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Thoughtful Parenting: Parenting Stress — it matters; management is key

April 22, 2018 — Parenting stress is the stress associated with being a parent. Parents are often juggling jobs, childcare, finances and household duties. Studies have shown that parents who report high parenting stress tend to be "authoritarian, harsh and negative in their reactions with their child," and that

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Dog’s Eye View: Mentors and memories

April 20, 2018 — I had the pleasure of attending the Colorado State University continuing education program for veterinarians this past weekend in Fort Collins.  I went with my husband, Ron, a small animal veterinarian.  Two days were jam packed with current trends and research in veterinary medicine in

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Elmer House tells story of homesteaders ‘proving up’ in Hayden

April 19, 2018 — Hayden residents are likely familiar with the stately brick home surrounded by pastureland on Routt County Road 80, north of the railroad tracks. Since its construction in 1917, the Elmer House has become a distinctive and recognizable landmark, a status codified by the Board of

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Tales from the Tread: 1898 camping trip

April 17, 2018 — It never ceases to amaze me the historical treasures that come through the doors of the Tread of Pioneers Museum on nearly a daily basis. Just this month, a document was given to the museum titled "John Warren Richardson's 'Camping in the Colorado Rockies (1898).'"

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Thoughtful Parenting: Talking to your child about sexual abuse

April 15, 2018 — Child sexual abuse is scary. It thrives on silence and shame. To keep kids safe, we must break through the barrier of discomfort and talk about it. Normalizing conversation about sexual abuse is key to prevention and makes it more difficult for the crime to

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Community Connections: April is World Autism Awareness Month

April 14, 2018 — Yampa Valley Autism mission is to provide resources and direct services to individuals and families living with autism or other disorders to cultivate their abilities and maximize quality of life.     We envision healthy communities in the Yampa Valley where all people are valued

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Talking Green: Going solar provides energy conservation strategies for all

April 8, 2018 — My family recently bought a house that is 100 percent off the grid, with no electricity in range. We have two solar arrays, and with our 16 batteries and backup generator, the system provides enough energy for us to live comfortably as if we were

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Thoughtful Parenting: Month of the Young Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 8, 2018 — Routt County's Early Childhood Council, First Impressions, works to streamline and strengthen early childhood care and education resources for children age birth to 5. With 90 percent of brain development occurring before age 5, the return on every dollar invested is highest when spent in

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Dog’s Eye View: Music to my ears

April 6, 2018 — Ahh. Spring is here. The buzz-chirp sounds of red-winged black birds and the sweet courting music of robins is filling the air with hope and renewal. The trees are beginning to bud out, and spring bulbs are adding a fresh coat of color to our

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Read about a new book by David Sedaris before it hits the shelves

April 6, 2018 — “Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002” by David Sedaris If you've read David Sedaris' other works, then by all means read this book of journal entries from 1977 to 2002.  It isn't his normal writing style that you know and love. It's personal, and shows his growth

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Community Ag Alliance: Working agricultural lands essential for quality of life 

April 5, 2018 — Routt County's agricultural lands have changed a lot during the past 100 years. Look back at old photographs, and you'll see scattered farmhouses and barns with expansive hay meadows and vast open rangeland. Talk with a Routt County rancher whose roots date back to the

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Celestial News: The Season of the Diamond

April 5, 2018 — Each season brings its own unique geometrical pattern of bright stars into our early evening sky. Summer has its Summer Triangle, autumn has the Great Square of Pegasus, winter has the magnificent Winter Hexagon and spring offers the Spring Diamond. The Spring Diamond asterism, also

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Tales from the Tread: ‘The Go-Backers’

April 3, 2018 — Covered wagons making their way across America's heartland is a recognizable image in our history. With each "white canvas caravan," the tale of settling America's western frontier unfolded, nurtured by the 1862 Homestead Act which allowed any American to put in a claim for up

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Northwest Colorado Food Coalition: Stretching your grocery dollar

April 1, 2018 — Eating local is an investment in our neighbors and our community, but it often costs more than what we'd otherwise pay at the grocery store.  An unofficial poll shows local middle-income families of four spend an average of $600 to $1,100 per month on food.

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Thoughtful Parenting: How to foster self-control

April 1, 2018 — Three significant factors play into a child's impulsivity profile: temperament, executive functioning and development. Impulsivity is the tendency to act without forethought and self-control is the ability to subdue or override impulses, resist distractions, manage actions, plan ahead and delay gratification to achieve goals. Self-control

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Graphic novel ‘The Initiates’ serves as gateway to genre

March 29, 2018 — “The Initiates” by Etienne Davodeau There are books that stridently advocate and those that tell simple stories. “The Initiates” by Étienne Davodeau is one of the latter. It tells a true story of two proverbial old dogs learning something new. It presents. It does not

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Monday Medical: Benefits of the HPV vaccine

March 26, 2018 — Though most people have heard about the HPV vaccine, many still have questions about what it does and whether it's necessary. The HPV vaccine helps protect against some types of cancers and warts caused by the human papillomavirus, a group of more than 150 related

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Thoughtful Parenting: How to be the best advocate for your child’s health

March 25, 2018 — As the parent, you are the primary caregiver for your child and no one knows more about your child than you do. Should this change when you go to visit the doctor? Absolutely not. Doctors are well trained experts in medicine and they have the

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Dog’s Eye View: Leadership/trust relationship

March 24, 2018 — After each Family Dog class, teaching assistant Clancie Guinn and I sit down to talk about how the class went and who might need help in a special way. We always are concerned that the lesson we intend to teach is actually demonstrated by our students'

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Your Water Conservancy District in action

March 22, 2018 — The Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District is the local water conservancy district. What exactly is a water conservancy district? Our mission charges us "to responsibly conserve, protect and develop the water resources of the Yampa River Basin."  It's important to understand what that meant in the

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