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Danielle Elkins: Trump offers hope in battling opioid epidemic in US

Drug addiction — it’s the other war that America has been fighting for decades, and it’s one of the major issues that Donald Trump will face during his time in The White House.

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Lance Scranton: Want to be seen in 2017?

Last January, I wrote about how 2016 would be a year to, “Quit thinking you can control everything, lower your expectations of people, and prepare yourself for the realities of life.” I thought that being a bit more rational about the state of humanity might do us all better last year. Well, you have to admit that 2016 was quite a year and one that we will remember for a long time.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Teaching youth about healthy relationships

Because we know that healthy people know how to ask for what they need, we want students to understand how to be holistically healthy and understand the components of healthy relationships.

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Terry Barber: A successful business owner gets rid of blame and distrust

At ActionCOACH, to be a successful business owner we believe that it is just as important to stop doing things as it is start doing things. Starting often brings the excitement of something new and hope for the future. Stopping is just plain hard. It requires a gut-check and and admittance that certain activities, actions or mindsets are not beneficial at best or destructive at worst. So, we focus on starting new things while ignoring what we really MUST stop doing. STOP doing that!

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Michelle Balleck: A collective vision for the new year

All sharing a community vision. All taking steps toward the same goal. All moving in a collective direction.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Patty’s Raspberry Salad

This week’s column offers up a treat. It’s a yummy salad recipe, made with raspberries, cream, cream cheese, Jell-o and more. I’ll bet it could be served as a dessert. Anyway, the recipe was sent to me by Patty Meyers who lives near Hamilton. Patty got the recipe from Berdna Nicodemus. Patty makes this salad for every holiday dinner. She doesn’t know if you could use fresh raspberries in place of frozen ones.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Remembering New Year’s Day

In those days when I was growing up on the ranch, we didn’t have people in for New Year’s Day — not that I remember anyway. We did celebrate the beginning of the new year with a nice dinner which probably consisted of roast beef, potatoes and gravy, and all the trimmings. During the day, perhaps dinner, we talked about our hopes for the year and made our resolutions, which we might have kept to ourselves.

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Vicki Van Couvering: A sincere thanks

As 2016 draws to a close, I wanted to express my gratitude, and that of the board of directors, volunteers and moms and dads we serve at the Yampa Valley Pregnancy & Family Center to everyone who has given of their finances, time, energy, in-kind donations, printer cartridges, and everything else that has helped us flourish!

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Danielle Elkins: Love for the holidays

As I’m sitting here reflecting on the busiest year of my life so far, after watching Christmas come to an end while preparing to ring in a new year, I realize that as I’ve grown older and moved away from home, this time of year has changed tremendously for me.

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Janet Sheridan: What happened to thank you notes?

I exited the meeting for new teachers with the words of the dictatorial principal, Mr. Bailey, ringing in my ears: “Remember no gum, no slacks, no mini-skirts. Never be late for recess or lunch duty. And I will check your lesson plans every Friday for their adherence to your grade-level curriculum.”

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Passengers’ a sci-fi feature fueled by star power

A first date that involves a spacewalk, swimming in zero gravity, a robot in a red blazer — the science-fiction romance “Passengers” truly has it all in its telling of lovers who are literally star-crossed. Or rather, crossing stars.

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Ruth and Dave Williams: Decorated windows

We hope the windows of The Budget Center are getting the attention they sure deserve.

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Cory Overton: Bad decisions by commissioners

I would like to know what constitutes the Moffat County Commissioners to decide they can't afford to plow out the seniors of this community but can plow four miles of a county road 2 miles up and 2 miles back down and the time to get blade there and man hours.

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Prather's Pick: Taking refuge in a barn

A big red barn is right there on the cover of this week’s picture book for children. The barn stands all by itself in a wintry landscape somewhere in Maine. A few rocks, some bushes and dried-up plant stems stick up out of the snow. Drifts of snow are piled up against a fence that runs up to a door on the left side of the barn. Icicles hang from the roof; it’s very cold. The book is “Winter Barn,” a nonfiction book written and illustrated by Peter Parnall. This is an older book, copyright 1986.

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Lance Scranton: A newspaper’s value

If you had a dime for every column you are going to read about the year ahead; you might have enough for an overpriced cup of coffee from Starbucks (but, it’s so good!). I’m hazarding a guess, but I think if you are reading this column you are half expecting me to whip out my not-so-subtle support of conservatism in general and the policies that make Moffat County sustainable in the year to come and you would be right!