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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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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Jacob Baron, retail service specialist at O'Reilly Auto Parts

Hometown: "Craig is my hometown, but I was born in Wheat Ridge. Lived there until I was about 5. Then I’ve been back and forth between Denver." Job title: Retail service specialist at O’Reilly Auto Parts How long have you been working here: “About a year and a half. I also work at Conoco as a mechanic there and I go to school for automotive.” How did you get started at your job: “I started working here because I needed a job so my parents wouldn’t kick me out. But I also work here because of all the automotive stuff I do.”

Tai Chi for Health

Annette Zuber, Tai Chi instructor with the Northwest Colorado VNA Aging Well Program, leads a Tai Chi for Health class Monday at the Journey at First Baptist. Tai Chi is a form of martial art that many people practice as an effective exercise for the mind and body. It focuses on fluid, circular movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo.

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Beth Gilchrist, secretary at Craig Middle School

Hometown: Craig, CO Job title: “Secretary, aka mother of the middle school” How did you get started in your job: “I started volunteering as a parent volunteer and did that. We actually lived in Montrose for 3 years; I did it there for three years. I came here and volunteered and the position came open and I applied.” How long have you worked for the middle school: 15 years

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with stay-at-home mom Marissa David, of Craig

Five minutes with stay-at-home mom Marissa David, of Craig

Where are you originally from: "Arizona" How long have you lived in the Craig area: "11 years" What brought you to the area: "Family" What do you do for a living: "Stay-at-home mom"

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Nadine Daszkiewicz, co-owner of the Kitchen Shop of Craig with her husband Mike

Five minutes with Nadine Daszkiewicz, co-owner of the Kitchen Shop of Craig with her husband Mike

Hometown: “I’ve been here for so long that I consider Craig my hometown. I wasn’t born here.” How long have you been here: “Since 84” How did you get started in your business: “Well it was just something I always had an interest in. Everybody in my family has worked in restaurants. I did have a bakery first before I had this and this just sort of evolved from that.”

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Sherri Fredrickson, co-owner of Favorite Things Antiques

Five minutes with Sherri Fredrickson, co-owner of Favorite Things Antiques

Hometown: Born and raised in Craig How did you get started in your career: I got started at the antique store across the street, Treasure’s Antiques years ago. I had a little booth and I made Barbie doll furniture and now I own it. I love old things. I like restoring old furniture; it’s what I mostly love. Motto or outlook on life: I like to be nice to people. Treat people the way you want to be treated.

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Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Heather Lorio, owner of Elbe Gray’s Thrift Store in Craig

Name: Heather Lorio How long have you lived in Craig: About five years Where did you live previously: Fort Collins How did you get started running the thrift store? “I’ve been a thrift store junkie all my life. I love to treasure hunt. I love that I can clothe my kids at an inexpensive rate, especially since they grow through clothes so fast.

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Cornell graduate student walking across country to raise awareness for orphans

Barrett Keene, a PhD student at Cornell University, is walking 3,475 miles from Miami to San Francisco to help raise awareness about the struggles of nearly 145 million orphaned and abandoned children around the world. As an education student and educator himself, Keene said he was fortunate to serve children as a teacher and through his Go Walk America challenge. His relationship with Christ motivated him to serve those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to take care of their own needs, especially children. Donations will directly benefit orphaned and abandoned children in places like Uganda and Haiti by providing school uniforms, a necessity that would otherwise keeps children in these places from accessing education.

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"Keep going, don't look back": 5 minutes with Bretta Buchanan, a senior at Moffat County High School

Name: Bretta Buchanan Hometown: Craig Motto or outlook on life: “Keep going, don’t look back”

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A fabulous 1st day

Moffat County School District kicks off the 2012-2013 school year

Students around Moffat County headed back to school Monday for the first day of classes. Taylor Powell, a 1st grader at East Elementary School, said she was excited and was having a great first day of school. Students were energetic on the playground, doing cartwheels in the grass and pushing one another on the swing set. At Sandrock Elementary School, kindergarten teachers Karla Haddock and Cindy Prather welcomed a group of parents into the classroom for the Kindergarten Connection Day. The program is designed to aid young students and their parents in transitioning into a full-time public school environment.

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Monday Morning Chat: ‘I love the Craig area’

5 minutes with James Miller, produce vendor at Landon’s Little Garden

Hometown: Parachute, Colorado When did you start selling produce: “I have just started however my father, Jim, started earlier this year” What motivated you to do this: To help raise some money for bills and to send my son to a school for the blind.

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Educational introduction

New teachers prepped for school year in Moffat County

With the start of a new school year, Moffat County School District is welcoming a group of new teachers to the area. Some of those teachers met with the Craig Daily Press this week for a short Q and A session:

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“I can’t wait to get out here on the streets”: Five minutes with Dave Ross, pastor at Assembly of God Church in Craig

Where is your hometown: “I was born in Grand Junction” When did you first move to Craig? “I came here 20 years ago the 23rd of this month. I’m pastor at the Assembly of God church here in town. We had a big celebration the 1st of the month for my 20th anniversary.”

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Sports Spotlight: Jeff Anderson

Name: Jeff Anderson Age: 14 Sport: Football Year: Freshman How did you get your start in your sport?

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“I’d like to see a lot happen in Craig”: Five minutes with Alison Douglas, 18, of Craig, an employee at WOWBubbles at the Moffat County Fair

Where is your hometown? "Aberdeen, S.D." Motto or outlook on life? “I think people should come to the (Moffat County) Fair." When did you first get started in your job? ”I just started (Thursday).” Favorite part of life in Northwest Colorado? "It’s fun and it’s awesome because you get to learn about different cultures."

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Victim found Saturday identified as Craig resident David Burns

Craig Mayor: 'It's time' to look into preventative measures at sandrocks

The Craig Police Department has released the identity of an adult male found dead Saturday morning at the base of the sandrocks. Bill Leonard, police department commander, reported Sunday the victim is longtime Crag resident David Burns. He was 53. Preliminary findings indicate Burns fell from the top of the rock formation, but it's too early to confirm the cause of death, Leonard said.