She went to district court July 30 in Centennial to get a better look at the shadowy figure she and her friends escaped just 10 days before. A survivor of the man's rampage, she laid eyes on the 24-year-old with dyed hair and dazed expressions. She felt neither anger nor hatred. "I felt pity for him," said Jacque Archuleta, a Craig native and Englewood resident. "Here's this educated man and he's going to spend the rest of his life in jail or lose his life because he made this horrible, horrible decision.
Michael O'Hara up for retention in November election
The 14th Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance, a group of 10 people in Moffat, Routt and Grand counties, has unanimously recommended voters retain the district's chief judge in November. The commission, which includes four attorneys and six non-attorneys, reviewed Chief Judge Michael O'Hara, a Steamboat Springs resident and Southern California native. O'Hara was appointed to the 14th Judicial District in 2003 by then-Gov. Bill Owens. "Judge O'Hara is an extremely knowledgeable, hardworking individual," said Sharon Timmerman, a Steamboat Springs resident and co-public information liaison for the commission on judicial performance. "I feel we're fortunate to have him in the 14th Judicial District."
Renee Campbell, a Hillsdale, Mich., native, said she hadn't spent a minute of her life volunteering to nonprofit agencies before 2006. Then she moved to Craig. Geography made all the difference, she said. "Before I moved to Craig, I had never been involved with the community (I lived in)," said Campbell, director of sales and marketing at the Holiday Inn of Craig. "Now I really enjoy it. I like getting to know people, getting involved in the community. It's just been something I've grown to love."
Life hasn’t been easy for Jeana Weber since Christmas 2010. Her husband, Jim Weber, a 47-year-old Craig resident and maintenance mechanic at Trapper Mine, committed suicide that day, bringing a heartbreaking end to a nearly 30-year marriage that produced three sons — Jimmy, 29, Ty, 26, and Levi, 22 — and three grandchildren. Jeana, 47, a veteran dispatcher for the Colorado State Patrol at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, had 11 months to heal before tragedy dealt another blow. On Sept. 22, 2011, Levi also killed himself.
Wanna play a game? The 8-year-old second-grade girl was in the living room of her Craig home, killing time watching television on a lazy day. She was with her stepfather, “Jody.” They were alone. The girl looked up from the TV.
A Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and FBI joint investigation that began in December 2011 into distribution of child pornography led to the arrest of a 39-year-old Craig resident, police reported Wednesday in a news release. The suspect, who lives in the 2000 block of Crockett Drive, was arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a child. The newspaper is withholding the suspect’s name in accordance with a policy not to release the identities of suspected sexual offenders unless convicted. According to court records, the suspect is charged in Moffat County Court with solicitation to commit aggravated incest, solicitation to commit sexual exploitation of children, and solicitation to commit sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust, all Class 4 felonies.
Just tell the truth, I love you, everything will be fine, I said to the friend wrapped inside my arms. We were on the courthouse’s second floor, sharing a quick hug, she seconds from testifying in the custody case, me awaiting outcome of the closed hearing in the hallway. My final words — everything will be fine — were a lie. I didn’t know it then, but I’d deceived her. She disappeared behind wooden doors into the courtroom, believing she’d keep her miracle, the orphaned infant boy who appeared like heaven’s reward. I should have known better, that hope and good intentions only go so far. I should have warned her.
(Writer’s note: The majority of this column was written Sept. 11, 2001, and in the early hours of the following morning. It appears today with revisions.) Before this morning, I thought I’d do anything to cover a war. Now, I just feel guilt for being asleep while people were helpless and dying.
How the U.S. women’s team convinced a soccer idiot of the sport’s legitimacy
It’s a foreign concept to me, this strange sport called soccer. I’ve read it’s the most popular game in the world, and maybe there’s some truth behind the title, given the ruffian nature of some fans (1), but forgive me, global community, for not exactly picking up what you were putting down. Call me an ugly American, if you’d like.
The idea for the section you’re about to read came, simply enough, from an offhand comment in a casual conversation, probably during lunch or an idle moment at the office. “Moffat County wouldn’t be where it is without women.” I don’t remember who said it or the context, so the author remains anonymous for today’s purpose.
A man who walked away from a Moffat County Jail work detail in the summer was sentenced Monday in Moffat County District Court for escape and burglary. Brian Nuebel pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Shelley Hill to second-degree burglary of a building, a Class 4 felony, and escape, a Class 3 felony.
An e-mail sent out Wednesday is circulating in Craig and Moffat County that fraudulently claims to be from the ownership of the Craig Daily Press. The e-mail, which was sent in the afternoon from email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org accounts, contains a link to an online survey requesting feedback on Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson. It was sent to numerous local businesses and residents.
Terry Billings faces charges stemming from leaving handgun accessible
A 63-year-old Dinosaur man turned himself in this morning at the Moffat County Jail in connection to an accidental shooting earlier this month in the town 90 miles west of Craig. A warrant was issued Wednesday for Terry Warren Billings, the grandfather and guardian of a 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl. On Oct. 4, the boy allegedly shot the girl in the arm with Billings’ handgun, according to authorities.
Craig resident’s calling to photography blooms in retirement years
There aren’t a lot of comparisons to be drawn between Janele Husband’s two most recent trips. The first was a three-week sojourn through various parts of Alaska. The second was a weekend reunion with childhood friends in her native Nebraska, one nicknamed “The Chill,” and forbidden to spouses and children. But, for the 53-year-old Husband, scenery is irrelevant. Everywhere, no matter the location, is a potentially palette-rich environment for her photographer’s eye.
Upon arriving Saturday afternoon at the scene of a cabin fire in Wilderness Ranch, firefighters found a structure fully-involved in flames with little chance of being saved. However, the nearly 50-person crew from several responding agencies was able to contain the blaze to the cabin, and keep it from spreading to the surrounding forest. Given the close proximity of trees and the ease in which the fire could have spread to them, containing the fire to the cabin can’t be downplayed, Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston said.
Talk with Jeremy Ashton, a veteran Moffat County Sheriff’s Office investigator, and it’s easy to recognize the themes of duality that run through his life.
A 26-year-old Craig man appeared Monday morning in Moffat County Court for an arraignment hearing on a felony drug charge. Bryan Keith Koppe was charged a week earlier with possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a Schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class 3 felony. Koppe, who is in custody at Routt County Jail, appeared via video conference before Judge Sandra Gardner.
While some Moffat County Republican candidates had a nail-biting night Tuesday during the primary election, it was smooth sailing into November’s general election for three uncontested candidates. Current Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz, county clerk and recorder candidate Lila Herod and county surveyor candidate Peter Epp each notched more than 2,000 votes as they were the sole GOP contenders for their respective positions. They move on to the general election, and possibly into public office in January 2011. As of now, there are no Democratic or write-in challengers for the any county positions, save for Tami Barnes for Moffat County Commission, District 2.
Elaine Sullivan, Moffat County’s current clerk and recorder, is likely switching offices at the Moffat County Courthouse. Term-limited as clerk, Sullivan notched a big win in Tuesday’s Moffat County Republican primary election to earn the nomination for treasurer. She said her tenure at the county, which dates back to 1981 when she became a deputy clerk, has a foundation built around the advice of her father.
When the first batch of results came in Tuesday night for the Moffat County Republican primary election, local chiropractor and first-time bidder for public office Kirk McKey held an early lead over his fellow GOP opponent for county coroner. That lead held up throughout the night. “I felt good when I got that early lead, but I didn’t exhale until I got that final vote,” said McKey, owner of McKey Chiropractic Clinic in Craig, shortly after the results were finalized at the Moffat County Courthouse.
Mike Rapp, a 27-year-old new priest at St. Michael Catholic Church in Craig, was worried last week that the blue dye he’d applied to his closely cropped brown hair wasn’t going to wash out.
A 26-year-old Craig man the All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested in July has been charged in Moffat County Court with a felony.
Bryan Keith Koppe scheduled for Monday arraignment
A 26-year-old Craig man the All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested in July has been charged in Moffat County Court with a felony. According to court records, the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office charged Bryan Keith Koppe on Monday with possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a Schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class 3 felony. The charging document alleges Koppe “unlawfully, feloniously and knowingly possessed with intent to sell or distribute” 25 to 450 grams of methamphetamine and amphetamine.
Survey results: Sandra Gardner earns high marks in ‘virtually every category’
The 14th Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance has recommended Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner be retained in the November general election. The recommendation for Gardner, who was appointed county court judge in 2006, was released Tuesday afternoon. Commissions around the state evaluated 134 justices as part of a process on whether to recommend retention.
Bryan Koppe in custody on suspicion of intent to distribute
The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested a 26-year-old man Wednesday afternoon in Craig on suspicion of intent to distribute. Bryan Keith Koppe was arrested at about 3 p.m. while doing business at a bank. His arrest, ACET reported in a news release, was the product of a joint investigation between the task force and the United States Postal Service.
The Museum of Northwest Colorado has unveiled two new exhibits this summer — one that pays homage to a cross-country American highway, and another that puts a new wrinkle on an Old West tale. “America Takes to the Road on Victory Highway,” a tribute to an effort in the 1920s to honor World War I veterans, opened last week. And, earlier this summer, the museum injected the work of a new artist into “Passing of the Old West,” an exhibit that originally opened last year.
An inmate who walked away from a work detail last week at the Moffat County Public Safety Center was arrested Sunday night by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.
Wacie Laabs’ tattoos — a U.S. Marine Corps emblem, a Celtic cross, the word “Honor” inked in old English — can almost be viewed as his road map to war.
Local attorney Sherman Romney never envisioned himself before the U.S. Supreme Court, hammering away at the justices with the finer points of law. And although he dabbled in it for a time, he never really took to criminal defense work, either.
Friends: Bill Harding ‘the kind of person God put on this Earth to help other people’
Bill Harding, a former Moffat County Veterans Service Officer, died Saturday at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Denver. Harding lived in Craig from 1976 until June 2009, when he and his wife, Sandy, moved to Grand Junction. He was an advocate for local veterans in Moffat County.
Chief: Blaze was ‘fully involved’ upon department’s arrival
A Saturday night structure fire on Moffat County Road 15, west of Craig, has been deemed a total loss, Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston said.
John Husband, field manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office, spent part of his Monday reflecting on his career with the BLM. That career will sunset this week after more than three decades.
The Moffat County Sheriff's Office is investigating an ATV crash reported Sunday morning that claimed the life of Ron Trudel, the cardiopulmonary manager at The Memorial Hospital.
A jury convicted a 20-year-old Colorado man Thursday afternoon in Moffat County District Court, albeit for a lesser offense than what he was charged with. Logan Robert Arambel was charged in District Court with vehicular homicide, a Class 4 felony, in connection with a Dec. 26, 2008, accident on Colorado Highway 13, in northern Moffat County, between Craig and Baggs, Wyo.
Autopsy expected to take place today to determine community service officer's cause of death
A Craig Police Department officer was found dead Wednesday in Glenwood Springs, a Garfield County deputy coroner said. Kathie Johnson, a police department community service officer and wife of former police detective Ken Johnson, was found Wednesday afternoon in her room at the Hotel Colorado.
Former officer Ken Johnson facing felony charges
A former Craig Police Department detective was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempting to influence a public servant, accessory to crime and embezzlement of public property, all felonies.
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Prosecutors file formal charges in attack
The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed formal charges last week against a 31-year-old Craig man accused of attacking an elderly couple in their home.
Lila Herod, Moffat County chief deputy clerk and recorder since 1999 and an election official since 1990, graduated from the Certified Election Registration and Administration Program in August.
Originally reported as 4.4, Craig quake now listed as 3.7 on Richter Scale
Analysts from the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden have adjusted the magnitude of an earthquake that occurred Monday night north of Craig.
An earthquake, measuring 4.4 on the Richter Scale, originated Monday night about 12 miles north of Craig, the National Weather Service in Grand Junction reported Monday night.
A Craig day care operator, charged with seven felonies in connection with an alleged fraud of Moffat County Social Services, agreed to a plea deal Tuesday in Moffat County District Court.
The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed formal charges Wednesday morning against a Craig man who is suspected of distributing drugs near a school and a church.
All Crimes Enforcement Team arrests Craig man on drug-related charges
The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested a 45-year-old Craig man Thursday for allegedly distributing drugs near a preschool and day care center.
The Craig Police Department arrested three Craig people and issued an arrest warrant for a fourth Friday stemming from an alleged assault a few days earlier.
Mark Wick, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, spent part of his post-Fourth of July on Sunday afternoon digging a hole on his 40 acres in Lay.
Brett Stearns, 29, struck by fallen tree Friday
A Bureau of Land Management firefighter was killed Friday afternoon in an accident while working on a hazard-tree removal project, the BLM office reported in a news release Saturday.
CDOT in need of funds to complete road project between Craig and Wyoming state line
Having finished a 4.9-mile improvement project on a section of Colorado Highway 13, north of Craig, the Colorado Department of Transportation has now turned its attention to a longer stretch of the same highway.
April Branstetter, a Hayden resident and registered nurse with more than 30 years experience, hadn't seen too many times when health care and technology intersected. At least not to the extent she does now, every day as a nurse working at the Craig VA Telehealth Outreach Clinic.
Three Sons Construction, Craig resident Jarrod Ogden's business, is named, appropriately enough, after his three boys, Carter, 7, Seth, 9, and Levi, 14. The general contracting business celebrated its three-year anniversary in April. Three Sons currently is developing a building of its own at 1121 E. Victory Way.