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Andy Bockelman

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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.

Moffat County wrestlers pinned, 49-21, in Meeker

Weekend duals in Wyoming next for Bulldogs

A 49-21 loss in Meeker started the week out on the wrong foot for the wrestlers of Moffat County High School, but they hope to learn from their mistakes and apply their knowledge heading into this weekend.

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The Bock’s Office: What tops the list for 2014?

Each year I compile a top 10 list of the best films of the past 12 months, and each year it feels incomplete because of the near-impossibility of viewing every single movie to determine the hidden gems or deciding if the big releases are worth the hype. Either way, here is my countdown of my selections for the features I was able to watch that had the biggest effect on me.

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Moffat County basketball burns Coal Ridge with 75-57, 47-30 wins

Boys, girls teams to play 1st home match Friday

Tuesday night games translated to wins for MCHS boys and girls varsity alike, with the boys taking down Coal Ridge, 75-57, following the girls’ defeat of the Titans at 47-30.

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Moffat County swimmers take 3rd at Summit, keep moving toward state

The Summit Invitational on Saturday saw great results for MCHS swimmers, who finished third overall as a team and picked up first-place honors in four events.

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Moffat County boys basketball takes 71-51 win at Olathe

Bad 1st quarter holds girls to 64-59 loss

Following a dual victories Friday night, the Moffat County High School varsity basketball teams had different results as the weekend continued. MCHS boys varsity won, 71-51, while the girls lost, 64-59, as the Bulldogs took on the Olathe Pirates Saturday afternoon.

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Moffat County Extension holds animal emergency training seminar

A training session for Community Animal Response Teams took place Saturday at Moffat County’s Colorado State University Extension Office. About 20 county residents received a breakdown of the criteria necessary to aid pets, livestock and other types of animals during emergency scenarios.

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Moffat County’s C-teams host hoops event

While the varsity level teams were otherwise engaged on the road this weekend, the younger players of the Moffat County High School boys and girls basketball programs hit the court at home. The MCHS C-teams hosted a Saturday tournament with visiting Steamboat Springs, Coal Ridge, Battle Mountain and Uintah High School.

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Moffat County basketball teams net wins in 1st league games

Girls win 68-27, boys 60-40 in Gunnison

The Moffat County High School basketball teams won across the board Friday night in Gunnison, with varsity and JV squads each coming out on top against the Bulldogs’ first league opponents of the season. The girls claimed a 68-27 victory to start the varsity level off right, and the boys finished the night with a 60-40 win.

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Craig’s Tyler Francetich bowls 300 game

On Dec. 21, Tyler Francetich got his Christmas present early, becoming part of the elite ranks of those who have bowled a perfect game at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.

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Craig hockey players set goal of competing overseas

Garrett Ferguson, Brodey Gutierrez raising funds to play in Europe

This fall, Garrett Ferguson and Brodey Gutierrez were tapped to participate in the Colorado Premier Hockey Selects Tour in mid-March. The program allows high school-age players to compete internationally in Engelberg, Switzerland against teams from central Europe.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Unbroken’ mangled by poor storytelling

If your favorite part of a war movie is anything that doesn’t involve bullets or punches flying, “Unbroken” may not be the movie for you. If the aforementioned is in fact your preference, and this film doesn’t fill your quota, perhaps professional therapy is the way to go.

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Craig residents go orange with free Broncos signs

Denver team starts playoffs Sunday

People in Craig are ready to show their spirit as the Denver Broncos enter the divisional round of the playoffs this Sunday with a game against the Indianapolis Colts thanks to team banners provided courtesy of 9News and King Soopers and City Market locations around Colorado this week.

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Craig Bantam hockey team runners-up at home tourney

Midget team drops 2 in Steamboat Springs

The Cougars Bantam team took second in the three-team Battle for the Biscuit tournament Saturday and Sunday at Loudy-Simpson Park, playing against Green Mountain Falls and Lafayette with YMCA of Boulder Valley.

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Moffat County snowcat removed from California Park after Dec. 30 accident

Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club hosting avalanche seminars

The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club’s snowcat is no longer stuck in Routt County’s California Park. The piece of equipment, used for grooming recreational snowmobile trails, was removed Sunday by a D-6 Cat rented from Wagner Equipment after an accident Dec. 30 when club members Duane Core and Leeland Mischke inadvertently drove over an abandoned beaver pond resulting in the vehicle’s predicament.

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Craig’s Bill Sawer devotes expertise to ski program

When Craig resident Bill Sawer is on the ski hill, he feels on top of the world in more ways than one. The only feeling better is sharing that with someone who might not otherwise get to have the experience. Sawer is one of many volunteers for Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports, or STARS, a regional program that assists the physically or mentally handicapped with rugged activities.

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Moffat County cheerleaders ready to get crowds on their feet

The sport of cheerleading isn’t measured in points scored when the team is active, rather the kind of energy they can inspire in others as they head toward victory. The Moffat County High School cheer team contributed greatly to this during the fall, and as schedules begin anew after a seasonal break, they’ll be bringing the high spirits again.

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Craig hockey team’s extra ice time will keep them warmed up

The season has been delayed for the Craig Youth Hockey Association’s Midget team, but that’s only made the Bulldogs hungrier.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Into the Woods’ is happily ever after all over again

No matter how many iterations of storybook characters come along, it’s hard not to identify with the ones you first heard as a child. Oh, wait, you say they sing in the fairy tale feature “Into the Woods?” Well, that changes everything!

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Joe Belcher: Cooking up some big plans for local restaurant

New Gino's owner loves Craig atmosphere

Since the age of 15, Joe Belcher has had a love for the kitchen, and after working in capacities like waiting tables and tending bar, his career in food is now at a new level.

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Kristie Bruce: Convenience with a friendly chat, no extra charge

If you’ve entered the Craig Loaf 'N Jug on multiple occasions, you’ve likely encountered staff member Kristie Bruce, and odds are when you walked out the door with a candy bar, fountain drink or beef jerky, you felt a little more chipper than you did before.

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Bill Mackin: Always a cowboy at heart

For decades of his life, 75-year-old Craig resident Bill Mackin amassed hundreds of Western materials by attending auctions and other sales, making contacts with a large variety of people and continually adding to what he calls “junque” — the preferred term of collectors for the treasures that others might deem junk.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus spread joy, merriment on Christmas

The legend has been around for centuries, and although there are many versions, the basic idea is that there’s a man spreading cheer in December out of the goodness of his heart.

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Moffat County High School student remembered fondly

Candlelight vigil honors life of Torivio “Tory” Tovar

Torivio Tovar was better known to people as Tory, and the 17-year-old who had inspired many smiles also prompted tears Friday when his Ford pickup struck an oncoming semi along US Highway 40 just outside of Craig.

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Moffat County girls hoops splits weekend road games in Utah

The last two games of 2014 had mixed results for the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team.

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Moffat County boys basketball eying state possibilities

Above the rim, outside the arc, in the paint — wherever they need to be, the members of the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team will get there because this is the season they’ve been anticipating.

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Arizona school gives Moffat County wrestlers trying time

Bulldogs to compete in Warrior Classic Friday, Saturday

MCHS lost, 55-22, in Thursday evening duals with Thunderbird High School, of Phoenix. The Bulldogs hosted the Arizona team as a warm-up before both teams make their way to Grand Junction’s Warrior Classic Friday and Saturday.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Hobbit’ — For the love of gold…

Too much of a good thing inevitably has to have its downside. For those who have grown to love the cinematic tales of J.R.R. Tolkien, that aftereffect has finally come in the form of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

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Moffat County boys basketball finish Steamboat tourney with wins, loss

Weekend ends with 77-65 loss to Colorado Academy

MCHS was 2-1 during the three-day Steamboat Shoot-Out, claiming wins against Eagle Valley (58-15) and Denver Christian (71-54) on Thursday and Friday before losing, 77-65, against the Mustangs, of Colorado Academy, on Saturday morning.

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Moffat County’s Festival of Trees branches out

The third annual Festival of Trees, hosted by Moffat County Youth United Way and Moffat County High School Key Club, has been packed with visitors regularly ever since the month began, and more keep showing up, especially when there are more elements to it.

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New girls basketball coach shooting to build Moffat County dynasty

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team has been known to be a threat during the regular season and beyond, and even with a new roster and new coaching, the lady hoopsters plan to take it as far as they can this season.

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Moffat County boys hoops dominate Eagle Valley Devils, 58-15

Team to meet Denver Christian, Colorado Academy in Steamboat Shoot-Out

After an opening weekend that left them 0-2 to start the season, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team came back with a vengeance.

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Moffat County wrestling wins dual with Steamboat Springs

Two rivals battled Wednesday evening in the Moffat County High School gym, and while one team walked away with more individual victories, it was still the host that won the overall meet. MCHS won its duals with Steamboat Springs with a total point tally of 49-27 during a night that saw hard-fought wins and losses for both sides.

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Moffat County nonprofits see generosity through Colorado Gives Day

Nonprofit organizations around the region and the state participated in Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, as philanthropists statewide emptied their pockets for good causes.

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Boys & Girls Club’s Cowboy Christmas celebrates 10 years in Craig

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig hosted its 10th annual Cowboy Christmas Saturday night, its yearly gala event to celebrate the community that helps make it possible and show them what their efforts do for the kids who make up the membership.

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Downtown Craig feels like home with Down Home Christmas

The introductory Down Home Christmas Celebration held by Downtown Business Association Saturday afternoon had much to offer for those looking to start their holiday right, from horse-drawn wagon rides around the block of Yampa Avenue to a fire pit with tasty treats in Alice Pleasant Park to the plentiful decorations across storefronts.

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Craig Middle School hoops completes season with weekend tourney

Steamboat 7th-, 8th-grade teams win; Craig finishes 3rd, 2nd

The season-ending district basketball tournament hosted by CMS this weekend concluded in a heartbreaker for the eighth-grade Bulldogs, as the A-team lost by a single point to rival Steamboat Springs.

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Craig’s Holiday Artisan Market displays local talents

If you’re looking for a unique and beautiful gift to put under the tree this season, you’ll find all kinds of surprises at the Holiday Artisan Market. The fifth annual event began Friday and continues through Saturday, with about 30 area artists and craftspeople selling their hard work at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

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Moffat County wrestling locks into determination

It’s not uncommon to see Moffat County High School wrestlers at the state tournament year after year, and it won’t be long before the young athletes pin down the best way to return there.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Birdman’ soars proudly toward madness

If you’ve done all you can to avoid films based on comic books in recent years, you’ll probably be out of luck for years to come because they’re here to stay. But the love affair that the public has with the idea of the caped crusader has its own dark side, as we can glimpse from a film like “Birdman.”

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Moffat County winter sports start their seasons

Swimming, basketball, wrestling travel for weekend events

The winter sports season goes underway this weekend, as each of MCHS’s teams begins their year, including wrestling, girls swimming and boys and girls basketball.

Down Home Christmas to debut in downtown Craig this weekend

Downtown Business Association will host the first-ever Down Home Christmas Celebration Saturday afternoon along Yampa Avenue, bringing with it the sights, sounds and other sensory wonders that make up everyone’s favorite time of year.

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Moffat County girls swim team sets sights on winning

The Moffat County High School girls swim team is seeing the first wave of changes for the school’s aquatic sports, but they’re powering through and vying for both a strong start and finish to their season.

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Parade of Lights to illuminate Craig community

The annual Parade of Lights heralds the beginning of the Christmas period in Craig Saturday with a processional of floats providing both luminosity against the evening sky and a merry start to the yuletide.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Mockingjay’ almost satisfies your hunger

Given the title of the series and the time of its release, you can’t talk about “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” without making a Thanksgiving joke. The difficulty with that is that while people may be ravenous for more of the franchise, right now, they’re only getting appetizers.

Deals are many for Small Business Saturday in Craig

Shopping promotion aims to boost local economies

Residents of Craig are encouraged to join in the movement of Small Business Saturday, an effort to promote locally owned businesses amid the biggest sales weekend of all.

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Weekend crafts events take over Craig

When there’s a nip in the air but not very much snow remaining on the ground during the day in Northwest Colorado, it can only mean it’s time for craft season. Saturday activities were plentiful around Craig for those wanting to get some unique items for the holidays.