Noelle Leavitt Riley


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Noelle Leavitt Riley is the editor of the Craig Daily Press and the Saturday Morning Press. Her growth in media stems from learning how to handle certain situations under pressure as an editor, reporter, broadcaster and volunteer. She was a pioneer of multimedia in Colorado, helping The Denver Post create, launch and maintain daily podcast from 2005 through 2006. After her venture at the Post, Leavitt Riley became the news editor of four community newspapers west of Denver operated by Landmark Community Newspapers. In 2007, she took a reporting position at the Denver Business Journal, covering hospitality, tourism, retail and aviation.

She left the journal in December 2008, to freelance and run the Forget Me Not foundation — an organization that delivers flowers to seniors in nursing homes, letting them know they are not forgotten by society. She started at the Craig Daily Press in May of 2013 and looks forward to continuing her growth in journalism through this position.

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Cousins rely on faith, intuition to survive cold night in woods

Boys were found three miles southeast of original location

Imagine the panic a parent experiences when their child goes missing.

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18-year-old dies after being pulled from Yampa River in Craig

The 18-year-old who was pulled from the Yampa River on Friday passed away Saturday, according to Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.

Keep pets safe and warm in frigid temps

The subzero temperatures in Northwest Colorado are no joke, and taking proper precautions to protect pets is vitally important to their health, according to Yampa Valley pet experts. Perhaps the most important message veterinarians and the Humane Society want pet owners to hear is that if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet.

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Craig's postmaster confuses Postal Policy regarding cannabis ads and stories

A recent announcement about Postal Service policy regarding marijuana advertisements caused a postmaster in Craig to question if she will mail the city’s local paper to readers on Wednesday. Craig’s postmaster Mary McClellan said she won't mail newspapers that have stories or advertisements that contain information about cannabis.

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Grass fire threatens homes east of Craig

A grass fire was ignited northeast of U.S. Highway 40 and old East Victory Way in Craig late Tuesday morning, directly across the highway from the Wyman Living History Museum.

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Craig officials respond to Friday's meeting with Sally Jewell

Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt county officials are fighting hard for the Northwest Colorado communities in light of the Colowyo situation.

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454 businesses drop support for WildEarth Guardians after New Belgium debacle in Craig

More than 450 businesses requested that their names be removed from the WildEarth Guardians’ website after Craig businesses boycotted New Belgium Brewing Company for being listed as a supporter of the environmental group.

New Belgium Brewery visits Craig to listen to business owners

Six New Belgium Brewery representatives visited Craig this week after several local business owners pulled the company’s beer for supporting WildEarth Guardians, the environmental group that litigated against Colowyo Coal Mine and Trapper Mining, Inc.

Peabody Energy announces employee cuts

Effects on Twentymile aren't clear

Peabody Energy, owner of Twentymile Mine, announced Wednesday that it plans to save roughly $40 to $45 million a year by cutting 250 salaried positions within the company “to create a leaner organization with lower costs.”

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Yampa Valley Medical Center to purchase old Safeway building in Craig

Yampa Valley Medical Center is currently under contract to purchase a 49,500 square foot building in Craig that used to house the Safeway grocery store.

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A happy family stands together on Tuesday, the day after they found two of their missing family members. From the left, Madison Grogan, 15, Judy Hamel, Jerry Hamel Jr., Ron Grogan, Zach Grogan, 13, Amber Grogan, Rusti Christensen, Cayden Christensen, 9. The dogs are Brutus and Beija.

Zach Grogan, 13, left, stands with his cousin Cayden Christensen, 9. The boys were lost in Wilderness Ranch in Moffat County for 27 hours over Labor Day weekend. Zach's dogs, Brutus and Beija, were with them the whole time.

A single-vehicle rollover accident happened on Moffat County Road 7 in March where a man and his 10-year-old son died. They were not wearing seat belts. The third passenger survived and was wearing a seat belt. Alcohol was also a factor in the crash, law enforcement officials said weeks after the incident.

Gisela Garrison, director of the newly branded Northwest Colorado Health, speaks with Kristi Shepherd and her father, Al Shephered, during a chamber mixer in Craig on Thursday.

Gisela Garrison, director of the newly branded Northwest Colorado Health, speaks with Kristin Shepherd, left, and her father, Al Shepherd, during a chamber mixer in Craig on Tuesday. The mixer served as a kickoff for the organization's new name.

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