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From left: Boulder Elementary School graduating eighth graders Alexandra Abbott, Dylan Balmer, Arthur Bieler, Brooke Dixon, Arley Douglas, Myle O’Neill, Alexius Rasmussen, Samantha Ritchie, Taven Taylor and Jozlyn Zabel.  Read Article

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Clancy School eighth-grade class historians Jed Williams, Tavin Charlton, Avery Popp, Cameron Toney and Hunter Stevens speak at a graduation ceremony on May 27. All five will attend Jefferson High School.  Read Article

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When it rains, I often hear people say that now they don’t have to water their trees and shrub, because Mother Nature is taking care of them. This is a myth. Our local region is classified as semi-arid, with extraordinarily little atmospheric humidity.  Read Article

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Back when Honest Abe was president of the United States, during Idaho Territory’s first session of 1863, the county we call home was first constituted. Like anything born 158 years ago that is still around, it looks different than it did then. It’s seen a thing or two. Jefferson County is a … Read Article

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Schools have been a crucible for many of the issues of the last year: The need to keep everyone safe from COVID-19 has been in tension with the mandate to educate and the desire for normalcy. Navigating that razor’s edge has been challenging for all – not least the young people whose senior … Read Article

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Jefferson High students had only been waiting for, like, a year. On Saturday, May 8, prom finally arrived. Some 156 students entered the White Barn at the county fairgrounds and marched through a “Secret Garden”-themed arch. Royalty were introduced, a queen and king named. Then, parents (and… Read Article

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We’re pleased to be starting what will become a regular column on gardening for The Monitor. We look forward to telling you about the many unique and rare plants that you can grow in our harsh climate and poor, high-alkaline soil. In addition, we’ll be sharing many of our gardening secrets. Read Article

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A retention pond designed to alleviate stormwater runoff will likely not be part of the Town Pump expansion, according to Boulder Mayor Rusty Giulio. Read Article

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Why climb to the top of a mountain?  Maybe that’s what the miners of Elkhorn asked as they tunneled dark shafts beneath the highest points of the Elkhorn Range, forging lives out of fever, for fortune.  Silver mining began in the 1870s, peaked through the turn of that century, then receded i… Read Article

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The toponyms on the map can tell you more than just what to call a chunk of earth. Some describe or memorialize, and others maybe even tell a little about the hopes and feelings of those who named those places. An accessible remnant of powerful sentiment is there for the daydreaming when it … Read Article

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It is tempting, in a time like this, to lose track of life, to get caught up in drama, and to imagine that our world is an unending stream of traumatic headlines, a cacophany of big bangs. Read Article

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Shortly after they were married in 1971, Bill Hadfield told his new bride, Linda, that they were moving to Montana. Read Article

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I demand a lot from a trail. I want it to make me ache, in my muscles, and somewhere deeper. I could claim I’m out for the fresh air, a snatch of birdsong. But I want a summit, a panorama, a destination. I want escape. I want encounter. Read Article

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