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Andy Bockelman

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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.

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Moffat County band nails highest ranking ever at regional event

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.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Focus’ a sham of a scam movie

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.

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Moffat County hoops ready for regionals

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.

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Craig Middle School wrestlers dominate Meeker, 56-36

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.

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Northwest Colorado’s Safari Club gains new trophy for work with veterans

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.

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Moffat County girls hoops threepeats as district champions

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.

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Moffat County hoops coaches sound off on solid season

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.

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Moffat County sends 7 to DECA state event

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.

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Elks Lodge: Investing in youth and community

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.

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Bear River Young Life: A rush of fun and devotion

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.

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Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads: Work hard, play hard

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.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Kingsman’ is entertaining, but no crowning achievement

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.

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Craig hockey team honors seniors, adds weekend win

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.

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Bella Vocé seeks women, crowd for Saturday event with workshop, dinner, show

‘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.

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Moffat County basketball salutes seniors, preps for playoffs

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

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The Bock’s Office: Oscar nominees going for the gold

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.

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Moffat County basketball C-Teams show spirit, conclude season with Soroco

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.

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Moffat County boys hoops falls, 62-57, to Roaring Fork in 1st league loss

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.

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Craig’s AJ Stoffle racing toward pro snowmobile career

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.

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Craig history comes to life in upcoming play

‘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.

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Moffat County wrestlers wrap minds around regionals

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.

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Cherish the Little Things to showcase young Moffat County artistic talents

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.

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Craig hockey shines against West Elk

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.

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Moffat County basketball busts up Basalt

Boys, girls win, 64-44, 57-27; Bulldogs preparing for home matches

It was another victory for each of the Moffat County High School basketball squads Saturday in Basalt, the girls, 57-27, and the boys, 64-44.

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Moffat County girls hoops drops Friday game, 42-37, with WSL 1st place Olathe

Boys team continues hot streak with 77-40 win over Pirates

MCHS varsity basketball had a varied night hosting Olathe, with the 77-40 win by the boys a consolation during an evening that saw the girls lose, 42-37, in another close game against their greatest rivals this season.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Imitation Game’ a precise, poignant drama

Even when a person makes a tremendous change for the better in the world, it doesn’t take much for their legacy to be tarnished or even forgotten completely. Though it can’t change some of its unfortunate circumstances, “The Imitation Game” labors to get its hero his due.

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Kiwanis Play tickets go on sale Saturday

Curtain goes up in March for 69th annual show

The 69th annual Craig Kiwanis Club Play isn’t scheduled until March 6 and 7, but like any other highly anticipated happening, the lead-up is part of the fun. The ticket sales for the yearly satire of all current events at the local, state and national levels will take place this Saturday. Doors open at 2 p.m. at J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill, and tickets will be available beginning at 3 p.m. as people hobnob in preparation for the impending show.

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Craig hockey 'leafs' it all on the ice vs. Aspen

The teams of Craig Youth Hockey Association hit hard against opposition from Aspen this weekend, seeing some good results, the Bantam, Peewee and Squirt teams each hosting the Leafs, while the Midgets were on the road.

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Moffat County wrestlers skirmish Saturday with Meeker, Delta

Team prepping for regionals, state

The Moffat County High School wrestling team fought fiercely in its last home meet of the season, a triangular event with Delta and Meeker. The overall scores in each section of the meet — a 45-18 loss to Delta and a 54-18 loss to Meeker — may have been against the Bulldogs, but the final numbers were only part of the story.

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Poker Run a cool way to spend the day in Moffat County

Snowmobile Club raises $2,200 for local scholarships

Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club’s annual Poker Run offered all the chills and thrills one could hope for, complete with miles and miles of open powder Saturday starting at Freeman Reservoir Trailhead north of Craig.

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Moffat County basketball dogs Gunnison

Boys, girls gain 74-48, 61-21 wins, await Olathe on Friday

The Moffat County High School varsity basketball teams each added another entry to their W columns Saturday after home games against Gunnison. The boys KO’d the Cowboys, 74-48, following an even greater rout by the Lady Bulldogs, 61-21, over the Gunnison girls.

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Craig Middle School girls basketball stays tough against Soroco

7th-, 8th-grade teams prep for stretch of road games before districts

CMS saw varied results Thursday while hosting Soroco, the Rams gaining the edge early and scoring often against the seventh-grade teams and the eighth-grade B-Team, while eighth-grade A-Team walked away with the only win of the night.

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16th annual Diamonds & Spurs a jewel of an event for Craig

Corrie Ponikvar receives Rotary’s Humanitarian Award

Ball gowns, bolo ties and Stetsons as far as the eye could see were among the apparel Saturday night at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion during the 16th annual Diamonds & Spurs hosted by Rotary Club of Craig. The local service group’s gala event provided residents a night on the town complete with formalwear, dinner, and more, raising funds for their projects throughout the year.

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Moffat County High School names new speech, debate coach

Karen Chaney brings years of legal experience to position

Moffat County High School students will continue to speak up this weekend under the tutelage of someone who’s used the power of communication in a very important way. MCHS recently appointed social studies teacher Karen Chaney as the new adviser for the speech and debate team. Chaney, who replaces Amanda Gaffney in the position, accepted the job earlier this month.

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Craig Middle School girls hoops teams topple Baggs

7th-graders claim 1st win, 36-13; 8th-graders, 37-15

There was plenty of bark and bite alike Thursday night for the Craig Middle School girls basketball teams as the Bulldogs hosted the Little Snake River Valley School Rattlers of Baggs, Wyoming. Both the seventh- and eighth-grade teams claimed wins after defeats earlier in the week.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Paddington’ a tale with lots of warm fuzzies

Winnie the Pooh had his honey, but the star of “Paddington” is addicted to a different substance in his cinematic escapades. Even so, the bear of very little brains isn’t the only one who can give us a sweet story.

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Try your luck at snowmobile club’s poker run in Moffat County

Event takes place Jan. 31 at Freeman Reservoir

Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club’s annual poker run will take place Jan. 31 starting at the Freeman Reservoir Trail Head, promising a day of fun in the snow to support a good cause.

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Moffat County wrestlers slam Coal Ridge, 61-12

The Bulldogs dominated the visiting Coal Ridge Titans, 61-12, in a Tuesday evening dual that saw the team fight hard and in many cases, finish off their opponents fast.

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Mark your calendar for Art Walk, Taste of Chocolate

Valentine’s Day event seeking more entries

The 20th annual Art Walk and ninth annual Taste of Chocolate will be here soon, and organizers with Downtown Business Association want this year’s celebration of talent to be bigger and better than ever.

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Capo Salon beautifying in new spot in downtown Craig

Owner plans to expand cosmetics services

With a new year comes a new look in a new building for the women of Capo Salon. Capo is moving from its current location down the street to 518 Yampa Ave. Business owner Megan Jones officially purchased the 2,500 square foot site from Blake and Charlene Abdella on Friday, re-opening for customers on Monday.

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Craig Depot preservation project hoping to pick up steam

Organizers aim to relocate 98-year-old building within 12 to 18 months

As it comes closer and closer to celebrating its centennial, one historic building in Craig hasn’t yet come to its final stop.

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Moffat County boys basketball downs Basalt, 56-32, at home

Bulldogs still undefeated in league play

It can be lonely at the top, but the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team doesn’t have to worry about that when they’re in their own gym. The first home game of the season was a solid one for the boys, who beat Basalt, 56-32, to go to 4-0 and remain tied for first place in the 3A Western Slope League.

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Moffat County girls hoops on top, 75-27, in 1st home game

It may be a cliché, but the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team took the bull by the horns Friday night. The MCHS girls claimed a huge win in their first home game of the year, defeating the Basalt Longhorns, 75-27.

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Craig Middle School girls hoops teams get to shooting

8th-graders defeat Hayden, Steamboat Springs; 7th-graders still seeking win

Thursday games hosting Hayden went in both extremes for the CMS hoops teams, as the seventh-graders fell, 28-5, followed by a 34-9 win by the eighth-graders.