Brian Smith

Email: briansmith@craigdailypress.com Call: 970-875-1794

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Brian Smith graduated from Mesa State College in December of 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. He started at the Daily Press as the government, environment and courts reporter in January 2010. He interned with the Longmont Times-Call and was the editor of The Criterion, Mesa State’s student newspaper. He was named mass communications outstanding senior in May 2010.
Smith was raised in Longmont and attended Skyline High School. He enjoys the Western Slope because of the friendly people and laid-back attitude towards life. He enjoys fishing, disc golf, snowboarding, camping and hiking.

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Moffat County resident reflects on great-grandfather’s life, Civil War service, struggle for independence

Leonidas Osbert Clements signed up to fight in the Civil War at the tender age of 16. The Georgia native joined Company G of the Georgia Calvary’s second regiment in the Confederate Army to fight for Old Dixie. He spent the next two-and-a-half years fighting in battles and raiding masses of Union troops near Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Couple from Baggs, Wyo., gives birth to son on side of highway

Mark-Lee Curtis has always heard the phrase, “You have to do what you have to do.” On April 17, however, Mark-Lee found himself doing something he never thought would fit into that expression. At 9:23 a.m., the Baggs, Wyo., native held his son, Parker, in his arms as he took his first breath of life.

Companies gear up for summer oil exploration

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner considers it the commission’s job to pay attention to the future of energy development and the extraction industry in the county. That’s why Danner said she and the rest of the commission are keeping an eye on developing interest from oil companies in drilling a local portion of a geological layer known for its oil called the Niobrara formation. “This opportunity of increased energy development and extraction is part of our economy,” she said. “I want to support it as long as those companies are respectful of the rules and work within our community as good corporate citizens.”

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Moffat County resident recognized as United Way’s 2010 Volunteer of the Year

Lorrae Moon had to make a quick detour before Wednesday’s volunteer luncheon. She’s tasked with keeping an eye on her son’s flock of sheep during the day. But, as she drove by on her way to town, she noticed some newborn lambs were huddled among the rest of the sheep, separated from their mothers. So, Moon stopped to lend a hand. Although she would have rather not gotten dirty just before lunch, she jumped in to help because it was needed, she said.

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Moffat County Commission updated on carbon sequestration project

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said there’s a reason the commission is keeping the issue of carbon sequestration in its sights. “If it works, it’ll keep our coal industry alive,” he said. “Because then, they can take the carbons that come out of the stacks and put it in the ground, and therefore coal is the cleanest burning energy out there.”

Efforts underway to honor Craig Medal of Honor recipient

A “heroic American.” An “inspiration to every citizen.” A man who showed “conspicuous gallantry.” Craig resident Larry Neu contends those are all accurate descriptions of Major William E. Adams. But, they aren’t Neu’s words.

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Moffat County begins process of demolishing old jail

The fate of the old Moffat County Jail has been a conversation topic since before Tom Gray was elected to the Moffat County Commission, he said. But, nobody was quite sure what to do with the metal, modular-constructed space connected to the north side of the courthouse and vacated in 2001 when the Moffat County Public Safety Center was built with a new jail facility, Gray said.

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Tea party hosts tax day freedom rally on courthouse lawn in Craig

Steamboat Springs resident Lisa Watts recited a poem Friday she said captured the spirit of why she and many others were standing on the lawn of the Moffat County Courthouse. “They tax our land, they tax our bed, tax the table at which we are fed,” she said, clad in an American flag shirt. “They tax our work, they tax our pay, we work for peanuts, anyway.” Watts was speaking at the 2011 Tax Day Freedom Rally hosted by the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots at the courthouse. The event featured speakers, music and prizes including a wide array of messages centered on the Federal government and taxation.

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Moffat County Commissioners, environmental rep divided on wildlands funding

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said two rounds of voting Thursday in Washington, D.C., proved to be “real good news” for Northwest Colorado. Mathers was referring to Congress’ approval of the 2011 budget and more specifically a provision in it to eliminate funding for an order given by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to inventory wildlands across the country.

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A dog on a hog

Motorcycle duo — Craig resident and his dog — becoming local celebrities

Alvin Fenstermacher once rode his motorcycle 157 miles in one day. It was a benefit poker run for a girl with leukemia in Dinosaur, and it took Alvin in a loop around the countryside. After the exhausting day of churning out miles of pavement, he was rewarded with a seat at the bar and a plate of pulled pork with all the fixings.

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The Moffat County Commission and the Craig City Council have made progress recently towards coming to an agreement on a lease for the Craig Police Department's space in the Moffat County Safety Center. The department's lease is up in August.

Graig Medvesk runs down the first baseline April 16 against Delta High School at Craig Middle School. The Moffat County High School baseball team lost both games of a doubleheader Monday in Palisade, 7-3 and 19-3. Head coach Justin Folley said his team had numerous fielding mistakes, which Palisade capitalized on.

Brett Etzler poses in front of the menu board of Carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta. Before buying the business in January, Etzler served as the golf professional at Yampa Valley Golf Course for five years. His co-owner and fiancée Stephanie Perez managed the course’s Tin Cup Grill for three years.

Since taking ownership of the restaurant, Brett Etzler has added new beers on tap from the Palisade Brewing Company such as Paw Print Porter and the popular Dirty Hippie.

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