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Harvesting the Christmas spirit: Tree permits offer opportunity for affordable family fun

The Christmas season means Santa Claus and Rudolph, gathering with friends and feasting on indulgent treats, and of course, Christmas trees draped in sparkling lights and ornaments.

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Ski area reports smooth opening Saturday

The Steamboat Ski Area opened early for the first time since 2002 this weekend. The mountain will be open again Sunday before closing Monday and Tuesday in preparation for Scholarship Day on Wednesday.

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What a save: Local kayaker's feat goes viral

Lucas Strickland didn't even know a video was being taken when he dove into a raging river to rescue a kayaker at a race in North Carolina earlier this month.

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Moffat County opens up hunting opportunities to veterans

Program has helped more than 70 former soldiers

They’ve seen some of the toughest conditions the world has to offer in one of the most thankless jobs. They’ve made some significant sacrifices in their lives, and Northwest Colorado was glad to step up and do something to pay them back for their service. The Veterans Hunt Program through the Grand Junction Veterans Health Care System recently gave two former soldiers the chance to experience the splendor of Moffat County’s favorite pastime.

Craig Sports Briefs for Sept. 21, 2015: Tourney combines Broncos get-together with golf game

Yampa Valley Golf Course will host the Bronco Bash golf tournament and lunch Sept. 27. The round of golf begins at 9:30 a.m. and is a shotgun start, four-person blind draw scramble that costs $25 per player. Following the 18 holes will be a tailgate party and lunch at Tin Cup Grill as the crowd gets ready for the Denver Broncos’ game against the Detroit Lions later that day.

Our View: Welcoming hunters to Craig for a great experience

The hunting season vibe is in full throttle in Craig, bringing orange and camouflage colors into restaurants, retail stores and businesses across Moffat County.

Rio Blanco County Historical Society to host event celebrating hunting heritage

We believe Rio Blanco County thrives by celebrating its heritage roots. Therefore, 1 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Old West Heritage Culture Center, 517 Park Ave., Rio Blanco County Historical Society will celebrate our hunting heritage and extends an invitation for all to attend.

Craig Sports Briefs for Sept. 19, 2015: CNCC rodeo starts out season in Utah, Idaho

The Colorado Northwestern Community College men’s and women’s rodeo teams recently competed in Cedar City, Utah at the Southern Utah University Great American Stampede.

Craig Sports Briefs for Sept. 18, 2015: BLM offering OHV trails, camping at weekend event

The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office will host the second annual Spring Fever Fun Day event Saturday in the Sand Wash Basin. This event was originally scheduled for May 16 but was postponed due to weather. Yampa Valley OHV Trailriders and Stay the Trail Colorado are partnering with the BLM for this Off Highway Vehicle Event designed to introduce the public to motorized trails in the Sand Wash Basin.

Two 16-year-old hunters found safe on Black Mountain Tuesday

Tuesday morning, law enforcement officers located two 16-year-old boys who got lost while grouse hunting on Black Mountain Monday evening.

Craig Sports Briefs for Sept. 16, 2015: Youth basketball sign-up deadline Wednesday

Registration is open for Craig Parks & Recreation’s youth basketball program for boys and girls in grades three through six. Practices will begin the week of Oct. 19. The fee is $40, and the deadline is Wednesday to sign up at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

Mule deer illegally shot with arrow in Craig last week

CPW seeks persons of interest

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are asking the public for help in identifying the person or persons responsible for shooting and injuring a high-quality mule deer buck with an arrow approximately Sept. 9 or 10, in the southwest side of the city of Craig, according to a CPW press release.

Craig’s ‘Elk Hunting Capital’ continues to promote multiple opportunities

In 2012, Northwest Colorado’s town of Craig officially achieved a status that residents and recurring tourists had known for years. The designation of “Elk Hunting Capital of the World” became a true trademark for the city, largely thanks to five years of effort by local businessman John Ponikvar, who put forth the time and money in the venture in order to brand Craig in the right way. More than a mere slogan, the title is one that remains an important part of promoting all the area has to offer to incoming hunters from around the globe.

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Colorado offers variety, options, ease for hunters

Sportsmen in the United States have a lot of choices about where to hunt, but with 23 million acres of public lands and the largest elk herds in North America, Colorado has much to offer.

Hunting briefs for Sept. 12, 2015: Youth antelope hunt contest starts

Safari Club International Yampa Valley Chapter, Double H Outfitters and Villard Ranch will be giving away a guided youth doe antelope hunt to the winner of an essay contest currently available. Participants must answer the following question in 125 to 500 words: “Why do I want to hunt?”