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Darian Warden

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CNCC talent show sees success in 1st year

Taking the stage, Alayna Behrman’s gold and white dress glimmered under the bright spotlight in the Moffat County High School auditorium Saturday evening. Only 10-years-old, Behrman competed in the Colorado Northwestern Community College Talent Show showcasing her singing abilities and won first place.

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CMS students participate in poetry reading

Casandra Cruz and nine other Craig Middle School eighth-graders read poems in front of their families and friends Thursday at Downtown Books as part of the Carol Jacobson Memorial Poetry Contest.

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Horizons' Pick-a-dish Fundraiser successful in first year

Horizons Specialized Services client Melinda Orr teamed up with Layle Dees, of The Memorial Hospital’s Mountain Cafe, to create a winning dish, taking first place in the judge’s choice category during Horizons' inaugural Pick-a-dish Fundraiser on Thursday night.

TMH and Craig Lions Club to host community health fair

For those Moffat County residents concerned because the 9News Health Fair won’t make its usual stop in Craig this year, local health care officials have one message: have no fear.

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Horizons to host Pick-a-Dish fundraiser Thursday

Local restaurants are pairing up with Horizons Specialized Services clients to cook specialty dishes for the community to sample and vote on Thursday evening during the Pick-A-Dish fundraiser.

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Friends of Moffat County Education asking community for help with book drive

The group has received 3,000 books so far, leaving them 10,000 books short of the 13,000-book goal. The deadline is Saturday.

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Food pantry clients moving from emergency to monthly use

The Food Bank of the Rockies mobile pantry unit will roll into Craig next Tuesday as one of its monthly stops on the Western Slope. As usual, there most likely will be a long line of people waiting for food at the Craig Boys & Girls Club. Although not having enough to eat usually isn’t associated with the American culture of super-sized fast food, the Food Bank of the Rockies reports one in seven Coloradans go hungry.

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Kids travel the world during spring break at Boys & Girls Club of Craig

The Craig Boys & Girls Club took a trip around the world during spring break, visiting places such as Mexico, Japan, Antarctica and Africa.

Weekly CNCC Craig campus update

Here's what's happening at Colorado Northwestern Community College:

Local author to hold book signing at Downtown Books

As a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator who has been living with Type 1 diabetes since 1975, Jane K. Dickinson has heard the question often over the years. “What can I eat?” people ask upon their diagnosis.

Slight decrease in voter turnout for Craig's municipal election

Voter turnout for Tuesday’s city election was down slightly from the most recent municipal election election but still significantly higher than 2009, the last election year before Craig moved to mail-only ballots.

T. Wright Dickinson receives John D. Vanderhoof Award

T. Wright Dickinson, a lifelong resident of Western Colorado, has spent his life working, promoting and defending the agricultural industry in Colorado. As a result, Dickinson recently was given the John D. Vanderhoof Award for his service and dedication to Western Colorado. The award was presented during Club 20’s Awards and Recognition Banquet on March 22 at Colorado Mesa University.

Fire at Columbine contained thanks to resident's quick action

Columbine Apartments residents evacuated their homes Saturday evening when the main building fire alarm went off. Most stood by watching and waiting for emergency services to come. Not Clay Dietrich.

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Easter egg hunts provide fun for all

Brightly colored plastic eggs, considered a precious treasure just minutes ago, lay discarded in cardboard boxes as kids feasted on the treasures inside Sunday afternoon at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab.

MCHS senior wins 'Voice of Democracy' contest

The Moffat County School District Board of Education took time during its regular meeting Thursday to honor a MCHS senior.

MCHS senior commits to cheer in college

Moffat County High School senior Kayla Hall has committed to cheer at Chadron State University in Nebraska next year.

Craig community meets Ridgeview and CMS principal candidates

Parents and other members of the Craig community took advantage this week of the opportunity to meet candidates for the principal positions at Craig Middle School and Ridgeview Elementary School.

Angst, support evident during community meeting about Shadow Mountain project

A community meeting Wednesday with Moffat County and City of Craig officials suggested growing support among Shadow Mountain residents for a proposed infrastructure project that would replace water and sewer lines, roads and sidewalks in the deteriorating subdivision.

MCHS hosts 'One Book, One MCHS' party

The Moffat County High School library was filled with students Wednesday as they discussed the literary merits and plot points of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” during lunch.

Colorado Children's Campaign releases annual report

The Colorado Children’s Campaign recently released its 2013 Kids Count report outlining the well being of children in Colorado, breaking down numbers by county. The state as a whole saw the child poverty rate go up from 17 percent in 2010 to 18 percent in 2011. Moffat’s child poverty rate of children under 18 was 17.5 percent while Routt County’s was 11.9 percent.

CNCC hosts job, career and degree fair

Students and community members milled about two classrooms full of college and community business representatives from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday during the job fair. CNNC hosted a degree and career fair from 5 to 7 p.m.

Winners of oral health poster contest announced

The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition announced the winners of its February Oral Health Poster Contest by surprising winning students in their classrooms Monday morning.

Craig mayoral and city council candidates speak at AARP meeting

Craig mayoral and City Council candidates outlined their visions for the city during a forum at an AARP meeting. At times, the discussion turned from Shadow Mountain to marijuana to gun laws.

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Craig family sifting through the ashes in wake of fire that destroyed home

Tabatha Slaight didn’t smell smoke Saturday evening when her son Kalib, 4, ran into the room to tell her their house was on fire. Tabatha immediately got her two boys and herself out of the home. Fifteen minutes later flames consumed the roof. When Craig Fire Rescue put the blaze at Knoll Ave. out a few hours later, a home was destroyed and a family displaced.

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Bear River Young Life fundraiser sees large crowd

Kids in retro outfits navigated their way through the narrow spaces between tables in Colorado Northwestern Community College on Sunday night as they served tea and coffee to those attending the Bear River Young Life annual Fundraiser. More than 200 attended the event, which included a silent auction for goods and skills.

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'Fools' opens to big laughs at Moffat County High School

The so-stupid-its-funny show follows school teacher Leon Tolchinsky as he attempts to break a 200-year-old curse of stupidity cast upon the village of Kulyenchikev in order to be with the woman he loves, Sophia.

Community invited to Museum of Northwest Colorado to view oral history videos

Second-graders in Cheryl Arnett’s Sunset Elementary School class invite the community to bring their smartphones and tablets from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

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Sunset Elementary 2nd-graders preserving history with technology

Cheryl Arnett’s second graders are preserving the stories of older generations with modern day technology. The Sunset Elementary School students have been using iPads to record the oral histories of Craig community members speaking about their experiences and knowledge concerning exhibits at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig.

Weekly CNCC Craig campus update

Here's what's happening at Colorado Northwestern Community College:

Colorado looking to provide comprehensive approach to sex education

If a bill concerning human sexuality education successfully passes the Senate, Moffat County School District might have to change some aspects of its sex education curriculum.

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Bear River Young Life fundraising gala set for Sunday

Bear River Young Life is hosting its annual fundraising gala on Sunday. Area director David Pressgrove said the event usually averages 150 attendees, but this year’s goal is to have 100 new guests.

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MCHS speech and debate doing well despite difficult circumstances

It’s been a rough few weeks for the Moffat County High School speech and debate team. But even with the loss of coach Casey Kilpatrick and disciplinary action for four team members that bars them from participation the rest of the year, students on the team have found a way to excel.

Craig Middle School students get mock stock market experience

Craig Middle School students are learning modern-day financials, including how to navigate and make a profit in the stock market. A mock stock market experience is part of the new financial literacy class for seventh- and eighth-graders at CMS this year.

Scholarship opportunities available for MCHS seniors and recent graduates

There are several scholarship opportunities available to current Moffat County High School seniors and recent graduates with deadlines throughout March, April and May.

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Sandrock Ridge celebrates St. Patrick's Day

Although it wasn’t as crazy as Denver’s Kegs N Eggs, Sandrock Ridge residents partied their own way Sunday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Residents wore green to avoid getting a pinch and feasted on green foods like grapes, shamrock cookies and green punch.

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MCHS spring play 'Fools' promises fun for the whole family

Moffat County High School student’s preparation for the spring play, “Fools,” by Neil Simon, is in full swing. Laughter and fake Russian accents filled the MCHS auditorium as actors polished their performances and worked on their stage presence during rehearsal Tuesday night.

Singer/songwriter SJ to perform at CNCC first acoustic concert

SJ, a South Florida-based acoustic singer-songwriter, will performing the first CNCC concert at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Trapper Mine training shop. The training shop will be converted into an indoor/outdoor concert venue for the occasion.

Moffat County High School requiring more math and science from students

Moffat County High School has begun the process of increasing math and science graduation requirements for its students in an attempt to better prepare them for life after high school.

Friends of Moffat County Education kicking off book drive

Friends of Moffat County Education has a lofty goal and less than one month to accomplish it. The group kicks off the second year of its book project next week. The goal is to collect 13,000 books by April 13 to send home over the summer with kindergarten through fifth-grade students. The hope is that the books will encourage reading during non-school months.

Local artists look to start co-op gallery in Craig

Although still in the early and organizational phases, a group of Craig residents is working to establish an artists co-op and gallery in Craig.

No injuries in car accident on Victory Way

Colorado State Patrol and the Craig Police Department responded to a car accident at the intersection of Green Street and West Victory Way on Monday afternoon. No one was hurt in the two-car crash.

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1.5 million welds and 2,000 man-hours later, Craig man has his dinosaur

What began as a project to use up a family member’s old scrap metal became a two-year journey for Craig resident Rick Kawchack.

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Craig Middle School students compete in National History Day

It’s the first year CMS have participated in the competition. Sixth-graders chose a topic to research and present that fell under the theme “Turning points in history: People, ideas and events.”

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Colorado Northwestern Community College, Colorado Mountain College officials support in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

As the Colorado House of Representatives prepares to take a final vote Friday on a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities, Northwest Colorado college officials are optimistic the legislation will bring about positive changes.

Moffat County School District board officials debate whether to spend reserves

Moffat County School Board members used a work session Thursday to try to get on the same page regarding the district’s budget and how money should be spent in the coming years.

Longtime Craig resident opens new insurance agency

After years of working for others, Deborah Powell has opened JOPPA Insurance Agency in Craig. Her agency offers home, renters, auto, life, business, specialty and health insurance, a logical path for a woman who has spent the past nine years working in the insurance industry.

The Memorial Hospital wins award for prevention program

The Memorial Hospital at Craig was recently recognized by Medline Industries with an Excellence Award for its work with a pressure ulcer prevention program.

MCHS senior selected to all-state orchestra

Mitch Romney was in fourth grade when he first saw the Moffat County High School jazz band perform. He knew then that he wanted to be a part of the band, and he was taking drum lessons the next year.

Affordable Care Act poses new challenges to local nonprofits

As provisions of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act begin to be implemented across the country, Moffat County nonprofit organizations and other agencies will have to work through their own set of challenges related to the sweeping health care reform, from funding to access to education.

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Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab to host book signing for resident author

A self-described old, hillbilly, country kid, Sandrock Ridge resident Anna Mae Fleming Adams said she’s learned what’s important in life and has taken care to preserve it in her book “The Snake River From Three Forks to Columbine.”