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Noelle Leavitt Riley

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Senior housing in Craig evacuated after fire scare

Residents at one of Craig’s senior living communities had a small scare Wednesday after a tenant accidentally left a plastic cutting board on the burner, according to fire officials.

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Wildland fire closes Highway 13 north of Craig Sunday

Former Mayor Terry Carwile's home was within hundreds of feet of flames

A wildland fire broke out Sunday afternoon north of Craig, putting former Mayor Terry Carwile’s house in the path of destruction.

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Cousins rely on faith, intuition to survive cold night in woods

Boys were found three miles southeast of original location

Imagine the panic a parent experiences when their child goes missing.

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Missing boys lost in Wilderness Ranch area were found and are 'OK'

The two young boys who went missing around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon were found alive and well Monday evening by Moffat County Search and Rescue.

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Catch-a-Pig brings squeals and thrills to fairgrounds

Each year in Moffat County Fair's Catch-a-Pig contest, kids across Moffat County gather at the fairgrounds arena for their chance to catch a slippery, slimy, muddy pig that — if they’re lucky enough to pin down — they get to keep and take home.

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Sunset Meadows' honor superheroes in their 90s

Annual birthday celebration makes Craig's oldest seniors smile

Each year, Sunset Meadows honors residents who are in their 90s with its Nifty 90s birthday party. The goal is to bring family and friends together, showing the seniors that they’re loved and celebrated. Each year, Sunset Meadows honors residents who are in their 90s with its Nifty 90s birthday party. The goal is to bring family and friends together, showing the seniors that they’re loved and celebrated.

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Wildland fire ignites west of Craig late Wednesday afternoon

A wildland fire ignited near Moffat County Road 90 west of Craig late Wednesday afternoon.

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Pickup truck catches fire in Moffat County Wednesday afternoon

A pickup truck hauling a trailer caught fire on Moffat County Road 35 Wednesday afternoon.

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Bear River Young Life tournament hits new heights

The 9th Annual Bear River Young Life golf tournament had its most successful year yet.

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Balloon festival inflates entertainment in Craig

7th annual balloon festival offers extra activities, fun for patrons

Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig was bustling with activity over the weekend, bringing a plethora of fun to those who attended the 2016 Moffat County Balloon Festival.

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Cast 'N Blast brings kids closer to nature

Shooting sports, fishing and a barbecue offered through CPW

Shooting sports, fishing and catching frogs kept children busy Saturday at the Wyman Living History Museum. Nearly 70 kids gathered for Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s annual Cast ‘N Blast where CPW officers teach participants how to fish, shoot an arrow and be one with nature.

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Catch-a-Pig contest to see changes this year

The annual greasy Catch-a-Pig contest is on the roster for the 2016 Moffat County Fair, but it has some much-needed changes.

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Trystan Campbell remembered by family, friends at Tuesday gathering

Campbell’s funeral slated for 1 p.m. Saturday at The Journey at First Baptist in Craig

Trystan Campbell, 18, was what family members described as a “gentle giant.”

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18-year-old dies after being pulled from Yampa River in Craig

The 18-year-old who was pulled from the Yampa River on Friday passed away Saturday, according to Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.

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Chuck Cobb wins big recognition from Moffat County

After only a year and a half in his first role as an elected official, Chuck Cobb received major recognition in the 2016 Best of Moffat County competition.

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Stockmen's Liquor takes top honors in Best of Moffat County

Lori and Lennie Gillam decided to buy Stockmen’s Liquor 14 years ago so they could spend more time together.

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Meet the cast of carvers for the 2016 Whittle the Wood

Whittle the Wood Rendezvous brings hundreds to Loudy-Simpson Park each year to engage in festivities. The annual extravaganza wouldn’t be possible without the whittlers, and this year 11 artists traveled to Craig to make masterpieces out of wood stumps.

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Galleria at the Park debuts at Whittle the Wood

Yampa Valley Artisans — the group that hosted Pop Up Galleries over the past couple years throughout Craig — has a new art show that will be on display at Whittle the Wood Rendezvous this week.

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Craig remembers fallen heroes on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to honor America’s deceased veterans — those who died while in combat and those who served in a branch of the military, made it home succumbed to death outside of the armed forces.

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Unknown party dumps large amounts of trash in Yampa River

When Tim Boyle set out to work on Yampa Valley Golf Course Thursday morning, he noticed an alarming sight on the bank of the Yampa River — trash.

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Horse drive in Moffat County kicks up fun for all

The Great American Horse Drive make its way through Maybell on Sunday, entertaining hundreds of spectators as nearly 500 horses were driven from one ranch in Moffat County to another.

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Instructional coaches keep curriculum standards in line at Moffat County School District

The work that Moffat County’s six instructional coaches do on a daily basis can be equated to this: Coaching teachers equals better learning for students.

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Bear River Young Life serves up food, fun, entertainment

Young Life celebrated a major milestone at its yearly banquet Sunday. The organization has been helping Northwest Colorado youth in Craig for two decades.

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Pick a Dish relishes in good food, fun, entertainment

Annual event provides confidence boost for Horizons members

Pick a Dish has become a favorite of Moffat County locals, where they buy tickets to sample food made by various local restaurants who team up with Horizons’ clients, giving them an opportunity to cook alongside local chefs.

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Bear River Young Life celebrates 20 years

At 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, Bear River Young Life will celebrate such accomplishments by offering the community a free hot dog buffet with desserts. The youth organized the event and attendees will be able to make various types of hot dogs, including “Chicago-style” coneys.

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Clarion owners promote locals to upper management positions

Shannon Moore will lead hotel as director of sales, assistant general manager

The Clarion Inn & Suites is taking the term “local” to a whole new level by promoting several employees who live in Craig to prominent management positions.

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State Farm has new lead agent

State Farm in Craig has a new leader who replaced the community’s beloved Bob Johnson.

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Travel expenses under budget for Craig, Moffat County officials

Majority of elected officials spend little or nothing in travel expenditures

Local elected officials are tasked with doing work inside and outside Moffat County, and they’re allocated an expense budget to accommodate travel. After analyzing the last two years of travel expenses, both the city and county have come in under budget in 2014 and 2015. The expenses also revealed the big spenders within Craig City Council and Moffat County Commission.

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Craig Rotary launches scholarship to honor the late Bob Johnson

Craig Rotary set up a $1,000 annual scholarship to help children get on the slopes.

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From the Editor: Craig Daily Press launches new app

I’m pleased to announce that the Craig Daily Press now has a new smartphone and tablet app that readers can download from the Android Market or Apple’s App Store.

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The Haven's executive director works to make residents smile

Karen Burley spent her career serving others — a role she’s enjoyed in many capacities.

Noelle Leavitt Riley: Inspiration leads to positive change for our community

Craig Daily Press Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley highlights the importance of Making a Difference in Craig and Moffat County.

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Terry Carwile continues to positively impact area

You’d be hard pressed to find someone in Moffat County who doesn’t know former Craig Mayor Terry Carwile.

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Curtice accepts new job with Garfield school district

Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice accepted a superintendent position at Garfield Re-2 late Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release.

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Moffat County commissioner race brings questions, concerns about county’s future

Candidates encouraged to bid for office before March 1 caucuses

As the presidential race heats up, Moffat County has a big election of its own in November with two commissioner seats up for voter approval.

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Forget Me Not: Seeing Corky Covertson thrive

Last Valentine’s Day, I wrote a story about Ed and Corky Coverston’s love and how it’s guided them through a number of difficult hurdles — especially cancer. Corky was fighting breast cancer — the second type of cancer that has attacked her body — and she lost all of her hair due to chemotherapy. To show his love and support for his wife, Ed shaved his head.

Noelle Leavitt Riley: Newspaper coverage to shift focus

This month, we invited our elected officials to Coffee and a Newspaper to hear about what kind of coverage they’d like to see in the paper. Several elected officials asked that we write more positive stories about what’s happening in our community. When good stuff happens, we do write stories and will continue to do so. But if we spent all our time writing about rainbows and butterflies, then we would not be living up to what our democracy has mapped out for us as journalist. It also would not be fair to our readers.

Communication falters surrounding Tuesday's LMD meeting

Confusion circulated the community Monday morning after the city and county sent an email informing officials and residents about a Local Marketing District meeting set for 4 p.m. Tuesday. Organizations on the agenda were not told about the meeting.

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Forget Me Not: Senior Social Center spreads holiday cheer

I attended the Senior Social Center’s Christmas Tea event Dec. 22, and I was impressed with the games, activities and food. What was more impressive is that more than 50 seniors drove through hazardous winter conditions to attend the party, and not one person complained about weather. Instead, they sat with each other, laughing, solving riddles and singing Christmas carols.

Keep pets safe and warm in frigid temps

The subzero temperatures in Northwest Colorado are no joke, and taking proper precautions to protect pets is vitally important to their health, according to Yampa Valley pet experts. Perhaps the most important message veterinarians and the Humane Society want pet owners to hear is that if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet.

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Jenny We hopes for bright future in America

Jenny We misses her two young daughters who live in China with her mother. Jenny and her husband, Wen, work countless hours at the Galaxy restaurant in Craig to save enough money to travel back to their home city to see their girls, deliver thousands of dollars to their family and bring their daughters home to Craig, America.

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Glorybee Ramos brings joy to residents at Sunset Meadows

Glory rings through the hearts of those who reside at Sunset Meadows I and II, thanks to love and care provided by Glorybee Ramos.

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Kirstie McPherson loves life and her community

Kirstie McPherson is full of energy, passion and perseverance. She finished college in three years with two degrees — business technology and marketing — and hightailed it back to Craig to serve the community she loves.

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Christmas Tea brings merriment, joy, laughter

The Christmas spirit came alive at the Senior Social Center’s Christmas Tea event on Tuesday, where more than 50 seniors enjoyed laughter, food and friendship.

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Craig's postmaster confuses Postal Policy regarding cannabis ads and stories

A recent announcement about Postal Service policy regarding marijuana advertisements caused a postmaster in Craig to question if she will mail the city’s local paper to readers on Wednesday. Craig’s postmaster Mary McClellan said she won't mail newspapers that have stories or advertisements that contain information about cannabis.

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Tin Cup Grill closes for good — board seeks new restaurant concept

After 12 years of serving the Craig community, the owners of the Tin Cup Grill have decided to move on. Gary and Carolyn Baysinger decided not to renew their lease with Yampa Valley Golf Course, stating they have too much on their plates operating Mountain Meat Packing in Craig. The couple also has a second Mountain Meat location in Fruita.

Forget Me Not: Being thankful for parents and grandparents

As an adult, it’s more prevalent than ever how much love and support I’ve depended on over the years from my parents and grandparents. I certainly didn’t recognize all their gifts and love as a teenager or a young adult, but now — more than ever — I see how their presence in my life shaped me into the woman I am today.

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Bridges Out of Poverty brings cheer to graduates

United Way's Community Impact Program continues to shine

Sixteen happy people were honored Thursday night for participating in a program aimed at making their lives better.

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New Moffat County School Board members sworn in Friday

Camilletti becomes school board president

The newest members of the Moffat County School District Board of Education were sworn into office Friday morning at the school administration building, and they wasted no time getting started.

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3 possible cases of meningitis visit TMH

Meningitis cases have not been confirmed via testing yet

Three potential cases of meningitis visited The Memorial Hospital during the weekend, and two of the three were transported to Children’s Hospital in Denver, according to TMH officials.