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Samantha Johnston

Stories by Samantha

Winning isn't always pretty

Bulldogs find a way to beat Rangely in three

If it's not the size of the dog in the fight, then it has to be the size of the fight in the dog.

Local leaders chapter taking applications

Membership has its privileges.

Gone grillin'

Barbecue about more than just good food

Perhaps it's the lure of a tasty burger or the smell that screams summertime. Whatever the reason, grilling is a popular summer pastime with appeal that lasts through a winter snowstorm.

Freedom flies

Flag Day elicits variety of emotions

Jim Meineke took his share of bullets fighting for the freedom of America. He came home to tell his story. For so many others, the story ends on foreign soil fighting for the freedoms to which all Americans are entitled.

Paving problems

Traveling asphalt companies scam homeowners

Scam artists offering low-price driveway paving services reportedly have made a trail through Moffat County, and this isn't the first time.

Program offers advocacy for mothers

Kristine Pech is the mother of three healthy children, but she had no idea how much she didn't know about motherhood until the fourth time around.

An F for civic duty

I was meeting with a client Tuesday who noticed my "I voted" sticker and asked me what I voted for. I was torn about whether to laugh or whether to be dumbfounded that a businessperson in our community had no idea that a city election was taking place.

Fine-tuned fellowship

Sandra Kruczek can think of few things that are more beautiful than friends sharing the experience of music together.

Help workers get out vote

I spoke to a 6-year-old at the courthouse last week, and asked her whether she knew what voting meant. She said, "Yes." I asked her why she thought it would be important to vote, and her response made me smile.

Spicing things up

Local business wins Steamboat chili cook-off

Local business owners David and Nikora Myers know how to whip up a mean batch of pork green chili, and they've got the ski vacation to prove it.

'Making the pain go away'

Survivors of suicide victims find healing through support groups

Five years ago, Laurie Marano's 16-year-old stepson, Keegan ,committed suicide.

Culture of meth

'Poor man's cocaine' often creeps up on those who use it

Methamphetamine is like Star-bucks coffee for the working class, said a doctor who has studied the drug.

EDP hires new director

Number one priority setting measurable, attainable goals

Tom Flavin hasn't been on the job long enough to decorate his office or have business cards printed, but the flip chart pages inked with challenges, goals and expectations that line his office walls are an indication that his priority is getting down to business.

Holiday mail should be shipped early, properly

Nothing is more frustrating than taking the time to mail a Christmas gift that doesn't reach the recipient in time for the big day. But following a few simple guidelines established by the United States Postal Service should ensure that your packages arrive on time.

KRAI gears up for media drive

If seven tons of food, four tons of clothing, more than 600 toys and $23,000 in cash isn't enough to paint a picture of how generous Moffat County residents are, maybe the more than $340,000 they contributed to United Way last year make the picture more clear.


What began in May 2002 as a classified ad in the Craig Daily Press, has evolved into a team of compassionate individuals who are committed to providing opportunity and quality of life for pets in Moffat County. The Humane Society of Moffat County is currently operating under the non-profit status of the Routt County Humane Society, and has received tutelage and various levels of support from the Routt County group since its first informal meeting more than a year ago.

Deck the halls

Homeowners showcase decoration, improvement projects during home tour

For Craig residents who just can't seem to find the time or creativity to transform their home into a holiday wonderland, the Craig Rotary Club will present the annual Holiday Home Tour Saturday, Dec. 13.

Downtown business holiday traditions make it worth staying home for

Local retailers make shopping local fun, easy

If seeing Santa and Mrs. Claus isn't enough to make staying in town over the holidays appealing, the Downtown Business Association's spirit might be the key.

No ifs, ands or butts

Prevention groups encourage Moffat County to kick the habit

After 31 years, Rick Allen quit smoking -- again.

Group urges Moffat County residents to take steps toward healthier lifestyles

Motivation to get off of the couch and out to exercise should be more than simply wanting to look better. Eating health foods and participating in physical activity are tickets to emotional well-being as well as obesity prevention.

No school, no plans?

Play day is an opportunity to keep kids busy

More than 177 parents already know what a relief it will be to have fun, supervised childcare for just $5 during the scheduled Nov. 3 teacher in-service.

Snuffing out smoking a difficult task

She started smoking when she was 16 years old because her boyfriend smoked and he was cool. Thirty years and five attempts later, she has been nicotine free for almost one year.

Pancakes provide proactive plan for parent participation

MCHS faculty solicits open communication

Parents of high school students who are looking for avenues of communication with school teachers and administrators are invited to meet over coffee and pancakes on the way to work.

Ride-n-Tie rodeo around the corner

What started out as a ranch rodeo with pick-up trucks outlining a circle, has evolved into one of Moffat County's longest rodeo traditions and one that has been sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association.

Meeting the needs of the community

Proposed resource council to host public forum on developing programs

The balancing act between successfully operating a non-profit business and maintaining the quality staff and resources necessary to make progress can be challenging.

IMCA main event called due to dusty conditions at Hayden Speedway

It wasn't custom hydraulics that lifted Zack Allen's car nearly six feet into the air on Saturday night but the view was good from where he sat.

Events promise to keep June hot

Hotel rooms already packed with four conventions this month

Moffat County is being invaded.

Jakes Day offers area youth variety of activities

Area youth will have the opportunity to get hands-on instruction and experience in a variety of outdoor events at the 3rd annual Porter Wagoner/Jakes Day sponsored by the Yampa Valley Yelpers.

Bleeding the Black Ink

Students observe their world through NIE

Newspapers in Education -- a collaborative effort between the Moffat County School District and the Craig Daily Press -- not only introduces children to the fascinating world of journalism but to the world around them.

Nostalgic fishing day teaches sportsmanship

A lot has changed since 1953.

Group names CNCC's Morris 2002 'Woman of the Year'

Craig resident Mary Morris had a childhood filled with violence and disruption and faced the challenges of parenthood as a young adult. Today, she is a successful professional who has been named the 2002 Craig Working Women's "Woman of the Year."

Bleeding the Black ink

The politics of advertising

Effective and straightforward political advertising campaigns are almost as hard to sort through as the actual campaigns themselves.

Stretching services

Local social service agencies, schools, and law enforcement offices feel the bite of a depleted state budget

The implications of state budget cuts reverberate through mental health centers, law enforcement agencies and the local school district.

Salvation Army raises more than $4K

Funds used to help residents in emergency situations

They can be seen every Christmas season ringing bells and offering kind words in front of local grocery outlets and department stores. They are volunteers and their common cause is to help collect money for distribution in communities across America to help those in need.

Residents urged to get on top of holiday shipping

Postmaster offers tips for getting gifts out on time, unharmed

Nothing is more frustrating than taking the time to mail a Christmas gift that doesn't reach the recipient in time for the big day. But following a few simple guidelines established by the United States Postal Service should ensure that your packages arrive on time.

'Winter Wonderland' to grace streets of Craig Saturday

Old Man Winter has arrived, and to kick off the holiday season Craig residents can enjoy festive lights, caroling and community pride Saturday during the annual Parade of Lights sponsored by the Craig Lions Club.

Holiday Home Tour starts Dec. 7

Residents show off styles, decorations as Rotary fund-raiser

For people who haven't had enough time or ideas to arrange their homes to June Cleaver's satisfaction for the holidays, there is hope. The Craig Rotary Club will present the annual Holiday Home Tour Saturday, Dec. 7.

Telephone scam may be coming this way

The Craig Police Department is warning local businesses about a new telephone scam that may give callers access to customers' long distance lines.

Talking the talk

Moffat County High School speech team finds success in competition, classroom

They practice hard every day. They compete every month. They are funny, sad, bitter, satirical, and they are, in their own words, different.

Art festival showcases more than 40 artists

More than 40 artists displayed 121 works of art downtown during the first-ever Sagebrush Art Festival held on Yampa Avenue Saturday and Sunday.

Local athletes urged to not ignore injuries

Exceptionally hot, dry weather and a lack of proper pre-season training can lead to serious injury for high school athletes.

Mulch, water keys to successful drought-resistant landscaping

Unseasonably hot and dry weather has made gardening and landscaping more challenging than usual for local home and business owners.

Gutierrez, Mortensen earn state recognition

Awards distinguish top achievement in high school athletics

Two Moffat County High School coaches received recognition Friday for leading teams that have attained success through their commitment to athletics.

Keeping kids safe

Parents should make children aware of the potential dangers of strangers

Protecting children from abduction may be as simple as initiating a discussion, according to local law enforcement personnel.

Outdoor adventure stirs community, rescuers

We were neither stuck nor lost. I made a gallant attempt at hiding from the media during that fateful snowmobile trip, yet somehow that local newspaper got a hold of not only the circumstances of my situation, but saw fit to print my name and job title.

Frula dances way into Craig

It's not often that the residents of Moffat County have the opportunity to watch elements of dance and music come together in the form of Yugoslavian folk dancing.

Kmart may be closing stores

Manager of Craig store says company may be restructuring

Despite rumors of massive lay-offs and store closures, management at Craig's Big Kmart is confident that the store's 85 employees will not be affected in the near future.

The Bear Valley Fishing Company

Craig's Only Full-Service Fly Shop

Residents offer solutions to junk problem

More than 40 residents offer ideas, disagreements at Planning meeting

Some Craig residents have been disappointed at the turnout for public meetings.

Business Around Town

Caring about each individual's well-being and providing personalized care to every patient is simply how business is done at Craig Physical Therapy. If you are hoping to spend hours alone on exercise equipment, you won't be satisfied with the level of professionalism and standard of care at Craig Physical Therapy they are committed to assessing your individual needs and providing top-notch care to every patient, every visit.