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Mike Albee: Oil companies: Fix road

I live on Moffat County Road 30 (Round Bottom Road). The county road department applied magnesium chloride to the road sometime in late June or early July. Since that time, a new oil or gas well was drilled somewhere up the road.

Ray Beck: Aerospace event success

The Colorado aerospace road trip to Northwest Colorado was a very successful three-day event. The Colorado Space Business Roundtable was supported by the Colorado Space Coalition, the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Colorado Competitive Council, Lockheed Martin, University of Colorado Boulder, CDOT’s Division of Aeronautics and CLUB 20.

Prather’s Pick: ‘What the Moon Said’ is an intriguing book for youth

Esther, the almost-10-year-old leading character in this week’s featured book, wants to be accepted by her mother. Ma, a superstitious woman, seems to push Esther away when the girl wants a hug, even though she hugs the other siblings in the family. So Esther vows to do whatever it takes to get her mother’s approval.

Mary Jo Brown: Memories of my childhood home

When I was growing up, the kitchen was where the family and sometimes friends usually got together. It seemed that the rest of the house had limited space for gathering. Later, when we moved to bigger houses, the kitchen was still where we gathered, because it seemed like the living rooms were needed for other things — sometimes even used as a bedroom.

Stephanie Pearce: My perspective on the birth control debate

I have been doing a lot of thinking about the Colorado U.S. Senate race between Mark Udall and Cory Gardner. I actually have been getting extremely angry about it, to be honest. To me, the issues they are running on don’t even compare. I am a woman in Colorado who owns a ranch and works at a coal mine and somehow my livelihood seems more important than making sure my employer helps me to not make a life.

Over a Cup: Ideas for using leftover ham

It’s so hot that I ought to be featuring recipes for cold things — maybe smoothies or cold fruit drinks. (Does anybody have any recipes for cold drinks?) However, recently I have been trying to figure out how to fix quick, nutritious meals that fit into my busy schedule. So this week, I looked in my files for recipes that I’ve never tried for using leftover ham. That way I can fix a ham and use it for several meals.

Baxter Black: Stupid is as stupid does

In the movie Forrest Gump, the hero is a nice man with a low IQ, whose simplistic reasoning usually made sense. His response to anyone who called him stupid was to say, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

From Pipi’s Pasture: Dealing with an injured finger

I think that we sometimes tend to take our body parts for granted. Take our opposable thumbs, for example. Have you ever tried to do something without using your thumb — like writing, for example, or grasping a glass of water? There are so many ways that we use these wonderful thumbs!

Neil Boren and family: Thank you for support

Thank you for joining us on July 5, in celebrating the life, love, laughter and joy of Julie Boren, our beloved wife, mother, sister and friend. Perhaps you sent a lovely card or sat quietly in a chair. Perhaps you sent those beautiful flowers which we saw sitting there. Perhaps you spoke the kindest words as any friend could say. Perhaps you were not there at all, just thought of us that day. Whatever you did to console our hearts, we thank you so much for whatever part.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Sex Tape’ arouses little interest

Three hours, one minute and 42 seconds sounds lengthy enough for a feature film. When you consider this is the span of the piece of the accidental amateur skin flick causing all the problems in the comedy “Sex Tape,” it seems downright infinite. And while the movie itself is only half this duration, it somehow seems even longer.

Janet Sheridan: Calendars of memories

A week ago, when I planned to wash the windows or sit in the shade feeling guilty because I wasn’t doing so, for some nonsensical reason I decided to reorganize my filing cabinet instead. I flew into action, sorting and discarding with determination, until I came across a stack of old calendars.

Mike Littwin: Ted Cruz's humanitarian crisis

Ted Cruz nearly had me. I went to see the Texas senator at the Western Conservative Summit because I have a soft spot for troublemakers, particularly smart ones, and Cruz is definitely both. He's the guy hardly anyone likes who is considering running for president. No one has pulled that off since Nixon, and we know how that turned out. Sure I had to see him.

Jason Steed: Lack of transparency

This letter serves as yet another letter about the issue with the high school football team. I will not begin to assume facts, as I do not have them, nor does most of the general public. What I would like to address is a lack of transparency from the Moffat County School District, more specifically the high school. I and many others would like to know why it is the football coaches were relieved from their coaching positions when it was the students who allegedly committed the hazing.

The Wellman family: Thanks for thoughts

The family of Lucille A. Wellman would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during Lucille’s passing. She loved this community and her many wonderful friends! There are too many to name here, but please know that each kind thought, gentle gesture and fond memory was greatly appreciated. It is a comfort to know others miss Lucille as much as we do.



Lawrence L. Sober: Hazing incident shameful

It is unfortunate that our community and high school has lost these football coaches. The fact is that in every incident the supervisors are responsible first and foremost. Any situation like this has to be supervised closely to see that things like this never happen again. Someone that was in a supervisory position should have known what was going on during this football camp.

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