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Business Buzz: Daily Press welcomes new government/energy reporter

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Patrick Kelly

The Craig Daily Press is pleased to introduce Patrick Kelly to the community. He started as the government/energy reporter for the Daily Press on March 30.

"Patrick Kelly is a great addition to our newspaper," said Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley. "He has a true interest in government and energy reporting, and he really cares about the craft of journalism."

Kelly moved to Craig from Tampa, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida in December 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a minor in Anthropology.

"I'm very excited. It's a big change for me coming from Florida, and it's my first job as a professional journalist," Kelly said, noting that he's going to pour his heart and soul into the job and "make the best of the opportunity."

He's enthusiastic about covering government and Moffat County's robust energy industry.

"Government goes back to one of the primary functions in journalism and its role as the fourth estate. I really enjoy hard news, and government is the essence of that. It really keeps me in line, because I have to be responsible to do it accurately," Kelly said. "I have an opportunity to make a difference with this beat — not for myself but for the community I'm serving, which is our purpose as journalists."

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Kelly enjoys fishing, hiking and backpacking, and he looks forward to taking advantage of Colorado's great outdoors.

"We are very excited to have Patrick join our team as our government/energy reporter. He will be a great addition to the newspaper and our community," said Publisher Renee Campbell.

Craig Clarion providing free shuttle for bar patrons

The Clarion Inn & Suites recently added a free shuttle service as part of Cassidy's Bar and Lounge.

The weekend courtesy transportation runs Friday and Saturday nights, starting as early as 8 p.m. and running every half-hour as late as 1 a.m., depending on the demand. It has two stops in Craig: the 500 block of Yampa Avenue and the parking lot of City Market.

Shannon Moore, Clarion's director of sales, said the hotel began using the shuttle shortly before St. Patrick's Day and has proven to be a good way to get patrons around safely and discourage drinking and driving.

"It's taken off pretty well," she said.

For more information, call 970-824-4000.

Locals Love You More launches again

The Downtown Business Association is running the Locals Love You More contest from April 1 through June 30. Shoppers are encouraged to keep receipts from participating businesses to win cash and prizes.

Each participating business pays $50 and donates a prize. The prize can be merchandise, gift certificates or Spree Bucks. The $50 goes for prize money and advertising.

Residents Call Karen Brown 970-824-7898 or Nadine Daszkiewicz at 970-824-8148 to sign up or for more information.

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