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All heck breaks loose on the road To-Hell-u-Ride

As I sprinted down the barrow ditch at the side of the highway to retrieve our gear, I had a minute to consider what carnage the log truck would have wreaked on our camping equipment had the truck been following us instead of the opposite.

Spoke Talk: What's with Enduro?

If you are a mountain biker, you have most likely noticed a new and growing term in the industry, “Enduro.” What exactly is Enduro? Is it a bike? Is it a trail? Is it a new flavor of Stinger waffles? Enduro is one of the fastest-growing forms of mountain bike racing; it is very popular in Europe and is rapidly gaining steam in the U.S. Enduro is not cross country and it is not downhill racing; it is a mix of the two.

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Arts and Entertainment reporter attends first yoga festival held in Steamboat Springs

This weekend was the inaugural Steamboat Movement Fest which brought a sense of ease and enlightenment to the community of attendees through a wide variety of classes and events offered at the Steamboat Grand.

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Strings Music Festival: Kay Clagett says farewell to Strings

Kay Clagett, has announced her retirement effective at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

Community Connections: LIFT-UP is expanding to meet needs

LIFT-UP is expanding. By the end of 2015, the organization will have a new, bigger Food Bank, and the Thrift Store will be almost doubled in size.

Thoughtful Parenting: Avoiding the "summer slide"

The importance of keeping children engaged throughout the summer is cited in numerous research studies. The fact is, if students don’t practice the skills they have gained throughout the school year, they lose them. This is commonly known as the “summer slide.”

Focus on Fitness: Safety is the number one priority

At Old Town Hot Springs, safety is our number-one priority. We teach Red Cross swim lessons and base our privates on Red Cross standards. The Red Cross program not only teaches kids proper swim technique, but also emphasizes how to be safe in and around the water.

Monday Medical: Help prevent the spread of superbugs

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise, and Yampa Valley Medical Center is responding vigilantly and proactively.

Book reviews: Would you fly away?

If you had the opportunity to travel to another planet, either with fellow humans or aliens, would you do it?

Gardening with Deb: Buzz off!

With the wet spring and now some July rains, the ground is saturated in places, with standing water in low spots, which combine to form a great breeding grounds for mosquitos. A number of products are now available to ward off mosquitoes, but your first line of defense is to remove their nearby breeding grounds.

Spoke Talk: The Routt less traveled

We are so fortunate to have the abundance of great trail riding in and around Steamboat, however, as natural creatures of habit, many of us tend to gravitate toward our “regular routes” that we thread between our daily obligations.

Monday Medical: Acupuncture: an effective treatment for PTSD

Acupuncture can prove an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Strings Music Festival: Understanding the lingo of musicians

Every industry has its own lingo. I assume jargon was originally invented as shorthand among people doing similar work, but I think we really use it to show off that we know things other people don’t know. For this column, I thought it would be fun to share some concert vernacular I’m familiar with — why should I be the only person in Steamboat who’s confused all the time?

VNA: Be aware of wild animal diseases

Hantavirus, tularemia, and plague, though rare, there have been more cases of these life-threatening diseases than usual in Colorado. All three involve exposure to animals, such as rodents and rabbits. Recent cases have not been reported in Routt or Moffat counties, but some have occurred in nearby areas.

Thoughtful Parenting: Gatekeeping

Parental gatekeeping occurs when one parent sees the other parent as less than competent when it comes to caring for a child and feels the need to control or restrict the child’s interaction with the other parent. This can occur whether parents are living together or apart. More often than not, it is mothers who tend to be gatekeepers, but fathers can be as well.

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