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Routt County in photos: Oct. 26, 2013

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Anna Marno and Mick Dierdorff are two Steamboat Springs athletes aspiring to qualify for the Olympics. Faced with the ever-growing expenses of top-level competition, however, they've turned to internet crowdfunding sites to help pay for their competitive seasons. They said asking friends and relatives to donate hasn't been easy or comfortable, but that they're willing to do what they have to do to realize their dreams. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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This residential building lot in downtown Steamboat Springs recently sold for $300,000. The overall picture for land is improving with fewer options for existing homes on the market and buyers once again looking at replacement costs. Photo by John F. Russell

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Sharon Pace drops off items during the Prescription Take Back Day in October at the Steamboat Springs Police Department. The event will take place again from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday at the police department and the Oak Creek Town Hall. Photo by Matt Stensland

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The Foidel Canyon Schoolhouse, vacant since it was closed in 1957, has been the target of a renovation project that began in June 2012 and continues today. Photo by Lisa Schlichtman

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Jessica Love Slater and Ryan Johann Hochreiter Courtesy photo

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Colorado Gold Rush under perfect Colorado skies. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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Sandy Graves works on the deck of her Steamboat Springs home. The local artist is focused on her vision of sculpting and imagining where her creativity can take her art. Photo by John F. Russell

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Local artist Sandy Graves uses a weed burner and acrylic pigments to create her most recent sculptures. The flame from the torch heats the bronze to allow the pigment she applies to render into the desired patina. Photo by John F. Russell

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A bronze sculpture sits inside Sandy Graves’ studio in downtown Steamboat Springs. Photo by John F. Russell

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Sandy Graves uses her hands to shape the clay that she will use to create her next bronze sculpture. “This is why I’m a bronze sculptor,” Graves says. “I chose this medium because I like working with the clay. It’s elastic, and it’s forgiving.” Photo by John F. Russell

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Sandy Graves' studio is nestled inside her Steamboat Springs home. Photo by John F. Russell

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Gregory Block pets his dog Cayenne inside his Steamboat Springs studio. The studio also is his bedroom. Photo by John F. Russell

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Local artist Gregory Block talks about his work inside his Steamboat Springs studio. His current still life paintings are inspired by the objects he collects and how they interact with light. According to Block’s artist statement, “Visually speaking, if there is no light, there is nothing. So I’m equally as interested in lighting as I am with objects.” Photo by John F. Russell

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Sandra Sherrod uses a special saw while making jewelry in her Steamboat Springs studio. This month, she is making rings of silver clay set with amethysts and peridot. “I love conversation in the work I create,” Sherrod says in her artist statement. “I want the objects or subjects to be talking to each other, leaning toward one another or overlapping.” Photo by John F. Russell

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Sandra Sherrod holds a mass of crystal quartz that she keeps in her studio. The crystal holds special meaning for her, as through the window in her workspace, she can glimpse Crystal Peak. Photo by John F. Russell

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The tools of a jewelry maker lie on a table in Sandra Sherrod's Steamboat Springs studio. Photo by John F. Russell

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Paintbrushes fill several repurposed cans in Gregory Block's studio in Steamboat Springs. Photo by John F. Russell

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Local artist Gregory Block placed canvas over the window of this small room inside the home where he lives in order to control the light entering the room and illuminate his subject. Photo by John F. Russell

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