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Over a Cup of Coffee: Mom’s recipes

My sisters, Charlotte Allum and Darlene Blackford, and I have been working on a cookbook of our mother’s recipes. I think that these two recipes lend themselves to summer cooking.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Aloha’ a low point for Cameron Crowe

The new movie “Aloha” may have the most appropriate title of the summer. Within minutes of saying “hello” to the film with a name that has two meanings, you’ll want to say “goodbye.”

Mike Littwin: GOP needs another Gardner; Coffman wasn't it

This is the situation in which the Colorado GOP finds itself: They have no more Cory Gardners to come to the rescue.

Andy Bockelman: A year in the life of a Moffat County sports reporter

The last nine months have been a whirlwind, and it looks like the cycle will start up once again before too long, but before we get back into the eye of the storm, I wanted to share my thoughts about what it’s been like covering a full school year of athletics at Moffat County High School.

Sen. Michael Bennet: Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank

As globalization transforms our economy, many Colorado businesses, most of them small, are finding success by exporting their Made-in-America products abroad.

Lance Scranton: Be an informed voter

If you follow politics, you likely identify yourself as conservative, liberal, or maybe even libertarian. If you vote, you are likely to look for either Republican, Democrat, or a third party choice.

Prather’s Pick: A book about reaching a goal

Kids like to read books about tractors, such as the picture books about “Otis” and “Big Tractor” — books previously reviewed in this column. This week I found “Tractor Mac: New Friend” one in a series of books about a red tractor, and I was impressed because during the story, the reader learns how to go about solving a problem.

Stephanie Pearce: Healing paws

Being in the hospital can be a very trying time. Unless you’ve given birth, you’re usually there because you’re ailing in some way. I can attest to that after a recent stay with my husband.

Faith Column: Our two halves of life

Our first half of life is about creating an identity, who are we, finding some boundary markers through traditions, trustworthy authorities and structures, making money and wealth, getting an education, marrying, and raising children which we spend the rest of our lives defending. In other words, it’s about filling the empty vessel that the Creator gave us. It’s all about me, that “Life is about me.”

Over a Cup of Coffee: Two easy Mexican casseroles

The weather hasn’t been nice enough for barbecuing yet — at least not at our house. It would be nice to eat steak, hamburgers and other grilled foods, but we’ve been sticking to our usual casseroles and soups and other dishes that we tend to eat more in the winter. This week I pulled out two Mexican casseroles that I haven’t made in awhile.

From Pipi's Pasture: Memories triggered by sagebrush

Early this morning, when I was walking to the corral here at Pipi’s Pasture to do chores, I noticed the smell of the sagebrush that grows in a nearby field. I don’t usually notice the scent at all, but perhaps this morning was different because of all of the rain. Anyway, that smell triggered memories of the days when my siblings and I went to the Morapos School all those years ago.

Clinton swims in scandal, but she never seems to drown

From Vince Foster to Benghazi to foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation, surely some scandal might stick. But voters are used to the brouhaha, and they just don’t seem that shocked.

Janet Sheridan: Thoughts on aging

I was waiting to have my teeth cleaned and skimming through a magazine when a quote by Elizabeth Gilbert caught my attention: “I don’t have much fear of getting older, but I do fear that someday a wicked genie will make me go back and live my twenties over again.” I related to the lady’s words, though I had no idea who she was.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ a satisfying but cyclical sing-quel

Music and comedy go together well when they both work, but it can be tricky to stay original. And, while “Pitch Perfect 2” has both these elements in abundance, it’s hard not to consider it as being on a loop.

Lance Scranton: A light at the end of the tunnel?

As the academic year wraps up, it has been a tumultuous time for teachers in our district who have taken on the burden of carrying the heavy load of financial insecurity, academic scrutiny and leadership adjustments. As teachers enter a second year of pay freezes and continued budget cuts, it can be difficult to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Finances can be arranged a number of ways, but one thing is certain: teachers were expected to do much more with less and less this past year than at any other time during my 17-year tenure.