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Noelle Leavitt Riley

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Forget Me Not: Loving and caring for our elderly population is vital

Loneliness is a terrible thing to experience, especially if you’ve been married, raised children and have grandchildren who never visit. Our elderly population in the United States is marred by stories of neglect, leaving the loved ones that gave us life in the dust.

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Forget Me Not: Wellness Wednesdays continue to make Craig's elders smile

Wellness Wednesdays had an important event this week honoring Moffat County’s senior citizens. Organizers gave out dozens of awards to those who participate and volunteer with the program, making elders feel special for their contributions.

Forget Me Not: An open call to visit elderly loved ones

Sunset Meadows I and II wrote an important letter to the editor that appeared in Friday’s Craig Daily Press.

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Moffat County United Way brings laughs, fun to Thursday event

Moffat County and the city of Craig participated in healthy competition at a United Way barbecue Thursday, where city and county employees teamed up against each other to race tricycles to the finish line. It was the first big event leading up to Moffat County United Way’s 2015 campaign to raise funds for local nonprofits, which officially starts Sept. 14.

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Craig's Elks Lodge hosts community barbecue

Craig's Elks Lodge held a summer community barbecue at the Moffat County Fairgrounds picnic area Saturday in an effort to raise awareness about the local organization.

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Forget Me Not: Making Craig's elders feel special with Nifty 90s party

Sometimes, happiness not only makes your face smile but it also makes your heart smile. That's what happened to me on Wednesday when I attended the Nifty 90s party at Sunset Meadows, where eight seniors 90 and over were honored with a luau birthday party.

Sunset Meadows plans Nifty 90s party for elders

Sunset Meadows throws a special party each year for residents aged 90 and over. The big soirée brings family, friends and other residents together at Sunset Meadows each year, with ultimate goal of making senior citizens feel special.

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Grass fire threatens homes east of Craig

A grass fire was ignited northeast of U.S. Highway 40 and old East Victory Way in Craig late Tuesday morning, directly across the highway from the Wyman Living History Museum.

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Rodeo ropes Moffat County's heart

Catch-a-Pig contest adds squeals to rodeo at Moffat County Fair

The inaugural Ridin' & Riggin' Days kicked off as the main attraction, and many of Craig’s favorite Moffat County High School students and graduates took to the arena, riding horses, wrestling steers and barrel racing in front of a packed crowd.

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Craig officials respond to Friday's meeting with Sally Jewell

Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt county officials are fighting hard for the Northwest Colorado communities in light of the Colowyo situation.

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Adventures of two men on the Yampa River in 1941

Nearly 74 years ago, two Moffat County residents set off on a seven-day fishing and floating adventure down the Yampa River on a boat made of canvas.

Catch-a-Pig contest offers muddy fun for Moffat County youth

Running around Moffat County Fairgrounds, chasing greased pigs and falling in the mud is sure to offer a great time for Craig kids looking to participate in this year's Catch-A-Pig contest at the fair.

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Moffat County hires new social services director

A wave of change could be in store for Moffat County Social Services under its new director Dollie Rose who took helm of the department last week.

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Craig's Garrett Ferguson signs to play junior hockey in Breckenridge

Garrett Ferguson’s dedication and love for hockey has carried him a long way, but it’s not the only thing that has given the 18-year-old success.

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Community barbecue grills up 4th of July fun

After the Fourth of July Parade, the local Veterans of Foreign Wars hosted a community barbecue at Veterans Park, where nearly a hundred Craig residents flocked for free hamburgers and hot dogs.

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4th of July in Craig brings pride, merriment

Fourth of July brought pride, respect and merriment to the Craig community as they participated in the parade and fireworks on the nation’s birthday.

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Megan Jones and Capo Salon bring color, style to Moffat County

Megan Jones won best hair stylist and her salon won best hair salon in Moffat County.

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Stacks Smokehouse closes doors, owner blames economic climate surrounding coal mine

After less than six months of being in business, the owner of Stacks Smokehouse closed the doors to his restaurant due to Craig’s economic uncertainty in light of what’s happening at Colowyo Coal Mine.

Sage grouse series to answer concerns, questions

For five years, a massive conservation effort across 11 states has been under way to protect the greater sage grouse in hopes that this September, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would find the bird “not warranted” for listing under the Endangered Species Act.

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454 businesses drop support for WildEarth Guardians after New Belgium debacle in Craig

More than 450 businesses requested that their names be removed from the WildEarth Guardians’ website after Craig businesses boycotted New Belgium Brewing Company for being listed as a supporter of the environmental group.

From the editor: Honoring Mary Jo Brown

Mary Jo Brown stopped writing for the Craig Daily Press a few weeks ago due to health conditions, leaving a large hole in the newspaper each Monday.

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Country School Reunion takes place Saturday in Craig

Country school teachers and students unite

Saturday is a big day for those who attended and taught at rural country schools in Northwest Colorado. A large Country School Reunion will bring generations of students and teachers together at Moffat County Fairgrounds who haven’t seen each other in a long time. The reunion starts at 11 a.m.

Janele Husband wins national award for her photography

Craig’s well-known photographer extraordinaire Janele Husband was honored with two awards at the National Photography Show in Louisville for her photo titled “Mystery Dancers.”

New Belgium Brewery visits Craig to listen to business owners

Six New Belgium Brewery representatives visited Craig this week after several local business owners pulled the company’s beer for supporting WildEarth Guardians, the environmental group that litigated against Colowyo Coal Mine and Trapper Mining, Inc.

Peabody Energy announces employee cuts

Effects on Twentymile aren't clear

Peabody Energy, owner of Twentymile Mine, announced Wednesday that it plans to save roughly $40 to $45 million a year by cutting 250 salaried positions within the company “to create a leaner organization with lower costs.”

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Yampa Valley Medical Center to purchase old Safeway building in Craig

Yampa Valley Medical Center is currently under contract to purchase a 49,500 square foot building in Craig that used to house the Safeway grocery store.

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Craig liquor stores pull New Belgium beer for supporting WildEarth Guardians

Liquor stores and restaurants across Craig are pulling Colorado craft beers off their shelves due to the beer companies’ financial support to WildEarth Guardians, which is the environmental group that put Colowyo Coal Mine at risk of being shut down.

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Baby steps go a long way to increase fitness

Summertime is here, and getting out for a little exercise is important for overall health. However, it’s often a daunting task for adults who want to get into shape, especially for those with weight and health problems.

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Coal miners react to Colowyo lawsuit

Nick Davis works at Colowyo Coal Mine, and the recent ruling against the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement regarding Colowyo shook their family plans, making them wonder if they’ll have to leave the community they’ve called home all their lives. If Colowyo closes, they could lose everything.

Wild and free in Sand Wash Basin

We know from the fossil record that equines roamed the North American Continent in pre-historic times. The horse that we know today arrived in the early 1500s with the Spanish Conquest. When the Spanish left America, they also left their mounts to fend for themselves in their new land. The American Indians developed an interest in the horse in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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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.