Horizons: Recognize Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Don’t underestimate

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness, an opportunity to advocate and include, a time to celebrate abilities. There are about 6,000 babies born with Down syndrome ever year in the United States.

Sasha Nelson: Creating a road map

It turns out that we live in a region filled with riding options and we are living in a time when we can shape what that experience looks like far into the future. Both the Little Snake and White River Field Offices of the Bureau of Land Management are undergoing travel planning. Transportation and travel management planning determines the location and type of “linear transportation-based disturbance” allowed on BLM-managed lands.

Clarence Page: Jim Webb's 'culture' war

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, feeling disrespected at CNN's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, says he's dropping out to consider running as an independent. That's his right, but I wonder whether anyone will notice.

Jonah Goldberg: Hillary Clinton's enabler-in-chief

It's an ancient story: An innocent idealist sets out to change the world and in the process becomes what he hates most. "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster," Friedrich Nietzsche advised. That's probably the best spin one can put on Sidney Blumenthal, the longtime Hillary Rodham Clinton aide and confidant. But it would be just that — spin — given that Blumenthal was never an idealist, nevermind an innocent.

Prather’s Pick: A powerful memoir by a former Craig resident

“Please Excuse the Mess: A Memoir” was written by Heather Portenier, a former Craig resident. According to a brief synopsis on the back cover of the book, the memoir “is an inspirational story of courage, forgiveness, faith, strength, and the power of love.” It’s all that and more, including the power of stick-to-it-ness.

Lance Scranton: What’s your story?

Time and time again, it’s the story that really matters. The most effective communicators tell stories every chance they get to drive home their point.

Lance Scranton: How is your story unique?

Time and time again, it’s the story that really matters. The most effective communicators tell stories every chance they get to drive home their point.

Stephanie Pearce: Doc the goat made Halloween fun

It’s Halloween night as a group of about 10 kids ranging in ages from five to 15 are dressed in various costumes from rodeo clowns, to cowboys, to Darth Vader. You would think it’s just any normal group of kids carrying pillow cases and making rounds while trying to fill those pillow cases.

Baxter Black: Another good man gone

I had just finished bein’ on an Extension program in the Herington, Kansas sale barn. I was standin’ in the auction ring afterwards tryin’ to answer a few questions and shake hands with the local stockman. My veterinary lecture, as usual, had been more humorous than informative.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Soup recipes for cool weather

This week’s column has two recipes for soup. The weather has been warm, but it’s bound to change sooner or later, and soup just hits the spot during cold weather. Actually, soup is good most anytime.

From Pipi's Pasture: Settling in

Last weekend we brought the cows, calves, and bulls home from summer pasture. Coming home to Pipi’s Pasture is always followed by a short period of adjustment for the cattle — and us, too.

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Forget Me Not: Be polite to elderly drivers

Have you ever been driving along the road and all of a sudden, you get stuck behind someone that is going roughly 10 miles slower than the speed limit and you honk, yell profanities and get annoyed because they can’t seem to speed things up?

Mike Littwin: Hillary shined, Bernie fought, and the rest were not so good

In the end, it seemed too easy. Hillary Clinton didn’t just win the first Democratic debate. She pretty much eliminated — for her purposes, anyway — the need for any others.

Janet Sheridan: Perfecting family fights

When I skimmed a February 2013 feature in Parade Magazine, I recognized column material: The article consisted of a quiz on research-based techniques for reducing family fights from Bob Feiler’s book, The Secrets of Happy Families.

Prather’s Pick: Lots and lots of pumpkin seeds

Pumpkins! They come in all sizes, are brightly colored, and they’re fun to carve. That means removing all the pulp and seeds. Did you ever wonder how many seeds are in a pumpkin? Does a large pumpkin have more seeds than a small one? That’s just what Mr. Tiffin’s first grade class is about to find out.