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John F. Russell

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Steamboat skiers travel cross county to compete in Birkebeiner

Fifteen Steamboat Springs skiers traveled to Wisconsin last weekend to take part in one of skiing's historic events.

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Tour de Steamboat opens 2015 registration

Registration open for 2015 Tour de Steamboat cycling event.

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Thrift Store Treasures: Sifting through the hidden gems of Routt County's thrift shops

A thrift store is a place where people can donate items they no longer need, and the stores are dependent on donations from the community. Customers come from all walks of life, and one never knows what they’ll be looking to buy.

Skiing pioneer Ted Farwell leaves his mark on Ski Town USA

Ted Farwell may not have been born in Steamboat Springs, but the life he led made him a champion in our town.

Top results, never-ending passion leaves lasting mark on sport of Nordic combined.

Pioneers like Ted Farwell set the bar with their results, and set an example with their passion for skiing.

Rifle Creek Golf course opens for season

Golfers eager to get back on the course will be thrilled to hear that Rifle Creek has opened in February.

John F. Russell: Bike tires leave their mark on Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival

Making the impossible look easy is a Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival tradition.

Results omitted from Soldier Hollow performance

Update on Soldier Hollow race results

Several top finishes were left out of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-county teams top performance on Feb. 4 in Soldier Hollow.

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Winter Carnival 2015: A close connection

Howelsen Hill and Winter Sports Club are tightly bound

For generations the history of Howelsen Hill and the legacy of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club have been joined in a lengthy partnership that has resulted in Olympic celebrations and has long been a source of pride for town residents.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers post top results in Soldier Hollow

Several local skiers found the top of the podium during last weekend's Super Junior National Qualifier in Soldier Hollow last weekend.

Routt County Riders working to expand snowbiking on Emerald

The City of Steamboat Springs, and Routt County Riders have worked out an agreement that will allow snowbiking terrain to expand on Emerald Mountain.

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Catamount Ranch & Club plans on racing through winter on fat tires

The Catamount Ranch & Club will tempt mountain bikers to get out and race this winter with the new Fat Cat Full Moon Snowbike Race Series.

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John F. Russell: Chasing a childhood dream

As children, we grow up dreaming about what it would be like to be a professional athlete, but only a few people will ever get the chance to know what that feels like. But thankfully fantasy baseball camps are available to make dreams a reality.

John F. Russell: Love of the game

I'm not sure if there are softball fields in heaven, but I can say for sure that is where you will find the game's biggest fan.

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Steamboat Springs swim team escapes winter, posts top results in Grand Junction

Steamboat Springs Swimmers race to top finishes at MAValanche Invite in Grand Junction.

John F. Russell: Never losing sight of what's important

The important place the Howelsen Hill holds in Steamboat Springs can get lost when you start looking at budgets, the cost of improvements and how to make the ski area profitable.

John F. Russell: World Championships offer Olympic-sized opportunity

It will only take an hour and a half to get to the sight of the 2015 World Alpine Skiing Championships this year, and will offer ski racing fans in Colorado — and in Steamboat Springs — a rare chance to see the sport they love unfold under the international spotlight.

John F. Russell: Putting a price tag on imagination

People in Steamboat Springs have long held dreams of building an indoor sports complex that would make sports like lacrosse and soccer a year-round activity for the children of our community.

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Brewers in Steamboat Springs driven by passion and love of craft

The addition of Butcherknife and the Storm Peak brewing companies has marked an explosion of craft beer businesses in Steamboat Springs. It's true that both offer their own variety of beer, but inside the walls of these local business’ the passion for the craft of brewing beer is a shared love.

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Young skiers sparkle at Howelsen Hill as Holiday Classic draws to a close

Hig Roberts was hoping for a repeat in the final event of the Holiday Classic at Howelsen Hill, but his teammate had other ideas.

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: 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.”