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Nate Waggenspack

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Craig drivers bring unique look to racing in Hayden

Casey Madsen and Robby McKinney are racing Volkswagen Beetles in stock car races at the Hayden Speedway this summer.

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Moffat County girls track takes top honors as Yampa Valley girls team of the year

The improvement of returning track athletes and the arrival of other talented teammates made the Bulldogs one of the most dangerous sprinting teams in Class 3A this year.

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Moffat County male athlete of the year: Joe Camilletti does his part for the sake of the team

Faced with changing circumstances all year, Joe Camilletti just kept competing, and that’s why he’s the Moffat County High School male athlete of the year.

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Yampa Valley female athlete of the year: Allie Ehlers is a Bulldog sports fixture

To Moffat County senior Allie Ehlers, playing sports always has been the obvious choice. “I’ve played soccer since kindergarten,” she said. “I’ve always had to be doing something. Sitting at home sounds boring.”

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Craig's Randy Morton set to run in historic Boston Marathon

After last year's bombings at the finish line, the avid runner decided making it to Boston was a must in 2014.

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Steamboat beats Moffat County in back-to-back games

The Sailors played complete baseball while the Bulldogs struggled in their double header Tuesday.

New proposal could drop Steamboat wrestling to 3A

An upcoming meeting for the Colorado High School Activities Association could change the wrestling landscape in future years, giving the Steamboat Springs and Moffat County high school wrestling teams more teams to compete against.

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Wrestlers just miss podium finish at 2A, 4A state

Hayden, Soroco and Steamboat each had wrestlers finish in the top five of their brackets at the state wrestling tournament Saturday in Denver.

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Routt wrestlers state runs stall in semifinals

Steamboat, Hayden and Soroco each had wrestlers make the semifinals of the state wrestling tournament Friday.

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4 wrestlers advance to state quarterfinals for Soroco, Hayden, Steamboat

Four Routt County wrestlers picked up wins in the first round of the state wrestling tournament Thursday.

Secretary Jewell responds to Craig Daily Press letter

The U.S. Department of Interior said there was a breakdown in communication during U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell's visit to Moffat County.

Gov. John Hickenlooper has two Saturday stops planned in Steamboat

The governor missed a stop in Hayden due to weather conditions Friday, but will be in Steamboat to discuss economic development.

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Hayden nips Moffat County in thrilling Yampa Valley dual

The Bulldogs and Tigers squared off Thursday in Craig, with Hayden pulling off a 32-30 win.

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Trapper Mine employees show disabled hunters a good time in Craig

Several local hunters participated in Outdoor Buddies, helping three mobility-impaired outdoorsmen harvest an elk this hunting season.

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Area hunting improves in 2013, still difficult west of Craig

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife information-gathering, the large migrations of elk in far Northwest Colorado didn't come early enough to make the big-game hunting easy on everyone.

Hayden runner Chris Zirkle hungry to return to nationals after 1st trip Saturday

Former Hayden and Moffat County athlete Chris Zirkle raced at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics nationals in cross-country during the weekend.

Craig man to serve 20 years for meth possession

Conny Mullis, 45, was sentenced Wednesday in Moffat County District Court to 20 years in prison for methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute.

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Recent Moffat County grad makes most of muzzleloader hunting opportunity

Trent Parrott, 18, brought back a six-by-six bull from Game Management Unit 2 in northwest Moffat County this muzzleloader season after drawing one of the toughest tags to get in the state.

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Craig Safeway to close its doors Oct. 12

The store opened its doors in 1929 and will close Oct. 12. Business hours have been shortened to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until the closure.

Craig hopes to take Yampa Cup back from Steamboat in 2013

The competition between golfers from each city takes place Saturday and Sunday.

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Man running across country to raise awareness for Batten disease stops in Craig, Steamboat Springs

Noah Coughlan, 29, is undertaking the venture to raise awareness for Batten disease, a rare, genetic brain disease that occurs in two to four of every 100,000 births in the United States.

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Steamboat golf falls 1 stroke short of victory

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team fell just short of the team win Wednesday in a tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig.

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3 fires continue to burn in Northwest Colorado

Three fires continued to burn in western Moffat County Friday, but no structures or people are expected to be threatened after a busy 24 hours of battling fires in Northwest Colorado that began Thursday afternoon. The Wild fire and Hacking fire ignited Thursday on Wild Mountain in the western part of the Dinosaur National Monument and have burned an estimated 362 and 10 acres, respectively, as of late Friday, according to a news release from monument officials.

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Girls Team of the Year: Moffat County basketball

The Moffat County girls basketball team had work ethic and a been-here-before attitude for the 2012-13 season. With seven seniors who had contributed varsity minutes the year before, expectations were high for the Bulldogs.

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Moffat County Male Athlete of the Year: Bubba Ivers

Brentten “Bubba” Ivers has seen success in everything he’s done. It’s why the Moffat County senior never is satisfied with being just good.

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Female Athlete of the Year: Moffat County's Eryn Leonard

While much of her competitive time has been spent elsewhere on the Western Slope, when you produce results like Eryn Leonard does, the news tends to make it back home all the same.

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Yampa River, Elkhead Reservoir ready for outdoor fun

The weather has taken a turn for summer in the past week, and outdoor recreation is on the rise. The biggest local outdoors attraction for summer activities is the Yampa River, where residents can boat, float and fish for much of the year.

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Yampa Valley athletes dominate Clint Wells Invitational in Craig

Moffat County boys and girls had big days on the track Friday in Craig. The girls team took first place and the boys were second at the Clint Wells Invitational.

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Butch Cassidy relative entertains at museum

Author Bill Betenson attended a book discussion at event in Craig

A large contingent from Craig and the surrounding area also came to meet and speak with Bill Betenson, a great-grand-nephew to Butch Cassidy and author of the new book, “Butch Cassidy, My Uncle: a Family Portrait.”

Craig rated in top 20 outdoors destinations

Since 2008 when Outdoor Life Magazine began compiling a list of the top 200 towns in America for sportsmen, Craig has made the top 100 each year. But, the city has never had a ranking as high as this year’s.