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Craig Sports Briefs for Oct. 1, 2016: School basketball meetings take place next week

Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School will both host meetings for participants in hoops programs in the coming week. CMS boys basketball coaches Justin Folley and Forrest Watson will meet with potential players and parents at 6 p.m. Monday in the CMS auditorium. Practices will follow Oct. 10. The MCHS boys team will meet with returning and new players at lunchtime Monday in Room 101. MCHS girls can attend a meeting during lunch Wednesday.

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Wild game harvest and Craig businesses provide healthy eating

Northwest Colorado is a carnivore’s paradise with high quality beef, lamb, pork, and buffalo available direct from field to table, but this time of year another type of meat is making its way into the freezer — venison and you don’t have to be a hunter to enjoy some of the healthiest proteins on the planet. “A 3-ounce serving of roasted venison contains 140 calories, less than 1 gram of fat and 26 grams of protein, which is 50 percent of the daily value for protein if you follow a 2,000-calorie diet,” according to Livestrong.com.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Sept. 28, 2016: Get moving during weekend Leaf Cruncher

Friends of Moffat County Education hosts the Leaf Cruncher 5K and One-Mile Fun Run this Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m., with the 5K kicking off at 8 a.m. and the Fun Run following. The cost is $20 for adults, free to ages 17 and younger. Participants are encouraged to stay afterward for the Moffat County High School Cross Country Invitational, which will feature MCHS and Craig Middle School runners.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Sept. 21, 2016: Moffat County golf finishes season at regionals

The Moffat County High School boys golf team competed in what would turn out to be its final event of the year Monday at Devil’s Thumb Golf Course for the 3A Region 4 Tournament.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Sept. 16, 2016: Doak Walker tackle football results — Week 3

Craig Parks & Recreation’s youth pigskin program continues its season with games Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Woodbury Sports Complex. The following are the details from games Sept. 13 and 14.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Sept. 14, 2016: Safari Club raffle offers big prizes

The Yampa Valley Chapter of Safari Club International will host a ticket drawing as a fundraiser for its yearly activities. The grand prize is a Smith and Wesson rifle complete with adjustable stock, adjustable barrel and 4,000 rounds of ammunition. Second prize is a pair of tickets to SCI’s annual convention in Las Vegas held February 2017.

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Archery tips for hunting in Northwest Colorado

Tips for hunters looking to bag game with a bow

It’s archery season in Northwest Colorado and the hunt is on to fill freezers, bag trophies and make memories. Two Craig businesses that are authorized archery equipment dealers are offering tips for a successful hunt.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Sept. 5, 2016: Moffat County boys soccer falls in weekend game

The Moffat County High School boys soccer team took a 2-1 loss Saturday in Carbondale against Roaring Fork.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 31, 2016: Adult volleyball league looks for signups by Friday

Craig Parks & Recreation will begin its co-ed fall volleyball league, open to ages 15 and older. Games take place in two separate leagues: the competitive league plays Monday nights, with semi-competitive Tuesdays and Thursdays. All games are in the Craig Middle School gym, 915 Yampa Ave, starting Sept. 12. The deadline to register is this Friday, and the cost is $200 per team, plus $20 per player.

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Hunting season starts in Northwest Colorado

Expect to start seeing lots of blaze orange around town — hunting season is underway.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 27, 2016: BCA Pool League season starts in September

Craig’s BCA Pool League will begin a new year Sept. 11 and 12 at The Popular Bar, 24 W. Victory Way. BCA’s 9-Ball league takes place at 5 p.m. Sundays, consisting of three-person teams with a total of 5 players allowed on teams. The 8-Ball games are at 6 p.m. Mondays, with five-person teams and a total of eight players allowed on teams.

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Weekend Roundup: Out in nature and loving it

This weekend in Northwest Colorado, there’s no excuse for not getting out and about and appreciating the landscape that makes the region what it is.

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Parrotheads to flock to Elkhead for weekend luau

Group welcomes community for free get-together at reservoir

The warm weather only lasts so long in Moffat County, and one local group wants to help everyone soak up the sun as often as they can. Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads’ fifth annual Luau at the Lake takes place Saturday at Elkhead Reservoir, a free event to turn one of the area’s favorite water recreation spots into a temporary tropical oasis.

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Moffat County teen starts tradition with first hunt

After bagging deer close to home, Tehya Johnson plans to hunt much more

You only get one hunting story about your first time claiming an animal, and Tehya Johnson will have a good yarn to spin for years to come. During Johnson’s first hunting season in October 2015, the teenager stuck close to home. Very close — specifically right in the driveway of her family’s house near Cedar Mountain, about five miles north of Craig in Northwest Colorado.

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Craig taxidermist preserves his trade, passes on knowledge

Colorado State Championships among many taxidermy shows Mark Zimmerman attends

Dozens of eyes stare down from the walls of Mark Zimmerman’s workshop on the outskirts of Craig, each belonging to an animal that, if it weren’t completely motionless, you would swear was still alive. That’s the aim of Bullseye Taxidermy, a business he has operated full-time for the past 13 years. In that time, he’s stuffed and mounted countless critters from a myriad hunting trips, many of which have earned him some prominent prizes.