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Tom Ross: Wilderness trekking in the Flat Tops makes one appreciate of a piece of cake and a hot shower

Wilderness will do that to you — strip away your worldly cares and allow you to become absorbed with the play of light across meadows and distant peaks.

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Tom Ross: Remember when it was legal to drive 60 mph up Eagleridge Drive?

The sports car races helped to establish Steamboat as a summer tourism destination that could rely on volunteer labor to pull off complicated events.

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Tom Ross: Friends of Crossan’s M&A Market offer novel auction items on behalf of historic Yampa building

Friends of Crossan's Market in Yampa offer historic privy at auction July 26 to help restore 1903 grocery store.

Tom Ross: Locks were meant to keep bears out of dumpsters, not keep them in

In the past, we’ve had a large bear actually bend the steel supports in the dumpster lid, so I have great respect for their physical strength.

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Historic log writing cabin of famous Steamboat author John Rolfe Burroughs advertised at $7,500

It was Bob Schneider and his wife, Jean, who rode in on a white horse in the summer of 2010 to save John Rolfe Burroughs' writing cabin, known as the Dog House.

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Steamboat man regains 'Concentration,' invests in industrial glue

A resident of Old Town Steamboat was surprised but grateful this week to receive a phone message from a food server in a downtown restaurant informing him that he could come pick up his classic Steamboat Ski Area trail sign.

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Tom Ross: Tom Barr’s Chevy pickup causes ‘sticker shock’ in Steamboat parking lots

Steamboat painting contractor Tom Barr is running out of room for new stickers on his 1994 Silverado truck.

Tom Ross: Strawberry fields forever

In the interest of setting Routt County history straight, I want to make it plain that while Chicago’s Wrigley Field was named after chewing gum guru William Wrigley and Milwaukee’s Miller Park was named after beer booster Frederick Miller, the bucolic little field north of Steamboat Springs known as Strawberry Park was not named after former New York Met’s outfielder Darryl Strawberry. Strawberry Park actually was named after strawberries.

Tom Ross: Mobile phone leads to app-rehension of suspected laptop thief

Steamboat Springs resident Barb Shipley found out this winter that Find My iPhone can also be a big help in catching a laptop computer thief.

Tom Ross: Dumpster poaching is not a victimless crime in Steamboat Springs

If it’s springtime in the Rockies, an empty dumpster is a temptation to those who don’t want to bear the extra expense and inconvenience of taking unwanted items to the landfill.

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Tom Ross: Vintage ski trail sign disappears from an Old Town storage shed

Anybody who has hung around Mount Werner for a few seasons knows what the trail sign really means: “This way to steep lower mountain powder bumps. Best be focused on what you’re doing if you pass this way.”

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Tom Ross: State Legislature memorializes Dave Wattenberg, who represented Moffat, Routt counties

The late state Sen. Dave Wattenberg engaged in a long-running contest with state Rep. Don Ament to see who could top each other by pulling harmless practical jokes.

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Tom Ross: Logging a season's worth of powder tracks at Steamboat Ski Area

Steamboat skier Soren Jespersen records all but a handful of the season's runs with the help of GPS app and Google Earth.

Tom Ross: Early homesteaders were Yampa Valley's 1st locavores

Albert and Minnie Hitchens' flock of hens stopped laying eggs every winter and the family resorted to some unusual means of keeping eggs almost fresh enough to eat through the winter.

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Tom Ross: Flamingos fly the coop on Logan Street in Old Town Steamboat

Logan Street is the the kind of Steamboat neighborhood where folks are on a first-name basis with their neighbors and don’t expect this kind of sordid crime to take place.

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