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Prather’s Pick: ‘Toaff’s Way,’ a novel about a squirrel

September 20, 2018 — "Toaff's Way" was written by Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt. The book's black-and-white illustrations were created by Sydney Hanson. This 2018 novel for young readers is published by Alfred A. Knopf. There's one thing about this novel — the author knows a thing or two about

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Dodging the little stinkers

September 20, 2018 — Lately some young skunks here at Pipi's Pasture have been getting our attention. We're not sure just how many there are — at least two and maybe even three or four. They're rather small, so we think the skunks are from a litter of babies

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Over a Cup of Coffee: One more rhubarb recipe

September 20, 2018 — We've just finished picking apples off the two trees in our front yard, a bumper crop this year, as with the plum and apples trees at the Morapos ranch. Now, family members and friends are searching for recipes to use up the apples. Starting next

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Dave Ulrich: Positive academic achievement

September 20, 2018 — We have good news to start the school year and yet another reason to choose Moffat County School District! Our district earned the rating of Performance (Accredited) from the Colorado Department of Education for the 2017-18 school year! This is the second year in a row

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Janet Sheridan: While others frolicked     

September 18, 2018 — "Remember," Mom said, "I want the washing finished and the young ones happy when I get home." Then, she escaped out the door, leaving me with a mountain of dirty clothes and three unabashedly disorderly siblings. I headed to the basement, leaving Barbara, Blaine, and

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Lance Scranton: It’s gotta be true!

September 18, 2018 — A long time ago, when I was a wee lad and I had all of my future well out in front of me, something happened. I can't really say what it was, because as embarrassing episodes go, this one was a doozy! But suffice it

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Storing food for winter

September 13, 2018 — Last week's column, about the basement where we kept canned goods, has had me thinking about the kinds of foods that were stored there. During the winter, we ate from the canned goods that lined the basement shelves and from the gunny sacks full of

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Over a Cup of Coffee: A favorite soup recipe

September 13, 2018 — With fall-like weather upon us, I decided to make soup this week. "Cabbage Soup" is one of my favorite soup recipes. It is also one of the first recipes to be featured in "Over a Cup of Coffee." I'm repeating the recipe, but I think

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Under the Dome: Candidates for office warrant respect

September 12, 2018 — We just got home after a weekend in Grand Junction at the Club 20 annual Steak Fry and Debates, famous this year because one of the candidates for governor declined to attend. Plenty of other aspirants to public office filled the space in an all-day

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Harriet Freiberger: ‘Reflecting absence’ and remembering Sept. 11

September 11, 2018 — “Reflecting absence …” A 58-ton welded piece of steel and a battered concrete staircase speak what words fail to say. We bury what cannot be buried and touch that which cannot be touched. Monuments tell of lifetimes, satisfy the yearning that defines our singular species.

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History in Focus: Remembering the giants

September 11, 2018 — Over the past three years, this column has focused on the stories of 30 men from Moffat County who served and died in World War II. These articles started as a project in researching and writing about local history but quickly turned into an intensely

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Lance Scranton: Memories of 9-11

September 11, 2018 — History passed us by just the other day, and we didn't stop, because we had not the time. In our rush to get ahead and be on time and make sure everything is getting done, we forgot to take the time to remember why the

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Joyce Rankin: Students continue to improve

September 11, 2018 — School is underway, and a highlight of the August State Board of Education meeting was to review students' achievement measures from last year and assess how teachers might move forward this year. Preliminary results from the 2018 assessments were revealed to the public in August.

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Living Well: Know signs to stop suicide — Suicide Awareness Prevention Week is Sept. 9 to 15

September 11, 2018 — If you hear a friend say things, like, "My family would be better off without me," or "I don't want to live anymore," or "I just want to sleep forever," or "I can't do this anymore," it's time to perk up and really listen. These

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Prather’s Pick: ‘What the Ladybird Heard Next’ a funny story told in rhyme

September 11, 2018 — Children will love this week's picture book. It's a funny story told in rhyme. The collage illustrations are a combination of colored drawings and cut-outs from photographs and designed papers. Everything is brightly colored. "What the Ladybird Heard Next" was written by Julia Donaldson and

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Memorial Regional Health: Preventative screening crucial for protecting against cervical, prostate cancer — healthy lifestyle choices also play a major role

September 7, 2018 — Editor's note: The following article is sponsored content from Memorial Regional Health. For the best prevention methods against cervical and prostate cancers, doctors recommend making healthy lifestyle choices, as well as getting the appropriate health checkups throughout your lifetime. It might seem like a broken

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Giachino: Thank you to the 10th Mountain Division’s Sandy Treat from a very grateful American (column)

September 6, 2018 — How many times can you say, "I met a legend today"? I was honored to be in the audience at the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum's Friday 10th Mountain Fireside Chat and heard firsthand accounts of World War II combat memories from Sandy Treat, a

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Over a Cup of Coffee: More peach recipes

September 6, 2018 — This week's column features two more recipes for using peaches. These recipes are old. They were taken from two "1000 Recipes Cook Books," published in 1951 by Dell Publishing. The peach cobbler is similar to the recipe in last week's column, except that it uses

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Canning season

September 6, 2018 — Whenever I pass a produce stand, I remember "canning time" when my siblings and I were growing up on the ranch. It was an important time, because our family relied on the hundreds of home-canned jars of vegetables, fruits, jellies, pickles, juices, and meats to

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Living Well: Helping your baby develop speech, language skills: Memorial Regional Health offers pediatric speech-language therapy

September 4, 2018 — Nothing is more fun than hearing your baby babble, coo, and make sounds. While it sounds fun, they are working hard to learn and practice the sounds that make up language. There are ways you can enhance your baby's language development, but mostly, all it

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