Stories for July 2000

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Monday, July 31

Sun blazes on over dry valley; no relief in sight

Still waiting for the monsoon season? If so, you may be waiting a little while longer.

Town Challenge attracting biggest fields ever

The Town Challenge Mountain Bike race series is on a record pace this year with more than 668 riders taking part in the first four races of the season.

Catamount tees off to rave reviews

Don't let the chip and seal surface on the road that leads to the Catamount Ranch & Club pro shop fool you.

City, county leaders to discuss airport

Commissioners: Joint work session not appropriate forum to address gravel pits

The Routt County Board of Commissioners will sit down with Steamboat Springs City Council tonight to talk about its vision for the future of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport near Hayden. But the controversial subject of gravel pits could be discussed as well.

Council to mull waiting line during moratorium

Steamboat Springs City Council will consider a measure tonight that would allow developers to get in line as they wait out a 90-day moratorium on new petitions for major development permits at City Hall.

Pool 'problem' forces swimmer evacuations

Some swimmers are starting to raise a stink about an unsavory, recurring problem at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center.

Store owner chases alleged thief

An 18-year-old man was ticketed for theft and possession of drugs and an illegal weapon after allegedly stealing a glass smoking pipe from a local store and being chased by the business's owner.

Sunday, July 30

Excise tax ballot question goes to council

On Tuesday, Steamboat Springs City Council could take the next step toward asking its voters to approve an excise tax on new construction. The proceeds of the tax, up to $1.023 million annually, would be dedicated to providing affordable housing in the community.

Water safety keeps the splash in summer fun

Summer in Steamboat can be filled with aquatic fun, from swimming and tubing to boating and water skiing. Before you and your friends and family take to the water, however, make sure each of you is aware of the possible safety hazards and the best ways to keep safe.

Local on winning crew in 635-mile boat race

Dick Griffin may have moved to Steamboat Springs back in 1981, but chances are, he left his heart just off the East Coast in the sometimes turbulent and, for him, usually rewarding waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

4 sites named to local historic places register

Four old properties are now eligible for state funding after being named to the Routt County Register of Historic Places.

Thursday, July 27

Quick action keeps blazes from 'blowing up'

Landowners aid stretched firefighters

Miners and landowners who quickly stepped up to help Wednesday may have been the difference in four blazes started by lightning, said authorities who need all the assistance they can get in trying to protect a dangerously dry Routt County.

Friends and strangers help raise cash for cancer victim

An auction in Kremmling has grown to a size unexpected by organizers as friends and strangers lend a hand to help Peter Greiner, who is sick with liver cancer.

Board of Ed hopeful stops to listen, learn

Jared Polis, a candidate for the at-large seat on the Colorado State Board of Education, gave Steamboat Springs School Board members on Thursday a rare chance to speak their minds about the relationship between the state and smaller school districts.

Case against council president dismissed

Lawyerless plaintiffs pick wrong court

District Court Judge Joel Thompson dismissed a claim for injunctive relief Thursday filed by Kay and David Sieverding against Steamboat Springs City Council President Kevin Bennett and his wife, Jane.

Second aerial spraying cleared

Hayden town officials have not decided whether to pay for another controversial aerial mosquito spraying, but the town has been given permission by the Routt County commissioners to do so.

Routt is ripe for raspberries

Raspberries can easily grow in Routt County. Some varieties can withstand up to minus-35-degree temperatures. Red raspberries are the hardiest. Purple and black varieties may require winter protection, and do better in milder climates.

Sailor all-stars to take on best in state

The spotlight will shine down on two Steamboat Springs soccer players during the All-State Game being played in Denver Aug. 4.

Wednesday, July 26

City Council president, neighbor going to court

Steamboat Springs resident Kay Sieverding has a date in District Court before Judge Joel Thompson today to try to have her neighbors, Steamboat Springs City Council president Kevin Bennett and his wife, Jane, prohibited from completing a garage addition. The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Silver Spur gets initial approval for plat change

Side setbacks shrunk by 5 feet

The Routt County Planning Commission has decided that relaxing setbacks on 83 lots at Silver Spur Estates would be a good deal for the property owners. If the county commissioners agree, the plat will show 10-foot setbacks for the .3-acre lots, leaving 20 feet between houses.

Youth baseball action heats up

Little League, Triple Crown holding tournaments locally over weekend

Youth baseball will take Steamboat Springs by storm this weekend as two major organizations host championship tournaments here.

Howelsen Arena faces $1.5M need

New refrigeration system tops list

Who could have guessed that at the beginning of the new millennium, ice hockey would become one of the fastest growing ways for men and women to socialize and recreate together in Ski Town USA?

Lightning starts more wildfires Wednesday

A lightning storm that moved through the area Wednesday afternoon started almost a dozen new fires in Routt and Moffat counties, further straining resources.

Leslie Marion Louthan 1928-2000

Loss of tourism a vague threat

No concrete numbers exist to determine impact of smaller airline guarantee program this winter

Forecasting the loss of thousands of winter visitors because of a smaller airline guarantee program, some in the business community fear the sky is starting to fall. But no one not the chamber of commerce, the city or the ski area can say how fast it's falling or how big the pieces are.

Teens cashing in on labor market

Local businesses enticing employees with high wages, but demand means some workers can develop bad habits

In part due to Routt County's low unemployment rate, now down to 3.9 percent, many local employers are hiring teens to fill open positions and hoping they'll stay. But the teen employment market is so tight that some employers are having a tough time keeping them, and some teen-agers, feeling they have the upper hand, are learning bad work habits.

Beef prices in an upswing

But looming cost increases may cut into ranchers' return

Cattle prices across the board are at a six-year high, but beef cattle prices have declined slightly in the last two months and the cost of production is up.

Warehouse review goes to city planning board

Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will review plans for a 6,000-square-foot Blue Mountain Warehouse during a public hearing Thursday night.

Digging in

Our View

Barton's bids town goodbye

Barton's, an up-scale furniture store near the base of the ski area, is closing for good at the end of its current sale.

5-car accident slows morning rush hour

A multiple-car accident bogged down rush-hour traffic Wednesday morning on U.S. 40 near Shield Drive when one car rear-ended another, causing a domino effect involving three other vehicles.

Electric co. replacing cables responsible for winter outages

Yampa Valley Electric Association waited for frozen ground to thaw before repairing weathered underground cables that caused a string of large-scale power outages in Steamboat Springs last winter.

Georgia M. Brobeck 1918-2000

Phyllis Workman-Snow 1943-2000

Teachers workshop focuses on literacy

A handful of local educators attended a four-day workshop in Grand Junction recently that focused on new techniques for integrating literacy into the classroom.

Walking the plank

Ticking down toward history

This September, the 2000 Summer Olympic games will open and the world will turn its attention to Sydney.

Whiting, teammates find success at Western Slope champs

Small group of local swimmers now turn attention to Junior Olympics

Heather Whiting was happy with her two first-place finishes at last weekend's Western Slope Championships in Montrose, but the 13-year-old Steamboat swimmer realizes that time is running out.

Grueling foot race challenge for those who dare

Runner looking for the chance to race up the trails of Storm Peak will get their shot on Aug. 6 during the sixth annual Mount Werner Classic trail run.

Steamboat's Fabulous Foursome

Local teams grab top places

Winning last weekend's Steamboat Mountain Invitational Soccer Tournament has been a long-time goal for the members of the local under-18 boys soccer team.

Town gears up for Labor Day

As the event signs indicate when you drive into town, the Oak Creek Labor Day Festival is fast approaching and the committee organizing the weekend celebration is still putting on the final touches.

$300,000 grant given high recommendation

Money would help pay for new public library

The South Routt Library District has been recommended for a $300,000 Energy Impact Grant that would help pay for a new library in Oak Creek, but a final decision won't be made for several weeks.

Tournai-Kuznik

Condemnation action sidestepped by county

Agreement reached with holdout owner of Oak Street house

Routt County is closer to acquiring all of the property it needs to build a new court facility in downtown Steamboat Springs. However, the earliest date the voters may be asked to approve a bond issue for the new building is still probably two years away. The county commissioners announced Tuesday they have reached an agreement to purchase real estate on Oak Street from John D. Wright, eliminating the need to go forward with a judicial hearing on condemnation of the property.

Natural gas discussion reheats

Oak Creek approached by Stagecoach resident about extending lines from Steamboat Springs

In 1995 it was brought up, then in 1998 and now it's come up again: natural gas in south Routt.

Tuesday, July 25

County faced with dueling pit plans

Steamboat Gravel Co., Lafarge proposing mines just miles apart

Routt County officials will have their hands full in the next few weeks as they try to decide on not one, but two, gravel pits proposed along Colorado 131 south of Steamboat Springs.

Irate patient destroys $5,000 worth of hospital equipment

A Hayden man who was taken from a party to the hospital emergency room caused an estimated $5,000 in damages to ER equipment after tearing objects from the walls and throwing them, and fighting to get loose from leather restraints attached to a hospital bed.

Board gives gravel pit preliminary approval

The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a conceptual special use permit for the newest Camilletti & Sons gravel pit south of Milner. First, though, the board put the developers on notice that it expects the final application to address public concerns.

100-mph drive down CR 129 leads to arrest

The driver of a red Dodge Durango that flew down County Road 129 going 100 mph Monday evening spent part of the night in jail after being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and speeding. His wife, who was the passenger in the vehicle, also spent a portion of Monday night in protective custody before the two were released Tuesday morning around 1.

Young swimmers head to state meets

It's not the last swim meet of the season, but for the six Steamboat Springs swimmers traveling to Colorado Springs Thursday, the Junior Olympic Championships will most likely be the biggest.

Commissioners discuss impact fees

The Routt County commissioners discussed this week invoking an impact fee on new construction in unincorporated Routt County.

Moffat County wildfire balloons to 4,000 acres

Lightning without rain and plenty of dry ground to burn have resulted in scores of new small fires and one new large fire in Moffat County.

Fisherman lost in Fish Creek area finds his own way home

Routt County Search and Rescue members spent much of their weekend searching for a fisherman in the Fish Creek drainage who ended up finding his own way home.

GIS camp offers chance to learn real-world skill

The Yampa Valley Community Mapping Project, a pilot project of the Orton Institute and the Yampa Valley Legacy Education Initiative, is hosting a geographic information systems, or GIS, day camp Aug. 1-4.

Monday, July 24

Local candidate may face primary disadvantage

District 56 hopeful Haight running without other turnout-bolstering races

Candidate for the 56th House District Bill Haight of rural Steamboat Springs faces an uphill battle to encourage voters to come out for the Aug. 8 primary in his home county. But his opponent for the Republican nomination, Al White of Fraser, has the advantage of two contested races for the Republican nomination for county commissioner in Grand County.

Semi-pro soccer comes to Steamboat Springs

Women's semi-professional soccer will come to Steamboat Springs this Friday night when the Fort Collins Force hosts the Chicago Cobra's in a W- League season finale.

Town Challenge bike series resumes

The Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race series will return to action this week with the fourth race of the season.

Group wants wolverines put on endangered list

The wolverine is next on a long list of animals that conservation groups are pushing for federal protection as endangered species.

Camilletti pit proposal being reviewed tonight

The Routt County Board of Commissioners has scheduled a special hearing tonight to review the newest Camilletti gravel pit proposal near Milner.

Sunday, July 23

Tax-cut plan already impacting city budget

The latest tax proposal from Douglas Bruce hasn't even gone to the voters yet, and City Manager Paul Hughes says it's making the city budget process a challenge.

Pennsylvania teen-agers aid Habitat for Humanity effort

Five Hillside Village apartments are receiving a facelift from a volunteer group of children and adults who traveled from Allen-town, Pa., to rip out carpets, paint walls and make other repairs needed to improve the residences for low-income people.

Breastfeeding lets babies have 'nature's perfect food'

For most babies in the Yampa Valley, a healthy beginning involves breastfeeding. Nature's perfect food is easily digested, promotes optimal infant growth and development, and protects babies from illnesses.

Growing pressures push county to split jobs

Emergency management now officially full-time job; YVRA safety chief needed

In the near future, the only professional hat Chuck Vale will be wearing is one that says, "Routt County Emergency Manager."

City assured of getting $160,000 in state grant

The city of Steamboat Springs has received confirmation of a $160,646 grant from the State Historical Fund, to be used to restore its historic power plant on 10th Street.

Friday, July 21

Emerald decision delayed

A meeting of the State Land Board and the local non-profit Emerald Mountain Partnership, originally scheduled for Thursday, has been delayed until Aug. 7 and 8, due to the board's heavy workload.

Wireless moratorium in place for 3 months

City planners need time to do research

The city of Steamboat Springs has called a time out in the march toward the expansion of wireless telecommunications locally.

Broadway actors advise P-M students

A group of young aspiring actors at Perry-Mansfield gathered in the Louis Horst Studio recently to absorb the advice given by Broadway actors Andrea Burns and Peter Flynn.

Landowner preparing plans for gravel piles

Special use permit from county needed

Ed MacArthur says he is planning to submit a mitigation plan to deal with the large gravel piles on his 89-acre property just south of Steamboat Springs.

Gravel pit owners changed plans

Preliminary approval of Lafarge plan given because county recommendations followed

The Routt County Planning Commission's recommendation to approve a proposed gravel pit south of Steamboat Springs was based on changes the developer made to an earlier plan that take into account the strong public concerns on the issue.

Marsh decides on Iowa-Wesleyan

David Marsh went to his parents and asked their opinion shortly before he announced that he will attend Iowa-Wesleyan College. He made the announcement official on Friday almost a full two months after graduating from Steamboat Springs High School.

Thursday, July 20

Fire district expected to ask for higher mill levy

Voters in the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District are likely to be asked to vote for a tax increase on Nov. 7.

Lafarge recommended for approval

The Routt County Regional Planning Commission voted 6-1 to recommend the approval a special use permit for a gravel pit south of Steamboat Springs, despite an hour of public comment against proposal.

Recreation center service plan OK'd

Residents of west Routt County seem equally divided about the proposed recreation center in Hayden; only a November vote will reveal which side will prevail.

Native grasses grow well in Steamboat area

The family of true grasses includes pasture and meadow grasses, cereal grasses, forage, fodder grasses and ornamentals. Grass is one of the dominant plants native to our Colorado plains. Some of the native grasses grow better in poorer soils than many other garden plants.

Colorado Relay team in need of runners

Emily Conjura is hoping that she can find 10 local runners with the desire to run from Idaho Springs to Glenwood Springs this fall as part of the Colorado Relay.

Fires in national forest brought under control

The Hinman Fire and the nearby South Fork Fire were declared under control Thursday after they burned 10 acres of blown-down trees and vegetation in the Routt National Forest about 20 miles north of Steamboat Springs.

Wednesday, July 19

Crews battle 2 blazes in Blowdown

While small, fires in Blowdown area have dangerous amount of dry fuel

A fire in the Routt Divide Blowdown burned eight acres before it was contained Wednesday night, while a second smaller fire continued to burn about a mile away.

Target may be in store for west side of town

Boulder developer Byron Chrisman confirmed Wednesday he has contracted to sell eight acres in the Curve Subdivsion to the Target Corp.

Architect, developer balk at moratorium

Boulder Architect Eric Smith said Wednesday he believes a moratorium on major development permit submittals invoked by Steamboat Springs City Council Tuesday night could have a significant impact on next summer's construction season.

Zephyr logging plan appealed

Six conservation groups have appealed the Routt National Forest's decision to permit helicopter logging of downed trees in the Gold Creek roadless area.

Hayden law bolsters anti-smoking efforts

Battles in the nation's campaign against tobacco and cigarette smoking, in particular are being waged right here in Routt County.

Man injured on Willow Creek Pass recovering

A Front Range man who was critically injured when his car rolled over near Willow Creek Pass in June has returned home in remarkably good shape.

Tuesday, July 18

Energy Impact grant requests up for review

Oak Creek and Hayden could soon know whether they will receive a combined $1.15 million that they have requested in Energy Impact Assistance grants.

Stagecoach owners reject five-acre plan

At their annual meeting, Stagecoach property owners voted not to recognize Routt County's rezoning option for five-acre consolidations, and efforts to overthrow the board Saturday were unsuccessful.

Mountain area readying for Grand impacts

Merchants at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area are working to adjust to a new era the arrival of the Steamboat Grand Hotel. Members of the Mountain Business Association met at the Tugboat last week to talk about a test plan to manage the influx of pedestrians the hotel will bring to Mount Werner Circle, Ski Time Square and Gondola Square this winter. They are looking for ways to make the mountain village pedestrian-friendly while ensuring the flow of private automobiles and condominiums shuttle vans isn't unduly hindered.

Day care gets boost

Little Friends partners with school district

The Little Friends Day Care summer youth program got a boost of local help that could mean a bright future for south Routt's only nonprofit, child-care organization. In the spring, the South Routt School District agreed to partner with Little Friends' summer youth program to offer transportation, staff and a school building. The child-care program gives children, 7 to 12 years old, something to do for the summer at a reasonable price.

Excise tax proponents know debate is coming

Money would go toward affordable housing

Rob Dick believes the problem with the supply of affordable housing in Steamboat and Routt County has less to do with the cost of building a home than it does with the cost of the building lot.

Non-residents own more than half of homes

75% of listed land also in other hands

Everybody, it seems, wants a piece of Routt County paradise whether they are local wage earners or families from Arizona. But the pie is only so big, and Routt County locals and non-locals are forced to divvy up what space is available. Records from the county assessor show that the biggest slice of that property pie now goes to people who call somewhere else home.

Stolen Harley still missing

The Oak Creek Police Department is still following leads, but so far has turned up no signs of a stolen Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Challenge campers ready to go fish

What could be more fun than spending an entire day fishing, having a barbecue and visiting with good friends? Not much, according to members of the Steamboat Challengers camp.

Storms mark beginning of monsoon season

If you are thinking and hoping that Steamboat's sudden summer storms might mark the end of an unusually dry, hot spell, you're not alone.

CSU's Lubick visits Steamboat

Next week, Colorado State University coach Sonny Lubick will head back to the office and begin planning his attack on the 2000-01 football season.

City, rural fire districts reach service agreement

The city of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District have entered into a non-binding agreement that would result in the city assuming responsibility for both emergency medical and fire suppression services by Jan. 1, 2002.

Hurt miner's long-term prognosis still uncertain

A 26-year-old miner who was critically injured while working at Twentymile Mine June 6, has moved to Craig Rehabilitation Center in Engelwood and remains stable.

Duane G. Griffith 1950 - 2000

Marion L. Nichols 1899-2000

CMC creates 'Business Incubator'

The long-vacant Lucy Bogue Hall on the Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus has been turned into a "Business Incubator" where start-up businesses and non-profit agencies can find affordable office space.

Young artists hosting exhibit tonight

Third- through eighth-graders taking part in the South Routt Summer Art Institute will show off their work at an art show tonight.

Sport finds niche at Howelsen

The first time Wes Post came to the Steamboat Doubles Volleyball tournament at Howelsen, he was wearing diapers. "I can remember coming to the tournament when my youngest son Wes was still playing in his playpen," Bill Post said.

Fastpitch takes to the diamonds at Howelsen

Local softball fans will have a chance to root on two local teams in this weekend's Mountain Invitational fastpitch tournament, being held at Howelsen Hill. The tournament, which is now in its 14th year in Steamboat Springs, should draw the top fastpitch softball teams from around the state and region. Two of those teams will come from here in Steamboat.

Swimmers end regular season at Rangely

Worsley's campaign ends at the top of his age division

Blake Worsley highlighted the top list of finishes at the Steamboat Springs swim team's last regular season meet of the season ion Rangely.

Students score low

4th-graders below the state average in reading, writing

Soroco's fourth- and seventh-graders' reading and writing skills leave room for improvement, according to the Colorado Student Assessment Program spring test results. For fourth-grade students, 53 percent were "proficient" readers, well below the state average of 62 percent. In writing, 32 percent were tested as proficient, which was below the state mark of 36 percent.

Births

College taking business lead

Director sees new center at CMC playing role in developing Steamboat's economic diversity

By taking Colorado Mountain College's Small Business Development Center under his wing, Scott Ford is helping to tacakle one of Steamboat's biggest challenges: developing economic diversity.

Top professional athletes motor through town

Blues' Twist leads drive for more helmet awareness

A group of top professional athletes, led by St. Louis Blues player Tony Twist, made their way through Steamboat Springs last weekend as part of the Twister's Iron Horse Tour to support the Head First Foundation.

Lightning likely cause of 2 small forest fires

The electrical storm that rumbled through Routt County Monday night may have caused two fires that were reported no more than a mile from each other, 20 miles north of Steamboat Springs in the Routt National Forest.

Tournament continues to be one of the most popular in state

More than 140 youth soccer teams will arrive in Steamboat Springs this Friday for the start of the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament.

War on the West is a minor skirmish

Guest comment

Over the July 4th weekend, 500 angry rebels took up their shovels to repair a road leading to a wilderness area in the Jarbidge Mountains on the Nevada-Idaho border. This modern-day tea-party in protest of the federal government's refusal to rebuild the road along a spawning stream for endangered bull trout attracted scores of national reporters and television cameras. Usually such media attention brings in the politicians like wolves to a wounded elk.

Betz-Valentine

Creek-restoration project under way at Creek Ranch

About 8,000 plants went into the ground at the Creek Ranch last week during a project to restore a length of Trout Creek.

Steamboat to tackle triathlon again

On Sunday, Sept. 10, Steamboat Springs resident Jay Bayless will try to breath some new life into an old idea.

Emergency building moratorium passed

Effective immediately, the city has put a 90-day moratorium on the admission of major development permits into the planning process.

Kissane wins again

Young Vermont runner makes it two-for-two in local running series events

Seventeen-year-old Katie Kissane displayed the type of running style in winning Sunday's Mountain Madness 10-kilometer race that would leave almost any high school cross-country coach drooling.

Raise the bar, RALF

The Regional Affordable Living Foundation has set its excise tax threshold dangerously low, in our opinion. As a way to raise money to buy land upon which affordable homes could be built, RALF is proposing to ask voters to approve an excise tax that would be attached to the square footage of new construction. To protect smaller (read: more affordable) homes, RALF leaders have decided to omit homes below a certain size: 1,300 square feet. We believe that level is too low.

Pick your IRA path carefully

Because IRAs are frequently a large part of a client's total assets, estate planners are often required to include part or all of the IRA in the client's estate plan. The client may also request that the estate plan provide that assets be given by will or living trust to beneficiaries at the client's death, particularly when the client believes there should be management of the IRA asset and supervision over the payout of the bequest. Thus the estate plan frequently provides that IRA benefits be payable at death to a trust.

Chicago flight crossed off

Airline program organizers scrambling to buy seats

One thing is certain in the wake of a decision by local lodges not to continue to collect a 1 percent resort fee: The Chamber Resort Association's program for guaranteeing airline flights to and from the valley is not going to work this coming winter like it did last ski season.

Hantavirus threatens rural areas

Disease spread by deer mice

Seven years ago, Terry Arnold of Craig became the first known survivor of the hantavirus in Colorado.

Monday, July 17

Bank goes back to city with revised proposal

The developers of the First National Bank of Steamboat Springs will return to City Council Tuesday night with a smaller building and a revised site plan.

Town Challenge resumes July 26

Mountain bike racers will have to wait one more week before the Town Challenge Series resumes.

Local bowler throws perfect game

Woman becomes first to score 300 at Grand Junction alley

Steamboat Springs bowler Joyce Hoekstra stood on the approach of the No. 27 lane at the Orchard Mesa bowling center in Grand Junction on Sunday, nervously preparing to roll the most important ball of her life.

City to assess its public transportation

Steamboat Springs City Council will consider committing $216,700 Tuesday night to leverage state transportation grants for the expansion of the Stockbridge Transit Center.

Anti-suicide group's funding from city arrived months ago

The Suicide Crisis Intervention Lifeline group is confident that $6,000 earmarked by the county for the group will come through, and in the meantime is not relaxing its efforts to prevent suicide in Routt County.

Construction worker appears in court

A construction worker who was arrested in June on suspicion of assault after allegedly slashing the arm of another man appeared in court on Monday for a preliminary hearing in his felony assault case.

Man suspected of stealing hotel faucet

A former employee of the Steamboat Grand Hotel and his friend were arrested at 12:30 a.m. on June 16 after allegedly taking a Moen faucet and hardware accessories from the hotel.

Former employee arrested for stealing

A former employee of M&M Auto was arrested at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday after allegedly breaking into M&M several times and stealing money from the cash register.

Man leads police on night-long chase

A local man led police on a brief car chase and escaped into the dark on foot early Monday morning before being arrested near Central Park Plaza five and a half hours later.

Biker rescued from popular trail

An Ohio man was rescued from the Spring Creek Trail on Sunday afternoon after he sustained an upper leg fracture in a fall from his mountain bike.

Give of yourself on Wednesday

The Yampa Valley Medical Center Auxiliary and the Bonfils Blood Center are joining forces again to collect as much blood as they can at the Steamboat Community Blood Drive. The drive will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Steamboat Airport

DOW: 60% deer, elk tags will go to residents

The Colorado Wildlife Commission has guaranteed that 60 percent of deer and elk draw licenses will be available to Colorado residents next year.

Projects to impact drivers

Railway and road projects will impact motorists from Steamboat Springs to Hayden starting this week.

Sunday, July 16

Sports club hires 3 new directors

Openings at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club not only meant that Executive Director Rick DeVos had to start recruiting, they gave him a chance to look at how some of the programs were organized.

Balloon rodeo challenges entrants to rope the wind

Mike Reinert of Alta, Iowa, was the only pilot to score points during both days of the 2000 Hot Air Balloon Rodeo at Tennis Meadows over the weekend, and claimed first place in the event.

Lynx Pass fire final tab expected to be $40,000

A May fire that burned about 90 acres of land on Lynx Pass has proved to be the largest and most expensive blaze ever fought in Routt County, the county's emergency management director said.

Colorful balloon launch awes hundreds of viewers

Hundreds of people filled a usually empty meadow early Saturday morning to watch 47 crews inflate their giant balloons for the 20th annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo.

Investing in a bright smile can pay off in many ways

Are you worried that people are judging you on your less-than-perfect smile? Do you find yourself covering your mouth while talking?

Artisans wow crowds on the green

West Lincoln Park became a tromping ground this weekend as large numbers of locals and visitors wandered between 146 booths at the 26th annual Art in the Park.

Friday, July 14

Former trooper admits guilt

Wes Crider, the former Colorado State Patrol trooper charged with abusing his infant son, Matthew, pleaded guilty Friday morning to reduced charges. A sentencing hearing has been set for Sept. 1.

Improvement projects keep college buzzing in summer

For students, fall, winter and spring are the busiest times of year at Colorado Mountain College. But for building and grounds workers, summer is the time when they are cramming, making sure the campus will be in good shape for the next school year.

Man, 24, pleads guilty to menacing with car

A 24-year-old Steamboat Springs man pleaded guilty Friday to felony menacing for an altercation with an off-duty deputy sheriff.

Thursday, July 13

400 acres at Stagecoach purchased by developer

A 400-acre tract of land that is designated by the Stagecoach Community Plan as a site for a golf course has a new owner.

Anglers Retreat approved by Planning Commission

Developer Jim Cook won a unanimous decision in front of Steamboat Springs Planning Commission Thursday, and still wasn't completely happy.

Anti-suicide group still waiting on county

The Suicide Crisis Intervention Lifeline group has not received some of the public financial support its members say they need to help prevent suicides locally.

Girls outscore boys in reading, writing

Steamboat Springs girls scored better than boys on standardized reading and writing tests this spring, consistent with a split seen across the state.

Weeds are plants to watch out for

Barry Castagnasso wants residents to be vigilant as they walk, hike the mountainsides or bike in the Yampa Valley. Castagnasso is the weed supervisor for Routt County and is concerned about the spread of noxious weeds. His goal is to help residents be able to identify the noxious weeds bullying their way into hayfields and natural areas, threatening livestock and game animals.

Sales taxes bounce back in May

But city revenue from levy on building materials continues to lag behind 1999

Sales tax collections in the city of Steamboat Springs bounced back to near double-digit growth in May after absorbing a loss in April. But there are mixed messages about the status of the construction industry that has fueled Steamboat's economic growth the past two years.

Wednesday, July 12

Rockies offer grant for local diamond

The Colorado Rockies and southpaw reliever Mike Myers could become players on the local baseball scene.

State's roadway plan open for review today

Local residents will be able to review and comment on the Colorado Department of Transportation's 20-year plan during a public open house from 5 to 8 tonight at Olympian Hall. The meeting is part of a series of statewide public meetings meant to gather input on the 2020 Statewide Transportation Plan.

Panel to review smaller Anglers plan

The Steamboat Springs Planing Commission will review a smaller Anglers Preserve subdivision when the developers appear before it tonight to seek a development permit.

Fish Creek trail work two weeks from finish

Hikers at Fish Creek Falls have another two weeks to wait until they have access to the upper trail.

Students best state in 3 tested subjects

Steamboat Springs fourth- and seventh-graders scored above the state average in reading and writing last spring, according to the latest standardized test results released Wednesday. Local fifth-graders also bested the Colorado average in math.

Water tank for Steamboat II OK'd

Steamboat Springs City Council agreed Tuesday night to spend more than $500,000 to build a new water tank jointly with the Steamboat II Metropolitan District. The total cost of the project is about $1.4 million.

Stagecoach coup planned by two

Opinions and possibly tempers are expected to fill Olympian Hall Saturday when Stagecoach property owners get together for their annual meeting.

Tuesday, July 11

Tossed Out

South Routt teen wins state-level 4-H award

Soroco 4-H member Megan Baker is now an identified and certified leader after receiving the 4-H Outstanding Youth Leader Award in Colorado. The young south Routt native was singled out from a field of 24,000 4-H members in Colorado who were eligible for the honor.

Lodges getting high-speed links

Faster Internet service will soon be offered

Regular, high-speed Internet access has found its way to the Yampa Valley but at this point, the service is for visitors, not residents.

Resort fee halt leaves big void

Legality of charge a concern for chamber

Chamber Resort Association officials say the decision to call a halt to a voluntary 1 percent fee that lodges charge their guests was made to put pressure on other segments of the business community to ante up for guaranteed airline seats in the winter. But that may not be the whole story.

Hay prices expected to rise

Dry weather and late-season freezes are expected to produce smaller hay yields around the state and prices will probably rise because of the shortage. "I would guess it's a 30 percent reduction, if not more," Routt County Extension Agent C.J. Mucklow said.

Routt Forest plan at issue in pending suit

Eight conservation groups have filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service for failing to respond to appeals on three forest plan revisions, including the Routt National Forest plan revision.

City Council supports possible excise tax vote

Steamboat Springs City Council took a step Tuesday night toward asking voters to approve an excise tax on new construction that would help fund land purchases for affordable housing.

Walking the plank

Gravel debate should have factual foundation

hances are, you take gravel for granted. But I'm groveling before you now, beseeching you to read this column. Because gravel is of grave importance to the future of the Yampa Valley. Routt County Regional Planning Commission Chairman Troy Brookshire was right on target July 6 when he said he needs more information about the supply and demand for gravel west of Steamboat Springs before he acts on the proposal for the new Camilletti pit near Milner. How much gravel is enough, anyway?

Heavenly's future still up in the air

The plan for a prime piece of real estate in Ski Time Square previously occupied by Heavenly Daze Brewery and Grill is a new restaurant and, possibly, a new brewery. The three-story space has been vacant since the business went bankrupt last year.

Consolidation makes north land attractive

Geoffrey and Lucia Kinne are collecting small lots near Steamboat Lake, consolidating them and selling them as 5-acre or larger parcels for development.

Council opposes fall marketing vote

Steamboat Springs City Council rejected the idea Tuesday night of placing the future of the city's involvement in funding tourism marketing to a vote in the Nov. 7 general election. The vote was 4-2.

Small fire smokes out supermarket patrons

An electrical fire at City Market in Steamboat Springs smoked out the supermarket, causing shoppers and employees to be evacuated.

Sewer work planned in area by elementary

Old Town Steamboat Springs residents in the neighborhood near Soda Creek Elementary School will see utility construction for about the next 30 days.

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Tubing companies look downstream

The ongoing debate over the future of commercial inner tubing on the Yampa River rounded a new bend this month as one tubing company publicly pledged to work toward shifting the activity further downstream out of the downtown area. But a second tubing outfitter rejected that idea and called for the first company to become more involved in the public process. And a third has already jumped in the shallow water and begun experimenting with the feasibility of sending its customers downstream from the Fifth Street Bridge.

Steamboat student places at national speech tourney

Steamboat Springs junior Jenny Castner distinguished herself in April by qualifying for a national speech tournament, meaning she is in the top 5 percent of all competitive speech students in the country. In June, she took her accomplishment one step further by placing in the top six of one of the 15 events offered at the tournament.

Tourney keeps sport alive

There wasn't a clean uniform on the field following Sunday's Cowpie Classic championship game between Aspen and the Denver Highlanders. The grass, blood and mud stains resulted from a hard-hitting match that ended with the Aspen side on top of the 24-7 score. It was the second-straight year the mountain team has won the Steamboat tournament.

Mountain Madness next stop

Steamboat series heats up with long foot race on River Road

For more than two decades, local runners have looked forward to the running of the Mountain Madness Half Marathon on Rainbow weekend.

Boniface clings to narrow women's lead

Running series hits halfway point; top racers clustering

Seven races into the summer season and the leaders of the Steamboat Springs running series are starting to emerge.

Knights crowned fastpitch champs

Local men's softball team claims Division A title at world qualifying tournament in Colorado Springs

The Western Slope Knights fastpitch softball team went 5-1 last weekend en rout to winning the Shacks Invitational tournament in Colorado Springs. "We played really well," Steamboat Springs captain and player Loren Hochhalter said. "We didn't hit that well in the first championship game, but we were able to come back and win the 'if' game."

School bond seen as community investing

South Routt residents would pay $96.91 more a year in property taxes on every $100,000 of residential property if voters approve a bond issue in November for an $8.9 million improvement project for all the schools in the district. The South Routt School District is asking voters to increase the mill levy by 9.95 mills to finance the construction. That equals $96.91 a year for a $100,000 residential property or $8.08 per month.

Glenn W. Elkins 1936-2000

Veteran swimmer leads Steamboat

Sabin grabs top finishes in Craig

Once again, Steamboat Springs swimmer Meghan Sabin led the local team with six first-place individual finishes at the Craig Meet in Moffat County last weekend. This time, the meet was bittersweet, however, since it will be the last regular season club meet for the longtime member of the Steamboat Springs swim team. "It was great," Sabin said after the meet. "It was nice to swim that well in my last season of club swimming."

Summer school programs expanding

With summer school enrollment on the rise nationally, more students are choosing to spend some of their time off polishing up on their academic skills. Steamboat and Hayden schools seem to be following the national trend by offering a variety of remedial and enrichment classes.

Paying for airline subsidies takes on sobering urgency

Lack of resort fee leaves big void

Business community members met Tuesday to start planning for ways to come up with $750,000 needed to pay for a winter airline subsidy program that brings thousands of visitors to the valley.

Ski athlete jumps into action to aid plane crash victims

Steamboat Springs special jumper Brendan Doran got the scare of a lifetime while relaxing with a game of golf at the Craigwood Golf Course in Lake Placid, N.Y.

City's Centennial Hall shaping up

The Centennial Hall Committee is facing some of the toughest questions any couple faces when it builds a new home What color carpet goes best with the new upholstery on the chairs?

Local jumper turns hero in crash

Steamboat skier Brendan Doran helps rescue two men from small-plane crash

Steamboat Springs special jumper Brendan Doran got the scare of a life-time while relaxing with a game of golf at the Craig Wood Golf Course in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Monday, July 10

Lodwick's successful summer bodes well for Salt Lake

During his eight years as a member of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team, Todd Lodwick has been many things. He was a top prospect when he first joined the team in 1992; he was a local hero when he won his first World Cup in Steamboat Springs in 1996; and he has grown into the leader of the up-and-coming American team.

Wild animals get second chances at rehab center

Right now, Barry, Jerry and Moose, all baby raccoons who were recently orphaned, are playing without worry. Winnie the Crow, who's 2 weeks old, is feisty and ready for flight. Spring, an elk calf, is healthy and will lick your hand if you come in her pen. And Pine, a fawn only a few weeks old and as big as a small dog, has a bump and cut on her head. She and her mother were hit by a car this week. The adult doe died, leaving Pine alone but doing well.

RALF excise tax likely part of council debate

A possible excise tax on new construction, as well as the future of city participation in funding tourism marketing are subjects that are likely to come up during a Steamboat Springs City Council work session Tuesday night.

Spruce beetles take flight, land in doomed live trees

Forest officials have confirmed that spruce beetles are flying out of broken areas of the Routt National Forest, but it is too early to tell how many standing trees have been infected.

Bike Aid members serve Steamboat

A group of 16 Bike-Aid members who are biking 3,600 miles from San Francisco to Washington D.C. stopped in Steamboat Monday and spent their rest day doing community service projects with Yampatika and the Community Use Bicycle program.

Musical next on centennial agenda

From a cattle drive down Lincoln Avenue over the Fourth of July weekend to the town pageant, "Signatures," scheduled to begin Aug. 17, this year's Steamboat Springs centennial is being honored in various ways.

City gets two promising proposals for its airport

The city of Steamboat Springs has received five proposals from business entities seeking to get involved in the future of the municipal airport.

Hayden now home to many aircraft

Steamboat runway project begins

Matthew Grow, the new manager at Steamboat Springs Airport, had a heck of a first day on the job Monday.

Pair facing prison for drugs

A man and wife from the Front Range who admitted in court that they brought cocaine and methamphetamines into Routt County with the intention of distributing them will be sentenced July 24.

Local jumpers look good on plastic

It's only July, but no one can blame Steamboat Springs ski jumpers Brendan Doran and Adam Schwall if they are already looking forward to next winter.

Sunday, July 9

Yampa dropping fast with little rain in sight

Weekend showers help some

Fire isn't the only danger that dry weather is bringing to the valley. Scarce rain, coupled with an early runoff season, has led to see-through rivers and creeks in the area.

Friday, July 7

Colorado 131 work just the beginning

The road construction that drivers are contending with now on Colorado 131 near County Road 18 is part of the Lake Catamount development project, and not the extensive repairs planned for the state highway that links Steamboat and south Routt.

Dry conditions keep firefighters on alert

Routt County firefighters say residents should consider themselves fortunate that a large fire hasn't roared to life amid the dry conditions in the county.

Landowner spells out frustration

Angry over trespassing tubers, man pens 'rude' sign

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Cam Detlefsen says the large numbers of tubers on the Yampa River really got to him over the Fourth of July holiday. Detlefsen became so weary of tubers crossing his property to enter and exit the river that on July 4 he erected a sign along the river bank he now believes was "rude." But he says he didn't mean the threats in the sign to be taken literally, and he needed to make a point.

Thursday, July 6

Logging near Slavonia set to begin

Logging in parts of the Routt National Forest broken by a rare windstorm three years ago will resume this summer and U.S. Forest Service officials want people traveling in north Routt to use extra caution.

Planning panel gives gravel mine initial OK

Routt County Regional Planning Commission voted 6-2 Thursday night to recommend approval of a conceptual special use permit for a new gravel pit being proposed by Camilletti and Sons Inc. south of Milner.

Local reaction mixed to controversial pesticide

Hayden residents were sweeping dead mosquitoes off their sidewalks last week after the town, and parts of unincorporated Routt County, were aerially sprayed with the pesticide Malathion.

Cabins at Catamount to go on sale Saturday

Low-density housing in a natural setting surrounded by conservation easements has its price. As part of Catamount Ranch and Club's development project, sales begin this Saturday for the 2,800-square-foot cabins at Lake Catamount. The homes range from $795,000 to $995,000.

County institutes 911 charge on cell phones

Routt County officials want cellular phone users to pay their way when it comes to emergency phone services.

Wednesday, July 5

Local swimmer has meet of her life

13-year-old sets breaststroke record and beats role model in Rifle meet

At the age of 13, Steamboat Springs swimmer Heather Whiting knows all too well the power of peer pressure.

Three minor fires mar long holiday weekend

Steamboat Springs firefighters responded to two minor fires on the Fourth of July, and another Wednesday afternoon, the biggest commotion on what was otherwise a business-as-usual weekend for local law enforcement officers.

No-cap gravel pit proposed near Milner

The Routt County Regional Planning Commission will consider a proposal tonight for a new gravel pit near Milner that could someday generate more than 30,000 truck trips in a year, and yield up to 300,000 tons of mined gravel and rock annually.

City's water gets clean bill of health

The next time Steamboat Springs residents turn on their taps for a refreshing glass of water, they can be assured that the water they're drinking carries a clean bill of health.

City planning cuts office hours

The city of Steamboat Springs Planning Department has reduced its office hours, but that doesn't mean planning staffers are working fewer hours.

BLM to develop updated four-wheeler guidelines

Public input on motorized uses sought

The future of four-wheeling in Sand Wash Basin and dirt-biking near Wolford Mountain will be impacted by new guidelines being developed by the Bureau of Land Management to handle motorized use on its 264 acres of land nationwide.

Tuesday, July 4

Showdown winner

Becky Curry of Oak Creek won the local stage of the True Value Country Music Showdown Tuesday in Steamboat Springs. Nine competitors battled it out on a stage on the courthouse lawn. The event was sponsored by KBCR radio. Curry was backed up by Trevor Guire and Luke Keith of Led Stetson, the band that won the showdown in Steamboat Springs last year. She will now go on to a state-level competition.

Fort Collins runner Greg Dalton desperately chased local runner Mark Iverson for the first 8.5 miles of last Saturday's Spring Creek Memorial.

Fort Collins runner Greg Dalton desperately chased local runner Mark Iverson for the first 8.5 miles of last Saturday's Spring Creek Memorial. Not so much because he wanted to pass Iverson to take the lead, but because he knew that if he lost sight of the speedy Iverson, his chances of finishing the race at all would have dropped dramatically.

Physicians group splitting

Steamboat Medical breaks from hospital, divides in two

Steamboat Medical Group, the region's largest physician practice, is dissolving its business relationship with the Steamboat Springs Health Care Association and has separated into two practices.

Goodtimes club wins national award

The Goodtimes 4-H Club has won a national award in the 27th annual search for the country's best community projects by young Americans. For the past three years, the club has planted flowers and bushes in and around Hayden. That effort earned the club high honors in the Colgate Youth for America campaign.

Group confident it can buy Emerald Mountain

Members of a local group formed to save Emerald Mountain from commercial development say they are optimistic they can get a plan approved to purchase the property from the state.

Officials take direction from town meeting

City Manager Paul Hughes believes City Council can take some clear messages out of the recent town meeting.

Hot real estate market hard to resist

Dollar signs in their eyes, residents fill local classes, hoping to become Realtors

Waiting tables is a tough way to earn a living and raise a family in Steamboat Springs.

Holiday event brings chariot racing back to Yampa Valley summer calendar of events

A violent cloud of dust, rocks and dirt exploded behind Steamboat Springs chariot racer Richard Green on Sunday afternoon as he drove his team of two horses down the track that surrounds the Romick Rodeo Arena.

Library bond: $30 per year

South Routt Library officials estimate that a new $1.5 million building will cost the average taxpayer $30 a year if voters pass a bond issue and a mill levy increase in November.

Kaleidoscope takes thematic approach

The 12 girls at this summer's Kaleidoscope program will dance like pioneers, make African masks and construct ornaments for the Tread of Pioneers Christmas tree.

Commuting study shows workers fill up roadways

It's not your imagination: traffic is getting worse in Steamboat Springs and surrounding areas.

Firm focuses on backcountry comfort

Big Agnes bags promise built-in functionality

A couple of longtime local residents, Bill Gamber and Brad Johnson, have started a new company that promises innovative sleeping systems for backcountry travelers.

Wing Ding-Hoedown raises thousands for scholarships

This year's successful Wing Ding-Hoedown raised thousands of dollars for college-bound students in the Yampa Valley

Youth titles come to Hayden

Hayden is boasting two championship baseball teams in the Night League between Hayden and Craig.

State's top rugby teams in town for Cowpie

Classic comes to area for 26th-straight year

The Steamboat Rugby Club will be looking for a few good men, or women, this week to play in the annual Cowpie Classic at Ski Town Park.

Gymkhana teaches cowpokes the ropes

For Steamboat Springs' cowboy Justin Wheeler, the annual summer Gymkhana series is a chance to have some fun and if everything goes well win a saddle.

Tournament filling fast

Time is running out to register for the third annual Ski Town USA Golf Classic at Haymaker and Sheraton Steamboat golf courses. More than 200 golfers are expected to tee off at the two-day benefit tournament Aug. 25-26, and the field is already 75 percent complete.

Growth fight carries overtones of class warfare

Guest Commentary

Don't get me wrong. I'm no more a fan of urban sprawl than the next guy. I bought a house on the outskirts of Las Vegas eight years ago, only to find that three years ago I was surrounded by town. We moved further out to get away, but didn't see the handwriting on the wall or the bulldozers following us. Twenty thousand new housing starts a year gobbles up a lot of space, and before we knew it, we were surrounded again!

Lodges urged to end resort fee

Other business sectors being pressured to pitch in for airline-guarantee program

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association circulated a letter Monday asking member lodging properties to stop collecting a 1 percent resort fee, effective immediately, until the program can be revised to involve more sectors of the local resort economy. The letter raises questions about the future size of Steamboat's direct jet program during ski season. Last winter, the lodging community contributed $575,000 to the $2.25 million airline subsidy program.

4th festivities attract man and beast alike

The animals almost outnumbered the people in Tuesday's Fourth of July celebrations in downtown Steamboat Springs. Dogs, horses and sheep delighted the hundreds of spectators lining Lincoln Avenue for the parade and, later, those at the Tread of Pioneers block party.

Hilltop victory gives RALF credibility

A small, but wonderful slice of the pie that makes up the Steamboat Springs community is well on its way to being saved. Last week, 17 homeowners who live in Hilltop trailer park, led by representatives of the Regional Affordable Living Foundation, made a successful bid to purchase the land beneath their dwellings from its owner, Leland Harmes.

Monday, July 3

Riders enjoying 'Cowboy Christmas'

It was just a few minutes before the start of Sunday's rodeo performance, and saddle bronc rider Todd Rangel was underneath the grandstands of the Romick Rodeo Arena going through a few last-minute stretches.

Lack of funding limits prospects for town hall

The old, abandoned Oak Creek Town Hall is a pile of history. The Oak Creek and Phippsburg Historical Society is now looking into what options it has with the building.

Cattle drive draws excited crowd to Lincoln Avenue

More than 150 head of cattle and twice as many cowboys flooded the streets of downtown Steamboat yesterday to kick off the Centennial Cowboy Roundup Days with a cattle drive.

Fireworks display set to be biggest yet

About 1,000 pounds of gunpowder costing more than $22,000 will burn through the sky tonight during Steamboat Springs' Fourth of July fireworks display.

Rock gardens a perfect mountain town match

In every direction, a Yampa Valley resident is mesmerized by majestic vistas of mountains, cliffs, boulders and alpine terrain. So why not bring some of that majesty home to your backyard garden?

Sunday, July 2

Alpine Slide three weeks from push-off

The new alpine slide at Howelsen Hill won't open for at least another three weeks, and without people sliding downhill, the cash won't be rolling in.

New city airport chief hails from metro area

Matthew A. Grow has been named the new airport manager at Steamboat Springs Airport. Grow comes to Steamboat from the second busiest general aviation airport in the country, Centennial Airport in Englewood. He is assistant manager of operations at Centennial, which is operated by the Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority.

Small town promises big-time Independence Day celebration

Cowboys on horses playing polo using brooms for mallets. It's one of the favorite events at Yampa's Fourth of July celebration, which may just be the best little summer secret in Routt County.

Troopers join local office

Two new Colorado State Patrol troopers say they picked the Steamboat office because of their love of the outdoors.

Retiring postal clerk leaves friends, fond memories

A considerate, caring person with a happy morning laugh said good-bye to fellow employees and friends on Friday as she retired from 21 years as a U.S. Postal Service worker.

For an enjoyable Fourth, put fireworks safety first

"It just wouldn't be a 4th of July celebration without fireworks at home." Unfortunately, that belief will keep hospital emergency departments busy all across America this week. One of the earliest uses of fireworks was in warfare, which should be an indication of the potential dangers involved.

Mountain bike series goes cross country

With a criterium and a hill climb already in the books this summer, the Town Challenge mountain bike series will host a key cross-country race Wednesday at Howelsen Hill.