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Book review: Dystopian novel set apart by focus on friendship

What sets "This Savage Song" apart is the focus on a single detail that has been sorely overlooked: a genuine friendship between two young people who come from vastly different backgrounds and find common ground within the turmoil that surrounds them.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Snowden’ a smart but singular story

While you’re watching a movie like “Snowden,” there’s no shortage of reminders that people may well be watching right back. Put electrical tape over your webcam, stick your cell phone in the microwave all you want, Big Brother is watching, so you might as well give him a show.

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Jim Clark: Upcoming election has business implications

With fall comes election season, and new rules from the federal government regarding overtime eligibility. Additionally, there are nine initiatives on the Colorado ballot this year, two of which have implications for business.

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Tales from the Tread: Presentation to focus on ‘Dollar-a-Day Boys’

The Tread of Pioneers Museum and Bud Werner Library invite you to “Dollar-A-Day Boys” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Helping things go right

While the return to a daily routine that comes with the beginning of a new school year may be a relief for some parents, teens may not feel the same relief. For many, school, and the stressors that come with it, can have a tremendous impact on their personalities.

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Monday Medical: Managing diabetes? Try home-cooked meal

If you’re dealing with diabetes, the kitchen might be your new best friend. There are a number of benefits of cooking from scratch, especially when it comes to managing diabetes.

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LiveWell Northwest Colorado: Feeding a community

According to research from Feeding America, approximately 3,030 Routt County residents, or 13 percent, are food insecure. Each year, 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is thrown away.

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Book review: Novel blurs lines dividing slavery, freedom

“The Underground Railroad” compresses two centuries of American history, collaging images that began with the horrors of American slavery and extend to the systemic and overt racism of today.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘War Dogs’ proves to be a misfire

We all have our own interpretation of The American Dream, as do the characters of “War Dogs.” Still, there has to be a happy medium between hocking bed sheets and driving a truck of guns through something called the Triangle of Death.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Shedding pine needles normal in autumn

Though thousands of evergreen trees in the Colorado high country are beginning to display dying orange or brown needles, most are simply going through a natural shedding process and are not infested by bark beetles or tree disease.

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Wilderness Wanderings: Mining clues remain in Zirkel Wilderness

If you’ve hiked in Mount Zirkel Wilderness, have you seen a rusted water pipe running across a trail, cabins, mines or a hydropower plant?

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Eugene Buchanan: Channeling my inner Tarahumara

Blame it on the Tarahumara. Or author Christopher McDougall and his cryptic character Caballo Blanco. How else would you explain the harebrained idea of hopping off the couch to jog the Zirkle Circle, an 11-mile, 2,400-vertical loop in the Mount Zirkle Wilderness Area connecting Gilpin and Gold lakes?

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Monday Medical: Want to lose weight? Focus on health

If you’re trying to lose weight, registered dietitian nutritionist Cara Marrs has some bad news and some good news. The bad news? It takes hard work, and there’s no quick fix. The good news? The benefits of a healthy lifestyle make it all worth it.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Building self-directed in health habits

Being active participants in their own learning helps children become self-directed in keeping themselves healthy in the long-term.

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Book reviews: Great picture books for fall

Now that school is back in session, picture books are a great way to relax after a long day. The following are a selection of new pictures books that Off the Beaten Path is proud to share.