Stories for April 2002

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Tuesday, April 30

Weather hinders track team at Rifle

The wind and cold made Saturday's meet in Rifle seem more like an early season event for the members of the Sailors track team.

Area plan update under way

Consultants begin gathering information today

With a consultant in hand and the money to pay the firm, the city and county are ready to take the next step in its Area Community Plan Update.

Time to hit the links

Steamboat, Haymaker open for season; Catamount, Sheraton not far behind

Smiles rarely adorn the faces of golfers disappointed in their score. That is, unless you are 12 and missing school because of an 8:30 a.m. tee time with Dad.

Arena needs project manager

Although Routt County is taking steps to build a new arena for the fairgrounds, the facility may not be completed for the upcoming fair in August.

Flexible scheduling not new to Hayden schools

One narrow hallway is all that divides the middle and high schools in Hayden. But the differences between the students who attend class on either side of that hallway are substantial, Hayden Middle School Principal Colleen Poole said.

League title slips away

Second-half rally not enough to hold off Demons, who topped the Sailors 3-2

All season long, Glenwood Springs kept tabs on the soccer happenings in Steamboat Springs and vice versa. As the weeks passed, the two separated themselves from the pack and set up the expected a season-finale match for the league title.

Ski Council raises $2,300 for local charity

While visiting skiers have been out of Steamboat since early April, one group might have left a greater impression than others as it left behind a $2,300 check.

Hayden subdivision waiting on water evaluation

Before county officials approve of a land preservation subdivision south of Hayden, officials want to make sure enough water is available to serve the development.

Baseball team falls to Bears

Rifle shoots down Steamboat's playoff hopes

The Steamboat Springs baseball team's season ended with a 5-0 loss to Rifle on Tuesday in the opening round of the district playoffs.

Basketball camps set for younger athletes later this month

It's never too early to start thinking about basketball, and high school coach Kelly Meek will offer young players a chance to hone their basic skills during camps this month.

Our View: Surrounding towns miss point on housing authority

When chronic wasting disease was discovered in deer on the Motherwell Ranch south of Hayden, no one suggested the disease was Hayden's problem.

Oak Creek to hold Clean-Up Day

The town of Oak Creek will hold its annual Town Clean-Up Day Saturday, June 8.

Residents face felony charges for growing marijuana

Two Steamboat Springs men face a felony charge for allegedly growing marijuana in a West Acres mobile home.

It's the time of year for a road trip

Nearly everyone has one entertaining road trip story to tell. It could be about the family jammed into a sedan for a cross-country trip. There's climbing into a car with friends for a day trip in high school.

Mayor ready to get her yard back

Town board votes to restore Cargo's property

Six months after losing some of her front yard to a backhoe and front-end loader, Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman is getting it back.

Monday, April 29

National Day of Prayer is Thursday

Gathering set for Routt County Courthouse lawn

Many residents of Steamboat Springs will take a moment Thursday to participate in a nation-wide prayer at noon on the courthouse lawn in the observance of the National Day of Prayer.

What's in it for us?

Smaller towns question housing authority

Representatives from Oak Creek, Hayden and Yampa on Monday challenged housing authority supporters to show how their towns would benefit from the creation of a taxing district to support affordable housing.

Our View: Second guessing the Oak Creek Town Board

When Ray Leibensperger took the job as Oak Creek's first town manager, he said he wanted to stay in the position 10 years and then retire. Leibensperger barely made it a year. When four new members were elected to the seven-member Oak Creek Town Board April 7, the first thing the board did was accept Leibensperger's resignation and eliminate his position.

Letter: Here's to a successful winter

This has surely been a challenging winter. The tragedies of Sept. 11 had an immediate impact on the travel industry. Add to that the uncertainty of the national economy and an unseasonably warm November resulting in a delayed opening.

Letter: Steamboat needs to examine tax structure

Steamboat's heavy dependence on sales tax has a negative effect on lower-income people. As any economist will tell you, the city's current tax burden falls most heavily on those who can least afford it.

Routt County tops 20,000 in population

County has grown 2.9 percent since 2000 Census

Routt County has topped 20,000 people, according to the latest figures from the Census Bureau. The county grew by 2.9 percent from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2001, according to estimates released Monday. The new population is 20,255 people, an increase of 565 residents since the official count in the 2000 Census.

Spirit Challenge marks start of running season

Weather will have impact on turnout for Saturday event

For local running series director Emily Conjura, Saturday is the first day of a new season. "The Spirit Challenge has always marked the start of my summer," Conjura said.

Sailors stay alive in baseball playoffs

7-4 win over Battle Mountain pits Steamboat against Rifle

David May struck out five hitters and gave up just four runs Monday night as he led the Sailors past Battle Mountain 7-4 in the pigtail round of the district tournament.

Students fare well in writing contest

Seven will travel to Denver this weekend for awards

On Sunday, seven students from Steamboat Springs Middle School will attend a Circle of Champions Luncheon in Denver hosted by the Denver Broncos as a reward for their accomplishments in the 11th annual Anne Frank Writing Contest.

Forest Service urges residents to stay off closed roads

Four wheeling in spring can create heavy damage

U.S. Forest Service officials hope four-wheel-drive enthusiasts can contain themselves when they come across closed gates guarding muddy roads.

Realtors contest offers help for homebuyers

The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors is sponsoring a contest that should draw interest from income-eligible first-time homebuyers in Steamboat Springs.

Sound Off: Readers offer their views

Giot a comment? e-mail soundoff@steamboatpilot.com

Sound off on Sound Off I just wanted to call and say I think it's ridiculous that you have your Sound Off and no one has to leave their name when your letters to the editor still have to have a phone number and verification of authenticity by someone signing it. It should be the same way with your Sound Off.

Permits szhow decline in building, but optimism persists

When general contractor Jeff Koepfer was siding a home this winter, construction workers stopped by daily looking for work. Last spring, his answering machine was overflowing with workers looking for projects.

Pilot & Today details staff changes

Brandon Swank has been named news editor for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Swank, 24, is a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He joined the Pilot & Today in August 2000 as a copy editor.

Economic summit to focus on plight of mountain towns

Mountain towns all have their own peculiarities, but often they have the same economic and social challenges in common. Economic Summit 2002 on May 29-30 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Conference Center will attempt to draw on the expertise of other mountain towns to shed light on Steamboat Springs' efforts to strengthen its economic vitality.

Craigs are bullish on ranching

Ask Dan Craig what the best day of his life was, and he doesn't hesitate. It was the day he sold D.K. Monument L1 109 for $6,000. The date was April 4, 2002. The place was an auction barn in Columbus, Mont. And D.K. Monument L1 109 might prove to be the best Hereford bull Dan and Karen Craig have ever produced at their small ranch just north of Phippsburg.

Sunday, April 28

Mystery snow found by spotters

Radar unable to detect storm that left moisture

On Sunday morning, the National Weather Service reported two fresh inches of snow in the Hahn's Peak.

If you're going to San Francisco, wear the right shoes

Colorado visitor brings home a taste of big city life, along with a few sketchy memories

I stepped up to the curb at the corner of Post and Kearny at 6 p.m. on a Wednesday night in San Francisco. The sidewalks were jammed with people, all of them in a hurry, and the city thrummed with a life of its own.

Board studies alternative solutions

Hayden school officials want students to have options

A recent decision by Hayden school officials to forgo plans for an alternative school only reinforced the resolve of those who want to see some kind of alternative for students who do not fit in the traditional classroom setting.

Saturday, April 27

Sailors dish out plenty of love

In tennis, love isn't good unless you're the one dishing it out, and several members of the Steamboat Springs girls' tennis team had plenty of it to pass around Saturday.

Bullish on ranching

Family raises prize Herefords on small spread in South Routt

Ask Dan Craig what the best day of his life was, and he doesn't hesitate. It was the day he sold D.K. Monument L1 109 for $6,000.

Party 'til the break of dawn

Organizers, students look forward to fun, safe after-prom

Cindy Carlson said planning the decorations for the Steamboat Springs High School after-prom party has been a full-time job. Something, she said, is well worth it if students have a prom that is both memorable and safe.

New book offers advice for peddling passes

Managers of local bicycle shops say they are selling more road bikes than at anytime in the preceding 10 years.

City, softball group still in the game

If negotiations with Triple Crown Sports go as the city hopes, Steamboat won't be handing over a $75,000 check or using Emerald Park to support the sports tournaments.

Innovations in mountain biking

The almost magical disappearance of the snowpack this season promises a short mud season and an early mountain biking season. Cyclists will be grinding out ascents of Emerald Mountain and flying down Valley View from the top of Thunderhead, as soon as the wind and sun have completed their annual spring chores.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for April 19-24, 2002

AFTER THE WHISTLE

When a sport is defined by the shoe

If you've ever been in the market for a new pair of athletic shoes, the realization that sports stars and fashion mix like peanut butter and chocolate has, no doubt, hit you over the head like a ton of Reese's.

Waste Not, Want Not

Keeping your shoes clean can be a tough task along Steamboat's public trails

Anyone who has walked the local public trails lately knows one of Steamboat Springs' dirtiest spring problems has returned dog waste. Throughout the winter, dog owners don't clean up after Fido does his business. But the mess does not begin to decompose until spring. Once the snow is melted, piles and piles of the waste is revealed, making a messy and, at times, smelly situation.

Building permits

Building permits for April 15-19

Lacrosse team focuses on skills

Despite the inability to get a win, Bob Hiester said he and the Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team had a productive weekend.

Redistricting reshapes commissioner race

Ken Brenner knew unseating Routt County Commissioner Dan Ellison would be a daunting task, but a mere 50 yards has eliminated the Steamboat Springs man from the race before a single vote can be cast.

THE WAY IT WAS

Passengers have to hike

The Moffat road is again tied up by a bad slide in Egeria canyon. Tuesday the earth began moving and is now piled high over the tracks. A general fear has been felt that this means a prolonged suspension of traffic. A similar slide at the same spot two years ago prevented trains from getting through for 27 days.

Trash or treasure?

A one-legged lady once walked into the ski area's lost and found and asked for a ski. No, it's not the beginning of a bad joke, just the start of one of the many far-out tales that trail the items left behind by tourists.

ROUTT COUNTY SPOTLIGHT

Penny Hamilton

Name: Penny Hamilton Age (optional): None of your business Occupations: Mocha Molly's manager, ski instructor, fitness instructor and dancer Place of birth: Mansfield, Victoria, Australia

TOWN TALK: HAYDEN

The Women's Fellowship held its annual spring luncheon April 17 at the Parish Hall in the Congregational Church. As always, a large crowd enjoyed the yummy food.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

Dear Bertha, Not until you asked for more information about my mother's family did I realize how much I didn't know about my mother's side of the family!

Playing through the pain

Sailor soccer players put long week behind them as they hold on to hope for league title

Forgive the players on the Steamboat Springs girls' soccer team if all they wanted to do was dive into a hot tub following their 6-3 victory over Palisade.

Thursday, April 25

Controlled burn to help elk

Division of Wildlife uses fire to improve habitat

Crews from the Colorado Division of Wildlife successfully executed a controlled burn this week to improve elk habitat on almost 300 acres on the southwest flank of Blacktail Mountain.

Finishing strong

Down early, Sailors rally for 5-2 win over Battle Mountain

The members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team got a scare Thursday night, but kept their league title hopes alive with a come-from-behind win over Battle Mountain.

Fire station wins approval

Construction could start this month in North Routt

The North Routt Fire Protection District will take bids for the construction of a new fire station now that the station has gained the approval of the Routt County Planning Commission.

Commission restricts housing plan

Restrictions by the Routt County Planning Commission have jeopardized a property owner's plans to provide affordable housing west of Steamboat Springs.

Mobile home plan approved

A brief round of cheers erupted Thursday when the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission gave final approval to a plan creating the city's first mobile home park where residents own their lots.

Lawsuit moved to Steamboat

Triple Peaks' case against American Skiing originally filed in Denver

Tim and Diane Mueller's court battle to acquire the Steamboat Ski Area has moved from Denver to Steamboat Springs. Judge Richard Doucette has signed an order granting a motion by attorneys for Triple Peaks LLC seeking to have its lawsuit against American Skiing Company shifted from federal court in Denver to district court in Steamboat Springs.

Oak Creek hires new worker

Town Board gets background check during meeting

The Oak Creek Town Board hired a fifth public works employee Thursday night, even though a background check the board requested during the meeting revealed at least two prior arrests.

Wednesday, April 24

On the right track

Sailors cruise to easy victory at first home meet of the season

Call it a glorified practice. That's how the coaches and athletes viewed it.

Hockey dreams become reality

The dream of high school hockey for local supporters is slowly becoming a reality in Steamboat Springs.

Fire station plans unveiled

Routt County Planning Commission will hear proposal at tonight's meeting

The North Routt Fire District is ready to move ahead with plans for its new fire station now that the district has secured funding and land for the building.

Students make impression

New Hayden High School sign welcomes visitors

Two seniors from Hayden recently made a lasting impression on their school.

Oak Creek may add position

Town board considers hiring public works employee

A new employee might be added to the town of Oak Creek's payroll tonight.

Construction may boost

Inexpensive materials could lead to business

Cheap money and materials along with increased confidence in the market should fuel an increase in construction in the coming months, those in the industry said Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 23

Steamboat wins first game

Baseball team breaks 15-game losing streak

The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team snapped a 15-game losing streak on Tuesday night when they topped Battle Mountain in a 17-9 contest in Minturn.

The Record

Spring break fever

Junior leads team to victory after week-long hiatus

It took less than two minutes for Steamboat Springs High School junior Anya Allen to shake off the effects of a weeklong layoff and give her team the edge against Moffat County Tuesday.

City Council adds some boom to its budget

Dipping into their reserves, the Steamboat Springs City Council decided to add some boom to its budget.

Carwile jabs at Owens' fiscal policy

House candidate charges governor with mismanagement

House District 57 candidate Terry Carwile charged Gov. Bill Owens with "appalling fiscal mismanagement" while speaking in front of a group of more than 50 Routt County Democrats Tuesday night.

Group looks at Haven's future

Supporters exploring solutions to maintain facility

Supporters of The Haven hope recent public forums to raise awareness about Hayden's assisted-living facility will give them fresh ideas about how best to maintain its viability now and in the future.

Search for closure

Parents of missing girl lend assistance in Junction case

For Paul and Ramona Blee, helping to search for a missing Grand Junction woman and her daughter has helped the couple cope with the loss of their own daughter who vanished more than 20 years ago.

Access results in deal breaker

Lack of a secondary access in plans for an 11 single-family home development was a deal breaker for three of the seven Steamboat Springs City Council members Tuesday night.

Letter: Difference between gun and weapon

As a former officer in the Military Police Corps, who has trained soldiers on how to use a weapon, and an avid gun enthusiast and instructor who has taught the skills of shooting, I am compelled to write concerning the use of the word "weapons" in your "Women & Weapons" piece (Steamboat Pilot & Today Sunday, April 21).

Letter: A Heartfelt thank you

It has been a little more than five weeks since I experienced a very serious automobile accident and it is important to me to make a public "Thank You" to this amazing wonderful community.

Our View: Caucus works fine

Routt County's political parties held caucuses Tuesday night. The Republicans followed tradition, meeting in small groups at homes and businesses in each of the 20 precincts in the county.

Monday, April 22

DOW awaits test results

Culling efforts completed Friday

More than 400 deer and elk were killed in a five-day period in an effort by the Colorado Division of Wildlife to try and control the chronic wasting disease outbreak in Northwest Colorado.

Airport partnership applies for funding

A public and private partnership trying to improve summer and winter air service at Yampa Valley Regional Airport has submitted an application for $1.1 million to the U.S. Department of Transportat

Caucus tradition continues today

Parties will be nominating candidates

The traditional caucus system begins at the local level, in which neighborhood groups in each of the county precincts meet at residences and other community buildings to nominate delegates to vote for candidates.

Flexible scheduling gets support

Tim Bishop, principal at the Steamboat Springs Middle School, said at the board of education meeting Monday night that two students at the middle school placed in the state Anne Frank writing contest this year.

Council will discuss development

A proposal for an 11-single-family home development could draw some opposition at tonight's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting.

Back from break

Girls soccer team ready to make tourney run

After spending last week in the warmth of Honolulu, Sailor soccer player Nikki Garth returned to the practice field Monday ready for action.

High school will drop puck next year

When the phone range at 4 p.m. Monday Bill Krueger wasn't sure what to expect, but he was prepared for whatever Athletics Director Bruce Crowhurst had to say.

Routt County Births

Dylan Robert Shafer, son of Laura and Bob Shafer, and brother of Leigh Kathryn Shafer of Meridian, Idaho, was born at 8:32 p.m. March 29. He weighed 4 pounds and was 17.5 inches long. His maternal grandparents are Patricia Takmajian of Belleview, Ill. and the late Edward Takmajian. His paternal grandparents are Stanley Shafer of Lakewood, N.J. and Marie Shafer of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Sunday, April 21

C'mon, we all talk like this in Steamboat

A few of the things that must be learned to officially become a Coloradan

People up this way think I talk funny. I say ain't. I say y'all. I say gonna and c'mon.

School board will hear middle school's flexible schedule

When the Steamboat Springs Middle School's new "flexible schedule" is implemented next year, teachers should have fewer students to teach and less time restraints while teaching them.

City Council will discuss increasing water rates

A hike in water prices is up for approval at Tuesday's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting.

Animal shelter begins busy season

Two days after the ski season ended, the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter had four dogs surrendered. That's more than what it typically receives in a week.

Soccer club takes to the road

Competition helps to bring the best out of players

Roddy Beall thinks he could play soccer all day, every day, and with just four months off to play basketball, he comes pretty close.

Saturday, April 20

Women and weapons

Rifle club offers chance to learn safe, responsible gun-handling techniques

Lorna Farrow has a thing for guns. She also happens to have a thing for purple.

Squirts come back with vivid memories of Europe

They traveled thousands of miles with pins, T-shirts and hockey cards in tow hoping that they would discover that the kids of the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany shared their same love for the game of hockey.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

Winning traditions take time to build

In the world of high school sports teams are built on talent, dedication and heart.

A tough pitch

An American pastime falls by the wayside in a place named Ski Town USA

Gary Engle is from Phoenix. There, boys learn to walk, talk and play baseball.

Winning traditions take time to build

In the world of high school sports teams are built on talent, dedication and heart.

A shortage of nurses

Yampa Valley not as bad as some, but problem is expected to get worse

When Carrie Marshall graduated last May, she had her pick of jobs. While the rest of the work force was going through layoffs, Marshall got to decide which package of benefits including signing bonuses, paid moving expenses and the opportunity of quick advancement best met her needs.

High and dry

Worsening drought conditions have officials worried

Colorado may be facing one of the worst droughts in recent memory, causing concern for firefighters as well as those in farming and ranching in Northwest Colorado.

A tough pitch

An American pastime falls by the wayside in a place named Ski Town USA.

Gary Engle is from Phoenix. There, boys learn to walk, talk and play baseball.

Residents do some spring cleaning on Earth Day

Yampatika celebration offers information and fun

The Earth Day 2002 celebration Saturday at Howelsen Hill offered visitors an incentive to get their hands dirty.

Friday, April 19

High end of real estate market starting to come back

As consumer confidence continues to rebound from the effects of Sept. 11, so does the Steamboat real estate market, especially homes in the $1 million range or higher.

City, county awarded $1.2M

Howelsen jumps, fire station, fairgrounds to benefit

With $1.2 million worth of grants, Routt County was the second-largest beneficiary for the state's most recent round of Energy Impact fund grants. Routt County, which had three projects funded, came after Grand County, which received almost $1.3 million in granting for four projects.

2002 Earth Day is today

Event is designed to be informative, fun

Deborah Fuller plans on local residents taking home more than pamphlets of information from Yampatika's 2002 Earth Day. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Olympian Hall.

Recreation board get less funding than expected

Organizers of Hayden's first summer festival learned Thursday they would need to raise substantially more money than anticipated.

Yampa River Office Park to open in fall

The Commercial Property Group likes the property it is working to lease along the Yampa River Core Trail so much that it decided to move into it. In the fall when the Yampa River Office Park opens, the business plans to make the move from its Pine Grove office to the new building near the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road.

Ellen Stein leaving Ag Alliance

Ellen Stein, the executive director of the Community Agriculture Alliance, has resigned her position in order to take the helm of the non-profit Mountain Studies Institute in Silverton.

Oak Creek man sees profits in recycling computers

Stripped computer cases and dismantled circuit boards clutter the workshop attached to Gary Cruson's house in Oak Creek. These electronic skeletons are the remnants of old computers and the evidence of Cruson's new business for recycling them. In the last year, G&S Enterprises has expanded from the buying and selling of computers to the recycling and refurbishing of them.

Smartwool may lease terminal from city

The Steamboat Springs Airport may have found a financially viable way to utilize its 16,000-square-foot terminal, which has gone largely unused since commercial air service left the airport seven years ago. Smartwool is in negotiations with the city to lease about 70 percent of the terminal, Assistant City Manager Wendy DuBord said this week.

Thursday, April 18

Rejuvenate old plants by dividing and replanting

If you have an established garden with perennials, bulbs or shrubs, chances are you'll need to divide and replant some of them to control their size or rejuvenate them. After three to five years, most perennials will stop flowering and crowd themselves into an unruly mass of leaves and roots.

Battelle denies rumors of retirement

Freestyle moguler Ann Battelle has not retired, contrary to printed reports. Battelle said she has not decided to end her career but believes she might know the origin of those rumors.

Town manager given OK to resign

Oak Creek town officials Thursday evening ended more than a month of speculation about the future of the town's most controversial employee. The Oak Creek Town Board voted 6-1 to accept Town Manager Ray Leibensperger's letter of resignation.

Volleyball players gain valuable experience at tryouts

Katie Carter admits the scene is sometimes intimidating even for a confident athlete. Entering a gymnasium and seeing rows of nets poking up between swarms of other volleyball players and coaches induces both excitement and stomach butterflies.

Rash of attempted burglaries occurring in town

One successful burglary and two other attempts earlier this week have authorities cautioning residents and businesses to take extra precaution.

Probe of former DA nears end

Misuse of expense fund center of controversy

A decision on whether former 14th Judicial District Attorney Charles Feldmann misused an expense fund is expected to be made next week.

Animal shelter seeks help

Fund-raising auction benefits Humane Society services

Diane James has been working very hard to make life easier for the domestic pets in Routt County, but she has yet to see her efforts pay off.

Wednesday, April 17

Ex-inmate allegedly assaulted during extradition

Woman claims she was sexually assaulted, threatened and harassed during trip here from Nevada

A former Routt County inmate has filed a lawsuit against a Denver company claiming she was sexually assaulted and subjected to unsafe and inhumane conditions during extradition from Nevada to Steamboat Springs.

Deer, elk culling efforts continue

100 more animals have been killed this week in effort to control CWD

Division of Wildlife officials have killed about 100 deer and elk since Monday around a Routt County ranch where a chronic wasting disease outbreak has been discovered. Weather has hampered the efforts of 32 DOW agents killing deer and elk around a five-mile radius of the Motherwell Ranch, which is southwest of Hayden.

District will seek tax increase

School officials in Hayden Wednesday night gave a nod to moving forward with plans to place a property tax increase on the November ballot.

Man charged in check-forging scheme

18-year-old allegedly stole $600 from mother

An 18-year-old Kansas man has been charged with two felonies for allegedly stealing $600 from his mother in February.

Hayden won't partner with Soroco for alternative school

If the Soroco School District intends to offer its students an alternative school, it will do so without the help of the Hayden School District.

Tuesday, April 16

Hayden to decide on alternative school

Steve Jones will know soon if his district must go forward with plans for an alternative school alone.

County OKs development plan

Commissioners approve new judicial facility

Routt County commissioners finished eight months of work Tuesday when they approved a development plan for a new judicial facility.

Group looks at land swap

Partnership trying to make deal with Land Board, BLM

The Emerald Mountain Partnership has started to focus on more than 200 parcels of federal property in Routt County to determine if the land can be traded for Emerald Mountain.

Sailors go down swinging

Moffat County edges Steamboat 6-2, but local team shows improvement

The players on the Steamboat Springs baseball team kept their promise.

Hayden teacher pay may rise

Tax increase may be on horizon to make salaries more competitive

Hayden school officials may seek a tax increase to make their teachers' salaries more competitive with others in the area. Hayden School Board members said the tax increase is necessary because the district's budget is already as lean as possible. "There's no more fat to cut," board member Brian Hoza said.

Zimmerer staying on track

Despite being spring break, athlete continues to work hard

Distance runner Will Zimmerer made his way around a deserted track at Steamboat Springs High School late Monday afternoon.

Town may see arts festival

Local, regional artists will display work at Hayden event

Some people in Hayden would like to give their town a chance to host its own arts and music festival this summer.

New Nordic combined coach named

The U.S. Ski Team announced today longtime assistant coach Baard Joergen Elden has been named the new head coach of the U.S. Nordic Combined team.

Monday, April 15

Sailors hope home season ends with win

The members of the Steamboat Springs boys baseball team would like nothing better than to wrap up this season's home schedule with a win against Moffat County even if the game has to be played in Craig.

City Council president responds on impact fees

I believe that the present City Council agrees with Jim Engelken's view that growth needs to pay its own way and supports the concept of impact fees. However, a funny thing happened on the way to collecting those impact fees. Our state legislature adopted Senate Bill 15 in the second special session this past October. Senate Bill 15 cats a giant shadow on the City Council's efforts to have growth pay its own way.

TIC claims adult league crown

Company wins first basketball title after years of sponsoring team

The two-foot high trophy that is awarded to the top team in the adult division I basketball league is proudly displayed at the TIC offices this week.

Steamboat doctor's condition improves

A Steamboat Springs doctor was released from a Grand Junction hospital Monday after a motorcycle landed on him in a Sunday afternoon accident in Moffat County.

Taxpayers line up at post office

Last-minute filers find they are not alone

Having to write a big check to the Internal Revenue Service is one reason many Steamboat residents waited to the last day to send in their federal and state tax returns.

Judicial facility takes big step

County officials will look at development plan

Today, Routt County officials can take a major stride in their mission to build a new judicial facility in Steamboat Springs.

CWD outbreak confirmed

DOW must kill all deer and elk within five-mile radius of Motherwell Ranch

Colorado Division of Wildlife biologists will start an effort today to wipe out all deer and elk within a five-mile radius of a Routt County elk ranch where five deer have been found with chronic wasting disease.

Sunday, April 14

One winter in the bag and already time for another

A southern transplant sheds light on snow, winter driving and Steamboat's famous champagne powder

When we moved to Steamboat last May, someone told us we needed to give it two winters before we made any decisions on whether to stay.

Sound Off: Readers offer their views

'No' to Montessori school I'm calling about the Montessori school. I'm a concerned public school parent and I believe a public Montessori school does not belong under the same roof as Steamboat's public elementary schools.

Airport likely to be up 5,000 passengers over 2001

Five key airlines brought 27,480 passengers into Yampa Regional Airport in March, boosting ski season totals to 89,328. That number does not include any of the April flights. The March figures show YVRA is on pace to finish approximately 5,000 passengers ahead of last ski season, when the airport welcomed 83,541 passengers, December through March. Another 2,030 passengers arrived in April 2001.

Braal turns Alaskan whale charter into big business

Mike Braal is finally captain of his own boat, and the Forest Queen and the humpback whales are calling him back to Alaska for the summer. After 18 years working as a kayak guide, leading saltwater fishing trips, leading hikes through the remote Brooks Range and piloting tourists to the whale feeding grounds, Braal has launched his own business. Braal considers Steamboat Springs home. But rarely does he experience summer in the Yampa Valley.

Letter: Protect scenic views

I wish to weigh-in on Skyline Development Vista Preservation in South Routt County. The way we see it in South Routt, skylines are only a part of the factors in the overall picture involving extended mitigation measures to development of the remaining pristine vistas here.

Skiers, riders enjoy one last run

Despite high temperatures final day is festive

While standing on the top of Rainbow ski run, Andrew Schmidt may have summed up the snow conditions on the last day that Steamboat Ski Area was open.

Square Dancers preserve tradition

Feet don't sit still for long when the Green Ridge Mountaineers meet for some socializing and serious square dancing at the South Routt Community Center on Monday nights. Dresses swirl and cowboy boots keep time with the rhythm of fiddles and guitars.

Homes offer ranch living without the work

Owning a Colorado cattle ranch is a popular fantasy. But the reality is hard work and lots of it. Another alternative is to hire a ranch manager. It's a good way to go but not everyone can swing it economically. Another option is the Creek Ranch, 12 miles west of Steamboat Springs on County Road 33. A pair of impressive scribed log homes has recently come on the market at Creek Ranch.

Letter: Mallard presents a slanted view

The content of the editorial pages of your daily newspaper is commendable. By selecting a wide range of national writers from different newspapers, you have created a fine sense of balance.

Letter: Apology owed Oak Creek

Regarding your Sunday article on Cargo: It was a low-down, slanted, poor excuse for journalism. "Scum" in print.How very arrogant of the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Students showcase their talent

Christian Heritage School students from first grade through high school seniors came together Thursday to show off their talents during the Evening of the Arts.

Editorial missed the mark

Rarely in human history has mankind endured an editorial as bad as the one you wrote on impact fees and published in last Sunday's Pilot. Let's start with the statement that the city has never made a strong case for impact fees. Ridiculous. The fact is that growth does not pay its own way and that all new growth is subsidized.

Interest rate changes should not affect market

Interest rates on long-term mortgages may have increased in recent months, but local lenders said they do not think that will prevent people from buying houses in Steamboat.

Our View: Steamboat survives difficult year

The spring thaw came early to the Yampa Valley, but on the mountain's final day of skiing, there's still a base of more than 60 inches at the summit. Like everything else, the snow hung in there through a ski season that could have been a lot worse than it was.

Saturday, April 13

Children's museum closing its doors for now

The Hands-On! Children's Museum may have found a new home, pending a deal to purchase property in downtown Steamboat.

TOWN TALK: HAYDEN

The Hayden track team attended a very competitive meet at the Eagle Valley Invitational tournament last Saturday, April 6.

THE WAY IT WAS

People happy, why change?

So well pleased were the people of Steamboat Springs with the administration of their town officers that they held no election this year. Mayor Willett and the town board evidently thought that if the people wanted them to remain they must want all the appointive officers to remain also, so at the meeting of Friday night and a special meeting Monday night all town officers were reappointed and the committees were continued the same as during the previous year.

DOW, ranchers search for answers

Years ago, former biology teacher Dan Craig was thumbing through a book he used for one of his classes and came across a word he didn't know prion. "I thought I'd better find out about it," he said.

McInnis: Wildfire risk high

Wilderness, agriculture concerns tackled at town hall meeting

Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., said in a town hall meeting here Saturday that folks in Northwest Colorado should prepare for a dry summer with ample risk of forest fires.

One night stand-ups

Chris Walsh stepped up to the microphone Thursday evening with nothing to prove. He adjusted his guitar strap, cleared his throat and began to sing about love and relationships to the small crowd that gathered in the dimly lit room of Steamboat's only Internet caf

AFTER THE WHISTLE

Running at the next level

The word extreme in the world of sports elicits visions of skiers launching off the steep face of a cliff, bungee jumpers cheating death by inches underneath a suspension bridge and mountain bikers risking life and limb on the edge of a canyon wall somewhere in Utah.

Kickin' it!

Solid Steamboat team shoots down Rifle 5-0 Saturday

Progression has replaced patience as the magic word for the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team following a dominating 5-0 win over Rifle Saturday.

Cull of the wild

Efforts are expanding to curtail spread of chronic wasting disease

Residents in northwestern Colorado are going to have to get used to the fact wild deer will be killed as the Colorado Division of Wildlife attempts to control a fatal brain disease that poses numerous unanswered questions.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

Dear Bertha, My Grandfather William Bowie, who was born in 1824 and died in 1886, and Grandmother Margaret (Stuart) Bowie, who was born in 1829 and died in 1895, were the parents of 13 children six of which died at ages ranging from 1 to 9 years, leaving who reached adulthood as follows: Jean, married a Caldwell, had three children: two sons, raised by their father, daughter Jean born prematurely at less than 2 pounds. Mother Jean died with baby Jean's birth.

ENERGY EXPRESS

Fitness tips for the new season

Spring has sprung. The birds are singing. The flowers are blooming. It's time for new growth, new beginnings and a renewed commitment to your own health and wellness. Your family's, too.

ROUTT COUNTY SPOTLIGHT

Candice Lombardo

Candice Lombardo Age: 28 Occupation: Curator of the Tread of Pioneers Museum Place of birth: Louisville, Ky.

Friday, April 12

Man trying to build bridges

Harvard professor addresses violence and terror

The individual difference people see between each other may be more imagined than real, but is a precursor to justify violence and conflict between cultures, races and other groups. This was an issue addressed by Dr. Hugh O'Doherty at a forum Friday.

Man denies running up bill

A 30-year-old Hayden man faces felony charges for allegedly racking up a $2,000 telephone bill for a family who took him in by surfing an adult Web site.

No action taken on town manager

Leibensperger's resignation still up in the air in Oak Creek

The Oak Creek Town Board's deadline for accepting or rejecting Town Manager Ray Leibensperger's resignation came and went Friday.

Thursday, April 11

Volleyball giving teens recognition they deserve

The cell phone signal crackles as Katie Carter and Allison Griffing roll across the Kansas plains, talking about the sacrifices they have made.

New Town Board gets down to business

In the town of Oak Creek these days, breaking up is hard to do and harder to mend. Oak Creek Town Manager Ray Leibensperger would like to resign, but for now, he cannot legally quit his position at Town Hall.

Bill would aid rural health care

McInnis introduces plan to bring relief to some agencies

Legislature introduced by Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., could bring some much-needed Medicare relief to the local Visiting Nurse Association and other rural health-care agencies in Colorado.

Mobile home owners' application tabled

The residents of Hilltop Homes could very well be creating Steamboat's first model for owning affordable homes and land in mobile home parks.

SSWSC athletes honored

Most of the awards that were handed out Thursday night in Olympian Hall had nothing to do with results but everything to do with honoring the characteristics that make winners.

Home-opening win

Girls lacrosse team posts 10-5 victory over visiting Ralston Valley

The Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team opened its home season with a 10-5 victory over Ralston Valley behind a solid first-half performance and a dominating offensive display from senior Lauren Baumann.

Autopsy results released on ski death

Autopsy results have revealed a Texas woman died in February because of a ruptured bowel sustained while skiing at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Chix place 4th overall at state tourney

Beating Breckenridge 2-1 in the opening game of last weekend's state hockey tournament at South Suburban Ice Arena was just what the sixth-seeded Steamboat Chix with Stix were hoping for.

Amending soil benefits plants

As a budding potter, I've recently developed a fond affinity for clay. However, as a gardener, I have little affection for clay when weeding, digging planting holes and coaxing seeds to root in this impervious material.

Chamber supports grant plan

Transportation group seeks funds to aid YVRA jet service

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association has endorsed a plan to seek grant funding to bolster the resort's winter airline program as well as initiate summer jet service between Houston and Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Ranchers may shape policy through survey

Ranchers in Routt and Moffat counties are being given the chance to offer opinions about public policy issues shaping the industry through a Colorado State University survey.

Craig men face drug charges

Two Craig men face felony drug charges after authorities allegedly seized two pounds of marijuana and $1,500 in cash during a traffic stop late Monday night.

Conflict resolution, terrorism on the agenda at forum today

Understanding the roots of terrorism and learning how to intervene in conflicts on an international or local level is something all local residents can learn during a lecture by Dr. Hugh O'Doherty from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Steamboat Grand.

Wednesday, April 10

Mapping program takes students into the wild

Partnership helps to build increased awareness of surroundings

Mari Mahanna is not an English teacher. But she does want her students to understand the difference between a noun and a verb.

Hockey decision looms

Whether Steamboat Springs High School gets team will be decided by Friday

A decision on the future of high school boys hockey in Steamboat Springs is expected by Friday, High School Principal Dave Schmid said.

Wilderness debate likely topic at McInnis' town meeting

A visit from Congressman Scott McInnis Saturday might add fuel to the dying flame of the wilderness debate, an issue that has ignited residents of Moffat County and the city of Steamboat Springs in the past seven months.

Child-care providers honored

Local educators receive money from grant foundation

In its first round of granting, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation gave more than $20,000 to 18 child-care providers last Saturday.

Planning Commission revisits CD Code

As the weather warms, the city's Planning Commission will get the chance to do some spring cleaning.

Local teen's wish may come true

Hockey player gets chance to show his talent in exhibition

For the past 10 years, local hockey player Dusty Henning has waited for the day he would be noticed.

Hayden official stepping down from post

During his two terms with the Hayden Town Board, Jim Haskins learned to appreciate the expertise each trustee brought to the table.

Forest Service announces beetle-suppression plan

The spruce beetle epidemic is expected to swell this summer, but the U.S. Forest Service is planning an aggressive approach to protect certain areas of the Routt National Forest.

Ceremony honors heroes

In a moving ceremony Wednesday morning, four New York City firefighters raised the American flag at a memorial between Strawberry Park Elementary and Steamboat Springs Middle schools. "It's really touching," said Ariel Tredway, a sixth-grader. "(The New York firefighters) taught us to live through this."

Mayor, trustees to be sworn in

The new mayor and trustees of Oak Creek will take their posts tonight.

Tuesday, April 9

2 more deer test CWD-positive

Wildlife officials will kill more deer this week now that two more tests have come back positive for chronic wasting disease.

CWD prompts officials to kill hundreds of deer

Sixteen Colorado Division of Wildlife agents on Monday began killing hundreds of deer in the vicinity of a Routt County elk ranch where one of the animals tested positive for chronic wasting disease. Using a helicopter, agents started shooting mule deer within a five-mile radius of the Motherwell elk ranch, which is about three miles east of Pagoda in southwestern Routt County. Up to 300 deer around the 2,000-acre ranch may be killed.

A team effort

Girls soccer team blanks Alexander Dawson in 5-0 contest

After Tuesday night's 5-0 win over Alexander Dawson, the members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team headed to Pisa's to celebrate as a team.

Baseball squad falls to Huskies

Steamboat Springs' baseball coach believes a losing attitude can become contagious, something he saw evidence of in his team's 11-0, five-inning loss to previously winless Battle Mountain Tuesday.

Triathlon celebrates spring

Organizers of the inaugural Steamboat Springathlon are touting Saturday's multi-event race as fun for lovers of both winter and spring sports.

Discolored tap water could occur as city flushes hydrants

Steamboat Springs residents might see a slight rust color in their water in the next month, but City Water Department officials said there is no reason for concern.

Fire Council may break into two entities

Routt County's Wildland Fire Council would split into two groups under a proposed memorandum of understanding that will be presented to the council today.

Solandt Hospital gets historical recognition

The historical building that has overlooked the town of Hayden for 80 years will stand for another 80 years thanks to the efforts of people who wanted to see it preserved.

Hardcourts open for play

The sun was shining brightly Tuesday morning as four giddy women took to the outdoor courts at the Tennis Center.

Golden outplays lacrosse team

Steamboat Springs goalkeeper Kelly Asbury had 13 saves in last Saturday's lacrosse game against Golden, but it just wasn't enough.

Journey of a lifetime

Trio returns from European educational experience

Three Hayden High School students came home last Tuesday with a new appreciation for their studies.

Council moves July 4 concert

Music festival will now be held at Tennis Meadows

While noise complaints were the main reason for moving Steamboat's July 4 music festival, little noise was made at Tuesday night's City Council meeting reviewing the venue change.

Committee to look at impact fee alternatives

Despite questions over clarifying the current impact fee ordinance, the Steamboat Springs City Council agreed Tuesday night to create a committee designed to find alternatives to it.

Owens addresses CWD

Gov. Bill Owens promised Northwest Colorado officials that the state would take an aggressive approach to dealing with chronic wasting disease. Owens and top officials from the state Division of Wildlife, Department of Agriculture and Department of Natural Resources flew into Yampa Valley Regional Airport Tuesday to meet with Routt and Moffat county officials, representatives from Hayden and Craig, local ranchers and business owners who rely on hunting.

Monday, April 8

Owens visits Hayden

Governor will meet with local officials to discuss CWD

Gov. Bill Owens will make an appearance in the Yampa Valley today to discuss the creation of task force to address chronic wasting disease and meet with local officials about the problem.

Craig woman wins hospitality award

Martinez honored for dedication to job, willingness to help others

Eufemia "Pema" Martinez and her husband Crispin are going to take a little trip to Miami Beach in the near future.

Officials consider bond issue

Routt County officials are leaning toward seeking $9.9 million in general obligation bonds to build a new courthouse in the November election.

Routt County officials are leaning toward seeking $9.9 million in general obligation bonds to build a new courthouse in the November election.

Sunday, April 7

New York comes to Steamboat

Firefighters, police officers get mountain retreat

One's hometown meant little to the public servants who gathered Sunday evening at Olympian Hall.

What was, what is and what might have been

Intrawest just missed acquiring Steamboat in 1997

The irony didn't escape Tim Mueller late last week. Five days after American Skiing Company backed out of its deal to sell the Steamboat Ski Area to Mueller's Triple Peaks group, the Burgess Creek chairlift broke down.

Saturday, April 6

Forum focuses on leadership roles

Participants learn value of trusting others while accepting opposing viewpoints

Some local members of the Rocky Mountain Chapter who are participating in the Amer-ican Leadership Forum are hoping they can end the days of assuming that leadership is defined by a person's position rather than their actions.

Steamboat's Ramsay takes first in 1,600

Area athletes fare well at Eagle Valley High School Invitational

For the second straight week, Steamboat's Ian Ramsay turned in a mile time of 4 minutes, 55 seconds, and this time it was good enough for first place.

Dancing through the decades

Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club presented a three-day ice spectacular

Dressed in feather boas and bell-bottomed sparkling pants with hot pink sequined shirts wrapped around their waists, Elizabeth Stoll and Annie and Alley Eggleston watched Thursday's ice show dress rehearsal from Howelsen Ice Arena's bleachers.

Local parents get a lesson in Montessori education

Supporters looking to integrate method into area public schools

Supporters of Montessori education in public schools used children's building blocks Saturday to lay a foundation of parental support. The Montessori Steering Committee presented its vision for the future of Montessori education in public schools to the community.

Mass repeal

Local group wants voters to address impact fee issue

For real estate broker Norbert Turek, the prospect of forming a citizens group for impact fees has the danger of a high school girl spending hours getting ready for the prom and no one liking the dress.

'I'm not perfect'

A lengthy criminal past focuses attention on Oak Creek's new mayor

The new mayor of Oak Creek admits to using marijuana and cocaine, driving under the influence of alcohol and wrestling people who provoke her. Her police record in Routt County dates back to 1991 and includes more than a dozen arrests. Yet Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman captured 64 percent of the vote in last Tuesday's municipal election to decisively defeat incumbent Mayor Deb VanGundy.

Friday, April 5

Easter vacationers keep numbers high

With visitors still lingering in Steamboat from Easter vacation, lodging numbers continue to be strong through today but are expected to drop after the weekend.

Muellers go to court to force sale

Tim and Diane Mueller haven't given up on their bid to purchase the Steamboat Ski Area, going to court in an effort to force American Skiing Co. to honor the sale contract.

Man gets year in jail for death

Teen's best friend was killed in alcohol-related accident

The parents of John Campbell said Friday the death of their son was enough punishment for Mario Lintz, but 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson disagreed.

South Routt man charged for allegedly molesting juveniles

A 41-year-old Phippsburg man who threatened to commit suicide earlier this week has been charged with felonies for allegedly molesting two juveniles, one of which is the man's child.

Group making a difference

Parishioners off to Dominican Republic to aid community

A dozen people from local and area churches will leave Monday for the Dominican Republic with a dozen suitcases filled with donated toiletries, school supplies and clothing in addition to their own luggage.

Man pleads guilty for thefts

A 32-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces six years in prison after pleading guilty to numerous charges stemming from the theft of two Jeep Cherokees last summer.

Thursday, April 4

Group upsets Sheriff's Office

Organization's solicitation leads Warner to pull membership

The Routt County Sheriff's Office is ending a six-year relationship with a state law enforcement association because the organization has targeted county residents through telephone solicitation.

Children's museum prepares to close its doors

Employees and organizers of the Hands-On! Children's Museum want one last opportunity to give kids a chance to explore art and learn yoga, sign language and Spanish before closing its doors April 14.

District judge ready to retire

Doucette says he will not seek another term on bench

The chief judge in the 14th Judicial District is calling it quits after 22 years on the bench.

Coach hopes boys lacrosse team will build off win on road trip

The members of the Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team will hit the road this weekend for the final trip of the regular season.

Chix headed to state tourney

The members of the Chix with Stix women's hockey team will put their season on the line this weekend during the State Tournament in Denver.

New York heroes to visit town

Firefighters, police will be on hand at dedication ceremony in school courtyard

Two days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the students at Strawberry Park Elementary School gathered around the school's flag flying at half-staff and honored the lives lost. On Wednesday, the students will return to the same flagpole to hang a new flag one that is five times the size of the flag that flew Sept. 11.

A natural for Routt County

Grow succulent sedums in your sandy soil

If you are looking for easy care perennial plants for your Steamboat garden, sedums are a great choice. Sedums are succulents: plants that hold water in their leaves and stems. This is how they adapt to our dry conditions in Routt County.

Wednesday, April 3

Group tests negative for CWD

The results of lab tests on the first 86 of 300 deer destroyed near Pagoda this week have come back negative for chronic wasting disease. Colorado Division of Wildlife Officer Dan Prenzlow broke the news to almost 100 people who packed into a meeting room at Yampa River State Park west of Hayden Wednesday night.

Hot springs' route gets chained

New restrictions will apply whenever snow is on road

Because authorities are experiencing an increase in traffic and accidents on County Road 36, Routt County is changing its restrictions for the road that leads up to Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

Airport looks for city's help to buy adjacent land

A month after the City Council voted to lease land to a developer to build hangars at the Steamboat Springs Airport, it is being asked to show another sign of commitment this time to the tune of $33,000.

Seminar addresses girls' issues

Eighth-grade girls in Steamboat Springs will get the opportunity to glimpse what is ahead of them at the "Girls to Women, Women to Girls" seminar Tuesday at the Steamboat Grand.

A time to give back

Students come to aid of house fire victim

While the eighth-grade girls at Steamboat Springs Middle School participate in career day Tuesday, their male peers will undertake a different, but no less important, pursuit.

Top riders ready for Challenge

The 600-foot-long tunnel of snow that put the word "super" into superpipe in Steamboat Springs will offer some of the best riders in the world one last chance to soar this Sunday.

Stanford eyeing lofty goals for season

Jenni Stanford is hoping to reach new heights as a member of the Steamboat Springs High School track team this year, and she got off to a good start in Brighton last weekend at the Mercury Classic.

Indoor arena may be ready for fair

With a $300,000 grant recently awarded to Routt County, officials are optimistic a multipurpose building will be ready for the 88th Routt County Fair in August.

Tuesday, April 2

City Hall to get needed repairs

Council approves $635,000 to fix roof and make other improvements

At Tuesday night's City Council meeting, City Manager Paul Hughes showed pictures of water-stained ceiling tiles, trash cans collecting water dripping through the roof and a saturated carpet near a city official's computer.

Officials work to contain CWD

2nd case of disease in county confirmed; 3rd suspected case is negative

Lou Wyman sat on his porch Tuesday afternoon as a helicopter swirled overhead and Colorado Division of Wildlife agents took aim at deer on his ranch.

Town mixes old with fresh faces for board

It was anybody's race to win Tuesday night. And everybody knew it.

Ranch's plans prompt neighbors' concerns

When John de Wardt purchased his house on Glacier Ridge, he was lured by the almost15 acres of open space that sat beneath it.

Burgess Creek closed

Bearing problem reason for lifts early closure

The ski season has come to an early end for the Burgess Creek chairlift.

Incumbents, Schminkey elected to board

Joe Schminkey joined two incumbents on the Hayden Town Board leaving Andrea Hayden on the outside after all the votes were counted in Tuesday's election.

Joe Schminkey joined two incumbents on the Hayden Town Board leaving Andrea Hayden on the outside after all the votes were counted in Tuesday's election.

Yampa re-elects mayor, trustee

Two veterans in Yampa town government return to their posts today.

VanGundy defeated as mayor

Rodeman handily wins seat

After weeks of defending her actions to the town and supporting the decisions of the old Town Board, Deb VanGundy can finally take a time out.

Monday, April 1

CWD prompts officials to kill hundreds of deer

Published April 2, 2002

Sixteen Colorado Division of Wildlife agents on Monday began killing hundreds of deer in the vicinity of a Routt County elk ranch where one of the animals tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

Oak Creek voters get full ballot

Oak Creek voters face a loaded ballot today.

Oak Creek voters face a loaded ballot today. Unlike previous municipal elections that yielded low voter turnout and small candidate fields, today's election boasts nine candidates for the Oak Creek Town Board and two candidates for mayor.

Four candidates seek three seats in Hayden

Four candidates are running for three open seats on the Hayden Town Board in today's election.

Four candidates are running for three open seats on the Hayden Town Board in today's election. Newcomers Andrea Hayden and Joe Schminkey will appear on the ballot today with incumbents Tim Frentress and Chencho Salazar.