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Over a Cup of Coffee: Tater tot casseroles

January 24, 2020

One of our family-favorite recipes is for a Tater Tot (potato nugget) casserole. Kids and adults alike enjoy it. Recently I came upon a variation of the recipe, one that I’m eager to try when...



Across the Street: 2020 Vision: Implementing the READ ACT

January 24, 2020

On January 8th at 10 am, the Colorado Legislature convened the 72nd General Assembly. The Colorado Constitution states that the regular session must begin no later than the second Wednesday in January and must adjourn...


Under the Dome: Other people’s money

January 23, 2020

I saw this title on the spine of a book in the office of a Governor whose name I won’t reveal.  It’s the right message to keep in mind for Colorado State Government and the...


Lance Scranton: Leaving a legacy in the end

January 22, 2020

The sky is falling, and as my good friend used to tell me was a common saying around Craig in the late 80’s: “Last one to leave, turn out the lights.” The news about Tri-State...


Prather’s Pick: A Jonathan Kellerman novel

January 22, 2020

If you are intrigued by the process involved in solving a mystery, this week’s novel is for you. It’s “The Wedding Guest,” written by Jonathan Kellerman. Jonathan Kellerman has written over forty bestselling novels. Not...


Faith Column: Defining life

January 19, 2020

This Sunday, January 19th,  is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday – a time once a year when we pause to remember the legalization of abortion by the 1973 Supreme Court ruling in a case called...


From Pipi’s Pasture: Putting up with pushy cows

January 18, 2020

Everyone who knows cows is aware that they live a hierarchial “lifestyle”—even though they don’t realize it. In a small herd there’s usually one cow that “rules the roost” (sometimes more than one). She manages...


Over a Cup of Coffee: Making cookie bars

January 17, 2020

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, and that means baking cookies. Making cookie bars takes less time, and they’re yummy. This week’s column features two recipes for bars that are made with ingredients...


Prather’s Pick: A novel set in Alaska

January 15, 2020

I was drawn to this week’s novel because its setting is Alaska, and that’s where my son  Jamie and his family live. The novel is set around Homer, Kaneq, the Kenai Peninsula, and Homer Spit,...




Op-Ed: An open letter to the Northwest Colorado community

January 13, 2020

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced January 9 that Craig Station and the Colowyo Mine will be retiring by 2030. In addition, we will be retiring Escalante Station in New Mexico by the end of...


Janet Sheridan: What once we dreaded

January 12, 2020

Hair pulled, cheeks red, tears flowing, nose running, and feelings hurt, I headed to my bedroom, taking my time so I could be certain Bob — arm scratched, face fiery, anger flaring, voice indignant —...


History in Focus: What’s the point?

January 11, 2020

Nearly five years into this column and quite a bit longer as a history teacher, it’s obvious I believe in the  importance of learning and studying history.  However, in the roiling river that is American...



Lance Scranton: Disease of jealousy

January 8, 2020

It’s apparent many people in our country — and our town — place much of their hope and happiness in the failures of others. I’ve read enough, and lived in Craig long enough to realize...


From Pipi’s Pasture: A new sled

January 3, 2020

For about the past twenty winters there have been cows to feed here at Pipi’s Pasture. Husband Lyle has always loaded the hay, whether it was big round bales on a trailer or small bales...



Over A Cup of Coffee: Soups for cold winter days

January 3, 2020

It’s the season for hot and filling soups, and the ingredients in this week’s soup recipes are those that we commonly have on hand. I pulled the recipes from my files; I think they’re Pillsbury...