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Strings Music Festival: The secret to a great performance

The secret to a great performance is a great audience. Of course, it’s not a guarantee, and the building blocks have to be there to start with — fantastic musicians, good sound in the hall, dynamic lighting. But the audience can raise the bar from good to great.

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Routt County CSU Extension: Home canning with confidence

It’s that time of the year when home canners call the Extension office for food preservation advice.

Monday Medical: Thinking outside the 'wheat box'

Are you confused about whole grains? A trip to the bread aisle of any grocery store may cause confusion in anyone — with so many labels shouting “whole grain” or “gluten free.” What does “whole grain” mean? What is gluten?

Healthy Eating: On-the-Run Omelet Sandwiches

These omelet sandwiches make a fast breakfast.

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Book Review: Check out these books by 2 others that will make their way to Steamboat

Here are two books by authors that will make their way to Steamboat sometime this year.

John F. Russell: Making today's news, writing Steamboat's legacy

Big stories and everyday events come together in the pages of the Today to help tell Steamboat Springs story.

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Eugene Buchanan: A Colorado moment

We’ve all had those times when something Colorado-ish just clicks — a moonrise over the aspen, a rainbow framing a deer, a trout rise in the early morning mist. My mile-high moment came last weekend, when even the good lord above would’ve had a hard time scripting a more scenic scenario from our 38th state.

Thinking About Health: Quiz — Will next year's insurance rates go up or down?

It’s now the silly season for insurance rates with government agencies, consulting groups and the media all speculating about next year’s premiums. Will your insurance premiums go up or down this fall? Never before have I seen such intense interest in insurance rates, which editors have usually considered a snoozer of a story.

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Museum of Northwest Colorado: ‘Dinkys’ handled a big coal job

Coal production today in the Yampa Valley is carried out with oversized equipment that staggers the mind with its immensity. Colowyo Coal Company south of Craig has huge haul trucks that dwarf the drivers and carry tons of coal in a single load.

Rob Douglas: Journalists to Obama: ‘Stop the spin’

On Tuesday, as President Barack Obama winged his way to Colorado to hold a fundraiser for Sen. Mark Udall who was — wink, wink — too “busy” in Washington, D.C., to attend, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Colorado Press Women and 36 other journalism groups sent a letter to Obama castigating his administration for being a major source of the national frustration that is “breeding cynicism about democratic government.”

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Mackenzie Yelvington: An inspirational view from a hot air balloon

I've been living in and loving Steamboat Springs or a year now, and it's been amazing. I've met some of the best people, done things I've never tried and gotten better at things I've done minimally prior to moving here (because Steamboat encourages that "get out and do it" mentality).

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Tammy’ is a road movie that misses its exit

The underlying theme of most films that take place behind the wheel is that the destination is less important than the personal journey people embark on while getting there. If that’s so, what are we to make of a movie such as “Tammy,” where it seems the parking brake is stuck for most of the action?

Community Agriculture Alliance: Importance of a modern-day roundtable

Mention the name roundtable and most people think of King Arthur’s famed roundtable where he and his knights congregated in medieval times. But ever since 2005 with the legislative passing of the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act, Northwest Colorado has had its own roundtable.

Tom Ross: Locks were meant to keep bears out of dumpsters, not keep them in

In the past, we’ve had a large bear actually bend the steel supports in the dumpster lid, so I have great respect for their physical strength.

Thoughtful Parenting: Negotiation 101

Children start negotiating at an early age. Perhaps they’re in the “no” or even “no way!” stage. If your child is a little older, he might say, “But I want to ...” or “Why can’t I just …”