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Wal-Mart warns suppliers on stricter measures

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has alerted its global suppliers that it will immediately drop them if they subcontract their work to factories that haven't been authorized by the discounter. Wal-Mart's stricter contracting rule, along with other changes to its policy, comes amid increasing calls for better safety oversight after a deadly fire at a Bangladesh factory that supplied clothing to Wal-Mart and other retailers. The fire in late November killed 112 workers at a factory owned by Tazreen Fashions Ltd. Wal-Mart has said the factory wasn't authorized to make its clothes. In a letter sent Tuesday to suppliers of its Wal-Mart stores as well as Sam's Clubs in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, the company says it will adopt a "zero tolerance" policy on subcontracting without the company's knowledge, effective March. 1. Previously, suppliers had three chances to rectify mistakes. Wal-Mart also said it plans to publish on its corporate website a list of factories that haven't been authorized to manufacture goods for Wal-Mart.

Colorado civil unions near, bigger fight looms

As a proposal to allow civil unions for gay couples is set to breeze through the Colorado Legislature, a larger battle looms over same-sex marriage. Senate Democrats stand poised to give initial approval to a civil unions bill Wednesday as the plan comes before a legislative committee for the first time this session. The measure has been turned back in past years, but with Democrats controlling the state House, Senate and governor's office it is expected to pass easily. Debate over the proposal has been contentious and emotional the last two years. In each of those sessions civil union plans were defeated by House Republicans. "This is the time that we get to be on the side that wins," said Shawna Kemppainen, 47, who has testified in favor of the bill previously, along with her partner, Lisa Green, 48.

Officers accused in elk death in Boulder resign

Two police officers accused of conspiring to illegally kill a trophy elk in Boulder have resigned. Boulder police said Tuesday that an internal investigation into Sam Carter and Brent Curnow is continuing despite the resignations.

Craig City Council approves moratorium on pot clubs

Emergency ordinance passed in wake of private marijuana clubs on Front Range

Marijuana was once again of topic of discussion Tuesday night as the Craig City Council approved an ordinance restricting private marijuana clubs. Craig City Manager Jim Ferree said since the November 2012 passage of Amendment 64 a rash of private marijuana clubs have been established primarily along the Front Range.

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Moffat County wrestling entering season's final month

The Moffat County wrestlers had a difficult weekend going against some tough competition in Wyoming last Friday and Saturday. The Bulldogs attended the Bill Thoman Invite at Green River High School in Green River, Wyo. and participated in five duals over the course of two days. They came out of the weekend with a 1-4 record going against teams from Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.

Sports Briefs for Jan. 23, 2012: Bad Dogs deliver across wrestling disciplines

The Bad Dogs had a successful weekend wrestling in Wyoming. Also, get the latest in sports for Craig in Moffat County, including Parks and Rec volleyball, Moffat County Youth Wrestling, and an educational presentation this week on concussions.

Quicksilver wins approval in record time for latest Routt County oil well

The brevity of Tuesday night’s hearing was in marked contrast to a March 20, 2012, Quicksilver Resources permit hearing that lasted for seven hours and ended after midnight.

Editorial: Broader horizons

Our View: With five Moffat County students attending this week’s presidential inauguration, the editorial board would like to take a moment to thank them for their desire to experience something new. Board members also want to thank community members for also supporting those efforts.

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Q & A session with TMH's interim CEO Joyce Hein

With a warm smile and a firm handshake The Memorial Hospital at Craig’s new interim CEO Joyce Hein is no stranger to change. The retiree spends her time working as an interim CEO where needed for Quorum Health Resources, TMH’s management company. This keeps Hein busy traveling around the country overseeing the transition between hospital CEOs and makes her a pro at handling hospitals and communities to make sure nothing’s lost during the leadership change. The Craig Daily Press sat down with Hein and Chief of Organizational Excellence Jennifer Riley on Hein’s second day on the job to find out some background about TMH’s new interim CEO.

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Firefighters, EMS respond to smoke report at Pizza Hut

Three employees treated at TMH

Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters responded Friday to a report of smoke at Pizza Hut, 1070 W. Victory Way. Also responding to the call, which came in about 4:45 p.m., were officers with the Craig Police Department and an ambulance crew from The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

Jacobson resigns as CDP publisher, accepts ad director job in Greeley

Bryce Jacobson announced today his resignation as the publisher and editor of the Craig Daily Press. He is leaving to accept a position as the advertising director of the Greeley Tribune, a Swift Communications newspaper. Jacobson, 35, has served as the publisher of the Daily Press since January 2006, and as editor for the last several months. His last day is Feb. 6.

25 shades of Craig: “Catfish”

Many people are reaching out to the Internet to help them find that special someone who will capture their heart and also love them for who they are. One of the problems with this way of courting is where the urban dictionary’s definition of catfish comes into play. “A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.”<br /

Police warn residents, businesses of counterfeit money scam

The Craig Police Department issued a statement Tuesday warning local businesses and residents about an influx of counterfeit $10 bills circulating in the area. The phony bills are computer copies of legal currency and may be mistaken as authentic if not checked by vendors and employees, according to a department press release.

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Craig Community Budget Center utilizes events like senior Tuesdays to help local residents

The Community Budget Center in Craig has trumped the 10 percent senior discount and thrown the senior courtesy cup out the window. Instead, the CBC offers Senior Tuesday every week, where seniors age 62 and over can purchase clothing at 50 percent off. As a non-profit organization all sales benefit those locally, which is what manager Karen Brown said the store is all about.