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Noelle Leavitt Riley

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Economic indicator report shows diversity in Routt and Moffat counties

Yampa Valley Data Partners recently released its Community Indicators Report, highlighting a variety of economic trends in Moffat and Routt counties. Each indicator gives government officials, businesses and community members an idea of Northwest Colorado’s economic health. The report comes out every two years.

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Sheridan's delightful book about small towns debuts in Steamboat Springs on Saturday

Writing a book that’s both serious and humorous is not an easy task to master, but that’s exactly what Janet Bohart Sheridan does with her first paperback, “A Seasoned Life Lived In Small Towns: Memories, Musings and Observations.”

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Southwestern Energy announces multimillion-dollar deal to purchase mineral leases in Moffat and Routt counties

Southwestern Energy announced Wednesday that it had signed an agreement to purchase 312,000 net acres in Moffat and Routt counties for $180 million, according to a press release.

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Cook Chevrolet owner purchases Craig Ford dealership

The deal is nearly finished, and Cook is happy to buy a local dealership — ultimately expanding his business opportunities in Craig.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper questions BLM's sage grouse plan

The sage grouse issue in Colorado took a turn this week after Gov. John Hickenlooper sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management stating that its proposed plan for the bird was not acceptable — a response that Moffat County officials applaud.

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Sage grouse debate on forefront of Colorado issues

Sage grouse numbers have declined slowly in recent years, prompting conservation groups to have the federal government consider the bird for the endangered species list. If that happens, it could have negative economic impacts on Colorado and Moffat County.

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Gov. Hickenlooper speaks to Northwest Colorado residents in Craig

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper met with Northwest Colorado residents Monday morning at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion in a community forum to address issues facing the area.

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Hayden man writes poem to help with war-related PTSD

John Kregar, of Hayden, deals with struggles pertaining to war on a daily basis. He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder related to the incredibly difficult situations he encountered while fighting the war in Iraq. Yet he’s found solace in a poem that took him four years to write. The act of writing the poem gave him a form of therapy that encouraged him to move past his strife.

Moffat, Routt counties show signs of economic recovery

The economy continues to gradually recover from the recession in Moffat and Routt counties with a dip in unemployment. Yampa Valley Data Partners released its latest Fast Facts report Wednesday, which calculated market trends and data through July in both counties.

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Former Northwest Colorado resident slain in Thailand

A taxi driver in Bangkok reportedly killed Troy “Chip” Pilkington with a machete after the two men had a dispute about Pilkington being overcharged $1.60 for his cab fare.

Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe to testify about benefits of oil and gas exploration

Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe is headed to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to testify on behalf of the county’s oil and gas industry and job creation.

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2 fires merge into one at Dinosaur National Monument

The two wildfires at Dinosaur National Monument have merged into one 380-acre fire, and fire managers are working to suppress the blaze.

Moffat County term limit extensions being discussed

A 10-person committee wants Moffat County voters to extend the term limits from two terms to three for county elected officials, which means an additional four years in office.

New committee meets to discuss mandatory gun ownership in Craig

A new committee met last Thursday to discuss a gun ordinance that would make it mandatory for Craig residents to own rifles.

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Commissioner John Kinkaid returns from rehab, hopes to restore trust from Moffat County

It’s been a long five weeks for Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid, who abruptly left town in April to check himself into rehab for alcohol and prescription drug abuse. Kinkaid said Tuesday that he initially was hesitant to tell the community why he took a 30-day leave of absence, but ultimately he decided that telling the truth was best for him, his constituents and his family.