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Andy Bockelman

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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.

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Moffat County girls bounce back with big win vs. Basalt

Lady Bulldogs retain 1st place in conference, seek to keep it that way

Before they even stepped foot in the Moffat County High School gym Saturday, the Basalt girls basketball team knew they would have a trying day, but the Lady Bulldogs had some frustrations to work out beyond the normal gameplay. MCHS girls varsity hoops corralled the Longhorns, 77-36, to move to 12-3 overall and 9-1 in the 3A Western Slope League.

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Moffat County boys blow away Basalt in high-energy hoops game

Bulldogs take 4th consecutive win, move to 4th place in league

Bulldog basketball was in fine form at home this weekend as the boys varsity team triumphed 50-37 against the Basalt Longhorns.

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Moffat County boys C-Team stomps Steamboat Springs in final game

The season is in the books for Moffat County High School boys C-Team basketball, and that book reads 14-3. The younger Bulldogs finished their year with a home game against Steamboat Springs, taking a 55-30 victory, the fourth win over the Sailors this season.

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Rifle dual proves promising for Moffat County wrestling

Bulldogs take 45-23 win over Bears, celebrate seniors, look to regionals

When there’s one last chance to prove yourself in front of your fans, you better bet you’ll do all you can to make it count. Moffat County High School wrestling had the home crowd in hysterics Thursday night with a 45-23 win against Rifle, the final event home or otherwise for the Bulldogs in their regular season leading up to the regional tournament.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ has punch but gets winded in finale

Any good sequel should allow a storyline come full circle, but like a pair of pants attempting to cover a gargantuan gut, “Kung Fu Panda 3” doesn’t quite get there.

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Craig Squirts hockey team doesn’t quit against Vail

It’s been an uphill climb at times, but the season has still been a memorable one for members of the Craig Youth Hockey Association’s Squirts team. The 10 and under Craig Cougars faced tough opposition this weekend as the Vail Mountaineers came to town.

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Craig’s Mite Jamboree cool experience for young hockey players

This weekend, athletes who are at a formative age picked up skills that will last them a lifetime and had a lot of fun in the meantime. The Craig Youth Hockey Association Mite Jamboree brought in teams from Oak Creek, Rock Springs, Wyoming, and Vernal, Utah, for several straight hours of hockey Saturday morning at the Moffat County Ice Arena. Two Craig teams were in the mix among the array of ages 8 and under groups on the ice, two games at a time.

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Moffat County basketball sweeps Skiers

Bulldogs take solid wins at home vs. Aspen; restart league schedule in Gunnison

For most skiers, snowfall has mostly positive associations, but when the team of the same name came to Craig, a blizzard of points against them wasn’t what they wanted. Moffat County High School hoops recorded four straight wins Friday night, hosting Aspen teams, as the Bulldogs defended their home court against the last school in the Western Slope League they had yet to see.

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Moffat County cheerleaders bring the thunder

Spirit team to compete again in Denver, aiming for Hawaii trip

The past weekend gave a lot of young athletes reason to be in good spirits. Moffat County Thunder Cheer had another successful stint at the JAMfest Nationals Saturday and Sunday in Denver with each of three teams taking home awards.

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Moffat County hoops has rocking games with Roaring Fork

Girls 5-0 in league after 63-20 win; boys lose heartbreaker, 47-44

With a loss behind them in each of their most recent games, the Moffat County High School basketball teams were ready to turn things around Friday night as Carbondale’s Roaring Fork came to Craig.

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Moffat County wrestling 2-0 in triangular with Hayden, Basalt

Low numbers hurt Hayden score, but Tigers still provide fight

In a sport where the objective is to force your opponent into submission, Moffat County High School wrestlers were top dogs in more ways than one Thursday night. A triangular event in Craig earned two team victories for MCHS as the Bulldogs went back to back against Basalt and Hayden.

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Home sweet home for Moffat County wrestlers during Meeker dual

Bulldogs prepare for triangular with Basalt, Hayden

With week after week going by seeing competitors from every conceivable school from Colorado and even Utah and Wyoming, Tuesday was something of a relief for Moffat County High School wrestlers to be back in their own setting. The Dog House was loud and proud Tuesday night as MCHS hosted a dual with Meeker.

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Moffat County basketball speeds through games in Basalt

Ladies lasso Longhorns; boys can’t come back from 1st half deficit

Friday flew by for Moffat County High School basketball players, but the idea that time flies when you’re having fun wasn’t quite true for all Bulldogs.

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The Bock’s Office: Top 10 films of 2015

Another year has come and gone, and the highlights have shone through greatly. Some of the best movies have found widespread audiences and made lots of cash, while others remain obscure. Here are my thoughts on what was most worth watching.

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Craig teams dive into action for inaugural dodgeball league

Adult co-ed program successful for Parks & Recreation

Many sports require athletes to keep a ball in their hands in order to score points, but there is a game where never once making contact with a colorful sphere will help bring about a win. Craig Parks and Recreation recently began a co-ed dodgeball league for adults, and there’s been no missing the fun during the games in the Craig Middle School gym.

Moffat County swimmers on pace to see state races

Bulldogs anticipating upcoming meets in Aspen, Delta, Lakewood

Though their activity may have the briefest of the winter sports seasons, Moffat County High School girls swimmers are making the most of it. MCHS again swam in Montrose over the weekend as part of a smaller meet than the invitational hosted there in December.

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Moffat County wrestlers stay strong at Tournament of Champions

Bulldogs take multiple honors at Vernal, Utah, event

Another weekend, another grapple with glory. Moffat County High School wrestlers took on another big tournament to begin 2016, and again the Bulldogs visited the podium. The Tournament of Champions in Vernal, Utah, saw MCHS athletes finish highly in both the varsity and junior varsity tiers.

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Moffat County basketball ousts Olathe Saturday

Girls pummel Pirates, 53-44; boys claim 1st league win at 74-51

Moffat County High School hoopsters are feeling pretty confident after Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs swept the floor with visiting Olathe during the second set of weekend games, one of which had a sense of urgency.

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Moffat County animals, handlers take big honors in Arizona

Young agriculturalists next headed to Western Stock Show in Denver

A break from the chilly weather of Northwest Colorado was just what some local kids needed to end the year of 2015, and for some of them it paid off in more ways than one. It was sun, fun and some considerable profits for Moffat County youths who traveled to the Arizona National Livestock Show in late December.

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Moffat County hoops has thrilling games with Gunnison

Girls win, 66-20; boys KOed by Cowboys, 43-41

There was a rip-roaring feeling in the Moffat County High School gym Friday night as varsity basketball returned. The Bulldogs hosted Western Slope League opponent Gunnison in a night that had mixed results.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Big Short’ offers decent returns on investment

Society tends to take for granted the idea that the people in charge of the economy know what they’re doing and have the world’s best interests at heart. You don’t need a movie like “The Big Short” to tell you that’s not exactly the truth, but sometimes a point can’t be made enough times.

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2016 season opponents narrowed down for Moffat County football

Sailors back in same league as Bulldogs as Steamboat, Delta drop to 2A

It may be more than six months away, but the Moffat County High School football schedule is already looking a lot different. The 2016 season for MCHS will be shaken up by several factors, including the recent realignment of the football divisions by Colorado High School Activities Association. The Bulldogs will remain within the 2A classification, but nearby schools will be seeing changes that will affect Moffat County.

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Moffat County boys basketball back in action

C-Team outlasts Coal Ridge, 36-32, in home opener

If things go as well for the rest of the Bulldog basketball players this week as they did Tuesday night, the Moffat County High School hoops teams will be in fine shape. In the first athletic event following the winter break, the boys C-Team won its first home match, 36-32, against Coal Ridge.

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The Bock’s Office: Lots to love about ‘The Hateful Eight’

Long stints of intensive conversation, bloodshed that’s a little too stylish to be realistic, music from movies that have little to do with the subject matter onscreen — if you didn’t already know who made “The Hateful Eight,” you could probably hazard a guess based on these traits.

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Kaitlyn, Taylor Shrode stay sharp at multiple levels of hockey

The Shrode sisters know how to keep it cool when they’re playing their favorite sport. It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Kaitlyn and Taylor Shrode: hockey season. However, the amount of time they devote to the ice is quite a bit more than others who lace up their skates in the winter.

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Two Moffat County football players selected as All-State

Stelios Peroulis, Brady Springer picked for CHSAA honor

A pair of Bulldogs were recently named to the Colorado High School Activities Association All-State lineup.

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Craig Rotary Club bestows Humanitarian Award on Cheryl Arnett

Retired teacher’s global efforts enhance local learning

In the 21st century, it’s easier than ever to reach out and connect with someone on the other side of the globe. That’s the way Cheryl Arnett views the capabilities of the modern world, and that’s partly why she’s been given a big honor.

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Moffat County hockey ready to stick it to opponents

The season may be starting later than they wanted, but the members of the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team will hardly be going into competition cold. Practicing since October, the players for the 18 and under team are as sharp as their skates when it comes to their skills, ready for games starting in January.

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Adam Mercier: Unique and proud of it

“Unique” is a word that can mean many things to different people, but it’s a term Adam Mercier and those in his circle feel describes him pretty well.

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Kari Beauvais: Warmed-up to a cool mountain Christmas

This Christmas season is a special one for Kari Beauvais — the sensation of a cold but fun holiday in the mountains feels just right after several years in desert climate. Beauvais, a third-grade teacher at East Elementary School, comes to Colorado following a stint of nearly five years as an instructor in the United Arab Emirates.

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Debbie and TJ Montgomery: A perfect package deal

The holiday season is a time of countless packages, parcels, boxes, bags and other containers that go from gifter to giftee, but there are a long list of people in between who help an item get to its destination. And, if you’ve sent something from Craig, odds are Debbie and TJ Montgomery had a hand in the process.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Force Awakens’ and so does ‘Star Wars’ mania

There are lots of exciting stories that could be started with just 10 words, but when you see “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” on the screen, it’s go time for any age. And so the journey begins again with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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Endurance pays off for Moffat County wrestlers

Stelios Peroulis places 1st at Warrior Classic; JV takes two 2nd-place honors in Fruita

Dec. 25 may not have come yet, but one of the Moffat County High School varsity wrestlers got his Christmas present early.

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Deep roster a benefit as Moffat County boys basketball bounces back

The Moffat County High School boys hoops team has a lot to live up to from last season, including championship titles in both the 3A Western Slope League and the subsequent district tournament, and the guys on the squad have what it takes.

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Craig couple views Navy operations at work during Tiger Cruise

Military program provides families with clear picture of time at sea

It’s not often that being in Hawaii is the less exciting part of your travel itinerary, but for Walker and Gayle Criswell, that’s because something bigger was in store upon departing from the Aloha State. The Criswells got the experience of a lifetime in mid-November when they embarked on a Tiger Cruise from Hawaii to San Diego that let them view the staff of the US Navy hard at work. The vessel that they were on was the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which, after docking at Pearl Harbor Nov. 15, set out for a weeklong excursion to the California port.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Heart of the Sea’ — Call me impressed

One of the greats of American literature has already been captured and mimicked on film enough times that to try it again would be like taking on a beast of the briny deep in nothing but a dinghy. Still, “In the Heart of the Sea” shows us there’s more than one way to attack a huge project.

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Moffat County wrestlers on the warpath heading to Warrior Classic

Wins at weekend duals, JV tournament pump up Bulldog confidence

The remedy for the wintertime doldrums is to get active, and the Moffat County High School wrestlers are making sure they’ve earned their upcoming seasonal break. The Bulldogs will complete the 2015 portion of their schedule this weekend as they head into their one of their most competitive weekends yet with the Warrior Classic for the varsity-level athletes and the Fruita Monument JV Tournament.

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Moffat County basketball wraps weekend at Steamboat Shootout

Girls go 3-0 in tourney, beat Eagle Valley Saturday; boys 0-3, barked down by Battle Mountain

The weekend had both extremes for Moffat County High School hoops, with a huge win and a disheartening loss. The MCHS girls swept all competition in their way at the Steamboat Springs Shootout, hosted by the Sailor teams Thursday through Saturday, with a 69-26 blowout against Eagle Valley capping off a 3-0 stretch.

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Moffat County girls basketball driving toward state this season

Earlier this year, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team reached an elite level the program hasn’t seen in some time. In the months to come, they plan to get to that point and further still. MCHS girls hoops have their eyes on the prize this season, with their time at the state quarterfinals giving them a glimpse at the greatest competition around Colorado.

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Moffat County girls edge out Elizabeth, 75-60, in Steamboat Springs Shootout

Bulldog boys bedeviled by Eagle Valley in 58-46 loss

Some Moffat County High School varsity basketball players were more on-target than others Thursday night, but hey — it’s a three-day event and there’s time for all to improve. The MCHS girls enjoyed their first win of the season when they took down the Elizabeth Cardinals, 75-60, to begin the first of a series of three games in the 17th annual Steamboat Springs Shootout.

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Moffat County girls basketball battles big in Monday’s season start

Coach: High-level play in 55-52 loss to Fruita Monument shows Lady Bulldogs’ capabilities

They may have been facing a group of big cats in their first game of the season, but the girls of Moffat County High School were far from the underdogs Monday night. The MCHS varsity basketball team lost, 55-52, in its season opener, a home match against Fruita Monument, a 5A school whose sheer size in numbers might have intimidated some, but the Lady Bulldogs hardly considered themselves outclassed.

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Cowboy Christmas showcases Craig’s generosity

Boys & Girls Club honors locals who make a difference at holiday event

Go big or go home. Or go to Cowboy Christmas, where the good spirits rise a little bit more each year. The 11th annual event hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Craig sold out tickets once again Saturday night as community members came in by the droves to support the local outlet for kids.

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Moffat County swimmers speeding to success with larger team

Too many people in a swimming pool can be a safety hazard, but as long as his team has room to maneuver, coach Jeff Wert’s position is “the more the merrier.” The Moffat County High School girls swim team has an abundance of competitors as the season begins, and the extra numbers can only be a good thing.

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Craig’s Sheyenne Cromer scores big in Junior Gold bowling tourney

Local teen qualifies for national competition

This past weekend, Sheyenne Cromer was very grateful for a turkey. But, we’re not talking about the entrée. Sheyenne bowled over the competition during the United States Bowling Congress Junior Gold qualifier, the Wild West Shootout, Nov. 28 and 29 in Sheridan, Wyoming. The tournament win put her in a position to attend the Junior Gold national event next summer in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Moffat County winter sports have big start this weekend

Swimmers, wrestlers, boys hoops travel; girls basketball plays at home Monday

The temperature is getting colder outside, but indoors things are really heating up for Moffat County High School. The winter sports teams embark on their first week of competitions in the next few days, with several weeks of practices getting them prepared for a new season, both on the road and at home.The temperature is getting colder outside, but indoors things are really heating up for Moffat County High School. The winter sports teams embark on their first week of competitions in the next few days, with several weeks of practices getting them prepared for a new season, both on the road and at home.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Good Dinosaur’ — Is Pixar’s creativity extinct?

If you want to see a human interact with species that were gone ages ago, just check out… No, wait, “Ice Age” already did that. Well, if you want a movie about a father-son relationship… Whoops, “Finding Nemo.” Still, if you want to see Pixar and Disney create some cool prehistoric characters… Oh, yeah, “Toy Story.” And “Fantasia.” And “Dinosaur.” Remind me, why did we need “The Good Dinosaur?”

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Cowboy Christmas raises funds, fun through Boys & Girls of Craig

The spirit of giving is prominent this time of year, and the people in Moffat County have the opportunity to support today those who will be the leaders of tomorrow. The 11th annual Cowboy Christmas fundraiser hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Craig will provide a fun-filled Saturday night as adults in the community get to have their own entertainment in the facilities that nurtures local kids on a daily basis.

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Parade of Lights heralds Christmastime in Craig

The air was well below freezing Saturday night, but it was also full of the sounds and sights of everyone’s favorite time of the year. The Parade of Lights hosted by the Downtown Business Association brought the Craig community out and about to get in the holiday spirit as the Christmas season goes into full swing.