Stories for November 2000


Thursday, November 30

State recount reveals Routt County accuracy

Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland says she has always had faith in the county's vote counting machine. Now she has confirmation of its degree of accuracy. The election recount in Routt County over the race for State Board of Education turned up a discrepancy of just a single vote out of more than 7,800 ballots cast.

Agency offers HIV tests at reduced charge today

Planned Parenthood in Steamboat Springs is offering $25 HIV tests in recognition of World AIDS Day, which is today. World AIDS Day is one day out of the year dedicated to raising awareness about the disease as well as supporting the people infected with HIV, Planned Parenthood center assistant Kyle MacIntosh said.

Local man to get sentenced for an assault charge today

A 28-year-old former Steamboat Springs man could be sentenced today to two years in the Routt County Jail for assaulting his girlfriend earlier this year. Adam Whitlow Cumbie is scheduled to be sentenced by Routt County District Court Judge Joel S. Thompson at 2:30 p.m. for his October guilty plea to third-degree assault, a class one misdemeanor.

Season memorable for local golf courses

When Dave Jarvis picked his seven-iron from his golf bag during a warm afternoon this summer, he never imagined he would knock his ball 146 yards straight into the cup. Jarvis, who hit the shot into hole No. 7 July 25, was one of nine individuals who recorded hole-in-ones this season at the Haymaker Golf Course.

Local riders earn spots on U.S. Team's development squad

Darren Ratcliffe, Michelle Gorgone and Justin Goto Reiter have become the first members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's snowboarding program to earn spots on the U.S. Snowboarding Team's development squad. "I'm super excited," Ratcliffe said. "But it's just the first step."

Local legend joins new state tennis hall of fame

Local tennis legend Carol Baily will become one of the first players to be honored as a part of the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame, which was just created this year. "We are just happy to have someone of Carol Baily's integrity and character as a charter member of our Hall of Fame," said Fritz Garger, Colorado Tennis Association executive director. "She is such a wonderful, wonderful person and we are just so pleased that she is going to be a part of it."

Seminar to focus on international business

Steamboat Springs business people have an opportunity to hear success stories today about Colorado businesses that have made sales abroad. Chris Snowberger, deputy director of the governor's Office of Economic Development, will speak at 11:30 a.m. at Bob Adams Field.

Workshop brings unique perspectives on teaching

Parents considering enrolling their children in the Kaleidoscope arts program Dec. 26 through 29 will want to consider a workshop being hosted by First Impressions at the Whiteman Primary School Saturday.

Sentencing for arsonist pushed back to January

A 19-year-old Ohio man, convicted of setting a townhouse on fire, will face sentencing in January rather than today as he was originally scheduled. Matthew John Hoffman was supposed to appear today in Routt County District Judge Joel S. Thompson's courtroom. He was to be sentenced for guilty pleas to four felonies and a misdemeanor.

Trailer park residents face eviction

The day before Thanksgiving, Stuart Handloff, the president of the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association, drafted a letter to the residents of the Trailer Haven trailer park warning them of their impending eviction. The letter states that the residents will have to remove their trailers from the premises by May 1, a date that had been discussed in meetings between the association and the tenants but was never formally agreed upon.

Wednesday, November 29

Injured quarterback an inspiration

Summit quarterback Carlos Ebert-Santos, who remains paralyzed from an injury that he suffered earlier this season, is an honorary guest of the Columbine Rebels Saturday as they play the Bear Creek Bears at the Class 5A state championship. Ebert-Santos, who suffered a neck injury after he was tackled during a game against Salida High School Sept. 22, has been at Craig Hospital in Denver since Sept. 26. He is expected to be released from the hospital by mid-January.

Steamboat basketball teams head to tourney

Steamboat Springs High School starts its 2000 hoops season Friday as the Sailors' varsity girls and boys basketball teams travel to Carbondale to compete at the Roaring Fork Tourney. Both teams begin their seasons against the West Grand Mustangs, who will make the trip to Carbondale from Kremmling.

Sailors wrestlers hit the mat in first match of season

Steamboat's wrestling team travels to Basalt tonight for its first contest of the 2000 season as it takes on Eagle Valley and Basalt in a match scheduled for 6 p.m. Three-time state qualifier Levi Muhme will compete at 135 pounds and Lee Gittleson, also a senior, will wrestle at 145 pounds.

Blaze brings temporary halt to plant

A fire damaged a building at a local concrete plant Wednesday stopping operations, but plant employees said they hope to have things running again by next week. The Steamboat Springs Fire Department responded to a call at about 7 a.m. Wednesday to the Trans Colorado Concrete plant, located behind Clark's Market in Steamboat Springs, Assistant Fire Chief Bob Struble said.

Benefit to help Look family set for Saturday

One of Steamboat's oldest families, the Looks, are facing the holidays bearing more grief than any family should have to endure at one time. Now, the community has an opportunity to show they care during a special benefit at 7 p.m Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars club on Lincoln Avenue.

Shelter sees outbreak of parvo

Officials at the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter euthanized 14 dogs, mostly puppies, since last week because of a parvo outbreak. Animal Control officer Stacy Hayes said dogs without updated vaccinations are at high risk of catching the potentially lethal disease. Parvo is a viral disease that prevents a dog's intestines from absorbing water and nutrients. Animals that survive parvo can transmit the disease through fecal matter up to a year after they have recovered.

Skiers with SUVs may have to park it outside

Try to fit your new Chevy Suburban into the entrance to the new Steamboat Grand's indoor parking garage and you could be picking your ski rack off the ground. The 6-foot-8-inch clearance, which is marked as 6-foot-6-inches to err on the side of caution, cannot fit some larger cars with ski racks.

Tuesday, November 28

Arts Council selects new officers for year

She's been tickling Steamboat's funny bone for 14 years, and Alice Klauzer was recently named to her second year as president of the Steamboat Arts Council at its annual meeting. Klauzer is known in the community for her co-directorial role in the annual spring "Cabaret" performance that pokes fun at anything and everything. Klauzer has been performing in Cabaret since 1986.

City takes precautions after suit is dismissed

Although it breathed a sigh of relief when a judge dismissed the case of a disgruntled chiropractor, the city is trying to make sure that the oversights that led to the lawsuit do not happen again. David Criste, a local chiropractor who won a lawsuit against the city this May, had a federal civil rights case dismissed last week after Judge Clarence A. Brimmer ruled Criste had missed his chance to seek damages from the city in May.

Gerber sweeps first two tryout events

A summer of change paid off for Steamboat Springs ski jumper Logan Gerber last weekend in Park City, Utah. Gerber swept the first two events at the World Junior Tryouts by beating out fellow U.S. Ski Team members Clint Jones and Tommy Schwall on both days. "It's nice to see Logan doing well," Winter Sports Club coach Chris Gilbertson said. "We overhauled his technique this summer and I think it finally started to come together last weekend."

Status of women focus of seminar

If three-quarters of the women in Colorado with children at home are also in the work force, the question becomes, who is caring for those children? That issue was among numerous challenges posed Tuesday night by Marla Williams, president and CEO of the Colorado Women's Association, and Sue Birch, executive director of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, based in Steamboat Springs.

Police issue warrant in store robbery case

An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday afternoon for a 20-year-old man police believe is the second suspect who participated in a robbery of a local convenience store early Thanksgiving morning. Routt County Judge James Garrecht signed off on an arrest warrant for Steamboat Springs resident William Stephen Russick, said Steamboat Springs Capt. Richard Crotz. "We have not arrested him yet," Crotz said of Russick, who allegedly participated in the robbery at the Kum and Go. "But we are looking for him."

State and federal grants to fund airport projects

Regional Airport Director Jim Parker said Monday that two construction projects needed at the facility will probably go out to bid next summer. The airport recently received a $111,000 state grant that will go toward matching a $2 million federal grant to build two taxiways.

Embezzler of school funds gets prison sentence waived

A former Steamboat Springs High School employee who embezzled more than $40,000 from a school activity fund has been freed from jail and given permission to move back to Dallas. 14th Judicial District Judge Richard P. Doucette reconsidered on Monday the sentence he handed down to Denise Rene Martinez earlier this year.

Monday, November 27

Icy streets and accidents keep Steamboat police busy

A pair of multiple-car accidents involving a total of five cars prompted city police to close down a section of the city's streets for about 45 minutes Monday near the intersection of County Road 36 and North Park Road. City police officers handled 18 accidents as of 8 p.m. Monday after snow began to pile up on local roads in the morning.

Man nearly puts car in Elk River

A 21-year-old Michigan man hopes his stay in Steamboat Springs will be a lot better than his first day here. Eric Lund, 21, lost control of his 1996 Dodge Avenger as he traveled northbound on Elk River Road Monday afternoon.

Condition of woman hurt in crash serious

As of Monday night, a 65-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was in serious condition at a Denver hospital due to injuries she sustained in a two-car accident that occurred Sunday afternoon on Rabbit Ears Pass. Carvel Short was flown to Denver Health Medical Center after the two-car accident occurred at about 1 p.m. near milepost 150.

Chiropractor's suit against city fails

A federal court judge in Denver has dismissed the civil rights suit filed by Steamboat Springs chiropractor David Criste against the city of Steamboat Springs. Criste sought unspecified damages from the city, alleging his civil rights had been abridged when the city halted construction of his building at 434 Oak St. in August 1996.

Employee allegedly robs store at which he works on Thanksgiving

Gregg Grabowski left work at about 8:30 p.m. last Wednesday only to return intoxicated to allegedly rob the Kum and Go early Thanksgiving morning. Grabowski, 23, faces charges of aggravated robbery with an armed confederate, a class three felony, theft, a class four felony, and misdemeanor wiretapping.

Sunday, November 26

CDOT satisfied with new deicing method

With snow and cold setting in and showing no signs of letting up, the Colorado Department of Transportation is pleased so far with the results of using a new deicing compound on Rabbit Ears Pass.


Kelly Rose Thomas and Jason Lory Sawin were married Nov. 5, 2000, in a candlelight ceremony in the fireplace room at Howelsen Hill Lodge with Rob Ryg officiating.

The right sentence

The jury in Vail was right to convict former lift operator Nathan Hall of criminally negligent homicide Nov. 16. The expert skier was a lethal weapon hurtling down Rivas Ridge that last day

Consultants to aid in fire chief search

Trustees unanimously voted Tuesday to bring in consultants to help them revamp the district's fire chief position.

Lewis Pringle 1942-2000

The Rev. Lewis Stephen Pringle died Nov. 6, 2000, in Broken Arrow, Okla. He was 58.

2000 Scholarship Day gains

Thanksgiving came a day early for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club on Nov. 22 as the Steamboat Ski Area gobbled up one of its biggest Scholarship Day fund-raising totals in a decade.

Forest Service officials offer tips on tree cutting

The passing of the Thanksgiving weekend marks the official beginning of the Christmas tree season and the office of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest in Steamboat Springs is doing a brisk business in tree permits.

Rabbit Ears Pass wreck critically hurts woman

A Steamboat Springs woman listed in critical condition was flown to Denver Health Medical Center after a Sunday afternoon accident on Rabbit Ears Pass, a spokesman for Yampa Valley Medical Center said.

Oliver Bartholomew 1916-2000

Oliver Wilson Bartholomew died Nov. 7, 2000, at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. He was 84.

Ruth Middleton 1900-2000

Ruth Dale Duncan Middleton died Nov. 7, 2000, in Pueblo. She was 100.

Marilyn Werner 1939-2000

Marilyn J. Werner died Oct. 16, 2000, in Craig. She was 61.

Trading weightlessness for safety

I've got a confession to make. My idea of the perfect way to end a day of skiing at Steamboat is to scream down the short trail called Sitz and carry my speed through a little compression, up and over the lip of See Me. If I do it just right, I get a momentary sensation of weightlessness before cranking a big giant slalom turn into the fall line.

Freshman excels at flute

Steamboat Springs High School freshman, Brittany Lamb, won the Music Teacher's National Association State Competition Oct. 28 at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

Program committed to preserving open spaces

After three years of collecting county tax dollars to help buy the building rights on private land, the Purchase of Development Rights program is still plugging away at it goals to help preserve open spaces in Routt County.

Warren Ranch will be here for generations to come

The classic Western barn and its white corrals are among the most recognized landmarks in Routt County. Sitting adjacent to County Road 129, the Warren Ranch barn is admired by thousands of motorists on their way to Steamboat Lake State Park and the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area every year. In a way, the barn is emblematic of Routt County's ranching traditions.

Character counts in student award

When Nancy Spillane, head of Lowell Whitman Primary School, received a "head of school" medal with a beautiful inscription from her 1995 eighth-grade class, she was determined to find a use for it.

A reason to give thanks

Children benefit from woman's generous gift

Sitting in a barber shop in Midtown Manhattan, Mary Crotz watched as two women, handed locks of long flowing hair that were once attached to their heads, burst into tears.

Study: Many women in state thriving

But single mothers not benefiting from strong economy

Local women will have a chance to learn how their economic opportunities count up against the rest of the state and nation when the Women's Foundation of Colorado presents its "Status of Women in Colorado" report.

Clean and Cleared

Fish hatchery outside Yampa now free of whirling disease

A successful end to a two-year cleansing project at Finger Rock hatchery means trout raised there now are free of the whirling disease parasite.

Friday, November 24

County, city airports earn state grants

Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden and Bob Adams Field in Steamboat Springs were two of 28 airports awarded nearly $2 million in state grants, Gov. Bill Owens announced Friday. Routt County will receive $111,706 from the Colorado Department of Transportation's Division of Aeronautics. Likewise, Steamboat Springs will get $20,000, the Governor's Office reported.

Shoppers out in full force

At 6 a.m. Friday, Wal-Mart manager Mark Meade opened the doors of his store in Steamboat Springs to nearly five dozen people wanting to get a jump on their Christmas shopping. "It was still dark and cold and they were waiting to shop," he said. By 1 p.m., the store had calmed down slightly, and Meade, with a hint of fatigue in his eyes, looked content.

Commissioners narrow search for two key jobs

Neither a new county manager position nor the less-than-stable communications director job has been filled by the Routt County commissioners, but qualified applicants have been identified. The commissioners decided in October to hire a county manager to handle day-to-day administrative and supervisory duties.

Steamboat in the pack with local resort snow

Snow depths at the Steamboat Ski Area are consistent with most Colorado ski resorts in the central part of the state. To find deeper snow, skiers will have to head to the southern part of the state, where Mother Nature appears to be trying to make up for last year. Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials estimated they had 22 inches of snow at mid-mountain Friday. That's right up there with most neighboring ski resorts in Colorado.

Trust gets up-close look at local funding impacts

Members of a national nonprofit organization had an opportunity to see firsthand how the money they gave to a local education program is impacting a number of Hayden students and one in particular. Five officials from the Rural School and Community Trust visited the Hayden School District last Thursday to see how money they donated to the Yampa Valley Legacy Initiative in 1995 is being used.

Thursday, November 23

Hayden boys preview

Matt Ray believes the Hayden boys basketball team has a chance to compete with the top teams in the conference. How competitive the Tigers are will hinge on how well they play as a team. Last season, the second-year coach at times felt the players competed as individuals rather than as a cohesive team. The team was led by seniors Levi Klapperich and Matt Weidner, who combined to score the majority of the Tigers' points.

4A Western Slope Girls preview

Predicted order of finish: 1. Rifle COACH: Rick Schmitz, 12th year 1999: 7-1 and 17-5 STRENGTHS: Rifle was tied for first with Moffat County last season but eliminated the Bulldogs in the district championship game. The Bears have eight seniors, including Lisa Samuelson and Marilyn Samson. WEAKNESS: Outside shooting.

Steamboat Springs boys preview

Steamboat Springs' boys basketball team exited last year's district tournament much earlier than they would have liked. Steamboat, which finished 13-7 overall, was upset by the No. 3 Rifle Bears on the Sailors' home court. But this year, the Steamboat players say there will be no fluke during postseason play. The Sailors, who shared the conference title with Delta last season, are gunning for a district championship.

Steamboat Springs girls preview

For Steamboat Springs to win the 4A Western Slope Conference this season, the Sailors will need to rely on their bench, not experience. The Sailors, who were 4-4 in the conference in 1999, are counting on the size they will inherit this season from their sophomore class. That size, coupled with the talent of seniors Brienna Combs, Natalie Muth and Ashley Rogers, could lead Steamboat to its goal.

Hayden girls preview

For three years in a row, the Hayden girls basketball team has reached the regional tournament. This season, the Tigers are determined to advance to the state tournament. The Tigers may have lost three starters from last year's league championship team, but head coach Donny Rolando believes the 2000 team has the makings of something special.

Convenience store robbed

A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man spent Thanksgiving Day in the Routt County Jail after he allegedly tried to rob a local convenience store in the early morning hours. Gregg Grabowski faces charges of robbery and second-degree burglary after he and another man, who remains at large, allegedly stole money from the Kum and Go, 80 Anglers Drive.

Thanksgiving dinner a hit with local attendees

Janus Jacobs spent his first Thanksgiving at the Steamboat Springs Community Center Thursday. Jacobs, an 18-year-old from Holland, downed a soda with some turkey and stuffing as he chatted with an individual from Pennsylvania. Jacobs and his dinner companion, Greg Sklaney, were among a few hundred individuals who attended the Community Center's 10th annual free Thanksgiving dinner from 2 to 5 p.m.

Sales taxes hold strong throughout September

Continuing a strong trend of growth even in the off-season, city sales tax revenues jumped another 7.1 percent this September as compared to September 1999. Lodging again proved a good indicator of sales tax growth, as hotels and resorts such as the Sheraton hosted group business events and continued to draw tourists to the area.

Soroco boys preview

The Soroco Rams basketball squad will be more on the move this year than fans have seen in the past to make up for a lack of size in the paint. Seventh-year coach Andy Johnson has 19 players out for basketball this year. Sixteen of those boys are freshmen and sophomores.

Soroco girls preview

Bob Johnson's 35th year of coaching at Soroco could be one of his best if the girls play to their potential. "We have seven seniors and they all are pretty good," Johnson said. One of the key seniors is returning starting point guard Sarah Broadbent, who will bring the ball down and be at the helm of Johnson's flex offense.

4A Western Slope Boys preview

Predicted order of finish: 1. Steamboat Springs COACH: Kelly Meek, 26th year 1999: 6-2 and 13-7 STRENGTHS: Steamboat has size this year. The Sailors return all-conference honorable mention players Rusty Eck and Danny Weber to their 1999 conference championship team. Eck, a 6-foot-6-inch post player, averaged 7.5 rebounds per game last season. Weber, at 6 feet 5 inches tall, was the team's third leading rebounder. The senior twin towers will be joined by junior Alex Mackey, a 6-foot-5-inch post player, and Ryan Scheer who also brings inside game at 6 feet 3 inches tall. Scheer and Mackey played on the junior varsity squad last season.

For some, it's just another day

Joan Zimmerman woke up early Thanksgiving morning, not to stuff a turkey, but to prepare for a day of work in Steamboat Springs. Zimmerman put on her blue Clark's Market shirt and left her Craig home to work in the store's bakery starting at 5 a.m.

Wednesday, November 22

Man faces charges for allegedly stealing a car

An undocumented alien faces two felonies and a misdemeanor after he allegedly stole an idling parked car outside a restaurant. Juan Martinez, 30, faces felony charges of first-degree criminal trespass and second-degree motor vehicle theft. Martinez also faces a misdemeanor charge of theft. Martinez was charged formally Monday with the three counts by Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James.

Traffic test gets going near Steamboat Grand

A controversial test being conducted by the city that has caused concern among members of the Mountain Business Association began Wednesday near the entrance to the Steamboat Grand at Mount Werner Circle. As part of an ongoing traffic test to determine how best to facilitate pedestrian use of the area around the new Steamboat Grand hotel, a group of planters were set up to force traffic into one lane at Mount Werner Circle.

Average turkey dinner lower in price

The Colorado Farm Bureau estimated Thanksgiving dinners are more inexpensive in urban areas of the state, but prices in Steamboat Springs are comparable. "Metro shoppers are enjoying substantial savings as the result of $4 and $5 turkey specials," said Karen Salaz, director of information and media services for the Colorado Farm Bureau. "A turkey dinner in the metro area will cost $24.92, well below the national average. Rural Colorado shoppers are not seeing the same promotions, so their dinner will cost $40.32."

Man faces assault charge as well as impersonation

An undocumented alien posing as his brother faces a felony and two misdemeanors after he allegedly lied to police and assaulted a woman. Ismael Ramires, 29, faces a felony charge of criminal impersonation and misdemeanors of third-degree assault and false imprisonment stemming from an incident that took place Monday night.

Sled hockey players take the ice

On Saturday, sled hockey takes center stage at the Howelsen Ice Arena when the Denver-based Paralyzed Veterans of America Avalanche team enters the rink at 9 p.m. The Avalanche, who will bring at least eight of its team members, will put on a clinic that is free and open to the public. If time permits, the Avalanche will scrimmage with the Steamboat Springs Natives.

Ice climber promotes his sport through 'fang'

One of Peter Van De Carr's favorite winter pastimes involves ice. Not the horizontal sheet of ice found at a skating rink, but vertical ice ice that begs to be climbed. He has visited ice climbing destinations outside Ouray and Cody, Wyo. Closer to home, there is Fish Creek Falls. But even closer to home is Mad Dog's Fang.

Tuesday, November 21

Resort predicts 'thankful' numbers this weekend

Skiers and riders will find new trails open to the bottom of the Steamboat Ski Area when they hit the slopes for scholarship day today. And advance reservation figures show the ski season will begin in earnest this holiday weekend. Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Director of Mountain Operations Doug Allen said the Shortcut, Sitz and Vogue trails will be among the 56 trails available to skiers today, the original date marked on the calendar as opening day at the ski area. Steamboat opened four days early on Nov. 18.

Fritz represents Sailors in all-star classic match

Jessica Fritz ended her high-school volleyball career Sunday at the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports All-State Volleyball Classic. Fritz, an outside hitter, was a key to the Sailors post-season success this season. She led Steamboat to the state playoffs, where they defeated defending state-champion Fort Morgan. Berthoud won the 2000 state title.

Tips offered for tasty, safe Thanksgiving Day turkeys

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it is important to know the secrets to preparing the star of the feast. Local chefs offer "Turkey Tips" to help prepare a traditional bird this season. Chefs agree that the key to cooking a great turkey this Thanksgiving is making sure it is tender and not too browned.

City Council passes deficit-heavy budget

With words of caution and a promise to find new solutions for increasing city revenue, the City Council passed a deficit-ridden 2001 budget Tuesday night by a unanimous vote. The 2001 budget forced the city to dip into its reserves to the tune of $459,194. The city still has almost $3 million in reserves, Finance Director Don Taylor said.

Anglers say methods need to be scrutinized

New fishing regulations the Colorado Wildlife Commission recently adopted say anglers can keep up to eight trout and as many pike as they want from most Colorado lakes and streams. The new regulation start in 2001 and will last for five years. After that time, the commission will review the rules and present new ones.

After 21 years, search for girl still continues

Every year, no matter what happens, the day comes. For most, it is just another day, but for one family, it is a day that is filled with grief, sadness and agony. On Nov. 21, 1979, Paul and Mona Blee lost their 15-year-old daughter. It has been 21 years since Marie Blee disappeared, but her mother can remember the day like it was yesterday.

Monday, November 20

Howelsen gets historic declaration

On Saturday, Feb. 6, 1915, Carl Howelsen raced down a 200-yard ski slope with a 60-degree pitch and took off, flinging himself 127 feet through the air the first ski jump on the hill that would later bear his name. Did he think, perhaps at the moment when he reached the apex of his jump over the small town of Steamboat Springs, that he was participating in a historic moment? Or was he concentrating on his landing, which, according to "The History of Skiing at Steamboat Springs," by Sureva Towler, caused Howelsen to wrench his ankle?

Fire chief's job could get overhaul by board

The Oak Creek Fire Protection District board may decide at a meeting tonight if a paid, part-time fire chief is needed in the town. Board President Jerry Greenwood called a special meeting to discuss creating the job and to go over budget issues.

Council to consider revamped city budget

The 2001 city budget, considered one of the tightest in years by city officials before the October budget retreat, may get even tighter. The City Council will vote tonight on whether to approve the revised budget, which would force the city to dip $450,000 into its reserves.

State Board of Education recount results withheld

Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland was duty bound to keep a secret Monday. She cannot reveal the local results of a statewide recount in the election for commissioner of the State Board of Education until after Nov. 28. But it was easy to infer from her mood that there were no major discrepancies in the local vote. "It went extremely well," Weinland said. "I'm ecstatic. I am so relieved."

Sailor earns Player of the Year honors

Jessica Johnson ended her volleyball career at Steamboat Springs by winning the 2000 4A Western Slope Player of the Year. Johnson, a senior outside hitter, shared the honor with Lisa Samuelson of Rifle. Both players led their teams to the regional playoffs. The Sailors, who were 24-6 on the season, went on to the state tournament in Denver.

Seat belt use may have saved life, trooper says

A buckled seat belt would have made a difference in an one-car accident that claimed the life of a 33-year-old Denver man early Sunday morning, a state trooper said Monday. Daniel Smith was killed after he was partially ejected out of a 2000 Subaru Outback he was driving on Colorado 131, state Trooper Brad Keadle said.

Man, children grateful for paramedics' efforts

Joe Kish wakes up every day and is thankful he can see his three kids he is raising by himself. He owes that gratitude to two local paramedics who have been working in the field for less than two years. Kish, 46, almost left his three children orphaned after an August motorcycle accident on a mountain trail broke five of his ribs, his collarbone, scapula, punctured one of his lungs and damaged another.

Sunday, November 19

District's defeat puzzles advocates of rec center

Nearly two weeks have passed, and members of the West Routt Recreation Committee are still stunned the community could reject the formation of a local recreation district. In the Nov. 7 election, voters in the Hayden School District not only rejected plans to increase taxes but also the formation of a legal taxing body.

Tourney brings out the best

Top local bowlers compete for the coveted King of the Mountain title

By 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the field of 26 men and 10 women bowlers who had gathered at the Snow Bowl had been cut to the final few. At stake was the coveted King of the Mountain title and the crown in the biggest scratch tournament of the bowling season.

Sheriff's Office to take cases of reckless skiing

Just as Steamboat's skiing population got ready to tear up the powder this weekend, a ski racer from a nearby ski town was convicted of criminally negligent homicide after a fatal collision with another skier in 1997. Former Vail lift operator Nathan Hall could be sentenced to up to eight years in prison for the charge. At the Steamboat Ski Area, incidents like collisions are handled by the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

Education Board vote goes to state recount

Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland's staff will be taking part today in a statewide recount of ballots cast on Nov. 7. But the Bush and Gore camps won't be tracking the results. The race in question is the battle for the state Board of Education, in which Democrat Jared Polis was the apparent winner.

Conservationists get mountain bid

The members of the Emerald Mountain Partnership heard the news they had been waiting for in Denver Friday when the state Board of Land commissioners voted to accept the partnership's bid to spend the next four years searching for ways to conserve the 6,400 acres that lie just to the southwest of the city of Steamboat Springs.

School funding OK brings hope

Hayden School District Superintendent Scott Mader walked into his office the morning of Nov. 8 feeling happy about the election the day before. Mader knew an amendment to the state's constitution boosting school funding had been approved. Voters across the state soundly supported Amendment 23, which will set aside one-third of 1 percent of the existing state income tax for education.

Cost of living in area keeps troopers away

For almost five years, Colorado State Trooper Duane Bradley has tried to stabilize a unit that has a high turnover rate due to the cost of living in Steamboat Springs. When Sgt. Bradley took over the state patrol's operation in Steamboat Springs, he took over a unit of seven troopers. Since that time, six of the troopers have moved on. "We get troopers that come up here through the academy," said Bradley, who has been in the state patrol for 19 years. "In about three years, they move on."

Thursday, November 16

Ski area plans big opening day

Officials of the Steamboat Ski Area promised one week ago they would open four days early on Nov. 18, with skiing on 18 trails. Don't believe it. Instead, Steamboat will open Saturday with 54 trails and 964 acres of skiing.

'Today' had little trouble obtaining public records

As a recent Associated Press Freedom of Information Project in Colorado showed, not all government agencies are willing to hand over public records. In Routt County, the Steamboat Today reporters who participated in The AP's project had varying degrees of difficulty getting the documents they requested.

Sailor soccer players honored for play

Six Steamboat soccer players recently were given all-league honors for their play during the 2000 season, in which the Sailors strode to the state quarterfinals.

Simon earns Player of the Year honor in conference

Sailors defenseman J.J. Simon capped off his senior season by winning the 2000 Player of the Year award in the 4A Western Slope Conference.

Sailors girls anticipate 2000 opener

Their season scheduled to start Dec. 1, the Steamboat Springs girls basketball players are still battling for starting positions on the 2000 squad.

Man has apparent seizure while driving

A Steamboat Springs man suffering from a medical condition nearly drove his sport utility vehicle into the Yampa River after driving off the road Wednesday.

Charter school application delayed

An application for a charter school in north Routt County expected to be reviewed by Wednesday will be delayed yet again so the charter school board can further work out its proposal to the Steamboat School Board.

Tennis Center teams up with city for expansion

The good news is that tennis in Steamboat Springs is growing at a breathtaking pace.

Additional Nordic skiing area proposed

Dan Smilkstein of the Steamboat Nordic Council previewed a tentative plan Thursday to add almost four additional kilometers of groomed cross county skiing on Howelsen Hill.

Wildland Fire Council asks county for funding

The Routt County Wildland Fire Council will ask the Board of County Commissioners to come up with $1.7 million over a 5-year period to help suppress wildfires.

Proposed budget calls for reserve supplement

Routt County's finance director has come up with a budget that is about $1.5 million over projected revenue. That means the county will have to dig money out of its cash reserves to meet its financial obligations.

West End Village passes first test

After Chuck Donley of the Orton Family Foundation gave a virtual-reality presentation of what it would be like to walk through the West End Village project, or to fly over it in an airplane, or to drive by it on U.S. 40 at 40 mph in a red convertible, the excitement in the room grew palpable.

Wednesday, November 15

Sierra Club, Tri-State continue negotiations

The company that owns the Craig power plant and the Sierra Club have agreed to continue with negotiations instead of going to court. Lawyers from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc., which owns the Craig station, and Sierra Club were supposed to argue in court on Oct. 16 if the power plant had broken environmental laws in the '90s.

West End Village goes before planning today

As laid out in the West of Steamboat Area Plan, the expansion of the city of Steamboat Springs will likely go west, as did the heady founders of this town more than a hundred years ago. The effectiveness of that plan, which was drawn up to try to address what some see as rampant uncontrolled growth in the city, will receive its first test tonight when the Planning Commission reviews West End Village, a 137-unit residential project.

Housing rules frustrate developer

All the recent hoopla about the lack of affordable housing has Ray Kulas a little frustrated. The local property manager has plenty of affordable housing, but most people in Steamboat Springs make too much money to qualify.

Tax credit offered to land jet program

The next time local business owners consider making a cash contribution to the winter jet program at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, they can contemplate a 25-percent tax credit along with it.

Side dishes sought for Thanksgiving Day meal

Green beans and yams are on the menu Nov. 23 when the Steamboat Springs United Way and Lift-Up food bank host the traditional free community Thanksgiving dinner.

Volleyball players earn all-conference honors

Steamboat's volleyball season came to an end at the state playoffs Saturday in Denver. But senior Jessica Fritz suits up one final time for the 2000 4A all-star game Sunday at Pomona High School. Fritz, who was selected to play in the all-star game with teammate Jessica Johnson, will suit for the red team, which will be coached by Deb Calhoun of Pine Creek High School. The game begins at 2:30 p.m. Johnson, a senior, will be unable to attend the event. She currently is in Italy.

Scholarship Day to benefit sports club set for Wednesday

Scholarship Day means something different to every skier. For some, the day is simply a chance to hit the runs at the Steamboat Ski Area for a reduced cost of $15. But to others, the day means the difference between skiing and not skiing. Former Winter Sports Club Director Roy Powell said the day has allowed some athletes, who may not have ever skied, to rise to the ranks of the U.S. Ski Team or the college level.

County planning looks at skyline rules for area

The Routt County Planning Commission will discuss how it is going to implement skyline regulations at a meeting today. Planner Allison Willets said the commission should have a good head start because it is something that has been in the works since the 1990s. She also said the city of Steamboat Springs already has rules in place.

Open government put to the test

Local officials typically eager to comply with law

Public officials in some Colorado counties it seems hold public records close to their vests like expert poker players. But state law, like the last few rounds of a harrowing game of strip poker, requires them to reveal almost everything, regardless of whether the request is made by a newspaper reporter or just a concerned citizen.

Tuesday, November 14

Snowboarder keeping Olympics in mind

The Olympic Games are still more than a year away, but 27-year-old snowboarder Shannon Dunn has already made plans to go back to school. Well, sort of.

Damaged pride

The criminal actions of a handful of Colorado Mountain College students in recent months have seriously disturbed this newspaper. And we know we're not alone.

Board raises electric rates

Town trustees have approved final budget figures that include an electric rate increase and a slight raise in property taxes to move closer to a balanced budget.

Care center welcomes new residents

In limbo between their old rooms at the Extended Care Center and their new ones in the Doak Walker Care Center at the new hospital, some of the elderly residents of Routt County sat in the parlor at the new center and napped as they waited for the moving company to bring their beds. Former Oak Creek resident Red Carr snacked on a cheese sandwich and told stories. "Me and John Wayne were real good buddies," he said, smiling under his cowboy hat.

Hospital finance chief quits at board's request

The Board of Trustees of the Steamboat Springs Health Care Association has asked for and received the resignation of Chief Financial Officer Dean Sandvik. Sandvik's last day on the job is Friday.

River plan gets mixed reaction from audience

In a decision applauded by some as a fair compromise and derided by others as a slap in the face, City Council directed city staff Tuesday night to move ahead with a plan of action that will push tubing companies downstream for one summer while a private group tests the effects of multiple-use on the river.

Senior hockey league teams hit ice for play

The ice belonged to an older breed of skater Sunday night as four teams in the senior hockey league opened the 2000-2001 season at Howelsen Ice Arena. "I think everybody looks forward to it," local player Jace Romick said of the league that meets once a week on Sunday evenings.

Fire started in chimney

Investi-gators have determined that a fire that did significant damage to a house in Yampa started in the chimney, according to Yampa firefighter Dan Allen said.

State funding boost has school officials smiling about future

Next year, area school districts will reap the benefits of an amendment approved during the Nov. 7 election.

Logging activity wraps up for winter

With winter creeping in, logging operations in blowdown areas in Routt County are winding down. Between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, 2 million board feet of wood were taken out of blowdown areas in north Routt County on 400 trips by logging trucks.

High school presents 'Damn Yankees' play

For the first time in the history of theater, the musical production of "Damn Yankees" will debut with a huge plot twist all of the traditional male parts will given to females.

'Burglary' turns out to be false alarm

What was first believed to be a burglary in progress turned out to be one employee's way to get his paycheck from Dobell Contracting Company in Elk River Plaza.

School board chooses new member

After interviewing three people for the spot, the Steamboat School Board chose its replacement for Millie Beall Monday night. Tami Havener, who is the executive director of the Family Development Center, will be representing District 1 on the school board.

Sailors set high expectations for season

Steamboat Springs may have won a conference championship in 1999, but Sailors basketball players say they have higher expectations for the 2000 season. The Sailors, who were 8-2 in the league last year, return four starters, which includes senior Andrew Johnston, who made first-team all-conference in 1999.

Floyd James Smith 1924-2000

Floyd James "Jimmie" Smith died Oct. 20, 2000 at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 76.

Ski corp. to buy local meat

Yampa Valley beef again will be offered at mountain restaurants

Yampa Valley Beef is getting geared up for winter, planning to supply Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. restaurants with its products for the second year in a row and also looking toward the future.

Speech team starts strong

Capitalizing on the experience of veterans and the infusion of new members, the Steamboat Springs speech team has started the season strong.

Steamboat Springs Cellars releases unique '99 blends

Steamboat Springs Cellars has released its 1999 vintage and there are some new wines in the cellar. For the first time, the tiny winery that operates out of its Steamboat location on Downhill Drive will release a Sauvignon Blanc and a Cabernet Franc called "Rabbit Ears Red."

Assistant DA declines jail report

The prosecutor from the Routt County District Attorney's office who successfully argued Jared Wayne Maynard needed to be put in jail will not review an investigation regarding the hanging of the young man.

Zachary Alan Burkhart

Zachary Alan Burkhart, son of Sarah and Keith Burkhart of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:41 p.m. Nov. 8, 2000.

Building getting new fae

A downtown Steamboat Springs building is getting a face-lift and a new tenant.

Victor Gregory 1918-2000

Victor Eugene Gregory of Oak Creek died Oct. 30, 2000, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He was 82.

William Bayne 1951-2000

William C. Bayne died Oct. 4, 2000 at the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 48.

Smoking ban fails

Young people in Oak Creek who want to smoke cigarettes in public will not be stopped at least not by the town.

Ski corp. targets reckless riding

Resort increasing number of watchful eyes on slopes

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS The Steamboat Ski Area has enlisted an additional 62 conscripts in the struggle against reckless snow riding this winter.

Roadless initiative may cut down logging plans

Some future logging in the Routt Forest may come to a halt before it even starts because of a U.S. Forest Service plan to protect "roadless" areas.

DOW gambles paying off, it seems

Right now, I think Colorado Division of Wildlife officials are either patting themselves on the back or wiping the sweat off their brows.

Helner Kimball 1908-2000

Helner L. Kimball died Oct. 26, 2000, at The Cedars Health Care Center in McPherson, Kan. She was 92.

Allison Marie Ingols-Irwin

Allison Marie Ingols-Irwin, daughter of Kristen Ingols Irwin and Eric O'Neil Irwin of Hayden, was born at 6:07 p.m. Nov. 7, 2000.

Monday, November 13

Groups address affordable housing

Just as the Ten Plus Two Committee arose out of the ashes of the failed school bond issue in 1995 to help push the next bond over the top, perhaps a solution to the problem of affordable housing in Steamboat Springs can arise from the ashes of the excise tax. School Superintendent Cyndy Simms, who was one of the members of the Ten Plus Two Committee, tried to offer that hope to an assembled group of City Council members Monday night at a joint meeting.

Company presents plan to drill for methane gas

Phillips Petroleum Company has a $3 million bet on the table that Routt County has enough methane gas in its coal beds to make the gamble worth it. The oil giant's representatives went before the board of commissioners Monday to explain how they're drilling four test wells about 10 miles northeast of Hayden.

Tubers, fishers agree on compromise plan

As of next summer, commercial tubing on the Yampa may be moving downriver for at least a year. In a compromise between commercial tubing companies, the Yampa Valley Fly Fishers and the city, Director of Parks and Recreation Chris Wilson has proposed a "plan of action" that includes pushing the tubing companies down below Fifth Street for a one-year test.

Ignited propane causes explosion; no one hurt

The combination of a propane tank, a space heater and a confined area of a home under construction caused a small fire Monday night. Steamboat Springs firefighters and two fire engines responded to the vacant residence at 2616 Burgess Creek Road about 10:30 p.m.

Man arrested on drug charges

A 39-year-old Hayden man faces three felony drug charges after authorities allegedly found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his home over the weekend.

RALF regroups, plans Dec. 7 public meeting

Affordable housing advocates who supported the failed excise tax are regrouping and holding a community meeting with opponents of the excise tax and the public. "There were a lot of people who made promises out there, and we're going to hold them to it," said Regional Affordable Living Foundation board member Kathy Meyer during the RALF's first meeting since the election.

Sunday, November 12

City still looking for more bus drivers

Why doesn't anyone want to be a bus driver? "I call this job 'gravy.' It's easy," said Dave Lewis, a full-time bus driver for the city's free bus system. "And these guys treat you right around here." Although it had hoped to offer the residents of Steamboat Springs and visitors 20-minute service this winter, the city Transit Department, unable to find enough drivers to fill the time slots, had to schedule for 30-minute intervals.

Effect of fire district vote effort to be seen in 2002

The people closest to the fire district election on Nov. 7 were basking in the glow of affirmation this week, but the work is just beginning. Jane McLeod, president of the board of the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District, said Friday her group needs to begin immediately on the work of preparing its 2001 budget, which is due Dec. 15. Normally that work would have begun in October, but it was delayed pending the outcome of the election.

Limon shatters Hayden's Cinderella dreams

The Hayden Tigers offense ended a bitter-cold playoff game Saturday the same way it started it with a turnover. On the last play of Hayden's 55-18 loss to Limon High School, junior quarterback Kevin Miller threw his last pass of the season in a cold, stiff wind only to have the ball intercepted by an opposing defensive back.

First local Fight Night a knockout for crowd

By late Saturday night the field of 20 boxers who had signed up for Fight Night had been narrowed to just four and the crowd of nearly 600 screaming fans who packed the Steamboat Springs Middle School gymnasium had reached a fevered pitch.

Sailors fall to Mustangs as postseason comes to an end

After an emotional comeback victory against Fort Morgan at the Denver Coliseum Friday, the Steamboat Springs volleyball team had its postseason come to an end as it lost a rematch to the Mustangs on Saturday.

Smokeout offers ways to kick habit

Elsie Hansen, a 72-year-old retired Steamboat Springs resident, began smoking when she was 7 years old, sneaking her first cigarette from her mother. "It was considered a social grace at the time," she said. Thirty-six years later, Trish Hansen Foster was 13 when she sneaked her first cigarette from Elsie, her mother.

Friday, November 10

Conifer topples Sailors in state playoff matchup

On a chilly night in Lakewood, the Steamboat Sailors football team was toppled by the Conifer Lobos 17-7 in a 3A state playoff game at Trailblazer Stadium. The Lobos, who are in the New Jefferson County League, were led by a solid defense that held the Sailors to just 184 yards.

Local developer leaving West End Village project

A local developer who has made a point of promoting private affordable housing solutions appears to be leaving one such project. Ellen Hoj, assistant executive director of the Regional Affordable Living Foundation, confirmed Thursday that developer Steve Cavanagh has asked RALF to "buy him out" of the West End Village project.

Planned impact study for housing proceeding

Routt County will move ahead with an impact study on affordable housing despite the defeat of an affordable housing tax in the city of Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat still has chance to earn title

In a thrilling, come-from-behind victory, the Steamboat Sailors volleyball team upended the Fort Morgan Mustangs Friday during the 4A state volleyball tournament at the Denver Coliseum. The Sailors, who are 24-5 on the season, went 1-1 Friday, which marked the first half of the tournament. The second half continues today.

Panda-monium continues

Popular bull that made a name here heading to the National Finals Rodeo

There was a sense of excitement in the voice of Broken Arrow Rodeo Company owner Dona Vold Larsen as she talked on the phone from Casper, Wyo., earlier this week. Vold-Larsen had just learned that a bull named Skoal's Panda had officially been invited to buck at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December.

Town offering drop-off recycling for first time

For the first time in Hayden's history, residents will have the opportunity this weekend to recycle without leaving town by dropping off material at a local site. From 8 a.m. to noon today at the Hayden Mercantile, residents will be able to drop off material that can be recycled.

Good harvest expected as rifle elk season starts

With the last rifle elk season starting today, area wildlife managers expect official harvest numbers for the 2000 season to be among the best ever. "The hunters have done real well this year. We have had huge harvests on elk and deer," Colorado Division of Wildlife area manager Jim Hicks said.

Keeping streets clear not an easy task

Friday night, Gerald Brenner went to sleep at 8:30 p.m. He slept until 2 a.m., at which time he got a call from a dispatcher at the city's public works shop, pulled on his boots and got into his car to go to work. For six and a half hours, he rode around the silent streets in a truck with a plow and swept the snow from the roads on the east side of the mountain. At about 9 a.m., he got back into his car and drove home. "The whole world looks different after you plow all night and then get in your car to drive home," Brenner said.

Thursday, November 9

Hayden striving to continue run through playoffs

Last week, the Hayden Tigers knocked off a league champion. The Tigers will be looking to do the same Saturday to continue their Cinderella run through the 1A football playoffs.

Flu epidemic can't shut down Sailors

Steamboat football players experienced a flu epidemic within their locker room earlier in the week, but by 6 p.m. tonight, the Sailors say they will be ready for their playoff contest against the Conifer Lobos at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood.

Area residents suffer election madness

Olive Morton pledged not to look at a television set until it was all over. As the Florida recount progressed, Morton, the chair of the Routt County Republican Party, tried to finish her work as director of community education at Colorado Mountain College. Routt County Democratic Party Chair Ben Beall, in turn, went to sleep Tuesday night at about 3 a.m. thinking George Bush had won, but just as he drifted off to sleep, his son ran up the stairs and woke him up. It wasn't over.

Ski area announces opening on Nov. 18

Snowboarder Sean Berdan, 18, of Steamboat Springs knows where he will be on Nov. 18. Look for Berdan and a couple of thousand other powder hounds heading to the top of Storm Peak for one of the earliest opening days on record at the Steamboat Ski Area. "I've been waiting since the summer," Berdan said. "I bought all new equipment and I'm ready to test it."

AT&T puts call out for winter coats

Those old ski jackets that are kept in closets just in case an unprepared visitor comes to town may have a better use.

Autopsy: Alcohol, drugs not a factor in fatality

Alcohol and drugs were not a factor in a semi trailer crash that took the life of a 34-year-old man Monday morning on Rabbit Ears Pass, Routt County Coroner Doug Allen said.

Local business closes for three days after fire scare

The owner of Winona's Restaurant and Bakery prides himself on the fact his business closes less than five days a year. But Scott Fox was forced to close the doors of the restaurant for three days this week because of smoke damage caused from a smoldering wooden platform holding a heating unit on the roof of the building.

Supervisor chosen for Routt County Forest area

Nebraska National Forest Supervisor Mary Peterson has taken the job as forest supervisor for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and the Thunder Basin National Grassland.

Amateur boxers get ready for Fight Night

Twenty fighters have already signed up for a chance to win $100 in the first-ever local Fight Night hosted at the Strawberry Park Middle School this Saturday night.

Investigation completed in county inmate's death

The investigation examining an inmate who apparently hanged himself at the Routt County Jail is complete, the lead investigator said Thursday.

Coach says squad taking it 'one match at a time'

Most coaches would agree the road to the state volleyball championship is treacherous at best but getting to the final match this weekend at the Denver Coliseum will mean going that extra mile. "It's a tremendous challenge for any team," Sailors head coach Wendy Hall said of winning a title. "We don't have a better chance than the other teams of winning, but our chances are not any less, either."

Wednesday, November 8

Rural fire district gets tax increase

Voters in the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District approved a pair of referenda Tuesday night, effectively voting to continue their marriage with the city of Steamboat Springs. The vote means the fire trucks will still roll out of the downtown station in January when a chimney fire is reported somewhere in the rural area surrounding Steamboat Springs.


Air Force airmen Dale J. English and Nicole D. Lee have graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.


For Oct. 27-Nov. 2


Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Silberstrom of Silver Spring, Md., announce the engagement of their daughter, Cassie Alane, to Andrew B. Noyes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Noyes Jr. of Steamboat Springs.

Taylor holds slim lead for Senate

Despite losing his home county in a very tight race, Jack Taylor was poised to go back to Denver as a state Senator when he went to bed Tuesday night. Taylor was leading the Democratic candidate for District 8, Paul Ohri, by a slim majority early Wednesday morning, but the race was still much too close to call.

Voters OK school bond plans for upgrades

Public library proposal fails

South Routt voters passed the first school bond in 20 years Tuesday night, while the library proposals on the ballot fell short.

Local 4-H membership up

With 4-H Achievement Day right around the corner, organizers and officers of the local organization say they have much to be proud of. "We did accomplish a lot this year," 4-H Extension Agent Jay Whaley said.

Marines toasting birthday, Vets Day

Marine Corps members both past and present and other military veterans are encouraged to join Friday in saluting the service and the people who have served.

Voter turnout tops 80 percent

Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland is just happy she doesn't work in Florida right now. After counting 9,682 votes in Routt County a new record she said she's ready for a break from elections for awhile.

New state representative hits the ground running

Republican Al White of Winter Park won't waste any time making the transition to his new role as state representative from District 56, which includes Routt County. He'll be in Denver today casting votes of his own in the Republican leadership election, which includes ballots for speaker of the house and majority leader

Taylor returned to capitol as a state senator

A race that was separated by a mere 900 votes when Jack Taylor went to bed at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, ended in a slightly more decisive victory for Taylor over Democratic candidate Paul Ohri later in the day. Taylor will be going back to Denver as a state senator, riding a 1,141-vote victory.

Ski area may open early, officials say

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. public relations director Mike Lane confirmed this week that ski area management is taking a thorough look at moving up the opening date from the scheduled Nov. 22.

Fetcher in tight House race

Republican Al White began running for the House District 56 seat in October 1999. He was still running 13 months later at 3 on the morning after election day.

Chix fall in first test on home ice

Fort Collins team spoils weekend

The Steamboat Springs Chix with Stix women's hockey team opened the home season last weekend in search of a win.

Local team Storms into new division

Sophomore squad hits road for first games

The Steamboat Storm women's hockey team opened the 2000-2001 season with a top showing against Denver University and Colorado College.

Bantams sweep past Foothills

Team prepares for first tourney

The Steamboat Springs Bantam A team will head to Albuquerque for the first tournament of the season this weekend with a 5-1 overall record.

Sailors return to state finals with lofty goal

There is just one more major volleyball tournament on the high school schedule this season, and the Steamboat Springs Sailors will be there.

1st round in Lobos' lair

Steamboat hits road for playoffs

With a 56-14 win over the Delta Panthers, the Steamboat Sailors cemented a spot in the state playoffs Friday.

Cinderella Tigers hosting state playoff game

Hayden coming off 13-8 first-round road win

Out of eight teams left playing for the 1A state football crown, the team from Hayden has the most losses with four.

Oak Creek seeks balanced budget

Town trustees will mull over raising service fees in order to balance the town's budget, a balancing act that has not occurred for sometime.

Blanche Newman 1910-2000

Blanche L. Newman died Oct. 23, 2000, in Larkspur. She was 90.

Douglas Kuhlmann 1965-2000

Douglas Ray Kuhlmann died Oct. 15, 2000, at his home in Longmont. He was 35.


Julie Kathleen Dreffer and James Scripps Spitzley Jr. were married at Elkhead Ranch in Hayden Aug. 5, 2000. The Rev. Dr. Edgel Pyles of Snowmass Chapel in Snowmass officiated.

Hayden recreation district trounced

A plan that took years to put together was defeated soundly by voters in the Hayden School District Tuesday.

High school ski team meets

The high school ski team will hold an informative meeting at noon Monday at the high school gym.

Snowstorms delay finishing touches on subdivision

The twin snowstorms that swept through Steamboat Springs last week weren't part of the plan for the developers of the exclusive Stonebridge Park subdivision.

Opportunities abound at job fair

Saturday's expo beneficial for job hunters, businesses

The employment opportunities available at the Sheraton Steamboat Hotel and Conference Center over the weekend ranged from snowmobile guide to archaeologist.

Building Permits

For Oct. 30-31

Hugh M. Hyder 1920-2000

Hugh M. Hyder died Oct. 11, 2000, in Naples Fla. He was 80.

There is hope in defeat

Steamboat Springs voters left little doubt Tuesday as to their opinion of a plan to tax new construction and subsidize affordable housing. The idea was trounced by a 3-to-1 margin.

Clark's tweaking product line

Market adding 4,000 new items to fill its shelves

The stacks of plastic milk crates in the back room at Clark's Market are taller than an NBA power forward. They contain products that never found customers at the grocery store on Steamboat's west side. Grocery items such as jars of whole nutmeg, ready-to-spread butter cream frosting, Crown Prince anchovies and green pickled serrano peppers.


Walking the plank

A matter of thresholds

In one weekend, law enforcement officials cracked down hard on drunken driving in Steamboat Springs and a lone arrest led to the majority of the headlines.

Monger wins county race

Routt County has called on native rancher Doug Monger to fill the position of outgoing County Commissioner Ben Beall.

Soroco Middle School gets historic designation

The Soroco Middle School celebrated being put on the Routt County Register of Historic Places with seventh-graders presenting historical research projects at a plaque-presentation ceremony last week.

Howelsen Hill gets big jump on the competition

The small crowd gathered at the base of Howelsen Hill let out a collective cheer as nordic combined skier Carl Van Loan cleared the knoll of the normal hill Wednesday afternoon.

Library planners mull options

South Routt Library District officials are down but they may not be out of a $300,000 energy impact grant that was contingent on passage of a library construction bond.

County buys building rights on ranch parcel

The Routt County commissioners have approved spending tax dollars to buy the development rights on 325 acres near Steamboat Springs.

Crossing continents in a day

Steamboat Springs students bring the world home during a 'Taste of Culture'

It is not everyday that France is within walking distance of Germany, and Indonesia is right around the corner. In fact, this rare occurrence only happens once a year, during the Culture Fair at Steamboat Springs High School.

Family keeps ranch life alive

Local longtime rancher Elaine Gay was recently selected as a 2000 Master Farm Homemaker, while the agricultural operation she helped build, the Green Creek Ranch, was the winner of the Angus Journal's Land Stewardship Award Program.

Excise tax beaten badly at the polls

The Steamboat Springs referendum to create an excise tax for affordable housing went down hard Tuesday night

Tuesday, November 7

Amendment 21, the Tax Cut 2000 plan, rejected

For the first time in the state's history, voters had a chance to provide themselves tax relief. Instead, they overwhelmingly rejected Amendment 21.

Voters OK tax hike for school upgrades

But south Routt public library plan loses at polls

South Routt voters passed the first school bond in 20 years Tuesday night, while the library proposals on the ballot fell short.

Excise tax defeated

Money would have aided affordable housing

The Steamboat Springs referendum to create an excise tax for affordable housing went down hard Tuesday night.

Voters strongly reject development initiative

Routt County voters Tuesday chose to manage their own growing pains and soundly rejected growth control Amendment 24 by 38 percent.

Recreation center idea turned away

A plan that took years to put together was defeated soundly by voters in the Hayden School District Tuesday.

Voters affirm rural fire protection with the city

Voters in the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District approved a pair of referenda Tuesday night, effectively voting to continue their marriage with the city of Steamboat Springs.

Republicans retain House 56 seat

Al White barely defeats Routt rancher Jay Fetcher

Republican Al White of Winter Park narrowly retained the Colorado House District 56 seat for his party Tuesday night, defeating Democrat Jay Fetcher of Routt County with a 326-vote margin out of almost 31,000 ballots cast.

Taylor headed back to state Legislature

Republican representative wins Senate District 8

Despite losing his home county in a very tight race, state Rep. Jack Taylor of Steamboat Springs will be going back to the state Legislature, this time as a senator.

Native son wins county seat

Doug Monger newest commissioner after defeating Republican John Shaw

Routt County has called on native rancher Doug Monger to fill the position of outgoing County Commissioner Ben Beall.

Presidency hangs on recount

Florida too close to call

The 2000 presidential race was as tight as many pundits and polls indicated it would be. The outcome now hinges on a recount in Florida, which means America may not know who will be the next president for another day.

Monday, November 6

Trucker killed on Rabbit Ears Pass

In the five years State Trooper Brad Keadle has been responding to crashes on Rabbit Ears Pass, he said he has never seen a crash as bad as the one that took the life of a 34-year-old Thornton man.

Candidates hit the streets, phones

The two candidates running for county commissioner spent their last day before the election in dramatically different ways. Republican John Shaw worked local supermarkets from Hayden to Steamboat Springs and made his way through fast-food restaurants to meet and greet constituents. Meanwhile, Democrat Doug Monger took it easy, going to work at a local lumber business and making a few phone calls to voters.

Community legends honored with awards

One legend and one future legend with connections to the ski history of Steamboat Springs were recently honored for their contributions to the community by receiving the Stanley L. Larson Award and the Leckenby Pioneer Award.

Condo owners work to rebuild after arson

The arsonist who caused the destruction of two units at The Ridge Townhomes has formally acknowledged his guilt, but the owners of the units on Burgess Creek Drive are still working to put their vacation homes back together.

White not expecting to carry county

Al White's campaign trademark was a pair of life-sized photographic cardboard cutouts of himself leaning on a campaign sign. White, the Republican candidate for House District 56, which includes Routt County, became a familiar sight on area roads in October, with the two "replica Als" propped up along the highway in succession with the genuine article third in line, and waving animatedly. The visual gag caused giggles among morning commuters from Steamboat to Vail.

Development fees on council agenda

As voters decide issues of local control in today's election, the City Council will be demonstrating local control in action as it meets tonight to review, among other things, five Planning Commission referrals.

Local celebrity honored with regional award

Former NCAA ski champion Sally Knight-Utter beat out a group of eight other elite skiers, including Steamboat Springs' own Billy Kidd, for the National Texaco Star Award. The announcement that Knight-Utter had won the honor came during an award luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City Sunday.

Taylor, Ohri keep up grass-roots campaigns

The state Senate race in District 8, which turned ugly in recent days after political committees started running negative ads about the major-party candidates, had the candidates working hard through the campaign's final weekend.

Sunday, November 5

Fight for 3rd District isn't much of a battle

"How do you beat somebody with the name recognition of Scott McInnis?" asked County Commissioner Ben Beall, who is also the chairman of the Routt County Democratic Party. Though Beall is supporting Democratic candidate Curtis Imrie for McInnis' 3rd Congressional District spot in the U.S. House of Representatives, he is unsure as to how anyone will be able to unseat McInnis, who he said enjoys broad support.

Tigers take down first playoff foe

The Hayden Tigers defense not only stopped a strong John Mall High School ground game, the unit scored the deciding points that propelled the Tigers into the quarterfinals.

Missed opportunities may be to blame

The story of affordable housing in Steamboat, say some developers who have built what they believe constitute affordable housing projects in the area, is one not of a lack of opportunities but of missed opportunities.

Town plans to dip into reserves

After two workshops, an unbalanced budget for 2001 is being proposed by the town of Hayden. Currently, the town is proposing a $1.2 million budget with expected revenues to cover about $1.18 million, said Lisa Johnston, town clerk.

Steamboat squad state-bound

The Sailors players who had gathered in the stands of the Brighton High School gym Saturday afternoon sat anxiously watching as the top-rated team in the tournament, Mullen, battled with the hometown Bulldogs in a key match.

Wal-Mart has no plans for expansion just yet

A spokeswoman for Wal-Mart said Thursday her company has no plans to expand its Steamboat Springs store, nor to build a new "super center" here. But a city official has confirmed she had an informal contract with a third party investigating expansion possibilities for the nation's largest retailer.

Voters will decide fate of rec center Tuesday

West Routt County voters will decide Tuesday if they are willing to pay higher property taxes for a recreation center in Hayden. In Tuesday's election, voters in Hayden and Milner are being asked to approve a $5.6 million recreation construction bond and a $400,000 maintenance mill levy.

Friday, November 3

Sailors stomp Delta, 56-14, headed for state

Stewart Beall carried Steamboat to a 56-14 victory over the Delta Panthers Friday, as he surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season and helped his Sailors to a Nov. 11 date in the state playoffs.

Commission to map out area skyline rules

Members of the Routt County Planning Commission and the Routt County Board of Commissioners took a county tour Friday to see how a new map will affect possible skyline regulations.

Riders envision better skate park, track

When skateboard park and BMX track users in Steamboat Springs dream about the future, they see a variety of obstacles and more bumps in the road.

Man admits torching condo to cover tracks

Sign thefts dropped in exchange for plea

Matthew John Hoffman's eyes welled up with tears Friday as he gazed up at the courtroom ceiling moments after pleading guilty to arson and a handful of other crimes.

Thursday, November 2

School's past could mean future money

A south Routt school building with origins from a mining strike and a U.S. Cavalry camp may be put on the Routt County Register of Historic Places Monday, and school officials hope to benefit from the designation.

Slick morning roads keep lawmen busy

Recent snowfall may have melted off the streets by noon Thursday, but the slippery stuff already had caused numerous accidents a few hours earlier.

Attorney: System failed Routt inmate

The passionate argument attorney Cheryl Hardy-Moore gave last week in court in hopes of keeping her client out of jail seems sadly prophetic now that Jared Wayne Maynard is dead. "If we put him in jail, he will be that much more emotionally damaged," Hardy-Moore said during Maynard's Oct. 26 sentencing for stealing an ambulance and assaulting a paramedic. "I don't think he will ever be successful."

Hayden, John Mall square off in first-round playoffs

It will be a contrast of styles when Hayden and John Mall high schools meet in the first round of the 1A football playoffs.

Men admit to shooting out windows with a pellet gun

Two Steamboat Springs men have pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for shooting out the windows of three vehicles with a pellet gun in the early morning hours of Oct. 11.

Students get a class full of international tasting

Freshman students at Steamboat Springs High School will travel around the world to literally get a taste of different cultures from 10 am to 1 p.m. today.

Planning board reviews 'home industry' zoning

The Routt County Planning Commission wants to make it easier for small industrial business owners to work out of their home.

Early voting strong

More than 3,000 Routt County voters had already cast early ballots for the Nov. 7 election by midday Thursday, leading County Clerk Kay Weinland to conclude the turnout at the polls on Tuesday will also be heavy.

Senate race goes negative with ad

During an election season in which there has been a noticeable lack of negative campaign tactics, a recent barrage of advertisements attacking the record of the Republican candidate for state Senate, Jack Taylor, has shifted the tone of the race.

Sailors have sights set on postseason

Nine games into the 2000 season and the members of the Steamboat Springs football team know their postseason hopes will hinge on a single score.

Dog suffers gunshot wound in neighborhood

As a family's pet attempts to recover from a gunshot wound to the head, a Steamboat Springs mother of two has one question for the person who shot the animal: Why? "Whoever did this I would really like to find them and have them explain to my kids why they did this," said Chris Sachs, whose dog Bear was shot Wednesday night.

Commissioner hopefuls squabble over workload

With the hours ticking down toward Election Day Tuesday, two Routt County commissioner candidates are arguing about time or at least how they'll spend it in office.

Wednesday, November 1

Steamboat misses mark with Target for now

Retail giant Target Corp.'s interest in the Steamboat Springs market appears to have taken a new direction.

Season's first snow fun, dangerous

The snowfall that began Tuesday left the area with 11 inches of "champagne powder," according to the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Confessions of a Nader trader

Editor's note: A 'progressive' is another term for a liberal.

It's a simple, sweet and delightfully counter-intuitive solution to the Constitution's electoral puzzle. Green voters in the conservative, rural West could swing the presidential election to Al Gore.

Local player makes run at Las Vegas tennis title

Steamboat Springs tennis player John Aragon Jr. can attest to this fact after spending the night in the back of a Ford Expedition on the final night of last weekend's Intermountain Tennis Association's Great Pumpkin Sectional Championships.

Recent unreasonable behavior has CMC officials worried

Ten weeks into the school year at Colorado Mountain College, two extreme incidents have occurred that have school officials concerned.

More voters moving toward the middle, prof says

Like many people, Kramer is stuck right in the middle on most of the political races, not knowing whom he wants to vote for. He is a registered Republican but is an independent voter.


Racing for the future

Young Sailors runners get first taste of state, begin looking ahead

At the start of the school year, freshman Tara Wernig was looking for another sport to fill her time. When she picked cross-country at the start of the season, she didn't expect to be competing for the state championship in October. But last Saturday, she followed teammate Rachel Starr across the finish line of the 3.1 mile state cross-country course in 59th place (second among Steamboat runners) with a time of 21 minutes, 45 seconds. Wernig is just one of several upcoming runners that have coaches excited about the team's future.


Steamboat battles for, earns respect in first-round match

For the members of the Steamboat Springs soccer team, last Friday night's game against Conifer was about a lot more than just a state title run.

Ag employment stagnant

As agriculture employment and income in Colorado show an increase in the most recent Census of Agriculture report, Routt County numbers show flat growth.

Schools hope for bond issue passage

This is the last week that south Routt residents have a chance to think about whether they want to OK or turn down a $8.95 million school bond.

Real Estate TRANSACTIONS For Oct. 20-29

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Planning Commission to look at horse zoning

The Routt County Planning Commission will discuss changing zoning regulations that allow horses in all zone districts.

Building Permits For Oct. 16-20

The time to act is now

If we are to seriously discuss affordable housing solutions, it is appropriate to talk about a tax on growth. Growth in the number of large houses and luxury townhomes is what has pushed the local housing market to the dizzying heights it is at now. It is the major reason many working people in Steamboat Springs have little chance of ever owning a home in the city.

Waldman's tenure ends at Chamber

Chamber Resort Association Special Events Coordinator John Waldman's last day on the job is today.

Steamboat Bombers finish perfect season

The Steamboat Springs Bombers completed a perfect season last Saturday with a 3-1 win over the Aurora Sting and a 4-1 victory over the Real Colorado team.

Man sentenced to jail for spitting on officer

A 20-year-old Phippsburg man was sentenced to two years in the Routt County Jail after he pleaded guilty to spitting on a Steamboat Springs police officer.

Promises to Keep


Steamboat Springs High School students promote awareness about the consequences of drug and alcohol use during Red Ribbon Week.

Robert B. Whitecotton 1926-2000

Camps give local players the edge headed into year

The Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association's new director of coaching John Seymour and six local players will open the 2000-2001 season with an edge.

Diana Bentley 1942-2000

Group: Oak Creek due new library

Voters in south Routt County will have to decide if they want to pay for a new library in downtown Oak Creek or stick with the old ones.


Julie Kathleen Dreffer and James Scripps Spitzley Jr. were married at Elkhead Ranch in Hayden Aug. 5, 2000. The Rev. Dr. Edgel Pyles of Snowmass Chapel in Snowmass officiated.

Three CMC students hurt in Halloween night scuffle

A fight between three Colorado Mountain College men at a large party Halloween night is under investigation.

Steamboat soccer team wins coveted Keebler Cup

The Steamboat Boys U-10 recreational soccer team went undefeated in a statewide tournament held in Denver in October.

Rams, Tigers both miss regional playoff berths

Both the Hayden and Soroco volleyball teams came up short in the district tournament Saturday, not getting a regional berth and ending their seasons.

Snow rekindles backcountry debate

In the high country in Routt County, where the National Weather Service reported more than a foot of snow, the snowy surprise brings up backcountry management issues, such as how to deal with recreation uses on the passes of Buffalo and Rabbit Ears.

Sailors shut out in disappointing loss

The Steamboat Springs men's soccer team was left stranded at sea Wednesday night. The defending state champion Broomfield Eagles marooned Steamboat Springs 6-0 in the Class 4A state quarterfinal matchup.

Maynard dies after life support removed

Five days after William Maynard tried to convince a Routt County Judge to send his son to a rehabilitation center, Maynard made a decision that ended his son's life. Jared Wayne Maynard died Tuesday at Denver Health Medical Center after life-support measures were removed at the request of the family. The Houston, Texas, native was 20.

Clark's tweaking product line

Market adding 4,000 new items to fill its shelves

The stacks of plastic milk crates in the back room at Clark's Market are taller than an NBA power forward. They contain products that never found customers at the grocery store on Steamboat's west side. Grocery items such as jars of whole nutmeg, ready-to-spread butter cream frosting, Crown Prince anchovies and green pickled serrano peppers.

Nelda Dixon 1913-2000

Alpine director excited for season

Nunnikhoven views himself as team's newest caretaker

"It was the most devious thing anyone had ever done to me," Tony Nunnikhoven said with a smile as he described the way he fell into his first ski coaching job.

Copper Ridge booming

Developers slowly changing scenery of west side park

Copper Ridge Business Park on Steamboat's west side appears to be exploding with activity. But one of the owners of the industrial subdivision, Steve Green, says appearances are deceiving.

Older homes could pose problems

Faulty hot water heater exhausts could be deadly

When Jarle Halsnes recently moved his family into a Steamboat Springs rental house, he sensed something was wrong. He didn't realize how wrong until a fortunate mistake brought it to his attention.