Craig briefs: Much of county without power after outage |

Craig briefs: Much of county without power after outage

Much of county without power after outage

Two major power outages Wednesday evening affected approximately 4,200 residential and commercial structures in Craig, Maybell, Sunbeam and Elk Springs, according to Yampa Valley Electric Association.

High winds and inclement weather damaged crossarms on two transmission lines, leading to the outage.

The Maybell outage lasted approximately five hours, and the Craig outage was about two hours.

John Cromer, YVEA’s general foreman in the Craig district, said repairs had been completed on the line responsible for the Maybell outage, but YVEA is waiting on better weather to work on the Craig line.

The outage left one man trapped in an elevator at the Best Western Plus Deer Park Inn & Suites, but Craig Fire/Rescue freed him within 30 minutes, said James St. Louis, firefighter.

Hang glide competition takes flight in Dinosaur

Starting Sunday, the five-day Dinosaur 2015 hang gliding competition “brings serious competition back to the big air of western Colorado,” according to organizers.

The meet is planned to accommodate 150 competitors, with 75 in Sport Class and 75 in Open Class. First place prize for open is $10,000 and first place for sport is $5,000.

Pilots from across the world will launch throughout the day, depending on experience level.

Rocky Mountain Glider Company, the meet organizer, hopes the event schedule will yield eight days of outstanding flying conditions.

Takeoff will be from Cliff Ridge on the Blue Mountain Plateau, slightly west of the Colorado/Utah border, just north of Dinosaur.

For more information, call 719-632-8300.

Craig Daily Press welcomes new ad rep

The Craig Daily Press is pleased to welcome Melissa Valentine to its sales team as an advertising consultant.

“Melissa is bright and full of energy,” said Advertising Manager Sheli Steele. “I know the community will enjoy working with her.”

Valentine lives on a ranch with her parents in Maybell. She moved to Maybell after a three-year stint in Charlotte, North Carolina, before moving to Colorado.

Prior to Maybell, Valentine’s parents lived in Rock Springs, Wyoming, where she graduated high school. Her mother worked as a lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Office for homeland security and emergency management. Her father was the airport manager and police commissioner.

“They retired, and my dad wanted to get back to country living,” Valentine said, noting that’s why they moved to Maybell. “I’m very excited about this job, because everyone is super nice, and I get to go meet people who work and live in the community.”

Valentine loves to fish, hunt, be outside and hang out with friends and family.

Mean state gas prices fall to $2.83 per gallon

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.83 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. That compares with the national average which has fallen 7.1 cents per gallon in the past week to $2.60 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices Sunday were 81.1 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 12.8 cents per gallon during the past month and stands 82.8 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

Taste of Home culinary school teaches fall tastes

As home cooks across the country head back to the kitchen to cook up fall’s flavorful dishes, the Taste of Home Cooking School is preparing to share seasonal recipes that are certain to delight.

Taste of Home’s Culinary Specialist Kristi Larson will be at the Moffat County High School on Sept. 14 to share her home cooking tips and tricks while demonstrating step-by-step recipes for the season’s best dishes. This season’s event is brought to Craig by the Craig Daily Press, Miller Family Appliance, MJK Sales & Feed, Brother’s Custom Processing and the Memorial Hospital.

“From experienced home chefs to beginners learning their way around the kitchen, the Taste of Home Cooking School offers something for everyone — putting a fresh spin on old favorites and adding new and delicious recipes to your seasonal repertoire,” Larson said in a statement.

Attendees will receive a gift bag, including the Taste of Home Cooking School magazine. The magazine includes recipes featured during the program, along with many more, as well as coupons and other goodies from participating national food companies. Tickets are on sale for $12 and $17 for reserved seating. Visit and click on ‘Cooking School’ for complete ticket information and show highlights For more information, visit

Coffee and a Newspaper to discuss Colowyo

The Craig Daily Press will host Coffee and a Newspaper on Sept. 9 to discuss the Colowyo and Office of Surface Mining lawsuit. The deadline for OSM to meet the judge’s requirements is Sept. 7, therefore the topic will surround what happens on Sept. 7. Publisher Renee Campbell and Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will lead the discussion. Free coffee and pastries will be provided. For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788.

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