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Season starts early for Craig’s Yampa Valley Golf Course

The greens aren’t quite as green as they will be in the weeks to come, but the mild springtime conditions in Northwest Colorado mean Yampa Valley Golf Course is open for business early. YVGC first opened up the course to golfers March 11 with only the back nine available and only for walking. With the continuing good weather, the full 18-hole experience is now good to go, including carts.

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‘All Stars’ shine at Colorado Northwestern Community College

Student achievers from across Colorado's Community College System were inducted into the “All Colorado Academic Team” on March 8 in Denver and included two students from CNCC.

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Chevron cleaning up 4,800-gallon oil pipeline spill in Rangely

About 4,800 gallons of oil spilled from a broken Chevron Corporation pipeline and flowed into an intermittent stream on public land in northwestern Colorado, company representatives and industry regulators said Tuesday.

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Paul James: Ditch Good Ol’ Boys and vote Ponikvar

Not only is John Ponikvar a kind and caring person, but he will listen to the citizens, even if he opposes what they believe, because in his mind he works for the people of Craig, and I have seen this first hand.

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Gail Severson: I support Bird

Joe’s concern and deep commitment to our community shows in his everyday life, job and volunteerism. All you have to do is talk with him and you can feel his love and dedication of community.

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Todd and Terri Jourgensen: Vote for Joe Bird

We are writing this letter in support of Joe Bird for mayor. We are voting for Joe because he is dedicated, involved and committed to helping this community move forward.

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Andy Daniels: Asking for help

The purpose of this letter is to ask for the community’s help in contacting State Sen. Randy Baumgardner and State Rep. Bob Rankin. I would like their support in finding an alternative solution to Governor Hickenlooper’s proposed reduction in something called the hospital “provider fee.” If this reduction is enacted, it will be catastrophic for many rural hospitals across Colorado, including The Memorial Hospital.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Making strawberry desserts

Whenever I think about preparing an Easter dinner, I think of strawberries. Spring and strawberries just seem to go together. I usually bake a yellow cake or buy some little cakes and serve them with sugared strawberries and whipped topping. That’s our Easter dinner dessert.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Feeding round bales

A couple of weeks ago we started feeding round bales here at Pipi’s Pasture. For the past few years we have been running out of small bales by about this time in the season and have to resort to a new feeding routine. We continue to use small bales for the corral. The bales weigh between 900 and 1,000 pounds — big, indeed.

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Faith Column: The meaning of Lent

Lent, and the practices that are consistent with that period of time, is not something that is found in the Holy Scriptures, but is considered to be tradition in the history of the Christian Church.

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Small organization aims to make big impact on health in Northwest Colorado

The Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership isn’t new — it has operated under Northwest Colorado Health for years — but the organization recently branched off, gaining 501c3 nonprofit status and its independence.

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Health Briefs: Free screenings available on Diabetes Alert Day

Health care news and events.

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Streaker strikes again, walks up to woman's door: On the record for March 14, 15

2:03 p.m. On the 500 block of Yampa Avenue, officers responded to a report of a drunk man walking on the sidewalk and “talking trash.” He was gone on arrival.

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Weekend Roundup: A saintly weekend in Craig

Faith and begorrah! Greenery abounds in Northwest Colorado as the spring season begins but even more so thanks to St. Patrick’s Day. Still, the celebration of the Emerald Isle isn’t all that’s happening this weekend in Craig.

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Craig briefs: St. Patrick’s Day dinner/dance to raise funds for the Luttrell Cultural Barn

The save the Luttrell Cultural Barn is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day dinner and dance from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, March 17, at Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

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Sunshine Week spotlights transparency, public's right to know

Government both represents and is funded by citizens and taxpayers, which is why government records belong to the public.

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1st Amendment triumphs in court

District Judge Shelley Hill on Thursday ruled that a Jan. 26 court hearing should not have been closed to the public, and the transcripts should be released.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Get Out’ an eye-opening look at race that evokes laughs, screams

It was about 50 years ago that “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” was considered well ahead of its time in its depiction of interracial love. Decades later, a movie like “Get Out” makes a counterpoint that’s… well, hard to ignore.

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Dan Seely: DeRose for city council

In the past two years I have gotten to work in close proximity of Dave DeRose. I have learned three things about the heart of DeRose.

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Tim Kjera: Vote no on tax measure

I received the mail-in ballot for the upcoming general election April 4 and was surprised to find that the Use Tax, Sales Tax increase and Tabor exemption were all combined into one ballot issue 1A. Each of these items is important to voters and to lump them all into one vote is nothing but a scam. If our city council will not allow us to vote on them individually, then I believe we need to vote "no."