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Jimmy Westlake: Explore the Northern Cross

Just go outside around 9:30 p.m. and look straight up. There’s the Summer Triangle, right overhead.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Preschool for all Routt County kids

Why is Routt County United Way so passionate about preschool?  Because early childhood education has a better return on investment than the stock market.

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Monday Medical: Have a superhero lunch break — donate blood

Looking to save a few lives during your next lunch break? You might want to consider donating blood.

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Melanie Sturm: Sanctifying life in wake of death

Nearly every human being has or will suffer the heartbreak of losing their mother. I’m grateful to the big-hearted, insightful souls — including near strangers — who’ve reached out with consolation, grace and guidance, helping me Think Again as I set about to plan a funeral and write my Mom’s eulogy and obituary.

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Book review: Novel engaging story of man, river

In “Charlie’s Pride,” Dee Hubbard has crafted a pleasant and engaging story about a man and his enduring, unwavering connection to a river, his home.

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Patti Mosbey: Sand Wash survivors lift our hearts

Sand Wash Basin has wild and rugged terrain. The summers are hot and bug infested, and the winters are cold and bitter. The wild horses are seasoned to endure the best and worst of the land they call home. For many, life is a daily venture of freedom, living in a family system with unspoken words. The tilt of an ear, the swish of a tail or the lowering of a stallion’s head can send family members moving in a new direction without hesitation. To the savvy horse person you see the unspoken language and know the nuances of the slightest of movement.

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Janet Sheridan: The merry-go-round of education

When I hear about the latest, greatest, sure-fire innovation to increase student learning, I feel weary.

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The Bock’s Office: Sights and sounds sensational in ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

Music in any form is magical, yet it never hurts when a melody has visual aids to go with it. And, if you’ve never seen a tiny swordsman brought to life by the pluck of an instrument, “Kubo and the Two Strings” is one for you to watch.

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Spoke Talk: What is your favorite trail worth?

All trails need to be maintained. Having volunteers helps the work go faster and builds ownership in your soon-to-be favorite trail.

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Celestial News: Spot King Sobieski’s Shield this week

Only two constellations can be traced back to actual historical figures. One is Coma Berenices, a spring constellation representing the hair of Queen Berenices of Egypt. The other is the summer constellation named Scutum Sobiescianum, or Scutum, for short.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Baby and Me/Tobacco Free

Smoking is an unhealthy habit that is especially harmful to pregnant women and their new babies. Low birth weights, risk of asthma, upper respiratory infections and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, are just a few of the risks to newborns from their mothers who smoke during pregnancy.

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Strings Music Festival: Time for some rest

Though the off-season isn’t really “off," it’s definitely a slower schedule than the full sprint of the summer concert season.

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Monday Medical: Check in, check up, check out

Looking for the scoop on the upcoming Community Health Fair events at Yampa Valley Medical Center? Your search is over.

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Book review: New novel enthralling tale of ambition, deceit

Often it is incredibly challenging for an author whose first book is a smash hit to follow up with a brilliant second book, as expectations run so high. With her second novel, “The Muse,” Jessie Burton has solidified her reputation as a literary star.

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Editor's top picks for All Arts Festival weekend

To help you navigate the festival, I’ve studied the events schedule and consulted with several leaders in the arts community to create my top five picks for the All Arts Festival weekend.

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