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John F. Russell

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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.

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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 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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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.