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Andy Bockelman

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Craig secretaries reflect on time with schools

In honor of Secretary’s Day, also known as Administrative Professionals Day, the Craig Daily Press stopped by schools around town to speak with some of the people who help make the wheels turn in the educational world and to say thank you to the secretaries, bookkeepers, office assistants and all who fill such roles in our schools, with each of them having their own unique story about what brought them to their jobs.

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Starbucks back in business in Craig

Coffee company opens new location in City Market

After much anticipation brewing for several months, Starbucks Coffee Company made its return to Craig this weekend. The provider of blended beverages, pastries and more offered its grand opening Easter Sunday at a kiosk location in the southeast corner of City Market.

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.

The Memorial Hospital board discusses plans for community roundtable

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees took action at its regular monthly meeting Thursday night.

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Your Health: VNA’s weight-loss program promotes lifestyle changes

The community health educators of Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be offering the Lifestyle Change Challenge to the region’s residents starting April 9. The free program consists of 16 sessions over the course of four months focusing on working with people seeking to drop weight and reduce their risk for chronic health concerns.

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Grand Futures reports a decline in teenage substance abuse

Substance abuse is a difficult subject with adults, but when children and teenagers are factored in, there are even more details to take into consideration when trying to curb behaviors, and taking a serious approach to the issue is vitally important. Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. April 10 at Colorado Northwestern Community College to discuss the levels of substance abuse among young people within the community.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center to oversee Baggs clinic

Yampa Valley Medical Center recently announced it will assume operational management of the medical clinic in Baggs, Wyo, according to a press release issued by the medical outlet Thursday. The release said the Baggs location — which also functioned as a satellite office for Craig’s Kinder Family Clinic and before that, Noyes Clinic — will go by the name Little Snake River Valley Clinic.

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Friends of Moffat County Education bringing back 13x3 Book Project

The 13x3 Book Project returns for its third year as sponsored by Friends of Moffat County Education. The goal is to collect 13,000 books by April 13 to distribute to about 1,300 local students in preschool through fifth grade.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Divergent’ tries too hard to be multifaceted

If you only got the chance to hang out with one clique in high school, with any luck, you wouldn’t adhere yourself to people you wound up hating for four years just because you were going through a phase. For the young people of “Divergent,” changing your whole identity involves a bit more pressure than just having to wear goth makeup because all your friends do.

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277,000 Coloradans now under health plan coverage

Next open enrollment for insurance not until Nov. 15

The March 31 deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan brought the total amount of newly covered Colorado residents to more than 277,000, according to data released Tuesday from marketplace Connect for Health Colorado.

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Your Health: Moffat County ranked 47th healthiest Colorado county

The 2014 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, were released this week, identifying Moffat County as the 47th healthiest county in Colorado out of 59 of the 64 counties in the state that were graded.

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Moffat County High School speech team attends state

Speak up!

The Moffat County High School speech and debate team recently ended concluded its competitive season following last week’s state tournament at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch. Senior Derek Maiolo and junior Chris Kling represented the team, ultimately falling before the finals with a 2-2 record in public forum debate.

Moffat County School Board to change up future meeting locations

The Moffat County School District Board of Education took action at its regular monthly meeting Thursday.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ a most welcome sequel

A major facelift three years ago brought back a group of performers many thought would never be quite at their peak again. And, it would appear the stars of “Muppets Most Wanted” have held up well.

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Casey Kilpatrick says farewell to Moffat County High School

Teacher to take position with state education group

Casey Kilpatrick will end his career in Moffat County this week, with his last day of teaching Friday. He will move on to a position in Denver as director of learning services with the Colorado Education Association.

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One Book, One MCHS, lots of ideas

‘Book Thief’ promotes literary discussions

Moffat County High School students and teachers gathered Tuesday to discuss the title they had all spent the last several weeks perusing, Markus Zusak’s “The Book Thief.”

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Craig Chamber maps out tourist plan

Interactive map kiosk project in need of grant, local funding

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is seeking funding for a new project that would put interactive touch-screen kiosks across Northwest Colorado.

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Your Health: Routt, Moffat County veterans seeking health options closer to home

Without a large enough veterans population in Northwest Colorado to warrant a new full service VA facility, veterans will keep making the long drive to Grand Junction.

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Craig students headed for Destination Imagination state event

Three teams from Craig qualified for Destination Imagination’s state event following the Western Slope Regional Tournament, held March 15 in Rifle. A total of eight groups from elementary school to middle school ages attended the competition thanks to funding from Shell’s Start-a-Team campaign, which began last fall.

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Community input still needed for public transit in Craig

A group organized by Moffat County United Way had its second meeting Thursday afternoon, building on what they had first discussed in January, namely determining the need for public transit within Craig and its outlying areas. Since that gathering, Community Impact Coordinator Amanda Arnold has received plentiful data from local and regional agencies about the people they serve who have trouble getting around town.

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Moffat County Thunder cheers its way to second place

Team headed to national competition in May

The members of Moffat County Thunder definitely have something to make some noise about after this past weekend. The Thunder’s junior cheerleading team took second place in their age group at Cheersport’s Denver grand championships March 16. Comprised of some of Northwest Colorado’s most nimble and energetic young athletes, the team came in only behind the Cheer Central Suns Heat, of Broomfield.

March 31 deadline looms for uninsured Moffat, Routt County residents

The end of the month marks a date that, if ignored, could have significant repercussions for people all across the country. March 31 is the deadline to register for health insurance, which, for residents of the Centennial State, can mean going through the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace if you don’t already have coverage.

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Grand Futures, VNA anti-tobacco program starts Wednesday

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition are hosting Kick Butts Day, an effort to inform local teenagers and all ages about the dangers of tobacco products.

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Sweet turnout for Young Life banquet in Craig

Event includes desserts, potato bar, magician and more

The Bear River Young Life banquet offered a little bit of everything to the community in its annual fundraiser at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion — a photo booth, a magic act, a number of desserts and “mashtinis,” portions of a mashed potato bar served in a martini glass. However, it also gave people in attendance the chance to learn more about “the story of Young Life,” as director David Pressgrove put it.

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Craig, Walden students attend Liberty Day in Denver

The Colorado State Capitol saw visitors from Northwest Colorado the morning of March 14 during the festivities for Liberty Day, an educational experience allowing students to see the activities of government entities and even meet the people who are part of the process.

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Your Health: Dental Coalition gets brush-up with new director

Clarissa “Claire” Dilldine began as the Dental Coalition director about several weeks ago, replacing Janet Pearcey, who left the organization at the end of 2013.

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Colorado poet laureate visits Moffat County schools

David Mason held workshops with students at Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School Friday, as well as a presentation at Colorado Northwestern Community College in his first professional appearance in Moffat County. Mason is the poet laureate of Colorado, a post that involves his promotion of the written form of expression for people of all ages across the state, visiting communities and teaching a thing or two to those interested in verse.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Peabody’ rewrites history with mostly good results

There’s nothing like a movie about a boy and his dog. But, something like “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” isn’t quite the same thing, considering it shows us a dog and his boy.

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Moffat County students to transition to new testing format

By the end of this month, students in Moffat County School District will have taken TCAP tests for the last time. But, as they continue to learn, they’ll be moving on to different sorts of evaluations.

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The Memorial Hospital board approves plan for new phone system

The board of trustees for The Memorial Hospital took action at its regular monthly meeting Thursday night.

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Your Health: Nursing know-how starts at a local level

Every idea that challenged preconceived notions sounds unusual at first, but in a field that’s constantly altering, keeping an open mind to fresh thoughts is key. The nursing students of Colorado Northwestern Community College got the opportunity to show their medical aptitude earlier this week when they presented their findings on new or less well-known techniques to health professionals at The Memorial Hospital and Yampa Valley Medical Center in a format not unlike a science fair.

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CNCC hopes to offer four-year degree programs

New state bill allows community colleges to expand

Recent legislation could have considerable benefits for certain educational institutions across Colorado, including those within Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties. On Feb. 27, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 14-004, which authorizes community colleges in the state to offer bachelor of applied science degrees. This would allow schools to feature four-year career technical programs in many fields.

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The Bock’s Office: Action is stunted but solid in ‘Non-Stop’

A trying experience like air travel is not meant for the impatient. The people who can’t help but tear into a bag of peanuts seconds after finding their seats are exactly the crowd the makers of “Non-Stop” had in mind as their audience, but it may be the folks with the greater attention span who will enjoy it more.

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Common Core discussed by Moffat County School District, parents

The Moffat County School District hosted a meeting Monday night at its administration building to address, among other things, the use of Common Core Standards in the region’s schools. Zack Allen, integration liaison for MCSD and South Routt School District, and parent Kindra Jazwick collaborated to put together the discussion.

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Satirical Craig Kiwanis play successful

The 68th annual Craig Kiwanis Club play took place this weekend, and if you weren’t there, you’ll have to wait until next year to find out what the hype was all about. The two-night performance is something that, as loyal fans know, is kept within the confines of the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

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Your Health: Cholesterol a concern for all ages

Cholesterol levels are far from just a grown-up matter, and Northwest Colorado medical professionals hope to emphasize that parents should keep their child’s readings in mind.

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East Elementary’s Tiffany Trevenen receives Peabody Energy award

Literacy coordinator given $1,000 check in Friday ceremony

Tiffany Trevenen received the Peabody Energy Leaders in Education Award for her work as the literacy coordinator for East, as well as her years of service to Moffat County School District.

Moffat County School Board hears ‘fiscal health’ presentation

The Moffat County School District Board of Education took action at its regular monthly meeting Thursday night.

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Moffat County High School DECA team hits state

FBLA to attend competition in Vail in April

The DECA team of MCHS attended the state tournament from Feb. 22 to 25 in Colorado Springs, competing in numerous events.

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Connections 4 Kids nurtures Northwest Colorado’s youngest residents

There may be some new elements to Northwest Colorado’s Connections 4 Kids, but even with differences in leadership and location, it’s still holding true to the same mission.

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Community Budget Center gives a hand up in times of financial strife

The Community Budget Center, formed in 1980, functions as a nonprofit business, offering a store’s worth of donated merchandise for the casual shopper as well as a little something extra for those who could use some aid of the monetary kind.