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Lance Scranton: Paths that take a different turn
Lance Scranton: Paths that take a different turn

July 17, 2019

This week hundreds of teachers from across the United States and Canada are spending five days in Denver to shore up the concepts and importance of Advanced Placement classes in high school. Moffat County High School has been offering these College Board classes for the past five years, which students can begin taking in their freshman year.


Prather’s Pick: A feel-good novel
Prather’s Pick: A feel-good novel

July 17, 2019

This week’s novel for adults is a “feel-good” book. “The Best of Us” was written by Robyn Carr who has more than sixty books to her credit. This week’s novel is the most recent in her “Sullivan’s Crossing” series. The book is published by MIRA Books, 2019.



VFW Post 4265: Apologies to Yampa Valley Bank
VFW Post 4265: Apologies to Yampa Valley Bank

July 16, 2019

Our sincere apologies to Yampa Valley Bank for failing to include you in our thank you list last week. They donate $400 annually in change to the kids’ money search. Craig V.F.W. hopes that you’ll...


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.



Melvin and Joan Snyder: Building use
Melvin and Joan Snyder: Building use

July 11, 2019

To the taxpayers of Moffat County, the Moffat County School Board and The Memorial Hospital Board. We have a lot of concern regarding the Yampa School Building that has been used for an educational building...


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.


Dave Wallace: Treatment center concerns
Dave Wallace: Treatment center concerns

July 10, 2019

As the Historic Yampa School Building remains as the collision destination of a runaway train, I continue to mull over several concerns which have yet to be addressed. Having heard many references to the high...



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.


Editorial: Teacher raises elevate us all
Editorial: Teacher raises elevate us all

July 5, 2019

Last month, teachers at the Moffat County School District got a pleasant surprise. They got a raise from a starting salary of $32,960 to $37,500. It’s not a lot. But it’s something they’ve needed for a very long time.


Allen Hischke: Don’t pass up money
Allen Hischke: Don’t pass up money

July 4, 2019

Some people have been asking why the City Council continues to revisit the recreational marijuana issue after the many defeats. Here are my reasons for this, even though I am not involved with it. I...


Robin Schiffbauer: Fortunate to have our hospital
Robin Schiffbauer: Fortunate to have our hospital

July 4, 2019

After seeing a segment on CBS Sunday Morning News, I realized how fortunate we are to have a facility such as Memorial Regional Health. There are so many rural hospitals closing due to financial struggles...