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From Pipi's Pasture: A hot summer afternoon

It’s a hot afternoon here at Pipi’s Pasture, reminding me of days past when my sisters and I were growing up. (Our brother Duane had not been born yet.) I remember how hot the ranch house would get after a morning of cooking for a haying crew. So in the afternoon, after the dishes were done and put away, Charlotte, Darlene and I usually headed outside, seeking the shade of the big trees in the yard. Sometimes Mom carried her sewing outside, we spread a blanket under the silver maple tree, and while she darned socks or did some kind of needlework, Mom told us stories.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Making fruit butters

Last week this column featured Louise Irvine’s recipe for “Old-style Apple Butter.” The recipe came from a cookbook called “Putting Food By,” given to Louise by her mother-in-law a long time ago. The pages Louise gave me had some other tips for making fruit butters that I thought readers might find useful.

HRC Column: Love INC’s role in Moffat County

Love INC stands for Love In the Name of Christ. Love INC of the Yampa Valley is one of two Colorado affiliates of the non-profit group. As a matter of fact, it has affiliates as far away as Kenya, Africa.

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Patti Mosbey: Drama, heartache and joy in Sand Wash

It’s a cool summer evening, the air is fresh and we can see for miles. Banking up in the western sky is a beautiful sunset primed to shout with color as the sun moves behind the backlit clouds.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton: Examining Dodd-Frank’s first five years

This week marked five years since President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law, making this an opportune time to look back at the impact this misguided legislation has had on the financial services industry, especially on how it has impacted community banks and credit unions in Colorado.

Mike Littwin: Donald Trump’s spectacular implosion

If you were worried that the Donald’s inevitable implosion wouldn’t be wildly spectacular, you can put your mind at ease. Give the guy some credit.

Janet Sheridan: I did it

In August of 2002, I took a daily walk in the early morning air of Aspen at the same time three boys rode their bicycles to school. Every day, I watched the two older boys swoop up a lengthy, steep incline to a highway overpass that led to the school. The younger boy, probably a brother to one of the other two, pumped with all his might as he approached the incline, stalled when he hit it, and had to push his bike to the top of the grade. The older boys rode on without a backward glance.

Becky Plummer: Businesses lower flags

I would like to request that all of our businesses to lower our flag in respect for our Marines that lost their lives last week in a senseless act of violence.

Yampa Valley Artisans: Thank you for support

The Yampa Valley Artisans would like to thank the community for their support of our latest Pop Up Gallery. T&H Parts, Yampa Valley Bank, Cook Chevrolet/Subaru, Farm Bureau Insurance, Downtown Business Association, Mike and Suzanne Brinks and the Kitchen Shop were instrumental in the success of this event with their financial backing.

Lance Scranton: Things that matter

Yes, the climate debate is important. The latest satellite imagery shows no warming over the last 11 years and the Arctic Ice shelf is expanding. However, worldwide, it appears that global temperature has risen a collective 0.8 degrees Celsius since 1880 (that’s 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit for you imperialist degree deniers). By some estimations, the rise of ISIS is directly attributable to our treatment of the planet. High-ranking government officials tell us that pillaging the planet has lead to disenfranchised climate victims lopping off heads, blowing up innocent people and causing general worldwide mayhem.

Prather’s Pick: Harper Lee's new novel — Part 1

The other day I purchased the new novel, and when I was getting ready to go through the checkout line to pay for the book, I spotted what I thought to be a magazine on a display rack. The cover caught my eye because it was a photo of Gregory Peck reading “To Kill a Mockingbird.” It turned out to be a LIFE Book: “The Enduring Power of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’” So I bought it, too, hoping that it would help me remember Lee’s first published novel. It’s been a long time since I’ve read “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The LIFE Book was all that I’d hoped for and more. I read it cover to cover, and then I decided to write about it in this column and write a review of “Go Set a Watchman” in the next one.

Fantasy Sports Fix: Ratings jump around headed into 2nd half of baseball season

There are always a lot of surprises in fantasy baseball — players who come out of nowhere, or relatively nowhere, to make an impact in the rankings. Maybe they're not even unknowns, they might just be drafted out of the first two rounds and have a tremendous run to outplay their Average Draft Position to the surprise of many.

Thoughtful Parenting: Gatekeeping

Parental gatekeeping occurs when one parent sees the other parent as less than competent when it comes to caring for a child and feels the need to control or restrict the child’s interaction with the other parent. This can occur whether parents are living together or apart. More often than not, it is mothers who tend to be gatekeepers, but fathers can be as well.

Stephanie Pearce: Singing a melody

Every morning I lived at my parents’ home, my mom would greet me with, “Good Morning to you. Good morning, sweet Stephanie. Good morning to you.” Followed by “Rise and shine and give God the glory” and ending with “This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made!” I must admit that this ritual was OK when I was little, but as I grew into my teen years, it annoyed the heck out of me. Now I look back on those times fondly and remember the way my mother would start the day for me.

VNA: Be aware of wild animal diseases

Hantavirus. Tularemia. Plague. Though rare, there have been more cases of these life-threatening diseases than usual in Colorado. All three involve exposure to animals such as rodents and rabbits. Recent cases have not been reported in Moffat or Routt counties, but some have occurred in nearby areas.