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Our View: Support community at Tri-State forum

The business decision made by Tri-State Generation and Transmission to shut down Unit 1 at Craig Station by 2025 makes it incredibly important for the community to rally behind not only Tri-State, but also diversifying our economy.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Geraldine’s zucchini recipes

One of the perks from writing this column is hearing from readers — by both phone and mail. For example, recently I received a card from former Craig resident Robbie Estus whose 8-year-old granddaughter Nina made the “Cake Mix Cookies” from a recipe that appeared in the July 30 column.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Skunks and a rattlesnake

I remember a summer of about two years ago when there were lots and lots of butterflies of every shape and size flying around Pipi’s Pasture. In fact, the insects were all around the county. We saw them at summer pasture when we went up to check the cows. They flew onto the car’s windshield as we drove along the highway. They were pretty, and they didn’t do any harm. There were just a lot of them all of a sudden — probably caused by some phenomenon of nature.

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Janet Sheridan: Things to love about Craig

I’m happy in Craig. I enjoy its scenic surroundings, distinctive seasons and slow pace. This summer, a thickheaded relative reminded me of additional attractions our town possesses.

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Sen. Randy Baumgardner: Hickenlooper’s executive orders could kill coal jobs

Gov. John Hickenlooper reportedly is contemplating executive orders that could cost thousands of Coloradans their jobs, and drive future energy bills through the roof, all without the approval of the people or their representatives in the statehouse. Hickenlooper likes to highlight job creation as a pillar of his “legacy.” Yet he mysteriously has no guilty conscious about pushing hard working coal miners and coal fired electric power generation employees as well as their families into the streets.

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Danielle Elkins: Leaving one coal community for another

Moving to a new place always has its ups and downs — whether one is moving across town or, in my case, moving more than halfway across the United States.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘War Dogs’ proves to be a misfire

We all have our own interpretation of The American Dream, as do the characters of “War Dogs.” Still, there has to be a happy medium between hocking bed sheets and driving a truck of guns through something called the Triangle of Death.

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Lance Scranton: Trump’s rocky road

Yes, I’ll admit it... I’m on the Trump Train and coming clean about the fact that I’m voting for the most unlikely of candidates is a little like betting on the Italian Stallion when he went up against Apollo Creed in “Rocky II.” Yeah, I know, that was a long time ago but this presidential race is gearing up to be a pugilistic panorama of epic proportions as we head into the final two months.

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Prather's Pick: A story told from photos

This week’s book is the first in a series of three. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” was written by Ransom Riggs in 2011. The novel was written for the young adult reader; however, adults will also find it fascinating. The book will be made into a movie. The book is unusual because it is a “found” novel; that is, the fictitious story was found in some old photographs. Some of them were rather strange, even bizarre. It happened like this.

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Michelle Balleck: Channeling fear into momentum

I had a nice little column written about the history of Labor Day and the importance of honoring the American worker. But then I learned, as we all did, of the news that Tri-State Generation & Transmission plans to retire Unit 1 at Craig Station power plant by the end of 2025.

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Dr. Wayne Davis: Slithery, slimy snakes

Snakes. They’re emotionally controversial critters. Some see them as interesting or fun and even beautiful, but I know some people who, as soon as they know there is s snake in the vicinity, (no matter what kind) get a crazed look in their eyes and start grabbing for shovels, rakes, guns, or I'm convinced if they had them, their nuclear arsenal.

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Our View: Should the Luttrell Barn be saved?

Although it’s sad to see the destruction of a landmark, we feel the decay of the Luttrell Barn makes it a huge risk to save.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Riding the bus

Now that school has started, I notice the school bus as it passes by Pipi’s Pasture each morning and afternoon while I’m at the corral doing chores. The sight of the bus brings back memories of the days I rode a school bus to Craig to attend high school.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Making baked beef and cabbage — again

I try to check the ingredients and directions for all of my column’s recipes, but once in a while I goof up. That’s what happened sometime in the winter. I didn’t catch the error; nobody said anything (you’re all too kind). Then last week, Robert Meckley, of Craig, called me about “Baked Beef and Cabbage.” He said that I had written in the column that it was snowing so it was awhile ago. He had made the recipe before (successfully), but he was curious about what he was supposed to have done with the other half of the shredded cabbage after he put half in the bottom of the casserole dish.

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Clerk’s Corner: Don’t suffer from voter fatigue

If you’re like me, you have surely been overwhelmed by this year’s presidential campaign ads, and various candidate solicitations via email, mail and even telephone. The stress of choosing a candidate is enough to bring us to tears!