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Routt County in photos: July 2, 2013

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The first open-water swim event of the season went on Monday, drawing nearly 60 swimmers for a dip in Steamboat Springs’ Bald Eagle Lake. Samantha Terranova won the women’s 1-mile race, and Frank Ruppel was tops among the men at that distance. Avery Harrington was the top woman in the 1/2-mile race and Jack Strotbeck the fastest man. The series, put on through the Old Town Hot Springs, returns Monday. Registration is available at the Old Town Hot Springs. Pictured, from left, are Terranova, Harrington, Strotbeck and Ruppel. Courtesy photo

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Buckle up for safety: Bruce Allbright drives down U.S. Highway 40 on Tuesday after picking up his elk trophy from B & L Taxidermy. Sometimes, a hard-top car just won't do, and only a convertible can get a job done. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Alpo is a sweet, playful, 8-month-old lab. This handsome guy is friendly and outgoing. He is starting to learn some manners at the shelter and would love to be in a family who will take him on hikes or runs. He is sure to bring a smile to your face. Come meet him at the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter or call 970-879-0621 for more information. Courtesy photo

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Members of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps working on a project near Steamboat Lake visit with Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., on Tuesday afternoon. Udall was in the middle of a two-day swing through Northwest Colorado where he is touching on the manufacture of forest products, land management and outlining his approach to the nation's energy portfolio. Photo by John F. Russell

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Members of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps working on a project near Steamboat Lake visit with Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., on Tuesday afternoon. Udall was in the middle of a two-day swing through Northwest Colorado where he is touching on the manufacture of forest products, land management and outlining his approach to the nation's energy portfolio. Photo by John F. Russell

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Jean Charl Pretorious flies Tuesday during the National Nordic Foundation Calcutta ski jumping event at Howelsen Hill. The event was the first of three days of jumping competitions in Steamboat Springs. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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World Championships silver medalist Justin Reiter speaks Tuesday at a celebration for medalists in those events. He had glowing praise for Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. "Howelsen is the biggest little mountain in the world," he said. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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The Steamboat Springs Rugby Club, seen here wearing the green and orange uniforms, jumped out to a 27-point halftime lead against Glenwood Springs during the weekend en route to a 53-18 victory and a 2-0 start to the season. Rick Silverman/courtesy

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A daisy in bloom. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman.

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Downtown sunset on July 1. Submitted by: Matt Helm.

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Sunset June 29 from Rabbit Ears. Submitted by: Matt Helm.

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July 1 sunset. Submitted by: Matt Helm.

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Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Yampa River. Submitted by: Ryan Lohan.

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Senator Mark Udall meets with students from the BookTrails program at Steamboat Lake Visitors Center. Submitted by: Emily Krall.

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Senator Mark Udall meets with students from the BookTrails program at Steamboat Lake Visitors Center. Submitted by: Emily Krall.

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Peony. Submitted by: Gail Hanley.

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Submitted by: Gail Hanley.

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Sidney the cat, Found at Perry-Mansfield, Route 36, on June 28th. Email ecdoesit3@att.net for more information. Submitted by: Ernesta Corvino.

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A flotilla of tubers proceeds down the Yampa on July 1. Submitted by: G. Fredric Reynolds.

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A white Columbine in the Yampa River Botanic Park. Submitted by: Jeff Hall.

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