Craig briefs: Hearing postponed for Routt County woman |

Craig briefs: Hearing postponed for Routt County woman

A court appearance for Kristen Johnson, the Routt County woman arrested last week on suspicion of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, has been continued until 1 p.m. Friday.

Johnson was originally scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon.

She and her husband, Lucas Johnson, were arrested last week on charges related to the death of longtime Routt County resident Edward Zimmerman.

Lucas Johnson is being held with no bond on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Zimmerman’s remains were discovered last week.

Zimmerman is being remembered by friends and family as a loving father who lived life to the fullest.

Newspaper welcomes Cori Kroese to the team

The Craig Daily Press is pleased to welcome back a former member of its staff.

Cori Kroese returned to the newspaper this week as an advertising consultant, beginning in the position Monday. Kroese was with the Daily Press ad department for nearly 10 years, April 2002 to February 2012, before leaving to work for family business Anson Excavating & Pipe Inc.

Kroese’s decision to come back was one that greatly pleased publisher Renee Campbell because of her years of experience and being able to slip into the job easily.

“We are thrilled she has rejoined our team and we know she will be a huge asset for the newspaper and the community,” Campbell said of Kroese.

Likewise, Kroese is happy to be in familiar surroundings.

“I understand that the team is really great and has a good dynamic, and it just felt like the right time to jump back into it,” she said.

Kroese said she will pick up many of the same client relationships she had before while also taking on new parts of the job.

“I hope to do a lot the same, but there’s always something to learn.”

Kroese is married to Donnie Kroese III and has two children, daughter Brooklynn, 8, and Donnie IV, 6. The family is an outdoor bunch, enjoying hunting, fishing, camping and more in the area.

A favorite destination is Flaming Gorge.

“We’re really looking forward to summer,” Kroese said.

Father-daughter dance to take place on Friday

Fathers have an opportunity to take their daughters for a spin on the dance floor Friday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Craig Christian Church located at 960 W. Victory Way. The cost is $12 for couples and $7 for singles. For more information, call 970-629-5086.

Cranes migrate through the San Luis Valley

Monte Vista — The annual spring migration of greater sandhill cranes is in full force in southern Colorado. if you’ve never seen this beautiful event, be sure to put it on your bucket list. The annual San Luis valley crane festival is scheduled for this weekend.

The cranes start arriving in late-February, flying from their winter nesting grounds, primarily in New Mexico. The large wetland areas, wildlife refuges and grain fields in the valley draw in about 25,000 birds where the cranes stop in the valley to rest-up and re-fuel for their trip north to their summer nesting and breeding grounds in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. 

Cranes are among the oldest living species on the planet: fossil records for cranes date back 9 million years. The birds that migrate through Colorado are the largest of the North American sandhill subspecies standing 4-feet tall with a wing-span of up to 7 feet and weighing in at 11 pounds.

Photo submissions are accepted from public

The Craig Daily Press welcomes photo submissions from community members. If you have cool photos you took while on vacation, camping or hunting, or even photos of your child’s birthday party, submit them to

Photos must be at least 1 megabyte in size and clear, meaning blurry photos should not be submitted. Include the name of those in the photo along with the date and place where it was taken. The newspaper prefers recent and timely photos.

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