the Lamar Hunt Trophy and advance to the ultimate in gridiron glory, the Super Bowl.
Keeping track of the calories contained within your food is an important step of weight loss and weight maintenance.
After four years in the making, Chicovsky’s documentary about area sheep ranchers is moving into the post-production stage. The film “Sage Country” — focusing on the lives of the family and workers of Villard Ranch — can currently be found as a campaign on fundraising website Kickstarter, which allows independent filmmakers and others seeking money to get creative projects going through different avenues.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre will be returning to Craig with another week-long, intensive program for young thespians. This year’s feature will be “Blackbeard the Pirate,” and auditions are Monday afternoon at the Moffat County High School auditorium.
Net’s Cafe switches to winter hours during seasonal lull
Maybell restaurant Net’s Cafe has temporarily moved to winter hours starting at the beginning of the year and running through February. The eatery will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays and closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Communication. The topic was an important one during the monthly Sunset Elementary School Accountability Committee meeting Tuesday night, as parents, teachers and school administrators convened to discuss recent and upcoming happenings in the school.
If family issues were tangible, you could mix together decades of resentment, plentiful substance abuse, sprinkle it with adultery, add in a smidgen of incest, stick it in the blender and drink it. It certainly wouldn’t be palatable, but the lesson you’d learn would be akin to watching a movie like “August: Osage County.”
Starbucks kiosk in City Market not yet confirmed
Big things have been brewing in the Craig business world after the closure of certain businesses in the past year, and it may be heating up again in a different way.
Heidi Lucille Swan was the first baby of 2014 born at The Memorial Hospital, a fact that was unusual news for her parents, who had no idea a child born nearly two weeks into the New Year would receive so much attention by hospital staff.
Massage, wellness business to relocate to Trapper Fitness
Dana Armstrong will begin as the massage therapy instructor for Colorado Northwestern Community College, with her first class scheduled for Tuesday. The new job is something of a return for her, having received her certification in the discipline from CNCC.
The first semester of MCHS’s 2013-14 year ended Dec. 20, marking the first full term under the new block schedule format. After returning from winter break Monday, students, teachers and administrators were looking forward to getting back to the system to which they’ve grown accustomed these last four months.
Compared to the hazardous tasks performed around the world by members of our bravest and boldest, recreating the kind of combat conditions they see in an accurate manner is nowhere near as difficult. Even so, staying true to their real encounters is no easy work, as seen in the harrowing depiction of real events within “Lone Survivor.”
Interim CEO to start Jan. 27
In a special meeting Wednesday night, the Board of Trustees for The Memorial Hospital voted unanimously to officially accept the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Chris Smolik.
After only six months on the job, The Memorial Hospital’s CEO Chris Smolik has turned in his resignation to pursue other opportunities, according to a Tuesday TMH press release.
At its monthly meeting Monday morning, the MCTA board looked back on the accomplishments of the past year and what will be in store for Northwest Colorado for the year to come MCTA Director Melody Villard said one of the goals of the organization this year is to build relationships both within the county and neighboring areas that will benefit all involved.
The end of 2013 also saw the end of an era for one Craig business. But, with each end also comes a new beginning. Trapper Fitness Center changed hands as of Dec. 31, with former owners Jim and Barb Gregoire selling the workout spot to Dan and Ashleigh Seely.
The youths of today often can feel like their concerns about life are not being heard, but for the young adults of Moffat County, there is a way to express their thoughts. Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is seeking participants in Northwest Colorado for a teen council. The only qualification to join the group is to be between the ages of 13 and 19, whether your education is at the middle school or high school levels or slightly older.
Chief financial officer accepts new position in Wyoming
TMH Chief Financial Officer Bryan Chalmers recently announced his resignation from his post at the hospital, in order to take on a CFO job in Wyoming. His decision was officially made before Christmas, but was made more public at Thursday’s monthly Board of Trustees meeting.
Concerned Parents of Moffat County School District held its first public meeting Thursday afternoon in the commons area of Centennial Mall.
When you’re traveling down the highway in an RV and you inevitably crash — because, you know, you thought “cruise control” meant an automobile steered itself safely through traffic — and in the ensuing slow-motion havoc of ricocheting bowling balls, angry scorpions and scalding hot oil flying about as the sounds of “Muskrat Love” are heard, it probably will occur to you that you’ve seen this before. After all, we’ve all had that happen, right? The makers of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” had to get it somewhere.
Looking back on the past year, the staff of the Craig Daily Press has compiled the following list of some of the top stories of 2013 for Craig and Moffat County. Some topics are ongoing, some have had effects on state and national levels, but all have been significant to Northwest Colorado.
The recent resignation of a Moffat County School District educator has a number of local parents up in arms.
A New Year’s resolution to improve one’s health is likely worth the time and effort involved, but those who have a long track history of breaking these promises to themselves aren’t likely to stick with it past January, let alone for the rest of 2014 or the rest of their lives.
As part of the Rotary Club of Craig’s Book Buddies program, local second-graders received hordes of new books last week, those they could keep for their very own. The people providing these items were also on hand to assist children in the full literary experience.
Many local businesses saw a good amount of shoppers between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, with the people of Craig and Moffat County supporting small stores with their patronage.
Last year in “Argo,” we saw a movie about the Central Intelligence Agency going through unusual channels to pull off a vital mission several decades ago. Now, we see a similar kind of story in the same time period in “American Hustle,” albeit with a different government body where apparently “intelligence” is not a prerequisite for being hired.
As administrative assistant to the commission, Erin Miller is the liaison to the entire populace of Craig and Moffat County for local concerns.
Cheesy pizza pies, fresh green salads, savory soups, tasty suds. These are some of the offerings available at downtown eatery Carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta, and if you’ve stopped in there lately, you’ve likely had your order served up to you with a smile by Jennie Schaffner.
Vicki Haddan may have only started in her current position with the Moffat County School District earlier this spring, but with her level of familiarity with local education scene, stepping into the job was a breeze.
Earlier this month, past employees of East gathered to remember the life of former boss Jim Covalt, who passed away Nov. 26.
The Moffat County High School performing arts program recently cast its spring play, a stage version of the Dr. Seuss story “The Cat in the Hat,” and though the rehearsal schedule won’t begin until students return from winter break in January, the community can lend a hand in making the show a great one.
Somewhere between the cutesy nostalgia of “A Christmas Story” and the vileness of “Gremlins” lie the best holiday films that exemplify how much Christmas can change your whole outlook. You may not think about how depressing some of your favorite flicks appear, but that’s because by the end, all is well even after the worst circumstances.
The music program of Moffat County High School hosted its Winter Concert Tuesday, with the Symphonic and Jazz Bands performing a number of compositions for the audience’s listening pleasure.
The Gabbert family light show is available again for the entertainment of Moffat County residents.
Moffat County High School’s Student Council is hoping to turn something negative into a positive. Starting Wednesday morning, the students and staff of MCHS began a project involving a banner intended for the people of Centennial’s Arapahoe High School following the shooting that occurred there on Dec. 13, in which one student was critically injured and the gunman — also a student — committed suicide.
Last winter, we were reintroduced to a place that a decade before had captivated our imaginations. Reactions to the second attempt at cinematic greatness were varied, to say the least — some hated it, some were indifferent and others claimed, “I liked it, but …” The good thing about “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is it likely will win over some who were put off by the changes made to a beloved classic. Still, the haters have an uphill battle.
Superintendent survey available online through Dec. 31
The Moffat County School District currently offers a survey available to people within the community to weigh in on the hiring process of the replacement for Superintendent Joe Petrone.
The legend has been around for centuries, and though there are many versions, the basic idea is that there’s a man spreading cheer in December out of the goodness of his heart. Considering how many places he’s got to be around the holiday season, the people of Craig and Moffat County have been fortunate enough to have this jolly old elf around for an extended period.
With the snow and ice of Northwest Colorado not going anywhere for the foreseeable future, it’s vital for people within Craig and Moffat County to remember the most basic credo of December and the following months — stay warm.
The past week saw the Moffat County High School auditorium packed with parents, community members and arts supporters in multiple events showcasing the abilities of students from across Craig. The venue featured the Holiday Choir Concert on Tuesday evening and the school’s second annual Kennel Club talent show Thursday.
If you’re upset by the approach of spring and seeing the snowman in your front yard evaporate into nothingness, fret not. The movie “Frozen” teaches us that the coldest creatures welcome the warmth as much as anyone. You can even kick their head off, and they’ll just giggle and ask for a hug.
At a meeting Tuesday night, the members of the school board discussed their time at the 73rd annual convention hosted by Colorado Association of School Boards last weekend at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.
Saturday night’s Cowboy Christmas at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig was a huge success. Between the tickets for the dinner and the funds brought in by auction activities, organizers are still tabulating how much was raised by the event, but the sheer turnout was something Club Executive Director Dana Duran found very encouraging.
Keeping tabs on the state of your heart may involve a lot of work, but the effort is well worth it.