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Noelle Leavitt Riley: New website launches for Craig readers

When you have a moment, grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit down with your computer, tablet or smartphone and take a few minutes to navigate our new website that launched at midnight Tuesday.

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Lance Scranton: 3 pieces of advice

I empathize with the feelings of those who are made to feel like they don’t have access to the American Dream and the issues that prevent equality of opportunity in our great country. As an immigrant to the United States, I found out early that the American Dream centered around three important decisions that I preach to high school students every chance I get.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘King Arthur’ less regal, more rollicking

Centuries of lore are bound to change over time in the telling of one of the greatest tales of all. Still, even accepting that, some elements of “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” are more than hard to swallow along with your popcorn.

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Prather's Pick: A novel with a train setting

My husband Lyle brought this week’s novel to my attention. “The Christmas Train” was written by David Baldacci, author of an impressive number of bestselling mystery thrillers. This novel is one of his first books (copyright 2002). Lyle liked the book a lot, and so do I. It has everything — interesting characters, humor and a heartwarming plot.

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Thoughtful Parenting: The power of empathy

The role of fathers continues to transform, as norms in our society shift and change. Gone are the days when dad was considered a helper to mom, without equal parenting responsibilities and rights.

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Honoring veteran Charles Daum: History in Focus

The mingling of joy and sadness in the midst of World War II is startling and heart wrenching. In the cold and dreary winter south of Rome in late December 1943, a young father-to-be was killed while battling the Third Reich. A mere two weeks later, his young wife would give birth to their innocent baby boy.

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Rep. Bob Rankin’s Under the Dome: The end is only the beginning

This is the fifth time I’ve endured the last week of a Colorado legislative session. I don’t have sufficient words to express my displeasure with the process or to convey the impact of this year’s convulsive conclusion. I’ll report more broadly next month, but the real news all comes down to Senate Bill 267, a bill that “does it all.”

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Lauren Rising: Foster parents needed

Today in Colorado, 2,058 children and youth are in foster care. These children — like all children — need safe, loving and stable homes in order to thrive. However, our community is currently faced with a pressing challenge: we do not have enough foster homes for every child in foster care.

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Jenny Meyer: Sand Wash horses a huge draw for photographers

Imagine an event in rural Moffat County that is held all year long where photographers and spectators can attend free. This event was held at the same time as the Sombrero Horse Drive last weekend but was not publicized. Sand Wash Basin wild horse stallions fight for bands each year, and many tourists from many states and other countries attend.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Gates

Gates come in all sizes and are made from a variety of materials, but the focus of this week’s column is on gates that you find on a ranch or farm.

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Faith Column: A noble mule

Cowboy church is different due to the subjects we talk about. Here is a short story that I hope you all can enjoy and relate to.

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Examining coal related to affordable energy

Apparently, it’s okay for coal to struggle against cheap natural gas. But renewable fuels would rather not, thank you very much.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Guardians’ sequel doesn’t reach for the stars but still does the job

It wouldn’t be a summer movie season without a sequel that’s almost as good as the original but not quite the same quality. Yes, that’s true of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” but don’t hit that death button just yet!

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John Ponikvar: Teachers hold great value

I understand that a teacher has the ability to impact the students they touch either positively or negatively for the rest of their lives. No other profession can do this!

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Lance Scranton: An exceptional person

Let me explain: Kathy Talkington has been a custodian at Moffat County High School for several years. While she doesn't technically teach a class, she has made an incredible difference in the lives of teachers, students and administrators.

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