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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.

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Cal Thomas: Character no longer counts

Ranking right up there with the line, "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?" is this recent headline in The Washington Times: "Honesty issues aside, voters still back Hillary Clinton, poll shows."

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Jonah Goldberg: Time for Trump to put up or shut up

The real estate mogul says he's worth "in excess" of $10 billion. I think he's lying, as does pretty much every expert and financial journalist who has looked into the question. Forbes has put his net worth at $4.5 billion. Bloomberg says it's below $3 billion. Billionaire Mark Cuban has cast doubt on whether Trump is even a billionaire at all.

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Prather’s Pick: A picture book written by a ballerina

In “Firebird,” this week’s picture book for children, ballerina Misty Copeland draws from her own experiences to help a young girl, an aspiring dancer, reach her goal.

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Lance Scranton: District changes provide hope — hopefully

Moffat County Schools are in the midst of some very big changes, which will hopefully portend well for the future of our community. Any new person on the job gives people hope and others dread because the newness generally means change. Change — as some experts say — is scary and uncomfortable. If one embraces change it can make organizations stronger and more vital as fresh perspectives offer the potential for progress, but most of us know that change is just plain inevitable.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Talking about traumatic events

There have been many tragic events in the news this past year. The following are what experts say about discussing such tragedies with children in a way that does not scare or overwhelm them.

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Cal Thomas: Hillary Clinton: The most qualified?

In his effusive praise of Hillary Clinton, the president did not mention any specific accomplishments that might qualify her for the office. That is because there are none.