Andy Bockelman

Sports & Entertainment Reporter

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Education/health 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 School District hires new head football coach, athletic director

Moffat County School District has a new head football coach and athletic director. The district announced Wednesday morning that it has hired Mike Mitchell as the seventh-through-12th-grade athletic director for the school district, and Keith Gille is the new head coach of the Moffat County High School Bulldogs football team.

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Craig Sea Sharks angling for wins at state meet

Things have been going swimmingly for the members of Craig Sea Sharks as they head into their final competition of the summer. The local team will have eight swimmers attending Cortez’s Seasonal State Meet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, after weeks of hard work. In fact, a number of other kids on the team qualified for state but are unable to attend the meet, coach Meghan Francone said.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Lucy’ a mind-bender in more ways than 1

When someone claims to be “expanding their mind” when they indulge in heavy substances, it’s usually just a throwback to the spirit of the Summer of Love and a rationalization of a deeper issue. The heroine of “Lucy,” on the other hand, can claim that what’s going into her body is indeed changing how she sees things, including, but not limited to, the very fabric of the universe.

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Downtown Craig facade project taking shape

City Council will hear report by September

Local residents met Wednesday evening at the City Council Chambers for a presentation from the Colorado Center for Community Development through University of Colorado Denver focusing on the facades of Craig businesses, specifically those along Yampa Avenue. This is part of a project first funded by the city and Department of Local Affairs in April as a way to revitalize interest in the downtown area.

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Gallery ‘popping up’ again in downtown Craig

Local artists will host a new pop-up gallery this week in downtown Craig, briefly taking over the premises of 518 Yampa Ave. from Thursday through Saturday.

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Two Craig painters excited for Steamboat art contest

Winnings include $10,000 top prize

Mary Pat Ettinger and Israel Holloway were recently accepted into Art Steamboat, a contest that's part of the Steamboat All Arts Festival in mid-August.

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Craig’s LOVEMI fashion show makes striking debut

The LOVEMI Thrift Way Fashion Show took place this weekend, with the No Float Showboat located behind The OP Bar and Grill serving as a runway as people of all ages displayed a variety of unique wardrobes.

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Moffat County 4-H shooters keep eyes on prize

Four teenagers from Moffat County attended the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational in late June in Grand Island, Nebraska. Lee, Dylan Villa, Hunter Rummel and Travis Walsh represented Northwest Colorado strongly with high individual and team finishes in gun and archery competitions.

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Aviation, aerospace discussion lands in Northwest Colorado

Venues in both Moffat and Routt counties played host to the Colorado Space Business Roundtable Wednesday and Thursday as part of the second annual Aerospace Business Development Road Trip. A crowd of about 50 — including Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid and Colorado House of Representatives candidate Chuck McConnell, among others — gathered Thursday morning at Colorado Northwestern Community College to hear an array of speakers discuss the ever-changing world of aircrafts and related topics.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Sex Tape’ arouses little interest

Three hours, one minute and 42 seconds sounds lengthy enough for a feature film. When you consider this is the span of the piece of the accidental amateur skin flick causing all the problems in the comedy “Sex Tape,” it seems downright infinite. And while the movie itself is only half this duration, it somehow seems even longer.

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The bleachers at Moffat County High School's Bulldog Proving Grounds remain empty during the summer months but soon will be full of football fans come fall. MCHS announced Wednesday that it has hired a new athletic director, Mike Mitchell, and head football coach, Keith Gille, to start immediately.

University of Colorado architecture student Tom Madewick, left, and Chris Endreson, technical assistance coordinator for Colorado Center for Community Development point out suggestions for changes to the facade, or front entrance, to the Craig Daily Press building at 466 Yampa Ave. The two are among those evaluating the look of downtown businesses as part of a project funded by the city of Craig and Department of Local Affairs.

Israel Holloway displays a work in progress on the left and his painting "Resting at the Gates" on the right in the art classroom at Colorado Northwestern Community College. Holloway and Mary Pat Ettinger, both of Craig, were among the 30 artists selected for Art Steamboat, a contest that includes a $10,000 grand prize.

Many of the participants of the LOVEMI Thrift Way Fashion Show display their formalwear following the event Saturday night. Back row, from left: Jazmine Hanna, Laura Leigh Ellis, Justyne Anthony, Erica Davidson and Glenden Reuer. Front row: Laura Marie Skufca, Ripley Bellio and Adisen Reuer. The show included clothing from many local and regional secondhand stores.

John Wayne Band members Wayne Davis, left, and John Allen, play Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" to entertain the crowd as participants in Saturday's LOVEMI Thrift Way Fashion Show prepare backstage to show more clothes.

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