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Dean Brosious, Justin Kawcak: Trade tensions affect markets

September 13, 2019

The Dog Days of Summer were on full display this past month, as a variety of concerns pushed stocks and bond yields lower. After reaching new record highs in late July, the S&P 500 Index dropped approximately three percent in August as trade concerns pressured investor sentiment around the world. Impacts of U.S.–China trade tensions reverberated throughout the economy and financial markets in recent weeks, including weakening global manufacturing data and plunging sovereign interest rates.


History in Focus: A mascot — An identity

September 13, 2019

There are 806 high schools in the United States that claim “Bulldogs” as their mascot. According to mascotDB.com, “Bulldogs” is the third most common nickname for high schools and universities. For being situated in such a unique region of our nation, Moffat County High School has a most common mascot.


Over a Cup: A spice cake recipe

September 13, 2019

Fall is in the air and so is the aroma of cinnamon and cloves and other spices. “Sour Cream Spice Cake,” this week’s featured recipe comes from one of my old “1000 Recipe Cook Books,” published in the 1940s. From the directions, such as those for sifting, you will be able to tell that the recipe is old.


Colorado Trust: Doing good works through C.R.A.I.G. Group grants

September 13, 2019

One of my favorite parts of the C.R.A.I.G. Group’s work is being able to give money to organizations in our community. The C.R.A.I.G. Group’s first grant went to Love INC for their PB & J Weekend Food Bag Program. This program provides bags of food for local youth elementary through high school age with food insecurities.


From Pipi’s Pasture: Trials and tribulations with deer

September 13, 2019

For most of the years that we have lived here at Pipi’s Pasture, the deer have been picking at my summer flowers, sometimes eating the blossoms, other times leaving them on the ground around the flower pots. I thought I had it made this summer because the deer left them alone during June, July, and even part of August. The pansies and petunias were beautiful. The geraniums had gorgeous red blossoms.


Prather’s Pick: A Bailey Weggins mystery

September 11, 2019

Bailey Weggins, a true-crime writer for the website “Crime Beat,” is on assignment in Lake George, New York. She has been the leading character of seven Bailey Weggins novels, written by Kate White. In “Such a Perfect Wife,” the most recent novel in the series, Bailey is off to investigate the disappearance of Shannon Blaine, a 34-year-old wife and mother.


Lance Scranton: Make an investment

September 11, 2019

Investing is a great way to make money and help stabilize your economic future. I speak to high school students all the time about investing just a small portion of their earnings while they are young in some kind of IRA or savings account. I then talk about this amazing thing called compound interest and what it can do for each student without them lifting a finger except to put aside a little bit of their money each month.


Janet Sheridan: Sometimes I can’t believe my eyes

September 6, 2019

“I saw a sight in town today,” Aunt Bertha told Mom, “Really, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was parking my car in front of the five and dime when Eunice came parading by in cut-off jeans, a tight top, and high heels. Why would so much mutton dress like lamb?”


Over a Cup of Coffee: ​Cooking without salt

September 6, 2019

​Recently my husband has had to restrict his salt (sodium) intake. Until now I had not been aware just how many foods contain salt nor had I encountered cooking without it. I realize that other readers must be in the same boat, hunting for ways to cook without salt and yet serve tasty meals. So I have been searching for low-sodium recipes or recipes that can be adapted to a low-salt diet. If you have recipes or hints for low-salt recipes, please let me know.


​From Pipi’s Pasture: Fall canning at the ranch

September 6, 2019

​Our son Jody and daughter-in-law Cindy have been busy canning. They have made jam using the apricots they picked from their tree and shared it with us. We spread it on zucchini bread that Cindy made from their garden zucchini. They have also been canning pickles and some tomato salsa. Their endeavors have me thinking about fall at the Morapos Ranch when I was a kid.


David Ulrich: Positive academic achievement news

September 6, 2019

We have good news to start the school year and yet another reason to choose Moffat County School District! Our district earned the rating of Performance (Accredited) from the Colorado Department of Education for the 2018-19 school year! This is the third year in a row our students and staff have earned this rating!


Lance Scranton: Stupid questions

September 4, 2019

School has begun, and learning is in full swing across school campuses all over the country. Our particular schools are paying special attention to progress in certain areas of learning as measured by standardized tests and student informational systems that technology allows these days. Back in “the day” most teachers informational management system was contained in a handwritten gradebook and filing cabinets full of collected lessons, samples of student work, and various data that each thought important.


Prather’s Pick: An FBI Thriller

September 4, 2019

​Catherine Coulter is the author of 85 (!) novels, which include books in the FBI Thriller series and the Brit in the FBI international series, the latter co-authored with J.T. Ellison. This week’s novel, “Labyrinth,” is her newest (2019) novel in the Thriller Series.


Human Resource Council: Are you ready for a change?

August 30, 2019

As I get ready for my first Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World class, I am reminded of the strength and resilience of our fellow community members. I am reminded of how often we try to make changes in our lives, hoping the changes will work. And I am reminded of how important it is to support people as they strive for change in their lives.


Over a Cup of Coffee: Making meat loaf

August 30, 2019

This morning when I got up the thermometer read 40 degrees F, and then when the sun started to come up it went down to 39 degrees. That’s a sign of fall, and pretty soon...


From Pipi’s Pasture: Too short to reach tamales

August 30, 2019

Readers often recognize me from the picture that accompanies my columns in the newspaper, and sometimes when I’m running errands around town— such as at the grocery store or post office — they introduce themselves. Seeing me in person must be somewhat of a surprise because they often comment about my height.


Prather’s Pick: Orville the Penguinaut

August 28, 2019

Orville is a penguin that lives in a big igloo in the zoo. He’s a small penguin, but he’s got a big goal. He is the leading character in “Penguinaut!” which is this week’s featured picture book for children.


Lance Scranton: You can’t…

August 28, 2019

Turmoil in the stock market, tumult in politics, and tomorrow seems anything but certain. But you can’t avoid the reality of what’s going on around you each and every day.



Over a Cup of Coffee: Burritos and enchiladas

August 23, 2019

A couple of weeks ago I made burritos with ground beef and refried beans, similar to the first of this week’s recipes. We hadn’t had burritos for a while so they tasted good. This week’s column features two recipes — one for burritos and the other for enchiladas.