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Dan Olsen

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Taxes a hard sell in Dinosaur

Residents 90 miles from schools and hospital in Craig

When Moffat County voters head to the polls in November, they will be asked to increase taxes in exchange for improvements to Craig schools and a new hospital on the west side of town.

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Horsing around

Driving event challenges entries with difficult course

The Horse Driving Contest looked like fun.

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Out-of-county wastewater keeps plant busy

Truck driver Patrick Maki drove an hour and a half to reach the Craig Wastewater Treatment Plant on Monday.

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Amphibians hopping at Wyman's

Frog study finds no deformities in area population

The peaceful croaking of the frogs in the oxbow next to the Yampa River east of Craig was interrupted by the swish of dropping nets and a cheer of success from the captors.

Learning online

CSU education looking to expand electronically

Colorado ranks fifth in the nation when education levels of residents are the measuring yardstick, and Colorado State University Vice Provost Lou Swanson said the plan is to make that number go even higher.

Tourism in Craig about to hit the wall

The upcoming visit to Craig by the Moving Wall, a replica of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial that will take place Aug. 9 to Aug. 13 is expected to bring thousands of people to town based on past performances.

Moffat County Libraries ban surveillance equipment

In a policy soon to be implemented at the Moffat County Libraries, no surveillance devices of any kind will be allowed to be used while in the library.

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Letter critical of governor

Commissioners 'perplexed' by Ritter's flight over Vermillion Basin

In a strongly worded letter to Gov. Bill Ritter, the Moffat County Commissioners on Tuesday expressed displeasure with a recent fly-over of Vermillion Basin by the governor.

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A bigger, better Elkhead

Reservoir dedication draws a crowd

State and federal officials mingled with the crowd as the Yampa Valley Boys softly sang about cool, clear water during Wednesday evening's Elkhead dam and reservoir dedication.

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Best dam dedication

Elkhead event features food, music and speakers

Before selling his boat in 1998, Dave DeRose and his family would make it up to Elkhead Reservoir two to three times a month.

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Grassfire threatens homes

Jeff Hergenreter was heading home when he saw the smoke rising from the hills near his house northwest of Craig.

Workers left out as hunting moves in

Workers began arriving at the Bear Valley Inn of Craig in the early spring and never stopped coming.

Leader has message for Salazar

With two years of work put in the Resource Management Plan - a document that will oversee the use of Bureau of Land Management's public lands -Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray wanted U.S. Rep. John Salazar's representative to understand the county's position on two key topics.

Grand Olde West Days begin

Automobiles of all types and horsepower began showing up early at the Wyman Living History Museum and Ranch on Saturday for the second annual Colorado Cruisers' Car Show.

Summit focuses on harnessing boom

Conference had many energy perspectives

Thanks to new technology in the energy business, presenters at the Energy Summit, held Friday in Craig, were quick to talk about how things will be handled during the current energy boom in Northwest Colorado, and the benefits to be realized.

Elkhead Reservoir opening day May 5

Elkhead Reservoir's opening day has been pushed back to May 5 to allow time to prepare the site, Craig Parks and Recreation Director Dave Pike said.

Yampa Pumpback project discussed

Public comments heard at Yampa/White Basin Roundtable meeting

Douglas Wellman came to the Yampa/White Basin Roundtable meeting Wednesday in part to express his opinion about the proposal to build a reservoir near Maybell and pump the water back to the eastern Colorado.

A Library's fine line on Web use

The staff at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries has been facing an increasingly belligerent number of clients, upset by blocked access to Web sites and rules governing computer use.

Lieutenant governor candidate stumps

A campaign swing through Northwest Colorado is the best way Barbara O'Brien, Bill Ritter's choice for lieutenant governor, could spend the day on Monday.

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Swim through winter cold

Although winter may be perceived as a time of inactivity because of ice and cold, swimming in the Yampa Valley is by no means over for the year.

Take a tour of historic Moffat County

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is a must-see for visitors to the Yampa Valley. Home to one of the finest cowboy and gunfighter collections in the West, the museum has a one-of-a-kind Winchester and a pistol that survived the Seventh Cavalry's massacre at Little Big Horn. And its collection of saddles, chaps and spurs seems almost modern next to the displays of Indian arrowheads, knives and spears.

Nursing program enters fourth year

Marilyn Hehr has been with the Colorado Northwestern Community College nursing program since it began three years ago. At that time, the faculty consisted of one director and one instructor.

Rounding up a good time

Organizers of the 20th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials are expecting a large turnout for the event's silver anniversary.