Lois Stoffle: Cooking class fun

I recently signed up to take a “Cooking Class.” I’ve been married almost 55 years, have cooked literally thousand of meals for family and friends, but found it difficult to cook for one! And so, when the Senior Social Center was offering a “Cooking Class for One or Two,” I thought I’d give it a try.

Kathy Bockelman: Thank you for support

Advocates-Crisis Support Services (ACSS) would like to say “thank you” to all of the organizations and businesses that supported our Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence event held on Oct. 22. The event was a great success which brought awareness to many in our community of the signs to recognize, the ways to prevent and the steps you can take to stop domestic violence. Everyone who attended the event had a very positive response.

Vicki Barron: Hospice volunteers are special souls

If you know a hospice volunteer, you know they are exceptionally caring, compassionate and dedicated people. Hospice volunteers often have experienced the death of a loved one, or other kind of life-changing loss; they know how much the support of someone who understands means in a time of crisis.

Health insurance open enrollment FAQs

Take advantage of help enrolling in health insurance

If the thought of finding health insurance makes your blood pressure rise, it's understandable. The process can be confusing and complex. The insurance marketplace, where many people will need to get their health insurance for 2016, is not open long; you need to enroll by Dec. 15 to be covered at the beginning of New Year. The following are answers to frequent questions about open enrollment. The most important thing to know is that free, in person assistance is available locally to help you find the right plan.

Rep. Bob Rankin’s Under the Dome: State spending and cuts

Summer was way too short. Joyce and I go back to Denver this week and start activity that will be nonstop through next May. But we’re not complaining. It’s an honor to represent Northwest Colorado in the legislature and we look forward to what’s coming.

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The Bock’s Office: Good grief — ‘Peanuts’ revamp is great!

At this point, we’re not unfamiliar with a world where a doghouse doubles as a Sopwith Camel, all adults sound like a trombone solo and no one questions why a child is almost completely bald. Still, a return to one of the most beloved series of the last 60 years feels like visiting old friends and finding a new reason to love them in “The Peanuts Movie.”

Mike Littwin: Republican candidates on immigration show party rifts

When the GOP debate was finally over and the Fox Business Network softballs were all put away, the last thing I expected to be thinking of was something that Jeb Bush had said.

Janet Sheridan: The pursuit of perfection

I used to read Shel Silverstein’s poetry to my students because it made them giggle. One of his poems described the persnickety Mary Hume who spent her life finding unforgiveable flaws in her birthday parties, boyfriends and pupils.

Lance Scranton: In their debt

It’s a debt we can never repay. We have history to look back on but recent times offer up scarce examples of a loss of freedom in our country. Sure, it’s election season, and I could rant and rave about any particular group whose political bent either confuses or defames my traditional sensibilities. But, regardless of my particular identification as an elephant or a donkey — it’s because of our veterans that I get to choose.

History in Focus: The first Craig man to die in WWII

The life of John Levkulich was a series of “firsts.” He was the first-born American son of Czech immigrants. This immigrant son was the first of his family to return to Europe and the first man from Moffat County to die during World War II.

Ray Beck: Land of the free and Home of the brave

On Aug. 30, 2004 I received a letter from P.X. Kelly General, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret) and Chairman of the American Battle Monuments Commission. In that letter it stated that on May 29, 2004 the National World War II Memorial was finally dedicated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This Memorial was a gift to the nation and has become a permanent part of the National Park System, administered and operated by the National Park Service.

Duane Koukol: A poem called ‘White Cross Stones’

A poem honoring veterans.

Verleen Tucker: Still searching for MIA veteran

Norman never made it to shore. He has been listed as MIA ever since. A white military headstone commemorates his life in the Craig Cemetery.

Prather’s Pick: Remembering our veterans

Each year on Veterans Day, people of all ages pause to remember and honor the veterans who have kept our country free. This week’s featured book for kids (and adults, too) reminds readers of how many sacrifices veterans make so that we can enjoy our freedoms. Author Margot Theis Raven is the author of “America’s White Table,” a beautifully written picture book based on the tradition of the “white table.” The book was illustrated by Mike Benny and is published by Sleeping Bear Press (2005).

Stephanie Pearce: Printed pictures and stories told

I sit in my room, on my bed with a box of old pictures. Pictures of the black and white variety. Some are very delicate and flakey on the edges. Some are fading their color — the evidence of how years wear on us all. The oldest were made with sepia coloring that seems to be more durable and less resistant to aging. I look into the history of the times and wonder what their smiles would have looked like because most contained none.