Stories for October 2001


Wednesday, October 31

Prosecution focuses on day Bases was allegedly killed

The first day of testimony in the Thomas Lee Johnson murder trial focused on the day Lori Bases was killed.

Opening statements given at trial

Different versions of events leading to murder portrayed

During opening statements in Thomas Lee Johnson's murder trial, lawyers gave different versions of the events leading up to the May 2000 death of Lori Bases and the police investigation that followed.

ASC inks deal with a buyer

But letter of intent means company can still court suitors for Steamboat

American Skiing Co. came a step closer to selling the Steamboat Ski Area this week, signing a nonbinding letter of intent with a potential buyer.

Reading focus of holiday fun

The train of costumed children on parade Wednesday afternoon at Hayden Valley Elementary School left no one behind.

Annual Halloween Stroll big success

Groups of children from toddlers to teen-agers stood huddled in their costumes in front of the downtown businesses waiting for the doors to open so their Halloween Stroll could begin. The Halloween Stroll allowed children and their parents to trick-or-treat along the strip of businesses from Fifth to 10th streets Halloween night in Steamboat Springs.

Prenatal plan may aid Northwest Colorado

Gov. Bill Owens' plan to offer prenatal care for uninsured women in the state might help area public health agencies in their efforts to promote healthier birth outcomes.

Tuesday, October 30

Jury selected for murder trial

Opening statements will be given today

Eight women and four men were selected from a pool of 150 Larimer County residents Tuesday to serve on the jury that will hear the murder trial of Thomas Lee Johnson.

Norton reappoints Hayden man to BLM position

Interior Secretary Gale Norton recently reappointed Hayden resident Geoff Blakeslee to the Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council.

Ghosts and goblins on the prowl

Children and adults dressed in an array of Halloween costumes will shuffle between Fifth and 10th streets tonight as the annual Halloween Stroll gets under way.

Tigers roar into playoffs

Gel-osity. It has nothing to do with football plays or formations, but it is what Hayden coach Kevin Kleckler said his team needs in order to win its first playoff game on Saturday against Dolores County.

Sailors' basketball camp to begin

Luckily, for the members of the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team, at least one doctor in Colorado still makes house calls or at least gym calls.

Skyline rules being reviewed

Skyline regulations may get their second-to-last review Thursday when the county Planning Commission gathers to make a final recommendation to the Routt County Commissioners.

Winter Sports Club reloads its staff

Rick DeVos, the executive director of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, gets a little excited when he is asked about the new coaches who are coming to the program this winter.

Soroco tops Hayden in season finale

It might have been the last game of the last match of the season, but the Soroco Rams and Hayden Tigers fought until the bitter end for third place at the 2A Western Slope volleyball tournament.

More warnings, more security

Sheriff expresses concern over lack of FBI communication

Though Routt County seems geographically isolated from possible terrorist attacks, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation issues a warning to Americans, the Sheriff's Office here takes it seriously.

Monday, October 29

Book outlines erosion control

Routt County is selling a handbook to help teach contractors ways to reduce river runoff problems connected to ground erosion on construction sites. The book also will prepare the community for a possible amendment to the building code to help control runoff problems.

Cowboys, cowgirls competing in Hayden

It is a rancher's answer to Monday Night Football, and the weekly events will give local sorting and penning enthusiasts a chance to stay on their horses at the Two Socks arena near Hayden for most of the winter.

Selection for jury members under way

Johnson murder trial gets rolling in Fort Collins

Jury selection for Thomas Lee Johnson got off to a slow start in Fort Collins Monday, but attorneys remain optimistic a jury of Larimer County residents can be selected by the end of today. At 5 p.m. Monday, about 20 potential jurors had been eliminated, leaving prosecutors and defense attorneys with a jury pool of about 180 for the murder trial.

Council chooses business owners for commission

The city's main board charged with making decisions about Steamboat's architecture has no architects on it.

Council waiting on pay raises

It became painfully obvious to City Council members that they could not in good faith accept a raise after Sept. 11, but if voters approve a pay increase for the seven elected officials, it could be put in place as early as next spring.

Railroad decides to raze depot

Union Pacific Railroad has decided its train depot at 304 Yampa Ave. in Craig should be demolished.

Regaining their focus

Sailors volleyball coach hopes team can keep up its intensity at tourney

Forget the records; forget what happened last year or even what happened last weekend. From here on out, the only thing that really matters to the members of the Sailors volleyball team is surviving until the next playoff round.

Youth football league sees successful year

The Doak Walker Youth Football League has become so popular there is a waiting list just to get in.

Sunday, October 28

Concern over tourism expressed

This just in from the front lines of tourism after all that has happened over the past seven weeks, people still don't get it. Security officials at Denver International Airport are confiscating an average of 90 pounds of knives and cutting instruments. That's not 90 pounds a month, or even a week. That's 90 pounds a day!

Vegetarians feel good about food choices

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, shining the spotlight on people who have chosen diets that depend primarily or exclusively on plant products.

Post office takes precautions

Employees using preventive measures to combat threat of anthrax attack

A sign of the times can be found in the new option of the 800 number for the U.S. Postal Service's electronic information system. After choosing a language, the caller is asked to press 1 to hear the latest safety security measures the post office is taking.

7 arrested at DUI checkpoint

Sobriety station set up to curb drinking and driving

Seven drivers under the influence of alcohol were arrested on Saturday night in a sobriety checkpoint on U.S. 40.

Saturday, October 27

Dreams dashed

Beating defending champs harder than expected

Throughout the past week, the Steamboat Springs soccer team has talked of ways they could upset Lewis-Palmer in the state playoffs.


Local briefing for Oct. 28, 2001

Flying your own flag

Patriotism is as individual as personalities

When Bill May was in junior high school in Steamboat Springs during World War II, he thought going to war was an obligation to the country not a job. "A lot of older kids were dropping out to go into the service," May said. "I was surprised to see that military personnel were paid. I thought it was just something you owed to your country."

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Oct. 18-23

Around town

Around town for Oct. 28, 2001


Weekly planner for Oct. 29 to Nov. 3

Antlers Cafe serves up atmosphere

Patrons step through the doors and catch a glimpse of the past

Motorists who turn off the highway into the town of Yampa will notice the white building that stands at the very end of Main Street and Moffat Avenue.


Football player deemed 'class act'

My name is Jerry Stabile, and I am one of three JV football coaches. On behalf of my two colleagues, Mike McCannon and Mike Apple, I would like to recommend Tyler Fosdick as the student athlete of the week.


Letters for Oct. 28, 2001

Jane W. Plocinski


Next week crucial for Sailors football

There are things far more important than losing a high school football game. Just don't tell that to the Steamboat Sailors, who left Gardner Field Friday night red-eyed and grim after a devastating 18-7 loss to the Rifle Bears.

Despite loss, freshman runners spark high hopes for next season

There were no state titles for the members of the Steamboat Springs cross-country teams Saturday afternoon, but the performance of two freshmen had head coach John Smith smiling and already thinking about next season.

Behind the headlines

With the possibility of a gravel pit planted at the base of Rabbit Ears Pass and the unsightliness some say would come with it, the issue once again has become a hot topic in Routt County. How does the county planning department deal with these plants and the visual impacts that come with them? We asked Caryn Fox of the Routt County planning department to give her perspective on the roles gravel pits play in our community.

Early childhood education taxes go before voters

Proponents say money would increase quality of care but opponents say plan is misguided

On Nov. 6, Routt County residents will have the chance to decide if they want to pay more in sales and property taxes to better fund early childhood education.

Johnson claims self-defense

Murder trial begins Monday in Fort Collins

Defense attorneys for Thomas Lee Johnson will argue self-defense when Johnson's murder trial begins Monday in Fort Collins. The 31-year-old Johnson has been charged with first-degree murder for the death of Lori Bases.


Only you can prevent boomeritis?

Boomeritis that would be an inflammation of your boomer, right? Actually, it's a term coined by Nicholas DiNubile, a sports-medicine doctor, to account for the huge number of sports-related injuries sprains, strains and fractures happening to people age 35 to 54.

Raising election money

$31,500 fuels support for transportation tax

The one candidate who refused to accept or spend money on his campaign in 1999 lost his race by a margin of almost 2-to-1. At the same time, the Downtown Development Authority, with a campaign fund more than $10,000 strong, fell hard at the polls that year losing almost 3-to-1.

Getting paid to play

Do something fun where you want to be in the outdoors

Everyone deals with the alarm going off in the morning, hitting the snooze button a few times, and then up and out to the place that pays the bills. That's work.

Sleepy Willow seeks national reach

John and Jamie Bender would love to sell you a little girl's twin bed for the audacious price of $6,000. And they know exactly what they are doing.

School promotes anti-bullying

Defense against 'a culture of cruel'

Steamboat Springs Middle School students mingled Friday in the bleachers of Gardner Field as they traded red, white or blue bracelets. Students walked up to one another asking names, grades and one interesting fact as a part of the school's no-bullying program.

Still hope for tourism

Business is slow now, but state survey predicts activity will pick up

The majority of skiers and snowboarders still plan to vacation this winter, but they are taking their time making it official. And Colorado is perceived nationally as being the safest destination of all 50 states.


Ski resorts adapt to weak economy Colorado Ski Country provides the following updates of the economic status of nearby ski resorts:

Volleyball team falls short

The Montezuma-Cortez volleyball team proved unstoppable over the weekend, handing Steamboat Springs two losses during the District 7 volleyball tournament in the Panthers' home gym.

Locals take part in Torch Relay

Two-tenths of a mile is all a torchbearer will be asked to do, but the job of carrying Olympic pride more than 13,500 miles across the United States is something two locals are not taking lightly.


Tree seedlings for sale to landowners Landowners can purchase tree seedlings for the next spring's planting from the Colorado Forest Service.

Ski Haus expanding with second store

Construction is under way on a new Ski Haus sporting goods store at the southeast corner of U.S. 40 and Pine Grove Road. But owner Rod Schrage has more in mind than just a new home for his store.

Class Notes

Class notes for Oct. 28, 2001

Selling the amenities

Owners say the story of their home, listed for more than $2 million, is in the details

Homes priced at just more than $2 million are expected to stand out from the crowd, and the home of Peggy and Tim O'Brien on Hunters Court in Steamboat Springs accomplishes that goal. Peggy O'Brien, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Silver Oak, has listed her personal home for $2.15 million.


The record for Oct. 20-26


Mixing scary fun and safety

Getting freaked out on Halloween usually isn't a rare feeling. There are ghosts and witches, vampires and mummies. However, don't let an ignorance of safety ruin your fun night. Obey store rules and be careful on the road.

Our View

Child-care taxes not well defined

There should be little debate about the importance of affordable, quality child care to this community. Such care is vital to our economic and societal health.

Lucille S. Hatton



In brief for Oct. 28, 2001

Building permits

Building permits for Oct. 8-19

Navigator awards presented

Ann Miller wanted to be in Steamboat Springs on Saturday evening to support her daughter's nomination for businesswoman of the year. She stayed back in Maine because the trip would have been too hard on her health.


Births from Oct.12-21, 2001


A different part of Olympic history

The American flag will be flying high in Steamboat Springs this winter as dozens of local athletes chase their Olympic dreams in Salt Lake City.


Compromise and bring back the Bump-Off

Ever since the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. pulled the plug on the St. Patrick's Day Chute 1 Bump-Off a 13-year-old ski competition/party discontented locals have longed for its return.

Friday, October 26

Chamber orchestra takes the stage today

Having practiced since the beginning of September, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra is ready to perform for a fall concert tonight and Sunday.

Soroco plays host to horror

School fund-raiser also family fun

A school gymnasium will host a cast of characters tonight, and those who play the part have a chance to win some prizes.

Navigators to success

Businesses recognized for community contribution

Some contributions to a business community cannot always be measured in dollars and cents. One local business and one individual whose dedication and commitment have led the way in the community will be recognized tonight at the Steamboat Grand Hotel.

Bears sink Sailors

Steamboat drops its first game of the year; league title hopes dashed

Only one team could walk away from Gardner field Friday night with its undefeated league status still intact.

Tigers give Mustangs scare but fold in second half

All year long, the highly touted West Grand Mustangs have steamrolled through every opponent and had not trailed in eight games.

Volleyball team advances at tournament

The Steamboat Springs volleyball team came out strong Friday at the district tournament against league foes Delta and Rifle at Cortez.

Voting importance stressed

University Women's association keeps approach simple

The American Association of University Women's Steamboat Springs chapter is encouraging women in the Yampa Valley to vote in the upcoming election, even though no gender issues are highlighted on the ballots.

Thursday, October 25

Care center treated to pooch parade

Doak Walk Care Center's hallways were lined with residents to greet dogs and their owners Thursday afternoon as part of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council docent program.

At-large council candidates' race full of contrasts

It was only a week ago that the two candidates running for the at-large spot on City Council began to express differing opinions.

Keeping vigilant

Event draws awareness of domestic violence in Routt County

In the last eight years, 2,000 people in Routt County were victims of domestic violence and received help through Advocates Against Battering and Abuse.

Hayden's tough task

To finish with winning record, Tigers must beat No. 2 West Grand

To finish the season with a winning record, Hayden faces a tall order beating the state's second-ranked team.

Xcel proposes new power line

Xcel Energy, which owns the Hayden power station, needs to build a back-up power line to service Steamboat Springs and will ask for public opinion on where it should go.

Wednesday, October 24

Group raises money for research

Community efforts to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment continue to garner support as the idea of raising breast cancer awareness spreads across cities in the United States.

DUI checkpoint planned for weekend

For the second year in a row, law enforcement agencies in Routt County are teaming up to make Halloween a nightmare for people who drive drunk.

ASC to auction off New Hampshire resort units

American Skiing Company, owner of the Steamboat Ski Area, is preparing to auction off unsold units in its resort hotel at a New Hampshire ski area.

Sailors, Bears to clash for title

With the Western Slope League title on the line Friday, the showdown between Steamboat Springs and Rifle is a game both teams have anticipated for weeks.

Flu vaccine price to increase

Health officials are not expecting a shortage of flu vaccine for the upcoming flu season, but the vaccine will cost more than last year.

District 3 council candidates' race full of contrasts

One of the two candidates running for City Council in District 3 said she almost dropped out of the race because she could not afford to live in the community, but she stayed in to help others with similar problems. The other candidate said she entered public service at the request of a dying friend. Stakes for both candidates, with the potential for a swing in the way the council votes after this election, are high.

Tuesday, October 23

Sailors enter playoffs

Volleyball team to battle at districts

By 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the sounds of a hard-working volleyball team could be heard ringing through the hallways outside Steamboat Springs High School's main gym.

District 2 candidates look to learn from mistakes

Ken Brenner and Paul "Loui" Antonucci remember a time when more than just their debates were heated. Antonucci and Brenner, opponents in the race for District 2, were roommates 27 years ago when Antonucci first came to Steamboat and worked at the Storm Meadows Condominiums.

Local volleyball teams off to regionals

Basement-dwelling Hayden and Soroco volleyball teams are looking for new life in Saturday's 2A Western Slope volleyball tournaments at Eagle Valley High School.

Honoring the best

Business leaders to be recognized at ceremony

The local business community will gather to honor its best Saturday night when the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Steamboat Pilot & Today present their annual Navigator Awards for the business leader of the year and business of the year.

Nominees sought for Leckenby Awards

The Tread of Pioneers Museum is accepting nominations for the Leckenby Pioneer Awards and the Stanley L. Larson Awards to honor people who have had a prominent influence on shaping Routt County and improving the lives of its residents.

Former DA's case continues

Charges could be filed next month

The special prosecutor investigating the expense fund of former 14th Judicial Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann will make a decision in November whether charges will be filed in the case.

Hayden school board candidates to face off

When the most coveted seat in Hayden belongs to the School Board, taking turns and sharing are not options.

Winds whip up valley

Gusts of up to 80 mph forecast in some parts of national forest

Al Balser was in the back room of his house on Pine Street in Steamboat Springs Tuesday when he heard a "God-awful loud crash." Balser said it sounded like an avalanche was falling on his house.

Commissioners OK gravel pit extension

The Routt County Board of Commissioners granted an extension to a company for a longtime gravel pit in the south Yampa Valley.

Water funds closer to reality

Hayden officials hopeful for financial help for plant

Hayden town officials received a state committee's blessing Oct. 19 for their request of Energy Impact funds for improvements to their water plant.

Monday, October 22

District 1 council candidates vow to be outspoken

Two vying for outgoing City Council president's seat

Omar Campbell, a candidate for City Council in District 1, thinks this year's City Council races could be a major turning point for the city in the next four years.

VNA celebrates new facilities

About 1 1/2 years ago, Kay Borvansky shared an office with a co-worker. When one was on the phone or the computer in the office, the other had to use a line in another room.

Early election activity 'jumping'

The Routt County Clerk's office was buzzing Monday as voters showed up for the first day of early voting.

Results of Yampa River study unveiled today

Results from a city-funded Yampa River study that has implications for the future of multiple use of the river will be unveiled to the public today in a series of meetings at Centennial Hall.

Search and Rescue has busy Monday

Teams launch operations to find missing 14-year-old Englewood boy, injured hunter

Routt County Search and Rescue launched two operations Monday afternoon to find a lost 14-year-old boy and to rescue an injured hunter.

Soccer team confident heading to state

A preseason team trip into the Zirkel Wilderness Area made a lasting impression on Steamboat Springs soccer player Kyle Nelson.

Commissioners to decide on gravel pit extension

Western Mobile Northern Inc. asking for nine additional months to sell its stockpile

The Routt County Commissioners will decide whether a company will get an extension for a longtime gravel pit in the south Yampa Valley.

Beetle epidemic takes a toll on ski area

The spruce beetle epidemic has swelled faster than U.S. Forest Service officials anticipated and is threatening trees within the Steamboat Ski Area. The beetle population increased dramatically within the Routt National Forest this year, said Andy Cadenhead, U.S. Forest Service team leader for beetle suppression.

Runners look forward to state competition

As a freshman, Steamboat Springs runner Tara Wernig entered the state cross-country championships with no idea of what to expect. But that was last year.

Sunday, October 21

Charter school officially opens

Ribbon-cutting ceremony marks beginning of new era

The willow tree in front of the Old Clark School is perfect for climbing. Its gnarly branches connect to the trunk at ground level, tempting children and adults to take a climb. When Bill Fetcher went to the country school in the early '50s, he said the willow was known as the monkey tree, and he and his friends would climb on it between studying and learning lessons.

Old skis get new leases on life

A great old pair of skis never dies it just goes to the annual ski swap to be reborn. Some skis will suffer the ignominy of being turned into furniture, a fence or a trash can surround. Others will enjoy a more dignified, albeit brutal semi-retirement, going into some savvy skier's quiver as a pair of trustworthy rock skis.

Domestic violence No. 1 health problem

Relationship violence can occur at many levels and in many situations

This past month across the nation, our attention has been drawn to the painful effects of violence. In October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are again reminded of another form of violence that hits too close to home: domestic violence or intimate partner violence.

Saturday, October 20


Letters for Oct. 21, 2001

The Pits

Routt County gravel selling an average of 780,000 tons per year

There is a huge hole in the ground in the south gravel pit of Lafarge Corp., just south of Steamboat on Colorado 131, that wasn't expected to be there so quickly, and it has sparked some turmoil in the valley. In 1992, pit operators estimated it had reserves to last 20 to 30 years, with annual sales being less than 100,000 tons. Now, nine years later, the pit is nearly tapped out the company selling more than 350,000 tons in 2000. Where did it go?


The record for Oct. 13-19


Buckling down for the winter

For those who haven't accepted reality, summer is over, fall conditions are fleeting, and though you may be praying for an Indian summer, it's time to acclimate to the cold weather.

Forties-era hospital finds new life

Craig Rathbun believes the time is right to develop a suite of executive offices in downtown Steamboat Springs.


Weekly planner for Oct. 22-27

Seventh-graders bring history alive

Carpenter Ranch serves as appropriate backdrop for play

The creativity of a few dozen middle school students on Friday transformed an old barn into a fitting backdrop for tales of pioneers in northwest Colorado at the turn of the Twentieth Century.

Yampa Valley Beef corralled

An innovative program meant to bring greater profits to local beef producers will take an extended time out this winter. But proponents say they don't believe Yampa Valley Beef is headed for the last roundup.


An airport or an albatross?

Former City Council President William Martin recently said the city should consider other uses at the site that is now home to the Steamboat Springs Airport. Calling the facility an "albatross" and a money pit, Martin suggests an events center could be housed at the current unused terminal and vintage car racing could be brought back to the area. We asked Martin to elaborate more on the facility and its possible future.

Uncertain economy puts job fair on hold

Local businesses that depend on tourism aren't as eager to hire for the coming ski season as they were a year ago.



Bug Off

On the Steamboat Springs ski mountain and in campgrounds off Seedhouse Road, up Buffalo Pass and in the Rabbit Ears vicinity, U.S. Forest Service crews are pioneering the fine art of bark peeling.


Ski resort selects Internet provider SpringSips has been selected as the Internet Service Provider for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. This new service will provide their corporate network with high-speed access to the internet.


Hunting, fishing licenses now just a click away DENVER Buying a hunting or fishing license will soon be as easy as sending an e-mail thanks to a new electronic licensing system being introduced by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, set to be fully operational by the end of 2002.






Incredible journey

All too often in sports, the idea of just making it isn't good enough.


Local briefing for Oct. 21, 2001

Local air service tax plan hits turbulence

Candidates disagree on necessity of proposal

The only time City Council members will vote on Referendum 2A, a proposal to increase city sales taxes to fund transportation issues, is when they step into the voting booth themselves on Nov. 6. Just the same, voters who want to know how candidates stand on the issue will have a clear choice in three out of four council races this fall.

Look to the sky

Kids' kites used to spread Advocates message Thursday

Colorful kites will brighten the skies over a small stretch of Lincoln Avenue on Thursday evening. The kites, decorated by preschoolers in Steamboat Springs, will fly as a reminder that domestic violence leaves no one untouched.



Hachten and Monger


T-L-C for your car

Along with readying your body, your house and your life for winter weather, don't forget about your car. That machine that drives you to and from work everyday or to the grocery store can get beat up during freezing temperatures. Make sure to give it extra tender loving care before winter comes, so you and it are prepared.


In brief for Oct. 21, 2001

Our View

Keeping 'em coming

Fly them in and they will spend. The spin on the "Field of Dreams" mantra is the basic logic behind the 3-2-1 tax proposal that aims at making sure visitors can find a flight into Yampa Valley Regional Airport and, thus, their way into Steamboat Springs businesses.


Class notes for Oct. 21, 2001


No costume, no problem For the scariest night of the year, help is right around the corner

If people still are spooked about a Halloween costume idea this year, just take a look around. Resources in Steamboat Springs offer the scariest, freakiest and most lovable costumes for Halloween. With Halloween only less than two weeks away, people are beginning to scramble for the perfect Halloween costume for either trick-or-treating or festive parties.


Homeland security begins at home

How can I say this without adding to the fear? These are dangerous times, and not just because terrorism will probably strike again. All of us now know in a new way that evil exists and that we cannot fully protect ourselves from it.


Coaches praise Bell's leadership

Steamboat Springs senior Todd Bell is focused on helping his team make a state title run in soccer this year, but sportsmanship is never far from his mind.

Marias hits 1,000 yards for the season

For the Rifle players and coaches watching Saturday's game between Steamboat Springs and Montezuma-Cortez on the Rifle High School field, one question remained unanswered which Sailors' team can the Bears expect when they meet Steamboat for the league title on Friday?


Around town for Oct. 21, 2001

Colleges awash in enrollment flood

Students will have to make tough decisions sooner

Increasing college enrollment and a weakening economy could leave high school seniors with more questions this year than those they'll have to answer on college entrance exams.

Kalmeyer finishes 100-mile runs

As local runner Betsy Kalmeyer made the long, grueling climb up Hope Pass at this year's Leadville 100, she was approaching one of the highest points in all of Colorado but it may have been the lowest point along her journey to complete four 100-mile races in a single year.

Steamboat, Glenwood share top spots

Demons downfall for Sailors volleyball team

Steamboat battled for every point Saturday night as it fought to hold onto its status as the lone champion of the Western Slope League. But Glenwood Springs kept pounding back to come away with the win and a share of the Western Slope title.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Oct. 11-17

Friday, October 19

Parents, children share stories

Hayden Valley Elementary hosts 'Read Aloud'

Five-year-old Teneka Burger stifled a small yawn on Friday morning as her father finished another page in a story about a pig and his adventures.

Youth programs to be homeless

City Council members say there is no money for Emerald City

With the owner of Emerald City willing to drop his offer on the lease to the city to prevent the youth center from closing next year, the City Council is struggling to deal with an offer that may end up being too little too late.

Ice rink opens early

The City Council, the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Ice Rink Advisory Committee were greeted with skates and a new slab of ice for the First on the Ice night at Howelsen Ice Arena Friday.

Forest Service seeks input

Seeing the forest fire through the trees

It is possible to have too much of a good thing, according to U.S. Forest Service officials. The practice of fire suppression preserved public lands for years in the United States, which seemed to be a good thing for wilderness conservation.

Thursday, October 18

Panther hunting

Steamboat football team to meet Cortez in neutral territory

Sandwiched between last week's rivalry-charged game against Moffat County and next week's showdown with Rifle for the possible Western Slope League title, Steamboat's game on Saturday against 1-6 Montezuma-Cortez should give the Sailors some breathing room.

Changes in the air

United cuts seats into Hayden, eliminates turboprops

The frequency of commuter airline seats bound for Hayden this winter took a small hit this week but the local airport gained an all-jet fleet and 42 additional daily seats for its Denver service in the process.

Candidates begin to separate themselves

Subtle differences emerged among the eight candidates for City Council Thursday at an election forum, though some attendees left still undecided of how they will vote.

Wilderness debate heats up

A Moffat County commissioner reacted angrily Thursday to a Steamboat Springs City Council resolution that supports designating 300,000 acres in Moffat County as wilderness.

Wednesday, October 17

Russian visitors get tourism insight

The 11 men and women who gathered in a semicircle around Kahromon Pirmuhamedov on Wednesday afternoon came a long way to hear him speak.

Forum focuses on election, issues

With early voting less than a week away and candidates already complaining about lack of sleep, today's election forum comes just in time for local residents to learn about the issues before casting their votes.

McInnis: 'We're a highly visible target'

Anthrax cause for concern on Capitol Hill

When an anthrax scare was confirmed Tuesday in a letter sent to a Senate office building, the string of malicious behavior that has plagued the country for more than a month finally hit close to home for people who work on Capitol Hill.

Tuesday, October 16

Gearing for regionals

Sailors cross country team in final leg of training for postseason meet

With just three days left until the biggest meet of the season, Sailors cross country coach John Smith is banking that his decision to keep the team home last week during a regular-season meet is going to pay off.

Airport in limbo

City Council meeting quells fears of closure, but raises new questions

The Steamboat Springs Airport is not in jeopardy of being closed to make room for a race track, said William Martin, who had initially proposed revisiting the use of the airport property last week.

Gravel pit on meeting agenda

The Routt County Planning Commission will conduct a conceptual review Thursday night of a plan to develop a new gravel pit including asphalt and concrete plants about 6 miles south of Steamboat Springs.

Justice center plan approved

The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday blessed a conceptual plan to build a new judicial facility at the corner of Oak and Sixth streets in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Playing the name game

The Wes Signs property recently acquired by the town of Hayden is commonly referred to as "Dry Creek Park."

Monday, October 15

Officials take precautions

Routt County postal, emergency and health personnel prepared in wake of anthrax scares

Even though Routt County seems an unlikely target for the kinds of anthrax incidents that have occurred along the East Coast in recent days, extra precautions are being used in mail and delivery procedures here, postal officials said.

Routt County Commissioners to vote on justice center plans

Conceptual plans for a new county justice center in downtown Steamboat Springs will be put before the Routt County Commissioners today for a vote.

Hayden football team in must-win situation

If the members of the Hayden Tigers football team didn't sense how their head coach felt about Saturday's 14-0 loss after the game, he will make it clear to them this week during practice.

City brings aboard Australian drivers

Unable to hire locally for the past few years, the city of Steamboat Springs decided to go to Australia to find bus drivers for this winter.

Despite loss, soccer team ends No. 1

The Palisade Bulldogs moved into second place in the Western Slope Conference on Saturday after handing the uninspired Sailors a 3-0 loss in Palisade.

School board approves 2001-2002 budget

Steamboat Springs School Board unanimously adopted the 2001-2002 budget at a School Board meeting Monday night.

County studies hiring issues

If department heads get their wish, Routt County will fund 10 new employees representing seven full-time equivalents in the 2002 budget. But County Manager Tom Sullivan and the Board of Commissioners are expected to take a close look at those hiring requests today.

Sunday, October 14

Season starts with mixed results

Hunting licenses see decrease in applications

For the hunters who started off the first of the year's four big-game rifle seasons Saturday, the early bird definitely did not get the elk. Early Saturday snow showers and a light drizzle kept the elk from moving and the hunters from seeing them.

Saturday, October 13



School board seats already decided

Candidate announcement deadline comes and goes with no takers

Voters in the southern half of the county will have fewer races to track on election night this year. Seats on the South Routt School Board of Education have already been decided.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Oct. 4-10


The record for Oct. 6-12

Saving faith

The history of the world is littered with stories of injustice and tragedy that have produced questions without answers. Another chapter in that sad history unfolded more than a month ago on Sept. 11, and today it still begs the age-old question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?"

Food for thought

First-graders learn the importance of eating right

Kayla Pennington and Alllie Aurin sat on the floor of the Sheraton Hotel pointing to the plate of snacks before them.


Letters for Oct. 14

Schools look to voters for assistance

Lack of competitive salaries makes it difficult to find and keep teachers

When Kristine Lance was looking for a teaching job in June, her first offer came from the Steamboat Springs School District. She took it a decision that turned out to be lucky for the district, but unlucky for her.

Sailors improve to 7-0

Steamboat victorious in Moffat County's homecoming game

After Friday's victory over Moffat County, Sailors coach Mark Drake said he could not remember the last time, if ever, Steamboat has gone 7-0. And that's 33 years of coaching history he had to shuffle through.


The ice is nice

I had just arrived at home for lunch Tuesday when the front door flew open and my 3-year-old son raced into the room completely out of breath.


Around town for Oct. 14, 2001

Construction values decline

Despite 13 percent drop from 2000, analysts say industry remains healthy

For the first time in about a decade, the construction valuation in Routt County is expected to be lower than the previous year, but analysts say the construction industry remains healthy in the area.

West of town, the coffee is now on

Diana Heeney opens shop in Copper Ridge to target nearby workers

Diana Heeney took an idea and ran with it. She ran with it all the way to the Copper Ridge Business Park, where she now runs Steamboat Springs' newest coffee shop.

There's cool and there's cool

Winter wear can be functional and fashionable

For new residents in Steamboat Springs who have yet to experience a Yampa Valley winter, get ready for snow, ice and numbing temperatures.

Ski area saviors eye Steamboat

Tim and Dianne Mueller are credited with breathing life back into Okemo, Vt.

Tim Mueller owns a piece of a couple of golf courses, but in many ways he was out of his element Friday afternoon tooling around Okemo Valley Golf Course in Vermont with a group of friends.

Inaugural golf tournament benefits youth hockey program

The team of Curt Weiss, Steve Dawes, John Kerst and Bob Milne won the first ever Steamboat Braves Midget Invitational, which was held at the Haymaker golf course on Sept 30.


Local briefing for Oct. 14, 2001


Class notes for Oct. 14, 2001


Paying teachers

Now is certainly not the best time to talk about raising taxes. The economy has soured and the effects of the Sept. 11 attacks will only make things worse.




Generation X shouldn't be nixed

Two couples from out of town were walking out of the Gondola parking lot during the Brew fest Sept. 22. They were young, maybe late '20s, and were laughing and enjoying the warm weather in the Yampa Valley. As they approached Apres Ski Way, one of the women in the group said quite loudly, while pointing down valley, "Could you imagine living in a place with a view like this?"

Go figure

Despite lack of time on the ice, skaters finish big

After a summer of traveling around the state, two Steamboat Springs figure skaters cashed in during the Southwestern Regional Championships Oct. 3 to 6.

Little, Tifft named week's top athletes

In an effort to build sportsmanship among the student class Steamboat Springs High School is naming student athletes of the week. The students are selected by the coaching staff and exemplify great sportsmanship and dedication to their school.




Harris and Andrew

Building permits

Building permits for Oct. 1-5, 2001


Moseby and Weaver




Births for Sept. 30 to Oct. 5, 2001


A crash course in taxes and pay raises

On the Nov. 6 ballot, voters will be asked to fund pay raises for Steamboat Springs teachers and staff through property taxes. How much money will these raises cost the tax payer? Why do teachers and staff need raises any way? What happens if this issue fails at the ballot box? We've asked Steamboat Springs School District finiance director Dale Mellor for his take on the situation.

Mooney, Martin defeated

Sailors doubles tennis team finishes fourth at state tourney

Steamboat's last hope for a third-place finish went down with the defeat of its No. 2 doubles team of Matt Mooney and Danny Martin Saturday at the Class 4A boys state tennis tournament in Pueblo.

Steamboat shoots down Rifle in two games

For the first time in a month, Steamboat had its full-fledged team on the volleyball court and it showed as it overtook Rifle in two games of 15-8 Saturday night.

The big game

For some people, the fall may be the time to reflect on the expired summer and take in the beauty of the colors before snow blankets the ground. For others, it might just be a painful void between the mountain biking season and ski season. For an estimated 300,000 people, the fall is what they've been waiting for all year. It's the time to load up the truck with camping gear, rifles and ammo to go hunting for elk and deer.


In brief for Oct. 14, 2001

Holiday Inn is getting a new owner

The Steamboat Springs Holiday Inn is changing hands this week, the first time the lodging property has sold in many years. Longtime owner Bob Alter, whose California-based company is Sunstone Hotel Investors, is selling the 82-room hotel to a Florida-based company, Marr 106 Family Ltd.


Weekly planner for Oct. 14, 2001

Friday, October 12

Candidate stops in Steamboat

Democratic candidate for governor Rollie Heath swung through Steamboat Springs Friday, as part of a campaign tour through Northwest Colorado.

Man pleads guilty to criminal mischief

Six months after Richard Lillingstone-Hall broke the cheekbone of a former co-worker in a drunken rage, the Australian man apologized in court for his actions.

Sailors send 'Dogs running

Steamboat football team dismantles Moffat County at Bulldogs' homecoming

It might have been Moffat County who put on the fireworks display before starting its homecoming game, but it was Steamboat's Joey Marias who sparked four touchdowns for a 29-8 win.

Forest Service destroys yurt

The U.S. Forest Service removed an illegal structure built in the Routt National Forest, north of the Steamboat ski area.

Children reach out

Steamboat students want to send a message of peace to Afghanistan

Theo Dexter has received his share of unusual orders. The owner of Lone Oak Studios said he doesn't mind going to great lengths to make signs for his customers.

Thursday, October 11

Schools seek consistency in activities

The senior linebacker on the football field and the trumpet player in the middle school band will have more in common than their mascot by the start of the next school year.

City airport closure proposed

A former city council president is pushing the city to consider closing the Steamboat Springs Airport and using the property for other purposes such as affordable housing, an events center and industrial development.

Area residents gather to pray, reflect

Event honors local law enforcement, emergency workers

Even with a white cloud of moisture covering the Steamboat ski area to the east, promising a cold rain or snow any minute, about 150 residents and emergency service groups dressed in stocking hats and coats gathered at the Routt County Courthouse Thursday to recognize the one-month anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to honor local fire, law and emergency response workers.

Snow-making efforts under way

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp crews made snow on Mount Werner Wednesday night and Thursday morning for the first time this fall.

Soccer team snatches title

The Sailors boys soccer team rolled to a shutout victory over the Battle Mountain Huskies on Thursday, capturing yet another Western Slope League title. This year, the Sailors won the crown on the home team's field by a score of 3-0. Thursday's win made many of the Sailors seniors four-time league champions.

Riding high

Sailors tennis team holding onto third at state tourney

After the first day of state play, the Steamboat Springs tennis team is heading into today's tournament in third place, just two points away from leader Cheyenne Mountain.

School board president earns state award

In 1836 the McGuffey Reader exploded on the scene as a must-have textbook for students. One book soon became a series of seven books, complete with poems and stories that provided children with lessons in reading, grammar and character.

Wednesday, October 10

Runners hoping to catch coaches' eyes at meet

This Saturday's meet in Rangely will be the last time the Sailors cross-country team will compete as a full team this season. After the meet, John Smith and his assistant will have to sit down and determine which runners will represent the school at the regional meet the following weekend at Delta's Confluence Park.

Anyone's game

With Steamboat facing off against Moffat County, anything can happen

At first glance, it might look like the undefeated Sailors' chances are better than good when they face the 2-4 Moffat County Bulldogs Friday night.

Officials deny request to change school bus route

The safest decision is often the decision to do nothing at all, Hayden school board members decided Thursday night.

GHJ&M confirms interest in ski area

A high-ranking official of a company reportedly seeking to purchase the Steamboat Ski Area indirectly confirmed his company's interest Wednesday.

New guidelines set to gauge school performance

State tennis championships, a regional music title and a high graduation rate all tell of a school's performance. But the state's board of education is looking for more concrete numbers in determining a school's success rate.

Johnson's days now limited

The days are dwindling for Thomas Lee Johnson in the Routt County Detention Center. On Wednesday, jail cell 190 in Cellblock E was empty in the facility. For the past 16 months, Johnson has occupied the high-security cellblock for the most part alone.

Middle school student pledges silence

When it comes to doing something to help the relief effort for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Steamboat Springs seventh-grader Adel Akkad is holding his tongue.

Tuesday, October 9

Delay in murder trial denied

The judge presiding over the murder case of Thomas Lee Johnson denied a defense motion Tuesday to delay the trial.

Council tentatively OKs cuts

The rain and snow arrived right on cue Tuesday afternoon, but not even minor flooding in the city clerk's office could save City Hall's new roof from a budget tempest.

Panel discusses growth impact

Growth is inevitable for resort towns such as Steamboat Springs, which must focus its efforts on managing it in terms of such things as financing development and affordable housing, an expert panel said Tuesday.

United Methodist sees new bell tower

At the corner of Oak and Eighth streets in Steamboat Springs, a newly constructed bell tower signifies the home of the United Methodist Church and is dedicated in the memory of Bob G. Caldwell.

Mobile home owners give up their fight

Trailer Haven residents agree to move

All nine mobile home owners in the Trailer Haven Park at Third Street and Fish Creek Falls Road have agreed to make room for new tennis courts at Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation. The homeowners have signed agreements that say their homes will be removed by July 1, 2002, said Stuart Handloff, president of Health and Rec's board of directors. In exchange, each will receive a $4,000 cash settlement and will not have to pay to have the individual trailers hauled away.

Tree house poses risk to school

Vandals apparently using perch to damage scoreboard on football field

When a few Hayden youngsters set out to build a tree house this summer, they had no idea their castle in the leaves would be a place for anything but fun and creativity.

Hayden mulls future budget

Even as Hayden town officials begin the long process of deciding what deserves funding in next year's budget, future requests for money two and three years from now also loom in the back of their minds.

Inmate makes escape from police at courthouse

A Routt County Jail inmate in foot and hand restraints attempted to flee from authorities by hiding in a Dumpster after a court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

Craig man gets 4 years for burglary charge

A 31-year-old Craig man was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday for burglarizing his former Steamboat Springs employer twice at the beginning of the year.

Monday, October 8

Local come out strong in final golf tournament of season

Thirty-two players showed up last weekend at the Haymaker Golf Course for the final tournament of the season.

Emerald Mtn. group changes its direction

Partnership soliciting buyers who would conserve 6,345-acre parcel

The Emerald Mountain Partnership will not be seeking funds from the public to buy the mountain but will instead try to find potential buyers who would conserve the land. On Monday, the group trying to save the mountain from development unveiled its plan to solicit buyers who are interested in conserving all or significant parts of the 6,345-acre property.

Group allegedly threatened by neighbor

A 52-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces felony charges for allegedly threatening neighbors with a gun in a Sunday night incident police believe was racially motivated.

Alleged drug-growing operation found at CMC

Three Colorado Mountain College students face felony drug charges for an incident that was reported early Sunday morning.

Leaders mull impacts of growth legislation

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak will be among 200 housing, banking and community leaders from across Colorado meeting at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort today to talk about the potential impact of new growth legislation.

Council revisits impact fees

The city could take a step tonight toward protecting future affordable developments from new impact fees.

School board hears concerns

The Steamboat Springs School Board heard four major concerns of each School Accountability Committee goals at Monday night's study session.

Sunday, October 7

Council candidates take stage

Forum next week set to inform voters on issues

Residents of Steamboat Springs who are undecided about City Council candidates and issues in the upcoming Nov. 2 election are encouraged to attend next week's forum designed to enlighten and inform voters.

Images that can last a lifetime

I'm willing to wager, that if I mention a significant event in history, you will summon up from the depths of your memory the image of a still photograph that symbolizes that event for you. In fact, not just for you, but for millions of others.

Saturday, October 6


Building permits

Building permits for Sept. 24-30, 2001


Breast cancer victims realize their condition is no death sentence

They were thought of as healthy people, spiritual leaders and fun-loving humanitarians. They didn't think it could happen to them. They followed all the rules and still, cancer invaded their lives.

'We're going to be very cautious'

Hotel owners have reservations about holiday tourist season

Early ski season reservations for Steamboat have taken a steady pounding in the 26 days since the terrorist attacks on America. But most of the damage incurred thus far will be felt in December, and a Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. official says there is still hope for January, February and March.

A case for charities

Those organizations not affiliated with terrorist relief maybe left empty handed

Local nonprofit organizations are concerned the recent terrorist attacks could, in the long term, translate into a reduction in funding.

Economy topic of growth forum

Third and final public discussion set for tonight

The Community Alliance of Yampa Valley tonight wraps up three public forums to explore the idea of a county growth cap with a panel discussion on economics.

CMC students arrested on drug charges

Two Colorado Mountain College students living in the dorms were arrested and booked into the Routt County Jail on drug charges Sunday morning, while Steamboat Springs police officers continue an investigation that could lead to more drug-related arrests on the campus.


The weekly planner for Oct. 8-13, 2001

Senior class guys are exiles in Girlsville

With Soroco High School's girl-to-boy ratio at more than 3-to-1, dances can be interesting

For senior girls at Soroco High School finding a date can be a hard thing to do. Despite their pretty smiles and bubbling personalities, nothing will change the fact that the senior class of 2002 is graced with only four boys.


Class notes for Oct. 7, 2001


Letters for Oct. 7, 2001


Births announcements for Oct. 7, 2001


Northrup and Clark


As the wind increases and the barometer drops, you may need something to protect your home against the weather. If you don't fix these problems now, winter weather will only bring more frustration. Doug Post, store manager at True Value, said there are three different places in the house where people need to look in readying their homes for winter: water pipes, weather stripping and the roof.


Around town for Oct. 7, 2001


In brief for Oct. 7, 2001


Timming fat off a skinny budget

Because of the aniticipated impact the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will have on tourism, the City Council expects to have to chop $1 million for this upcoming year's budget. Are there any sacred cows? Will any personnel be laid off? We asked City Councilman Paul Strong what could be in store for the city's financial future. As the Steamboat Springs City Council mulls over how it will chop an estimated $1 million out of the budget?


A gift of giving

According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, "As millions of dollars in charitable gifts flow to organizations providing relief after the September 11 terrorist attacks, nonprofit groups around the country are bracing for what could be a disastrous end-of-year giving season.

Learning a lesson of compassion

Elementary school students pour out their hearts, piggy banks and sweat for New York

If generosity is judged more by the sacrifice involved and less by the size of the gift, then some of the most generous givers are running through the halls and playgrounds of area elementary schools.

First Born

Visiting Nurse Association aims at a healthy start for babies

On Tuesday morning, the faint sound of a baby crying brought a smile to Wanda Ely's face. She had barely tapped on the door when she heard 4-week-old Gavin from inside the house. "He's testing out those lungs of his," Ely said. She waited a while longer before knocking loudly enough for Gavin's mother, Mandy Mourglia, 25, to hear and open the door. These visits are nothing new to Ely, who began making house calls to Mourglia in June, when she was about 24 weeks along in her pregnancy.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Sept.27 to Oct. 3, 2001

Early detection key in surviving disease

Breast exams can help prevent cancer

When you read the statistic that in a woman's lifetime, one out of eight women will develop breast cancer, it is a staggering thought. I have eight women neighbors, more than eight friends and eight co-workers which one of us in each group will be diagnosed with breast cancer?


The record for Sept. 29 to Oct.5

Friday, October 5

Candidates forum scheduled

Residents of Steamboat Springs who are undecided about candidates and issues in the upcoming Nov. 2 election are encouraged to attend next week's forum designed to enlighten and inform voters.

Fund-raising is in style

Yampa Valley Medical Center's women's services will receive more money this year through the hospital's auxiliary annual Steamboat in Style fashion show.

Sailors football team defeats Huskies, 28-6

The emotions of last week's upset victory over Palisade may have still been with the Steamboat football players as they entered the Battle Mountain stadium Friday night It wasn't until the final three minutes of the first half when the Sailors first got onto the scoreboard, before eventually rolling to a 28-6 win.

Historic Routt County! wins state award

Members of a citizens group intent on preserving historic buildings throughout Routt County are hoping their latest award will build momentum for a plan to preserve the region's classic western barns.

City braces itself for cuts

Budget likely to see major reduction in capital projects

One way to decide how to cut the budget, City Council figured out Tuesday afternoon, is to decide what not to cut. With more than $1 million in cuts anticipated, the city has fewer and fewer sacred cows it is willing to protect this year.

Thursday, October 4

State school report cards continue to be delayed

If students have been telling parents they haven't gotten their school's report card, their not trying to hide bad grades.

Gravel pit may see additional life

The Routt County Planning Commission approved to extend the permit for a gravel pit south of Steamboat Springs but made a cut to its operations.

Construction on 131 almost complete

A summer's worth of road work and delays on Colorado 131 should wind down next week, just in time to relieve stress on county roads.

Buying a mountain

Catamount Ranch development partners in running with ski area suitors

Tim Mueller confirmed Thursday that he and his wife, Diane, are in the running to purchase the Steamboat Ski Area.


'Beyond the face' ending The Mixed Media Painting School of Steamboat Springs presents a mixed-media exhibit "Beyond the Face" through Sunday at the Depot Art Center.

Sonar invades the Wolf Den Tavern

They claim they're from an underwater planet called Aquatari. They claim they're colorful vibrations of energy that slipped into human bodies when they came to Earth.


Today The Love Cowboys play rock-a-billy at the Tugboat. The Tugboat is located at 1860 Ski Time Square, 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.

Signs promote end to apathy

Hayden residents have been seeing some signs of the time lately. Signs that read "Hayden Let's take back our town" are popping up around town, on homeowners' front lawns and businesses' front yards.

Council may put raises on hold

With virtually every department likely to take a hit next year in the city's budget, the City Council wants to show that it's willing to accept some cuts as well.

Soccer team rebounds with 8-2 win over Moffat County

The members of the Steamboat Springs boys soccer team put on an offensive show Thursday night in the team's final regular season home game.

Hayden board seeks safe crossing for children

In order to improve the future safety of both pedestrians and motorists in Hayden, town officials agreed on Thursday night to look at changing the flow of some of its streets.

Second to none

Sailors tennis team captures 4th regional title

Even for a team that previously had won three regional championships, Thursday was a day of firsts for the high school boys tennis squad as it captured its fourth title, sweeping all seven spots on its way to state.

Weaving techniques explored

Beth Banning of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council couldn't predict her ninth-grade art teacher would end up being her mother-in-law years later.

A Taste of Autumn

Chefs prepping their kitchens for those hearty winter meals

Although Steamboat is experiencing unusually warm weather and blue skies in the first part of fall, chefs in the Yampa Valley are looking ahead to a change in their cuisine for the next six months.

Wednesday, October 3

State official says city air quality improving

The top official in charge of making sure the state's air is safe and clean said Wednesday that the air quality in and around Steamboat Springs is better today than it has been in more than a decade.

Steamboat man faces sexual assault charges

A 21-year-old Steamboat Springs man will be in court today regarding charges of sexually assault.

Tuesday, October 2

Hayden waits for water plant funds

After moving quickly to meet a state agency's deadline on a report detailing why the town's water plant needs a loan to make necessary improvements, town officials might feel like they've been told to "hurry up and wait."

Locals can aid in relief effort

Since the terrorist attack on the United States, Steamboat Springs residents have looked for ways they can become involved in relief efforts. Below is a listing of events, fund-raisers and charitable organizations related to the recovery effort:

Chamber to be spared in budget cuts

The Steamboat City Council wants to cut at least $1 million from its 2002 budget in light of the recent terrorist attacks and their effect on the tourism industry. But on Tuesday, the council decided its subsidy of tourism marketing will not make up a significant part of that cut.

Residents give from the heart

Locals turn out to donate life-saving blood

What difference a letter makes. The day of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Ann Evanoff heard on the radio that blood was desperately needed for the victims.

National Guardsmen arrive at YVRA

Joining the baggage carousels and metal detectors inside the Yampa Valley Regional Airport terminal are military officers dressed in camouflage and armed with assault rifles. On Tuesday morning, four Army National Guard officers reported for duty at the airport because of an executive order by Gov. Bill Owens in light of the Sept. 11 tragedies.

County shuffles funding

Airport continues to deal with security, parking mandates

Federal requirements at Yampa Valley Regional Airport have solved one parking issue but created other parking problems.

Gathering a place to express patriotism, hope

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation will bring people together on the lawn of the Routt County Courthouse from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11 to observe the one-month anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Locals featured in national publications

A pair of Yampa Valley residents have been pictured in two different national publications this month.


Candidate withdraws from City Council race Matt Jacquart announced Wednesday that he wants to drop out of the race for City Council.

Steamboat man faces sexual assault charges

A 21-year-old Steamboat Springs man will be in court today regarding charges of sexually assault.

County moves forward with new fairgrounds building

Routt County took a major step Tuesday in moving forward with the centerpiece of its master plan for the Routt County Fairgrounds.

Monday, October 1

Weather station likely by spring

Local transmitter would provide more accurate forecasts 24 hours a day

Routt County could have a new weather radio station by next spring but the project will hinge on $10,000 in local funds. Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $20,000 grant to the National Weather Service and Yampa Valley Electric Association to install a radio transmitter on Walton Peak.

Locals compare woes to Aspen

Pitkin official: '12-inch rule' quick to go

One of the first things that will go when Steamboat grows too much is the "12-inch rule," said Mick Ireland, a Pitkin County Commissioner who spoke to a fascinated group of more than 100 Routt County residents Monday night.

City to work through budget

Council may leave groups searching for funds elsewhere

With 43 separate requests for community support funding and a City Council already bracing itself for a worst-case scenario budget, hearings today may leave more than a few groups looking for cash elsewhere.

AG optimistic about violence

Some programs are successful at curbing danger

District attorneys from Colorado gathered at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Monday to learn about the status of youth violence in the state and how to further implement positive programs.

American Skiing Co. closes on Sugarbush sale

The parent company of the Steamboat Ski Area needed just 20 days to close on the sale of one of its seven other ski areas, Sugarbush in Vermont's Mad River Valley.

County's new Web site unveiled

After months of work, Routt County has improved its Web site to the tune of about $5,000.

National Guard comes to YVRA

Armed personnel to be used at security checkpoints starting today

Beginning today, armed personnel from the Army National Guard will staff Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden. Colorado Gov. Bill Owens decided last week to use the National Guard to provide security at 14 Colorado airports. Because of the executive order, the guardsmen are expected to be used primarily at airport security checkpoints.