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Monday Medical: April is occupational therapy month

Occupational Therapy — you may have heard of it, but do you actually know what it is? Occupational therapists are an integral member of a rehabilitation team. In honor of Occupational Therapy Month, we thought we would shed some light on this lesser-known profession.

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Camino a la Copa: La cancha para nosotras: The field is ours

Dunia Gallardo was born into a world filled with paradox. And now, at 22, she is a paradox herself. Dunia was born in an indigenous territory called Coto Brus, in the mountains of southern Costa Rica. Her family are Ngöbe, a people whose language is passed down orally but is not written.

Rob Douglas: A child in our community died

Steamboat Springs resident Meghan McKeon has been charged in Routt County Court with the most incomprehensible crime a parent can commit — child abuse resulting in the death of her 3-year-old son, Austin Davis. At the request of the District Attorney, the arrest warrant and the affidavit in support of the arrest warrant have been sealed by the court.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Captain America’ sequel weaker but still packs a punch

When your job used to involve throwing a red, white and blue hunk of metal at a bunch of Nazis, it’s understandable you might feel a little out of place in modern society. But as “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” shows, there are always enemies to be defeated.

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Jimmy Westlake: Total lunar eclipse due here Monday

Total eclipses of the moon are unusual, but not rare. On April 14 and 15, we will be treated to the first total lunar eclipse of the upcoming tetrad.

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: Key to choosing healthier foods is reading the labels

One of the easiest tools that can be used to ensure a healthier diet is the Nutrition Facts label found on every product.

Monday Medical: Cancer is not pretty

Cancer is never pretty. Head and neck cancers can be particularly gruesome. It can steal your ability to speak, eat, swallow and recognize yourself in the mirror. Head and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, skin, sinuses, saliva glands and thyroid glands.

Rob Douglas: The true cost of generational theft

In a recent study published by the Mercatus Center, “Assessing Fiscal Sustainability,” Boston University Professor of Economics Laurence Kotlikoff finds that not only is the United States operating fiscally as a Ponzi scheme, economists have been complicit in deceiving Americans about the true cost of this growing generational theft by deliberately using the wrong accounting standard.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Divergent’ tries too hard to be multifaceted

If you only got the chance to hang out with one clique in high school, with any luck, you wouldn’t adhere yourself to people you wound up hating for four years just because you were going through a phase. For the young people of “Divergent,” changing your whole identity involves a bit more pressure than just having to wear goth makeup because all your friends do.

Dog's Eye View: Part 3 — Meet Maxwell SMART

House training an adult dog

This past weekend, I traveled to the Front Range for a nose work trial with my dog Skippy, but we’ll save this story for another day. Our trip was the first time Max and my husband had the house to themselves since Max came to live with us.

Janet Sheridan: Honoring my siblings — the way we were

In honor of Siblings Day on April 10, I am dedicating this column to my brothers and sisters. I hope they enjoy it. I think most of them might. Being the youngest, JL could have benefited from the six models of exemplary behavior that preceded him, but there were none. So, when still a toddler, he pinched his finger in a church pew during a silent moment and exclaimed, “Damn that hurts,” using his outdoor voice.

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Discovering Steamboat: Still searching for my 1st crane sighting

After talking about cranes with Nancy over coffee recently, I found myself genuinely intrigued by the magnificent bird, and I’ve been on the look out for one ever since.

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Tales from the Tread: Remembering Buddy Werner

April 12 marks the 50th anniversary of the untimely death of local Olympian Wallace “Bud” Werner. To honor the legendary skier, Tread of Pioneers Museum Curator Katie Adams has created an exhibit that features items from the museum collection and items on loan from the Bud Werner Memorial Library.

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Jimmy Westlake: Red planet, red moon

Move over, Jupiter. There’s another bright planet poised to enter our evening sky in early April. You might already have noticed it, hovering over the eastern mountains about 10 p.m. It’s the planet Mars, and the Earth is rapidly approaching Mars for the closest approach we’ve had in six years.

Monday Medical: Breast health center enhances care, comfort

Most women likely approach breast screenings with more than a little trepidation. Breast cancer occurs in an estimated 1 in 7 Colorado women and is the most often treated cancer at Yampa Valley Medical Center.