Mary Austin

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Taylor DeMent, 20, cashier at the Dollar Tree

Hometown: “I was born in Poplar Bluff, Mo.” How long have you lived in Craig: “I moved here 6 years ago.” What are your plans other than working: “Saving up for school. I’m going for my pilot’s license actually.” How long have you been working here: “About half a year, 6 months.”

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Monday Morning Chat: 5 minutes with Erin Durham, manager at Cool Water Grille

Hometown: "Craig, born and raised." Job title: "I’m the manager. My mom and dad are the owners." How long have you been working here: "Since day one. Since September 22, 2011.” What is your favorite thing about working with your family: “Probably when my dad starts singing in the kitchen. Just because it’s a side of him that I never really got to see before. The other part is just being able to have time with them. Life in general gets in the way of that sometimes. Your every day kind of living, you don’t get to see mom and dad much, but I get to see mom and dad every day.”

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A White Christmas

There was no dreaming of a white Christmas in Craig on Monday, as flakes began to fly again, just in time to greet the holidays.

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Lexi Drgac, cosmetologist at Tumbleweeds and Lace Salon in Centennial Mall

ob title: "Cosmetologist." Hometown: “I’m originally from Denver and I’ve lived here for about 8 years.” How did you get started at your job: “My grandma’s friend actually was talking to Debbie and basically landed me the job.” Motto or phrase you live your life by: “Be happy.”

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Christine Muzik, owner of Spirit Pass in Centennial Mall

Hometown: “Fairbanks, Alaska.” What brought you to the Craig area: “Rent was cheaper here than in steamboat. I moved to Colorado in ’93. My grandmother was in Denver and someone said Steamboat was nice. So I went there and all of a sudden the rent was really high and I saw an ad for Craig.” How did you get started with this business: “Ten years ago, exactly this month, I rented a little space to get rid of my crafts and I found that there was a need for something inexpensive in Craig, nice quality stuff that’s inexpensive. And then I found that there were some Native Americans that needed some money so it kind of worked out really well. But I wanted to bring stuff, something for everyone, because I believe regardless of how little or how much you make, you have a right to something nice at a decent price.”

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Mozart the cat, greeter at Kester Jewelry

Note: Mozart’s answers to questions were relayed through store owner Ron Kester Hometown: “He was born and raised in Craig.” Age: “14 and a half human years, 85 cat years.” Job title: “Greeter and pretty much the boss.”

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Karrie Booth, owner/manager of Hollistic Health & Fitness

Hometown: "I don’t really have one. I kind of grew up all over the place. I lived on the east coast until I was 12. I lived down south until I was 18. Then I’ve been in Colorado since I graduated from high school. College brought me out to Colorado. I went to CSU." What brought you to Craig: "I wanted to be in Steamboat, couldn’t afford it. Ended up in Hayden. When I got divorced, I ended up in Craig. Long story short.' How long have you lived in Craig: "10 years" Job title: "I don’t know how to answer that, I do everything here. The chicken with her head cut off. (laughs) Well I’m majority owner, manager, I’m also a personal trainer, I do exercise classes, and a massage therapist, wellness coach. I guess owner/manager would be it."

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Charleah Firestone, Library assistant at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Library

Job title or position: Library assistant at Moffat County Library Craig branch How long have you held this position: "Since 2009" Previous job: "I'm a retired music teacher. I taught here in Craig for 30 years." Hometown: "Born and raised in Grand Junction so I'm a Western Slope girl."

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Devnnte Johnson, eighth grade student at Craig Middle School

What grade are you in: “Eighth grade” Favorite subject in school: “Reading class” Favorite book or series: “Fear Street”

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Halloween 2012 festivities in Craig

When asked what her favorite costume from previous years was, Craig Middle School 8th grader Mattie Jo Duzik had no problem recalling her best outfit. "In 6th grade I was an old lady. It was awesome," said Duzik.

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Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters prepare to extricate a woman from her sedan after a two-car collision in Craig.

Alexa Criswell, left, Kaci Meek and Tori Pingley send ballots through counting machines at the Moffat County Courthouse for Tuesday's City Council and mayoral elections.

Tori Pingley, left, and Phyllis Barainca, right, organize ballots Tuesday afternoon at the Moffat County Courthouse. Tuesday was Election Day for the Craig City Council and mayoral races.

Craig Middle School principal Julie Baker, center, readies a piece of duct tape during a fundraiser during recess. Students could pay $1 to tape teacher Alicia Townsend to a wall. Students at the middle school held a fundraiser to support a trip to Steamboat Springs to take part in a Model U.N. conference. The conference is set to take place in May and 40 students from the 6th, 7th and 8th grades will be participating.

Craig Middle School eighth-grader Pearl Wyman, left, talks with students at a bake sale table during recess. Students at the middle school held a bake sale to support a trip to Steamboat Springs to take part in a Model U.N. conference. The conference is set to take place in May and 40 students from the sixth, seventh and eighth grades will be participating.

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