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Ben Ingersoll

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Steamboat's Paige VanArsdale has fought through cerebral palsy to pursue her love of skiing

Steamboat Springs High School freshman Paige VanArsdale has had to overcome more debilitating obstacles than most athletes her age. But the 15-year-old is learning to love competition on a rebuilt leg that set her back for 13 years.

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Proposed marijuana cultivation facility now eyes construction phase after Town Board meeting

Ant's Organic, a proposed marijuana cultivation facility in Oak Creek, got board approval Thursday night to move toward the construction phase of its business.

South Routt School District receives $60,360 grant from marijuana tax revenue to hire health care professional

Eleven school districts across the state, including South Routt School District, received nearly $1 million in grant funding Wednesday set aside by the legislature from marijuana tax revenue to be dedicated to addressing health care professional needs in Colorado schools.

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Outdoor Buddies helping the disabled fulfill their hunting dreams

For 30 years, Outdoor Buddies has helped disabled Americans from across the country live out their Colorado hunting dreams. When World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor Roy Bennett got his bull elk kill Nov. 4, it proved to be a hunting trip of a lifetime.

Oak Creek Town Board hosting public hearing for marijuana cultivation facility

The Oak Creek Town Board is holding a public hearing Thursday night regarding the Planning Commission's recommendation to approve a land use change for Ant's Organic, a marijuana cultivation facility proposed to be built on Arthur Avenue.

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Routt County high school 2014 fall season sports superlatives

We look back at the fall high school sports season in Routt County and recognize the best team, game, individual performance, newcomers and coaching job.

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Flores dominates powerlifting meet, eyes national competition

Rodrigo Flores, 27, improved his powerlifting competition total weight by more than 100 pounds to win Sunday's Old Town Hot Springs first fall classic meet.

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Experts' advice: Making the last-minute ski fit push

With ski season right around the corner, we caught up with a few local ski fit trainers to get some last-minute advice on strengthening and stretching the muscles that are imperative when hitting the slopes and Nordic trails.

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Oak Creek resident to be featured in CNN series on Colorado's booming recreational marijuana industry

Oak Creek resident Brian Rogers and business partner Caitlin McGuire will be featured in a 2015 CNN Original Series entitled "High Profits," a documentary-style series showcasing Colorado's booming recreational marijuana industry and the couple's quest to become big profiters.

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CMC professor starts running target club on campus, eyes big future

Colorado Mountain College math professor Alex Krolik is introducing a different kind of Olympic sport to Steamboat Springs, one that has been a staple in his life for 21 years.

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Clear weather extending cycling season a bit

Ski season is right around the corner, but mountain and road bikes haven't been stowed away just yet. With late-fall weather clear for at least another week, trails are drying up temporarily and cycling season is extending a little longer than in 2013.

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Steamboat senior Bye finds the right fit, commits to play at UIC

Steamboat Springs High School senior basketball player Garrett Bye verbally committed to play at the University of Illinois, Chicago. With the recruiting process now over, Bye is setting his focus on helping the Sailors get back to the state playoffs.

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Back Door Grill upgrades to bigger location on Oak Street

With new facilities, burger joint will increase menu options

Since originally opening four months ago as a tiny takeout window burger joint, Back Door Grill has expanded rapidly and now is located in a larger home on Oak Street, complete with indoor seating, a bar and an upcoming extended menu.

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Glenwood downs Steamboat, 42-28, to end Sailors' season

The Steamboat Springs High School football team couldn't dash league foe Glenwood Springs' playoff hopes Friday night, but despite the 42-28 season-ending loss, Sailors coach Lonn Clementson was looking ahead, not backward.

Steamboat Living: Things Steamboaters should know

No matter how long you’ve been here, there are certain things you ought to know how to do living in Steamboat. We’re not talking the obvious how to ski or bike, but the more intrinsic things to have in your seasonal arsenal here in Ski Town USA. No masters ourselves, we combed the valley floor for tips from experts to help ease the learning curve.

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Ken Rogers settling in as new manager at South Routt Medical Center

The recently renovated South Routt Medical Center has been operating without a manager since its doors reopened earlier this year. Since Oct. 20, 10-year Oak Creek resident Ken Rogers has filled that void, bringing in roughly 40 years of medical and business experience.

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Steamboat seniors aiming to kill Glenwood Springs' playoff push

The Steamboat Springs High School football team doesn't look like it's playoff bound, but the Sailors have a prime opportunity to play the spoiler role when Glenwood Springs visits this Friday on Senior Night.

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Soroco football left out of 8-man playoffs

The Soroco High School football team didn't make the 16-team 8-man playoffs, announced Sunday by the Colorado High School Activities Association.

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Top 4 performances of the weekend in Routt County high school sports

Hayden volleyball concludes season with big win over rivals and Sailors girls cross country takes 9th place at 4A state championship.

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Piecing it together: Excavators working quickly to get Howelsen Hill ready for ski season

Howelsen Hill suffered a major mud slide this spring stemming from wetter-than-usual weather last fall. Now, the city with input from the Winter Sports Club is on a dash effort to fix the ski area before snow falls.

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Soroco football trounces rival Hayden by 37 in regular-season finale

Soroco High School football blasted cross-county rival Hayden Friday night, 43-6, and now the Rams await their possible 8-man playoff fate.

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Best of the Boat: Powder Tools wins best snowboard shop

What once served as a tiny storefront, Powder Tools has blossomed into Steamboat Springs' one-stop snowboarder's dream shop.

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Best of the Boat: Ski Haus wins best ski shop

Independently owned since 1969, Ski Haus has been delivering the highest-quality skis to locals and visitors for decades.

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Best of the Boat: SmartWool wins best local product

SmartWool may be global, but the company's managing team couldn't find a better place to call home than Steamboat Springs.

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Deep girls side anchors Steamboat Swim Team in Aspen

The Steamboat Springs Swim Team finished fourth overall at the Ned Mechling Memorial Aspen Invitational on Oct. 11 and 12, anchored by big performances from across all girls age groups.

High school sports weekend preview, Oct. 24 to 25

Steamboat Springs High School volleyball looks to close out its regular-season schedule on a strong note, while the Hayden and Soroco volleyball squads get tough draws in this weekend's district tournament.

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Top 4 performances of the weekend in Routt County high school sports

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team had a big night Thursday after beating Moffat County, 3-1, then finding out that the Sailors suddenly are tied atop the 4A Western Slope League.

Sailors boys soccer makes 4A state playoffs as No. 29 seed

The Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team narrowly made the 4A state playoffs. The 32-team bracket was announced Sunday, and the No. 29 Sailors will travel to No. 4 D'Evelyn on Wednesday.

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Oak Creek woman completes her 1st 100-mile ultra race

Of course, Oak Creek resident Melissa Uchitelle-Rogers was going to cry. Nearly 58 years old, the frequent 50-mile runner and 1986 Kona Ironman finisher has had her eye on the coveted-yet-rarely-tried 100-mile ultra distance for a long time.

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Steamboat girls cross country earns full-team state bid

The Steamboat Springs High School girls cross country team made Sailors history in a big way Thursday, finishing third overall, good enough for the full squad to head to next Saturday's 4A state championship.

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Steamboat volleyball weathers early scare, gets past Moffat County

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team rebounded from an opening-set loss to Moffat County Thursday night, winning the next three sets soundly to improve to 16-3 on the season.

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Steamboat girls cross country eyeing regional championship

The Steamboat Springs High School girls cross country team is making strides it hasn't seen in many years. On Friday, the Sailors have a chance at another milestone at the 4A Region 6 meet with state championship berths on the line.

Election Guide 2014: Soroco, Hayden school districts seek mill levy extensions

The Hayden and South Routt school districts are asking their residents to renew special property taxes that originally were approved four years ago but are scheduled to sunset for Hayden at the end of this year and for South Routt at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

Election Guide 2014: Proposition 105 would require GMO labeling

Proposition 105 asks voters to approve a measure that would change Colorado law to require food that has been genetically modified or treated with genetically modified material to be clearly labeled “Produced With Genetic Engineering” when sold in Colorado starting July 1, 2016.

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Soroco freshman Ben Kelley doesn't lack confidence on XC course

Soroco High School's Ben Kelley and Steamboat Springs' Tatum Burger have set themselves apart as a couple of the region's best freshman runners. Both will be heading to Delta this week to compete in their respective regionals for a shot at the state race.

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Bryan Fletcher holds off brother Taylor to win 1st US Nordic combined national title

Steamboat Springs' Bryan Fletcher won his first U.S. Nordic combined national championship Sunday with a strong showing in Lake Placid. Bryan held off his brother, Taylor Fletcher, who finished second.

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Top 3 performances of the weekend in Routt County high school sports

Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer sent its 11 seniors out as winners Saturday in their final home game at Gardner Field.

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Sailors boys soccer begins late playoff push with Palisade shutout

The Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team is making a late-season push for its 4A state playoffs campaign, and the Sailors helped themselves a little on Saturday with a 4-0 win over Palisade on Senior Day.

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Lackluster second half bites Sailors football against Eagle Valley

Steamboat Springs High School football struggled mightily in the second half Friday night at home against Eagle Valley. After Sailors quarterback Zach Holm went down with an injury, the Devils reeled off 19 unanswered points to knock off Steamboat.

Oak Creek Town Board reviews 2015 budget proposal

The Oak Creek Town Board reviewed the 2015 budget proposal during Thursday night's regular meeting. Next month, the Town Board will hold a public hearing then adopt the budget Dec. 11.

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Vail Christian volleyball catches Soroco out of sorts

League-leading Vail Christian swept Soroco in the Rams' final regular-season home volleyball contest of 2014. But after a strong start to the season, Soroco is in good position to compete in the upcoming district tournament, which will be in Oak Creek.

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Game of the Week: Sailors football bracing for gritty Eagle Valley

The Steamboat Springs High School football team has a chance to bounce back from last weekend's 44-0 loss at Palisade as the Sailors welcome Eagle Valley to Gardner Field. The Devils are coached by John Ramunno, a Steamboat Springs graduate.

Soroco volleyball rebounds in sweep at De Beque on Saturday

The Soroco High School volleyball team dropped a five-set heartbreaker at second-place North Park last week but rebounded nicely in a three-set sweep at De Beque.

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Top 4 performances of the weekend in Routt County high school sports

A pair of Sailors cross-country runners and Soroco's Ben Kelley had strong showings in their respective meets during the weekend.

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No. 6 Montrose humbles Sailors volleyball in 3-0 sweep

Steamboat Springs High School volleyball opened the season 12-0 and debuted this week in the CHSAA top 10, but the Sailors suffered their second loss in three days on Saturday in a 3-0 sweep at the hands of sixth-ranked Montrose.

Powerful Palisade squad rolls by Steamboat football

Steamboat Springs High School football fell to 3-3 on the season after a 44-0 shutout loss at Palisade Friday afternoon. The Bulldogs used big plays and a strong first half to down the Sailors.

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No. 10 Steamboat volleyball set to host No. 6 Montrose in big non-league contest

Steamboat Springs High School volleyball's undefeated streak was snapped Thursday night at Battle Mountain. Up next is an even stronger opponent, this time in the Sailors' gym, as No. 6 Montrose comes to town.

Sailors boys tennis cruises to regional finals, will square off with Aspen

All three Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis singles players, as well as all four doubles teams, reached Friday's bracket finals at the 4A Region 8 tournament in Delta.

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Donations being accepted for garage sale fundraiser benefiting young cancer patient

Three separate fundraisers will be held — the first starting this Saturday — for a 5-year-old boy with deep Steamboat Springs family roots who is battling a rare form of brain cancer.

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Once a Sailor, now a Skier: Alex Wood debuting as newest Aspen football coach

Former Steamboat Springs High School football star Alex Wood is getting his coaching debut for the Aspen Skiers program, and returned to Gardner Field last month for a big homecoming.