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Andy Bockelman

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The Bock’s Office: ‘22 Jump Street’ keeps on shooting high

There are few things worse in the film world than a sequel to a surprise hit that crushes the magic of the first of its kind. The makers of “22 Jump Street” seem to be so aware of this, they wrote it right into the screenplay.

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Temporary pop-up gallery to display Craig art

Art is what it is because of the creativity of the person who makes it possible, and whether they chose to work in bright colors or black and white, traditional media or something unorthodox, they all need a place to show their talents. This week, the artists of Craig will have such a location.

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Summer farmers market crops up again in Craig

Do It Downtown business effort starts this week

Summer is officially here and for many Craig residents, that means heading downtown for the weekly farmers market. Thursday marked the opening day for the seasonal event.

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Your Health: Snack smart during the summer

With the carefree months upon us, greater indulgences with what is eaten are not uncommon, especially with the younger crowd. But, making good choices with your food doesn’t have to be difficult. Simple steps for snacking this summer will help both parents and children maintain a sensible diet for the months and years to come.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Dragon’ franchise still has the flame

Hulking creatures with fangs, horns, claws and plenty more hazards on their bodies may sound frightening, but “How to Train Your Dragon 2” shows us they’re all a bunch of softies if you know how to treat them right.

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Kids smarten up at Wyman Museum summer nature camp

Instructor hopes to expand classes next year

Wyman Living History Museum recently began a summer nature camp on its property for aspiring scientists ages 4 to 13. Each week, kids learn about different aspects of nature and engage in a number of projects about these subjects as taught by Heather Fross.

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GOAL Academy graduation includes 31 Craig students

The Craig site for online charter school GOAL Academy recently celebrated the graduation of 31 of its students in a June 7 commencement ceremony in Pueblo.

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Whittle the Wood still a hit after 15 years

The turnout was considerable for Saturday’s 15th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous at Loudy-Simpson Park as gray skies early in the day cleared up by the afternoon.

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Your Health: Miner well-being is a priority

National Jewish Health recently hosted its Miners Clinic of Colorado in Craig in order to provide health screenings to those in the coal industry within Northwest Colorado. Representatives saw more than 40 patients Thursday and Friday in the offices of The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic performing such examinations as chest x-rays, breathing tests, blood tests and services to determine good health among those who have been in the field for six months or more.

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Whittle the Wood’s big finish is Saturday

Ask the organizers, the participants or those who are just standing and watching — it keeps getting better with age. The final day of the 15th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous is Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park, with hours of activities in store for the culmination of Craig’s biggest regular event of the year.

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Five bands playing Whittle the Wood Friday and Saturday

Atlanta Rhythm Section headlines Saturday

Whittle the Wood has five musical acts scheduled to perform at Loudy-Simpson Park this weekend, the greatest amount ever assembled for the event. The groups who are playing range from a small local band to a long-established name in rock music with national fame and decades of experience.

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Carving going strong as Whittle the Wood progresses

Weekend to offer live music, vendors, contest results

With one day of competition under their belts, the carvers of this year’s Whittle the Wood Rendezvous started anew Thursday morning at Loudy-Simpson Park.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Fault in Our Stars’ is a bright look at a dark topic

Surrounded by blockbusters of every kind, “The Fault in Our Stars” may not be the kind of film you’re used to in the summertime cinema. But, if you’re looking for a thrill of a different kind, and you’re stocked up on Kleenex products, it’s one that should be on your list.

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Whittle the Wood revs up Wednesday

Music, vendors, car show set for later in week

The 15th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Loudy-Simpson Park as one dozen high caliber woodcarvers from across the country set up camp in the location and prepare to make their mark.

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Your Health: New grant enriches CNCC nursing program

CNCC recently received a grant from the organization Caring for Colorado to contribute to the teaching materials of its nursing program. The $78,661 in funding will go toward the enhancement of its classroom simulation spaces.

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Summer events are many at Boys & Girls Club

Educational, recreational activities, meals for all ages

Boys & Girls Club of Craig has begun its summer session, with a lengthy schedule of activities for all ages from June through August.

Hospital board takes action at June meeting

The Board of Trustees for The Memorial Hospital met Thursday for its June meeting.

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Craig writer RaeAnne Hadley’s new work a change of pace

Local author RaeAnne Hadley recently released her sixth book, “119 Days,” which first became available through online sellers Amazon and Barnes & Noble in mid-May.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Maleficent’ is mostly a snoozer

The more you know about the early lives of Tom Riddle or Anakin Skywalker, the more you understand how they became the people of notoriety they did. Still, do terrible childhoods and broken hearts necessarily make someone more captivating, powerful or magical? In the case of “Maleficent,” not really.

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Atmos Energy, local agencies respond to Shadow Mountain gas line rupture

Crews responded Monday to repair a ruptured gas line in the Shadow Mountain subdivision of Craig.

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Craig chorus Bella Vocé wins honors at regional competition

In early May, Craig a cappella group Bella Vocé Show Chorus and quartet GirlZberry Jam competed in Sweet Adeline International's Rocky Mountain Region 8 Regional Convention in Colorado Springs. Bella Vocé took home the title of best small chorus of the eight states attending: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Idaho, Montana and Kansas.

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CNCC interviewing three for vice president job

Colorado Northwestern Community College recently announced that it is in the final stages of selecting a new vice president for its Craig campus. Following a nationwide search, CNCC will bring in three applicants early next week to interview for the open VP job: Spencer McNivens, Gary Hertel and Jennifer Pierceall-Herman.

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Your Health: Doulas provide necessary support during pregnancy

The creation of a new life may take place entirely within a mother’s body, but the people around Mommy still can have a great deal of influence on the baby’s health. One of these people may be a doula, whose function is to provide any kind of support needed by parents experiencing a pregnancy.

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Jill Hafey named Sunset Elementary principal at school board meeting

The Moffat County School District Board of Education announced who will be taking the position of Sunset Elementary School principal at its regular monthly meeting Thursday night. Jill Hafey will be taking on the job, chosen from three potential candidates who interviewed this week.

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Craig student’s DARE essay selected as state winner

Emaleigh Papierski to attend conference to read winning work

Emaleigh Papierski was recently named the winner in an essay contest among Craig elementary schools as part of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. But, this was only the first step in an even bigger honor for the young student, who just completed fifth grade at Sunset Elementary School.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Blended’ more family-friendly than most Sandler movies

Here’s the story of a lovely lady, a guy who couldn’t be less like the man named Brady and five children with varying emotional issues that can easily be solved in the timeframe of two hours — “Blended.”

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James Marshall top contender for CEO position at The Memorial Hospital

North Dakota hospital among candidate’s resume

The Memorial Hospital’s search for a permanent chief executive officer has yielded a finalist for the job.

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Trio of candidates up for Sunset principal job

On Tuesday night, Sunset Elementary School hosted a meet-and-greet with the three candidates in consideration for the principal position.

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Moffat County Libraries summer reading program attracting many

The excuse that “there’s nothing to do” simply isn’t acceptable in Northwest Colorado households this summer. The Moffat County Libraries summer reading program is up and running, available to patrons of the Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur branches. The free event is offered to all ages through Aug. 9.

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Moffat County Class of 2014 graduation important day for all involved

The Class of 2014 graduated from MCHS in a Saturday morning ceremony, with the school gym bleachers packed with friends, family members and other well-wishers ready to see the 101 former students make the transition into adulthood.

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My Nguyen: From Southeast Asia to Northwest Colorado

Moffat County High School junior to receive associate’s degree, to study at CSU

Hard work. The phrase means a great deal to Moffat County High School junior My Nguyen.

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Moffat County actress pursuing dream despite setbacks

Earlier this year, Moffat County High School student Faith Christiansen received the best news of her life — followed by a realization that the goal she had in mind for herself was even more difficult to reach than she had thought.

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Your Health: Be aware of pests carrying diseases in summer

The warmer months can mean an abundance of insects and arachnids in your home or otherwise, and while a bite from any of these tiny creatures would be unpleasant, some may be more dangerous than others, specifically mosquitoes and ticks.

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CMS students achieve goal for outdoor volleyball net

7th-graders raise $2,000 for project, look toward more next year

Caroline Riley and Lacey Wiseman recently reached their goal of $2,000 to buy and install an outdoor volleyball net in the field between CMS and Sandrock Elementary School. The two said it was a great feeling to see the piece of athletic equipment put in earlier this week after months of raising funds.

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The Bock’s Office: Go, go, ‘Godzilla!’

As Blue Öyster Cult so eloquently put it, “history shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man,” a statement often applicable in the cinema. Even so, the newest version of “Godzilla” is an exercise in rewriting the past that could mean BÖC needs to retool some of the lyrics of one of their top songs.

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Craig Middle School sends off 8th-grade students in style

As the eldest students of Craig Middle School prepare to move on to the final stage of their K-12 education, they’ll be leaving behind the building and the teachers they’ve gotten to know for the past three years, but they’ll still have each other. The staff of CMS hosted a barbecue Tuesday afternoon as a final hurrah for its departing eighth-graders, who will be attending Moffat County High School this fall.

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Liane Davis-Kling closes book on Moffat County career

Teacher to retire after 33 years with high school

Multiple subjects, classroom changes and a child of her own currently in the same building with her. Moffat County High School teacher Liane Davis-Kling has seen many things in her 33 years at MCHS, but her time there had to end eventually. Davis-Kling recently announced her plans to retire at the end of the school year after more than three decades with the educational outlet.

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Safety 1st: Craig kindergartners learn the basics

Students from East, Ridgeview, Sandrock and Sunset Elementary Schools learned some important information Monday at Loudy-Simpson Park, as kindergarten classes from each of the four schools engaged in safety seminars taught by local emergency personnel.

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The Memorial Hospital, partners grill up some fun at Sunday barbecue

The Memorial Hospital’s third annual community barbecue took place Sunday at Loudy-Simpson Park, bustling with food and fun activities for families.

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Your Health: Smart snacks, smarter eating habits

The U.S. Department of Agriculture handed down its first overhaul of healthy school snacks options in more than three decades last summer. Starting July 1 and taking effect for the 2014-15 school year, snack foods such as candy, chips and other things the USDA considers junk food will be replaced by healthier options under its strict new regulations.

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Craig Middle School students learn financial tactics

7th-graders place 8th in state for mock stock market event

Most adults barely have a grasp on the intricacies of the financial world, but the students of Craig Middle School have already started thinking about what to do with their money when they get older. A trio of CMS students recently placed third in the region and eighth in the state in the Colorado Council for Economic Education’s project, The Stock Market Experience.

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MCHS, CMS bands, choirs play final shows of school year

As surely as the key in a piece of music changes from time to time, so do the members of an ensemble. The band and choir students of Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School performed their final full concerts Tuesday and Thursday nights in the MCHS auditorium.

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Axis Steel donates $11,000 to regional schools

Business recycling fundraiser collects more than 77 tons of metal

The schools within Moffat County have tons of support. 77.43 tons, to be exact. That was the amount of metal collected by area schools as part of Axis Steel Fabrication & Recycling’s PAC Fundraiser.

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The Bock’s Office: Good boundaries make good ‘Neighbors’

We know what the university experience is like for ages 18 to 25 thanks to classics like “Animal House” and “Revenge of the Nerds,” but seeing it through the eyes of someone outside the student body doesn’t inspire hope for the future. Maybe that’s why “Neighbors” is a lot less amusing than it means to be.

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River Basin Roundtable approves funding increase for implementation plan

Group seeking more Northwest Colorado representatives

The Wednesday meeting of the Yampa/White/Green River Basin Roundtable brought in government and industry representatives from Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties to Craig’s American Legion Post 62 to discuss, among other things, the Basin Implementation Plan for the region.

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Kim Maneotis named new Grand Futures director in Moffat County

The young people of Northwest Colorado have always been a personal and professional concern for Kim Maneotis, and in her new position, she can help guide them in a different manner. Maneotis was recently hired as the Moffat County director of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, starting in the position May 5.

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Your Health: Keeping in shape for 2

During pregnancy, the state of a mother’s body can have a significant impact on the health of her unborn child. Those nine months also can set a pattern for how her own body will change after the baby is born, so getting in the habit of appropriate exercise and nutrition is important.

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Barbecue rewards Passport to Reading students

Literacy program sees greater participation in second year

The elementary school program Passport to Reading hosted its year-end barbecue Friday at the picnic area of the Moffat County Fairgrounds, with 196 kids from East, Ridgeview, Sandrock and Sunset elementary schools able to join in the activities.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Spider-Man’ sequel swings with the best of them

The summer movie season is officially here, and with comic book films leading the charge, we start it off with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which leaves us hanging as to whether we can accept the new version of the title hero. But that’s not always a bad thing.

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Moffat County High School senior wins FBLA state event

Elisa Teeter to attend nationals in Nashville in June

Elisa Teeter, a Moffat County High School senior, recently finished in first place at the state level of the Future Business Leaders of America within the category of Business Procedures, a win that will send her to the national competition.