Stories for December 2000


Sunday, December 31

Steamboat becomes Powder U. this week

College students coming to town to ride

Make way for thousands of college students hitting the slopes this week, as bus-loads of snow-hungry teens and twentysomethings pour into Steamboat Springs. "There'll be a lot of kids, so we're bringing in extra rental equipment from our stores in Summit County," said Monty Holder, assistant manager at the SportStalker at Gondola Square.

Former sheriff missing

Plane pieces found during Alaska search for Ed Burch

The Coast Guard in Juneau, Alaska, suspended its search Sunday morning for a missing light plane in which former Routt County Sheriff Ed Burch was a passenger. The plane, piloted by another Juneau man, has been missing since Dec. 27, and there are signs it may have gone down in the ocean.

Break's over for Sailor athletes

Three Steamboat Springs High School sports teams are ready to get back into action since taking off for the holidays.

Police: Man arrested for taking taxi

Texan faces felonies after alleged joy ride

A 23-year-old Texas man faces a variety of criminal charges after allegedly driving off in a taxi full of passengers. Police say the joy ride ended when the taxi driver jumped in and put the vehicle in park.

Ski base gets crossing guard

Even as the tourist season reaches its peak in Steamboat Springs, things are slowing down dramatically at the top of Mount Werner Circle. The Steamboat Grand, in conjunction with a city traffic test of Mount Werner Circle, has placed a crossing guard at the south entrance to the hotel in order to allow for better pedestrian movement and safety.

Jail's medical bills piling up

Insurance won't cover everything

For the first time in Routt County Sheriff John Warner's tenure, medical bills for inmates are expected to exceed the county's insurance coverage.

Steamboat Pilot & Today collects 68 Colorado Press Association awards at annual contest

The Steamboat Pilot & Today won the General Excellence award as the best overall newspaper in its circulation class, marking the 10th time the Pilot & Today has earned top honors during the previous 12 years.

Friday, December 29

Police to target DUI holiday traffic

The Colorado State Patrol and 48 other law enforcement agencies, including the Steamboat Springs Police Department, will be putting the heat on drunken drivers this holiday weekend. Since the State Patrol started its "Heat Is On" campaign in 1996, drunken-driving arrests have increased by about 28 percent, while alcohol-related fatalities have decreased by about 27 percent, said State Trooper Rob Marone, who works in the public affairs division in Denver.

CMC prof works with prisoners

A Colorado Mountain College professor is revolutionizing education where it is least expected a prison facility. Since 1995, Pam Hogan has been teaching inmates how to read and write at a Colorado Department of Corrections facility in Buena Vista.

Resort's marketing adds up

The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is looking at the big weekend of tourists in the area as a result of a successful marketing campaign the 14 feet of snow was just icing on the cake.

Haymaker reaches new levels

Coming off a strong year financially, the Haymaker Golf Course is planning to maintain current locals rates next year while raising the rates for out-of-towners by about 10 percent.

Sisters head list of local finishers at moguls

Steamboat freestyler Gina Gmeiner concluded a two-day Open Moguls competition at Voo Doo Friday by jumping three spots into fourth place. Gmeiner, who finished with a score of 21.33, came in seventh at Thursday's moguls event. Her sister, Carly Gmeiner, traded spots with her by placing fourth Thursday and seventh Friday. Both sisters are members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Ski area lights up weekend

New Year's revelers in Steamboat Springs will be treated to a pyrotechnic display Sunday when more than 100 Perfect Turn ski instructors form a torchlight parade down the See Me trail near the base of the ski area, followed almost immediately by fireworks.

Thursday, December 28

Library bonds retired early

The East Routt Library District, serving Steamboat Springs, is headed into the new year with a load of debt off its books. The library district, which operates on a small property tax millage, recently made the final payment on a $575,000 general obligation bond that wasn't set to be retired until later in 2001.

'Free parking' ends at airport

"No more Mr. Nice Guy" appears to be the message coming from the manager at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport. "People are just parking anywhere out here," said Airport Manager Jim Parker, who said he was forced to tow more than six cars on Wednesday and boot others.

Ski Patrol to seek new home

Ski Patrol headquarters at the Christie Base isn't going anywhere this winter despite construction activity in the neighborhood. But the days of the Christie Base in its current location are numbered.

Locals fare well at moguls competition

Local freestyle skier Lauren Crawford put a scare into Voodoo on Thursday, busting down the trail in 32.68 seconds.

Tourists expected to crowd town

Be prepared to ski around beginners, avoid traffic in town and wait in line if you go out to dinner because this weekend, more tourists will be in Steamboat Springs than possibly any other time during the winter. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association forecasted more than 14,000 vacationers spending the weekend in Steamboat Springs, which more than doubles the population of the town.

'Habitat' gets first lot finally

After two years of looking for a lot to build a home on, Routt County Habitat for Humanity has finally found one. Unfortunately, the nonprofit group had to pay full price. "We had hoped, dreamed, that somebody might donate a lot or sell us one at a deep discount," said Ray Wright, a local Realtor on the Habitat for Humanity board.

Wednesday, December 27

City salaries 'competitive'

Pay comparable to that of other mountain towns

After bumping some city employees' salaries up last year to stay competitive with comparable mountain towns, salaries are now roughly on par with Steamboat's competitors, said the city's director of human resources. "I think that our ranges will be really competitive in the 2001 salary survey," Human Resources Director John Thrasher said.

Ski area thefts reported

Even on Christmas Day, crime does not take a vacation. Two snowboards were reported stolen at about 2:30 p.m. Monday. The owners of the equipment were inside Gnarly Charly's when the snowboards were stolen from outside the Gondola Square restaurant, said Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing.

Riders gear up for weekend contests

Snowboarding takes center stage in Steamboat Springs on New Year's Eve morning, when the Snowboard Outreach Society's Half-Pipe Contest gets under way at Howelsen Hill.

Airport may get new hangars

The Steamboat Springs Airport is attempting to bring in some more money to satisfy its customers by offering some of its land to a developer interested in building airplane hangars on the property. In the third such "request for proposals" sent out in the past six months aimed at finding a way to use extra space and make money at the airport, the city is hoping to find a developer interested in constructing hangars on a 30-acre plot of land to the north of the airport. The RFP was sent out two weeks ago and proposals are due back by the end of January.

Cyclist close to finishing global trip

Dick Ryan has been pedaling his bicycle around the idyllic Kona Coast of Hawaii's big island this week. But it's fair to assume he would rather be at home in Steamboat chipping ice out of his driveway. "I think we are here for three more days whatever I'm really ready to come home to you," Ryan wrote in an e-mail message to his wife, Leslie, this week.

'Habitat' gets first lot finally

After two years of looking for a lot to build a home on, Routt County Habitat for Humanity has finally found one. Unfortunately, the nonprofit group had to pay full price.

Tuesday, December 26

Happy holidays, football fans

As one of the few college football fans in the country who supports the Bowl Championship Series poll, I would like to express why I believe Florida State is deserving of playing Oklahoma for the national championship on Jan. 3.

Holiday jingles with cash registers

Although the final word on the success of the holiday shopping season may not come out until December sales tax receipts are calculated, downtown business owners are confident the cash flow this Christmas has kept up with, if not outpaced, last year. And without the bomb shelter mentality that overtook the world in response to the Y2K scare last year, the days between Christmas and New Year's may prove especially profitable, some owners said.

Electric company upping its rates

Yampa Valley Electric Association has announced its first rate increase in 11 years, but residential customers won't pay more for every kilowatt hour of electricity they use to heat water and refrigerate perishable food. Instead, they'll pay an additional $2.40 a month, bringing their monthly service charge up from $3.10 to $5.50.

Facing a growing dilemma

Area cost of living makes it hard for businesses to attract employees

For the fourth month, the Routt County public safety dispatch and communications director position lies vacant and the job has been reopened in hopes to lure the right person to Steamboat Springs.

Consultant assesses fire chief position

Kevin Klein, with Public Safety Consultants in Boulder, has been hired to determine if the Oak Creek Fire Protection District needs a paid fire chief.

Howelsen brought up to specs

The nordic combined World Cup is still a month away, but the jumps at Howelsen Hill are set to go thanks to a small group of dedicated volunteers who helped build a safety corral that is required by new rules.

Former Sailor flying high

Former Steamboat football player Erik Svendsen makes his first collegiate bowl appearance this New Year's Eve, when his Air Force Falcons take on the Fresno State Bulldogs in San Jose, Calif.

ASC merger draws cool local interest

Diversification of ski giant seen cautiously as a plus

Local business leaders expressed tempered optimism over the news this month that American Skiing Co., parent of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., plans to merge with MeriStar Hotels and Resorts during the first quarter of 2001.

New buildings planned for former Mid-Valley Center

Developer frustrated by planning process

The developers of Steamboat Crossings have gone back to the city of Steamboat Springs with a plan to construct six new buildings at the site of the former Mid-Valley Business Center, but they are expressing some frustration with the process.

Grant Matthew Redmond

Grant Matthew Redmond, son of Sara and John Redmond of Yampa, was born at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 21, 2000.

Cheyene Yohala Bird

Cheyene Yohala Bird, daughter of Sherry A. and Grant W. Bird of Steamboat Springs, was born at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 23, 2000.

Officers to be out in full force

Police plan to crack down on drunken drivers New Year's Eve

The last place anyone wants to end up on New Year's Day is in the Routt County Jail, but every year drunken drivers are arrested on one of the biggest celebrations.

Agencies bring toys to tots

United Way's Christmas Wishes program put presents under the tree for 150 Routt County families with help from the Toys For Tots program. This year, the United Way teamed up with the U.S. Marine Corp. and Steamboat Motors sponsored the Toys For Tots program for the first time.

Waste disposal declared success

The head of Routt County's environmental department says a new program to dispose of household hazardous waste has been successful in its first four months. The county has a contract with Curbside Inc. that allows residents to put their hazardous wastes on the curbside to be picked up.

Rescuers get new Bombardier

Christmas came a little early for Routt County Search and Rescue as it recently received a tracked-snow machine worth $115,000. Last Thursday, a yellow tracked-snow machine was delivered to the volunteer rescue group, which is based in Steamboat Springs.

Grease Monkey ready to expand

The owners of the Grease Monkey in Steamboat Springs, Roberta and Bob Rundell, would like to add a separate commercial building and gas pumps to the site of their west Steamboat business on U.S. 40.

Steamboat skiers to start at home

Fourteen-year-old Nick Bucci is eagerly anticipating the first Rocky Mountain Division Freestyle meet of the year that will be held in Steamboat Springs Thursday through Saturday.

Boys hope to continue early season run

Steamboat's win over Conifer in the championship round of the Steamboat Shoot-Out has the Sailors enjoying a 7-0 record at the holiday break.

Sailor girls happy with first part of 2000-01 season

With a 4-2 record, the Steamboat Sailors girls basketball team has taken significant strides during pre-conference competition as it prepares for league play to begin Jan. 5 against the Palisade Bulldogs at home.

Bustin' gates; alpine skiers ready

First races of season to take place in Steamboat

The members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will open the new year with a busy alpine schedule.

Celebrating a new year by staying alive

The refrain of champagne corks popping during a New Year's Eve party is almost as common as the refrain of "Auld Lang Syne."

Job candidates have much experience

Top four prospects for town manager ready to interview

The top four candidates for the Oak Creek town manager job have ample experience for the position. All but one has agreed to make the trip to Oak Creek to interview for the position Jan. 3.

Storage unit close to reality

Planning Commission gives recommendation for approval

The old Texaco building in Phippsburg is one step closer to being torn down and replaced by a storage unit that the owner will build to complement the old structure.

BeLinda Schuppan 19662000

BeLinda Schuppan died Dec. 12, 2000 at Porter Hospital in Denver. She was 34.

Preparing for the future

Students learn valuable skills that will help them in college

Although some may say the workload is too heavy and that children should be allowed to be children, students and faculty members at Lowell Whiteman School know that intense two- to three-hour, three-day-long comprehensive semester exams are worth the stress.

Isabel Dorthea Rillos

Isabel Dorthea Rillos, daughter of Kari and Kipp Rillos of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:24 a.m. Dec. 19, 2000.

County using video to fill job

Routt County is using a video dating service to find its new county manager. OK, it's not really a video dating service, but the county is using a national video interview company to narrow down its candidates. Routt County hasn't had a county manager since the mid-1980s.

Pesticide classes offered

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has organized more than 20 classes around Colorado so people can gain licenses as commercial pesticide applicators.

Sunday, December 24

Christmas dinner draws crowd

On Monday afternoon at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, the Hobans of Sydney, Australia, celebrated their first white Christmas with a turkey dinner compliments of the Steamboat Board of Realtors.

Making it 'over the hill'

Ski group provides great way for adults to build friendships

Every Tuesday, Frank Dolman greets eager skiers over the age of 50 in front of the ski school offices at the Steamboat Ski Area. But he isn't a ski instructor. Dolman is one of 16 guides for the Over the Hill Gang a skiing and social group for skiers over the age of 50.

Agreement worries ambulance crew

A new agreement between the city and the rural fire district, say some worried ambulance workers, may be putting their jobs in jeopardy. Currently, the city covers fire protection for the surrounding rural district, and the district provides ambulance services for the city. Through the new agreement, the city would provide all of the manpower for fire and ambulance services while the district comes up with a portion of the funding.

County pulls plug on system

People depending on television signals offered by the county will see snow on their TV screens as well as on the ground after the first of the year. County Commissioners have reaffirmed their decision to pull the plug on the county-run television signals because the cost of maintaining the system does not justify the number of people using it.

Contest deadline extended

Owners move chance to win duplex to April

Essay writers who were hoping to find a luxury Steamboat duplex under the Christmas Tree Dec. 25 will have to wait until at least May Day to find out if they win the contest being run by local homeowners Mike and Mara O'Carroll.

Baby Kyjah tops donation list

On Christmas morning, 13-month-old Kyjah Merrin Burandt was in Denver at her grandparents house, opening her presents with shouts of glee while her parents waited for a phone call that could save her life.

Wrestler grapples with weight

Prep athlete must control eating during the holidays

Steamboat Springs wrestler Justin O'Leary won't be eating cheese fondue with the rest of his family today at Christmas dinner. Instead, he will consume a salad, and if he is lucky, a holiday cookie for dessert.

Sailors' nordic skiers hope to repeat success

On Dec. 15, the Steamboat Springs Cross-Country High-School Ski Team glided its way into the top 5 at a meet hosted by Nederland High School at Eldora. On Jan. 5, the Sailors hope to repeat their success by relying on home-field advantage at another Nordic ski race in Steamboat.

Christmas Day on the job

For some area residents, Monday was just another ordinary day on the job.

Saturday, December 23

Wireless plan pegged to CMC

With city OK, Verizon will install equipment on Bogue Hall

More than two months after pushing forward a preliminary plan to process permits for wireless telecommunications systems, the city has just received its first application from Verizon Wireless.

Ski area getting national T.V. time

Steamboat's season going well so far

Executives at the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. are planning to unwrap a couple of their holiday gifts early this weekend, as the ski area knocks down some national television exposure.

Friday, December 22

Gravel pit receives initial OK

Planning commissioners like Hayden operation

It was smooth sailing for the Routt County Regional Planning Commission, which approved a recommendation for a 10-year permit for a gravel pit near Hayden without any public comment against it.

Thursday, December 21

Back home on the hardcourt

Former Sailors Patrick, Sherrill return as Steamboat coaches

Search is over

Oak Creek family deciphers clues, discovers the Yule Log

The Yule Log, hidden at the bottom of the steps to the Steamboat Ski Touring and Snow Shoeing Center, was discovered Thursday morning by Glen Farrell and taken back to a home that has hosted the log numerous times in the past decade. The Farrell family has made it a holiday tradition to find the log, which is hidden by representatives from the Tread of Pioneers Museum every year. For most of the year, the log stays at the museum, but for the days between now and Christmas, it will be at the Farrells' home in Oak Creek.

Realtors making holiday meal

Those who may not have Christmas dinner plans can join the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, which is throwing its annual community Christmas dinner for the holiday, dinner organizer Chris Sachs said.

Train crashes into truck stuck on tracks

For the past five years, Amy Goodwin and her husband saved up to buy a new truck only to see the vehicle get crushed by a Union Pacific train Thursday night. Goodwin, 32, was driving the white 1994 Ford F-250 diesel truck on Anglers Drive when the truck got stuck on a railroad track just east of the entrance of the Fish Creek Falls Trailer Court just after 9:30 p.m.

Snow record not even close

Sno-kidding. In spite of the abundant early snowfall that has made it difficult for powder hounds to sleep at night, the Steamboat Ski Area isn't even close to being on pace to break the record established in December 1983.

Locals skiers race well in Utah

Who could blame Emily Heller if she has mixed feelings about the U.S. Ski Team's selection events? The Steamboat Springs skier came back from a bad leg injury suffered during a selection event two years ago to win a mogul competition at the selections this year.

Area blood keeps on flowing

The Bonfils Blood Center in Denver is reporting it is down to a three-day supply of blood. But it can't be because Steamboat donors didn't turn out in record numbers on Tuesday.

Dump truck ends up in ditch

A 47-year-old Steamboat Springs man was not hurt after a dump truck carrying a load of gravel rolled over Thursday morning. Jeffrey Lee Clem was traveling northbound on Routt County Road 14 when the 1983 Mack truck went over the right side of the road, rolled over and came to a rest on its passenger side, said State Trooper Ryan Parker, who responded to investigate the accident.

Man arrested on truck theft charges

A 24-year-old man who allegedly participated in the theft of truck in the early hours of Dec. 9 was arrested Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, December 20

County to contemplate pit

Ed Hockin Trucking Co. is proposing to build a gravel pit about 3.5 miles west of Hayden and seeks a recommendation for the project from the Routt County Regional Planning Commission tonight.

Extended break may be good for grapplers

In about the middle of a four-week break that dates back to Dec. 10, the Steamboat wrestling team awaits its next match in the New Year when it takes on Battle Mountain Jan. 5 in Avon.

Trailer Haven tenants ask city for help

The residents of Trailer Haven trailer park, sent warning of their impending eviction by the local health and recreation association, are now going to the city to ask for help. With four other residents of Trailer Haven trailer park standing behind her Tuesday night, Nancy Preston read an eviction letter to City Council, urging council to help them in a debacle that could leave them without lots for their trailers in less than six months.

Suspect gets holiday jail stay

A 20-year-old man will likely spend Christmas in jail for an alleged robbery that occurred the morning of Thanksgiving. The lawyer representing Williams S. Russick failed Wednesday to convince Routt County Judge James Garrecht that his client's bond should be reduced from $20,000.

Town expecting more visitors this year

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is forecasting more people will visit the ski area this holiday season. But there are signs that even with more tired skiers laying their heads on local pillows at night, not all of the lodges will be as full as they were last year.

Camp offers athletes chance to heat up the ice

Fewer hockey games will be played over the holidays, but that doesn't mean the action at Howelsen Ice Arena will cool down.

Resident could get one year for threat

A 46-year-old Steamboat Springs man could be sentenced to one year in the Routt County Jail for an October incident where the man made threats with a knife.

Tuesday, December 19

South Routt gets hit with new snow job

South Routt residents got a taste of Old Man Winter, in major way as storms blanketed the Upper Yampa Valley, closing roads over the weekend and on Monday.

Sailors teams advance to finals of Shoot-Out

Andrew Johnston scored 13 points against the Conifer Lobos Saturday to lead his team to a 54-44 win and to the Steamboat Shoot-Out tournament championship.

New company looks to reduce inventory, slow development

When American Skiing Co. merges with MeriStar Hotels and Resorts to become Doral International Inc. early next year, the focus won't change. Selling down existing real estate inventory in Steamboat Springs and The Canyons near Park City, Utah, will remain of primary importance to the new company.

Hard-core' fans rock the court

Often seen in the front row in the gymnasium's bleachers, dressed in military fatigues or hunting camouflage and red bandannas or hats, the "Steamboat Hard-core" are the heart and soul of the hysteria at Sailors boys basketball games.

Judge wants new facility

Routt County Chief Judge Richard P. Doucette told the Routt County Commission Tuesday not to pass up putting a bond issue for a new court building on the 2001 ballot.

Annual Town Challenge set

Recreational racing will return to Howelsen Hill Thursday night as the Town Challenge Race Series opens the season with a kickoff party and giant slalom race.

Sailors earn All-Conference honors

Five Steamboat Springs football players recently finished their high school careers receiving All-Conference First-Team honors in the 3A Western Slope League.

Sailors cross-country skiers finish in top 5

The Steamboat Springs High School cross-country ski team started its season out as a top-five finisher at a Dec. 15 meet at the Eldora ski area in Boulder.

Web site can alleviate ACT stress

College-bound students no longer have to link the name "ACT" solely with the dreaded college entrance exam; the ACT corporation now offers a wide range of information and services about applying to college, exploring careers, getting a job and even providing useful resources to help prepare for the ACT standardized test.

FFA club hits record heights with fruit sales

Each year, members of the Future Farmers of America in south Routt sell fruit baskets with oranges, grapefruit, apples, cider and pecans as the main fund-raiser for the club. Whoever sells $200 or more worth of baskets gets to go to the Stock Show.

Ranchers get new tax break

A new tax code allows agricultural producers to average three years of income on years of high profits to avoid being included in a higher tax rate.

Avalanche: Colorado ski areas take precautions due to high-risk conditions

Jeff Hirschboeck and the rest of the avalanche control team at the Steamboat Ski Area dropped a dozen two-pound canisters of an explosive called "HDP" onto the steepest pitches in Morningside Park Tuesday morning. The explosives didn't set off any avalanches.

New subdivision in the works

The owners of the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club have submitted a proposal to the city of Steamboat Springs to create a new 14-home subdivision that would necessitate moving the entrance to the golf course from Country Club Drive to South Steamboat Boulevard.

West End Village OK'd

The city's new vision for the westward expansion of Steamboat Springs received its first official mandate Tuesday night as City Council voted to approve a development permit for West End Village, the first development to be reviewed under the West of Steamboat Area Plan.

Steamboat hosts musical week

The hills of Steamboat Springs will be alive with the sound of music this week. And there will be enough variety to satisfy everyone's musical taste from traditional Christmas carols to the anything but traditional "Funk-a-Billy Swing" music.

What wasn't, will always be

In these anticipatory days before the coming of St. Nicholas, I'd like to put in a good word for St. Francis of Assissi. St. Francis, the saint who listened to animals, brings to mind my favorite Christmas story.

Waiting for justice

A Routt County jury last week found a Hayden man guilty of sexually assaulting a young girl who knew him as grandpa. The girl is actually the 55-year-old man's step-granddaughter. She shares horrible secrets with him. At least she doesn't share his blood.

Flying high in the Steamboat air

Bumps and Jumps thrills freestyle fans

The Papa John's Bumps and Jumps has built a long-standing tradition of bringing top-level freestyle action to Steamboat Springs.

Trustees narrow search for manager

Five applicants were chosen from a field of nine to be interviewed for the Oak Creek town manager job, but trustees hope they'll be able coax them to make the trip and then find a place to live.

Traveling teams skate into holiday break

Bantams 5, Aspen 3 Two wins over Aspen last weekend pushed the Steamboat Braves Bantam A hockey team's overall record to 13-4 headed into the holiday break.

Make it a double

Cafe Diva plans expansion

The final chapter is closing on one Steamboat business, Whitewood Jewelers, but that closure represents a new beginning for one of Steamboat's hottest little restaurants, Cafe Diva.

American Skiing Co. announces merger

ASC hopes to rid itself of stifling debt, spark growth with acquisition

The American Skiing Co., parent of the Steamboat Ski Area, has announced its intent to merge with the nation's largest independent hotel management company in an effort to rid itself of stifling debt and to build a launching pad for future growth. And there are signs that the new company, Doral International Inc., will be as much about hotels as it is about skiing.

Real Estate Transactions

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Sailors win top honor

Steamboat Springs High School has been recognized as a Wells Fargo Cup this time as the Western Slope's 4A winner.

Orton foundation won't occupy hall

The Orton Family Foundation, destined to call the new Centennial Hall home after donating about $500,000 to the building, has decided to maintain its base of operations off-site.

More American skiers join Cup tour

When the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team returns to the World Cup A tour a few days after Christmas, there will be a few more skiers wearing red, white and blue.

Rattlers come out fighting, top Rams

The Soroco Rams boys basketball squad showed its youth on Tuesday night against the Little Snake River Rattlers, going down with a 59-47 loss. The Rattlers played a tough man-to-man defense, putting pressure on both sides of the court, while occasionally switching off to a full-court trap defense.

Post office copes with holiday mail

The Steamboat post office has extended its hours during the holiday season to accommodate the influx of mail it has been receiving. The post office is opening one and a half hours early, at 7 a.m., to handle the demand for service.

Backcountry users mainly non-locals

A recent survey shed some light on who is using the Routt National Forest, but for those who ski, those who snowmobile and those who do both, there is still no clear consensus on who can do what and where.

Friends remember 'OMatt'

Matthew Oscar Westley died Saturday while skiing Morningside Park

At the ski rental shop of SportStalker, a lonely white and green coffee mug sits below a window that frames a view of why Matthew Oscar Westley came to Steamboat Springs.

ASC's eastern resorts weather rain

Ski area managers at American Skiing company's New England resorts say the storm front that pushed temperatures into the forties and dumped rain on the slopes over the weekend, didn't cost them any of their available terrain as they head into the critical holiday weekend. New England ski areas have a reputation for getting wiped out by warm rainstorms. But American Skiing managers in Vermont and Maine say they withstood this mild storm front with skiing intact.

Back to Basics

New owners of Eighth Street West want to restore previous inventory of women's fashions

Eighth Street West wasn't destined to remain closed for very long. The women's clothing store at 817 Lincoln Ave. closed last month after 15 years in business. The store reopened last week under new ownership.

Monday, December 18

Hayden's weekend contests canceled

Last week, the Hayden boys and girls basketball teams prepared to open up league play Friday and Saturday only to have the games canceled. The teams were supposed to begin league play Friday night in North Park, but inclement weather canceled the contest.

Raymond Bond

A funeral service for Raymond Bond is at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Peterson Funeral Home on Curve Court. Memorials may be sent to the charity of choice.

Ski collection given permanent place

The Tread of Pioneers Museum in downtown Steamboat Springs houses a significant collection of historical skiing artifacts and photographs. There are the long wooden skis of the late, great four-way skier Gordy Wren and the original "Snurfer," forerunner of the modern snowboard, which was created by Steamboat resident Sherm Poppen.

School leaders get raises

The Steamboat Springs RE-2 School Board voted Monday to increase the salaries of the district's administrators to a level comparable to the step raises given to teachers and support staff.

City to review West End again

After a two-week break from West End Village, the first project to be reviewed under the West of Steamboat Area Plan, the City Council will get another look at the revamped affordable housing project tonight.

Report on inmate's death due

Routt County District Attorney Paul McLimans' review of an investigation regarding a man who hanged himself in the Routt County Jail at this point does not warrant criminal charges to be filed.

Blown fuse leaves fans without ESPN

A power surge and blown fuse sparked several phone calls to the AT&T Media Services office in Craig on Sunday morning and left local cable subscribers without ESPN on a big sports day.

Fire funding answers sought

Commissioners want hard figures on costs of adding labor, engine

The same day the city of Steamboat Springs pulled out of an agreement to fight wildland fires, the Routt County commissioners were seeking hard figures on the costs of improving the county's firefighting capabilities.

Sunday, December 17

Scrappy boys still unbeaten

The Sailors boys basketball team comes off a 86-30 thrashing of Rangely High School as it enters the 2000 Steamboat Shoot-Out Thursday through Saturday.


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American Skiing Co. announces merger

The American Skiing Co., parent of the Steamboat Ski Area, has announced its intent to merge with the nation's largest independent hotel management company in an effort to rid itself of stifling debt and to build a launching pad for future growth. And there are signs that the new company, Doral International Inc., will be as much about hotels as it is about skiing.

Board debating ways to pay for covered building

Funds needed for fairgrounds

Members of the Routt County Fair Board have been looking at costs and thinking of ways to raise money to build a covered structure at the fairgrounds, but nothing has yet been set in stone.

Ice King of the Road

At Steamboat's Bridgestone Winter Driving School, Skip and I were paired up in a Ford Explorer to test out our driving skills on an icy track under the tutelage of a cadre of professional race car drivers.

Steamboat girls fall short at Shoot

Hannah Allbright scored 25 points and made seven of 10 free-throw attempts against the Steamboat Sailors, as the Conifer Lobos went back to Jefferson County Saturday night as the girls' champions of the Steamboat Shoot-Out.

Sailors boys beat out Lobos

Andrew Johnston scored 13 points and had 13 rebounds as the Steamboat Sailors beat the Conifer Lobos 54-44 on Saturday for the Steamboat Shoot-Out championship.

Learning to get along

Soda Creek teachers, principal repair relationship

Soda Creek Elementary School teachers and their new principal used a three-day retreat to come to a better understanding of each other and repair a relationship that had been significantly strained.

Rural fire feud heats up

City expected to drop out of council today as county examines $1.7M plan

The Routt County Board of Commissioners may not be prepared to throw $1.7 million at wildland fire coverage to solve staffing and equipment problems until it has a better understanding of how that money would be spent. That move likely will lead the city of Steamboat Springs to opt out of the Wildland Fire Council and its wildland fire responsibilities, until the county commits to appropriating more money to fire districts in the county.

Soroco teams hit the road for first games of the year

The Soroco Rams boys and girls basketball teams traveled to two 3A schools over the weekend for their first scheduled games of the year. On Friday, the 2A south Routt teams met Rangely and Saturday they were matched up with Basalt.

Natural gas bills on the rise

Charlene Steese said she plans to keep the heat down and wear more clothes over the winter.

Storm finds way to win in road trip

The Steamboat Storm women's hockey team breezed past the Synergy at Arvada Saturday, coming away with a 3-0 win.

New company looks to reduce inventory, slow development

When American Skiing Co. merges with MeriStar Hotels and Resorts to become Doral International Inc. early next year, the focus won't change. Selling down existing real estate inventory in Steamboat Springs and The Canyons near Park City, Utah, will remain of primary importance to the new company.

New company planning to finish condo project

A publicly traded timeshare resort company based in Washington state has purchased a significant portion of the Village

Better than extra credit

High school students take advantage of CMC college credit courses

Some 75 Steamboat Springs High School students are taking advantage of a program that allows them to take college courses at Colorado Mountain College.

Freestyle firsts wrap up Bumps & Jumps

It was a day of firsts for the reigning Papa John's Bumps & Jumps aerial champion Dmitri Daschinski and Canadian Steve Omischl at the Park Smalley Freestyle Complex on Saturday.

Blood drive a chance to give gift from the heart

Hemoglobin and red blood platelets don't make the holiday lists of many people, but more than 18 employees of the local City Market are giving blood on Tuesday anyway.

Skier dies at Steamboat

A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man was found dead in deep snow at the Steamboat Ski Area Saturday night.

Library supporters to ask community 'Why?'

Officials from the South Routt Library District want to find out why the ballot questions to pay for building and staffing a new library in Oak Creek failed.

Construction begins on The Cottonwoods

Construction is under way on The Cottonwoods at Walton Creek Park, a small townhome project on Mariah Court, just south of Walton Creek Road.

Yampa becomes a bedroom community to Vail

As locals start seeing south Routt turn into a bedroom community for employees of Steamboat Springs businesses, real estate agents are identifying Yampa as an option for affordable housing for people working in the Vail area.

Man charged with theft of vehicle

A 32-year-old Stagecoach man was charged with aggregated criminal vehicle theft and criminal mischief for stealing a ranch truck, abandoning it in a field and damaging the engine.

Marriage over for murder suspect

One day after Thomas Lee Johnson was bound over for trial on murder charges, the accused murderer's marriage to the victim's best friend ended.

Top team escapes Sunday night thriller

Nite's Rest avoids late-game scare

Nite's Rest/Winona's remained unbeaten in the Sunday night senior hockey league but barely.

Tigers get first win of year

The Hayden boys basketball team is off to a slow start but was able to win its first game of the season over the weekend.

Mysterious Ralston Valley awaits Sailors in opening game of Shoot-Out

The Sailors girls basketball team opens up against Ralston Valley at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Shoot-Out.

Baggs tops Tigers

The Hayden girls basketball team will be looking to start off league play on the right foot this weekend.

Friday, December 15

Blizzard of a beginning

'Bumps' between locals

The final round of the Papa John's Bumps & Jumps mogul event on Friday afternoon came down to a dual between two teammates who were wearing the same colors.

'Pay-for-powder' effort staying out of the trees

Ski corp. responds to 'First Tracks' concerns

Officials at the Steamboat Ski Area reacted swiftly Friday to the remarks from local skiers concerned about the First Tracks program.

Snowstorms sock mountains

Rabbit Ears Pass, coated in ice and engulfed in clouds of blowing snow, was closed at 1:20 p.m. Friday by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

City shows off Centennial Hall

As the celebration of the city's new Centennial Hall Friday evening whirled around her, the granddaughter of the man who got Steamboat Springs incorporated as a town 100 years ago sat by the gas stove in the old power plant and warmed her hands.

Thursday, December 14

Town budget calls for water system upgrades

The Hayden Town Board approved a 2001 budget last week that is weighted down with the red ink of capital improvements. During the board's Dec. 7 meeting, a budget hearing was held, but no residents showed up to give input on the town's $1.2 million budget.

Tax proposed to fund child care

Local advocates for affordable child care in Routt County may put a question on the November 2001 ballot asking residents to pay a total of almost $2 million in taxes for quality child care.

Steamboat Ski Area promises untracked snow for a price

You can call it "der" or you can call it "freshies," but untracked powder snow is the siren call that lures everyone who comes to the Colorado Rockies to ski. Now, at Steamboat, you can pay for first tracks. And some local powderhounds are howling about the practice.

Sales tax shows a drier October for liquor sales

After speeding through the summer at a record growth rate, the Steamboat Springs economy, as it has in the past, hit the brakes in October. While the city did take in 4.6 percent more revenue from sales tax than it did in October of last year, that amounted to a total of only $708,830. During peak months such as March, the city is liable to make as much as $1.5 million off sales tax revenues.

'Tis the season to beat 'the blues'

At a time of year when it is supposed to be joyous, the holidays are anything but for some people who experience what is called the "holiday blues."

Sheriff seeks more info in state child-care probe

The four felons who were working for child-care providers in Routt County were convicted of crimes that ranged from drug violations to assault, Routt County Sheriff John Warner said.

Condos pass first test at commission

The city Planning Commission gave a condominium complex at the corner of Village Drive and Medicine Springs Drive the go ahead to finalize its plans Thursday night after a short preapplication hearing.

Yampa Valley Airport sees first season arrivals

The ski season started four days early at Steamboat on Nov. 18, but for hundreds of resort workers eager to pull more shifts, the season doesn't begin in occupational terms until the first ski season jet flights begin to arrive.

Rams, Cardinals squaring off tonight

Soroco boys basketball coach Andy Johnson hopes to have the kinks worked out of his squad, as they gear up for their first home and league game of the year tonight against Grand Valley.

Hayden faces North Park in league-opening match

The Hayden boys and girls basketball teams will be looking to start off league play on a positive note before Christmas break.

Sailors girls dominate Mustangs

Steamboat Springs made short work of Ralston Valley during the first round of the Steamboat Shoot-Out Thursday as the Sailors jumped out to a 20-point lead at halftime and ended with a 77-36 victory.

Funeral service: John Livingston

Funeral services for John Livingston will be held in New Jersey.

Funeral services for John Livingston will be held in New Jersey. The Earle Funeral Home, Blackwood, N.J. is in charge of arrangements. Call (856) 227-0078.

Steamboat makes amazing comeback

Rusty Eck scored 15 points and Ryan Kiely had eight points and four clutch steals as the Steamboat Sailors fought back from an 18-point second-half deficit to top the Platte Canyon Huskies 64-61 at the Steamboat Shoot-Out.

Wednesday, December 13

Felons working in child care identified

After about a week, Routt County Sheriff John Warner was given information that identified four felons that are currently working in child care in Routt County.

Busting out beloved pet earns a fine from court

A 38-year-old Steamboat Springs man was fined and sentenced Wednesday to one year of probation for illegally entering the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter to get his pet.

Lawyer seeks equity for robbery suspect

The attorney representing a 20-year-old man accused of participating in the robbery of a convenience store early Thanksgiving morning is seeking a reduced bond for his client.

Condo project gets new review for city approval

A 32-unit condominium project that was originally approved for development six years ago but was never constructed is going back to the drawing board tonight in front of the city Planning Commission.

Stars shine at meet after season of improvement

Corri Bradbury and Veronica Eddy recently capped off their 2000 seasons by representing the Steamboat Stars at the Colorado Springs gymnastics sectional meet. Eddy, who is 12, qualified for the sectional meet along with Bradbury, who is 10, by posting a score of 32 or higher during each of their six meets throughout the season.

Sailors figure to be favorite in Shoot-Out

The Sailors boys basketball team opens up against the Platte Canyon Huskies at 8:15 p.m. today at the Steamboat Shoot-Out. Steamboat, which is currently 4-0, plays today, Friday and Saturday during the Shoot-Out. If the Sailors go three for three, it would be their eighth pre-conference tournament championship in the past five years.

Soroco girls revved for home stand

Soroco girls basketball coach Bob Johnson said his team's excitement level has been a little higher than normal this week as the Rams prepare for the first two home games of the season. Soroco opened the season with five-straight road games, so it's no wonder that the Soroco players are happy to get back the hard court floor of the Oak Creek high school gym tonight for the home opener.

Sailors take on Mustangs in first round of tourney

Last Saturday, the Steamboat Sailors played lethargically against the Rangely Panthers during a 39-35 victory. Tonight, the Sailors want to erase any doubts about the talent that their ball club possesses when they take the court against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at 6:30 p.m. at the Steamboat Shoot-Out.

DA files serious charge for alleged arm scratch

A 27-year-old Steamboat Springs woman faces a possible two-year prison term for allegedly scratching a Routt County deputy's arm early Wednesday morning.

Snow inching up in record book

They call it locals' paradise abundant early season snowfall combined with an absence of tourists makes for some of the best skiing of the season at Steamboat. This month is developing into one of those early Decembers that skiers talk about for years to come.

Frosh legislator lands prominent panel post

Newly elected state Rep. Al White of Winter Park has yet to be sworn in and already he's moving up through the ranks in the Colorado Legislature. White, a Republican whose 56th District includes Routt County and Steamboat Springs, has been named vice-chairman of the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee.

Airport forced to cut operations division

Burt Ver Haar, the No. 2 guy at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, is one of three finalists for the top job at Montrose Regional Airport. Ver Haar is a victim of budget cuts at YVRA, where his position is being eliminated.

Tuesday, December 12

Jury finds Hayden man guilty of sexual assault

A 55-year-old Hayden man may have escaped jail time in Jefferson County last year for sexually assaulting his step-granddaughter but he now faces at least 10 years in prison for assaulting the girl in Routt County.

A diverse issue

Speaker notes challenges of foreign workers

Immigrants are just like anyone else, Jack Mudry told a Steamboat Springs audience Tuesday. They dream of a better future. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, recognizing that an increasing percentage of the local work force is coming from abroad, hosted Mudry's speech at the Sheraton Steamboat as part of a "Business 2 Business" luncheon.

Steamboat next stop for Bumps and Jumps crew

Some of the top freestyle skiers in the world will come to Steamboat Springs this Friday and Saturday for the first of three stops in the Papa John's Bumps and Jumps tour. "Last year the Colorado event was held at Copper Mountain, so we are really excited to be back in Steamboat this year," Bumps and Jumps spokeswoman Renny Cella said.

Local Nordic Combined team fares well in Park City matches

Tom Steitz's spirits were high as he left Park City, Utah, Tuesday afternoon despite the fact he was still facing the six-hour journey along the snowy roads back home to Steamboat Springs. The U.S. Nordic Combined coach and the rest of the American team had just finished off one its most successful showings on the World Cup "B" tour ever by placing second in the last of three events. The World Cup B is like the minor league of nordic combined.

New schedule will allow council better planning

City Council meetings may never be the same. Council moved to adjust its current meeting schedule Tuesday night to attempt to deal with more long-range goals. Council will now tackle the nuts and bolts issues of city government every first and third Tuesday of the month while dedicating the second Tuesday entirely to discussing long-range goals.

County gets airport ready for season start

The Routt County commissioners went through proceedings to prepare the Yampa Valley Regional Airport for its full swing of operations, which is expected to begin this weekend. Commissioners approved catering and baggage licenses and renewed agreements for snow and ice removal as normal proceedings before the busy season starts.

Man identified as local artist

Police have identified the man who was found dead inside a local motel room as 62-year-old John Livingston.

Monday, December 11

School board approves salary package

Despite flurries of dissent, the school board approved a salary and benefits package drafted by a diverse Collective Bargaining Team with pledges to continue working on "creative" solutions to the district's salary woes.

Man's death under investigation

Steamboat Springs police officers Monday evening were investigating the death of a man at the Nordic Lodge, 1036 Lincoln Ave.

Woodland Park man cited in accident

The Colorado State Patrol is expected to ticket a 43-year-old Woodland Park man for a Nov. 26 accident on Rabbit Ears Pass that caused serious injuries to a 65-year-old Steamboat Springs woman.

Plan to benefit city, fire district up for approval

The city, led by Fire Chief Bob Struble, is hoping to sign an agreement with the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District that will alter the way the city and the rural district protect their respective communities.

Working with cultural diversity topic of lunch

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is giving employers and other community members the opportunity to become educated about integrating cultural diversity into the community by sponsoring a Business 2 Business Luncheon today at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Search for the Yule Log ends

The Glen Farell family has found the Yule Log! Details to follow this evening. A Steamboat tradition that has continued for more than 20 years is the annual search for the "Yule Log," with clues provided in the newspaper on and local radio stations. The first person to put the clues together and follow them to the log wins a chamber gift certificate for $100, good at any chamber member. The most successful log hunters have an appreciation for local history, Jayne Hill said. She is in her fourth year of writing the clues. The clues are more than straightforward prose the clue-meister must be clever enough to weave them into a rhyming poem that both tantalizes and entertains.

American Skiing acquires hotel chain

American Skiing Co., the parent of the Steamboat Ski Area, has acquired the nation's largest independent hotel management company in a $185 million stock swap both companies are calling a merger. American Skiing will join with a company called MeriStar Hotels and Resorts to form an entirely new company, Doral International. American Skiing Co. Chairman Les Otten will serve in that capacity with the new company. Current president and chief executive officer of MeriStar, Paul W. Whetsell, will be the CEO of Doral International.

Commissioners move on next PDR agreement

Routt County commissioners instructed the Purchase of Development Rights Citizens Advisory Board to move ahead with a deal to buy the building rights on 80 acres of land using $80,000 of county money. "They want to go rapidly to tier two because they want to get this done quickly," Routt County Commissioner Ben Beall said. Tier two of the process is when the legal work is done in the deal and the purchase is officially made.

Sunday, December 10

Hepatitis C a growing health threat globally

The liver is an important organ located on the right side of the upper abdomen. It transforms medicines and food into usable parts. It also stores vitamins and sugar, forms proteins and filters wastes, bacteria and poisons from your body. Hepatitis C, which poses a serious threat to the liver, has become a growing global concern.

Steamboat 'sluggish' at invitational, coach says

Steamboat Springs displayed its inexperience on the wrestling mat Saturday as the team finished last at the Olathe Invitational. The Sailors, who were without two of their wrestlers, scored 30 points that placed them eighth overall. Palisade took first place with 206 points and Olathe was second with 147 points. Paonia came in third.

Kids can trade food for overdue fines at library

When parents take their children to the library and find out little Johnny or Susie has racked up $15 in overdue fines on their library card, it can be a stressful experience for everyone involved. In December, the youth services librarian at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Currie Meyer, wants to make that situation a little better for everyone involved. Throughout this month, anyone younger than 18 can donate nonperishable food items to the library to pay their fines. The donations will be passed on to the Lift-Up Food Bank.

Steamboat hands big loss to Rangely, 86-30

Steamboat's Danny Weber jammed home his first slam-dunk of the season, and the Sailors basketball team went on a scoring spree Saturday, as it routed the Rangely Panthers 86-30 on the road.

Bandits steal glory from Chix

The Steamboat Chix with Stix hockey team dropped to 2-4-2 on the season after suffering back-to-back defeats at the hands of the Denver Bandits Saturday and Sunday.

Board to vote on salary, benefits package tonight

A diverse 15-person Collective Bargaining Team designed to reach consensus on the nuts and bolts fiscal issues that drive the school system found a way to compromise on all but one vital issue: salary increases. The Steamboat School Board will vote tonight on a salary and benefits package for teachers and support staff for the the 2000-2001 fiscal year that allows for an annual "step" raise for every employee based on experience, but no cost of living raise. The teachers' average step allows them a raise of 2.25 percent over their 1999-2000 salary. Step increases for support staff averaged 4 percent.

Sailors rally from behind, top Panthers

Brienna Combs scored 13 of her game-high 17 points during the fourth quarter, and Bayli Stillwell came big off the bench, as the Steamboat Sailors came from behind to top the Rangely Panthers 39-35 Saturday. The Sailors, who trailed 30-22 as the teams entered the final period, took their first lead of the game, 31-30, with a little more than four minutes remaining.

Local tradition should keep residents on their toes

The Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association can't make you a millionaire. But they've left $100 lying around somewhere within the city limits, and beginning today in Steamboat Today, they'll start providing clues on where you can find the dough. The money won't be found in cash instead, it's in the form a three-foot-long log that weighs about 50 pounds.

Friday, December 8

PDR might buy building rights of more property

Officials from the Purchase of Development Rights program are looking at buying the building rights of another property in the county. Routt County Commissioners will meet with PDR Citizens Advisory Board President Carl Vail in executive session Monday at 8:30 a.m. to decide if the property meets the proper qualifications for PDR funds. The meeting is the result of the property owner being interested in the county buying the building rights on the land.

Sailors edge powerhouse Warriors

Ryan Kiely sunk two clutch free throws in the final seconds against Grand Junction Central Friday as the Steamboat Sailors pulled off a huge win over the 5A powerhouse Warriors in their home-opener. Steamboat, which prevailed 68-65, watched a seven-point lead dwindle near the end as Central closed the margin to 66-65 on a three-point shot made by Dustin Phillips.

Centennial Hall nearly ready for gala

Ceremony coinciding with city's centennial celebration

On July 4, Jerry Van Horne, a project supervisor for Fox Construction, snuck into the half-finished Centennial Hall with his two children and climbed up to the top of the roof. When he found a good spot, he dropped his lawn chairs and the family set up camp for the evening. Soon enough, the show began. "It was a good viewing place," he said. "We were directly north of where the fireworks were going off."

Sailors girls bounce back from loss, ready to pounce Panthers

As Rangely prepares to do battle with Steamboat's girls basketball team today at 4:30 p.m., the Panthers will be out to stop seniors Natalie Muth and Brienna Combs, said head coach Kurt Douglas.

Brits hit slopes, airwaves

English radio station brings contest winners to town to promote skiing

As pop icon Ricky Martin's smash hit "She Bangs" faded out, DJ Ricardo, standing on a platform in Steamboat's Bear River Bar and Grill, broke onto the airwaves to address a crowd an ocean away. "You're listening to 96.4 BRMB, your million-pound station," he said. Ricardo, a skinny British lad with thick headphones draped over his punky blond hair, was on the line with a caller in Birmingham, England, a town just north of London. "How are you, Jane?" he asked. "I'm quite delighted, actually," she said.

Vacant Ski Town Inn closer to sale

A Littleton Realtor working on the sale of the Ski Town Inn and Suites in Steamboat Springs said this week he hopes to have a deal finalized within two months, but earlier hopes that the 68-suite hotel would open for ski season have not materialized.

Thursday, December 7

Local law officers target weekend DUI offenders

Steamboat Springs police officers will be cracking down on drunken drivers during office party weekend as well as providing education at one of the biggest parties here. Steamboat officers will be among nearly 400 state troopers and officers from 37 police and sheriff's departments that will be on the look out for drunken drivers this weekend.

Community outpouring brings solace to family

The success of the Dec. 2 benefit for the Look family at the VFW club in downtown Steamboat Springs, exceeded the expectations of everyone involved. Val Kiniston, operator of the VFW, said the benefit raised $14,000 to help defray medical expenses incurred by the Looks.

Alcohol factor in state road fatality

Alcohol was a factor in a car accident that killed a 33-year-old Denver man in the early morning hours of Nov. 19, according to a toxicology test.

Chix place second at tournament

The Steamboat Chix with Stix hockey team recently placed second at a tournament at Boulder, where the team defeated the Left Hand Brewery Brewsers 4-1. The Chix, who are now 2-2-2, scored three goals in the opening period and one in the final period to knock off the Brewsers.

Sailors hope to topple Warriors

Last Saturday, the Steamboat Sailors came up with a tremendous second-half performance at the Roaring Fork Tourney to edge past the Glenwood Springs Demons by two points in the finals. Today, the 2-0 Sailors must deliver an even better performance if they hope to dethrone the 5A Warriors of Grand Junction Central.

Alleged stabber to be arraigned in January

An arraignment has been set in a Routt County District Court for a 21-year-old man who allegedly stabbed two men, possibly with a knife, Halloween night.

'New' regional airport safety director settles in

Officials at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport are seeing a familiar face in a new position. Tyler Whitmore, who has been a full-time captain for the fire crew at the airport since 1998, accepted the job as full-time public safety director for the airport. He has been settling into the job since Nov. 6.

Planners to create map for skyline regulations

The Routt County Regional Planning Commission, planning staff and County Commissioners agreed to move ahead on gathering public opinion about skyline regulations Thursday night, which are estimated to affect 5,200 lots in Routt County. The regulations are part of the revamping of the county master plan, which gives guidelines for local zoning and subdivision regulations. They would limit the height a structure can be built in certain areas in Routt County in hopes to protect views.

City, county smolder over fire issue

A county commissioner accused the city of "taking its ball and going home" Thursday in regards to the city's decision to opt out of the Wildland Fire Council as of next year if the county does not meet the city's demands for equipment and personnel. "They should be at the table working through these community issues," said County Commissioner Ben Beall. "Fire protection is one of the basic needs of this community. We should be able to work through this."

Wednesday, December 6

Local youth hockey team shows its might

The Pediatrics of Steamboat Springs Mite hockey team scored 27 unanswered goals against the Oak Creek Kodiacs during a double-header played at home Saturday. Charlie Von Thaden and Jon Winkelblech each recorded hat tricks to lead Steamboat to a 14-0 win in game one. Will Hunter, Alex Bennett and Tate Tellier netted two goals and Lance Ostrom and Connor Birch each had one goal.

Group wants solution to affordable housing

Encouraged by the success of the Ten Plus Two Accountability Committee, the leaders of both sides of the excise tax debate will come together Monday to attempt to settle their differences and find some answers to the affordable housing problem.

Judge to hear shooting case

A preliminary hearing has been set in January for a 33-year-old Yampa man accused of attempted murder. On Wednesday, Routt County Judge James Garrecht scheduled the court proceeding for Warren Dean Hillbolt III at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8.

Sheriff: Felons in child care should be reported

If the state is doing criminal background checks on child-care providers and identifying that some are felons, Routt County Sheriff John Warner said local authorities should be notified. Warner said Wednesday he will explore legal action to make sure it is happening.

American Skiing surprises Wall Street

American Skiing Co. surprised some Wall Street analysts on Wednesday by posting first-quarter losses that were narrower than had been predicted. The loss was $24.6 million, or 81 cents per diluted share. A compilation of analysts had predicted the nation's third largest ski resort operator would post losses amounting to about 95 cents a share for the end of the first fiscal quarter of 2001.

Steamboat Storm get iced by Chill

The Steamboat Storm women's hockey team dropped to 2-2-1 in league standings after falling twice to the Arapahoe Chill Saturday and Sunday at home. The Storm managed 32 shots during the first game, but all of those were stopped by a stingy Chill defense, which helped pitch a 3-0 shutout of the locals.

Man pleads guilty to assault

An undocumented alien pleaded guilty to third-degree assault Wednesday stemming from a November incident in which he struck a woman. Ismael Ramires pleaded guilty to the class one misdemeanor in Routt County Judge James Garrecht's courtroom. Garrecht sentenced the man from Mexico to 30 days in jail, 36 weeks of anger-management classes and one year of probation.

Alleged store robber turns himself in

A 20-year-old man suspected of robbing almost $1,000 from a convenience store early Thanksgiving morning has been caught. William S. Russick turned himself in to the Routt County Sheriff's Office just before noon on Tuesday, said Lt. Fred Johnston, who is the supervisor of the jail.

It's not too late to get vehicles winter ready

With winter firmly settled in, it's still not too late to prepare your vehicle to brave the bad weather. But waiting too much longer could prove dangerous, as Steamboat's streets will continue to receive regular dumpings of snow from on high.

Tuesday, December 5

Walking the plank

Frames of reference

Dec. 8 will mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, who was shot down outside of his New York apartment.

Dorothy Stone 1907-2000

Dorothy M. Stone died Nov. 26, 2000, at the Doak Walker Care Center. She was 93.

Real Estate Transactions

For Nov. 24-30

New company planning to finish condo project

A publicly traded timeshare resort company based in Washington state has purchased a significant portion of the Village

No vacancy

A recent study by the Colorado Division of Housing points to a problem that has largely been overlooked in Steamboat Springs and other areas struggling with affordable housing. The problem is a lack of affordable rental properties. City Councilwoman Kathy Connell, who is in the property rental business, has been one of few local voices we've heard speak about the problem.

County pushes to keep fish

The Routt County Commissioners will write a letter to the director of the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Russell George, to ask if fish from Finger Rock hatchery, near Yampa, could be stocked only in northwest Colorado waters.

Sailors pining for pins

Steamboat coach Chris Decker foresees a lot of positives for the 2000 season, but with a young squad, his Sailors have a lot to learn yet on the wrestling mat.

Ruth Hardenbrook 1918-2000

Ruth M. Hardenbrook died Nov. 23, 2000, at North Shore Health Care Facility in Loveland. She was 82.

Questions linger after fatal accident

Ever since the first week in November, Connie Perez has slowly been trying to pick up the pieces of her life that were shattered in an early morning accident on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Freestylers come out strong

Members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Freestyle Team started the 2000-2001 season with a strong outing at the Winter Park Championship Mogul Event this past Saturday and Sunday. Emiko Torito, a U.S. Freestyle Team mogul skier, earned first place at the female championships Saturday.

Community service organizations running short on long-term volunteers

Although volunteerism in certain sectors of Routt County, such as the hospital, is thriving, some volunteer opportunities that require longer-term commitments have floundered in recent years. Many of the people who have suffered most due to the lack of volunteers live in some of Steamboat's "bedroom communities," such as south Routt and Hayden.

Local man faces drug charges

A 55-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces two felonies and a misdemeanor after being arrested by a narcotics agent.

Environmentalists give Steamboat Ski Area a 'C'

Officials at the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. say that like most other ski areas in the western United States, they declined to fill out a survey from Colorado Wild this fall, but that didn't prevent the environmental organization from giving Steamboat a "C" letter grade on its environmental report card.

'Rough' county master plan finished

After at least two years of finding time to work on revamping Routt County's master plan, a rough draft of the new plan is completed. Routt County commissioners will meet with county planners at the Routt County Planning Commission meeting to discuss how implementing the plan can be carried out.

Council tables project, wants to work out details

After three and a half hours of deliberation Tuesday night, City Council tabled the 137-unit West End Village project off Downhill Drive to allow city staff to iron out some of the details. The affordable housing project, which was the first development to be reviewed under the West of Steamboat Area Plan, will be revisited by council Dec. 19.

Dog recovering well from gunshot wound

A family's dog is recovering from a gunshot wound, but a second pet still remains missing from that November evening, the dog's owner said Tuesday. A dog belonging to Chris Sachs and her family was shot on the evening of Nov. 1. Sachs believes the family's second dog, Luna, was also shot.

Heavenly Daze club to get afterlife

The old Heavenly Daze Brewery and Grill location at 1860 Ski Time Square Drive has been empty since August 1999. But the 10,000-square-foot space, once one of the busiest night spots in Steamboat, has a new tenant. A Steamboat Springs man, Chad Gagliano, and his partner from Vail, Sean Vierling, are co-owners of a corporation called Trance Inc. They have signed a lease through Dec. 31, 2005, with the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, landlord of the building, and hope to open their new club by the middle of January.

Ski Team members fare well in Finland

Three U.S. Ski Team members who compete for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club recently placed at the Warsteiner Nordic Combined at Kuopio, Finland. Todd Lodwick placed No. 14 in Saturday's opener and skiers Bill Demong and Johnny Spillane were 19th and 48th places, respectively.

Rams are talking tough

The Soroco Rams wrestling squad should have some strong wrestlers that will show that the maroon and white will be a team to reckon with this year.

Oak Creek considers budget

The Oak Creek Board of Trustees may approve a final 2001 budget that has the town dipping into the reserves $152,414, mainly for capital projects, and shows an increase of electric rates.

Library books funding for bond vote

Money to put another bond issue on the ballot to build a new library in Oak Creek was included in the South Routt Library District's budget approved on Monday. But library officials are still up in the air about going through with it.

John Fulton 1911-2000

John S. Fulton of Allenspark died Nov. 19, 2000, at Estes Park Medical Center. He was 89.

Building Permits

For Nov. 27-30

Steamboat Springs High School honor roll


ASC chief: I'm in for the long haul

Otten speaks about ski company's future

American Skiing Co. Chairman Les Otten says he's not going anywhere anytime soon, and his confidence in a plan to reverse company losses of $52.4 million in 2000 remains unshaken.

Ranchers deal with early snow

While still reeling from a hay season that produced less crop than normal, most ranchers in the Yampa Valley are feeding cattle larger amounts of hay earlier because of snow and continued cold.

Office can take local businesses to new markets

Speaker informs business people how to export goods, services

Never scribble notes on a Japanese man's or woman's business card. That alone could be enough to kill a deal.

Developers on track to finish homes

Remaining homes in Willowbrook subdivision will see improvements

A pair of local developers has purchased the right to complete the remaining 15 homes in the Willowbrook subdivision from First Colorado Capital Co. Development.

Bedroom 'communities' come with a cost

Commuting cuts into our time in our home towns

On snowy days in the winter, Yampa resident Brenda Northrop can look forward to two hours of driving to get to and from work in Steamboat Springs.

League champs looking for repeat

With only one wrestler gone from last year's league championship team the Hayden wrestling team is focusing on finishing in the top five at the state tournament.

Judy Lucke

A funeral Mass was held Nov. 27 in Denver for Judy Lucke.

Monday, December 4

Elkhead open weekdays

Elkhead chairlift at the Steamboat Ski Area will remain open during weekdays so skiers and riders can enjoy the full length of trails in the Priest Creek Area and still ride a lift back to the other side of the mountain.

D.A. eyes attempted murder in shooting

A Yampa man who was the victim in a knife attack two years ago now finds himself accused of attempted murder. Warren Dean Hillbolt III, 33, faces charges of first-degree attempted murder and using a deadly weapon in a violent crime for allegedly shooting a 24-year-old co-worker Saturday night.

Sailors narrowly pull off win

For the second consecutive year, the Sailors boys basketball team won the Roaring Fork Tourney in a game that went down to the wire. Trailing 30-21 at halftime against Glenwood Springs Saturday, the Sailors put the pressure on the Demons in the final two quarters, clawing their way back to a 49-47 victory.

City Council takes on housing issue again

After talking about affordable housing for months and talking about talking about it, City Council is prepared tonight to nail down some concrete plans for affordable housing in Steamboat. Council will review its affordable housing policy at the start of the meeting, and, before the night is over, decide on whether to approve West End Village, a project it has already touted as a possible preliminary solution to the housing crunch.

Steamboat girls team falls, 49-48, in tourney

In a double-overtime defensive battle, the Steamboat Sailors were beaten by the Glenwood Springs Demons 49-48 in Saturday's Roaring Fork Tourney championship in Carbondale. Guided by Katie Richelieu, who scored 14 points, the Demons fought back at the end of regulation to tie up the game 37-37.

County judge moves murder case forward

The criminal case against the man accused of killing a Steamboat Springs woman earlier this year will go forward, Routt County Judge James Garrecht ruled Monday morning. After a preliminary hearing that lasted about an hour, Garrecht determined there is enough evidence for Thomas Lee Johnson to be tried for first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Lori Bases, 31. If convicted, Johnson would be sentenced to life in prison or executed.

Sunday, December 3

County considers de-Brucing

County commissioners said they may try to "de-Bruce" property taxes in the next election to collect more money for county projects and operations.

John Childress 1912-2000

John M. Childress of Albuquerque died Oct. 11, 2000. He was 88.

Holidays tough time for pets, too

As winter sets in and you fall into the routine of life with snow, don't forget that one of the most cherished members of the family may not adjust to the cold as well as you. There is a better chance that dogs and cats will get sick during winter and the holiday season. In fact, it's more likely that an animal will pass away during the holidays, local veterinarian Sam Taliaferro said.

Negative incidents spoiling school's image

CMC students take offense as reputation is tarnished

As the fall semester winds down at Colorado Mountain College, some students at the school say they are concerned that the school's image within the community has taken a negative turn because of a few incidents that have occurred in the past months.

County, state rank below national poverty average

In a recently released U.S. Census Bureau study on the number of people stricken by poverty throughout the country based on 1997 figures, Colorado and Routt County each ranked near the bottom of their respective groups. Colorado, with a total of 403,410 people below the poverty line, or 10.2 percent of the state's population, ranked below the national average of 13.3 percent.

Sailors show improvement at match

Steamboat's wrestling team showed improvement Saturday as the team placed eighth out of 12 teams at the Steamboat Invitational. Four Sailors placed in the top four, and Justin O'Leary and Levi Muhme were runners-up in their weight classes. Muhme was defeated 14-4 by Hayden's Anton Fredrickson in the 135-pound championship, and O'Leary was pinned with two seconds left in the first period against Wes Torsell of Ralston Valley.


Glenna D. Clark and Timothy F. Olmsted were married Aug. 30, 2000, at the home of Julie Green and Herb Roehrs in Steamboat Springs. The Tibetan Buddhist Lama, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche of Katmandu, Nepal, officiated the ceremony. Glenna's son, C.T. Clark, gave the bride away.

City looks to shape policies to protect historical properties

The city, responding to concerns that growth and change may drive us from our small-town roots, has made the preservation of historical properties a major priority as it begins to plan for the 21st century.

Couple may extend deadline for contest to win their house

As Dec. 30 closes in, a Steamboat Springs couple is pondering whether to extend a deadline a second time for an essay contest that will give away their home. In October, Mike and Mara O'Carroll extended the deadline to the end of December so more people could enter the contest to win the couple's home at 1850 Bear Drive.

Shooting in Yampa sends man to hospital, another to jail

A 33-year-old Yampa man is being held in the Routt County Jail after he allegedly shot a man with an assault rifle Saturday night. Warren Dean Hillbolt III faces a charge of first-degree attempted murder for the shooting that occurred at his trailer at 116400 Colorado 131, Routt County Sheriff John Warner said Sunday evening.

'Friends' to focus on child care

Little Friends Day Care and Preschool is making some changes in hopes to improve its child-care service, but the new director of the nonprofit organization said she will not revamp most of the existing programs.

Fire chief proposal mired in questions

Acting from the direction of the Oak Creek Fire Protection District board, Steve Jones has contacted a consultant to assess the needs of the district to find out if a possible full-time fire chief is needed.

Dillon T. Burch

Dillon T. Burch, son of Tammy and Levi Burch of Craig, was born at 7:31 a.m. Nov. 20, 2000.

Natasha Totman

Natasha Totman, daughter of Maureen and Peter Totman of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:18 a.m. Nov. 20, 2000.

Brian David Watson

Brian David Watson, son of Tami and Jeremy Watson of Granby, was born at 11:33 a.m. Nov. 18, 2000.

Tyler Clayton Anderson

Tyler Clayton Anderson, son of Stephanie and Gilbert Anderson of Clark, was born at 8:39 p.m. Nov. 18, 2000.

Truman Gennaro Anarella

Truman Gennaro Anarella, son of Kate Krautkramer and John Anarella of Yampa, was born at 6:37 p.m. Nov. 16, 2000.

Anna Belle Walker 1934-2000

Anna Belle Walker died Oct. 27, 2000, in Craig. She was 66.

Craig Weaver 1927-2000

Craig McKee Weaver of Hayden died Oct. 15, 2000, at Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Brush. He was 73.

Woolens expands product line

The Routt County Woolens is branching out its operations this year to offer more opportunities to local wool growers by diversifying its product line.

Murder case moves forward

About seven months after the brutal murder of a Steamboat Springs woman, the criminal case against the alleged killer takes a first major step today. Since September, the case against Thomas Lee Johnson, 30, has been delayed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's crime laboratory. Staffing shortages at the CBI have held up study of evidence and it has taken the laboratory longer to send results back to local authorities.

Local junior skier takes first place

Junior skier Ethan Johnson, 15, of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club took advantage of a chance to ski with the big boys Saturday and skated to first place in his division of the WinterStart Nordic combined competition at Howelsen Hill. Matt Dayton of the U.S. Ski Team and Breckenridge won the senior division in impressive fashion. The classy field included a half-dozen members of the U.S. World Cup B Team, as well as a similar number of the Czechoslovakian World Cup B Team.

Killer curves still

Colorado Department of Transportation officials need to listen closer to the cries of anguish and the cries for help coming from Routt County.

Hang in there, for the holidays

The click of a staple gun marked the end of several long hours of work in the chilly air outside my house in Steamboat II Monday afternoon.

Friday, December 1

Wrestlers show 'a lot of talent' in match-up

Sailors head coach Chris Decker expected the Salida Spartans would roll into town Friday night and teach his young wrestlers a few hard lessons.

Judge denies agreement on man's assault charge

Adam Whitlow Cumbie expected to learn of his punishment on Friday for assaulting his girlfriend and a friend earlier this year only find out that he is back at square one.

Running in white

Ski area opens more of mountain

Skiers and riders at the Steamboat Ski Area will get their first crack this weekend at terrain in the Priest Creek Area that previously had not opened for the 2000/2001 ski season.

First ski freestyle event hits Steamboat Dec. 15-16

December is here and the first major ski freestyle event of the year is just around the corner at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Athletes recognized for classroom performance

Four Steamboat Springs fall sports teams and 35 Sailors student-athletes recently received academic all-state honors.

Skateboard park skipped for funds

Skateboard park users will have to practice on "dilapidated" ramps this summer because the Steamboat Springs Ski and Resort Corp. Contribution Committee and City Council decided not to allocate funds for improvements on the park unless another project receiving funds falls through.