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John F. Russell

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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.

Steamboat golfers open season with strong showing at Battlement Mesa

Steamboat golfers open season with solid showing in Battlement Mesa

Steamboat Parks and Wildlife office makes best of tough situation

On Tuesday, a glitch in the computer system left hunters across the state, and in Steamboat Springs, waiting for their chance to buy big-game licenses.

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Locals 2014: Laura Lamun

Laura Lamun is a lot of things: a successful businesswoman, talented performer and loving wife. She knows what she wants from life and isn’t about to let anything get in her way. In the past 20 years, she’s built a national following and international business that reflects what’s important to her, and more than 120 products that she’s proud to have stamped with the name Little Moon Essentials.

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Steamboat Springs High School golf team swings back into action

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team teed off at the Haymaker Golf Course on Monday, marking the start of another season of high school sports in the Yampa Valley.

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Breaking down old practices: Confluence Energy powering the future with diversity

The process of creating bio-based products begins deep in the forest-filled mountains of Northwest Colorado, at the end of recently abandoned logging roads and somewhere in the 20-foot-plus-high piles of twisted limbs, logs and tree parts left behind by logging companies that have taken what they can use.

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Breaking down old practices: Forest Service, Confluence Energy open new chapter in timber management

Riding in the passenger seat of a company pickup on a dirt Forest Service road just shy of the Blacktail Creek Campground in Grand County, Confluence Energy’s Don Sanford surveys the landscape that surrounds the remains of a 2,200-acre timber sale.

John F. Russell: Gary Crawford returns to the sport that gave him so much

Former Steamboat Springs resident Gary Crawford's adress may say that he still lives in Florida, but the Nordic combined legend's heart is still on the jumps hills.

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Local rider's journey to raise awareness begins with diagnosis

When James Lehmann was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago the news came as a shock. Since then the Steamboat Springs resident has been working to get his blood sugar under control, and raise awareness about the disease that changed his life.

Ride helps local man make a difference

Tour de Cure gives local man a chance to improve his health, and raise money for a good cause.

John F. Russell: Learning the parent position

I've learned that being the parent of a competitive soccer player isn't always easy, but it's a position I'm welling to learn.

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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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