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Tuesday, October 31

Steamboat, plaintiffs, feds settle ADA lawsuit

A federal lawsuit that was brought by two local wheelchair users against the city last July and later joined by the U.S. Department of Justice, has been settled, said lawyers for the city.

Steamboat police arrest nine in DUI checkpoint

On a weekend law enforcement agencies cracked down hard on suspected drunken drivers, 14 people here were arrested, including nine that were nabbed at a Steamboat Springs checkpoint.

Affordable housing in Steamboat

Willie Samuelson is looking to settle down. A maintenance mechanic at Colorado Mountain College, Samuelson lives in the Fish Creek trailer park with his wife and 6-year-old son. He wants to move into a more permanent home, but when he went to a bank to get a loan, the bank offered him only $117,000.

Newswoman pleads guilty to crime

The news director of a local radio station has pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia.

CMC ambulance calls could include officers

The actions of Jared Wayne Maynard and Ryan David Tomkinson changed the way crews from the Steamboat Springs Ambulance respond to calls at Colorado Mountain College.

J.V. football continues undefeated

For the second consecutive year, the Steamboat Sailors junior varsity football program finished undefeated when it posted a 21-6 win over the Glenwood Springs Demons Oct. 23.

Airport receives $111,000 grant

The Yampa Valley Regional Airport netted a $111,000 grant from the Colorado Aeronautics Board.

Sailors have 'simple plan' to get to state

Sailors head coach Mark Drake has a simple plan for getting his team to the state playoffs this season beat Delta.

Steamboat Ski area gets a trick of Halloween snow

The snow that fell in downtown Steamboat Springs Oct. 31 was a virtual Halloween tradition, but the question on the minds of skiers and snowboarders this week was, "How much snow fell on the mountain?"

'Steak house' proposal meets some opposition

Gary Gebaner, who is a rancher in the Akron area, wants give more people a reason to come to one of Routt County's littlest towns, but the locals don't know if that's what they want.

Millennium Christmas tree stems from friend

A Routt County resident, who died last winter in a car accident, will be remembered through a Christmas tree that will be sent to Washington, D.C., in her name.

Monday, October 30

Sailors, Eagles looking to advance

The road to the 4A state title will not get any easier as the Steamboat Springs boys soccer team prepares for a quarterfinals showdown with Broomfield slated for 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Weather, attendance shine for Haymaker

If it's anything like the rest of the season, the last round of golf at the city's Haymaker Golf Course this Sunday will be played in complete sunshine. And if things really go according to schedule, there ought to be at least one hole-in-one.

Man on life support after suicide try

There was no indication that an inmate who hanged himself in the Routt County Jail Sunday evening was a suicidal risk, Sheriff John Warner said Monday. Jared Wayne Maynard, 22, who is now on life support at a Denver hospital, was found hanging from a bed sheet tied to a second floor railing outside his jail cell.

Oak Creek officials loosen curfew rule

The Oak Creek Board of Trustees added some flexibility onto the town curfew for minors, but reemphasized the need to get children off the street at night. However, the board stalled when it attempted to stop the same children from smoking in public because trustees said they didn't like the wording of the ordinance.

Soroco Middle School mines for grant money

Soroco Middle School in Oak Creek is hoping to get $300,000 from a state energy impact program to fix up its building.

Steamboat Ski Area revs up snowmaking

Snowmaking crews at the Steamboat Ski Area pumped out the man-made white stuff near the very top and the very bottom of Mount Werner overnight Sunday into Monday.

Steamboat looks forward to extra week of practice

Steamboat Springs senior Jessica Johnson and her Sailor teammates are planning on making good use of the next four days.

Sunday, October 29

Inmate hangs self in county jail

A 20-year-old inmate serving time for stealing an ambulance and assaulting a medic hanged himself in the Routt County Jail Sunday evening. And one of the people who worked to save Jared Wayne Maynard's life after the hanging was the medic he had assaulted in August.

'Killer' effort propels Sailors into playoffs

Jessica Johnson showed why she was named co-player of the year in the 4A Western Slope Conference when she blasted 30 kills in Steamboat's final two matches at the district volleyball tournament Saturday.

Lending rate dip may open doors for some

Home lending rates reached a 12-month low last week and local mortgage lenders said the trend could help area homebuyers qualify for more house or moderate their monthly payments, depending upon their financial situation.

Voucher program eases rent burden

A federal rent-assistance program that has had success in Grand County is being set up locally to aid lower-income residents who may be struggling to make the monthly lease payment on their apartment or condominium.

Flu vaccines just now available to residents

A Federal Drug Administration crackdown on pharmaceutical companies is part of the reason flu vaccines are only just now available to residents of Routt and Moffat counties.

Steamboat's Starr races to top 20

As Steamboat Springs senior Rachel Starr headed down the gently sloping hill that led to the finish line of the 2000 Colorado State Cross Country Championships, the realization that this was her final prep race was hitting home. "Sure it was in the back of my mind," Starr said after the race. "It was pushing me the whole way."

Smeared blood leads to charges against student

An 18-year-old New Hampshire man faces four misdemeanor charges after he allegedly smeared blood inside a Colorado Mountain College dormitory.

Believing he had been slurred, man makes threats, police say

A man was arrested early Friday morning for threatening his neighbors with a knife after believing they racially slurred him.

Rams' rally falls; Soroco ends season

A 10-point rally in the second round of the district tournament had Soroco seeing victory against the second-seeded Grand Valley Cardinals. But the comeback failed and so did the Rams' chances of getting a second win in the three-game match.

Friday, October 27

Students get sobering view on DUI

Lance Pohlman would pay anything, he said, to sleep at night with a clear conscience.

Forest Service to ignite area-wide beetle blazes

Starting Monday, smoke in the Routt National Forest doesn't automatically mean wildfire.

Turnovers too much to overcome

Steamboat shot down by Rifle

Ryan Whittington threw for 128 yards and rushed for a touchdown as the Rifle Bears upended the Steamboat Sailors 23-13 Friday at Rifle.

Sailors stun Conifer in OT

Andrew Johnston's goal midway through the overtime period of Friday night's state soccer playoff game sent an explosion of emotion across the Englewood Memorial soccer field.

County hires company to study fee for housing

Routt County has chosen a Denver-based group to do a study that would determine if new construction does impact affordable housing, which could lead to a county impact fee.

Government offers help for heating

Ruth Ann Mewborn is convinced there are low-income families living in Routt County who are eligible for financial assistance, but are either too proud to ask for it, or don't know it is available. With winter closing in, she's eager to reach out to them.

Man who spat on officer gets charged with assault

Jared Wayne Maynard was charged Friday with second-degree assault for spitting in the face of a jail officer.

Thursday, October 26

Planning department to judge minor permits

The Planning Commission, after making sure changes to the Municipal Code wouldn't take the planning process out of the public arena, voted unanimously to allow the planning department to handle a large percentage of planning permits at the administrative level.

Fetcher, White vie for House District 56 seat

The candidates for House District 56 took on the question of making weapons available to public school officials as a deterrent to violence during a campaign forum at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs on Thursday.

Forum exhibits growth plan has pros and cons

Could passage of growth-control Amendment 24, in concert with local approval of Referendum 1C, attract an influx of developers looking for easy pickings in Routt County? That's one of the scenarios scrutinized by a panel of citizens during an election forum at Colorado Mountain College Thursday.

Local man says 21 will ax emergency services

A sign attached to the back of a chair in which Chuck Vale sat during a debate Thursday spoke volumes about his group's position on Amendment 21. The black sign with a red stop sign blared out to residents who attended the gathering on the Colorado Mountain College campus to vote "no" against the ballot issue, also known as Tax Cut 2000.

Ambulance joyride leads man to serve 18 months

Jared Wayne Maynard, convicted of stealing an ambulance and assaulting a paramedic, sat with a blank stare after being sentenced to serve 18 months in the Routt County Jail. After receiving the sentence from District Judge Joel S. Thompson for his actions at Colorado Mountain College at the end of August, Maynard stunned the courtroom by spitting in the face of Lt. Fred Johnston as the officer attempted to remove Maynard from the courtroom. The red-faced lieutenant then wiped off his glasses.

Candidates debate centers on county growth control

At a debate on the Colorado Mountain College campus, both candidates running for the open Routt County commissioner's seat identified growth as a key challenge they will face if elected to the position.

Sailors see Bears in the road

There are just two teams standing between the Steamboat Springs High School football team and a berth to the state playoffs.

Bandits improve league mark with big wins

The Steamboat Bandits U-14 soccer team improved its record to 5-1 Oct. 14 with a 5-0 win over Montrose.

Sailors shake off sluggish start

Despite a sluggish start, the Steamboat Sailors came away with their seventh win of the season on Oct. 21, when the team routed the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers 46-12 at Palisade.

Housing debate continues

After hearing the opening statements from Rob Dick and Steve Cavanagh at an election 2000 forum Thursday afternoon, it wasn't especially difficult to understand what the possible implications would be if Referendum 2A, the excise tax, passes.

Monster bash to raise cash for yearbook

Put on your ghoulish or goofiest outfit Friday because the Upper Yampa Valley Economic Council is throwing a costume party called The Monster Bash to raise money for the Soroco High School Yearbook Club.

Local FFA members in Bluegrass State

Students travel to Kentucky, receive honors

Members of the Soroco Future Farmers of America Club are in Kentucky this week honoring some of their members, going to seminars and maybe catching a show while they're there.

Conifer hosting Steamboat in next round

The Steamboat Springs soccer team will travel to the Front Range today to play the Conifer Lobos in the first round of the state playoffs.

Soroco, Hayden head into districts hopeful

The Soroco and Hayden volleyball squads expect relatively easy pigtail games to kick off the 2A district tournament Saturday at Steamboat Springs High School.

Joyce D. James 1926-2000

Joyce Darlene James died Oct. 10 at her home in Montrose. She was 74.

Joan Look 1939-2000

Joan A. Look of the Elk River Valley died Oct. 9 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. She was 60.

Senate candidates discuss education

Senate District 8 candidates Michael Zuckerman, Paul Ohri and Jack Taylor all took varying stands Thursday on public-school reform. The candidates appeared at a public forum on the campus of Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs.

Monger says ranching needs in county critical

Routt County commissioner candidate Doug Monger could be up in the morning mending fences and in the next hour doing tax returns for one of his clients. The Democratic Party candidate to replace outgoing commissioner Ben Beall says he more typifies the average Routt County resident than his opponent.

Shaw says commission position a full-time job

Routt County commissioner candidate John Shaw is almost never seen without his cowboy boots and his business jacket. One could say the business jacket represents his old life as a high-tech business owner, and the boots represent his new life as a rancher and Routt County resident.

Hall-Wille

Deanna Lynn Hall and Richard LeRoy Wille were married Sept. 2 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Steamboat Springs with the Rev. Wayne Koenig officiating.

Balanced budget for Oak Creek may be on horizon

Oak Creek could have a balanced budget in 2001 for the first time in memory, but it's not coming without a price.

Food bank still lending a hand

New downtown location should benefit everyone

Lift-Up of Routt County got a great lease rate from town officials to expand its operations to the old town hall building downtown.

John Cary 1931-2000

John W. Cary of Richland, Wash., died Oct. 17, 2000, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 69.

Billy J. Steele 1934-2000

Billy Jack Steele of Milner died Oct. 1 in Steamboat Springs. He was 66.

Real Estate TRANSACTIONS For Oct. 13-19

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Wednesday, October 25

Local riders challenge field in Moab

The top local team, Steamboat's Tour the Peaks, led by local Robert Ames, crossed the finish line in second place. His team completed 18 laps around the course and finished just 1 minute, 45 seconds behind the winners, John William Bomber Builders of Crested Butte, in the five-person open division.

Births

Planning department seeks quicker process

The planning department, still bogged down with work after the recent moratorium on major development permit applications ended, is looking for another way to free up some time.

Guest Commentary

When I was a waiter at the Rio Grande Cafe in Salt Lake City, the swinging double-doors that led to the restaurant's kitchen served as passage between two worlds.

Alleged murderer gets December hearing date

A preliminary hearing for a man accused of murdering his estranged wife's best friend has been set for the first week in December. The court hearing for Thomas Lee Johnson, 29, is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 4 in Routt County Judge James Garrecht's courtroom.

Perch project fishes for results from Craig

The idea of stocking perch at Stagecoach Reservoir has been put on the back burner until a similar project at Elk Head Reservoir pans out.

Cattlemen talk politics

Forum allows candidates to discuss issues

The Routt County Cattlemen's Association hosted a meeting where all the local political candidates had a chance to inform members of their backgrounds and participate in a discussion of politics at the meeting.

Sailors taking it one game at a time

Middle blocker Lauren Dargevics said the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball practices have had a little more electricity this week as the team prepares to compete in the district playoffs.

Investor's Guide

Understand price-earnings ratios and earn

Local man adds number 20 to long list of arrests

A 38-year-old Steamboat Springs man arrested for allegedly conning his way into a residence in a trailer court Monday night has been charged with two crimes. The man has been charged with two felonies: second-degree burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Three men offer guilty pleas in unrelated cases

Johnell Taylor, Paul Ornelas and Raymond Foremski all pleaded guilty in court Wednesday to charges in unrelated incidents.

Patience wearing thin as tire recall continues

Firestone tire owners in Routt County who have been waiting since August to replace their recalled treads can now get the task done at no charge. Just dial the phone and make an appointment. The only catch is you have to be willing to drive to Longmont to get your replacement tires.

Steamboat blasts Brighton, advances

The Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team rolled through the regional playoffs Saturday by blowing away the Brighton Bulldogs in an 8-0 contest at Dudley field.

Steamboat runners pack bags for state

Meet marks end of yearlong goal for most teams

Making it to the state meet in Denver has been a yearlong goal for the members of the Steamboat Springs cross-country teams and it was obvious at last weekend's regional in Delta.

Nurse shortage hits home

One local teen brings 'hope' to work force

On her first day as an intern in the emergency room at Yampa Valley Medical Center last week, Steamboat Springs High School senior Brienna Combs stood back and watched as nurses tried to revive a man who had gone into cardiac arrest.

Local lawmen support changing blood-alcohol limit

A measure President Clinton signed into law that would lower the drunken driving limit in the state has the backing of local law enforcement officials.

Growth control is a bad reaction

You'd think it would take the light of day to really see the impacts of poorly managed growth and residential sprawl along Colorado's Front Range. And, certainly, when the sun is shining on all those new homes, you get an idea of what is happening to the Centennial State. But it is at night, really, when all the porch lights are on, that you can see the effects of growth so much more clearly.

Students survive 'Desert Week'

Over the four days, we climbed up to see the double Druid Arch, slipped through the half-mile-long slot canyon on Notch Trail and scrambled over rounded rocks in the Devil's Kitchen. In a world so dominated by imagery, where I mostly rely on vision, this place was tactile. The rock we moved over was dimpled or swirled like batter; in other places it was solid, others gritty, others flaky. We climbed up and down fixed metal ladders, hefted ourselves up ledges, hopped across small fissures, circumscribed amphitheaters, and teetered along tilted planes of rock. This was trail hiking, marked regularly by cairns, but it felt as though we were moving through a grown-up's playground.

OBITUARY

Steamboat team earns Keebler Cup title in OT

The electrical tape that was used to form numbers on the back of the Steamboat Springs soccer team had started to peel off by the end of the Keebler Cup's U-10 championship game in Denver earlier this month.

Midget hockey opens season with victories

The Steamboat Springs Midget A team opened play in the Continental Divide Youth Hockey league with three wins in last weekend's action.

High-tech bear tracking

Using computers, student helping pinpoint nuisance bruins in area

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is getting some help from a sharp 13-year-old middle school student to try to pinpoint the most common areas where nuisance bears are reported in the city.

Students learn to share hugs, tears and respect

After shedding tears, forgiving enemies and embracing new friends, the eighth-grade class at Steamboat Springs Middle School collectively agreed to stop teasing and hurting each other.

Soroco Ram goes nautical

Hayne finds home with Sailors

You could never accuse Steamboat Sailors cross-country team runner Matt Hayne of being lazy.

Thousands spent to sway housing vote

More than $12,000 has been spent thus far by campaign committees working on both sides of city Referendum 2A, which would establish an excise tax to generate funds to help develop affordable housing here.

Entrepreneurs honored

Top achievers recognized at awards banquet

The business community, all decked out in "Steamboat elegance," gathered in the new Steamboat Grand Hotel ballroom Saturday and honored some of its top achievers during the 93rd annual membership dinner of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Tuesday, October 24

Regents want another 4 years

The two Republicans are incumbents on the University of Colorado Board of Regents and are up for re-election on Nov. 7.

Top athletes call Steamboat home

The Rocky Mountain Division awarded two skiers the title of Colorado Ski Country U.S.A. Athlete of the Year and both of them call Steamboat Springs home. Alpine skier David Lamb took top honors for the male contingent and freestyle skier Emiko Torito was named the top female athlete of the year within the division. Both skiers graduated from Steamboat's Lowell Whiteman High School last spring and were members of the Steamboat Winter Sports Club.

Law makes work no excuse for not voting

Anyone planning to use their employment as an excuse for not voting on Nov. 7 can think again. Colorado law specifically provides for employees to be excused from work without penalty in order to vote on Election Day. And hourly employees are assured of receiving their wages for up to two hours while they are voting. The law has teeth the Colorado Revised Statutes make it a misdemeanor crime for employers in the state to refuse to allow an employee to take time off to vote, or to penalize the employee or reduce his or her wages for doing so.

Deadly drunk driver speaking at school

Lance Pohlman hopes no one he speaks to at Steamboat Springs High School on Friday will ever fully understand what he's been through. "I didn't go to college and get a communications degree," the 22-year-old from Craig said. "I killed someone. That was my schooling. I want to paint for you a picture of what it's like to be in my shoes, then and now. But the truth of it is that I don't want you to fully understand. Because you can't. It's too tough. There's not a whole lot of people who can handle this sort of thing without completely breaking down."

County getting serious about protecting views

Landowners and developers need to start taking precautions as they create new subdivisions or design new homes. The county commissioners hope to soon have in place a regulation that prohibits homes from being skylined.

'Huge' year for rescues keeping searchers busy

The pagers being carried by the 47 volunteers of Routt County Search and Rescue have been going off more than ever this year.

Tests give young students insight into drunkenness

Middle school students got a unique opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a drunk on Monday. "It's helped me be more responsible," said Emma Simmins, an eighth-grader who participated in activities in observance of Red Ribbon Week.

Police: Man conned way into home, harassed girl

A 38-year-old Steamboat Springs man with a lengthy arrest record has found himself in more trouble with the law.

Monday, October 23

Respected Coloradan joins health team

The Steamboat Springs Health Care Association Board of Trustees announced Monday the selection of Karl Gills as its new chief executive officer.

Contest to win home extended

The essay contest to win a home in Steamboat Springs has been extended. Monday was the original deadline for contestants to send in their essays on why they deserve to win a home in Steamboat. It's been extended to Dec. 30.

Complicated issues lead voters to turn out early

There are already signs that voter turnout in Routt County could be high on Nov. 7. On Monday, the first day of early voting, 111 people cast their ballots, and many more came to the Routt County Courthouse asking for sample ballots and absentee ballots.

Money to help bus fleet become ADA-compliant

The city transit department, beset lately by the ramifications of an Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit, is about to come into a lot of money. At the same time, however, the department's good fortune, and some of its misfortune, is going to cost the city about $70,000 out of its 2001 budget.

DOW reports dry weather slowing harvest of area elk

Increased problems with road hunting in Routt County are occurring during the second rifle season, as dry weather means mainly sportsmen trekking into the backcountry or on private land are harvesting elk.

Injured man rescued after daylong ordeal

A 58-year-old Iowa man with a previous back injury had to be slowly wheeled out of the wilderness southeast of Floyd Peak Monday evening by a search and rescue team.

Sunday, October 22

First Heritage Award goes to John Fetcher

During an awards night when community healing was the underlying theme, a man admired by many, John Fetcher, was named the first recipient of the city of Steamboat Springs' Heritage Award Saturday. The occasion was the 93rd annual membership dinner of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, the Centennial Grand Finale, at the Steamboat Grand hotel ballroom. Fetcher, 88, a Harvard-trained engineer and businessman, has symbolized Steamboat's ranching tradition and the spirit of its ski pioneers for the better part of five decades.

United Way progressing toward goal

Because Routt County residents exceeded the United Way fund-raising campaign's $250,000 goal by $28,000 last year, some $13,000 has been donated through special needs grants, United Way Executive Director Millie Beall said.

Steamboat balks at weather, sails to win

Stewart Beall scored three touchdowns, and Rusty Eck ran for two more, as the Steamboat Sailors overcame some nasty weather at Palisade on Saturday to defeat the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers 46-12.

Steamboat in first after Rifle loss

For the third-straight year, the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team has earned the Western Slope Conference's top seed for the district playoffs and the conference title.

Aspen resident stresses higher education while campaigning for CU seat

Solutions to resort areas' affordable housing, transportation and economic diversity problems may be rooted in a lack of higher education opportunities available to Western Slope residents. At least that's what one candidate for the University of Colorado's Board of Regents believes.

Sailors running backs gaining serious yardage on the ground

Tony Haight rushed for 108 yards against Montezuma-Cortez Saturday to help lead the Steamboat football team a 46-12 win.

Airport public safety director position close to being filled

The search for a new public safety director at Yampa Valley Regional Airport continues.

Police using checkpoint to deter drunken drivers

Steamboat Springs police will be manning a checkpoint to keep drunken drivers off the roadways on the weekend before Halloween.

Sailors headed to state playoffs

The members of the Sailors soccer team have spent the last year preparing for the start of the state playoffs. They earned the right to play in them on Saturday, and it only took about 10 seconds for the local favorites to secure the goal they needed to advance into the first round. Mike Rinn took a pass from teammate Jason Flower and knocked the ball past Brighton goalkeeper Cody Brackelsberg even as some Steamboat fans were still making their way from the parking lot into Dudley Field.

Wireless firms not dialed in yet

As wireless telecommunications companies try to push Steamboat Springs into the future, the city wants to make sure it protects the past.

Construction company tightens security at site

For 19 years, one local construction company never had to provide security at any of its work sites in the city.

Friday, October 20

Next hunters have hope going in

Second big game season likely will be biggest of year in state

Thanks to the first over-the-counter bull elk tags of 2000, more orange-clad visitors are expected in Routt County this weekend than any other time of the year.

Sailors' state run starts today

Soccer squad hosts Brighton Bulldogs

When the Steamboat Springs soccer team steps onto Dudley Field for its regional playoff game against Brighton High School today, the Sailors will be the more rested team, visiting coach Eric Maier believes.

Anti-mosquito expenditure expected to rise once again

Hayden's proposed expenditure for mosquito control in the 2001 budget is more than originally expected, causing some officials to voice opposition to the spending as planned.

Grand hotel evacuates guests after water leak

'Grand Finale' banquet unaffected by incident

A water leak that led to the evacuation of about 100 guests from their rooms at the Steamboat Grand Hotel early Friday morning won't have any effect on tonight's Centennial Grand Finale awards banquet, hotel officials said.

Man exits hospital, enters jail for DUI

A 29-year-old man was released from the hospital Friday morning only to be arrested on suspicion of drunken driving stemming from a rollover accident Thursday evening east of Hayden.

Man admits guilt in attack

A 28-year-old former Steamboat Springs man, who used a sledgehammer in a March fight with a friend, admitted guilt Friday to two crimes.

Thursday, October 19

Bid doesn't threaten group

The chairman of the Emerald Mountain Partnership said Thursday he perceives no threat from a group of developers who jumped into the bidding for 6,400 acres of State Land Board property on the mountain that dominates views from Steamboat Springs.

Native Americans join beetle fight

The whine of chain saws echoes through the green spruce trees and bare aspen west of Summit Lake on Buffalo Pass. To find the source, it's a hop, skip and a jump over rocks and through trees, down a steep slope and along a two-week-old trail of frozen boot-printed mud.

Sailors prepare for key battle against Panthers

Asked about the strength of the Steamboat football team this year, Montezuma-Cortez coach Karl McGee quickly pointed to the Sailors' linebacking crew. "Defensively, the linebacking crew is the heart and soul of what they do," McGee said. "They're very talented."

Law firm ready to fight $33,250 judgment

An attorney for a local law firm is expected to file a motion by Monday regarding a $33,250 judgment a jury awarded a local man for overbilling by the firm.

Ski Swap for ski club gets under way today

The doors will open on one of the biggest ski sales of the season at 8 p.m. tonight at the Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Cattlemen hosts forum today

The Routt County Cattlemen's Association will have a unique opportunity to hear the stances that state Senate, House of Representative and Routt County Commission candidates have at its fall meeting today.

Hayden squads focus on postseason games

As the football and volleyball seasons wind down, both squads are focusing their sights on the postseason.

Program benefits young skiers

Steamboat's Little Toots program, which offers ski instructions to toddlers, is holding registration for future ski lessons at Mt. Werner and Howelsen Hill.

Hunter allegedly shoots at another

An argument between two hunters escalated to the point where one pointed a pistol at the other and fired a bullet into the ground, according to information from the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

Tri-State, Sierra Club avoid court hearing

It appears a 7-year-old dispute over clean air between the Sierra Club and the owner of the Craig power plant dodged a court hearing when negotiations resumed at the last minute.

Planning department hires assistant director

After struggling through most of the new millennium with a short staff and a heavy workload, the planning department will finally have a full staff starting Jan. 1, 2001. Planning Director Wendie Schulenberg hired a Seattle planner to fill the city's assistant director position, a spot that had been vacant for more than a year.

Child-care workshop calls on 'village'

Given the troubling prevalence of violence in the schools, the high standard of living in Steamboat Springs, the relatively low wages and the increasing likelihood that to raise a family, both parents will need to work, a handful of local child-care providers are doing all they can to ensure a higher standard of quality in day-care centers.

Wednesday, October 18

Students to show off Legacy Education work

More than 30 students at Moffat County High School have a curiosity about old graves that is anything but morbid. The students, with the help of a grant from the Yampa Valley Legacy Education Initiative, are helping the Museum of Northwest Colorado locate, map and research old burial sites and graves in their county.

Real Estate TRANSACTIONS For Oct. 5-12

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Real Estate TRANSACTIONS For Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Forty-two years in the forest

In 1962, Jerry Schmidt was flying over Oregon on his way to a forest fire. The Colorado native was a smoke jumper in the summers while finishing a forestry degree at Colorado State University. That meant parachuting into hard-to-reach places where fires burned out of control. While preparing for the jump, Schmidt looked out of his window and saw a checkerboard pattern in the forest. It was 40-acre plots of land the logging industry had completely cleared.

Vail developers make Emerald Mountain bid

The Vail developers that created the Catamount Ranch and Club have jumped in the ring with local citizens as they vie for the right to own a huge tract of Emerald Mountain.

Some developers balk at proposed fee hikes

Councilman Paul Strong's premonition Tuesday night of having to deal with a "roomful of angry developers" when the new planning fees go up for a final vote may, in fact, materialize.

Soccer infraction shoots down Rifle

A disagreement between the Colorado High School Activities Association and the administration of the Steamboat Springs High School will result in the Sailors boys soccer team forfeiting two games.

Hayden airport parking fees planned

Those who use Hayden's Yampa Valley Regional Airport as their personal parking lot will have to start paying for premium spots.

Sailors-Bulldogs volleyball match important to playoffs

Tonight's volleyball match between Steamboat Springs and Moffat County may not be bursting with playoff excitement.

Local team leads way in grueling bike race

After crossing the finish line of the 24 hours of the Moab Mountain Bike Race on Sunday afternoon, Steamboat Springs mountain bike racer Robert Ames fell to the ground, overcome with exhaustion.

Storage facility under county review

Phippsburg residents will have a say tonight on what they think about a proposed mini-storage facility in their small town. This comes two years after a similar effort failed because of a public outcry.

Youth hockey returns to ice

It's back to the ice for the members of Steamboat's youth traveling teams.

Tuesday, October 17

Eligibility question may cost the Sailors games, but not title

For the seventh time in eight years, the Steamboat Springs soccer team clinched the league title as the team breezed past the Rifle Bears with a 2-0 win in its final regular-season game Oct. 14 at Rifle.

Council set on raising fees for developments

In a move that council members believe will help put a stop to the city's subsidization of growth, the City Council voted unanimously on first reading Tuesday night to increase planning fees by many times their current rate.

Blomquist-Cork

Another chance is what team needed

Top local pair rebounds from loss with three-straight wins to earn third place for second consecutive year

After losing in the first round of the state tournament in Pueblo last Thursday, an agonizing wait began for Steamboat Springs tennis players David Upbin and Walker Pruett.

Spikers chase away Demons

Jessica Johnson tallied eight kills and Maggie McElhinney dished out 16 assists as the Steamboat Sailors volleyball team defeated the Glenwood Springs Demons in two games at home Oct. 14.

Work enhances natural attributes

Three miles of Trout Creek restoredon Creek Ranch luxury subdivision

It should come as no surprise that there are trout in Trout Creek. But the fish that Colorado is known for haven't always thrived in the creek that winds its way out of the Flat Tops toward its confluence with the Yampa River, about 10 miles west of Steamboat Springs.

Salon offers funky, fun experience

California pro opens 7th Street Hair

Cindy Berta gives her clients something extra at 7th Street Hair. Call it a "funky and fun" experience. Berta, who opened her shop in September, doesn't just put 20 years of expertise as a hairdresser into every cut. She makes sure every client leaves feeling energized.

Real estate results fail ASC in fiscal year 2000

American Skiing Co. Chairman Les Otten said this week that improved performance by the company's real estate division is the key to reversing disappointing revenue performance in fiscal year 2000 that led to ASC reporting a $52.5 million loss this week.

Runners make tracks for Delta, regional

Sailors runners hoping for bid to state meet

The members of the Sailors cross country teams were standing just outside the entrance of the Steamboat Springs High School Monday afternoon anxiously waiting for a bit of news.

Rams snatch first win in last game

The Soroco Rams football team put it all together in its last game of the year against Plateau Valley and came away with a 30-14 win to end the season on a positive note in tough fall of learning.

J.V. Sailors football squad remains undefeated

Steamboat's junior varsity football team kept its unbeaten streak alive Monday, when it returned home from Craig with a 24-22 win over the Moffat County Bulldogs.

Council takes stances on 2 ballot initiatives

Concerned about the impact of Amendment 21 on local franchise fees, City Council has decided to formally oppose the amendment.

Travel agency aids cancer fight

Carlson Wagonlit Travel raised $2,082 in the fight against breast cancer by donating $5 of every airline ticket sold during the month of September.

Alleged threat leads to arrest of 40-year-old

A 40-year-old Fort Collins man faces a felony charge after allegedly threatening to get a gun after a fight that occurred inside a downtown restaurant.

Injury sidelines Middleton

Steamboat Springs offensive lineman Scott Middleton is out for the remainder of the football season after undergoing surgery Oct. 12 on his left knee.

Mining company drops water deal

The Twentymile Coal Co. has decided not to lease water from Oak Creek-owned Sheriff's Reservoir because of improved water levels in Trout Creek.

Hockey group seeks ice rink management

With a little chip off the town budget, the Oak Creek Hockey Association has agreed to take on the responsibility of maintaining the ice rink in the winter as well as supervising a possible Friday night public skate.

Town manager's job description approved

The Oak Creek Board of Trustees approved a job description for a new town manager position and will start advertising for the job next week.

Helping hands

Community outpouring brings renewed hope for baby's survival

Kyjah will be celebrating her first birthday on Nov. 2; if she does not get the organs she so urgently needs, it will be the only birthday she'll ever celebrate.

Fight leads to citations

A tipped over trash can outside Steamboat Springs High School led to a fight between a local psychologist and a 17-year-old boy.

Men charged in vandalism

Two Steamboat Springs men face a felony charge after allegedly shooting out the windows of three vehicles with a pellet gun.

Babies

Funding for growth-control proposal continues to climb

Promoters and detractors of growth control Amendment 24 have accumulated dramatically different war chests to publicize their views on the issue, but the names of local contributors are noticeably absent from the lists of campaign contributors maintained by the Secretary of State's office.

Johnson says he and wife had common-law marriage

In response to his wife's annulment petition, accused murderer Thomas Lee Johnson claims he entered a common-law marriage with Kimberly Goodwin-Johnson long before they got married earlier this year.

Advice: Pick your partners carefully

Business is a great way to ruin a friendship

Have you ever wondered how to ruin a perfectly good friendship? Scott Ford has a suggestion. Form a business partnership with your best old pal and watch things begin to fall apart.

Local economy shines in summer

It's always been easy to draw tourists to Steamboat Springs when the slopes on Mount Werner are covered with snow; but when the hills dry up, the money can do the same.

Commission votes down gravel pit

After months of intense pressure from citizens in the Steamboat area, the Routt County Board of County Commissioners voted down a conceptual plan to build a new gravel pit near State Highway 131 and Werner Lane.

Bulldogs no match for hometown favorite

With its home schedule now complete, the Steamboat football team starts its final three-game road stint of the season when it plays Montezuma-Cortez at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Palisade.

Reading instruction multi-leveled

Phonics not forgotten in Steamboat schools

The surprisingly complex, modern theories behind teaching children to read are creating confusion between parents and elementary school teachers.

Teen smoking may be extinguished

Oak Creek officials want to forbid students from lighting up in public

Hoping to stop an ordinance that would restrict anyone younger than 18 from smoking in public, a handful of teen-age girls argued at an Oak Creek Board of Trustees work session last week that it was their choice to smoke cigarettes.

Walking the plank

Go Huskers I mean Sailors

For my first commentary as a Pilot sports reporter, I'd like to take the time to commend Steamboat Springs High School on its athletic program.

Monday, October 16

Clock runs out on city planning moratorium

For 90 days, as the clock ticked on the planning department's major development permit moratorium, Planning Director Wendie Schulenberg hustled to hire three people and somehow keep up with her day-to-day work schedule. On Monday morning, the clock stopped.

City may increase

Developers, architects and home builders alike could be asked tonight to begin shelling out almost 10 times the fees they currently pay to the city Planning Department for conceptual reviews and development permits. The current fee structure is simply not bringing in enough revenue to cover costs to the department, say department officials, forcing it to rely heavily on the city's general fund.

County digging back into gravel pit

Lafarge goes before commissioners tonight

A Routt County gravel operation that could receive initial approval from the county commissioners tonight already has received high marks in a study performed by county planning.

Local skiers trapped in Switzerland

A group of seven local skiers and their coaches have witnessed first hand the torrential rains that have brought havoc to areas of the Swiss mountains this week.

Soroco bounces back to beat Cardinals

The Soroco Rams volleyball team overcame problems with passing the ball and a game where they only scored two points to beat league powerhouse Grand Valley Cardinals Saturday at home.

Steamboat squads take second in regular season

Steamboat Springs' girls and boys' cross country teams went out with a bang on Saturday, as both squads finished second overall in their final regular-season meet at Rangely.

Record election turnout expected

A record number of people in Routt County have applied for absentee ballots, confirming the county clerk's prediction this will be a historical year at the polls.

Pro-excise tax leader steps back from front

But Dave McDonald says he still supports idea

The chairman of the Friends of Affordable Housing committee, Dave McDonald, is cutting back on the time and money he is spending in support of Referendum 2A, the excise tax for affordable housing. But, his comrades in the cause say, that doesn't mean he doesn't believe in taxing new construction to help pay for affordable housing.

Hunters enjoy big first harvest

No hard numbers in yet, but record a real possibility

A light snow and an unstressed herd meant some of the best harvest numbers for elk in a long time for the opening weekend of rifle season in Routt County.

'Finale' promises lively evening

Awards, productions highlight a night celebrating community

Several of Steamboat Springs' leading residents are going to get a big surprise Saturday during the Centennial Grand Finale at the Steamboat Grand Resort.

Sunday, October 15

Ski area can't connect with Chicago's O'Hare

The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. took a hard look this month at a plan to restore direct flights from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Saturdays during ski season. Ultimately, however, ski area executives backed away from the plan, saying the risk and costs associated with the one-day-a-week flight were too high.

Professor sees conflict in U.S. role in Mideast

With live footage of the violent strife in the Middle East on television seemingly every night these days, it's not difficult to get the latest news. But, as far as one local expert is concerned, the mainstream news media often falls short in helping people really understand what's going on.

Forest course aids in beetle battle

Students gather data on trees

The classroom where some 100 Steamboat Springs High School students were learning about forest ecology and a beetle epidemic had a fresh layer of snow on it, but that didn't slow them down at all.

Alpine safest CMC campus

But Steamboat Springs leads

The Colorado Mountain College campus in Steamboat Springs is the safest in the system, according to an annual report. Within that safe atmosphere, however, students are more often caught for alcohol and drug violations than their brethren at the other two residential campuses in the CMC system.

Friday, October 13

Town signs trash-hauling contract

Hayden resident Ann Willinghan has no realistic choice: Waste Management will pick up her family's trash.

Week examines efforts of women in business

Local real estate agent Pam Vanatta is capitalizing on what it means to be a professional businesswoman.

Steamboat sails over Moffat County

Derek Haverley saved his best performance of the season for Friday, as he caught a 68-yard touchdown pass and ran for another long score as his team posted a 49-6 home victory over the Bulldogs of Moffat County.

Hunting comes down to luck of draw

Expect to see a limited number of orange-clad people in town and in the woods this weekend as rifle hunting season for big game opens today.

Advocates, United Way assist victims of abuse

In a single day last week, eight local victims of domestic violence headed to the Advocates Against Battering and Abuse headquarters, executive director Diane Moore said.

Alleged arsonist delays plea to November date

Matthew John Hoffman was scheduled to enter pleas to arson, burglary and thefts he is allegedly responsible for but instead made a brief court appearance Friday afternoon.

Rec center taxes upped

If voters in the Hayden School District approve a $5.6 million recreation center plan, and agree to pay associated operational costs, their property taxes will go up more than originally expected.

Thursday, October 12

Board: Amendment 21 too damaging to schools

Concerns that passage of a tax cut initiative on this year's ballot would cripple local school districts, the Steamboat Springs Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution at its Monday night meeting to oppose Amendment 21.

Sailors ready for a dogfight

"They're going to wish Freddie Krueger was coming after them," snapped Steamboat Springs senior JoJo Bucci, making reference to tonight's Friday the 13th showdown with Moffat County.

Battle Mountain blanked

Steamboat Springs blanked Battle Mountain 3-0 Thursday night in Avon and clinched the conference championship.

Story of missing mayor airs tonight

For four days this past July, an emotional Gayle Roberts had to retrace the 1995 disappearance of her father from Hayden.

Driver of rolled-over truck luckily uninjured

Erik Johnson lost nothing more serious than his lunch Thursday afternoon when the semitrailer he was using to haul 78,000 pounds of logs rolled over as he headed down Elk River Road toward Steamboat Springs.

Two Sailors advance

Steamboat Springs tennis star Rich Tifft, one of the favorites to win the No. 1 singles title in 4A will play the other favorite today in a semifinal showdown.

Interpretations differ on 24

Proposed growth management Amendment 24 is either a flawed document fraught with ambiguities that could leave it tied up in legal battles for years or a bold plan to return the planning process to local elected officials and their constituents.

Annulment hearing for suspect delayed

An annulment hearing for accused murderer Thomas Lee Johnson and his estranged wife Kimberly Goodwin-Johnson has been postponed indefinitely.

Blackhawk development OK'd

Planning Commission gave a much-maligned project a break when it voted unanimously Thursday night to recommend approval of the Blackhawk Townhome development.

Counties pool funds for DA raise

The top prosecutor for the 14th Judicial District got the $8,000 raise he asked for from the commissioners in Routt, Grand and Moffat counties.

Fly fishers threaten river use investigation

Three weeks after City Council effectively killed an ordinance that would have banned commercial tubing on the upper Yampa River, an angry group of fly fishers are threatening the city with what could become a federal investigation of grant money.

Wednesday, October 11

Ski Time merchants excited by bus plan

City to study new turnaround in area

Members of the Mountain Business Association were in a mood to celebrate Wednesday morning, so they planted a pair of large candles in their coffee cake before beginning their monthly meeting at the Tugboat Grill and Pub.

Power plant dispute now heads for court

Battle over Craig station began in 1993

A 7-year-old dispute over clean air between the Sierra Club and the owner of the Craig power plant is headed to court next week, unless a last-minute settlement is reached.

City again receptive to wireless plans

Permit moratorium lifted by council

After leaving Sprint and others waiting to build cellular towers for almost an entire year, Steamboat Springs City Council approved a preliminary plan Tuesday under which the city will begin to review permits for wireless telecommunication facilities.

Former Flat Tops plan returns with new look

Ron and Elizabeth Young are not taking "no" for an answer when it comes to their Blackhawk Townhomes development, which used to be called Flat Tops Townhomes. When architect Scott Myller presents the Youngs' project to the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission tonight, it will be the third time he's done so this year.

Officials interested in forest-user habits

U.S. Forest Service officials will be asking Routt National Forest users questions in the next year as part of a nationwide effort to gather information about the people who enjoy the more primal parts of the United States.

J.V. blows out Battle Mountain

Steamboat Springs' junior varsity football team went ballistic on Battle Mountain Monday, scoring six unanswered touchdowns for a 42-0 win in Avon.

Commissioners order power lines be buried

The Routt County Board of Commissioners has approved a zoning change that requires power lines to be buried underground in residential areas of the county. The city of Steamboat Springs already requires the same.

Sailors take aim at Rifle

The Steamboat Springs volleyball team faces its biggest challenge of the season today, when the team travels to Rifle to play the top-ranked Bears in an important league showdown.

Anti-violence vigil draws dozens

Cupping the flames of candles, more than 60 community members braved the wind and weather Wednesday night in downtown Steamboat Springs to quietly protest against domestic violence.

Tuesday, October 10

Vigil brings community awareness

Domestic violence is a problem in the Steamboat Springs community that needs heightened awareness, says a local woman who was a victim of abuse.

Catamount cabins taking shape

Homes are just the beginning of development

The first two of 44 Cabins at Lake Catamount are under construction this month about 11 miles south of Steamboat Springs. The Catamount Cabins are just one of three elements of the overall Catamount Development. It also includes Catamount Ranches, a golf course development closer to town and the Lake Catamount Homesteads single-family building lots, which range in size from just more than 35 acres up to almost 70 acres. Tony Walton, a principle in Mason and Morse Steamboat LLC, listing agent for Catamount, said 13 of the 22 cabins included in the first phase of that project are under contract. Prices range from $795,000 to $995,000.

Growth amendment debate on Thursday

The future of how growth issues are handled in Colorado will be up for debate at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Olympian Hall in Steamboat Springs when Environment 2000 hosts a public meeting on Constitutional Amendment 24, also know as the Citizens Growth Initiative.

New business owners face hurdles

A unique idea, a bit of genius and a lot of luck could lead to success

Scott Ford chuckles to think of all of the people who have told him they want to start their own business because they don't enjoy the company of their present boss. "When you run your own business, do you know how many bosses you have?" Ford asked. "You have hundreds!"

Safety season

The hills of Colorado soon will be alive with the sound of magnum. Big game rifle seasons kick off Saturday and that means now is the perfect time to talk about safety and courtesy in the backcountry.

Walking the plank

Saturday's Columbus Day parade in Denver sparked a controversy between Italian-Americans, Native Americans and the city of Denver that was watched by an entire nation. All sides claimed success. In a sense, all sides succeeded.

Three views vie for senate seat

Voters in State Senate District 8 will have a clear choice. When they step into the voting booth Nov. 7 they can vote for a Republican legislator who supports local government control until it impinges too much on private property rights, a longtime former Democratic Grand County commissioner who says he wants local control that goes beyond government to the voters themselves, or a Clark man who says he tried both the Democratic and Republican parties, but rejected them in favor of the Colorado Libertarians.

Hay prices lead to hard decisions

Elk River Farm and Feed has a list of 25 people waiting to buy hay for the winter.

Commission to hire manager

After studying the situation and talking to constituents, the Routt County Board of Commissioners has decided to hire a county manager.

County candidates get grilled over deputy pay

The candidates for the Routt County Board of County Commissioners took a few verbal bullets from members of the sheriff's department and citizens Tuesday night.

Blood drive coordinator gets award

It's no secret the tireless efforts of volunteer blood drive coordinator Terry Sherrill have kept the Yampa Valley well stocked with hundreds of units of blood and blood products each year. But now, Bonfils Blood Center is recognizing Sherrill's contribution by naming her this year's Colorado Coordinator of the Year.

Sailors bound for state

With its mission accomplished in the regional finals, the Steamboat Springs tennis team looks to take the rest of the state down when it prepares for battle in the state championships from Thursday to Saturday in Pueblo.

School works to make smart 'cool'

Reference books don't go out at night. In middle school, that means "smart kids" don't have social lives.

Matt and Bryan celebrating first anniversary

Matt Taff and Bryan Ayer will celebrate the first anniversary of their business, Matt and Bryan's Outdoor Shop, later this fall. They've emerged from their first 12 months running a small retail store on Lincoln Avenue with buoyant spirits.

Man allegedly steals wallet from church

A 29-year-old Denver man came to a local church in February seeking help, but he ended up allegedly stealing a wallet that has caused a local man misery.

Support group has different focus

Sunsets are more likely to take your breath away and give you pause if you're aware of your mortality, and of the fact that each day of life is a gift.

Rams rout Tigers in two sets

The Soroco Rams volleyball team played their best game of the year and made easy work of cross-county rivals Hayden Tigers in a two-game match in Oak Creek Tuesday.

Oak Creek trustees draw up town manager's job

The town trustees of Oak Creek will vote on the job description of the town manager's position Thursday.

Soroco Parent Teacher group continues raising school funds

The Soroco Parent Teacher Organization wants community and teacher input at a meeting next week when it considers funding 32 requestions for supplies and activities for south Routt schools, including an accelerated reading program and a cash donation for a Future Farmers of America trip to Kentucky.

Internet catches needed money

The Soroco Future Business Leaders of America has leaped into the 21 Century with its latest fund-raiser.

Babies

Former workers play role in hiring

Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series on Ski Corp.'s effort to recruit workers to bolster what becomes a thin staff at peak season.

While Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has targeted the Australian student market to recruit employees, it hasn't neglected other markets in which to cull prospective workers.

Spikers face off with Bears in crucial match

The Steamboat Sailors volleyball team made up for a recent setback when it defeated the Middle Park Panthers in a three-set match Monday at Granby.

Steamboat pumped for Battle Mountain

The Steamboat Springs soccer team looks to unleash its scoring attack against Battle Mountain on Thursday when the team travels to Avon with the conference title at stake.

Investigation into train wreck continues

Locked wheels possible cause of derailment

Union Pacific investigators haven't found the cause of a train derailment in Oak Creek that took seven cars off the track, but officials feel certain that one car was the culprit. Neil Scott, a manager for Union Pacific, said parts of one particular car were sent to the company's lab in, Omaha, Neb., for further investigation.

Firefighters plead guilty to assault

Two Montana firefighters each pleaded guilty to third-degree assault Tuesday, about one week after the two men got into a fight.

Sexual assault charges against suspect dropped

For now, two felonies have been dismissed against a 48-year-old Steamboat Springs man because the victim failed to show up in court Tuesday afternoon.

Beall's run sparks 'firecracker offense'

Stewart Beall's 92-yard touchdown run was the longest play in Colorado high school football last week as the Steamboat Sailors conquered the Huskies of Battle Mountain 58-27 at home.

Centennial Hall dips into backup city funding

Compared to the existing City Hall building, a squat gray example of 1960s municipal architecture, the new Centennial Hall will look more like a Roman temple. But while the Romans could simply plunder an outlying village to finance their monuments, the city is increasingly dependent on grant money and, to some degree, taxpayer dollars.

Monday, October 9

Eagle Valley routs Soroco; Rams yet to capture first win

The Soroco Rams football team came out strong in a see-saw first quarter but couldn't overcome mistakes to find their first win of the year against the Eagle Valley Devils junior varsity squad.

Big budget increase for school district

The 9.6 percent increase in health insurance for RE-2 school district employees is nothing compared to the 88 percent increase in property insurance figured into the 2000/2001 budget. "It's appalling," School Board member Millie Beall said.

Close presidential race could end in the House

Area political party leaders say that, based on recent polling by new agencies, the presidential race in November could come down to the last ballot cast.

Elk River Road accident results in injury of one

A 62-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was taken to the Yampa Valley Medical Center after a two-car accident Monday.

Rams, Tigers squaring off in key match

The Soroco Rams and Hayden Tigers volleyball teams square off in a key mid-season match up that could set the tone for the rest of the year.

Protesting hits home

Buck Swigart of Oak Creek wanted people in Routt County to know about his opposition to the Columbus Day parade in Denver over the weekend. He wanted that badly enough to give up half a day's pay on Monday.

Affordable housing debate sways, hardens some

Jeff and Jennifer Lowe came to the excise tax debate Monday night undecided. After two hours, they left with opposing views.

Council to consider wireless service rules

After at least a year of waiting, wireless telecommunications companies may soon be given the go-ahead to begin designing the towers and poles necessary to expand Steamboat's wireless service.

Cancer prevention care sometimes difficult to get

Many women fighting for their lives in battles against breast cancer may be doing so because they lost earlier fights to receive preventative care, like mammograms, according to the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Sunday, October 8

Town's anti-bug budget may double

The town of Hayden is proposing to spend twice as much as was spent this year to control mosquitoes next summer. Along with the proposed $36,000 expenditure for mosquito control in the 2001 budget, the town is going to seek help from a man who operates a successful mosquito abatement program in Utah.

Museum seeks residents for awards nominations

Local residents who have a distinct connection to Routt County's past and whose presence is felt today are wanted citizens.

Sailors roll past Bulldogs, 4-2

Prep soccer

The Steamboat Sailors soccer team edged a step closer to finishing in first place in the league by defeating the Palisade Bulldogs 4-2 at Dudley Field on Saturday.

Locals debating proposed excise tax

As presidential candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush battle it out in three televised debates this month, Routt County is embarking on its own debate program starting today. The first of two debates sponsored by Environment 2000, a not-for-profit group, on issues that will show up on the November ballot will be over the city's proposed excise tax.

New home construction slated for 'Slate Creek'

The prospect of a new single-family housing development on Steamboat Springs' west side was raised during a meeting of the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors.

Friday, October 6

'Gimme shelter': Adopters give pets new leash on life

The Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter started the week out overpopulated but ended the week with plenty of room.

Health insurance unhealthy for city budget

Becoming healthy, wealthy and wise looks to be a difficult proposition as far as next year's budget is concerned. In what some city officials deem the tightest budget in years, some of the most dramatic expenditure increases are coming from an unlikely source: health insurance.

Schools learn about insurance jumps

With continuing increases in health insurance costs, the Steamboat Springs School District is finding itself in a pinch as far as this year's budget goes.

Thursday, October 5

Sailors come back strong

The Steamboat Sailors volleyball team was back in action on Thursday, as the team put a whippin' on the Huskies of Battle Mountain, and walked away with its 12th win of the season.

Essay winner receives home, and big tax bill

The fortunate essayist who wins half of a duplex here will certainly come out ahead, but not $499,800 ahead. The tax man will want his share of the prize.

Seminar to stress fire safety

The last thing John and Barb Shipley dreamed of when they retired for the evening on Aug. 27 was that before the night was out, 16 guests in their care would be evacuated from a burning building. But that's just what happened, and Barb Shipley shudders to think of what might have occurred hadn't all the fire safety systems in place at The Ridge townhomes worked to perfection.

Fireworks to get less bang in bucks

"Call me Scrooge," Councilwoman Arianthe Stettner said as she moved to cut the July Fourth fireworks funding during a city budget retreat. "But I just don't want to see our money go up in smoke."

Network will benefit rural areas

Private businesses and residents in and around Steamboat Springs will have access to state-of-the-art telecommunications at an affordable price, including a high-speed Internet connection, if negotiations between the City of Steamboat Springs and NC Telecom are successful.

Remembering the last days of Jerod Faucett

Lying on a couch in the living room, surrounded by family and friends, Jerod Faucett took one last breath and ended his five-year battle with Leukemia.

No heartburn over averted food supplier strike

Some of Steamboat's leading restaurateurs were keeping an eye on a contract vote Thursday night involving food purveyor Nobel/Sysco and some of its employees.

Revenge is sweet for Steamboat at home

The Sailors soccer team exorcised its Demons away Thursday as they avenged a Sept. 21 loss to Glenwood Springs and came away with a 2-0 win in front of hometown fans at Dudley Field.

Homecoming serves up Huskies

Coming off an emotional three-point loss to Palisade on Sept. 29, the No. 10-ranked Steamboat Sailors football team looks to regroup and score a big victory against the Battle Mountain Huskies tonight at home.

Stagecoach seeks to end overhead utility lines

Complaints about above ground power lines in Stagecoach prompted a new Routt County zoning proposal that would affect subdivisions in all the county.

State AG discusses school violence

Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar stopped in Steamboat Thursday near the end of a whirlwind tour of every county in Colorado to discuss the issue of youth violence. From 1 to 2 P.M. Salazar and Dr. Delbert Elliot of the University of Colorado, held court in the Human Services Center to explain the mission of Safe Communities-Safe Schools.

Direct deposit arrives

It may be the 21st Century, but Routt County has just caught up to the 20th century when it comes to banking its employees' checks.

Wednesday, October 4

Alleged arsonist faces four felony charges stemming from Ridge fire

The next time Matthew John Hoffman will appear in a Routt County Courtroom, he will enter a plea regarding an arson, burglary and thefts he has confessed to police he committed.

Sailor spikers ready to battle Huskies

For the first time in two weeks, the Sailors volleyball team is back in action and ready to put the spike down on the Huskies of Battle Mountain.

Tight budget leads city to look for alternatives

Dipping $410,792 into the city's discretionary reserves at Tuesday's budget retreat, City Council members bemoaned the city's lack of revenue to support its needs.

Man allegedly steals his own puppy from pound

A golden retriever's talent for escaping from the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter is the reason a 37-year-old man was allegedly caught illegally entering the building.

CBI has yet to report lab results for spring wildfire on Lynx Pass

Lab results that could lead investigators to the cause of a fire on Lynx Pass in May haven't been completed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and the lead investigator isn't speculating on when they will be ready.

Dogs, cats overrunning shelter

In the past two weeks, the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter has experienced an influx of dogs and cats being dropped off, putting the shelter at over capacity.

Steamboat looks to avenge early season loss to Glenwood Springs

Andrew Johnston knows what his team needs to do today, when the Steamboat soccer team prepares to do battle with Glenwood Springs at Dudley Field.

First prize: A $500,000 home

100-word essay, $200 could earn lucky person duplex unit

For $200 and a good story, you can pick up a nice home in Steamboat Springs. Sound like a scam? Nope, it's the real thing, says homeowner Michael O'Carroll.

Sailors hoping to rebound

Sailor football player Derek Haverley has already made a significant mark in the Steamboat Springs statistical books this season, as his team prepares for a 7 p.m. date with the Battle Mountain Huskies on Friday at Gardner Field.

Medians, lot shuttle cut from city budget

In a tight fiscal year, the City Council ax cut deep into that section of the budget that funds the city's most visible changes: capital projects.

High-speed Internet connections on horizon

Public buildings in Steamboat Springs are one step closer to receiving cheaper, high-speed Internet connections through the "beanpole project."

Tuesday, October 3

'Supply' reins bus demand

City hopes to fully staff transit

As the busy winter season approaches, the city's free bus system is forcing an age-old Economics 101 question: As demand rises, what will happen to supply?

Accidents don't deter coaches, players

As Summit Tigers quarterback Carlos Ebert-Santos remains paralyzed at Craig Hospital in Denver, local high school coaches and players say they are not convinced football is a dangerous sport.

Research vital part of success

One of the most popular publications at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs isn't in the stacks. A periodical with the innocuous-sounding name of "Value Line" is in such demand and so subject to people tearing pages out of it that to get your hands on it, you have to leave your driver's license at the front desk.

Emma M. Huff 1906-2000

Emma M. Huff died Sept. 18, 2000, at the Yampa Valley Medical Center. She was 94.

Taking a shot at the pros

Local makes bid to play women's football

Before the summer started, Diane Dwire knew almost nothing about the sport of football.

Plan links community

School seeks locals to teach about the area

Your job, hobbies, past experiences and connection to south Routt County are worth sharing in the South Routt School District, school officials said.

City Council slices marketing subsidy

In a $34 million budget full of escalating personnel costs and major capital improvements, the most hard-fought battle was waged Tuesday by City Council members over a few hundred thousand dollars.

Worden strives to bring local Realtors together

Realtors in other ski towns can't figure out how Steamboat does it, John Worden said. They want to know how Steamboat consistently draws 90 Realtors to attend a weekly meeting of the Multiple Listing Service.

Ski corp. looking Down Under

Company trying to recruit more Aussie workers

They might consider changing the name of Walton Pond Apartments to Sydney Harbor Arms if the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. achieves its hiring goals in Australia this fall.

New coach carries on proud tradition

For the past several weeks, the three-room trailer that sits in the Howelsen Hill parking lot has become a second home for freestyle coach Wendy Allen.

Western will

The biggest American hero of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney will be forgotten by most people by the time this newspaper is tossed away.

Weekly planner

Bond hearing today for arson suspect

A 19-year-old Ohio man accused of arson, burglary and theft is expected to be in a Routt County courtroom this afternoon for a bond hearing.

State AG to discuss youth violence

Thursday afternoon, Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar and Dr. Delbert Elliot, a nationally known violence prevention expert, will be in Steamboat Springs to discuss youth violence in America.

County rethinking jail project, cost estimates

After failing miserably the first time, Routt County is expected to put its jail remodeling project back out to bid, with a higher price ceiling.

Comm center upgrades will be welcomed

A remodeling project planned for the county's communications center, where dispatchers are short staffed and missing a director, is expected to improve morale.

Oak Creek could see recycling service

The town of Oak Creek has received a new bid for trash pickup from Waste Management Inc. and for the first time curbside recycling will be offered to south Routt County.

Stolen jar story opens several hearts, wallets

News that a donation jar for a sick infant had been stolen opened the hearts and pocketbooks of many individuals and businesses in Steamboat Springs Tuesday. At the end of the day, some $11,000 had been collected for tiny Kyjah Merrin Burandt.

Sailors top Huskies in battle for first

Coming off two impressive recent victories, the No. 7-ranked Steamboat Sailors continue their run at a state playoff berth when they play host to the Demons of Glenwood Springs at 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at Dudley Field.

West Grand topples Rams

Despite the fact the Soroco Rams' running backs combined for more than 100 yards on the ground, the south Routt County football team couldn't find the end zone against the West Grand junior varsity team and lost 34-0.

Some immigrants are easy to single out

Someone irritated me enough today to prompt a bold statement that should garner a few calls: Steamboat Springs needs a good dose of illegal immigrants.

Lynn David White 1951-2000

Lynn David "Dave" White died Sept. 3, 2000, in Steamboat Springs. He was 49.

Sailors tennis players take aim at regional competition

The Sailors tennis team's No. 1 singles player, Rich Tifft, and No. 1 doubles team of Walker Pruett and David Upbin both finished the 2000 regular-season campaign last weekend with undefeated records in dual matches.

Homecoming isn't what it used to be

Community participation has waned over the years

Homecoming at Steamboat Springs High School is a tradition that has changed over the years for better and for worse, alumni and former faculty say.

Hockey association, officials debate rink upkeep

With hockey season right around the corner and an updated arena to skate in, Oak Creek town officials and the Oak Creek Hockey Association are wondering whose responsibility the rink is and how it will be maintained.

Facing off for 56

Fetcher, White talk about why they should be legislators

Jay Fetcher and Al White both say they had plenty to keep them busy before they made the decision to run for the state Legislature.

Fewer licenses, fewer funds

Deer numbers down, and so is DOW coffer

A $4.5 million decrease in annual revenue logged by the Colorado Division of Wildlife this year may cause hunting merchants to bite the bullet until deer populations improve.

Local man wins top honor in ancient sport

The silver cup that is awarded to the winning team in the North American Gaelic Football Championships looked out of place behind a counter at Sean Doran's auto repair shop.

Battelle-Ayad

Ann Battelle and Sascha I. Ayad were married Sept. 30, 2000, on the Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., by Universal Life Minister Brian Harvey and Justice of the Peace, Kim Kimler.

Goodrich-Carter

Lisa Goodrich and Ben Carter were married June 10, 2000, at the Euzoa Bible Church in Steamboat Springs with Rob Ryg officiating.

Rudenauer-Shaler

Janice Diane Rudenauer and Michael Stephen Shaler were married Sept. 8, 2000, at the Church of the Resurrection in Hingham, Mass., with the Rev. Arthur Calter officiating.

Shop pulls chairs to curb the unruly

The owner of the popular coffee spot Mocha Molly's has taken away her tables and chairs at the Old Town Square shopping center on Lincoln Avenue. It wasn't unruly dogs that prompted the latest move, but unruly transients.

Classes branch out to Yampa ecology

High school students from south Routt and elementary school students from Steamboat Springs spent last week bridging the gap between their Routt County hometowns, learning about their environment and beautifying the banks of the Yampa River one tree at a time.

Taking a shot at gun safety

Youth learn from 4-H that the real power behind firearms is knowledge

Around 40 children from the ranch and from the city took aim at shooting awards as well as gun safety and knowledge through the Routt County 4-H shooting program this past year.

Monday, October 2

Routt County formally opposes Bruce tax cut

Some Routt County fire districts claim they'll have to go back to baking cookies to keep fire service available if a statewide ballot initiative passes.

School enrollment figures increase only slightly

Enrollment figures for the 2000-2001 school year in the Steamboat Springs School District RE-2 are up 37 students from its 1999-2000 figures.

Voting booths likely to stay busy this year

Routt County's clerk and recorder is expecting a historical turnout for the November election.

Abortion pill not arriving soon

RU-486, the abortion pill that was approved for distribution by the federal government last week, won't be offered in Steamboat for a while, even though distribution in other parts of the United States could start in a month.

Beall leaves school board with award

Nobody can say she hasn't put her time in. Eight-year Steamboat Springs School Board member Millie Beall resigned from the board at last night's study session meeting, the same meeting at which she was awarded the 2000 McGuffey Award from the Colorado Association of School Boards.

Donation jar stolen

Exactly 11 months from the day baby Kyjah Merrin Burandt's parents were told their newborn girl would not survive the night, a gallon-sized jar of money, filled by generous residents for fighting the baby's liver transplant, was stolen from McDonald's on U.S. 40.

Council to talk money at retreat

A new fire truck, improvements to City Hall and Centennial Hall and a finished sidewalk at 13th Street are just three of the capital improvements the residents of Steamboat Springs could see next year. City Council will discuss a number of major capital improvement projects today when it meets at Steamboat Springs Airport for its annual budget retreat.

Grocery attracting foreign workers

The Steamboat Springs City Market grocery store could participate this winter in a company plan enabling foreign nationals to work here.

Sunday, October 1

Where there's smoke there's help to quit

"Stop smoking? That's easy! I've done it hundreds of times," said Mark Twain, underscoring the challenge of tobacco cessation. Most smokers start because of curiosity, peer pressure, advertising influences and exposure to smoking parents. It usually takes a smoker four to seven "practice runs" and a combination of techniques before he or she successfully quits.

Charter school issues to be made public soon

The public will be in on north Routt charter school discussions "soon," although a definitive date has not been set, Steamboat Springs School Board member Paul Fisher said.

Steamboat runners take fifth in cross-county meet

The Sailors cross-country teams ran into Bulldog country and came home with a pair of fifth-place finishes.

Rams rebound to wallop Wildcats

The Soroco Rams volleyball team got the monkey off its back by beating North Park at home Saturday.

Sailors sink Huskies; rise to No. 1

It might have been the biggest game of the season, but Steamboat Springs goalkeeper Andrew Litzau wasn't going to speculate.

City bosses hope to get new help hired in 2001

Most of the city's departments can probably think of a few extra people they could use around the office, if only to take up the slack when things get too hectic.

Flu season just ahead; shots in short supply

It may be time buy a half-gallon of orange juice and start popping echinacea pills, because cold and flu seasons are right around the corner and flu shots will be in short supply.

Ski corp., Sheraton sprucing up for winter

The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. is readying for several hundred new guests it expects to be crossing Mount Werner Circle on foot daily this winter.