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Prather’s Pick: A kid’s book about strep

This time of year is known for its snow and cold — and also for the strep, colds, flu and other diseases. Helping kids understand more about these illnesses is what Librarian Christy Gonzales had in mind when she showed me several little books written by Charlotte Cowan, M.D.

Lance Scranton: Just or unjust laws as defined by MLK

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed all over the United States in tribute to an idea that likely needs to be revisited often. Reverend King’s treatise corresponded with the Founding Fathers ideals of character and virtue being more important than skin color.

Thoughtful Parenting: Benefits of early reading

It is never too early to start reading to infants and toddlers. People say early reading is important, but why?

Clarence Page: Obama's divide? Share that blame

Considering the stubbornness of his opposition, I thought President Barack Obama was being quite generous in to express "regrets" over his role in Washington's dysfunction.

Jonah Goldberg: The bogeymen of the 'billionaire class'

Clearly the only explanation for Jeb Bush's almost effortless stroll to the Republican nomination is the pernicious stranglehold of big money in politics. Oh, wait. Bush is in the low single digits in most national polls, despite his campaign and his super PAC raising more than $100 million.

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.