Friday, September 29
The Steamboat Springs High School football team didn't make many mistakes in Friday night's game, but the ones the squad did commit turned out to be costly in a 36-33 loss to Palisade.
The Soroco Rams volleyball team is seeking some redemption from North Park today. The Rams lost to the team early in the year and want to prove they aren't slouches.
Hayden's football and volleyball teams will be looking to extend their winning streaks today.
If you stop and think about just how tightly knit and interdependent the communities of northwest Colorado all are, you'll realize there probably isn't a soul in Routt County that isn't affected, in some way, by all the folks who make donations to Routt County United Way.
A former Colorado Mountain College student pleaded guilty Friday to two charges stemming from an August theft of an ambulance and an assault on a paramedic at the campus in Steamboat Springs.
Town officials are working with Waste Management to hammer out a new two-year contract that is expected to increase rates and add recycling service and a new fee for additional trash.
Entering the school year, Hayden school officials anticipated a decrease in enrollment, but the decline is much greater than expected.
There's nothing like driving across the country in a souped-up four-wheel drive vehicle with power steering and a comfortable adjustable driver's seat. And if that souped-up four-wheeler is a lawn mower, there's really nothing like it.
Thursday, September 28
The new owners of the Hilltop Trailer Park in Steamboat Springs still have some paperwork headaches to get over. But at last, the 17 trailer owners also own the dirt beneath their homes.
Steamboat Springs School Board veteran Millie Beall is finally going to be compensated financially for all the time and energy she devotes to the community.
Hikers, mountain bikers and motorcyclists are well on their way to traversing the Continental Divide Trail without interruption.
When Routt County wanted to staff its Veterans' Service Office, they called in the Marines. Actually, one Marine. But from the looks of the county's newest recruit, that's all that is needed.
A 40-year-old Clark man faces a misdemeanor charge, after he accidentally shot himself Wednesday evening.
The Routt County Planning Commission met Thursday night to discuss updates to the county's master plan.
"The Howler" alpine slide opened later than developers hoped this summer. And when it finally did open on Aug. 12, it was just in time for the summer monsoons that shut it down for a portion of most days. Still, there are signs that The Howler will turn out to be the revenue source the nonprofit Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club hopes it will be.
After nearly three years of packing hand saws and axes into the wilderness to clear blowdown from hiking trails, Forest Service trail crews are getting some recognition.
Sailors football players will face their first true challenge of the season today when they travel southwest to Grand Junction to face the No. 4-ranked Palisade Bulldogs at 7 p.m at Stocker Stadium.
By the time Mike Rinn scored three goals in the first half against Moffat County on Thursday, Bulldogs players were already asking themselves who let the dogs out.
It's hard to imagine that the person who uttered the words "it's never too late to learn" was thinking about teaching adults the basics of ice hockey.
A wheel on an empty coal train is suspected to have malfunctioned early Thursday morning, causing seven cars to derail in downtown Oak Creek. No one was injured.
Wednesday, September 27
The Routt County Planning Commission meets tonight to hold a public workshop to update sections of the Routt County Master Plan.
Steamboat Springs youth hockey players took to the ice this week as tryouts for the 2000 season are under way at Howelsen Ice Arena.
James "Bear" Ackerman is hoping to create the Bearview Subdivision out of a property off Manitou Avenue on which he originally built almost 10 years ago. Three issues involving the subdivision will go before the Planning Commis-sion tonight.
Despite consistent sales tax increases of at least 8 percent a month this year, the city budget for 2001 looks to be a tight one, say city officials. Just whose head will be left on the chopping block, however, has yet to be decided.
Conservation plan should go into effect
The almost two years of work a local group has spent on developing a conservation plan for northwest Colorado Columbian sharp-tailed grouse will not be a waste of time.
While attempting to cover up a crime, Matthew John Hoffman allegedly committed an even bigger crime, police believe.
All over Routt County, increasing time and attention is being devoted to bullying awareness. Bullies on the playground, on the buses and in the schools may not be new, but fears about how far their behavior can go, and the extent to which they can hurt their victims, is definitely reaching new levels.
Mulch your lawn, mulch your garden. Heck, mulch your bathroom. At least 200 cubic yards of mulch is sitting in the parking lot by the Howelsen Ice Arena, ready for the taking.
Todd Lodwick and the members of the U.S. Nordic Combined team have been watching the Olympic Games in Sydney this week with more than just a passing interest.
Tuesday, September 26
Coming off its first conference loss of the 2000 season, the Steamboat Sailors soccer team looks for redemption on Thursday when it plays host to the Bulldogs of Moffat County High School on Gardner Field.
There are likely to be a lot of women, men their children and extended family members donning pink ribbons throughout October.
There was an excitable band of mud warriors dashing through an aspen grove in Strawberry Park on Tuesday morning.
The recent arrest of a Craig man who is suspected of being involved in the disappearance of Marie Blee has raised the eyebrows of a task force investigating the 1979 case.
Soroco freshman football player Jack Means got a big surprise in practice Monday.
Fire restrictions have been lifted in Routt, Moffat and Grand counties, but officials warn people to call the sheriff's department before burning anything.
A 19-year-old Steamboat Springs man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman during a hike at the Steamboat Ski Area.
A 32-year-old Fort Collins man threatened to kill a police officer after police broke up a fight Monday night at the Holiday Inn.
A 19-year-old man has confessed to setting the Aug. 28 fire that destroyed two townhouses, Steamboat Springs police said Tuesday. The same man confessed to stealing last summer two wooden signs that welcomed visitors to Steamboat.
Monday, September 25
Statewide kudos went out to the Routt County Planning Department for its work on the Stagecoach Community Plan.
After closing the door on major development permits for 90 days, the city planning department is about to open it again. And due in part to the potential impacts of Amendment 24, the department may not be ready for all the developers it will find behind that door.
The goal of the 65 teams that started the Colorado Relay was to cover 170 miles of rough Colorado mountain terrain spanning from Idaho Springs to Glenwood Springs the fastest.
The Soroco Rams football squad had five days to regroup, lick their wounds and fill in for injuries before taking on the Moffat County junior varsity squad tonight at home.
Paul Brown swears he saw a small herd of elk out celebrating in a meadow late last week.
A man being investigated for the disappearance of a Hayden girl more than 20 years ago was recently arrested in Moffat County.
Bus rides from south Routt County will continue this ski season, but the Routt County Board of Commissioners is evaluating requests for changes in the bus schedule.
After draining the lower Spring Creek Reservoir five feet below the spillway last year, the city has decided to empty the old reservoir and build a park with a pond in its place. The dam, which was built in 1903 as an early source of municipal drinking water, will be breached by the end of October.
On one of autumn's first brisk, foggy mornings when the smell of the air promises snow some 1,200 pink, blue and yellow rubber duckies were simultaneously dumped into the Yampa River at Dr. Rich Weiss Park. The cooling currents took the ducks to the Depot. At the end of the day, $12,000 was gathered by the fund-raiser for the Doak Walker Care Center and Grandkids nursery and playground equipment.
Sunday, September 24
A gland no bigger than a walnut looms large in the health vocabulary of most men. The prostate gland, which is part of the male reproductive tract, surrounds the urethra and is located under the bladder. Its function is to produce some of the seminal fluid that protects and nourishes sperm cells.
A Grand Junction construction firm edged out two companies from the area to build the town of Hayden's new $500,000 Public Works Shop.
Trailing 0-3 in the first game of their match against Delta High School, the Steamboat Sailors volleyball team put the heat on the Panthers, and rolled to an easy two-game win at home.
An election forum tentatively set for midday on Oct. 26 will give Steamboat Springs and Routt County voters a chance to hear the candidates speak, and listen as activists give pro and con views on some of the many ballot questions that will be posed in the Nov. 7 election.
The Steamboat Springs soccer team came up short Friday night in Glenwood Springs, losing its first conference game of the season to the Demons, 2-1.
Facing challenges in recruiting and retaining staff at Horizons, the board of directors has come up with a new way to hold onto some of its much-needed counselors.
Steamboat Springs runner Tracy Tyson may have been happy after winning the 7-mile race at Sunday's Steamboat Pilot/BPW Four Fun Feats, but for her the day was bittersweet.
A lawsuit brought by two wheelchair-users against the city for failure to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act is close to being settled, said a lawyer for the city.
Friday, September 22
Appeal officers for the U.S. Forest Service said logging in the Gold Creek Roadless Area violates the Routt National Forest Plan, prompting a decision reversal for a timber sale there.
The Visiting Nurse Association has agreed to sell its building on Sixth Street to the county for $813,000. Profits from the sale, along with a huge state grant, will allow the nonprofit agency to buy office space in the new Yampa Valley Medical Center.
The golfing season came to a disappointing end for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School team in the regional tournament at the Dos Rios Golf course in Gunnison.
The dead trees of Steamboat Springs have found a new life as mulch.
Hayden eighth-graders scored higher than the state average in science but scored below the state average in math on the Colorado Student Assessment Program.
Stone masons working on the restoration of the historic Routt National Bank building are proceeding with painstaking care this fall to match the original materials on the structure at Eighth and Lincoln in downtown Steamboat Springs.
The Hayden Tigers ended a seven-year losing streak to league rival West Grand Friday night. The Tigers scored 22 points in the first half and cruised to a 22-6 victory over the visiting Mustangs.
Stewart Beall returned to Gardner Field with a fury on Friday night, and the Steamboat firecracker offense erupted for 47 points as the Sailors football team demolished the Glenwood Springs High School Demons in front of hometown fans.
The Soroco Rams volleyball squad had its moments during its homecoming game Friday against West Grand but dropped a three-game match to the Mustangs.
At least 40 travelers had to drive to Denver Friday to catch airline flights because of rainy weather that kept the Yampa Valley Regional Airport closed for most of the day.
How would you like to get out of town way, way out of town next year?
Thursday, September 21
Remember all the myths you learned about bullies back in grade school? That bullies are insecure, they don't have friends, they just want to be liked? Well, according to the latest theory on bullying behavior, none of those things are true.
Soroco coach, players focus on the little victories in rebuilding season
Though the rain cleared by halftime and a double rainbow appeared east of Soroco High School's football field, the Rams couldn't find their way to that golden first win.
Sales tax collections in the city of Steamboat Springs rose 8.6 percent in July over the same month in 1999, indicating a strong summer tourist season. Lodging and accommodation revenues each enjoyed double-digit growth over last summer.
When the Soroco High School volleyball team enters its match against West Grand High School this evening, the adrenaline will be running high for the mighty Rams.
Amendment 24 still leaving voters with questions about development
When voters mark their ballots in November, some agricultural producers and agencies are afraid that a "yes" vote for Amendment 24 could mean another blow to farmers and ranchers, but advocates of the growth act say it is written to protect rural areas.
It may be time to take your favorite sweater out of the closet and unpack a warm jacket because meteorologists are predicting the first fall snowstorm to hit northwest Colorado this weekend.
Local wildlife managers say that a late spring frost will impact bear populations in Routt County. Recently, Colorado Division of Wildlife officials have reported that lack of food in the forests of the Front Range, the Colorado River Basin and the Roaring Fork Basin will reduce the number of bear cubs born next spring in Colorado.
Entering its first league contest of the season, the Steamboat Sailors football team continues its mission of making the 2000 state playoffs when it plays host to the Demons of Glenwood Springs tonight at home.
Officials at the Yampa Valley Medical Center agree with Routt County Sheriff John Warner's decision to no longer hold in jail intoxicated people who are not suspected of crimes.
Hayden's football and volleyball teams will compete tonight in key matchups against conference rivals.
The Bonfils Blood Center and Yampa Valley Medical Center Auxiliary got their wish in Steamboat Springs on Thursday.
A golf course and subdivision propsed for land near Stagecoach Reservoir could be the latest big step toward achieving a vision nearly 30 years old. The possibility of the development it happens, south Routt officials wonder what the affects of a resort-like community in their back yard will have.
Mary Crotz is cutting her hair for a cause. After three years of growing her light blonde hair until it hangs all the way down her back, the local woman is going to have it cut off and donated to help children with cancer.
A young woman escaped serious injury after being hit by a car at 6:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon while crossing Lincoln Avenue at Fifth Street. The accident was the third of a rainy afternoon.
The television sets for the guest rooms were still on a truck somewhere outside El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday, but the Steamboat Grand Hotel will open today nonetheless.
Even after city staff took a 90-day break to analyze cellular facility land permits, the residents of Steamboat Springs are still waiting for their fuzzy cellular connections to clear up. But whether the city is dragging its heels on this issue, or simply considering all the possible complications with cellular facilities, is still up for question.
Dorothy H. Todd died Aug. 25, 2000, at the Villa Manor in Lakewood. She was 94. Dorothy was born Nov. 1, 1905, in Denver and moved to Oak Creek with her family in 1912.
Maletta E. Bailey died Aug. 30, 2000, at the Extended Care Center in Steamboat Springs. She was 88.
CSAP tests lead to curriculum alteration
South Routt eighth-graders did not show a flair for math and science last spring on the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests, but school officials are seeing the silver lining of the low scores.
Donna Baker and Curtis Reinhardt were married Aug. 10, 2000, at the United Methodist Church in Centralia, Mo. A reception was held at the Centralia Country Club.
A south Routt rancher's legacy
Mrs. Benton, who lives in Edwards, is trying to get her late husband John's family name officially recorded as the name of a small lake in extreme South Routt County. The lake is in the shadow of Dome Peak, on the flanks of a mountain range called the Flat Tops.
Karen Walker and Nick Strong are engaged and plan to marry Oct. 7 at Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Steamboat Springs.
Carolyn S. Oatman died Aug. 29, 2000 at Riverside Memorial Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was 60.
Wednesday, September 20
The man who runs the nuts and bolts of the Routt County Sheriff's Office says he's on the verge of resigning if something isn't done about staffing and wages. The lieutenant who runs the jail indicates he might follow.
Prior to Routt County Sheriff John Warner's decision to stop taking "detox holds" in the county jail, he scheduled two meetings with other law enforcement agencies to discuss his concerns. No one showed up.
The city is about to put out the second request for proposals this year looking for ideas to squeeze some more money out of its airport. After reviewing two unsolicited proposals to build private hangars at the Steamboat Springs Airport, City Council decided Tuesday night to go ahead with an RFP to open the bidding to the public.
Ladies will have a chance today to come together to help each other deal with the challenges of being a business or professional woman in the Yampa Valley.
Red Cunningham may have taken 18 years to shoot his second hole in one, but it took him only 10 days to follow with this third ace.
Construction of the latest phase of the Christie Club condominiums this winter will not eliminate an important transit turnaround at the upper end of Ski Time Square, city officials said.
This week's Colorado Supreme Court ruling upholding the town of Eagle's motel/hotel "occupation tax" doesn't have any implications for the city of Steamboat Springs' 1 point of accommodation sales tax. The two taxes are distinctly different.
When the 0-3 Soroco High School varsity team takes the field today in Oak Creek, the Rams will be hoping to upend the Steamboat Sailors junior varsity squad at their school's annual homecoming game.
If you wanted to catch a quick flight out of Yampa Valley Regional Airport Wednesday or today, you were out of luck. The Hayden airport has been closed so crews can paint the runway.
Steamboat Springs police are expecting a 19-year-old Ohio man to turn himself in next week in connection with the theft of two signs welcoming visitors to the city.
Tuesday, September 19
Routt County Search and Rescue was dispatched its most recent mission Tuesday, a brief search for a 36-year-old Michigan man who was missing near Buffalo Pass.
Fifty-two year old Lonny Stucky of Minnesota owes his life to his son Travis, whose quick action helped get his father to the hospital when he suffered a massive heart attack while hunting in the Flat Top Wilderness. Their story isn't all that uncommon, local wildlife officials say, but often the outcome isn't so pleasant.
Commercial tubing on the upper Yampa River was saved from damnation by City Council Tuesday night at least for the time being.
Mike Rinn's scoring heroics against Rifle High School on Tuesday were just what the Steamboat soccer team needed, as the Sailors edged out a feisty Bears squad 3-2 at Dudley Field.
A booming economy, coupled with the high cost of living, is making it difficult for Routt County government to hire and retain employees.
Volunteers out in force around county
Of all the locals who depend upon LIFT-UP for canned goods, used furniture, clothing and household items, seasonal employees of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. especially do, said United Way Director Donna Horii.
The 45 members of Routt County Search and Rescue could use a good, reliable people mover to get them to the search on time something more reliable than the 15-year-old Sub-urban that saw heavy duty with U.S. Forest Service before Search and Rescue inherited it.
Four Steamboat Springs golfers will be trying to extend their season today as they tee off at the regional tournament in Gunnison.
Jane Sindell-Reece will be hoping to hold on to her running series lead at the final event of the Steamboat Running series this Sunday.
Watching a 14-point lead slip in the second half against Eagle Valley High School on Monday, the Steamboat Sailors junior varsity team came up big in overtime, pulling out a 34-28 win over the Devils at home.
With medical bills mounting, a fund has been set up to help the family of Matthew Crider, who sustained permanent brain damage at the hands of his father, a former state trooper.
What if you threw a blood drive and nobody showed up? That isn't expected to be a problem today when the Yampa Valley Medical Center Auxiliary and Bonfils Blood Center host a community blood drive from 12:30 until 6 p.m. at Steamboat Springs Airport.
The Steamboat Sailors junior varsity soccer team pitched a shutout at home on Tuesday, defeating the Rifle High School Bears 4-0 at Dudley Field.
Monday, September 18
Half a decade of conflict will come to a head tonight when City Council votes on the first reading of an ordinance banning commercial tubing on parts of the upper Yampa River.
A truck carrying 44,000 pounds of concrete turned over on its side Monday afternoon after it was cut off by a station wagon, police said.
Four buildings were added to the Routt County Register of Historic Places, which means tax breaks and grant opportunities for the owners.
Who makes bath time lots of fun? The very same yellow, pink and blue plastic birds that will be bobbing down the Yampa River Saturday in the Hospital Auxiliary and Kiwanis Club's 13th annual Rubber Ducky Race.
Two new unsolicited proposals to build private hangars at Bud Adams Airport are being presented to the City Council tonight by Airport Manager Matt Grow and Deputy City Manager Wendy Dubord.
Sailors boys soccer team head coach Rob Bohlmann considers the up-and-down Rifle Bears to be one of the most dangerous teams in the conference this season.
Sunday, September 17
More than 160 firefighters battled four blazes on local public lands over the weekend, a reminder that even though the nights are cooler, fire danger remains high during September.
Violet G. Steele died Aug. 8, 2000, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. She was 85. She was born Nov. 7, 1914, in Eminence, Mo., to George W. and Mary A. (Pankey) Meineke. She lived in a several states during her early life and came to Moffat County in 1923, traveling with her family by horse and wagon to settle in the lower Elkhead area where she attended school for the next three years. In 1926, her family moved to Craig where she continued her education. The family also lived in Hayden for a short period of time.
For two summers in a row now, an airplane has tumbled from the sky onto the floor of the Yampa Valley. The two accidents took the lives of four fliers.
Whoever is chosen as United Way's new executive director can expect the first days on the job to be full of campaigning bustle.
A south Routt school building with its roots in a U.S. Cavalry camp may be put the Routt County Register of Historic Places today, and school officials hope to benefit from the designation.
With Labor Day now a memory, a new local state park enjoyed a successful camping season, despite limitations.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is closer to its goal of raising $750,000 to contribute to the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.'s winter airline program.
Connell Resources has won the right to repave and widen the first four miles of Colorado 131 from U.S. 40 by submitting a low bid of $4.186 million.
Gertrude Caroline Farrell died Aug. 17, 2000 at Yampa Valley Medical Center. She was 87. Gertrude was the granddaughter of two pioneering families who homesteaded in Routt County in the late 1800s. Her paternal grandfather, Angus Campbell, homesteaded the Deep Creek area and her maternal grandfather, Henry McPhee, homesteaded the Elk River area on what is now the Fetcher Ranch.
Wilderness vs. civilization: Walking the walk
Ever have the feeling, as you're packing your Petzel, camping stove, gourmet jerky and R.E.I.'s single-shot espresso pot for campers, that you're taking just a few too many creature comforts to distract you from the wildness that you are presumably seeking during your outdoor venture? Ever scan the dual-suspension, titanium-framed, mountain-biking passers-by at Spring Creek on a Saturday afternoon and wonder when it became common for outdoor recreation, Steamboat-style, to include a $2,000 bike, a $75 water "bladder," $50 shoes, a $50 helmet and hundreds of dollars of high-tech clothing?
The Routt County commissioners were handed some surprising numbers last week when they learned that the county prosecutors who defend victims and try people accused of crimes get paid much less than the public defenders representing those suspects.
Storm Mountain Ranch honored for riparian work
Thrasher is the fishing manager at Storm Mountain Ranch, and a former Olympic downhill skier. In August, Thrasher proved he can hold his own with Orvis fishing guides, as well as Austrian skiers. At roughly the same time, Storm Mountain Ranch became the first private facility to receive a full endorsement from the prestigious Orvis brand.
Ski area condo complex will rival the Grand
Steamboat Springs developer and property manager Joe Brennan says he plans to break ground this fall on an expansion that will make Bear Claw one of the largest resort properties at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.
Friday, September 15
Bubble's light fixtures need to be fixed
Although the bubble over the courts at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs has been reinflated, the familiar sound of taut racket strings hitting fuzzy tennis balls is still at least a few days away from being heard.
Kimberly Goodwin-Johnson expected to walk into Routt County Court Friday afternoon and be granted an annulment that would end her three-month marriage to a man accused of killing her best friend. But the decision never came as Judge James Garrecht gave Goodwin-Johnson's husband, Thomas Lee Johnson, two weeks to reply to his wife's annulment request.
After the Sailors hosted two top Western slope opponents in two days, some volleyball fans might have expected to see signs of fatigue or frustration on the face of head coach Wendy Hall. But this was not the case.
Routt County officials are scrambling to come up with a budget proposal for 2001. "We're way behind," said county Finance Director Dan Strnad.
Eighty-four of the state's best Amateur golfers teed off at the Haymaker Golf Course Friday as part of the Colorado Golf Association's Mid-Amateur Golf Championships. The statewide tournament will continue this weekend at the Steamboat golf course.
Luxury project slated for base area at Steamboat
It took the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission less than an hour to recommend approval of a revised major development permit for the Christie Base Townhomes Thursday night.
Soroco struggles on statewide tests
Mathematics scores by Steamboat Springs eighth-graders put them in the top 7 percent in the state. Their counterparts in Hayden also found themselves in elite company thanks to their scores in science.
Developer proposes affordability
Hayden officials recognize the need for affordable housing within the town, but do not want to see it developed close to Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
Jamie McKelvie recovered a fumble in the end zone and scored on an 8-yard touchdown reception, as the Steamboat Sailors throttled the Highland Huskies 48-3 on Friday in Ault.
A fire in the Routt National Forest northeast of Clark had burned an estimated 80 acres Friday evening and by press time had not been controlled.
Thursday, September 14
The closest thing Routt County has to a detoxification center could disappear soon if the Routt County Sheriff's Office goes through with an expected policy change.
Steamboat Springs eighth-graders not only surpassed state averages on Colorado Student Assessment Program tests in mathematics and science, they also ranked 27th in the state in mathematics and 62nd in science. Statewide, 387 public and charter schools administered the CSAP tests.
When runners finish this Saturday's Steamboat Invitational Cross Country meet at the base of Howelsen Hill, the winners will be given ribbons embroidered with the words "Steamboat Springs Suffer fest."
The only shadow over a dedication ceremony of the city's new Legacy Ranch Thursday was cast by a bald eagle soaring above the nearly 4,000-acre ranch. Gov. Bill Owens spoke on a perfectly clear afternoon to a crowd of about 75 who gathered to celebrate a conservation project that was about three years and $10 million in the making.
A Denver man sentenced in March to four years in prison for stabbing a man in the neck with a beer bottle had his sentence reduced to four years of probation.
A day after participating in a memorial flyover for a friend killed in a Steamboat Springs airplane crash, an Englewood pilot had to emergency land his own plane the same type of vintage military craft his friend flew on a Denver street.
Elk and deer muzzleloading seasons are producing big harvests with large animals.
The Steamboat Sailors volleyball squad taught the Moffat County Bulldogs a lesson on Thursday, scoring 21 consecutive points after finding themselves way behind in the first game of the match.
An obscure, but significant, city measure known as the "vendors fee" remains at the crux of a debate over growth and tourism in Steamboat Springs.
Off to a 2-0 start, the Steamboat Sailors football team is ready to unleash its firecracker scoring explosion tonight, when it travels to Ault to face the Huskies of Highland High School.
Wednesday, September 13
Rain may have put a damper on the Sept. 8 Buffalo Pass hill climb, but it couldn't slow competitor Sara Fisher, who stole the show with a first-place finish for the season.
Beef company enjoying unexpected sales that are straining its volunteers
With sales climbing, Yampa Valley Beef has found itself at a crossroads and its membership now needs to decide where the company that sells a value-added local product goes from here.
Eight new faculty members have joined Lowell Whiteman high school in Strawberry Park
Lumber companies worried
Difficulty reaching the timber, forest fires blazing across the West and an appeal filed by environmentalists have slowed logging in the North Fork area of the Routt National Forest north of Steamboat Springs. Removal of some blowndown trees planned for this summer may have to wait a full year, Forest Service officials and owners of logging companies say.
Although the Routt County commissioners have continually expressed their desire to keep Steamboat Springs in the business of fighting wildland fires, the city remains unmoved.
The Steamboat Springs School District is breaking records and proving it has some of the most innovative educators in the state.
The current wife of accused murderer Thomas Lee Johnson is seeking an annulment in Routt County Court Friday afternoon.
For the first time in more than a decade, the Routt County commissioners are serious about the possibility of hiring a county manager.
Carol Schaffer and more than 100 of her best friends are looking forward to a reunion on Nov. 6. That's when the new Doak Walker Care Center and Grandkids preschool open on the campus of Yampa Valley Medical Center.
The Park Place development, planned for the site of the former Routt Memorial Hospital, is one step closer to fruition.
A former Colorado Mountain College freshman was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail for his involvement in the theft of a city ambulance.
The Routt County Sheriff's Office may be close to knowing who started a May fire on Lynx Pass. Local officials are waiting for test results from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to give them substantial evidence on who started the fire and if charges should be brought against that person, Sheriff John Warner said.
Jon Peddie and Ken Gold are hoping to build a ski-in, ski-out condominium complex in Ski Time Square that Gold believes will be "the nicest project ever done in Steamboat." The upscale development, called Christie Base Townhomes, is going before the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission tonight at 6 pm.
The Colorado Department of Transportation postponed until today opening bids for the first phase of the Colorado 131 corridor project.
The fragmentation of ranches into 35-acre parcels and the right to claim those lots as agricultural land for tax purposes drove a discussion on local agricultural issues Wednesday night.
Deb Earp and John Kole will marry Sept. 9 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Steamboat Springs. The brother of the groom-to-be, John Kole, will officiate and a reception will follow at the Steamboat Yacht Club.
Steamboat's goal-line stance in the fourth quarter on Monday was just what the Sailors needed, as the freshman team beat the Moffat County Bulldogs 18-14 at home.
An inexperienced Moffat County girls volleyball team will come to Steamboat Springs tonight with a 2-0 conference record, high expectations and a new attitude.
Kenneth and Mary Asher of Mound City, Kan. announce the marriage of their daughter, Danielle, to Alexander Iacovetto, son of Claude and Lexie Iacovetto of Phippsburg.
But prison officials say Crider won't receive special treatment behind bars
By the end of this month, a former state trooper from Steamboat Springs will be sent to prison to serve a six-year sentence for severely abusing his infant son. Though they say he'll be treated like any other inmate, prison officials admit that Wesley Crider's former standing as a lawman will be taken into consideration as they assess how to keep him safe.
Tuesday, September 12
The fate of two Old Town Steamboat Springs trailer parks continued to sound like "A Tale of Two Cities" this week. Residents in the Hilltop Trailer Park are looking forward to a tentative Sept. 22 closing on the land under their homes, while residents in Trailer Haven remain in limbo.
Although Colorado Mountain College campuses statewide are experiencing teacher shortages oftentimes due to the high cost of living in mountain towns the Steamboat campus started this month with a full staff.
Agents for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation believe the Aug. 28 arson fire at The Ridge townhomes was started in at least three places in Unit 7 a bed, a stairway and in the carpet immediately outside a bedroom door.
A chamber of commerce leader pre-empted a City Council work session on community support funding Tuesday night by offering a proposal to phase out city subsidization of chamber marketing within five years. The proposal, set to begin with next year's budget, would reduce city expenditures by up to $281,000 by 2006.
Two men were arrested on drug charges after they allegedly sold marijuana to an undercover officer.
A man is in jail after allegedly threatened a co-worker with a gun at a local restaurant.
Another group representing communities in Colorado has come out against Amendment 24, the Citizens Growth Initiative.
Legal notice goes out today for anyone interested in making a bid to acquire about 6,400 acres of Emerald Mountain near Steamboat Springs.
Wanted: Communications director willing to stay longer than 10 months in the beautiful resort town of Steamboat Springs, Colo.
With just two days remaining until the conference opener in Craig, Steamboat Springs' J.J. Simon was clearly focused on one thing: His own team's play.
Chris Edilson topped Luke Antonelli in a tiebreaker match on Tuesday afternoon to take first place at the annual Steamboat Haymaker golf tournament.
Monday, September 11
The sun was just starting to set when high school senior Garrett McGinn returned home from the Haymaker Golf Course.
Results from evidence sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's crime laboratory will delay a preliminary hearing for a man suspected of murdering a local woman in May.
The first official City Council meeting since the council took a three-week break will begin tonight with a work session discussing budget requests from community organizations.
On Wednesday, campers will be able to light fires in fully enclosed grills, gas grills or in developed camping spots in the Routt National Forest without breaking fire restrictions on the public lands.
State wildlife officials will continue to take northern pike and other non-native predators from the Yampa River to try to protect native fish.
Eighth-grade students in the Steamboat Springs School District RE-2 surpassed the performance of students statewide on the Colorado Student Assessment Program in mathematics and science.
Agriculture producers in the Yampa Valley and local government officials will meet Wednesday to discuss keeping agricultural viable in the Yampa Valley.
Gov. Bill Owens will take a break from a staff retreat in Steamboat Springs on Thursday to help dedicate "Legacy Ranch," the city-owned hay meadow near the intersection of U.S. 40 and Colo. 131.
Sunday, September 10
A few months after relinquishing the race for the Republican presidential nomination, John McCain was back in the spotlight with the chilling news that he has melanoma again. According to reports, his second go-round with this deadly form of skin cancer disease was detected before it had spread to his lymph nodes.
The man suspected of murdering a local woman in May is expected to appear in a Routt County courtroom today.
Routt County United Way kicks off its annual fund-raising campaign Wednesday in front of the Routt County Courthouse.
Americans dispose of nearly a ton of waste per capita annually. But landfill space can be saved by recycling kitchen and yard waste into rich, dark compost for personal use. Even in Routt County, with a short growing season, gardeners can successfully create compost.
Steamboat Springs ski jumper Clint Jones is the new Summer National Ski Jumping champion.
The Steamboat Springs cross-country teams were in action on Saturday, both finishing among the top five teams in a tournament in Leadville.
Mike Rinn's second-half goal at Dudley Field on Saturday brought Sailors to their feet, before an offsides call negated the score and left the Steamboat Springs boys' soccer team with a hard-fought, 1-1 tie against the Centaurus High School Warriors.
Wayne and Jane Garrison are looking for a few good bowlers.
Friday, September 8
New technology is being installed to make a stretch of U.S. 40 between Craig and Hayden safer for motorists and school children.
As part of an effort to make schools statewide safer, help is needed from community members, parents, students and faculty.
The impacts of quality child care in any community extend far beyond teaching a toddler how to share or eat with a spoon. The more public awareness that is raised regarding child care, the better local businesses will be able to hold on to employees with children, the better parents can choose a day-care facility for their children, the better child-care providers can meet the needs of Steamboat's little people and, almost needless to say, the healthier a community's children will be.
For close to two months, two $5,000 signs welcoming visitors to Steamboat Springs had been missing.
Thursday, September 7
The city has put into a holding pattern a handful of proposals for privatizing fixed-base operations at Bob Adams Field, waiting for new airport manager Matt Grow to have a chance to review them.
The long-awaited opening of the Steamboat Grand Hotel is tentatively set for Sept. 22, when a small group of condominium owners will visit the hotel.
If you're a night owl, if you're mesmerized by the mysterious, murky depths of a river at midnight, and if all of your senses are sharp, you ought to take advantage of local astronomer Jimmy Westlake's expertise and recent late-night adventures on the Colorado River. The Colorado Mountain College professor will be divulging the secrets of the night sky on CNN this weekend.
Sailors fans are unlikely to forget three years ago, when the Spartans of Salida High School ended Steamboat's football season in the first round of the state playoffs.
When the Centaurus High School soccer team visits Steamboat Springs today, it won't be competing in a soccer match.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners seem willing to help supply the city with equipment to fight wildland fires, but whether that is enough to keep Steamboat Springs involved in an interdepartmental agreement with other area fire districts is another question.
Twenty-one dogs will be looking for homes this weekend during the city's first-ever dog adopt-a-thon.
A power outage Thursday evening left customers stuck in line at City Market, some diners waiting for their meals and police responding to a flurry of alarms at area businesses.
A U.S. Army soldier faces two felony charges and a misdemeanor in connection with a Saturday night burglary.
Wednesday, September 6
Judge worried that dispute between City Council president's family and neighbor could escalate to violence
Saying he was worried that a neighborhood dispute could escalate into violence, Routt County Judge James Garrecht issued a restraining order Wednesday prohibiting Kay Sieverding from contacting her neighbor, Jane Bennett, wife of City Council President Kevin Bennett.
Bryn Weaver hopes her 2000 cross-country team can repeat the success it had last year, when the Steamboat Sailors girls team qualified for states, and two individuals from the boys team made it to the finals.
With a snort and a tail wag, the graying, 9-year-old, recently shaved black lab lifts her teddy bear, "Baby," into her mouth. She prances around the Bud Werner Memorial Library lawn as though she'd never had a single ache or pain in what used to be her constantly limping frame.
The Seneca Coal Co. goes before the Routt County Regional Planning Commission again tonight in hopes of getting more of its trucks down County Road 27.
By reducing the scope of improvements and increasing assessments on local property owners, City Council was able to push improvements to Longthong Road in a special session Tuesday. The council unanimously passed a second reading of an ordinance establishing a Local Improvement District dedicated to heating the steep, mountain-area road.
City Council members hit on some big topics in a one-hour meeting Tuesday afternoon dedicated to discussing the group's goals for 2001. Drawing on suggestions offered by Steamboat residents at a number of town meetings held this summer, council members prepared to push ambitious goals in the upcoming year.
With three matches now behind them, the Steamboat Sailors boys tennis team heads out on the road this weekend, where the squad looks forward to playing four contests in a two-day period.
A rainy night in Granby couldn't slow the Steamboat junior varsity defense Tuesday as the Sailors pitched a 14-0 shutout of the Middle Park Panthers in their first game of the season.
A shot fired from a Colorado State trooper's service weapon in August has been ruled an accident.
An hour is all it will take for the best mountain bikers in the Town Challenge series to climb 3,500 feet from the base of Buffalo Pass to the top Friday.
Three men and two juveniles, all from Denver, were taken out of a stolen car at gunpoint Wednesday morning.
Fire chiefs from around Routt County will meet tonight to try to keep the Steamboat Springs Fire Department from pulling out of an interdepartmental agreement involving wildland fires. At the core of the issue: Steamboat Springs officials say the Routt County Board of Commissioners needs to pay for new equipment and personnel.
Two students involved in the theft of a city ambulance at the end of August have withdrawn from Colorado Mountain College.
Tuesday, September 5
Steamboat Springs City Council will not allow landowners to use a shortcut that would help them avoid the proposed Citizens Growth Initiative, known as Amendment 24.
Following Tuesday night's loss to the Rifle Bears, Sailors setter Maggie McElhinney was at a loss for words as she walked into the locker room with her head hung low.
Steamboat residents looking for bargains on winter sporting goods can buy skates and other equipment at the annual Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association swap Friday at Howelsen Hill Ski Area.
Oak Creek officials looked to some very local consultants Tuesday night to help them figure out how to consolidate and reconfigure their town government.
The Routt County commissioners returned from the Labor Day weekend Tuesday to find out that Director of Communications Ray Deichsel had resigned effective immediately for unspecified personal reasons. He served in the post for just 10 months.
Robert Egizii recovered his 1999 Chevrolet Suburban, a life-sized mounted cougar and a pile of clothes. But most of his possessions are missing from Unit 7 at The Ridge.
Steamboat Springs City Council has approved changes in a ballot initiative calling for an excise tax on new construction.
There are likely hundreds of families in Steamboat Springs and all around the country's Southwest who will be thanking two charitable locals for taking the time to be unsparingly openhanded with their energy.
Katharine Ford was unstoppable for Soroco High School Thursday, racking up 17 kills for the Rams, as the girls volleyball team came from behind to defeat the Meeker High School Cowboys in three games.
Monday, September 4
Family fun in the sun draws hundreds of visitors to Oak Creek
With a hammer under one arm and a cigarette dangling from his lips, Oak Creek resident Tom Wisecup gingerly climbed up a ladder Monday to the top of a pole blackened by globs of axle grease to nail $200 to the wood. It was a cash "carrot" for those willing to seek the title of Labor Day greased-pole climbing champion.
The Oak Creek Board of Trustees meets tonight to discuss how to go about picking a town manager.
Amendment 24 gives power to voters
While members of the Planning Commission appeared worried last week about the impact of the Citizens' Growth Initiative, some on City Council don't seem to be as concerned.
Both victims were military veterans
A plane crash that killed two men in Steamboat Springs Sunday afternoon was not the result of an aerobatic stunt, organizers of a Labor Day vintage plane event said Monday. The crash near the Ramada hotel on Hilltop Drive killed Lynn David White, 49, of Steamboat Springs and the pilot of the vintage warplane, 59-year-old Joseph Gunnels of Aurora.
Sunday, September 3
Vintage airplane here for Labor Day event
A local man and a visiting pilot died Sunday afternoon in a plane crash near a hotel in Steamboat Springs.
4-mile reconstruction project on table
The Colorado Department of Transportation will open bids on Thursday to reconstruct a four-mile section of Colorado 131 and work could start by the end of the month. However, major delays on the state highway south of Steamboat Springs won't happen until next summer.
Routt County students getting another chance to learn lessons in 'real world'
Ninety-six sixth-graders from Steamboat Springs and Hayden will have a chance to learn about the natural systems that govern the Yampa Valley during a special three-day science school later this fall.
The Soroco Rams lost to the Rifle junior varsity 36-14 at home Saturday.
The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team knocked off five opponents over the weekend en route to winning the Glenwood Springs Tournament.
Friday, September 1
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During a day when Wesley Crider sobbed at times, the former state trooper showed no emotion when he was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for causing injuries that left his infant son in a "vegetative state."
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation confirmed Friday that Monday's condominium fire at The Ridge was arson.
For some, a straw house may conjure the image of three certain pigs and a hungry wolf looking for dinner, but for others, it brings Mel Stewart and Jenny LaRoux to mind.
It may have taken an entire quarter for them to find a groove, but the Steamboat Sailors dominated the final three quarters against the Middle Park Panthers on Friday night, steam-rolling their way to a 41-0 shutout victory.
Sixty-nine men have climbed aboard Skoal's Panda this summer with hopes of riding the bull to a top score. Sixty-nine men have failed.
Wes Crider's estranged wife asks for probation so he can help care for severly disabled son
During a day when Wesley Crider sobbed at times, the former state trooper showed no emotion when he was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for causing injuries that left his infant son in a "vegetative state."
Ron Tarrson can hop in his Citation jet and zap across the country any time he feels like it. So what did he fly from Chicago to Steamboat Springs this week? A single engine biplane with a wooden propeller.
Hayden Tigers football coach Kevin Kleckler will be working a few new twists into his standard play book this season with hopes of catching his opponents off guard
Moffat County's 1-point win over Steamboat Springs last season still leaves a bad taste in the mouths of the Sailors, who are hungry this year to avenge the close loss that took place on their home field.
The Yampa Valley Chariot and Cutter Racing Association will hold its fourth event of the summer at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig this weekend.