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Essay: Holidays in the ER

December 8, 2018 — Sam was newly 3, and channeling Joe Simpson, the famed mountaineer who disappeared in a fall down a crevasse in Peru. Assumed dead, and with bones broken, Joe came crawling back into basecamp three days later, just hours before his friends were to leave the

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Water Law Basics column: Conservation easements one way agriculture is preserved

December 8, 2018 — The continued viability of agriculture on the Western Slope has been the subject of many conversations this year with the drought, the booming population of Colorado and changing priorities of Colorado's citizens. Generations of knowledge and values that have defined the Western Slope are kept

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Kight column: Keeping holiday history alive in Glenwood Springs

December 4, 2018 — A couple of weeks ago, the popular lighting of the Hotel Colorado was stewarded on by its new owners. The Melville family recognizes the importance of this tradition and how it honors our sense of community. Glenwood Springs has a well-deserved reputation for being a

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Cepeda column: Combating ‘fake news’ relies on improving our critical thinking

December 2, 2018 — CHICAGO — If it seems like "fake news" is evolving into an epidemic, it's due to the calamitous lack of a crucial skill: critical thinking. What's worse is that critical thinking is one of those abilities that most people mistakenly believe they're good at —

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Manieri column: From the ashes, a lesson in love and empathy

November 25, 2018 — We've been taught a lesson which we would do well to commit to memory. It's a lesson about love, respect and what is possible when, as one of my academic colleagues said, we see those on the opposite side as rivals rather than enemies. This

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Integrative Pet Vet column: Holiday spices offer medicinal benefits

November 24, 2018 — Many plants have a long and fascinating history of medicinal use. This includes the holiday spices. Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves are spices commonly used in holiday foods. In the past, these spices were highly prized and costly to obtain. For example, cinnamon was

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Across the Street column: Is cursive really a curse?

November 20, 2018 — Cursive writing is defined as a style of penmanship where some characters are written and joined together in a flowing manner. It is generally used to allow an individual to write faster. I distinctly remember practicing penmanship in the sixth grade from my teacher, Mrs.

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Under the Dome column: Yikes, what happened?

November 20, 2018 — Thanks to all of you wonderful and engaged citizens in Garfield, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties who voted for me to return for my fourth and final two-year term as your state representative. I was hoping for 100 percent of the vote, and I'm baffled

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Guest Opinion: Vacation rentals, a neighborhood perspective

November 19, 2018 — Realtor Sean de Moraes provided his perspective of VRBOs in the PI's Inside Business column (Nov. 12, 2018). While he tried to be balanced in his assessment, I found the discussion to be overly abstract and euphemistic. So, here is an alternative assessment from a

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Guzzardi: California’s leaders didn’t learn from past deadly wildfires

November 18, 2018 — For California natives like me, the wildfires are a real gut punch. As of this writing, the wildfires are the deadliest in the state's history with at least 58 fatalities, and hundreds unaccounted for. More than 10,000 buildings are gone, and more than 230,000 acres

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Fricke column: Counter-speculation, and a case for Sanders

November 11, 2018 — This is a response to syndicated columnist Peter Funt's "Onward to 2020; age, gender key for Democrats" (Nov. 8 Post Independent). I liked Funt's speculation as to whom Democrats should nominate for their presidential ticket in the 2020 election. I am going to speculate in

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Whiting column: Hold elected officials accountable to us, not themselves

November 7, 2018 — The elections and their accompanying ads are over. It's a pre-Christmas gift. Whoever the winners, it's time to encourage them to focus on action instead of campaign promises; focusing on the characteristics that would make them better at not just identifying problems, but developing solutions.

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Garfield County commissioner candidates, in their words — Paula Stepp: people and communities first

October 17, 2018 — The communities of Garfield County face common problems: access to affordable health care, affordable/attainable housing, adequate transportation throughout the county, affordable child care, protecting our environment and the health and safety of our citizens, and maintaining a stable economy despite fluctuations in the oil and

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DDA column: Reflections on a world-class downtown

October 17, 2018 — It's very rare to have the opportunity to help a community in realizing its vision for a vibrant downtown. For me, this has been a highlight of my career and a chapter that will always be in my heart. As my time as director for

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Garfield County commissioner candidates, in their words — Tom Jankovsky: prepared for next four years

October 17, 2018 — I have been proud to serve as your county commissioner for the past eight years and to contribute to the progress that has made us one of the most enviable counties in the state. When I first ran for office we were in the depths

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Water column: Drought has many impacts on cattle ranching

October 17, 2018 — Poor stream flows and extremely dry conditions caused a lot of economic hardship in our area this summer. The Lake Christine Fire resulted in severe financial losses for many businesses, the recreation and fishing industries were severely impacted by low stream flows, and agriculture is

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Garfield County Clerk & Recorder candidates sound off — Jean Alberico: Experience matters

October 16, 2018 — I am seeking re-election as your Garfield County clerk & recorder. Experience matters, and I am the candidate that has the job knowledge and expertise to oversee or perform the many duties of the County Clerk & Recorder. When I ran for this office in

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Garfield County Clerk & Recorder candidates sound off — Bonnie McLean: Better oversight needed

October 16, 2018 — As Garfield County clerk, I will restore integrity, professionalism and accountability to the clerk's office. As many of you know, a few years ago there were three prosecutions for embezzlement in the Clerk's Office. One would have been too many. Procedures should have been put

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Cepeda column: Our nation’s civic health depends on you

October 15, 2018 — CHICAGO — You can't throw a rock these days without hitting a book, news headline or podcast episode about the impending end of democracy. I'm no doomsayer, but, yes, it's coming. Not just because of increasing political polarization, the influence of corporate money on elections

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Valley Life for All column: Meet Christie Henderson, redefining the perception of challenge

October 9, 2018 — Editor's note: The Post Independent, in conjunction with Valley Life For All, continues a monthly series of profiles about people in our community who have different abilities. Twenty-seven percent of Americans experience some disability. One hundred percent are a part of our community. Each has

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