Stories for April 2000


Sunday, April 30

Natural medicine's first prescription: education

This is an exciting age in medicine, when a great variety of natural therapeutic options are becoming available for the treatment and prevention of disease. Emphasis is moving away from treating symptoms and toward maintenance of optimal health.

Sailors win; earn homefield playoff game

The Steamboat Sailors baseball team held off a tough Glenwood High School Demons squad at Simillion field Saturday to win 12-11. The Sailors' victory earned the Steamboat squad home-field advantage in a playoff pigtail game scheduled for Tuesday.

Ram runners looking forward to league meet

Steady improvement coupled with hard work are the ingredients a young Soroco High School track team used to make a strong showing against seven Western Slope schools at a meet in the Craig Thursday.

Inspector: Fire's cause might never be known

The investigation into a fire at the Lowell Whiteman School that killed two dogs is still under investigation. An official said the cause might never be known.

City skateboard park getting a facelift

Local skateboarders are waiting patiently for the Howelsen Hill Skateboard Park to reopen, knowing it will be a much cooler place when it does.

Friday, April 28

Destination: State

Creative problem-solvers Denver-bound

Six Soda Creek Elementary students were hitting pots and pans with whisks and spoons this week practicing their own brand of music in preparation for a state competition.

Chief: Billowing smoke was from planned fire

A hay fire south of Steamboat Springs on Thursday that sent white smoke billowing high into the air was a controlled agricultural burn.

Authorities tie 3 to string of burglaries

An anonymous tip led investigators to two men and a teenage boy who are now suspects in a string of burglaries in south Routt County.

Hayden marquee effort given $500

The Hayden Chamber of Commerce has donated $500 to the high school booster club's drive to purchase a marquee for Tigers' events.

Crime Stoppers chalks up first successful tip

The sheriff's office was aided in the south Routt County burglary cases by a tip called in to Routt County Crime Stoppers. It's the first time a tip to the 18-month-old organization has led to an arrest, said John Centner, president of Crime Stoppers.

Teen hurt in rollover accident improves

A Clark teen-ager injured in a rollover accident Wednesday is hospitalized, but improving. A Clark teen-ager injured in a rollover accident Wednesday is hospitalized, but improving.

Chamber offers grouse leks tour

Bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts are urged to grab their binoculars and join the Hayden Chamber of Commerce Sunday morning for a sharp-tailed grouse bird-watching event.

Thursday, April 27

Celebrate Arbor Day: Plant a tree

To quote Martha Stewart, "planting trees is a good thing."

Whiteman student named to U.S. Freestyle Team

The news that Emiko Torito has been named to the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team came as no surprise to Winter Sports Club mogul coach Bobby Aldighieri.

Fire board election Tuesday

Chuck Grobe, Richard Hagins and Charlie Epp will all seek re-election to the West Routt Fire Protection District board of directors on Tuesday. Ross Fralick, Susan DeBowes, Bob Preator and Ed Hockin will challenge the incumbents for four open seats.

Clark teen injured in rollover

A North Routt County teen-ager is recovering from elbow and lung injuries after rolling his truck on County Road 129 near Clark.

Planning board OKs Design Center

An interior design shopping center proposed for the west end of Steamboat Springs received a unanimous vote of approval from the city Planning Commission on Thursday.

Controversy engulfs Stagecoach election

Three seats on the Morrison Creek Water District board of directors will be decided in a district election Tuesday, with the main campaign issue centered on how to expand water and sewer lines in the Stagecoach Development.

Options limited for spring break child care

While much of town left for spring break this week, there are some families who did not go on vacation and are challenged with finding somewhere for their children to go because both parents work full time.

LIFT-UP thrift store getting dumped on

Some mornings, employees of the LIFT-UP community thrift store get to work and really feel dumped on.

Residents demand smoking ordinance

There was a full house at the Hayden Town Board meeting on Thursday night as a group calling themselves "Concerned Citizens for a More Healthy Community," presented their case for curtailing teen-age smoking in the town.

Wednesday, April 26

Murder suspect attended Whiteman

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A former Whiteman School headmaster describes murder suspect Michael Skakel as a disturbed, pathological liar, but his skiing buddies in Aspen say he's normal, sweet and innocent of the charge against him.

Employers look to teen workers in summertime

With the stranglehold the labor market has on area employers, it was no wonder they turned out for a business roundtable luncheon on Wednesday to gather information on state labor standards for hiring student summer employees students who will keep businesses in business.

Soroco dominates Steamboat in 13-1 contest

Soroco baseball coach Steve Longwell knows that if his ball club is going to have a good day, his leadoff hitter Westley Milway needs to make contact with the ball.

Proposed development faces skyline questions

Skyline issues may pose problems for a residential development proposed near the new Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Grass fire threatens historic schoolhouse

A community project didn't go the way a school group planned Wednesday, leading to a small grass fire that threatened the historic Moonhill Schoolhouse.

Food festival seeking Oak Creek board's OK

A permit allowing the Taste of South Routt to be held at the community park in Oak Creek goes before the Town Board tonight.

Tuesday, April 25

College contemplates 'de-Brucing' measure

The Colorado Mountain College system is contemplating seeking relief from the TABOR Amendment, following many other tax-supported Colorado entities which have successfully "de-Bruced."

Planting trees, shrubs takes special care in Routt County

Denise Hitchcock has a plan. A relative newcomer to Steamboat Springs, she wants to create long-lasting memories for her family by planting a tree in her yard for each member of her family every year.

WZ 'badges' being pulled off, one by one

The change has begun in Steamboat. Since the passage of House Bill 1075 last year, many residents of Routt County have had to turn in their beloved WZ license plates for a dry and random combination of three letters and three numbers.

Sailors-Rams postponed

This week's damp spring weather has put a temporary hold on a showdown between the Steamboat Springs and Soroco high school baseball teams.

Satellite building offices reopen for new season

Satellite offices of the Routt County Building Department opened this week in the towns of Hayden, Oak Creek and Yampa.

Town considers buying into affordable housing

In Steamboat, affordable housing is defined by the Regional Affordable Living Foundation as homes in the $120,000 to $150,000 price range. Hayden's Town Board members believe that number is still too high for the tiny bedroom community and they want to do something about it.

Monday, April 24

Thousands in scholarships available to local students

Every year, thousands of local dollars go right back into the community through the Steamboat Springs High School Local Scholarship Program.

Animal shelter bracing for onslaught of strays

The Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter is buckling down for a spring rush of abandoned and runaway animals, thanks to warm weather and the exodus of seasonal residents.

Rec district in Hayden refining ideas

Hayden's recreation district committee will meet tonight to continue refining the proposal it will take to voters in November. The group has been soliciting the help of organizations that have helped get taxpayer-funded recreation centers constructed in other communities.

Whiteman fire investigated

Cause of blaze at cabin still a mystery

Fire investigators checked the site of a cabin fire at Whiteman school on Monday to try to determine the cause of the blaze that killed two dogs trapped inside.

Man arrested in trucK theft, assault on driver

A Steamboat Springs man who testified earlier this month in the trial of a man convicted of attempted murder was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of assaulting a woman he knows and stealing her truck.

Steamboat's conference hopes dwindle

The Rifle High School girls soccer team took another step towards securing the Western Slope Conference title Tuesday night with a 1-0 win over Glenwood Springs.

Sunday, April 23

Werner named college hall-of-famer

Steamboat Springs skier Loris Werner won his last NCAA national skiing title in 1966. Now, more than 30 years later, the Steamboat Springs native will be honored by Western State College when he is inducted into the Mountaineer Sports Hall of Fame this September.

Two dogs killed in Whiteman fire

A cross wrapped in yellow police tape marks the grave of two dogs killed in a fire at the Lowell Whiteman School over the weekend.

After-prom activities promise loads of fun

The Steamboat Springs High School after-prom party is shaping up to be a testament to the community's support of a fun and sober prom.

Help your child 'play it safe'

"Play ball!" Our national pastime has begun, the grass is greening and local playing fields are swarming with young athletes for whom sports are a way of life. April is National Youth Safety Sports Month, an important time for adults to make sure that children are playing it safe.

Town board supports indoor arena proposal

A proposed indoor riding arena that the developers say would be available for the community to rent got the endorsement of the Hayden Town Board Thursday night. Keith Barnett and Don Moraites met with the Town Board to request a letter of support for the project that they will include in their county special use permit application. Board members clearly supported the project with one stipulation: more landscaping.

Hail storm, speed play roles in rollover wreck

A Grand Junction man who flipped his sport utility vehicle during a hail storm on Colorado 131 over the weekend escaped with minor injuries.

Soroco school gets preservation grant

The South Routt School District has received a $10,000 grant from the Colorado Historical Society to pay for the first steps in a restoration project at Soroco Middle School.

Three retail buildings planned for U.S. 40

Jerry Stanford of VGS Enterprises in Steamboat Springs is proposing three new retail buildings for the U.S. 40 corridor between downtown and the ski mountain.

Friday, April 21

Recycling 'Wranglers' start work today

Yampa Valley Recycles kicks off its Recycling Wranglers program today, the first of a three-phase effort to improve recycling in Routt county

Council fills a variety of seats on city panels

Steamboat Springs City Council confirmed the appointment this week of 17 residents to commissions and committees that study recreation and open space issues. The appointments were to six different bodies, ranging from the Ice Rink Advisory Committee to the Trails and River Committee.

Trash hauler resists recycling

Hayden company says demand doesn't warrant curbside service

The future of curbside recycling in Hayden may depend on what company gets the town's trash-hauling contract. The two primary trash collectors in Routt County disagree about whether mandating that recycling be a required service in future contracts is smart government.

Planning Commission approves LPS changes

Whether golf courses count as open space in Routt County's land preservation subdivision process will be decided by the Board of County Commissioners this summer. In a 6-0 vote, county planning commissioners recommended at their meeting this week that the board approve revised regulations for land preservation subdivision, or LPS.

Local teens taught: 'Baby, think it over"

The problem of teenage pregnancy is something schools across America are dealing with on a daily basis. To help combat the problem of teen pregnancy, Hayden High School offers a program that educates students on the responsibilities of parenthood. The program is called "Baby, think it over," and it's part of the junior-level life-skills class taught by Mari Mahana, district health education coordinator.

Roaring Fork, Aspen, no match for Steamboat

Steamboat Springs tennis player Meagan Franks defeated Roaring Fork's Tina Czechowicz in straight sets 6-0 and 6-2 to give the Sailors a point in the No. 1 position.

Woman gets 8 years for husband's death

Luree Highpines Nelums has been sentenced to eight years in prison for the stabbing death of her husband last June.

Thursday, April 20

Elk River rafting trips get nod from planning

Commercial rafting on the Elk River near Clark received Routt County Planning Commission's approval Thursday.

Summer jobs for youth on the table at luncheon

The Colorado Workforce Center will be sponsoring a youth labor roundtable luncheon on Wednesday.

Trailers for sale or rent? Residents worry over park's uncertain future

The pride that Matt Mraz takes in his home is evident from the spotless new Pergo flooring, the hand-troweled plaster walls and the new Formica on the breakfast bar he built himself. But Mraz is afraid he's about to lose it all.

Sailors' bid for conference title falls short

The Steamboat Springs Sailors dominated most of the soccer match against the first-place Rifle Bears but could only come up with a 1-1 tie after two sudden-death quarters Thursday.

Single mom wins BPW 'Pioneer Scholarship'

Kelda Combs had a good day, which is going to be the beginning of a good life. Not that her life was bad before, because it wasn't, but Combs just got a boost that means the difference between good and great.

C-130 practices approach at airport

The four-engine military transport aircraft that came in low and fast over Steamboat Springs shortly before noon Thursday was a C-130 flying out of Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.

Metro couple court hearing set for May 10

A Denver-area couple arrested in a sting operation outside Steamboat Springs last week is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing next month. Jimmie and Patricia Scantlin were arrested April 12 on suspicion of distributing methamphetamine and cocaine and possession of cocaine.

Booster club trying to buy marquee

The Hayden Sports booster club has spent the last year raising money to see the school's name in lights.

TCI Cable pledges to carry Avalanche

Avalanche fans in Steamboat Springs who have cable may have been a little frustrated Monday night.

Local students collecting Spirit Challenge pledges

Students started pounding the pavement this week looking for pledges for the annual Spirit Challenge.

Reservoir officials 'perched' on a controversy

The Division of Wildlife is hearing some strong opinions from local anglers who oppose a proposal to stock Stagecoach Reservoir with nonnative yellow perch.

INS detains 15 Mexicans

Fifteen undocumented Mexican nationals were detained at the Routt County Jail Wednesday after the driver of the van they were in fled from a minor accident on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Wednesday, April 19

Facelift work begins

Renovation work has begun on the historic Routt National Bank building at the corner of Eighth and Lincoln. Fox Construction Inc. got its final building permit yesterday and the crew is ready for demolition.

Running series making tracks for summer

Despite yesterday's spring snowstorm, many local runners were out training, eagerly anticipating the return of this year's Steamboat Springs Running Series.

Sidewalk work may begin this week

Construction of curb, gutter and sidewalk improvements on a short section of Third Street in downtown Steamboat Springs could begin this week.

Local anglers talk about DOW fish management

Pike management, as well as bag limits, were controversial topics for local anglers at a Division of Wildlife roundtable meeting at the Carpenter Ranch on Wednesday.

Rafting company seeks OK for Elk River trips

A rafting company is seeking the county's permission to use the Elk River Guest Ranch as the starting point for guided raft trips on the Elk River. High Adventure Rafting has been operating commercial raft trips on the Elk River for seven years, according to the company's owner, John Duty.

Christian Heritage students win essay contest with anti-violence messages

Two Christian Heritage School students won awards in the Colorado Law Enforcement Officers' Association essay contest. Tyler Johnston won first place and $100 in the eighth-grade division and Flori Van Baak won third place and $50 in the seventh-grade division. The contest was open to schools in several northwest Colorado counties. Today, we're printing the winning essays, with their anti-violence messages, as a way to commemorate the anniversary of the Columbine tragedy:

Vandals paint graffiti on Hayden buildings

Hayden residents woke up to a disturbing sight Wednesday morning. Vandals took to spray painting derogatory messages about the schools and police and pro-marijuana use messages on local businesses, Town Hall and the high school throughout the night.

Interim manager named for airport

Mel Baker has been named interim airport manager of Steamboat Springs Airport/Bob Adams Field.

Teens search for summer employment at school fair

They are in the local stores, at the pool and taking a break at the noon whistle. They are local high school students and summer is their time to work and make some money.

Schools observe Columbine anniversary

Local high schools are observing a statewide moment of silence at 11:21 a.m. today to commemorate the anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.

Tuesday, April 18

U S West plans to connect Steamboat-Craig this year

Enplanement numbers up 10 percent

It won't be long before Steamboat residents will be able to make a telephone call to Craig without paying long-distance charges to U S West.

Local skiers honored at annual awards night

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member David Lamb's list of accomplishments this year has made him one of the country's top up-and-coming alpine ski racers.

Annual alien invasion begins

Controlling noxious weeds landowners' responsibility

As the snow melts into the ground and green tips of plants begin to emerge in the Yampa Valley, landowners may need reminding that some of those plants may be noxious weeds and it's their legal responsibility to manage them. Noxious weeds, those undesirable plants not native to the United States, are dangerous because they grow unchecked by natural predators such as disease and insects. Most animals won't touch them because the weeds don't have nutritional value. "The biggest danger is that they crowd out native plants," Extension Agent C.J. Mucklow said.

Couple conned out of $6,500

Bogus time-share deal a reminder to be careful on spring vacations

Ken and Jane Shovick, owners of the Family Barber Shop, have lived in Steamboat for many years. Like many residents who have had their share of winter weather, come April 1, the couple enjoy spring breaking in Cozumel, Mexico a sunny place where they can warm their spirits after the long winter until now. After a trip last year, the couple was scammed out of more than $6,500. A fter a planned trip in May they're never going back.

Residents embrace theater

The South Routt community didn't need magic to produce the "Wizard of Oz," just some hard-working community members who have a love for the theater.

Town manager idea regains momentum

Town leaders made it clear at a meeting April 13 that they are serious about hiring a town manager. The town manager would take on double duties of treasurer and town administrator, which, according to a letter by Cathy Shipley of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, is uncommon, but not unheard of.

Sailor shooters dominate 'Dogs, 9-0

The Sailors ripped six first-half goals past Bulldog goalkeeper Cammi Hillewart en route to a 9-0 win Tuesday night at the Steamboat Springs High School.

Searching for a spark

Sailors girls soccer coach Jim Dudley thinks the Sailors offense might enjoy a little more elbow room up front.

Relax:Dress, dance just signs of the times

How do you put restrictions on the changing times? The concerns of parents and community members about dancing and dress at the school dances and the Sailors dance team have led to many discussions among the teens, parents and community members at the high school this week.


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Hurdlers lead Sailors to 2nd at Meeker Invitational meet

Weather fails to dampen athletes' spirits, results

A die-hard group of athletes headed to Meeker on April 15 to face uncertain weather conditions and top competition in one of the biggest track and field meets of the season so far.

Sweating the details

Creating a new public rec center will take creative collaboration

This community that loves to work hard and especially play hard may not be big enough to support a full-service public recreation center one that might cost $7.25 million fully equipped. And the best chance to build a new rec center could result from a partnership between the city of Steamboat Springs and Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association. Those are among the findings of a feasibility study conducted to determine if there's sufficient interest in Steamboat for a rec center, and what the financial challenges would be. The city's director of Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services, Chris Wilson, told City Council this week that financial issues will be primary if the project goes forward. "There is strong support for a new recreation center in Steamboat Springs, as the existing facilities in the area are unable to meet all the current needs," Wilson said. "It is clear that the people want the center to be affordable, are willing to look at some level of operations subsidy (fees), but are unsure of the support for a tax increase for the project funding.

Oak Creek needs money and participation

Walking the plank

Residents in Oak Creek spoke loud and clear on election night when they voted down two use taxes, 16-154 and 18-154. What they said was they want town leaders to figure out how to balance the budget with the money they have. Who can blame them? Nobody likes to pay taxes, especially in Oak Creek, where a large population of people live to avoid the high cost of living in Steamboat.

Youth and Family group mobilizes around assets

A month after the Youth and Family Summit Forum, organizers have come up with a concrete action plan for the group.

A time to remember, a time for action

It's been a year now since two disturbed, angry young men walked into their Front Range high school and, with guns and bombs, destroyed the belief that Colorado schools are immune to deadly student violence.

Moffat County Bulldogs rout Steamboat, 25-9

In a offensive blowout, the Moffat County Bulldogs varsity baseball team launched five homers and scored 16 unanswered runs to rout the Steamboat Springs Sailors 25-9 Tuesday in Steamboat Springs.

Wildland fire season roars to life

Burns begin three weeks early

Routt County's wildfire season started about three weeks earlier than usual due to mild temperatures and strong winds. Beginning in early April with several five-acre grass fires, the fire season has already grown to include a 500-acre fire that started as an agricultural burn and got out of control.

American Legion offers scholarship

The Steamboat Springs American Legion Post No. 44 is providing financial help to students who will graduate (in 2000) or have graduated from a high school in Routt County and will attend an accredited college, university, or technical school. The financial assistance may be applied for by students who are planning on entering military service prior to attending college or technical school. A selected recipient who enters the military service will have his or her scholarship retained for use upon completion of military service.

Peewees grab top results

More than 300 young wrestlers visited Steamboat Springs April 15 looking for titles in the Mountain Invitational wrestling tournament.

There's no place like home

Girls topple Dakota Ridge

The Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse team played its first home game ever on Saturday and also picked up its first win of the season.

Competition gets best of Chix at state

The No. 6 seed Aspen team topped the Women's Association of Colorado Hockey state tournament last weekend to earn bragging rights in the state.

Critter Club plans May Day baskets

The Hayden Critter Club held its monthly meeting April 10.

Barr's 9th-inning heroics lift Sailors over Panthers

First home baseball game keeps fans on edge of their seats

It was what you'd hope to see in the first high school baseball game ever played in Steamboat Springs. It was a typical spring day in a town known for its skiing, not its base running. The game against Delta had started under fairly nice skies April 15, but by the the middle innings, rain started to fall.

Investing in airport divides City Council

Steamboat Springs City Council asked itself, "Where's the money coming from?" Tuesday night after hearing details of plans to expand aircraft storage at the airport, and possibly build a new recreation center.

Rec center cost study complete

City Council voted Tuesday night to "accept" but not to "approve" a feasibility study for a new recreation center that might cost as much as $7 million to build and $300,000 annually to operate.


High Point 4-H Club picks scrapbook group

At the April meeting of the Highpoint 4-H Club, the members discussed who would be on the scrapbook committee. It was decided that Justin, Rachel, Kendra, Florie and Kate will serve on the committee.

Senate to debate hunting fee hikes

The Colorado Senate will begin hearing arguments this week on raising non-resident hunting fees, following the House's rejection of another bill that would have granted the Colorado Division of Wildlife enterprise status.

Global warming would mean Shorter ski season but more snowfall

Scientists interpret temperature data differently

In the last two years, Colorado residents have experienced the warmest winters in decades. Some scientists say it's because the effects of global warming are finally rearing their ugly heads, while others say it's still too soon to tell. Dr. Randy Borys is an atmospheric scientist and the director of Storm Peak Laboratory inSteamboat.He said there is finally enough evidence that air pollution is sending the world into a serious warming trend. A combination of weather patterns, ice melt and air pollution levels has led the scientist to believe the earth is warming.

'Extraordinary leader' rewarded for community volunteer efforts

Jennifer Johner is finding out that a little hard work and a big heart to help others pay off after all. The 18-year-old senior at Soroco High School received the President's Student Service Challenge Scholarship for her volunteer hours in the community.

Board approves county planning head's salary

Routt County's new planning director will start work with a salary two steps above entry level. Caryn Fox will make $54,621 a year when she takes over the planning department from Ellen Hho is leaving May 5 to work part-time for the Regional Affordable Living Foundation.

Local college to offer Native American studies

Janie Swartz Peck hopes the current revival of interest in Ute culture and history will lead to something permanent in Steamboat Springs. Swartz Peck will teach an introduction to Native American studies at the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College in June. If there is enough interest, she'd like to offer the course every summer.

Indoor arena planned to cover riders' needs

Routt County residents who want to ride their horses indoors during the long winter months must trailer their animals west to Craig or make arrangements to use one of a handful of private covered arenas in the Steamboat Springs area. That could change under a proposal from some Hayden-area residents.

Monday, April 17

Board of Ed apologizes

The Steamboat Springs RE-2 Board of Education has apologized to school staff for limiting a discussion of a master agreement, and scheduled several times to meet with them to discuss it further.

High school embezzler pleads guilty

More than 30 students from Steamboat Springs High School filled the Routt County District Courtroom on Monday to hear a former bookkeeper plead guilty to stealing more than $40,000 from a school activity fund.

U S West awarded $37M contract for 'beanpole'

Gov. Bill Owens announced Monday that U S West has been chosen to install a fiber-optic backbone that will connect state offices in rural areas with high-speed Internet capabilities, which will essentially open up broad-band capabilities at a reasonable price in all parts of Colorado.

Pilots group wants city to bond, build hangars

Steamboat Springs City Council will be looking for ways to strengthen the climate for general aviation at Steamboat Springs Airport Tuesday night while reducing the subsidy from the city budget needed to keep the airport in operation.

Prison time rescinded for Loeser

A Steamboat Springs man who killed his friend in a 1996 drunk driving accident could be a free man today.

Sunday, April 16

'Psychic' assisting Marie Blee family

A new development in the 20-year-old Marie Blee case is giving the parents of the missing girl, who apparently believe Marie is dead, some renewed hope in the search for their daughter's body.

Spring-clean your medicine cabinets, pharmacists urge

Would anyone even consider drinking milk that was two months past its expiration date? Certainly not. Yet many people take outdated aspirin and cold medications without considering the consequences. That can be an unwise or even dangerous thing to do.

Fishing issues on line at Anglers' Roundtable

A discussion on whether warm-water fish should be stocked in Stagecoach Reservoir will be held at an Anglers' Roundtable Wednesday organized by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The impact of whirling disease in Colorado hatcheries will also be addressed at the meeting.

LIFT-UP director quits after 4 months on job

LIFT-UP executive director Jan Jacobs resigned and a search has been launched for the third executive to head the non profit organization.

Local team endures 275 miles to win

Steamboat Springs endurance rider Sands Dickson recently returned from the New Mexico Renegade where she placed first in the feather-weight class and fourth overall in a five-day, 275-mile horseback ride.

Local skier is overall Whistler Cup champ

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Joel Adams ended his season with a bang Sunday, being named the best skier in his age group in North America.

Authorities locate 'missing' suspect

A suspect in the Marie Blee disappearance case believed to be missing himself has been located.

Friday, April 14

Joel Adams wins Super-G at Whistler Cup

Joel Adams of Steamboat Springs won the super-G at the Whistler Cup on Friday to become the first local athlete ever to win a gold medal at the Whistler Cup.

Elk and deer harvests down in 1999

Warm weather, license limits likely behind lower numbers

Steamboat Today Warm weather and license limits are believed to be the reasons for low harvest numbers during the 1999 big game hunting seasons, according to information recently released by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Property tax deadline is May 1

Routt County property tax payments must be mailed by May 1, but County Treasurer Jeanne Whiddon is urging residents not to wait until the last minute.

High school orator selected for national tourney

Steamboat Springs junior Jenny Castner will attend the national speech tournament in Oregon in June after placing well at a qualifying tournament.

Cleaner power plant looks to future

The newly retrofitted Hayden Station should have pollution emissions decreased by 21,000 tons in the year 2000 a number that gives many Yampa Valley residents reason to breathe a sigh of relief.

Police: Teen brandished gun in argument with neighbor

A 17-year-old Steamboat Springs boy was held overnight at the Moffat County Youth Care Center in Craig on suspicion of felony menacing after allegedly brandishing a shotgun outside his home at Copper Mountain Estates Thursday evening.

Weather Channel getting facelift

AT&T Cable Services and the Weather Channel are working on a significant upgrade to the local weather channel 17 in Steamboat Springs and Walden an upgrade that should more accurately depict what's happening with mother nature.

Structure of Centennial Hall expected to be visible soon

Motorists driving by on Oak and 10th streets should see the frame of Centennial Hall taking shape later this month.

Cleaner power plant looks to future

Hayden Station has reduced emissions considerably thanks to a $130M retrofit

The newly retrofitted Hayden Station should have pollution emissions decreased by 21,000 tons in the year 2000 a number that gives many Yampa Valley residents reason to breathe a sigh of relief.

Thursday, April 13

Purchase of recreation land OK'd

In a unanimous decision, the Hayden Town Board has approved the purchase of a 22.87-acre parcel of land for future recreation use.

Suspect in Blee case now missing himself

IRS may be asked to help with search

One suspect in the disappearance of Hayden teen-ager Marie Blee 20 years ago has disappeared himself. After investigators spoke with Monty Doolin at his Grand Junction home in September 1999, he moved out and hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Conference exposes girls to future full of possibility

There was a veterinarian, a dancer, a psychologist, a massage therapist, an architect and a botanist at the Sheraton Conference Center Thursday, but the most important guests were 100 eighth-grade girls.

Sailors beat Aspen 2-0

The Steamboat Sailors girls soccer team beat the Aspen Skiers 2-0 Thursday in its home opener at Gardener Field.

Successor to Hanna picked by ski resort

A 14-year ski industry veteran has been named Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s new senior vice president of marketing. Andy Wirth will take the marketing reins in late June after Rod Hanna's retirement from the company.

Boys get their 'help' day also

Last year after the Girls to Women/Women to Girls conference, many eighth-grade boys felt left out, so this year the Steamboat Springs Middle School eighth-grade boys held their own career day.

U.S. Forest Service wants help from public on changing trails

Forest Service officials will seek more public input before moving trails and trailheads in the Routt National Forest after failing to get the response they expected when the issues were presented last year.

Planned burn gets out of control

A landowner clearing grass out of ditches near Hayden started a wildfire that burned an estimated 500 acres Wednesday.

Metro couple arrested on local drug charges

After a six-month undercover investigation, local, regional and national drug enforcement officers arrested a Lakewood man and his wife Thursday on suspicion of distributing illegal drugs in Routt County.

Flags will decorate downtown

After more than a year of work, the Hayden Chamber of Commerce has finalized a decorative street banner campaign. Soon, new "Welcome to Hayden" flags will be hung from the town's street lamps.

Medical building gets planning board's OK

Steamboat Springs Planning Commission voted 5-3 Thursday night to recommend approval of the new Pine Grove Medical Building.

Commissioner says ouster was a 'lesson'

A part of Donna Walker doesn't want to believe it, but she has reached the conclusion that fallout from last fall's City Council election is the reason behind council's vote this week that ended her tenure on Planning Commission. City Councilwoman Kathy Connell said Thursday that is not the case.

Wednesday, April 12


Man faces assault count in sledgehammer attack

A Steamboat Springs man originally arrested on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder now faces a charge of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

'Labor pains' worse elsewhere

A new government report depicts a bleak future for resort communities in Colorado. Because of the skyrocketing cost of housing, statistics indicate that labor pools will continue to be depleted over the course of the next 20 years, leaving two of three jobs unfilled by 2020 in ski towns across the state.

'Senioritis' is a natural affliction these days

It is already April. The year flew by, and even though almost everyone told me that my senior year would fly by, I didn't really think it would. I know my peers agree. And as the school year is nearing the end, I can't help but get excited, scared and, to put it nicely, a little carefree. Last week we received our graduation announcements. The cards were neatly printed with shiny red print inviting friends and family to the ceremony. The senior bulletin board has a countdown of our last days, and people are finalizing plans for after school. How could we not be excited?

Recycling advocates see rebirth of curbside

Recycling advocates hope that just as old plastic soda bottles can be reincarnated as handsome fleece pullovers, curbside recycling efforts in Steamboat Springs will be reborn again on Earth Day.

Local Squirts win Kingdom Kup in Breckenridge

The Steamboat Ski Haus Squirts knocked off the Arvada Hawks 7-3 April 9 to win the Kingdom Kup 2000 in Breckenridge.

Beef business book reaches across nation

Organizers of the Colorado Beef Business Directory say it offers a unique avenue for Routt County agricultural producers to market themselves to buyers across the state or across the country.

Big tricks, big spills, big air

Boarderfest brings out best in local riders

Big air, huge tricks and a large crowd were all part of Steamboat Boarderfest 2000 on the slopes of Headwall over the weekend. The 'fest came to a thrilling conclusion on April 9 with Utah's Scott Goodale capturing the title in the big air finale, ending the second edition of the competition. "It's a great event," local snowboarder Spencer Tamblyn said. Tamblyn competed in and won the halfpipe event on April 8. He has now won the event twice in two years.

Walking the plank The danger of Rabbit Ears Pass is you and me

The danger of Rabbit Ears Pass can't be blamed solely on ice or curves. It's you and me. The danger is drivers who don't follow the rules and don't listen to common sense, drivers who speed or don't pay attention to the road.

'Chief' could get 32 years prison

Steamboat Springs resident Edward Moore, who was convicted last week of second-degree attempted murder, faces a sentence of five to 32 years in prison.

Town's 'Mr. Everything' will be hard to replace

When Tom Yackey showed up to work last Monday morning, for the first time in 22 years it wasn't as the director of public works in Yampa. Last month, Yackey told the Yampa Board of Trustees that he was resigning from his position, leaving a huge void in the town that could take two people to fill. As the public works director for Yampa, Yackey was an icon for the town as well as an example of the classic handyman. "Tom did everything, and he didn't very often ask for much help," Town Trustee Jody Vetter said.

Be careful what you wish for

Results of the 1999 community survey released by the city last week show that a majority of residents want to see tighter reins on growth. But they also want the city to be more supportive of working families read: make living here more affordable, especially when it comes to housing.

YVEA listens to wind-power fans

Electric cooperative buys renewable energy; service slow to gain interest

Yampa Valley Electric Association's decision to buy into a wind farm has local environmentalists applauding, but the alternative energy source has yet to catch on locally.

New medical building planned

Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will hear a proposal Thursday night for a new medical building that could be built at the corner of Pine Grove Road and Taco Bell Drive. Architect Robert McHugh's design for the 6,000-square-foot Pine Grove Medical Building is reminiscent of classic western barns.

Hospital logs busiest month ever in March

The local hospital had its busiest month ever in March, a fact that officials said should prove to the community that the new Yampa Valley Medical Center is fully capable of caring for a large number of patients.

Landscape business improving property

The owners of Windemere Landscaping and Garden Center have plans to expand their business on the near west side of Steamboat Springs. Mark and Talina Tarzian were scheduled to go before city Planning Commission this week seeking approval for their plans to install two temporary greenhouse structures totaling 5,100 square feet on their property. The 2.7-acre site is immediately west of the Routt 66 gas station on U.S. 40.

DOW's disease concerns will mean fewer fish stockedin high-country waters in 2000

Millions of trout and salmon, from scrappy catchable-sized rainbows to fingerlings that can grow to catchable size, will be stocked in lakes and streams throughout the state this spring and summer.

Hospital CEO search is off to a slow start

The search is off to a slow start for a new chief executive officer for the Steamboat Springs Health Care Association.

Top locals off to elite hockey camp

The first week in May, seven local hockey players will head to the Rocky Mountain District camp in Westminster with dreams of making it to the national level someday.

KILLER CURVES: Rabbit Ears has become a deadly drive

Higher speeds, changing road conditions causing accidents

Scott MacFarland had to search his heart before he let his teen-age daughter drive over Rabbit Ears Pass the road where his wife's life came to an end last winter. But finally letting Natalie go was a necessary part of the healing process. "I had mixed feelings about it, but it's given her courage to face it," he said. Natalie doesn't like driving over the pass, but after living through the wreck that killed her mother, she's made the trip about a dozen times for high school lacrosse games in other towns.

One Fine Day offers flowers and more

Kimberly Bunker is relying on experience to run her new business in Routt County. The wedding planner and floral designer has been putting her touch on special events for more than 17 years.

Lacrosse team comes home

The members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team will be looking for their first win of the season this Saturday when the squad hosts its first home games in Steamboat ever.

Lady luck shines on local team

The Steamboat Springs men's traveling hockey team visited Las Vegas last weekend and took first place in the Lady Luck tournament.

New generator needs upgrades

The Board of Trustees here will find out April 13 if a new generator was worth the money the town spent.

Yampa board selects mayor from its ranks

Tom Estes has been appointed mayor of Yampa, filling the seat that Brenda Northrop gave up.

Mullen flexes muscles, brings end to Sailors' run

The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team's six-match winning streak came to an end April 8 as the Sailors fell in a 6-1 match to Front Range powerhouse Mullen.

Fast-moving Starr leads Sailors at Palisade

InvitationalSailors heading to Meeker next

Steamboat Springs' Rachel Starr wasn't thinking about goals or times Saturday when she stepped to the starting line of the 400-meter run at Grand Junction's Stocker stadium. This was the finals: if she beat the other seven runners to the finish line in the race, she would win the meet.

Nancy P. Becker 1963-2000

Nancy P. Becker of Steamboat Springs died April 9, 2000 at her home. She was 37.

Amy Tumminello 1959-2000


Assistant director named county planning chief

Caryn Fox will be able to maintain project consistency in the Routt County planning process as she moves into the planning director position, according to county officials.

Local bears wake up to the 'Garbage Route'

A smelly garbage can is all it could take for an uninvited bear to show up for supper at your house. Spring marks the time of the year that black bears end their winter hiatus and begin trekking downriver to look for food. More and more, the food they find is in our trash.

Inferno going out

Loss of lease at mountain hot spot will mean fewer live music options

After 15 years, the Inferno restaurant and popular night club will close its doors in late May because it is losing its lease.

Kiely hot against Demons; baseball team picks up first win of season in 15-7 game

Steamboat Springs senior Jeremiah Kiely struck out 12 batters on April 7 as the Sailors baseball team picked up its first win of the season, 15-7, against Glenwood Springs. "It was a great team effort," Kiely said. "Everyone chipped in and we played solid baseball." Kiely pitched all seven innings, giving up four earned runs and four walks on 134 pitches. He credited the play of catcher Derek Haverley for blocking some third strike balls that ended up in the dirt and then throwing the batter out at first.

Soccer team hosts Aspen

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team will play in Steamboat for the first time this season when they take on Aspen tonight at the high school's Gardner Field.

Tuesday, April 11

Duckels ticketed for erosion-control violations

After numerous warnings to Duckels Construction, the city planning department has issued three citations for violations relating to soil erosion control problems at the company's Long View subdivision construction site.

Sailors fall apart in fifth, lose to 'Dogs

Steamboat Springs catcher Derek Haverley walked off of the Craig Middle School baseball field on Tuesday evening with his head hung low. The Sailors had just dropped their seventh game of the season to the Moffat County Bulldogs, 11-3.

City Council exempts snow removal from noise ordinance

Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to exempt snow removal contractors from the city noise ordinance.

Catamount says water line not for current or future home use

Hoping to address concerns over a proposed water line underneath the valley floor south of Steamboat Springs, officials with Catamount Development have resubmitted their application for an amendment to their special use permit.

Group helps victims rebuild lives

Mary said she never could have gathered enough courage to leave her abusive husband without the financial and emotional support she received from a victims' compensation fund. This week marks the 20th annual National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Houseplants can thrive in arid climate

Growing houseplants is a popular hobby and an interior decorating technique. The secret to maintaining healthy attractive houseplants is to establish a suitable growing environment in your home. Know your plants' needs.

Vice-chair loses seat on planning board

Steamboat Springs Planning Commission Vice-Chairperson Donna Walker was not granted a new three-year term by City Council Tuesday night.

Leadership group working for Hillside children's park

One of the simplest joys of childhood is playing, but some children in Steamboat Springs are forced to use a parking lot as a playground.

Rental store employee guilty of theft from shop

A ski rental shop employee who pleaded guilty to stealing equipment from his employer has been sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation, 16 hours of community service and $238 in fines and court costs. Routt County Judge James Garrecht suspended a six-month jail sentence, provided that David Douglas Apple meets the conditions of his probation.

Bookstore worker convicted, sentenced to pay back $2,500

A former Off the Beaten Path bookstore employee who pleaded guilty to stealing $2,500 from the store will pay it back in monthly installments.

February prosperous for Steamboat economy

Steamboat's property managers knew in advance the news from February would be good. But it was still nice to hear this week that city sales tax revenues from the lodging industry were up 7.6 percent over the same month a year ago.

County residents slow returning census forms

So far, 44 percent of Routt County residents have mailed back their census forms, trailing the state average of 61 percent. Today is the last day to mail the forms and census officials are concerned, but not panicking.

Monday, April 10

Sleepless in Steamboat? City looks at noise laws

Steamboat Springs City Council may have to choose between a good night's sleep and efficient snow removal at its meeting Tuesday night. Steamboat Springs City Council may have to choose between a good night's sleep and efficient snow removal at its meeting Tuesday night.

Boys involved in chase plead guilty to felonies

Two 14-year-old boys involved in a high-speed chase from Walden to Steamboat Springs last month pleaded guilty to felony charges in Routt County Court Friday.

Sailor headed to all-state game

While most members of the 1999-2000 Steamboat Springs girls basketball team have turned their attention to other things, senior Alyssa Simon is still focused on an upcoming basketball game.

Board backs off stance against teachers' request

After a more than two-hour discussion with 85 teachers, parents and community members, the Steamboat Springs Board of Education backed off its plan to kill discussion about a master agreement Monday night.

Elementary boundaries changing

The Steamboat Spring Board of Education voted to change the boundaries of its two elementary schools in order to follow growth patterns of the community and even out enrollment.

Sunday, April 9

Buff Pass non-motorized use areas being debated

Members of the Routt Winter Task Force and Forest Service officials drove snowmachines up Buffalo Pass last week to begin hammering out a plan for establishing non-motorized boundaries in the area.

Resiliency means getting beyond asking 'Why Me?'

We've all heard that when life hands us lemons, we're supposed to make lemonade. But why is it that some people seem to be able to whip up a batch of lemonade so effortlessly, while many don't know how to begin?

Routt Couty precinct caucus locations

The following is a listing of Democratic and Republican precinct caucus locations. Precinct caucuses for both parties begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Infrared used to spot trouble before it starts

Crews from Yampa Valley Electric Association may have avoided four future power outages in downtown Steamboat Springs last week thanks to an infrared scanner on loan from the federal government.

Sailors make it two in a row

Two games into the conference season, the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team has already taken its place at the top of the Western Slope pack.

Employee living issues on the table at luncheon

Employers who are interested in doing more for their employees in terms of affordable housing and helping to provide family-friendly programs in the workplace should attend the Steamboat Chamber Resort Association's Business-to-Business luncheon Wednesday.

Volunteers needed for local meet

With at least 13 teams coming to town for the Steamboat Invitational wrestling tournament on Saturday, local organizer Richard Atkinson is desperately searching for more than a few volunteers to help out.

Young Utes learn to ski on tribe's ancestral land

The sky was brilliant blue on Mount Werner as Billy Kidd talked to a group of skiers on Preview.

Caucuses offer grass-roots opportunity

Local committees for the Republican and Democratic parties all over Colorado will be conducting precinct caucuses Tuesday.

Friday, April 7

Guilty as charged

Steamboat Springs man convicted of attempted murder for stabbing

Edward "Chief" Moore failed to persuade a jury that he stabbed another Steamboat Springs man in self-defense last fall. The six men and six women who sat through a four-day trial found Moore, 48, guilty Friday night of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, use of a deadly weapon in a violent crime and unlawful use of cocaine.

Gas prices level, but have yet to go down

Filling up at the pump is getting a bit less dreadful as gas prices stabilize from a steady uphill hike since January. But local drivers shouldn't expect a drop in the price per gallon any time soon. It may take a month or more for Steamboat customers to enjoy any price relief.

Public libraries want readers to visit and return

Encouragement: Fine-free week

National Library Week is more than a chance to return overdue books free of fines. It's about enjoying the wonderful places libraries are. "National Library Week calls attention to our community libraries and celebrates what an important place they are in the communities and nation as a whole," said Chris Painter, the director of Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Donated library collection honors childhood advocate

Nancy Castagnasso was dedicated to the cause of young children and she also loved to read. That is why the Nancy Castagnasso Memorial Resource Library is an appropriate and poignant tribute.

Steamboat base for Civil Air Patrol annual training

Steamboat Springs Airport will log more than the usual number of takeoffs and landings this weekend as the Civil Air Patrol conducts a statewide training exercise here.

Commission tables Milner landfill petition

Panel wants more information

Milner landfill representatives have to provide more details about building materials and a drainage system for greasy water before the Rout County Planning Commission recommends approval for a new building on the site.

Teacher learns: 'Crime' doesn't pay

Steamboat Springs Middle School teacher Bruce Wenzlau is retiring in two years and cooked up a crazy get-rich plan, but it went sour on him. Wenzlau was fingered as the culprit in a fictitious murder mystery unit, for both the theft of the "Crawford gem" and the staged murder of school mascot Salty the Sailor.

Thursday, April 6

Steamboat skiers race the best in Idaho

Top cross-country skiers from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club were dusted by an Estonian superstar last week and loved every minute of it.

Steamboat proves it's best ski patrol in the state

It's official: Steamboat's ski patrollers are the best in the state, and they've got the Pro Ski Patrol of the Year Cup to prove it.

Surgeon: Defendant's story doesn't match wounds

A surgeon who operated on Brian Lithgow's life-threatening wound to his kidney testified in Routt County District Court on Thursday that the defendant's account of how he stabbed the victim is inconsistent with the location of Lithgow's wounds.

Panel OKs wastewater recycling plant permit

A waste-water recycling operation that was shut down three years ago because of environmental concerns got the go-ahead to reopen from the Routt County Planning Commission Thursday.

City agrees to sponsor low-cost loan for fitness center's land purchase

Steamboat Springs City Council has agreed to act as a "government sponsor" for a bank-qualified, $500,000 tax-exempt loan being sought by the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association.

Winning team proves nothing's 'impastable'

Few can imagine 475 pounds could be supported by a structure made of pasta. But one team competing in the Destination Imagination competition proved the naysayers wrong.

Steamboat hosts Boarderfest, Day of Champions

Local snowboarders will have a chance to compete on the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area this weekend when the Bud Light Boarderfest 2000 rolls into town.

Rec center proposal downsized once again

The West Routt Recreation District Committee is talking of downsizing yet again its proposal for a major recreation center to further cut costs to taxpayers. The decision comes just weeks after the committee announced it was cutting its initial plan in half, phasing construction and leaving playing fields until a later date to make the tax increases it would require more palatable to voters.

Airport zoning plan in a holding pattern

The city of Steamboat Springs' two-year effort to adopt a new overlay zone district at its airport is in an indefinite holding pattern, as attorneys for the city and a nearby property owner attempt to work out their differences.

Wednesday, April 5

Stabbing victim takes stand on second day

Testimony: Defendant was trying to kill

The victim of a stabbing attack last fall testified in Routt County District Court Wednesday that the man who stuck him with a filet knife was trying to kill him.

City transit system logs busiest month in March

Fewer buses packed with plenty of riders

Steamboat Springs Transit carried more passengers in March than in any single month in its history. That despite the fact that the free city bus system was forced to cut the number of buses on the road this winter due to a shortage of drivers.

Construction won't close Fish Creek area, this year

Improvement projects that closed Fish Creek Falls recreation area last year will continue through this summer. But trail users can breathe a sigh of relief: the U.S. Forest Service plans to keep the area open all season.

Immunizations VNA's focus during 'public health week'

This week is National Public Health Week and the Visiting Nurses Association wants to remind people about the importance of prevention. "It's in recognition of the fact that public health doesn't always focus on sick people," she said. "It focuses on being the healthiest you can possibly be with the programs."

'Moose' Barrows joins Senate race

Former Olympian will challenge Jack Taylor for GOP nomination

Longtime local Republican Party activist Jim "Moose" Barrows announced Wednesday his intent to challenge state Rep. Jack Taylor for Colorado Senate District 8.

Planners to review dump, water recycling site

The Milner dump might get a maintenance building, if the Routt County Planning Commission approves it.

Tuesday, April 4

Curbside recycling concept gets reborn

Steamboat Springs City Council enthusiastically passed on first reading Tuesday night an ordinance that would require all trash removal companies operating in the city to include curbside recycling in their basic fee for weekly service.

Sheep rancher inviting public to shearing day

Local sheep rancher Greg Brown is shearing his animals this week, and he invites the public to come and watch the process firsthand.

Inexpensive HIV tests offered to CMC students

Fifteen dollars can get you into two movies, buy you and a pal lunch and for a short time, get you if you're a college student an HIV test.

Defense claims stabbing was self-defense

Steamboat Springs resident Ed Moore stabbed Brian Lithgow twice in the kidneys in self-defense, according to Moore's attorney, Ron Smith.

Survey stresses local concern over growth

Eighty percent of the people responding to a city survey last summer think Steamboat should control its rate of growth, and 56 percent of those polled would support a moratorium on new development. The results of the survey were released this week.

Sailors dominate Bulldogs, 10-0

The Steamboat Springs Sailors scored early and often to to rout the Moffat County High School girls soccer team, 10-0, Tuesday in Craig.

Sailors hoopster selected all-state

Steamboat Springs senior David Marsh has been selected to play in the all-state basketball game in Greeley this June.

Sales and use taxes get thumbs up

Yampa voters said yes to both questions on their ballot, one for sales and use taxes and the other to do away with term limits.

Steamboat wins big at national championships

Twenty-two members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club just returned from the United States Amateur Snowboarding Association's National Championships, toting with them a truckload of medals and an even longer list of top-5 finishes.

3 elected to town board

In Hayden's municipal election Tuesday, voters picked Lorraine Johnson, Richard "Festus" Hagins and incumbent Ken Gibbon to serve on the Hayden Town Board. Running unopposed, Chuck Grobe sailed into his position as Hayden's next mayor. Dianne Kochenower, a newcomer to town government, lost the race for the three open trustee seats.

New taxes soundly defeated

Voters in Oak Creek said no to new taxes in the municipal elections Tuesday.

Monday, April 3

Man jailed for alleged sledgehammer attack

A Steamboat Springs man has been charged with attempted second-degree murder for allegedly hitting his friend in the head with a sledgehammer.

Winter flights are over

Tourists and travelers flying into and out of Yampa Valley Regional Airport will see a change in their transportation this week as the big jets hang it up for the season. Sunday was the last day for American, TWA and Northwest airlines, and Continental will end its ski season flights on Saturday. Although United will continue to service the Yampa Valley, it will go back to its regular twin-engine propeller planes.

Top local racers headed to Whistler Cup

The largest Steamboat Springs contingent ever will leave for Whistler, Canada on April 10 hoping to earn gold at the second biggest children's race event of the season. "We are hoping to medal and win," Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Werner Schnydrig said.

Group pursuing grant to restore stage stop

Historic Routt County is applying for an $86,000 grant to restore the Rock Creek Stage Stop near Toponas. The preservation group sent the application to the Colorado State Historic Fund on Monday. Local preservationists are certain that they will receive some amount money from the state, if not the entire grant request.

Howelsen ski jumps face pricey upgrades

The cost of bringing the ski jumps at Howelsen Hill up to international standards in time for next winter could be at least $120,000, and a task force working on the problem isn't sure where the money will come from. Steamboat Springs City Council will hear a report from the task force at its regular meeting tonight.

Attempted murder trial in stabbing case begins today

The trial of a Steamboat Springs man accused of attempted murder is scheduled to start today. It is expected to take four days.

Sunday, April 2

Extended Care Center wins statewide Star Award

Residents of the Extended Care Center traveled around the world in 1999, and did it without having to use a passport or buy a plane ticket.

Community foundation gives $42,900 in grants

Where there's a community need, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation is doing its best to offer monetary assistance. The foundation awarded 18 grants in the first quarter of 2000 totaling $42,904. It is the largest amount ever granted by YVCF in a quarterly competitive granting cycle.

Tax hikes on ballots in Yampa, Oak Creek

Yampa and Oak Creek voters will face similar issues in municipal elections Tuesday. Oak Creek has two questions on the ballot. The first asks voters if the town should add a 3-percent tax on all construction materials bought for use on property in the town limits. The construction tax is estimated to earn the town $3,000 annually.

Undefeated tennis squad gets a scare but rolls to sixth win

The Glenwood Springs Demons gave the Steamboat Springs girls' tennis team its biggest challenge of the season on Saturday.

New facility should be built by Nov. 1

Despite having to replace an architect and redesign the building, the new Doak Walker Extended Care Center is on target for a November 1 completion date.

Teachers union, school board seem at impasse

The Steamboat Springs Education Association, a group that represents local teachers, still wants to pursue the idea of a master agreement with the RE-2 School District, despite the board's rejection of the idea, SSEA officials said.

Owner hoping to build a new, expanded Ski Haus ski shop

Longtime Steamboat Springs sporting goods retailer Rod Schrage has plans to build a new Ski Haus store.

Radio Shack employee arrested for store theft

A former manager at a Radio Shack store in Steamboat Springs is scheduled to appear in court this week to face a felony theft charge. The owner of the store in Central Park Plaza has accused Aaron Brent Chaney, 24, of stealing more than $7,000 in merchandise between Nov. 1 and March 21. Police detective Ross Kelly said that amount may grow even higher as the investigation continues.

Hayden voters must choose new trustees

Four candidates are running for three open town trustee seats in Hayden's municipal election Tuesday.

Cholesterol just part of health picture

Every April, hundreds of locals flock to get their cholesterol checked at the 9Health Fair, scheduled for Saturday.