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Andy Bockelman

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Craig Middle School football smashes Rock Springs

Bulldogs eye Steamboat rematch following wins in final home games

The scoreboard looked very familiar for certain members of the CMS gridiron Tuesday evening and pleasingly different for the other half. In their last games at the Moffat County High School Bulldog Proving Grounds and last home games altogether, both seventh- and eighth-graders took wins against Rock Springs, Wyoming.

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Moffat County cheer keeps pep going under new coach

They got a later start than most of the Moffat County High School teams, but the spirit squad has more than made up for that. The Bulldog cheerleaders are back in action and making their presence known during the fall season.

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Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School XC takes wins in Wyoming

MCHS boys team, Riley Allen, Wyatt Mortenson, Madysen Cramer each finish in first

Bulldog runners must be feeling like top dogs after this past weekend. On Friday, Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School cross country teams attended the Shana Ward Memorial Meet in Saratoga, Wyoming, and multiple Northwest Colorado runners took the gold.

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Visual wonders abound in Craig with new wooden artworks

Whittle the Wood places latest carvings in town; event organizers plan new online presence

It happens each summer as artistic expressions, flights of fancy or nature lookalikes come to tangible form as part of Craig’s Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, but it’s what happens afterward that show why the event has the staying power it does. The carving entries from the 17th annual Whittle the Wood were recently posted in locations around town, a process that involves a certain amount of planning from City of Craig.

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Moffat County football soldiers on against Resurrection Christian

Bulldogs’ 42-0 defeat to Cougars features Veterans Appreciation Night

The non-league schedule came to a conclusion as the Western Slope Bulldogs brought in the Front Range’s Resurrection Christian School. The Loveland team, previously part of the 1A division, clobbered Moffat County, 42-0.

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Grand Valley tests mettle of Moffat County volleyball

Bulldogs rally late in 3-0 loss; teams to play weekend doubleheader in Basalt

The first 10 minutes and the last half-hour of Thursday night was exactly how Moffat County High School coach Erin Knez wants her varsity volleyball team to play. What happened in between — well, there’s always room for improvement. MCHS hosted Grand Valley High School, taking a 3-0 defeat in three sets that could not have been more varied.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Sully’ lands well as depiction of recent history

A jet slamming into the middle of a frigid waterway may not have been seen as a best-case scenario before Jan. 15, 2009, but the film “Sully” reminds us that you can’t always anticipate everything that comes at you.

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High-ranking Resurrection Christian to provide challenge for Moffat County football

The last non-conference game of the season could be the toughest one yet for Moffat County High School football, but a victory will have them in an enviable spot as they move toward taking on Western Slope teams. MCHS hosts Resurrection Christian Friday with back-to-back junior varsity and varsity games.

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Craig Middle School football splits with Steamboat

Bulldog 7th-graders take double OT victory; 8th-graders slammed by Sailors

Craig Middle School’s eighth-graders will be marking their calendars for Oct. 1, setting their sights ahead with one thing in mind: revenge. CMS football teams hosted rival Steamboat Springs Tuesday night as part of the school’s fall sports night, honoring athletes on the gridiron, as well as those in volleyball, cheer and cross country.

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Moffat County soccer takes it to the Tigers

Coach: Players showed great teamwork, skill in 4-2 loss

The last time they faced a Grand Junction team at home, Moffat County High School boys soccer ran away with it from the start, but Tuesday afternoon was a much better all-around effort, if you ask their coach. The Bulldogs fell, 4-2, to the 5A Grand Junction Tigers in a match-up that was closely contested and a fine test of Moffat County’s skill set.

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Humane Society of Moffat County strikes out with Saturday fundraiser

Humane Society of Moffat County was bowled over Saturday night by community support. The yearly fundraiser for the area animal organization took place Saturday at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.

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CNCC soccer teams fight through series with Snow College

Spartan players fall to Badgers, continue to gain experience

The weekend warriors of Colorado Northwestern Community College soccer had another trying set of home games, though things continue to be looking up for the program overall. Men’s and women’s soccer fell to the Badgers of Snow College in two games apiece Friday and Saturday.

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Parrotheads create weekend paradise in Craig

Art n’ the Park n’ Lot provides hot spot for artists, music, family fun

Art can come from any variety of sources, and a vacant lot made a lovely way to spend the day Saturday in Craig. The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads hosted Art n’ the Park n’ Lot during the weekend, perching at the corner of Victory Way and Tucker Street with booths featuring the works of local artists and craftsmakers, as well as games, hula hoop and limbo contests, live music, a silent auction and more elements of the laidback atmosphere for which the group is known.

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Craig Middle School volleyball victorious in Saturday tournament

Moffat County High School struggles on the road against Coal Ridge

It wasn’t quite a perfect sweep, but it was a day Craig Middle School athletes will keep in mind for a while. All four CMS seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball teams were undefeated in a Saturday triangular home tournament bringing in Steamboat Springs and Rifle.

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Moffat County golf keeping heads down for regionals

Three-day stretch ends strong as Mike Bingham places 2nd at Gunnison

The final week of the regular season had some rough spots for Moffat County High School boys golf, but the Bulldogs are set to capitalize on recent highlights for its biggest tournament to date. MCHS tees off at the 3A Region 4 Tournament at Devil’s Thumb Golf Course in Delta with a Sunday practice round followed by the real thing Monday morning.

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Moffat County football hosting Military Night Sept. 23

Bulldogs use bye week to prepare for top-notch team Resurrection Christian

Having picked up wins and losses alike to start its season Moffat County High School football soldiers on, and the next time they take the field they plan to pay homage to people whose bravery goes beyond the gridiron.

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Moffat County cross country racing toward memorable season

Boys, girls teams have mixture of running experience, plenty of talent

A dedicated long-distance runner can face any kind of terrain, power through when their body is screaming at them to stop and do plenty more with one motivation in mind: finish strong. The Moffat County High School cross country program has a lot behind them this fall, including a previous season in which male and female teams swept the regional championships, yet there’s plenty more success to be had down the road.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Snowden’ a smart but singular story

While you’re watching a movie like “Snowden,” there’s no shortage of reminders that people may well be watching right back. Put electrical tape over your webcam, stick your cell phone in the microwave all you want, Big Brother is watching, so you might as well give him a show.

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New coach steps into Moffat County basketball job

Idaho’s Kenley Nebeker seeks to keep Lady Bulldogs hoops high quality

Moffat County High School girls basketball was on the rebound this summer as they went from a banner season to lacking a head coach, but now they appear to be in good hands. Newly hired head coach Kenley Nebeker met Thursday evening with parents of the girls hoops program. The new director of girls basketball comes to Northwest Colorado from Twin Falls, Idaho, though this isn’t his first time in Moffat County.

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Moffat County runners on pace at Liberty Bell Invite

Boys cross country places 2nd at Littleton meet, girls 10th

In one of the biggest meets of their season, Moffat County High School cross country athletes stayed on the right path as they keep moving toward a great finish. Heritage High School’s Friday Liberty Bell Invitational saw a fine finish for Bulldog boys, who were second overall within their division.

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Rodeo in Craig a rocking good time for Northwest Colorado

Moffat County team to finish season with events in Montrose, Elizabeth

They only get a couple days to show their area pride to athletes from athletes from across the state, and rodeo kids from Northwest Colorado hit the mark this weekend. Moffat County High School rodeo’s home event had the Moffat County Fairgrounds full of energy Saturday and Sunday, as competitors roped and rode, wrangled and wrestled and proved their grit and gumption midway through Colorado State High School Rodeo Association’s fall season.

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Moffat County football dukes it out with Delta

Bulldogs have good receiving game in 50-13 loss

With a last-second loss and a nearly unstoppable win situation behind them in recent weeks, Moffat County High School football players knew Friday night that their latest opponent would be yet another different type of opponent, one with an established track record of dominance last season, nursing an unexpected loss to start their season and ready to take a win by force, Panthers finishing in front, 50-13.

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Moffat County shooters state their business

4-H teams take high honors at state; rifle, archery shooters qualify for nationals

Moffat County youth were on target the last couple weeks. The 4-H state shooting sports events saw great results for local kids as rifle, pistol and archery teams went to Pueblo and shotgun and muzzleloader shooters went to Colorado Springs with big goals in their sights.

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Moffat County boys soccer toeing the line

Bulldog seniors look to break through playoff barrier for first time

Last season, the Moffat County High School boys soccer program was on the verge of making it to the postseason for the first time since 2010, only to be knocked out of contention by a statistical qualifier. This year, the Bulldog effort will outweigh the numbers. MCHS soccer kicks off their home schedule this weekend, players ready to take it all the way this season.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘War Dogs’ proves to be a misfire

We all have our own interpretation of The American Dream, as do the characters of “War Dogs.” Still, there has to be a happy medium between hocking bed sheets and driving a truck of guns through something called the Triangle of Death.

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Moffat County football prepped for Panthers

MCHS, Delta to meet for first game since 2013

It’s been a year or two since they last met, but two prior conference rivals are prepared to fight like cats and dogs just like old times. Moffat County High School varsity football hosts Delta at 7 p.m. Friday at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, the Panthers meeting MCHS for the first time since 2013.

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Craig’s CNCC soccer teams start season this weekend

Spartans to kick off new athletic program against Salt Lake Community College

The beginning of college-level sports in Craig commences this weekend. The Colorado Northwestern Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams seasons begin this weekend as the Spartans host Salt Lake Community College Friday and Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

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Craig Middle School starts season on same field as big dogs

Football teams each take 16-0 losses to Eagle Valley

The start of the season was a tough one for Craig Middle School football teams, but it will only motivate them to get stronger. CMS took to the Moffat County High School Bulldog Proving Grounds Tuesday afternoon to christen a new schedule, beginning with unfamiliar foe Eagle Valley.

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Moffat County football rocks Ridge View Rams in shutout game

Bulldogs take 44-0 win, move to 1-1 on season

Moffat County High School varsity football was prepared for a whole different ball game Friday night than their previous outing. And, these Dogs delivered. MCHS hosted Watkins’ Ridge View Academy in its first home game, taking down the Rams, 44-0, to improve to 1-1.

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Northwest Colorado rodeo athletes finish summer, start fall

Moffat County High School team hosts home event, fundraiser starting Sept. 10

Summer has nearly run its course, but for a sport like rodeo, the changing of the seasons means little for athletes who compete for most of the year if not all of it. Northwest Colorado cowboys and cowgirls have shifted gears moving from one season to another.

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Community on the hunt for Pokémon in Craig Chamber contest

Game runs through September at local businesses, on social media

Dozens of unusual creatures are on the loose in Northwest Colorado, hiding out in local businesses, and to the people most dedicated to finding as many as they can will be a big prize. Craig Chamber of Commerce recently launched “Pokémon GO MoCo,” a contest based on the “Pokémon” franchise that over the past two decades has included trading cards, video games, TV shows, movies and most recently, the “Pokémon GO” mobile application.

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Craig Kiwanis, Boys & Girls Club’s Yahoo fundraiser drops Sept. 10

Ball drop fundraiser, golf tournament has brought in $200,000 over 15 years

Northwest Colorado’s precipitation can be quick and intense in the fall, and if you happen to be in the right spot next weekend, you might just catch a sudden shower of golf balls. The Yahoo Golf Tournament and Ball Drop takes place Sept. 10 at Yampa Valley Golf Course as a fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club of Craig and Craig Kiwanis Club.

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Moffat County volleyball vying for victory

Senior players provide guidance during season of transition

It’s a young team, but with some solid senior leadership, the Moffat County High School volleyball team looks to set up a program that will keep getting stronger. Lady Bulldog volleyball has come out swinging with a mixture of seasoned varsity players, eager beginners and everyone in between taking to the court in a year that’s full of changes.

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Moffat County football starting fresh against Ridge View Academy

Bulldogs prepare for home opener, seek to avenge previous week's loss

Last week held some unpleasant surprises for the Moffat County High School varsity football team, and this weekend will see the Bulldogs get their focus back in front of a home crowd. The first home game of the season brings in Ridge View Academy, of Watkins, the first of three opponents the Dogs will host during September.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ — Music at its worst, Streep at her finest

With enough determination and effort, anyone can do something well and be recognized for their hard work. However, it takes a special kind of someone like the star of “Florence Foster Jenkins” to do something so poorly, so unapologetically wretched and still be genuinely inspiring.

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Craig athletes snap into action for Doak Walker football

New rules for youth gridiron program take safety into account

If you love the Broncos but can’t stand that they only play once per week, come on by Woodbury Sports Complex Tuesdays and Wednesdays to find the likenesses of the Denver franchise and plenty more who might make it to the NFL one day. Craig Parks & Recreation’s Doak Walker tackle football program started another season this week, with the gridiron community gathering getting into gear for grades three through six.

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Moffat County volleyball hit hard by West Grand

Coach: Loss to Mustangs in first home game provides valuable data

Despite a crowd that was very much on their side Tuesday night, Moffat County High School volleyball struggled in their first home game of the season. The Lady Bulldogs were swept in three sets by the West Grand Mustangs, the Kremmling school taking totals of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-9.

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Moffat County C-Team football manhandles Meeker

Coaches: 20-6 win showed great leadership by young players

The first bunch of Moffat County High School football players to hit the Bulldog Proving Grounds this season came to play. The MCHS C-Team hosted Meeker Monday, ending the afternoon with a 20-6 victory against the Cowboys.

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Moffat County football prepped for physical season

Bulldogs seek to retain league title, return to playoffs

As the seasons change to autumn and the sun goes down earlier and earlier, locations across the country engage young men in competitions of guts and glory in America’s favorite sport, and Craig is no different. Simply put, the Bulldog Proving Grounds and its inhabitants will soon be back under the spell of Friday night lights. Moffat County High School varsity football makes its grand return for a season coaches and players anticipate will be one of its best yet.

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Moffat County football falls to Rawlins in first game

Outlaws pull ahead in final seconds to beat Bulldogs 15-12

The first game of the season started rough for the Bulldogs, then got better and suddenly had victory snatched away at the last second. Moffat County High School varsity football took to the turf Friday night on the road in Rawlins, Wyoming, the first meeting since 2008 for the nearby schools. When last the Bulldogs and Outlaws squared off, the result was 26-16 in Moffat County’s favor, yet Rawlins claimed a win this time in the gridiron matchup, 15-12.

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Moffat County soccer sets goals for Random Acts of Kindness

Clean-up of elementary school property among volunteer projects

With less than one week left before their schedule starts, Moffat County High School boys soccer is looking to get in all the practice time they can before the season opener. However, their coaches want players to be no less ready to jump into action off the field too.

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The Bock’s Office: Sights and sounds sensational in ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

Music in any form is magical, yet it never hurts when a melody has visual aids to go with it. And, if you’ve never seen a tiny swordsman brought to life by the pluck of an instrument, “Kubo and the Two Strings” is one for you to watch.

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Moffat County football ready to rein in Rawlins Outlaws

Zero Week game takes Bulldogs over Wyoming border to start season

The big night is almost here as the Moffat County High School football team prepares to begin anew. The Bulldogs get in motion Friday as they pile on the bus, head two hours north and visit an old foe they haven’t seen for quite some time. The Rawlins, Wyoming, Outlaws have the distinction of being the first up on the schedule for Moffat County, the two teams having gone the better part of a decade without seeing each other.

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Public input sought for BLM White River office OHV areas

Open meetings in Rio Blanco County Aug. 30, 31; site tours Sept. 7, 8

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking community feedback regarding four off-highway vehicle open areas in Northwest Colorado. Earlier this month, BLM released the preliminary travel area alternatives for the Travel and Transportation Resource Management Plan Amendment for the White River Field Office. Preliminary alternatives determine which portions of the field office’s purview — nearly 1.5 million acres of BLM land — would be open to cross-country motorized and mechanized use, which would be limited to designated routes and which would be closed to motorized and mechanized vehicles.

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Moffat County golf scores strong at home event

Mike Bingham 7th overall, Bulldog varsity 8th at Yampa Valley Golf Course

After a year that saw multiple schedule conflicts along the Western Slope, the Moffat County High School Invitational at Yampa Valley Golf Course was well-attended Monday by teams across the region.

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Blue skies, blue waters for Parrotheads’ luau

Northwest Colorado group hosts yearly event at Elkhead Reservoir

There are hundreds of islands across the globe, and for just one day, Elkhead Reservoir was an honorary member of that list. The fifth annual Luau at the Lake, hosted by Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads brought a taste of the tropics to the area Saturday, as the local service group flocked to the Eats Beach part of the state park.

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Color Dash a vibrant, enriching day for Craig runners

5K race raises funds, creates fun for Boys & Girls Club

Within an hour’s time Saturday morning, everyone at Loudy-Simpson Park looked like a paint factory’s entire inventory had been dumped on them. But, everyone doused in bright hues was also grinning from ear to ear. The Color Dash 5K saw dozens of runners take to the paths along Loudy-Simpson and wind up looking like they walked through a rainbow by the end of the race.

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Moffat County boys golf aims for smart play

Coach: Small team has pros, cons in tournaments

Their numbers may be smaller this season, but according to their coach that’s no handicap. Moffat County High School boys golf has already swung into the season, and after a week of transitioning back into regular play, Bulldog golfers are prepared to post some impressive scores.

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Craig Middle School fall sports gearing up

Parent, athlete sports meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday

The time is nearly here as the younger wave of Bulldogs prepares for athletic endeavors. Just as Moffat County High School began its fall sports earlier this week, so too will Craig Middle School embark on new seasons starting Monday as teams for football, volleyball, cheer and cross country get moving.

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Craig’s tae kwon do students hone skills

New round of martial arts classes will begin Aug. 29

With enough concentration and determination, one can use their hand or foot to splinter a piece of wood, but breaking boards is only a small part of the bigger picture of martial arts. Northwest Colorado Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido hosted a brief demonstration of its students’ talents Thursday afternoon in North Park as eight young pupils progressed in the discipline by taking home new belt certification.