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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Hobbit’ — For the love of gold…

Too much of a good thing inevitably has to have its downside. For those who have grown to love the cinematic tales of J.R.R. Tolkien, that aftereffect has finally come in the form of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

Dog's Eye View: Puppies are for life, not just for Christmas

Most of the time the gift-giver has a heartfelt and emotional reason for this precious gift, or seeing the puppy in the pet store is just too much to resist. Sometimes the puppy is used as an expression of love and fulfilling a desire but no education has taken place to prepare the recipient.

Community Agriculture Alliance: My favorite things

‘Tis the season to reflect on the past year and to savor what we’ve accomplished at Historic Routt County. We are proud of our role in saving Routt County’s special places, and the year has been a whirlwind of activity with preservation projects, events, socials, awards and win-win partnerships.

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Tales from the Tread: Fly Gulch School doors to reopen

Fly Gulch School is an historic one-room schoolhouse sitting on the picturesque Strawberry Park Elementary School campus.

Ciao from Cortina: Living in a snow globe

December always has been my favorite time of the year. When I was young, I loved driving around after dinner with my parents looking at Christmas lights.

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Jimmy Westlake: Canis Major — the Great Overdog

Sirius rises at about 8 p.m. Christmas Eve and about 30 minutes earlier, or 7:30 p.m., on New Year's Eve. Why not step outside with your family this holiday season and bark with “the Great Overdog that romps through the dark?”

Monday Medical: Health for the holidays

Shopping, travel, parties, family visiting, children’s activities, end-of-the-year obligations — the commitments this time of year may seem endless. You may find your usual routines disrupted, and when this happens, it’s easy to let good health habits slide.

Thoughtful Parenting: Creating a peaceful holiday season for you and your teen

As students get excited for the holidays and receive an academic break from schooling, it can be a time that adds stress to the family household. The combination of a long to-do list, excitement of the season and academic stress can affect the family relationship, possibly in a negative way.

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Book Review: 2 books that can make an impact on you

"A Deadly Wandering" by New York Times journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Matt Richtel has changed my life ... seriously. I think about this true story all the time, and I realize the impact it has had on me.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Lodgepole pine, a story of resilience

Sometimes it seems that lodgepole pine doesn’t get the respect it deserves. In the wake of the recent mountain pine beetle epidemic, some people question whether it’s a good thing to plant lodgepole seedlings on their property. “Won’t the beetles just get them?” they ask.

Exploring Steamboat: A community that gives where it lives

The longer I live in Steamboat, the more impressed I become with this community’s spirit of generosity and the willingness of local residents to step up and get involved when there’s a need.

Focus on Fitness: The new mom challenge

We all say it when we are pregnant: “I can’t wait to get me pre-baby body back.” What we don’t know is that it is a lot more challenging for most of us than we ever anticipated. We all say it when we are pregnant: “I can’t wait to get my pre-baby body back.” What we don’t know is that it is a lot more challenging for most of us than we ever anticipated.

Routt County CSU Extension: Calorie labeling, coming to a menu near you

Valuable calorie information now is going to be available nationwide at a restaurant near you. New calorie labeling requirements were announced last month that will make calorie content in eating establishments easier to find. As part of the Affordable Care Act, some restaurants will be required to clearly post the calorie information for items on their menus, including alcohol.

Monday Medical: Is a good night’s sleep on your Christmas list?

This holiday season, many will find themselves worn down, tired and stressed out. This often is the result of racing around trying to make those perfect holiday memories, but for others, the feeling lasts throughout the year.

Thoughtful Parenting: Guidelines available to help kids grow, succeed

The early years (from a child’s birth to age 8) are critically important for all areas of learning and development. That means health and physical development, emotional and behavioral development, logic and reasoning and academic development. This lays the foundation for future academic achievement and a successful and happy future for Colorado’s kids.

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