Today’s the day. Summer vacation is officially over as teachers and students get back into the classrooms to start their learning experience anew. The past week has been a busy one for the Craig community as parents prepare their children for the 2013-14 school year and educators do the same for their facilities.
With the school year starting this Monday, the Craig Daily Press brings you the second part of a feature on new teachers in the school district. Please note, not all new district employees were available for a photo or to return the Daily Press questionnaires as of press time.
Kelly Follett began her tenure as the new pediatrician at The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic on Monday, a job which has been quite some time in the making. She originally signed a contract with TMH two years ago while still in residency at Salt Lake City’s Primary Children’s Medical Center.
For all the repetition among blockbusters this summer, there have been smaller movies that have shined, some of which already are on DVD and others you still can catch in theaters.
The Craig branch of GOAL Academy will be operating out of a slightly new facility henceforth, one not too far from its previous location. The online public high school, which offers learning opportunities to ages 14 to 21, celebrated the grand opening of its new drop-in learning center at Suite 112 of the Centennial Mall, a spot offering students about twice the space in which to study than the previous space in adjacent Suite 123.
Isadora Hitz, a 2012 Moffat County High School graduate who will be returning to classes at Fort Lewis College in Durango at the beginning of September, spent much of her summer learning as much as she could about the profession she hopes to pursue. She recently received scholarships from the National Federation of the Blind and the organization’s Colorado branch to attend NFB’s national convention in Orlando, Fla., last month.
In spite of a summer climate that has been very inhospitable to plant life, members of the Craig community have managed to keep the town leafy and lovely.
Medicare 101 is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Colorado Northwestern Community College Bell Tower. The event, intended for people nearing the age of 65, will include a presentation on what they can expect once they are eligible for the program.
If you grew up in Craig within the last 10 years, there’s a pretty good chance you crossed paths with David Pressgrove at one point or another. There’s an equally good chance that he and his spouse’s friendly demeanor and commitment to helping others made you glad they were a part of your life. As the director of Bear River Young Life, David has impacted hundreds of lives within Northwest Colorado, and he and his wife, Jennifer, are still going strong in their community involvement.
In the coming weeks, many Moffat County High School graduates in the Class of 2013 will leave Craig for the next step in their academic or athletic careers.
The Craig Daily Press recently met with the new teachers hired by the Moffat County School District for the 2013-14 school year. With so many new employees, the paper will run teacher profiles in this week’s and next Saturday’s education section. Here are how the new educators filled out our questionnaires.
The Memorial Hospital will host the inaugural Back-to-School Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at its medical clinic at 785 Russell St. in conjunction with numerous health organizations around Craig and other groups donating their time to the event.
Do you sometimes feel bad worrying about trivial things knowing there are people in the world who can’t get medical care or even decent drinking water? Well, if there’s one thing to take away from a film like “Elysium,” it’s that people with first-world problems still don’t feel bad enough about themselves.
The Moffat County School District recently announced changes to its school lunch policy for the 2013-14 school year.
Cavvy’s debt settled, but reopening unlikely
The latest development in the ongoing saga of the property at 538 Yampa Ave. took a new turn last Tuesday when Harley Guess, the owner of the building, paid off the debt owed to the Colorado Department of Revenue by Golden Cavvy Restaurant & Lounge proprietors Charlotte and Glen Gariner.
With schools across the country preparing for the end of summer and the beginning of their academic year, the learning institutions of Northwest Colorado are no exception. The campuses of Colorado Northwestern Community College will be hosting orientation for incoming students in the next two weekends.
Closing out the fair festivities Sunday morning was the antique tractor pull by the Yampa Valley Antique Power Club. Revving up the engines of their vintage farm equipment, members got the chance to show what their machinery could do.
Moffat County High School students Tiffany Lingo and Aubrey Campbell recently attended a leadership conference as part of Rocky Mountain Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Craig, the two of them traveled to Estes Park’s YMCA of the Rockies in mid-July.
The Moffat County School District will host an informational meeting Monday night to discuss the changes to the educational system at the Maybell School for the coming school year.
The second annual Plein Air Art Competition, sponsored by the Meeker Chamber of Commerce, is a contest open to artists from all areas with the primary rule that all entries be painted within a 50-mile radius of downtown Meeker.
A full range of farm residents were out and about Thursday as the festivities of the Moffat County Fair continued with the goat and swine shows.
Imagine how the Griswold family getaways might have been even more disastrous had Clark been moving a controlled substance, Ellen had a history of taking her clothes off for cash, Rusty was even dumber than usual and Audrey made her home on the streets. Plus, in this scenario, none of them are actually related and there’s a serious love/hate relationship among them.
The Sage Grouse Initiative Tour, which went through Jackson, Grand and Routt counties earlier in the week, came to Moffat on Tuesday with visits to ranches across the county. The tour, scheduled to pass through Rio Blanco County on Wednesday, provided people an idea of what kind of natural habitat the wildlife of the area calls home, namely the sage grouse.
Love INC of the Yampa Valley will host its inaugural Back-to-School Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Alice Pleasant Park. Children and parents can come to downtown Craig to pick up some free school supplies donated by the community.
Calvary Baptist School will be going into its fourth year as an educational institution this month. Housed within the Calvary Baptist Church, the establishment is a private school focused on helping children to reach their potential. Though it has taken place within the church since beginning in 2010, the school has seen plenty of students from outside the congregation. Administrator Jamie Tipton said they employ a non-denominational approach.
Married couple Joe Libby and Laura Vinger will both be serving administrative functions in the Moffat County School District. Libby will be the principal for Craig Middle School, while Vinger will take up the same mantle at Sunset Elementary.
The Colorado Department of Revenue seized the assets of Craig establishment Golden Cavvy Restaurant & Lounge Monday morning in order to collect on the business’s unpaid taxes. A sign in the building’s front window, placed by a Department of Revenue representative, informs passersby of the site’s status.
Works of art can be found in nature every day, be they in a sunrise, a babbling brook or a serene valley. The feeling of being one with this quiet beauty can only be made better by sharing it with a friend. Or, in some instances, several friends. Such was the case Wednesday afternoon, at a get-together for the art enthusiasts of Moffat County, with 15 area women dropping by Ida Gordon’s ranch about one mile south of Hamilton. The gathering offered a picnic lunch leading into a group art effort as everyone set out during the day to explore the landscape of southeastern Moffat County and maybe get inspired along the way.
At the midway point of 2013, The Memorial Hospital is seeing less revenue for the year than expected. A summary of the hospital’s financial statement presented to the board of trustees Thursday evening by chief financial officer Bryan Chalmers showed the total net income for the year to date as a loss. The document shows TMH’s total operating revenue for 2013 to this point at about $14.6 million, overshadowed by about $17 million in total expenses.
It takes a lot of determination, and perhaps stupidity, to perform open-heart surgery on yourself, offer up your body as target practice for dozens of archers at once or bear the brunt of an atomic blast. Of course, there are other kinds of bombs that can be more damaging, and if the hero of “The Wolverine” can survive his last solo feature, his threshold for pain clearly is beyond human understanding.
The success of the Passport to Reading program for area students during the 2012-2013 academic year will hopefully carry on once school begins again. That’s the objective of James Neton, who first developed the reading motivation project last year.
Before it’s inflated, a hot air balloon may only look like a large piece of colorful nylon with a basket attached. However, get a little heat going and before long it’s a full-bodied aircraft ready to soar to the heavens. Just as this material expands to make something glorious, so are the numbers of the fourth annual Moffat County Balloon Festival, with 15 balloonists set to come out and display their aviation skills Saturday and Sunday at Loudy-Simpson Park.
Local artist Amanda Field specializes in the world of portraiture, caricatures, specifically, setting up shop on the sidewalk this summer during the Do It Downtown Thursdays weekly event along Yampa Avenue. Set up with paper, pens, markers and a few other supplies, she can create a likeness of her subjects in a matter of minutes.
Though CNCC has yet to finalize its faculty for the coming school year, numerous slots in Craig and Rangely have been filled. Among the newly added educators are Donna Theimer and Liz Johnson on the Craig campus and John Whipple in Rangely. Theimer was recently hired as the college’s new dean of instruction, Johnson joins the science faculty and Whipple will take on the mantle of Outdoor Leadership Program coordinator.
Whether you need the personal service that only a small town can provide or connections reaching halfway around the world, the business scene of Meeker is ready and raring to help out the hunting crowd. The multitudes that flock to the Northwest Colorado spot are well taken care of within the confines of the community, which fully understands the needs of the average hunter.
The personnel of Sandrock changed with two familiar faces being brought into new positions: Dollie Rose was hired as the new nursing home administrator and Wenona Harper as the director of nursing, both in mid-June. Harper was part of the nursing staff for the past two years before being promoted, while Rose previously spent four years as Sandrock’s social services director.
Getting behind the wheel of a powerful auto capable of going well more than 200 mph must be a thrill. Watching someone spend hours turning slightly to the left, on the other hand, can be more than a little dull. With that kind of mentality, one might not be expecting a lot of surprises from the cartoon “Turbo,” but even something as repetitive as driving in a circle can be fun given the right circumstances.
The 2013 Relay For Life of Craig brought in about $8,500 for cancer research this past weekend. Combined with roughly $1,500 in donated goods from local businesses and individuals, the grand total for the cause came to about $10,000.
A feeling of pride was palpable Sunday afternoon as three local Boy Scouts were inducted into the ranks of Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest honor. 18-year-olds Justin McAlexander, Conner Pogline and Wyatt Oberwitte of Troop 144 received the distinction in front of family and friends, followed by a banquet at the American Legion Post 62.
The 2013 Relay For Life of Craig took place this weekend with nine teams and 107 total pre-registered participants coming out to support the cancer fundraising event. The community get-together raised about $3,500 leading up to the special night, which was a bit scaled back this year.
On Friday at Colorado Northwestern Community College the members of Club 20, the consortium of community leaders from Colorado’s Western Slope, discussed the merits of educational legislation, specifically the passage of Senate Bill 213 and the pending Ballot Initiative 22 for the November election.
There’s a lot the world of cinema can teach us, if we’re willing to pay attention. In the case of one film, all you have to do is listen to the sound of silence. The Museum of Northwest Colorado, Preserving the Last Frontier Organization and the City of Craig proudly present the silent movie “The White Desert,” a feature that displays historical railroad footage within the state of Colorado. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday at The Journey at First Baptist.
Slowly but surely, the Do It Downtown initiative is gaining momentum for the businesses of downtown Craig. Running from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday afternoons, the weekly event is an opportunity for Craig residents to get out and about, patronize locally owned stores and engage in a variety of activities.
Most people have childhood issues of some sort that affect them well into their adult lives. Few have a traumatic past that involves being pursued through the streets of an Asian metropolis by a ginormous crab, but that’s what makes the heroes of “Pacific Rim” unique.
The Northwest Colorado Technology Planning Team of Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the status of the broadband.
Relay For Life of Craig will take place Friday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The event, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, is an overnight community get-together with the purpose of battling the cancer disease in all its forms.
No matter how many different kinds of entertainment you’ve seen in your life, it’s hard to imagine anyone not being awestruck by a girl suspended in midair by her hair or a man keeping his balance atop a single wheel while tossing around flaming pins.
Attend most watering holes in Craig on any given night and the sounds you’re most likely to hear are country twang or classic rock playing over the speakers. While that set list may be perfect for some residents, others look for something a little edgier, a little more urban and most importantly, a lot louder.
There’s nothing like the sight of exotic animals, the thrill of people flying through the air and the overall enjoyment of a show that will delight the kid in all of us. Craig residents will have the opportunity to experience all that and more when the big top sets up at the Moffat County Fairgrounds this weekend.
Each time Craig natives Sam Johnson and Evan Hertzog return to their hometown, it’s with a different cluster of friends. With any luck, their appearance in Craig this weekend will be their best trip yet. Johnson and Hertzog will be among the musicians taking the stage at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion Saturday night as the community welcomes several metal bands from Denver and surrounding areas.