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Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Christian Center is hosting pumpkin patch

The Steamboat Christian Center is hosting a Community Pumpkin Patch, which is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

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Steamboat Living: Love of literacy: BookTrails program gets local kids reading

There’s no reading between the lines: Emily Krall’s new BookTrails program is opening the doors for local children to open pages. Krall, the daughter of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore owners Ronald and Susan Krall, started the nonprofit BookTrails — a literacy learning program for children — in 2012, and its quick rise is a testament to her model of mixing outdoor education and activity with reading.

Steamboat Living: Things Steamboaters should know

No matter how long you’ve been here, there are certain things you ought to know how to do living in Steamboat. We’re not talking the obvious how to ski or bike, but the more intrinsic things to have in your seasonal arsenal here in Ski Town USA. No masters ourselves, we combed the valley floor for tips from experts to help ease the learning curve.

Steamboat Living: Steamboat Scuttlebutt

Sure, the mountain has its new custom-built downhill trails. But Mother Nature isn’t going down without a fight. Case in point: the Fish Creek trail, which has been luring downhill aficionados all summer.

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Steamboat Living: Ski training tips from personal trainer Brady Worster

Brady Worster’s personal story serves as an inspiration to many. “It was a harsh reality to gain 70 pounds during pregnancy, and then gain more after your child was born,” says Worster, who weighed in at 220 pounds in 2008. “I bought a belt that was an XXL, and I didn’t want to be an XXL mom.”

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Steamboat Living: Filthy fun: North Routt locals riding homemade skis

Ski in North Routt County this winter and you might see locals schussing on a new ski underfoot, complete with gray-and-brown beetle-kill topsheets. Far from their Filthy Ski brand name, they’re works of art that are as fun to arc turns on as they are aesthetic.

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Steamboat Living: TALON gaining traction

While Steamboat’s entrepreneurial spirit is exploding, one local company is setting its sights on products built for such combustion. TALON Grips, a company based in Copper Ridge Business Park, targets law enforcement officers and other gun users desiring enhanced grip for their firearms. And sales are quickly gaining the traction of its products.

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Steamboat Living: Lights, Go-Pros, action

More night skiing, other improvements on tap

Building upon last winter’s resort improvements — including the new 13,000-square-foot Four Points Lodge and night skiing debut — Steamboat Ski Area continues the momentum, with upgrades to Thunderhead Lodge, snowmaking, grooming and night skiing operations.

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Steamboat Living: From the Editor: Rain or Shine

Rain, rain go away, come again some other day. Our farmers need to cut their hay, and we in Steamboat want to play.

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Steamboat Living: Fermenting business: 2 new beer breweries open doors

Don’t start the Beer Town USA talk yet, but Steamboat is getting in better standing when it comes to suds. Joining longtime brewer Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill are two new breweries — Butcherknife Brewing Co. and Storm Peak Brewing Co. — whose taps have come online in the past six months, complete with tasting rooms for everything from porters to ales.

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Steamboat Living: A look inside Bridgestone Winter Driving School

A tire education via celebs and snow laps

We’re here burning rink rubber to test Bridgestone’s new WS80 Blizzak snow tires. The company has flown in media wonks from across the country — including writers from Road & Track, Car & Driver and more — to the home of its heralded Bridgestone Winter Driving School, to let them test firsthand the grippiness of the company’s new tire technology.

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Steamboat Living: 5 minutes with Chhiring Dorje Sherpa

Last April, an avalanche struck the Khumbu Icefall above base camp on Mount Everest, killing 16 Sherpas and marking the deadliest avalanche in the mountain’s history. One of their own, Chhiring (pronounced “sear-ring,” meaning “long life”) Dorje Sherpa, 39, who has summited Everest 12 times and seven other 8,000-meter peaks, now calls Steamboat — where he bases his guide company, Rolwaling Excursion — home.

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Steamboat Living: SmartWool turns 20

Thanks to SmartWool, which is celebrating 20 years in the ’Boat, Steamboat Springs has become synonymous with socks. Since 1994, SmartWool has brought more than 80 million pairs of merino wool socks and apparel products to market around the globe, and it credits its success largely to its Steamboat roots.

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The Bock’s Office: Halloween movies take all forms

Another October, another selection of horror-centric movies released in theaters. This year is no exception, whether your tastes lie with the extremely abject — in which case, be sure to check out Kevin Smith’s “Tusk” — the sensation of a good old-fashioned seance — “Ouija” — or something that is only slightly in the neighborhood of the holiday like the dramedy “The Skeleton Twins.” Here’s an assessment of some of the latest appropriate offerings.

State House candidates fed up with super PACs

Candidate Chuck McConnell said the charge that he backs a plan to drain tax dollars out of public schools in Routt and Eagle counties and send them to private schools in Denver is “ludicrous, but probably hurting me.” The claim was made in a super PAC mailer.

Man fires shot after being contacted by Routt County deputy

A wanted man shot himself Wednesday night after being contacted by a Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

The Record for Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

12:55 a.m. Oak Creek Fire Protection District firefighters were called to help a person with an unknown medical problem in the 300 block of Myers Street.

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Annual Navigator Awards to have new addition this year

As part of the entertainment addition to this year's 107th Navigator Awards to be held Nov. 7 at the Strings Music Pavilion, Steamboat local Brent Rowan and country artist Joe Nichols will perform together for the first time.

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Up-and-coming bluegrass musicians to headline Strings

On Tuesday, November 4, Bluegrass duo Aoife O’Donovan and Noam Pikelny will headline the concert at the Strings Music Pavilion as part of their November 2014 tour.

Benefit for Steamboat resident Mary Stone is Monday

Mary Stone is home in Steamboat Springs, off oxygen for the first time since 2005 and recovering nicely from a double lung transplant in July necessitated by the severity of her cystic fibrosis.

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