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Andy Bockelman

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See fun, seafood at Craig Chamber’s Crabfest

Following events of the 2016 election, there may have been some people who were a bit crabby, but that term took on a more literal and more fun meaning Saturday night. Craig Chamber of Commerce packed the house of the Boys & Girls of Craig with one the community’s annual favorite gatherings, Crabfest.

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Craig Middle School hoops teams mix it up with Meeker, Rawlins

Bulldogs hit hard by Wyoming team, ready to improve as season continues

Craig Middle School basketball coach Forrest Watson was a bit taken aback by his team’s score Saturday afternoon, but he’s the first to admit that even though defeat isn’t pleasant it can have the side effect of creating better athletes. CMS boys hoops had another long day at home during a weekend triangular with Meeker and Rawlins, Wyoming.

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Craig Elks hosting Hoop Shoot Dec. 3

Free throw contest winners can go as far as national level

With enough practice, focus and desire to do what it takes to be the best, the possibilities for young athletes to achieve something great are endless. And, it all starts in their local gym. The Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest takes place in on Craig Dec. 3 at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Trolls’ helps you find your happy place

The internet age has given certain mythical creatures a bad name, but they’re taking back their honor in the animated movie “Trolls” One might argue they’re overcompensating with sweetness, but hey, we all have different tastes.

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Craig kids show gratitude by donating 35 pounds of candy to soldiers

A dental office persuading its patients to forgo eating sweets is nothing new. However, one Craig location is putting a supply of Twizzlers, Starburst, Snickers and other tasty treats to good use. As part of the nonprofit organization Operation Gratitude, the office of Dr. Neal Fenton collected about 35 pounds of Halloween candy provided by local kids for donation to active duty soldiers.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Doctor Strange’ is Marvel magic at its mightiest

Not everyone is equipped to twist time to their advantage, take a portal as a day trip to the summit of Mount Everest or engage in a bare-knuckle brawl while maintaining the consistency of gossamer. Then again, “Doctor Strange” isn’t your average practitioner.

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Moffat County High School students elect to get involved

Students range from first-time voters to election judges

The first experience casting a real ballot is one that sets the tone for many Americans as they get involved in politics, and regardless of the outcome of the biggest Tuesday of 2016, the young adults of Moffat County High School will be sure to remember it. MCHS students got a taste of national democracy as those 18 and older were able to vote for the first time.

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Peewee power: Craig Cougars start hockey season with Saturday split

12U team comes back from 7-0 loss to win 4-3 vs. Grand Junction Coyotes

The first game of the season didn’t quite go the way the Craig Cougars wanted, but it didn’t take long for them to heat up the ice from there. The 12 and under Peewee team for Craig Youth Hockey Association split two Saturday games against Grand Junction as their opener to the schedule as well as the first overall hockey event of the winter at Moffat County Ice Arena.

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Craig residents sample CNCC classes at Taste of Education

School on a Saturday can be a tough sell, but those hungry for knowledge had their appetites sated this weekend at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Taste of Education. Providing a peek at 15 courses, the event welcomed several dozen community members who were interested in learning more about CNCC’s curriculum, including subjects such as QuickBooks training, art, writing and the United States Constitution.

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Craig Middle School basketball bombards Baggs

Bulldogs take wins of 23-6, 43-1, 32-16 over Rattlers

Saturday saw another round of success for the Craig Middle School boys basketball teams. CMS boys swept the Rattlers of Little Snake River Valley School in three games over the weekend, including eighth-grade A-Team and seventh-grade A- and B-Teams.

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Moffat County hoops shooting for big turnout for December games at Pepsi Center

Tickets for Bulldog basketball part of package deal for Dec. 23 Denver Nuggets game

The winter season for Moffat County High School athletics is about to start, and two of the Bulldog teams are already eyeing a game that will take place in December. And, given the details, it’s hard to blame them for seeing that as the biggest, shiniest Christmas present under the tree. MCHS boys and girls basketball teams are selling tickets for a Dec. 23 set of games that will take place at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The Bulldogs will take on the Coal Ridge High School Titans in the afternoon, leading up to NBA action as the Denver Nuggets host the Atlanta Hawks.

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The Energy Blend: Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco counties’ reclaimed mining land ideal for Columbian sharp-tailed grouse

Wildlife agencies hope to replicate birds’ breeding grounds in other areas of the state

The balance between nature and the energy industry is one which must maintain a careful equilibrium in order for both to move forward and thrive. And, for at least one area of the country, bird is the word.

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Craig kids learn to overcome obstacles, stay strong in Girls on the Run

Those who pick up an activity like running at an early age will set themselves on pace for a healthier lifestyle, and the benefits are many for those who engage in the Girls on the Run program. More than 50 Craig girls will participate in the Girls on the Run 5K event Saturday morning in Steamboat Springs, among dozens more who have been involved in the program along the Western Slope this year.

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Craig Middle School basketball has a blast with Steamboat, Rangely

There was plenty of hoops hoopla Saturday in the gyms at Craig Middle School and Sandrock Elementary School. CMS boys basketball teams hosted Steamboat Springs and Rangely for an all-day triangular in a round robin format that gave the athletes of the three Northwest Colorado schools a workout.

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Craig runners scared silly at Grand Futures’ Zombie 5K

A warm autumn Saturday afternoon at Loudy-Simpson Park suddenly shifted into a situation that would make your blood run cold. Creatures with rotting flesh and an unfriendly disposition were lurking around the natural landscape. The only solution to get out alive? Get moving. And fast. The second annual Grand Futures Prevention Coalition Zombie 5K took over the park as a staging of a zombie apocalypse brought in about 50 runners of all ages to fight for their lives against the undead.

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Moffat County cross country lays it on the line at state championships

Every step, every breath, every moment of struggle led to one thing for Moffat County High School cross country teams Saturday as they ran their final race of the year at the 3A State Championships. After going all the way this season, Bulldog runners were at the ultimate level at Colorado Springs’ Norris Penrose Event Center, with boys placing ninth as a group and girls 15th, both out of 20 teams.

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Moffat County football shuts down Skiers to close winning season

Bulldogs celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Senior Night in final game with Aspen

Moffat County High School varsity football finished its season 5-4 with a 48-22 win Friday night at home against Aspen, a game that was all about creating a memory to last a lifetime knowing it could be their last time together as a team.

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Craig Middle School boys basketball slams Soroco to start season

Bulldogs to host Steamboat Springs, Rangely Saturday

The indoor sports season has begun in Northwest Colorado, and it was a big blowout for the first team to take to the basketball court. Craig Middle School hoops teams took commanding wins Thursday at home against Soroco in the first set of games for boys basketball, both featuring only the A-Teams.

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The Bock’s Office: Action movie ‘The Accountant’ doesn’t add up

All minds are different, that much we know by now, as science has moved to the point where most people can accept there’s no one way to process thoughts and actions. Nevertheless, there’s still no telling what the makers of “The Accountant” were thinking while in development.

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Moffat County football to wrap regular season vs. Aspen

Bulldogs to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, seniors in final game

The season won’t last as long as it did the past two years for Moffat County High School football, so this Friday will be an all-out Bulldog blowout. MCHS wraps up the year hosting Aspen, kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, a trio of goals in place for the evening: honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, celebrate seniors and go out with a bang.

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Moffat County volleyball battles Warriors in last home game

Lady Bulldogs look to improve last season’s record with win in Aspen

Finishing with a home win didn’t happen for Moffat County High School volleyball Tuesday night, but there’s still a shot to bump up the W column from last season. The Lady Bulldogs are 5-17 on the year following a 3-0 non-conference loss to Grand Junction’s Central High School, as the Warriors won, 25-15, 25-12 and 25-11.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Ouija’ sequel summons spookiness

Nobody thinks of the term “toy movie” as anything other than pejorative, but just because the name Hasbro is attached doesn’t mean a film can’t rise above “Transformers,” “G.I. Joe” and “Battleship.” Sometimes, such as in “Ouija: Origin of Evil,” there actually is more than meets the eye.

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CNCC soccer to fight final battle at regional tournament

Spartans lose last home games against Utah State University Eastern

The Spartan warriors of “300” faced impossible odds but never quit fighting until the final breath left their battered bodies, and though the stakes weren’t life or death Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park, so did their modern-day namesakes continue to fight through the final whistle. Colorado Northwestern Community College women’s and men’s soccer teams completed their regular seasons with dual defeats to the Golden Eagles of Utah State University Eastern.

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Moffat County volleyball copes with changes in loss to Cedaredge

All things considered, Moffat County High School volleyball coach Erin Knez has no complaints about how Saturday’s game went. The MCHS varsity took a loss to Cedaredge in three straight sets during a weekend match that was full of changes.

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Moffat County football falls in conference-deciding game in Basalt

In a season that has been full of injuries and close calls, Moffat County High School football had what may have been one of the biggest blows yet this year. MCHS lost, 20-8, to the Basalt Longhorns in a Friday night fracas that saw the Bulldogs fight until the very end.

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State-bound Moffat County cross country athletes hit new marks at regionals

Bulldog boys place 2nd, girls 4th; Riley Allen, Makenna Knez each take 6th with best times

The runners of Moffat County High School cross country are headed to state. MCHS boys placed second as a team and girls fourth Friday at Delta’s Confluence Park at the 3A Region 1 meet, qualifying the entire Bulldog bunch for the state championships Oct. 29 in Colorado Springs.

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Moffat County soccer caps off season with 9-1 win vs. Caprock

There was a stir of emotion Thursday on the Moffat County High School soccer field, but the final score had little to do with it. MCHS boys soccer finished the season 7-8 overall and 4-5 in the 3A Western Slope League with a 9-1 defeat of Grand Junction’s Caprock Academy. A 1-0 loss to Delta on Tuesday left the Bulldogs keyed up to do some damage against the Eagles, whom they had already beaten, 10-0, back in September.

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Moffat County, Craig Middle School cross country teams going full speed

High school seeks regional honors Friday, CMS runners attending state Saturday

Moffat County long-distance runners haven’t quite crossed the finish line on the season yet, but you can bet it will be a celebration once they do because they’re far from running on empty. This weekend holds the biggest races yet this year as Moffat County High School attends the 3A Region 1 meet in Delta and a handful of Craig Middle School runners make their way to the state championships in Denver.

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Moffat County sluggers ready for state tourney with Meeker softball

With a love for a sport that doesn’t have as many year-round opportunities as they’d like, Moffat County High School’s Julia Christensen and Mackenzie Marshall have been hitting the road quite a bit this fall as part of the Meeker High School softball team. Meeker recently qualified for the 3A state tournament in Aurora, which begins Friday in Aurora. First up for the 15th seed Cowboys is Rocky Ford, the No. 2 team in the division.

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Tigers take title in Craig’s Doak Walker tackle football championships

Hayden team defeats Packers, 38-13, in final game of the season

It’s easy to be a football fan in August, but a chilly Wednesday at the Bulldog Proving Grounds was an evening for the true lovers of the pigskin. The championship finals of Doak Walker tackle football, hosted by Craig Parks & Recreation on the Moffat County High School turf, saw some great games to close out the season for the fifth- and sixth-grade age group.

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Moffat County football looks for league lead Friday in Basalt

Bulldogs seek to defend conference title, move on to playoffs with win over Longhorns

Moffat County High School football coach Keith Gille doesn’t like to refer to any one match-up as “The Big Game.” Still, there’s no denying there’s a lot at stake this weekend. MCHS travels Friday to Basalt for a game against the Longhorns that will put the winner in position to claim the 2A Western Slope League championship. Both schools are 3-0 in conference play, while Basalt holds the advantage with an overall season record of 5-2 to the Bulldogs’ 4-3. Even though the two squads are the only ones in the WSL capable of finishing the year above .500, neither is completely in the clear for the title until the final week.

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Moffat County soccer on defensive with Delta

Bulldogs take 1-0 loss to Panthers, prepare to finish season Thursday vs. Caprock Academy

It may be a little late, but Moffat County High School boys soccer has been experiencing a second wind and not just because of the breezy fall weather. MCHS had its closest game of the year Tuesday at home against Delta, falling, 1-0, to the Panthers.

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CNCC soccer to wrap season this weekend

Spartans prepare for Utah State Saturday, conference tournament next week

The inaugural season is nearly finished for Colorado Northwestern Community College soccer teams, and though it’s been a difficult one, the fight continues for the Spartans. The CNCC men and women host their final games of the regular season this weekend at home against Utah State University Eastern.

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Sailors take win in Moffat County-Steamboat volleyball rematch

One side may have won, but Monday was not a particularly fun day for either team in the Moffat County High School gym. MCHS hosted Steamboat Springs, with the Sailors winning in three straight sets, 25-15, 25-9 and 25-12 in the rematch of the season opener that also saw Steamboat win 3-0.

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Moffat County volleyball fights fiercely with Roaring Fork

Coach: 3-2 Homecoming loss to Rams far better than Friday defeat to Delta

If they couldn’t take a win during a day that was both for homecoming bragging rights and a pink game for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Moffat County High School volleyball would at least make their Saturday opponents sweat it out as much as possible. The Lady Bulldogs had their closest home game to date this season, with a 3-2 loss to the Roaring Fork Rams, an event that took Moffat County girls to the brink in their play on a most emotional day.

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Moffat County soccer contains Cardinals in 5-1 Saturday win

Bulldog boys to finish season against Delta, Caprock Academy

With a pair of losses earlier in the week, a weekend win for Moffat County High School boys soccer had them feeling better than good. Downright grand, you might say. The Bulldogs were victorious Saturday in their Homecoming game against the Grand Valley Cardinals, winning, 5-1.

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Moffat County football slams Steamboat for Homecoming hurrah

Bulldogs sink Sailors, 18-0, in second consecutive shutout of rival team

The longtime Yampa Valley rivalry was renewed Friday night as Craig’s Moffat County High School brought in their most intense opponent over the years, the Steamboat Springs Sailors. MCHS celebrated its Homecoming Week by improving to 4-3 overall and 3-0 in the Western Slope League with an 18-0 win, the second shutout in a row of the Sailors, now 0-7 this season.

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Bulldog pride prominent in Moffat County Homecoming

Craig comes out for parade, pep rally during high school celebration

The bright lights of the big city shone like stars Friday in Craig. Moffat County High School Homecoming Week was in full swing as the entire community came out to support the Bulldogs celebrating the 2016 theme of New York, New York.

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Moffat County soccer has tough week vs. Vail, Roaring Fork

Bulldogs seek Homecoming win Saturday against Grand Valley Cardinals

The members of the Moffat County High School boys soccer team have taken some wear and tear, but they’re still standing and ready for a big weekend win. MCHS boys took a pair of losses this week, the first a 6-1 defeat against Vail Mountain on the road Tuesday, followed by a 3-1 home game against Roaring Fork.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Girl on the Train’ derailed by poor adaptation

With a form of transport as antiquated as a train, timing is everything to keep it moving the way it should. But, with the movie “The Girl on the Train,” the people at the controls speed along so much, we’re destined to have a crash.

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Craig Parks and Rec names Doak Walker tackle football winners

49ers win 3rd-, 4th-grade division; 5th-, 6th-graders finish next week

The Super Bowl is months away for the NFL, but for the players of Doak Walker tackle football, October is the big game. The third- and fourth-grade division of the Craig Parks & Recreation pigskin program crowned its champion Wednesday, as the Country Living Realty 49ers completed a spotless season to win the year, 24-21, against the Coldwell Banker Dolphins.

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Moffat County Powder Puff Football provides powerful punch

For the majority of the fall, the ladies of Moffat County High School are relegated to the grandstands of the Bulldog Proving Grounds, but Wednesday night the easygoing gals of MCHS got their game faces on for the gridiron. Homecoming Week’s annual Powder Puff Football tournament brought in five teams of tough talent for a high-energy evening with BFB (Bulldog Football), Tuff Enuff, Deep Threats, Los Matadoras and Night Hawks.

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Craig Middle School volleyball dominates districts

Bulldog football takes losses in Rifle to finish season

Craig Middle School fall sports are officially finished, with Bulldog volleyball and football finding some varied results in the their last weekend on the road. Of the four CMS volleyball teams, two came home from Meeker’s Saturday district tournament with a championship, seventh-grade A-Team and eighth-grade B-Team each taking the top honor of the tourney.

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Moffat County JV football tackle Titans to start Homecoming Week

Young players lose, 13-6, prepare for Friday’s game with Steamboat Springs

On Monday, Moffat County High School football players looked to make a Friday win against Coal Ridge twice as nice with another victory, this time at home, and while it may not have happened, there could still be ample time in the following days for younger Bulldogs to prove their gumption. MCHS Homecoming week began with a gridiron meeting between the junior varsity team and Titans, with Coal Ridge winning, 13-6.

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Moffat County teams tickled pink for October games

Bulldog volleyball, soccer, football prepare for Pink Games to raise cancer awareness

As is bound to happen in a sport like football, Jared Baker and his teammates have had more than a few moments of physical discomfort this season. Yet, it’s keeping in mind that others have had an even tougher time that helps keep things in perspective. As part of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Moffat County High School athletics teams will be showing their support for survivors and victims of the disease by sporting pink apparel and hosting Pink Games this month.

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CNCC soccer stays on attack in Utah games

Men’s, women’s teams travel Wednesday, Thursday, home Saturday

The Colorado Northwestern Community College soccer teams remain winless this season, but personal victories over the past weekend keep the program ever hopeful. CNCC Spartans were back on the road Friday and Saturday in Price, Utah to meet the Golden Eagles of Utah State University Eastern.

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‘Ready, set, glow!’ — The Memorial Hospital Glow Run lights up night

Running event benefits Moffat County Cancer Society, TMH Foundation

For those who enjoy running, all that might be necessary is an open stretch of land and a pair of supportive shoes, but dressing like a superhero or a children’s book character covered in glow sticks certainly doesn’t make the experience any less pleasant. The Memorial Hospital’s third annual Glow Run 5K provided luminescence, laughs and more Saturday night as about 150 participants sped along the property of TMH and Colorado Northwestern Community College.

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Moffat County football crushes Coal Ridge

Bulldogs move to 2-0 in Western Slope League play with 28-3 win

Two teams enter, one team leaves — it wasn’t quite the Thunderdome, but only one could remain standing undefeated in the 3A Western Slope League. Moffat County High School improved to 2-0 in conference play, 3-3 on the season Friday with a 28-3 win against Coal Ridge in New Castle. Both teams opened league play with Sept. 30 road victories, MCHS 36-33 against Roaring Fork and 1-5 Coal Ridge 31-22 against Aspen, Titans now 1-1.

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Meeker, Moffat County volleyball mix it up Thursday

High school falls to Meeker; middle school ready for districts after Baggs games

Near and far, Moffat County volleyball has been keeping busy this week. The Moffat County High School varsity team went 3-0 in a Thursday night loss to visiting Meeker, with the Lady Cowboys winning the non-conference game 25-18, 25-16 and 25-18.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Magnificent Seven’ a mediocre update that misses the point

The way the past is remembered is usually through rose-colored glasses, but as “The Magnificent Seven” shows, even when you’re trying to keep your sights facing forward, you’re bound to trip up by repeatedly glancing over your shoulder.