I’m starting family travel traditions with my kids, and I hope we’re all richer for it

CLARK — The look on my daughter’s face as she sat up straight in her saddle and glanced back at me was something new — like she knew she was growing up. It was her 7th birthday, and to celebrate, we were in the mountains north of Steamboat Springs over the Fourth of July holiday, visiting the Home Ranch. She granted me one big smile, then turned away, gave a little kick with her pink boots, and my horse followed her horse (and our guide’s horse) up the trail. Our wrangler, Kenzie Wilkinson, a cowgirl from Michigan who was working at the Home Ranch for the season, led us up… Read More

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Nine ways (most of which involve eating) to check out the real Honolulu

By Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times HONOLULU — This city isn’t most travelers’ postcard vision of Hawaiian paradise, with waves lapping at a tranquil beach and a bungalow surrounded by lush foliage in the background. The city looks startling flying in, a slew of tall buildings crowding around the harbor’s azure waters. The tourism of Waikiki, Honolulu’s famous beach district, centers on bland, high-rise resorts and the chain boutiques along Kalakaua Avenue. If that’s not your bag, there’s still plenty of non-cookie-cutter fun around. Here are nine ways to help make a weekend or so here great — centering on eating and drinking that’s not the Cheesecake Factory. Bethany… Read More

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Boy Scout skills, quick action, latest technology work together to save man from “widow maker” heart attack in Castle Rock

Marc MacGregor last received CPR training 32 years ago, but that didn’t matter on his back porch in Castle Rock July 2. When his friend Robert Abbott lost consciousness and stopped breathing, MacGregor sprang into action. “I am very grateful I remember the concept of CPR from my Boy Scout days,” the 48-year-old MacGregor said a few weeks removed from those frantic minutes he worked to keep his friend alive. MacGregor’s efforts were the first in a series of critical steps taken by himself, his family and emergency response and medical professionals that kept Abbott from dying from a blockage of his left anterior descending artery — sometimes known as… Read More

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Community gardens build habits and feed families in Denver food desert

“Broccoli!” Mark Garcia points and sprints toward a knee-high bed of leafy greens. He’s been clamoring for the vegetable for weeks, and now it’s finally ready for harvest. He reaches in, picks off a small floret and — chomp! — takes a big bite off the head. A toothy smile spreads across his face. Mark might be more excited about broccoli than any 4-year-old in the United States. That’s because unlike most preschoolers, Mark helped plant, grow and pick the vegetable, from dinky seed to edible snack. Clayton Early Learning, an early childhood care and education center in northeast Denver’s Clayton neighborhood, uses community gardens to get children excited about… Read More

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Can queso save Chipotle? Chain has a lot riding on aggressive store expansion, mobile ordering and spicy cheese dip

Chipotle Mexican Grill on Tuesday announced a big test of Genuine Queso in 350 stores in Denver and Los Angeles markets – but is the buzzy new menu item enough to overcome yet another foodborne illness crisis? Chipotle’s earnings, revenue and restaurant margins all were up in the second quarter of 2017 compared to last year, but the effect of norovirus virus cases linked to a store in Sterling, Va., won’t be known until the Denver-based company’s third-quarter results are released Oct. 24. Diluted earnings per share was $2.32 for the three months ended on June 30, up 87 cents from second quarter of 2016, the company reported Tuesday. Restaurant… Read More

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This Boulder bar just landed one of L.A.’s best bartenders

In refreshing alcoholic beverage news, Emmerson — the grain-friendly Boulder restaurant opening later this summer — just scored a major player from the Los Angeles cocktail scene. Nancy Kwon, who won “LA Weekly’s” Best Bartender award in 2015 and was short-listed as one of the top five bartenders in the country by “Craft Cocktails America” last year, will be mixing up drinks in Boulder beginning next month as Emmerson’s bar manager and cocktail curator. “I hadn’t been looking to leave L.A.,” Kwon told me. “It had to be something that was the right fit, the right place. It took something very special to make me leave.” The team behind Emmerson… Read More

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