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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.

Book reviews: Fiction's twist on art and politics

History, politics explored in pair of books.

Museum hosts film screening on tribes

The Tread of Pioneers museum will present a screening of the film “Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Chief Theater.

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The crowd waiting in line in Steamboat's Gondola Square Friday wasn't carrying skis

Texas musicians warm up cold day in the 'Boat

Cody Quillin, of Fort Worth, said the opportunity to see a couple of living Texas music legends, Joe Ely and Johnny Bush, made his week during the 31st Steamboat MusicFest.

John F. Russell: The best stories in sports rarely have to do with the score

As a sports writer, I totally understand the importance of the score of a game and the impact of a great result. But I learned a long time ago the best sports stories are normally not found on the scoreboard.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Big Short’ offers decent returns on investment

Society tends to take for granted the idea that the people in charge of the economy know what they’re doing and have the world’s best interests at heart. You don’t need a movie like “The Big Short” to tell you that’s not exactly the truth, but sometimes a point can’t be made enough times.

Taking the long way from Denver to San Diego via Madison, Wisconsin

Canadian family smiles through 'bargain' flight

It was just minutes after I settled into a seat at my gate in the B Concourse at Denver International that I realized I was in the midst of a family from Canada caught up in their own John Candy moment.

Community Ag Alliance: A new year for alliance

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are over. For most of us, food played an important role during the holidays. Whether you enjoyed a banquet with family, a party with friends or were part of our community dinners, I hope you took a moment to reflect on where the meal started.

Dog's Eye View: Working on your ABCs

Teaching, training and learning are lifelong endeavors for us all. Our canine companions need continuing education.

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Tales from the Tread: Remembering Elaine Gay

Wednesday, family and the community gathered at the Steamboat Christian Center for Elaine Gay’s memorial service to pay tribute to a one-of-a-kind woman who personified grace and goodness and leaves her magnificent mark forever on this valley.

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Jimmy Westlake: Find Orion’s great nebula

Anyone who has ever looked up at the starry, winter sky has noticed it, although they might not have known what they were seeing. The three bright stars in a neat little row stand out among the other stars like a neon sign.

Focus on Fitness: Prepare for plateau through confusion

Keep changing your routine, and seek the advice and direction of a fitness professional to help you with a program that will keep your metabolism running at it’s full potential.

Monday Medical: Real food for real weight loss

There’s one New Year’s resolution sure to be on many lists that can be tough to carry out: losing weight. While losing weight can be a positive goal, sticking with a diet can be challenging.

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: Now that's food service

Where do you go if you need food in Routt County? Where do you go if you want to learn how to garden at high elevations, how to buy local food, how to eat healthy, how to teach your child where their food comes from, how to make our food economy more sustainable and how to learn about food rescue and what to do with food waste?