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Fantasy Sports Fix: Surprises good and bad coming this season

When you draft a player, you're hoping he lives up to his pre-draft hype. You're hoping last year was a fluke and the player is actually better than what he has shown. Sometimes you hope too much and put too much stock in these players.

Lance Scranton: Playing the Trump card

No, I don’t support Donald Trump for President. I don’t stand by all of his comments about immigration. I don’t think building a physical wall is necessarily the best solution to secure our southern border.

Stephanie Pearce: Haying season — summertime splendor

Sitting in the driver seat of a tractor, warm wind blowing while the seat is bouncing up and down; that’s a great place for a young person in the middle of summer. I was 9 or 10 the first time I was allowed to run the tractor by myself, raking behind my dad, who was cutting hay in a tractor in front of me. I didn’t have a big tractor with a cab and air conditioning. No, I had no cab and it definitely wasn’t the newest tractor to choose from. It was a 1956 Massey Ferguson 35. I didn’t really even care that it was smaller or had no amenities. I was so excited to get to run this by myself that it really didn’t matter. I felt important; I was contributing.

Baxter Black: No respect for Baxter

A good friend from the Texas panhandle sent me a printed poster of a new program enacted by the Amarillo Humane Society. It is designed to encourage dog and cat owners to spay or castrate their pets.

From Pipi’s Pasture: The deer and the marigolds

When I was a kid growing up on the ranch, our family occasionally went on a day-long fishing trip up on the White River, some miles from Meeker. We always left the camping area early enough so that we could see the deer coming into the meadow of one of the ranches on the way home. It wasn’t that we didn’t have any deer on our Morapos ranch, but they weren’t as plentiful as they are today.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Mary’s rhubarb recipe

This week’s “Over a Cup of Coffee” holds a treat for readers. Mary Burnett, of Craig, a frequent contributor of recipes for this column, sent me two recipes a few days ago.

Mike Littwin: DougCo’s dodgy voucher plan boosts religious recruitment, not public education

Religious schools throughout Douglas County might be unhappy with the state Supreme Court ruling knocking down the dodgy DougCo voucher plan. But, the national voucher-movement people who are pushing the lawsuit must be thrilled with the ruling against them. The way for them to win is by losing, at least in this round. Winning in Colorado would be small stakes. Winning at the U.S. Supreme Court level, which is where this case may be headed, could be transformational.

Sen. Michael Bennet: Collaboration is common sense in Colorado

Last month, Sen. Cory Gardner and I teamed up for our inaugural Colorado Wheat Tour on Colorado’s Eastern Plains — a place Senator Gardner calls home. The tour was sponsored by the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers, and Senator Gardner’s hospitality gave us a great opportunity to meet with rural Coloradans. From the Country Steak-out in Fort Morgan to the Colorado Highland Wind Project in Fleming and the Anderson wheat farm in Haxtun, we had the chance to discuss a number of issues important to rural communities, including the Farm Bill, trade, and economic development. While we didn’t agree on every issue, the common theme we heard at each stop was how refreshing it is to see a Democrat and a Republican working together. The tour proved what people in Colorado already know, there is plenty of common ground for both parties to get things done.

Neton’s Then and Now: Welcome to Moffat County history

As a social studies teacher at MCHS, the invariable question that always arises from students is, “Why do we have to learn this stuff? It doesn’t mean anything to my life.” Even though social studies teachers groan at this question, it is one we must try to answer for students each and every day. Some days we are successful. Some days we are not.

Parker King: Let Craig grow

Craig won’t beat Steamboat. 
As a life-time resident and Moffat County Alumni, it is disappointing to see how Craig is losing our small-town vibe.

Carol Balleck: Pull New Belgium

I read the letter in the paper June 13 (sorry a little behind) regarding the liquor stores and bars for boycotting The New Belgium and Breckenridge Beer Co. and how ashamed she was of them. I am proud of all the bar and liquor stores for standing up for the mine and their workers.

John Ponikvar: TMH is amazing

This past week I unfortunately, no, fortunately had the opportunity to spend time with the staff and even administrators at The Memorial Hospital. While I was there I was amazed at the professionalism, capabilities, and abilities this facility brings to the community.

Allan Reishus, MD: TransWest line bad idea

At a time when everyone is trying to work together to create a plan that will protect sage grouse habitat, we have a large and very invasive project proposed, the TransWest power line through the heart of sage grouse habitat. That just doesn’t make sense.

Wes McStay: Sage grouse series great

Thank you for giving reporter Lauren Blair the time and resources to write the series of articles about the greater sage grouse. The story was fair, accurate, educational and respectful of all interests. The balanced reporting is a real asset to this community.

Lance Scranton: It might get hotter!

What a week! Obviously the Supreme Court knows how to give us all some talking points over the July 4th weekend. Skipping the obvious disagreements that people have regarding the (mostly) 5-4 decisions, we have become a nation whose identity has become sharply divided along lines of personal choice and beliefs. If our country reflects the Supreme Court (and it seems to), hot weather locally will be the least of our high-temperature discomfort. We did get a mild reprieve in the EPA decision, which instructs the agency to consider the cost of their decisions on the public they serve.