Janet Sheridan: Forgive me

If you saw me working in my yard in June, I apologize; I hope you had your children close their eyes as you drove by — no need for nightmares about crazed old ladies in pajamas wielding garden clippers and mumbling.

Rep. Bob Rankin’s Under the Dome: State government — why I care

I’ve become more fascinated by the Colorado State Government every month of the two years I’ve served as a state representative.

Prather's Pick: A lot to be learned from ‘How to Babysit a Grandma’

Most busy parents leave their children with Grandpa and Grandma at one time or another so that the grandparents can “babysit” their grandchildren. However, the children might look at babysitting the other way around. “How to Babysit a Grandma,” by Jean Reagan and illustrated by Lee Wildish, was brought to my attention by my sister, Darlene Blackford, who lives in Rocky Ford. Darlene conducts workshops for early childhood teachers so she’s always looking for children’s books that she can use.

Stephanie Pearce: Benefits of motherhood are priceless

Besides my husband, my kids are my everything. When I was little, I always wanted to be a mom. When my friends and I would play house, I always insisted on being the mom.

Senior Spotlight: Savoring the taste of memories

I was rummaging around in my closet looking for a way to make more room; space was not, as far as I could tell, available, and I needed to put some things away. As I looked through varies totes, boxes and such, I came across some recipe pages that I had taken out of magazines I was getting rid of sometime ago.

Ed Wilkinson: Veteran identification cards are easy, secure

The Department of Veterans Affairs has new and more secure Veteran Health Identification cards, according to the department. The cards have a different look along with new security features.

Baxter Black: The way a cowboy feels

A poem from Baxter Black.

Museum of Northwest Colorado: Fireworks and children’s faces

The spectacular firework shows of Craig have been around for numerous years. Nothing says Fourth of July like the reflected glow and awe in a little child’s face as they watch the colors magically appear then fade away into the black summer night sky.

Over a Cup: Time for 2 recipes we haven’t had in awhile

It’s been awhile since I’ve made “Spanish Rice.” We enjoy it as a side dish with some kind of meat. This recipe is a good one for using leftover rice. It’s also been awhile since I’ve made “Tamale Pie.” In fact, I think that I’ll need to buy some cornmeal before I make the recipe again.

Benjie Robinson: A letter sent to council

As a concerned citizen of Craig, I am asking that ordinance No. 1030 be repealed. Although I believe the council passed this ordinance with the intent of protecting the city, in my opinion, it is quite damaging. I know the council wanted to wait and see how other towns and cities would be handling recreational marijuana and that probably was a wise move. Now the state is at the point where evidence has proven that a smart approach to the recreational marijuana industry is working.

From Pipi’s Pasture: A special parade

Last week while I was wracking my brain, trying to bring back some memories of childhood Fourth of July celebrations, I remembered a recent Fourth of July parade that we attended with our son Jody and family. This story didn’t happen in Moffat County; in fact it took place in Utah, but it’s involves hard work and dedication, and it’s a heartwarming story, too.

Mike Littwin: Gardner in Hobby Lobby land

There seems to be some disagreement about how the Hobby Lobby ruling will play out politically on the national stage. But there's no question here in Colorado.

Carolyn Casinger: Thank you

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank some of the individuals and businesses in Craig for their generous help and donations.

Karl Koehler: Get facts straight

Todd Tanner’s recent “Climate in the crosshairs” column was so packed with misinformation that it’s hard to decide where to begin to respond. I’ll start by agreeing that the debate about catastrophic climate change is dying.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Earth to Echo’ a spacey, scattered kids movie

It’s exciting to think that a species from light years away would come all the way to our planet to touch our lives. When the result is a movie like “Earth to Echo,” that thrill is considerably lessened.