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The Rev. Bain White: Acceptance in all ethnicities and religions

What are the best circumstances for you in which to learn? Personally, for me to learn my very best, I prefer to be able to have numerous reference books around me, complete quiet and tranquility and an open mind.

Museum of Northwest Colorado: Buffalo Bill's legacy

The drama and myths of the “Old West,” as we think of it today, began in part due to the flamboyant showmanship of a westerner himself, Buffalo Bill Cody.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Back-to-school memories

School will be starting in a little over a week, and people are wondering, “Where did the summer go?” The rush is on to buy school clothes and back-to-school supplies and to perhaps do some of the things that were planned for summer but didn’t get done.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Into the Storm’ hits you hard but makes little impact

When you’re talking about a force of nature with unimaginable power that leaves behind only destruction, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Kardashian family. A close second would be that of Hollywood and its seemingly endless supply of mediocre versions of stories that have been told many times, among them the newest disaster film “Into the Storm.”

Community Agriculture Alliance: Water — where does it go from here?

The Yampa-White-Green Rivers Basin Roundtable gave preliminary approval to the first draft of their Basin Implementation Plan on July 23. The plan now will be submitted to the Colorado Water Conservation Board that will consolidate plans from the nine Colorado water basins and develop a State Water Plan to be delivered to the governor by December 2015.

Rep. Bob Rankin’s Under the Dome: Oil and gas ballot initiatives

The big news from Denver is that four initiatives that were set to appear on the November ballot have been withdrawn. They were all related to the debate over oil and gas regulation and the degree to which local governments should have control. While advertised as a compromise, I see the outcome of the negotiations leading to these withdrawals as more of a delay than a result.

Mike Littwin: We're bombing, again. What could go wrong?

As we begin dropping bombs in Iraq once again, the one thing we don't ask ourselves is this: What could go wrong? Where to begin?

Prather’s Pick: A hilarious book for young adults

I’ve been a fan of Gary Paulsen’s books for years. If I counted the titles of his works, listed inside his newest book, correctly, he has written about 53 books, mostly for young people but some fiction and nonfiction for adults — and some picture books besides.

Senior Spotlight: Being your own mystery

Mysteries are part of our everyday life, though we may not recognize them as such when faced with them. Most people probably don’t even think of events in their daily lives as mysteries because of the way they occur.

Stephanie Pearce: An extra-special companion

All of our dogs have been rescued except one. All of my dogs are special, but there was one extra-special dog that adored me, and his name was Jake.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Get ready for fall cooking

This is a great time of the year to cook because there is so much produce available through the Farmers Market and fruit/vegetable stands. I’m told that Palisade peaches are ready. This week’s column features two recipes for using fruit.

Faith Column: The ‘key’ to God’s love

How many times have we been looking for something and it’s right there in front of us?

Museum of Northwest Colorado: Class of 1954 had much personality

Every high school graduating class has its renowned clown or comic. The Moffat County graduating class of 1954 was no different. Alternating between ebullient and anxious views of the future, the graduates mirrored the effervescence of all seniors before and after them. Class comedian and vice-president, Leo Romero, captured the class in caricature on a banner, and that simple banner surfaced recently at the class’s 60th reunion.

Conservation Colorado: Wilderness is an enduring resource

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act, making it the policy of the United States to preserve worthy undeveloped public lands for the benefit of people to recreate, for wildlife and to assure that America’s rapid growth did not gobble up every acre of land for human development.

Baxter Black: Larger riders mean larger horses

An interview with several dud wranglers and packers showed they have accommodated the increasing number of large people. Using Belgians, Percherons and their crosses are mentioned often. Draft horses are gentle beasts by nature and most wranglers are ready with a hefty footstool to assist in mounting up.