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Thunder Rolls hosting weekend bowling tourney: Craig Sports Briefs for Nov. 10, 2017

Thunder Rolls Bowling Center will host a Scotch doubles bowling tournament this weekend.

The Friday event begins at 7 p.m. at the alley, 990 Industrial Ave., with a cost of $25 per duo. Payouts will go to the top three teams.

Thunder Rolls also features a weekly Rock 'N Bowl event from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturdays, with unlimited bowling and shoe rental for $15.

Youth bowling leagues are also available for the season, from 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays for ages 3 and older.

For more information and league rates, call 970-824-BOWL (2695) or visit thunderrollsbowlingcenter.com.

 

New martial arts classes available to kids in Craig

A 12-week course in Brazilian jiu-jitsu is available starting this month at Rising Star Youth Training Center, 2549 W. First St.

Classes will take place at 6:15 p.m. each Thursday, with a cost of $150 for students ages 6 to 12.

Discipline, respect, confidence and self-defense are emphasized in the course, as taught by Randie Craft, an experienced mixed martial arts competitor and blue belt.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu focuses on controlling opponents through grappling, holds and locks with similarities to the art of judo and roots tracing back more than 100 years.

For more information, contact Craft at sabbith79@gmail.com or Rising Star at 970-233-0127.

 

Sign up for winter dodgeball league

Craig Parks and Recreation's co-ed dodgeball league returns for a new season starting in January. Team requirements are ages 15 and older, groups of six to 10 with at least two female players.

Registration is $30 per player, and the league is limited to eight teams with a deadline of Dec. 13.

The season will officially begin Jan. 8, and games will take place Monday nights at Craig Middle School

For more information or to register, visit the Parks and Rec office at 300 W. Fourth St. or call 970-826-2004.

 

Football challenge available through Craig Press

As the NFL's regular season begins, the Craig Press will feature a free online forum for football fans to predict weekly results and win prizes by doing so.

Participants can register at CraigDailyPress.com/football through the UPICKEM system and can update their selections throughout the season. Compare your pigskin knowledge with VIPs including Mason Updike of Masterworks Mechanical, Trent Told of Shepherd & Sons, Jessie and Tom Cramer of Cramer Flooring, Danny Griffith of JW Snack's Bar & Grill, and Craig Press sports reporter Andy Bockelman.

Those with the most accurate picks can win prizes locally including $25 each week and a tailgate package grand prize worth $500.

For more information, call 970-875-1782.

Q&A — Moffat County’s Mackenzie Marshall power pitcher for Meeker softball team

Mackenzie Marshall has put in a lot of miles behind the wheel this fall, and with any luck, she'll be bound for an even bigger road trip than the one she takes daily.

The Meeker varsity softball team hosts the 3A Region 8 tournament Saturday as the Lady Cowboys vie for a spot in the state finals.

Though tied three ways with Brush and Eaton for the best record in the division at 3A 16-3, Meeker's RPI standings put the team at ninth in brackets, though the team earned hosting duties thanks to its District 5 championship, 11-1 in its best season yet.

Coming to Northwest Colorado will be No. 8 University and No. 24 Sheridan, with a double-elimination format deciding who moves on to state.

A statistically sizzling season saw players ranked first in the district in nearly all rankings, according to MaxPreps.

High-achieving athletes included Sierra Williams, who leads Colorado's 3A division and ranks fifth among all classes in stolen bases with 36. Likewise, Megan Shelton leads 3A and is tied for first among all divisions for most home runs with 12, also tied for first in runs batted in at 52.

Marshall, a Moffat County High School junior, has been no slouch either as the team's lead pitcher, traveling regularly to practice with them. Statewide, her 93 strikeouts have her ranked fourth in Colorado 3A, and she's third in Colorado 3A in terms of earned run average at 1.91.

Also one of only four 3A pitchers to claim a no-hitter this season, she will be on the mound for the Lady Cowboys this weekend.

How long have you played for Meeker?

For the high school team I've played all three years of high school, but I've also played with them since I was in sixth-grade.

Previously, you were a utility player, so what made you more serious about pitching?

Over the summer I did travel league softball for Fruita. They used me as pitcher a lot, then I got this pitching coach from Fruita, and he made me really good. I was filling in for Meeker at a tournament, they had me pitch and realized how good I was, so they had me as their starting varsity pitcher.

What's the toughest part of playing that position?

Dealing with the pressure. The only game we lost (against a district team) was Cedaredge, but then we came back and beat them 10-0 the next time, so it canceled out, which was pretty cool.

Other Craig athletes have been on the roster in the past, but you're the only one this year. Any other girls from surrounding towns in the lineup?

No. The Rangely girls graduated, and the Steamboat girl didn't want to do it this year.

Do you feel like you've bonded well with Meeker players?

Oh, yeah. I love Megan Shelton and Kenzie Turner and Tori Lasker and Gracie Bradfield and Taylor Dodds… All the Meeker girls. I'd say I just love them all.

How do you feel like you've all improved in the past few seasons?

Last year we went into regionals knowing we only had to win one game, so we won the first one and knew we couldn't beat the other one. This year we have so much confidence, we know we can win every single game at regionals and make it far at state. I know we'll do great because I have the best teammates ever.

Sweet springs drew settlers, Axial school helped keep them in Moffat County

Sweet water from five springs drew people to settle the rugged area of Axial Basin in Moffat County were they raised livestock and mined minerals.

A small town named Axial grew. A mercantile, hotel and school developed to support the homestead families. 

Last week when the school and school outhouse were removed from the little town, most traces of the past were also removed, except for memories.

After reading about the school in last week's Craig Daily Press Becky Rousseau emailed to say that her grandmother, Agnes Kellogg was one of the school's teachers.

Rousseau's father, Carl H. Kellogg told stories about his parents and time at the school. He passed away in 2010, leaving Rousseau with stories of the family history.

"His parents, Agnes Kellogg and Rolla Kellogg, homesteaded up near Mount Streeter that was near Axial," Rousseau said. "They had put up a cement house that collected water from a spring off of Mount Streeter, and people would come from all over for water from the spring."

Mount Streeter was a mining community, about 3 miles north of Axial. The tradition of mining in the area continues at Colowyo Mine.

The school was one of many rural schools throughout Northwest Colorado in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

In 1892 it was part of Routt County School District 21 under superintendent John Campbell. According to State Archives, Cora Arnold was the first teacher and she was paid $50 for four months of teaching.

When Moffat County was created in 1911 out of the western portion of Routt County, Axial school joined schools in Collom Gulch, Flanders, Gossard Ranch, Saddle Mountain and Wilson Creek as part of Moffat County School District 11. It was in that era that Agnes Kellogg became one of the school's teachers.

"Grannie, Agnes Kellogg, went to Germany to finish her education and then returned to the U.S. to teach German in Oklahoma. She met Rolla in Guthrie, OK," Rousseau said.

A family friend had moved to Meeker and encouraged the couple to travel out west to homestead. They choose to settle near Mount Streeter.

It was while living in Mount Streeter in 1920-21 that Agnes taught at the schoolhouse in Axial and helped to run the hotel.

"They had to ride their horses there everyday. They took grain to feed them and had to leave them tied up during the day. In the winter, the school was downhill, so they had skies they used to ski to school," Rousseau said.

Over time the settlement dwindled. On Jan. 18, 1928, the Craig Empire newspaper reported that the mercantile had been destroyed by fire on Jan. 15. The area made the news again in 1953 when the Empire Courier reported that an Axial rancher had shoot a young man in the shoulder over a dispute about cattle.

Otherwise, relatively, little documentation exists about the school or the town.

As the Wyman Living History Museum begins work to restore it in the new location east of Craig, we ask readers to contact us with any additional information or stories about the school, teachers and students of Axial.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education

Home health gets $56K boost from Memorial Regional Health Foundation in Craig

Two new vehicles will help home health care providers reach patients throughout Moffat County in all kinds of weather.

Two Chevrolet Equinox, each costing $28,000 for a total of $56,000, were purchased locally last week at Cook Chevrolet through a donation from the Memorial Regional Health Foundation.

MRH Home Health staff will use the vehicles to travel to and from patient homes.

"Currently staff use their own vehicles, and that is a liability concern," said MRH Home Health Director Kristine Cooper who chairs the Foundation Board.

The purchased used about a forth of the foundation's 2017 budget, said Foundation Director Eva Peroulis.

Memorial Regional Health CEO Andy Daniels thanked the foundation for the generous donation.   

"It is nice to know that we have a progressive and generous foundation supporting our plans for patient services," he wrote in an email.

The Memorial Hospital Foundation, newly renamed, Memorial Regional Health Foundation, was established in 2002 to support and improve rural health care needs in Moffat County.

Over the course of 15 years the foundation has transferred over $1.9 million in charitable contributions and grants to The Memorial Hospital and Medical Center.

Foundation Board Members:

  • Board Chair Kristine Cooper
  • Board Vice Chair Ashley Kawcak
  • Board Secretary Ryan Dennison
  • Janelle Hoaglund
  • Karli Bockelman
  • Amanda Tomlinson
  • Physician Representative Dr. Kristie Yarmer
  • Hospital Representative Jennifer Riley
  • Board of Trustees Representative Don Myers

The board meets every other month to consider requests and plan fundraising events such as the annual golf tournament. Last year the tournament raised enough money to fund a new EKG machine for the medical clinic.

Peroulis manages the day-to-day operations of the organization and have leveraged local donations to bring in grant funds.

"We rely heavily on donations from the community and local companies, she does a lot of work to get additional funding from grants. So we are fortunate to have her," Cooper said.

Donors that give $1,000 or more are recognized with names engraved on glass leaves that decorate a wall near the main lobby and gift shop at The Memorial Hospital.   

"One of our goals is a capitol campaign for the new clinic," Peroulis said. "We hope to build this new clinic soon and we are in the initial planning stage to start a campaign to raise funds."

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education

New Farmers Market vendors, pie contests, film in Downtown Craig Friday

Tents and tables full of yummy treats and colorful products fill the downtown park on Farmer's Market Fridays. This Friday pie contests and movies will be added to the festivities.

To learn more about what's on offer, the Craig Daily Press visited with four of the vendors new to this year's market.

• Healthy, Natural and Cool Stuff

"I have cool stuff like these drums, healthy stuff like my Essiac tea and natural stuff like fresh fruit and honey," said Patricia Murphy.

Products in her market stall represent a mix of her favorite things, things she found hard to find and felt others would enjoy. Items like the colorful handmade sarongs that flutter from the edges of her market tent.

"I couldn't find them so I began importing them," she said.

And when Murphy wasn't able to find a special blend of Essiac Tea she found a supplier and began to distribute it herself.

"I want to dress the world and feed the world," Murphy said.

Murphy looks forward to sharing more healthy, natural and cool products with her customers throughout the summer.

• Just Craftin' Around

During the month of July, Cathy and Dale Updike will offer handmade, hand painted signs at their Just Craftin' Around farmers market stall.

Their daughter Rachel was running the stall Friday and she said that signs are primarily made from wood purchased in Craig.

"My mom creates an original, custom look and lettering. It's sort of got that distressed feel to it," she said.

Shoppers may buy signs or pay to have a custom design made or make their own during classes offered through a partnership with Splatz.

To learn more about classes or place an order contact the Updikes by calling 775-455-7866 or emailing: justcraftingaroundincraig@yahoo.com.

Living Water Fibers and Alpaca

A small family ranch North of Craig, owned and operated by John and Laura Ilko, produces soft, lusciously colored Huacaya Alpaca and wool fibers. Their business is about a year old.

John is a pastor of a church in Craig and oversees the ranching operations for the growing herd of alpacas. He also carves buttons from elk and deer antlers. Laura manages the fiber and fiber products that they sell online and at the farmers market.

"Our story begins and ends by honoring God in all we do," state the couple on their website.

Shoppers will find fiber and yarn offered at the Craig market through July.

"No one shops for hats at the beginning of summer," said Laura with a laugh.

Hats, scarves and other warm, wearable items will fill the stall later in the season.

• Kirsten Nava

Homemade breads, cookies and farm fresh eggs fill Kirsten Nava's market table. "These are the foods from my childhood," she said.

Nava starts baking about 3 p.m. on Thursday and bakes late into the night to ensure her products are "fresh, fresh, fresh."

She tries to have a new item every week, but shoppers are advised to make it to her stall early.

"I only do what I can carry in my two arms," Nava said.

First Friday Market Fun

In addition to vendors, this Friday, the first in July, pie baking and eating contests and a free movie will be added to the festivities.

The Downtown Business Association's Pie Baking and Eating contest is returning to the market. Bakers will compete for $25 in Chamber Spree Bucks across four categories: Cream, Custard, Fruit, and Cheesecake.

Pies must be home baked, in disposable dishes, and be at Alice Pleasant Park between 5 and 5:30 p.m. on July 7. Judging will start at 5:30 p.m. after judging the remaining pies will be sold through auction.

The Pie Eating Contest is divided into three age groups: children age 8 and under, ages nine through 15 and ages 16 and older. Prizes will be given for each age group.

After the market and contests, Downtown Books will show a free film. The 1938 Alfred Hitchcock classic — "The Lady Vanishes" — will begin at dusk in the parking lot between the bookstore and Community Budget Center. The film is free, but bring your own chair.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education

Old school house rocks and rolls through Moffat County Friday

People driving south of Craig on Friday morning shared the road with a piece of Moffat County history — Axial Basin School.

The log school was built in the late 1800s by homesteader William "Bill" Taylor to provide a house of education for children around the settlement of Axial, Colorado and the surrounding area known as Axial Basin.

On Friday, Bower Brother Construction moved the old school and outhouse 30 miles from the Shaver Ranch near what used to be Axial to the Wyman Living History Museum about four miles east of Craig.

The move was part of an agreement struck in 2015 to prevent the school from being destroyed when Tri-State Generation & Transmission purchased the ranch, said Walt Proctor, part of the Shaver family and one of the last people to attend the school before it closed in 1962.

Proctor was determined to see the building moved and had been working on the project for several years.

"It was a major effort by a lot of people including the crane service, Bud Bower and Bower Brothers Construction, Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol, the museum and so many more" Proctor said.

The cost of the move hasn't been tallied, but was shared among the family, Tri-State Generation & Transmission and Bower Brothers Construction.

Over the summer, foundations will be laid and the buildings moved into place. They will line up with other historical buildings at the living history museum.

"We're going to create a street with the store, school and blacksmith shop," said museum Founder Lou Wyman.

The school and outhouse will sit north of the Pagoda Store. The store was moved in 2004 from its original location in the town of Pagoda that was located on the Williams Fork River.

The store was moved in two pieces — roof and body — to accommodate power lines, then reconnected and refurbished by Kenny Harris from Hayden.

In contrast, the Axial School was moved in one piece. Crews had to lift power lines out of the way along the route down 1st Street to allow the school to pass.

To the north of the school's new location sit two other historic buildings — a blacksmith shop and a barn.

The blacksmith shop came to Craig from a homestead claimed by Ordway Mellon in Walden. The Haworth family that had purchased the homestead from Mellon donated it to the museum in 2004. Colorado Northwestern Community College uses the shop for blacksmithing classes.

Museum founder Lou Wyman's father, also named Lou, built the barn in 1920. Lou’s son David brought it to the museum pole by pole and rebuilt it. Eventually, the barn will house workhorses that will be used to cut and bale hay.
David Wyman said he's almost more excited by the outhouse than the schoolhouse.

"It had separate rooms for the boys and the girls, with two holes each. That was almost unheard of in those days," David said.

A coal storage room separated the girls and boys rooms and wing walls further shielded students from the elements and each other. The storage room prevented the boys from carving holes in the wall to “peak” in on the girls, Proctor said.

The school didn't get indoor plumbing until around 1958.

When Proctor was a student at the school roughly from 1959 to 1962, two extension had been added to the original log cabin and the logs had been covered in siding to help keep the wind out.

He recalls that there were four students one year and around 12 kids the next.

"Then they started bussing junior high to Craig and the younger kids to Hamilton," Proctor said.

In 1962 the school was closed.

"I didn't want it torn down," Proctor said. "You get to be my age and start to describe the past to kids and they look at you like you're nuts. Now we can show them what it was like."

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education

Latinos, men, youth face challenges in diabetes diagnosis, management

Type 2 Diabetes is a serious condition for anyone, but area Latinos, men, and youth sometimes face extra barriers to early diagnosis and management.

People with Type 2 Diabetes make insulin, but not enough or their bodies become resistant to it. If not diagnosed early or properly managed, the condition can lead to irreversible damage to major body organs such as the kidneys, eyes, blood vessels and nerves.

Latinos, African Americans, Native Americans and Asian Americans are ethnically predisposed to higher rates of Type 2 Diabetes, said Amy Knights, registered nurse, Northwest Colorado Health Diabetes educator and community health manager.

In the past, language was a barrier for Spanish speaking Latinos, Knights said.

Last year Northwest Colorado Health started a number of programs, providing on-sight interpretation and education about prevention and management by people who speak the language.

Early diagnosis and management is important to preventing disease progression and avoiding irreversible damage.

"Men are usually less likely to seek preventative care. Men tend to wait until things are really bad. The biggest barrier in this group of patients is their own attitudes towards prevention," Knights said.

The American Diabetes Association reminds men that it's important to talk about their health with doctors and to seek early intervention to avoid complications that can include erectile dysfunction.

Type 2 diabetes isn't an adults only health problem.

"More and more kids are being diagnosed with it, some as young as 10 years old," according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update Thursday.

The increase is due to inactivity leading to weight gain.

"Weight is still the biggest precursor to diabetes," Knights said when explaining that she's seeing more local children tested.

She believes that management is extra challenging when youth are diagnosed with the disease because it often means life style changes for the entire family.

"If you have diabetes and you are trying to make those changes, it won't happen overnight," Knights said. "So give yourself enough time to make those life style changes so that you can succeed."

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education

Outhouse built in 1800s “deluxe” facility for boys and girls

Moffat County School District 2017-18 Budget is in the black

For the first time in at least five years, the Moffat County board of education has approved a budget with revenue projected to exceed $20 million, about $2 million more than last year.

The Moffat County School District budget provides a second pay increase to staff, increases approved capital expenditures and maintains services provided last year.

"What the board approved was a fiscally responsible budget with a healthy fund balance," said Superintendent Dave Ulrich.

The school district has not had to make cuts is in stark contrast to other government entities also struggling to weather a decline in local revenues.

The biggest difference between the school district budget and other entities is something called "State Equalization."

"The state guarantees us a certain amount of funding, so whatever we don't get from property taxes, we get from the state," said District Executive Director of Finance and Operations John Wall.

One-time and ongoing state revenue increases have had a big impact on the bottom line. The complete budget is now available on the school district website. Here are some of the highlights.

Five facts about the 2017-18 budget

1 — Revenues are projected to exceed $20 million for the first time in the last 5 years. Increased revenue comes from the following sources:

Ongoing
• State increase in per-pupil funding from $7,048 to $7,279 for an estimated increase of $390,000.
• The award of an Early Literacy Grant from the Colorado Department of Education in the amount of $447,000 in 2017-18 and for $250,000 in 2018-19 and 2019-20.
• An increase in state funding for Special Education estimated at $100,000.
• $140,000 in new federal revenue to go toward preschool.

One-time
• $361,000 state funding increase to rural school districts resulting from Senate Bill 17-267 — Sustainability of Rural Colorado.
• Recouping $338,000 that was lost in 2016-17 from the Salt River Project abatement.

2 — Staff realignment in English Language Learning is expected to result in a savings of about $25,000.

3 — The following additional changes were made to staff:

• Two literacy coaches will be hired at a cost of about $102,000 as a condition of the Early Literacy Grant.
• About $51,000 will be spent to hire a behavioral specialist.
• About $51,000 will be spent to hire a Special Education Certified Preschool teacher.
• About $40,000 will be spent to hire two new preschool teachers.
• About $25,000 will be spent to hire a half-time English teacher at Craig Middle School.
• If the contact is finalized, about $190,000 will be spent for Memorial Regional Health to continue to provide nursing and health tech. services throughout the school district.

4 — The board approved $820,000 in capital spending compared to $240,000 approved by the board for the 2016-17 budget. The increase comes from one time allocations: $360,000 from Senate Bill 267, plus reserves from the capital projects fund and from general fund reserves.

5 — The top fiscal challenge faced by the district is the roughly $17 million needed for deferred facilities maintenance. The board has begun a process to close one of four elementary schools in Craig for an annual estimated savings of $750,000 that would begin to help renovate old schools, help replace old equipment and help replace an old bus fleet.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education

Local fiber mill built on pride, family, community

The passion that Lewis and Lorrae Moon have for their work is evident in their products, their attitudes and their willingness to share their work.

The couple offered a tour and business growth discussion to the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors last week at their shop, Yampa Valley Fiberworks.

The couple bought the business from a family in Granby and moved the equipment into a new building on their property, 41180 N. Hwy. 13, in 2013. They now process 150 to 200 pounds of fiber a week and have two full-time employees. While the shop provides enough work to justify another employee on the machinery, Lewis and Lorrae haven't hired because the work is too personal to them.

"We have a tremendous amount of pride in the stuff we turn out," Lewis said.

The business processes raw wool, alpaca, llama, mohair and angora natural fibers into roving and yarn for customers who want custom milling. The Moons use a multi-step process to prepare the fibers for spinning; then Lewis, who Lorrae has nicknamed the "Spin Master," uses machinery to spin the fibers into yarn weights varying between lace to bulky.

It's a role the couple takes seriously.

Lorrae noted that farmers who do just one shearing trust them with a "whole year's worth of work."

Yampa Valley Fiberworks does not require a minimum weight to process, as the larger commercial facilities do.  The business likes to cater to small farmers and those with unique project ideas, Lorrae said.

"We usually know the animal names by the time the wool is out of here," Lorrae said.

The couple also operates a retail store with their own yarns and fleeces produced in the mill, as well as knitting, crocheting and weaving supplies. The shop also includes products from 10 other local artisan vendors, ranging from coffee and honey to pottery and soaps.

Lorrae enjoys giving artisans the opportunity to showcase and sell their work in a space they likely couldn't afford on their own, she said.

"Everything I've done throughout the community is local, local, local," Lorrae said.

Yampa Valley Fiberworks also offers classes and special events once or twice a week, as well as tours to groups who wish to learn more about the process. The couple enjoys providing tours because they help visitors recognize the importance of agriculture and where products originate.

"I want to continue educating and encouraging people learning the industry and the art," Lorrae said.

Plus, tours offer the couple a way to give back to a community that Lorrae said has given so much to them.

"This (business) has fit in just perfect with this area," she said. "Yampa Valley Fiberworks has truly been supported by the whole Yampa Valley."