Andy Bockelman

Assistant Editor, Sports & Entertainment Reporter

Email: abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com Call: 970-875-1793

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Sports/Entertainment reporter Andy Bockelman was born and raised in Craig and graduated from Moffat County High School in 2004. He received his bachelor's degrees in theater studies and journalism from the University of Northern Colorado in 2009. He has written and edited for several web sites, newspapers and magazines, including UNC's student publication The Mirror, The Greeley Tribune and Explore Steamboat, the entertainment guide for Steamboat Springs Pilot & Today. He is an avid film buff, as well as a member of the Denver Film Critics Society, and he details his love of movies in his column The Bock's Office.

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Moffat County community rolls out for CASA bowling fundraiser

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.

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Many hours of giving earn Robin Schiffbauer Best Volunteer

A giving spirit can be found in many small-town residents, but the people of Moffat County recognized one of Craig’s most selfless as the Best Community Volunteer. Robin Schiffbauer took the title this year as the area’s most active do-gooder, having a hand in many facets of Craig that strive to improve the lives of others.

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Personal touch pays off for Bank of the San Juans employees

Flint Dillon, Heather Brumblow win Best Customer Service, Best Bank Teller

A banking institution without its own automated teller is a rarity in the 21st century, but the people inside the building can make all the difference in how a patron does business. The Craig branch of Bank of the San Juans took first in two Best of Moffat County categories as employees Heather Brumblow and Flint Dillon cashed in with Best Bank Teller and Best Customer Service, respectively.

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JW Snack’s — Gulf coast goodness wins multiple local awards

There are few places less likely to boast a gulf coast Cajun eatery than the mountains of Colorado, and that’s exactly what compelled the owners of JW Snack’s Bar & Grill to open shop. After just recently celebrating 10 years in business, JW Snack’s won a slew of awards through Best of Moffat County to prove its longevity in Craig, tying with Carelli’s Pizzeria for the most total first-place honors in the restaurant category for owners Danny and Teri Griffith.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Finding Dory’ a fine, funny fin-tastic sequel

Memory is a tricky thing. A movie you held in high regard more than 10 years ago may remain in your mind as the best thing you’ve ever seen, or it could just as easily be replaced by the next big fad. Most viewers aren’t likely to forget the feature that preceded “Finding Dory,” yet most who watch this sequel will be remembering it for new reasons.

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Craig judges trim down list to name Whittle the Wood winner

17th annual weekend festival includes music from Trail, Subdudes

With 17 successful years now in the books, Whittle the Wood Rendezvous remains a favorite for Craig and visitors alike. The collection of freshly constructed wooden carvings, unbridled music and more came to a close Saturday as hundreds gathered in Loudy-Simpson Park to view the works of art on display, take in the music and otherwise just see what the buzz is all about during Father’s Day weekend in Craig.

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Good art, good tunes, good times at Whittle the Wood

Saturday events include carving winners, downtown car show, Subdudes performance

The finale of the 17th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous takes place Saturday as the 11 wooden carvings that have been the spectacle all week in Loudy-Simpson Park are unveiled in their finished form and judged to determine which whittler wins a windfall.

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CNCC’s soccer program takes next step, hires new coach

Program head Lance Noble planning tryouts for men’s, women’s teams, local athletes welcome

A new program at Colorado Northwestern Community College is coming up fast, even more so now that it’s got a new leader. The CNCC men’s and women’s soccer teams now have a coach, with Lance Noble recently hired to take on the sport, new for the Craig campus.

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Craig’s Whittle the Wood revving into action

Four-day annual event also features car show, art gallery, live music

Craig’s biggest annual event starts this week, and appropriately enough for a gathering that involves trees, it will be branching out a bit. The 17th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous runs Wednesday through Saturday in Loudy-Simpson Park as a dozen chainsaw-wielding talents each come to town to turn a stump into a work of art, possibly pick up a cash prize and provide some unique entertainment to spectators.

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Craig Sea Sharks ready to dive in to home meet this weekend

Youth swimming program hosts Thursday fundraiser, plans to host state meet in July

A dip in the local pool is always refreshing, and the members of the Craig Sea Sharks youth team will be seeing a lot more peers in the old swimming hole this summer. The Sea Sharks ABC Swim Meet takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Craig Pool Complex, an event that will feature about 140 kids from 11 teams.

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The players and coaches of Country Living Realty savor the completion of a championship season Monday night at Woodbury Sports Complex. The team finished at the top of the 8- to 10-year-old league of Craig Youth Baseball with a final 4-3 victory against Neal Brothers, Inc.

Players participate in a May skills day for Challenger British Soccer Camp. The full camp takes place in Craig this week at Woodbury Sports Complex.

From left, Sandy Fisher, Bonnie Robertson, Cindy Morris, Sue Feigelein, Jan Levy and Karen Stillion display a variety of costumes and bowling balls Saturday during the Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA Bowl-for-Kids fundraiser at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center in Craig. Fisher, Morris, Levy and Stillion are volunteers for the organization, while Feigelein is executive director and Robertson is coordinator for Moffat and Routt counties. CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — provides assistance to abused and neglected children going through the court system in Moffat, Routt and Grand counties.

The players and coaches of Moffat Limestone Company are all smiles Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park after a championship win, 5-4, against Hayden to take the title of the top team in the Craig Youth Baseball 11- to 13-year-old division.

Mike Main goes into his backswing on the the 10th tee box of Yampa Valley Golf Course during the 49th annual Cottonwood Classic.

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