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The Bock’s Office: ‘Lion’ roars triumphantly as true tale of overcoming impossible odds

Many of us have parts of our childhood we’d like to forget, but for just as many, drawing a complete blank can be just as upsetting. For those who need motivation to piece together both the painful and pleasant parts of their life, that’s why a movie like “Lion” exists.

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Janet Sheridan: 13 weeks later

On Nov. 17, I walked through the tender light of dawn beneath a misty moon and dusky sky. Leafless trees wearing coats of earth-toned bark marked my passage, cool air stirred around me and leaves crunched to the rhythm of my stride. Watched by cautious deer, I followed a zigzagging trail up a hill west of my home. At the top, I turned to see Craig stretched below, hushed and expectant, as though awaiting an event of import.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Lego Batman’ — Holy successful spin-off!

With a rogues gallery that includes a crocodile man, a lady in pigtails and harlequin makeup and a sentient glob of muck, you’d think “The Lego Batman Movie” would already be as crazy as it could get. You’d be wrong.

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Danielle Elkins: Coal communities remain hopeful

Although the coal industry’s future remains uncertain, it claimed a regulatory victory last Thursday when President Trump signed House Joint Resolution 38 to stop a piece of Obama-era legislation known as the Stream Protection Rule.

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Trump and the media: Demolition derby

The traditional media have decided not to take President Trump's insults lying down. After what may be the strongest — and to his supporters — most thrilling takedown of journalists by any president, Editor and Publisher magazine featured this headline: "Newspapers Aim to Ride 'Trump Bump' to Reach Readers, Advertisers."

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Lance Scranton: More than words

If you’re like me, you have a tough choice to make regarding the mayoral and city council races in April. A host of quality candidates for the council and mayoral positions means, hopefully, that residents will get a wide array of ideas for improving our town. I’ve been a fan of city council this past term and think that they have made sound decisions based on the realities of our circumstances under the pesky, micromanagement of state and federal officials. Too often local control ends up being reaction to laws, regulations and policies that are mandated upon localities.

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Don Jones: Vote Joe Bird for Mayor

April 4 will be a critical election for the citizens of Craig. The voters of Craig will be tasked in electing a new mayor and filling four open councilperson seats. The new mayor will either be tasked with indoctrinating new council members, working with existing members or a combination of both old and new. This individual must possess the leadership, flexibility, creativity, and vision to lead Craig to new horizons. Joe Bird has all of these characteristics and more.

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Prather’s Pick: Celebrating the works of Dr. Seuss

When I taught children’s literature and inquired about my adult students’ favorite children’s author, they almost always replied, “Dr. Seuss.” Because of his wacky words, rhyming verse, and ingenious artwork, Dr. Seuss is indeed one of the most beloved children’s authors. Besides that, his books leave all readers — young and old alike — with messages about life.

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U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton: The state of the economy

The House Financial Services Committee recently received our biannual update on the state of the economy from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. This update could not have come at a more important time.

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Jo Ann Baxter: Join us

I am appealing to Moffat County Democrats and anyone who is interested in continuing a local Democratic Party to attend a re-organization meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the VFW.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Children and domestic violence

A simple question parents often ask is, “What does my child need?” Children need a home that is safe and loving and free of violence and parents who protect them. Home should provide a sense of stability, with comfort and support.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: A cow Is delighted when…

Awhile back my sister Charlotte Allum, of Fort Collins, called me with an idea for “Pipi’s Pasture.” She suggested that I write about cows’ moods. I’m thinking about it, though it might be a challenging assignment — perhaps even for an animal psychologist. But, I’m working on it.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: A surprise casserole

First of all, I’d like to thank all of the readers who sent letters and called with recipes for mincemeat. There hasn’t been enough room in the column to print all of the recipes I received, but I’m setting some of them aside until Thanksgiving and Christmas 2017.

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Mike McInnes: Thank you for coal support

I want to personally thank the communities of Northwest Colorado and elected officials across the state for their strong show of support of Colowyo Mine’s continued operations. We couldn’t ask for better employees, friends and neighbors.

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Mike Littwin: The first question is not why Flynn was fired, but why he was ever hired

Let’s be clear about the latest bit of chaos from the dysfunctional — that’s John McCain’s description — Trump White House. The real Mike Flynn scandal was not the one that led the national security adviser to be fired. The scandal is that he was ever hired.

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