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?

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Chariot racing once provided midwinter thrills in Colorado and Wyoming

In the 1970s and 1980s, chariot racing was a winter tradition on the old horse-racing track at the Howelsen Hill Rodeo Grounds in Steamboat as it was in nearby Wyoming towns like Rawlins, Saratoga and Lander. But those days are mostly gone.

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Dave Wittlinger: On 'The Ride' with SmartWool

Something very special happens when you gather more than 80 outdoor industry folks, throw them on bikes and ask them to ride over 360 miles from Steamboat Springs to Salt Lake City, Utah.

John F. Russell: Looking past the latest and greatest

For years I've believed that buy the best would make me the best on the playing field. But after switching to wood bats a few years ago I've discovered that the equipment doesn't always make the game more fun.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Rogue Nation’ runs risk of overthinking movie magic

As you enter the movie theater, your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to watch “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” purely for entertainment value. But, before you commit to anything, you should know the makers will be doing everything they can to make this… what’s the word I’m looking for here?

Dog's Eye View: 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'

The very uniqueness and adaptability of our beloved canines allows for a myriad of interesting relationships. It’s important to look at the whole picture when evaluating what we might think is “good or bad” behavior.

Gardening with Deb: Raised garden beds: A versatile way to plant

Last week, a group of Master Gardeners and friends visited seven gardens in the Steamboat area, learning about the different ways local gardeners organize and maintain their flower and vegetable gardens. One common technique employed in many of these gardens was the use of raised beds.

Spoke Talk: To yield or not to yield

According to International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Rules of the Trail, “bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic.” That’s the rule many of us grew up with and teach our kids. But there is another side of the coin to consider. Enter the uphill yield.

Tales from the Tread: Celebrate the Crawfords

On July 24, Tread of Pioneers Museum staff and board of directors dedicated the museum’s community room to James L. (Jim) Crawford and Anna Fang to recognize their continued support and contributions to the Tread of Pioneers Museum and our local history.

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Jimmy Westlake: Don’t miss the Perseid meteor shower

The annual Perseid meteor shower is cranking up and is expected to peak around 2 a.m. MDT Thursday, Aug. 13.

Thoughtful Parenting: Encourage children to drink water

A cold drink of water tastes amazing on a hot summer day. Water is one of the most natural, healthy beverages children can drink. Encouraging children to quench their thirst with water will help them develop a taste for it, an important step toward life-long health.