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Andy Bockelman

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Scorch’ a trial of a sequel to watch

The heat is always on to create the next big thing in young adult action films. Unfortunately, in the case of ”Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” that thermal overload proves too much pressure. Out of the frying pan, as they say…

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Art’n the Park’n Lot showcases Craig’s artistic, musical talent

Stretching of creative wings also a benefit for Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads

A sunny day can be as big a drawback as a rainy day when you’re planning an event as the warmth allows for any number of alternative activities, but those along Victory Way Saturday were partying with a purpose. The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads Art’n the Park’n Lot brought a temporary taste of the tropics to Craig over the weekend, complete with a laidback atmosphere and good tunes.

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Roaring Fork routs Moffat County volleyball during league opener

Every team has its superstitions, and for the rest of the season, Moffat County High School volleyball will likely be keeping a cautious eye on their scoreboard. The Lady Bulldogs are 0-1 in the 3A Western Slope League after being swept in three sets by Roaring Fork in a home game that started very much their way.

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Moffat County volleyball serving up new expectations

There’s a certain way the young women of the Moffat County High School volleyball program like their gym: loud. It’s how they prepare and how they hope the crowd will stay as they embark on a new season.

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Moffat County football downed, 41-20, at Gunnison

Bye week will allow team to recoup energy before league opponent Battle Mountain

Going into their latest game, the Moffat County High School football coaching staff saw Friday night as an important test, not as a pass/fail methodology, but an assessment of where their athletes need to be as they go into a different level of the season. The Bulldogs took a 41-20 defeat in Gunnison and moved to 2-2, with a close halftime score suddenly turning into a second half runaway for the 1-2 Cowboys.

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Moffat County boys golfers eyeing regional round in Steamboat

Mike Bingham leads Bulldogs Wednesday, places 2nd in Gunnison

Some of them have already come to the close of their season, but the linksmen of Moffat County High School can look back on the last month and know they’ve come a long way. The Bulldog boys golf team finished its regular season Wednesday with a tournament at Dos Rios Golf Course in Gunnison, taking fifth place as a group with a 273.

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Moffat County football seeks to flip last season’s loss to Gunnison

Coaches: Cowboys a good test before league lineup

The Bulldog Proving Grounds will be silent for the next few Fridays, but if all goes well, the stands will be packed and louder than ever once the Moffat County High School varsity football team makes its return home. MCHS continues its stretch of road games Friday, stepping onto the Gunnison gridiron for a 7 p.m. kickoff and the final non-conference game of the season.

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Moffat County soccer bounces back to beat Rifle, 6-2

League win puts Bulldogs in good position early in season

When it comes to sports clichés, “a tale of two halfs” is among the most overused, but sometimes expressions exist for a reason. The Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team looked like an entirely different group in the second 45 minutes of its Tuesday game, as the Bulldogs went on to win, 6-2, against Rifle in their first league game of the year.

Craig’s ‘Elk Hunting Capital’ continues to promote multiple opportunities

In 2012, Northwest Colorado’s town of Craig officially achieved a status that residents and recurring tourists had known for years. The designation of “Elk Hunting Capital of the World” became a true trademark for the city, largely thanks to five years of effort by local businessman John Ponikvar, who put forth the time and money in the venture in order to brand Craig in the right way. More than a mere slogan, the title is one that remains an important part of promoting all the area has to offer to incoming hunters from around the globe.

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Raucous road game leads to 30-14 win for Moffat County football

Saturday afternoon sunshine brought a lot of sweat to the brows of the Moffat County High School varsity football team compared to the cool atmosphere of Friday night lights, but the Bulldogs’ urge to win didn’t take long to heat up in their latest game. Moffat County brought its season record to 2-1 after winning a weekend road game, 30-14, against the Rams of Ridge View Academy in Watkins.

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Moffat County cross country on path to success

There’s something afoot with the Moffat County High School cross country — Of course, they kind of need that particular body part to do what they do. The runners of the fall season are going the distance as they face several more weeks of races. After some early results that have shown what the striders are capable of this season, coaches Todd Trapp and Jennifer Pressgrove have them working on strategies to build up to a peak performance.

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Liberty Bell a freeing experience for Moffat County runners

Boys cross country team takes 3rd in Littleton race; Emily Womble places 9th

By the end of the day at an event already full of patriotic spirit by its very name, the athletes of Moffat County High School were the epitome of the nation’s colors, with their blue and white uniforms topped by faces reddened with the exertion that came from a race well run. Bulldog pride rang loud and clear at the Liberty Bell Invitational hosted by Heritage High School in Littleton, where MCHS was among 89 total schools within and outside Colorado.

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The Bock’s Office: Summer selections — From the magnificently mad to the unfantastic

Spending your summer in the theater with the Avengers, wacky choral singers or unwieldy dinosaurs is as fine an investment as you want it to be, because the price of a movie ticket for something you enjoy is never a waste of money. That being said, here’s my two cents on a selection of films from the past few months I didn’t get a chance to review for one reason or another.

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Moffat County volleyball falls to Steamboat, 3-0, to start regular season

A match-up with Yampa Valley rivals is always an exciting one for the Moffat County High School sports, and Thursday’s volleyball varsity game against Steamboat Springs was no exception. The Sailors topped the Lady Bulldogs in three straight sets, 25-16, 25-13, 25-18 to start Moffat County’s regular season.

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Tamale Town ends short time in Craig business scene

Owner: ‘Misjudged’ customer volume

Another Craig dining establishment has closed its doors, this time after being open for business less than two weeks. Tamale Town, 351 Ranney St., officially shut down operations Tuesday, only 12 days after its soft opening on Aug. 27 providing tamales, tacos and quesadillas to Northwest Colorado.

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Moffat County volleyball hosting Steamboat after weekend warm-up

Moffat County High School volleyball is ready to bump it up to the next level this week. The Lady Bulldogs had their first look at the season’s competition this past weekend, as varsity headed to a tournament in Rangely and junior varsity and C-Team attended their own event at Grand Valley High School in Parachute.

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Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School cross country off and running

Running teams building early in seasons

As Labor Day comes around, the runners of local cross country programs can rest easy knowing they put their all into their sport this weekend. Moffat County High School and Criag Middle School cross country both competed over the weekend, with MCHS at the Delta Invitational Friday and CMS traveling to the Rawlins (Wyoming) Invite.

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Moffat County rodeo raring to go for fall season

Saddles secured, spurs shined and Stetsons snugly on their heads, the members of the Moffat County High School rodeo team are ready to ride this fall. The beginning of the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association’s official season may be this weekend, but regional rodeo kids have been spending all summer immersed in the sport, from events like Little Britches to Black Mountain Junior Rodeo to the national high school finals and many more instances of things like barrel racing, team roping, bronc riding and plenty more.

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Moffat County football hit hard by 41-0 loss to Rifle

The Bulldogs knew they were in for one of the tougher matches of the season Friday night, but that didn’t make the eventual defeat any easier to take. Moffat County High School moved to 1-1 after a 41-0 loss to Rifle at the Bulldog Proving Grounds.

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Moffat County boys golf switches to match-play format for tourney

MCHS, Steamboat coaches: Good event for JV players

A change of plans was an opportunity for something different and very beneficial Friday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Moffat County High School was scheduled to host the Bulldog Invitational, but when teams including Summit, Basalt and more were unable to attend, coach Justin Folley opted to turn the tournament format into a match-play event between his Moffat County golfers and the Steamboat Springs team.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Shaun the Sheep’ gets baa-ck to basics of cartoon cleverness

With little yellow creatures and manifestations of emotions getting all the attention this summer, you may have missed one of the more undemanding animated pleasures of the season. It may not be the biggest resident of the movie pasture, but “Shaun the Sheep Movie” could be the best of the bunch.

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Young Craig, Steamboat Springs golfers aiming for national glory

The golfing boys of Northwest Colorado aren’t ready to slow their roll yet. A team of young golfers playing in a nationwide PGA Junior tournament opened the eyes of even parents and coaches when they beat teams from Grand Junction, Colorado Springs and Denver to advance to a sub-regional final. The team is comprised of golfers from 9 to 13 years of age. There are 10 from Steamboat Springs, including Tommy Henninger, Max Rotermund, Ollie Rotermund, Jack Thompson, Colton Sankey, Caleb Anderson, Travis Seitz, Mike Dinapoli and Zach Walsh, and two playing from Craig, Ryan Peck and Dave Andujo.

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Moffat County football bearing toward win against Rifle

Fans of Moffat County High School had plenty to cheer about when the Bulldogs started the season with a win against their regional rivals. And, if all goes well in the upcoming meeting with the big bad bruisers coming up Highway 13, local sports junkies will be ecstatic. The Bulldogs host the Rifle Bears Friday, a game that will test their mettle after having their spirits buoyed twice in the past week with a 27-0 varsity pounding of Steamboat Springs and Monday’s 50-6 JV slaughter of the Sailors for good measure.

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Moffat County soccer kicks into gear with 4-1 win in Grand Junction

The Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team took it to their first opponent of the season Tuesday, winning, 4-1, against the Warriors of Grand Junction’s Central High School.

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Moffat County football tackling challenges head-on

Last season saw Moffat County High School’s football program coping with some major alterations, not the least of which included a new coaching staff and a move to the 2A division of CHSAA. A year later, the head of the team has gotten more settled in to the area, and both he and players are ready to defend their title as the champions of the Western Slope North League.

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Moffat County football sinks Sailors, 27-0, in season opener

Moffat County High School was the place to be Friday night for the start of football season and the continuation of the ongoing rivalry between the MCHS Bulldogs and the Steamboat Springs High School Sailors that culminated in a 27-0 win for Moffat County.

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Moffat County Bulldogs ready to rip apart Steamboat rivals

You couldn’t ask for a more appropriate beginning to the varsity football season in Northwest Colorado. Moffat County High School opens its schedule Friday night with a Zero Week match against its Highway 40 foes, the Steamboat Springs Sailors, duking it out at the Bulldog Proving Grounds.

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Craig ready for Doak Walker’s pigskin power

One day, they’ll all be Bulldogs, but at the moment, they’re going by team names like the Chargers, the Saints and the Jets. Oh, and of course, a certain Colorado team that wears a lot of orange. Craig Parks & Recreation’s Doak Walker tackle football program has commenced for the fall with seven squads in the fifth- and sixth-grade division and five for third- and fourth-graders.

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Make some noise for Moffat County’s new cheer coach

Stacey Ortega plans for expanded, more physical spirit squad

They’ve got spirit, yes, they do! How about you? Stacey Ortega was recently hired as the new cheerleading coach for Moffat County High School. Having cheered herself, as well as coached for teams aged middle school through college, she said the position seemed like for a great fit for someone like her, new to town and hoping to get involved.

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Green players, seasoned swingers abound for Moffat County boys golf

The boys of the Moffat County High School golf program are teed off — in a good way. The season has already begun for the earliest of MCHS’s fall sports, and the summer has been a beneficial practice time for the Bulldogs, who have taken advantage of the links at Yampa Valley Golf Course to get ready for upcoming tournaments.

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Couple Amanda, Jason Back claim club championships at Yampa Valley Golf Course

A certain Northwest Colorado couple gives a whole new meaning to back-to-back titles. Amanda and Jason Back were on top of the world over the past weekend as the two of them claimed the Ladies and Men’s Club Championships at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

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Moffat County grad grits teeth for final football season

Brady Conner coming up on senior year as tight end at Adams State University

Brady Conner has his eyes on the goal line, both on and off the field. Conner, a 2011 Moffat County High School graduate, will be embarking on his final football season this fall as he enters another season with the Grizzlies of Adams State University.

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Elk, deer herds showing good numbers for 2015 hunting

2014’s winter aids growth in animals

One hunting season’s loss is another one’s gain. Strong herd numbers this year mean positive things for big game hunters converging on the Northwest Colorado area. Post-hunt estimates by Colorado Parks & Wildlife show an increase for certain herds, such as the Bears Ears elk herd in Moffat County, which stands at about 24,000, according to the agency's count following the 2014 seasons.

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Moffat County Fair closes with cuteness

They work hard all year and get their game faces on during the rest of the week, but when it comes to the final days the patrons of the Moffat County Fair just want to have a little fun. The laidback finale of the 97th annual agricultural event overtook the fairgrounds Saturday with plenty for all ages to see and do, from lawnmower races and tractor pulls to stuffing their faces in a watermelon-eating contest to watching a sheep in a necktie. Yes, you read that right.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Rogue Nation’ runs risk of overthinking movie magic

As you enter the movie theater, your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to watch “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” purely for entertainment value. But, before you commit to anything, you should know the makers will be doing everything they can to make this… what’s the word I’m looking for here?

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Moffat County Balloon Festival attracts record turnout

A bustle of balloons, runners and pancake flippers broke the early morning silence at Loudy-Simpson Park Saturday morning for the sixth annual Moffat County Balloon Festival.

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Moffat County Balloon Festival flying higher than ever

New, returning features inflate annual event’s reputation

If you’re at Loudy-Simpson Park early Saturday morning, odds are you’ll be looking up. However, remember as you turn your attention elsewhere that there’s a lot going on back down on the ground. The sixth annual Moffat County Balloon Festival gets going with a schedule packed with diverse activities, and if you think everything is about the balloons, you should know the festival encompasses a lot more.

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Craig salutes Veterans Charity Riders

Motorcycle program for soldiers stops passes through Northwest Colorado

They’ve served in some of the most brutal parts of the world, fought through the loss of body parts and sustained some memories that might still give them nightmares — to say the least, the participants in the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis have earned some fun. The cross-country effort to raise awareness about combat veterans and giving something back to them pulled into Craig Friday afternoon to a small but enthusiastic greeting at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265.

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Summer sweat means winter strength for Moffat County basketball

While others are trying to cool off this time of year, Moffat County High School hoopsters are staying hot. It’s been a busy summer for MCHS boys and girls basketball, and coaches Sam McLeod and Eric Hamilton have taken note of those athletes who have made the effort to retain and improve their skills in the sport.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Paper Towns’ a low-key, likeable teen flick

If you’re familiar with the author of “Paper Towns,” you may be expecting the new film adaptation to reach for the “Stars.” But, it doesn’t — it charts its own course, which upon watching the film, you’ll realize is just fine.

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Drive for Cancer brings together Craig community

Fundraiser sees sizable turnout at Saturday carnival

While an automobile technically can only have one person driving at a time, it was an entire community that got behind the wheel this weekend to get on the fast track to helping others. Victory Motors’ second annual Drive for Cancer provided a fun-filled day Saturday with its family carnival, part of the business’s weeklong fundraiser for Moffat County Cancer Society.

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Moffat County’s 4-H shotgun teams locked and loaded for state

The young marksmen of Moffat County are proving themselves to be big shots. Saturday’s shotgun completion shoot at Craig Trap Club saw some skilled trigger work as members of Moffat County 4-H readied to go to the next stage of competition, selecting the top shooters for the state level.

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Craig’s Silver Bullet golf tourney going strong in 29th year

Ladies golf group planning cancer fundraising event in August

In a game in which low numbers are everything, Susan Utzinger is glad to see a certain tally on the rise this year. The 29th annual Ladies Silver Bullet Classic saw 69 women hit the links Saturday and Sunday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The turnout is encouraging for the Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association, said organizer Utzinger, noting that the number of gals on the course has continued to increase little by little each year.

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Moffat County archery, rifle shooters eyeing state contest

All it takes is a few holes through a target to earn a trip to the big time. However, getting those marks is easier said than done. Moffat County 4-H shooting sports named its state teams in archery and .22 rifle Saturday following completion shoot events at the Wyman Living History Museum archery pitch and the Bears Ears Sportsman Club gun range.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Minions’ has animated absurdity at all levels

There’s a universal language in comedy that people intrinsically understand. Whether it’s someone flirting with a fire hydrant or getting repeatedly smacked in the face to remove a bee, some characters and situations are just unavoidably funny. Don’t bother to question it; just watch a movie like “Minions” and know your intuition to chuckle is correct.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course’s PGA sessions set up Craig kids for future success

Local youth golfers shooting for big things at larger events this summer

In a game like golf, the younger you start, the more time you have to harness your skill into your later years, a lesson a number of local kids already know. The PGA Junior Golf Academy concluded its summer program Tuesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course with the Soda Pop Open, a three-hole event for young duffers to show their families what they had learned over the past six weeks.

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48th annual Cottonwood Classic sees heavy competition

Rifle’s Kyler Smith claims top prize; Rod Branstetter takes hole-in-one in golf tourney

It was far from three straight days of the exact same action at this year’s Cottonwood Classic. The 48th annual event, which ran Friday through Sunday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, attracted 103 golfers vying for some big cash prizes, with some taking home something more than a financial payout.

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Women saddle up for barrel racing in Craig

Riding in the Rockies series continues through summer

The 14th annual Tri-State Barrel Racing Classic presented by Riding in the Rockies featured 102 entries as women of all ages brought their horses to the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig this weekend. Tearing through the fairgrounds arena at top speed with their hooved companions, riders honed their equestrian skills while competing for a purse of more than $2,000.

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Moffat County’s Hugh Turner signs to play baseball for Michigan school

Hugh Turner, recent graduate from Moffat County High School, committed this week to play baseball for Finlandia University, a private school on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Hugh will be receiving a partial scholarship for the NCAA Division school, where he plans to study sports medicine, physical therapy and sports management, possibly achieving a doctorate in the former two programs.

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Great Divide Cleaning Service: Owners no scrubs when it comes to good work

It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it and do it well. The staff members of Great Divide Cleaning Service are those people when it comes to keeping the floors of Northwest Colorado spiffy as the Best Carpet Cleaners of Moffat County.