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Craig’s AJ Stoffle injured in snocross spill

Teenage rider’s racing season ends with spinal compression fracture; plans to return next winter

AJ Stoffle has had some close calls in a sport in which he’s spent more than two-thirds of his life, but he and his family are infinitely thankful his most recent race wasn’t an instance of him crossing the finish line far sooner than intended. Craig snowmobiler AJ was injured during the weekend’s US Air Force Snocross National in Salamanca, New York, as part of the Sport class of AMSOIL Championship Snocross.

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Poker Run brings good fortune for riders, Moffat County students

An abundance of snow this past weekend made for an exciting zip around the powder. The 2016 Poker Run hosted Saturday by Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club had one of the highest turnouts ever in terms of hands sold as riders took to the trails around Freeman Reservoir north of Craig.

Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 30, 2016: BCA pool results — Week 14

BCA Pool League is back in action at The Popular Bar, 24 W. Victory Way. The league has played 14 weeks of games, with Jean Haskins and The Untouchables staying at the top of the 9-ball league scores, while Jay Harris and Out 4 Blood lead the 8-ball series.

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Chills, thrills, significant cash frills at hand in Saturday Poker Run

Snowmobile event starts at Freeman Reservoir Trailhead parking lot in Moffat County

The rush of riding along a brisk winter morning on a vehicle with horsepower to spare is only matched by the knowledge that you’re contributing to a great cause. Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club hosts its annual Poker Run fundraiser Saturday, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Freeman Reservoir Trailhead parking lot north of Craig.

Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 27, 2016: Dodgeball league results

The Craig Parks & Recreation co-ed dodgeball league is five games into its inaugural season. The adult recreation program will feature another set of games this Wednesday and Feb. 3. A playoff game will take place Feb. 4 followed by a championship tournament Feb. 10. Teams in the league are set, but spectators are welcome, all games starting at 6 p.m. at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 23, 2016: AJ Stoffle having strong season on snowmobile circuit

The winter is going by fast for Craig’s AJ Stoffle, who returns to the National Sport I and II divisions of AMSOIL Championship Snocross, complete with sponsorship by Ski-Doo, among other companies. Stoffle is 18th of 57 racers in his circuit and competes in Deadwood, South Dakota, this weekend at the US Air Force Deadwood Snocross. Among his accomplishments this year have been 12th-place overall finishes in the AMSOIL Snocross National in Duluth, Minnesota, and the Pirtek Snocross National in Shakopee, Minnesota.

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How to snowmobile safely in Northwest Colorado

When snowmobiling in Northwest Colorado, proper preparation is key.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 22, 2016: Activities available during, after Friday MCHS hoops

The Moffat County High School home basketball games against Roaring Fork will feature a quacking good time for the crowd. The Chuck-a-Duck fundraiser for the program is available at all home events and features numbered rubber ducks available for $1 apiece or six for $5 at the door. Buyers can toss their ducks into the MCHS Bulldog collar at center court during halftime of the varsity boys game, with multiple prizes going to those who hit the target.

Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 20, 2016: Bulldog football solidifies fall season

The schedule is set for the Moffat County High School varsity football 2016 season.

Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 16, 2016: Shotgun league shoots Sundays, Thursdays

The Polar Bear League at Craig Trap Club is available to local shotgun shooters and runs through March, with shooting events each week at 10 a.m. Sundays and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Training is available for shooters, and all ages are welcome to participate in a family friendly atmosphere, though kids under 12 require parental supervision.

Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 15, 2016: Free boys basketball clinic available

Jim Loughran and Steve Maneotis will host a basketball camp for boys in grades five through seven Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:35 to 5 p.m. at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St, starting Tuesday. There is no cost for this program, which will teach basic skills in the sport and help players develop a love for the game. The clinic will last about a month and organizers plan to host a tournament at the end of the run.

Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 13, 2016: Bulldog hockey opens year, to play at home this weekend

The Moffat County Bulldog hockey team opened its season 1-3 against two league opponents this past weekend, playing West Elk and Telluride in a series of four games in Gunnison.

Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 8, 2016: Poker Run takes place Jan. 30 at Freeman Reservoir

The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club will host its annual Poker Run Jan. 30 at Freeman Reservoir. Registration begins at the trailhead parking lot at 9:30 a.m. The event’s card stations are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 per hand or three hands for $25. Prizes will be awarded at the awards banquet at 5:30 p.m. at The O.P. Bar and Grill, 534 E. Victory Way. Proceeds go to the local student scholarship fund.

Sasha Nelson: 'Twas the night before archery season

A hunting-themed holiday poem penned by Sasha Nelson, with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore.

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Harvesting the Christmas spirit: Tree permits offer opportunity for affordable family fun

The Christmas season means Santa Claus and Rudolph, gathering with friends and feasting on indulgent treats, and of course, Christmas trees draped in sparkling lights and ornaments.