Stories for August 2002


Saturday, August 31

Steamboat scores on ACT

Local results higher than state, national averages

Steamboat Springs High School's Class of 2002 scored higher than the state and national averages on their ACT scores.

ENGAGEMENT: Ernst and Olden

Mr. and Mrs. Lester and Julie Ernst of Pelzer, S.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Brenda Lea, to Jason Olden, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom and Linda Olden of Colorado Springs.


Autumn is approaching fast. Down the valley, there are already bits of yellow among the aspen and cottonwoods, most of the hummingbirds are gone south to the Gulf of Mexico. Buttons is taking his cattle out, the smoke from the forest fires is still with us, but the fishing is still good.


Joel Wixson recently enjoyed a trip to Germany, where he visited a friend. He will be attending Colorado State University this year.

WEDDING: Acker and Lannin

Lynn Acker, daughter of Wally and Jan Acker of Steamboat Springs, and Josh Lannin, son of Duffie Lannin and the late Jeff Lannin of State College, Pa., were married June 23, 2002, at Lionscrest Manor in Lyons.


Big Labor Day at Oak Creek

For the past 10 years, Oak Creek has had a big celebration on Labor Day, but there is no question that the entertainment provided this year made the 1921 holiday observance the best yet. The program occupied three days, beginning Saturday morning and continuing until Monday night.


How time does fly! I have totally lost track of what I have or haven't told you, regarding conditions and activities at the S Bar S Ranch. Well, I'll make a few notes to bring you up to date (without details).

The road less taken

Couple enjoying retirement after embarking on new life in comfortable fifth-wheel

Richard and Marilyn Sanford always knew they weren't meant to spend their entire lives in a three-bedroom ranch home in Lakewood. Just the same, they probably could not have predicted 25 years ago that during their retirement years, home would be wherever they parked their RV.

CU, CSU rivalry overrated

So what is all the hype about? For more than a week, I've had to listen to, read and think about the Rocky Mountain Showdown. The football game pits the University of Colorado's Golden Buffaloes (applause and cheers) against that other team, the Colorado State Rams (boos and jeers) in the biggest interstate clash of the year at Invesco Field (I hate that name).

Steamboat sends strong message to Western Slope

On Friday night, in this mountain town, the Steamboat Springs Sailors gave the Western Slope League something to think about.

Soroco slips, 27-3

Soroco coach Gary Heide isn't giving up on his young team, and he's hoping they feel the same after a 27-3 loss to Rifle's junior varsity squad Saturday evening in Oak Creek.

High hopes

Bowhunting season opened Saturday, just five months after chronic wasting disease was discovered in deer on a ranch in Routt County.

Letters to the Editor

Conservation needed

Sound Off

Keep character of town

Teachers, agency leaders say a diversified community must learn to live together

It's Monday night in the basement at the Center of Craig, and Sandra Duarte is teaching a group of students the alphabet.

Major festival may be ahead

Groups look to set up Labor Day event

If Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. achieves its goals, next year Steamboat Springs will host a major Labor Day music festival.

A last-ditch effort

Buyers get much-needed commodity at hay auction

It was a seller's market, but for many who came to Saturday's hay auction, it was "buy now or not at all."

Obituaries for Sept. 1, 2002


Oak Creek Labor Day Schedule of Events

Oak Creek Labor Day Schedule of Events

Christian Heritage School goes state-of-the art

The Christian Heritage School will begin the school year with new state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities.

Friday, August 30

Development draws more critics

County Planning Commissioners to oppose Elkins Meadow

Routt County Planning Commission members will oppose the development of Elkins Meadow during Tuesday's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting.

Steamboat upsets Sierra

Sailors prove themselves with 35-34 win

Sometimes guts and heart can't get it done. On Friday, they carried the Steamboat Springs football team to a 35-34 victory over a larger, more powerful Sierra squad in the 2002 season opener.

Hahn's Peak trail debated

Residents propose new way to connect state park with forest

Hahn's Peak Village homeowners are proposing a different location for a trail that would give outdoor enthusiasts direct access from Steamboat Lake State Park to the Routt National Forest.

Ski Corp. projects under way

Work ongoing to improve snowmaking in Bashor Bowl

The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. has contracted with a designer to give its largest on-mountain dining facility a new look. And visiting skiers will have the chance to view material boards this winter.

Thursday, August 29

Oak Creek gears up for events

Annual Labor Day celebration kicks off Saturday morning

They say it every year, but this is really the year, Deb VanGundy said. The Labor Day committee is calling it quits.

Big game, big weekend

Soroco excited to open season over holiday

It's a big weekend in Oak Creek, and the Soroco football team is ecstatic to be a part of the festivities.

A town without police

Last Oak Creek officer quits force

Oak Creek has lost the only member of its struggling police force. Officer Kelbey Kenney walked into the convenience store and gas station where Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman works Wednesday afternoon and slid his badge across the counter.

Residents show thanks to Mt. Zirkel firefighters

Temperatures don't deter ice cream fans

Thursday evening might have been more reminiscent of hot chocolate weather, but it didn't deter 800 people from digging in to a dessert more suited to hot summer days.

Airport authority preferred

Officials lean toward drawing variety of area members

City and county officials prefer the creation of an airport authority, rather than a rural transportation authority, to oversee the Steamboat Springs and Yampa Valley Regional airports.

Consumer survey targets spending habits

Business leaders here are trying to paint a clearer picture of locals' spending habits and how much of their hard-earned cash they spend elsewhere.

Variety of visitors coming

Pro bull riding event drawing tourists in

One standard measurement of Steamboat's resort economy indicates weekend tourism might be down. But the "hat factor" says Sunday's Rockin' Roundup Pro Bull Riding Classic will draw from a broad spectrum of visitors.

Officials seek public comment on charter school

The District Accountability Committee, a Steamboat Springs School Board subcommittee, will hold public meetings at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 at the community center to discuss the Montessori charter school application.

Hay auction to unite hay growers, buyers

Agriculture agencies will attempt to connect those who have hay to sell with those who desperately need it this weekend.

Hayden wins

Tigers' Whiteman has 130-yard game

Not that Hayden sophomore Cam Whiteman's 130-yard rushing performance can solely be attributed to finding shoes that fit, but getting rid of his tiny turf shoes and replacing them with cleats that let his toes move didn't hurt.

Pink and purple flowers in the garden

Some varieties can be enjoyed from June to mid-September

The colors pink and purple are not only for little girls' ribbons and dresses. They also illuminate gardens throughout the summer.

Wednesday, August 28

Yampa fishing ban lifted

River was off limits for 45 days

Patient trout fishermen have been cleared to go back in the water.

Rams, Tigers open volleyball season

Soroco opens its volleyball schedule tonight, while Hayden takes to the road for the Moffat County Tournament this weekend, as both programs begin the 2002 season with hopes of postseason play.

Young guns ready for action

They are the butt of inside jokes around the bucking chutes.

Role of the underdog

Undersized, undermanned Sailors look to upset Sierra in Friday opener

The members of the Steamboat Springs football team know prized cinema.

Officials testing birds for West Nile Virus

Routt County officials are testing dead birds to determine if the West Nile Virus has moved west across the Continental Divide.

Green Creek containment delayed

Officials hope to have fire under control by Friday

The 4,400-acre Green Creek fire has not been fully contained, fire officials said Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 27

Man charged with harassing nanny

A Steamboat Springs man faces several charges after his nanny accused him of propositioning her for sex and threatening her if she reported him.

Ford, Johnson

Jarrod Ford, a bull and bareback rider from Greeley, took the top all-around cowboy honors for the season at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, while Wyoming cowboy Chet Johnson swept the saddle bronc awards.

Are you ready for some football?

Hayden opens 2002 season at 7p.m. Thursday

First it was those darned bulls. Then a four-wheeler got him. But Allan Lighthizer is finally ready for some football.

County's child-care evaluated

Grant will help identify areas that need improvement

First Impressions of Routt County is evaluating Routt County's child-care facilities to identify areas that need improvement and help facilities implement those improvements through an Educare Colorado Grant.

Aiport authority questions loom

City Council, County Commissioners will study options

The County Commissioners and Steamboat Springs City Council will meet Thursday to decide the future of an airport authority.

A morning on the front lines

Firefighters from across North America rise early to battle Steamboat's wildfires

Roll call begins at dawn for the men and women whose workplace lays somewhere in and around 36,000 acres north of Steamboat Springs

Monday, August 26

Ski area honors Thayer in preparation for anniversary

January will mark resort's 40th year in business

The late Carl Howelsen stunned a crowd of Steamboat Ski Area pioneers Monday by showing up for a luncheon speaking engagement at Hazies restaurant atop Thunderhead.

Drier conditions fuel activity

Smoke reported to the north and south of Steamboat

Smoke was visible to the north and south of Steamboat Springs Monday, as drier conditions fueled increased fire activity.

Green Creek fire doused

Relief arrived from the air Monday to help firefighters wrap up containment efforts on the Green Creek fire.

Sunday, August 25

Green Creek fire nears containment

Helicopters continue dumping water on blaze

Helicopters were sent to help extinguish the Green Creek fire Sunday in an effort to fully contain the fire by today.

Local students go back to school

It's Sandy Conlon's 42nd year of school, but she admits to still getting excited for the very first day.

The changing times of Steamboat's affordable housing

The winter of 1978-79 was nothing compared to the challenges of today

Rental housing was tough to come by in Steamboat Springs in the winter of 1978-79.

Saturday, August 24

Yampa Valley Partners preparing Community Indicators

Change is plain to see throughout Northwest Colorado. Quantifying that change and its impact on the residents of the region is another matter.

The Great Divide Editor's Note

About this Series

Steamboat Springs has one of the highest housing costs in the nation, yet the average wage is below state average. At some point, most families have to make a decision Can we afford to live here?

Part 8: Readers offer their thoughts on housing

I'm calling just to commend you on your series "The Great Divide Housing in Steamboat Springs." I'm a 12-year homeowner in Steamboat proper and a year-round resident and I've lived here for 15 years. The series of articles have been excellent. I just wanted to commend you on the poignancy and let you know that you are doing a great job.

Sagewood offers deal for nonprofit, government workers

Five lots in Hayden's Sagewood subdivision are designated for special financing to government and nonprofit employees.

Water District could hold up co-housing project

Members of the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission praised the concept behind the planned River Place co-housing project, but said there are technical details that must be addressed.

Officials look to improve airport terminal

A new, $23 million passenger terminal is not in Yampa Valley Regional Airport's foreseeable future.Members of the airport advisory board began coming to terms with that last week during a tour of the facilities.

Our View: Take steps now on affordable housing

For the past eight weeks, the Steamboat Pilot & Today has invested a significant amount of time and resources researching affordable housing in Steamboat Springs. This is a complex issue and it is not new. It's something others have been trying to solve for years, and we are not so na as to presume we could solve it in two months.


Mr. and Mrs. Casey Rolando and daughters were in Denver the fore part of the week where Kelsey received medical attention.

WEDDING: Feucht and Pelletier

Sean Pelletier of San Diego, Calif., and Jennifer Feucht of Lewiston, Idaho, were wed on April 15, 2002.


Dear Friends, Halden, Well, Clyde, I'm glad you liked the history of our footlog. Fred had suggested I send the footlog story, as he thought you'd like it. And, yes, you're right about not being bothered with many salesmen.

IN THE SERVICE: Casey L. Estes

Air Force Airman Casey L. Estes has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.


Oh me! What a miserable day was Sunday. The forest fires have taken off again, and the air is free of smoke, and the wind has been blowing real hard. How disturbing it is to go out in the evening and see the fires blazing high up on the mountains east of here.

Sailors excited about season

Soccer practice was scheduled to end early for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School boys team Wednesday.

ENGAGEMENT: Brown and Kindred

Brad and Cheryl Kindred announce the marriage of their son, Mr. Graham Kindred, to Miss Laurie Brown, daughter of Tim and Kathryn Brown of Bayou Corne, La.

Fall is here

Someone was trying to send me a message the other night.

Steamboat struggles at tennis meet

For many of the younger players on the Steamboat Springs boys tennis team, they've watched those Sailors that came before them play a similar schedule with much success.

Ski the dunes

Great Sand Dunes National Monument: An exotic skiing destination

Even in a drought year, adventurers in Colorado can be assured of the opportunity to go cross country skiing and snowshoeing all 12 months of the year. Snowboarding is also a possibility. That is, as long as you don't mind getting sand in your shoes.

Soroco Rams bound by commitment

South Routt players expect opponents to underestimate them

The rally cry for Soroco's 2002 football season is commitment.

Hayden takes on tough schedule

Bubba wasn't too happy.

A lifetime of service

Soroco's Bob Johnson dedicates life to helping youngsters attain dreams

Bob Johnson was 26 years old when he moved to Oak Creek.

OBIT: Jane Roseth Basaraba

Jane Roseth Basaraba 1943-2002 Jane Roseth Basaraba of Atlanta, Ga., passed away Aug. 6, 2002, after a brief hospitalization. A memorial service was held Aug. 10 at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta with David Carr officiating. Jane was born Feb. 18, 1943, in Aberdeen, S.D., and spent her early years in Underwood, N.D.

Sailors look to gain experience

Loss of 17 seniors has left Steamboat shorthanded

Steamboat football players Will Zimmerer, Joel Adams and Patrick Rogers stink.

SOUND OFF for Aug. 25

Series excellent I'm calling just to commend you on your series "The Great Divide Housing in Steamboat Springs." I'm a 12-year homeowner in Steamboat proper and a year-round resident and I've lived here for 15 years. The series of articles have been excellent. I just wanted to commend you on the poignancy and let you know that you are doing a great job.


A bad decision I would like to thank the City Council for making yet another decision for the rest of the town. For the past couple of years, many locals (so many more than the majority of the City Council) and apparently 11,000 others (this year) from out of town have looked forward to and attended the String Cheese Incident. Apparently we will not ever again.

Schools prepare for first day

Steamboat Springs teachers look forward to new changes

Getting the Steamboat public schools ready to open their doors for the first day of school Monday has been no easy task for teachers and support staff.

Part 8: Our View

It's time to act

For the past eight weeks, the Steamboat Pilot & Today has invested a significant amount of time and resources researching affordable housing in Steamboat Springs.

Behind the Heads: What is the future of Steamboat schools?

Paul Fisher, president of the Steamboat Springs School Board, discusses the educational goals of the district, standards-based education and the new support staff compensation.

Speaking the language of business

People making an effort to aid Spanish speakers in the area

When Trinidad Loya Sr. was 15, his family moved to Craig from Chihuahua, Mexico. But Loya said he wasn't excited about the move.

A new beginning

Despite Emerald City closing, youth and teen programs will continue in other places

On Saturday, Emerald City closed its doors.

Wildfires not keeping tourists away

Despite TV news coverage of local blazes, people from all over still coming to visit Steamboat area

Residents have learned to tell the difference between clouds and plumes of smoke over the past few weeks, but the difference is not always clear to tourists visiting the area.

The Great Divide: Housing Forum with video highlights

Lack of development West of Steamboat is concerning

Gather community leaders to talk about the challenge of providing affordable housing in Routt County and the discussion moves inexorably toward the dormant West of Steamboat plan. "It's an excellent plan and I think, ultimately, has a very high chance of becoming successful," land use and planning attorney Bob Weiss said this week. "Although it has been slow to be implemented, its vision is an excellent one."

Friday, August 23

Townsend offered kidney to save close friend's life

Vivian Pommier didn't plan to be in Steamboat Springs earlier this week.

Area teams take part in scrimmages

With preseason practices drawing to a close, area athletes will take to the courts and fields for scrimmages this weekend, giving coaches and players a glimpse into what facets of the game need tinkering before the opening of the official season in the coming week.

Falls race a tough one

16-mile Continental Divide Trail Run includes grueling ascent

The Fish Creek Falls trail offers locals and tourists some of the most beautiful hiking around Steamboat Springs.

Educators learn new techniques

Math teachers enjoy nine-day workshop

Through an intensive nine-day math workshop at Steamboat Springs High School, teachers discovered a new way to teach math.

Crews help residents avoid losing homes

Hand crews from Pilot Station, Alaska, arrived in Routt County a few days ago to join hundreds of other firefighters assigned to fires burning in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness. They expected to go straight to the fire lines, but fire managers had a different task in mind for the Alaskan troupe.

Fire forum today at Clark Store

Questions about the fires burning in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness will be answered today by those closest to the blaze.

Hayden chamber votes to become inactive

After three years as the president of the Hayden Chamber of Commerce, Karen Fox decided it was time to step down. She gave the board her resignation in January.

Thursday, August 22

Golf team continues tour

The Steamboat Springs boys' golf team continued their tour of Colorado's western courses with two recent tournaments in Cortez, Durango and Delta.

Oak Creek officials discuss police

It was possibly the first time the word "police" was mentioned at a Town Board meeting in the past few months without everyone present launching into hours of lengthy debate.

Properties could see drop

Lodging Barometer expected to be low

Steamboat lodging properties could see up to a 33 percent drop in business this Saturday over the same date last year.

Vitamins for your garden

How to use fertilizers to provide nutrients to your plants

As Audrey said to Seymour in the play "The Little Shop of Horrors," "FEED ME!"

Manager: Neil left because he felt threatened

Burt Stein, the manager of rock singer Vince Neil, said the performer walked out of a Steamboat Springs concert because he felt threatened by a hostile crowd.

City sees drop in sales tax revenues

With a 7 percent decrease, June saw the largest drop in city sales tax revenue in more than five years.

Michelle Shocked performing today

Folk-, blues- and rock-influenced singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked is set to perform a free concert at Headwall today.

Questions about Sundance surface

The question that faced the City Planning Commission Thursday was how much of an urban feel should the Sundance Village have.

Lodwick grabs second in Summer Grand Prix

Steamboat Winter Olympians Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane, along with teammate Bill Demong, set a competitive tone for the coming season by skating to top-10 finishes in the first Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix event Aug. 21 in Winterberg, Germany.

Euzoa appeals county's decision

Church wants to expand on Strawberry Park land

Euzoa Bible Church will ask the county a second time to approve its plans to expand.

Something's missing in 'Marriage'

There was something missing in the 7th Street Playhouse production of "Marriage is Murder," but it wasn't immediately obvious exactly where that hole lied.

A chair affair

If you think about it, the chair just might be one of the more common elements across human civilizations.

Artist shares work with others at exhibit

Like many artists, Sue Gallion first seriously drew on her creative side as a child.


Today Paul Geppert plays folk music on the patio at Creekside Caft 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 131 11th Street, 879-4925.


Independence incident

I will miss the String Cheese Incident shows next Fourth of July and I don't care if you call me a hippie. Though no one is saying so, it doesn't look like the band will ever return, which makes me feel even worse about the situation.

Band brings unique act to Steamboat

Snake Oil Medicine Show blends styles, antics

They are peace-loving anarchists; they specialize in international hillbilly music; a guy who just paints is in the band; and their guitarist and founder George Pond has a hard time remembering the late '90s.

Eagle injured after collision with cyclist

A bald eagle is in serious condition at the Colorado State University Raptor Center in Fort Collins after a motorcycle hit it early Thursday morning.

Wednesday, August 21

Agreement reduces Grand's bill

A contribution agreement proposed by Grand Summit Resort Properties has the hotel paying half of what the city originally asked to put toward improvements to Mount Werner Circle.

Deibler assumes new school post

Headmaster will lead Christian Heritage School

Christian Heritage School will start the school year with a new headmaster.

Yampa trout survival optimistic

A biologist for the Colorado Division of Wildlife expressed cautious optimism Wednesday that the trout in the town section of the Yampa River will survive this summer's drought.

Fire with fire

Officials will impart new strategy in blowdown area

Fire managers are looking at using fire to fight two fires burning more than 36,500 acres in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness.

Tuesday, August 20

O'Hara appointed to 14th District

Judge will replace retiring Doucette

Michael "Mick" O'Hara has been appointed by Gov. Bill Owens to replace retiring 14th Judicial District Judge Richard Doucette.

String Cheese will not return next year

The majority of City Council members said they were looking for a different type of crowd than the one the String Cheese Incident brought in for this year's Fourth of July.

Council won't ask for Howelsen tax

Members vote unanimously against measure

The City Council decided not to ask for a property tax supporting the Howelsen Hill Complex.

Rain brings little relief

Mount Zirkel Complex fire has grown to more than 30,000 acres

A cold front that moved through Northwest Colorado Tuesday brought rain and cooler temperatures, but only a small reprieve to the 30,000-acre fire burning in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness 25 miles north of Steamboat Springs.

Cream of crop meets at rodeo event

For the past nine weeks the top saddle bronc riders have battled for a position in the Steamboat Springs Professional Rodeo Series.

Time for tennis

Steamboat opens season at home

Ryan Zeeb and Matt Ramsey looked more like a seasoned pair than a recently formed duo with a season-opening 6-2, 6-4 victory over Niwot's No. 1 doubles team of Jason Babuska and Luke Shefield Tuesday afternoon at The Tennis Center.

Monday, August 19

Hangar construction put on hold

A hangar project expected to generate about $55,000 per year in additional revenue at the Steamboat Springs Airport is on hold because not enough of the hangars have been sold.

Rain has little impact on fire

A cold front that moved through Northwest Colorado Tuesday brought rain and cooler temperatures but no reprieve to the 30,000-acre fire burning in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness 25 miles north of Steamboat Springs.

Fires rage north of Steamboat

Popular Slavonia Trailhead consumed as Mount Zirkel blazes top 30,000 acres

A fast-moving wildfire on Monday consumed a trailhead that leads to some of the most popular hiking destinations in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness.

Council will discuss November ballot issues

By the end of tonight's City Council meeting, voters should have a good idea what to expect on November's ballot.

Hayden woman killed in accident

Truck rolled over in De Beque Canyon

Teresa Kistler, a 20-year-old Hayden resident, died in an automobile accident Sunday morning in De Beque Canyon.

Saturday, August 17

Letters to the Editor for Aug. 18

When my husband and I bought our little house here in Pleasant Valley, it was to satisfy our needs for a peaceful lifestyle among mountains, valleys and wildlife. We gave little to no thought on who our neighbors would be. An error we will never make again, should we ever have to relocate from our paradise here.

Our View: County's school fared well on CSAPs

As we have said before, standardized tests should not be the sole measure of a school's performance. Still, the scores shown by Routt County schools on the Colorado Student Assessment Program are reassuring.

Tom Ross: Owners of Trappers Lake Lodge looking to future

Stogsdills plan to bounce back from wildfire damage

When the flames roared down off of Himes Peak Friday and jumped the White River, they destroyed the historic main building at Trappers Lake Lodge, but they left Old Glory standing.

String Cheese won't be back

Council will discuss issues surrounding Fourth of July concert

Regardless of what the City Council decides Tuesday, the String Cheese Incident will not be coming back to Steamboat for the Fourth of July next year.

Area wildfires increase in size

Burn Ridge, Hinman fires grow to 17,486 acres

High winds and dry conditions increased the size of wildfires north of Steamboat in the Routt National Forest to what officials say are the worst conditions they have ever seen in the area.

State tourney on their minds

Sailors hope to rectify last season's wrong

Volleyball players aren't distance runners, so when Steamboat Springs coach Wendy Hall lined up her varsity squad for their timed mile Wednesday morning, the girls naturally wanted something to think about to pass the time on the track.

Tigers on the prowl for victories

Volleyball players have high hopes

They can sit for now.

Soroco wants to leave a legacy behind

Rams have hopes and expectations for a winning year

The smell of fresh paint still lingers in the halls. Soroco's new gym is complete, and with it is a new attitude for the Rams' volleyball program, especially for the seniors looking to leave more than their names in a paper program.

Tennis team looks to learn ropes early on

Younger players must step up after Sailors lost seven seniors

This Tuesday Jonathan Solomon and Patrick Ayers will step onto the courts at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs as teammates on the high school tennis team.

Large group expected for cross country team

Despite making appearances at the state meet the past two years, junior distance runner Tara Wernig admits she still gets a little nervous prior to a race.


The sacred sport of bowling

My co-workers think it's humors, as did many of my friends when I was growing up.

Out of the woods

Areas of Mount Zirkel Wilderness closed after wildfires blow out of control

August should be prime time for day hiking and backpacking in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness area. The mosquitoes have peaked and are in decline, the nights are cold and crisp with the promise of a meteorite shower, and the trout are slurping caddis flies with abandon. But this year is different.

Family discovering the American dream in Craig

Jaime and Maria Sandoval are on the verge of the American dream.

Part 7: Land donations aid Summit Co. efforts

By the end of September, Eric Bell will be able to look out his window, stare across Locals Lane and into the house of his friend, Gerhard "Dutch" VanAndel.

Part 7: Taxes, incentives help Aspen tackle problem

Su Simmons' lawn bursts with color. It is lined with sunflowers, hollyhocks and lupines. On her front porch is a basket of flower petals and her white Jack Russell Terrier, Dixie.

Fair day for selling stock

Janey Montieth takes Grand Champion steer title at livestock show

Chad Green's auctioneer voice repeated the numbers over, prodding people to bid higher.

Big Fish fire up to 10,000 acres

Blaze has destroyed Trappers Lake Lodge, seven cabins

A wildfire that destroyed a guest lodge and sent smoke more than 125 miles into Denver and other Front Range cities grew to 10,000 acres Saturday.

Living to teach in a small town

Educating couple finds a new home in Oak Creek

When Bobbie Stirling and Chad Holloway started to date, dozens of little faces were peering around the corner to watch.

Finding a new way to teach

New faces will line the halls of Steamboat Springs schools

Steamboat Springs High School Principal Dave Schmid spent his summer vacation hiring 15 new teachers for the upcoming school year.


How are the city's projects coming?

Besides the renovation of City Hall, the city has undertaken many other improvent projects this summer. We asked Wendy Dubord, deputy city manager, the status of the City Hall renovations and what projects the city plans to have completed this year.

SOUND OFF for Aug. 18

t's too bad Vince Neil was a twit. I almost went to the show, since it's hard to find a band that this child of the 1980s can stand to listen to that comes to Steamboat. I get tired of hearing about all these "bluegrass-electronica-ska-jazz-club-house" cover bands. Sounds like they all play the same thing. Whatever happened to YES coming as per Doug Crowl's 4-Points article a few weeks ago? Any chance some other bands someone over 35 has heard of coming to the 'Boat?


The Mission of Grace Baptist Church members hosted a going-away party for the families last Sunday.


Hello Bertha and Clyde,

Utility debate in Stagecoach

Confusion over consolidation of lots keeps property owners from building homes

Douglas Hirning just wants to build a house.


Skyler Sue Clark, daughter of Angel and Thorne Clark of Greeley, was born at 2:42 p.m. July 14, 2002.

Part 7: Ranchers feel the pressure

Agriculture operations disappear as ranching profits dwindle and demand for land rises

Hazel Wheeler bought a ranch in Routt County with her late husband Dean in 1954. When her husband died, she divided the 428-acre ranch among her three children.

Yampa View offers affordability

Bear River Realtor Jack Giessinger says Yampa View Estates, a 15-lot subdivision in south Hayden, is "definitely affordable."

Part 7: A private-sector approach

Given incentives and the chance to make it pay, developers will provide affordable housing

The 29 houses at Tamarack Pointe are an example of how the private sector can try to address affordable housing, developer Michael Roberts believes.


Last week I mentioned that the hummingbirds were back in full force. Well, I was over at Brinks in Captains Cove the other evening and watched masses of them at their feeder. There must have been 20 all at once, but I couldn't count fast enough to be sure. Did you know that this is the only bird that can fly backwards?


MWH boosts role of local office

MWH, a global company offering engineering and construction services for energy, environmental and water projects, has broadened the responsibilities of its office in Steamboat Springs.


Community house for island

August 24, 1921 The committee of ladies representing the Steamboat Springs Commercial Club, appointed to undertake the construction of a community house on the island west of town, has awarded a contract to Ernest Campbell to construct the building. He offered to furnish the material and put up the structure for $500. Work will commence at once.

The hub of the community

For more than a century, the Clark Store has been an integral part of North Routt County

It's hard to drive through North Routt County without being drawn to the Clark Store. For many people, it's the ice cream that does it.

Cowboy Up

Life on the road

The wind whipped across the surface of the rodeo arena at the fairgrounds in Rock Springs, Wyo., forcing Danny Jendral to seek shelter from an approaching storm. Wind, rain and mud are as much a part of professional rodeo as fast food and Wranglers, hotels and highways. But that doesn't mean the 25-year-old skier-turned-cowboy from Steamboat Springs has to like it.

Friday, August 16

Nothing found in glider search

Report of downed object unfounded

A helicopter and a single-engine airplane were following up on reports of a downed hang glider just south of the city limits Friday night.

Big Fish fire threatens properties

1,800-acre blaze forces evacuations in South Routt

By Friday afternoon, Jayne Colley could see the flames all around her.

Smiles, steers top Friday's fair

It is hard to stay calm in a sea of chaos. It is even harder when you are holding onto an unpredictable 1,300-pound steer.

Wanted: National champs

Triple Crown players in Steamboat for a big reason

Alex Gardner picked softball over his summers 18 years ago.

Thursday, August 15

Fans get snubbed by Neil

Ex-Crue singer insults audience, leaves after 3 songs

Singer Vince Neil, who had a warrant issued for his arrest in Los Angeles last week, stiffed fans Wednesday night at a concert in Steamboat Springs after performing three songs.

Euzoa expansion denied

A local church's future plans to expand its facilities were put on hold Thursday evening.

Locals embrace home arts section of the fair

Everything from baked goods to beer entered by county residents

At the Routt County Fair on Thursday, baked goods judge Helen Stranathan was closely looking at a plate of six quick-bread muffins maybe as closely as anyone has ever looked at a plate of muffins.

Connell gets 3-year mining extension

Several landowners west of Steamboat Springs have been asking for several years if and when mining operations would ever leave their backyard.

Fall finale with favorite late bloomers

Fall is one of my favorite times to be in the garden planting some of my favorite plants like wild iris, feather hyacinth, daffodils and daylilies for next spring's show.

The Record for Aug. 16

Wednesday, Aug. 14 12:04 a.m. Three juveniles were involved in a third-degree assault in the 1200 block of Anglers Drive.


Not necessarily a social commentary

Director Nina Rogers asked herself an interesting question before she decided to cast two women as a once-married couple, introducing a same-sex marriage situation into the comedy play "Marriage is Murder": "Is Steamboat ready for this?"

'6 to 1' a prequel to '24 in 24'

The people at Ski Town Productions and Pirate Theatre have another story line brewing about life in a ski town.

Dance instructors join forces

A couple of well-known names of dance in the Yampa Valley joined forces to form a very likely partnership.

'Til death do us part

There's nothing like murder to spark some creative juices.


Today Local band 3-Wire plays bluegrass and folk music on the patio at Creekside Cafrom 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 131 11th St. Call 879-4925 for more information.

Gorgone qualifies for World Cup

It wasn't the biggest race of her career, but snowboarder Michelle Gorgone's third-place finish last Monday at the Chilean snowboard championships will earn her a spot in the World Cup opener early next month.

Hayden close to plant agreement

After weeks of struggle to fit water-treatment plant improvements within a $1.5 million budget, the town of Hayden has finally been successful.

Oak Creek teens, officials brainstorm ideas

The evening started with bickering among adults but ended with 17-year-old Sam Wisecup, president of Oak Creek's Youth Council, pounding the gavel brought to him by Mayor Cargo Rodeman and making motions like a true government leader.

Hikers rescued by Forest Service

Men in danger of Burn Ridge fire

Hank Gamble's annual camping trip in the Zirkel Wilderness with his friend, Mike Carey, and their sons, Justin, Brett and Nick, was meant to be a great outdoor experience for fathers and sons but ended shortly when Forest Service officials learned the campers were in danger of the rapidly spreading Burn Ridge fire.

For women only

Mountain bike clinic offers advantage of female instruction

Even a mountain biker of Katie Lindquist's skill consistently learns new tricks of her trade.

Wednesday, August 14

Connell, Euzoa plans on table

County commissioners will hear requests tonight

A local sand and gravel company's request that Routt County extend the operation of its mine has raised concern from nearby landowners who feel an extension could bring long-term visual impacts and increase traffic.

Sherill leads Sailors golfers

Cody Sherrill moved into his fall golfing mode early this week as he led the Steamboat Springs High School golf team at two tournaments in Grand Junction.

The Record for Aug. 15

Tuesday, Aug. 13 12:06 a.m. People being loud in the 3100 block of Columbine Drive were warned by police to keep their voices down.

Officer wants to be reinstated

Oak Creek Sgt. Dave Miller wants his job back.

Shelter policies questioned

Organization wants to save dogs from being euthanized after 21 days

The Routt County Humane Society is concerned with the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter's policy of putting animals to sleep 21 days after they are impounded.

Children's letters describe 4-H experiences

Words of thanks coincide with 100th anniversary of program

The sentences don't always flow. The spelling is a little off. And some of the handwriting is a little shaky.

Jones jumps to another second place

Clint Jones may be looking forward to winter, but you can't blame the local ski jumper for not wanting summer to come to an end.

Young riders bend poles at Routt County Fairgrounds

Gymkhana event measures trust of horse, rider

Success in gymkhana events is a measure of how much a rider trusts his or her horse. "No matter what happens, you're always supposed to trust your horse," Justine Ager of Phippsburg said Wednesday. "That's all he needs from me. You can't ever show fear to the animal you're riding."

Kickin' it

Steamboat resident earns net world championship

Instead of agreeing to play with just anyone in the doubles division at the World Footbag Championships Aug. 5-11, he waited for the perfect player to complement his game. Fortunately for Shunny, Chris Siebert became available.

Tuesday, August 13

Burn Ridge fire spreads to 50 acres

Blaze broke out Monday outside wilderness boundary

Fire crews were working Tuesday to limit the spread of the Burn Ridge fire to the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area about 16 miles north of Steamboat Springs.

Girls with goals

Fair queen contestants hope to be role models

Hallie Shiner of Toponas and Amanda Sumerlin of Hayden completed the last event needed for the Routt County Fair queen title Tuesday at the Hayden fairgrounds. But the two girls will have to wait until Sunday to find out who will be queen.

Recycling event a big success

1,500 to 2,000 pieces of computer equipment turned in

About 45,000 pounds of computer equipment never made it to the Milner Landfill last month.

City, Steamboat II reach an agreement

Move negates need for court hearing

The city of Steamboat Springs and Steamboat II Metropolitan District have reached a tentative agreement in a dispute over water tap fees, negating the need for a court hearing today.

Monday, August 12

Polling places open at 7 a.m. today

Many races will be uncontested

People who wish to vote in today's primary elections can cast ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at one of 20 polling places in the county.

City, Steamboat II in water battle

If negotiations cease, court hearing may be held

The city of Steamboat Springs could be going to court Wednesday in hopes of collecting more than $400,000 in fees from the Steamboat II Metropolitan District.

District judge reviews are in

Thompson receives 'do not retain' recommendation

The district judge in the 14th Judicial District was one of two judges in the state to receive a "do not retain" recommendation in an independent evaluation of 104 trial and appellate judges and justices seeking retention in the Nov. 5 general election.

Steamboat couple takes championship

This is Janis and Bill McGinnis first summer in Steamboat Springs.

Jumpin' Jones

Steamboat ski jumper takes second place in Germany

Almost as soon as he got off the plastic surface of the ski jumping hill in Germany, Steamboat Springs special jumper Clint Jones was on the phone to his dad, Glenn, with the good news.

City reaches agreement with Triple Crown

The city has reached an agreement with Triple Crown that would have the city presenting a plan 18 months from now adding additional baseball fields.

Suspect sought in sexual assault

Man forced victim into car outside Ski Time Square tavern

Police are asking for help in finding a suspect in the sexual assault of a Steamboat Springs woman earlier this month.

Firefighters return to Green Creek

Lightning ignites small blaze in North Routt County

Alert members of the public helped firefighters respond quickly to a trio of small forest fires in North Routt County late last week. The fires were surrounded and extinguished before they could grow to more than an acre in size.

Steamboat schools rank among state's best

The Steamboat Springs School District is considered one of the highest performing school districts in Colorado according to the accreditation report prepared by the Colorado Department of Education.

District judge reviews are in

Thompson receives 'do not retain'

The district judge in the 14th Judicial District was one of two judges in the state to receive a "do not retain" recommendation in an independent evaluation of 104 trial and appellate judges and justices seeking retention in the Nov. 5 general election.

Sunday, August 11

Tom Ross: Time to update some rock lyrics

I have a new party game to introduce to you this week. It's called, with sincere apologies to Barry Manilow, "I Write the Songs that Make the Whole World Gray."

Judicial evaluations due today

Commission votes not to retain one area judge

A local commission charged with evaluating the performance of three judges in the 14th Judicial District is recommending one of those judges not be retained in the Nov. 5 general election.

Routt County Fair rolls on

The conditions were fit for neither man nor beast Sunday afternoon. Participants in the Open Horse Show at the Routt County Fairgrounds tried not to wilt under the seething sun as they waited for their name to be called.

Access is on private property

Cross Mountain story inadvertently advocated trespassing

An article that appeared on the Outdoor page of the Aug. 4 Steamboat Pilot & Today, gave hikers bad advice about accessing Cross Mountain Canyon in Moffat County. The text of the article inadvertently advocated trespassing on private property.

Saturday, August 10

Reading, writing y matemcas

Craig caters to Spanish speakers

Editor's note: The following is the third story in a six-part series examining the impact of a growing Spanish-speaking community in Moffat County. It will look at social ramifications from those on both sides of the issue.

Franks wins Denver tourney

Golfer heads to Junior Golf Association event

Local golfer Jeff Franks will head to the Colorado Junior Golf Association's tournament of Champions this October thanks to a victory last week in Denver at the Denver Country Club Invitational.

Town Talk: Oak Creek/Phippsburg

Slammers' winners The Grand Slammers met July 26 at the home of Sandy De Ganahl with Wanda Redmond as co-host.

Camp takes on environmental issues

Teachers hope to inspire love of outdoors in students

Alex Kumor, a middle school student from Fort Collins, watched the beads attached to her shoelaces brighten with color as she hiked up Hahn's Peak.


Honors, accolades Margaret Morgan McElhinney, a 2001 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, has been named to the dean's list at the University of Puget Sound for the spring semester 2002.

Horses showcase their stuff

88th annual Routt County Fair and Rodeo gets under way

The fair began on Saturday with the soft sounds of lost love and soon to be lost love country music pouring out of the Routt County Fairgrounds' announcer's booth. Below, in the outdoor rodeo arena, horse owners from Rifle to Newcastle, Wyo., walked their horses for the judges.


Yes, the hummingbirds are still darting around the feeders, storing up to go south soon. The grasshoppers are shredding a lot of my petunias. But one amazing thing is that while a lot of the wildflowers have been pale and puny this summer, the fireweed, now in full bloom is tall, beautiful and big. You probably know fireweed wasn't named for color, but because it is the first flower that blooms after a forest fire.


August 17, 1921 The special committee appointed by the Steamboat Springs Commercial club to assist the county commissioners in securing rights of way for Federal Aid project No. 80 up Elk River from Steamboat Springs is making considerable progress. It is now believed that the project will be carried to completion.


It's that time again

The Denver Broncos played the Chicago Bears in a preseason football game last night, ushering in another season of professional football.

Adrenaline rush

Enduro rider braves dangerous terrain for thrill of it

Haydn Fenwick used to be a BMX boy. Now he's a GASGAS 250 EC motorcycle man. But pretty much all that's changed in this Australian's life is his bike. He's always been fueled by adrenaline.

Sox advance to next round of tourney

Triple Crown World Series continues today

Based out of Rowlett, Texas, near Dallas, no one on the Lethal Mizuno Sox team was prepared for the 40-degree temperatures that greeted them Saturday morning, particularly their Dermarini bats.

Franks, Sherrill on top of game

Jason Deigert appeared ready for the transition from a full Junior Golf summer schedule to the fall high school season sitting in his Haymaker office Thursday morning.

Mayors gather at Art by the Pint

Brooks, Rodeman have longstanding ties to one another

As Oak Creek Mayor Cargo Rodeman tries to shed her bad-girl image of what some people expect from an elected official, standing next to former Georgetown mayor Koleen Brooks might not seem like the best political move. She's doing it anyway.

In perfect harmony

World-renowned musicians enjoy their 'working vacations' in Steamboat Springs

A rehearsal for a Strings in the Mountains chamber concert is part business meeting of power brokers, part team huddle and part creative discussion. But in Steamboat Springs, even the best musicians in the world are on Steamboat time.

Chews celebrating 50th anniversary

On Aug. 15, 1952, Dean Chew of Jensen married Laura Hacking of Maeser in a garden ceremony at the home of the bride's parents (the late Ferron and Louesa Hacking).

Births for the week of Aug. 11

Skyler Sue Clark, daughter of Angel and Thorne Clark of Greeley, was born at 2:42 p.m. July 14, 2002. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19.75 inches long. Her maternal grandparents are Bill and Brenda Northrop of Yampa, and her paternal great-grandparents are Dewey and Janet Williams of Steamboat Springs. Her paternal grandparents are Lou and Fleda Clark of Baton Rouge. Her paternal great-grandparents are Margaret Clark of Lompoc and Jim Phelps of Aurora and the late Carolyn Clark.

Engagement: Bohecker and Dressler

John and Beverly Bohecker of Steamboat announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori, to Jeremy Dressler, son of Boyd and Paula Dressler of Bozeman, Mont.

Building Permits

Building permits for July 22-28

Real Estate Transactions

Real Estate Transactions for the week of Aug. 2-8.

Middle Creek Village will feature 12 lots at Stagecoach

Confronted with a marketing challenge on a piece of undeveloped land near Stagecoach, Coleman Cook and his colleagues at Colorado Group Realty came up with a creative solution.

Table Rock Ranch sells for $7.5 million

Landmark Table Rock Ranch in extreme southern Routt County changed hands this month for $7.55 million.

Summer numbers help boost bus program

The winter tourism season will always claim the biggest share of ridership at Steamboat Springs Transit. But it is the summer season that has logged modest, yet steady growth while winter has chilled during three straight years of decline.

Letter: Look at consolidation closely

The City Council meeting of July 9 was most rewarding and informative about the proposed utility merger. Seven concerned residents did a very good job of exposing most of the "fish hooks" imbedded in the proposed consolidation of the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District with the city of Steamboat Springs district. As council member Steve Ivancie said, more fish hooks show up every time one re-reads the 19-page consolidation agreement.

Our View: Funding jet flights critical

Few things are as vital to Steamboat Springs as the air program, making it all the more frustrating that funding for the program can be so hard to come by.

Sound Off for Aug. 11, 2002

Opposing consolidation In regard to the consolidation of the city and Mount Werner District, I absolutely oppose the consolidation at this point in time until proper contract negotiations can be had. At this point, I would view the city's participation in the district with a grain of salt and I think the rate structure needs to be addressed. As a Mount Werner District resident, I fear the city is going to perform a hostile takeover and raise our rates outside of what we should be paying.

Part 6: The Luv Shack

Want affordable? Try living in a truck

If the American Dream is indeed to buy a home and fix it up to sell later for the purchase of a larger home again and again until you die in the biggest home you can afford, then I am on my way.

Part 6: Barriers to affordable housing

Richard Wille remembers a time when he could ride down the middle of Lincoln Avenue on his bicycle. Steamboat Springs had four stoplights, and he gave no thought to that ever changing . He never thought of leaving either.

Part 6: Land at root of housing problem

Why is housing in Steamboat Springs so expensive, and how did it get that way?


Hi, Friends Halden, It looks as though one of our fondest dreams may soon materialize. Well, within the span of a year's time, anyway. Our dream? our own automobile bridge across Elk River? Why now, when we've managed to get by for the past 10 years without? Well, yes, we have managed to "get by." But, can you imagine yourselves in our position?


Christy Rolando has resigned her position at the First Bank of the Rockies and will now be employed by Precision Excavating Inc.

Friday, August 9

Officer looks to the future

Oak Creek's Kenney glad to have support

On Friday morning, Oak Creek Officer Kelby Kenney woke up with a completely different outlook on his future than he had the day before.

Horse events kick off 88th fair

Horse and rider have the opportunity to strut their stuff at the Routt County Fairgrounds today. The Open Horse Show begins at 9 a.m. and runs until Sunday. Thirteen classes offer riders in four age divisions the chance to compete for prizes and points that qualify them for all-around honors.

Ski area sale lawsuit ongoing

Triple Peaks, ASC suit has been moved back to Denver

Triple Peaks LLC's lawsuit against American Skiing Co. hasn't been dropped. It's just taking its time finding a permanent home.

THE RECORD: Thursday, Aug. 8

12:50 p.m. Police went to the residence of an individual who had not shown up for work in a few days. They could not locate the person.

Thefts still under investigation

The thieves who broke into eight local bars in late June got away with $14,000, but local police are hoping for evidence and new leads that could help track down the assailants.

Car seat safety checks begin today at noon

Local firefighters will be on hand at a local business today to help children take a seat more safely.

Window smashed at Ninth Street pawn shop

Police were taking fingerprints and blood samples at a downtown business Friday morning after someone smashed in a plate-glass window overnight.

Thursday, August 8

A glimpse of works in progress

Studio Tour offers the chance to visit artists' workshops

Nineteen Yampa Valley artists are opening their workspaces up for the public to see where they make it happen.

Notable composer brings mix of music to town

Composer David Amram has fun as a musician and composer. In fact, it's a philosophy he's developed after influences from Jack Kerouac to Dizzy Gillespie to Willie Nelson.

Dining in Milner worth the trip

It's on the way to Steamboat during the commute from Hayden. It's only 10 minutes away from Steamboat when there are lines out the door at all the restaurants on Sunday morning, and it's the cheapest breakfast you'll find for what you get in the valley.


The meaning of community

Ahhhh, free concerts. In what may be the last bastion of funkiness in Steamboat Springs, yet another opportunity to indulge in free music from top acts occurs tonight at Howelsen Hill.

A twist of reality

Robert Dieckhoff paints some of the most distinct and popular images of the Yampa Valley

Ask Robert Dieckhoff to explain his paintings, and you'll get a variety of answers. He might go into music, comparing the joining of shapes and color in his pieces to different instruments playing notes and rhythms in the same time signature.


Today 2 Live Crew brings its raw rap and dancing act to Levelz, 1860 Ski Time Square Building E 21 and older only. Call 870-9090 for more information.

Court supporters put message in print

Supporters of a new court facility in Routt County will soon have their message in print. Routt Citizens for Safe Courts hopes a coming literature campaign educates voters about the need for a judicial facility.

Close-in bookings the trend

More visitors making last-minute arrangements

Eleven months after the fact, the events of Sept. 11 may still be impacting summer tourism in Steamboat Springs.

Today last day to vote early

Not much turnout expected for Tuesday's primary

The last day for early voting in Tuesday's primary election ends today, but party officials aren't expecting much of a response.

THE RECORD: Wednesday, Aug. 7

6:16 a.m. A welfare check was requested in the 1900 block of Ski Time Square.

Little Feat hits the stage today

Legendary rock band playing free concert at Howelsen

Little Feat makes an appearance today at Howelsen Hill as part of the free concert series, continuing the band's blues, funk and jazzy jams tradition for more than 30 years.

Officials won't dissolve police dept.

Officer Kelby Kenney stood at Thursday night's Town Board meeting with his arms crossed and his mouth shut for most of the discussion about the possible dissolution of the Oak Creek Police Department.

County Fair Schedule

Aug. 10 9 am: Open Horse Show Aug. 11 8 am: Open Horse Show

Considering a shade garden?

Beat the heat with this innovative creation

The cool and serene shade garden at Paul and Camille Fisher's home was a highlight of the Strings Garden Tour on a sizzling Saturday a few weeks ago.

Labor of love

Local teen works hard at being one of nation's soccer elite

Kelly Labor felt a little bit like an outsider as the only Western Slope member of her Colorado select soccer team, but as soon as practices with the final 18 players started, she became just another member of the team.

Wednesday, August 7

Steamboat girls compete for Miss Teen of Colorado

Three-day competition required two hours of dancing per day

The day before Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Elle Mann competed for Miss Teen of Colorado, she was asked by a woman to model clothes at a Foley's store in Denver.

Oak Creek seeks help

Town officials meet with Sheriff about law enforcement

The Oak Creek Town Board had to first overcome its own reputation before their pleas for help with law enforcement would be taken seriously.

Hockey hot shots

Finally, girls have someone to look up to

Behind Emily Elliott and Kelly Smith's facemasks is a young Tara Mounsey. Mounsey sees it. She remembers being 13 and learning hockey, but her role models were the men of the National Hockey League. Elliott and Smith admire the women of the U.S. Women's Olympic team instead.

Monday is schools' 1st day of practice

The fall sports season is fast approaching, and for those activities that have not already started, they shortly will, as Monday marks the first day of practice for most athletic teams in Routt County.

Organizers postpone bike race due to rain

This week's heavy rains forced organizers of the Town Challenge Mountain Bike series to postpone Wednesday night's event, which was scheduled to take place at Howelsen Hill.

Sherrill wins Junior City Championship

Some of his opponents might say Steamboat Springs golfer Cody Sherrill is never satisfied. Chances are, he would agree with them.

Part-time local has a 'golden' finish

Ruth Golden doesn't even want to utter the words three-peat.

Hayden teen leads by example

Allison Hall has a 4.0 grade-point average and construction skills. She probably tosses your luggage at the airport in the winter, and she will probably be making some major international diplomacy decisions in the near future.

Hayden schools begin educational campaign

When the high school social studies teacher lost his job, several community members realized something had to change.

Security is airport's top priority

Sheriff's Office drained by additional responsibility

The Yampa Valley Regional Airport is beginning to look elsewhere for their security needs.

Tuesday, August 6

SSHS grad developing Army games

Software is educational

When Evan Champlin started creating a computer game for his independent study in high school, he never thought the experience would be a springboard to receiving a job with the Department of Defense.

Sherrill takes first-round lead

Cody Sherrill set the pace during the first day of the Steamboat Springs City Junior Championships Tuesday afternoon at the Sheraton Golf Course.

Professional Bull Riders tour comes to town

Local promoter Brent Romick is hoping 10 stock contractors, 63 hard-bucking bulls and several upcoming stars on the Professional Bull Riders tour will pack the house this Labor Day weekend.

Third time's a charm

Local runner is confident she will survive this year's Leadville Trail Run

Just so race participants understand the possible dangers surrounding the Leadville Trail Run, they are forced to sign a waiver releasing race officials from any liability should an entrant suffer possible injury or death.


Our View

Time for the fair

When it comes to history and tradition, few events can compare with the Routt County Fair.

Xcel hosts power line forum

Officials want to get local input on planned route

Officials of Xcel energy are preparing a proposal to increase electrical capacity into Steamboat Springs for submission to the county Planning Department.

Teens get hands-on at camp

Students work to solve environmental issues

Camp Rocky, a weeklong event for 14- to 19-year-olds, gave students the challenge of solving the environmental problems present at a camp south of Divide.

Monday, August 5

County facing wildfire bill

Forest Service may pay part of firefighting costs

Routt County may be facing a bill for $200,000 for battling the Hinman fire, however, the U.S. Forest Service is expected to pitch in on the tab.

Transportation needs on the table

Discussion will focus on future of roads

A roundtable discussion this week will look at the challenges of keeping up with Colorado's transportation needs as the state struggles to finance road and bridge projects on a tightened budget.

Sarvis Creek Trail reopens after fire

Dangerous snags keep 2 paths closed

The Sarvis Creek Wilderness southeast of Steamboat Springs reopened for public recreation Monday, but one trail that was burned over by the Green Creek fire last month remains closed.

Sunday, August 4

Fiber optic lines postponed

Officials target late-fall for completion

NC Telecom has postponed the lighting of fiber optic lines into Steamboat by more than two months.

USA Golf Classic raises funds

The Ski Town USA Golf Classic benefit auction on Friday raised more money than it did last year; however, exact numbers won't be known for a week.

New-age nutrition does not include bratwursts

Today's training table is much different than it was in the 1970s

What on earth were they thinking about?

Saturday, August 3


Ouch! I just read some of the posts on the "string cheese" thread on the Reader Forum at the Pilot & Today's Web site.

Sound Off for Aug. 4, 2002

Defending the Post Office Nice little article you got going there in the newspaper about the troll under the bridge. I can't wait until you guys get exactly what's coming to you. I hope you get your stupid bridge and every one of those $40,000 Suburbans that are parked in the post office parking lot gets towed. I'll bet the towing company puts all the proceeds toward maintenance of the bridge. I hope you guys get exactly what you want.

It's a matter of interpretation

Moffat County's public services struggle with a growing Spanish-speaking population

Editor's note: The following is the second story in a six-part series examining the impact of a growing Spanish-speaking community in Moffat County. It will look at social ramifications from those on both sides of the issue.

Honoring philanthropy

Steamboat Motors, Orton, Fowler given top awards

John Centner and Bill Keith of Steamboat Motors were among those recognized when the Yampa Valley Community Foundation hosted its fifth annual Celebration of Philanthropy awards dinner at the Lake Catamount Lake House.


Gorman opens consulting firm Steamboat Springs businessman Frank Gorman has announced the formation of Pacific West Consulting, an advisory and consulting firm for small-business owners.

Unfinished business

Years of legal wrangling keeps home on Fish Creek Falls Road standing

The house at 1170 Fish Creek Falls Road stands out from its surroundings. The holes where windows should go are covered with plastic the color of Pepto Bismol. The plywood sheathing has never been covered by siding. The home is only half completed and appears to be deteriorating. It has been that way for several years.

Home auction goes sour

Result of absolute auction frustrating for highest bidder

The highest bidder in an absolute auction believes the owner of the property falsely advertised the auction and violated general contract laws when the house did not sell.


Tabitha Pitney and Sean Egbert were united in marriage July 20, 2002, at the Pitney Ranch north of Hayden. A reception immediately followed the ceremony.


Where have all the flowers gone? At least, the ones in the village and down in Lusky Camp are few. But, we Jeeped up to the higher areas and were surprised to find lots of golden glow, quite a few lupine, and still some hare bells. Of course, in many areas, there are lots of the late-blooming purple asters, kinda washed-out looking this year.


Dear Bertha, You're letter with information about Black Scotch, Black Irish and Scotch Irish verified a lot of information I had come up with since I last wrote you.

Products, produce and pride

From baked goods, to vegetables, quilts and leatherwork: Just about anything goes for the fair's home arts section

A few weeks before the county fair every summer, Andy and Eddie Brenner are in the family garden looking for the perfect 8-inch zucchini.

ENGAGEMENT: Pitney and Lyon

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Pitney and Mrs. Fawna Odem and Gregory Lyon wish to announce the engagement of their children Jolene Pitney and James Lyon.

ENGAGEMENT: Spruill and Andrade

Martin Andrade of Southern California and Menyoun Spruill of Steamboat Springs were engaged June 23, 2002, at Steamboat Lake.

Wooden bats part of game

Baseball and wood go together like chocolate syrup and ice cream, pretzels and beer, and pizza and friends.

Law and Order: Oak Creek

Town Board's actions stir up unprecedented community activism

In Oak Creek, live and let live is the mentality. Breaking the rules is tradition, but modern times, books of regulations and a couple of lawsuits could change all that.

ENGAGEMENT: Honey and Grace

John and Lenore Grace of Steamboat Springs announce the engagement of their daughter Annette Grace and Jeff Honey, son of Jim and Delores Honey of Carthage, Mo.

OBIT: William A. Campbell Jr.

William A. Campbell Jr. 1921-2002 William A. Campbell Jr., 81, a resident of Albuquerque, N.M., died peacefully July 28, 2002.

Part 5: Making it happen

It is possible for middle-class residents to own property in and around Steamboat Springs

Local residents who don't own their homes sometimes feel as if they're watching the best party ever thrown but can't get in the door. Between 1992 and 2002, single-family homes in Routt County more than doubled their values, according to the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors. Local homeowners got returns on their homes that they never could have gotten in the stock market.


Bringing change

When the Oak Creek Town Board went into executive session Wednesday night, the board pledged that no business would be conducted following the closed session.

A different kind of game

Wooden bats change America's pastime

It was the type of drive that would normally have cleared the center field fence. And when Tulsa Lookout cleanup hitter Chase Beeler turned on opposing pitcher Jake Fithers' fastball in Friday afternoon's game at Howelsen Hill, that's exactly where most of the fans and other players who were gathered in the dugouts thought the ball would end up.


Chamber Resort Association Vice President Sandy Evans-Hall answers questions about the Steamboat Air Program and some of the fiscal changes that have been made to it in the past year.

Record number of golfers participate in tournament

Paul Thayer and Hank Kashiwa decided to start a local golf tournament while riding up the gondola one winter afternoon in 1974.

A dinner trip into the past

Penny's Diner offers Routt County's only 24-hour eatery

Idea for a night out: 2 a.m. at Penny's Diner in Yampa.

Students catch educational fire

Crew members give depiction of technology used to manage blazes

The forest fires that surrounded Steamboat Springs in recent weeks gave students a rare opportunity to explore issues relating to the environment and the efforts required by firefighters and crew members to protect the community from disaster.

Exploring Cross Mountain

Canyon exposed after unusually low flows

The bones of the earth have been laid bare in western Moffat County where the Yampa River cuts through a giant block of upthrust sedimentary rock known as Cross Mountain.

Friday, August 2

Interested folks invited to ranch to discuss CWD

Judith Harrington is more aware than most people of the effects of chronic wasting disease. She operates an elk-breeding ranch 10 miles from the Steamboat Springs Airport.

Two-person team aids Forest Service with beetles

Workers survey Routt National Forest for infestation areas

U.S. Forest Service crews working on keeping the beetle epidemic in check in certain high-valued timber areas recently got some help from the air. A two-person team from Glendale flew four to six hours every day this week to survey the Routt National Forest.

Nominating committee narrows choices for judgeship[

Two Steamboat men and a Craig woman have been nominated to replace retiring 14th Judicial District Judge Richard Doucette. The nominees include Gary Scott Engle and Michael Andrew O'Hara III, both of Steamboat Springs, and Sandra Henrietta Gardner of Craig. The nominees were selected by the 14th Judicial District Nominating Commission. The commission interviewed candidates Wednesday in Steamboat Springs.

ASC sees leadership change

Resort executives leaving The Canyons, Sunday River

American Skiing Co. lost two of its ranking resort executives within a week's time. Blaise Carrig, president of The Canyons, announced he would leave to take a similar post at Heavenly Ski Resort, and the managing director of Sunday River, Maine, was fired early this week.

THE RECORD: Thursday, Aug. 1

12:16 a.m. A drunken driver was reported in the 100 block of Anglers Drive.

Thursday, August 1

Literary sojourn 2002

Inspirational authors visiting Steamboat for annual event

When it comes to literature, there are a few communities to consider. There are the striving writers who immerse themselves in books for inspiration and guidance. There are the academics, picking through novels to form some literary opinion.


Today DJ Cocheese spins at Hip Hop night at Levelz, 1860 Ski Time Square Building E 21 and older only. Call 870-9090 for more information.

Naturalize your bulbs for unexpected color

The entrance way to the house of my friend Kathleen was left in its natural state. There are some gambel oak, serviceberry and chokecherry trees and native grasses, but what I especially love about her entrance in the springtime is a merry drift of daffodils that pops up through the grasses.

Soroco sixth-graders struggle

Reading, writing scores drop; most others above average

Soroco students in all but the sixth grade surpassed the state average in reading and writing proficiency this year.

Officials look at forest rehab

Team deciding what steps to take to prevent erosion

Now that the Hinman fire is 100 percent contained, fire officials are turning their attention to rehabilitating the forest.

Area residents in race for seat

14th Judicial District judge's spot up for grabs as Doucette is retiring

Two Steamboat Springs men and a Craig woman have been nominated to replace retiring 14th Judicial District Judge Richard Doucette. The nominees include Gary Scott Engle and Michael Andrew O'Hara III, both of Steamboat Springs, and Sandra Henrietta Gardner of Craig.

Hayden motocross track may be revived

The meeting room was packed Thursday night with motocross riders in full muddy gear, holding helmets in their laps and hoping the Town Board would approve the resurrection of the Stoke's Gulch Moto-Cross Track.

Residents come to city's open house for answers

Officials want to integrate comments into area community plan process

Lynn Abbott came to the city's open house with a list of questions swirling in her head.

THE RECORD: Wednesday, July 31

12:08 a.m. Semi trucks were making noise in the Holiday Inn parking lot.

Cowboy Shootout a hit

Scholl wins seventh annual junior golf tournament

Seven strokes separated Steamboat Springs junior golfer Eric Scholl from the field in Wednesday's Cowboy Shootout at the Steamboat Golf Club.

2 Live Crew rolling into the 'Boat

When it comes to putting on a show, it doesn't look like the infamous rap group 2 Live Crew has changed much.


Give the cow thieves chicken!

Chick-Fil-A should give the cow thieves free chicken sandwiches, not felony charges. For those who didn't notice, on July 11 fast-food company Chick-Fil-A reported a big fiberglass cow was stolen from a billboard in the Denver area. Because it seemed like such an odd happening, media outlets across the country picked up the story.

Youngsters showcase talents at Youth Festival II

A sharp group of Perry-Mansfield children will perform four dance acts and one theater performance this weekend to wrap up a summer of productions at the historic summer camp. Youth Festival II is an opportunity for the second session of junior intermediate campers fifth- to eighth-grade students to show off their talent and what they have learned in the four-weeks of courses.

West Fest not coming this year

Michael Martin Murphey's West Fest, which local promoters hoped to be an annual music festival in Steamboat Springs, will not make a stop in the Yampa Valley this summer because of a lack of financial backing.