Andy Bockelman

Sports & Entertainment Reporter

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

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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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The Bock’s Office: Halloween movies take all forms

Another October, another selection of horror-centric movies released in theaters. This year is no exception, whether your tastes lie with the extremely abject — in which case, be sure to check out Kevin Smith’s “Tusk” — the sensation of a good old-fashioned seance — “Ouija” — or something that is only slightly in the neighborhood of the holiday like the dramedy “The Skeleton Twins.” Here’s an assessment of some of the latest appropriate offerings.

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Craig preps costumes, makeup, parties for Halloween

Craig offers an abundance of Halloween activities for all ages, costumed or otherwise, from family fun early in the day to happenings later after the sun has gone down for the older crowd and perhaps a few kids willing to prove they aren’t scaredy-cats.

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Craig Clarion restaurant’s Big Barnyard Burger has yet to be tamed

There’s only one word appropriate enough to describe what’s been happening at the Clarion Inn & Suites lately: Big. The Craig hotel was the site of this month’s Business After-Hours Mixer, and aside from the food, drinks and door prizes available to the crowd, three brave souls got a taste of the newest offering from the on-site restaurant Castle Ranch Steakhouse, the Big Barnyard Burger Challenge.

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Moffat County volleyball finishes 6-16 after district tourney

The past weekend concluded the season for the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team sooner than they might have liked, but the Lady Bulldogs kept their heads up to make their last games some of their most hard-fought.

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Moffat County football to face top-ranked Brush in Saturday playoff game

MCHS will face Brush High School in the first round of the 2014 2A state playoffs, with postseason brackets released Sunday. The game will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday in Brush.

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Moffat County cross country races to season’s end at state

Girls team places 5th, boys take 16th

MCHS girls placed fifth and the boys 16th as part of the 3A State Championships Saturday in Colorado Springs. The teams took on the course at Norris Penrose Event Center with gusto.

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Moffat County football is playoff-bound

58-30 win at Roaring Fork, Aspen’s loss both benefit Bulldogs

Whatever else happens in the weeks to come, Friday was a night to remember for the members of the Moffat County High School varsity football team. The Bulldogs claimed a spot in the 2A playoffs and a championship for the Western Slope North League with a 58-30 victory over the Roaring Fork Rams in Carbondale.

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Moffat County football to finish season strong at Roaring Fork

Playoffs remain possible for Bulldogs

Moffat County High School will complete its season Friday with a road game in Carbondale against Roaring Fork High School, the only league team they have yet to face.

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Women’s group to host Holiday Home Tour in Craig in early December

PEO seeks larger membership

‘Tis not the season just yet, but Craig residents can already begin thinking about getting involved with a good cause once the yuletide is upon them. The local branch of Philanthropic Educational Organization will host the Holiday Home Tour in early December, a Christmas-themed event that will take participants to a series of houses around town to take in a variety of lovely decorations and spread plenty of good cheer.

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The Bock’s Office: World War II film ‘Fury’ hurt by delayed payoff

There are thousands of accounts of the American military’s exploits, all of which are worth hearing to get a greater picture of how our nation was strengthened during its hardest times. You want to believe that every depiction of these folks is an accurate and glowing one, but a film like “Fury” shows you can’t always reach high expectations.

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Miranda Mayerle, a cosmetology student with Colorado Northwestern Community College, holds still as Erica Dreckman applies a layer of makeup to her cheek. Dreckman, an experienced makeup artist, has been teaching special techniques to students around Halloween.

Kim Moore, left, a cosmetology student with Colorado Northwestern Community College, screams in terror as fellow pupil Miranda Mayerle pretends to attack her in the guise of a bloodthirsty zombie. The students of CNCC have been learning special effects makeup techniques leading up to Halloween, including some basic tricks that are very convincing. The open gash on Mayerle's arm consists of fake blood covering a layer of latex and tissue paper to simulate flesh.

From left, Jordan Todd, CJ Skowronski and Matt Moore partake in the Castle Ranch Steakhouse Big Barnyard Burger Challenge Wednesday night during the Business After-Hours Mixer hosted by the Craig Chamber of Commerce at Clarion Inn & Suites. The five-pound, heavily topped hamburger meal is a new special at the restaurant, free to those who can complete it in 30 minutes.

The Castle Ranch Steakhouse Big Barnyard Burger, pictured, consists of a 20-ounce oversized bun, 1.5 pounds of ground beef, four sausage patties, four slices of bacon, 3 slices of ham, three fried eggs and five slices of cheese. The five-pound meal includes a generous helping of French fries and trimmings like lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles and is free to those who can eat the entire thing in 30 minutes.

Seven-year-old Ayden Piatt wields the tools of a mad scientist at the Moffat County Thunder Cheer Haunted House of Horror at Northwest Storage. The third annual event put on by the group will take place for its final weekend Friday and Saturday nights.

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