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Routt County in photos: Feb. 23, 2013

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First Tracks was the community housing component of Trailhead Lodge at Wildhorse Meadows at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Photo by John F. Russell

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Yampa Valley Housing Authority Executive Director Jason Peasley stands inside a recently renovated unit in Hillside Village Apartments. Photo by John F. Russell

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For many, the idea of owning a home in Steamboat Springs is a dream come true, but most will admit that a home in the Yampa Valley is rarely affordable. Photo by John F. Russell

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A child’s bike sits buried in snow in front of Hillside Village Apartments. The project was an early effort to bring affordable housing to Steamboat Springs. Photo by John F. Russell

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Affordable house projects like First Tracks were designed to keep homes in Steamboat Springs within reach of those who hope to remain a part of our community. Photo by John F. Russell

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The Yampa Valley Housing Authority runs several affordable housing projects in Steamboat Springs including Hillside Village Apartments and the Fish Creek Mobile Home Park. Photo by John F. Russell

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Affordable housing projects like the Fox Creek Village condominiums were designed to keep homes in Steamboat Springs within reach of those who hope to remain part of our community. Photo by John F. Russell

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The World Co. Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Schlicht, left, stands with Steamboat Pilot & Today General Manager Scott Stanford, center, who on Saturday was named the 2012 Colorado Newspaper Person of the Year by the Colorado Press Association. Thomas Cooper / Courtesy

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Suzanne Schlicht, chief operating officer of The World Co., the Steamboat Pilot & Today's parent company, introduces Pilot & Today General Manager Scott Stanford. Stanford was named the 2012 Colorado Newspaper Person of the Year by the Colorado Press Association. Thomas Cooper / Courtesy

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Steamboat Pilot & Today General Manager Scott Stanford on Saturday was named the 2012 Colorado Newspaper Person of the Year, an honor bestowed by the Colorado Press Association. Thomas Cooper / Courtesy

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Steamboat Springs' Mary O'Connell nears the finish at the Middlebury Carnival earlier season. O'Connell won her second and third collegiate races of her career during the weekend skiing for Dartmouth. She enters the NCAA Championships as one of the top-ranked skiers from the Eastern division. Gretchen Powers / Courtesy

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Hayden's Ryan Domson wrestles Saturday in the state wrestling tournament. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Baca County’s Terrell Stafford throws Hayden’s Ryan Domson to the mat Saturday en route to a third-place finish at the state wrestling tournament. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Hayden’s Ryan Domson, right, and Paonia’s Morgan Reider battle Saturday during the state wrestling tournament. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Ryan Domson and Morgan Reider wrestle Saturday at the state wrestling tournament in Denver. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Hayden senior Ryan Domson hollers in pain as Paonia’s Morgan Reider rolls him to his back Saturday in a consolation match at the state wrestling tournament. Reider got an early lead with the move, but Domson came back to win and advance to the third-place match. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Hayden senior Ryan Domson looks for a way out Saturday against Terrell Stafford in the third-place match at the state wrestling tournament. Domson didn’t find an exit, finishing fourth. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Hayden senior Ryan Domson walks away from the mat Saturday after finishing fourth in the Class 2A 182-pound bracket at the state tournament. He was disappointed to lose his final match, he said, but pleased with the weekend. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Nine-year-old visitor climbs to gondola on snow shoes: Makena Wick, 9 years old from Seattle, WA, while visiting grandparents Wayne and Cathy Berry, climbed 2,176 feet on snowshoes from the base to top of Steamboat Springs gondola on Feb. 21. Makena has been skiing since age 3 1/2, but this year she decided to do something different. At 4 p.m. Thursday, Makena set out to snowshoe to the top of the gondola, heading up the runs See Me and Heavenly Daze to reach the top. Upon reaching the top, Makena announced that she was tired and hungry but that she would be back next year to do it again. Submitted by: Ketia Wick

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Submitted by: Jeff Chaney

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Submitted by: Jeff Chaney

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Submitted by: Jeff Chaney

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Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, will appear with her father as a keynote speaker at the fifth annual Freedom Conference in August. David Bohrer/courtesy

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz, will be the keynote speakers for the fifth annual Freedom Conference in August. David Bohrer/courtesy

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Wendy Smith, left, jokes with her daughter, Torrie, 3, at their home in Denver on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Wendy Smith talk about their experience getting dental treatment through Medicaid for Torrie after she fell and broke four front teeth. State Medicaid data reported to the federal government show that less than half of the 453,000 Coloradans under age 21 who were eligible for benefits in federal fiscal year 2011 received some kind of dental service. Joe Mahoney/The I-News Network

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Torrie Smith, 3, left, holds an apple at their home in Denver on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Torrie's parents talked about their experience getting dental treatment through Medicaid for Torrie after she fell and broke four front teeth. State Medicaid data reported to the federal government show that less than half of the 453,000 Coloradans under age 21 who were eligible for benefits in federal fiscal year 2011 received some kind of dental service. Joe Mahoney/The I-News Network

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Torrie Smith, 3, left, takes a bite of an apple at their home in Denver on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. The Smith's, including her father, Anthony, right, talked about their experience getting dental treatment through Medicaid for Torrie after she fell and broke four front teeth. State Medicaid data reported to the federal government show that less than half of the 453,000 Coloradans under age 21 who were eligible for benefits in federal fiscal year 2011 received some kind of dental service. Joe Mahoney/The I-News Network

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Torrie Smith, 3, left, eats an apple as her mother, Wendy Smith, talks at their home in Denver on Nov. 30 about their experience getting dental treatment through Medicaid for Torrie after she fell and broke four front teeth. Her father, Anthony Smith, center, listens. State Medicaid data reported to the federal government show that less than half of the 453,000 Coloradans younger than 21 who were eligible for benefits in federal fiscal year 2011 received some kind of dental service. Joe Mahoney/The I-News Network

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