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John F. Russell

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Local cowboy rides to top at Las Vegas Rodeo

Hayden cowboy Keenan Hayes travelled to Las Vegas to take his place among the world's best mini bareback riders.

Big Dreams: Devin de Jong

Devin de Jong

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Ready for next big dream

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has a tradition of making children’s big dreams come true, whatever the dreams may be

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has a tradition of making children’s big dreams come true, whatever the dreams may be

John F. Russell: The reasons we play the game

So many athletes from Steamboat Springs have been able to play the games they love in college, but the possibility of a college scholarship shouldn't be the reason to play.

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Young cowboys head to Las Vegas hoping to bring home titles

Hayden youths hope to excel at Mini Bareback Riding World Championships

Young bareback riders will take their titles, and hopes to Las Vegas this week hoping to earn top showings at the Mini Bareback Riding World Championships.

John F. Russell: It's a time to give thanks for the traditions of living in Ski Town USA

Some skiers have made a tradition of celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday a bit early in Steamboat Springs as part of Scholarship Day.

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Season gets rolling with annual Scholarship Day to support the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

The traditions that surround Steamboat Ski Area's Scholarship Day helps make the opening day something to remember.

John F. Russell: Ski jumping perfect fit for summer fun

Imagine Bermuda shorts, loud, flowered shirts and a World Cup ski-jumping event taking place on an island with a tropical backdrop. It might sound like a crazy idea, but it's not out of the question with today's modern jumping complexes.

John F. Russell: Finding well-rounded athletes means looking beyond the field

It's easy to defined them by the sport they play, but athletes in Routt County are constantly reminding us that their's more to a book than just the cover.

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New programs aimed at teaching the basics, bringing young players into the game

Introduction to hockey programs offer young skaters the opportunity to learn the game.

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Love of snowboarding fuels Steamboat Springs man's desire to collect

Chris Smith entered the snowboarding world back in early 1980s and today his love for the sport is matched only by his collection of vintage boards.

High school careers come to an end, but lessons learned will not be wasted

It's a sad time of year around high school sports, but while some careers will come to an end, the lessons they conveyed will not.

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Bulldogs stifle Hayden Tigers comeback bid

The volleyball team from Hotchkiss was able to move past the Hayden Tigers Tuesday night during a pigtail match to determine the final team to earn a spot in this weekend's district tournament, which is being hosted by Grand Valley in Parachute.

John F. Russell: Teams should never apologize for winning

Winning is never saying your sorry.

There is no "sorry" in winning.

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A dog's life in Dogtown USA

Dogs in Steamboat Springs live the good life as far as dogs are concerned. Fresh mountain air, plenty of no-leash options, businesses that welcome pets and miles of outdoor trails and fun make Routt County a great place for dog owners and their companions.

John F. Russell: Science finds its place in the waters of Old Town Hot Springs

It may have looked a lot like a race across the pool, but on Friday morning, the waters of the Old Town Hot Springs pool became a classroom, and the winners all left the water with a well-deserved lesson in how to test the limits of cardboard and duct tape.

John F. Russell: Referees need to keep the game alive

Finding adults willing to referee children's games is a growing problem and it would seem that it's impact is being felt even in places as sports-crazy as Steamboat Springs.

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Local skiers looking for support, assistance as season draws closer

Ski racers Anna Marno and Hig Roberts are carrying on Steamboat's rich Alpine traditions, but they understand they will need the support of the community to chase their Olympic dreams.

John F. Russell: Living in Steamboat Springs means living with wildlife

There are not that many places in the world where you can walk down a bike path and come across moose, bears, elk and deer. it's alway a fantastic opportunity, and gives local residents a chance to watch, enjoy and show these animals respect.

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Yampa Valley Science School offers sixth graders chance to learn, grow

Yampa Valley Science School offers students a chance to learn in nature.

John F. Russell: Moose is Loose pays it forward

Former National, college and professional ski racer's golf tournament provides helping hand for future Olympic stars.

Dragon to hit auction block Sunday

For the past two years Charlie and Gail Holthausen's dragon has been a main attraction for a number of events including the Fourth of July parade, Merry Main Street and Halloween. But on Sunday Steamboat's most famous dragon will be up for sale, and it's creator is hoping the dragon will find a buyer close to home.

John F. Russell: High school championships ready to tee off

The regional golf tournament will take place in Steamboat Springs this week, marking the beginning of the best part of the high school sports season.

Colorado Art Ranch brings unique artists to Carpenter Ranch

The artists at this year's Colorado Art Ranch each bring a unique view of art, nature and the world we live in to the Yampa Valley. But chances are when they return home, Northwest Colorado will have expanded their views as well.

Steamboat golfers wrap up regular season, shift focus to regionals

The top golfers on the Steamboat Springs High School golf team were noticeably missing for the final regular season tournaments of the season but plan to be back in the swing for next week's regional tournament in Steamboat Springs.

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Police take man's threats seriously, end situation without incident

On Monday police quickly brought an end to a situation in the Walmart parking lot with a man who had threatened to harm himself.

John F. Russell: Living with a reputation

Brady may have won in the court of law, but New England Patriot fans will always have to live with team's bad reputation.

Figure skating programs give young skaters an edge

Ice skating programs have returned to the ice at the Howelsen Hill Ice Arena.

John F. Russell: Finding his place on the North Sea

Local hockey sensation Ryan Dingle has taken his talents to the University of Denver, to the National Hockey League farm system and now to Europe. The one thing that has always remained strong is his love of the game and his ability to stay of the ice.

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Wild West Air Fest takes flight over Steamboat Springs

VIntage and modern planes will fill the sky above Steamboat Springs this weekend as the Wild West Air Fest fuels Labor Day festivities in Ski Town USA.

John F. Russell: Packing a few things in before sun sets on summer

The list of things I wanted to do this summer is way too long, but the good news is that another summer is always just around the corner.

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Top-level event sign that Hayden Speedway is gaining speed

Just a few years ago, the only sound you might hear coming from the Hayden Speedway on a Saturday night would be the wind rattling the old metal bleachers. But things have changed, and the roar of the engine and the crowd has returned to the once forgotten track.

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Keeping it wild

Tracy Bye’s commitment to wildlife rehabilitation led her to open a center near Steamboat Springs

There is love in Tracy Bye’s voice as she prepares specially formulated bottles in the kitchen sink of her home just outside of Steamboat Springs. As she talks, she describes the animals she has saved, the ones she has lost and the ones she is caring for now at the Born Free Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which is located just a few steps outside her back door.

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Wildlife rehabilitation center has humble beginnings

Back in 1989, Colorado Department of Wildlife officer Jim Hicks started coming into Tracy Bye’s Soda Creek Elementary School classroom to talk with students about animal tracks.

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Born Free: Stories from the heart

You can find many of Born Free’s most heartwarming stories on the center’s website — — under the tab “Stories From the Heart.” There you can read about Bee, a hummingbird who came to the wildlife center after the nest she was in blew off its perch on a satellite dish, or the story of Sailor, a golden eagle found dehydrated near Maybell.

John F. Russell: Hanging with the peloton at the USA Pro Challenge

On Monday, I covered my second USA Pro Challenge in Steamboat Springs, and thanks to a BMW motorcycle, I had a front row seat for all the heart-stopping action.

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Wood straw used to stabilize ground along side Routt County road as project comes to close

Mountain Pine Manufacturing President Trent Jones smiled Friday morning as crews applied wood straw to the hillside of a nearly complete project along Routt County Road 33. He has bought into the product his company has produced for more than 5 years, and now for the first time he was getting to see it used in his own backyard.

John F. Russell: Remembering the good old days

Friday night's demolition derby thrilled a packed house at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden and reminded me that a good time can almost always be found at the track.

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USA Pro Challenge: Terms you need to know to understand the USA Pro Cyling Challenge

Coming to terms may be the best way to understand the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

Learning the ropes at the Routt County Fair

Program introduces young 4-H members to what it takes to care for a horse.

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Young girl overcomes grief to win at Routt County Fair

Girl hopes to honor her horse with first place showing in showmanship at Routt County Fair.

John F. Russell: Looking past the latest and greatest

For years I've believed that buy the best would make me the best on the playing field. But after switching to wood bats a few years ago I've discovered that the equipment doesn't always make the game more fun.

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Local 4-H projects reach beyond livestock in Routt County

Children in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek are busy getting livestock ready for the annual Routt County Fair, but local 4-H officials say the fair is not all about the animals.

John F. Russell: Even a City Slicker can find a place at Routt County Fair

After spending most of my life in the City I have to admit that it's taken me years to learn to appreciate the Routt County Fair and what our local agriculture community brings to life in my home town.

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John F. Russell: Making the most of opportunity

Growing up in a community like Steamboat Springs provides plenty of opportunities and teaches our children to follow them.

John F. Russell: Still learning the ins and outs of the parent game

Don't yell her name, don't yell out of the refs and I still don't understand all the rules that go along with being a parent.

John F. Russell: Continuing to rally

Sixteen years ago, the Rally for the Valley was quietly introduced by a small group of women who wanted to give back to the community; now it's the community that has stepped up to keep the tournament going.

John F. Russell: Rally continues to leave mark on community

Sixteen years after the Rally in the Valley started as a small grass-roots event at the Steamboat Golf Club west of Steamboat Springs the event has been reborn thanks to the staff at the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club.

Rollingstone Ranch director of golf offers Rally in the Valley golf tournament new life

The new director of golf at the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club has stepped up to offer long running golf tournament new life.

John F. Russell: Cheering for the red, white and blue

The U.S. Women's soccer team has earned its place in our Fourth of July celebration.