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Rob Douglas: Steamboat: A petri dish for legal pot

Six months after the sale of recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado, newspapers across the country are filled with reports and editorials debating the merits of that voter mandated change. Meanwhile, the best petri dish for evaluating the impact of legal pot may be Steamboat Springs.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Lucy’ a mind-bender in more ways than 1

When someone claims to be “expanding their mind” when they indulge in heavy substances, it’s usually just a throwback to the spirit of the Summer of Love and a rationalization of a deeper issue. The heroine of “Lucy,” on the other hand, can claim that what’s going into her body is indeed changing how she sees things, including, but not limited to, the very fabric of the universe.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Hometown pride is county-wide at the 100th Routt County Fair

We’ve come a long way since 1914, and the Routt County Fair is an event where “hometown pride is county-wide!” With continued county support and literally tens of thousands of hours from dedicated volunteers, today’s Routt County Fair is held on the same tract of land as it was 100 years ago.

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Learning to Ride: Mileage matters

After surviving my first two downhill lessons in the Steamboat Bike Park, I thought it was time to meet some like-minded ladies and ride in a more social environment. The Bike Park hosts weekly evening clinics for men and women, Gravity Girls on Thursdays and Bros, Bikes & Berms on Fridays. And best of all, the clinics end with a free drink.

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Gardening with Deb Babcock: Dealing with plant damage from hail and hoppers

Between grasshoppers and the hail storm we experienced a couple weeks ago, gardens in parts of Routt County are in a shambles. Plants and trees have been stripped of their leaves and many plants were so beaten down or chewed up it appears they might not recover from the damage.

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Tales from the Tread: Tour the Crawford House

For 120 years, the historic stone house at 1184 Crawford Ave. has stood on a hill overlooking the town of Steamboat Springs. It is a silent observer of all the change that has taken place throughout time.

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Strings Music Festival: Practice, practice, practice

If “practice makes perfect,” shouldn’t there come a time when you don’t have to practice any more? Not according to the musicians I’ve met at Strings.

Thoughtful Parenting: Support and assistance available for child's development

If you suspect that your child may be delayed in any stage of development as they grow, you are just a phone call away from support and assistance.

Healthy Eating: Couscous and Garbanzo Bean Salad

This recipe has been adapted from Judith Emerson’s recipe in the "Fair Family Favorites — Celebrating 100 Years of the Routt County Fair."

Monday Medical: Detecting, preventing youth pitching injuries

Seasoned athletes know that rest is just as important as training. This is particularly true for young athletes, who can be more prone to injuries from overworking certain joints. Injury is a hot topic in youth baseball and softball, where pitching — too hard, too much and too early — is causing potentially serious elbow and shoulder problems in many children and adolescent players.

Book Reviews: Books to check out for children

Great children's books to check out for a range of ages.

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Exploring Steamboat: A peaceful paradise right in town

The Yampa River Botanic Park awaits exploration and is described best as peaceful and serene.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Sex Tape’ arouses little interest

Three hours, one minute and 42 seconds sounds lengthy enough for a feature film. When you consider this is the span of the piece of the accidental amateur skin flick causing all the problems in the comedy “Sex Tape,” it seems downright infinite. And while the movie itself is only half this duration, it somehow seems even longer.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Wilderness opportunities abound in Routt National Forest

Wilderness: What does the word mean to you? Special emphasis is being directed to the term this year, as 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing into law the Wilderness Act.

Dog's Eye View: A latte and a bully good time

It’s summer, so it’s time to sit at an outside cafe with friends. This, of course, means with your wonderful doggie companion, as well. This always has been a goal and a special pleasure to share with my bull terrier, Stuart.