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From Pipi's Pasture: Magpie memories

One day this past summer, I thought I heard the chattering of a magpie. The sounds immediately brought back memories of the birds at the ranch when I was growing up.

Baxter Black: Cowboy Christmas Carol

This is the story of Tiny Slim Crachett, a genuine reprobate Who squandered his money and wasted his love until it was almost too late. He was just your typical cowboy, honest, brave and sincere And he lay on his bunk one Christmas Eve night belching up nachos and beer

Rep. Bob Rankin’s Under the Dome: A busy November

The start of the 70th session of the Colorado Legislature is less than a month away although the Joint Budget Committee (JBC), of which I’m now a member, has been at work for about three weeks.

Janet Sheridan: My annual dilemma

Home for Thanksgiving, I overheard a conversation coming from the kitchen where Mom was making cinnamon rolls and arguing with my youngest brother JL, “I don’t know that having two paper routes is a good idea in the kind of winter weather we have,” she insisted.

Mike Littwin: The CIA's horrible, ineffective, criminal torture and lies

Mark Udall promised that people would be "disgusted," "appalled" and "shocked" by the CIA torture report that he had pushed so hard to have released. He could have added "ashamed" and “disturbed" and "revolted."

Prather’s Pick: A novel written by a Colorado author

This week’s novel — just in time for Christmas — was written by Sandra Dallas, who lives in Denver. She has written 12 novels previously. “A Quilt for Christmas” is set in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, in 1864. Will Spooner has joined the Kansas Volunteers in fighting the confederates. He has left his wife Eliza and two children to care for their farm.

Lance Scranton: Making Craig better

A look at 2035? In 20 years? Is this survey for real? Twenty years down the road and many people in our community will be well into retirement and old-age, myself included. Planning and setting forth a vision is important but this seems like just another exercise in making our town think that “experts” and “consultants” (for the right price) are concerned about our future. Information and facts are a great resource, but I happen to believe that we have a rich collection of home-grown experts who know exactly what our town needs.

Mary Jo Brown: Don’t ‘X’ Christ out

Thoughts of Christmas, the preparations, buying presents, parties, sending cards and family visits are uppermost on our minds. Part of the season’s excitement is the hustle and bustle in preparation for Christmas day.

Stephanie Pearce: The tumbleweed Christmas tree

This week, Stephanie Pearce tells a story of desperation around Christmas time and a family found beauty.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Recipes for between holidays

So now we have used up the leftover turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and the other side dishes — everything that was left from Thanksgiving dinner. Now we’re looking for different recipes to cook up between Thanksgiving and Christmas. (At least that’s the way it is at our house.)

Pipi's Pasture: 2014 4-H achievement night, Part 2

Last week’s “From Pipi’s Pasture” featured the 4-H members who were recognized during the awards program at the annual Achievement Night, held Nov. 19 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The evening recognized accomplishments of 4-H members and leaders during the past year.

Baxter Black: Try Me, a rodeo story

When Marvin Garrett nodded his head, no one knew that 8 seconds later the Thomas and Mack Arena would be covered with goose bumps.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Birdman’ soars proudly toward madness

If you’ve done all you can to avoid films based on comic books in recent years, you’ll probably be out of luck for years to come because they’re here to stay. But the love affair that the public has with the idea of the caped crusader has its own dark side, as we can glimpse from a film like “Birdman.”

Lance Scranton: A Tribute to TMH

Sometimes columnists just have to brag about the people that make their community such a great place. We can easily name people who make life almost unbearable but too often our focus strays away from those who make a difference. Paying compliments can be uncomfortable, because we feel like we have to include as many people as possible but the spotlight will focus on a particular group this week.

Prather’s Pick: A superb new novel

It seems that I have been reviewing lots of new mystery/suspense novels lately. That also goes for “Leaving Time” by Jodi Picoult, this week’s featured book — except that this book is a little “different” (for lack of a better word) than most.