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Misty-eyed rodeo bulls chillin’ in Steamboat Springs

June 30, 2017 — Some of the baddest four-legged athletes in the Rocky Mountains are being pampered in corrals in Steamboat Springs this week, where evaporative cooling “misters” spritz them with water while they prepare for five straight days of rodeo action.

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Not recommended: rubber raft saves 1961 float trip

June 23, 2017 — John Fetcher used unorthodox watercraft during 1961 float down Yampa Canyon

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Strings Music Festival: Lazy Days of Summer

June 15, 2017 — Summer in a mountain town is gorgeous but lamentably brief. Squashed between May snow squalls and September hard freezes, a Rocky Mountain summer offers a wealth of activities — without enough time to enjoy them all: biking, hiking, camping, fishing, boating, tubing and happy-hour-on-the-patio-ing, to […]

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Dog’s Eye View: Incorporating dog training into everyday life

May 25, 2017 — I have been meeting with a few other dog trainers to create a focus group and preview a new class. Several years ago, Sandra Kruczek and I taught a City Dog class, in which we reviewed basic skills in the classroom, then took our training […]

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Book review: Patchett’s ‘Commonwealth’ a realistic view of family

May 18, 2017 — “Commonwealth,” by Ann Patchett I am a fan of great writing, and Ann Patchett's “Commonwealth” is the epitome of that. Her fans who have read “The Magician's Assistant,” “Bel Canto” or “Truth and Beauty” will not be surprised. In fact, with “Commonwealth,” they might find […]

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Dog’s Eye View: Building a relationship with 2-year-old terrier Lawrence

May 18, 2017 — It has come to this. Our frisky 2-year-old terrier mix, Lawrence, has been enrolled in the Canine Life and Social Skills, or CLASS, program, taught through community education at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig. This program has three levels to which our dog/owner training […]

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Community Agricultural Alliance: Appreciate uniqueness of where we live

May 18, 2017 — As I complete my first year at Yampatika and as a resident of the Yampa Valley, I continue to be amazed by the natural beauty all around me. It is a great time to be outside. The weather is almost perfect. Cool, crisp mornings give […]

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The Bock’s Office: ‘King Arthur’ less regal, more rollicking

May 16, 2017 — Centuries of lore are bound to change over time in the telling of one of the greatest tales of all. Still, even accepting that, some elements of "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" are more than hard to swallow along with your popcorn. If you […]

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Thoughtful Parenting: The power of empathy

May 14, 2017 — The role of fathers continues to transform, as norms in our society shift and change. Gone are the days when dad was considered a helper to mom, without equal parenting responsibilities and rights. Expectations for dads are higher than ever, but the fathering tools and […]

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Monday Medical: Power of fruits and vegetables

May 14, 2017 — Eat your fruits and vegetables. Most of us have heard that hundreds of times. But, as science advances, we can better understand why those foods — along with a healthy weight and a good diet — are so important to health. For instance, we now […]

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Routt County CSU Extension: Mediterranean diet a lifestyle

May 14, 2017 — If you are looking for a lifestyle and eating plan that improves your health and is easy to follow, the Mediterranean diet is one you should consider. It's not a weight loss diet, rather a way of eating and living. The philosophy of this healthy […]

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Scott Tipton: Committed to fighting opioid abuse

May 14, 2017 — I recently had the opportunity visit Pueblo and Alamosa to share updates on the federal response to the opioid abuse epidemic. In Pueblo, I spoke with health care providers from the Pueblo Community Health Center about the impact prescription drug and heroin abuse is having […]

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Community Connections: LiftUp serves community 21 years

May 13, 2017 — Did you know that when you visit LiftUp to drop off your gently used items in the donation center or shop in the thrift store, you are helping to serve almost 10 percent of Routt County's residents? LiftUp is dedicated to meeting basic human needs […]

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Guardians’ sequel doesn’t reach for the stars but still does the job

May 11, 2017 — It wouldn't be a summer movie season without a sequel that's almost as good as the original but not quite the same quality. Yes, that's true of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," but don't hit that death button just yet! If you go… "Guardians […]

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Book review: Melanie and Robert Blanchard’s ‘A Trip to the Beach’ recounts struggle to open Caribbean restaurant

May 11, 2017 — ‘A Trip To The Beach,’ by Melanie Blanchard and Robert Blanchard I've never had a book whisk me away quite like this one. As I was reading, I could nearly feel the sand between my toes and taste the salty sea air. If you have […]

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Tales from the Tread: Cultural exchange returns to Steamboat

May 9, 2017 — The Ute Indians, who call themselves "Nuche," meaning "the people," are Colorado's oldest documented inhabitants. Written historical records indicate specific Ute presence in the Yampa Valley since the late 1500s, though linguistic evidence indicates the 1300s. The Ute band of the Yampa Valley and Steamboat […]

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Colorado Master Gardeners: Springtime in the Steamboat garden

May 9, 2017 — Watching the snow melt is a wonderful time of year for the gardener. It signals it's time to sharpen the gardening tools and stretch the muscles in preparation for gardening season, and it's a treat to watch the natural world wake up, from the trees […]

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David Kopel: 2nd Amendment rights on the march in 2017

May 9, 2017 — So far this year, 13 state legislatures have enacted laws to strengthen the right to keep and bear arms, and none have passed new gun control laws. In every year this century, pro-gun laws have outnumbered anti-gun laws, but this year's score is particularly lopsided. […]

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Scott Tipton: AHCA and pre-existing conditions

May 7, 2017 — One of my top priorities is to pass legislation to replace the broken healthcare system created by the Affordable Care Act with one that makes health care affordable and accessible for Coloradans. Too many people who are insured have premiums that exceed their mortgage payments […]

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Joyce Rankin: Legislative accountability clock: Time’s up

May 7, 2017 — This week marks the end of Colorado's 2017 legislative session. As of May 7, there were 61 bills addressing K-12 education issues. Of those, 25 did not pass, 23 passed and 10 are pending. I'm sure we will hear more as the month comes to […]

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