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John F. Russell

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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.

John F. Russell: Finding passion in the games we play

For many of the people I have covered the game is a past time, a thing that grabs our attention for a few hours and then passes with the seasons. A few of the people I've covered have taken the game to new levels and for them it's not just about the score at the end of the day, but the passion we all fell for the game.

John F. Russell: Dingle has played hockey across the world, still considers Steamboat Springs home

Professional hockey player Ryan Dingle has moved to places around the world to pursue his love of the game, but that hasn't stopped him from realizing that home will always be tucked away in the mountains of Northwest Colorado in a place known as Ski Town USA.

Elite Hockey Training camps come to Steamboat Springs

Ryan Dingle's Elite Hockey Training camp posts summer schedule.

John F. Russell: The garage sale can wait, I still want to play games

I should give up the game of softball, but what fun would that be.

Support for new Alpine training venue comes from community, and from outside the community

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Executive Director, Jim Boyne said effort to build the new SSWSC-Stevens' Family Alpine Venue comes from the community within, and outside the club.

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Steamboat Springs graduating senior takes lessons he learned on course to college

Spencer Petersen becomes the fourth winner of the Steamboat Springs Junior Golf Association's annual scholarship earning $2,000 he knows will be helpful in his pursuit of a college degree.

John F. Russell: Summer filled with opportunities

Summer is filled with opportunities for children in Steamboat Springs.

Legion baseball team travels to Summit County, splits doubleheader

Steamboat Springs Legion baseball team splits double header in Summit County.

Steamboat Storm names coach, selects players, hopes to find community support

The Steamboat Storm, a new collegiate level baseball team that will represent Steamboat Springs this summer, is slated to open play next month, as players continue to look for homes in the community.

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Fundamentals will be focus of third annual High Altitude Basketball Camp

High Altitude Basketball Camp offers young players a chance to develop a strong foundation grounded in basic skills.

John F. Russell: Sometimes success is measured outside the Olympics, even in Ski Town USA

In a town where a skier's success is often measured by an Olympic-sized yardstick, many skiers are proving there is more than one way to bring home a trophy.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes fill ranks of U.S. Ski Teams

The U.S. Ski team released nominations for the 2015-16 season last week, and several Steamboat Springs athletes were among those who will be representing our country next winter.

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Two new programs offer opportunities for junior golfers in Yampa Valley

Local professional optimistic that two new junior programs this summer will drive young golfers to area courses.

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Bryan Fletcher named Nordic Combined skier of the year, keeps honor in the family

For the past four years, the recognition that goes to the Nordic Combined Skier of the Year has been awarded to an athlete with the last name Fletcher. This year was no different as Bryan Fletcher collected his second skier of the year honor to pull even with brother, Taylor.

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Former Steamboat players fall just short of landing national title with the University of Colorado

Three former Steamboat Springs Sailors played a role in the University of Colorado's club lacrosse team's run at a second national title this season. On Sunday, the team was heartbroken as Grand Canyon University topped the Buffaloes in a 9-8 contest. for all the marbles.

John F. Russell: Road to state title is rarely easy

Steamboat Springs freshman makes road to state finals look easy, and makes those who watched realize just how special winning a title really is.

Cheerleading Showcase acts as fundraiser for local team

Cheerleading team hoping to raise money for scholarships during sixth annual showcase.

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Burger rallies to collect Sailors' first state title since 2009

Steamboat's freshman phenom rallies to win Sailors' first state title since 2009

Steamboat Springs freshman Tatum Burger topped St. Mary Academy's Alex Weil Wednesday morning in Pueblo to bring home the Sailors' first state title since 2009.

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Burger hopes to land title on final day of state high school tennis championships in Pueblo

Steamboat Springs freshman Tatum Burger will be hoping to land the No. 1 singles title on the final day of the 4A Colorado State High School Tennis Championships.

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Sailors’ title hopes alive as Tatum Burger looks to take care of business

It was a day that started with so much promise, but as the second round of the 4A Colorado State High School tennis tournament drew to a close late Monday afternoon, it was apparent that only one Steamboat Springs High School player would have a shot at winning a title this year.

John F. Russell: Making a difference in your community

Sailor Luau gives student athletes a chance to give back, thank the community.