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Over a Cup of Coffee: A new dessert

This week my column begins with two thank-you notes. First, thanks to Iva Decker, of Craig, who gave me a plate of popcorn balls and some peanut brittle.

Faith Column: Listen to God's nudges

There are times when God asks us to do stuff that doesn’t make sense like moving when others think we should stay or giving when we have nothing left. When I’m faced with a decision that could lead to actions that don’t add up, I look to some stories from the Bible. There are so many stories of requests God made of people that seem contrary or just plain weird.

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The Bock’s Office: Summer good, summer not so good

When you go to the movies as often as I do, sometimes the shows you see during the summer are ones you wish you hadn’t or are purely recycled, while there are others you regret missing. If you haven’t gotten your fill of the season’s offerings, here’s a cross-section of films I haven’t had the chance to weigh in on that you may want to catch or avoid at all costs.

Mike Littwin: So much money, so little speech

This may be the year in which we finally say enough is enough. (Actually, it won't be. But if you buy the premise, you buy the bit.)

Janet Sheridan: Accepting responsibility

As usual, I began by wallowing in a quagmire of indecision. For months, I’d busily and happily written new material to combine with past columns for a book. Now I had a choice: attempt to publish my work or let it die an anonymous little death on my computer.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Estate planning

Two things are sure in life: death and taxes. For family agriculture, one of these also has meant the other, and the idea of having to sell the farm or ranch to pay inheritance taxes is an unpalatable consequence of death.

Michael Bennet: Colorado driving innovative infrastructure ideas

Colorado’s economy relies on its workers’ ability to safely get to their jobs and send their kids to school. It needs businesses to have the ability to efficiently ship their products to market. It requires safe and sanitary water and sewer systems, as well as energy grids that can handle increasing demands.

Diane Prather: A hilarious tall tale

Can you imagine growing a watermelon so big that the hollow rind can be used as a hay shed or growing tomatoes so big that you have to climb a ladder to saw them off the vines? That’s how big the garden produce grows on the ranch at By-Golly Gully, Texas.

Stephanie Pearce: Camp Stephanie

You’ve heard me talk about my kids and how much I love them, but I also have a nephew that was in and out of our household throughout several years. I watched him when he was a baby while his mother worked, and when he was in fifth grade, he came to live with me for the school year. He traveled to school in Hayden with me and my son because that’s where I worked.

Mary Brown: What the rain leaves behind

One thing about rainy is that it brings out a lethargic feeling in some people, that feeling where it would be a good time to sleep or curl up with a good book. To some, the body is a barometer and decides that the aches and pains that are usually warnings of the weather to come are not going to let any resting be done in comfort.

From Pipi’s Pasture: General projects results from State Fair

Each year, “From Pipi’s Pasture” honors the Moffat County 4-H members who exhibited at the Colorado State Fair. Exhibitors qualify during judging at the Moffat County Fair. To be able to participate in the judging at the State Fair is a big deal. This week’s column is a listing of the judging results in General Projects.

Baxter Black: Fair board drama

I went to America last week … the middle of America, Kansas, to a county fair. I flew into Denver and drove across miles and miles of green prairie. If America has a heart, it’s out on the plains. It’s not an easy place to live. You have to earn its respect. It will test you with blizzards, tornadoes, floods, droughts, dust, plagues and loneliness. It is often all or none. One learns to be self-sufficient.

Visiting Angels: What happened to my nurse?

Recently while researching for a location to hold staff training in Routt and Moffat County, I came across some amazing information. The United States is in a nursing profession shortage.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘If I Stay’ offers mellifluous music-based melodrama

Hopefully you’re consulting something other than contemporary cinema when you look at the big questions, such as, “What’s the point of life?” Indeed, “If I Stay” can’t answer queries like this — and doesn’t try — but it maintains its own charms nonetheless.

Mike Littwin: Death penalty politics, gutsy and easy

The death penalty story is back. Gov. John Hickenlooper and Complete Colorado joined forces — sort of — to once again put the issue front and center in the governor's race. Hickenlooper's part was in giving a clumsy answer to a hypothetical question about Nathan Dunlap in a not-yet-aired CNN interview on capital punishment. And Complete Colorado — a conservative website — was the one that got hold of the unreleased audio featuring the clumsy answer.