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Sandrock Elementary students nominated for national leadership program

While researching 18th century American figure Nathanael Greene, Sandrock Elementary School fifth-grader Dajia Lewis came to a conclusion about how much of a role the Revolutionary War general played in the history of the country. “He was important to the war because without him, we wouldn’t have won,” she said. Although the forging of a nation might not be upon her shoulders, Lewis said she hopes to be a leader like Greene, who was one of George Washington’s most trusted officers.

Over a Cup: Glutten-free ‘Homemade Spaghetti Sauce’

This column features another gluten-free recipe, courtesy of Meeker resident Peggy Bodine-Reese. First, check out the recipe for “Homemade Spaghetti Sauce,” which I want to try, followed by Peggy’s comments concerning gluten-free pastas. To make “Homemade Spaghetti Sauce,” you will need the following ingredients: 3 tablespoons olive oil; 4 tablespoons sweet butter; 3 cloves crushed garlic; 6 large tomatoes, chopped, or one No. 2 can Italian tomatoes with liquid; 2 bay leaves; 8 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped; 1 sprig thyme, chopped; and 1 sprig fennel or basil, chopped.

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MCHS' Jourgensen takes 3rd at state, breaks school record in 3,200-meter run

With 100 meters left Friday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood, Maddy Jourgensen looked up at the clock and kicked her speed into another gear. As she crossed the finish line in the 3,200-meter run, Jourgensen, a Moffat County High School senior, said she knew she accomplished her season-long goal. Jourgensen clocked in at 8 minutes, 15.22 seconds — good for third place in the 4A state meet as well as a new MCHS school record.

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LSRV sixth-graders compose, learn music on trash cans

When selecting a trash can to use as a drum, consider pitch, resonance and sustain. It doesn’t hurt to check smell, either. “Mine smells like Cheerios,” said Summer Henderson, a Little Snake River Valley School sixth-grader. “You don’t have to write that, but no, it really does.”

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Moffat County students share memories of CMS band teacher Craig Smith

The sun had set and the crowd had broken away, but a small group of Moffat County High School students remained on an empty and darkened football field Thursday. They huddled together against a sharp breeze and shared stories about the Craig Middle School band teacher who had been memorialized minutes earlier. Craig Smith was the reason the friends had gathered. But, perhaps more importantly, Smith was the reason they are all friends, some said.

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LSRV track teams hold narrow lead heading into finale

The Little Snake River Valley (Wyo.) School boys and girls track and field teams are trying to sweep the 1A state meet, but it won’t be easy. After the second of three days in Casper, Wyo., on Friday, the boys team leads Dubios High School by less than 11 points and the girls team leads Cokeville High School by eight points. “We are set up good heading into the final day,” head coach Mike Bates said. “We haven’t had a lot of personal records because the weather has been bad, but everyone is doing the best they can, overall.”

Moffat County Libraries’ Summer Reading Program begins May 31

The Moffat County Libraries is launching our annual Summer Reading Program on May 31. Readers of all ages will travel the globe this summer as we present “One World, Many Stories” during the program. Children will explore all seven continents through stories, crafts, music, dance and other activities.

Agriculture & Livestock: Spring cleaning always a chore

Along with warmer weather comes spring cleaning, and as I prepare to clean the house, my thoughts turn to the rural women of years ago who spring cleaned without the modern conveniences such as the washer and dryer, vacuum, steam cleaners, and running water. How much we take for granted in today’s world. Back when ranchers and farmers settled in the West, houses were closed up all winter so the women took advantage of a sunny, spring day to open the windows and doors and let their houses air out.

Government Update for May 21, 2011

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Veterans Hotline: A little knowledge goes a long way

I recently returned from a week of training in Denver, so now I know enough to be dangerous. Trivia tidbits: • Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless heated above 450 degrees.

Briefs for May 21, 2011: Dance scheduled for tonight

A country dance is scheduled for tonight at Lodore Hall in Browns Park. Doors open at 5 p.m., and dancing starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and dinner will be available. The event includes cake walks, a cake drawing, a quilt auction and door prizes.

Datebook for May 21, 2011

7 a.m. The 25th annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bike ride starts from Northwest Storage, 4295 W. U.S. Highway 40, weather permitting. The ride is free to all. A start time of 7:30 a.m. from the Western Knolls is also available. A $6 breakfast will be available at the end of the ride. Call 826-2029. 9 a.m. The Special Olympics Colorado Western Area Summer Games will take place at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. About 100 regional athletes competing in track and field, aquatic and weighlifting events will participate. Spectators are welcome. Call Julie Fite at (970) 945-0395.

Baxter Black: The middle of nowhere

Branding season. Spring time west of the Mississippi. Long days in the saddle. Sitting on a horse miles from nowhere, it seems, trying to spot cows on the gather, silence except for the thud of your horses’ hooves. You might as well be on a fishing boat in the middle of nowhere watching the waves. The more I work with real cowboys, the more I realize how little I know.

Colorado West Regional Mental Health: Coping during a down economy

An economic recession can present increased stress and hardship on individuals, families and communities. The daily news of war, the failing economy and the adversity experienced by friends and family is trying on the emotional health of individuals and families. What happens when these hardships enter a person’s home? Unemployment is one of the most significant emotional hardships that a person will experience in adulthood. Job loss can lead to loss-of-life meaning and purpose, which in turn makes an individual and their families more vulnerable to depression, anxiety, anger, family discord and substance abuse.

Editorial: Choosing our destiny — part 2

The conclusion of Wednesday’s editorial — the first part of a two-part opinion piece — stated that “forward-looking projects and people are the key to a strong future for our community.” That idea is one that deserves to be expanded. As wonderful as the Craig and Moffat County community is — unlike most places, residents here have a strong interest in local happenings and affairs, and are possessed by a tremendously giving spirit, among numerous other traits — there also exists a closed and at times stodgy culture to new ways and approaches.

Horoscope for May 21, 2011

There are indications that more good things than usual will happen for you in the next solar cycle. However, because there are so many of positives, you could become complacent and miss out on several wonderful opportunities.

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Crossword for May 21, 2011

Crossword for May 21, 2011

Annie's Mailbox for May 21, 2011: Dad disagrees with sharing family death on Facebook

I'm 20 years old, and lately, I've been catching a lot of criticism about my Facebook page. My grandfather passed away, and I updated my status to say that he is loved and deeply missed. People offered condolences and support. My father thought it was wrong for people to find out on Facebook.

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Sudoku for May 21, 2011

Sudoku for May 21, 2011

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Comics for May 21, 2011

Comics for May 21, 2011