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Noelle Leavitt Riley

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Moffat County commissioners Aug. 26 meeting recap: Elkhead Reservoir fish could be poisoned

A recap of the Moffat County Commissioner meeting that took place on Tuesday.

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Grant Mortuary changes hands

Perhaps the most important role of a mortuary is to be compassionate, caring and understanding to the families that have lost loved ones. That’s exactly what Owen Grant has done for the Craig community for the last 34 years as owner of Grant Mortuary. After being a humble servant to thousands of local residents, the time has come for Grant to retire from his full-time duties.

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Happiness abounds at Senior Social Center event in Craig

Smiles, good conversation, warm coffee and a sense of friendship lit up the American Legion Tuesday morning, where nearly 50 senior citizens gathered to enjoy each other’s company.

Democratic state treasurer candidate Betsy Markey stops in Craig

Colorado treasurer candidate Betsy Markey visited Craig on Friday for a campaign stop.

Fundraiser for shelter animals to take place Saturday in Craig

If you’re looking to give back to homeless animals in the community, this Saturday lends that opportunity to Craig residents.

Craig City Council Aug. 12 meeting recap: Chickens within city limits discussed

Craig City Council met Tuesday to discuss city business and other topics.

Moffat County Commissioner Aug. 12 meeting recap

Action and discussion items covered at the Moffat County Commissioner meeting on Aug. 12.

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Wyoming police conclude Moffat County football team hazing investigation

County attorney reviewing information, has yet to become public

On Aug. 8, the Evanston (Wyoming) Police Department concluded its investigation into the alleged Moffat County football hazing incident that took place in Evanston from June 18 to 20. Uinta County Prosecuting Attorney E. Dean Stout now will review the evidence and make recommendations about how to deal with any criminal activity that might have taken place at the football camp.

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Cory Gardner visits Craig, vying for votes in 2014 election

U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., was in Craig on Friday, touring Craig Station and visiting patrons at the 2014 Moffat County Fair to win the hearts of Northwest Colorado residents for the upcoming election in November.

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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.

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Moffat County Fair offers fun competition to participants, spectators

The Moffat County Fair is in full swing, and to kick it off Sunday, fair organizers held the first-ever Working Ranch Horse Show.

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Moffat County Balloon Festival support continues to rise

In its fifth year, Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival looks to be increasing its presence as a part of Craig’s calendar, with 15 balloonists, dozens of vendors and hours of activities for all ages, with the main admission being a requested donation of a non-perishable food item to fill a balloon basket at the entrance.

Noelle Leavitt Riley: Let's move forward in a positive manner

Two weeks ago, the Craig Daily Press ran an editorial composed by newspaper staff, asking Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice to reveal the punishment of the upperclassmen involved in the alleged hazing incident that happened in June in Evanston, Wyoming.

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YampaCare Family Medicine to replace Kinder Family Clinic

Yampa Valley Medical Center announced Monday that it will rebrand and lease Kinder Family Clinic, a deal that Dr. Pamela Kinder has been working on for months.

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Northwest Colorado residents to rally for coal in Denver

EPA carbon emission hearings to be held next Tuesday and Wednesday

Next week is a big deal for friends of coal. Dozens of Northwest Colorado residents and lawmakers will head to Denver on Tuesday to testify and rally on behalf of the coal industry.

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Alkali Fire 50 percent contained after burning nearly 20,700 acres

Several lighting-caused fires keeping firefighters on their toes

The Alkali fire in Moffat County is now 50 percent contained after burning roughly 20,7000 acres 14 miles west of Maybell, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

Moffat County High School to hire new coaches

Police investigation still underway

Moffat County School District is moving forward with its search for new football coaches and plans to hire a new head coach by early next week.

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20,000 acres ignited by Alkali fire in Moffat County; no containment in sight

BLM reports three smaller fires in Northwest Colorado

The Alkali Fire located in Moffat County has scorched roughly 20,000 acres since it was ignited Wednesday, burning a homestead, a barn and killing three cattle, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

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Alkali Fire jumps to 8,000 acres, burns homestead and barn

The Alkali Fire quickly jumped to 8,000 acres on Wednesday, threatening the lives of three people before it burned a homestead and a barn.

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Pot cultivation question to appear on Moffat County ballot — retail option not included

Moffat County Commissioners will ask voters in November if they want to approve marijuana cultivation facilities within county limits, however they opted not to address retail pot sales at this time.

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Cast and Twang at Wyman Museum in Craig offers outdoor excitement to weekend

Fishing, catching frogs and shooting archery were only a few of the activities at this year’s Cast and Twang at the Wyman Living History Museum Saturday.

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Moffat County's lodging industry suffers during 1st quarter of 2014

2nd quarter looks good

The hotel and motel industry in Craig hit the lowest point in recent memory during the first quarter of this year, posting a 60 percent dip in lodging tax mainly due to Craig Station not conducting its spring outage.

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Craig VFW post brings 200 veterans to town

The Colorado Veterans of Foreign Wars members chose Craig to host their statewide conference this weekend, and Craig Rotary welcomed them to town by placing American flags halfway down Victory Way.

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Dirty Dawg brings wet-muddy fun to Craig's Loudy-Simpson Park

The Dirty Dawg Dash and Dig brought messy and muddy fun to Loudy-Simpson Park Saturday morning where 45 participants ran through a 5k obstacle of water and muck.

Noelle Leavitt Riley: Young adults' involvement in Craig

The Craig Daily Press on Wednesday held Coffee and a Newspaper, at which newspaper representatives and community members discussed how to get young adults involved in various Craig activities and events.

Noelle Leavitt Riley: Changes at the paper

I feel it’s my duty to inform our readers about the upcoming changes happening in the editorial department at the Craig Daily Press.

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Best Place to Buy a Gift: Spirit Pass has plethora of gift offerings

Walking into Spirit Pass is like entering a world of gifts galore, which is why the intricate retail store won first place in the Best Place to Buy a Gift category in this year’s Best of Moffat County contest.

Libertarian candidate Sacha Mero, of Craig, arrested for alleged domestic violence

Sacha Mero, Libertarian candidate for House District 57, was arrested at her Craig home June 12 for alleged domestic violence after her husband called the cops to assist with what he called her “medical” or “psychological” behavior.

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The Haven hosts annual fundraiser with food, music, fun

The Haven Assisted Living Facility in Hayden held its annual fundraiser Friday night, and more than 100 participants enjoyed live music, dancing, barbecue, a beer garden and a silent auction.

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Downtown Craig bustles with fun, entertainment on Memorial Day

Downtown festivities on Memorial Day in Craig were taken to new heights this year, with multiple bouncy houses for kids, more food vendors than usual and a chili cook-off fundraiser for Freedom Hooves.

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Craig remembers its fallen heroes on Memorial Day

Moffat County’s residents held their heads low and put hands on their hearts Monday morning at Craig Cemetery in recognition of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

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Jessie Suits fears not change, excited for the future

Susan Jessica Suits, 17, is better known at Moffat County High School as Jesse. Her graduation will be illuminated in a different way than most others in her graduating class.

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4 Moffat County seniors pledge service to the U.S.

One of the most noble professions any high school senior can embark on is serving the United States of America. This year, four Moffat County High School seniors pledged their lives to serve our country by joining a branch of the military.

Forget Me Not: Creating a senior center is a fantastic initiative in Craig

For the past few months, a large group of elders and committed community members have held numerous meetings in an effort to open a senior center for Craig’s older population.

Forget Me Not: Dedicating appreciation to Sherry on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday, and I have an enormous amount of love and respect for my mother, Sherry Rae Middlemiss. Life has not been physically easy on her, but she manages to trek through and remain a beautiful ball of positive energy and a shining light in my family and in my life. She was diagnosed with severe scoliosis when she was a young child and underwent her first surgery at the Mayo Clinic when she was 13 years old. She was one of several children to go through experimental surgeries for kids with spine disorders.

Moffat County deputy arrested for domestic violence

A Moffat County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested Wednesday for alleged domestic violence that took place while the deputy was off duty Tuesday.

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Driving horses through Northwest Colorado

Great American

The Sombrero Ranch Great American Horse Drive passed through Northwest Colorado on Sunday, where cowboys and cowgirls transferred 400 domesticated horses from winter pasture to spring and summer pasture.

Forget Me Not: What will you sacrifice for your elderly parents?

Would you move away from your husband and children to assist your elderly parents?

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Wild, wild horses — right in Moffat County’s backyard

Wild horses exist right in Moffat County, giving spectators who visit their habitat at the Sand Wash Basin an opportunity to experience the heart of the American West.

Economic indicator report shows diversity in Routt and Moffat counties

Yampa Valley Data Partners recently released its Community Indicators Report, highlighting a variety of economic trends in Moffat and Routt counties. Each indicator gives government officials, businesses and community members an idea of Northwest Colorado’s economic health. The report comes out every two years.

Forget Me Not: Wellness Wednesdays is a phenomenal program for elders

Companionship is important at any age, and that’s why Wellness Wednesdays are so vital to the senior citizens of Craig. The program offers a host of activities for our elders each Wednesday, but perhaps the most critical element is the camaraderie.

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Community donations could fund this year's fireworks in Craig

Community members and organizations want to raise the money through a fireworks donation fund that’s being facilitated through the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

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Cook to rebrand Craig's local Ford dealership

Craig Ford is now Cook Ford. The business transaction was finalized Friday morning between both parties.

Forget Me Not: Nursing home neglect holds hefty price tag

The biggest reason I care so deeply about the elderly is because of what happened to my late grandmother during her almost six-month stay at two nursing homes — one in Santa Fe, N.M., and one in the Denver metro area.

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Sheridan's delightful book about small towns debuts in Steamboat Springs on Saturday

Writing a book that’s both serious and humorous is not an easy task to master, but that’s exactly what Janet Bohart Sheridan does with her first paperback, “A Seasoned Life Lived In Small Towns: Memories, Musings and Observations.”

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Southwestern Energy announces multimillion-dollar deal to purchase mineral leases in Moffat and Routt counties

Southwestern Energy announced Wednesday that it had signed an agreement to purchase 312,000 net acres in Moffat and Routt counties for $180 million, according to a press release.

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Freedom Hooves brings balance, recovery to Moffat County

They say that pets are pure love, and the same can be said of the therapeutic equines at Freedom Hooves in Craig. Their love and patience helps people with a slew of life’s obstacles, boosting them to the next level of recovery.

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Moffat County Cancer Society provides funds, support to cancer patients

It’s hard to imagine what it’s like living with cancer, but for those who have experienced the traumatic diagnosis the Moffat County Cancer Society is a wonderful resource.

Forget Me Not: Applauding lawmakers for protecting elders

State lawmakers are continuing their efforts to protect the elderly population from abuse and neglect. Bravo.

Beck flies high with new aviation appointment

Ray Beck will join six other members on the Colorado Aeronautic Board, an appointment that was made final at the state Capitol on Thursday.

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