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Andy Bockelman

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Moffat County rodeo rides hard in Cortez

The members of the Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School rodeo teams are back in the saddle. The teams recently competed in their first official event of the season, the Cortez High School and Junior High Rodeo, during Labor Day weekend.

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Moffat County High School boys soccer opens with 0-0 game

Team ties with Grand Junction Central, prepares for Aspen

The first of any of Moffat County High School’s fall sports season to play at home this year was the boys varsity soccer team, hosting the Warriors of Grand Junction Central on Tuesday afternoon, a game that ended up scoreless on both ends.

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Craig Middle School starts athletes on path to big things

Craig Middle School’s sports seasons are underway, giving students their earliest taste at school-sponsored athletics during the seventh and eighth grade years, hopefully the first of many they’ll spend as Bulldogs. CMS’s fall sports for this school year include football, volleyball and cross-country.

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Moffat County High School volleyball ready to bump up level of play

The players and coaches of MCHS volleyball have set their sights on a winning season, following last year’s series, which left them near the bottom of the 3A Western Slope League rankings.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘If I Stay’ offers mellifluous music-based melodrama

Hopefully you’re consulting something other than contemporary cinema when you look at the big questions, such as, “What’s the point of life?” Indeed, “If I Stay” can’t answer queries like this — and doesn’t try — but it maintains its own charms nonetheless.

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Craig Parks and Recreation’s Doak Walker league kicks off season

The Craig Parks and Recreation tackle football program — named in honor of the late Northwest Colorado resident and Detroit Lions legend Doak Walker — began its fall season this week, as kids in grades three through six took to the fields of Woodbury Sports Complex on Tuesday and Wednesday suited up on teams with the likenesses of the Broncos, Packers, Raiders and other pro franchises, sponsored by local businesses.

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Visiting author discusses Moffat County history

Moffat County residents received a look at one of the notorious names of the Old West when author Larry Ball dropped by the Museum of Northwest Colorado on Tuesday afternoon to discuss and sign copies of his book, “Tom Horn: In Life and Legend.”

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Craig Fire/Rescue offers tropical fun at weekend luau

Event a fundraiser for scholarships

The 75th annual Firefighters’ Ball was well-attended Saturday night at The O.P. Bar and Grill by folks wanting to kick back and enjoy a night of dancing, drinks and good company.

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Fire erupts inside Craig mobile home Saturday

Hume: Cause of blaze uncertain

A fire broke out Saturday afternoon at Unit 302 of Craig’s Cedar Mountain Village. The members of Craig Fire/Rescue received the call shortly after 3:30 p.m., and were quick to respond alongside personnel from Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and The Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services.

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Moffat County High School football preps for greatness

The Moffat County High School football team’s season officially has begun, and amid a great deal of changes, players remain ready to do what they love more than anything: Grab the pigskin and do their school proud.

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TV show, Craig book signing target Western figure Tom Horn

History will come alive in the next few days for Moffat County residents. The Museum of Northwest Colorado will host a book-signing and presentation by Larry Ball, the writer of “Tom Horn: In Life and Legend.”

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Moffat County, Craig officials discuss Shadow Mountain progress

The Phase 1 stage of the Shadow Mountain construction project is well underway, a fact not lost on the residents of the subdivision, who met Thursday night at American Legion Post 62 to talk with county and city officials about what they can continue to expect from the work happening around them.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Giver’ suffers from sameness

Rarely are the days to come presented in a positive light when it comes to the movies, and “The Giver” is no exception. Of course, everything looks bleak when you’re seeing it all in black and white.

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Craig Middle School football teams learn from Denver Broncos great

Rick Upchurch talks dedication with young athletes

Only a small percentage of athletes ever reach the top levels of competition in their sport, meaning to meet someone who’s been part of the tradition of the World Series or the Stanley Cup is a rarity. Apparently, the players of the Craig Middle School football teams are just that lucky. The seventh and eighth grade teams received a surprise visit in their first week of practices from Denver Broncos great Rick Upchurch on Wednesday afternoon.

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Moffat County High School soccer scores with new field

The MCHS boys and girls soccer teams now will host practices and home games on MCHS property. This marks the first time in many years the program will be regularly on-site at the school.

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Back-to-School Fair sends off Craig students well supplied

Love INC of the Yampa Valley hosted its second annual Back-to-School Fair on Saturday in Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig, offering a convenient, one-stop location for families to handle many of the things that they need before sending children on their way to a new grade.

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Craig pitches in for softball event to benefit local family

The Vallarta’s Softball Benefit this weekend showed what people in the area are capable of doing when they want to reach out, even if it means just gathering to play their favorite sport. The event was a fundraiser for the family of Nineth Pereyra, a Craig teenager who was instantly killed in a car accident in Wyoming in July.

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Moffat County High School runners in it for long haul

Cross-country team young but capable

In a cross-country event, you have to pace yourself with your strides so that an early burst of speed doesn’t drain your energy when you need it most in the final stretch of the race. Moffat County High School’s boys and girls cross-country teams are preparing in this manner to ensure they can start strong at the onset and finish just as tough once the season concludes.

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Relay For Life of Moffat County small but still strong

The 2014 Relay For Life of Moffat County went off with smaller numbers but no less spirit at Moffat County Fairgrounds, as community members came together to show their solidarity in the struggle against cancer.

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Moffat County TCAP scores remain below Colorado average

School district to analyze results for September report

The initial results from this spring’s TCAP testing sessions were released by Colorado Department of Education Thursday afternoon, among them the scores from Moffat County. MCSD’s schools showed improvement in some subjects and grade levels compared to 2013, though many numbers showed that the district’s students could improve greatly in reading, writing and math.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Into the Storm’ hits you hard but makes little impact

When you’re talking about a force of nature with unimaginable power that leaves behind only destruction, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Kardashian family. A close second would be that of Hollywood and its seemingly endless supply of mediocre versions of stories that have been told many times, among them the newest disaster film “Into the Storm.”

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Craig's Black Mountain Junior Rodeo races through summer series

Organizers plan for possible winter events

The final summer event this season for the Black Mountain Junior Rodeo Series drew nearly 50 competitors for a night of gymkhana events such as barrel racing, flag racing and pole bending. Youths from across Northwest Colorado, Craig, Hayden, Meeker and more proudly showed their riding prowess while family and friends cheered their progress, ending with a special awards and payout ceremony by organizer Bev Salazar.

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Young Life golf event in Craig raises more than $6,000

The Bear River Young Life Charity Golf Tournament, hosted Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, brought in sizable funds for the youth ministry organization with a scramble format made up of 18 teams and 71 individual golfers from around the area.

Moffat County High School boys golf team has rough 1st day

Team places 13th in Grand Junction tournament

The members of the Moffat County High School boys golf team experienced some significant challenges during their first meet of the season Monday in Grand Junction. The Tiger Invitational at Bookcliff Country Club was not an easy starter for the squad of five that placed 13th out of 14 teams with a total score of 292.

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46 Moffat County football players hit practice Monday

Monday morning marked the end of the carefree days summer for the members of the Moffat County High School football team and the beginning of a whole new season. The team’s practices began this week with early morning and evening sessions, with the two-a-days whipping the young men into shape.

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Good times for all at Moffat County Fair

The 96th annual Moffat County Fair came to a close this weekend, offering a fun-filled day Saturday for both those who spent many weeks working with animals or crafts as well as those who just came to observe.

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Moffat County High School boys golf aims for solid season

Head down, knees bent, back straight, hands correctly positioned. It takes a lot of concentration just for the stance of a golf swing, not to mention the stroke itself, but the members of Moffat County High School’s boys golf team are up for the challenge of mastering the motion.

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The Bock’s Office: Joy level of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is out of this world

In a business where bigger isn’t always better, it’s good to see a movie like “Guardians of the Galaxy” that’s huge in every way but still dares to be small where it counts. And, not just in having a trigger-happy star that’s only two feet tall.

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Craig author Larri Winslow hits shelves with first novel

‘Her Desert Treasure’ offers romance, suspense in Western setting

Larri Winslow has made her mark in the literary world, putting her heart, soul and countless hours into the creation of a book — but not her name. Winslow recently had her first novel, the romance “Her Desert Treasure,” published under the pseudonym Larie Brannick.

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Young Life golf tourney tees off Saturday in Craig

The seventh annual Bear River Young Life Charity Golf Tournament will overtake Yampa Valley Golf Course this weekend with its style of unorthodox fun for the sake of a worthy cause.

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Craig community welcomes new football coach, athletic director

Football practices start Aug. 11

The MCHS auditorium was full of football players and their families meeting newly hired head football coach Keith Gille and Athletics and Activities Director Mike Mitchell.

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Moffat County Balloon Festival a sight to behold

From sunrise to sunset, the Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival provided entertainment for all. The fifth annual weekend event attracted hundreds of spectators who braved the chill of the early morning Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park to see the unforgettable image of massive spheres of nylon powered by flame as they floated into the air and out into nature.

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Moffat County Balloon Festival support continues to rise

In its fifth year, Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival looks to be increasing its presence as a part of Craig’s calendar, with 15 balloonists, dozens of vendors and hours of activities for all ages, with the main admission being a requested donation of a non-perishable food item to fill a balloon basket at the entrance.

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Moffat County School District hires new head football coach, athletic director

Moffat County School District has a new head football coach and athletic director. The district announced Wednesday morning that it has hired Mike Mitchell as the seventh-through-12th-grade athletic director for the school district, and Keith Gille is the new head coach of the Moffat County High School Bulldogs football team.

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Craig Sea Sharks angling for wins at state meet

Things have been going swimmingly for the members of Craig Sea Sharks as they head into their final competition of the summer. The local team will have eight swimmers attending Cortez’s Seasonal State Meet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, after weeks of hard work. In fact, a number of other kids on the team qualified for state but are unable to attend the meet, coach Meghan Francone said.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Lucy’ a mind-bender in more ways than 1

When someone claims to be “expanding their mind” when they indulge in heavy substances, it’s usually just a throwback to the spirit of the Summer of Love and a rationalization of a deeper issue. The heroine of “Lucy,” on the other hand, can claim that what’s going into her body is indeed changing how she sees things, including, but not limited to, the very fabric of the universe.

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Downtown Craig facade project taking shape

City Council will hear report by September

Local residents met Wednesday evening at the City Council Chambers for a presentation from the Colorado Center for Community Development through University of Colorado Denver focusing on the facades of Craig businesses, specifically those along Yampa Avenue. This is part of a project first funded by the city and Department of Local Affairs in April as a way to revitalize interest in the downtown area.

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Gallery ‘popping up’ again in downtown Craig

Local artists will host a new pop-up gallery this week in downtown Craig, briefly taking over the premises of 518 Yampa Ave. from Thursday through Saturday.

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Two Craig painters excited for Steamboat art contest

Winnings include $10,000 top prize

Mary Pat Ettinger and Israel Holloway were recently accepted into Art Steamboat, a contest that's part of the Steamboat All Arts Festival in mid-August.

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Craig’s LOVEMI fashion show makes striking debut

The LOVEMI Thrift Way Fashion Show took place this weekend, with the No Float Showboat located behind The OP Bar and Grill serving as a runway as people of all ages displayed a variety of unique wardrobes.

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Moffat County 4-H shooters keep eyes on prize

Four teenagers from Moffat County attended the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational in late June in Grand Island, Nebraska. Lee, Dylan Villa, Hunter Rummel and Travis Walsh represented Northwest Colorado strongly with high individual and team finishes in gun and archery competitions.

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Aviation, aerospace discussion lands in Northwest Colorado

Venues in both Moffat and Routt counties played host to the Colorado Space Business Roundtable Wednesday and Thursday as part of the second annual Aerospace Business Development Road Trip. A crowd of about 50 — including Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid and Colorado House of Representatives candidate Chuck McConnell, among others — gathered Thursday morning at Colorado Northwestern Community College to hear an array of speakers discuss the ever-changing world of aircrafts and related topics.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Sex Tape’ arouses little interest

Three hours, one minute and 42 seconds sounds lengthy enough for a feature film. When you consider this is the span of the piece of the accidental amateur skin flick causing all the problems in the comedy “Sex Tape,” it seems downright infinite. And while the movie itself is only half this duration, it somehow seems even longer.

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Goodnight, Texas to rock Craig this weekend

Folk rock group promoting release of new album

The folk rock group Goodnight, Texas will perform Friday and Saturday nights at JW Snack’s Bar & Grill.

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Your Health: Northwest Colorado teen birth rates down from previous years

Moffat and Routt counties are among the areas of Colorado seeing lower teenage birth rates, which have dropped significantly across the state during the past five years, an achievement state health officials and the governor are attributing to an ambitious contraception program.

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Moffat County Eagle Scout featured on BBC documentary

Series to air in America this fall

Justin McAlexander is one of the subjects of a British Broadcasting Corporation documentary series “Fierce Earth,” a show aimed at teaching children how to handle emergency scenarios and extreme weather across the globe. An episode about blizzards features the Moffat County teen discussing a life-altering event that happened to him in February 2012.

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Moffat County archer hits high marks

Colorado team finishes 2nd in national event

Travis Walsh was part of a four-person team from across Colorado that recently participated in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational in late June in Grand Island, Nebraska. Competing within the compound bow category of the event, the quartet took home second place.

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The Bock’s Office: Newest ‘Apes’ is the dawn of something great

When “Thus Spake Zarathustra” began booming in the introduction for “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the hairy creatures involved were just starting to evolve at an extraordinary rate. The music of Richard Strauss may not be used in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” but the animals of its story are already well past the point of no return in no development, whether you believe that to be a good thing or a bad thing.

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Craig Middle School principal named

Moffat County High School assistant principal selected for job

Moffat County School District has selected David Grabowski as the new principal for Craig Middle School.

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Craig Middle School principal to be named this week

Two candidates vying for position

Moffat County School District will be interviewing two candidates Wednesday for the position of Craig Middle School principal.