Since I moved to Craig a couple of months ago, I’ve heard several local residents express their concerns about the decline of the coal industry here in Moffat County. Hearing those concerns hits so very close to home for me.
The first thought I had when I learned that the Nucla Station power plant, the New Horizon Mine and one-third of the Craig Station plant will be shutting down was these are critical jobs to this area that will not return.
So, like, what were the chances? Donald Trump and his team — old Rudy at the barking front of the pack — kept insisting, with absolutely no evidence, that Hillary Clinton was facing disqualifying health issues. That she was frail (read: old), lacking in stamina (read: female) and was hiding something (read: Clinton) terrible about her health. Parkinson’s. A stroke. MS. Dysphasia. Aphasia. Southeast Asia.
“Insidious” might be a word used to describe an individual who is treacherous, sly or underhanded (or all three). It is also the title of this week’s FBI thriller. “Insidious” was written by Catherine Coulter, a New York Times bestselling author of a bunch of FBI thrillers, including three novels with J.T. Ellison.
One of the most difficult skills to teach young people is rhetoric, which is effectively using language and style to persuade an audience. Controversial topics can be hazardous to the orderly functioning of a high school classroom especially when we discuss hot-button issues like: presidential candidates, free college, building walls, healthcare, immigration and even how people choose to identify.
Somehow, in the domestication of dogs, a very large percentage of them have lost the ability to fend for themselves.
The early years — birth through age 8 — are essential learning years, and qualified early childhood professionals enhance how our children learn, develop and build the skills necessary to get along with others and flourish in school and life. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) offers tips to help parents choose “a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment for their young children.”
While the return to a daily routine that comes with the beginning of a new school year may be a relief for some parents, teens may not feel the same relief. For many, school, and the stressors that come with it, can have a tremendous impact on their personalities.
In late 1913, as crews laying track moved west from Hayden there was a rising crescendo of excitement in Craig. “Railroad Day” would celebrate the arrival of the first locomotive to enter Craig on Friday, Nov. 21 at 10:45 a.m. It was the culmination of 31 years of patience and persistence by the citizens of Moffat County.
By now most of you have heard the news that Tri-state Generation & Transmission has informed its employees and the community that the Craig Station Unit 1 is going to be retired in 2025. This news affects all of us.
One of the perks from writing this column is hearing from readers — by both phone and mail. For example, recently I received a card from former Craig resident Robbie Estus whose 8-year-old granddaughter Nina made the “Cake Mix Cookies” from a recipe that appeared in the July 30 column.
I remember a summer of about two years ago when there were lots and lots of butterflies of every shape and size flying around Pipi’s Pasture. In fact, the insects were all around the county. We saw them at summer pasture when we went up to check the cows. They flew onto the car’s windshield as we drove along the highway. They were pretty, and they didn’t do any harm. There were just a lot of them all of a sudden — probably caused by some phenomenon of nature.
I’m happy in Craig. I enjoy its scenic surroundings, distinctive seasons and slow pace. This summer, a thickheaded relative reminded me of additional attractions our town possesses.
Moving to a new place always has its ups and downs — whether one is moving across town or, in my case, moving more than halfway across the United States.
We all have our own interpretation of The American Dream, as do the characters of “War Dogs.” Still, there has to be a happy medium between hocking bed sheets and driving a truck of guns through something called the Triangle of Death.