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Darian Warden

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Advocates Crisis Support Services provides students with information on teen dating violence

Boyfriend and girlfriend Skyla Laabs and Thorin Jackson say they have a healthy relationship. But not all teens are as lucky as the Moffat County High School couple.

CNCC Craig campus update

A look at what’s happening at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig

School finance bill could mean more money for Moffat County

Moffat County School District officials are cautiously optimistic that a proposed school finance bill being floated by a state senator could mean good things for the local school system.

Craig women opening new salon Friday

Track lighting and black-and-white pictures of iconic superstars define the remodeled space at 458 Yampa Ave. in Craig. The salon is also offering a complimentary beer or glass of wine for customers.

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M2: MCHS junior Derek Maiolo leads with compassion

Moffat County High School junior Derek Maiolo is in constant motion. Involved in numerous clubs and activities in and out of school, Maiolo not only participates, he advocates for change and leads by example.

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M2: 'A 5th-grade entrepreneur extraordinaire'

It can be hard for 10-year-olds to find ways to make money. Logan Duke learned that lesson last summer when he wound up owing his mom $5 after paying overhead costs to run a lemonade stand.

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M2: CMS seventh-grader returns from presidential inauguration

Craig Middle School seventh-grader Tristan Farquharson may only be 12, but he’s already building an impressive resume of stories and life experiences, including a trip to Washington, D.C. to witness the recent inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Moffat County United Way recognizes local businesses for fundraising efforts

Local coal companies are some of the largest employers in Moffat County and Northwest Colorado, and they’re also some of its biggest philanthropists. Trapper Mining, Colowyo Mine and Twentymile Coal Co., including donations from their employees, contributed $186,937 to the 2013 Moffat County United Way fundraising campaign, amounting to 40 percent of the total $460,000 raised by the community.

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Local band performs for large crowd Friday

Beyond the Wreckage band members were in their element Friday night as they performed for a hometown crowd of nearly 100 people at the Craig Pavilion. Audience members sang along to many of the songs played by the metal group. There was even a mosh pit and some crowd surfing.

Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Alejandro Servin

Get to know new Craig resident Alejandro Servin

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Craig grocery shoppers get a reminder about the source of their food

City Market shoppers in downtown Craig were reminded where the food in their shopping carts came from Sunday thanks to representatives of the Moffat County Farm Bureau and Moffat County Cattlewomen.

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Moffat County High School FFA hosts barnyard day

Moffat County kindergartners got an up-close and personal look at agriculture Thursday with some help from the Moffat County High School FFA club. FFA students with puppies and roping gear welcomed the kindergarteners to Barnyard Day in honor of national FFA Week.

Concerned by area suicide rates, group meets to discuss solutions

Mental illness, a disease as real as cancer or diabetes, can lead to the most tragic of consequences: suicide. But with just a little training about what to watch for and how to help, the friends, family and coworkers of those suffering from suicidal thoughts can help them get the help they need. That’s a message Ronna Autrey of Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide and other community members are trying to spread.

Local Boy Scouts troop to face Klondike test

Craig’s newly formed Boy Scouts Troop 1150 will get its first real test this weekend during the annual Klondike event at Sylvan Lake State Park near Eagle. The one-day event will test the Boy Scouts’ ability to work together and independently of their leader to complete a 10-mile course pulling a handmade sled on homemade snowshoes.

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Craig couple opens restaurant with a fresh focus

After years of cooking in restaurants owned by others, Mike Breen and his wife, Amanda, finally have taken the plunge and opened their own restaurant, Sidewayz.

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Selling cookies helps local Girl Scouts bond

Girl Scouts touting Samoa’s, Thin Mints and Tagalongs, amongst others, have returned to storefronts to tempt those coming and going with their brightly colored boxes of cookies. Kyanna Woods, 12, Kristi Barnes, 10, and Vanessa Libbee, 13, were at Walgreens from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday selling cookies to passerby.

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With corporate career behind her, Craig woman focuses time and energy on communicating with animals

Karen Cantrell is a self-described animal whisperer. Employing a gift she's honed over the years, Cantrell said she communicates with animals through energy and by picking up the vibrational frequencies animals put out to share their experiences.

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Students become the teachers at Craig Middle School's inaugural health fair

It was a bit of a role reversal earlier this week when Craig Middle School seventh-graders became the teachers during an inaugural health fair. Students of Brynna Vogt and Becky Field’s science classes worked together to create stations for fifth-graders to learn about the human body and how to keep it healthy.

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Thursday brings special graduation for 'Apple Vally School' third-graders

Stepping into Amber Beaver’s third-grade classroom at Sunset Elementary School on Thursday was like stepping into a time machine. Her students were dressed in bonnets, dresses and suspenders, and they were scattered around the room playing marbles, checkers and learning to make a cat’s cradle out of yarn.

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Mountain climbing natural for Craig family

Kim Patterson said mountain climbing is in her son Kessler’s blood. How could it not be? The Sandrock Elementary School fifth-grader was scaling mountains even before he was born.

MCHS senior selected to all-state choir

There was no school-wide send-off or big to-do last week when Moffat County High School senior Gaven Spears was selected for the Colorado all-state choir. That’s probably the way the modest Spears prefers it.

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50 years later, former Craig resident hopes community can help lead him to lost wedding ring

It’s a love story 50 years in the making, but with an important missing piece that the Craig community might be able to provide.

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Local metal core group, Beyond the Wreckage, headlining at Craig Pavilion

Returning from a winter hiatus, Craig’s own metal core group, Beyond the Wreckage, is back headlining a Feb. 22 show at the Craig Pavilion. Self-described as a new-age take on classic metal, band members said their music involves break downs, meaning a tempo change or slow down in the song.

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CMS teacher honored by Peabody Energy

Craig Middle School seventh grade science teacher Brynna Vogt was honored with the Peabody Energy Leader in Education award Wednesday during a surprise assembly. Vogt was nominated and selected to receive the award of $1,000 to be used at her discretion. More then simply helping her students excel in the classroom, Vogt has been instrumental in programs for students outside of class as well. Vogt designed the CSI Craig class, secured a grant that will establish a recycling program and school garden, implemented the first gifted and talented program, runs Model United Nations and is involved in Girls on the Run. Vogt also serves as a representative on the local education association and numerous other committees for Moffat County Schools.

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Cherish the Little Things children's art show under way

Every artist has his or her own creative process when approaching a piece of work. First grader Ruby Short methodically explained hers Thursday evening during the Connections 4 Kids annual Cherish the Little Things Children’s art show. One of 20 finalists, Short explained how she created her final masterpiece, the owl, out of construction paper. Laboring over details such as creating the small beak of an owl and the shape and claws on the feet, Short said her creation took her about two days to complete. “I like art because you can make your own creation,” Short said. Short’s is just one of 307 pieces of art by 263 youth artists from preschool through high school featured in this year’s show.

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CNCC hosts showing of "Black and Blue" documentary

Colorado Northwestern Community College’s student activity council hosted Director Brian Kruger and his film “Black and Blue” at the Moffat County High School Auditorium Tuesday night. Coinciding with Black History Month, Kruger’s documentary centers on the friendship between former president Gerald Ford and outstanding athlete and businessman Willis Ward during the 1930s. The two played together on the University of Michigan football team and stood up for one another throughout their lifetimes.

MCHS teachers utilizing new teaching methods

Moffat County High School teachers are adapting to the needs of their twenty first century students by taking teaching theories and implementing them in their classrooms. Called Theory into Practice, several Moffat County high school teachers spent nearly a week learning effective teaching strategies last October at the invitation of the Colorado Education Association. When presenting the new teaching methods to the board of education last month MCHS principal Thom Schnellinger said the new teaching methods are aimed at engaging students by collaborating across networks and leading by influence, agility and adaptability. Schnellinger said there is a focus on initiative and entrepreneurialism, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analyzing information and curiosity and imagination.

Craig building's roof collapses Sunday

Craig Police Department Officers, Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters, EMTs with The Memorial Hospital in Craig, Atmos Energy and the city building inspector responded at about 9 a.m. Sunday to the building directly behind Go-fer Foods, 923 E. Victory Way, after the roof collapsed. Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston said no one was injured when the roof collapsed but said it caused a natural gas leak.

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Craig resident reflects on earning GED diploma at CNCC

Brittney Byers works hard. The single mother of two spends long and busy days at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig while also ferrying her kids to the different places they need to be. And getting to this point in her life was a challenge itself.

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Wilson family creates 4H awards in honor of late father

The late Homer Wilson knew how to make others laugh and had a passion for kids and the 4H and FFA programs in Moffat County. In honor of his father, and to carry on his legacy, Shane Wilson and his wife Shelly have made it possible for a 10 year program that awards three five hundred dollar scholarships each year to outstanding kids in the Moffat County 4H and FFA programs. “It was really important to Homer to be there to represent the kids. He wanted to help the kids that spent the time to start and finish a project,” Shelly said.

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CNCC Waving Hands Review literary magazine accepting submissions

Walking his dog in a snowstorm, David Morris saw five bucks jump a fence right in front of him. Morris said the sight of the incredibly black bucks against the white inspired a potential poem. “Whenever I go anywhere, especially out in nature, I’m always hunting poems,” Morris said. “You never know what you’re going to come across that you can do something with. If a real powerful image hits me I’ll write about it.” Morris is a regular contributor to Colorado Northwestern Community College’s literary magazine, “Waving Hands Review” and has also self-published three books of poetry. CNCC’s “Waving Hands Review” is now accepting submissions of original works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, personal and political essays, humorous essays, serious journalism, photography, photos of 2-D and 3-D artwork, digital artwork, drawings and fragments through March 1.

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Connections 4 Kids prepares for Cherish the Little Things children's art show

Connections 4 Kids in Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties is gearing up for its second annual Cherish the Little Things children’s art show in February. The show runs February 7, 3-6 p.m.; February 8, 2-6 p.m.; February 9, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. including during the annual ArtWalk in downtown Craig from 5-8 p.m. at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The show features more than 300 pieces of artwork from Moffat County kids in preschool through high school. Twenty finalists will be chosen out of entries from kids in preschool through fifth grade. Community members may vote for their favorite pieces by way of monetary donations. The top vote getter will be featured on the cover of the 2013-2014 Connections 4 Kids calendar. The next top 12 vote getters will be featured on their own month while the seven runner-ups will be featured in a tiled display on the final month.

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Aaron's doing well after opening in December

After opening last December in the Centennial Mall, Aaron’s General Manager Debbie Montgomery said Craig residents seem to like the leasing option as well as bedroom groups, which have been her No. 1 seller. With lots of retail sales, where a customer purchases product outright, as well as leasing sales, Montgomery said business has been really good.

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VFW Ladies Auxiliary looks to leave legacy with younger generation

The community work and compassion shown by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 4265 has been made evident over the years. It’s the individual acts of kindness and selflessness that make the women of the VFW ladies auxiliary prominent women in Moffat County. The group has donated countless dinners, monetary donations and hours of service to support the community many of them have grown up in.

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Roots in reporting

Although Jane Hume and Lois Wymore are many things, there are just as many they are not. Hume is not a lawyer’s wife, nor is she the brains of the operation. “That’s Lois,” she said. Wymore is not a pushover. Set a challenge before her and she’ll take it on, more than likely succeeding.

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Craig kids star in Saturday performances of 'The Pied Piper'

The Moffat County High School auditorium was overrun with adorable rats Saturday afternoon. Craig children in kindergarten through sixth grade starred in the Missoula Children’s Theatre two Saturday performances of "The Pied Piper," a tale of a town in serious need of laughter and happiness. Taught to laugh only after the Pied Piper leads the rats and then their children away, the Hamelin townspeople learn the importance of living a happy existence and even invite the rats back to town. The youngest actors played the parts of the rats, but they were far from big and scary. With stage makeup, costumes and one short week of preparation, children took the stage having memorized all their lines and gave a professional performance to the large audience.

Local tax professional weighs in on tax law changes

Craig’s community, comprised of many business owners, farmers, ranchers and landlords may want to think twice about doing their own taxes this year. If they haven’t used professional tax services before, now may be the time. Because congress didn’t approve many things until January 2, the United States Internal Revenue Service, IRS, is now behind as far as getting tax forms done and released to the public.

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Literacy carnival broadens reading horizons for Craig elementary students

Sunset Elementary School hosted the twelfth annual literacy carnival Thursday night, showing students reading is fun and can be found in all different forms. With new takes on some old games like Twister, students incorporated reading while playing games such as bean bag toss, putt putt and fishing. Twister became sight word Twister and was a favorite amongst students. All four elementary schools and preschools participated.

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Craig elementary students to perform 'The Pied Piper' Saturday

Sixty Craig kids in kindergarten through sixth grade are spending some long days this week preparing for Saturday’s production of The Pied Piper, put on by the Missoula Children’s Theatre. With auditions held Monday, kids and directors have just six short days to put together an entire play. That means about three and a half hours of rehearsal each night, with a little less for the little ones in kindergarten and first grade.

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Bolton sisters preparing for separate 18-month missions

Sarah Bolton describes it as an inspired work. Sarah and her younger sister Karen Bolton, 19, report on the same day, January 30, to begin their 18 month missions as part of their Mormon faith. Sarah, 21, sent her paperwork in nearly two weeks before Karen, yet they received their assignments in the mail only a day apart. Karen said with headquarters in Utah receiving about 1,400 applications a week, the timing for the sisters was nothing short of the Lord’s work.

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Students perform dances as part of music and PE

Sunset Elementary School was moving and grooving Wednesday with students in first through fifth grade giving dance performances throughout most the day. Dressed in their best, students combined musical skills such as rhythm and timing with their physical education learning to perform line dances and other dances such as the Virginia reel dance. Sunset’s music teacher Amanda Peltier and physical education teacher Susan Nicholson teamed up beginning January 7 to teach students the dances.

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Q & A session with TMH's interim CEO Joyce Hein

With a warm smile and a firm handshake The Memorial Hospital at Craig’s new interim CEO Joyce Hein is no stranger to change. The retiree spends her time working as an interim CEO where needed for Quorum Health Resources, TMH’s management company. This keeps Hein busy traveling around the country overseeing the transition between hospital CEOs and makes her a pro at handling hospitals and communities to make sure nothing’s lost during the leadership change. The Craig Daily Press sat down with Hein and Chief of Organizational Excellence Jennifer Riley on Hein’s second day on the job to find out some background about TMH’s new interim CEO.

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Craig Community Budget Center utilizes events like senior Tuesdays to help local residents

The Community Budget Center in Craig has trumped the 10 percent senior discount and thrown the senior courtesy cup out the window. Instead, the CBC offers Senior Tuesday every week, where seniors age 62 and over can purchase clothing at 50 percent off. As a non-profit organization all sales benefit those locally, which is what manager Karen Brown said the store is all about.

Suicide support groups struggle in Craig

Whether contemplating or attempting suicide, it’s a tough subject to discuss or seek help for, and one the Craig community seems reluctant to discuss.

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GOAL Academy surpasses 2 year enrollment goal in nearly 2 months

When Annette McCurdy signed on as Guided Online Academic Learning Academy's academic coach in Craig in August 2011, officials from the online high school warned her it may take two years of working from home to enroll enough students, 50, to warrant moving into a facility. A month and a half later McCurdy rented out space in the Centennial Mall for a drop-in learning center. She had already reached the two-year goal.

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East fourth grader overcomes language barrier, leads school in Passport to Reading

When fourth grade teacher Linda Davis met then third grader Grisel Moriel last year during the Girls on the Run program, Moriel was unable to speak English and communicated with the group through a translator. One year later the East fourth grader is now in Davis’s class, and it’s her name alone on the list of students who have already met the goal of reading 20 books for the Passport to Reading program. Although her English is still a little broken, Davis says Moriel has grown in leaps and bounds, unrecognizable as the little girl who couldn’t speak English only last year.

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Moffat County has long history with snow and cold

“Silently, relentlessly, the snow piled up,” Sylvia Beeler wrote in the 1979 February edition of the Northwest Daily Press. Recalling the great snowstorm of 1949, Beeler wrote then about the same things occurring present day. With snow piled up and temperatures dropping, the process of digging out of homes, bundling up, getting the car started and preparing for winter storms has become second nature for the residents of Craig and Moffat County. Moffat County’s residents have a long history with battling the cold, and not always a winning one.

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Snowflake exhibit on display at Museum of Northwest Colorado

One of a kind

Surrounded by it, snow is comprised of millions of snowflakes, each unique in design and composition. Befuddling people since 135 B.C., technology has allowed a better look at how a snowflake forms and what it looks like close up. The Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig has a snowflake exhibit on display that’s second to none, featuring photos from William Bentley and Kenneth Libbrecht; the exhibit has many other items for patrons viewing pleasure. Before ascending the stairs to the exhibit, the center of the museum features a video on the history of recording snowflakes and displays some of the first microscopes ever used to view them on loan from Yale University.

Craig's kids at Boys & Girls Club thank mentors as part of national mentoring month

January has been proclaimed National Mentoring month by President Obama, with National Mentoring Day to be celebrated Thursday. In honor and celebration of all the wonderful things mentors do and mean to the Craig community, the Craig Daily Press visited with some of Craig’s youngest and most honest residents at the Boys & Girls Club in Craig Monday to talk about who their mentors were and why.

Humane Society of Moffat County helping out in big ways

Although small, the Humane Society of Moffat County helps out animals in a big way by hosting events, fundraising and coordinating transfers. The group is set to meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.