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Andy Bockelman

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Weekend crafts events take over Craig

When there’s a nip in the air but not very much snow remaining on the ground during the day in Northwest Colorado, it can only mean it’s time for craft season. Saturday activities were plentiful around Craig for those wanting to get some unique items for the holidays.

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Craig Middle School basketball trumps Baggs, Wyoming

Teams nearing final tourney

The Bulldogs swept the Rattlers, of Baggs, Wyoming, in three straight games Thursday night at CMS. The visiting squad from Little Snake River School fielded one team made up of students in multiple grades to play the seventh-grade A- and B-teams and the eighth-grade A-team.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Interstellar’ a great space film undone by Hollywood black hole

By now, announcing that you’re boldly going where no man has gone before barely even warrants a shrug from movie audiences. That doesn’t stop the maker of “Interstellar” from going a step beyond, even if he quickly takes two more steps backward.

Craig Trap Club fired up for annual Turkey Shoot

Craig Trap Club will host its annual Turkey Shoot starting at 10 a.m. Sunday at its gun range west of Craig, north of Highway 40.

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Craig Middle School gathers cans, $2,700 in funds for food drive

The students of Craig Middle School went above and beyond in recent weeks collecting food and funds on behalf of the Interfaith Food Bank, coming up with a grand tally of more than 14,000 nonperishable food items.

Hunting sees new trends for Craig, Moffat County

With the majority of the hunting season completed as of Sunday, feedback has been mostly positive for Craig and Moffat County outlets with regard to the conditions.

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Festival of Trees to brighten Moffat County’s Christmas

The third annual Festival of Trees will take place starting in early December. The yuletide event is hosted by Moffat County Youth United Way and Moffat County High School Key Club.

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Holiday musical in store from Moffat County drama program

'Mr. Scrooge' features all ages in cast

The curtain will go up next week on “Mr. Scrooge,” a musical version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” as performed by the MCHS theater program, with opening night on Thursday.

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New coach dives into work with Moffat County swim teams

Jeff Wert to head girls, boys teams

Jeff Wert will fill the role of coach for the MCHS girls and boys swim teams during the winter and spring seasons. The girls group first began practices Wednesday afternoon.

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Craig community hungry for learning at CNCC’s Taste of Education

CNCC brought back its Taste of Education program for a second year this weekend, hosting a series of sessions highlighting all it has to offer for those considering the college lifestyle.

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Craig sees seafood fun at Crabfest

Crabfest 2014 took place this weekend at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, with the Craig Chamber of Commerce providing heaping servings of king crab legs for eager patrons.

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Moffat County rodeo ropers lasso $35,000 at national contest

Cutter Barnes, Dusty Taylor prepare for winter full of rodeo events

Cutter Barnes and Dusty Taylor received a total $35,000 for their sixth place finish in the finals of the United States Team Roping Championships, which took place from late October to early November in Oklahoma City. The Shoot-Out event in which they competed had a purse of $532,000, part of a larger amount of winnings of more than $5 million in the weeklong rodeo gathering.

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Honors are many for Moffat County fall sports

Achievement was the word of the evening Thursday as Moffat County High School hosted its fall sports awards banquet. Table after table filled the MCHS gym in a collaborative event among all the sports teams as friends and family of young athletes came out to show their support for all the work put forth throughout the past few months.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Nightcrawler’ a terrifying tale of media mayhem

Most people probably don’t realize the amount of labor that went into that 10 seconds of footage on the evening news that shocked and dismayed them. However, if you’re thinking that image always tells the whole story, the guy from “Nightcrawler” will have you thinking twice.

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Craig Middle School hoops season starts in style

8th-grade boys 8-0 after Tuesday win against Meeker

The CMS seventh- and eighth-grade teams have found a great deal of victories between them, most recently in home games Tuesday, hosting Meeker.

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Craig youths claim 1st bucks on hunting trips

Tiana Nichols and Blake Juergens both harvested their first deer in October during the second season, and neither had to travel too far to do so.

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Moffat County football brushed off by Beetdiggers in 49-7 playoff loss

Coach: 'Could not be prouder' of team

The Bulldogs said farewell to their chances of moving any further in the 2A State Playoffs this weekend after a 49-7 defeat at Brush High School, with the day’s events at Beetdigger Stadium very much in favor of the now 10-0 home team, a division leader.

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Saturday playoff game in Brush is Moffat County football’s first in 8 years

The Moffat County High School varsity football team takes on its biggest game to date this season when it meets with Brush High School Saturday afternoon in its first appearance in the playoffs since 2006.

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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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Craig’s Catherine Compton struts her stuff as model, actress

By her own admission, it’s been “kind of a crazy path” for Catherine Compton, a 2007 Moffat County High School graduate, as she’s pursued an education and sought out a career in modeling and acting.

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Moffat County volleyball splits final games with Grand Valley, Basalt

Bulldogs seeded 5th in weekend league tourney

MCHS added to both the win and loss columns in its last matches of the regular season, losing 3-0 Saturday to Grand Valley and winning 3-0 Monday against Basalt.

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Craig hospital’s inaugural 5K goes off with flying colors

The turnout was big and colorful for The Memorial Hospital’s first-ever 5K Glow Run/Walk, a fundraiser for the Moffat County Cancer Society and hospital digital mammography services. Participants were decked out in everything from the favored color of the month, pink, to all kinds of unusual costumes.

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34-14 defeat by Aspen alters Moffat County football playoff projections

Moffat County High School varsity football is still in the running to reach the postseason, but the race is much closer than it was a week ago, after a 34-14 loss Friday in Aspen.

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Moffat County boys, girls runners on path to state meet

Girls cross country team wins 3rd consecutive regional championship

The boys and girls teams will attend the 3A state championships Oct. 25 in Colorado Springs after their strong showing at the 3A Region 1 competition Friday in Delta.

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Moffat County, Steamboat soccer end season with 2-0 Sailor win

Playoffs still possible for Steamboat team

They may not have been in the same classification for several years, but the Highway 40 rivalry between the Bulldogs and the Sailors was alive and well this week.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Judge’ can be a bit of a trial to watch

The last thing legal counsel wants is to handle the case of someone who shares their surname. The only thing worse is someone who insists on backseat lawyering, something that happens, but isn’t as funny as it sounds, in “The Judge.”

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Craig’s Doak Walker yearly football champions declared

Tigers, Saints big winners of youth football

With the long tweet of a whistle, another season of Craig Parks and Recreation’s Doak Walker tackle football was officially finished Wednesday evening, with plenty of memories for the pint-sized stars of the gridiron and their families.

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Hayden Station: Charging up Northwest Colorado

For nearly 50 years, it’s been providing power to Northwest Colorado, and Hayden Station shows no sign of stopping with new developments on the horizon. The coal-fired power plant is a crucial component of regional energy production, with two units — Unit 1 was operational in 1965, Unit 2 in 1976 — providing 446 megawatts between them and serving thousands of people in the area.

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Yampa Valley Electric Association: We'll leave the light on for you

Stretching across Moffat and Routt counties and even reaching into Wyoming is the cooperative Yampa Valley Electric Association, which is the next stop for the power produced by Hayden station. Though methods of providing power and levels of demand have changed greatly since the company’s 1940 inception, the mission to keep the state alight remains the same.

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Moffat County graduate pumps up Grand Junction competition

Bodybuilder Mychal Beauchamp seeks to promote physical fitness

Keeping in peak physical condition can build a lot of brawn, but for Mychal Beauchamp, keeping the brain in good form is just as important.

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Gunnison Cowboys outgun Moffat County volleyball

Thursday’s Steamboat Springs game is Senior Night

The Lady Bulldogs lost, 3-0, hosting the Lady Cowboys, of Gunnison, during the weekend in some of their closest matches to date: a pair of 25-23 sets followed by a 25-21 set.

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Moffat County football victorious in 34-0 clash with Coal Ridge Titans

In its final home game of the regular season, MCHS varsity football achieved a 34-0 win over the Titans of New Castle’s Coal Ridge High School, escalating their record to 3-4.

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Passport to Reading makes another trip around Moffat County schools

Moffat County fourth- and fifth-graders set off on a round-the-world literary tour this week with the kickoff of the Passport to Reading program for the 2014-15 school year.

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Safe driving campaign rolls into Moffat County High School

Thanks to Moffat County High School’s senior class representative, Craig’s roads are hopefully becoming a safer place.

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Moffat County volleyball comes up short against Coal Ridge

Coal Ridge High School swept the Lady Bulldogs Thursday night in 25-10, 25-12 and 25-17 sets, landing MCHS with a 4-11 overall record.

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Moffat County football ready and raring for Coal Ridge

Friday match also Senior Night, pink game

The Bulldogs will host the Coal Ridge Titans in their last home game of the season. Both are part of a four-way tie within the 2A Western Slope North League, along with Aspen and Basalt, that could send any of them to the playoffs.

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Moffat County soccer triumphs, 4-2, against Rifle

Team has rainy Thursday, 4-0 loss against Roaring Fork

The Bulldogs came out strong Wednesday against the Rifle Bears to claim a 4-2 win, their first since playing Grand Valley on Sept. 6.

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Moffat County breast cancer survivors share stories

A breast cancer diagnosis from one’s medical professional is an announcement no one wants to hear. It can bring with it month after month of waiting rooms, a list of possible treatments that sound worse than the disease itself and a fear of your life never being the same again. However, those fortunate enough to go through the process and come out stronger for the experience have plenty of wisdom to share.

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Moffat County volleyball battles to 3-0 loss to Olathe

Coach: Players returning to higher quality

The Bulldogs took on the Olathe Pirates, who plundered their way to a 3-0 win against MCHS.

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Moffat County football topples Basalt, 49-6

The Bulldogs had their first league win and their best game yet of the season against the Basalt Longhorns, in a 49-6 slaughter.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Gone Girl’ a mesmerizing mystery

The segment of wedding vows that mentions, “till death do us part” isn’t one most at the altar want to make their focus. However, those five words are very important to those who make up the cast list of “Gone Girl.”

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