Lance Scranton: It’s the demographics!

I’ve been following demographics around the world and especially in our country as a pastime for many years. It wasn’t until the lack of students in our schools began negatively impacting our operating budget that I really began to pay attention.

Ron Schaeffer: Fun Halloween times

Now that was fun! And that’s why I wait all year for Halloween activities in downtown Craig. Thanks to those who gave up family time to make this event happen.

Stephanie Pearce: You thought no one was looking

Hey you. Aren’t you a manager? I was one of your customers and I saw you. I saw you with that young girl you’re supposed to be an example to and someone she’s supposed to learn from. I saw her doing a great job and picking up what you were teaching her quickly. I would have thought you would have been happy with her. She really was doing a great job.

VNA: Weigh in on health needs in Moffat, Routt counties

It’s a rare day that we don’t think about our health, our family’s health or the wellbeing of others around us. Maybe you worry about diabetes, cancer or mental health or are concerned about how the economy, housing and other factors are influencing wellness in our communities. Residents of Moffat and Routt counties are encouraged to weigh in on these important issues by taking part in a Community Health Needs Assessment. The project seeks to answer an important and complicated question: What do our communities need to be healthier?

VNA: Program helps women pay for mammograms

You’ve heard it, and you probably know it. Mammograms save lives. But what if you don’t have insurance – or enough insurance – to pay for breast screenings? The Women’s Wellness Connection helps ensure women who are 40 and older receive regular breast cancer screenings to catch any signs of the disease early, when chances of survival are highest. The program, offered through the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Moffat and Routt counties, also provides free cervical cancer screenings — Pap tests — to qualified women.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Pumpkin Bars

Each year, around this time, I bake “Pumpkin Bars” that are moist and delicious. This week’s recipe, from my “to try” file, is similar. Both recipes direct using a 15x10-inch pan, but I usually use a 13x9-inch pan and then baking the bars longer if they don’t test done after 30 minutes.

From Pipi’s Pasture: The topsy-turvy kittens grow up

This week’s column continues with the story about the topsy-turvy kittens that were born here at Pipi’s Pasture a few years ago. One out of the five kittens was normal; the other four had some type of nervous disorder, apparently some type of genetic or birth defect, that caused them to stagger and topple over when they walked — thus the name “topsy-turvy.”

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Patti Mosbey: Sand Wash — a passion for wild ones

During our days as wild horse advocates, we chose to showcase the wild horses and promote adoptions. Through an annual Colorado Wild Horse event and the Tri-State Wild Horse event we encouraged others to adopt, train and benefit from good animals with strong stamina and close bonding to their owners and trainers.

Our View: Closing streets for Halloween is a great idea

Halloween brings costumes, candy and camaraderie to downtown Craig each year, and today has an extra kick of excitement and safety that we haven’t seen in years past.

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The Bock’s Office: Halloween movies to scare and surprise

There’s a vast library of scary movies, be they genuinely terrifying or laughably bad, reaching back for decades. You needn’t look too far back in the annals of Redbox or Netflix to find horror flicks released this year like “Insidious: Chapter 3” or the remake of “Poltergeist.” Still, you can’t beat a true theatrical experience when it comes to this genre, and it’s worth the price of admission if you find something suitable for your tastes among these films still in the cineplex.

Mike Littwin: Poor Jeb

Jeb Bush didn’t fare well at the Boulder GOP debate. Does that mean it’s farewell?

Janet Sheridan: An endangered concept

Courtesy lies on its deathbed, fading away unnoticed: no letters filled with love and gratitude, no phone calls expressing concern and caring, no bedside visitors with mournful eyes and soothing hands. The windowsills of Courtesy’s hushed chamber display no get-well cards or flowers, and no one has carried a casserole to Courtesy’s door.

Lance Scranton: Scared?

Halloween is a few days away and all kinds of kids will dress up in all kinds of costumes to celebrate the scary time of year. Dressing in costumes at school has fallen out of favor in many school districts for fear of something scary happening. I remember kicking off the Thanksgiving season by dressing up as an Indian or a cowboy or maybe even a clown so I could glean a little extra candy out of my teachers. My parents frowned on the whole scary thing so I would marvel jealously at the cool kids who had blood dripping from their mouth or a hatchet taped to their skull or the one kid who went all out to dress in a cape, slick back their hair and wear some pointy teeth.

Prather’s Pick: A girl named Apple

This week’s book is intended for young adult readers. It’s “Apple and Rain,” a novel written by Sarah Crossan and published by Bloomsbury Children’s books (2014).

Stephanie Pearce: Believing and praying for a miracle

I woke up to a notification on my phone. It said, “Joey + Rory new blog post — Enough.” I follow Rory Feek’s blog on thislifeilive.com. My heart sank as I read those words “Enough.” I’ve been following Joey and Rory Feek for quite some time.