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    Mature Content: Never say die

    By Kristi Nichols

    In March, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I emailed my oldest son a list of my financial details, a copy of my will, and my advanced medical directive. I thought it was the prudent thing to do in case I contracted the virus and died. Almost instantly, I received… read more →

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    My Friend, the North American Electric Grid

    My roof is equipped with an 8.5 kilowatt solar array, enough to supply household needs and to charge Sparky, our electric car. Our 25 solar panels free us from an electric bill; they don’t make us energy independent. In the summer, Xcel Energy sends us checks to pay for the… read more →

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    Saturn square to Uranus, the astrology of 2021

    The dominating headline of 2021’s astrology is a series of squares between Saturn, the planet of constriction, and Uranus, the planet of rebellion. Squares are a relationship of 90 degrees between the planets that denotes conflict and tension between the two parties. They are simply at cross purposes, goading each… read more →

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    Somerset left in the lurch

    Only about 100 people live in Somerset in western Colorado, a former coal company town squeezed into a narrow valley. A state highway and railroad tracks crowd on one side, the North Fork of the Gunnison River on the other.
    Some say there’s charm in the town’s narrow… read more →

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    Branching Out: Respecting life and death

    Is a dead animal of value, or just trash?
    I’m forced to ponder this after retrieving a dead creature from Highway 133. We didn’t want cars to smash the animal to oblivion.
    The night had been exceptionally dark, stars and moon veiled by snow clouds. Not… read more →

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    Scuttlebutt - February 11, 2021

    Vaccine eligibility
    As of Feb. 8, Colorado opened vaccine eligibility to people ages 65 to 69, to K-12 educators and childcare workers, to first responders and other essential workers. This is Phase 1b.2 of the state’s vaccination plan. The expansion allows more than a quarter of Colorado adults to… read more →

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    Scuttlebutt - February 4, 2021

    ReFUND Colorado
    The Donate to Colorado Nonprofit Fund (ReFUND CO) allows state taxpayers to donate a portion of their tax refunds to a Colorado-based nonprofit. This provides the sector with a funding boost and strengthens ties with donors. Learn more about the ReFUND Colorado campaign, timeline, eligibility… read more →

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    Sign of the Bear

    Next week will be a new year according to the Chinese calendar, “Year of the Ox.” This, the second sign, is grounded, loyal and trustworthy. The story goes that the Jade Emperor was having a party and he decided the order in which his guests arrived would determine… read more →

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    Ending one more "ism"

    President Biden. Image by tiburi on Pixabay.com

    In many cultures, including that of our First Nations People, elders are admired, respected, and valued for their perspective and wisdom. Family and community members gather around elders to seek advice and learn from their life experiences. As…

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    Scuttlebutt - January 28, 2021

    ReFUND Colorado
    The Donate to Colorado Nonprofit Fund (ReFUND CO) allows state taxpayers to donate a portion of their tax refunds to a Colorado-based nonprofit. This provides the sector with a funding boost and strengthens ties with donors. Learn more about the ReFUND Colorado campaign, timeline, eligibility… read more →