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Colorado Master Gardener: Witches’ broom
Colorado Master Gardener: Witches’ broom

July 23, 2019

Witches’ broom is the name given to the strange looking knot of growth on trees and shrubs. It looks like a broom — a large number of small branches growing from one spot — and...


Our view: Continue the conversation
Our view: Continue the conversation

July 23, 2019

Today marks the end of Steamboat Pilot & Today’s eight-week series on sexual assault, but we hope the reporting project’s conclusion does not mean the community will stop talking about this important topic. One of...


Under the Dome: Skip the bad stuff and talk about the good
Under the Dome: Skip the bad stuff and talk about the good

July 22, 2019

Recalls, special sessions, petitions, campaigns, Tweets, Facebook, CNN, Fox News. Yikes, let’s go fishing. Sometimes, it’s just overwhelming. Madison talks about factions in politics in Federalist 10, and we’ve always had quarreling factions in American...




Brodie Farquhar: Are all Republicans racist?
Brodie Farquhar: Are all Republicans racist?

July 17, 2019

The racist trope of “why don’t you go back to where you came from” did not originate with Donald Trump, who recently threw that statement at four Democratic congresswomen of color. Three were born in...



Tales from the Tread: The magic of mineral springs
Tales from the Tread: The magic of mineral springs

July 16, 2019

The Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series is underway, and to kick off the summer on July 5, local author and historian, Dagny McKinley, presented the “Springs of Steamboat.” McKinley is the...



Monday Medical: Navigating puberty
Monday Medical: Navigating puberty

July 15, 2019

From baffling emotions to a range of physical changes, puberty can feel like a roller coaster for kids and their parents. Below, Dr. Sheila Fountain, a pediatrician in Steamboat Springs and a member of the...


City Council FYI: The power of partnership
City Council FYI: The power of partnership

July 14, 2019

One of the first things I did after I was elected to council four years ago was to tour all the city facilities including the Steamboat Springs Police Department at 840 Yampa St. I had...



Jen O’Connor: Circus has horrible track record
Jen O’Connor: Circus has horrible track record

July 11, 2019

Culpepper & Merriweather Circus’s notoriously awful history is in the public record.  After finding that the circus “willfully failed to develop a plan of veterinary care” and endangered the health and development of a tiger...


Opinion: What’s in your toolkit?
Opinion: What’s in your toolkit?

July 10, 2019

The ubiquitous commercial regarding carrying the correct credit card was the inspiration for this perspective. It speaks to being prepared and familiar with having the proper tool in your wallet so that there are no surprises...


Ron Lazof: Make presidential debates bipartisan
Ron Lazof: Make presidential debates bipartisan

July 10, 2019

Here is a radical idea for the 2020 Presidential Debates, how about if we make them both bipartisan and helpful to the voters tasked with deciding on whom to cast their vote? My proposal is as follows:...


Monday Medical: Birth control — other uses
Monday Medical: Birth control — other uses

July 8, 2019

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series on birth control. Part 1 covers types of birth control. Hormonal birth control isn’t just about preventing pregnancy: it can help treat various health issues....


Thoughtful Parenting: When kids aren’t being bad
Thoughtful Parenting: When kids aren’t being bad

July 7, 2019

It takes conscious work to raise good, respectful and productive children. To treat kids fairly and set them up for success, it also takes knowledge of their developmental capacities and limits. As we spend time...


Talking Green: Going bag free in the ‘Boat
Talking Green: Going bag free in the ‘Boat

July 7, 2019

Plastics aren’t just clogging our oceans; it’s raining plastic in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park — a sobering thought with all the June precipitation we had.  Recently, the U.S. Geological Survey reported that 90% of...


Nancy Porter: Indivisible aims to educate voters
Nancy Porter: Indivisible aims to educate voters

July 5, 2019

What is Indivisible? It is an organization formed in 2016 to help voters get reliable facts about issues facing towns, counties, states and federal issues.  The concern that younger voters were not participating in elections and...


Spoke Talk: Routt County Riders loves volunteers
Spoke Talk: Routt County Riders loves volunteers

July 3, 2019

Last week’s trail work day at Flash of Gold had more than 30 volunteers, each equipped with loppers, trimmers and rakes. With such a great turnout, we were able to clear the entire trail from...