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Over a Cup of Coffee: Supper in a skillet
Over a Cup of Coffee: Supper in a skillet

July 12, 2019

This column’s first recipe is good for a quick supper — or anytime for that matter. The recipe comes from Marcey Dyer, of Pierce, who has shared several delicious recipes with me. To save time, use leftover cooked rice when making this skillet dish.


History in Focus: The fiery cross
History in Focus: The fiery cross

July 12, 2019

In the stormy late night hours of May 30, 1924, residents of Craig were startled to discover a large cross burning brightly on the Sand Rocks above Craig. Throughout the summer this spectacle was repeated throughout northwest Colorado and announced the arrival of the Ku Klux Klan in the Yampa Valley.


Janet Sheridan: What makes a dream home?
Janet Sheridan: What makes a dream home?

July 12, 2019

I read the results of a study in the AARP April Bulletin, snorted with incredulity, and spewed coffee on my bathrobe. Researchers had asked 500 millennials, ages 23 to 38, what they would sacrifice to own a dream home: 29% said they would give up their iPhones; 9% would leave their partner; 25% would spend a week in jail; and 16% would go without sex for five years.



Lance Scranton: On substance
Lance Scranton: On substance

July 10, 2019

I’ve been blessed enough to be able to write a column for The Craig Press for a whole bunch of years with a short break tucked into a span of almost 10 years — maybe more! The opportunity to practice a skill that I preach daily as an English instructor in our local high school has been both rewarding and, at times, informing.


Prather’s Pick: Back to school with Pigeon
Prather’s Pick: Back to school with Pigeon

July 10, 2019

In 2009, Mo Willems wrote and illustrated his first picture book about a pigeon — not just any pigeon but one that wants things and is persistent about getting them. He isn’t shy about throwing a fit or asking the reader to help him, either. Willems uses simple drawings in his illustrations that depict one side of the pigeon and one big eye, but it’s very clear what the pigeon is thinking.



Colorado Trust: The C.R.A.I.G. Group — Not just talk
Colorado Trust: The C.R.A.I.G. Group — Not just talk

July 5, 2019

Recently there’s been a lot of talk about finding ways to better our community, some of these conversations have been wonderful and have led to interesting idea proposals for plans for the future but often it seems to stay at just that, talking. While it is important that these conversations are being had, they’re the vital first step in creating any plan for work in the community, there needs to be some action taken.


Over a Cup of Coffee: Two hearty dishes
Over a Cup of Coffee: Two hearty dishes

July 5, 2019

During hot weather we make good use of our outdoor grills, but we still cook meals indoors, too. This week’s column features two recipes that are hearty and delicious anytime.


From Pipi’s Pasture: July has arrived
From Pipi’s Pasture: July has arrived

July 5, 2019

In January, February, and March, it didn’t seem that July would ever arrive. It didn’t seem possible in April, May, and a lot of June, either, since it was so cool and wet. But, as is the case with this part of the country, things have changed and suddenly it’s July 1 this week, and the weather has turned somewhat hot.


Lance Scranton: Yes, free!
Lance Scranton: Yes, free!

July 3, 2019

Nothing is life is free! You hear it all the time. Whenever someone offers you something that seems too good to be true, it likely is.


Prather’s Pick: Recollections of life at Browns Park
Prather’s Pick: Recollections of life at Browns Park

July 3, 2019

This week’s column features another nonfiction book about life at Browns Park and Douglas Mountain. Art Gardner wrote down stories he had lived or heard about in the 1930s through the 1950s. That’s when he homesteaded in this part of Northwestern Colorado. His daughter, Norma Gardner Snow, contributed stories about her childhood.



Over a Cup of Coffee: Darlene’s favorite coffee cake
Over a Cup of Coffee: Darlene’s favorite coffee cake

June 28, 2019

As promised, this week’s column features my sister’s favorite coffee cake recipe, made with rhubarb. As a bonus, the column also includes her recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Refrigerator Jam, which is delicious. My sister, Darlene Blackford, lives at Rocky Ford.


Janet Sheridan: My father’s letters
Janet Sheridan: My father’s letters

June 28, 2019

For 10 years before his death at 92, my father and I corresponded. To this day, when I miss him, I reread his letters and experience, once again, his personality, his sense of humor, his unique way with words. When I read his letters on Father's Day, I chose some excerpts I thought you might enjoy as well.


From Pipi’s Pasture: Another story about bottle calves
From Pipi’s Pasture: Another story about bottle calves

June 28, 2019

Sometimes when I drive up to the summer pasture I don’t see a single animal. The cattle take advantage of the thick brush on the property to stay cool and get in out of the wind and rain, and they are so quiet that we can drive right past them. However, this week I was fortunate to find some of the herd at a pond next to the county road, and Turbo was there, too.


From the Publisher: I guess this is goodbye
From the Publisher: I guess this is goodbye

June 28, 2019

After 13 years of living in Craig and being a part of this amazing community, I am saying goodbye. A position has opened up allowing my husband, Jim, and I the chance to live closer to the majority of our family, an opportunity we can’t pass up.


Northwest Colorado Health: Test, prevent, treat
Northwest Colorado Health: Test, prevent, treat

June 27, 2019

National HIV Testing Day encourages people to get tested, know their HIV status and take steps to prevent or treat the virus. This message is more powerful than ever thanks to medications used to prevent...