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Thoughtful Parenting: Reading crucial to a child’s language development

As a parent, you know that reading to your child is crucial to his or her language development and preparation for school. If you’re already reading to your child, what are the benefits of attending storytime at the library?

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Health Briefs: Free cardiovascular screenings offered on World Heart Day Thursday

Health screenings, flu shots and more health news.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Scalloped potatoes with mushroom soup

This weekend, weather permitting, we will start digging the Red Pontiac potatoes in our garden. So then I’m going to make Geraldine Coleman’s recipe for “Scalloped Potatoes Supreme,” which calls for cream of mushroom soup and chopped green pepper. Geraldine sent another batch of recipes. Thanks, Geraldine! Her recipe follows.

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From Pipi's Pasture: An equinox storm?

The equinox, defined by Webster’s New World Dictionary, is “the time when the sun crosses the equator, making night and day of equal length.” It also marks the beginning of autumn.

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Danielle Elkins: Coal communities crave balance from EPA

Last week, I discussed the history of coal in Appalachia — mainly in my hometown of Southwest Virginia — and some of the factors leading to its decline.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Sully’ lands well as depiction of recent history

A jet slamming into the middle of a frigid waterway may not have been seen as a best-case scenario before Jan. 15, 2009, but the film “Sully” reminds us that you can’t always anticipate everything that comes at you.

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Janet Sheridan: More things to love about Craig

Problems persist in Craig. On every block, small black-and-white signs, “Coal: It Keeps Our Lights On,” reflect our threatened economy. Too many houses stand empty, too many small businesses struggle, and too many families worry about making ends meet. But Craig is where I choose to live. After Joel and I retired, we frequently heard, “When will you be leaving?” We won’t. Here are some of the reasons why.

Lance Scranton: Thanks elected officials!

It’s a well-known and acceptable default to place blame on those in public service. Many times the charge is accurate, which is unfortunate because public service should be an honored. Well-meaning letters, editorials and columns have been written over the past few years that have detailed the woes of our city’s lack of economic diversity. We all know the importance of the mines and power plant as economic drivers in our community and they have certainly been taken for granted by many in our community.

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Prather's Pick: The story of the forgotten crayons

Previously I reviewed “The Day the Crayons Quit,” a most imaginative children’s picture book, written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. The point of view of this book was unique, indeed, because some unhappy crayons told the story. This week’s column features the sequel to this book — same author and illustrator. Published in 2015, it’s “The Day the Crayons Come Home.” This time, some former crayons want to be rescued.

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Dr. Wayne Davis: Dogs and their love for retrieving balls

Charlotte, a dog I had for 14 years, loved chasing balls and bringing them back. She loved doing the same with cows and sheep, llamas and chickens etc. — a major difference being she didn't bring them back in her mouth.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Little boy on Steamboat time

Tina Harlow will present a free parenting workshop, "Bright Minds, Busy Bodies: A Different Lens for Viewing High Energy Children,” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Historic Routt County Courthouse BCC Room.

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From Pipi's Pasture: It’s September

Fall is my favorite time of the year, and it lasts such a short time. I love the fall colors, decorating the house, walking in the fallen leaves, the just-right temperatures and, perhaps most of all, the pumpkins.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Cooking with eggplant

As promised, this week’s column features another of Geraldine Coleman’s recipes for using garden vegetables. The recipe for eggplant is intriguing.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Snowden’ a smart but singular story

While you’re watching a movie like “Snowden,” there’s no shortage of reminders that people may well be watching right back. Put electrical tape over your webcam, stick your cell phone in the microwave all you want, Big Brother is watching, so you might as well give him a show.

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Danielle Elkins: Coal conundrums in Craig and elsewhere

Since I moved to Craig a couple of months ago, I’ve heard several local residents express their concerns about the decline of the coal industry here in Moffat County. Hearing those concerns hits so very close to home for me.