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Noelle Leavitt Riley

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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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EPA extends comment period on Clean Power Plan

Announcement comes less than a week after EPA visits Craig

After receiving nearly 750,000 comments, the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to extend its deadline by 45 days for public comments on the Clean Power Plan concerning carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

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Moffat County grills EPA about Clean Power Plan on Wednesday

Hundreds gathered at Moffat County High School Wednesday night to hear the Environmental Protection Agency talk about its proposed carbon emission plans for coal-fired power plants that are coming down the pike from the Obama administration in the next year.

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Officials discuss ways to control fish in Elkhead Reservoir, Yampa River

Next steps: Hold public meeting, research screening costs

A group of concerned residents and Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials met at Craig Station last week to discuss options on how to control non-native fish in Elkhead Reservoir that are eating endangered fish along the Yampa River.

EPA to visit Craig this week

Community invited to Wednesday night meeting

Moffat County is gearing up for a visit from the Environmental Protection Agency this week, as EPA representatives will meet with the community Wednesday night and tour Craig Station on Thursday.

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Elkhead Reservoir's future uncertain as non-native fish populate Northwest Colorado

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking at different ways to manage four endangered fish along the Yampa River, and Elkhead Reservoir is the focus of a discussion in which officials are looking at removing non-native fish and draining the 900-acre body of water located in Moffat County.

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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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