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2 women arrested for allegedly embezzling from Craig's domestic violence assistance organization

Two former associates of Advocates Crisis Support Services in Craig were arrested and charged with felony theft and conspiracy for allegedly embezzling more than $450,000 from the nonprofit between 2009 and 2013.

Moffat County Commissioner July 15 meeting recap

The Moffat County Commissioner July 15 meeting recap.

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Tri-State celebrates 1 million hours without a lost-workday injury at Craig Station

Craig Station celebrated more than 1 million hours without a lost-workday injury at a barbecue and presentation Tuesday. The plant was recognized for the achievement with a plaque, presented by Barry Ingold, senior vice president of Tri-State Generation and Transmission. The employees also took time off to celebrate with a barbecue lunch.

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Cyclists biking for a cause pass through Craig

A team of 33 cyclists zipped through Craig on Monday on their trek across the country to raise money and help build affordable housing. They are part of the organization called Bike and Build, which supports affordable housing projects like Habitat for Humanity.

Craig Station to celebrate over a million hours without loss-of-workday injuries

Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s Craig Station is celebrating more than one million hours without a lost-workday injury at a company event on Tuesday.

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Moffat County, lawmakers speak out against possible designation of Vermillion Basin as national monument

Local and state officials are speaking out against a possible listing of the Vermillion Basin in Moffat County as a national monument. After President Barack Obama used the Antiquities Act to designate about 500,000 acres in New Mexico as a national monument, Colorado leaders spoke out against the possibility of the administration making another monument designation in Colorado.

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One person involved in rollover accident in Craig

One person was involved in a rollover accident on the 2100 block of Yampa Avenue Friday afternoon.

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Moffat County coaches asked to resign but fate of upperclassmen unknown

Moffat County School District posted openings on its website for five high school football coaching positions after an alleged hazing incident that occurred at a football camp in Evanston, Wyoming, resulted in the district asking the current coaches to resign.

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Craig teenager dies in car crash

Vallarta's Restaurant mourns loss of family member

According to relatives, Nineth Pereyra’s joy was immediately apparent and contagious. “If I was mad — for whatever reason — she would, little by little, do something and bring a laugh out of me. She was always there for people,” her older sister Aidee Pereyra said. Nineth was “always giving positive feedback. Whenever someone was sad, she would always be the one to cheer them up.”

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Mathers' Bar celebrating 40 years in Craig

Mathers’ Bar is celebrating 40 years of business Friday night. “My dad started it 20 years before Mike and I bought it. It’s been a good business, supported a couple families,” said Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers, who co-owns the bar with his brother, Mike Mathers. “We’ve been through highs and lows in the community. I always felt like we were a real good heartbeat in the community.”

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Small fire scorches Craig field

A small fire scorched part of a Craig field on Wednesday. No structures were burned by the blaze and nobody injured.

Moffat County School District wraps up investigation into football team hazing incident

The Moffat County School District concluded its investigation into an alleged Moffat County High School football team hazing incident that occurred in Evanston, Wyoming, during the team’s annual football camp.

Craig City Council July 8 meeting recap

The Craig City Council July 8 meeting recap.

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Craig and Moffat County meet to discuss budget hurdles

Moffat County and city of Craig officials got together Tuesday night to discuss current financial hurdles and ideas that could increase revenue for the area. Moffat County Director of Development Services Roy Tipton said the Shadow Mountain improvement project, which will update the water/sewer systems and roads for the subdivision throughout the span of about four years, will end up costing closer to $8 million instead of the previously expected total of $6.5 million.

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Craig VFW to host a statewide VFW administrative meeting

The Craig Veterans of Foreign Wars post will be hosting a three-day statewide VFW conference starting Friday. About 200 Colorado VFW members and auxiliary members are expected to attend the Counsel of Administrations conference to go over business issues, event planning and networking, said Mark Wick, Quartermaster for Craig’s VFW post 4265.

Tri-State pushes EPA to host hearings in Moffat County

Tri-State Generation and Transmission is joining local and state leaders in pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to host a public hearing about its new proposed coal power plant regulations in Moffat County. The proposed regulations would mandate that coal-fired power plants reduce their carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030. The EPA will host hearings on the regulations in Atlanta, Washington, Pittsburgh and Denver.

Parent plans to press charges in alleged Moffat County football team hazing incident

The Moffat County football team is under investigation after an alleged hazing incident occurred at their annual football camp in Evanston, Wyoming, and one parent said she plans to press charges.

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Solar panel garden construction to start in Craig in fall

Pending permit approval, Craig soon will see the construction of its first solar panel garden this fall. The project has been in the planning stages for about a year but was held up when the company behind it, Clean Energy Collective, couldn’t get approval from its title insurance to use the Craig land it had leased.

Man involved in Moffat County shooting dies

A man involved in a recent shooting in unincorporated Moffat County died from his wounds Wednesday, and the incident is being investigated as a self-defense case, according to the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. No arrests have been made at this point.

Moffat County Commissioner July 1 meeting recap

The Moffat County Commissioner July 1 meeting recap.

Moffat County commissioners place recreation pot question on November ballot

Moffat County voters will get to decide if they want to lift the county ban on retail marijuana this November. The Board of County Commissioners issued a ban on recreational shops and commercial cultivation in February 2013. But it since has been pressed to reconsider its decision by Kris Brannan, who wants to open a growing operation and a retail shop called Nisbeth Gardens.

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Tractor removed from Swinging Bridge in Browns Park

The tractor that had been stuck on Swinging Bridge in Browns Park since June 25 was removed Monday night. The tractor, owned by rancher and former Moffat County Commissioner, T Wright Dickinson, fell partway through the bridge while crossing. While Dickinson didn’t know the exact weight of the equipment he admitted it was significantly heavier than the three-ton capacity the bridge could handle.

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Wyman Museum opens new archery shooting range

Moffat County archers now have a place to shoot for free, due to a cooperative effort between the Wyman Living History Museum, community businesses and Mike Swaro, district wildlife manager with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Swaro has been working for about a year on getting the funding to put up an archery range so bowmen and 4-H archers could have a spot to practice.

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Moffat County High School football team under investigation for hazing incident

Evanston Police Department in Wyoming and the Craig Police Department are currently investigating an alleged hazing incident that occurred at the Moffat County High School football team’s annual football camp June 18 though 20 in Evanston, Wyoming.

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Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe works to serve constituents

Since Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe moved from Minnesota to the Yampa Valley about 35 years ago, he’s found ways to give back to the community. “I’ve always been somebody who wants to jump in and volunteer,” he said. “It seemed like I did most of my volunteering in Moffat County even when I lived in Routt County.”

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Craig's Boys & Girls Club enriches the community

Craig’s Boys & Girls Club picks up where schools leave off. Over the course of the year, half of Craig’s kids — ages 5 to 14 — will stop by the Boys and Girls Club. They’ll do so for games, art, homework, mentoring or just for a safe place to be. It’s open after school and all-day in the summer.

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Vallarta's provides Moffat County's best Mexican food with a heart

Seven years ago, four brothers — Roy, Mario, Pepe and Cubas Nuñez — combined their respective knowledge, skills and mother’s recipes to start their own business in Craig: Vallartas Restaurant. The restaurant serves food, but their priority is to be a part of the community.

Man shot in Moffat County Tuesday identified

No arrests made, investigation continues

A shooting took place in Moffat County Tuesday night, and law officials are currently investigating the incident. Ron Torgersen, 51, was shot 30 miles northeast of Craig in Wilderness Ranch, according to a statement released by the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.

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Tractor stuck on Swinging Bridge in Browns Park

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge staff discovered a tractor stuck on Swinging Bridge on Wednesday — it's partially plunged through the middle of the overpass. The back tires of the tractor crashed through the base of the bridge, so the vehicle is now stuck in the middle of the landmark structure with no set time for removal.

4 small fires break out on Western Slope

Four small wildfires broke out along the Western Slope on Sunday because of lightning. The Bureau of Land Management responded to the fires with crews and air support.

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Moffat County residents to vote in primary election

Tuesday is Moffat County voters’ last chance to decide who will be their next District 3 County Commissioner. Frank Moe, owner of Best Western Deer Park Inn & Suites is running against Tom Soos, emergency management coordinator for the seat, currently occupied by Tom Mathers.

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Theft at Empire Energy coal mine likely will cost Peabody Energy more than $500,000

Empire Energy coal mine, out of service but maintained by Peabody Energy, lost about $500,000 to $1 million in the form of theft and damage after a botched burglary took place May 12. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office apprehended three individuals it suspects were involved with the burglary, said Lt. KC Hume, operations chief for the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office currently is investigating to find more information and see if others aided in the theft.

Moffat County Commissioner candidates share their stories

Moffat County residents are voting via mail-in ballot for their next county commissioner. That seat is the only contested race and whoever wins the June primary will proceed to the November ballot uncontested. The election wraps up on June 24, but people have been sending in ballots almost all month. Tom Soos, emergency management coordinator for Moffat County, is running against Frank Moe, owner of the Best Western Deer Park Inn and Suites, are fighting for the seat. They sat down with the Craig Daily Press to share more about their lives and aspirations that led them to run for the District 3 county commissioner seat.

Moffat County Commissioner June 17 meeting recap

The Moffat County Commissioner June 17 meeting recap.

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Craig's drive-in theater to get a face-lift

Craig’s old drive-in theater — closed for more than 20 years now — will get to share another story, but this time through a mural instead of projected film. The Craig Chamber of Commerce has been working for almost a year on a project with community members and businesses on showing off what the county has to offer on a large mural that would take up the east side of the drive-in theater.

US lawmakers, Moffat County press EPA to relocate coal hearings to Craig

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a plan that would mandate coal-fired power plants cut their carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Then the agency set up a 120-day comment period and hearings across the country — one in Denver will be on the week of July 28. But, many want to change the locations to be in areas where coal energy is produced.

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Colorado photographer John Fielder visits Craig

Award-winning Colorado photographer John Fielder stopped in Craig on Thursday to share his photos and a conservationist message. “Protecting nature and the natural environment is actually good for business,” he said. “Ranching and protecting wilderness can go together.”

Craig Rural Entrepreneurship Marketplace canceled because of low registration

The Rural Entrepreneurship Marketplace — an event planned by the Craig Chamber of Commerce, the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership and the Colorado Rural Development Council scheduled for Thursday and Friday — was canceled Wednesday because of low registration.

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John Fielder to visit Craig Thursday

John Fielder, an award-winning Colorado nature photographer, is coming to Craig on Thursday to present his exhibit and to urge a conservationist mindset. “I want to talk to the community about how we can protect the ranch landscape and the natural landscape and how the two fit together and are symbiotic,” Fielder said.

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Craig City Council June 10 meeting recap

The Craig City Council June 10 meeting recap.

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Moffat County Commissioner June 10 recap

The Moffat County Commissioner June 20 recap.

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Woman walks across the US for Shriners Hospitals, stops in Craig

Anna Harrington is taking on a huge feat, on her feet. She’s walking across the country — from Astoria, Oregon, to Boston — to raise awareness for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Harrington passed through Craig on Sunday and started hoofing it toward Steamboat Springs on Monday. She walks 20 miles each day, and while she has a pack filled with camping gear, she hasn’t had to carry it since she started walking in Colorado. Locals hauled her gear and made sure she had a place to sleep since she crossed into the state.

Colorado responds to the VA internal audit

An internal audit of the Department of Veterans Affairs revealed that more than 57,000 vets have been waiting more than 90 days for a VA appointment. Even more, 64,000, never even got an appointment.

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BLM prepares for fire season in Moffat County

Warm weather brings dry days, outdoor recreation and fire season. That means the Bureau of Land Management Little Snake field office is prepping by training new fire management unit recruits and coordinating resources. The BLM took on five new recruits to train for another dry season.

Solar array likely will not be built in Craig

Plans for a 5-acre solar garden in Craig probably won’t see the light of day anytime soon, if ever. “There were basically mineral reservation issues that did not allow us to proceed,” said Jonathan Moore, land manager for Clean Energy Collective, the company that would have constructed the solar panel garden.

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Moffat County commissioner candidates outline goals at forum

Candidates for Moffat County commissioner went head to head in a forum Thursday night. Frank Moe, owner of the Best Western Deer Park Inn and Suites and Tom Soos, emergency management coordinator for Moffat County are running against each other for the District 3 County Commissioner seat that Tom Mathers currently holds. The two got a chance to present their stances on local issues at the forum, hosted by the Craig Daily Press and KRAI.

Conference to bring small-business owners to Craig

Small-business owners will have a chance to learn how to start up or expand their business at a Craig conference June 12 and 13. The Craig Chamber of Commerce and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership worked together to bring the Rural Entrepreneurship Marketplace to the area. The conference is one of the goals that local leaders focused on after Downtown Colorado Inc. assessed Craig’s business community.

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Don Quick, candidate for attorney general, visits Craig

Don Quick, former Adams County district attorney, made a stop in Craig on Monday to tell residents why he is running for the office of Colorado attorney general.

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Moffat County Commissioner June 2 recap

The Moffat County Commissioner June 2 recap.

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Northwest Colorado responds to EPA's proposed regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a plan Monday that would mean coal-fired power plants would need to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The EPA was mandated by the White House to develop a proposed strategy by June to cut carbon emissions in the U.S. Carbon emissions are cited as a cause of global warming.