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LiveWell Northwest Colorado: Key to choosing healthier foods is reading the labels

One of the easiest tools that can be used to ensure a healthier diet is the Nutrition Facts label found on every product.

Monday Medical: Cancer is not pretty

Cancer is never pretty. Head and neck cancers can be particularly gruesome. It can steal your ability to speak, eat, swallow and recognize yourself in the mirror. Head and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, skin, sinuses, saliva glands and thyroid glands.

John F. Russell: Track allows athletes to spring into spring

The impact of the all-weather track in Steamboat Springs has helped spring sports blossom.

Rob Douglas: The true cost of generational theft

In a recent study published by the Mercatus Center, “Assessing Fiscal Sustainability,” Boston University Professor of Economics Laurence Kotlikoff finds that not only is the United States operating fiscally as a Ponzi scheme, economists have been complicit in deceiving Americans about the true cost of this growing generational theft by deliberately using the wrong accounting standard.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Divergent’ tries too hard to be multifaceted

If you only got the chance to hang out with one clique in high school, with any luck, you wouldn’t adhere yourself to people you wound up hating for four years just because you were going through a phase. For the young people of “Divergent,” changing your whole identity involves a bit more pressure than just having to wear goth makeup because all your friends do.

Dog's Eye View: Part 3 — Meet Maxwell SMART

House training an adult dog

This past weekend, I traveled to the Front Range for a nose work trial with my dog Skippy, but we’ll save this story for another day. Our trip was the first time Max and my husband had the house to themselves since Max came to live with us.

Janet Sheridan: Honoring my siblings — the way we were

In honor of Siblings Day on April 10, I am dedicating this column to my brothers and sisters. I hope they enjoy it. I think most of them might. Being the youngest, JL could have benefited from the six models of exemplary behavior that preceded him, but there were none. So, when still a toddler, he pinched his finger in a church pew during a silent moment and exclaimed, “Damn that hurts,” using his outdoor voice.

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Discovering Steamboat: Still searching for my 1st crane sighting

After talking about cranes with Nancy over coffee recently, I found myself genuinely intrigued by the magnificent bird, and I’ve been on the look out for one ever since.

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Tales from the Tread: Remembering Buddy Werner

April 12 marks the 50th anniversary of the untimely death of local Olympian Wallace “Bud” Werner. To honor the legendary skier, Tread of Pioneers Museum Curator Katie Adams has created an exhibit that features items from the museum collection and items on loan from the Bud Werner Memorial Library.

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Jimmy Westlake: Red planet, red moon

Move over, Jupiter. There’s another bright planet poised to enter our evening sky in early April. You might already have noticed it, hovering over the eastern mountains about 10 p.m. It’s the planet Mars, and the Earth is rapidly approaching Mars for the closest approach we’ve had in six years.

Monday Medical: Breast health center enhances care, comfort

Most women likely approach breast screenings with more than a little trepidation. Breast cancer occurs in an estimated 1 in 7 Colorado women and is the most often treated cancer at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Healthy Eating: The best granola

This is a great recipe to have on hand when hitting the trails.

Thoughtful Parenting: Baby chicks — cute but risky

When children have opportunities to see real animals and learn in the outdoors engaging all their senses, they are even better learners and are excited to keep learning. Many parents recall their own wide-eyed wonderment watching a baby chick hatch or holding a little chick in their hands. They would like their own child to experience touching the soft downy feathers of a little chick or duckling.

Thinking About Health: Facing the realities of high-deductible insurance

Pat Mallett, a self-employed businessman in Littleton, had heard a lot about Obamacare and thought that a policy available in the new state shopping exchange would offer him a better deal than the coverage he had. The policy that covered him, his wife and two teenage kids cost about $400 per month and came with a $5,000 deductible, which meant they paid cash for routine office visits and annual physicals — up to a total of $5,000 per year.

Tom Ross: Early homesteaders were Yampa Valley's 1st locavores

Albert and Minnie Hitchens' flock of hens stopped laying eggs every winter and the family resorted to some unusual means of keeping eggs almost fresh enough to eat through the winter.