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Cool running for the 5K boys race at Sandrock Elementary school Sunday

CRAIG — It was cool running for the final 5K race for the Sandrock Elementary School boys running in Mr. G’s running club.

Their final race was held on the combined campus of Sandrock Elementary School and Craig Middle School. When the start was called at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, temperatures were hovering right around freezing, but that didn’t stop more than 20 boys from running.

Third-grade teacher Josiah Grubbs began Mr. G’s Running Club at the former East Elementary School as a way to teach boys valuable life lessons through running.

“I wanted to show the boys that they are capable of more than they might think,” he said. Grubbs believes grit, determination, and endurance are only a few of the life lessons the boys learn outside the classroom.

With support from Sandrock Principal Kamisha Siminoe, when Grubbs moved schools, the club moved with him. From the beginning of the school year until now, the boys have met in two groups — a group of third-graders and a second set of fourth- and fifth-graders — to run four times per week.

They started slow and built up their endurance until they were able to run 5 kilometers. The culmination of their efforts, the final race, was less a competition and more a test of individual endurance.

“The boys learn that they have to work for their dreams,” Grubbs said.

Mr. G’s club will resume in late spring, when warmer temperatures return to Craig.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.

Craig elementary school students thank veterans

CRAIG — Elementary schools across Craig have joined in their efforts to recognize and thank area veterans for their service.

Ceremonies began Thursday, Nov. 8, with a Veteran’s Day performance of patriotic songs by the music club at Ridgeview Elementary School.

On Monday, Nov. 12, Sunset Elementary School School students, faculty, and staff gathered for a special flag raising performed by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 color guard. Veterans then led the school in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

The choir sang a number of songs including a salute to each branch of the military. Principal Jill Hafey, aided by Secretary Becky Fritz, on behalf of the school, gave a thank-you gift to each of the veterans.

Also on Monday, Sandrock Elementary School students, faculty, and staff gathered with members of the American Legion Post 62. Students sang patriotic songs, learned about the names, the branch of service and date of service given by each veteran.

Fraudsters pretend to be Craig law enforcement: On the Record — Nov. 9 through 11

Craig Police Department

Friday, Nov. 9

12:17 a.m. At the west Kum & Go, officers with the Craig Police Department were called by someone who wanted to speak with officers about suspicious activity.

10:18 a.m. On the 900 block of Ledford Street, officers responded to a caller who reported they had been contacted by someone claiming to be from the IRS. It was a scam.

11:17 a.m. Near the intersection of Colorado Highway 13 and West First Street, officers responded to a crash resulting in injuries. Two vehicles were involved, a Ford Focus and a pickup truck that was acting as a pilot car for a wide load. The truck crashed through the guardrail and rolled over, and the driver had to be pulled from the vehicle. The drivers were the only occupants of the vehicles and were both transported to The Memorial Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. One of the drivers was issued a summons. The cause of the crash is known, but the report was not complete at press time. The investigating officer was not available, and Craig Police Department, the agency in charge of investigating the incident, said it would be unable to comment further until Wednesday.

12:29 p.m. On the 1100 block of West Victory Way, officers recovered an abandoned bicycle with a Steamboat Springs license number. It was taken to the Public Safety Center for safekeeping.

12:31 p.m. At Domino’s, officers responded to a caller reporting that no one appeared to be at the business. Upon further investigation, it was discovered the employees were in the office, and everything was OK.

6:11 p.m. Near the intersection of Yampa and 15th streets, officers responded to a caller who reported seeing a man in a motorized chair in a black coat riding along the road. The caller feared the man might be hit. Officers found the man in the chair off the road and safe.

7:40 p.m. At a Craig trailer park, officers responded to a report of suspected domestic violence. A man and woman were reportedly in front of a residence, and the woman was said to be crying. The caller thought they might have been in a fight. The man and woman left the area, and officers were unable to locate them.

9:13 p.m. On the 600 block of Finley Lane, officers arrested a 28-year-old Yampa man on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving under restraint, turning movements and required signals violation, and violation of bail bond conditions.  

9:40 p.m. On the 800 block of East Seventh Street, officers responded when a caller who reported that, while he was in jail, his belongings were stolen. He later located his items outside the dwelling and recovered them.

Saturday, Nov. 10

7:47 a.m. On the 400 block of Taylor Street, officers responded to a person who reported shots had been fired from some type of gun and damaged a bedroom window. The caller was unsure what type of weapon was used and said it might have been a BB gun. The incident is under investigation.

1:42 p.m. On the 1300 block of Yampa Avenue, officers responded to a report that a PlayStation had been stolen from a home. The incident is under investigation.

4:36 p.m. On the 1500 block of Barclay Street, officers received a call from someone who reported they had received a telephone call from a person claiming to be a deputy, who threatened the person with a restraining order unless they paid a certain amount of money. The call was fraudulent.  

5:14 p.m. On the 1000 block of Barclay Street, officers responded to a caller who reported they had received a call from someone claiming to be with the Garfield County Sheriff's Office. The call was fraudulent.  

5:21 p.m. At the Public Safety Center, officers responded to a person who reported receiving a call from someone claiming to be a deputy. The call was fraudulent. Craig Police Chief Jerry DeLong said, "If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be law enforcement, call the Craig Police Department. Do not provide personal information over the phone." The phone number for the Craig Police Department is 970-826-2360.

Sunday, Nov. 11

12:38 a.m. On the 500 block of Tucker Street, officers responded to a report of a burglary. The caller said someone had broken into the caller's house. Items were there that shouldn't have been, and it looked as though someone had kicked in the door. The incident is under investigation.

2:12 a.m. In Craig, officers investigated a report of domestic violence. When officers contacted the parties, they learned it was verbal only, and the two parties separated.

9:57 a.m. In Craig, officers attempted to serve a warrant.  

2:09 p.m. On 600 block of Ranney Street, officers responded to a caller who reported a fawn had died in their yard.

4:09 p.m. On the 900 block of West First Street, officers notified a driver he had a flat tire.

4:15 p.m. In Craig, officers attempted to serve a warrant.

9:40 p.m. In Craig, officers received a Safe2Tell report, one of two such reports received during the weekend. Both are under investigation.

Operation Christmas Child marks national collection week

As Thanksgiving approaches, Craig families are expressing their gratitude by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items to send to children in need around the world. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they ever receive.

During Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, which began Monday, Nov. 12, and will continue through Monday, Nov. 19, local residents will collect shoebox gifts at drop-off locations serving Craig participants. The Samaritan’s Purse project, partnering with churches around the world, will deliver these gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty, and famine. The Western Slope Colorado Area Team volunteers hope to collect more than 10,000 gifts during the week.

“We believe these simple gifts have the ability to send a tangible message of hope to children facing difficult circumstances,” said Regional Director Paul Fischbach. “It is exciting to see the Craig community come together to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with millions of boys and girls around the world.”

In 2018, Samaritan’s Purse hopes to collect enough Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to reach 11 million children.

For more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 303-745-9179, or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination.

Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

Craig Middle School students invite first responders to breakfast

CRAIG — Craig Middle School students, working with Mark Clemmons, MTSS coordinator, will host a first responders breakfast, cooked and served by CMS students.

Breakfast — which will include eggs, sausage, toast, oatmeal, pancakes, orange juice, coffee and fresh fruit — will be served from 8:45 to 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in the CMS cafeteria, 915 Yampa Ave.

All members of Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Craig Fire/Rescue, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Parks & Wildlife are invited.

For more information, call Clemmons at 970-826-6306.

Grand Junction man arrested on kidnapping charges in Mesa County

MESA COUNTY — At 2:53 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, Mesa County Sheriff's deputies were called to a report that a man had broken into a home on the 2900 block of Clarinet Lane and was holding the occupants hostage, according to a news release from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

The male victim told deputies he woke up to the suspect holding a knife to his throat. He and a woman who was staying at the home were then held hostage in the living room for about an hour. The male victim was able to escape and run to a neighbor's house to call 911, suffering minor injuries in the process.

The female victim told deputies the suspect then pushed her out of the house, and they both left the area in her car. The female said she was assaulted in the process. Deputies were able to track the vehicle to a parking lot near the Fruita Welcome Center, and the suspect was arrested without further incident.

The suspect, David Gillespie, 31, of Grand Junction, was reportedly known to the victims.

Gillespie is being held at the Mesa County Detention Facility facing charges of two counts of second degree kidnapping, a Class 2 felony; first degree burglary, a Class 3 felony; and aggravated robbery, a Class 3 felony.

He also faces misdemeanor charges including two counts of false imprisonment criminal mischief, second degree criminal tampering, felony menacing harassment, two counts of third degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, menacing, and domestic violence.

The case remains under investigation.

Moffat County commissioners to proclaim Veteran’s Appreciation Week

CRAIG — The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners is expected to honor local veterans with a Veteran's Appreciation Week Proclamation when it meets in regular session at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Suite 130 at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

The proclamation, in part, reads: "Now, therefore, let it be proclaimed that we, the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners, by virtue of the authority vested in use by the people of Moffat County, do hereby proclaim Nov. 11 through Nov. 17, 2018, as Veteran's Appreciation Week, and that all citizens observe the same with appropriate ceremonies in honor of those who served to preserve the principles of justice, freedom, and democracy."

Commissioners are also expected to hear a presentation from the Elkhead Wranglers 4-H group about profits generated from a community service fundraiser for installation of fans in the Moffat County Fairgrounds Livestock Barn.

According to an email from Chris Rhyne, co-leader of the group, the club raised $1,000 selling pumpkins during Wyman's Fall Festival and proposes donating these funds to help with the purchase of the fans.

Commissioners will also approve the consent agenda, which includes the following items:

• Approval of minutes from the Oct. 30 commission meeting.

• Approval of a resolution to transfer payroll warrants.

• Approval of a resolution to tranfer intergovernmental funds for November.

• Approve voided warrants for November.

• Approve a resolution to pay warrants.

• Approve a resolution to amend Moffat County financial policies.

• Approve a corrections resolution.

• Approve a land use authorization form for Loudy-Simpson Park parking lot with Hatten Enterprises. The company proposes to use the parking lot for CDL driver skills testing.

• Approve 2019 operating plans for the Chaffee Foster Care Independence Program, a federally funded, county-administered statewide independent living program. The county's CFCIP services plan must be approved annually.

• Approve a renewal and associated adjustments pertaining to Colorado State Patrol's lease at the Public Safety Center.

Also on the BOCC's agenda for Tuesday:

• Commissioners will consider applications to the Moffat County Fair Board. The county has received applications from Karl Huntsman, Kelly W. Hepworth, Megan Kozey, Ian Duzik, and Bryanne Cossey.

• Commissioners will hear a monthly report from the Road & Bridge Department from Dan Miller, director. Miller's report will include updates on final settlements with Stripe A Lot, for a 2018 striping project, and with Kilgore Companies, LLC, Elam Construction, Inc., for a 2018 asphalt project.

• Commissioners will evaluate bids to purchase a 4X2, midsize SUV for the Department of Human Services. Bids include $29,157 for a Ford Explorer from Cook Ford; $28,280 for a Chevrolet Traverse from Cook Chevrolet; $32,495 for a Dodge Durango from Victory Motors; and $28,080 for a Ford Explorere from Larry H. Miller.

• Commissioners will consider and engineering services agreement with SGM for the Maybell Park RV Park project.

• Commissioners will consider an engineering services agreement with Riverwise Engineering for riverbank stabilization at Loudy-Simpson Park.

• Commissioners will hear an update from Annette Burrow, adult basic education director at Colorado Northwestern Community College, about programs offered at the college.

The BOCC's next meeting is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26.

Economic Development Partnership board to meet Wednesday

CRAIG — The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors will host its monthly board meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in room 175 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 West Ninth St.

Meetings are open to the public.

For more information, call 970-620-4370 or email director@cmedp.com.

Craig City Council to hold public hearing on 2019 budget Tuesday

CRAIG — Residents will have the opportunity to speak for or against the 2019 proposed budget for the city of Craig when the City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Council Chambers at Craig City Hall 300 w. Forth St. City staff and council members will meet at 5 p.m. for a budget workshop before the regular council meeting.

Rather than voting for line-items or on sections of the budget, City Council members, after the public hearing, will vote on first reading of an ordinance setting appropriations for the revenues and expenditures and making and fixing the amount of property tax levies for the city of Craig.

Council will also consider the following items:

• An ordinance to increase water and wastewater rates.

• Approval of a bid of more than $500,000 for the Roundbottom Tank rehabilitation project.

• Discussion and possible approval of $15,000 for a shop local incentive program through the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

• A consent agenda that consists of proposed actions on business matters which are considered routine and for which approval is based on previously approved city policy or practice. The consent agenda will be approved by a single motion to Approve the Consent Agenda, and council members will vote without debate. Council members may move to remove a consent agenda matter for any reason and request it be handled separately for discussion and consideration. Matters removed from the consent agenda will be placed on the agenda as an item of "other business" for discussion and consideration.”

The city will also hear the following presentations:

• Jana McKenzie and Kristina Kachur, from Logan Simpson, will review the final draft of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

• Annette Burrow, adult basic education instructor from Colorado Northwestern Community College, will give an overview of the ESL, GED, and Read/Write programs offered by CNCC.

• Craig Middle School sixth-grade engineering students will present their ideas about the world's plastics problem.

• Monthly reports.

The city has clarified its process for public comments, making the following note on the agenda:

“Regular City Council meeting agendas and council packets are posted on the city's website to keep city residents informed of City Council actions and deliberations that affect the community. This public comment time is set aside for citizens to address the City Council on matters that are listed on this council meeting agenda. Each speaker is allocated three minutes to speak. Speakers may not cede their time to another speaker. If your comments concern an item that is not on this agenda, please address the council during the public comment period at the end of the agenda. Comments should be limited to matters within the jurisdiction of the city. The City Council can only take action on matters that are on the agenda, but may place matters brought to its attention at this meeting on a future agenda for consideration. If you have documents to present to the City Council, please provide a minimum of eight copies.”

Mayor John Ponikvar said that he is working with city staff and council members to increase the opportunities for public comment and expects to hold more public hearings like the one planned for Tuesday.

To review the complete meeting agenda and associated documentation visit ci.craig.co.us/government/city_council/council_packets/november_2018.

Deposits due Dec. 1 for CNCC students planning to travel to England and France

CRAIG — Adventures await in England and France for those Colorado Northwestern Community College students and travelers who register and pay a $500 deposit by Dec. 1.

In England, walk the streets of London, visit Stonehenge, discover the site of the Battle of Hastings, and explore Dover Castle. In France, stroll the Av. des Champs-Élysées, admire icons such as the Eiffel Tower, and sip coffee at a sidewalk cafe.

The trip includes airfare, lodging, breakfast, guided tours, admission into many of the sites, and transportation.

Class fee is $2,950. Moffat County residents age 62 or older pay $2,750.

The adventure begins Friday, March 15, with travelers returning Sunday, March 24.

For more information, registration instructions or a copy of the itinerary, email Desiree Moore at desiree.moore@cncc.edu.