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Over a Cup of Coffee: Summer squash recipes

This is going to be a bumper year for summer squash in our garden. Last year the zucchini and yellow squash took a long time to set on. This year is entirely different. We have is already enjoyed “Sassy Zucchini,” a casserole with zucchini, rice, spaghetti sauce mix, and other ingredients. The recipe was featured in this column not long ago. We’ve also had boiled summer squash with butter and fried zucchini — and we have given away some of the squash, too.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Remembering the Moffat County Fair

The Moffat County Fair is going on right now, and I can’t help but remember those years when my siblings and I were in 4-H and exhibited our animals and other projects at the fair. Actually, my sister, Charlotte, and I are only two years apart in age so we participated in the fairs together — Darlene and Duane came along a little later. There are so many memories about the fair, but I chose three of them.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Secret Life of Pets’ cuddles into your heart despite unoriginality

In viewing a movie like “The Secret Life of Pets,” it would help to see things through the eyes of a dog or cat. This isn’t so much to relate to the main characters as it is to keep the short attention span necessary to enjoy a cartoon that’s pretty repetitive.

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Clarence Page: Donald Trump's big favor to Hillary Clinton

It is not enough to succeed, Gore Vidal once said; others must fail. As presidential nominee Hillary Clinton enjoys a bump in her polls after the Democratic National Convention, she's getting a boost from her Republican opponent Donald Trump's epic fails.

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Jonah Goldberg: When is a ransom not a ransom?

One of my all-time favorite lines is from Henry Thoreau: "Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk." It came to mind this week when the White House and State Department insisted that the charge the U.S. paid a ransom to get back American hostages was purely circumstantial.

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Prather’s Pick: Celebrating the Olympics

Everybody’s talking about it! “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” J.K. Rowling’s new Harry Potter book became available July 31 (which I’ve been told is Harry’s birthday). Check out displays at Downtown Books and the Craig branch of the Moffat County Library. I look forward to reviewing the book!

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Lance Scranton: Biased? Of course you are!

What the people are saying and what the media and certain politicians are hearing has reached an epic divide. It’s become a “read the news you wanna hear and avoid the rest” kind of election. Depending on your news source, evidence is mounting — as if most of us didn’t already know — that news reporters are biased. What a surprise, proven by the degree that channels go out of their way to celebrate their objectivity.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Retaining the native tongue

The ability to speak a second language fluently is undoubtedly becoming more and more important in a society that is experiencing globalization at an exponential rate.

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CMEDP Column: Progress made collectively

I am writing this month’s column from my small hometown in west central Ohio. As I travel around this area, I am amazed by the bustling economic activity of this area. While I’ve passed these companies countless times in the past, I am noticing them with a different perspective given my new position with Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership and Marianna Raftopoulos Business Success Center.

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Clerks Corner: Navigating the DMV

No one is ever more honest with you than an unhappy customer. Many people become easily frustrated with government agencies for several reasons, such as required paperwork and wait times. Department of Motor Vehicles offices likely rank right near the top of the list of “most-hated” government agencies, and even those of us who are employed by a government agency can get frustrated with policies and procedures as well!

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Patti Mosbey: Legends of Sand Wash

Have you seen Picasso? Probably the most asked question in all of Sand Wash Basin.

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Baxter Black: Timed event man

In the world of rodeo, cowboys usually fall into one of two categories; rough stock riders or timed event men. Each looks on the other with suspicion. Bronc riders can’t imagine havin’ to drag a horse and trailer all over the country and ropers think bull riding is uncivilized!

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From Pipi's Pasture: The surprise move

Life is full of surprises. Take Monday, for example. Last week I wrote about moving the cattle from the pasture we put them in at the start of summer to another pasture across the road and how interesting the move can be. The move was supposed to take place today or tomorrow, when family could come to help.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Making cookies with a cake mix

Over the years I’ve made recipes that start with cake mixes. Two of our favorites are a chocolate cherry cake and a fruit cobbler. In the case of the cobbler, different cake mixes and canned fruits can be used, and a while back, readers and I had a lot of fun trying different varieties.

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Janet Sheridan: Why would anyone have a garage sale?

Like most newly hatched garage-sale addicts, after a summer spent buying second-hand goods on Saturday and questioning my sanity on Sunday, I decided to have a garage sale of my own. I convinced a group of friends to co-host a sale in my back yard; the ladies who nurtured my garage-sale mania, Shirley and Eileen, agreed to lend their wisdom to our cause.