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From Pipi’s Pasture: Lots to laugh about

One morning this week, as I was doing chores, I got a chuckle from the interaction between Ucky’s calf and a big gray cat. (Ucky, remember, is my old cow.)

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Sasha Nelson: Conservation is a human value

I wrote my first monthly column for the Craig Daily Press in July of 2013 and boldly declared that conservation is conservative. I was wrong. Saving things isn’t partisan; it’s encoded in our human DNA. We are wired with a primitive psychological response that scientists call the “endowment effect.”

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Over a Cup of Coffee: A summer salad and yummy casserole

It’s been hot — 91 degrees according to our thermometer! It might be just the right time for a cool salad, and this column features one with some interesting ingredients. There’s a recipe for a casserole, too, and though you have to heat the oven to bake it, I think the dish might be great for a summer supper. Both of this week’s recipes were contributed by Geraldine Coleman from Craig. Thanks, Geraldine!

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Diane Prather: Are you ready for the fair?

Prepping for county fairs is a fun time of the year, and there are always items needed for any 4-H and FAA participants.

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Edward A. Wilkinson: CPW’s interests

How ironic that the CPW has articles in the paper about leaving young wild animals alone.

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Mike Littwin: Are we a nation in the midst of crisis — or just an election year?

The question after Dallas, after Baton Rouge, after Falcon Heights, is whether we are a nation in the midst of crisis or simply a nation in the midst of a presidential campaign.

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Janet Sheridan: Garage sale skills

In my early 20s, with a job and readily available spending money for the first time since starting college, I succumbed to my mom’s genes, and became a collector, buying inexpensive items that appealed to me.

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Lance Scranton: Fractured lens

The news coming out of Dallas, Texas was shocking but not as shocking as the speed with which comments began to appear in newspapers and social media about the mass shooting. I used to think that our Republic was sprained but in light of the tragic events unfolding this summer — I’m thinking our collective lens is fractured.

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Prather’s Pick: A book about overcoming stress

In her years of ministry, Joyce Meyer has written more than 100 inspirational books with titles such as “Look Great, Feel Great” and “Me and My Big Mouth!” According t the brief biography in this week’s book, she is “one of the world’s leading practical Bible teachers.”

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Thoughtful Parenting Article: Out of the mouths of babes

It’s by feeling safe and accepted that children, at their own speed, can outgrow what may seem to be irrational fears. Our job, as adults in their lives, is to be as accepting and nurturing as possible (and appropriate) and know that child development takes different courses and has different timetables for different children.

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History in Focus: The early schools of Moffat County

The state of public education is a hot-button topic. Schools are viewed as a reflection of our society. Underneath seething criticism is the perception we’ve lost our way, and in an earlier era, our schools, teachers and students were different... and better. Looking into the newspaper archives of early Moffat County a few articles caught my eye that challenges this nostalgic view of the past.

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From Pipi's Pasture: It’s haying season

It has just been a couple of months ago — when we had rainy, cool weather — that ranchers were making predictions about haying season. Some thought that the 2016 haying season would be unusually wet; others predicted that the grasshoppers might be bad. The thing about ranching and farming is that a person never knows. Suddenly, however, haying season is here.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Two delicious cakes

For some reason, I’ve been hungry for cake this week, especially chocolate cake. My family likes chocolate cake with cream poured over the top. I like it just fine without it. Anyway, I took some time to hunt through my files, and I came up with this week’s recipes.

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Baxter Black: 21st century citizen soldiers

The term “citizen soldier” applies to an army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers, like Vietnam War enlistees and draftees that served their two years and were released to go back to their previous life. It also applies to the National Guard. There is another group of citizens that I think deserve a similar recognition. The many thousands of citizens who work for the private contractors in the Mideast fighting the War on Terror. Granted, they get paid more but they receive no medals for bravery, not much recognition for their service, no veteran’s benefits, yet they are indispensable to any victory we might achieve.

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Sue Fegelein: Thanks for fundraising help

What a fantastic night Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA had on June 25 at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center during our Bowl-For-Kids fundraiser! Sponsors and attendees enjoyed free pizza and bowled the night away for a good cause.