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Community Connections: It’s easier to build a child than to fix an adult

Research shows that up to 90 percent of brain development occurs in the first five years of life. As stated by the Colorado Department of Education, “In the early years of each child's life, every experience, every day creates the foundation for success in school and beyond.”

Thoughtful Parenting: Remembering brain development during meltdowns

In their book, "No Drama Discipline," mental health experts, Drs. Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, describe how the brain works, especially when kids feel intense emotions. They emphasize three things to keep in mind when your child is having a difficult time.

Gardening with Deb: Plants that handle foot traffic

Of the many beautiful gardens in Routt County, my favorites feature meandering pathways that lead you through the beds of plants. For plants that are intended to be trodden upon, gardeners should look for a ground cover plant that is low growing, spreads easily and is dense enough to inhibit weeds.

Community Ag Alliance: Soil Health 101

Have you ever thought of soil as a living ecosystem, composed of billions of tiny organisms working to support plants, animals and humans? Healthy soil is the foundation that sustains plentiful croplands and healthy forests, filters pollutants from air and water, maintains productive grazing lands for livestock and wildlife and helps control surface water flows.

Dog's Eye View: On demand companionship and the dog

Your dog needs you. The most important ingredient in any relationship is being present and doing right by the dog living in your household.

Stories from Scotland: A new adventure

This is the first installment of a bi-monthly column written by the author of last year's popular Ciao from Cortina column. Sophie Dingle and her husband, Ryan, are now getting acclimated to life in Scotland and she will share their adventures with Steamboat Today readers.

Monday Medical: Try out a surgeon's high-tech tool — the robot

This Thursday, the community is invited to try out an actual da Vinci Surgical System. Yampa Valley Medical Center's Robotic Showdown promises a unique, behind-the-scenes opportunity to play with cutting-edge technology.

Wilderness Wanderings: Alpine lakes reveal camping secrets

There are a lot of alpine lakes to explore around Steamboat Springs.

Thoughtful Parenting: Help wanted: Infant and toddler care in Routt County

Approximately 68 percent of Routt County families with children younger than five have both parents in the workforce, according to date from the 2010 U.S. Census. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs projects Routt County’s birth to age five population to grow by 70 percent between 2015 and 2030. No matter how you look at it, the availability of licensed care for our youngest citizens is distressingly inadequate.

Monday Medical: Help prevent spread of superbugs

If “Superbugs” were a movie, the villain would be a gang of organisms endangering humankind. Enter the heroes, a team of medical professionals determined to halt the growing health threat. Can science find a way to thwart the rapidly evolving bacteria?

Book reviews: Two great reads to close out summer

"Circling the Sun," by Paula McLain, and "Big Magic," by Elizabeth Gilbert, are two great reads to close out summer

Local authors nominated for 2015 CIPA EVVY awards

Earlier this month the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) announced the 2015 EVVY award finalists and four of those are Steamboat authors.

Dog's Eye View: Time to say 'goodbye'

My husband Ron and I had our last day with Beretta, our 14-year-old whippet. It was several weeks ago. My husband had been nursing Beretta along through waning health for a couple of years. Finally, Beretta stopped eating and could not easily walk or stand. It was time.

Community Ag Alliance: A fox in the henhouse

Chickens are easy to raise, relatively inexpensive, fun to watch and make great pets or 4H projects. Unfortunately, some species of wildlife in Colorado appreciate these little egg makers for the same reason we do … they make a delicious meal.

Gardening with Deb: Phone apps for plant identification

When I go hiking, I usually take a wildflower book with me to aid in plant identification. When I recently looked into some phone apps that help identify plants, I thought, “what a great idea: Save the weight of a book and maybe save some time flipping through the pages to find the flower.” Unfortunately, the two I used and others I looked into have several drawbacks here in the mountains of Colorado.

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