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Over a Cup Coffee: Macaroni and Hamburger

Recently I’ve been remembering recipes that I cooked up years ago, when I had young children. Amazingly, I recall the dishes but not how to prepare them. I think that I cooked some recipes — like a meat loaf — out of my head, not from a written recipe. (It’s too bad that I can’t remember how I made the meat loaf because it was moist and my husband Lyle liked it.)

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Ucky has a calf

On April 9, Ucky had a calf. That doesn’t seem to be a big deal because cows have calves all the time, but Ucky is about 20 years old, her bones creak, and her teeth are deteriorating — in other words, she’s old.

Scott Tipton: National monument designations must be locally driven

This law, still in effect today, gives authority to the President of the United States to proclaim certain significant natural, cultural or scientific areas as national monuments, if they are located on federal public lands, with the intent of preventing destruction or harm to them.

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Mike Littwin: Can Bernie Sanders still win the revolution if he can’t win the race?

In New York, the city where some people actually do sleep, the 2016 campaign was re-awakened to some old realities — that momentum in politics is highly overrated and it’s demography (if not always democracy) that wins the day.

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The Bock’s Office: Live-action ‘Jungle Book’ has the right kind of bite

You may know the basic narrative of “The Jungle Book,” but it’s a testimony to moviemaking when something with decades of familiarity can make you jump out of your seat in surprise at the fur, scales, claws and fangs that seemingly come out of nowhere. It almost makes you wish they could figure out something better than a red diaper for the hero to wear.

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Prather’s Pick: Who ate the turkey?

I know that it isn’t Christmas, but I couldn’t wait until December to review “The Christmas Turkey Disaster,” the 66th (!) and most recent book in the “Hank the Cowdog” series. The “Hank” books are written by John R. Erickson and illustrated by Gerald L. Holmes. Both men live in Perryton, Texas. Erickson is a former cowboy who has written books for both children and adults, but he is best known for “Hank the Cowboy.” In addition to “Hank the Cowdog,” Holmes has illustrated cartoons and textbooks.

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Lance Scranton: Scientifically speaking… are we deniers?

I’m starting to think that the earth is on the verge of a cataclysmic environmental tragedy that I have no control over and I feel useless to stop the destruction.

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Sue Fegelein: Preventing child sexual abuse

This topic is difficult but affects many children. Adults should learn about protecting children from sexual abuse. This overview and quotes herein are from Darkness to Light’s 5 Steps to Protecting our Children. Please learn more at D2L.org. Remember, “sexually abused children who receive support and psychological help can and do heal.”

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Faith column: Orthodox Easter

For most Christians in North America, Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies have long since been eaten, Easter having been celebrated March 27.

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HRC Column: Join Freedom Hooves for Tuesday Night Training

Hello All! Cisco the therapy horse here with a happy spring greeting from the herd at Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding of Northwest Colorado. There is excitement in the air out at the barn as the snow melts and the mud begins to dry. We aren’t just hanging around the feeders eating hay anymore — there is green grass to chase about the pasture. We are seeing familiar faces as our exercise team starts coming out to check in with us and get us back into shape for the summer ahead. There is a good feeling about this year amongst this seasoned herd. We are all excited to have jobs again after a long, cold winter.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Baked pasta casserole

I found this week’s recipe on the back of a 16-ounce box of Kroger penne pasta. I cut the recipe in half to make it more “manageable” for two people, so we don’t have so many leftovers. I’ll make this recipe again, and when my family comes, I’ll make the entire recipe, maybe even more.

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From Pipi's Pasture: April 2016

I was recently visiting with someone who hasn’t lived in Craig very long. When I mentioned that a big storm — according to today’s forecast — is headed our way, possibly bringing snow, she made a face. I know that she was thinking, “But it’s April!”

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Mike Littwin: What Colorado’s GOP chaos means for the RNC

Whatever else you’re tempted to say about the bizarro Colorado GOP convention — and people are still trying to explain Darryl Glenn’s shocking Senate win — you have to admit that it has done the country a great favor.

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Janet Sheridan: Fashion sense

Men have fewer fashion crises and quandaries than women. To be considered well dressed, a man buys a limited number of items: shirts, jackets, pants, underwear, shoes, socks, belts and a tie or two.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Boss’ is business as usual

Recent movies like “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Big Short” have shown us how insane corporate antics can be, primarily from a male perspective. With “The Boss,” we see the ladies’ take on the business world through a highly progressive topic — baked goods.