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From the editor: The community’s newspaper celebrates 25 years

From its inception, Steamboat Today has been the community’s newspaper. The free daily was launched quickly with a small staff, and throughout the past 25 years, it has grown to become Routt County’s trusted source for news and information as well as serving as a catalyst for business growth through advertising.

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Gardening with Deb Babcock: Late bloomers

The intense sun of our mountains seems to fade the color in our gardens as summer moves toward fall. With just a little planning, however, local gardeners can enjoy vibrant late summer/autumn color right up through first frost.

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Spoke Talk: New map navigates Steamboat’s trails

Routt County Riders, Bike Town USA, the city of Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. in partnership have created a waterproof and tear-proof trail map that covers all types of trails and suggested routes in and near Steamboat Springs.

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Jimmy Westlake: The Scutum Star Cloud

Scutum is an obscure little constellation, to be sure, with no star brighter than fourth magnitude and ranking only fourth in size among all the constellations. Even so, it is an easy constellation to find in the summer sky.

Monday Medical: Backpack safety is important

Amid all the back-to-school busyness, backpack safety is probably not foremost in most parents’ minds. However, occupational therapy and safety organizations warn that it should be. Pain, strain and the potential for long-term injuries among backpack-toting kids and college students has spurred a “Pack it Light, Wear it Right” campaign from the American Occupational Therapy Association.

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Routt County CSU Extension: It’s about the whole diet, and not the occasional treat

How many calories are there in a funnel cake? I found myself wondering about this and many other nutrition questions while exploring the food vendors at this year’s Routt County Fair. I received a few nervous looks from those that know that I am a registered dietitian nutritionist, when they passed me carrying a dinner-sized plate of sugar covered, deep fried dough.

Thoughtful Parenting: Tips for a less stressful doctor's visit

As the beginning of a new school year draws near, many Routt County parents will take their young children to the pediatrician for routine checkups and possibly immunizations.

Healthy Eating: Quinoa and Spinach Patties

These patties can be made with any steamed greens from the Steamboat Farmers Market, such as mustard greens or steamed, chopped kale.

Community Connections: Routt County Department of Human Services

The Routt County Department of Human Services administers 40-plus federal, state and county programs while providing social services to the population of Routt County. There are four primary divisions: 1. Self-sufficiency; 2. Children, youth and families; 3. Child support services; and 4. Early childhood care and education through First Impressions.

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Book Reviews: 2 popular books to pick up

Book reviews of Jojo Moyes' "Me Before You" and Liane Moriarty's "Big Little Lies".

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Into the Storm’ hits you hard but makes little impact

When you’re talking about a force of nature with unimaginable power that leaves behind only destruction, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Kardashian family. A close second would be that of Hollywood and its seemingly endless supply of mediocre versions of stories that have been told many times, among them the newest disaster film “Into the Storm.”

Dog's Eye View: Training through adolescence

She was so soft. She nuzzled close and licked my chin and fell asleep in my arms. Putting her to bed was like gently placing a tiny infant to rest. You hardly could bear to leave her alone. She looked at you with such adoration. You were the light of her life. She took your gentle reprimands with a woeful look of humility. She lived to please you and be near you and follow you everywhere. You were her hero and protector. And then she turned 6 months old, the age of burgeoning adolescence.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Water — where does it go from here?

The Yampa-White-Green Rivers Basin Roundtable gave preliminary approval to the first draft of their Basin Implementation Plan on July 23. The plan now will be submitted to the Colorado Water Conservation Board that will consolidate plans from the nine Colorado water basins and develop a State Water Plan to be delivered to the governor by December 2015.

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Gardening with Estella Heitman: Plants that love small spaces

Plants that thrive in small places are invaluable in our mountain setting where most of our planting areas include rocks, steep inclines and stepping stone walkways. Many of these plants are hearty, often require very little care once established, crowd out unwanted weeds and lend beauty and softness to otherwise stark areas of our yards and gardens.

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Spoke Talk: World bikers focus on Steamboat

Next week, hundreds of mountain bike enthusiasts, volunteers, trail builders, thought leaders, bike industry reps, land managers and government officials from across the U.S. and around the world will convene in Bike Town USA for the International Mountain Bicycling Association World Summit. This is big stuff!

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