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Peabody Energy receives safety honors from mining organizations

On Tuesday, the St. Louis-based company announced it was recognized by the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety as well as the Colorado Mining Association for five safety innovations developed in 2012 at Twentymile Mine in Routt County.

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Craig officials prepare for downtown revitalization assessment

Downtown Colorado, Inc. slated to conduct two-day study beginning March 18

Strengthening Craig’s urban core is at the heart of a two-day program sponsored by Downtown Colorado, Inc. later this month.

The Moffat County Record for March 8, 2013

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

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Shadow Mountain infrastructure improvements take step forward with hiring of an attorney

Improvement district needed if plans are to continue

Shadow Mountain, its residents and a long list of improvement projects continue to be top of mind for Moffat County elected officials and employees. On Tuesday, the Moffat County commissioners moved ahead with hiring a contract attorney to help guide them through the next phase of the project — establishing a special improvement district.

The Record for March 6

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

Moffat County Commission passes ban on retail pot establishments

It was the second marijuana-related ordinance to pass in as many weeks. Last week, the commission unanimously passed Ordinance 2013-01 prohibiting the establishment of marijuana clubs.

Rankin off to strong start in rookie legislative session

If the mark of a good state lawmaker is how many bills he can pass during a legislative session, then House District 57 Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, is putting together a solid rookie season at the Capitol in Denver.

Parks and Wildlife accepting limited license big-game hunting applications

Applications for deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, sheep, goat and bear are due April 2, according to a Parks and Wildlife news release.

Shell Oil announces plan to frack wells in Moffat County

Shell Oil will resort to hydraulic fracturing in an effort to boost production from its underperforming wells in Moffat County, a company spokesperson said Friday.

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership fires its executive director

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board fired Betsy Nauman-Cook, its executive director, earlier this week. EDP officials have not provided a reason for her dismissal, but they appointed Audrey Danner to serve in an interim capacity.

The Record for March 1, 2013

Moffat County and Craig police, fire and ambulance calls

M2: Craig's Zoe Sowers is driving down the right path

CNCC student Zoe Sowers on her way to psychology career

Colorado Northwestern Community College student Zoe Sowers, 20, knows she’s one of the fortunate ones who discovered her passion at a young age.

M2: 10 million decisions facing Craig's Taelor Stagner

Craig resident Taelor Stagner eyes Air Force, PR, divinity, public health after college

Name: Taelor Stagner Age: 21 From: Craig College: University of Wyoming Major: Kinesiology and Health Promotion — the study of movement and physical therapy

M2: Teen Jose Duarte provides inspirational company

Craig youth Jose Duarte a welcome sight for Boys & Girls Club kids

On a recent Friday, Craig resident Jose Duarte, 16, a junior staff member at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, took a break from his duties to sit down with Moffat Monthly. The interview was routinely interrupted by children curious to learn why Duarte was not at his usual post in the gym teaching kids the game of soccer.

Craig City Council considers extending its moratorium against pot clubs

The Craig City Council on Tuesday took one step closer to extending its moratorium against private marijuana clubs until Oct. 1.

Moffat County Commission approves marijuana moratorium

Ordinance prohibits marijuana consumption on commercial properties

The Moffat County Commission voted Tuesday to impose a moratorium against the use or consumption of marijuana on commercial or industrial-zoned properties in unincorporated areas of the county.

MCHS teacher, coach arrested Saturday

Casey John Kilpatrick, 30, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of domestic violence, false imprisonment and several related misdemeanor charges. Formal charges have not yet been filed in Moffat County Court, according to court records.

Craig police gearing up for spring citizens academy

The Craig Police Department is hosting its spring 2013 Citizens Police Academy beginning March 14. The academy, which runs for 10 weeks, is not intended to certify participants for police duty, but to provide knowledge of the basic functions of the department.

Craig Chamber of Commerce sets sights on big year

Everyone has those days when items on a to-do list take a backseat to more pressing matters. For the Craig Chamber of Commerce, such a day stretched into a year. Despite a flurry of unforeseen opportunities in 2012, Jeff Smith, chairman of the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, said the organization is poised to accomplish amazing things in 2013.

Mathers: Conservative planning pays off for Moffat County

Mathers: But challenges remain

Sometimes it’s better to reference history than to repeat it. It’s a life lesson often preached by Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers.

Craig Mayor Terry Carwile says historic events made 2012 a memorable year for the city

Romney, Rockwell among 2012 Craig highlights

Every year is eventful. But Craig Mayor Terry Carwile said 2012 was historical, if not even a little bit magical. On Friday, Carwile delivered the State of the City address during the seventh annual State of the County event hosted by the Craig Chamber of Commerce at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

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CNCC President Russell George delivers keynote address at State of the County event

If a society is to thrive it must have a couple of key ingredients. Strong leadership, successful businesses and businesspeople, and a dedicated community are fundamental pieces of a broader pie that all great cities and towns share.

Moffat County Commission accepts latest settlement from Questar

More than $1 million in back valuations to benefit county taxing districts

The Moffat County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to accept a settlement with Questar Gas worth more than $1 million. The settlement will benefit the county’s taxing districts. The latest settlement with the energy operator stems from a personal property valuation dispute going back to tax years 2003 through 2008.

Craig man sentenced to 2 years for felony assault

A Craig man who pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit second-degree assault was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison. Derik Scott, 24, pleaded guilty to the Class 5 felony charge earlier this month as part of a deal with the Fourteenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

The Record for Feb. 22

Moffat County and Craig police, fire and ambulance calls

Accused killer's wife admits to extramarital affair during preliminary hearing Thursday

Jury trial set for June

After nearly 11 hours of testimony Thursday, a judge ruled there’s sufficient evidence to move forward with a first-degree murder case against Craig resident Leroy David Fief. A two-week jury trial is scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m. June 17. In the meantime, 14th Judicial District Chief Judge Michael O’Hara ordered that Fief continue to be held without bond at the Moffat County Public Safety Center.

Meeker outfitter sentenced in U.S. District Court

Rodebaugh to serve 41 months in prison for six Lacey Act violations

A Meeker resident convicted of six felony violations of the Lacey Act was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Denver. Dennis Eugene Rodebaugh, 72, owner of D&S Outfitters in Meeker, was sentenced to serve 41 months in federal prison, pay $37,390 in restitution to the State of Colorado, and forfeit two all terrain vehicles and a trailer used in the commission of his crimes, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife news release.

Colorado gun control bills pass along party lines; local legislators vote mostly as expected

Yampa Valley gun enthusiasts may have a few new hoops to jump through after legislators in the Colorado House of Representatives passed four new gun control bills Monday. It went down almost exactly as one local lawmaker predicted.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

A rundown of action for Tuesday's regularly scheduled Moffat County Commission meeting

CNCC President Russell George to keynote State of the County event Feb. 22

An event known in recent years for drawing the likes of Gov. John Hickenlooper, Sens. Al and Jean White, and local federal agency representatives is going hyper local in 2013. The Craig Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual State of the County is slated for 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. The event will be headlined by Russell George, president of Colorado Northwestern Community College.

The Record for Feb. 16, 2013

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Guns dominate state legislative debates

Rankin: Keep a close eye on health care, education reform too

The focus of attention among legislators at the state Capitol in Denver can be summed up in one word: guns. This week, the Colorado House Appropriations Committee took up three bills that would reform or ban certain gun-related activities and product sales in Colorado. A fourth bill, which would ban the sale of high-capacity magazines of 15 rounds or more, was sent directly to the House floor. Beginning today, state legislators will debate those bills, which aim to prohibit conceal carry permit holders from carrying a firearm on college campuses, require background checks for private firearm sales and transfers, and enact a fee for gun buyers to cover the cost of background checks associated with firearms purchases.

Candidates emerge for April’s municipal election, including contested mayoral race

Less than one week into the municipal campaign period and Craig already has a contested race for mayor as well as five candidates running for three open City Council seats. There’s still plenty of time for more candidates to jump into the fray; residents interested in vying for the mayoral or City Council seats have two more weeks to file ballot petitions.

Moffat County commissioners make move to ban marijuana businesses

The Moffat County Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance banning commercial marijuana operations in unincorporated areas of the county. If approved on second reading, the ordinance would ban the establishment of marijuana cultivation, product manufacturing and testing facilities as well as retail marijuana stores.

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Moffat County commissioners draft language to uphold gun owner rights

In response to gun control legislation being discussed at the state and federal levels, the Moffat County Commission is readying a resolution of its own supporting Second Amendment rights. Commissioner John Kinkaid presented draft language during Tuesday’s meeting that would, if approved by the board, confirm the commissioner’s position about the rights of citizens in Moffat County to bear arms.

Connections 4 Kids art show a success

Connections 4 Kids hosted its second annual Cherish the Little Things children’s art show, which featured 307 pieces of art made by 263 Moffat County youths in preschool through high school.

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Treats, talents wow downtown Craig visitors

DBA hosts annual Art Walk, Taste of Chocolate

More than two-dozen local artists came out this weekend for the 18th annual Art Walk. The event, sponsored by the Craig Downtown Business Association, provides residents with an opportunity to showcase their talents at 23 participating historic downtown Craig businesses and sell a variety of works, including photographs, pottery, quilts, paintings and drawings.

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Presidential preference

Twentymile Mine honored as Peabody Energy’s President’s Safety Award winner

This week executives of St. Louis-based Peabody Energy traveled to Routt County to bestow a special honor on the employees of Twentymile Mine. Though Twentymile Mine has built a reputation as the largest coal mining operation in Colorado, this week’s visit had little to do with production. Instead Twentymile Mine was honored with Peabody Energy’s President’s Safety Award for achieving the company’s best U.S. safety performance rating for an underground coal mining operation in 2012.

Rig Count for Feb. 9, 2013

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Scott reaches deal with district attorney

Pleads guilty to a Class 5 felony

Derik Scott appeared Wednesday in Moffat County District Court and plead guilty to criminal attempt to commit second-degree assault, a Class 5 felony. Wednesday’s plea was part of a deal reached with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Scott, 24, of Craig, was charged in district court with two counts of second-degree assault, a Class 4 felony, and one count of violating the conditions of a bail bond, a Class 6 felony.

Dinosaur National Monument seeks public comment on Deerlodge Road rehab project

Dinosaur National Monument officials are seeking public comment about an environmental assessment compiled for potential upgrades to Deerlodge Road. Deerlodge Road, which encompasses about 12.7 miles of pavement, has exceeded its service life and also is being encroached upon by the Yampa River at the oxbow area near milepost 9.5, according to a Dinosaur National Monument news release.

Local leaders lobby governor about sage grouse

Hickenlooper says he supports protection, economic balance

Last week representatives from northwest Colorado traveled to Denver to meet with Gov. John Hickenlooper to discuss the future of the greater sage-grouse. Among those who made the trip were T. Wright Dickinson, of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association; Tom Gray, of the State Land Board; Rick Thompson, senior manager at Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association’s Craig Station; Moffat County Natural Resources Director Jeff Comstock, who represented Club 20; and Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers, who represented the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado in addition to Moffat County.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

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

Scott cases postponed in county court

Judge Gardner cites sentencing in district court assault case for delay

Sentencing against a Craig resident charged in three separate cases in Moffat County Court was delayed Tuesday until later this month. Derik Scott, 24, of Craig, plead guilty in county court to one count of violating a restraining order and one count of probation revocation, both misdemeanors; and a felony charge of violating a restraining order.

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Ticket sales open Saturday for annual Kiwanis Play

Dozens of Craig residents camp out for chance to see raunchy performance

It’s a tradition as old as the event itself. And every February for over three score and seven years, Craig residents have not only battled frigid overnight temperatures, but also sleep deprivation, temporary alcohol-induced blindness and the occasional tragic encounter with the opposite sex for a chance to acquire ticket number 001 for the annual Kiwanis Play.

Rig Count for Feb. 2

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Assault case continued

Busy Tuesday coming for Derik Scott in county, district courts

A Craig resident charged with second-degree assault appeared Wednesday in Moffat County District Court for a preliminary hearing. But Chief Judge Michael O’Hara granted a request to waive the preliminary hearing upon learning that the defendant, Derik Scott, and the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office were on the cusp of reaching a plea deal.

Moffat County inches closer to Kum & Go deal

Commission approves contract for groundwater monitoring

On Tuesday the Moffat County Commission took the next step in the process of striking a potential deal with Kum & Go to expand its location at 700 E. Victory Way. Kum & Go first approached the county in April about acquiring the Moffat County road and bridge maintenance shop located next door at 640 E. Victory Way to make room for a new 5,000-square foot convenience store plus 10 to 18 new gasoline pumps.

Former county employee appears in court

Patterson resigns from Youth Services Department

A Craig woman and former Moffat County employee facing domestic violence charges appeared Tuesday in Moffat County Court for a review hearing. Kelly Patterson, 42, of Craig, is charged in county court with third degree assault and domestic violence, both misdemeanors. The charges stem from an alleged domestic dispute with her husband on New Year’s Day.

'People like you'

Craig residents honored for their work with St. Michael Community Kitchen

There are people in this world who are committed to helping others. Though their motivation for doing so doesn’t always align with their good intentions, there are still plenty of people who dedicate their time simply because it is the right thing to do. Craig residents Gail Severson and Robin Schiffbauer are two people who fit into the latter and on Saturday they were honored as the first ever Bill and Nancy Muldoon Humanitarians of the Year by the Craig Rotary Club.