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Memorial Regional Health Living Well Column: Hospice Provides End-of-Life Care

June 23, 2017 — If you or a loved one develops a life-limiting illness, it's comforting to know that hospice services are available to help you navigate your emotions and the logistics of those final days. Memorial Regional Health is planning to expand hospice care in our community by […]

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Pipi’s Pasture: That’s what dads do

June 23, 2017 — This past Sunday, families everywhere celebrated Father's Day to honor Dads, Grandpas, and husbands. It was an opportunity for me to think about Dads and all of the special things they do for their children. My daughter-in-law Brandi was at our house when I was […]

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Faith column: Getting back up

June 23, 2017 — Life is going as fast as it has ever gone. We are all as busy as we can be. I cant speak for everyone, but I know in my life sometimes it feels like I am not making much ground. I am trying my best […]

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Northwest Colorado Health column: Clinics integrate affordable dental care

June 23, 2017 — A patient makes an appointment with his health care provider for a physical exam. During the visit, he mentions he's been having tooth pain. It's making it hard to eat and sleep, but he's put off going to the dentist because he doesn't have insurance. […]

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Over a cup of coffee: An easy recipe for oven chicken

June 23, 2017 — This week my sister Darlene Blackford of Rocky Ford called me with a recipe that she thought I might like. Our son's family was here this week, so I tried the recipe. It couldn't be easier to make, and everyone agreed that it was tasty. […]

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How collaboration can save the Colorado River

June 22, 2017 — The Colorado River runs through the heart of my family's ranch near Kremmling, where I live and work, so we have firsthand knowledge of the importance of water. Our family's irrigated meadows and livestock operation depend on it, and it's the common currency of both […]

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The Bock’s Office: Pixar back on track with ‘Cars 3’

June 22, 2017 — A drastic left turn several years ago put one of the top animation studios on a questionable path, but "Cars 3" shows good things can happen with the right people behind the wheel. Compared to his early days on the circuit, racecar Lightning McQueen (voice […]

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The Bock’s Office: Dark Universe series should already wrap after ‘The Mummy’

June 21, 2017 — It seems like only yesterday but was in fact nearly 20 years ago when we were first given the concept of a classic horror character co-starring with the guy both goofy and beefy enough to play George of the Jungle. And, you thought that was […]

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Lance Scranton: The heat is on

June 20, 2017 — Summer officially begins this week, and everything is heating up. The temperature is rising as the Northern Hemisphere begins to smile big for the Sun. With all that we know about our home planet's relationship to the Sun, it's hard to believe that people used […]

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Prather’s Pick: A psychological thriller

June 20, 2017 — Bryn Harper has been experiencing recurring nightmares. She wonders if there's a message in them—perhaps even a warning. In " The Secrets You Keep," this week's suspense novel by Kate White. Bryn has had four dreams in the past few weeks, and all of them […]

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Under the Dome: What does rural Colorado really mean?

June 18, 2017 — This year and for all of the five years that I've now served in the Colorado legislature, the word's "rural Colorado" are often heard. This last session even produced Senate Bill 267, titled "Rural Sustainability" that was a broad omnibus bill that benefited some rural […]

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America: So partisan we’re normalizing violence

June 16, 2017 — The horrific Wednesday morning shooting targeting Republican members of Congress, and the reactions that followed, proved a steep decline in respect for human life when it comes to politics. The GOP team members were at a park baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, practicing for an […]

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MRH Living Well: Fathers play important role during pregnancy and delivery

June 16, 2017 — When it comes to pregnancy, it's not just the woman who is expecting. So is her partner. While moms-to-be carry the load, literally, during pregnancy and delivery, fathers also have important work to do. According to research studies, expectant moms have a better pregnancy experience […]

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Pipi’s Pasture: Doing chores in the wind

June 16, 2017 — Doing the chores during a 50 to 60 mile per hour wind is an adventure, indeed. That's how hard the wind was blowing here at Pipi's Pasture one afternoon this past week. I waited as long as I could before going down to the corral. […]

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The ground never stops speaking to archaeologists

June 15, 2017 — My friends have left me behind. We are in Utah, headed for the canyon rim overlooking the Fremont River, just outside of Capitol Reef National Park. We set out with a sense of purpose, each step carrying us closer to our goal — a dramatic […]

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Janet Sheridan: Being there

June 15, 2017 — The petite speaker at my college baccalaureate peered over the podium and said he would be discussing the importance of forgiveness. As he continued, his tiny head moved left to right like a metronome, causing the tassel on his cap to swing hypnotically; and I […]

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Captain Underpants’ wedges its way into your heart

June 13, 2017 — In the panels of your average comic book, phrases like "Up, up and away!" and "This looks like a job for…" provide an inspiring call to action. By itself, a motto like, "TRA-LA-LAAAAAA!" may not motivate anyone to greater heights, but that doesn't mean the […]

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Lance Scranton: Those Russians!

June 13, 2017 — It must be a coincidence that I've embarked on reading the classic 19th century Russian novel, “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. I suppose it could be that I've been influenced by some illicit attempt by a foreign book seller who hopes to make some money […]

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History in focus: End of the line

June 13, 2017 — At times we bemoan the Yampa Valley's sense of geographic isolation, especially during the cold winter months. Travel over treacherous, icy, and snow-packed mountain passes force us to think twice before heading out on a weekend jaunt. But just over a century ago, a comfortable […]

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On Faith: Recognizing the importance of the Day of Pentecost

June 9, 2017 — This past Sunday we celebrated the Day of Pentecost, one of the most important days in the liturgical calendar. It is known as the birthday of the Christian Church, and it is the day that the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples who were waiting […]

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