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Thoughtful Parenting Article: Out of the mouths of babes

It’s by feeling safe and accepted that children, at their own speed, can outgrow what may seem to be irrational fears. Our job, as adults in their lives, is to be as accepting and nurturing as possible (and appropriate) and know that child development takes different courses and has different timetables for different children.

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History in Focus: The early schools of Moffat County

The state of public education is a hot-button topic. Schools are viewed as a reflection of our society. Underneath seething criticism is the perception we’ve lost our way, and in an earlier era, our schools, teachers and students were different... and better. Looking into the newspaper archives of early Moffat County a few articles caught my eye that challenges this nostalgic view of the past.

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From Pipi's Pasture: It’s haying season

It has just been a couple of months ago — when we had rainy, cool weather — that ranchers were making predictions about haying season. Some thought that the 2016 haying season would be unusually wet; others predicted that the grasshoppers might be bad. The thing about ranching and farming is that a person never knows. Suddenly, however, haying season is here.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Two delicious cakes

For some reason, I’ve been hungry for cake this week, especially chocolate cake. My family likes chocolate cake with cream poured over the top. I like it just fine without it. Anyway, I took some time to hunt through my files, and I came up with this week’s recipes.

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Baxter Black: 21st century citizen soldiers

The term “citizen soldier” applies to an army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers, like Vietnam War enlistees and draftees that served their two years and were released to go back to their previous life. It also applies to the National Guard. There is another group of citizens that I think deserve a similar recognition. The many thousands of citizens who work for the private contractors in the Mideast fighting the War on Terror. Granted, they get paid more but they receive no medals for bravery, not much recognition for their service, no veteran’s benefits, yet they are indispensable to any victory we might achieve.

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Jonah Goldberg: Trump-Gingrich ticket would be a riot of rhetoric

Load up on popcorn: The Republican ticket may be poised to go to 11. According to numerous reports, Donald Trump is considering Newt Gingrich as his running mate. And as traffic-baiters like to say on the Internet: You won't believe what happens next!

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Mike Littwin: On a bad day for Clinton, Trump still loses

FBI Director James Comey, whose reputation as a truth-teller was forever sealed when he served as deputy attorney general in the Bush administration, was the clear winner in the Hillary Clinton email story/scandal. In fact, he was pretty much the only winner.

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Prather's Pick: A new book about Farmer Brown’s animals

This last weekend when my sister, Darlene Blackford from Rocky Ford, came to visit she brought a new picture book with her and graciously lent it to me. I had not seen it yet, but I immediately loved it!

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Lance Scranton: A solemn reminder

In the spirit of our 240th birthday celebrating the revolutionary idea that people should be allowed the freedom to choose their destiny based on the merits of their actions; I offer Craig, Moffat County and readers everywhere a solemn reminder.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Pregnant? You deserve a doula

If you are pregnant and have been preparing for the birth of your child, chances are, you have come across the word doula. What is a doula, anyway?

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Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA: Advocating for child victims of abuse and neglect

Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to advocate for children in abuse and neglect court cases. Our mission is to inspire, educate and empower community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected and at-risk children to help ensure safety and permanency in their lives. NWRM CASA began through the request of Chief Judge Michael A. O’Hara III in 2008, who recognized the need for the program. We are one of 16 independent CASA programs in Colorado, and we hold a Certificate of National CASA Membership and Standards Compliance.

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The Clerk's Corner: Hoping for high voter turnout

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, baseball games, family reunions and political speeches. We celebrate this day to remember our nation’s history and to honor our freedoms. Freedom and independence are synonymous with patriotism and democracy because voting is the way in which voters can freely express their personal opinions by helping to elect government leaders with whom they share similar views.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Independence Days of years past

The Fourth of July is here already, and with it come the memories of holidays of years past.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Celebrating the Fourth of July

On Monday most of us will celebrate the Fourth of July with the usual — a parade, fireworks, and a picnic or cookout. This week’s column celebrates the holiday with two yummy recipes that would go great with your Fourth of July menu.

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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.