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Andy Bockelman

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New coach steps into Moffat County basketball job

Idaho’s Kenley Nebeker seeks to keep Lady Bulldogs hoops high quality

Moffat County High School girls basketball was on the rebound this summer as they went from a banner season to lacking a head coach, but now they appear to be in good hands. Newly hired head coach Kenley Nebeker met Thursday evening with parents of the girls hoops program. The new director of girls basketball comes to Northwest Colorado from Twin Falls, Idaho, though this isn’t his first time in Moffat County.

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Moffat County runners on pace at Liberty Bell Invite

Boys cross country places 2nd at Littleton meet, girls 10th

In one of the biggest meets of their season, Moffat County High School cross country athletes stayed on the right path as they keep moving toward a great finish. Heritage High School’s Friday Liberty Bell Invitational saw a fine finish for Bulldog boys, who were second overall within their division.

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Rodeo in Craig a rocking good time for Northwest Colorado

Moffat County team to finish season with events in Montrose, Elizabeth

They only get a couple days to show their area pride to athletes from athletes from across the state, and rodeo kids from Northwest Colorado hit the mark this weekend. Moffat County High School rodeo’s home event had the Moffat County Fairgrounds full of energy Saturday and Sunday, as competitors roped and rode, wrangled and wrestled and proved their grit and gumption midway through Colorado State High School Rodeo Association’s fall season.

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Moffat County football dukes it out with Delta

Bulldogs have good receiving game in 50-13 loss

With a last-second loss and a nearly unstoppable win situation behind them in recent weeks, Moffat County High School football players knew Friday night that their latest opponent would be yet another different type of opponent, one with an established track record of dominance last season, nursing an unexpected loss to start their season and ready to take a win by force, Panthers finishing in front, 50-13.

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Moffat County shooters state their business

4-H teams take high honors at state; rifle, archery shooters qualify for nationals

Moffat County youth were on target the last couple weeks. The 4-H state shooting sports events saw great results for local kids as rifle, pistol and archery teams went to Pueblo and shotgun and muzzleloader shooters went to Colorado Springs with big goals in their sights.

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Moffat County boys soccer toeing the line

Bulldog seniors look to break through playoff barrier for first time

Last season, the Moffat County High School boys soccer program was on the verge of making it to the postseason for the first time since 2010, only to be knocked out of contention by a statistical qualifier. This year, the Bulldog effort will outweigh the numbers. MCHS soccer kicks off their home schedule this weekend, players ready to take it all the way this season.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘War Dogs’ proves to be a misfire

We all have our own interpretation of The American Dream, as do the characters of “War Dogs.” Still, there has to be a happy medium between hocking bed sheets and driving a truck of guns through something called the Triangle of Death.

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Moffat County football prepped for Panthers

MCHS, Delta to meet for first game since 2013

It’s been a year or two since they last met, but two prior conference rivals are prepared to fight like cats and dogs just like old times. Moffat County High School varsity football hosts Delta at 7 p.m. Friday at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, the Panthers meeting MCHS for the first time since 2013.

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Craig’s CNCC soccer teams start season this weekend

Spartans to kick off new athletic program against Salt Lake Community College

The beginning of college-level sports in Craig commences this weekend. The Colorado Northwestern Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams seasons begin this weekend as the Spartans host Salt Lake Community College Friday and Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

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Craig Middle School starts season on same field as big dogs

Football teams each take 16-0 losses to Eagle Valley

The start of the season was a tough one for Craig Middle School football teams, but it will only motivate them to get stronger. CMS took to the Moffat County High School Bulldog Proving Grounds Tuesday afternoon to christen a new schedule, beginning with unfamiliar foe Eagle Valley.

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Moffat County football rocks Ridge View Rams in shutout game

Bulldogs take 44-0 win, move to 1-1 on season

Moffat County High School varsity football was prepared for a whole different ball game Friday night than their previous outing. And, these Dogs delivered. MCHS hosted Watkins’ Ridge View Academy in its first home game, taking down the Rams, 44-0, to improve to 1-1.

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Northwest Colorado rodeo athletes finish summer, start fall

Moffat County High School team hosts home event, fundraiser starting Sept. 10

Summer has nearly run its course, but for a sport like rodeo, the changing of the seasons means little for athletes who compete for most of the year if not all of it. Northwest Colorado cowboys and cowgirls have shifted gears moving from one season to another.

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Community on the hunt for Pokémon in Craig Chamber contest

Game runs through September at local businesses, on social media

Dozens of unusual creatures are on the loose in Northwest Colorado, hiding out in local businesses, and to the people most dedicated to finding as many as they can will be a big prize. Craig Chamber of Commerce recently launched “Pokémon GO MoCo,” a contest based on the “Pokémon” franchise that over the past two decades has included trading cards, video games, TV shows, movies and most recently, the “Pokémon GO” mobile application.

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Craig Kiwanis, Boys & Girls Club’s Yahoo fundraiser drops Sept. 10

Ball drop fundraiser, golf tournament has brought in $200,000 over 15 years

Northwest Colorado’s precipitation can be quick and intense in the fall, and if you happen to be in the right spot next weekend, you might just catch a sudden shower of golf balls. The Yahoo Golf Tournament and Ball Drop takes place Sept. 10 at Yampa Valley Golf Course as a fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club of Craig and Craig Kiwanis Club.

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Moffat County volleyball vying for victory

Senior players provide guidance during season of transition

It’s a young team, but with some solid senior leadership, the Moffat County High School volleyball team looks to set up a program that will keep getting stronger. Lady Bulldog volleyball has come out swinging with a mixture of seasoned varsity players, eager beginners and everyone in between taking to the court in a year that’s full of changes.

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Moffat County football starting fresh against Ridge View Academy

Bulldogs prepare for home opener, seek to avenge previous week's loss

Last week held some unpleasant surprises for the Moffat County High School varsity football team, and this weekend will see the Bulldogs get their focus back in front of a home crowd. The first home game of the season brings in Ridge View Academy, of Watkins, the first of three opponents the Dogs will host during September.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ — Music at its worst, Streep at her finest

With enough determination and effort, anyone can do something well and be recognized for their hard work. However, it takes a special kind of someone like the star of “Florence Foster Jenkins” to do something so poorly, so unapologetically wretched and still be genuinely inspiring.

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Craig athletes snap into action for Doak Walker football

New rules for youth gridiron program take safety into account

If you love the Broncos but can’t stand that they only play once per week, come on by Woodbury Sports Complex Tuesdays and Wednesdays to find the likenesses of the Denver franchise and plenty more who might make it to the NFL one day. Craig Parks & Recreation’s Doak Walker tackle football program started another season this week, with the gridiron community gathering getting into gear for grades three through six.

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Moffat County volleyball hit hard by West Grand

Coach: Loss to Mustangs in first home game provides valuable data

Despite a crowd that was very much on their side Tuesday night, Moffat County High School volleyball struggled in their first home game of the season. The Lady Bulldogs were swept in three sets by the West Grand Mustangs, the Kremmling school taking totals of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-9.

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Moffat County C-Team football manhandles Meeker

Coaches: 20-6 win showed great leadership by young players

The first bunch of Moffat County High School football players to hit the Bulldog Proving Grounds this season came to play. The MCHS C-Team hosted Meeker Monday, ending the afternoon with a 20-6 victory against the Cowboys.

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Moffat County football prepped for physical season

Bulldogs seek to retain league title, return to playoffs

As the seasons change to autumn and the sun goes down earlier and earlier, locations across the country engage young men in competitions of guts and glory in America’s favorite sport, and Craig is no different. Simply put, the Bulldog Proving Grounds and its inhabitants will soon be back under the spell of Friday night lights. Moffat County High School varsity football makes its grand return for a season coaches and players anticipate will be one of its best yet.

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Moffat County football falls to Rawlins in first game

Outlaws pull ahead in final seconds to beat Bulldogs 15-12

The first game of the season started rough for the Bulldogs, then got better and suddenly had victory snatched away at the last second. Moffat County High School varsity football took to the turf Friday night on the road in Rawlins, Wyoming, the first meeting since 2008 for the nearby schools. When last the Bulldogs and Outlaws squared off, the result was 26-16 in Moffat County’s favor, yet Rawlins claimed a win this time in the gridiron matchup, 15-12.

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Moffat County soccer sets goals for Random Acts of Kindness

Clean-up of elementary school property among volunteer projects

With less than one week left before their schedule starts, Moffat County High School boys soccer is looking to get in all the practice time they can before the season opener. However, their coaches want players to be no less ready to jump into action off the field too.

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The Bock’s Office: Sights and sounds sensational in ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

Music in any form is magical, yet it never hurts when a melody has visual aids to go with it. And, if you’ve never seen a tiny swordsman brought to life by the pluck of an instrument, “Kubo and the Two Strings” is one for you to watch.

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Moffat County football ready to rein in Rawlins Outlaws

Zero Week game takes Bulldogs over Wyoming border to start season

The big night is almost here as the Moffat County High School football team prepares to begin anew. The Bulldogs get in motion Friday as they pile on the bus, head two hours north and visit an old foe they haven’t seen for quite some time. The Rawlins, Wyoming, Outlaws have the distinction of being the first up on the schedule for Moffat County, the two teams having gone the better part of a decade without seeing each other.

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Public input sought for BLM White River office OHV areas

Open meetings in Rio Blanco County Aug. 30, 31; site tours Sept. 7, 8

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking community feedback regarding four off-highway vehicle open areas in Northwest Colorado. Earlier this month, BLM released the preliminary travel area alternatives for the Travel and Transportation Resource Management Plan Amendment for the White River Field Office. Preliminary alternatives determine which portions of the field office’s purview — nearly 1.5 million acres of BLM land — would be open to cross-country motorized and mechanized use, which would be limited to designated routes and which would be closed to motorized and mechanized vehicles.

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Moffat County golf scores strong at home event

Mike Bingham 7th overall, Bulldog varsity 8th at Yampa Valley Golf Course

After a year that saw multiple schedule conflicts along the Western Slope, the Moffat County High School Invitational at Yampa Valley Golf Course was well-attended Monday by teams across the region.

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Blue skies, blue waters for Parrotheads’ luau

Northwest Colorado group hosts yearly event at Elkhead Reservoir

There are hundreds of islands across the globe, and for just one day, Elkhead Reservoir was an honorary member of that list. The fifth annual Luau at the Lake, hosted by Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads brought a taste of the tropics to the area Saturday, as the local service group flocked to the Eats Beach part of the state park.

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Color Dash a vibrant, enriching day for Craig runners

5K race raises funds, creates fun for Boys & Girls Club

Within an hour’s time Saturday morning, everyone at Loudy-Simpson Park looked like a paint factory’s entire inventory had been dumped on them. But, everyone doused in bright hues was also grinning from ear to ear. The Color Dash 5K saw dozens of runners take to the paths along Loudy-Simpson and wind up looking like they walked through a rainbow by the end of the race.

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Moffat County boys golf aims for smart play

Coach: Small team has pros, cons in tournaments

Their numbers may be smaller this season, but according to their coach that’s no handicap. Moffat County High School boys golf has already swung into the season, and after a week of transitioning back into regular play, Bulldog golfers are prepared to post some impressive scores.

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Craig Middle School fall sports gearing up

Parent, athlete sports meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday

The time is nearly here as the younger wave of Bulldogs prepares for athletic endeavors. Just as Moffat County High School began its fall sports earlier this week, so too will Craig Middle School embark on new seasons starting Monday as teams for football, volleyball, cheer and cross country get moving.

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Craig’s tae kwon do students hone skills

New round of martial arts classes will begin Aug. 29

With enough concentration and determination, one can use their hand or foot to splinter a piece of wood, but breaking boards is only a small part of the bigger picture of martial arts. Northwest Colorado Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido hosted a brief demonstration of its students’ talents Thursday afternoon in North Park as eight young pupils progressed in the discipline by taking home new belt certification.

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Moffat County High School athletes fall back into sports routines

Football, volleyball, cross country, boys soccer, boys golf embark on seasons

The Bulldogs are back in action this week. All systems are go for teenage athletes around the state, as Colorado High School Activities Association’s official start date commenced for fall sports, and Moffat County High School was no exception.

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Parrotheads to flock to Elkhead for weekend luau

Group welcomes community for free get-together at reservoir

The warm weather only lasts so long in Moffat County, and one local group wants to help everyone soak up the sun as often as they can. Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads’ fifth annual Luau at the Lake takes place Saturday at Elkhead Reservoir, a free event to turn one of the area’s favorite water recreation spots into a temporary tropical oasis.

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Saturday has big send-off for Moffat County Fair

The final day was a fun one at the Moffat County Fair as Saturday was full of activities both for regulars of the fair and for onlookers new to the scene.

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Catch-a-Pig brings squeals and thrills to fairgrounds

Each year in Moffat County Fair's Catch-a-Pig contest, kids across Moffat County gather at the fairgrounds arena for their chance to catch a slippery, slimy, muddy pig that — if they’re lucky enough to pin down — they get to keep and take home.

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Craig Boys & Girls Club bringing in Color Dash fundraiser

5K event runs Aug. 20 at Loudy-Simpson

A splash of the rainbow is heading to Craig next week. Boys & Girls Club of Craig will host the inaugural Color Dash Aug. 20 at Loudy-Simpson Park. The Color Dash is an organization based in Owatonna, Minnesota, that has arranged 5K races across the nation as fundraisers for local organizations, bringing in more than $2 million since 2012 for charities and other community groups. 50 percent of the profits raised in each race goes toward Color Dash’s partners.

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Moffat County teen starts tradition with first hunt

After bagging deer close to home, Tehya Johnson plans to hunt much more

You only get one hunting story about your first time claiming an animal, and Tehya Johnson will have a good yarn to spin for years to come. During Johnson’s first hunting season in October 2015, the teenager stuck close to home. Very close — specifically right in the driveway of her family’s house near Cedar Mountain, about five miles north of Craig in Northwest Colorado.

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Craig’s ProHunt Concierge serves hunters around the globe

Owner: Colorado still a ‘premier destination’ with international reputation

The memories made on a hunting trip can last forever, but as Amy Martin Shaffer puts it, the one-tenth of a second it can take to pull the trigger can only happen after hours, days, weeks or months of preparation.

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Craig taxidermist preserves his trade, passes on knowledge

Colorado State Championships among many taxidermy shows Mark Zimmerman attends

Dozens of eyes stare down from the walls of Mark Zimmerman’s workshop on the outskirts of Craig, each belonging to an animal that, if it weren’t completely motionless, you would swear was still alive. That’s the aim of Bullseye Taxidermy, a business he has operated full-time for the past 13 years. In that time, he’s stuffed and mounted countless critters from a myriad hunting trips, many of which have earned him some prominent prizes.

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Craig women rally on golf course to support cancer cause

Rally for the Cause tourney brings in $1,500 for Moffat County Cancer Society

People on the links Wednesday had one thought in common: think pink. The Rally for the Cause Ladies Golf Tournament raised $1,533 for Moffat County Cancer Society in its midweek event at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The annual benefit saw 29 women turn out to show their support, all wearing some form of pink as they teed off on the grounds.

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Sara Linsacum signs on as Craig Middle School’s assistant principal, athletic director

The word “coach” has had multiple meanings for Sara Linsacum in recent years, and she’ll now be putting that background to a different use. Linsacum was recently named the new assistant principal and athletic director for Craig Middle School, replacing John Haddan, who is stepping into the position of Ridgeview Elementary School principal for the coming school year.

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Craig racers get in gear in regional events

Mike Bingham, Brodey Gutierrez hope to continue summer in sport

Dale Earnhardt, Mario Andretti, Richard Petty and other legends behind the wheel had to get their start somewhere, and Craig teenagers Mike Bingham and Brodey Gutierrez have got their minds set on racing toward the kind of greatness these men achieved.

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Craig’s CNCC soccer starts practices, ready for season in September

Spartans will join Scenic West Athletic Conference amid other new teams

The goal of beginning a new athletic endeavor in Craig has been all but achieved. Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus has its men’s and women’s soccer teams in place and ready for the season ahead, with initial practice sessions beginning earlier this week at Loudy-Simpson Park.

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Spirits soar for Moffat County Balloon Festival

Seventh annual event schedule full of fun activities

The seventh annual Moffat County Balloon Festival’s big launch is Saturday, as two dozen hot air balloons start soaring at Loudy-Simpson Park, the flames provided by propane tanks cutting through the early morning chill to give way to an aerial spectacle unlike any other.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Secret Life of Pets’ cuddles into your heart despite unoriginality

In viewing a movie like “The Secret Life of Pets,” it would help to see things through the eyes of a dog or cat. This isn’t so much to relate to the main characters as it is to keep the short attention span necessary to enjoy a cartoon that’s pretty repetitive.

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Moffat County High School athletic director gains firm footing in new job

Rich Houghton’s 44 years of experience includes time with Colorado, Alaska schools

The winter conditions of the Yampa Valley can make Northwest Colorado a hard sell for some potential employers, but Moffat County High School found a new member of its faculty who’s toughed it out through far more than the typical snowfall Craig has to offer. Rich Houghton officially began as the new athletics and activities director for MCHS this week, signing a contract for the position Wednesday.

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State swim meet hosted by Craig Sea Sharks goes swimmingly

Local youth team places 4th among size division

Craig athletes, coaches and volunteers dove right in when it came to making a big swimming event one that showed a sense of pride in the area. With about two dozen teams attending, the Seasonal State Meet hosted by Craig Sea Sharks was bustling like the Great Barrier Reef with more than 100 races swum by teams from across Colorado Friday through Sunday.

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Craig Sea Sharks have home water advantage in state meet

Seasonal swim teams compete for glory Friday through Sunday

The Craig City Pool was bursting with ocean life this weekend, as dolphins, barracudas, turtles, stingrays and more hit the blue. Still, a school of sharks defended their home water mightily. The Seasonal State Meet hosted by the Craig Sea Sharks youth swim program brought in hundreds of young athletes and their families this weekend to race their hearts out in the Northwest Colorado premises. With 295 total kids from 24 teams around Colorado making up 1,692 total entries across 130 races, the city pool and the park surrounding it were packed with people, the biggest group being the Valley Dolphins with 42 competitors, with Flying Horse Aquatics Club, Gunnison Stingrays, Colorado Springs Racquet Club, Salida Cyclones, Battlement Mesa Sea Turtles, Morgan Marlins, Rangely Hurricanes and Delta Barracudas were among the other teams.

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Friday Fest casts its spell on downtown Craig

Families turn out for ‘Harry Potter’ celebration; DBA’s weekly gatherings to come back next summer

There was a sense of magic in Alice Pleasant Park Friday afternoon. Downtown Business Association saw aspiring wizards and witches of all ages turn out for the “Harry Potter” installment of the weekly Friday Fest activities, commemorating this Sunday’s release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a new entry in the children’s literary and movie phenomenon by JK Rowling.