Stories for March 2001


Saturday, March 31

Realtors grabbing up retail space

Lincoln Avenue, in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs, is arguably the community's hottest retail district. But recently there has been a mini-trend toward new real estate offices and showrooms opening in prime retail country.

Seven simple steps to successful spring fitness

Spring has sprung. It's time for new growth, new beginnings and a renewed commitment to health and wellness. This spring, take a little time to plant some new seeds of thought into your weary brain refreshing reminders of things you can do, starting now, to attain greater strength and energy:


Why is cold cash needed for the ice rink?

The issue of whether the city should spend money not approved by voters on improvements to the Howelsen Ice Arena has captured the attention of not only those who use the facility and have noticed its aging equipment that could fail soon, but also residents who argue that the issue should be taken to the ballot box. We asked George Bennett, a member of the Ice Rink Advisory Committee, to explain why the cash is needed and needed now. Is there a Behind the Headlines issue you want to know more about? Let us know. Call the News Desk at 871-4207.


Helen Demchuck


Hope for a baby

Routt County's adopted daughter Kyjah gets her transplant

It was five months ago when a large jar of money was stolen from the McDonald's in Steamboat Springs. The money was being collected to help save the life of a baby in desperate need of several organ transplants.

Students find little time for slacking

Classes, activities an inoculation against 'Senoritis' at Steamboat Springs High School

Try to keep up with Bryn Weaver during a typical Tuesday in her life, and you will understand why the Steamboat Springs High School senior has the endurance to run a 3.1 mile cross country race.

Water fight could leave consumers soaked

City, Mount Werner and Sanitation District fight hits only residents

When local developer Craig Rathbun applied for a building permit to begin construction on a new office/medical building just next to Alpine Bank in Central Park Plaza, he knew he would have to pay the piper for the toilets and faucets he installed. But when he went to get his permit, expecting to pay the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District about $8,800 for his sewer tap fees, he learned there would be two pipers to pay and that the total cost would be closer to $11,200.

Ski mishap leaves Olympic medalist in coma

Former U.S. Ski Team Member Craig Thrasher knows firsthand the thrill of speeding down a mountain at break-neck speeds. He also realizes the danger.

A healthy development

Medical office building changes options, fills up

Local dentist Ted Schrock and business partner Mark Helm, an opthalmologist, never pictured themselves as developers. But they're preparing to move into new offices in a building close to Fish Creek, which they built with their general contractor and third partner, Amaron-Folkestad.

Company rocked by finacial woes

Anaylists say American Skiing should pray for snow next winter and the year after that

Another snowstorm was pounding New England on Friday, with 20 inches of fresh snow on the ground in Vermont, where the American Skiing Co. operates the Killington ski area. Abundant snowfall at its resorts in New England, Colorado (including Steamboat), Utah and California may be all that stands between American Skiing and fiscal doom, according to at least one investment analyst that follows the company.


Too many balls in the air? I can still remember the first time I walked into a Baskin-Robbins ice cream store when I was in junior high school. The store boasted 31 glorious flavors and in my mind I could taste all of them before I even walked through the doors. By the time I stepped to the front of line to peer through the frosty Plexiglas that shielded all those flavors, I was drooling with anticipation.

At the top of the bottom

Ten years ago, Steamboat resident Frank Williams was pressing glass on a powder day at the bottom of the Silver Bullet Gondola. While in line, he met Australian Graham Goldin, and the two struck up a friendship that is still in place.

Meteor man

Locals go into space-rock business

Bill Peck didn't really start his business in order to make a pile of money, but he's found a little immortality along the way. And from Peck's perspective, there's more to being in business than the bottom line.


Catamount chief resigns position Lake Catamount Resort and Club is looking for a new top executive now that President and General Manager Mike Beckley resigned.

Land bid reaffirms developer's plans

Ken Gold said he felt reassured that his plans for the Antlers at Christie Base project were on the mark when the Gerald Hines Group made a sincere bid to purchase the undeveloped land.

Chills, spills and thrills

As fans began packing into Howelsen Ice Arena for the Ski Town USA Hockey Festival Saturday night, two individuals were already comfortably seated in the VIP section eagerly anticipating the upcoming games.

Sailors smash Panthers

Girls tennis team victorious at Steamboat Tennis Center

For the second week in a row, the Steamboat Sailors girls tennis team swept its opponent off the court after defeating Delta, 7-0, at home Saturday.

Like a wolf

Ahhh! That's usually the feeling I get when this time of the year comes around. Ahhh!


State parks prep for summer visits With summer right around the corner, Colorado State Parks are opening up camping reservations on more than 40 parks in the state.

Angel Marie Muhme


Alice Ekstrom



Local briefs for March 26-March 31


And the award goes to ... The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's year-ending awards ceremony will take place April 16 at Steamboat Springs High School. The event will begin with a punch and cookies reception at 6 p.m. The presentation of the awards will begin at 6:30 p.m.



Although North America loses an extra hour of sleep today due to daylight savings, many people will utilize that extra hour of daylight doing what they've itched to do all winter long enjoy the evening in the daylight.

Beatrice Compagno


The Girl Scouts

They're more than just Good Cookies

Cookies. It's the common association that many make when the Girl Scouts come to mind. But for the 296 girls who are in a troop in Routt County, being a Girl Scout is much more than cookies. It's also much more than camping, much more than hiking and much more than earning merit badges.

The rise and fall and rise of south Routt

Residents say population numbers hang on places to work and places to live

Preliminary census numbers show populations in Oak Creek and Yampa steadily increasing from the 1990 numbers, but both towns' populations still aren't as high as census numbers reported in 1980.



Weekly planner for April 3-7


Education briefs for March 26-31


Compromising circumstances

It's been a source of conflict since someone got the idea to attach a motor to skis. And with the companies cranking out faster and sleeker models of snowmobiles that consumers seem to eat up the battle between skiers who seek the pristine, quiet backcountry and snowmobilers who want to plow through the powder to seemingly unchartered territory is not going to let up anytime soon. Or is it?


Birth announcements for March 26-31




Real estate transactions for March 22-28


Letters for March 26-31

Friday, March 30

Midget's rally iced

Hockey festival draws a dozen teams from around the region

The Steamboat Springs Midget hockey team made a valiant comeback against Colorado Springs Friday night, but came up short at the end despite outshooting their opponent.

Drama students get limelight

'Family Circles' play runs two more times today

Steamboat Springs High School students received a lesson in family dynamics this month, but not in the classroom. Alan Ayckbourn's 1970 play "Family Circles," which opened Thursday evening, has given student cast members and the community a satirical look at dysfunctional families across America.

'Otten to be forgotten'

Party held today to 'celebrate' CEO's resignation

The folks at El Ranch Nuevo in downtown Steamboat Springs are hosting a party tonight in hopes that the resignation of American Skiing Company chairman and CEO Les Otten this week signifies a new era in Ski Town USA. They've dubbed the party "Otten to be Forgotten."

Runners ready for today's meet

A dozen Steamboat Springs track athletes will make the four-and-a-half-hour drive to Hotchkiss this weekend for the second meet of the season.

'Wave' of ecstacy in area

Three separate arrests allegedly involve the drug

A concert last weekend netted three separate arrests where two suspects were allegedly caught with the drug ecstasy.

Thursday, March 29

Expect big sound from Little Hercules

For a small time two-year band from Minturn, Colo., pumping up the fans with a funky greasy groove before Liquid Soul rocks the house is more than a dream for Little Hercules, it's become a reality.

Band's soul surviving bumpy road

A free concert series returns this weekend to rock the 'Boat with a Chicago-based band that has jumped hurdles to shine in the spotlight. While a former name continues to follow the band, it will show Steamboat's residents and tourists on the third week before the season ends that the Marty Lloyd Band has more rock 'n' soul than The Freddy Jones Band could ever muster.

Food bank sees dividends

LIFT-UP seeing more south Routt clients

The LIFT-UP food bank in Oak Creek has gained clients and is beginning to fill some of the need that officials recognized when the bank opened.

The battle over cruise control

City, state clash over U.S. 40 speed limit

For a few months, the sight of the 25 mph speed limit sign on the stretch of U.S. 40 between the Rabbit Ears Motel and the top of the first hill out of downtown going east offered lead-footed Steamboat residents and visitors a warning against the tempting urge to zoom out of town.

Judge upholds insanity rules

Murder suspect considers options

Two motions filed by the attorney representing accused murderer Thomas Lee Johnson that question aspects of the state's insanity defense laws have been denied.

Women find harmony in their words and music

As cars whizzed passed The Nields on a U.S. highway, a light of inspiration came to the eclectic folk band that minutes before considered breaking up and high-tailing it back to North Hampton, Mass.

CMC celebrates its student diversity

International travelers revel in Steamboat obstacles and all

In a room in the library of Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus, four boys from the Netherlands sat in a circle speaking Dutch. Another group in the corner stood around speaking Portuguese. And a third group drank punch, ate cookies and spoke broken English as they laughed and played with the words of their new-found language.

Plant something scent-sational

Whenever the aroma of lilac wafts by, I'm reminded of my grandmother who wore that scent. Perhaps, you have similar memories of a favorite relative's jasmine, gardenia or rose perfume. Fragrance is a powerful stimulant to memories, emotions and even behavior.

High-speed spending

County justifies $1.2 million telecommunication expenditure

The Moffat County commissioners have come under the scrutiny of county residents for spending $1.2 million taxpayer dollars to bring high-speed telecommunications to northwest Colorado.

Passover cooking

Rafi Cohen arranges a piece of braised kosher lamb with a saute of exquisitely carved baby turnips, carrots and fava beans and then drizzles the sleekest, glossiest reduction sauce on the plate.

County seeks more input

Only one person from the public commented about the proposed updating of the Routt County Master Plan, which concerned officials at the Regional Planning Commission meeting and the lone member of the public in the audience Thursday night.


Friday, March 30 The classical and Flamenco guitar sounds of Dave Markle will play at 7:30 tonight at the Alpine Bistro, located at 521 Lincoln Ave.

Resort begins to slow down operations

Ski officials say cost-controlling efforts won't impact guests

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President Chris Diamond said this week the ski area will accelerate the usual pace at which it begins to phase out operations of some of its on-mountain restaurants, in an effort to control costs.

Million-dollar barrier dropped

Fairgrounds hall now more enticing to use

The Routt County commissioners have made it a little easier for the community to rent the big exhibit hall at the county fairgrounds Hayden.

Northern Lights may shine on Colorado

A curtain of pink, green and purple lights hanging in the sky may be visible tonight or Saturday night because of an explosion on the sun that will lead to the phenomenon called the Northern Lights.

Moffat Co. gets routed

Although snow started to fall after the game, the Steamboat Sailors girls soccer team heated up the field early on against the Moffat County Bulldogs Thursday.

Steamboat meets Delta on clay

Girls tennis team enjoys home-court advantage

Coming off a sweep over Cedaredge last Saturday, the Steamboat Sailors are relying again on home-court advantage to garner another shutout when they face Delta.

Police say local man had ecstacy

A 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man has been charged with a felony for allegedly possessing the drug ecstasy.


Museum wine benefit tonight To benefit the Tread of Pioneers Museum, a wine and beer tasting will be held tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall, on the corner of 10th and Oak streets. Tickets are $35 per person at the museum, The Bottleneck, All That Jazz and Mountain High Technology for tasting, hors d'oeuvres and chocolate desserts.

Too early for trails

If you're thinking about heading out on the muddy, rugged terrain of the forest to mountain bike your way to the top - don't. Forest Service officials and concerned environmentalists said many people get antsy to jump on their bikes and tear up the trails, but that will only cause more problems down the road. It's still too early in the season.

Wednesday, March 28

Bulldogs to test new strategies

Steamboat hopes for good weather for today's game against Moffat County

A steady stream of snow Wednesday made Steamboat Springs soccer coach Jim Dudley a little unsure of what will happen today.

Chairman of American Skiing resigns

Collapse of proposed merger may have pushed Les Otten to quit

Steamboat will have less Otten to kick around any more. Les Otten stepped away from his ski empire on Wednesday. Otten, who built his company into the largest ski area operator in the nation from a single struggling ski area in Maine, was replaced Wednesday as chairman of the American Skiing Company.

Field errors downfall for Rams

The young players on the Soroco Rams baseball team had mixed emotions after playing their first games in Olathe.

Chix finish tough month

Next games in Denver April 6 and 7

The second half of March was a tough one for the Steamboat Springs Chix with Stix women's hockey team, but the players will be looking to rebound during a two-game trip to Denver April 6 and 7.

Inmate faces charges, again

About a month after a felony charge was dismissed against a 21-year-old Phippsburg man, the charge has been refiled because of a letter the man sent to a prosecutor.

Jail and Bail set for Friday

'Inmates' sentenced to help community

Routt County Crime Stoppers has teamed up with two groups that help young people in an annual fund-raiser that can get your boss out of the office, at least for a little while.

County master plan to be reviewed

Protecting Routt County's rural and agricultural elements and ensuring affordable housing is emphasized in much of the new text added to the the Routt County Master Plan, including language to discourage 35-acre developments.

Lacrosse team hopes for repeat performance

The members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team remember last year's meeting with Dakota Ridge fondly.

Paving situation sticky

Residents fear improvements will bring speeders

Routt County will be paving Fish Creek Falls Road (County Road 32) this summer, but some residents there aren't very happy about it. "The concern we have is with an asphalt surface," said Nick Rose, who lives along Fish Creek Falls Road.

County jail policy changes

Sheriff John Warner says trusties no longer trusted

Inmates in the Routt County Jail will continue to be allowed to work outside the jail but only under the direct supervision of a deputy.

Tuesday, March 27

Clerk tackles tedious job

Packed-up papers under review as town looks to future

Town officials are sifting through all the town's records as they actively work on providing safe storage for the vital information.

Spring puts street crews on patch patrol

Spring puts street crews on patch patrol

Some call it mud season, some call it the first days of spring. For Ron Berig and the workers at the city's Public Works Shop, it is pothole season. Potholes have not been as big a problem this year as in years past, said Berig, the shop's assistant superintendent. That may be because the city did its best last summer to prepare for the spring thaw and the cracks that usually occur in the pavement. After dealing with the potholes from 2000 in a temporary manner with a "cold mix" of asphalt last spring, the department went back in last summer with hot asphalt and filled the holes more thoroughly and permanently.

Loose dogs keep lawman busy

Animal control officer Ed Corriveau has spent his first three months on the job rounding up countless loose dogs in town. Since the beginning of the year, the Hayden Police Department has received 55 animal complaints with the majority of them for dogs at-large.

Athletic eligibility rules changed

Students will be monitored week to week

After reviewing athletic eligibility for more than a year, the Hayden School Board has changed the requirements for student athletes. Starting next fall, eligibility will be checked on a weekly basis, and any athlete with a failing grade in any class will not be allowed to play that week.

Sailors earn all-conference honors

In a year where the Steamboat Sailors made it to the state playoffs in Denver by upsetting Pueblo Central, all five of the team's starters were rewarded with all-conference honors.

American Skiing chief Les Otten resigns

Les Otten, chairman and chief executive of troubled American Skiing Co., has resigned, the company reported today. The announcement came just days after a merger with MeriStar Hotels, on which Otten had pinned his company's hopes, fell through.

County waiting on groundwater study

The Routt County Commissioners have called for an independent analysis of how the groundwater would affect cottonwood trees at a proposed gravel pit site south of Milner. A final special-use permit asking for the new gravel pit between the Yampa River and Trout Creek has been tabled while the commissioners wait on that report.

KUNC zapped off the air

Nothing but the sounds of silence

Until Tuesday afternoon, local radio listeners used to the lively music selection on KUNC-FM had heard nothing but the sounds of silence for a few days. The reason? A bolt of lightning that blasted the station's hardware on Walton Peak Saturday night.

Locals fare well snowboarding

For Jamie Curcio and Keenan Rice, last week's United States Amateur Snowboarding Assoc- iation's national finals couldn't have been much better.

CDOT eyes U.S. 40 safety

State plans to improve Muddy Pass area

The Colorado Department of Transportation has earmarked $4.8 million for safety improvements to a two-mile stretch of U.S. 40 on the east side of Rabbit Ears Pass. The project, however, won't improve road conditions for an area of the pass where a number of motorists have lost their lives in accidents since 1998.

'Family' focus of community mixer

Food, fun and fire trucks should be enough to lure any kid to a party, but tonight's Chamber mixer is about another "F" families. First Impressions, a community board dedicated to early childhood development, is co-hosting this month's community mixer, along with the city and county.

Cellular capacity increased

Verizon says more will be done

A spokeswoman for Verizon Wireless in Denver said Tuesday her company recently expanded the carrying capacity of its cell phone tower on Storm Peak. The company also is working to install a second antenna at Colorado Mountain College that should meet the existing demand for Verizon's cell phone service here. Verizon customers have been frustrated by spotty service from the company.

Midget B team takes 2nd place at tourney

The Steamboat Springs midget B team took second place last weekend at the Hyland Hills Spring Fling Tournament near Denver.

Gorgone nabs 2nd-place

Lowell Whiteman senior Michelle Gorgone ended her season on a high note last weekend at the Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix Finale in Sunday River, Maine.

Soccer team knocks off Glenwood Springs

Liz Masterson and Andryn Arithson combined for four goals and two assists against Glenwood Springs Tuesday to help lead the Steamboat Sailors girls soccer team to its first league victory of the year.

Museum plans tasty event

Tread fund-raiser will entice with flavors

Whether your tastebuds are craving a smooth cabernet with a delectable chocolate square or a creamy chardonnay coupled with fresh chocolate-dipped strawberries, they will be satisfied at the first wine and beer tasting fund-raiser for the Tread of Pioneers Museum on Friday.

Routt County's new manager was on the job Monday, taking plenty of notes.

"I'm ready to get going," Thomas Sullivan said after two hours of early morning greetings and meetings. Sullivan, a former county administrator for Barton County, Kan., is Routt County's first manager since the mid-1980s.

Monday, March 26

County to consider pit tonight

Debate over gravel operation heats up

Two independent experts whose work on riparian cottonwoods were used to promote a new gravel pit just south of Milner, say their study is being used out of context. The new Camilletti pit is being proposed near a sensitive area at the confluence of the Yampa River and Trout Creek outside of Milner.

Verizon customers frustrated with service

Finger pointing but no solutions prevails in cell phone disruptions

The recent disruption and continued unreliability in cellular phone service that has plagued the area can be blamed on a number of reasons, depending on who one talks to. But no matter what the reason, some customers say they believe that there doesn't seem to be any real solution in the foreseeable future.

Rivalry between ski teams continues

Two champions were crowned at the Chevy Trucks U.S. Ski Jumping Championships in Park City, Utah last weekend. One was a special jumper, the other a rising star on the nordic combined ski team and both share one thing in common Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat drops ball in Rangely

It was a weekend of mixed emotions for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team. The squad was elated to get back on the field for the first time in two weeks, but the players had to be disappointed after suffering three-straight losses in the Rangely Tournament.

Sports equipment collected for Nicaraguan children

Jay Dickey plans another trip in May

When 47-year-old Jay Dickey, surfer and ex-hippie, went down to Nicaragua last year, he and a friend decided to take some baseballs and gloves for local kids. Little did he know the impact his gifts would make.

Legislature may back charter schools

After getting some face time with the governor at the Lincoln's Day Dinner on Feb. 19, the members of the north Routt charter school board may be getting some help from the state to purchase or build a new school.

Sunday, March 25

Getting back in the golf swing

Golf used to mean 18 holes of driving and one hole of drinking. Though this is a convivial formula, many golfers now are trying to link the game to a total fitness program. Leaving the cart behind and playing 18 holes on foot can give you four to six miles of healthful walking. And what you do before you hit the green can really improve your fitness and your game.

Old Routt Memorial being razed today

Dr. Vernon Price will never forget his first day on the job at the old Routt Memorial Hospital, due to be torn down today. "I arrived in Steamboat Springs on June 30, 1957," Price recalled. "There were people sitting in my house waiting for me. I really got a baptism. The next day there was a head-on crash out on the highway. They came dragging in nine people."

Group seeks public opinion

First Impressions considering tax to fund services

While First Impressions of Routt County attempts to gain awareness in the community through phone surveys that began Friday, it will continue to build its credible reputation of enhancing early childhood education.

Suspected robber set to enter pleas today

A 20-year-old man is scheduled to enter pleas to felony charges today for a robbery that occurred Thanksgiving.

Students get national exposure

Young Soroco scientists present GIS projects in Calif.

A seasoned Geographical Information System troop at Soroco High School that mapped accidents on Colorado 131 are traveling to California this week to present two projects at a national convention.

'Diabetes Alert Day' set to raise awareness

Health official believe one-third of the 16 million Americans who have diabetes go undiagnosed. In an attempt to raise awareness about this chronic disease, Yampa Valley Medical Center will be sponsoring its second annual Diabetes Alert Day on Tuesday.

Saturday, March 24


Real estate

Real estate transactions for March 15-21

Robert Ray Hughes



Shinsplints: A sore point with many athletes

Lots of active people end up feeling some pain in the fronts of their legs, below the knee and above the ankle. The condition is commonly known as shinsplints and it happens for a variety of reasons, including: too much exercise, too little stretching, too little shoe support and running or walking on surfaces that are too hard.

On the right track

For the members of the Steamboat Springs track team, the beginning of the season generally involves a lot of hard labor.

LPS boasts elk in the backyard

If wildlife isn't your cup of tea, Sundance Ridge Preserve might not be the rural subdivision for you. Then again, if the thought of savoring a hot mug of coffee and gazing out your kitchen window at dawn to the sight of six cow elk stealing silently through your aspen grove sounds appealing, Sundance Ridge might be the perfect place to build your dream home.


Around town from March 19-24

Sherry L. Silver


Life is a highway

The trials and tribulations that drive state troopers

The Colorado State Patrol office in Steamboat Springs might be a let down for someone who walks through the doors, expecting to see something that resembles a scene from a television crime drama. The metal, shed-like, building sits unassumingly just west of the U.S. 40 and County Road 129 intersection. After walking through the door, a white front counter welcomes visitors to a plain room with a couple of desks and a room in the rear with boxes.


Gray and Small


Is there room for nightly rentals?

The issue of whether the nightly rental of private property will be allowed in Steamboat Springs has heated up recently as the city reviews the latest version of the Community Development Code. We asked City Councilman Bud Romberg for his take on the issue and what the future holds.


Building permits

Building permits for March 12-16

Bear facts

As the snow begins to creep away and our layers of clothing begin to shed, let's remember the bear and think about the affect on our little town.

Education curve becomes a slope

Students learn more about the community, environment they live in

Dollars and census: The price of growth

Local governments, social services strapped as newcomers bring old problems to area

The newly released census numbers simply confirmed what some area agencies already knew: More people need more services that cost more money.

Life and the Law

A local public defender's look at life, politics and rooting for the underdog

Norman Allan Townsend's odyssey that finally led him to his home of Steamboat Springs has not been an easy one.

Population increase 'staggering'

Number of those in Steamboat Springs doubles in 20 years

The population of the city of Steamboat Springs has nearly doubled in the past 20 years, according to preliminary census figures.

Ice Dreams

Home teams hoping for titles at hockey festival

It's the biggest fund-raiser of the year for the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association, but for three teams from Steamboat Springs, it's a chance to win a tournament title at home.


Caution, children at play I just want everyone out there to know that I blame my parents. My parents are the reason I'm working as a sports reporter in Steamboat Springs instead of pounding baseballs out of the park in the Cactus League as a member of the Colorado Rockies baseball team.


Letters from March 19-24

Documentation saves images, money

Pictures back up memory, claims of homeowners

Fans of the public television show "Antiques Road Show" know that Aunt Maude's old breakfront can be worth a startling amount of money.

ASC merger plans scrapped

American Skiing, MeriStar won't join as Doral

The planned merger between Steamboat Ski Area parent company American Skiing and hotel manager MeriStar fell apart late Thursday. The news came on the eve of a shareholders meeting in Newry, Maine, that would have approved the marriage, if not consummated it.


Local briefs for March 19-24

Steamboat sweeps Cedaredge

Sailors girls tennis team shines on the court

Meagan Franks downed six bottles of water during her No. 1 singles match against Brie Hotz Saturday but never slowed down during the contest, as she came out on top after two sets.


Scholarship aids business pursuits Students enrolled or planning to enroll at the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College to pursue a career in international business or international affairs, are invited to apply for the Everett Bristol Family International Endowed Scholarship.


Deadline nearing for limited licenses The Colorado Division of Wildlife is reminding hunters that applications for limited licenses for the 2001 deer, elk and antelope hunting seasons must be postmarked by April 3.


Daniel E. Stegmaier


George Propst


Sean Patrick Clancy



On April Fool's Day all bets are off


The other car


Dunn rides for silver in Vermont Shannon Dunn took the silver medal at the 19th annual U.S. Open Snowboard championships in Vermont last week.


Sellers beware: Going it alonge can be costly

Leo Edward Saindon



South Routt briefs from March 19-24


Class notes from March 19-24


Birth announcements from March 19-24

Only a day away

When the snowfall in the Yampa Valley begins to lighten and more inches melt than fall in a week, it means the inevitable mud season is knocking on the door.

Bigger, brighter schools planned

Superintendent relishes the idea of bagging the carpet

The Soroco High and South Routt Elementary schools have orange carpet. Everywhere. It's in the classrooms, the library and some of the hallways.

A hot idea

Steamboat Coffee Roasters

When the new Alpine Bank in Steamboat Springs decided to dispense coffee with its deposit slips, bank president Scott Gordon realized a big stainless steel urn and a stack of tiny foam cups wouldn't get it. Instead, he turned to Steamboat Coffee Roasters to turn his tellers into baristas, and to supply him with better beans. Gordon's bosses bought the plan and now the "Bean Counter" at the bank in Central Park Plaza sells coffee to benefit local nonprofit organizations.

Friday, March 23

Winter slumber ending

Area bears will soon be waking up, searching for food

Local residents should try to "bear" keeping their trash inside or covered tightly during springtime, because it's time for their hungry neighbors to wake up from their hibernation, stretch and begin searching for food.

School board members want off committee

Two CBT reps feel they need to be acting as 'agents'

The Steamboat Springs School Board met Thursday night for more than four-and-a-half hours, with most discussion being held in executive sessions.

ASC, MeriStar deal called off

Merger wasn't in shareholders' best interest

The merger between American Skiing Company and MeriStar Hotels and Resorts, three months in the making, has fallen apart at the last minute.

Panthers pounce on Sailors

The Steamboat Sailors girls soccer team dropped their first game of the season Friday, falling to the Boulder Panthers, 2-1, at Boulder.

'Athlete of the Month' calls Steamboat home

Though he may not be posing with beautiful models, Ryan St. Onge is living nearly every man's dream.

TWA mishap alters runway

Time will tell if airport sustained permanent damage

The TWA airplane that inadvertently landed at the general aviation airport in Craig March 14 may have caused damage to the runway, and the extent of that damage is not yet known.

Slow, damaged mail angers some

Donna Sherwood is among a group of Craig residents upset about slow and too often damaged mail. And she's pointing her finger of blame at an automated system in Glenwood Springs that Craig is now using.

Thursday, March 22

Sheraton jazzes it up this weekend

While cruising down the highway to Amarillo, Texas, members of Galactic looked around at the familiar oil wells and dry land they had seen when they headed out on their first tour five years ago.

Painter's art to benefit 'Strings'

Selling a successful veterinary practice to pursue a career as an artist may seem far fetched and unconventional, but that's exactly what John Fawcett represents. A man with dreams who is willing to sacrifice a salary for a vision.

Free concerts close out ski season

To celebrate the end of a successful six-month ski season, horns, drums and guitars will ring through the peaks and valleys of Steamboat for the annual Tequiza Rocks the 'Boat four-week long concert series.

Man dies doing what he loved

Skier killed in avalanche is remembered fondly

Brendan Clancy was planning a sad trip to Farwell Mountain in north Routt County sometime this weekend to see the slope where his older brother, Sean, 34, died March 18 in an avalanche. He was going to take his mother, Diane, with him. "I'm not going to the exact spot," Brendan said. "But I want to get as close as I can and see the mountain."

Resort warms up to Iowa family

Train wreck survivors' vacation back on track

John Connair of Des Moines, Iowa, thought his family's ski vacation to Steamboat Springs had gone irretrievably off track March 17 when he awoke in the darkness to the unnerving sound of metal grinding on metal. When the night was finally over, they were thankful to be alive.

Benefit helps 'Tipsy Taxi' program

The 18th annual Tipsy Taxi Benefit will provide about 10 Alpine Taxi rides Wednesday night for those who've found they may have had an extra vodka tonic.

Concern for program voiced

Residents have mixed feelings for Late Start proposal

Transportation and community involvement were the forefront issues among concerned parents and citizens who attended a second community forum to discuss the Steamboat Springs School District's Late Start proposal.

The secret's in the sauce

They call them grand. Sometimes mother, or leading or classic. Others are contemporary or modern. All of them are sauces, and they can take a dish from bland to bold; blase to brilliant.


Price one-man show closing "Journeys of the Imagination," Gary Price's one-man sculpture exhibit, at the Wild Horse Gallery will close Saturday. Many of Price's works capture the joy and innocence of childhood.

Officials urge women to watch out

Date-rape drugs being used in Steamboat Springs

In the past two years, five women in Steamboat Springs have reported they were sexually assaulted after being subdued by a date-rape drug.

Sailors girls tennis team returns to action

After a two-week layoff, the Steamboat Springs girls tennis team returns to action Saturday with home-court advantage over Cedaredge.

Oak Creek still waiting on fire chief guidance

Fire officials in Oak Creek are still waiting to hear from a consultant from the Front Range they hired in late December to help determine if the district should pay a fire chief part time.


Friday, March 23 Dave Markle performs classical and flamenco guitar at 7:30 tonight at the Alpine Bistro, located at 521 Lincoln Ave.

Resource directory available

Human services listings at fingertips of residents, agencies

Looking for an organization that will help you find child care in the Yampa Valley? Wanting to adopt a child? Do you need to find the state agency that will help you figure out what benefits grandmother can get?

2001 Cardboard Classic

As a rite of passage into spring, it's customary in Steamboat to begin churning those creative cogs in the brain to invent the most unique and resourceful method of traveling down the mountain with only six pieces of material.

Plant prudently to protect property

Last summer, wildfires throughout the West including Routt County devastated thousands of acres of land and threatened to destroy homes and businesses. In a high-intensity fire everything will burn, but there are some measures you can take to make your landscaping safer.

Wednesday, March 21

Police investigate unattended death

No appearance of foul play

Police are investigating an unattended death of a 40-year-old man found in a home on Apres Ski Way Wednesday morning. Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing could not give out much information regarding the man's death.

Businesses question city

Traffic study outlines vehicle, pedestrian patterns

The results of a controversial traffic test at Mount Werner Circle conducted by a consultant for the city were important enough for the Mountain Business Association to hire its own consultant to check up on the economic impacts of the results the city got. The traffic test around Mount Werner Circle continued throughout the winter and was monitored by consultants PBS&J over three high-activity weekends: New Year's weekend, Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend and President's Day weekend.

Former Steamboat favorites make freestyle mark

The freestyle skiing season came to a close last week in Waterville Valley, N.H., but not before a couple of mogul skiers with roots in Steamboat Springs made some noise. Ryan Riley, who trained with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club for several years before moving up to the U.S. Ski Team and graduated from Lowell Whiteman High School, won the men's singles event which was held in New Hampshire on March 16.

Area ag group keeps busy

Members lobby Washington for Fed Farm Bill

The Community Agriculture Alliance, Inc. looks to reap the benefits from a recent trip to Washington D.C., where members of the organization participated in recommendations to the reauthorization the Federal Farm Bill. The Ag Alliance, which is a local organization recently formed to support agriculture in the Yampa Valley, was one of 15 similar groups invited to Washington D.C. by the Wallace Center of Agricultural and Environmental Policy to work on recommendations to the U.S. Congress.

Fire district gets support

Advisory board recommends money for station, truck

A state advisory board gave unanimous support to the North Routt Fire Protection District and Oak Creek's middle school for huge chunks of grant money. Both projects were praised by members of the state Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Grant Advisory Committee, of which local County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak is a member.

Ski jumper gets 'trucking'

Despite experiencing some sleep deprivation, defending U.S. ski jump champion Brendan Doran hit the hills Wednesday morning with a lot of energy. "It's starting to hit me now," said Doran, who caught only a few winks prior to arriving in Park City, Utah, for the U.S. Chevy Truck Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships.

Runners dash to marathon

June 3 events draw more than 1,000

If you're still considering registering for the 20th Annual Steamboat Marathon, you'll have to do the first 20 miles on your own. While the 26-mile race has already been booked full, there is unlimited space for those still wishing to compete in the 6.2 mile race.

Man guilty of false imprisonment charge

A Texas man on vacation this past December came away from Steamboat Springs with a criminal record, having to pay more than $1,000 in fines and court costs and a 10-day jail sentence. Zachary Louis Warren of Carrollton, Texas, pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges of three counts of false imprisonment, theft, false reporting and driving under the influence in Routt County Judge James Garrecht's courtroom.

School board seeks to fill vacancy

Tonight's meeting will include collective bargaining discussions

While the Steamboat Springs School Board patiently waits for interested citizens to present applications to fill Matt Hermes' position as treasurer of the school board, business will continue as usual. "As soon as we feel we have some letters of interest, we'll go ahead and interview the applicants," said Dan Birch, president of the school board.

Tuesday, March 20

Cross-country skiers find some first places

Six local skiers cruised to No. 1 finishes in the nordic combined cross-country races at the Western Regional Championships in Steamboat Springs over the weekend. United States Ski Team member Todd Lodwick placed first in a 7.5 kilometer race in the men's senior class, finishing in 18:03.0. Lodwick was followed by fellow local U.S. skiers John Spillane, Matt Dayton and Bill DeMong. Local skier Matt Cook was the No. 5 finisher in the men's senior class.

Drawing water

South Shore infrastructure to be studied

Officials at the water district in Stagecoach have taken a step towards expanding its water infrastructure by contracting an engineer to do a study in the South Shore subdivision. Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District Manager Steve Colby said the district's board of commissioners agreed to pay $2,500 to Civil Design Consultants, Inc. to determine the alternatives and the cost of expanding water and sewer lines to South Shore subdivision.

BMW, ski corp. offer test drives

Shifting gears to a new image

Who wouldn't want to borrow a new BMW sport utility vehicle to impress a dinner date? It's easy to do in Steamboat Springs this winter, but you might have to wait until next weekend. BMW's fleet of three loaner cars in Steamboat is spoken for this Thursday through Sunday as the Bavarian car maker brings 115 members of its owners appreciation club to town for a long ski weekend. Included in the group are people who have owned as many as six BMWs, and 25 others who won free trips to Steamboat in a special promotion.

EMS reponse policy reviewed

Beating police to the scene of a crime

Ambulance workers in Routt County may be a little over eager in their jobs, according to the sheriff's department. Undersheriff Dan Taylor complained to the Routt County Communications Advisory Board last week that EMS workers were sometimes beating police and deputies to crime scenes and putting lives in danger.

Death penalty declined

Alleged murderer of Lori Bases could face life imprisonment

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office will not be seeking the death penalty against Thomas Lee Johnson, who allegedly killed Lori Bases last May. During a motion's hearing on Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James made 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson aware of the decision.

Soccer team has 'excellent' start of season

Coming off an early season tournament win, the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team travels southeast again Friday for another non-conference game that takes place in Boulder. The Sailors competed in a tourney in Littleton over the weekend and won two of three games, including a 4-0 victory over Grand Junction Central.

A trip of a lifetime

Local students return from trip to Nicaragua

The Steamboat Springs students who went to Nicaragua to help build potable water systems and indoor stoves are eager to show the public what it was like. "I want the public to come to the slide show and hopefully learn that this is how most of the world lives and we need to look at them and help them," said Jennifer Cantway, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School.

City headed for impact fees

With census figures showing a growth rate of more than 46 percent in the city of Steamboat Springs between 1990 and 2000, the City Council decided Tuesday night that it's time to make new development pay for itself in terms of the city's capital needs. Council pushed city staff to bring back an ordinance to institute impact fees in the city.

Tough Decisions

Public policy is a difficult business. One of the toughest, we would argue. In fact, we can think of only one other occupation that draws more criticism than deciding how other people should live, and that's telling them about it. Public leaders often find themselves in difficult spots. But that's the trade-off: The power to make decisions paid for by the criticism for making them.

Commission sets airport parking fees

The Routt County Commission has formally approved the parking prices for the Yampa Valley Regional Airport, but some people are still not paying and are getting away with it. An annual parking permit has been set at $480/year or about $1.33/day as recommended by the airport's advisory board.

Championships await 'boarders

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will be well represented at this year's national snowboarding championships, which will be held in California and Maine starting this week. Twenty-five local boarders took off last Saturday for the USASA Nationals which will be held in Mammoth, Calif., March 19-25.

Ski jumpers hold top spots

Even in warm weather, the local ski jumpers who competed in the Western Regional Championships this past weekend landed in a number of top spots. "I thought we struggled with the weather because of the spring-like conditions," said Todd Wilson, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club nordic director.

Baseball season all wet

Mother Nature leads Sailors two games to none

Sailors baseball coach Joss Vinson is encouraging his players to keep their heads held high this week as the team prepares to play in the Rangely Tournament. The team has been hammered lately, not by opposing teams, but by Mother Nature.

Monday, March 19

Developers may share costs of impact fees

The city's most recent foray into the untested waters of impact fees will come up for air tonight during a two-hour work session with City Council. Paul Tischler of Tischler and Associates will present a report to City Council tonight on the feasibility of imposing impact fees on new development so as to allow city facilities to keep up with the rate of growth. The study will cost the city $70,900.

City will aid in wildland fires

People living in the rural area just outside of Steamboat Springs will be relieved to hear the city's fire department will be responding to wildland fires in their district after all.

Death raises interest of state

Officials visiting site of avalanche to get answers

This morning, officials from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center are expected to visit the site where a 34-year-old Steamboat Springs man lost his life Sunday when he was buried in an avalanche. Officials from the state office, based in Golden, will help local authorities answer some questions about the avalanche that killed Sean Patrick Clancy. It was the first avalanche death in Routt County in about 30 years.

Soccer squad takes tourney title

Steamboat girls hold off Standley Lake for first tournament win of year

The Steamboat Springs girls soccer team held off Standley Lake in the final minutes of Saturday's game at the Littleton stadium to win its first tournament of the year.

Locals have strong showing at JO

Steamboat Springs ski racer Marsh Gooding tore up the slopes last week in Winter Park, earning two gold medals at the J-3 Junior Olympic Championships.

Weather halts weekend matches

Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse coach Chris Palumbus decided to take a laid-back attitude to last week's canceled games in Colorado Springs.

Traffic study may lead to changes near Grand

Those people balancing skis deftly on their shoulders, blocky ski boots over their arms and small children at their feet searching for the safest way across Mount Werner Circle may have been unwitting participants in a test of pedestrian and vehicle mobility this winter. After compiling more than 100 pages of data and video on the movement of cars and people in the Mount Werner Circle area near the Steamboat Grand, a consultant hired by the city believes it may be time to make some changes.

Snowball makes big impression

Benefit raises $38K for First Impressions, area children

First Impressions of Routt County will receive more money than any other beneficiary in the 19-year history of the Snowball. A check for $38,000 from funds raised through Snowball 2001 will help the children of Routt County in providing a variety of quality services. The focus is to increase the quality and affordability of early childhood development from birth to 8 years old.

Group business adds to coffer

Group business adds to coffer

A group of orthodontists put a smile on Terry Murphy's face last week. Murphy is the general manager of the Steamboat Grand Hotel. He didn't go anywhere near the orthodontist's office in March he just played host to a group of dental professionals who were here to mix work with play.

Steamboat Braves fall in state title match

It took two periods of overtime play, but when it was all said and done, the Littleton Hawks skated off the ice at the Apex Ice Arena in Jefferson County with the Federation Cup.

Sunday, March 18

Avalanche claims man's life

A man died Sunday in an avalanche in north Routt County.

Rental situation on agenda

Council opens floor on nightly rental subject

City Council may be playing out its ritual weekly review of the Community Development Code tonight in front of an uncommonly rapt audience. Article 4, which is scheduled to be reviewed tonight, contains language pertaining to the hotly contested subject of nightly rentals.

Trade school input sought

Students will be surveyed about vocational center idea

Students from four area high schools will be surveyed to get their input on a vocational and alternative education center that school officials are interested in.

Preparedness key in poisonings

"All kids go through that stage where everything goes in their mouths. It's just a matter of time before it's the wrong thing," said Ron Famiglietti, M.D., from Pediatrics of Steamboat Springs. "The key in poisonings is preparedness."

Rotary Club honors student of the month

The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club is proud to honor Katie Spillane as the club's student of the month for December. Spillane is a senior at the Lowell Whiteman School.

Snowpack edges toward 'normal'

Last week's snowfall pushes total closer to 20-year averages

The windblown snow that fell on the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs last Wednesday helped nudge the snowpack closer to 20-year averages.

Soroco prepares to hit the field

The Soroco Rams baseball team has a few weeks of practice batting, digging grounders and catching flies on a plowed pavement field under its belts. The team hopes to see a snow-cleared field for the first time Tuesday at its first game of the year in Craig against Steamboat Springs.

Saturday, March 17

Exercise your right to take a vacation

Exercise your right to take a vacation A busy Chicago attorney we'll call Robert was proud of himself when he signed up for a weeklong beach-and-golf vacation in Mexico. Then something came up at work and he had to cancel. A few months later, the same thing happened.


Local briefings from March 12-17


Letters from March 11-17


Real estate transactions recorded March 8-15


Weekly planner from March 19-23

Brick by brick

Dick MacGregor's house-in-progress is a labor of love that stands without a stick

H e could huff and puff all he wanted, but the big bad wolf would have a difficult time blowing down Dick MacGregor's little brick house. People passing by the unusual structure in the Heritage Park neighborhood off U.S. 40, usually do a double take.

Service clubs add value to community

The events and efforts that shape Steamboat Springs, be it the recent school talent show Stars of Tomorrow or the construction and maintenance of Rotary Park, are often undertaken by Steamboat's service clubs.

The cost of community

Debate over nightly rentals in Steamboat heats up

Barbara Hughes moved to the Hunter's Ridge neighborhood in Steamboat Springs because she felt it was the kind of area that could encourage a feeling of community. Little did she know, five houses on her block were being rented out to vacationers who never stuck around long enough to lend her the lawn mower or come over for a cup of tea.

'No-field' advantage

Girls lacrosse team takes gym training seriously

Junior Lauren Baumann falls heavily into a three-foot snow drift that lines the edge of the high school track here in Steamboat Springs.

Batter up!

Indoor spring training prepares Sailors for diamond season

The repetitive sound of clicking and thuds that echo through the hallways of Steamboat Springs High School after school most afternoons can be mind numbing. That is, unless you love baseball.


All fired up It's a journey that will take the Olympic Torch through 115 American cities, 46 states and cover more than 13,500 miles. The entire journey will be completed in just 65 days by more than 11,000 torch bearers and should reflect the country's buildup to the Olympic Games.

Grooming and waxing

As Jason Thorpe descended down Mount Werner on Monday, at the end of a powder day, he and his snowboard got a taste of reality.

Losing the ceiling

Realtors: Sky's the limit for second-home resale prices

Realtors in Steamboat Springs are following with great interest the progress of property at both Lake Catamount Ranch and Lake Catamount Homesteads as select parcels come on the market for resales.

Steamboat teen proves she's tough enough

Leslie Perkins credits her success in hockey to her older brothers, who toughened her up for a sport that involves a lot of knocking around.

A new workout curve

An exercise in specialization

Not every woman seeking fitness and weight loss wants to work out in the presence of men. In fact, Bernice Trujillo said, most do not. Trujillo is the manager of the new Curves for Women fitness center, at 1625 Mid-Valley Drive in Steamboat Crossings, and a certified personal trainer.


The possibilities of the future

Soroco students catch a glimpse of career opportunities

Soroco High School junior Sara Jo Linden is pretty sure she knows what she wants to be when high school is over. "I plan on writing," she said. "I don't know which profession but I love to write and plan on incorporating it into my life somehow."

Shouldering the weight of education

Books, homework may be good for the mind but bad for the back

At 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, the hooked walls in School House A and D at Strawberry Park Elementary School were lined with black, pink, purple and blue medium-sized backpacks. As students gathered their belongings to head home for the day, coats, gloves, snowsuits, school papers and binders were stuffed into these oversized satchels.


Foresters offer free fire program The Colorado State Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service will conduct a two-part program to inform locals about being wise about fire danger in the Yampa Valley.


Heiner named employee of year Vectra Bank Colorado has announced Kristine Heiner was the recipient of the 2000 "employee of the year" award in Steamboat Springs. She was selected based on her commitment to quality customer service.

Country life revisited

Lynx Basin offers homesteads near Stagecoach

Brent Romick is offering an increasingly rare commodity in Routt County small rural estates that provide central water and still manage to preserve the space between neighbors that defines country life.


Take a run on down to Cortez The Pueblo to Pueblo run in Cortez will offer some local athletes a chance to get a jump on the running season this April.

Steamboat site of J-4 Jr. Olympic events

For more than 20 years the J-4 Junior Olympic Festival has been held in Crested Butte. But not anymore.

Snow halts tennis match

Ready for their biggest challenge of the season, the Steamboat Sailors girls tennis team was turned away from the courts in Loveland Saturday because of snow.

Hunt by numbers

All hail the mighty elk hunters who may have harvested the most elk ever in Colorado. But don't forget to hail the fact that there are a kagillion elk out there, too.

Raymond Kenneth Kuhlmann


BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Violence at Steamboat schools?

With the recent shooting at the school in Santee, Calif., violence in the schools is on the minds of many. What is the Steamboat Springs School District doing about potential violence here? Superintendent Cyndy Simms answered questions regarding the issue.

Woman killed in accident

A little more than four hours after authorities started to crack down on drunken drivers Friday night, a 46-year-old Craig woman was killed in a one-car accident authorities believe is alcohol related. Sherry Larine Silver died after her red truck went off the side of the road and crashed into a tree at about 10:30 p.m. six miles west of Hayden on U.S. 40.


Getting over the hangover

Feeling like a train just ran you over? Maybe someone punched you in the stomach? How's that coffee going down? Cottonmouth, oh yeah, it's bad. If you're feeling any of these symptoms, it may be because toasting the Irish last night went straight to your head and now you've got a St. Patrick's Day hangover.

Leanore W. Hirshman


Good food, good friends

Community Center offers more than an inexpensive meal

Grace Dubendorf sits among friends Tuesday after eating lunch at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. "Being 77 isn't bad at all," Dubendorf said. Dubendorf was surrounded by friends who, between discussions of the local news, laughed and joked with each other.


Class notes from March 11-17



Angie R. Hunt


William Edward Pluta


Anna Mae Williams



Kakela and Honebein

OUR VIEW: Get to work

The city-county fight over firefighting resources

Every now and then, our local government leaders appear to forget for whom they work. The latest spat between the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County is a perfect example. The tug of war comes down to this: The city has found itself more and more in recent years helping to fight fires outside of its borders. As the largest and best-equipped fire department in the county, Steamboat Springs is relied upon heavily by the other members of the Wildland Fire Council.

Commissioners hope to keep airport afloat

County faces challenge of replenishing dwindling capital reserves

Yampa Valley Regional Airport has grown to become a significant economic engine in Northwest Colorado, but the Routt County commissioners are struggling to see how it can continue to annually transfer $200,000 and up from its general fund to continue operating the airport.

Friday, March 16

Pushing the Bump-Off

Sheriff, Forest Service to keep eye on Chute 1

Unknown individuals say via posters that the annual St. Patrick's Day Bump-Off that was officially canceled is unofficially on.

CMC skiers end on high note

Team nabs 12th-place finish, ending remarkable season

Although the final road to Idaho's Bogus Basin happens to be a bit curvy, the course itself was a straight shot down for the local Colorado Mountain College men's alpine team at the 2001 College Nationals.

Steamboat tennis team hitting the hard courts

The Steamboat Sailors will likely be playing in faster-paced games today as they move from the clay courts of the Steamboat Springs Tennis Center to a hard-court surface in Loveland.

Pit closure could mean 'chaos'

Possible gravel shortage could squeeze concrete market

If the Routt County commissioners follow the request of the Routt County Planning Commission to revoke the permit to run the Duckels Hogue Pit, west of Steamboat, the concrete market could be put in a squeeze.

Pilot should have known location

TWA resumes flights to Yampa Valley Regional Airport

The pilot of TWA flight 641, which landed in Craig instead of Hayden this week, should have been able to look at his instruments and determine that he was still 17 miles from the runway at Yampa Valley Regional Airport when he made his final approach into the wrong airport.

Thursday, March 15

RISK-y business

Steamboat Mental Health uses outdoor adventures to support teen programs

Eight troubled teens needing support in family and peer relationships soon may have the opportunity to be confident in both areas after the Turns for Teens event Saturday.

The Springs in springtime

As the last few flurries of snow descend upon the streets, the first day of spring slithers its way into an abyss of still snow-covered forests refraining winter from shedding its skin.

Tigers' AD a floor general at state

For the love of the game

Not since 1983 has a Hayden basketball team made it to the state tournament, but for the past 20 years the high school has been represented at the tournament. Robert Preator, the school's athletics director has headed to Denver each February since the early 1980s to help run the playoff games.

More officers needed

High standards make city department a 'target'

In the five years the Steamboat Springs Police Department has been understaffed, they have never faced quite the shortage they are facing now.


Dancing in Memory Ballet Northwest presents a 35-minute, three-piece dance series for the community in memory of Amy Tumminello who died of breast cancer.

Deter unwelcome garden visitors

Protect your plants from pests

They're fascinating and fun to watch, but wild animals in the garden can quickly devastate plants and trees.

School turns to community for help

Paying for education one piece at a time

In order to help raise teacher salaries and decrease student tuition, parents will present student arts and crafts and community gifts at tonight's 10th annual Christian Heritage School Auction.

Cattle disease raises local concerns

'Foot-and-mouth' keeps ranchers on their toes

Cattlemen in Routt County are keeping their ears perked for the foot-and-mouth disease epidemic that is striking European livestock. Routt County Cattlemen's Association President Doug Carlson said that the disease is a definite issue that local ranchers have on their minds.

City looks at hangars

Thirty acres could hold up to 80 planes

A 30-acre plot of land sunk 30 to 40 feet below runway grade may one day hold up to 80 planes at the Steamboat Springs Airport. The city is allowing Airport Manager Matt Grow to begin negotiations with a company called Dunn Properties to build airplane hangars just north of the terminal.

Green day

Celebrate St. Pat's Day - Steamboat style

Without the annual St. Patrick's Day Bump Off, locals and tourists may look toward restaurants and bars for their entertainment to celebrate the Irish holiday, but a festive Torch Light parade and fireworks will help brighten the moods.

The Price of imagination

On the way to grab a book at the Bud Werner Library, roam in the Botanic Gardens, buy a novel or coffee at Off the Beaten Path, check-in at the Steamboat Sheraton or stroll through the hotel to visit the Wild Horse Gallery, art lovers can get a glimpse of the imagination of Gary Price.


Friday, March 16 The Stoker Comedy Club presents Chris "Crazy Legs" Fonseca tonight. Take a gondola ride at 7 p.m. for $15 (cash only) and receive appetizers and hilarious comedy when you get to the top, 21 and older only.

An Irish breakfast

Irish soda bread tops off the morning

Maybe there's something in the Irish air that promotes hearty appetites early in the day, but breakfast in Eire is a significant meal.

Sailors' girls lacrosse squad hitting the field

This Saturday, the Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team will travel to Colorado Springs hoping for a win against Pine Creek and a little better weather than last week.

Jumping season comes to an end

Howelsen hosting final major event of season

The sun will set on the local ski jumping season this weekend as Howelsen Hill hosts its last major event of the year. Jumping coach Todd Wilson said the Western Regional Championships that will run today and Saturday were planned to happen just prior to the National Championships, which will take place in Park City, Utah.

Marketing director for chamber resigns

The marketing department of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is due to turn over completely in the wake of the announcement this week that marketing director Judy Wiesner has submitted her resignation.

Agencies urge smart partying

Revelers in green may be seeing red

St. Patrick's Day is approaching and law enforcement officials do not want the perennial green celebration to turn into a blue experience for some. Starting at 6 p.m. tonight, law enforcement agencies will be out in full force cracking down on drunken drivers in preparation for the Irish holiday on Saturday.

Steamboat, Grand Valley square off on diamond

Grand Valley baseball coach Jeff Bradley walked out onto the high school field in Parachute Thursday morning with high hopes and soggy feet. Welcome to baseball in northwest Colorado in the spring.

Season kicks off for soccer team

The first true test for the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team takes place today, when the Sailors head southeast to Littleton for a triple-header. The Sailors will be competing in the Littleton tourney, which runs through Saturday.

County may close gravel pit

Commission: Reclamation conditions not being met

The Routt County Planning Commission recommended Thursday the revocation of the special-use permit for a gravel mine because conditions of the special-use permit to mine on the land were not being met. The unanimous decision, which essentially recommends the closure of the Duckels Hogue Pit owned by Mike Hogue and operated by Duckels Construction, showed the commission would not stand for permit holders failing to adhere to strict reclamation conditions.

Bands mix it up in the 'Boat

While only leaving their wives, girlfriends and children at home for a few weeks, Big Ass Truck and Soulhat head to Steamboat together on a spring tour on Terminus Records, a newly-formed label company.

Wednesday, March 14

Skier psyched for downhill

Lindsay Lockhart headed to nationals

You could hear the energy in Lindsay Lockhart's voice as she talked by phone from her Dartmouth College dorm room on Wednesday. The college freshman qualified to attend skiing's big dance, at least at the national level, by winning the combined at last weekend's Eastern Junior Olympic Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine. It was the last time the 19-year-old could ski in a Junior Olympic event. Since Lockhart skis with the Dartmouth College team, she skied this year in the Eastern Championships.

Iverson bags four medals at JOs

Three local skiers race well at championships

As Mark Iverson walked away from the Suntrac Nordic Ski Center in Ishpeming, Mich., Saturday, the clinking of the four medals that hung around his neck spoke for itself. Iverson, an 18-year-old cross-country skier from Steamboat Springs, received four medals in as many events last week during the Junior Olympics. He competed in three individual races and a team relay in the older juniors class for the Rocky Mountain Division.

Betting a big part of 'Big Dance'

Office pools abound

For those thinking about betting on the heavy underdog Monmouth Hawks to upset the Duke Blue Devils in the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament today, the school's head coach has a few words of advice.

Slick roads send cars sliding

The storm that broke the spring-like calm of the last few weeks also broke a few fenders and narrowly missed breaking the bones of a man who was in a rental car that was driven into a ditch. Clark Bridgman, a 47-year-old man from Boca Raton, Fla., drove his rented Nissan Pathfinder with four passengers into a ditch on County Road 129 and the car was subsequently hit by another driver who slid off the road into it.

Man plans to fight charge of truck theft

A 24-year-old man who allegedly participated in the theft of a truck in December plans to plead not guilty to a felony charge

Gravel pit will be on the spot

The Routt County Planning Commission will discuss the existing special use permit of the Hogue Gravel Pit, owned by Duckels Construction Inc., in a public meeting tonight.

Fire fight not cooling

City, county still don't see eye to eye

The feud between the city and county over wildland fire suppression will continue to burn, as far as city officials are concerned. After thoroughly digesting the implications of the Wildland Fire Council's recommendations, the county decided this week to deny the council its requests for new firefighting equipment and personnel.

Big jet misses airport, ends up stuck

The 117 passengers on TWA Flight 641 from St. Louis applauded loudly when the plane landed in the Yampa Valley at about 2 p.m. Wednesday. That was before they discovered where they were. The MD 80 jet had landed at the general aviation airport in Craig instead of at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, 20 miles to the east. According to passengers on the plane, who hailed from all over the southeastern U.S., the plane roared down the runway and never fully came to a stop before attempting to turn onto a taxiway. At that point, the plane slid off the pavement and the landing gear became stuck in the mud. No one was injured in the incident.

Program starts early controversy

The pros and cons of 'Late Start'

School administrators and parents voiced their opinions at a community forum last night about Late Start, a proposal that the Steamboat Springs School District plans to implement for the 2001 school year. Many administrators brought to the roundtable discussion the topic of quality time versus quantity time spent in the classroom. Teachers are not given the appropriate time to spend collaborating on lesson plans and integrative teaching methods to accommodate each child's needs, administrators said.

Locals fly high at aerials

Maryann Skraba returned from Big Mountain, Mont., on Monday as the top girl upright aerial skier in the nation. Skraba earned the crown at last week's Junior Olympic Championships, which were held in Big Mountain March 5-12. Since there isn't an upright competition this week at the Chevy Truck U.S. Freestyle Championships , the top junior in the country retains the title. Those national championships, which include moguls, inverted aerials and dual moguls, will take place March 16-18 in Waterville Valley, N.H

Tuesday, March 13

Trade school a worthy idea

In this digital age, when the success of so many depends on the speed of their connections and to whom they're connected it is encouraging to see an effort linked to the heart and soul of this county. In the little ranching town of Hayden west of Steamboat Springs, an idea is taking shape that deserves attention. Community leaders have proposed building a vocational school there. The plan is to provide training in those skills that really keep a community moving things like welding, auto repair and plumbing.

Who wants to win your own stuff?

The state Department of Treasury could be your lifeline

There is no lying, Lyon Drug, you and 166 other businesses and residents in Routt County have been added to a state-wide list of unclaimed money or property held by Colorado Department of Treasury. People may think the state says, "It's mine," to money or property that is never claimed, like the claim of Robert E. Mine, but State Deputy Treasurer Benson M. Stein said it is the state treasurer's responsibility to find the people and give it to them.

City Council harpoons 'White Whale'

Steamboat Springs to buy new bus

As if in one last act of defiance against the city, a Parks and Recreation bus called the "white whale" broke down on the way to pick up students Tuesday just hours before City Council agreed to send it out to sea for good. In the first recalculation of the city's 2001 budget, the city found it had enough money from sales- tax revenue and other sources to spend $102,000 on a new bus. Because the city traditionally budgets conservatively and often underspends, it ends up at least twice during the year reviewing requests it initially may have had to cut.

Council warms up to ice rink improvements

Pushed by the recent boom in demand for its ice rink, City Council agreed in principal Tuesday night to begin improvements on the rink this year and swallow a potential 20-year debt. The ice rink will get a new ice-making system and ice mat, in addition to locker rooms to replace a changing area in the current building.

County knee-deep in road maintenance

Mired in the mud

Spring has come early to Routt County's 379 miles of unpaved roads, and County Road and Bridge Director Paul Draper sees definite signs it's going to be a long season. Already, isolated portions of the county road system are mired in eight-inch ruts, and that situation could get worse, Draper said.

Monday, March 12

Bantam team will battle for state title

This Sunday the Steamboat Springs Braves Bantam A youth hockey team will be hoping for big things at the Apex Ice Arena in Jefferson County.

Child molester gets 21 years in prison

A 55-year-old Hayden man was sentenced Monday to 21 years in prison for sexually assaulting his step-granddaughter. Calvin Drennan had avoided prison time for a similar charge involving the same girl in Jefferson County. But he wasn't so fortunate in District Judge Richard P. Doucette's courtroom in Steamboat Springs.

Community plan back on slate

Council setting schedule to update document

Even as City Council is knee-deep in the Community Development Code, the city is already drawing up a schedule to begin updating the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan.

Steamboat's U-15 team takes 3rd at tourney

The Steamboat Springs U-15 girls hockey team placed third at the Mountain States League championships March 2-4 in Breckenridge.

City raking in business

Sales tax up 11.6 percent in January

Coming off a year in which the city took in 8.5 percent more in sales tax revenue than it had in 1999, the city is counting on the economy staying strong enough in 2001 to produce at least 4 percent more than it did in 2000. And based on January collections, early business receipts may be a harbinger of positive growth.

Man sprains ankle in Steamboat Grand lobby

Guests of the Steamboat Grand Hotel were startled shortly before 10 a.m. Monday by loud cries of pain from a man who fell in the hotel lobby.

Vocational school needs further consideration

Discussion of a vocational education center to serve all Routt County school districts was brought to the table yesterday at a county commission luncheon with school representatives.

Spillane ends season on high note

Nordic skiers fare well in season-ending events in Norway

The Nordic Combined World Cup season drew to a close last weekend, but not before Austria's Felix Gottwald added a pair of victories to his collection.

TWA's end could be near

Judge accepts American's bid to buy airline's assets

TWA's flight to Yampa Valley Regional Airport from St. Louis was on time Monday afternoon, despite a a long weekend of difficult flying weather in northwestern Colorado.

Sunday, March 11

Convicted sex offender will avoid trial

Man who allegedly assaulted a child gets probation to reduce harm to victim

Both the Craig police chief and Moffat County sheriff say there was no justice in sentencing a convicted sex offender to probation last week for assaulting a child.

Prevention key to bone disease

Osteoporosis can lead to debilitating, painful fractures

Osteoporosis is a hot topic today, especially among women over the age of 40. A disease that causes decreased bone mass, osteoporosis can lead to debilitating and painful fractures if allowed to progress.

Students offered chance to join honor society

Today is the last opportunity for middle school students who have gone above and beyond in academics and community involvement to be eligible for the National Junior Honor Society.

Weekend snowfall a blessing to farmers

Stockmen don't always pray for snow it makes feeding cattle a chore, and this time of year, it's tough on newborn calves but the return to winter weather over the weekend was a blessing for local ranchers and farmers. The Natural Resources Conservation Service is reporting that snowpack in the Yampa River basin as of Thursday ranges between just 50 and 75 percent of average, and that means less water to irrigate hay fields in northwest Colorado early this summer.

Development rules debated

City discussing vesting rights, phasing requirements

City Council will review tonight the development review process and the ability of developers to hold off on building the separate phases of their projects. The rules to be considered are part of the fourth draft of the Community Development Code.

First woman named as interim police chief in Oak Creek

Oak Creek has named Eileen Rossi interim chief of police, making her the first woman to lead the department.

Saturday, March 10

A charm all its own

Demand high, supply low in Old Town

Old Town Steamboat Springs has a strong appeal for homebuyers drawn to the community's small-town character as much as they are to its resort appeal. Realtor Joan Conroy describes something that could be called, "the ice-cream-cone factor."



Nice guys finish last

By the time I finished the last event of the Steamboat Pentathlon Saturday afternoon, which was the 5-mile run, I was left gasping for air at the finish line and asking those around where the water jug was located.

Angie R. Hunt



Bacon and Spohr

Students develop in more ways than one

Getting something positive from the negative

About a month ago, 12 fifth graders at South Routt Elementary School began seeing the world in a different light. To them, a fresh snow fall, a wheel of a tractor or the bars on the jungle gym at school began taking an artistic form. Teacher Dawn Melarvie noticed it and she said the results have been spectacular.

No fighting allowed

Middle school expels amateur boxing event

Steamboat's first-ever "Fight Night" may have been a knockout for local boxing fans, but officials at Steamboat Springs Middle School are throwing in the towel on the event.

For some, degrees are clicks away

Bringing the classroom to students wherever they are

With the increase of non-traditional students returning to college to start or finish unresolved continued education, a plethora of online degrees now are becoming available from different Colorado colleges.


MARCH 4-10


Centennial Hall: Pomp or practicality

Centennial Hall, a public meeting space and building housing some city offices, was built for about $3.6 million, based on preliminary estimates. Does the city need to build such a facility? Arianthe Stettner, a city councilwoman, answered questions about the building and how the people can make use of it.

Flora M. Thrasher 1914-2001



Small packages When I was a young child anxiously waiting for Christmas morning, my mother would always tell me that the best presents normally come in the smallest packages.

Wild ride

At the bottom of a final pitch on Hahn's Peak, where the spiny, white cornice that outlines the 10,839 summit begins, Tyler Bennett stands, with alpine skis strapped to his pack forming a giant "X" on his back, above endless green bumps of the Routt National Forest.

Good eats

Elk steak, elk bratwurst, elk summer sausage, elk roast and venison steak. That's the contents of the my freezer at the moment, and for a kid who grew up on the Front Range in a family that didn't hunt big game, at the very least, my freezer contents are novel.

Cost of food theft could be hard to swallow

Officials believe when a German man allegedly purchased $4,000 worth of food when a mistake was made on his food stamp debit card, it could have marked the beginning of a costly case for Routt County.

New space for a new age

City Hall finds a future home in Steamboat Springs' past

Roberta Elkins never placed a "For Sale" sign on her lawn. But when City Council President Kevin Bennett walked out of City Hall after a meeting in 1996, he looked across the street at the old Elkins Power Plant and the empty plot of land next to it and saw Centennial Hall.

A range of lifestyle

Cattlewomen honored for continuing legacy

Cattlewoman Nancy Mucklow is clear about the mission of her organization. "We champion this because it's our lifestyle and it's our industry," Mucklow said. That's why about 60 women in Routt County take time out of their busy weeks many raising families, working in town and helping out on the ranch that they live on to promote the beef industry and agriculture in general with the Routt County CattleWomen.



Steamboat Springs residents were reminded this week, albeit in a relatively mild way, that they don't live in a bubble. On Wednesday, two students at the middle school made references to dangerous things. While in the lunchroom, one said he was going to "pull a Columbine," in reference to the worst school shooting in U.S

Challenge in Winter

Kloser wins fifth consecutive Steamboat Pentathlon title

Mike Kloser may have made a "bonehead" move during the 10th annual Steamboat Springs Pentathlon, but the competitor from Vail still managed to win the race by more than six minutes. Kloser, who is 41 years old, finished off as strong as he started and pulled out his fifth consecutive Steamboat Pentathlon title Saturday.

Click: Workforce Center makes job search easier

Get out of bed and look for a job, Carel Nickey urges, but don't bother to change out of your PJs. "You don't even need to brush your teeth to go job hunting anymore," Nickey said. Nickey is a job training specialist with the Steamboat Springs office of the Colorado Workforce Center.


Briefs from March 3-10

Chamonix II counting on quality and details

Rectangles are hard to find at Chateau Chamonix phase two. And it's no accident that almost all of the rooms in the 21-unit luxury condominium complex avoid right angles.

Unlikely owners

Couple fighting to make Milner Roadhouse a draw

There are plenty of places in Steamboat Springs to pick up some wings, so could it possibly be worthwhile to drive 20 miles round-trip for an order? One taste of Bill Doyne's chili lime wings and you just might hit the road. He and his wife, Lesa, fervently hope so. And besides, there's more than just wings at their place.


Chix win two on the road The Chix with Stix women's hockey team went two-for-three during a Front Range swing March 2-4.


Something to grouse about The Colorado Division of Wildlife is seeking volunteers willing to commit three days to participate in a survey of the sharp-tailed grouse breeding site.


Allen promoted to banking officer Adonna Allen has been promoted to banking officer at Alpine Bank of Steamboat Springs. Allen was instrumental in the opening of the branch here.


The bigger (looking), the better

Are you thinking about selling your home? How can you make it "bigger" and better looking without spending a cent?


Briefs from March 4-10



MARCH 4-10

Zeno Wall JR.


Effie May Bailey



Births from Feb. 20 to March 2

ASKED & ANSWERED: Getting the facts on wax

Any snowrider has experienced that sticky, coarse, rigid feeling of a snowboard or skis that haven't been waxed in the last couple of months, or maybe since last season. To get the best out of that pricey ski pass, we've asked the experts who tune and wax your snowriding equipment every day, what's the best way to keep it in good condition


Building permits for Feb. 26-28

Trucker's death haunts sister

'Instead of putting another family through it, he would take himself'

Wendell Dewane Grimm always told his family that if he was ever put in a position where his occupation put anyone in danger, he would take no chances and "take it himself." Grimm, 43, died March 2 after an accident on Rabbit Ears Pass near milepost 141. The Cheyenne, Wyo., man apparently lost control of a semitrailer pulling a flat bed trailer carrying cinder blocks.

Friday, March 9

Snow delays track team's first meet

A snow-covered track in Meeker has left the Steamboat Sailors track team with two more weeks to prepare before their first meet of the year.

LIFT-UP food shelves get boost

Community outpouring continues

After announcing that its shelves were beginning to look bare a couple of weeks ago, officials at the LIFT-UP Food Bank are now trying to find places to put an overwhelming amount of donated food.

Steamboat hits the court

Sailors tennis team opens season play today

The Steamboat Sailors girls tennis team opens its season today when it takes the court against the Longmont Trojans at home.

Fight charge against man dismissed

A felony assault charge against a 21-year-old Steamboat Springs man accused of stabbing two men at a Halloween costume party was dismissed Friday.

Change of venue denied

Judge says media coverage fair

A request for a new trial location by a former Steamboat Springs man accused of attacking a friend with a hammer was summarily denied Friday.

Thursday, March 8

Girl's end season to North Park

For the first time in four years, Donald Rolando and his Hayden girls basketball team are not playing in the post-season. Four times in a row Rolando and his girls team made it to the regionals in Grand Junction with a chance to go to state only to fall short each time.

Sky Club hosting star talk

Topic: The storm of a lifetime

If Mother Nature decides to clear her skies this Saturday, the moon's craters and even Saturn's rings may be visible for Colorado Mountain College's "Evening with the Astronomer."

Import coffee not your average joe

John Martinez is a man on a mission. He's out to show the world that coffee deserves as much respect and appreciation as wines do. And he has 17 countries behind him.

Attitude and emotion

Two artists present their views of the world around them in new Depot exhibit

Oil paintings and bronze sculptures will line the walls and hardwood floors of the Arts Center at the Depot from now until April as Bonnie McGee and Wayne Salge's work presents itself to art lovers.

Juggling club shows off skills

No red noses, rainbow-colored hair or face paint will accompany the Steamboat Juggling Club and We're Not Clowns winter show of the year at Olympian Hall this weekend.

Craig will be home to 'Hot Shot' firefighters

A 20-person crew of wildfire-fighting experts will someday call Moffat County home and could provide key support for local fire suppression and prevention efforts.

Centennial Hall opens again

City officials get ready for another celebration

As they got ready for today's grand opening festivities, city staffers and construction workers were running around Centennial Hall Thursday as if the in-laws were coming over for dinner.

Hayden goes after more grants

Hayden school officials are making plans to visit five schools across the country that are using a high school model, which local officials are interested of possibly instituting here. Currently, Hayden High School Principal Nick Schafer, with the help of other school faculty is in the process of applying for a Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration grant from the United States Department of Education.

Students suspended over threats

Classmates report boy who said he was 'going to pull a Columbine'

Two Steamboat Springs Middle School students have been suspended for five days for making threatening statements. While school officials and authorities expressed concern, they were quick to praise the students who reported the threats.


Lewis-Palmer knocks Steamboat out of state title race

Two loud crashes could be heard at the Pepsi Center last night and neither of them was good news for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team. The first crash of the game came at the end of the first quarter, when guard Ryan Kiely chased a loose ball out of bounds and collided with a drink table set up at the side of the Lewis-Palmer bench.

Counselor: Teens need identity

The question on the minds of parents everywhere is "What is it about American society that leads children to bring lethal violence into their own schools?"

Alleged drug ring included Routt County

Three men involved in an alleged drug ring that includes Routt County were arrested Wednesday morning in Denver with more than 200 pounds of marijuana, a little more than three ounces of cocaine and thousands of dollars.

Utilities commission meeting draws zero

Maybe it was the fact that "Survivor," the popular television show, comes on at 7 p.m., but, when a regulatory agency judge called a meeting to order Thursday to discuss a potential Greeley Gas rate increase, the 13 people in attendance were all either employees of Greeley Gas or the Office of Consumer Counsel. Similar meetings in Greeley and Gunnison have attracted a total of zero people from the public.

Yampa cracks down on K-9s

Town officials here are asking residents to help out with the dog-at-large problem in the town.

Airport parking fees stalled

County commissioners debate equity

Routt County Commissioners experienced a moment of mild air sickness this week when they received a tentative recommendation that would establish fees for annual parking passes at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Stagecoach up for 'green power' tag

The Stagecoach Dam and Reservoir is expected to be the first project in the nation certified by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute to generate "green power," opening up the option for dam officials to charge a premium price for wholesale electricity.

Hayden banks on eco alliance

To join an alliance formed by the governor's Office of Economic Development, officials from the town, Hayden Chamber of Commerce and a local bank have banded together. Hayden Town Board voted Thursday to join the Western Colorado Marketing Alliance. Gov. Bill Owens' office is forming the alliance that would actively pursue economic development leads for communities in the western part of the state.

A familiar sound you've never heard

With a hat full of money on the streets of Austin, Texas, the vision in the eyes of the duo playing drums and tuba was solely to enjoy the moments. But in 1995, the streets progressively got busier and a town that was once homey became one of Texas' biggest cities.

Not the same old grind

Making the case for dinner-worthy sausage

When Chip Gallagher was growing up in Philadelphia, family meals often featured big, fresh Italian sausages.


Excite your 'Imagination' The Wild Horse Gallery is hosting a one-man show, "Journeys of the Imagination," with the sculptures of Gary Price, March 9-25.

Combs takes her game to Westmont College

When Brienna Combs brings her tough, inside game, it can leave opponents wounded. In a fierce, one-on-one pickup game at Howelsen Park Wednesday, Combs left her male opponent with two cuts on his hand, and a bunch of aches and pains.

Extend your growing season

Six ways to fool Mother Nature

It might not be nice to fool Mother Nature, but in the Steamboat Springs area, she gives gardeners just 59 frost-free days to grow our green plants.

Accused drug dealers nix hearing

Two 41-year-old Hayden residents accused of allegedly selling marijuana have waived a preliminary hearing and been bound over to 14th Judicial District Court.

Steamboat's 1970-71 state champs being honored

Though the Steamboat boys have battled through the postseason with great accomplishments this season, their most successful predecessors, the 1970-71 state championship team, will be honored during the halftime of the Class 3A state finals Saturday.

AT&T snubs Hayden on digital TV

Residents interested in getting digital cable will have to wait until their are enough subscribers in town for AT&T Cable to offer the enhanced television package. Recently, Hayden officials met with AT&T representative Tom Cotton about the prospects of the cable company offering Hayden residents digital cable.

Gravel pit clear to begin

'Murphy Pit' plans to start end of March

More than two years of work is just weeks away from culmination, which will allow a longtime Hayden family in the gravel business to start operating a new pit. Ed and Kathy Hockin, who are the owners of Ed Hockin Trucking Inc., are expecting to start mining the "Murphy Pit" by the end of March.

Indoor Paddlers

When junior Steamboat Dance Theater members stepped out of the Spruce Room of the old junior high school Tuesday night, a group of seven men and one woman interjected their enthusiasm into an open table tennis field that takes over at 7 p.m.


Friday, March 9 Righteous Buddha, a funky Louisiana trio, opens tonight at The Tugboat. The Tugboat is located at 1860 Ski Time Square, 21 and older only.

Wednesday, March 7

Sailor spirit

Ryan Kiely tossed a tattered white blanket over his shoulder and ran to center court to join his teammates after he was introduced at a high school pep rally Wednesday. The blanket, which is covered with super-heroes from the 1980s cartoon show "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe," was made for Ryan by his grandmother, Arlene Kiely, while he was in grade school.

City planners hear retail request

After waiting for almost a year since his initial pre-application conference, Rod Schrage of Ski Haus will get his application for a new retail building heard tonight by Planning Commission. Schrage hopes to move Ski Haus across Pine Grove Road to the opposite corner of Pine Grove and U.S. 40, approximately doubling the size of the store in the process.

Gas company seeks rate hike

State commission to meet in Steamboat

With the prospect of yet another increase in gas prices for customers of Greeley Gas, the Public Utilities Commission will come to Steamboat Springs tonight to gauge the public's reaction to the proposal by the gas company. Greeley Gas, which serves about 90,000 customers in Colorado, wants to increase its rates by $4.28 million annually.

Alaskans mining Jr. Olympic gold

Steamboat Springs cross country skier Mark Iverson raced to a seventh-place finish in Wednesday's 15-kilometer freestyle race to record his second-top 10 of the week at the Junior Olympic events in Ishpeming, Mich. Ben Crawford led a one-two-three finish for Alaska by completing the course in a time of 40 minutes, 8.4 seconds. He was followed by teammates Charlie Renfro in second at 40:08.8 and Nate Green in third at 40:24.2.

Commission updated on park

State officials looking forward to summer

After problems with its septic system and an electrical system, the new Yampa River State Park is nearly 100 percent and officials are looking forward to a good summer. Yampa River State Park Manager Dennis Scheiwe told Routt County commissioners Tuesday that both the electrical system in the campground and septic system, which were recognized to need repairs last summer, are up and running.

Sheriff's investigator leaving force

Heading home

After 15 years with the Routt County Sheriff's Office, Investigator Gary Sigman is leaving his post to return closer to family. Sigman, 49, will work his last day for the sheriff's office March 22. He is planning on relocating to his hometown, Spokane, Wash.

School travel meeting set for today

Soda Creek Elementary will try to find relief from the mayhem of buses, vehicles and pedestrians at a travel improvement meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the school library today. Rick Denney, the facilities director who organized the meeting, said there is concern about traffic around Soda Creek, which occurs most heavily in the morning when parents and buses are dropping off students, and around 3 p.m. when those children are being picked up.

American Skiing sees $10 million + loss

Corporation throws 'horsepower' behind Grand

Top executives of the American Skiing Company said Wednesday they are focusing intently on sales of quartershares at the Steamboat Grand Hotel as the 2001 ski season enters its final weeks. However, they say despite an encouraging sales report at the hotel for the last four to five weeks, they don't expect to sell it out for at least another 18 to 24 months. That means the Grand would not be sold out at the end of ski season 2002.

School banks on inclusion

Readiness, respect part of Steamboat's plan

Until Monday, Santee, Calif., was a place that many residents thought was immune to school violence. A lot like Steamboat Springs. But Santee's assumption was shattered by the sound of gunfire when a 15-year-old boy allegedly opened fire in Santana High School, killing two people and injuring 13 others.

Tuesday, March 6

Top local skaters off to Denver

This weekend Steamboat Springs skater Jenny Spencer will head to Denver hoping to bring back a title in one of the state's most prestigious figure skating events. "It's a lot harder than our last competition in Pueblo," Spencer said. "I won there for the first time and I'm really hoping to do just as well in Denver."

Food-stamp theft suspect will be evaluated

Insanity plea entered

Twenty-six-year-old Sascha Karl Fischer sat at a defense table Tuesday listening to his attorney explain slowly and deliberately what could happen to him if he pleads insanity to a charge of illegally using a food-stamp debit card. At the end of the hearing, Fischer decided to go with the insanity defense, despite the fact he maintains he is sane.

Legislators ponder palatable bill

Fruit of the vine or the 'Grapes of Wrath'

A bill making its way through the Colorado Legislature would allow retail liquor stores to provide customers free samples of beer, wine and liquor sort of like little chunks of free breakfast sausage skewered on toothpicks at the grocery store only different. State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, said he voted for House Bill 1209 as it passed the State Senate on second reading Tuesday. If the bill passes an upcoming third reading it would go to Gov. Bill Owens' desk for his signature unless last minute amendments send it back to the House. State Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, said he too supported the bill in its present form.

Sailors look to rope up Rangers

State Quarterfinal action heads to Pepsi Center in Denver

It may have only been a summer-league game, but the Steamboat Sailors have an opportunity to avenge a loss to Lewis-Palmer Thursday night when they take on the Rangers in the state quarterfinals in Denver. The game, which tips off at 6:50 p.m. at the Pepsi Center, is a rematch from a contest that dates back to a preseason tournament at the University of Wyoming.

Our view: When will CDOT act?

How long must we wait before the Colorado Department of Transportation takes serious steps to slow down and educate drivers on Rabbit Ears Pass? How many more people must die before CDOT installs appropriate signage or reduces the speed limit on the pass, at least in winter?

City, county help with housing

Affordable homes group gets assistance

The city and county grabbed the Regional Affordable Living Foundation's hand Tuesday night as they prepared to leap into the world of affordable housing subsidies. Rob Dick, RALF's executive director, gladly accepted that $250,000 hand, and told the groups they would get their money back when they got to the other side. The city and county moved to go ahead with an approval for the full amount of the subsidy as long as RALF gave them more specifics and city staff could vouch for the viability of the proposal. The two $125,000 subsidies will likely be evaluated separately by the city and county.

Nites Rest/Winona's take championsip

The Steamboat Springs Adult Senior Hockey League crowned Nites Rest/Winona's team tournament champions last Sunday night in the final contest of the season. Nites Rest held off a late run by Backdoor Sports to win the championship title 3-2. David Schaller gave Nites Rest an early lead with a first-period goal. But Backdoor answered when Steve Colby netted an unassisted goal.

Iverson fourth in sprint

Steamboat Springs nordic skier Mark Iverson fought through blowing snow and high winds Monday, to come away with a top-five finish at a Junior Olympics sprint event in Marquette, Mich. Iverson, who trains in Alaska but is a native of Steamboat, competes in the Rocky Mountain Division. He is a member of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Monday, March 5

New town manager learning the ropes

Oak Creek's new town manager is settling into his job, but not his house.

More deputies joining force

Sheriff's Office hires six new employees

Oak Creek's police chief is one of six men hired to be new deputies for the Routt County Sheriff's Office. Oak Creek Chief of Police Dan Kelliher said he will start his new job on April 2, ending nearly a five-year stint in Oak Creek, with the last year and a half as chief.

Midgets sweeping through playoffs

The Steamboat Springs Midget A team took one step closer to winning the league tournament last weekend by sweeping past the Laramie Outlaws in the playoffs.

Skiers hope to keep momentum up

Freestylers headed into final stretch of season

With the Rocky Mountain Divisional championships behind them, the members of the Steamboat Springs freestyle team are hoping to carry some of the momentum of a successful week into an important end-of-season stretch.

Almost ready for business

Historical Mesa School will soon be open to the public

Ten months after the Mesa Schoolhouse was dedicated, the public is able to make reservations to conduct meetings and other gatherings at the historical one-classroom school south of Steamboat Springs on U.S. 40. But meetings won't actually be held there until May.

City still mulling over wastewater expansion

The city, after choosing to go it alone on the wastewater treatment plant expansion, will decide on whether to approve a low-interest federally subsidized loan agreement tonight for $6.3 million. In January, the city decided to break off negotiations with Mount Werner Water and Sanitation in favor of completing the state-mandated expansion on its own.

Students may get a 'late start'

Proposal would allow teachers to improve learning

Students in Steamboat Springs may get to sleep in for an extra hour on Wednesdays next fall if parents agree to the Late Start program proposal.

RALF hoping for subsidies

Group wants affordable housing funds to be used toward West End Village

The city and county have been putting away a total of $250,000 in affordable housing subsidies for the past two years. Tonight, the two groups will meet to discuss a proposal from the Regional Affordable Living Foundation, which is hoping to lay its hands on the entire sum of that money for the West End Village project.

Sunday, March 4

Hey, kids March 20 is 'Get-Up-and-Exercise Day'

When you read stories about how flabby and unfit the children of America are, television is usually one of the main culprits cited. Kids aren't outside playing because they're inside snacking, glued to the tube especially young children, 2 to 11, who spend two and a half hours or more every single day watching TV.

Steamboat setting its eyes on a state title

On Thursday, the Steamboat Sailors will continue their quest for the Class 4A state title when they take on the Lewis-Palmer Rangers in a state quarterfinal game at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Local skiers fare well in Lake Placid

Although only eight of the 13 local skiers who qualified for the Junior Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., took part in the special jumping and nordic combined events last week, the skiers who competed came away with impressive numbers.


Log on for forest fire prevention plan The proposals to reduce brush and small trees, otherwise known as fuels, from the Routt National Forest by means of clearing and burning can be viewed on the Internet.

Mountain snow below 'average'

Ski area spokesman: It's the experience that counts

The sun has made only infrequent appearances in February, but all of those clouds haven't produced much snow, and Steamboat will have to experience a very snowy March and April just to have an average winter snowfall.

ASC merger set to finalize in late March

The merger between American Skiing Co. and MeriStar Hotels and Resorts is now scheduled to be completed by the end of March.

'Geek Suites' planned

Developer Dave Dooley is poised to pour concrete this spring on a new mixed-use commercial and residential condominium project that will establish a new category of building in Steamboat Springs. Call it the "Geek Suite."

Chopper offers more than just a tour

Helicopter can be utilized for photography, backcountry searches and sightseeing trips

As a longtime member of Routt County Search and Rescue, John Witte had numerous opportunities to hitch a ride in a helicopter while looking for a lost backcountry skier, hunter or snowmobiler. Then one day while buzzing along over the treetops, it dawned on him that he needed to rearrange his world.

Time to refinance may be now

Mortgage rates falling toward 30-year lows

Home mortgage rates are approaching 30-year lows and that's a signal that some homeowners should be investigating refinancing their mortgage to take advantage of the lower interest rates, some lenders say.

Freedom phones

More and more people are cutting the cord and going cellular

If you haven't heard the telltale warble of a cell phone on a powder day in Priest Creek, give it time. Sooner or later, you will.


Wool yarn offered at CMC gathering Sheep are a big business in Routt County and northwestern Colorado, so local knitters and textile artists find it ironic that it is difficult, if not impossible, to purchase wool yarn in Steamboat Springs.

City ready to delve into new code

After hearing a vast array of comments and concerns from the community, City Council is embarking on a two-month series of meetings with the city's planning department to evaluate the fourth draft of the Community Development Code.

Filling out tax forms a daunting task for some locals

When tax season rolls around, teachers can get into some of the same bad habits for which they chide their students. "I'm dreading doing my taxes," said Chappell Marmon, a 23-year-old English teacher at the Lowell Whiteman School.

Cabin fever may be road to depression

Winter blues? Cabin fever? Valley fever? Most of us feel this way from time to time. A strong urge to escape from the winter doldrums is a common response to prolonged snow and cold.

Steamboat teacher earns top honors

Cindy Gay, who teaches science at the high school, wins national award for excellence

When Cindy Gay returned home from school on Valentine's Day, she discovered a misplaced FedEx envelope sitting on her living room floor. She had been anticipating the news for weeks, but when she picked up the flat envelope, her anxiety grew.

Traveling at the speed of dog

"Dogs are not pushed to run. They all want to go. And all someone has to do is go to any starting line to see that for themselves. These dog live to run. They enjoy running the way a golden retriever loves to retrieve," veterinarian Del Carter was quoted as saying in a story written by Alaskan journalist Bill Sherwonit about the 1986 Iditarod, the greatest dog sled race in the world.

Where have all the real hunters gone?

I've noticed in the past few years how much importance is being put on technology and equipment and how little is being put on hunting and hunting skills. This really hit home last week when I picked up one of the many bow hunting publications I subscribe to and couldn't find a single "hunting story." Instead, every article was on technology and equipment.

March comes in like a lamb

More skiers expected to hit town later this month

Members of the Steamboat resort community were hoping that fresh snow and relatively uncrowded slopes would be enough to lure last-minute skiers past the deep discounters in Summit County to ski Mount Werner this past weekend.

Saturday, March 3


Real estate transactions recorded March 1-7.

County scrutinizes skyline construction

For some people, the very sight of a home high above the valley, glistening in the skyline, is enough to make them pull their hair out. At least that's how John Whittum feels when he looks behind his house in the Strawberry Park area.

Harvey and Sigley

Stagecoach land dispute settled

Owner's association spells out consolation guidelines

Stagecoach landowners can now legally consolidate lots into five acres but will have to adhere to conditions of the Stagecoach Property Owners Association, according to a court settlement between Brown Thompson, Ken Burgess and the homeowners group. The settlement was filed on Monday and all the parties involved said they are happy with the outcome.

Big Nights, big tips

Michael Lewis is preparing himself, body and soul, for the playoff run. He lifts free weights in the mid-afternoon to strengthen his legs and arms. And he makes a deliberate attempt to keep his state of mind positive. However, Lewis isn't a professional hockey or basketball player. ML, as he is universally known, is a food server for the Old West Steak House team, playing nightly in the Downtown League.

Charter school appeals 'approval'

North Routt officials call Steamboat district's decision a mockery

The North Routt Charter School Board made good this week on a threat to appeal a decision by the Steamboat School Board, which placed a number of conditions on the charter school's approval the board feels are unfair.

Kickin' it

46 Sailors girls are dreaming of a state soccer title

The hardwood floors of the Ramunno Gymnasium at Steamboat Springs High School will never play host to a girls state championship soccer game, but for the members of the Sailors girls' team, this is where state dreams are born.

A journey of sacrifice

Lent season gives Catholics a chance to reconnect with God

Forty days and 40 nights without sweets? Is it possible? Many Christians observing the Lent season endure giving up something in their lives for God for 40 days.

School pushes positive behavior

A group of about 270 middle school students shuffled into the Chief Plaza Theater Friday as a reward for positive behavior and academic accomplishment. Steamboat Springs Middle School has created a School Incentive Program that is trying to focus less time on disciplining students and more time recognizing those with great achievements.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Should skylines be kept clean?

At two meetings in February and March, Routt County officials kicked around the idea of using regulations to keep homes from being built atop certain hills and ridges in the county. While controlling skyline construction has been identified by many residents as necessary, many others don't like the prospect of more county rules. We asked Assistant Planning Director Chad Phillips to explain the county's position when it comes to skyline regulations.


Around Town from Feb. 26 to March 3


Letters from April 26 to March 3


Little mites get to play on big ice The Pediatrics of Steamboat mites hockey team will travel to Denver April 2 to make a special appearance between periods of the Colorado Avalanche game.


Sailors in springtime

Walk into the halls of Steamboat Springs High School after 3 p.m. these days and the true feeling of spring will hit you like a ton of bricks.





FEB. 26 to MARCH 3

Local briefings from Feb. 36 to March 3

Asked & Answered: Is the cold getting old?

During the day, the sun does its best to poke through the clouds to spread a little warmth, but at night, there are still only two kinds of temperatures: cold and freakin' cold!

Middle school honor roll

Fall Semester


Class Notes from Feb. 26 to March 3

OUR VIEW: Give 'em a home

Caring people are needed to give abandoned pets new homes


Births from Feb. 12 to Feb. 25

Major hoop-la

Sailors trounce Wildcats in 48-39 finish, gear up for quarterfinals

Ryan Scheer ignited a fire into the Steamboat offense Saturday night in Pueblo, leading the Sailors to a 48-39 win over the Wildcats and rocketing them into the state quarterfinals.



CMC men's ski team looks for U.S. title

Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus men's ski team will leave for Boise, Idaho, this week with one thing on their minds winning the United States Collegiate Skiing Association's national title for their head coach. The event will take place at the Bogus Basin Ski Area March 5-10.

Haymaker hopes for May 1 opening

It's not too early to think about golf

On Thursday, golf course superintendent Bill Whelihan pulled on his winter boots and ventured a short distance out the doors of the Haymaker pro shop to measure the current snow depth on the city-owned course.

Friday, March 2

Airport funds neglected

Aviation expert sees gem in Hayden

The state of Colorado is doing a poor job of representing its airports at the national level, said the president of one of the leading trade associations for general aviation businesses during a recent visit to Steamboat Springs.

Driver loses control of truck, dies

Rabbit Ears Pass claims another life

A Cheyenne, Wyo., man was killed Friday morning after the truck he was driving went off Highway 40 and rolled, according to police reports.

Steamboat skiers headed to Michigan for Junior Olympics

Fifteen-year-old classic and freestyle skier Austin Ross takes a big step in his career today when he departs Steamboat Springs for Michigan's Upper Peninsula to compete in the 2001 Junior Olympics.

Hayden's new sign up and running

Booster Club raises money, community awareness

It took two years of fund-raising for the Hayden Booster Club to raise $8,000 for a new sign that adorns the northwest corner of the high school.

Former residents lead pack

Travis Mayer, Emiko Torito top in respective fields in Friday's competition

Two former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers shared the spotlight Friday afternoon at the Rocky Mountain Division Freestyle Championships on Voodoo.

New planning position proposed

Hearing examiner's job would be based on objectivity

In an effort to increase the objectivity of a sometimes confusing and unwieldy development review process, the city is now looking at employing a "hearing examiner" and "zoning administrator" to help it judge whether development permits fit the code.

Commission approves gravel pit

After much passionate debate, the Routt County Planning Commission gave final approval for a special use permit to operate a new gravel pit outside of Milner. The vote was 6-2. The county commission still must approve the plan before operations can begin.

Thursday, March 1

State berth at stake for Sailors

The Steamboat Sailors will take their game downstate Saturday, as they head into Pueblo for a regional showdown that could vault them into the state playoffs.


Chamber concert The Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra presents a winter concert at 7 p.m. March 1 and 2 at the Steamboat Springs High School Auditorium. The theme for the concert is "Sacred and Profane; Tragic and Comic," with pieces presented by Telemann, Haydn, Williams, Faure and Brahms. Tickets are available at the Depot or the door for adults,$8, students and seniors $5, children under 12 are free.

Green thumbing your nose at Old Man Winter

Start planning your garden now

Gardeners know. This is the time of year that our mailboxes sprout a bushel-basket full of seed, flower and plant catalogs. Those photographs of gorgeous flowering plants, trees, grasses, vegetables and groundcovers are designed to intrigue and entice us to begin planning our spring gardens now.

'Friends' wins war

Public support, pressure protects radio programming

After an 18-day whirlwind fund-raising campaign that collected a full $2 million, the Friends of KUNC, a nonprofit group dedicated to saving the station's current programming schedule, won a bidding war for KUNC's broadcasting license Thursday. Moved by northern Coloradans who were willing to open their wallets as well as their hearts, the University of Northern Colorado decided to sell KUNC to the nonprofit group for about $1.9 million, which virtually matched the cash-in-hand figure offered by Denver-based Colorado Public Radio.

'Suite' dreams

Marked by a blue awning and a 95-seat wooden interior, the Seventh Street Playhouse contains the passion and energy of a Broadway cast inside.

A taste of ranch

Fine wines, fine food worth the trip to Vista Verde

On a windy, snow-packed road along the Elk River, vehicles and snowmobiles drive into an abyss of alpines and Douglas firs with the only sounds being the purr of the motor and the wind whipping past.

County master plan released today

The Routt County Regional Planning Department will release a draft of the revised county-wide master plan today.

Tactical team gets 'real' practice

Man allegedly hallucinates armed intruder

After training all day with paint-ball guns, the Steamboat emergency response team got to do the real thing Wednesday night when a Steamboat resident called police reporting that there was an armed man in his home at 208 Fourth St. After getting the call around 7:30 p.m., the city police department, with the help of three sheriff's deputies, surrounded the house and closed access to the block.

Senior League hockey title at stake

Nite's Rest, Backdoor Sports vying for bragging rights

Nite's Rest and Backdoor Sports will battle for the Senior League hockey title this Sunday night at Howelsen Hill.

Courthouse could cost millions

The price of justice

The committee that's helping Routt County with the concept of a new judicial facility got a taste of its difficult task this week.

No 'wining' about the price

Good values still to be found on the vintner's shelf

At the always-popular Albany American Wine Festival earlier this month, wine guru Terry Robards led what has become an annual seminar on best buys. This year, the title of the seminar, Best Buys Under $10, changed to Best Buys Under $15.

Rack 'em up

One of my favorite dishes when I go out for dinner is rack of lamb. It is featured on many restaurant menus and carries with it an aura that seems to say: available only at restaurants; too difficult to cook in your kitchen.

Ski, ska to be main menu at CMC party

Catching air, catching tunes

After Colorado Mountain College students try to catch some of the biggest air at Howelsen Hill Saturday, Chupacabra will perform a free concert to celebrate award winners at Olympian Hall.

Animal Shelter running out of room

The Steamboat Springs/Routt County Animal Shelter is trying to make room for some new residents scheduled to arrive today, but in order to succeed, the staff at the shelter needs more people such as Barrett Loving and Kevin Nobrega to adopt puppies such as Max.

Snow Express gathers steam

Victims of multiple sclerosis may receive more relief after Sunday.


Friday, March 2 Jazz is Dead performs tonight at Levelz. Levelz is located at 1860 Ski Time Square Building E, 21 and older only.

Locals dominate competition

Steamboat skiers earn top honors in championships

Local mogul skier Gina Gmeiner really didn't need a boardercross helmet to intimidate the competition in Thursday's Rocky Mountain Division Championships but it didn't hurt.

'Reckless' thriving

When other boys were playing baseball in the street or teasing little girls, Cody and Willie Braun were on the road with their family band touring the United States in the late 1980s.

The Extra Mile

Burning thighs, grueling red faces and scaly chapped lips will be the fashionable look next weekend when endurance athletes gear up for the 10th Annual Pentathlon.