History came alive Saturday afternoon during a meeting of Preserving the Last Frontier at Sunset Meadows. The Northwest Colorado heritage group heard from regional mainstay Paul Bonnifield regarding one of the area’s most well-known living features: the wild horses of Sand Wash Basin.
For many in Craig, venturing out of the city, county or state might be a rarity, but a number of those who got their educational beginnings in Northwest Colorado plan to soon move on to other parts of the world on the quest for knowledge. Current Moffat County High School students and graduates alike have lined up a multitude of international learning opportunities.
During the summer, the early morning tee times are the most coveted at Yampa Valley Golf Course for those who want to avoid the midday heat. That’s a problem the Moffat County High School girls golf team would like to have, but they’re not complaining.
Jaguar Terrill recently snagged something big. The Craig native and Moffat County High School graduate won more than $15,000 at the Mike Cervi Jr. Memorial Pro Classic in February in Casa Grande, Arizona.
“The Divergent Series: Insurgent” may not go in an entirely new direction, but as a bridge between two other movies, at least it holds up even with the shaky foundation with which it started.
Their faces may have been close to the blue and purple on their uniforms and those of their latest opponents, but the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team wouldn’t let a little breeze keep them down. It was a hard-fought loss for MCHS, as they fell in overtime, 5-4, against Middle Park, during a windswept Tuesday afternoon game.
For the Wagner family, the beginning of spring means less and less and eventually none of their favorite activity until the next winter, but they’ll have some vivid memories. The Wagners recently completed a season of snowmobile racing, with youngest member Tallyn doing especially well. The kid who just turned 10 revved his engine with some of the best young talent around, most of them much older than he is.
The Safari Club International Yampa Valley Chapter aimed for a big turnout this year at its seventh annual fundraiser, and it hit its target and then some. It was a considerable crowd Saturday evening for the SCI banquet at the Clarion Inn & Suites, as residents dove in to dinner and more provided by the group, which focuses on promoting hunting and wildlife conservation.
Classic American comedy has performances Thursday, Friday, Saturday
When you live in a household that includes a snake handler, a fireworks manufacturer, and a confectionary specialist who wants to be a ballerina, “normal” is a relative term to say the least. Such is the family that makes up the clan at the center of “You Can’t Take It with You,” the latest theatrical production from the Moffat County High School drama department, which opens Thursday night.
A rocky first game is a distant memory for the members of the Moffat County High School girls soccer team, now ready to play a lengthy, solid season. Now four games into their year, the Bulldogs are tearing up their new home field and loving it with a 3-1 record to date.
The young grapplers of Craig Middle School wrestling are on track to complete their season at the highest levels. The Bulldogs took second as a team and placed 13 individual members of the team March 14 at the district tournament in Oak Creek. Five CMS wrestlers took home the gold — Dagan White, Phoenix Harris, Isaiah Herod, Jared Atkin and Jefferson Piatt.
League opener puts Bulldogs at 1-0 in 3A Western Slope
MCHS girls are 3-1 overall after their second win this week, a 4-2 victory against Basalt, marking the first Western Slope League game of the season, the Bulldogs now 1-0 in the conference.
The newest adaptation of “Cinderella” has the unfortunate situation of two confining glass slippers, each made from different but demanding audience expectations. Whichever of these shoes fits best, the other probably won’t be happy.
One of Moffat County High School’s own is moving on to the next level. Surrounded by his coaches and parents, Matt Hamilton signed papers today at MCHS to play football for Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.
Many were the honors Monday night as the Moffat County High School winter sports teams gave their athletes a collective pat on the back for seasons well done. MCHS basketball, wrestling, girls swimming and cheer teams were the center of attention during a ceremony to cap off the winter sports year, as was the Craig Youth Hockey Association Midget team, consisting primarily of MCHS students.
The Moffat County High School baseball team doubled up on wins Saturday in its first two home games, 9-2 and 6-5, against Aspen.
Coach looking forward to return to state next year
Only six basketball teams in the 3A division were able to round out their season with 27 games, and among them were the Moffat County High School girls, who placed sixth in the state playoffs with their final game a 49-40 loss to the Eaton Reds Saturday morning.
With players turning out in droves this year, the Moffat County High School baseball team won’t be hurting for kids to fill out the field. MCHS baseball’s roster includes 37 players this season, and coaches Justin Folley and Keith Gille couldn’t be more pleased with the numbers participating in America’s pastime. With more than half of these players freshmen, there will be enough to field a junior varsity team in addition to giving the rookies playing time in the bigger games.
The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team won big in its first home match of the season, an 8-1 rout of the Rangely Panthers that put the team at 1-1 in a game that was the exact opposite of their first.
Lady Bulldogs to play final game against Eaton
It was a whole different ball game for the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team in its second day at the 3A state tournament. MCHS took control in the first session of consolation games, gaining a 63-47 victory against the Centauri Falcons at Colorado School of Mines.
On Thursday night, Craig voters got a glimpse at the people who will be serving them in local government, as well as what each of them brings to the table. The seven candidates for Craig City Council and the two candidates for Craig’s mayor convened at the Center of Craig for a forum hosted by the Bear Ears Tea Party Patriots.
MCHS girls to meet Centauri in Friday consolation game
In their past few games, the members of the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team have crossed swords with pirates, exorcised demons and stared down a herd of buffalo, but they finally met their match when it came time to tame some lions. The Lady Bulldogs were knocked out of championship contention in the Great 8 round of the 3A state playoffs, losing, 61-32, to Parker’s Lutheran High School in a Thursday afternoon game at Colorado School of Mines in Golden.
Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center will host a Dessert Night fundraiser Sunday evening at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. The event will feature a plethora of delectable dishes, some readily available for ticket-holders and others reserved for the lucky few who want to bid on them during a silent auction.
Track, soccer, golf, swimming begin; baseball to start this week
Athletes have been getting back into gear for the past couple weeks, and with any luck, the weather will hold out for those out and about as the springs sports period begins for Moffat County High School. The track and field, girls soccer, boys swimming and girls golf teams for MCHS started their respective seasons on the road over the past weekend, while baseball is set to officially start Friday.
Bulldog boys end season with 57-55 loss to Jefferson Academy
The MCHS girls hoops team is bound for the Great 8 round of the 3A CHSAA State Playoffs after claiming a regional championship with a 73-54 win against the Lady Buffaloes of Bishop Machebeuf Saturday in the MCHS gym.
Writing elements like alliteration, similes and onomatopoeia were on display in the Craig Middle School auditorium during the second annual Poet’s Café, as sixth-grade scribes got the chance to present their works in front of parents and friends.
The MCHS boys swim team begins their season this week, as the aquatic athletes make their way toward greatness starting with a relay event at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. The team has spent the past two weeks readying for the weeks ahead, their roster a mixture of young and experienced, including Chris Kling, Jesse Kurz, Daniel Rockwell, Wes Atkin, Jeremy Looper, Glen Dilldine and Jacob Briggs.
The Moffat County High School band recently received a Superior rating while in attendance at the Colorado Bandmasters Association Regional Qualifier. This is the first time the group and instructor John Bolton have achieved the high honor.
If you own corrective eyewear, and you’re planning to see the film “Focus,” you may just want to leave your glasses or contacts at home. Watching it as a total blur can only be an improvement.
Girls play Buena Vista Friday, boys meet Denver Science & Tech
It’s March Madness time in Colorado as high schools across the state begin the road to the basketball state playoffs, with 32 teams in each of the 3A boys and girls brackets ready to play in the postseason. Craig will be right in the thick of things as Moffat County High School brings in six teams for the regional rounds of the playoffs. After the boys and girls varsity teams both won their district tournaments this past weekend, MCHS earned the right to host the first two days of the event.
Sixth-graders now allowed to join team
During duals Tuesday night in the CMS gym, the Bulldogs squared off with the Meeker Cowboys, taking a 56-36 win overall for the event, which saw Craig claim 11 pins in 25 contested matches.
Safari Club International’s Yampa Valley Chapter recently received some significant awards. The Northwest Colorado branch of the hunting and wildlife conservation group was recognized as 2014 Chapter of the Year at Safari Club’s annual convention in February in Las Vegas.
Boys get second wind to beat Roaring Fork, claim title
Both boys and girls Bulldogs varsity hoops teams reigned supreme at the 3A Western Slope League district tournament at Central High School in Grand Junction, each taking the title and in the process defeating the only teams in the WSL to hand either of them a loss this season, a 56-39 win for the girls over Olathe and 57-45 for the boys against Roaring Fork.
Coaches discuss player strengths, favorite memories, playoff hopes
As the Moffat County High School varsity basketball teams move on to the final level of the district tournament Saturday and the regional portions of the playoffs after that, the Craig Daily Press spoke with coaches Eric Hamilton and Sam McLeod about what each of their players brings to the game.
Five students headed to FBLA event in April
Moffat County High School sent seven students to the state competition for DECA this week, with participants strengthening their knowledge of the working world in the process. Among those who went from Sunday through Tuesday at Colorado Springs’ Broadmoor Hotel were Katelyn Peroulis, Marisa Hulstine, Aubrey Campbell, Conner Kopsa, Hannah Beckett, Makayla, Thompson and Maryliz Ramos, showing their smarts in a variety of subjects in the activity known as Distributive Education Clubs of America, which presents students with situations they might face in real-life careers.
Whether they’re striving to provide funds for local students, working with veterans, encouraging aspiring athletes or just organizing a game of Bingo, the Craig Elks do their part to make their community a better place.
Good friends, maybe a snippet of “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and a slightly brighter community are what you can expect if you get involved with the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads.
Adolescence can be a loud, trying, scary time for many kids as they start to find their way in the world, but those who get involved with Bear River Young Life may find it gets a little bit easier with some guidance and some peers outside of school. The loudness will still be there, but that’s because of all the fun.
When someone tells you “manners maketh the man,” they’re probably inclined to lecture you about etiquette. When the hero of “Kingsman: The Secret Service” tells you that, he’s about to smash a glass in your face and beat you and your entire group of friends within an inch of your lives.
Bulldogs finish 1-15, ready for new beginning next year
Bulldog hockey finished its season on a positive note this past weekend, getting its only win of the year in a 3-1 match against Aspen Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park Ice Arena that brought pride to athletes’ faces as they moved on to another phase by saying farewell to the team’s seniors.
‘Gems of the Rockies’ features local chorus, visiting groups
The musical ensemble will host “Gems of the Rockies,” a dinner and show at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The night of beautiful voices — the literal translation of the group’s name — will follow an all-day workshop for female singers hosted by Bella Vocé, as well as visiting acts Ruby Blue and Déja Vu.
Saturday wins against Aspen leave boys No. 1 in league, girls No. 2
As you might expect at a sporting event where basketball players aim to win titles, Saturday included a lot of hard work at the Moffat County High School gym — but tireless energy wasn't the only feeling in the air
Earlier this month, the Super Bowl finished off the pro football season to the consternation of sports junkies, and this weekend comes the equivalent of the Big Game for cinephiles. The 87th Academy Awards will include just as many gripes and pleasant surprises alike as the best in film for 2014 are honored.
While their upperclassmen counterparts can look forward to some more time on the court, the younger members of the Moffat County High School basketball teams finished the season Wednesday.
Girls control Saturday game with Rams, win 46-21
The winning streak of MCHS boys hoops came to a halt with a 62-57 loss against the Roaring Fork Rams of Carbondale Saturday in Craig.
At its peak, AJ Stoffle’s Ski-Doo can get up to 118 miles per hour. Though during the average race, he’ll only use about a fraction of this speed, it’s good to know he’s got that kind of power in his winter machinery. Snow may not have been prominent in his neck of the woods this winter, but Stoffle has torn up the powder this season as a snocross racer in AMSOIL’s International Series of Champions.
‘Taming of the Wilderness’ performs next week
Whoever said that truth was stranger than fiction never got in the mind of David Morris. A blend of genuine history and wacky Western, the original play “The Taming of the Wilderness” will offer performances Feb. 20 and 21 in Craig Middle School’s auditorium.
This weekend will tell how far the members of the Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team will go, and while some may see the season end, it’s been a great ride thus far. The 3A Region 4 Wrestling Tournament takes place this Friday and Saturday in Montrose, and the Bulldogs will be among those competing for the chance to take it all the way to state.
Event part of Saturday’s Art Walk, Taste of Chocolate
Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council of Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, will host its fourth annual Cherish the Little Things children’s art show Thursday through Saturday. The show will feature more than 300 pieces of art created by Moffat County youths from ages 3 to 18. The show will be open to the public from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.
CYHA’s Midget team had its closest game of the regular season this weekend at the Loudy-Simpson Park Ice Arena, taking a 2-0 loss against visiting West Elk.