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Collaborative Conservation: Conservation on all levels

The drive to survive is one we share with all living things. Why do some groups thrive when nearby groups of the same species, under similar conditions struggle? From monkeys and birds to wolves and ants, the natural world is full of examples that show how collaboration can boost survival.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Walking the obstacle course

Feeding the cows here at Pipi’s Pasture each winter morning is a little like walking an obstacle course. The course begins at the gate to the pasture, continues on to the part of the feedlot where hay is spread out, and ends back at the gate. The obstacles are the situations/obstructions that make the course a little tricky to maneuver. The goal isn’t to beat a certain time; it’s to make it back to the gate without falling down or getting knocked over. Sound ridiculous? Read on.

Our View: Grab free money available for students

Scholarships galore should entice students to apply.

The Loving Family of Tory Tovar: Thanks for the support

Our family would like to express our most sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love, help and kindnesses since the loss of our loved one.

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The Bock’s Office: What tops the list for 2014?

Each year I compile a top 10 list of the best films of the past 12 months, and each year it feels incomplete because of the near-impossibility of viewing every single movie to determine the hidden gems or deciding if the big releases are worth the hype. Either way, here is my countdown of my selections for the features I was able to watch that had the biggest effect on me.

Jonah Goldberg: The problem with Romney nostalgia

In 2007, when President Obama announced that he was running for president, he did it in Springfield, Illinois, to highlight his supposed connection to Abraham Lincoln. He brought in his biggest fans to cheer him on. When George W. Bush announced in 1999, he did it in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Bush campaign, likewise, brought in a big crowd of supporters. John Kerry announced in Patriot's Point, South Carolina, in 2003, amid a sea of American flags, war veterans and an aircraft carrier in the background.

Mike Littwin: Someone else, please, in 2016

There are many things in life I don't pretend to understand. Accretion discs. Dynamic scoring. Adam Sandler. But I've always had a pretty good handle on politics. For one thing, it's not that complicated. And for another, when I get confused, there's always Nate Silver to straighten me out.

Rita Kettle: Please, protect our kids

Stop child abuse. This subject has no doubt touched my heart. You hear about it in the news, you hear about it on the streets and read about it in the papers.

John Aiken: Thank you

I would like to thank Road and Bridge, especially Liz, Danny and Randy for the great service on snow removal this winter.

Sen. Bob Rankin’s Under the Dome: Western Colorado students and state government

Joyce Rankin with intro by Rep. Bob Rankin

The First Regular Session of the 70th General Assembly of Colorado convened at 10 a.m. Jan. 7. Per the State Constitution, the Legislature will meet for no more than 120 days, with adjournment sine die occurring on May 6. Since we are already underway, I continue to work on the Joint Budget Committee and begin General Assembly meetings in the house chambers.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Making government more efficient, effective and accountable in 2015

Washington is traditionally mired in gridlock and political games. And it’s no secret that despite some victories for Colorado, last Congress was the least productive in modern history. Now, as the new year ushers in a new Congress, there is renewed potential for compromise and collaboration. If Washington can move past the partisanship, there is plenty we can accomplish.

Prather’s Pick: A magical book about friendship

The snowflakes that floated down around me this morning as I did chores were just the right consistency for making a snowman — maybe even a snowman friend like the one in this week’s picture book for children.

Lance Scranton: Broncos' mania deflated

I love watching the Broncos and proudly support one of our favorite Colorado football teams. The prognostication before last weekend’s game was as well-intentioned as the excuses made after the loss to the Colts. The Indianapolis quarterback lived up to his name in a very lucky performance validated by the uninspired play of the Broncos. Clearly and objectively, the Bronco’s performance was slipping weeks before Sunday’s playoff loss, especially on offense.

Stephanie Pearce: The American Dream, Part 2 — examining Common Core

Last week I presented you with the beginnings of a lesson plan on capitalism and socialism. I was concerned that lessons like this are helping move our country farther away from the ideals that I consider “The American Dream.”

Senior Spotlight: Warm winter days

The first of the year is a time when I try to pay my bills and get other business taken care of as early as possible so that I have time to double check what I have done in case I mess up and put the wrong date on the checks or correspondence. Getting used to putting 2015 instead of 2014 has made some days a little more aggravating at times, but I think by the end of the month I should be alright. Until then, I will continue to double check things before I mail them out.