Opinion: Pick one person

The most recent school shooting hit too close to home. Twenty-five years of working as a special education teacher gave me the opportunity to spend time in most all of the elementary and middle school classrooms. I remember the increased security measures each year and the drills that ensured all of us would be able […]

Loose Ends: A yearly tradition

It appears this year the pranksters are packing. At least that is what their pockets stuffed with clear, plastic tape might indicate. Making midnight visits all over town to darkened doorways and windows, ringing doorbells or knocking on the glass, is the modus operandi for teenagers with too much time on their hands. The variation […]

Loose Ends: Oh, the stories they tell

The local historical society’s fundraiser may have shed a little light on family mysteries for local residents. It did for me. My familiarity with the old doll could not be questioned, but my knowledge of where it originated was spotty. My mother’s and grandmother’s stories about the doll did not mesh.

Loose Ends: Volunteer

There is one thing a community can never have in excess: volunteers. Warm weather brings out an annual call for helpers all through the town and some organizations are needier than others.

Loose Ends: Step up to the plate

I was hoping that two weeks after announcing that I was giving up writing a weekly column, two writers from Meeker and Rangely would “step up to the plate” and give column-writing a chance.

Loose Ends: The little things

During these tough economic times, it is important to look at the little things that indicate a change locally. Increases in home sales, rentals, and the number of active drilling rigs are a few of the statistics that help put the small details together to see the big picture.

Loose Ends: Casual Conversations

Writing a regular column that appears each week on the op/ed page of a weekly newspaper can be a challenge. Coming up with ideas isn’t the problem, filling the space with a timely, well-written, piece can be difficult.

Loose Ends: Horn hunting

Visitors to northwestern Colorado talk about its natural beauty as a revelation: the wildlife, the scenery and the outdoor way of life. There are some who find beauty in the cast-off antlers shed each spring. The big bucks that graze in yards all over town drop their horns in all sorts of unexpected places. A […]

Loose Ends: Reading is fun

Reading is fun. A seemingly self-explanatory statement often evokes an odd response from parents, teachers, and experts in the field of education.

Loose Ends: Dreaming

“We are living our dream,” the woman said when asked what brought her and her husband to this area a year earlier.

Loose Ends: The not-so-wild kingdom

The graying muzzle and backside of the old dog make it obvious.

Loose Ends: A sore subject

We live in an area of the country where the weather can be a sore subject.