Community Agriculture Alliance: Holiday tree care

The holidays are upon us, and for many that comes with the age-old tradition of putting up a tree. One of my favorite traditions is taking my family to a forested area and scouring the hillsides for the perfect tree, always excited to have that fresh-cut scent once again filling our home.

Eugene Buchanan: The storm we’d just as soon forget

For all the marvelous snowpack it provided, last week’s storm was a bit of a letdown. A three-day dump gets everyone’s hopes up for one of the best openings ever, and then “freezing rain” crusts it over to the consistency of burnt crème brulee.

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Tales from the Tread: Lost ski areas

For more than 50 years, skiers from all around the world have traveled to Steamboat Springs to experience our Champagne Powder, but Storm Peak was not the first ski mountain in Northwestern Colorado. Scattered all across the counties of Grand, Routt and Moffat counties are remnants of recreational ski areas dating back as early as 1912.

Ciao from Cortina: Holidays in Italy

With modern conveniences like the Internet and direct flights, Italy doesn’t feel that far away — except during the holidays and especially on the one holiday that Italians, who are happy to celebrate every single saint, do not celebrate.

Thoughtful Parenting: Have you ever suspected child abuse?

Many of us are unsure whether a child is being abused. Abuse is not always apparent. Often, we do not know what to do if we suspect abuse and fear the results if we report to the authorities.

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: Enjoy a GO holiday season

Enjoy a GO (green light) holiday season this year. How? Choose one behavior change that allows you to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Monday Medical: Take it slow in ice and snow

Let’s be careful out there. As the Colorado Department of Transportation recommends, “Ice and snow, take it slow.”

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Book Review: 'Redeployment' deeply moving piece of writing

When I learned last week that "Redeployment" had won this year’s National Book Award for Fiction, I decided to sit down with it again. In April, soon after it was published, I selected Phil Klay’s collection of short stories as one of my Off the Beaten Path Bookstore picks, noting that it had moved me to tears. Really.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Mockingjay’ almost satisfies your hunger

Given the title of the series and the time of its release, you can’t talk about “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” without making a Thanksgiving joke. The difficulty with that is that while people may be ravenous for more of the franchise, right now, they’re only getting appetizers.

Community Agriculture Alliance: State of the Upper Yampa River Watershed

We drink it, we grow food with it, we play in it — the Yampa River Watershed provides for our community in a way that the early settlers recognized when they built Steamboat Springs at the confluence of the Yampa River and six tributary streams.

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Jimmy Westlake: Auriga, the Charioteer

What’s that flashy, golden star hovering over the northeastern mountains as darkness falls in late November? It’s Capella, the third-brightest star visible in Colorado skies and the brightest star in the constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer.

Focus on Fitness: Just for parents: Get back in shape

Raising children is an exciting, amazing and exhausting job. It requires a great amount of sacrifice, which often includes us giving up time for ourselves in order to put our children first. This is why finding time to exercise can be so challenging.

Monday Medical: Fitness helps prevent ski-season injuries

To prepare for ski season, experts recommend focusing on legs and the fast twitch muscles around your core, but including cardio as well.

Thoughtful Parenting: Marijuana realities

One topic that resonated for me was the use and production of butane hash oil, a high-potency marijuana extract known for causing extreme “highs” and dangerous explosions. Haven’t yet heard of BHO? Here’s a breakdown for concerned parents and community members.

Book review: 2 engaging, powerful novels

"The Undertaking" is a debut novel by Audrey Magee that features a love story set during World War II, and "The Bone Clocks" is a mystical, surprising novel written by David Mitchell, who wrote the bestseller "Cloud Atlas."