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Ben Bulkeley

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Moffat County volleyball team victorious against Hayden Tigers, 3-0

Moffat County High School senior Lauren Roberts knows volleyball is a balancing act. From riding too high or too low, a volleyball team can fall behind and a balance is needed, Roberts said. On Tuesday night, that’s exactly what MCHS varsity volleyball did at home against Hayden High School.

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More than 30 runners and bikers compete in first Craig Duathlon

Craig resident Amy Peck had one goal Sunday while competing in the first Craig Duathlon. “I just wanted to finish the race,” she said. “And I did.”

10th annual TMH golf tournament is Friday in Craig

Compared to last year, there are a number of changes for the upcoming 10th annual The Memorial Hospital Foundation golf tournament, coordinator Eva Peroulis said. For one, the forecast for this year’s tournament calls for sunshine rather than rain. And, there are already enough teams. “We are totally booked,” Peroulis said. “This tournament brings in a lot of people, and I think it’s one of the biggest at the golf course.”

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MCHS graduate drafted by Tampa Bay

Chris Winder goes in the 27th round of the MLB first-year player draft

Chris Winder, a 2008 Moffat County High School graduate, was drafted Tuesday during the annual Major League Baseball first-year player draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Winder, who had recently completed his sophomore year at Odessa College in Odessa, Texas, was taken in the 27th round.

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Steamboat blasted by Bulldogs

Watwood pitches six strong, but Moffat County prevails, 9-3

Although Moffat County High School was able to outlast Steamboat Springs High School boys varsity baseball team, 9-3, on Tuesday in Craig, manger Dave Roy said the improvement his team has made is easily visible. “We’ve made some changes, and we fell like we’re a lot more solid up the middle,” Roy said. “We have Carson Becker at shortstop, so we have some strength up the middle.”

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Sailors baseball falls, 15-7, to Bulldogs

Coach: Defensive lapses cost Steamboat baseball team

With sporadic snow, constant wind and cold, the weather wasn’t the only thing that was sloppy on the field Tuesday in Craig. Steamboat Springs High School manager Dave Roy said defensive lapses cost the team, as it lost, 15-7, Tuesday against Moffat County High School.

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Steamboat boys basketball outlasts Moffat County

For the first time all season, Steamboat Springs High School boys varsity basketball coach Luke DeWolfe said the Sailors played a complete game. Save for the last two minutes.

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Moffat County topples Steamboat girls basketball

For the last home game for his senior players, Moffat County High School coach Craig Mortensen would not have changed a thing. Not only did Moffat County win against Steamboat Springs High School, 43-29, on Tuesday, but the Bulldogs also snapped a two-game losing streak.

Steamboat to face off against Moffat County today

Big game for Sailors girls varsity basketball in Moffat County today

The Steamboat Springs girls varsity basketball team is looking for a win against Moffat County tonight to help the team into the playoffs. The slate of games starts at 3 p.m. today, when the girls junior varsity team plays the Sailors, followed by the boys junior varsity at 4:30 p.m., the girls varsity team at 6 p.m. and the boys varsity team at 7:30 p.m.

Sailors square off with Bulldogs today

Steamboat to face Moffat County today

The Steamboat Springs High School varsity basketball teams will find themselves matched up against a familiar opponent today. The Sailors girls — 10-4 overall and 5-1 in the Western Slope League after a weekend split — will try to make it two wins in a row as they square off with the Moffat County High School Bulldogs (6-8 overall, 4-1 in the WSL) at 6 p.m. today in Steamboat Springs.

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2009 hunting season slower than usual

Leland Reinier, owner of Big Cat Taxidermy in Craig, said business has suffered this year because the number of hunters has dropped. When there aren’t large numbers of out-of-town hunters, the community suffers, Reinier said.

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Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee stops in Craig

World Series game winner talks to MCHS baseball team

Cliff Lee, the 2008 American League Cy Young winner and ace of the Philadelphia Phillies, took a detour from his Northwest Colorado hunting trip Wednesday and appeared at Auto Parts of Craig, signing autographs for the Moffat County High School baseball team.

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MCHS athletic director said 1st season exceeded expectations

Richard Wildenhaus, who became Moffat County High School’s athletic director in July, said his first season on the job netted nothing but positive impressions.

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Steamboat cross-country team finishes 19th

For Steamboat Springs High School senior Gus Allen, running Saturday at the state cross-country meet brought on mixed feelings. By finishing 67th, Allen ended his high school career on a high note, but he said he wished the end hadn’t come so quickly.

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Fire at Craig Motel

Firefighters battled blaze on Yampa Avenue

Craig Fire/Rescue responded at 11 a.m. to a structure fire at the Craig Motel, 894 Yampa Ave., and immediately saw spurting flames, Fire Chief Bill Johnston said. There were no reported injuries during the incident, which department officials determined was caused by a faulty wall-mounted heater.

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Sailors cross-country boys place 4th at invitational

Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team was able to claim a fourth-place team finish at the Moffat County Invitational for the boys on Saturday. However, Moffat County High School dominated the boys and girls side.

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Sailors volleyball rushes past the Bulldogs

In the first match-up of the season between longtime rivals, the Steamboat Springs High School varsity volleyball team was able to top Moffat County High School, 3-1, in Craig.

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Carolyn Gochee wins 1st race of year at Hayden Speedway season finale

Driving in the last race of the track's season, Carolyn Gochee won her first race of the season, beating out Isadora Hitz and Casey Madsen in the Sport Stock Class.

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Steamboat boys soccer beats Moffat County

Steamboat's boys soccer team traveled to Moffat County on Tuesday for a Western Slope League contest against the rival Bulldogs, and the Sailors escaped with a 2-1 victory to remain undefeated on the season.

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Steamboat golfers win Moffat County tournament

Bulldogs also dominates with season-best score

Steamboat Springs High School traveled to Craig on Thursday for a tournament hosted by Moffat County High School. The Sailors were able to take the tournament with a score of 227.

Kids and cops cast off for fishing event

Fishing event set for Thursday; Huck Finn Fun Day on Saturday

When most people think of law enforcement "reeling them in," something other than flies and poles comes to mind. But with the annual Kids and Cops Fishing Day on Thursday, members of the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Colorado State Patrol and Craig Police Department will be after a different kind of catch.

Steamboat's Worsley qualifies for state swimming

MCHS athlete looks to win championships in 4 events Friday and Saturday

Steamboat swimmer Cole Worsley, who competes with the Bulldogs, helped the MCHS boys 400-meter freestyle relay team qualify for state last weekend.

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MCHS boys swimming performs well with one week until state

With the last lap of the 400-meter free relay, the Moffat County High School boys swim team had some catching up to do.

TMH board considers moving facilities

Russell Street building could see other tenants

In with the new, and back to the old. As The Memorial Hospital prepares to move to its new facility, it might consider moving other entities in to its current Russell Street building.

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Craig Middle School students donate food to animal shelter

Mandy Duong and Ping Wu, a pair of 13-year-old seventh-grade students at Craig Middle School, decided after their Chihuahua, Jenna, died last fall, that they would help out other animals.

CPAs ready for some time off

As more than 200 Moffat County residents protested taxes outside the courthouse, last-minute returns were being filed.

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Moffat County school superintendent to retire after 32-year career with district

Around Pete Bergmann's office, there are posters and books defining success, what makes a leader and how to go from good to great.

Youth Services seeks $1 million grant

In an effort to reach out to the community's runaway and homeless youths, Moffat County's Youth Services Department has applied for a $1 million grant.

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Mother, daughter cut hair for Locks of Love charity

Decision inspired by loss of friend to breast cancer in July 2008

What started more than a year ago ended in a few seconds with the snip of a pair of scissors. More than 10 inches of blonde hair, held together with a black rubber band, was the only thing left after one year of dedication.