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In last week’s article I wrote about changing your story to help you accomplish your New Year goals. This week I am going to explain how to go about changing your story.

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In this new Star Wars movie, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Rey has found Luke Skywalker, but he fears the great power within her and refuses to train her. While on the other side of the galaxy the rebels are in trouble and Kylo Ren is still conflicted. So not much new going on here.

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Every year it seems like the holidays just blow-by with the hustle and bustle and are gone before we know it. This year, with a five-year-old, I want to slow down and give meaning to the season. I want her to learn that Christmas isn’t just about the presents and teach her about love for oth…

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Something I am thankful for every day is books. I’ve been reading a lot of really good books lately. I’m rereading “Harry Potter” with my book club and a new Brandon Sanderson book just came out. I love when I stumble upon a new book that I enjoy just as much as my favorites.

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The holidays are such a great end to the year. They give us the opportunity to give thanks for what the year has brought us and to show love to others. It’s fun to participate in Thanksgiving traditions like saying what we are thankful for around the table or sharing what we are grateful for…

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Being a Marvel fan I wasn’t sure how much I would like “Justice League” but I did like “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” so I went in with an open mind.

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 The Uintah County Regional History Center was founded by local historian Doris Karren Burton in 1982. It has grown from a dream and few filing cabinets in the back closet of the library to a modern comfortable history center. The history center is located in the northeast wing on the first …

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As the world stops to honor America's fallen heroes on Memorial Day, Uintah County suggests we remember the brave soldiers, sailors, pilots and marines who died to protect this great country. Uintah County, as evidenced by the war memorial in front of our building, has great honor and respec…

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One of the major services of Uintah County is its Library. Certainly thoughts about libraries often bring up a quiet, contemplative place. If you’ve been to our new library you’ll know that’s not always the case, especially during family hours between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. on school days.

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In February, the Uintah County office of USU Extension moved from the third floor of the county building to the new office at 328 E. 200 S. in Vernal. In their new location, the Extension staff is busy providing services to improve the lives of all Uintah County residents. Here are just a fe…

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Earthquakes around the globe have garnered a considerable amount of attention in the last 30 days. Not only did we see catastrophic earthquakes take place in Japan and Ecuador, we also witnessed small earthquakes occur near southern Utah along the Arizona/Nevada border.

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Our topic for this week is Uintah County’s Special Service Districts. To most folks the County provides most of the services you would expect from your local government. In most cases these services are provided by the taxes paid by the residents of the county and the companies who do busine…

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Presidential campaigns are in full swing. The State of Utah will not be conducting a presidential primary. This should not be confused with the normal June primary. Instead of a special election this spring, the Republican and Democratic Parties are holding presidential caucuses. Caucus day …

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Let’s talk a little about travel and tourism this week. As a powerhouse in the production of energy, Uintah County is often overlooked as the gem that we are for so many other things.

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Uintah County Commission is very pleased with the newly released Public Lands Initiative (PLI) discussion draft from Congressman Rob Bishop . For those of you unaware, this initiative establishes a locally-driven effort to bring resolution and certainty to some of the most challenging land d…

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This may be the last Family Matters column I ever write for this newspaper so here’s your last chance to get wise advice from me.  You ready?

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Why will a kid eat French fries he found under his car seat, but won’t touch a sandwich if the crust hasn’t been cut off, or if he can see a sliver of lettuce clinging to the bread?

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There are just some things from the year 2015 we should be happy to see in our rearview mirror.

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A couple Christmases ago, I was totally unprepared for how much knowledge my oldest child would glean from a semester of college.

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Sorry, Donald Trump, even if you are elected president, you won’t be boss. The world already has a boss—social media. The internet is in charge of the world. And we pretty much march lockstep with whatever is trending on twitter or going viral on YouTube or receiving precious buzz on line.  

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Looking back there are several things I regret about my life. These regrets include: having high expectations for Greek yogurt, accidently clicking on a video which taught twerking to senior citizens, downloading candy crush and saying right out loud in front of gossipy witnesses how my son …

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Really, I am much too busy to write anything today, because as you are probably aware, this is the Christmas season and I have a lot of Christmas stuff to do. For one thing, I have to find some tinsel.

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This was my second year helping with the Trees For Charity in Vernal. Last year my wife and I assisted with the Tree view and I participated as a spotter during the auction. My wife and I were extremely impressed with the entire program last year. From the tree view to the dinner and the ext…

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful tradition where we gather friends and family around the table.  This simple act reminds us why we’re grateful we don’t actually live with all these people.

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If not this Christmas or the next, eventually my children will get me the crazy cat lady action figure doll.

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If you have the internet or a Walmart store, then you are most certainly aware of the heroic efforts made by daring manufacturers to provide us with items which will fulfill needs we never even knew we had.

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Charlie has teeth marks where he received a very painful bite. The little boy sobbed dramatically while explaining the horrible agony he was called upon to endure. There was no blood involved in this excruciating injury. The only fluid on the little guy’s forearm was slobber.

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While putting the pictures of veterans in this week's special section, I had to ask myself what I had learned from my contact with veterans over the years.

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Vernal and the surrounding area is full of good-will, especially as the temperatures drop. The heart of the community warms where the wind pierces. There are many giving people here, which is proven by the recent Coats for Kids charitable event put on by the local humanitarians of the Vernal…

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Halloween costumes seemed a little bolder, brighter and weirder this year than I’ve noticed in the past.

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Even good parents say stupid stuff to their teens. We just can’t stop ourselves from verbalizing totally unnecessary commentaries. Here are just a few examples.

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Much has been written about the self-centeredness of today’s youth. But how are adolescents to learn compassion and kindness when they are being raised by callous parents like my friend, Caroline?

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I have the privilege this week to write about the canine program of the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office. I want to start out by saying thank you to all those who have supported or donated to our program in any way.

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Even though I have been way too busy to go through a midlife crises, my children think I’m old. I try to explain to them how “old” and “mature” are not synonymous. I have matured, maybe not gracefully, but the following indicators suggest I am more mature than any of these children inhabitin…

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                Last week I walked in to the Ballard city offices and city secretary and recorder Kaelyn Meyers handed me a copy of the Standard and there in huge type was the headline of the story about Shopko having their grand opening ceremony in Roosevelt - not Ballard.

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With students back in school, we have the opportunity to turn our children into mini tax collectors.

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My son, by his own admission, doesn’t know everything, but, also by his own admission, he knows all the important stuff.

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