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Charges filed against Dinosaur man in accidental shooting

Terry Billings faces charges stemming from leaving handgun accessible

A 63-year-old Dinosaur man turned himself in this morning at the Moffat County Jail in connection to an accidental shooting earlier this month in the town 90 miles west of Craig. A warrant was issued Wednesday for Terry Warren Billings, the grandfather and guardian of a 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl. On Oct. 4, the boy allegedly shot the girl in the arm with Billings’ handgun, according to authorities.

ACET arrests Craig man

Bryan Koppe in custody on suspicion of intent to distribute

The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested a 26-year-old man Wednesday afternoon in Craig on suspicion of intent to distribute. Bryan Keith Koppe was arrested at about 3 p.m. while doing business at a bank. His arrest, ACET reported in a news release, was the product of a joint investigation between the task force and the United States Postal Service.

Advocate for local veterans passes away in Denver

Friends: Bill Harding ‘the kind of person God put on this Earth to help other people’

Bill Harding, a former Moffat County Veterans Service Of­­ficer, died Saturday at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Denver. Harding lived in Craig from 1976 until June 2009, when he and his wife, Sandy, moved to Grand Junction. He was an advocate for local veterans in Mof­fat County.

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Husband preparing to retire as Little Snake Field Office manager

John Husband, field manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office, spent part of his Monday reflecting on his career with the BLM. That career will sunset this week after more than three decades.

Craig police officer found dead in Glenwood

Autopsy expected to take place today to determine community service officer's cause of death

A Craig Police Department officer was found dead Wednesday in Glenwood Springs, a Garfield County deputy coroner said. Kathie Johnson, a police department community service officer and wife of former police detective Ken Johnson, was found Wednesday afternoon in her room at the Hotel Colorado.

Arraignment today in assault case

Prosecutors file formal charges in attack

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed formal charges last week against a 31-year-old Craig man accused of attacking an elderly couple in their home.

Earthquake's magnitude adjusted

Originally reported as 4.4, Craig quake now listed as 3.7 on Richter Scale

Analysts from the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden have adjusted the magnitude of an earthquake that occurred Monday night north of Craig.

Monday night earthquake: 4.4 on Richter scale

An earthquake, measuring 4.4 on the Richter Scale, originated Monday night about 12 miles north of Craig, the National Weather Service in Grand Junction reported Monday night.

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BLM firefighter killed

Brett Stearns, 29, struck by fallen tree Friday

A Bureau of Land Management firefighter was killed Friday afternoon in an accident while working on a hazard-tree removal project, the BLM office reported in a news release Saturday.

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Theater developers eye end-of-year, holiday film release opening

By Christmas, Craig residents could have a new movie theater on the west side of town to watch the latest holiday new releases.

Target date: Memorial Day 2010

Veterans have new goal in mind for honoring Adams

There's no surrender to two area veterans who have set their sights on formally honoring Craig's sole Medal of Honor recipient, Maj. William E. Adams.

New school name down to 5 finalists

A committee tasked with finding a name for a new elementary school in Moffat County has whittled down a batch of suggested names to five finalists, the committee reported Friday afternoon.

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Moffat County High School swimmers show well in their own pool

Back-to-back home meets proved to be successful outings in the pool Friday and Saturday for the Moffat County High School boys swimming team. Cole Worsley, a senior from Steamboat Springs, broke a 24-year-old school record.

No suspense here: Mayor by a mile

It's noon Tuesday, Election Day, when Craig Mayor Don Jones walks into JW Snacks for lunch. He orders a blackened catfish sandwich, fries and iced tea, and settles in for a conversation.

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DA: Bring trial back to Moffat County

Prosecutors ask judge to reconsider venue in murder case

The legal wrangling in a Moffat County murder case continued Monday morning with a prosecution filing asking the presiding judge to reconsider trial venue.

Craig woman pleads guilty

Prosecutors dismiss attempted murder charge

An attempted murder charge against a Craig woman was dismissed Thursday in Moffat County District Court as part of a plea agreement with the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

New deputy district attorney primed for experience in 14th

After working shorthanded for about a month, the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office in Moffat County added a third prosecutor last week, bringing the office back to full staff.

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New victim/witness coordinator learning ins and outs of the court system

Before December 2008, Moffat County resident Jamie Jones rarely found herself in a courtroom. Now, with several weeks' experience behind her, she's in there a few times a week.

Convicted distributor's sentencing pushed back

Judge orders defendant to jail until pre-sentencing completed

A Moffat County District Court judge ordered a convicted drug distributor to jail Tuesday afternoon, after the court learned the man had failed to complete requirements of a pre-sentencing report.

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Nine in the class of '09

Fire department training one of its largest rookie classes

The final hurdle of a screening process for prospective Craig Fire/Rescue recruits is an interview with longtime fire department veteran and second-year Chief Bill Johnston.

Moffat County United Way exceeds target

Corrie Ponikvar has worked for 13 years as Moffat County United Way's executive director. And for 13 years, United Way has reached its fundraising goal for area service groups. This year, it was the same verse of the same song.

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Looking at 'Crystal Darkness'

Documentary airs tonight on Colorado's scourge of methamphetamine

Tausha Merwin has led two lives - one being a long downward spiral and the other the difficult climb back up.

Officer suffers minor injuries

Anthony Gianinetti struck by vehicle

A Craig Police Department officer suffered minor injuries Saturday morning when a vehicle driven by a 38-year-old Dinosaur man struck him in Craig.

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Despite low turnout, Christmas dinner a success for local church

Craig resident Tom Ward finished his plate of turkey, mashed potatoes and a roll Thursday afternoon, and he then made the rounds inside Faith Lutheran Church, chatting up others on a cold, snowy Christmas Day.

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Crash investigation temporarily delayed

An investigation into a single-engine plane crash Monday that claimed the lives of a Steamboat Springs couple will be delayed until after Christmas, said K.C. Hume, Moffat County Sheriff's Office investigator.

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A hurt that 'never goes away'

Grand Junction couple hoping against odds to locate missing daughter

Evening. Nov. 21, 1979. The small, pretty girl with blonde hair, blue eyes and an easy smile is getting ready at her parents' Hayden home. The night's plans revolve around a 4-H dance a town over, at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, in Craig.

Murder trial vacated

Judge orders delay while awaiting Supreme Court ruling

A Moffat County District Court judge has agreed with a prosecution motion to delay a murder trial, which was scheduled to begin next month.

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Speaker: Meth takes 'humanity out of the human'

Forensic hygienist makes presentations on 'clandestine' meth labs

A "tweaker" to-do list, highlighted Tuesday in a presentation by a forensic hygienist, underscored the scattered and potentially dangerous mind of someone locked in a cycle of methamphetamine addiction.

COMA: Meth presentations protect 'buyer and seller'

Effects on real estate will be discussed at events

In a continuing effort to education the public about methamphetamine, Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse is sponsoring a Tuesday appearance by a Bailey-based industrial hygienist, who will share "his extensive knowledge about meth and meth labs."

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Prosecution reply paves way for judge's ruling

Attorneys attempt to resolve trial date question

Prosecutors trying Terry Hankins' first-degree murder case responded Friday to ongoing written motions in the case, replying to a previous argument made by the defense.

Hankins' defense objects to delaying case

Public defender files motions in pending local murder trial

Defense attorneys have objected to a prosecution motion to delay a pending murder trial while awaiting a Colorado Supreme Court decision.

Police: Student's death an accident

MCHS junior fell more than 65 feet

The Craig Police Department released findings from an investigation Wednesday afternoon into the weekend death of a Moffat County High School junior.

Woman arrested on attempted murder

Police: Sunday incident involved weapon

A 44-year-old Craig woman was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder and felony menacing, according to records.

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Picture perfect

Return home reunites Marine with toddler son

When asked Friday what he thought of most while serving in one of the world's most dangerous regions, Craig native Chris Thompson didn't have to look far to find the answer.

Murder confessions won't be heard

Murder trial judge's rulings include change of venue

Three separate, recorded confessions by a Craig man accused of killing his wife and dismembering her body will not be heard by a jury, a Moffat County District Court judge ruled Wednesday morning.

Motions hearing continues today with video recording

Prosecutors, defense presenting evidence in murder case

Day one of a five-day motions hearing in Moffat County District Court ended with the court listening to the beginning of an audio recording between Terry Hankins and local investigators.

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Behind locked doors

Law enforcement veteran is named detention deputy of the year

A heavy locked steel door, with big bold words warning visitors against having tobacco or firearms, stands entrenched as a line of demarcation for Moffat County Sheriff's Office corporal Mike Malley.

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Golf fundraiser to benefit Moffat County Horizons

The sun shines through the back bedroom window at the converted group home on 50 W. 13th St., in Craig, and it's through the glass that 61-year-old Linda Roper looks out and finds enjoyment in nature's creatures.

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Tales from the 'trails'

Moffat County resident's book recalls a half century of area hunts

In 1962, when Glenn Pritchard was young and not old, when hunting was pure and about something other than "money and politics," the then-19-year-old Moffat County resident found himself waiting patiently in the predawn morning of his favorite place.

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Pains and gains

Rehab center's new designation aids cancer patients' physical recovery

The brain tumor - or "the big mean one" - was diagnosed Aug. 5, 2006. Subsequent radiation and chemotherapy treatments paralyzed her left leg, arm and side of her mouth, and left her depressed and fearful of what possibly lay ahead.

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Country, community, commencement

The year was 1964, and Dennis Collins, a wild, 17-year-old Moffat County High School junior, had a family tradition to follow and a country to protect.

The race is on

Two candidates vying for 14th Judicial District Attorney position

The race is on to become the next 14th Judicial District Attorney covering Moffat, Routt and Grand counties.

Craig man pleads guilty to distribution

A Craig man arrested last year by the All Crimes Enforcement Team pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon in Moffat County Court to distribution of a schedule 2 controlled substance, a felony.

ACET suspects make first court appearance

Nine suspects facing an assortment of drug possession and distribution charges made their first court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Moffat County Court.

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Charges dismissed against two ACET suspects

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office dismissed drug distribution charges late Friday against two suspects arrested during last month's sweep by the All Crimes Enforcement Team.

Clinics to address STD concern

VNA hosts screenings in light of increases

A nurse from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment pointed out the numbers - "dramatic" increases in the number of sexually transmitted diseases in Moffat County.

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Capital projects top $100 million

More than $100 million in capital improvement projects are slated for the next two years in Craig.

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Police impound, auction off about 150 vehicles

Renewed focus on code enforcement in city coincides with increase in sales of unwanted, seized vehicles

Since 2004, the Craig Police Department has auctioned off abandoned and seized vehicles to bidders seeking a cheap vehicle, spare parts or scrap metal.

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Customer service fuels awards for businesses

A common theme runs between the two award-winning businesses the Craig Chamber of Commerce recognized Tuesday during its annual meeting.

Task force: drug seizures on the rise

ACET also reaching out to users seeking help

The All Crimes Enforcement Team, formerly known as GRAMNET, seized more than $250,000 worth of illegal narcotics in 2007, a number more than double the previous year's drug seizures.