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Inactivity leads to summer weight gain in children

Kids are finally enjoying their first taste of summer vacation, a time that conjures images of sunshine, outdoor fun and physical activity. However, recent research suggests that many children are actually becoming less active and unhealthier during the summer months compared to the school year.

Robin Schiffbauer: Thank you

A thank you is certainly in order to Moffat County citizens for their ongoing support of St Michael’s Community Kitchen.

US would blackout without coal

The looming ruling against Colowyo and the Office of Surface Mining is difficult for many in Moffat County to understand.

Craig briefs: Water department scam circulates through Craig

Craig residents have been receiving calls from a person saying they are with the city of Craig Water Department, calling to notify them their water service is scheduled to be shut off unless they get a pre-paid Walmart credit card to pay their balance, according to the Craig Chamber of Commerce. The phone call is a scam.

Faith Column: Our two halves of life

Our first half of life is about creating an identity, who are we, finding some boundary markers through traditions, trustworthy authorities and structures, making money and wealth, getting an education, marrying, and raising children which we spend the rest of our lives defending. In other words, it’s about filling the empty vessel that the Creator gave us. It’s all about me, that “Life is about me.”

Wild and free in Sand Wash Basin

We know from the fossil record that equines roamed the North American Continent in pre-historic times. The horse that we know today arrived in the early 1500s with the Spanish Conquest. When the Spanish left America, they also left their mounts to fend for themselves in their new land. The American Indians developed an interest in the horse in the 17th and 18th centuries.

On the record for May 29

On the record for May 29.

Craig education briefs for May 30, 2015: Special school board meeting to be held Thursday

The Moffat County School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday at the MCSD Administration Building at 775 Yampa Ave.

Craig health briefs for May 30, 2015: World No Tobacco Day is May 31

World No Tobacco Day recognizes the major public health threat posed by the tobacco epidemic. Worldwide, tobacco kills nearly six million people every year; up to half of people who currently use tobacco will die of lung cancer and other tobacco-related diseases, according to the World Health Organization.

Museum of Northwest Colorado: Keeping the Town’s Cars Running

Chet Klock’s “Familiar Faces” column ran for almost half a year in The Empire-Courier newspaper in 1956 and 1957. The second cartoon article of this brief series highlighted Russell Miller, Sr. who owned a local auto parts store.

RBC Heritage Culture Center Agritourism Workshop Tuesday

The Rio Blanco County Heritage Culture Center is pleased to host a workshop on Agritourism featuring the keynote speaker Kelli Hepler who serves as director of Colorado Agritourism.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Two easy Mexican casseroles

The weather hasn’t been nice enough for barbecuing yet — at least not at our house. It would be nice to eat steak, hamburgers and other grilled foods, but we’ve been sticking to our usual casseroles and soups and other dishes that we tend to eat more in the winter. This week I pulled out two Mexican casseroles that I haven’t made in awhile.

From Pipi's Pasture: Memories triggered by sagebrush

Early this morning, when I was walking to the corral here at Pipi’s Pasture to do chores, I noticed the smell of the sagebrush that grows in a nearby field. I don’t usually notice the scent at all, but perhaps this morning was different because of all of the rain. Anyway, that smell triggered memories of the days when my siblings and I went to the Morapos School all those years ago.

Fitness Tip: Don’t forget to cool down

Just like warming up prior to exercise, cooling down following activity is also an important component of an exercise program. A good cool-down gradually lowers your heart rate and allows your body to recover from your workout.

Wellness Tip: Mushrooms

Mushrooms offer some powerful health benefits including relief from high cholesterol levels, breast cancer, prostate cancer and diabetes.

Craig Sports Briefs for May 30, 2015: Basketball camp open to Craig, Moffat County kids

The Moffat County High School boys and girls varsity basketball teams will host the Progressive Basketball Academy’s “Fun with Fundamentals” Basketball Day Camp Sunday and Monday at the MCHS gym, 900 Finley Lane. The intensive sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day for players who will be entering second- through ninth-grade in the fall. The camp offers coaching in basic skills of the game, ranging from shooting and passing to footwork and defense to concepts like setting goals, developing confidence and teamwork.

TMH Living Well: Screening tests are touchstones for good health

If you could sit down with your gynecologist and have a candid talk about women’s health issues, what would you ask? Maybe you’d want to learn how to avoid breast cancer or heart disease — or simply explore your options when it comes to birth control. Now’s your chance to do just that. The Memorial Hospital is hosting a Women’s Health Series this summer where local women can pose questions, and Drs. James Summers and Scott Ellis will answer them. Think of it as a series of conversations on women’s health.

Staying on top of immunizations is vital to health

Vaccines have dramatically changed the landscape of infectious diseases. Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association Director of Public Health Charity Neal gives advise on immunizations.

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