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John F. Russell

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Friends, community remember Father Tom as caring, active and loving person

When Father Tom Dentici passed away July 17, he left behind a long legacy of caring that inspired the members of his parish, and the community of Steamboat Springs.

Ski jumping coach hoping to carry on family tradition in Steamboat Springs

Karl Denney brings his family's love of ski jumping to Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Nordic programs.

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Local soccer teams advance to finals of 30th annual Mountain Soccer Tournament

As the Steamboat Moutnain Soccer Tournament enters it's final day two local teams still have hopes of landing a title.

John F. Russell: Rally in the Valley leaves lasting legacy

Making a difference is what the Rally in the Valley was all about.

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Rally in the Valley golf tournament drives off into sunset after 15 years raising money, awareness for breast cancer

Longrunning fundraiser appears to have come to end of long, successful run

For 15 years the Rally in the Valley has raised money, and raised awareness in the battle against breast cancer in Steamboat Springs.

Calf recovering at Born Free after being captured in Rita Valentine Park

Parks and Wildlife officials say they have captured an elk calf in Rita Valentine Park and transported it to the Born Free Wildlife Rehabilitation Center near Steamboat Springs.

John F. Russell: Making today's news, writing Steamboat's legacy

Big stories and everyday events come together in the pages of the Today to help tell Steamboat Springs story.

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Steamboat Springs Ski Jumping Extravaganza has become a holiday tradition

This week the top ski jumpers in the country will come to the slopes of Howelsen Hill to take part in an event that has been a Fourth of July tradition in Ski Town USA.

John F. Russell: How young is too young?

Lucy Li's story is amazing, but I can't help but wonder what's happening to our childhoods.

Steamboat Springs Legion baseball team collects second place at Wyoming tournament

Steamboat fell short in a hard-fought championship game in the Green River, Wyoming, tournament, and will be looking to get back on the winning track this weekend at home.

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Mission accomplished for Steamboat Springs Teen Council as slackline park becomes reality

Two years after coming up with the idea to build a slackline park at the base of Howelsen Hill, the Steamboat Springs Teen Council has left a lasting mark on the town it calls home.

John F. Russell: This dad finds meaning on Father's Day

The true rewards of being a father have nothing to do with the sports our children play, the clothes they wear or the teams they cheer for. The true rewards of being a father are in the details.

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Woman's journey across country to raise awareness, money for Shriners Hospitals

Anna Harrington is walking her way across the United States looking to raise awareness and money for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

John F. Russell: Deb Armstrong knows what it takes to be a gold medal mom

Olympic gold medalist Deb Armstrong steps aside to focus on being a mom.

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Yampa Valley High School graduates celebrate accomplishments at the end of their journey

The graduating seniors at the Yampa Valley High School stepped to the podium Friday, and accepting their hard-earned diplomas while looking forward to life after high school.

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Steamboat Springs High School golfers score big with college scholarships

Steamboat Springs Junior Golf Association is hoping to pay it forward by handing out scholarships to top high school golfers.

John F. Russell: Falling in love with the game, not the bat

Changes to the adult softball leagues will make the game for aging players like me, but that shouldn't stop us from loving the game.

John F. Russell: 2nd chance gives family rare opportunity to cherish life

A Steamboat Springs family feels lucky after a tragic accident in the Utah desert, but have come to understand the things that should really matter to all of us.

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Ryan McConnell happy to be back home in Steamboat Springs after devastating fall in Arches

A little less than three months after a life-threatening fall at Arches National Park, Steamboat Springs resident Ryan McConnell is on the road to recovery and happy to be back home.

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Steamboat Springs Police Department spends the day sharpening skills, preparing to be safe on road

The members of the Steamboat Springs Police Department spent a few hours Tuesday reviewing the basics and sharpening their skills behind the wheel as part of a bi-annual program.

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The art of dance

Steamboat Springs’ community showcases talents in time-honored expressions.

John F. Russell: Steamboat learns that post-season berths best won on the field, not decided on paper

After looking at the teams, the records and the polls, it's hard to understand how the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team didn't make this year's playoffs. It's even harder to explain.

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No time to count flowers as local landscape company looks forward to colorful summer

The colors of spring are arriving in Steamboat Springs every day, keeping the crew at Windemere Landscape and Garden Center up to their noses in flowers, bushes, trees and shrubs.

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Rollingstone Ranch, Haymaker Golf Course set to open this week, weather permitting

The snow is gone, and the greens and fairways are nearly ready as the Rollingstone Ranch and Haymaker golf courses appear ready to open the 2014 season.

John F. Russell: Time to get back out there

Truth is, when it comes to recreational softball, it doesn't matter if you're good or bad. You just have to get in the game and have fun.

Course to open range, offer golfers 1 last day of early season savings

Haymaker Golf Course expects to open its driving range Saturday as golfers have one final day to buy passes at early season rates.

John F. Russell: Kicking off summer at Coors Field

Sure April showers will bring May flowers, but inside Coors Field it always feels like summer.

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Spring runoff leads to large slide on face of Howelsen Hill

Spring runoff led to a large slide on the face of Howelsen Hill.

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

A landowner 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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Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer squads post top finishes at state championship

Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer teams overcome challenges to post top results at Colorado All Star State Championships.

John F. Russell: Track allows athletes to spring into spring

The impact of the all-weather track in Steamboat Springs has helped spring sports blossom.

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Haymaker 2014 season passes go on sale

There still is plenty of snow in the Yampa Valley, but for some people, it's never too early to start thinking about golf.

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Steamboat boys lacrosse comes from behind against Thompson Valley to extend streak to 7

At halftime during Monday afternoon's boys lacrosse game against Thompson Valley, it looked as though the Sailors' undefeated season was coming to an end — but there was no way this team was going down without a fight.

Fund set up to help Ryan McConnell and his family after fall in Arches National Park

A fund has been set up at a Steamboat Springs Bank to help fall victim Ryan McConnell and his family.

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Homegrown artist finds her place in the world of tattoos

Steamboat Springs resident Melissa Freeman always has loved art, but these days her canvas is skin, and her art is creating tattoos.

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STARS Mountain Challenge aims to pack slopes, provide support for life-changing programs

Executive director hopes that Mountain Challenge will spark support for vital life-changing programs in Steamboat Springs.

John F. Russell: Alyessa proves that skiing is about smiles, not results

All it took was a couple of runs with Horizon's client Alyessa Yeagher to remind me what skiing was all about — the smiles.

Local recovering in Grand Junction hospital after falling at Arches National Park

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Ryan McConnell is recovering in a Grand Junction hospital this week after falling off of a rock "fin" at Arches National Park in Utah.

Finding a new angle: From the newsroom to a helicopter, GoPro shows versatility

Television reporter Matt Renoux knows a thing or two about telling a good story. For the past 15 years, the Channel 9 newsroom reporter has brought news from the mountains of Colorado to the Front Range. Renoux does it all. He is a reporter who shoots and edits his own video and follows the stories for one of Denver’s top TV news stations.

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Finding a new angle: Increasing popularity of GoPro cameras creates new ability to share experiences

It all started with a strap. Back in 2001, Nicholas Woodman, the founder and CEO of GoPro, came up with the idea for a strap that would hold a disposable camera in a way that would allow him to take photographs of himself while he surfed in Australia.

John F. Russell: Christa's story should make us question the things that limit our lives

Last fall, Christa Metzler took a chance and approached Steamboat Springs Middle School cheerleading coach Summer McParland. What happened next is the kind of story that should inspire us all to take a chance.

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