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Noelle Leavitt Riley

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Craig honors deceased soldiers on Memorial Day

Heads hung low as members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Daughters of the American Revolution read names out loud of nearly 700 deceased Craig veterans who bravely contributed our nation’s freedom.

Ambitious high school grads jump ahead of peers in college prep work

Abigail Gonzalez and Aubrey Cambell completed an associate's degree at Colorado Northwestern Community College alongside obtaining their high school degree from Moffat County High School.

New section highlights higher education

QWA college education is the foundation to a solid future in any given field, and anyone who graduated with a higher education degree knows they’ve gained more than just a diploma. That’s why the Craig Daily Press is thrilled to introduce The Learning Chronicles, which is a new section featuring higher education news that will publish the first Saturday each month.

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52-year-old Craig father dies in rollover accident; son arrested for DUI, vehicular homicide

A 52-year-old Craig man is dead after the car he was riding in rolled over Sunday evening on Moffat County Road 18, north of Craig, according to law officials.

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Sombrero Horse Drive brings Moffat County's Wild West heritage alive

The great West came alive at Sombrero Ranches Great American Horse Drive in Moffat County Sunday morning as 75 cowboys and cowgirls drove nearly 400 domestic horses from one pasture to the next. People from all over the world travel to Northwest Colorado to experience the horse drive that started in 1962.

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'Death For Dinner' performance brings entertainment to Craig

The Murder Mystery Dinner Theater was a killer success Saturday night in Craig. Actors from Denver-based Adams Mystery Playhouse led guests through a murder riddle, bringing laughter, investigations and team building to life at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

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Fire ignites near train tracks in Craig

A fire broke out Saturday morning at the Goodrich Mud Company facility in Craig along Industrial Avenue.

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GOAL Academy offers online platform learning

When talking about education in Moffat County, it’s important to know that Moffat County School District is not the only educational institution available to students. GOAL Academy launched in Craig three years ago, offering high school students an alternative way to learn outside of the traditional classroom.

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Friends of Moffat County Education: Funding learning opportunities

Friends of Moffat County Education has an extremely important role in Craig’s educational community. It’s a nonprofit that obtains funds through grants, business donations and Moffat County United Way and turns around and puts that money back into the community’s hands.

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Sen. Cory Gardner proposes six year delay to fed's greater sage grouse oversight

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., made a huge move Wednesday, proposing a bill that aims at keeping the federal government out the greater sage grouse decisions for the next six years.

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Horizons Pick a Dish serves up success in Craig

Acceptance, love, food and fun were the main ingredients of the Pick a Dish event sponsored by Horizons Specialized Services Thursday night in Craig. The organization brought local restaurant chefs and Horizons’ clients together to cook food for community members in an effort to raise money for the nonprofit.

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WWII memorial planned for Craig's fallen heroes

World War II is widely known as one of the largest and most deadly wars in history, and Moffat County officials want to honor Craig’s local veterans by building a WWII memorial.

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State of the County highlights Moffat County's strengths

All of the big wigs in Northwest Colorado turned out for the ninth annual State of the County held Wednesday night, where a large number of speakers highlighted the energy industry and how it affects the local economy in Moffat County.

Moffat County to gain assistance from national organization on economic development

Moffat County is one of seven counties in the United States that was chosen to participate in an Innovation Challenge Workshop to help diversify coal-reliant counties.

Moffat County Commissioners honor Corrie Ponikvar

The Moffat County Commissioners convened for their regular Tuesday morning meeting, but it was no ordinary gathering — they had a scheme up their sleeves.

State of the County takes place Wednesday in Craig

The Ninth Annual State of the County will kick off Wednesday night with a handful of speakers who will highlight the ebbs and flows in Moffat County and the city of Craig.

Brandi Meek to represent Northwest Colorado GOP on a state level

Brandi Meek’s political career is gaining momentum within the Republican Party. The 31-year-old was elected secretary of Colorado’s GOP by the Republican Central Committee on March 14 in Castle Rock, boosting her into a new role that she hopes carry her far in politics.

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Craig poetry contest honors the late Carol Jacobson

It’s often difficult to put feelings into words, especially in the form of poetry, but a total of 177 eighth graders from Craig Middle School rose to the occasion and wrote poems for the Carol Jacobson Memorial Poetry Contest.

Tayler Slaugh was a fun, joyous young man

19-year-old killed in car accident Saturday

Tayler Slaugh will long be remembered as a young man who loved dirt biking, hunting and big diesel trucks. “He was one of them kids who was always smiling. He was a people person,” his father Allen Slaugh said.

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Craig's Zach Hansen soldiers on as 3rd-generation U.S. Marine

Hansen returns home for a week to see friends, family

The men and women who serve the United States of America are branded with honor the moment they join the armed services, and that’s exactly what happened to Zach Hansen when he entered the Marine Corps after he graduated Moffat County High School in 2012.

Bob Johnson remembered as adventurous, happy

Craig lost one of its most joyful residents last week, Bob Johnson. Bob was well liked and well known throughout Moffat County, and his smiles, warm demeanor and inquisitive spirit will be greatly missed. He passed away quietly in his home on March 6.

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Craig couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

A lifetime of love equals an eternity of happiness, and that’s the life that Lorence and Raeola Ellgen have lived the past seven decades.

MaryBea Neu remembered for her adventurous, humorous spirit

As the moon climbed over the horizon of Moffat County on March 4, 2015, MaryBea Neu’s spirit rose to Heaven. It’s was a suitable ending to a life filled with family, happiness, humor and adventure.

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Lawmakers work to protect Colorado's aging population

Several bills are circulating the state Capitol to protect and boost the quality of life for Colorado’s elderly population, and lawmakers seem keenly aware of how the proposed laws could positively affect senior citizens.

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Interfaith Food Bank feeds the hungry

Have you ever been so down and out that you can’t afford food? It’s an unfortunate reality for many, which is why the Interfaith Food Bank exists — to help put food in the bellies of those who can’t pay for groceries.

From the editor: The art of giving back

Hope, giving, caring and camaraderie are a few of the words that come to mind when thinking about nonprofits in our community.

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Moffat County United Way holds lifeline for local nonprofits

Moffat County United Way is the thread to funding, support and communication for our local nonprofits.

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Youth United Way: Learning how to be adults, allocate money

Moffat County Youth United Way teaches students how to run a board and allocate money to non-profits in the community.

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Craig’s sweetheart couple stays strong during trying times

Love is expressed in many ways, but perhaps the most powerful way to show someone you love them is to stand by their side during rough times. That’s exactly what Ed Coverston has done for his lovely wife Corky, who is fighting triple negative breast cancer.

IRS tax scam hits Craig

Craig Police Department is warning residents to screen their calls due to an IRS tax scam where bogus tax agents are trying swindle money out of folks by claiming they owe back taxes.

Moffat County says goodbye to elected officials, welcomes new

Next week, Moffat County will say hello to a new county assessor, treasurer, commissioner and sheriff. But first, the community has to say goodbye to Robert Razzano, Elaine Sullivan, Tim Jantz and Tom Mathers.

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Craig’s senior citizens gain momentum

The senior citizens in Craig are a dedicated group of highly intelligent and compassionate people.

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Tina Williams: Protecting our furry friends

You’d be hard-pressed to stop by Tina Williams' house and not see foster animals running around. For the last 8 years, she’s fostered cats, kittens, dogs and puppies in need of warmth, love and food. She also volunteers at the Moffat County Humane Society, helping with a variety of duties.

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Moffat County High School student dies in collision with semi truck

A 17-year-old Moffat County High School student was killed Friday afternoon after his pickup collided with a semi truck on U.S. Highway 40, according to police officials.

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Letters to Santa event brings Christmas cheer to Craig kids

Children lined up at the Craig Daily Press Wednesday evening to drink hot cocoa and sit on Santa’s lap, telling him precisely what they want for Christmas. Some desired several gifts, while others asked for just one.

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Craig eatery Double Barrel Steakhouse to close

One of Craig’s favorite restaurants will close its doors on Dec. 20. Double Barrel Steakhouse owners Ann Marie and Mark Roberts have enjoyed their time as restaurant owners, but they’ve decided to say goodbye to the dining business so they can spend more time with their 5-year-old son.

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Clean Power Plan carbon emission comments due Monday

Monday is the deadline to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency concerning the proposed Clean Energy Plan that aims to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

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Parade of Lights kicks off Christmas in Craig

Dozens of local businesses and non-profits lit up Yampa Avenue and Victory Way Saturday night for the annual Parade of Lights, which marks the beginning of the Christmas season in Craig.

Forget Me Not: Give thanks to your elderly loved ones

As Thanksgiving nears, I’m reminded how thankful I am for my wonderful grandparents. Although my two biological grandmothers and my amazing step-grandfather have passed, I still have my Grandpa Bob and my Step-Grandma Jan.

Cop impersonator pulls over vehicle on U.S. 40 Thursday night

A man impersonating a police officer pulled a car over Thursday night on U.S. Highway 40 near the border of Moffat and Routt counties, and local law enforcement agencies said it’s the second incident reported in the last three weeks.

Hunter dies in suspected carbon monoxide incident

Other weekend accidents send more to hospital

One man has died and two others were transported to The Memorial Hospital on Sunday because of suspected carbon monoxide exposure.

Forget Me Not: Bringing children and elderly together

Sunset Elementary School’s preschool students participated in a wonderful community service this week — they visited the elderly at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab on Wednesday and sang songs, bringing laughter and joy to Craig’s senior citizens.

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Hickenlooper wins race for Colorado governor against Beauprez

Recount still possible

In an extraordinarily tight gubernatorial race, it looks like Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper will hold onto his governorship for a second term, beating Republican Bob Beauprez by a tight margin.

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Local cancer society receives $13K donation

Victory Motors handed the Moffat County Cancer Society a $13,254 check on Wednesday — money that was raised in September over a two-day period. The best part about the donation is that it stays in Moffat County, said Kelly Smith, treasurer for Moffat County Cancer Society. The cancer society allocates the monies to help variety of local cancer patient needs.

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Colowyo's vast world of surface mining and monster machines

Colowyo Coal Company opened in 1978 and was purchased from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association in 2011. The surface mine is filled with massive equipment that mines million of tons of coal each year that's shipped to Craig Station coal-fired power plant in Craig.

From The Editor: The vast world of Northwest Colorado's energy economy

Imagine life without electricity. Picture yourself, rushing home after a long day at work and fumbling around for matches to light a candle so you can illuminate your house.

Southwestern Energy invests millions more in Northwest Colorado

Drilling in Moffat, Routt counties will continue through 2015

Southwestern Energy’s oil and gas play in Northwest Colorado got much bigger in July after the company entered an agreement to acquire an additional 74,000 net acres of mineral leases in the Niobrara shale formation for $31 million.

Noelle Leavitt Riley: Honoring breast cancer awareness month

October is breast cancer awareness month. Let's fight the good fight.

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Alleged hazing results in no charges against students

Concerned parties want community to heal

In late June, news about alleged hazing incidents involving the Moffat County High School football team shook the Craig community, resulting in the removal of football coaches, suspension of upperclassmen and a police investigation.

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Moffat County United Way continues to give to nonprofits

2015 campaign kicked off Monday

The act of giving is one of the most powerful ways to contribute to someone in need, and Moffat County United Way provides a pathway for community members to give back to society.

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