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Return of commercial tubing means new season just around the corner

The tubing season quietly shifted gears Wednesday as local stores began renting to customers for the first time this season, and the number of people on the river started to grow. However, the quiet isn't expected to last as locals and visitors make their way back to the Yampa for another season on the river.

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With round and round instead of up and down, Town Challenge to mix it up

Steamboat's Town Challenge mountain bike series doesn't usually tinker with the formula. That changes this week as the Wednesday race will adopt a new format.

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Jimmy Westlake: Scorpius livens up the summer sky

This celestial scorpion scurries across our southern sky on summer evenings, so this month is prime time for scorpion hunting.

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Adventure of the Week: All-terrain vehicles

The only real memory I have of being on an all-terrain vehicle is of me — probably elementary school aged — sitting on the back, terrified, as my cousin took us over a small hill on his family ranch in south-central Kansas.

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Sponsorship Day nets $3K for Riders

Downhill mountain bikers helped raise more than $3,000 for Routt County Riders earlier this month when Steamboat Bike Park donated proceeds from its first day of operation to the local nonprofit club.

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Spoke Talk: Control key to biking safely

I’m a classic example of ,“Came for the winter, stayed for the summer.” Though there are many reasons Steamboat is a fantastic place to be in the summer, I stayed for the mountain biking.

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A picture's worth: Kim Hess climbed Mount Everest and came back with more than her photo

It can be surprisingly difficult to take a picture at the summit of Mount Everest, and it’s surprisingly important to do so. Steamboat climber Kim Hess had traveled a long way to get that photo, and she wasn't about to leave without it.

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Tri the Boat triathlons return to Stagecoach for third year

There are many variables that make Todd and Heather Gollnick’s Tri the Boat triathlons special. Held south of Steamboat Springs at Stagecoach State Park, the featured half-Ironman race is the longest of its kind in Routt County and attracts athletes from all over the country.

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SSHS grad to put skis aside with college on horizon

Matthew White seems content with his decision to trade his skis for a surfboard when he heads to college this fall. A December graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, he realizes his focus should be on academics and not chasing a wild dream.

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Pipe problems: Despite changing habits, Steamboat's half-pipe will return in the fall

Rumors swirled in the spring that when Steamboat Ski Area closed, so would the life of Steamboat's large 18-foot half-pipe in Bashor Bowl. Turns out, the pipe will return, but questions about half-pipe role in an evolving snowsports world remain.

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Campgrounds, roads opened in forest

Those wanting to escape the crowds this weekend have more options to explore in the Routt National Forest.

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Adventure of the Week: Stand-up paddleboarding

When Steamboat Springs yogi and all-around cool guy Charlie Chase asked me to try a crow pose while on a stand-up paddleboard last week at Fetcher Pond, my immediate thought was, “This is it. This is when I finally go for a swim.”

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Wilderness Wanderings: Time to hike the ‘other’ trails

If you’re like most local hikers, by now, you have checked off Mad Creek, Fish Creek and the Emerald Mountain trails from your early season to-do list and are itching to venture onto the higher elevation trails up to Gold and Gilpin lakes and the like.

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Lots of pain, plenty of gain at Town Challenge

Wednesday’s course started gradually up from the base of Howelsen Hill, but soon had riders sweating profusely. Sweeter terrain awaited on the descent, however, including a glide over the brand new NPR trail lower on Emerald Mountain.

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Livewell Northwest Colorado: It takes a community

Despite Steamboat’s epic winters, the more I talk with people in this community, the more I think spring is one of the most popular seasons in the Yampa Valley.

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