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Noelle Leavitt Riley

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Noelle Leavitt Riley: Letters to the editor policy changes

Publisher Renee Campbell and I recently reviewed our Letters to the Editor Policy, and we decided to make some small changes that are sure to benefit our readers’ ability to be heard.

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Craig retail pot measures gain traction — do they overshadow sales/use tax?

Craig City Council gave the green light Tuesday night for a sales/use tax question to appear on April’s ballot, and they also dissected concerns about recreational marijuana being sold within city limits.

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Noelle Leavitt Riley: Locals are lifeline to our community

Locals is more than a special section. It’s a window into the heart of this community and into the lives of its many unsung heroes.

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Moffat County Locals: Paul Bush overcomes addiction, wants to help others

If you see Paul Bush walking down the street, take a moment to congratulate him for being almost two years sober.

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Moffat County Locals: Teri Mansfield loves her community

Teri Mansfield always has loved the western flair of Northwest Colorado.

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Moffat County Locals: New MCTA director hopes to row in tourism

River rafting runs through Tom Kleinschnitz’s blood. The first rafting trip he went on was along the Yampa River in Moffat County in 1971 at the wee age of 14.

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John Ponikvar announces bid for mayor of Craig

John Ponikvar’s voice was full of enthusiasm Sunday when he announced his bid to be the next mayor of Craig.

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Family doing well after fire destroys home

If there’s one word that describes how the Neals feel after their home was destroyed by a fire last week, it's grateful.

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Unit 1’s transition manager meets with Craig officials

Meet Rick Thomson — the man who will help Craig prepare for Unit 1’s closure in the next nine years.

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Fire destroys Craig couple's home

A fire completely destroyed a home in Craig Friday afternoon. The house located at 1446 E. 11th St. in Craig belonged to Greg and Charity Neal.

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Noelle Leavitt Riley: Sifting through coal's regulatory climate

A cloud of political smoke makes it difficult to see into the future of America’s coal industry. In 2014, the Craig Daily Press realized that producing a special section focused solely on energy was not only good for our readers but also a fantastic way to learn about the dichotomy of where the industry was headed.

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Southwestern Energy slows down exploration in Moffat and Routt counties

If you’re wondering what’s going on with Southwestern Energy’s exploratory play in Moffat and Routt counties, the simple answer is… not a darn thing.

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From the editor and publisher: Exciting changes at the Craig Daily Press

We are pleased to announce that all of our print editions are now in full color!

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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.

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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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.

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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.