Tom Ross columns


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With passing of longtime former barber Ken Shovick in Grand Junction, Steamboat loses a genuine character

Family Barber Ken Shovick's great redeeming quality was that he loved to be insulted as much as he loved mercilessly teasing his customers.

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Steamboat pooch swallowed the wrong weed and wound up in Denver to undergo chest surgery

A weed called foxtails sent a three-year-old yellow Lab named Grady Day to a veterinary clinic in Denver this month for emergency surgery. Thousands of dollars later, Grady is back to his old self this week.

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Steamboat Springs dog's social media page makes his return to owner possible

Denver bodyguard believes the people who took a young dog named Champ from in front of a Steamboat business likely had a profit motive.

A memorable day for bicyclists of all descriptions in Steamboat Springs

Lowell Conkle, 57, has avidly followed bike racing since the days when American Greg Lemond first won the Tour de France for the first of three times in 1986. However, Monday marked the first time he’d attended a road cycling race in person.

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Chariot racing once provided midwinter thrills in Colorado and Wyoming

In the 1970s and 1980s, chariot racing was a winter tradition on the old horse-racing track at the Howelsen Hill Rodeo Grounds in Steamboat as it was in nearby Wyoming towns like Rawlins, Saratoga and Lander. But those days are mostly gone.

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All heck breaks loose on the road To-Hell-u-Ride

As I sprinted down the barrow ditch at the side of the highway to retrieve our gear, I had a minute to consider what carnage the log truck would have wreaked on our camping equipment had the truck been following us instead of the opposite.

My dewlap is none of your darn business

Politeness counts. When threatened by a cow moose with youngsters in tow, do not say “Excuse me for living Mrs. Bullwinkle.”

April snow raises hopes for traditional Mother's Day ski outing

Normal families associate Mother’s Day with a large Sunday brunch, but our tradition is to throw several pairs of older Nordic skis in the car-top box and head up to the pass to bid the ski season farewell.

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Rural mail carrier has been making her rounds for 47 years

Driving mostly dirt roads through one of the least-visited corners of Routt County, JoAnn Lombardi of Oak Creek has faithfully delivered the mail to a handful of longtime rural households for 47 years.

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Colorado Nordic skiing legend Sven Wiik turns 94

Steamboat's Sven Wiik, 94, who was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame way back in 1979, was born to glide on a pair of skinny skis on Feb. 27, 1921, in Solloftea, Sweden.

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Former Oak Creek Mayor Vi Shaffer persists in recovering medal awarded to her brother who went down with his ship

As much as the story of Oak Creek's Vi Shaffer is one of a young sailor who gave his life for his country, it’s a story of a plucky elderly woman who was unrelenting in her efforts to recover tangible evidence that her brother was honored as a hero.

Tom Ross: Christmas Eve menus are lasting family traditions

My father lit a roaring fire in the fireplace and burned our Christmas wish lists, telling us that Santa’s elves could read the smoke signals from the North Pole. Of course, we believed every word.

Tom Ross: Steamboat's Winter Expo runs gamut from organic honey to Uncle Shiny

One of the pieces of news gathered at the Chamber Winter Expo is that Honey Stinger, of Steamboat Springs, is selling organic honey in addition to the company’s wildly popular Honey Stinger energy chews, gels and waffles.

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Tom Ross: Horse with a manly whinny locates lost mare northwest of Steamboat

Briana Perkins will tell you that it was really a talkative gelding named Jazz who rescued Dolly the mare on Oct. 27, more than a month after she threw her rider and disappeared into the timber.

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Tom Ross: Experiencing a Clark Griswold moment in the Paris Metro

I squeezed my satchel through the narrow opening in the subway turnstile, but before I could pull my suitcase along with me, the gate swung shut. I had a grip on the handle, but my luggage was stranded on the other side of the barrier.