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Lance Scranton: Biased? Of course you are!

What the people are saying and what the media and certain politicians are hearing has reached an epic divide. It’s become a “read the news you wanna hear and avoid the rest” kind of election. Depending on your news source, evidence is mounting — as if most of us didn’t already know — that news reporters are biased. What a surprise, proven by the degree that channels go out of their way to celebrate their objectivity.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Retaining the native tongue

The ability to speak a second language fluently is undoubtedly becoming more and more important in a society that is experiencing globalization at an exponential rate.

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CMEDP Column: Progress made collectively

I am writing this month’s column from my small hometown in west central Ohio. As I travel around this area, I am amazed by the bustling economic activity of this area. While I’ve passed these companies countless times in the past, I am noticing them with a different perspective given my new position with Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership and Marianna Raftopoulos Business Success Center.

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Clerks Corner: Navigating the DMV

No one is ever more honest with you than an unhappy customer. Many people become easily frustrated with government agencies for several reasons, such as required paperwork and wait times. Department of Motor Vehicles offices likely rank right near the top of the list of “most-hated” government agencies, and even those of us who are employed by a government agency can get frustrated with policies and procedures as well!

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Patti Mosbey: Legends of Sand Wash

Have you seen Picasso? Probably the most asked question in all of Sand Wash Basin.

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Baxter Black: Timed event man

In the world of rodeo, cowboys usually fall into one of two categories; rough stock riders or timed event men. Each looks on the other with suspicion. Bronc riders can’t imagine havin’ to drag a horse and trailer all over the country and ropers think bull riding is uncivilized!

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From Pipi's Pasture: The surprise move

Life is full of surprises. Take Monday, for example. Last week I wrote about moving the cattle from the pasture we put them in at the start of summer to another pasture across the road and how interesting the move can be. The move was supposed to take place today or tomorrow, when family could come to help.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Making cookies with a cake mix

Over the years I’ve made recipes that start with cake mixes. Two of our favorites are a chocolate cherry cake and a fruit cobbler. In the case of the cobbler, different cake mixes and canned fruits can be used, and a while back, readers and I had a lot of fun trying different varieties.

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Janet Sheridan: Why would anyone have a garage sale?

Like most newly hatched garage-sale addicts, after a summer spent buying second-hand goods on Saturday and questioning my sanity on Sunday, I decided to have a garage sale of my own. I convinced a group of friends to co-host a sale in my back yard; the ladies who nurtured my garage-sale mania, Shirley and Eileen, agreed to lend their wisdom to our cause.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ — Warp speed toward fun

It’s been 50 years since William Shatner first uttered the immortal words “to boldly go where no man has gone before.” While there have been many changes to the world both good and bad in that time, it’s comforting to know that a movie such as “Star Trek Beyond” can tap into that sense of wonder and discovery.

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Les and Bonnie Hampton: Thank you first responders

The good news is we and several of our neighbors in the Elkhead area awoke in our own beds this morning, July 28, 2016. We thank the Lord, Craig Volunteer firefighters, and 25 feet of road separating our homes from yesterday’s wildfire.

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Prather's Pick: A handmade book

I found “Martha’s Vineyard: Isle of Dreams” by author-illustrator Susan Branch at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries one Friday, and then I had trouble putting it down all weekend long. I’m not a stranger to Branch’s books. Her first book, “Heart of the Home,” was a recipe book — but no ordinary recipe book. It is a handmade book, handwritten and illustrated with charming watercolor pictures.

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Lance Scranton: Civil wars

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that I’ve been intrigued by a series of Civil War novels as part of my summer reading. With political party conventions taking place this month, we’re being told there is a deep divide in our country. The gap between those who will definitely vote for one party or the other is increasingly more diverse and at times largely uncivil in tone. It’s difficult to get through the bog of prognostications and predictions that are part and parcel of the coverage, but just as in the books I’m reading — it comes down to the people.

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Celestial News: Summer Triangle rides high

When the summer sun goes down, three of the first stars to peep through the lingering twilight are the bright stars that form the unmistakable asterism called the Summer Triangle.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Executive function coaching a great resource

Find the power of motivation and change for a scattered brain with executive function coaching, a great resource for high school and college students or adults.