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Craig Daily Press Staff Report

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Northwest Colorado law enforcement on the lookout for missing person

Trappers Lake supposed last known whereabouts for Craig’s John Simons

The Craig Police Department and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing person, Craig resident John Michael Simons.

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EPA hearings prompt Craig and Steamboat constituents to rally for coal in Denver Tuesday

Five buses departed Craig early Tuesday morning, shuttling dozens of people to Denver who will rally on behalf of the coal industry near the state Capitol. The bus also stopped to pick up passengers in Steamboat.

BLM responds to 8 small, lightning-caused fires

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit responded to eight lightning caused wildland fires in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties late Wednesday afternoon, according to a press release from the Bureau of Land Management.

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Moffat County football coaches asked to resign

Moffat County School District has asked the six football coaches from the district’s high school football team to resign following a hazing incident that happened several weeks ago in Evanston, Wyoming.

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YampaCare clinic sees 1st month in Craig

Recently opened YampaCare Family Medicine has allowed Yampa Valley Medical Center to increase its services in Moffat County. In a collaboration between YVMC and Steamboat Springs’ Yampa Valley Medical Associates, the business first opened in early April as part of the Yampa Valley Medical Center Specialty Clinic already operating out of 651 Yampa Ave.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado to attempt new world record

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado will work in conjunction with clubs across the country this week to create a new Guinness World Records entry. The national organization hopes to set the distinction of “Most People Exercising to a Fitness Video in 24 Hours” by bringing in as many people as possible, with a goal of 28,000 participants.

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Denver Film Critics dub ‘Gravity’ 2013’s top film

The Denver Film Critics Society recently honored director Alfonso Cuarón’s space-based saga “Gravity” as 2013‘s best movie.

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Police identify homeless man found dead in Craig

The Craig Police Department confirmed Wednesday that a body found near a Craig restaurant was that of Michael Fedinec, 52, a homeless man.

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2 fires in Moffat, Rio Blanco counties 70 percent contained

The Citadel Fire — located in Moffat County — started Sunday morning. It has burned roughly 2,000 acres of land. The East Tschuddi fire started Saturday and has burned about 630 acres in Rio Blanco County.

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No injuries in bus fire west of Craig

No one was injured when a Greyhound bus caught fire west of Craig on Friday afternoon.

Crash causes spill near Dinosaur

A Friday night crash on Colorado Highway 64, about four miles east of Dinosaur in Rio Blanco County, resulted in the spill of hazardous material, the Colorado State Patrol reported Sunday in a news release.

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Mitt Romney today in Craig: Obama 'out of excuses'

The Republican presidential candidate focused on energy during his campaign stop at Alice Pleasant park in Craig this morning. "Coal equals job," he told a crowd of supporters that included local miners. "I want coal, gas, oil and nuclear, as well as renewables."

BLM issues final decision for Little Snake management plan

The Bureau of Land Management released Monday the Record of Decision for the Little Snake Resource Management Plan in Northwest Colorado. The Record of Decision is the final step of an extensive, multi-year effort to develop a Resource Management Plan for the approximately 1.3 million acres of BLM-administered public lands and an additional 1.1 million acres of subsurface mineral estate administered by the Little Snake Field Office in Moffat, Routt, and Rio Blanco counties. “There has been extensive public and cooperator involvement throughout this process, which began in 2004,” Little Snake Field Manager Wendy Reynolds said. “We have used this involvement to develop a plan that balances protection of sensitive resources with resource use.”

Craig Daily Press announces upcoming changes

Beginning Jan. 1, the Craig Daily Press will no longer distribute print editions of the newspaper on Tuesdays or Thursdays, one of several business model changes Publisher Bryce Jacobson announced Tuesday afternoon. The print product will continue to appear on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and the newspaper will continue to deliver classified advertising and news online daily at www.craigdailypress.com. “We’re excited to make these changes and will continue to produce a product that contains news and information that matters to you, the reader, and will strive to have an audience that will drive customers to your business as an advertiser,” Jacobson said.

Craig teen dies after crash

A one-vehicle wreck Saturday resulted in the death of a 16-year-old from Craig, according to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol. Just before noon Saturday, a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Samuel Jesse Sheridan, 18, rolled on Moffat County Road 10 about 20 miles northwest of Maybell.

‘Remembering Mount Harris’ now available in area museums

A book by a late local author is now available for purchase at area museums. “Remembering Mount Harris,” written by former Saturday Morning Press columnist Chuck Mack, chronicles the history of Mount Harris, its coal mines and Mack’s recollections of growing up in the coal mining town.

Prescribed Moffat County burn pushes past boundary

Fire officials not anticipating problems in containing 100-acre burn

An unexpected wind gust pushed the Bureau of Land Management’s Jack Springs II prescribed burn outside the identified boundary shortly after ignition Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. The fire crossed Moffat County Road 56 and spread to about 150 acres, fire officials reported. Ground and air resources were ordered to suppress the fire.

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Danner, Mathers win Moffat County Commission primary

Sullivan, Razzano, McKey take treasurer, assessor, coroner offices, respectively

The voters of Moffat County have spoken, and they have said Audrey Danner, Tom Mathers, Elaine Sullivan, Robert Razzano and Kirk McKey are their candidates of choice. Those candidates are the winners of the Moffat County Republican primary.

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National Night Out in Craig to promote crime prevention, community safety

A public event next week in Craig will include activities that emphasize community partnerships for a “safer America,” according to a news release from the Craig Police Department. The 2010 National Night Out, a national community policing program that promotes crime prevention and community safety programs, is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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Fire activity slows Wednesday near Moffat County

After a flurry of activity Monday and Tuesday, no new wildfires were reported Wednesday, according to the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. Twelve fires started Tuesday in western Moffat County and parts of Rio Blanco County, fire officials reported. Fire activity decreased Tuesday night due to cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity. Eight of the 12 wildfires were contained by Wednesday, according to a news release.

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Lightning cause behind two Moffat County wildfires Monday

Lightning in Northwest Colorado is believed to be the cause behind numerous wildfires that crews worked Monday and Tuesday to contain, according to the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. Unit spokeswoman Lynn Barclay said lightning started 11 fires in recent days.

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Craig woman listed in fair condition after crash

Yvette Puhl involved in two-vehicle crash Monday night

A Craig woman sustained life-threatening injuries Monday night in a two-vehicle crash two miles south of Craig, the Colorado State Patrol reported in a news release. Yvette Puhl was transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig and later taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. On Tuesday, St. Mary’s reported that Puhl was listed in fair condition.

BLM, 4-H team up for noxious weed control near Craig

The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office and the Moffat County 4-H Cloverbuds teamed up Memorial Day weekend to help control a noxious weed called the Dalmatian toadflax about 16 miles southwest of Craig, near Morapos Creek.

City, county to host lodging tax workshop

The Craig City Council will host a public workshop at 6:30 p.m. April 7 at City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St., to discuss the possibility of implementing a city lodging tax. The Moffat County commission also will attend the workshop.

BLM releases report into Craig firefighter death

Findings indicate safety protocols were followed

The Bureau of Land Management released findings of a report Friday afternoon into the June 26 death of BLM firefighter Brett Stearns in Moffat County.

Jury's verdict: Guilty

A jury returned a verdict of guilty against Craig man Terry Hankins about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday morning in Moffat County District Court. Hankins was convicted of first-degree murder, a Class 1 felony, and abuse of a corpse, a Class 2 misdemeanor, in connection with the June 2007 death of his wife, 34-year-old Cynthia Hankins, also of Craig.

Jury selected in Hankins murder trial

After the second day of court proceedings, a jury of 11 men and three women were selected to serve in the murder trial of Terry Hankins.

Fire Management Unit: Spring Creek fire 90 percent contained

Firefighters working on a wild fire near Rangely reached 90 percent containment by Saturday night, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported.

Governor orders flags lowered in honor of fallen Craig firefighter

Gov. Bill Ritter issued an order Tuesday morning for the lowering of all U.S. and state flags in honor of a fallen local firefighter.

BLM firefighter killed in accident

A Bureau of Land Management firefighter from Craig was killed Friday afternoon in an accident while working on a hazardous-tree removal project at Freeman Reservoir, the BLM office reported in a news release Saturday.

City election set for Tuesday

The 2009 municipal election will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Up for election will be four Craig City Council seats and the mayor's seat.

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Fire at CMS 'did minimal damage'

Craig Fire/Rescue reported to what is believed to be a chemical fire at Craig Middle School at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, after a small fire broke out in Room 208.

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Country Mall Burns

Craig Rural Fire Protection District and West Routt County Fire respond to call

The Country Mall, located on the corner of Ranney Street and 4th Street in Craig started on fire Sunday Evening.

Crash kills two

U.S. Highway 40 near Dinosaur is currently closed because of a two-vehicle crash late Wednesday night.