Have you taken the time to make an emergency plan for your children?
The silence was deafening as my husband and I drove home from the University of Colorado Anschutz Breast Cancer Clinic in November of 2011. We were in shock and speechless as we contemplated the difficult road ahead of us. I had officially been given a breast cancer diagnosis. Suddenly, we noticed that Martina’s McBride’s song, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” had started playing in the background. The lyrics resonated deeply within both of us as she sang, “She dropped the phone and burst into tears, the doctor just confirmed her fears.”
We couldn’t be happier with our second annual Rubber Ducky Race held on Aug. 27 in Craig. More than 500 rubber ducks bobbed along the Yampa River — that’s 150 more ducks than last year!
We’re both former Colorado Republican Senators, and we’re voting for Emily Tracy for Colorado Senate. Emily is a Democrat, but it’s not about partisanship: it’s about protecting our lands, our rural values, and having someone who actually listens to us in the Senate.
The Local Marketing District’s new board meets twice a month, and recently the city and county have given the board ideas on how to operate. One of the recommendations comes from Moffat County Commissioner Frank Moe, who wants the LMD to hire an economic champion to move our county forward.
I have an admission to make today. Not an admission of wrongdoing specifically, but an admission of the way that I have lived my life to date. That admission is that sometimes, and more often than I care to truly admit, I need to be smacked upside the head with a two-by-four to make me understand what is right in front of my eyes.
So now it’s October. Here at Pipi’s Pasture the leaves on the poplar trees are turning a gorgeous yellow color, and some of them are already falling to the ground when the wind blows.
I can’t believe that we haven’t dug our potatoes or carrots yet, but that’s one of the jobs for the weekend. This month I featured Geraldine Coleman’s recipe for “Scalloped Potatoes Supreme.” I haven’t taken the time to make it yet, but I met up with a reader in downtown Craig a few days ago who did make it. She said the potato dish was delicious. I thought it would be.
The 2016 presidential election is by all accounts one of the most unusual and anxiety-producing events in recent American history. In such an important election, it is essential that each and every vote is accounted for and legally cast. Many voters and election officials have been equally alarmed by news reports claiming voter fraud using the names of deceased persons. While there are cases where votes have been cast in the name of a deceased individual, in most cases the vote was mistakenly cast due to clerical error or misinformation rather than actual voter fraud.
Last week, I mentioned some of the reclamation and cleanup efforts taking place in Southwest Virginia on abandoned mine lands and creeks where coal that contained too much rock was dumped in the early 1900s, when coal mining and power plants across the nation didn’t typically take into account health, safety and the environment.
The way the past is remembered is usually through rose-colored glasses, but as “The Magnificent Seven” shows, even when you’re trying to keep your sights facing forward, you’re bound to trip up by repeatedly glancing over your shoulder.
Last summer, during one of my Sunday morning walks, a power outage undid my husband, Joel. When I arrived home, I found him in the alley, looking beleaguered and whacking a hedge. With waving shears, he beckoned me near and then began a tale of woe: “You won’t believe what happened. When I started to fix my breakfast, the power went out, so no bacon and eggs. Then my coffee was cold, so I thought I’d reheat it. Nope. No microwave. I couldn’t even defrost blueberries to eat with cereal.”
Isn’t it wonderful when you find a book that you just can’t put down? This week’s book is one of them. “Before the Fall” was written by Noah Hawley. He is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and producer, receiving an Emmy, Golden Globe, PEN, Critics Choice and Peabody Award. He was the writer and producer for the television series “Bones.” Currently he is executive producer, writer and showrunner on the “Fargo” series.
In politics, the facts can often get caught up and overlooked amidst hyperbole and campaign slogans. It troubles me when we the voters do not get the whole story.
It seems the presidential campaigns are on everyone’s minds. And while the state and national elections are surely important for Colorado’s and America’s collective future, I’m asking you to focus your attention closer to home.