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Lance Scranton: A light at the end of the tunnel?

As the academic year wraps up, it has been a tumultuous time for teachers in our district who have taken on the burden of carrying the heavy load of financial insecurity, academic scrutiny and leadership adjustments. As teachers enter a second year of pay freezes and continued budget cuts, it can be difficult to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Finances can be arranged a number of ways, but one thing is certain: teachers were expected to do much more with less and less this past year than at any other time during my 17-year tenure.

Prather's Pick: A new Longmire novel, a farm story and summer reading

If you’re a fan of Craig Johnson’s Longmire mystery series, you’ll be delighted to learn that his new book, “Dry Bones,” came out May 12. I have not read it yet, but since my husband Lyle is a Longmire fan, I ordered the book for him through Downtown Books. He has finished reading the book already, and I think he enjoyed it as much as the other novels in the series; he has read them all.

Stephanie Pearce: Thank you, veterans

Thank you. Those words just aren't enough for the sacrifice given. Thank you seems to be so little in return for the life that has been payed down for my freedom.

Our View: Jackson should visit industry

The May 8 ruling against the Office of Surface Mining and Colowyo Coal Mine is deeply concerning to the residents of Moffat County.

Our View: Judge R. Brooke Jackson should visit Northwest Colorado's coal industry

The May 8 ruling against the Office of Surface Mining and Colowyo Coal Mine is deeply concerning to the residents of Moffat County. It’s troublesome that Federal District Judge R. Brooke Jackson ruled that OSM has only 120 days to complete an environmental assessment for mining plans. We invite the judge to visit Northwest Colorado’s coal industry. The editorial board would be happy to show you around Trapper, Colowyo and Craig Station, Judge Jackson.

Baxter Black: Hurricane Charlotte

Every now and then a feller has a weekend that is hard to forget. I had one years ago on a beautiful ranch in southern California.

Faith Column: Being a good Christian

We look around our world, listen to the news, or even look within ourselves and our families and see the frailty, imperfection, and flawed nature of mankind. In Bible words, sin abounds. This is easy to see and cannot be argued away. Man’s nature is to think, “Well I’ve done more good than evil, and I’m certainly doing better than the next guy, so God must be ok with me; I’ll take my chances.”

From Pipi's Pasture: It's wet here in the pasture

We’re so thankful for all of the moisture. The rain has greened up the pastures, and a little water is even seeping into the summer pasture ponds. It’s wet—that’s for sure.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Making a sausage stew

This past week, Prather’s Pick, in Wednesday’s Craig Daily Press, reviewed a new cookbook. “Back in the Day Bakery: Made with Love” was written by Cheryl Day and Griffith Day. Besides reading through the cookbook, I checked out my “to try” files, looking for recipes that might appeal to us during this rainy weather. I found one for “Sausage Stew” that has some ingredients that many of us harvest from our gardens in late summer — a great way to use zucchini.

F. Neil Folks — The Wandering Elder: It’s time!

Yes, it’s time to let the outside world know who we are! We’re the West.

Bobbi Peed: Animal carcass concern

I read the article about the dumping of animal carcasses on CR 7, not once but several times to be sure I was understanding the content.

John Pogline: Coal mine confusion

Excuse my ignorance, but it has always been my understanding that our constitution guarantees a fair trial. So explain to me how Colowyo and Trapper Mine got a fair trial from a judge who is self-proclaimed environmentalist and one who stated in many news articles, each before the trial started, that he was going to rule against both mines.

Gilbert Stehle: Thanks YVMC

I would like to say thank you to the staff at Yampa Valley Medical Center for the care they gave me before and during and after my surgery.

Mike Littwin: The death penalty's dying breaths, even in Nebraska

The only thing certain is the uncertainty. And the death penalty — the ultimate penalty — cannot survive without certainty. It's built on it.

Gail Severson: Great column Pearce

Stephanie Pearce’s article in Monday’s CRAIG Daily Press was right on, and I would like to thank her sincerely.

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