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Andy Bockelman

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Moffat County High School student remembered fondly

Candlelight vigil honors life of Torivio “Tory” Tovar

Torivio Tovar was better known to people as Tory, and the 17-year-old who had inspired many smiles also prompted tears Friday when his Ford pickup struck an oncoming semi along US Highway 40 just outside of Craig.

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Moffat County girls hoops splits weekend road games in Utah

The last two games of 2014 had mixed results for the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team.

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Moffat County boys basketball eying state possibilities

Above the rim, outside the arc, in the paint — wherever they need to be, the members of the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team will get there because this is the season they’ve been anticipating.

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Arizona school gives Moffat County wrestlers trying time

Bulldogs to compete in Warrior Classic Friday, Saturday

MCHS lost, 55-22, in Thursday evening duals with Thunderbird High School, of Phoenix. The Bulldogs hosted the Arizona team as a warm-up before both teams make their way to Grand Junction’s Warrior Classic Friday and Saturday.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Hobbit’ — For the love of gold…

Too much of a good thing inevitably has to have its downside. For those who have grown to love the cinematic tales of J.R.R. Tolkien, that aftereffect has finally come in the form of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

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Moffat County boys basketball finish Steamboat tourney with wins, loss

Weekend ends with 77-65 loss to Colorado Academy

MCHS was 2-1 during the three-day Steamboat Shoot-Out, claiming wins against Eagle Valley (58-15) and Denver Christian (71-54) on Thursday and Friday before losing, 77-65, against the Mustangs, of Colorado Academy, on Saturday morning.

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Moffat County’s Festival of Trees branches out

The third annual Festival of Trees, hosted by Moffat County Youth United Way and Moffat County High School Key Club, has been packed with visitors regularly ever since the month began, and more keep showing up, especially when there are more elements to it.

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New girls basketball coach shooting to build Moffat County dynasty

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team has been known to be a threat during the regular season and beyond, and even with a new roster and new coaching, the lady hoopsters plan to take it as far as they can this season.

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Moffat County boys hoops dominate Eagle Valley Devils, 58-15

Team to meet Denver Christian, Colorado Academy in Steamboat Shoot-Out

After an opening weekend that left them 0-2 to start the season, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team came back with a vengeance.

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Moffat County wrestling wins dual with Steamboat Springs

Two rivals battled Wednesday evening in the Moffat County High School gym, and while one team walked away with more individual victories, it was still the host that won the overall meet. MCHS won its duals with Steamboat Springs with a total point tally of 49-27 during a night that saw hard-fought wins and losses for both sides.

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Moffat County nonprofits see generosity through Colorado Gives Day

Nonprofit organizations around the region and the state participated in Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, as philanthropists statewide emptied their pockets for good causes.

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Boys & Girls Club’s Cowboy Christmas celebrates 10 years in Craig

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig hosted its 10th annual Cowboy Christmas Saturday night, its yearly gala event to celebrate the community that helps make it possible and show them what their efforts do for the kids who make up the membership.

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Downtown Craig feels like home with Down Home Christmas

The introductory Down Home Christmas Celebration held by Downtown Business Association Saturday afternoon had much to offer for those looking to start their holiday right, from horse-drawn wagon rides around the block of Yampa Avenue to a fire pit with tasty treats in Alice Pleasant Park to the plentiful decorations across storefronts.

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Craig Middle School hoops completes season with weekend tourney

Steamboat 7th-, 8th-grade teams win; Craig finishes 3rd, 2nd

The season-ending district basketball tournament hosted by CMS this weekend concluded in a heartbreaker for the eighth-grade Bulldogs, as the A-team lost by a single point to rival Steamboat Springs.

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Craig’s Holiday Artisan Market displays local talents

If you’re looking for a unique and beautiful gift to put under the tree this season, you’ll find all kinds of surprises at the Holiday Artisan Market. The fifth annual event began Friday and continues through Saturday, with about 30 area artists and craftspeople selling their hard work at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

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Moffat County wrestling locks into determination

It’s not uncommon to see Moffat County High School wrestlers at the state tournament year after year, and it won’t be long before the young athletes pin down the best way to return there.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Birdman’ soars proudly toward madness

If you’ve done all you can to avoid films based on comic books in recent years, you’ll probably be out of luck for years to come because they’re here to stay. But the love affair that the public has with the idea of the caped crusader has its own dark side, as we can glimpse from a film like “Birdman.”

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Moffat County winter sports start their seasons

Swimming, basketball, wrestling travel for weekend events

The winter sports season goes underway this weekend, as each of MCHS’s teams begins their year, including wrestling, girls swimming and boys and girls basketball.

Down Home Christmas to debut in downtown Craig this weekend

Downtown Business Association will host the first-ever Down Home Christmas Celebration Saturday afternoon along Yampa Avenue, bringing with it the sights, sounds and other sensory wonders that make up everyone’s favorite time of year.

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Moffat County girls swim team sets sights on winning

The Moffat County High School girls swim team is seeing the first wave of changes for the school’s aquatic sports, but they’re powering through and vying for both a strong start and finish to their season.

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Parade of Lights to illuminate Craig community

The annual Parade of Lights heralds the beginning of the Christmas period in Craig Saturday with a processional of floats providing both luminosity against the evening sky and a merry start to the yuletide.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Mockingjay’ almost satisfies your hunger

Given the title of the series and the time of its release, you can’t talk about “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” without making a Thanksgiving joke. The difficulty with that is that while people may be ravenous for more of the franchise, right now, they’re only getting appetizers.

Deals are many for Small Business Saturday in Craig

Shopping promotion aims to boost local economies

Residents of Craig are encouraged to join in the movement of Small Business Saturday, an effort to promote locally owned businesses amid the biggest sales weekend of all.

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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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