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Saturday’s Wyman Museum 4th Annual Pumpkin Patch, although smaller in scope than last year, was again a huge success.  Hundreds of people attended the event, most with kids in tow, to select a pumpkin, enjoy rides in a wagon and antique automobile, and enjoy the many other activities featured at the Pumpkin Patch.  The Museum also introduced their new buck elk, J.R,, which they acquired to replace the museum’s recently deceased long time attraction, Clyde the Elk, which was a popular icon at the Wyman Living History Museum over the last 8 years.  Pictures from the event can be seen in the photo gallery above.


How to Get Your Political Opinion Heard

For most Americans, politics can feel like a spectator sport, especially in an election year when so much news is devoted to the horse race. But there are many ways average citizens can take active and engaged roles in local, state and national politics. Here are ways, some obvious, some not so obvious, to make your political voice heard:

• Vote: According to Census statistics, only 63 percent of citizens ages 18 years or older voted in the last presidential election. Every election you should go to the polls and take your children with you, so they learn an important civics lesson.

• Learn: Read history books to gain perspective and insight. Study the Constitution thoroughly and know your rights. Use Internet search engines to read up on everything from our founding fathers to current issues.

“In fact, a long forgotten clause in the U.S. Constitution, Article 5, can be used to reconvene the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in order to bypass our government and ratify amendments,” says Enns, who is advocating for a new Constitutional Amendment to establish a national initiative process by which citizens could vote on federal legislation and a national recall process by which they could remove congressmen, senators and even the president from office.

• Meet Your Politicians: Did you know many politicians host open office hours when citizens can visit and have questions and concerns addressed? Find out when visiting hours are and make an appointment. Prepare by writing out what you plan to say. If meeting in person is not possible, write, call or email.

• Stay Informed: Be an educated activist by keeping up with current events. Get news about the economy, health care, taxes and other issues that affect you from a variety of unbiased sources. “For example, today our national debt is skyrocketing toward $16 trillion,” says Enns. “And every taxpayer’s share is $139,000, with many therefore believing the government is driving America towards bankruptcy. And regular citizens actually can help change this.”

• Organize: There is strength in numbers. Get your friends together and start an organization. From the Occupy Wall Street movement to the Tea Party, recent years have seen grassroots organizations rise to national prominence. You can use online resources like Facebook and Twitter to quickly and inexpensively disseminate information about your events and issues you care about.

You are encouraged to give us you opinion on what issues will most determine how you vote in the state and national election, by taking part in our survey, which you can see in the yellow box to the upper right.


Fun Halloween Ideas for the Family

Autumn is here, which means Halloween is fast approaching. You can help make this season extra special for your kids by getting them in the spooky spirit with some great Halloween reading, viewing and hands-on activities.

Eerie Reading

With all that homework that comes with a new school year, you may be hard pressed to get your kids to do any extra reading. However, a fun Halloween book will earn their attention. Check out “Professor Gargoyle: Tales From Lovecraft Middle School #1,” by Charles Gilman, the first in a new series about the strange world of a creepy middle school. With a science teacher who morphs into a monster before you even open the book, this is one book you can judge by its cover, and it may also inspire a great costume.

Frightful Viewing

There’s nothing more evocative of the season than a Halloween movie. You can make a night of it at home with some popcorn and an old classic like “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” or take the kids to the theater for a new tale. “Hotel Transylvania,” for example, a 3-D computer-animated film starring Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez, will make Dracula fun for kids.

Creepy Crafting

From carving your own Jack-o-Lanterns to designing your own Halloween costumes to adorning your house and yard with homemade decorations, Halloween presents the perfect opportunity to get creative with crafts.

Encourage your kids to go the do-it-yourself route this year. Not only are homemade costumes so much more unique than store-bought costumes, they can be inexpensive to create and are a lot more satisfying to show off to friends. Safety note: let little ones design their own Jack-o-Lanterns and help you scoop out the pumpkin, but leave the actual carving to an adult.


In high school sports over the weekend:
In football:
Little Snake River Valley beat Farson-Eden 48-8.
Hayden topped Vail Christian 49-20.
Steamboat fell to Rifle 56-0.
Soroco lost to West Grand 60-28.
Meeker beat Roaring Fork 35-0.
Rangely won over South Park 50-26.
Moffat County defeated Montezuma-Cortez 42-19.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River Valley beat Meeteetse in a regional playoff game (25-13, 25-12, 25-17) and then lost to Burlington (18-25, 25-20, 22-25, 22-25) and in the consolation semifinal defeated Encampment (25-14, 20-25, 25-18, 21-25)
Hayden lost to Vail Mountain (25-7, 25-16, 25-16)
Soroco fell to North Park (16-25, 25-20, 11- 25, 12-25)
Moffat County lost to Olathe (12-25, 13-25, 25-20, 14-25)
Hayden vs Vail Christian
Moffat County vs Gunnison
Meeker vs West Grand
Rangely vs Paonia

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