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Craig Fire/Rescue luau provides lively Saturday night

Annual event benefits fire department’s scholarship fund

After nearly eight decades, it’s still an event for which the people of Northwest Colorado have a burning love in their hearts, almost as much as they do for the people who stage it. The 77th annual Firefighters’ Ball and Luau hosted by Craig Fire/Rescue brought the atmosphere of the tropics to The OP Bar & Grill Saturday night as people gathered for good vibes and good times with the local fire brigade.

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Moffat County 4-H competitors ready for a shot at state

Archery, rifle, shotgun completion events make for busy Saturday

Across Craig Saturday morning, local youths were up and it early to stay on target, take aim and hopefully finish the day with a berth in a state contest but more importantly focused on doing well in the moment. The Moffat County 4-H shooting sports completion shoot events took place over the weekend as competitors in rifle, shotgun and archery showed their talents for marksmanship.

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Craig briefs: CPW cautions stand-up paddleboard users

As stand-up paddleboards become more and more popular, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds paddlers to wear personal flotation devices when using these watercraft, according to a news release.

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The TANK in Rangely goes public, dazzling on local and international levels

Center for Sonic Arts has Saturday public hours, new executive director

"I appreciated it because it was different than anything else around — and because it was a bit illicit and forbidden,” said Heather Zadra.

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Craig's Firefighters' Ball fun funds scholarships

Break out the island attire, Craig Fire/Rescue is hosting the 77th annual Firefighters’ Ball and Hawaiian Luau on Saturday night at The O.P. Bar and Grill, 534 E. Victory Way. The tropical themed festivities, which are 21 and older, begin at 6 p.m. and last until midnight. Tickets are $10, and will be available at the door.

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CNCC soccer’s roster keeps building with Craig talent

5 sign Friday for Spartans, multiple players in line to join men’s women’s program

Craig’s Colorado Northwestern Community College campus brought on multiple talents this week, with five players signing their letters of intent for the men’s team during a Friday press conference.

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Craig Sports Briefs for July 23, 2016: Softball tourney moved to Aug. 20, 21

The Yampa Valley Young Professional Balls Out Co-Ed Softball Tournament scheduled for this weekend has been rescheduled to take place Aug. 20 and 21. Organizers opted to push the fundraiser event back to give people more time to sign up and have also lowered the registration price, which is now $150 down from $200 per team. Players must be 18 years old or older, or 14 and older with parental consent. The deadline to sign up is Aug. 13.

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Committee to Grow Craig seeks signatures

The Committee to Grow Craig hosted an event Thursday night to promote its petition for a vote on retail marijuana in Craig.

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Baxter Black: Whoa, mule!

I finally collected enough first hand reports to answer the age-old question, “How do you stop a runaway mule?”

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Government update for the week of July 25

Government update for the week of July 25.

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Faith Column: Knowing how to connect with scripture

Have you ever read something in the holy scriptures that just shook you to your very core, scared the “bewillikers” out of you, and forced you to examine your country, your faith, your schools, your politics, and yes, even your very being? For me, when I read these words from Amos, one of the Minor Prophets, writing prior to the Assyrian invasion of the Northern Kingdom of Israel in approximately 760-750 B.C., they shook me to my core.

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Fitness Tip: Burn calories with sand volleyball in Craig

If you’re looking for a way to stay in shape without hitting the gym, try dropping in on Craig Parks and Rec Sand Volleyball.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: A crispy cookie!

This past month my sisters, Charlotte (Allum) and Darlene Blackford, and our brother, Duane Osborn, spent the day together, talking about growing up on the ranch when we were young, emphasis on cooking since we have been working on a cookbook that we started some years ago.

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Beauty tip: Moisturize your hands

Do your hands ever get dry and flaky? If so, try using hand lotion to keep them moisturized and healthy. Often times, hands that don’t get the proper treatment and can crack, making them painful.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Moving cows across the road

This coming weekend the cattle on summer pasture will be moved to another pasture, just across the county road from where they are now. No big deal, but the move can be, and usually is, very interesting — especially in the heat.

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Superfood Tip: Green tea bolsters brain power

Green tea has a number of antioxidants that benefit your body and brain. According to, green tea helps your internal organs function better and boost your brain power.

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TMH Living Well: New approach, new treatments for diabetes

The focus in diabetes management is shifting from maintaining daily sugar levels to preventing complications caused by the disease. This shift in approach, coupled with new treatment options, makes for a promising new future for patients with diabetics.

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Northwest Colorado Health: Rubber Ducky Race returns Aug. 27

You’ve heard of the goose that laid the golden egg. How about the duck with the golden ticket? A $500 grand prize will be the big draw of the second annual Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice on Aug. 27 in Craig. The event, hosted by Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) will include a total of $1,000 in cash prizes.

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Healthy eating: Lemony white bean spread

This is a versatile dip — experiment with different flavors. Try with roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts or different herbs, such as thyme, mint, rosemary or cumin.