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The Bock’s Office: ‘Wind River’ a bone-chilling Western

September 21, 2017 — The stark landscape of the West looks no less desolate when it's covered in snow, and if anything it's more intimidating for anyone foolhardy enough to be out and about on a cold winter night. But, it's when this uneasy peace is shattered with unwelcome […]

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Jim Patterson: The next sentence you read is a lie

September 21, 2017 — President Donald Trump today ordered limited military strikes aimed at crippling North Korea's strategic nuclear capabilities. To reiterate the headline: Don’t head for the bomb shelters just yet; the sentence you just read is a lie. I made it up, right off the top of […]

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History in Focus: A taxing issue

September 21, 2017 — The current Craig city budget deficits have everyone on edge. The spectre of massive cuts to important services and amenities are forcing elected officials into difficult decisions. In a bid to shore up city funds, the city council will ask voters to increase the city […]

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Over a Cup: Using autumn vegetables

September 21, 2017 — According to Saturday's weather forecast, the Craig area was going to get frost. When I heard that, I hurried out to the garden and harvested the green beans and peppers. I figured the corn and cabbages would make it through this first frost, so I […]

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Pipi’s Pasture: Autumn on the ranch

September 21, 2017 — The past couple of times our grandson, Kenny, has been by the house, he has talked excitedly about the upcoming hunting season. He has hunted in a number of different places, including Alaska, with his dad, so I can understand he can hardly wait for […]

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Working together to meet community needs

September 21, 2017 — Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley, also known as Love INC, is one of several human service nonprofits in the Yampa Valley. We exist to mobilize the church to work collaboratively with local service agencies in order to meet unmet needs […]

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Scott Tipton: A tax code that works for Coloradans

September 19, 2017 — Every year, in preparation for tax day, Americans spend 6 billion hours trying to navigate the internal revenue code and federal tax regulations (now up to 10 million words). The compliance bill has now reached $409 billion. The last time Americans experienced major tax reform […]

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Lynn Bartels: Seeing double in Moffat County

September 19, 2017 — Moffat County Clerk Lila Herod admits she has a slight case of senioritis — she's term-limited after 2018, which means she'll be leaving the office in which she has worked since she was 25. But, Herod knows she really doesn't have time to accommodate that […]

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Lance Scranton: “The Unstoppable You”

September 19, 2017 — A quarter of a million is a bunch. In cold, hard currency, it would help someone's dreams come true. In population, it would be a good-sized city, and in miles, it would take you all the way to the moon. But what if you'd spent […]

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Across the Street: High-stakes testing

September 14, 2017 — During the August board meeting of the State Board of Education, the Colorado Department of Education released the Scholastic Aptitude Scores for 2016-17. The SAT, is a standardized test that is administered by the College Board, a nonprofit organization. The test is used by colleges […]

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Over a Cup: Great use for all that zucchini

September 14, 2017 — Friends and family have been asking if I have any big zucchini for grinding or shredding. They know that I'm not very good about checking the zucchini plants, and before I know it … I have harvested eight large zucchinis off my two plants within […]

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Pipi’s Pasture: Nearly the end for summer pasture

September 14, 2017 — This past weekend, I drove up to pasture where the cows spend the summer, pulled off to the side of the county road and parked the car. It was an early, cool morning, my favorite time of the day, and I sat there and took […]

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Meet your new editor

September 14, 2017 — Change is hardly ever an easy thing, and you, Faithful Reader, have been through your share of it lately. In the past few months, you've seen your hometown newspaper shift from a four-day-per-week to a two-day-per-week print schedule, and you've also probably noticed some pretty […]

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Lance Scranton: Hot! Hot! Hot!

September 12, 2017 — Remember the song? It wasn't serious, but it was self-affirming, and, in the late '80s, it seemed pretty tame. Buster Poindexter covered the Calypso-style song, and it became a hit; for a few months, it was all I heard. But eventually, it lost its freshness […]

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Prather’s Pick: Teaching kitty school

September 12, 2017 — I just can't resist reviewing one more book for the back-to-school season, especially when this week's picture book is brand new. "Here Comes Teacher Cat," by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Claudia Rueda, is published by Dial Books for Young Readers, the Penguin Young Readers […]

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Under the Dome: On the road again

September 11, 2017 — We wore out the tires on our car last month. That's either a testament to how well Joyce and I do our jobs of reaching out to Western Colorado or the result of CDOT not having enough money to fix the potholes. For those of […]

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Lance Scranton: On target

September 5, 2017 — My son and his friend are getting ready for hunting season so we've been spending many hours at the shooting range the past few weeks. It's a great place to relax, meet new people, and sight in rifles. Every time I go out to the […]

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Giving thanks to our carriers

August 29, 2017 — First of all, I want to thank our readers and advertisers for supporting us through our recent changes of going from four days down to two days, as well as going free at the rack instead of providing home delivery. We know this change hasn't […]

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Lance Scranton: School Days

August 29, 2017 — By now, a few days or weeks of school have passed and, the "freshness" of the hours spent in school is likely beginning to become a bit stale. I'm entering my 26th year of teaching, and it is just as personally exciting and professionally invigorating […]

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On Faith: What really was behind the ecilpse?

August 25, 2017 — Yes, I am well aware that just about everyone is sick of talking about the solar eclipse we witnessed recently, but I am going to talk about it anyway. It is a pretty interesting and somewhat rare phenomenon, so it generates a lot of interest. […]

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