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John F. Russell

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Long-time director steps down at Old Town Hot Springs

Things have changed, but when Pat Carney steps down at executive director of the Old Town Hot Springs, her spirit and commitment will carry on.

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Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skiers continue to earn state-qualifying finishes

The members of the Steamboat Springs High School Nordic ski team reach new heights at Tennessee Pass races.

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Steamboat girls hockey team overcomes slow start, wins MLK hockey tournament

Steamboat's U19 girls hockey team picks up tournament win, looks forward to continued success on the ice.

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Nordic combined announcement adds more Steamboat Springs skiers to FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships roster

The number of skiers headed to the FIS Nordic Junior Wold Ski Championships was expanded Friday as three hometown Nordic combined skiers were invited to the international showcase.

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Fast start helps Steamboat Springs skier make Junior World Championship lineup

Top results at the U.S. National Championships last weekend in Park City, Utah, have earned Steamboat Springs skier Wyatt Gebhardt a spot on the Junior World Championships team — something he never expected with the seaosn began.

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Moose wandering streets of downtown Steamboat shouldn't come as surprise

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say residents in towns like Steamboat Springs should be aware of their surroundings and should not be surprised if they happen to cross paths with a moose.

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Repairs completed; Howelsen Hill's big hill ready to jump into action

The last-minute, emergency repairs are completed, and jumpers are set to begin using the HS 127 at Howelsen Hill this weekend.

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Steamboat Springs Hockey team hopes to extend winning streak during weekend home stand.

The Steamboat Springs hockey program has kicked off the new year with back-to-back wins. This weekend, the team will look to extend that streak with games against Air Academy and Liberty at home.

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Nordic skiers open high school season on classic note

High School Nordic skiers opened their season with strong showing at Snow Mountain Ranch.

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Steamboat Springs basketball looks forward to start of league play

The Steamboat Springs High School basketball programs set to kick off 2016-17 league season.

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Steamboat riders return with top finishes, hope for more success at home

Steamboat snowboarders brought home solid results from Canada this week and will be looking to ride that momentum into this weekend's events at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat riders hoping to find edge in weekend race series.

Steamboat snowboarders brought home some solid results from Canada this week, and will be looking to ride the momentum into this weekend's events at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Basketball brings brothers together on, and off the court

The basketball court has allowed the Riniker brothers to share a special connection through the years, something they hope will continue long after their playing days have come to an end.

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Steamboat Springs comes out on wrong side of thrilling home opener against Fort Collins

The Steamboat Springs hockey team battles to the end but fails to slip past Fort Collins in overtime.

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Steamboat Springs hockey team eager to play on home ice of Howelsen Hill

The members of the Steamboat Springs hockey team have plenty to celebrate this week after wrapping up finals, looking forward to the holiday break and hosting a home hockey game.

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South Routt athletes recognized for accomplishments off the field of competition

Soroco Rams fans had plenty to cheer about last fall as the teams competed for state titles, and now those student-athletes prove that success is also found in the classroom.

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Holiday Classic perfect homecoming for skiers from Steamboat Springs

The Holiday Classic offers Steamboat Springs ski racer Serina Kidd a chance to come back home, step on the podium.

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Skiers test skills, grit on steep-pitched slopes of Howelsen Hill

Alpine racing took center stage at Howelsen Hill Monday as the Surefoot Holiday Classic opened with the first of three events.

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Tennis Center brings on new instructor to serve up pickleball

New instructor to offer pickle ball instruction at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs,

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Holiday Classic brings top-level Alpine ski racing back to Steamboat Springs.

A holiday tradition brings top ski racers to Steamboat Springs for slalom races on Howelsen Hill.

Holiday Classic brings Alpine ski racing back to Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Springs will be the place for Alpine ski racers to be next week as Howelsen Hill prepares to host the annual Holiday Classic.

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Former Wisconsin Badger, Steamboat Springs resident joins College Hall of Fame

Former college and NFL great Tim Krumrie was honored with Hall of Fame induction at the National Football Foundation's annual awards dinner in New York City.

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Camps keep tennis players in Steamboat Springs Swinging through the holidays

Steamboat Tennis Association and tennis center offer plenty of opportunities to keep local players on the courts through the holidays.

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Steamboat Springs High School teams, athletes honored for efforts in the classroom

Steamboat Springs High School sports teams were honored for their work in the classroom as part of academic all-state teams.

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Steamboat Springs Sailors bring home post-season honors

The fall season is in the books, but the cover wasn't closed before the top Steamboat Springs athletes were honored by the conference and the state.

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Tubing operations suspended as new season brings lots of changes to Howelsen Hill

Changes at Howelsen Hill will bring more beginner ski trails, new terrain parks, jumps and improved cross-country ski trails, but these improvements also mean the end of a tubing operation that has been a fixture at the downtown ski area for the past eight years.

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Ski Town Classic gives local hockey players a chance to test skills on ice

Steamboat Springs is set to heat up the ice in annual Ski Town Classic hockey tournament starting on Friday.

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Steamboat Springs ski racer looking to open World Cup season with fast starts

Anna Marno, who scored her first World Cup points and a national title last season, will be looking to continue her success at World Cup races in Canada this week.

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Hayden cowboy picks up win in Tulsa, hopes for continued success in Las Vegas

Junior cowboys learned about life, and sport as while making the journey down rodeo road.

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Steamboat Springs motorcycle racers overcome challenges, complete Baja 1000

A group of off-road motorcycle racers overcame 830 miles worth of challenges last weekend en route to placing fourth in their division at the 2016 SCORE Baja 1000.

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Turkey Trot gives runners a chance to build up an appetite

Annual holiday run helps athletes build up an appetite before sitting down to eat at Thanksgiving feast.

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Steamboat Sailors coach hoping Red White game becomes holiday tradition

Sailors boys basketball coach Michael Vandahl is hoping to build the Red White game into a holiday hardwood tradition.

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Hayden cowboys head to Tulsa this weekend for Heartland Youth Bareback Riding Championships

Young cowboys follow love of rodeo to Tulsa where they will take a shot at glory in the Heartland Youth Bareback Riding Championships

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Steamboat Ski Area on track for opening day despite warm November temperatures

Steamboat Ski Area officials ae still hoping for cool temperatures and snow, but they are confident next Wednesday's opening will happen.

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Steamboat Springs hockey team ready to heat up the ice this season

In a few short weeks, the Steamboat Springs High School Hockey team will open a new season, with a new coach. But coaches and players insist they will take the ice with the same winning attitude

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Steamboat Springs ski racer hoping to overcome setbacks, regain his position with U.S. Ski Team

Steamboat Springs ski racer hoping his passion for the sport will carry him to the top.

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New coach takes the ice as Steamboat Springs Hockey team moved toward season

Sailors' new coach is no stranger to local players or to finding success on the ice.

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New Steamboat Springs girls basketball coach is hoping to build inspiring program

New girls basketball coach takes helm as Sailors look to embark on a journey he hopes will bring a new sense of confidence to the players in the program.

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Fate of repairs on Howelsen Hill's big jump to be decided at the next Steamboat Springs City Council meeting.

Steamboat Springs City Council will have to decide whether to fund emergency repairs or close Howelsen's large ski jump.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club ski swap offers plenty of great deals, especially if you know what you are looking for

Ski Swap offers skiers and snowboarders great deals headed into the season.

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Steamboat Ski Area, Howelsen Hill start making snow

Early Wednesday morning temperatures were good enough to start making snow at both Steamboat Ski Area and Howelsen Hill.

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Steamboat Springs Pickleball Association continues to see growth, interest in game

New courts, along with growing interest, take pickleball to new heights in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat Springs motorcycle racers head to Baja Peninsula for epic endurance race

The Baja 1000 is one of the most epic off-road races in the world. Next week, a group of Steamboat Spring racers will load up their vans and truck and begin a journey they hope will end with a top finish at the race.

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Events draw players to the courts at Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs

Summer might be over, but the tennis action is just heating up at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs offers players a chance to get on the court in November.

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Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team prepares for 2016-17 season

The sound of bouncing basketballs mixed with yells from players and coaches escaped the confines of the old gym at the Steamboat Springs High School on Wednesday — a sure sign a new basketball season is just around the corner.

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Steamboat Springs High School new girls basketball coaching program takes the team back to basics with pre-season camp

Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball program's coach goes back to basics during his first camp as head coach.

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Sailors embraces role of underdog as team hits the road for regional volleyball tournament

Members of the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team will have to overcome more than a few speed bumps if they hope to drive to a state title.

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New lift promises to be faster, more reliable

Years in the making the new Elkhead Express chairlift is expected to elevate customer experience by providing a faster, more reliable ride from Priest Creek area to the top of Tower run.

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Elevating Elkhead, new lift promises less time on the lift for local skiers and snowboarders

Helicopter pilot Brian Jorgenson spends most of his summer nights on the road, and most of his summer days in the air working for some of skiing's top-level lift manufactures.

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Sailors save best for last

Members of the Steamboat Springs High School football team saved their best game for last and managed to escape the grips of a winless season.

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