Stories for February 2002


Thursday, February 28

Entertainer hopes to make magic less 'Korny'

Chris Korn can read minds and make coins move without touching them. While he's creating an artistic illusion using props and natural light, he may even crack a joke about your mother.

Sailor girls drop first-round district game

Steamboat's Jennifer Weber didn't make a single shot in the first half of Thursday night's district tournament game against Montrose, so when the buzzer sounded, she stayed on the court shooting 3-pointers.

Thompson to have busy day in court

Mario Lintz's arraignment is one of many high-profile cases that will be addressed today by 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson.

The road now tougher

Sailors fall to Indians but still alive in regional playoff race

As Montrose's Zach Smith iced five free throws to seal the win, he spoiled the Steamboat Sailors' chances at gaining a high seed in the regional tournament.

Doak Walker residents get taste of the cowboy way

Suited up in cowboy boots, leather vests and cowboy hats, Steve Jones and John Fisher strutted into the Doak Walker Care Center Thursday like cowboys walking into a saloon with a guitar and banjo strapped around their shoulders.

Time Warped

Whoever had the idea to begin with (Brian Harvey, Doug Lockwood or Eric Leach), it was one that led to continuous script tweaking, newfound singing voices and a mountain of laughs.


Don't sweat the small stuff

When The Pirate Theatre published the Steamboat Pirate & Yesterday to foreshadow upcoming scenes from "Community Use Theatre" for the first time last September, Doug Lockwood and Brian Harvey weren't sure of my reaction to their spoof on me Kelva Silly. They obviously didn't know me that well.

Railroad Earth: Hot off the festival circuit, into the 'Boat

Money, fame and rock stardom aren't the first things on the minds of members of the East Coast band Railroad Earth, but those things sure wouldn't hurt.


P-M receives $10,000 grant Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat Springs will receive a $10,000 grant from the Boettcher Foundation for the next three years. Perry-Mansfield is one of 15 nonprofit organizations in the state to receive such a grant. The three-year commitment will provide general operating support for existing programs in Colorado.


Today Funk-fueled New Orleans band Afroskull plays at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only.

Fair offers wedding options

Organizers say today's Wedding Fair is designed to make the daunting task of planning a wedding a little easier for engaged couples.

Crawford wins women's race, followed by Gmeiner

Locals dominate moguls event

Local skiers dominated the steep pitches of Voo Doo ski run Thursday and the top spots in the Rocky Mountain Regional Championships.

Locals dominate moguls event

Crawford wins women's race, followed by Gmeiner

Local skiers dominated the steep pitches of Voo Doo ski run Thursday and the top spots in the Rocky Mountain Regional Championships.

State trooper not cited for patrol accident

Commander: 'Corrective measures' taken

A state trooper who wrecked a patrol vehicle into the rear of a logging truck will not be issued a citation, but he does face disciplinary action.

Man likely to plead guilty in vehicular homicide case

A 19-year-old Denver man is expected to plead guilty this morning to charges stemming from an accident that killed his best friend last summer.

Olympic cauldron to be extinguished today

Tonight at midnight, the cauldron on the courthouse lawn that has burned for an entire month to show the community's appreciation for its local Olympians will be extinguished.

Junior Olympics under way

Paul Berry and Bryan Fletcher became the first Steamboat Springs skiers to discover gold in the hills of Minnesota this week.

Hoffman returns to the Depot

While many birthdays are spent dining at a fine restaurant surrounded by family and friends, Joan Hoffmann's idea of a middle-age celebration included paintbrushes and hiking shoes.

Artist captures 'untamed spirits'

Susann Saarel mimicked her father's hobby of photography by surrounding herself with cameras and lenses at a young age. She began looking at the world through a Kodak Instamatic at the age of 7.

Wednesday, February 27

Letter: Nordic Combined coach, team members appreciate support

We cannot put enough emotion into any words on paper to say THANKS enough for the support this community has given us over the years. It is an unbelievable feeling of gratitude we will never forget when you feel that every person who lives in this valley along with organizations like the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., the city of Steamboat Springs and so many more support you no matter what with out asking anything in return.

Students to tackle issues, including violence, sexual assaults

Challenge Day kicks off Monday

When some Steamboat Springs High School students go through a program on risky behavior and violence among youth next week, the community will be asked to participate.

Fair more than hypotheses, conclusions

Lisa Lorenz gathered her troops Wednesday morning to offer some guidance before sending them out to inspect a myriad of controlled variables, graphs and household pets. Dozens of adults volunteered to judge the annual Steamboat Springs Middle School science fair. Every sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade student at the school was required to turn in a science project, but they could choose not to enter their project in the science fair.

Orton Foundation unveils plan

The Orton Family Foundation knows just how powerful information can be. The Steamboat-based nonprofit is on a mission to empower rural communities to determine their own destinies, especially by making information accessible.

House bill will not affect smaller schools

Area superintendents are breathing a sigh of relief now that a House bill that would have hurt districts with shrinking enrollments will no longer bring such repercussions.

Drainage issues, maintenance create concerns for officials

Forest Service reviews Elk Park Road options

Forest Service officials are reviewing options for Elk Park Road, including closing the road to vehicles.

High flyin'

Gmeiner soars to 1st in upright championship event

A relaxed Gina Gmeiner danced playfully to music blaring from a pair of temporary event speakers at the bottom of the aerial hill a few minutes before the start of Wednesday's Rocky Mountain Division's upright championships.

Locals enlist in Salt Lake Army

Residents team with Utah churches to aid security personnel

Among the numerous athletes and volunteers Steamboat Springs sent to the 2002 Olympics were 14 residents who represented Ski Town USA by manning Salvation Army tents in Utah.

Our View: Gravel Pit Matrix a smart move

Evaluation process should help decide future pit proposals

As long as there is a need for new roads, housing and buildings, there is a need for gravel. And the only way to keep the cost of that gravel reasonable is to locate the gravel pit near the construction where it is used.

Sailors expect tougher Indians team

With all but one of its players possibly coming back, Montrose is a different team than the one Steamboat pounded 56-34 last season in the semifinal round of the district tournament.

Speech teams to arrive for regionals

More than 250 students will converge on Steamboat Springs High School this weekend to display their debating, acting and speaking skills.

Letter: Olympics Coverage Appreciated

Thanks for sending Tom Ross and John Russell to Salt Lake City. Their excellent articles and great photos of our Olympians have been wonderful.

Tuesday, February 26


Thanks, Pilot & Today Thanks for sending Tom Ross and John Russell to Salt Lake City.

Cortez boys the favorites at districts

While Montezuma-Cortez stands strong as the district favorite coming into this weekend's boys basketball tournament, the placing of the teams that follow is as uncertain as a last-second shot from halfcourt.

Commissioners rule against SLO

Unguided snowmobilers banned from using private trail in North Routt

Snowmobilers will no longer be able to use a private trail to access the Columbine area unless they are escorted by a Steamboat Lake Outfitters' guide. On Tuesday afternoon, the Routt County Board of Commissioners banned the North Routt County company from letting unguided snowmobilers use the trail because of complaints aired by neighboring residents.

Tennis to replace trailer court

Health and Rec moves forward with development plans

The Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association is getting ready to build tennis courts this summer where Trailer Haven trailer park currently sits. The nonprofit association presented an application last week to the city to build three hard courts after the trailer park is demolished and its remaining residents are evicted this July.

Sailor girls open districts vs. Indians

Next Monday, at 2:45 p.m., the Sailors girls basketball team has practice scheduled. That is how confident the Sailors are that they will advance out of the district tournament this weekend and into the regional round next weekend.

Pentathlon nears

Snow circuit, which features five events, takes place March 9

Local endurance athletes can fill their sporting appetite this year at Howelsen Hill during the 11th annual Steamboat Pentathlon.

Snow average off

Season level likely won't hit target

The ski trails of Mount Werner have been plastered with powder all month long, but the Steamboat Ski Area has a distance to go if it is to match the 20-year average for season snowfall.


Thumbs Up to Gravel Pit Matrix

As long as there is a need for new roads, housing and buildings, there is a need for gravel. And the only way to keep the cost of that gravel reasonable is to locate the gravel pit near the construction where it is used.

Indiana man suffers cardiac arrest at ski area

A 59-year-old Indiana man is recovering in a Fort Collins hospital after he was revived Monday when he went into cardiac arrest at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Craig bomb plot defendant sentenced

The second defendant to be sentenced in connection with an alleged plot to bomb Moffat County High School and the Moffat County Courthouse was sentenced to the Shiloh Home Juvenile Facility on Monday.

Monday, February 25

Matrix devised to evaluate gravel pit proposals

Routt County planning officials and gravel industry representatives have developed a matrix that will be used to evaluate future gravel pit proposals.

United turns it around at YVRA

Number of passengers booked comparable to last year

The wind-driven storm that piled up drifts of snow at the base of Mount Werner Monday morning had no effect on commercial aviation at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, 30 miles to the west. "This is the tropics down here compared to Steamboat," said United's manager, Jim Halgren. "You guys are living in an ice box."

Trail use to be decided upon

County commissioners may limit use by SLO

The Routt County Board of Commissioners will decide today whether to limit snowmobile use on a private trail in North Routt County.

Snowpack still below average

Snowpack in the Yampa River Basin remains well below average, even though 14.5 inches of snow fell Sunday and Monday at mid-mountain of the Steamboat Ski Area. On Monday, the Natural Resources Conservation Service showed the snowpack in the Yampa River Basin at 67 percent of the average, according to 15 automated sites in the high country in and around Routt County.

Gay gets Hazie Werner Award

Elaine Gay, the matriarch of a third-generation ranching family in Routt County, is this year's winner of the Hazie Werner Award For Excellence, given to a local woman who has achieved excellence in her field.

Sunday, February 24

Be a wise health-care consumer

Steps can be taken to get the most out of your care

February is "Wise Health Care Consumer Month" a good time to reflect on steps you can take to get the most from your health care.

Popcorn machine stolen from Subaru tent

Local officers hope to find the person or persons who stole a $700 popcorn machine from the Steamboat Ski Area this weekend.

Kids disorder topic of forum

Sensory Integration Dysfunction being discussed

Having a hypersensitivity to touch; being extra responsive to motion; or being oversensitive or undersensitive to sound. These are a few symptoms of Sensory Integration Dysfunction, or DSI, a disorder that occurs in many children but is hard to diagnose.

Get ready for pairs reindeer milking in 2006

I am writing this column from my lonely hot tub in sight of the brightly lit ski trails at the bottom of Park City Mountain Resort.

Saturday, February 23


Letters for Feb. 24, 2002

In Brief

Weekly Planner

The weekly planner for Feb. 24, 2002



Life lessons

Nick DeLuca speaks his own language at Hayden Valley Elementary School

Actions speak louder than words in the classroom of one Hayden Valley Elementary teacher. Nancy Schmid's first- grade students speak a second language silently. Their classmate, Nick DeLuca, cannot hear.

Hayden's Copeland runner-up at state wrestling tourney

In the tunnel underneath the stands of the Pepsi Center, Hayden's Tanner Copeland laid down on the cold concrete floor and covered his face with a black T-shirt. But the T-shirt couldn't hide his disappointment of losing in the final seconds of the 215-pound championship match.

It's not easy being green

The challenges posed by a vegan lifestyle

They don't eat garlic bread sopped in butter or a tender filet mignon topped with mushrooms and stuffed with shrimp. Some may wear leather shoes and most drive cars and take photographs but for the majority of vegans in the world, eating or using animal by-products is not a part of their daily lifestyle.

Pilot & Today honored at press convention

Hayden Valley Press wins top award for general excellence

The Hayden Valley Press received 19 awards, including the General Excellence Award as the best newspaper of its size, during the Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest Awards Saturday night at the Brown Palace Hotel. The Steamboat Pilot & Today Sunday received 15 awards in the category for weekly newspapers with circulations of 4,000 or more, and the Steamboat Today received 11 awards in the category for daily newspapers with circulations of 10,000 or less. The Hayden Valley Press swept the sweepstakes awards, given to the best newspaper overall in each category editorial, advertising and photo and design. It is the second consecutive year that the Hayden Valley Press has won the General Excellence Award.

Local briefing

Local briefing for Feb. 24, 2002

Routt County Spotlight

Chula Walker-Griffith

Around town

Around Town for Feb. 24, 2002

Our View

Olympic afterthoughts

With the Winter Olympics nearly over, it gives us all a chance to breathe a little deeper and think a little deeper about what was accomplished during these events. For Steamboat Springs, it was huge.


The record for Feb. 17-23

Iacovetto captures state title

It was a big roar to come out of a 103-pounder. From the side of the mat, Josh Iacovetto's cry of victory could just be heard over the thousands of cheering fans in the Pepsi Center as he ripped off his leg band, pumped his arms and then jumped into the air for a bear hug from coach Doug Gates.

Skiing safer than most family sports

The death of a seven-year-old Florida girl on Monday who skied into a tree at the Aspen Highlands ski area brought Colorado skier fatalities in the 2001-2002 winter to 11, just one shy of the most deaths recorded in the state. "Sadly, they are tragic accidents and they seem to happen in clusters, but I can't give any reason or trends behind the accidents," said Kristin Rust, spokeswoman for Colorado Ski Country USA, which represents 23 of 25 ski resorts in Colorado. This season there have been four deaths at Aspen Highlands, two at Keystone, one at Snowmass, one at Breckenridge, one at Telluride, one at Copper Mountain and one at Monarch, according to Rust. If another fatality occurs it would tie this winter with the winter of 1997-98 when 12 people died at Colorado ski areas.



Carpenter 'logs' onto furniture

South Routt craftsman follows his muse

The logs that line the walls of Derrick Adrian's shop are chairs, tables and beds yet to be imagined. In the meantime, a thick layer of sawdust settles over them as Adrian sands the wood that will comprise his latest log creation. Since the carpenter opened his furniture store in Oak Creek a year and a half ago, he has designed and crafted countless pieces of furniture from the logs.

Friday, February 22

Iacovetto, Copeland make state wrestling finals

It's the second day of the state tournament that makes or breaks the dreams of the almost 900 high school wrestlers that have come to the Pepsi Center.

Pilot & Today takes top honors

Newspaper wins nine Associated Press awards

The Steamboat Pilot & Today won nine awards Friday, including the prestigious Joe McGowan Award for General Excellence, at the annual Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters Banquet.

Ski Corp. promotes 'Sustainable Slopes'

Environmental program starts today

Guests at Mount Werner will find pro-environmental slogans and activities around the ski area today as part of the second annual Sustainable Slopes outreach campaign.

A top-five finish

Steamboat's Lodwick falls short of Olympic medal

American Todd Lodwick was all smiles following his fifth-place finish in Friday's cross county race at Soldier Hollow.

Lodwick's tank not empty

"Kris, I'm done. I'm fried. I have nothing left," Todd Lodwick told his older brother Kris Thursday night.

Thursday, February 21

Local boarders place top four

Local riders Michelle Gorgone, Rebecca Bassett and Justin Goto each made the top four at the Western Regional Snowboard parallel giant slalom finals in Steamboat Springs Thursday.

Rockin' Jake brings blues, jazz to town

The Tugboat in Ski Time Square will scream with traditional New Orleans-style blues and jazz this week with the Rockin' Jake Band arriving Friday and Saturday and Juice returning Wednesday and Thursday for their second show in Steamboat Springs this year.

Yampatika to benefit from Snowball

Deborah Fuller of Yampatika will be able to keep winter and summer programs up and running now that the nature store has been chosen as a co-beneficiary at Snowball 2002 with the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.


4-Points seeks recipes for new feature The Steamboat Pilot & Today is looking for locals with ordinary or extraordinary recipes for a new feature The Local Dish beginning in 4-Points. Please e-mail Kelly Silva at or call 871-4204 for suggestions and recipes.

Coming from behind

Lodwick, Demong have lots of ground to make up for medal

The members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Team will be hoping for a little miracle today at the Soldier Hollow cross country venue in the team's final appearance of the 2002 Winter Olympics. "You never know what can happen in a cross country race," American Todd Lodwick said. "Miracles have happened and hopefully we can have one (today)."

Singular Sensations

When Jean Labaree began dancing in the Steamboat Dance Theatre nearly 20 years ago, men dancers were almost nonexistent.

Hayden to keep talking about housing authority

Despite reservations, the Hayden Town Board gave tentative approval Thursday to joining Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs in further discussing a multi-jurisdictional housing authority.

Donors sought for blood drive

Appointments available for Thursday's event

With less than a week to go until the next community blood drive, plenty of appointments remain to be filled.

Six wrestlers advance at state

Soroco's Josh Iacovetto might have had one less month to prepare than last year, but he returned to the Pepsi Center equally as ready to earn a top finish.


Making memories that last

Beth Bagley-Lewis and Jean Labaree sat in a Steamboat Springs Health and Rec office Tuesday evening reminiscing about days spent dancing in the Depot when they were in their 30s.

Tourist numbers remain strong

Local hotels hope for continued Front Range business

Lodging officials are hopeful the momentum gained from a strong holiday weekend will continue this weekend.

Woman charged with theft of breast pump

Akron resident says she returned the hospital equipment

An Akron woman has been charged with a felony for allegedly failing to return a breast pump to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Team Lodwick watches the show

"What a gorgeous day," Dennis Lodwick said Thursday. "We should spread out a blanket and have wine and cheese."

The Mayer of Steamboat

Ski Town U.S.A.'s silver medalist talks about his sport and his home

Lynn Mayer can't talk about her son's final mogul run at the Olympics without crying. Travis Mayer had surprised everyone by qualifying first, meaning he would ski last in the finals of the freestyle moguls event. As he came out of a heated tent at Deer Valley, he heard the roar of the crowd and lifted his arms. He told his coach he was about to win him a medal.

Wednesday, February 20

Owens caps 18 city tour in Craig

Governor attends Republican fund-raiser, announces candidacy for re-election

Gov. Bill Owens completed a three day, 18-city tour by speaking at a Republican fund-raiser in Craig Wednesday night.

County planning hears an earful

SLO questions ability to enforce conditions

Routt County Sheriff John Warner and a resident question the county planning department's ability to enforce conditions and restrictions for a county permit issued to Steamboat Lake Outfitters.

Group aims to link agriculture, business

Against a backdrop of ski runs and subdivisions, third-, fourth- and fifth-generation ranchers in the Yampa Valley work the land as their fathers and grandfathers did.

Hangar dispute may break deal

Before they enter into a deal to lease 30 acres at the airport to Dunn Properties for private hangar construction, the city wants to make sure it has an out on the lease if it wants or needs to close the airport.

Up next: State ski meet

Sailors' Alpine squad sending 10 Nordic team boasts 5

By late Saturday afternoon, Steamboat's Hennie Kashiwa expects to be exhausted. For two days, Kashiwa will shuttle between Winter Park Ski Area and nearby Nordic courses as he chases down the top high school skimeister in the state.

Curling 'rocks' Ogden the 'Stones' are in the house

Swiss skipper misses target; Norway and Canada to play for gold

It was the bottom of the 10th inning and Andreas Schwaller was on the mound. But this wasn't the World Series, and Schwaller doesn't pitch for the Yankees. He 'pitches' for Switzerland.

Snowboard tour hits Steamboat

So, where do you go after winning an Olympic medal in the halfpipe? Steamboat Springs is hoping it is Mavericks.

South Routt trustee, mayor positions up for grabs

Trustee and mayoral positions will change hands in South Routt this April, providing enough hands are willing to take them.

Elway rings Lodwick's number

Three days after a crushing fourth-place finish in Soldier Hollow, the members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Team got an uplifting call from a guy who knows about adversity.

Locals leave Olympic marks

Ski jump markers have best seats in house

Several Steamboat Springs residents have cheerfully traded in a few hours of sleep and warm toes for one of the best seats at the Winter Olympics.

Tuesday, February 19

8 Tigers headed to state wrestling tourney

One year ago, Peyton's Lee Fairbanks ended Kelly Bruchez's season. But in two days, the Hayden wrestler might get a second chance at Fairbanks and extend his season extend it all the way to the state tournament championship round.

Skyline rules may change

Proposed skyline regulations for Routt County still have a heartbeat, but county officials are proposing significant changes.

The price of Salt Lake

No matter the cost, fans cash in on Olympic souvenirs

Set your Aass down and have a brew Today's hospitality award goes to Norway House. Unlike many of the team houses, Norway welcomes the public. Among other things, guests are invited to step into the Norway House Bar, plunk down five American dollars and pop the top on an Aass beer (that's the name of a very old Norwegian brewery, not a specific part of the Norwegian anatomy).

City Council gives OK to Chadwick

The members of the City Council all think the Chadwick will generally be a good thing for the base of the ski area; what they couldn't decide on Tuesday night was whether it was "too much of a good thing."

Ski jumpers hope to build off Olympics

The standings might not have shown it, but Monday was not a bad day for the members of the U.S. Special Jumping Team.

Alternative school plans discussed

As the Hayden and Soroco school districts pursue plans for an alternative school, the people behind those plans won't be taking any shortcuts.

Council supports tubing ban

Don Woodsmith is tired of tubers floating by his house and making obscene gestures. City regulations forced tubing companies to operate on the lower stretch of the Yampa River last summer, meaning every day tubers floated by the trailer park where Woodsmith lives.

Trooper rear-ends log truck

A Colorado State Trooper may be issued a citation for an accident Tuesday afternoon where a patrol vehicle was totaled on Rabbit Ears Pass when it rear-ended a logging truck.

Allard hosts town meeting

Senator tough on war on terrorism, campaign finance

Some blew kisses; others blew darts. Regardless of what the crowd shot at him Tuesday morning at a town meeting, however, U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., responded to each question with diligence and care, according to audience members.

Hayden to hear housing authority plan

Housing in Hayden may be less expensive than housing in Steamboat Springs, but the price isn't getting any cheaper.

Monday, February 18

Germans jump to gold

It all came down to two teams and one jump Monday.

Fans intrigued by scandal

Everyone has opinion on pairs figure skating issue

Damien Dreis of Seattle was so determined to witness Sunday night's special medals ceremony for pairs figure skating, he "played the pregnancy card."

Allard to hold town meeting

U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., will hold a town meeting from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. today at Centennial Hall to talk with residents.

Man hurt in crash last week in fair condition

A Routt County man seriously injured in a car accident last week is improving at a Denver hospital.

Alborn waffling on retirement

A solid jumping performance Monday and a few days to shake off the disappointment of missed expectations in the individual events have put a smile back on the face of ski jumper Alan Alborn.

City to decide on Chadwick

Building up for development permit in front of council

Few people think the parking lot currently sitting across the street from the Market on the Mountain is achieving the best and highest use of that land. There is considerable debate, however, on just what sort of a structure should go there.

Foundation created to aid medical center fund-raising

A fund-raising foundation has been created to support health-care services at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Wilderness debate back on city's table

A city position supporting a statewide wilderness designation proposal that pleased local environmentalists, angered the Moffat County commissioners and sparked debate for months, could be altered tonight.

Airport sees busy weekend

Workers agree it was the biggest so far this season

A little more than 8,700 passengers flew into and departed from Yampa Valley Regional Airport between Friday and Monday, which was the busiest weekend at the Hayden airport so far.

Sunday, February 17

Have another helping of happy juice; we're in Utah

Don't tell anyone, but I think I may have uncovered the first major drug scandal of the Winter Olympic Games. I'm convinced that everyone in Utah has been exposed to a euphoric agent. Perhaps it's in the water let's call it "Utah Happy Juice."

Tourists boost local business

Visitors in town over holiday weekend push sales up

Locals who skied or rode on Saturday realized what it meant to have an estimated 13,600 people visiting Steamboat Springs for the Presidents Day weekend.

Lalive falls four gates into super-G

Caroline Lalive's dispute with gravity deepened Sunday as the 22-year-old ski racer from Steamboat Springs crashed to the snow four gates into the women's Olympic super-G.

NWS: Storm may drop up to 8 inches of snow

If National Weather Service forecasts are correct, locals may want to wax and tune their skis and snowboards today to prepare for a decent powder day of skiing Tuesday.

Fans proud of accomplishment

Despite finishing just shy of a medal, it was a historic day for Nordic combined

The solemn faces told the story as U.S. Nordic combined fans filed out of the stadium Sunday after watching Todd Lodwick, Bill Demong, Johnny Spillane and Matt Dayton place fourth in the 4X5k relay.

A disappointing loss

Nordic combined team places fourth, just missing the chance for a medal

Nobody at the finish line had to tell Steamboat Springs' Todd Lodwick the difference between being third and fourth in the Nordic combined team event Sunday. That's because on this day, it was the difference between Olympic glory and missing his lifelong dream of winning a medal.

Sinus pain can be treated

At-home tips to alleviate discomfort

How can you tell if the pressure across your forehead indicates a sinus condition, a tension headache or a hangover? Read this.

Saturday, February 16




Routt County Spotlight

Stephanie Reineke


Sailors climbing back up ladder

This weekend was redemption for the Sailors. The first time around, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team came out of the Delta and Palisade matchups with its first two league losses. However, three weeks later, after beating Delta in double overtime Friday night, Steamboat rolled to a 56-40 victory over Palisade Saturday night.

Contingent of area wrestlers headed to state

14 grapplers from Hayden, Soroco and Steamboat earn berths to tournament next weekend

Fourteen area wrestlers earned a trip to the Pepsi Center this weekend as they took a fourth- place or higher at two regional tournaments.

U.S. within reach of medal

American Nordic combined team could make history today

It's been a long journey for the members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Team. But after Saturday, the athletes are closer than ever to reaching the goal of an Olympic medal. "It's been 12 years of hard work 365 days a year. There isn't any secret to it," head coach Tom Steitz said after his team placed third in the jumping portion. "It's really just belief and commitment and a long, long process. Every year we've been getting better it's a long way to the top of the world." On Saturday, however, the four members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Team jumped to within reach of earning America's first medal ever in the sport of Nordic combined, which is a mixture of ski jumping and cross country skiing.


Fulfilling an Olympic dream

Finland may have won Saturday's jumping portion of the Nordic Combined Team event, but the afternoon belonged to the Americans.

Medal man

Vendor makes his mark with Olympic pins

Hal Levine of Steamboat Springs won't get much sleep during the Winter Olympiad; he'll be lucky to average four hours a night. But it's not because he's attending three events a day. And it's not because he's partying until the wee hours you can't pin that rap on Hal.

First National banks on a new building

Oak Creek financial establishment moves into new home

When First National Bank of the Rockies held its grand opening in Oak Creek last week, Ken Recker knew one thing was missing. Recker, the new president of First National in Oak Creek, ordered a set of moose antlers to hang above the entrance of the bank's new building. The antlers, he said, would typify the town's character while adding the finishing touch to months of construction and anticipation.



Local briefing

Local briefing for Feb. 17, 2002

Class Notes

Class notes for Feb. 17, 2002

Our View

The idea of a multijurisdictional housing authority to oversee affordable housing didn't exactly go over smoothly in meetings with South Routt residents.




Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Feb. 6-13, 2002


Around Town

Around town for Feb. 17, 2002

Bronze stars

Local artists show mettle in their sculpting

Patrick Zabel has reached a point in his life where bronze sculpting is a spiritual escapade. When championship rodeo saddles were put on the shelf to remain only a memory, Zabel looked to the Native American culture for guidance and meditative healing in working with his hands.

In Brief

In brief for Feb. 17, 2002

Weekly Planner

The weekly planner for Feb. 18-23, 2002

Postponed events leave some fans in the lurch

Olympic officials can't dictate which way the wind blows but when swirling gusts forced the postponement of the Nordic combined team jumping competition from Feb. 14 until Feb. 16, and the 4X5k relay from the 15th to the 17th, the decision left some Steamboat fans scrambling, digging deeper into their wallets, or both.

Group hopes to keep Howelsen 'king' of the hills

Colorado Ski Heritage Project gaining ground in efforts to upgrade local ski jumping facilities

No one wants to put any more pressure on Todd Lodwick and his fellow Nordic combined skiers this weekend. But if they were to pull off a medal-winning performance, it could certainly add a boost to a local drive to upgrade the ski jumps at Howelsen Hill.

Bush's popularity may trickle down

Lincoln Day Dinner well received by local Republicans

The overwhelming popularity of President Bush bodes well for Republicans everywhere this election year, said a number of Republicans at the Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday at Steamboat Springs Airport.

Senior's drive earns him a full ride

Roddy Beall awarded Steamboat's second Boettcher Scholarship in two years

When Roddy Beall was born, he came home from the hospital in a 1947 Plymouth Special Deluxe. Sixteen years later, his dad gave him the car for his birthday and Beall gave the car a major overhaul. Bought 25 years earlier for $50 at an auction in Toponas, the car received new interior panels and fabrics, a modern stereo system and a bright red paint job. While the 55-year-old car with two-wheel drive stays indoors during the winter, in the warmer months the red hot rod is a fitting match for the curly red-headed Steamboat Springs High School senior.

Steamboat girls fall to Palisade, 58-56

As the buzzer ended the Steamboat vs. Palisade game Saturday night, so did the Sailors' hopes of entering the league tournament with a winning record.

Colossal caseload

Record number of cases pass through courthouse in 2001

Criminal cases handled in the Routt County Courthouse hit an all-time high in 2001, which has county judicial officials wondering how much more the 79-year-old facility can take. Last year, the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office in Steamboat Springs filed a total of 2,643 cases.

Friday, February 15

Boys knock off No. 1 Delta in double OT

A star was born Friday night. And his name is Cameron Burney. The 6-foot-3 freshman scored the final two points to seal Steamboat's double overtime win over top-ranked Delta.

Pregnant felon gets little mercy

Woman to serve 75 months in community corrections

Although she had hoped to give birth under the supervision of a clinic doctor, Lois Kibel will be having her child under supervision of the state for stealing from her employers. Kibel had hoped her pregnancy would cause the judge to reconsider her sentence, but Judge Joel Thompson said doing that would make a "laughingstock" of the court given her offenses. Kibel, who walked into the 14th District courtroom 33 weeks pregnant Friday, had failed to appear in court on previous occasions, which also factored into the judge's decision.

Sailors pick up 2nd straight win

Girls b-ball team stomps Delta, 63-32

Sailors coach Bruce Alston sat in his office wearing a pair of white high heels during the first half of the girls junior varsity game Friday night.

Steamboat still relies on foreign workers

Visas arranged months in advance, before economy went south

Even though the economy is the worst it has been in a decade, many Steamboat businesses still looked overseas this winter to find workers. It was not an orchestrated coup to take jobs from young Steamboat people; rather, the influx of foreign nationals was part of an economic necessity that keeps jobs filled in Steamboat during the busy seasons, local employers said.

Physician's assistant is making house calls

Hannah says public has responded well to new service

Frankie Hannah has a good reason to leave the office these days. When patients call with the flu or minor injuries, the physician's assistant doesn't wait for them to come to him. Hannah goes to them. Yampa Valley Medical Associates began offering High Country House Calls in January.

U.S. holds third place in Nordic combined event

Cross country skiing portion of the team event to be held Sunday

The U.S. Nordic combined team held on to third place Saturday in Olympic competition after the jumping portion of the event. Finland is in first place with Austria just 44 seconds behind them and the U.S. team one minute and 34 seconds behind Austria.

Agencies team up to find snowmobilers

Routt County and Jackson County Search and Rescue personnel rescued three snowmobilers north of Buffalo Pass in the Routt National Forest Friday morning. Alman Bate, 71, and his sons Paul Bate, 39, and Peter Bate, 34, were located and transported to a hospital after becoming stuck while snowmobiling in the Routt National Forest. The group was reported missing to the Jackson County Search and Rescue Thursday and a search was organized. The group had still not been located by Thursday night. Plans were made for Jackson County and Routt County Search and Rescue to continue searching Friday morning.

Woman pleads guilty to forgery

Oregon resident turns over computer equipment to police

A 37-year-old Oregon woman has pleaded guilty to a felony charge for forging a check in December. Jacqueline Lucille Turcotte pleaded guilty to forgery of a commercial instrument, a class five felony, for purchasing almost $500 in jewelry with a fraudulent check in December. Turcotte entered the guilty plea earlier this week in 14th Judicial District Court. In exchange for the guilty plea, Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James dismissed three other charges.

Tourists cast Steamboat ballot

Presidents Day weekend promises to be packed

During the weekend before Presidents Day one could anticipate tourists to converge upon Steamboat Springs and this holiday weekend is expected to follow suit. Managers of hotels and condominiums near the ski area are reporting strong numbers for the weekend.

Thursday, February 14

Improvements at Christian Heritage near completion

Gym, art room and music room among the additions

Soon Scott Powers, a second grader at Christian Heritage School, will not have to plug his ears during P.E. class. New sound panels will complete the gym along with floor boarding, a scoreboard, and bleachers. Anticipating new growth, the school plans to finish the gym in addition to an art room, music room, bathrooms, library/media center, prep kitchen and three classrooms.

Oak Creek ponders housing authority

South Routt officials want more information

Oak Creek officials are interested in a multijurisdictional housing authority being created by Routt County and Steamboat Springs but the question is for how long?

Bantam A Hockey team wins league

Steamboat's TIC Bantam A hockey team finished the season in first place in its league. A pair of wins over Aspen last weekend secured the team's top place in the CDYHL league.

Ski team likes its chances at state meet

Top finishes by McGeary, Kashiwa prompt optimism

With two first place finishes from Steamboat's Genny McGeary and ski meister Hennie Kashiwa sitting in third place in state standings, the Sailors are looking strong before entering next weekend's state meet. "We see improvements being made all the time, we're ready to pick it up for state," Sailor coach Chris Arnis said of his young team.

Paying for hot dogs in Park City and other observations

A Steamboat view of the Olympics

I came upon Arild Sandsvik and Hans Elfin Haug at the Albertson's grocery store in Park City on Wednesday. They were wheeling a grocery cart through the supermarket, but there were no groceries in the cart. Instead, the cart was loaded with a top-heavy tripod mounted with a broadcast quality video camera.

Nordic combined team event pushed back

High winds force jumping to be moved to Saturday

The athletes and spectators at Utah Olympic Park's K-90 jump were ready to get started at 8:30 a.m. Thursday but the weather was not. Gusty and inconsistent winds began shortly before the Nordic Combined team event was scheduled to start and continued to swirl around the bowl-like base of the jumps for nearly 5 hours before the jury finally gave in and decided to postpone the event.

Family Development Center sets art auction

Selections to be provided by State of the Art

On March 1, the amateur art lover and connoisseur alike can enjoy an evening of "Champagne, Chocolate, and Chagall" hosted by the Family Development Center. The auction to benefit the non-profit organization will feature framed fine art prints encompassing a variety of artistic styles, including southwestern, landscape, impressionism, wildlife, and abstract art.

City donates computers

Nonprofits have until 5 p.m. today to make requests

A group of about 20 to 25 outdated computers are available to nonprofit organizations courtesy of the city of Steamboat Springs but today may be the last day to request them.

No one hurt in school bus accident

Subaru wagon slides into rear of bus

Eleven Hayden students escaped without injuries after a school bus was struck by a vehicle being driven by a Craig woman Wednesday morning.

Students celebrate Valentine's Day

High school boys give valentines to every girl in school

Alex Mackey said since eighth-grade he's always wanted to give a Valentine to every girl in school. As a senior in high school, this was his year. He conspired with his friend, Rodney Beall, and together they made approximately 200 hundred heart-shaped Valentines with a carnation to put on the lockers of all the girls in school.

Wednesday, February 13

Sheriff frustrated with dispute

Wayward snowmobilers could be cited for trespassing

Routt County Sheriff John Warner is frustrated with a neighborhood dispute involving Steamboat Lake Outfitters and neighbors in North Routt County.

Olympics Update: Lalive falls out of combined contention

Caroline Lalive's hopes of joining Bode Miller as an American medalist in the combined event disappeared Thursday when she fell on the first slalom run and dropped out of the event.

Long odds for House challenger

Carwile of Craig to challenge White in 57th District

Terry Carwile has a tough road ahead of him. He has announced his candidacy for the new 57th District in the Colorado House of Representatives, a district where Democrats are as scarce as jackalopes. Since redistricting this year, the district Routt County is in has become an even more daunting Republican stronghold for a Democratic challenger, Carwile said.

Steamboat boys out to avenge earlier losses

When Steamboat faced Palisade and Delta three weeks ago, it was the start of a three-game slide that ended an undefeated league record and scrambled league standings.

Steamboat's Glueck not considering 'what if?'

Alex Glueck has glimpsed the future of Nordic combined skiing and his name is Bjoern Kircheisen. Glueck, 19, is a member of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team and native of Steamboat. He isn't competing in the Olympics this week, but he's watching intently and one of the athletes he's got his eye on is the 18-year-old German, Kircheisen.

Alborn, Jones fall short

Steamboat ski jumpers miss making championship round at Utah Olympic Park

The American ski jumpers came to Utah Olympic Park with high expectations Wednesday in the K-120 special jumping event, but the expressions on their faces after the second round told a story of frustration.

Sailors girls team shooting for .500 league finish

Steamboat is looking to extend its one-game winning streak extending it straight into the district tournament.

Oak Creek to be presented plan

Officials want residents' input on housing authority

County commissioners and Steamboat representatives will try again tonight to bring a South Routt community on board for their proposal to form a multijurisdictional housing authority in the Yampa Valley.

Man in critical condition after accident

A Routt County man was in critical condition at a Denver hospital Wednesday after his vehicle rolled three times in an accident on Tuesday.

Olympics Update: Nordic Combined postponed

High winds force cancellation of jumping today

High winds Thursday at Utah Olympic Park have pushed back the Nordic combined team competition.

Coach Aalbu: Now is the time to shine

Nordic Combined Team begins its quest

The U.S. Nordic Combined Team begins its quest for four Olympic medals at 9:30 a.m. today with the K-90 ski jumping phase of the two-day team competition. Assistant U.S. coach Jan-Erik Aalbu said never before has he had such a sense that his athletes are prepared to grasp the coveted hardware.

Tuesday, February 12

Snowmobile access debated

Residents concerned about private trail being used

Routt County Commissioners know Steamboat Lake Outfitters is unable to control snowmobilers who use a private trail that runs through residential property, but they are not ready to take steps to regulate the problem.

Ski jumper's grandmother collapses at event

Steamboat Olympic ski jumper Brendan Doran was a young man with a lot on his mind Tuesday. Not only was he competing in the Olympics, but a close family member was recovering from a medical emergency.

Making the cut

Alborn, Jones qualify for ski jump finals

Alan Alborn wanted to get his mind off ski jumping the night before he attempted to soar to an Olympic medal. So he went home and raced cars Tuesday night.

SSWSC wins Heritage Award

When locals think of Steamboat Springs' heritage, the first words that probably come to their minds are Winter Sports Club. The name conjures up images of airborne youngsters throughout the skiing world, but the club's biggest influence and its most devoted fans are located right here in Steamboat Springs.

Recycling plan set for summer

City Council approves funding for project

Starting this summer, city residents can expect to see recycling bins near the corner of Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue attached to newly-designed plastic newspaper boxes.

Local 'boarders continue dominance

The men on the U.S. halfpipe team are not the only ones that have been dominating snowboarding circuits.

High school wrestling heads to postseason

Steamboat, Hayden, Soroco to compete in regional action

Area wrestlers may have been competing since November, but their performance this weekend is the only thing that will matter as they attempt to qualify for the state tournament.

OLYMPICS UPDATE: Alborn, Jones miss finals

Steamboat's Alan Alborn and Clint Jones both missed making the finals Wednesday during ski jumping on the large hill in Park City.

Out of nowhere

Steamboat's Mayer takes silver medal, the best any local has finished at games

His friends may have paid through their noses to get tickets to the men's mogul event, which was held Tuesday in Deer Valley, but Steamboat Springs skier Travis Mayer paid them back with silver. "Are you kidding? I didn't even know I was going to be here," Mayer said after the event. "My friends had to find tickets on eBay and other Web sites."

Local man to take part in race

Resident will compete in chariot challenge at Ogden

Chariot racing will be incorporated into the Olympics for the first time in modern history and Steamboat's Shane Yeager is excited to be a part of it.

Olympic Update: Bode Miller wins silver in combined

Bode Miller fell in the downhill and slipped in the slalom, but a dramatic final run on which he shattered a slalom pole gave him a silver medal in the combined event on Wednesday.

Courthouse may be transformed if new facility OK'd

If Routt County residents decide to fund a new judicial facility, county officials plan to use the current court facility for additional office space and a large meeting room.

Equipment, experience crucial

Snowmobile excursion could have been 'real serious'

Possibly the most important factor in Monday's snowmobile incident was that everyone involved was experienced in the backcountry.

Monday, February 11

Elkins Meadow developer submits application to city

The owner of Elkins Meadow has an application in to the city to develop the 104-acre parcel with 20 luxury homes, making preservation of the land an unlikely scenario.

Group, city look at recycling

Council to hear pilot program that would clean up town

In an effort to improve recycling in the city, Yampa Valley Recycles will attempt tonight to get the City Council to approve a pilot program that would add recycling drop-offs to newspaper boxes. The project, which derives some of its inspiration from projects in other mountain towns, would be put in place on Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue in front of Mountain Souper Juice this summer.

Olympics Update Women's downhill

Lalive fails to finish; Street 16th

Picabo Street, her star-spangled ponytail flapping as she sped down the Wildflower course, failed to crack the top 10 in her Olympic finale Tuesday.

Olympic Update Steamboat's Travis Mayer wins silver

Dream year continues for moguls skier

Travis Mayer, the 19-year-old Cornell student who lives and trains in Steamboat Springs, continued his meteoric rise in freestyle moguls skiing Tuesday, capturing the silver medal.

County against gravel pit plan

Commissioners turn down proposal on south side of town

For the second time in nine months, Routt County officials shot down a gravel pit proposal on the south edge of Steamboat Springs along U.S. 40.

Epidemic not affected by cold

Subzero weather doesn't impact spruce beetle population

Although the Yampa Valley has experienced numerous days of subzero temperatures this winter, the frosty weather is not expected to minimize the spruce beetle epidemic in Routt County.

The Pony Express Rides Again in Utah

It was the telegraph that killed the Pony Express, but it's the Internet that keeps its spirit alive today. Winter Olympic fans arriving here to attend the Nordic skiing events can't escape the "Western Experience" as they make the short hike from the herd of shuttle buses at the transit center into the dramatic cross country stadium in the shadow of 11,470-foot Mount Timpanogos.

Snowmobilers rescued

Group spent the night in North Routt backcountry near Wyoming border

What started out as a common snowmobile trip for a group of 10 locals on Sunday ended Monday with 21 experienced riders digging themselves out of a drainage filled with deep, dry snow.

Library seeks motivation for site

Sharing facility with school may be the only option

The East Routt Library Board informed the Steamboat Springs School Board Monday night that the search for a new library site still is under way, but it needs more motivation on the end of the school district.

Downhill delayed

The fans waiting for the start of the women's downhill Monday were willing to wait patiently at the base of the Wildflower course.

Hayden man faces assault charge

A 29-year-old Hayden man faces a felony assault charge for allegedly spitting on a Routt County Sheriff's deputy Sunday evening.

Olympics Update Alborn, Jones make cut

Alborn 8th, Jones 34th after Tuesday preliminaries

The youngest male at the Olympics will compete with the world's best during the final round of the K-120 ski jumping Wednesday. Seventeen-year-old Clint Jones of Steamboat Springs jumped 111.5 meters Tuesday morning to finish 34th in the qualifying round. The top 50 ski jumpers in Tuesday's preliminaries advance to the finals Wednesday.

Sunday, February 10

In Utah, the Pony Express rides again

Besides the games, Olympic visitors can enjoy a 'Western Experience'

It was the telegraph that killed the Pony Express, but it's the Internet that keeps its spirit alive today. Winter Olympic fans arriving here to attend the Nordic skiing events can't escape the "Western Experience" as they make the short hike from the herd of shuttle buses at the transit center into the dramatic cross country stadium in the shadow of 11,470-foot Mount Timpanogos.

Lodwick finishes seventh in Nordic Combined

Best finish ever for an American

Todd Lodwick of Steamboat Springs tightened his grip on Nordic combined history Sunday, scoring the highest Olympic finish ever by an American in the sport.

Dunn Fifth in Snowboarding

Kelly Clark wins Gold Medal

PARK CITY American's hottest snowboarder, Kelly Clark was only in ninth grade when Shannon Dunn climbed onto the podium at the Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Surprisingly, when she saw Dunn win the bronze she didn't picture herself in the Olympic Games in 2002.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Jan. 31 to Feb. 6

Saturday, February 9


Letters for Feb. 10, 2002

Routt County Spotlight

James Roger Westlake Jr. (Jimmy)

A losing proposition

Executive says flights to ski resorts prove costly for airlines

Mathew Friebe is a personable guy, but he doesn't pull many punches. Friebe is director of North American planning for Northwest Airlines. His job is to allocate Northwest's resources aircraft to the routes that will yield the most revenues. Millions of dollars can swing on those judgments. Friebe calls Steamboat Springs a marginal route for his airline.

Building permits

Building permits for Jan. 27-31, 2002

The Record

The record for Feb. 3-9, 2002

CMC's 'Grand Dame' retires

Morton responsible for much of the campus' success

When Olive Morton helped to start the library at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus it was by asking Steamboat residents to donate books. An outdated encyclopedia set was the first addition to the school's library. Two decades later, friends, family and coworkers surrounded Morton in the library at Bristol Hall on Wednesday to honor her career at CMC.


In brief for Feb. 10, 2002

Park City comes alive

This historic silver mining town's Main Street resembled Mardi Gras on snow Saturday afternoon. With extra cops. "Can I look inside your bag?" the police officer in a bright yellow ski jacket asked politely.

Battelle has best finish ever but no medal

Bahrke grabs first medal of Olympics

Park City, Utah Satisfaction was a hard thing for freestyle great Ann Battelle to find in the bumps of the Deer Valley mogul course Saturday afternoon. After laying down the second best run of the qualification round in the morning, Battelle came up short in the finals, scoring 24.66 and falling to seventh place overall. It was a good finish by all measures, except for those set by the four-time Olympian from Steamboat Springs.

Attitude adjustment

AmeriCorps hopes to alter Soroco students' views toward alcohol, drug use

Close to one in three students at Soroco high school and middle schools admitted to using marijuana in the last 30 days and even more, about 40 percent, admitted to using alcohol during those same 30 days.

Battelle's legacy intact even without a medal

The Olympic smile. It's a fleeting moment that escapes most Olympians and stays with some others for a lifetime.

Sailor boys get past Glenwood

Steamboat rallied in the fourth quarter Saturday night to beat Glenwood Springs 61-50.

Sweet revenge

Sailor girls pound Glenwood by 30

The Steamboat Sailors girls basketball team might say they were simply tired of losing. But an offensive game plan that clicked and a defense that shut down Glenwood Springs' Jeri Polowchena were more tangible reasons for why the Sailors' 70-40 blowout win over the Demons Saturday night.

Shannon Bahrke surprises freestyle field

Steamboat's Battelle gets her best Olympic finish 7th

Satisfaction was a hard thing for freestyle great Ann Battelle to find in the bumps of the Deer Valley mogul course Saturday afternoon. After laying down the second best run of the qualification round in the morning, Battelle came up short in the finals, scoring 24.66 and falling to seventh place overall. It was a good finish by all measures, except for those set by the four-time Olympian from Steamboat Springs.





Behind the Headlines

Addressing sexual assault

It was recently reported that cases of sexual assault in Routt County communities are increasing at an alarming rate. We asked Diane Moore, the executive director of Advocates Against Battering and Abuse, who are the victims, who are the suspects, and how can the public better understand and combat these crimes.

Local Briefing

Local briefs for Feb. 10, 2002

Weekly Planner

The weekly planner for Feb. 10, 2002

Yampa voices opposition to housing authority

If a multi-jurisdictional housing authority comes to the Yampa Valley, it will do so without the support of some South Routt residents. Routt County commissioners and representatives from Steamboat Springs presented the concept of a housing authority to the Yampa Town Board and Yampa residents Wednesday night. Yampa, however, gave them an unofficial thumbs down.

Preserving more than just water and power

John Fetcher recalls the effort behind the Stagecoach Dam

Shelves of binders filled with paperwork chronicle the work involved in planning and constructing several reservoirs and dams in the Yampa Valley. Much of that paperwork, which sits in John Fetcher's office, can be traced to the development of the Stagecoach Reservoir.

Class Notes

Class Notes for Feb. 10, 2002

Our View

The thrill of Winter Carnival

Sure it's ski jumping, snow sculpting, cross country racing, snowboarding and a tubing party. It's a soda pop slalom, a dual slalom bicycle race and an international muzzle loading biathlon. And it's chariot racing, the Diamond Hitch parade, including the Steamboat Springs High School skiing band, and the Lighted Man.

Around Town

Around Town for Feb. 10, 2002



Location, location, location

Site along Elk River a top selling point for $1.6 million home

If you're looking for a Routt County home in the $1 million-and-up category, there are more than 50 to choose form. But there is nothing quite like the Sam and Marilyn Trozzel home.

Catamount site to test market

Asking price for Lyman Orton property is $1.7 million

The prevailing wisdom in Rocky Mountain ski towns is that the once escalating values of real estate began to flatten out before 2001 turned into 2002. Homestead number 15 at Lake Catamount will test that theory. Can an undeveloped building site in Routt County appreciate 40 percent in 3.5 years? People who track the local market could soon find out.



An ideal destination

Steamboat positioned to take advantage of interest in family vacations

Steamboat may be better situated than most resorts to tap into the mood of the vacationing public in the wake of Sept. 11. "Family vacations have become extremely more important in America and Steamboat has a strong franchise in that area," Peter Yesawich told an audience of about 150 people at the Steamboat Grand Hotel last week.

John Russell: Battelle still smiling

Even without medal, her legacy is intact

The Olympic smile. It's a fleeting moment that escapes most Olympians and stays with some others for a lifetime.


Birth announcements for Feb. 10, 2002

Business File

Business briefs for Feb. 10, 2002



Coming from behind

Lodwick, Demong will have to chase pack in today's 15K

Todd Lodwick and Bill Demong may have to rely on each other if they are to climb into medal contention during today's conclusion of the Olympic individual Nordic combined competition.

Carnival street events a family affair

Willy Gunn's ride left without him Saturday morning. In his haste to get to the finish line, the 4-year-old's furry friend took off at the start of the Dog Dash and never looked back.

Seeking signs of nightlife

'Bumming' it at the 'boat II: The social scene or the lack thereof

In the eyes of four young Australian men who have come to Steamboat to work the ski season, the town carries characteristics often afforded Disneyland. It's a great place to visit, they said, but they wouldn't want to live here.

Thursday, February 7

Olympic dreams

The Winter Carnival obstacle course proves rewarding for children, adults

On the eve of the opening ceremonies for the Winter Games in Utah, Olympic dreams were born on the slopes of Howelsen Hill.

City Council takes aim at policy guidelines

At its first brown bag lunch Thursday, the City Council began to work through a list of priorities that focused heavily on establishing partnerships with other community groups.

Cause of fire still unknown

Officials rule out arson in blaze that killed two dogs

The cause of a fire that fully engulfed a two-story house earlier this week is still a mystery but authorities said Thursday they do not suspect arson.

Fire Council could change contract

Officials hopeful each of districts will sign MOU by March

The agreement that binds the five fire districts in Routt County to fight wildland fires is proposed to undergo changes that could impact the county's sheriff.

Shelter uses fleece to promote adoption

They won't be hard to miss now. Dogs up for adoption at the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter will soon be sporting bright orange around town.

Wednesday, February 6

Pit proposal project to be reviewed

How the Routt County Planning Commission and the Board of Commissioners make decisions on gravel pits in the future could change.

Medical group heads to Vietnam

Binh Rybacki, executive director of Children of Peace International, is taking a local group of volunteers to Vietnam in April to treat children in six orphanages, a leper colony and three villages who are in need of medical care.

Debate team fares well in competition

The Steamboat speech team had one of its strongest showings of the season last weekend. Steamboat took a second place, finishing after Rocky Mountain High School in the 16-team Thompson Valley Invitational Tournament.

Winter Carnival under way

Opening ceremonies kick off 89th annual celebration

Marieke Nunnikhoven wears her special dress only for special occasions.

City to survey residents

Officials asking about services offered for taxing purposes

With increasing demands and fewer resources, the city of Steamboat Springs is bracing itself for some tough decisions in the future. With that in mind, it will be asking local residents which services they use and which projects are most important to them in anticipation of using the results to help make budget decisions next year.

Skaters hit the ice

Mid Winter program takes place Friday

Patrons of Howelsen Ice Arena's Mid Winter Skating Exhibition will find plenty of seating and inexpensive tickets to the figure skating performance this year.

Sailors visit 'Dog Pound

Steamboat wrestling team travels to Moffat County triangular today

The Sailors wrestling team will find out which Bulldog has the biggest bite tonight as it goes up against Moffat County and Palisade.

Council to work on 2002 goals at sack lunch

The city's new priorities for 2002 could be a good deal more concrete than the ones they adopted last year.

Tuesday, February 5

Fire engulfs multifamily home

Nine occupants of Christie Drive residence escape blaze unharmed

Nine people escaped but two dogs died early Tuesday morning in a Steamboat Springs house fire. Twenty-three firefighters from the Steamboat Springs and West Routt fire departments got the fire under control at about 3 a.m. at a residence at 1910 Christie Drive.

Pins and pens: The coach's art

Hayden's Svoboda sees no clash between wrestling, art

While some people may find it hard to draw any parallel between wrestling mats and canvases, John Svoboda does it every day.

Fijian fan club gives Lalive a send-off to remember

Steamboat Olympian hits the slopes to teach group the art of skiing

The group of eight skiers stumbling on Preview Tuesday might have fit in with the rest of the beginners if not for their bright blue coats, Fijian accents and their instructor, who stopped by to help them on her way to compete in the Olympics.

Town of Hayden applies for outdoors grant for park

A substantial grant from Great Outdoors Colorado funds could get the town of Hayden moving on its master plan for Dry Creek Park and help youngsters in need of a place to play.

Council discusses park access

Pamela Lane residents concerned with usage of road

The baseball fields at city-owned Emerald Park are proving to be a hotbed of controversy. Usage issues at the field, which could become part of a deal with national sports tournament organizer Triple Crown Sports, recently prompted the director of the local Little League to quit, while access issues to the park have local residents up in arms. The City Council dealt with the latter of those two issues Tuesday night but might have to deal with the former as it enters negotiations with the softball and baseball organizer.

Group appeals grazing permit decision

Environmental organization hopes to end livestock grazing on public lands

An Idaho environmental group is appealing the Bureau of Land Management's decision to allow a grazing permit on 255,000 acres of public land in Moffat and Routt counties.

LIFT-UP seeks help from Hayden for Energy Assistance Office

Many people in the Hayden community have been helped by LIFT-UP of Routt County's recent move to town, and now the organization is seeking the community's help.

Nephew nominates local to carry torch

Sue Lewis 'touched' by way friends, family came out to watch

Sue Lewis of Steamboat Springs got the chance of a lifetime Saturday when she ran with the Olympic Torch for a portion of its trip to Utah.

Winter Carnival kicks off this evening

Today's events include queen coronation and film festival

The 89th annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival benefiting the Winter Sports Club begins today with an opening ceremony and an extreme sports film festival.

Mewborn selected as Olympic groomer

The memories and feelings of the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary will no doubt be on the mind of local resident Rick Mewborn on Friday.

$3,300 raised for injured dog

Rudy receives lifesaving surgery to amputate shoulder, leg

The community raised close to $3,300 for Rudy, a red and white mixed breed dog who needed surgery to amputate his right shoulder.

Band pair selected to All-State

Hayden students performing at prestigious concert

Janey Montieth and Melissa Bowden know that results come only with practice and plenty of patience.

Vice president of real estate leaves Ski Corp.

Tim Greene, longtime vice president of real estate with the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., is no longer with the company.

Junior fliers

Steamboat sending 15 Nordic combined skiers to JOs in Minnesota

The best Nordic combined skiers in Steamboat Springs have punched their tickets to the Olympics.

Cross country skiers on way to McCall

Cross country skiers Korie Steitz, Austin Ross and Sarah McCarthy will be representing the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club at this year's Junior Olympics in McCall, Idaho.

Monday, February 4

Officials to discuss housing authority

City, county want input from other communities before implementing plan

The reach of a multijurisdictional housing authority in Routt County will depend on meetings with three communities this month.

Data-mining system discussed

School board looks at ways to better assess students' work

Using a data-mining system to profile students' academic careers, administrators and teachers can now look at detailed Colorado Student Assessment Program scores to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.

Snowpack in Yampa River Basin down 31 percent

Official hesitates to make a prediction about what numbers mean for the entire season

The hills around Steamboat Springs are a lot like a savings account, but instead of cash, they store water. This winter, the balance in the account is running low.

Jumping with the big guys

Local juniors get chance to compete with their 'heroes'

The schedule called last weekend's jump meet at Howelsen Hill a Junior Olympic Qualifier, but many of the athletes who showed up could just as easily been on the podium of a World Cup.

Voluntary closure signs put up

Forest visitors asked to stay off some trails to help elk

Visitors to the Routt National Forest are being asked to give the elk "a break" in the animal's winter range by voluntarily staying off some trails until spring.

Win keeps Braves in 1st headed into Aspen game

A Chris Baumann goal with less than two minutes remaining in Saturday's game ensured the TIC Bantam "A" Braves would stay in first place in the Continental Divide Youth Hockey league headed into the final weekend of the regular season.

Radio stations off air due to damaged satellite

Regular listeners of classical music on 91.7 and 92.7 FM have not been able to hear the stations the past four days because of a damaged satellite receiver.

Morton not selected to board

Local educator passed over for state position

Though she made it to the final round in the selection process, Olive Morton was not chosen as the newest member of the state Board of Education in Congressional District 3.

YVRA seeks funds for runway

Airport applying for grant for improvements

Yampa Valley Regional Airport plans to submit an application this week for a $4.5 million grant to make improvements to the airport's lone runway.

Planners may change the way they do business

The city planning department processed 36 percent fewer development permits in 2001 than in 2000, according to a year-end report the planning department will present to the City Council tonight.

Sunday, February 3

Events celebrate life of DeSo

Friends, family remember Justin DeSorrento

Jim and Karen DeSorrento aren't looking for closure to their son's death but a way to keep his spirit alive.

District 3 altered significantly

McInnis' constituency broken apart during redistricting

After all the hemming and hawing over redistricting, Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., will likely still be a lock this November for the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives he has already won five times.

Alpaca fiber showcased to locals at breeder event

Local alpaca breeder Larry Block has to answer one question asked by acquaintances around town time and time again: "So, how are your llamas doing?"

Take better care of your heart

As we move into the month of February, thoughts of Cupid and Valentine's Day come to mind. For the staff at Yampa Valley Medical Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation program, the focus is on hearts of a different kind.

Midgets get opportunity of lifetime

Youths take on USA Women's Hockey Team, victorious in shoot-out

In front of 800 cheering fans, Steamboat's Tyson Voyek stood in the center of Howelsen Ice Arena, skated toward one of the best goalies in the country and scored. The goal wasn't for any league titles, or any team records, it wasn't even for the game winner but it will likely be one Voyek will never forget.

Super Bowl matchup actually eclipses commercials

That was truly a Super Bowl for the ages. They even played some great football between the commercials. Were you rendered as speechless as I was to see how nice Britney Spears looks fully clothed? She could have joined the cast of "Father Knows Best" in that little white cardigan set off by an exquisite string of pearls. Pepsi scored a touchdown with that one. And whoever put together the wardrobe for the commercial should take Britney shopping.

Saturday, February 2

Values rising, taxes aren't

The typical property taxpayer in Routt County saw a significant increase in assessed valuation this year, but there is a good chance the tax bill was virtually unchanged from last year.


Cabin fever for the dull

Now that January has screeched to a quick and definite end, we in the Yampa Valley have just entered the time of the year when winter seems to never end.

Class Notes

Class notes for Feb. 3, 2002

Golden Girls

USA Women's Hockey Team motivated by fans' enthusiasm, town's hospitality

When U.S. Women's Hockey player Krissy Wendell was growing up, her role models were her brother Erik, a former player at the University of Minnesota, and Mike Modano of the NHL's Dallas Stars.

In Brief

In brief for Feb. 3, 2002


Letters for Feb. 3, 2002

Behind the Headlines

What to watch for at the Olympics

With a small army of Steamboat Springs athletes headed to Park City, Utah, to participate in the Olympics, we asked Billy Kidd, an Olympic silver medalist and director of skiing at Steamboat, about what people can expect from the Winter Games.

The thrill of making first tracks

When night couples with strong snow flurries in the Yampa Valley, serious skiers and riders will set their alarm clocks to ring early in the morning with one intention in mind to press glass.

SMS remodeling completed

Visitors to Soroco Middle School last Tuesday morning may have mistaken it for the first day of school. The halls shone with fresh paint, children proudly inspected their new lockers and teachers directed students to their classrooms.

Scheer scores 24 points as boys win in OT

Up against the league favorites, minus three of its top six players and on a three-game losing skid, Steamboat's odds weren't good Saturday night vs. Battle Mountain.

Plans for Sundance

New owners like potential of shopping center

The new owners of Sundance Plaza envision a day when the shopping center straddles both sides of Anglers Drive, and the buildings embrace Fish Creek rather than backing up to it.

Forest Service gets positive feedback on fuel reduction

U.S. Forest Service officials in the area are eager to begin removing the threat of future severe wildfires around Stagecoach. But they say they recognize the challenge that accompanies prescribed burns on public lands that sit so close to urban areas.







Local briefing

Local briefing for Feb. 3, 2002

Readers Sound Off

Readers Sound Off for Feb. 3, 2002








Birth announcements for Feb. 3, 2002

Around Town

Around town for Feb. 3, 2002

Memories of Matrimony

Steamboat residents recall weddings of the past

He was Catholic. She was Methodist. It wasn't a good match for a family in the 1940s. "It was bad. My father wouldn't even come to the reception," said Elaine Stroncek, longtime Steamboat Springs resident. World War II brought poverty and uncertainty to American lives, so most weddings and the outfits worn to the occasions were of plain. Stroncek walked into a Minneapolis, Minn., department store in 1946 to buy her wedding dress.

Weekly Planner

The weekly planner for Feb. 4-9, 2002

Steamboat places 2nd in tourney

High school students' skill, ability to think quickly tested in Knowledge Bowl

This high school team must know everything from ornithology to poetry, calculate mathematical equations within seconds and often give answers before hearing the entire question.


Visiting the mountains? How to adapt to altitude

Heading for the mountains for some skiing or snowboarding or snowshoeing? Good for you.


Newly released ferrets doing well DENVER Colorado's newly released population of black-footed ferrets is faring well, say Colorado Division of Wildlife biologists. After two months living in the wild, eight of the 31 ferrets fitted with radio collars have died.


Investment course for women slated Denise Reid of Vectra Bank's investment services department in Steamboat Springs will host a four-week course on investing beginning March 6.

Hay growers study co-op

Producers looking to increases prices by working together

Hay producers in Northwest Colorado will have an opportunity Monday to learn how their counterparts in western Nebraska market their crop.

A different approach

Muellers focused on ski area operations more than real estate

The Steamboat Ski Area is poised to leave its days as a publicly held company behind in March with the announcement Friday that a group of investors led by Tim and Diane Mueller have made a deal to purchase the ski area for $91.4 million from American Skiing Company.

Sailors net victory over Huskies

Girls post 2nd league win

Steamboat Springs underwent a first-quarter scoring drought against league foe Battle Mountain Saturday. But shots started sprinkling in by the second quarter and turned into a virtual thunderstorm by the second half.

Field debate: Fair or foul play?

Triple Crown says real issue is lifestyle vs. economics

The vision of the future Triple Crown Sports will bring to the Yampa Valley varies widely depending on whom you ask. Some see a future of reduced local athletics, fields packed with unappreciative tourists and a town doomed to the fate that comes from selling out.

Advocates sees rise in reports of sexual assaults

In the past 13 months, 16 teen-age girls reported they had been sexually assaulted, according to a victims advocacy group. In 2001, 31 women and two men reported to Advocates Against Battering and Abuse they were victims of sexual crimes.

New ski area owners bring capital, hope

Shannon Rose has never met Tim and Diane Mueller, and she doesn't know anything about them. But she does know the Vermont couple knows how to run a ski resort. Before Rose moved from New Jersey to Steamboat Springs four years ago, she made several trips to the Okemo Mountain ski area near Ludlow, Vt. The Muellers purchased the struggling Vermont ski resort 19 years ago and turned it into a thriving business.



Fire engulfs multifamily home

Nine occupants of Christie Drive residence escape blaze unharmed

Nine people escaped but two dogs died early Tuesday morning in a Steamboat Springs house fire. Twenty-three firefighters from the Steamboat Springs and West Routt fire departments got the fire under control at about 3 a.m. at a residence at 1910 Christie Drive.

'One Of Us'

Special-needs wrestler Kelly Chambers battles with the best

Kelly Chambers crouched over, extended his hands and stared straight into the eyes of Rifle's Cody Ward, one of the top-ranked wrestlers in the state. It was the start of the longest match the Steamboat special-needs student had ever wrestled.

Our View

New beginnings

The deal finally got done Friday for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and judging from the tumbling nature of American Skiing Co.'s stock, it was none too soon. American Skiing gets $91.4 million in cash, which appears to be less than what the company paid for Steamboat in 1997. But it's still millions the company desperately needs to relieve some of its heavy debt.

Routt County Spotlight

Rodney Sturling 'Red Hot Rod' Beall

Routt County Spotlight for Feb. 3, 2002

Friday, February 1

Muellers reach deal for Steamboat

Don't expect Tim and Diane Mueller to transform the slopes of Mount Werner overnight.