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Healthy Eating: The best granola

This is a great recipe to have on hand when hitting the trails.

Thoughtful Parenting: Baby chicks — cute but risky

When children have opportunities to see real animals and learn in the outdoors engaging all their senses, they are even better learners and are excited to keep learning. Many parents recall their own wide-eyed wonderment watching a baby chick hatch or holding a little chick in their hands. They would like their own child to experience touching the soft downy feathers of a little chick or duckling.

Thinking About Health: Facing the realities of high-deductible insurance

Pat Mallett, a self-employed businessman in Littleton, had heard a lot about Obamacare and thought that a policy available in the new state shopping exchange would offer him a better deal than the coverage he had. The policy that covered him, his wife and two teenage kids cost about $400 per month and came with a $5,000 deductible, which meant they paid cash for routine office visits and annual physicals — up to a total of $5,000 per year.

Tom Ross: Early homesteaders were Yampa Valley's 1st locavores

Albert and Minnie Hitchens' flock of hens stopped laying eggs every winter and the family resorted to some unusual means of keeping eggs almost fresh enough to eat through the winter.

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Camino a la Copa: Recipe for success

What does it take to qualify for the FIFA World Cup? Obviously, you need 11 strong soccer players. But beyond that, perhaps the recipe for making a winning national team is the same as what is needed to make a successful country and for raising healthy children. Security, respect and honesty.

Rob Douglas: A Kinsley gaffe emerges from the fog

In 1988, famed political pundit Michael Kinsley wrote, "A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth — some obvious truth he isn't supposed to say." In recognition of that incisive observation, a “Kinsley gaffe” became political parlance for inadvertently honest statements by pols who intend to spin the truth.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ a most welcome sequel

A major facelift three years ago brought back a group of performers many thought would never be quite at their peak again. And, it would appear the stars of “Muppets Most Wanted” have held up well.

Community Agriculture Alliance: All about barns

Ever wondered how many historic barns there are in Routt County? Hundreds! The results of an optional survey posed by the USDA in 2007 reported 149 pre-1960 barns owned by agricultural operators in the county.

Dog's Eye View: Foreign exchange student

Have you ever considered hosting a foreign exchange student in your home for a year? If so, you kindly thought about what he or she would need to feel welcome and at ease the moment they walked through your door. I believe that bringing a dog into our home is very much the same situation. Here are some things I think are essential to help your new companion get a great start.

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Eugene Buchanan: NHL stars descend on Howelsen for benefit game

Members of the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association were here for the weekend to play a benefit game for the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association.

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Jimmy Westlake: How the lion lost its tail

You can see it high in the eastern sky on spring evenings as a splash of several dozen faint stars, not far from the familiar outline of the Big Dipper. This is our constellation called Coma Berenices, or Queen Berenice’s Hair, and it is one of only a handful of constellations associated with a real person rather than a mythological one.

Thoughtful Parenting: MALT can help keep kids drug-free

Parents have more influence over their child than friends, music, TV, the Internet and celebrities. Hard to believe, right? But it’s true.

Monday Medical: Women find help for pelvic pain

Pelvic pain has various descriptions, a range of causes and a multitude of symptoms. It can be serious enough to interfere with work and recreational activities. Sometimes, it is cyclical, an unwelcome aspect of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Or it may develop at a later age.

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Tom Ross: Flamingos fly the coop on Logan Street in Old Town Steamboat

Logan Street is the the kind of Steamboat neighborhood where folks are on a first-name basis with their neighbors and don’t expect this kind of sordid crime to take place.

Rob Douglas: ‘We have a choice as a society’

On Tuesday, from their respective posts 2,000 miles apart, Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark and Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf addressed the problem of local and national societies that want more services and financial assistance from government than government can afford with current revenue streams.