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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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Community Agriculture Alliance: Fluid discussions at a round table

Water in the West has been a complicated subject for hundreds of years. Every year, a different amount of snowmelt flows downstream from the high country, where most of the water in the Southwest originates.

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Dog's Eye View: From apes to canines, it’s all about empowerment

An animal’s ability to thrive in captivity (and in our homes) is greatly improved when they’ve been empowered to initiate activity.

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Tale from the Tread: Tour the historic Crawford Home

Since 1894, the stately stone mansion at 1184 Crawford Ave. has withstood the test of time, proudly perched on the hill that overlooks downtown Steamboat Springs. It stands as a testament of the strength and fortitude of Steamboat's founders, the Crawford family.

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Jim Clark: What do dancing, social issues have in common?

For me, music and dancing bring back lots of happy memories but some unhappy ones, as well.

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Colorado Master Gardeners: Something totally different — sea holly

My introduction to Eryngium, or sea holly, was at a friend’s garden party earlier this summer. I saw it again a few weeks later in the garden at Eagle’s CSU Extension Office and again at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. It makes me wonder how I missed this striking plant until now.

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Monday Medical: The role of PAs today

Physician assistants, or PAs, are an integral part of the health care team and are quickly growing in popularity, but there remains some confusion about what these medical professionals can do.

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Thoughtful Parenting: The Touchpoints Approach — value disorganization

The Touchpoints Approach to child development presents a paradigm shift. It asks us to move from a linear model of development to a multidimensional one.

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Strings Music Festival: It’s been a wild ride

For the staff, volunteers and crew at Strings Music Festival, these past eight weeks have been like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in The Wind in the Willows — our own musical escapade to “nowhere in particular.” But as the Strings' summer season winds down, many things in the pavilion are depleted.

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Book review: Memoir both flawed and beautiful

Leigh Stein's memoir, "Land of Enchantment," offers a flawed, yet beautiful, perspective of relationships with both people and places.

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Wilderness Wanderings: Wilderness volunteers share favorite alpine lakes

Special qualities can be found at lakes in the Zirkels and the Flat Tops, and some of those lakes have even more spectacular views, better fishing and legal camping just 100 feet from shore. And, yes, they also offer the opportunity to be the only ones there.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Ag facts are in

The 2016 Routt County Fair is about to begin, so we should talk some fun facts — newsy food bites you can mention during dinner to impress your family and friends about the importance of agriculture.

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