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Van Life: Who’s behind the wheel, what they’re up to and where local van life might be headed

November 19, 2017 — It was their first night living full-time in their van. That morning, Jes and Jason Striker had packed up the last few things in their 2000 VW Eurovan, waved Steamboat Springs "ta-ta" for now and headed northeast. Spirits were high and free; an itinerary for

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Helluva haul: Catching a 34-inch, 12 pound pike with a spearfish

November 16, 2017 — While an August Yampa River pike fishing derby by Colorado Parks & Wildlife and Straightline Sports brought fishermen out in droves, no one pursued it deeper than Cedar Beauregard and his kids, Luke and Adrian, who spearfished for the invasive, trout-eating species. "We went from

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Best of the Boat: Best Mountain Bike Trail — Flash of Gold

November 9, 2017 — Even though the Best of the Boat voting ended before autumn had a chance to turn Flash of Gold's ocean of aspen trees into a sea of gold, the newest addition to Steamboat's mountain biking scene rode away as town's Best Mountain Bike Trail. The

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Steamboat riders dominate 25 hours in Frog Hollow

November 8, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — You don't just wake up and decide to go ride your mountain bike in a 25-hour race by yourself if you've never contemplated such a feat before. Helen Beall certainly didn't come quickly upon that idea. "I would have said they were

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VIDEO: Prime time arrives for Nordic skiing on Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat

November 7, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Early November 2017 is turning out to be one of those special seasons in Steamboat, when Nordic skiers can enjoy excellent conditions along Bruce's Trail on Rabbit Ears Pass well in advance of the arrival of winter on the Yampa Valley floor. On Tuesday, for

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More than 1,000 people attend memorial of Hayden Kennedy, Carbondale climber who died in October

November 6, 2017 — More than 1,000 of Hayden Kennedy’s close friends and family came together at a Carbondale school Saturday for a memorial to remember the local climber who died along with his girlfriend last month in southwestern Montana. Kennedy, 27, was remembered for his compassion, humble spirit

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With an upset in 8-man, Soroco football rolls on to 2nd round

November 4, 2017 — MERINO — Few things in sports seem as reliable as the small-class football playoffs and the fate of Colorado high school northern mountain teams therein. Year in and year out, fine teams filled with nice kids come out of the mountains in late October and November

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Hunter’s trophy bull elk stolen from the back of his pickup near Gypsum

October 26, 2017 — A soldier's first successful bull elk hunt turned south when his prize harvest was stolen from the back of his pickup near Gypsum in the early morning hours of Oct. 20. The Eagle County Sheriff's Office and Eagle County Crime Stoppers hope someone with knowledge

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As trail building activities heat up around Steamboat, council asks ‘what about the Core Trail?’

October 12, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — As U.S. Forest Service officials start using city lodging tax dollars to study the feasibility of adding several more new trails in the mountains around Steamboat Springs, some of the city's elected officials want to see some more trail-building attention closer to

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Hayden Kennedy, renowned climber and Carbondale native, takes his life after girlfriend dies in avalanche

October 11, 2017 — Hayden Kennedy, renowned climber and Carbondale native, committed suicide after his girlfriend died Saturday in an avalanche while the pair were skiing in rugged Montana backcountry, his family said. Kennedy is the only son of Julie and Michael Kennedy. Michael Kennedy is a well-recognized alpinist

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3 men and their llamas in the Rocky Mountains

October 9, 2017 — SUMMIT COUNTY — Cosmo, Uncle Leo and Newman are the newest additions to my older brother Toby Stensland’s family in Lakewood, and for a couple days, these three llamas were my hiking companions. Before taking the llamas by myself, Toby, who has plans to put

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Freaky weather at heart of “Rogue Elements,” new TGR film showing in Steamboat Friday

October 5, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Time is of the essence when it comes to tumultuous ski season conditions. "One day can be blowing powder, then the next it’s 70 and sunny," said Michael Martin, local powder hound. "Just look at this week, Monday you have 20 inches

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After paddling up the Mississippi, Steamboat’s Luke Kimmes heads off on another canoe adventure across America

October 2, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — First it was canoeing 5,230 miles up – yes, up – the Mississippi River to the Arctic Ocean. Now, Steamboat Springs’ Luke Kimmes is embarking on another callous-causing canoe expedition. This spring, Kimmes — and Canadian, French-speaking comrades Martin Trahan, Yan Kaczynski

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More than 18 miles of new Buff Pass trails come into focus

September 23, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Rain fell, and a small crowd shivered in jackets and hid under hoods. It wasn't the best of moments to show off a summer's worth of work. "Wait a few minutes," Kent Foster said, "and it'll be snowing." They passed on the

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4-H shooters shine, headed to nationals

September 22, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — After a strong team-wide performance at the state championships, five local shooters are bound for the national 4-H shooting competition. Kendra Halder qualified in three events, .22 rifle, air rifle and air pistol. Richard Hallenbeck and Michael Henry qualified in shotgun, Taylor

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Saturday run to benefit Emerald Mountain School

September 21, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Runners will stretch out for the penultimate Steamboat Springs Running Series event of the season Saturday, tackling the Emerald Mountain Trail Run. The race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday outside Olympian Hall at the base of Howelsen Hill. There will be four

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No pedaling required for Saturday’s downhill mountain bike race in Steamboat Springs

September 21, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Bike Park course for the Quick and Chainless downhill mountain bike race is, appropriately, downhill, so a strategy of simply letting the wheels roll will be sufficient to get from the top of the course during Saturday's race to the

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Spoke Talk: What’s in a trail

September 21, 2017 — Somewhere, up there, a scratch in the dirt on the side of a mountain departs its trailhead. This, like many other trails, can tell a story. Just like the rest of them, its story is unique.  Maybe its rough trodden, primitive nature speaks to origins of

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Steamboat Springs ultra marathon pumps up prize money

September 19, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The tents and coolers and generators and tables and all the rest of the vast array of equipment it takes to put on a 100-mile trail running race are only just put away. The Steamboat Springs-based Run, Rabbit Run 100-mile trail ultramarathon

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California Park still recovering from early cattle drives

September 18, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — California Park represents the most biologically diverse region for native animals in the Routt National Forest, which virtually rings Steamboat Springs. And this month, the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District is seeking public comment about its newest five-year project to restore First Creek. Fisheries

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