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.
Working with the men of Yampa Valley Electric Association
When the lights and power go off in the middle of the night there is a dedicated group of workers at the Yampa Valley Electric Association in Steamboat Springs who will get out of bed, find the problem and fix it as quickly as possible.
For 16 years, sensei Michael David Bauk has taught the art of karate to the students of Steamboat Sprngs. In June, he will pass his business onto a new generation of teachers and close a chapter on his life.
Nine athletes for the Rocky Mountain Karate Academy in Steamboat Springs traveled to Denver last weekend for the USKA National Championships. They all performed well, and two brought home national titles for their efforts.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team rebounded from a tough overtime loss to Battle Mountain last weekend and rolled past Vail Mountain at home Monday evening.
The spring sports season is in full swing, but many recreational teams learned last weekend that Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate when game time rolls around.
Middle school cheerleaders return from Denver after top showing with first place trophy.
They get more grumbles from the sidelines than shots on goal, but when it comes to the game of soccer, the referee often plays one of the most important roles.
Two years ago Noah Elliott learned he had osteosarcoma. The bone cancer eventually took his leg, but last week in Steamboat Springs, the young man from Missouri proved it didn't steal his smile or his enthusiasm for life.
Twenty-two athletes from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club traveled to Park City, Utah, last weekend and posted top finishes at the Wester Regional Championships in the final meet of the season.
Each year the Sunshine Kids Foundation invites a group of children to the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area where they can leave hospitals and doctors behind them and enjoy a week on the snow.