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Economic indicator report shows diversity in Routt and Moffat counties

Yampa Valley Data Partners recently released its Community Indicators Report, highlighting a variety of economic trends in Moffat and Routt counties. Each indicator gives government officials, businesses and community members an idea of Northwest Colorado’s economic health. The report comes out every two years.

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Craig secretaries reflect on time with schools

In honor of Secretary’s Day, also known as Administrative Professionals Day, the Craig Daily Press stopped by schools around town to speak with some of the people who help make the wheels turn in the educational world and to say thank you to the secretaries, bookkeepers, office assistants and all who fill such roles in our schools, with each of them having their own unique story about what brought them to their jobs.

Craig briefs: Colorado gas prices dip slightly this past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado fell 1.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.51 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.62 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

Greg Smith: Tear down eyesores

Signal Hill. Isn’t it about time they tore that eyesore down? It never will be renovated. Seems like whoever owns it now has some kind of “special connections.” Any other place in town that has decayed to that point has been the subject of intense scrutiny. (Craig Motel, anyone?)

Marilynn Hill: Wake up candidates

I have begun to see a number of advertisements online and in the newspaper for candidates vying for the Moffat County Commissioner race, District 3. Truly, I wish the candidates would just stick to the issues of the county that they can impact such as roads, schools, taxes, tourism, health care, economic development, transportation, etc.

Trisha King, Melissa Dowd, Sharon Skwarek and Janie Wilson: Thanks Parrot Heads

The Craig Middle School literature teachers would like to thank the Parrot Head Club for its generous donation in supporting the arts of the middle school for the Carol Jacobson Memorial Poetry Contest. There were 115 entries in the contest, and there were five prize winners, as well as five honorable mentions.

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Moffat County Commissioner, Craig City Council April 22 recap

The recaps for the April 22 Moffat County Commissioner meeting and City Council meeting.

Advocates raises awareness about sexual assault for Denim Day

Advocates Crisis Support Services, a Craig organization that aids victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, is recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month by encouraging business to celebrate Denim Day today. The non-profit suggested businesses across the community allow their employees to wear jeans for Denim Day to address the problem of sexual assault and victim blaming, said Sharon Farquhar, executive director of Advocates.

Highlighting culture and energy Moffat County to boost tourism

Moffat County has long thrived because of the energy industry — the economic foundation of the community nearly inseparable from its culture. Tourism organizations are looking to highlight that energy history. Nancy Kramer, program coordinator for the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Tourism Project (NWCCHT), partnered with community tourism entities across the state to develop cultural heritage tourism and create an energy trail route as part of her effort to exemplify that particular brand of tourism.

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More top times for Moffat County track

MCHS hosts its home meet Friday with eight other Western Slope teams attending.

Moffat County boys swim well in Denver

The Bulldogs went to their biggest meet of the season in preparation for state and swam well.

Seniors can receive early work for TMH health fair

The Memorial Hospital will host the second annual Community Health Fair from 7:30 a.m. to noon April 26 at its facilities at 750 Hospital Loop. As part of the event, which includes low-cost health screenings and presentations by physicians and health experts, seniors can participate in a blood draw ahead of time from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Sunset Meadows II, 595 Ledford St.

On the record for Moffat County jail April 21

The daily cops roundup and jail report.

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Patrick Mayle saved the day for office workers up and down the Yampa Valley

Patrick Mayle dies at 60; benefit is Sunday to help with medical costs

Mayle was known for his teasing sense of humor and his love of camping, hiking and fishing as well as his expertise in repairing photocopiers

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Wildlife officials in Steamboat Springs get new insight into size of local bear population

A survey that relied on collecting the hair of bears found about one bear for every four square miles in large survey area north of Steamboat.

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Local wildlife officials hopeful of no big bear problems this year

With a few bears already starting to get into trash cans and others getting close enough to town to show up in photos, officials again are urging residents and visitors here to take some steps to keep the animals out of trouble.

Prather’s Pick: A funny picture book

The two characters in this week’s picture book for kids are about as different as can be — a tiny mole and a great big “Lumpy-Bumpy Thing” (a crocodile, I think, although I suppose it could be an alligator). “Dangerous” was written and illustrated by Tim Warnes who illustrated the Little Tiger Books. The book is published by Little Tiger Press (2014).

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Quick goals help Moffat County beat Rifle

The Bulldogs' offense had its best game in weeks with a 6-0 win over Rifle.

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Starbucks back in business in Craig

Coffee company opens new location in City Market

After much anticipation brewing for several months, Starbucks Coffee Company made its return to Craig this weekend. The provider of blended beverages, pastries and more offered its grand opening Easter Sunday at a kiosk location in the southeast corner of City Market.

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Hayden Station coal power plant to get emissions reduction upgrades

The Hayden Station coal-fired power plant is getting $160 million worth of emissions-reducing upgrades as part of a larger $1 billion push by Xcel Energy.