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Andy Bockelman

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Northwest Colorado Mule Deer Foundation banquet raises big bucks

Just as the deer and elk of Moffat County find safety in numbers, so too do the people who want to keep wildlife thriving gather in large numbers. The turnout was sizable Saturday for the annual banquet hosted by Northwest Colorado Chapter of Mule Deer Foundation at Clarion Inn & Suites.

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Craig Middle School wrestlers pin down team win at home tourney

Bulldogs to travel to Montrose, will host March 9 dual with Meeker as season continues

As one wrestling season ends another gets started, and Craig Middle School athletes began with a boom. CMS won its home tournament Saturday in the gym at Moffat County High School, taking the top overall spot against eight visiting teams.

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Moffat County girls basketball holds on to district title

Lady Bulldogs defeat Grand Valley to move on to regional round

Regular season wins and losses are a thing of the past now, and Moffat County High School girls basketball has only one thought on their mind at this point — time for regionals. MCHS girls won the 3A Western Slope League district championship Saturday in a highly physical 40-34 game against the Grand Valley Cardinals.

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Moffat County girls basketball seeking 5th straight district title

Friday win against Cedaredge puts Lady Bulldogs in championship game

Moffat County High School basketball has seen many victories on its home court, but during the past several years, the wins on the floor of Central High School in Grand Junction mean almost as much given the time of the season. MCHS girls hoops secured a spot in the 3A Western Slope League district championship after a Friday win in the semifinals against Cedaredge at Grand Junction.

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The Bock’s Office: Oscar fever

Hollywood’s biggest night is nearly upon us, with the stage set for the 89th annual Academy Awards Sunday. With trophy magnets and small successes alike on the ballot this year, anything can happen as we await the announcement of which movies of the past year will take home the gold. My predictions for how the night will go can be found below.

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Making a Difference: Many Craig groups play a part in Missoula Children’s Theatre visits

The educational experience is not limited to the classroom, and each year many groups in Northwest Colorado pitch in to help local kids get a unique and enriching encounter unlike any other. Since 2012, Missoula Children’s Theatre has visited Craig as part of its program to work with young actors in all 50 states and multiple countries.

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Making a Difference: Red shirt staff of Boys & Girls Club of Craig provide young leadership

Children can learn a great deal from adults, but when those who are just a few years older work with them, both young kids and teenagers can benefit from the experience. As with other branches of its national organization, Boys & Girls Club of Craig employs teen staff members to oversee and engage in activities with its members.

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Making a Difference: Moffat County Booster Club raises funds, promotes school pride

When funding for certain school programs in Northwest Colorado becomes difficult, one group is there to provide a little boost. Moffat County Booster Club works to bring in money to support various athletic and extracurricular endeavors. The group, which was first formed in 2012, is a non-profit organization with a mission statement to enhance school spirit and promote Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School by providing resources wherever needed.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Lion’ roars triumphantly as true tale of overcoming impossible odds

Many of us have parts of our childhood we’d like to forget, but for just as many, drawing a complete blank can be just as upsetting. For those who need motivation to piece together both the painful and pleasant parts of their life, that’s why a movie like “Lion” exists.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Lego Batman’ — Holy successful spin-off!

With a rogues gallery that includes a crocodile man, a lady in pigtails and harlequin makeup and a sentient glob of muck, you’d think “The Lego Batman Movie” would already be as crazy as it could get. You’d be wrong.

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Weekend Roundup: On the hunt for fun in Northwest Colorado

Whether you’re an aspiring artist, a wildlife enthusiast or just want to kick back for some tunes, you can find something to do this weekend in Northwest Colorado.

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Craig hoopster aiming high for state Elks Free Throw Contest

It may be a long trip this weekend, and though he won’t be behind the wheel himself, Craig’s Cort Murphy has plenty of drive to succeed. Murphy will compete Saturday in the state round of the Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest in Salida.

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Moffat County hoops heads into district mindset

Lady Bulldogs top Roaring Fork to move to semifinals; boys fall to Aspen

The regular season is in the books for Moffat County High School basketball as one set of Bulldogs moves along to the district round of the playoffs.

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Mighty Moffat County: Miki Klimper finishes runner-up at state wrestling

10th place Bulldogs prepare to apply lessons learned for future

Emotions ran high for Yampa Valley wrestlers and their fans Saturday night in Denver, perhaps even more so right at the end as the evening came to a close differently than they wanted. Moffat County High School wrestling completed its season in 10th place among teams at the 3A CHSAA State Championships, with two of the Bulldogs placing.

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Mighty Moffat County: Wrestlers prepare to apply lessons learned at state for future

Even if they don’t finish the State Championships with a medal, Moffat County High School wrestlers end their time at the Pepsi Center with a wealth of knowledge for next season. With eight Moffat County grapplers attending the final event of the schedule, Saturday afternoon saw seven Bulldogs done for the year as the consolation brackets concluded for 3A teams.

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Mighty Moffat County: Wrestlers power through second day at state

Bulldog Miki Klimper advances to championship round

Another day, another shot at glory for Moffat County High School wrestling. The second segment of the three-day CHSAA 3A State Championships saw the Bulldog pride going strong as Moffat County athletes returned to the mats of the Pepsi Center Friday.

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Mighty Moffat County: Wrestlers stay strong to start state championships

With the first day of the 2017 CHSAA Wrestling State Championships done, teams across the state have taken quick victories, hard-fought losses and everything in between, and Moffat County High School was no exception. After the opening round Thursday, MCHS stands in eighth place among 3A teams with four grapplers still in contention to capture a state title.

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Moffat County hoops sets sights on districts, ready to salute seniors in Friday games

The season has gone by fast for Moffat County High School hoops, and the time is now to see the Bulldog teams in action if you haven’t already. Friday marks the final regular season home game for MCHS boys and girls basketball, as they bring the Delta Panthers to the Dog House.

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Moffat County sends off eight Bulldog wrestlers to state

Moffat County High School bid good luck to its crew of varsity wrestlers Wednesday, as the group of athletes embarked on their journey to the 3A CHSAA State Championships. The tournament takes place from Thursday to Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver and will include the best of the best in the sport from schools ranging from 2A to 5A.

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Art, chocolate make good mixture for favorite Craig downtown event

If there’s a slight chill in the air yet couples are still strolling down the street with a bundle of sweet stuff in their hands, you know it must be the yearly Art Walk and Taste of Chocolate. Downtown Business Association brought its local lead-in to Valentine’s Day to life Saturday as shops along Yampa Avenue and Victory Way treated residents to fine arts, live music and tempting confections.

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Moffat County basketball stays strong during road series

Boys, girls hoops defeat Olathe; Bulldog boys lose heartbreaker in Gunnison

It’s a road trip that can be a hassle for Moffat County High School hoops each year, but the miles traveled were mostly worth it over the past weekend. MCHS varsity basketball won three of four match-ups Friday and Saturday, with away games in Olathe and Gunnison.

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Moffat County wrestlers reign as regional champs

Bulldogs win tournament, prepare to send eight to state

Simply put, Moffat County High School wrestling had a great weekend. MCHS claimed the 3A Region 1 team title Saturday during the regional tournament in Buena Vista, with one individual champion, eight state qualifiers and 11 total athletes making it to the podium, tallying 196 points according to Trackwrestling.

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Moffat County C-team basketball shows grade-A sportsmanship

Girls take three wins during week; boys highlight teammate to close Thursday game

It’s not often a single shot warrants high energy from a basketball crowd in the final minutes when the team is already down by more than 20 points. Even so, this reaction meant the world to a member of Moffat County High School hoops. MCHS C-teams had a busy schedule this week, with girls hosting Meeker Tuesday and both squads traveling to Roaring Fork Wednesday and bringing in Battle Mountain Thursday.

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Moffat County wrestling ready to rock regional tournament

They’ve been working hard all season, but this week marks the move into a new level of competition for Moffat County High School wrestling. The 3A Region 1 Tournament takes place Friday and Saturday in Buena Vista, with MCHS one of 14 teams looking to send athletes to the state finals. Tuesday was an intensive practice day for the Bulldogs as teammates and coaches squared off among themselves round after round to simulate the lengthy days ahead of them.

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Craig Middle School basketball looks to districts after sneaking past Soroco

Craig Middle School girls basketball teams are nearing the end of the season, and some athletes have one word on their minds: “undefeated.” CMS hoops attends the district tournament Saturday in Rangely, and the girls in blue and white look to carry over the energy from their most recent set of home games. The seventh-grade A-Team has yet to experience defeat this year, taking a 47-8 win against Soroco in their final home event.

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Steamboat swimmer Annika Fahrner to represent Moffat County program at state

Craig team consists of multiple Northwest Colorado athletes

The past two seasons have been somewhat of a dry spell for Moffat County High School girls swimming as far as the state championships are concerned, but that changes later this week. And, though the athlete who will be attending the big time isn’t an MCHS student, she’ll be representing all of Northwest Colorado. Steamboat Springs’ Annika Fahrner will compete on behalf of MCHS at the 3A CHSAA State Championships starting Thursday in Thornton.

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Craig kids soar on stage in Missoula Children’s Theatre’s ‘Peter and Wendy’

With a little touch of pixie dust, the Moffat County High School auditorium transformed into a magical place Saturday afternoon. Missoula Children’s Theater presented “Peter and Wendy” with a cast brimming with Craig kids to tell the classic tale of the boy who never grew up.

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Moffat County senior swimmer Marisa Hulstine honored at league championships

Bulldogs place 10th; Steamboat Springs’ Annika Fahrner to represent team at state

Though the season is now complete for most members of the Moffat County High School girls swim team, the final meet of her career held a special honor for one athlete. MCHS placed 10th at the Southwestern Conference League Championships Friday and Saturday at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

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Moffat County Bulldog hockey gets physical in first home game

18U team falls 5-3 Saturday, Sunday to Telluride

An early lead, dynamic competition and a nail-biting final few minutes — all Moffat County fans could ask for in the first home game for the 18 and under Midget hockey team. The Craig Youth Hockey Association squad took a 5-3 loss Saturday to Telluride in the late season home opener for the 18U Bulldogs.

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Learning to work every step of the way: Craig’s Kayla Pinnt earns All-Around Athlete

Former Moffat County athlete, 10-time state track star to be honored by Sportswomen of Colorado

Kayla Pinnt is the first to acknowledge that while athletic skill is a blessing, it means little if the person is unwilling to put in the work to succeed. And, just like a lap around the track, the work that the former Moffat County High School student has put in has come full circle. The organization Sportswomen of Colorado — honoring female athletes from high school to Olympic level — recently announced that Kayla will be honored March 12 as All-Around Athlete, small school category in recognition of her senior year at MCHS.

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Craig Middle School girls hoops hits hard hosting Hayden, Baggs

A long weekday session of basketball paid off for Craig Middle School girls teams Thursday. CMS hoops went 3-1 on the day bringing in Hayden and Baggs, Wyoming.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ a sweet but insipid pet picture

Rarely do we actually get in the head of our movie canines, and as lovable as Old Yeller, Benji and Air Bud were, viewers didn’t always know what made them tick. But, as “A Dog’s Purpose” shows, just seeing the world through their eyes doesn’t intrinsically answer that question.

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Moffat County boys basketball bombards Steamboat Springs

Any opportunity to sink their Highway 40 rivals is well worth it for Moffat County High School. MCHS boys C-Team basketball overtook Steamboat Springs Tuesday afternoon in a 40-30 win for the younger Bulldogs.

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Community dresses to impress for Craig Rotary Club's Diamonds & Spurs

The wheels were in motion Saturday night at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion as Rotary Club of Craig’s yearly formal fundraiser event Diamonds & Spurs brought a sense of elegance to the community.

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Moffat County C-Team basketball busts up Meeker, Coal Ridge in home tourney

The younger athletes of Moffat County High School hoops had their due Saturday as C-Team basketball hosted its own tournament. Bulldog squads were the big winners of the day as both boys and girls groups went 2-0 against opponents, with Meeker and Coal Ridge coming to town.

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Craig competitors make their move to raise big bucks, win CASA’s Dancing with the Stars

Craig residents Dave Fleming and Jeni Giedd were footloose and fancy-free Friday night and waltzed away with a big honor. As part of the sixth annual Dancing with the Stars benefit for Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA in Steamboat Springs, Fleming and Giedd were named the big winners of the night for their routine.

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Craig’s Tané Otis takes home Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year for Northwest Colorado

Teen will compete at state level with essay detailing how organization has benefited her

The word “support” is one that matters greatly to Moffat County High School senior Tané Otis. It’s something that she’s received in the past when she needed it and plans to pay it forward in the near and distant future. This week, Otis received Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado during a Thursday ceremony in Steamboat Springs.

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Home sweet home: Moffat County hoops back on own court against Roaring Fork

The Friday return of varsity basketball to the Moffat County High School gym brought with it bunches of blue and white as well as plentiful pink. The cancer awareness games for MCHS hoops marked the end of a three-week hiatus from home for the Bulldogs as teams hosted the Roaring Fork Rams of Carbondale.

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Craig CNCC soccer starts signing process for 2017 season, promotes new coach

Kaylynn Haefs signs for women; Joe Eades to replace Lance Noble as Spartan men’s head coach

As Colorado Northwestern Community College soccer goes into its sophomore season on the Craig campus, personnel are retooling a great deal of the program, but building on what’s already been established is a lot easier than starting from scratch. Moffat County High School senior Kaylynn Haefs signed her letter of intent Thursday to play for the women’s team CNCC this fall, one of multiple changes for the Spartans within the past month.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘La La Land’ a lovely, laudable film we’ve already seen before

This year, a city that prides itself on always having the right look, the right sound and most importantly the right feel finally gets its due after decades of going unacknowledged. And, if you believe that buildup, you’ll love everything about “La La Land.”

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Moffat County wrestlers conquer Cowboys

Dual meet with Meeker sees Bulldogs win, 39-32

A Tuesday night win galvanized the Moffat County High School wrestling team, not just as another link in a chain of successes this season but also a victory they’ve been looking to achieve against a respected rival. The Bulldogs bested Meeker, 39-32, in a dual meet on the road where MCHS athletes took it to the Cowboys, the second-ranked team in Colorado’s 2A division, according to On the Mat.

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Give it a shot: Craig Trap Club Polar Bear League offers winter shooting season

Trapshooting group emphasizes safety, welcoming environment for beginners

To the unprepared, a round of anything outdoors in the wintertime takes a lot of effort to brave the cold. Those in Northwest Colorado are rarely too put off by the chilly climate, and some even relish the chance to get out and practice their shooting. And, “ready, aim, fire” sounds a lot better than “shiver, sniffle, freeze.” Craig Trap Club has begun its new season of the Polar Bear League, a twice-weekly outdoor shooting program that runs through March.

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Moffat County wrestlers close home schedule with win over Soroco

Bulldogs, Rams well-matched in Friday night dual; Soroco to compete at Paonia

The Dog Pound of Moffat County High School has seen its last wrestling mat rolled out for competition this season, but the last home event of the year was a memorable one, albeit quick. MCHS wrestlers hosted Soroco Friday for the Bulldogs’ final dual in front of a home crowd, Moffat County taking the win, 53-15.

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The Bock’s Office: Top 10 films of 2016

Each year, hundreds of movies hit theaters — some awful, most mediocre and a select few features that will be remembered for years to come. Without too much fanfare, here are the top 10 movies of 2016 as selected by The Bock’s Office.

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Bulldog at the big time: Eddie Smercina to represent Moffat County football nationally

Bulldog running back to play among top-tier athletes in Blue-Grey’s All-American Bowl

As a bona fide bunch of Raider Haters, the venue may not be ideal for the Smercina family this weekend, but the occasion is nonetheless one to celebrate. Moffat County High School senior Eddie Smercina will compete in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum. The collection of high school-level gridiron greats is a showcase of prospects in the sport from across the nation, with three separate events at NFL stadiums in Oakland, Dallas and Jacksonville, Florida.

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Moffat County wrestling no underdogs at Florence tourney

Miki Klimper pins top-ranked competitor to win Husky Invite

Moffat County High School wrestlers were on task to prove who was top dog this weekend. MCHS placed 11th of 32 teams at the Mel Smith Husky Invitational Friday and Saturday in Florence, with Miki Klimper gaining a tournament championship in the 170-pound class.

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Craig Middle School girls basketball dominates home tourney

Bulldogs win eight of 10 Saturday games; teams will host another event Jan. 21

A jam-packed Saturday at Craig Middle School saw basketball teams fighting like cats and dogs, and with three feline opponents in front of them, the Bulldogs had plenty of bite throughout the day. CMS girls won eight of 10 total games during a home tournament, which included the Hayden Tigers, Rangely Panthers and North Park Wildcats.

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No missing the fun of Craig Parks and Recreation dodgeball league

In the mornings and afternoons, the walls of the Craig Middle School gym reverberate with the sounds of adolescents in the midst of physical education classes. But, Wednesday nights, the noises made by kids at CMS are replaced by adult grunts of effort, rubber balls bouncing off bodies and plenty of fun for all involved. The Craig Parks and Recreation co-ed dodgeball league has begun its second year, taking place each week as players each battle to be the last ones standing

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Moffat County hoops fights to finish in Grand Junction

Bulldog girls take overtime victory, boys hit by harsh second half

A Tuesday night battle had differing results for members of the Moffat County High School basketball teams. Playing at Central High School in Grand Junction, Bulldog varsity hoops had their work cut out for them against the Warriors, with girls coming out triumphant in a 44-42 overtime win.

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Senior Night a delight for Moffat County wrestlers vs. Basalt

Bulldogs take 70-6 win against Longhorns, prep for Florence tourney

The season is far from over for Moffat County High School wrestling, but if Tuesday were the team’s final event, it certainly would have been a high note. MCHS took a 70-6 win during a home dual meet with Basalt, the second time the two schools have met, Bulldogs dominating even more so than in the 65-15 victory they saw against the Longhorns in December.