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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...



Prather’s Pick: A boy who got a law changed

January 1, 2020

Some years back, when our children were small, we lived in Severance, Colorado so when I heard the town’s name mentioned on the nightly news a couple of months ago, I paid attention. The story...


Lance Scranton: A new year, new hope

January 1, 2020

The holiday season is wrapping up and the new year is about to become a reality. 2019 began with all kinds of controversy and it is certain that 2020 will be much the same. Nationally,...



Janet Sheridan: In memory of calmer Christmases

December 28, 2019

I wish Christmas goods competing for shelf space with Halloween candy, Christmas commercials airing before Veterans Day, and stores playing Christmas music as I shop for my Thanksgiving turkey would drag themselves into oblivion and...