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Gardening with Deb Babcock: Happiness is … getting dirty

Gardeners always have known a certain joy when getting their hands and feet in the soil. But now scientists have made it official that getting dirty is good for your soul.

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Tales from the Tread: Bloom where you are planted

A great way to explore Steamboat Springs' fascinating history is through the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s upcoming Downtown Historic Walking Tours at 5 p.m. Oct. 3 and at 10 a.m. Oct. 18.

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Spoke Talk: It’s a wrap!

This week wraps up a summer of Spoke Talk columns — yet another sign that cycling days are dwindling and snow soon will be flying.

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Jimmy Westlake: Total lunar eclipse coming next week

The second total eclipse of the moon this year happens during the wee morning hours of Oct. 8 when the full Harvest Moon once again slips into the shadow of the Earth.

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: 5-2-1-0 October challenge

October brings to mind so many images, colors and feelings. Changing leaves, cooler nights, ski passes, preparation for snowy days, colorful hikes, Halloween, pumpkins, amber sunsets, the 5-2-1-0 October challenge. What is the October challenge you ask?

Thoughtful Parenting: 2-year-olds live here

For parents of children in the 2-year-old age range, daily life has an unpredictable factor. The child has a sense of being an independent individual. Parents are trying to interpret the child’s behaviors and trying to keep the child safe.

Monday Medical: Diabetes eye screenings critical

Many of us take our vision for granted and may delay eye exams that help ensure our eyes stay healthy. This can have consequences, particularly for people with diabetes, which can severely damage a person’s eyes often without a person even knowing it.

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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.

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