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Lance Scranton: Moffat County proud

What makes you proud to be living in Northwest Colorado? Looking around at the rest of the country, it’s easy to contrast our small-town life with the societal shenanigans some of the bigger cities are experiencing.

Prather’s Pick: A much-anticipated novel

“Go Set a Watchman,” by Harper Lee, was written in the mid-1950s. Although it was written first, but not published at the time, this newly-released novel is a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Many of the characters are the same.

Stephanie Pearce: Happy trails to an old friend

An old cowboy friend of mine went to live in that pasture in the sky recently. I wasn’t a close family friend, but I did consider the man my friend. I taught some of his grandkids in elementary school, although I didn’t even know that when we first struck up a friendship. I didn’t know much about the man at all at first, I just saw his kind heart.

Our view: Elections crucial for education

The Moffat County community has two important elections coming up in November for Moffat County School District Board of Education and Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Trustees.

Our View: Upcoming board elections crucial for area's educational institutions

The Moffat County community has two important elections coming up in November for Moffat County School District Board of Education and Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Trustees. Running for an elected seat is a big commitment, especially when the term is four years. CNCC and Moffat County School District are huge economic drivers for Moffat County, especially because in order to attract people to Craig, you need a strong educational base.

From Pipi's Pasture: A hot summer afternoon

It’s a hot afternoon here at Pipi’s Pasture, reminding me of days past when my sisters and I were growing up. (Our brother Duane had not been born yet.) I remember how hot the ranch house would get after a morning of cooking for a haying crew. So in the afternoon, after the dishes were done and put away, Charlotte, Darlene and I usually headed outside, seeking the shade of the big trees in the yard. Sometimes Mom carried her sewing outside, we spread a blanket under the silver maple tree, and while she darned socks or did some kind of needlework, Mom told us stories.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Making fruit butters

Last week this column featured Louise Irvine’s recipe for “Old-style Apple Butter.” The recipe came from a cookbook called “Putting Food By,” given to Louise by her mother-in-law a long time ago. The pages Louise gave me had some other tips for making fruit butters that I thought readers might find useful.

HRC Column: Love INC’s role in Moffat County

Love INC stands for Love In the Name of Christ. Love INC of the Yampa Valley is one of two Colorado affiliates of the non-profit group. As a matter of fact, it has affiliates as far away as Kenya, Africa.

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Patti Mosbey: Drama, heartache and joy in Sand Wash

It’s a cool summer evening, the air is fresh and we can see for miles. Banking up in the western sky is a beautiful sunset primed to shout with color as the sun moves behind the backlit clouds.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton: Examining Dodd-Frank’s first five years

This week marked five years since President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law, making this an opportune time to look back at the impact this misguided legislation has had on the financial services industry, especially on how it has impacted community banks and credit unions in Colorado.

Mike Littwin: Donald Trump’s spectacular implosion

If you were worried that the Donald’s inevitable implosion wouldn’t be wildly spectacular, you can put your mind at ease. Give the guy some credit.

Janet Sheridan: I did it

In August of 2002, I took a daily walk in the early morning air of Aspen at the same time three boys rode their bicycles to school. Every day, I watched the two older boys swoop up a lengthy, steep incline to a highway overpass that led to the school. The younger boy, probably a brother to one of the other two, pumped with all his might as he approached the incline, stalled when he hit it, and had to push his bike to the top of the grade. The older boys rode on without a backward glance.

Becky Plummer: Businesses lower flags

I would like to request that all of our businesses to lower our flag in respect for our Marines that lost their lives last week in a senseless act of violence.

Yampa Valley Artisans: Thank you for support

The Yampa Valley Artisans would like to thank the community for their support of our latest Pop Up Gallery. T&H Parts, Yampa Valley Bank, Cook Chevrolet/Subaru, Farm Bureau Insurance, Downtown Business Association, Mike and Suzanne Brinks and the Kitchen Shop were instrumental in the success of this event with their financial backing.

Lance Scranton: Things that matter

Yes, the climate debate is important. The latest satellite imagery shows no warming over the last 11 years and the Arctic Ice shelf is expanding. However, worldwide, it appears that global temperature has risen a collective 0.8 degrees Celsius since 1880 (that’s 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit for you imperialist degree deniers). By some estimations, the rise of ISIS is directly attributable to our treatment of the planet. High-ranking government officials tell us that pillaging the planet has lead to disenfranchised climate victims lopping off heads, blowing up innocent people and causing general worldwide mayhem.

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