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Thoughtful Parenting: Benefits of early reading

It is never too early to start reading to infants and toddlers. People say early reading is important, but why?

Healthy eating: Vegetable chicken lasagna

Vegetable chicken lasagna, a healthier option to traditional lasagna, takes a bit of effort but feeds a crowd and freezes well.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Prevent cervical cancer — get vaccinated, get screened

January, recognized as Cervical Health Awareness month, is a good time to highlight measures that can be taken to prevent cervical cancer. In the past 30 years, cervical cancer deaths have decreased by 50 percent, largely due to more women getting regular cervical screenings or Pap tests, which can detect changes in the cervix before cancer develops.

Book Review: 'Felicity' both enchants and delights

"Felicity," Mary Oliver’s newest collection of poems, feels like conversations with an old friend.

Melanie Sturm: The Trump tower that Obama built

Ancient Talmudic wisdom teaches that whoever destroys a soul, destroys an entire world. So it’s understandable that in unveiling heightened gun control measures last week before an audience of shooting victims’ relatives, President Obama shed tears.

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The Bock’s Office: Top 10 films of 2015

Another year has come and gone, and the highlights have shone through greatly. Some of the best movies have found widespread audiences and made lots of cash, while others remain obscure. Here are my thoughts on what was most worth watching.

Community Ag Alliance: CSU Extension hosts estate planning workshops

Planning how to transfer your farm, ranch or other business to the next generation is difficult. So is planning for retirement and formalizing your estate plan. The many emotional issues involved with such planning causes us to procrastinate. We don’t want to make some of the tough decisions, so we don’t.

Dog's Eye View: Cabin fever

It was “them” kittens that started it; my dog, Stuart, helped to finish it.

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What freedom means to me

In the U.S.A., freedom falls upon our shoulders like a steady drizzle of light, and sometimes, we take it for granted.

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Celestial News: Catch Comet Catalina this week

What could be the best comet of the year is closest to Earth this week and is easily visible using binoculars and small telescopes.

Thoughtful Parenting: The joy and benefit of play

Winter has arrived, and with the colder months now upon us, it’s a great time to enjoy the twinkly lights, celebrate the glistening snow and give back to your community.

Routt County CSU Extension: The best weight management strategy — record your food

There is one winning weight management strategy upon which most experts agree — record everything you eat and drink.

Monday Medical: Breast milk donation program comes to Yampa Valley

Breast milk is considered the best source of nutrition for babies, especially those born prematurely or with complications, but not all mothers are able to breast feed. That’s where milk banks come in.

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Top 10 celestial events of 2016

There is something exciting happening in the sky almost every night of the year, if you know when and where to look. Jimmy Westlake has sifted through all of the 2016 celestial events and selected the 10 that he am the most excited about. These are his “Top 10 Celestial Events” for 2016, in chronological order.

Community Connections: Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA — advocating for child victims

Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to advocate for children in abuse and neglect court cases. Our mission is to inspire, educate and empower community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected and at-risk children to help ensure safety and permanency in their lives.