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Book review: Novels explore the intricacies of family

Book reviews of "Loving Day," by Mat Johnson, and "The Book of Speculation," by Erika Swyler

John F. Russell: Continuing to rally

Sixteen years ago, the Rally for the Valley was quietly introduced by a small group of women who wanted to give back to the community; now it's the community that has stepped up to keep the tournament going.

Dog's Eye View: Things that make you say, 'Hmmm'

Our canines are one of the few animals who excel in understanding humans. That’s why we have them in our lives.

Community Ag Alliance: Planting a tree is more than digging a hole

Planting a tree is an investment in the future, so take the time to do it right.

Eugene Buchanan: Why I like the Free Summer Concert Series.

OK, we’re heading into week three of this year’s Free Summer Concert Series — this time with Jonny Lang and his five pianos taking the stage — which got me to thinking about how good we have it whenever the shows come around and why I like these concerts.

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Wilderness Wanderings: Sounds and signs of wilderness

It is not unusual for a hiker to exclaim, “Cool!” when they see the crosscut saws that Friends of Wilderness volunteers like myself use when cutting fallen trees from the trails in our nearby Mount Zirkel, Flat Tops and Sarvis Creek wilderness areas. But we also get the occasional question, “Why don’t you use a chainsaw?”

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Gardening with Deb Babcock: The Yampa plant and other edible natives

Last week I wrote about some of the poisonous plants of the area that you surely never want to ingest. This week, I'll tell you about a few of the edible natives that grow in Routt County forests and meadows.

Spoke Talk: Steamboat’s local tour takes stage next weekend

Tour de France has nothing on us. Steamboat has its own Tour, and while it may not be an internationally acclaimed competitive race, it’s a fantastic ride that yields positive results in our community.

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Jimmy Westlake: You’re invited to the "Stagecoach Star Party”

You are invited to join other astronomy enthusiasts from around the community for the Stagecoach Star Party at 9 p.m. Friday, July 10, at the Morrison Cove boat ramp on the southshore side of Stagecoach State Park, weather permitting.

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Strings Music Festival: Applause has many faces

A recent conversation with Jamey Lamar, Strings' recording engineer, got Ali Mignone thinking about what other methods of performance appreciation might be out there.

Thoughtful Parenting: Engaging kids, preventing learning loss this summer

For many families, summertime involves a delicate balance between allowing kids free time to rest while still engaging a more structured sense of creativity and play.

Focus on Fitness: Just add water and shake

With the temperatures hovering in the high 80s, the pool becomes a natural place to gravitate to.

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: Value your dinner

It's worth the effort to cook at home versus eating out.

Monday Medical: Biologic supplementation is tool for treating orthopaedic issues

Biologic supplementation brings new options to orthopaedic patients.

John F. Russell: Cheering for the red, white and blue

The U.S. Women's soccer team has earned its place in our Fourth of July celebration.