Friday, June 30
Parents: Semester suspension is too long
At the request of parents, the Hayden School Board is considering relaxing its current academic eligibility policy for students who want to participate in sports.
Hilltop residents get help from RALF; now seeking financing for purchase
Residents of the Hilltop trailer park in Steamboat Springs won't lose their homes to redevelopment.
Without any discussion, Hayden Town Board members made a final approval to purchase 20 acres of Wes Signs' property at their last meeting.
The Colorado State Patrol, city police officers and Routt County deputies will be out in force this holiday weekend to enforce laws against drunken driving.
The Horizons ski program took off this year, with more than 60 volunteers helping disabled people to ski. Horizons volunteer coordinator Lisa Cutcheon wants to continue those relationships by establishing summer activities for the disabled people, or "clients."
Classmates of Levi Hampton, a 1990 Soroco High School graduate, are getting together during their 10th reunion this weekend to raise funds for Hampton, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.
Thursday, June 29
Hotel managers now hope to have 250 rooms ready for visitors by Labor Day
Scheduled to open today, the Steamboat Grand Hotel won't be ready for at least another two months.
Despite rising gas prices throughout Colorado, many local businesses anticipate large numbers of travelers to cruise into Steamboat for the July Fourth weekend. Many of the local hotels and camping areas already have booked their spots for the weekend and most of the rental boats are reserved at the Steamboat Lake and Stagecoach marinas.
With the biggest single weekend of softball on deck in Steamboat Springs, some of the region's best teams arrive with hopes of stealing a title on Steamboat's packed diamonds.
The Fair board and not a new county fair manager is going to run this season's Routt County Fair.
His colleagues on Steamboat Springs City Council like to tease Councilman Ken Brenner about his apparently insatiable appetite for meetings. Now, Brenner has found a couple of new reasons to attend community and government meetings.
The Soroco High School Web page is logging on to success in the online world. For 16 days, the guidance site on Soroco's home page, which is a special page that features Soroco's career counseling office, has been the most visited of 12,000 high school sites. The Soroco Web page is set up and managed by HighWired on a free online service that helps high schools from 70 countries get home pages posted on the Internet.
"Jan" cared for her husband, a victim of two strokes, for years before deciding he would be better off at the Extended Care Center. Before that, she was responsible for all his care and found it overwhelming. Jan, who does not want her real name used, has sought help from a group at the ECC and has educated herself on strokes.
Steamboat Springs City Council could decide the fate of commercial tubing on a prime section of the Yampa River later this summer. But it will have to render its judgment without a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Wednesday, June 28
Colorado Valkyries will begin season in October if enough tickets are sold
Five Steamboat Springs businessmen will unveil their plans to bring another professional football team to Colorado this Friday.
A 24-year-old Steamboat Springs man arrested on suspicion of trying to run over several pedestrians has been charged with four counts of attempted first-degree assault.
The man police believe killed Steamboat Springs resident Lori Bases was formally advised of the charges against him in Routt County Court on Wednesday.
The use of legal fireworks in the city and the county isn't banned over the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, despite the fact that countywide fire restrictions are in place.
One of the two people injured in a wreck near Steamboat II on June 17 has been released from the hospital.
The new finance director for the city of Steamboat Springs is sure to have insights into the fiscal picture of Colorado ski towns; Don Taylor is currently employed as finance director for the town of Breckenridge and has served in that capacity since 1984.
Tuesday, June 27
A proposed traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Steamboat II still has the green light, said Bill Haight, transportation commissioner.
Drivers at paying at the pump aren't the only ones feeling the hit from rising gas prices. Natural gas prices are on the rise as well. And though the average customer may not feel the bite too much, local school districts and senior citizens will.
A Hayden man critically injured at Twentymile coal mine has been transferred to a rehabilitation hospital in Denver.
It costs thousands of dollars to treat and already has rendered hundreds of acres of land useless for agriculture in Routt County.
Chariot racing has long been a staple of Steamboat Springs winters, but organizers of the only summer series in the country are hoping that the sport can make the transition to the warmer months this week at the Romick Rodeo Arena.
An 82-year-old fisherman who was rescued Monday morning from the Flat Tops Wilderness Area received a first-hand lesson in survival skills as he spent two nights lost in the woods without food or matches.
A group of people trying to start a north Routt charter school met with Steamboat Springs School District officials Monday night, although they are being quiet about the details of the meeting.
At least six homes in Routt County were tagged by paint ball in the last week.
Buffalo Pass Road, one of the most accessible gateways to the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, is open early this summer.
A toddler who fell out of a third-story window in Steamboat Springs last week has been sent home from the hospital.
Margaret Sabin, CEO of Steamboat Springs Health Care Association, aerobics instructor, and Rotarian, is leaving the Yampa Valley. Yesterday was her last official day as CEO. Bouquets of flowers, long hugs, cards, cake and gifts filled the day.
Monday, June 26
The city of Steamboat Springs will ask its residents to come up with some answers Wednesday when it hosts Town Meeting 2000 at Steamboat Springs High School.
An 82-year-old fisherman from Nebraska spent two nights alone and lost in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area before being rescued on Monday.
Thomas Lee Johnson advised of charges
A man arrested on suspicion of killing Steamboat Springs resident Lori Bases allegedly used a stun gun in his attack and planned to make it look as if an ex-boyfriend had raped her.
The Steamboat Springs Running Series will offer local runners unusual opportunities over the long holiday week by featuring two annual events.
There are several things everyone can do to help keep our Rocky Mountain air fresh by reducing the amount of ground-level ozone in the environment, according to the Colorado Department of Health.
Residents of North Steamboat Boulevard are concerned about letting their cats outside, for fear that their pets will mysteriously disappear or show up on the doorstep with a .22-caliber pellet buried in their skin.
Gas prices are through the roof, providing extra incentive for people to try out Bicycle Colorado's alternative to driving: bike to work.
Sunday, June 25
Suspect, 29, to be advised of 1st-degree murder charges today in county court
Steamboat Springs police are not saying why they think a man arrested Friday killed local resident Lori Bases.
With eyes full of tears, the father of missing girl Marie Blee' raised his eyes to the heavens Saturday and asked, "Why won't someone come forward and tell us what happened? I just don't understand."
Routt County Sheriff John Warner says he now has 264 friends he can call for law enforcement advice. A network of colleagues from around the world was the greatest benefit Warner said he received after completing a three-month program at the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.
When three-time cancer survivor Patrick Byrne pedaled into Steamboat Springs en route to Massachusetts, he had nothing more than his bike, a small carrying bag and a big heart.
Almost all adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Although the incidence of back pain is high, many sufferers don't understand the causes, what effective treatments there are, or how to prevent back pain.
Routt County Habitat for Humanity is still looking for land, but in the meantime it is partnering with the county's other affordable housing organization on a project that should benefit everyone involved and may help Habitat in its challenge to acquire land.
Golf courses will be allowed in land preservation subdivisions. The Board of County Commissioners voted 2-0 last week to amend a process for dividing land for development, including a provision that allows recreational commercial uses such as golf courses.
Routt County Habitat for Humanity added five new board members recently, after three stepped down for various reasons.
Friday, June 23
A 16-year-old boy from Texas who was arrested after Steamboat Springs police allegedly found 17 pounds of marijuana in his backpack, pleaded not guilty to two felony charges in Routt County District Court on Friday.
Suspect knew victim, Lori Bases
A man identified as a potential suspect in the vandalism of a Steamboat Springs woman's vehicle earlier this year was arrested for her murder Friday.
After two years of work, the Willow Creek Trail at Steamboat Lake State Park is complete and officially open for hiking.
Sixty-seven full-time child-care providers at licensed centers and home day-care centers in Routt County received a $283 bonus check from First Impressions of Routt County, a local early childhood care organization. The $20,000 grant from the state of Colorado was earmarked specifically for the wage bonuses, according to First Impressions Chairwoman Nancy Stahoviak.
The Steamboat Springs Rodeo Series posted some big numbers in the opening weekend of the season at the Romick Rodeo Arena.
Organizers of the Taste of South Routt in Oak Creek promise variety at the food and craft festival today.
Thursday, June 22
County might counter with impact fee
The Regional Affordable Living Foundation plans to ask the city of Steamboat Springs to place an excise tax question on the November ballot to raise money for affordable housing.
Planning Commission did its best Thursday night to avoid becoming involved in a dispute between City Council President Kevin Bennett and his neighbors, while voting to approve a permit that would allow Bennett and his wife Jane to replat and consolidate lots on their Old Town property.
Ex-boyfriend not talking to authorities
Routt County Sheriff John Warner said Thursday he believes the investigation into the murder of Steamboat Springs resident Lori Bases is proceeding as it should toward the arrest of a suspect.
Ski corp. sets early-bird adult rate at $845
The early-bird price of next year's adult season pass at Steamboat will increase by $50 to $845, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. announced Thursday.
The Oak Creek Town Board of Trustees has accepted a bid to finish upgrades on the town's ice rink. By doing so, the board took a final step toward fulfilling the requirements of a $64,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado.
Construction-site fight ended bloodily
A construction worker arrested on suspicion of cutting another man with a razor knife remains in jail awaiting a preliminary hearing July 17.
Decline first recorded in 16 months
For the first time in 16 months, Steamboat Springs sales tax collections took a dip in April.
Wednesday, June 21
Though the reasons varied, a strong majority of the 27 people who spoke out about a U.S. Forest Service roadless area proposal at a meeting Wednesday night were against it.
What city and county officials call a dangerous mix of vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians on the county road through Spring Creek Canyon is one step closer to resolution.
For the past two years, the Yampa Valley Legacy Education Initiative has made the phrase "place-based education" commonplace in Routt, Moffat and East Grand counties.
Five new duplexes will join several new developments off Walton Creek Road, if the project meets with approval from city officials.
Law enforcement officers, aided by a handful of volunteers and dogs, will search three more sites this weekend, looking for clues in the disappearance of Marie Blee, a Hayden girl who has been missing for more than 20 years.
It's just two races into the 2000 Town Challenge mountain bike race series, but Steamboat racer Amy Harris has already tasted the agony of defeat and the thrill of victory.
A small group of supporters stood along side a single-track mountain bike trail at the Steamboat Ski Area on Wednesday night holding a flag from the island nation of Antigua.
A clear, blue sky and bright sun provided the perfect backdrop for the first day of summer Wednesday.
Tuesday, June 20
In the last month, 88 people have signed up for the city's new free curbside recycling program, upping Waste Management's recycling customers to 668.
Tap fees and rates for water and sewer services will rise when the Morrison Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District pays off its debts, but not as much as a preliminary rate study suggested they should rise.
Some businesses in Steamboat have received from a California yellow pages firm a solicitation invoice that looks deceptively like a bill. It's the kind of solicitation that, although legal, raises the ire of Better Business Bureau representatives.
Negotiations preceding sale of lines
State officials are optimistic that phone lines in south Routt will be backed by some kind of quality service plan when U S West sells some of its rural exchanges.
Don Ament, commissioner of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, told county commissioners and local agriculture producers that they must become informed about public policy issues and the stances of candidates in the next six months if they want to protect the ag trade.
George Krawzoff has glimpsed the future of mass transit in Steamboat Springs on his computer screen, and he foresees increasing demand for bus service. Krawzoff is the transit manager for the city and supervises Steamboat Springs Transit bus service. He's in the midst of preparing a presentation on future transit demand in the city, which he'll give before City Council July 11. On the afternoon of June 15, Krawzoff was scratching at the mouse pad on his laptop, and maneuvering through a map of the ski area base to project future mass-transit demand.
Encounters increasing along with population
Wildlife officials are telling residents that it's the humans who need to adapt to the local bear population whose members are learning to love the taste of garbage. "I would term it more of a people problem than a bear problem," Colorado Division of Wildlife area manager Susan Werner said.
About half of an inch of rain fell on the Steamboat area Monday night, but it wasn't enough to prevent lightning from starting a small fire amid the downpour.
Catamount has won final approval to construct a water line from the Yampa River to Walton Creek to irrigate its golf course and hay meadows. The Board of County Commis-sioners voted 2-0 on Tuesday to approve an amendment to Catamount's special use permit for its 700-acre development off U.S. 40 near Haymaker Golf Course.
As the Regional Affordable Living Foundation moves closer to a November ballot issue, the group will help the city of Steamboat Springs develop an affordable housing policy.
Organizers of this year's Fourth of July festivities are trying to put the "cowboy" back in Cowboy Roundup Days with a good, old-fashioned cattle drive.
Steamboat Springs baseball player Tucker Smalley stood confidently in the on-deck circle at Steamboat's Simillion Field earlier this week, swinging his bat as hard as he could from one shoulder to the other.
Local government officials fear disastrous drain on their coffers
A proposed $25 tax cut will benefit every taxpayer in Colorado or begin a rapid disintegration of local government coffers, depending on whom you talk to. Douglas Bruce, the author of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, has authored a new proposal which will be decided by voters across the state this fall. TABOR, approved by voters in 1992, limits the state and local taxing entities from keeping excess revenues.
Young dancer earns her chance
Sarah Steinberg hung around with Steamboat Springs arts patron Eleanor Bliss when she was a baby. Separated by decades in age, Bliss, for whom the Art Depot is named, and Steinberg watched ballet classes together. "From the time I could sit up, (my mother) would plop me down next to Eleanor Bliss and we'd sit and watch ballet class," Steinberg said. "From about the time I was one-and-a-half, I said 'I want to do that.'"
Walking the plank
I love art and nature, in their infinite combinations. In Ireland, I once made a long detour to visit the site where David Lean filmed the epic "Ryan's Daughter" on the lavish Western coast on a high bluff overlooking the Blasket Islands. As a child I admired the giant orange Caldor that graced the downtown square of my hometown of Grand Rapids. I made regular visits to the Metropolitan Museum, among others, when I worked in New York. I studied with a watercolorist at Dartmouth. And for years I tried to make a living selling reproductions of my favorite paintings. But I was always able to choose the works I wanted to spend time with. That to me is the essence of art. It's all in the eye of the beholder at his, or her, time and place of choosing.
Countywide fire restrictions went into effect at 8 a.m. today on all private, state and federal land outside Steamboat Springs city limits.
Six local soccer teams will head to southeast Denver this week to battle for titles in the annual Colorado Storm Fireball Tournament.
Local 10K runner sets blazing pace in '00 Father's Day race
Just past the 5K cutoff it was easy to see that Steamboat Springs' K.C. Jones was taking command in the 10K division of Sunday's Fish Creek Sneak.
Oak Creek will receive an extension on a Great Outdoors Colorado grant and, town officials said, retain a good relationship with the agency.
Yampa Valley Electrical Association employees, who have been embroiled in labor disputes for months, have voted for an open shop.
Early results pose "interesting" questions about where and how business community is growing
A preliminary economic analysis of Routt County caused serious concern among some attendees of the Economic Summit earlier this month and now, even one of the authors of the study admits the information was prematurely disseminated.
The idea behind the annual Colorado Women's Charity Shoot is to introduce women to the fun they can have in the sport of shooting. The event also raises money for the Northwest Colorado Aid and Support Group.
Women partners open new salon
After years of day care and miscellaneous jobs like cooking and cleaning, Sharon Warner decided "enough is enough" no more working for other people. The 37-year Routt County resident recently opened a new business in Steamboat Springs. Warner has partnered with Cathy Perry, a beautician from Cherry Creek who recently moved here to raise her children. Together they opened "Applause Salon" at 810 Lincoln Ave. in the alley beside the back door to the Cantina.
Monday, June 19
A proposal to fund child care in Routt County will not be on the ballot this fall because of a lack of time to educate the public on the issue, according to the First Impressions Board of Directors.
Despite Monday's rainstorms, the U.S. Forest Service is issuing fire and smoking restrictions that will go into effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the Routt National Forest. The restrictions come in response to high temperatures, dry conditions and a dwindling snow pack, which officials say are not counterbalanced by the recent rain.
Routt County residents with opinions about a U.S. Forest Service roadless area conservation plan are invited to speak up at a public comment meeting.
Sunday, June 18
Crime and financial statistics show that the Oak Creek Police Department is busier than ever, while working on a smaller budget.
Steamboat Springs resident Nancy MacFarland was one of four people killed on Rabbit Ears in 1999. Her husband, Scott, has initiated a task force of sorts to address safety concerns on the pass in an effort to prevent injury accidents in the future.
A new talk radio station goes on the air next week, and the main transmitter is going to be near Hayden, off of the Cog Road. The signal will be backed by 27,000 watts, which makes it the most powerful one in the county. And, because it is just outside of town, Hayden residents will have the clearest signal in the valley.
Friday, June 16
Hayden residents Keith and Diane Barnett hope to have an indoor equestrian center up and running by fall, after getting a recommendation for approval from the Routt County Planning Commission.
With trenching tools in hand, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps leaders will begin their summer today by leading groups of teen-agers through the backcountry.
CMC's honor society honored by its peers
It was about 10 minutes before the start of the first rodeo of the season in Steamboat Springs and barrel man Scott Messina was in front of a mirror finishing some last minute details.
Waste Management is again the only trash-hauling business in Routt County. The company has bought High Country Roll Off in Hayden, it was announced Friday. The 2-year-old High Country was Waste Management's lone competitor in the county.
Do business locally: That's what the Better Business Bureau considers to be its best advice to avoid being scammed by business like the itinerant asphalt companies that have reportedly been passing through town as of late.
Before venturing off to enjoy a summer of fun, Steamboat Springs High School freshmen involved in a team learning project left a lasting impression on members of the Colorado Wildlife Commission.
Thursday, June 15
Ski area officials, including those from Steamboat, are telling the public that they are serious about an environmental charter just adopted by their national association, fending off skepticism that the charter might be a marketing ploy or an attempt to "green wash" the industry.
A south Routt County resident received minor injuries from a head-on accident Wednesday morning near Oak Creek.
The city of Steamboat Springs has spent more than $60,000 in legal fees and related costs in its dispute with local chiropractor David Criste. And there's a significant chance the bill will go much higher.
A Front Range man ejected from his vehicle in a wreck in north Routt County earlier this week is improving.
Colorado Mountain College will ask voters to relieve it from the Taxpayers Bill of Rights Amendment so that it can improve its use of technology in course offerings and hardware.
They've been a big hit among pedestrians in Aspen and Glenwood Springs, and now, they're coming to Steamboat Springs.
Let's set the record straight right in the beginning: Gossips dig dirt; gardeners dig soil.
Teaching young golfers the basics of the game is what the Junior Golf Academy at the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club is all about.
A Steamboat Springs woman who took her eyes off the road to quiet fighting children flipped her vehicle on County Road 14 Thursday, police said.
It's not an accident that the Fish Creek Sneak running race takes place on Father's Day.
A former employee at a Steamboat Springs construction site was arrested Thursday after allegedly slashing the arm of another man.
Wednesday, June 14
Don't worry, they don't bite. They don't even eat.
A pet confined in a hot metal vehicle is like a human sitting in a sauna. The only difference is that pets can't sweat to cool themselves they need access to proper ventilation so they can pant themselves to cooler temperatures.
City, district unhappy with company; hope to resolve differences themselves
The city of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District say they are on track to resolve their differences. But they won't come to a new agreement on the services they provide to each other with the help of their consultant.
Steamboat Springs City Council agreed Tuesday night to consider investing $200,000 in a new safety net for the community.
Twentymile Coal Co. hopes to show the Routt County Planning Commission that its request for an amendment and extension of a special use permit is just part of mining as usual.
Tuesday, June 13
Doak Walker Center should be ready for group to move in this fall
Forty-seven Steamboat residents have been watching their new home slowly rise out of the ground; some have been driving by in vans, others keeping tabs the construction project via video tapes. And while residents of Routt Memorial Hospital's Extended Care Center have mixed feelings about leaving the comfort of their rooms, all of them are getting anxious to pack their bags and move into the new Doak Walker Center.
It's not over not even close. The most challenging aspect of this year's Economic Summit June 1 and 2 was not getting hundreds of residents involved and it was not organizing hundreds of opinions offered at several meetings.
Double-named celebration set for Saturday
The Routt County Cattlemen and CattleWomen, along with the Ski Town Lions Club, are throwing such a big party Saturday that it has two names. The "Wing Ding-Hoedown" will be an old-fashioned dinner and dance that promises fun for adults and children.
City, businesses disagree on source of fee, municipal-match requirement
The use of city sales tax dollars to fund summer marketing has been a hot topic in Steamboat Springs this year. Now, the city and a local business group are exchanging differing versions of how it all got started, more than 15 years ago.
Thanks to 14 families, there is always a home in Routt County for youngsters who need one
Pam Montoya has a picture of a toddler in her wallet. She is the mother of four girls, but the photo is of a little boy to whom she is not related except in spirit. The child was one of her foster children and he came into her family's life at a time when she was sick.
Plan rewards longtime property owners
Katherine Gourley would put a new roof on her house in Steamboat Springs if a ballot issue to reduce senior citizens' property taxes is approved.
Walking the plank
Part of the time when I was in college a few years ago, I was a painter. Besides learning a useful trade, I walked away from that job with words of wisdom from my painting partner. He was a middle-aged guy with kids and had been painting for most of his life, earning no more than $12 an hour.
Experienced chamber professional eager to tackle challenges she faces
As Sandy Evans, the new executive vice president of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, rode her bike down Emerald Mountain soon after hearing the good news, she thought to herself, "I am the luckiest person in the whole world."
The Steamboat Springs Health Care Association is poised to begin construction on the new Grandkids Daycare building on the campus of the Yampa Valley Medical Center. "We've already dug the footers," health care association Chief Financial Officer Dean Sandvik said.
Steamboat Springs City Council told representatives of the First National Bank Tuesday night to come back in July with a better plan for their new building.
Routt County now has a written policy to govern its investments and maximize revenues. About $27 million in tax revenues passed through the treasurer's office last year, and $29 million is expected to come through this year. Seventy-five percent of that money is sent on to special districts right away; the rest is retained for different periods of time and can be invested.
County commissioners and limited land use advocates debated Tuesday whether Colorado voters should be able to set limits to growth by approving growth area maps developed by counties and communities.
If the art of taxation is to pluck a goose so that you get maximum feathers with minimum squawking, one state official says Colo-rado is putting feathers back on the goose.
County officials from across the state heard during Colorado Counties Inc.'s summer conference that to make a land conservation programs work for them, they need to make agriculture viable in their communities.
Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series board member John Shipley was at Brent Romick Arena on Monday evening until midnight.
Festival brings out the best in whitewater enthusiasts
The River Rodeo and Crazy River Dog contests draw the most fans, but Jim Linville and Hugh Newton know that the open canoe race has a long-standing place in the annual Yampa River Festival.
McGeary returned from private school in Vermont to qualify for event;will ride as independent at Colorado high school rodeo championships
Genny McGeary will represent Routt County at this week's Colorado High School Rodeo Finals in Greeley, but she will not be a Sailor, Ram or Tiger.
Organizers of Taste of South Routt are counting down the days until the annual celebration June 24.
Police department handling larger number of calls on smaller budget
Crime and financial statistics show that the Oak Creek Police Department is busier than ever, while working on a smaller budget.
Steamboat Golf Club hosts 2 days of tournament action last weekend
Wes Davis and Roger Schaeffer combined to score a two-round total of 138 last weekend, winning a two-man best ball tournament at the Steamboat Golf Club.
It's just two meets into the 2000 swim season, but at least one member of the Steamboat Springs swim team already has qualified for the Junior Olympic Championships later this year.
Triple Crown will host youth baseball tournament this weekend in Steamboat
The distinctive clink of baseball bats will return to the Howelsen Hill ballfields this weekend as Triple Crown Sports hosts its first major tournament of the summer season in Steamboat Springs.
The surface may be a little different, but for local businessman Ted Hoffman, the sport of hockey remains pretty much the same.
Improving ski area base driving force
Wanting to correct what they call past mistakes, members of the Mountain Business Association see the creation of a taxing district as a big step toward solutions.
The Steamboat Springs Board of Education has decided to put on hold any decision about the district-owned Whistler property, which could be used as a school site or a site for affordable housing.
Year-round ice hockey in Steamboat Springs? Well, maybe not yet. But that hasn't stopped Steamboat Springs player Bjorn Lickteig from playing the game he loves long after the ice at Howelsen Hill has melted away for the summer.
John Allee has a mischievous smile. In fact, it is more of a grin and it lights up a room.
Monday, June 12
Hilltop appraised for possible listing
For the second time in three months, residents of an Old Town Steamboat Springs trailer park are confronted with the possibility of losing their homes and the equity they've built in them.
City Council will consider at tonight's meeting First National Bank's plan to build a permanent home. The bank wants to construct a 14,336-square-foot building to replace the modular it occupies at the corner of U.S. 40 and Hilltop Parkway
The realization of the potential dangers of coal mining tumbled down on Bill Morgan, a coal miner at Twentymile Coal Co. for 11 years, as he was fire-bossing the area where Kyle Webb was recently injured. While doing a pre-shift inspection of the area, Morgan looked around and started thinking about all of the things in the Glory Hole area that possibly could hurt a person.
A Front Range resident was flown to a Denver hospital after being ejected in a rollover accident on Routt County Road 129 Monday afternoon.
A two-day old fire on five acres of land near Sleeping Giant Mountain was brought under control Monday as local fire officials considered implementing a fire ban in Routt County.
Sunday, June 11
Still wondering what to get dad for Father's Day? Instead of buying him something he wants but doesn't need, you might consider getting him something he needs but may not want. That would be a trip to the doctor.
Beginning July 1, minors caught smoking in Hayden will face fines and possibly community service under a smoking ordinance approved by the Town Board.
For those who didn't pay their property taxes in full on April 30 and opted for a two-payment installment plan instead, the final payment deadline of June 15 is approaching fast.
Population booming in and around city
Colorado Division of Wildlife officials estimate there are at least 60 well-fed red foxes living in and around the Steamboat Springs city limits.
A Hayden miner injured in an underground mine accident hasn't regained consciousness yet, but is responding to touch, the man's mother said Saturday.
Steamboat Springs tennis player Kellie Banisky may prefer doubles to singles, but that didn't stop her from winning the women's 35-and-under class at the Intermountain Sectional Seniors Championships Sunday.
Growth, taxes on conference agenda
November ballot issues dealing with growth management and tax cuts will be discussed when officials from counties all over the state meet in Steamboat Springs this week.
Friday, June 9
Vail, Telluride and Crested Butte ski areas have cashed in on a Steamboat-based insurance company's new policy that protects ski areas from bad years. Steamboat isn't joining them, just yet.
Steamboat's Frank Case wins top award
Working in grease and getting dirty every day is why Frank Case, a master mechanic for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., enjoys his job. During a weeklong ski area maintenance industry convention in Grand Junction, Case was recognized for being an outstanding mechanic. His elbow grease, so to speak, paid off with the Tim Crouse Memorial Award for being the Ski Area Vehicle Maintenance Institute's Technician of the Year. Case is the first Steamboat recipient in the history of the award.
A Twentymile coal miner injured in an accident at the underground mine Tuesday remained in critical condition Friday at Denver Health Medical Center.
The Yampa River Core Trail is about to get longer 1,580 feet longer to be precise. The city of Steamboat Springs has received notification that it will receive an additional $130,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado and the Colorado State Parks to help it with the trail extension. The new section of trail would extend along the river behind the new Stockbridge Transit Center west of Dream Island trailer park.
But heavy rains expected in July
Put on the sunscreen and pack lots of water because this year's dry season is shaping up to be drier and hotter than normal. The good news for ranchers and firefighters is that rains are expected in July.
According to team captain Burt Mullison, winning the Tread Of Pioneer's Centennial golf tournament on Friday wasn't nearly as important as just playing in it.
Steamboat Springs police are still following leads in the murder of Lori Bases and although no suspect has been identified, Public Safety Director J.D. Hays said the case is a hot investigation.
Thursday, June 8
Steamboat Springs Planning Commission applauded changes Thursday night to a proposed residential development on a sensitive piece of property along Pine Grove Road. However, commissioners cautioned that developer Ted Christner has some work to do before they'll be ready to approve the project.
Four hundred more acres of the Routt National Forest blowdown area have been slated for logging in September, but no new roads will be built to access the timber.
First National Bank, one of the new players in the increasingly competitive banking environment in Steamboat Springs, announced Thursday that it has signed a proven leader. John Kerst, a well-known local resident and regional manager for Wells Fargo, has been named president of the new bank, of which he is an investor.
The Yampa Valley will be known all over India later this year when its green fields and raging falls are captured on film in a Hindi love story.
Camilletti and Sons will be allowed to store Blowdown timber on property in Milner. The Board of County Commissioners voted 3-0 this week to approve a special use permit that allows the gravel pit operators to store downed trees.
A panel of three Routt County residents will decide next January the fair market value of land to be used for a water line to Catamount Ranch.
The owner of a house in the Tree Haus subdivision that caught fire June 3 plans to rebuild it right away.
A Steamboat Springs man charged with robbery and assault for pushing his friend to the ground and taking her truck without permission was sentenced to six months in jail this week.
Wednesday, June 7
Some 30 Routt County residents gathered west of Steamboat Wednesday, beneath a mid-day sun, to celebrate National Homeownership Week by discussing 100 affordable homes that will eventually be built upon what is now a gravel-strewn, undeveloped 30-acre lot.
Reacting to outcome of Criste lawsuit, Steamboat's planning and zoning processes may become more stringent
The city of Steamboat Springs is reviewing the way it scrutinizes and processes building permit applications in the wake of a judge's ruling against the city last week.
Cause of accident still under investigation
Officials are still investigating the exact cause of an accident at Twentymile Coal Company Tuesday that left miner Kyle Webb in critical condition at the Denver Health Medical Center.
In response to the large demand for child care providers, First Impressions of Routt County is sponsoring a free pre-licensing training class for child care providers who want to become licensed. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Steamboat. It will be taught by Janet Martinez, who was a licensed provider for 14 years and currently is a trainer for Wildwood Resources. Martinez will cover information spanning from the business aspects of child care to child development and guidance of behavior.
All new students at Colorado Mountain College will be required to live on campus for their first year, beginning in the fall of 2000.
Steamboat Springs City Council agreed this week to spend $60,000 to $70,000 to upgrade exterior building materials to sandstone on a portion of Centennial Hall.
The field of 175 racers that took part in Wednesday night's first Town Challenge mountain bike race of the season kicked up plenty of dust, but when the cloud finally cleared, at least one familiar face was in the winner's circle.
The courts will be full at the Tennis Center this week as 184 of the best senior players in the Intermountain Division face off in a sectional championship.
Tuesday, June 6
Local rodeo supporter Bill Montag is hoping that George Strait or at least his signature can help the local high school team raise a little money this summer.
Leaders of the pack
Perceptive visitors stepping through the welcoming gates of Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp can spot bits of history in the rustic buildings and feel the special aura of the area.
A 15-year-old boy who stole a truck and eluded authorities in a high-speed chase over Rabbit Ears Pass has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to complete boot camp and a juvenile offender program.
Routt County residents may get some pocket change from U S West as payment for poor phone service in this area, under a proposal from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.
The former owner of the local Prudential Trimontane real estate office, Tony Walton, says he will take a pay cut to help fellow locals buy homes of their own. Walton has partnered with Mason & Morse Real Estate, an Aspen brokerage house, to form a new real estate firm. Mason & Morse Real Estate, Steamboat Springs, recently opened its doors in the newly renovated Sequoia Building at Ninth and Oak streets.
Redbrick structure will be home to offices, shops and apartments
It still needs a couple of interior walls, a few coats of paint, and other finishing touches, but the Chieftain building at Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue has its certificate of occupancy and already has made a big impression downtown.
Applause broke out in City Council chambers Tuesday night as about two dozen supporters of Federal Express cheered a unanimous vote to approve a new building for FedEx in the Copper Ridge industrial park.
Pets will be labeled for life after visiting Steamboat's second pet microchipping clinic, hosted by Safeway on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Owners can technologically advance their pets at the clinic for $30 and walk away with the satisfaction of knowing that their pet can easily be identified in case it ever gets lost or stolen.
One small fire was still burning Tuesday while another was easily contained on Lynx Pass after a lightning storm Monday ignited the timber.
If a local emergency medical technician aspires to be a paramedic, he or she has to leave the valley. This fall, however, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is offering a video conferencing paramedic course in Steamboat Springs, working alongside the Yampa Valley Medical Center.
The opening race of the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race series is always a popular one. Last year, more than 120 racers showed up for the opening event at the Skyline trail despite threatening skies that eventually gave way to a spring thunderstorm.
Local youth baseball players completed the first stage of the Rockies Skill Challenge Sunday at the Emerald Park baseball fields.
Steve Kaufman gets a little bit choked up when he talks about his students. The long-time principal at Soda Creek Elementary told a story about a fourth-grader who came up to him, shook his hand and thanked him for being his principal over the years. Those are the moments and there have been many of them over the years that Kaufman, who is retiring, will cherish.
Of the 225 people who attended Economic Summit 2000 June 2, a committed dozen convened in a small conference room to talk about the future of government's role in Steamboat's economy.
Housing solutions debated
During a discussion on how to subsidize affordable housing, attendees at last week's Economic Summit debated the merits of an impact fee, a sales tax, a property tax, a real estate transfer tax, a head tax and building permit fees as potential funding sources for affordable housing.
A mine employee was critically injured Tuesday after being hit by a rock and falling 20 to 30 feet from a conveyor belt at Twentymile coal mine.
The Phippsburg Community Club will receive $10,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado to put in a sprinkler system for the town's park.
More time needed to finish overlay; town's bookkeeping 'in a quandary'
Great Outdoors Colorado hasn't formally given its approval to extend the completion date for improvements to the ice rink in Oak Creek, but town officials are optimistic that it will go through.
Local students earn honors at colleges, universities
Lynn Eggleston and Kevin Concagh announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelly L., to Michael D. Delsignore, son of Deborah and David Delsignore of Arizona.
Edna M. Thomas of Craig died May 28, 2000, at Valley View Manor in Craig. She was 94
Steamboat sends three players to national 8-Ball tournament
Local pool player Colleen Perkins was joking with fellow player Nina White as the pair headed to Las Vegas last month to compete in the national 2000 Camel Eight-Ball Classic.
Sun makes for warm marathon journey
On Sunday, Thornton's Jason Saitta added his name to the list of double winners of the annual Steamboat Marathon.
From the Yampa Valley Beef program to approving a tax to fund agricultural lands and open space in Routt County, local residents have shown time and time again they are capable of solving almost any problem even affordable living issues
Affordable housing was the big topic at Economic Summit 2000. A roster of those in the room discussing the issue Friday morning at the Steamboat Sheraton would have read like a Who's Who of Steamboat. There were bankers and Realtors, City Council members and school teachers, natives and newcomers, developers and former developers.
The windows in the Phippsburg Community Center appear to be the target of someone's pellet-gun game.
Everything came up roses this year for Strawberry Park media specialist Ann Mattlage Gilbertson and that makes her retirement even sweeter. "I'm going on to new adventures," Gilbertson said from the media center this week. "This has been a joyful year, not only academically, but personally."
Real Estate TRANSACTIONS For May 26-June 1
The Italians knew what to do with slopes. They took advantage of their hilly terrain and used gravity to create huge water fantasies, water steps, elaborate walls, stairways and terraces. Slopes can be a blessing, or a headache. The contours of a garden space should guide its design, and will have a direct influence on how one should use the principles of art, line, form, texture and color.
If the first step to diversifying the tourism-dominated local economy is coming up with plenty of ideas, Steamboat Springs took a big stride forward at the Economic Summit.
Last week, Gov. Bill Owens signed a bill that gives landowners who put their property into a conservation easement a sizable state tax credit. With 25,000 acres of the land already in conservation easements in Routt County, the move will make it more financially viable for people to enter into conservation easements.
Monday, June 5
LIFT-UP started as a mission from the local ministerial alliance and, several years later, that mission has come full circle as it hired its third executive director. The Rev. David Freseman takes the reins of the nonprofit organization, replacing Jan Jacobs, who resigned after four months on the job.
State Rep. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, piled up 134 delegates to just 24 for Jim "Moose" Barrows on at the Senate District 8 Republican Assembly in Denver. The delegate count left Barrows well short of the 30 percent he needed to have his named placed on the Aug. 8 primary ballot, and out of the race.
A Steamboat Springs man convicted of inappropriately touching a woman's genitals during a massage is appealing his case.
The cause of Saturday's fire at a Tree Haus home was still being investigated Monday, said Routt County Sheriff's Investigator Gary Sigman, who added he'll have a better understanding of how the fire started after insurance officials complete their investigation later this week
After discussion and debate that has stretched out over a year, Steamboat Springs City Council will hear a recommendation Tuesday night that it leave its regulations governing bed and breakfast lodgings unchanged.
The Steamboat Springs School District could overspend by $14,000 this year, according to its preliminary 2001 budget, but that will only happen if it spends every penny of its reserves.
Grand County businessman Al White scored a victory over Bill Haight of rural Steamboat Springs at the House 56th District Republican Assembly in Denver. However, both candidates will see their names on the primary ballot.
A large group of volunteers and law enforcement officials joined forces to search for Marie Blee at two different sites north of Hayden on Saturday.
A Hayden man charged with sexually abusing his step-granddaughter pleaded not guilty in District Court on Monday and asked for a jury trial to determine his fate. Judge Richard Doucette set the five-day trial to begin Dec. 11.
State troopers responded to three injury accidents in Routt County over the weekend.
Sunday, June 4
Searing. Throbbing. Dull squeezing. Vice grip. These are a few of the descriptions people use to characterize their headaches. They might also add "costly" to that list. The estimated 45 million Americans who have chronic headaches and 23 million who experience migraines rack up an annual $13 billion in missed work and lowered productivity.
Helping local ranchers and farmers keep their businesses viable in a slumping industry is important to Routt County not for the money agriculture brings in, but for the myriad of other reasons it is crucial to this area, participants at a session during Friday's Economic Summit agreed.
Affordable housing proponents in Routt County will be celebrating the successes of the Regional Affordable Living Foundation during National Homeownership Week this week. The highlight of that celebration will be an open house Wednesday for West End Village, a proposed development being heralded by RALF as true affordable housing.
Fire investigators were unable to determine the cause of an April fire that destroyed a cabin at the Lowell Whiteman School and killed two dogs trapped inside.
About 8,000 pounds of raw wool was weighed on Saturday, marking the early stages of a local company's efforts to keep wool growing a viable business in the Yampa Valley.
Keeping young people in the Yampa Valley is crucial to its future, according to Erin Gilbertson and Megan Moore.
Friday, June 2
In one of many groups at the Economic Summit Friday, some four dozen people gathered to discuss diversifying the economy of Steamboat Springs.
From fighting wildfires to buying vehicles for employees to saving money to buy land for a new courthouse, county departments encountered unexpected expenses in 1999. In response, the Board of County Commissioners voted 2-0 this week to approve $664,200 in supplemental budget requests.
A sampling of ranchers, real estate agents, City Council members and other residents voiced their opinions about land-use regulations at the Economic Summit.
City Manager Paul Hughes used an automotive analogy to explain the relationship between government and the private sector Friday.
Advocates for a permanent funding source for affordable housing and child care believe they have enough time to garner support to pass a taxing question this November.
While some local teenagers complain there's often nothing to do in town, others are trying to improve what recreational opportunities already exist. A group of Steamboat Springs High School students are joining the ranks of those involved with the skateboard park and Emerald City teen center by making improvements to the BMX track at Howelsen Hill. The students decided the track wasn't up to snuff and decided to do something about it.
Affordable housing was a dominant issue at this year's Economic Summit and breaking the perceptions of affordable housing was part of the discussion of the "NIMBY" group, led by Katie Kiefer of West Elevation Architects.
High school classmates first interviewed in second grade
For four high school students in Steamboat Springs, the year 2000 is something they've been anticipating since they were children.| "This is an accomplishment that we've all been working toward for 12 years and it's a great feeling," said Mike Westphale, a soon-to-be former student of Steamboat Springs High School.
Thursday, June 1
Seven yellow Community Use Bicycles are out on the streets of Steamboat for the third summer in a row, providing an additional means of transportation for residents who might instinctively use vehicles for quick errands.
Researchers from the Colorado Division of Wildlife have confirmed what wildlife commissioners feared: Fish stocking practices are aiding the spread of the parasite that causes whirling disease in Colorado waters.
Some Steamboat residents believe the community is in for a rude awakening. Rude or not, the Steamboat branch of the U.S. Postal Service is initiating some changes that at least one community organization believes are taking away from the city's small town feel.
A proposed water line from the Yampa River to Walton Creek that would irrigate Catamount's golf course received a recommendation for approval from the Routt County Planning Commis-sion Thursday.
For the 177 participants in the opening session of Economic Summit 2000 Thursday, it was a night of challenges.
Third quarter first profitable period this year; Steamboat skier visits up
American Skiing Co. on Thursday reported earnings of $21.5 million during the quarter that ended April 30 despite an early end to the season for the company's eastern ski resorts. American Skiing is the parent company of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.
Members of the north Routt County community were asked to vote on what kind of school charter or satellite they would want to see established in their part of the county Thursday night, but organizers are not releasing the results of that poll.
The investigation into the murder of Steamboat Springs resident Lori Bases will take time, Public Safety Director J.D. Hays said.
Members of the Steamboat Springs High School Class of 2000 will turn their tassels and let out a few cheers Saturday as they become official high school graduates.
It's hardly believable to see such an important and monumental time in your life come to an end. All day we were asking ourselves if it was real, if high school was really over.
A former Colorado State Patrol trooper charged with abusing his infant son pleaded not guilty in Routt County District Court on Thursday and asked for his case to be heard by his peers. A jury trial in the felony child abuse case against former Hayden resident Wes Crider was scheduled for Oct. 10.