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John Kinkaid: EPA has gone from 'good guys' to enemy of average Americans

Here in northwest Colorado we feel like we’re at the epicenter of federal policy actions with regard to land and the environment. When you think of the war on coal, we are the bullseye. The irony is that we are the true stewards of the air, water and land. On a sunny day the sky is deep blue and we love it.

Baxter Black: The emperor’s new clothes

The Emperor’s New Clothes is a fairy tale wherein two swindlers convinced the vain emperor they could weave the most elegant clothes so uncommonly fine, only those with the highest refinement, good taste and intelligence would be able to see them.

Thinking About Health: Patients want drugs now — But at what risk?

As new drugs and medical devices are developed, it’s understandable that the public, always in love with new technologies, want to use them. They also want them to be safe, and most people think they are. It comes down to a balancing act that will soon be tested in Washington.

From Pipi's Pasture: Next year...

The 2015 Moffat County Fair ended last weekend. However, even before one year’s county fair is over, exhibitors and fair attendees start thinking about the next one. So the “drawing plans” are already being made for Moffat County Fair 2016. That goes double for the people at the Extension Office, the fair board members, and others who are instrumental in planning the fair.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Making sauerkraut, Part II

Last week’s column featured Part I of the “Glass-Jar Sauerkraut” recipe, which ended with Step 5, in which the jars were filled. You will need to put last week’s recipe “card” with this one to have the complete directions.

Mike Littwin: Let Colorado’s death penalty conversation begin

James Holmes’ sentence of life in prison without parole should bring new energy into Colorado’s capital punishment debate. What should have been obvious to everyone from the start of the Aurora theater trial was that no good ending was possible.

Our View: Local firefighters, law officials deserve praise

Tuesday’s wildland fire on the east side of Craig moved at rapid speeds, threatening three homes and burning roughly 90 acres. If it weren’t for Craig/Fire Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Land Management and pilot Blaine Tucker, three families would be displaced.

Rep. Bob Rankin’s Under the Dome: On the road again

I use part of the summer learning about how our tax dollars are spent. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Damian Lebya, a project manager who works for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) at his daughter’s graduation party at Rifle High School.

P.E.O. Chapter AJ: Thank you

We wish to thank the following people for helping make our first Garden Walk and Luncheon a success:

Gene Adamek: Party ideals defined

It’s been said that a person who dies from a gunshot never hears the sound of the bullet that kills them.

Lance Scranton: Craig needs a two-way street!

It’s time for Craig to take some bold steps if we want to revitalize the prospects of our local businesses and attract people to our self-described “historic” downtown. Living here for almost 18 years, I have always been somewhat flummoxed by our system of one-way streets that gets people through Craig as efficiently and quickly as possible. Most towns that want to draw you to their local businesses, services and attractions make certain that guests who might be passing through will, at minimum, be exposed to what downtown businesses and our cultural centers have to offer.

Prather’s Pick: Writing a story together

This week’s picture book is intended for ages 4 and up, and it’s one of the cutest books that I’ve seen in sometime. “By Mouse & Frog” is the story of two very different characters — one mammal and the other an amphibian — who write a story together.

Stephanie Pearce: The horse named Shot O’ Whiskey

We have a horse named Shot O’ Whiskey — we call him Whiskey for short, which is a little playful. He is very curious and not fearful of much. He’s only three now, so he can be pretty immature. He comes to me and will let me pet him if I stroke his ego with telling him how handsome he is. For the most part, he doesn’t like a lot of people except for my daughter and my husband. He is pretty social with them and our dogs.

Thoughtful Parenting: Advice for entering middle school

Kids grow up fast, and every child, parent and family is different. Just being there for your child to listen during these transitional times is the most important thing you can do.

Our View: Community comments are vital in Colowyo case

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is in a very important comment period, and it’s vital for the Moffat County community to submit comments in order to keep Colowyo Mine open.