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Community Connections: NorthWest Colorado Center for Independence empowers all people to live well

The NorthWest Colorado Center for Independence is a Center for Independent Living, rooted in a rich history of peer support and the advancement of civil rights for people with disabilities. Our operation is based on the conviction that all of us have the right, regardless of age or ability, to live well in the community of our choice. Moreover, we recognize that when we marginalize people based on age or ability, it erodes the social and moral fabric of our community as a whole.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Hobbit’ — For the love of gold…

Too much of a good thing inevitably has to have its downside. For those who have grown to love the cinematic tales of J.R.R. Tolkien, that aftereffect has finally come in the form of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

Dog's Eye View: Puppies are for life, not just for Christmas

Most of the time the gift-giver has a heartfelt and emotional reason for this precious gift, or seeing the puppy in the pet store is just too much to resist. Sometimes the puppy is used as an expression of love and fulfilling a desire but no education has taken place to prepare the recipient.

Community Agriculture Alliance: My favorite things

‘Tis the season to reflect on the past year and to savor what we’ve accomplished at Historic Routt County. We are proud of our role in saving Routt County’s special places, and the year has been a whirlwind of activity with preservation projects, events, socials, awards and win-win partnerships.

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Tales from the Tread: Fly Gulch School doors to reopen

Fly Gulch School is an historic one-room schoolhouse sitting on the picturesque Strawberry Park Elementary School campus.

Ciao from Cortina: Living in a snow globe

December always has been my favorite time of the year. When I was young, I loved driving around after dinner with my parents looking at Christmas lights.

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Jimmy Westlake: Canis Major — the Great Overdog

Sirius rises at about 8 p.m. Christmas Eve and about 30 minutes earlier, or 7:30 p.m., on New Year's Eve. Why not step outside with your family this holiday season and bark with “the Great Overdog that romps through the dark?”

Monday Medical: Health for the holidays

Shopping, travel, parties, family visiting, children’s activities, end-of-the-year obligations — the commitments this time of year may seem endless. You may find your usual routines disrupted, and when this happens, it’s easy to let good health habits slide.

Thoughtful Parenting: Creating a peaceful holiday season for you and your teen

As students get excited for the holidays and receive an academic break from schooling, it can be a time that adds stress to the family household. The combination of a long to-do list, excitement of the season and academic stress can affect the family relationship, possibly in a negative way.

John F. Russell: Trying to relive my childhood in Steamboat Springs

Yes it's true that jealously is a bad thing. But when you take the time to look at what Steamboat Springs has to offer, it's hard not to be a little jealous of the children in our town who get to grow up in the shadows of Mount Werner.

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Book Review: 2 books that can make an impact on you

"A Deadly Wandering" by New York Times journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Matt Richtel has changed my life ... seriously. I think about this true story all the time, and I realize the impact it has had on me.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Lodgepole pine, a story of resilience

Sometimes it seems that lodgepole pine doesn’t get the respect it deserves. In the wake of the recent mountain pine beetle epidemic, some people question whether it’s a good thing to plant lodgepole seedlings on their property. “Won’t the beetles just get them?” they ask.

Exploring Steamboat: A community that gives where it lives

The longer I live in Steamboat, the more impressed I become with this community’s spirit of generosity and the willingness of local residents to step up and get involved when there’s a need.

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Jimmy Westlake: Get ready for the Geminid meteor shower

Get ready for the best meteor shower of the year. It’s the Geminid meteor shower, and it could bring as many as 120 shooting stars per hour to our sky.

Focus on Fitness: The new mom challenge

We all say it when we are pregnant: “I can’t wait to get me pre-baby body back.” What we don’t know is that it is a lot more challenging for most of us than we ever anticipated. We all say it when we are pregnant: “I can’t wait to get my pre-baby body back.” What we don’t know is that it is a lot more challenging for most of us than we ever anticipated.

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