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Routt County in photos: Jan. 12, 2013

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The field for the boys middle school cross-country ski race in Steamboat Springs takes off from the starting line Saturday. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Dane Dixson, front, and Tait Dixson charge up a slope at Howelsen Hill during a high school cross-country ski race in Steamboat Springs on Saturday. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Gabriel Bohlmann skis Saturday in a high school race in Steamboat Springs. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Steamboat Springs High School's Tristan Fischer skis Saturday in a race in Steamboat Springs. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Meg O'Connell flies down the slope Saturday during a high school cross-country ski event in Steamboat Springs. She finished sixth, leading her team. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Happy 50th birthday "candles" descending the frosted ski mountain during the torchlight parade. Submitted by: Rebecca Musso

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"Candles" light up the cake during the ski mountain's 50th anniversary celebration. Submitted by: Rebecca Musso

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Fire on the ground and in the sky during the ski mountain's 50th anniversary celebration. Submitted by: Rebecca Musso

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Fireworks over the ski mountain during the 50th anniversary celebration. Submitted by: Rebecca Musso

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Fireworks over the ski mountain during the 50th anniversary celebration. Submitted by: Rebecca Musso

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Fireworks over the ski mountain during the 50th anniversary celebration. Submitted by: Rebecca Musso

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Fireworks over the ski mountain during the 50th anniversary celebration. Submitted by: Rebecca Musso

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Fireworks over the ski mountain during the 50th anniversary celebration. Submitted by: Rebecca Musso

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Golden anniversary ball falls from the cold winter night sky during the ski mountain's 50th anniversary celebration. Submitted by: Rebecca Musso

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Douglas, 5, enjoying birthday cake at the mountain. Submitted by: Mette Smith

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club alumna Mary Rose, left, took seventh in Saturday's 15-kilometer freestyle race at a collegiate cross-country ski competition at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs. Courtesy photo

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Steamboat's Zach Dunklin puts up a 3-point shot Saturday against Delta. He connected, tying the game in the fourth quarter. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Garrett Bye puts up a shot Saturday against Delta. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Ben Custer plays Saturday as Steamboat took on Delta. The Sailors lost, 55-48. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Steamboat's Brandon Miller breaks through with a shot Saturday against Delta. Miller had one of his best games, scoring 13 points to lead the Sailors. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Steamboat's Maggie Crouch, left, and Jessie Wallace throw up a wall of defense in front of Delta's Skylyn Webb. It worked on that possession but not others as Webb scored 24 to lead the Panthers by the Sailors. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Happy birthday, Steamboat! Submitted by: Michael Walker

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Loris “Bugs” Werner, left, and Rod Hanna speak during the 50th anniversary party Friday night at Steamboat Ski Area. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Loris “Bugs” Werner speaks during the 50th anniversary party Friday night at the top of the gondola at Steamboat Ski Area. Larry Pierce/ courtesy

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Chris Diamond and Billy Kidd raise their glasses during a 50th anniversary party Friday night at the top of the gondola at Steamboat Ski Area. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Missed the Boat performs during the 50th anniversary celebration Saturday at Steamboat Ski Area. Photo by Matt Stensland

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People look at the contents from a time capsule sealed in 1988 on the 25th anniversary of Steamboat Ski Area. Photo by Matt Stensland

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People line up for cake during 50th anniversary celebration Saturday at Steamboat Ski Area. Photo by Matt Stensland

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People dance during the 50th anniversary celebration Saturday at Steamboat Ski Area. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Fireworks light up the sky Saturday night at Steamboat Ski Area. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Fireworks light up the sky Saturday at Steamboat Ski Area. Photo by Matt Stensland

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The birthday cake is moved into Gondola Square on Saturday during Steamboat Ski Area's 50-year celebration. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Rex Stafford, front, a lineman for Yampa Valley Electric Association, and Jody Cork, a secretary, work out in the company’s on-site fitness room located in its downtown Steamboat Springs headquarters. Offering employees a place to stay in shape has helped save YVEA money on health insurance premiums. Photo by John F. Russell

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Rising health insurance costs continue to put the squeeze on Routt County employers and their workers. With the ramifications of the Affordable Care Act still unclear, some business owners are working to stem the tide of costly premium increases for themselves and their employees. File photo

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Yampa Valley Medical Center registered dietitian Cara Marrs talks with employees at Steamboat Ski Area as part of a program designed to improve workers’ health through a better diet. Photo by John F. Russell

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Registered nurse and clinic manager Frannie Johnson prepares a flu vaccine for a waiting patient at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center on the Yampa Valley Medical Center campus in Steamboat. Photo by John F. Russell

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Waitress Karli Quarto sets up a table at Big House Burgers & Bottlecap Bar in Steamboat Springs. Local business owners continue to struggle with ways to keep costs down while providing employees with affordable health care. Photo by John F. Russell

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Wildhorse Marketplace owner Whitney Ward is researching options for expanding the commercial center into a parcel beyond the horse statue in the traffic roundabout. Ward already holds a final development permit from the city of Steamboat Springs but could choose to return to the city approval process in order to reconfigure the buildings. Photo by Tom Ross

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