Craig briefs for Oct. 16 |

Craig briefs for Oct. 16

An episode of the Discovery Channel program “Dirty Jobs,” featuring Villard Ranch, is scheduled to broadcast at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 on the Discovery Channel. In May, the show’s crew filmed the show featuring local ranchers Melody and Albert Villard at their ranch north of Craig. For more information about the broadcast, visit http://

Moffat County Commission items

At its Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission:

• Discussed the county’s 2009 proposed budget. For a complete copy of the budget, see Wednesday’s article, “Existing services top priority list; funding new projects at bottom,” at

• Approved a $4,185 low bid from Grand Junction Pipe and Supply Company for a 6-inch main water line to service two new soccer fields at Loudy-Simpson Park, with the caveat that the county consult with Hamilton rancher Jake Hamill beforehand.

Hamill has experience with irrigation systems.

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The commission believes that something may be wrong with water pumps at the park, or that the pipe network needs some renovations. Members said they do not want to pay for a 6-inch pipe that may only band-aid a broken system.

Tammy Seela, Parks and Recreation director, also said the ice arena compressors that keep the ice rink frozen have been overloading and turning off. They will need some maintenance soon, she said.

• Approved a $34,000 bid from McMahan and Associates to handle auditing services for the county. It was the only bid received in time.

Survival Seminar

happening Oct. 23

A public Survival Seminar will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 in the basement of St. Michael Catholic Church. Everyone from the community is welcome to come learn about survival in situations involving their vehicles, homes and the wilderness.

Instruction will be given on what someone needs to know to survive in an emergency, such as when someone is stranded in their vehicle on one of the four roads leading in and out of Craig, especially in a winter storm, surviving in one’s home during a major catastrophic emergency, and how to spend several nights lost in the wilderness and surive.

There will be a “snack-luck” event, with attendees asked to bring light snacks, such as veggies and dip, fruit, cold cuts, dessert or cookies.

For information, call Ken Davis at 824-6109.

Political candidates debate Oct. 16 in Craig

Nine candidates for five political races that will affect Moffat County’s future plan to appear at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at Centennial Mall in Craig to debate the issues in front of a live crowd.

KRAI 97.3 and 55 Country will broadcast the debate live on the radio. There will be video of the debate available on Oct. 17.

The debate is free and open to the public.

The following candidates have committed to appear:

• Colorado Senate District 8

– Republican state Rep. Al White, R-Hayden

– Democrat Ken Brenner, Steamboat Springs

• Colorado House District 57

– Democrat Todd Hagenbuch, Phippsburg

– Republican Randy Baumgardner, Hot Sulphur Springs

• 14th Judicial District Attorney

– Republican Elizabeth Oldham, Grand Lake

– Democrat Tammy Stewart, Steamboat Springs

• Moffat County Commission District 1

– Republican Tom Gray, incumbent

– Democrat Lois Wymore

• Moffat County Commission District 2

– Republican Saed Tayyara, incumbent

Both candidates for U.S. Congressional District 3 – Republican Wayne Wolf, of Cedaredge, and Democratic incumbent John Salazar, of Manassa – have not decided whether they will appear.

Frank Hanel, KRAI and 55 Country owner and general manager, will moderate the debates with Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson.

Residents are encouraged to submit their own questions for the candidates to or may call Jacobson at 875-1788.

Hanel and Jacobson will decide which questions to present each candidate. Jacobson said their decisions will be based entirely on what issues apply to each candidate.

For instance, a Moffat County commissioner does not have much authority on national issues, such as abortion or the Wall Street bailout package, so moderators would focus their questions for a Commission candidate on local issues he or she can affect, such as the county’s budget plans and relations with the city of Craig.