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Prather’s Pick: Three ‘Pete the Cat’ books

This week’s column salutes a cat — not just any ordinary cat, either. Pete is a blackish-blue cat with light brown eyes that take up most of his face. He sometimes wears clothes over his slender body. In short, he’s one cool cat.

Lance Scranton: Beliefs, boundaries and our freedoms

Our freedoms allow us to debate tough topics in society. Various issues provide more than enough potential emotional ammunition to mow down any type of rational debate. Agree or disagree, the discussion is blunted when personal accusations are made that put the brakes on what our country has always valued — the free exchange of ideas.

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Celestial News: See the magnificent Milky Way

Contrary to what the ancient Romans believed, the Milky Way is not made from the milk of queen goddess Juno, but is the combined light of billions of distant suns unresolved by the human eye. If you look through a pair of binoculars and sweep slowly across the Milky Way, you will rediscover what Galileo did in 1610 — a multitude of faint stars.

Stephanie Pearce: Visions of grandeur

When I was a child, I romanticized and daydreamed about so many things. I had visions of how life would be as an adult. I had ideas in my head about where I would get married, where I would live, and especially what my house would look like.

John Kinkaid: Don’t lose hope in Moffat County’s strength

Friday morning after our meeting with Sen. Cory Gardner, I came back to the office and listened to a voice mail from Nina Burleigh, national political reporter for Newsweek magazine.

From Pipi's Pasture: Getting ready for the fair

What’s going on at Pipi’s Pasture this next week isn’t happening right here. Even though our granddaughter, Megan (Prather), doesn’t live here, we’re getting ready to give her our support when she competes in the Park County Fair at Fairplay, Colorado. We have been there at the fair in previous years to watch her exhibit her animals and other 4-H projects, though.

Over a Cup of Coffee: An unusual pizza

This week’s column features two very different recipes, each one from “1000 Recipes Cook Books”, # 3 and # 7, published in 1949 and 1951 by Dell Publishing Company. These cookbooks were given to me by a dear friend, Grandma Downs, way back when our children were small.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner: DOI must act swiftly to save Colowyo

The Colowyo mine is the lifeblood of Northwest Colorado’s economy, and now it’s in jeopardy due to a U.S. Federal District Court ruling. If action isn’t taken within 60 days, the mine will close and the jobs, economic activity and affordable energy it supports will be eliminated. That is why the Department of the Interior (DOI) must consider all options and dedicate all available resources to saving the mine.

Mike Littwin: Sanders and Trump: Blockbusters of the 2016 presidential race

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are the two biggest stories of the 2016 election, but for very different reasons.

Janet Sheridan: Photo opportunities

“Mom, where are my baby pictures?” I asked as I idly turned the pages of a family album. So far I’d found a studio portrait and numerous photographs of the first born, Lawrence, and several more snapshots labeled Carolyn or Bob, but no bald Bray baby called Janet. “Didn’t you take any of me?”

Prather’s Pick: Another book about Chris Kyle

This week’s book can be found at the Craig Moffat County Library on the shelves with new books. “The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle: American Sniper, Navy SEAL,” written by Michael J. Mooney, was originally published as an e-book by Little, Brown and Company (2013). It was published as a First Back Bay paperback in 2015. The paperback is updated, with a new epilogue.

Fantasy Sports Fix: Surprises good and bad coming this season

When you draft a player, you're hoping he lives up to his pre-draft hype. You're hoping last year was a fluke and the player is actually better than what he has shown. Sometimes you hope too much and put too much stock in these players.

Lance Scranton: Playing the Trump card

No, I don’t support Donald Trump for President. I don’t stand by all of his comments about immigration. I don’t think building a physical wall is necessarily the best solution to secure our southern border.

Stephanie Pearce: Haying season — summertime splendor

Sitting in the driver seat of a tractor, warm wind blowing while the seat is bouncing up and down; that’s a great place for a young person in the middle of summer. I was 9 or 10 the first time I was allowed to run the tractor by myself, raking behind my dad, who was cutting hay in a tractor in front of me. I didn’t have a big tractor with a cab and air conditioning. No, I had no cab and it definitely wasn’t the newest tractor to choose from. It was a 1956 Massey Ferguson 35. I didn’t really even care that it was smaller or had no amenities. I was so excited to get to run this by myself that it really didn’t matter. I felt important; I was contributing.

Baxter Black: No respect for Baxter

A good friend from the Texas panhandle sent me a printed poster of a new program enacted by the Amarillo Humane Society. It is designed to encourage dog and cat owners to spay or castrate their pets.