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Sasha Nelson: Judging Horizons' Pick-a-Dish reminds that best food comes from the heart

Insights from behind the judges' table at the fifth annual Pick-a-Dish contest and fundraiser.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Coloring Easter Eggs

When my sisters, brother and I were growing up on the ranch, we looked forward to coloring Easter eggs — perhaps as much as hunting them.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Making Easter Salads

Awhile back, Patty Myers, of Hamilton, sent me a recipe for “Raspberry Salad.” I put off making it until Easter, so it’s on the menu for Sunday dinner. Patty got the recipe from Berdna Nicodemus. I featured the recipe in a previous column, but I’m repeating it this week just in case you want to go out and buy the ingredients and make it for your holiday dinner, too.

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Rep. Bob Rankin: Your money, your state

I’m afraid to start writing a column about state government this month. Can mundane details about only 600 legislative bills and a mere $28 billion of spending attract your interest? I worry that you, the dedicated readers of my monthly wanderings, are all focused not on Colorado’s issues but on the president’s latest tweet. How to keep you reading a whole 500 words when the TV is reporting about Russia, the Supreme Court and Syria and who knows what’s next?

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Puberty blockers should not be used on trans children

The transgender movement in America has officially gone too far.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ haunted by casting choices, slow development

With massive holographic advertisements, mechanical geishas and other embodiments of artifice prominent in the Asian metropolis of “Ghost in the Shell,” you’d think that’d be the biggest example of fakery. But, the inauthenticity goes even deeper, dear viewers.

Lance Scranton: Deep thoughts from students

If you keep up with current events; as we do each week in classes at the high school, you are well-versed in the substantial amount of coverage given to the idea of victimhood. Students point out (astutely) that it seems like everyone is a victim these days: implicit racism, electoral misogyny, cultural appropriation, and a host of other trends that capture the young learner’s attention.

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Prather’s Pick: A novel inspired by a portrait

Author Christina Baker Kline did a lot of research before writing “A Piece of the World,” this week’s new (2017) novel. It was inspired by a portrait of Christina Olson, a young woman who lived in Cushing, Maine during the 1930s-40s. The portrait was done by Andrew Wyeth (whose father, N.C. Wyeth, and son Jamie were also famous artists).

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John Ponikvar: Thanks for voting me mayor

These past several months, as I campaigned to become your mayor, have been the most humbling and fulfilling times of my life. I am not a politician — I have been serving people in business and through community organizations for more 45 years.

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History in Focus: John Ledford the ‘Double Barrel Sheriff’

On the second floor of the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig a new exhibit displays a sturdy 12 gauge side-by-side double barreled shotgun, and it tells a unique story about John Ledford; adventurer, entrepreneur and a self-made man. Through a series of twists and turns he arrived in Craig in his early 20s and aggressively forged a successful life culminating in his job as first sheriff of Moffat County.

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Thoughtful Parenting: ‘Too Fly to Get High’

Grand Futures is hosting an exciting alternative event on April 20 for teens on a day known for high marijuana consumption. The event, Too Fly to Get High, will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. April 20 at Ghost Ranch, located at 56 Seventh St. in Steamboat Springs.

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Dave DeRose: Thank you

I wanted to congratulate the members of the newly elected council and wish them all the best as they embark on an important time in our local history.

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Faith Column: Cowboy Church

We have a Cowboy Church here in Craig. When I tell people about it they say, “Just what is a Cowboy Church?” So I thought that it would be best to take the time to explain why so many Cowboy Churches are springing up everywhere. Here is the explanation best I can do.

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Our View: Sales tax concerns and edits for next time

It’s no secret that elected officials, business owners and many community members are bummed the sales/use tax initiative failed to gain enough votes Tuesday.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Making bar cookies

Brownies and other bar cookies are good anytime, and they’re great desserts to take to picnics and potlucks. They are good for Easter dinner, too! This week’s two recipes come from my old cookbook without a cover and other pages.