Bridget Manley is a graduate of Colorado Christian University, where she earned a bachelor's in Arts and English. She graduated from Hayden High School in 2003. Outside of the newspaper, she enjoys sketching, playing guitar and writing poetry.
Moffat County Treasurer Elaine Sullivan and her staff mainly deal with the concrete and quantifiable. But she sometimes sees the painful human impact of the statistics, particularly when they relate to a homeowner’s worst nightmare come true. “I do know that there’s been several people that have come in, and they’re just horrified that they’re going into foreclosure,” Sullivan said. “They’ve all stated that they’ve tried to work out some sort of payment plan with the banks,” but to no avail, she said.
Colorado Northwestern Community College’s adult learning trips aren’t for the faint of heart. “We get up early, we stay up late and if people are tired, they sleep on the bus,” Mary Morris said, laughing. The CNCC director of community education and public information is helping organize an adult learning excursion to Tennessee and Alabama this winter that will give travelers a taste of the South. The tentative itinerary includes a tour of Graceland, a visit to the Grand Ole Opry and a ticket to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Two young women step from a train in Hayden, the second-to-last stop on the Denver, Northwestern & Pacific Railway. The date is July 27, 1916, and these women of refinement are far from home. Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood were educated at one of the first women’s colleges, and they have tasted the finer hints of Europe, Woodruff’s granddaughter, Dorothy Wickenden, would write nearly a century later. Yet, this trip isn’t merely sightseeing excursion or a detour on the way to a gilded future in the East. The women are leaving that life behind for a new one in the West.
A few people lingered June 27 at Wyman Living History Museum, their eyes trained on the road. Finally, the tractor-trailer came into view. It turned from U.S. Highway 40 into the museum’s driveway towing its long-awaited cargo: an M47 tank, an Army green behemoth with a fighting weight of about 100,000 pounds. “I was just pleased to see it,” museum founder Lou Wyman said Tuesday.
Parade, picnic scheduled to commemorate Independence Day in Craig
If the turnout for this year’s Independence Day parade is anything like last year, Johnny Garcia anticipates seeing a crowd. At least 1,500 people lined the parade route last year, said Garcia, the parade’s organizer and chaplain for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 in Craig. He wouldn’t be surprised if 1,000 or more spectators turn out when the parade begins at noon Wednesday. “I’m kind of expecting this to be a big deal,” he said.
Educational presentation July 11 to feature new pediatrician
A wing of The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic is in the final stages of a gradual transformation. Chairs furnish two waiting rooms in the nearly completed pediatric ward, and future examination rooms are painted in vibrant colors that will serve as a backdrop for circus animals and other child-friendly décor. And on Monday, the first of two pediatricians to practice in the remodeled wing began her first day on the job. Dr. Kristie Yarmer will complete a week of orientation before she begins seeing patients July 9.
Officials: Downed power line sparked grass fire
Multiple agencies responded Saturday night to a fire near Colowyo Coal Co. As of about 8:30 p.m., the blaze had consumed an estimated 80 acres, Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston said. At that time, the fire was not fully contained. Craig Fire/Rescue sent three apparatuses to the blaze, reported at about 7:45 p.m. and which firefighters named the Colowyo Fire. One engine each from Colowyo and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office also helped battle the flames that burned on land belonging to the mine.
The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries kicked off Independence Day festivities a little early this year. With small American flags in hand, children marched through the bookshelves Thursday morning, singing “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” The miniature parade capped off a weekly summer story-time with a Fourth of July flair, complete with a read-aloud of children’s books commemorating the holiday. Story-time, along with other activities during the library’s summer reading program, are part of a larger effort to keep students turning pages when school is out.
Ervin and Arloa Gerber’s yard looked like an oasis. A rock fountain burbled near their front door, and peacocks strutted nearby, flaunting iridescent plumes of sapphire and emerald. If this was all you saw of the Gerbers’ cattle ranch west of Craig, you could believe Mother Nature had been good to them this year. But their well-tended yard belied the wasteland that waited not far from their doorstep.
The budget the Moffat County School Board passed Thursday didn’t change much from the proposed document the board reviewed earlier this month. The sinking student enrollment numbers were still there, as were dwindling state funding and “the negative factor” — the gap between what the state was initially required to pay school districts and what it can afford to pay them in a still-sluggish economy. Faced with the prospect of another year in lean times, the board gave its approval to a 2012-13 budget that calls for about $200,000 in deficit spending. “You know I think it’s a little bit of a risk,” Finance Director Mark Rydberg told the board before the vote.