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Gardening with Deb Babcock: Planting seeds — now or in the spring?

To seed or not to seed? With apologies to ol' Will Shakespeare, that is the question asked by many high-country gardeners each fall.

Exploring Steamboat: Social club is a bridge builder

Steamboat Springs' Over the Hill Gang is one of the most active organizations I’ve encountered since moving here a little over a year ago.

Ciao from Cortina: The rules of Italy

When we were first planning our move to Italy four years ago, we didn’t do much research beforehand except to borrow a Rosetta Stone CD, which taught us how to say “the apple is on the table," a phrase I don’t believe either of us has ever used.

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Tales from the Tread: Spooky storytelling at the Crawford mansion

Ski Town USA surrounded by zombies! Piranhas infest the Yampa River during tubing season! Poltergeists on skis crash the Winter Carnival parade! While these faux headlines grab me, they don’t hold my morbid curiosity the way that true stories do.

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Jimmy Westlake: Partial solar eclipse coming Thursday

Thursday’s eclipse begins at about 3:20 p.m. when the moon will take the first little “bite” out of the solar disk. Maximum eclipse is at 4:35 p.m.

Monday Medical: Osteoporosis: a silent disease

This season, skeletons join witches and ghouls as the usual Halloween suspects. The rest of the year, skeletons should remind us of our risk for osteoporosis, a prevalent and potentially debilitating bone disease.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Time to sign up for health insurance

Yes, it’s already time for our community to start thinking about health insurance for 2015. Clients can re-enroll or sign up for the first time starting Nov. 15.

Community Connections: Routt County United Way serves as backbone of health and human services

Supporting more than 30 local health and human service agencies and programs, Routt County United Way is working on lasting solutions focused on empowering healthy lives, building strong foundations and strengthening families by helping them become self-sufficient.

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Book Review: 2 picture books for all ages

Perhaps the most enchanting thing about being a bookstore owner and a grandmother is that occasionally the two roles meet in perfect harmony. When I was first introduced — at last year’s book show — to author Aaron Becker and his picture book, "Journey," I was mesmerized.

Mary Walker: Living in the bush

The other day, I was sitting in an upscale restaurant in Karen, a very upscale suburb of Nairobi where many Kenyan politicians and non-Kenyan non-governmental organization workers live. As with all of the other upscale neighborhoods in Nairobi, Karen is within a stone’s throw of a sizeable slum — it’s a fairly common parasitic relationship between the "haves" and the "have nots" in Kenya whereby the Haves need myriad numbers of house help and the have nots need menial jobs.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Judge’ can be a bit of a trial to watch

The last thing legal counsel wants is to handle the case of someone who shares their surname. The only thing worse is someone who insists on backseat lawyering, something that happens, but isn’t as funny as it sounds, in “The Judge.”

Dog's Eye View: Pets, passion and purpose

We all (and that includes you) lost a shining star in the world of animal behavior on Sept. 29. Dr. Sophia Yin's star fell way too soon from the galaxy made up of so many other dedicated and knowledgeable veterinarians, animal behaviorists, consultants and trainers.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Sustainable agriculture products on the Routt National Forest

Events such as the recent Garden-to-Table dinner in Steamboat Springs highlight sustainable agriculture and show the local communities’ commitment toward supporting efforts taking place at the gardens of Yampatika’s Legacy Ranch and Colorado Mountain College’s sustainable studies and culinary management programs.

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Eugene Buchanan: An 'adventure' walk in the desert

The storms hurtle by, missing us by mere miles. Rain streaks come between us and Porcupine Rim to the south, while another burst blows by to the north. Had we been in Moab mountain biking as usual, we’d fear mud, a douching and perhaps a case of squeaky brakes.

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Jimmy Westlake: New comet to buzz Mars on Sunday

Mars and Comet Siding Spring will be about 1.6 astronomical units from the Earth (about 150 million miles) at the time of closest approach, around midday Sunday. Amateur astronomers with telescopes 8 inches in diameter or larger might be able to view the very faint comet and Mars together, side by side, in their telescope that night and the night before closest approach.

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