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Andy Bockelman

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Boss’ is business as usual

Recent movies like “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Big Short” have shown us how insane corporate antics can be, primarily from a male perspective. With “The Boss,” we see the ladies’ take on the business world through a highly progressive topic — baked goods.

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Craig’s summer events, concerts to be full of fun

Grand Olde West Days, Whittle the Wood have variety of musical acts

Summer is on the way for Craig and Moffat County, and with the warmer weather comes favorite seasonal events like Grand Olde West Days and Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.

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CNCC Craig campus aims to add soccer teams this fall

Men’s, women’s squads to join other Spartan sports

A new era is beginning at the Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus. CNCC personnel announced Friday afternoon that the school will be adding men’s and women’s soccer teams to the Spartan athletics program, making this the first sports team within the educational institution’s Craig campus.

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Moffat County’s Morgan Lawton headed to Harvard

High school senior plans to study sports psychology at Ivy League level

As much as she loves the state of Colorado, Moffat County High School’s Morgan Lawton was determined to spread her wings and fly outside her comfort zone after graduating. Little did she realize just how far she could go. Lawton was recently accepted to Harvard University as part of the Class of 2020, an achievement that, according to the MCHS senior, still hasn’t fully registered.

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Moffat County baseball powers through Pirates for first win

Bulldogs split with Olathe in Saturday doubleheader

Mild Saturday weather was most welcome for the members of the Moffat County High School varsity baseball team, but even more welcome was their first win. The Bulldogs were 1-1 in a weekend doubleheader at home as Olathe came to Craig, taking both a 13-7 win and a 7-2 defeat.

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Craig man faces severe wounds after Thursday explosion

Wagner family seeks donations for medical costs as patriarch recovers

It was a typical Thursday afternoon for Moffat County resident Daina Wagner, but a sudden explosion and what followed had her wondering if her life and the lives of her loved ones were about to change forever. Daina’s husband, Wayne, was severely injured while using a plasma torch in his workshop on the family’s property on US Highway 40 about six miles west of Craig.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course tees up 2016 season

New restaurant Mulligan’s plans to welcome customers in mid-April

Friday may have been April Fool’s Day, but the developments at Yampa Valley Golf Course were no gag. The course is officially open in its entirety as of this week, all 18 holes available to the public.

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Poverty education program enriches lives for Moffat County residents

United Way graduates 12 from class, accepting applications for fall session

Moffat County United Way’s “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World” honored 12 graduates Thursday night at the Center of Craig. Put on through United Way’s Community Impact Program, the class, part of the Bridges Out of Poverty initiative, includes 18 weeks of sessions for those seeking to improve their lives financially and otherwise for themselves and their families.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Batman v Superman’ — Expectations are the greatest kryptonite

There are few superhero clashes that every comic book fan has wanted to see on the big screen more than that of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” a youthful eagerness kept in check by a steadfast decision to hate the outcome before even seeing it. The casual film viewer should never trust a fanboy’s assessment on anything within pop culture, but yes, there are good reasons for the negativity you’ve already heard.

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Tournaments galore in store for Craig wrestlers

Middle school athletes headed to state; Bad Dogs Classic takes place Saturday

Near and far, the young wrestlers of Northwest Colorado are gearing up for a busy weekend. Grapplers with Colorado Middle School are preparing to attend the state tournament Friday and Saturday in Denver, expecting to place well if their previous performance is any indication.

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Moffat County’s Garrett Uptain ready to ride for Wyoming college rodeo

MCHS senior prepared to defend ranking as state’s top saddle bronc competitor

Garrett Uptain has had some wild times in the rodeo arena atop bucking horses and bulls, but now the sport he loves will be giving him a different kind of ride — a full ride scholarship. The Moffat County High School senior recently signed to compete as part of the Sheridan College rodeo team in Sheridan, Wyoming.

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Moffat County track running smoothly in early season

Huge turnout allows more coaches for track, field events

The Moffat County High School track and field program has never done things small, and it’s not about to start this year. MCHS has one of its biggest turnouts ever this season, with 75 students joining the effort to give the Bulldogs a heavy advantage in points as the schedule progresses.

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Craig hockey player Kaitlyn Shrode lacing up for national championship

Teenage athlete seeking spot on Michigan team for future

Most hockey players in Craig have already packed up their sticks and skates, but Kaitlyn Shrode will need her gear for a little while longer. As a member of the Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association, Shrode qualified for the 2016 USA Hockey National Championships alongside her teammates on the 19 and under AAA squad with CSGHA.

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Moffat County girls golf swinging back into action

MCHS, Yampa Valley Golf Course to host regional tournament this season

The time on their home links may be minimal right now, but the Moffat County High School girls golf team will be spending a good deal more time on their own turf later this season. The swingers of MCHS are on course for some big stuff this year as they welcome the warmth of spring and time on the fairways and greens. The seasonal availability of Yampa Valley Golf Course this time of year has kept girls indoors, using the gym of East Elementary School as a practice space to get the feel of their clubs as a new year gets going.

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Mental mistakes cost Moffat County home opener with Steamboat Springs

Sailors come back after weak 1st inning to win, 7-4

The teams of Northwest Colorado and their fans are used to chilly conditions, but even they have their limits. A Tuesday doubleheader in Craig between Moffat County High School and Steamboat Springs turned into a solo game as snowfall became too difficult to ignore, the Sailors coming out ahead, 7-4, a comeback win after trailing most of the game.

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Moffat County basketball seniors to play in All-State game

Morgan Lawton, Leah Camilletti selected as top tier by Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports

The state tournament is behind them, but the basketball season still isn’t quite done for two Moffat County High School hoopsters. This week, MCHS seniors Morgan Lawton and Leah Camilletti learned they had been selected for the All-State game offered by the group Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports.

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Moffat County baseball ready to step into successful season

Sizable program anticipating return to playoffs

The Bulldogs are ready to slug it out this season. The Moffat County High School baseball schedule begins this week, and a slew of players ranging from heavy hitters and burners of the baselines to powerhouse pitchers and fantastic fielders are prepared to give it their all.

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Moffat County soccer fights fiercely in first home game

Girls fall 3-2 to Rangely, play hard through cold weather

It was fitting that on St. Patrick’s Day, a team clad in green took a victory, yet the girls in white and blue had a little luck of the Irish, too. Moffat County High School girls soccer lost its home opener Thursday, a grudge match against Rangely that saw the Panthers triumph, 3-2.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Zootopia’ an animated animal of a different kind

As “Zootopia” shows, there are a lot of things that separate us from the rest of the animal kingdom, but it’s only when you see a critter freak out about nudity that you start to see how alike we can truly be.

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Moffat County girls soccer rebuilding roster

Bulldogs go forward with blend of veterans, rookies

Numbers may be on the smaller side this season, but the Moffat County High School girls soccer team has a long-term goal in mind.

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Season ends for Moffat County basketball with loss to Pagosa Springs

Lady Bulldogs finish 21-5 after 2nd playoff defeat

MCHS basketball finished the season at 21-5 overall with a consolation round loss of 51-45 to Pagosa Springs, sending the Lady Bulldogs home from the Denver Coliseum earlier than they would’ve liked. Neither squad was happy with the results of the Great 8 the day before, each losing to a lower seed and each knowing they might not get another go Saturday.

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Moffat County swimmers strengthening up for return to state

Senior Jesse Kurz looks to qualify for fourth year

Like a school of fish, the closer Bulldog swimmers stick together, the mightier they can be. Moffat County High School boys are back in the pool as their swimming season commences for the spring, and the guys are eager to take their year as far as they can.

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Moffat County girls hoops knocked out of semifinals by Lutheran Lions

Lady Bulldogs aim for fifth-place finish with match against ousted Pagosa Springs

In sports it’s not about how you start a game but how you finish it. Unfortunately, as the Moffat County High School girls basketball team found out Thursday, the beginning of a match-up can certainly set the tone for the rest of it. The Lady Bulldogs fell, 55-40, in the Great 8 round of the 3A State Championships to the Lutheran Lady Lions, the second year in a row the Craig girls have been eliminated from title contention by the cross-state playoff rivals from Parker.

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Moffat County girls hold numbers advantage over Great 8 opponents

Lady Bulldogs ready for rematch with Lutheran Lions

There can be only one. The top 16 teams of 3A basketball — eight boys, eight girls — take to the floor of the Denver Coliseum Thursday morning to determine who will see another round in the competition for the state championship and who will settle for middle of the pack. The Lutheran Lions, of Parker, stand in the way of the Moffat County High School Lady Bulldogs and the Final Four for the second year in a row, and this time things will turn out a bit differently.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of March 7, 2016

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.

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Moffat County girls basketball state-bound with regional win

Lady Bulldogs take 74-53 win over Platte Valley; Great 8 rematch vs. Lutheran Thursday

Moffat County High School girls basketball players had an overwhelming sense of déjà vu Saturday afternoon, and that’s certainly not negative provided one thing from last season can be changed. The Lady Bulldogs retained their regional championship in a Sweet 16 round match-up with the Platte Valley Broncos, defeating the Kersey squad, 74-53, to qualify for a second consecutive trip to the 3A CHSAA State Championships.

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Moffat County graduate to swim at national college championships

Eryn Leonard ready to compete for Colorado Mesa University in fly races

She’s been a Shark, a Bulldog and a Maverick in the water, but Eryn Leonard is striving for a different title now: All-American. The Moffat County High School graduate will compete at the NCAA Division II National Championships March 9 to 12 in Indianapolis, Indiana, on behalf of the Colorado Mesa University swimming and diving team.

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Moffat County basketball dominates in postseason opener

Lady Bulldogs take 87-9 win over Eagle Ridge, set to play Sweet 16 vs. Platte Valley

If Friday night was any indication of Moffat County High School hoops’ chances in the second season, the three teams seeded above them better be on alert. MCHS girls basketball again broke their own record for the biggest win margin of the year in an 87-9 victory against 29th seed Eagle Ridge Academy to commence the regional portion of the 3A state playoffs.

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Moffat County hoops hosting first two rounds of state tourney

Lady Bulldogs meet Eagle Ridge Academy Friday; winner plays Monte Vista or Platte Valley

With 32 girls basketball teams entering the playoff race this weekend, the first day will see half of them eliminated from contention, and Moffat County High School girls intend to be one of those who make it to the Sweet 16. The regional rounds of the 3A state tournament begin Friday, and while Western Slope League schools Olathe, Grand Valley and Coal Ridge each take to the road, the Lady Bulldogs can look forward to a postseason start on their home court.

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Craig Middle School wrestling locks down win over Meeker

Team traveling to Steamboat, Montrose

Anyone who thinks athletes younger than high school age can’t get a crowd excited clearly wasn’t in the Craig Middle School gym Tuesday. CMS wrestlers have only one outing on their home mats this season, and they made it count with a 70-21 dual against Meeker in which the Bulldog varsity grapplers got the crowd making some noise.

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Moffat County’s Dusty Taylor ropes his way onto Wyoming rodeo team

Taylor brothers to reunite, compete at university level

For the past six years, Dusty Taylor has been a Bulldog in high school and middle school, but even before and during that time, he was a cowboy. And, he’ll carry that title even more so now. The Moffat County High School senior signed his letter of intent Tuesday to join the rodeo team at University of Wyoming.

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Moffat County girls earn fourth straight district title

Hoops team ready for regional rounds of postseason at home

MCHS girls are four for four against Olathe in the 3A Western Slope League District Championship game, taking a 64-55 win Saturday to advance to the regional round of the postseason with a 19-3 record.

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Moffat County girls basketball set for district championship game

Huge victory over Coal Ridge good sign moving to finals with Olathe

It’s a familiar scenario for many of the members of the Moffat County High School girls basketball program, but they’re just as excited for it as the younger players. The Lady Bulldogs will fight for the district championship Saturday in Grand Junction after a 78-23 Friday win against Coal Ridge put them in the finals against Olathe.

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Student government strives to keep ‘community’ in college, students active in outreach

At any level, an educational institution needs to know how it can best meet the needs of its body of pupils, and that’s what the Colorado Northwestern Community College student government strives to do.

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Moffat County spring sports ready to go, weather or not

Baseball, soccer, golf, swimming, track, rodeo prepare for coming seasons

Practices officially begin Monday for the spring sports seasons at Moffat County High School, with the track and field, baseball, girls golf, girls soccer, boys swimming and rodeo teams gearing up for competition, first meeting Thursday night.

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Yampa Valley Young Professionals promote positive change in Craig

The members of Yampa Valley Young Professionals have their minds set on a goal of rallying their generation to enhance the future of their community and to inspire coming generations to do the same.

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The Bock’s Office: Who will win Oscar gold?

The 88th annual Academy Awards takes place this Sunday, and even amid the various Hollywood outrages about snubs, boycotts and all the political hubbub that’s part of the battle for the statuette, the show must go on. Here are my selections for the likely winners based on both trends and gut instinct, as well as a few thoughts on whether or not the heavy favorite is indeed the best of the bunch.

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Moffat County girls hoops presses forward in districts with Tuesday win

Boys basketball ends season 7-13 with loss in Basalt

Tuesday was a mixed bag for the members of Moffat County High School basketball teams. First the good news: the Lady Bulldogs are set for the remainder of the Western Slope League district tournament after a 62-16 win against Aspen to keep them among the top four WSL teams who will be playing in Grand Junction this weekend.

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Craig kids claim first, second places in state level of Elks Hoop Shoot

Jacie Evenson qualifies for regional round of youth basketball contest

Jacie Evenson and Tanner Etzler represented their hometown with pride this weekend during the state round of the Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest Saturday in Salida. Evenson, a Craig Middle School sixth-grader, claimed the honor of the top shooter in Colorado among 10- and 11-year-old girls, placing first by putting 14 out of a possible 25 free throws in the bucket, having attended state previously in 2014.

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Moffat County basketball completes regular season with wins in Aspen

Girls claim WSL title with 84-10 victory; boys win 49-43, prepare for Basalt

The regular season ended on a high note for Moffat County High School hoops, a whole octave higher than usual for one team.

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Player injury ends game early for Moffat County Bulldog hockey team

Hit on Dommeniqc Bell finishes match with Glenwood Springs 7-0

An already tough match-up Saturday morning at the Moffat County Ice Arena took an unfortunate turn late in the game for the Bulldogs. The Craig Youth Hockey Association 18U Midget ended its game with Glenwood Springs early when Bulldog forward Dommeniqc Bell was injured with five minutes remaining on the clock.

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Moffat County girls hoops nails down top spot in league with win over Grand Valley

Bulldog boys place sixth in league with loss to Cardinals

The stakes were high for Moffat County High School basketball teams Friday with a league championship in the works for one squad and possibly the last home outing for 11 senior Bulldogs. It was a memorable Senior Night in the MCHS gym as Grand Valley came into the Dog House, Cardinals teams prepared to shake things up in the Western Slope League rankings in the last week of the regular season.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Deadpool’ is dead funny comic book movie

Protecting the innocent and providing a positive role model for today’s youth to emulate is all well and good, but there’s something to be said for someone who can unleash a litany of swears between eviscerating his enemies and still be the most likeable guy on screen. Enter “Deadpool.”

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Moffat County School District hosting series of meetings for stakeholders

Someone in Moffat County School District has some homework, and it’s not the students. In the first of a series of stakeholder meetings, MCSD welcomed parents and community members to provide input on the difficulties the district is facing. The Wednesday gathering, held at the Clarion Inn & Suites, brought together MCSD employees, members of the board of education and other people wanting to weigh in on the matter.

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Moffat County Thunder Cheer electrifies competition

Mini team wins age group at Aloha Denver

Leave it to a cheer squad to get right back into the competitive spirit. The young athletes of Moffat County Thunder Cheer walked away feeling like some big kahunas after their latest competition, Aloha Denver, hosted this past weekend as part of the Aloha International Spirit Championships.

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Curtice accepts new job with Garfield school district

Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice accepted a superintendent position at Garfield Re-2 late Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release.

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Craig’s love affair with Art Walk, Taste of Chocolate continues

Downtown Business Association’s 21st annual Art Walk and 10th annual Taste of Chocolate welcomed lovers and friends alike to experience different forms of art and a checklist of sweet treats.

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The Bock’s Office: Lots of love films available for Valentine viewing

Valentine’s Day: a portion of the calendar devoted to romance that also happens to occur right in the dead of winter. No wonder Hollywood has so many love stories out this time of year. Whether your tastes have you wanting to flock to theaters to see Nicholas Sparks fare “The Choice,” the rom-com “How to Be Single” or the alternative period piece “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” — Jane Austen absolutely would have written Elizabeth Bennet as a slayer of the undead if she had thought of it — remember there is a bounty of options, many that have been released in the past year or two.

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Craig’s AJ Stoffle injured in snocross spill

Teenage rider’s racing season ends with spinal compression fracture; plans to return next winter

AJ Stoffle has had some close calls in a sport in which he’s spent more than two-thirds of his life, but he and his family are infinitely thankful his most recent race wasn’t an instance of him crossing the finish line far sooner than intended. Craig snowmobiler AJ was injured during the weekend’s US Air Force Snocross National in Salamanca, New York, as part of the Sport class of AMSOIL Championship Snocross.

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Western Slope Championships see Moffat County swimmers place 11th

Coach: Athletes set 18 new personal bests to complete season

The season is complete for Moffat County High School girls swimming, and though none of the Bulldogs will continue to state, many on the team made a splash at the regional event. MCHS placed 11th of 12 teams at the 4A Western Slope League Championships Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction, one of the smaller schools to attend.