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Noelle Leavitt Riley

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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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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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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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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.

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Forget Me Not: Be polite to elderly drivers

Have you ever been driving along the road and all of a sudden, you get stuck behind someone that is going roughly 10 miles slower than the speed limit and you honk, yell profanities and get annoyed because they can’t seem to speed things up?

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Early detection saves Betty Barnes' life

Betty Barnes credits her successful battle with breast cancer to early detection, and she has one very important message for women: “It’s so important to have those check ups. It’s not comfortable, it’s not pleasant, but it may save your life,” she said.

Forget Me Not: Loving and caring for our elderly population is vital

Loneliness is a terrible thing to experience, especially if you’ve been married, raised children and have grandchildren who never visit. Our elderly population in the United States is marred by stories of neglect, leaving the loved ones that gave us life in the dust.

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Forget Me Not: Wellness Wednesdays continue to make Craig's elders smile

Wellness Wednesdays had an important event this week honoring Moffat County’s senior citizens. Organizers gave out dozens of awards to those who participate and volunteer with the program, making elders feel special for their contributions.

Forget Me Not: An open call to visit elderly loved ones

Sunset Meadows I and II wrote an important letter to the editor that appeared in Friday’s Craig Daily Press.

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Moffat County United Way brings laughs, fun to Thursday event

Moffat County and the city of Craig participated in healthy competition at a United Way barbecue Thursday, where city and county employees teamed up against each other to race tricycles to the finish line. It was the first big event leading up to Moffat County United Way’s 2015 campaign to raise funds for local nonprofits, which officially starts Sept. 14.

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Craig's Elks Lodge hosts community barbecue

Craig's Elks Lodge held a summer community barbecue at the Moffat County Fairgrounds picnic area Saturday in an effort to raise awareness about the local organization.

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Forget Me Not: Making Craig's elders feel special with Nifty 90s party

Sometimes, happiness not only makes your face smile but it also makes your heart smile. That's what happened to me on Wednesday when I attended the Nifty 90s party at Sunset Meadows, where eight seniors 90 and over were honored with a luau birthday party.

Sunset Meadows plans Nifty 90s party for elders

Sunset Meadows throws a special party each year for residents aged 90 and over. The big soirée brings family, friends and other residents together at Sunset Meadows each year, with ultimate goal of making senior citizens feel special.

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Grass fire threatens homes east of Craig

A grass fire was ignited northeast of U.S. Highway 40 and old East Victory Way in Craig late Tuesday morning, directly across the highway from the Wyman Living History Museum.

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Rodeo ropes Moffat County's heart

Catch-a-Pig contest adds squeals to rodeo at Moffat County Fair

The inaugural Ridin' & Riggin' Days kicked off as the main attraction, and many of Craig’s favorite Moffat County High School students and graduates took to the arena, riding horses, wrestling steers and barrel racing in front of a packed crowd.

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Craig officials respond to Friday's meeting with Sally Jewell

Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt county officials are fighting hard for the Northwest Colorado communities in light of the Colowyo situation.

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Adventures of two men on the Yampa River in 1941

Nearly 74 years ago, two Moffat County residents set off on a seven-day fishing and floating adventure down the Yampa River on a boat made of canvas.

Catch-a-Pig contest offers muddy fun for Moffat County youth

Running around Moffat County Fairgrounds, chasing greased pigs and falling in the mud is sure to offer a great time for Craig kids looking to participate in this year's Catch-A-Pig contest at the fair.

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Moffat County hires new social services director

A wave of change could be in store for Moffat County Social Services under its new director Dollie Rose who took helm of the department last week.

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Craig's Garrett Ferguson signs to play junior hockey in Breckenridge

Garrett Ferguson’s dedication and love for hockey has carried him a long way, but it’s not the only thing that has given the 18-year-old success.

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Community barbecue grills up 4th of July fun

After the Fourth of July Parade, the local Veterans of Foreign Wars hosted a community barbecue at Veterans Park, where nearly a hundred Craig residents flocked for free hamburgers and hot dogs.

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4th of July in Craig brings pride, merriment

Fourth of July brought pride, respect and merriment to the Craig community as they participated in the parade and fireworks on the nation’s birthday.

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Megan Jones and Capo Salon bring color, style to Moffat County

Megan Jones won best hair stylist and her salon won best hair salon in Moffat County.

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Stacks Smokehouse closes doors, owner blames economic climate surrounding coal mine

After less than six months of being in business, the owner of Stacks Smokehouse closed the doors to his restaurant due to Craig’s economic uncertainty in light of what’s happening at Colowyo Coal Mine.

Sage grouse series to answer concerns, questions

For five years, a massive conservation effort across 11 states has been under way to protect the greater sage grouse in hopes that this September, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would find the bird “not warranted” for listing under the Endangered Species Act.

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454 businesses drop support for WildEarth Guardians after New Belgium debacle in Craig

More than 450 businesses requested that their names be removed from the WildEarth Guardians’ website after Craig businesses boycotted New Belgium Brewing Company for being listed as a supporter of the environmental group.

From the editor: Honoring Mary Jo Brown

Mary Jo Brown stopped writing for the Craig Daily Press a few weeks ago due to health conditions, leaving a large hole in the newspaper each Monday.

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Country School Reunion takes place Saturday in Craig

Country school teachers and students unite

Saturday is a big day for those who attended and taught at rural country schools in Northwest Colorado. A large Country School Reunion will bring generations of students and teachers together at Moffat County Fairgrounds who haven’t seen each other in a long time. The reunion starts at 11 a.m.

Janele Husband wins national award for her photography

Craig’s well-known photographer extraordinaire Janele Husband was honored with two awards at the National Photography Show in Louisville for her photo titled “Mystery Dancers.”

New Belgium Brewery visits Craig to listen to business owners

Six New Belgium Brewery representatives visited Craig this week after several local business owners pulled the company’s beer for supporting WildEarth Guardians, the environmental group that litigated against Colowyo Coal Mine and Trapper Mining, Inc.

Peabody Energy announces employee cuts

Effects on Twentymile aren't clear

Peabody Energy, owner of Twentymile Mine, announced Wednesday that it plans to save roughly $40 to $45 million a year by cutting 250 salaried positions within the company “to create a leaner organization with lower costs.”

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Yampa Valley Medical Center to purchase old Safeway building in Craig

Yampa Valley Medical Center is currently under contract to purchase a 49,500 square foot building in Craig that used to house the Safeway grocery store.

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Craig liquor stores pull New Belgium beer for supporting WildEarth Guardians

Liquor stores and restaurants across Craig are pulling Colorado craft beers off their shelves due to the beer companies’ financial support to WildEarth Guardians, which is the environmental group that put Colowyo Coal Mine at risk of being shut down.

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Baby steps go a long way to increase fitness

Summertime is here, and getting out for a little exercise is important for overall health. However, it’s often a daunting task for adults who want to get into shape, especially for those with weight and health problems.

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Coal miners react to Colowyo lawsuit

Nick Davis works at Colowyo Coal Mine, and the recent ruling against the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement regarding Colowyo shook their family plans, making them wonder if they’ll have to leave the community they’ve called home all their lives. If Colowyo closes, they could lose everything.

Wild and free in Sand Wash Basin

We know from the fossil record that equines roamed the North American Continent in pre-historic times. The horse that we know today arrived in the early 1500s with the Spanish Conquest. When the Spanish left America, they also left their mounts to fend for themselves in their new land. The American Indians developed an interest in the horse in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Craig honors deceased soldiers on Memorial Day

Heads hung low as members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Daughters of the American Revolution read names out loud of nearly 700 deceased Craig veterans who bravely contributed our nation’s freedom.

Ambitious high school grads jump ahead of peers in college prep work

Abigail Gonzalez and Aubrey Cambell completed an associate's degree at Colorado Northwestern Community College alongside obtaining their high school degree from Moffat County High School.

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