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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.

Thoughtful Parenting: Advice for entering middle school

Kids grow up fast, and every child, parent and family is different. Just being there for your child to listen during these transitional times is the most important thing you can do.

Routt County CSU Extension: Is organic produce worth the price?

In the produce department, I am often faced with quandary: Should I spring for the organic or save some money and buy the conventionally grown fruits and vegetables?

Focus on Fitness: Give a fitness activity a try; you may love it

I know you have that one thing you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t mustered the courage to give it a shot. So this week, check out that new running group, ballet class, spin class, yoga class or Pilates group you’ve always wanted to do. You might just love it so much it will become an activity you enjoy for the rest of your life.

Monday Medical: Retraining the brain after an injury

About 1.4 million Americans suffer from a traumatic brain injury every year. Whether someone has a mild concussion or a more serious injury, it’s critical to get treatment quickly. While physical therapy is one important treatment for a TBI, speech and occupational therapies can also play a key role in recovery.

Book review: "A Little LIfe," by Hanya Yanagihara

"A Little Life" is a poignant and difficult, yet beautiful read.

Al Lampe: Protecting our rivers

The Leave No Trace organization has published a list of principles in “Things You Should Know Before You Tube or Float.” Perhaps those seeking solutions to the problems on the Yampa will find therein a pearl of wisdom that will help them to solve at least some of the problems.

Bill and Andrea Hayden: A momentous decison

We have a momentous decision that is going to be brought before us on Election Day, and it is this: Do we continue with the fluoridation of our drinking water in Hayden, or do we discontinue its use?