The word “giving” has a strong meaning in Craig, especially when it comes to the annual KRAI and 55 Country Holiday Drive. Last year, the radio station collected more than $25,000 in cash donations and close to 8,000 pounds of food. “This thing is monstrous for the community,” said Frank Hanel, owner and general manager of KRAI.
Have you ever sat down with your grandparents and it took forever for them to tell a story or get to the point? What about the stories that you’ve heard over and over again? I know that it might be more beneficial to us if we could speed things up or stop them in the middle of retelling a story we’ve already heard, but I wonder how that makes them feel.
The Holiday Inn of Craig was sold to new owners — a transaction that was finalized Tuesday. New York-based Jacobs Real Estate Advisors bought the 159-room hotel for roughly $3.1 million under a newly formed company called Jacobs 300 Colorado LLC.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper met with Northwest Colorado residents Monday morning at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion in a community forum to address issues facing the area.
Shirley Stehle, 86, of Craig, knows what it means to be a Moffat County resident. She’s lived in the county for more than 60 years and recently had a poem published in a book that perfectly captures what life is like in the high plains of Northwest Colorado. Stehle is the Craig Daily Press’ hometown hero this week due to her giving spirit, her triumph in fighting breast cancer and her ever so dedicated love for Moffat County.
If you suffer from obesity or irritable bowel syndrome, perhaps bacteria can help. Doctors and universities across the world currently are knee-deep in research, trying to figure out how “good” bacteria can help fight IBS and obesity and ward off colon cancer.
John Kregar, of Hayden, deals with struggles pertaining to war on a daily basis. He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder related to the incredibly difficult situations he encountered while fighting the war in Iraq. Yet he’s found solace in a poem that took him four years to write. The act of writing the poem gave him a form of therapy that encouraged him to move past his strife.
Do you remember what it was like receiving a letter in the mail before email became popular? It’s so nice to open a mailbox, clogged with bills and advertisements, and see a letter among the mess. Just seeing a card that someone composed, addressed, stamped and carried to the mailbox can put a smile on anyone’s face. So we must ask ourselves, “Should I take a moment and send a note to a friend or a loved one?”
Voters said "yes" to extend term limits for two elected officials, coroner and surveyor,, and voted "no" on the others, including Moffat County commissioners. Specifically, voters were asked whether term limits should be extended from two consecutive terms to three.
Northwestern Tack in downtown Craig switched hands recently, giving the former owner an opportunity to tend to her family’s wellness. RaeAnne Hadley made the tough decision to sell the business less than six months after she opened shop so that she and her husband could focus on the health of their oldest daughter, Madison.
Dozens of Moffat County residents headed to Denver early Wednesday to testify on behalf of the coal industry at the Environmental Protection Agency’s listening tour where regulations on carbon emissions for existing power plants will be discussed.
I visited Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab for the first time Friday afternoon, and I was pleasantly surprised how clean and cheerful the staff keeps the facility. Over the years, I’ve visited dozens of nursing homes and a large majority don’t live up to those standards. Sandrock Ridge Administrator Dollie Rose was kind enough to set up an interview for me with two delightful ladies who live at the home — Debbie Harris and Betty Rice. The two are the closest of friends.
Because giving back is so important, I was incredibly touched when I heard about a local woman who stood at the checkout counters at City Market in Craig and paid for groceries for every senior who passed through. What a remarkable gift to give.
Growing old is not easy. I never realized how difficult it is for the elderly until my grandma Mary Leavitt broke her hip in 2005, which ultimately confined her to a nursing home. Unfortunately, she took her last breath in a place she did not call home, a place where other senior citizens rarely were visited by their family, a place where a majority of the elderly population end up despite their desperate wishes to live and die in their own houses.
A lifelong resident of Craig, Nancy sympathizes with the human spirit and feels compelled to fix someone’s hair for free if they are in need of a spruce up.
Those who have strong leadership, drive and — most of all — passion, are the key components to shaping a thriving community. Sara Linsacum is no stranger to such skills and continues to make a dent in Craig through a strong internal drive that makes her this week’s Hometown Hero.
The economy continues to gradually recover from the recession in Moffat and Routt counties with a dip in unemployment. Yampa Valley Data Partners released its latest Fast Facts report Wednesday, which calculated market trends and data through July in both counties.
Easy-to-follow recipes, spices and fun are all on the menu for this year’s Taste of Home Cooking School that’s slated to visit Craig on Monday. The event will take place at the Moffat County High School auditorium, where chef extraordinaire Kristi Larson will teach the audience how to make a variety of dishes with ingredients that can be found in most people’s pantries.
Isabel Suppe has quite a story to tell. She fell 1,100 feet from a mountain range in the Andes and wrote a book called “Starry Night” that highlights the tragic adventure in which she lost a good friend. She will be at Downtown Books in Craig at 5 p.m. Tuesday to share her tale and a slideshow.
A new lightning-caused fire ignited Saturday approximately one mile east of Little Bears Ears peak, which is 25 miles northwest of Maybell in Moffat County. The fire was named the Kodiak Fire and is currently burning 54 acres of thick pinion and juniper trees on Bureau of Land Management land. BLM Little Snake Field Office in Craig and fire managers are managing the fire for its positive benefits to the area, said BLM spokeswoman Lynn Barclay.
One of the greatest talents that a human can possess is the ability to make someone smile — and that’s what Nini Shroyer has done with her spectacular art that is displayed in almost every storefront throughout Craig.
In an effort to pinpoint where Moffat County consumers are spending their hard-earned dollars, Yampa Valley Data Partners compiled a Consumer Preference Study and presented it to the community at a lunchtime learning session on Wednesday.
The Moffat County Fair offers several opportunities for 4-H families to showcase their hard work, and this year the fair would like to highlight the dedication and determination of four families who have gone above and beyond for the organization.
A taxi driver in Bangkok reportedly killed Troy “Chip” Pilkington with a machete after the two men had a dispute about Pilkington being overcharged $1.60 for his cab fare.
The Fuller Center Bike Adventure crew rolled through Craig this week, with a group of 18 riders and two service technicians helping the elderly and disabled spiff up homes and yards throughout the city.
I invite you to send me story ideas and submissions that we can place throughout the paper, highlighting your lives as residents of Craig and Moffat County.
The 5K Dirty Dawg Dash and Dig took place at Loudy-Simpson Park Saturday morning, with two heats running through mud pits, sliding down a hill and practically swimming through the shallow waters of Yampa River.
RaeAnne Hadley is a cheery and kind-hearted woman who loves horses. Her welcoming demeanor and kindred social skills have carried her far, and now she’s sharing those talents as a new business owner in downtown Craig.
A 25-acre fire is burning roughly 15 miles northeast of Meeker, and officials are letting it slowly burn to reduce dead and downed vegetation, according to a news release. It’s being called the Milk Creek Fire.
A carpet cleaning van caught fire in Thursday afternoon at 530 Fifth Ave. West in Craig, sending flames and thick black smoke into the air.
Craig City Council decided to opt out of allowing recreational marijuana in city limits, highlighting that the voters made their decision about the issue last November with 54 percent of Craig against and 46 percent in favor.
Everywhere you look in Craig, there’s a piece of Galord Flies. His hard work and dedication to the city shines bright in the flowers that are planted along Yampa Street and Victory Way and is evident in the years of commitment he made to the Kiwanis and local Veterans of Foreign Wars.
This fall, hunters will have access to the amazing content that the Craig Daily Press and community produce for our widely read Colorado Hunter magazine. Yet, we can’t produce the publication without your help. Each year, we save a large chunk of the magazine for reader photos and written submissions. That means you have an opportunity to have your hunting photos and stories printed in our magazine.
A new, state-of-the-art Kum & Go truck stop is slated to be built at the east entrance of Craig near the Moffat County Fairgrounds, and city officials are boasting that it will be the largest of its kind in the area.
It’s the third consecutive year that Craig’s Fourth of July parade marched down Victory Way, giving the community an eyeful of independence celebration. Freedom rang throughout the city as a community marching band, various floats and fire trucks slowly rolled down the road.
An explosion Wednesday morning at Herod Industries in Craig blew a hole in the company’s roof and left community members concerned from the loud noise. No one was injured in the incident.
Moffat County Commissioners signed a resolution Tuesday supporting litigation to overturn Colorado’s new firearms laws.
Fireworks on Fourth of July still will happen in Craig
Craig still will have a big fireworks display on the Fourth of July despite the Bureau of Land Management and Moffat County enacting Stage 1 fire restrictions.
In November, Moffat County voters will have to decide if they want to extend term limits for their elected officials from two terms to three.
The 46th Cottonwood Classic rolled through the weekend with frustration, relaxation and determination from 130 golfers that participated in the tournament that boasted seven flights, a senior flight and a championship flight.
Club 20 touts itself as the “voice of the Western Slope” and works hard to tackle various community issues such as health care, energy, education, transportation and water, to name a few.
When you walk into Cornerstone Realty in Craig, it’s as if a bright light shines down upon you.
O.P. Bar & Grill is not in the business of making “tiny, wimpy burgers.” Instead, the Craig restaurant boasts big and savory mouth-watering burgers that won the best hamburger in Moffat County.
Fourth of July fireworks are a go this year in Craig, and officials are boasting that the brightly lit celebration will dazzle the community.
I’m pleased to announce that the Craig Daily Press has formed a new editorial board that will meet every Wednesday at the newsroom, and I will write an editorial each week that will appear in the Saturday Morning Press.
The sawed-off shotgun, old horse saddles and train memorabilia at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig will have new company when the two new exhibit rooms at the historic building are complete. The back of the museum is getting a $150,000 remodel that’s sure to make the museum even more of a treasure to Craig than before.
Commissioner speaks about oil and gas exploration at energy subcommittee hearing
Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe testified at a small business hearing in Washington, D.C. Thursday, highlighting how expanding oil and gas business could benefit Northwest Colorado. Grobe’s testimony focused on job creation in rural western Colorado.
Craig resident Deana Miller, 24, who friends and family say was missing since late last week, was found Wednesday morning near Browns Park. She's being treated at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.
Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe is headed to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to testify on behalf of the county’s oil and gas industry and job creation.
The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Craig resident Deana Miller, 24, who family and friends say hasn’t been seen since late last week.