Monday, April 30
Keeping Yampa Valley Regional Airport afloat
The Routt County Board of Commissioners is preparing to file a flight plan that would seek $100,000 from the city of Steamboat Springs in 2002 to help subsidize operations and capital projects at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. The commissioners would like to see that amount increase in coming years.
One local tubing operation calls it quits
One local tubing company owner has decided, due to new city regulations banning commercial tubing on the upper Yampa River, that he can't afford to run his business anymore.
A lifetime (membership) gets more expensive
For the first time in 10 years, the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center is being forced to raise its lifetime membership price.
A tennis powerhouse? Well maybe not just yet, but the members of the Steamboat Springs tennis team are making all the right steps.
While the Jazz Ambassadors pack up their saxophones, trombones and trumpets to head to Steamboat Springs for a free concert, the phone lines won't stop ringing for ticket reservations.
Steamboat Springs' JoJo Bucci pulled a baseball from the rear pocket of his pants following Monday night's playoff "pig tale" game at Vanatta Field. The ball will serve as a bittersweet reminder of his final game in a Sailors uniform. Sweet because the ball still bears the mark of his three-run shot in the fifth inning that put his team up by two runs. Bitter because the Sailors ended up losing the game 15-12 after giving up five runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Nordic Lodge expansion reviewed
If City Council agrees with Planning Commission in regards to a proposed expansion o the Nordic Lodge, the debate over whether the downtown area needs more parking or more sidewalks may tilt toward parking. The owners of the lodge on 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue are hoping to remodel their motel, adding retail space, office space, employee housing and a possible coffee shop to the 39-room business.
Sunday, April 29
Graduate students compiling master plan for area
Town officials are starting to make decisions that will pave the way for the development of 23 acres of property that is intended for ball fields.
New vegetation planted along river to help combat erosion along banks
Small, multicolored tents were nestled around the tall narrowleaf cottonwood trees next to the Yampa River on the Carpenter Ranch. These trees are one form of vegetation that volunteers, mostly from the Front Range, worked to plant Saturday and Sunday along the Yampa River at the ranch to help stabilize the riparian forests native to this section of the river.
Hayden elementary uses place-based learning in play
Fourth-grader Zach Barnes slips on his cowboy boots, fixes his cowboy vest and readies to put on his cowboy hat to get into his character of an early Yampa Valley settler.
The Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse team spent last week resting up and preparing for the start of the state playoffs.
Woman crossing state on donkey-back to bring awareness
After a 12-day trip across western Colorado, Lou Dean arrives on donkey in Steamboat Springs to promote her first novel about the preponderance of school violence.
Saturday, April 28
A couple of old-school tennis pros and a young prote have the Sailors tennis team headed in the right direction.
Geneva Taylor retires after almost 40 years
When a check was tossed onto Geneva's desk, a secretary at Routt County National Bank, by some young cocky man, she turned the check to see it clearly. It was written out to her for the amount of one date and signed. She nodded and said, "I think I can take care of this." This was the beginning of her courtship with her future husband, Jack Taylor, and only one of the memories she'll keep of her career working in the banks of Steamboat Springs.
Enrollment, staff numbers leave age out of the equation
School officials in south Routt say that parents of first and second grade students at South Routt Elementary next year will have a unique option to place their child in a multi-age class. The South Routt School District recently decided it will combine a first and second grade class and teach a multi-age curriculum because enrollment numbers are down.
Last week, Chula Walker took an early season hike at Fish Creek Falls. The steep trail stayed relatively dry, with some patches of snow, until she climbed to the second bridge; then it was all snow.
Letters for April 23-29
Local briefs for April 23-29
Foundation gives Steamboat residents new views of where they live
To anyone who has ever attempted to decode a site plan full of grade changes and irregular lot sizes, the difficulties of transferring a rambling mountainous landscape onto a piece of paper are painfully evident. "We have 2-D maps," said Lyman Orton, the founder of the Orton Family Foundation. "But it's a 3-D world."
Senior Sailor Maggie McElhinney will head to North Carolina following graduation
It didn't take long for Maggie McElhinney to make a good first impression on her future water-skiing teammates.
What's the score? Have you ever noticed that the best rules in life are the ones that are the easiest to understand and enforce.
With fires consuming houses while burning millions of acres of land in the United States last summer and local county and city officials squabbling over wildland fire coverage, it's easy to become overly sensitive to the idea of fire in the environment.
New shop brings new wines to town
The owners of Steamboat's new wine shop, Vino, admit they indulge in their goods but it's all part of the service.
Co-owners of Sunbeach Construction are learning the ins and outs of rebuilding an Oak Creek home
The construction site looked typical. It had boards lying around the site. The sound of nail guns and other tools filled the air, not to mention the obnoxious air compressor going off and on throughout the day.
Al White says diplomas may not be the ticket that they once were
Royal blue caps and gowns, overzealous speeches and camera flashes will fill Steamboat Christian Center Friday when graduates from Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus commemorate their two-year educational tenure.
Newly remodeled sanctuary will be a blend of old, new
After sitting idle for a year, St. Paul's Episcopal Church has started building its new $2 million church again.
Forest Service looking at permits The U.S. Forest Service is inviting public comment on four special-use permits in the Routt National Forest that are being considered for review.
Classroom credits bring in cash Alpine Bank and the Routt County Education Foundation announced this week that more than $3,000 has been generated for Routt County schools from the Alpine Classroom Credits program since it was introduced to the Education Foundation in September 1999.
How to pay for adequate child care?
The construction of a housing project that sold quickly to grateful locals has dragged on for what some of the people who have contracts to buy the units say is way too long.
Meeting for soccer moms, dads set The Steamboat Springs Youth Soccer Association will hold parent meetings at the Steamboat Middle School Wednesday and Thursday.
Get 'em off the road
Steamboat Springs, the "party town" that it is, has a drinking problem. According to local law enforcement agencies, almost half the arrests that have occurred since Jan. 1 have been alcohol related.
Local golf courses tee-up for summer season
Golf season will shift into high gear this week with three out of the four local courses opening for the summer season.
In brief for April 23-28
Organization works to preserve the past
The historical roots of settlers in Routt County is richly honest. Honest people came to forge a living out of the land. There was no culture-changing gold rush, no boom and no reason to come to the county except to find a way to make a living by mining or agriculture, said Arianthe Stettner, city councilwoman and original member of the building preservation group Historic Routt County.
Lisa thinks of fitness guru Kathy Smith as a dear friend. She's never met her and never will, but they do yoga together twice a week, and thanks to all that forward bending and deep breathing, Lisa's bad back thing feels much better.
Around town for April 23-28
Real estate transaction for April 19-25
Steamboat's Marsh Gooding ranks among world's top young racers
Steamboat Springs sophomore Marsh Gooding just likes to go fast. It doesn't matter if he is on the back of his road bike cruising down Rabbit Ears Pass in the summer or on a pair of slalom skis on the snow-covered slopes of Howelsen Hill in the winter he has a need for speed.
It's a crime that occurs almost every day in Routt County. Someone has too much to drink, gets behind the wheel of a vehicle and is arrested for drunken driving. So far 118 days have passed in 2001. Since Jan. 1, a total of 359 people have been booked into the Routt County Jail for various alleged crimes.
Friday, April 27
Friends, co-workers mourn death of CMC plant director
Friends and co-workers are mourning the shocking death of Steamboat Springs resident Willard Anderson, who died in a mountain-biking accident Tuesday evening in Utah. The 44-year-old Colorado Mountain College plant director died in Utah's Canyonlands National Park. He apparently crashed into a large boulder.
The city Planning Commission gave Curt Weiss the go-ahead Thursday night to start Phase 6 of an apartment complex off of Weiss Drive. Walton Pond Phase 6 will be a two-story building containing eight one-bedroom apartments.
Volunteers to be honored
In the aftermath of National Volunteer Week, which fell during Steamboat Springs' spring break, May 1 has been dedicated this year to recognize and celebrate the volunteers of the community with a reception.
Future of high school rodeo program uncertain
When Kaylee Myers rides her horse, Gabby Bar, off into the sunset two years from now, there is no guarantee that the high school rodeo program won't ride off with her.
Two young locals have a bike-riding dream that may help people with AIDS, but, as of yet, they have no bikes. Jason Willy and Christine Slagle have signed up for a 500-mile ride from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Alaska, Aug. 20-25.
Thursday, April 26
Steamboat's average gas prices higher than statewide average
In Colorado, gas prices have recently increased by about 10 cents, but Steamboat Springs residents are paying more at the pump than most residents statewide. According to a recent gas survey conducted by AAA Colorado, a gallon of regular, self-serve, unleaded gasoline costs about $1.67, which is about 17 cents higher than this time last year.
You've Got Mail. You've also got a gimmick. And it's a doozy.
June 14 is the magic date
Early planting fever is a disease we all get at the first sign of warm sun in the spring. It never fails, Mother Nature teases us with a touch of nice, warm weather, and then she zaps us with a blast of cold and snow and wind to remind us who is boss. She does it nearly every single year but it doesn't cure us from trying to beat the odds and get some early planting in the ground to get that fever under control. What is early anyway? Is early for one kind of planting late for another? Is early planting the same every year? Is there a guaranteed safe date to start planting?
Farm-raised salmon becoming a bigger fish story
As habitats were threatened and supplies of wild fish dwindled, investment in salmon farming began to rise in the 1980s. Then, as streams were protected and wild fish began a comeback, farming caught on worldwide in a big way. By 1999, more salmon almost 200,000 tons of it was farmed than caught in the wild.
Although prom is considered a rite of passage for most Americans, it also is a time for the nation's youngest models to wear the world's most expensive clothing.
Local schools benefit from 16th annual Spirit Challenge
Get the pledge cards out and start stretching. Since spring has cleared the track for walkers and runners, the 16th annual Spirit Challenge can begin.
Student art show at Depot CMC faculty, staff and students' artwork will be presented at the Depot Art Center until May 4. The Routt County Youth, ages prekindergarten through 12th grade, also will be presented until May 4.
Nineteen colonels, majors, sergeants and cadets will stand at ease Wednesday before Steamboat Springs, blazing their trumpets, saxophones, trombones and bass, among other instruments.
An exterior remodel to a 55-unit affordable housing project in Steamboat is finished and the development once known as Smurfville has taken on a whole new look.
High-schoolers fare well at business leaders competition
While many Steamboat Springs students bathed in Mexico's sunlight or swam in Hawaii's lapis lazuli seas for spring break, seven high-schoolers started on their road to success as future leaders. At a Future Business Leaders of America state championship April 22-24 in Vail, the Steamboat Springs Entrepreneurship team won first, placing them at the head of the national championships in Orlando, Fla
The death of a 28-year-old Oak Creek woman who was found Tuesday in a field near Steamboat Springs Airport has been ruled a suicide, Routt County Coroner Doug Allen said Thursday. Stacey J. Stark died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Allen said of autopsy results.
The cast of the play "A Shayna Maidel," which closes this weekend, embraces a difficult and intense subject of the life of a Jewish family from Poland separated by World War II and drives it into a believable and moving story that conveys a feeling of reality felt by post-war Jews.
With three players on spring break, the Steamboat Sailors will see some shuffling around in their doubles lineup this weekend. The Sailors will meet the Thompson Valley Eagles Saturday without Tara Weiss (No. 2 doubles), Laura Varsafsky (No. 3 doubles) and Marissa Bucci (No. 4 doubles).
The fire district that saw the most action last year in wildland fires has finally got a new truck made solely for fighting wildfires. The Oak Creek Fire Protection District was fighting its wildfires last year with a makeshift truck that wasn't meant to stand the rigors of off-road firefighting.
Statewide activists voice concerns at meeting
Residents of communities throughout Colorado that have been adversely affected by coal bed methane exploration painted a picture Thursday night of local residents locking horns with a state agency unwilling to crack down on big gas companies. While the activists themselves noted there are many sides to the issues they are discussing, the warning to the Routt County Planning Commission was clear: With coal bed methane exploration, communities need to know exactly what they can do to protect the interests of residents and wildlife. The presentation organized by the Yampa Valley Community Alliance was not related to any specific application.
Wednesday, April 25
Unique system to fix 'lateral' pipes now being used in town
A new system for fixing sewer pipes is being used for the first time in Steamboat Springs a method that could save homeowners and taxpayers big money. While the technology for "pipe lining systems" has been around for 25 years, it is now being used on the smaller "lateral" pipes that often run to homes.
Golf pro Hank Franks announced on Wednesday that the Haymaker Golf course will open May 1.
Following a trend that began in energy-starved California, some Colorado hotels are adding on a surcharge to the price of a night's stay to account for natural gas price increases. Hotels that are parts of chains are especially likely to add the energy charge, which has been hovering around $3 a night for most establishments.
National company relies on training workers locally
A national company based in Steamboat, which is 6,000 employees strong, is looking to expand its local training center. The Industrial Co., which is among the top 50 general contractors in America, is hoping to build a new 11,684-square-foot, one-story training facility.
Lost mail by the U.S. Postal Service affecting some area residents
Mignon Huizenga thought she did everything right when she sent her family's tax information through the U.S. Postal Service to her accountant in Florida March 26.
While many members of the Sailors soccer team are taking time to work on their tans this week in Mexico, others are toiling on the green grass at Emerald Park.
Tuesday, April 24
Many students vacationing on spring break or suffering from minor injuries
A couple of bum ankles and a group of AWOL students have plagued the Sailors track and field team this week.
Council sees Centennial Hall eatery as a place where food, conversation merge
Consider crunching a cruller with Councilor Kathy Connell. Or eating some good food with Planner Scott Woodford. Both of those dreams may soon come true as the city prepares to lease the cafe in Centennial Hall to a qualified vendor. The city's request for proposals, which are due back by May 4, asks for proposals from vendors interested in operating a "coffee bar type service."
Operation instead must meet permit requirements
The Routt County Board of Commissioners will not shut down Fred Duckels' gravel pit west of town for noncompliance with county regulations but instead directed planning officials to assist in getting the conditions of his permit met.
Chix with Stix, Storm focus on positives in tournament loss
The season came to a close for two Steamboat Springs women's hockey teams at the Women's Association of Colorado Hockey last weekend in Westminster.
Local carpenter allegedly growing marijuana in home
A 37-year-old Steamboat Springs man's failure to show up in court for an animal citation led to his arrest early Sunday morning on alleged felony drug charges.
Mountain pine beetles will soon be swarming into town
The public beware: The mountain pine beetles are about to swoop down and start their spring lunch on your trees. Ironically, the Bark Beetle Task Force said it's not the bark beetle that residents need to worry about right now, but it's the mountain pine beetle. The pine beetle has been attacking lodgepole and ponderosa pines in increasing numbers.
Residents with out-of-state plates should pay their fair share, some say
Routt County residents don't seem to be getting the message that vehicle license plates are not identified by county anymore.
The Steamboat Sailors No. 2 doubles team is peaking at just the right time.
The last time the Steamboat Springs Sailors faced the Battle Mountain Huskies in a baseball game, the two teams played through rain, snow and sleet at the Craig middle school.
Thanks in part to some friends in high places, a $1 million transit grant the city was promised by the federal government last year will be released this Thursday.
Monday, April 23
Laurel Street School brings more than needs to the table
Jelly bean-covered foam balls atop flower pots made by Laurel Street School children will sit on luncheon tables at the third annual Early Childhood Intervention Awareness Day. In celebration and recognition of Month of the Young Child, representatives of Steamboat's Horizons will travel to Denver Wednesday for the event.
While some of their classmates are taking in sun on beaches across the world, some Steamboat children will just have to use their imaginations. As far as the counselors at the city's spring break programs are concerned, that's not such a bad thing.
County emphasizes Steamboat's absence on council
Routt County commissioners clarified Monday that they will not pay the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District or the city for fighting wildland fires. The clarification came after the city of Steamboat Springs published a statement that implied Steamboat Rural and the city were part of the wildland fire council.
Park supervisor 'disturbed' by incident
Officials are estimating about $2,000 worth of damage was caused to the Yampa Valley Botanical Gardens sometime over the weekend. A steel arch was ruined, windows to a storage shed were broken, pots were shattered and brochure boxes were destroyed, leaving literature littered all over the park.
Sunday, April 22
Deputy DA believes man has not taken responsibility for actions
A letter Alfred John Flood sent to Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann was the reason a felony charge has been refiled against the Phippsburg man for allegedly drinking alcohol in the Routt County Jail.
Members 'very excited' for local to climb aboard
As she sat in the first row facing the four Steamboat Springs School Board members and the superintendent, Paula Stephenson presented herself with confidence, honesty and a striking personality that convinced board members to vote her as the next director of the school board.
Planning staffers say operation is violating conditions
The Routt County Board of Commissioners will decide Tuesday whether to revoke the special-use permit that allows Fred Duckels to run the Duckels Hogue Gravel Pit, which supplies most of the county with the high-quality gravel needed to make concrete.
Moffat County had the opportunity to weigh in on the topic of growth legislation and what the final form of the bill might take, but instead legislators made their points to a near-empty room. On Saturday, the Center of Craig hosted a town meeting as part of a series of meetings concentrating on the growth legislation now moving through the Colorado State Senate.
Fires help new growth sprout in forests
Two fires purposely set on public land this week in south Routt County will improve grazing land for wildlife and diversify species of plants, insects and animals in the forest. On Tuesday, officials from the Colorado Division of Wildlife set a controlled fire on Blacktail Mountain, just north of Stagecoach Reservoir.
Saturday, April 21
Letters for April 16-21
Around town for April 16-21
Mountain Vista townhomes is turning out to be that rarest of Steamboat residential developments it was intended to provide permanent housing for residents of Routt County so far, real estate speculators and vacation home buyers haven't taken over the project and a distinct number of purchasers are local people buying their first home.
The record for April 14-20
Sailors pitcher Jordy Gunderson held the Rifle Bears powerful offensive attack in check for most of Saturday's game at Howelsen Hill, but in the end it just wasn't enough.
Local contractors nail down factory efficiency
The construction framing industry is no different than any other time is money when it comes to pounding nails.
Before school ends for the summer and before the seniors in high school walk across a stage, shake the hand of their principal and receive their diplomas, there is a rite of passage that most students must endure: the junior-senior prom.
Weekly planner for April 23-28
100-acre parcel of land off Fish Creek Falls Road may become residential subdivision
One of the dwindling number of parcels of undeveloped land remaining within the existing city limits of Steamboat Springs is the subject of a proposal for a residential subdivision.
Ecology project breaks down barriers between communities
For the last two years some Soroco High School juniors and seniors "walk on water" while studying about the ecology of the Yampa River or at least that's what their first-grade study-buddies from Soda Creek Elementary School thought.
Real estate transactions for April 12-18
Branching out from the classroom
In spirit of Earth Day, blue spruce, aspen and cottonwood trees soon will line every house along Amethyst Drive because of a new tree grant from the Colorado Tree Coalition and the U.S. Forest Service. This year, a gift of $1,000 from the Colorado Tree Coalition, and $700 from the Forest Service was given to help fund the tree planting program.
Few Routt County residents take advantage of available housing aid
Shelley Kalik just bought new furniture, including a plush leather couch and armchair. She sleeps on the pull-out couch and gives the one bedroom to her two children. Two months ago, even the couch and the chair would have been unthinkable. Kalik was trying to pay $525 in rent with a disability check that brought in less than $700. On top of that, she had to pay utilities and court-ordered day care for her 3-year-old daughter. Needless to say, creditors called her almost every day. And the furniture. She can't say enough about the furniture.
A decision made by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman to reverse an appeal response by the recently resigned U.S. Forest Service Chief Michael Dombeck couldn't have been a better example of how environmental issues are never black and white, good guy and bad guy scenarios that some extremists portray them to be.
Systems that sound like a million bucks but only cost $100,000
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine your ultimate home entertainment system. Does it include a 400-disc CD changer? One with a remote control that allows you to browse through your entire music collection by music genre?
Remote uncontrol It's a rare occurrence in my house that I actually get ahold of the television remote control during prime time hours. Why you ask?
The lush forests and scenic mountains that locals in Routt County live to explore and enjoy may be viewed to be among some of the most scenic vistas the Earth has to offer. But lets consider the majority of surface on our planet is hidden, most of it never seen or seen by very few. That's because it's under water.
You say you blew out your knee downhill skiing? Ripped your shoulder lifting weights? Crushed your ankle running into a hole?
Forest service couple bows out A public face of the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest is resigning from her position to take a chief ranger job in her home state of Nebraska.
First National Bank hires Petersen as VP First National Bank of Steamboat Springs has hired Todd Pedersen as vice president and cashier. Bank President John Kerst said Pedersen will bring excellent financial and operational skills to the bank. He began as a management trainee in the banking industry in 1996 as a personal banker, handling new accounts and consumer loans.
All-star swimmers diving into clinic The Rangely Hurricanes Swim Team will host a USA Swimming Gold Medal Clinic May 19.
Sailors girls lacrosse team ends season with win over Kent Denver
Tracy Norman didn't believe her team would have the tools to get it done against Kent Denver. Without six of their starters, the Sailors had to face the highly ranked Sun Devils after just losing to the Wheat Ridge Farmers, 17-4, Saturday.
Steamboat kids post wins at invitational
Last weekend more than 300 young wrestlers from around the region came to Steamboat Springs to compete in the sixth annual Peewee Mountain Invitational tournament.
Class notes for April 16-21
Births for April 16-21
For secretary Ginger Erickson, her day of thanks and appreciation came especially early this year. But for most others, you'll have to patiently wait until April 25 until you're reminded from your bosses how important you are.
In brief for April 16-21
Passing a bond or a new tax increase in Steamboat Springs has been a daunting task in recent years. In the past two years, both the Downtown Development Authority and a citywide excise tax for affordable housing were shot down overwhelmingly by voters.
The destiny of the country
Doolin and Honts
Bell and Kubat
Leashing out how safe is your dog?
Spring is in the air and invariably the dogs are on the loose. While this "return to nature" might seem, well, natural, it is dangerous to the dog, property, other people, other animals, and to your wallet. We asked Animal Control Officer Stacy Hayes about this apparent "Rite of Spring," including your rights and responsibilities as a pet owner.
Smaller sawmills struggle to survive
The whirr of a saw shatters the quiet mountain air outside of Kremmling, the small town visitors pass through as they head to the Yampa Valley. It's a circular saw, whirling away on a steel contraption that carries huge logs into its teeth. It's a sawmill not used in any high-volume modern operation, but owner Kent Hester said it gets the job done.
Local briefs for April 15-21
Friday, April 20
With spring break under way, only 11 members of the Sailors track and field team are expected to compete in the Demon Invitational at Glenwood Springs Saturday.
A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man who is on probation for theft has been charged with a felony for allegedly stealing $1,270 from his former employer during a 10-day period. Maurice Adama Choquette was charged Thursday with theft, a class four felony, for allegedly stealing the money from Sears between March 26 and April 4.
Three Steamboat runners place admirably well
It is one of the few races where finishing 5,351 positions behind is an admirable feat. At the 105th Boston Marathon Monday, Steamboat's Emily Conjura finished in the No. 5,352 spot in a field of more than 15,000 competitors.
'Buddy' system no friend of Steamboat's
Steeply discounted ski passes at Front Range destination resorts have already reshaped the Colorado ski industry, and they aren't about to go away. Executives at the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. acknowledge the discounted passes are drawing a number of Denver skiers away from their resort.
Organization hosts communities from rural America
The Orton Family Foundation will play host to leaders from seven diverse communities stretching from Texas to Washington this week at the Lodge at Steamboat. The foundation's Tammie Bowes Delaney said the group will be here to undergo a week of training working with the Foundation's new CommunityViz! software.
Longthong Road still not complete
After getting a heated and paved road, residents of a condominium complex perched on one of the steepest roads in Steamboat Springs say the experience of getting the improvements has had some major drawbacks.
Thursday, April 19
Glenwood upends Steamboat, 13-2
Brandon Chicione and Dustin Lanci both hit home runs for Glenwood Springs as the Demons rolled to a 13-2 win over the home town Sailors at Vanatta Field. "We are not a power hitting ball club," Demons coach Mike Wilde said. "We've only hit five all year."
For close to 20 years, I've been ignorant of, then suspicious of, then frightened by, then curious about, then interested in, and then impressed by the whole crazy notion of making wine in the Gret Stet of Texas. I mean, of course, making wine somebody without a gun to his head might actually drink.
Patrollers place among the top in North America
The professional ski patrollers at the Steamboat Ski Area have established themselves as being among the most competitive on the continent a week after capturing first place in the Colorado Ski Patrol Championships at Aspen, the local hot shots placed two teams among the top five at the North American Championships in Blackcomb, British Columbia.
Woman suspected of stealing about $4,000
A former Craig resident faces three counts of felony theft and two counts of forgery for attempting to swindle about $4,000 from two employers in a three-month span.
As Steamboat Springs middle schoolers intensely concentrate on their studies Friday, visions of booth games, cotton candy and merry-go-rounds will dance in their heads.
For the 20-plus years that Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus has presented an art exhibit for its students, faculty and staff, the youth of Routt County never was incorporated. Not until about three years ago, anyway.
Free tickets for Army jazz band The Musical Ambassadors of the U.S. Army from Washington, D.C., will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 2 at the Steamboat Springs High School theater.
Preparing your garden soil
In Routt County, gardening is a particular challenge. We have just 59 days of frost-free growing time on average. We receive average moisture accumulation of just 23 inches per year, one-third of which is typically rain.
Ski corp. also faces market 'challenges'
The top executive at the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. said Thursday's announcements of layoffs at the Aspen Skiing Co. doesn't surprise him, but he declined to discuss whether or not similar layoffs are in Steamboat's future.
Postal patrons say home-delivery promise like mailboxes empty
Wayne Miller has a mailbox less than 100 feet from his home on Meadowbrook Circle, close enough for the kind of walk a man can take in his bathrobe and slippers. To get his mail, however, Miller has to drive 1.8 miles into town and park at the post office by the busiest intersection in Steamboat Springs.
Loose dogs endanger themselves and others
Dogs running on an unsupervised spring fling may be just indulging in new freedoms. But law enforcement officials say more dogs at large means more work for them and more chances for the family pet to get sick or hurt.
Sailors pummel competition 52-1
Fifty-one. That is how many goals the Sailors outscored their league opponents by this season. On Thursday, the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team wrapped up its league schedule by defeating the Rifle Bears, 6-0, at Dudley Field.
The Steamboat Sailors girls tennis team takes to the road today for the first half of a two-day tournament in Mullen.
Although this is one of the 1,000 plays that Rusty DeLucia has directed in her acting/directing career, this play has deeper meaning. It has significance. It has roots. "This helps me round out whatever I was looking for," DeLucia said of her ethnic connection with the play.
In a giggly yet humbling tone, the Taiwanese violin genius quickly described his life story over a cell phone sentences cut in half as the reception fizzled out before clarity rang loud. "I endured a lot of pressure to study violin. Parental pressure," Yang said enunciating his words to clarify through the broken up reception.
Known to many as the "Loop Guru," Keller Williams uses his 12-string acoustic guitar with only 10 strings to blend a rhythmic beat with a technical expertise that loops these talents into one man and one sound.
Wednesday, April 18
Senate leaders hold town hall meeting in Craig
With a new growth-management bill being discussed in the state Legislature, two state Democratic leaders will come to northwest Colorado this weekend to hold town meetings in Craig and Glenwood Springs. State Senate President Stan Matsunaka, D-Loveland and President Pro Tem Ed Perlmutter, D-Wheatridge, will hold meetings Saturday in Craig and Glenwood Springs on growth in Colorado.
Australian man's work visa expires
An Australian man facing charges for assaulting a man and vandalizing a hotel last week had his request to leave the country denied by a judge Wednesday. Richard Kelvin Lillingstone-Hall, 22, through his attorney, Norm Townsend, requested permission from Routt County Judge James Garrecht to leave the country to activate a tourist visa.
It's tournament time for a pair of women's hockey teams from Steamboat Springs. This weekend the Chix with Stix and Steamboat Storm will take the ice in search of titles at the 2001 Women's Association of Colorado Hockey's state tournament. The Chix will play in the "A" division and the Storm will battle for a title in the "B" division during the tournament which will be held at the Sun Microsystems Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster.
Soccer team taking season step by step
One game at a time. That has been the approach since the beginning of the season. After defeating the Glenwood Demons 3-0 for the league title Tuesday, the Steamboat girls soccer team wasted little time celebrating.
Voters won't decide on new court facility until 2002
Routt County's top judge expressed disgust at having to "beg" the public for money to build a new court facility. The comments came during a Wednesday night meeting of the committee that's overseeing the judicial facility proposal.
A 19-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces felony charges for allegedly entering a home Monday evening.
Tuesday, April 17
The valuation of building permits issued in Steamboat Springs and Routt County this year is on pace to double last year's total. Mark Marchus says don't let the numbers fool you. Marchus is the director of the Routt County Regional Building Department.
Houndstongue, a problem in the county, is poisonous to some livestock
Taking the dog out for a hike in the forest or a visit to the ranch without a good brushing prior to the trip can aid the spread of a poisonous noxious weed.
Looking back at a decision made by City Council in 1992 to build an airport terminal and make runway improvements after only one public comment, the city is making sure to get public input on the most recent airport proposal.
Moffat County's Rob Satterwhite set the tone early for Tuesday's baseball game at Craig Middle School. He struck out the first four Steamboat Springs batters he faced and didn't allow a run in three innings of work.
Some Milner residents concerned about studies research done at proposed gravel pit site
Some Milner residents are upset Routt County hired a consultant who is two years out of college to do a study of cottonwood trees at the proposed site of a new gravel pit. "You would think they would want the best," said Loretta Van Norstrand, a resident of the Saddle Mountain Ranchettes, which overlooks the gravel pit site. The gravel pit is being proposed by Camilletti and Sons and would be located a half-mile south of Milner near a sensitive area between the Yampa River and Trout Creek.
Cable deal with UPN-20 of Denver a no-go
Avalanche fans hoping to catch Monday night's game at home on cable were out of luck. AT&T spokesman Tom Cotton said he tried hard last week to get the game uplinked for local cable subscribers, but UPN Channel 20 out of Denver no longer leases the uplink for the games.
An undercover investigation by Grant, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement agents netted three arrests last week after cocaine was allegedly found in a Craig apartment.
Older equipment can sometimes lead to accidents
Habitat for Humanity is less than a month away from breaking ground on its first home in Routt County, but it will be difficult to do without any tools.
Admitting that the senses and reflexes one relies on to drive an automobile have begun to erode is a difficult thing to do. But it's a lot easier when the admission is worth $150.
Soccer team blanks Glenwood for bragging rights
Not even a black dog that ran onto the field could jinx the Sailors from winning the league title. At Dudley Field Tuesday, the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team wrapped up the league championship with a 3-0 victory over the Glenwood Demons.
July 4 extravaganza pressing topic for council
What seemed like small monetary requests made the members of City Council think hard about what they do with the city's money Tuesday night.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife started burning about 300 acres of land near Stagecoach Tuesday, but officials weren't sure if it all would be finished in one day.
Man, 22, allegedly assaults 63-year-old
A 22-year-old man has been charged with three felonies and three misdemeanors stemming from an incident where the man allegedly assaulted a 63-year-old man and heaved a chair through a restaurant window.
For as many stars there are in the sky, Jimmy Westlake has as much passion for the galaxies, planets and Milky Ways that surround our atmosphere. And because of this passion and his enthusiasm for teaching others, Westlake recently received the 2001 Faculty of the Year award at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus.
Monday, April 16
'First Impressions' impressed by poll results
A new survey conducted by the University of Denver shows that most Steamboat Springs residents would support a half-cent sales tax increase to support early childhood education services.
Senator Allard pushes for different energy resources
The sound of air escaping Olympian Hall after U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard forecasted summer gas prices in the $2.50 to $3.00 range Monday was louder than the "woosh" of an empty gas tank being opened. Allard, in Steamboat for one of the 64 annual town meetings he holds in each county in Colorado, spoke to a crowd of about 60 people in Olympian Hall about issues ranging from immigration to rural air service.
Cause of dorm blaze unknown
Fire Marshal Jay Muhme was continuing his investigation Monday into the cause of a dormitory fire that forced the evacuation of more than 90 students at the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College on Easter Sunday.
The Bears Ears/Routt National Forest is advising residents of the Yampa Valley that it will be performing a controlled burn just south of Gore Pass today.
Sailors head baseball coach Joss Vinson is expecting a pumped up team tonight in Craig as the Sailors face the Bulldogs for the second time this year.
Winter Sports Club recognizes its top athletes
It's the end of season ceremony for one of the country's top skiing clubs, but not all of the awards handed out Monday night at the high school auditorium recognized results on the slopes.
After an hour of interviews, Steamboat Springs School Board members unanimously decided that Paula Stephenson should fill the vacant position on the school board .
Commission may be reduced by two
Debates over developments in Steamboat Springs will likely be as spirited, but may not be as loud or as long. City Council will vote tonight on whether to reduce the number of planning commissioners from nine to seven. The departure of Commissioners Vince Hooper and Joe Fogliano after the end of their three-year terms made the decision that much easier, said City Clerk Julie Jordan-Struble.
Sunday, April 15
Routt County Search and Rescue is now considered to be among the highest in trained wilderness rescue operations in the state by becoming a fully accredited member team of the Mountain Rescue Association.
Local resources available for those seeking help
"The only way to know if drinking alcohol has become a problem for you is when it causes a problem for you," says Tom Traynor, Ph.D., a Steamboat Springs psychologist who specializes in addictive behaviors. "In other words, there are people who drink every day and don't have a drinking problem. But when you wake up having thrown up on yourself, you wreck a car or you lose a job or an important relationship, then it's a problem."
Oak Creek police chief hiring committee established
Oak Creek has set a nine-person hiring committee, including every law-enforcement officer who said they would volunteer, to interview applicants for the town's chief of police position.
Burwell honored with 'Adjunct Faculty of the Year' award
For a woman who endured the obstacles of returning to college as a single mother after 20 years and who implemented new programs at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus, Pam Burwell is well deserving of her recent 2001 Adjunct Faculty of the Year award.
If south Routt residents see smoke this week in the Stagecoach area, it will be from a fire, but a controlled one.
Allard touring state this month
On a whirlwind tour of every county in the state, U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., will come to Steamboat Springs today to hold a town meeting at Olympian Hall. Allard will speak to the residents of Routt County between 4 and 5 p.m. and will field specific questions and comments from members of the Steamboat Springs City Council.
Steamboat can clinch league title with win over Glenwood Tuesday
If all goes as planned Tuesday, the Steamboat Sailors will lock up the league title with a victory over the Glenwood Demons.
Group receives tax benefits after revamping building
Owners of historical Steamboat buildings can take a cue from an investment group that received $51,400 in tax benefits for restoring a historic building downtown.
Following a two-day road trip Friday and Saturday, Sailors tennis player Meagan Franks returned home with a 4-0 record.
Saturday, April 14
Girls lacrosse team looking for state playoff spot
Saturday's lacrosse game had been over for a couple of seconds before Steamboat Springs senior Mehana Campbell realized that her team had beaten Columbine. "I had no clue that we had won," Campbell said. "I thought we were tied."
Can we afford impact fees?
Impact fees fees charged to developers to pay for a community's growth-related capital projects are close to being voted upon by the City Council. We asked developer Jon Peddie, who has lived in Steamboat Springs for eight years, for his thoughts on the matter.
The record for April 7-13
Middle school team prepares for 'Destination Imagination' trip to Denver
Seven sixth-grade girls gathered during lunch in room 16 of the Steamboat Springs Middle School to squeeze in practice hours preparing for the Destination Imagination state championships April 27-28 at Denver University.
Population numbers sought for animals, plants, insects
An appeal to the Routt National Forest's forest plan was shot down by the U.S. Department of Agriculture after U.S. Forest Service Chief Michael Dombeck said the plan was not in compliance because of a lack of data.
Ski resort, retailers feel see few tourists at the end of the tourist season
The ski season of 2000/2001 started in a white blur as four feet of November snow allowed the Steamboat ski area one of the three earliest openings in its history on Nov. 18, four days ahead of schedule.
Bear-sighting work deemed valuable Last week, local Colorado Division of Wildlife area manager Jim Haskins publicly reaffirmed that data collected and entered into a Graphical Information Systems program by Steamboat Springs Middle School student Matt Holthausen is valuable information.
Haymaker offers skills brush-up courses
Golfers can't start signing up for the Haymaker's May programs until later this week, but club pro Hank Franks is already eager to swing back into the season.
Despite a week filled with cold and snowy weather, the Steamboat Golf Club has been open since April 6.
SuperCamp offered in July and August
It's been a bumpy road. And chances are it's not going to get much smoother as we roll through spring. The winter started off with a rush of optimism and early snow. That stalled and stuttered in the middle of the season and soon dwindled into a pallor of frustration with the death of a merger that promised to infuse new life into Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.
Ramada a popular place
Marlito Freire speaks Portuguese and English fluently, but he's just getting started with his Russian. A native of Brazil, Freire is the general resort manager of Ramada Vacation Suites in Steamboat Springs. That explains his ability to speak Portuguese and English. Speaking a smattering of Russian became a necessity just this year.
Testing the health of the Yampa
Adam Taubman dips his net deep into the muck at the bottom of the Yampa River near Fifth Street, plunging it into layers of mud and aquatic insects. Taubman, a young biologist from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, has been talking about aquatic bugs all day, watching closely as they climb along his fingers and up his arms.
Steamboat Springs High School students named to all-state ski teams
Alpine skiers Stewart Beall, Joe Liefer, Andrew Porter-Merrill and Cassidy Kurtz found themselves in the spotlight at this year's Steamboat Springs High School ski team awards banquet.
What is it after a long winter that gives you a first hint of spring? As surely as no two of us can entirely agree on just what kind of winter we had, the anticipation of spring manifests itself to us in different ways.
Local firm lands Front Range project
The Industrial Co. is experiencing dramatic growth fueled by its success in bidding natural gas power plants.
March drags down passenger numbers at YVRA
The number of passengers flowing through Yampa Valley Regional Airport slumped by slightly more than 8,000 travelers this ski season compared to last winter. The decline occurred even though the planes were nearly three-quarters full.
What's in a name? Out with the old stadiums and in with those new abstract names I will never remember. I don't like change, but it's happening all around the country. If you don't believe me just look at San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Denver. These cities have all created new sports stadiums in the past few years. Each one built to amaze the senses, with names that manage to dull the imagination.
Spring cleaning is not an aerobic sport, but it does burn up the calories, challenge the muscles and give you a good reason to stretch.
First National names new VP First National Bank of Steamboat Springs is pleased to announce the promotion of Ruth Dombrowski to vice president/commercial banker. In her new position, Dombrowski will work with commercial and real estate borrowers.
Jack Nesbitt has launched a series of residential housing projects he has been envisioning for more than five years on a hilltop overlooking the Steamboat Ski Area and Emerald Mountain.
Coach Ramunno enters Hall of Fame Steamboat Springs wrestling legend Carl Ramunno will be inducted into the Colorado chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
On Saturday, the Steamboat Sailors girls soccer team cemented itself one step closer to the league title by shutting out the Palisade Bulldogs, 5-0, at home.
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Weekly planner for April 16-21
Class notes for April 9-14
Local briefings for April 9-14
Building permits for April 1-6
Face it. You dread opening your closets because of the stuff that might tumble out; your guest bedroom has become a storage area and you haven't been able to pull your car into the garage for more than a year. Springtime and the spring cleaning ritual that comes with it is a good time to be honest with yourself and get rid of that stuff that deep down inside you know will never see the light of day.
Around town for April 9-14
'Mud season' returns to the Yampa Valley
Spring may evoke images of children selling lemonade on the sidewalk, yard sales or flowers awakening after a long, cold winter. But like the old saying goes, if you don't like the weather in Colorado, wait an hour.
No idle hands for Bible bookstore owner
Deanna Berry said she knows it could take some time for her El-Shaddai Bible and Bookstore to become commonly known as "the county's only bible bookstore." But she seems to be willing to stick it out.
The hiking trails are muddy, the ski resort is closed and the idea of going to the High Country where winter is still holding on for some outdoor recreation seems a little unsettling while waiting for summer to relieve the winter woes.
Letters for April 9-14
Friday, April 13
Police chief, town manager object to private practice
The Hayden Town Board has given police officer Gordon Booco permission to continue collecting bad checks for local businesses, despite objections from the police chief and the town manager.
In order to show their appreciation for early childhood educators, parents and First Impressions of Routt County are buying teachers dinner at Old Town Pub tonight.
City continues financial life support of the 'heart of Steamboat'
Jeff Nelson probably could have predicted in October how many skier days Howelsen Hill would log this winter. "The last four seasons our skier days have averaged right at 14,000," Nelson said. He is the skier services/rodeo supervisor for the city of Steamboat Springs.
Maybe it was the knuckle-noogies, or the constant wedgies they got in the boys locker room. Or maybe, it was just plain pride. But whatever it was, some youngsters took it to the Sailors senior basketball players at the high school gymnasium Friday.
A 56-year-old Steamboat Springs woman violated her probation and will be resentenced in June for threatening an auto mechanic with a gun in May 1999, according the ruling of a 14th Judicial District judge Friday.
County funds manual on life in rural areas
The Routt County Commission approved some much-needed money for a popular guide for newcomers and others who live out in rural Routt County.
Steamboat holds top spot in league play
The Steamboat Sailors return to Gardner Field today to face the Palisade Bulldogs in a No. 1 versus No. 5 league matchup. The Sailors, who are 7-0 in the 4A Western Slope League, will meet the 'Dogs at 2 p.m. at home on the high school football field.
As the vehicle crept slowly down the dirt roads of Great Divide, the spotlight shined brightly out of the window onto the sagebrush a signal that the hunt was officially on. The truck continued to manuever slowly, desperately searching for the mirror-like shine from the eyes of the disoriented prey. Once spotted, the animals looked in the direction of the truck, trying to decipher what the bright lights and music had to do with the cold, Colorado spring night.
Thursday, April 12
22-year-old accused of smashing window, assault
A 22-year-old local man allegedly in a drunken rage assaulted an older man after hurling a chair through a restaurant window and jumping on the victim's van.
Children's museum to stay put for now
Parents at the Hands On! Children's Museum were thrilled to hear the good news that the museum would stay put, at least for awhile, at its present location on Eighth Street.
Lightning didn't do it. Neither did thunder. It wasn't until a hailstorm pelted the players on the field that the referees momentarily put a halt to the Sailors' soccer game Thursday.
With the abundance of traditions that surround Easter, none compare to the Easter Bunny or the Easter egg hunt. Hours are spent decorating, waxing, hiding and finding these pastel-colored, hard-boiled eggs.
For a newborn high-energy band, whose roots range from California to Massachusetts, touring the United States with two guitars, two saxophones, a drum set and a bass has been hard work, but worth all the sweat and tears.
Commuters can expect short delays this month
Commuters driving on Colorado 131 can expect travel delays in the coming weeks because of a reconstruction project planned on 4 miles of the highway.
Site selection and soil preparation are the two most important steps in the design of a perennial garden. Consider sun, wind and water characteristics of your site before selecting plants.
Safety presentation canceled at elementary school
The Steamboat Springs Fire Department's Rocky Racoon or Jimmy Puppet will not be making their annual appearance at Soda Creek Elementary School this year. For the past 18 years, the two popular puppets, along with numerous others, have been giving safety tips to first- and third-graders in Steamboat Springs.
Studying under a sensei from Naha, Okinawa, who has practiced martial arts for more than 45 years, Goju-Ryu instructor Michael David said he is honored that Teruo Chinen is coming to Steamboat for a two-day seminar.
No try-outs, no voice lessons, nor any professional experience was needed for the men and women that make up the Columbine Chorale.
They're not rockabilly. They're not country. They're not rock. But they're not funk. The Brethren Fast trio is a concoction of "electrified hillbilly funk."
The fire on stage for the last show of Tequiza Rocks the 'Boat free concert series is Nina Storey that's with an "e."
Even the queen eats asparagus with her fingers, according to English schoolgirls who are experts in these things. Well, perhaps Queen Elizabeth doesn't, but the common thinking at one time was that you could pick up an asparagus spear with your hand and pop it into your mouth bud first because that's what was done in the royal household.
If the wind is just right, people walking along north Steamboat Boulevard might catch the soft melody of a flute floating down to the street. The next day it could be from the sweet strings of a violin or cello.
Longtime Steamboat-based ski industry executive Charlie Mayfield said he was focused on improving Colorado's stature with some challenging segments of the vacation ski market when he got the bad news Mayfield was fired April 10 from his position as the marketing chief for Colorado Ski Country USA.
What a difference a day makes
For more than 2,000 years, Christians have been celebrating Good Friday, today, as the day Jesus Christ died for the redemption of sinners. But this Good Friday may bring fear, anxiety and dismay to many who suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobics the fear of Friday the 13th.
For the second year in a row, a team of Steamboat Ski Patrollers has vanquished its counterparts from ski areas all over the state.
Though Steamboat's Haymaker Golf Course won't open until at least May 1, only one day remains to purchase a season golf pass at a specially low price.
Friday, April 13 Brethren Fast play the last weekend of Tequiza Rocks the 'Boat free concert series from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Gondola Square.
Cardboard Classic Kudos Following is a list of winners in Steamboat's Cardboard Classic competition. No. 767 - Mad Cow Mobile in the most creative category No. 770 - Steamboat Ski & Sport in the best individual craft category No. 785 - Orangle Sled in the ugliest category No. 795 - Paddle racer in the potpourri category No. 425 - Terminal Velocity Blue Motorcycle in the best reproduction of a person, place or thing category
Wednesday, April 11
Games 3, 4 might be aired for local viewers
If everything works out the way AT&T Cable Services General Manager Tom Cotton wants it to, local subscribers will be able to watch all of the Avalanche-Canucks series at home on their own television sets.
New county manager makes suggestion
The Routt County Commissioners were taken a little aback this week by a suggestion from the county's new manager to say the Pledge of Allegiance before their action meetings on Tuesday morning.
DOW officer believes other rules broken
A Denver man received a ticket this week for illegally taking too many trout from the Yampa River, although Division of Wildlife officers identified other possible violations that could not be easily proved.
The tides are turning in the wastewater treatment business. Although Mount Werner Water had been sending the city about 10 percent of the sewer tap fees it collected in the Mount Werner district, the city has decided to start collecting the fees itself and will possibly give about 10 to 15 percent back to Mount Werner.
Steamboat plays host to Battle Mountain today
After posting six consecutive shutouts, the Steamboat Springs soccer team hopes to keep the streak alive against the Battle Mountain Huskies today.
Dennis Baker, vice president of finance for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. for the past seven years, has resigned effective Friday to pursue other business interests.
Sailors' unbeaten streak at stake this weekend
With a 5-0 record, the Steamboat Sailors' unbeaten streak will be at stake this weekend against some of their stiffest competition of the year.
Last weekend, Steamboat Springs distance runner Ian Ramsay streaked to a second-place finish in the 800-meter run.
Sands Dickson rides a white stallion named Alexxii. A lot.
Anyone looking to get to Denver by an airplane or a shuttle were out of luck Wednesday because of an April snowstorm that crippled the metro area.
A 30-year-old Craig man facing felony charges for allegedly burglarizing and stealing from his former employer waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Routt County Court.
Area students get up close and personal with Geographical Information Systems
What started as an Orton Family Institute idea of developing tools for local students to understand their community better and the Yampa Valley Legacy Foundation's dedication to provide local placed-based education opportunities has blossomed into a thriving Yampa Valley Community Mapping Program. On Wednesday, teachers and students got to see just how far the program has come at an open house at Centennial Hall to present the nine projects now off and running in Routt and Moffat county public schools.
Tuesday, April 10
In football-like weather, the Steamboat Sailors girls soccer team scored its sixth consecutive shutout victory Tuesday.
City looking for more money for budget
The city of Steamboat Springs has received $45 million in grant and partner funding in the past five-and-a-half years. During a work session Tuesday night on potential solutions for the city's budget shortfalls, council members agreed the city's success in getting grant money has given the residents of Steamboat Springs a false sense that the city can meet all of its budgetary needs.
Survey: Local vacancy is 2.6 percent
Rental apartments in Steamboat Springs are scarce, and people who manage to locate one will find they have to pay about $40 more per month than the average for the state of Colorado.
Steamboat eager to return home after topping Battle Mountain, 16-7
The members of the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team didn't waste a lot of time celebrating after beating Battle Mountain 16-7 on Tuesday night in Craig.
The Steamboat Springs Chix with Stix hockey team sharpened its edge for a late-season run last weekend by topping the Denver University Pioneers and the Colorado Synergy in two road games.
From plotting accidents on Colorado 131 to mapping local bear spottings, Routt County students will show off their community mapping projects at an open house today.
The Oak Creek Board of Trustees is expected to pick a hiring committee Thursday night to help find the next chief of police, and board members will discuss annexing South Arthur.
Officer follows woman past city limits
A Steamboat Springs police officer was given authorization to apprehend an alleged drunken driver outside of the city limits just before noon Tuesday.
Natural gas price hikes big reason for rise
If it weren't for the fact that natural gas prices went up so much this winter, the city may have had a 2-percent increase in city sales tax receipts from the month of February. Although the city took in 5.6 percent more than it did in February 2000, the numbers are somewhat deceiving, given the gas price increase.
The Steamboat Sailors girls tennis team swept the visiting Paonia Eagles Tuesday to remain unbeaten through its first five matches of the season.
Monday, April 9
But budget shortfalls still predicted
After having to drop approximately $3 million in capital projects from its 2001 budget, the City Council will take a closer look tonight at what it can do to fund infrastructure and other capital improvements in the future. The sales tax heavy Steamboat economy is not making the grade, as far as many City Council members are concerned, causing the city to leave items such as funding for a new Ski Time Square turnaround and highway medians out of the budget this year. The city also had to delay a number of other projects, including Lincoln Avenue pedestrian improvements.
Neonatal specialist loves what she does
Because of her willingness to carry the 24-hours-a-day, seven-day-a-week load of helping high-risk newborns, Yampa Valley Medical Center's Tracy Heaberlin has been chosen as a finalist for the state's top nursing award. "We're very lucky to have her. Many families in the valley are lucky," said Linda Casner, the hospital's director of nursing who nominated Heaberlin for the award. "She has a lot of energy and enthusiasm and dedication. We're very fortunate to have her working with our physicians."
There's nothing magical about Peter Yarrow's program
Peter Yarrow of the folk group "Peter, Paul and Mary" magically turned a roomful of adults into small children again Monday night, getting them to sing along to tunes of hope and redemption in the face of school violence. Yarrow kicked off the first day in a three-day series on character education with a series of songs and lessons intended to make a point.
Accomplice pleads guilty
Gregg H. Grabowski was given a chance Monday morning to straighten out his life instead of going to prison for robbing a convenience store on Thanksgiving. Also Monday, William S. Russick, who was with Grabowski during the crime, pleaded guilty to felony robbery and will be sentenced in May.
A 41-year-old Hayden man pleaded guilty Monday to felony possession of marijuana, but has the opportunity to clear his name of the conviction if he stays out of trouble for two years. Anthony L. Gevara admitted his guilt to a charge of possessing marijuana with intent to deliver. In exchange, he may receive a two-year deferred judgment.
Two-game home stand looms
The Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team lost its first game of the season last weekend, but by Monday, head coach Chris Polumbus had put the game in perspective. "Our girls played pretty well," Polumbus said. "Boulder just outplayed us on that day."
After defeating the Moffat County Bulldogs last week in Craig the members of the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team were on top of the world. But since then, the Sailors have slipped into a three-game losing streak.
The most hospitable of Steamboat get their pats on the backs
Gina Norton has seen many employees come through her life in 14 years of managing the Gondola Square SportStalker ski shop. But the annual influx of fresh faces and new enthusiasm have kept her energized in her career. Her employees also helped earn her the title of "Hospitality Person of the Year" Monday night. "I know my employees put a lot of effort into my nomination," Norton told an upbeat crowd of more than 400 people at the Sheraton Steamboat Grand Ballroom. "I'm bummed the ski season is over!"
Being with the coroner isn't a place most people want to end up, unless they're teenagers on Student Government Day. On that day (which was Monday this year) the coroner is one of the most popular city and county officials whom students choose to shadow.
Sunday, April 8
Successful women offer advice to eighth-graders at forum
Successful women in Steamboat Springs will lend themselves as examples to eighth-grade girls from around Routt County offering inspiration and tips on women's changing roles in the 21st century. "Shining Lights Unite for a Bright Future" is the theme for this year's "Girls to Women, Women to Girls" seminar.
It is the world's most popular drug. Found in more than 60 plant species, it is consumed by four out of five Americans each day. What is it? Caffeine.
Greg Gallavan, the owner of Amaze'n Steamboat, is seeking to add a climbing wall and a "bumper-boat pond" to his recreational operation on U.S. 40 near Pine Grove Road.
A 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces charges of assault, wiretapping and harassment stemming from an alleged fight with his girlfriend early Friday morning.
The latest example of urban renewal has been proposed for Oak Street in Old Town Steamboat Springs.
Floridians seem to be flocking to county government
A tight group of Floridians are proving to be a benefit for county and town officials looking for qualified personnel to fill needed positions. Today, the Routt County Commissioners are expected to pass a motion to hire Janice Joan Ling as the public safety dispatch and communications director for the county, ending a tedious search that has lasted for months, County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said.
Saturday, April 7
Water, water everywhere?
Mount Werner Water and the city of Steaboat Springs have locked horns over service issues and expansion leaving some customers soaked. What's the fight all about? What's it going to take to resolve it? And what does it all mean for the customers? We've asked Dan Birch, manager of Mount Werner Water and Sanitation, to help us get a better perspective on the matter.
Letters for April 1-7
Paper cut-out traveler anything but one-dimensional
Somewhere on Mount Werner, a boy named Stanley is lost. But according to those who last saw him, he may have voluntarily gotten lost, so Search and Rescue shouldn't get excited.
Real estate transactions for March 29-April 4
Dan Benardot is an energy expert. While he works with the elite, the big question he tries to answer for them is the is the same one we all ask: What should we eat to help ourselves play harder, last longer, feel stronger?
Around Town for April 1-7
Ten years ago, a one-day snowmobile trip starting in Columbine to Encampment, Wyo. and back to north Routt County may have been impossible.
Shooting sports for children? I'm sure the idea sends a shockwave through some people's bodies that convulses into a mental smattering of Columbine High School, or something like that. And I understand that perspective.
Elk ranchers gaining a hoof-hold
What better environment could there be for elk than Routt County's Elk River Valley? The surrounding hills are thick with the forage elk thrive on, and animals are abundant in north Routt County. But not all of the elk you'll see are wild.
Using a steady hand and a steady eye, five local children lay on the floor of the indoor shooting range, aiming .22 rifles and air rifles at a small target 50 feet down the range.
The Steamboat Springs running series kicks off with the Spirit Challenge May 5
Aaah, summer in Steamboat Springs. The signs are starting to arrive as the water runs from the high peaks into the valley, the green grass is sprouting along mountain trails and, of course, the Steamboat Springs running series is just around the corner.
Side lines for April 1-7
Downturn not apparent yet
If the downturn in the national economy is going to have an effect on local real estate sales, it hasn't appeared yet.
Phillips, KLT interested in Routt methane reserves
Phillips Petroleum executives are thinking seriously about doubling down on their bet on coal bed methane gas in west Routt County. Whether they'll push ahead with their bid to find commercial volumes of natural gas in the Woodley Spring pilot project, or fold their hand and walk away from a $3 million investment, has yet to be decided.
Officials hope Ride the Rockies will be relieved with not in Yampa
When the Ride the Rockies bicycle tour comes through south Routt in June, Yampa town officials hope the participants won't be marking the same territory they did the last time the tour came to the quint south Routt town.
Cultural connections open eyes and minds
Since Jordan and Matt Whitacre have been on spring break from The Lowell-Whiteman School, they've been hiking around their house everyday on a 5.2 mile loop preparing for their trek through Nepal.
Hotel housekeepers sometimes take on role of Indiana Jones
One sock. One shoe. Diamond earrings. Adult novelty items. A toothbrush. A bag of marijuana. In a city that sometimes hosts at least as many visitors as there are residents, housekeepers are the preeminent anthropologists.
Is Routt County ready for wildfire season?
Residents in places like Tree Haus, Dakota Ridge, Stagecoach and the Soda Creek Highlands better take a hard look at the landscaping around their homes if they don't want to fall victim to wildfires.
Local briefs for April 2-7
Class notes for April 1-7
Upping the rent
Property rights is what it seems to boil down to. "I've got a right to do whatever I want to do with my property and it's all spelled out in the Constitution and that Bill o' Rights thingy," seems to be the rallying cry when it comes to whether or not people should be allowed to rent their homes on a short-term basis to anyone. And where is the city on this?
Birth announcements for March 8-April 1
The Easter Bunny will soon be on his way, visiting families across the country, hiding colored eggs for children to run out and find them. To help you create the most brightly colored or eccentric looking eggs, we asked locals around town for their decorating tips.
In brief for April 1-7
'The Chadwick' proposed near Village Center
A Florida development group is proposing to build a six-story condominium project at the corner of Apres Ski Way and Village Drive, in the heart of the ski village at the base of Mount Werner.
Refinance, keep your payment
Falling interest rates quickly cause many homeowners to research the opportunity to refinance their mortgage and reduce their monthly payments. However, most homeowners overlook a golden opportunity that presents itself when the spread between the interest rate they locked in on their mortgage, and current interest rates, grows wide enough.
Business file for April 1-7
Although many sportscasters claim baseball is the national pastime, come to Steamboat Springs on any given weekday this summer and it may seem softball is the biggest hit.
Jim Miller celebrated his 33rd birthday and the fact he is the new golf pro at the Catamount Ranch and Club all in the same week.
HARRIS AND ANDREW
Friday, April 6
Proponents say city should look at inflation
While it may amount to seemingly insignificant dollar amounts when they shop at City Market or buy a sweater, the money seniors on fixed incomes pay in sales tax adds up. Individual seniors making under $30,400 or two seniors making under $34,750 can receive a city sales tax rebate of $150 around March 1 every year.
Officers say less snow means more activity
The ski season is quickly coming to an end, and some agencies in town are preparing for the change of the seasons. Historically as each ski season comes to an end, the Steamboat Springs Police Department has to deal with more crime, the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter finds itself with more animals and Waste Management has to pick up more trash.
Steamboat doubles off to impressive start
Though the Steamboat Sailors woke up early Friday morning to compete in a tournament in Grand Junction, a steady rainfall forced their matches to begin later than anticipated.
Routt County Road and Bridge announced a 90-day closure of the County Road 18 Friday to ensure minimal damage to the road and to keep the public from disturbing the elk.
County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said this week the county will formally ask the city of Steamboat Springs to make an annual contribution to the operating budget of Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
Commissioners see cash shortfall but it came quickly
Faced with a dwindling working capital fund for Yampa Valley Regional Airport, the Routt County Commission decided this week to transfer $421,000 from their general fund budget to keep the airport aloft.
Thursday, April 5
Firefighters use tool to 'see' in smoke-filled rooms
The Steamboat Springs Fire Department is interested in buying a $15,000 tool that will give firefighters eyes in rooms filled with thick, black smoke. The tool is a thermal-imaging camera. The volunteer fire department gathered Wednesday night to see how the hand-held camera works.
Efforts aimed at snuffing smoking
Yampa Valley Medical Center and the Visiting Nurse's Association want to keep the communities in Routt and Moffat counties healthy this spring, and are sponsoring a 9 Health Fair this Saturday as well as National Public Health Week this week.
As seasons change, so do some people's proverbial hats
What would you rather do for a living this summer? Would you prefer to work as a convenience store clerk, selling hot dogs and cigarettes for $9.50 an hour, hump drywall for $9 an hour, or paddle a raft as a ranger for the new Yampa River State Park for $7.84 an hour? The choice is yours.
Routt County auctioned off its interest in an old silver mine for the sum of $150. "It's pretty much worth $150," said county attorney John Merrill, who said Routt County's ore-mining industry pretty much died out a long time ago.
Years ago the suspects were seen in the blazing Inferno at Steamboat's Gondola Square, and since have been noticed in the depths of the underground Cellar Lounge. But in less than 24 hours, rumor has it that Steamboat's Gondola Square is next on the hit list for the suspects to make their enchanting stage presence.
Before County Road 36 turns into a dirt road and just after the breeding ground for brown fuzzy cows, nationally recognized performing artists and soon-to-be artists dance, sing and act at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.
Roasted lamb centerpiece of Easter celebration
Eugenia Poolos takes command in the kitchen of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation armed with several 5-pound bags of sugar and flour, sticks of butter, dozens of eggs, a bottle of vanilla extract and an even bigger bottle of bourbon.
No Newtons are needed to test gravity at Steamboat Springs' first Soap Box Derby. The natural gravitational force of the Earth, along with the weight and size of participants and their homemade vehicles, will determine the winner.
If all goes as planned, the Routt County commissioners will pass a motion on Monday to hire Janice Joan Ling as the new communications director.
Grocery store growing
The Safeway store in Steamboat Springs broke ground this week on a much anticipated 8,322-square-foot addition to its existing building near the corner of U.S. 40 and Pine Grove Road.
Steamboat Springs soccer team takes a four-game winning streak with it to Palisade Saturday, as the Sailors square off with the struggling 'Dogs at the Peach Bowl.
Boulder lacrosse coach Maddie Russell said this Saturday's game with the Sailors will be special for her team.
Design an annuals bed this year
Some of the most beautiful and imaginative gardens in Steamboat Springs are created with flowering annuals. These undemanding plants become fully grown in just one season, giving gardeners an opportunity to experiment with color, texture, shape and design.
Local and county officials are hopeful a resolution can be reached for a ditch that has plagued the Routt Count Fairgrounds for years.
Friday, April 6 The classical and Flamenco guitar sounds of Dave Markle will play at 7:30 tonight at the Alpine Bistro, located at 521 Lincoln Ave.
Sieverding replat approved with little difficulty
About 15 audience members and a police officer looked on as Kay Sieverding leafed through 107 pages of documentation about the consolidation of her property into two lots.
'Tuna' wraps up this weekend Greater Tuna, a play by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, presents its final two performances at 8 p.m. April 6 and 7 at the Depot. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.
Tennis team will face top players in state at Grand Junction
After walking through its competition early in the season, the Steamboat Springs tennis team will now test its skills against some of the best players in the state.
Wednesday, April 4
Group explores preservation options
There were some hard-hitting questions from local residents last night as the group trying to save Emerald Mountain held its first public forum. The Emerald Mountain Partnership is the nonprofit group hoping to save about 6,400 acres of land from development. The land connects to the city-owned Howelsen Hill recreation area. The land is worth about $17 million.
Some teachers 'very discouraged'
All Steamboat Springs School District staff will receive a 1.85-percent salary increase that is retroactive to the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year after a long-awaited resolution between school board members and the Collaborative Bargaining Team. This means that a third-year teacher with a bachelor's degree will see an increase in his salary from $25,419 to $25,889.
The all-weather track at Meeker High School will be the next stop for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School track team.
While some soccer players on the Western Slope take pride in leading their teams in scoring, the members of the Steamboat Sailors defense specialize in spoiling their efforts.
'Cut-and-dry' planning meeting could be anything but routine
What looked to be a relatively cut-and-dry application for a replat in Old Town may become somewhat more complicated due to a fierce neighborhood feud, say city planners. The city Planning Commission scheduled a special hearing for tonight to review Kay Sieverding's request for a replat of her property into two lots off of Princeton Ave.
Restraints regarding alleged assault pending
A Soroco School District janitor who is on paid administrative leave for allegedly assaulting four middle school students will not be returning to work anytime soon.
Tuesday, April 3
Ski Haus gets OK to build larger building across street
A vocal crowd ushered Rod Schrage across the street Tuesday night as City Council approved a development for Schrage's Ski Haus store to migrate across Pine Grove Road.
Fire lookout, 2 other buildings recognized for 'value'
The old concrete fire lookout located on top of "Old Baldy" or Hahn's Peak has been designated as a historical site along with two other Routt County buildings. The Board of County Commissioners approved the designations Monday.
Steamboat Springs commuters don't get a tax break for their travels, but they should be aware of a business travel deduction option if they use their car for work expenses.
It looks as if Routt County's new investment gurus are paying off. The county is reporting it has earned $1.34 million in interest off its portfolio last year. In 1999, the county earned only $1.05 million off its portfolio under the direction of its treasurer.
Although two City Council members worried about spending more general fund money on a project not approved by the voters changed their initial votes from yes to no, the ice rink committee got the city's promise to help finance a renovation project.
Steamboat Springs stayed unbeaten in league play Tuesday, downing the Battle Mountain Huskies, 2-0. The Sailors are on a four-game winning streak, which dates back to their first league victory against the Glenwood Springs Demons March 27.
Sailors tennis coach Emily Harris is putting a positive spin on her team's upcoming match against Hotchkiss.
When March skipped out like a lamb last week, there was something missing on Buffalo Pass. The pass, just northeast of Steamboat Springs, and above 10,000 feet on the Continental Divide, typically gets some of the highest snow totals in the state. This year, it's missing 3 feet of snow on the ground.
Sailor David May wasn't supposed to start, he wasn't supposed to throw seven complete innings and, most of all, he wasn't supposed to win. But the freshman pitcher stepped onto the mound at the Craig Middle School last night and did everything he wasn't supposed to do.
Improvements to U.S. 40 on Muddy Pass long overdue
A Colorado State Trooper who has more than 20 years of experience patrolling Muddy Pass believes safety improvements to the pass are long overdue.
Monday, April 2
Western Slope rivalry continues
Bulldogs coach Kip Hafey is hoping for a record-breaking crowd at tonight's baseball game at the Craig Middle School. The contest will pit the Bulldogs (2-3) against the Sailors (0-5) in a key Western Slope rivalry starting at 4 p.m.
Expanded facility proposed
East Routt County Library District officials proposed a long-term facility plan for a new library site expansion to school board members Monday night at a Steamboat Springs School District study session.
The third annual Jail and Bail raised more than $14,000 for three local entities.
Public encouraged to attend forum
Members of the Emerald Mountain Partnership say that if people don't want to see homes on the beautiful mountain, they might want to attend a public forum Wednesday. As planned, the meeting will educate people about the effort to save Emerald Mountain and why it is important to wildlife, agriculture and recreation.
Whether to let tax payers vote to pick up tab for improvements a point of contention
The approximately 1,200 residents who enrolled in programs at the Howelsen Ice Arena this year can expect big changes come the winter of 2001-2002, though those changes will be coming out of about 10,000 pockets, not including tourists.
Proposal would ban motorized vehicles near Buffalo Pass
The Routt Winter Task Force unveiled its proposal of a non-motorized area on Buffalo Pass, at an open house Tuesday night where written public comment was collected.
It was late Monday afternoon, but the effects of the Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team's thrilling overtime win last Saturday were still being felt.
Former city planning director calls nightly rentals 'illegal'
A former planning director for the city claims the practice of renting out one's home on a nightly or even on a short-term basis is illegal under the city's Community Development Code. That goes against the argument made by the current planning director, Wendie Schulenberg, and her staff, who claim that because the issue of nightly rentals is not mentioned in the code, it is an allowable use.
Sunday, April 1
Here to stay
It might be one of the most recognizable tunes on the local radio today. But for many people, according to its creator, it's annoying. For some, it's entertaining. For others, it's just plain stupid.
Nina Lockhart isn't building million-dollar condominiums, she isn't building a business empire and she isn't building a lucrative career.
The first thing one notices about jewelry maker Harvey Begay, upon meeting him, is that he isn't wearing any Navajo jewelry. In fact he isn't wearing any jewelry at all. No turquoise-studded bolo tie snugged up to his neck, no silver bracelet and certainly not a heavy belt buckle. In fact, his woven leather belt could have come from Cabela's or Land's End.
Chris Timmerman and Phil Bush combined for two goals during an overtime shoot-out period Sunday, as the Steamboat Bantam Braves defeated Casper, 4-3, for the Ski Town USA Hockey championship.
Event raises about $24,000 for charter school
The north Routt charter school held a fund-raiser Saturday night attended by state Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, and state Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, to try to raise money for the school's facilities budget and to help the school purchase a vehicle.
Julie Jordan-Struble is comfortable living the quiet, small-town life in Steamboat Springs if only she wasn't such a hardworking employee.
Medical directives should be put in writing
Yampa Valley Medical Center's Ethics Committee doesn't want anyone to "die dumb." That's why members will be present at the 9 Health Fair Saturday to help people fill out advance medical directives.
Money.com: Town is one of the 12 best vacation spots
Money.com, the Web arm of Money magazine, is telling its readers that Steamboat Springs is a preferable summer destination to either Aspen or Vail. In fact, Money is touting Steamboat as one of the 12 best places in America to spend a summer vacation.
What a journey
The first American Judith Lehel ever met was a soldier, who gave her the first piece of chocolate she had seen since the beginning of World War II. That was probably after the Nazis killed her uncle, but before she was shipped to a series of refugee camps and before she was shot at while escaping to Austria and shrapnel pierced her flesh.
Nordic Combined team 'light years ahead' of last year
U.S. Nordic Combined coach Tom Steitz spent last week catching up with paperwork and taking a much-deserved break in his hometown.
A regular pro
Fierce, quick and intimidating are the words that most people would use to describe a professional football player. But when you first meet Colorado Valkyries defensive back Diane Dwire, those are not the first words that come to mind.
Lake Catamount Resort and Club is looking for a new top executive now that President and General Manager Mike Beckley resigned.
Several events scheduled to bring awareness to Month of the Young Child
April rain showers may feed the May flowers, but April also represents a time to celebrate and cherish young children. Tuesday's downtown Month of the Young Child parade at 10 a.m. will host children, parents and other child-care providers from Steamboat, Hayden, Yampa and Oak Creek.
Four Steamboat girls earn all-conference recognition in basketball
After leading Steamboat to the regional playoffs for the first time in coach Bruce Alston's seven-year career, four Sailors were recently rewarded with all-conference honors.
Six additional troopers will now be available in the area
On Sunday, Capt. Gary Torgerson of the Colorado State Patrol became the supervising officer of Jackson and Grand counties to go along with Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties that are already under his control.
Hospitality Banquet a way to recognize workers
The resort community will honor the people who grill the fish, check the lift tickets, schlep the baggage, make the beds and answer the phones during a special awards ceremony from 6 to 11 p.m. April 9 at the Sheraton Steamboat Grand Ballroom.
Steady at the helm
His scrapbooks may tell a different story, but Mark Drake says coaching football is not just about winning. This comes from a man who has led 12 teams to the state playoffs, five teams to league titles and one to a state championship.
Dave Moran has settled down in Yampa and the quaint little town seems to fit him like an old pair of cowboy boots. The guitar and banjo picker, who has entertained in the Yampa Valley on and off for 15 years, seems to be coming into his own. Sitting in his kitchen in his old house in the little town, Dave can perfectly spin a story to music through a country or folk rhythm.
Student of life
Holding a curiosity for the world's treasures, Pam Burwell's first step toward understanding herself and her connection with people began with a circumnavigation of the globe. "I just put on a backpack and traveled around the world," Pam said.
It's unlikely that Kim Haggarty would draw a lot of attention as she glides effortlessly across the ice at Howelsen Hill during one of her "learn-to-skate" lessons each week.
From the land
Jeff Temple's earliest memories of Steamboat are of bouncing up the lower flanks of Storm Mountain in a battered red Willy's with his father, Jim.
"I'm not shy" Deb says as she walks into a gourmet food store to sell for a dollar apiece cookies she baked less than an hour ago.
When chimney sweep and firefighter Paul Yonekawa first came to Steamboat Springs some 20 years ago he was impressed with the beauty and the people.
Alive on stage
On Christmas Day 1952, Jean Labaree's father picked his 5-year-old daughter up, put her on his shoulders and her told that cancer had taken her mother's life.