Curtain goes up in March for 69th annual show
The 69th annual Craig Kiwanis Club Play isn’t scheduled until March 6 and 7, but like any other highly anticipated happening, the lead-up is part of the fun. The ticket sales for the yearly satire of all current events at the local, state and national levels will take place this Saturday. Doors open at 2 p.m. at J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill, and tickets will be available beginning at 3 p.m. as people hobnob in preparation for the impending show.
The teams of Craig Youth Hockey Association hit hard against opposition from Aspen this weekend, seeing some good results, the Bantam, Peewee and Squirt teams each hosting the Leafs, while the Midgets were on the road.
Team prepping for regionals, state
The Moffat County High School wrestling team fought fiercely in its last home meet of the season, a triangular event with Delta and Meeker. The overall scores in each section of the meet — a 45-18 loss to Delta and a 54-18 loss to Meeker — may have been against the Bulldogs, but the final numbers were only part of the story.
Snowmobile Club raises $2,200 for local scholarships
Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club’s annual Poker Run offered all the chills and thrills one could hope for, complete with miles and miles of open powder Saturday starting at Freeman Reservoir Trailhead north of Craig.
Boys, girls gain 74-48, 61-21 wins, await Olathe on Friday
The Moffat County High School varsity basketball teams each added another entry to their W columns Saturday after home games against Gunnison. The boys KO’d the Cowboys, 74-48, following an even greater rout by the Lady Bulldogs, 61-21, over the Gunnison girls.
7th-, 8th-grade teams prep for stretch of road games before districts
CMS saw varied results Thursday while hosting Soroco, the Rams gaining the edge early and scoring often against the seventh-grade teams and the eighth-grade B-Team, while eighth-grade A-Team walked away with the only win of the night.
Corrie Ponikvar receives Rotary’s Humanitarian Award
Ball gowns, bolo ties and Stetsons as far as the eye could see were among the apparel Saturday night at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion during the 16th annual Diamonds & Spurs hosted by Rotary Club of Craig. The local service group’s gala event provided residents a night on the town complete with formalwear, dinner, and more, raising funds for their projects throughout the year.
Karen Chaney brings years of legal experience to position
Moffat County High School students will continue to speak up this weekend under the tutelage of someone who’s used the power of communication in a very important way. MCHS recently appointed social studies teacher Karen Chaney as the new adviser for the speech and debate team. Chaney, who replaces Amanda Gaffney in the position, accepted the job earlier this month.
7th-graders claim 1st win, 36-13; 8th-graders, 37-15
There was plenty of bark and bite alike Thursday night for the Craig Middle School girls basketball teams as the Bulldogs hosted the Little Snake River Valley School Rattlers of Baggs, Wyoming. Both the seventh- and eighth-grade teams claimed wins after defeats earlier in the week.
Winnie the Pooh had his honey, but the star of “Paddington” is addicted to a different substance in his cinematic escapades. Even so, the bear of very little brains isn’t the only one who can give us a sweet story.
Event takes place Jan. 31 at Freeman Reservoir
Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club’s annual poker run will take place Jan. 31 starting at the Freeman Reservoir Trail Head, promising a day of fun in the snow to support a good cause.
The Bulldogs dominated the visiting Coal Ridge Titans, 61-12, in a Tuesday evening dual that saw the team fight hard and in many cases, finish off their opponents fast.
Valentine’s Day event seeking more entries
The 20th annual Art Walk and ninth annual Taste of Chocolate will be here soon, and organizers with Downtown Business Association want this year’s celebration of talent to be bigger and better than ever.
Owner plans to expand cosmetics services
With a new year comes a new look in a new building for the women of Capo Salon. Capo is moving from its current location down the street to 518 Yampa Ave. Business owner Megan Jones officially purchased the 2,500 square foot site from Blake and Charlene Abdella on Friday, re-opening for customers on Monday.
Organizers aim to relocate 98-year-old building within 12 to 18 months
As it comes closer and closer to celebrating its centennial, one historic building in Craig hasn’t yet come to its final stop.
Bulldogs still undefeated in league play
It can be lonely at the top, but the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team doesn’t have to worry about that when they’re in their own gym. The first home game of the season was a solid one for the boys, who beat Basalt, 56-32, to go to 4-0 and remain tied for first place in the 3A Western Slope League.
It may be a cliché, but the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team took the bull by the horns Friday night. The MCHS girls claimed a huge win in their first home game of the year, defeating the Basalt Longhorns, 75-27.
8th-graders defeat Hayden, Steamboat Springs; 7th-graders still seeking win
Thursday games hosting Hayden went in both extremes for the CMS hoops teams, as the seventh-graders fell, 28-5, followed by a 34-9 win by the eighth-graders.
Weekend duals in Wyoming next for Bulldogs
A 49-21 loss in Meeker started the week out on the wrong foot for the wrestlers of Moffat County High School, but they hope to learn from their mistakes and apply their knowledge heading into this weekend.
Each year I compile a top 10 list of the best films of the past 12 months, and each year it feels incomplete because of the near-impossibility of viewing every single movie to determine the hidden gems or deciding if the big releases are worth the hype. Either way, here is my countdown of my selections for the features I was able to watch that had the biggest effect on me.
Boys, girls teams to play 1st home match Friday
Tuesday night games translated to wins for MCHS boys and girls varsity alike, with the boys taking down Coal Ridge, 75-57, following the girls’ defeat of the Titans at 47-30.
The Summit Invitational on Saturday saw great results for MCHS swimmers, who finished third overall as a team and picked up first-place honors in four events.
Bad 1st quarter holds girls to 64-59 loss
Following a dual victories Friday night, the Moffat County High School varsity basketball teams had different results as the weekend continued. MCHS boys varsity won, 71-51, while the girls lost, 64-59, as the Bulldogs took on the Olathe Pirates Saturday afternoon.
A training session for Community Animal Response Teams took place Saturday at Moffat County’s Colorado State University Extension Office. About 20 county residents received a breakdown of the criteria necessary to aid pets, livestock and other types of animals during emergency scenarios.
While the varsity level teams were otherwise engaged on the road this weekend, the younger players of the Moffat County High School boys and girls basketball programs hit the court at home. The MCHS C-teams hosted a Saturday tournament with visiting Steamboat Springs, Coal Ridge, Battle Mountain and Uintah High School.
Girls win 68-27, boys 60-40 in Gunnison
The Moffat County High School basketball teams won across the board Friday night in Gunnison, with varsity and JV squads each coming out on top against the Bulldogs’ first league opponents of the season. The girls claimed a 68-27 victory to start the varsity level off right, and the boys finished the night with a 60-40 win.
On Dec. 21, Tyler Francetich got his Christmas present early, becoming part of the elite ranks of those who have bowled a perfect game at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.
Garrett Ferguson, Brodey Gutierrez raising funds to play in Europe
This fall, Garrett Ferguson and Brodey Gutierrez were tapped to participate in the Colorado Premier Hockey Selects Tour in mid-March. The program allows high school-age players to compete internationally in Engelberg, Switzerland against teams from central Europe.
If your favorite part of a war movie is anything that doesn’t involve bullets or punches flying, “Unbroken” may not be the movie for you. If the aforementioned is in fact your preference, and this film doesn’t fill your quota, perhaps professional therapy is the way to go.
Denver team starts playoffs Sunday
People in Craig are ready to show their spirit as the Denver Broncos enter the divisional round of the playoffs this Sunday with a game against the Indianapolis Colts thanks to team banners provided courtesy of 9News and King Soopers and City Market locations around Colorado this week.
Midget team drops 2 in Steamboat Springs
The Cougars Bantam team took second in the three-team Battle for the Biscuit tournament Saturday and Sunday at Loudy-Simpson Park, playing against Green Mountain Falls and Lafayette with YMCA of Boulder Valley.
Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club hosting avalanche seminars
The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club’s snowcat is no longer stuck in Routt County’s California Park. The piece of equipment, used for grooming recreational snowmobile trails, was removed Sunday by a D-6 Cat rented from Wagner Equipment after an accident Dec. 30 when club members Duane Core and Leeland Mischke inadvertently drove over an abandoned beaver pond resulting in the vehicle’s predicament.
When Craig resident Bill Sawer is on the ski hill, he feels on top of the world in more ways than one. The only feeling better is sharing that with someone who might not otherwise get to have the experience. Sawer is one of many volunteers for Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports, or STARS, a regional program that assists the physically or mentally handicapped with rugged activities.
The sport of cheerleading isn’t measured in points scored when the team is active, rather the kind of energy they can inspire in others as they head toward victory. The Moffat County High School cheer team contributed greatly to this during the fall, and as schedules begin anew after a seasonal break, they’ll be bringing the high spirits again.
The season has been delayed for the Craig Youth Hockey Association’s Midget team, but that’s only made the Bulldogs hungrier.
No matter how many iterations of storybook characters come along, it’s hard not to identify with the ones you first heard as a child. Oh, wait, you say they sing in the fairy tale feature “Into the Woods?” Well, that changes everything!
New Gino's owner loves Craig atmosphere
Since the age of 15, Joe Belcher has had a love for the kitchen, and after working in capacities like waiting tables and tending bar, his career in food is now at a new level.
If you’ve entered the Craig Loaf 'N Jug on multiple occasions, you’ve likely encountered staff member Kristie Bruce, and odds are when you walked out the door with a candy bar, fountain drink or beef jerky, you felt a little more chipper than you did before.
For decades of his life, 75-year-old Craig resident Bill Mackin amassed hundreds of Western materials by attending auctions and other sales, making contacts with a large variety of people and continually adding to what he calls “junque” — the preferred term of collectors for the treasures that others might deem junk.
The legend has been around for centuries, and although there are many versions, the basic idea is that there’s a man spreading cheer in December out of the goodness of his heart.
Candlelight vigil honors life of Torivio “Tory” Tovar
Torivio Tovar was better known to people as Tory, and the 17-year-old who had inspired many smiles also prompted tears Friday when his Ford pickup struck an oncoming semi along US Highway 40 just outside of Craig.
The last two games of 2014 had mixed results for the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team.
Above the rim, outside the arc, in the paint — wherever they need to be, the members of the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team will get there because this is the season they’ve been anticipating.
Bulldogs to compete in Warrior Classic Friday, Saturday
MCHS lost, 55-22, in Thursday evening duals with Thunderbird High School, of Phoenix. The Bulldogs hosted the Arizona team as a warm-up before both teams make their way to Grand Junction’s Warrior Classic Friday and Saturday.
Too much of a good thing inevitably has to have its downside. For those who have grown to love the cinematic tales of J.R.R. Tolkien, that aftereffect has finally come in the form of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”
Weekend ends with 77-65 loss to Colorado Academy
MCHS was 2-1 during the three-day Steamboat Shoot-Out, claiming wins against Eagle Valley (58-15) and Denver Christian (71-54) on Thursday and Friday before losing, 77-65, against the Mustangs, of Colorado Academy, on Saturday morning.
The third annual Festival of Trees, hosted by Moffat County Youth United Way and Moffat County High School Key Club, has been packed with visitors regularly ever since the month began, and more keep showing up, especially when there are more elements to it.
The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team has been known to be a threat during the regular season and beyond, and even with a new roster and new coaching, the lady hoopsters plan to take it as far as they can this season.
Team to meet Denver Christian, Colorado Academy in Steamboat Shoot-Out
After an opening weekend that left them 0-2 to start the season, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team came back with a vengeance.
Two rivals battled Wednesday evening in the Moffat County High School gym, and while one team walked away with more individual victories, it was still the host that won the overall meet. MCHS won its duals with Steamboat Springs with a total point tally of 49-27 during a night that saw hard-fought wins and losses for both sides.