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Kicking it up a notch

Boys soccer team ready to roll

A grueling session of summer conditioning and skill work has the Moffat County High School boys soccer team primed for a big season. The team, which begins its season by traveling to Coal Ridge High School Sept. 4, has several contributing graduates to replace from last year’s team, but that’s a process head coach Rusty Cox has grown accustomed to. “We had six seniors last year, but every year we have to replace a bunch,” Cox said. “In our program we don’t have a whole lot of players. So every year when we lose people, it’s a lot.” The boys team had a middling year in 2011, going 6-7-2 in the Western Slope League, but showed off its talent in certain games, including a 3-3 tie against Steamboat Springs High School, which went 13-3-1 last year.

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Rebuilding their swing

Replacing a large group of seniors is a tall task for a high school team in any sport, but the Moffat County High School boys golf team is replacing its coach as well. Ken Harjes called it quits last year after 31 years at the helm of the Bulldogs varsity golf team. Replacing him this year is his former assistant Casey Kilpatrick, also a teacher at MCHS. Kilpatrick mostly worked with the underclassmen and inexperienced golfers on the team in the past, but will take over and deal with everyone in 2012. In addition to replacing Harjes, the Bulldogs lost four seniors from last year’s team, including Parker King, who accepted a scholarship to play for the University of Northern Colorado golf team last year. “We lost a very talented senior group last year,” Kilpatrick said. “We had some really great golfers. Right now we have a very young team.”

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Best of Moffat County: Technology and teeth

Dr. Dushan Voyich thinks people have some misconceptions about going to the dentist. “There’s a few things that everybody’s afraid of and that would be getting an injection and also drilling,” the 49-year-old Livingston, Mont. native said. However, as with most areas of medicine, Voyich, who was named top dentist in the Craig Daily Press’ Best of Moffat County contest, said new technology has made the process of maintaining dental health easier on the patient. Smaller-caliber needles and new delivery systems have eased the pains resulting from an injection, and the same kind of advances have been made in the area of drilling.

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Best of Moffat County: Delivering dreams

In 2000, Craig resident Dean Brosious was at a career crossroads. After graduating from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in business and economics, the Ralston, Wyo., native quickly found a job as a banker, a career that would transplant him from Powell, Wyo., through Glenwood Springs to Craig. However, after living in Craig for several years, the bank he was working at was sold, and after running a land title company for 10 years, Brosious, 60, who operates LPL Financial Services at 101 W. Victory Way, decided he wanted to help people manage their own money rather than lend it to them. “At the bank I would loan people money to try and start businesses and be able to buy the things they want to,” he said. “I’m at the opposite end of it now where they bring me money rather than me loaning them money.”

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Sunset Elementary uses international games to bring home math, physical education

Aaron Colby set his face in a resolute grimace Monday as he trotted through the Sunset Elementary School gym, a torch clutched in his determined hands. The Sunset Elementary kindergartener wasn’t carrying the real icon of the Olympic games. A paper cone with red and orange construction paper flames took the place of the torch that will signal the beginning of the international sporting event this summer. Aaron didn’t waver as he carried the torch dutifully to Moffat County High School track athletes, who would run it around the gym before the finale.

CNCC nursing student lands 2 scholarships for continuing education

Until recently, Colorado Northwestern Community College scholarships were barely out of Audria Herrera’s reach. “I have been applying to pretty much all scholarships that have been available, and including ones that I’ve been able to come across over the Internet,” said Herrera, who is earning her associate's degree in nursing at CNCC’s Craig campus. But when it came to landing scholarships offered through the college, she always came in as the runner-up, she said. This semester, however, the tables turned for the 34-year-old Yampa resident.

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Former school official seeking to improve community

In 2005, Joel Sheridan noticed a problem. “I had come in contact with a couple situations where some students were missing a lot of school, spending time in the nurse's office because of dental issues,” said Sheridan, then assistant superintendent of the Moffat County School District. To find a solution to the dental problems he saw, Sheridan, now 63, contacted the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition, a nonprofit group that offers comprehensive dental care to area residents in need. “I started talking to the executive director at that time, trying to learn more about what was going on,” Sheridan said. “Through those conversations I ended up being on the board (of directors).”

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Craig musician lends his voice to residents at Sandrock Ridge

Every other Saturday, local musician Bob LaFord performs for devoted fans. He begins each show with a rendition of Roger Miller’s “Walking in the Sunshine.” He always ends with “Show Me the Way to Go Home,” a popular tune from the 1920s, which he sings as he strums his guitar. In between, he plays a motley assortment of pieces —“Home on the Range” and “Give My Regards to Broadway,” sometimes with a few tunes by Buddy Holly or Elvis Presley thrown in.