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Weekend Roundup: Out in nature and loving it

This weekend in Northwest Colorado, there’s no excuse for not getting out and about and appreciating the landscape that makes the region what it is.

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Parrotheads to flock to Elkhead for weekend luau

Group welcomes community for free get-together at reservoir

The warm weather only lasts so long in Moffat County, and one local group wants to help everyone soak up the sun as often as they can. Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads’ fifth annual Luau at the Lake takes place Saturday at Elkhead Reservoir, a free event to turn one of the area’s favorite water recreation spots into a temporary tropical oasis.

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Moffat County teen starts tradition with first hunt

After bagging deer close to home, Tehya Johnson plans to hunt much more

You only get one hunting story about your first time claiming an animal, and Tehya Johnson will have a good yarn to spin for years to come. During Johnson’s first hunting season in October 2015, the teenager stuck close to home. Very close — specifically right in the driveway of her family’s house near Cedar Mountain, about five miles north of Craig in Northwest Colorado.

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Craig taxidermist preserves his trade, passes on knowledge

Colorado State Championships among many taxidermy shows Mark Zimmerman attends

Dozens of eyes stare down from the walls of Mark Zimmerman’s workshop on the outskirts of Craig, each belonging to an animal that, if it weren’t completely motionless, you would swear was still alive. That’s the aim of Bullseye Taxidermy, a business he has operated full-time for the past 13 years. In that time, he’s stuffed and mounted countless critters from a myriad hunting trips, many of which have earned him some prominent prizes.

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Craig’s ProHunt Concierge serves hunters around the globe

Owner: Colorado still a ‘premier destination’ with international reputation

The memories made on a hunting trip can last forever, but as Amy Martin Shaffer puts it, the one-tenth of a second it can take to pull the trigger can only happen after hours, days, weeks or months of preparation.

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Jimmy Westlake: Poniatowski’s bull

The distinctive V-shaped group of stars that forms the face of this summertime bull bears a striking resemblance to the more familiar face of our wintertime bull, Taurus.

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Moffat County outfitter, out-of-state individuals charged for 2014 poaching activities

Mule deer buck considered trophy quality by Samson Law; fines exceed $24,000

The numbers speak for themselves in a Northwest Colorado poaching case involving four parties across three separate states with more than one year of investigation and thousands of dollars in fines. Colorado Parks and Wildlife released details Thursday about a November 2014 poaching incident involving a Moffat County outfitter and parties from Mississippi and Missouri.

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Cast 'N Blast brings kids closer to nature

Shooting sports, fishing and a barbecue offered through CPW

Shooting sports, fishing and catching frogs kept children busy Saturday at the Wyman Living History Museum. Nearly 70 kids gathered for Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s annual Cast ‘N Blast where CPW officers teach participants how to fish, shoot an arrow and be one with nature.

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Craig Sports Briefs for July 16, 2016: Cheer camp starts Monday

Craig Parks & Recreation will host a cheer camp Mondays and Thursdays for participants in first- through sixth grade who would like to cheer during Doak Walker football games in the fall. Practices begin this Monday, and cheerleaders will learn chants and dance routines, as well learning responsibility and making friends.

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Craig Sports Briefs for July 15, 2016: CNCC soccer program hosting open tryouts Saturday

The Colorado Northwestern Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams will host an open tryout from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park. Participation is free and open to any college-age athletes interested in playing for the CNCC Spartans during their inaugural seasons this fall. Women will start at 12:30 p.m. and men at 2 p.m.

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Craig Sports Briefs for July 13, 2016: Gymkhana series open to young horseback riders

The 2016 Northwest Colorado Gymkhana Series takes place Wednesday nights at Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way, running through Aug. 17. The weekly is open to age groups ranging from 4 and younger to 19 and older, with entries starting at 5:30 p.m. and riders beginning at 6 p.m. and including barrel racing poles and flags.

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Craig Sports Briefs for July 9, 2016: Free family Cast ‘N Blast available July 16

The annual Cast ‘N Blast event, promoting fishing, shooting and archery, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 16 at Wyman Living History Museum, 94350 E. US Highway 40, as sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Northwest Colorado Outfitters Chapter, Colorado Mule Deer Association and the Yampa Valley Chapter of Safari Club International.

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Jimmy Westlake: Scorpius livens up the summer sky

This celestial scorpion scurries across our southern sky on summer evenings, so this month is prime time for scorpion hunting.

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National Park Service, Moffat County Sheriff's Office working to locate missing rafter near Dinosaur National Monument

Search and rescue staff from the National Park Service, Moffat County Sheriff's Office and a commercial outfitter are responding to a report of a missing rafter at Disaster Falls on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument.

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Newspaper seeks compelling hunting stories for Colorado Hunter

The Craig Daily Press is looking for interesting hunting stories for Colorado Hunter. If you have a great hunting tale, unique hunting skills or any other story idea you’d like to contribute call or email Daily Press Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or editor@craigdailypress.com.