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Andy Bockelman

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Moffat County High School makes beautiful music

Measure for measure, the music programs of Moffat County High School can make some high quality sounds.

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Moffat County United Way engages community in Bridges Out of Poverty

Volunteers wanted to expand social program

A crowd of more than 60 attended a workshop for Bridges Out of Poverty, hosted by Moffat County United Way, Thursday at the Center of Craig. The purpose of the meeting was for people of all walks of life to get an idea of the Bridges framework, which provides classes for those experiencing financial and social strife.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Woman in Gold’ a solid story tarnished by awkward approach

There are plenty of pieces of history from the last century that need to be told, whether in books, film or other media. And, as important a chapter of the years past the events of “Woman in Gold” may be, its presentation still leaves something to be desired.

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Moffat County baseball sweeps Basalt in Tuesday doubleheader

A score of seven runs twice proved fortuitous during the Moffat County High School varsity baseball games Tuesday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs’ opponents, scoring the lucky number did not work in their favor. MCHS took a pair of wins against Basalt, 12-7 and 8-7, in a set of games rescheduled from Saturday.

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Moffat County soccer vanquishes Vail Christian, looks to Senior Night Friday

The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team crushed the competition Tuesday during its game with Vail Christian, winning, 7-0.

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Youth wrestling grabs huge attention Saturday in Craig

While the temperature was frigid outside Saturday, the inside of the Moffat County High School was like a furnace with the enthusiasm of countless families and friends of young grapplers attending the Levi Weber Memorial Peewee Tournament, hosted by the Moffat County Youth Wrestling program. The considerable turnout included 415 kids from 18 teams, the biggest yet for the event, and athletes from Craig and Moffat County were in the thick of it, walking away with 27 total gold medals, 27 silver and 23 bronze.

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Moffat County soccer in playoff hunt after 6-1 win vs. Grand Valley

The skies may have been gray, but things were bright Friday for the members of the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team. MCHS took a big win, defeating Grand Valley, 6-1, and keeping the Cardinals on their toes from the beginning.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Furious 7’ fully loaded with action, drama alike

Somehow, they made it a heptalogy, all without ever once using a word on screen with that many syllables. Somehow, it became The Most Important Movie in the World. And, somehow, “Furious 7” is entirely enjoyable.

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Moffat County High School’s Lauren Samuelson to run track, cross country for Metro State

It’s a good thing Moffat County High School’s Lauren Samuelson enjoys running because she’ll doing a lot of it at the next stage of her athletic career. Lauren signed a letter of intent Wednesday to don the blue and red of the Roadrunners for both track and cross country at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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Steamboat Springs baseball comes out on top of Moffat County, 6-3, in 10-inning game

Baseball in Northwest Colorado means having to play in all kinds of weather, a fact both teams knew as Moffat County High School hosted Steamboat Springs Wednesday afternoon. What they didn’t expect was that the day would go so long. Steamboat took the game, 6-3, against MCHS in a game that lasted 10 innings and saw a small amount of snowfall as the Bulldogs and Sailors fought hard for nearly four hours.

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Moffat County soccer snaps losing streak with 1-0 shutout of Aspen

The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team overcame quite a bit stacked against it Tuesday to finish with its first shutout of the season, winning, 1-0, against Aspen.

Craig to host regional museum group’s annual meeting this week

Craig will host the 2015 annual meeting for Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums Wednesday through Sunday, a convention for museum professionals across Colorado and Wyoming to learn more about gathering local and regional history, creating exhibits and utilizing communities to enhance the remembrance of the past.

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TMH sees healthy attendance for screenings

Hospital displays new technology during health fair

People taking their health seriously is always encouraging for a medical establishment, which means Saturday was a real shot in the arm for The Memorial Hospital. The third annual Community Health Fair provided Craig and Moffat County residents an outlet to learn more about the well-being of their own bodies with a variety of health screenings available at a low cost.

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Moffat County baseball vs. Rifle cut short Saturday

Bulldog defense struggles in 30-6 game

MCHS lost, 30-6, in a home game with Rifle that got out of hand quickly.

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Moffat County High School FACS program benefits from donations

Teacher: Contributions an ‘investment’ in youth

The disciplines that encompass Family and Consumer Science — otherwise known as home economics — are ones that involve a lot of care and attention to detail. When students of this subject receive such qualities for their education, they’ll be able to put that back into their projects. The Moffat County High School FACS program has been hard at work all year, but thanks to a number of generous folks, that effort is put to use on better equipment and materials.

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Amateur hockey team Moffat County Vigilantes coming together

Team organizer plans to have games starting October

This fall, there may be a lot more than usual going down at the Moffat County Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park. The venue is set to become the home rink for the Moffat County Vigilantes, a burgeoning amateur team put together by Chandler Holguin.

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Moffat County soccer loses to Basalt, Central to finish week

It’s been a busy week for the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team, and the hectic schedule caught up with them at the tail end. MCHS lost, 3-2, Thursday in Basalt, and 3-0, during a Friday home game against Central High School of Grand Junction.

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Moffat County High School strengthened by $2,000 AmeriGas funding

Like many educational institutions, Moffat County High School has been hard-pressed to fund some of their programs, but some of that financial burden has been lifted off their shoulders — two pennies at a time. AmeriGas Propane provided MCHS with a $2,000 check Thursday afternoon as part of the business’s School Days program, which rewards enrolled schools based on gas receipts collected from community members.

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Coal Ridge breezes past Moffat County soccer, 3-1

How much can coming straight out of a weeklong break affect athletes? At Moffat County High School on Tuesday afternoon, the answer was blowin’ in the wind. The MCHS girls varsity soccer team lost, 3-1, to Coal Ridge during a home game that left the Bulldogs 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the 3A Western Slope League.

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Craig natives screen short at Vail Film Festival

Movie a long-term project for Brendan Beachman, Alex Conner

The short film “Intersection” was among the many entrants in the 2015 Vail Film Festival, showing March 29. Though it may not have received any prizes, the world premiere of the movie represented a long road of blood, sweat and tears for Brendan Beachman, Alex Conner and all who were involved with them in the process.

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New Creation Church provides Easter prizes aplenty for Craig families

With cars overflowing from the parking lot, New Creation Church’s fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt saw hundreds of area children turn out to get their hands on some goodies, kids wasting no time at all in grabbing up the 12,000 plastic eggs full of candy and other materials. Participants as old as fifth grade took to the field to stuff all they could in their baskets, buckets and bags.

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Moffat County track, field athletes focused on record season

Eyes forward, objective in mind and bodies ready to achieve their best, the members of the Moffat County High School track and field teams are dedicated to a season to remember, whether running, throwing or jumping.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Home’ is where the wackiness is

The definition of “Home” means something different to everyone, but for most of us, it’s likely not a place where you use your toilet brush in your mouth and chug motor oil as a beverage. Some visitors may disagree.

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Preserving the Last Frontier discusses Moffat County’s Sand Wash Basin herd

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.

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Moffat County girls golf plays through seasonal hazards

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.

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Moffat County High School students past, present taking on the world

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.

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Craig’s Jaguar Terrill ties up $15k at Arizona roping competition

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.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Insurgent’ a slightly enhanced sequel

“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.

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Moffat County soccer takes it to Middle Park in 5-4 OT defeat

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.

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10-year-old snocross racer Tallyn Wagner headed for big things

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.

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Safari Club fundraiser a big shot event

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.

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Moffat County High School drama to perform ‘You Can’t Take It with You’

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.

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Moffat County girls soccer season kicks into gear

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.

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Craig Middle School wrestlers rock districts, ready for more

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.

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Moffat County girls soccer takes Basalt, 4-2

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.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Cinderella’ a lovely rendering of an already-told fairy tale

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.

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Moffat County's Matt Hamilton signs with Mesa football

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.

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Moffat County winter sports acknowledge accomplishments

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.

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Moffat County baseball claims two wins Saturday vs. Aspen

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.

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Moffat County girls hoops team ends season 20-7

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.

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Moffat County baseball ready to slug it out

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.

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8-1 win vs. Rangely boosts Moffat County soccer spirit

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.

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Moffat County girls bounce back in second round of playoffs, 63-47, over Centauri

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.

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Craig council, mayoral candidates quizzed by community

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.

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Moffat County hoops loses first round of state tourney, 61-32

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.

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Pregnancy Center fundraiser in Craig offers desserts, artwork

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.

Moffat County’s spring athletes shake off winter feeling

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.

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Moffat County girls win playoff rematch, 73-54, move on to state

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.

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Craig Middle School celebrates 6th-grade poets

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.

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Moffat County swimmers chart return to state

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.