Dog's Eye View: A promise and a pink evening sky

We finished the last (sixth) lesson of our Head Start Puppy Training Class in Craig a few days ago. It was so warm and still outside that we decided to set up class on a basketball court at Colorado Northwest Community College’s Bell Tower Building. The building sits on a hill overlooking Craig and the Yampa River.

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With passing of longtime former barber Ken Shovick in Grand Junction, Steamboat loses a genuine character

Family Barber Ken Shovick's great redeeming quality was that he loved to be insulted as much as he loved mercilessly teasing his customers.

Gardening with Deb: Bring outdoor plants indoors before frost

With autumn upon us, it’s time to bring indoors some of your more tender garden plants before the frost kills them off. This includes favorite annuals that bring color to your home during the gray Steamboat winter: geraniums, begonias, coleus, fuchsia, impatiens, etc.

Laura Peterson: Support for the bond issue

I have been a proud member of this community since the mid ’90s. We now have two young children who are beginning their journey into our public school system, which we have advocated even before their birth.  

Jamie Baird: Response commended

I wanted to pass on some thoughts about the charm and professionalism of small mountain towns such as Steamboat Springs and Hahns Peak.

Our View: City should ground air tax promotion

Members of the Steamboat Springs City Council were divided in their decision to reduce funding to support an educational campaign for the winter air service program at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. In a 4-3 vote, Council opted to fund only half of a $50,000 request to help finance the effort, and we think that’s $25,000 too much.

Spoke Talk: Good news from Interbike

Last week, Colorado made national headlines from Interbike in Las Vegas — the largest annual gathering of the bicycle industry in the country — when Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the state has committed more than $100 million over the next four years to enhance its ability to become the best state to ride a bike.

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Stories from Scotland: A badge of pride

As it turned out, Scotland does feel closer — to Boston, to Steamboat, to the United States in general. The culture shock here is much less shock than it was in Italy.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Take responsibility — be ready for an emergency

During the hum of daily life, it can be difficult to grasp the importance of emergency preparedness, especially when we haven’t recently faced the danger of wildfire or other disasters. But emergencies capable of endangering public health and safety aren’t always conspicuous or predictable.

Monday Medical: Yoga for health

During the past few years, Lynda VanTassle has learned a lot about dealing with pain. With rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis so severe it resulted in a shattered pelvis, VanTassle knows what it’s like to have a body that feels fragile. One of the practices that has helped her through it is yoga.

Focus on Fitness: Benefits of balance training

Balance training is something I try to incorporate in personal training, group exercise classes and even in the water class that I teach. Not only does balance training remind the brain to execute the proper muscles, but it also helps with core stabilization and hip stabilization.

Thoughtful Parenting: Keeping kids safe in Colorado

It’s important to children 5 to 7 years old that they feel that they are helpful members of their families. Their eagerness to tag along with their parents and learn makes these years an ideal time for parents to teach children new skills and the importance of safety.

Book review: "Beneath the Surface" offers look into real world of captive aquatic mammals

If you had asked me as a child what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said what many children at the time said: a SeaWorld Trainer. My dreams, as with those of so many others, are echoed by John Hargrove, former killer whale trainer at SeaWorld, in his book “Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish.”

Dog's Eye View: Don't stop — training never ends

Don’t stop training your dog. I believe the very act of getting too comfortable with the level of training you have put in on your dog is responsible for many an unhappy dog/human relationship.

Community Ag Alliance: Hayden museum expansion a project in adaptive reuse

The Hayden Heritage Center in Hayden has been working on its museum expansion since the early 2000s, when its board of directors realized the museum would need more space to remain viable.