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Dana Armstrong hired as college massage instructor

Massage, wellness business to relocate to Trapper Fitness

Dana Armstrong will begin as the massage therapy instructor for Colorado Northwestern Community College, with her first class scheduled for Tuesday. The new job is something of a return for her, having received her certification in the discipline from CNCC.

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Block schedule gets high marks from Moffat County High School

The first semester of MCHS’s 2013-14 year ended Dec. 20, marking the first full term under the new block schedule format. After returning from winter break Monday, students, teachers and administrators were looking forward to getting back to the system to which they’ve grown accustomed these last four months.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Lone Survivor’ a somber tribute to slain soldiers

Compared to the hazardous tasks performed around the world by members of our bravest and boldest, recreating the kind of combat conditions they see in an accurate manner is nowhere near as difficult. Even so, staying true to their real encounters is no easy work, as seen in the harrowing depiction of real events within “Lone Survivor.”

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Hospital board accepts Chris Smolik resignation

Interim CEO to start Jan. 27

In a special meeting Wednesday night, the Board of Trustees for The Memorial Hospital voted unanimously to officially accept the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Chris Smolik.

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The Memorial Hospital’s CEO Chris Smolik resigns Tuesday

After only six months on the job, The Memorial Hospital’s CEO Chris Smolik has turned in his resignation to pursue other opportunities, according to a Tuesday TMH press release.

Moffat County Tourism Association board discusses 2014 plans

At its monthly meeting Monday morning, the MCTA board looked back on the accomplishments of the past year and what will be in store for Northwest Colorado for the year to come MCTA Director Melody Villard said one of the goals of the organization this year is to build relationships both within the county and neighboring areas that will benefit all involved.

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Craig’s Trapper Fitness under new ownership

The end of 2013 also saw the end of an era for one Craig business. But, with each end also comes a new beginning. Trapper Fitness Center changed hands as of Dec. 31, with former owners Jim and Barb Gregoire selling the workout spot to Dan and Ashleigh Seely.

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Grand Futures starting council for Moffat County teens

The youths of today often can feel like their concerns about life are not being heard, but for the young adults of Moffat County, there is a way to express their thoughts. Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is seeking participants in Northwest Colorado for a teen council. The only qualification to join the group is to be between the ages of 13 and 19, whether your education is at the middle school or high school levels or slightly older.

Bryan Chalmers resigns as CFO of The Memorial Hospital

Chief financial officer accepts new position in Wyoming

TMH Chief Financial Officer Bryan Chalmers recently announced his resignation from his post at the hospital, in order to take on a CFO job in Wyoming. His decision was officially made before Christmas, but was made more public at Thursday’s monthly Board of Trustees meeting.

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Parental group meets to talk about Moffat County schools

Concerned Parents of Moffat County School District held its first public meeting Thursday afternoon in the commons area of Centennial Mall.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Anchorman 2’ is old news but still amusing

When you’re traveling down the highway in an RV and you inevitably crash — because, you know, you thought “cruise control” meant an automobile steered itself safely through traffic — and in the ensuing slow-motion havoc of ricocheting bowling balls, angry scorpions and scalding hot oil flying about as the sounds of “Muskrat Love” are heard, it probably will occur to you that you’ve seen this before. After all, we’ve all had that happen, right? The makers of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” had to get it somewhere.

2013: A year in news for Craig, Moffat County

Looking back on the past year, the staff of the Craig Daily Press has compiled the following list of some of the top stories of 2013 for Craig and Moffat County. Some topics are ongoing, some have had effects on state and national levels, but all have been significant to Northwest Colorado.

Sunset Elementary teacher’s resignation causes parental outcry

The recent resignation of a Moffat County School District educator has a number of local parents up in arms.

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Your Health: Kicking bad habits in the New Year

A New Year’s resolution to improve one’s health is likely worth the time and effort involved, but those who have a long track history of breaking these promises to themselves aren’t likely to stick with it past January, let alone for the rest of 2014 or the rest of their lives.

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Rotary Club’s Book Buddies opens pages to Craig students

As part of the Rotary Club of Craig’s Book Buddies program, local second-graders received hordes of new books last week, those they could keep for their very own. The people providing these items were also on hand to assist children in the full literary experience.

Craig merchants see positive holiday shopping trends

Many local businesses saw a good amount of shoppers between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, with the people of Craig and Moffat County supporting small stores with their patronage.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘American Hustle’ a tricky tale of deceit

Last year in “Argo,” we saw a movie about the Central Intelligence Agency going through unusual channels to pull off a vital mission several decades ago. Now, we see a similar kind of story in the same time period in “American Hustle,” albeit with a different government body where apparently “intelligence” is not a prerequisite for being hired.

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Jennie Schaffner: ‘Sandwich goddess’ extraordinaire

Cheesy pizza pies, fresh green salads, savory soups, tasty suds. These are some of the offerings available at downtown eatery Carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta, and if you’ve stopped in there lately, you’ve likely had your order served up to you with a smile by Jennie Schaffner.

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Vicki Haddan an integral part of Moffat County School District

Vicki Haddan may have only started in her current position with the Moffat County School District earlier this spring, but with her level of familiarity with local education scene, stepping into the job was a breeze.

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Erin Miller: Friendly service for Moffat County government

As administrative assistant to the commission, Erin Miller is the liaison to the entire populace of Craig and Moffat County for local concerns.

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Former East Elementary employees remember late principal

Earlier this month, past employees of East gathered to remember the life of former boss Jim Covalt, who passed away Nov. 26.

Moffat County High School spring play looks for community support

The Moffat County High School performing arts program recently cast its spring play, a stage version of the Dr. Seuss story “The Cat in the Hat,” and though the rehearsal schedule won’t begin until students return from winter break in January, the community can lend a hand in making the show a great one.

The Bock’s Office: ‘Darkest before dawn’ is key in holiday movies

Somewhere between the cutesy nostalgia of “A Christmas Story” and the vileness of “Gremlins” lie the best holiday films that exemplify how much Christmas can change your whole outlook. You may not think about how depressing some of your favorite flicks appear, but that’s because by the end, all is well even after the worst circumstances.

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Gabbert family light show returns to Moffat County

The Gabbert family light show is available again for the entertainment of Moffat County residents.

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Moffat County band students make beautiful music

The music program of Moffat County High School hosted its Winter Concert Tuesday, with the Symphonic and Jazz Bands performing a number of compositions for the audience’s listening pleasure.

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Moffat County students prepare banner for Arapahoe High School

Moffat County High School’s Student Council is hoping to turn something negative into a positive. Starting Wednesday morning, the students and staff of MCHS began a project involving a banner intended for the people of Centennial’s Arapahoe High School following the shooting that occurred there on Dec. 13, in which one student was critically injured and the gunman — also a student — committed suicide.

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The Bock’s Office: 2nd ‘Hobbit’ shows dangers of going too big

Last winter, we were reintroduced to a place that a decade before had captivated our imaginations. Reactions to the second attempt at cinematic greatness were varied, to say the least — some hated it, some were indifferent and others claimed, “I liked it, but …” The good thing about “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is it likely will win over some who were put off by the changes made to a beloved classic. Still, the haters have an uphill battle.

Moffat County School District seeks local feedback

Superintendent survey available online through Dec. 31

The Moffat County School District currently offers a survey available to people within the community to weigh in on the hiring process of the replacement for Superintendent Joe Petrone.

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Santa, Mrs. Claus bring generosity to Craig

The legend has been around for centuries, and though there are many versions, the basic idea is that there’s a man spreading cheer in December out of the goodness of his heart. Considering how many places he’s got to be around the holiday season, the people of Craig and Moffat County have been fortunate enough to have this jolly old elf around for an extended period.

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Your Health: Seasonal cold can be deadly

With the snow and ice of Northwest Colorado not going anywhere for the foreseeable future, it’s vital for people within Craig and Moffat County to remember the most basic credo of December and the following months — stay warm.

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Concert, talent show display Craig student performances

The past week saw the Moffat County High School auditorium packed with parents, community members and arts supporters in multiple events showcasing the abilities of students from across Craig. The venue featured the Holiday Choir Concert on Tuesday evening and the school’s second annual Kennel Club talent show Thursday.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Frozen’ will melt your heart

If you’re upset by the approach of spring and seeing the snowman in your front yard evaporate into nothingness, fret not. The movie “Frozen” teaches us that the coldest creatures welcome the warmth as much as anyone. You can even kick their head off, and they’ll just giggle and ask for a hug.

Moffat County school board members attend state convention

At a meeting Tuesday night, the members of the school board discussed their time at the 73rd annual convention hosted by Colorado Association of School Boards last weekend at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

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Cowboy Christmas was a huge success for Boys & Girls Club

Saturday night’s Cowboy Christmas at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig was a huge success. Between the tickets for the dinner and the funds brought in by auction activities, organizers are still tabulating how much was raised by the event, but the sheer turnout was something Club Executive Director Dana Duran found very encouraging.

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Your Health: Staying hearty

Keeping tabs on the state of your heart may involve a lot of work, but the effort is well worth it.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Out of the Furnace’ a well-forged tale of rising from ashes

You could look at a movie like “Out of the Furnace” and say things only go from bad to worse to rock bottom. Then, once the floor caves in, there’s a new standard for substandard conditions, but that just makes the climb back up all the more important.

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Moffat County High School classes learn from local legal sources

As part of Moffat County High School’s Law Week, pupils in Liane Davis-Kling’s government classes were able to pick the brains of the professionals who work within various capacities of the legal system.

The Memorial Hospital Board moves forward with Moffat County School District partnership

Dialysis center project still in progress

At its Thursday meeting, the board of trustees for The Memorial Hospital finalized, by unanimous vote of 5-0, a contract with Moffat County School District that will allow the hospital to provide medical support for the athletics programs at Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School.

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Holiday fundraiser to benefit Craig Boys & Girls Club

Event to honor noteworthy figures

Cowboy Christmas, the annual fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, takes place Saturday evening with dinner and dancing, with live music provided by Four 2 Play. Following that are a silent auction, a live auction and a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament. All proceeds will go toward the local branch of the Boys & Girls Club.

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Artisans’ Holiday Market to display homemade gifts

Those looking for unique, handmade specialty items for people on their Christmas lists can find those gifts this weekend at the fourth annual Yampa Valley Artisans Holiday Market. Hosted Friday afternoon and all day Saturday at Center of Craig, the event promises plentiful products sewn, woven, carved or otherwise prepared by artists of Northwest Colorado.

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Hometown Hero: Kim Maneotis loves working with Craig kids

As the unit director for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, Maneotis strives to make all the kids in the region who pass through her halls feel special and part of “a safe, nurturing environment.”

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Moffat County High School speech team starts season strong

The members of the Moffat County High School speech and debate team have begun their season with a promising outset. A first-place overall finish at their most recent meet at Grand Junction High School showed what the group is capable of, as they competed in a variety of events testing their proficiency for communicating.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Catching Fire’ a sequel that satisfies your hunger

In the world of young-adult literature, some books only get less dynamic as they go. Although some series disappoint even when expectations are at their lowest, at least there’s one series that keeps “Catching Fire” after an auspicious introduction.

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Moffat County encouraged to keep shopping local during holidays

As the holiday shopping season approaches, businesses within Craig and Moffat County are not unlike the rest of the country anticipating a surge in demand for consumer goods. Hopefully, the majority of residents will keep in mind the importance of buying locally, but in some areas, the message already has been received.

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Gov. Hickenlooper speaks to Northwest Colorado residents in Craig

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper met with Northwest Colorado residents Monday morning at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion in a community forum to address issues facing the area.

Northwest Colorado reacts to governor’s forum

Following Gov. John Hickenlooper’s public forum Monday morning at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Craig, the Craig Daily Press spoke with Northwest Colorado residents about their thoughts.

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Moffat County Libraries winter reading program begins this week

In the coming months, the Moffat County Libraries plan to show both kids and adults that reading is pretty cool. Starting Tuesday, the libraries will be offering a new reading program, entitled “Reading Is Snow Much Fun!” The winter-themed literacy activity, which will run through the end of February, is available to readers of every age.

Education briefs for Nov. 23, 2013: Moffat County High School speech team wins Grand Junction tourney

At the Tiger Talk Invitational at Grand Junction High School, the Moffat County High School speech and debate team placed first overall, and won numerous other honors during the tournament, placing in most events.

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Craig Middle School class puts together holiday baskets for less fortunate

For children who don’t have as much as other families, the holidays aren’t quite as joyous as they should be. But, when those around them each put forward just a small bit of help, it can mean the world. This is the lesson Craig Middle School eighth grade teacher Kimberly Heater has tried to impart on her students in recent weeks.

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Your Health: Eat smart this Thanksgiving

Making sensible dietary choices during Thanksgiving and other winter holiday meals can have a significant impact on your health as the days get colder. By eating smart, you can enjoy such celebrations guilt-free.