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Search continues for Craig teen missing since August

Katrina Treacy, 14, last seen Aug. 23

The disappearance of a Craig teenager has been ongoing for more than a month. Katrina Treacy, 14, was last seen Aug. 23 by her mother, Jean Robertson, who has not heard from her since.

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BLM to bait-trap Sand Wash Basin wild horses in October

News on BLM wild horse bait-trap happening in October.

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Craig man sentenced for multiple assault, domestic violence charges

A Craig man faces more than a decade of jail time following multiple felony and misdemeanor charges for assault and domestic violence.

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18-year-old dies in vehicle crash early Monday morning

A fatal rollover crash took place early Monday morning on U.S. Highway 40 between Craig and Hayden. Eighteen-year-old Kenneth Corriveau, of Craig, was pronounced dead at the scene, and Bradley Copeland, of Hayden, sustained minor injuries, according to a news release from Colorado State Patrol.

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Bench Fire ignites in Dinosaur National Monument

Fire crews from Dinosaur National Monument and additional agencies are working to suppress the Bench Fire located north of Yampa Bench Road, about two miles west of Haystack Rock.

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Woman falls to her death in Dinosaur National Monument

On Tuesday, a 73-year-old female fell to her death after falling off a 120-foot cliff at the Wade Curtis River Campsite on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument, according to a news release.

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Planned electrical outage in store Thursday for Hayden, surrounding areas

The town of Hayden will have a planned electrical outage starting at 9 p.m. Thursday in order for Yampa Valley Electric Association to repair the Hayden Substation that was damaged earlier this week.

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Body of rafter in Dinosaur National Monument recovered

The body of the 62-year-old rafter who went missing on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument on Friday was recovered Sunday night, according to national park officials.

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Former Craig doctor sentenced to prison

A former Craig doctor who was convicted of overprescribing narcotic painkillers has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.

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Bipartisan letters sent to Jewell concerning Trapper coal mine in Moffat County

Two U.S. Senators from Colorado sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Wednesday, urging her to finalize the environmental assessment for Trapper coal mine in Moffat County before the April 30 deadline.

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State trooper hits pedestrian south of Oak Creek in Eagle County

Pedestrian sustained 'moderate' injuries

A Colorado State Trooper struck a pedestrian Friday night at the intersection of U.S. Highway 6 and Edwards Access Road in Eagle County, according to law enforcement officials.

Comment period closing for two Moffat County Mines

The public comment period for the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s environmental assessments for two Northwest Colorado mines is coming to a close this week.

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Chills, thrills, significant cash frills at hand in Saturday Poker Run

Snowmobile event starts at Freeman Reservoir Trailhead parking lot in Moffat County

The rush of riding along a brisk winter morning on a vehicle with horsepower to spare is only matched by the knowledge that you’re contributing to a great cause. Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club hosts its annual Poker Run fundraiser Saturday, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Freeman Reservoir Trailhead parking lot north of Craig.

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Denver Film Critics name 2015 award winners

This week, Denver Film Critics Society named its annual award winners for the cinematic entries of 2015.

4 outbuildings, 12 vehicles lost in 135-acre fire in Rio Blanco

A 135-acre fire in Meeker off County Road 7 Thursday burned 12 vehicles and four outbuildings, according to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. The fire was located roughly 2.5 miles up from Highway 64, and it's now 50 percent contained. Meeker Fire Department is in charge of the fire.

Fires under control in Moffat County

All of the 34 fires started in Northwest Colorado by lightning over the weekend have been contained, said Lynn Barclay, public information officer for Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit, on Thursday afternoon.

Officials update community on wildland fires in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties

Of the 20 wildland fires reported Sunday, only three remain uncontained, according to a press release from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. The largest is the 87 acre Long Fire about 25 miles northwest of Meeker. It started on state land burned onto Bureau of Land Management land.

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Fires in northern Moffat County, Maybell ignite Saturday

Northwest Colorado firefighters are currently battling a blaze about 30 miles north of Craig.

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Moffat County Fair’s AmeriGas Barbecue Cook-Off crowns champs from Craig, Steamboat Springs

The inaugural AmeriGas Barbecue Cook-Off featured two Northwest Colorado teams cooking up a storm Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

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Veterans Charity Ride coming through Northwest Colorado Friday

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 invites the community to join them as they welcome a unique group coming through Craig this week. Roaring into town at about 3:30 p.m. Friday will be the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis, a cross-country motorcycle journey for men and women who have served their nation in the Armed Forces, an effort which raises awareness about vets who have been injured in the line of duty.

Community meetings on Colowyo planned

Craig community leaders will host a community meeting about Colowyo Coal Mine’s environmental assessment from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Moffat County High School’s auditorium.

DA says deadly force justified in officer involved shooting near Dinosaur

Moffat County's District Attorney finds deadly force was justified in the death of James Damon on March 9 near Dinosaur in Northwest Colorado.

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Over-the-counter, leftover licenses offered for Colorado hunting

Starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, hunters preparing for a trip to Colorado can purchase over-the-counter licenses both online, in person and over the phone at 1-800-244-5613.

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Hit the ice for tryouts with Moffat County semi-pro hockey team

The Moffat County Vigilantes will feature a tryout and evaluation seminar Friday at Howelsen Ice Arena in Steamboat Springs. The event includes a 5 p.m. check-in followed by a session on the ice and a Q&A period for interested players. The cost is $30, and players are responsible for their own equipment, as well as any costs should they make the team. All participating should be ready for full contact hockey.

Officials still working to identify fatal crash victim

Colorado State Patrol and Rio Blanco officials are working to identify the remains of the person who died in a one-vehicle crash that happened early Saturday morning west of Meeker.

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Denver Film Critics honor 2014's best movies

Earlier this week, Denver Film Critics Society awarded “American Sniper” with Best Picture. The Colorado-based group spread the honors acknowledged many 2014’s best films, with “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” scoring the most, including Best Original Screenplay, Best Score and Best Cinematography.

Rio Blanco sheriff recovering from being stabbed

Rio Blanco County’s sheriff was stabbed Thursday and underwent surgery to “repair the wound” at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, according to a press release from the county.

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.

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