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Jimmy Westlake: You’re invited to the Stagecoach Star Party”

You are invited to join other astronomy enthusiasts from around the community for the Stagecoach Star Party at 9 p.m. Friday, July 10, at the Morrison Cove boat ramp on the southshore side of Stagecoach State Park, weather permitting.

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48th annual Cottonwood Classic sees heavy competition

Rifle’s Kyler Smith claims top prize; Rod Branstetter takes hole-in-one in golf tourney

It was far from three straight days of the exact same action at this year’s Cottonwood Classic. The 48th annual event, which ran Friday through Sunday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, attracted 103 golfers vying for some big cash prizes, with some taking home something more than a financial payout.

Craig briefs: Pest management to take place in county

Moffat County will conduct mosquito larva control daily through October.

Business Buzz: Downtown building has new owner

The former First National Bank building, located on 502 Yampa Ave., has recently changed ownership. The new owner, based out of Arizona, purchased the historic building, which has been the home to businesses and offices since 1917. Eric Tegl, manager of the building and its spaces, says that an out-of-state owner is a positive sign.

Craig Sports Briefs for July 6, 2015: Over-the-line signups available for August tourney

As part of Moffat County Balloon Festival, Craig residents will be hosting a tournament of the game over-the-line Aug. 1 and 2 at Loudy-Simpson Park. Originally created by Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, over-the-line is a variation of bat and ball games like baseball and softball that involves three-person teams. Hitters do not run any bases, and the field consists of a triangle in place of home plate and a rectangle for fielders. For a full explanation of the setup and rules, visit http://www.ombac.org/over-the-line/otl-rules-of-the-game. Local organizers are seeking as many teams as possible for three divisions: co-ed, women and youth ages 12-15. Teams consist of a captain, two players and an optional substitute. Demonstrations will be available July 16 and 23 for those unfamiliar with the game. The cost is $60 to register by Friday, with players receiving a guaranteed t-shirt, hot dog and a beer garden ticket for ages 21 and older. Late entry will be available until July 28 for $75 with no tickets nor guarantee of shirts.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of July 6, 2015

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.

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Community barbecue grills up 4th of July fun

After the Fourth of July Parade, the local Veterans of Foreign Wars hosted a community barbecue at Veterans Park, where nearly a hundred Craig residents flocked for free hamburgers and hot dogs.

Stephanie Pearce: Haying season — summertime splendor

Sitting in the driver seat of a tractor, warm wind blowing while the seat is bouncing up and down; that’s a great place for a young person in the middle of summer. I was 9 or 10 the first time I was allowed to run the tractor by myself, raking behind my dad, who was cutting hay in a tractor in front of me. I didn’t have a big tractor with a cab and air conditioning. No, I had no cab and it definitely wasn’t the newest tractor to choose from. It was a 1956 Massey Ferguson 35. I didn’t really even care that it was smaller or had no amenities. I was so excited to get to run this by myself that it really didn’t matter. I felt important; I was contributing.

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4th of July in Craig brings pride, merriment

Fourth of July brought pride, respect and merriment to the Craig community as they participated in the parade and fireworks on the nation’s birthday.

Craig briefs: National Weather Service offers training in Craig

The National Weather Service will offer free storm spotter training from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 21 in the conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, located at 221 W. Victory Way.

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Craig lets freedom ring with Fourth of July happenings

Parade, picnic, fun shoot, fireworks among activities

America’s got a birthday party, and you’re invited. Craig’s Fourth of July celebration takes place this weekend as the people of Northwest Colorado show their patriotism for the date acknowledging the independence of the United States. The fun begins Saturday morning with the fifth annual parade organized by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post 62.

Healthy Eating: Yampa Valley Lamb Burgers

Just in time for July Fourth, a delicious recipe for lamb burgers.

Healthy Eating: Easy spring rolls

A recipe for easy spring rolls — a perfect light meal for a summer day.

Craig health briefs for July 4: VNA offers grief support group

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice program hosts a grief education and support group at 5 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell St.

TMH Living Well: Is it time for a hip or knee replacement?

Are you starting to get sore in a hip or knee joint after a hike or feeling more and more stiff in the mornings? Is pain in a joint affecting your sleep? Do you feel like old Uncle Charlie who knows the weather is changing because your knee joint aches when it rains? If so, you may eventually need a hip or knee replacement.

Wellness Tip: Stay safe while participating in fireworks — be aware of the heat

It’s time to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Fitness Tip: Stay hydrated to avoid muscle cramps

To prevent muscle cramps you need to stay hydrated and stretch your muscles. Make sure to drink plenty of liquids every day.

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Rules of hydration and body temperature regulation

Drink plenty of water when exercising outdoors in heat

Exercising in heat can have performative benefits, since the body will be able to better adjust to changes in internal body heat. But without the proper preparation and risk management, aerobic exercise can stress the body, sometimes to a fatal degree.

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