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From bold Bulldog to eager Eagle: Moffat County’s Eddie Smercina signs with Chadron State football

It’s a nickname that’s already taken by another sportsman, but friends and family may be sorely tempted to start calling him Eddie the Eagle. Moffat County High School’s Eddie Smercina signed Wednesday to play football for Chadron State College this fall.

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Withdrawal of Clean Power Plan a relief to Northwest Colorado power plants

Energy took center stage in Washington this week when Donald Trump signed an executive order that seeks to roll back coal, oil, gas and emissions regulations enacted under the Obama administration.

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Moffat Family Clinic acquired by Memorial Regional Health

Respected Craig doctor will soon have more time to focus on patient care.

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Craig police using loud noises in evenings to discourage turkey vultures

It’s about to get loud in parts of Craig. Craig Police Department announced Wednesday it will be working with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to roust a group of turkey vultures from Craig. Starting this week, the agencies will be utilizing “loud sound-making devices, fired from rifles and shotguns,” according to a news release from the department.

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Meth found in bra: On the record for March 28

9:53 p.m. On the 500 block of Ledford Street, officers responded to a report of an intoxicated male with all of his belongings who wanted to stay overnight at the laundromat. He had been kicked out of his girlfriend’s house, but the business didn’t want him to stay there. He said he couldn’t carry all of his belongings and needed a ride to the hotel, but he wasn’t sure which hotel. Officers made contact and were going to try to help him get a bus ticket.

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Craig briefs: State, national gasoline prices increase slightly during past week, survey says

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have risen 0.9 cents per gallon the past week, averaging $2.17 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado.

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Toothless man knocks: On the record and jail report for March 21 to 28

9:46 p.m. On the 600 block of Taylor Street, officers responded to a report of a suspicious incident. A woman reported that a toothless man, approximately 40 years old wearing a beanie and a hoodie, had come to her door four times in the past several months asking for random people who had never resided at her residence. He then told her he was going to take care of that hill leaning on her fence. Officers did not find him.

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Salt River Project abatements hit Moffat, Routt county pocketbooks

Utility company's reduced value doesn't indicate reductions for other Craig, Hayden station owners

Many publicly funded Northwest Colorado organizations will have to tighten their belts this year after Moffat County Commissioners elected not to protest tax abatement requests from Salt River Project, an Arizona-based utility and partial owner of coal-fired Craig and Hayden stations.

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Uber officials in contract talks with Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Steamboat, airport in two different Uber zones

Uber officials are in contract talks with Yampa Valley Regional Airport Director Kevin Booth.

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12 acres of West Routt wheat secures return of sandhill cranes

When the greater sandhill cranes returned to the Yampa Valley earlier this month, there was a sizable flock that hadn’t forgotten Robert Bruchez’s grain field on Routt County Road 70.

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Prather's Pick: A story about a Colorado Easter Bunny

Easter is about two weeks away, and I found a great picture book to read to children or have them read it to you. “The Littlest Bunny in Colorado” is intended for ages 4 and up. The story is told in rhyme, and the illustrations are beautiful. Readers even get to take part in an Easter egg hunt.

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Lance Scranton: Big changes in health care?

Yes, it failed; actually it wasn’t even voted on so technically, nothing really happened. When the next healthcare bill comes up for vote I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that it will pass. Democracy is a messy thing and sometimes even the best of intentions are thwarted by over exuberance. I’m not a parliamentarian but constant news cycles don’t give too much credence to the give and take of politics and the deals that must be made to get legislation passed that suits the interests of a host of representatives from 50 different states.

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Stan Dempsey: Colorado coal communities saved from costly power plan

Many Americans have already forgotten about the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Obama administration’s signature effort to reduce carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants — but not the nation’s coal communities. They’ve lived with this regulation as an ever-present threat even after its implementation was stayed by a federal court.

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Vicki Huyser: Ponikvar for mayor

Your stated reason against support of John Ponikvar for mayor is one of the most absurd things I have ever read. It is right up there with voting for a president based on race or gender.

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A Capella choir to serve up sweet treats at Moffat County High School Friday

Good Vibes — the high school a capella choir — is presenting a spring showcase of music with a side of desert.

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The Bock’s Office: Disney’s latest live-action remake a real ‘Beauty’

Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme… You’ve known the story and its title tune for years, but that doesn’t make the new “Beauty and the Beast” any less magical.


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