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Spoke Talk: The jewel of Steamboat

Emerald is a magical place — that is, once it finishes kicking my butt and searing my lungs on those first three steep hills of 20-percent grade at the Stables Trailhead. For years, many locals, bike rental shops and visitors have asked for an easier approach to the trails above. Now, we have it.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Talking about healthy sexual development

Watching our young ones grow from playful, elementary-school students learning about the world into teenagers experiencing changes to their bodies happens amazingly fast. As the adults in their lives, we have been helping answer their questions about how things work and how to be responsible.

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The Foundry: Beating addiction cravings with nutrition

As chef at The Foundry — and as someone who has overcome addiction to celebrate four years of sobriety — I have seen why nutrition is such an important topic for those in recovery.

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Monday Medical: Bee sting allergy — to hike or not to hike

Outdoor recreation is one of the biggest draws to living in Steamboat Springs, but for those with a history of bee sting allergy, it can be more frightening than enjoyable, at times.

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Book reviews: Apple doesn't fall far from tree

The apple doesn’t fall far from the spooky tree. Joe Hill, author of the novels “Heart-Shaped Box,” “Horns” and NOS4A2, is the son of horror legend Stephen King.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Finding Dory’ a fine, funny fin-tastic sequel

Memory is a tricky thing. A movie you held in high regard more than 10 years ago may remain in your mind as the best thing you’ve ever seen, or it could just as easily be replaced by the next big fad. Most viewers aren’t likely to forget the feature that preceded “Finding Dory,” yet most who watch this sequel will be remembering it for new reasons.

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Dog's Eye View: He's just being stubborn

Think about the times you may have called your dog to come, and he hesitated. He may have stood still and looked at you, and you thought he was being stubborn. My question is, “How did you teach your dog to do that?”

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Residents' responsibility in managing noxious weeds

As citizens of Colorado, we have a responsibility to manage noxious weeds as designated under the 2003 Colorado Noxious Weed Act, Title 35, Article 5.5. The law states it is the duty of all persons to use integrated methods to manage noxious weeds if the same are likely to be materially damaging to the land of neighboring landowners.

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Tales from the Tread: Brown Bag Lecture series offers unique look at Yampa Valley

What makes Steamboat Springs unique and such a great place to live and visit? Time and again, we hear, “The people and the Western Heritage.” The Brown Bag Summer Lecture Series at the Tread of Pioneers Museum combines the best of both.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Talking about traumatic events

There have been many tragic events in the news this past year. The following are what experts say about discussing such tragedies with children in a way that does not scare or overwhelm them.

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Strings Music Festival: Try a new music style

The Strings Music Festival summer season opens this week — get your feet wet, and try something you’ve never heard before.

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Book review: Debut novel fictionalizes Manson Family murders

While not appropriate for the faint of heart or those younger than 16, Emma Cline’s debut novel is a relevant and necessary bildungsroman of uncertainty, passion and crime.

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Ryan Spaustat: Fatherhood, off-script

Of all the gifts Charlie has given me, this realization is my favorite — joy as the very condition of existence. I look back on his birth, and I should have celebrated the gift of his life and the joy it would bring me. I didn’t know that then, but I do now.

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Wilderness Wanderings: Time to hike the ‘other’ trails

If you’re like most local hikers, by now, you have checked off Mad Creek, Fish Creek and the Emerald Mountain trails from your early season to-do list and are itching to venture onto the higher elevation trails up to Gold and Gilpin lakes and the like.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: It’s Ranch Rally time

On June 18, cyclists will roll out from the Moots factory to take part in the Third annual Moots Colorado Ranch Rally, a 50-mile cyclosportive featuring the gravel roads that connect historic Routt County area ranches.

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