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Lance Scranton: A solemn reminder

In the spirit of our 240th birthday celebrating the revolutionary idea that people should be allowed the freedom to choose their destiny based on the merits of their actions; I offer Craig, Moffat County and readers everywhere a solemn reminder.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Pregnant? You deserve a doula

If you are pregnant and have been preparing for the birth of your child, chances are, you have come across the word doula. What is a doula, anyway?

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Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA: Advocating for child victims of abuse and neglect

Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to advocate for children in abuse and neglect court cases. Our mission is to inspire, educate and empower community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected and at-risk children to help ensure safety and permanency in their lives. NWRM CASA began through the request of Chief Judge Michael A. O’Hara III in 2008, who recognized the need for the program. We are one of 16 independent CASA programs in Colorado, and we hold a Certificate of National CASA Membership and Standards Compliance.

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The Clerk's Corner: Hoping for high voter turnout

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, baseball games, family reunions and political speeches. We celebrate this day to remember our nation’s history and to honor our freedoms. Freedom and independence are synonymous with patriotism and democracy because voting is the way in which voters can freely express their personal opinions by helping to elect government leaders with whom they share similar views.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Independence Days of years past

The Fourth of July is here already, and with it come the memories of holidays of years past.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Celebrating the Fourth of July

On Monday most of us will celebrate the Fourth of July with the usual — a parade, fireworks, and a picnic or cookout. This week’s column celebrates the holiday with two yummy recipes that would go great with your Fourth of July menu.

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Janet Sheridan: My family tree

Cousins there were, too numerous to count. They arrived in bulging sedans for family reunions in the hot heart of summer and turned wild, as though they had no manners. They splashed in the off-limits creek, ran with sharp sticks meant for hot dogs, threw rocks willy-nilly and burned their marshmallows black. They shoved, taunted, threatened to tell and berated one another with scandalous words heard at school.

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Prather’s Pick: A Coming-of-Age Novel

This week’s novel for adults is a coming-of-age story. “The Excellent Lombards” was written by Jane Hamilton. This 2016 book is published by Grand Central Publishing.

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Lance Scranton: Just the facts?

Our insatiable appetite for news has reached epic proportions matched only by the ease with which we can find news to devour. Apps, social media and internet supply an unending menu of choices for staying informed. But it seems that our appreciation of differing views and opinions is on an opposite trajectory. With the increase in news options it appears that people are settling for the same old thing when it comes to news.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Talking about healthy sexual development

Watching our young ones grow from playful, elementary-school students learning about the world into teenagers experiencing changes to their bodies happens amazingly fast. As the adults in their lives, we have been helping answer their questions about how things work and how to be responsible.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Main dishes for hot summer evenings

What to cook for supper when it’s hot — that’s what is on my mind after a day at work. This week’s column features two recipes that I haven’t tried yet. I meant to; I even bought the baking mix for the pie. But, I haven’t taken the time after evening chores to get them ready by 5:30 p.m., our usual suppertime. However, I have made similar recipes that were good. If you try this week’s recipes, let me know how you liked them.

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From Pipi's Pasture: It’s hot…

If memory serves, we haven’t experienced such a hot summer here at Pipi’s Pasture in some time — at least so far.

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Conservation Colorado: What’s next for water?

This spring our state began the process of implementing its first-ever Colorado Water Plan and joined the rest of the nation in allowing the legal use of rain barrels for residential rainwater capture. As I prepare my own rain barrels to use rainwater on my new garden beds, I wonder — what’s next for water in Colorado?

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Patti Mosbey: Sand Wash extremes

From 60 degrees below zero to 90 degrees above… the extremes of temperatures in Sand Wash Basin can test the endurance of man and beast. This past winter we watched as the wild horses endured extreme cold, deep snow and fierce winds, yet they survived the elements. Lots of early rains brought the grasses alive and the horses soon fattened again on the rich nutrients. Life in the basin was in full swing and beautiful. That is… until the dreaded gnats and biting bugs made their appearance. Any recent visitor to Sand Wash can spend some time describing their experience and show you their battle scars as they braved the biting “no see’ums” for photos and time with the horses. Oh, yes, bug season is here and seemingly the worst I’ve ever seen it.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Finding Dory’ a fine, funny fin-tastic sequel

Memory is a tricky thing. A movie you held in high regard more than 10 years ago may remain in your mind as the best thing you’ve ever seen, or it could just as easily be replaced by the next big fad. Most viewers aren’t likely to forget the feature that preceded “Finding Dory,” yet most who watch this sequel will be remembering it for new reasons.