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Over a Cup of Coffee: Ham and Potato Casserole

Last week’s column featured a recipe for a ham and potato soup. This week it’s a ham and potato casserole and a salad.

From Pipi’s Pasture: A little of this and a little of that

First of all, this week’s column has some more information about the 4-H program. (Last week’s column covered 4-H enrollment that is taking place now.) Then this week, JD Sexton, Moffat County Extension director, sent along some information regarding 4-H leaders.

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The Bock’s Office: Top 10 films of 2015

Another year has come and gone, and the highlights have shone through greatly. Some of the best movies have found widespread audiences and made lots of cash, while others remain obscure. Here are my thoughts on what was most worth watching.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Measure and record water you divert

Water in Colorado is not owned by people but rather people own a water right which entitles them to use a portion of the public’s water (referred to as a usufructuary right). A water right is limited by the amount of water that can be diverted for a beneficial use without waste. Of the amount diverted, not all of it will be consumed and will return to the stream system. Consumptive use is that portion of the water diverted that is consumed by the crop, industrial process or municipal use that does not return to the stream system.

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Forget Me Not: Seeing Corky Covertson thrive

Last Valentine’s Day, I wrote a story about Ed and Corky Coverston’s love and how it’s guided them through a number of difficult hurdles — especially cancer. Corky was fighting breast cancer — the second type of cancer that has attacked her body — and she lost all of her hair due to chemotherapy. To show his love and support for his wife, Ed shaved his head.

Thanks Trapper

The Kiwanas Club of Craig would like to thank Jim Herschberg and Trapper Mine.

Jonah Goldberg: GOP race hasn't stuck to the script

According to conventional wisdom, the GOP nominates the guy whose turn it is, while the Democrats look for a savior. As Bill Clinton once said, "In every presidential election, Democrats want to fall in love. Republicans just fall in line."

Mike Littwin: Obama maintains hope as threat of Trump looms

“Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, turning against each other as a people? Or will we face the future with confidence in who we are, in what we stand for, and the incredible things we can do together?” — President Barack Obama

Lance Scranton: Trust the numbers?

We’re an untidy bunch, but along with the messiness comes a whole bunch of human complexity. Data proves this election cycle has been thrown out the window and the “experts” are scrambling to determine why Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are so popular with primary voters. To the great majority of us, the answer is simple: for too long, too many politicians have taken advantage of the American voter.

Prather’s Pick: The real cowboy

On Monday, I had an absolutely delightful conversation with Claudia Grisenti, granddaughter of L.H. “Doc” Chivington, author of this week’s book. I was wondering about the “Doc” part of his name. Grisenti said it was a nickname — all cowboys had nicknames — but she doesn’t know how he got it.

History in Focus: George Lewis and a typhoon called ‘Cobra’

The majority of history is told by the living. However, the articles about the men from Moffat County who died during World War II are a chance for their stories to come alive. All too easily we lose the intensity of history. Events, life and death can quickly become a grey statistic in a book or history class. For the sake of our community and our local history it’s important to remember the very real lives of these men; lives that were filled with the bright colors of hopes and dreams. If not told, their unspoken voices threaten to fade away with the distance of time.

Bob Rankin’s Under the Dome: 2016 legislative session starts Wednesday

Thank you for taking time to read “Under The Dome” again. In now my third year, I’m even more committed to the idea of keeping you informed and encouraging you to get more involved in Colorado government. If you can tear yourself away from 24 hours a day of cable TV coverage of the presidential primary, I think you’ll find that the Colorado legislature is not only interesting but can mess with your life and business in ways that you might only imagine. Your opinions, comments and feedback are appreciated (even if you disagree with me).

Thoughtful Parenting: The joy and benefit of play

Winter has arrived, and with the colder months now upon us, it’s a great time to enjoy the twinkly lights, celebrate the glistening snow and give back to your community.

Faith Column: Resolutions

Happy New Year! When writing this article, I always ask God to let me know what words and ideas He wants someone in the reading audience to be blessed by. I could not think of any themes this time and nothing came into my mind from Him so I asked my daughter, Faith, what subjects might be good. She suggested talking about New Year’s resolutions.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Thank you, 4-H!

Every now and then “From Pipi’s Pasture” devotes a column to 4-H and/or FFA work. That’s because I was a 4-H member for about 10 years. From the time I was 8 years old until I was 18, I was a member of the Hamilton Busy Beavers 4-H Club, along with other young people from the Hamilton, Morapos, Williams Fork, and surrounding areas.