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David Pressgrove

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Girls soccer has something worth celebrating

Moffat County loses, 5-1, but has strong 2nd-half showing

Kat Thompson was out of breath, but it was a good out of breath. "I ran out of breath I screamed so long," she said. The freshman on the Moffat County High School girls soccer team let out a celebration yelp after scoring a goal against Battle Mountain on Monday at Woodbury Park.

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MCHS boys swimmers head to Denver for swim meet today

Halfway through practice Thursday, John Kirk and Charlie Griffiths were pushing each other through repeats. This has become a common scene at Moffat County High School boys swim practices this year.

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3 spring sports teams finally get a week outside

At Wednesday's Moffat County High School baseball practice, throws were dropping short of their target.

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Track team's top athletes compete well at Front Range meet

It took a couple of seconds, but after some thought, Moffat County High School senior Alicia Nelson figured out an answer.

3 Bulldogs in top 3 of state after meet

A snowy Saturday morning bus drive to Grand Junction didn't give the Moffat County track coaches much optimism for the coming day.

Road woes continue for girls soccer

The spring sports season is always hard in Northwest Colorado because the inconsistencies of the weather make it hard for teams to be consistent - especially for the Moffat County High School girls soccer team.

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Bad Dogs dominate

Youth wrestling team earns combined 24 1st- and 2nd-place finishes at home tournament

The Bad Dog youth wrestling team set out to defend its house and its mat Saturday. According to coach Rodney Klimper, the team did just that at its only home tournament of the season.

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Bulldogs girls place 3rd, boys 6th in track meet

Ice and snow haven't stopped members of the Moffat County High School track teams from establishing themselves as some of the state's best.

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Pioneers in Craig girls hockey make debut

Skates with pink laces, helmets with protruding pony tales and sticks with pink blades aren't common on the ice at Moffat County Ice Arena.

David Pressgrove: Leading out of our weaknesses

I was taught to lead out of my strengths. In the past month, Peter Scazzero's "Emotionally Healthy Church" has challenged that lesson.

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MCHS teacher writes classroom curriculum to coincide with local's book

When Lance Scranton read the stories in fellow teacher Craig Conrad's book "Unstoppable," he was impressed.

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Annual trip to the US Capitol still has room

We See D.C. has been a trip offered to Craig Middle School students and parents as well as community members since 1985. The 2009 trip will take place from June 7 to 12. There are 18 students and two adults signed up for the trip.

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Local man hopes to share his passion for unicycling

The unicycle no longer is just for circus entertainers. That's what Craig resident Kevin Morris has learned, and he wants to spread the word, as well as the skills.

Nothing perfect in attempts to relocate students

Superintendent, school board trying to come up with best solution

In Pete Bergmann's perfect world, each and every parent would be happy with the way he has realigned the attendance area boundaries for the 2009-10 school year.

School district to pursue partners for gym

The community has a need for more gym space, and the Moffat County School District wants to help. But the district can't do it alone, Superintendent Pete Bergmann and district construction liaison Joel Sheridan said at the Moffat County School District Board of Education meeting Thursday.

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Work and Life Skills deadline extended

Darcy Trask carried away candy bars as quickly as she could. The director of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership was on a mission: to inform Moffat County High School students about the upcoming after-school program organized by the Moffat County Work and Life Skills Coalition.

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Students' best interest key for teacher moving to new school

Sunset Elementary School is a special place for Michele Conroy.

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Key Club students learn to love serving the community

Laughter and balloons filled the Sunset Elementary School library Thursday afternoon. Elementary school teachers and five high school students worked together to prepare for the evening's Literacy Carnival.

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CNCC expands staff, frustrated with audit

Gene Bilodeau has been waiting for this moment since 1994.

David Pressgrove: Giving more with less to give

I've known for a couple of weeks that I was responsible for this column, and the words of a podcast during my trip home for Christmas gave me an idea, but I couldn't put it together in my head. After reading a story on Simien, a former All-American basketball player for the University of Kansas, it all came together.

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Puck Ewes claim 3rd

Craig hockey team out shoots competition at Utah tournament

Kandice Torno knew it was coming. After letting a puck sneak through the five hole - hockey lingo for the patch of ice in between the goalie's legs - for the game-tying goal in the third-place game of the Goal Digger Tournament in Park City, Utah, the Craig Puck Ewes goalie prepared for more of the same in an overtime shootout.

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Wide variety of vendors take part in Winter Arts & Crafts Show

Chris Hostetter loves the outdoors and, in particular, watching birds. So when the former stay-at-home mother found her home empty, she decided she needed a hobby involving the outdoors.

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Outreach program brings hope, community to Public Safety Center

Billie Colorow moved to Craig with her three children for a fresh start. But she found herself with too much spare time and couldn't escape her old demons.

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Skies clear for parade

Moffat County adds its own flavor to homecoming tradition

Only in a county that calls itself "The Real West" does homecoming royalty get to ride in the back of a truck.

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The homecoming bonfire continues to be a favorite

Twenty-nine years ago, Dennis Jones watched the homecoming bonfire as a senior in high school.

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MCHS names 2008 Bulldogs homecoming royalty

If their newly crowned royalty status doesn't come with a personal assistant, Moffat County High School's 2008 homecoming honorees might need to look into hiring one to keep track of their appearances the rest of the week.

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Bulldogs team up for win in volleyball

5-game victory doubles Western Slope win total

Wins have been hard to come by this year for the Moffat County High School volleyball team, but when it does win, it makes it exciting.

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Thank you for smoking - outside

Smokers weigh in on indoor ban

Renee Turner and Christy Raymond find their little corner outside Village Inn for a post-meal smoke quite comfortable.

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CNCC moves forward with fundraiser

When John Boyd came to interview for the position of president for the Craig campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College, he was told to look out the windows north of the current campus to see the future.

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Huskies outrun Bulldogs

Four second-half goals lead Battle Mountain to 6-1 win against Moffat County

It may be monotonous and tiresome, but the beep drill is paying off for the Battle Mountain boys soccer team.

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Bears beat Bulldogs by inches

Rifle survives 42-35 marathon in offensive showdown

Rifle prevailed, 42-35, on a last-second goal-line stand against the Bulldogs in both team's Class 3A Western Slope League opener.

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Golfers move up at home

Team finishes sixth at meet behind Moyer and Dockstader

It took Mark Dockstader nine holes to get warmed up, but the Moffat County junior was pleased with his effort after that.

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Tigers dominate net, bulldogs

GJ cruises to a 3-0 victory against Moffat County

It didn't take long for Grand Junction High School to establish volleyball dominance over Moffat County on Thursday.

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Bears kick past Bulldogs

Moffat County opens season with 3-1 loss to more experienced Rifle team

Ryan Mahler can empathize with Moffat County's Rusty Cox.

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Bulldogs off and running

Harriers race in back-to-back races in first week of season

The Bulldogs jumped into their season with back-to-back meets against some of the best teams in the state Thursday and Friday on the Front Range.

Suicide numbers on positive trend

Suicide trends are hard to measure, but the current trend is good news for Moffat County officials who are involved with the issue.

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TMH switching to use Mayo Clinic for lab testing

On June 24, The Memorial Hospital will add 2,200 world-renowned employees to back up its laboratory staff.

TMH to focus on physician recruitment

Dr. J. Scott Ellis is settling into his new office at The Memorial Hospital as its newest staff member. The obstetrician and gynecologist said he wouldn't mind being the "rookie" for a short period of time.

David Pressgrove: The Good Book in schools

A man was stranded on his roof during a flood so he prayed for God to rescue him. At different times, a piece of driftwood, a boat and a helicopter came by, but the man didn't take advantage because he was waiting only for God to rescue him.

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Season's 'best weekend' yields five state qualifications

Cory Vigil's face summed up his team's final round of the Class 4A Regional Wrestling Tournament on Saturday - bloody.

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Stellar second round moves wrestlers into first

As a returning regional champion, Moffat County senior Cory Vigil knows what it takes to win at the big tournaments. But his struggles this year had to be in the back of his mind as he stepped to the mat for this year's Class 4A Regional Wrestling Tournament in Craig.

Going to the big show

Local 4Hers travel to national stock competitions

Andrea Maneotis helped her sister prepare animals for the American Royal last year because she was too young to show them herself.

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Girl runners continue tradition of excellence

Nelson fourth, Jourgensen 15th at state meet

The Moffat County Football Team put up a "Tradition of Excellence" board this year to show the history of the football team's postseason appearances. The girls cross-country team could use a display of their own.

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Trapper Mine employees guide hunts for disabled

Hunting has been a life-long passion for Jack Fischer. His house is full of mounts from his time hunting in seven states, along with an array of weapons.

Painting the town red

Grand Futures Director coordinates Red Ribbon Week

This week, Chad Kiniston is seeing red, and he hopes it's contagious.

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Costumed canines

Dressing up pets for Halloween a local, national trend

When asked whether she dresses up her pets, Irene Kitzman started giggling.

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Wasting disease numbers hard to measure

Decrease in harvest, submissions for testing make more recent numbers hard to qualify

New information on Chronic Wasting Disease was released in August by the Colorado Department of Wildlife, and while the numbers of new cases in animals didn't show any large spreading of the disease, state and local officials are cautious not to call the numbers a positive sign.

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Hanging with the homies

Home school association students, teachers congregate every two weeks for joint classes

Despite encouragement, the students weren't sure they could make it.

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Filling in for the fall

Craig residents take second jobs during hunting season

At first, Chelsey Herod just wanted to get experience.

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Happy trails

Craig Middle School students work together to make a new path

When Darby Andrews visits Craig with her family 20 years from now, she knows one place she'll go.