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Craig Sports Briefs for Oct. 22, 2016: Try Hockey for Free seeks interested athletes Saturday

Craig Youth Hockey Association’s season has begun practices and continues to seek signups. Multiple events will be available for potential new players in the coming weeks, such as Try Hockey for Free Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Saturday at Moffat County Ice Arena, which also includes an equipment swap, a fundraiser barbecue and free public skating.

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Run or lurch along in Craig Grand Futures’ Zombie 5K

Grab your running shoes and your survival bag, because the next big Craig running race is one where you may be running for your life. The Grand Futures Prevention Coalition Zombie 5K returns Oct. 29 at Loudy-Simpson Park as the undead and their terrified living victims alike get some exercise.

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Jill Hafey: Thank you!

The staff and PAC (Parent Advisory Committee) of Sunset Elementary would like to thank the community of Craig for helping support our Annual Community Fall Festival!

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Kevin G. Rein: Use your water rights or lose them

You may have heard some discussion about the phrase Use It or Lose It lately. First, about how it is a guiding principle when using water under Colorado’s prior appropriation system. Then, more recently, about how it can be a misleading cliché.

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Fire ignites at Ocean Pearl in Craig early Friday morning

A fire ignited in the rooms of the motel at Ocean Pearl restaurant early Friday morning in Craig, where fire crews spent two hours battling the flames.was injured in a structure fire at the Ocean Pearl restaurant and motel in Craig early Friday morning.

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CDOT hopes for Saturday opening of CO 133

Crews are shooting for a Saturday opening of Colorado 133 at mile point 29.5, north of Paonia, where a rock slide dumped more than 100 tons of debris on the highway Wednesday. The slide caused extensive damage to the roadway surface and concrete barrier adjacent to the highway, which is used by more than 1,100 vehicles per day, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

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Weekend Roundup: Orange you glad it’s pumpkin time?

In case the leaves swirling around the streets haven’t made it clear, fall is definitely here, and this weekend’s happenings in Northwest Colorado are full of seasonal fun, among them, plentiful pumpkins.

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Moffat County soccer caps off season with 9-1 win vs. Caprock

There was a stir of emotion Thursday on the Moffat County High School soccer field, but the final score had little to do with it. MCHS boys soccer finished the season 7-8 overall and 4-5 in the 3A Western Slope League with a 9-1 defeat of Grand Junction’s Caprock Academy. A 1-0 loss to Delta on Tuesday left the Bulldogs keyed up to do some damage against the Eagles, whom they had already beaten, 10-0, back in September.

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Moffat County, Craig Middle School cross country teams going full speed

High school seeks regional honors Friday, CMS runners attending state Saturday

Moffat County long-distance runners haven’t quite crossed the finish line on the season yet, but you can bet it will be a celebration once they do because they’re far from running on empty. This weekend holds the biggest races yet this year as Moffat County High School attends the 3A Region 1 meet in Delta and a handful of Craig Middle School runners make their way to the state championships in Denver.

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Moffat County sluggers ready for state tourney with Meeker softball

With a love for a sport that doesn’t have as many year-round opportunities as they’d like, Moffat County High School’s Julia Christensen and Mackenzie Marshall have been hitting the road quite a bit this fall as part of the Meeker High School softball team. Meeker recently qualified for the 3A state tournament in Aurora, which begins Friday in Aurora. First up for the 15th seed Cowboys is Rocky Ford, the No. 2 team in the division.

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Moffat County school health services temporarily provided by Northwest Colorado Health

The adequacy of health care services provided by Moffat County School District is in question following registered nurse Karie Fisher’s recent departure from the school district, which leaves MCSD without leadership for its health services team.

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On the record for Oct. 20

On the record for Oct. 20.

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Cal Thomas: The Bernie Sanders effect

Forty-five percent of those polled between the ages of 16 and 20 years old said they would vote for a socialist, while 20 percent said they could vote for a communist. Maybe that explains the Che Guevara T-shirts so many of them like to wear.

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Danielle Elkins: How do Craig women feel about Trump?

I suggest voting not based on a candidate’s personal morale in this election, but on his or her policies and on facts rather than allegations. Most importantly, please be sure to make an informed decision.

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Janet Sheridan: Things I wish I’d learned sooner

If we pay attention, life teaches us useful lessons: Refuse to cross a raging mountain stream on a fallen log when your hiking companions who claim it’s safe are standing beside you. Never befriend a barking dog or a growling librarian; and boycott turtlenecks so tight that pulling them off hurls your earrings, hearing aids and equanimity into space.

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Tigers take title in Craig’s Doak Walker tackle football championships

Hayden team defeats Packers, 38-13, in final game of the season

It’s easy to be a football fan in August, but a chilly Wednesday at the Bulldog Proving Grounds was an evening for the true lovers of the pigskin. The championship finals of Doak Walker tackle football, hosted by Craig Parks & Recreation on the Moffat County High School turf, saw some great games to close out the season for the fifth- and sixth-grade age group.

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Moffat County football looks for league lead Friday in Basalt

Bulldogs seek to defend conference title, move on to playoffs with win over Longhorns

Moffat County High School football coach Keith Gille doesn’t like to refer to any one match-up as “The Big Game.” Still, there’s no denying there’s a lot at stake this weekend. MCHS travels Friday to Basalt for a game against the Longhorns that will put the winner in position to claim the 2A Western Slope League championship. Both schools are 3-0 in conference play, while Basalt holds the advantage with an overall season record of 5-2 to the Bulldogs’ 4-3. Even though the two squads are the only ones in the WSL capable of finishing the year above .500, neither is completely in the clear for the title until the final week.

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Police investigate double shooting involving elderly couple

Police and fire departments Tuesday afternoon discovered two gunshot victims when they responded to a medical call.

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Craig eatery received several complaints — including fingernail in food — prior to closure

Before being shut down by state health inspectors on Sept. 27, Craig’s Galaxy Chinese restaurant logged five complaints in the last two years.

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Craig woman speaks about losing a child to domestic violence

Desiree Moore shared her story during the community awareness event that was part the “Take a Stand” conference on domestic violence held this week

Domestic violence destroys lives including the lives of children. “She looked like she was asleep, peacefully asleep, but I could hear the whimpers coming from the back of her throat,” said Desiree Moore who is a survivor of domestic violence and Colorado Northwestern Community College’s director of community education. “In seconds, medical professionals were rushing out into the lobby and freaking out.” The baby was named Cady. She was 5 months old. She was Moore’s second child, and on Dec. 23, 2008 doctors pronounced her dead from blunt force trauma to the head inflicted by Moore’s husband, Daven Beck, who at the time was 20 years old.