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Business Beat: New deli appeases late night appetite

When Ryan Rowley opened Rhino’s Deli inside Mathers Bar last month, he said it would be the only late night open kitchen in Craig. The upside, he said, is being able to cater to a late night crowd. “Thursday, Friday, Saturday, I’m open until 2 a.m. and I deliver all that time, so it gives people an option and a niche that isn’t currently out there,” Rowley said.

VFW voices membership, lease concerns to Craig Chamber

Mark Wick, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 commander, presented concerns to the Craig Chamber of Commerce Board during its Thursday meeting. He said members feel the organization wasn’t getting what it should out of its Chamber membership. “Everyone said, ‘What are we getting for our money?’” Wick said. “That’s basically why I come over today, to let you know we’ve got a lot of heartburn, and it’s been (happening) over years.”

Moffat County 5th-graders graduate from DARE program

At Friday’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education graduation, Craig Police Officer Norm Rimmer told area fifth-graders that they didn’t have to take the program’s pledge. “(Officer) Tony (Gianinetti) and I aren’t going to be able to hear you guys pledge, but I want you to ask yourself, with the last 10 weeks of hard work that you guys put in, why wouldn’t you?” he said. “Not once in any of your essays did I see you guys say, ‘I want to grow up and be a druggie,’ ‘When I grow up, I want to be an alcoholic,’ ‘When I grow up I want to make poor choices in my life.’ “Not one of your essays said that, so I would ask you guys, why wouldn’t you promise this to yourself and to your friends and to Tony and I?”

MCSD responds to ACLU allegations

The Moffat County School District responded Friday to a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union regarding the district’s actions on students wearing breast cancer awareness bracelets. In a news release, the school district stated that administrators never banned the bracelets, which read “I (heart) Boobies. Keep a Breast Alive!” The school district “did try, in isolated individual instances, to find alternatives to the bracelet that did not cause interruptions to our primary goals of teaching and learning,” the district said in the release.

MCTA given approval for 2nd staffer

Kandee Dilldine, chairwoman of the Moffat County Tourism Association Board, said having only one paid staff member has kept the organization from accomplishing as much as it would like at times. The problem, she said, comes from administrative duties that take time away from the MCTA director. “That’s what happens a lot of times when you have a director like that, they’re doing more administrative (work) than the director part of it, the marketing part, which is what we want from that position,” Dilldine said.

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Craig Police officer awarded for helping inmate facing a heart attack

When Ryan Fritz, an officer for the Craig Police Department, heard a request for help in the Moffat County Jail early in the morning April 3, he said his instincts kicked in. At around 4:30 a.m., an inmate suffered a heart attack, was unconscious and had quit breathing. By Fritz’s knowledge, the progression was simple — the man’s heart would stop.

Moffat County tweaking election format

Moffat County Elections Supervisor Stephanie Beckett said Moffat County has been behind the curve by not conducting coordinated elections by mail-in ballot only. “Most of the state already does that,” Beckett said. “We were one of four counties last year in the election that did not have an all-mail ballot election, and it just seems like voters are leaning that way, to have their ballots mailed to them.” At Tuesday’s regular Moffat County Commission meeting, commissioners Tom Gray and Tom Mathers approved a resolution to have this year’s November coordinated election done by mail ballot only. Commissioner Audrey Danner was absent.

Craig City Council updated on Elkhead Reservoir

Elkhead Reservoir Manager Ron Dellacroce told the Craig City Council on Tuesday night that while the water at the reservoir northeast of Craig is murky, residents looking to get out and boat will soon get their chance. “Most of the folks that have been around here very long know that it’s chocolate milk (colored water) up there right now, and they probably won’t be running a boat,” Dellacroce said. “For those who just really have to do it because it’s been a long winter, we thought we’d give them an opportunity.”

Craig man sentenced in Weld County motorcycle crash

A 31-year-old Craig man was sentenced to prison last month for his role in a Weld County traffic fatality. Tyrell Kochenower appeared April 28 in front of Weld County District Court Judge Thomas Quammen. He was sentenced to six years in the Department of Corrections for the 2007 death of 21-year-old Bethany Gibson.

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Craig campus bolstering CNCC graduation numbers

Russell George, president of Colorado Northwestern Community College, said the school had to break out as many chairs as it could for Saturday’s commencement ceremony. “We had this sea of colors of the robes,” George said. “Gosh, there was just row after row after row. It just was fun.” Much of that, he said, was due to Craig campus students, who made the 100-mile drive to Rangely to participate and made up nearly half the graduates at the ceremony.

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Ridgeview Elementary School fifth-grader Mikayla Quinn reads an essay at Friday’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education graduation at Craig Middle School. She was one of eight students to read an essay at the event, which featured University of Wyoming wrestler Joe LeBlanc as a guest speaker.

Craig Police Department Officer Ryan Fritz stands Tuesday at the Moffat County Public Safety Center. Fritz was recognized by the department this week for helping three Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputies save the life of an inmate at the Moffat County Jail last month.

A motorcycle lies on its side following an accident shortly after 9:30 a.m. Friday morning along U.S. Highway 40 several miles west of Craig. Colorado State Patrol could not be reached for details on the accident. Craig Fire/Rescue Capt. Steve Lingo said the vehicle hit a deer in the road before it crashed. The driver was taken by ambulance to The Memorial Hospital. Lingo said the driver suffered minor injuries. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office also assisted on the scene.

A school bus crash Thursday morning sent four people, including three students, to The Memorial Hospital. The bus went off the road and crashed into trees in the front yard of a house at 1679 County Road 35. State Patrol reported there were no serious injuries in the accident.

A semi-trailer sits Friday on Colorado Highway 13 near the intersection at U.S. Highway 40. Sgt. Anthony Fandel, of the Craig Police Department, said the vehicle was carrying rocks from Maybell to Tri-State Generation & Transmission’s Craig Station at about 10:40 a.m. when an axel broke, causing the trailer to turn on its side and spill rocks onto the highway. A section of the highway was shut down for several hours while the accident was cleaned up. Fandel said there were no injuries. He also said speed and weather did not play a role in the incident. The Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol assisted at the scene.

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