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Ending suicide goal of new program in western Colorado

Mental health provider Mind Springs Health has joined state and national Zero Suicide initiatives that offer tools to end suicide. “Zero Suicide embraces the critically important, fundamental idea that suicide is preventable,” said Executive Vice President of Mind Springs Health Michelle Hoy.

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Danielle Elkins: Body shaming is shameful

Recently singer Lady Gaga has been under social media’s scrutiny for her figure during her Super Bowl halftime performance. Critics took to Twitter, shaming Gaga and suggesting that she wasn’t in perfect shape for her performance.

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Janet Sheridan: Why do people fall in love?

In early 2015, an online hubbub erupted over a researcher’s claim that 36 specific questions, answered seriously, could create intimacy and cause two people to fall in love. It’s that easy? I must have wasted my time entertaining butterflies in my stomach, losing my ability to concentrate and feeling insanely happy. Silly me. I could have skipped periods of bliss and moments of uncertainty of by answering 36 questions and listening to a possible partner do the same.

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Lance Scranton: Demonstration or riot?

Students reading through Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” are confused about his jail time for not having a parade permit. How times have changed, is my real and honest explanation. Teachers extol the virtues of researching issues, being informed and settling differences peacefully through discussion and debate and I am constantly reminding students that, “just because you listen, doesn’t automatically mean that you agree.”

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Prather's Pick: A novel about a prodigal son

This week’s novel is the re-telling of the prodigal son story. “Long Way Gone” was written by Charles Martin and published by Thomas Nelson (a registered trademark of HarperCollins Christian Publishing), 2016.

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Michelle Balleck: Reflecting the needs of our business community

Serving, listening to and responding to the needs of our community’s businesses, large and small, is at the heart of our work at Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership. Not only do we focus on big-picture projects to make our community business-friendly and progressive, we also are able to assist entrepreneurs and business owners ready to grow one-on-one, thanks to our partnership with the Small Business Development Center.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

During winter months, even as Northwest Colorado residents enjoy activities in the fresh mountain air, they also tend to spend more time indoors, breathing indoor air. If stoves or furnaces malfunction, families can be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, a leading cause of poisoning deaths in the U.S.

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U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton: An update on national security

Last month, the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee updated its Terror Threat Snapshot, which is a monthly assessment of the threat that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other radical terrorist groups pose to the United States and the West.

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St. Michael’s Community Kitchen: So appreciative to those who help us

St. Michael’s Community Kitchen would like to thank the fabulous residents of Moffat County who have been so generous and patronized the kitchen for the last eight years. St. Mike’s kitchen prepared its first meal Christmas week 2009. We happily served 35 Christmas dinners.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: So, now it’s February…

So, now it’s February 2017. The tax forms that were supposed to be filed Jan. 31 have been sent. The registration tag for my car, to replace the 2016 tag has been put on the license plate. The property tax notice arrived in the mail. Maybe some of the bitter early winter temperatures have left (though I know it can be cold in February).

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Clerk’s Corner: Ethics in governing

I recently met with a group of high school students from the Work Program to discuss workplace ethics. My interview with the students revolved around ethical behavior and the principles of integrity, honesty and morality.

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Mike Littwin: The nation is in crisis

The nation is in an uproar. The nation is in crisis. In the news biz, this is what we call a standing headline. You don’t have to mark your calendar. Every day that’s a Trump day is a bad day for America.

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Danielle Elkins: Small businesses to benefit from Trump

The presidential pen has been flying since President Donald Trump took office last month, signing executive order after executive order.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ a sweet but insipid pet picture

Rarely do we actually get in the head of our movie canines, and as lovable as Old Yeller, Benji and Air Bud were, viewers didn’t always know what made them tick. But, as “A Dog’s Purpose” shows, just seeing the world through their eyes doesn’t intrinsically answer that question.

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Prather’s Pick: A book with fascinating illustrations

This week’s featured book is “A Child of Books,” a picture book for children. However, as with so many children’s books these days, the story line and artwork will be appreciated by adults, too. Best of all, children and adults can share the reading experience of the book.