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Amy Hamilton

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Steer clear of deer: CDOT testing lower speed limits

Stephanie Jeffcoat is seeing fewer dead animals on Colorado Highway 13 since a nighttime speed limit reduction was imposed on the road this spring.

Craig not immune to underage drinking

The risks underage drinkers face are great and could include death, said organizers who support anti-drinking initiatives for minors.

Lawyer, judge explode in Moffat County court

Tempers flared in Moffat County District Court on Wednesday after a judge ordered an area lawyer to pay wages to a former employee.

Inmate assault case set for trial

A civil case is heading to trial that charges the Moffat County Sheriff's Office failed to protect an inmate who was assaulted by another inmate while both were in custody at the jail.

Shady situation

Tinted windows target of police effort

Craig police officers want to see through vehicles' windows and increase pedestrian safety, so they will soon be enforcing a state law that restricts heavily tinted windows.

Woman gets two years in CAPS after pleading guilty to theft

A Craig woman will spend two years in a community work-release program serving concurrent sentences for theft, according to terms of a plea agreement accepted Tuesday in District Court.

Bus depot, park-and-ride on horizon

The sale of a county building will be a park-and-ride station and someday home to a bus depot for regional commuters, according to a vote in Moffat County chambers on Tuesday.

Man feels 'singled out' in alleged drug case

Craig Liljedahl thinks law enforcement is trying to use charges against him as an example over more nefarious criminals.

Work release escapee pleads guilty

A Craig man with a growing list of charges including escaping from the Moffat County Jail's work release program wrapped up his cases with a plea agreement in Moffat County Court on Monday.

Treatment operator fined $6K

A solid waste treatment operator will have to pay $6,480 in penalties to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for failure to adhere to regulations required of the facility, Chief District Judge Michael O'Hara ruled in Moffat Court on Monday.

Boys & Girls Club to fill literacy gap

Students soon can get an extra dose of reading and writing after the school bell rings, thanks to a new literacy program through the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Rio Blanco's drug court difficult but rewarding

Chris Blank had it all -- a career in nursing, a wife and two children. But that life started to deteriorate when the 33-year-old Glenwood Springs man began taking methamphetamine a few years ago.

Are you ready for some preaching?

Former NFL player to preach at Meeker Faith Baptist Church

Instead of watching football on the tube Sunday, fans can see the real deal by attending church at Faith Baptist Church in Meeker.

One dead in Hayden accident

A Grand Junction man died and two Craig men were injured Wednesday in an accident near Hayden, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

Local agencies learn to work together

Meeting addresses need for communication, updated Web sites

Moffat County commissioner Saed Tayyara and Craig City Manager Jim Ferree are the first people Triple Crown officials contacted about whether they could bring the event to Craig. Instead, the two government representatives said they would like other agencies to be contact points to make decisions that could bring potential revenue and tourists to Craig.

Craig work-release escapee found in Baggs

A Craig man who escaped from a Moffat County work-release program earlier this month is in the custody of the Carbon County Jail in Rawlins, Wyo.

Clerks fuming over gas theft

Fuel heist nets almost $400

A motorist driving a maroon pickup reportedly stole almost $400 in gas from a Craig convenience store, Craig police said.

EDP leader picking up where past directors left off

Tim Gibbs is finding his bearings as the new director of the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership.

Deadline to register for election is nearing

Residents have until Oct. 3 to register to vote and still be eligible to vote in the Nov. 1 election.

Meth bill may not affect rehabilitation options

Law enforcement may be one step closer to getting help in fighting the battle against methamphetamine abuse, thanks to a bill making its way to the president for approval. Although the Combat Meth Act is aimed at assisting rural agencies by providing resources for combating drug-related crimes, it may not hold the key to helping establish a local in-patient treatment center, local officials said.

Group to clean Duffy Mountain

Showing people the beautiful county they live in starts with caring for it, members of a local conservation group say.

Hospital campaign brings in big bucks

A substantial donation to The Memorial Hospital's fundraising campaign may have sparked fervor in the effort, campaigners said.

Convenience store robber gets 7 years

Craig man who pleaded guilty has criminal history

A Craig man was sentenced to seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty to robbing a local convenience store. Richard Thomas Walton, 27, pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery, a Class 4 felony, on Sept. 8 in Moffat County District Court in connection with a May 2 incident in which Craig's west end Kum & Go was robbed.

Browns Park hoedowns keep tradition alive

Golden light and fiddle tunes filtered out of the former one-room schoolhouse while a harvest moon rose in the eastern sky over Browns Park Saturday night.

Don't worry, be happy

Cameron's cheerful outlook wins over customers and employees

No customer at Craig's KFC/Taco Bell is safe from getting a smile and a chipper greeting from Manager Don Cameron.

Making it in business

Money, time often get in the way of progress

Owners of Craig's Thunder Rolls Bowling Center knew their fellow bowlers were eager to play the sport in an updated facility with the option to eat a good meal. They took that idea one giant step further and created a 16-lane bowling center that should open by the end of the month.

CAPS client to go

Board solidifies policy that out-of-county clients to do parole elsewhere

Convicted felon John Glenn Plummer Jr. has a good job and life in Craig, but the community corrections client has to forget about all that.

Fire board puts land up for sale

Members hammer out 2006 budget projections

The sale of acreage owned by the Craig Rural Protection District should help the agency's bottom line.

Seniors want to squash thief

Tuesday was the second time vegetables have been stolen from the Sunset Meadows garden, and the residents are sick of it.

Board member, recruits on horizon

Board members will interview two applicants in an effort to appoint one person to a vacant seat for the Craig Rural Fire Protection District.

Parents, children come together

Family the focus of Visiting Nurse Association class

Raising children may become a little easier for about 20 parents who attended a class Wednesday night aimed at nurturing the family.

New director takes EDP reins

It's too soon for new the Economic Development Par-tnership director to have business cards or an organized office, but Tim Gibbs' long-range goals span much further than those tasks.

Man suspected of sexual assault at local business

A Craig man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault Monday after he reportedly touched a clerk at Smoker Friendly while he was purchasing goods, police said.

Sign-ups under way for after-school programs

Students who want to learn how to survive in the wilderness, study American heritage or brush up on Spanish should act quickly.

Work-release program grows

Police still looking for missing inmate

Trina Stockton works long shifts, but getting a paycheck is better than sitting in jail.

Fall flight designed to attract hunters

A new flight touched down during the weekend at Yampa Valley Regional Airport that is designed to attract hunters and tourists to Moffat County this fall.

Police seek inmate who escaped work release

An inmate who was let out on work release failed to report back to jail Thursday, Moffat County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Ken Uecker said.

Area officials target suicide

Education may be the key to preventing suicides in Colorado. That's the focus of a group aimed at stemming suicide, which claims hundreds each year in the state.

Dockstader pleads guilty

Monday's sexual assault trial vacated

A former high school golf coach accused of having sex with a minor may escape prison time, according to terms of a plea agreement made in Moffat County District Court on Thursday.

Risky business

Moffat County jobs make top 10 most dangerous list

Charles Mead's mother thought her son would never live to see age 21.

Church members back from Brazil

Brazil may be far away, but the country is in the hearts of at least a few Craig Church of God members who helped build a church there earlier this month.

Golf tourney to make smiles

Proceeds help low-income children get dental care

Tom Knez can't bear to know that children are going to bed at night with toothaches.

Craig woman's theft case heads to district court

A Craig woman accused of theft had her case bound over to district court Tuesday.

Tri-State fire sends one to hospital

One person was sent to The Memorial Hospital for possible smoke inhalation when a fire broke out Monday at Tri-State Generation and Transmission, Fire Chief Chris Nichols said.

Woman gets probation in meth distribution

A Craig mother escaped a prison sentence for drug charges because of the effect it might have on her children, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Fast food jobs better than advertised

A career in fast food work can be profitable and rewarding for someone who is dedicated to the industry, some fast food restaurant owners said. Top salaries at McDonald's are comparable to any professional job, said Chris Nichols, owner of the Craig and Steamboat Springs restaurants. Benefits and good salaries also are available for committed managers at Craig and Steamboat Subway stores, restaurant owner George Barlow said.

Fire Board looking for a new member

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District is looking for someone who feels up to the challenge of making critical decisions about the future of the district.

Two-man force stays busy in Baggs

Baggs, Wyoming police chief Ed Owen hopes that a recent one-man plot to burn city buildings isn't a harbinger of things to come. But, if crime is in store, he's ready.

Former resident dies in motorcycle accident

Moffat County High School graduate Megan (Jackson) Voorhees, 24, died Thursday morning in an accident that left law enforcement stumped.

Grass fire wipes out trees

About 100 trees burned along Moffat County Road 22 on Thursday afternoon when a fire burned about 15 acres owned by Aleka Butler.