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Book Review: 'A Sudden Light'

Garth Stein wowed us with "The Art of Racing in the Rain," a story about family told from the perspective of the family dog. Now he’s back with "A Sudden Light," a new narrative about family, and a new and wonderful narrator.

John F. Russell: Cheering for your team in the other stadium

For years I've covered homecoming games from just about every angle on a field, but after I showed up late to Friday night's game I got a whole new perspective as I stood behind the visitors stands.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Runner’ isn’t quite a-maze-ing

Kids, whenever you think your parents are being unreasonable, consider the fact that they probably never forced you to live in the wilderness and question if your next day would be your last. Compared to the teens of “The Maze Runner,” adolescents who have their cell phone taken away have it pretty easy.

Community Agriculture Alliance: A face-to-face with legislators in DC

Each September Rocky Mountain Farmers Union members are in Washington, D.C., to meet with lawmakers and USDA officials. That’s right, farmers and ranchers sit down in offices with senators and representatives to discuss farm policy and rural issues. These trips are known as “fly-ins.” We just got back from one.

Gardening with Deb Babcock: Creepy, crawly and worth keeping around

Observe the bugs in your garden before taking any action against them. You just might discover that those creepy, crawly things in your garden are your friends.

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Spoke Talk: Bell-built Bear River Bike Park story continues

Steamboat Springs' Bear River Bike Park is not just news to us residents here in Steamboat. Thanks to the Bell Built grant, the park has received and continues to garner national and even international attention.

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Jimmy Westlake: Spot Aquila the Eagle this week

Stroll outside on any early fall evening, look straight up, and there, three very bright stars will catch your eye, forming a giant triangle. The three stars are named Vega, Deneb and Altair and their familiar pattern is nicknamed the Summer Triangle.

Thoughtful Parenting: What does courage mean to you?

Dr. Michael Popkin, author of "Active Parenting of Teens," defines courage as “the confidence to take a known risk for a known purpose.” We often encourage youths to take risks, be brave and give it their best shot. What we don’t encourage is accepting that failure may be the outcome.

Monday Medical: Portal empowers patients

Yampa Valley Medical Center’s myChart provides patients' key information — including treatments, visit summaries, laboratory test results, radiology reports and medications — associated with any appointment or visit to a YVMC department.

Community Connections: Routt County Council on Aging helps seniors stay in their own homes longer

Since its inception in the 1970s, Routt County Council On Aging has expanded far beyond its original purpose of providing home-delivered meals to seniors.

Book reviews: New novel destined to be a classic

Laird Hunt’s new novel "Neverhome" is a story one can expect to see on shelves 50 or a 100 years from now alongside the likes of Hemingway or Faulkner.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘No Good Deed’ has good acting but no good suspense

We all have the urge to play the Good Samaritan for people in times of trouble. Even so, you know what they say about “No Good Deed,” and the movie of the same name isn’t going to inspire you to have faith in that lonesome hitchhiker on the side of the road any more than you did before.

Janet Sheridan: The upside of aging

At my age, if I said I’m surprised by my gravity-altered body, I’d sound no brighter than a collie being amazed by ticks after a romp in the woods. Some things in life are as certain as a stalemate in Congress.

Gardening with Deb Babcock: Dividing perennials in the fall

Now is a good time to propagate many of the perennials in your garden if they’ve become overgrown, if you just want to have more of a particular plant, or if they seem to have lost some of their hardiness.

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Spoke Talk: Take a hike or bike to school

The Steamboat Hike and Bike to School program kicked off two weeks ago and encourages students to walk or ride to their schools on Fridays, weather permitting. The program is sponsored by the Safe Routes to School Initiative and Bike Town USA.