Here in Northwest Colorado, cowboys and cowgirls don’t need much of an excuse to rodeo — it’s what they call “chores.” And when you’re ready to get up close and personal with rodeo’s roots, the Thursday jackpot team roping event, hosted by the Craig Roping Club at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, is a great place to hang out.
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Moffat County Fuller Center invites the community to participate as they welcome the cyclists of the Fuller Center Bike Adventure July 5 and 12. Members of the nonprofit organization — which focuses on providing affordable housing throughout the country — are riding from Seattle to Washington DC this summer, with many stops along the way to do good based on the program’s tenets.
The Colorado Northwestern Community College Spartan Volleyball Camp takes place July 27, 28 at the school’s Rangely campus. The event includes two separate clinics, either at a cost of $65 for one or $120 for both. Individual skills camp runs from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and is for beginners and intermediate players ages 8 to 18. Skills include passing, setting, serving, blocking and other fundamentals. Specialty camp is 5 to 8:30 p.m. for intermediate and advanced athletes ages 12 to 18 and features specific training for positions in hitting, sets and defense. The camp is open to boys and girls.
Annual Denver Post bike ride covers hundreds of miles
Cyclists from across the globe recently had the opportunity to participate in The Denver Post’s Ride the Rockies Colorado Bicycle Tour, a state tradition since 1986 that takes riders along hundreds of miles of the Centennial State’s natural wonders. Riding in this year’s tour, which took place June 12 to 17 starting in Carbondale and ending in Fort Collins with 2,000 cyclists entering through a lottery system, were three Craig residents: Catherine Scroggs, Terry Carwile and John Bolton.
Fraternity raises funds, awareness for disabled people with annual cross-country cycling tour
With more than 1,000 miles behind them thousands and more to come in the coming days, a group of cyclists pulled into the Boys & Girls Club of Craig Thursday afternoon showing no signs of being worn out, their mind on a mission to educate and enrich lives. The Journey of Hope, part of The Ability Experience, visited Craig this week as part of a cross-country bike excursion that travels nearly 4,000 total miles with many stops throughout the nation called “friendship visits” to raise awareness for people with mental and physical disabilities.
The championship game for Craig Youth Baseball’s 8- to 10-year-old division wrapped up the season Monday at Woodbury Sports Complex. Facing off for the title were Country Living Realty and Neal Brothers, Inc. In the first of two games, league frontrunner Country Living took their only defeat of the year, 2-1, forcing a second game, which they won, 4-3.
The 49th annual Cottonwood Classic finished its three-day run Sunday, with 97 competitors vying for the title of the best of the bunch in the Craig men's tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course.
Every year there is a new group of rookies that take the stage in Major League Baseball. They all come with expectations of high performance and a lot of promise. Some of them actually live up to the hype, while others, maybe not so much. This year, there have been several rookies and prospects that have caught my eye. There seems to be a lot of talent centered around the shortstop position this year as two rookies that have really made impacts have both been from that position. Let's take a look.
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Organization seeking greater awareness for work with abused children
A regional organization struck out this weekend — in a good way. The lanes were packed Saturday evening at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center as the inaugural Northwest Rocky Mountain Colorado CASA Bowl-for-Kids fundraiser brought in plenty of community support.
The championship game for Craig Youth Baseball’s 11- to 13-year-old division took place Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park, with Moffat Limestone Company defeating Hayden, 5-4. Coached by Brian Spears, Mindy Spears, Justin Duzik and Bennie Brackett, the players who were in the final game included Garrett Anson, Lance Brackett, George Chavez, Nick Cookston, Ryan Duzik, Cody Eckhoff, Levi Greenhow, Blake Juergens, Miles Simpson, Greg Spears, Tucker Sterle and Gio Tarango.
Northwest Rocky Mountain Colorado CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — will host the Bowl-for-Kids fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 900 Industrial Ave. The evening will include door prizes, bake sale and silent auction, as well as multiple rounds on the lanes.
The Moffat County Thunder Cheer team will host a free clinic June 27 through July 1 at Suite 119 of Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Registration will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. this Monday with sessions from 5 to 7 p.m. each day. Girls and boys who participate will learn basic cheer and tumbling techniques and will perform with the team in the Fourth of July parade. Parents need to sign a liability waiver before their child participates.
The members of Craig Sea Sharks showed their capability for aquatic awesomeness during their home event, the ABC Swim Meet, Saturday and Sunday. Craig swimmers won 47 individual races while in their own pool, a result that earned them fourth place overall as a team among 11 total groups at the ABC Meet at Craig City Pool Complex, including Steamboat Springs, Meeker, Rangely, Delta, Grand Junction and Wyoming.