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Moffat County wrestling Senior Night sees advantage vs. Grand Valley, squeaker with Meeker

It may have been Senior Night for the Moffat County High School wrestling program, but the final home duals of the season saw one of the Bulldogs’ youngest on the varsity roster come through at the close despite a lot of pressure on his shoulders.

MCHS swept the competition in a set of duals Tuesday night against Grand Valley and Meeker, taking a 49-21 win over the former and a much narrower 37-33 victory against the latter.

Craig Press will have a larger recap.

Last chance to register for CNCC travel class, overseas trip to Scotland

There can be only one opportunity…

Colorado Northwestern Community College is in the final days of registration for its upcoming yearly travel program.

Take the class

History comes alive through the literature of the “Outlander” book and TV series by Diana Gabaldon. Learn the fact and fiction behind the series and prepare to travel to Scotland to experience being an Outlander. The class runs from 5 to 6:45 p.m. April 23 to May 28. The class cost is $100 and includes textbook and class only. Travel fees are not included and must be booked for separately.

Take the trip

Join CNCC for the trip of a lifetime exploring Scotland. CNCC’s travel partner Education First has provided a fully customized travel experience. The eight-day tour begins when the group departs the United States to arrive the next morning in the Scottish capital of Glasgow, adventure through the scenic Scottish Highlands where the heather will be blooming, staying in Fort William and Inverness before ending in Edinburgh.

Travel Orientation Sessions will be in February and March with travel May 11 to May 18.

The trip starts at $2,880 for land only or $3,930 for land and air, with additional options for single room rates, and travel to and from Craig.

Learn more and register by Jan. 31 at CNCC.edu/CommunityEd or by calling 970-824-1109 or 877-485-4184 or visiting www.efcollegestudytours.com/professors-trip/2337114PX.

CPW to present decade-long deer study Feb. 3

Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites the public to discover the results of a 10-year study of Piceance Basin deer. Mammal Research Leader Chuck Anderson will present the findings at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 in the Weiss building of the Colorado Northwestern Community College Rangely campus. The study has potential implications on herd management and energy development in Northwest Colorado.

The study examined how deer populations have reacted to natural gas development in the Piceance Basin, one of the most extensive and important mule deer winter and transition range areas in Colorado, and whether effects can be mitigated through habitat improvements in the basin.

In addition to discussing the results of the study and what they mean for energy development and hunting in the region, Anderson will explain how his research team gathered the information for their study and how that data led to their conclusions. In 2008, when the study was initiated, gas development in the basin was booming, but due to gas prices, development started dropping off in 2012.

“It’s been interesting to compare deer herds during those two periods,” Anderson said.

Anderson will also highlight the study’s precursors which stretch back to the late 1970s. Several studies realized by CPW — then known as the Division of Wildlife — on general deer demographics and ecology helped inform Anderson and his team’s approach to their 2008 to 2018 research. Looking at the previous data, they were able to compare mule deer populations over a longer period of time as environmental factors evolved.

The event is free, and anyone is welcome to attend.

For more information about the presentation, please call the CPW Meeker Office at 970-878-6090.

Crime Briefs: Male claims to be vigilante, breaks into homes to ‘save a trapped woman’

A 22-year-old male found himself in handcuffs Friday evening in Moffat County for breaking into multiple homes, citing the need to save a girl whom was he believed was tied up in a yellow home.

According to the arrest affidavit for the 22-year-old male, Craig police responded to a home on Victory Way after a woman called to report a young male had kicked in her door “because a woman was trapped in her house.”

When confronted by the occupant of the home, the male gave a fake name and fled.

Craig police stated in the affidavit that the woman said she heard her door open and thought it was a family member. When she went upstairs to see who it was, it wasn’t a family member.

“It was a young male that said someone was being held captive in her house and he was trying to save her,” the affidavit states.

The male told the woman in the house that there was a trap door that he needed to check, leading to him moving the couch away from the wall to search for the alleged trap door. At this time, the woman left the room to call 911.

When the woman returned to the room, the young male was gone.

Shortly after police arrived, the woman gave the description to officers and showed the damage done to the door, resulting in some $400 in damage.

While police took the woman’s statement at her house on E. Victory Way, police contacted the male who fit the description, stopping him at Rocky Mountain Machines on South Colorado Highway 13.

During the stop, the male paced back and forth, had dilated eyes and continued to say a woman was trapped in a home and needed saving, according to the arrest affidavit.

Police arrested the man, who questioned why he was being arrested for “trying to save someone,” according to the arrest affidavit.

While in transport to Moffat County Jail, the male told police where he believed the woman was being held. Police then went to the residence on Riverview Avenue and talked to the resident of the home. The resident said that a young male entered the home through the garage saying he was looking for his friend, which led to the resident telling the male to leave.

Due to the male’s dilated pupils and pacing behavior, police believe he was under the influence of methamphetamine.

He was booked into Moffat County Jail on two separate charges of first degree criminal trespass, and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief ($400). He is being held on a $1,500 cash/surety bond.


A small town where everyone knows everyone can really be troubling for people coming in contact with police.

On Monday, Jan. 27, Craig police patrolled the area near First Street and Ranney Street. At this time, police found themselves behind a black SUV driven by a 38-year-old female who was known to have her license revoked for three previous alcohol convictions.

Police pulled the vehicle over just east of Ranney Street, where the woman told the officer that her license was revoked, and that she was only driving the vehicle from her home on Tucker Street to the lot she had been pulled over into.

Police then placed the female under arrest for driving under restraint due to alcohol convictions. She was transported to Moffat County Jail and booked on charges of driving under restraint – alcohol with a $750 cash/surety bond. She was released later that day on bail.

Bodies of mother, infant son discovered at Rocky Mountain National Park in apparent murder-suicide

GRANBY — The two bodies found Friday at Rocky Mountain National Park were identified Monday as those of a young woman and her 17-month-old son.

On its website, the Larimer County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as Tristen Watson, 24, of Colorado Springs and her son, Christopher.

The coroner’s office has ruled Tristen Watson’s death a suicide and her son’s a homicide. Both were found Friday at Rocky Mountain National Park with gunshot wounds to the head. No other information is being released by the coroner’s office.

A Monday news release from Rocky Mountain National Park notes the National Park Service investigation is ongoing.

On Friday, park rangers were alerted to a suicidal person who they were told was likely in the park.

After that, they found the vehicle near Upper Beaver Meadows Road on the east side of the park, and while searching for the vehicle’s occupants, discovered the two bodies on Beaver Meadow Trail.

Park rangers conducted an on scene investigation, and the bodies were taken to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office for examination.

Assisting park rangers during the incident were Estes Park and Loveland police, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Obituary: Franklin Stetson

October 8, 1932 – January 23, 2020

Frank Stetson, of Steamboat Springs, died Thursday, January 23, 2020 at The Yampa Valley Medical Center. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 8, 2020 at The Soroco High School Gymnasium in Oak Creek.

Artists, bakers, musicians needed for Art Walk, Taste of Chocolate Feb. 8

Downtown Business Association’s Art Walk and Taste of Chocolate takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 in downtown Craig.

The yearly event features works by multiple local artists in downtown businesses, as well as featuring live music and different chocolate confections at multiple stops.

Art Walk is free to attend, while Taste of Chocolate tickets are $20 and are available at KS Kreations, Downtown Books & Kitchen a la More.

Organizers are still seeking artists, musicians and chocolatiers.

If you are interested in being a featured artist or chocolatier contact Kandee Dilldine at KS Kreations at 970-824-2151.

If you are interested in being a featured musician, contact Tammy Villard at Moffat Mercantile at 970-824-2030.

Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club running strong with big cash at Poker Run

With nearly nine decades separating the youngest and most experienced riders in the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club Poker Run, enjoyment for all ages was part of the day.

The yearly fundraiser for the Snowmobile Club scholarships saw a big turnout out and about on the trails near Freeman Reservoir, zipping along and testing their luck to get the best combination of playing cards.

Bringing in more than $2,800 during the day, half of which goes to area students, 25% of the pot went to Cactus Brandin at $712.50 for first place.

With 15% of the tally, Rena Olsen took in $427.50 and Paulette Bray won 10% for third at $285.

Earning the distinction of the oldest rider of the day was John Jepkema, 91.

Moffat County swimmers focus on solo races at Delta

With a great lead-off Friday, Moffat County High School swimmers kept pace in their group results Saturday while also turning their attention to singular events.

MCHS girls took fourth during the Delta County Meet, the follow-up to Friday’s Gunnison Invitational that saw Ellina Jones, Jeni Kincher, Alexa Neton and Kelsey McDiffett secure a 3A state qualification in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

After placing third in the 200 free, 200 medley and 400 free races at Gunnison, the varsity foursome did the same in the medley and 400 at Delta, just short of their season bests a day earlier, though their solo results saw big boosts.

Neton and McDiffett each hit their fastest times of the year in the 200 free, ranking third and fourth at times of 2:23.82 and 2:26.06. Anna Cooper also was at her quickest at 2:52.48 in 10th.

After specializing in the 500 free in previous years, Neton was back in the long-distance race for the first time this season, ranking third at 6:35.64.

In the 100 backstroke, Jones set a new team best for the season, placing fourth at 1:14.9, while teammate Tiana Nichols took 18th in her first attempt at the race.

With her best time since swimming at Grand Junction in December, Kincher was fifth in the 100 free, with Cristiann and Alexei Reyes both setting their bests.

Jones also set her new best in the 50 free, taking seventh, with Kincher coming in 11th.

Just behind her mark in Gunnison, McDiffett nonetheless ranked fourth in the 100 butterfly, with Cooper sixth.

In the 100 breaststroke, Kate Lockwood ranked 10th, the same placement Nichols, Cooper and the Reyeses saw in the 200 free relay.

MCHS swimmers will next compete at Fruita Monument’s meet Feb. 1, Bulldogs’ final event before the Southwest Conference Championships.

Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition has $5K in scholarships for Routt, Moffat County students

A regional scholarship offers the opportunity for Northwest Colorado students to spread their wings and soar creatively.

The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition invites high school seniors in Routt and Moffat counties to submit original writings or artwork inspired by our Greater Sandhill Cranes. $5,000 in scholarships will be awarded in 2020, thanks to generous donors.

There are three submission categories:

  • Writing — An essay (non-fiction) or story (fiction) of 750 to 1500 words
  • Poetry — Collection of three poems
  • Other artistic media — Painting, music, digital art or photography

The work must be original and accurately reflect the physical characteristics, behavior and habitat of our Rocky Mountain Greater Sandhill Cranes. CCCC will accept only one entry per student.

Deadline for submission is March 25. This is a firm deadline. All entries must be submitted to cranecreativeartscontest@gmail.com with the following information: Last name, first name, address (street or PO box), city, zip code, phone number, email address, school, category (and subcategory medium for Category 3), and each entry must have a title.

A $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to the winner in each category, and a $500 honorable mention scholarship will be awarded from any category.  Second place winners will receive a certificate.

Scholarship awards are dependent on acceptance into a continuing education institution. If a winner is not so registered by Nov. 1, the scholarship will be awarded in sequence to a runner-up who qualifies. 

Judges will be selected by the CCCC’s Board of Directors. Winners will be announced in May and CCCC will publicize them on CCCC’s website and other media, from the podium at high school award assemblies and at the Yampa Valley Crane Festival Sept. 3 to 6, 2020.  CCCC will have the right to use all submissions, with appropriate author credit, for publicity purposes. 

For more information and complete submission rules, visit coloradocranes.org/creative-arts-contest-2020/.