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Local law enforcement chips in to make 12-year-old Craig girl’s birthday ‘extra special’

Having a birthday fall in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic can be a real bummer, especially for children that have big birthday party plans.

Craig 12-year-old Riley Jenkins experienced that first-hand on Thursday as the stay-at-home and social distancing orders canceled her planned sleepover and bowling outing with friends.

Fortunately for Jenkins, the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Craig Police Department, and Colorado State Patrol, as well as a number of kind, considerate county residents, made her 12th birthday one to remember.

Around 1 p.m. on Thursday, a parade of roughly 10 law enforcement vehicles rolled past Jenkins’ house with sirens blaring as officers waved out the window to Jenkins, who stood on her porch with a smile on her face, waving back.

“I called the Sheriff’s Office in the morning and explained the situation to them,” Jenkins’ mother, Jessie, said. “She had this big sleepover and bowling trip planned, but we obviously couldn’t do that, so we were trying to come up with a way to make her birthday fun and make her extra special.”

Prior to officers parading past mid-day, the Jenkins family had a big sign attached to the front porch asking passing motorists to honk for Riley’s birthday.

Courtesy Photo / Jessie Jenkins

According to Jessie, hundreds obliged the Jenkins family.

“We’re just so grateful for not only the officers, but the community members that drove by and honked,” Jessie said. “We couldn’t have made Riley’s day so special without them; we’re just so grateful.”

Here’s to hoping Riley’s 13th birthday occurs under much better circumstances and is just as memorable as her 12th.

Former Craig resident, WWII veteran Edward “Sam” Lippard dies in Delta County at 102

A Texan by birth, a Coloradoan through adventure, and a decorated World War II veteran through sheer courage and determination, former Craig resident and business owner Edward “Sam” Lippard, 102, passed away peacefully on April 3 at his home in Delta.

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A family man through and through, Lippard spent his final days with family by his side. Lippard will be buried in a private graveside service on Monday, April 13 in Craig in a plot next to his first wife, Dora Maxine Doak, who preceded him in death.

Born in Pearsall, TX on May 5, 1917, Lippard – the fifth of eight children – grew up in the Texas Panhandle but heard the mountains of Colorado – namely Moffat County – calling late in his teenage years, moving to Moffat County in the mid-1930s. A few years later, Lippard married Dora on June 1, 1940 in Vernal, Utah.

Once settled in Moffat County though, World War II came calling for Lippard, who joined the United States Army and landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 7, 1944, one day after the historic invasion into Europe by the Allied forces.

From there, Private First Class Lippard fought street to street through the likes of France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and on into Germany, playing a part in helping the Allied forces defeat the Nazis in the European theater, all the while carrying on the Lippard name in the service as one of four brothers serving in WWII. Two of Lippard’s brothers were U.S. Marines.

Thanks to his service, Lippard was awarded three medals before being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1946, returning home to Craig, where he made a career for himself as a plumber.

Following his return to the area in 1946, Lippard found work with ML Shepherd and Sons Inc. There, Lippard earned his journeyman plumber’s license in five years (which was how long a journeyman’s license takes in the plumbing business), and then earned his master’s license with ML Shepherd and Sons Inc.

“He was a good worker and a very nice man,” Al Shepherd, who was a young kid at the time Lippard first started, said. “He was just a very likeable person and went about his business quietly; he did his job the way he was supposed to.”

After obtaining his master plumber’s license, Lippard branched off on his own and opened Lippard Plumbing in Craig, located where the current unemployment office in Craig is at 480 Barclay Street. Around the same time, Lippard and his wife briefly had a plumbing business in Meeker, and also owned the Ripple Creek Lodge on the White River from 1959 until selling in 1971.

Barclay Street brings back a funny memory of Lippard for Al Shepherd.

“I remember he had this little Ford van in the early 60s,” Shepherd chuckled. “He was parked at the top of Barclay Street and the wind was blowing hard up there; so hard, it rocked his van back and forth and kicked it out of gear. That van went rolling down the hill so fast, hit a tree and demolished the van. I’ll always remember that, especially when I’m on that street.”

Later in life, Lippard packed up and moved he and his wife to Cedaredge in 1976, closing Lippard Plumbing in Craig.

That move allowed Lippard to be closer to family, which played an important role in his life following the war.

“I remember one day having a conversation with my great grandfather, and he said that when he was in the war, he missed a lot of time with his family,” Great Granddaughter Cassie Meyer – a Craig resident, said. “He made it a point to spend as much time as possible with his family after returning home.”

Shortly before shipping off to Europe in 1943, Lippard’s wife, Dora, gave birth to their daughter, Carla, in July 1941, and son, Garry, in 1942.

Cedaredge became home for a long time for the Lippard family, where many holidays, birthdays, and family get-togethers were celebrated.

“Growing up, he was very, very involved with his grand kids and great grand kids,” Meyer said. “We’d spend a lot of time in Cedaredge with my family; spent a lot of holidays and stuff down there. He used to let me sit with him on the lawn mower, and we’d ride around. They would also come up to Craig for a lot of holidays as well. He was just really, really involved in family things.”

Following the death of Maxine in 1993, Lippard packed up and moved to Delta County, later marrying his second wife, Lula, in 1995. Lula preceded Sam in death in June 2019.

While in Delta, Lippard was very involved in the local V.F.W., and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Delta.

Living a quiet life with family around, Lippard’s family held a big 90th birthday celebration for him at his church.

“It was pretty amazing, actually,” Meyer said of the 90th birthday celebration in 2007. “We arranged it down in Delta. I wouldn’t say it was a complete surprise to him because I’m pretty sure he knew we were having a party for him, but he was surprised at home many people showed up to celebrate his birthday.”

Meyer said that the reception hall in the church was filled to capacity, and that it was touching to see the amount of people who made it a point to come out and visit him and celebrate his birthday.

Lippard’s 100th birthday was much quieter, according to Meyer, as he celebrated it at the nursing home where his wife, Lula, stayed.

Just a month shy of his 103rd birthday, Lippard passed away peacefully and will return to his first wife’s side in the Craig Cemetery Monday afternoon.

Lippard will take a piece of history with him to his grave. Buried with him will be an American flag that was presented to him for his 92nd birthday from his cousin. According to family members, that flag was flown at the White House specifically for Lippard.

Local veterans are currently planning a funeral procession through town for the decorated WWII veteran. Lippard’s obituary can be found on www.taylorfuneralservice.com.

20 under 40: Cammy Winder provides guidance, strength for young gymnasts

When Cammy Winder first got into the business of coaching kids’ gymnastics, she never envisioned she’d stick around as long as she has. Due to her persistence, along with the success of the program, Winder’s Rising Star Youth Training Center has become an athletic staple in Craig.

“Cammy has grown her gymnastics gym Rising Star from just a couple of kids to now proving a safe and fun place for families. From gymnastics and ninja classes to birthday parties Cammy tries to have something for everyone,” said Jodie Fallis, who nominated Winder for “20 Under 40.” “In addition to her business, Cammy works for the movie theater here in town. She is happy to volunteer for any of her kids’ classrooms or other activities. She always has a smile on her face and finds solutions when faced with challenges. Cammy is a great example of a successful and positive leader for our kids in this community.”

Invested in children and hoping to make a difference with the youths in the area is what continues to drive Winder, while also focusing on family made Winder an easy choice for the Craig Press section.

In your chosen career field, how has the job evolved since you first began?

Honestly I didn’t expect to have the gym open this long. I was just looking for something fun for kids to do here and couldn’t see Craig losing another place for little kids. I started thinking I was just going to have a fun gymnastics place and it has now become not only a fun place to be but I have 4 traveling competitive teams. We have started making a name for ourselves at competitions because our girls represent our community everywhere we travel with kindness and enthusiasm. Our girls are very supportive of not only their teammates but also the other girls they compete against.  

How do you feel your line of work is different from someone in a similar job a generation before you?

In my line of work it is vastly different than it was 10 years ago based on the ever-changing curriculum and standards for gymnastics. In addition to our gymnastics training we have added a Ninja Program for boys and girls. 

What kind of challenges do you feel like you and your coworkers will face in the next decade?

Our biggest challenge will be maintaining an affordable program while continuing to keep our high standards of education.

What is the most rewarding part of your job on a day to day basis?

Oh, 100% the kids are my reward! I love talking to them and listening to them. I love helping my team girls reach their goals at a meet or conquer their fears. Last year I was able to take myself and 8 of my employees to a national gymnastics training in Kansas City Missouri and there we were able to meet multiple Olympic gymnasts including Lauri Hernandez and Simone Biles. One of my most rewarding memories was taking our qualifying girls to regionals in Galveston Texas and our team was recognized by a group of parents on the shuttle bus from the airport. It was noted that our team we so much like a family and they could see the love the girls and coaches had for each other.

If you hadn’t gone down your particular career path, what else would you have liked to do with your life?

I would have loved to go to school for cosmetology. I love doing hair and makeup! Luckily in gymnastics we have to have competition hair and I get to help the girl get their hair braided and beautiful before every competition! 

What types of jobs would you avoid at all costs?

I am a people person so I would avoid any job that I would have to do alone. 

How do you feel your work-life balance differs from those of your parents/grandparents?

My work-life is centered around my children and family. My children are with me at work almost everyday! I do not work a regular 8-5 job. Sometimes I work a 14-hour day. But my husband and I juggle it very well and we are all along for the ride!  

How do you feel everyday life is better or worse in 2020 with certain technology shifts?

I have a love-hate relationship with technology! I love it because it helps me to do my job and communicate easier. I love that I can become a member of a coaches only gymnastics group and ask specific questions about a skill and get real answers back within minutes! I hate it for the social media part of it. People can be so rude behind a keyboard and they will type such hurtful things so easily without even thinking about the effect it would have on someone if they had to say it to their face. I have a lot of teens in my program and I never know the battles they could be fighting any given day with someone that just cannot be nice! It is heartbreaking. 

What kind of strengths or weaknesses do you believe your generation brings to your career field?

The strength is definitely that we are able to better educate ourselves quickly. If we have a problem or a question we can quickly resolve or answer it with the help of social media special interest groups. We have used technology to market our businesses and put ourselves out there to be easily found by consumers.  

How do you feel your generation fits into Moffat County’s future?

I believe my generation is a generation of goal seekers. I have seen so many of my colleagues set out to make this community a better place to live and be successful at it! I think our community is in good hands and we will continue to build this community and make it a place to root our families.

Birth: Irelyn Rose Meek-Lueck

Jeremy Lueck and Brandi Meek of Craig are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Irelyn Rose Meek-Lueck on February 13,  2020.  Little Irelyn was 3 pounds, 1 ounce at birth and 17 inches long.  She was born at University of Colorado Hospital at Anchutz where she will remain until she can come home.  Irelyn will be welcomed home by her two brothers, Tucker and Carter.  Irelyn is also welcomed by a brother Ryan of Fort Collins, grandparents Kevin and Neva Meek of Craig, Debra Lueck of Montrose, Paul Lueck of Seibert, Aunts and Uncles Sara and Seth Musgrave of Craig, Rebecca and Kenny Lewis of Craig, Kaci and Casey Meek-Martin of Castle Rock, Tracy and Chris Spencer of Craig as well as numerous cousins. 

Together: Trust, respect carry Camps to success as business partners amid 30 years of marriage

Northwest Colorado has always been home to Dale and Andrea Camp. It’s where they grew up and went to school, where they first met and started dating in 1985, and where they’ve kept their roots and raised a family.

Together, the Camps have accomplished quite a lot in Moffat County. Where they’re leaving the biggest impact though is within the economy, investing in local businesses while also trying to make a difference at the local government as well.

Things sure have changed locally for the Camps over years. Agriculture has dwindled, as has the mom and pop shops that were once a staple of the community. In are the days of Amazon delivering in two days, and families going to the grocery store to stock up on food, rather than growing and raising food yourself.

Through a pride in local business and a burning desire to see Craig and Moffat County as a whole thrive through impending tough economic times, the Camps are pushing all their chips in locally.

The couple recently invested in the West Theatre with Victor and Amy Updike, rebooting a long-standing community staple, while Andrea also serves on city council and works full-time as a real estate agent at Country Living, LLC.

“Craig is very blessed to have her in that role, because she cares so much,” Dale said. “Not only does she care about me and our family, she cares about the community, and everyone moving into the community

The couple met back in 1985 in high school and went into an on-and-off relationship until 1987, relying on long-distance phone calls to stay connected from Craig to Hayden. Later, they were married in 1990 and are closing in on 30 years as a married couple, a milestone they’ll hit in July.

The key, to both a successful marriage and a successful business partnership, is honesty, trust and respect.

“Respect is one of the biggest ones,” Andrea said. “We enjoy doing the same things and enjoy spending time together…it’s important to find those. Plus, we enjoy working together, whether that’s on the movie theater or on other projects we’ve worked on in the past at our house or in the community. We enjoy spending time together; that’s never really changed.”

Fortunately for the Camps, the venture into the movie theater business wasn’t their first foray into business as a couple. The pair owned and operated carpet-cleaning company Great Divide Cleaning Service for 18 years. That experience, and the potential to give back to the community and create a positive environment led to the movie theater investment.

“We didn’t want to see another empty building, especially along the main street here in town,” Andrea said. “We’re fortunate we were able to find a partner in Amy and Victor, and we’re grateful we’re able to give back to the community in some way.”

The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive for the couple, but they say they’re just getting started.

“Everybody is just thankful,” Dale said. “They’re thankful we’re keeping it in town. But this is just the beginning too; we’ve got a long ways to go yet. Showing a lot of pride locally was important; it makes you feel really good.”

On the surface, it appears that the Camps are so busy that they might not have time for each other. Through the years though they’ve found that work-life balance families strive for. At this point in their career, Valentine’s Day could seem like just another day in the year, but the Camps are going to take the time to spend it together.

Of course, they’ll do it locally.

“We’re going to head over to the fundraiser dinner at the golf course,” Andrea said. “We’re going to head over and support that and take pride in a local business.”

The Camps added that they’ll celebrate 30 years together with a trip either this summer or fall, and will likely wide up somewhere in the Carolinas.

Birth: Aleksander Coulter Daniel Borisov

Brianne Coulter and Pavel Borisov of Meeker are pleased to announce the birth of their son Aleksander Coulter Daniel Borisov, born on 12-5-2019 at 2:53 p.m. at Memorial Regional Health. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19.75  inches long. The baby’s maternal grandparents are Lanny and Danette Coulter of Meeker. The paternal grandparents are Rozalia and the late Pavel Borisov from Aurora. The baby was welcomed home by big brother Maksim.

Birth: Hattie Barbara Herring

Emily & Kameron Herring of Craig, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hattie Barbara Herring, born on 12-4-2019 at 6:44 a.m. at Memorial Regional Health. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 20 inches long. The baby’s maternal grandparents are Barbara & Antoine Harris from Utah. The paternal grandparents are Lynne & Brian Herring from Craig. The baby was welcomed home by Jackson & Lily Herring.

Birth: Maizy Jane Bartlett

Shawnae Baysinger and Lexton Bartlett, of Craig, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maizy Jane Bartlett, born on Nov. 8, 2019 at 1:33 a.m. at Memorial Regional Health. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long. The baby’s maternal grandparents are Pennie and Chris Austin from Craig. The paternal grandparents are Doris and Fred Bartlett from Craig. The baby was welcomed home by Jessalyn Baysinger.

A special gift: Former Craig mother hopes to collect police patches for unique Christmas gift for daughter

At the age of 5 years old, Tabitha Inness became fascinated by police officers. That fascination started at a church in Merritt Island, Florida, where Inness and her mother, Samantha, lived at the time after moving away from the Craig area a few years before.

At that church in Brevard County, a police officer at the church nominated Tabitha for a chance to join in the holiday program Shop with a Cop.

“The moment she did that (Shop with a Cop), she had this fascination with police officers,” Samantha Inness said. “Since that day, any police officer she meets, she’ll run up to them and give them a hug and thank them. Her goal is to one day join a police department and live out her dream of being a police officer.”

Born in Craig on March, 5, 2007, Inness, now 12, was raised in Northwest Colorado for the first year of her life with her mother and father, Seth Inness, before moving away in 2008. However, Tabitha and Samantha moved back to the Craig area in 2016 to be closer to family again, but medical issues and the amount of travel to Children’s Hospital in Denver forced mother and daughter to move to Longmont, where they currently reside. Tabitha’s father and grandparents still live in Craig.

Tabitha, who is autistic and suffers from eosinophilic disease — which is a very complicated disease that depletes the body of iron and essential nutrients necessary for proper development and physical growth — doesn’t let the disease slow her down. Every year for Halloween she’s a police officer and she tries to learn as much as she can about the field. In fact, Tabitha is set to join the Police Explorers program once she reaches eighth-grade in two years.

That fascination with police officers led to the idea for a special Christmas gift this year from Samantha to Tabitha. Instead of toys, movies and books, Samantha wants to put together a scrapbook of police patches from around the country that her daughter can keep forever and look back on with pride.

The project started in April, but Samantha recently came down with some medical issues herself, which has left her wheelchair-bound. So far, more than 20 patches have been sent to Samantha for Tabitha’s present, with one coming from Brevard County, one from New York, and roughly 18 coming from the state of Colorado.

“This little girl is just so special to me, so I really want to be able to put this together for her,” Samantha said. “What I really hope to get is a patch from the Craig Police Department. That would make the entire present for her because Craig holds such a special place in our hearts.

“She’s really stepped up for me during this time with all I’m going through myself medically. She’s not once complained and she’s given up a lot to help me, so I really want to be able to give this scrapbook to her.”

A few years ago after moving to Longmont, Samantha realized just how much Tabitha was fascinated with police officers and how much she knew about the field.

“When kids weren’t coming to her birthday parties, the Longmont Police Department heard about it and a bunch of officers showed up,” Samantha said. “She lit up with a smile and when the officers started quizzing her about equipment, terminology and things like that, she knew the answer to every question. I was blown away; that’s when I knew she was really intrigued by this field.”

Samantha says there’s not a set number of patches that she hopes to collect, but she’s hoping to complete the project before Christmas to ensure a happy holiday.

For those interested in sending the Inness family a patch or two for the scrapbook, they can be sent to the following address:

Inness Family
11830 N. 75th St. Apt. No. 478
Hygiene, CO 80533

Birth: Kinley Jon Martin

Jennifer and Lowell Martin, of Craig, are pleased to announce the birth of their son Kinley Jon Martin, born on Oct. 22, 2019 at 11:46 a.m. at Memorial Regional Health. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19 ¾ inches long. The baby’s maternal grandparents are Robert and Heidi Byler from Plainview, Texas. The paternal grandparents are Dale and Barbara Martin from Craig. The baby was welcomed home by Tedrick and Chloe.