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John F. Russell

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John F. Russell: Finding his love of sports on the stage

Former Steamboat Springs High School basketball and soccer star Roddy Beall is stepping into the spotlight, hopefully changing expectations about what is cool.

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Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club takes to ice for 2014 holiday show

Skaters hope to use the 2014 Holiday Ice Show to showcase the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club.

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Local swimmer Samantha Terranova hoping hard work, dedication will lead to college career

Swimming in Steamboat Springs comes with a long list of challenges, but for Steamboat Springs High School junior Samantha Terranova, the water is just perfect.

John F. Russell: Trying to relive my childhood in Steamboat Springs

Yes it's true that jealously is a bad thing. But when you take the time to look at what Steamboat Springs has to offer, it's hard not to be a little jealous of the children in our town who get to grow up in the shadows of Mount Werner.

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Discovery of the Yule Log in Steamboat Springs comes with mixed emotions

Longtime local discovers Yule Log on day two of annual search.

John F. Russell: Ray Rice would never look right in blue and orange

This week former Baltimore Raven’s star running back Ray Rice won an appeal of his indefinite suspension for the NFL, and is now free to sign with any team he wants. But hopefully fans will not want to cheer for him, and will not forget what he did off the field.

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Early season snow brings smiles to faces of visitors at Steamboat Ski Touring Center

Cross country skiers in Steamboat Springs have been enjoying the trails at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center for the past few weeks, and soon Haymaker will be added to the list of trails open.

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Top teens: Sofia Rodriguez

As a member of the National Honor Society, Sofia Rodriguez is a proven leader in the classroom. She is so excited about the speech and debate team that she has been known to even recruit new members.

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Top teens: Norma Techarukpong

There is no issue that Norma Techarukpong is not willing to tackle as a member of Teen Council, and there is nothing she isn’t open to learning about as a student of this world.

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Top teens: Zach Skubiz

Recent Steamboat Springs High School graduate Danny Kramer wasn’t sure what to expect the first time he met Zach Skubiz on the set of a high school production.

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Top teens: Paige Eivins

Steamboat Mountain School senior Paige Eivins loves to travel, but her choice of destinations might surprise some people.

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Top teens: Jessica Rossi

With three older sisters to follow — not to mention her mother and grandmothers — Jessica Rossi doesn’t have to look too far to find strong role models in her life. Now as a senior at Soroco High School in Oak Creek, Jessica has become a role model in her own right.

John F. Russell: Passion for skiing inspires others to take to the slopes

Billy Kidd's love of skiing is easy to see his passion for he sport is harder to ignore.

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Scholarship Day rings in new season in Steamboat, despite freezing rain

Freezing rain may have dampened expectations, but couldn't keep crowds away for the Steamboat Ski Area on Scholarship Day.

John F. Russell: Finding his seat in the stands, continuing to teach

Six years after leaving his position as head coach of the Steamboat Springs High School basketball program, Kelly Meek still is teaching the game to young athletes in Western Colorado.

John F. Russell: A taste of Steamboat Springs

It could be the best dinning experience in Steamboat Springs and would offer people a taste of what our mountain town is all about along with a side of fries.

John F. Russell: Elections may have been the biggest game in town this week

Cast your vote and watch the game unfold. Maybe I've been covering sports for too long.

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Tour de Steamboat continues to grow, support local causes

The Tour de Steamboat rides raised $72,000 for local causes this year, and organizers already are setting their sights on 2015.

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Steamboat Living: Filthy fun: North Routt locals riding homemade skis

Ski in North Routt County this winter and you might see locals schussing on a new ski underfoot, complete with gray-and-brown beetle-kill topsheets. Far from their Filthy Ski brand name, they’re works of art that are as fun to arc turns on as they are aesthetic.

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Snowmaking begins on the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area

Steamboat's most recent cold snap is just what snowmakers at the Steamboat Ski Area where hoping for. The first flakes of the year where blown Tuesday morning as the ski area looks forward to opening day.

John F. Russell: It might be the end of the road for high school athletes, but that’s why we have adult leagues

The end is near for many seniors in Routt County, but there are sports after high school.

John F. Russell: Looking back on Johnny Spillane

Looking back it's easy to see Johnny Spillane's accomplishments, but it's the road he traveled that makes his story so special.

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Johnny Spillane take his place in Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame

Johnny Spillane inducted into Colorado Ski and Snowboarding Hall of Fame after amazing career with U.S. Nordic combined team.

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Johnny Spillane, at a glance

Johnny Spillane's land mark career at a glance.

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Speaker brings wealth of experience, knowledge to Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is hoping Terry Orlick's perspective can give athletes, coaches and parents insight into excellence.

Speaker to offer perspective to coaches, athletes and parents

Speaker Terry Orlick brings his perspective to coaches, athletes and parents this week in Steamboat Springs.

John F. Russell: Steve Dodson leaves behind a love for the game of golf

This week, longtime Steamboat Springs High School golf coach Steve Dodson announced that he will not be coming back for the 2015 season. But after 11 years as the team's head coach, Dodson leaves behind a legacy of success.

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Steve Dodson plays final round as Sailors head coach

Sailors head coach Steve Dodson broke the news that he will not return as head coach of the Steamboat golf team in 2015.

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Finding strength in family after cancer: The Nerney family

Normal is no longer a word that Kathy Nerney uses to describe her life, but it’s something she hopes to achieve someday. “I’m just hoping for a normal day,” Kathy said while sitting in her living room with her husband, Kevin, earlier this week. “There is no escape. There is nowhere you can go to get away from this.”

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Finding strength in family after cancer: The Blair family

It was May 2013 when Scott Blair and a group of friends were hiking up BC Ski Way ski run for a few late season turns at Steamboat Ski Area. Scott’s wife, Connie Blair, wasn’t with him, but the events that unfolded on the mountain that day changed Scott and Connie’s lives in a matter of minutes.

Finding strength in family after cancer: Community resources

The news that someone you love has cancer can be devastating, but what happens in the hours, days or years that follow can be overwhelming. “We are lucky,” licensed clinical social worker Carol Gordon said. “We have lots of resources right here in Steamboat Spring and that’s great.”

Finding strength in family after cancer: Getting legal affairs in order

Nobody wants to plan for the worst-case scenario, but Steamboat Springs attorney Ward Van Scoyk said a little planning in the good times can help ease the stress that comes when a loved one gets sick.

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Finding strength in family after cancer: The Wharton family

When Amy Wharton was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2011, she could have asked, “Why me?” But Amy already had seen the impacts of cancer on friends and family, and she knew she was not alone. Instead, she told herself, “Why not me.”

John F. Russell: Cheering for your team in the other stadium

For years I've covered homecoming games from just about every angle on a field, but after I showed up late to Friday night's game I got a whole new perspective as I stood behind the visitors stands.

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Historic stagecoach returns home to Hahn's Peak

After more than 100 years away from the streets of Hahn's Peak, a stagecoach arrives to take its place in the town's long and rich western history.

Annual triathlon tests athletes' skills in golf, pool, bowling

Golf, pool and bowling take center stage this weekend at long-running tournament.

Hole-in-one makes for memorable business trip

Business trip turns out to be one to remember for local golfer.

The number 7 proves to be a lucky one for golfers at Haymaker last weekend

The No. 7 hole at the Haymaker Golf Course proved to be a lucky one for a couple of golfers in Steamboat Springs.

John F. Russell: Getting ready for the regional tournament is nothing to envy

Every year he gets the chance to teach some of Steamboat Springs best golfers the game he loves, every afternoon he gets to hang out on the lush green fairways of some of the state's top courses, and Steve Dodson's record as high school golf coach in our town speaks for itself. But I don't envy him.

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Steamboat resident Kevin Nerney battling brain cancer

After a lifetime of serving others in New York City, longtime Steamboat Springs resident Kevin Nerney is battling brain cancer.

John F. Russell: 50 years and still swinging

Fifty years ago, the founders of the Steamboat Golf Club opened a 9-hole course on the west side of Steamboat Springs. A lot of things have come and gone since then, but the club's survived by filling a need for our community.

Steamboat Golf Club celebrates historic milestone

After 50 years in Steamboat Springs, local golfers still enjoy the greens and fairways found on the west side of town.

John F. Russell: Races leave us all with vintage memories

The Steamboat Springs Vintage Auto Races came to an end in 1998, but many locals still have found memories of when the engine's roar dominated our Labor Day holiday.

John F. Russell: Rockies fans get their own taste of baseball history

Colorado Rockies fans will have to wait a least one more season to see the Denver team contend for a World Series title, but last Sunday the town took it's place in baseball history by honoring one of its first big time stars.

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Depot Art Center sees new improvements, maintains its place of importance in the community

City, Arts Council make much needed improvements to Arts Depot thanks to $250,000 grant from historical fund.

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No doggone excuses accepted at this year's Routt County Fair

The Routt County Fair's dog show offers 4-H members a chance to share the stage with their four-legged friends.

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Horse show action heats up Routt County Fair

Horse shows highlights the start of the 100th annual Routt County Fair in Hayden.

John F. Russell: Looking up to a Catfish

Jim "Catfish" Hunter was a star on the baseball mound in the 1970s. His actions on the field earned him a perfect game and a place in the Hall of Fame. But what he did off the field inspired those with diabetes to pursue their dreams and to reach for the stars.

Arnie's Army Battles Prostate Cancer to hold Steamboat event

For 10 years Steamboat Springs resident Rich Danter has held an event to raise awareness, and money in the battle against prostate cancer.

Division I soccer teams to play in Steamboat Springs next week

Division I soccer programs from Colorado State University and the University of Colorado will visit Steamboat Springs next week before heading into the fall season.

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