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Andy Bockelman

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Drive for Cancer brings together Craig community

Fundraiser sees sizable turnout at Saturday carnival

While an automobile technically can only have one person driving at a time, it was an entire community that got behind the wheel this weekend to get on the fast track to helping others. Victory Motors’ second annual Drive for Cancer provided a fun-filled day Saturday with its family carnival, part of the business’s weeklong fundraiser for Moffat County Cancer Society.

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Moffat County’s 4-H shotgun teams locked and loaded for state

The young marksmen of Moffat County are proving themselves to be big shots. Saturday’s shotgun completion shoot at Craig Trap Club saw some skilled trigger work as members of Moffat County 4-H readied to go to the next stage of competition, selecting the top shooters for the state level.

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Craig’s Silver Bullet golf tourney going strong in 29th year

Ladies golf group planning cancer fundraising event in August

In a game in which low numbers are everything, Susan Utzinger is glad to see a certain tally on the rise this year. The 29th annual Ladies Silver Bullet Classic saw 69 women hit the links Saturday and Sunday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The turnout is encouraging for the Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association, said organizer Utzinger, noting that the number of gals on the course has continued to increase little by little each year.

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Moffat County archery, rifle shooters eyeing state contest

All it takes is a few holes through a target to earn a trip to the big time. However, getting those marks is easier said than done. Moffat County 4-H shooting sports named its state teams in archery and .22 rifle Saturday following completion shoot events at the Wyman Living History Museum archery pitch and the Bears Ears Sportsman Club gun range.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Minions’ has animated absurdity at all levels

There’s a universal language in comedy that people intrinsically understand. Whether it’s someone flirting with a fire hydrant or getting repeatedly smacked in the face to remove a bee, some characters and situations are just unavoidably funny. Don’t bother to question it; just watch a movie like “Minions” and know your intuition to chuckle is correct.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course’s PGA sessions set up Craig kids for future success

Local youth golfers shooting for big things at larger events this summer

In a game like golf, the younger you start, the more time you have to harness your skill into your later years, a lesson a number of local kids already know. The PGA Junior Golf Academy concluded its summer program Tuesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course with the Soda Pop Open, a three-hole event for young duffers to show their families what they had learned over the past six weeks.

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48th annual Cottonwood Classic sees heavy competition

Rifle’s Kyler Smith claims top prize; Rod Branstetter takes hole-in-one in golf tourney

It was far from three straight days of the exact same action at this year’s Cottonwood Classic. The 48th annual event, which ran Friday through Sunday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, attracted 103 golfers vying for some big cash prizes, with some taking home something more than a financial payout.

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Women saddle up for barrel racing in Craig

Riding in the Rockies series continues through summer

The 14th annual Tri-State Barrel Racing Classic presented by Riding in the Rockies featured 102 entries as women of all ages brought their horses to the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig this weekend. Tearing through the fairgrounds arena at top speed with their hooved companions, riders honed their equestrian skills while competing for a purse of more than $2,000.

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Moffat County’s Hugh Turner signs to play baseball for Michigan school

Hugh Turner, recent graduate from Moffat County High School, committed this week to play baseball for Finlandia University, a private school on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Hugh will be receiving a partial scholarship for the NCAA Division school, where he plans to study sports medicine, physical therapy and sports management, possibly achieving a doctorate in the former two programs.

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KS Kreations bakes up winning reputation with homemade treats

Mother/daughter team Kandee Dilldine and Kassie Vessely have a pretty sweet gig. The sugary output of KS Kreations won it the honor of Best Bakery in the 2015 Best of Moffat County voting.

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Great Divide Cleaning Service: Owners no scrubs when it comes to good work

It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it and do it well. The staff members of Great Divide Cleaning Service are those people when it comes to keeping the floors of Northwest Colorado spiffy as the Best Carpet Cleaners of Moffat County.

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Carelli’s takes home seconds as Best Lunch, Dinner Restaurant in Moffat County

Local favorite receives Best Pizza, Sandwich, Italian Restaurant honors

The voters have spoken, and the result is “Viva Italia!” Carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta repeated as the dominant force in Craig’s dining scene, with five wins in the 2015 Best of Moffat County, again picking up Best Lunch, Dinner, Italian Restaurant, Pizza and Sandwich.

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The Bock’s Office: Glad, sad, mad and more are all part of ‘Inside Out’

If Jiminy Cricket had any actual power as a conscience, his story might have gone a lot quicker. Then again, when you’re given a computer console that can make someone cry, grin or throw a tantrum like in “Inside Out,” it can get even trickier.

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Craig Sea Sharks make a splash at home meet

The Craig Sea Sharks youth swim program hosted its ABC Swim Meet Saturday and Sunday, with 43 local athletes competing against visiting teams from Steamboat Springs, Delta, Rangely, Grand Junction and Green River and Riverton, Wyoming.

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100 vehicles drive in downtown for Bear River Young Life Car Show

Even if drivers had been able to park along Yampa Avenue Saturday, the 400 and 500 blocks of the street were full of hard bodies with decades of history behind them. The 11th annual Bear River Young Life Car Show featured 100 cars, trucks, bikes and more, with owners proudly showing off the kind of care they’ve put into their classics or contemporary vehicles.

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More than 100 runners join in Friends of Moffat County Education’s Wake the Whittler

Group also hosting 5K fundraising events later this summer

Craig families were up bright and early Saturday morning to get the blood moving and to lend their support to Friends of Moffat County Education. FMCE’s Wake the Whittler 5K and One Mile Fun Run/Walk saw 123 participants hit the trail along Loudy-Simpson Park, with all ages from infants in strollers to toddlers moving as fast as their legs could carry them to older students to adults.

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Whittle the Wood winds down with carving winners, Jefferson Starship concert

As is always the case with Craig’s favorite yearly gathering, the noise level only grew in its last day in Loudy-Simpson Park, as musical guests closed the event by replacing the sounds of chainsaws with something out of this world. The intergalactic ensemble of Jefferson Starship dropped by to provide a memorable performance Saturday evening, concluding the 16th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.

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Saturday big day for Whittle the Wood finale

Winning carvings announced, Jefferson Starship concert ends event

It was only a few days ago, that they were mere stumps, indiscernible from any other log in the forest. But, if you visit Loudy-Simpson Park this weekend, you’ll see something far different than just a hunk of wood. The 16th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous comes to a close Saturday with the big finish, as the crowds flock to the Craig park to check out newly completed masterpieces and engage in plenty more activities.

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Jefferson Starship ready to rock as headliner of Craig’s Whittle the Wood

The town of Craig will be rocking this weekend, no doubt about it. As part of the 16th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous and the 11th annual Bear River Young Life Car Show, four bands will be hitting the area, including rock legends Jefferson Starship.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Jurassic World’ a dynamic yet dimwitted dino movie

The message of “Jurassic World” and all the movies that preceded it is to show what happens when mankind plays God. Perhaps the greater sin that comes in the newest installment, though, is the mistake of trying to play Spielberg.

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Golfers, students win big with Moffat County Sheriff tourney

It was the usual suspects and then some in attendance at the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office tournament Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course as 16 teams of four hit the links to support scholarships for local students.

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Clip-clop doesn’t stop at Moffat County Draft Horse Show

It wasn’t the average dog and pony show Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The Moffat County Draft Horse Show displayed the bond between humans and their hooved companions, with contestants from across the state, as well as from Utah and Wyoming. Organizer Mardi Anson provided announcing and commentary for the event, which featured more than one dozen demonstrations of handler-horse showmanship for all ages.

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Whittle the Wood generating new buzz on social media

Facebook, Twitter presence help increase awareness of annual event

One of Craig’s biggest gatherings of the year is around the corner, but if you’ve been following the event on social media, you already knew that. The 16th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous takes place June 17 to 20, and organizers are focused on promoting the yearly carving competition heavily on Facebook and Twitter before, during and after the big days.

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The Memorial Hospital pursuing status as accountable care organization

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

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Aloha’ a low point for Cameron Crowe

The new movie “Aloha” may have the most appropriate title of the summer. Within minutes of saying “hello” to the film with a name that has two meanings, you’ll want to say “goodbye.”

Andy Bockelman: A year in the life of a Moffat County sports reporter

The last nine months have been a whirlwind, and it looks like the cycle will start up once again before too long, but before we get back into the eye of the storm, I wanted to share my thoughts about what it’s been like covering a full school year of athletics at Moffat County High School.

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Grand Olde West Days organizer stepping down

Kandee Dilldine seeking replacement to plan Memorial Day event

Each year it comes together one way or another, but next year Grand Olde West Days may not be getting back in the saddle. Kandee Dilldine recently announced she will no longer be part of the process for putting together Grand Olde West Days, Craig’s Memorial Day weekend celebration which just completed its 25th year.

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Moffat County football staying busy during off-season

High school camp, open weight room sessions begin Monday

The MCHS varsity football program is already setting its sights on success by preparing heavily for the 2015 season, including practice sessions that will take off soon. A 10-day camp, as part of Colorado High School Activities Association’s rules, will start players off on the right foot throughout next week as they get back on the field and ready to build a bigger, better team.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ a satisfying but cyclical sing-quel

Music and comedy go together well when they both work, but it can be tricky to stay original. And, while “Pitch Perfect 2” has both these elements in abundance, it’s hard not to consider it as being on a loop.

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Cops, Vets and Kids Fishing Day nets lots of fun for Craig

If local law enforcement was angling to put some grins on the faces of Craig’s kids, they succeeded. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office reeled in hundreds of children and their families during the annual Cops, Vets and Kids Fishing Day, held Wednesday afternoon. Hosted alongside American Legion Post 62 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, the event has been part of Craig since 2003 to let kids see police and other officials in a friendly capacity while casting a line into the Little Rascals Pond adjacent to the Moffat County Public Safety Center.

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Moffat County rodeo stars gallop toward nationals

Craig’s Yancey Weber wins state team roping honors; Kinlie Brennise all-around points winner

The quagmire of the Moffat County Fairgrounds this past weekend didn’t make the sport of the rodeo an easy one, but those who went into the mud fighting hard have come out clean on the other side and ready for more. Moffat County will send five high school and middle school level rodeo competitors to the national finals this summer, following the Colorado State High School and Junior High Rodeo Association Finals event held in Craig during Memorial Day weekend.

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Moffat County High School sends off Class of 2015 with last hurrah Saturday

The pomp and circumstance sweeping the nation hit Northwest Colorado Saturday morning as Moffat County High School sent its Class of 2015 graduates out into the world after four memorable years.

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Moffat County grads remember past, provide for future

Time has flown by for the seniors of Moffat County High School, and if you don’t believe it, just look at the class artwork.

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Dude Dent award ceremony a meaningful night for Moffat County sports

Alex Samuelson, Matt Hamilton honored as top senior athletes

The Lewis “Dude” Dent Memorial Award Selection Dinner honored many of Moffat County High School’s sports superstars Thursday night, capping off a year that has seen a great deal of athletic achievement.

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Passport to Reading hits goal of 6,000 books in third year

179 Craig elementary students party hearty at program’s reward barbecue

Some say the journey is more important than the destination, but for the young bookworms of Passport to Reading, the two went hand in hand this year. In its third year, Passport had the best overall results yet, with fourth- and fifth-grade readers collecting a record 6,066 books read throughout the school year to surpass the goal of 6,000. 179 kids from East, Ridgeview, Sandrock and Sunset elementary schools were able to attend the barbecue Wednesday that served as reward for all who had achieved a minimum of 20 books read from cover to cover from the fall to the spring.

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Craig schools pocket nearly $6k from Axis Steel fundraiser

Local businesses, community provide 65.4 tons of metal for recycling

After several weeks of collection, thousands of pounds of scrap metal have been gathered from around Moffat County, and local schools have a little bit more in their coffers as a result. The second annual Axis Steel Fabrication & Recycling PAC Fundraiser amounted to $5,904.22 for Craig’s educational institutions, including Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School, GOAL Academy and East, Ridgeview, Sandrock and Sunset elementary schools.

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Moffat County seniors get their game faces on for Dude Dent Awards

Dinner to honor scholar athletes of all grade levels

To excel on the football field, basketball court or any other sporting venue takes talent. To do that and also succeed in the classroom is especially worthy of acknowledgment. Moffat County High School will pay tribute to its best and brightest athletes during the annual Lewis “Dude” Dent Memorial Award Selection Dinner Thursday evening at the Clarion Inn & Suites, a night that will honor those who have played multiple sports throughout high school while still paying attention to their schoolwork.

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Moffat County girls fly to four state track championships

Kayla Pinnt breaks own records, repeats as 100, 200 victor; girls place 4th, boys 31st

The Moffat County High School girls track team had a field day during the final stretch of the 3A State Championships at Jefferson County Stadium.

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Moffat County relay team races to 3A state title

4x200 group 1st at state, Matt Hamilton wins 3rd in triple jump

The MCHS foursome of Emma Samuelson, Lauren Samuelson, Kayla Pinnt and Ary Shaffer claimed a state title in the 4x200-meter relay Friday at Jefferson County Stadium with a time of one minute, 45.03 seconds.

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Moffat County swimmers end season with state preliminaries

Relay team posts best time

The Moffat County High School boys swim team made a splash at the 4A State Championships Friday in Thornton, though not quite as big as they needed it to be. The Bulldogs finished the season with some of their best times to date in three events: the 50-yard freestyle, 100 free and 200 free relay at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center.

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Athletes shine during Special Olympics in Craig

It wasn’t looking like the Moffat County weather would allow it in the early hours Saturday, but eventually Mother Nature smiled on the fortunes of an activity that means a lot to some special people. The Western Area Colorado Spring Special Olympic Games took place this weekend at Moffat County High School, as about 100 athletes from the Western Slope competed in track and field, aquatics and weightlifting.

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Young hunters sharpen skills during trip in Moffat County

Parks & Wildlife hopes to expand mentored hunt program

Colorado Parks & Wildlife provided two young hunters with a mentored turkey hunt in Moffat County this past weekend, the honors going to 12-year-old Laadan Rothermund, from Craig, and Savanna Goodin, 16, of Falcon, near Colorado Springs. The two suited up in their camouflage and took to the northwesternmost part of Northwest Colorado, Douglas Mountain near Browns Park Wildlife Refuge.

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Tyler Davis signs to shoot hoops for North Dakota college

If you were watching from the stands in early March and you saw Tyler Davis being carried off the floor during the regional portion of the 3A state playoffs for boys basketball, you might have wondered if his career was done. However, he knew it wasn’t even close to finished. On Thursday, Tyler finished the paperwork to join the Jimmies of the University of Jamestown. The MCHS senior will receive a partial scholarship to attend the school in Jamestown, North Dakota.

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Moffat County’s Tiawna Smercina to play college volleyball in Sterling

The list of athletes from Moffat County High School’s Class of 2015 who will be continuing their sports in college continues to grow. MCHS senior and volleyball Tiawna Smercina will be bumping, setting and spiking this fall at Sterling’s Northeastern Junior College.

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Moffat County baseball ready to take field as 16 seed in playoffs

Bulldogs to play Lutheran in district round, could face No. 1 team Eaton

Moffat County High School varsity baseball has made it to the postseason for the first time since 2011. With a record of 11-8 overall and 9-5 in the Western Slope League, the Bulldogs were seeded 16th in the 32-team 3A playoff brackets, released Wednesday.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Age of Ultron’ a super sequel as Marvel keeps going strong

How do you top the biggest superhero moneymaker of all time? Can it be done? Should it be done? In reverse order, no, yes, and in the instance of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” it shouldn’t be about being bigger and better, because that’s where so many have run into trouble before. But, since when has that ever stopped Hollywood?

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Moffat County golfers take 10th at regionals

Poor weather in Montrose hurts state-qualifying potential

A cold, drizzly Tuesday at The Links at Cobble Creek proved tough for the Moffat County High School girls golf, placing 10th with a group score of 325. Of the four Bulldogs who attended, senior Katelyn Peroulis came the closest to qualifying for state — which would have been her second consecutive year at that level — taking a 98 tally for the day and placing 20th.

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Moffat County league champs in 9 track and field events

Girls team finishes 2nd, boys 4th in weekend meet

Another weekend, another meet for the members of the Moffat County High School track and field teams, but the last few days were a slightly bigger deal than any other event so far this season. MCHS took nine event championships during the Western Slope Multi-Leagues Meet Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction, with the girls team placing second overall and the boys fourth among 3A schools.

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Moffat County baseball sends off seniors, splits games with Coal Ridge

Two weekend wins needed for playoffs

MCHS split a doubleheader with Coal Ridge, winning the first game, 3-2, and losing the follow-up, 11-6, making them 9-8 overall and 7-5 in the 3A Western Slope League.

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Moffat County soccer picks up loss to Vail Mountain, win in Rifle

Bulldogs’ final game Thursday in Steamboat Springs

MCHS was officially knocked out of postseason contention Monday with a 3-0 defeat to visiting Vail Mountain.

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