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Routt County in photos: Feb. 6, 2013

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Sweet lines off of Rita Valentine Park. Submitted by: Jim Meyer

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A United Express Q400 turboprop operated by Republic Airlines takes off from Yampa Valley Regional Airport in October, when airport Manager Dave Ruppel first expressed concerns about the growing problem with the Q400's on-time record. On Wednesday, a high-ranking United Express operations executive met with Steamboat resort officials and community leaders to talk about her company’s progress in improving the reliability of the four daily flights between Denver and Yampa Valley Regional Airport. John F. Russell/file

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The Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival royalty was announced during the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday night at Howelsen Hill. The group included princesses, front row from left, Leah Sullivan, Olivia Goldberg, Adelyn Armstrong, Naomi Baumgartner, Virginia Boyd, Katharina Cosby, Merritt Flanigan and Ashlyn Stamp; and back row from left, attendant Katie Brodie, Queen Lucy Newman and attendant Olivia Rudolph. Photo by John F. Russell

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Winter Carnival Queen Lucy Newman stands in front of a few of the many Steamboat Springs Olympians who will act at this year's grand marshals during Wednesday's Opening Ceremonies at Howelsen Hill. Photo by John F. Russell

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Winter Carnival princess Virgina Boyd walks to the front of Olympian Hall during the Opening Ceremonies for this year's Winter Carnival at Howelsen Hill. Photo by John F. Russell

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Tom Whiddon interviews Jon Banks, the Lighted Man, during the Opening Ceremonies for the 100th Winter Carnival on Wednesday evening at Howelsen Hill's Olympian Hall. Photo by John F. Russell

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Christopher Faunce releases an Asian Wishing Lantern on Wednesday evening as part of the 100th Winter Carnival Opening Ceremonies at Howelsen Hill. The Opening Ceremonies included the grand marshals, queen and attendants as well as an appearance from Jon Banks, better known as the Lighted Man. Photo by John F. Russell

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Tuesday's sunset in North Routt, Deep Creek. Submitted by: Matthew Eidt

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Taylor Hansen and Sydney Finkbohner perform stunts from the nationals routine. The Steamboat Springs High School cheerleading team heads to nationals Thursday in Orlando, Fla. Shannon Keesee/courtesy

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Jonah Lotz was all smiles with his sons, Colyer and Joseph, on Wednesday. The family lives in Clark and spent a fun afternoon at the pool. Submitted by: Shannon Lukens

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William Fraser tried to ring the bell on the climbing wall. William recently moved to Steamboat from the Atlanta area and is now a ski instructor on the mountain. Submitted by: Shannon Lukens

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Along the Elk River. Submitted by: Judy Schuler

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U.S. Ski Team moguls competitor Patrick Deneen throws a trick Wednesday on Mayer's Mogul Run on Voo Doo at Steamboat Ski Area. Deneen and his teammates were in town this week training in Steamboat before leaving for the Olympic test event in Sochi, Russia, on Thursday. It will be the team's first look at the course that will host the 2014 Olympics. Those expected to compete next week in Sochi include Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club members Deneen, Jeremy Cota and Eliza Outtrim. The moguls competitions in Sochi are Feb. 15. Larry Pierce/courtesy

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Routt County resident Barry Castagnasso, right, and his brother Tony Castagnasso stand next to draft horse Tollgate Ambassador, which won first place senior stallion and grand champion stallion in January at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Tollgate Ambassador’s son Sweetwater Sagebrush Ambassador won first place yearling stallion. It was Barry Castagnasso’s 25th consecutive year at the Stock Show. Courtesy photo

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