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VNA: Prevent cervical cancer with vaccinations, screenings

January, recognized as Cervical Health Awareness Month, is a good time to highlight measures that can be taken to prevent cervical cancer. Over the last 30 years, cervical cancer deaths have decreased 50 percent, largely due to more women getting regular cervical screenings or Pap tests, which can detect changes in the cervix before cancer develops. Despite these gains, cervical cancer remains a serious health threat. The American Cancer Society estimates nearly 13,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 4,000 died from the disease in 2015.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Ham and Potato Casserole

Last week’s column featured a recipe for a ham and potato soup. This week it’s a ham and potato casserole and a salad.

From Pipi’s Pasture: A little of this and a little of that

First of all, this week’s column has some more information about the 4-H program. (Last week’s column covered 4-H enrollment that is taking place now.) Then this week, JD Sexton, Moffat County Extension director, sent along some information regarding 4-H leaders.

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The Bock’s Office: Top 10 films of 2015

Another year has come and gone, and the highlights have shone through greatly. Some of the best movies have found widespread audiences and made lots of cash, while others remain obscure. Here are my thoughts on what was most worth watching.

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Forget Me Not: Seeing Corky Covertson thrive

Last Valentine’s Day, I wrote a story about Ed and Corky Coverston’s love and how it’s guided them through a number of difficult hurdles — especially cancer. Corky was fighting breast cancer — the second type of cancer that has attacked her body — and she lost all of her hair due to chemotherapy. To show his love and support for his wife, Ed shaved his head.

Jonah Goldberg: GOP race hasn't stuck to the script

According to conventional wisdom, the GOP nominates the guy whose turn it is, while the Democrats look for a savior. As Bill Clinton once said, "In every presidential election, Democrats want to fall in love. Republicans just fall in line."

Mike Littwin: Obama maintains hope as threat of Trump looms

“Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, turning against each other as a people? Or will we face the future with confidence in who we are, in what we stand for, and the incredible things we can do together?” — President Barack Obama

Lance Scranton: Trust the numbers?

We’re an untidy bunch, but along with the messiness comes a whole bunch of human complexity. Data proves this election cycle has been thrown out the window and the “experts” are scrambling to determine why Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are so popular with primary voters. To the great majority of us, the answer is simple: for too long, too many politicians have taken advantage of the American voter.

Prather’s Pick: The real cowboy

On Monday, I had an absolutely delightful conversation with Claudia Grisenti, granddaughter of L.H. “Doc” Chivington, author of this week’s book. I was wondering about the “Doc” part of his name. Grisenti said it was a nickname — all cowboys had nicknames — but she doesn’t know how he got it.

History in Focus: George Lewis and a typhoon called ‘Cobra’

The majority of history is told by the living. However, the articles about the men from Moffat County who died during World War II are a chance for their stories to come alive. All too easily we lose the intensity of history. Events, life and death can quickly become a grey statistic in a book or history class. For the sake of our community and our local history it’s important to remember the very real lives of these men; lives that were filled with the bright colors of hopes and dreams. If not told, their unspoken voices threaten to fade away with the distance of time.

Bob Rankin’s Under the Dome: 2016 legislative session starts Wednesday

Thank you for taking time to read “Under The Dome” again. In now my third year, I’m even more committed to the idea of keeping you informed and encouraging you to get more involved in Colorado government. If you can tear yourself away from 24 hours a day of cable TV coverage of the presidential primary, I think you’ll find that the Colorado legislature is not only interesting but can mess with your life and business in ways that you might only imagine. Your opinions, comments and feedback are appreciated (even if you disagree with me).

Thoughtful Parenting: The joy and benefit of play

Winter has arrived, and with the colder months now upon us, it’s a great time to enjoy the twinkly lights, celebrate the glistening snow and give back to your community.

Faith Column: Resolutions

Happy New Year! When writing this article, I always ask God to let me know what words and ideas He wants someone in the reading audience to be blessed by. I could not think of any themes this time and nothing came into my mind from Him so I asked my daughter, Faith, what subjects might be good. She suggested talking about New Year’s resolutions.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Thank you, 4-H!

Every now and then “From Pipi’s Pasture” devotes a column to 4-H and/or FFA work. That’s because I was a 4-H member for about 10 years. From the time I was 8 years old until I was 18, I was a member of the Hamilton Busy Beavers 4-H Club, along with other young people from the Hamilton, Morapos, Williams Fork, and surrounding areas.

Noelle Leavitt Riley: Newspaper coverage to shift focus

This month, we invited our elected officials to Coffee and a Newspaper to hear about what kind of coverage they’d like to see in the paper. Several elected officials asked that we write more positive stories about what’s happening in our community. When good stuff happens, we do write stories and will continue to do so. But if we spent all our time writing about rainbows and butterflies, then we would not be living up to what our democracy has mapped out for us as journalist. It also would not be fair to our readers.