Stories for September 2001


Sunday, September 30

Family hopes to send victims huggable relief

When America is in crisis, Americans want to pitch in. But for millions of us, the past two weeks have been supremely frustrating. There's really nothing any of us can do about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Nor have we been able to do much to help the victims other than to write checks. Making cash contributions is an important effort, but it doesn't fully satisfy our need to give of ourselves.

Howler goes out with a bang

Slide managers pleased with sales as season ends

Locals and visitors to Steamboat Springs got an affordable last chance to "howl" during the final weekend of seasonal operation for the Howler Alpine Slide at Howelsen Hill, as slide managers say end-of-the-year numbers were strong for the recreation attraction.

4-H clubs raise nearly $36,000

Money will help fund new building at fairgrounds

The Routt County 4-H Council collected nearly $35,960 through fund-raisers for a new multipurpose building at the Routt County Fairgrounds that will be the county's only indoor showing arena.

Saturday, September 29

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Sept. 20-26, 2001

The house Humanity built

After nearly two years the Marchman family has a place to call home

Nearly two years ago, Neil Marchman told his wife Beverly he didn't think they would get the house. Living in a mobile home with a leaky roof and four children, the Marchmans were one of 17 applicants for a Habitat for Humanity home in Steamboat Springs.


Lessons learned on the home front

Behind the headlines for Sept. 30, 2001

Sprint PCS working in Steamboat

Two years after the company first showed interest in Steamboat Springs' wireless phone market, Sprint PCS has finally unveiled its digital mobile phone service here.

Sailors volleyball squad keeps unbeaten streak alive

With the Western Slope's lone undefeated record at stake, one team in Saturday afternoon's face-off between 5-0 Steamboat Springs and 6-0 Glenwood Springs had to go home with a loss.

Soccer team avenges loss

Sailors goalie Chris Gibson had sweet revenge on Saturday afternoon as he saved 12 shots to help shut out the Rifle Bears 3-0.

Bulldogs sent retreating

A decade's worth of Steamboat football players looked on from the Gardner Field stands Friday night as the 2001 Sailors accomplished something the former players were never able to do: They upset the Palisade Bulldogs, who have been the Sailors' nemesis for the past 10 years.

Hello yellow

A good sign fall had arrived in the Yampa Valley in the 1860s and 1870s was a visit from Chief Colorow.

Utilizing the latest technology

Butch and Karen Dougherty add long list of amenities to the townhome next door

The new owner of the townhome at 1720 Highland Way will never have to shovel snow, or even worry about when the snowplow will arrive to clean the driveway.

District changes may affect Nov. vote

County population shift forces Routt redistricting

The redrawing of Routt County Commission districts could have an impact on the 2002 election when the 3rd District seat will be up for grabs. Recently, Routt County Commissioners Nancy Stahoviak, Doug Monger and Dan Ellison approved new district boundaries that had to be changed because of state statute requirements.

Log jam

Environmentalists and loggers are on opposite sides of a not-so-clear-cut issue

Between 1994 and 2000, the U.S. Forest Service logged an average of 20.8 million board feet of wood a year from the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest worth about $20.2 million. Anti-logging groups say the work on national forestland is unnecessary and damaging to the ecosystem.

Jet lag

Passengers say security delays

The loudspeaker that sounded through the empty walkways of Yampa Valley Regional Airport spoke volumes on Saturday afternoon. Except for a few airport workers, no one else was there to listen.


Ward, McCarthy earn school honors Steamboat Springs High School has recognized cross-country runners Daniel Ward and Ben McCarthy as the first recipients of the Sports Person of the Week honors.


Broadening horizons

I left work on Thursday afternoon knowing that in just a few hours my wife would give birth to our second child.


Your health may be threatened by the tragedy

I have no words to capture the horror show that became reality for America on Sept. 11. How we deal with it as a nation will be revealed slowly over the coming months. How you deal with it as an individual is up to you.

Price trend indicates a buyer's market

Realtors are watching as prices are adjusting downward in what has become a buyers market here.

Twentymile earns award

Coal company recognized by state for reclamation projects

Twentymile Coal Company west of Steamboat Springs has won its second state reclamation award in nine months.

Building permits

Building permits for Sept. 17-21, 2001


The record for Sept. 15-21, 2001


State AG to speak about youth violence at Sheraton today

State AG to speak about youth violence at Sheraton today Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar will highlight the 30th annual training conference for the Colorado District Attorney's Council today.


No changes for small-game license The small-game license year in Colorado will remain Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 following the Wildlife Commission decision to end consideration to change the license year to April 1 through March 31.

In brief

In brief for Sept. 30, 2001


Class notes for Sept. 30, 2001


Worth the wait

Have you read any good books lately? Now might be a good time to start, especially if you're going to be traveling by air. With tighter security at airports throughout the nation, you can expect a longer wait.

Velma Rose Gebauer



Weekly planner for Oct. 1-6, 2001


Duncan and Edwards


Now that Steamboat's second mud season has just kicked in, locals will be searching for the latest winter wear and equipment for the best prices. With sporting good shops beginning their pre-winter sales, jump on those sales now. This may be your last chance before the snow begins to stick.



Cattlemen expand Web site for kids Recognizing the relationship today's kids have with their computers, Routt County beef producers are funding an expanded Web site aimed at the younger generation.

Olympic mogul official calls Steamboat home

After 32 years, Timmy Meagher will finally realize one of his earliest childhood dreams. Early next year, when the Olympic Games open in Salt Lake City, Meagher will be on hand to take part.

Safety of air in home a concern

During Healthy Lung Month in October, you'll see many reminders to quit smoking or avoid secondhand smoke. But even if you've never smoked and never allowed smoking in your home, that doesn't guarantee the quality of the air you breathe every day.

First town manager finds routine

After eight months, Leibensperger continues to keep his door open

Oak Creek's town manager aims to make a dent in his "to do" list by 8 a.m. every day. That's after he's gotten down to business at 6:30 a.m. Ray Leibensperger, Oak Creek's first-ever town manager, said he realized when he accepted the position earlier this year that it would demand more than a nine to five commitment.

Class of '46 finally gets its parade

Homecoming's past and present celebrated

Mixed among papier-malm trees, a volcano and bottle of Tabasco sauce stood Steamboat Springs' senior class on the bed of a tractor trailer making its way through downtown Friday afternoon. The two-time winners of the annual homecoming float contest chanted "Double O 2," "Seniors" and "Sailors" as the headed down Lincoln Avenue.


Gearing up

For the past month, we've been inundated with "the deals."


'We're tired of losing'

Plateau Valley no match for Tigers on the field

If the scoreboard at Hayden High School had been working on Saturday afternoon, the Tigers would have lit it up all day. As it was, the best way to tell the score was to follow the footprints of Tigers such as quarterback Kevin Miller to the end zone as the team marched over the Plateau Valley Cowboys 38-12.


Births for Sept. 16-22, 2001

Friday, September 28


Local briefing for Sept. 30, 2001

High school raises $1,900 for victims

Receptionist Valerie Honeycutt wasn't quite sure what to think on Friday morning when a teen-ager and police officer wheeled five water coolers filled with coins through the front doors of Community First National Bank.

Ranch protected from future development

Yampa Valley Land Trust acquires additional land for agricultural conservation

The Yampa Valley Land Trust has added two more pieces to the expanding quilt of conservation easements in the Yampa and Elk river valleys. The 261-acre Higby Ranch adjoins the previously conserved Warren Ranch along the mid-range Elk River on County Road 52E. And Hitchens Island is a highly visible parcel in the heart of Steamboat Springs.

Sailors crunch 'Dogs

Steamboat football team pulls off 26-19 upset of Palisade to improve to 5-0

Steamboat Springs ended a 10-year draught against Palisade when Joey Marias broke a 19-19 game open by running in a 48-yard touchdown with just two minutes left on the clock.

Christian Heritage promotes manners

During Christian Heritage School's manners and etiquette week, first grader Kiana Chapman learned that playing with all kinds of children is important.

City backs wilderness plan

The Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously to support a grass-roots campaign to designate 1.6 million acres in Colorado as wilderness last week.

Fingerprint program heads to Hayden

The Hayden School District wants to take a hands-on approach to protecting its students. A program called "Fingerprint America" is coming to its elementary, middle and high schools in late October.

Recent arrest nixes plea deal

A 22-year-old Oak Creek man on Friday was set to enter pleas for two felony theft cases but a recent arrest nixed the deal.

Thursday, September 27

Sailors blank Huskies

Steamboat soccer team rolls over Battle Mountain in local school's homecoming

It took 15 shots on goal and 53 minutes before the Sailors found the cage in Thursday's matchup with the Battle Mountain Huskies. But the first goal led to a 10-minute scoring storm that left the Sailors up four and the Huskies shut out.

Rising to the challenge of kindness

With broom in hand, Gene Leck tried to help sweep up the small remnants of changed lives that littered the Hayden Middle School gym Thursday.

The price of security

Airport, sheriff hopes county will cover the cost for another deputy

The director of Yampa Valley Regional Airport and Sheriff John Warner are hoping the county will pick up the cost for an additional deputy to patrol the facility.

Summer fails to acquiesce to fall

Just when early September had winter nipping at the noses of locals in Routt County, a high pressure system produced warm temperatures and dry conditions during the first week of fall, pushing the thermometer past average readings for September.

Two Milner women charged with drug possession

Two Milner women face felony drug charges after they were arrested on cocaine possession charges Wednesday morning.

Oak Creek resident arrested again

Legal trouble for a 23-year-old Oak Creek man keeps piling up. Maurice Adama Choquette on Wednesday was arrested on a felony charge for the third time in four months.

Chamber holds annual board elections

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association installed a slate of four officers Thursday and welcomed three new members to its 19-member board of directors.

Pros and cons of tax increases

The Routt County Clerk's office is preparing the 2001 Tax Payers' Bill of Rights to be sent out no later than Oct. 5.

Steamboat golfers take Yampa Cup

The men of the Steamboat Springs Golf Club will have bragging rights at least this year. Last weekend, 16 local golfers represented Steamboat in the annual Yampa Cup Match at the Steamboat Golf Club.

Wednesday, September 26

Man of honor

Steamboat High's Jeff Franks will kick off Friday's football game, then head to play in state golf tourney

Between teeing off at Haymaker Golf Course and kicking field goals and extra points at Gardner Field, Jeff Franks is a busy athlete. However, this week is busier than usual for him as he prepares to head to the state golf tournament after kicking off Friday night's homecoming football game.

Johnson's trial moved

Judge says pretrial media coverage was enough to shift case to Fort Collins

The murder trial of Thomas Lee Johnson will be moved to Larimer County because extensive media coverage in Routt County would make it difficult to select a fair jury here, a judge ruled Wednesday. "It would be extremely difficult, but not impossible, to empanel a fair and impartial jury in Routt County," said Justice Joseph P. Quinn "But these circumstances require a change of venue."

Forming an election strategy

3-2-1 tax advocates have goal of 1,000 early votes

The committee advocating the passage of a new city sales tax to fund airline and ground transportation, would like to be well on its way to a win before the polls open on Nov. 6.

Health conference set to share ideas, information

The health of the people of Colorado is only as good as the ability of public health providers in the state to work together and share new ideas, representatives of local and state public health organizations said Wednesday.

Sailors to kick off their homecoming

By the end of the week, the members of the Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team should have a pretty good idea of where they stand in the Western Slope League.

Family handed over keys to new home

Standing on the front steps of Steamboat Springs' first Habitat for Humanity home, new owner Beverly Marchman read a story to the volunteers and board members who stood before her. The story was about a king and a road he had built. And of a single man who had cleared stones away from that road and received a bag of gold for his efforts.

Johnson's contact restricted

A judge on Wednesday ordered Thomas Lee Johnson not to have contact with anyone who might be called as a witness at his upcoming murder trial. Routt County Judge James Garrecht ruled Johnson can't talk to anyone prosecutors plan to call to testify for the Oct. 29 jury trial, which has been moved to Larimer County.

Petitioner withdraws from impact fee suit

One of the five petitioners suing the city for denying their request to bring impact fees to a vote has decided to quit the case.

Seniors' patio chairs stolen from home

Residents of a local retirement center were willing to forgive and forget when two of their patio chairs disappeared last month.

Tennis team pulls off major upset

It took everything the Sailors had, but on Tuesday night the Steamboat Springs boys tennis team managed to upset top-ranked Kent Denver in Denver.

Tuesday, September 25

Steamboat High School celebrates homecoming

Walking around the halls of Steamboat Springs High School Tuesday afternoon were students dressed in toga-like white sheets, cowboy hats and Hawaiian attire.

Hot air balloons return to skies over town

Flights grounded temporarily in wake of terrorist attacks

Hot air balloons are hardly thought of as posing a terrorist threat they depend upon the wayward breezes to maneuver. Just the same, when the FAA announced Sept. 11 that all general aviation aircraft were grounded, the daily operations of Steamboat's commercial hot air balloon companies were deflated as well.

Sailors to welcome Bulldogs

After a convincing 43-13 win in Glenwood Springs Friday night, Steamboat Springs quickly forgot about the opponent in which it had just crushed.

Airport gets funding boost

Director doubtful Steamboat will contribute

Yampa Valley Regional Airport will be receiving a slightly larger donation from the town of Hayden this year.

County may be forced to hire another officer

Extra deputy will patrol YVRA

Security mandates the Federal Aviation Administration has imposed for airports across the country could force Routt County to hire an additional sheriff's deputy. Sheriff John Warner is requesting the Routt County Commissioners to hire an additional sheriff's deputy for Yampa Valley Regional Airport because the FAA has required all airports to increase their security.

Judge rules on phone records

Justice says evidence is inadmissible in murder trial

DEA Agent Donald Sperry overstepped his bounds when he obtained phone records under a false pretense, Justice Joseph Quinn ruled Tuesday when he decided the phone records would be inadmissible in the murder trial of Thomas Lee Johnson.

Murder suspect faces new charge

Kerry St. James, the lead prosecutor in the murder trial of Thomas Lee Johnson, has obtained a letter sent by Johnson to his sister that St. James says shows Johnson attempted to influence the testimony of his sister.

Parade procedures reviewed

The safety of parade participants and observers should be of greater concern to the town, a longtime parade organizer told the Hayden Board of Trustees Thursday.

In a class of their own

Steamboat Springs, led by a group of underclassmen, is off to an 11-0 start

Who would blame the members of the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team if they were a little tight at the start of Tuesday night's game against Moffat County?

Monday, September 24

Educators analyze child care

Group learns how to better handle situation locally

A group of early child-care providers and facilitators gathered Monday afternoon to learn about the state of children in Colorado in order to make a clearer decision on the early childhood education ballot initiative for November.

Yampa man sentenced to prison

District Judge Richard P. Doucette ignored requests for probation Monday and instead sentenced a 34-year-old Yampa man to three years in prison for shooting a man last winter.

Ski corp. hires new director of marketing

The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has hired a former Resort Sports Network television executive to assist the resort's marketing effort.

Judge rules on Johnson motions

Accused murderer's ex-wife takes stand

Accused murderer Thomas Lee Johnson's ex-wife Kimberly Goodwin may still be his legal wife, said William Schurman, the court-appointed attorney representing Johnson. That could mean her testimony as one of the main witnesses in the murder trial could be curtailed because of rules of marital privilege and spousal disqualification.

Brewfest fizzles as breweries depleted early

The brew disappeared early Saturday at the ninth annual Steamboat Mountain Brewfest, and event organizers are promising changes for next year's event. "Next year we'll make sure we have many more breweries," said John James, Brewfest organizer. "For a Brewfest, more beer is better than running out of beer."

Facility expansion under way

Detention center's dispatch office, kitchen benefit first

A $600,000 expansion and renovation project is finally under way at the Routt County Detention Center, which was built in 1991.

Volleyball squad ready for Bulldogs

There was no standing around, there was no horseplay and no lack of intensity during Sailors volleyball practice Monday.

Habitat home nearing completion

Neil Marchman and his family have spent more than 350 hours building their new home, and probably will spend that many more to complete it. They and hundreds of other people in Steamboat Springs and around the state have worked diligently for the past four months building the first-ever Habitat for Humanity house in Steamboat.

Sunday, September 23

Fund-raiser deemed a success

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp celebrated its only local annual fund-raiser Saturday night with an international food and wine tasting and a silent and live auction.

Athletes enjoy fall run, walk

The Steamboat Pilot & Today Run for Literacy seven-mile run, 5K run and 5K walk provided each runner or walker with an individual purpose for competing in the event Sunday.

Telethon a moving tribute to all

Event probably one of the greatest moments in television history

If you watched Friday night's telethon and you made it through the entire two hours without shedding a tear, you may not weep again for a very long time. I go years between certifiable crying bouts. But I couldn't hold back the tears Friday night, so I just let it happen.

Students learn to break through stereotypes

For Steamboat Springs High School senior Roddy Beall, breaking through stereotypes is his main focus in facilitating the middle school's Challenge Days.

City likely to tighten belt

Uncertainty prompts officials to look carefully at budget

There are more than a few "boogeymen" to watch out for this budget season. Uncertain tourist numbers, a newly approved $6.75 million debt load and higher personnel costs all have the city looking nervously over its shoulder as it decides what to spend in 2002.

News is mixed regarding heart disease

For more than a century, cardiovascular disease has been the No. 1 killer of Americans. CVD is listed as the primary cause or contributing cause in 70 percent of all deaths in this country.

Murder trial motions continue

Final hearings being held this week

The final motions hearings will be held this week for accused murderer Thomas Lee Johnson, which will set the stage for his three-week jury trial.

Rollover accident injures two

A woman and her dog were injured Sunday on County Road 129 in a rollover accident.

Saturday, September 22

Yampa Valley Medical Center fund-raiser is just ducky

1,400 synthetic quackers foot bill for portable ultrasound machine

Brett Denney brought a pole to the banks of the Yampa River on Saturday morning to do some fishing of sorts. Denney, 11, was one of many Boy Scouts and Kiwanis members who volunteered to keep rubber ducks on course at the 14th annual Rubber Ducky Race sponsored by the Yampa Valley Medical Center Auxiliary and Steamboat Springs Kiwanis.

The Weight For Winter

No snow no matter for winter sports athletes

Place two sticks on the ground in a cross or a diagonal position. Now, with both feet, create a routine where you jump from one space to the next. It's a test of agility a movement of ease and speed that will increase your coordination, balance and focus for skiing.

Behind the headlines

Building a new fire station

The board of the North Routt Fire Protection District will ask its voters Nov. 6 to approve a property-tax increase to support up to $1.25 million in bonds to help build and equip a new fire station near Steamboat Lake. We asked Chuck Vale, president of the North Routt Fire Protection District, why the new station is necessary and what a new station will mean to that area.

Building permits

Building permits for Sept. 10-14, 2001

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Sept. 13-19, 2001

Warm Weather, Cold Beer

Events celebrate the season and suds

Leaf lovers and beer drinkers alike at Saturday's Brewfest and Fall Foliage Festival couldn't help but notice the brisk business at Mark Leier's table. His T-shirts were everywhere.

Terror and tourism

Attacks aftermath wreaks havoc on winter vacation outlook

Not long ago, the tourism numbers looked good for Bob Milne and Steamboat Springs. Milne is president of Steamboat Resorts, the largest of a number of property management companies whose reason for being is filling the community's resort bed base. Despite a sour economy and widespread layoffs, advance reservations at Milne's business were running 8 percent ahead of 2000.

School 'floods' students with literacy

New technique catches children who might slip through the cracks

Debra Knott wanted the four students seated before her on Friday morning to ask what time it was. But she wasn't planning on giving them an answer. She was more interested in how they pronounced each word of their question.

Disaster Relief


Letters for Sept. 24, 2001


Where do we go from here?

Those in the business of bringing people to Steamboat Springs have been busy in the last two weeks but not "busy" in a "good" way. With the country still trying to get a grip on how to deal with what happened on Sept. 11, airlines are cutting back on service and employees, and winter vacations skiing vacations apparently don't rank as high on the priority list as they did last month.

The Record

The record for Sept. 15-21, 2001


Births for Sept. 23, 2001


Are you ready for some parties?

It could be beer and pretzels, or maybe you really want to impress your guests with gourmet appetizers and microbrews for a fabulous football weekend. If you're questioning your ability to throw a fabulous football party, here are a few tips to put your mind at ease and your mind focused on the game.


Weekly planner for Sept. 24-29


Around town for Sept. 23, 2001


Class notes for Sept. 23, 2001


In brief for Sept. 23, 2001

Placed-based education takes root

Districts create strategies to keep programs going as funds fade

With clippers in hand, Jeff Dawes cut down the prickly leaves of a Canadian thistle to just a stubble Friday morning. Nearby four of his classmates could be found pulling up hounds tooth and dumping the plants in garbage bags as their Rocky Mountain Youth Corps leader, John O'Neill pointed to plants that needed to go.

Friday, September 21

Sailors tame Demons

Steamboat football team defeats Glenwood 43-13 in league opener

With Glenwood up 7-6 at the top of the second quarter, it looked as if Steamboat Springs might have a tough league opener on its hands. But the Sailors unleashed their offensive fury in the third quarter to blow away the Demons 43-13 and improve to 1-0 in the Western Slope League.

Local tennis team swats Evergreen

Friday afternoon's home match at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs was a chance for the Sailors to regain some confidence and gain the experience they need to be successful at the regional tournament.

Web gives students a second chance

The Hayden School District wants to give former students a second chance. An Internet program called S.M.A.R.T. Schools will give students who have dropped out of high school the opportunity to still graduate with a high school diploma.

Affordable housing group seeks to buy out contract

RALF wants to move forward with West End housing project

The Regional Affordable Living Foundation wants to buy out the developer who owns the contract on the land for the West End Village project in order to bring the entire property under its control.

Festival kicks off today

Event features 20 breweries

The 11th annual Fall Foliage Festival and the ninth annual Steamboat Mountain Brewfest get under way today with activities for children and more than 20 breweries for adults to sip from.

Seed House Road reopened

Hunters, hikers and anyone else wanting to get to the Slavonia Trail Head can now move along Seed House Road freely.

Steamboat ski area still seeks buyer

An executive of the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. said this week that site visits from prospective buyers of the Steamboat Ski Area are continuing.

Thursday, September 20

Spikers ready for Bears

The Steamboat Sailors volleyball team is entering its toughest league game Saturday with one of its top hitters down and coming off a weekend that produced the team's closest matches of the season.

Sailors bag Demons

What does 40 minutes mean in the game of soccer? On Thursday afternoon, the members of the Steamboat Springs boys soccer team discovered that 40 minutes is all it takes to escape the grasp of defeat as they came from behind to hand the league leading Glenwood Springs Demons their second loss of the season the first in the Western Slope League.

Locals discuss terrorism threats

A seven-person panel put together by Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Enrichment Program tackled questions from a crowd of 50 people Thursday night during a symposium on terrorism.

County declines to pay for city's fire-fighting effort

City Councilwoman Kathy Connell said 'gesture of goodwill' should have been made

If Steamboat Springs officials expect for the city's fire department to be reimbursed for wildland fires, then the city must rejoin the Wildland Fire Council.

Steamboat JV scores big win over Soroco varsity

With six interceptions and two fumbles, turnovers were Soroco's worst enemy in its 32-3 loss to Steamboat's JV on Thursday.

Search and Rescue seeks funding

Routt County Sheriff John Warner and Undersheriff Dan Taylor aren't all wet but they could be soon. Dawn Alperti of Routt County Search and Rescue said Thursday that Warner and Taylor have agreed to perch above the dunk tank at the rescue organization's annual fund-raiser from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Slopeside Grill.

Impact fees debate sparks suit

The petitioners attempting to force impact fees to a vote won't take no for an answer. Thirty days after the city denied their petition asking the city to repeal the fees or bring them to a vote, the five petitioners filed suit against the city in district court Thursday to have that decision overturned.

Local golfers team up for charity

A record number of golfers came out to the Sheraton golf course on Wednesday to show their support for the young skiers of the Winter Sports Club at the annual Moose is Loose golf tournament.

Hayden chips in for airport effort

The Yampa Valley Regional Airport will be receiving a slightly larger donation from the town of Hayden this year.

Drains focus of stenciling project

More than 70 fish are about to make an appearance on Lincoln Avenue. Yampatika, a local educational organization concerned with the natural world, is seeking volunteers to help stencil pictures of fish onto all 70-plus storm drains in the downtown area.

Emerald City's White Whale retires

Jennifer Rose, youth program coordinator for Emerald City, said the program's new bus doesn't have an official name yet, but its white and black design kind of resembles a zebra.

Wednesday, September 19

Road warriors

Sailors football team opens league play with third road trip in four games

The Steamboat Sailors will get their first taste of league action Friday when they meet the winless Glenwood Springs Demons.

Officials praise Mt. Zirkel cleanup efforts

Every spring, the 15-foot snowbanks that have accumulated along the Park Range northeast of Steamboat Springs yield an unwanted harvest of acidic pollution as they melt. But scientists studying the problem say they expect that situation to change for the better and soon.

City Council reduces impact fees

Though they may still be a thorn in many residents' sides, the sting has become a little less painful: Impact fees are going to be reduced.

Valley Elementary reaps low ratings

Low ratings for elementary students in the Hayden School District mean only one thing for school officials the only way is up.

Franks will represent H.S. golf team at state

Jeff Franks proved to be the lone bright spot Tuesday in what turned out to be a disappointing day at regionals for the members of the Steamboat Springs golf team.

Ski project gets jump from state

The Colorado Olympian Project cleared its first hurdle Wednesday in upgrading the ski jumps at Howelsen Hill when Gov. Bill Owens announced the state had awarded the group $50,000 to develop a plan to improve the jumps.

Yampa River Botanic Park vandalized again

Vandals broke into a shed at the Yampa River Botanic Park late Tuesday night and attempted to take a joy ride on the park's golf cart. They didn't get it started and didn't find the keys, but they stole spray paint cans and painted the cart with designs and obscene words. They also tore out the ignition.

Fallen brothers

Retired New York firefighter returns to assist in the aftermath of terror

Kevin Nerney will step back into the life he led for 15 years this morning, but he knows it will never be the same. Nerney will get out of a taxi and rush into the Brooklyn, N.Y., firehouse at 172 Tiller St. Then, he will put on the firefighting gear he wore for so many years the boots, overalls, jacket and helmet of the firefighters of Engine 207.

Tuesday, September 18

VNA plans to close up shop in Hayden

The Visiting Nurse Association has tentative plans to close its Hayden office by the end of the month, but officials stress services offered to the community will not change.

City may reduce impact fees

Impact fees, the controversial city fees charged to new development, could be reduced for all homes and rebated entirely for affordable ones.

United Way kicks off its 2002 campaign

Ten-year-old Zach Valicenti's small frame was dwarfed by the large red and white barometer that stood in the county courthouse yard on Tuesday afternoon.

Just kickin' it

The prospect of playing Glenwood Springs this Thursday already has Steamboat Springs goalkeeper Chris Gibson chomping at the bit.

Hayden schools see funds drop

With another expected decline in enrollment, Hayden school officials are uncertain how they will deal with an expected loss of $25,000.

City OKs new fee structure

Today, the city's new Community Development Code will be put to use for the first time for new developments. On Tuesday night, the City Council approved a fee structure which at least one City Council member felt was being rushed past the public to go with that code.

Officials to discuss air quality

Air quality in the Yampa Valley and Mount Zirkel Wilderness has improved in recent years, and advocates for air quality are hoping tonight to enlighten the public about how best to build on those improvements.

County officials take action to condemn attacks

County commissioners on Tuesday condemned those responsible for the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in a resolution calling for support of any actions by the president to bring them to justice.

Run for Literacy is last hurrah

The Run for Literacy races this weekend will mark the end of the line for many local runners this season.

Sailors' quest for league title begins now

The Steamboat Springs football team may be three games into its schedule, but the players and coaches feel the season is just beginning.

Monday, September 17

Man faces charges for thefts

A 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man has been arrested in connection with the theft of food from a local hotel and the burglary of five vehicles over the weekend.

City to look at planning fees

For the second time in a year, the city is hoping to change its structure of planning fees, this time to ensure they will work with the new concepts in the revised Community Development Code. The fees, which were adjusted upward last year after the city found they were artificially low, may be adjusted again tonight by the City Council so they adhere to the new categories created by the new CD Code.

North Routt fire district seeks tax increase to aid new station

The board of the North Routt Fire Protection District will ask its voters Nov. 6 to approve a property-tax increase to support up to $1.25 million in bonds to help build and equip a new fire station near Steamboat Lake. The entire project, including a new fire truck and ambulance, is expected to cost close to $2 million.

Child-care funds redistributed

More than 20 area child-care providers should find checks in the mail this month.

Ballot order for council candidates determined

With City Council races able to be decided by a hundred votes or less, many think that even the order of candidates on the ballot can come into play.

Officer allegedly assaulted after traffic stop

Two Oak Creek women allegedly assaulted an Oak Creek police officer during a traffic stop Sunday night.

Yampa River Legacy Project funding to be discussed

The future of the five-year-old Yampa River Legacy Project will be on the table at Olympian Hall tonight.

Forum on growth brings different groups together

If Monday night's growth forum was any indication, revising the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan will likely be a very inclusive process drawing on the ideas of a very involved local populace.

School board thanks staff, residents for hard work

In a spotlight of success at Monday night's Steamboat Springs School Board meeting, board members congratulated and thanked community members and staff for their excellent contributions.

Locals hold ground as Dow plummets

Market sees large drop after reopening following last week's terrorist attacks

The Dow Jones industrial average suffered its largest one-day point drop ever Monday when it opened for the first time since last week's terrorist attacks. But while the Dow was falling 684.81 points, people in Northwest Colorado were holding their ground, local brokers said.

Rams ready for match in Eagle Valley

Hoping to build on its defeat of South Park Saturday, the Soroco Rams volleyball team will travel to Eagle Valley today for another match.

Sunday, September 16

Group improving lives of area children

Success of the Healthy Children Initiative 2001 celebrated

Many of the stories in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center highlight the heroic efforts of search and rescue crews working day and night to find victims trapped in the rubble.

Locals can get involved in relief efforts

Since the terrorist attack on the United States, Steamboat Springs residents have looked for ways they can become involved in relief efforts.

Events lead to lifestyle changes

Life is precious. We all were reminded of this simple fact last Tuesday. Suddenly, everything we took for granted had changed. We grieved for those who were directly affected by the attack.

School board to honor teacher

The Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education will honor one of its own educators and then recognize three Growth Commission members.

Forum on growth tonight

Event is one of three meetings to discuss issues

The first of three public forums on growth and resort issues will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at Olympian Hall.

Airport up and running

Airlines see drop in number of passengers

Flights at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport returned to a normal pattern over the weekend as many travelers coming to and leaving from Routt County finally found flights home after the shutdown of all flights in the United States. But reports say that air travel at the airport was down since the planes began landing again.

Two days that will live in infamy

Anyone who has witnessed Japanese torpedo bombers, bent on mayhem, roaring past so close they could make out the pilots' facial features, isn't about to forget that jaw-dropping image. Alta Jay was reminded of it just last week.

Saturday, September 15


Letters for Sept. 16, 2001

Off and Running

Steamboat Springs Invitational proves tough challenge for Sailors

Running over obstacles dubbed sadistic hill and the just because hill, the Sailors cross country team opened their season at Howelsen Hill on one of the state's toughest courses.


Around town for Sept. 16, 2001

Leslie Neiman Yount



Grades and money the future of schools

On Thursday, the state released its first-ever school report card, which gave the Steamboat Springs School District an accountability rating of high for all four of its schools. Earlier this week, the school board voted to put a proposed cost of living pay increase for teachers and staff on November's ballot. We asked Paul Fisher, vice president of Steamboat's school board, to give his views on these issues.


Ferguson and Strande

Soroco school band counts every note

Soroco school band counts every note

Tired eyes peer over music stands to watch the next cue from the band director. On this Friday afternoon, Harmony Glynn is leading her high school band students through George Gershwin's "An American in Paris." "Does anyone know who George Gershwin is?" Glynn asks.

Schools see a drop in enrollment

Districts experience a drop in funding

A county birth rate decline from the 1980s to mid 1990s combined with a cost of living increase has caused a decrease in school enrollment in Routt County this year.

Drivers test their back-street skills

Steamboat Springs hosts first-ever Colorado Cog Rally

Sunday drivers were absent Saturday from the first-ever Colorado Cog Rally held in Steamboat Springs.

Old stuff has new look at FiddleFern

It doesn't take much to make Michele Desoer's day. The right reaction to an old chicken coop cleverly turned into a glass-topped coffee table can do the trick.

In Steamboat, frustration mixes with fear

In the basement of Off the Beaten Path book store, Greg Crasso listened intently to the radio as he mixed batter for bread to be sold in the store's coffee shop.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Sept. 7-12, 2001


Setting it straight

By the time the third quarter had rolled around in last week's Hayden vs. Nucla football game, the cheers from the fans standing behind me had turned ugly.


Citizens can help protect wildlife resources

With the start of archery season this past August 24th, this year's hunting season is officially under way. In preparation, the roughly 120 Colorado Division of Wildlife field officers throughout the state have readied themselves for the rigorous months of big game hunting pressure that will follow.

Game Time

Muzzleloaders and archers take to the field

The woods during the early fall in Colorado are a stomping ground for a breed of big game hunters who are often put on a pedestal above the common high-powered rifle-bearing sportsman.

Ratings of Soroco schools received

Soroco School District received its first ever report card Thursday and not all its schools made the honor roll. Soroco elementary and middle schools received accountability ratings of high but the high school was graded as low.

Stella Ruth Phillips


Faye Meeks


Hubert B. Epps



Airing out facts about pollution A discussion on Air Pollution in the Yampa Valley and the Mount Zirkel Wilderness will be held Sept. 19 in Steamboat Springs.

Building permits decline

The valuation of new building permits in Routt County outside the city is slightly ahead of last year, but the figure within the city of Steamboat Springs is off by about $12 million.

The art inside

Interior decorating made simple

Everyone has wanted to change the look of a room without forking out thousands or even hundreds of dollars to do so. It may be the color you're going for or a new look all together.

Tigers drop road game

Chancy Marolf ran for 223 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to lead Norwood High School to a 29-14 upset of the Hayden Tigers.

Building permits

Building permits for Sept. 1-7, 2001


Class notes for Sept. 16, 2001


Cook Chevrolet wins Subaru honor Cook Chevrolet has won the Subaru of America trophy for the first and second quarters of 2001 for its district.

Florence "Jackie" Standridge



Weekly planner for Sept. 17-22


The scars of Sept. 11

An over-blown movie plot about terrorists hijacking jetliners and crashing them into the World Trade Center towers would be accompanied by stilted dialogue punctuated by some cornball catch phrase spoken by a hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford or Wesley Snipes just before that hero pulled off a miraculous, unbelievable feat that saved the day and wrapped everything up nicely and neatly.


The record for Sept. 8-14


Local briefing for Sept. 16, 2001

3 TDs makes it 3-0

Marias leads Sailors' running game with 153 yards and three scores

Despite a perfect non-conference record, the Steamboat Sailors football team feels it has a lot to fix this week before its first league game.

Nordic team logs 300 jumps this summer ... so far

Bill Demong headed into the summer with the goal of becoming more consistent on the jump hills by the time the snow started to fly this winter.


Advance your fitness education with new school year

I feel it every September. I'll bet you do, too. It's that uneasy sense that, OK, playtime is over, it's time to get back to school and down to work. Some of us find it more than a little depressing.

Gauging the economic toll

Steamboat likely to see tourism fall

People who watch over Steamboat Springs' tourism-based economy were processing their own emotions this week as they watched and listened to the human tragedies in New York and Washington, D.C. this week while beginning to assess what it could all mean for the local economy.

The Holy Days

The Jewish community prepares for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Irv Edelman's family drove to Pasadena, Calif., just before sundown on the Sabbath to avoid a drive to the synagogue. Edelman's father was a cantor, a singing Jewish spiritual leader, and his synagogue was too far away to walk from their home in the San Fernando Valley.

Friday, September 14

Locals mourn victims of terror

A sign that read "In God we trust," on one side and "God Bless America," on the other was held high, along with several American flags at the Routt County Courthouse druing a prayer vigil Friday to mourn the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attack on America.

Man pleads guilty to criminal mischief

A 23-year-old Australian man will have felony charges dismissed against him if a district judge approves a plea agreement in which the man stands to be punished on a misdemeanor charge.

Locals shine light in darkness

Judy Walters stepped outside Wal-Mart Friday at 5 p.m. with a coworker and a candle. The sun shone down on the Wal-Mart parking lot as shoppers walked in and out and the wax dripped onto her fingers.

Trio charged for theft at Wal-Mart

Three residents of Craig were arrested Thursday for allegedly stealing more than $1,000 in food and merchandise from two Steamboat Springs businesses.

Public forums begin Monday

Two groups sometimes on distinctly opposite sides of political issues have come together to produce a series of community forums on growth and resort issues beginning Monday.

Thursday, September 13

Locals can assist attack victims

With reports from the American Red Cross of strong blood drives, locals still looking for ways to respond to Tuesday's tragedies can look in their pocket books and within themselves.

State releases area school ratings

Full reports delayed in mail

For the first time, schools not students received grades when the state Department of Education released its accountability ratings Thursday.

Sailors football opens at home

After two long road trips, the Steamboat Sailors football team will get to play on its own turf for the first time this season Friday. Steamboat (2-0) will play host to Highland (1-1), which head coach Mark Drake said is a different team from the one the Sailors annihilated 48-3 last year.

'Everyone was just so happy to be alive'

Steamboat residents' vacation to New York proves more than what they bargained for

As the nation huddled around televisions to watch the final moments of the north and south towers of the burning World Trade Center, Steamboat locals Stephen Evans and Jeannie Berger watched from the streets of Manhattan, just blocks away at the Empire State Building. "Then all of a sudden, the world changed," Evans said.

Friday night flicks

In hopes of hosting a future film festival in Steamboat Springs, the Yampa Valley Film Board will start small with a fall film series to get community feedback.

County gets its own Cog Rally

With a passion for speed and the road, Mark Cox and Jim Gill pulled their efforts together and found time to coordinate the first ever Colorado Cog Rally 2001 Saturday.


Today Big Jack Johnson play a little blues at the Tugboat. Johnson was the blues headliner at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for 2001.

Airline suspends operation

A top Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. official said Thursday his company's travel division was already re-booking clients onto other airlines when financially troubled Midway Airlines announced Wednesday it was suspending operations indefinitely.

Tennis squad set to play at Grand Junction tournament

Three undefeated players will lead the Steamboat Springs tennis team in the first major challenge of the season this weekend in Grand Junction.

Spikers eye pair of wins

This weekend the Steamboat Springs girls volleyball team will enter its first of seven straight league games. The undefeated Sailors (7-0) travel to Delta for a 7 p.m. game tonight and will continue league play with a 1:30 p.m. away game against Palisade Saturday.

Airport security increases

Absence of flights continues through today

While air traffic resumed on a limited basis Thursday in some parts of the country, it remained at a standstill at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Airport security has been stepped up in the wake of terrorists attacks on Tuesday that included the hijacking of three commercial flights that were used to crash into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon.


Join SSAC visual arts committee The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is accepting applications for its Visual Arts Committee.

Antics allow escape from reality

Burgers and brats spurred ideas for a second performance by the cast and crew of the annual Cabaret. But this time, they'll poke fun at community-use bikes in "Community Use Theatre."

Emerald City could get cut

Municipal budget may not have room for lease

Funding for the lease on Emerald City, Steamboat's multi-purpose downtown youth center, is in danger of being slashed from the city's 2002 budget, two City Council members said Thursday.

Group to play a 'collage' of pieces

In a German tongue, Kathleen Allen belted out a soprano tone accompanied by three other chamber musicians gathered at the Maddox residence in an intimate setting for the first ever Classical Collage.

Wednesday, September 12

Johnson's lawyers seek venue change

Citing "massive pretrial publicity," attorneys for accused murderer Thomas Lee Johnson are seeking to change the venue of Routt County's only murder case.

Flying the lonely skies

There weren't many aircraft in the skies over Colorado at midday Wednesday. In fact, there were only three at 12:30 p.m.

Candidates square off at forum

The first candidate forum of the 2001 election season in Steamboat Springs drove right to the heart of what many feel is the biggest issue facing the city: affordable housing.

Steamboat schools get graded today

The Steamboat Springs School District on Monday is planning to send out report cards to every parent in the district, but parents should not expect to find their children's grades inside them.

Air traffic halt stalls mail

The government's order halting air traffic over United States airspace since Tuesday did more than keep passengers on the ground.

Council scraps ballot idea

Questions on West of Steamboat plan reconsidered

Two controversial advisory questions about the West of Steamboat plan that opponents said could kill the last chance the city has to provide affordable housing were scratched Tuesday by City Council members.

Golf team takes 2nd

Cody Sherrill led the Steamboat Springs golf team to a second-place finish at the Eagle Ranch Golf Club in Gypsum on Tuesday.

Alleged stalker released on technicality

An 18-year-old Steamboat Springs man facing numerous felony stalking charges was released Wednesday afternoon after a prosecutor failed to file charges within the mandatory time period.

Sailors will play on

Wednesday's golf tournament at the Cotton Ranch in Gypsum was canceled in the aftermath of terrorist attacks.

Travelers still stranded after attack

Across the country, thousands of stranded airline passengers are just trying to find their way home.

Tuesday, September 11

Responses based on emotions

The lines of people waiting to give blood to aid victims of Tuesday's terrorist hijackings stretched around the block at midday in Manhattan. At the Bonfils Blood Center in Denver, the wait to give blood was four hours.

Terrorism experts offer ideas

Local political scientists said Tuesday's terrorist attacks appear to send a message of deep distaste for western capitalism. "They struck the heart of the economic centers," said Michael Kanner, University of Colorado at Boulder lecturer of American politics, foreign affairs and national security.


What Happened to My City?

What happened to my city? That was all I could think at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday morning as I talked with a friend from Brooklyn N.Y. with whom I usually discuss the most recent New York Knicks game. I was tuned into a fuzzy picture of the World Trade Towers, which had already been reduced to one building. As we talked, the second building crumbled. I had no idea what to say or think.

Sports Slate

Sports slate for Sept. 12-15

Local airports take cues from FAA

All air traffic at Routt County's two public airports was grounded Tuesday along with traffic at the rest of the nation's airports.

Travelers face uncertainty

Steamboat tourists in N.Y. escape tragedy

A pair of Steamboat Springs travelers narrowly escaped the Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers.

Local vets frustrated

Many draw comparisons to attack on Pearl Harbor

Spiro Callas was only a teen-ager when a muffled radio broadcast described the sketchy details of an unprovoked attack on the United States in the Pacific.

Off to the races

Sailors cross-country team opens season at home Saturday

It wasn't a part of the plan when the Steamboat Springs High School cross country team started preparing for the 2001 season. But after the opening meet of the year in Leadville was canceled last weekend because of snow, the Sailors quickly realized that Howelsen Hill would be the team's first stop.

Locals react different ways

Some cry, others get in line for gas

Kate Buster and Mary Jane Mitchell of Kansas City, Mo., woke up Tuesday morning in a Steamboat Springs bed and breakfast to a newscast they initially thought was an advertisement for a new movie. Stunned, they began to grasp the news commercial airliners believed to have been hijacked by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center towers and then the Pentagon.

Local brokers gauge impact

What loss of trade center means isn't clear yet

Any financial loss associated with Tuesday's terrorist attacks pales when compared to the horrific loss of life. But two local stockbrokers said the monetary loss resulting from the attacks and the close of all of the country's financial markets is beyond their reckoning.

County increases its state of alert

Otherwise, it's business as usual

The stream of live newscasts providing round-the-clock coverage of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon was a little too distracting Tuesday for county employees. "It's numbing," said Georgian Kalow, of the county's personnel department. "It's shocking. We're all in this perpetual state of disbelief."

Locals come together in prayer

More than 40 people kneeled in prayer Tuesday night during a special service at St. Paul Episcopal Church. As residents recited Psalms and prayed for the victims and their families of Tuesday's terrorist attacks, they also tried to fight back tears.

Reaching out to students

Schools use different methods used to help children cope

The normally bustling front entrance of Steamboat Springs High School seemed eerily quiet as students sat watching the breaking news coverage of Tuesday's terrorist attacks. "There is nothing to do but wonder and watch," Jessica Toothaker said as she sat watching in her first period leadership class.

Monday, September 10

Man faces felony drug charges

A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces felony drug charges in connection with an arrest late Saturday night.

Man wanted for stealing SUV finally returns to Routt County

A 27-year-old man who has been wanted since last winter for allegedly stealing a rented sport utility vehicle from a local business is being held in the Routt County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Coach confident his team is ready

Steamboat Springs soccer coach Rob Bohlmann was emphasizing the positive this week as the Sailors move toward the first league game of the season.

Strong players come out for event

Nearly 100 local golfers hit area courses last weekend as the annual City Golf Championships took center stage.

Acid precipitation in wilderness topic of forum

Scientists studying the effects of acid precipitation in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area will be in Steamboat Springs Sept. 19 to discuss the anticipated benefits of new pollution-control devices on coal-fired power plants in the Yampa Valley.

Trade Center explosions ripple to Steamboat Springs

Residents, visitors stunned

Kate Buster and Mary Jane Mitchell of Kansas City, Mo., woke up in a Steamboat Springs bed and breakfast to a newscast they initially thought was an advertisement for a new movie. Commercial airflights believed to have been hijacked by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center towers and near the Pentagon.

ASC sells Sugarbush resort

Company still looking to sell Steamboat to reduce debt

American Skiing Co. announced Monday it had accepted an unsolicited offer for the Sugarbush Ski Resort in Vermont. The buyer is Summit Ventures NE Inc., a company formed by a group of local investors in the Mad River Valley near Warren, Vt. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

At least two-day flight delays expected in light of New York terrorist attack

Airport director expecting instructions from FAA

Airline passengers hoping to fly in and out of Yampa Valley Regional Airport near Hayden this week definitely should not book a flight for Wednesday and probably not even for Thursday. A spokeswoman for Air Wisconsin commuter airline confirmed at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday that all flights into and out of YVRA had been canceled.

School board votes to put tax on ballot

Funds would subsidize salaries

Regardless of whether voters choose to pay to raise teacher and staff salaries to account for the cost of living in Steamboat in this November's election, their property taxes will be going down. That factor made it particularly easy for the Steamboat School Board to unanimously vote it onto this November's ballot. And school board members think it will also help the tax pass muster with the rest of the community.

Council to discuss impact fees

Impact fees, the controversial city fees charged to new development, are not going away anytime soon, but they could be reduced for all homes and rebated entirely for affordable ones.

Sunday, September 9

Board to vote on ballot issue

School district looking at funding teacher salaries

The Steamboat Springs School Board is expected to make a decision tonight on whether it will put an issue on the November ballot that would raise property taxes to fund salary increases for its teachers if passed. The ballot issue is in response to the passage of state legislation pushed by an Eagle County citizens group and sponsored by State Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, that allows for a cost-of-living increase in the district's finance formula. The increase is meant to finance increases in teacher salaries.

Unlock your potential to become an Olympian

Boy have I got a deal for you. This week and this week only, I'm offering a free demonstration trial of the Tomco Home Olympic Athlete Testing Kit. The kit includes everything you need to unlock your own Olympic potential and fulfill your dreams of gold, perhaps as early as February 2002 in Salt Lake City.

Take the bite out of gum disease

Flossing we all know we should do it. However, roughly half of us ignore this good health habit.

CMC program to offer forums for discussion

From llamas to taxes, a new educational program offered by Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus has a wide range of topics it is hoping will spark community interest.

Saturday, September 8


The weekly planner for Sept. 10-14, 2001


Letters for Sept. 9, 2001

Along for the Ride

With options like "sports utility" and "all-terrain," Ed Crislip's customers might think they just walked into a car dealership. But if they listen carefully, they'll realize the bike expert is referring to the latest in baby joggers and bike trailers.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, 2001

Newspaper seeks 'Best of the 'boat'

Everyone in Colorado ski country knows Steamboat Springs has the best snow in North America, even if they don't want to admit it. And it's widely held that if your child dreams of growing up to become a winter Olympian, this is the best ski town in America.

Cooperative effort brings Little Friends back

Preschool program kicks off Wednesday

When Little Friends Preschool and Day Care closed down earlier this summer, it looked as if South Routt parents had just lost a long-standing asset to their community.

A new Routt to education

Charter school opens up to children and community

The week before Labor Day, Sandy Clark drove a group of soon-to-be North Routt Charter School students to the Clark Store. Betsy Zimmerman's school bus, taking North Routt children bound for Steamboat schools, was parked in front of the store. The charter school students ran up to the bus and gave Zimmerman, their beloved longtime bus driver, an exuberant welcome. Then they waved goodbye. Last year, it was their parents who were always waving goodbye. The charter school students, most of whom took that bus last year, will not be riding it anymore, at least for this year.


Sailors volleyball team on a roll

Middle Park suffered the same fate Saturday night that every other opponent facing the Sailors girls volleyball team did so far this year they lost in two games.


Sea kayaking: A workout for mind and body

Kayaking, like canoeing and rowing, can give you a terrific workout on the water. No wonder it's becoming more and more popular especially on open water.

Filling void in luxury rentals

Canyon Creek at EagleRidge condominiums will feature a variety of amenities

The first of two buildings in Canyon Creek at EagleRidge is nearing completion and the second building has been closed in. When complete, the two buildings will include 44 units total.

Sailors serve up pair of wins

With all of its starting lineup back, the Sailors boys tennis team crushed Hotchkiss and Cedaredge in its home opener Saturday.


Reminder for bird hunters to register September 1 was the opening day for hunting doves, blue grouse, mountain sharp-tailed grouse, chukar, rail, sora, snipe, crow and band-tailed pigeon in Colorado.

On the Fly

For many, when the aspen trees begin turning gold and the daylight hours become less than the night hours, that means it's time to put away the kayak and the shorts and begin preparing for the long winter.


Class notes for Sept.9, 2001




Hunting season gets under way

With hunting season in full swing and more licenses available in Colorado, can the area expect to see more hunters? What does the Colorado Department of Wildlife expect from this season? We asked Colorado Division of Wildlife Area Manager Susan Werner her take on this year's season.


Local briefing for Sept. 9, 2001

Building permits

Building permits for Aug. 27-30, 2001


Snow a reminder that Olympics are just ahead

Saturday morning the heater at my home clicked on and the realization that winter is quickly approaching hit me like a snowball.


Vectra Bank sets wealth symposium Investment Services at Vectra Bank will sponsors a Wealth Strategies Symposium Tuesday.


We've all had to do it at some time or another. Your hands get sweaty or maybe they shake. You feel the butterflies fluttering inside your stomach and your mouth gets unbearably dry. "Um, um, um" becomes a common distraction when you can't find your next thought.


In brief for Sept. 9, 2001


Births from Aug. 10 to Sept. 2, 2001

Changes are in store

With Amallama leaving, Old Town Square taking on a different look

Steamboat's bead addicts need not fret. Amallama, a fixture on Lincoln Avenue for more than a decade is going away, but the store's beads will still be available at the base of the ski area.


Around town for Sept. 9, 2001

Students get back to nature

Science camp turns the wilderness into a classroom

Classrooms and textbooks will be traded in for log cabins and reflection journals as area sixth graders head for a four-day science school at Steamboat Lake this week.


Poor planning

Steamboat Springs City Council President Kevin Bennett is leaving the council in November, but his shadow may loom after he is gone. The council decided last week to place two advisory questions both written and advocated by Bennett on the November ballot.


A safe hunt

When I was 19, I went to a friend's home in rural Nebraska to go pheasant hunting. It was a good time, even though I didn't shoot a bird.


The record for Aug. 17 to Sept. 8, 2001

Comeback kids

Tigers roar back in second half to defeat Nucla Mustangs 14-12

It would have been easy for the Hayden Tigers to quit Saturday afternoon at halftime against the defending state football champions.

Drawing out the vote

Redistricting commission to visit Steamboat

Redrawing the boundaries of the state's legislative districts amounts to a mathematical puzzle that is potentially supercharged with partisan politics.

Residents brave chill for annual Literary Sojourn

More than 475 people huddled inside the Strings in the Mountains Tent Saturday afternoon doubling over with belly laughs and learning how ordinary people have become well-known authors.

Thursday, September 6


SSAC presents film festival The Steamboat Springs Arts Council presents a Friday Film Series in cooperation with the Yampa Valley Film Board. In an effort to fill cultural gaps in the Yampa Valley, the arts council will present a film series this fall in Steamboat.

Getting back to the roots

When friends were listening to mainstream rock music in the 1980s, Tony Furtado was digging soul, funk and blues jams.

Authors give insight into writing process

A woman came into Bud Werner Memorial Library Tuesday pleading for a ticket to the ninth annual Literary Sojourn Saturday. She begged said she would do anything.

Shannon playing authentic blues at Tugboat

In the summer of 1996, Mem Shannon decided his cab-driving career wasn't as stimulating as his passion for native New Orleans rhythm and blues.

Circus Chimera

Dropping everything to join the circus sounds like a B-rated Hollywood script that may or may not make the big screen. But as a rancher in Mexico's Yucatan, Walter Chimal's grandfather knew his meager life of a farmer could never compare to a life traveling with the circus.


Today The New Orleans authentic blues band Mem Shannon and The Membership performs at the Tugboat.

Wednesday, September 5

Airing it out

The Sailors expect to have their hands full as they try to stop Salida's passing attack in game two of the regular season Friday.

Advisory questions stir debate

The City Council's strongest voice for affordable housing reacted angrily to two advisory questions the council decided to place on the ballot Tuesday night, calling them a big setback for working class people in Steamboat Springs.

Hitting the trail

Skiers, hikers, bikers urged to help on new path

Nordic skiers here will have a new trail to glide along this winter all they are being asked to do is invest some labor this Saturday. Dan Smilkstein of the Steamboat Springs Nordic Council said his group will host a volunteer day from 9 a.m. until noon at Howelsen Hill to work on the new intermediate trail into Howelsen Meadows. Volunteers will be asked to remove brush from a short section of the 2.5 kilometer trail and prepare it for seeding.

State insurance program largely ignored

As Colorado students return to the classroom, the state is hopeful parents will include health insurance on their children's back-to-school lists.

Wildlife diorama to be unveiled

A family of mink has been observed for more than a year, probing the rocks along the Yampa River near the Ninth Street footbridge for food.

Alcohol blamed in hotel burglary

A 41-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to 60 days in the Routt County Jail for stealing $50 from a local motel in August.

Drunken break-in gets man probation

A 25-year-old man who entered a neighbor's apartment in a drunken stupor was placed on one year of probation and ordered to undergo counseling for alcohol.

Drug charges against 2 locals dropped

Test results from the state's crime laboratory of a substance suspected of being heroin came back negative, prompting local prosecutors to dismiss felony drug charges against two Steamboat Springs residents.

City to step up bear ordinance enforcement

As the season approaches during which bears are most active and potentially most dangerous, the city is stepping up efforts to enforce a new ordinance requiring people who take their garbage out before 5 a.m. to fit their garbage cans with bear-proof locks. Although the city passed the ordinance almost two months ago, many homeowners and business owners have failed to get their cans or dumpsters retro-fitted with the locks, which are provided by Waste Management, said Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord.

Commission sees few volunteers

City Planning Board receives only one applicant

Although the number of candidates for City Council this year bespeaks a high level of civic involvement among local residents, the number of applicants for the Planning Commission may paint a different picture. A month after City Clerk Julie Jordan-Struble put out advertisements for new planning commissioners, only one person has stepped up and returned an application. Jordan-Struble said she is now extending the deadline to Sept. 14.

Golf team places No. 1 at home

The Sailors golf team set the tone this week that it hopes to carry through the rest of the season.

Soroco ready for its league opener Friday

Coming off a tournament win, the Soroco girls volleyball team hopes to continue its streak at home against North Park Friday.

Archery season deemed a success

Meat-processing companies see average-plus business

After two weeks worth of hunting, reports from the state's Department of Wildlife are predicting a successful big game archery season. "They seem to be doing really well," Colorado Division of Wildlife District Manager Jim Haskins said. "The last I heard, everybody was seeing elk." Haskins patrols the California Park and Slater Park areas north of Hayden.

Tuesday, September 4

Ordinance gets mixed feelings

Business owners downtown have mixed feelings about a possible new city towing law that could require them to put new signs up in their parking areas but could spare their customers a lot of grief.

School board race shaping up

Next year, the five-member Hayden School Board will consist of two new members with one already determined.

ASC restructuring finalized

Steamboat Grand construction moves forward

The eight unfinished penthouse units at the Steamboat Grand Hotel could be ready for holiday occupancy in December. American Skiing Co., which owns the hotel, announced Tuesday it has completed restructuring its debt. In the process it has freed the Steamboat Grand of liens dating back to the construction of the hotel.

Board to discuss impact fees

A consulting firm will give a presentation of the town's proposed transportation impact fee program to members of Town Board and Planning Commission Thursday night.

Sailors fare well on course Tuesday

Tuesday turned out to be a day of firsts for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team.

Local pioneer raises awareness

Man who suffered stroke makes tragedy a personal victory

Jim Kittle left Steamboat Springs more than six years ago with every intention of returning. He finally came home yesterday.

Monday, September 3

County ready to fight rule changed by state

The Routt County Commissioners believe a state agency did an end run around its planning regulations last spring. And they say they'll weigh in when Colorado Counties Inc. and the Colorado Municipal League seek to change a regulation recently adopted by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

A small-town affair at its finest

Oak Creek festivities offer fun for all

Chelsea Iacovetto glared in horror as her father stepped up to the line at the "Dunk A Cheerleader" booth at the Oak Creek Labor Day festivities Monday afternoon. Iacovetto, perched on a tiny seat over a tub of water, was taking her turn as the cheerleader in the contest, which was meant to raise money for new uniforms.

City to discuss tow ordinance

The city is hoping to avoid sending visitors away from Steamboat Springs with sour tastes in their mouths because they had their cars towed while shopping downtown.

Native plants the way to go

Do you want to be in harmony with nature? Incorporate native plants into your garden.

Teen has knack for woodworking

When 13-year-old Alicia Hall and her family move into their new home, her bedroom will feature oak furniture made by her 16-year-old sister. Young Alicia will have the task of figuring out where to put a three-drawer dresser, a telephone stand, a chest lined inside with cedar and an armoire.

Sunday, September 2

Leukemia treatment promising

Leukemia is a type of cancer that starts in the bone marrow the soft inner core of bones and in most cases quickly moves into the blood, where it spreads to many other organ systems.

Western heritage showcased

Promoter hopes WestFest will become annual event

As the mix of western, outdoors and warm-weather-clothed concertgoers praised the novel mix of country-style music at WestFest this weekend, Doug Terry, who helped bring the event to Steamboat Springs, was sighing a breath of relief.

Medical center sees baby boom

Record 49 children born during August

In the 31 days of August this year, 49 babies were born at Yampa Valley Medical Center, making it the most children born ever in Steamboat in one month. That crushes the old record of 36 in May 2000.

Local author aids teen-agers

Work helps youths who have parents with addictions

From the time Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer could talk, she cut and sewed together pieces of cardboard to make her own books.

Dancing to a different beat

African drum, dance classes bring an international flavor

The Depot Art Center and Emerald City will be dancing to the sound of a different drum Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings when master drummer Fara presents a workshop on African drumming and dance.

Like a Microsoft cowgirl

They don't call Ricky, picky for nuthin' in between tuning his mandolin and charming his audience with the most sincere stage chatter west of Nashville Sunday afternoon, Ricky Skaggs picked up a storm at WestFest. More accurately the lightnin' fast licks of Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, chased off a baby storm cloud that tried to boil up over Emerald Mountain and spoil Michael Martin Murphey's chuck wagon picnic and eclectic hoedown.

Saturday, September 1

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Aug. 23-29, 2001


Around town for Sept. 2, 2001


The record for Aug. 17 to Sept. 1


Local briefing for Sept. 2, 2001


Being a good sport

Speed, quickness, hard work and natural ability. These are traits that are admired and respected in the wide, wide world of sports. Many greats have these traits in common.

Sailors win in Glenwood

Girls volleyball team defeats all five opponents

The Steamboat Sailors volleyball team successfully defended its title this weekend, winning the Glenwood Springs tournament for the third year in a row.


Letters for Sept. 2, 2001


The view from here

Boil the county's skyline regulation proposal down and you have a decision between putting faith in future property owners to make the right choice or taking a right away to make a choice.

Sky High

Vintage aircraft pilots keep Labor Day 'Fly-In' aloft

Ian Caragol saw his house from an entirely new perspective Saturday. The 4-year-old and his parents were on hand for the Vintage Aircraft Fly-In at the Steamboat Springs Airport, which also runs from 9 a.m. to noon today.

What's the game plan?

U.S. Forest Service looks to revitalize California Park

In the Routt Forest plan, the U.S. Forest Service's bible of local land management, California Park is categorized as a "special interest area."

Hotels drawing new business by working together

On any given Monday, executives at Steamboat's two largest resort hotels are competing hard, trying to land the same convention. By the end of the week, they're apt to be hosting the same party make that dinner for 375 teachers or a seminar for 400 veterinarians.


The Weekly Planner for Sept. 2, 2001


Births for Sept. 2, 2001

Sailor Spirit

High school dance team, cheerleading squad boost school and team spirit

Seniors at Steamboat Springs High School snuck out of Mackenzie Little's house the week before school started to play a prank on the younger students.

Figures show 2000 was extraordinary year for sales

The demand for single-family homes in Steamboat Springs this year is a tale of two markets thus far. Make that three markets.

Exposing hidden talent

Photographer Karen Schulman brings out her students' creativity through pictures

Karen G. Schulman will spend the next nine days exploring the druid woods and ancient abbeys of western Ireland with seven friends she's never met before. She'll be paid for going on her adventure in County Mayo but she'll work for her corned beef and cabbage.

Building permits

Building permits for Aug. 20-24

CornerStone project moving along

Realtors representing the developer of CornerStone at the Moraine say the townhome project on Clubhouse Drive will launch its next phase as contracts warrant.

Yampa 'mascot' offers real horsepower

Resident has high hopes she can turn her horse and carriage venture into thriving business

The usually quiet streets of Yampa are disturbed this evening by the hollow sound of hoofs, as a carriage makes its way past parked cars and turns the corner on its way out of town.

New dress code implemented

Some middle school students unhappy with rules regarding what they can and can't wear

A resounding groan and rolling of eyes came from the lunch table of a group of eighth-grade girls when asked about the new dress code at Steamboat Springs Middle School.


Ski clothing line of local taking off "Coloradobiz" is reporting that Steamboat Olympian Nelson Carmichael's ski clothing line is taking off.

Steamboat to play host to U.S. Freestyle team

Utah may be the home of the 2002 Winter Oylmpic Games, but that will not keep the steep- pitched slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area from hosting the U.S. Freestyle team in January.


Shutterbug alert Photographers of all ages are encouraged to enter photos in the Colorado Department of Agriculture's 2001 "Colorado it's AgriCultural" photography contest.

Tigers go winless at Best of the West

Solid serving and passing were the two key ingredients missing from the Hayden Tigers' play during Moffat County's Best of the West volleyball tournament.

Breeding a champion

Kevin and Leellen Koroulis' horse, The Pen Pal, might just write himself into Colorado race track history.






The entertainment briefing for Sept. 2, 2001


Preserving ski jumping heritage

As Park City and Utah prepare for the 2002 Olympics, citizens in Northwest Colorado are beginning to realize the impact on Steamboat Springs of the investment made in Park City's Olympic facilities. In particular, Park City now has $21 million, state-of-the-art ski jumps, which can be used year round because they have plastic surfaces. Recognizing that Steamboat's historic jumps on Howelsen Hill are now outdated, residents have formed a group called the Colorado Olympics Project to work on upgrading the jumps. Kevin Bennett and Hank Kashiwa are leaders of the group. (Hank Kashiwa photo by Russ Atha.)


Making the most of the weekend

Three-day weekends only seem to come once in a blue moon, or never enough. For this annual Labor Day weekend, we've asked some locals what are the best ways to spend the national holiday.


Class notes for Sept. 2, 2001


Ski jumping

You don't need snow to ski jump these days. The proof is six hours to the west of Steamboat Springs, where Olympic hopefuls have spent the summer training on plastic jumps at Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.


Kubat and Bell


Downhill battle

Park City, Utah, is ready to challenge Steamboat Springs as Ski Town U.S.A.

John Fetcher, an 89-year-old engineer and rancher, rattles off the names of towns where he has built or designed ski jumps: Purgatory, Aspen, Alta, Winter Park and Crested Butte.


Back to school fitness tips: more play, less TV

With summer vacation ending, it's time for parents to focus on what their children need to return to their daily school routines. New clothes? New shoes? New supplies? What else do they need? A fitness evaluation would be nice.