Wendy Puckett, the owner of Steamboat Pilates Yoga & Fitness, Steamboat Springs, Colorado for 16 years, provides an environment of inspiration, healing, motivation, and connection to the studio patrons. Her bright blue eyes emanate a deep caring for each person that walks through the studio door. When teaching or training, her voice offers encouragement to her clients and students to push through the hard parts and embrace the breaks. Puckett’s goal for the studio patrons is to help them find their mind-body connection.

“The common theme in everything we do is we want to be the people that help them connect in and give them their strength. What they do with that strength is their purpose, but we can help light that internal fire,” she said.

Puckett sees a wide variety of people come into the studio. She says each one comes with their own goals, struggles, and passions.

“The range of clients we have come in is huge,” said Puckett. “Our clients range from young kids to professional athletes, to Olympians, and people coming back from injuries, all just trying to connect with their bodies and move into life. I have a client who is 87 years old who is trying to keep his quality of life going and stay healthy,” she said.

Puckett said regardless of a person’s fitness level, the most important thing to her is for that person to show up that day, that moment, and be present. She acknowledged for some the biggest challenge is just coming through the door, and for others, it is pushing through a challenging workout.

“I love knowing that no matter what the day brings, you can just show up in all your vulnerability, your strength and just be who you are and put your whole heart into whatever you are doing,” said Puckett.

In addition to her internal studio goals, Puckett also sees outreach to the Steamboat community as a priority.

“We as a group can give externally to the community, so we offer community donation-based classes with the proceeds going toward a different cause every month. We spend a lot of time with young athletes, really helping them get back on track,” said Puckett. “Contributing to the community is an important piece of who we are,” she said.

For more information about Steamboat Pilates Yoga & Fitness, visit the website at

Until recently, Boomer and his handler, Routt County Deputy Sheriff Ed Hendricks were the only K-9 team with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office. When interviewed in March of this year, Hendricks said his partner, Deputy Sheriff Jake Doolin and Murray, the new K-9, were then at a six-week training course with the Jefferson County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office in Golden, Colorado.

Following the completion of their training, Doolin and Murray joined the Routt County Sheriff’s Office as the second K-9 team, alternating schedules with Hendricks and Boomer.

“I am excited for Murray and Doolin to come on board,” said Hendricks.

Doolin said Murray is adapting well to his new role as Deputy Sheriff. “He is famous. He gets along really well with everyone, and everyone wants to see him,” said Doolin. Murray is social and gets around to meet everyone he said. “He is fantastic. He loves his job,” said Doolin.


Smell That Bread Bakery in Steamboat Springs, Colorado recently expanded to add new retail space along with a breakfast and lunch café to meet growing customer demand. Smell That Bread Bakery opened in April 2014 as a wholesale bakery, selling its products to local restaurants according to Juli Gordon, co-owner of the bakery with her husband, Sam Gordon. She said it was not until July 2015 that Smell That Bread offered its products to retail customers. They initially sold their retail products through a small yellow side Dutch door which became their trademark, said Juli Gordon.

The Zibell-Marienau family is working on obtaining their private pilot’s licenses together at the Steamboat Springs Airport, Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The family completed their solo flights in April, which is a milestone toward getting a private pilot’s license, according to Justin Spratta, a certified flight instructor at the Steamboat Springs Airport.

Lois M. Kruse Zibell, her daughter Melissa Marienau and her son-in-law, Logan Marienau all attribute their interest in flying to Bob Zibell, Lois’ husband.

Sarah Kostin, Youth Services Librarian at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, leads Storytime for toddlers, ages one to three, every Tuesday morning. Kostin said Storytime provides early enrichment opportunities to pre-school children, exposing them to books, singing, movement, and dance.

“The benefits of Storytime include literacy, excitement, helping parents by giving them ideas on different reading methods, exposure to music and song and instilling the love of story,” said Kostin.

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Author disclosure: Brian Siegel, M.D. is my husband. This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to promote his medical practice.

Dr. Brian Siegel, pain management physician, and Medical Director of the Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Pain Management program said a patient could get a prescription for Suboxone, and then because Suboxone has a street value, that patient can sell the Suboxone to an opioid addict who may be struggling with withdrawals. Alternatively, a patient may take Suboxone to prevent withdrawals and sell their prescription opioids on the street, he said.

Quiet and humble with an infectious smile and peaceful presence, Chhiring Dorje Sherpa reflects on his adjustment to life here in Steamboat after moving from Nepal.

Chhiring Dorje Sherpa and his family are from Rolwaling Valley located in the east-central part of Nepal. At 16, Chhiring began his life as a Sherpa. He and his brother, Tashi, ultimately formed their own expedition company, Rolwaling Excursions, Ltd.  Through guiding a Mt. Everest expedition in 2004, Chhiring met Dr. Eric Meyer who introduced him to Steamboat and played a pivotal role in Chhiring’s family’s move.