Jim Clark: Shopping local makes good sense

Why should we buy our goods and services locally? I think we all know that on some things, you can get better deals online or by making that trip down the road to Denver or Silverthorne. I’ll admit I’ve done it. But it isn’t always the best thing — or even the least expensive thing —in the long run.

Eugene Buchanan: 117 guest days and counting

A lot of people have grandiose dreams of building a house in a ski town. A minimal commute to the slopes, a ski rack inside the front door, a crackling fire … maybe even a strategically positioned dump light outside the living room that lets you monitor snowfall.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Secret in Their Eyes’ is surprisingly weak

It would be a cinematic sin to reveal too much about any mystery-themed movie. However, as “Secret in Their Eyes” shows, there are worse things than spoilers.

Dog's Eye View: The dog trainer's song

For some reason, the catchy melody and easy-to-remember words of this song have stayed with me since early childhood, when I watched television on our bulky black-and-white TV. Maybe the words just made sense to me. The song is titled “Accentuate The Positive,” and here are the words to the first verse: “Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. Latch on to the affirmative. and don’t mess with Mr. In-between.”

Community Ag Alliance: Year on cattle ranch

Most cattle operations in Routt County are cow-calf operations, which means the cow herd is maintained year-round, and a calf crop is sold in the fall. But there is so much more to it. Let’s look at the yearly cycle.

Westlake: Comet Catalina's pre-dawn performance

Formally named C/2013 US10, Comet Catalina comes to us from the distant Oort comet cloud that surrounds our solar system. Several million years ago, some unknown disturbance, such as a passing star, nudged C/2013 US10 into a trajectory that would take it into the inner solar system for the first time.

Thoughtful Parenting: Provide positive environments this holiday season

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition would like to reiterate the importance of limiting youth access to alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drugs and expound upon the Social Host Ordinance. If you don’t permit it, you don’t promote it. Think smart this holiday season, and don’t allow your child to underage drink.

Book reviews: Stevens' Coil mysteries bring intrigue to Flat Tops

This autumn, we were delighted to discover the Allison Coil Mysteries, an environmental thriller series by author Mark Stevens. The Allison Coil mysteries take place in the Flat Tops Wilderness and follow Allison Coil, a hunting guide who often seems to find herself on the trail of a killer and outside the purview of the law.

John F. Russell: Ski jumping perfect fit for summer fun

Imagine Bermuda shorts, loud, flowered shirts and a World Cup ski-jumping event taking place on an island with a tropical backdrop. It might sound like a crazy idea, but it's not out of the question with today's modern jumping complexes.

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The Bock’s Office: Final ‘Hunger Games’ nails it

In any fantasy or science fiction series, there are bound to be weak portions in the unfolding of a lengthy story. Fortunately, unlike the movie that preceded it, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” is right on target.

Jim Clark: Transition to Steamboat offers much to be thankful for

Yes, it’s that time of year when many of us express thanks for the blessings in our lives. A little more than a year ago, my dream of living and working in Steamboat Springs came true.

Dog's Eye View: Your attention, please

When teaching our companion dog new behaviors, we often start mid-sentence by saying what we want them to do before we ask for their attention. In our classes and consultations, one of the first things we teach the dog is what his name actually means.

Community Ag Alliance: Connecting with nature

With winter upon us, it’s tempting to hunker down inside where it’s cozy and warm. But did you know people of all ages experience enhanced health and creativity when they connect with nature?

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Stories from Scotland: The biggest fans

One of the biggest changes in making the transition from Italy to Scotland was the hockey. Not the game — hockey is hockey everywhere — but the atmosphere surrounding it.

Tales from the Tread: Historical films; historical theater

Back by popular demand, the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Chief Theater are partnering up to show professionally produced historical films as well as rare local home movies from the museum’s collection in our winter-time historical film series.