Monday, December 30
The most common mistake pilots make in flying out of mountain airports is recognizing too late that they are not gaining altitude fast enough to clear the mountains, said a pilot who has flown thousands of times from the Steamboat Springs Airport.
911 call details what happened to small plane that crashed Sunday, killing a Colorado Springs woman
A small plane that crashed near Rabbit Ears Pass Sunday never gained enough altitude to make it over the mountains after taking off from Steamboat Springs Airport, one of the passengers said in a frantic 911 call.
Neil "Tony" Marsh does not look like a man who was in a plane crash two days ago.
Tim and Diane Mueller's bid for a court order to force the sale of the Steamboat Ski Area could be snowed under.
Local and state health officials have confirmed at least nine cases of salmonellosis since an outbreak of salmonella bacteria sickened patrons at a Steamboat Springs restaurant two weeks ago.
Following is a transcript of the 911 call made by passenger Steve Palmer shortly after the Piper Cherokee Saratoga crashed Sunday in the Routt National Forest.
Voters would prefer facility west of town
Routt County voters are more likely to vote to finance a new courthouse if it is built west of town near the existing jail and if it does not include a parking garage, a survey showed.
People should think twice about driving home if they plan on celebrating the beginning of 2003 with alcohol. Local police are out in full force tonight to prevent any New Year's Eve mishaps.
Michael "Mick" O'Hara was sworn in Monday as chief district judge of the 14th Judicial District.
Jason Cobb was the first person on scene and transported pilot to safety
Jason Cobb smelled the small plane crash before he saw the wreckage in the dense timber.
Sunday, December 29
A fire Saturday afternoon damaged a home in Yampa.
Two-thousand and two, the year that was a palindrome, is giving us fits right down to the very last day, and it's with considerable relief that I turn my attention to the future and a list of fearless predictions for 2003.
Three men in good condition; dogs rescued
The Colorado Springs woman trapped for eight hours in a small plane that crashed Sunday near Rabbit Ears Pass has died, Yampa Valley Medical Center personnel said this morning.
A 21-year-old skier sustained serious injuries when he hit a tree Saturday at the Steamboat Ski Area.
Saturday, December 28
Sound off for Dec. 29, 2002
Some recent newspaper articles and recent statistical studies by the federal government indicate that more farmers than ever are working part-time or even full-time jobs, away from the farm. They indicate that the average off-farm income is nearly $60,000 per year, while the average farm income (after expenses and depreciation) is about $2,600.
Steamboat Masons and their families staged a "watch" party Sunday night lasting until after the new year arrived.
Strawberry Park, Soda Creek may have fewer students per class
Class sizes at Steamboat Springs' two elementary schools could decrease in the 2003-04 school year.
What is the outlook on the ski area?
The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has been busy making improvements at the ski area and working on marketing to bring Front Range skiers to town. We asked Chris Diamond, Ski Corp. president, and Andy Wirth, Ski Corp. vice president of sales and marketing, about ski area improvements, Ski Corp.'s strategy and the outlook for the ski area 10 years down the road.
Fall colors soothe pain of summer's fire and drought
Last summer's drought touched the lives of virtually everyone who chooses to live in Northwest Colorado in order to satisfy a passion for the outdoors.
Future Steamboat leaders have ideas, but will they stay?
Of those guiding local government in Steamboat Springs -- the City Council, Planning Commission, school board and county commissioners -- only two people are younger than 40.
Piper Cherokee went down south of Walton Peak
Routt County officials pulled off a daring rescue Sunday night, saving four passengers whose plane crashed in the mountains southeast of Steamboat Springs.
The Hayden Girl Scouts delivered Christmas baskets to 30 senior citizens on Dec. 14.
Steamboat Springs School District policies that allow adult representatives from religious groups to interact with students at school cross the line separating church and state and should be changed.
Readers of the Steamboat Pilot & Today were introduced to a tall, lanky woman named Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman late last year as she passed out fliers for her activist group Citizen Down.
Collapse of ski area sale tops 2002 news
The abandoned sale of the Steamboat Ski Area to Triple Peaks LLC in late March redefined the term "left at the altar" and left more than one person in Steamboat Springs feeling jilted.
A look back at the top stories, events of 2002
Naturally, Steamboat Springs -- Ski Town USA -- the town that has produced more Olympic athletes than any other, was excited about the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah. The community gave a big send-off party on Feb. 1 downtown for the locals going to compete.
Dear Bertha and Clyde, In regards to the month I spent with Lulu at the Collum Creek School, you asked what I did with my time while Lulu spent all day teaching school.
Popular Oak Creek eatery assumes new ownership
The sale of Chelsea's Chinese Restaurant came from a chance meeting on the street. Owner Dave Epstein was looking to sell the restaurant and 29-year-old Andy Benjamin was looking to start a business.
A historic middle Elk River Valley Ranch has recently been listed for sale. Make that two ranches.
Friday, December 27
The projected 13,700 people visiting Steamboat Springs this weekend may see a genuine Colorado Rocky Mountain snowstorm, but they'll probably have to wait until Sunday.
Outbound passengers now wait in overflow tent outside check-in door
Long lines and congestion at Yampa Valley Regional Airport Friday provided a glimpse of what's to come.
Public health officials here are investigating a probable salmonella outbreak after at least six people went to the emergency room or their physician's office with symptoms of severe food poisoning.
Pat Davey was on his way out the door Friday morning to conduct the first full snow survey of the winter. He was likely to find varied results.
Thursday, December 26
Lifts to open early to accommodate crowds
Jitters Manager Greg Smith paused for a moment Thursday to describe the scene at the coffee shop on the mountain.
ASC counts inches, not earnings
Executives for American Skiing Co.'s resorts opened their holiday gifts early this year, and from New England to the Rockies, they received their hearts' desires.
Last year it was Jake Fiala grabbing the spotlight and most of the prize money during Steamboat's Holiday Grand Prix and the Rocky Central FIS races.
Nordic combined athlete benefits from year-round training
Life in Utah has changed Johnny Spillane.
You just moved into a new house and are excited about delving into that new landscaping plan. You want to start with a tree near the back porch.
There are always many choices for those looking to celebrate on New Year's Eve. Bands, dinner parties, shows and parties are all planned for the big night.
Straight from the source
I didn't get a chance to chat with Joshua Cullen-Carrozza on the phone.
Steve Kimmock getting rave reviews on a mostly instrumental act
Many deadheads thought jam guitar guru Steve Kimmock was destined to pick up the Grateful Dead's lead torch after Jerry Garcia's death in 1995.
Today Jam guitar guru Steve Kimmock plays at Levelz, 1860 Ski Time Square. Call 870-9090 for more information.
Jim Gamble and his company, Jim Gamble Puppet Productions, perform their unique puppet shows around the country and around the world.
At 18 years old, Joshua Cullen-Carrozza is the youngest student graduating with a master's degree from the Juilliard School of Music this spring. Cullen-Carrozza made his concert debut at age 9 with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. He is performing at the Strings in the Mountains annual Gala Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Grand Ballroom.
New site is at northeast corner of ice arena parking lot
Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services is once again providing a place for Christmas tree recycling.
Wednesday, December 25
Though the snow-covered terrain of the Routt National Forest may appear to be a still, seemingly lifeless environment to humans, underneath the snow proves to be a whole different story.
Event has become tradition for many Steamboat residents
Six years ago, when Steamboat Springs resident Charlene Opper was sick, enduring chemotherapy and simply too tired to cook, the Board of Realtors community Christmas dinner was there for her.
Tourism-driven economy depends on holiday help
Christmas Day. Time spent relaxing with family and friends, making some turns on the ski mountain and cooking feasts fit for kings.
Tuesday, December 24
Haveners spend Christmas Eve ringing bells for Christmas Kettle Campaign
Most families have Christmas traditions.
First Impressions of Routt County has received a $45,000 grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation.
Christmas dinner has been held for last 10 years
If preparing a holiday dinner for a family of four can turn into an all-day affair, just imagine the work needed to feed a table of 400 guests.
Monday, December 23
Galen Batson bravely battles leukemia
Galen Batson likes to joke he has the most expensive haircut in Steamboat Springs -- and it's not even a style he wanted.
Courthouse may not be completed until July 2006
Routt County officials said Monday the earliest date a new courthouse could be built is July 2006, some six months later than 14th Judicial District Judge Richard Doucette ordered.
Authorities have determined that no foul play was involved in a fire that destroyed a single family residence in Steamboat Springs Dec. 15.
Nine snowmobilers were rescued early Monday after becoming stranded in deep snow on Buffalo Pass.
Orlowske had already shipped belongings to Colorado
Dale Orlowske will not be Oak Creek's new police chief after all.
Sunday, December 22
Walt Webber's message was emblematic of simpler, more innocent era
The memories are beginning to fade, but for almost 40 years, one man personified Santa Claus in Steamboat Springs.
As the population of Routt County grows over the next century and rows of houses spread across the landscape like spilled water, a few patches of land will stay open thanks to conservation easements.
Steamboat boasts the best snow in Colorado
Christmas arrived a week early for snow-starved skiers and snowboarders.
Saturday, December 21
Dear Bertha and Clyde, Yes, the sad demise of Antone Jacobs makes an interesting (though sad) story.
American Skiing Company executive says new condominium program will be better match for
A top American Skiing Company real estate executive said this week she believes condominiums at the Steamboat Grand Hotel are a better match for the Steamboat market, now that her company's sales program has switched from marketing quartershares in the vacation condos, to one-eighth shares.
Gertrude "Trudie" Haight died Dec. 17, 2002 at Yampa Valley Memorial Hospital. She was 74. Trudie was born Oct. 6, 1928, in Des Moines, Iowa, to parents Horace and Juliette Haight. Trudie had three brothers.
Living with a cover-up
I just wanted to congratulate you on the article about the girls basketball team and the incident at the rental home where they are staying. Not only did you not mention the word "fatal," you did not mention the owner of the property or the property management company either.
Seven of the world's top freeriders dazzle crowd at Paul Mitchell Ultimate Bumps and Jumps contest
Here's to putting the free back into freestyle skiing. There were judges, but there were no rules, as seven of the world's top freeriders dazzled the crowd and each other in the second day of the Paul Mitchell Ultimate Bumps and Jumps contest Saturday.
The History of Map Decision
I would like to write this letter in response to the Dec. 20 article in the Steamboat Today "Snowmobilers decry changes to map."
Realtors find location to be important part of getting noticed
No scientific studies have ever been done, but David Baldinger, Jr. claims more skiers are likely to stop by his real estate office in Torian Plum Plaza on sunny days than powder days.
Two luxury condo projects that sit at the base of Mount Werner and were completed this summer continue to sell, despite being introduced into a shaky economy and a season of wildfires.
Local student one of four sixth-graders to ace state math test
Raising the eyebrows of others is nothing new to Charlie Stoddard, but even he was a little surprised by his most recent feat.
New farm feature for carnival
Dec. 28, 1921 The members of the Steamboat Commercial Club and the Sequoyah club held a joint luncheon yesterday at the Progressive Cafe and after the repast a profitable hour was spent discussing matters for the advancement of the interests of Routt County and Steamboat Springs.
Soroco graduates move overseas to start film business
Lou Reed's song "Small Town" tells the story of a thousand teen-agers in a thousand towns across America. "When you're growing up in a small town, you say 'no one famous ever came from here.' The only good thing about a small town is you know you have to get out."
Potter's Wheel offers hand-glazed ceramics
Gail Holthausen has been a potter for three decades and taught her craft at Colorado Mountain College for six years.
And the winners are ...
The 2002 Holiday Tour of Lights winners were voted on by ballot at the Steamboat Pilot & Today after 11 homes were selected by Pilot & Today readers.
Morgan Emily Graham, daughter of Rhonda and Shawn Graham of Steamboat Springs, was born at 4:18 p.m. Nov. 24, 2002.
Brooklyn Julian and Aaron Hirschi are pleased to announce their engagement. Parents of the bride are Karen Lee Roth of Steamboat Springs and Dr. John Julian of McPherson, Kan. Aaron's parents are Bill Hirschi and Laurie Yoakum, both of Las Vegas, Nev.
Mr and Mrs. Roland Smith have been in Grand Junction the past few days, where they celebrated an early Christmas with Bonnie's family.
Jessica Heckbert of Steamboat Springs has been named to the Ohio Northern University dean's list for the fall quarter of the 2002-03 school year.
Peter "Chuck" Voloshin died Nov. 11, 2002 at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. Chuck was 69.
Timothy O'Konski, a longtime Colorado resident, died Nov. 25, 2002, from a prolonged liver illness. He was 54.
Local winery earns kudos
Winemaker Tom Williams reports that Steamboat Springs Cellars Inc. recently won a pair of bronze medals for its 2000 Merlot and 1999 Rabbit Ears Red at the American Wine Society competition in Buffalo, N.Y.
In nearly 10 days of epic snowstorms, the snow report for the Steamboat Ski Area on Dec. 19 stands out.
With sympathy The community extends sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Virgil (Swede) Johnson, who passed away recently in the Grand Junction area. He was a longtime resident of the area.
Longtime Routt County resident Virgil Christian Johnson Sr., died Dec. 3, 2002 at the Palisade Living Center in Palisade, Colo. He was 90.
Voters hold the power
We observed with great interest this week District Court Judge Richard Doucette's order requiring Routt County to provide a "safe and adequate facility for its courts" within three years.
The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.
Some SSMS students' parents concerned about ministry group's presence; district says it's following rules
The occasional presence of a youth Christian ministry in Steamboat Springs Middle School has raised the concern of some local parents.
Hundreds of Yampa Valley families have some last-minute holiday shopping to complete and don't even realize a carbon monoxide detector is on their list of stocking stuffers.
Anyone who has scratched his or her way through the Routt Divide Blowdown knows it isn't the most hospitable place.
Greatest needs identified
Routt County asked for advice this fall from the people who pay its bills.
Dinner roll is not enough
It was a tough crowd at the Bashor Bowl Friday afternoon.
Friday, December 20
Boys hockey team picks up win in home debut against Mitchell
Pick a player, any player, and he might be the next one to drill a puck past your goalie.
The students of Hayden High School gathered at an assembly Friday morning to see the winner of a beard-growing contest.
The halls were alive with the sound of excited children.
Tanner Hall and C.R. Johnson acted more like brothers than they did competitors following Friday afternoon's big air contest at the Bashor Bowl.
Patrols for DUIs to be increased
Annual grants given to the Routt County Sheriff's Office and the Steamboat Springs Police Department are being used to increase DUI patrols.
Rate increases from $3 to $5
Hikers, snowshoers or skiers will have to pay a higher fee to get into Fish Creek Falls.
Representative begins second term
State Rep. Al White R-Winter Park, is looking forward to beginning his second term in the Colorado House of Representatives as the newly elected assistant majority leader.
Thursday, Dec. 19 1:56 a.m. A Plymouth Colt station wagon was reported stolen to the Steamboat Springs Police Department in the 800 block of Yampa Avenue. It was found later on Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue.
Thursday, December 19
The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team remained perfect on the season with a 54-28 victory over Rangely Thursday night.
The Snowboard Outreach Society's first of two scheduled winter racing events takes place this weekend at Howelsen Hill.
Local skier earns third straight podium
There are only about two hours of daylight in northern Finland these days, but American freestyle skier Travis Mayer managed to find his own way to shine in dusk-filled Ruka Thursday afternoon.
Three men have combined 80 years in legal profession
Two Steamboat Springs men and a Hot Sulphur Springs man have been nominated to replace 14th Judicial District Judge Joel Thompson.
Backup supply will run mostly parallel to existing lines
Officials of Xcel Energy say they've reached their final choice for the route of a new electrical power line that would offer much-needed backup for Steamboat Springs' power supply.
Landscape your exterior to complement your interior
Have you ever seen that funny sign that reads, PLAN AHEA, where there wasn't enough room at the end to include the "D"?
Fares from Newark trimmed to boost midweek bookings
Acknowledging softness in midweek reservations this winter, the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has begun convincing its airline partners to cut fares into Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
Stuart Orzach, president of the board of the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley, resigned his seat on the board this week.
Local takes off with another's skis
Most people who lose their ski and snowboard equipment to theft never see it again.
While looking for inspiration for her joint art exhibit with Pat Walsh, Susan Schiesser found Dave.
The guys in the rock band Sonar had big plans for Steamboat Springs on the weekend of Nov. 1. They were going to give away a car -- an old Oldsmobile station wagon with wood paneling to be more exact.
Books always make great gifts
If all else fails, a book is usually the perfect gift to give for Christmas. For both adults and children, books are always a good way give a gift that matters. "They are more personal," Off the Beaten Path Bookstore employee Erica Fogue said. "You can match a personality with the book."
Giving the gift of reading
Can you remember the first book you ever read? I mean the first real book, not a children's book. The first book that was an accomplishment, the one that made you feel good when you read that last page, the one that eventually led you to read others.
Plenty of cars sit in the lot at Hertz Rent A Car near Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
Tone Loc was "just chillin'" this week before heading out to Colorado as part of his recent tour.
Today D.J. Paradox spins at Levelz, 1860 Ski Time Square. Call 870-9090 for more information.
Gone are the days of late-night or early morning games.
Local snowmobilers are expressing frustration over the potential loss of available terrain after the Routt National Forest recently made changes to its recreation map.
Wednesday, December 18
Events will be held on Howelsen in late December
Snowmobile races will return to Howelsen Hill this year with a two-day event at the end of December.
Longtime VNA employee will head CNCC nursing program
Marilyn Bouldin moved to Craig more than 30 years ago to pursue two passions -- skiing and nursing.
Quartershares dropped in favor of 1/8 share structure
In a bid to resuscitate stagnant sales at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center, American Skiing Co. announced today it will, for the first time, begin selling one-eighth shares of the remaining condominium inventory in the project.
The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team has picked up four straight wins and plenty of momentum just in time for the long winter break.
The partners of 4S Development Limited met on Tuesday to discuss the future of Sunburst Ranch, a proposed 902-acre development in Hayden.
End-of-year figures expected to be flat or even a little higher
City sales tax numbers took a 7.4 percent dip in October over the year before.
More expected throughout week
Detroit resident Blaize McIntyre walked slowly through Ski Time Square Wednesday afternoon with his snowboard in tow. The 22-hour drive from Michigan wore him down, but it was two feet of fresh powder that finished him off, McIntyre said.
American Skiing Co. has tabbed a former Citigroup and IBM executive to aid in its ongoing effort to get out from under several hundred million dollars in debt.
Women's hockey team has 3-2 record
The Steamboat Storm women's hockey team finished the year on a high note last weekend by sweeping past the Vail Twin Peaks team at the Howelsen Ice Arena.
Group narrows list from 10; Gov. Owens will choose judge's replacement
The names of Northwest Colorado residents nominated to replace 14th Judicial District Judge Joel Thompson are released today.
Tuesday, Dec. 17 2:34 a.m. An intoxicated man at the Steamboat Grand was given a taxi ride to his hotel.
The 21st annual Town Challenge Race Series kicks off tonight at Howelsen Hill.
Tuesday, December 17
Steamboat steals sixth straight victory, beats Summit 64-28
By the start of the third quarter, it was apparent the Sailors' defensive press had started to take a toll on the Summit Tigers.
The names will be familiar, but the events in this week's Paul Mitchell Ultimate Bumps & Jumps will have a twist all there own.
Doucette cites number of deficiencies with space
Routt County has been ordered to build a new court facility.
CommunityViz answers questions about impacts of future growth
The Hayden Planning Commission listened with interest to a presentation by Chuck Donley of the Orton Family Foundation last week explaining the benefits of the planning software CommunityViz.
Forest Service asks for cooperation
Now that the snow has fallen and the hunting rifles are cleaned and put away, it's time to give deer and elk some space in the wild.
Animals not fed or watered for days
Two horses and a pony abandoned last week in Romick Arena got a new home.
Hunt is an obsession for Farrell family
The Yule Log Hunt is more than just a hobby for the Farrell family it's an obsession.
City unanimously agrees not to pursue bus stop advertising
The City Council said "no" to advertising on bus shelters Tuesday night.
The City Council approved a proposed Walton Creek gas station after consultants said the development was outside the influence zone of nearby public water supplies.
Crawford's third-place finishes right combination
Mogul skier Lauren Crawford headed to Winter Park last week with high hopes but very few expectations.
Monday, December 16
County officials want to alleviate risks
County officials want to help fire protection districts do their job better.
The city will consider redrawing boundaries for its City Council districts to close a gap of 1,600 voters between the largest and smallest districts.
Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Cyndy Simms and Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal John DeVincentis may look to outside help to improve their working relationship.
City Planner Tom Leeson stood before a crowd of more than 70 people and asked them to share what was good, bad or needed to be changed with the work that was put into the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan Update over the past year.
Safety of water supply is main concern
Sunday, December 15
A celebration of the success of local schools stemming from the recent release of this year's School Accountability Reports is among the topics scheduled for tonight's Steamboat Springs School District board meeting.
Simple deterrents can go a long way
Skiers and boarders take chances on the slopes every day.
After all, who really wants a partridge for Christmas?
I thought I had a foolproof idea for this week's column.
Saturday, December 14
Sebastian Ivan Radl-Jones, son of Ivana Radlova and Travis Jones of Boise, Idaho, was born Dec. 3, 2002, at 4:30 a.m.
Steamboat Springs High School band prepares for Christmas concert
About a week before the Steamboat Springs High School band is to perform its annual holiday concert, conductor Dan Isbell was standing in front of the students, conducting and digging into the music.
Perhaps I should start this off "Dear Clyde" as I intend to send Fred's reply to at least some of the questions Clyde has had relative to subjects I have touched on in letters to you.
Committee looking at new way of paying staff members based on performance
The future of a Steamboat Springs School District teacher evaluation system is still up in the air eight months after the Knowledge & Skills-Based Pay plan based on the potential system was approved by district teachers, staff and the school board.
Get right keep right
Don't overlook the Week of Prayer! The dates are Jan. 2 to 6 inclusive. The places are the Protestant churches of Steamboat Springs.
Children rehearse first play of after school program
Few things are more Christmas than an eight-year-old Mary and Joseph in bathrobes holding a rubber doll of Jesus.
Black Diamond Limos will make a big impression on clients wanting different mode of transportation
Tim O'Brien is so passionate about cars that he went out and purchased one of the biggest he could find. Now, he's putting his 1999 Chevy Suburban stretched limo to work for his new company, Black Diamond Limo. He's available to ferry passengers in style to and from the airport, and to all of the nicest spots in town.
For the first time since the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan Update kicked off, a community meeting will be held for the public to give its input on how it wants to see Steamboat grow.
The U.S. Forest Service is working on a plan that would close portions of the Routt National Forest to snowmobiles.
Former Steamboat Springs resident Terry Moore died Nov. 30, 2002, of natural causes in Sandpoint, Idaho. He was 49.
Steamboat graduate has gotten a hands-on education through owning 2 businesses
Dustin Lindahl has seen the light. In fact Lindahl, 20, has installed the lights hundreds, even thousands of them.
Anya Allen isn't really surprised the Steamboat Springs basketball team is off to a 5-0 start this season. She just didn't know what to expect.
Postal workers warn residents to get cards, packages out early as holidays approach
Post office employees are bracing themselves for Monday. It is predicted to be the busiest of the year as people from all over Routt County scramble to get their cards and packages in the mail.
Property on east side of Hayden offers chance to get in on ground floor of town
Two commercial properties on the market, one vacant and the other used as a residence, have the potential to shape the east entrance into Hayden.
It took a year and a half before RE/MAX Realtor John Worden got the first call from his Web site.
Gas prices drop 2.1 cents statewide
Colorado's retail gas price dropped 2.1 cents this week, as the state's average for regular, self-serve, unleaded gasoline decreased to $1.42.3 cents per gallon, according to AAA Colorado's weekly gas price survey.
Beverly Ann Mason of Steamboat Springs died unexpectedly Dec. 2, 2002, in Grand Junction at the age of 58.
Charles H. "Bud" Kissinger died Dec. 7, 2002, in CaÃ±on City. He was 81.
Longtime Yampa resident Gladys M. Moore died Nov. 18, 2002, in Yuma, Ariz. She was 92.
Leslie Peschel Gregory of Steamboat Springs died Nov. 29, 2002. She was 53.
Ward Louis Holderness of Pueblo and formerly of Hayden died Dec. 4, 2002. He was 67.
Teresa Steffen just might be spoiled.
Fly fishing the Sea of Cortez
When a fisherman is able to bring a dorado alongside a panga in the Sea of Cortez, the fish's bullet-shaped body flashes iridescent shades of aquamarine, jade green and yellow.
The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.
Is an airport authority a good idea?
County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak answered questions about the pending airport authority and her views on it. Her answers reflect only her views on the issues, not those of Doug Monger or Dan Ellison, the two other Routt County Commissioners.
Condolences Sarah Delma Edgar Barnett passed away on Nov. 23 in Castle Rock. She and her family were former residents of Phippsburg.
Kevon and Ann Copeland hosted the family Thanksgiving dinner at their ranch home on Williams Fork Road.
Ducks still around for late season
The third split of Colorado's duck hunting season begins Dec. 13, and there still are plenty of ducks remaining for late-season hunters.
Nothing's changed in the 'Boat
After asking the same question to about a half-dozen people last week, it was Dave Jarrett who came up with the best answer.
For the second straight day, it was Norwegian Kenneth Braaten setting himself apart from the Nordic combined World Cup B field at Howelsen Hill.
Boys overcome adversity, win championship 57-53
Coach Kelly Meek and the Steamboat Springs basketball team know what you thought.
Push for authority
The Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County Commissioners were right to continue their push for the creation of an airport authority last week, even though the Yampa Valley Regional Airport Advisory Board recommended against it.
Keep money here Loved the ViewPoint that was in the paper Sunday on shopping locally.
For most kids, the holiday season is a time for getting gifts.
Friday, December 13
In the final 25 meters of Friday's 7.5-kilometer cross country race, Norway's Kenneth Braaten glanced back as if to say farewell to the field of World Cup B competitors he had just left in the dust.
Steamboat tops Cheyenne Central in unique fashion, 43-42
It's not a shot senior Cory Moore practices a lot, but it's a situation he and his team are comfortable in.
Friday night's game against Basalt was just the fourth of the year for the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team, but coach Steve Moos marked it as important nonetheless.
Taylor wants expanded options
State Sen. Jack Taylor is concerned that Colorado's tourism industry isn't keeping up with the competition.
When the first daily jet flight of the ski season from Houston landed at Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Thursday there wasn't an empty seat on the Continental Airlines 737.
Strawberry Park Principal John DeVincentis received a two-page reprimand from Superintendent Cyndy Simms earlier this week.
Roaring Fork in town for tournament
A carbon monoxide leak at 2010 Montview Lane sent 10 out-of-town girls basketball players and three coaches to the hospital Friday morning.
Thursday, December 12
The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team may be advertised as the "Runnin' Sailors," but its defense was more impressive than its ability to score in Thursday's 61-27 win over Middle Park.
Hairstylist Sydney Freeman opens her salon to provide artists such as Russ Duplessis a new forum for their works
People packed into Sydney Freeman's business, the Comb Goddess, last Friday night for an art show, and for a different kind of night out.
Sailors defeat Skiers in Steamboat Shoot-out, 62-47
Junior Shelley Dunlop scored 17 points to help lift the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team to a 62-47 win over Aspen in each team's first game of the Steamboat Shoot-out Thursday.
To me, raising and collecting seeds for future generations is a reverent act. Collecting the seed of any plant completes a cycle begun when the first seed was planted in the earth. By growing and collecting seeds, we are able to connect with ancient practices that have played a critical role over generations in the preservation of food, medicine, fiber, fuel and ornamental plants
Thursday's snow may boost close-in reservations
Tourism in Steamboat Springs on Saturday could lag 1,000 visitors behind last year on the corresponding Saturday unless Thursday's snowstorm spurs close-in reservations.
Kraig Kenning is a songwriter who just happens to play a pretty mean guitar and slide guitar, or Dobro.
Officials developing strategy to handle outbreak locally
Routt County is not immune to smallpox.
A Steamboat Springs man and a Craig woman nominated this summer to fill retiring 14th Judicial District Judge Richard Doucette's post are seeking the latest vacancy in the district court.
The first fiscal quarter of 2003 is over and American Skiing Co. has yet to release its year-end financial report for 2002. However, a company spokesman said Thursday ASC, which owns the Steamboat Ski Area, plans to release both financial statements simultaneously in January.
An array of opportunity
In some circles, there is great deal of talk about the lack of things to do at night in Steamboat Springs. Sure, what can you expect? We live in a town of 10,000 people. For what it's worth, there are plenty of options given the circumstances.
Today D.J. Harry, organic house like you never have heard before, spins at Levelz, 1860 Ski Time Square. Call 870-9090 for more information.
Some of the hottest music acts will take the stage in the 'Boat
Some Texans are coming to Steamboat Springs and they are bringing their guitars.
Group doesn't have to rule on lawsuit surrounding subdivision opposition
The City Planning Commission, backed by its development code, on Thursday approved a 15-lot residential subdivision but refused to rule on issues surrounding a lawsuit filed by opposition to the plat.
The Oak Creek Town Board adopted its 2003 budget with $250,000 written in for use as matching funds for grants that the town will use to improve Oak Creek's water and sewer system.
Wednesday, December 11
Scholarship Day a big success
The blast of early snow that allowed the Steamboat Ski Area to open five days early Nov. 22 also put a positive jolt in the scholarship fund of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
The Hayden boys basketball team opened the season with two double-digit losses, but first-year coach Shawn Baumgartner sees progress.
The names of people who applied for District Judge Joel S. Thompson's seat will be released today.
The Soroco girls basketball team went 2-1 overall at the DeBeque Tournament held last Saturday and Sunday.
Team wins two at tournament, almost surpasses last season's wins
The compliments have been warmly received, but Andy Smith expected the Soroco boys basketball team to win games, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that it is.
The Steamboat Springs School District Calendar Committee is nearing completion of this year's parent, student and staff survey, which will help determine if any changes need to be made to next year's school calendar.
Homeowners opposed to planned subdivision
A preliminary plat application going before the City Planning Commission tonight will face strong opposition.
Group holds annual board retreat
Early childhood care and education is alive and well in Routt County.
The Hayden girls basketball team opened the season in strong fashion before running into a 2A wall otherwise known as North Park at the Meeker Tournament.
Tuesday, Dec. 10 1:11 a.m. A theft was reported in the 2500 block of Village Drive.
Students who do not choose to go to college may soon have options
Hayden students who want to stay in Routt County but do not plan to attend college may soon get the skills they will need to find a job right out of high school.
Tuesday, December 10
CD Code, cell phones top priorities discussed
Fixing the Community Development Code topped the list of new goals the city set at its annual retreat Tuesday. During the eight-hour retreat in a house along Val d'Isere Circle, the City Council also said it wanted to get an ordinance passed prohibiting the use of a cell phone while driving and to form a stronger partnership with the Routt County commissioners.
Resort officials here have received assurances that United Express flights to Yampa Valley Regional Airport this winter will be unaffected by United Airlines' chapter 11 filing. But there is some concern about next summer and beyond.
The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team will attempt to pick up its second tournament title in as many tries at this weekend's Steamboat Shoot-out.
The selection events for the U.S. Freestyle team will not officially begin until Thursday, and despite a pair of top results last weekend, local skier Jordan Chiovarelli is using the time wisely.
Council discusses options in wake of economic downturn
The City Council believes the city will continue to face grim economic times.
A plan to treat people who struggle with abuse and dependence problems in Routt County is on the horizon.
County Hoarding too Much Money I believe that the 2003 proposed budget for Routt County, which is being presented for adoption this week, is neither appropriate nor adequate and I believe the information being presented to the public is inadequate.
Boys basketball team looks to make adjustments
By the time you flip through the sports section of the morning paper, the Johnson County Longhorns will be on their way to Steamboat Springs from Tennessee via Charlotte, Atlanta, Denver and U.S. Highway 40.
The private road that gives many motorists in and near the town of Milner a faster route to U.S. Highway 40 is going public.
Monday, Dec. 9 10:50 a.m. A fire was reported in a car in the 2800 block of Riverside Drive. Firefighters quickly put the fire out.
The Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club's 20th annual holiday ornaments are for sale at several Steamboat locations this week.
For the second day in a row, Scott Macartney was the fastest skier on the Birds of Prey racecourse in Beaver Creek.
Dave Jarrett arrived in Olympian Hall late Tuesday afternoon and pulled a pair of cross country ski boots out of a large duffel bag in preparation for an afternoon ski.
Monday, December 9
Authority is among top priorities
The City Council and County Commissioners are willing to financially support a multi-jurisdictional housing authority.
City, county looking for finance options
For the third time in eight months, the County Commissioners and the City Council agreed to move forward with forming a statutory airport authority.
First clue published on page 6
Jayne Hill chuckles when asked if she has more fun with the annual Yule Log Hunt than the throng of eager log-hunters.
Sunday, December 8
The people who work behind the scenes each year organizing the Steamboat Springs Professional Rodeo were honored Thursday by being named the best small outdoor rodeo committee of the year.
Pass the stinky cheese ...
You know for certain the airplane is headed to Wisconsin when the people across the aisle are discussing the relative merits of their favorite sausage makers.
Investors have until Feb. 19 to close accounts
College tuition increases and a downturn in the stock market have Colorado families rethinking their choice to invest early in their children's college education.
Saturday, December 7
Letters to the editor
Mark Drake's office is filled with memories images of players long since graduated
Zimmerer 4-0 at start of season
Will Zimmerer's pre-meet meal consists of maybe a PowerBar or two. He isn't worried about his weight. After all, he wrestles at 275 pounds, but he doesn't like to compete with a full stomach.
The Yampa Valley Regional Airport Advisory Board doesn't believe a statutory airport authority will solve the airport's fiscal woes.
Through program, kids catch up developmentally, parents get peace of mind
Jacob Thomas Budwitz is a ham. The toddler sings and dances to "Frosty the Snowman." He says cheese when the flash goes up, and he isn't shy about showing off his toy fishing rod.
Marty Lepper doesn't know the length of the lease she and her family signed for the restaurant at 425 Lincoln Avenue. The only thing she knows is that she wants to stay until her children call Steamboat Springs home.
Marion Gibson doesn't believe in retirement. She retired from nursing and teaching four years ago after 38 years in the field. But Gibson, 78, didn't really retire. She went looking for another job. "I never call it retiring," Gibson said. "It's phasing from one career to another."
Sound off for Dec.8, 2002
Fat skis, other modifications transform telemark skiing
Telemark skiing equipment accounts for a tiny share of the overall skiing and riding hardware sales in North America. Folks in Crested Butte will quibble, but Steamboat Springs just might be the epicenter of tele sales on the continent.
The angst in the Steamboat Springs School District of late apparently has not had an impact on the district's performance. Last week, the Colorado Department of Education released its School Accountability Reports for the second time. The accountability reports are essentially report cards for Colorado's 1,700 public schools.
On any given day at food banks in Routt County, some shelves are bare. On any given day those same shelves are stocked.
The days of driving from one side of town to another chasing down keys in order to show properties may soon be over thanks to a decision made by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors at its annual meeting.
The Steamboat Springs School District is offering two 21-acre parcels for sale in the North Routt County area. The lots, which are just off of Routt County Road 129 and a mile north of Seedhouse Road, are priced at $189,500.
A long time ago, in a world that has long since passed me by, high school was a place where athletes came to play.
Friday, December 6
Program offers chance to leave kids with sitters
Parents can leave the kids behind Wednesday night.
Craft fair offers Christmas gifts, ideas
Crafters and artisans are displaying the best of their homespun, handcrafted and homemade work today.
The town boundaries of Hayden may be expanding soon to encompass the Routt County Fairgrounds, the land south of town known as Dry Creek Park and 16 acres of land owned by the county south of the fairgrounds.
Thursday, December 5
There is no need to waste a good thing. That's why We're Not Clowns and friends are resurrecting the play "A Juggler's Dream," which will run today, Saturday and next weekend.
Beverly Ann Mason won't soon be forgotten
Two days before Beverly Ann Mason died, she was riding roller coasters at Disneyland with her grandchildren.
Some schools earn higher ratings, some earn lower
The South Routt and Hayden school districts received mixed results in the state-issued school report cards released Thursday.
The Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team will not receive $2,000 it requested from the town of Oak Creek.
Evergreen artists connect collages and clay sculptures in new exhibit at the Depot
Collage art and clay sculptures don't exactly sound like related media. But two artists from Evergreen exhibiting in a joint art show at the Depot are showing how they make that visual connection.
The Steamboat Storm women's hockey team rolled past the Breckenridge Blast last week and picked up some much-needed confidence in the process.
Come out and support benefit
I swear everyone around here has or knows someone who has received a ticket for driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Oak Street Performing Arts Co.'s first show is a diverse community effort that will be worth the ticket price.
Bantam A teams are familiar foes
The Bantam A teams from Vail and Steamboat are familiar foes, so it came as little surprise that the two played to a 1-1 tie in the opening game for each in the Ski Town USA Hockey Festival.
Will Zimmerer gave a little pump of the fist when Steamboat Springs football coach Mark Drake announced Wednesday night that the senior lineman was picked to represent the Western Slope in this summer's all-state game.
Wednesday, Dec. 4 4:55 a.m. An extra patrol was requested at the corner of Conestoga and U.S. Highway 40.
Add color, humidity and oxygen to your home this winter
While the snow accumulates on the outside window sill, beautiful houseplants can share the inside window sill. The amount of light, room temperature, water, food, humidity and cleanliness all affect a plant's ability to grow and thrive.
Officer upholds decision to grant access
The appeal of a five-year permit renewal allowing Steamboat Powder Cats/Blue Sky West to operate Snow Cat backcountry ski tours on Buffalo Pass has been denied by the regional U.S. Forest Service office.
Routt County officials hope putting a private road into the county's hands improves safety for motorists and pedestrians.
The amount of water stored in the snow on Buffalo Pass has increased over the past three weeks, but not enough to keep pace with seasonal averages.
Today The third annual Naughty or Nice party with D.J. Gravity and D.J. Paradox is at Levelz, 1860 Ski Time Square. Call 870-9090 for more information. People are encouraged to dress up in a naughty or nice costume.
Innkeepers expect to be up 10 percent in December
The tourism outlook for the next couple of Saturdays is spotty, but two resort lodging leaders say they're confident their properties will be up, probably by double digits, when December is over.
Event is only time of year when people can cruise down Howelsen on tubes
The strains of Christmas carols mixed with the sounds of happy children at Howelsen Hill Thursday night.
Strawberry Park receives state's highest rating
Strawberry Park Elementary School on Thursday became the first school in Routt County to receive an excellent rating in the Colorado School Accountability Reports.
"What gloom!" cried the baritone, rising out of the dungeon under a groaning stone. I cried for it. That's how I see life too. I was so interested in the opera that for a while I forgot the circumstances of my crazy life and got lost in the great mournful sounds of Beethoven and the rich Rembrandt tones of his story.
Wednesday, December 4
Organization takes first place in its category at El Pomar awards banquet
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association won a prestigious Award for Excellence from the El Pomar Foundation Wednesday night.
Sailors basketball teams start 2002-03 season with tournament
Both Steamboat Springs basketball teams will begin the 2002-03 season at the two-day Roaring Fork Tournament in Carbondale this weekend.
For the past several months, Steamboat Springs freestyle skier Carly Gmeiner has been anxiously counting down the weeks.
For the second straight year, Steamboat Springs tennis player Alexandra Leatu swept past the field at the Colorado Springs Country Club to win the annual Turkey Shoot.
Santa Claus to make special Steamboat appearance
Santa Claus is coming to town today for a pre-Christmas Eve appearance at Howelsen Hill.
Debate centers around tap fees, water rates
For a month, the City Council has been meeting in executive sessions to discuss its attempts to resolve a money dispute with the Steamboat II Metropolitan District.
Tuesday, Dec. 3 12:51 a.m. Two intoxicated men in a hot tub were harassing other guests in the 3100 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Oak Creek revisits GRAMNET funding matter
The Oak Creek Town Board will reconsider its decision not to fund the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team.
The Steamboat Springs wrestling team will open its 2002 season at home this weekend.
Routt County would like to acquire a private road just outside of Milner to ease traffic through the town.
Tuesday, December 3
Local teams get quality playing time against formidable foes
The local house teams that played in the recent Rocky Mountain Rumble Tournament didn't finish with winning records.
Spillane takes 10th place for Americans
A Steamboat Springs athlete posted the best American finish Nov. 29 in the Nordic combined World Cup Opener in Kuusamo, Finland? and it wasn't American standout Todd Lodwick.
While Moffat County High School sophomore Jared Lowther scored 13 points and dished eight assists in the Bulldogs' 59-41 opening win against the Hayden Tigers, his ingenuity during school may have been the play of the day.
It was nail-biting time last weekend for Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skier Alex Miller as he set about making the cut for World Cup B events in Steamboat Dec. 13-15.
The city is moving ahead with the idea of selling advertising on bus shelters despite objections from three City Council members.
Homesteader's family buried there after contracting diphtheria
To find the Pioneer Cemetery, you have to go looking for it.
Surveying the Issues
The Steamboat Springs School Board took the right step Monday night in deciding to move ahead with developing a survey to get feedback on school district issues.
Airline bookings into Yampa Valley Regional Airport over Christmas and New Year's have increased as much as 15 percent from last year.
Healthy Mountain Communities group takes comments
The Healthy Mountain Communities group presented to about 25 Routt County residents and community leaders a portion of its Smart Growth Scorecard survey to help finalize the document and to create discussion about local population increases.
Oak Creek Police Officer Tim Willert's first day on the job is one he won't soon forget.
Howelsen Ice Arena is ready to turn Steamboat Springs into hockey central as teams from around the state take to the ice in the seventh annual Ski Town USA Hockey Festival.
Monday, Dec. 2 8:54 a.m. A vehicle complaint was reported on Aspen Street between Seventh and Eighth streets. Police gave the motorist a written warning.
City approves first reading of ordinance
With little discussion, the City Council took the first step in increasing water rates Tuesday night.
Monday, December 2
Fields and lawns left bone-dry by drought and devoured by grasshoppers seem like a bad summer memory.
Company attempting to stave off bankruptcy
United Airlines' financial woes should not hinder air traffic into Yampa Valley Regional Airport this winter, local officials said.
The city is toying with the idea of selling advertising on its bus shelters.
Council will vote on hike tonight
City water users could see a hike in their water rates as early as Jan. 1, 2003.
Sunday, December 1
Todd Fellows from the Ski Haus compared Thanksgiving weekend to a faucet one that had been slowly dripping before, but was on full force over the holiday weekend.
Permit me to say a few words about snow. In fact, I'd like to say 708 words about snow exactly enough to fill this column.
Holiday Tree Festival raises funds
The Routt County Fairgrounds is best known for its livestock auctions, but a different type of auction was going on at the Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall Sunday afternoon.