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Mountain Town News: Getting close to nature but without all of the hardships

July 14, 2018 — WHISTLER, B.C. – Nature, it seems, isn't good enough on its own terms. A Canadian company called Moment Factory has eight "lumina" shows around the world that seek to create even more spectacle in night time scenes of nature, including a new one this month

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Biff America: A fragile reality

July 14, 2018 — "We poets in our youth begin in gladness; / But thereof come in the end despondency and madness," Wadsworth. The first time I saw Sean Casey was in 1976. He had a shaved head and wore a skirt. I entered the employee entrance of the

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Mountain Wheels: Sporty Mazda6 aims for a luxurious driving experience (column)

July 13, 2018 — As proof of how much the automotive world has changed, consider the broad, stylish and borderline grandiose mid-sized sedan that now comprises the Mazda6 compared to the much smaller models which carried the same name in the past. In its newest generation, tweaked considerably for

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Walking Our Faith: Is this music the sound of angels singing? (column)

July 13, 2018 — On Wednesday night I took my seat in the third row at the Riverwalk Center to watch a magnificent performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons performed by the National Repertory Orchestra, conducted by Mark Aplizar. In doing so I had come full circle. Three years ago,

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Thompson: The big history behind Little House (column)

July 12, 2018 — Like a lot of us, what I remember reading earliest was Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie. Reading all the books — first with my mom and then on my own — sparked my fascination with stories of the past, true-life history fueling

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Woodruff: Keep it to yourself when you’re outdoors (column)

July 12, 2018 — I try to be diplomatic, I really do. When I was cleaning up graffiti deposited by an embarrassed-looking family, and the father muttered, "Writing your name on the rocks is an irresistible impulse," I did not give into my own irresistible impulse and whap him

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Liddick: Rule-breakers deserve punishment (column)

July 9, 2018 — Brianna Morgan has a problem. The single mom and her three children scrape by on disability payments. She can't hold a job because she can't drive — not because of her disability but because she lost her license three years ago and hasn't regained it.

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Biff America: Dry, quiet, hooking left (column)

July 8, 2018 — Our community celebrated our nation's birthday quietly this year. The lack of explosions gave way to reflection. It is no news to anyone living here that our state is as dry as a Mormon wedding. Because of that there were no fireworks shows which was

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Mountain Town News: Getting across the need to respect these mountains

July 7, 2018 — ASPEN, Colo. – Eight people died in the Elk Range near Aspen last summer, five of them while climbing or descending 14,131-foot Capitol Peak and two more on the pair of peaks called Maroon Bells, which are also above 14,000 feet in elevation. This summer

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Mountain Wheels: Acura’s hotshot RDX A-Spec adds flash to its mid-size SUV

July 7, 2018 — Japanese — but designed and made in America — the 2019 Acura RDX is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV that's had a serious attitude adjustment for its newest, third-generation models. The somewhat small (compared to an MDX) but certainly not inconsequential RDX turns into a

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Walking Our Faith: Our Saint of the Broken Heart

July 6, 2018 — Her story is like many people healed in the gospels, not remarkable enough to be given a name, just another person in the crowd. How am I to see myself in her? Now a woman, suffering from bleeding for 12 years, she had endured much

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Bargell: Even without fireworks, the sparks still fly in Summit County (column)

July 5, 2018 — Solemnizing the Fourth, 2018. The recent, and surely welcome, ban on fireworks sparked a memory latent in my brain. No pun intended and no risk of spontaneous combustion. It was six years ago that our local governments banned fireworks, and at the time it seemed

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Ask Eartha: Tips for a sustainable summer shindig

July 5, 2018 — Dear Eartha, I'm throwing a few parties this summer and I would like to make them as green as possible. Do you have any ideas on how I can reduce my environmental impact while still throwing a great party? Zach, Summit Cove Thank you for

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Littwin: My newspaper friend who was killed at the Capital Gazette was no one’s enemy

July 4, 2018 — My friend worked at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. My friend is dead. Shot by a madman with a gun that, in America, madmen can routinely legally possess. My friend worked with me for a decade at the Baltimore Sun, where I wrote

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Mason: Standing up for conservative principles in a rigged district (column)

July 4, 2018 — Now that the primaries are over, it's time to consider the alternatives. There has not been a Republican state representative for House District 61 in 19 years and that was because the district had a different make up. The district consists of essentially Delta County

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Shannon: Cold Civil War may be heating up (column)

July 1, 2018 — Recent developments on the restaurant front are going to put a dent into date night plans for Kellyanne Conway and her husband. If Sarah Huckabee Sanders can't eat in peace with her Never Trump parents in some central Virginia one-horse town, there's no way Conway

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Bless: It’s time for Nancy Pelosi to go (column)

July 1, 2018 — Will Nancy Pelosi continue to make the House her home for much longer? Two recent events give one pause for thought. During a press conference in June, Pelosi assailed the president's policy of separating children from their undocumented parents at the border. She said matter-of-factly,

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Biff America: From humble means (column)

June 30, 2018 — The factory foreman sized up the immigrant teenager. She was not much to look at — under five feet, weak chin, thick glasses and bad teeth. But beneath her long skirt, her legs were thick and her arms and hands seemed small yet strong. For

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Mountain Wheels: Smallest Volvo SUV aims at a young, urban audience

June 30, 2018 — A summer loaded down with an increasing scope of international trade disputes puts some jeopardy on the future of all imported vehicles, with talk of a 20 percent tariff in the near future — a move that's estimated to add more than $5,500 to the

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Raehal: We stand behind Capital Gazette, journalism (column)

June 29, 2018 — My to-do list can feel overwhelming. But it's not important. Not when journalists are being shot down in the newsroom in the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. My heart breaks for the victims' families and friends, and I have to say something. Throughout our country's history,

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