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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Top-level event sign that Hayden Speedway is gaining speed

Just a few years ago, the only sound you might hear coming from the Hayden Speedway on a Saturday night would be the wind rattling the old metal bleachers. But things have changed, and the roar of the engine and the crowd has returned to the once forgotten track.

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Keeping it wild

Tracy Bye’s commitment to wildlife rehabilitation led her to open a center near Steamboat Springs

There is love in Tracy Bye’s voice as she prepares specially formulated bottles in the kitchen sink of her home just outside of Steamboat Springs. As she talks, she describes the animals she has saved, the ones she has lost and the ones she is caring for now at the Born Free Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which is located just a few steps outside her back door.

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Wildlife rehabilitation center has humble beginnings

Back in 1989, Colorado Department of Wildlife officer Jim Hicks started coming into Tracy Bye’s Soda Creek Elementary School classroom to talk with students about animal tracks.

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Born Free: Stories from the heart

You can find many of Born Free’s most heartwarming stories on the center’s website — — under the tab “Stories From the Heart.” There you can read about Bee, a hummingbird who came to the wildlife center after the nest she was in blew off its perch on a satellite dish, or the story of Sailor, a golden eagle found dehydrated near Maybell.

John F. Russell: Hanging with the peloton at the USA Pro Challenge

On Monday, I covered my second USA Pro Challenge in Steamboat Springs, and thanks to a BMW motorcycle, I had a front row seat for all the heart-stopping action.

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Wood straw used to stabilize ground along side Routt County road as project comes to close

Mountain Pine Manufacturing President Trent Jones smiled Friday morning as crews applied wood straw to the hillside of a nearly complete project along Routt County Road 33. He has bought into the product his company has produced for more than 5 years, and now for the first time he was getting to see it used in his own backyard.

John F. Russell: Remembering the good old days

Friday night's demolition derby thrilled a packed house at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden and reminded me that a good time can almost always be found at the track.

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USA Pro Challenge: Terms you need to know to understand the USA Pro Cyling Challenge

Coming to terms may be the best way to understand the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

Learning the ropes at the Routt County Fair

Program introduces young 4-H members to what it takes to care for a horse.

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Young girl overcomes grief to win at Routt County Fair

Girl hopes to honor her horse with first place showing in showmanship at Routt County Fair.

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Bill Blackwell and his three-year-old daughter, Bella, live in a one-bedroom unit at the Iron Horse. Blackwell said the space is perfect for him and his daughter because it allows him and Bella to have their own space.

Bill Blackwell and his three-year-old daughter, Bella, live in a one-bedroom unit at the Iron Horse. Blackwell said the space is perfect for him and his daughter because it allows them to have their own space.

Steamboat Springs Middle School seventh grader Jadyn Robson operates a piece of equipment used by the Yampa Valley Medical Center's robotics surgery team. The machine allows doctors to perform maneuvers the human hand cannot. The tool allows for smaller incisions during surgery that require less recovery time for patients. The students and the public were allowed to use the machines during a special presentation at the hospital.

Indie Mayer gets a hug from mom Catherine Thursday morning outside the Soda Creek Elementary School. Most of the students in the district returned to class Wednesday, but the kindergartners had an extra day before heading back to class.

Kindergartner Carli Martorano gets a kiss from mom Angela before heading to class at Soda Creek Elementary School Thursday. The school year began Wednesday for most students, but kindergartners at both Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools didn't go back to class until Thursday.

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