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Joe Moylan

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Church of Destiny to give away van on Mother’s Day

The Church of Destiny, a nonprofit organization in Craig, is giving away a 1993 Mercury Villager minivan to a deserving family.

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Entrance fees waived at Dinosaur for National Park Week

Dinosaur National Monument is waiving its entrance fees from Monday to April 26 in celebration of National Park Week, which is celebrated annually by national parks across the U.S.

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Former US Rep. Bob Beauprez discusses tax reform at Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots forum

Tax Day on Monday marked the IRS deadline for filing 2012 taxes, a bizarre annual ritual considering the conflicts between the American colonies and England that ultimately ignited the Revolutionary War, former U.S. Rop. Bob Beauprez said.

Renewable energy mandate bill passes Monday in Senate

The Colorado Senate passed this week a bill that aims to increase renewable energy mandates on rural electricity cooperatives from 10 to 25 percent by 2020.

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MCHS choir earns top rating at CHSAA event

MCHS, CMS bands also fare well at competition

The Moffat County High School Choir received a rating of “superior” Monday during a seven-school competition hosted by MCHS in Craig. The Northwestern Vocal Large Group Festival featured high school choirs from Craig, Steamboat Springs, Rifle, Rangely, Grand Valley, Lake County and Glenwood Springs.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

Moffat sheriff signs suit challenging Colorado gun laws

Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz is among county sheriffs throughout the state who are participating in a lawsuit against Colorado’s new gun-control laws.

Craig, Moffat County organizations launch campaign against renewable energy bill

SB13-252 scheduled Monday for 3rd reading in Senate

Two Moffat County organizations last week launched a campaign to stop a bill that would increase renewable energy mandates on rural Colorado electric cooperatives. Senate Bill 13-252, sponsored by Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and Senate Majority Whip Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, would increase renewable energy mandates on rural Colorado electric cooperatives from 10 to 25 percent by 2020.

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Yampa Valley police chiefs weigh in on gun control

With much of the country engulfed in a passionate debate about gun control, the Yampa Valley’s police chiefs jumped into the conversation Thursday and questioned the enforceability of some of Colorado’s newest laws.

US Postal Service delays cuts to delivery schedule

Congressional resolution prohibits 5-day delivery schedule

In light of a recently passed Congressional resolution, the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors announced Wednesday it would postpone plans to transition to a new national delivery schedule. The impact to Craig and Hamilton is not expected to be significant.

The record for April 12, 2013

The Record Police, fire and ambulance calls — some minor calls omitted

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Spring turkey-hunting season begins Saturday

From April 13 to May 26 some 12,000 hunters will take to the fields and woods of Colorado to pursue turkeys on public and private lands.

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Dinosaur sites, attractions won’t be affected by congressional sequestration

With many national parks announcing cuts to programs and access as the summer tourism season approaches, Dinosaur National Monument's Dan Johnson said budget cuts primarily will affect staffing.

Moffat County commissioners testify in Denver against renewable energy bill

Measure to increase renewal energy mandates to 25 percent passes Senate committee

Efforts to stop a new bill from passing out of a Colorado Senate committee fell short Monday, but rural energy and local elected officials pledge to thwart the measure they say could have dire consequences on rural electric cooperatives.

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Bilodeau voted assistant mayor, AGNC rep at first meeting of new Craig City Council

During a night that witnessed the transition of two Craig City Council seats, one longstanding member found himself accepting additional responsibilities.

Shell to host open house in Hamilton

Representatives from Shell and its local contractors are hosting a meeting Tuesday in Hamilton to update residents about work scheduled to begin this spring. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Community Center.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife announces waterfowl stamp art contest winners

Charles Black’s winning entry, titled “A Break in the Clouds,” features two greater scaup on a Colorado lake on a cloudy day with a sliver of early morning light illuminating the ducks.

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Legislative storm on the horizon

Colorado Dems introduce bill that could hurt Tri-State, rural energy co-ops

The Moffat County Commission is traveling Monday to Denver to testify at the Colorado State Capitol against a bill local officials are comparing to 2010’s Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act. Senate Bill 13-252 was introduced Wednesday by Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and Senate Majority Whip Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village. The measure aims to increase renewable energy mandates on rural Colorado electricity cooperatives from 10 to 25 percent by 2020.

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Craig Road and Bridge Department on cusp of real estate deal

City council to address resolution Tuesday

The property, located on Yampa Avenue between Ram’s Horn Estates and 16th Street, is 100 feet wide by 800 feet long and encompasses 1.83 acres.

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Craig City Council newcomers lay out plans as oaths approach

Tuesday marks the beginning of the new Craig City Council cycle, and the two newest members have one word on their minds: vision.

Masterworks honored by National Comfort Institute

Masterworks was honored by NCI for its commitment not only to training its own staff, but also for providing training opportunities for contractors throughout the state.

Craig City Council takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Craig City Council:

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board takes action at Thursday’s meeting

During its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board:

The Record for March 27

Moffat County and city of Craig police, fire and ambulance calls

Candidates Q-and-A: Ray Beck

Craig mayor candidate Ray Beck participates in a Q-and-A compiled by the Craig Daily Press.

Candidates Q-and-A: Terry Carwile

Craig mayor Terry Carwile participates in a Q-and-A compiled by the Craig Daily Press.

Coffee with Congressman Tipton event Wednesday in Craig

State Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, will be in Craig on Wednesday to thank voters for their support during the November election.

Oak Creek bottle bomb suspect was focus of Craig police investigation before Friday car chase

An Oak Creek man is in custody at Moffat County Jail after leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a more than hourlong car chase Friday.

Tipton schedules Craig, Steamboat Springs visits

Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, will be in Craig Wednesday to thank voters for their support during the November general election. The three-stop Craig tour begins with a “coffee with Congressman Tipton” event from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Cool Water Grille, 337 W. Victory Way. Coffee, tea and Danish will be served.

Fishing, hunting licenses for 2013-14 on sale

Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunting and fishing licenses for the 2013-14 season are on sale at retail outlets, Parks and Wildlife offices and online. The deadline to apply for a big game hunting tag is April 2.

Downtown Craig revitalization not impossible, experts say

DCI reps present recommendations to community

Economic development is a team sport, said Downtown Colorado, Inc. team member Stephanie Troller, and increasing foot traffic to downtown businesses begins with better organization and communication among Craig’s various governmental and community entities.

City, county pull Shadow Mountain grant application

Officials advised to create local improvement district first

Improvements to Shadow Mountain Village’s deteriorating infrastructure are going to be delayed for at least another year, Moffat County Developmental Services Director Roy Tipton said Tuesday. Tipton, along with Craig City Manager Jim Ferree, told the Moffat County Commission he planned to withdraw the $1.6 million Energy Impact Grant application from consideration by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

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Downtown revitalization assessment yields opportunities

Downtown Colorado, Inc. to present recommendations Tuesday

It was a marathon Monday for representatives of Downtown Colorado, Inc., which completed the first of a two-day revitalization assessment of downtown Craig.

Joe Moylan: My dirty jobs

I am not a farmer or a rancher, and I understand little about the agricultural industry that is so prominent in Craig and Moffat County. As a native of the country’s third largest city, I was raised in the shadows of the world’s tallest skyscrapers and spent my childhood playing with friends on little more than a concrete sidewalk.

Antero Reservoir slated for draining

CPW, Denver Water cite drought conditions for decision

In response to ongoing drought conditions on the Front Range, Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Friday it would drain Antero Reservoir.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife honors 2 Steamboat Springs employees

Colorado Parks and Wildlife honored employees during an awards banquet in February in Colorado Springs. Among the winners were two Parks and Wildlife officials based in Steamboat Springs: aquatic biologist Bill Atkinson and property technician Steve Baumgardner.

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Officials discuss Moffat County's readiness to deal with a disaster

Colorado experienced more than its fair share of tragedies in 2012. A mild winter resulted in the most active wildfire season in state history and fueled in June the two most destructive blazes on record. A month later, while firefighters were trying to contain the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires, a 25-year-old man walked into the Century Theater in Aurora during a midnight showing of “The Dark Night Rises” and opened fire, killing 12 people and wounding dozens more.

Craig Police Department's annual report yields surprising results

2012 was an interesting year for the Craig Police Department, according to both the statistics and the headlines.

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Safe Routes to School sidewalk improvements waiting on CDOT review

Engineer hosts project open house Thursday in Craig

The engineering is done, the plans are set and the money has been awarded. The only thing keeping Craig children from enjoying a safe route to school is a Colorado Department of Transportation review.

Antler hunting prohibited at Dinosaur National Monument

As antler collectors travel the backcountry in search of fresh sheds this spring, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are asking them to avoid stressing wildlife still struggling to survive the cold weather and the lack of forage.

Craig City Council hears Shadow Mountain project update from Moffat County officials

Next week, officials from Moffat County and the City of Craig will travel to Brighton to meet with Department of Local Affairs officials about an energy assistance grant application for capital improvements to the Shadow Mountain subdivision.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

Action items during a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday of the Moffat County Commission.

Safe Routes to School meeting slated for Thursday

A community meeting about a plan to construct sidewalks in the vicinity of two Craig schools takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in Craig City Council chambers, 300 W. Fourth St.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife offering guided youth turkey hunts near Meeker

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be hosting guided youth turkey hunts April 26 to 28 on private land near Meeker. The opportunity is available to three hunters as old as 18.

Data Partners reports positive economic trends in Yampa Valley

YVDP unveils new FastFacts design, economic data points

The Yampa Valley’s economy is continuing its slow recovery out of the Great Recession, according to recently released data by Yampa Valley Data Partners.

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Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service launch bighorn sheep study

During the past 10 to 15 years, two of the three bighorn sheep herds in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area have experienced population declines possibly resulting from bacterial pneumonia, according to a Parks and Wildlife news release.

Coal industry responds to suit over federal mining leases

A special-interest group has filed suit against the U.S. Interior Department over federal coal mining leases in four Western states, including Colorado. Trapper Mine and Colowyo Coal Co. are both cited in suit.

The Moffat County Record for March 9

Moffat County and city of Craig police, fire and ambulance calls

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Tea Party candidates forum attracts 6 of 8 candidates

Sometimes the best prediction of what someone will do in the future is to look at what they have done in the past. But being able to talk about records is a luxury only about half of the candidates in the races for Craig mayor and City Council are able to play to their advantage.