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The Bock’s Office: Summer good, summer not so good

When you go to the movies as often as I do, sometimes the shows you see during the summer are ones you wish you hadn’t or are purely recycled, while there are others you regret missing. If you haven’t gotten your fill of the season’s offerings, here’s a cross-section of films I haven’t had the chance to weigh in on that you may want to catch or avoid at all costs.

Janet Sheridan: Accepting responsibility

As usual, I began by wallowing in a quagmire of indecision. For months, I’d busily and happily written new material to combine with past columns for a book. Now I had a choice: attempt to publish my work or let it die an anonymous little death on my computer.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Estate planning

Two things are sure in life: death and taxes. For family agriculture, one of these also has meant the other, and the idea of having to sell the farm or ranch to pay inheritance taxes is an unpalatable consequence of death.

Gardening with Deb Babcock: Mushrooms of the Routt County forest

If you look closely while hiking the forests around Steamboat Springs this fall, you might notice a pretty wide variety of mushrooms that are poking their heads through the leaf litter and conifer needles at the base of our alpine trees, perhaps because of all the wonderful moisture we've gotten this year.

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Tales from the Tread: Black gold — ghost mine bus tour

History came to life on July 11 when the Tread of Pioneers Museum and local historian Jim Stanko took 27 participants on a three-hour Ghost Mine Bus Tour from Steamboat Springs to Oak Creek.

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James Garcia: Oak Creek mine tours enrich newcomer's understanding of area

I’d only been in Routt County for little more than a week, and with Labor Day weekend upon us, I decided it was time to get acquainted with my new home by taking advantage of one of the mine tours offered by the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg.

Monday Medical: Pack well, eat well

Lunch should be a nutrient-rich meal to fuel children’s brains and bodies for the afternoon so they can concentrate in the classroom and have energy for sports activities. Strive for these key ingredients: protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, dairy and healthy fats.

Thoughtful Parenting: Building strong relationships with our kids

It is common for kids to go through phases where they are more connected to one parent than the other. Sometimes, though we love them deeply, we may butt heads more with one of our children than the other.

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: Eat a 'GO' breakfast

Breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day.

Book Review: Easy picture and chapter books for children

Two charming stories by Colorado authors.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘If I Stay’ offers mellifluous music-based melodrama

Hopefully you’re consulting something other than contemporary cinema when you look at the big questions, such as, “What’s the point of life?” Indeed, “If I Stay” can’t answer queries like this — and doesn’t try — but it maintains its own charms nonetheless.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Soil health

Soil health — you may have heard this latest descriptor and wondered what it is. Hopefully, by now you are aware that soil is not just dirt. It’s a complicated ecosystem that takes place beneath our feet to support the environment that we see above ground.

Spoke Talk: There’s an app (or 2) for that

For those with smartphones, here are some essential apps out there to take your riding to the next level. You can track, analyze, share and get coaching to take you there.

Thoughtful Parenting: SAT vs. ACT: A breakdown

One the most frequently asked questions from parents is, Should my student(s) take the SAT or the ACT? What is the difference? Do colleges or universities accept both? What should we be on the lookout for?

Mind Springs Health: Techniques to help your feelings, productivity

The study of psychology needs to be about more than mental illness. For years, the focus of psychology and therapy has been on helping people suffering with mental illness. The goal of bringing those that are below average in happiness and well-being up to the average.