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John F. Russell

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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.

Fund set up to help Ryan McConnell and his family after fall in Arches National Park

A fund has been set up at a Steamboat Springs Bank to help fall victim Ryan McConnell and his family.

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Homegrown artist finds her place in the world of tattoos

Steamboat Springs resident Melissa Freeman always has loved art, but these days her canvas is skin, and her art is creating tattoos.

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STARS Mountain Challenge aims to pack slopes, provide support for life-changing programs

Executive director hopes that Mountain Challenge will spark support for vital life-changing programs in Steamboat Springs.

John F. Russell: Alyessa proves that skiing is about smiles, not results

All it took was a couple of runs with Horizon's client Alyessa Yeagher to remind me what skiing was all about — the smiles.

Local recovering in Grand Junction hospital after falling at Arches National Park

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Ryan McConnell is recovering in a Grand Junction hospital this week after falling off of a rock "fin" at Arches National Park in Utah.

Finding a new angle: From the newsroom to a helicopter, GoPro shows versatility

Television reporter Matt Renoux knows a thing or two about telling a good story. For the past 15 years, the Channel 9 newsroom reporter has brought news from the mountains of Colorado to the Front Range. Renoux does it all. He is a reporter who shoots and edits his own video and follows the stories for one of Denver’s top TV news stations.

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Finding a new angle: Increasing popularity of GoPro cameras creates new ability to share experiences

It all started with a strap. Back in 2001, Nicholas Woodman, the founder and CEO of GoPro, came up with the idea for a strap that would hold a disposable camera in a way that would allow him to take photographs of himself while he surfed in Australia.

John F. Russell: Christa's story should make us question the things that limit our lives

Last fall, Christa Metzler took a chance and approached Steamboat Springs Middle School cheerleading coach Summer McParland. What happened next is the kind of story that should inspire us all to take a chance.

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Athlete brings joy, spirit to middle school cheerleading squad

The middle school cheerleaders will travel to Broomfield this weekend for a big competition, but the lessons they have learned this season go beyond winning trophies.

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Junior championships open with thrilling downhill race on Vagabond

Tristan Lane and Storm Klomhaus raced to downhill titles in the first event of the 2014 Rocky/Central U16 Regional Championships in Steamboat Springs, while several local skiers surprised everyone with personal-best results.

John F. Russell: Alpine snowboarder's stories make them worth cheering for

Athletes stories, and their Olympic dreams is one of the reasons they are worth cheering for during the games.

Sailors tennis picks up win in season-opening match at home

After losing seven players from last year's squad, the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team returned to the court and its winning ways Friday afternoon.

Students from local karate academy post top results at state championships

Members of the Rocky Mountain Karate Academy traveled to Eagle earlier this month and earned a number of top finishes at the Colorado State Karate Championships.

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Future looks bright as Steamboat girls step into jumping, Nordic combined spotlight

After losing three of it's top girls jumpers after last season the Steamboat Springs Nordic programs look to reload with top finishes in Anchorage.

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Steamboat skiers shine at 2014 Junior National Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships

The nation’s best juniors competed on the jump hills and cross-country tracks in Anchorage, Alaska, this week with national titles at stake.

John F. Russell: Olympic magic difficult to protect in age of information

Time difference makes it difficult to protect the magic, and excitement of the Olympic Games.

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Day 2 of Steamboat Springs Telemark World Cup brings changes, same winners

Organizers tweaked the course a bit on the second day of the telemark World Cup in Steamboat Springs, but that didn't stop the day one winners from repeating.

Steamboat Springs High School hockey players shine in final regular season home game

Steamboat Springs hockey recorded a shutout against Summit County in its final regular-season home game.

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Steamboat boys basketball team extends winning streak to 4 games

The Steamboat Springs high school boys basketball team rolled past Summit County on Tuesday night to extend the Sailors' winning streak to four games.

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Steamboat girls celebrate senior night with big win against Summit County

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team celebrated senior night Tuesday with a big-time home win against Summit County.

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Telemark World Cup brings best skiers to slopes of Steamboat Ski Area

The telemark World Cup returned to the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area Tuesday morning with Switzerland's Amelie Reymond and Germany's Tobias Mueller taking the top spots in the first of four events.

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Steamboat cross-country skiers compete in big race at Soldier Hollow

Some of the best junior cross-country skiers in Steamboat Springs traveled to Soldier Hollow last weekend to compete in a meet they had been working toward all season. The Soldier Hollow Junior National Qualifier drew 651 athletes who competed in a two-day event Friday and Saturday.

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Steamboat Springs boys basketball team hoping to carry winning momentum down the stretch

There is still a lot of basketball to be played on the Western Slope this winter, but Steamboat Springs coach Luke DeWolfe understands just how far a few wins can go this time of year.

Steamboat Springs High School girls pick up victory in Summit County

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team improved to 8-8 Tuesday night with a win over Summit County.

John F. Russell: The good and bad side of sports are what make the game so special

It would be great if we could just focus on the good side of sports. It would be great if there were never any losers, but in the end, the game just wouldn't be as much fun.

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Soil conservationist treks into the backcountry to count flakes and help predicting water content

Snow surveyors play an important roles as they head into the Colorado backcountry to collect information about how much water we will have when the snow melts.

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Conference gives neuroscientist a chance to reach out to inspire Steamboat Springs students

The Winter Conference on Brain Research visited Steamboat Springs this week, and top scientist minds took their time to venture out to schools hoping to inspire the next generation.