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Routt County in photos: May 16, 2013

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An early morning hike up Mad Creek Trail. Submitted by: Michael Burns

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An early morning hike up Mad Creek Trail. Submitted by: Michael Burns

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An early morning hike up Mad Creek Trail. Submitted by: Michael Burns

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Furry mountain resident. Submitted by: Dana Stoner

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Shy marmot. Submitted by: Dana Stoner

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Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild shared their quilts with the residents of Doak Walker Care Center at their monthly meeting. Submitted by: Maria Bidgood

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Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild shared their quilts with the residents of Doak Walker Care Center at their monthly meeting. Submitted by: Maria Bidgood

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Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild shared their quilts with the residents of Doak Walker Care Center at their monthly meeting. Submitted by: Maria Bidgood

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Kali Constine tries to clear the bar Thursday in the high jump at the state track meet in Lakewood. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Soroco's Carl Rossi takes off in the boys 3,200 relay Thursday. The team finished 11th. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Hayden's Jack Redmond takes a leap in the long jump at the state track meet Thursday. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Nic Paxton flies in the long jump Thursday at the state track meet in Lakewood. Paxton finished sixth. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Soroco's 3,200-meter relay team of, from left, Leah Walorski, Jessica Rossi, Josie Rossi and Jaelyn Whaley celebrates after it learns it broke the school record in the event Thursday at the state track meet in Lakewood. The squad picked up a medal, finishing ninth. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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People visit artists during the Yampa River Art Stroll as part of the All Arts Festival on Yampa Street in 2012. Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett recently announced the group is planning monthly festivals along the street throughout summer. The first event is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. June 23 between Sixth and Eighth streets. Matt Stensland/file

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A man wakeboards on Elkhead Reservoir last summer. The campgrounds, trails and beaches at the reservoir are open, and the water is available to hand-launch boats. The boat ramp at Elkhead opens May 25. Photo by Scott Franz

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The base of the vast sand dune field provides the perfect place for a game of football. Photo by Scott Franz

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The ever-changing light and wind help to create spectacular sand patterns on the dunes. Grab a photo before the wind changes it into something else. Photo by Scott Franz

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For those who grow tired of walking the dunes, piggy-back rides are sometimes used as an alternative traveling method. Photo by Scott Franz

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Two friends hike a steep dune to sled down it. Snowshoes and cross-country skis also can be used to traverse the dunes. Photo by Scott Franz

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Two boys begin the hike up the sand dunes at sunrise. The dunes offer many opportunities to ski, sled and hike. Photo by Scott Franz

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When the sun goes down, the Pinyon Flats campground is a great place to stargaze. Photo by Scott Franz

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Black bear sightings at Dinosaur National Monument have forced park officials to temporarily close two Ely Creek backcountry campsites located along the Jones Hole Trail. The Jones Hole Trail, which is popular with hikers and fishermen, remains open at this time. National Parks Service/Dinosaur National Monument

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Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Mel Stewart throws a rope bag to a fellow firefighter while completing swift water training Thursday on the Yampa River. Photo by John F. Russell

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Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue member Tony DeRisio takes his turn helping a victim to shore during swift water training Thursday on the Yampa River. Photo by John F. Russell

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Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue's Matt Workman reaches for a rope bag during a swift water training session with fellow firefighters Thursday afternoon in the Yampa River. Photo by John F. Russell

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Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue's Julie Wernig runs through a swift water training session with her fellow firefighters Thursday afternoon on the banks of the Yampa River. Water levels are very high with spring runoff, and water temperatures are very low, creating dangerous conditions. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Captain Travis Wilkinson warns residents to use extra caution around fast-moving streams and rivers this time of year and to always wear a life jacket in wildwater ways like the Yampa. "It's easy to be complacent around the Yampa because there is so much recreation on the river, but in the springtime, the high water can be very dangerous," Wilkinson said. He recommends that recreational users wait until water levels drop to get into the river and that users such as kayakers make sure they have a life jacket and practice river safety. Photo by John F. Russell

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Heather Martin, with her sons Ryan and Andrew Sabia, give Yogi a makeover at Laurel Street Preschool. Submitted by: Norbert Turek

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Heather Martin, with her sons Ryan and Andrew Sabia, give Yogi a makeover at Laurel Street Preschool. Submitted by: Norbert Turek

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Sleeping Giant sunset. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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Spring is in the air. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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Playing in the Yampa. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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Playing in the Yampa. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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That didn't work out as planned. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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Mama and baby moose at Rollingstone. Submitted by: Mary Effinger

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Trout Creek. Submitted by: Kristen Prentice

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Spring flowers. Submitted by: Kristen Prentice

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HDR edit of Sand Mountain. Submitted by: Kristen Prentice

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A bird singing in a blossoming aspen tree. Submitted by: Kristen Prentice

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Flat Tops, Pleasant Valley, Lake Catamount dawn Wednesday. Submitted by: Art Judson

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Medano Creek creates some unique ripples as it glides along the sand at the base of the dunes. Photo by Scott Franz

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Oak Creek band House with a Yard performs at The Tugboat Grill & Pub. The group will join Guerin Lewis and '80s tribute band All About Me at the Chief Theater for the Locals Party on Sunday night. Carey Lutz/courtesy

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Concrete footers were being poured for the new Four Points Lodge early this week at 9,700 feet at Steamboat Ski Area. Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp./courtesy

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There are many patterns to be found in the sprawling field of sand dunes. Photo by Scott Franz

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Wind from an approaching storm whips ups sand on the dunes. Photo by Scott Franz

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Medano Creek slowly runs at the base of the sand dunes. Photo by Scott Franz

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The sun sets on Colorado's sand dunes as storm clouds roll over Mount Herard. Photo by Scott Franz

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Steamboat Springs High School film students, clockwise from top left, Rhett Cook, Sam Scheer, Tuck Olson, Sam Zwak, Danny Kramer, Austin Weide and Koby Bishop took part in last weekend's Steamboat Springs Student Film Festival. Photo by John F. Russell

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Art work by Vero Khan. Photo by John F. Russell

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Art work by Vero Khan. Photo by John F. Russell

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Art work by Vero Khan. Photo by John F. Russell

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Local artist Vero Khan will have her work featured in an art show Saturday at Kneading Hands. Photo by John F. Russell

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Local artist Vero Khan will have her work featured in an art show Saturday at Kneading Hands. Photo by John F. Russell

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Local artist Vero Khan will have her work featured in an art show Saturday at Kneading Hands. Photo by John F. Russell

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