Stories for December 2001


Monday, December 31

New year for John Fetcher

Routt County pioneer plans to spend 90th birthday skiing

John Fetcher's father used to tell him, "the most important person in the world is the person with a shovel in his hand."

Parking a hot issue at YVRA

Airport manager: travelers scoffing at security regulations

Too many travelers bustling through Yampa Valley Regional Airport this holiday season are scoffing at new security regulations designed to thwart potential terrorist acts, airport manager Jim Parker said.

County Commissioners, Council set to meet

Airports and affordable housing will be on the agenda when representatives of county and city government sit down early in the new year to discuss plans for the future.

Sunday, December 30

Five hurt in wreck on U.S. 40

Two cars collide head-on; Michigan teen severely injured

Five people were injured, one seriously, after two cars collided head-on Sunday morning on U.S. 40 between Milner and Hayden.

Keep energized this winter

Tips for staying healthy

Stormy, overcast, wintry days can seem to drain your energy, leaving you feeling unmotivated to do more than cuddle up under a warm blanket.

Bonfiglio Drug in Oak Creek broken into

The Oak Creek Police Department is investigating a burglary at Bonfiglio Drug Store.

Resolutions a constant in U.S.

A new year means a new beginning for some

With the year nearing its end and a new one ready to begin, there is one more holiday tradition that people at least consider taking part in the New Year's resolution.

An insightful look at the year to come

The new year ahead of us is going to be a doozy the symmetry of the numerals 2002 represents an astral sign a mathematical rarity that renders the profundity of the next 12 months as certain as a foot of snow on Thanksgiving Day.

Saturday, December 29

Home-hill advantage

Winter Sports Club Snowboard Team member earns first place in SOS series event

Racing on his home course for the first time this season, David Manthei felt right at home on Howelsen Hill as he captured first place in the 16-17 age division and the best combined time in the opening competition of the Snowboard Outreach Society's series.

Coach satisfied with riding

Snowboarders making an impact against best in the country

You can bet that when Steamboat Springs snowboarding coach Mike Mallon looks back on 2001, he will be cracking a little smile.


Going ... going ... gone

Depending on the particular source you rely on, wolverines have either been absent from Colorado since the 19th century or are potentially still in fact present in Colorado but in extremely low numbers.

Airport also made headlines

In 2001, Steamboat Springs' economy had to withstand a tumultous stock market, a reeling real estate market and the uncertainty surrounding its top employer the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.

Geocaching is catching on

There's one in China that contains some batteries, along with a couple of American compact discs and a camera to record faces. There's one in Petra, Jordan, hidden near a lookout to an ancient castle known as the Habees Crusader Fort. There's even one in Scottsbluff, Neb., conveniently located in the Riverside Zoo, and searchers are urged to take in the zoo before finding it.


Think twice about the little guys

Former U.S. Ski Team member Chris Puckett poured a lukewarm cup of coffee out of a thermos and surveyed a makeshift table inside the Kilstrom shop at the Steamboat Ski Area for some cream during a break last week.

Despite record, Sailors may be 'unstoppable'

For Sailors coach Bruce Alston, the girls basketball team's record of 2-5 doesn't tell the whole story. "Our win-lose record isn't impressive," he said. "As a team, we're getting better at things we need to get better at. One of our goals is to improve from week to week."

Meek: Steamboat continues to make great improvements

Perhaps the biggest obstacle in the Sailors' 5-1 season has not come on the court. As the Sailors entered their second basketball tournament, they were absent a player. Senior Ray Banning lay in an intensive care unit at a Denver hospital after complications from an operation to remove a bone tumor in his left calf.


Taxpayers urged to 'check' their forms The Colorado Division of Wildlife is urging taxpayers in the state to help save endangered or threatened animals by contributing part of their 2001 state income tax returns to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund.


Palm Pilot software gives you upper hand on smart eating

So you're going out to eat and you want to eat smart, but how can you when you don't know how much fat there is in a serving of Kung Pao shrimp? Or how many carbs in a tortilla or two, or the amount of sodium in an order of McDonald's French fries?

Market went south in 2001

Real estate sales end year at $261 million, down 30 percent from 2000

The Steamboat real estate industry skied off course in 2001, dropping $115 million in dollar volume compared to the record year of 2000.


Village Inn stores receive honor The Village Inn restaurants in Steamboat Springs and Craig are among a group of 10 that combined to win a top award from the national chain this month.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Dec. 19-26, 2001

New units for Christie Club

The final phase of the Christie Club condominium project is under construction on the Right-O-Way ski trail, near the bottom of the Christie Chairlift.

Friday, December 28

Planned Parenthood in limbo

In 2002, several Planned Parenthood health centers in Colorado that depend on state subsidies will lose family planning funding.

Weekend may see 13,000 tourists

Lodging numbers continue to give local resort officials reason to be optimistic that Steamboat Springs is going to weather the lingering effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the economic recession.

Students posed 'serious threat'

Craig police chief: Bombing plot could have caused substantial damage

Though he refused to give specific details, Craig's police chief said Friday that three Moffat County High School students accused of plotting to blow up the school and the county courthouse posed a serious threat to the community.

Thursday, December 27


The Tugboat Saloon in Ski Time Square celebrates its 30th anniversary with The Fabulous Boogienauts Sunday and Monday (New Year's Eve).


Wild Horse presents work by Albracht The Wild Horse Gallery presents a Gregg Albracht exhibit through Jan. 6 at the gallery in the Sheraton.

DA dismisses drug charges

Concerns raised about actions of former GRAMNET agent

Felony drug charges filed against a 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man have been dismissed because of concerns about the actions of the drug agent who worked the case.

Documentary shocks audience

Locals react to movie about Afghanistan

If there is one positive development to come out of the horror that Osama bin Laden has unleashed on the world, it is the end of the 20-year-long civil war in Afghanistan and the expulsion or submission of the Taliban, said George Tolles.

Steamboat's Olympic allure

Nike TV spot filmed on location to feature Picabo Street

Swoosh. While it might be the sound of Picabo Street as she barrels down Mount Werner's See Me run, it is a different kind of swoosh that Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is looking to build upon.

Loan Closet offers more than just clothes

The Loan Closet of the Steamboat Springs Pregnancy Resource Center serves as more than storage space for coat hangers and boxes.

Author to stop in Steamboat

Book puts all Western U.S. resort communities on notice

Daniel Glick lit a match under some ski resort executives when he published a book this year about the 1998 Vail Mountain fires that became a treatise on the dangers inherent in a tourism economy.

Tugboat celebrating 30 years

A photo of Hank Edwards and Larry Lamb hangs above a table in the Tugboat Grill & Pub under the heading the "Ignorance of Youth."

Leftover Salmon returns

Earlier this fall, thousands of hippies in dreadlocks, preppy Front Range college students and an assortment of out-of-towners waited outside the Fillmore in Denver to watch Leftover Salmon.


A time for friends

Many people think New Year's Eve is overrated. But the eve of a new year should bring excitement and an excuse to celebrate all of the good memories now filed in your mind.

Officers to be out in force Monday

Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing has an alternative for anyone who plans to try to drive after drinking on New Year's Eve.

Agents arrest British fugitive in Clark

A 29-year-old fugitive who was living in Clark has been arrested by federal agents for a rape he allegedly committed in Great Britain at least five years ago.


Today Jive plays their eclectic ensemble of groove, roots, soulful jams and a hint of electronica at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. With an Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead twist and a collaboration of four jazz-educated musicians, Jive will play danceable favorites from their latest self-titled CD. Call 879-7070 for more information.

Wednesday, December 26

United Way's goal within reach

Group sees contributions from second-home owners

Helped by second-home owners who contributed this year to local charities, the Routt County United Way has almost reached its goal of $300,000 for 2002 two months earlier than it did last year.

Skiing in the New Year

Cross-country tour tradition continues

For a few, dedicated, cross-country skiers in Steamboat Springs celebrating the arrival of the New Year is a time-honored tradition that has more to do with kilometers than kegs.

Howelsen Hill rates to take jump up Monday

In order to ski all season on the same hill used by 50-plus Olympians over the past 80 years for less than $100, skiers and snowboarders will have to act quickly.

Avalanche alert

Expert: The danger may not be extreme but the threat is still there

The backcountry surrounding Steamboat Springs was thought by many to be benign in terms of avalanche danger, but March 18, 2001, changed that. That day Routt County resident Sean Clancy, 34, died while skiing on Farwell Mountain, not far from Steamboat Lake State Park.

The heat of the ice

Arena sees 'huge' jump in skating program participation

A combination of an upgraded facility, Olympic excitement and an advertising campaign has meant a 43-percent increase in Howelsen Ice Arena's skating programs this year.

Residents urged to recycle

City continues program to turn Christmas trees to mulch

Christmas trees may brighten homes for only a short season, but their usefulness extends long after the holidays.

Strings presents holiday concerts for all

Musicians, jugglers offer holiday fare

Strings in the Mountains' "Baroque Holiday Concert" begins its 15th music season with a joyous and profound holiday performance at 7:30 p.m. today at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom.

Locals take to the ice tonight

Exhibition to feature solo, synchronized performances

If you're looking for a place to brush up on your figure skating spectatorship before the Olympics, the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club exhibition will be a good place to start.

Tuesday, December 25

Christmas Feast a success

Locals and visitors alike turn out for 'typical Steamboat event'

The Christmas feast was not scheduled to start until 2:30 p.m., but people were already lining up at the community center for the smoked meats, hearty cheesecake and warm vegetable casseroles at 1:45 p.m.

Key for Mavericks' users: Remember to breathe

Riders can catch big air at ski area's new superpipe

The tide was favorable Monday, and a flock of snowboarders and free skiers surfed Mavericks, the new superpipe at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Transit center being modified

Road will be narrowed; mobility will be improved

With the construction of the Steamboat Grand, the area around Mount Werner Circle will receive some major upgrades, not the least of which will take place at the Gondola Transit Center.

Local economy moves forward

City sees increase in sales-tax revenues over last year

Sales taxes seemed to defy expectations in October as the city saw a 4-percent increase in sales-tax revenues from last October. Pushed in part by auto dealerships offering 0 percent financing deals after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, local retail operations moved the local economy forward in October.

Jamaican ski employees arrive

Workers needed until more foreign nationals come to town

Trish Sullivan, director of Human Resources a the Steamboat Ski Area, asked Santa for help, and it arrived Dec. 24 in the form of 20 to 30 returning food court workers and cooks from Jamaica.

Fees for state park visitors increasing

Starting Jan. 1, fees for state parks across Colorado will increase for the first time in five years.

Steamboat skiers fare well in Winter Park

Local freestyle skier Chris Pusey dominated a pair of Rocky Mountain Division events in Winter Park Dec. 21 and 22.

Local racing series heats up

Town Challenge already off to a good start

Local skiers Heidi Nunnikoven and Chris Puckett set the standard in the opening Town Challenge race of the season last week by posting the fastest times of the night at Howelsen.

Monday, December 24

OUR VIEW: Bumped off

of the annual Bump-Off party on the ski mountain

St. Patrick's luck ran out this winter in what would have been the 13th year of the Chute 1 Bump Off. The grass-roots celebration of skill on snow drew hundreds, make that thousands, of people every March 17 to the Steamboat Ski Area's upper mountain.

No new snow in the forecast

NWS: More precipitation likely to hit next week

The snow already on the ground will have to do for anyone hoping for a white Christmas. No new snow is forecast until next week.

Avid dancers invite residents to share in the fun

Couple celebrating 25th anniversary at Hilltop dancing the night away

Every Wednesday night for a year and a half, Michael and Victoria Carrington, Steamboat residents since 1984, have been dancing at the Hilltop.

Sunday, December 23

Police eyeing drunken drivers

Many people get caught breaking law during holidays

The holidays are a time when people go out and have a good time, but that fun can lead to an unwelcome trip to the Routt County Jail.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Hattie Schubert, 89, is alone in this world she has no surviving relatives. But when Christmas Day dawns, she will have the memory of a special Christmas a long time ago in the small town of Blettenberg, Germany.

Top racers headed to town

Holiday Classic events draw athletes from around the region

Alpine ski racing will heat up the slopes of Howelsen and Mount Werner this week as the Holiday Classic International Ski Federation (FIS) races take center stage.

Mom wishes for daughter's safe return

Woman hopes words of encouragement, holiday cheer are sent to soldier

Deo Hobbs said her holiday wish as a mother is to have her daughter, Marie Koly, home safe from her participation in the war on terrorism. Koly is on the USS Decatur, which is on its way to the Persian Gulf.

Annual Christmas feast unites locals, visitors

Chris Sachs may be second only to Santa Claus as the busiest person from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day.

2nd burglary hits Central Park

Intruder steals cash, snowboards from The Click

A burglar took $180 cash and two snowboards from The Click snowboard and skate shop in Central Park Plaza sometime early Saturday morning, but the damage to the store will be the big financial loss.

Junior freestylers hit slopes in January

The Junior Freestyle program at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will have the home-slope advantage when the season opens Jan. 6.

Fair board still seeks funds

County needs $90,000 to erect multipurpose building

The multipurpose building for the Routt County Fairgrounds is closer to becoming a reality, but funds are still needed for the project.

SSHS graduate taking part in Olympic relay

Like many others, Courtney Bell came to Steamboat chasing Olympic dreams.

Junction woman injured in tractor mishap

A woman was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center Saturday after suffering minor injuries from a tractor accident.

Saturday, December 22




Where is the 'high country'?

Colorado's television and radio news outlets have a fascination with the term "high country" when talking about the weather.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Dec. 13-18


The holidays are a perfect time for purchasing fitness gear

The sales are tempting. Prices are low, financing is available, and what you've been telling yourself may be true: The holidays are the perfect time to buy a major new piece of fitness gear for the house. Here's what you should know, however, before making a purchase.

Sleigh rides have history in valley

A sleigh ride through a snow-covered field can be nostalgic, even if it is a first-time experience. Usually wrapped in wool blankets, the riders feel the pull of two Belgium or Clydesdale work horses, while ringing sleigh bells mingle with the breath of the large animals and the occasional "Yha" of the sleigh driver, proving the ride a unique alternative activity for visitors and locals in the Yampa Valley.

A home to call their own

Horizon clients experience independent living for the first time

The idea of shoveling snow off sidewalks and patio decks might send a visible shudder through Misty Garcia, but the thought of living on her own spreads a smile across her face so warm it could melt a mid-winter snow fall.

'Clause' & effect

It takes more than a red hat to play Santa

The holidays present a timely opportunity for some people to help others suspend belief for a moment and believe in something all too unbelievable. Every year they don red flannel and shiny black boots, sit in large chairs and balance toddlers on their knees.

MWH's global reach

Steamboat office of engineering firm prospecting for work in Europe, Asia

The story of how a small mine engineering shop in Steamboat Springs became part of a global giant doing business from Buenos Aries to Shanghai is an unlikely one. It has everything to do with hard work, business acumen and a picture postcard.

Our View

Merry Christmas

In celebration of Christmas, the Steamboat Pilot & Today offers one of the most famous newspaper editorials ever, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." Written by Francis Church, the editorial originally appeared in the New York Sun in 1897.

West Grand hammers Hayden, 98-30

In the last 30 seconds of Saturday's game, the Hayden Tigers weren't trying to put a bucket in for the tiebreaking play and they weren't trying to come from behind to capture the win at the buzzer what they were trying to do was keep the West Grand Mustangs from hitting the century-mark.

Olympic hopeful Michael Brothers is a man on a mission

If Air Force Capt. Michael Brothers had his way, there would be one more year before the Olympics.

Cantafio expands with SleepOverzzz

Cantafio's sells glamorously slinky sleepwear, but the new SleepOverzzz store sells comfy flannel jammies.

Matron of the Valley

Elaine Gay keeps the West alive

The farmhouse that sits at the end of County Road 18C hosts no strangers. Its front steps welcome no unwanted visitors. Its kitchen serves no uninvited guests.

After the whistle

Close to home

In just over a month tens of thousands of people will flock to the mountains surrounding Salt Lake City to witness one of the biggest spectacles in sports the Winter Olympic Games.




Local Briefing

Local briefing for Dec. 23, 2001


The record for Dec. 15-22, 2001

A ranch with amenities

Star One Ranch features reservoir, home and barn

Star One Ranch isn't for second homeowners seeking ski-in/ski-out convenience, nor is it for vacationers who want the ability to stroll to shops and restaurants. But for well-heeled buyers seeking their own cattle spread with a 15-acre reservoir and easy access to the jetport in Hayden, this could be the place.


Steamboat Village to list Catamount Catamount Development this week announced it would list its remaining properties at Lake Catamount with Steamboat Village Brokers.

Hayden rolls to 63-39 victory

Tiger girls rip defending champs

The Hayden Tigers will enter their winter break with a little extra holiday spirit after beating the defending state champions 63-39 Saturday.


The ice may not be so nice Anglers gearing up for another season of ice fishing are advised to be cautious when venturing onto the ice early in the season. According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, each year some anglers push it and head out early when the ice is too thin.

Flying high

With the first period of the World Cup season behind him, U.S. Ski Team coach Tom Steitz said he is pretty happy with where the team is right now.


Building permits for Dec. 10-14

Behind the Headlines

The man, the myth, the legend

With Christmas Eve right around the corner, the Steamboat Pilot & Today was lucky enough to get a couple minutes with Santa Claus, who gave us his insight on his list, his sleigh, his reindeer and so much more.


Elk River Crossing adds stores

Louisiana-style restaurant, new service station, exercise gym coming to west side center

Byron Chrisman is so intent on bringing a new breakfast/lunch restaurant to Elk River Crossing, he's formed a new business entity with the owners of his favorite restaurant in Boulder.

Wednesday, December 19

Radford, Miller head local all-state list

Colorado H.S. football honors run through Steamboat, Hayden

Four area football players were recently given all-state kudos for their efforts during the 2001 football season.

Emerald City supported

City Council members commit to finding money to keep youth center open

All seven members of the Steamboat Springs City Council said Wednesday they will make sure Emerald City stays open, regardless of whether community grants come in.

BPW helps others

Women's group fills suitcases for Advocates clients

Old luggage serves a new purpose this Christmas season.

Lodwick takes Gold Cup

Steamboat Springs skier on his way to Salt Lake Olympics

There were no surprises in Saturday's Nordic Combined World Cup at Howelsen Hill Todd Lodwick made sure of that.

Man faces stalking charges

Wyoming resident allegedly threatens ex-girlfriend

A jury trial is scheduled to start today for a 54-year-old Rock Springs, Wyo., man who is charged with two counts of felony stalking.

Gleason appointment criticized

Teachers association says more public input needed

The Steamboat Springs Education Association said the Steamboat Springs School Board should have sought more public input before recruiting and appointing Pat Gleason to fill a vacant position on the school board.

First Impressions gets grant

$45,000 will be used for professional development

First Impressions of Routt County has received a grant that will pay for professional development for early childhood education providers.

Musicians spice up dinner

Entertainment a big part of Realtors holiday feast

Those who attend the community dinner on Christmas Day can tap their toes while they fill their plates.

Alborn locks up Olympic berth

U.S. Ski Team member Alan Alborn proved why he is one of the best special jumpers in the country right now.

Tuesday, December 18

Partnership seeking buyers

Group looking to broker deal for Emerald Mountain

Members of the Emerald Mountain Partnership said this week the group could broker a deal for the acquisition of the mountain as early as next year.

Dunn makes U.S. team

1998 Oympic bronze medalist secures place after winning Grand Prix event

Since Shannon Dunn took a bronze in the 1998 Olympics, she has won every Chevy Truck U.S. Grand Prix halfpipe competition she has entered. For Dunn, that meant taking home a truck or $10,000 check for every Grand Prix she has won.

Basketball teams split over weekend

Hayden's girls basketball team had a strong start to its league play as the team walked away with a 39-33 win Saturday against Plateau Valley. "We're really focused on league games; that is what gets us to regionals," Tigers coach Donald Rolando said.

Hayden wrestlers fare well

Local teams post top results in tournament

The three area wrestling teams that traveled to the West Grand Tournament Saturday might not have had as high of numbers as the tournament champion, Wiggins, but they did have grapplers that came home as place winners and one named as the tournament's outstanding wrestler.

City moves with improvements

Howelsen Ice Arena appealing to a number of residents

Soon after the city completed a financing package on an upgrade to the ice rink earlier this year, the refrigeration system gave out and the ice sheet became a slushy mess. Now, more skaters than ever have learned to glide on the glassy surface at the newly renovated Howelsen Ice Arena and the city is pushing ahead with scheduled improvements. Parks and Recreation Director Chris Wilson presented an update on the arena to the City Council on Tuesday.

Alternative school comes closer to reality

The Hayden and South Routt school districts moved one step closer to determining the need for a joint alternative school. The two districts heard earlier this week that they received almost $20,000 to further address the possibility of providing something different for students who do not fit in with a traditional classroom setting.

Council doesn't budge on decision

City decides not to accept Rotary pledge to help fund Emerald City

The City Council stood behind its decision to deny lease funding to Emerald City Tuesday night even after receiving a challenge from a community group intent on saving the facility.

Dayton has break-out day

Ackerman races to World Cup win; Lodwick is sixth

American Nordic combined skier Matt Dayton wasn't surprised to hear that the top finishers in Tuesday's event didn't even know his name. "I only skied two periods last year and these were my first two competitions on the World Cup this season," Dayton said. "So, I wouldn't be too surprised if a few of the guys didn't know who I was."

Expanding Elkhead Reservoir

Water Conservation Board awards grant to study project

A study on the expansion of the Elkhead Reservoir will move forward thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Kiosks put local information at fingertips

City, county and Orton Foundation working to place first touch-screen computer in Centennial Hall

Deb Smith, of the Orton Family Foundation, picked up the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan, a document at least 100 pages in length, and flapped it in the air above her desk in Centennial Hall. "Who is going to read that," she asked?

Phippsburg may get water upgrade

County studying options for improving filtration system

Routt County is proposing to improve the Phippsburg Water Treatment Plant next year, which could have a financial impact on users. The county is examining options that would improve the plant's water filtration system and clear up the water's light brown color during the spring runoff.

Gold Cup action gets under way

Jumping and Nordic combined action will continue at Howelsen Hill today as the top American skiers hit the hills for the Gold Cup.

Monday, December 17

Consultant sought for area plan

After consulting more than 100 residents at a two-day kickoff event in November, the city and county will now go outside the Steamboat bubble for some professional consulting about the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan.

Commissioners ready to OK supplemental budget

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve its supplemental budget for 2001 this morning.

Toys for Tots another big success

Christmas Wishes program also will aid families in need

Cassidy Kurtz, Routt County Fair and Rodeo queen, helped Jean Morrow and Millie Beall sort out the final toys in the back of a Ford truck at Steamboat Motors to be distributed to children in Routt County.

Council looks for Emerald City aid

Groups considering grants for youth center in upcoming weeks

The City Council will deal with the unanswered questions regarding Emerald City tonight in what could amount to a last-ditch attempt to save the youth center for at least eight months or a final plea to community groups to come to the city's rescue.

The pressure is on

Ski Town USA Classic gets rolling again today with World Cup Sprint

There will be fewer jumps to nail, fewer kilometers to ski and, of course, added pressure on the top Nordic Combined skiers in the world when the Ski Town USA Classic resumes at Howelsen Hill today.

Club gets funds for new groomer

Wouldn't it be nice if snowmobilers and (nonmotorized) backcountry skiers voluntarily organized a club to improve their backcountry experience?

Women's hockey off until January

After a busy December run, two local women's hockey teams will have to wait until January for the next game.

Education association criticizes board appointment

Members of the Steamboat Springs Education Association are dissatisfied with the school board's action to appoint a new member without voter input, according to a letter addressed to the Steamboat Springs School Board.

Program raises nearly $7,000

Funds will aid low-income seniors and disabled residents

Four years ago, a Routt County Human Services worker started a program during the holidays that benefits low-income senior citizens and disabled residents in the county.

Sunday, December 16

Gottwald wins Ski Town USA Classic

Lodwick leads way for Americans

Shortly before the start of Sunday's 15-kilometer cross-county race, American coach Tom Steitz leaned over a fence that separated the course from the spectators and shared a kiss with his wife Kathy.

4-Hers look forward to new arena

With the completion of one indoor horse facility and another one in the works, the question will not be "if," but rather "where" in Hayden area youngsters can demonstrate their horsemanship and livestock know-how.

Hometown Cup well received

Steamboat resident Jeanne Lodwick has a vested interest in the World Cup Nordic Combine. Watching her son, Todd, who placed second in the competition Sunday, is obviously reason enough to be emotionally involved.

Jack Rabbit Johanson formula for long life

This is a story about Jack Rabbit Johanson, who lived to the age of 107 in his adopted Canada. But the tale begins on Storm Peak, on a frigid December morning.

Strings in the Mountains working to form alliance

The Strings in the Mountains Festival of Music organizers are collaborating with four other Colorado festivals to create a Mountain Music Alliance that would offer residents the opportunity to visit four mountain towns with outstanding music festivals at a discounted rate.

Holiday packages piling up

Today will be the busiest day of the year at post offices nationwide, including the one in Steamboat Springs, as residents rush to get packages mailed in time for delivery prior to Christmas.

Saturday, December 15

Class notes

Class notes for Dec. 16, 2001

Students get a golden opportunity

Elementary school students in the Steamboat Springs School District will have cowbells and American flags in hand welcoming some of the world's greatest Nordic Combined skiers Tuesday at Howelsen Hill. About 1,000 students will be the majority of the crowd on television at the 2001 World Cup competition that will air on NBC.

A look at Xcel's backup plan

Xcel Energy, Yampa Valley Electric's power supplier and operator of the Hayden Power Station, needs to build a backup power line to service the Steamboat Springs and North Routt County areas. Jim Chappell, manager of consumer accounts for Yampa Valley Electric, explained some of the technicalities of the project.

Our View

Getting wild

You have to wonder if the City Council wouldn't like a "do-over" on its resolution supporting the designation of 1.6 million acres of federal land in Colorado as wilderness. Maybe if council members had not approved the resolution back in October, they would not have spent nearly two hours last Tuesday listening to a debate on the issue, which the council has little or no influence on.

Retailers optimistic about holiday shopping season

Santa Claus pulled up in his sleigh Saturday afternoon at Torian Plum Plaza with an ear tuned to children's Christmas wishes. But the grownups who planned his arrival had a wish list of their own this weekend.

A leap of faith

Local group trying to upgrade Howelsen's jumping facilities

Outfitted in antique brown leather skiing boots, red wool socks pulled up to his knees, brown wool knickers and a forest green shawl-collared sweater cinched with a thin leather belt, Kris Hammond may or may not be the spitting image of Carl Howelsen.


Building permits

Building permits for Dec. 1-7, 2001

A mountain of history

Loris "Bugs" Werner remembers skiing the mountain that bears his family name when trudging up the mountain was the only way to ski down. In fact, Werner skied what is now the Steamboat Ski Area before there were any runs.

In Brief

In brief for Dec. 16, 2001

Phippsburg travel agent hits the road at home

When a Steamboat Springs travel agency announced its Dec. 1 closing, one of its employees realized her job was coming to an end. But that didn't mean she had to say goodbye to the profession.

'Tis the season at the Oak Creek Post Office

Kindergartners help spread holiday cheer

Students at South Routt Elementary School used their creativity to add some holiday cheer to downtown Oak Creek. The kindergarten classes of Peggy Barnes and Mary Shanklin made likenesses of Santa Claus to hang in the windows of the Oak Creek Post Office.

The Record

The record for Dec. 8-15, 2001

Around Town

Around town for Dec. 16, 2001

Asked & Answered

Planning for painless holiday travel

With heightened security at most airports and train stations in the country, traveling this holiday season may take a toll on your patience and could cause missed flights and disappointed families if travelers are not careful.

Weekly Planner

The Weekly Planner for Dec. 16, 2001

Staying home for school

Routt County sees a steady increase in home education

When Steamboat Springs' pioneering home educators, Del and Nina Lockhart, decided to teach their oldest child at home in 1985, they knew of only three other families in Routt County that were also home schooling.

Local Briefing

Local briefing for Dec. 16, 2001

Real estate transactions

Real estate transacations for Dec. 6-12, 2001


Letters for Dec. 16, 2001

Friday, December 14

Plans for pit uncertain

A judge ruled Friday the More family illegally backed out of a lease agreement with a Steamboat Springs man, who is proposing to put a gravel pit on the property.

Owning the slopes

Steamboat's Mayer leads U.S. Team at Sprint World Cup

The slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area are like a second home for local mogul skier Travis Mayer. But on Friday, Mayer said he felt a little bit lost as he stood at the bottom of the Voo Doo ski run waiting to see if the world's best mogul skiers could knock him out of the top spot in the Sprint U.S. Grand National World Cup mogul event.

Steamboat's Torito doesn't disappoint

When the judges' scores were announced after the final women's mogul skier crossed the finish line of Friday's Steamboat Springs U.S. Freestyle Grand National, the look on the face of Norway's Kari Traa was one of surprise.

Williams Preserve to get upgrade

The city-owned Williams Preserve property will get a $9,250 upgrade thanks to a grant from the Colorado Youth Corps Association's Land Stewardship Partnership with Great Outdoors Colorado.

Thursday, December 13

It's prime time

World Cup means valuable television exposure for Stea mboat

Visitors to Steamboat this weekend will be treated to a free Olympic preview featuring many of the athletes who will represent their respective countries in freestyle and Nordic skiing at the winter Games in February.

Emerald City funds short

With less than three weeks before the new year, the city still has not found funding to pay the lease on Emerald City for most of 2002.

Numbers strong for first jet flights

When Continental Flight 318 from Houston touched down at Yampa Valley Regional Airport at 4:15 p.m. Thursday it was late, but at least it was nearly full.

Wednesday, December 12

Plunging Pirates prove problematic for Sailors

A strong St. Mary's Pirates defense proved too much for the Steamboat Sailors as they tallied only four points in the first half of Thursday's game in the first round of the Steamboat Shoot-Out.

Gravel trial nears end

Jarle Halsnes claims More Ranch broke deal with him

Attorneys are expected to call their final witnesses today in a civil trial in which a Steamboat Springs man claims the More family illegally terminated an agreement with him to operate a gravel pit on the family's ranch.

All eyes on Mullen

Mustangs team to beat at Girls Shoot-Out

Steamboat Springs High School will play host to some of the best girls basketball teams in the state when the Steamboat Shoot-Out begins today.

School year likely won't change

Hayden board tables decision until January meeting

In response to school district employees' opposition to extending the school year, the Hayden School Board gave an early nod Wednesday evening to keeping the district's traditional calendar.

Mishaps can't trip up Ski Team

European tour memorable for U.S. skiers

It was just like the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles only nobody was laughing.

Alternative school study

The Hayden and South Routt school districts have moved one step closer to developing a joint alternative school.

Rash of ski thefts prompts warning

On Monday morning, Conor McGreal felt the anguish and frustration that has plagued other ski and snowboard riders this week. McGreal and his neighbor became victims of a crime that happens all too often during the ski season ski and snowboard thefts.

Hometown Cup

U.S. Ski Team competing in Steamboat this weekend

Freestyle skier Ryan Riley was busy on Wednesday attempting to figure out the World Cup course at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat sale won't be finalized before Jan. 1

ASC reports first-quarter losses

Top executives of American Skiing Co. confirmed for the first time Wednesday they do not expect to finalize the sale of the Steamboat Ski Area before the first of the year, as they had hoped.

Meetings scheduled to bring ADD awareness

Adults and parents of children with Attention Deficit Disorder will have an opportunity to learn about alternative ways to overcome a condition that challenges young and old alike.

Olympic hopefuls look for wins at Sprint

This week's Sprint U.S. Grand Nationals are a sort of homecoming for Australian skier Manuela Berchtold.

Coming home

Lodwick eager for Steamboat's World Cup event

Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick spoke with a new sense of confidence as he spoke with the media Thursday afternoon at Howelsen Hill.

South Routt Express returns

County will help fund transportation to, from Steamboat

For the fourth year in a row, Routt County will subsidize public transportation between South Routt and Steamboat Springs.

Rams keep Sailor boys on the run but fall 56-45

Less than two weeks ago, the Sailors left Roaring Fork with a championship tournament title and 15 points ahead of the Rams. At the start of Thursday's game, it looked like the Sailors picked up where they left off as they jumped out to an early 12-0 lead. But a Rams rally in the fourth quarter made things a little uncomfortable for the Sailors as their lead dwindled to three points with five minutes left in the game.

Shootout inevitable

Boys b-ball team hosts tourney tonight

Since 1997, the Sailors have taken home championship titles after nine of their 11 preseason basketball tournaments. And they hope to make it 10 out of 12 as they head into the Steamboat Shoot-Out tonight.

Buffaloes wide receiver finds success on slopes

The conversation swirling around U.S. Ski Team member Jeremy Bloom after Tuesday's training session had very little to do with skiing.

Parties squabble over proposed pit in south valley

When Lafarge Corp. reached an agreement with the More family in March to operate a gravel pit on the family's ranch, it was willing to pay Jarle Halsnes $100,000.

Cafe brings to life Steamboat's heritage

Visitors to the City Cafe looking for a grande latte will leave unsatisfied. The operators of the cafe in Centennial Hall are so authentically western they size their coffees as Lil' Joe, The Ben and The Hoss, three different-sized brothers from the hit television show "Bonanza."

Tuesday, December 11

Town plans for future growth

The town of Hayden will likely undergo changes in the coming decades, as the effects of an annual 2 percent to 3 percent growth rate materialize.

$1M loan for Hayden OK'd

A substantial financial boost from the state promises good news for future growth in Hayden. The Colorado Water Resource and Power Development Authority finally approved a $1 million loan on Friday to upgrade Hayden's 25-year-old water plant.

Residents debate wilderness area proposals

Waving copies of petitions and the U.S. Constitution, members of the public made their claims before the City Council Tuesday night as to why or why not Northwest Colorado needs more wilderness areas.

Intention for pit questioned

A district judge will have to decide whether Jarle Halsnes was pushed out of a gravel pit deal or if the Steamboat Springs man was simply out to make money for himself off a gravel pit on the More Ranch.

School seeks public opinion

The Hayden School Board will take public comment tonight on a plan to lengthen the school calendar.

Council asserts support of SSA

Committee will review airport

If there is a way to make the Steamboat Springs Airport a profitable enterprise without commercial service, the city is poised to find it.

Speech team fares well at tournament

The Steamboat Springs High School speech team finished its first round of competitions Saturday as 14 of its members traveled to the Cherry Creek Invitational Tournament.

Company denied extension

Precision Excavating must make road improvements soon

If Precision Excavating wants to open the Camilletti-Milner Pit anytime soon, it must commit to finishing improvements on County Road 179 within six months.

Mighty Tigers place 2nd at Cedaredge

The Hayden wrestling team might be small, but it is mighty.

Bantam Braves A team improves to 5-1

The Bantam A Braves added another win to their 5-1 season Saturday when they defeated the Denver Country Club, 5-1.

First Class

Sailor wrestler places first at Olathe Tournament

Steamboat's Wes Adams once again took top honors for the Sailors wrestling team as he placed first at the Olathe Tournament on Saturday.

Slide operators discuss lease

After almost two seasons of howling, the operators of the alpine slide may finally sign a lease agreement with the city. On Tuesday night, the city tabled a decision on a lease agreement for Howelsen Hill with Community Slide Inc. to continue negotiations.

County changes tax on farm equipment

Routt County will no longer collect a 1-percent sales tax on farm equipment, parts and certain agricultural supplies.

More than 200 turn out for blood drive

Some 15 years ago, Steamboat local Kay Wagner was called to give blood and it was an emergency.

Sunday, December 9

Public hearing on Steamboat airport tonight

Although evidence indicates the idea of closing or altering the Steamboat Springs Airport has been discussed for months, tonight will be the first time the City Council will deal with the topic head on in an open public hearing.

Gravel pit issue takes new turn

Man accuses More family of backing out of agreement

A Steamboat Springs man contends he had an agreement with the family that owns the More Ranch to mine a portion of the property long before Lafarge Corp. submitted an application to operate a gravel pit on the ranch.

Moffat County presenting wilderness plan to council

Commissioners believe designation is inappropriate

The Moffat County Commissioners will get a chance tonight to show Steamboat Springs why they believe new wilderness designations are inappropriate in their county.

County ready to adopt budget

Significant changes related to Sept. 11 attacks

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected to adopt a $30.8 million budget for 2002 today.

The twelve days of wellness

Snow falling softly, beautifully lit holiday displays and Christmas caroling with hot chocolate afterward all make for a vision of a peaceful time of year. It's a vision that can be far from the reality of this busy time of year.

Snow to hit by weekend

Latest Ski Corp. report: 35 inches at mid-mountain

Wednesday and the coming weekend could be the best bets on catching a powder day of skiing as inches of snow-base on the ski resort is creeping up.

Holidays a good time to renew traditions

Tradition is nothing to trifle with once you lose it, it's difficult to recover. But when you have it, tradition can enrich your life.

Group looking for new funds

Partnership's goal for Emerald: '100 percent preservation'

The Emerald Mountain Partnership is considering a mixture of public and private funding to purchase and reserve a large section of the mountain.

Woman, kids injured in wreck

Speed, road conditions likely cause of two-vehicle collision

An Oak Creek woman and her two children were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center Monday morning following a two-vehicle accident on Colorado 131.

Former resident killed in crash

20-year-old dies after head-on collision in Arvada

A 20-year-old former Steamboat Springs resident died Sunday in a four-car accident in Arvada.


The annual search for the Yule Log has begun. Here are the clues so far:

Annual search for Yule Log begins today

One of Steamboat's most anticipated holiday traditions begins today with the publication of the first Yule Log clue.

Learning as they go

Despite loss to Panthers, Sailors perform well on the court

Sailors girls basketball coach Bruce Alston was pleased with just about everything he saw on the court in Saturday night's game against Rangely with the exception of the final score.

Lodwick continues on win streak

Nordic Combined skier Todd Lodwick was expected to arrive home Monday evening after one of his best World Cup starts ever.

Freestyle skiers gear up for competition

The world's top mogul skiers began arriving in Steamboat Springs today and will be on the slopes of Voo Doo preparing for the first event of the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand Nationals starting Wednesday.

Gold Cup last chance for Olympic hopefuls

Making it to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Utah is a goal of all 30 athletes who will compete in next week's Gold Cup at Howelsen Hill.

Saturday, December 8

Our View

A Wish List

With only a dozen or so shopping days left until Christmas, we have developed a wish list for Santa to consider.





Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, 2001

Big Tuna restaurant closes its doors

An end of an Oak Creek era or is it?

The large fish in the dining room will eventually come down. Most of the pictures will stay. The rustic atmosphere shouldn't change all that much. But the name will go.


Letters for Dec. 9, 2001

Johnson trial drains budgets of law enforcement agencies

Shawn Zwak is one of the most visible law enforcement officers and firefighters in Steamboat Springs, riding his bike around town tens of miles a day. Pretty soon, though, he may become entirely invis

The prosecution of Thomas Lee Johnson was the costliest case for the 14th Judicial District Attorney's office since 1995. For the 13-day trial in Larimer County, District Attorney Paul McLimans spent $20,600.

Behind the Headlines

When will West End Village get off ground?

The quest for affordable housing in Steamboat Springs continues through an organization call the Regional Affordable Living Foundation. Executive Director Rob Dick gives an update on the West End Village project, where the group hopes to be next year and a look at the need for affordable housing in the area.

Local briefing

Local briefing for Dec. 9, 2001


Class notes for Dec. 9, 2001

The Record

The record for Dec. 2-8, 2001




Johnston and Rohrer

Birth announcements

Birth announcements for Dec. 9, 2001


While you may be searching the lots for that perfect Christmas tree to liven up your house and create a festive holiday mood, quite a few others will be decorating trees organically in the Routt National Forest, simply going for the fake ones or not going for any at all.

Around Town

Around town for Dec. 9, 2001

In Brief


Building permits

Building permits for Nov. 26-30, 2001

Weekly Planner

The weekly planner for Dec. 10-15, 2001

Students learn a lesson in compassion

Canned food drive sees a jump in response in light of Sept. 11

When fifth-grader Haley O'Brien sat on Santa Claus' lap at Howelsen Hill's holiday party, she asked for world peace. Chances are it was quite a different request than the one she had last year, but since Sept. 11 this has become quite a different world for those of O'Brien's age.

West End delays

Financing for housing project coming up short

Shawn Zwak is one of the most visible law enforcement officers and firefighters in Steamboat Springs, riding his bike around town tens of miles a day. Pretty soon, though, he may become entirely invisible, like so many others who have been forced to leave the valley because of the high cost of living.

Shelf reliant

Food bank keeps busy with increase of unemployed

The people who see the food come and go daily at the local food pantry know much about the holiday practice of giving and receiving. "You give it away, and you hope that someone will help to fill those empty shelves again," said Penny Lucas, LIFT-UP community resource case manager.

Holiday in bloom

Tis the season for Poinsettias, holly, pine and more

A sea of red and white Poinsettias has begun to fill rooms and cover floors in Steamboat Floral and Alpine Floral just days before Hanukkah and weeks before Christmas and New Year's Day. Although Poinsettias represent a time of year when thoughtful gifts are symbols of affection, floral arrangements during the holidays don't have to remain traditional.

Friday, December 7

Animal sale teaches spirit of Christmas

As one of United Methodist Youth Group's efforts to fulfill their Compassion and Action motto for the year, youth group members are selling animals or shares of the animals to be given to impoverished families around the world, providing them with a source of income or self-sufficiency.

Crematorium sought

Animal lovers want a more convenient way to say goodbye

Sue and Dave Oakley are seeking a more convenient final resting place for pets in northwest Colorado.


Sailors coach, lineman selected to 2002 all-star game at UNC

The last time Mark Drake coached the all-state team; it was two years after the Sailors won the state championship and the year record-setting Tom Southall and Fred Latimer played for the Sailors.

Man pleads guilty to theft charges

A 32-year-old Steamboat Springs man pleaded guilty to multiple charges stemming from thefts of two sport utility vehicles within a week in July.

Thursday, December 6

Shuffling the deck

Boys b-ball team may be absent one starter this weekend

The Steamboat Sailors boys basketball team looks to continue its winning streak when it takes the court for its home opener Saturday night.

A Celebration in Song

When Rebekah McBride was a little girl, she would play one of her favorite records again and again Joan Sutherland's "Messiah."


Steamboat Art hosting annual event today The Steamboat Art Co. holds the seventh annual Candlelight Evening with refreshments from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the store on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Ninth Street. One hundred percent of proceeds of specially marked down items will be donated to the Sept. 11 Relief Fund and Routt County Habitat for Humanity Land Fund. Call 879-3383 for more information.

Holiday concert combines poetry, song

Soprano singer Bobbi Keller said she finds it funny that being a ski instructor pays the bills even though singing is what she studied in college years ago.

Ray's an evolving blend of music

After watching the movie "Blues Brothers" about five years ago, a group of guys at the University of Cincinnati's Conservatory of Music decided the name for Ray Charles' music store would make a good name for a blues band.


Today Groove rock band New Jack Hippies plays at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.


Understanding the hype

Everyone thinks I should make a big deal about Lyle Lovett coming to Steamboat Springs for a concert Dec. 21. I personally don't know the guy, his music or his lifestyle other than the fact that he was married to mega-movie star Julia Roberts.

Staying in top form

Sailors dance team competing for state title

Ten members of the Steamboat Springs High School dance team will travel to Denver this weekend in search of a state title.

Donors sought for blood drive

The people who showed up to give blood Oct. 3 at the Steamboat Springs Airport arrived early and stayed late.

Tubing takes center stage

The numbers are in: Despite reports to the contrary, six out of 10 Steamboat children would rather be tube jumpers than ski jumpers.

Feldmann investigation continues

It has been seven months since a special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate an expense fund of former 14th Judicial Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann, and the case is expected to continue into next year.

Steamboat girls hit the road

Sailors to take on Panthers

With only one starter from last year's rotation gone, the Rangely High School girls basketball team will look very familiar to Steamboat Springs when the teams meet Saturday on the Panthers' home court.

'II Plays' offers a comical look at language

As advertised, "II Plays," the latest production at the Seventh Street Playhouse, has some risqulements at least one of the two plays does. But don't think that should be a reason not to go see Seth Bograd's sixth directorial project.

Howelsen facilities receive grants

Steamboat's big mountain is lending a helping hand to its little mountain.

Officials discuss wildland fires issue

Routt County is not ready to move forward with a recommendation to hire additional personnel and equipment to fight wildland fires.

Wednesday, December 5

City agrees to take over GRAMNET

The city of Steamboat Springs has agreed to take over administration of the Grant, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team, which came under fire earlier this fall.

Planners to discuss Old Town subdivision

A two-lot subdivision in Old Town Steamboat has required more public meetings than many projects 10 times its size.

Gleason to join school board

When Pat Gleason first became politically involved in the Steamboat Springs School District, it was to speak out against it.

Back on the slopes

Steamboat skiers competing in U.S. freestyle selection events

Former Winter Sports Club mogul skier Emiko Torito opened the freestyle season on a high note last week with a victory at the Rocky Mountain Championships in Winter Park.

Snow has skiers pumped

Ski Corp. to open more trails today

Assuming the weather forecast is accurate, skiers and riders at the Steamboat Ski Area will be making fresh tracks on new terrain today.

Woman allegedly writes bad check, charged

A 37-year-old Oregon woman faces numerous felony charges after she allegedly passed a bad check and entered a hotel room through a balcony.

City Council raises gas fees

2-percent increase will generate $70,000

Councilman Loui Antonucci proved to be the lone holdout Tuesday as the City Council decided to raise franchise fees for Greeley Gas for the first time in 11 years.

Oak Creek woman makes plea agreement

A 37-year-old Oak Creek woman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from an incident between her and a police officer.

Man pleads guilty to charges

A 78-year-old decorated combat pilot has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors stemming from a drunken-driving arrest last summer.

Yampa, Oak Creek benefits from Ski Corp. funds

The city of Steamboat Springs will not be the only recipient of money annually given by the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Santa stops at Howelsen today

Santa will make a pre-Christmas Eve appearance tonight at Howelsen Hill.

Christmas CD part of local effort

Musicians from Yampa Valley, Nashville lend talent to help Salvation Army

In response to the Sept. 11 tragedy, the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has joined forces with guitarist Brent Rowan to produce a Christmas CD with a unique Steamboat flair. "A Special Steamboat Christmas Gathering" is a collection of music by people that call Steamboat home or have a connection in their heart with Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley, said Rowan, a part-time resident of the area.

Tuesday, December 4

Tiger girls start off season 1-2

Hayden's Andriana Svoboda got the girls basketball team rolling Friday night as she scored 29 of the team's 62 points in its first game of the season.

Hayden may extend school year

Number of days students attend would not be affected

The difference of a few days could be a major source of contention in the coming weeks as the Hayden School District mulls the possibility of extending its calendar.

City reviews judicial facility

Courthouse planners have many difficult questions

How can a building be large enough to hold at least four courtrooms yet small enough it does not cast a wide shadow over the converted residences sitting across the street?

Town officials mull over next year's budget

When the Hayden Town Board adopts next year's budget Thursday evening, it will do so with optimism toward the future but common sense about the here and now.

Officials to discuss backup power line

If primary source failed, city would be left in the dark

Xcel Energy, in conjunction with Yampa Valley Electric Association, is holding a public meeting tonight to discuss the need to build a large backup power line to service Steamboat Springs.

Ski team anticipates getting back on slopes

It required a little bit of hiking, but the members of the Sailors ski team returned to the snow-covered slopes of Howelsen Hill Tuesday afternoon to train on the snow.

Snake River wraps up Hayden

Boys basketball team pounded in season opener

Matt Ray and his young Hayden boys basketball team got off to a rough start in its season opener against a tough Snake River High School team.

Pioneers honored

Elaine Gay, John Solandt recognized for contributions to the Yampa Valley

A rancher who has shown unswerving dedication to the land, and a pioneer doctor who died 85 years ago, were recognized for their contributions to the Yampa Valley by the Tread of Pioneers Museum Tuesday night during a dinner at the United Methodist Church.

Speech team fares well at meet

Sailors bring home ribbons from weekend tournament

Jenni Stanford took the Steamboat Springs High School Speech Team's top honor at the Overland Invitational Tournament on Saturday.

Sailors fumble opener

Turnovers lead to 57-40 loss to Grand Junction Central

Turnovers proved to be costly for the Steamboat girls basketball team in its home opener Tuesday night against Grand Junction Central High School.

11 Sailors among the best

Red and white collect league honors

As runner-up in the Western Slope League, it is not much of a surprise that so many Sailors finished their 9-2 season with conference kudos.

Monday, December 3

School board hears arguments for gym use

In two weeks the Steamboat Springs School Board will decide the fate of The Steamboat Gymnastics Center's proposal for a 12-month lease in the school district's administrative offices.

City to review conceptual plans

Officials meet to discuss county's judicial facility proposal

The Steamboat Springs City Council and Planning Commission will review preliminary plans of Routt County's proposed judicial facility tonight.

City to review airport leases

With only 10 city-owned hangars at Steamboat Springs Airport, the city is trying to get pilots who do not fly very often to get their planes in the air or get their wallets out of their pockets.

Survey may help determine city's 2003 budget

As many as 6,500 residents of Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area, as well as second-home owners, will be asked within the next few months to give opinions on the services the city offers.

Local 9-year-old wins title at tennis tournament

Local tennis player Alexanda Leatu has been returning volleys since she was 3 years old.

Bantam A team rolls to wins over Air Force

After bagging a couple of wins over Air Force last weekend, the Steamboat Springs Bantam A team is busy preparing to host Denver Country Club this weekend in Steamboat.

Scholarship Day raises record $35,640

The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s annual Scholarship Day raised a record $35,640 from lift ticket sales on opening day Friday for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Scholarship Fund, said Chris Diamond, ski corp. president.

Loading zone moved

Travelers at YVRA can be dropped off closer to terminal

Starting this week, travelers can be dropped off in front of the terminal at Yampa Valley Regional Airport as long as the vehicle is not left unattended or parked.

Budget ready for adoption

County commissioners ready information for approval

Not a single resident showed up Monday night for a public hearing for Routt County's $30.8 million 2002 proposed budget.

Sights set on Gold Cup

Athletes competing for trip to Steamboat event Dec. 19

It was business as usual for Steamboat Springs special jumper Tommy Schwall on Monday as he packed his car and headed to Utah for a weekend jump meet.

Mad Creek Fire officially out

Forest Service will check blaze again in spring to ensure no hot spots exist

Five months after it first sparked, the Mad Creek Fire was declared out Monday by the U.S. Forest Service, while studies done by numerous scientists on the unique blaze provided information to aid future management of forest fires.

Sunday, December 2

Bone marrow could be the gift of life for some

I would like to save someone's life someday. That's why I joined the National Bone Marrow Registry several years ago. If that phone call ever comes, notifying me that I am a match for a person who needs a transplant, I'll be ready.

Snow snakes pose danger to unwary skiers

Permit me to say a few words about snow. In fact, I'd like to say 708 words about snow exactly enough to fill this column.

Board to discuss use of gym

Gymnasts, basketball players share space at old jr. high

The Steamboat Springs School Board will discuss at its meeting tonight the use of the Eighth Street gym at the old junior high school by Steamboat Gymnastics and the city of Steamboat Springs' children's basketball program.

Opening weekend a success

Skiers, riders blessed with three powder days thanks to recent snowfall

Four feet of snow has fallen at the Steamboat Ski Area since Nov. 24, leading to the first weekend of skiing and setting a hopeful tone for the rest of the winter.

Lodwick sets the pace

Steamboat's very own takes first place at Nordic Combined World Cup event

Steamboat Springs' current U.S. Ski Team star, Todd Lodwick, took first in the Nordic Combined World Cup competition in Norway, securing America's best hope for a gold in the 2002 Winter Olympics in this event.

Saturday, December 1

Nature's medicine

Humble Ranch offers those with disabilities greater access to the outdoors

For two years, people with developmental and physical disabilities have been able to enjoy therapeutic activities in nature at Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center.


Letters for Dec. 2, 2001

Snow men

Snowmaking foreman Rich Eichman stood under a white plume of snow created from a snowmaking gun on the Head Wall ski run, two days before the Steamboat Ski Resort opened for business. His arm was raised in front of him, as if he was reading his wristwatch in a blizzard.


Everything changes

The blanket of snow that covered the Yampa Valley after Thanksgiving seemed to be the first normal occurrence we've collectively felt here in awhile.

Record-breaking sales

Financing offers, patriotism drive numbers at Steamboat car dealerships

Fueled by manufacturers' offers of zero-percent financing on new vehicles, Steamboat's two car dealerships have enjoyed record sales in October and November.

Nagano bronze medalist hoping for gold in 2002

A lot can change in four years new competition, new tricks and a new location.

Paying at the pump

Local gas prices 20 percent more than state average

Steamboat motorists are accustomed to paying more for gasoline at home than they do in Denver or even Silverthorne. But some local consumers have the impression that the gap between local gas prices and Front Range prices has widened, even as gasoline prices have dropped this fall. They aren't mistaken.

Tiger in top spot

Bruchez unstoppable at Steamboat Invitational

Hayden's Kelly Bruchez's first three matches of the season ended in two pins and one technical decision as he proved unstoppable Saturday on his way to a first- place finish at the 152-pound weight class in the Steamboat Invitational.

Putting peer grading to the test

Schools continue a practice that could be efficient, insightful, embarrasing or illegal

While the U.S. Supreme Court mulls over the merits of "peer grading" allowing students to grade the assignments of other students the Steamboat Springs School District has decided to continue the practice. In the Steamboat Springs Middle School peer grading occurs in almost any class and involves homework, pop quizzes and papers.

Around Town

Around town for Dec. 2, 2001


You've got to pay to play

My son just turned four years old in November and I'm already starting to prepare myself for the sticker shock that will greet me in the next few years.




Our View

Don't be a scrooge

Representatives of the Salvation Army here in Steamboat Springs say while the community has been generous year after year, area residents may need a little more help this season than they have in the past.








Measure your good fitness progress one step at a time

I'm so tired of hearing people tell me they don't have time to exercise. Whom are they kidding?

Habitat's second home

Family has been identified, now local organization needs a lot to build the house on

Habitat for Humanity has identified a second local family for whom it would like to build a home here this summer.


Realtors support Emerald City The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors has joined several other organizations and citizens in supporting the campaign to keep the Emerald City Youth Center open until it can move into other facilities.


Keeping warm

he mountain finally is open! Although I was stuck inside an office all day (mostly looking out the window at the light flurries of snow falling), locals and tourists got to experience a good day of fresh powder and moderate temperatures for the Yampa Valley.

Winter winners

Twelve Steamboat Springs athletes cashed in this week as the Steamboat Over-the-Hill Gang announced the winners of the club's annual scholarships.

Good as Gold

First competition of the season at Howelsen Hill picture perfect

Clear blue skies and more than 50 special jumpers and Nordic Combined skiers helped launch Howelsen Hill's first competition of the year.

Boys win big at Roaring Fork

Girls b-ball team drops a close one

After two years of down-to-the-wire games, the Steamboat boys basketball team came out 15 points ahead for its third straight championship at the Roaring Fork Tournament.

Alpine holiday classic gets a makeover

SSWSC coach building a better event for racers ... and fans

New Winter Sports Club coach Chris Puckett wants to make sure that alpine ski racing stays in the spotlight here in Steamboat Springs.


Hunting licenses may be lowered The Colorado Division of Wildlife is considering lowering out-of-state hunting licenses because of a bad big game hunt this year and low hunter numbers.

Class Notes

Class notes for Dec. 2, 2001

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Nov. 22-28

Local briefing

Local briefs for Dec. 2, 2001

A very crafty Christmas

Holiday shoppers get busy at Arts Council event

Crafters and artisans displayed the best of their homespun, handcrafted and homemade work Saturday. Fleece, baked goods, jewelry and Christmas decorations lined the halls of Strawberry Park Elementary School, where people crowded to shop early for Christmas gifts and ideas at Christmas in the Rockies.

Jingle-bell time

Holiday shoppers will likely hear the familiar sound of bells ringing in their ears this holiday season. But the people who see need firsthand in Routt County hope they will listen to, and not just hear, the bells.



Making hay pay

Growers in Routt County study ways they can work together

Routt County still ranks among the top two hay-producing counties in Colorado. But the changing landscape is making it tougher for the county's smallest hay producers to do business.