Locals remember John Fetcher

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Billy Kidd

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Doug Monger

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Dan Birch

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Jim Swiggart

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Steamboat Springs icon John Fetcher has been in many newspaper and magazine stories. Here are links to some of the highlights.

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Local ranchers predict winter weather in wild ways

"I get my winter forecast from discussing the matter with the beavers that infest our ranch," John Fetcher said. "We have lot of beavers, and if they build lots of dams, we figure it's going to be a hard winter."

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A battle for the bees

In 2005, John Fetcher's five beehives produced 14 gallons of honey. In 2007, they produced zero.

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Fetcher, 96, to semi-retire

John Fetcher has decided that at age 96, it might be time to semi-retire from his post as general manager of the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District.

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John F. Russell: Senior tennis players break new ground, age gracefully

John Fetcher, 96, only can play tennis on Mondays and Fridays because he's too busy working. Maybe he'll play five days a week when he retires.

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Looking back: The history of a ski town

Seven men, some of them dreamers, gathered nearly 50 years ago at the base of Storm Mountain. They assembled to have their picture taken on the day Jim Temple broke ground on a new ski area for Steamboat Springs. Two of the men stood on a squat bulldozer. The remaining five stood proudly in front of it.

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Tom Ross: Reservations are hard to come by at Stagecoach Dam Cafe

My pal John Fetcher invited me out to lunch Friday at a little out-of-the-way spot built into the base of the Stagecoach Dam. He eats lunch there every Friday.

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Billy Kidd

Former Olympian and director of skiing at Steamboat Ski Area

"John was one of the legends of the valley here. ... He made so many contributions to this valley and this town - we're certainly going to remember him, with great memories."

Doug Monger

Routt County commissioner

"He lived his life to the fullest. He really exemplified his passions into the projects that he did. : He was wonderful to work for and work with one-on-one. John was wonderful at taking people under his wing and helping the fledglings along : He wasn't a greedy person; he wasn't self-centered. He lived for the community."

Dan Birch

Board of Directors, Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District

"He was a great friend and a tremendous mentor. He was a giant in my life, and his achievements, in my mind, pale in comparison to the things he meant to me as a person. I suspect for many, many people in town, it's the same thing."

Jim Swiggart

Director of The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs

"John and his tennis-playing buddies ... were an inspiration to every person who saw them - including the hundreds of kids who arrived at 4 o'clock and saw people so full of joy and so full of life on the tennis court. : I can't say enough."

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