Stories for February 2001


Wednesday, February 28

Insanity defense planned

Man charged with food-stamp fraud

A 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man said Wednesday he plans to enter an insanity plea to charges that he bought $4,000 worth of meat and seafood with food stamp credit that wasn't his.

Freestylers fight for division crowns

A handful of competitors showed up at the Park Smalley Freestyle Complex on Wednesday for the first day of the Rocky Mountain Division Freestyle Championships.

Pit goes before panel

Camilletti plan opposed by neighbors

The Routt County Planning Commission will take a look at another gravel pit tonight and is sure to hear more complaints from neighbors.

Boy's birthday a rare event

James Light Lockhart may be the only 2-year-old in Steamboat Springs who plays the violin and Bach no less. That's because his birthday, Feb. 29, only comes around every four years.

One inmate imbiber catches break

For drinking alcohol in the Routt County Jail, Alfred John Flood will have to serve the entire sentence he was given for another crime but will not face additional criminal charges.

Charge reduced in exchange for testimony

A 23-year-old Wisconsin woman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor trespassing charge Wednesday for a burglary that occurred last September in Clark.

CattleWomen hosting dance

Come one, come all

Talk to anyone who has been around here for a long time and they'll tell you about the community dances that used to bring locals from all walks of life together to "boot scoot" the night away.

Steamboat sails on

Boys squad will hit the road for next round

The Steamboat Sailors disposed of one final team at home Wednesday night, holding off the Ralston Valley Mustangs during the first round of the 4A regional playoffs.

'Friends' make offer on KUNC

University board to pick one of two bids today

The Friends of KUNC, which received about $2 million in pledges and donations in its effort to acquire KUNC, offered Wednesday to buy the Greeley-based public radio station from the University of Northern Colorado.

Travel no excuse for forfeiting fitness routine

Q. I've started to travel a lot more for work and it's very upsetting to my workout routine at home. What do you suggest?

Tuesday, February 27

Boys ready for battle

Undefeated at home this season, the Steamboat Sailors will hoop it up against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at a regional-playoff game tonight at the high school gymnasium. The Sailors, who are 10-0 on their own floor, will tip off at 7 p.m. against the Mustangs, who have a 6-4 home record.

City technology to clear the air

It's a dirty job

The days of Steamboat's brown cloud of air pollution are five years in the past, but local government officials say they are constantly monitoring the situation, just to be sure. And there's a relatively new weapon in the battle real time computer data about the grit in Steamboat's air that lets the city street superintendent react swiftly to building air pollution. "Now we have hourly readings every day," City of Steamboat Springs Street Superintendent Doug Marsh said. "It's good to know because when the numbers start going up, we can put another street sweeper into action."

Sights set on old hospital

Lawmen will use building for training

Before Routt Memorial Hospital is razed to make way for a residential development, tactical units from the Steamboat Springs Police Department and the FBI will use the building and the grounds for some serious training. Starting this morning, the police department's seven-member emergency response team and a 13-member FBI team from the Denver bureau will be on site and ready for action.

Junior Olympics will be bolstered by locals

When the J-4 Junior Olympics come to Steamboat Springs next month the hometown skiing fans will have plenty of athletes to cheer for. Ten skiers have made the cut following a qualifying race in Crested Butte last weekend. Steamboat will be represented by three girls including Hestia Chase, Caitlin Margolin and Kathleen Lyon.

'Pet' skunk granted a pardon

Adopted creature at landfill won't be destroyed

The Milner Landfill's new mascot, Stinker the Skunk, has been given a reprieve from death row, but state wildlife officials are warning that keeping wild animals is against the law. "None of us really realized the full implication of it," said landfill manager Doug Bell whose pet skunk often greeted stunned customers at his office.

Tax ruling hits Denver teams

Business as usual for Steamboat

Ski resorts that lease federal land will have to continue paying taxes on those leases, said the state Supreme Court in a recent ruling. But the big losers may be Denver's professional football and baseball owners. Routt County and six other Colorado counties had refused to comply with a 1996 state law that gave tax exemptions to ski areas and other entities with long-term leases, permits or contracts to operate on public land. The counties claimed the law was unconstitutional.

Skyline rules on table

County officials will regroup

After fielding a barrage of comments at a Feb. 1 public meeting about regulations that would end construction on certain hills and ridges, the County Commission and the Planning Commission will regroup during a work session Thursday. "What we hope to get out of Thursday is finding out where we go from here," County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said.

Decision day for KUNC

Fund-raising drive for public radio station deadlines today

With D-Day fast approaching, the local members of the Friends of KUNC worked feverishly Tuesday to collect as many last-minute donations as they possibly could before they have to make a counter-offer to the University of Northern Colorado to buy out KUNC.

Steamboat girls see season end

Brienna Combs finished the last game of her high-school career with a flurry of scoring Tuesday night, putting in nine points in the final two minutes of a heartbreaking 57-40 loss to Lewis-Palmer. The Sailors, who ended their season with a 13-10 record, were defeated in the first round of the playoffs on the Rangers' home court in Monument.

Hungry for help

While we celebrate the success of the food drive, we as a community must realize that even in this paradise we call Steamboat Springs there is hunger and there will be hunger. And while one successful food drive will change that in the short term, it doesn't mean we can clap our hands and forget.

Monday, February 26

Habitat seeks family needing home

The directors of Habitat for Humanity haven't even broken ground on their first-ever house, and already they are seeking a second family in need of a new home.

Sailors ready for do-or-die match

The atmosphere at the Steamboat Springs boys basketball practice had a much more serious tone Monday afternoon.

City to hire another officer

Short-staffed police department feeling squeeze

With a police department that has been perpetually short staffed for the past three to four years, the city is now attempting to hire at least one more officer to fill its needs, said the city's police chief.

Chix hope to bounce back

Women's hockey team hopes for wins on road

The Chix with Stix women's hockey team will try to shake off the effects of a disappointing 3-2 loss to Vail when it hits the road for three games this weekend.

Students earn trip to state meet

High school speech team fares well at tournament

It's been 10 years since a group from the Steamboat Springs High School Speech Team ranked high in a major Front Range tournament, but last weekend in Palisade, 10 out of 12 members qualified for the Colorado State Speech Tournament in Denver.

Steamboat girls hitting the road for state playoffs

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team will be on the other side of the Continental Divide tonight for the first round of the state playoffs against Lewis-Palmer in Monument.

Plan preserves neighborhood

Design guidelines will keep Old Town's historical look

We call it Old Town for a reason. A group of consultants who recently drew up design guidelines for the Old Town area looked closely at the eclectic nature of the city's most historic downtown neighborhood in defining those guidelines.

Sunday, February 25

The secret season

Every year, you can feel it. There comes a week when you just know that winter's back has been broken and Steamboat Springs' secret fishing season approaches.

All-access hunting

Private-land big-game hunting can be expensive and often out of reach for many hunters. Paying for public access leases was an expensive alternative for the Colorado Division of Wildlife and rarely opened enough acreage to be cost-effective.

Eat this up a grain is a terrible thing to waste!

Forget those fad diets. They make idiotic promises they can't keep. And stop thinking that high protein is the way to go. It isn't, not if you want to follow a healthy and balanced eating plan you can live with for the rest of your life. Instead, go for the grains.

Pond-hopping British delight in Steamboat

If you were skiing the delicious packed powder on the Tomahawk trail at the Steamboat Ski Area Thursday morning, you might have heard loud whoops and shrieks of delight coming from the spruce trees at the edge of the run whoops and shrieks with an accent from the other side of the pond.

Mum's the word

Steamboat Grand sales 'on budget'

Officials of the American Skiing Co. said late last year that they needed 30 to 45 days beyond the arrival of holiday ski crowds in December to accurately gauge the effectiveness of their plan to sell available quartershares in the Steamboat Grand Hotel. Those same officials were saying little this week about the success of their plan.

Wildcats attack

District championship game downfall for Soroco girls

The second-seeded North Park Wildcats' 3-point shooting proved to be annoyingly effective to the Soroco Rams girls basketball team during Saturday's class 2A district five championship game.


Earnhardt's death should open eyes Shawn Graham pulled a small black and red money clip bearing the number three proudly from the pockets of his jeans Thursday night.


Wild turkeys make move to Middle Park The Colorado Division of Wildlife, with the help of from more than 50 volunteers, recently released 60 wild turkeys in Middle Park, south of Kremmling to augment the wild turkey population there.

Regionals next for Sailors girls

Steamboat Springs saved perhaps its finest performance of the season for Saturday, as the Sailors shaved the Palisade Bulldogs with a red-hot offense in the district playoffs.

Skiers face busy weekend

Freestylers taking part in 'grand finale' at Steamboat

The top freestyle skiers in the Rocky Mountain Division will be coming to Steamboat Springs this weekend with hopes of grabbing a divisional title.

Wonder Boys

Steamboat Springs may have left Mesa State College without a district title Saturday night, but the Sailors will enter the regional playoffs with the best record in the Western Slope this season. It was a disappointing loss for Steamboat, which fell 56-48 to Montezuma-Cortez despite a 16-point scoring effort by Danny Weber.


Old Town Leather closing its doors Vic and Judy Greenlee have decided to close their store, Old Town Leather, a fixture on Lincoln Avenue for more than a decade.

Land values wheel up

Getting what you pay for in Stagecoach

Real estate brokers say property values in Stagecoach are on the rise, but lots without wet and dry utilities still pose a problem for owners who wish to sell.


Junior Olympics set to go Approximately 160 junior skiers will gather at the Winter Park Resort for the Chevy Trucks J-3 Junior Olympic Championships March 12-17.

Snowball to benefit child care

Annual event raising funds for First Impressions

First Impressions of Routt County has been chosen to benefit from the thousands of dollars raised by corporations, local businesses and residents through a silent and live auction at Snowball 2001.

Surgery may aid sinus sufferers

Thirty-seven million Americans are affected by sinus infections, a more prevalent affliction than hypertension or arthritis. If you experience congestion or sniffling at times, you may find it difficult to distinguish between the symptoms of chronic sinusitis, an acute bacterial infection and the common cold.

Hanging in there

Clark's Market encouraged by landlord's plan

Tom Clark, owner of the Clark's Market independent grocery chain, acknowledges that earlier this month he had grown discouraged about his store in Steamboat and was even rethinking the store's future. But all that turned around, he said this week, when his landlord came up with an aggressive plan to attract more stores and services to the Curve Development shopping center on Steamboat's west side.

Longtime Sailors coach calls it quits

After 13 years with Steamboat, Wenzlau announces retirement

The man holding the play books to the Steamboat Sailors defense is walking away from the sidelines after 30 years of coaching. Bruce Wenzlau, a 55-year-old defensive coordinator who spent 13 years with the Sailors, recently announced his retirement.

Contest offers Craig home as prize

A rural Craig family, inspired by a former Steamboat Springs couple, is attempting to sell its 1-year-old modular home through an essay contest. Jeff Helms said he learned on the radio of Mike and Mara O'Carroll's efforts to sell half of a duplex at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area through an essay contest.

Rerouted planes land in valley

Poor weather at DIA leads to problems

Yampa Valley Regional Airport near Hayden received some unexpected company Friday morning when the airport received seven unscheduled commercial flights after Denver International Airport was closed by poor visibility due to freezing fog.

Saturday, February 24


Feb. 19-24

The hues of Blues

Kaleidoscope encourages kids to create with color

In the spacious back room at the Depot, on the dark brown hardwood floors flanked by a wall mirror and lighted by sun shining through a large side window, eight children participating in the Blues Break Kaleidoscope program are gathered around a single desk.


FEB. 19-24

Down the tubes

County hires new manager

'Workaholic' from Barton, Kansas,takes job

Routt County has found its new manager, a confessed workaholic who won't even take time off between his current job and his new job.



Insurance costs daunting for some

With high adventure comes high risk. The most dangerous things in life driving, skiing, mountain biking, Betty Grable's legs, life itself can be insured. Health insurance, however, is often forgone by Steamboat locals who put themselves at risk on the slopes and trails of the area's mountainous terrain.

Students and teachers cram for CSAP

Meeting the standards of learning


Donna Coulter


THE RECORD: Police, fire & ambulance action

Feb. 17-23

Edgar Francis Burch III


Resident reels in pleasure and fame

Soroco's own 'Old Man and the Sea' fishes for 'the king of the ocean'

From the large windows of Lou Rabin's living room and kitchen, which fit the contours of the octagon-like architecture of his house, a steep ridge of the south valley can be seen as it rises like a wall to the west. North, in the distance. is the Steamboat Ski Resort, flanked by rolling, wild mountains and hills antiqued by winter snow that patches of sage brush manage to scratch through.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Flying more revenue to the city airport

The city of Steamboat Springs recently approved plans calling for new hangar space to be built at the airport. The city built a passenger terminal in to accomodate commercial service in 1993 and then lost that service in 1995. With that in mind, city officials are trying to come up with innovative ways to make money through the facility and end the continuous subsidies the city must make to keep the airport afloat. We asked airport manager Matt Grow for his take on the situation and what he expects for the future of the Steamboat Springs Airport

Cable TV feud continues

Oak Creek's attorney said Galaxy Cablevision's assertion that its cable franchise with the town does not obligate the company to supply a cable service to the town until 2003 may not be so cut and dry.

Jeanne Dodson


John H. Hays




Friday, February 23

Tigers handed heartbreaking loss

For the third time this season, Donald Rolando watched his Hayden Tigers fall apart in the fourth quarter against a balanced North Park team.

Soroco upsets No. 1 seed

Rams headed to championship round today

The fourth-seeded Soroco Rams peaked when they had to and beat No. 1 seed West Grand, 38-29, in the second round of the class 2A district five tournament to move on to the championship round.

Winter adventure race set for this weekend

For Barry Siff, the best recipe for a great outdoor adventure includes world-class athletes, some brutal endurance challenges and a beautiful setting.

Murder suspect may plead insanity

Squabbles over evidence appeared to be resolved in a Steamboat Springs murder case Friday but possible questions over the mental state of the suspect loom.

Regional berth in grasp of the Sailors

Jennifer Weber scored a team-high 10 points against Delta Friday night as the Steamboat Sailors kept themselves alive in the regional-playoff hunt by trouncing their opponent, 60-33.

Dump gets 'mascot'

Stinker gets respect at new home

Folks walking into the office at the Milner Landfill this week were taking a step back. "Whoa," said C.B. Jensen when confronted with the landfill's new mascot, Stinker.

Dispatch director hunt continues

The second round of interviewing for the Routt County public safety dispatch and communications director looks good, but county officials say they aren't getting their hopes up yet.


Food bank seeks community help

LIFT-UP of Routt County is hoping the community will come together to donate food for hungry people in the Routt County area.

Sailors boys advance to compete for district title

Steamboat Springs was able to shoot the lights out early on against Montrose at the district semifinals Friday night, which helped jump-start a 56-34 victory at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.

Thursday, February 22

Hill named Hazie Werner recipient

Jayne Hill has been an advocate for young people in Steamboat Springs and a caretaker of local history for 22 years. Now, she's to be honored with the 2001 Hazie Werner Award for Excellence at the 19th annual Snowball March 3.

Sacred & Profane & Tragic & Comic

An exponential list of praises from conductor Dr. William Burkhart described this year's Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra, its abundance of talent, the expression of movements and the meanings behind the composers.


State Park open house An open house at the Colorado State Park's Nature Center at Hahn's Peak will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 24, at the park's visitor center.

Jail investigation continues

Inmates no longer allowed to work outside facility

Routt County Sheriff John Warner is no longer allowing inmates to work outside the jail because of an inmate who allegedly left the facility to purchase alcohol earlier this month. Warner said he has stopped the practice as sheriff's officials review the jail's inmate worker policy.

Soroco hopes to be spoiler

The Soroco Rams girls basketball team is in the position to be the spoiler in second round of the 2A district five tournament today by beating the league champs and making a bid to take the tourney.

Sweet chariots

Shane Yeager, president of the Yampa Valley Cutter and Chariot Racing Association, said he's been running since he was two years old.

Radio waves

With less than one week left before they must present the University of Northern Colorado with a check approaching $2 million, the Friends of KUNC is relying heavily on individuals and businesses in communities such as Steamboat to save the station.

Steamboat girls upset in 1st round

Steamboat Springs was defeated in the first round of the district seven playoffs Thursday, falling to Montezuma-Cortez, 47-44.

Sailors boys advance

Ryan Kiely scored 11 points and Andrew Johnston added eight more as the Steamboat Sailors downed the Battle Mountain Huskies 39-28 in a district playoff game Thursday night at Mesa State College.

An 'All-star' evening

The North Mississippi Allstars, with their melting pot of soulful country blues and rock, will venture into the valley next Thursday bringing a glimpse into the music that rocks the meeting point of the Delta Flatlands and the Hill Country of Northern Mississippi.


Friday, Feb. 23 DJ L.L. Bishop of Denver spins tonight at Levelz. No cover before 10 p.m., $5 after. Levelz is located at 1860 Ski Time Square, Building E, 21 and older only.

City to solve airport hang up

On Thursday afternoon, Airport Manager Matt Grow got a call from a plane owner who wanted to fly his plane into Steamboat Springs Airport and store it in a hangar. With the limited hangar space currently available at the airport, forcing some planes to sit out in front of the terminal, the plane owner was unlikely to find a spot.

Bases murder hearing today

Defense attorney says he is waiting on test results

The attorney for suspected murderer Thomas Lee Johnson said Thursday he has received much of the evidence he requested regarding the case but is still missing blood and fingerprint test results.

Pool closing for renovations

Jani Sutherland will be left high and dry when the public lap swimming pool at Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation closes next week. Sutherland has many miles to swim before she rests, and she'll have to add some commuting miles to Craig in order to swim laps for the next 10 weeks.

Student blazes own trail to success

When other high school students in the late 1970s were choosing their future colleges and careers, a high school counselor told Barbara Miles that she was not "college material." And she believed him for almost 20 years.

Town looks for cable remedy

While many south Routt cable television subscribers have 49 more days until their service is shut off, Oak Creek officials are exploring whether Galaxy Cablevision's action could breach the company's franchise agreement with the town.

Sector 9 brings 'universal' message

For Sound Tribe Sector 9, the forces of the universe were congruent when the members came together to create an art form that they've shared with the world for more than three years.

The skinny on Fat Tuesday

In a town where purple, green and gold beads drip from high balconies and the world-famous Bourbon Street swallows every patron who stumbles in, Steamboat appears the antithesis. But Steamboat bears many of the same opportunities, sans flashing, that a town like New Orleans, which revels in the money and tourists that come to visit and experience the culture and lifestyle, offers.

Wednesday, February 21

Martial arts club looks to dominate

Although only a couple of students in the Steamboat Springs Martial Arts Club competed at a tournament in Denver Saturday, the remaining 60-plus individuals on the team hope to dominate the competition at a separate tourney in March. On Saturday, local Tae Kwon Do brown-belt fighter Matthew Gagnebin placed fifth at a tourney at the DIA Holiday Inn Convention Center.

Sports club ready for 'Olympics'

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will be well represented when the USSA's Chevy Trucks Junior Olympics Alpine Championships shift into high gear early next month. Steamboat has qualified 22 skiers to compete in the Junior Olympics Championships for skiers in the J-1 and J-2 age divisions. Those championships, for skiers between 15-18, will be held in Beaver Creek on March 3-9.

Vaccine in 'adequate' supply

Medical officials avoid giving 'routine' tetanus shots

Local health care providers say they still have an adequate supply of adult tetanus vaccine, but they are closely monitoring its usage and avoiding giving routine vaccinations in order to conserve their existing supply. When a major manufacturer of the vaccine, Wyeth-Ayerst labs, announced two weeks ago that it would stop making the vaccine used in tetanus shots for economic reasons, it created a shortage of the medicine.

Bantam hockey comes together

With the league tournament just around the corner the Steamboat Braves bantam "A" hockey team seems to be peaking. "We are coming together at just the right time," coach Kent Foster said after his squad won the Arvada Winter Festival Tournament last weekend. "It's a team sport and we just have a great group of kids all working hard together."

Store robber pleads guilty

Second suspect's trial continued

For almost an hour Wednesday morning, two men who allegedly robbed a Steamboat Springs convenience store on Thanksgiving Day sat in court without making eye contact with one another. By the time the court proceeding had ended, one of the men, Gregg H. Grabowski, had pleaded guilty to felony robbery. The case against the other man, William S. Russick, was continued to early March so his attorney can continue to negotiate with the prosecution.

Alleged theft a blessing for church

When good meat and seafood almost go bad

About $4,000 worth of meat and seafood that authorities believe was bought illegally by a 26-year-old welfare recipient has been donated to the church of the attorney prosecuting the case. With the blessing of the sheriff and the county attorney, Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann made arrangements to give the confiscated meat and seafood to Euzoa Bible Church. Storage limitations at the sheriff's office required that the food either be given away or tossed out.

Violators owe city $57,000+

Outstanding tickets will earn drivers 'the boot'

You know who you are. You've been issued at least three parking tickets and they've all taken an express trip to the garbage. Unfortunately, the city's police department knows who you are, too. And, starting soon, the city may be taking action to make sure those people on the Scofflaw list a list of the people who have failed to pay three parking tickets or more over the past five years pay up.

Tuesday, February 20

Accused food stamp thief speaks out

Man says he believes money was rightly his

A 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man said he honestly believes that $10,000 mistakenly credited to his food stamp debit card was his to spend. On Tuesday from the Routt County Jail, Sascha Karl Fischer explained by phone why he bought $4,000 worth of meat and seafood in one day and how he believes he is being unfairly punished for it.

Steamboat enjoys strong holiday

Steamboat Ski Area spokesman Mike Lane said Tuesday that the ski area enjoyed strong business over the three-day weekend and he expects the numbers to remain healthy through Wednesday. "I think we had a good steady crowd over the weekend," Lane said. "The longest line was at the gondola in the morning, but that moved through in about 15 minutes and that was the longest you had to wait."

Yampa Valley history in review

A changing landscape

Colorado State University Extension offices in Routt and Moffat counties are offering the public a chance to see how the Yampa Valley has changed, or stayed the same, over the last century.

City flounders on tubing

Ordinance passes by narrow vote of 4-3

The seven members of the City Council looked like the beleaguered chorus in a Greek tragedy Tuesday night as it took them more than an hour to approve a proposal to ban commercial tubing from the Yampa River above Fifth Street for the summer.

Sailor girls to play Montezuma-Cortez

Steamboat Springs begins its post season on the road Thursday when it meets Montezuma-Cortez in a first-round district playoff game at Grand Junction High School. The Sailors, who are 11-8 on the season, will tip off with the Panthers at 3 p.m.

Alcohol concerns kill Bump-Off

Organizer says moving event would make it 'less extreme'

On what would have been its 13th year, the St. Patrick's Day Chute 1 Bump-Off has been canceled and the future doesn't look good for the event ever to be held at that location again. Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said the large number of people drinking alcohol in that location of the ski resort, just north of Buddy's Run, is not a safe situation. Two years ago nearly 4,000 people came to the Bump-Off. Last year about 2,500 showed up, despite miserable conditions. The idea of a group that size skiing down after many of them had been drinking most of the morning and afternoon doesn't sit well with the Ski Corp.

McInnis looks at land use

'11th-hour' Clinton move sparks action

Spurred on by his opposition to some of the 11th -hour land designations made by former President Bill Clinton, Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Grand Junction, says he will do his best to promote multiple use of public land in the West.

Steamboat gears up for district play

Hours before Battle Mountain knocked off Delta at the annual pigtail game Tuesday, the Steamboat Sailors were preparing themselves to battle the winner in the district playoffs. The Sailors concluded their practice at about 4 p.m., though the Huskies and Panthers had not yet tipped off.

Monday, February 19

Hometown skiers place near top in qualifiers

After recording first-, second- and third-place finishes in the final qualifying races of the season last weekend in Steamboat Springs, local racer Jenna Cesolini will now turn her attention to the Junior Olympic Championships.

Council debates new hangars

Airport, city debate money-making options

Although it saw about 1,200 fewer takeoffs and landings in 2000 than it did in 1999, the Steamboat Springs Airport is poised to make up some of the $2.8 million debt it incurred after building a 16,000-square-foot passenger terminal in '93.

Utes setting up new office at CMC

More than a hundred years ago, the Northern Ute Indians were forced from their ancestral lands in northwestern Colorado, including the Yampa Valley. Now the valley is trying to bring them back.

Juniors off to championships

Several skiers will be absent from event

Nobody would blame Steamboat Springs jumping coach Gary Crawford for having some mixed feelings this week as he prepares to leave for the Junior Olympic Championships.

Injuries plague holiday weekend

One of New York's finest led the list of injured vacationers that packed the emergency room this Presidents Day weekend. It wasn't a record-breaking weekend (no pun intended), but it was busy.

Bicyclists booking beds

Ride the Rockies will roll through Steamboat

The lottery that determines which lucky riders get to participate in The Denver Post Ride the Rockies Bicycle Tour doesn't happen until Feb. 28, but that's not stopping cyclists from booking their motel rooms in Steamboat for June 19.

Sunday, February 18

Sailors trample Panthers

Both the Steamboat Sailors boys and girls basketball teams won their last regular-season home games Saturday against the Delta Panthers and are looking forward to the district tournament.

Mountaineer offers large luxuriousness

The walls of a dozen new luxury townhomes are scheduled to rise out of their foundations by St. Patrick's Day at The Mountaineer at Steamboat on Medicine Springs Road.

On Ice

The coolest thing in youth sports is going to battle on the rink

The players glide across the ice, weaving past one another and then slide onto the cold surface to begin stretching. It is Sunday morning and the Steamboat Springs Bantam traveling team is preparing for its latest opponent: a team from Colorado Springs known as YAHA.

The Medicine Man

Something unusual is happening in the small town of Oak Creek, population 650 (give or take a few). Local pharmacist David Bonfiglio is conferring with clients who live in places such as New York, Florida, California and Arizona.

Linking business and beds

Affordable housing could hit home for many merchants

Don't let the numbers fool you. The process of establishing a housing linkage program relies on a series of seemingly scientific equations to come up with the number of employees that must be housed by their employers but the decisions that are getting made are heavily political.

Wixson No. 2 in state

Soroco's Iacovetto takes third at wrestling championships

Joel Wixson picked up his warm-up jacket and headed into a nearby hallway in the Pepsi Center after falling in the 171-pound state championship match Saturday night. When he entered the hallway, he quickly turned to a wall and pressed his hands against it, reflecting on what had just taken place.


Money changes everything

Cuba Gooding Jr. may have summed up professional sports in one greedy sentence when he coined the phrase "show me the money" in the 1997 movie "Jerry Maguire." In today's world, football players, basketball players and baseball players have made the multimillion-dollar deal a household word.

Step by Step

Strapping on snowshoes at the bottom of Fish Creek Falls and beginning the ascent up the popular trail is an exercise in fun or is it fun exercise?

Healthy lifestyle change takes time Be patient!

Like a lot of people, Kevin started out the new year with a promise to exercise more. And like a lot of people, he began well, with M-W-F workouts, plus Saturday or Sunday. But just for a few weeks. A month into it, Kevin is back to his old habit of working out on weekends only.

Sailors skiers gear up for races

A well-rested Steamboat Springs High School ski team will head to the hills this week hoping to strike gold in the mountains around Leadville.

Feeling the heat

Rising fuel prices pinching some landlords

Landlords who rent apartment buildings in Steamboat and include utilities in their rent are taking a hit on rising natural gas prices this winter.

Changes in the air

Air Wisconsin leaving for the summer

Commercial air service into the Yampa Valley will be reduced to a single commuter airline for seven and a half months of the year beginning May 1.

Boot lacing relies on snug comfort

The directors at Boa Technology Inc. really know how to conduct a board meeting. "We have far more board meetings on powder days than we do on hardpack days," company founder Gary Hammerslag said. That's because when the busy executives at Boa have a "board meeting," snowboards are mandatory equipment.

Hayden Valley Press still No. 1

For the second year in a row, the Hayden Valley Press won the Colorado Press Association award for general excellence.


U.S. Forest Service activist wins award Denise Germann, public affairs officer for the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest, recently won the 2000 Smokey Bear Award.

Hunting memories

Hunting is far more than the taking of animals for food or trophy. Hunting is the hunt, the joy of hunting, the camaraderie and the outdoor experience.


Mixed-use project rising near bank A new mixed-use building called One Alpine Plaza is under construction near Alpine Bank on Central Park Drive. The site is near the shopping center that includes City Market.

Owens discusses growth and education

Gov. Bill Owens, in town Saturday for the Lincoln Day dinner, talked with Steamboat Today reporter Avi Salzman about a variety of topics. Owens' responses to questions on education and growth are printed below.

Today tops in state

Newspaper wins two general excellence awards

Steamboat Today was honored as the best newspaper of its size in Colorado at two separate awards ceremonies over the weekend.


Peewees take to the mats The peewee wrestling season will kick off its season with an organizational meeting on March 1 at the Steamboat Springs Middle School cafeteria.

McDonald lifts Tigers to victory

Natalie McDonald scored 28 points to lead Hayden over Plateau Valley in a first-round tournament game Saturday afternoon.

Soroco girls clinch win

The Soroco Rams girls basketball team won its first district playoff game Saturday, coming from behind in the fourth quarter to beat the Grand Valley Cardinals, 35-32, at Soroco High School.

Governor defends CSAP testing

Two years into his tenure, Gov. Bill Owens came to Steamboat Springs touting his plan for education. It is a plan that he says will "not just throw money at the problems," but hold schools accountable for how they use that money.

Mustangs trample Tigers boys, 74-45

The Hayden boys basketball team ended a disappointing season Saturday against West Grand in Kremmling.

Searchers chalk up 24-hour hat trick

Routt County rescuers called out on three missions

A beleaguered Routt County Search and Rescue crew was digging into its energy reserves late Sunday afternoon and preparing to mount its third mission in less than 24 hours.

Saturday, February 17


The record from Feb. 10-16

Tourney pits brains over brawn

Steamboat places second in Knowledge Bowl qualifying match

In a tie-breaking round with only five seconds to think, Team A shouted to the judges: "Amendment Three!" In the qualifying match of Knowledge Bowl in Greeley last Friday, Steamboat Springs High School's Team A won second place after Moffat County could not answer the question, giving Steamboat a chance to steal the silver.

Eileen Nelson


Nothin' but blue skies

Benita Bristol world traveler, mountain climber, grandmother

Benita Bristol's life unfolds like a map with its center point in Routt County, where she grew up on a ranch between Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek in the early 1900s. "We were as poor as church mice and we didn't even know it," she puts it. Benita and her nine brothers and sisters peddled fowl and vegetables to the miners in Oak Creek, went to barn dances and rode horses to one-room schoolhouses but only when her father had enough help on the ranch.


Northrop and Clark

Charting area charter schools

North Routt seeks to validate need for school

The two communities, Steamboat and north Routt, see things differently, having grown in different ways over the past decade. Debates over a charter school in north Routt recently approved by the district school board have highlighted some of those differences, bringing out what some see as a long-standing resentment.


Local briefs from Feb. 12-17

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: The future of trailer parks in the city

Trailer park residents in Steamboat Springs are seriously concerned about their future in the city. The land under two parks has been sold in the past year and a new city code changes the zoning of many existing neighborhoods. We asked Doug Lockwood, a resident of Trailer Haven and a leader in the fight to preserve trailer parks, for his assessment on the future of mobile homes in Steamboat Springs.


Visitors increase at Stagecoach

Visits at Stagecoach State Park was up for 2000 and winter visitation is at the same level it was last winter. In 2000, Stagecoach received 166,273 visits. Stagecoach State Park Manager Fred Bohlmann said that number is a 10 percent increase from the year before.

OUR VIEW: Back to basics

It may take a village to raise a child, but in this day and age, it takes money to educate them. So we applaud Hayden Valley Schools for going out and securing yet another grant that the community has received.

Dean Read



Real estate transactions for Feb. 8-14


Static over cable television

Oak Creek mayor suspicious of Galaxy/Pegasus deal

People in Oak Creek, Phippsburg and Stagecoach will soon be without cable television. Customers of Galaxy Cablevision in those south Routt communities have 54 days and counting until the company turns off the cable.


Friday, February 16

Home on Elk River sought

Proposed island house has county officials concerned

In December, rancher and Boulder businessman Dan Souders put most of his 1,200-acre Routt County ranch in a conservation easement to prevent development. The move was praised by neighbors and county officials, but Souders' newest endeavor has folks shaking their heads.

Haven plans expansion

Four years after opening its doors, The Haven needs a bigger kitchen and dining room. Lucy Rickman, who is on the 11-member board of directors for the facility, is working on grant applications to help pay for an expansion that officials believe will cost about $180,000.

Hayden, Soroco in action

Basketball teams gearing up for big games today

The boys and girls basketball teams from two area high schools in Routt County will be in action today.

Grant earmarked for reading

Valley Elementary School leaders are counting on state grant money to help some students become better readers.

Forest fire plan discussed

Though attendance was light at the four public meetings this past week about a plan to reduce the chances of forest fires destroying private property, U.S. Forest Service officials still addressed important concerns.

Wixson to challenge for state title

Hayden grappler advances to final round in tournament

Joel Wixson brought the diesel to the mat Friday at the 2001 Colorado State Wrestling Championships. Wixson, a senior 171-pound wrestler from Hayden High School, used his chiseled frame and past state experience to overwhelm his opponents in the Class 2A quarterfinals and semifinals.

County reviews food stamp program

Local officials from Routt County Human Services are working with the state agency that oversees the state's food stamp program to ensure mistakes like the one made in January are not repeated.

Sailors edge Demons

The Steamboat Springs Sailors girls basketball team overcame a seven-point deficit at halftime to clobber the Glenwood Springs Demons by 18 points.

Preserving the past of Routt County

Museum receives grant to digitize, archive photographs

In a back room at the Tread of Pioneers Museum sit a row of binders with photocopies of more than 4,000 photographs in them. The photocopies match up to real photos and negatives from Steamboat's storied past hidden away in a dark room nearby where museum workers in white gloves alone have access to them.

Thursday, February 15

'Gladiator' leads Oscar race with 12 nominations

Hollywood's resurrection of Rome marches on: ''Gladiator,'' the glitzy successor to ''Ben-Hur'' and ''Spartacus,'' led the Oscar field Tuesday with 12 nominations, including best picture, actor and director.

'Mad Dog' has her day

Maralyn Hershey, aka Mad Dog, the retired Wakefield, Va. cop who was ousted last week on "Survivor: Australian Outback,'' was gracious when members of the Ogakor tribe voted her out, but says what she really wanted to do was cold-cock the conniving Jerri Manthey.

Four grapplers victorious

Hayden, Soroco wrestlers fare well at tourney

Four area wrestlers had their hands raised in victory during the opening round of the 66th annual State Wrestling Championships Thursday.

Bodies in motion

Visions are something that come frequently for choreographer Jean Labaree. "I visualize the big picture, then (specifically) how I want it to look," said Labaree, one of Steamboat Dance Theatre's oldest and most recognized dancers and choreographers. Labaree, 53, is choreographing two of the 10 pieces of dance at Steamboat Dance Theatre's annual concert and is performing in three.

DiCroce follows his 'American' dream

Heading out on the road last year with his band members and a mind full of lonely thoughts, Chris DiCroce's intent was to record an album filled with sounds of the American dream - rock 'n' roll.

Finding hope in horizons

Aimee sat on a bench Saturday showing signs of frustration and exuberance from all the cameras, people and attention given to her by family and friends. She seemed tangled in a web of her own fingers, but screamed with delight as family members called out to her, "Aimee, look at the camera. Aimee, look at your sister."

Charity to get $1,000 in plea agreement

A 23-year-old year Fort Collins man agreed to pay $1,000 to a local charity after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a Dec. 28 incident.

City gains grant to buy land

Great Outdoors Colorado decided to help the city of Steamboat Springs obtain land that could enable it to complete a vast puzzle of open space near Howelsen Hill.

Owens to speak at Lincoln Day dinner

Gov. Bill Owens has taken a firm stance in recent weeks to preserve funding for state highway construction and repair, and Colorado's transportation needs are likely to be on his mind when he comes to Steamboat Springs Saturday.

Attorney for jailed Soroco janitor speaks out

The accusations continue to grow in the case of the school janitor who allegedly assaulted some Oak Creek students in a bathroom after the toilets were purposely clogged with pencils.

Training for the community

Former Olympian seeks respect for and from youth

Hank Kashiwa believes many former Olympians like himself have more to give back to their communities, if only the framework existed to help them.

Officer: Accident was suicide attempt

Woman in head-on collision with dump truck in serious condition

Authorities said Thursday a 30-year-old Steamboat Springs woman attempted suicide Wednesday afternoon by aiming her vehicle at a dump truck traveling northbound on Colorado 131. A head-on collision between Nancy Unis' Subaru Outback and a dump truck loaded with gravel occurred just after 1:30 p.m. at about milepost 66.


Friday, Feb. 16 Sundance and the Music in Blues will perform their originals and some covers tonight at The Tugboat. The rhythm and blues band has been appearing at The Tugboat for the past eight years.

A taste of Provence

Palatable flashbacks of a week spent in France

The best souvenirs are those that transport you back to a place. T-shirts and mouse ears get stuffed into the back of the closet, snow globes chunked into a box in the attic.


Musical history of 'Assassins' Mesa State College presents the musical "Assassins" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-24 in the William S. Robinson Theatre at the Walter Walker Fine Arts Center in Grand Junction.

Wednesday, February 14

Man charged with food stamp theft

A 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man allegedly went on a one-day grocery shopping spree after mistakenly being credited with more than $10,000 on his food stamp debit card. Sascha Karl Fischer has been charged with felony theft of between $500 and $15,000 for allegedly buying $4,000 worth of meat and seafood from three area grocery stores Jan. 31.

Tiger grapplers wrestle at state

Sights set on finishing in top five

The Hayden Tigers will enter the Denver Pepsi Center Thursday with their sights set on finishing in the top-five at the state wrestling championships that run through Saturday. The Tigers, who won the 2A regional championship in Grand Junction Feb. 10, qualified 10 wrestlers for the state tourney. Soroco, which also competed at the Grand Junction 2A regionals, has five wrestlers that will compete in Denver.

Now or never

Regular season for prep basketball wraps up this weekend

Steamboat Springs High School's basketball teams wrap up the regular season this weekend with games against Glenwood Springs and Delta. For the Sailor boys, the weekend presents an opportunity for them to lay claim to the conference title, which they would do with a win over either team.

Area elk population count taken

Local wildlife officials finished an aerial count of elk and it appears the harvests for the year 2000 hunting season was successful. Colorado Division of Wildlife area manager Jim Hicks recently conducted elk counts from a helicopter. He said he counted animals near the Elk River, in south Routt County, Trout Creek and around the local coal mines. Hicks said, from what he saw, the herds looked healthy.

City zoning plan criticized

When is a mobile home park not a mobile home park?

By all accounts, Trailer Haven, the property behind the post office, looks a whole lot like a mobile home park. So then why, in the newest draft of the city's Community Development Code, isn't it zoned as such? The answer to that question, which was brought up by City Councilman Jim Engelken at a recent meeting on the fourth draft of the code, has to do with a decision that was made during discussions on the third draft.

Ski area delays extended lift hours

Resort wrangles with cost management

Officials of the Steamboat Ski Area confirmed this week they have delayed the beginning of extended spring hours by a week in an effort to save operating costs. "Business levels are not what we expected, so to manage our costs a little better, we moved it to Feb. 17," ski area spokeswoman Cathy Wiedemer said.

Tuesday, February 13

'Geeks' outwit computer bug

Kournikova Virus hit county quickly

Beware of a sexy tennis pro lurking in your computer she's carrying a virus. "The virus originated in Europe and within 12 hours it hit here," said Routt County systems administrator Hummer Marchand.

Trailer park residents take plan to council

Hundreds receive 'eviction notices' and turn to the city for help

Led by an attorney, local trailer park residents confronted City Council Tuesday night with their stories and as they packed Centennial Hall and spilled out into the hallway their sheer numbers.

Mother sticks up for accuser

Janitor suspected of assaulting students

The mother of an Oak Creek student allegedly assaulted by a school janitor spoke out Tuesday. "I'm not trying to deface this man, but how dare he accuse these kids and assault them," said Laurie Anderson, mother of one of the students who claimed they were shoved by janitor Chris Neil. "He threw one (kid) up against the wall. He grabbed my son through a coat and two shirts and pinched his back."

OUR VIEW: Good luck, good programming

We wish those who are fighting for KUNC well. We'd like to see the interesting programming style the station has woven together stay on the air.

Halfpipe snowboard session this weekend

Organizers of the Bud Light Halfpipe Session at the Steamboat Ski Area will be hoping for plenty of huge tricks during the second event of the season this Sunday. "The event is open to any Joe Snowboarder," Steamboat Ski Area spokesperson Cathy Wiedemer said.

Cross country skiers go for gold

Local athletes shine at Junior Olympics

The cross country skiers at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will head into the final Junior Olympics qualifier of the season this week in great shape. The event will take place in Crested Butte, but the two skiers on the team old enough to qualify for the Junior Olympics Championships in Marquette, Mich. already have.

City sales tax up 6.7% in December

Utilities heat the coffers of Steamboat

December proved to be another healthy financial month for the city, as its coffers were filled 34 percent more than last year by sales tax receipts from the overripe utilities industries. With gas prices doubling and tripling last year's numbers, the city ended up sharing the wealth once sales taxes were collected.

Grand keeps its green guard up

The Steamboat Grand Resort hasn't rented out retail space that runs along the front of the hotel and that could be a good thing. A problem with snow and ice falling off the roof has prompted the hotel to put up a plastic green fence around part of the building.

Skier 'bled to death internally'

Fatality was second of the season

Prior to this season, the Steamboat Ski Area hadn't recorded a fatality on the mountain for three years. But in a nine-week span this winter, two men have died. James Lee, 22, was killed Sunday after he tried to perform a maneuver off a table-top jump in the Bashor terrain park.

Monday, February 12

Fire district, city make a deal

Emergency services will see significant upgrades

Fire and ambulance services in Steamboat Springs and the surrounding rural area will receive a significant upgrade as of Jan. 1, 2002, because of a recent agreement between the city and the rural fire protection district, officials from both sides said.

Winter Carnival's 'last hurrah'

Snowshoe Sunday pits mountain against man (and woman)

For avid outdoor enthusiast Jim Harkness, snowshoe racing is just like running but with some really big shoes.

Local riders dominate at boardercross

It was a good weekend for the members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's snowboard program as the local team dominated a Snowboarder Outreach Society boardercross event held in Breckenridge.

Nite's Rest upset by Alpine Oral and Facial

It wasn't the type of game that you would expect when the top team in the league takes on the bottom team.

Boy injured during Donkey Jump

A young boy suffered minor injuries after taking a tumble witnessed by dozens of spectators of Sunday's Winter Carnival street events.

Children's museum hosts night of fun

Parents and children get the opportunity to escape each other for a few hours Wednesday night when the Steamboat Springs National Honor Society and Hands-On! Children's Museum host a night of fun.

Many call accused janitor a 'good man'

Last week, 49-year-old Chris Neil planned an ice cream party for all the students at Soroco High School, where he works as a janitor. "He was doing it because he really likes the kids," said Principal Richard Coleman, adding that Neil paid for the ice cream out of his relatively modest paycheck.

City Council changes pace

Linkage plan being discussed in new meeting format

With a change of venue comes a change of procedure: The Steamboat City Council, now comfortably entrenched in Centennial Hall, will do away with its weekly work sessions in favor of holding one entire meeting each month devoted to a few large topics.

Bonfils hoping for hearty turnout at drive

Community-minded people in Steamboat Springs will be giving an early Valentine's gift today one that's close to their heart. The Bonfils Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at Steamboat Springs Airport.

Sunday, February 11

'RSV' is nothing to sneeze at

Respiratory infection can be dangerous to kids

Adults in Northwest Colorado are probably more familiar with the common cold than they care to be. It often starts with a warning tickle in the throat, progresses to an upper respiratory infection complete with congestion, cough and runny nose, and lingers for a week or more before becoming a bad memory.

Tigers wipe the mat at regionals

Hayden qualifies 10 wrestlers for state tourney

Before the final round of regionals began at Palisade High School Saturday, two Hayden High School female students could be seen mopping the mat before the wrestlers squared off against one another. Hours earlier, the Tigers had done some mopping up of their own, scoring a number of big wins and securing the regional title.


Wrestling: Like no other sport

What does it take to be tough ? A handful of wrestlers from Routt County head to Denver this week with hopes of answering that question. Chances are that three days on the floor of the Pepsi Center at the Colorado State Wrestling Championships will provide all the knowledge they need.

Bring back the coyote bounty

For decades, ranchers have killed coyotes. Recreational hunters chip away at their numbers. The federal government, under the auspices of its mellifluously monikered Wildlife Services Agency, subsidizes the execution of thousands of predators a year most of them coyotes. Yet the quick-breeding and adaptable coyote has survived and thrived.

Cool climbers

More than halfway up the falls at Fish Creek, the ice has formed a large hump in a section of the frozen waterfall that must be three or four feet thick.

KUNC gets extension to raise funds

With some local residents ready to mark Feb. 9 "the day the music died," the board of trustees at the University of Northern Colorado voted Friday to give KUNC-FM's diverse music selection another 19 days of life support.

Soroco janitor allegedly harasses some students

A janitor at Soroco High School has been arrested after accusing four students of clogging up school toilets with pencils.


Former Soroco athlete honored Former Soroco football star Pete Sigler was honored by the Colorado College Football program by being given the Iron Man and Defensive Champion of the Year awards by the program.

Young freestyler has lofty goals

It was the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's reputation that brought Kyle Ewing to Steamboat Springs, and now the Lowell Whiteman sophomore is hoping a little hard work will help him continue his journey to become one of freestyle's elite athletes.


Winter walks with Yampatika Yampatika and the U.S. Forest Service are offering free winter tours of the forest. From 9 to 11 a.m. every Thursday, snowshoers can climb the uranium mine road with a naturalist.

Olathe lumbermill may close

Louisiana-Pacific contemplates decision

Lumbermill giant Louisiana-Pacific is contemplating making a decision to close its Western Slope waferboard plant in Olathe in April, but local Forest Service officials say that step would not have an immediate impact here.

Warriors dominate Sailors

The Steamboat Sailors dropped their second consecutive game Saturday, falling to the Grand Junction Central Warriors 69-45.

Battle against spruce beetles continues

Twenty-four million dead spruce beetles is the latest casualty count in the battle against the voracious bugs in the Routt National Forest, according to U.S. Forest Service estimates. But the fight is long from over and it is one humans can only hope to keep up with, officials say.

Skier dies at ski area

Westminster man suffers fatal injuries in crash

A 23-year-old Westminster man died Sunday at the Steamboat Ski Area after crash landing a jump.

Saturday, February 10

Reed and Feeley



'Harry' Velich and Kate Clement

When Harry met Kate

When Kate Clement pictured her wedding day, she probably didn't expect that her husband would get to "buy" her. And if she did get bought, she probably would have expected to go for a little bit more than a cuisinart.

Wally Magill and Cristina Vinicinelli

Twice in a lifetime

In 1999, Wally Magill wanted Cristina Vicinelli, his future fiance and former high school sweetheart, to be happy. To Wally, life is about living, and a big-time job shouldn't get in the way of that. And where is there a more perfect place to live life than in Steamboat Springs?


Items published Feb. 11, 2001

The face of hope

Diane Moore of Advocates is determined to make a difference

A bad day for Diane Moore has nothing to do with a flat tire or working overtime. As director of Advocates, a nonprofit agency that deals with domestic violence victims, crises situations and counseling women who are or were in abusive relationships, Moore's bad days are on a different level.

Hensley and Holloran


Mr. and Mrs. Michael Holloran are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Katherine, to Mr. Damon Hensley, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hensley, Sept. 16, 2000.

In the lamb of plenty

More sheep graze on the National Forest surrounding Steamboat Springs than any other forest in the United States. Yet, building a local market for lamb chops is a puzzle.

Fun and games: Family entertainment restaurant opens

Bringing the boardwalk to Steamboat Springs

That old familiar teen-age lament is no longer true. There is definitely a place for kids and young adults to hang out in Steamboat Springs. It's called Toys in the Attic.

Girl Power

Steamboat student breaks a world power-lifting record

Emily Schneider had just skied for about four hours at Howelsen Hill on a recent Thursday afternoon before she entered the nearby David L. DeHaven Strength Training Center to begin working out.

Sean Hicks and Gretchen Jarosz

An engaging hunt

Sean Hicks has found the perfect woman with whom to spend the rest of his life. Not only is Gretchen Jarosz an attractive and a highly motivated businesswoman, she wants to spend her honeymoon hunting in Canada.

Ron and Lyle Koehler

A wedding with the world at war

It was October 1944, and 19-year-old Ron Koehler wasn't sure what tomorrow would bring. "It's hard to imagine if you didn't live through it," Ron said of that period of time. "You didn't know what tomorrow would bring nobody did."

Jail Report

Arrests made between Feb. 4 and Feb. 10


News items from around Routt County Feb. 11.

Edward Moore Jr.

Dec. 9, 2000

Edward "Tshankawakan" Moore Jr. died Dec. 9, 2000. He was 50.


Education briefs published Feb. 11, 2001

Business File

Business briefs from Feb. 11.

Business briefs from Feb. 11

OUR VIEW: On watch

Were it not for the tragedy of a cellblock hanging in late October, the report last week of an inmate leaving the Routt County Jail to buy alcohol would have been rather humorous.

Harley Fay


Harley Andrew Fay of Cedaredge died Jan. 24, 2001, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 69.

Wilma Kanouse


Wilma Kanouse of Longmont died Jan. 19, 2001, at Applewood Living Center. She was 89.

Birth announcements

published Feb. 11, 2001

Published Feb. 11, 2001

Marijuana charges filed

oak creek A man who was growing marijuana in Oak Creek pleaded to a misdemeanor charge of possession and will serve 180 days in jail, police said.

Planning the perfect day

In collaboration with local vendors, the bridal fair allows engaged couples to cover every aspect of planning a wedding with one easy stop.


Building Permits for Feb. 1-7

Innocence lost

Routt County's population increase impacts violent crime rate

Six years ago, when Robert Egizii purchased a condominium in the quiet ski town of Steamboat Springs, he never imagined it would be the target of a serious crime.


Calendar items published Feb. 11, 2001

Teachers, parents, put themselves to the test

Making the grade on state-standardized exams

After members of the Friends of the Soroco Parent-Teacher Organization, administrators, teachers and a few parents returned from their respected classrooms at Soroco Middle School holding completed Colorado Student Assessment Program tests, the group that took the freshman- and sophomore-level sample test was a little overwhelmed.

Carolyn Clapet


Carolyn Clapet of Routt County died Jan. 25, 2001.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: What's happening to for-profit tubing?

City Council is moving toward banning commercial tubing on the Yampa River above Fifth Street while allowing private tubers and other types of commercial operators to continue using the upper stretch. We asked Chris Wilson, the director of Parks, Recreation and Open Space, to explain the city's reasoning for the tubing ban and what the future holds for the Yampa River through town.

Doing the math

Planners add up the cost of opening north Routt school

North Routt charter board members are trying to start up a school in just six months or more that may cost at least $189,000 to run in its first year. In meetings about the school, budget numbers loomed large, threatening to cast a shadow at times over the small children the two groups are trying to nurture.

Snook and Bargren



Warming the hearts

Even though all of us should be expressing our love to others every day, we get a chance to make up for it on Valentine's Day to show our deepest love. So, how do you spend one perfect day with the one you love? We've asked local business owners how they think Valentine's Day should be spent.

Home work: Live-in nanny program finding a niche locally

Visiting the Koepfer household in Steamboat Springs brings to mind a famous saying: "Lead, follow or get out of the way."

Iola Fay Harrell


Iola Fay Harrell of Fort Morgan died Jan. 28, 2001, in Fort Morgan. She was 84.


Real estate transactions for Feb. 1-7



Jim and Peggy Dorr

In love and war

It may be one of the few success stories from a blind date. Nearly 40 years ago, Steamboat Springs graduate Jim Dorr was a student at Colorado State University on his way to receiving a physical education degree. He was single and a member of the university's ROTC program.

Dan and Kathy Faucett

Tragedy and tribulations

Dan Faucett will never forget the afternoon he picked to ask the father of the woman he has been married to for almost 25 years for her hand in marriage. Dan had made up his mind that he would propose to Kathy Brunskill on Valentine's Day in 1977. Before he did propose, Dan wanted to get the blessing from Kathy's father, Ernie.

Young scientists take hands-on approach

Annual science fair allows students to combine creativity, learning and fun

Twelve-year-old Catherine Mann may be on her way to understanding the world since she recently made the connection that whiter teeth connote beauty.

Friday, February 9

Tigers grapplers lead pack

When the first day of the 2A Western Regionals came to a close Friday, the Hayden Tigers loaded the bus back to heir hotel carrying a big lead over the rest of the competition.

Street crews work in reverse

A dedicated crew that spends most of the winter removing snow from city streets got up extra early this morning to haul 2,000 cubic yards of the white stuff onto Lincoln Avenue. Before the day is out, they'll push the snow off the street onto the curb, only to return at 2 o'clock Sunday morning to spread it over the street once more.

Steamboat handed heartbreaking loss

It took 16 games, but the Steamboat Springs Sailors were finally beaten Friday night in Rifle. The Bears and Sailors were tied at the end of regulation at 47 points apiece. In the overtime, however, Rifle outscored the Sailors 16-7, becoming the first team this season to hand the Sailors a loss, 63-54.

Sailors get disappointing loss to Bears

Sailors head coach Bruce Alston felt his team needed to do two things if they wanted to beat the Rifle Bears at home.

Hayden girls get emotional win

On a night Hayden honored its seniors, one stole the show in an emotional win over the visiting girls from Soroco.

Tigers end losing streak against Rams

The Hayden boys basketball team was looking to end a seven-game losing streak against a cross-county rival, looking for its first league win of the season.

Drive to work turns deadly

Witnesses: Woman was passing cars in fog

Longtime Yampa Valley resident Eileen N. Nelson was killed Friday morning when her red Geo Metro slammed head-on into a semitrailer on fog-shrouded Colorado 131. Nelson, who lived in Oak Creek, was 56.

Thursday, February 8


Friday, Feb. 9 One of the country's greatest Grateful Dead cover bands, Shakedown Street, performs at 10 tonight at The Cellar Lounge. The Cellar Lounge is located at 703 Lincoln Ave., 21 and older only.

Irrigators could be dry

Survey gives snapshot of moisture picture

A late burst of snow during the past few days of January helped to improve the snowpack situation in Routt County, but the water stored in the mountains surrounding Steamboat still lags behind the 30-year average.

Sailors have eyes set on division title

Sailing through the season with a 16-0 record, Steamboat Springs throws its anchor down tonight, unloading in Rifle for a game that has historical implications. The undefeated boys basketball team has its eyes set on winning the division crown, which it would do this evening with a victory over Rifle.

Grilled goodness

Tasty breads, cheeses pile on flavor and turn sandwiches into upscale grill fare

Time was a simple grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich and a cup of tomato soup could satisfy winter appetites.

Wilhelm named Western Heritage honoree

Patsy Wilhelm of rural Steamboat Springs is back in the saddle and riding her sorrel gelding Jackson during the Winter Carnival street events this weekend. It's a longstanding tradition for Wilhelm, but two things make this a special Winter Carnival.

City mulls Centennial Hall purchase

While sitting in the building's contoured seats for the first time, the members of City Council took the first step this week toward authorizing a $1.8 million lease-purchase agreement with Wells Fargo Bank to fund the construction of Centennial Hall.

'Street' brings fire to the mountain

When the television program Northern Exposure was interrupted on Aug. 9, 1995, to announce, "Rock icon dies at 53," Rick Starkey was hit hard: He'd never see a Grateful Dead show again.

Brief Points

Alternative gifts for V-Day The Townie Tote from Fat Eddy's Threadworks is a great alternative option for the purse. For the organized traveler or a bag for around town, the satchel is made of 1000D Cordura, 430D pack cloth with 3/16 inches of foam. The Townie Tote features a handle, padded shoulder strap and three pockets for organizing. A wide variety of color combinations exist and a new line of gentler colors are soon to come out. The Townie Tote is available at Matt & Bryan's Outdoor Shop downtown on Lincoln for $35.99.

Hermes to resign from school board

Steamboat Springs School Board is losing its treasurer after a discussion at a school board retreat Thursday afternoon.

'Ugly Duckling' gets approval for facelift

A downtown building constructed during a time of struggle in America, which was described as an "ugly duckling" at a meeting Thursday, is one step closer to getting a facelift.

Lusting for Love or Loving to Lust?

Heart-shaped candies with small insignias like "Kiss Me" or "Marry Me" or Valentine cards with the message "Be Mine" are the pleasures of Valentine's Day that most people grew up with. But those simple pleasures and notions of love seem to become more difficult as we get older.

On with the show

In a production of 47 dancers, 10 choreographers and about 10 pieces of dance, Steamboat Dance Theatre and various others will perform for the community Feb. 16-17.

Sailors hope to topple Bears

For the past month, three points and a missed opportunity in Rifle have haunted the members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team.

Liquor-run probe continues

Routt County Sheriff's Office officials continued an internal investigation Thursday to determine if any staff policies were violated when an inmate left the jail grounds to buy a bottle of liquor. The program that put James Todd Reimer in the position to leave the jail also is being scrutinized by authorities.

Students seek travel funds

Humanitarian trip to Nicaragua planned

Seven Steamboat teen-agers plan on taking a trip into rural Nicaragua near the Honduran border on Feb. 18. They'll live in huts with families, walk to work or hitch rides on ox-driven carts, and eat what their poor host families will offer them.

Ski area wants two more weeks of jets

Officials of the Steamboat Ski and Resort corp. say they are taking unprecedented steps to strengthen the very end of the ski season. Ski Corp. Vice President of Marketing Andy Wirth said Thursday the ski area is talking to United Airlines about the possibility of extending daily 86-passenger jet flights through the end of the ski season.

'Chief' Moore dies of cancer

Nine days after Edward Moore Jr. turned 50 this past December, the former Steamboat Springs man succumbed to cancer.

Local boarder has high hopes for competition

It's just past 8 a.m. in Steamboat Springs, and Lowell Whiteman senior Michelle Gorgone already has her nose in the books trying to catch up on class work. "Sure it's a challenge," Gorgone said. "But I've had a lot of time to catch up in the past few weeks."

Public station KUNC on sale block

News will likely replace diverse music programming

News that a Greeley public radio station is changing owners and content struck a harsh chord in the ears of local listeners who appreciate the selection of music they can hear on 88.5 FM. KUNC, which offers residents of the Yampa Valley a diverse blend of music and news from around the world, may soon become a 24-hour all-news station.

Taking it to the street

With a variety of events still to come this weekend for Winter Carnival, head to local businesses for the $7 buttons and migrate downtown, to Mount Werner or Howelsen Hill for a tubing party, gelandesprung ski jumping or the chariot races.

Wednesday, February 7

Steamboat tackle signs with Fort Lewis

Local athletes get pens ready for letters of intent

Sailors offensive tackle Jason Wenzlau took a major step in his football career Wednesday when he inked his John Hancock on the dotted line during National Signing Day. Wenzlau, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound senior who helped lead the Sailors to the state playoffs this season, was the first player in his class to make a written commitment to play college football. He will attend Fort Lewis College in Durango, where he plans to major in computer science beginning in the fall.

Jail inmate makes liquor run

Trusted worker was outside shoveling snow before bolting

A 30-year-old man serving two years behind bars is suspected of leaving the Routt County Jail to buy alcohol and then returning to share it with another inmate as they baked cookies in the jail kitchen, sheriff's office officials acknowledged late Wednesday. Sheriff John Warner and Undersheriff Dan Taylor believe James Todd Reimer left the jail grounds just before 9 p.m. Tuesday and purchased a bottle of "Phillips Blue 100" schnapps from a liquor store nearby. Computer records at the liquor store show that someone with Reimer's identification made a purchase Tuesday evening. Reimer allegedly was wearing a long denim ranch jacket provided by the jail, which hid his inmate clothing, Warner said.

'Snow rollers' hit south Routt County

Weather phenomena returns to area

What tumbles like tumbleweeds across the ranchlands of Routt County when there are no tumbleweeds to tumble? Well, snowballs of course. With the unseasonably warm weather the valley has been experiencing in recent days, the snow has become ripe for what are called "snow rollers".

School remodeling to start

Tax money at work in South Routt

Taxpayers in south Routt should see their money going to work as soon as the ground thaws and students can expect some new buildings by next school session. South Routt Schools Superintendent Steve Jones said the district already has paid $100,000 in architectural fees as part of a tax-funded plan to upgrade all three schools in the district.

Downtown facelift planned

A depression-era building, considered historically important by the city's Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, may be getting an exterior remodel. Dr. Richard Boyes is requesting a change of use and permission to remodel the Mountain States Building, which was built in 1937. His application will go before the Planning Commission tonight. Boyes himself used to practice dentistry in the building.

Hayden airport makes top 100

Jane Harelik and Frank Hogue of Spectrum Jet Center assured the Routt County Commission this week that Yampa Valley Regional Airport near Hayden is recognized as an important link in the nation's air transportation system. Harelik informed the commissioners that the National Air Transportation Association has listed YVRA among the "100 most needed" airports in the nation. The association is a trade group representing businesses like Harelik's that serve the general aviation industry

Coal reigns over tax rolls

Energy, ski industries pay millions on property

The new list of Routt County's top property taxpayers is out and it looks like coal is still king in this part of northwest Colorado. Of the $31.56 million collected by the county, Cypress Western Coal Co., (made up of Twentymile Coal Co. and other holdings) tops the list, paying out $1.98 million in taxes.

Airport projects gearing up

Feds putting up 90 percent of funding

Yampa Valley Regional Airport Manager Jim Parker said this week he's within one to two weeks of issuing bid documents for the first of a pair of airport improvement projects totaling more than $2 million. Of the total cost, 90 percent will be covered by grants from the Federal Aviation Administration, Parker said. The remaining 10 percent, approximately $200,000, constitutes Routt County's match, and is included in the 2001 budget for the airport near Hayden.

Skiers shoot for state meet

Steamboat Springs ski racer Cassidy Kurtz will enter the final high school race of the season this Friday with just one goal to finish. "I went to JOs (Junior Olympics) at Beaver Creek last year and I didn't finish the slalom," the high school racer said. " So, this year I just want to finish the slalom. I want to conquer the course."

Tuesday, February 6

Town receives state grant money for park

GOCo cash going to land acquisition in Hayden

It took a little more than a year for the town to receive a $114,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant that will help pay for land that is slated for ball fields, a trail and parking.

Sports eligibility: No easy answers

Committee, faculty see things differently

A high school committee and the school's faculty have different views on student athletic eligibility as the school tries to revamp its policy for next fall.

Tigers stumble against Bulldogs

Prep basketball

The Hayden boys basketball team was handed its seventh straight loss of the season Tuesday night in Craig, falling to Moffat County's junior varsity 65-46.

Drug investigation nets one

A 45-year-old Oak Creek man has been charged with a felony for allegedly distributing a prescription pain medication. Robert Chandler was arrested by agents from the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team outside the Oak Creek Police Department Monday afternoon. Chandler was arrested for allegedly distributing Lorcet.

Town: Racers must be ready

Proof of insurance will be required this summer

Last summer, the Yampa Valley Racing Association held one car race at a town-owned track without insurance. Knowing that, town officials say that races this summer will be canceled if the association is unable to show proof of insurance prior to an event.

Former local wins superpipe

Winter X Games

Top American snowboarder Shannon Dunn wasn't spending too much time Wednesday morning celebrating her recent success at the Winter X Games. Instead, she was taking care of a few last-minute details. Dunn was scheduled to board a plane Wednesday and head to Japan for the Nippon Open, which starts later this week.

Wrestlers ready for regionals

Hayden Tigers taking league title with them

In two days, wrestlers from three area high schools will strap on their headgear and take to the mat to compete for regional wrestling titles in the Grand Junction area. The Hayden Tigers and Soroco Rams will travel to Palisade High School, where they will test their wrestling skills against nine other teams from their 2A region.

Steamboat bantams undefeated in last three

Youht hockey

The Steamboat Springs bantam "A" team maintained its hold on second place in the Continental Divide Youth Hockey league last weekend with strong showings in two games against Colorado Springs.

Grouse plan keeps feds at bay

Almost two years to the day after biologist Rick Hoffman hosted the first work group meeting, members of a sharp-tailed grouse group in Hayden signed a conservation plan that is expected to help sustain and increase the population of the small bird in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties.


Education briefs published Feb. 4, 2001

Hayden girls rally for win

Prep basketball

Hayden's Adriana Svoboda made a game-winning shot with about 15 seconds left Tuesday night to lift her team to victory over a visiting team from Craig.

City seeks river management

Commercial tubing could be deflated

After talking about restricting use of the river for at least four months, the city made its first move Tuesday night to ban commercial tubing on the upper Yampa for this summer. Despite complaints from Council President Pro Tem Kathy Connell, the city's elected officials agreed not to ban other commercial outfitters from the upper stretch of the river above Fifth Street, allowing kayaking, canoeing and fishing companies to operate in that area.

Residents load up on energy alternative

Chunks of coal prove to be lighter on the wallet

Some local folks are finding a way to avoid those high energy bills. They're loading up on black lumps of carbon dug out of the middle of rural Routt County. On a recent Saturday morning, Wayne Sweetser and his son were tossing those chunks of coal into the back of his truck.

OUR VIEW: Shine more light on government

The executive session bill deserves the support of the Legislature and the support of the public. It will bring additional light to shine on government and by doing so, will allow new seeds of trust to grow.

Monday, February 5

World Championship-bound

Steamboat Springs athletes headed to Finland to compete

Four nordic combined skiers with Steamboat Springs addresses will travel to Lahti, Finland, this week to begin preparing for the World Championships. Steamboat Springs natives Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane will join transplants Bill Demong and Matt Dayton on the American World Championship team.

Committee may change graduation requirements

Steamboat Springs High School students may get a chance to take more "fun" classes in the upcoming years if the Curriculum Committee decides next week to change the number of elective courses required to graduate.

Council deciding river access

The Yampa River is about to be cut into two unequal halves, some members of the commercial tubing industry say.

Local skiers dominate at recent events

Steamboat Springs skiers Emily Heller and Kyle Scoby led the Winter Sports Club's freestyle team in Aspen last weekend.

Gas customers tired of being on hold

Volume of calls to customer service hotline on the rise, agitating many callers

As gas prices have climbed to unprecedented levels this winter, about 10,000 people have been calling the customer service hotline at Greeley Gas every day, said Greeley Gas Public Affairs Manager Karen Wilkes. And many of those people, as Wilkes admitted, have been getting either a busy signal or an earful of drawn-out elevator music. Although the Greeley Gas hotline repeatedly claims "your call is important to us" when customers first connect, many customers have complained to the city and the company that the extended delays they have experienced lately have proven otherwise.

BBB: Phone scammers are back

The Better Business Bureau says the toner bandits, or "toner-phoners," are back, trying to mislead local businesses into buying office products that are unusually expensive.

Candidates narrowed to five

Commissioners close to hiring county manager

The Routt County Board of Commissioners has narrowed down its list of candidates for county manager to five people, including a well-known local figure. The list was narrowed down from more than 50 applicants with the help of video interviews.

Sunday, February 4

Helmets a necessity when hitting slopes

It's a typical Steamboat Monday. It snowed and snowed last night, and your powder clause is in full effect. You woke up before the sun, pressed glass, got on the third chair up Storm Peak and now you are zipping through a winter wonderland. As you make your way around the pine trees beyond the boulder field and head for the glory of your favorite aspen grove powder stash, you don't have a care in the world and you can't stop grinning until impact.

Films filled with high adrenaline

Annual film festival kicks off Wednesday at Chief Plaza Theater

As part the 88th annual Winter Carnival, a conglomerate of local and national businesses will present an Adrenaline Film Festival Wednesday and Thursday for all ages and all genres of outdoor sports films. With the purchase of a $7 Winter Carnival button from various local businesses, anyone can view the 10 different films from five-minute blurbs on mountain climbing excursions to 30-minute documentaries on the world's greatest surfers.

American Skiing links to Nike

Outdoor clothing store opens at The Canyons

The retail division of American Skiing Co., parent of the Steamboat Ski Area, has linked itself to one of the best-known brands in the world. American Skiing has opened a Nike ACG store at the base of The Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.

Grant could bring big change

Hayden principal sees a different high school in three years

Hayden High School Principal Nick Schafer believes change is needed within his school and that a grant from the U.S. Department of Education could bring those changes.

Saturday, February 3

Powder & Power: Snowmobiling growing in popularity

With Hahn's Peak to the south and more mountains lining the north, west and east, the eyes can't help but take in the miles of terrain between the sled and the horizon. At that moment an overwhelming feeling of freedom takes over the body.


Obituaries published Feb. 4, 2001

The stuff of legend

John Fetcher is still going strong after all these years

John Fetcher and Kurt Castor huddled over a control box in the generator room at Stagecoach Reservoir earlier this week. They fiddled with electrical tools and miscellaneous parts and gadgets that only the trained eyes of an engineer and a mechanic would recognize. The crashing of water rushing through nearby pipes drowned out all other sounds and reduced the men's conversation, at least to an observer, to lip reading and sign language. All of the water in the Yampa River below Stagecoach Reservoir flows through those the big, white pipes. Surrounding Fetcher and Castor was equipment that converts the water's energy into enough electricity to run a town the size of, well, Oak Creek.

Feb. 4, 2001

Police, fire and ambulance action


Real property and time-share transactions recorded Jan. 25-31.


Keeping up with the Routt County members of the Armed Forces. Published Feb. 4, 2001

North Routt charts new school path

'Our grades go down because we're tired'

At 7:15 a.m., the Christmas lights are still on at the Clark Store. A line of about 25 sleepy students ranging from age 5 to 18 stumble aboard Betsy Zimmerman's bus in the early dawn as a light snow falls. The bus spent the night indoors, but the windows, which have signs hanging over them that instruct students not to open them without permission, have developed a thick frost on the ride up from Steamboat.


Letters to the Editor published Feb. 4, 2001

Olivia Ann Redmond

Olivia Ann Redmond, daughter of Sherri and Jim Redmond of Rifle, was born at 6:32 p.m. Jan. 16, 2001 at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.

Transit uncertainty drives away deal

ASC still looking to sell gondola lot

American Skiing Co.'s deal to sell the gondola parking lot to a Florida developer has fallen through. And a company spokesman said this week uncertainty about the future of the nearby Gondola Transit Center contributed to the 4.247-acre parcel going out of contract.


Real estate transaction for Jan. 25-31

Lodge is in for the short and long term

The newly opened EagleRidge Lodge represents a new species in the mix of vacation properties in the Steamboat Springs market. The 35-unit lodge is being managed similarly to a full-service hotel, but with the additional room and comfort of a traditional condominium project.


Business briefs published Feb. 4, 2001.

Pacific palette: Chefs master the art of culinary blends

After 16 years on the high plains and red rock canyons of the American Southwest, Michael Fragola has relocated to the volcanic archipelagos of the South Pacific Ocean at least in the culinary sense.

ASKED & ANSWERED: Seal out the cold

Those small drafts sweeping through your sliding glass door, the breeze blowing along the sides of your single-pane windows and that steady drip, drip, drip of moisture from your ceiling should be telling you something.


Outdoors briefing published Feb. 4, 2001

UNDER THE SUN: Hunting for a better track record

With the freedom that ATVs bring to hunters comes the opportunity for abuse that can affect the hunt. And when the hunting is impacted dramatically, that's when hunters will start seeing tighter regulations on ATVs.

HOME FRONT: Plenty of room to grow

Though the growth of Steamboat's market is impressive, similar trends have been seen throughout many of Colorado's resort markets. But unlike similar periods of Colorado's resort market growth such as the late '70s, current record-setting sales seem more linked to retirees and those seeking lifestyle changes than buyers seeking to speculate in the markets.

Logan David McAtee

Logan David McAtee, son of Elspeth and David McAtee of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:03 a.m. Jan. 26, 2001.

Kyla Ann Granstaff

Kyla Ann Granstaff, daughter of Georgia Marie Germain and Kanon David Granstaff of Oak Creek, was born at 2:03 a.m. Jan. 26, 2001.


Published Feb. 4, 2001


Building permits recorded Jan. 22-26

Town manager ready to take plunge

Looking for grants, respect and a spot for his big-screen TV

For Ray Leibensperger, the only thing harder than trying to fill some big shoes at a new job is not having any shoes to fill at all. He is expected to step into the newly created position for the town of Oak Creek sometime around the first of March.


Happenings in the area published Feb. 4, 2001

Tourists becoming 'vigilantes'

They know what they want and how to get it

Prepare yourself for the dawning of a new age in tourism the age of the vigilante consumer. They're "techknow savvy," they're empowered, they are enlightened, and they're coming soon to a ski area near you.

Students raise funds for community

As part of a student leadership class at Steamboat Springs High School, three students have taken on a project that will raise money for the community in the areas of public safety, environment/neighborhood services and family services.


Routt County officials have learned they are on the hook for approximately $16,000 owed to the county by TWA airlines, which declared bankruptcy last month.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Why do we need to burn the forest?

THE ISSUE: Forest Service officials are working on a plan to reduce fuel loads in the Routt National Forest in an effort to aid the ecosystem and prevent devastating wildfires. We asked Andy Cadenhead of the Routt National Forest to explain what the Forest Service plans to do and why.

Friday, February 2

Employee's firing 'a shock'

Students stunned at supervisor's sudden departure

Steamboat Springs High school has not been the same for many students since Campus Supervisor Brad Nelson was fired two weeks ago without an explanation or warning.

Rams come up short against Mustangs

Just because the Soroco Rams came up short against the West Grand Mustangs Friday night at home, 60-55, it shouldn't overshadow a simply amazing effort made by the home team's standout Brandon Himmerite.

Sailors look to continue win streak

When the Sailors boys enter the Steamboat Springs gymnasium today to square off against the Battle Mountain Huskies, their sights will be set on winning their ninth consecutive league game.

Some inmates pay for stay

County collects $52,400 from prisoners in 2000

An inmate can be ordered to pay $42.50 a day as a guest in the Routt County Jail for three square meals a day, lodging, television, clothing and personal hygiene.

Suspected robbers could get same trial

The next time William S. Russick appears in court in February he could be reunited with Gregg H. Grabowski. The two men allegedly robbed a convenience store early Thanksgiving morning.

A protest walkout walks back in

Students speak out against meager salaries for teachers

Although high school junior Darcy Heinert made two 20-foot signs in preparation for a schoolwide walkout, expecting to hold them aloft while marching down Lincoln Avenue in support of the school's teachers, she never got a chance to use them. The students at Steamboat Springs High School, ready to storm the streets of Steamboat at 10 a.m. on Friday, were interrupted by an 11th-hour announcement to turn around and "walk-in" made by organizers JoJo Bucci and Maggie McElhinney a move praised by teachers, students and administrators alike as a more positive form of protest.

Puddle jumpers haul 'em in

Commuter planes bring in most visitors

More than 14,688 passengers arrived at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in December, and in spite of jet flights from Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis and Atlanta, it was a commuter airline that carried the greatest single share of that passenger volume.

Rams come away with tough win

After Soroco Rams point guard Sarah Broadbent slid though two West Grand players Friday night to find an open spot and hit a 3-point basket in the last seconds of the fourth quarter to send the game in the first of three overtime periods, she pulled her shirt over her head, but not in celebration.

Thursday, February 1

Street events include something for everyone

Come rain, sleet, snow or no snow, the carnival street events have gone on for 96 years. These events often get the most attention as children are dragged down the streets by the horses, dogs, and their dads. It's all in great fun, though.

Carnival grand marshal 'comes full circle'

Lonny Vanatta has skied the circuit both literally and figuratively, and no one could be more proud of him than his wife, Pam. Pam and Lonny Vanatta are the grand marshals of this year's Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival. For Lonny, the kid who began competitive skiing at Howelsen Hill before he was old enough to ride a bicycle, becoming Winter Carnival grand marshal truly represents coming full circle. "When Lonny called and told me the news, I almost got tears in my eyes," Pam said. "It was so great for him. He's been involved in the Winter Sports Club for so long he's been skiing at Howelsen Hill since he was 3."

Diamond Hitch event tests skills, technique

The idea of pulling four skiers down main street has long been a part of the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival tradition. Ever since the idea was started by the Ladies Recreation Club back in 1927, the event has been popular among the participants who slide down the street in elaborate costumes and spectators who line those same streets to grab a glimpse of the spectacle. In the early years, the skiers were pulled by horses and judged on form and speed.

A Legend Arrives

For more 25 years, fans of the legendary saxophone player Maceo Parker have been grooving to his rhythm and blues beats, swaying to his contemporary jazz sound and dancing to his hard driving funk rhythms.

CMC students find place in work force

Hitting the books as well as the time clock

The students at Colorado Mountain College are doing more than just studying these days most of them, based on the results of a recent study, are spending a large chunk of their time in the Steamboat Springs work force. Based on studies completed every year since 1993 as part of resort management classes taught by Professor Terry Hunter, about 80 percent of the students who attend CMC also work. Almost 30 percent of those students work full-time jobs in addition to their coursework.

Sailors come away with win

As the final few minutes ticked off the game clock, the fans inside the Moffat County High School gymnasium began to chant the words "oover-rated, oover-rated."

Carnival royalty court chosen

Ever since Jessica Philip joined the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club eight years ago, she always wanted to be crowned the queen of the club's annual event. For the 2001 Winter Carnival, the 18-year-old Steamboat Springs High School senior was selected as this year's queen. "I had always seen the older girls serve on the court," said Philip, who joined the club at the age of 10. "I always wanted to be queen someday.

Brief Points

Ski for DeSo on Monday About 100 friends and family members of the late Justin DeSorrento will hold the fourth "Ski for DeSo Day" at Mount Werner Feb. 5. Whether you ski or ride, all are welcome to take a memorial run on Chute 1, which will be renamed DeSo's Descent, at 11:30 a.m. at the top of the Morning Side lift.

Bulldogs edge Sailors, 47-41

Steamboat Springs gave Moffat County all it could handle Thursday night but came up just short at the end, dropping a hard-fought 47-41 home game.

Art Smart

Avid art enthusiasts will get a chance to learn more about art and its history through the second series of docent classes at The Depot beginning March 7.

'Diabolical opposition sport' sees its 26th year

The first time Paul Yonekowa was introduced to the world's only Muzzleloading Ski Biathlon, he said he thought the participants were a little odd. "I thought it was unusual that they were letting rifles to be shot within city limits," said Yonekowa of the event that features cross-country skiing and black-powder rifles. "I thought these guys were nuts." One aspect that makes this event unique during the Winter Carnival captured Yonekowa's attention.

A carnival of history

Annual winter celebration enters 88th year

Spectators who have come to the Winter Carnival in the past 88 years have seen it all. "When it first started it was street events in the morning and ski jumping in the afternoon," longtime Routt County resident Vernon Summer said. "Ninth Street was lined with people who came out just to watch the ski jumping." In those early days, the professional ski jumpers would come to Steamboat from around the region hoping to pocket some of the prize money that was offered and take a shot at setting a new world record.

Fund-raiser likely to 'snowball'

If you're ready to slough off those dirty snow boots and don that new party dress, you have a good reason to do so March 3: the children of Routt County.

Tigers dominate triangular

The Hayden Tigers wrestling team came out ahead in a triangular wrestling meet at Soroco High School Thursday night.

Local students carve carnival characters

It's a wonder what a few high school students will do to get a day off. They'll get into groups of six, sketch a design for a snow sculpture, participate in a competition for the 16 best designs and pack snow into large boxes at night. All for a chance to spend a day on Lincoln Avenue creating snow sculptures for the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival.

88th Winter Carnival schedule

Complete schedule of events for the 88th annual Winter Carnival sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Local calling area expanded

Qwest Communications meets mandate set a year ago

Pharmacist Dave Bonfiglio had been waiting for this day for years. On Thursday, his customers in Hayden were able to call his drugstore in Oak Creek and it was a local call. For the first time, those calls didn't add to the bill he pays each month for an expensive toll-free line.

Young skiers chosen as carnival princesses

Each year, eight lucky 5-year-old girls from the Little Toots ski program are chosen to be princesses for the Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs. Little Toots is a local ski program for 3- to 6-year-old children. Classes for the children are held at the Steamboat Ski Resort and at Howelsen Hill. "It's always tough to pick," said Heather Yeager, who is helping to choose who will be the princesses this year.

School band in tune on skis

Although the students in the Steamboat ski band are allowed to wear sneakers to practice these days, come Winter Carnival, they will be strapped into cross-country skis as they slide down Lincoln Avenue blasting "Night Train." The Steamboat ski band is the only one of its kind in the country, and, after the Diamond Hitch Parade at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, it will be an entire year before they don skis and glide down the street blasting music again.

Buttons: The keys to the carnival

If you're planning on attending the Soda Pop Slalom or any other event at the 88th Annual Winter Carnival, you may want to buy your button sometime soon. There are about 7,000 Winter Carnival buttons on sale in Steamboat Springs. The Winter Carnival, which is sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, runs Feb. 5-11. The buttons, which cost $7 each, can be purchased at a number of stores and other locations. They serve as a person's ticket to nearly all of the Winter Carnival events

Lighted man continues

Although Howelsen Hill is now lit up by electric lights at night, one creative soul decided more than 60 years ago to bring his own illumination. The lighted man, a character invented by Claudius Banks in 1938, is now embodied by his son Jon, who will be performing his act once again this year at the Night Show located at Howelsen Hill. The idea to ski with lights came out of a tradition that began before Claudius took to the slopes of Howelsen, Jon Banks said. Before (and since) the lighted man, skiers would form a torch-light procession at the top of Howelsen and ski down.

Chariot racing continues

Chariot racing is a relatively new event to Winter Carnival's 96-year history and didn't become an integral part of the carnival until the 1980s. While chariot racing has been around since the Grecian Olympics, the Western variety started back in the 1960s. "Ranchers didn't have much to do in the winter, so they decided to hitch up some of their old saddle horses and see who could beat who," said local rancher Walt Wheeler.

Nordic team fares well in Poland

The U.S. Nordic Combined team posted its best finish at a World Junior Championships in more than five years Thursday in Poland.

Trespasser 'extremely intoxicated'

For mistakenly entering a Hayden home intoxicated, a 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man pleaded guilty to two class three misdemeanors Wednesday.


Friday & Saturday, Feb. 2 and 3 The multi-talented Banyon will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Levelz. Banyon is comprised of Stephen Perkins of Janes Addiction, Rob Wasserman of Bob Weir's Rat Dog Band and Willie Waldman, who played with Snoop Doggy Dogg and Tupac. Levelz is located at 1860 Ski Time Square, Building E. Cover is $10; 21 and older only.

Express Yourself

For Allie Barr, multiple sclerosis is a day-to-day disease. Each day could bring new symptoms and new feelings. For some, getting through the day is the main focus, but for Barr, the importance of family support is her first concentration.

Skyline rules draw comment

Most of the public comment heard by about 33 people, the Routt County Commissioners and Regional Planning Commission Thursday night was against any regulation for skylining. But officials pointed out most who spoke were large landowners, and work done in community plans in the past few years reflect thousands of people's concerns for building houses on scenic ridges.

Searching for the Fountain of Youth

Speaker: Steamboat Ski Area must go after younger generation

Colorado ski areas could use a long sip from the fountain of youth, a ski industry leader told a local audience Wednesday.

Officials discuss vocational school

Four school districts are interested in finding out if a vocational and alternative education center is a viable option for this part of Northwest Colorado.

Skiers catch air in gelande jump

In the literal sense, gelandesprung happens all over the Steamboat Ski Area on any given day in February. But you haven't really seen gelandesprung spring until you've witnessed the annual competition on Howelsen Hill during Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival. The literal translation of the Austrian term "gelandesprung" means terrain jump. So, in theory, every time a skier pops four feet of air off the cat track on Burgess Creek lift line, he or she has engaged in gelandesprung. At Winter Carnival, however, gelandesprung distances are measured in hundreds of feet try flying 336 feet through the air on alpine skis. Skiers flying off the big jumps at Howelsen Hill have been a part of Winter Carnival since almost the beginning (the first Winter Carnival wasn't held at Howelsen, but at Woodchuck Hill instead).