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Michelle Balleck: Reflecting the needs of our business community

Serving, listening to and responding to the needs of our community’s businesses, large and small, is at the heart of our work at Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership. Not only do we focus on big-picture projects to make our community business-friendly and progressive, we also are able to assist entrepreneurs and business owners ready to grow one-on-one, thanks to our partnership with the Small Business Development Center.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

During winter months, even as Northwest Colorado residents enjoy activities in the fresh mountain air, they also tend to spend more time indoors, breathing indoor air. If stoves or furnaces malfunction, families can be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, a leading cause of poisoning deaths in the U.S.

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U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton: An update on national security

Last month, the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee updated its Terror Threat Snapshot, which is a monthly assessment of the threat that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other radical terrorist groups pose to the United States and the West.

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St. Michael’s Community Kitchen: So appreciative to those who help us

St. Michael’s Community Kitchen would like to thank the fabulous residents of Moffat County who have been so generous and patronized the kitchen for the last eight years. St. Mike’s kitchen prepared its first meal Christmas week 2009. We happily served 35 Christmas dinners.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: So, now it’s February…

So, now it’s February 2017. The tax forms that were supposed to be filed Jan. 31 have been sent. The registration tag for my car, to replace the 2016 tag has been put on the license plate. The property tax notice arrived in the mail. Maybe some of the bitter early winter temperatures have left (though I know it can be cold in February).

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Clerk’s Corner: Ethics in governing

I recently met with a group of high school students from the Work Program to discuss workplace ethics. My interview with the students revolved around ethical behavior and the principles of integrity, honesty and morality.

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Moffat County High School: Proud

I am extremely proud of Moffat County High School for a variety of reasons. At the meeting of athletic directors in Grand Junction a few weeks ago, another athletic director took the time to pass on some positive feedback from their parents and compliment Moffat County High School fans for their positive behaviors during basketball games at Grand Valley High School. Good job fans!

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John Pogline: No means no

It seems that there are still people out there that still do not know what no means. Let me reiterate: The majority of voters vote not to allow the growth and sales of recreational pot. This means no.

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Vince Turner: Thanks TMH

I would like to give a HUGE thank you to The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic.

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Mike Littwin: The nation is in crisis

The nation is in an uproar. The nation is in crisis. In the news biz, this is what we call a standing headline. You don’t have to mark your calendar. Every day that’s a Trump day is a bad day for America.

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Danielle Elkins: Small businesses to benefit from Trump

The presidential pen has been flying since President Donald Trump took office last month, signing executive order after executive order.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ a sweet but insipid pet picture

Rarely do we actually get in the head of our movie canines, and as lovable as Old Yeller, Benji and Air Bud were, viewers didn’t always know what made them tick. But, as “A Dog’s Purpose” shows, just seeing the world through their eyes doesn’t intrinsically answer that question.

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Prather’s Pick: A book with fascinating illustrations

This week’s featured book is “A Child of Books,” a picture book for children. However, as with so many children’s books these days, the story line and artwork will be appreciated by adults, too. Best of all, children and adults can share the reading experience of the book.

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Lance Scranton: Students aren’t learning!

Each week begins with students listing events and news from the past week that is worth discussing in class. Student-driven news and event selection might be a little frightening for some teachers, especially with teenagers, but solid parameters make the process very dependable and enlightening. Students are interested in the world around them and are very engaged, but it’s the depth of their engagement that requires a teacher’s touch.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Importance of emotion coaching

As a parent, or another adult in a child’s life, one role you can play is that of an emotion coach.