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Weekend Roundup: Charitable kickoff, historical happenings

The weekend in Craig offers a start to a local charity's campaign, as well as many opportunities to celebrate the area's Western heritage.

Give as good as you get

Moffat County United Way holds its annual campaign kickoff event Friday at Yampa Valley Bank.
Lunch will be provided by KS Kreations for those who stop by to contribute to the cause, and Yampa Valley Bank will match donations up to $7,500 with a goal of raising $15,000 for the day. Donations of $25 or more will be entered into a drawing for $150 in Spree Bucks.
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday
Where: Yampa Valley Bank, 435 Mack Lane
Cost: Free to attend, donations welcome
For more information: 970-824-6222

Net some wins

Craig Middle School volleyball teams will host Steamboat Springs Friday afternoon in one of few home games this season.
When: 4 p.m. Friday
Where: CMS, 915 Yampa Ave.
Cost: Contact organizers
For more information: 970-824-3289

West Fest

Jarvie Fest 2018 takes place Saturday at the historic Jarvie Ranch in Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge.
Among the offerings for families are horse rides, vintage photos, candle-making, leather-working and more.
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Jarvie Ranch, Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: 435-781-4400

Breaking ground

Heavy equipment provider Kubota will host a grand opening Saturday of its new site in Craig with Rocky Mountain Machinery. The day will include demonstrations of machinery, free food, giveaways and more.
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Kubota, 400 S. Colorado Highway 13
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: 970-824-5434

Toeing the line

Moffat County High School's boys soccer team will host 3A Western Slope League opponents Basalt Saturday morning at MCHS.
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: 970-824-7036

Western words

Craig writer David Morris will provide a poetry reading of Western-themed selections Saturday morning at Yampa River State Park's group picnic area.
Morris's work praises wide, open landscapes and the beauty of nature.
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Yampa River State Park, 6185 US Highway 40
Cost: Free with Colorado State Parks pass
For more information: 970-276-2061

Tribute time

Museum of Northwest Colorado hosts a celebration of life for Wayne Wymore Saturday afternoon. Residents are welcome to attend for free refreshments and to share memories of the longtime Moffat County mainstay.
When: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave.
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: 970-824-6360

Bridging the gap

The Swinging Bridge near Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge will have a dedication ceremony Tuesday afternoon to officially reopen the historic, revitalized structure.
When: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Swinging Bridge, three miles south of Colorado Highway 318, Moffat County Road 83
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: 970-824-9160
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Country music, cowboy poetry provide enjoyable evening for Craig arts patrons at Luttrell Barn

A rustic, newly restored venue proved a successful spot for an evening of cowboy culture Saturday night, and the stage could be set for more shows to come.

Luttrell Barn Cultural Center hosted "A Western Music Cowboy Poetry Show,” a showcase of area country performers representing International Western Music Association-Colorado Chapter.

Susie Knight served as emcee for the evening on behalf of the musical organization, introducing such acts as Dennis Russell, Randy Hoyt and Tom and Donna Hatton with guest Dan Park.

Performers sung and strummed country and folk tunes, as well as reciting snippets of spoken word pieces, some of which were comedic and others a more serious salute to the rural lifestyle.

With a crowd of about 100 split between the upstairs stage and a video feed available on the ground floor, the space was packed.

Amy Hoyt was present to take in her father Randy’s set with three children in tow, who, despite among the youngest audience members, were just as entertained by the stories and songs.

“They enjoy seeing their grandpa since they’ve grown up listening to him play. They really get into it,” she said.

The entire evening was one she enjoyed thoroughly.

“It’s funny, and it’s heartfelt because you can tell they’re putting their all into it while they express how they grew up. It’s like history,” Amy Hoyt said.

Randy Hoyt was also honored with the Top Hand Award, in the form of a belt buckle. As president of IWMA’s Colorado chapter, Knight said Hoyt had done the most of area members to help promote the organization and recent shows, including the Craig event and a similar show in Steamboat Springs earlier this summer.

Knight added she was impressed with the look of the Luttrell Barn and its progress coming back as a venue.

“This is remarkable, this old barn, it’s a very intimate space,” she said.

A portion of the admission for the evening will go back to the Luttrell Barn’s continued renovations, including increased handicapped accessibility.

As part of the foundation working to keep bringing the Moffat County structure back to its former glory, Delaine Voloshin said she hopes the spot will be the site of more performances in the future.

“We wanted to see how this would go first since we had a couple options,” she said. “I didn’t have any problem selling tickets. They went fast.”

Weekend Roundup: A golf ball blast and plenty of country crooning

Family activities abound this weekend with multiple sporting events, a special kind of airmail delivery and a couple venues that would make every cowboy long for home on the range.

Toeing the line

The soccer teams of Northwest Colorado have a busy weekend ahead as the Colorado Northwestern Community College men's team begins its Scenic West Athletic Conference schedule with games Friday and Saturday against Salt Lake Community College at Loudy-Simpson Park.
Elsewhere, Moffat County High School's boys team will also be kicking off Saturday against the Warriors of Grand Junction Central.
When: CNCC games at 3 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday; MCHS game at 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: CNCC games at Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.; Moffat County games at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: cncc.edu or 970-824-7036

Gridiron glory

The Moffat County High School football program looks to continue the momentum after last week's win with another home game Friday night, bringing in the Steamboat Springs Sailors for the rivalry game between the two Yampa Valley schools.
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
Cost: $8 for adults, free to seniors, preschool children and students with valid ID
For more information: 970-824-7036

Late-night film delight

Following the big game, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and Bear River Young Life will host a movie screening as part of Fifth Quarter activities this school year.
The evening will include pizza and drinks.
When: 9:30 p.m. Friday
Where: MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
Cost: Admission $1
For more information: 970-629-9600

Dropping the ball

The Yahoo Ball Drop and Golf Tournament takes place Saturday morning at Yampa Valley Golf Course.
A plane from Mountain Air Spray will unload hundreds of entered golf balls on the 18th fairway, with prizes going to registrants whose balls are closest to the marker. The tournament follows as golfers hit the links for 18 holes.
Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Club of Craig and Craig Kiwanis Club. Golf balls and tournament space are limited.
When: Starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394
Cost: Golf ball packages range from $10 to $100; tourney entry $130 per team
For more information: 970-826-0411

Firefighter fun

Craig Fire/Rescue invites community members for its inaugural Cornhole Tournament and Family Fun Day Saturday at the department's training tower and Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.
Adults can compete in the tourney, with a payout of 50 percent of entries, and kids can enjoy the bowling alley's lanes and bounce house.
Proceeds benefit the department's scholarship fund.
When: Registration starts at 11:30 a.m., event at 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Craig Fire/Rescue training tower, 1050 Industrial Ave.
Cost: Tourney entry $40 per team, $15 for kids pack
For more information: 970-824-5914

Best of the west

Luttrell Barn Cultural Center hosts "A Western Music Cowboy Poetry Show" Saturday night with a full of country performers through International Western Music Association.
Among those taking the stage will be emcee Susie Knight, as well as Tom and Donna Hatton, Randy Hoyt, and Dennis Russell.
When: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Luttrell Barn Cultural Center, 411 Emerson St.
Cost: Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door
For more information: 970-620-1386

Doo-Wah hurrah

Craig Concert Association premieres its 2018-19 season starting with the Doo-Wah Riders in the Moffat County High School auditorium.
The country band had played together for decades, performing genre favorites with a Cajun flair. The group has taken the stage with a wide array of country singers, including Garth Brooks, Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, John Denver, Glen Campbell and more.
Organizers are selling tickets for the full season as well as individual shows.
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
Cost: Contact organizers
For more information: 970-824-2080
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Weekend Roundup: Pigskin power and birdbrains galore

The Labor Day weekend awaits Northwest Colorado residents, and between long stretches of kicking back there are many happenings in the area.

College crowd

Colorado Northwestern Community College offers a free barbecue Friday afternoon at Elkhead Reservoir.
CNCC will provide a shuttle at 2 p.m. from the parking lot for anyone in need of transportation.
When: 2 to 5 p.m. Friday
Where: Elkhead Reservoir, Moffat County Road 28; shuttle at CNCC, 2801 W. Ninth St.
Cost: Free
For more information: cncc.edu

Gridiron glory

The Moffat County High School football program begins its season Friday night, hosting the Summit Tigers of Frisco.
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
Cost: $8 for adults, free to seniors, preschool children and students with valid ID
For more information: 970-824-7036

A different kind of kickoff

Following the big game, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and Bear River Young Life will host a kickball tournament as the first of its Fifth Quarter activities this school year.
Students are welcome to join for games and pizza.
When: 9:30 p.m. Friday
Where: MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
Cost: Admission $1
For more information: 970-629-9600

The sounds of summer

The summer concert series for JW Snack's continues with a double bill of country bands performing on the patio area Friday and Saturday.
Frequent Craig visitors Kyle Allgood & The NoGoods will be joined by Idaho honky-tonk group Tylor & The Train Robbers.
When: 8 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday
Where: JW Snack's Bar and Grill, 210 E. Victory Way
Cost: No cover charge
For more information: Call 970-826-0468

Homegrown hometown

Downtown Craig Famers Market sets up shop Saturday at Alice Pleasant Park for its final session of the summer.
Locally grown produce, baked goods and crafts are among the items available, and organizers will provide live music and specialty offers from surrounding businesses.
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Alice Pleasant Park, 500 block of Yampa Avenue
Cost: Free to attend; $25 to sell for one day, $50 for one month, $100 for summer
For more information: 970-274-1792, 970-824-7898 or https://www.facebook.com/downtowncraigfarmersmarket/

Candidate candor

Colorado Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis will visit Northwest Colorado locations Sunday as part of meet-and-greet events throughout the state.
Polis will be at Meeker's Meeker Cafe, Craig's Woodbury Sports Complex and Steamboat Springs' Steamboat Flyfisher to visit with residents and discuss his campaign.
When: 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: Meeker Cafe, 560 Main St., Meeker; Woodbury Sports Complex, 1388 W. Third St., Craig; Steamboat Flyfisher, 35 Fifth St., Steamboat Springs
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: polisforcolorado.com

Bird is the word

The seventh annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival runs though Sunday with activities celebrating the beloved sandhill cranes at locations in Steamboat Springs and Hayden.
Besides guided sunrise viewings of the birds, organizers will provide workshops, presentations and more for all ages.
Some activities may have limited availability.
When: All day Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Multiple Steamboat Springs and Hayden locations
Cost: Contact organizers
For more information: coloradocranes.org or 970-276-1933

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Volunteer actors, tour guides needed for Historic Ghost Walk in Craig

CRAIG — People with an interest in history and a flair for the dramatic are encouraged to volunteer as actors, actresses, guides, and helpers for the inaugural Historic Downtown Ghost Walk, set for Oct. 5 and 6. Historic ghost walks use actors and actresses to bring local history to life, said organizer Linda Olson, who recalled a similar event held annually in Pueblo.

“When I went to ghost walks in Pueblo, I learned to appreciate museums,” she said. “Seeing it come alive, what a difference it makes.”

To make Craig history come alive, Olson needs about 22 actors and actresses and 10 guides, as well as additional volunteers to assist with event operations. Thespians will need to be able to memorize a five to eight-minute monologue and develop a character and costume based on a former Craig resident. Guides should love people and be able to walk several miles. Both will need to be able to talk loudly to be heard by small groups during the mostly outdoor event.

Auditions will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Room 185 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth St. Each audition will take about 30 minutes.

Most of the parts are monologues, with each actor or actress telling the first-person story of a landmark from the point of view of the ghost of a former Craig resident. Therefore, Olson said, there will be few group practices before a dress rehearsal and seated “sneak peek” Oct. 4.

“We want to provide an opportunity for people who are older, or a little too young, or simply unable to take a walking tour to be able to see the performances. Then, on the following two nights, tours will allow people to meet characters from the past as they tell their stories,” Olson said.

Tickets will go on sale in September and range from $5 to $10. All proceeds of the historical ghost walk will be given to support additional scanning of the area’s old newspapers for inclusion on coloradohistoricnewspapers.com and support education by contributing matching scholarship funds that will be tripled when the CNCC Foundation uses the money to secure funding from the Colorado Department of Education’s Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative.

“I don’t want to lose our history,” Olson said.

For more information, email craigghostwalk@hotmail.com or call Olson at the Wyman Living History Museum, 970-824-6346.

Gallery: Grand Futures Prevention Coalition Slip ‘n Slide

Amid the paperwork and other preparation that starts the school year, incoming Moffat County High School students found time for one big summer activity.

Students came to campus dry but left soaking wet following the Slip ‘n Slide and barbecue hosted by Grand Futures Prevention Coalition following Friday’s orientation.

Free food and fun were offered by the nonprofit youth organization, with firefighters from Craig Fire/Rescue providing the hydration on the long strip of plastic that zipped kids from the top of the hill downward.

Firefighters bring the fun at 79th Craig Fire/Rescue luau

A bit of wet weather Saturday night couldn’t stop the energy at The OP Bar & Grill during the 79th annual Craig Fire/Rescue luau.

The yearly event featured a multitude of activities for community members, including a a tropical costume contest and limbo contest as well as the return of the cornhole tournament, which ran for hours in the parking lot.

From the deck of The OP’s No Float Showboat, Chief KC Hume provided musical entertainment as the evening’s DJ as people hit the dance floor.

“Fantastic turnout despite a few rain showers,” Hume said. “Great evening for our annual scholarship fundraiser.”

Victory Motors Cancer Drive scores in bonding Craig community

CRAIG — The fifth annual Victory Motors Cancer Drive’s Saturday activities provided plenty of pro athletes, high-stakes gaming, and, most importantly, money brought in for a worthy cause.

The yearly fundraiser by the auto dealership on behalf of Moffat County Cancer Society featured a casino night at Quality Inn & Suites, complete with blackjack, craps, poker, and roulette tables.

The bets were big, as were the bids on the evening’s silent auction on sports and entertainment memorabilia.

Earlier in the day, the sales floor at Victory Motors was swamped with community members eager to meet and mingle with special guests as part of an autograph session with numerous former players for the Denver Broncos.

Among those representing the orange and blue were retired players Rick Upchurch — who played for Denver from 1975 to 1983 — Le-Lo Lang (1990 to 1993), Greg Boyd (1980 to 1982), Ron Egloff (1977 to 1983), Dave Studdard (1979 to 1988), Jon Keyworth (1974 to 1980), Billy Van Heusen (1968 to 1976), Chris Young (2003 to 2005) and Charlie Adams (2003 to 2005).

Upchurch, himself a cancer survivor, has lent his support to the Craig event since its inception. He was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in 2011.

Numerous former teammates have been quick to stand behind him and be part of the Northwest Colorado project, and Lang, Boyd, Egloff, and Studdard have visited Craig multiple times in recent years for the Cancer Drive and football clinics.

“We were teammates for three years, but we’ve been friends for even longer,” Boyd said of Upchurch. “It’s wonderful, all the stuff they’re doing.”

Family members of former Broncos are also glad to get in on the effort. Claudia Keyworth said she and husband Jon are glad to support such a fundraiser, one of many they join.

“We really want to support Rick and the cause, and we were just out at a charity event in Idaho for Search and Rescue,” she said. “We want to do anything we can for a good cause.”

Family is largely the reason Victory Motors began its Cancer Drive, which also includes a Sunday golf tournament. The event came from brothers Steve and Tony Maneotis looking for a way to support their sister and fellow owner of the dealership Irene Kitzman when she was diagnosed with the disease.

“She just had a check-up and after five years they moved her check-ups to every few years instead of every six months,” Steve said. “You’ve gotta be thankful for her to be able to have that new lease on life.”

He noted that the Cancer Drive has been another way for Craig to bond as a community.

“Sometimes we get so caught up in everyday hustle and bustle, we’ve gotta slow down and say, ‘what’s going on?’ and does somebody need help,” he said. “I think this is is a great way to make a difference, and I hope that we are able to help a lot of families. There’s nobody better than our community when it comes to supporting things like this.”

 

Weekend Roundup: Take in a lovely luau, contribute to cancer cause, get prepped for school

Time is running out to enjoy the full breadth of the Northwest Colorado summer, and this weekend is as good a time as any to really take in as many activities as possible as autumn looms on the horizon.

Make a splash

After a rain delay earlier this month, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will host the Middle School Splash Party Friday at Craig Pool Complex specifically for middle school-aged students.
The evening features pizza, games and prizes.
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Craig Pool Complex, 605 Washington St.
Cost: Admission $5
For more information: 970-824-5752 or grandfutures.org

The sounds of summer

The summer concert series for JW Snack's continues with Front Range country group Jeffrey Alan Band, which will perform on the patio area Friday and Saturday.
When: 8 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday
Where: JW Snack's Bar and Grill, 210 E. Victory Way
Cost: No cover charge
For more information: Call 970-826-0468

Homegrown hometown

Downtown Craig Famers Market will set up shop at Alice Pleasant Park through September.
Locally grown produce, baked goods and crafts are among the items available, and organizers will provide live music and specialty offers from surrounding businesses.
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 1
Where: Alice Pleasant Park, 500 block of Yampa Avenue
Cost: Free to attend; $25 to sell for one day, $50 for one month, $100 for summer
For more information: 970-274-1792, 970-824-7898 or https://www.facebook.com/downtowncraigfarmersmarket/

Back in business

Love INC of the Yampa Valley hosts its sixth annual Back-to-School Fair Saturday at Breeze Street Park. Family activities and food will be available, as well as free haircuts and school supplies for kids of all ages.
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Breeze Street Park
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: 970-826-4400

A good sign

The fifth annual Victory Motors Cancer Drive begins with an autograph session with a variety of professional athletes Saturday afternoon.
Among those making appearances are Rick Upchurch, Jon Keyworth, Billy Van Heusen, Charlie Adams, Chris Young, Ron Egloff, Wade Manning, Le-Lo Lang, Greg Boyd, Dwight Anderson and Jason Hurst.
When: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Victory Motors, 2705 W. First St.
Cost: Contact organizers
For more information: 970-824-4422

Casino scene

The fifth annual Victory Motors Cancer Drive's casino night takes place Saturday night at Quality Inn & Suites. The evening features gaming, cocktails, a buffet and a silent auction.
Admission buys dinner, a drink and $200 in chips.
When: Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Quality Inn & Suites, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13
Cost: Tickets $40 apiece, $75 per couple
For more information: 970-824-4422

Smarten up

Colorado Northwestern Community College hosts a community barbecue Saturday to kick off the start of the fall semester.
All ages are welcome for foo, a pie-eating contest, science displays and live music.
When: 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: CNCC Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St.
Cost: Free
For more information: cncc.edu

Hot times

The 79th annual Craig Fire/Rescue luau is Saturday at The OP Bar & Grill.
The party features a costume contest, limbo contest, dancing, and the return of the cornhole tournament.
Proceeds from the night will go toward Craig Fire/Rescue's scholarship fund for local students. Admission will only be open to ages 21 and older.
When: 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday
Where: The OP Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way
Cost: Tickets $10 apiece; cornhole entry $10 per person or $20 per team
For more information: 970-824-5914

A drive for good health

The second annual Rick Upchurch Drive 4 Life tees off Sunday morning as part of the Victory Motors Cancer Drive.
The tournament partners with the Ladies Golf Association as well as Upchurch, a former Denver Bronco who has battled chronic myeloid leukemia. The tourney also commemorates the life of Dave Watson.
Upchurch and fellow pro athletes will be joining players on the links, as well as long drive competitor Josh Cassaday, who could win competitors a trip for two to Pebble Beach with a hole-in-one, with plenty more prizes at stake.
When: Starts at 8 a.m. Saturday
Where: Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394
Cost: $75 per golfer
For more information: 970-824-4422
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Diamond Rio rocks the night away at 100th Moffat County Fair

CRAIG — A real gem of an act hit the stage Friday evening at Moffat County Fairgrounds.

The musical headliner for the 100th Moffat County Fair provided down-home country delights, as Nashville-based Diamond Rio drew a crowd to the county’s annual salute to its rural roots.

Spectators were spread between the fairgrounds grandstands and the open space of the arena, right up in front of the stage.

The only real difference between the two options was sitting versus standing, said Jill Durham, who was amid the crowd in the arena

“I was up in the grandstands, and it still sounded fantastic,” said Durham, who noted she’s been a fan of the group since high school.

A setlist featured some of the band’s biggest hits, such as Grammy nominees “Beautiful Mess” and “Meet in the Middle,” as well as the faith-centered “In God We Still Trust” and a medley of bluegrass-infused ’70s covers ranging from Eric Clapton’s “Layla” to Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” to Kansas’s “Carry On Wayward Son.”

Among the crowd were couple Chris and Jennifer Thompson, who traveled from Woodland Park for the show, the third time Jennifer has seen the band in concert.

“Diamond Rio is legend; I love seeing them,” she said. “I’ve seen them at Cañon City and a long time ago in Colorado Springs, and they’ve been great every time. We found out they were here, and we said, ‘We’re going.'”

The same went for Steamboat Springs’ Kenny and Winter Ferrier, who were quick to start dancing as the music began.

“They’ve always been one of our favorites,” Winter said.

The group, whose genres include country, rock, and Christian, is on the verge of its 30th anniversary under the Diamond Rio name in 2019, though most band members have been with the group since its days as the Tennessee River Boys.

Bassist and vocalist Dana Williams did much of the talking between songs.

“I love playing in these small towns,” he told the crowd. “Thank you so much for letting us perform for you tonight.”