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From Pipi’s Pasture: Taking a vacation

I don’t take many vacations because of all of my cow chores and all, but this year, since the cattle are out on summer pasture, I decided to take a week off from my away-from-home job.

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Janet Sheridan: Remembering my father

When I look in the mirror, I see Dad’s eyes looking back at me. I also have his height, frame, ears and hand gestures. I like the physical features I share with my dad, but I’m surprised when I display his behaviors — especially those I vowed to avoid when I was young, smug and critical.

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Mike Littwin: No tragedy too horrible for Trump to exploit

The predictability of Donald Trump’s reaction to the horror in Orlando does not make it any less shocking. As you must have heard, and probably still can’t quite absorb, the man who would be (and, yes, could be) president took the opportunity to make the deaths of 50 people somehow all about him. No tragedy, it appears, is too horrible for Trump to personally exploit.

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Prather’s Pick: Memories of playing outside

Christy Gonzales, librarian at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, says that everybody likes this week’s picture book for children. I can see why. I like it, too — a lot.

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Lance Scranton: Scare tactics

While we have our share of exciting events and opportunities for people to come out and get involved in this summer; nationally, the fun is in trying to figure out how we’re going to manage until November. The Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians have settled on their candidates for president and now the “parties” begin.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Hats off to the modern dad

On June 19, American families will honor dad by celebrating Father’s Day. Not surprisingly, the role of fathers has changed through the years as the American family and lifestyle have changed.

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Baxter Black: Public signs

Public signs and announcements are often unclear. Hidden meanings lurk beneath even the simplest directive. I’d like to propose that some government agency be assigned the task of rewriting them.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Geraldine’s winter squash medley

This week I was thrilled to receive an envelope of recipes from Geraldine Coleman of Craig. She is a frequent contributor to this column. The recipe for Winter Squash Medley is intriguing. I have only just received the recipe so I haven’t had time to try it. Fall would be a great time to bake it, when we’re harvesting our gardens, but why wait? The casserole would be great served with barbecue. I think Speedy Tuna Skillet would be a great summer evening meal, served over chow mein noodles or hot cooked rice. The other recipes sent in by Geraldine will be featured in this column soon. Thanks, Geraldine!

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From Pipi's Pasture: Another cow story

After last Sunday’s “cow turn-out,” I decided that I needed to write one more column about our cows’ 2016 antsy springtime behaviors. It isn’t unusual for the cows to get fidgety this time of the year with the arrival of warm weather and green grass, but this year they seemed a little more restless than normal. From past experience we knew that they were getting ready for summer pasture, but the pasture wasn’t ready yet. So we fed extra hay. We put out an extra mineral tub. The cows were full and they enjoyed naps in the sun, but they were just plain restless.

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Mike Littwin: It's time to recognize Hillary Clinton's historic moment

You start with history, of course. And yet, we are slow to recognize the historic moment when Hillary Clinton is involved. After all, there is so much history to Clinton that is not, well, exactly epoch-making. You don’t often see the words “cautious” and “trailblazer” used to describe the same person, and, in any case, it’s hard for her to blaze to much glory when we’ve watched her many smaller steps, and her many missteps, over the many years.

Rankin’s Under the Dome: Local control works best

Before I became personally involved in politics, I used to watch the news on TV and yell at the newscasters. Now I can’t watch it at all. There is so much opportunity in government to actually solve problems and make the system work better for ordinary people and yet we seem to focus on national politics and political turmoil as a form of entertainment.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Me Before You’ a sweet but strained story

With a cast of people who have appeared in “Game of Thrones,” “The Hunger Games,” “Harry Potter,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Terminator” and other fantasy and sci-fi franchises, you might expect “Me Before You” to be a little less than grounded, but wizards and White Walkers are a cinch to believe in over the idea that a tragic romance will work out in the end.

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Lance Scranton: The real question surrounding pot

Our local paper has been writing about, and the community has been looking for the “one answer” to the economic issues that seem to be pestering our town. Most of the answers revolve around diversification of some sort due to the constant attacks on our natural resource industries. “Pot” is the latest entry into the list of potential industries that promise to help save Craig and Moffat County from struggling to meet various budgetary concerns.

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Prather's Pick: Lives of the first ladies

I’ve always been intrigued with the White House — I even visited it one year. Of particular interest to me are the first ladies. So I’ve enjoyed reading “First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies.” It’s this week’s featured book. This new (2016) nonfiction book was written by Kate Andersen Brower who also wrote The New York Times bestseller “The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House.”

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History in Focus: Ray Card's errand of mercy

By August 1945 the atomic bombs brought the Japanese to their knees. Across the Pacific, American servicemen were filled with joy, relief and thoughts of returning to their previous lives. While a euphoric nation celebrated and prayed in thanksgiving, one family in the Yampa Valley was dealt the cruel blow of losing the man in their life.