Stories for July 2013


Wednesday, July 31

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Sea Sharks going to Seasonal State Meet

Wednesday marked the final practice of the summer for the Craig Sea Sharks youth swimming team, as they prepare for the final meet of the season.

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Police identify homeless man found dead in Craig

The Craig Police Department confirmed Wednesday that a body found near a Craig restaurant was that of Michael Fedinec, 52, a homeless man.

Tuesday, July 30

Craig briefs: Craig Chamber seeks more board members

The Craig Chamber of Commerce board of directors is seeking individuals interested in serving as a chamber board member, according to a news release.

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Moffat County football schedule set for 2013

The Moffat County high school football schedule for the upcoming season is set. The Bulldogs will play six road games and four home games.

Passport to Reading program ready for second year

The success of the Passport to Reading program for area students during the 2012-2013 academic year will hopefully carry on once school begins again. That’s the objective of James Neton, who first developed the reading motivation project last year.

Craig Sports Briefs for July 31, 2013: August pool tournament in Craig canceled

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County

On the Record

The daily police and jail report for Moffat County

Michael Bennet: Coloradans work together to fix our immigration system

It’s not often we witness Colorado’s high-tech innovators, third-generation farmers, prominent business executives, traditional faith leaders, aspiring young immigrants and leading law enforcement officials uniting behind a common cause.

Lance Scranton: School sports start soon — have you been training?

The countdown begins this week and most kids you talk to won’t have any idea, or want to admit, what is just around the corner. School officially starts on Aug. 26 but a whole bunch of stuff gets going even earlier.

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Routt County Search and Rescue responds to Flat Tops, Mount Zirkel wilderness area calls Tuesday

A 50-year-old Texas man was expected to be OK after possibly suffering from a stroke and falling as far as 80 feet down steep, rocky terrain in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area on Tuesday.

Dry week to follow Monday rains in Craig

Craig and the surrounding area received between one-third to one inch of precipitation during stormy weather throughout the late afternoon and evening Monday. The majority of rain came about 20 miles west of town, according to the National Weather Service.

Moffat County commissioners talk with Rangely District Hospital about EMS in Dinosaur

Moffat County officials met with representatives of Rangely District Hospital on Tuesday to go over different ways they could get emergency services to Dinosaur and the surrounding area. Rangley Hospital, which has been the EMS provider to Dinosaur for more than 50 years, sent a letter June 1 declaring they would no longer be able to afford sending ambulances to western Moffat County. The letter said services would officially stop after Aug. 31.

Sunday, July 28

Craig Briefs: County Commissioners weekly meeting agenda

Commissioners meet at the county courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way, Suite 130. The meeting is open to the public.

Gary Vavra: Chapman saves the day

My name is Gary Vavra, and I live in Castle Rock. I had the misfortune of having my car break down on my way to Murray City, Utah, to visit my daughter, deliver her dresser to her and pick up my wife.

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Balloon Festival to offer big schedule

Before it’s inflated, a hot air balloon may only look like a large piece of colorful nylon with a basket attached. However, get a little heat going and before long it’s a full-bodied aircraft ready to soar to the heavens. Just as this material expands to make something glorious, so are the numbers of the fourth annual Moffat County Balloon Festival, with 15 balloonists set to come out and display their aviation skills Saturday and Sunday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

August brings adventure, activities to Craig

I have had the pleasure of seeing my great-granddaughter, Sarah VanGrandt, who came from Alabama to help my daughter Jane, her sister Haley and cousin Trey Gallegos with the Relay For Life.

Stephanie Pearce: National Friendship day is coming up — plan something with your friend

National Friendship day is Aug. 4, so that made me think that friendship would be a perfect topic to cover this week. I wrote about my best friend a while back. She doesn’t live here, but we are still extremely close. We make an effort to stay in touch, and I know we will be friends, as the saying goes “until we are senile and are new friends again.”

Prather's Pick: “Dozens of Cousins”

During the summer, some families travel to reunions where kids meet aunts, uncles and cousins. That’s what “Dozens of Cousins” — this week’s picture book for children — is all about.

Moffat County commissioner attends leadership training in Denver

County Commissioner John Kinkaid went to Denver for an extra-long weekend of leadership training. He started out by attending the Leadership Program of the Rockies recruitment party Thursday night. Kinkaid said he wants to get involved with LPR so he can develop some skills and represent the Western Slope in an organization he said tends to have a higher proportion of Front Range leaders.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of July 29, 2013

The coming week in sports in Craig.

Craig Sports Briefs for July 29, 2013: Craig pool league hosting summer tournament

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

Saturday, July 27

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Tri-State tournament features low scores over the weekend

111 golfers formed 28 teams for the Tri-State scramble tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

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Railroad historian comes to Museum of Northwest Colorado

In continuing its content on the railroad coming to Craig, the Museum of Northwest Colorado brought out a railroad expert and major contributor to its railroad exhibit Saturday.

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Murdoch's pet fair sees large turnout

The Murdoch’s Pet Health Fair saw an excellent turnout throughout the day Saturday, making the first-time event in Craig a rousing success.

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A new perspective: Artist draws caricatures, paints faces, creates smiles

Local artist Amanda Field specializes in the world of portraiture, caricatures, specifically, setting up shop on the sidewalk this summer during the Do It Downtown Thursdays weekly event along Yampa Avenue. Set up with paper, pens, markers and a few other supplies, she can create a likeness of her subjects in a matter of minutes.

Friday, July 26

Craig Briefs: Free admission to State Parks is offered Aug. 5

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will celebrate Colorado Day on Aug. 5 by offering free entrance at all 42 state parks, according to a press release.

Consumer study shows healthy spending inside Moffat Coutny

In an effort to pinpoint where Moffat County consumers are spending their hard-earned dollars, Yampa Valley Data Partners compiled a Consumer Preference Study and presented it to the community at a lunchtime learning session on Wednesday.

Nate Waggenspack: What makes sports great? Maturity in the heat of the moment

Craig Daily Press sports writer Nate Waggenspack on some of the great moments that happen in everyday sports.

BLM seeks input on TransWest line routes

The Bureau of Land Management is asking for community advice on a study they put together to evaluate possible routes the TransWest transmission line could take through Moffat County. They want to bring this conversation to the public said Beverly Gorny, the public affairs specialist for the BLM office in Cheyenne. “This is a public process. We do this in the public venue,” she said.

Remembering Moffat County Fairs of the past

Each year when county fair time rolls around, I think back to those years when my sister Charlotte (Allum) and I exhibited at the Moffat County Fair. Some of those memories are the subject of this week’s “From Pipi’s Pasture.”

Over a cup of coffee: Mary’s rhubarb recipes

I imagine that rhubarb season is pretty much over for this year. However, rhubarb is what this week’s column is all about. All three of the recipes are courtesy of Mary Burnett, of Craig. If you can’t use them this year, I’ll bet you can next year!

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Youth baseball team in Craig battling in World Series

The Colorado Cutthroats youth baseball team from Craig is playing in the Triple Crown World Series this weekend in Steamboat Springs.

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Fire starts around electric pole on Highway 40

A small fire ignited and was quickly suppressed Friday afternoon on the side of U.S. Highway 40 about a mile West of Craig.

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CNCC adds energetic staff

Though CNCC has yet to finalize its faculty for the coming school year, numerous slots in Craig and Rangely have been filled. Among the newly added educators are Donna Theimer and Liz Johnson on the Craig campus and John Whipple in Rangely. Theimer was recently hired as the college’s new dean of instruction, Johnson joins the science faculty and Whipple will take on the mantle of Outdoor Leadership Program coordinator.

On the record

The daily police and jail report for Moffat County

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Pioneers, newcomers have a place in Craig’s history

These pioneer ladies contributed much to the fledgling community throughout their long years of life. It is important to remember, however, that no matter the length of years a person might spend living in Craig, the town’s history will be impacted by that person’s contributions to the community whether it is through work, volunteering, or just daily interactions with others. Our local history is as varied as the people who live here; our history is right now, and it is not just ‘history’ it is your story.

2013 Moffat County Fair schedule

2013 Moffat County Fair schedule

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Meeker businesses prep for hunting season

Whether you need the personal service that only a small town can provide or connections reaching halfway around the world, the business scene of Meeker is ready and raring to help out the hunting crowd. The multitudes that flock to the Northwest Colorado spot are well taken care of within the confines of the community, which fully understands the needs of the average hunter.

Commissioners did a good job with ambulance service

The Moffat County Commissioners have been diligent in finding a solution to the ongoing problem surrounding ambulance service near Dinosaur and Rangely.

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Four families embrace the 4-H tradition

The Moffat County Fair offers several opportunities for 4-H families to showcase their hard work, and this year the fair would like to highlight the dedication and determination of four families who have gone above and beyond for the organization.

Catch-a-Pig Contest is a messy business

In a pit full of mud with children on one side and squealing pigs on the other, 14-year-old Mattie Jo Duzik can smile with the confidence of a winner. As last year’s Catch-a-Pig contest winner in her age group, Duzik is primed and ready for this year’s event at the Moffat County Fair.

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Dedication: Elaine Sullivan we dedicate the fair to you

Elaine, it is fair friends like you and your family that make our fair such a fun and rewarding place. Without such faithful supporters the fair could not go on. That is why we take extreme pleasure in dedicating this, the 95th Annual Moffat County Fair, to you. We want to thank you and your family for the many years of service and commitment to our fair. The Moffat County Fair Board dedicates the 2013 Moffat County Fair to you! Thank You! Thank You!

Moffat County Fair offers a slew of activities

While the Moffat County Fair holds dozens of events daily, such as the Crumb and Get It Baked Goods Sale on Thursday, and dog and horse shows all week, the activities reach fever pitch by Friday as the final days draw the big crowds for a string of don’t-miss events.

4-H provides youth with a variety of skills

According to J.D. Sexton, Moffat County Extension 4-H youth development and agriculture agent, “4-H is the largest youth organization in the country.” And while 4-H members keep busy all year long, late summer is perhaps the busiest time of all for them.

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Fair entertainment: The Calhouns to play at this year's fair

It’s not easy to catch up with the lead singer and guitar player for The Calhouns this time of year. Jim Calhoun is currently out getting the wheat crop in on his North Platte Nebraska farm, but he will make it to the 2013 Moffat County Fair in time to entertain the crowds with classic county music.

Intermediate Queen: Jenna Timmer

Hi, my name is Jenna Timmer, and I am your 2013 Intermediate Fair Queen. This is my fourth year in 4-H. I’m a member of the Young Guns Horse Club, and I enjoy showing my steers and horses.

Honorary Volunteer 2013: Starla Durham

There are some people that just make our world a better place. Starla Durham is one of them. She is always doing something for others and has been involved with the 4-H program and assisting us with the fair for more than 20 years.

Honorary Volunteer 2013: Phyllis Myers

Each year come fair time, there are a few people who know we can always depend on to help us out. Phyllis Myers is one of them. She has been a main stay of the Moffat County Fair for many years. She is a fourth generation Moffat County resident and the daughter of the late Harry Jr. and Naomi (Osborn) Durham. Naomi still resides on the ranch Phyllis was raised on near Axial.

Junior Queen Attendant: Aftyn Kawcak

Hi, my name is Aftyn Kawcak. I am eight years old and am your 2013 Junior Fair Queen Attendant.

Junior Queen: Allison Villard

Hi! My name is Allison Villard. I am so honored to have been chosen as the 2013 Moffat County Junior Fair Queen. I am 11 years old and this is my fifth year in 4-H, including Cloverbuds.

Intermediate Queen Attendant: Katie Bailey

Hi, my name is Katie Bailey. I am your Moffat County Fair Intermediate Queen Attendant.

Senior Queen Attendant: Faith Santistevan

Hi! My name is Faith Santistevan, and I am your 2013 Moffat County Senior Fair Queen Attendant.

Senior Queen: Kayla Hall

I’m proud to introduce myself to you as your 2013 Moffat County Senior Fair Queen.

Thursday, July 25

Student News: Joe, Jim and Josh Neal

Joe, 9, Jim, 7, and Josh Neal, 5, reached the summit of Colorado’s highest mountain — Mt. Elbert, which is 14,440 feet.

Student News: Taelee Knez

Craig resident Taelee Knez, 8, traveled to Granby on Friday and Saturday to train at the 29th MooSulKwan summer expo presented by the Colorado Taekwondo Institute and American Martial Arts Sports and Education Association.

Craig briefs: Rules for agriculture and debris burning

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents about guidelines for agriculture and debris burning.

Motels have lost their glow

Years ago I taught with a fidgety man who rolled his protuberant eyes when I mentioned a nice motel I’d stayed in at Lake Tahoe during a conference. He said he’d sleep in his VW Bug before a motel. Didn’t I know that “motels” is an acronym for “many opportunities to ensure little sleep?”

Motels have lost their glow

Years ago I taught with a fidgety man who rolled his protuberant eyes when I mentioned a nice motel I’d stayed in at Lake Tahoe during a conference. He said he’d sleep in his VW Bug before a motel. Didn’t I know that “motels” is an acronym for “many opportunities to ensure little sleep?”

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Pet Health Fair in Craig will have it all for animals

Pet owners with dogs in need of a rinse or cats that need to be vaccinated are in luck this weekend in Craig: Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply is hosting a Pet Health Fair to take care of all the pets’ needs.

Craig Sports Briefs for July 26, 2013: Moffat County High School physicals at end of July at TMH clinic

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

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Moffat County athletes doing cross-sport weekly workout

With high school sports practices still nearly three weeks away, some Moffat County High School athletes are doing what they can to stay prepared for fall sports to begin in earnest. Throughout the summer, around a dozen athletes have been gathering at the Bulldog Proving Grounds on Wednesday evenings to push through a short but intense conditioning workout.

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Sandrock Ridge seeks to create positive atmosphere

The personnel of Sandrock changed with two familiar faces being brought into new positions: Dollie Rose was hired as the new nursing home administrator and Wenona Harper as the director of nursing, both in mid-June. Harper was part of the nursing staff for the past two years before being promoted, while Rose previously spent four years as Sandrock’s social services director.

Breeze Park needs grant money for face lift

This is the second time Dave Pike, director of Parks and Recreation, has applied for a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant for the beautification of Breeze Park.

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Andy Bockelman: DreamWorks' 'Turbo' is a snail of a tale

Getting behind the wheel of a powerful auto capable of going well more than 200 mph must be a thrill. Watching someone spend hours turning slightly to the left, on the other hand, can be more than a little dull. With that kind of mentality, one might not be expecting a lot of surprises from the cartoon “Turbo,” but even something as repetitive as driving in a circle can be fun given the right circumstances.

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2 fires in Moffat, Rio Blanco counties 70 percent contained

The Citadel Fire — located in Moffat County — started Sunday morning. It has burned roughly 2,000 acres of land. The East Tschuddi fire started Saturday and has burned about 630 acres in Rio Blanco County.

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Craig to start electronics recycling program

To comply with the new Colorado law that makes it illegal to dump electronics in landfills, Craig will start picking up computers, televisions, printers and other electronic items to recycle.

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Craig logged no precipitation in June, still hurting in July

After measuring 0.0 inches of rain in June, Craig has not seen much more so far in July, but chances at thunderstorms pepper the forecast in the coming days.

Wednesday, July 24

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Routt National Forest work helps veterans transition to civilian life

After spending a year deployed in Iraq in the Army, Elder Pyatt had to adjust to civilian life when he finished his service in 2008.

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Craig City Council introduces ordinance to prohibit retail marijuana establishments

An ordinance to prohibit stores that grow, sell or test marijuana from setting up shop within Craig city limits was introduced Tuesday night to the Craig City Council.

Tuesday, July 23

Evelyn Tileston: Population shift concerns

Yampa Valley’s community leaders need to pay serious attention to the article “Older adults driving local population growth” by Brandon Owens on page 4 of the July 8, issue of the Craig Daily Press.

Craig briefs: MCHS Class of 1983 mixer set for Friday

Members of the Moffat County High School Class of 1983 are invited to a mixer opener at the Sports Page bar at the Holiday Inn of Craig at 6 p.m. Friday.

The Record for July 24, 2013

Daily police and sheriff's report

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Two cars collide on U.S. 40 in front of Walmart

Emergency responders were called to U.S. Highway 40 at about 4:50 p.m. Tuesday when two cars collided in front of the entrance to Walmart.

My email tells me I have problems, doesn’t yours?

There is enough going on in my regular email folder to keep me busy just deleting unwanted services, but the sheer volume of clutter might cause a person to start getting an e-mail condition I refer to as PAED (Personality Actuated Email Disorder).

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2013 Relay For Life raises $8,500

The 2013 Relay For Life of Craig brought in about $8,500 for cancer research this past weekend. Combined with roughly $1,500 in donated goods from local businesses and individuals, the grand total for the cause came to about $10,000.

Officials from Dinosaur meet with Moffat County to discuss ambulance service

The Dinosaur Town Council met with Moffat County commissioners Tuesday to discuss a new plan to get ambulance service to western Moffat County. Officials have until Aug. 31 to secure emergency medical services now that Rangely District Hospital informed the council it would stop serving that area.

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Youth golfers learning swing, life lessons

The Yampa Valley Junior Golf program is nearing it's conclusion this summer at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

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Tom Ross: Pioneer life in Hell's Canyon along the Yampa River in Moffat County

The late Pat Mantle once said, “When I was a little boy, if my brothers and I told our daddy we were hungry, he would hand us a stick and say, ‘There’s a jackrabbit right over there.’”

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Water leased by Colorado Water Trust starts flowing into Yampa

On Tuesday morning, the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District began releasing water leased by the Colorado Water Trust into the Yampa River to help bolster flows.

Monday, July 22

Pilot & Today welcomes new editor, announces leadership transition

Lisa Schlichtman began her tenure as editor Monday. She comes to the Pilot & Today after more than 20 years as a newspaper reporter, editor, owner and publisher in the communities of Cassville and Monett in southwest Missouri.

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Two fires continue to burn in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties

The two fires that flared up last weekend due to lightning strikes are still burning. About 20 miles south of Maybell, the Citadel Fire — located in Moffat County —started Sunday morning. It has burned roughly 2,000 acres of land. The East Tschuddi fire started Saturday and has burned around 440 acres and had threaten a historical Parks and Wilderness cabin about 16 miles northwest of Meeker. The Tschuddi fire is in Rio Blanco.

Sunday, July 21

Craig briefs: Agenda for Moffat County Commisioners

The Moffat County Commissioners meet at 8:30 a.m. at the County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way, Suite 130.

Health briefs: Volunteers are needed for hospice

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is seeking volunteers for their Hospice program.

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'It's been an adventure': Three Craig teens attain Eagle Scout honor

A feeling of pride was palpable Sunday afternoon as three local Boy Scouts were inducted into the ranks of Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest honor. 18-year-olds Justin McAlexander, Conner Pogline and Wyatt Oberwitte of Troop 144 received the distinction in front of family and friends, followed by a banquet at the American Legion Post 62.

Don't let car mechanics take advantage of you

So you don't know much about cars? You aren't alone. Is it a coincidence? Does knowing less about cars make visiting a mechanic more painful?

Send a care package to a friend — we did

My daughter has a friend that is still away at college. He had come home for the Fourth of July holiday and had mentioned how he really misses home when he’s away. So, my daughter came up with the idea to send him a care package when he went back to school. This care package started off as a way to make someone else’s day, but we had so much fun putting it together. We sat down and decided what to put in this package. The first thing that came to mind was food. Food is pretty comforting when you’re missing home.

Prather's Pick: "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead"

Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook. She’s also the author of this week’s featured book: “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.”

Saturday, July 20

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Bikers ride for charity in Moffat County

About 75 motorcycles and more than 10 cars from the Colorado Cruisers drove out from the OP Bar & Grill on Saturday for the 17th annual Poker Run. The event challenges bikers to collect cards from different designated locations in hopes that they come back with the highest poker hand. The winners split half the pot. The other half goes to a charity or individual in need.

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Bountiful Baskets brings food, friendship to Craig

Tammy Villard and Terri Robinson can’t decide which one of them runs the affordable food operation. The alternative food co-op, Bountiful Baskets, brings a portable food co-op to Robinson’s Welding every other Saturday. With help from volunteers they divide fruits and vegetables among 40 to 80 personal baskets. Villard calls Robinson boss, but Robinson shrugs it off and says she couldn’t do it without Villard.

Friday, July 19

What’s the real population?

What is the real population of our town? Well, that depends.

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Walking tall: 2013 Relay For Life goes strong amid changes

The 2013 Relay For Life of Craig took place this weekend with nine teams and 107 total pre-registered participants coming out to support the cancer fundraising event. The community get-together raised about $3,500 leading up to the special night, which was a bit scaled back this year.

Craig briefs: Moffat County Democrats meeting is on Monday

The Moffat County Democratic Party will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the American Legion Post.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Cottage Cheese Pie

When my siblings and I were growing up on the ranch, we couldn’t be picky about what we ate.

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Steamboat Springs adaptive swim team creates opportunities for youths with disabilities

David Franzel first began teaching swimming to people who were physically and cognitively disabled in YMCA programs in Chicago. Today, he runs Steamboat Springs’ adaptive swim team.

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Liz Langley scores hole-in-one at Steamboat Golf Club

Liz Langley recorded her first hole-in-one Tuesday on a 91-yard pitching wedge flop shot on Steamboat Golf Club’s third hole.

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Former Northwest Colorado resident slain in Thailand

A taxi driver in Bangkok reportedly killed Troy “Chip” Pilkington with a machete after the two men had a dispute about Pilkington being overcharged $1.60 for his cab fare.

Club 20 talks about roads and coal

Club 20, which gathers leaders from 22 western counties to work for the interests of rural Coloradans, tackled infrastructural issues for a second day on Friday. The conference hosted discussion groups and provided a space for committee meetings. A transportation committee meeting went over possible ways to bring in more revenue to fix problems on rural highways and roads.

Club 20 debates SB 213, ballot initiative 22

On Friday at Colorado Northwestern Community College the members of Club 20, the consortium of community leaders from Colorado’s Western Slope, discussed the merits of educational legislation, specifically the passage of Senate Bill 213 and the pending Ballot Initiative 22 for the November election.

As city crafts new pot rules, Steamboat Springs officials say they don't want to be like Glenwood Springs

When they were deciding Tuesday night where recreational pot shops should be allowed to open up in Steamboat Springs, some city officials and council members here pointed to Glenwood Springs as the one place they don't want to become.

History shows that conservation is conservative

Today, as a field organizer for Conservation Colorado, I work collaboratively with people of all political persuasions to advocate on behalf of Colorado’s clean air, water, public lands and wildlife. It still feels right to tread carefully, to leave things better than they were and to be a good steward of the earth. It turns out this means I am both a conservative and conservationist and that is, in part, because conservation is conservative.

Steamboat police awaiting blood test results related to fatal motorcycle crash

The Steamboat Springs Police Department still is investigating the crash that killed a 60-year-old German man riding a motorcycle July 2 on Lincoln Avenue.

Thank you, Craig

On Thursday morning, June 6, we were traveling north on Hwy. 13 from Rifle towards Craig when our small RV broke down. A bad day turned into a good experience when we were helped by many people.

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Nostalgia in a little gold ring: Share your class ring with us

Perhaps nothing can elicit nostalgic thoughts as much as a class ring. A ring of gold or silver engraved with the school insignia and adorned with a gemstone can often evoke strong memories of school pride, graduation ceremonies and fleeting summer romances.

Solar panel proposal needs another look

Yampa Valley Electric Association is required by law to have 30 percent of its energy come from renewable energy — solar or wind — by 2020.

Twin calves named Jiminy and Cricket join the pasture

Twin calves Jiminy and Cricket were born at Pipi's pasture this spring.

Thursday, July 18

Hayden officials seek input from residents about marijuana

After a failed vote Thursday night to draft a law to ban future pot shops in Hayden, town officials said they want to hear more input from residents before making any decisions.

Student News: Benjamin Todd Koucherik

Benjamin Todd Koucherik graduated from Louisiana State University on May 17, 2013, with a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre.

Take responsibility, prepare for a wildfire emergency

It’s a hot, dry July afternoon. You are enjoying peace and quiet at your rural home, when you notice a large plume of smoke coming from a nearby ridge.

Craig briefs: Moffat County Balloon Festival needs volunteers

The Moffat County Balloon Festival is looking for volunteers for the fourth annual event Aug. 3 and 4.

Silent film displays Colorado history

There’s a lot the world of cinema can teach us, if we’re willing to pay attention. In the case of one film, all you have to do is listen to the sound of silence. The Museum of Northwest Colorado, Preserving the Last Frontier Organization and the City of Craig proudly present the silent movie “The White Desert,” a feature that displays historical railroad footage within the state of Colorado. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday at The Journey at First Baptist.

Do It Downtown continues to find crowd

Slowly but surely, the Do It Downtown initiative is gaining momentum for the businesses of downtown Craig. Running from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday afternoons, the weekly event is an opportunity for Craig residents to get out and about, patronize locally owned stores and engage in a variety of activities.

We're all in this together

What is it that we are all in it together? What are some of the characteristics that pull us into relationship with one another and what is the importance of it? Well, to start with “No person is an island.”

Club 20 meets to discuss issues facing the Western Slope

Presenters at the Club 20 conference addressed some controversial topics like the legalization of recreational marijuana, broadband access in rural communities, immigration reform, health care and they took time to highlight the success of a local business owner on Thursday.

Your stories about Christ are worth telling

What’s your story? If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, odds are, at some point, you have had to give a testimony — give your life story — in front of somebody.

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Andy Bockelman: ‘Pacific Rim’ a hard-hitting, sci-fi creature feature

Most people have childhood issues of some sort that affect them well into their adult lives. Few have a traumatic past that involves being pursued through the streets of an Asian metropolis by a ginormous crab, but that’s what makes the heroes of “Pacific Rim” unique.

Hayden museum to host Smithsonian exhibit

The Hayden Heritage Center has a ribbon cutting ceremony for its Smithsonian Institution exhibit, Journey Stories, from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday with a reception at the Hayden Chamber of Commerce.

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Craig to get renewable energy through solar panels

Solar energy is on the horizon in Craig. Solar panel manufacturer Clean Energy Collective is in discussions with Yampa Valley Electric Association and Craig City Council about where they can build a 5-acre solar panel garden.

Area hockey players driven to next level by love for the sport

After high school graduation, a trio of young, local hockey players will continue to play the sport in junior hockey leagues.

Wednesday, July 17

Northwest Colorado works toward better broadband

The Northwest Colorado Technology Planning Team of Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the status of the broadband.

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Mine safety class preps workers for disaster

It was bright at the Moffat County High School football field Wednesday afternoon, but teams were decked out in black gear as if they were rescuing people trapped miles underground. It was all apart of a mine safety class.

Twentymile proposes hauling more coal by truck on Routt County road

Twentymile Coal Co.'s existing special-use permit with the county is set to expire at the end of this year. In addition to trucking more coal, the mine is asking for a five-year extension to the permit.

Tuesday, July 16

Craig Briefs: Pet Health Fair to visit Murdoch’s on July 27

Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply is hosting a Pet Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27.

Johnny Garcia: Parade was a success

A big thank you is due to all who attended the Fourth of July parade that was put on by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4265, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post No. 62.

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Tour de Steamboat fundraising ride returns Saturday

An estimated 700 participants are riding in this weekend's Tour de Steamboat fundraiser, and each of them will get to know the satisfaction of a cold beer at the end of a long day.

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Fuller Center bikers cruise through Craig to help those in need

The Fuller Center Bike Adventure crew rolled through Craig this week, with a group of 18 riders and two service technicians helping the elderly and disabled spiff up homes and yards throughout the city.

Send us your memories — we'll put them in the paper

I invite you to send me story ideas and submissions that we can place throughout the paper, highlighting your lives as residents of Craig and Moffat County.

Craig Daily Press welcomes 2 new reporters

The Craig Daily Press would like to welcome two new reporters to our editorial team: Andy Bockelman and Erin Fenner.

Relay For Life starts Friday night

Relay For Life of Craig will take place Friday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The event, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, is an overnight community get-together with the purpose of battling the cancer disease in all its forms.

Mary Dean Stevenson: Watch your speed

I would like to remind everyone that just because we live in a small town doesn't mean we drive like we live in a fast-paced metropolitan area.

Mary Dean Stevenson: Soccer aid appreciated

It is nice to see common courtesy and good examples being set by others. Thank you again.

Lance Scranton: A lesson from the trial of George Zimmerman

Justice means to deal with somebody or something fairly. This past week has seen an onslaught of differing views on the not guilty verdict of Floridian George Zimmerman who was acquitted of murder and/or manslaughter. I followed the case with interest because of the tragedy, but also to monitor just how effectively our media informs us.

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Silver Bullet Tournament celebrates successful, beautiful weekend

Women from Colorado and other states teed off for the largest multiple-day, stroke-play game of the year for women. This year, 62 golfers from three states played 36 holes.

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Steamboat lands direct ski season flight from Seattle

The new flight on Alaska Airlines, in addition to a United flight from Los Angeles, gives Steamboat connections to two major West Coast hubs.

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Moffat County boys basketball successfully completes summer games

The Moffat County boys basketball team completed its summer last week, capping off a busy month of basketball with 10 games at Colorado Mesa University.

Monday, July 15

Donelia Herrera & Family: Thanks for your help

We would like to thank the emergency crew that responded; the physicians; nursing staff and all who took care of Luis during his 2 weeks at TMH.

Sunday, July 14

Craig briefs: County fair is in need of community booths

The Moffat County Fair is seeking educational or service organizations to share information and activities with the public at this year’s fair.

Senior Spotlight for July 15, 2013

Spending a lot of time by myself allows me to come up with insightful ideas and thoughts.

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Circus entertains Craig crowd

No matter how many different kinds of entertainment you’ve seen in your life, it’s hard to imagine anyone not being awestruck by a girl suspended in midair by her hair or a man keeping his balance atop a single wheel while tossing around flaming pins.

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Metal bands light up Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Craig

Attend most watering holes in Craig on any given night and the sounds you’re most likely to hear are country twang or classic rock playing over the speakers. While that set list may be perfect for some residents, others look for something a little edgier, a little more urban and most importantly, a lot louder.

Craig Sports Briefs for July 15, 2013: Next archery leagues beginning at InsideOut Sports

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

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The late spring flood has the power to nourish life and the potential to claim human lives

Any multiday float trip down a large Western river — even one involving naturalists, water policy experts and journalists — is first and foremost an adventure, one with a modicum of danger involved.

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Is the Yampa worth saving?

Deep in Dinosaur National Monument on a broad sandbar in the Yampa River, a grisly scene is being carried out. It’s a horror story so cruel it might make even movie director Wes Craven cringe.

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New urgency in planning water needs

The question mulled around the evening campfires by the members of the Yampa River Awareness Project expedition was not only whether the Yampa is worth preserving in its current state but also how that might be done while meeting the West’s demand for more water for human consumption.

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Rise and fall of the Yampa River defines a unique ecosystem

The invisible rock stars of the animal kingdom in Yampa Canyon are the endangered fish like the razorback sucker and the Colorado pikeminnow that occupy the top of the food chain but are rarely glimpsed by humans in part because they live their lives in the opaque silt-laden waters of the Yampa River.

Stephanie Pearce: Love your kids, even when they push you away

Love your kids. When they try to push you away, don't listen, as the next second they may need you — even for just a moment. And don't ever be afraid to brag about your kids. Let them hear you. They need to know how proud you are of them. These years with them go too fast to not love them every chance and every way you can.

Saturday, July 13

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Dirty Dawg Dash and Dig gives participants a muddy event in Craig

The 5K Dirty Dawg Dash and Dig took place at Loudy-Simpson Park Saturday morning, with two heats running through mud pits, sliding down a hill and practically swimming through the shallow waters of Yampa River.

Kate Nowak: Top 10 employers in Moffat County released

A recent report released by Yampa Valley Data Partners indicates that the top 10 employers in Moffat County account for 30 percent of all county jobs.

Friday, July 12

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Mary Pat Dunn: Remembering the world class Cosgriff Hotel in Craig

In the mid-1950s when Craig’s Cosgriff Hotel was the social center of town, a display of more than 15 Gerard Delano paintings was installed throughout the hotel.

Over a Cup of Coffee: 2 salads in 1

Slow cooker or barbecue — it’s the way to escape the kitchen heat during these hot days.

Craig Briefs: County commissioners’ regular meeting agenda

What: Moffat County Commissioners’ meeting

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Modified stock cars put on show at Thunder Ridge

Running its third event of the summer, Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park south of Craig was host to eight cars in two races Friday, doing a hobby stock and sport stock combined race, then pitting four modified cars against each other.

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Northwestern Tack store caters to horse lovers in Craig

RaeAnne Hadley is a cheery and kind-hearted woman who loves horses. Her welcoming demeanor and kindred social skills have carried her far, and now she’s sharing those talents as a new business owner in downtown Craig.

Gary Cole: Your driving habits can define what repairs are needed on your car

Lets face it. If it has four round-rubber black things on it, it's going to give you trouble. The question is when and how much? So you've taken your car to a mechanic, received the list of items wrong with it, had a heart attack and finally started breathing again. Who can afford the costs of repairing their cars? And if your mechanical ability consists of seeing that the tires are round and figuring out where the door handle is, then you are kind of over a barrel.

Routt County woman charged with murder denied bail

Lisa Lesyshen, the Stagecoach woman accused of murdering her 9-year-old son, will not be allowed to post bond, a judge ruled Friday.

Raising twin cows is tricky business

Here at Pipi’s Pasture, it isn’t unusual for a cow to have twins; in fact, we get about one set a year. When people hear about twins, they make remarks such as, “Super!” and “How lucky you are!” The truth of the matter is that although it means an extra calf that year, twin calves make a lot more work, and they usually cost a lot to keep too.

Fuel Gauge for the weekend of July 13, 2013

Gas prices in Craig as of 4 p.m. Friday, July 12

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Bulldog Sports for the week of July 22, 2013

The coming week in sports for Craig.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of July 15, 2013

The coming week in sports for Craig.

Craig Sports Briefs for July 22, 2013: Moffat County High School physicals at end of July at TMH clinic

The latest sports news for Craig and Moffat County.

The Record for July 13, 2013

The daily police and jail report for Craig and Moffat County.

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Dinosaur celebrates 75 years in Colorado

Dinosaur National Monument expanded into Colorado in 1938. Conservation Colorado and the National Parks Service are celebrating 75 years since that expansion.

Weekend thunderstorms to cool off Craig

High temperatures in Craig are getting slightly cooler with rain and thunderstorms expected throughout the weekend and into next week, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

Ray Cartwright: Resolution explained

To the people of Shadow Mountain, I visited the court house on June 21 and received a copy of Resolution 2013-65 which reads as its title:

Ray Cartwright: Safety 1st, repairs 2nd

Shame on the road and bridge department.

Museum of Northwest Colorado: A request for help

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is completing an exhibit related to a roadblock by local law enforcement, in November 1947.

Craig Briefs: Moffat County libraries board meeting agenda

What: Moffat County libraries Board of Trustees meeting

Thursday, July 11

Craig Lions Club to bring circus to town

There’s nothing like the sight of exotic animals, the thrill of people flying through the air and the overall enjoyment of a show that will delight the kid in all of us. Craig residents will have the opportunity to experience all that and more when the big top sets up at the Moffat County Fairgrounds this weekend.

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Poster contest starts celebration of Dinosaur National Monument

On Thursday afternoon, children at the Boys and Girls Club of Craig kicked off a celebration 75 years in the making. Dinosaur National Monument expanded from its original 80-acre fossil quarry in Eastern Utah into Colorado into the 200,000 acres it currently covers. The expansion happened on July 14, 1938.

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British soccer camp brings unique coaches to Craig

Moffat County kids were treated to some top-notch soccer instruction this week as young players and coaches from across the pond came to show them the ropes of the world’s game. About 30 children ages three to 13 took part in the British Soccer Camp this week, concluding today on the soccer fields at Woodbury Sports Complex.

Janet Sheridan: Wildfires leave many with nothing; love and prayers prevail

Once again, wildfires feed on the drought-stricken West. Uncontrollable infernos in a ravenous quest for combustible fuel rage against the forests, firefighters, and man-made structures that stand in their way. Those of us who call the West home scan horizons stacked with layers of brown-gray smoke, smell the acrid odor of burning landscapes, and count the number of days, weeks, months that have crept by without significant rainfall.

Silver Bullet to tee off in Craig Saturday

Yampa Valley Golf Course is ready for women locally and from the surrounding states to take the course over this weekend, as the prestigious Ladies Silver Bullet tournament comes to town.

The Record for July 12, 2013

The daily police and jail report for Craig and Moffat County.

Denver metal groups to rock Craig Saturday

Each time Craig natives Sam Johnson and Evan Hertzog return to their hometown, it’s with a different cluster of friends. With any luck, their appearance in Craig this weekend will be their best trip yet. Johnson and Hertzog will be among the musicians taking the stage at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion Saturday night as the community welcomes several metal bands from Denver and surrounding areas.

Milk Creek Fire near Meeker continues to burn for environmental benefits

A 25-acre fire is burning roughly 15 miles northeast of Meeker, and officials are letting it slowly burn to reduce dead and downed vegetation, according to a news release. It’s being called the Milk Creek Fire.

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Water leak in downtown Craig creates minor traffic, hole in ground

Craig city workers dug a huge hole in the corner of Yampa Avenue and Victory Way on Wednesday morning in order to fix a water valve leak on a water main.

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Carpet cleaning van catches fire in Craig on Thursday afternoon

A carpet cleaning van caught fire in Thursday afternoon at 530 Fifth Ave. West in Craig, sending flames and thick black smoke into the air.

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NTSB determines probable causes of 2 deadly Routt County plane crashes in 2012

The investigations revealed that the crash at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden likely was caused by snowy, adverse weather, and a student pilot in a more recent crash north of Milner was flying impaired by alcohol and marijuana.

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Andy Bockelman: ‘Lone Ranger’ remake is shooting silver bullet blanks

Pounding a railroad spike into your ear would be about as fun as watching “The Lone Ranger.”

Latest Colorado Highway 13 project north of Rifle unveiled

Improvements to Colorado Highway 13 north of Rifle will include about 12 wildlife underpasses designed to accommodate deer and elk.

Wednesday, July 10

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Tom Ross: Rural community turns out to preview new farm implements at Hayden's Carpenter Ranch

Even if you are not a fan of country music, you must be familiar with Kenny Chesney’s hit song, “She Thinks my Tractor’s Sexy.”

Hayden police chief fired by town manager

Hayden Police Chief Gordon Booco was fired Monday for reasons that have not been made public.

Judge to drive to Denver to advise Lesyshen of charges in murder case

Fourteenth Judicial District Chief Judge Michael O’Hara plans to drive to a Denver hospital Friday to advise Lisa Lesyshen of the charges against her, which include first-degree murder related to the shooting of her 9-year-old son.

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Mud run will bring messy fun to Craig

The MoCo Dirty Dawg Dash and Dig is coming to Loudy-Simpson Park Saturday morning, and is still accepting registrations for its mud race and mud volleyball tournament.

Tuesday, July 9

TMH Board of Trustees meeting agenda for Thursday

What: The Memorial Hospital board of trustees meeting

Craig Briefs: County fair is seeking entries for horse show

The Moffat County Fair Open Horse Show entries are due Monday.

Craig City Council says 'no' to recreational marijuana

Craig City Council decided to opt out of allowing recreational marijuana in city limits, highlighting that the voters made their decision about the issue last November with 54 percent of Craig against and 46 percent in favor.

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Moffat County football working to be strong for season

Practice begins for the football season August 12, which means returning players from across the state have just over a month until the hitting begins. Players from Moffat County High School worked hard at a team camp along with scrimmaging in June, and some of the Bulldogs have continued to pour time into their upcoming season in the weight room.

Lance Scranton: Conspiracies are everywhere!

I’ve definitely got a conspiratorial streak that runs through my sensibilities and every once in a while I veer off into wondering about things. I could blame the heat, but I try hard to stay out of it because I know that too much heat can cause people to think crazy thoughts.

The Record for July 10, 2013

The daily police and jail report for Craig and Moffat County

Stephanie Pearce: If you say it, it will come

I have always believed that when you speak things out loud they seem to have a chance of happening. For instance, have you heard ranchers say that we need rain and they say out loud that it will rain when their hay is on the ground? What usually happens? It rains when their hay is on the ground. When we tell ourselves that we can accomplish something, what usually happens? We accomplish it. When we tell ourselves we can’t? We usually don’t.

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Whittle carvings settle into permanent homes in Craig

Carvings from the 2013 Whittle the Wood Rendezvous main competition are now being placed around town in their final resting places.

City council to discuss recreational use of marijuana in Craig

Tonight, Craig City Council will discuss what the city wants to do with Amendment 64, concerning recreational marijuana.

Sunday, July 7

Craig briefs: Moffat County Board of Commissioners meeting

Agenda for the Moffat County Commissioners' meeting on Tuesday.

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Craig's Joyce McClanahan receives grant to help with day care business

For more than two years, one woman has been caring for the children of Craig with open arms and an open heart.

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Community helps celebrate Galord Flies' 90th birthday

Everywhere you look in Craig, there’s a piece of Galord Flies. His hard work and dedication to the city shines bright in the flowers that are planted along Yampa Street and Victory Way and is evident in the years of commitment he made to the Kiwanis and local Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Data Sense: Older adults driving local population growth

The impact of the Great Recession on Routt County was widespread There were visible signs of change such as falling real estate prices, declining retail sales and rising unemployment.

Senior Spotlight: Cool weather offers some relief

I watched the rain clouds roll in and there were a few anxious moments of wondering if the rain would put a stop to the evenings fireworks display. There was no need to worry though, as the night came in the fireworks started and lit up the sky like a kaleidoscope. The cool breeze that came by made the show even more enjoyable, a nice way to end the Fourth of July.

Auto talk: Double check your car mechanic

I wonder if mechanics look at an automobile while sipping their cup of coffee and think to themselves: “This car looks like it needs a tie rod and a pitarm. Better throw a ball joint in there as well just because."

Book "That Is Not a Good Idea!" ends with a twist

“That Is Not a Good Idea!” doesn’t have many words — just enough to get the message across, and the illustrations are lively and expressive. The pages of the book are designed as frames from an old-time movie without sound.

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Colowyo tourney finishes big weekend at Yampa Valley Golf Course

Yampa Valley Golf Course has hosted its share of scrambles in the past week, and Colowyo Mine’s company scramble on Saturday offered fun and camaraderie among employees and their families.

Saturday, July 6

Craig briefs: Fuller Center group in search of work project

Fuller Center 2013 Bike Adventure is coming to Craig, and the bicycle riders will have a workday July 15. The local Fuller group is in need of work projects for the riders.

Friday, July 5

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Luau theme plays well at Yampa Valley Golf Course

Golfers celebrated the start of the weekend with a fun round of nine holes and a pig roast to follow Friday night at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Seventy-five golfers took part in the TGIF Hawaiian Luau Scramble on Friday evening, combining a laid-back theme with a leisurely round of golf.

Noelle Leavitt Riley: We need your photos, stories for Colorado Hunter

This fall, hunters will have access to the amazing content that the Craig Daily Press and community produce for our widely read Colorado Hunter magazine. Yet, we can’t produce the publication without your help. Each year, we save a large chunk of the magazine for reader photos and written submissions. That means you have an opportunity to have your hunting photos and stories printed in our magazine.

From Pipi's Pasture: Pipi is real, and she’s one smart cow

It’s been suggested that I write about Pipi. She’s the real, live cow for whom Pipi’s Pasture is named. At the present time, Pipi is on summer pasture, where there’s plenty of shade during these hot summer days.

New Kum & Go truck stop to spiff up Craig's east side

A new, state-of-the-art Kum & Go truck stop is slated to be built at the east entrance of Craig near the Moffat County Fairgrounds, and city officials are boasting that it will be the largest of its kind in the area.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Vanilla Cream Pudding

This week’s column ends with a recipe for making “Vanilla Cream Pudding” from scratch. This recipe calls for vanilla from the grocery store, but I’m sure you could use vanilla bean seeds instead.

Karen Burley: Thanks to community

Because of the generosity of sponsors, silent auction donors and bidders, in-kind donors and the attendance of 230 individuals, The Haven Assisted Living Center’s fourth annual Barbecue, Barn Dance and Silent Auction grossed more than $11,000 for much-needed maintenance and repairs at the Haven.

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New business brings river rentals to Craig

Whether it’s fishing, floating or swimming, the Yampa River is a go-to spot for recreation in the late spring and summer, but you need to bring your own gear in order to have fun. Not anymore. Craig residents and those visiting the city now have the ability to float or kayak on the river without their own supplies.

Attorneys say officials violated Lesyshen's right to counsel

The attorneys representing the Routt County woman accused of killing her 9-year-old son are accusing local officials of violating her right to confidential communications with her attorneys.

Editorial: Resolution to potentially extend term limits is a good move

On Tuesday, Moffat County commissioners approved a resolution that will allow residents to vote on whether or not they want term limits for county elected officials to be extended from two terms to three. We think this was a good move from the commissioners and the 10-person committee that brought it to light after they diligently met and discussed how it should be handled.

Roy and Charleah Firestone: Saying goodbye

How do you say goodbye? You are a community that has been part of our lives for the past 37 years.

On the Record for July 6, 2013

The daily police and jail report for Craig and Moffat County.

Student news: Angela Bernal named to dean's honor roll

Angela Bernal, of Craig, has been named to the dean’s honor roll at the University of Northern Colorado for the 2012-13 school year.

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Andy Bockelman: ‘White House’ action movie a real downer

It’s been roughly 200 years since the last time the most safeguarded building in the free world went up in cinders.

Thursday, July 4

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Firecracker Scramble golf tournament kicks off Fourth of July in Craig

To start off their celebration of Independence Day, a crowd of golfers took advantage of the beautiful morning weather and headed to Yampa Valley Golf Course for the first-ever Firecracker Scramble.

Craig briefs: Work continues on I-70 from Eagle to Edwards

Night work on the project will begin Monday in addition to daytime work, which should not impact traffic, according to a press release.

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Freedom rings throughout Craig during the 4th of July

It’s the third consecutive year that Craig’s Fourth of July parade marched down Victory Way, giving the community an eyeful of independence celebration. Freedom rang throughout the city as a community marching band, various floats and fire trucks slowly rolled down the road.

Wednesday, July 3

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Sen. Mark Udall visits Moffat County

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., toured Craig Station on Wednesday as part of his energy outreach program, which highlights the multiple areas in which Colorado's diverse energy portfolio is leading the country in innovation and energy independence.

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Fire causes heavy damage in North Routt County

Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputy Juan Berber spotted the smoke coming from the fire while patrolling farther to the north.

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No injuries from explosion at Herod Industries in Craig on Wednesday morning

An explosion Wednesday morning at Herod Industries in Craig blew a hole in the company’s roof and left community members concerned from the loud noise. No one was injured in the incident.

Student news: Army Pvt. Brandon Whitaker graduates from basic training

Army Pvt. Brandon Whitaker, a 2006 graduate of Moffat County High School, graduated from basic training on June 28, 2013, at Fort Sill, Okla.

Craig briefs: Caution urged for drivers on 4th of July

Sobriety checkpoints will be spread across Colorado during Fourth of July to help eliminate drunken drivers from the road, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Tuesday, July 2

Moffat County Commissioners show angst over gun laws

Moffat County Commissioners signed a resolution Tuesday supporting litigation to overturn Colorado’s new firearms laws.

Craig sports briefs: Sea Sharks show off at home meet

The latest sports news from Craig, including the upcoming start of the golf season, Craig Sea Sharks' performance at the ABC meet in Craig and the beginning of a new indoor archery season.

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Colorado Sen. Mark Udall attends alternative energy roundtable in Steamboat

During a two-day swing through Northwest Colorado, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., is touching on the manufacture of forest products, land management and an all-of-the-above approach to the nation’s energy portfolio.

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Moffat County issues fire restrictions

Fireworks on Fourth of July still will happen in Craig

Craig still will have a big fireworks display on the Fourth of July despite the Bureau of Land Management and Moffat County enacting Stage 1 fire restrictions.

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Craig-based Kinder Family Clinic expands practice

The Kinder Family Clinic is reaching out to more patients with the addition of Lauri Morgan, FNP, and the opening of Kinder Family at Baggs.

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New athletic director begins in Moffat County

The new co-curricular athletic director started his tenure with the Moffat County School District on Monday.

Voters to decide on Moffat County term limit extensions

In November, Moffat County voters will have to decide if they want to extend term limits for their elected officials from two terms to three.

2013 Cottonwood Classic results

The full results from the 46th Cottonwood Classic, played June 28 to 30 at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

The Record for July 3, 2013

The daily police, jail and fire report for Craig and Moffat County

Professor expected to tell Steamboat audience that income gap is America's biggest challenge

Professor Stephen Klineberg said that the best way to attack the income divide is by boosting education across the board, with particular focus on access to quality preschools.

Lance Scranton: Thanks, America, for all you represent

I love Fourth of July celebrations in our country and have enjoyed some very happy times with fellow Americans who understand the importance and uniqueness of Independence Day.

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1 dead after crash on Lincoln Avenue

A crash involving two motorcycles and an SUV on Tuesday afternoon reportedly has resulted in a fatality. The accident shut down Lincoln Avenue between 13th Street and Elk River Road.

Craig businesses planning to help entertain on 4th of July

The Fourth of July celebration in Craig will have the center of the city locked down with a parade and barbecue party, but many businesses still plan on being open for the nation’s birthday.

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Fighting wildfires in Colorado changes as temperatures climb

When an Arizona wildfire overwhelmed a Prescott, Ariz., hotshot crew, killing 19 members Sunday afternoon, it was one more indicator that the business of fighting wildfires is undergoing radical changes.

Monday, July 1

Moffat County thirsty for rain

It's going to be a hot, dry Fourth of July — and the rest of the summer, too.

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Former high school, college hockey standout brings camps to Steamboat Springs

Former high school and college standout hopes his camps will offer next generation of hockey players a chance to see what it takes to make it to the next level.