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Ben Ingersoll

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2 dead in Rabbit Ears Pass plane crash identified

A flight instructor and his student died in a plane crash on Rabbit Ears Pass on Saturday night. William Earl Allen, 62, of Broomfield, and his student Terry Lynn Stewart, 60, crashed near Harrison Creek drainage area Saturday mid-flight during a lesson. Stewart's driver's license said he was from Houston, Texas.

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Steamboat rugby thrashes Glenwood, looks forward to championship against Vail

The Steamboat Springs Rugby Club rolled up visiting Glenwood Springs on Saturday, 73-0, its final tune up before next Saturday's league championship at home against Vail at 1 p.m. at Whistler Field.

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Wahl hair clippers company filming Steamboat rodeo this weekend for national ad

This weekend, the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series is hosting the popular hair clippers and trimmers company, Wahl, to shoot its latest national advertisement for its "Real Guys, Real Grooming" campaign.

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16th Springer Tournee draws premier Nordic combined athletes in North America

Twenty-four Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes took part in the 16th Annual Springer Tournee in Park City, one of the premier summer Nordic combined and ski jumping camps and competitions in North America.

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Locals 2014: Bill Chace

River keeper is Chace’s title, one that he wears proudly on the breast of his long-sleeved green shirt at job sites. But the job takes on many forms, and Chace is the first to say his work — and passion — can’t be done singlehandedly. It’s a team effort, he says, that requires everyone from geomorphologists to hydrologists and riparian ecologists.

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Vader feeling comfortable as Hayden's new superintendent 1 month into new job

Hayden School District Superintendent Trudy Vader is a month into her new job. The first line of business is forging a bond between the Hayden community and its education system, as well as revamping the district's vision for the near and distant future.

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Race grueling, finish sweet for Steamboat racers in inaugural Boulder Ironman

Steamboat had five finishers in the inaugural full Ironman held in Boulder. At 5,000 feet elevation, and soaring Front Range temperatures, the racers were challenged along the 140.6-mile course, but the finish-line reward was worth the trek.

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Steamboat market reporting positive reviews heading into National Farmers Market Week

The Saturday Steamboat Farmers Market made a move from its old location at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue to Seventh and Yampa streets this year, an originally unpopular move, Mainstreet Steamboat's Tracy Barnett said, but the inaugural year at the new location has been a resounding success.

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6 Steamboat residents taking on grueling Boulder Ironman on Sunday

Six Steamboat Springs residents are running in the Boulder Ironman Sunday, one of the more grueling 140.6-mile courses there is on the race's circuit.

5 years in, Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat is thriving in numbers

Friday night, the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado celebrated the Steamboat club's fifth birthday. In five short years, the club has gone from hoping for a few hundred kids to serving more than 1,700 youth in the area.

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Year 2 of Run SMART camp features diverse group of athletes, coaches

The Run SMART Project camp for high school runners was back in Steamboat Springs this week, featuring athletes from across the United States and some of the most elite coaches found on the prep running circuit.

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August rodeo season comes with higher stakes, bigger dollars

As August rodeo season kicks off, higher stakes and bigger dollars are on the line at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, which only has three weekends of competition left.

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South Routt 'super mom' recognized for health and wellness education

South Routt "super mom" Jaila Benjamin was recognized with the 2014 Healthy School Hero Award, presented by Colorado Action for Healthy Kids. She's a district parent deeply invested in all things wellness, and takes on a number of different roles each school year.

Officiating football as simple as loving the game, head ref says

The Northwest Colorado prep football region is in need of game officials for the upcoming season and beyond, a strenuous time commitment at times, one ref says, but worth it for those who love the game.

3 Steamboat Soccer Club squads grab championships in annual Mountain Tournament

Five Steamboat Springs Soccer Club squads reached Sunday's finals in their respective divisions at the 30th Mountain Soccer Tournament, with three teams hoisting finals trophies.

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Steamboat Rugby Club blasts Aspen, looks forward to Montana tourney next

The Steamboat Rugby Club team kept up its winning ways Saturday at Aspen, easily handling the road contest, 42-27, with a much-needed weekend off coming up.

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Steamboat Bike Park's Trevyn Newpher takes Enduro-X win

Steamboat Bike Park Manager Trevyn Newpher took home a win in the first Enduro-X series race of the season in the professional open men's class.

Sustainability Council to host panel about alternative transportation in the Yampa Valley

On Tuesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is hosting a panel discussion to analyze alternative forms of transportation and how it may affect the Northwest Colorado region in the near and distant future.

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Denver teenagers swap technology for environmental education

Six Denver high schoolers are trading technology for the environment as part of The Nature Conservancy's annual internship program in Routt County.

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Barbiers honor late family member in annual Tour de Steamboat

The annual Tour de Steamboat — complete with a long list of riders who each has their own unique story for entering the event — went off without a hitch Saturday, with roughly 700 cyclists benefiting four local groups.

Steamboat School Board votes to not sign field house agreement

The Steamboat Springs School Board voted, 3-1, on Thursday night to not sign the public-private field house agreement pitched by a pair of community members for nearly a year, citing long-term financial ramifications as being too great to risk the move.

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All-encompassing Steamboat Lake Sprint triathlon back for its 4th running

The Steamboat Lake Sprint triathlon is set to run its fourth year on Sunday in scenic North Routt County. The spring format features a half-mile swim, 12.4-mile ride and 3.5-mile run.

Four candidates apply for vacant Steamboat Springs School Board seat

Chris Johnson, Tami Havener, Sherri Sweers and Kim Schulz have submitted their applications of interest for the open Steamboat Springs School Board seat.

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French born, Steamboat raised: Kevin Bertrand competes for French national team at World Lacrosse Championships

Steamboat Springs High School graduate and current head freshman lacrosse coach Kevin Bertrand is in Denver playing in the FIL World Championships for his home country — France.

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Triple amputee heading to all-expenses-paid youth recreation camp in Ohio

Tyler Johnson, a Steamboat Springs High School student who is a triple amputee after battling meningitis in 2008, will be heading to a special youth camp in Ohio for the fifth time this weekend.

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Field house public-private agreement could be signed Thursday by Steamboat School Board

On Thursday, the Steamboat Springs School Board will decide whether it will sign a public-private agreement that would spark the next phase of constructing a multimillion-dollar, privately funded field house on the campus of Steamboat Springs Middle School.

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Steamboat rugby doesn't disappoint hometown fans in 40th Cow Pie Classic

The Steamboat rugby team took home the Cow Pie Classic championship Saturday, coasting to a 31-5 win in the finals against the Misfits in the tournament's 40th incarnation.

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Steep, soggy conditions give running pair advantage in Spring Creek race

Former and current steeplechase runners Gabe Small and Sarah Guhl leaped and bounded their way to wins in the Spring Creek Memorial race Saturday morning, the seventh race in the Steamboat Springs Running Series summer installment.

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Award-winning rope artist and horse trainer making 1st trip to Steamboat Rodeo

World-renown rope artist and horse trainer Tomas Garcilazo is making his first trip through Steamboat Springs and the Pro Rodeo Series this weekend and next. A native of Mexico City, Garcilazo is a three-time PRCA Specialty Act of the Year award winner.

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Cow Pie Classic Rugby Tournament is back for its 40th anniversary

The annual summer Cow Pie Classic Rugby Tournament is set to storm back into Steamboat on Saturday, attracting as many as 1,000 patrons and players with a a beer garden and sun up to sundown on-field action.

Community group grants offer engaging, unique opportunities for Routt County public schools

The community group grants awarded by the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board each year haven't gone without their share of pushback from those wondering why public education dollars aren't going directly to the districts. But it's the unique advantages the programs offer that keep dollars coming and teachers and students excited.

Longtime Steamboat resident and former City Council President Brown retires

Longtime Steamboat resident and former Steamboat Springs City Council President Mary Brown has retired from her full-time job. Brown served on the council during landmark Yampa Valley decisions, such as the construction of the Yampa River Core Trail.

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Renowned choreographer and Perry-Mansfield alum returns to campus after 2 decades

"So You Think You Can Dance" choreographer and Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp alumna Mandy Moore visited the school's campus Sunday morning as part of a site visit for a $10,000 foundation grant.

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More than 150 runners take on Mountain Madness 10K, half marathon

Steamboat's Mountain Madness 10K and half marathon drew more than 150 runners the morning after Fourth of July, with a handful of locals mingling with quite a few vacationers in the annual race along the Yampa River.

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Early holiday rain slows but doesn't stop Nordic racers

What looked early on like daunting weather for Friday's Fourth of July Nordic combined events turned into better weather and great crowds for the annual friendly competition.

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Adventure of the Week: Find the novice mountain bike trail that fits you best

Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area offer miles of mountain bike trails, many suitable for families and novice riders. With so many options, which loop fits you best?

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Tri the Boat met with great weather, hundreds of competitors

The inaugural Tri the Boat triathlon was met with near-perfect weather and a great turnout of competitors for the Olympic and half-Ironman courses, as well as the relay sections at Stagecoach State Park.

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Philanthropists of the year honored as community servants, investors

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation honored its 2014 philanthropists of the year Sunday night at the Larson Barn.

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Steamboat grad begins life at West Point this week on full scholarship

Steamboat Springs High School graduate Maddie Ruppel is set to enlist at the United States Military Academy at West Point this week on a full-ride scholarship worth more than $200,000.

Steamboat preparing for big 4th of July weekend

With Fourth of July falling on a true weekend this year, Steamboat Springs is gearing up for higher numbers of visitors for the town's packed schedule of traditional events.

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Moots Ranch Rally goes off without a hitch

Nearly 100 riders took to the ranching community's often unridden roads Saturday morning for the first-ever Moots Ranch Rally, a non-competitive ride to benefit the Community Agriculture Alliance.

Steamboat Springs Middle School field house's next phase could come mid-July

The Steamboat Springs School Board, Superintendent Brad Meeks, project launchers Kevin Sankey and Mark Lynch and district attorney Mike Holloran spent more than four hours Wednesday in a workshop, sifting through a public-private agreement that, if signed next month, would push the possibility of a massive field house at the middle school into the next phase.

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Rodeo clown Keith Isley the 'consummate pro' in entertainment

Rodeo clown legend Keith Isley is back in town, entertaining at this weekend's Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series through the Fourth of July festivities.

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Grad class learns to not only get by financially, but to get ahead

The Routt County Bridges Initiatives' Getting Ahead course celebrated the largest graduation class in the program's three-year history Thursday night at Olympian Hall.

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Moots Ranch Rally combines biking with Routt County's ag roots

Moots is combining biking with Routt County's prominent agricultural heritage this Saturday with its first-ever Ranch Rally, a 50-mile non-competitve ride with proceeds benefiting the Community Agriculture Alliance.

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CSU president meeting with Routt County commissioners, alumni

Colorado State University President Dr. Tony Frank is in Steamboat to meet with alumni and Routt County commissioners as part of his annual summer listening tour, covering topics such as University Extension and 4-H youth programs.

Steamboat School Board to fully review field house agreement Wednesday

This Wednesday, the Steamboat Springs School Board will hash through a nine-page public-private agreement regarding the proposed indoor field house planning to be built at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

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College life comes a little early for 3 Strawberry Park Elementary grads

Three recent Strawberry Park Elementary School graduates are getting a jump on college life at the annual National Youth Leadership Forum in Denver at the end of the month.

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Scholl siblings cruise in Howelsen Hill 4-mile race

The Scholl family once again dominated a Steamboat Springs Running Series race, with siblings Tyler and Tabor taking one-two in the Howelsen 4-miler on Saturday.

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Cancer survivors' battles tell stories of Relay goals

The 2014 Steamboat Springs Relay for Life took over Gardner Field Friday night as more than a 100 participants took laps from sun down to sun up on Saturday.