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A memorable day for bicyclists of all descriptions in Steamboat Springs

Lowell Conkle, 57, has avidly followed bike racing since the days when American Greg Lemond first won the Tour de France for the first of three times in 1986. However, Monday marked the first time he’d attended a road cycling race in person.

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Jimmy Westlake: Spot the two giants of summer

Two very large constellations, Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer, and Hercules, the Strong Man, take up a large chunk of our late summer sky. We see them standing head to head, high up in the southern sky as darkness falls.

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Strings Music Festival: Season winds down

As Strings’ summer season winds down, I’ve been thinking a lot about transitions.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Home health supports home healing

Nearly a year ago, Gerry Pritchard of Craig received a dire diagnosis — stage four melanoma.

Thoughtful Parenting: Preventing child abuse

Due to the prevalence of child sexual abuse, parents should educate themselves on strategies to protect their child.

Monday Medical: Don't let pain end your cycling season early

For avid cyclists, late summer can be associated with a plateau, where injuries and pain make the thought of logging more miles much less appealing than earlier in the year.

Book review: “The Marriage of Opposites,” by Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman uses rich, colorful prose in this historical, fictional novel about the life of a very strong-willed woman and her equally strong-willed son.

John F. Russell: Remembering the good old days

Friday night's demolition derby thrilled a packed house at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden and reminded me that a good time can almost always be found at the track.

Community Ag Alliance: An open letter to Colorado water users

When the waters get rough, the rough retreat. So it was when the Yampa/White/Green Roundtable met in Meeker in a first-ever retreat to discuss where to go from here now that the Basin Implementation Plan for the Colorado Water Plan is complete.

Dog's Eye View: A good idea gone bad

Depending on the genetics and social skills, along with a dose of breed disposition, we need to screen dogs in the workplace as carefully as we would any employee.

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Exploring Steamboat: An anniversary camping trip to Mica Lake

While hiking up to the Royal Arch in the Flatirons of Boulder two weekends ago, I decided it was time for me to push my boundaries a bit. It had been 29 years since my husband Mike and I had last done a real backpacking trip, so we decided that’s how we’d spend our 30th anniversary weekend — hiking up to Mica Lake in the Mount Zirkels Wilderness Area and camping overnight.

Gardening with Deb: Assessing tree problems

Because trees are among the most expensive and most loved of the plants in our landscapes, we tend to pay particular attention to their health. If you think your trees may be experiencing problems, there are steps to help determine the problem and efficiently deal with it.

Spoke Talk: Here come the pros

For the second time in three years, the Pro Challenge comes to Steamboat next week. Monday’s Stage 1 Circuit Race will be a fantastic competition. It runs along local road riders’ well-known route, a circle out to Oak Creek and back to town. For the race, do that again. OK, now do it really, really fast.

Jimmy Westlake: Exploring the constellation Perseus

With the annual Perseid meteor shower rising to its peak activity this week, it’s a good time to introduce you to the constellation that gives this delightful shower of shooting stars its name.

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Strings Music Festival: The insulated superhighway that is backstage

Backstage often seems like an insulated world, my own private fiefdom of music stands, orchestra chairs and gaff tape. But when I added up all the people who passed through Strings’ tiny backstage during this year’s summer season — 90 classical musicians, 25 children’s performers, 60 jazz-country-bluegrass-rock artists and 35 touring roadies — it started to feel more like a major highway.