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Top 10 web stories for Craig Daily Press in 2016

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The Craig Daily Press continues to see an increase its online presence each year. Compelling stories, photography and video draws nearly 272,000 viewers to the CraigDailyPress.com each month.

The website also has more than 46,000 unique visitors per month, according to Google Analytics, which calculates online statistics.

In the past 12 months, thousands of stories helped keep the community informed. Here are the top 10 stories — measured by page views — readers flocked to online in 2016:

1) Kmart in Craig set to close Dec. 11Kmart in Craig set to close Dec. 11: Sears Holdings, the company that owns Sears and Kmart announced the closure of 60 stores system-wide including the Kmart in Craig, according to store manager David Ross. The closure will impacted 30 employees.: Sears Holdings, the company that owns Sears and Kmart announced the closure of 60 stores system-wide including the Kmart in Craig, according to store manager David Ross. The closure will impacted 30 employees.

Kmart in Craig set to close Dec. 11: Sears Holdings, the company that owns Sears and Kmart announced the closure of 60 stores system-wide including the Kmart in Craig, according to store manager David Ross. The closure will impacted 30 employees.

2) Driver in Friday rollover identified as Craig residentDriver in Friday rollover identified as Craig resident: A single-vehicle rollover crash on March 18 on Moffat County Road 7 killed James Ward, 32, and one of his three sons, Tucker Ward, 10, after they were ejected from a Dodge truck, according to Colorado State Patrol.: A single-vehicle rollover crash on March 18 on Moffat County Road 7 killed James Ward, 32, and one of his three sons, Tucker Ward, 10, after they were ejected from a Dodge truck, according to Colorado State Patrol.

Driver in Friday rollover identified as Craig resident: A single-vehicle rollover crash on March 18 on Moffat County Road 7 killed James Ward, 32, and one of his three sons, Tucker Ward, 10, after they were ejected from a Dodge truck, according to Colorado State Patrol.

3) Dead rodents, raw sewage and insects close Chinese restaurant in CraigDead rodents, raw sewage and insects close Chinese restaurant in Craig: Roaches, rodents and raw sewage are probably the last thing anyone would want to discover at a local eatery. But that is exactly what closed down The Galaxy Chinese restaurant in Craig on Sept. 27, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.: Roaches, rodents and raw sewage are probably the last thing anyone would want to discover at a local eatery. But that is exactly what closed down The Galaxy Chinese restaurant in Craig on Sept. 27, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

Dead rodents, raw sewage and insects close Chinese restaurant in Craig: Roaches, rodents and raw sewage are probably the last thing anyone would want to discover at a local eatery. But that is exactly what closed down The Galaxy Chinese restaurant in Craig on Sept. 27, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

4) 1 adult, 1 juvenile dead in rollover crash on Moffat County road 7:1 adult, 1 juvenile dead in rollover crash on Moffat County road 7: A single-vehicle rollover crash on Moffat County Road 7 on Friday afternoon left a 32-year-old man and a juvenile dead after they were ejected from a Dodge truck, according to Colorado State Patrol. A single-vehicle rollover crash on Moffat County Road 7 on Friday afternoon left a 32-year-old man and a juvenile dead after they were ejected from a Dodge truck, according to Colorado State Patrol.

1 adult, 1 juvenile dead in rollover crash on Moffat County road 7: A single-vehicle rollover crash on Moffat County Road 7 on Friday afternoon left a 32-year-old man and a juvenile dead after they were ejected from a Dodge truck, according to Colorado State Patrol.

5) Family remembers Craig man and sonFamily remembers Craig man and son: James Ward was a father to three sons, a passionate welder, a friend to all who knew him and much more. James Ward was driving on Moffat County Road 7 with two of his boys when his 1991 Dodge pickup rolled over. James Ward, 32, and his 10-year-old son Tucker Ward were killed in the crash. They were not wearing safety belts. Hayden Ward, 8, was wearing his safety belt and was transported to The Memorial Hospital. James Ward's third son was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident.: James Ward was a father to three sons, a passionate welder, a friend to all who knew him and much more. James Ward was driving on Moffat County Road 7 with two of his boys when his 1991 Dodge pickup rolled over. James Ward, 32, and his 10-year-old son Tucker Ward were killed in the crash. They were not wearing safety belts. Hayden Ward, 8, was wearing his safety belt and was transported to The Memorial Hospital. James Ward's third son was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

Family remembers Craig man and son: James Ward was a father to three sons, a passionate welder, a friend to all who knew him and much more. James Ward was driving on Moffat County Road 7 with two of his boys when his 1991 Dodge pickup rolled over. James Ward, 32, and his 10-year-old son Tucker Ward were killed in the crash. They were not wearing safety belts. Hayden Ward, 8, was wearing his safety belt and was transported to The Memorial Hospital. James Ward’s third son was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

6) Former Craig police officer suspected of third-degree assault and child abuseFormer Craig police officer suspected of third-degree assault and child abuse: A former Craig Police Department officer was charged with third-degree assault and child abuse, according to court documents. Tracy Reneau, 30, of Craig, was placed on administrative leave Aug. 2 when the Moffat and Routt County Sheriffs' Offices informed Craig Chief of Police Walt Vanatta of an investigation into alleged child abuse. A trial took place and Reneau was cleared of all charges. : A former Craig Police Department officer was charged with third-degree assault and child abuse, according to court documents. Tracy Reneau, 30, of Craig, was placed on administrative leave Aug. 2 when the Moffat and Routt County Sheriffs' Offices informed Craig Chief of Police Walt Vanatta of an investigation into alleged child abuse. A trial took place and Reneau was cleared of all charges.

Former Craig police officer suspected of third-degree assault and child abuse: A former Craig Police Department officer was charged with third-degree assault and child abuse, according to court documents. Tracy Reneau, 30, of Craig, was placed on administrative leave Aug. 2 when the Moffat and Routt County Sheriffs’ Offices informed Craig Chief of Police Walt Vanatta of an investigation into alleged child abuse. A trial took place and Reneau was cleared of all charges.

7) 18-year-old dies in vehicle crash early Monday morning18-year-old dies in vehicle crash early Monday morning: A fatal rollover crash took place Sept. 5 on U.S. Highway 40 between Craig and Hayden. Kenneth Corriveau, 18, of Craig, was pronounced dead at the scene, and Bradley Copeland, of Hayden, sustained minor injuries, according to Colorado State Patrol. Corriveau was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash that occurred roughly six miles east of Craig.: A fatal rollover crash took place Sept. 5 on U.S. Highway 40 between Craig and Hayden. Kenneth Corriveau, 18, of Craig, was pronounced dead at the scene, and Bradley Copeland, of Hayden, sustained minor injuries, according to Colorado State Patrol. Corriveau was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash that occurred roughly six miles east of Craig.

18-year-old dies in vehicle crash early Monday morning: A fatal rollover crash took place Sept. 5 on U.S. Highway 40 between Craig and Hayden. Kenneth Corriveau, 18, of Craig, was pronounced dead at the scene, and Bradley Copeland, of Hayden, sustained minor injuries, according to Colorado State Patrol. Corriveau was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash that occurred roughly six miles east of Craig.

8) Craig Middle School students suspended after displaying support for ailing friendCraig Middle School students suspended after displaying support for ailing friend: Sisters and Craig Middle School students SaraJo Smith and Carmelita Bays wore purple and also used eyeliner to write #Chairi, #Avee and team Avee on their cheeks to honor their friend Aveahna Klein who has the disease. In writing on their faces Smith and Bays violated CMS policy against face paint in school and were suspended from the school for the rest of the day.: Sisters and Craig Middle School students SaraJo Smith and Carmelita Bays wore purple and also used eyeliner to write #Chairi, #Avee and team Avee on their cheeks to honor their friend Aveahna Klein who has the disease. In writing on their faces Smith and Bays violated CMS policy against face paint in school and were suspended from the school for the rest of the day.

Craig Middle School students suspended after displaying support for ailing friend: Sisters and Craig Middle School students SaraJo Smith and Carmelita Bays wore purple and also used eyeliner to write #Chairi, #Avee and team Avee on their cheeks to honor their friend Aveahna Klein who has the disease. In writing on their faces Smith and Bays violated CMS policy against face paint in school and were suspended from the school for the rest of the day.

9) Craig man faces severe wounds after Thursday explosionCraig man faces severe wounds after Thursday explosion: Wayne Wagner was severely injured while using a plasma torch in his workshop on the family’s property on U.S. Highway 40 about six miles west of Craig. He was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Every bone in his face was broken in the accident, requiring reconstructive surgery.: Wayne Wagner was severely injured while using a plasma torch in his workshop on the family’s property on U.S. Highway 40 about six miles west of Craig. He was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Every bone in his face was broken in the accident, requiring reconstructive surgery.

Craig man faces severe wounds after Thursday explosion: Wayne Wagner was severely injured while using a plasma torch in his workshop on the family’s property on U.S. Highway 40 about six miles west of Craig. He was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Every bone in his face was broken in the accident, requiring reconstructive surgery.

10) Georgie Hand found guilty on all chargesGeorgie Hand found guilty on all charges: Georgie Hand, 44, was convicted of all charges on April 7 after nearly three hours of jury deliberation and eight days of trial. The jury found Hand guilty of two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, two counts of menacing, two counts of disarming a peace officer and third-degree criminal trespassing, after Hand and her husband, James Brent Damon, both Mississippi natives, disarmed and held Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Nathan Martinez and Moffat County Sheriff’s Deputy Bhrent Shock at gunpoint near Dinosaur National Monument in Moffat County on March 9, 2015.: Georgie Hand, 44, was convicted of all charges on April 7 after nearly three hours of jury deliberation and eight days of trial. The jury found Hand guilty of two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, two counts of menacing, two counts of disarming a peace officer and third-degree criminal trespassing, after Hand and her husband, James Brent Damon, both Mississippi natives, disarmed and held Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Nathan Martinez and Moffat County Sheriff’s Deputy Bhrent Shock at gunpoint near Dinosaur National Monument in Moffat County on March 9, 2015.Georgie Hand found guilty on all charges: Georgie Hand, 44, was convicted of all charges on April 7 after nearly three hours of jury deliberation and eight days of trial. The jury found Hand guilty of two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, two counts of menacing, two counts of disarming a peace officer and third-degree criminal trespassing, after Hand and her husband, James Brent Damon, both Mississippi natives, disarmed and held Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Nathan Martinez and Moffat County Sheriff’s Deputy Bhrent Shock at gunpoint near Dinosaur National Monument in Moffat County on March 9, 2015.


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