Baxter Black: About horses I’ve known

About horses I’ve known… My first was named Maggie. A Standard bred. I was in the third grade. Father gave me an old cavalry saddle, split down the middle, light enough I could lift it. It was so uncomfortable I rode bareback.

Janet Sheridan: Road worries

When I can’t sleep, it’s usually because I’m entertaining mind-boggling concerns: What if I my doctor tells me the bump on my big toe looks cancerous? I tried to call Barbara three times, and her line was busy; someone must have died. I’d like to walk to my meeting tomorrow; but if I do, I might be late; and if I’m late, everyone will look at me, and if they look at me, I’ll be sweaty and red-faced from walking.

Lance Scranton: Pull up to the table

It’s been a good two or three weeks with various government and judicial rulings making life in an energy town a little less worrisome. The mining lawsuits seem to have slowed down but more will be on the way, I’m certain. The sage grouse will not be listed as an endangered species but other regulations may make energy exploration and development fairly laborious and difficult.

Fantasy Sports Fix: Bargains in the bin

Wow, it's almost Week 4 in the NFL. A whole quarter of the season has almost effortlessly come and gone. Three weeks in the books and there have been some sleepers, some surprises and some "Where Did This Guy Come From?" comments. This week, I'm focusing on several guys who have proven to have some value this season and are worth adding if you're looking for help at this point in the fantasy footballs season.

Prather’s Pick: A Danielle Steel novel

This past week I found myself without anything to read so one afternoon, between appointments, I stopped at the library and quickly browsed the new book section. I noticed “Undercover,” a novel written by Danielle Steel, on one of the display racks.

VNA: Thanks for Rubber Ducky Race support

Nearly 350 rubber ducks bobbed along the Yampa River during the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s first Craig Rubber Ducky Race on Sept. 5.

Thoughtful Parenting: Protect children's dental health

DentaQuest and the Colorado Medicaid Dental Program think your child’s oral health is important.

Stephanie Pearce: Days at St. Michael's Community Kitchen

It’s Tuesday morning and I’m hurrying to get my daughter and myself out the door. We quickly walk in the building and can already hear laughing and the hum of conversation. There’s people sitting at tables drinking coffee and in the kitchen there’s a crew of people prepping food. We are welcomed with smiles and our names being called. The small crew gives us hugs and we get right to work.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Results from General 4-H Projects Competition

This week’s column congratulates the 4-H members who exhibited in the General Projects Division at the 2015 Colorado State Fair in August. In order to exhibit at the state level, 4-H members qualified during competition at 4-H Completion Day at the beginning of the Moffat County Fair.

Conservation Colorado: Good news for funky bird with funky dance

Greater sage grouse do not currently need protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This week’s announcement has me wanting to burst with joy. It’s as exciting as a Broncos’ touchdown.

Our View: Craig and Moffat County should help finance YVDP

This week, Yampa Valley Data Partners asked Moffat County Commissioners and Craig City Council for funding in an effort to stay afloat.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Scorch’ a trial of a sequel to watch

The heat is always on to create the next big thing in young adult action films. Unfortunately, in the case of ”Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” that thermal overload proves too much pressure. Out of the frying pan, as they say…

Mike Littwin: Scott Walker couldn’t keep up with the bigots

Was Scott Walker not crazy enough to compete in the GOP primary?

Lance Scranton: Pondering the refugee crisis

It’s difficult to look around the world and not think that it is changing radically. There are very real issues of human suffering and border security not just in the United States but also in Europe where countries are being literally overwhelmed by political and economic refugees. Most are escaping ISIS and the tsunami of radicalization that is taking place in the Middle East, Syria and Northern Africa.

Prather’s Pick: A novel with a theme

I think there’s a theme in this week’s novel for adults, and although I haven’t been able to put it in words yet, I think there’s a message about birds and flight.