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The Bock’s Office: Halloween movies take all forms

Another October, another selection of horror-centric movies released in theaters. This year is no exception, whether your tastes lie with the extremely abject — in which case, be sure to check out Kevin Smith’s “Tusk” — the sensation of a good old-fashioned seance — “Ouija” — or something that is only slightly in the neighborhood of the holiday like the dramedy “The Skeleton Twins.” Here’s an assessment of some of the latest appropriate offerings.

Dog's Eye View: The crow in the cartoon

In the Oct. 5 issue of the Denver Post’s cartoon section, I found a little gem that spoke eloquently to one premise of understanding dog behavior; the importance of looking at the environment surrounding a specific behavior.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Rethinking grazing

In the '50s and '60s, there was a real movement to remove grazing as a use for public lands here in the West because it was thought that grazing was responsible for all sorts of ecological ills such as erosion and endangering species. In the past, the solution was to remove all human activity from the land. However, the results were not what was expected.

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Jimmy Westlake: Watch for Halloween fireballs

Don’t be surprised if you see a blazing fireball or two streaking across the heavens while you are out trick-or-treating this Halloween season. There’s no reason for alarm. It’s just the annual Taurid meteor showers reaching their peak of activity.

Focus on Fitness: Get back to the gym

So it’s been four months or more since you’ve worked out, and you’re struggling to begin again. Sound familiar? Starting small, making it fun and leaning on people and resources around you can help you get back to it.

Thoughtful Parenting: Raising awareness about drug prevention

Red Ribbon Week brings communities together to take a visible stand against drugs, and this year the weeklong event runs from Oct. 23 to 31. The Red Ribbon Week Campaign is sponsored by the National Family Partnership that helps communities across the country promote healthy drug-free lifestyles for children and families.

Monday Medical: Change of season can bring lower vitamin D levels

When it comes to getting important vitamins, the equation for healthy individuals often is simple: Consume enough through diet by eating a variety of foods, and bodies maintain appropriate levels; consume too little, and health issues often ensue. Vitamin D, however, can be an exception.

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Book Review: 'Narrow Road' destined to be a classic war novel

Gracefully told and with fluidity more akin to a symphony than a piece of historical fiction, the 2014 Man Booker Prize winner "Narrow Road to the Deep North" is the story of a group of Australian POWs forced to work on the notorious Burma Railway. The summary could end there, but that would be an affront to everything that Flanagan has so delicately poured into this novel.

Linda Ellison Jessup: Vaccination: The time is now

I am writing this article as I await a very important birth. (Aren’t they all?) This tiny newborn will be the fourth grandchild for my husband and me but the first child for my 33-year-old son and his radiant wife.

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The Bock’s Office: World War II film ‘Fury’ hurt by delayed payoff

There are thousands of accounts of the American military’s exploits, all of which are worth hearing to get a greater picture of how our nation was strengthened during its hardest times. You want to believe that every depiction of these folks is an accurate and glowing one, but a film like “Fury” shows you can’t always reach high expectations.

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Tom Ross: Experiencing a Clark Griswold moment in the Paris Metro

I squeezed my satchel through the narrow opening in the subway turnstile, but before I could pull my suitcase along with me, the gate swung shut. I had a grip on the handle, but my luggage was stranded on the other side of the barrier.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Working toward a goal

Throughout Colorado, conversations about water continue to spark interest and debate. Colorado’s population is expected to grow by 8 million to 10 million people by 2050 and the state is searching for answers that will meet future demands.

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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