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Baxter Black: Headline Oddities

The more advanced a civilization becomes, the farther it gets from the real world.

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Moffat County, Northwest Colorado graduation rates above state average

Graduation rates in Moffat County fell from 86.8 percent in 2013 to 84.6 percent in 2014 but still remained above the state average of 77 percent and the state’s expected graduation rate of 80 percent, according to calculations based on Colorado Department of Education data released in late January.

From Pipi's Pasture: The sounds around us

This past week I have been listening to the sounds of the birds here at Pipi’s Pasture. Some of their songs seem to be heralding spring. So that has gotten me to think about other sounds around us, most so familiar that we may take them for granted. This week’s column is dedicated to the sounds around us.

Thinking About Health: Shopping for health care isn’t like buying computers

Imagine a world where you could shop for medical procedures the way you shop for computers. Most likely, price is near the top of your list when you’re looking for a new computer. Not so when the “product” is a hip replacement or an MRI. Generally, what the procedure costs is largely irrelevant. And doctors will make the decision about where the surgery will take place.

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Mountain lion treed by border collie and chihuahua in Craig

Craig resident Riley Hoth and her friend Ericka Ramirez ran into a scaredy-cat at Loudy-Simpson Park on Thursday afternoon.

On the record for Moffat County Jail Feb. 20

Craig Police Department summary of calls for service

Legislative update for the week of Feb. 23

Here are the proposed Senate and House bills relevant to Northwest Colorado moving through Colorado's General Assembly.

TMH Living Well: High blood pressure a common condition as we age

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure, medically known as hypertension. While only 25 percent of men ages 35 to 44 have high blood pressure, 64 percent of men from age 65 to 74, do. Women suffer from the condition at similar rates, but surpass men after age 75.

Fitness Tip: How’s your core?

Core strength is a very important component of any fitness program. The “core” refers to the muscles in the abdomen and pelvis. Imagine your body as it if were a house, where the core is the foundation and the rest of the body is the structure.

Wellness Tip: Fennel seeds

Fennel seed is an edible, licorice-flavored spice that is commonly found in Mediterranean dishes. Fennel seeds provide an aromatic flavor to foods. They can also be chewed raw.

Craig education briefs for Feb. 21, 2015: Colorado Northwestern Community College to host Black History Month event

Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig will host performer Charles Pace playing the part of Frederick Douglass at 11 a.m. Thursday in room 185 of the main academic building.

Craig health briefs for Feb. 14, 2015: VNA offers grief support group

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice program is hosting its final grief education and support group from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays in the Gold Room at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell Street.

Our View: Addiction facility is a good idea

Mental health and drug dependency are extremely difficult hardships to tackle without help, and the lack of addiction and health facilities in Northwest Colorado make it difficult assist those with such problems.

Craig briefs: Taste of Chocolate announces winners

The Downtown Business Association announced that Linda Robertson is the first place winner of last weekends Taste of Chocolate competition.

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Craig Rural Fire Protection District receives higher ISO rating

Craig Fire/Rescue's new ISO rating took up most of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District's meeting time on Thursday night.

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Moffat County advances two wrestlers to Friday's championship quarters

Moffat County High School juniors Issik Herod and Stelios Peroulis each punched their tickets to their respective quarterfinals Friday at the Pepsi Center with strong showings on the mat in the preliminary round.

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The Bock’s Office: Oscar nominees going for the gold

Earlier this month, the Super Bowl finished off the pro football season to the consternation of sports junkies, and this weekend comes the equivalent of the Big Game for cinephiles. The 87th Academy Awards will include just as many gripes and pleasant surprises alike as the best in film for 2014 are honored.

On the record for Moffat County Jail Feb. 19

Moffat County Jail report and Craig Police Department summary of calls for service

Janet Sheridan: Car sick

I spot them as soon as they enter a restaurant: weary, shoes untied, crumbs littering their clothing. They remove their sunglasses, rub the bridges of their noses and order with little interest; then they smooth out a wrinkled map or peer at a digital version on their cell phones. Road trippers.

Craig Sports Briefs for Feb. 20, 2015: Local teams to honor athletes

As part of the wrap-up of their regular seasons, the Moffat County High School boys and girls varsity basketball teams will host Senior Night Saturday, acknowledging their senior team members during games against Aspen. Junior varsity level matches beginning at 11 a.m., varsity starts at 2 p.m.