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Prather's Pick: You'll be Plumb surprised with this novel

“The Nest”, this week’s new novel, is a first for author Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. It is published by HarperCollins Books (2016). The novel’s story is about a dysfunctional family, the members of which scheme, lie, cheat and even steal to get what they want. The leading characters are the Plumb siblings — Leo, Bea, Melody and Jack. The plot revolves around The Nest, a joint trust fund to be shared by the siblings when the youngest, Melody, turns 40. That’s going to happen in February.

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Sunset Meadows: Thanks for donations

The residents at Sunset Meadows would like to thank the community for its donations.

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Lance Scranton: Craig’s ‘donut hole’ — think big

Economic development is a huge issue in and around Moffat County these days and there are definitely some ideas that could be considered for making Craig a possible hub for some exciting adventures year-round. A good friend of mine always liked to describe Craig as the donut hole and went on to explain that surrounding our peaceful Hamlet are any number of recreational and tourist opportunities.

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Judi Holland: Dealing with challenging behaviors with kids

Parents ask all the time, “Why does my baby cry? Why does my toddler refuse to share? Why does my preschooler bite?” Many behaviors, in which families regard as problematic, are age-appropriate. A 2-year old who is not able to sit still is acting his age; a 5-year-old who has trouble waiting her turn is behaving typically for her age. So what is a parent to do?

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Thoughtful Parenting: Strengthen your child’s EQ (Emotional Intelligence)

We live in a high pressure society where we sometimes hyper-focus on grades and test scores. However, there’s more to being successful in life than “book smarts.”

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The Sidener Family: In memory of Jaydon — thanks to community

It started as any other ordinary day. As a family we were visiting the town of Craig with the consideration of relocating to the area. Kevin Sidener had become “Kevin #2” at Cook Ford and was enjoying the camaraderie he and the salesmen were developing. Together he and I had decided that moving to Craig might be good for our family, so I loaded up our daughter and son on a Thursday afternoon and headed to Craig to see for myself.

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Tom Elder: Vernal, Utah’s bust cycle hits once again

Vernal has fallen on hard times — again. Northeastern Utah, like many western regions, has had a boom and bust economy for decades. Each cycle, the Uintah Basin becomes economically dependent on the energy industry. Then as the price of oil and gas drops to dismal lows, so too goes our economy. Can we break this cycle? Can we create a sustainable economy? If we look at past cycles, it becomes clear that we must look to our renewable assets to create a better future.

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Over a Cup Coffee: Macaroni and Hamburger

Recently I’ve been remembering recipes that I cooked up years ago, when I had young children. Amazingly, I recall the dishes but not how to prepare them. I think that I cooked some recipes — like a meat loaf — out of my head, not from a written recipe. (It’s too bad that I can’t remember how I made the meat loaf because it was moist and my husband Lyle liked it.)

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Ucky has a calf

On April 9, Ucky had a calf. That doesn’t seem to be a big deal because cows have calves all the time, but Ucky is about 20 years old, her bones creak, and her teeth are deteriorating — in other words, she’s old.

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Our view: Thanking law enforcement

Law enforcement officers have a “thankless” job, meaning they’re not recognized enough for the precarious and dangerous situations they face on a daily basis.

Scott Tipton: National monument designations must be locally driven

This law, still in effect today, gives authority to the President of the United States to proclaim certain significant natural, cultural or scientific areas as national monuments, if they are located on federal public lands, with the intent of preventing destruction or harm to them.

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Mike Littwin: Can Bernie Sanders still win the revolution if he can’t win the race?

In New York, the city where some people actually do sleep, the 2016 campaign was re-awakened to some old realities — that momentum in politics is highly overrated and it’s demography (if not always democracy) that wins the day.

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The Bock’s Office: Live-action ‘Jungle Book’ has the right kind of bite

You may know the basic narrative of “The Jungle Book,” but it’s a testimony to moviemaking when something with decades of familiarity can make you jump out of your seat in surprise at the fur, scales, claws and fangs that seemingly come out of nowhere. It almost makes you wish they could figure out something better than a red diaper for the hero to wear.

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Prather’s Pick: Who ate the turkey?

I know that it isn’t Christmas, but I couldn’t wait until December to review “The Christmas Turkey Disaster,” the 66th (!) and most recent book in the “Hank the Cowdog” series. The “Hank” books are written by John R. Erickson and illustrated by Gerald L. Holmes. Both men live in Perryton, Texas. Erickson is a former cowboy who has written books for both children and adults, but he is best known for “Hank the Cowboy.” In addition to “Hank the Cowdog,” Holmes has illustrated cartoons and textbooks.

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Lance Scranton: Scientifically speaking… are we deniers?

I’m starting to think that the earth is on the verge of a cataclysmic environmental tragedy that I have no control over and I feel useless to stop the destruction.