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Thoughtful Parenting: Preschool for all Routt County kids

Why is Routt County United Way so passionate about preschool?  Because early childhood education has a better return on investment than the stock market.

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Monday Medical: Have a superhero lunch break — donate blood

Looking to save a few lives during your next lunch break? You might want to consider donating blood.

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Melanie Sturm: Sanctifying life in wake of death

Nearly every human being has or will suffer the heartbreak of losing their mother. I’m grateful to the big-hearted, insightful souls — including near strangers — who’ve reached out with consolation, grace and guidance, helping me Think Again as I set about to plan a funeral and write my Mom’s eulogy and obituary.

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Book review: Novel engaging story of man, river

In “Charlie’s Pride,” Dee Hubbard has crafted a pleasant and engaging story about a man and his enduring, unwavering connection to a river, his home.

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Patti Mosbey: Sand Wash survivors lift our hearts

Sand Wash Basin has wild and rugged terrain. The summers are hot and bug infested, and the winters are cold and bitter. The wild horses are seasoned to endure the best and worst of the land they call home. For many, life is a daily venture of freedom, living in a family system with unspoken words. The tilt of an ear, the swish of a tail or the lowering of a stallion’s head can send family members moving in a new direction without hesitation. To the savvy horse person you see the unspoken language and know the nuances of the slightest of movement.

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Janet Sheridan: The merry-go-round of education

When I hear about the latest, greatest, sure-fire innovation to increase student learning, I feel weary.

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The Bock’s Office: Sights and sounds sensational in ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

Music in any form is magical, yet it never hurts when a melody has visual aids to go with it. And, if you’ve never seen a tiny swordsman brought to life by the pluck of an instrument, “Kubo and the Two Strings” is one for you to watch.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Baby and Me/Tobacco Free

Smoking is an unhealthy habit that is especially harmful to pregnant women and their new babies. Low birth weights, risk of asthma, upper respiratory infections and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, are just a few of the risks to newborns from their mothers who smoke during pregnancy.

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Strings Music Festival: Time for some rest

Though the off-season isn’t really “off," it’s definitely a slower schedule than the full sprint of the summer concert season.

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Monday Medical: Check in, check up, check out

Looking for the scoop on the upcoming Community Health Fair events at Yampa Valley Medical Center? Your search is over.

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Book review: New novel enthralling tale of ambition, deceit

Often it is incredibly challenging for an author whose first book is a smash hit to follow up with a brilliant second book, as expectations run so high. With her second novel, “The Muse,” Jessie Burton has solidified her reputation as a literary star.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Fluid discussions at a round table

Water in the West has been a complicated subject for hundreds of years. Every year, a different amount of snowmelt flows downstream from the high country, where most of the water in the Southwest originates.

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Dog's Eye View: From apes to canines, it’s all about empowerment

An animal’s ability to thrive in captivity (and in our homes) is greatly improved when they’ve been empowered to initiate activity.

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Tale from the Tread: Tour the historic Crawford Home

Since 1894, the stately stone mansion at 1184 Crawford Ave. has withstood the test of time, proudly perched on the hill that overlooks downtown Steamboat Springs. It stands as a testament of the strength and fortitude of Steamboat's founders, the Crawford family.

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Jim Clark: What do dancing, social issues have in common?

For me, music and dancing bring back lots of happy memories but some unhappy ones, as well.

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