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Thoughtful Parenting: What does courage mean to you?

Dr. Michael Popkin, author of "Active Parenting of Teens," defines courage as “the confidence to take a known risk for a known purpose.” We often encourage youths to take risks, be brave and give it their best shot. What we don’t encourage is accepting that failure may be the outcome.

Monday Medical: Portal empowers patients

Yampa Valley Medical Center’s myChart provides patients' key information — including treatments, visit summaries, laboratory test results, radiology reports and medications — associated with any appointment or visit to a YVMC department.

Community Connections: Routt County Council on Aging helps seniors stay in their own homes longer

Since its inception in the 1970s, Routt County Council On Aging has expanded far beyond its original purpose of providing home-delivered meals to seniors.

Book reviews: New novel destined to be a classic

Laird Hunt’s new novel "Neverhome" is a story one can expect to see on shelves 50 or a 100 years from now alongside the likes of Hemingway or Faulkner.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘No Good Deed’ has good acting but no good suspense

We all have the urge to play the Good Samaritan for people in times of trouble. Even so, you know what they say about “No Good Deed,” and the movie of the same name isn’t going to inspire you to have faith in that lonesome hitchhiker on the side of the road any more than you did before.

Janet Sheridan: The upside of aging

At my age, if I said I’m surprised by my gravity-altered body, I’d sound no brighter than a collie being amazed by ticks after a romp in the woods. Some things in life are as certain as a stalemate in Congress.

Gardening with Deb Babcock: Dividing perennials in the fall

Now is a good time to propagate many of the perennials in your garden if they’ve become overgrown, if you just want to have more of a particular plant, or if they seem to have lost some of their hardiness.

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Spoke Talk: Take a hike or bike to school

The Steamboat Hike and Bike to School program kicked off two weeks ago and encourages students to walk or ride to their schools on Fridays, weather permitting. The program is sponsored by the Safe Routes to School Initiative and Bike Town USA.

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Tales from the Tread: Partnership for preservation

To save the lookout, local and national partners have teamed up to rehabilitate the Hahn's Peak Fire Lookout to a safe condition to serve as a destination for the hundreds of visitors who hike to the peak each year.

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Jimmy Westlake: Lyra is heaven’s little harp

Vega is the alpha star in the constellation named Lyra, the Harp, and lies a mere 25 light years from Earth.

Thoughtful Parenting: Connecting with family

Last month I visited out-of-state family and was reminded of the influence and value of multi-generational relationships.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Get healthy

Have you wondered or possibly been told that you are at risk for developing diabetes or that you have prediabetes? Or are you just looking for some help to get healthy?

Monday Medical: Health and Safety Fair a family affair

Boats, helicopters and pancakes aren’t normally associated with health fairs, but those are a few perks of an event meant to be fun and educational for adults and kids alike.

Community Ag Alliance: First Plate and Pint farm-to-table dinner a success

Sixty lucky people found out just how delicious it can be to eat local Saturday night at the first Plate and Pint farm-to-table dinner.

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Book Review: 'Operation' a work of journalistic history; 'Director' a classic spy novel

The secrets our government keeps, or tries to keep, clearly haunt Annie Jacobsen. In "Area 51", her first book, she sought to find what our military and intelligence agencies have been hiding on the restricted access Nevada air force facility from which the book’s title was taken.

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