Business Buzz: Craig Daily Press welcomes new reporter |

Business Buzz: Craig Daily Press welcomes new reporter

Lauren Blair

The Craig Daily Press is pleased to introduce Lauren Blair to the community.

Blair will take Andy Bockelman’s place covering health care and education, and Bockelman will move into the sports and entertainment reporter position.

“I’m thrilled to have Lauren join the editorial team,” said Daily Press Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley. “Her intelligence, strong writing skills and passion for photography will be a huge asset for our newspaper.”

Blair graduated in 2005 from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in critical social thought.

While in college, she took journalism classes. She also has studied abroad in India, Tibet, Nepal and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

“We’re excited to have a new reporter with such well-rounded credentials,” Daily Press General Manager Renee Campbell said. “Please join us in welcoming Lauren Blair to the Craig Daily Press team.”

Blair moved to Craig from Denver and is excited to cover the education and health care community.

Colorado space business roundtable takes flight in Northwest Colorado this week

Colorado Space Business Roundtable will host its second annual Aerospace Business Development Road Trip from Wednesday through Friday in Moffat and Routt counties.

The goal of the event is to expand relationships and business opportunities between stakeholders in the Front Range and rural Colorado communities by fostering dialog between aerospace leaders, chambers, economic development groups, public officials, academia and individual businesses.

Participants will meet with local elected officials, brief businesses and community guests on the Colorado aerospace industry and tour facilities, including the Steamboat Springs Airport, Yampa Valley Regional Airport and Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Most events are free and open to the public. A detailed schedule can be found at

Last year’s inaugural road trip included programs in Pueblo, Alamosa, Durango, Grand Junction and Rifle. The event brought together more than 200 attendees and directly resulted in the creation of the first-ever Colorado Aerospace Internship Experience program.

The Colorado Aerospace Road Trip is hosted by the Colorado Space Business Roundtable with support from the Colorado Space Coalition and the Office of Economic Development and Trade. Participants include leading aerospace organizations, CSBR Board Members and elected officials or their delegates, including Lockheed Martin, Manufacturers Edge, Colorado Competitive Council, University of Colorado, Colorado Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics and CLUB 20.

For more information, visit To follow the events in each local region, follow CSBR on Twitter @COAerospace using the hashtag #CSBRtrip.

Flooring business announces digital magazine

TLC Carpet One Floor & Home has the new issue of its digital magazine, Beautiful Design Made Simple, available for download. The issue, free to customers, focuses on getting ready for the summer and expanding living space outdoors.

The issue features design and home decor inspired by summer trends as well as outdoor ideas for decorating and renovating projects.

Owner Jay Oxley said he is excited for people to get a glimpse of the material.

“Summer is a time when we see many of our customers looking for ways to update their outdoor living space,” he said in a press release. “This issue of Beautiful Design Made Simple gives them the ideas and inspiration they need to get started.”

The new summer issue also introduces decorating stylist Paul Semkuley, of re:source lifestyles, who has joined Carpet One Floor & Home as an expert on interior and exterior decor for the home.

“I am excited to be contributing to this beautiful and informative publication that Carpet One Floor & Home has created,” Semkuley said. “It is a great resource and tool for the consumer to be enlightened about decorating tips and trends and how we as professionals use them to create luxurious and harmonious spaces.”

Other features in the summer issue of Beautiful Design Made Simple include beach decor inspiration, advice from decorator Evelyn Eshun on simple updates for the home and tips on easy summer living and outdoor maintenance.

The Beautiful Design Made Simple newsstand and issues are free to download on Apple and Android devices. The issue can be accessed at

Craig restaurant loses liquor license

Gino’s Neighborhood Pizzeria and Grill lost its liquor license last week.

The restaurant didn’t break any liquor laws but just forgot to reapply for the license. Craig Police Department had to go in and remove the 2013 liquor license and request that the establishment remove all of the alcohol, said Sgt. John Forgay, with the Craig Police Department.

The state licensing program can take a while to apply through, he said, so Gino’s may not get its liquor license back for more than a month.

Unemployment remains low in Northwest Colorado

Yampa Valley Data Partners recently released its FastFacts report for June for Moffat and Routt Counties.

Among the topics are that unemployment rates in the Yampa Valley remained low in May. Both county rates were at 5.6 percent. Rates one year earlier stood at 7.8 percent in Routt and 6.2 percent in Moffat.

In retail, Moffat’s March retail sales dove 10 percent from March 2013, while Routt County retail sales were up 6.3 percent from the previous year. Retail sales for 2014’s first quarter were down about 9 percent in Moffat and up about 5 percent in Routt.

In real estate, Moffat County had 302 homes listed for sale at the end of June, an increase of more than 22 percent from one year earlier. In Routt, 860 homes were listed for sale at the end of the month, a decrease of about 3 percent from last year.

In energy, 2014’s coal production through April was up about 7 percent in Moffat and down about the same amount in Routt. A decrease of about 13 percent from 2013 was shown throughout Colorado.

Oil production was down in both counties, though Routt showed an increase in its small amount of gas production.

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