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John F. Russell

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Steamboat Springs High School seeks new hockey, girls basketball and Nordic ski coach as season appraoches

The Steamboat Springs High School is looking to fill several head coaching positions as the 2016-17 school year appraches.

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Storm Peak Hill Climb pushes racers to the limits

Riders prove they have what it takes as they race up the slopes of Mount Werner in one of the season's most challenging events.

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Tour of new food bank, expanded thrift store gives insight into LiftUp of Routt County's growth

LiftUp of Routt County is hoping its latest expansion helps the organization meet community needs now, and in the future.

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John F. Russell: Olympic-sized memories something to hold onto

Twenty years after placing fourth at the Olympic Games, Steamboat Springs Olympian Annie Kakela prefers to focus on the positive side of her experience.

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Long-running golf tournament hoping new format brings golfers back to the course

Seventeen years ago, the Steiner Cup was created to carry on the memory of longtime local Vic Steiner. This year, the event will change it's format a bit with hopes that golfers can find the time to take part.

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Rare Air Tennis Training Camp gives young players a chance to elevate game

The Rare Air Tennis Training Camp, the first of it's kind in Steamboat Springs, will offer young players a chance to elevate their game as they reach for the next level.

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Local teams rise to top at Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament

More than 150 teams came to Steamboat Springs looking for titles at last weekend's Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament, but some of this year's champions call Steamboat home.

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Glenwood tops Storm to claim Mountain West College Baseball League title

Saturday's championship game was exactly how Steamboat Storm coach Matt Ellinghuysen pictured it — only with a different final score.

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Local tennis player chases aspirations to next level

A local tennis player's dream of playing tennis at the next level came true during a national-level event in Omaha earlier this month.

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Volunteers make Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament work

The Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament is a fixture on the summer calendar , but the event's success is actually built upon the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers.

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Rally in the Valley proves to be a good time for local golfers

A dedicated group of golfers came out Tuesday to play some golf and support those who are battling breast cancer.

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Steamboat Mountain Soccer tournament draws top teams to town for annual event

A Steamboat Springs summer tradition celebrates its 32nd year as soccer takes center stage in mountains of northwest Colorado.

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John F. Russell: Cheering for the boys of summer

Two summers ago the Steamboat Storm collegiate baseball team arrived in Steamboat Springs hoping to bring a new level of the game America loves to the mountains of Northwest Colorado. Now, in its second year, the team is hoping to bring a title home to its dedicated band of local followers and supporters.

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Local runner overcomes demons to finish 100-mile Big Horn trail run

The 100-mile Big Horn Scenic Trail Run offers plenty of challenges for ultra-distance runners, but last June, one local runner was able to overcome those hurdles en route to completing her first 100-mile race.

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The Perry-Mansfield experience; a passion for dance rekindled

Arizona dancer Karina Cardella came to the Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp hoping to fine tune her technic, but what she discovered in the mountains of Colorado was the inspiration to rekindle her love of dance.

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Perry-Mansfield finds place in local community's heart

Back in the early 1990s the Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp nearly vanished. That was until a group of Steamboat Springs residents led the change to save the school and preserve it's place in our towns long and rich history.

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Perry-Mansfield makes long-lasting mark on Steamboat

Year-by-year happenings at Perry-Mansfield

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Rally in the Valley offers golfers chance to contribute to worthy cause

It was 17 years ago when the Rally for the Cure Golf tournament became a regular event on Steamboat's summer calendar thanks to the efforts of the local women's golf association. Today, the event continues thanks to the efforts of the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, who has hosted the event for most of its hisotry in Steamboat Springs.

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John F. Russell: Finding excitement in soccer

Sports can't always be decided in regulation, and as a fan of most sports, I can't help but get a little excited about the prospect of overtime.

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Traditions worth celebrating

Parade anchors Steamboat Springs long-running, Fourth of July traditions.

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Former Sailor star to be inducted into National High School Hall of Fame Saturday

Overcoming challenges just part of the game for former Steamboat Springs football, basketball and track and field star.

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Return of commercial tubing means new season just around the corner

The tubing season quietly shifted gears Wednesday as local stores began renting to customers for the first time this season, and the number of people on the river started to grow. However, the quiet isn't expected to last as locals and visitors make their way back to the Yampa for another season on the river.

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John F. Russell: Coors Field is the perfect place to build lasting memories

The Colorado Rockies have become a summer tradition in the Russell family and thanks to some great hitting and timely pitching Saturday's game at Coors Field provided more than a few memories worth cheering for.

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John F. Russell: Cleveland lands title, Lebron earns my respect

Cleveland earned its first major sports title in more tnan 50 years Sunday, thrilling sports fans across the country and giving LeBron James a chance to rebuild his own legacy.

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John F. Russell: Sharing the dream with your children

I used to think that parents who travel around the country to watch their children play games were crazy, but now I think it's time that somebody had me committed.

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John F. Russell: Finding great athletes on the stage

This week some of the top athletes in the country have come to Steamboat Springs. But don't bother looking for them on the field, the court or the ice.

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Steamboat Springs bowler leads pack at 65th Open Handicap tournament

Local bowler Dewey Whitecotton tops the leaderboard at the USBC 65th Open Handicap bowling tournament.

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Former sheriff pulls man from travel trailer after explosion

A former Routt County sheriff pulled a man from a burning travel trailer Tuesday evening after an explosion Tuesday evening rocked the Eagle Soaring RV Park west of Steamboat Springs.

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John F. Russell: Finding a home on the field, and off, in the mountains of Steamboat Springs

With the start of the season only two weeks away, organizers of the Storm Baseball team are rounding third and hoping to find homes.

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John F. Russell: Shootout brings back memories of another big game, state title

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Jim Dudley understands the magic that comes from winning a penalty kick tie-breaker in the big game. When the Sailors topped Palisade in a shootout back in 1998, it left a mark that our town may never forget.

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Steamboat goalkeeper finding her "free"style

Sailor's soccer standout has hidden talent

Steamboat Springs senior Ocoee Wilson has left her mark as one of the top goalkeepers in the state and has played a huge role in the Sailors' winning record and state playoff success. But there's another side to the Steamboat goalie, who seems to have found her own style.

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John F. Russell: Amy Brodie overcoming challenges, wondering if there is more

When Steamboat Springs swimmer Amy Brodie got the opportunity to swim at Colorado Mesa University a few years ago, she reached a level few swimmers in Steamboat have ever enjoyed. But the past few years have been filled with ups and downs, and after making a tremendous comeback this last season, the local girl can't help but wonder what could be.

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Fire burns 5 acres before crews get control

A controlled burn, which got out of control, burned five acres near Thorpe Mountain before fire crews gained control.

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John F. Russell: Inspiring love for the game

It's not Major League Baseball or even a minor league franchise, but longtime baseball supporter Dave Roy is hoping the Storm will entice Steamboat Springs locals to head to the ball fields and fall in love with baseball this summer.

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Storm brings its brand of baseball to Steamboat for second year in row

Top college baseball players from around the county will come to Steamboat Springs in June to put on Storm uniforms and represent Steamboat Springs in the Mountain West Collegiate Baseball League.

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Tim Krumrie: advocating, educating from career of experience

Tim Krumrie picked up a football as a freshman at Mondovi High School in Wisconsin and wouldn’t put it down for the next 20 years.

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Ringing the bell

Steamboat Springs embraces national concussion awareness trend

A few years ago, Steamboat Springs High School football coach Lonn Clementson was faced with a choice.

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Life on the Line: Working with the men of Yampa Valley Electric Association

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.

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Longtime sensei will begin new chapter in Golden

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.

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Steamboat Springs girls bring home national karate titles

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.

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Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team rolls past Vail Mountain

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.

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John F. Russell: Driving into spring sports

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.

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Local cheer squads return from Cheer Sport Denver Grand Championship after top showings

Middle school cheerleaders return from Denver after top showing with first place trophy.

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Referees prefer to go unnoticed but often prove to be MVPs

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.

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Sunshine Kids help turn that frown upside down

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.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes spring to top finishes in Park City

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.

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Steamboat Ski Area hosts Sunshine Kids for 11th straight year

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.

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John F. Russell: Life lessons sometimes take a lifetime to understand

Sometimes in life the most important lessons take us years to fully grasp. Earlier this month I learned a former photojournalism professor had died and I realized the lessons he taught me so long ago are the ones that I use everyday of my life.

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Harnessing tradition

A day in the life

Twenty minutes north of downtown Steamboat Springs, two ranchers feed cattle throughout winter months using eight-legged horse power instead of horsepower.

John F. Russell: Eddie the Eagle's popularity soared to new heights at 1988 Olympic Games

Back in 1988, the world tuned in to see just how far Eddie the Eagle would fly at the Winter Olympic Games. Truth be told no one ever expected the guy to win, but that didn't stop us from wanting to see if he would land on his feet.

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