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Memorial Regional Health: U.S. vaccination supply safest in history — Without a proper exemption, Colorado law requires all students attending Colorado schools to be vaccinated against certain diseases

August 17, 2018 — Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the current U.S. vaccine supply is the safest in history. As children get ready to head back to school, the subject of vaccination is often front and center. In recent years, a growing number of

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Faith: Words have power

August 16, 2018 — Words are powerful. Powerful words can cause change. For example, Patrick Henry roused the people with his "Give me liberty or give me death" statement. Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the nation with his "I Have a Dream" speech. Paul introduced God to the Athenians

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From Pipi’s Pasture: A failure-to-thrive garden

August 16, 2018 — For years, it has been my habit to work in the garden for a half an hour or so each morning after corral chores. I enjoy the cool morning air and the sounds of the robins and other birds as they hunt for worms and

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Zucchini recipes

August 16, 2018 — A couple of weeks ago, I received a surprise in the mail — a case of Zatarain's dirty rice. More information about this gift in an upcoming column. Meanwhile, we are harvesting zucchini and yellow squash out of our rather pitiful garden. We enjoy both

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Across the Street: What’s a teacher to do?

August 16, 2018 — When I went off to college to learn to be a teacher, the responsibility of an elementary school teacher was mostly teaching “reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic,” the 3R’s. Social studies, science and physical education rounded out the curriculum. Then, came monitoring the cafeteria, to accommodate

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Prather’s Pick: ‘Fox and Friends’ host pens inspirational memoir

August 14, 2018 — This week's book for adults is a memoir by Ainsley Earhardt, with Mark Tabb. Earhardt is one of the co-hosts of "Fox and Friends," a cable morning show on the Fox News Channel. Her autobiography, "The Light Within Me: An Inspirational Memoir," is published by

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Living Well: Pediatric speech-language therapist joins MRH team

August 14, 2018 — Memorial Regional Health is thrilled to bring pediatric speech-language therapy to the area — a service which, outside the school disrict, has not been offered on a regular basis. Having speech-language therapy for kids in town will save parents trips to neighboring towns. "This is

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Under the Dome: Off to work we go

August 14, 2018 — After six years on the job as a Colorado state representative and having just spent two intense weeks with multiple meetings every day and lots of miles on the road, Joyce and I have a renewed appreciation for the people and issues of Northwest Colorado.

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Memorial Regional Health: Don’t let wildfire smoke harm your lungs — As wildfires burn in Colorado, it’s important to protect yourself when air quality is poor

August 10, 2018 — The smell of wildfires in the air can be common during summer in Colorado, but danger lurks, even for communities outside of the wildfire's path. Some people are more sensitive to wildfire smoke than others, but the contents of wildfire smoke are dangerous for everyone.

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History in Focus: The whirlwind of war

August 9, 2018 — The whirlwind of World War II was unprecedented in its ability to scatter millions of Americans around the world. For Robert Goggin, the war barely let him set foot in Moffat County before he was sent to Italy and his fate. Kenneth Shank, a native

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Bud and Patches

August 9, 2018 — We live in a troubled world, at present. Considering all the violence and dissension, it's a negative world, indeed. However, if we look around, we can find plenty of positives, too. Sometimes, even the smallest things make us smile. For example, my family and I

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Recipes for hearty dinner casseroles

August 9, 2018 — School will be starting soon, and maybe, the weather will cool down after awhile. All this means we'll probably be craving hearty dinner dishes. This week's column features two casserole recipes. The first was taken from "Watch Your Curves: Colorado Beef Recipes," which was a

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Prather’s Pick: Author Jan Brett offers ‘treasure’ of a book

August 7, 2018 — Jan Brett, author of numerous books for children, is known for her enchanting stories and incredibly detailed and realistic artwork. Brett travels around the world studying various locations for her stories. "Jan Brett's Animal Treasury" is a book of four stories she previously published. The

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Lance Scranton: Reaching dreams means getting involved

August 7, 2018 — Fall sports began in earnest this week as Moffat County High School student athletes hit the fields and courts in pursuit of the dreams we all had as kids. The highlight of most people's high school career is usually a memory of some game that

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Janet Sheridan: The joys of road tripping

August 7, 2018 — According to a New York Times story in February, 85 percent of vacationing Americans take road trips. Perhaps we like packing everything we think we'll need — hula-hoops, pet hamsters, Cousin Hal. Maybe we want the freedom to obey a back-seat cry of "Wow! Did

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Memorial Regional Health: Why breastfeeding is beneficial to your baby’s health — MRH offers classes for expectant mothers

August 5, 2018 — Breastfeeding rates in the United States have been rising, but there's a national effort to encourage even more mothers to breastfeed their babies, thanks to all of the health benefits it provides. In the U.S., 75 percent of mothers start out breastfeeding, but only 13

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Skunks, skunks … everywhere a skunk

August 2, 2018 — We're not sure how many skunks live here at Pipi's Pasture. It might be one awfully busy skunk, though that's not likely. It might be several skunks. It might be a mother skunk and her young, because a few years ago, we saw a mama

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Kristin’s delicious cake

August 2, 2018 — This week's cake recipe is delicious. I know, because I got to taste it. Pink Flamingo Cake was submitted by Kristin Grajeda, of Craig. She said she found the recipe on Facebook and made it hers by adding mini marshmallows to the frosting. This is

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Living Well: Want to start running? Make MRH Glow Run your goal

July 31, 2018 — Having a set goal can help jumpstart an exercise routine. If you've been wanting to take up running or increase your walking, make the Memorial Regional Health Glow Run, on Oct. 6, your ultimate goal, and create a workout routine to make it happen. The

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Lance Scranton: Here’s to you, Craig and Moffat County!

July 31, 2018 — It's been a hot summer, and it isn't getting any cooler in the near future, at least in Northwest Colorado. Temperatures averaging in the 90s for most of July have made me start to wonder about drastic ways to stay cool. Even the nights are

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