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John F. Russell

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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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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.