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Jim Clark: Investing in tourism makes sense

The recent frenzy over the Powerball lottery had many buying tickets, hoping that a $1, $5 or $20 investment might result in that statistically rare chance of winning a large jackpot. Buying a lottery ticket is almost always a poor return on investment, but it is fun to dream. Now, if I told you an investment of every dollar returned $490, would you make that choice?

Community Ag Alliance: Historic preservation, 101

Historic preservation really is quite interesting, understandable and important to shaping how our community’s landscape looks and feels today.

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Tales from the Tread: A Taste of History

Historic cookbooks and recipes provide a unique glimpse into the lives of Colorado’s early pioneers. In comparison to today’s diverse cuisine, frontier recipes featured relatively plain foods, since few spices were available.

Stories from Scotland: A word on food

There are two things that seem to come to mind when people think of Scotland: the weather and the food.

John F. Russell: Fans face disappointment in sports

Sports fans understand disappointment, but what happens when your favorite teams packs up and leaves town.

Jimmy Westlake: Watch the moon eclipse a star

Early this Tuesday evening, Jan. 19, the waxing gibbous moon will perform a prime time eclipse, or occultation, of the bright star Aldebaran, for folks living in the western United States.

Thoughtful Parenting: Benefits of early reading

It is never too early to start reading to infants and toddlers. People say early reading is important, but why?

Healthy eating: Vegetable chicken lasagna

Vegetable chicken lasagna, a healthier option to traditional lasagna, takes a bit of effort but feeds a crowd and freezes well.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Prevent cervical cancer — get vaccinated, get screened

January, recognized as Cervical Health Awareness month, is a good time to highlight measures that can be taken to prevent cervical cancer. In the past 30 years, cervical cancer deaths have decreased by 50 percent, largely due to more women getting regular cervical screenings or Pap tests, which can detect changes in the cervix before cancer develops.

Book Review: 'Felicity' both enchants and delights

"Felicity," Mary Oliver’s newest collection of poems, feels like conversations with an old friend.

Melanie Sturm: The Trump tower that Obama built

Ancient Talmudic wisdom teaches that whoever destroys a soul, destroys an entire world. So it’s understandable that in unveiling heightened gun control measures last week before an audience of shooting victims’ relatives, President Obama shed tears.

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The Bock’s Office: Top 10 films of 2015

Another year has come and gone, and the highlights have shone through greatly. Some of the best movies have found widespread audiences and made lots of cash, while others remain obscure. Here are my thoughts on what was most worth watching.

Community Ag Alliance: CSU Extension hosts estate planning workshops

Planning how to transfer your farm, ranch or other business to the next generation is difficult. So is planning for retirement and formalizing your estate plan. The many emotional issues involved with such planning causes us to procrastinate. We don’t want to make some of the tough decisions, so we don’t.

Dog's Eye View: Cabin fever

It was “them” kittens that started it; my dog, Stuart, helped to finish it.

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What freedom means to me

In the U.S.A., freedom falls upon our shoulders like a steady drizzle of light, and sometimes, we take it for granted.