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Mary Jo Brown: Love who you are

I believe everyone has at one time or another gathered a collection of what I call my special things. Those odds and ends that you hang on to because of the memories they hold. The things I have are varied and are scattered in various places like in my dresser, jewelry box, closet and so on. The feeling that I need to sort through my possessions has resulted in finding items I have gotten from friends, relatives and souvenirs from trips. It is simply a collection of items that give me a sense of pleasure and takes away, for a few moments anyway, that weary or unhappy feeling.

Bob Amick: Rio Blanco to demolish historic school for a jail

Rio Blanco County is moving to demolish the classic “art deco” red sandstone historic old Meeker elementary school built by the WPA in 1939. It is among the top five historic buildings listed for preservation by History Colorado and Colorado Preservation. As a token to “historic preservation,” their plan is to save only the south portion of the school to gut it and fill it with court offices. Their design features “ski area” sloped roofs and an entrance that is completely incongruent with the art deco architecture and of other historic downtown buildings.

Nate Waggenspack: Taking in the NCAA Tournament

Craig Daily Press sports reporter Nate Waggenspack on the best sporting event of the year.

Editorial: Lift retail pot ban in Moffat County, Craig

We certainly understand that the Moffat County Commissioners and Craig City Council are trying to be cautious and appease the wishes of the voters who have been concerned about expanding its use. However, since appropriate and effective state regulations have been put it place and mayhem has not resulted from the legalization, maybe it’s time to ask Moffat County and Craig residents to vote on the issue again, especially now that the state revealed the multimillion tax figures on retail pot sales.

Pipi's Pasture: It's one of those days

Sometimes I have a morning that starts out with some kind of a mishap, like spilling coffee grounds all over the floor when I’m making the coffee or, worse yet, missing the reservoir in the coffee maker and pouring water all over the counter.

Mary Karen Solomon: Good news from CNCC

If you were busy on Feb. 27, you might not have noticed this momentous news: Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 14-004, making it possible for two-year community colleges (like CNCC!) to offer Bachelor’s degrees in technical and career fields.

Janet Sheridan: First, I worry

I did some tossing and turning the night Joel and I rented a cabin near Steamboat Lake with three other couples so we could cross-country ski. “Why, did I ever agree to this?” I wondered. “Sure, I can shuffle my skis around Craig’s golf course, looking ungainly — but not falling — on its bumps; but this lake has genuine hills, some of which go straight up and straighter down. I’ll die. I’ll surely die. But only after wallowing about and making a fool of myself.”

Faith Column: Find your truth in life lessons

When one examines Jesus’ ministry he was all about teaching life lessons to his disciples and those around him.

Dr. Dennis Kinder: A new adventure

I am writing to thank my patients for allowing me to care for you. I have loved working with you all throughout these past two decades and will miss seeing and serving you.

Prather's Pick: 'Daisy and Josephine' is an adorable tale

This week’s picture book for children was written by Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls in the “Little House on the Prairie” series on television. It was illustrated by Julia Kuo, the creator of “20 Ways to Draw a Cat and 44 Other Awesome Animals.”

Lance Scranton: Pouring hearts, minds into teaching

The younger generation is falling behind! Standardized test (ACT, SAT) scores have dropped and we are in crisis mode, scurrying about enacting legislation to get the kids up to the standards of the world they will have to compete with in this 21st century!

Stephanie Pearce: A real spider scare

Have you ever noticed it's usually the small things that get the biggest reactions out of us? For instance, paper cuts sting like crazy. Mice make some of the biggest people jump on a chair in fright. Then there's spiders.

Mary Jo Brown: Weather playing tricks on us

The weather is playing peek-a-boo with us as the sun peeks around clouds and the temperature goes up and down. A friend of mine used to say, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes and it will change.” The song “The Breeze and I” goes along with what the weather is doing now as the wind seems to come up regularly in the afternoons. I like the briskness of it when it starts, but it seems to get cold suddenly — or maybe it’s me, as I seem to have started to notice the changes in temperature more as I get older.

Lawrence L. Sober: Increasing revenue

There are many examples of communities that have used incentives to attract new business to their communities. This is not a new concept. The gains in revenue throughout time outweigh the advantage of adding extra costs up front.

Baxter Black: A foot-long prolapse

It was a Colorado winter afternoon when the boys spotted a big crossbred cow wobblin’ along with her calf trailing behind and a prolapse as big as an army-issue duffle bag.