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Dave Shively

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Lighted Man lights up the night

Jon Banks can set his annual watch according to the few minutes he comes blazing down Howelsen Hill, launching an elaborate bundle of pack-mounted Roman candles to kick off the Winter Carnival's Night Extravaganza.

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The 'Rocky' road to ski fitness

Tailor the year-round club skier's workout to prep for the slopes

On an early August morning, a group of teenage ski racers diligently cycles through a circuit of core-strengthening exercises; one-legged BOSU ball hops, jump rope routines, box jumps and wall sits.

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Steamboat Powdercats on the prowl

By the second lap of the morning, I feel the eerie, priority-unraveling power of all the elements coming together. Rare bluebird skies herald the final day of one of the darkest, blurriest Januaries in memory and on record - one choked by 26 days of snow.

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Navigating the ski town serene scene

My two-week, three-step program to self-actualization was fool-proof: 1) Go to as many yoga outlets as possible. Tell them you are writing a magazine feature about yoga. Tell the instructor you are a total novice. He, or more likely she, will see by your apparent inflexibility that you're being honest and will say something reassuring along the lines of, "I think we're all novices in our practice."

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Real Routt roots rock

Hometown high-country boys hit the road with self-reliant approach to relaying Southern, low-country blues

The location makes sense. They head for the 1889 State Armory building, in the heart of Denver's Curtis Park Historic District. But it's deeper than that, beyond the stuccoed exterior of the historic building with the three-story tower standing against a swanky new downtown loft development.

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Brewing interest in Fort Collins

Sample the ultimate brewery tour, where beer and bikes are blended to perfection

Steve DeLine can't recall how many times he's made the trip from North Park over Cameron Pass, down the Cache la Poudre River and into Fort Collins. Probably 20 times a year, the Steamboat resident estimates, in all conditions and often lugging trailers of heifers from his cattle ranch near the tiny hamlet of Rand to the family's farm just north of Fort Collins. But it never gets old.

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Steamboat rally tandem builds race into premier national event

It was a crash that, Matthew Johnson puts lightly, typically does damage to the driver.

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Q & A with Todd Park Mohr

Working across genres and against the mainstream grain has defined much of Todd Park Mohr's career. The creative force behind Big Head Todd and the Monsters has cultivated a loyal fan base by touring hard for more than 20 years and exploring new sounds on his own terms.

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Dog-gone ski town

Steamboat produces distinct breed

Sometimes a dog isn't just a dog. In a town with easy access to open spaces, the furry quadrupeds can become an extension of their owners. And not just the kind that's allowed to mount up on the tailgate every so often. Steamboat is a town for dogs that get to ride along in the front seat.

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Inside out

One-hour fitness fanatics get fit to head outside

The "hour of power" isn't what you'd expect. No, it's not the afternoon siesta following that Double Z cheeseburger, and it's far from the notorious beer-drinking marathon of fraternity lore that comes to mind.

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Wedding Guide: Getting the rite right

Local couple forgoes a few traditions to focus on guest experience,

Katie West knew on their first official date. Over a glass of wine at Mambo Italiano, Katie was sure she'd end up marrying Brent "Benny" Tollar.

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Projection affection

Profound sounds for the room with a view

There is no down time for Ray Martinez. The combination of rampant high-end development in the Yampa Valley and the digitization of American life has led to the perfect storm for Martinez's business - that is, fully integrating the data, video, audio, heating and lighting systems of the grandest new estates popping up left and right.

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Q&A with Keri Rusthoi

Keri Rusthoi was looking for a place where she could ride her horse and spend a winter living the ski bum lifestyle with a few college girlfriends before attending graduate school.

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Kimberly Rossi

Kimberly Rossi could never - and would never - live in a city. She's too connected to the life of her family's ranch south of Phippsburg.

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Colorado Mountain College men's ski team qualifies for nationals

Skiing as a team can be a tricky task.

Sports briefs for Feb. 27

Local snowboarders compete in Revolution Tour

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Morgan, Iacovetto take state wrestling runner-up spots

The numbers were stacked in his favor. In Justin Iacovetto's 26-match unbeaten streak leading up to Saturday night's 112-pound state championship title bout, the Soroco junior had only been taken down one time.

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A sport taking flight

Booming Nordic program showcases female ski jumpers

Todd Wilson can remember the days as junior ski jumper, not so long ago, when he'd be ribbed after a short jump for "jumping like a girl."

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Gutting it out

Hayden grapplers fight for fifth-place finishes

Dallas Robinson can remember the pressure of having to fight back through consolation rounds, just a year after winning a state wrestling title at 112 pounds for the Hayden Tigers in 1988.

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Morgan, Iacovetto bound for state title bouts

Justin Iacovetto tried to stroll through the wrestler's exit hall in the bowels of Denver's Pepsi Center, still dazed from the victory in his Friday night state championship semifinal and hoping to catch his breath. But every Western Slope grappler or coach on hand that has seen Soroco High School's 112-pound junior wrestle in the last three years had a nod, handshake or hug to offer.

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Success on the mats

Six of seven county wrestlers headed to state quarterfinals

Normally, the first string of matches of the CHSAA State Wrestling Tournament go by quietly as wrestlers make their first-round debuts, working out jitters under the bright lights of Denver's Pepsi Center.

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Six skiers heading to cross-country skiing junior Olympics

Six Steamboat Springs skiers and two coaches have made the cut for this winter's cross-country skiing junior Olympics as part of Rocky Mountain Nordic's team of 42 junior athletes and 10 coaches headed to the event.

Sports briefs for Feb. 20

Iacovetto, Letlow earn regional wrestling titles at 2A tournament

Hayden wrestling coach Ty Zabel knows that at the state wrestling tournament, anything can happen on any day.

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Nordic Challenge, Ski Marathon racers pair up for cold and fast kicking

Kevin Kopischke could doubly appreciate Saturday morning's doubled up cross-country ski events at the Lake Catamount Touring Center, which combined the fifth and final Nordic Challenge Series 3K/5K/10K races with the 22.5K/45K Steamboat Ski Marathon.

Thirstin' Thurston dominates sled dog race

Two winters ago, Tom Thurston set out to simply finish the 350-mile Race to the Sky, or maybe finish in the top 10.

Dave Shively: The next first

I, for one, shed no tears watching Michael Strahan "stomp out" Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLI, and with it, the endless pursuit of perfection commentary.

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Hockey lights up Lancers

Steamboat Sailors look ahead to playoff seeding

After a rough 6-0 loss to Battle Mountain on their home ice Wednesday, the nine seniors on the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team were determined to bounce back and close their regular season with a positive stride.

Flawless Cardinals soar past Tigers

With as deep of a league as Mike Johnson has seen in his nine years coaching in the Class 2A Western Slope League (District 5), the Grand Valley girls basketball coach wasn't about to take any chances in Hayden on Friday night.

'Crunch time' for wrestlers

County grapplers prepare for regional matches

The Tigers are coming off a successful Saturday, wrestling against and beating a string of larger, Class 3A and 4A opponents in Eaton. The high school team is now heading into its 2A regional tournament - today and Saturday in Grand Junction - healthy and firing on all cylinders.

Steamboat dropped as championship site

World Mountain Running Association to relocate event after resignation

Steamboat Springs has been dropped as the host site for the 2009 World Mountain Running Trophy. The World Mountain Running Association announced in a Feb. 1 news release that, "due to the resignation of the (Local Organizing Committee) chief, the attempt to stage the Trophy at this venue has been abandoned."

Sports briefs for Feb. 13

Solid finishes at Grand Prix

Several Steamboat Springs snowboarders walked away from one of their sport's elite competitions - the Chevrolet U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix - this weekend at Idaho's Tamarack Resort with confidence-building results. Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club rider Tyler Anderson qualified in sixth place to make the top-16 halfpipe finals Saturday.

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Push to the finish

Junior cross-country skiers make final push toward qualification

While much of the local Nordic skiing community was wrapped up in last weekend's Winter Carnival, a large contingent of Steamboat Springs skiers headed to the Aspen Nordic Festival to race against the state's top competition.

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Adele hockey tournament concludes today

The veteran players on this year's Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association U-19 girls team are some of the program's last players who had the honor and opportunity to play alongside Adele Dombrowski.

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On-snow show-stoppers

'Sledstyle' pioneers wow Winter Carnival crowds in spite of injury

No one said that bringing freestyle snowmobiling to global audiences - one cliffhanger seat grab and sprawling backflip at a time - was easy work.

Dave Shively: Carnival calling

Everyone loves the Winter Carnival events.

Hayden nets pair of wins against Soroco

When the Hayden High School girls and boys basketball teams met Soroco's squads Friday night for a back-to-back pair of league games, bodies were colliding.

Hayden, Soroco primed for match-ups

Soroco High School boys basketball coach Sam McLeod is going into tonight's game against cross-county rival Hayden a little bit blind, in a couple of ways.

Nordic team readies for championships

Steamboat Springs High School qualifies nine skiers for state

A few members of the Steamboat Springs High School Nordic ski team saved their best for last.

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Routt County entrants awarded

Locals place at national stock show

The National Western Stock Show still plays an integral role in the lives of a few Routt County residents.

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Unique program, ideal conditions producing successful biathletes

The location couldn't be more ideal.

The new chariots

'Sledstyle' riders ramp up rodeo event

The chariot horses that once raced at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena during Winter Carnival will be replaced by pure horsepower this year.

Dave Shively: Moving forward

When I heard the oddly intertwined stories of Brett Buckles and David Lamb - a pair of Steamboat natives who bounced back from debilitating ski injuries to the top of our nation's skiercross ranks - I featured them on our Dec. 30 Sunday Sports front in a story titled, "Comeback Kids."

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Lighted Man continues annual tradition

Jon Banks can set his annual watch according to the few minutes he comes blazing down Howelsen Hill, launching an elaborate bundle of pack-mounted Roman candles to kick off the Winter Carnival's Night Extravaganza.

Soroco girls upset Meeker

Since Meeker made its move down to the Class 2A Western Slope League five seasons ago, the Soroco Rams girls basketball team had come no closer than two points to defeating the Cowboys.

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Steamboat-rooted X Gamers post solid finishes

With the electric halfpipe "huck-o-meter" now unplugged and the swanky Aspen athlete lounges emptied, a pair of athletes with Steamboat Springs roots can look back on their performances at Winter X Games 12 with pride.

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Rams girls basketball routs Saints, boys beaten inside

One would think that five games in the past eight days - counting the set of junior varsity games in which most of the Soroco boys and girls basketball players participated - would wear out the Rams.

Soroco girls drop thriller to North Park

No Soroco girls basketball team had accomplished the feat in more than a decade - taking a win from the North Park Wildcats.

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Cross-country ski purists converge at inaugural race event

Classic cross-country skiing comes pretty naturally to Sven Wiik.

Dave Shively: A legend's reach

You don't really get the feeling from the chairs in his living room that you're in the presence of the most honored and respected mountaineer to ever walk the Earth.

Soroco beats North Park

Sam McLeod was a little surprised with how the Soroco High School boys basketball team hit the floor Saturday afternoon against North Park.