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Middle schoolers end season strong

The seventh-graders from Craig Middle School finished their football season on a high note when they beat their rivals from Steamboat Springs on Saturday afternoon. In a tough game that featured good defensive play from both sides, the Bulldogs were able to make the big plays that made the difference in a 22-6 win. The first big play came midway through the first quarter, when Ty McDaniel took a reverse and got to the edge, cruising in for a long touchdown run. Up until that point, the Bulldogs had moved the ball but had their drives stalled.

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Rallying, Craig woman battles breast cancer, learns it's OK to accept help

Spunky. Strong. Independent. All of these words describe Joan Heinz. Tiny in appearance, Heinz is a spitfire raised in the West. “I was used to hearing, ‘Buck up cowgirl,’ all my life,” she said. So when she was diagnosed with breast cancer 1 1/2 years ago, Heinz had a difficult time learning to accept help.

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Cardboard Challenge sparks imagination at Sunset Elementary

Sunset Elementary School’s gym and cafeteria were filled with children laughing and yelling as well as what appeared to be a sea of trash.

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CMS 7th-grade volleyball team shows improvement

The seventh-grade volleyball teams at Craig Middle School split a pair of matches with Steamboat Springs on Saturday morning. The seventh-grade games, which took place in the gym at Sandrock Elementary School, are played in a best-of-three sets format. In the first match of the day, the B Team beat Steamboat in two sets, 25-18, 25-19. In both sets, the Bulldogs were able to create a short run to take the lead and then play from ahead the rest of the set. Head coach Melissa Dowd was pleased with the way they played. “They did really well. I was really proud of them,” Dowd said.

Manning and Brady meet again — for 13th time

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady missed nearly an entire season with torn knee ligaments. Peyton Manning was sidelined all last season by neck surgery and nerve damage that weakened his throwing arm. That might have been the beginning of the end for lesser quarterbacks. Not for Brady and Manning, winners of four Super Bowls and six MVP awards between them. They'll renew their long-running competition on Sunday one week after their outstanding performances in the latest of their many victories. Brady's only team, the New England Patriots, will host Manning's new team, the Denver Broncos. Both are 2-2.

Baxter Black: Cherry bombs in the winter

Back in the days of yore in a high mountain valley of Colorado lived a ranch kid named Sparky. In the winter time his valley would be covered with snow. The evergreen forests, blue skies, frozen ponds, and snow-white meadows looked just like the pictures you have on your calendar. The kids ice-skated. School was let out on Friday so they could go skiing. It was a bucolic life.

CDP Editorial: Active awareness

Our View: October is breast cancer awareness month, and we want to send our gratitude to those in the community that are actively involved in the fight against this terrible disease, both during October as well as throughout the year. We also encourage anyone who wants to help the cause to start this month.

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Moffat County football dismantles Summit, 33-0

From the action on the field to the cheerleaders’ and band’s halftime performances, Moffat County would not be denied a good homecoming game. The Bulldogs turned a clinical defense performance into a 33-0 win over Summit County to complete a perfect homecoming week in varsity sports. After a slow offensive start which saw the Bulldogs punt and then turn the ball over, Moffat County got the spark it needed in the form of a turnover. While Summit running back Nic Berry was fighting for yardage in a pile, senior Garrett Stewart snuck in behind him and stripped the ball, then fell on it. On the next play, Michael Samuelson rumbled for 38 yards and the Bulldogs were in business.

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Former Moffat County players enjoy homecoming

Members of the 1967 football team have enjoyed the royal treatment all week, but being back in the town they grew up in with the friends they grew up with has been reward enough according to the players. Daryl Camilletti, a senior from the state runners-up in the 1967 season, said it was fun to see his teammates, some of whom he hadn’t seen in years. “It’s been good to get together,” Camilletti said. “Some of these guys, we haven’t seen each other since we graduated.” It was an effort from the Moffat County Booster Club to bring back several of the players and honor their success. While several of the players honored still live in Craig or the surrounding area, some were coming from far away.

Slow growth in Yampa Valley’s economic forecast

Retail sales up, unemployment down, home prices steady in Moffat County

A fourth quarter economic forecast predicts slow growth throughout the Yampa Valley, according to a recent report released by Yampa Valley Data Partners. Kate Nowak, executive director of YVDP, said the short-term economic future in the valley is looking more positive than on the national level. “It’s looking better, but, it’s really, really, really slow,” she said. “Throughout the valley retail sales are up, unemployment is down, home prices are up a tiny bit, but that’s been holding stable for some time, so that’s all good news.” And Moffat County is maintaining pace with the rest of the Yampa Valley, Nowak said, particularly when comparing local unemployment rates to the national average.

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting agenda for Oct. 8, 2012

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting When: 7 p.m. Monday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, main first-floor conference room, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: