This past Saturday in Meeker a student-athlete on the Craig Middle School 8th grade boys basketball B team, after losing a close game, kicked the game ball against the wall in frustration. This action upset the Meeker coach so much that he immediately got in the face of the CMS coach and began yelling at him until the referee separated the two. The CMS coach handled the situation appropriately by attempting to apologize for the mistake and even after the players shook hands attempted once again to apologize, which created about 10 more minutes of tense conversation while the A team prepared to play. I’m not saying the offending student-athlete's actions shouldn't be addressed. He made a mistake and needs to know that.
The most recent editorial opinion written by the Craig Daily Press regarding Commitment to Excellence contained some errors that I would like to explain and apologize for. This opinion piece stated that teachers are noticeably absent from community organizations committed to excellence in education in Moffat County. Fact is, there are indeed teachers, counselors, assistant principals, the athletic director, the assistant superintendent, the superintendent and board members involved in the three such community organizations.
They have said things such as, ‘sometimes you have to do what’s right,’ ‘if there is a conflict of interest – so be it,’ ‘there are citizens against virtually everything.’ They also have said, ‘we know the taxpayer said no in 2002, but this is different, we know we said we wouldn’t do this in 2006, but we have been fiscally responsible.’ I have also heard elected officials lament on many occasions in the past to the fact that taxpayers don’t attend their meetings, and that the public doesn’t seem to care what they are doing. Because of these comments, I was totally shocked that when taxpayers did show up in large numbers on Tuesday night, our elected officials didn’t allow them to have a voice.
We’ve received plenty of feedback here at the Craig Daily Press regarding Wednesday’s editorial about sports and coaching performances at Moffat County High School, so much that I felt it necessary to explain a bit more about the opinion conveyed. These opinion pages are designed to share and create dialogue, and with those goals in mind, we believe Wednesday’s opinion was a success. The newspaper’s opinion — note that Wednesday’s editorial was the work of newspaper representatives, not the editorial board — attempts to convey feelings and views of our staffers and sentiments we’ve heard in the community. We believe Wednesday’s opinion provided an accurate viewpoint of the feelings many in our community have regarding the current state of athletics at MCHS, as well as expectations overall on the court, field of play and in the classroom.
Welcome to the 2011 issue of Colorado Hunter, the premier guide to big-game hunting in this beautiful place we call Northwest Colorado. There’s a reason the hunters among us call the region home. Come fall, it offers some of the best deer and elk hunting in the world, whether you’re pulling back a bow or sighting in a scope.
The Craig Police Department has recently been focusing on parking issues along First Street. The issues stem from those of us who have children playing in Craig Parks and Recreation T-ball, coach pitch and fast pitch parking illegally along the shoulder of the street near Woodbury Sports Complex. Each night games were played last week, police officers made their presence known on the scene with multiple cars and lights flashing.
Are you looking to clean up the view from your driver’s seat? Nu View Auto Glass is ready to assist you in the task. Having served the Craig area now for about 10 years via a mobile service, the business has now opened a store location at 1115 Yampa Ave. in Craig.
I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas this year. The staff and I at the Craig Daily Press and The Print Shop are appreciative of the products and services you allowed us to provide you in 2010, and look forward to working hard on your behalf in 2011.
Local residents launch Hayden steakhouse
Moffat County residents Pat and Ann Marie Roberts, owners of R & R catering, have opened a restaurant in Hayden. The Double Barrel Steakhouse, located at 825 W. Jefferson, is a great place to eat. The menu is filled with great entrees such as hamburgers, chicken fried steak, steak and much more. The food is fantastic. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to close Sundays. You can visit the restaurant at the Hayden location, or call 276-2020 for more information or to book your holiday party.
A Moment’s Focus is offering family photo mini sessions this holiday season. They include a 30-minute sitting session, online gallery and 25 pre-designed holiday cards for a total of $50. These sessions are available from now until Dec. 5.
Holiday shopping dollars spent in Craig can go a long way
As many of you know, I am a big proponent of shopping locally. Normally around this time of year, I would be asking you to spend all of your holiday gift shopping money in Craig, but not this year. My request this time around is a little different.
If you’re looking to install or repair an elevator in your building, Elevated Technologies, located in Craig and serving Northwest and Central Colorado, is available to help you. Elevated Technologies is now offering free consultation and free estimates. Services that are offered include elevator service, repair, modernization, installation and inspection.
Confusion is running mad throughout Moffat County today, as I am sure it is in all other counties. In today’s day and age when our leader, President Barack Obama, names a czar for almost every issue that arises, he has apparently overlooked this very important one. The downtown businesses, Centennial Mall, Sunset Meadows and Craig Christian Church are hosting Halloween trick-or-treating events Saturday, which happens to be the day before the actual holiday.
Dr. Kirk McKey’s chiropractic clinic has been offering drug and alcohol testing for some time now. The business recently announced that Hazel Holdridge has been certified with LifeLock to perform the tests, in addition to McKey. The tests are available to be purchased by businesses or individuals.
Located in downtown Craig is a new dance studio, Just Dance, owned and operated by Jeni Giedd. The studio is offering training to children ages 3 through 18 Monday through Friday. Giedd plans to add adult classes later this month. The style of dance training offered includes creative movement, ballet, hip hop to country swing.
Draper Insurance, a local provider of products such as auto, home, health, business, commercial and life insurance, has hired Vicki Field as an insurance producer.
As I understand it, during the most recent bust cycle of Moffat County’s long history of boom and bust, the saying in Craig was, “Will the last one out please turn off the wave pool?” Now that yet another bust cycle is possibly on the horizon here in Moffat County, I want to focus my business column this week on encouraging you — each and every one of you — to do something to prevent it.
Zumba will host an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at its 261 Commerce St. location, inside Trapper Fitness Center. The business will have 15-minute Zumba workouts every hour for visitors. According to www.zumba.com, “The Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves” that allow participants to “achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life.”
David Dempster, branch president of the Bank of Colorado in Craig, has completed the graduate school of banking at Colorado, according to a news release. The program provides training to banking professionals in the areas of “management and leadership,” the release reported. Dempster was among more than 100 banking professionals to graduate from the course this year, which was the program’s 60th anniversary.
Having formerly had an office at Moffat Insurance Agency — which was recently sold and relocated to the offices of Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services — Richard Haslem of Centennial Benefits Group will now be located upstairs at the Bank of Colorado, 250 W. Victory Way.
As the beginning of a new school year approaches, parents and students are getting themselves ready. There are school supplies and clothes to be bought. I want to use this week’s business column to encourage you to make every attempt you can to shop with our local retail stores. I realize that some things have to be bought out of town because they aren’t available here, but much of what students need can be bought here.
Now that the dust has settled from Tuesday’s Moffat County Republican primary election, I want to congratulate incumbent commissioners Audrey Danner and Tom Mathers on their victories and wish them good luck as they advance — likely unopposed — to November’s general election. It’s no secret that I voted for their opponents Tuesday night. However, this is no time for sour grapes. Instead, it’s time to reflect on what we learned from this election. The question I have today is, what do the people of Moffat County want?
Comments are frequently made about improving the community’s appearance, and for this week’s business column, I want to point out a couple of things that have caught my eye. First of all, the City of Craig has done a wonderful job with the grassy area on the 400 block of Lincoln Street. As residents and visitors alike drive by that location, I am sure they will be impressed with the nice green grass that replaces the vegetation that existed there before.
Tracey Parrish, a licensed agent and financial services professional for New York Life, has gone out on her own and now has a practice. “I am excited to be representing New York Life at my own individual practice,” Parrish said. New York Life offers products such as life insurance, long-term care and other investment products including, but not limited to, annuities.
The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors recently recognized Shane Camiletti, of Mountain West Insurance & Financial Services, according to a news release.
The Print Shop has hired a new designer/customer service representative. Laura Vermeulen joins the staff at The Print Shop after teaching art for a year at Rangely High School.Vermeulen is committed to serving her customers with creative designs and an efficient process.
Don’t miss an upcoming opportunity to improve your skills. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership will be offering a training seminar Thursday in the second-floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse. The training is designed to assist participants in becoming a better negotiator and/or deal maker.
Many downtown retail businesses will be open until 7 p.m. Thursday.
Mom & Pop’s Smoked Bar-B-Q is now open at 1740 E. U.S. Highway 40 in Craig.
Don’t miss out on the myriad of festivities happening this morning.
As the local and national economy continues its slow recovery, I am more convinced than ever that consumer confidence is one of, if not the only, indicator that can predict where things are going.
As the end of the school year draws closer, I am reminded of Margaret Wise Brown’s children’s book, “Goodnight Moon.”
MJK Sales, a local hardware store, is hosting its annual sale until Sunday.
Action Drain has launched a new website, www.actiondrainservices.com.
Dave DeRose, president of Masterworks Mechanical, was recently recognized in a nationally distributed trade magazine, published by the National Comfort Institute, as member of the month.
Today, we celebrate the life of a great woman. As many of you know, a memorial service for Marianna Raftopoulos, a woman who contributed to our community in countless ways, will be at 11 a.m. today at St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church. Overflow will be handled at various locations throughout Craig.
Holly Sperry, owner of The NutriTherapy Center in downtown Craig, has brought on two new specialists to perform acupuncture treatments.
The Craig Daily Press, Yampa Valley Bank and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership are sponsoring a Money Matters event at 7 p.m. today at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.
Mark and Pam Zummach reopened a restaurant in Maybell in August 2009. Lou’s is open for business from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays.
Steve Bell, owner of Furniture Gallery in Craig, has brought in a new line of furniture that is affordable for everyone, a value-priced selection from Ashley.
At Friday night’s State of the County event, Craig Mayor Don Jones and Moffat County commissioner Audrey Danner boasted about the amount of money their respective groups have available in reserves as a good thing.
Chapman’s Automotive has installed a new alignment machine. This new machine’s HawkEye™ sensors use multi-dimensional modeling to provide accurate alignment measurements.
Kum & Go recently announced that company stores raised more than $80,000 for American Red Cross Haitian relief efforts. According to a news release, the majority of the money, $59,000, was given by customers who donated $1 at the registers of Kum & Go stores, including locations in Craig and Hayden.
Labor Finders, now co-located at 1665 U.S. Highway 40 in Craig with Price Mine Service, is open for business.
Tracey Parrish recently passed her securities licensure requirements and now can begin selling life insurance, long-term care, 401k, annuities, IRAs and other investment products offered by New York Life.
Kum & Go, L.C., announced Saturday that “customers can opt to donate $1 at the registers to the American Red Cross for Haiti Relief Efforts.”
Cowgirl Adventures, owned by Sheila Davis and Christy Cramer, is offering horse adventures for cowgirls in Craig, Browns Park, Williams Fork and on the Front Range.
Each year, there are several employees, business managers and/or owners who visit me at the Craig Daily Press throughout the year to inform me of a government entity that has decided to contract with a non-local business rather than a local business.
want to wish each and every one of you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year from Peyton, Bayley, Jamey and myself. I hope that your holiday season is filled with good times with family and friends.
One of my personal favorite restaurants turned four years old this week.