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Andy Bockelman

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Moffat County volleyball comes up short against Coal Ridge

Coal Ridge High School swept the Lady Bulldogs Thursday night in 25-10, 25-12 and 25-17 sets, landing MCHS with a 4-11 overall record.

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Moffat County football ready and raring for Coal Ridge

Friday match also Senior Night, pink game

The Bulldogs will host the Coal Ridge Titans in their last home game of the season. Both are part of a four-way tie within the 2A Western Slope North League, along with Aspen and Basalt, that could send any of them to the playoffs.

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Moffat County soccer triumphs, 4-2, against Rifle

Team has rainy Thursday, 4-0 loss against Roaring Fork

The Bulldogs came out strong Wednesday against the Rifle Bears to claim a 4-2 win, their first since playing Grand Valley on Sept. 6.

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Moffat County breast cancer survivors share stories

A breast cancer diagnosis from one’s medical professional is an announcement no one wants to hear. It can bring with it month after month of waiting rooms, a list of possible treatments that sound worse than the disease itself and a fear of your life never being the same again. However, those fortunate enough to go through the process and come out stronger for the experience have plenty of wisdom to share.

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Moffat County volleyball battles to 3-0 loss to Olathe

Coach: Players returning to higher quality

The Bulldogs took on the Olathe Pirates, who plundered their way to a 3-0 win against MCHS.

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Moffat County football topples Basalt, 49-6

The Bulldogs had their first league win and their best game yet of the season against the Basalt Longhorns, in a 49-6 slaughter.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Gone Girl’ a mesmerizing mystery

The segment of wedding vows that mentions, “till death do us part” isn’t one most at the altar want to make their focus. However, those five words are very important to those who make up the cast list of “Gone Girl.”

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Moffat County volleyball falls, 3-0, to Grand Valley

Bulldogs to face Olathe in weekend match

After a sweep of Aspen last week, the Lady Bulldogs were on the wrong side of the 3-0 results this time with visiting Grand Valley beating them, 25-12, 25-17 and 25-13.

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Defense key for Moffat County football in Friday game against Basalt

Now that the Moffat County High School varsity football team is entrenched in the conference portion of its season, the time has come for players to buckle down and get things done on the gridiron. That’s what the Bulldogs hope to accomplish Friday, traveling to Basalt to take on the Longhorns and ideally move up in the rankings of the 2A Western Slope North League.

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Craig Middle School football teams trounce Steamboat Springs

Final home matches have 22-0, 54-20 Bulldog wins

The seventh- and eighth-grade teams both defeated the Steamboat Springs Sailors in their latest games, but in a different location. The CMS squads took to the field at Moffat County High School for the final home games of the season.

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Moffat County soccer topped, 2-1, by Colorado Rocky Mountain School

The Bulldogs finished out their Homecoming week with a 2-1 loss to the Oysters of Colorado Rocky Mountain School of Carbondale, putting MCHS at 1-6-1 overall.

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Moffat County football falls to Battle Mountain in Homecoming game, 41-27

The MCHS Bulldogs varsity football team lost, 41-27, in its game against Battle Mountain despite many strengths and a roaring crowd that was standing room only.

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Moffat County Homecoming spirit fires up

Parade, game, Booster Club events, Broncos appearances to round out weekend

The week is coming to a close for Moffat County High School’s Homecoming, but the conclusion looks to be the biggest part of all for everyone involved.

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Errors aid Aspen’s 3-1 victory against Moffat County soccer

MCHS lost, 3-1, to the visiting Skiers in a match that saw them shuffle their placement of players.

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Moffat County plans to smarten up against Battle Mountain

Homecoming game takes place Friday

Last week saw the Moffat County High School varsity football team take a break from regular play, only to launch into the work of practices. They’ve used that time to come back stronger than ever as the important part of their season begins.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Runner’ isn’t quite a-maze-ing

Kids, whenever you think your parents are being unreasonable, consider the fact that they probably never forced you to live in the wilderness and question if your next day would be your last. Compared to the teens of “The Maze Runner,” adolescents who have their cell phone taken away have it pretty easy.

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Girls hit hard in Moffat County Powder Puff Football

The girls of Moffat County High School took over the gridiron Wednesday as part of the Homecoming week festivities for Powder Puff Football.

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Moffat County sweeps Aspen in Homecoming faceoff

To say the Moffat County High School volleyball teams mopped the floor with their latest opponents might be an overstatement. However, all three levels of players still cleaned up nicely. From the freshmen to the varsity squad, the Bulldogs swept the Aspen Skiers Tuesday night in their first home games of the season.

Dr. Thomas Told named dean of Rocky Vista medical program

Earlier this month, Thomas Told was named the dean and chief academic officer of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker. Told has been part of Rocky Vista since 2009 and was the interim dean for College of Osteopathic Medicine for the past year before moving to the position permanently.

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Your Health: Snacking smartly in Northwest Colorado

Area schools offer new snack options

The battle for healthier dietary habits in students is ongoing at schools across America, including those in Northwest Colorado.

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Moffat County shooters have high caliber showings at state

Senior shooters bound for national event

Northwest Colorado was well represented in the 2014 4-H State Shooting Sports Contest in Colorado in August and September, testing their abilities with rifles, shotguns and archery equipment.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘No Good Deed’ has good acting but no good suspense

We all have the urge to play the Good Samaritan for people in times of trouble. Even so, you know what they say about “No Good Deed,” and the movie of the same name isn’t going to inspire you to have faith in that lonesome hitchhiker on the side of the road any more than you did before.

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Moffat County cross-country on right path

Saturday home meet, increased workouts leading to regionals

The boys and girls cross-country teams of MCHS will host their home meet this weekend at Loudy-Simpson Park, the first and only time they’ll compete in Craig this season.

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Moffat County golfer Mike Bingham qualifies for state

Golfer shoots 79, finishes 4th in Western region

Mike Bingham will represent MCHS at the 3A State Championships following a fourth place finish at the Western 3A Regional Tournament Tuesday at Durango’s Hillcrest Golf Club.

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Craig Middle School volleyball setting sights higher

Bulldogs labor for wins in home tourney against Meeker, Soroco, Rangely

The Craig Middle School volleyball teams hosted their home tournament Saturday in the gyms of CMS and Sandrock Elementary School against visiting Soroco, Rangely and Meeker.

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Craig Sheep Wagon Days provides hands-on learning for all

Whether you’ve felt wool only in the lining of your coat or firsthand on the animal that provides the material, there’s something for everyone this weekend at Craig Sheep Wagon Days. The 16th annual event is open to the public Saturday and Sunday at Wyman Living History Museum, giving all who come a glimpse into the many facets of the agriculture industry.

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Fall rodeo season preps Moffat County kids for spring

After only two weeks, the Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School rodeo teams are already halfway through the first part of their season, but there’ll be plenty of time for riding, roping and scoring points for both those things in the months to come.

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Gunnison slams Moffat County football, 49-0

The visiting Gunnison Cowboys walked all over the Bulldogs in a 49-0 game Friday night at MCHS. After claiming its first win of the season last week, the team found itself with a 1-3 record by the end of the evening.

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Mike Bingham, Moffat County High School golf sink 1st place in Gunnison

Coach: Team getting into groove on way to regionals

The MCHS varsity golf team saw a busy week in the southeast quadrant of Colorado, playing three straight tournaments from Monday to Wednesday, two in Durango and another in Gunnison, the latter of which was their best meet to date this season.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Hundred-Foot Journey’ has plenty of flavor

The universal love of food is one that goes beyond any language barriers or geographic borders. But the message that we all just want to fill our bellies, be it with curry or hollandaise sauce, isn’t all that the film “The Hundred-Foot Journey” has on its list of specials.

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Craig reflects on Sept. 11

Flags, personal recollections pay tribute to 9/11 victims

Like other communities across the nation, people in Craig took some time Thursday to remember 9/11, where they were and how it impacted them as Americans.

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Craig takes on display at Art’n the Park’n Lot

It’s not too late to experience one last gasp of summer this weekend, all while taking in the sights and sounds of the cultural elite. The sixth annual Art’n the Park’n Lot will take place this Saturday in the vacant lot near J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill.

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Moffat County soccer shuts out Grand Valley, 8-0

A home game against Grand Valley worked very well for the Bulldogs, as MCHS finished the day 8-0 against the Cardinals.

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Moffat County High School soccer shooting for victory

Changes include new coach, field, JV team

It’s a whole new season for the Moffat County High School boys soccer team in more ways than one, and numerous changes may be just the key to helping them achieve their goals this year.

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Moffat County High School football secures 27-12 win against Ridge View

1st home game of season draws excited crowd

The Moffat County High School varsity football team celebrated its first win of the season, a 27-12 victory against visiting Ridge View Academy, of Watkins, on Friday night at the Bulldog Proving Grounds.

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The Bock’s Office: Summer good, summer not so good

When you go to the movies as often as I do, sometimes the shows you see during the summer are ones you wish you hadn’t or are purely recycled, while there are others you regret missing. If you haven’t gotten your fill of the season’s offerings, here’s a cross-section of films I haven’t had the chance to weigh in on that you may want to catch or avoid at all costs.

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Craig businesses show love for local shoppers

Summer contest winners announced

Shopping locally has paid off for quite a few Northwest Colorado residents, as well as the businesses they’ve patronized. The Locals Love You More contest sponsored by Craig’s Downtown Business Association during the summer recently announced the winners of a variety of prizes, 44 to be exact. Names were drawn at random Thursday morning from a collection of entries from shoppers.

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Scott Cook honored for work with Moffat County United Way

On Thursday, Moffat County United Way paid tribute to one of its biggest supporters, Scott Cook, presenting the former board member with its Appreciation Award prior to its regular board meeting.

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Moffat County golf sets new personal bests at home meet, places 3rd

Team also ranks 3rd at Steamboat

MCHS placed third out of nine teams during its Wednesday tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course, notching its lowest numbers for the season, with a 258 for the day.

Moffat County rodeo rides hard in Cortez

The members of the Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School rodeo teams are back in the saddle. The teams recently competed in their first official event of the season, the Cortez High School and Junior High Rodeo, during Labor Day weekend.

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Moffat County High School boys soccer opens with 0-0 game

Team ties with Grand Junction Central, prepares for Aspen

The first of any of Moffat County High School’s fall sports season to play at home this year was the boys varsity soccer team, hosting the Warriors of Grand Junction Central on Tuesday afternoon, a game that ended up scoreless on both ends.

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Craig Middle School starts athletes on path to big things

Craig Middle School’s sports seasons are underway, giving students their earliest taste at school-sponsored athletics during the seventh and eighth grade years, hopefully the first of many they’ll spend as Bulldogs. CMS’s fall sports for this school year include football, volleyball and cross-country.

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Moffat County High School volleyball ready to bump up level of play

The players and coaches of MCHS volleyball have set their sights on a winning season, following last year’s series, which left them near the bottom of the 3A Western Slope League rankings.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘If I Stay’ offers mellifluous music-based melodrama

Hopefully you’re consulting something other than contemporary cinema when you look at the big questions, such as, “What’s the point of life?” Indeed, “If I Stay” can’t answer queries like this — and doesn’t try — but it maintains its own charms nonetheless.

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Craig Parks and Recreation’s Doak Walker league kicks off season

The Craig Parks and Recreation tackle football program — named in honor of the late Northwest Colorado resident and Detroit Lions legend Doak Walker — began its fall season this week, as kids in grades three through six took to the fields of Woodbury Sports Complex on Tuesday and Wednesday suited up on teams with the likenesses of the Broncos, Packers, Raiders and other pro franchises, sponsored by local businesses.

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Visiting author discusses Moffat County history

Moffat County residents received a look at one of the notorious names of the Old West when author Larry Ball dropped by the Museum of Northwest Colorado on Tuesday afternoon to discuss and sign copies of his book, “Tom Horn: In Life and Legend.”

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Craig Fire/Rescue offers tropical fun at weekend luau

Event a fundraiser for scholarships

The 75th annual Firefighters’ Ball was well-attended Saturday night at The O.P. Bar and Grill by folks wanting to kick back and enjoy a night of dancing, drinks and good company.

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Fire erupts inside Craig mobile home Saturday

Hume: Cause of blaze uncertain

A fire broke out Saturday afternoon at Unit 302 of Craig’s Cedar Mountain Village. The members of Craig Fire/Rescue received the call shortly after 3:30 p.m., and were quick to respond alongside personnel from Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and The Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services.

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Moffat County High School football preps for greatness

The Moffat County High School football team’s season officially has begun, and amid a great deal of changes, players remain ready to do what they love more than anything: Grab the pigskin and do their school proud.

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TV show, Craig book signing target Western figure Tom Horn

History will come alive in the next few days for Moffat County residents. The Museum of Northwest Colorado will host a book-signing and presentation by Larry Ball, the writer of “Tom Horn: In Life and Legend.”