Stories for December 2002


Monday, December 30

Pilot: Misjudging gain in altitude a common mistake in area crashes

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.

'We didn't have enough altitude'

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.

Passengers call survival 'a miracle'

Neil "Tony" Marsh does not look like a man who was in a plane crash two days ago.

Dispute over Steamboat sale could be over

Tim and Diane Mueller's bid for a court order to force the sale of the Steamboat Ski Area could be snowed under.

Officials confirm salmonella

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.

Plane Crash: Transcript of 911 call

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.

Survey reveals courthouse ideas

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.

Officers planning DUI enforcement

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.

The record for Dec. 31, 2002

The record for Jan. 1, 2002

O'Hara sworn in as chief district judge

Michael "Mick" O'Hara was sworn in Monday as chief district judge of the 14th Judicial District.

Snowmobiler critical to rescue

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

Residents safe after house fire in Yampa

A fire Saturday afternoon damaged a home in Yampa.

A few predictions for the upcoming year

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.

Colorado Springs woman dies in plane crash

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.

The record for Dec. 30, 2002

Skier serious after hitting tree at ski area

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

Sound off for Dec. 29, 2002

Future of the family farm is here

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.

Elementary class sizes may decrease

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.

A year in the outdoors

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.

The next generation

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.

Passengers in plane crash Sunday rescued

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.

Our View: Wrong way to go

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.

The record for Sun. Dec. 29

Newsmaker of the year: Cargo

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.

The year in business

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.

The Year in Review

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.

Chelsea's gets new look

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.

Classic ranch offered

A historic middle Elk River Valley Ranch has recently been listed for sale. Make that two ranches.

Friday, December 27

The record for Sat. Dec. 28

Two snowstorms possibly in Steamboat's near future

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.

Food poisoning investigated

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.

Snowpack holds key to refilling reservoirs

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.

YVRA begins screening carry-ons

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.

Thursday, December 26

Nearly 14,000 visitors expected

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.

Snow now, dollars later

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.

The record for Dec. 27

Top racers expected to compete for prize money

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.

Utah changes Spillane

Nordic combined athlete benefits from year-round training

Life in Utah has changed Johnny Spillane.

AnswerLink: Help for landscape, lawn & garden questions

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.

Torchlight parade tradition continues

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.

Guitar guru moving in his own direction

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.

Puppeteer brings 'Peter and the Wolf' to Steamboat

Jim Gamble and his company, Jim Gamble Puppet Productions, perform their unique puppet shows around the country and around the world.

Juilliard School phenom headlines holiday concert

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.

Tree disposal location moves

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

An existence under the snow

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.

Community turns out for annual Christmas dinner

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.

Many spend Christmas working

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

Steamboat couple shares tradition with residents

Haveners spend Christmas Eve ringing bells for Christmas Kettle Campaign

Most families have Christmas traditions.

Grant provides $45,000 for First Impressions

First Impressions of Routt County has received a $45,000 grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation.

Board of Realtors hosts feast

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

The record for Dec. 24, 2002

The fight of his life

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.

Court facility needs time

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.

The record for Dec. 25, 2002

Foul play not suspected in Dec. 15 fire

Authorities have determined that no foul play was involved in a fire that destroyed a single family residence in Steamboat Springs Dec. 15.

Snowmobilers rescued from Buffalo Pass

Nine snowmobilers were rescued early Monday after becoming stranded in deep snow on Buffalo Pass.

Oak Creek rescinds chief's offer

Orlowske had already shipped belongings to Colorado

Dale Orlowske will not be Oak Creek's new police chief after all.

Sunday, December 22

The history of Santa Claus in Steamboat Springs

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.

Easement to protect Hayden ranch

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.

A very white Christmas

Steamboat boasts the best snow in Colorado

Christmas arrived a week early for snow-starved skiers and snowboarders.

The record for Dec. 23, 2002

Saturday, December 21


Dear Bertha and Clyde, Yes, the sad demise of Antone Jacobs makes an interesting (though sad) story.

Steamboat Grand divvies up eighth shares

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" Virginia Haight

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.

SOUND OFF for Dec. 22

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.

Bumps & Jumps

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."

Real estate window shopping

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.

Agents pleased with condo sales

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.

A perfect score

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.

Firing up memories

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.

Oak Creek teens leave town behind

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."

Merry and bright

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.


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 Charles Voloshin

Peter "Chuck" Voloshin died Nov. 11, 2002 at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. Chuck was 69.

Timothy Mark O'Konski

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.

Perfect powder days: How deep is it?

In nearly 10 days of epic snowstorms, the snow report for the Steamboat Ski Area on Dec. 19 stands out.

TOWN TALK: Oak Creek/Phippsburg

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.


Mr and Mrs. Roland Smith have been in Grand Junction the past few days, where they celebrated an early Christmas with Bonnie's family.

Virgil Christian Johnson Sr.

Longtime Routt County resident Virgil Christian Johnson Sr., died Dec. 3, 2002 at the Palisade Living Center in Palisade, Colo. He was 90.

JAIL REPORT for Dec. 22

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.

Separation of church, state questioned

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.

Scare brings awareness to carbon monoxide poisoning

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.


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.

Julian and Hirschi

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.

Blowdown prime habitat for birds

Anyone who has scratched his or her way through the Routt Divide Blowdown knows it isn't the most hospitable place.

County gets results from social survey

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

Sailors maul Marauders

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.

Beard-growing contest a draw

The students of Hayden High School gathered at an assembly Friday morning to see the winner of a beard-growing contest.

Students relish last day of school before break

The halls were alive with the sound of excited children.

Friends dominate skiing competition

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.

Departments get grants to combat drunken drivers

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.

Fish Creek fee goes up

Rate increases from $3 to $5

Hikers, snowshoers or skiers will have to pay a higher fee to get into Fish Creek Falls.

White fills House leadership role

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.

The Record for Dec. 21

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

Girls basketball team remains perfect

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team remained perfect on the season with a 54-28 victory over Rangely Thursday night.

SOS racing event held this weekend

The Snowboard Outreach Society's first of two scheduled winter racing events takes place this weekend at Howelsen Hill.

Mayer places second

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.

Nominees for judge's position named

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.

Power route agreed upon

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.

The record for Dec. 20

Design basics for your garden

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"?

Airlines making new offers

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.

Powder day lands man behind bars

Local takes off with another's skis

Most people who lose their ski and snowboard equipment to theft never see it again.

Dream, Dave the gargoyle spark new art exhibit

While looking for inspiration for her joint art exhibit with Pat Walsh, Susan Schiesser found Dave.

Sonar definitely out of this world

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.

Popular pages

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.

Local rental cars booked almost until end of year

Plenty of cars sit in the lot at Hertz Rent A Car near Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Tone Loc sails into the 'Boat

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.

Orzach resigns from Community Alliance board

Stuart Orzach, president of the board of the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley, resigned his seat on the board this week.

Steamboat hockey hits prime time

Gone are the days of late-night or early morning games.

Snowmobilers decry changes to map

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

Snowmobile races returning

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.

Bouldin takes on a new role

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.

ASC alters Grand sales effort

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.

Steamboat picks up wins, momentum

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team has picked up four straight wins and plenty of momentum just in time for the long winter break.

Group wants more direction on plans

The partners of 4S Development Limited met on Tuesday to discuss the future of Sunburst Ranch, a proposed 902-acre development in Hayden.

City sees drop in sales tax numbers

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.

Snow bombards Routt County

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.

Former Citigroup, IBM exec join ASC management

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.

Storm sweep past Twin Peaks

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.

Candidates one step closer to knowing

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.

The Record for Dec. 19

Tuesday, Dec. 17 2:34 a.m. An intoxicated man at the Steamboat Grand was given a taxi ride to his hotel.

Town Challenge Race Series begins

The 21st annual Town Challenge Race Series kicks off tonight at Howelsen Hill.

Tuesday, December 17

Sailors in control

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.

Bumps & Jumps events have own twist

The names will be familiar, but the events in this week's Paul Mitchell Ultimate Bumps & Jumps will have a twist all there own.

Judge orders new courthouse

Doucette cites number of deficiencies with space

Routt County has been ordered to build a new court facility.

Hayden will install new software program

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.

Deer, elk need their space

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.

Abandoned horses find home

Animals not fed or watered for days

Two horses and a pony abandoned last week in Romick Arena got a new home.

Yule Log recovered

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.

Council says 'no' to ads

City unanimously agrees not to pursue bus stop advertising

The City Council said "no" to advertising on bus shelters Tuesday night.

City approves gas station

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.

Local earns spot on ski team

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

Answers sought for wildfires

County officials want to alleviate risks

County officials want to help fire protection districts do their job better.

Steamboat City Council districts may change

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.

Simms, DeVincentis may seek mediation

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.

Council will revisit gas station

Safety of water supply is main concern

Taking advantage of opportunities

The record for Dec. 17, 2002

Area plan receives input

Public offers

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.

The record for Dec. 18, 2002

Sunday, December 15

The record for Dec. 16, 2002

School board will study accountability reports

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.

Authorities warn against ski theft

Simple deterrents can go a long way

Skiers and boarders take chances on the slopes every day.

Two gravel pits, and a bark beetle in a spruce tree

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.

Strike up the band

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.

Teacher evaluation system debated

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.

The Grumpy Shepherd

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.

Traveling in style isn't such a stretch

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.

Input on area plan update sought

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.

Forest Service seeking balance between skiers, snowmobilers

The U.S. Forest Service is working on a plan that would close portions of the Routt National Forest to snowmobiles.

Terry O. Moore

Former Steamboat Springs resident Terry Moore died Nov. 30, 2002, of natural causes in Sandpoint, Idaho. He was 49.

Bright lights, big dreams

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.

Girls share title with Roaring Fork

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.

Deadlines approaching

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.

Ready, waiting for the right idea

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.

Web revolutionizing real estate world

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.

Charles H. "Bud" Kissinger

Charles H. "Bud" Kissinger died Dec. 7, 2002, in Cañon City. He was 81.

Gladys Moore

Longtime Yampa resident Gladys M. Moore died Nov. 18, 2002, in Yuma, Ariz. She was 92.

Leslie Peschel Gregory

Leslie Peschel Gregory of Steamboat Springs died Nov. 29, 2002. She was 53.

Ward Louis Holderness

Ward Louis Holderness of Pueblo and formerly of Hayden died Dec. 4, 2002. He was 67.

Conductor picks challenging holiday selections

Teresa Steffen just might be spoiled.

In search of dorado

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.

TOWN TALK: Oak Creek/Phippsburg

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.

Beverly Ann Mason

Beverly Ann Mason of Steamboat Springs died unexpectedly Dec. 2, 2002, in Grand Junction at the age of 58.


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.

Braaten on top again

For the second straight day, it was Norwegian Kenneth Braaten setting himself apart from the Nordic combined World Cup B field at Howelsen Hill.

Tops at tournament

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.

SOUND OFF for Dec. 15

Keep money here Loved the ViewPoint that was in the paper Sunday on shopping locally.

Youngsters learn lesson in giving

For most kids, the holiday season is a time for getting gifts.

Friday, December 13

World Cup B gets under way

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.

Boys pull off last-second win

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.

Sailors girls improve to 4-0 with 68-58 win

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.

Gaming on the table

Taylor wants expanded options

State Sen. Jack Taylor is concerned that Colorado's tourism industry isn't keeping up with the competition.

First jet arrives at YVRA full of passengers

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.

Simms reprimands DeVincentis

Strawberry Park Principal John DeVincentis received a two-page reprimand from Superintendent Cyndy Simms earlier this week.

Carbon monoxide poisoning sends team to hospital

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

Boys' defense outlasts Middle Park

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.

Gallery Goddess

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.

Girls win first game

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.

Seed to seed: A reverent act

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

Tourism to take off

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.

The record for Dec. 14, 2002

Doubly talented Kenning brings unique sound to town

Kraig Kenning is a songwriter who just happens to play a pretty mean guitar and slide guitar, or Dobro.

County looks at smallpox plan

Officials developing strategy to handle outbreak locally

Routt County is not immune to smallpox.

Applicants for judge's seat throw hats in the ring

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.

ASC delays earnings report again

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.

The Texans are coming

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.

The record for Dec. 13

Planners OK preliminary plat

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.

Oak Creek approves budget; town treasurer's departure discussed

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

Record-setting day

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.

Candidates for 14th Judicial District seat announced today

The names of people who applied for District Judge Joel S. Thompson's seat will be released today.

Girls basketball team goes 2-1 at tourney

The Soroco girls basketball team went 2-1 overall at the DeBeque Tournament held last Saturday and Sunday.

Soroco's turnaround

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.

Calendar committee toys with dates

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.

Group emerges against plan

Homeowners opposed to planned subdivision

A preliminary plat application going before the City Planning Commission tonight will face strong opposition.

First-year coach sees Tigers' progress

The Hayden boys basketball team opened the season with two double-digit losses, but first-year coach Shawn Baumgartner sees progress.

Impressions defines directions

Group holds annual board retreat

Early childhood care and education is alive and well in Routt County.

Hayden girls team starts big

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.

The Record for Dec. 12

Tuesday, Dec. 10 1:11 a.m. A theft was reported in the 2500 block of Village Drive.

Educators plan alternative track for seniors

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

City sets goals at meeting

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.

United filing should not affect YVRA flights

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.

Girls team takes shot at second title

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.

Skiers buckle down as selection looms

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.

City: Hard times are ahead

Council discusses options in wake of economic downturn

The City Council believes the city will continue to face grim economic times.

Routt County detox program on horizon

A plan to treat people who struggle with abuse and dependence problems in Routt County is on the horizon.

Letters to the Editor

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.

Shoot-out begins Thursday

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.

Road will open to public

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.

The Record for Dec. 11

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.

Kiwanis Club unveils 20th annual holiday ornament

The Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club's 20th annual holiday ornaments are for sale at several Steamboat locations this week.

Macartney again leads field in Beaver Creek

For the second day in a row, Scott Macartney was the fastest skier on the Birds of Prey racecourse in Beaver Creek.

Jarrett returns to Steamboat

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

City, county join on housing

Authority is among top priorities

The City Council and County Commissioners are willing to financially support a multi-jurisdictional housing authority.

Airport authority funding sought

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.

Finding the Yule Log

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

Steamboat rodeo recognized

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.

Deep in the heart of Dairyland at Baumgartner's Tavern

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.

Tuition fund changes on horizon

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

A Modest Proposal on Water

Letters to the editor

Sailors' Drake nominated for national 'Coach of the Year'

Mark Drake's office is filled with memories images of players long since graduated

Rolling to victory

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.

Board to advise against airport authority

The Yampa Valley Regional Airport Advisory Board doesn't believe a statutory airport authority will solve the airport's fiscal woes.

Lights on the Horizons

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.

Obituaries for Dec. 8, 2002

Building Permits for Nov. 25-29

New restaurant in El Rancho location

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.

Gibson named state's top concierge

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."

School Success

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.

Food banks reach busiest time of year

On any given day at food banks in Routt County, some shelves are bare. On any given day those same shelves are stocked.

Realtors to test new lock boxes

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.

Sound Off for Dec. 8, 2002

Sound off for Dec.8, 2002

The tele revolution

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 record for Dec. 8, 2002

School district selling North Routt land

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.

One-sport athletes don't come to play

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

Parents get night out on town

Program offers chance to leave kids with sitters

Parents can leave the kids behind Wednesday night.

Artists display work today

Craft fair offers Christmas gifts, ideas

Crafters and artisans are displaying the best of their homespun, handcrafted and homemade work today.

Hayden may expand town limits

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

'A Juggler's Dream' may become holiday tradition

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.

Saying goodbye to a local icon

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.

Soroco, Hayden scores mixed

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.

Oak Creek denies GRAMNET funding

The Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team will not receive $2,000 it requested from the town of Oak Creek.

A perfect match

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.

Storm sweep past Breckenridge, 9-0

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.

Performers ready for a jolly time

The Oak Street Performing Arts Co.'s first show is a diverse community effort that will be worth the ticket price.

Steamboat, Vail tie in opener

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.

Zimmerer, football team honored

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.

The Record for Dec. 6

Wednesday, Dec. 4 4:55 a.m. An extra patrol was requested at the corner of Conestoga and U.S. Highway 40.

Keeping your houseplants healthy

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.

Buff Pass permit appeal denied

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.

Planners give initial OK to road acquisition

Routt County officials hope putting a private road into the county's hands improves safety for motorists and pedestrians.

Buff Pass water content retreats to below average

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.

Outlook for tourism good so far

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.

Report: School excellent

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.

Community party serves up plenty of holiday cheer

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.

Opera working to bring big-name stars to town

"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

VNA earns top honors

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.

New beginnings

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.

Local freestyle skier looks forward to competition

For the past several months, Steamboat Springs freestyle skier Carly Gmeiner has been anxiously counting down the weeks.

Steamboat tennis player wins second Turkey Shoot

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.

Parks and Rec hosts holiday party at Howelsen

Santa Claus to make special Steamboat appearance

Santa Claus is coming to town today for a pre-Christmas Eve appearance at Howelsen Hill.

City, Steamboat II still disagree

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.

The Record for Dec. 5

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.

Town to reconsider decision

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.

Wrestling team opens season at home

The Steamboat Springs wrestling team will open its 2002 season at home this weekend.

County looks to ease traffic through Milner

Routt County would like to acquire a private road just outside of Milner to ease traffic through the town.

Tuesday, December 3

Tough competition

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.

Local athlete posts best finish

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.

Moffat Co. tops Hayden, 59-41

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.

Miller earns final spot in World Cup B

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.

City moves ahead with advertising on bus shelters

The city is moving ahead with the idea of selling advertising on bus shelters despite objections from three City Council members.

Hayden cemetery tells century-old tale

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.

YVRA bookings increase

Airline bookings into Yampa Valley Regional Airport over Christmas and New Year's have increased as much as 15 percent from last year.

Growth issues discussed

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 adds new officer

Oak Creek Police Officer Tim Willert's first day on the job is one he won't soon forget.

Hockey Festival transforms Steamboat

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.

The Record for Dec. 4

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.

Council OKs water rate hikes

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

County prepares for hoppers

Fields and lawns left bone-dry by drought and devoured by grasshoppers seem like a bad summer memory.

United woes won't affect YVRA

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.

Advertising may adorn city's bus shelters

The city is toying with the idea of selling advertising on its bus shelters.

Water rates may increase

Council will vote on hike tonight

City water users could see a hike in their water rates as early as Jan. 1, 2003.

The record for Dec. 3, 2002

Sunday, December 1

Holiday season gets under way

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.

Skiers beware: The snow snake is back

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.

Auction benefits youth groups

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.