John F. Russell

Photographer, sports reporter

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John F. Russell is a sports reporter and photographer for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He writes a sports column that appears Sundays. He has worked for the newspaper since June 1990.

John has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado and worked at the Longmont Times-Call during college.

John is from Denver. His hobbies include bowling, softball, photography, pinochle and following his two lovely children around.

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Property owners, firefighters take steps to battle blazes before they start

A land owner on Lynx Pass, and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to clear a stretch of road that might prove vital in case of fire.

John F. Russell: Times are tough for the US Nordic combined team, but coach isn't ready to throw in the towel

The U.S. Ski Team has pulled the plug on the Nordic combined team, but head coach Dave Jarrett isn't about to give up on this team, or the sport that he loves.

New triathlon team looks to push local athletes to the next level

A new triathlon team will start competing in May and hopes to take athletes from Steamboat Springs to the next level.

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Steamboat girls soccer tops Glenwood Springs in key conference game

The Steamboat Springs Sailors rolled past the Glenwood Springs Demons Tuesday night at Gardner Field.

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Sew What brings new life, adds years to Steamboat residents' wardrobe

Local shop has been making alterations, repairing clothing for more than 30 years in Steamboat Springs.

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Y.E.S. Golf Tournament offers early registration break, chance to help local students

The deadline for early registration for the Y.E.S. Golf Tournament is quickly approaching.

Tom Southall's story reflects the spirit of a true champion

Back in the late 1970s, a young athlete from Steamboat Springs set out to make his mark on the football fields, basketball courts and tracks of Northwest Colorado. By the time he graduated from high school, Tom Southall had changed the way people in Steamboat Springs, and Colorado, viewed those with disabilities.

New award recognizes coaches and athlete who made a difference in Steamboat Springs

Thirty years ago a young athletes named Tom Southall captured the attention of Steamboat Springs, the state of Colorado and the country. Three legendary Steamboat Springs coaches are the first to share an award that will recognize those who work with athletes that are full of unexpected potential.

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Steamboat Golf Club ready to open for the season

The Steamboat Golf Club plans to open its doors Saturday ushering in the 50th anniversary of the popular 9-hole course west of Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat girls tennis team cruises past Vail Mountain at home

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team continued to move in the right direction Tuesday afternoon with an impressive win against Vail Mountain at home.

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Don Read, who is a caretaker for private land on Lynx Pass, stands in front of a a pile of trees he contracted to cut on a piece of nearby Forest Service land. He plans to take most of the wood to a private mill and will use the remaining logs for his firewood business. He said his main objective for the project was to protect the home he caretakes and to reduce the amount of fuel in the area before the wildfire season.

Jeremiah Zamora watches a pile of slash material burn Thursday morning along a Forest Service Road that access private property on Lynx Pass.The burn was the end of a two-year project that was a joint effort by the forest service and a private landowner to improve access and remove dead trees that might possibly provide fuel for a wildfire.

The controlled burn was part of a joint effort with a private landowner to clean up and create a firebreak in an area known for wildfires. Zone Fire Management Officer Sam Duerksen said the cleanup will make fighting fires in the future easier and should make access in and out of the area safer in the case of a wildfire.

U.S. Forest Service Zone Fire Management Officer Sam Duerksen uses a drip torch to start several piles of slash material on fire Thursday morning in the Lynx Pass area. The controlled burn was part of a joint effort with a private landowner to clean up and create access to a firebreak in an area known for wildfires. Duerksen said the cleanup will make fighting fires in the future easier and should make access in and out of the area safer in the case of a wildfire.

Local doctor and author Stacy Childs talks about his most recent work, which is a medical-themed thriller called "Block 10." The book is currently available for digital download on, and The book will be released in hardback, paperback and audio book this summer.

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