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Ben Ingersoll

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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.

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Horizons welcomes annual fraternity brothers' Friendship visit

The nonprofit Push America's annual Journey of Hope cross-country bike ride made its regular Steamboat stop at Horizons Specialized Services on Friday evening, sharing a dinner of conversation, connection, laughs and, of course, a little dancing.

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Mountain Magic baseball ramps up for another year in Routt County

With a new summer comes another round of Mountain Magic Triple Crown baseball in Steamboat Springs, Hayden, Craig and Oak Creek. Steamboat coaches are hoping their new youth baseball format this year will help them advance in tournament play.

Steamboat School Board approves administrative salaries, contract extension for Meeks

In its final meeting of the 2013-14 school year, the Steamboat Springs School Board approved district administrative pay to fit into its newly adopted salary system for 2014-15. It also approved a contract extension and pay increase for Superintendent Brad Meeks.

Steamboat School Board has busy Monday agenda to end year

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday will discuss and vote on a number of things in its final meeting of the 2013-14 year, including the proposed middle school indoor fieldhouse, administrative salary figures and Superintendent Brad Meeks' possible contract extension.

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Strawberry Park Elementary librarian Sherry Holland's career comes full circle

After 14 years in Strawberry Park Elementary School's library, Sherry Holland is retiring as a district educator and returning to the Bud Werner Memorial Library, where her career started.

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Faces of the Firsts: Educators draw on own 1st-generation background

Maybe if they were graduating from high school today, going to college for Steamboat Springs High School teachers Sandy Conlon, Pat Slowey and Steve Moos wouldn’t have been such a groundbreaking achievement.

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Faces of the Firsts: 1st-generation college students claim their place in family history

About 22 million students will be enrolled in college this fall, and a significant chunk will be the first in their families to do so. As early as 2010, a USA Today story reported that roughly 30 percent of incoming freshmen in America are first-generation college students, the vast majority of whom are also under the low-income umbrella.

Chemistry proves critical in team roping success

What does it take to be a professional team roping duo? Like most team sports, practice is the easy answer.

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Chemistry proves critical in rodeo team roping success

What does it take to be a professional team roping duo? Like most team sports, practice is the easy answer.

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Hayden Speedway back in business after 4-year hiatus

The Hayden Speedway is set to host a race for the first time in four years Saturday night, after months of remodeling made possible by Hayden Motorsports and community support.

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SSWSC Nordic skier Berend accepts athlete of the year honor

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic skier Ben Berend was named the Colorado Ski Country USA Double Diamond Athlete of the Year during a ceremony Thursday night at Copper Mountain.

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Young and old riders turn out for Week 1 of USA BMX

The Thursday night USA BMX summer racing series may not have drawn huge numbers in week one, but it gave riders young and old a chance to compete with eight more to go through June, July and August.

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Sailors' Wharton named CHSAA boys lacrosse player of the year

Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse star Ben Wharton was named the CHSAA 4A player of the year on Wednesday. Also, Sailors girls soccer senior Alice Holmquist was named to the honorable mention all-state team.

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SSHS graduates collect big dollars toward college expenses

Steamboat Springs High School's class of 2014 earned $200,000 more in scholarships this spring. Around 90 percent of Steamboat graduates plan to attend college.

AAU junior fundamentals hoops camp aims to build program, player skills

Steamboat's lone AAU program High Altitude Basketball is getting to host the next round of young players at its annual summer fundamentals camp, June 16 to 19.

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Steamboat Springs School Board President Rebecca Williams will resign her post

Steamboat Springs School Board members again find themselves faced with filling a vacant board seat following Board President Rebecca Williams' announcement that she'll be resigning from her post at the end of last week's meeting.

2015-16 Steamboat district academic calendar drawing questions before vote

The Steamboat Springs School Board was set to adopt a 2015-16 calendar on Monday, but enough concern was raised about the proposed option for the members to table it until possibly June 16.

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Soroco students and graduates build on school's deep FFA legacy

Soroco High School added to its deep tradition in FFA last week at the annual Colorado convention, where eight students were awarded their state degrees.

Steamboat hockey hires familiar coach to lead Sailors

Steamboat Springs High School hockey will have a new but familiar face coaching the Sailors on the ice next season.

School board adopts $31.1 million total budget for 2014-15

The Steamboat Springs School Board discussed a variety of things in its second-to-last meeting of the 2013-14 year. The board adopted its 2014-15 budget, discussed administration contracts and gave a world languages update.

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Switzerland-native CU skier sprints to Steamboat Marathon 10K win

It was a fitting finish in Ski Town USA as a University of Colorado ski team Nordic racer snagged a big lead and the win in the Steamboat Marathon 10K on Sunday morning.

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Longtime Steamboat School District bus driver turning in his keys after 2 decades

Steamboat Springs School District bus driver Clair Erickson is hanging up his bus keys after 19 years of transporting students to and from school in the area.

Steamboat U14 baseball team erases slow start with strong Denver tourney

The Steamboat U14 select baseball team erased the memory of a slow start after reeling off a string of wins in Denver in mid-May.

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Pro kayakers use festival freestyle competition as tune-up for Vail

Big-time kayakers and technical tricks balanced out the laid-back nature of this year's Yampa River Festival, as a group of river goers took to Charlie's Hole for a freestyle competition Saturday night.

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Yampa River Festival kicks off with race along Fish Creek's raging waters

High and fast waters along Fish Creek on Friday night couldn't stop the annual Paddling LIfe Fish Creek Race from kicking off this year's Yampa River Festival.

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9 Routt County mountain bikers take on grueling pair of Gunnison races

Nine Routt County men and women riders took on Gunnison's Original Growler mountain bike races last weekend, a two-race event that presented a variety of grueling challenges.

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Yampa Valley male athlete of the year: Steamboat's Ben Wharton a rare breed of Sailor

Steamboat Springs senior Ben Wharton is about as rare of a breed as Sailors athletes come. Very few varsity athletes can claim they are three-sport athletes — boy or girl. Wharton can, but he isn’t just another name on the roster, someone who scores a goal here and there, or wins a match a few times a season.

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Steamboat female athlete of the year: Natalie Bohlmann thrives in team, individual settings

Natalie Bohlmann knows her way around Nordic skiing and soccer, notching one of the top years a Steamboat Springs High School girl had in 2013-14, making her shine as the Sailors’ female athlete of the year.

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Hayden male athlete of the year: Tigers’ Dan Engle a leader in tough times

When Hayden High School boys basketball needed it most, Dan Engle was there. Injuries piled up before the 2013-14 season even began, but as the bench started to thin out, Engle did all he could to keep a once-dominant Tigers program competitive.

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Front Range, Utah players dominate annual U12 tennis tournament

The 21st annual Intermountain 12 and Under Tennis Championship wrapped up Memorial Day morning, with mostly out-of-town players dominating tournament play.