Stories for August 2001


Friday, August 31

Judge rejects defense motion

District Attorney Paul McLimans and attorneys from his office will continue to prosecute accused murderer Thomas Lee Johnson, a judge ruled Friday. Justice Joseph R. Quinn denied a motion by Johnson's defense attorneys to remove McLimans and Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James from Routt County's only murder case.

Western music festival starts today

Thousands of people are expected to flock to the vendors' tents and the performance stage set up between Slopeside Grill and Sheraton Steamboat Resort today and Sunday for WestFest.

Former Sailor gets shot at CSU

When Colorado and Colorado State face one another today at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium, a familiar Steamboat Springs face will be standing on the Rams' sideline.

School election fails to draw contested race

There will be no race for the Steamboat Springs School Board this year.

Oak Creek Labor Day fun set

Main Street in Oak Creek will remain open for this weekend's Labor Day celebration, a visible reminder that the celebration's most ardent supporter is no longer here.

DEA agent: Judge is clean

Sperry says Thompson merely tried to help girlfriend

A Drug Enforcement Administration agent said Friday he determined after about two months of surveillance that 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson was not involved with illegal drugs.

Steamboat to conduct survey

City wants public input on quality of life issues

The City of Steamboat Springs has plans to seek public input on a broad variety of topics, including quality of life and growth, through a survey it will pay a consulting firm to conduct.

Tigers drop opener

The absence of three of Hayden's offensive starters put an even more dismal spin on a rainy game opener against Moffat County's J.V., which toppled the Tigers 32-12.

Wednesday, August 29

Area benefits from grants

Yampa is finally going to get a fire truck that isn't 50 years old, thanks to an energy impact grant that was finalized this week.

City to make repairs to Bear Creek Dam

Steamboat Springs is accepting contracting bids for minor modifications to the Bear Creek Dam until Friday.

DEA agent says he misused his authority in case

A federal drug agent admitted Wednesday that he acted outside of his authority to secure telephone records for police building a case against accused murderer Thomas Lee Johnson. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Donald Sperry acknowledged he misused a federal subpoena to get records from pay phones Johnson allegedly used the evening of June 23, 2000. His admission could jeopardize evidence prosecutors want to introduce at Johnson's trial.

Benefits of a merger

An international environmental engineering and construction firm with a major office in Steamboat Springs expects its local presence to grow as a result of its recent merger with another company.

Skyline regs meeting tonight

Routt County commissioners and the Planning Commission will host a joint meeting tonight to gather public input on proposed skyline regulations.

Ready to put the spike down

The Sailors girls volleyball team is looking to keep a two-year winning streak alive when it enters this weekend's tournament in Glenwood Springs.

Chamber reorganizing its staff

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association will promote Kim Mitchell to the position of director of communications and online marketing after the resignation of Marketing Director Charlotte Mills, Sandy Evans-Hall said Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 28

Steamboat divers save wedding day

Equipment helps men find ring mired in muck of lake

Two Steamboat Springs diving enthusiasts added a nice ring to the wedding of Katy Edwards and Mark Fiedler last weekend. Jim Johnsen and Denis Freeman recovered the bride-to-be's engagement and wedding ring from the murky bottom of Steamboat Lake Friday, just 24 hours before the big event in Breckenridge.

Palisade favorite to win 4A Western Slope

There seems to be a consensus among football coaches on the Western Slope this season. If a team wants to win the Western Slope League, at least in Steamboat's division, it will have to play better than the defending champion Palisade Bulldogs.

Town asks for $1M to aid plant

Hayden needs funding to upgrade water facility

To ensure Hayden has adequate funds to make $1.4 million worth in improvements to the town's water plant, town officials are applying for a $1 million loan from a state agency.

WestFest seeking volunteers

WestFest, the western music and cultural festival hosted by Michael Martin Murphey, is seeking volunteers to work at the two-day event.

House of Pain

Steamboat opens on the road against Middle Park, which has 7 players hurt

Steamboat Springs will face a team already plagued by injuries in Thursday's seasoner opener against Middle Park.

Soccer coach stresses patience on the field

Head soccer coach Rob Bohlmann realizes his players are eager to open the regular season.

Hayden election taking shape

Come January, the Hayden School Board will be without its top two officers. School Board President Kathy Hockin and Vice President Kelly Hayes have decided not to seek new terms on the five-member board.

Teacher, district reach settlement

A Hayden high school teacher whose position was cut this summer by the School Board has agreed to drop an appeal in return for a settlement.

Sailors likely title contenders

The Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer program has built a reputation in the Western Slope Conference that will make them a marked team when the season opens this week.

County allows LaFarge to still mine North Pit

Permit extension granted

To the chagrin of those who would like to see the dust and noise go away, county commissioners on Monday night offered a lifeline to LaFarge Corp. to continue its north-side operations for another 32 months. Commissioners approved an extension of LaFarge's special-use permit for its North Pit until May 1, 2004.

Monday, August 27

Candidates so far unopposed

With less than a week left to pull packets to enter the race for the Steamboat School Board, the three candidates currently planning to run are unopposed.

Tennis team handed 1st loss of year

It was just a case of bad timing if you ask Steamboat Springs High School tennis coach John Aragon.

Sales-tax revenues up over '00

Businesses reap benefits of early summer events

For one of the first months this year, the increase in utilities prices was not the only variable boosting Steamboat's sales-tax revenues in June over last year's receipts.

Council race sees variety of candidates

10 residents running for open seats

From a 26-year-old radio personality who grew up near Aspen to a 76-year-old tree-trimmer who fought in World War II, the race for City Council this year will bring an eclectic mix of faces and views to the Steamboat voting public. The ballot will be jam-packed with potential City Council members come election day, with a total of 10 candidates running for the four open spots in the city. Monday marked the final day for interested people to pull petitions and to return them to the city clerk.

Wally's closed for back taxes

The city of Steamboat Springs has closed Wally's Pizzeria, seized its property and will sell the pizzeria Thursday to satisfy almost $15,000 in back sales taxes, penalties and interest.

Man injured when tractor slides down embankment

A 23-year-old man was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center Monday morning after a tractor he was driving slid down a 75-foot embankment.

Weekend festivities will lack rodeo

West Fest promises to fill Steamboat Springs' Labor Day with plenty of cowboy traditions, but this year bull riding will not be one of them.

Travelers warned to avoid route

Slavonia trailhead closing because of logging in forest

Wilderness travelers must plan to avoid the popular Slavonia trailhead north of Steamboat Springs Sept. 4-21 while helicopter logging operations are under way.

Emotions mixed as students return to class

Luke Kamieniecki has decided what he likes about being in middle school lockers. "That way people can't steal your stuff," said the sixth-grader at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Sunday, August 26

Law requires immunizations

Students need to have necessary shots before school

It's that time of year to stock up on school supplies, go shopping for back-to-school fashions and tell your kids to roll up their sleeves for any necessary immunizations.

Construction moving along

Family hopes to be in new Habitat home by Oct. 1

On Sunday, while Neil Marchman worked with a Habitat for Humanity construction crew to inch his new house closer and closer to completion, he stumbled to find words to describe his feelings for the new home and what has happened at the construction site in Pioneer Village this summer. "It's been a great summer," he began, taking a break from working. "All the people out here. The relationships ."

Everyone can recall their first bike

In some ways, it's amazing that Steamboat Springs City Councilman Jim Engelken grew up to be the well-adjusted adult that he is. What most people don't know about Jim, and probably something even his wife did not know until today, is that his very first bicycle was a girl's bike.

Pets help bring relief to ill patients

When the bottom of Valerie Appell's car literally fell out on the highway as she was driving back to Steamboat Springs from California, she was given a special opportunity to reflect on the time she had just spent with her sick father and to re-evaluate as a 14-year critical care nurse how people often lacked exposure to nature and things reminiscent of their homes when placed in the hospital.

SSAC director joins council race

Nancy Kramer remembers inventing a character named Club Gunu her senior year in high school and placing Mr. Gunu's name on the ballot for class president. Although she campaigned tirelessly for him, the fake candidate ended up losing the race.

In pursuit of victory

Local cowboys earn top honors as another rodeo season comes to an end

As the sun set on the 2001 summer rodeo season in Steamboat Springs, two local saddle bronc riders were still standing in the glow.

Saturday, August 25

Real Estate Transactions

Real estate transactions for Aug. 16-22

How does your garden grow?

Puma strolled down the hill from the vegetable garden, paws placed neatly in front of him with every step, his tail whisking back and forth. "He's a really good hunter. He keeps the critters out of the garden," said Margie Arbogast, owner of the garden.




Kuntz and Taylor

Students map out the future

Interns, communities benefit from Global Information System experience

In the corner of a cluttered room at the Bureau of Land Management, 16-year-old Bryan Foster is building the foundation of a project so large its influence will be felt by Moffat County residents years from now. As part of a summer internship program, Foster is mapping property boundaries into the BLM's Geographic Information System. The odd yellow, white and purple shapes that fill in Moffat County and flash across the computer screen will link to a series of data on fire management.

Back to Class

Teachers, administrators spend busy summer getting ready for tomorrow

Letters of the alphabet are taped to the walls and the windows in classrooms at Soda Creek Elementary. Elizabeth "Niffy" Bube's classroom has assignment planners and name tags on every desk and a decorated door welcoming students to a new school year.

Water fight

Oak Creek battle brews over metering

Bob Johnson has been keeping the grass green for Oak Creek schools for 12 years. Johnson, who also coaches Soroco High School girls basketball, has never seen the water bill. But he knows the school district gets a good deal.






Steamboat saddles up for Westfest

It's an event that celebrates western culture both the new and the old through music and art. But what will Westfest mean for the residents of Steamboat Springs besides a needed toursit attraction over the Labor Day weekend? We asked Michael Martin Murphey, country singer and founder of the event, to give some background and a glance at the future of Westfest and what the partnership with Steamboat Springs might bring about.

High School gets 16 new teachers

For Angela Blair and her husband, the scenery around Steamboat Springs outweighed the high cost of living. The couple spent the summer looking to move from their home in Moscow, Idaho. "We knew we wanted to come to Colorado," she said. "My husband got a job here, so it was up to me find a job."

Group rallies at meeting

About 40 members of a local activist group staged a peaceful rally on the steps of Oak Creek's town hall last week. Citizen Down formed about two months ago in response to what supporters perceive as unjust treatment by town officials. Oak Creek residents deserve fairness from their mayor, trustees and police force, Cargo Rodeman, a spokesperson for Citizen Down, said.


New beginnings

Tomorrow marks the first day of school for the Steamboat School District the first day of a new school year, the first day of new promises, new potential and new opportunities. It will give this community a first look at the ever-changing face of education in Steamboat Springs and in Colorado.


The record for Aug. 18-25


Do you have a pair of tattered heels sitting in your closet that you're embarrassed to wear out of the house? Or do you have a pristine pair of cowboy boots that you want to preserve before they become shabby?


Around town for Aug. 26


Lodwick and Owens



Class notes for Aug. 25


Letters for Aug. 26


Local briefing for Aug. 26

A building full of memories

The old Texaco station no longer stands except in the minds and hearts of a few

Mark Williams can recall watching 15-cent movies on Saturday afternoons when it was turned into a makeshift theater. Lila Rider remembers kicking up her heels on its dance floor. Ernie Labombi can spin yarns about living there. Ask longtime residents of South Routt about the weathered Texaco station that was recently torn down in Phippsburg and they will say that the old building held a lot of memories within its walls.

Friday, August 24

Attorneys exchange accusations

McLimans: Defense using information from Feldmann

District Attorney Paul McLimans has accused his former assistant, Charles Feldmann, of providing information to the defense team representing suspected murderer Thomas Lee Johnson. In court documents filed this week, McLimans said he suspects Feldmann gave Norm Townsend, Johnson's court-appointed attorney, sensitive information about the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Ex-councilman seeks return

If Paul "Loui" Antonucci gets elected in District II this November, he will have served on the Council in three very different decades. First elected in 1989, Antonucci served until 1993, but lost his reelection bid that year. Now, a year after he and his partner Joe Pete Larusso sold the Old Town Pub, Antonucci wants to get back into the political game and he thinks he's ready to give current Councilman Ken Brenner a run for his money in District II. Antonucci said this week he is almost positive he will be running, but needs to think a little more before Monday's deadline for petitions.

Group debates water concerns

A public that does not understand the importance of its water rights today, jeopardizes its claim to that water in the future, state lawmakers said. "I have a real concern about what the federal government is trying to do with our water in Colorado," Sen. JackTaylor, R-Steamboat Springs, said.

Residents test long Powerball odds

The chance of winning hundreds of millions of dollars in tonight's Powerball drawing is one in 80 million, but many people in Steamboat Springs think those odds are good enough to lay their money down for tickets. By 2 p.m. Friday, 7-11 store clerk Jake Goodwin said the store had sold $648 worth of Powerball tickets. Lotto was far behind at $101.

New judge in Johnson case

Former Colorado Supreme Court justice assigned to murder trial

A former Colorado Supreme Court chief justice will preside over Routt County's only murder case. On Friday, the state court administrator's office assigned Justice Joseph R. Quinn, who served on the state Supreme Court from 1980 to 1993, to replace 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson as presiding judge for the murder trial of Thomas Lee Johnson.

Thursday, August 23

Health care topic of forum

Routt, Moffat officials discuss options for the future

Recent demographic shifts in Moffat and Routt county populations have already caused health problems and may create future medical dilemmas, county commissioners decided Thursday night.

Dealing with bugs in your garden

Creepy, crawly things used to freak me out; I'd squish them in a minute. But that changed after I met Whitney Cranshaw, professor of entomology at Colorado State University who taught a segment on garden insects for Master Gardeners.

BMX track improvements hit ruts

Work to refurbish the BMX dirt track at Howelsen Hill with a $10,000 grant is being delayed by the oblivious.

Bike series coming to a climax

in close contention coming into the final competition Sept. 7.

Woman injured in accident

A West Routt County woman suffered head injuries when her Ford Explorer drove off U.S. 40 and into Dream Island Mobile Home Community, knocking over a cluster mailbox and hitting two cars.

Murder suspect may walk

Judge's sudden recusal may jeopardize 'speedy trial' requirement

Appointing a new judge for the Thomas Lee Johnson murder trial is not the only obstacle in the case meeting Johnson's right to a speedy trial is also an issue that will have to be resolved. Because of 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson's decision to recuse himself from the murder case that was set to go to trial Oct. 29, questions arise about whether Johnson can be tried within the state required six-month time period.

Wednesday, August 22

Judge quits murder trial

Thompson cites conflict due to arrest of live-in girlfriend by DEA agent

The judge presiding over the murder trial of Thomas Lee Johnson has removed himself from the case, citing the arrest of his live-in girlfriend by a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who could be a key witness in Johnson's trial. District Judge Joel S. Thompson recused himself from the trial Tuesday, 11 days after 36-year-old Billie Vreeman was arrested in a federal drug sting at the Moffat County home Vreeman and Thompson share.

City Council passes new mobile home ordinance

With mobile homes often sitting on rented land worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, the owners of many of the 467 trailers in Steamboat Springs are living on shaky ground.

Levy could mean teacher pay raises

Steamboat School District Superintendent Cyndy Simms will be meeting with district school board members in early September to decide whether to pursue an increase in property taxes for teacher and support staff salaries.

Tuesday, August 21

ASC contracts with MeriStar

Failed merger partner to oversee Steamboat Grand

The planned merger between American Skiing Co. and MeriStar Hotels and Resorts was withdrawn in March. But the two companies have decided to work together anyway.

High school registration for students today

Registration is today for all Steamboat Springs High School students.

Golf team gets off to good start

The Sailors golf team had a strong start to its season last week with a second-place outing at Grand Junction, followed by two other top 5 finishes.

Taxes to be placed on Nov. ballot

Funding plans move ahead

Two city taxes will grace the ballot this November, with voters being asked to weigh issues of child care and transportation. Advocates for a two-pronged tax dedicated to increasing the quality of early childhood education can start their campaign to get it passed because the Steamboat Springs City Council decided to go ahead and place it on the ballot Tuesday night. The city's tax would add a half-cent to the 8.4-percent sales tax currently collected in the city. The county, as well, decided to place a 1 mill property tax increase on the ballot Tuesday.

Athletes: Howelsen losing potential

To sustain its Olympic heritage, Steamboat Springs must be able to retain its Olympic hopefuls, former Olympian Hank Kashiwa said Tuesday.

Bike series winds down

Tonight's Town Challenge Mountain Bike race will be a key factor in determining the final winners of the series.

Officials flowing into town for water convention

Steamboat Springs will host the summer convention of the Colorado Water Congress Thursday and Friday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

Development hinges on impact-fee plan

The future of a proposed affordable-housing development will hinge on impact fees the town is planning to impose.

Public Works holds open house

Hayden's $500,000 Public Works facility will be unveiled tonight during an open house. Hayden officials will host Routt County commissioners and others as they unveil the new facility, which is located next to the town's sewer-treatment plant on 12th Street.

R&B band plays Headwall today

The legendary rhythm and blues band Double Trouble heads to the stage today for the last show of the free Summer Concert Series headed by Great Knight Productions and other local businesses in Steamboat Springs.

Hayden, county hire airport parking officer

Hayden's code enforcement officer will get a hefty pay raise from Routt County to enforce parking at Yampa Valley Regional Airport for the upcoming ski season.

Impact-fee petition denied

City stands by decision to uphold request to take plan to voters

The city stood fast behind its charter Tuesday night, deciding to uphold the city clerk's ruling to deny a group of petitioners its request to take impact fees to the voters.

Sailors tennis team wins season opener

Despite continuing injuries, Steamboat's boys tennis team swung into action with a 5-2 victory over Littleton High School Friday.

Psychologist planning to hold regular office hours in Hayden

A longtime Steamboat Springs psychologist has opened an office in Hayden to give counseling on relationship and family issues and drug and alcohol addiction.

Monday, August 20

Community evaluates schools

Audit teams make recommendations to board

Select members of the community received an inside look as to how schools operate and their individual progress in the Steamboat Springs School District.

Group abandons tax plan to buy parcel of Emerald

The Emerald Mountain Partnership has abandoned thoughts of seeking a countywide property tax to help fund the purchase of 6,345 acres on a mountaintop just outside of Steamboat Springs. City Councilman Ken Brenner and County Commissioner Doug Monger said the subject of the property tax could come up again but probably only if it were tied to a specific proposal that would allow the local group to protect the mountain from extensive development. Speaking on behalf of the partnership, they based their conclusions on a recent community survey.

County to vote today on tax

Commissioners likely to OK ballot resolution

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote in favor today of a resolution placing a property tax for early childhood education on the November ballot.

Council to discuss tax language

Voters will make final decision in November election

In principle, the Steamboat Springs City Council has agreed to place an early child education tax and a transportation tax on the ballot in November. Tonight, they will decide by reading the tax proposal language into ballot form who will pay, how much they will be shelling out and who will decide how the money is spent.

Queen represents area culture

Routt County Fair royalty's background includes 4-H, skiing

Routt County's new fair queen represents the mixed culture of skiing and agriculture that typifies life in the Yampa Valley.

Yampa man faces September sentencing

Since the evening of Dec. 2, 2000, Warren Dean Hillbolt III has been behind bars at the Routt County Jail. Following a verdict last week, the Yampa man will remain in jail until he is sentenced in September for a felony assault charge.

Attendance disappointing

Not many fans come out to fair concerts

This year's livestock sale at the Routt County Fair in Hayden broke all records, but it was a different story at the fair's two evening music concerts. Jean Morrow, who helped to organize the two concerts, said the Aug. 16 show featuring buckaroo poet Waddie Mitchell and country singer Brenn Hill drew only about 250 people. The Aug. 17 show by country recording artist Eric Heatherly was even more under-appreciated. Morrow said it was attended by perhaps just 100 people, no more than 150. Morrow was careful to say the attendance figures are very tentative until the members of the fair board review gate receipts.

Sunday, August 19

Complications with eating disorders can be deadly

"Struggling with an eating disorder is a horribly painful way for a young girl or woman to live her life," said Margy Bookman, certified psychiatric clinical nurse specialist of Steamboat Springs. "The eating disorder is with her every minute of the day. It will be her closest companion and worst enemy. Sometimes it feels there will never be a way to escape its presence."



Fair queen represents life in the valley

Agriculture, skiing very important to Cassidy Kurtz

Routt County's new fair queen represents the culture of skiing mixed with agriculture that typifies life in the Yampa Valley. Cassidy Kurtz, 17, of Steamboat Springs took the honorary lap around the rodeo arena on her horse Sunday afternoon after former queen Kaycee Samuelson passed her the crown.

In Search of Huckleberry Pie

It's important, every now and then, to pause and reflect on the finer things in life. And for my money, a beautifully baked fruit pie is on the list. So I set off to Hayden and the Routt County Fair last week in search of the perfect pie.

Gone, but not forgotten

2001 Routt County Fair comes to a close

When someone passes away who is close to many people in a community, that absence is noticed in many places and rarely forgotten. When Extension Agent Deb Alpe went through the number of entries in the home arts section at the Routt County Fair last week, she noticed the entries were down in some categories. Then she remembered the absence of Helen Sherrod, who passed away earlier this year. Sherrod was known for entering multiple items into the home arts competitions, including canned goods, photography and her coveted flowers.

Saturday, August 18

Garage sale fever

For those stricken, Saturday morning can't come early enough

The chill in the air at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 11 didn't stop the groups of people knocking on Kate Erbe's door. It was a typical summer garage sale day but her garage had not yet opened. "They'll knock on your door. I sold at least one-third of what I had between 7:30 and 8 a.m.," Erbe said with a smirk and a laugh. "This is my first one ever."


Births for Aug. 19

Steamboat schools see new leadership

Soda Creek Elementary gets new principal, middle school gets new pincipal, assistant principal

An aura of camaraderie begins to fill the campuses and district offices as old and new faculty begin to gather to prepare for the 2001-2002 school year in Steamboat Springs. But maintaining achievable goals for a prosperous and successful year deem the highest of priorities for three people in charge of faculty, staff and students' well being.

District tests public opinion on property-tax bump

Levy increase would be used to give salary increases to teachers

"Cost of living" is a catch phrase used by members of almost every profession in Steamboat Springs to account for the transient nature of the city's work force. In the Steamboat School District, those potential shortages take on an added sense of urgency, as the fate of the teachers corresponds with the fate of the city's young people.


The record for Aug. 11-18


Miskam and Chavarria

Building Permit Transactions

Building permits for July 30-31, 2001


Can the charter school learn to fly?

Residents of North Routt County felt the bus ride into Steamboat Springs that their children had to make every morning to go to school was detrimental to learning. So the concept of the North Routt Charter School was born. After wrangling with the Steamboat Springs School District over funding issues, finding a facility and a teacher, we asked school Director Mary Bramer what the future holds in store.

Students eagerly await new gym

Community anticipates new school, new pride

Volleyball practice at Soroco High School is over until tomorrow morning, and a group of tired teen-age girls lingers in the gym. Outside, the sounds of men at work on a new gym gives the girls reason to practice harder.


Say goodbye to the summer

As summer comes to a close and we gear up for the winter season of skiers, some may think it's too early to think about next summer. But it may not be too early to think about the future of Triple Crown in Steamboat Springs and what it means to merchants and residents alike.




Local briefing for Aug. 19


Around town for Aug. 19

Real Estate Transactions



Unless you're the kind of person who has saved your 1970s outfits for recent theme parties, you've probably been to a thrift store or garage sale to check what groovy threads other people have finally abandoned.

Cash Cows

Youngsters at the Routt County junior livestock sale on Saturday evening learned a quick lesson in tough love. After months of grooming and b

Medical center continues to grow

Hospital offers health services to northern Colorado

This November will mark the two-year anniversary Yampa Valley Medical Center changed how health care was delivered in Steamboat Springs and five surrounding counties.

Friday, August 17

Perry-Mansfield alumni hold reunion

It was the summer of 1953. Jan Serafy, 23, sat in the back seat of a Chevrolet leaving behind Steamboat Springs and her first summer at Perry-Mansfield. "I looked back and you know that gorgeous view from Rabbit Ears?," she said in a southern accent.

Local places high in adventure race

Todd Wilkinson was expecting to hike, bike, horseback ride and kayak his way through the Four Winds 2001 Supreme Adventure Race. What he was not expecting was the level of technical difficulty that came with it. Part of a four-person team, Wilkinson raced almost 400 miles in seven days throughout the Teton Valley region in Idaho.

Dollars from the heart

Auction raises money for youth, seniors, hospital

Ed Durnil turned to the lively crowd and warned would-be bidders that their time was almost up. "Five minutes, folks," Durnil said. "Then the sports memorabilia items are no longer up for grabs." The Kentucky auctioneer was on hand Friday evening to yell out the items for sale at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

Little Ace

Local youth baseball player tosses first pitch at Coors Field

Steamboat Springs' Josh Carlson had the dream of many Colorado boys come true Wednesday night. He pitched at Coors Field. The 11-year old boy with hopes of playing in the pros was selected to throw the ceremonial opening pitch before Colorado's game against the Atlanta Braves. Carlson's name was randomly drawn from out of 15,000 Rockies Rookies members, the team's youth fan club.

Kids, cattle learn mutual respect

Patience can payoff in steer competition

On a wooden box her husband built 43 years ago; on a box her son used to put himself through college; on a box her grandchildren painted from blue to green, Evelyn Monger sat. She sat and watched 60- and 70-pound children coax half-ton beasts around a ring with hooked sticks and more than a little courage. The box holds the equipment three generations of Mongers have used to get their steers ready for show. As the heat bore down on the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden Friday, Evelyn watched her granddaughter Tyra take Frisky, a Gelby steer, around the ring.

Routt County hosts German firefighters

Local crews teach visitors fire management

The Craig-Routt Fire Management Unit is hosting two German students to northwest Colorado to learn fire management from local crews. Andreas Casper, 26, and Boris Weigele, 23, are forestry science students from the University of Freiburg in Freiburg, Germany. They landed in Denver on Monday.

DOW: Residents be aware of bear

Sightings in Steamboat area to increase with hibernation season nearing

Though black bears are venturing into Front Range communities to look for food this summer, sighting reports are down in Steamboat Springs. But officials say more sightings are right around the corner.

Inmate pleads not guilty to assault

A Steamboat Springs man accused of assaulting two officers while he was intoxicated as an inmate at the Routt County Jail pleaded not guilty to three charges Friday afternoon. James Todd Reimer, 31, through his attorney, Larry Combs, pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree assault on a peace officer, a class four felony, and misdemeanor possession of contraband.

Men arrested on drug charges

Marijuana allegedly grown in crawl space of house

Three Steamboat Springs men face felony drug charges after a drug task force allegedly seized 100 marijuana plants from their residence Thursday night. Lorenzo Charles Cannistraci, 38, Bolling Ford Hines, 25, and Eric Charles Edelstein, 37, were arrested at their home at 1555 Conestoga Circle after Grant, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement agents executed a search warrant.

Fast-food development proposed

Elk River Crossing on Steamboat's west side could soon become the site of a combined fast-food restaurant, convenience store and gas station. Documents on file at the city of Steamboat Springs confirm that a Glenwood Springs company, Gilco Inc., has plans to build a 6,363-square-foot store at the corner of Elk River Road and U.S. 40, near Clark's Market.

Thursday, August 16

Steamboat man convicted of DUI

A 24-year-old Steamboat Springs man with a prior drunken-driving conviction was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in jail and fined $1,000 after pleading guilty to his second and third drunken-driving offenses. Travis Paul Self was also placed on two years of probation, ordered to perform 144 hours of community service and seek treatment for alcohol abuse.

Survivors inspire breast cancer walkers

At mile 48 of the Avon Breast Cancer Walk, Lianne Pyle watched as a stream of walkers were carried off the course. With badly blistered feet and a heat index of close to 130 degrees, Pyle resisted the urge to join them. "It reminded me of MASH," Pyle said as she described the second day of her 60-mile, three day walk from Fort Collins to Boulder.

Another resident expresses interest in running for City Council

Omar Campbell wakes up at 3 or 4 a.m. every morning, brews himself a pot of coffee, and sits down to watch C-SPAN for the next two hours. He reads the Steamboat Today cover to cover and fills out the crossword puzzle, looking up any answers he doesn't know. And then, he lifts his 76-year-old frame up to go to work, trimming trees and offering advice on arboriculture in the community. On most nights, he's in bed by 11 p.m.

Early ski season pass sales jump

Officials of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. say early season pass sales rose again this year, but not as rapidly as they did last summer. The deadline for people purchasing season passes and value passes at the lowest available prices for the upcoming ski season passed on Aug. 15. The ticket office was a busy place on Wednesday, but Steamboat Vice President of Marketing Andy Wirth said he thinks the ski area's ability to serve its early-season customers has improved. The ski area began online sales as well as season pass sales through Steamboat Central Reservations this summer.

Fair turns 'sheepish'

4-H children learn about life through lambs

Since sheep are not the most cooperative animals, the nine 4-H and Future Farmers of America children in the ring Thursday morning for the meat breeding ewe and breeding lamb class showed incredible patience. The animals bleated and tugged at their owners while being walked into the ring. The children said no words to the animals or showed any frustration. Many just smiled at friends, family and the judge as they gingerly manipulated the protesting animal into position.

Jury finds man guilty of assault

Yampa resident not guilty of attempted murder

A jury after five hours of deliberation found a 34-year-old Yampa man not guilty of attempted murder but guilty of a felony assault charge Thursday. The seven women and five men on the jury found Warren Dean Hillbolt III guilty of first-degree assault, a class five felony, and violent crime with the use of a deadly weapon.

Group seeks new government

Residents push for mayoral leadership

A group of concerned residents who feel as though they don't have as much input in government as they would like are hoping to change the entire form of the city's government. Cesare Rosati is at the head of a small movement to turn the City Council/City Manager system into a mayoral system with a deputy mayor and five full-time City Council members.

Wednesday, August 15

Steamboat students keep ACT up

Scores from rest of Routt County fall slightly below state average

Juniors and college-bound seniors at Steamboat Springs High School fared better than their peers in Colorado on the 2001 ACT, according to scores released by the school district and the Colorado Division of Education. Scores at Routt County's two other public schools were slightly below the state average. Scores on the ACT, a national college entrance exam, are part of the formula the state is using to assess school performance. The state's first accountability ratings for schools and school districts will be released next month.

Hillbolt takes stand at trial

Defendant says shooting was self-defense

A 34-year-old Yampa man on trial for attempted murder testified Wednesday he had no choice but to shoot Jared Williams.

Steamboat City Council races begin to heat up

Councilman Ken Brenner so far is unopposed for Nov. 6 election

In all but one district, the races for City Council looked to have two, three or even four candidates vying for a seat in November's election as of Wednesday afternoon. That, along with two potential tax questions that could be placed on the November ballot, make the votes cast on Nov. 6 especially meaningful, said City Councilman Ken Brenner.

Ruth No. 1 at women's golf tourney

Tuesday's weather may have looked a little gloomy, but the day proved to be golden for at least one member of the Steamboat Springs Golf Club.

Horse and buggy event starts Saturday

Horse and cattle events have been a part of the Elkhead Ranch in Hayden for the last 100 years. This year ranch owner Heather Stirling will continue that tradition in a different way. A two-day horse and buggy event including a marathon, dressage and cones event will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Superintendent hosts empty meeting

Not a single resident or parent showed up to meet with Hayden Superintendent Scott Mader Wednesday night to discuss the district's impending decision to eliminate a high school social studies teaching position.

Time is ticking for shelter shepherd

City sees increase in abandoned pets

Like many of the animals at the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter, Baxter has been waiting a long time for a good home. The 6-year-old German Shepherd mix was left at the shelter three months ago.

When guinea pigs rule

Routt County Fair focuses on smaller animals, too

Horses, steers, lambs and pigs are the glamour pusses in the livestock divisions of the Routt County Fair. But away from the commotion of the big show ring is a smaller barn, where roosters, turkeys, mini lop rabbits and even guinea pigs are the stars.

Group tentatively decides on courthouse design

A group of residents and city and county officials wants to further explore public reaction to building a new facility to handle the county's crowded courtrooms before making a final decision on its design.

Tuesday, August 14

New AD navigates his way around high school

On Tuesday afternoon, Bruce Crowhurst was still trying to find his way around the hallways of Steamboat Springs High School.

Teen trampled by cow at fair

Thirteen-year-old Colton Wheeler has not spent the Routt County Fair the way he would have liked.

County to have Web site revamped

In a few months, visitors to the Routt County Web site will be only a click away from an improved Web site. Routt County commissioners Tuesday approved a contract to redesign the county's current Web site.

Official meets to dispel rumors

To answer questions or clear up any misconceptions parents may have about Hayden High School being stripped of one teacher, Superintendent Scott Mader is having a meeting tonight.

County OKs change in system

The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a change in the way the board receives a share of fees collected locally on the national forests.

Town hopes to tap into funds for water

Town officials should know by the end of the year whether they have funding from two sources to make more than $1 million worth of improvements to the town's aging water plant.

'Make My Day' man gets his day in court

A Yampa man who tried to use Colorado's so-called "Make My Day" law to have an attempted murder charge against him dismissed will get to make his case in court today.

Radio system to be replaced

Project calls for towers, state-of-the-art equipment

When Routt County's microwave radio system was installed in 1983, county commissioners were told that it should be replaced in 10 years. The same system is still in use today, but county officials have approved a replacement. The county commission approved a $1.19 million project Tuesday to replace the aging towers and radio equipment.

Horse competition continues at fair

Heather Wertenberger woke at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning to wash her horse's feet and tail before the start of the 4-H/FFA Horse Show at the Routt County Fair. Despite efforts to keep dry from Tuesday's rain, her horse, Jerry, needed another cleaning before entering the first competition.

Monday, August 13

County may divert some federal funds

Money would go toward broader uses

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected to decide today whether to divert a little more than $50,000 annually in federal funding away from its road and bridge budget to a fund that could be used for broader community needs.

4-Hers, pets earn high marks at dog show

Eleven-year-old Jacquelyn Denker sauntered with pride Monday morning into the showcase arena at Hayden Town Park with her 4-year-old Australian shepherd, Ginger.

Planning official joins race

Commission chairwoman running for City Council

The race is on. Kathi Meyer, the chairwoman of the city's Planning Commission, turned in 25 signatures Monday to run for the at-large position on the Steamboat Springs City Council. Meyer was the first candidate to turn in her signatures for the election in November.


Officials: Get involved with fair Routt County Extension Agent C.J. Mucklow and County Commissioner Doug Monger urged town folk to get involved in the county fair this week in Hayden.

Two new members sought for commission

As a junior member on the city's Planning Commission, Shelley Pastachak figured the upcoming revision of the decade-old Community Development Code was a good project to work on before ending her public service.

Returning a winner

Former Sailors standout wins 5.0 title at weekend tennis tournament

Casey Clagett was looking for a major tournament to sharpen his skills before returning for his junior year at Wittenberg University in Ohio this year.

Board members propose new library at site of old junior high

Beginning the first Steamboat Springs School Board study session Monday night after a six-week summer vacation, four board members and the superintendent convened to hear the Bud Werner Memorial Library board and others present their future facility plans.

Discount deadline approaches

Wednesday last day to get lowest prices on ski passes

Skiers, riders and, in many cases, their employers have until Wednesday to take advantage of the lowest prices offered by the Steamboat Ski Area on season passes and value cards for the upcoming ski season.

Sunday, August 12

CDC: Unintentional injury leading cause of death for kids

"Accident" is a widely used word, but it doesn't tell the whole story. If we stick with that word, it leaves us powerless to do anything about it.

Preserving flowers and foliage

Several options available to save those special specimens

Vegetable and fruit gardeners have learned how to preserve their garden bounty well beyond the short harvest season through canning, freezing and other methods. Flower gardeners can do the same thing, too, for their colorful flowers, grasses, seed heads and foliage.

African traditions examined

Drum, dance classes offer cultural insight

After attending an African Dance and Drum Festival in Boulder three weeks ago, Mouminatou Camara and Mohamed Camara decided to detour to Steamboat Springs for a one-evening workshop. Robin Getter, director of the School of Rhythm and Dance in Steamboat, said having this master dancer and drummer come to Steamboat creates a special evening for all of those interested in African dancing and drumming.

Horse-cutting workshop benefits endowment

Routt County residents have an opportunity to learn horse cutting from the best this week as world champion horse cutter Barb Shulte will give a workshop at the Saddle Mountain Ranch Tuesday.

Event to raise funds for YVMC

Golf tourney, auction to benefit cancer treatments

To raise money for cancer-treatment programs at Yampa Valley Medical Center, the Dream Team has sponsored its fourth annual shotgun golf tournament and live and silent auction.

Saturday, August 11


Exercise can change perceptions

If you want people to know that you're confident, in control and a hard worker, let them know you exercise. According to the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, a recent study at McMasters University showed exercisers were more likely to be seen by others as healthy and sexually attractive. Nice, huh?




The record for August 4-11

Rains of monsoon season welcomed by most

In India, monsoon season hits the cities and the countryside with walls of rain that flood the streets. In Routt County, the impact of "monsoon season", a phenomenon occurring throughout the southwest during July and August, is not quite as dramatic but it can alter the climate enough to turn the tides for business people and firefighters alike.


Can Steamboat keep the Crown?

Some locals grumble about the traffic that sometimes stalls to a stand-still, about their favorite restaurants packed to the rafters and the general claustrophbia of having Steamboat Springs' population triple for weeks at a time. Those same people, however, may not be grumbling so loud on payday. The Triple Crown, which brings in baseball to Steamboat from practically everywhere else, has its benefits and detriments but cannot be taken for granted. Dave King, president of Triple Crown, explains.


Don't tarnish the memories

For as long as I can remember, I've been a Broncos fan. I remember watching Tom Jackson, Steve Foley, Billy Thompson, Lyle Alzado and the intimidating Orange Crush defense long before I could drive a car. I even remember watching Craig Morton and Denver's struggling offense when they were pummeled by the Dallas Cowboys in their first Super Bowl appearance.


Weekly planner for August 13-17



Keep on burning

Despite the fact that I think the Routt Divide Blowdown is an awesome spectacle of nature that everyone should see, I hope the Mad Creek fire burns as many patches of the downed trees as it possibly can before there are dry, standing beetle kill trees all over the forest.

Trees: The root of it all

U.S. Forest Service interpreter Renee Brousseau has one bit of advice to offer when she leads the tree identification group through downtown Steamboat Springs every other Thursday evening, attempting to educate her class about the evergreen trees that surround the city.




Students see more hours per mile

Law requires learners to have more experience before getting a license

Last weekend Rebecca Herman was driving home from Denver, heading for the Steamboat Springs post office on the corner of Third Street and Lincoln Avenue. It was a routine drive for the permit-holding 15-year-old. Her mother was in the passenger seat. Herman has been told she needs to take her turns a bit more carefully, but she didn't spend too much time pondering those reminders. When she turned the corner, instead of braking or slowing down, Herman continued to accelerate and came within an inch from hitting a Jeep Cherokee.

Fans get Olympic preview when Gold Cup hits Steamboat

The Olympics will be coming to Utah in February, but skiing fans in Steamboat Springs can get a taste of the international action right here at home in December.


Certification class offered for soccer VAIL The Western Slope State Soccer League is offering USSF certification classed for full and assistant referees in Vail starting Friday.

Real Estate Transactions


Life with livestock

It's a 24/7 committment for Routt County Fair competitors

For the past 11 years, Jaime Booco has been starting each day early in her quest to raise a champion steer each year for the Routt County Fair. As the fair gets into full swing this week, Booco, 18, and numerous other 4-H kids in Routt County will show off their livestock at the fair.

Horse competitors from the region hoof it to Hayden

Compared to Saturday's Routt County Fair horse show events of working a cow and reining, or today's trail classes and barrel racing, the showmanship events could be a yawner for spectators. But for the the participants in four classes from 11 years old and under to the open class, it looks tedious. Participants stand with their horses in the arena with all the competitors in the event and wait for judge Terry Wegener, who is standing about 50 feet away, to give them the nod.

Police misconduct alleged

District Attorney may investigate reported brutality

An incident with an Oak Creek woman riding a horse in town and allegedly refusing to dismount on the request of a police officer is drudging up discontent among some South Routt residents, which could result in a district attorney's investigation of the event.

Eyeing victory

Girls take a swing at World Series title

As the opposing defense echoed her own team's chant, Tucson's Lori Lopez dug into the batter's box at Klumker Field Saturday.

Historic ranch for sale

5,911-acre spread south of Hayden listed for $16 million

Lou Wyman doesn't sound like a man who's going to miss the ranch that's been in his family for 83 years.

Making life easier for moms

Rock, Rattle and Stroll finds niche with infant, baby and maternity items

Single mother Bethany DeBlasis wasn't satisfied with the options she found in Steamboat Springs for baby and toddler items.

Hayden couple tries dome life

Driving down one of Routt County's country roads near Hayden, what looks like a gray bomb shelter rises out of the earth.


Free composting lesson available Yampatika wants to teach the community how to compost by offering a free lesson from master composter Richard "Festus" Hagins.

Registration deadline approaches for Ski Town Classic

Organizers of the Ski Town USA Classic golf tournament said at least 180 golfers will take part in this year's tournament, but they are still holding out hope for a few more before Monday's deadline.

Building closing, but quest goes on

Lately, folks stopping into the Art Quest shop on Lincoln Avenue sound as if they're going to a funeral, instead of a sale.


Smith, Swanson pass CPA exam Treadway Henion and Kerr, PC announced that Angela Smith and Pam Swanson have successfully completed the CPA exam.




Local briefing for July 12

Adult softball league playoffs begin this week

Top seed Alpine Taxi will be one of 27 teams that will open the road to a title in Steamboat's adult softball leagues this week.


Around town for August 12


Class notes for July 12


Celebrating us

When it comes to history and tradition, few entities in Routt County can compare with the Routt County Fair.


That favorite wooden chair or table you have doesn't need to go in the dumpster just because it has a crack, a dent or a broken leg. We've all experienced a good piece of furniture that has experienced damage. But don't fret it can be repaired.



Friday, August 10

Candidate weighs commitment

Possible council nominee says compensation a barrier

As the first week to pull petition papers for City Council nominations comes to a close, an issue which has driven a number of people to run for the council may also keep at least one of them out of the November race. Darcy Trask, the third potential candidate to say she hopes to be a voice for Steamboat's working class, said she might not be able to make the commitment to the council because the compensation doesn't make up for the time and effort involved.

Fair reigns in the competition

Open horse show highlights weekend

The Routt County Fair kicks off today with an open horse show at 9 a.m. continuing through Sunday. The open horse show is divided into four divisions: open class, ages 15-18, ages 12-14 and ages 11 and under.

Search and Rescue assist youth

Minnesota boy suffers from altitude sickness

Routt County Search and Rescue members hiked a little more than seven miles, much of it in the Flat Tops Wilderness Thursday morning, to rescue a 16-year-old Minnesota boy who had altitude sickness. A Search and Rescue crew of 18 reached the boy at about 7:30 a.m. after initially receiving the call at 1:47 a.m., incident commander Adam Christman said.

Thursday, August 9

Yoga, dance, sacred text meld at workshop

More than 40 years after her dance schooling at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, JoAnne Tucker was lured back to the magic of the mountains to a getaway from the everyday hustle and bustle of life in New York City.

A glimpse of the past

With the recent revival of cabaret acts in metropolitan cities across the United States, Routt County resident Jan van Straaten decided it's time for Colorado to get a glimpse of a true 1920s and 1930s cabaret act.

Fun for the family

The rodeo arena at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden were covered with a layer of dirt and manure and categorical signs hung from the ceiling of the exhibit building.

Steamboat Crossings gains permit

Commission raises concerns over development's parking

The Planning Commission took great care Thursday night approving a development permit 4 to 1 for Steamboat Crossings, the partially developed site just west of the intersection of Pine Grove Road and U.S. 40. The project is essentially a master plan for the 10-acre site with eight lots, though it does allow for a new daycare facility that will be inhabited by Young Tracks daycare and an office building.

County master plan under review

Series of meeting to focus on rural issues

Keeping growth out of rural Routt County will be one of the big issues addressed next week as county officials meet with the public on updating the county's master plan and zoning regulations. County commissioners and planning staff may only be talking to each other instead of the public, though. Only one resident showed up at the last master plan meeting in Steamboat Springs. Five residents showed up at a Hayden meeting.

Serving it up

Cafe to open in Centennial Hall

A building that used to shoot coal smoke out of a shaky smokestack will be home to a somewhat cleaner enterprise now that the city has awarded a contract to a catering company for the cafe inside Centennial Hall.

Man allegedly threatens officers

Police say they drew weapons in order to make arrest

A 22-year-old Grand Junction man was arrested early Thursday morning for allegedly threatening Steamboat Springs police officers with a metal fence post. Officers were forced to draw their weapons in order to take Rocky Shane Roberts into custody at about 6 a.m. on Pine Grove Road, Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said.

State recognizes local agencies

Some of Yampa Valley's most integral non-profit groups protecting vital interests of Steamboat have been selected as finalists for Awards for Excellence through the El Pomar Foundation. Strings in the Mountains, Yampa Valley Land Trust, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Steamboat Springs Health Care Association, The Haven and Horizons Specialized Services were selected for their commitment to enhancing the quality of life of Colorado residents


Fetcher part of lunch series The Tread of Pioneers Museum presents the 2001 Brown Bag Lunch Series at noon every Friday through August.


Tonight The world funk band The Withdrawals play at the Tugboat. The Tugboat is located at 1860 Ski Time Square; 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.

Folk, pop collaborators highlight of Strings finale

Strings in the Mountains wraps up its 14th season with a weekend of alternative country, folk, pop and chamber music ringing through the valley.

Wednesday, August 8

Mad Creek fire still burning

Official strategy is to 'sit back, watch and monitor'

The Mad Creek fire is no longer actively burning, but spots remain hot and crews are still working to finish hand-dug fire lines as forest officials take a wait-and-see attitude toward control of the blaze.

Masons set ceremony for lodge

For some, the work of the Masons may seem closed off to mainstream society, but the traditionally concealed philanthropic organization has had a long history of assisting communities and establishing patriotic and dignified citizens.

Day-care project proposed

Planning Commission to review plans for Mid-Valley Park

Bill Rangitsch will present the latest sketches for a project with a 20-year history in the city's permitting process to the Planning Commission tonight to try to get a major development permit for an eight-lot commercial subdivision.

ISP purchase confuses users

Earthlink acquires former Colorado Mountain Network

Mergers, buyouts and bankruptcy have several thousand Internet customers in the Steamboat Springs area frustrated with their service.

Phone records at issue

Defense fights evidence against Thomas Lee Johnson

The legal sparring began Wednesday in the murder trial of Thomas Lee Johnson. The jury trial will not start until October, but lawyers were in court for a hearing Wednesday to argue over evidence authorities have gathered in their murder investigation. Johnson is accused of killing Lori Bases last year.

Arena improvement moves ahead

The first cement truck arrived at the Howelsen Hill Ice Arena at 5:15 a.m. Wednesday to begin laying the foundation for a year-round ice rink in Steamboat Springs. The truck was the first in a convoy of 30 that brought the substance to Howelsen. The concrete was then pumped through a special boom that reached under the roof so that workers could form the floor upon which Steamboat's newest sheet of ice will be frozen when the rink reopens sometime in October.

Tuesday, August 7

Hayden man alleges harassment

Resident believes he is being run out of town

A longtime Hayden resident is accusing Town Manager Rob Straebel of harassment for having Routt County officials check on property used to store gravel equipment.

Youth corp helps blaze trail at park

Youths participating in a Steamboat Springs program are in the process of moving 325 tons of dirt to construct a trail at Yampa River State Park. Last week, a group from the Colorado Youth Corp started work on constructing a three-fourths of a mile trail at the new park, which is just west of Hayden.

Female folk singers take stage

Double Trouble to wrap up concert series

Folk-pop singer Lucinda Williams performs tonight and Susan Tedeschi will perform Saturday as Steamboat's free concert series continues.

Residents mull council run

Potential candidates start to gather signatures

Two of the potential candidates for City Council touted themselves as "voices for the working class" Tuesday as they pulled petition papers and started getting signatures.

Oak Creek child-care facility to reopen

Oak Creek's Little Friends Day Care and Preschool, which was forced to abruptly close July 27 because of financial problems, will be back in operation Sep. 10, the first day of public school.

Child-care taxes debated

City, council officials clash over whether initiatives should be linked

City and county officials continue to debate early childhood education tax initiatives that will appear on the November ballot. The city has agreed to put a sales-tax question on the ballot that could raise about $1.5 million if approved by voters. The county agreed to put a property-tax increase on the ballot that would raise $600,000.

Man arrested on burglary charge

A 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces a felony burglary charge for entering the wrong apartment while reportedly intoxicated early Tuesday morning.

Task force might disband

Officers left with weak leads on 20-year-old case

The end may be near for a multijurisdictional task force investigating the disappearance of a Hayden girl who has been missing for more than 20 years.

Monday, August 6

Day-care board to mull options

Little Friends center may reopen on half-day basis

The board of directors for Little Friends Day Care and Preschool in Oak Creek will meet tonight to discuss reopening the financially strapped child-care center on a half-day basis.

Strings says 'thank you' at Sponsors' Concert

More than 600 sponsors help Strings in the Mountains produce an annual six-week summer season of world-renowned musicians for locals and visitors to Steamboat Springs. Monday night was a time of giving back.

Engelken won't seek re-election

As of the first day to pull petitions to run for City Council, candidates for half of the open seats will not have to contend with incumbents.

Wait is finally over

High school announces hiring of new athletics director

It took a little less than three months to find the right guy, but it appears the search is over. Steamboat Springs High School Principal Dave Schmid announced Monday Bruce Crowhurst will replace Steve Moos as the school's new athletics director next week.

Rodeo season heats up

For the past seven weeks, the best cowboys and cowgirls in the region have battled for the top paycheck at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series.

Jail expansion may start soon

A year ago, Routt County put its jail expansion out to bid, but nobody wanted the job. Although County Property Manager Tim Winter sent out eight to 10 plans, not one bid came in. He blamed it on the "construction climate" where builders had their pick of lucrative construction projects in a busy resort town.


Riley moving dental practice to office near medical center Patients of Dentist Terrance Riley won't have to worry about downtown parking on their next visit.

Heavy rains wreak havoc across state

Flash floods possible after showers crop up

Most of western Colorado was under a flash flood watch Monday as showers cropped up intermittently and dumped heavy rains on already saturated ground.

Sunday, August 5

ACLU, city clash over petition requirements

A lawyer from the American Civil Liberties Union said Friday the city's stance on the number of signatures needed to bring a referendum before the voters is unconstitutional and he's pretty sure the Supreme Court of Colorado would agree. The Colorado branch of the ACLU weighed in on the side of a group of petitioners trying to force impact fees to a vote earlier this week, claiming they had been denied their right to bring a city ordinance to a vote of the people through a referendum process.

Adding It Up

Students, schools regroup after disappointing CSAP math scores

Steamboat Springs High School student Kelly Carlson remembers struggling last year on the math portion of the Colorado Student Achievement Program. He said some of the concepts on the test were simply foreign to him. "It might have been just me, but the classes didn't cover some of the questions," said Carlson, an average math student. "We didn't get to study at all for it."

Minor injuries in head-on collision

Rabbit Ears Pass crash 'could have been a lot worse'

A head-on collision Sunday on a wet Rabbit Ears Pass resulted in minor injuries to two passengers, a Colorado State trooper said. A man and a woman whose names and ages were unavailable at press time were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center for minor injuries about 5 p.m., said Colorado State Trooper Rick Kaspar.

F-H members kick off county fair with variety of exhibits

Leathercrafts judge Lane Kihlstrom sat at a table in a Hayden High School classroom Saturday as 4-H children showed him leather walnuts, knife holsters and patches of leather with designs in them. Kihlstrom is a big man, built like an offensive tackle. He dwarfed the children who sat across from him. But he leaned down on the table to get to their level and fired off numerous questions.

Resident assists in rebuilding effort

International studies student gets first-hand lessons in former Yugoslavia

Last summer, Craig Wilderman worked in Steamboat Springs painting houses but for the majority of this summer, the 23-year-old man helped in efforts to rebuild a country. Wilderman spent the last seven months working for the United Nations in former Yugoslavia.

Saturday, August 4

Real Estate Transactions



Letters for August 5


Is there a hangar hang up?

The city recently moved to expand hangar services at the Steamboat Springs Airport as a way to generate revenues in hopes that the facility will one day be self-sufficient. Members of the City Council raised a variety of concerns, including the merits of "growing" out of the problem. Matt Grow, Steamboat Springs Airport manager, gives his take on what the hangars will mean and what the future might look like for the facility.


Weekly planner for August 6-10


Local briefing for August 5

Borden and Heckman



Students 'booked' for the summer

Steamboat Springs High School emphasizes reading during the break from classes

While many 15-year-old students forget about books during the summer months, many 10th-graders at Steamboat Springs High School have been reading through the pages of American history, learning about those who shaped the nation and its culture.

Wixom and Romero

Back to school, back to basics

Students, parents, teachers gear up for a new year

With about three weeks before heading back to school, parents and children may be heading down to Denver to check out the latest fashions to keep up with the trends that Steamboat Springs may not provide.




Do the math

Juan has a bag containing 3 red, 2 blue and 5 green marbles. He removes one marble from the bag, sets it aside and draws another marble. What is the probability that he draws a red marble followed by a blue marble?



When spot misbehaves

It's difficult when owners can't understand what a pet wants and needs, however, if you've experienced some negative pet behavior, we've asked animal experts to help you out.



Hayden town board considers impact fee

Two issues have been raised by the Planning Commission regarding a proposed impact fee policy that would require new residential, commercial and industrial development to pay for roads. As the Town Board of Trustees examines the 14-page proposal, two issues have been raised by the commission regarding the fee's potential impact on existing buildings and vacant property identified by the town for residential development.


Around town for August 5

Construction work fast and furious

Schools, other projects, appear to be on schedule

The new agricultural building is in place at the Soroco High School, a foundation has been laid for the addition at the South Routt Elementary School and remodeling work is under way at the middle school. Three other key construction projects in South Routt are scheduled for completion by the fall. The new hotel in Yampa is up and crews are putting the finishing touches on the project in hopes to get it open by September.

ACLU, city clash over petition requirements

A lawyer from the American Civil Liberties Union said Friday the city's stance on the number of signatures needed to bring a referendum before the voters is unconstitutional and he's pretty sure the Supreme Court of Colorado would agree.


In brief for August 5




4-H members kick off county fair with variety of exhibits

Leathercrafts judge Lane Kihlstrom sat at a table in a Hayden High School classroom Saturday as 4-H children showed him leather walnuts, knife holsters and patches of leather with designs in them. Kihlstrom is a big man, built like an offensive tackle.


The record for July 29 to August 4

Adding it up

Students, schools regroup after disappointing CSAP math scores

Steamboat Springs High School student Kelly Carlson remembers struggling last year on the math portion of the Colorado Student Achievement Program. He said some of the concepts on the test were simply foreign to him.

Friday, August 3

Mad Creek fire sees another flare-up

Though the containment was in site this week for crews at the Mad Creek fire, a spot on the northern portion of the blaze flared up Thursday, motivating fire officials to do a controlled burn of 300 acres of land to try to stop the wildfire from spreading.

Bennett to leave City Council

Four seats open in November election

Kevin Bennett, the Steamboat Springs City Council president for the past seven years, said Friday he will not seek re-election to the Council in November. Bennett said he decided not to run because he wants to spend his time on other pursuits and earn a somewhat better living than the $800 monthly salary the position offers. Bennett has owned and co-owned businesses in Steamboat, selling menswear and antiques. He owned the Fair Exchange until 1997.

Routt County sees plague of fatalities

Five people die on area highways during the first seven months of 2001

Historically, August has been the month where the most alcohol-related crashes have occurred in the state, but in Northwest Colorado alcohol-related crashes have been an all-too common sight this year. Since Jan. 1, 10 people have died on highways in Routt, Moffat, Jackson, Grand and Rio Blanco counties.

Potential buyers to visit ski area

No 'midnight deals' with publicly traded company

Steamboat Ski Area President Chris Diamond and a handful of his vice presidents and managers spent a good part of the week preparing for important house guests. Diamond confirmed that he and a portion of his management team were in long meetings this week getting ready for site visits from executives representing companies that have expressed a serious interest in purchasing the ski area. He believes the eventual buyer could be known within five weeks.

Thursday, August 2


Friday The rock band Fat Back plays at the Tugboat. The Tugboat is located at 1860 Ski Time Square; 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.

A celebration of summer

After shipments of artwork arrived on the doorstep of the Depot Art Center Monday afternoon, artists and volunteers spent Tuesday and Wednesday placing each art piece in the appropriate position.

Powerball blasts off

Tickets sales boom on first day of game

Patti Bobonick walked into the 7-Eleven in west Steamboat Thursday and paid $2 for two lottery tickets: a regular Colorado Lotto ticket and a Powerball ticket. The tickets were printed on the same paper with the same faded purple ink.


'Fantasticks' curtain call This is the last weekend of The Steamboat Community Players' production of the classic musical tale "The Fantasticks." The musical is part of the Summer Theatre Festival that ends Saturday.

Newspaper wants to share in celebrations

Children can join the Birthday Club

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is introducing a new feature designed to recognize area children on their birthdays. The Steamboat Birthday Club will appear each Sunday in the Style section of the Pilot & Today.

Sewer line plan passes first hurdle

Planning commission raises concerns regarding project traffic

Routt County Planning Commission gave a recommendation to the city of Steamboat Springs Thursday night to amend a special use permit to put a new sewer interceptor line, despite concerns that not enough information on truck traffic on County Road 33 was given. To put in the line, a rough estimate of 5,000 tons of gravel material would be taken out of the ground next to the Yampa River west of Steamboat, planning staffer John Eastman calculated from figures given to him by Steamboat Spring Public Works Director Jim Weber at the meeting.

Local man charged with theft

A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man who has a history of stealing was arrested Wednesday for allegedly taking a $600 stereo from a vehicle. Maurice A. Choquette faces felony charges of theft and criminal trespass for allegedly stealing the stereo out of a vehicle parked at The Industrial Company Tuesday afternoon.

From baseball to bull

Despite hard knocks, rodeo bullfighter keeps on going

As a teen-ager growing up in California, Rob Smets used to dream of the day he would grow up and thrill thousands of fans in Candlestick Park as a professional baseball player. "When I was a kid, my biggest hero was probably Willie Mays. I was a huge Giants fan," Smets said.

Flowers for late summer gardens

Planting is still possible

Early autumn in Steamboat Springs is the time for a gardener to relax and enjoy the sunny days and cool evenings in their gardens. Plants are at their largest growth, and flower beds require less weeding and less work.

Restaurant to hold fund-raiser

A fund-raiser is being held for a 19-year-old Steamboat Springs man who recently died because of injuries sustained in a car accident.

Foundation funding distributed

Pet dogs have the capacity to bring solace into the lives of people facing adversity some would say it's the power to heal, or heel as the case may be. Heeling Friends is a local not-for-profit organization that is preparing dogs and their owners to visit hospitals, women's shelters and schools. It's also one of three organizations to receive grants in the latest round of funding from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

City red-flags development

Townhome construction comes to a halt

A much-maligned townhome project off Eagleridge Drive has been handed its most recent setback in a series of difficult interactions with neighbors and the city. Blackhawk Townhomes, a project that was unanimously approved by the Steamboat Springs City Council on Nov. 7, 2000, was issued a stop work order last week by the city.

ACLU weighs in on impact fee issue

Civil Liberties Union calls city's stance on petition drive unconstitutional

A lawyer from the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the city this week claiming the city's position on referendum petitions violates the state constitution. The city denied a group of petitioners its request to bring impact fees to a vote based on the fact that they had not complied with the city's requirements to get 20 percent of the number of registered voters at the last municipal election to sign. Residents of the city are allowed to try to overturn an ordinance voted on by City Council.

Move to the music

Unique routines a prelude to 'Animal Farm'

Goodbyes will be difficult for faculty and students at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp; however, many have made advantageous connections for future productions.

Paying tribute to a musical legend

On what would have been Jerry Garcia's 59th birthday, old friend Merl Saunders played a tributary concert in Idaho Aug. 1.

Wednesday, August 1

Children get hands-on safety lessons

Thirty-five children attending a summer camp Wednesday got the first tours of a new educational tool for the Steamboat Springs police and fire departments.

Driver in accident learned 'scary lesson'

A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from a May traffic accident in which his best friend suffered a head injury and had to be flown to a Denver hospital.

Thrills and spills

The 2001 National Scout Jamboree is a giant expo for Scouts to demonstrate and introduce young people to new things.

Let the races begin

Internet registration aids in larger turnout for Mount Werner Classic

When the Mount Werner Classic foot races start Sunday, running series director Emily Conjura expects a larger-than-normal turnout.

Educator garners award

Celia Dunham named Colorado's teacher of the year

A Steamboat teacher won an award sponsored by the Miss America Organization, but she didn't have to wear a bathing suit to get it.

Cable reception problems continue

Technicians for AT&T Broadband's cable service in Steamboat Springs have been bedeviled by a problem that is causing poor reception for some local customers.

Haywhacker ends in showdown

It all came down to the last three holes for Steamboat Springs golfer Jeff Franks on Tuesday.

Impact fee vote push continues

Petition signature gatherers baffled by city arithmetic

The petitioners committee attempting to force impact fees to a vote fell some 700 signatures short of the city's requirement, the city clerk said. Although the petitioners were able to gather 1,392 signatures from city residents, a total of 503 were deemed invalid by the city. That left the group with 889 signatures, well short of the 1,596 mandated by the city charter.


Crews get jump on Mad Creek blaze

Crews working on the Mad Creek fire are making headway, taking advantage of cool conditions.

Wayward border collie in dog house

Pet may be destroyed because of numerous citations

Kelly Doran has no qualms admitting she is a dog owner who has, in the past, paid little or no mind to leash laws in Steamboat Springs.

Mother Nature interferes with snowboarders' World Cup bid

Five Steamboat Springs snowboarders put their World Cup dreams to the test last week at Mount Hood in Oregon.