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Craig transplant makes his mark through work

Good customer service is attempted by many but only achieved by few. At the City Market in Craig, Marcus LASTNAME sets the bar for how good customer service can be. Marcus, a 48-year-old transplant from Waco, Texas who has been in Craig for 17 years, is an instantly recognizable figure to any City Market frequenters in Craig. Mention the really friendly guy and you’ve probably got him pegged in your mind.

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Treasures abound at local thrift stores

Craig has become a hub of competition for an unlikely business-type: thrift stores. With a few thrift stores already in place for years, three more have opened in Craig in the past 15 months, making the city a hot spot for the shopper looking for great deals or unusual items. Without the massive infrastructure of an organization like Goodwill or the Salvation Army, Craig residents have nonetheless dived into the thrift store business. For those owners, the businesses started for a variety of different reasons and at different times in their lives, but one characteristic is similar: a love for thrift.

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Big O Tires doing well in 1st month of business

Having been open for a little under a month, Travis Wondra, owner of Big O Tires said business has been very good, and is happy with his location in Craig.

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Craig store fills hockey niche in Craig

As winter and hockey season approach, replacing old, worn gear or getting equipment for a first-timer becomes a top priority. While hockey never has taken a major hold in Craig, it does have a loyal following. That is why Samuelson True Value Hardware, 456 Breeze St., sells hockey equipment during the sport’s winter season. Storeowner Mark Samuelson has been involved with hockey for years and wanted to provide a place in town for parents and players to be able to gear up.

Christina Oxley: Be an informed consumer

I've been advocating for and promoting Craig's business community nearly all of my adult life, and especially for the almost seven years that I've served as the executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, and here's what I have to say about shopping locally: It's your money. You should spend it however and wherever you want. To that statement, about half of you responded mentally with a defiant, “I will, and I don't really need your permission.” The other half is looking up my phone number to lambast me for writing the exact opposite of what my position, and my conscience, dictates.

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Starting anew

Volleyball looking to rebound from difficult 2011 campaign

A new approach and new league could signal a turnaround season for the Moffat County High School volleyball team. Head coach Sandy Camilletti has tried a new method for getting her players prepared for the season over the summer, and players say they are seeing results. The different program, which has focused on a slow, concentrated buildup of basic skills, is Camilletti’s attempt to have the important, smaller parts of volleyball become second nature to her players. “I’m starting out slower and really making sure we’ve got it,” Camilletti said. “Last year we set out to have this whole perfect practice thing, but I’m not sure we followed through on it. So in this drill (at practice), I don’t care if they’re hitting the ball, I just want their feet to be right.

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Spreading the wealth

New offensive, defensive schemes give Bulldogs new look in 2012

Coming off a disappointing season in 2011, it was time for the Moffat County High School football team to make a change. Head Coach Kip Hafey knew it wouldn’t get any easier for the Bulldogs as one of the smallest schools in the 3A classification for football. So Hafey and assistant Lance Scranton decided to overhaul the team’s offensive and defensive approaches to the game, and go with a more modern, mobile style. The result is a spread offense instead of power formations, and going with a more aggressive style on defense.

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Off and Running

Questions abound for boys team; girls return experienced group

It’s time to start building that base. The boys and girls cross country teams at Moffat County High School have been running most of the summer, building up stamina for the fall season. Starting Aug. 31, runners will show their preparation has paid off, or be exposed in the early portion of the season for not being in great shape. In 2012, the two cross country teams at MCHS figure to look different from last year.