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Duane Koukol: The Little Shop

The front step, A loose one by 12. The door, turn and pick up.

From Pipi’s Pasture: General projects results from State Fair

Each year, “From Pipi’s Pasture” honors the Moffat County 4-H members who exhibited at the Colorado State Fair. Exhibitors qualify during judging at the Moffat County Fair. To be able to participate in the judging at the State Fair is a big deal. This week’s column is a listing of the judging results in General Projects.

Duane Koukol: A poem about Mauka: ‘The Little Shop’

The front step, A loose one by 12. The door, turn and pick up. The thought of a cold and empty coffee cup! Open and you shall see!

Baxter Black: Fair board drama

I went to America last week … the middle of America, Kansas, to a county fair. I flew into Denver and drove across miles and miles of green prairie. If America has a heart, it’s out on the plains. It’s not an easy place to live. You have to earn its respect. It will test you with blizzards, tornadoes, floods, droughts, dust, plagues and loneliness. It is often all or none. One learns to be self-sufficient.

Visiting Angels: What happened to my nurse?

Recently while researching for a location to hold staff training in Routt and Moffat County, I came across some amazing information. The United States is in a nursing profession shortage.

Carolyn Casinger: Thank you

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the community of Craig and vicinity for its wonderful support of our annual bowling fundraiser.

Christian Montiel: Craig is great to visit

I was up in Craig recently with my Travel/Landscape class from Denver.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘If I Stay’ offers mellifluous music-based melodrama

Hopefully you’re consulting something other than contemporary cinema when you look at the big questions, such as, “What’s the point of life?” Indeed, “If I Stay” can’t answer queries like this — and doesn’t try — but it maintains its own charms nonetheless.

Mike Littwin: Death penalty politics, gutsy and easy

The death penalty story is back. Gov. John Hickenlooper and Complete Colorado joined forces — sort of — to once again put the issue front and center in the governor's race. Hickenlooper's part was in giving a clumsy answer to a hypothetical question about Nathan Dunlap in a not-yet-aired CNN interview on capital punishment. And Complete Colorado — a conservative website — was the one that got hold of the unreleased audio featuring the clumsy answer.

Allen Hischke: Attention fishermen

There is a plan underway to drain Elkhead Reservoir, poison it and kill every fish in the lake. This plan is coming from the people that have been killing the fish in the Yampa River for years.

Lynnette Running Siedschlaw: Good luck, Owen Grant

I am writing this letter to wish Owen Grant the best of luck in his retirement. It truly takes an extraordinary person to dedicate his life to such a career, especially the way you have done.

Jorgiea M. Raftopoulos: Thanks Miller Appliance

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris and Tammy at Miller Appliance for their extraordinary customer service.

Moffat County Farm Bureau Board: Luttrell Barn needs help

Having read articles and letters in the past concerning the Luttrell Barn and what to do with it and talking with community members, among them Dana Duran, Pam Foster, Melody Villard and Pat McCaffrey, who have been spearheading Saving the Barn, the Moffat County Farm Bureau Board would like to throw their support into this vital and worthwhile project.

Prather’s Pick: A thriller with some romance, too

Last week, I read three novels for adults, and all three kept me engrossed to the very last page. This week’s “Prather’s Pick” features one of the books. (I’ll do the others eventually.) “Last to Know” was written by Elizabeth Adler, the author of 29 novels. The publisher is Minotaur Books (2014).

Senior Spotlight: Autumn approaches

The signs of autumn become more apparent every day. There are more rainy days and cooler evenings, and children are starting school. Soon, there will be a community coat drive, and hunting seasons are about to begin.

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