Noelle Leavitt Riley

Managing Editor

Email: nriley@craigdailypress.com Call: 970-875-1790

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Noelle Leavitt Riley is the managing 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.

Recent Stories

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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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Craig liquor stores pull New Belgium beer for supporting WildEarth Guardians

Liquor stores and restaurants across Craig are pulling Colorado craft beers off their shelves due to the beer companies’ financial support to WildEarth Guardians, which is the environmental group that put Colowyo Coal Mine at risk of being shut down.

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Coal miners react to Colowyo lawsuit

Nick Davis works at Colowyo Coal Mine, and the recent ruling against the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement regarding Colowyo shook their family plans, making them wonder if they’ll have to leave the community they’ve called home all their lives. If Colowyo closes, they could lose everything.

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52-year-old Craig father dies in rollover accident; son arrested for DUI, vehicular homicide

A 52-year-old Craig man is dead after the car he was riding in rolled over Sunday evening on Moffat County Road 18, north of Craig, according to law officials.

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Sen. Cory Gardner proposes six year delay to fed's greater sage grouse oversight

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., made a huge move Wednesday, proposing a bill that aims at keeping the federal government out the greater sage grouse decisions for the next six years.

Brandi Meek to represent Northwest Colorado GOP on a state level

Brandi Meek’s political career is gaining momentum within the Republican Party. The 31-year-old was elected secretary of Colorado’s GOP by the Republican Central Committee on March 14 in Castle Rock, boosting her into a new role that she hopes carry her far in politics.

Tayler Slaugh was a fun, joyous young man

19-year-old killed in car accident Saturday

Tayler Slaugh will long be remembered as a young man who loved dirt biking, hunting and big diesel trucks. “He was one of them kids who was always smiling. He was a people person,” his father Allen Slaugh said.

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Coal is being removed from the high wall at Colowyo. A high wall digs into a mined wall and extracts coal from a seam in between layers of other material and soil.

At Wednesday night's meeting regarding Colowyo Coal Mine, Craig Mayor Ray Beck asked miners in the audience to stand. Beck then requested a round of applause for the work they do.

Colowyo Coal Mine Manager Chris McCourt spoke to nearly 800 people at a community meeting Wednesday night about the ruling against the South Taylor pit at the coal mine. The meeting was held at Moffat County High School Auditorium.

A Colowyo water tanker sprays water on a mine road in the west pit at the surface coal mine in order to reduce dust, as required by environmental law. At Wednesday's meeting, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association will address the concerns about the future of the mine.

Craig Station, the largest coal-burning power plant in Colorado, receives it's coal from Colowyo and Trapper coal mines.

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