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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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Jimmy Westlake: Venus meets Jupiter in the beehive

When Venus meets Jupiter Monday morning, they will appear a mere 1/3 degrees apart, less than the width of a single full moon.

Thoughtful Parenting: Gearing up for another school year

Local shops are beginning to fill with back-to-school shoppers as the first day of school lingers, like a child in a candy aisle. As teachers are prepping their classrooms, parents are transitioning from summer mode to gear up for the school year ahead. Our children, with another year gone by, will be experiencing challenges, triumphs and growth.

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Strings Music Festival: Can summer have an encore, please?

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Apologies to Benjamin Franklin, but I have to add “and Steamboat summer will be too short, regardless of how wonderfully it seems to stretch out before you at the beginning of June.”

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Celebrate National Health Center Week 2014

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center is recognizing National Health Center Week 2014 from Aug. 10 to 16. CHCs all across the United States are nonprofit health care providers with a mission to provide comprehensive primary health care you can trust.

Monday Medical: Concussion tools help recovery

Ryan McConnell, 23, would like nothing more than to ski this coming winter and do other activities he enjoyed before his accident. Five months ago, McConnell fell 100 feet while hiking near Moab, Utah. His injures included a traumatic brain injury, which affected his cognitive skills, speech and other brain functions.

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Book Review: 2 books worth picking up

Dagny McKinley, of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and a local author, reviews "Natchez Burning" and "Point of Direction".

John F. Russell: Looking up to a Catfish

Jim "Catfish" Hunter was a star on the baseball mound in the 1970s. His actions on the field earned him a perfect game and a place in the Hall of Fame. But what he did off the field inspired those with diabetes to pursue their dreams and to reach for the stars.

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Eugene Buchanan: Alaskan music festival bears resemblance to home

Sometimes when you travel you can’t help but think about home. That was the case for me recently when attending the three-day-long Salmonstock Festival in Ninilchik, Alaska, with my in-laws. Billed as “three days of fish and music” and benefiting efforts to protect salmon from such threats as the proposed Pebble Mine, the event resembled our free concert series here in Steamboat.

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The Bock’s Office: Joy level of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is out of this world

In a business where bigger isn’t always better, it’s good to see a movie like “Guardians of the Galaxy” that’s huge in every way but still dares to be small where it counts. And, not just in having a trigger-happy star that’s only two feet tall.