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Book review: Martel continues to keep readers pondering

Yann Martel is a masterful storyteller, and the stories he tells — if you bear with them — have each left me pondering his questions.

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The Bock’s Office: Lots of love films available for Valentine viewing

Valentine’s Day: a portion of the calendar devoted to romance that also happens to occur right in the dead of winter. No wonder Hollywood has so many love stories out this time of year. Whether your tastes have you wanting to flock to theaters to see Nicholas Sparks fare “The Choice,” the rom-com “How to Be Single” or the alternative period piece “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” — Jane Austen absolutely would have written Elizabeth Bennet as a slayer of the undead if she had thought of it — remember there is a bounty of options, many that have been released in the past year or two.

Community Ag Alliance: Cattle trade enters age of technology

Auctions are traditionally how cattle are sold. Even in the days of the cattle drive, cattle were taken to auction, and the producer had no choice but to take the price offered, since taking the cattle home would be costly. This method is still an option but is losing its hold as the most common choice.

Thoughtful Parenting: Understanding adoption

Not every family grows in the same way. While many parents experience the birth of their biological children, other parents experience the journey of adopting children who are forever theirs.

Monday Medical: Heart disease — the question of risk

We all know it’s important to take care of our heart. Cardiovascular disease is, after all, the leading cause of death globally. What’s more challenging is to figure out an individual’s risk of having cardiovascular disease.

Routt County CSU Extension: Dark chocolate — healthy pleasure for Valentine's Day

Chocolate as a health food may seem like wishful thinking, especially around Valentine’s Day, when chocolate is everywhere. Believe it or not, some research supports the idea that chocolate provides health benefits.

Book review: Fitness book offers practical advice

There is a book I read every year, Gretchen Reynolds’ “The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer.” “Why,” you ask? “Because it’s sane,” I reply.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ has punch but gets winded in finale

Any good sequel should allow a storyline come full circle, but like a pair of pants attempting to cover a gargantuan gut, “Kung Fu Panda 3” doesn’t quite get there.

Community Ag Alliance: Get outside with Yampatika

Did you know Yampatika leads free Ski with a Naturalist tours from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Steamboat resort on Mount Werner? I’ve introduced many tourists to the Yampa Valley’s natural beauty, but I’ve also surprised a number of locals with new facts.

Dog's Eye View: Man's best friend and science

There will soon be more information about how genetics is playing out in some of the breed-specific illnesses, such as cancer and blindness.

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Tales from the Tread: The early days of Winter Carnival

In honor of the 103rd Winter Carnival, I dug into the depths of the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s rich archive and the Steamboat Pilot newspapers to share with you some of the articles describing the first Winter Carnival events that would form the foundation of a century-long tradition

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: Kids' questions about hydration

In response to a recent study, which revealed that 84 percent of children start the school day in a state of mild dehydration, as well as local anecdotal evidence supporting this statistic, wellness efforts in the Hayden and South Routt School Districts have included a focus on hydration.0

Thoughtful Parenting: Do as I say, not as I do

The discovery that our brains contain “mirror neurons” is relatively new in the field of neuropsychology. How, you might ask, does that have anything to do with positive parenting? The answer is that mirror neurons assist hugely in the development of empathy and attunement in very young children and older humans, as well.

Monday Medical: Watch your back

Back injuries can happen any time of year, but with slippery ice and mounds of snow to shovel, winter poses extra risks to the back. Most people experience back pain sometime during their life, and according to the Mayo Clinic, back pain is one of the most common reasons people end up at the doctor’s office or miss work.

Book review: 'Quick success' translates to "determination, hard work'

Since I last wrote a Sunday book review, I decided to broaden my horizons and try a few books I would not normally read. One day, while shelving, “The Only Pirate at the Party” sprang from the bin and into my hands. I noticed the book because of the catchy cover and because it is written by one of my favorite musicians, Lindsey Stirling, and co-authored by her sister, Brooke Passey.

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