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Andy Bockelman

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Moffat County boys, girls runners on path to state meet

Girls cross country team wins 3rd consecutive regional championship

The boys and girls teams will attend the 3A state championships Oct. 25 in Colorado Springs after their strong showing at the 3A Region 1 competition Friday in Delta.

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Moffat County, Steamboat soccer end season with 2-0 Sailor win

Playoffs still possible for Steamboat team

They may not have been in the same classification for several years, but the Highway 40 rivalry between the Bulldogs and the Sailors was alive and well this week.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Judge’ can be a bit of a trial to watch

The last thing legal counsel wants is to handle the case of someone who shares their surname. The only thing worse is someone who insists on backseat lawyering, something that happens, but isn’t as funny as it sounds, in “The Judge.”

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Craig’s Doak Walker yearly football champions declared

Tigers, Saints big winners of youth football

With the long tweet of a whistle, another season of Craig Parks and Recreation’s Doak Walker tackle football was officially finished Wednesday evening, with plenty of memories for the pint-sized stars of the gridiron and their families.

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Yampa Valley Electric Association: We'll leave the light on for you

Stretching across Moffat and Routt counties and even reaching into Wyoming is the cooperative Yampa Valley Electric Association, which is the next stop for the power produced by Hayden station. Though methods of providing power and levels of demand have changed greatly since the company’s 1940 inception, the mission to keep the state alight remains the same.

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Hayden Station: Charging up Northwest Colorado

For nearly 50 years, it’s been providing power to Northwest Colorado, and Hayden Station shows no sign of stopping with new developments on the horizon. The coal-fired power plant is a crucial component of regional energy production, with two units — Unit 1 was operational in 1965, Unit 2 in 1976 — providing 446 megawatts between them and serving thousands of people in the area.

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Moffat County graduate pumps up Grand Junction competition

Bodybuilder Mychal Beauchamp seeks to promote physical fitness

Keeping in peak physical condition can build a lot of brawn, but for Mychal Beauchamp, keeping the brain in good form is just as important.

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Gunnison Cowboys outgun Moffat County volleyball

Thursday’s Steamboat Springs game is Senior Night

The Lady Bulldogs lost, 3-0, hosting the Lady Cowboys, of Gunnison, during the weekend in some of their closest matches to date: a pair of 25-23 sets followed by a 25-21 set.

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Moffat County football victorious in 34-0 clash with Coal Ridge Titans

In its final home game of the regular season, MCHS varsity football achieved a 34-0 win over the Titans of New Castle’s Coal Ridge High School, escalating their record to 3-4.

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Passport to Reading makes another trip around Moffat County schools

Moffat County fourth- and fifth-graders set off on a round-the-world literary tour this week with the kickoff of the Passport to Reading program for the 2014-15 school year.

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Safe driving campaign rolls into Moffat County High School

Thanks to Moffat County High School’s senior class representative, Craig’s roads are hopefully becoming a safer place.

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Moffat County volleyball comes up short against Coal Ridge

Coal Ridge High School swept the Lady Bulldogs Thursday night in 25-10, 25-12 and 25-17 sets, landing MCHS with a 4-11 overall record.

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Moffat County football ready and raring for Coal Ridge

Friday match also Senior Night, pink game

The Bulldogs will host the Coal Ridge Titans in their last home game of the season. Both are part of a four-way tie within the 2A Western Slope North League, along with Aspen and Basalt, that could send any of them to the playoffs.

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Moffat County soccer triumphs, 4-2, against Rifle

Team has rainy Thursday, 4-0 loss against Roaring Fork

The Bulldogs came out strong Wednesday against the Rifle Bears to claim a 4-2 win, their first since playing Grand Valley on Sept. 6.

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Moffat County breast cancer survivors share stories

A breast cancer diagnosis from one’s medical professional is an announcement no one wants to hear. It can bring with it month after month of waiting rooms, a list of possible treatments that sound worse than the disease itself and a fear of your life never being the same again. However, those fortunate enough to go through the process and come out stronger for the experience have plenty of wisdom to share.

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Moffat County volleyball battles to 3-0 loss to Olathe

Coach: Players returning to higher quality

The Bulldogs took on the Olathe Pirates, who plundered their way to a 3-0 win against MCHS.

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Moffat County football topples Basalt, 49-6

The Bulldogs had their first league win and their best game yet of the season against the Basalt Longhorns, in a 49-6 slaughter.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Gone Girl’ a mesmerizing mystery

The segment of wedding vows that mentions, “till death do us part” isn’t one most at the altar want to make their focus. However, those five words are very important to those who make up the cast list of “Gone Girl.”

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Moffat County volleyball falls, 3-0, to Grand Valley

Bulldogs to face Olathe in weekend match

After a sweep of Aspen last week, the Lady Bulldogs were on the wrong side of the 3-0 results this time with visiting Grand Valley beating them, 25-12, 25-17 and 25-13.

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Defense key for Moffat County football in Friday game against Basalt

Now that the Moffat County High School varsity football team is entrenched in the conference portion of its season, the time has come for players to buckle down and get things done on the gridiron. That’s what the Bulldogs hope to accomplish Friday, traveling to Basalt to take on the Longhorns and ideally move up in the rankings of the 2A Western Slope North League.

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Craig Middle School football teams trounce Steamboat Springs

Final home matches have 22-0, 54-20 Bulldog wins

The seventh- and eighth-grade teams both defeated the Steamboat Springs Sailors in their latest games, but in a different location. The CMS squads took to the field at Moffat County High School for the final home games of the season.

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Moffat County soccer topped, 2-1, by Colorado Rocky Mountain School

The Bulldogs finished out their Homecoming week with a 2-1 loss to the Oysters of Colorado Rocky Mountain School of Carbondale, putting MCHS at 1-6-1 overall.

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Moffat County football falls to Battle Mountain in Homecoming game, 41-27

The MCHS Bulldogs varsity football team lost, 41-27, in its game against Battle Mountain despite many strengths and a roaring crowd that was standing room only.

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Moffat County Homecoming spirit fires up

Parade, game, Booster Club events, Broncos appearances to round out weekend

The week is coming to a close for Moffat County High School’s Homecoming, but the conclusion looks to be the biggest part of all for everyone involved.

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Errors aid Aspen’s 3-1 victory against Moffat County soccer

MCHS lost, 3-1, to the visiting Skiers in a match that saw them shuffle their placement of players.

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Moffat County plans to smarten up against Battle Mountain

Homecoming game takes place Friday

Last week saw the Moffat County High School varsity football team take a break from regular play, only to launch into the work of practices. They’ve used that time to come back stronger than ever as the important part of their season begins.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Runner’ isn’t quite a-maze-ing

Kids, whenever you think your parents are being unreasonable, consider the fact that they probably never forced you to live in the wilderness and question if your next day would be your last. Compared to the teens of “The Maze Runner,” adolescents who have their cell phone taken away have it pretty easy.

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Girls hit hard in Moffat County Powder Puff Football

The girls of Moffat County High School took over the gridiron Wednesday as part of the Homecoming week festivities for Powder Puff Football.

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Moffat County sweeps Aspen in Homecoming faceoff

To say the Moffat County High School volleyball teams mopped the floor with their latest opponents might be an overstatement. However, all three levels of players still cleaned up nicely. From the freshmen to the varsity squad, the Bulldogs swept the Aspen Skiers Tuesday night in their first home games of the season.

Dr. Thomas Told named dean of Rocky Vista medical program

Earlier this month, Thomas Told was named the dean and chief academic officer of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker. Told has been part of Rocky Vista since 2009 and was the interim dean for College of Osteopathic Medicine for the past year before moving to the position permanently.

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Your Health: Snacking smartly in Northwest Colorado

Area schools offer new snack options

The battle for healthier dietary habits in students is ongoing at schools across America, including those in Northwest Colorado.

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Moffat County shooters have high caliber showings at state

Senior shooters bound for national event

Northwest Colorado was well represented in the 2014 4-H State Shooting Sports Contest in Colorado in August and September, testing their abilities with rifles, shotguns and archery equipment.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘No Good Deed’ has good acting but no good suspense

We all have the urge to play the Good Samaritan for people in times of trouble. Even so, you know what they say about “No Good Deed,” and the movie of the same name isn’t going to inspire you to have faith in that lonesome hitchhiker on the side of the road any more than you did before.

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Moffat County cross-country on right path

Saturday home meet, increased workouts leading to regionals

The boys and girls cross-country teams of MCHS will host their home meet this weekend at Loudy-Simpson Park, the first and only time they’ll compete in Craig this season.

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Moffat County golfer Mike Bingham qualifies for state

Golfer shoots 79, finishes 4th in Western region

Mike Bingham will represent MCHS at the 3A State Championships following a fourth place finish at the Western 3A Regional Tournament Tuesday at Durango’s Hillcrest Golf Club.

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Craig Middle School volleyball setting sights higher

Bulldogs labor for wins in home tourney against Meeker, Soroco, Rangely

The Craig Middle School volleyball teams hosted their home tournament Saturday in the gyms of CMS and Sandrock Elementary School against visiting Soroco, Rangely and Meeker.

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Craig Sheep Wagon Days provides hands-on learning for all

Whether you’ve felt wool only in the lining of your coat or firsthand on the animal that provides the material, there’s something for everyone this weekend at Craig Sheep Wagon Days. The 16th annual event is open to the public Saturday and Sunday at Wyman Living History Museum, giving all who come a glimpse into the many facets of the agriculture industry.

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Fall rodeo season preps Moffat County kids for spring

After only two weeks, the Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School rodeo teams are already halfway through the first part of their season, but there’ll be plenty of time for riding, roping and scoring points for both those things in the months to come.

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Gunnison slams Moffat County football, 49-0

The visiting Gunnison Cowboys walked all over the Bulldogs in a 49-0 game Friday night at MCHS. After claiming its first win of the season last week, the team found itself with a 1-3 record by the end of the evening.

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Mike Bingham, Moffat County High School golf sink 1st place in Gunnison

Coach: Team getting into groove on way to regionals

The MCHS varsity golf team saw a busy week in the southeast quadrant of Colorado, playing three straight tournaments from Monday to Wednesday, two in Durango and another in Gunnison, the latter of which was their best meet to date this season.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Hundred-Foot Journey’ has plenty of flavor

The universal love of food is one that goes beyond any language barriers or geographic borders. But the message that we all just want to fill our bellies, be it with curry or hollandaise sauce, isn’t all that the film “The Hundred-Foot Journey” has on its list of specials.

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Craig reflects on Sept. 11

Flags, personal recollections pay tribute to 9/11 victims

Like other communities across the nation, people in Craig took some time Thursday to remember 9/11, where they were and how it impacted them as Americans.

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Craig takes on display at Art’n the Park’n Lot

It’s not too late to experience one last gasp of summer this weekend, all while taking in the sights and sounds of the cultural elite. The sixth annual Art’n the Park’n Lot will take place this Saturday in the vacant lot near J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill.

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Moffat County soccer shuts out Grand Valley, 8-0

A home game against Grand Valley worked very well for the Bulldogs, as MCHS finished the day 8-0 against the Cardinals.

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Moffat County High School soccer shooting for victory

Changes include new coach, field, JV team

It’s a whole new season for the Moffat County High School boys soccer team in more ways than one, and numerous changes may be just the key to helping them achieve their goals this year.

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Moffat County High School football secures 27-12 win against Ridge View

1st home game of season draws excited crowd

The Moffat County High School varsity football team celebrated its first win of the season, a 27-12 victory against visiting Ridge View Academy, of Watkins, on Friday night at the Bulldog Proving Grounds.

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The Bock’s Office: Summer good, summer not so good

When you go to the movies as often as I do, sometimes the shows you see during the summer are ones you wish you hadn’t or are purely recycled, while there are others you regret missing. If you haven’t gotten your fill of the season’s offerings, here’s a cross-section of films I haven’t had the chance to weigh in on that you may want to catch or avoid at all costs.

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Craig businesses show love for local shoppers

Summer contest winners announced

Shopping locally has paid off for quite a few Northwest Colorado residents, as well as the businesses they’ve patronized. The Locals Love You More contest sponsored by Craig’s Downtown Business Association during the summer recently announced the winners of a variety of prizes, 44 to be exact. Names were drawn at random Thursday morning from a collection of entries from shoppers.

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Scott Cook honored for work with Moffat County United Way

On Thursday, Moffat County United Way paid tribute to one of its biggest supporters, Scott Cook, presenting the former board member with its Appreciation Award prior to its regular board meeting.

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Moffat County golf sets new personal bests at home meet, places 3rd

Team also ranks 3rd at Steamboat

MCHS placed third out of nine teams during its Wednesday tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course, notching its lowest numbers for the season, with a 258 for the day.