Baxter Black: The national insect

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection. Warm memories, overstuffed afternoons and family. Yet rising from this cornucopia of good feelings, like a rubber chicken from a shopping cart full of cut-up fryers, is that runner-up for national bird... the Turkey.

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Patti Mosbey: Winter in Sand Wash Basin

“Have you been to Sand Wash lately?” That seems to be the most asked question I get these days. Laughingly I respond with “as often as I can.” I actually had a long break from the horses as everyday life and vacation took me to other ventures. I returned on Monday for the day with some friends.

Forget Me Not: Being thankful for parents and grandparents

As an adult, it’s more prevalent than ever how much love and support I’ve depended on over the years from my parents and grandparents. I certainly didn’t recognize all their gifts and love as a teenager or a young adult, but now — more than ever — I see how their presence in my life shaped me into the woman I am today.

Thinking About Health: Obamacare policyholders question rising deductibles

Is health insurance really affordable? hat’s the question thousands of Americans who signed up for policies under the Affordable Care Act are beginning to ask as third year open enrollment gets underway.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Preparing Thanksgiving leftovers

This year’s Thanksgiving dinner was like usual — having the family together and lots of food. Because of the weather, everyone got started home early. I put out some storage containers, and everyone dished up leftovers for their supper. Thank goodness they made a “dent” in what was left. Even so, Lyle and I ended up with a refrigerator full of food.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Being thankful for many blessings

One afternoon this past week while I was waiting for the stock tank to fill — when I do some of my best thinking — I thought about my reasons to be grateful. Some people reflect on reasons to be thankful during the Thanksgiving holiday, but I connect my reflections more with the time of the year. After all, it’s the end to a busy season.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Secret in Their Eyes’ is surprisingly weak

It would be a cinematic sin to reveal too much about any mystery-themed movie. However, as “Secret in Their Eyes” shows, there are worse things than spoilers.

Mike Littwin: Carroll vs. Coffman may decide which party leads the House

Former state Senate president Morgan Carroll, who announced she’s running against Mike Coffman in the 6th congressional district, is seen as the Democrats’ best chance at the seat. But can she beat Coffman?

Janet Sheridan: My Thanksgiving list

Halloween and Christmas encroach upon Thanksgiving like two overgrown bullies harassing an innocent child. While still recovering from the sugar-soaked fun of Halloween, we’re besieged by the holly-jolliness of Christmas marketing. We shop for a Thanksgiving turkey amidst Christmas must-haves and sit down to eat it under the shadow of Black Friday, which creeps into Thursday, luring us into frenzied shopping sprees.

Prather’s Pick: Reasons for being thankful

This week’s picture book for kids is a reminder that we don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to be thankful. In fact, the author encourages the book’s readers to try to remember some of the things for which they’re thankful each day.

Lance Scranton: Many thanks to many people

Giving thanks is the theme of the week as Thanksgiving approaches, and families, friends and relatives begin thinking about who they’ll visit and what they’ll be eating.

John Pogline: Overton’s letter was spot on about Swinging Bridge

Thank you Mr. Overton for opening our eyes. I agree completely with you.

Sasha Nelson: Grab the Oars

My mom was eight months pregnant when my adventurous father launched his small raft from the South Beach boat launch just south of Caraig for a day trip to lay bridge. Two days later my very worried, very pregnant mom was reunited with my sunburned, dehydrated father who brought his raft in behind schedule. So began a legacy of family adventures on the Yampa River.

Stephanie Pearce: The American from Syria

There was a man I had the pleasure of knowing. He embodied the American dream. This man was educated, athletic, worked in coal mines, owned a business in town and spent years in public office.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Side dishes for Thanksgiving

Enjoying family, food and traditions during Thanksgiving

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, family members might look forward to the side dishes, like stuffing and salads, even more than the ham or turkey. This week’s column features two side dishes.