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Craig’s CNCC soccer teams start season this weekend

Spartans to kick off new athletic program against Salt Lake Community College

The beginning of college-level sports in Craig commences this weekend. The Colorado Northwestern Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams seasons begin this weekend as the Spartans host Salt Lake Community College Friday and Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

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First day of preschool and early childhood programs start in Moffat County

Children and parents a mix of emotions at the start of early childhood program

Excitement, nervousness and tears were evident on the face of parents this morning as they dropped children off for the first day of preschool. “I’m not sure who is more nervous the parents or the kids,” said Jill Hafey, principal at Sunset Elementary School. “It’s an exciting day, it’s the start of their journey.” Preschool students at Sunset started the day as nervous as their parents, but by the end of class they were excited to have made new friends, learned things and enjoyed time outdoors.

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Moffat County High School students get a jump on college with concurrent enrollment

Concurrent enrollment is up across the Colorado Community College System

When a Moffat County Bulldog and a Colorado Northwestern Community College Spartan combine the result is a chimera — a hyrbid student with accelerated learning who may graduate with both a high school diploma and a college associates degree. “Concurrent enrollment is designed to have all the rigors and opportunities of college, with all the support of high school,” said Julie Hoff, concurrent enrollment coordinator for CNCC. Increasingly, high school students are adding duel enrollment to other programs, such as Advanced Placement (AP) courses, that help them to get a jumpstart on college without having to pay costly college tuition and fees.

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Second year of Shared School in Moffat County

Shared school supplements programs for homeschooled students

Homeschooled students and parents are once again benefiting from the shared school program started by Moffat County School District last year with more students enrolled this second year of operation than last year. Attending her first day back, Arianna Anderson, a fifth-grade middle class student, said her class was “good. Our music teacher told us that our voice is an instrument and I agree.” Anderson was joined for her first day by 46 other shared school students and that is up 13 from last year’s number of 33 enrolled students.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Sept. 7, 2016: Booster Club hosting meeting Wednesday

Moffat County Booster Club will host an organizational information meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. The meeting is open to all interested in joining the community group, which supports sports and other activities at MCHS, Craig Middle School and other area schools.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Sept. 5, 2016

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.

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Sugar is believed to cause problems with learning and mental health

Children eat 115 percent of recommended daily value at school and MCSD Food Services looks for solutions

Damage to teeth and waistlines from eating too much sugar are well known and now a growing body of science suggests that too much sugar is also bad for mental health and learning. The large amount of sugar in school food has Moffat County School District Food Services concerned. Scientists have linked eating sugar to anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, memory loss and learning difficulties.

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Fire in Dinosaur National Monument contained

The 184-acre Green Fire started south west of the Green River Campground around 4:30 p.m. and the cause is still under investigation, according to a news release from the monument.

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IRS warns of back to school scams

Scammers take advantage of the start of the school year by targeting students and parents.

Parents and students are the most recent targets for telephone scam artists who are impersonating IRS officials demanding payment of bogus federal student taxes, according to a news release from the IRS.

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Education Briefs: Many government offices closed on Monday

News updates on Labor day closures, school lunch applications, the start of pre-school, new CNCC scholarship program, start of preschool and more.

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Weekend Roundup: A labor of leisure

With the approach of Labor Day, plans are already being made for some to make the most of an extended weekend, but if you haven’t already charted out your plans for the following days, Northwest Colorado has some options.

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Accounting questioned regarding Moffat County School District's budget

Community asking questions about the sudden $800k surplus from last year’s budget

Instead of ending with a deficit, Moffat County School District reported an $800,000 surplus to the school board during their August meeting and that has people wondering. “I was dumbfounded when I learned about it. That’s a huge amount of money no matter the size of the business. How did you guys fandangle $800,000 at the eleventh hour?” said Chris Thome, who is a parent that participated in the community stakeholder process held earlier this year.

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Moffat County High School classes are back in action Monday

The halls of Moffat County High School were humming Monday morning as students gathered to start a new a school year.

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Craig Middle School students off to an exciting start

Students will miss summer, but look forward to friends and school food

School children grades six to eight who started the 2016-17 school year at Craig Middle School will miss summer yet they look forward to new friends, favorite coaches and items on the school lunch menu.

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Jimmy Westlake: Explore the Northern Cross

Just go outside around 9:30 p.m. and look straight up. There’s the Summer Triangle, right overhead.