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Portrait of a ladybug: Art lesson teaches technique, sparks imagination

Steamboat artist takes Boys & Girls Club kids step-by-step through acrylic painting

“I like painting unicorns,” said Avia Miles, a first-grader at Sunset Elementary School.

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Local customers relish farmers market fare on Wednesdays, Fridays

State expert: Farmers markets have flourished over the past decade

“I was just driving by,” Tanya Vasquez said, noting that she was picking up squash and peppers at the market. “It seems like they’re more fresh from a farmers market … and I like to buy locally.”

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Craig briefs: Bowl-For-Kids to be held today at Thunder Rolls

Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA is having a Bowl-For-Kids fundraiser at Thunder Rolls from 6 to 9 p.m. today. Individuals can attend for $25, or put together a team of five for $100. The fee covers three games, shoes and pizza. CASA is looking for local businesses to sponsor teams of five for $500. Higher levels of sponsorship include, $750 to sponsor a team of five, have a business banner hung during the event and have your business name in the press. For $200, businesses can have their banners hung at the event as an event sponsors. Colorado Northwestern Community College is CASA’s largest sponsor, to date.

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Craig Sports Briefs for June 25, 2016: Saturday bowling fundraiser to benefit child advocates group

Northwest Rocky Mountain Colorado CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — will host the Bowl-for-Kids fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 900 Industrial Ave. The evening will include door prizes, bake sale and silent auction, as well as multiple rounds on the lanes.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Main dishes for hot summer evenings

What to cook for supper when it’s hot — that’s what is on my mind after a day at work. This week’s column features two recipes that I haven’t tried yet. I meant to; I even bought the baking mix for the pie. But, I haven’t taken the time after evening chores to get them ready by 5:30 p.m., our usual suppertime. However, I have made similar recipes that were good. If you try this week’s recipes, let me know how you liked them.

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On the record for June 24

On the record for June 24.

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Government update for the week of June 27

Government update for the week of June 27.

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From Pipi's Pasture: It’s hot…

If memory serves, we haven’t experienced such a hot summer here at Pipi’s Pasture in some time — at least so far.

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Conservation Colorado: What’s next for water?

This spring our state began the process of implementing its first-ever Colorado Water Plan and joined the rest of the nation in allowing the legal use of rain barrels for residential rainwater capture. As I prepare my own rain barrels to use rainwater on my new garden beds, I wonder — what’s next for water in Colorado?

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Nick Rubley: Draining Elkhead

I would like to help Mr. McQuay lose some sleep, so he will continue to fight with me. Did you know that the same people who are trying to save these dinosaurs, (our government, state or feds, does it matter), tried to kill them off in the late 60s!

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Patti Mosbey: Sand Wash extremes

From 60 degrees below zero to 90 degrees above… the extremes of temperatures in Sand Wash Basin can test the endurance of man and beast. This past winter we watched as the wild horses endured extreme cold, deep snow and fierce winds, yet they survived the elements. Lots of early rains brought the grasses alive and the horses soon fattened again on the rich nutrients. Life in the basin was in full swing and beautiful. That is… until the dreaded gnats and biting bugs made their appearance. Any recent visitor to Sand Wash can spend some time describing their experience and show you their battle scars as they braved the biting “no see’ums” for photos and time with the horses. Oh, yes, bug season is here and seemingly the worst I’ve ever seen it.

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Faith Column: Sage, elder and wisdom-keeper

By definition the sage is considered a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom. Wisdom is accumulated knowledge or erudition of enlightenment. The sage is thought to have wisdom that comes with age and experience or the wisdom-keeper in some societies.

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TMH Living Well: Sun protection tips for kids and babies

It’s the peak of summer and we all want to get out and soak in the rays of the sun. Enjoy the outdoors, but remember the intensity of the sun is stronger than when we were kids. That’s because ultraviolet rays penetrate our thinning atmosphere more easily, and make us more vulnerable to sun damage. When you are out having fun take precautions to protect your family, especially babies, from too much sun exposure.

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Health Briefs: Yellow fever vaccine in short supply

Health-related news and announcements, and tips for staying healthy from Craig and Moffat County healthcare providers.

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Beauty Tip: Taking proper care of sunburns

It’s that time of year where we’re all spending more time outdoors in the hot, blistering sun. Although we’d like to avoid getting sunburns, sometimes it happens.

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Superfood Tip: Beets are extremely healthy

Beets are not only healthy, but they help lower blood pressure, according to a number of health experts.

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Fitness Tip: Paddle boarding burns massive calories

Two great spots exist right here in Craig for paddle boarding — the Yampa River and Elkhead Reservoir. Don’t worry if you don’t have a paddle board, as Red Coyote Adventure out of Jackson’s in Craig rents paddle boards.

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Healthy eating: Energy bars

These bars are great for a mid-day snack; they provide protein, healthy fat and a touch of sweetness without a lot of sugar.

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Many hours of giving earn Robin Schiffbauer Best Volunteer

A giving spirit can be found in many small-town residents, but the people of Moffat County recognized one of Craig’s most selfless as the Best Community Volunteer. Robin Schiffbauer took the title this year as the area’s most active do-gooder, having a hand in many facets of Craig that strive to improve the lives of others.

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Personal touch pays off for Bank of the San Juans employees

Flint Dillon, Heather Brumblow win Best Customer Service, Best Bank Teller

A banking institution without its own automated teller is a rarity in the 21st century, but the people inside the building can make all the difference in how a patron does business. The Craig branch of Bank of the San Juans took first in two Best of Moffat County categories as employees Heather Brumblow and Flint Dillon cashed in with Best Bank Teller and Best Customer Service, respectively.

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