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VNA: Spit it out for good

Being free to enjoy life without the urge to dip is a good reason to quit chew. It’s also nice to smile for the camera without being self-conscious about stained teeth, mouth sores and receding gums. Perhaps even more persuasive are the cancers – oral, esophageal, stomach and pancreatic – that can occur from continually using smokeless tobacco.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Making the pudding salad

Two weeks ago this column featured a recipe for “Pudding Fruit Salad.” Last week’s column addressed some concerns that Evelyn Tileston of Craig had about mixing up the pudding. Since the recipe calls for heating the fruit juice in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes, Evelyn was concerned that the liquid would be so hot that the instant pudding would clump. I thought she had a good point.

From Pipi's Pasture: Valentine's Day at Morapos School

Here at Pipi’s Pasture it doesn’t look anything like the Valentine’s Day I remember when I was growing up on the ranch. There was a lot of snow on Feb. 14, and it was cold. But, I don’t think my siblings and I cared about the weather — if we didn’t have to worry about going to Craig to get our valentine supplies, that is — because we had plenty of holiday-related activities to keep us busy.

Larry and Sharon Pletcher: Thanks to local business

We find huge benefits dealing with our local businesses and here is an example just this week.

Nick Rubley: Draining Elkhead

I would like to commend and thank the CPW for opening up to the public. I hope they listened to some of the logic I heard in the room. I also would like to thank the Craig Daily Press for the article the very next day.

Mike Littwin: Alabama, keep your head

OK, no one can be surprised that it's Alabama. Wasn't it always Alabama? And no one can be surprised that it's Justice Roy Moore playing the role of George Wallace — or, actually, just playing the role of Justice Roy Moore, the Ten Commandments judge himself.

Family of Doug Grinolds: Our deepest thanks

We want to give a sincere thank you to all of our friends, relatives and the community for the outpour of sympathy after the passing of Doug.

Lance Scranton: Do you trust us?

Thursday evening at Moffat County High School, you are invited to speak and hear thoughts concerning the future prospects for our school district. As a parent, I am deeply concerned about our school district. As a teacher, I have personally experienced depleted resources over the past 16 years and as a taxpayer, I want assurances that monies raised to supplement our school district will be used wisely.

Prather's Pick: Who is stealing the books?

All of the animal characters in this week’s picture book like to read. At night they have a routine. Everybody settles down with a book, and the parents read to their children. “The Snatchabook” was written by Helen Docherty and illustrated by Thomas Docherty, a husband and wife team. The couple lives in Wales.

Senior Spotlight: The meaning of Presidents Day

The new month arrived in true February style with a little snow, sunshine and some wind thrown in.

Stephanie Pearce: Sign up for 4-H, deadline Feb.26

Have you ever watched a caterpillar turn into a butterfly? I remember doing this in the third grade. We had caterpillars who built their cocoons to make a wonderful transformation to become something so beautiful. When the time was right, they struggled free and waited while their wings were pumped full of blood sot that they could begin working. Within three or four hours, they mastered flying.

CASA Column: Have you ever suspected child abuse?

Many of us are unsure whether a child is being abused. Abuse is not always apparent. Often we do not know what to do if we suspect abuse and fear the results if we report to the authorities. This article is intended to provide possible warning signs of child abuse and explain what to do if you suspect abuse.

Evelyn Tileston: About MMR vaccines

These days there is a lot of controversy about the measles mumps rubella vaccine for children. Some parents think it causes autism so they choose not to vaccinate their children.

Baxter Black: A poem for good friends

I can’t remember his number. I don’t call him often enough. His birthday always escapes me ‘cause I don’t keep up with that stuff.

From Pipi's Pasture: A prize-winning paint named Buster

This week’s “From Pipi’s Pasture” honors a horse. This past November, for the second year in a row, he won the “All-Around” title at the World Paint Horse Show, an annual event held in Fort Worth, Texas.