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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.

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Baxter Black: Whoa, mule!

I finally collected enough first hand reports to answer the age-old question, “How do you stop a runaway mule?”

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Over a Cup of Coffee: A crispy cookie!

This past month my sisters, Charlotte (Allum) and Darlene Blackford, and our brother, Duane Osborn, spent the day together, talking about growing up on the ranch when we were young, emphasis on cooking since we have been working on a cookbook that we started some years ago.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Moving cows across the road

This coming weekend the cattle on summer pasture will be moved to another pasture, just across the county road from where they are now. No big deal, but the move can be, and usually is, very interesting — especially in the heat.

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Northwest Colorado Health: Rubber Ducky Race returns Aug. 27

You’ve heard of the goose that laid the golden egg. How about the duck with the golden ticket? A $500 grand prize will be the big draw of the second annual Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice on Aug. 27 in Craig. The event, hosted by Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) will include a total of $1,000 in cash prizes.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot is more of a reincarnation

A new version of a movie that’s been beloved for more than 30 years is rarely going to come along without people holding on to the memory of the original. In the case of “Ghostbusters,” referring to the update as being haunted by its predecessor seems most appropriate.

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Jonah Goldberg: Can America afford to have a ceremonial president?

CLEVELAND — In normal times, the report this week that Donald Trump wanted John Kasich to be the real president would have made more of a splash.

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Mike Littwin: How Ted Cruz became the most reviled person in the room

On the third night of the Republican convention, Ted Cruz did the impossible. He replaced Hillary Clinton as the most reviled person in the room.

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U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton: Support needed to fight opioid abuse

Widespread opioid abuse is having a tragic impact on communities in Colorado and across the nation. If I were to poll the entire 3rd Congressional District, I’m sure that most people could say that they have either been personally affected or know someone who has been affected by the growing abuse of prescription painkillers and heroin in our state.

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Prather’s Pick: An enchanting book

The story is told by an unknown narrator who “knows all,” including the thoughts of a seed and what the Earth tells the seed. It all begins as a woman, known only as “the Nice Lady,” holds a seed in her hand. It is the end of summer and someone has given her the seed for next year. All that the Nice Lady knows about the seed is that it will vine and produce sweet-smelling blossoms.

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Lance Scranton: As a nation, we should do what's right

The news just seems to be getting worse as summer winds down and our nation’s disagreements ramp up.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Understanding adoption

As our agency has provided pre- and post-adoption training to birth parents and potential adoptive parents, we have heard many of the same questions about the adoption process.

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