Thursday, August 31
A traffic light on U.S. 40 in front of Steamboat II was, at the very least, supposed to be flashing during school hours beginning Monday. As of Thursday, though, it was dark.
Aside from last year's scrimmage against Middle Park, Steamboat head coach Mark Drake says he knows nothing about the offense or defense of the 3A Panthers, whom the Sailors face tonight at 7 o'clock in their season-opener at home.
Soccer mistake carries over to volleyball season
When Steamboat Springs High School's volleyball season opens in Glenwood Springs tonight, the Sailors will have plenty of lofty ambitions, but will be without a starting setter.
The word for the West Grand Mustangs football squad this year is green.
Today at 2 p.m., Geraldine Stewart will be in her Hartshorn, Mo., home praying her grandson leaves a Steamboat Springs courtroom a free man.
Fire restrictions throughout the area will remain in place through the Labor Day weekend and maybe longer, county and forest officials said.
The Routt County commissioners have approved a $5,000 raise that's retroactive to Jan. 1 for the county's assistant attorney, Jonathan Krauss, because, they said, it's good to keep good people around.
The number of parking tickets issued in Steamboat Springs has gone down this summer, but some business owners believe that the city's parking problems are far from solved.
AAA Colorado is reporting that Steamboat Springs is the No. 1 Labor Day destination of its 420,000 members this holiday weekend.
The Steamboat Sailors soccer team got its 2000 season off on the right foot Thursday night, beating No. 1-ranked Kent Denver in the first round of the Alexander Dawson tournament in Boulder.
With less than a week left until classes start, it looks like Hayden's school enrollment will be down by at least 27 from last year.
Wednesday, August 30
Chamber laments visitors' shorter stays these days
Two years have passed since vintage race cars roared out of Steamboat's Labor Day celebration and an eclectic mixture of jazz music and ornery rodeo bulls seems to be securely entrenched in their place.
Non-skiing activities taking customers from resorts
Veteran ski industry executive Charlie Mayfield of Steamboat Springs said this month he fully intends to continue his career at Colorado Ski Country USA, although he was not the choice to head the organization that markets most of the ski areas in the state, collectively.
New events added to schedule
Despite speculation last year that 1999 could be the final Labor Day celebration in Oak Creek, volunteers pulled together one more time to organize the largest community festival in south Routt.
Amendment 24 has local governments worried
Towns and counties across Colorado are in a bit of panic as they try to figure out how the so-called Citizens' Growth Initiative on this November's ballot will affect them.
Yampa Valley ranchers Doug and Janet Camilletti are feeling the squeeze that a late freeze and a dry summer have put on the hay market.
Walking the plank
Mom and dad cheering on the sideline of a local youth game can have a lasting impact not only on their own children, but other kids who are playing the game and those who may be along the sidelines watching.
The Oak Creek Town Board deserves praise for admitting it needs help. The town has gone too long without a full-time administrator and has suffered because of it. Grants have not been pursued; time has been wasted at Town Board meetings; long-range planning has not been done; financial documents have fallen into disarray.
A 20-year-old Colorado Mountain College student who allegedly stole a city ambulance, assaulted a paramedic and escaped briefly from police has been charged with five counts, including three felonies.
Investigators were probing the charred remains of a condominium at The Ridge Wednesday, looking for the cause of a fire that forced the evacuation of 16 people in the early morning hours on Monday.
Mike McGee probably wishes that his Delta Panthers were returning star running backs Ryan Christie and Steven Flores for the 2000 season.
Heather Bird and Staff Sgt. Patrick Quinn were married Aug. 7, 1999, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Steamboat Springs with Father George Schroeder officiating.
Balancing the city budget may prove an especially daunting task this year, due to a tax proposal from anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce of Colorado Springs.
Hikers tired of detouring off the Continental Divide Trail onto a state highway so as not to trespass on private land may get some help from the federal government.
The next step in the Oak Creek Board of Trustees' objective to hire a town manager is will be taken at a special meeting next week.
Fire restrictions on federal land in Colorado will remain in place through the Labor Day weekend unless Forest Service personnel decide today to lift them, local Forest Service spokeswoman Denise Germann said.
Kick-off for the Steamboat Springs Sailors Friday season-opener may be at 7 p.m., but the festivities will start sooner, with a parent-organized tailgate party before the game against Middle Park.
Owen Edward Bauer, son of Laura Stayer and Ken Bauer of Oak Creek, was born at 4:55 p.m. Aug. 10, 2000.
English isn't natural for some students
Chinese, Norwegian, Mexican, Russian, and Honduran families are just a handful of the international community members whose children have been learning English in the RE-2 schools. The challenges posed by non-English speaking students in the Steamboat Springs schools seem to be, in many ways, blessings in disguise.
Mavis Caldwell Peavy died Aug. 14, 2000. She was 96.
South Routt's 4-H and Future Framers of America members showed that the upper Yampa Valley knows its stuff about livestock at the Routt County Fair, with many doing well showing their animals.
Jill D. Fraser and Neil R. Matthies were married July 8, 2000, at the Kennolyn Conference Center in Soquel, Calif., with the Rev. Dominique Brominsky of Boulder Creek, Calif., officiating.
To help celebrate the late Pat Mantle's 71st birthday, the top six saddle bronc riders in the Steamboat Pro Rodeo series went an extra round at Saturday night's season finale.
Sailors offensive stars prepare for season opener against Middle Park
Derek Haverly's 57-yard run was too much early on for the West Grand High School Mustangs on Saturday, as the Steamboat Sailors amassed nearly 200 yards rushing, and beat the Mustangs two touchdowns to none in Summit County.
In a town where people tend to measure their own sense of self worth by their latest athletic accomplishments, it's no surprise there is a high demand for trained professionals who know how to coax muscles, ligaments and spinal columns back into harmony.
Archery season started this weekend without a bang, but not without a few problems. Archery season, which brought 31,295 people to Colorado forests last year, began on Aug. 26 and will be going on until Sept. 24.
For June 1-July 14
Real estate transactions for Aug. 10-17.
Triona Wilder Marno Ferree died Aug. 14, 2000, in Grand Isle, Vt. She was 19.
Rick Brodie is planning on getting a lot of mileage out of the new pair of golf shoes he won at the third annual Steamboat Classic Golf Tournament.
Tuesday, August 29
Steamboat Springs goalkeeper Andrew Litzau has been trying to anticipate every move, shot and angle that his teammates have been throwing at him for more than a week.
The town of Oak Creek will discuss the possibility of bringing natural gas to south Routt tonight, and all residents in the upper Yampa Valley are urged to attend.
An 18-year-old Steamboat Springs man has been charged with sexual assault on a child. The felony was filed against the man Aug. 22, after allegations of sexual contact surfaced earlier in the week, said Charles Feldmann, deputy district attorney.
After a 1-9 record in 1999, students at Glenwood Springs High School hope to see their Demons football team play possessed this year and lead the red and white to a state playoff berth.
When the 3A Battle Mountain Huskies travel to Summit County this weekend to face the Summit High School Tigers, they will look to start off their season on the right foot.
An 18-year-old college student involved in the theft of a city ambulance pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Tuesday. A second student, who allegedly assaulted a paramedic, still awaits his fate.
An attorney for the city of Steamboat Springs and the city's transit director expect the U.S. Justice Department to offer the city a settlement package in its recent investigation of a possible violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Fire marshall calls CBI to help investigate blaze at The Ridge
City fire officials are handling Monday's condominium fire at The Ridge as if it might have been arson.
Monday, August 28
Several adult children of the late Doak Walker were among 16 people who were safely evacuated from The Ridge condominiums early Monday morning after a fire gutted one of the eight condo units and damaged three others.
Rabbit Ears Pass may be a lot safer this winter thanks to an anti-icing compound commonly used on Interstate 70 and in the Denver area. It's known as magnesium chloride.
The first day of school went swimmingly, that high schoolers seemed calm given the end of summer vacation, middle school students were enthusiastic, and only a few parents were shedding tears in front of the elementary school as they bid their new kindergartners goodbye for half a day. That was the essence of the report Superintendent Cyndy Simms gave at a Steamboat Springs School Board study session meeting Monday night.
Rifle High School football coach Darrel Gorham may have eight new faces on defense this year, but his Bear football squad is ranked fifth in the state 3A conference by the Denver Post and should have another successful season.
A 46-year-old Steamboat Springs man was taken to an area hospital after a motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon.
They're fun to catch, but northern pike and several other non-native fish aren't exactly welcomed in the Yampa River.
Sunday, August 27
If you're struggling to keep your children motivated to get up off the couch, you're not alone. Many parents would like to instill a positive attitude toward a healthy, active lifestyle in their kids. Yet nationwide, the percentage of young people who are overweight has more than doubled in the past three decades.
It should be no surprise that garden pesticides are not safe; they are produced specifically to be toxic to something. In addition, they may pose risks to the public or the environment. That is why the Environmental Protection Agency regulates the use of pesticides through specific laws and regulations.
Sunday at the Routt County Fair was as much about the kids and the audience as it was about the top-class bull-riders and calf-ropers involved in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo. Besides the crowning of the new fair queen, south Routt's Kaycee Samuelson, there were a a number of entertaining and humorous events, many of them designed for the children.
Steamboat Springs tennis player Joe Cutler doesn't have a lot of experience playing singles at the high school level, but he has already proven that he can win.
Bats, fish and gut-eating bacteria were batted around Hayden Town Hall during a discussion of environmental mosquito-control alternatives.
Friday, August 25
It's hard for Sailors head football coach Mark Drake to remember the last time one of his teams faced Montezuma-Cortez on the gridiron.
For Hayden, the Yampa River State Parks Headquarters west of town promises to be a real asset, community leaders say.
Some of Routt County's finest young people were working their animals and showing off months' worth of work, time and responsibility at the 4-H and Future Farmers of America Beef Showmanship and Market Beef Show at the Routt County Fair Friday in Hayden.
Rosemary Farrell modified her typical washing and felting wool demonstration Friday at the Hayden fairgrounds, changing its focus from spinning clothing to making a bouncy toy ball. The reason for the change was her special audience, a stream of tots from local day-care centers who were spending a day at the fair.
Alicia Samuelson stepped gingerly out of the rodeo arena at the Routt County Fairgrounds Friday night and pointed to both of her legs, just above the knees.
Young children from several of the county's day-care facilities were bused to the fairgrounds in Hayden Friday morning to get a little taste of 4-H life a taste the tykes found extremely palatable.
A group of Routt County residents are joining forces in the wake of a north Routt charter school application to discuss additional alternative education options for middle- and high-school students.
Thursday, August 24
Drizzling rain, lightning bolts and rumbling thunder couldn't put a damper on the sheep showmanship and market lamb shows on Thursday afternoon at the Routt County Fair in Hayden.
A plan to redevelop the site of the old Routt Memorial Hospital into a 26-unit housing development got the go-ahead from Steamboat Springs Planning Commission Thursday evening.
Hundreds of fairgoers in Hayden were bent over in gut-busting laughter Thursday night as cowboy poet Baxter Black danced about the stage at the fairgrounds, reciting clever quips that cut to the heart of life in Routt County.
Sights set on opening up their running game this year, the Steamboat Sailors football team is counting on the experience and leadership of offensive line coach Bob Harris to help earn a state playoff berth.
After a 7-3 finish in 1999, the Steamboat Sailors football team has some unfinished business to attend to this season.
Before the cutting horse enthusiasts find a corral other than Steamboat Springs for next summer's season, city and chamber officials would be wise to see if something can be done to keep Romick Arena on the schedule.
City Council President Kevin Bennett remains hopeful the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County can work together to reshape the way wildland fires are fought in the rural areas surrounding the city. But Bennett says the county commissioners will have to come up with some cash to make it happen.
RALF board reduces proposed rate on large homes by one-third
There's been a change in a controversial excise tax proposed on new construction. The Regional Affordable Living Foundation wants to lower the tax rate across the board in hopes of making it more attractive to voters.
The investigation into a Colorado State Patrol trooper who accidentally discharged his weapon during a traffic stop is still pending. The investigation of the Aug. 6 incident was only expected to take several days.
Two Colorado State University professors met with 11 city, county and chamber officials Thursday morning to discuss the preliminary findings of a study they are conducting about the economies of Steamboat Springs and Routt County.
Never ever get between two angry, screaming swine. This year's senior 4-H all-around champion in swine showmanship made that mistake Thursday evening in Hayden, and finished off his show with a pig bite on the back of his calf.
In view of a world-class ski jumping facility and numerous ball fields worthy of hosting national tournaments, Mike Andrews yanked back the metal surface of a dilapidated ramp at the skate park at Howelsen Hill Thursday.
Teams in the Western Slope 3A conference who play Palisade High School this season may have their hands full. That's because expectations are high in Grand Junction this year, as the Bulldogs join a new conference.
Alfred W. Moffett of Steamboat Springs died Aug. 11, 2000, at his home. He was 77.
John Samuel Courtney of Littleton died Aug. 6, 2000, at Swedish Medical Center. He was 64.
Students in demand command quality salaries after graduating
When business students at the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College go back to school Aug. 28, they'll have something to aim for particularly those students in the ski and snowboard business program.
One of the Yampa Valley's homegrown agricultural businesses could soon be busting out of the local retail market with a new product geared toward corporate buyers.
Information only will list arrests, not convictions
It won't be long before folks in Colorado can call up their neighbors' arrest records on their home computers. But at least one national privacy rights group is not happy with that possibility.
District looks to the future
After years of work, the Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District successfully completed paying of its 22-year-old, $3.8 million debt on Tuesday, thanks to an elaborate bankruptcy plan that was the first of its kind.
It's deja vu for Jason Patrick. He's back walking the halls he walked at Steamboat Springs High School a decade ago. Once a Sailor, always a Sailor.
Hayden, Oak Creek might pursue hauling away refuse on their own
Town officials in Oak Creek and Hayden are considering buying a shared truck and operating a trash service to avoid expected fee increases for services by the only trash-hauling company in Routt County Waste Management of the Rockies.
Boosting overall performance goal of effort to reach students
The dog days of summer are nearly over for the young people in south Routt, and when the first bell of 2000-2001 school sessions rings on Aug. 30, officials will begin experimenting with more personalized teaching strategies for the students.
Wednesday, August 23
Just when summer feels like it's really here, the first signs of the winter recreation season are upon us. Aided by recent cool weather, the Department of Parks and Recreation has begun to get the Howelsen Hill Ice Arena ready for the ice skating season.
A Michigan man was listed in serious condition at Denver Health Medical Center Wednesday evening after being injured in a traffic accident here earlier in the day.
You might have heard his distinctive, lilting voice on the radio, or seen him on TV, but tonight is your chance to see Baxter Black, cowboy poet extraordinare, in person.
With just one weekend left in its season, the Steamboat Springs Professional Rodeo Series is on a record-breaking pace.
The number of people who brought items to the Routt County Fair's home arts check-in on Wednesday was strong, but longtime volunteers said it was nothing like it was in the good old days.
Herald Stout, of Elk River Realty, has plans to raze the old Routt Memorial Hospital and build a new, 26-home neighborhood in its place.
Tuesday, August 22
It looks like the Routt County coroner will be getting a new truck, and he'll get to take it home.
It may not be any easier to cross Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs this month than it was in July. But at least pedestrians have a new way of knowing how good their chances are.
Rodeo organizer Brent Romick is encouraging locals to buy tickets to this year's Bud Light Steamboat Springs Professional Bull Riding Classic early.
One of the main events of Steamboat's golf season will be taking place Friday and Saturday, when the third annual Ski Town USA Golf Classic tees off at the Haymaker and Sheraton golf courses.
3-year-old bruin had cancerous tumor in its sinuses
Two shots fired last week from a Division of Wildlife officer's handgun continue to reverberate through the Yampa Valley.
Camping considered affordable housing
Forest Service officials aren't happy with the growing popularity of one affordable housing "alternative:" People living in the Routt National Forest.
Monday, August 21
Curbside Inc. is ready to take your calls and your hazardous household materials. On Monday, Routt County started the first curbside hazardous program on the Western Slope with the help of Curbside Inc.
Cutters say they are tired of playing second fiddle at the rodeo grounds
Organizers of the Steamboat Springs Derby Classic cutting horse competition say they aren't coming back next year for their eighth season.
If you see a 70-year-old man zooming down Lincoln Avenue this week on an ancient motorcycle with a biker chick in his sidecar and a brutal gleam in his eye, it's not just another Easy Rider flashback.
For the first time in more than a year, rain has delayed a Town Challenge Mountain Bike race. Last Wednesday's circuit race, which was scheduled to take place at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area was canceled by a thunder, lightning and rain storm.
Work on the upper trail at Fish Creek Falls is complete and visitors are welcome to take a walk on the newly paved path.
Parents and other residents can catch a glimpse of Routt County 4-Hers competing for ribbons today at the 86th annual Routt County Fair and Rodeo youth horse show in Hayden.
Beef-eaters can now buy fresh cuts of meat butchered from cattle raised in the Yampa Valley. Recently, Yampa Valley Beef LLC sold three-and-a-half steer carcasses to the Steamboat Meat and Seafood Co. That meat was cut into premium ground beef, chuck roasts, sirloin steaks, rib-eyes and T-bones for anyone to buy.
Sunday, August 20
"Banana" George Blair glances over as a screaming yellow Dodge Ram pickup slides up next to him at the stoplight. He quickly critiques it.
Routt County received 25 applications for its new, full-time public safety director position at Yampa Valley Airport, and officials hope to have someone selected within the next two months.
This year, when Steamboat residents take a free Alpine Taxi shuttle to the Routt County Fair in Hayden, they may be sitting next to a star. An agricultural star that is.
It's that time of year again, so Routt County students and families need to be gearing up for the 2000-2001 school year. Depending on the district and school of choice, there are some new things coming up around the bend.
Residents of Steamboat Springs who live on unpaved Longthong Road are one step closer to being able to drive safely up and down the steeply inclined street this winter.
Kevin Lorimer, the commissioner of the Doak Walker Football League, can't believe how popular his programs have become in the last three years.
Yampa Valley Medical Center will host a reception for three retiring members of its Board of Trustees at 5 p.m. this afternoon. They are Irlan Neas, Jane Weston and Gary Mielke.
As the mist from Saturday night's rain cleared and the sun rose over the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden, 6-year old 4-H Cloverbud Teah Montieth fastened a riding helmet beneath her chin, and prepared "Buddy" for the Junior Western Pleasure class of the open horse show on Sunday morning.
Friday, August 18
Veteran Hayden thespian Mark Fischer has lent his talents to his neighbors to the east and is singing and dancing in the Steamboat Springs centennial celebration production of "Signatures."
Number of participating households at 904
Everyone loves a freebie, and some people in Steamboat Springs are turning "green" with enthusiasm.
Concerns about the ability of the city's water treatment facility to deal with a recent increase in water usage have ebbed a bit due to the rainstorms that have passed through the dry Yampa Valley in recent days.
Routt County parents who have hit a speed bump in their financial road can turn to First Impressions of Routt County for help in meeting their child care expenses.
Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said Friday she is preparing to award the $180,000 bid for a sophisticated audiovisual system at Centennial Hall.
Riders asked to stay off until course on Howelsen sets up
Rich Krause spent nearly 60 hours in a rented Caterpillar bulldozer this week, moving dirt around the Steamboat Springs BMX track and he wasn't even getting paid. The local excavator and his wife, Cassandra, are the driving forces behind an effort to bring the track up to National Bike League standards. The league is the largest sanctioning body of BMX racing in the country.
Football team scrimmages today
After the paperwork-heavy first week of the fall sports season, Sailors head football coach Mark Drake likely will be more than ready to hear the helmets bang and shoulder pads pop during today's scrimmage. "Nobody looks forward to the first week," Drake said as he walked out of the high school earlier this week. "You have hundreds of things to get done before you can start to concentrate on the reason we are all out here football."
Thursday, August 17
School volunteers willingly reappointed
Cynthia Ferrendelli doesn't doubt the importance of her volunteer service on the school district's Technology Commission.
Despite getting a break in workload while the director tries to fill two open positions, the Steamboat Springs Planning Department hasn't been able to make any hires.
Grant to help build public works shop
Hayden officials were recently told the town will receive a $250,000 energy impact grant to be used to pay for the construction of a new public works building.
Campaign placards governed more by etiquette than law
The conclusion of the national political conventions and the arrival of the first significant rainfall of the season have converged in time for campaign signs to begin sprouting in lawns and hayfields around Steamboat Springs.
The Bureau of Land Management is taking comments on off-highway vehicle guidelines until Aug. 30. So far, officials say they're pleased with the public direction they've heard about formulating new rules.
A pregnant woman driving a Jeep Cherokee west on U.S. 40 near the base of Rabbit Ears Pass escaped serious injury Thursday when her vehicle rolled into a ditch.
Bob and Jake Reinier, the father and son who were injured in a one-vehicle accident north of Craig Sunday, have been released from Denver Health Medical Center and are recovering from their injuries.
Chuck Vale chalked up on Thursday the 89th wildland fire that a Routt County fire district has had to put out this year.
Wednesday, August 16
More than $275,000 was collected from local businesses as a result of this month's drive to bolster funds for the ski-season jet program.
Photos of aurora borealis posted on CNN Web site
Jimmy Westlake is getting national recognition for taking pictures of a natural light show that began when a billion-ton cloud of hot gas hit the earth's atmosphere.
Four Steamboat Springs High School students were involved in a rollover accident about 2 a.m. Wednesday on County Road 62 near Clark.
Wastewater project could top $9 million
The numbers aren't adding up for a proposed expansion of the city's sewage treatment plant along the Yampa River in west Steamboat.
Rains have finally reappeared in Routt County but they're mostly too little, too late for parched ranchers and farmers.
Hands and feet in shackles, Missouri rape suspect Brian Dewayne Jackson left the Routt County Jail early Thursday morning to begin a trip back to his home state where he faces a variety of felony charges.
Drunken drivers aren't Routt County's only problem. Of the seven arrests Colorado State Patrol troopers made during the last "Heat is On" campaign, four were actually DUID's: driving under the influence of drugs. Three of the four arrested were juveniles.
Tuesday, August 15
Lela Amanda Oberg died Aug. 8, 2000, at the Extended Care Center in Steamboat Springs. She was 101.
The use of trusts to channel one's personal assets to successors, which at one time was viewed as a blueblooded enterprise, is now practiced as commonly on Main Street as on Easy Street. It is no longer unusual to consider creating a trust for your children either during your life or by will.
It's not just another new school year in Steamboat Springs.
In a summer of airline headaches, perhaps nobody in Steamboat Springs has had a bigger migraine than Verne Lundquist.
Routt County has budgeted $200,000 to revamp its jail, but there's a slight problem... nobody wants to take the job.
Incentives offered to help program reach $750,000 goal for ski-season flights
Area businesses had committed to contribute $130,000 to this winter's ski season jet program as of midday Monday, with another 30 hours remaining in a special incentive program.
The Routt County Humane Society will hold its next reduced-priced spay clinic in February, but recent talk of increasing the number of clinics ruffled the feathers of local veterinarians.
Fire chiefs from across Routt County felt they went away empty-handed Tuesday after virtually begging county commissioners for new equipment and more manpower.
Walking the plank
I have lived in Steamboat all of my 18 years, and in less than two quick weeks I will leave the mountains and snow for the city and rain.
Brian Dewayne Jackson, the suspected rapist from Missouri who was captured here last week, continues to be held in the Routt County Jail without bond.
Leader would champion funding for affordable housing
Members of the Regional Affordable Living Foundation are looking for a leader willing to champion the cause of an excise tax on new construction proposed for a city ballot in November.
$300,000 contingent on voter approval of bond issue in November
The South Routt Library District received the next best thing to voter approval for its $1.5 million project to build a modern library in Oak Creek. Last week, the district was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Colorado Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Advisory Committee to help pay the construction costs of the new library.
Nate Stevenson returned to his old stomping grounds last weekend and walked away with this first Steamboat Classic golf tournament title. "It's probably the biggest tournament in Steamboat," Stevenson said. "All of the local players come out and play. It's very prestigious to win."
Headed into the final two weeks of rodeo in Steamboat Springs, it looks like Santo, Texas, cowboy K.C. Jones is closing in on the all-round title.
Longtime south Routt resident Charles Bevan is filling the vacant spot on the Oak Creek Board of Trustees.
9-member Americorps crew makes its mark on Emerald Mountain
Earth Five, is not part of a space program, but a nine-member group of hard-working young people who are heavily into community service.
Bruin had been eating trash
A malnourished black bear, first sighted last week wandering around Howelsen Hill, was shot and killed Tuesday evening by a state wildlife official.
A man driving a garbage truck suffered minor head injuries Tuesday when his vehicle was hit by a train.
Pastures burning, hay crops suffering, some cattle go to market early
Local farmers and ranchers say they'd rather depend on the rain, not the government. But with rain in scarce supply here, local officials are asking for disaster relief from the federal government.
Earth Five, is not part of a space program, but a nine-member group of hard-working young people who are heavily into community service. Earth Five is an Americorps team and they are in Steamboat this week creating a boundary on Emerald Mountain near Dakota Ridge for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
After months of discussion, argument and research, the Oak Creek Board of Trustees decided in a split vote to modify the vacant treasurer's position to include the responsibilities of a town manager.
We were surprised to see the county commissioners acquiesce to outside pressures and agree on Aug. 10 to consider gravel pit proposals in the aggregate. From our observation, the current group of commissioners Nancy Stahoviak, Dan Ellison and Ben Beall are well-versed in county regulations and local planning documents, have strong opinions about land-use issues and normally vote with their heads. Except with gravel.
Dr. Donald D. Tomlin died Aug. 12, 2000, in Boulder. He was 66.
For the past five days the world's top mountain bikers have battled the dust, heat and grueling courses that surround Steamboat's Mount Werner.
Long-time south Routt resident Charles Bevan is filling the vacant spot on the Oak Creek Board of Trustees.
"Dot went fast and then sometimes he went slow and then we got to jump up and down," Connar Jones said, talking in an excited tone that was punctuated with a smile and a wide, blue-eyed excited look that only a 6-year-old child can produce.
Job hunters who want to combine the pursuit of untracked snow with a career in Ski Town U.S.A. could soon have two new ways to plan their winter.
The Triple Crown Fastpitch Softball World Series came to an end last weekend with five girls teams being crowned champions.
Former Oak Creek and Toponas resident, John Courtney died Aug. 6, 2000, in Littleton. Services were held at St. James Presbyterian Church in Littleton.
Tom Anno, formerly of Steamboat Springs, died Aug. 7, 2000, after a brief illness. He was 50.
Monday, August 14
A proposed north Routt charter school still isn't ready for a public airing. The Steamboat Springs School Board unanimously approved a resolution Monday night to accept a memo from the charter school board asking for more time for planning and discussion.
Intrawest exec to lead industry group
The new president and chief executive officer of Colorado Ski Country USA thinks increased regional demand for ski vacations would do much to ease the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s challenges with bringing airline seats into the Yampa Valley.
The waiting list for permits in the wake of a city moratorium on major development approvals already is 11 projects long.
Twisting sled course dubbed 'The Howler'
After weeks of waiting, thrill-seekers in Steamboat Springs got a chance to "howl" Saturday afternoon, and they were still howling on Monday morning.
A July break-in and robbery at Horizons Specialized Services continues to puzzle authorities and hamper the work of the not-for-profit agency.
Lightning keeps blaze-battlers busy
As local firefighters were spread thin to contain five blazes in Routt County over the weekend, officials announced stricter fire restrictions on Colorado's public lands in hopes to provide some relief.
Father, son hurt in crash outside of Craig
A Steamboat Springs man and his son were listed in fair condition Monday afternoon at Denver Health Medical Center, recovering from injuries they suffered in a one-vehicle accident Sunday morning north of Craig.
The number of teams playing softball in Steamboat Springs will be cut in half this week as four of the five recreational adult leagues begin postseason play.
Juniors encouraged to give racing a try
The trails of the Steamboat Ski Area will test the top local mountain bike racers once again this week as the Town Challenge mountain biking series holds its sixth race of the season.
Sunday, August 13
Amidst all the brightly-clad world-class mountain bikers in Steamboat Springs over the weekend, Ernie "Uncle Sonny" Neupert, was barely noticeable. But Uncle Sonny is doing something few of the finely-tuned athletes in the Mercury Tour would undertake. Neupert, 60, and a two-time cancer survivor, is about 6,000 miles into a bike ride across America and back again.
City cutting back on watering in parks
A dry July was evident in Steamboat Springs when the city's water use reached as much as 5.9 million gallons a day. Even so, officials say Steamboat residents aren't facing a water emergency. But emergency or not, residents should be wise in their use of water, said Jeff Peterson, superintendent of the Mount Werner Water District.
Florit stays in front in women's division
It took more than four years of trying, but on Sunday it wasn't much of a surprise that Russian rider Pavel Tcherkassov claimed his first Mercury Tour mountain bike title at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.
Summer in Steamboat Springs has been sizzling with temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s. The hot weather can be more than uncomfortable it may be detrimental to your health.
Shaking the dirt from tiny bunches of roots and scooping handfuls of earth to make room for new plants, people who knew Nathan Hertzog laughed, got a little teary-eyed, hugged and shared memories of their friend, brother, and son.
Upper Yampa Valley Economic Development Council members will take time to eat, drink and have fun before getting down to business tonight.
Thursday, August 10
The commander of the Colorado State Patrol troop in northwest Colorado was investigating Thursday what was reported as an accidental discharge of a service weapon by a trooper under his supervision.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners reached a compromise of sort for gravel pit supporters and opponents Thursday night.
You don't have to slip into a pair of boots, old jeans and a Stetson hat to participate in the 2000 Routt County Fair, but it still helps.
A fugitive from Missouri found bleeding against a tree wasn't the only one taken into custody on Rabbit Ears Pass Tuesday. Brian Jackson, who authorities said had probably been camping on the pass for a number of weeks, had two puppies with him.
Two Ace bandages and 33-miles of dust couldn't hide the trails of blood that ran down Australian racer Mary Grigson's right arm as she crossed the finish line of the Mercury Tour Thursday.
Sales tax collections in the city of Steamboat Springs maintained steady growth in June, powered by large increases in lodging, sporting-goods and building-use taxes. The lodging increase pointed to positive growth in the tourism industry, due especially to a number of large conferences held this past June on the mountain.
The Western Slope Knights scored 44 runs as the squad cruised to its second-straight state fastpitch softball title.
A children's clothing swap scheduled for next week is intended to not only help local parents' pocketbooks, but also provide children in many states with clothes they wouldn't otherwise have.
Construction crews at Howelsen Hill were still scrambling Thursday to get the new alpine slide open for the public, but the projected opening is still a day-to-day decision.
Wednesday, August 9
After a disappointing summer of unsuccessful searches, a task force investigating a 20-year-old missing person case is adjusting its tactics and hoping that exposure from a national television show may lead to a break in the case.
Tonight, the Routt County Board of Commissioners will decide if Lafarge Corp.'s conceptual proposal for a gravel pit is a good fit for the south valley. Lafarge comes to the board with a recommendation of approval for the conceptual plan from the Routt County Planning Commission.
Are you ready for some football? The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreational Services Department is.
Man caught on pass appears in court; faces charges of kidnapping and rape
Brian Dewayne Jackson, the Missouri man arrested after a 10-hour manhunt here Tuesday, experienced a dramatic change of mind Wednesday, and agreed to extradition to his home state.
Pilots were circling their aircraft above the Steamboat Springs Airport just before 9 a.m. Tuesday, each hoping to be the first plane to land on the newly reopened airport.
As expected, just one company submitted a bid at Tuesday's public trustee's sale for the long-vacant Ski Town Inn in Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs golfer Jeff Franks shot 2 over par this week to win the Steamboat Springs Inter-club Championship which was held at the Steamboat Golf Club, Sheraton and Haymaker courses earlier this week.
The Routt National Forest received 92,000 new residents in July and officials hope that dry weather won't shorten their stay.
It took 3 minutes and 32 seconds of work for Chris Sheppard to earn the yellow jersey in the first stage of the Mercury Tour, but the Canadian knows holding the lead could be a full-time job.
Tuesday, August 8
Rape, kidnapping suspect found blacked out, bleeding from slash
A nearly 10-hour manhunt for a suspected rapist and kidnapper from Missouri ended on the west side of Rabbit Ears Pass shortly after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when Brian Dewayne Jackson was found lying unconscious in his own blood. His wrists had been slashed in an apparent suicide attempt, according to Routt County Sheriff John Warner.
Many people think ranching is doomed. I'm not ready to concede defeat.
Steamboat tennis players Rich Tifft and Casey Clagett took a stroll down memory lane on Sunday afternoon during the finals of the Ore House STA Tennis Championships at the Tennis Center.
Four open coaching positions in the Soroco School District have been filled and two others are close to being hired for, meaning athletics director and football coach Steve Longwell can concentrate on getting ready for two-a-day practices.
'Alley Cat' shown off in Steamboat
A large, mobile, metal bin is what Yampa Valley Recycles is calling a possible recycling solution for south Routt County.
How quickly the RE-2 School Board forgets. It wasn't too long ago that the board, stung by the crushing defeat of a construction bond issue, came back to the people it works for and asked for guidance.
Opening day pushed back once again
The upcoming opening of the Steamboat Grand could be inviting further development to the area.
Efforts to organize a youth service council in south Routt County have made strides through the summer, but now it's time to put things on hold and let the young people have fun.
Community leaders are ready to help turn words into reality
Approaching the end of a busy summer season, local community leaders are gearing up to take the promised action steps proposed at June's Economic Summit 2000.
Local group needs to bring in $17M to protect valuable mountain land from being developed
After nearly 10 years of research, politicking, meetings, compromises, headaches and lots of personal time spent trying to save Emerald Mountain from development, the dream may finally become reality for a group of Routt County residents.
Competition with traditional roots chance to show off working skills
Traditionally, the Routt County Fair was a chance for local cowboys to show off in a real rodeo skills honed doing real ranch work.
In an environment as spectacular as Steamboat's, Robin Wilson's decision to take her business outside makes sense.
The five-part Mercury Tour mountain bike stage race will open tonight with a Prologue race. But don't show up at Howelsen Hill hoping to see the event. This year, for the first time, the event will be held at the Headwall lift at the Steamboat Ski Area.
Dist. 56 GOP primary goes to Al White
Carried by his home county, Al White took the Republican nomination for House District 56 Tuesday, beating Routt County resident Bill Haight.
For the last two weeks, Steamboat Springs has been host to some of the best boys baseball teams in the country as part of the Triple Crown World Series. Now it's the girls' turn.
Fourth annual Mercury Tour rolls into town
Five stages, one mountain and a whole lot of heart will separate mountain biking's best riders from the rest of the pack in the grueling Mercury Tour, coming to Steamboat this week.
Blake Worsley and Lauren Letson led the Steamboat Springs swim team with top finishes at the Silver State Championships last week in Denver.
Some of the fanciest horse trailers under the sun started rolling into Steamboat Springs Monday, a sure sign that the annual Derby Classic cutting horse competition is on its way.
Musician sells Olympians on idea aimed at students
The "Peter" in Peter, Paul and Mary is singing a new song about compassion and the words are aimed at young people.
Group gathering signatures to urge gravel moratorium
After weeks of media attention and public hearings grappling with gravel pits, a group of residents are gathering petitions to ask for a moratorium in Routt County.
Monday, August 7
The long-vacant Ski Town Inn could come one step closer to reopening its doors when County Treasurer Jeanne Whiddon hosts a public trustee's sale at 10 a.m. today outside her office in the Routt County Courthouse.
Some tree stands that skiers have cherished swooshing through at the Steamboat Ski Area are at risk of disappearing when a bark beetle infestation in the Routt National Forest is in full swing.
Every day, thousands of men and women charge into homes and whisk vulnerable children away while their parents watch in horror. Those men and women are emergency medical technicians and other emergency workers that many people trust with their lives. But should they?
Up on a hillside, tucked away in the heart of Steamboat Springs lies an old, blue apartment complex faded by weather and time. It provides a sharp contrast to the shiny, colorful new playground equipment sitting next to it... a perfect place for the Lava Monster!
Discussions regarding a potential north Routt charter school are still taking place behind closed doors.
Steamboat Springs City Council will consider a measure Tuesday night that would revise a Local Improvement District created to fund street improvements in-cluding a heated asphalt section of Longthong Road.
Miles for Smiles, a mobile dental office, is stopping in Steamboat Springs for the next few days before driving on to Craig.
Sunday, August 6
When the best cyclist in the world start arriving this week for the fourth Mercury Tour Mountain Bike Stage race, three-time champion Jerome Chiotti will not be among the field.
We all know that the mind and body are connected. We have "gut reactions" to situations, and we pucker up when we imagine a lemon. But how does that connection affect our health? Can we become more conscious of these connections and exert some control over our physiologic responses?
Routt County's unaffiliated voters could play a big role in the outcome of the Republican race for the District 56 House seat in Tuesday's primary election.
On Tuesday, eight Steamboat teen-agers will leave their homes to make a Catholic pilgrimage across the ocean to Rome and join more than a million other young people from around the globe.
Sundance Ridge Preserve's request for a water supply and treatment center split the Routt County Planning Commission.
Local runners will get one more chance to take part in an "all-comers" track meet this Tuesday at the Steamboat Springs High School track.
Drivers and passengers will have a much smoother ride while traveling on Rabbit Ears Pass this fall, once a repair project that has taken most of the summer is finished.
Thursday, August 3
A Steamboat Springs man died while kayaking with friends Wednesday on the Colorado River in Gore Canyon, upstream from State Bridge.
It's the first sign of the Routt County Fair 4-H Exhibit Day and it will be Saturday at the fairgrounds in Hayden.
People with old buildings and barns are invited to the Mad Creek Barn this weekend to learn about reconstruction of historic buildings.
To step back in time, Hayden residents need only walk through the doors of the Hayden Heritage Center.
Today is the last day for residents of the 56th House District to cast an early vote in the Republican primary.
Moratorium puts premium on preparedness
Developers in Steamboat Springs hoping to build new housing and commercial projects next summer, will be able to get in line beginning Monday.
Steamboat Gravel Co. needs to present more information on waste-water management and transportation issues if it decides to apply for a special use permit to mine gravel, the Routt County Planning Commission said Thursday.
The U.S. Forest Service is making sure locals won't be surprised when trees begin to die from an expected spruce beetle epidemic in surrounding forests.
A steady stream of visitors that doesn't look like it will taper off for at least two more weeks is keeping the streets packed, restaurant lines long and local lodges full.
Wednesday, August 2
Some Steamboat residents got a brief glimpse of what a wildfire in an urban area could look like when lightning sparked a highly visible blaze near Dakota Ridge Tuesday night.
Midway Airlines opting to schedule an extra airplane to fly directly to Hayden this ski season was a welcome, out-of-the-blue surprise for community leaders organizing the transportation support fund in Steamboat.
Some members of Steamboat Springs City Council want more opportunity to comment directly to the Routt County Board of Commissioners on the issue of new gravel pits.
Two gravel pit proposals will be reviewed at the Routt County Planning Commission meeting tonight.
Steamboat Springs City Council unanimously approved 18 new free-standing townhomes in the Angler's Retreat development at the intersection of Anglers Drive and Rollingstone Drive.
An Arvada woman escaped with minor cuts and abrasions Tuesday afternoon after losing control of her motorcycle on Colorado 131, about a mile north of Oak Creek. The accident took place at about 1:45 p.m.
High school students in Steamboat Springs are counting the final days of summer vacation this week especially those who are planning on playing prep sports this fall.
Tuesday, August 1
The wait is over for radio talk show junkies in the Yampa Valley. The new talk forum radio station, KRMR, 107.3FM, is back on the air kind of.
Elam Construction Inc. of Grand Junction and Native Excavating of Steamboat Springs have announced they intend to join the parade of new gravel pit proposals pending before Routt County government. Their plan would create a pit near the city's southern edge, where a private water ski lake and three large gravel piles now are. It would bring the number of possible new gravel pits in the county to six.
Government leaders starting to ask, 'How much is enough?
Government leaders in Routt County are beginning to ask themselves, "How much gravel is enough?"
Almost six years have passed since the voters of Routt County punched the mute button on complaints about the county's decaying broadcast television system. Now, the county is getting to pull the plug altogether. The county commissioners announced Monday that they plan to leave funding for the system out of the 2001 budget.
Student improvement top priority
The seven open positions in the South Routt School District have been filled and officials say they are looking forward to working with the new staff members to improve test scores.
A philanthropic effort to aid hospice and public health nurses is not the first time and likely won't be the last that the Steamboat community has demonstrated its commitment to caring for others.
Unfortunately, by the time the Steamboat Springs High School Golf program kicks off the 2000 season in early August, Graham Thompson will already be headed back home to Seattle.
The Steamboat Springs running series will continue this Sunday with the sixth running of the annual Mount Werner Classic trail run at Storm Peak.
We won't expatiate on this subject; we have just one point to make
It's been over a month since the Colorado Women's Charity Shoot took aim in Steamboat Springs.
The amount of water in the Yampa River has plummeted below normal, to levels that could prove dangerous to fish.
Students counting down the last days of summer vacation will have more to enjoy when they hang out at the newly improved Emerald City in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Let's get motorheads off our trails
I've recently faced up to the fact that I am a "green extremist." I knew this even before reading the ad placed in a local paper by a motorized recreation coalition urging people to "act now" to stop the "land grab" by people just like me.
What Steamboat Log and Design owners Tim Hanes, 25, Troy May, 29, and Mason Gray, 30, lack in business experience they make up for in determination.
Mayfield might take over for Frew
Steamboat Springs resident Charlie Mayfield is one of the top candidates to become the new president of Colorado Ski Country USA, according to the outgoing chief, John Frew.
Decision-makers need more time for review
The decision on which vendor will provide connections to a state-funded fiber optic line in Routt County has been delayed to allow local decision-makers to do more homework.
The new manager of Steamboat Springs Airport is confident a runway maintenance project there will end on time and on budget.
First Impressions has received a $24,000 grant to continue to support and increase infant child-care programs in Routt County.
Children and young adults in south Routt who are in need of someone to look up to are in luck.
Idea turned down by voters before
The decision to hire a town manager in Oak Creek to oversee all the departments, projects and treasurer's responsibilities may be made at the next Oak Creek Board of Trustees meeting.
During a legislative hearing Monday about the over-budget and behind-schedule Colorado State Parks campground west of Hayden, one official admitted he had learned "expensive lessons."
Eight members of the Steamboat Springs swim team will head to Aurora this week for the Silver State Swim Championships the final meet of the 2000 season.
A series of junior golf tournaments at area courses have been keeping young Tiger Woods hopefuls busy this week.
The boys of summer arrived last weekend in force as the Triple Crown World Series took center stage on just about every local baseball field. "It was one or our best weekends we have ever had," organizer Sean Hardy said. "The tournament ran smoothly,"
Freshman standout rewarded for efforts in the pool and in the classroom
When Meghan Sabin arrived at Colorado State University last year, her future was uncertain, to say the least.
'00 fair open to everyone
The 2000 Routt County fair is on its way and local residents will have plenty of opportunities to participate.