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Rep. Bob Rankin’s Under the Dome: Uncertainty and opportunity in 2017

I’m having a hard time getting my mind around the fact that it’s 2017 and the start of my fifth session in the Colorado House of Representatives. Thank you for the opportunity. It looks like we are off to the usual (but more so) confusing, intense and sometimes exasperating start. There are more interesting meetings and social events than time on the calendar, more bills than time to read, and endless mind bending hours in the Joint Budget Committee.

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History In Focus: ‘What God wills, He wills’

The execution by hanging of EJ Farmer for the murder of Joe Jones (former Routt County sheriff and long time cattle rancher) and his employee Earl Hopkins in early 1931 was one of the last scenes of a fading form of frontier justice. Yet, his trial, appeals and death in just 15 short months offers us a picture of a system of justice that was fair, yet strangely efficient.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Allow children to solve their own problems

The fix-it parent often unknowingly sends the message that children cannot handle the challenges in front of them. As a result, they never get to know what it feels like to succeed.

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U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton: Setting the stage for 2017

A recent analysis by the Competitive Enterprise Institute showed that for every law Congress passed in 2016, the Obama Administration issued 18 rules and regulations. With a total of 3,853 last year, the Administration issued the most rules and regulations since 2005.

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Clerk's Corner: New tasks and new leadership for the new year

In 2017 many legislative changes will transpire as a result of the November 2016 election. The minimum wage in Colorado has already been adjusted to $9.30. Colorado now allows for medical aid in dying for individuals who are faced with terminal illnesses. There are also new laws in regard to liquor and marijuana sales, and Colorado will return to a presidential primary system, which allows voters who are unaffiliated to participate in all primary elections.

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Patti Mosbey: Emotions run high with gather of the Sand Wash horses

Many of you are aware of the ongoing gather of wild horses in Sand Wash Basin. This is the first time a bait and trap gather has taken place in Sand Wash. In previous years the Bureau of Land Management, BLM, has done roundups with helicopters. With the support of the Sand Wash Advocate Team, SWAT, in cooperation with BLM we have worked to keep helicopters out of the basin. The goal is to bring the number of horses down by extracting smaller numbers and administering birth control.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Baking warmth in the wintertime

Winter is here, and if the weather keeps being so snowy, you might want to spend more time in the kitchen — perhaps baking cookies. This week’s column features two recipes from my mother’s (Judy Osborn) recipe files.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ uplifting biopic about America’s lift-off into space

Genius is rarely recognized in the right way, and in a divisive system that keeps members of society down, it’s even less likely that mankind can progress into the future. Hollywood’s efforts to convey this are usually less than subtle, but then, they aren’t as smart as the main characters of “Hidden Figures.”

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Mike Littwin: Still boldly predicting 2017 can’t be as weird as 2016

As we gratefully leave 2016 behind and warily entertain the idea of political life in 2017, we in Colorado must ask ourselves two basic questions: What the hell just happened? What the hell’s gonna happen now?

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Danielle Elkins: Trump offers hope in battling opioid epidemic in US

Drug addiction — it’s the other war that America has been fighting for decades, and it’s one of the major issues that Donald Trump will face during his time in The White House.

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Lance Scranton: Want to be seen in 2017?

Last January, I wrote about how 2016 would be a year to, “Quit thinking you can control everything, lower your expectations of people, and prepare yourself for the realities of life.” I thought that being a bit more rational about the state of humanity might do us all better last year. Well, you have to admit that 2016 was quite a year and one that we will remember for a long time.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Teaching youth about healthy relationships

Because we know that healthy people know how to ask for what they need, we want students to understand how to be holistically healthy and understand the components of healthy relationships.

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Michelle Balleck: A collective vision for the new year

All sharing a community vision. All taking steps toward the same goal. All moving in a collective direction.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Patty’s Raspberry Salad

This week’s column offers up a treat. It’s a yummy salad recipe, made with raspberries, cream, cream cheese, Jell-o and more. I’ll bet it could be served as a dessert. Anyway, the recipe was sent to me by Patty Meyers who lives near Hamilton. Patty got the recipe from Berdna Nicodemus. Patty makes this salad for every holiday dinner. She doesn’t know if you could use fresh raspberries in place of frozen ones.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Remembering New Year’s Day

In those days when I was growing up on the ranch, we didn’t have people in for New Year’s Day — not that I remember anyway. We did celebrate the beginning of the new year with a nice dinner which probably consisted of roast beef, potatoes and gravy, and all the trimmings. During the day, perhaps dinner, we talked about our hopes for the year and made our resolutions, which we might have kept to ourselves.