Community Ag Alliance: Cultivating the torchbearers

Last year, on a visit to Denver, a conversation ensued with a friend about the emerging Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program. After listening to the description of the program, she responded, “Oh, you are cultivating the torchbearers.” Until that moment, such a poignant description of the program had not been expressed. And it continues to resonate today.

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The Bock’s Office: Good grief — ‘Peanuts’ revamp is great!

At this point, we’re not unfamiliar with a world where a doghouse doubles as a Sopwith Camel, all adults sound like a trombone solo and no one questions why a child is almost completely bald. Still, a return to one of the most beloved series of the last 60 years feels like visiting old friends and finding a new reason to love them in “The Peanuts Movie.”

Harriet Freiberger: 'Thank you' is not enough

An op-ed written by longtime North Routt resident Harriet Freiberger in honor of Veterans Day.

Thoughtful Parenting: Be an All Pro Dad

Spending quality time with your children tells them they are valued, leads to more closeness, creates special memories, develops better trust and communication and results in an overall stronger lifetime relationship between you and your child.

Book reviews: Novels take intriguing views of life

In the opening pages of "Fishbowl." we meet Ian, who has just embarked on the journey of his life. Unfortunately for Ian, his journey is a plunge from the 27th story balcony of his apartment in the Seville on Roxy.

Audrey Danner: Stronger together

We are stronger together. I know this to be true. So to see unity toward a common goal earlier this week in Craig was even more reassurance in Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership’s vision for our community’s future.

Dog's Eye View: You had me at "woof"

An understanding of the ancient history of where dogs came from is important, but it’s really more about how humans genetically influenced the different breeds to perform specific tasks.

Community Ag Alliance: Be a Yamapvore — shop local

What is a Yampavore? A person who eats, drinks, consumes and uses locally grown food and products from the Yampa Valley. Join the Yampavore movement, and buy local food and products.

Tales from the Tread: The Snurfer — snowboard predecessor now on display

Combine the words snow and surfing and you get “Snurfing.” This is exactly what Nancy Poppen did in 1965, when her husband, Sherman Poppen, presented a handmade Christmas gift of two skis fixed together to his 10-year-old daughter.

Stories from Scotland: Return to Cortina

My husband and I lived in Cortina, Italy, while he played four hockey seasons. At the end of last year’s season, we left several boxes of our belongings in a friend’s basement: winter clothes, beautiful wine glasses and dishes, souvenirs from our travels. Now that we’re in Scotland, we decided the best thing to do was ship these boxes back to Colorado. So last week, I returned to Italy.

Thoughtful Parenting: Children need support, security and safety to thrive

What do our children need? A home that is safe and secure and parents who protect them. A sense of routine and stability. A belief that when things go wrong in the outside world, their homes will provide comfort, help and support.

Book review: Franzen's "Purity" hits close to home

“But what if ordinary is an unrealistic ambition for you?” the charismatic billionaire asks his new intern when she arrives in Bolivia to work for his organization, the ambiguously-titled Sunshine Project.

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The Bock’s Office: Halloween movies to scare and surprise

There’s a vast library of scary movies, be they genuinely terrifying or laughably bad, reaching back for decades. You needn’t look too far back in the annals of Redbox or Netflix to find horror flicks released this year like “Insidious: Chapter 3” or the remake of “Poltergeist.” Still, you can’t beat a true theatrical experience when it comes to this genre, and it’s worth the price of admission if you find something suitable for your tastes among these films still in the cineplex.

Dog's Eye View: Ding, dong — trick-or-treat!

Trick-or-treat on Halloween, that very special night full of ghouls and goodies, follows the behavioral principles of the science of consequences. What does this have to do with dogs? Everything.

Community Ag Alliance: Supporting Routt County CattleWomen

Have you ever thought you might have what it takes to be a Routt County CattleWoman? It is not for the faint of heart, but it is rewarding and entertaining.