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Andy Bockelman

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Connections 4 Kids nurtures Northwest Colorado’s youngest residents

There may be some new elements to Northwest Colorado’s Connections 4 Kids, but even with differences in leadership and location, it’s still holding true to the same mission.

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The Bock’s Office: Oscar Sunday is a fun day

The time is nigh for the red carpet crowd as the 86th annual Academy Awards approaches, promising a night of glitz and glamour for folks in love with a little golden man named Oscar.

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Moffat County High School’s high-energy ‘Cat in the Hat’ premieres Thursday

Come one, come all to the Moffat County High School production of “The Cat in the Hat.” The Dr. Seuss story will come alive with performances Thursday and Friday night and two Saturday matinees.

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Moffat County High School displays activities for middle-schoolers

The best people to tell you what to expect in a new school are the ones who were enrolled there most recently. An activities fair Tuesday afternoon at Craig Middle School gave eighth grade students a glimpse of all the opportunities that will be available to them this coming fall as they matriculate as freshmen at Moffat County High School.

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Craig police officer fired after disorderly conduct in Grand Junction

An incident in Grand Junction earlier this month involving the arrest of Craig police officer Eric Montes has resulted in the termination of Montes’ employment from the Craig Police Department, according to a press release issued by the law enforcement agency Monday afternoon.

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Moffat County School Board names Brent Curtice new superintendent

Brent Curtice was named the replacement for outgoing superintendent Joe Petrone Monday night during a special meeting of the MCSD Board of Education.

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Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center hosting open house Thursday

The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center will host an open house event at 6 p.m. Thursday at its new office space at 25 W. Victory Way. The purpose is to provide anyone interested with more details about the types of services offered there, Executive Director Katie Grobe said.

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Moffat County girls hoops top Grand Valley in Saturday game

Team will host Coal Ridge Tuesday as playoffs start

A Friday loss to Coal Ridge was a blow against the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team, but the results of the following day made that easier to take. The Bulldogs won their final regular season game, 51-43, hosting the Grand Valley Cardinals Saturday.

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Moffat County boys basketball loses to Grand Valley in season closer

Team to play Cedaredge on Tuesday

The MCHS boys varsity team suffered a 57-53 defeat at the hands of visiting Grand Valley in its last game of the regular season. After a close first half that ended with the score tied at 25, the Bulldogs lost control as the Cardinals ran roughshod, keeping the lead until the game’s end.

Your Health: Study finds the availability of primary care doctors in Northwest Colorado is higher than in other rural areas

Northwest Colorado residents have more primary care doctors to choose from than do residents in most other rural parts of the state. The Yampa Valley also is better equipped to handle a projected rise in Medicaid patients in the coming years because of the impacts of the Affordable Care Act. That's according to a new study from the Colorado Health Institute that examined the inventory of primary doctors statewide. But there is room for improvement.

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College travel program headed to Spain in May

Two slots still available; deadline to register March 1

As part of its annual series of trips to Europe, Colorado Northwestern Community College will be helping the people of the area make their vacation dreams come true. More accurately, vacación, as the destination for this year is Spain’s Catalonia region, where participants will tour the cities of Barcelona and Girona.

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Craig students teach, learn about agriculture

As part of National FFA Week, the members of the local chapter of the National FFA Organization took some time this week to impart their wisdom to the kindergarten students of Craig. The Wednesday event Barnyard Day let younger students get a look at the various activities that go along with working on a farm, including taking care of the furry and feathered denizens that reside in such a place.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Monuments Men’ a protracted but pointed war film

Not every film about the subject of art is as fascinating as the art itself. If the man who painted “The Last Supper” were remembered solely for the misfire that was “The Da Vinci Code,” the Louvre certainly would have far fewer patrons gathered around his most famous works. Even so, the modern-day efforts to preserve the accomplishments of the past are worth looking at in a movie like “The Monuments Men.”

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Abraham Lincoln presenter enlightens Craig residents

John Voehl is an Abraham Lincoln re-enactor who recently visited Craig for multiple performances in the guise of the 16th president of the United States. His presentations were sponsored by Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Student Government and Student Activities Board.

Craig students making strides in Passport to Reading

Barbecue event for top readers scheduled for May 9

The current stamp count for the Passport to Reading program for local fourth and fifth grade book lovers is 2,663. Each stamp represents a book read by a student collected in a special mock passport that details their individual journey across the many genres of literature. With about 350 kids spread across the four local elementary schools, the goal for this, the second year of the program, is to reach 7,000 stamps total, 20 stamps per student, the requisite number of genre entries for a child to attain in order to attend the celebratory barbecue near the end of the school year.

Moffat County School Board to select superintendent finalist

Interviews conducted this week with 3 job candidates

The members of the Moffat County School District Board of Education will have a lot to talk about as they move into the final phase of selecting and hiring a new superintendent. The board will convene for an executive session Friday morning to discuss the results of this week’s interviews with the top three candidates for the job — Brent Curtice, Jinger Haberer, Gregory Fromm — all of whom went through numerous meetings in the past several days.

Moffat County High School shows it cares with Have a Heart Week

The students of Moffat County High School got into the spirit of kindness and philanthropy the past few days with Have a Heart Week. Sponsored by the MCHS Key Club, the weeklong event was a chance for teens to learn the benefits of thinking of others.

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The Bock’s Office: Love is in the air and at the movies

Valentine’s Day is upon us again, and what would the middle of February be without a few selections at the local bijou to provide people with a good date night? Whether you and your significant other are planning to step out on the town or snuggle up at home with a DVD, there are plentiful films to be enjoyed for whatever your liking, many of which have come out within the last year.

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Connections 4 Kids art show in Craig raises $10,000

Connections 4 Kids broke its own record with a tally of $10,050 brought in during the three-day show that featured more than 300 pieces of art from students around Moffat County.

Moffat County School Board to interview 3 for superintendent position

This week, the Moffat County School Board of Education will be conducting interviews with the three finalists of its superintendent search to replace Joe Petrone.

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Moffat County High School singers available for singing valentines

Moffat County High School’s CenterStage choir continues to take orders for singing valentines this week, and they will keep doing so until almost the last minute. The deadline to book one of these performances available to community members is at least one day in advance, whether you’re planning to serenade the special people in your life on Thursday or Valentine’s Day itself.

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Moffat County High School to perform ‘The Cat in the Hat’

One of the biggest troublemakers ever imagined soon will be unleashing his own special brand of mischief. The Moffat County High School theater department will perform the children’s play “The Cat in the Hat,” based on the picture book by Dr. Seuss, from Feb. 27 to March 1.

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Craig’s Kinder Clinic expanding services in Baggs, Wyo.

It was last July when Craig practice Kinder Family Clinic first began offering services at a satellite office in Baggs, Wyo. More than a half-year later, the newer site — which replaced the Noyes Clinic that closed in March 2012 — continues to thrive with medical services as well as a new addition.

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees takes action at Thursday meeting

At its regular monthly meeting Thursday night, the Board of Trustees for The Memorial Hospital took action on a number of items.

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Memory lane not always fun in 'Labor Day'

As fun as they may be, three-day weekends usually aren’t life-changing events for most people. Then again, the story of “Labor Day” involves far more than just a time to sleep late and eat hot dogs at the annual neighborhood block party.

Bill to delay Colorado’s Common Core implementation

Senate Bill 14-136 is intended to push back the implementation of Common Core State Standards in Colorado schools to the 2015-16 school year in order to study its effects. Under the terms of the bill, schools would continue to use the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) for one more year instead of testing from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

New bill to raise minimum age for buying tobacco

A bill regarding the purchase of tobacco products was introduced this week in the Colorado General Assembly. The legislation, House Bill 14-1263, proposes changing the state’s minimum age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21.

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Interim CEO John Rossfeld begins tenure at The Memorial Hospital

The Memorial Hospital saw a new face starting Jan. 27, as John Rossfeld came to Craig to serve as the medical facility’s interim chief executive officer.

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Kids’ art show, Art Walk, Taste of Chocolate in downtown Craig this week

Enjoy a treat for your eyes as well as your ears, nose and tongue with multiple events this week, including the third annual Cherish the Little Things art show and downtown Craig’s 19th annual Art Walk and 8th annual Taste of Chocolate.

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Moffat County farm kids weigh cattle for upcoming fairs

The market beef weigh-in took place Sunday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, as youths from around the county brought in their bovine charges to be evaluated for competition later this year, such as the Moffat County and State Fairs.

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Women’s heart health in spotlight for February

The American Heart Association is sponsoring the national effort Go Red For Women during this month, notably with the incentive of National Wear Red Day on Feb. 7. Wearing clothing of ruby, crimson, scarlet or any other shade of red can show your support for good heart health in women.

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Moffat County United Way revving up transportation discussion

Moffat County United Way hosted a meeting Thursday at the Moffat County School District administration building to discuss the need for public transportation within Craig. United Way’s Executive Director Corrie Ponikvar and Community Impact Coordinator Amanda Arnold said they have had several such meetings recently to get the wheels rolling on the discussion, this time bringing together members of city and county government, as well as members of service organizations and community members who have been involved with transporting people around town in various capacities.

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Meeker School District to receive state assistance for ‘fiscal emergency’

Moffat County budget solid for current year, but cuts loom

Meeker School District was able to breathe a sigh of relief this past week with the recent announcement that the state Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee would be assisting the educational entity during its time of fiscal emergency.

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Economics Carnival pays off for Sandrock Elementary students

The second-grade classes at Sandrock Elementary School hosted an Economics Carnival on Thursday afternoon. The event was a way for students to show what they had learned in classes from teachers Shawn Steele and Alli LeWarne about all that is involved in economics.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Jack Ryan’ a shadow of his former self

Watching a man of average build skirmish with someone the size of William “Refrigerator” Perry should have an element of surprise to it, but when you’re asking yourself repeatedly, “Haven’t I seen this before?” that kind of ruins the experience. Such is the problem with “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.”

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Ridgeview Elementary students learn outdoor science on field trip

Earlier this month, teachers from Ridgeview Elementary School took 20 students ranging from third to fifth grade on a special field trip focused on ecology and outdoor science. Traveling to Granby’s Snow Mountain Ranch with YMCA of the Rockies, kids were given the chance to participate in numerous indoor and outdoor activities while learning also about nature.

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College publication putting call out to writers, artists

Waving Hands Review seeks materials, deadline Feb. 15

Colorado Northwestern Community College is seeking submissions for its sixth annual publication of the arts magazine “Waving Hands Review.” The publication is open to all types of creative expression from residents of Northwest Colorado.

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Sunset Elementary students showcase their dance skills

Sunset Elementary School hosted a day of dance performances Thursday, with students from kindergarten through fifth grade displaying their fancy footwork in the school gym.

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Cowboy charity shoots to bring services to Moffat County by spring

Keith Brennise is the president of the non-profit organization Kids, Cancer & Cowboys, a program intended to give children diagnosed with cancer the chance to experience the Western lifestyle and brighten their attitudes about facing the disease.

Moffat County School Board moving closer to new superintendent

The Moffat County School District Board of Education took action at its regular monthly meeting Thursday night.

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The Bock’s Office: Top 10 films of 2013

It’s that time again — the time to look back on the past year in cinema and assess what constituted the very best of the film world.

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Craig Daily Press denied access to meeting with Interior Secretary Jewell and Gov. Hickenlooper

The Craig Daily Press is investigating a possible violation of the Colorado Sunshine Law following a meeting about sage grouse conservation. Daily Press government reporter Erin Fenner was banned from the meeting, which took place at American Legion Post 62 following Tuesday’s tour of Moffat County land by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.

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Kick up your heels at Saturday’s Diamonds & Spurs

The time has come for Moffat County residents to break out their finest wardrobe, polish up their boots and get ready for one of the fanciest nights of the year. Tickets are still available for the Craig Rotary Club event Diamonds & Spurs, which takes place Saturday evening at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

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Moffat County Council on Aging discusses senior center idea

Before any project can be started, the people involved must ask themselves a simple question. What do you want to achieve? That was the inquiry posed to those in attendance Saturday morning and Monday night at community meetings hosted by Moffat County Council on Aging to gauge interest in creating a senior center in the area. Held in the Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus Academic Building and overseen by CNCC President Russell George, the summit drew a number of people wanting to discuss the possibilities.

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Craig celebrates Super Bowl-bound Denver Broncos

The energy was unforgettable at various locations across Northwest Colorado as football fans cheered on the Denver Broncos during the AFC championship game. And they weren’t disappointed as the Broncos claimed a 26-16 victory against the New England Patriots to snag the Lamar Hunt Trophy and advance to the ultimate in gridiron glory, the Super Bowl.

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Filmmaker seeks funding for sheep rancher documentary

After four years in the making, Chicovsky’s documentary about area sheep ranchers is moving into the post-production stage. The film “Sage Country” — focusing on the lives of the family and workers of Villard Ranch — can currently be found as a campaign on fundraising website Kickstarter, which allows independent filmmakers and others seeking money to get creative projects going through different avenues.

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Your Health: Calories do count

Keeping track of the calories contained within your food is an important step of weight loss and weight maintenance.

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Missoula Children’s Theatre to host Monday auditions for Craig kids

The Missoula Children’s Theatre will be returning to Craig with another week-long, intensive program for young thespians. This year’s feature will be “Blackbeard the Pirate,” and auditions are Monday afternoon at the Moffat County High School auditorium.

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Maybell restaurant still cooking

Net’s Cafe switches to winter hours during seasonal lull

Maybell restaurant Net’s Cafe has temporarily moved to winter hours starting at the beginning of the year and running through February. The eatery will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays and closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Sunset SAC discusses school issues

Communication. The topic was an important one during the monthly Sunset Elementary School Accountability Committee meeting Tuesday night, as parents, teachers and school administrators convened to discuss recent and upcoming happenings in the school.