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Tales from the Tread: The berry boom

Did you know that even with our short growing season, the strawberry business flourished in Steamboat Springs between 1900 and 1916? It all started in 1900, when Lester Remington grew the soon-to-be-famous Remington berry on his land in the area now known as Strawberry Park.

Jimmy Westake: Equinoxes and Easter

This year, the season of spring officially arrives in the Northern Hemisphere at 10:57 a.m. Thursday. That’s the moment that the sun crosses the equator on its way north, what we call the vernal equinox.

Monday Medical: Get back to spring favorites

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, which means spring is just around the corner. Spring is the perfect time for new beginnings, so if you have hit a slump in your New Year’s resolutions, this is your chance to change things up. March also is National Nutrition Month. It’s the perfect time to focus on green (healthy) eating.

Healthy Eating: Barley and Pine Nut Pilaf

A healthy whole grain side dish.

Thoughtful Parenting: Teaching assertive, kinder words

Part of being a kid is learning how to communicate what you like, want and prefer in a way that others can hear. “You’re not the boss of me!” gets your attention, but it is distracting. Kids can use unkind words to get what they want.

Livewell Northwest Colorado: How sweet it is not?

In Routt County, 82 percent of students and 71 percent of adults surveyed reported drinking one or more sugar-sweetened beverage every day.

Community Connections: CASA an advocate for abused, neglected children

Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA provides abused and neglected children an advocate in court to help assure their medical, educational, physical and mental health needs are met and that they are placed in a safe permanent home.

John F. Russell: Christa's story should make us question the things that limit our lives

Last fall, Christa Metzler took a chance and approached Steamboat Springs Middle School cheerleading coach Summer McParland. What happened next is the kind of story that should inspire us all to take a chance.

Community Agriculture Alliance: The role of education in forestry

One of the core missions of the Colorado State Forest Service is to promote public understanding about the role and value of Colorado’s forests and other natural resources while also engaging the younger members of our community to be active participants in their stewardship.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Peabody’ rewrites history with mostly good results

There’s nothing like a movie about a boy and his dog. But, something like “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” isn’t quite the same thing, considering it shows us a dog and his boy.

Dog's Eye View: Part 1 — Meet Maxwell SMART

A personal story of adoption

Often when a new client calls, they have adopted a rescue dog. For the purpose of this article, I’ll categorize rescues as all dogs coming into families from rescue or shelters. The decision to adopt a dog and give him a new chance on life should never be taken lightly.

Penny Fletcher: Steamboat locals make positive impressions at Sochi Games

Sochi has come and gone, and now, we are just trying to get back into the swing of life. It was such an adventure, and in the end, it was an experience that I will never regret seeing.

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Tom Ross: Meep, meep! Roadrunners really hopeless romantics

If you learned everything you know about roadrunners from the Warner Brothers cartoon, it may come as a surprise to you that the roadrunner, unlike the oddly ditzy character that exasperated Wile E. Coyote, is loyal to its mate.

Monday Medical: Mayo Clinic collaboration expands quality care close to home

For more than a century, complex medical issues have sent some residents of Northwest Colorado to the Mayo Clinic in search of answers. In 1920, when Steamboat Springs merchant F. M. Light traveled to Minnesota seeking relief from asthma, the Routt County Sentinel reported that “a polyp as large as an oyster” was removed from his nose.

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Camino a la Copa: Positive impact

In the 1990s, biologists feared that the Heloderma, a large reptile species endemic to the semiarid mountains of Guatemala, might have gone extinct without any notice. The lizard was called “the scorpion” by villagers because of rumors that it could sting with its tail or snort venom. The legends about the animal inspired a black market trade. Compounded with habitat loss to corn and cattle, eventually, none could be found.