Wednesday, January 31
Some properties do not conform with city proposal
Hot off the presses, the city's new zoning map hit many of the crowd who filled the community center Tuesday night close to home. The map, which was drawn up by Planner Tracey Hughes, was presented to the public for the first time Tuesday. Some of the approximately 65 audience members who had gathered to discuss the city's new Community Development Code quickly found their neighborhoods or developments on the map and checked them against the zone's allowable uses. That spurred a round of discussion on the possible uses of certain pieces of property.
Trailer park residents find a home
Thanks to a former Steamboat Springs resident with a big heart, residents of a local trailer park will hopefully own part of an almost $1 million dollar piece of property by the end of the year. "We do have a deal and it is signed," said Bob Geer, the realtor whose been working on the deal. The Regional Affordable Living Foundation is buying the five acres of property along U.S. Highway 40 near the Sheriff's Office as a way to help residents of the Trailer Haven mobile home park. The residents are being forced to leave the property where there trailers sit at Oak and Third streets because it was bought by the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association.
Tuesday, January 30
State Land Board move offers protection
As people drive west down Steamboat Springs' Lincoln Avenue the impressive profile of Sleeping Giant Mountain can be seen in the distance his head, chest and legs outlined against blue sky on a clear day. An old tale passed down from an early resident says the giant was once a friend to the Ute Indians until he stole one of their maidens. A chief's son brought down the giant with one of his arrows, and today he still lies where he fell, making a beautiful backdrop for western Steamboat.
Targeting urban areas seen as way to boost 'soft' March
Members of the Steamboat Springs resort lodging community are weighing the possibility of targeting Front Range skiers with special rates for the month of March. Mike Lomas said this week that he was among a group of local lodging operators who recently met with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials to talk about signs that March, traditionally the strongest month of the ski season, is looking "a little soft." "There were comments at the table 'Let's not panic over this thing,'" Lomas said. "It's scary if we have to get into deep discounts because of our cost of operation. With our labor costs, you have to ask yourself if (discounts) are worth it."
All year long Hayden has struggled in the third quarter, and Tuesday night would not be any different as the Steamboat Springs junior varsity took advantage to break open a close game. The Sailors outscored the visiting Tigers 21-11 to take a 52-43 lead into the fourth quarter.
Before the Soroco Rams boys and girls basketball teams took the floor against the Debeque Dragons Tuesday night, there was something different in the air. It was confidence and the smell of victory, as both teams broke losing streaks with wins after coming off of loses in North Park the Friday before. For the boys, who picked up their first win of the year, what was in the air early on were shots. They started the game five of six from the field and went up with an early 10-5 lead.
Local alpine skier Jayphan Lawton raced to a top-five finish at a Slalom event at Winter Park Saturday, carrying Colorado Mountain College to the No. 1 spot in the men's competition. Lawton, who was edged out by Colorado State University's Chad Johnson for fourth place, came in fifth.
Views versus property rights
The Routt County Regional Planning Department has received dozens of letters and around 200 phone calls from property owners who are curious or concerned about a new skyline regulation proposed for the county. "The first reaction is that the county is going to restrict the development rights," said Assistant Planning Director Chad Phillips. "That's just not true."
Under-construction Heritage Park home suffers serious damage
Authorities believe a propane space heater is to blame for a Tuesday morning fire that caused extensive damage to a home under construction in Heritage Park west of the city. "It appears a propane heater was left on in the home," Fire Inspector Jim Cooley said. The home is being built in the 27000 block of Brandon Circle. "We don't have an exact location of where it was left, but we believe it was in a room (to the) left of the home's entrance."
The dominoes began to fall in 1999 when the Outdoor Life Network signed a $3 million deal to televise cycling's biggest event the Tour de France for the next four years. The last domino crashed on top of one of Steamboat Springs' longest running events earlier this month when the National Off-Road Bicycling Association (NORBA) officially announced that the 2001 Mercury Tour mountain bike stage race has been canceled. The cancellation came as a result of OLN not renewing it's sponsorship commitment and shifting its financial backing to the Tour de France.
Monday, January 29
A 16-hour drive from Durango to Steamboat marked the end of a busy weekend for the members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's cross-country team Sunday. "We were on the road for 16 hours," team member Jessica Philip said. "It took us 24 hours to get home after we left the race."
RE-2 attaches conditions to North Routt plan
As of this September, some north Routt students may not have to wake up before 7 a.m. to catch the school bus to Steamboat Springs. The Steamboat School Board moved Monday night to approve with conditions an application for a charter school in north Routt County for the upcoming school year and the following two years.
As a member of the Steamboat Springs High School ski team, Stewart Beall has taken a much more relaxed approach to the sport of skiing this year. But that doesn't mean the skier, or the team he represents, is not competitive.
Both Planning Commissioners and City Council members have asserted the latest draft of the city's Community Development Code bears little resemblance to the document they thought they would be getting.
Routt and Moffat counties are taking public comment tonight about the Yampa River and its tributaries.
New town manager had doubts after meeting employees, old articles surfaced
The Florida man who was offered the town manager position in Oak Creek has accepted the job, despite a cold reception from town employees and haunting rumors from his past. "I have no negativity toward anyone," Ray Leibensperger said Monday by phone. He is expected to start Feb. 28.
Sunday, January 28
Fuel loads building up in forest
For the past five years, forest officials have been discovering that suppressing fires on public lands allows dead trees and dry underbrush to pile up to dangerous levels.
Police overtime piling up in Hayden
For the past three years, the Hayden Police Department has run up thousands of dollars in unexpected overtime. With that in mind, the Town Board of Trustees has ordered Police Chief Jody Lenahan to follow a new overtime policy and keep those costs in check.
A two-day jury trial has been scheduled for a 39-year-old man who allegedly conned his way into a Steamboat Springs residence in October.
The cost of natural gas could be going up again in February, and escalating energy prices are overheating budgets for Steamboat Springs businesses and institutions. That's the case even for one prominent institution that relies heavily on geothermal heat.
Saturday, January 27
Letters to the Editor published Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001
An icy reception from Oak Creek employees and apparently false accusations that have resurfaced from his past are making Ray Leibensperger think twice about taking the job as the town's manager.
Fat Eddy's has found its niche
The year 2001 promises to be a pivotal year in the history of a constantly evolving company in Steamboat Springs known as Fat Eddy's Threadworks.
Real property and time-share transactions recorded Jan. 15-24
Education briefs published Jan. 28, 2001
Dozens catching colds
With all of the sick children and employees these days at Strawberry Park Elementary School, receptionist Marybeth Johnson is doing everything in her power to stay healthy. "I don't let anyone touch my phone in here," she said.
Latest dispute sends treatment plant deal down the drain
The city and Mount Werner Water are at it again after recent conversations about cooperating on an expansion of the city's wastewater treatment plant fell apart. The latest breakup is just one more night on the couch in what has been a loveless, arranged marriage.
Non-residents had time to wait for right price in 2000
Patience is a word that tells a great deal about the real estate market in Steamboat Springs and Routt County during 2000. Patient owners of condominiums, townhomes and single family homes in Steamboat sold their properties for more than 97 percent of their final asking price. And in order to get that price, they were often willing to wait on average more than 225 days for the sale to be consummated. Frequently, they waited 270 days or longer.
Building permits recorded Jan. 15-24
Putting 'smart' in the classroom
A new "smart" classroom at the local Colorado Mountain College is earning praise from both professors and students.
Developers of the new Champagne Lodge at Trappeur's Crossing are toasting the fact that 20 of 28 units are under contract even as construction crews pour concrete footers for the new condominium project near the intersection of Village Drive and Walton Creek Road.
The biggest change for Steamboat's 15 FedEx employees is that they no longer must load the delivery vans outside in the weather. Instead, the vans are now backed up to a loading platform that runs the length of a large, heated building.
In the next few years, motorized vehicle users in the Routt National Forest should keep their ears perked, eyes peeled and be ready to tell the U.S. Forest Service what roads they use.
We are pleased that a Coloradan with a good head on her shoulders and a passion for defending the rights of local residents will be the next leader of the Interior Department. Gale Norton will bring common sense and reason to a department that has been running too hot lately.
In Steamboat Springs these days, prospective condominium and townhome buyers often suffer a bit of "sticker shock" when they see the prices some properties command. A second bout of sticker shock can hit once the hopeful buyer discovers how much his or her association fees will be.
Ranchers who sold livestock before winter to avoid buying relatively high-priced hay for their animals can receive some federal income-tax relief.
Glenn H. Kuntz: 1930-2000
Routt County officials, concerned about space and security in the current courthouse, are developing plans for a new building. We asked 14th Judicial District Administrator Evan Herman, who's in charge of the courts inside the courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs, whether building a new courthouse is a necessary and wise use of public money.
When Albert Culverwell began ranching in rural Moffat County back in 1912, his main goals were survival and building up the herd. Nearly 90 years later, Culverwell's great-grandson is loading and downloading his cattle with a Nikon digital camera and a laptop computer.
In the winter, cross country skiing can be one of the best ways to explore the backcountry. It's faster than snowshoeing, but not so fast that one won't miss seeing the subtleties of nature like a snowbow or animal tracks. Better yet, cross-country skiing can take you into untamed rocky mountains, which is the reason most people live or visit Routt County.
Friday, January 26
Trailing surprisingly by one point at halftime, the West Grand boys basketball team pounded the ball inside in the second half to wear down a resilient Hayden squad.
The Sailors wrestling team will be looking to put the pieces back together when it takes on the West Grand Mustangs in a dual meet Saturday at home.
Young ranchers learn how to rate quality of animals for competitions
There's a good chance 13-year-old Heather Wilhelm can spot a top-quality market steer from across the room and discuss its best qualities without missing a beat.
Hayden girls coach Donald Rolando shook his head in disappointment as he walked off the court Friday night in another Tiger loss.
It was business as usual for the World Cup volunteers who reported to duty at Howelsen Hill Friday. While the nordic combined skiers went through a day of training in preparation for Saturday's Ski Town USA jumping and cross-country events, some of the volunteers were busy tending to the course.
Area students' knowledge tested in trivia competition
High school students from Steamboat Springs to Idaho Springs will test their knowledge of the world today at the last Knowledge Bowl meet before the state qualifying match Feb. 9.
Attorney wants to move client's assault case to Moffat Co.
Citing pretrial publicity as "massive, pervasive and inherently prejudicial," Adam Whitlow Cumbie's attorney filed Friday to move the man's assault case from Routt County to a neighboring one. Cumbie's attorney, James B.F. Oliphant, filed a motion for a change of venue at about noon Friday. Oliphant is requesting the case be moved to Moffat County.
Blind man beats the odds to tackle the slopes, skating rink
After spending a full day snowboarding down the slopes of Mount Werner, David Hunter made a comment Friday that may have been the biggest understatement uttered in Steamboat Springs all day. "There aren't many blind snowboarders," he said.
The Sailors girls basketball team improved its record to 8-4 on the season by defeating the Delta Panthers by a score of 67-25 Friday at Delta.
Thursday, January 25
Middle school students creating projects for Science Fair set for Feb. 7
For Hana Zittel, a simple blue box may prove to be the step up to becoming a future brain researcher. The seventh-grader at Steamboat Springs Middle School began her science project about memory with the object that she showed her fellow students. After the blue box came distinct spices, different volumes of music, certain grades of sand paper and, finally, various amounts of sugar in a sugar-water solution.
A jury trial has been set for a 46-year-old woman who allegedly harassed Jane Bennett, who is the wife of Steamboat Springs City Council President Kevin Bennett.
Television and Steamboat Springs' Nordic Combined World Cup have always been inseparable the fact is, the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. wouldn't be able to justify hosting the event if it didn't come with television exposure.
The Sailors are taking their show on the road this weekend. After playing seven of their previous eight games at home, the undefeated Sailors are now gearing up for two crucial league battles away.
Steamboat's leading scorer, senior Brienna Combs, will be watching from the sidelines this weekend as her teammates play in a pair of league games against the Delta Panthers and Palisade Bulldogs.
After months of choreographing, rehearsing and planning, the Steamboat Springs High School dancers are ready to showcase their efforts without any help from adults.
Fri.Sat., Jan. 26-27 Cabaret Diosa performs a "Latin high-fi exotica" with tangoes, mambas and swing dances at The Cellar Lounge Friday. The band's 1920s-style creates a dress-to-kill party. Cover is $5 with proper attire (no jeans or sneakers) or $8 without. Doors open at 8 p.m. for those 21 and older. The Cellar Lounge is at 703 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat native skis to gold
Electricity could be felt flowing through the metal bleachers of the Romick arena even before Steamboat Springs' Todd Lodwick crossed the finish line waving an American flag in victory. "This was our best day ever," American coach Tom Steitz said after the races. "We had three in the top 11 and six in the top 31. We've never done that before."
The residents of Trailer Haven trailer park are one signature away from a new home. The board of the Regional Affordable Living Foundation, led by board President Karen Beauvais, signed a contract Thursday to buy a five-acre parcel of land just west of the Routt County Jail where the trailer park residents can place their trailers.
As far as the Planning Commission is concerned, the Grease Monkey on U.S. 40 should be selling gas and tires as soon as they can get started.
Lawyers are negotiating a plea agreement for a 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man who has been charged with felony assault.
After escaping a record label that encumbered the release of any Pharcyde albums, the rap group finally has independence and control over its own label.
Eyes and ears will be fixated on the tube this Super Bowl Sunday to watch the New York Giants and the Baltimore Ravens in a show-off event for the world to view. This year CBS has the advantage of broadcasting Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa, and with dozens of 30-second million dollar advertisements, the network will make enough money for the next three years.
Mountain bike slalom provides Winter Carnival entertainment
Mountain bikers who were thinking the X-Games had already passed them by needn't give up on extreme sports altogether.
County officials divided over interpretation on state wildfire law
The Routt County Commission and county attorneys are analyzing a wildland fire statute that appears to imply the county and sheriff's department are not financially responsible for wildland fires that occur within established fire districts.
Wednesday, January 24
Public road and trail closures in the Routt National Forest proved to be a sore topic for some people attending a meeting Monday night to discuss possibly restricting use on some Forest Service roads. Around 50 people packed into a small meeting room at the Yampa River Legacy State Park building, west of Hayden, to gather information and give input about some 50 miles of roads and 41 miles of trails in the Routt National Forest that could be closed or restricted. The roads and trails in question are in California Park and the Black Mountain area. That's on the Routt National Forest in the northwest corner of the Routt County and the northeast corner of Moffat County.
Rodent problem renders ski training powerless
Who could blame Lucky, the long-haired cat that lives in the Poma shack at Howelsen Hill, for hiding under the stairs outside the building Wednesday afternoon. In a rash of bad luck, the cat took the blame for the shortened second day of jump training at the Ski Town Classic Nordic Combined World Cup.
On Monday, U.S. nordic combined skier Johnny Spillane may have felt like he was playing the starring role in an episode of the Twilight Zone. He was standing just a few blocks from his home here in Steamboat Springs checking into the Harbor Hotel for the week.
The league's top midget hockey team is coming to town Friday night, and the local Braves would like nothing more than an upset. The Steamboat Braves have played undefeated Casper twice this season and lost in close, hard-fought games. This Friday, the local team is hoping hometown support will help them hand the Wyoming team it's first loss. The game will begin at 9 p.m. at Howelsen Hill Ice Arena. The Braves, who are in third place in the league with a 9-4 record, are coming off of two wins last weekend against The Junior Gold Wings in Colorado Springs.
A 27-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was sentenced to 14 days in jail for scratching a Routt County sheriff deputy in December. On Wednesday afternoon, Rachel Morgan Fisch pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in Routt County Judge James Garrecht's courtroom.
The Routt County Sheriff's Office and Steamboat Springs Police Department certainly weren't the only agencies on alert for the two remaining members of the "Texas Seven" Tuesday. Law officers across the Western Slope were on the lookout all day for two fugitives who escaped with five other felons from a Texas prison Dec. 13.
Steamboat Springs' High School alpine team recently completed a busy week of racing, after competing in two events during a five-day span at Winter Park and Summit. The Sailors mens team, which placed second at a slalom event in Winter Park Friday, went on to place No. 1 at a giant slalom event in Summit Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Routt County Judge James Garrecht reduced the bail for Joshua A. Carter, who allegedly broke into a Hayden home Sunday morning. Garrecht reduced Carter's bail from $20,000 to $5,000.
The board of directors of Yampa Valley Electric Association will not appoint a replacement for the recently departed Mark Palmer, but instead wait for the regular June election when Palmer's three-year term was due to come up for renewal anyway. Palmer, a longtime Steamboat resident, was completing his first term on the board. He left Steamboat this week to begin a new position as the Resource Efficient Building coordinator in the city of San Francisco's Department of the Environment.
The Grease Monkey is ready to expand its borders and offer new services to the residents of Steamboat Springs. The business has offered services such as lube jobs to oil changes since November 1997.
The Chix with Stix womens hockey team racked up two wins against the Left Hand Brewery Brewsers during a home stand last weekend. On Jan. 19, the local women's team skated to a 7-2 win. Steamboat scored four times in the first period as Julia Wallace, Val Dietrich, Liz Schnackenberg and Diane Dwire all put the puck in the back of the net. Schnackenberg had two assists in the period and Shelia Cahur added another.
Sailors cross-country skier Jessica Philip breezed through the Snow Mountain course in Granby Saturday, placing second overall at a Classic event. Philip, who ended the race in 22:27.7, was second only to Summit's Erin Sain.
Tuesday, January 23
Van grabs attention of local officers
Oscar Silva Castaneda and Juan Nunez were riding in a van that was the wrong color on the wrong day in the wrong state. With law officers all across Colorado on the lookout Tuesday morning for a brown van being driven by two Texas prison escapees, the brown 1979 Chevrolet van Castaneda was steering through Steamboat Springs caught the attention of local lawmen.
Local artist Carvel Short doesn't remember the car accident that almost took her life the weekend after Thanksgiving. "It was a very scary thing for us," Short said Tuesday. "Well, I guess not for me because I remember absolutely nothing.
If improvements to the Yampa River slated to go ahead this spring don't develop to their liking, some tubing company owners say they may not be able to operate this summer.
When the top nordic combined skiers in the world take to the jumps at Howelsen Hill Thursday, one name will be noticeably absent. In the past six years, Norwegian Bjarte Engen Vik has grown into a local favorite, posting more second-place finishes than any other skier in the history of the event.
Suspect faces several charges today, including burglary, criminal trespass
A 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man who was released from jail about four months ago is suspected of breaking into a Hayden home and stealing food.
After checking references and contacts, Oak Creek Mayor Deb Van Gundy announced Tuesday morning the hiring of Ray Leibensperger as town manager. Van Gundy said a committee looked into the background of Leibensperger and felt he is the man for the job.
The Yampa Valley Community Foundation has decided to focus a considerable portion of its resources on the issues of quality child care, affordable housing and accessible youth activities during 2001.
For Czech skier Ladislav Rygl, the food in Steamboat Springs is pretty much the same as any other World Cup stop.
Monday, January 22
The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team will be a team again in every sense of the word when it hosts the best skiers Europe and Japan have to offer in the Ski Town USA Classic at Steamboat sponsored by L.L. Bean. Led by Steamboat product Todd Lodwick, the young American squad placed fifth in a World Cup team relay Sunday at Soldier Hollow near Midway, Utah.
The citizens group trying to save Emerald Mountain from development has $127 in its banking account, and that money came from its own board members. Now the group has to collect only $16,999,873 more to purchase the 6,400 acres it is trying to save.
County expected to hire architects to begin designs of a new facility
The Routt County Commission is expected to hire an architectural firm today to begin a conceptual design of a new courthouse facility.
And then there were three. After nearly six hours of wrestling Saturday, the only Sailors left standing at the Rifle High School Wrestling Invitational were Levi Muhme, Will Zimmerer and Justin O'Leary.
Highly esteemed brain researchers from around the United States are gathering to confer on issues of drug abuse and the brain this week at the Sheraton while also visiting Steamboat Springs High School for a presentation.
The Routt County Sheriff's Office is preparing to unleash a new computer system that will help the agency distribute information for wanted criminals, runaways and possible victims of kidnappers.
Even as it puts the finishing touches on Centennial Hall, the city is attempting to remodel the old City Hall building across the street to house the remaining city staffers.
Sunday, January 21
At times, it seemed too easy for Natalie Muth. Muth, who plays point guard for the Steamboat Sailors, scored 20 points and added seven rebounds against the Glenwood Springs Demons to lead her team to a 50-46 victory Saturday night.
The Steamboat Springs Sailors exploded for 20 points in the third quarter of Saturday night's game against Glenwood and looked as if they would cruise to the team's 12th win of the season. But the Demons' high-powered offense picked up the pace down the stretch, giving the undefeated Sailors all they could handle in the final quarter.
If you think the weather this winter is too cold, strap on a pair of cross-country skis or snowshoes and move higher up the mountain. That's the advice of National Weather Service spotter Art Judson. He frequently parks his vehicle near Dry Lake Campground on Buffalo Pass Road and skis to a ridge where he knows the morning temperatures are always higher than at his home on Anglers Drive.
Donald Rolando knew his Hayden girls basketball team could be successful against a visiting North Park team Saturday night if his defensive scheme worked against two players.
Like other such agreements between the city and the Mount Werner water district, an attempted compromise on an expanded wastewater treatment facility has wound up in the toilet.
From the opening tip-off, it was clear the Hayden Tigers were no match for the visiting North Park Wildcats in a boys league matchup Saturday night.
The Oak Creek town manager hiring committee wants to check more references on its No. 1 applicant before members decide whether to hire him.
Local Forest Service officials will meet with the Routt County commissioners today to talk about how the National Forest Plan will be implemented locally.
The Soroco Rams basketball squads still can't get on their feet, as the boys and girls both fell at the Grand Valley Cardinals' house Saturday afternoon.
Friday, January 19
Money being spent differently to assist elementary students
Four Routt County elementary schools are now part of an extensive state program aimed at boosting reading comprehension levels in second- and third-graders. The Colorado Department of Education awarded "Read to Achieve" grants to Soda Creek, Strawberry Park, Hayden and South Routt Elementary in compliance with Gov. Bill Owens' "Every Child Will Read" program.
Group meeting Monday to discuss different funding strategies
The Emerald Mountain Partnership is putting the idea of a conservation buyer on hold in its effort to save land on the mountain near downtown from development. First it will try to gauge how much the public would be willing to pay in taxes or donate to the effort. "We want to ask the public how they feel," said Ben Beall, chairman of the Emerald Mountain Partnership Board.
Thursday, January 18
Officials of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. are planning to meet with representatives of the local lodging industry late today to see if they can ferret out the cause of a recent slowdown in telephone inquiries at Steamboat Central Reservations and come up with a strategy to address it.
Deborah Nourse Lattimore has found a way to translate her training in archaeology and ancient art history into a series of delightful books that ring true in the hearts and minds of children.
Officials from the U.S. Forest Service are considering changing the way they manage about 50 miles of roads and 41 miles of trails in the Routt National Forest, which could result in permanent and seasonal restrictions on the public right of ways. On Monday, the Forest Service will hold a public meeting to hear input about the use of roads and trails in California Park and the Black Mountain area. That public land is located in the Routt National Forest in the northwest corner of Routt County and the northeast corner of Moffat County.
It's the time of year when bands begin flooding into Steamboat Springs, making it difficult for fans to choose. Here's what's happening.
The select group of artists represented in Winter Works 2001 has been challenged to realize its vision in a monochromatic palette, something that comes naturally to some and is definitely an exercise in discipline for others.
Kicking off Steamboat's Seventh annual Nordic Combined World Cup, Boulder-based band Leftover Salmon will perform a free concert Wednesday for all ages. The polyethnic Cajun slamgrass band, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Eighth Street between Oak Street and Lincoln Avenue, will begin the celebration of the three-day nordic event.
Routt County Search and Rescue will be getting some much-appreciated help from a new helicopter service stationed at Steamboat Springs Airport if the City Council offers them a contract Feb. 6.
It will be a tale of two scenarios tonight in Oak Creek as the boys and girls basketball teams for the Soroco Rams and Hayden Tigers square off in the towns' most hyped rival game of the season.
All parents dread those middle-of-the-morning phone calls when their child has been in an accident or has been arrested for drinking and driving or possession of drugs. Parents would probably do everything they could not to hear those horrifying words. Colorado State Patrol officers understand this problem and want to raise awareness about the problems that arise with teen-agers, alcohol, drugs and driving.
Hayden's wrestling team was in control of the mat during a home meet against Steamboat Springs and Soroco Thursday night, defeating both of its county rivals in separate duals. The Tigers won each of their contests by lopsided scores, though they found themselves in some tight matches.
Even though the city had to schedule 30-minute service in 2000 due to a lack of bus drivers, bus ridership reached record levels. Topping 1 million riders for the second time, Steamboat Springs Transit dealt with fuller, if not more frequent, buses than in the past, said SST supervisor Terry Stokes.
The chief judge for the 14th Judicial District has recused himself from a Steamboat Springs murder case and reassigned it to the district's only other judge.
Wednesday, January 17
Richard Lee Prejean Sr. had to wait a few anxious moments Wednesday afternoon before learning his fate for pleading guilty to misdemeanor menacing in December. Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James could not find the 47-year-old Steamboat Springs man's file. After a brief delay in the case, the file was found in St. James' office. Prejean was sentenced by state District Court Judge James Garrecht to one year of probation, fined $100 and ordered to pay court costs of $138.
Something is rotten in Steamboat Springs. Recently, some local businesses have been fielding calls from people purporting to be representatives for Steamboat Springs High School. Those people, however, have nothing to do with the high school. The perpetrators, who are still at large, make phone calls to Steamboat businesses asking them if they would like to place an advertisement into a sports calendar calendars, in fact that never get printed.
A meeting that would help define how new urban development west of Steamboat Springs would be run and financed did not garner much attention from landowners Wednesday. Officials from the city and the county, and their consultants, met to discuss how the West of Steamboat Area Plan could be implemented and what financial burdens would have to be taken.
With two meets now behind them, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club junior freestylers are gearing up for a moguls competition at Vail Jan. 28. The freestyle team, which comprises nearly 25 members, competed at a moguls competition at Winter Park Sunday, where 11-year-old Abe Maynard stole the show with a first-place overall finish in the boys competition.
Alfred Flood, who is serving two years in the Routt County Jail, asked the judge who sentenced him in November to reconsider the punishment he received for spitting on a Steamboat Springs police officer. The 21-year-old Phippsburg man had his request denied after he made a passionate plea Wednesday afternoon.
In response to the results of community surveys taken this summer indicating that the residents of Steamboat Springs believe "growth" to be one of the overwhelming problems in the community, a group of about eight activists decided to do something about it. The Community Alliance of Yampa Valley, a group about 20 strong, grew from the vision of these residents, who include local activists such as John Spezia, Stuart Orzach and Bob Enever. The group is funded entirely through private donations.
The top junior snowboarders in the country are in Steamboat Springs this week trying to find their edge for the Junior World Championships that will take place in Italy in April. "This is definitely a rewarding experience," Steamboat's Jamie Curcio said.
Tuesday, January 16
For Jan. 5-11
This is it the last mid-week Steamboat Pilot. The next time you read this newspaper, it will have a new name and a new publication day.
Set resolution, not size, is best bet
Sears customers this month are shopping for television sets with screens that begin in the 43-inch range and go up to 53 inches.
Hometown favorite chalks up four top-10 results in Austria
As Steamboat Springs ski racer Caroline Lalive stepped into the starting gate at the World Cup downhill in Haus, Austria, she couldn't have imagined what kind of day it was going to be.
Locals hope to shine in hometown
When the top nordic combined skiers in the world arrive in Steamboat Springs this January for the seventh Ski Town USA World Cup, they may be more prepared than in the past.
Decisions pending on distribution of $250,000 in affordable housing subsidies
Despite the failure of the excise tax, the city and county are still holding $250,000 in affordable housing subsidies and as the developers of the West End Village Project begin to calculate their costs, the first test case of how the city will use public money to fund housing is near at hand.
The World Wide Web is becoming an increasingly competitive place for small business people to penetrate, but a pair of speakers at the E-Commerce Conference 2001 here Jan. 10 offered advice on how to prosper.
The Steamboat Springs Optimist Club announced its selection of teen of the month recently for September, October and November.
Staff looks to restrict wireless facilities on historical property
At the last City Council meeting before the body migrates to Centennial Hall, council members made a move to protect the city's past even as it moves into the future. Led by Councilwoman Arianthe Stettner, council directed city staff to look into potentially restricting telecommunications facilities on city-owned historical properties.
Before Thomas Lee Johnson enters his plea to a murder charge, his frustrated attorney wants all the evidence the prosecution holds and answers to a state statute that deals with insanity. Johnson was scheduled to enter pleas Tuesday for the charges that have been filed against him for the death of Lori Bases and the vandalism of her sport-utility vehicle last spring.
Routt County has released the numbers on its top-10 wage earners for 2000, and County Attorney John Merrill heads the list. Most of the top 10 are department heads for the county. "Please note the commissioners are not part of that elite list," joked Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak.
Logan Gerber and Johnny Spillane walked away with the top honors at last weekend's Rocky Mountain Division meet in Steamboat Springs.
A three-year process to review high school graduation requirements is coming to a close but, even as teachers and administrators praise the program for its vision, many students are skeptical of some of its implications.
Oak Creek's town attorney, Bob Weiss, told the Board of Trustees it can't act in a land-use dispute between two local businesses in the town.
It was easy to see the disappointment of Steamboat Springs post Brienna Combs as she made her way back to the bench Tuesday night. Her normally bright eyes tried to hold back the tears after suffering a 49-38 loss to the Moffat County Bulldogs.
Local cross-country skiers who are marking old ski routes and changing existing trail markers on Rabbit Ears Pass are causing concern for the U.S. Forest Service.
Last year, Warren Dean Hillbolt III sat in a courtroom as the victim in a violent crime that Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann prosecuted. Seven months later, the 33-year-old Yampa man appeared in the same courtroom before the same 14th District judge with the same prosecutor, but this time on the other side of the law. Hillbolt was arraigned Tuesday on an attempted murder charge.
The Routt County Regional Planning Department is gearing up to get public comment on a new regulation that would mitigate the impacts buildings have in some of the Yampa Valley's scenic area.
Out of four quarters of play, Matt Ray believes his Hayden boys team showed up for one. Hayden dropped a Western Slope League game against Plateau Valley Tuesday night 83-45.
Donald Rolando challenged his Hayden girls basketball team to take control of a league game against Plateau Valley from the tip-off. The Tigers responded by blowing out the visiting Cowboys 59-37. The game was pretty much in hand before the third quarter began.
A Jan. 9 U.S. Supreme Court ruling could detour the right of the federal government to claim protection on isolated wetlands because they are an area for migratory birds.
End of an era, and the beginning of one
The last word or shall I say, the last Plank will belong to me.
The non-profit group takes teenagers to third world countries where they work with communities on projects that meet the basic needs of those communities.
The old Texaco station in Phippsburg will become a new storage building.
Relief is on the way to Yampa Valley Regional Airport officials who want someone to enforce parking rules. The officer will have a badge, but not much bite.
Steamboat Springs skier Jessica Philip led the Winter Sports Club's nordic team at a sprint meet in Aspen last Friday.
Steamboat's boys alpine team hopes to make it three for three at a Slalom event Friday at Winter Park.
Plans to develop the old Routt Memorial Hospital site into a residential subdivision are poised to go forward now that Park Place Steamboat LLC has closed on its $1.3 million purchase of the old hospital and just more than four acres of land from the Steamboat Springs Health Care Association.
Raywood C. Leibensperger Jr. will be asked to travel to Oak Creek to do a face-to-face interview with the town manager hiring committee this week. If all goes well, the town will negotiate a contract and offer him a job.
Mountain Quest Adventures owner Barry Siff wasn't offering any details last week as he spoke about an upcoming endurance race in Steamboat Springs.
For Jan. 5-11
Make it 11-0 for the Sailors. After trailing for much of the game, the Steamboat boys basketball team pulled out a thrilling, double-overtime win over Moffat County at home Tuesday night.
This year's Ag Production Workshop is scheduled for Feb. 8 at Friendship Hall in Montrose and Feb. 9 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds in Grand Junction.
The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has jumped off the cornice into the deep powder of online reservations, and traffic is growing at a significant rate. However, company officials say they still have a hill to climb before they reach their goal.
Monday, January 15
Either Sailors, Bulldogs will get first loss during tonight's contest
Only one team in the Western Slope 4A conference will be unbeaten following tonight's conclusion between the Steamboat Sailors and Moffat County Bulldogs matchup that starts at 7:30 p.m. at home. Steamboat, which is 3-0 in the league, takes on a 2-0 ball club that recently defeated Glenwood Springs and Palisade. The Sailors topped the Rifle Bears Friday.
About 12 people from the community showed up at Olympian Hall Monday night to hear a discussion about the city's new Community Development Code that ranged from the ideologically vast (growth) to the physically minute (garage sales). Amid heated discussions about the large issues of the code, such as the development review process and the proposed architectural review board, local lawyer Bob Weiss noted that, under the new code, a person interested in holding a garage sale would have to shell out more than $500 to get an administrative permit. Weiss was attempting to show the city that small items need to be reviewed to ensure the city gets what it intended out of the code.
Garage lost in Blue Sage blaze
A blackened Toyota RAV was the only personal belonging that could be identified Monday night in Brett and Christine Lee's garage. Surrounding the once white car were charred remains of a garage that a fire had destroyed. None of the five people inside home, nor the family dog, was hurt in the fire.
The Regional Affordable Living Foundation is perched on a land deal that could brighten the future for some downtown trailer owners whose prospects are pretty cloudy at present. "We believe we will have some land under contract in the near future," RALF Executive Director Rob Dick said. "Our initial estimate is this will provide enough space to accommodate people at a price they can afford."
This morning, Thomas Lee Johnson is scheduled to formally respond to charges that he snuck into the apartment of a Steamboat Springs woman last May and stabbed her to death. The 30-year-old Johnson will be asked to enter pleas to first-degree murder, first-degree criminal trespass and criminal mischief. Judge Richard P. Doucette will preside over the arraignment in 14th District Court.
A lack of experience driving over wintry mountain passes is to blame for an accident on Rabbit Ears Pass over the weekend, a state trooper said Monday.
A 33-year-old Yampa man will be arraigned on two felony charges this morning for a December shooting.
Urged onward by City Council, City Manager Paul Hughes is prepared to hand the councilors the first draft of a proposal tonight to establish a linkage program to support affordable housing.
The Sailors girls basketball team must try to bounce back from a close loss when it meets the Moffat County Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Craig.
Pharmacist David Bonfiglio answers the telephone at his drug store in the small mining and railroad town of Oak Creek. On the other end is a health care worker calling in a prescription from the town of Hayden about 25 miles down the road. The call would normally be long-distance, but Bonfiglio put in a toll-free number to keep his Hayden customers from calling pharmacies in Craig or Steamboat Springs.
Sunday, January 14
A document that took the city five years to complete is now moving along a little too quickly for some people. Planning Commissioners and City Council members alike have expressed concerns in the past week that the new Community Development Code contains a number of issues that either surprised them or need to be further worked out before anyone votes on the final draft.
As part of restrictions put in place against Adam Whitlow Cumbie for allegedly assaulting a friend and girlfriend last March, the 28-year-old man was to stay out of trouble and refrain from using alcohol. Cumbie allegedly broke the restrictions when he was arrested for drunken driving in Breckenridge about three months after his arrest in Steamboat Springs.
Levi Muhme placed No. 1 in his weight class for the second consecutive week, leading Steamboat to a top-10 finish at the Rob Mickel Invitational at Salida Saturday. Muhme, who beat Salida's Robin Gerlach by a score of 3-2 in the 135-pound class, also was a first-place finisher at the Eagle Valley Tournament.
Florida man No. 1 candidate
The hiring committee for the Oak Creek town manager position has chosen Florida resident Raywood C. Leibensperger Jr. as the No. 1 candidate for the job. He will travel to Oak Creek later this week for a final interview. If all goes well, the town most likely will offer him the job.
The town of Yampa will pay more in 2001 for law enforcement services provided by the Routt County Sheriff's Office, but the services of deputies will still be billed below cost.
A longtime Routt County local could always be recognized by the letters WZ on their license plates, or even by the series of letters VXA or VXB. But that began to change a year ago when the Colorado Department of Revenue changed to a new license plate design and a new numbering system in a cost-saving measure. Now, a pair of state legislators from the eastern plains wants to return some form of county identification to Colorado vehicle license plates.
Friday, January 12
Hard-to-remove warnings work for private companies
A bright orange sticker is proving to be an effective tool for controlling parking in Steamboat Springs probably because of the sticky problems it causes car owners. The warning stickers are used by many businesses around town that regulate parking. They are usually put on the driver's side window, to tell the car owner that the vehicle is in violation of some parking rule.
Many businesses on mountain benefitted from early opening, plenty of powder in November
The heavy snowfall in November, which allowed the ski area to open four days early, proved profitable for local businesses, especially those on the mountain. Steamboat joined other ski towns such as Vail and Aspen in putting up big numbers in November. Steamboat, which boosted its receipts 11.2 percent over last November, is up 8.6 percent for the year to date.
Town trustees: County must pay for parking patrol
Because illegal parking remains a problem at Yampa Valley Regional Airport outside Hayden, county and airport officials have turned to the town for help. What they want is someone to enforce the rules. "We have a sign explaining it is a tow-away zone, and we're still having people parking there," Airport Manager Jim Parker told the Hayden Town Board recently. "We need enforcement. We need a uniformed officer out there writing tickets."
Thursday, January 11
The Rifle Bears are hoping they can upend the visiting Steamboat Sailors tonight without their head coach on the sideline. The game, which tips off at 7 p.m., pits a battle of Western Slope powerhouses.
Proposed architectural review board gives voice back to architects
The city's proposal to create an architectural review board represents the most profound change in the new Community Development Code, said the city's planning director. But while professionals and consultants are generally supportive of the concept, few can agree on the details.
The sting of last year's divisional playoff loss to the Rifle has faded, but emotions will still be running high tonight as the Sailors take the court for a rematch with the Bears. "That was last year," Sailors head basketball coach Kelly Meek said. "That game is behind us now."
Routt County Habitat for Humanity has officially closed on its first piece of property. The lot is located in Pioneer Village, a neighborhood near the cemetery on the west side of town. The deal went through Wednesday, but now the real work begins, said Rev. Larry Oman.
A former Steamboat Springs man will be in court today to answer to charges of violation of a bail bond condition, a class six felony, and violation of a retraining order, a class one misdemeanor. Adam Whitlow Cumbie already faces serious charges stemming from an alleged assault of a friend and former girlfriend last year.
The Hayden Tigers came out and dominated visiting North Park Thursday night 68-6. Out of seven matches, the Tigers won six in convincing fashion. Of the victories, four Tigers pinned their opponents.
After listening to Colorado Gov. Bill Owens State of the State address Thursday, local legislators said they generally agreed with the governor but have reservations about education reform.
With the deadline for the review of their application by the Steamboat School Board fast approaching, the members of the North Routt Charter School Board are determined to prove the worth of their proposal. Thursday night at Olympian Hall, the charter board presented its ideas about starting a school in north Routt to a generally supportive crowd, who, along with members of the District Accountability Committee, weighed the pros and cons of the proposed school.
Wednesday, January 10
Sierra Club is a judge's signature away from forcing pollution controls in Craig
The Sierra Club proposed a settlement Wednesday that if signed by a federal judge will end a four-year battle over air pollution with the Craig Station power plant. It also would mark the second time in recent years that the environmental organization has forced a coal-fired power plant in the Yampa Valley to clean up emissions. In 1996, the Sierra Club reached a court-approved settlement with the Hayden power plant that required $130 million in pollution controls to be installed.
Last year, the Steamboat Sailors were defeated during the district playoffs by the Rifle Bears at home. On Friday, they have an opportunity to avenge that loss when the Bears come back to town for a crucial league game that tips off at 7:30 p.m. But they will have to do so without leading scorer Andrew Johnston, who sprained his left ankle during a game at Battle Mountain Saturday. Johnston suffered a bad sprain along with some ligament damage.
I had the first-time occasion to pick up my little nephew from preschool last week. When I asked him how his day at school was, he told me that he didn't like school. While I wondered what could possibly be so bad about preschool, he spelled it out for me. He said he didn't like school because there's no TV there.
There were more than 250 entries, 12 schools, 16 coaches and 75 judges that helped to make the 21st annual Steamboat Springs Invitational Speech Tournament another success.
Michael Christopher Bangs, son of Rosalind Jane and Peter James Bangs of Stagecoach, was born at 3:08 a.m. Dec. 31, 2000.
State agricultural groups are optimistic about future federal land management practices because of President-elect George W. Bush's selection of Coloradan Gale Norton to head the Interior Department.
In the works for almost five years, the city's new Community Development Code, which will guide new development in the city for years to come, is ready to be presented to the public for its education and, says the city's planning director, its direct input.
Juan Martinez came to this country illegally to help support his wife and two kids who are in Mexico, but now the man will spend the next six months in the Routt County Jail.
Susan Larson tackled a sticky subject in front of a Steamboat audience of about 150 people Wednesday. Specifically, Larson urged attendees at the E-commerce Conference and expo 2001 to make certain their business Web site is as sticky as they can make it.
Former Steamboat Springs resident Alice Mae Fuller died Jan. 1, 2001 in Hays, Kan. She was 87.
A decade ago, some say, the Routt County Board of Commissioners made an excellent mistake.
He was always up for a good handshake, a story, a kiss for the ladies and in his younger days a couple of drinks and "by golly" a brawl or two at the bar.
Debates about the size of buildings in Steamboat Springs can be some of the most heated in the development process. Because the current standards are subjective, developers often go into the process not knowing what size buildings they will be able to build. At the same time, the public has expressed increasing concerns about housing density in some of Steamboat's most cherished districts, especially Old Town.
Katie Carter wasn't about to let Hayden's Natalie McDonald outdo her Tuesday night. Carter, who plays for the Sailors' J.V. basketball team, matched a 31-point performance by McDonald to lead her team to a 61-54 victory over the varsity Tigers in Hayden.
Disappointing Rifle's three consecutive year win, Steamboat Springs High School is the new Wells Fargo Cup winner for its demonstration of all-around success for the 1999-2000 school year.
Local developer Craig Rathbun is trying to construct a four-building development just south of Alpine Bank that will serve food, house employees and contain offices in an effort to create a mini-neighborhood in the shadow of Central Park Plaza.
The members of the North Routt Charter Board will present their proposal for a charter school to the residents of Steamboat Springs today. The proposed charter school would be on a three-year contract and would cap at 25 kindergarten through fifth-grade students.
A new gravel pit coasted through the planning process and gained approval Tuesday with nary a sigh or mumble from the public.
Juanita Imogene Cooper died Dec. 28, 2000, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. She was 84.
Levi Muhme started off the New Year with cruel intentions Saturday, fighting his way through the ranks and finishing No. 1 in the 135-pound class at the Eagle Valley wrestling tournament. Muhme, who won a match against Battle Mountain Friday by way of forfeit, defeated Dave Ozuk of Denver North 4-2 at the Eagle Valley finals.
Maybe the competition wasn't at the World Cup level, but Steamboat Springs' Brendan Doran was happy to pick up a pair of wins at the Olympic Jumps during the Utah Winter Games. "A win is a win," Doran said. "When you're sitting at the top of the hill, you think, 'Hey, I won here before,' and it doesn't really matter who you were up against."
Local racers head to Utah looking to sharpen edge
It was the start of a new year in Steamboat Springs last weekend, and several local skiers got a fresh start with top finishes at a series of local FIS (Federation of International Skiing) races. Top local finishers were Jennifer Shively, who was the top J-2 (ages 15 to 16) in the races. She collected 69.51 points to beat out second-place finisher Catherine Baskins and third-place racer Kristen Poehling.
Something has to give when the Steamboat Sailors take on the Rifle Bears in an important league showdown beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at Rifle. That is because the two teams match up almost identically in nearly every statistical category. The Bears and the Sailors are 6-2 overall and both are undefeated in the league. The Bears average 49.4 points per game and the Sailors average 46.3 points per game.
Hayden man packs bags for Pocatella, Dodge finals
By trade, Hayden's John Pinnt is an electrician, but that hasn't stopped the 23-year-old from riding bulls to the top of the Mountain States Circuit in 2000. Pinnt won the overall and the average at the circuit finals in Rock Springs, Wyo., Jan. 29 through 31. For his efforts, Pinnt will be rewarded with a trip to the Dodge National Circuit Finals in Pocatello, Idaho, March 14 through 17. That event will feature 24 of the best cowboys in each event for the country's 12 regions.
It's the high-wire act many towns and cities throughout the country face every day. Stray too far on one side and your community becomes overrun with development that's mostly for the sake of the developer. On the other side, however, lies a net of regulations that snare not only the rights of the developers but the wants and needs of the public. In the middle, or the muddle, lies the answer.
The South Routt Parent-Teacher Association postponed its January meeting so it can offer parents a sample Colorado Student Assessment Program test through a statewide program in February.
The members of the Steamboat Springs freestyle team headed to Winter Park last week with high hopes and returned home with a lot of top finishes. Leading the way on the opening day was aerialist Kyle Ewing, who chalked up two second-place finishes. In the first event, Ewing scored 112.16 points on a quadruple twister and a triple twister spread. He was the top J-2 in the event.
Charles Anderson Leech, son of Beth and Charlie Leech of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:06 p.m. Jan. 3, 2001.
Spencer Reece Schlegel, son of Victoria Elaine and Gary Paul Schlegel of Steamboat Springs, was born at 12:01 p.m. Dec. 25, 2000.
Steve and Cindy Meade of Phippsburg are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Meade, to Devin Bennett, son of Hal and Linda Bennett of Hayden.
Kari Suzanne Saunders, daughter of Deidre and John Saunders of Joliet, Ill., was born at 5:16 p.m. Jan. 2, 2001.
Ebawnee RaDall LaVerne Smercina, daughter of Tylawn C. and Edward A. Smercina II of Craig, was born at 9:09 a.m. Dec. 28.
James Burr Osbourn III, son of Ginny and Jim Osbourn Jr. of Steamboat Springs, was born at 10:22 p.m. Dec. 31, 2000.
Reese Noelle Pittard, daughter of Kathryn and Russell Pittard of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6 a.m. Dec. 31, 2000.
It's not the Olympic Games just yet, but U.S. Nordic Combined and ski jumping coaches will treat next week's events at the Nordic Ski Festival in Park City, Utah, much like the real deal. The Nordic Festival, which features cross-country skiing, nordic combined and special jumping World Cup events, began Wednesday with the women's cross-county pursuit race and men's 30-kilometer mass start and will end with the nordic combined team relay Jan. 21.
Three big changes await the Steamboat Pilot at the end of this month. First, the publication day of the newspaper will move from Wednesday to Sunday. The last Wednesday Pilot will be published Jan. 17, and the first Sunday edition will come out Jan. 28. Second, the new Sunday newspaper will be home delivered, starting Jan. 28, to most subscribers throughout the county. And third, the Pilot won't be just the Pilot anymore. Instead, the new Steamboat Pilot & Today Sunday will be bigger and better than ever, the editor said. The name is a combination of the two local newspapers the Steamboat Pilot and Steamboat Today which are owned by the same company and have been printed together since 1989.
Cassandra Quinn Pinnt, daughter of Cherissee and John Pinnt of Hayden, was born at 8:06 a.m. Jan. 5, 2001.
Tuesday, January 9
This Friday, the Sailors face perhaps their toughest task of the season when they meet the undefeated Rifle Bears without senior forward Andrew Johnston. Johnston, who is Steamboat's scoring leader, suffered a badly sprained ankle against Battle Mountain Saturday. He left the game early after scoring what eventually turned out to be a game-high 14 points.
A 33-year-old Yampa man will be arraigned on two felony charges stemming from a December shooting next week in Routt County District Court.
Tyler Buschmann is attempting to pull off the biggest skateboard ride of his life. The 19-year-old Lake Tahoe, Nev., native began a cross-country journey on a mountain board skateboard Nov. 17.
The community will have a chance to meet the man who will help shape the direction of health care for the Steamboat Springs area and maybe for the rest of northwest Colorado. A reception for Karl Gills is being held today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Yampa Valley Medical Center.
The problem of affordable housing in Steamboat, as addressed in the new Community Development Code, is multi-faceted and cannot be tackled simply with code provisions. That said, the code was written with the intent of allowing some more flexibility in developing affordable housing.
A pair of Steamboat Springs soccer teams traveled to Grand Junction last weekend to take part in the Grand Mesa Indoor soccer tournament.
A Fort Collins man who hanged himself in an area hotel has been identified as Sean James Cairns. The 30-year-old man was found dead at the Holiday Inn, 3190 S. Lincoln Ave., Monday morning by a hotel employee.
City Council expressed its concern that Steamboat Springs is behind the ball in terms of implementing a housing linkage policy Tuesday night, as council members pointed to other cities such as Snowmass Village that have already reaped some of the benefits of the program.
The Routt County Commission gave its approval for a mini-storage building in Phippsburg Tuesday, where the old Texaco station is today.
The Routt County Sheriff's Office has been cleared by the state District Attorney's office of any criminal liability stemming from the death of an inmate in October. After reviewing an investigation led by Steamboat Springs Detective Robert DelValle, District Attorney Paul R. McLimans has concluded the death of Jared Wayne Maynard was self-inflicted. "I did not find any indication there was foul play involved or anything that suggested this was anything but a suicide," McLimans said.
U.S. Nordic Combined coach Tom Steitz said the next few weeks will be huge for the six members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team he coaches.
Ask anyone who drives north from Stagecoach or Oak Creek to Steamboat every winter morning and they'll tell you, two-lane Colorado 131 is a tricky commute. Things will get a little worse on Colo. 131 this summer as a major project begins, but the inconvenience of highway construction will soon give way to the prospect of widened shoulders that will make the road safer for all motorists.
Monday, January 8
The Routt County Commission voted unanimously Monday to spend up to $4,500 in outside legal fees to get access to federal tax credits that could help first-time home buyers in Routt County. The county will ask for $3 million in available tax credits from the Colorado Private Activity Bond Allocation Committee. County Attorney John Merrill told the commissioners Routt County will likely be in competition with other mountain communities for a share of the tax credit pool allocated to Colorado.
The newest buildings under construction at The Moraines, a townhome project at the corner of Steamboat Boulevard and Clubhouse Drive, offer a stark contrast to the finished townhome buildings sitting next to them, approved and built a full 20 years ago. The two groups of buildings are actually part of the same development, which began in 1979 and was left on hold before a new group of developers took over.
After placing it on its priorities list for two years in a row, City Council is ready tonight to start tackling the issue of a linkage program, which, in essence, would attempt to make the people who cause the need for affordable housing help fill that need. City Manager Paul Hughes will present his research on the linkage program concept to City Council in a work session at the beginning of the meeting.
Steamboat Springs tennis player John Aragon knocked off two top seeds last weekend en route to winning the Northern Extreme tennis tournament in Denver.
Steamboat Springs' bowling alley owners Wayne and Jane Garrison are hoping a new program will spark the return of junior bowling in Steamboat Springs.
For the second time in less than a month, police were called to an area hotel for an apparent suicide. Police were called to the Holiday Inn at about 9 a.m. Monday after a hotel worker found a 30-year-old Fort Collins man dead in a room, said Steamboat Springs Detective Robert DelValle, who is investigating the case.
Ben Beall is leaving the Routt County Commission today after eight years in the post. Because of term limitations set by the state, Beall had to vacate his seat on the board, which will be filled by Doug Monger.
Forget the snow and forget the cold, the time to start thinking about those running shoes has arrived. That is, if you want to be a part of the 20th annual Steamboat Marathon and Half-Marathon. The registration for the June event opened Jan. 1, and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association expects the marathon and half-marathon (both of which are limited) to fill by March.
Sunday, January 7
John Matthew Hoffman's decision to throw a match on the 10 gallons of gasoline he had poured throughout a Steamboat Springs townhome in August earned him eight years in prison on Friday. The fire was started intentionally in the early morning hours of Aug. 28 to cover up a burglary at The Ridge townhomes near the ski area. The blaze caused an estimated $2 million in damage to 10 townhome units. More than a dozen people were evacuated but no one was hurt in the fire. District Judge Joel S. Thompson sentenced Hoffman to prison.
Weather prognosticators from 25 of the nation's leading television markets are arriving here Sunday for a weather conference, so naturally, the Steamboat Ski Area is praying for snow to fall during the week.
After eight years of public service, Routt County Commissioner Ben Beall is calling it quits. Fellow Commissioners Nancy Stahoviak and Dan Ellison will host a public farewell at the courthouse annex tonight. They hope friends, colleagues and the public will attend.
E-commerce is becoming more commonplace at the speed of a DSL line, but Steamboat Springs business people have a rare opportunity to ramp up their Web presence and become more 'Net-phisticated at the e-Commerce Conference and Expo 2001 Wednesday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Conference Center. The event is sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. The conference features a pair of keynote speakers sandwiched between two rounds of presentations when attendees can choose from among four different speakers to select the topic of most interest to them.
The Soroco Rams girls basketball squad got its first league win Saturday against Plateau Valley, after dropping to North Park on Friday night, at home. But home court wasn't enough of an advantage for the boys, who dropped both of their games by more than 30 points each.
Alpine skiers Stewart Beall and Cassidy Kurtz kicked off the Sailors' 2001 season by leading their teams to the No. 1 and No. 2 spots at Saturday's Rocky Mountain Division Slalom races at Howelsen Hill. Beall, who ended his first run in a time of 35.25 seconds, was runner-up to Middle Park's Dan Flygere in the men's division.
Andrew Johnston needed just two quarters to lead his team in scoring against the Battle Mountain Huskies Saturday night.
Brienna Combs scored 16 points and had 11 rebounds Saturday night to lift Steamboat to its second straight conference win of the season as it topped Battle Mountain 39-21 in Avon.
Steamboat's new Community Development Code, replacing what some feel is a 15-year-old dinosaur, is about to go before the public, who will help determine the language that will guide the landscape of Steamboat Springs for years to come. The process of reviewing a proposed development under the code brings together developers, architects, planners and elected officials in an effort to determine the project's impacts on the built environment and the natural environment of the community.
The Steamboat Springs Fire Department had a record year for fire calls in 2000. The increase in fire calls was so great that it exceeded what the Fire Department had projected for the year. "Every three years, the amount of fire calls stays consistent," said Bob Struble, assistant fire chief. "But on the fourth year, we take a huge hit. Last year is when we took a hit."
Friday, January 5
Andrew Johnston scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half, and Danny Weber added eight points and six rebounds, as the Sailors defeated the visiting Palisade Bulldogs, 46-32 Friday night.
Thursday, January 4
Steamboat Springs ski racer Gaspar Perricone made a solid come-from-behind bid in Thursday's slalom race at Howelsen, but it just wasn't enough for the gold. Perricone placed fifth in the final standings despite putting together the second fastest run on the second go around.
Two costly fires on Wednesday has Routt County Sheriff John Warner concerned. The seven-year sheriff is urging residents to take some preventative steps that could help stop future fires. "With the cold weather we are having, I would advise everyone to have their furnaces and base-board heaters cleared of any debris," Warner said after fires destroyed a barn early Wednesday morning and badly damaged a house later in the evening. "It is also a good idea for everyone to check their chimney pipes."
As members of the Yampa Valley Economic Development Council work on a project to improve telecommunication services in the Yampa Valley, Hayden Mayor Chuck Grobe wants the town to be prepared.
Weather prognosticators from 25 of the nation's leading television markets are arriving here Sunday for a weather conference, so naturally, the Steamboat ski Area is praying for snow to fall during the week.
Fire started to cover up burglary
John Matthew Hoffman's decision to throw a match on the 10 gallons of gasoline he had poured throughout a Steamboat Springs townhome in August earned him eight years in prison on Friday.
Former Sailors football player Erik Svendsen couldn't have dreamed up a wilder conclusion for his first college bowl game as an Air Force Falcon. Svendsen, who led Steamboat to the state playoffs in 1997 as quarterback, was part of the Falcons' 37-34 victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs in the inaugural Silicon Valley Classic. The game was played in San Jose, Calif., on New Year's Eve.
Steamboat Springs guard Jeff Aragon isn't about to let an injury to his shooting hand keep him from missing a game or from making a steal for that matter. That especially holds true tonight, when his undefeated Sailors enter their first league game of the season against the Palisade Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. at home.
The high school ski racing season will kick into full gear this weekend at Howelsen Hill as Steamboat Springs High School hosts cross-country and alpine events. "This is the season-opener for our alpine kids," head coach Chris Arnis said. "All of my skiers are looking forward to opening the season strong."
Thirty-three cents just won't cut it anymore, as far as the post office is concerned. As of Sunday, Steamboat's post offices will be raising their first-class letter rate from 33 cents to 34 cents, as will every post office in the country.
The Soroco Rams basketball squads will be stretching out their muscles after the holiday break to play their first and second league games of the year. Both girls and boys teams square off with North Park today and with Plateau Valley on Saturday. The girls have a 2-4 record going into the the first game.
"Bring it home, Percy,"could be heard echoing across the 5-kilometer cross country course Friday as the Sailors' only senior headed into the home stretch.
Robert Egizii, the owner of the townhome Matthew Hoffman burglarized and burned down, said Friday he was pleased the Ohio man will spend the next few years of his life behind bars.
Steamboat High hosting its annual speech tournament
In one event at today's Steamboat Invitational Speech Tournament, students will be asked questions such as: Will the economy boom or bust under President-elect George W. Bush's administration?
For residents who still have not taken down their Christmas trees, there are at least two simple ways of disposing of them.
Partners in Interpretation and Yampatika are offering families a scavenger hunt in a backpack this winter. The scavenger hunt doesn't take place in the backpack, but over the snowy trails of the city park and ski area known as Howelsen Hill. More appropriately, the contents of the backpack might be described as a winter nature discovery kit.
The possibility of a charter school in north Routt County generated enough interest to fill a one-room schoolhouse Thursday night, as about 40 people showed up at the Moon Hill Schoolhouse to debate the intricacies of the proposed school's detailed application. The proposed charter school would be on a three-year contract and would cap at 25 kindergarten to fifth-grade students. The school could potentially expand to include students as old as eighth-graders. The charter group is requesting 95 percent of per-pupil funding from the Steamboat Springs school district. The charter group also wants the district to cover its liability and insurance costs.
State snowplow crews in Steamboat Springs are learning to put a new tool to use in the battle to keep U.S. 40 free of ice. And the city of Steamboat Springs is watching closely to see if it can adapt the new technique to the icy intersections of city streets. Traditionally, the Colorado Department of Transportation has used a mixture of sand and salt to mitigate slippery highway surfaces on U.S. 40. The city's primary means of making its 63 miles of roads safe in winter, aside from plowing and scraping, is spreading a coarse volcanic gravel known as scoria.
Matthew John Hoffman will find out this morning his fate for starting an August fire at a condominium complex to cover up a burglary. The 19-year-old Ohio man could be sentenced to a considerable amount of jail time by Routt County District Court Judge Joel S. Thompson. The sentencing hearing is set for 9 a.m.
Good things come to those who wait, and last Saturday Steamboat Springs special jumper Brendan Doran was rewarded in a big way for his patience after a month of sitting on the sidelines. In his first competition this year, which came just two days before the calendar switched to 2001, Doran topped the field at the Chevy Trucks New Year's Ski Jump.
Wednesday, January 3
Area agricultural producers that have an idea to create a value-added product through their businesses can gain assistance through the Colorado Agricultural Department.
The end of the year 2000 was a time to reflect on a busy year, especially for Dan Kelliher, Oak Creek chief of police.
In less than a month, a 32-year-old Oak Creek man has allegedly threatened a bus driver with a ski pole and stolen a truck from a ranch.
For Dec. 22-28
Paying the price for paradise
I turned down a cushy Park Avenue job to move to Steamboat Springs, Colo. New York City vs. Colorado. How much more different could you get?
City Council members reflect on accomplishments of 2000 and put plans in motion for 2001
The City Council, which set what its members believe were somewhat "lofty" goals in 2000, has come close to completing about half of those goals. Many of the rest, such as an employee housing linkage program and adequacy of public facilities ordinance are well on their way to completion, council members said.
Local organizations looking at solutions for Routt County's homeless
Although it may not be the most visible problem facing the area, homelessness in Routt County may be more of an issue than people think and it's not likely to go away any time soon, say those on the front lines.
After a boisterous meeting Tuesday, the Routt County commissioners agreed to consider changes to the Yampa Valley Regional Airport including possibly hiring a meter maid and extra people to control traffic.
A 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested early Tuesday morning for a fight that occurred a day earlier.
Howelsen, Steamboat provide great training venues
When the Winter Olympic Games come to Utah in 2002, the folks who run the ski jumps, nordic facilities and freestyle complexes in Steamboat are hoping to play a role.
Team works to fine-tune shooting over break
The Steamboat Sailors girls basketball team ended pre-conference play with a respectable 4-2 record before its Christmas break. However, winning now becomes more essential for the Sailors as they start league play Friday against the Palisade Bulldogs.
So when the Lowell-Whiteman graduate returned to the familiar bumps on the face of the Steamboat Ski Area last week, it wasn't surprising that Mayer was able to rack up first- and second-place finishes.
Company's socks considered a top stocking stuffer on NBC
Most marketing managers for small companies would be willing to dive into shark infested waters if it meant a chance to place their product on a network morning show. Mag Donaldson of Smartwool in Steamboat Springs saw her company's fine Merino wool socks touted on NBC's "Today" show three days before Christmas. And she never even got wet.
The Routt County Planning Commission has tabled today's hearing on the latest gravel pit proposal. This one would be located one-half mile south of Milner. The consultant on the project said he wasn't happy to hear it had been delayed after the Colorado Department of Transportation lost the traffic study twice.
For the majority of a chilly Wednesday night, Jerry and Janice Johner watched helplessly as firefighters put out a fire inside their Stagecoach-area home. Firefighters from Oak Creek, Steamboat Springs and Yampa responded to the tan home at 29940 Rock Point Trail at about 4:30 p.m.
Breckenridge's Eric Scott cruised down Howelsen Hill in 38.96 seconds Wednesday to remain No. 1 at Steamboat's Rocky Mountain Division Men's Alpine Slalom Event. Scott, who skis for Team Quantum, ended his first run in 40.72 seconds, which was the fastest time overall in that round.
A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday stemming from an alleged Thanksgiving Day robbery of the suspect's former employer.
Local developer Craig Rathbun would like to build four new commercial buildings, including one intended for a restaurant, immediately south of Alpine Bank in Central Park Plaza.
About 400 residents in Oak Creek, Stagecoach and Phippsburg have a new cable company to deal with, and a current user of the company said to expect problems.
There are 817 more items of food at the Lift-Up Food Bank thanks to local children who took the opportunity to clear up their library fines.
After operating for more than a year without one, the city's planning department finally has an assistant planning director on board and, with the new Community Development Code slated to go before the public in less than a week, it's already got him knee-deep in paperwork.
Alpine campus squad ready to return to slopes
Colorado Mountain College's ski teams are ready to test their racing skills as their season busts out of the gates Jan. 20-21.
The Steamboat Sailors' vacation from the wrestling mat ends on Friday when they load the buses for Avon to tangle with the Battle Mountain Huskies for a match that starts at 6 p.m.
Lift-Up's South Routt Food Bank in Oak Creek is off to a good start but is open to suggestions on how it can serve the community better.
Owner wants to attract new tenants to space
Richard Boyes is planning to upgrade the exterior of his Mountain States Building at the corner of Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs in an effort to attract new tenants.
For Dec. 15-21
Charter school board seeking residents' input
The North Routt Charter School Board is ready to unveil its preliminary application to the public today at 6:30 p.m. at the Moon Hill Schoolhouse on County Road 129 just south of Clark. The charter school application, initially presented to the Steamboat School Board in June 2000, has already been pushed back twice to allow for more time for the board to work through the particulars of the application. The charter board will likely present its final application for a school board vote on Jan. 29, charter board member Shaunna Watterson said.
Grocery buys assist schools
After eight years, a grocery certificate program has brought in about $75,000 for the four Steamboat public schools, but local residents can do better, some parents said
Here's some food for thought: Each one of us can promote thought by buying food. For eight years now, a largely unnoticed program has provided some $75,000 to local schools. The money comes from grocery stores that pass along a portion of what some customers pay them.
Tuesday, January 2
If you've yet to yodel in a yurt, this could be your winter. Partners in Interpretation is offering a series of three overnight excursions to yurts maintained by Steamboat Lake State Park at Pearl Lake, about 30 miles from Steamboat Springs.
State officials are shifting some priority of lottery funds from land preservation to protecting endangered species, which could impact "legacy projects" around the state. Since 1996, Great Outdoors Colorado, which allocates lottery funds for outdoors projects, has granted $125 million toward legacy projects to preserve open spaces. Of that, $10 million has gone to the Yampa River System Legacy Project to help preserve local lands. Recently, the group donated money to buy development rights on 1,590 acres of the Warren Ranch in north Routt County. That deal was finalized in November.
The medical bills of three inmates pushed the Routt County Sheriff's Office about $50,000 over budget in 2000. Going into the year, the sheriff's office had contracted with Correctional Healthcare to cover up to $24,000 for inmate medical bills, said Sheriff John Warner.
Howelsen Hill will be the site of a Nordic Combined World Cup international ski event for the seventh time in as many years during the week of Jan. 22 through 27, but already, the search for volunteers is well under way. Competition Secretary Kathi Meyer said she is looking for "attaches" who not only speak a language such as Norwegian or German but who are willing to take past and future Olympians grocery shopping or help them check into their rooms.
Despite fears of a shortage of the flu vaccine for this winter season, hundreds of doses are still available to the public from the Visiting Nurse Association. Initial concerns about the shortage of flu shots for Routt County proved somewhat premature, as the demand never challenged the supply of shots available.
A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces one felony and two misdemeanor charges stemming from an argument with a former girlfriend where the man allegedly cut the woman's clothing with a knife.
Monday, January 1
Wireless provider still has its eyes on Howelsen Hill
Sprint, which recently sent a request to the city to place a wireless communications tower on Howelsen Hill, is the second carrier to present a proposal under the city's new wireless facilities plan. But unlike the first such application, presented by Verizon Wireless, the Sprint application is likely to be heavily scrutinized by a variety of governmental entities, say city officials.
New Year's Day a time of play and rest for many
Skiing, hanging out and enjoying the time off; that's what residents and visitors in Steamboat Springs were up to at the dawn of 2001.
Burch was a little rough around the edges
Former sheriff Ed Burch was remembered Monday by friends and family as a man who played hard and worked even harder for his country and Routt County.