Dog's Eye View: You had me at "woof"

An understanding of the ancient history of where dogs came from is important, but it’s really more about how humans genetically influenced the different breeds to perform specific tasks.

Community Ag Alliance: Be a Yamapvore — shop local

What is a Yampavore? A person who eats, drinks, consumes and uses locally grown food and products from the Yampa Valley. Join the Yampavore movement, and buy local food and products.

Tales from the Tread: The Snurfer — snowboard predecessor now on display

Combine the words snow and surfing and you get “Snurfing.” This is exactly what Nancy Poppen did in 1965, when her husband, Sherman Poppen, presented a handmade Christmas gift of two skis fixed together to his 10-year-old daughter.

Stories from Scotland: Return to Cortina

My husband and I lived in Cortina, Italy, while he played four hockey seasons. At the end of last year’s season, we left several boxes of our belongings in a friend’s basement: winter clothes, beautiful wine glasses and dishes, souvenirs from our travels. Now that we’re in Scotland, we decided the best thing to do was ship these boxes back to Colorado. So last week, I returned to Italy.

Thoughtful Parenting: Children need support, security and safety to thrive

What do our children need? A home that is safe and secure and parents who protect them. A sense of routine and stability. A belief that when things go wrong in the outside world, their homes will provide comfort, help and support.

Book review: Franzen's "Purity" hits close to home

“But what if ordinary is an unrealistic ambition for you?” the charismatic billionaire asks his new intern when she arrives in Bolivia to work for his organization, the ambiguously-titled Sunshine Project.

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The Bock’s Office: Halloween movies to scare and surprise

There’s a vast library of scary movies, be they genuinely terrifying or laughably bad, reaching back for decades. You needn’t look too far back in the annals of Redbox or Netflix to find horror flicks released this year like “Insidious: Chapter 3” or the remake of “Poltergeist.” Still, you can’t beat a true theatrical experience when it comes to this genre, and it’s worth the price of admission if you find something suitable for your tastes among these films still in the cineplex.

Dog's Eye View: Ding, dong — trick-or-treat!

Trick-or-treat on Halloween, that very special night full of ghouls and goodies, follows the behavioral principles of the science of consequences. What does this have to do with dogs? Everything.

Community Ag Alliance: Supporting Routt County CattleWomen

Have you ever thought you might have what it takes to be a Routt County CattleWoman? It is not for the faint of heart, but it is rewarding and entertaining.

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Local couple rekindles acquaintance with people of Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Even in September, the children of Saas-Fee, Switzerland, grab a pair of skis after school board a tram and then a subway that delivers them to the top of a glacier where they train to become World Cup racers.

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Strings Music Festival: Strings helps kids fall in love with music

After eight years of working with over a dozen schools in three counties and more than 24,000 students, Strings Music Festival decided to go even bigger.

Thoughtful Parenting: Bilingualism becoming increasingly important

Being bilingual is becoming increasingly more useful in our society. For that reason, it is important to continue learning and not lose the language skills that are already present.

Book review: "Playing with Fire," a captivating mystery

New novel's blending of history and mystery translates into a captivation story from beginning to end.

Dog's Eye View: Training, learning never end

I am in the process of recertifying for my Certified Professional Dog Trainer/Knowledge Assessed credentials. It occurred to me it might be of interest to know what it means to earn this certification as well as what it takes to maintain it.

Community Ag Alliance: Answering questions about waste

In the past week, several people have sent us an opinion piece from the New York Times by John Tierney. In the article, Tierney suggests recycling and composting are “costly and ineffectual,” and it would be better for both the economy and the environment to landfill our waste.