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10-year-old snocross racer Tallyn Wagner headed for big things

For the Wagner family, the beginning of spring means less and less and eventually none of their favorite activity until the next winter, but they’ll have some vivid memories. The Wagners recently completed a season of snowmobile racing, with youngest member Tallyn doing especially well. The kid who just turned 10 revved his engine with some of the best young talent around, most of them much older than he is.

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Safari Club fundraiser a big shot event

The Safari Club International Yampa Valley Chapter aimed for a big turnout this year at its seventh annual fundraiser, and it hit its target and then some. It was a considerable crowd Saturday evening for the SCI banquet at the Clarion Inn & Suites, as residents dove in to dinner and more provided by the group, which focuses on promoting hunting and wildlife conservation.

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Craig Middle School wrestles its way to Western Slope championship

The season is far from over for the wrestlers of Craig Middle School. The Bulldogs claimed a title as the best of twelve schools in the area at the Western Slope Championship Saturday in Meeker.

Luke and Michelle Tucker: Vote for Derek Duran

Albert Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Our community is facing some extremely difficult economic hurdles.

Justin and Courtney Jenison: Joe Bird is our choice

There are certain attributes about a person that make them an obvious candidate for leadership positions in our community. That person is honest, decisive, strong and community minded.

Evelyn Tileston: Nielson for city council

The first “YES” marked on my ballot in the upcoming Craig City Council election will be in support of Kent Nielson with no hesitation at all.

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Moffat County High School drama to perform ‘You Can’t Take It with You’

Classic American comedy has performances Thursday, Friday, Saturday

When you live in a household that includes a snake handler, a fireworks manufacturer, and a confectionary specialist who wants to be a ballerina, “normal” is a relative term to say the least. Such is the family that makes up the clan at the center of “You Can’t Take It with You,” the latest theatrical production from the Moffat County High School drama department, which opens Thursday night.

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Moffat County girls soccer season kicks into gear

A rocky first game is a distant memory for the members of the Moffat County High School girls soccer team, now ready to play a lengthy, solid season. Now four games into their year, the Bulldogs are tearing up their new home field and loving it with a 3-1 record to date.

Craig Sports Briefs for March 21, 2015: Yampa Valley Golf Course open for season

The mild spring weather has allowed Yampa Valley Golf Course to open early, its first day of business Friday. Serious golfers have already overtaken the course to get a jump on tee times.

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Craig Middle School wrestlers rock districts, ready for more

The young grapplers of Craig Middle School wrestling are on track to complete their season at the highest levels. The Bulldogs took second as a team and placed 13 individual members of the team March 14 at the district tournament in Oak Creek. Five CMS wrestlers took home the gold — Dagan White, Phoenix Harris, Isaiah Herod, Jared Atkin and Jefferson Piatt.

Craig education briefs for March 21, 2015: College tax credits available for 2014 tax year

Two college tax credits and several other education-related tax benefits are available to qualifying students and their parents when they file 2014 federal income tax returns, according to a news release from the Internal Revenue Service.

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Craig students dive into PARCC and CMAS testing; school personnel express concerns

It’s the time of year when students, teachers and school administrators buckle down for another round of statewide assessments. This year, the tests have changed, and some Moffat County School District personnel are grappling with challenges and mixed feelings about the tests.

Craig health briefs for March 21, 2015: Free blood glucose screenings at VNA

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will provide free blood glucose screenings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the VNA in Craig, 745 Russell Street.

State of the County takes place Wednesday in Craig

The Ninth Annual State of the County will kick off Wednesday night with a handful of speakers who will highlight the ebbs and flows in Moffat County and the city of Craig.

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Moffat County school lunches get a nutrition boost

Long gone are the days of potato chips, ice cream and soda in school lunch rooms. Healthier school lunches have been a topic of national conversation during National Nutrition Month, and Moffat County School District is taking big steps to bring its own menus to the next level.

Brandi Meek to represent Northwest Colorado GOP on a state level

Brandi Meek’s political career is gaining momentum within the Republican Party. The 31-year-old was elected secretary of Colorado’s GOP by the Republican Central Committee on March 14 in Castle Rock, boosting her into a new role that she hopes carry her far in politics.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Chocolate Easter Cake

Easter is just two weeks away — can you believe it? The shelves in the stores are loaded with delicious Easter candies, mostly chocolate. It’s a challenge to push a cart down the candy aisle without loading it up with goodies. All of the thoughts about chocolate have made me think about a menu for Easter.

Sasha Nelson: Proposed water bill offers barrel full of common sense

In 2000, I left the Yampa Valley and headed for the southern hemisphere to begin seven years of graduate school. Three flights and two days later, I arrived in Melbourne, Australia. When I stepped off the plane that first day in a foreign land I was met with the familiar sights of signs for American fast food and big-box stores. I was puzzled by the number of large barrels at the sides of buildings and cisterns on the skyline. These were unusual sights for me and likely would be for most Coloradans.

From Pipi’s Pasture: A country school reunion

Since this column’s beginning, I’ve written quite a few stories about the Morapos School, within walking distance from our ranch home, where my siblings and I attended school. (Our brother Duane Osborn also attended the Hamilton School.)

Faith Column: Three steps forward, two steps back

Life itself — and scripture too — is invariably three steps forward and two steps back.