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Hans Hallgren

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Moffat County Literacy Council looks to boost interest in reading

Using a $3,000 grant, the Literacy Council is focusing on community awareness and is handing out free books at upcoming community events in April, culminating in a literacy festival April 29 at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

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CBI agent talks to seniors about protection from identity theft

John Zamora, an agent for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's Identity Theft Fraud Unit for the Western Slope, based in Grand junction, talked about identity theft to a group of more than 50 seniors at the American Legion Post 62.

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20-year-old dies after reported skateboard incident

A day after reportedly falling off his skateboard, resident Shane Braselton, 20, was pronounced dead Wednesday in Grand Junction, Moffat County Coroner Owen Grant said.

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Local teen prepares display in honor of Fourth of July

Clint Gabbert, 18, is not your average teenager. His idea of a hobby is spending countless hours stringing together lights and tinkering with a computer program to set the display to music.

Communities at Work: Meeker man has spent almost 50 years making saddles

It can be argued that there is a point when any craft becomes an art form.

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School district superintendent prepares for retirement

As people began crowding into the American Legion Post 62 on Tuesday afternoon, it seemed, at first, like any other gathering. More than 60 people clustered around, chatting, laughing and eating.

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Riders trek from Craig to Maybell

Saturday wasn't a typical bike ride.

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Integrated Community holds 5th annual Cinco de Mayo festivities

The Irish have St. Patrick's Day. Italian's have Columbus Day. German's have Oktoberfest. These are days to celebrate heritage, not only for the people originating from those areas of the world, but for all to appreciate.

Tri-State workers taken to hospital Saturday

A total of 19 workers at the Tri-State Generation & Transmission power plant were taken to The Memorial Hospital early Saturday morning after complaining of flu-like symptoms.

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Horizons wins big with Casino Night

Fundraiser brings in $6,500 for organization

The roulette wheel spun. The ball was dropped. Chips of every color covered red and black numbers. The dealer called out, "22 black!" More than 10 people packed around a seemingly small table let out a roar.

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Children search for hidden loot in Easter egg hunt

They watched the clock closely. Children huddled around three sets of doors, waiting for 2 p.m., when they would be unleashed.

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Girl Scout troop donates gifts to foster children

Eight kindergarten-aged girls walked into the Moffat County Department of Social Services on Thursday with an assortment of bags almost as big as they were.

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DBA's Farmers Market prepares for another season

When asked what she remembered most about last year's Downtown Business Association's Farmers Market, Carol Jacobson had a few responses.

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Local woman reflects on life and longtime love

It's Thursday afternoon and quiet inside the chapel at St. Michael Catholic Church. Two women, on opposite sides of the room, are kneeled, and they whisper silently with their hands clasped.

Snowmobile club offering appreciation event for area veterans

It's a reason to get out and ride. But, the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club is hoping to achieve something more this weekend, club President Stan Fox said.

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Art Walk, Taste of Chocolate highlight Valentine's Day weekend

An assortment of activities - including viewing the works of local artists and a jam-packed winter festival - provides all the reason local residents need to break the winter doldrums and get out of the house this weekend.

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Snowmobile Club's annual poker run helps raise scholarship money

An atypical January rainfall Saturday turned normally snowy conditions at Freeman Trailhead into a slushy mess for the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club's annual poker run.

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Winter warning signs

Avalanche training and rescue class teaches how to avoid dangerous conditions

It comes down to a crucial 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes is how long before a person caught in an avalanche asphyxiates, said Ron Dellacroce, park manager for Yampa River State Park and Elkhead Reservoir.

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Parade of Museums leads people on tour of history

Tour takes travelers on journey through region's past

The 24 people boarded a school bus just after 8 a.m. Saturday at Wyman Museum for the Parade of Museums. Their destination? History.

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Building on fire

Craig Fire/Rescue responded to a structure fire at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday at 85 County Road 35. Twenty-three firefighters responded to the blaze, which was started by woodstove piping. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for exhaustion but was OK, according to Fire Chief Bill Johnston.

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Deck the halls

Emily Gagon, left, works on Christmas decorations with Connie Sickle on Wednesday at Sunset Meadows. Girl Scout troops 3557 and 3269 stopped by Sunset Meadows to make decorations with residents and get them in the holiday spirit.

Moffat County Neighbor: Noah Miller

Occupation: Appliance repairman, delivery and sales

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A piece of the past

Sheep Wagon Days draws people in for a look at area's heritage

The buzzing of clippers raking through a sheep's wool mixes in with old-time music, adults and children laughing and talking.

Moffat County Neighbor: Stacy Scroggs

Name: Stacy Scroggs

Moffat County Neighbor: Ivan Beason

Occupation: Third-grader

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Pool preparations

It takes more than some water and a hose to get a city pool up and running.

Moffat County Neighbor: Robert Meckley

Robert Meckley Age: 52 Occupation: Business owner of Tunies & Such

Moffat County Neighbor: Colette Arnold

What should your business card say you do? Freedom Rings

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Video - 100 years in the making

Videos of locals reflecting on Moffat County's past, present and future, including Saed Tayyara, Bill Johnston, Florence and Gaye Van Tassel, and Craig Mortensen.

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Operation teamwork

The employees in the operating room at The Memorial Hospital are a tight-knit bunch.

Moffat County Neighbor: Chris Morchak

Chris Morchak Age: 49 Occupation: Chef at the VFW What should your business card say you do? Food and beverage

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They called it 'proving'

Reflections on a family homesteading in Northwest Colorado

December 1922. The winter is harsh, and Howard and Emily Norman are carrying precious cargo.

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Course cultivation

When it comes to golf, the course is as much an integral part of the sport - if not more - than the opponent.

Moffat County Neighbor: Corenia Wells

Corenia Wells Age: 30 Occupation: Manager at Tin Cup

Moffat County Neighbor: Mary Pressley

When did you move to Moffat County and what brought you here? 1982, for a job

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Water wardens

Water is a complicated subject. It affects everything from wildlife to farming to irrigation to what goes into coffee in the morning.

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Picture this: Centennial moving forward

Posters printing, play progressing, beards growing

With a little more than two weeks remaining until Craig celebrates its 100th birthday, the Centennial Committee is putting its final touches on the celebration.

Moffat County Neighbor: Lorri Cunningham

When did you move to Moffat County and what brought you here? 15 years ago, because of a job

Road warriors

At home or on the road, win or lose, parents support their hoopsters

It's minutes before tip off Saturday between Moffat County High School and Silver Creek High School in Longmont. The stakes are high - the winner of the contest to come extends its season, lives to play one more game and inches closer to every team's goal.

Moffat County Neighbor: Elizevette Ayala

Occupation: Waitress at El Ranchero Restaurant

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Skaters beat the blues

Ski and Skate event helps residents get out of winter funk

As 11-year-old Craig resident Nik Crossman stepped onto the frozen pond Saturday, he took little time to acquaint himself with ice before setting off at full speed.

Building in weather's façade

Heavy snowfall. High winds. No problem.

Moffat County Neighbor: Kristina Davis

What should your business card say you do? Helping people

Head Southwest with Santa Cruz River Band

For this installment of the Craig Concert Association's winter concert series, they're heading Southwest.

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The show goes on

Craig Idol talent contest set for Saturday

Every week, millions of viewers sit down to watch and judge obscure no-names from Anywhere, U.S.A., all of whom are vying to be the next American Idol.

All-in-one

The multi-colored building located on the north end of Meeker looks slightly out of place.

Snowmobile club thanks veterans

There are many ways to thank veterans.

Moffat County Neighbor: Esther Camp

Occupation: Store manager of Corral West

Brothers of the beard

Centennial Committee sponsoring contest for city celebration

Fifty years ago, a group of men under the name "Brothers of the Brush" decided to go unkempt.

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