Stories for June 2001

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Saturday, June 30

Tapping the Internet jerky market

E-commerce allows Rick Spencer to deliver dried meat from Steamboat to the world

Rick Spencer learned the meat business from the perspective of a small town processing plant that cut its own steaks and made its own bratwurst from scratch.

LOCAL BRIEFING

Local briefing for July 1

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

What kind of incident will the Incident be?

Detecting and treating breast cancer

Funding and facilities sometimes present challenges in Routt County

A Bear (Lake) of a project

U.S. Forest Service crews work to improve campsites

Jon Anarella and Scott Livingstone stood near Bear Lake underneath a fir tree that stood about 30 feet tall. They eyed the trunk from top to bottom. A layer of wood chips covered the ground and the smell of fresh, wet timber lingered in the air, complements of a 15-minute rain shower that just hit.

THE RECORD

The record for June 23-29

JOHN ROBERT HALL

1931-2001

IN BRIEF

WEEKLY PLANNER

Weekly planner for July 2-6

Area residents get a 'Taste of South Routt'

Third annual event proves to be a bigger draw than ever

What do you get when you mix trout patbarbecue sandwiches, pizza and corn on the cob with a beer garden, a wall of water, David Moran singing folk songs, a bunch of South Routt locals and a hot summer day? The third annual Taste of South Routt Food Festival in Oak Creek, which was held Saturday in Decker Park, and organizers say it received the most patronage ever.

The Dating Game

Census numbers show men still far outnumber women in Steamboat Springs

Early Friday evening at El Rancho Nuevo restaurant and bar, Ben Wyman sat on a barstool by the pool tables, sipping his first beer and counting heads. More than 30 men stood in groups by the shuffleboard table, saddled up to the bar or struck a pose at the pool tables. They surrounded the women all seven of them.

Bet on Battelle

U.S. Ski Team member looking for fourth visit to Olympics

For someone who could potentially make her fourth Olympic appearance this February, Ann Battelle offers few clues about her successful career as a moguls freestyler.

Batter Up!

While many softball players spend big bucks on bats to improve their hitting, Triple Crown player Adam Burr doesn't buy into the so-called advantage.

Up a creek

Nearly 100 runners take part in memorial race

After finishing the 5K race at the Spring Creek Memorial Saturday, Steamboat runner Linda Casner was just getting warmed up.

AROUND TOWN

Around town for July 1

Skaters keeping on their toes

The Howelsen Hill Ice skating rink closed for the season May 13, but that hasn't stopped a small group of athletes in Steamboat Springs from keeping their edge this summer.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

Making the grades

Yes, it is true. Prep sports reporters tend to pay way too much attention to touchdowns, baskets, goals and points.

INSIDE OUT

What a dive Anyone who hasn't finished their four certification dives can still sign up for spots remaining at a July 13 trip to Homestead Crater in Midway, Utah.

ENERGY EXPRESS

How to energize your workout space the feng shui way

Is your exercise bicycle an extension of your closet? Are your weights collecting dust instead of building muscle? Is your home workout space vaguely uncomfortable and not the call to action you wish it were?

Ready for the weekend?

It tends to be the norm for most working-stiff locals who love to camp. Come home from a hard week's work on a Friday; fill the backpack with all the goods; throw it in the car; and take the best Friday night camping spot you can find before it gets dark. The next day, get up and have an adventure.

UNDER THE SUN

Fired up

If you noticed the trickle of smoke that rose in to the sky Friday above the Storm Mountain Ranch, you know it's here.

BUSINESS FILE

Fox Creek Park sets open house Local developer Wicaka LLC is holding an open house at its Fox Creek Park project at 1169 Hilltop Parkway.

Eagle Glen offers perks

Bill Small of Rubicon Partners and Jim Cook of Colorado Group Realty plan to deliver a product to the Steamboat Springs real estate market next year that they believe isn't currently being offered.

A hot tradition

Steamboat Springs' past and present mingle for the Fourth

When Benita Bristol was growing up in Stagecoach in the late 1920s, she and her siblings prayed that every Fourth of July would bring rain. "I grew up in the country, of course, and we were always cutting alfalfa on July Fourth," Bristol said. "It was always a highlight to come to town."

ASKED & ANSWERED

An Incident without incident

The rules and regs of the show

BIRTHS

Births for June 13-26

ENGAGEMENT

Linton and Jackson

TRANSACTIONS

Real estate transactions for June 21-27

School District regroups commissions

Officials hope new groups bring better focus, more community input

The Steamboat Springs School District wants to spend taxpayer money more efficiently. The growth commission, which portions out 40 percent of the district's half-cent sales tax revenue, will be split into two new commissions.

Honors, accolades

Class notes for July 1

Control line completed around fire

U.S. Forest Service firefighters and a Hot Shot crew from Fort Collins nearly contained a small forest fire Saturday that was burning about six miles southeast of Steamboat Springs above the Storm Mountain Ranch.

LETTER

OUR VIEW

Party Smart

Back in the saddle again

Former bronc rider knows what cowboys want under them

Tim Frentress bought a new saddle in Hayden this week. But it wasn't just any off-the-shelf saddle. The saddle Frentress picked up at Brooks Saddlery was a faithful replica of the 1880s-era saddle ridden by his great great-grandfather Blake, who homesteaded nearby.

Eagle Ridge to auction smaller condos

Developers of the Eagle Ridge Lodge are so eager to sell the smaller units in their condominium project they plan to auction them off on Aug. 12. Of the 10 condominiums to be auctioned, four will be sold to the highest bidders, regardless of price.

Friday, June 29

American Skiing misses debt deadline

American Skiing Co.'s stock dropped to an all-time low of 72 cents per share Friday after the company failed to issue a statement about whether it can restructure its debt. The stock has lost 25 percent of its value within a week. American Skiing is the parent company of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Training set for Fight Night 2

If you are planning on boxing in Fight Night 2, an upcoming boxing clinic at Peak Fitness could save you from being KO'd. Shane Swartz, a professional boxer from Fort Collins, is coming to Steamboat July 7 to teach two one-hour lessons at Peak Fitness.

Dawgs' have losing day

Local team falters after red-hot start in Triple Crown tourney

The Pioneer Material Dawgs had already formulated a strategy after losing its opening game of the Triple Crown Slowpitch softball tournament on Friday. "We are going out to regroup on the golf course and have a couple of cold beers," local player Bill Cook said.

Bugs set to chow noxious weeds

Ag officials find natural way to get rid of non-native plants

Some foreign visitors are getting a free meal thanks to the Routt County Agricultural Extension Office, though the main dish will be noxious. On Monday, extension agents will release about 8,000 insects of four different species to chow on noxious weeds growing in various parts of the county.

Charter school to occupy Old Clark Schoolhouse

Charter school to occupy Old Clark Schoolhouse

The North Routt Charter School will be housed in the Old Clark Schoolhouse, where 40 years ago north Routt children attended school each day, as of this September. The charter board initially planned to teach the 18 children enrolled in the school at the Moonhill Schoolhouse south of Clark, but took advantage of the goodwill of some local business people to lease the larger Clark school.

July Fourth expected to boom

Despite mid-week holiday, chamber expects logding rush

There are signs the mid-week Independence Day holiday is stretching into an unusually long weekend for some visitors to Steamboat Springs this year. Local resort officials are expecting tourism levels to be similar today and Wednesday.

Middle school principal takes new job

Sandy Hall to become superintendent at Mountain Valley School District

Steamboat Springs School District veteran Sandy Hall, the principal at the district's middle school the last two years, has resigned to become superintendent of Mountain Valley School District in Saguache. Hall cried as she spoke of leaving the school district after 16 years.

Assault suspect to undergo mental-health testing

Before a 23-year-old Australian man enters a plea to felony charges, he will undergo mental-health testing. Richard Kelvin Lillingstone-Hall is submitting to the testing to try and give his attorney, Norm Townsend, and Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James an explanation for the alleged crimes he committed in April.

Lightning suspected as cause of blaze

A lightning strike earlier this week started a wildfire on U.S. Forest Service land that authorities fought through Friday night and into today. The fire, which was about an acre and a half Friday evening, burned about six miles south of Steamboat Springs. Smoke started to appear Friday afternoon on a ridge in the Walton Creek drainage area. The blaze is not threatening any known structures, but is burning aspen and lodge pole pine.

Johnson's attorney seeks to supress evidence

The lawyer representing Thomas Lee Johnson on Friday filed 15 motions to suppress evidence and statements police officers gathered in their investigation of the murder of Lori Bases. Defense attorney Norm Townsend filed the motions claiming Steamboat Springs police conducted illegal searches and interrogations in building a case against the 30-year-old suspect.

Boys bring back service with a smile

College-bound 12-year-olds top off the tank and clean the windshield

Gas station attendants are almost as rare in Colorado as boreal toads, peregrine falcons and the pike minnow. But a pair of Steamboat 12-year-olds have taken the species off the endangered list. Charlie Peddie and Abe Maynard were hustling to pump gas and clean windshields at the Sinclair station on U.S. 40 Friday afternoon.

Cut phone cable strands west Steamboat Springs

A cut cable knocked out telephone service Friday for businesses and residents in western Steamboat Springs, including the Routt County Communication Center. For about an hour and a half Friday afternoon, the Routt County Communication Center lost its telephone lines.

Thursday, June 28

Mail delivery route scheduled finally

Post office agrees to use Fish Creek cluster boxes

As of Sept. 8, the cluster boxes serving residents between Fish Creek Falls Road and Angler's Drive may be collecting more than just dust. The post office has agreed to serve the 53 cluster boxes, each with 12 or 16 boxes, in that "Phase 5" area after receiving positive feedback from a survey asking residents in the area if they would use the boxes.

An alternative education

Hayden, South Routt schools discuss how to save students who struggle

Two Routt County school districts are discussing a joint effort to create an alternative school for students who struggle in traditional school settings. Officials from the Hayden and Soroco school districts are in the preliminary stages of setting up an alternative school that would serve students who either cannot or choose not to attend school.

Golfers scramble for a good cause

Steamboat Springs golfer Steve Dodson wasn't available for comment following his team's win in Wednesday's Hospice Golf Classic Tournament at the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club. After helping his team win the event for the second year in a row, Dodson was off to meet his wife for a special dinner it was the couples ninth wedding anniversary, according to teammate Bob Mesecher.

Dawgs just want to have fun

Pioneer Material team only local squad to enter Triple Crown softball tourney

One hundred and thirty-five slowpitch softball teams are expected to arrive for the opening games of the Triple Crown Tournament today, but mixed among the visitors will be one squad that calls Steamboat home. "The teams that come to Steamboat for this one are normally pretty serious," softball player Paul Cook said. "But everybody on our team is up for this one."

Junior Olympians

Three more swimmers qualify for big meet next month

The list of Steamboat swimmers headed to the Junior Olympics next month is getting longer. Steamboat, which will travel to its fifth meet of the season at Rifle this weekend, has eight swimmers already qualified for the Junior Olympics.

School may get historic designation

Clark 'teacherage' a rarity

A teacherage a small house behind the Old Clark School where the school's teacher lived may be the key to getting the Old Clark School Historic District on the Routt County Historic Register. The Routt County Historic Preservation Board has recommended to the county's Board of Commissioners that the district be placed on the register, said Laureen Schaffer, historic preservation specialist for the city of Steamboat Springs.

Take the High Country Garden Tour

Area jaunt offers great ideas in designs

Many gardeners pick up great ideas for their garden by visiting other gardens. Bryce and Marianne Hagemeier gathered ideas from numerous visits to the Yampa River Botanic Park for their restful and relaxing mini botanical garden on Pamela Lane. Prill and Tim Greene knew they wanted a yard full of perennials, including Prill's favorite, the beautiful iris. These gardens and five others are included in the High Country Garden Tour this year. Taking the tour is a wonderful, convenient way to see what others in our high altitude climate have been able to do with plants and garden designs.

Building plan falters with city

Commission would like to see more parking spaces

In the midst of showing slides of site plans, aerial photographs and artistic renderings of a new building on Eighth Street, Jim Cook dropped in a slide of a shiny red scooter. Cook was trying to illustrate a point about the need to explore new forms of transportation to decrease the city's dependence on cars.

New Noises features New York playwright

In a tradition that started at Perry-Mansfield about four years ago, New Noises tweaks the playbill a bit this year to make room for a second reading. Playwright Aviva Jane Carlin of New York visits the performing arts school and camp for one week to present two premiere plays that have not yet received an abundance of coverage.

'Taste of South Routt' is serving up Saturday

Organizers hope people work up a hunger after garage-sale marathon

The first thing that should come to mind when Routt County residents think of the Taste of South Routt food festival this year is garage sales. Residents in Oak Creek have coordinated 20 different garage sales Saturday morning before the festival.

Wednesday, June 27

Child-care supporters push plan

A collection basket filled with checks and money was passed around Wednesday at the First Impressions of Routt County Board meeting. It was the first step toward creating an external committee that would fund efforts to have the city place a half-cent sales tax for child care on the November ballot. The group continued to work on its game plan in preparation for the July 10 Steamboat City Council meeting where all fall ballot initiatives will be considered. The council refused to approve the ballot-tax question two weeks ago.

Stoddard replaces Birch at Mount Werner Water

The outgoing manager of Mount Werner Water and Sanitation said Wednesday that forging a strong relationship with the city of Steamboat Springs will be the new manager's toughest challenge. Dan Birch has resigned as the manager of Mount Werner Water and Sanitation to take a job as manager of water project development and planning at the Colorado River Water Conservation District in Glenwood Springs.

Court committee leans west

Proposal calls for closing off a portion of Sixth Street

An advisory committee to Routt County commissioners suggested Wednesday that building a desperately needed judicial complex might mean closing off part of Sixth Street. The Judicial Facility Committee told Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger and the building's designer, Russ Sedmak, a site west of the present courthouse site is the best spot to propose to voters in November 2002.

Classic car club rolls into Steamboat

Life in the past lane

Gerry Smith has had two big love affairs in his life. The first is with his wife of more than 40 years, Kitty. The second love affair was with the car in which he courted Kitty. It was a 1959 Ford Skyliner convertible red over white over red.

Local bike race draws large field

Wiley Thayer may have gotten off to a slow start in the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series, but the 11-year-old Steamboat Springs rider is now back on the right track. Thayer, who competes in the junior 10-12 division, won his second straight race Wednesday night.

Hoping for payday

On Wednesday afternoon Bryan Costner was in a hurry to get out of the door of his house, hop into the driver's seat of his pickup truck and get on the road. The saddle bronc rider was rushing to make it to his next rodeo appearance a little more than three hours down the road in Aspen at the Wednesday night edition of the Snowmass Village Rodeo.

Hayden School District tightens belt

With Hayden School officials expecting a tight budget for next school year, the district is cutting back on capital improvement projects. Out of the district's $4.1 million proposed budget, about $132,000 is slated for improvement projects. However, about $70,000 worth of projects will not be completed next year.

Charter school contract on hold

The North Routt Charter School board received the contract it will use to establish itself Wednesday.

Residential controlled burn plan extinguish

A controlled house fire that the Steamboat Springs Fire Department planned for Wednesday evening was doused after neighbors expressed concern to the department. Instead of using the residence at 819 Broad St. to simulate a house fire, firefighters used the residence for other training purposes Wednesday evening.

Museum to seek new home

Planning Commission to review building plan

The Hands-On! Children's Museum, a seven-month-old establishment on Eighth Street, has been enjoying some goodwill from a community-minded realtor. Sometime in the next year, however, the building the museum is in will probably be demolished to make room for a mixed-use structure.

Woman allegedly buys teens liquor

Oak Creek resident jailed

A 25-year-old Oak Creek woman faces a felony charge for allegedly buying liquor for minors. Mishelle Lynn Wixom was arrested Tuesday by the Oak Creek Police Department after Wixom allegedly bought rum and schnapps for teen-agers June 20 and June 23.

Tuesday, June 26

Ski Time Square meeting set

The public will get a second chance today to voice opinions about four alternatives being offered by the city to reduce traffic problems in Ski Time Square.

Duo snatches mixed doubles championship

After three days of competing in a local mixed doubles tournament, Steamboat's Ed Mooney and Stacy Swiggart snatched the championship in the highest division.

Teams line up for Triple Crown event

For many years fireworks, parades, rodeos and softball have been a part of the Fourth of July celebration in Steamboat Springs.

Persistence pays off

School board votes to add boys lacrosse program at high school

After nearly two years of lobbying for the creation of a boys lacrosse team at Steamboat Springs High School, a community group sealed the deal Monday night.

Suspect who stole vehicle still at large

Hayden and Steamboat Springs police are trying to find a suspect who stole a Suburban from a Steamboat Springs resort company last week.

Group close to choosing site for facility

Committee likely to recommend west site option as spot for new courthouse

The committee helping the county determine where a new courthouse will be located is expected to make a recommendation tonight, likely in favor of the site on Sixth Street across from the current courthouse annex building.

Hayden man successful at getting speed limit reduced

A resident is optimistic the Town Board's recent action will slow down traffic on a busy side street.

Saving Howelsen's history

City studies how to modernize and preserve hill complex

The city is trying to figure out how Howelsen Hill's storied 20th century can transition into a storied 21st century.

Hayden to impose water restrictions

With the town's water plant in need of $2.3 million in upgrades, town officials are limiting water use for residents this summer starting July 1.

Weather radio considered

County looks into forecast service

Routt County's emergency manager wants to know if the public is interested in getting a weather radio transmitter that would provide local weather reports 24 hours a day. The radio tower could be placed atop Walton Peak and would broadcast National Weather Service reports and alerts for Steamboat Springs, Craig, the Park and Gore ranges, the Flat Tops and other areas in and around the county.

Soroco studies new roofs for its schools

South Routt County School students will not have to worry about water dripping on their heads once construction work is finished on the three district buildings.

Men scuffle at car dealership

The general manager of a local automobile dealership faces a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly punching a man Monday afternoon in the dealership's parking lot.

Charter may be signed today

North Routt school's lease on life

The North Routt Charter School board members will decide today whether to sign the contract or charter that will guide their school.

Monday, June 25

Water-main upgrade under way

Affect on traffic expected to be minimal in Old Town

Work to install a new water main in the area of Merritt Street and Village Lane will be ongoing for the next month, slightly affecting traffic in the area.

Committee chooses company to run Web site

Help may be on the way for Routt County's Web site, which has been plagued by dead-end and outdated links.

Board OKs preliminary budget

School district staff members get salary adjustments

A few claps from the audience welcomed salary adjustment increases for all Steamboat Springs School District staff members effective Aug. 1. At Monday night's school board meeting, board members approved, for the 2001-2002 school year, that certified and support staff would receive a 6.35-percent increase in compensation, while maxed out certified and support staff would receive a 5.25-percent increase.

Sailors sports seeking 'right fit'

Currently there are no burning fires in Sailors sports, and there is no reason to rush the search to find a new athletics director at Steamboat Springs High School, an official said Monday.

Trusty store icon getting a makeover

F.M. Light and Sons' Lightning should be back by July Fourth

He may have been the most reliable horse since Silver. Through nearly 40 years of rugged mountain weather, Lightning, a large, reddish horse, has stood faithfully in front of the F.M. Light and Sons store. Visitors and locals alike have shared the simple pleasure of climbing on his back for a picture or two. But nearly a month and a half ago, he mysteriously vanished.

Officials ponder fire restrictions

Caution stressed for July 4 holiday

Routt County fire officials and the U.S. Forest Service are not asking for fire restrictions yet, but the upcoming Fourth of July holiday has them nervous. County Emergency Manager Chuck Vale appeared to be ready to ask for fire restrictions during a meeting with county commissioners Monday.

Controlled burn scheduled Wednesday on Broad Street

The Steamboat Springs Fire Department will be conducting a controlled house fire Wednesday evening.

Fire crews get a helping hand

Grant will help fund hand tools, protective clothing

Those troops manning the front line of wildfires now have reinforcements courtesy of the federal government.

Women to walk 60 miles to fight breast cancer

Locals trekking from Fort Collins to Boulder as part of nationwide fund-raiser

When Suzy Lord heads out the front door every evening to go for a walk, she has a goal in mind 60 miles.

Group hosting tour to target problematic weeds

The Cooperative Extension Office in Steamboat Springs is guaranteeing lots of "fun" for anyone wanting to take a closer look at weeds.

Saturday event to celebrate women's issues

Colorado women rank second and fourth, respectively, in the nation in terms of economic autonomy and employment and earnings, according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, but they are only 16th in terms of health and well-being.

Local runner memorialized in annual race

For the past 10 years, local athletes have used their feet to memorialize fallen runner Patty Brenner Hagberg at the Spring Creek Memorial. "I can't believe that it's been 10 years since we started this race," Brenner Hagberg's brother Ken Brenner said. "I had to call my mom and make sure it had been that long."

Sunday, June 24

School board weighs budget

Salaries biggest question at meeting tonight

If the collective bargaining team doesn't have a recommendation on staff salaries when the Steamboat Springs School Board meets tonight, board Treasurer Tom Sharp said he is prepared to offer a plan of his own. Sharp said he wants to make sure the district doesn't repeat the drawn-out negotiations that occurred last year, when teachers didn't find out their salaries until March. Last year the bargaining team and the board decided on a 1.85-percent increase that, when coupled with step increases for experience, averaged out to a 4.1-percent increase overall.

Bicyclists strut their stuff at festival

The normal revving of engines on cars driving downtown were replaced Sunday morning by the clicking of chains on gears as cyclists sped up and down Lincoln and Yampa avenues on the final day of the Steamboat Bike Festival. Stretches of those roads were closed from 7:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. for criterium road races. One race was stopped, and others were delayed as several emergency calls went out that required ambulances to go through Lincoln Avenue.

Trash ordinance takes effect Sunday

The city is taking measures to make sure bears and other animals don't get hooked on scavenging through garbage for food every summer. The Steamboat Springs City Council passed an ordinance on second reading last week that will require residents and businesses to attach special closures to their refuse containers if they leave garbage out at night. Bird feeders will also have to be suspended from a cable during the spring and summer months. The city hopes to dissuade animals from coming into Steamboat to forage on the garbage previously left in easily-breached containers.

Women's Foundation to present study

A 45-minute symposium Saturday in Steamboat Springs will update Routt County residents on where Colorado's women stand in comparison to the nation in several different areas. Marla Williams, president of the Women's Foundation of Colorado, will present data from "The Status Project: Women and Girls in Colorado," at a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center, in partnership with the Yampa Valley Business and Professional Women's Club of Routt County.

Ancient discipline of Yoga benefits body and mind

Many Steamboat Springs residents have been skiing since they were toddlers, but few can claim to have been devotees of yoga for that same time span. While others were schussing down slopes, Victoria Strohmeyer, director of Yoga Rx at Bear River Center, was practicing this ancient science of optimal living.

Pioneer museum honors Summer family

A 112-year-old ranch eight miles south of Steamboat Springs is getting recognition at the Tread of Pioneers Museum for its heritage and history. Every summer, the museum exhibits a local founding family that has survived the improvements to the Yampa Valley through decades, or in this case, more than a century.

Colorado's Bike to Work Day is Wednesday

The Colorado Department of Transportation is encouraging commuters to trade in engine-powered four-wheelers for human-powered two-wheelers on Wednesday for Bike to Work Day.

Saturday, June 23

THE RECORD

The record for June 15-22

BUSINESS FILE

Guettich joins Steamboat Mag Steamboat Magazine Inc. announced June 12 that Shelby Guettich has joined the staff as an account representative.

Selling Silver Spur

Lots going quickly in west-side development

The developers of Silver Spur Estates have sold the first 46 single family building lots in Stage 1 of their project 4 miles west of Steamboat Springs. They are hoping to finish road and utility work for another 42 lots in Stage 2 by early August.

Providing a taste of the Mediterranean

New restaurant serves tempting variety

Locals hoping to make an impression on house guests this summer should avoid the tourist crowds and book a trip to the Mediterranean. It can be done without leaving Steamboat Springs. One of the newest fine dining restaurants in Steamboat is the Mediterranean Grill and its lighter side the Tapas Lounge. The restaurant is located in the Thunderhead Lodge at the upper end of Ski Time Square, overlooking the ski slopes.

Austin man plans airport business park

An Austin, Texas, businessman has approached the city of Steamboat Springs with a plan to create a new business park immediately south and east of the Steamboat Springs Airport terminal.

Boosting summer tourism

Ski corp. using e-mail, reservation center to lure vacationers

The Steamboat Springs Ski and Resort Corp. is taking a more active role in promoting tourism this summer. And it's using e-mail campaigns as a cost effective means of promoting two and three-night packages to people seeking to escape the Front Range for a long weekend.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

No bull rodeo action is extreme

Last year a gentleman by the name of Roach Hedeman told me that fighting bulls may have been one of the very first extreme sports during an interview for a story.

Riding high

Rostermundt looking for biking series' top spot

Headed into the third race of the season, women's expert rider Liz Rostermundt is starting to wonder if she has a realistic shot at winning the series this season.

Big wheels, big air

BMX bikers pull off impressive stunts at the Steamboat Bike Festival

There were plenty of 360s and several candy bar jumps and "suicides" during Steamboat's BMX Pro Stunt Show Saturday.

Olympic hopes rest on passing the test

If U.S. Nordic Combined coach Tom Steitz wants to know how his training program is effecting athlete all he has to do is look at the results.

Players all smiles at doubles tourney

Ron Kreutz didn't look like a man who had just been defeated in a tennis match Saturday. Kreutz, who is competing in the Steamboat Tennis Association, was all smiles from the bleachers after his team fell in the first round.

ENERGY EXPRESS

Training for a triathlon at any age

Before summer slips away, set a fitness goal for yourself. I mean now. Sit down, take a few calming breaths and figure out an achievable goal that's meaningful to you: Bike from one side of town to the other? Play 18 holes pulling a cart? Run/walk a half-marathon?

Hit the bike trails

Get your fat tires up Mount Werner

In the winter, Mount Werner looms over Steamboat Springs like a little devil on your shoulder whispering, "Don't go to work. Go skiing."

UNDER THE SUN

The rich and the tough

There is no doubt that the reason people come to Steamboat Springs is because it is a pot of gold for outdoor activity.

ENGAGEMENT

BIRTHS

Births for June 24

ASKED & ANSWERED

As the hotter days and comfortably cool nights begin to roll in, summer parties become more common. Just the right music will make the difference between a memorable event or one that's likely to be forgotten by the following weekend.

AROUND TOWN

Around town for June 24

A new brand of fashion

Western wear goes nouveau retro

For years the image of a cowboy wearing tight-fitting Wranglers, a conservative long-sleeved shirt and a white straw cowboy hat has been the traditional look of rodeo. But local cowboys and cowgirls seeking to be on the cutting edge of rodeo style this season had better take notes from cowboy's like bulldogger Sid Steiner and a new generation of wranglers who are shaking things up.

Concert promises to be packed

Officials ponder possible incidents to come with Cheese

Since the Colorado band String Cheese Incident began playing music in ski town bars for lift tickets in the early 1990s, the five-member, high-energy group has developed a following that descends on the communities where ever the band plays.

South Routt fest promises more than ever

The third annual Taste of South Routt food festival in Oak Creek Saturday will be the largest ever with a vintage car show, a small children's carnival, square dancing and live music.

WEEKLY PLANNER

Weekly planner for June 25-30

Fate, role of reservoir in question

Wheels of development begin to turn in Stagecoach

On Wednesday last week, Stagecoach Reservoir State Park Manager Fred Bohlmann was standing on top of Pinnacle Peak, one of the highest points within the park. It's only a five-minute walk up a newly refurbished trail to the peak's summit, but the panoramic view it produces of the community of Stagecoach, the reservoir, Blacktail Mountain and all the public lands in the distance, is worth a day's walk.

A different kind of camp

Special students gets a boost of confidence in the arms of Mother Nature

Off of Routt County Road 131 between Toponas and Bond, a native sanctuary hidden along the Colorado River supports a safe and loving environment for children with learning deficiencies for three weeks during the summer.

CLASS NOTES

Class notes for June 24

LETTERS

Letters for June 24

OUR VIEW

Wrong impact

The City Council's decision to implement impact fees on new development raises troubling questions about the council's commitment to addressing this city's affordable housing problem.

LOUIS JOHN ROSSI

1908-2001

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Is a virtual neighborhood possible?

The Orton Family Foundation wants to establish an informational kiosk at Centennial Hall that would allow touch-screen access to community information. As the foundation prepares to input information, it is seeking volunteer input on what makes Routt County unique. We have asked Towny Aderson, the director of the foundation, why such a faciltiy is so important.

LOCAL BRIEFING

Local briefs for June 24

New tax on horizon

City switches gears from impact fees to property tax

Alternately called "regressive," "short-sighted" and "unpredictable," the city's sales tax-heavy budget should never have made it this far, say city officials and community members.

Baseball tournament winds up local sales pitch

Fifteen-year-old John Lockhart has been playing baseball since he was seven years old. This summer his team, which plays in his hometown of Casper Wyo., traveled to Steamboat Springs to play in the Triple Crown tournament for the first time.

With Honor

Resident and retired fighter pilot gains induction into National Aviation Hall of Fame

Vietnam during his one-year tenure as wing commander. He remembers the pilots being skeptical of the old WWII ace, who hadn't fought in 22 years. Olds turned the pilots' cynicism around, saying he would fly "tail-end charlie," the spot usually reserved for the lowest lieutenant.

TRANSACTIONS

Real estate transactions for June 14-20

Friday, June 22

Fight Night coming up next month

Those interested in boxing at Fight Night have about a month left to perfect their left hooks. Tara Nultemeier, a local boxing promoter who owns Peak Fitness Center, said there is space available to compete in Steamboat's second Fight Night.

Hospice Classic tees off Wednesday

Eighteen golfers will tee off from each of the holes at the Sheraton Steamboat Golf course Wednesday to start the 2001 Hospice Classic. The golf classic, a competition which will benefit Hospice Services of Northwest Colorado in Steamboat Springs, features a shotgun start, said Gary Crawford, head pro at the Sheraton.

Judge opts for jail time for repeat offender

A 39-year-old Steamboat Springs man's lengthy arrest record caught up with him on Friday morning. Bernard John Malburg II was given six months in the Routt County Jail by 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson for pleading guilty to a class five felony, criminal trespass, and two misdemeanors, menacing and harassment.

Man pleads guilty to felonies

An addiction to a painkiller has taken away a 34-year-old Steamboat Springs man's job, family and now his freedom. On Friday afternoon, Nicholas Siniavsky was sentenced to three years in the Colorado Department of Corrections by 14th Judicial Judge Joel S. Thompson.

Oak Creek man sentenced in series of crimes

A month-long drinking binge landed a 33-year-old Oak Creek man six months in the Routt County Jail. Troy O'Neil was given the jail term by 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson Friday afternoon. Thompson also ordered O'Neil pay $7,100 in restitution and placed him on four years of supervised probation.

Inmate denied good time credit

A Routt County inmate caught drinking peppermint schnapps while confined at the jail in February will have to serve his entire jail sentence of two years. On Friday afternoon, 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson sentenced Alfred John Flood to 10 months in the Routt County Jail.

School to review applicants for principal

The Steamboat Springs School District has four applicants for the vacant principal's position at Soda Creek Elementary School. Friday was the deadline to receive applications for the position, which opened when Cherryl Sage resigned last month.

Airline fights back from storm

Great Lakes planes damaged by hail back in service

Great Lakes Aviation officials said Friday 11 of 21 aircraft damaged by hail in Denver Wednesday night are back in service and flights at Yampa Valley Regional Airport should be back to pre-storm levels by Monday. Great Lakes was already struggling to maintain its schedule of eight daily flights at the airport near Hayden before Wednesday night's hail storm at Denver International Airport. Great Lakes is the only commercial airline operating at YVRA this summer.

Businesses gear up for crowds

Triple Crown credited with packing lodging establishments

Youth baseball is driving a 9-percent increase in resort traffic in Steamboat this weekend. Triple Crown Sports is hosting 110 boys baseball teams in a regional tournament that began Friday and continues through Sunday. It will also involve play in Craig, Hayden and Oak Creek.

Out of the chutes

One cowboy from Craig finds it hard to stay away from the rodeo

They came through the main gates of the Romick Rodeo Arena Friday night wearing cowboy boots, tennis shoes and even flip-flops. But by the time rodeo announcer John Shipley had read a glowing tribute to the "Red, White and Blue," using the words of cowboy poet Baxter Black, these fans, who came from all walks of life, were ready to cheer on the first session of what many consider to be one of America's finest sporting traditions bull riding.

Thursday, June 21

River study continues

Examination to reveal snapshot of Yampa's health

In the midst of waxing philosophic about the concentration of mayflies in the Yampa River, the city's Open Space Supervisor Mike Neumann turned his head to watch a bright blue raft float slowly by. "Demand is really picking up," he said. "The tubing season is going to start early this year."

Vandalism strikes Tennis Center

Director says damage a reflection on community

About 170 days passed this year at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs without any sunlight shining onto the four courts under a white inflated fabric cover. That all changed Thursday morning when Jim Swiggart walked into the tennis bubble.

Locals place in tennis tourney

Lisa Floyd and Allison Griffing highlighted local finishes at the Bookcliff Country Club Open earlier this week in Grand Junction. Ten-year-old Lisa Floyd was the top Steamboat finisher taking first place in the 12-and-under division in the tournament that was played Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Floyd won four matches in a round-robin division to earn the victory.

Runway woes

Planned repairs at airport mean commercial flights will shut down for 10 days

Yampa Valley Regional Airport west of Steamboat Springs will be without commercial airline service for 10 days this summer, probably July 31-Aug. 9, due to construction. Airport Manager Jim Parker was careful to point out the airport is not closing; however, the effective length of the runway is being reduced from 10,000 feet to 5,100 feet due to a construction project that will rehabilitate the commercial aviation taxiway at the airport. Earlier in the year, Parker believed commuter turboprops that serve the airport would be able to continue to fly during the construction. He found out differently this week.

Back in the ring

Contest offers amateurs a chance to put on the gloves

When Gary Saunders got word Thursday that another Fight Night had been scheduled in Steamboat, the 59-year-old former Golden Gloves boxer didn't waste any time preparing. "I'll be darned," Saunders said. "When I get off work today, I'm going to be over there (at Peak Fitness) training."

Doubles action set for weekend

A number of local tennis players can be seen in action today at the Steamboat Tennis Association's Old West Steak House Mixed Doubles Championships. Jim Swiggart, director of the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, said about 70 locals will take part in the tourney that starts at 4 p.m.

Use landscaping to cut energy use

The ongoing energy blackouts in California and the rising cost of our own home heating fuel this past winter give cause for all of us to focus on energy conservation. Proper landscaping can make a significant difference in the amount of energy needed to keep your home comfortable summer and winter. Use trees, shrubs and vines to reduce heat gains in the summer and heat losses in the winter by modifying the climate around your home. They can provide protection from cold winter winds and can provide shade from our hot summer sun.

Fish tournament registration today

The South Routt Youth Council and Grand Futures are organizing a pike fishing tournament for any person 18 years old or younger in Routt County. The deadline to enter is today.

Mosquito sprays planned for Hayden

Hayden and two miles of its surroundings will be sprayed with a chemical to kill off mosquitoes this weekend. Hayden officials have planned for the town and 29 surrounding properties to be sprayed with malathion.

Trek for man is a run for life

Native American hopes miles translate to understanding

By the time Zachary Running Wolf Brown came into Steamboat Springs from Craig, he had run more than 1,200 miles on behalf of a man he has never met. Brown is running from San Francisco to Philadelphia, where African-American journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal has been sitting on death row since 1982 for the shooting of a police officer.

County conflicted over skyline rules

The Routt County Planning Commission will explore developing a regulation to prohibit new construction that would disrupt the skyline, despite county commissioners expressing concern about the issue in a joint meeting Thursday night. Planning commissioners unanimously passed a motion to table the issue until Aug. 30. At that meeting the commission should pass a recommendation for some type of skyline regulation to the county commissioners, Planning Commission Chairman Troy Brookshire said.

Wednesday, June 20

Swim team ready to make splash at weekend meet

Missing nearly 50 of its swimmers, Steamboat Springs will travel to its fourth meet of the season Friday in Grand Junction. "I think Grand Junction is a long meet so I can kind of understand why a lot of people are not going," said Christy Warner, Steamboat assistant coach. "It's a long drive and some of the swimmers are just (competing) one day. A little break is not going to hurt."

Youngsters learn tricks of the trade in baseball

Dan Drum was giving a group of 10- to 16-year-olds his version of "Sacrifice Bunt 101." His directions were crisp split the bat into thirds. Scoot up in the batter's box when you turn back from getting the bunt sign, so you don't clue the other team in. These guys are throwing 75 to 80 mph, so that's why you pinch it and put your hand behind the barrel.

Celebrating cycling

Riders gearing up for weekend bike festival

Steamboat Springs cyclist Ethan Johnson was looking Wednesday to trade his off-road tires for some that would provide a smoother ride. The local biker, who has been tearing up his age division off road in the local Town Challenge Series, is setting his sights on the pavement and a road bike criterium this Sunday after returning from a state-level mountain bike race in Crested Butte.

Race Across America hits town

Local giving defending champ a run for her money

Andrea Clavadetscher of Liechtenstein was the first cyclist in the 2001 Race Across America to reach Steamboat Springs on Wednesday night. He was a little more than 1,165 miles into his journey and being chased by several riders including Danny Chew of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Rob Kisch of Port Orange, Fla.

Resident: Neighborhood street now bypass

Town trustees consider putting brakes on Washington Avenue speed limit

A Hayden resident is urging the Town Board of Trustees to lower the speed limit on East Washington Avenue because he fears someone is going to get hurt. "There is a lot of traffic on that road going very fast," said Bruce Carson, who lives on Washington Avenue. "Something has to happen because somebody is going to get hurt or killed."

Dance camp kicks off campaign

Perry-Mansfield shares renovation ideas

Perry-Mansfield staff and directors presented a five-year $5 million campaign to a theater filled with donors, alumni, parents and the board of directors Wednesday night. Before a showcase displaying this summer's professional faculty, Perry-Mansfield introduced the crowd to ideas and ways the 76-acre performing arts school and camp will refurbish and rebuild campus facilities.

Man faces menacing charge

A 31-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces a felony charge for allegedly threatening a man with a knife at a local restaurant. Alan Lee Morris has been charged with menacing, a class five felony, by Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James.

The impact of impact fees

Tax affects more than just parks, open space

Impact fees may be a drop in a very large bucket for wealthy second-home owners, but they often make the difference between buying or renting for younger, first-time home buyers, the state's top housing official said. "It's usually younger people looking to get a start who are the hardest hit," said Tom Hart, director of the Colorado Division of Housing said Wednesday.

No uncertain terms

County officials to discuss skyline regulations

The Routt County Planning Commission and the Board of Commissioners will hold a joint work session tonight on restricting new development on ridges in the county. Among the topics to be discussed are guidelines vs. regulations and the definition of "mitigate."

Tuesday, June 19

Entities bicker over child care

City wants more county money

In order for the city to place a half-cent sales tax for child care on the November ballot, the county may have to fork over some of its revenues to equal the money the city will be raising. The debate over whether the city should ask the voters to decide on the tax turned into a debate over which entity the city or the county should be footing the bill for child care Tuesday night.

City on last leg of development code

Residents urged to review community document

With adoption of the new Community Development Code about a month away, the city planning department wants the residents of Steamboat Springs to see the final stages of a document they helped craft.

Players make all-state team

Local girls collect accolades, prepare for summer soccer camps

To anyone who saw Lilia Utu fiercely slide tackle an opponent this season, or win a 50-50 ball to keep a drive alive, it will come as no surprise that the Western Slope League MVP made first team all-state.

Off-duty officers to assist in concert duty

The Hayden Town Board has given permission for police officers to lend their services to a music festival in Steamboat Springs during the Fourth of July holiday.

Hayden band member off to nationals

Nathan Deepe knows how he stacks up against the state when it comes to playing the trombone, but now he will be able to see how he stacks up against the country.

Confusion reigns over rail improvements

Conflicting schedules from different agencies have county, city officials vexed

Traffic delays are expected at railroad crossings in and near Steamboat Springs until mid July to allow Union Pacific Railroad crews to make improvements.

Hayden gets ready for aerial attack

Residents feel sting of mosquito problem

Complaints from residents regarding mosquitoes have become so frequent, Town Hall representatives have decided it is time to take action an aerial assault on the pests has been planned for this week.

Residents encouraged to donate old items to museum

Residents will get a chance to clear out their closets and basements to help a 42-year-old institution the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

McClelland wins YVEA election

Pat McClelland won the right Saturday to represent Steamboat Springs on the board of directors of Yampa Valley Electric Association.

Avid readers anticipate annual book sale

Publications sold by the pound at weekend 'Bibliomaniac' event

Books will be sold by the pound 50 cents a pound to be exact this weekend at Bud Werner Memorial Library's two-day "Bibliomaniac" Book Sale at the Depot Arts Center.

Emerald issue put on hold

Proposal to buy potential mountain preserve buried

It looks like another potential ballot issue dealing with new taxes has fallen by the wayside at least for now.

Council OKs impact fees

Despite strong opposition from members of the business community and two first-time home builders, City Council decided Tuesday night to implement impact fees on new development. The fees, meant to pay for the city's capital costs created by the demands of new development, will charge builders of single-family homes $4,454 per home and builders of office buildings $1,186 per 1,000 square feet, among other fees on other developments.

Rockies rider pedals through past

Former resident comes back home after almost 40 years

The annual Ride the Rockies bike tour is a chance for many cyclists to discover the Colorado mountains, but for 56-year-old Walt Fick, the ride has been more like a trip down memory lane. Fick was born and raised in Steamboat Springs. He left in 1962 after graduating from Steamboat Springs High School but returned on Tuesday as part of the 432-mile Ride the Rockies bike tour.

Monday, June 18

Study may focus on Routt Co.

Group may choose local child-care sites for testing

A Colorado nonprofit group dedicated to early childhood development is looking at Routt County as a possible site to conduct a study on improving quality in child-care settings.

Vehicular assault charge stems from wreck

A suspected drunken driver faces a felony vehicular assault charge stemming from a one-car accident Saturday night just west of Hayden in which a passenger suffered a serious head injury.

Local teens fare well at rodeo

Students just miss chance to make it to nationals

Steamboat Springs cowgirl Genny McGeary headed into last week's Colorado State High School Rodeo Championships with a relatively new horse and some pretty high hopes.

VA facility may be on the way

But no plans are in the works yet for Northwest Colorado

One can't sit down with a group of Routt County veterans and not hear complaints about the lack of veteran medical care in Northwest Colorado.

ATF takes resident into custody

Man faces alleged weapons, immigration violations

An Australian man living in Steamboat Springs has been taken into custody by a federal agency after he was arrested over the weekend on alleged weapons and immigration violations.

McInnis gets earful on airline service

Great Lakes Aviation unveils plan to reduce number of daily flights into YVRA

Great Lakes Aviation revealed a plan Monday to reduce the number of daily flights between Yampa Valley Regional Airport and Denver from eight to six. The change is expected to take place next month, said Dick Fontaine, Great Lakes executive vice president for marketing. The airline also will alter its route from Hayden to Denver to account for elevation and weight limit. The new route, which goes over Wyoming, will add between 13 and 22 minutes to the flights.

Close encounters

Two fawns found injured, taken to Steamboat vet hospital

Two fawns found in the Steamboat Springs area got a rough welcome into the world. Big John, a week-old fawn, was found by Dirk Vanatta lying injured in the middle of the road near Williams Fork on June 11. Vanatta took the fawn to Steamboat Veterinary Hospital.

Getting ready to ride

Steamboat Pro Rodeo Series gears up for opening weekend

It was four full days before the Steamboat Pro Rodeo was scheduled to start, but you can already hear the excitement in the voice of stock contractor Dona Vold Larsen.

Permit processing backed up

Change in City Council's agenda causes slowdown

There is a waiting list printed in red magic marker in the city's planning offices. Right now, the next developer placed on that list won't have a development hearing until Oct. 16.

Impact fees go to final vote

Some say plan creates an unfair burden

With the city hoping to augment its cash-strapped capital projects budget and local business people worried about the cost of development in Steamboat, City Council will take its final vote on impact fees tonight. And because the voters do not need to approve impact fees, City Council's final vote will be the final vote.

Volunteers sought for Ride the Rockies tour

They will provide security, set up stages, direct traffic, set up signs and clean up after some 2,000 riders who roll through Steamboat Springs today and Wednesday.

Sunday, June 17

Trustees tell Oak Creek residents to clean up cluttered yards

Twelve Oak Creek residents identified as violating the nuisance ordinance in the town because of the condition of their property will receive a letter to clean it up or pay a fine, despite the protests of some trustees who said the nuisance law is too subjective.

Taking it easy

Most casual race of running series a big hit with all sorts of racers

Taylor Hatcher, 26, was on a short vacation from a Florida explosives school and decided to sign up for the men's 10K race at the 17th annual Fish Creek Sneak Sunday. The first-timer will be heading back soon to continue training as a search and rescue diver, with a 10K victory to show for his vacation.

CLASS NOTES

Education briefs for June 17

Women see recreational side of gun use

'Women on Target' program offers chance for sharpshooters to hit household items as targets

For many of the first-timers at the National Rifle Association's "Women on Target" program, firing a loaded gun at stationary targets was a harrowing experience. Soon, however, they were lining up targets and squeezing triggers with a confident ease, moving from station to station to test their marksmanship.

Information just a touch away

New kiosk will provide residents with an array of facts

One forward-thinking community group is trying to make accessing complex community information as easy as getting money out of an ATM. The Orton Family Foundation is preparing to set up a kiosk with a touch-screen computer in Centennial Hall that can be used by residents to access everything from planning and tax assessment data to the historical oddities of Steamboat Springs.

Teachers flock to town to learn GIS program

Educators from numerous states will wade through local rivers to learn how to operate and teach the Geographical Information Systems computer program.

Walking an all-around benefit for body

"I used to be a jogger but had bad knees, so I decided that I needed to switch gears and find an exercise program that worked for me," Barry Traverse said. The 44-year-old summer resident of Steamboat Springs started walking last summer with Yampa Valley Medical Center's walking program.

Saturday, June 16

Car rallies rev up pride

They swarmed Lincoln Avenue Saturday; mouths spilling "ooohs" and "ahs" while other admirers simply gawked in sheer, silent awe. They were car lovers who gushed over the more than 400 Ford Mustangs that adorned Steamboat's main street.

TRANSACTIONS

Building permits for June 1-8

Snowboard shop owner tests wakeboard venture

Most business people avoid making waves they keep their heads down and their focus on the bottom line. Not Chris Smith.

Resort Group getting new digs

Construction under way on company's 18,000-square-foot headquarters

Resort Group is raising the bar among local property management companies.

BUSINESS FILE

Mayfield joins SolVista Ranch Ski industry veteran Charlie Mayfield of Steamboat Springs recently accepted the position of vice president of operations and marketing for SolVista Golf and Ski Ranch near Granby.

Diamond: New flights should drive ski numbers

The addition of daily jet flights from Newark and the reinstatement of daily flights from Chicago for next ski season should increase Steamboat's destination business by 6 to 8 percent, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President Chris Diamond said.

Baldinger sees natural shift in market

One of Steamboat's leading Realtors believes the local development/real estate market has expanded too rapidly in the last couple of years.

Reserve funds offset cost of airline program

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is increasing its funding goals for next ski season's airline flight guarantees, even as it continues its efforts to collect the balance of $365,139 remaining from last year.

SIDELINES

Hole in one Larry Fields became the latest golfer to score an ace at the Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs.

Soccer team fares well at tourney

The Steamboat Springs U-14 girls team is looking to carry on a tradition of winning teams in northern Colorado.

Haymaker has high hopes

Board member says permanent clubhouse on the way

Haymaker board member John Vanderbloemen said the wheels have been set in motion to build a permanent clubhouse at the city-owned course.

No holding her back

Despite injuries, Lalive looking forward to Salt Lake City

As if competing in the Olympics isn't tough enough, American hopeful Caroline Lalive is finding out that training can be just as treacherous.

The boys (and girls) of summer

40 youth baseball and 50 girls softball teams have been competing in a Triple Crown tournament this weekend

After pitching the final out in the second inning, Julie Piper breathed a sigh of relief on her way to the dugout. "I'm just glad that I have a good team backing me to help me out," said Piper, who plays for the Colorado Storm softball team.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

They're heeere

As I drove my car into Steamboat Springs from the mountain Friday morning I couldn't help but notice the large number of mini-vans crowding the roadway in front of me as the light turned red.

ENERGY EXPRESS

Want to start exercising? Take your time

Ed is like a lot of us. He wants to get started on an exercise routine he knows he'd feel better and look better if he did, but he just can't make himself get going. He's failed so often he just doesn't have the energy to start again.

Summer fishing is finally here

As the summer draws closer and the waters of the Yampa River begin to lower, locals start noticing fewer kayaks on the water and more fishermen. This is the time when warmer temperatures combine with lower water levels announcing to anglers that the summer fishing season has finally arrived.

A walk in the wild

The woods in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness are humanly quiet. Whether hiking on the Sarvis Creek Trail below Stagecoach or the Silver Creek Trail near Lynx Pass the two closest trailheads to most residents of Routt County the fir, pine, aspen and spruce trees are a green blanket over a pristine ecosystem with only small hints of human inhabitants.

INSIDE OUT

Forest Service looks at logging The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to log 881 acres of trees in the Yampa Ranger District of the Routt National Forest and is asking for public comment.

Family Tradition

The '& Sons' businesses continue to thrive and operate even on Father's Day

It's a tradition that has faded over time but has not completely died out: sons who follow their fathers into the family business. "It's been wonderful. It's a family thing," said Sandy Morris, who keeps track of all the bookkeeping for Morris & Sons Electric, one of three "& Sons" businesses in Steamboat Springs. Her husband, Bill Morris, runs the business with sons Alan and Dale.

Tax plan targets tourism

After meeting with the City Council this week, chamber officials said they are optimistic they can draft a ballot proposal the city will approve the real test may come when the question goes to the voters in November.

LOCAL BRIEFING

Local briefs for June 11-16

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Traffic reflow likely good

The movement of vehicle and pedestrian traffic through Ski Time Square is vital to businesses on the mountain. The city has proposed some changes to redirect traffic in the Ski Time Square area. We asked Doug Terry, owner of Terry Sports, for his thoughts on the changes.

EDUCATION

Education briefs for June 17

Maxine Labaree

1917-2001

Jacqueline C. Morgan

1920-2001

THE RECORD

The record for June 9-15

OUR VIEW

Tweaking proposals

LETTERS

Letters for June 17

Kaleidoscope takes a journey Down Under

Through the eyes of a child

Children will explore the intricate details of the land Down Under through the art and humanities in Kaleidoscope's "Let's Explore Australia" summer program beginning Monday.

WEEKLY PLANNER

Weekly planner for June 18-22

IN BRIEF

In brief for June 17

Yampa gets ready for Ride the Rockies

Porta-potties proliferate to combat roadside urination

Organizers of Ride the Rockies, the bike tour that will swing through South Routt Tuesday, say they hope visions of bicyclists urinating on the side of the highway won't be as prevalent as those sights were in 1998.

AROUND TOWN

Around town for June 17-23

Mobile home

Legendary Kansas house makes its way to Steamboat

In the late 1800s, a judge in Lyons, Kan., got into a dispute with his wife, eventually deciding to divorce her. Not content with a legal separation, the judge cut their beautiful Victorian house in half literally and moved it 6 inches away.

ASKED & ANSWERED

Making the big day 'big'

For some reason, June seems like the most appealing month to tie the knot. Perhaps it's the warm weather and the springtime feeling of things new and fresh that makes people want to get hitched.

ANNIVERSARY

Bob and Shirley Noland

Friday, June 15

Subaru fan: 'Mustang, Shmustang'

Resident predicts 'workhorse' will go down in same category as Model T, VW Bug

The resort area has been inundated with classic "pony cars" from the '60s and '70s this week. But at least one local man wants to make sure the workhorse of Steamboat's automotive culture isn't overlooked.

Suspect arrested on stalking charge

Weapons found in Wyoming man's vehicle

A 54-year-old Rocks Springs, Wyo., man is being held in the Routt County Jail on $100,000 bond stemming from alleged threats he made toward his former girlfriend and her friend. James Theodore Kirts was apprehended about 8 a.m. Wednesday by the Craig Police Department.

April revenues fall

Sales tax collections continue to decline

Excluding the cash the city received in sales taxes from the uncommonly bloated utilities industry, the city was down 2 percent in April as compared to last year. While April is not one of the city's strongest sales tax months, owing in part to the fact that the ski season ends by the middle of the month, the momentary downturn in the local economy starting in March with a 3.5-percent decrease has yet to reverse itself.

Sales tax collections continue to decline

Fort Carson man sentenced to probation

A 33-year-old Fort Carson man was given a chance to prove he can once again become a law abiding citizen despite pleading guilty to a felony charge stemming from a burglary. On Friday morning, 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson sentenced Shawn Jay Moffett to three years of supervised probation.

Man pleads guilty to attempted theft

A 28-year-old Craig man pleaded guilty to a felony for a theft that occurred in early March. Troy Hernandez pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit theft Friday morning in front of 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson.

Swimmers ready for cold competition

An unnaturally cold week in Steamboat Springs may give the Steamboat swim team an edge as it plunges into chilly waters today in Carbondale. "The cold weather has helped the kids prepare," said coach Essi Kenttala.

Resort sell-off in works

Skiing company officials say they are 'encouraged'

American Skiing Company officials said Friday they are satisfied with progress being made toward the sale of the Steamboat Ski Area and continue to predict a closing before the end of the year. However, they declined to elaborate on prospective buyers who have inquired about Steamboat.

Thursday, June 14

Dessert sale to benefit the deserted

Victims of domestic and sexual violence can count on more financial and emotional support after Advocates Against Battering and Abuse's 15th annual "Decadent Desserts" fund-raiser. Hosted by the Sheraton from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the ballroom, about 30 local restaurants and chefs have brought the community an assortment of delectable desserts, coffees and cordials to celebrate a nonprofit organization that assists those in danger.

Hayden Appreciation Day set for Saturday

Once officials from the Yampa Valley Electric Association hold an annual meeting Saturday, a Hayden tradition will follow at the town's park. The Hayden Chamber of Commerce has once again teamed up with YVEA to put on its annual Hayden Appreciation Day.

Groups join forces for best-ever Wing Ding Hoe Down

On Saturday, the streets of Yampa will transform into a breeding ground for some two-stepping feet and boot stomping because the members of the Routt County Cattlewomen and Cattlemen and the Ski Town Lions Club are throwing a street dance for this year's Wing Ding Hoe Down. For years the Cattlewomen and Cattlemen have thrown the dance party as a fund-raiser for the group, moving it to different parts of the county each year. The Ski Town Lions Club also had a country dance of their own, called the Hoe Down. Last year the groups joined forces, Cattlewoman Nancy Mucklow said.

After meeting with the Planning Commission Thursday, Greg Gallavan realized he may not have needed a conceptual review to get bumper boats and a climbing wall a

The 2001 graduating class of Leadership Steamboat has already left its imprint on the community. Michael Peilet told 55 people at a Chamber Business to Business luncheon this week that the group took on restoration work at the city's Legacy Ranch barns as its group project.

Amusement park proposal goes before commission

After meeting with the Planning Commission Thursday, Greg Gallavan realized he may not have needed a conceptual review to get bumper boats and a climbing wall approved for Amaze'n Steamboat. The Planning Commission had few concerns with the proposed development, which is off of U.S. 40 behind the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association building.

Locals receive gift of life right at home

As Katelynn Turner lay in the Level II nursery attached to a ventilator at the Yampa Valley Medical Center nearly three weeks ago, her mother, Susan, prayed that her daughter's lungs would develop properly.

A picture of protection

Area children will be asked to smile for the camera this Saturday but not simply to say "Cheese." The program, sponsored locally by Steamboat Motors, is part of a national campaign called "Commitment to Kids Safety ID Day," which attempts to maintain a record of a child's picture, fingerprints and description so law enforcement agencies can keep better track of the youngsters.

Electric association to hold meeting

Members of Yampa Valley Electric Association will choose a new director for the rural cooperative at its annual meeting in Hayden on Saturday. Pat McClelland and Paul Sachs of Steamboat Springs are matched in the only contested race this spring.

Trustees alarmed by blaze

The Oak Creek Board of Trustees asked members of the Oak Creek Fire District for some notice the next time the volunteer firefighters set a controlled burn for training purposes. The request came Thursday at a town meeting, days after firefighters burned down the old American Legion building in Oak Creek on Sunday for training purposes.

Local ride honors horse tradition

Fund-raiser benefits 4-H scholarship fund

The Quentin Semotan Memorial 4-H Benefit ride is more than just a fund-raiser it's an effort to bring out local folks who work and breed horses. "I think it's important in sustaining our quarter horse history," said Trenia Sanford whose grandfather, Quentin, helped found the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association.

Local teams missing from Triple Crown

After bailing out of an upcoming hardball tournament, two Steamboat Springs baseball teams have left Triple Crown's Sean Hardy trying to fill some last-minute slots. "It's frustrating for me," said Hardy, Triple Crown Sports baseball director. "I held several spots for these local teams. The week before the tournament, they drop out."

Dogs will join runners for Fish Creek Sneak

When the annual Fish Creek Sneak foot race begins Sunday, there is a good chance many will be dogging it to the finish line. The race, which starts at 9 a.m. at Ski Haus, involves a 10K course, a 5K course and a jog with your dog, said Emily Conjura, Steamboat Springs Running Series director.

Ride the Rockies

Community, local cyclists gear up for scenic event

The ride will take 2,000 cyclists an estimated 432 miles across the state of Colorado in just six days. During the journey, riders will be challenged by the heights of Cottonwood (12,126 feet), Tennessee (10,424) and Rabbit Ears (9,426) passes. But local rider Karen Connell thinks the biggest challenge of the ride will come on day five when the adventure takes her to 12,183 feet as she passes over Trail Ridge Road towards Estes Park. That section of the ride is just 65 miles, but the description of that section has made an impression on Connell who is a first-time rider.

Cultural event honors heritage

WestFest should stimulate late-summer tourism

The local organizer of a western heritage festival that began in Copper Mountain 14 years ago promises spurs and chaps aplenty when WestFest comes to Steamboat Springs this Labor Day weekend. The city decided Tuesday night to grant $25,000 to support WestFest, a two-day music and cultural festival that is being organized locally by Doug Terry of Terry Sports.

McInnis wants PILT fully funded

Congressman will be in town to discuss new legislation

Congressman Scott McInnis wants to see some of the federal dollars Routt County receives ramped up to account for inflation. McInnis, will be in Steamboat Monday for a town meeting. He recently introduced legislation that would increase the money Routt County and the 35 other counties in his Third Congressional District receive as payment in lieu of taxes they might otherwise receive on federal lands.

Wednesday, June 13

Weather or not

Spring frost wreaks havoc with area ranchers

When Nate Mead started his car Wednesday morning at his home near Steamboat Lake, he felt some d vu. "I had to get my brush out and brush the snow off my car," he said.

Trustees to discuss controlled burn

Oak Creek residents not happy with burning of building

The Oak Creek Board of Trustees will discuss the Oak Creek Fire District conducting a controlled burn of the old American Legion building in town at its meeting tonight.

Expense fund probe continues

DA seeks replacement attorney

A special investigator said Wednesday he is close to finishing an investigation into an expense fund of former 14th Judicial Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann.

Let's make a deal

Triple Crown Sports president wants to continue bringing tourneys to town

Triple Crown Sports President Dave King announced Wednesday he intends to reach a deal with the city of Steamboat Springs that would continue bringing his national softball, baseball and soccer tournaments here beyond their 20th year in Steamboat.

Second Town Challenge race goes smoothly

Just more than minutes into Wednesday night's grueling Mount Werner Hill Climb, Steamboat Springs racer Ben Zambrana was feeling pretty good about his race.

Mustang Roundup kicks off

13th annual event about more than cars

An 18-hole golf tournament will kick off the 13th annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup today at the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club.

Clark woman hurt in crash

Sport utility vehicle rolls three times on C.R. 129

A 45-year-old Clark woman escaped with only minor injuries Monday when her sport utility vehicle rolled three times in an accident on County Road 129.

Plane wreck remains on bottom of lake

A single-engine plane with four victims inside will remain in 46 feet of water in a remote lake in Northwest Colorado until a private helicopter with enough power is found to lift it out, authorities said.

Skier days fall short

Strong 2000-2001 season dwindles

The Steamboat Ski Area counted 1,003,317 skier days last season, down 21,515 from the previous year. The numbers represent about a 2.1 percent drop in the number of people who skied Steamboat last winter.

Yampa Valley Beef begins jerking market

Portable snack preserves profits

The homegrown Yampa Valley Beef company is branching out with a new product this week beef jerky.

Reapportionment moves forward

White, Taylor see shuffling in their districts

State Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, is preparing to say his good-byes to Vail, and State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, may be about to get acquainted with portions of Mesa and Delta counties.

Amaze'n Steamboat seeks to add to facility

Greg Gallavan is trying to see how much fun he can pack into 3 acres at Amaze'n Steamboat.

A day for Ol' Glory

Celebrating flag steeped in history

Today is a day that often passes without any special notice. But for traditionalists, it's Flag Day, a day to show patriotism.

Tuesday, June 12

Sales-tax proposal needs work

Council rejects chamber's revised attempt at funding

The chamber will have to hope that the third time's a charm after the Steamboat City Council balked Tuesday night at supporting a revised proposal presented by the chamber to put a sales-tax ballot question to the voters in November. The chamber will try to bring back a revised proposal by July 17.

City closer to protecting mobile home residents

The Steamboat Springs City Council took a big first step Tuesday night toward adopting a potentially unprecedented ordinance in Colorado to protect residents of mobile home parks.

Group extends survey deadline

The group trying to save Emerald Mountain from development did not get much response from a survey they sent out in late May, so they're extending the deadline for accepting the surveys.

Roads closing for Cog Rally

The Routt County Commissioners have authorized the temporary closure of certain rural county roads, making a road rally race more feasible this September.

Young cowboys, cowgirls off to rodeo finals

Eight Routt County athletes will put their hopes for a state title on the line this week as they open competition at the Colorado High School Rodeo Finals in Greeley.

On a roll

Steamboat Roller Hockey League offers unique atmosphere for youngsters

Temperatures were in the high 80s Monday as Alex Berger skated around the sizzling blacktop of the Steamboat Ski Area's Meadows Parking Lot.

Golf camp set for Monday

A camp designed to teach golf fundamentals to local youths will take place at the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club starting Monday.

Trails high and dry

When Don Markley, owner of Steamboat Lake Outfitters, took his family on a pack trip near Sand Mountain, he noticed something unique. "It is dry out there already," he said.

Monday, June 11

CU president wants to bridge gap

Hoffman discusses plan to provide more opportunities to rural areas at forum

The University of Colorado brings in more than $500 million annually through fund-raising. The goal is to have that number to $5 billion by 2010, said university President Elizabeth "Betsy" Hoffman.

Turnaround may ease traffic

City discusses congestion in Ski Time Square

Business and condo owners affected by the congested and sometimes confusing traffic in Ski Time Square got a look at possible changes that might affect them.

School board members take closer look at budget

Steamboat Springs School Board members were confronted with a new preliminary district budget for the 2001-2002 school year at Monday night's study session. Dale Mellor, finance director for the school district, presented board members with new figures that added Medicaid, pay for performance and an increase of $1.5 million to the total revenues in the preliminary budget.

New Pilot & Today editor off and running

Scott Stanford has been named editor of the Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Hayden Valley Press, Publisher Suzanne Schlicht announced.

Otten may buy BoSox

Former American Skiing Co. CEO Les Otten has surfaced a leader of one of the groups that has shown interest in purchasing the Boston Red Sox baseball team.

Wedding gifts allegedly stolen

Guest reportedly takes cards containing cash

A 35-year-old Oak Creek woman has been arrested and charged with stealing cash gifts from a wedding she attended Saturday night.

Mobile home status on table

City staff plans to make changes to proposal

A proposal designed to protect the assets and stabilize the lives of mobile home park residents is coming back to the City Council tonight, but city staff plans to recommend changes to the proposal.

Man hurt in rollover accident on River Road

A 50-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested after he and his dog were involved in a rollover accident Monday morning. Gary Lynn Foeller was traveling on River Road in his brown 1985 Nissan truck when he went off the right side of the road into a steep embankment just after 10 a.m. at about milepost 18, said Colorado State Trooper Brett Hilling.

Hard-fought battle worth the reward

A physically exhausted Patty Kreutz was nursing her sunburn as she returned back to work Monday morning. Her physical condition was the result of playing more than eight hours of tennis Sunday, in the blistering heat of the sun, at the finals of the Intermountain Senior Sectional Championship.

Search for missing plane ends

Officials: Wreckage in lake is that of Piper Cherokee

The May 29 journey of four Reno, Nev., men to Denver in a single-engine plane for a hockey game ended in the frigid waters of a remote lake in northwestern Colorado, authorities have now confirmed.

First Bares, Broncs and Bulls Brawl a success

Jeff Miller, Bryan Costner and Lucas Hamilton walked away from Steamboat's first ever Bares, Broncs and Bulls Brawl as winners last weekend. The rough stock only event drew good-sized crowds and organizer Trini Riley said she was happy with the event, which is still in its first year.

Tax plan shifts

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort has abandoned a plan to ask the City Council to put a 1.5-cent sales tax increase on the ballot and instead will seek a more focused tax on such things as restaurant meals and lift tickets, a chamber executive said Monday. The changes, which will be proposed to the council tonight, are meant to minimize the impact on local residents and make it easier to pass the tax, Chamber Executive Vice President Sandy Evans-Hall said while speaking to a meeting of the Steamboat chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association.

Sunday, June 10

Drug-supply shortage hitting home

Affect on Steamboat hasn't been as pronounced as other towns around state

Pharmaceutical production shutdowns are have caused drug shortages for doctors in hospitals throughout the state, including some in Steamboat Springs.

Treatments available for sufferers of 'reflux'

GERD can lead to major health problems if not taken seriously

"It happens to almost everyone at one time or another. You bend over to tie your shoes, and stuff from your stomach washes into your mouth," says John Sharp, M.D., gastroenterologist with Yampa Valley Medical Associates. "But if this happens on a regular basis, and you have other symptoms that cause you distress like heartburn, chest pain or painful swallowing, you may be experiencing gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD."

Kids get incentives for reading

Library offers prizes for students who read over summer

A cardboard box of toys and other gifts sit in Currie Meyer's office waiting to be rummaged through by children who are dedicating time during the summer to read. Meyer, coordinator of this year's Summer Reading Program, said her goals are to keep children reading over the summer and to stay connected with the library.

Pets endure weather at adopt-a-thon

Despite thunderstorm, heat, several animals find new homes

Hayden the dog was trying to get someone at the dog adopt-a-thon to take him home. "I get along with all people and dogs, but I'm a little shy," read the page hanging outside the black Labrador/shepherd's cage. "I know I'm plain-looking, but if you spend some time with me, I know I'll win you over."

Forever immortalized

Family, friends, community gather as statue of Rich Weiss is unveiled along banks of the Yampa

The world came to a standstill as Peter Van De Carr read his memories of the late Dr. Rich Weiss at the edge of the Yampa River. The blues playing in the background stopped. Bike riders and dog walkers paused to listen in. Even passing kayakers managed to struggle against the river's flow to watch as one of the greatest in their sport was remembered.

Saturday, June 9

STEVEN R. LUNDT

1970-2001

TRANSACTIONS

Real estate transactions for May 31 to June 6

ENGAGEMENT

Miller and Perkins

BIRTHS

Birth announcements for May 23 to June 3

ASKED & ANSWERED

What to get Dad on his day

Children scan their minds to be creative, they run in and out of stores the day before and bring Mom along to pay for the ultimate annual Father's Day gift.

AROUND TOWN

Around town for June 3-9

What's in a name

Exploring the origins of the places of Routt County

Routt County was named for Col. John L. Routt, who was the last territorial and first state governor of Colorado. Routt first achieved notoriety in the Civil War. An Illinois carpenter, Routt organized and was elected captain of the 94th Illinois Volunteer Regiment. While at the Battle of Vicksburg, Routt caught the eye of General Ulysses S. Grant when he volunteered to ride a 24-hour round trip to headquarters to outfit his regiment with ample ammunition, according to research done by Albert B. Sanford.

Establishment a welcomed addition

Proposed hotel next step in railroad housing evolution

Times change even in South Routt. Before phone lines were strung in the railroad community of Phippsburgh, a messenger boy referred to as a "call boy," was hired to bang on the doors at the "beaneries" that housed railroad employees to let them know that the train had arrived and it was time to go to work.

IN BRIEF

In brief for June 3-9

CLASS NOTES

Students show the 'write' stuff

Third-graders experience the roles of authors, publishers

Third-grade students at Strawberry Park Elementary peeked inside the life of authors and publishers this year when they entered Scholastic's "Kids Are Authors" contest. Each of the four third-grade classes planned, researched and created a book written and illustrated by children for children for the first time in the school's history. Three classes chose to incorporate an outer space theme for their book, which correlated with the curriculum during the time.

THE RECORD

The record for June 2-8

LETTERS

Letters for June 4-9

OUR VIEW

Paying to preserve

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday lamented a missed opportunity when developer Paul Franklin presented his plans to develop Elkins Meadow, a 104-acre parcel off Fish Creek Falls Road that many have described as one of the most scenic in the city.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Does 'for sale' mean all bets are off?

With the announcement from American Skiing that the ski resort at Steamboat Springs is up for sale, many speculate that this is just another sign that the industry is getting a wake-up call. We asked Chris Diamond, president of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. how he reads the tea leaves and what the future of the industry might mean here at home.

LOCAL BRIEFING

Local briefs for June 4-9

School finances go beyond basic math

School finance has been compared to a Russian novel an indication of the length of time and the strength of will it takes to get through it, and, indeed, of the fact that everyone seems to die at the end. With that as a disclaimer, it's time to delve into the numbers again.

Dog day afternoon

Local pups show their stuff at the river

From the popularity of the Crazy Riverdog competition at the Yampa River Festival Saturday to just taking a walk around town, it's evident that Steamboat Springs is a dog's community. More than 40 people signed up for the Crazy Riverdog competition, where judges timed dogs fetching a stick from the river at Dr. Rich Weiss Park, said Joan Dunham, who is a Yampa River Festival organizer.

A life on the river

Every spring when the snow melts, and the gently rolling waters of the Yampa River begin to swell to capacity, local paddlers head to the shores of Dr. Rich Weiss Park. After today, a memorial of Steamboat's most famous paddler, Rich Weiss, will greet all who visit the park. His form will forever watch over the cool mountain waters where the world-class kayaker's love of the sport of whitewater slalom racing was born.

Horns a'plenty

Bares, Broncs and Bulls Brawl debuts at Romick Arena

The main grandstands at Romick Rodeo Arena were packed with people and event organizer Trini Riley couldn't have asked for better matchups in the short go than she got on Friday night.

Swiggart going for seven

Steamboaters doing well in Intermountain Senior Sectional Championship

Steamboat tennis player Jim Swiggart inched a step closer to winning the men's 50s singles title at the Intermountain Senior Sectional Championship tournament Saturday.

SIDELINES

Take a sneak up the creek The Steamboat Springs running series will return on June 17 with the annual Fish Creek Sneak.

Thundering up Thunderhead

About 200 gearheads will zigzag up Mount Werner Wednesday as they set out for the Thunderhead Gondola building.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

A Rich legacy

A statue will be unveiled today in Steamboat Springs. To some the work of art will stand as just that, a nice piece of art to be looked at and admired. And why not?

Rolling on the river

Finding a green wave section and a foaming hole section in a river is a kayaker's dream. "The best is when you're swapping cartwheels right next to someone who's surfing a nice green wave," said Josh Karzen, Steamboat kayak instructor. "An ideal play spot is when you combine the two."

That's life

When it comes to the spruce beetle and mountain pine beetle epidemic in Routt County, I'm tired of hearing the phrase: "That's too bad."

ENERGY EXPRESS

The three scientifically best ways to work your abs

OK, let's face it, we're an ab-obsessed country. We all want to bounce quarters off abdominal muscles that are tight, toned and deliciously rippled, so we do our crunches; we roll up and back on our Ab Rockers; we use weights and balls; and now, by the millions, we're buying into yet another ab machine heavily advertised on TV, the Torso Track "For Trimmer, Tougher Abs Beyond Your Wildest Dreams!"

INSIDE OUT

Oh, shoot! The National Rifle Association is sponsoring a charity women's shooting event on June 16 and a couples fun-shoot on June 17 at the Routt County Rifle Club.

Gondola General transformed

Entrepreneurs fill half of Gondola Square store with classy garden accessories

Did someone say ribit? Walk into Gondola General this summer and you may be surprised to find yourself in a garden store. In the same space where T-shirts, ski goggles, gloves and sunscreen hold sway in winter, you'll now find birdhouses, arbors and compact patio furniture. You may also be taken aback by the frog who greets you at the entrance.

BUSINESS FILE

Grand catering off-site events The Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center is now arranging and catering off-site events on the destination's famous mountain.

Federal tax cuts lead to more money in consumer pockets

Look for a $300 check from Uncle Sam coming soon to a mailbox near you. Or, if your 2000 federal tax filing status was "married filing jointly," double the amount of that check.

Angler's Retreat a unique opportunity

High level of harmony and quality will grace new subdivision

Jerry Stanford has been a builder in Steamboat Springs for more than 15 years, but he's never had an opportunity like the one Angler's Retreat presents.

Home a 'healing arts center'

Residents' vision comes to life at Oak Street business

Two years ago, Linda Halteman and Steve "Lewi" Lewis didn't know if they could realize their dream. Now, they're the proud owners of a 3,800-square-foot commercial building on Oak Street.

Friday, June 8

Local volleys his way to tourney semifinals

With a two-set victory in the Intermountain Senior Sectional Championship tournament Friday, Steamboat's Jim Swiggart vaulted himself into the semifinals. Swiggart, a six-time champion of the nine-year tournament at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, defeated Bob Pearson of Fort Collins in the men's 50s division.

Accused shoplifter apprehended

A Steamboat Springs police officer had to use force Thursday to apprehend a 31-year-old Oak Creek man who allegedly attempted to steal a cart full of groceries from a local store. Steamboat Springs Officer Paul Timmons used his baton and pepper spray to arrest Eugene Walter Vigil just after 1:30 p.m. on Pine Grove Road.

University president to visit area

Monday's presentation will focus on outreach program

In an attempt to reach students in Routt County, University of Colorado President Elizabeth Hoffman will discuss the university's business development, distance learning and outreach programs. Accompanied by CU Regent Maureen Ediger, Hoffman and other university officials present "CU in Routt County," a community luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Sheraton.

Search for plane continues

Aircraft still undiscovered

For the fourth straight day, authorities searched a remote lake in the White River National Forest in an attempt to find a single-engine airplane carrying four Nevada men that is believed to have crashed in the water. On Friday, Rio Blanco Sheriff's deputies and a high-elevation dive team from Summit County searched the murky, mossy water of the upper Marvine Lake for the blue and white Piper Cherokee PA-28, said Michael Fergus, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Feeling the 'fee-ver'

Some vendors sickened by city permit price increase

How much shaved ice would Cat's Hawaiian Shaved Ice have to sell to pay the city's permitting fees? That's the question Cat Reuter tried to answer when she realized she would be asked to pay the city $500 to operate the same shaved ice stand she opened on the corner of 5th Street and Lincoln last year for only $125.

'Sacred cows make the best hamburgers'

Marketing expert says Steamboat must mean more than just skiing

Whether they know it or not, more people want to come to Steamboat Springs. Before the community goes after that untapped demand, Dennis Marzella said, it should decide how many tourists it really wants to attract. After that, it's just a matter of spending money on well-tuned marketing campaigns.

'Lightning' hopes to shock

Swim team ready to dive into meet

Steamboat's 'Team Lightning' will head into its second meet of the season today riding a wave of momentum captured last weekend at home. Essi Kenttala, head coach of the Steamboat Springs swim program, said the local team is going into Rangely with a lot of confidence.

Thursday, June 7

Food-stamp trafficker deported

Sascha Karl Fischer's stay in the country has ended because of his felony conviction for buying $4,000 worth of food when $10,000 was mistakenly credited to his food stamp account. The German man pleaded guilty to trafficking food stamps earlier this week in front of 14th Judicial District Judge Richard P. Doucette.

Going after RVers, MTVers

Steamboat tourism must attract both sides of generation gap

Ski Town U.S.A. is being pulled inexorably into a post-industrial age where experiences, not possessions, are the currency of the day. The challenge for Steamboat is to retain its sense of community while appealing to tourists from both sides of the MTV generational gap, Hal Rothman told a local audience Thursday night.

Debris confirms plane crash

Search continues for aircraft, men

A wheel fender and a T-shirt found in a remote lake in the White River National Forest has been identified as belonging to a missing airplane and one of the four men that was on board. The Rio Blanco Sheriff's Office confirmed Thursday a fender found in the upper Marvine Lake belongs to a Piper Cherokee PA-28 that was carrying four Reno, Nev., men May 29, said Allen Kenitzer, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

Tournament draws area's best

When the Intermountain Senior Sectional Championship continues at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs today, 21 local players will be fighting for name recognition.

Special Olympians show their mettle

Like a humble medalist, Joe Arnold gave praise to his coaches after turning out a stellar performance at the Colorado Special Olympics. "I've been doing this for a long time," said Arnold, a Steamboat Springs resident who collected two silvers and two bronzes.

Proper irrigation important

It's almost time to help Mother Nature in her endeavor to keep things green. Yes, I am talking about your irrigation system. If you are using an automatic system or dragging a hose around your yard there are some pointers that can save you time, money and most importantly water.

Students say goodbye to school year

Teachers, administrators see increase in good behavior

Smiles, shouts, laughs and reminiscing of the school year touched the faces and hearts of teachers, administrators and most of all students, during the last day of school Thursday. It was a day of student recognition, outdoor activities and most of all fun.

River festival runs course today

Rich Weiss has been, and now, literally, always will be a part of the Yampa River. As part of the Yampa River Festival, a bronze statue of Weiss, a two-time Olympic kayaker, will be unveiled at 10 a.m. Sunday, at the Dr. Rich Weiss Park.

City, county join forces on plan

Residents to be asked to serve on advisory groups

City and county officials say they've learned the hard lesson from Steamboat Springs' effort to revise its Community Development Code. The effort has taken too long five years and counting, city officials have said.

Wednesday, June 6

Debris recovered but aircraft still not found

Searchers continue to scour Lake Marvine

Gary Coulter was the last person to see four Reno, Nev., men who were traveling on a small plane that is believed to have crashed into Lake Marvine in the White River National Forest last week. Coulter for the past 41 years has been managing the airport in Meeker, which is where a Piper Cherokee PA-28 flown by Richard "Dan" Filippe stopped to refuel May 29.

Football: The weight is over

Before helmets begin butting and pads start popping, weights will start flying at Steamboat Springs High School. "We're ready to hit the weight room hard this summer," said Tanner Barr, the projected starting quarterback for the Sailors.

Fat City awash in memories

The Fat City Showdown was like a walk down memory lane for Steamboat Springs paddler Dan Brabec, who won the local men's class at Tuesday's whitewater rodeo event. "It was good. I used to compete as a pro, but that was before I got old and retired," Brabec said.

Airport parking policies reviewed

Enforcement hours to be extended

A Hayden officer may have his hours expanded this upcoming ski season to enforce parking, which may include issuing tickets, at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. This past January, the town and Routt County entered an agreement where Ed Corriveau worked part time at the airport in an attempt to solve parking woes there.

River dogs to hone stick tricks Saturday

For the first time ever, participants in this year's Crazy Riverdog Contest will have to pay a $5 per entry fee to participate. The money will go into a fund aimed at building a hydraulic below the 13th Street Bridge. A hydraulic, or hole, is a depression in the river caused by reverse water flow.

Every dog (and cat) has its day

Adopt-A-Thon brings new life to pets

The man at the other end of the telephone line was in tears. He was leaving Steamboat Springs and going through a rough time; the friends he had entrusted his dogs to were getting a divorce and couldn't keep them. All the California humane shelters he called had a policy requiring the animals to be destroyed after 48 hours. Sanne Pollak, an animal control officer at the Steamboat Springs/Routt County Animal Shelter who compassionately listened as the man described his plight, was his last hope.

Area woman dies from apparent heart attack

Restaurant patrons make effort to revive victim

An 84-year-old Steamboat Springs woman having lunch at a local restaurant died Wednesday afternoon after she went into cardiac arrest. Maxine Labaree was pronounced dead at Yampa Valley Medical Center at about 2:13 p.m. after numerous attempts were made by emergency personnel to revive the woman.

No longer bearable

City considers garbage containers designed to stave of wildlife raids

When bears climb into the urban canyon that is Steamboat Springs this summer looking for food, they may be disappointed. Trash cans bears have rooted through in the past will have to be modified to keep animals out if the city passes a new trash ordinance in two weeks.

Tuesday, June 5

Camilletti gravel pit OK'd

County commissioners approve operation south of Milner

In a hearing that extended late into the evening Tuesday, the Routt County Board of Commissioners allowed the Camillettis to remain in the gravel business for another 10 years, unanimously approving a gravel pit south of Milner.

City pushes bike program

The bright yellow streaks that will be flying across the streets of Steamboat Springs starting today are free bikes but to city employee Dave Gardner, they're pure gold.

Suspected crash site found

Searchers comb lake for aircraft debris

Authorities searching for a missing plane converged Tuesday morning on the upper Marvine Lake after a fisherman reported finding debris thought to be from the aircraft. Rio Blanco County Sheriff Phil Stubblefield had a dive team from Rangely Search and Rescue at the scene trying to locate signs of the plane and the four Nevada men it carried.

Public ice skating programs improving

Don't be surprised if there are a few more theme nights during public skating when the Howelsen Ice Arena reopens next fall.

Carnival ticket prices increase after today

Today will be the last day to buy discounted tickets for the "Barn Raising Carnival" sponsored by the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and the Routt County Fair Board.

Travel habits topic of summit

Forum set for Thursday and Friday at Steamboat Grand

Americans' travel habits are evolving quickly, and local business leaders will spend Thursday evening and all day Friday learning how they can adjust to the prevailing trends. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association hosts Economic Summit 2001 Thursday and Friday at the Steamboat Grand Resort and Conference Center.

Kayakers make a splash

Fat City Showdown attracts whitewater enthusiasts

Whitewater paddler Barry Kennon's journey brought him to Steamboat Springs Tuesday where he made a splash in the cold, fast moving waters of the Yampa River at the first Fat City Showdown. "I'm pretty sure I made it into the finals round, so it was a pretty good showing," Kennon said on Tuesday afternoon. The finals were held later that evening.

Council takes first look at Elkins Meadow

It wasn't easy for some City Council members to put aside personal feelings when they reviewed a development permit for Elkins Meadow, a 104-acre site south of Fish Creek Falls Road Tuesday night.

Monday, June 4

Searchers believe to have found site where missing plane crashed

No tell-tale debris reported to have been discovered yet

Dive teams and a search helicopter converged today morning on a lake in the White River National Forest where authorities believe a missing plane went down. Recovery workers are focusing on upper Marvine Lake, which is 30 miles east of Meeker in the Flat Top Wilderness area.

Rollover crash claims life

Alcohol may have played part in early morning accident

A 31-year-old Oak Creek man died early Monday after the vehicle he was driving flipped on County Road 14.

Team has no luck in search

The Colorado Civil Air Patrol has narrowed its search for a small plane missing since early last week, but aerial and ground efforts Monday again came up empty.

River rodeo set to raise funds for Yampa

Fat City Showdown starts at noon today

Pro- and high caliber-class kayakers, fresh off a preregistration cookout Monday, are amped and ready to compete in the Fat City Showdown today at the Z-Hole on the Yampa River. Preceding this weekend's Yampa River Festival, Fat Eddy's Threadworks and Paddler Magazine worked closely with Friends of the Yampa to organize a pro-caliber whitewater rodeo to help fund river projects and boost business.

County to decide on fate of Camilletti gravel pit tonight

The county will take another look at the 50-acre Camilletti gravel pit tonight to decide whether the applicants can move forward with the pit and how they will have to mitigate its impact. The proposed pit is a half-mile south of Milner.

Moffat County bills TWA for damage

Commissioners want compensation for inadvertent landing at Craig airport

When A TransWorld Airlines MD-80 jetliner with 117 passengers on board landed at the Craig/Moffat Airport March 14, it was in the wrong place at the right time. Now the Moffat County Board of Commissioners wants TWA to write the board a check.

Deadline for tax-payment installment nears

The deadline for property-tax payments for people who chose to take a two-payment installment plan is only 10 days away.

Rodeo season set for opening

Roughstock cowboys to compete in Brawl this weekend

Promoters of Steamboat Springs' first Bares, Broncs and Bulls Brawl are hoping to draw 5,000 spectators to the Romick Rodeo Arena this weekend for a unique brand of bucking action.

School board awarded more than $1.7M

The Steamboat Springs School Board accepted more than $1.7 million Monday from the Education Fund Board to pay for 19 items ranging from creating smaller class sizes to upgrading technology.

Council to review motel plans

City will hear latest discussions on Nordic Lodge project

The owners of the Nordic Lodge may be done waiting on a major development permit to build an 8,324-square-foot addition to their motel to be approved.

Softball matches get under way

The familiar ping of the bat and the slap of softballs hitting leather gloves returned to the fields at Howelsen Hill Monday night.

Sunday, June 3

The scoop on sunglasses

UV rays can cause more than sunburns

The thought of a summer sunburn makes most people reach for a bottle of sunscreen with a protective factor of at least 15. But how many of us shield our eyes from those same ultraviolet rays with equal zeal?

Three-peat

Jason Saitta blows past competition to win 3rd straight Steamboat Marathon

Those who lagged far behind Jason Saitta in the Steamboat Marathon Sunday finished in a storm. About an hour after Saitta crossed the finish line, a single-file line of runners were still trucking the last leg of the race on U.S. 40 East through rain, wind and lightning.

Man collapses during 10K, in stable condition

Art Montz, a 69-year-old runner from Broomfield, was listed in stable condition Sunday after collapsing during the 10K run portion of the Steamboat Springs Marathon, said Carol Schaffer, spokeswoman for Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Spectators rally runners along course

A gray day with hints of rain didn't stop a crowd from gathering downtown to cheer on runners in the 20th annual Steamboat Springs Marathon. The bulk of the spectators crowded into the home stretch between Seventh Street and the Routt County Courthouse. Several smaller groups also watched from various points along the 26.2-mile route.

Civil Air Patrol narrows search

Witnesses say they saw low-flying plane east of Meeker

The Colorado Civil Air Patrol focused its search for a missing plane on the Marvine Ranch in Rio Blanco County after getting separate tips from possible witnesses in the area. Capt. Bob Machacek, one of the coordinators of the search mission based out of Steamboat Springs, said the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Department received tips late Saturday from residents on the ranch 30 miles east of Meeker.

Preservation surveys released

Group asking residents if they will help save Emerald

The Emerald Mountain Partnership wants to know how deeply the community is willing to reach into its pockets to hold on to the aspen and spruce-covered hills of Emerald Mountain. Fifteen hundred registered voters from Steamboat and the surrounding rural fire district received a survey this week in preparation for a possible ballot question this November on paying for Emerald Mountain.

Myhre honored as SSHS Teacher of the Year

During the school year, Steamboat Springs High School teacher Lucianne Myhre was responsible for nearly 130 students in three different classes.

Saturday, June 2

IN BRIEF

WEEKLY PLANNER

Weekly planner for June 4-9

Steamboat scholarships awarded

Sailors collect awards during graduation ceremonies

CLASS NOTES

Class notes for May 27 to June 2

LETTERS

Letters for May 28 to June 2.

OUR VIEW

For sale

The announcement last week that American Skiing Co. plans to sell the Steamboat Ski Area didn't exactly send shock waves through the Steamboat community.

THE RECORD

The record for May 27 to June 1

Marie C. Fitzgerald

1922-2001

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

The 'trench warfare' of tourism

With the recent announcement of the sale of the ski area and the forecast that the skiing industry itself is one a downward slope, what is it going to take to get people back in the binders? Pat O'Donnell, CEO of Aspen Skiing Co., gives thought-provoking insight of what it's going to take to get the industry alive and well. (Interview courtesy of the Aspen Times and Aspen Times staff writer Brent Gardner-Smith.)

LOCAL BRIEFING

Local briefing for May 28 to June 3

Please fence me in

Fence-building expert Ed Mumm had been giving the Community Fence Day volunteers plenty of advice as they trained to fix the 70-year-old fence at Legacy Ranch. Their interest peaked when he snapped off a piece of the thick fence wire with a swift flick of his fingers.

Smooth sailing

148 senior Steamboat's largest class ever took part in graduation ceremonies Saturday

Deb Zimmerer fought back tears as her daughter walked through the doors of the Steamboat Springs High School gymnasium for graduation. "Suzanne!" she called out over the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance." "I'm so proud of you hun." Suzanne Zimmerer nodded then smiled, and continued down the center of the gym as tears rolled down her mother's cheeks.

In it for the run

20th Steamboat Marathon gets under way today

The night before the first Steamboat Marathon, race organizers painted cinder blocks and placed them along the 26.2-mile route to each mile of scenic race along Elk River Road. By the morning, most of the blocks near town were gone, apparently stolen, said Steve Maloney, who ran in that race.

Running back for more

Jason Saitta hopes for a repeat of his first-place finish in the Steamboat Marathon

Before arriving for today's Steamboat Marathon, returning champ Jason Saitta had a prediction to make.

TRANSACTIONS

Real estate transaction for May 24-30

INSIDE OUT

108 million eggs and counting Employees and volunteers for the Colorado Division of Wildlife collected about 108 million walleye eggs this spring to be used to benefit Colorado fisheries.

Incredible edibles

Walking Spring Creek Trail with naturalist Karen Vail is like walking through a grocery store with Martha Stewart.

Go outside and do something

I will always advocate being in the outdoors. Biking, dirt biking, hiking, hunting, skiing, snowmobiling, paddling and fishing all falls in the good zone of the spectrum of life.

Making the most at 30,000 feet

Do you walk off an airplane like a train just ran you over? Traveling can be one of the most exciting and dreadful experiences for people. The local travel sages those who travel for a living or work closely with those who do have shared a few grains of wisdom.

The dirt on the shirt

Like it or not, the humble T-shirt still wins the race

Betsy Kalmeyer has been known to run 100 miles for a T-shirt. And yet, she has dozens languishing in the bottom of a dresser drawer that have never been worn in the 10 years since she claimed them.

AROUND TOWN

Still no sign of missing plane

The Colorado Civil Air Patrol continued searching Saturday for a small plane that disappeared in rural Northwest Colorado, but as was the case the past three days, the search came up empty.

Oak Creek welcomes new police chief

Tom Ling to look at community policing, creative scheduling

When Oak Creek's new chief of police, Tom Ling, came into town last week for his first day on the job, there may have been a hint of familiarity in the setting. Ling, 58, is a small-town guy.

Locals catch cabin fever

Lake Catamount development nears completion

The first lakeside duplexes at the Catamount Ranch and Club are nearing completion at Lake Catamount, 12 miles south of Steamboat Springs, and could be occupied by mid to late summer. The developers are mildly surprised and pleased that some of those homeowners will be full-time residents.

Shuttle jumping

Alpine adds extra run to DIA

Mark Walker marvels at the number of people who will walk up to one of his vehicles at Denver International Airport and ask him for a ride to Steamboat.

Hotels offer free Internet to snare patrons

When Mike Lomas found his 77-room hotel competing with not one, but two large hotels, he decided against getting cheaper. Instead he got faster.

BUSINESS FILE

New management at RAG Coal Co. RAG American Coal Co. has strengthened its management team at RAG Twentymile by appointing Bill Ivy as the general manager. Ivy previously worked at both RAG Twentymile and RAG Empire mines.

Friday, June 1

State land board approves purchase

The State Board of Land Commissioners on Friday approved the purchase of two pieces of property on Rabbit Ears Pass and expressed interest in 2,269 acres of privately-held land northwest of Steamboat Springs. In one of its monthly meetings to determine what to do with the approximately 3 million acres of land owned by the state, the board's commissioners reviewed 21 issues, most of them decisions on the acquisition of property throughout the state. The meeting was held in Steamboat Springs.

Ski Town Inn finally sells

New owners nix restaurant

The long vacant Ski Town Inn and Suites could reopen by fall, this time flying a Hilton Hotel flag. Todd Asbury of Steamboat Village Brokers confirmed Friday that the sale of the 68-unit hotel on U.S. 40 closed Wednesday. He represented two Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, men who formed a limited liability corp. to acquire the hotel from Vectra Bank of Denver.

Special Olympics athletes off to state games

Steamboat's Joe Arnold is hoping 20 years of experience in the Special Olympics will help add a few medals to his collection. Arnold, 33, is one of three local athletes competing at the 2001 Special Olympics at Colorado State University this weekend.

Traffic snarls on Mount Werner Road

Crews say they'll be done by Monday or Tuesday

People caught in road construction delays on Mount Werner Road and U.S. 40 on Thursday or Friday can expect to see hassle-free driving by Monday or Tuesday. The delays are due to the city of Steamboat Springs' repaving of the road from U.S. 40 to the Knoll Parking Lot, across from the Steamboat Ski Resort.

Chicago flights return

Business community will be asked to ante up

Direct jet flights from Chicago's O'Hare Airport into Yampa Valley Regional Airport during ski season have been restored for next winter, and officials of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. say they are within days of finalizing daily service from Newark International in New Jersey for the first time ever. Steamboat Vice President of Marketing Andy Wirth said the new daily flights allow his resort to make the claim of being the most conveniently accessed destination ski area in the nation, and he plans to make a lot of noise about that claim in marketing efforts leading up to the winter season.

Walking around the world

San Diego man passes through Steamboat on his way to ...

The straps of Gabriel A. Christian's military-style backpack tugged hard, leaving marks on his well-tanned skin as he walked shirtless alongside the stretch of U.S. 40 between Milner and Steamboat Springs a little after 2 p.m. Friday. He stopped at the Olde Milner Roadhouse earlier for coffee and a burger and told owner Bill Doyne that he was headed to Denver, where he hoped to catch a trail eventually leading up through Delaware, to Rhode Island, to Canada, ending finally in Alaska to meet his brother.

Search still on for missing plane

Volunteers comb areas between Meeker and Craig

The Colorado Civil Air Patrol on Friday stepped up its search for a small plane that disappeared in rural Northwest Colorado, but still found no signs of the plane or the four Nevada men on board. The Civil Air Patrol had 15 Cessna-128 airplanes searching east of Meeker and west of Kremmling. The airplanes flew out of a search base the Civil Air Patrol has established at Steamboat Springs Airport.