Gardening with Deb: Appreciation for the lowly potato

Potatoes have roots going back 7,000 years to the Andean Mountains in South America. Back then, farmers admired the ruggedness, nutritional value and storage attributes of this tuber. It wasn’t until the late 1500s that this vegetable made it over to Europe, but it wasn’t as highly prized there, mainly being fed to hospital inmates.

Tales from the Tread: Park dedication honors lives lost

I had the distinct honor and privilege of attending the Milk Creek Battlefield Park dedication Sept. 26 in Meeker. This site is best known as the place where Maj. Thomas T. Thornburgh was killed along with other soldiers in a battle with the Ute Indians from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, 1879. Less known is the circumstances that led to this battle and the catastrophic losses sustained.

Stories from Scotland: When travel brings you home

Here in Scotland, when I hear the seagulls start calling to each other in the early morning light, I feel at home. At low tide, when I find razor clams and tiny crabs and those yellow shells we used to call “witch’s toenails,” I am transported back to my childhood.

Thoughtful Parenting: Setting boundaries for teens

It is nothing new for teens to test limits; pushing their parents’ boundaries is practically a given during the teen years and part of learning how to be independent. However, it is extremely important that teens do have set parameters, that they know they are responsible for their actions, and that those actions have consequences.

Book review: 'Why Not Me," by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling’s second book, “Why Not Me?” is a collection of comical coming-of-age essays and honest commentary on dating, family, friends and the entertainment industry.

From the Editor: Picking our battles

Steamboat Today and the city of Steamboat Springs have reached an impasse over the release of three portions of the police investigation conducted by independent investigator Katherine Nuanes.

Community Ag Alliance: Transitions in Steamboat

Steamboat Springs is fortunate to have beautiful landscapes in all seasons. As someone who moved here this summer, I am excited to witness the progression of summer into fall. Nature reminds us seasons are shifting, with the changing colors of the foliage around us, cooling temperatures and shorter days.

Dog's Eye View: The danger of making assumptions

Making assumptions with regard to canine behavior can be a dangerous proposition.

Spoke Talk: Emerald’s newest trail opens

The first-ever user-specific trail on Emerald Mountain has opened. NPR, a bike-only, downhill-only trail, is like nothing else on the mountain.

Thoughtful Parenting: Protect children's dental health

DentaQuest and the Colorado Medicaid Dental Program think your child’s oral health is important.

Monday Medical: Stand, don't sit

Driving to the office, enjoying a good meal, working on a computer, relaxing with a movie — all these activities have one thing in common scientists say is harming our health: sitting.

Book review: 'Above the Waterful' poetic, contemporary morality tale

“Above the Waterfall” is a poetic, contemporary morality tale set in a small Appalachian town. Les, the local sheriff, is weeks away from retiring and weary from years on the front lines of the crystal meth boom devastating his hometown.

Wilderness Wanderings: How can we better love our wilderness?

A Steamboat local’s yearly list of hiking destinations might include Upper Fish Creek Falls, Rabbit Ears, Zirkel circle and Devil’s Causeway. As a result, and with the additional hiking of visitors to our region, all are heavily used trails. One might even say we love them to death.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Scorch’ a trial of a sequel to watch

The heat is always on to create the next big thing in young adult action films. Unfortunately, in the case of ”Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” that thermal overload proves too much pressure. Out of the frying pan, as they say…

Community Ag Alliance: It's time to recycle

It’s time to start cleaning out your garage. The sixth annual Community Recycling Drop-off Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 10 at the Meadow’s parking lot.