Shawn McHugh

Email: smchugh@craigdailypress.com Call: 970-875-1792

Shawn McHugh grew up in Alamosa. He graduated with a journalism degree
with a photography concentration and minored in cultural anthropology at
Metropolitan State College of Denver. He came to the Craig Daily Press in
2009 as a staff photographer. He enjoys the outdoors and is excited to
explore Moffat County's natural treasures.

Recent Stories

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MCHS Bulldogs soccer cruises past Grand Junction, 6-2

For the second time in a week, the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team took on a Grand Junction team and won. Playing Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig, the Bulldogs (4-0-0 overall) beat the 5A Grand Junction Tigers (2-1-0 overall), 6-2. The win comes after Tuesday’s 4-3 romp at Grand Junction Central, another Class 5A school.

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Moffat officials eyeing river level

State park: About 3 more weeks to float river in Craig

The season for taking a cool float down the Yampa River in the summer heat, a favorite pastime for many Craig and Moffat County residents, could soon come to a close. That’s according to Ron Dellacroce, manager of the Yampa River State Park. He estimated that a section of the river many local residents use — from Yampa Valley Golf Course to South Beach — should be floatable for three more weeks. It is one of the deepest river sections in the region, he said.

Communities at Play: Warm weather leads to plenty of fun

This week’s photo essay takes a minor turn from the norm.

Communities at Work: A history in the industry

This edition of Communities at Work focuses on a friendly establishment owned and operated by a couple whose roots run deep in Northwest Colorado’s restaurant industry.

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Unbreakable bond: Craig mother and sons mending past, making up for lost time

Pamela Aldridge looked into the green eyes of the young man, a stranger it seemed to her at the time, who had been following her around the Kum & Go convenience store. As she moved through the store, the young man kept stopping in front of her. Then she looked closer. It clicked.

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Communities at Work: Bringing food to the table

This edition of Commun­ities at Work gives a glimpse into the daily work routine of some community members who help bring food to your table.

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Communities at work: Nontraditional exercise

This edition of Commun­ities at Work focuses on a business offering a nontraditional avenue for exercise. Paul Cruz, a licensed black belt, has practiced Kom Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do for 21 years and is currently the head instructor and business operator for the Northwest Colorado Tae Kwon Do School, 315 Tucket St.

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Behind the lanes at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center

This edition of Communities at Work gives a glimpse into the inner workings behind the lanes at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.

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Craig couple turns tattoo passion into business, Liquid Flesh Tattoo

This edition of Communities At Work concentrates on a pair of local residents reuniting passion with work. Two things become quickly apparent when visiting Jimmy and Carrie Clark — they are passionate about one another and tattoos.

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Sense of wonderland

Wyman Museum brings in professional ice sculptors

This edition of Communities At Work takes a glimpse at a highly-specialized profession contributing to the community’s weekend events. The Wyman Museum brought in Michael Campe, owner of Colorado Ice Sculptures, and Buddy Cassaday to add a sense of wonderland to the Winter Festival and Art Walk.

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In the summer, Craig residents got closure on a high-profile court case regarding an alleged relationship between former Craig Police Det. Ken Johnson and Craig woman Tausha Merwin, who has prior felony convictions.

In the primary election for Moffat County commissioner, incumbent Audrey Danner narrowly defeated Tony St. John for the District 2 seat. Danner was contested in the November election by Moffat County write-in candidate Tami Barnes, but prevailed.

In the spring, state legislators introduced Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs act, which sought to convert several coal-fired Front Range power plants to natural gas. Those opposing the bill contend its fallout could severely affect the Northwest Colorado coal industry and may mean the loss of hundreds of jobs, like those held by these Twentymile Coal Co. miners.

The Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team poses for a team picture at the beginning of the season. The team recently completed its season, finishing with a 6-13 overall record and 3-9 mark in the Western Slope League.

Mason Updike, a Moffat County High School junior shown here with the ball, takes a hard tackle while running up the field during the Bulldogs’ game against Evergreen. The MCHS varsity teams hosts the league-leading Rifle Bears tonight.

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