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Prather’s Pick: Surviving a blizzard

This week’s book is timely, indeed, considering all of the media coverage about the recent blizzards in the eastern part of our country. “Blizzard” is a beautifully-illustrated (Caldecott Honor) book, written by John Rocco. The story is based on his own experience with a blizzard when he was 10 years old.

Senior Spotlight: Memories of my hometown

As I sat in my recliner watching the weather channel, I thought about the nice weather we are having and how different it was from the storms in the eastern United States. States like New York are going through a rough time causing a real hardship for those living there. I can relate to those storms, remembering how it was back in the good old days when Colorado lived up to its reputation for cold and snow.

Stephanie Pearce: A little wool goes a long way


January has been a month of non-stop going in our household. If you had told me even a year ago that my daughter would be achieving all that she is right now, I would have laughed in your face. She is a normal teenager but is accomplishing so much, not only for herself, but for our community. If she can do all of these things, I hope that she is an inspiration to motivate all of our young people to think out of the box, step out of their comfort zone and do something amazing.

Lois Stoffle: Help Craig concerts

The Craig Concert Association is looking for a few folks to join our board. At our meeting of Jan. 18, we noted that we had two vacancies.

G. Ward Mansfield: Recognizing Dr. King

I wonder if Jan. 19 had come and gone with uninterrupted postal service, would a large number of our local population even have realized it was a holiday recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? I think that as human beings and Americans of the 21st century, we need to ask ourselves that question and more.

Our View: School district's financial woes could harm community

It’s never an easy reality to face when one of the community’s most critical operations is in dire financial stress. Marred by bad legislation in 2009, Moffat County School District is facing a nearly $850,000 budget deficit for the 2015-16 school year.

Baxter Black: Only take a minute

In my travels I have been on lots of family farms where the whole family is involved in the work. During calving season it is not uncommon for the “rancher” to allow his wife to take the 10 p.m. heifer check.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Thinking fruit

It must be the spring-like weather or something, but I have been hungry for fruit lately.

From Pipi's Pasture: Stock Show memories

It’s been nearly 50 years (gasp!) since I exhibited steers at the National Western. Since then I have kept in touch with it through our grandchildren, Kenny and Megan Prather. I know that there have been lots of changes since I was a junior exhibitor and know that more changes are being planned to expand the facility.

Tim Douglas: Comfort and peace

As I reflect over this past year there has been an overwhelming theme of evil, pain and loss in our world, nation and community in 2014. So what does one do to deal with the pain of loss?

Mike Littwin: Help wanted in Hillaryland

The unannounced 2016 Democratic Party frontrunner needs a running mate who isn't at all like Hillary Clinton.

Humane Society of Moffat County: Thank you!

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to express our appreciation to everyone who supported us in 2014 by making donations, volunteering and participating in our fundraisers.

Paula Sadvar: Help my friend

A dear friend and member of our community, Gerry Pritchard, is still fighting cancer. He is staying with his daughter, Jessica, in Grand Junction.

Lance Scranton: A View from the “trenches”

Times are tough, but times are tough all over, I thought, while speaking with one of our county commissioners this past week. I asked if there was any positive or inspiring news about our county in general. He stated that the commissioners are definitely going on the offensive this year and plan to do all they can to promote our county and the possibilities that exist in our expansive area.

Prather’s Pick: A memoir about being HIV positive and bullied

This week’s book is written for young adults, but older readers will learn a lot from reading it, too. “Positive: Surviving My Bullies, Finding Hope, and Living to Change the World” is a memoir, written by Paige Rawl, with Ali Benjamin. The foreward to the book was written by Jay Asher.