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The Bock’s Office: Oscar fever

Hollywood’s biggest night is nearly upon us, with the stage set for the 89th annual Academy Awards Sunday. With trophy magnets and small successes alike on the ballot this year, anything can happen as we await the announcement of which movies of the past year will take home the gold. My predictions for how the night will go can be found below.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Broccoli cheese soup

It’s been warm and spring-like, but undoubtedly there will be lots more snowy days before spring really arrives. That means that there’s still time left to enjoy soup, like this week’s recipe for “Broccoli Cheese Soup.” The second recipe for “Spanish Noodles” is quick to prepare and yet good, a recipe to fix when you don’t have much time.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: The stool

I had a birthday awhile back, and my husband Lyle came home from the post office carrying a package that was slightly bulged on one side. It was from my sister, Darlene Blackford, and before I got a chance to open the box, she called. She said that when I opened the gift I was to keep in mind that it had several possible uses.

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Patti Mosbey: Rambo, son of a living legend of Sand Wash Basin

The Bureau of Land Management – BLM has been conducting a Bait and Trap gather in Sand Wash this winter. To date they have removed forty-three horses. The harsh winter weather with snow and mud shut the effort down in December. So far their efforts for continuing have been futile.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Lion’ roars triumphantly as true tale of overcoming impossible odds

Many of us have parts of our childhood we’d like to forget, but for just as many, drawing a complete blank can be just as upsetting. For those who need motivation to piece together both the painful and pleasant parts of their life, that’s why a movie like “Lion” exists.

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Janet Sheridan: 13 weeks later

On Nov. 17, I walked through the tender light of dawn beneath a misty moon and dusky sky. Leafless trees wearing coats of earth-toned bark marked my passage, cool air stirred around me and leaves crunched to the rhythm of my stride. Watched by cautious deer, I followed a zigzagging trail up a hill west of my home. At the top, I turned to see Craig stretched below, hushed and expectant, as though awaiting an event of import.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Lego Batman’ — Holy successful spin-off!

With a rogues gallery that includes a crocodile man, a lady in pigtails and harlequin makeup and a sentient glob of muck, you’d think “The Lego Batman Movie” would already be as crazy as it could get. You’d be wrong.

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Danielle Elkins: Coal communities remain hopeful

Although the coal industry’s future remains uncertain, it claimed a regulatory victory last Thursday when President Trump signed House Joint Resolution 38 to stop a piece of Obama-era legislation known as the Stream Protection Rule.

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Lance Scranton: More than words

If you’re like me, you have a tough choice to make regarding the mayoral and city council races in April. A host of quality candidates for the council and mayoral positions means, hopefully, that residents will get a wide array of ideas for improving our town. I’ve been a fan of city council this past term and think that they have made sound decisions based on the realities of our circumstances under the pesky, micromanagement of state and federal officials. Too often local control ends up being reaction to laws, regulations and policies that are mandated upon localities.

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Prather’s Pick: Celebrating the works of Dr. Seuss

When I taught children’s literature and inquired about my adult students’ favorite children’s author, they almost always replied, “Dr. Seuss.” Because of his wacky words, rhyming verse, and ingenious artwork, Dr. Seuss is indeed one of the most beloved children’s authors. Besides that, his books leave all readers — young and old alike — with messages about life.

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U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton: The state of the economy

The House Financial Services Committee recently received our biannual update on the state of the economy from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. This update could not have come at a more important time.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Children and domestic violence

A simple question parents often ask is, “What does my child need?” Children need a home that is safe and loving and free of violence and parents who protect them. Home should provide a sense of stability, with comfort and support.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: A cow Is delighted when…

Awhile back my sister Charlotte Allum, of Fort Collins, called me with an idea for “Pipi’s Pasture.” She suggested that I write about cows’ moods. I’m thinking about it, though it might be a challenging assignment — perhaps even for an animal psychologist. But, I’m working on it.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: A surprise casserole

First of all, I’d like to thank all of the readers who sent letters and called with recipes for mincemeat. There hasn’t been enough room in the column to print all of the recipes I received, but I’m setting some of them aside until Thanksgiving and Christmas 2017.

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Mike Littwin: The first question is not why Flynn was fired, but why he was ever hired

Let’s be clear about the latest bit of chaos from the dysfunctional — that’s John McCain’s description — Trump White House. The real Mike Flynn scandal was not the one that led the national security adviser to be fired. The scandal is that he was ever hired.

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