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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.

Prather’s Pick: The first thesaurus

“The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus”, this week’s nonfiction book for kids, has received two awards — The Robert F. Sibert Medal and the Caldecott Honor for illustration. The intriguing book was written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. It is published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (2014).

Fantasy Sports Fix: Rookies can make a difference

Baseball is creeping up to the All-Star Break already, and fantasy baseball is also finishing up its third month. It's been a rough season for my team just keeping my head above water in the middle of the pack, bouncing between sixth and seventh place. Although it's been a subpar season for my team so far, there is some hope with players like Carlos Gonzalez coming around and hitting again, Chris Davis also starting to hit some more and with the fantasy baseball MVP Paul Goldschmidt.

John Pogline: Response to Mr. James

As to the letter from Mr. James, everything he states in his letter is pure conjecture and more than likely inflated.

Calden Scranton: Be mindful of money

As a recent graduate, I am currently learning the road of the adult life. There are hard decisions to make and I’m realizing that there are things that are more important than others.

Stephanie Pearce: Be an active voter, participate in governance class

How active do you think you should be in the political arena? Most people think that voting every couple of years and writing a letter to their elected officials about things that concern them from time to time is enough, but is it?

Our View: Restaurant owner's decision seen as a negative for community

Economic disparity is a huge deal in any community, and the recent news that Stacks Smokehouse closed after less than six months of being in business adds to imbalance of Craig’s economic outlook.

From Pipi's Pasture: Signs of summer

A few days ago it officially — by the calendar — turned summer. Here I’ve been writing about winter and spring at Pipi’s Pasture for what seems to be a long time so now it’s summer’s turn. Here’s what I’ve noticed about early summer.

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Patti Mosbey: Survivors of Sand Wash Basin

It’s hot in Sand Wash Basin this time of year. The heat brings the annoying “no see’ums” those nasty little gnats that find their way down your collar, up your pant leg and into your clothing in the most aggravating places. You don’t notice them so much at the initial onslaught, but give it a few hours. You reach to scratch and then the burning, itching and welts began to rise. I’ve found about the only thing that works has to have deet in it and then there’s no guarantee.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Two New Casseroles

This week I did use the Crockpot once — to cook a piece of roast beef until it was tender. When I got home from work I made sandwiches with the beef, cheese, and sliced Jalapenos for my husband Lyle and none for me. I wrapped the buns in aluminum foil and put them in the oven until the cheese melted. This is one of our favorite sandwiches, and the leftovers can be warmed for lunch.

Adam Mercier: Jumping off bridges

Recently, I remember my cousin giving me a hard time about having a New Belgium beer company sticker on my car.

Louise Irvine: Gratitude for support

Perhaps you sent a lovely card or set upon a chair.

Lois Stoffle: Thank you!

It’s 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2015, and I just got home from taking a very relaxing river float trip.

My dewlap is none of your darn business

Politeness counts. When threatened by a cow moose with youngsters in tow, do not say “Excuse me for living Mrs. Bullwinkle.”