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Baxter Black: Neat and tidy calving

This is the time of year when cow people don’t get much sleep. If you boiled “raisin’ cattle” down to its bare bones, the whole business revolves around gettin’ a live calf on the ground.

From Pipi's Pasture: It’s almost calving season

It’s still winter, but some ranchers are already getting ready for calving season — some may already be into the season. Here at Pipi’s Pasture, we will start calving about the first week of March. Hopefully the weather will improve.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Making chicken noodle soup

Chicken noodle soup has been the menu at our house this week — and at my brother, Duane Osborn’s house, too. I remember when our mother made chicken and noodles when we were kids. Actually, I mostly remember the noodles. Mom made them, using egg yolks and flour and some other ingredients, rolled out the dough on a floured board and left it there to dry. As the dough dried, it drooped, and she watched it carefully so it wouldn’t fall on the floor. I can still see her cutting the dough into noodles. They were thick and delicious.

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Patti Mosbey: Rest in peace to a legend

Long before the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 wild horses roamed throughout western Colorado. Old timers can recall the wild horses ranging from the Utah border and far into Moffat County. During those years the wild horses were often chased and rounded up to be broke and used for ranch horses, rodeo events and other activities. With the signing of that declaration the wild horses in Northwest Colorado were assigned the Sand Wash Basin as their range.

Cal Thomas: No Trump!

When the publisher of National Review Magazine, Jack Fowler, called and asked me to write 300 words on why I oppose Donald Trump for president of the United States, my first thought was about the derision that was sure to come from Trump supporters.

Mike Littwin: John Elway’s storied promise to Peyton Manning

Because this is sports, and in sports — unlike life — anything is possible, John Elway probably believed what he said when he was recruiting Peyton Manning to come play for the Broncos.

Prather’s Pick: A superb novel by Mitch Albom

“The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” was written by Mitch Albom, author of “Tuesdays with Morrie.” It’s a new (2015) book, and it’s superb!

Lance Scranton: School board decisions and our future

Last Wednesday evening, a special meeting of the newly-elected school board was convened to present the findings of a review of the superintendent’s performance. It was apparent, based on scores, that the board has issues with leadership and this week will make determinations, which will affect the future of our district after first hearing public comment Thursday evening.

Thoughtful Parenting: Resource for Routt County families with children

As a parent or caregiver, it can be challenging to find or know about all of the resources available for your child.

Baxter Black: Gerald Two Bears and Billy Strike

A poem from Baxter Black.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Making coconut chutney

This week I was delighted to hear from Heidi Balaraman who lives in Colorado Springs. Heidi used to live in Craig and went to school here. She has contributed several Indian recipes to “Over a Cup of Coffee” in past years, including “Malaysian Tomato Chicken” and “South Indian Fish Curry.”

From Pipi’s Pasture: A great day

I don’t know about you, but most of my days are pretty positive, with a few glitches here and there. And then, once in awhile there is a day when everything goes unbelievably well — all day long. It seems as if a day like this is almost effortless — a great day.

Luke Schafer: This land is your land, this land is my land

As the absurd media circus around the illegal armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge moves into its third week, it has become clear that Ammon Bundy and company have been treated with a level of deference and timidity that is rather shocking and disgusting. One would think that publicly threatening federal officials and openly advocating for overthrowing the federal government would be met with a harsh and swift response from law enforcement.

Allen Hischke: Remove snow from roof

We have had quite a bit of snow this winter so far. More than we have had here in recent years.

Barry Barnes: Thank you, rangers

To the editor: Thank you to rangers from Colorado State Parks and Wildlife for giving up their time to put on the avalanche class Jan. 16. Your knowledge and expertise cannot be measured when it comes to saving lives. We look forward to working with all of you in the future.