Andy Bockelman

Health and education 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.

Recent Stories

8th-graders express selves through poetry contest

Winners to read poems Wednesday night

The chance to hear the words of the next great young writers will be happening this week. The winners of the Carol Jacobson Memorial Poetry Contest will be reading their entries Wednesday afternoon at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave. The contest highlights the talents of the top 10 poets of Craig Middle School’s eighth grade class, with five ranked places and five honorable mentions.

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Your Health: ‘Tis the season for allergy awareness

Springtime brings with it warmer weather and blossoming plant life, but this combination can be less than pleasant if it’s causing your nose to run, your eyes to water or any number of other maladies tied to allergies.

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Job fair provides information, opportunities for Craig teens

The Discovery Expo Youth Career and Job Fair took place Thursday afternoon at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus. Hosted by the Colorado Workforce Center, Craig Daily Press, CNCC, Moffat County High School Student Council and Craig Chamber of Commerce, the event gave young people in the area an opportunity to look into the working world with about 20 groups and companies providing information.

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The Bock’s Office: Zany European exploits abound in ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

A story doesn’t have to be true, moral or even make complete sense in order to be meaningful. If none of these things bother you, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has a vacancy.

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College astronomers among viewers of lunar eclipse

'Blood moon' to appear 3 more times in 2014, 2015

Late Monday night and during the earliest hours of Tuesday, many people around the world cast their gaze skyward to see the spectacle of the full lunar eclipse, known as the "blood moon" because of a reddish appearance of the celestial body while in the shadow of Earth. The first of four occurrences scheduled to happen between now and fall 2015 was a talking point for the astronomy students of Colorado Northwestern Community College as they spent the night observing through telescopes on the Craig campus, a practice which has become more and familiar to them in recent weeks.

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4 candidates emerge for Moffat County High School principal job

Assistant principal, athletics director among contenders

The Moffat County School District has reached the final step in the process of hiring a new principal at Moffat County High School, with four candidates interviewing for the position this week. The school hosted a meet-and-greet event Monday night for parents and community members to interface with those vying for the job.

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National Library Week includes giveaways in Craig

April 13 to 19 is National Library Week, and the Moffat County Libraries are among the organizations making the celebration special for patrons.

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Your Health: Man up to preserve your body

TMH’s March MAN­­ness program is winding down, and men’s final chance to participate in discounted health screenings is Tuesday. Despite the name, the effort was extended an extra two weeks into the first half of April to accommodate increased a greater demand than expected as well as to hopefully encourage more men to participate.

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Horizons’ Pick-a-Dish event sees choice attendance

The second annual Horizons Specialized Services Pick-a-Dish event at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion served numerous purposes. Feeding the hungry and raising funds were among the accomplishments Horizons Director Susan Mizen was pleased with, but more important to her was the mingling of Horizons clients with the community.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Captain America’ sequel weaker but still packs a punch

When your job used to involve throwing a red, white and blue hunk of metal at a bunch of Nazis, it’s understandable you might feel a little out of place in modern society. But as “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” shows, there are always enemies to be defeated.

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From left, Bank of Colorado representatives Ashley Green and Audrey Anna Charchalis discuss what their jobs entail with Moffat County High School juniors Savannah Galloway and Alexis Martinez during a career fair at Colorado Northwestern Community College Thursday afternoon. Numerous local businesses attended to talk about employment opportunities with young people.

Liz Johnson, Colorado Northwestern Community College sciences instructor, adjusts her telescope while anticipating the beginning of the total lunar eclipse. Johnson and her astronomy students observed the celestial event starting late Monday night.

Rick Schmitz, center, speaks with community members Monday evening in the Moffat County High School library. Schmitz, the athletics and activities director for Moffat County School District, is interviewing this week to fill the principal position at MCHS, as are current Assistant Principal David Grabowski; Kelly McCormick, of Delta; and Danielle Van Esselstein, of Ellicott.

Danielle Van Esselstine, center, chats with parents, teachers, students and other community members Monday evening in the Moffat County High School library. Van Esselstine is one of four candidates being interviewed this week to fill the principal position at MCHS.

Kelly McCormick

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