Stories for January 2002


Thursday, January 31

Old Man Winter socks it to Thursday commuters

People across the Yampa Valley awoke Thursday morning to the sound of cars that would not start and the moans of drivers frustrated with their inability to help the situation.

Trio combines diverse backgrounds for unique sound

The trio that makes up North Mississippi Allstars found themselves out of their climactic element Tuesday afternoon as they arrived in Park City, Utah.

Mid Winter Gala benefits Arts Council

For the first year, the Steamboat Springs Arts Council will provide four gallery sites for the Mid Winter Gallery Gala.

Mad Creek Gallery hosts opening reception today

Robert Arledge walked through the Mad Creek Gallery Wednesday making arrangements to purchase about four or five different oil paintings from various artists.

Snow Express to see slight change this year

Participants gearing up for the 17th annual Snow Express for MS will find a slight alteration to this year's event.

The Evolution of Gaming

As the technology wave of the future provides electronic gaming with more complex systems, lines become blurred with the intended uses of systems.


Today Larry McCray plays with a strong Detroit rock 'n' roll influence at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.

Bulldogs pour it on late to capture the 'W'

Sailors girls team falls in Craig

Staggering the Bulldogs with a high-powered defensive attack, the Sailors stayed close, but not close enough.

Sailors sent packing

Moffat County boys rip Steamboat

The Steamboat Springs Sailors led Thursday night's game for a whole 20 seconds. When senior Ryan Scheer hit a 3-point shot in the first two minutes of the Moffat County vs. Steamboat Springs game, it was the only time the Sailors took the lead.

Quake rumbles through Craig

If residents of Northwest Colorado thought they felt the earth shake Thursday morning, they weren't dreaming.


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.

Planning board adopts updated master plan

After more than a year of work and hours of intense scrutiny, the future vision of Routt County is in place.

Olympic send-off

Ski Town USA celebrates the Games with its own torch relay

It seems fitting that in lieu of hosting the official torch relay, Steamboat will plant a vast cauldron of flames on the court-house lawn that will burn until the Olympics is over.

U.S. Women's Hockey Team arrives

The floor has been laid, the menus have been prepared and the ice has been frozen.

The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. finally has new owners

As expected, a group of investors led by Tim and Diane Mueller will purchase Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., American Skiing Co. announced Friday. Triple Peaks LLC has entered into a definitive agreement to buy the resort.


Gaming between the sexes

Why is it that men have this intense fixation with electronic gaming? Although the Interactive Digital Software Association has determined that 43 percent of computer and video gamers are women, I have yet to find any.

Wednesday, January 30

Group discusses Harry Potter phenomenon

Adults tell of their fascination with popular J.K. Rowling character

The people who huddled around tables Wednesday evening to discuss Harry Potter were anything but children interrupting each other to share what they loved most about J.K. Rowling's books. They were, in fact, adults huddled around tables graciously taking turns telling each other about their fascination with Harry Potter.

Students plead to lesser charges

2 Craig teens work out plea deal in alleged bomb plot

Two students accused of plotting to bomb the Moffat County High School and Moffat County Courthouse pleaded guilty to lesser charges Tuesday.

The forerunners

Steamboat 'boarders to make initial runs at Olympics

A half-dozen local snowboarders opened the season with dreams of riding in front of huge crowds at the Park City Mountain Resort in this February's Olympic Games five will get the chance this February.

Wrestlers get glimpse of postseason

The Sailors had a quick glimpse Saturday of what it is going to take to make it to state. Of the 10 teams at the Rifle tournament, six will be at regionals Feb. 16.

Planners revisit master plan

Commissioners may approve document tonight

Routt County planning officials are confident that after tonight's meeting, an updated version of the county's master plan will be in place. Since December, the Routt County Planning Commission has had two chances to approve the 40-page document. After each adoption hearing, the nine-member commission has held off on approving the master plan because changes were made during the hearings.

Local 'boarders clean up at slalom

A quick glance at last weekend's snowboarding results from Vail proves why the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has one of the hottest programs in the country right now.

Volunteers sought for pre-Olympic freestyle camp

Volunteers are needed to help make this week's pre-Olympic freestyle camp at the Steamboat Ski Area a success.

Boys b-ball team tries to rebound

League standings in the Western Slope can change as fast as the weather.

Communications chief quits

Resignation not related to ASC's financial woes

American Skiing Co.'s Vice President of Communications Skip King has announced his resignation effective at the end of today.

Sailor girls the underdogs in Moffat County

When the Sailors girls basketball team rolls into Moffat County territory tonight, they won't be feeling any pressure, coach Bruce Alston said.

Groups address 'risky behavior'

School officials, local agencies look at parents to help curb students' actions

Steamboat Springs High School officials say a growing trend in underage drinking, vandalism and other "risky behavior" by students could be curbed if parents were enlisted to help. But school representatives and law enforcement officers say there are some parents in Steamboat Springs who are part of the problem.

Hayden seeks volunteers for tourney

The population of Hayden could significantly increase in March.

Local educator up for state board position

A local woman may make her way from the Hayden School Board, overseeing the interests of less than 4,000 people, to the state Board of Education, representing more than 4 million.

Tuesday, January 29

County implements veterans transportation plan

More than 1,500 veterans reside in Routt County, but to get medical treatment earned by their military service, they must travel to Grand Junction.

Tickets still available for hockey team dinner

Saturday's fund-raising event will also benefit Youth Hockey Association

While it might have taken just four days for tickets to sell out for the USA Women's Hockey Team scrimmage against the Steamboat Midgets, there are plenty of tickets left for the community to have dinner with the players before they travel to Salt Lake.

Town considers housing idea

Hayden looking at joining authority

The long line of cars that leave Hayden each morning for the commute to Steamboat Springs may be one of the best arguments for the town of Hayden to consider a plan to offer affordable housing in the future.

Snow Cat may be running soon

After being driven into Steamboat Lake earlier this month, the new snow machine for grooming ski and snowmobile trails in North Routt County should be up and running again in February.

Shelter seeks funds to help save dog's life

Unless it receives surgery on its shoulder, animal will have to be euthanized

Rudy, a red and white mixed breed dog, needs money for surgery to amputate his right shoulder. Without the surgery, the 2-year-old dog will have to be euthanized because the shoulder injury is five to six months old.

ASC stock tumbles further

Officials remain mum on sale of Steamboat Ski Area

American Skiing Co.'s stock price lost 12.5 percent of its value Tuesday and fell to a 12-month low of 42 cents in the wake of news that it faces possible delisting by the New York Stock Exchange.

Forum set to discuss teen issues

Organizations team up to find ways to aid parents

Steamboat Springs High School is partnering with a local prevention association to find ways to help parents deal with issues that local teens face every day.

Monday, January 28

Lincoln Avenue closing Friday

City will shut down street for Olympian send-off

Steamboat Springs city officials will close two blocks of Lincoln Avenue for most of the day Friday, saying any hassle the closure will cause motorists is worth the opportunity to celebrate the city's Olympic athletes.

Pass work to start this summer

Road improvements to be made on other side of Rabbit Ears

A $4.8 million road project that has been delayed is anticipated to begin this summer to improve a two-mile stretch of Muddy Pass.

Routt County United Way reaches its $300,000 goal

With the result of terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, Routt County United Way didn't think it would see such local profits.

ASC stock may be delisted

American Skiing Co. is on notice that its trading symbol may be taken off the New York Stock Exchange. The parent company of the Steamboat Ski Area reported today it had been advised by the NYSE it has fallen below criteria for remaining on the stock exchange.

Schwall takes 1st at meet

Steamboat jumper takes first- and second-place spots at Continental Cup

Local ski jumper Tommy Schwall once again proved why he is a rising star in the sport during a Continental Cup meet in Westby, Wis., last weekend.

Man pleads guilty to arson

Charges stem from Nov. 3 mobile home fire

A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man has pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from a November mobile home fire.

Freestylers heading to town to practice at Smalley complex

By late Monday afternoon, mogul skier Travis Mayer was at home relaxing after a day of skiing on Mount Werner.

Sunday, January 27

Man gets 3 years in jail for threat

Grand Junction resident confronted officer with fence post

A Grand Junction man who will spend three years in jail for threatening a Steamboat Springs police officer is lucky to be alive, a judge said Friday.

Kids learn values while boarding

Program aims to show riding can be a positive influence

Courage. Discipline. Integrity. Wisdom. Compassion. Not many people may associate these words with snowboarding. However, a five-week snowboard program kicked off Saturday that uses the stereotyped renegade sport to teach 10 local youths these five core values while providing the kids with some new positive role models.

Jones places 7th in Germany

Steamboat's Clint Jones had a seventh-place finish at the World Junior Nordic Championships Saturday in the 90-meter jump.

Be aware of glaucoma, 'the sneak thief of sight'

It is estimated that 1 to 2 percent of people older than age 40 have a condition called chronic glaucoma.

Don't clean my clock let the cat out of the bag

I'm sure all of you know what I mean when I use the expression "yard sale." As in, "We were riding Storm Peak on Saturday and this guy below us was getting lots of freshies until he had a yard sale."

Saturday, January 26


Letters for Jan. 27, 2002


The Eagles have landed

It is winter in the Yampa Valley: subzero temperatures, fog shrouding the Yampa River along Colorado 131, bare cottonwoods with equally bare nests.

Yampa couple takes on a Royal project

'Haunted' hotel finds new life in Bill and Kris Ager

Before Kris Ager heard the folklore, she heard the footsteps. When she and her husband, Bill, purchased the historic Royal Hotel about 18 months ago, they knew little about its fabled ghost. But sometimes, experience is the best teacher.

The Record

The record for Jan. 18-26, 2002

Group looking to help startup businesses

Economic Development Council proposes establishing revolving fund of 'micro loans'

Business leaders here want to create new lines of cash to help entrepreneurs put their business plans into action.

Jarrett to build Nordic program

Former resident lends his skills at Soldier Hollow

After six years on the U.S. Nordic Combined Team and three trips to the Olympics, Dave Jarrett is preparing to step into a new role at Soldier Hollow this February.

Midgets eager to play U.S. women's team

When Taylor Leary first started playing ice hockey in 1991, there were days when players had to scrape off the outdoor ice rink at Howelsen Hill and parents watched the games from the warmth of their cars.

'Science guy' experiments in Steamboat

Students learn that discoveries don't always have to occur in the classroom

Although they might be essential for life, air molecules rarely ever get standing ovations. But that was exactly what the students at Strawberry Park Elementary School were giving air molecules Friday afternoon.

Big Rack offers Wild West adventures

Ranch just east of Milner provides horseback riding, sleigh rides and chance to herd cattle

Keri Hamilton grew up in suburban Chicago, about as far from the Wild West as one can get. So what's she doing running a horseback riding and sleigh ride business west of Steamboat Springs? The answer has a great deal to do with her husband, Eric.


Kelley and King


Kurtz willing to go the extra mile

Cassidy Kurtz was named this week's Student Athlete of the Week.


Birth announcements for Jan. 27, 2002

Running the relay

Lisa Perricone called home from Montana Wednesday to find out that she would play a small part in the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. Perricone's Alpine skiing talent didn't land her a place in the Olympics but her inspiration, dedication and athleticism finds her running in the Olympic Torch Relay as a support runner.

In Brief

In brief for Jan. 20, 2002

Girls end league losing streak

Boys stumble against Panthers

There were mixed results in Panther territory Saturday night as the Steamboat girls broke a four-game league losing streak and the boys stumbled again, dropping a 57-40 game to Delta.

Hang Time

U.S. Nordic combined team in town this week for pre-Olympic training at Howelsen

Jan-Erik Aalbu had a relaxed smile on his face as he made his way down the steep-pitched face of Howelsen Hill late Friday morning.


Olympic tradition runs deep

John Steele started a tradition in Steamboat Springs back in 1932 when he became the first local athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics.

Prudential, Romick and Associates merge

Agencies joining forces to be more competitive in market

One of Steamboat's largest real estate agencies just got larger. Principles at Prudential Steamboat Realty announced their merger with Romick and Associates this week.

Church acquires Old Town home

Holy Name may look to expand in the future

Holy Name Catholic Parish has purchased an Old Town house adjacent to its campus, preserving its options in the case that it wants to expand in the future.

Open space a cherished commodity

There is something to be said about wide-open spaces in the wintertime, but very few words can actually do it justice.




Volunteer sought for DOW position DENVER The Colorado Division of Wildlife is recruiting a volunteer from the Western Slope to serve on the Wildlife Management Public Education Advisory Council (WMPEAC).

Weekly Planner

Weekly planner for Jan. 27, 2002

Class Notes

Class notes for Jan. 27, 2002

Our View

Celebrating the games

Our View for Jan. 27, 2002



Routt County Spotlight

John Waldman

Routt County Spotlight for Jan. 27, 2002

Around Town

Around town for Jan. 27, 2002

Town tries to crack down on 'dogs at large'

A rash of barking and roaming canines persists in the town of Yampa, and the Yampa Town Board is seeking the cooperation of residents to keep the problem on a leash.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Jan. 17-23, 2002


Ski Corp. sponsors seminar on recent traveling trends The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and key airline executive partners sponsor "America in Transition: A Preview of Emerging Lifestyles and Travel Trends in the Aftermath of Sept. 11" at 8 a.m. Feb. 6 at Steamboat Grand. Peter Yesawich of the third annual Airline Partners Summit will present.

Behind the Headlines

What is the role of a public defender?

When a crime is committed and suspects go to trial, they may not always have the resources to hire an attorney of their choosing. When this situation arises, state public defenders are called to step in as the lawyer for these individuals. Public defenders are often overworked, underpaid and, by taking on some cases, not very popular. But as attorney Norm Townsend a public defense attorney in Steamboat Springs who represented convicted murderer Thomas Lee Johnson explains, these attorneys play a critical role in our nation's judicial system.

Local briefing

Local briefing for Jan. 27, 2002

Students get hands-on approach to learn winter driving skills

Bridgestone Winter Driving School, Colorado State Patrol team up to conduct program

The Colorado State Patrol joined forces with the Bridgestone Winter Driving School Saturday to offer young drivers the chance to practice in the driver's seat what they learned in their classroom seat.

So close

How Steamboat Springs missed out on hosting events for the '76 games

Sven Wiik will never forget waking up on Nov. 8, 1972, to the stunning election news. It wasn't Richard Nixon's landslide victory over George McGovern for the presidency of the United States that left Wiik shaking his head. It was Colorado voters' decision to reject state funding for the 1976 Winter Olympics.

The Week in Review

The Week in Review for Jan. 27, 2002


How to arm yourself for cross country skiing

Dear Marilynn: I love to ski cross country and have been out quite a few times this year. My problem is sore arms. My upper arms and shoulders ache for days after. What can I do?

Going to the games

Friends, family and fans of Olympic athletes find that getting to Park City can be difficult even if you're not competing

When Shannon Dunn competes in the snowboarding halfpipe in next month's Winter Olympics in Park City, Utah, she'll have a crowd of about 10 family members cheering her on. It's a far cry from 1998, when Dunn found out she qualified for the Olympics only a week before the games.

Friday, January 25

Shooting for $1 million

Lowell Whiteman students seek to establish endowment

On the 45th anniversary of its foundation, the Lowell Whiteman School will make a commitment to preserving its tradition for another 45 years and more.

The gauge on tourism

Barometer shows a significant drop in visitors for the weekend

Even with blue skies and a 14-inch injection of fresh snow at mid-week, resort traffic this weekend could be off a hefty 16 percent.

Thursday, January 24


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.

The Raw Truth

As the melting pot of America begins to look outside the box for different food cuisine, the popularity of Japanese sushi only helps to raise the bar.


A fresh look on fish

Because of Colorado's landlocked geographical location and Steamboat's remote setting, it's no surprise that it's difficult to get fresh ocean fish.


Today The eight-piece hip-hop and acid jazz band Yo, Flaco! plays at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only.

Liza prepares for her next endeavor

Zuba gave her experience and knowledge of music but Liza Oxnard has learned about strength, independence and finally has something to call her own.

Students ready to showcase talent

For many students in this year's Steamboat Springs High School Dance Showcase, it will be the last time they dance, choreograph and team up as friends.

Trio makes music a family affair

Local musicians have been around the block probably more than a dozen times.

Wednesday, January 23

Planners to review 'Chadwick'

A newly proposed condo/commercial development near the ski area is too massive for the city planning department to recommend it for approval.

First Impressions continues work

But child-care advocacy group decides not to pursue new tax proposals

First Impressions of Routt County will not pursue a ballot initiative for the upcoming November election but will continue its work to improve child-care development and education in the county. The child-care advocacy group on Wednesday decided against pursuing tax proposals this November to support childhood development and education.

Weekend ski event to raise money for abused women

Women paired with family members, friends and even strangers will cross country ski this weekend to raise awareness and money for abused women in the community.

Retired general put on probation

A war hero was placed on one year of probation and ordered to pay almost $900 for a drunken-driving arrest last summer.

Man turns self in for allegedly stealing van

A 20-year-old New York man turned himself in to authorities earlier this week for allegedly stealing a van last fall.

Champagne powder strikes twice in two weeks

Mount Werner became a powder hound's Mecca Wednesday with many locals turning a blind eye to work and focusing on what had brought them to Steamboat in the first place.

Dancers to showcase talent

Country, ballet, Pointe, jazz, African and ballroom dancing will be the highlights of the Steamboat Springs High School Dance Showcase featuring about 50 high school students.

Area wrestling teams to tangle

As three local teams face off in Hayden tonight, wrestlers will get the chance to see who stands at the top of Routt County wrestling.

Olympic tradition

Steamboat sending 15 athletes to Salt Lake Winter Games

With a current count of 15 athletes traveling to the 2002 Olympics, Steamboat just might top the list as the community that claims the most competitors.

Glueck, Gerhart pick up medals in Germany

Top performances by Alex Glueck and Nathan Gerhart in Germany this week have made the pair the most recent poster boys for Steamboat's long-standing Nordic combined tradition.

Tuesday, January 22

Craig official says Big K likely won't close

The biggest retail store in Northwest Colorado was open for business as usual Tuesday morning. And officials in Craig are hopeful the Big K store there will not be among the 300 or so Kmart Corp. could close in the coming year as part of its reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Mayer, Battelle make cut for Salt Lake

There were a few skiers letting out cheers of relief Tuesday afternoon and, no doubt, a few shedding tears.

Council OKs hangar permit

Legal issues still must be worked out

The City Council approved a development permit for 11 new airplane hangars at Steamboat Springs Airport Tuesday night by a vote of 5 to 1.

Haven's low capacity concerns director

Fewer people being attracted to assisted-living facilities

A quick walk through the long hallway of The Haven illustrates a disturbing trend among assisted-living facilities in the area.

Justice facility options pondered

Officials review ways to build courthouse based on election

A new justice facility for Routt County will hinge on a vote in November, but county officials are working on a plan to institute based on a successful outcome.

DOW aims to bring more hunters to area

The Wildlife Commission wants more hunters killing elk in 2002 and is changing rules to meet that objective.

Cowboys take charge in ski stampede

Steamboat's Sisk takes first place in Cowboy Downhill event

After watching the Cowboy Downhill for two years, Steamboat's Michael Sisk found the best strategy for winning the stampede. It was cheating.

Man found dead near tracks

Police unsure of cause, but say man was not hit by train

James Slawinski, a 40-year-old Steamboat Springs man, was found dead a few feet from the railroad tracks off Pine Grove Road Tuesday morning just after 10 a.m. by two railroad workers who were plowing the tracks.


U.S. announces Salt Lake Nordic Combined Team

World Cup winners Todd Lodwick and Bill Demong of Steamboat Springs will top a list of talented American skiers who will compete in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake this February.

Sailors fall to 0-2 against Demons

Despite a 20-point effort by Bayli Stillwell, the Sailors girls basketball team found itself on the losing side of things against Glenwood Springs for the second time this season.

Prestigious honor bestowed upon Wilson

Sheraton's culinary artist named as the top chef in Colorado

Jacques Wilson, who makes mouth-watering croque madame, created from sourdough bread, gruyere cheese, lingonberry sauce, smoked pepper turkey and a parmesan cheese butter, still holds his mother's meatloaf as one of his favorite dishes.

Final push begins in Steamboat

Sparse crowds greeted the members of the Russian Nordic Combined Team when they arrived at Howelsen Hill Monday for training.

Monday, January 21

Airport may get 11 new hangars

Council considering proposal tonight

After giving the airport manager the go-ahead in December to consider private hangar construction at Steamboat Springs Airport, the City Council will decide tonight if it wants to allow a contractor to actually build those hangars.

Cowboys ready to hit slopes in annual event

'Special guest' bull riding star Charles Sampson will don skis for Cowboy Downhill

The top rodeo cowboys in the world are waxing up skis to race in the 28th annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill today, but there is one cowboy who may have an edge on the other competitors.

Another top showing

Winter Sports Club athletes' hard work pays off at Durango Mountain event

Alpine racer Heidi Hillenbrand swept past the competition in a pair of downhill races at Durango Mountain Resort (formerly Purgatory) last weekend, highlighting a top showing for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's girls.

Chix with Stix head out for Front Range road trip

Since returning from a month-long break, the Steamboat Chix with Stix women's hockey team has gone 1-1-1 on the team's home ice.

Business down in November

Economy fell 8.75 percent over last year, records show

Whether it had to do with the events of Sept. 11, city businesses got hit hard in November, according to sales-tax records.

Juniors fare well at qualifiers

With two out of three Junior Olympic qualifiers behind him, Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skier Bryan Fletcher can start to breathe a little easier.

Brenner, Otis appointed to partnership

The Emerald Mountain Partnership expanded its board to nine people from seven to make room for qualified members at its meeting Monday in the Routt County Courthouse.

City may rejoin fire council

Group's progress has officials optimistic

In the past two months, the Wildland Fire Council has made some significant progress that has some Routt County officials optimistic every fire district will participate in the county program this year.

Sunday, January 20

Depression more than a blue mood

How many times have you said or heard someone say "I'm depressed"? This phrase has become a part of our everyday language. It is used by adults and kids to describe a wide range of feelings.

Event to celebrate Olympians

Community gathering set to recognize Olympic heritage

Steamboat Springs will send its athletes to Salt Lake City in style with a community celebration Feb. 1 on the courthouse lawn.

Schools tie holiday with history

Students learn about King on observed birthday

Instead of observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day with staff instructions and meetings, students and teachers in the Steamboat Springs School District will be in the classroom this year receiving a small dose of history from one of the nation's most prominent civil rights leaders.

On the brink of making history once again

Maybe you don't remember Gordy Wren if you've just moved to Steamboat Springs in the past couple of years, it's understandable he died Nov. 25, 1999, at the age of 80. With the Winter Olympics right around the corner, I think it's worthwhile to refocus on Gordy's remarkable skiing career, because Steamboat native Gordy Wren accomplished something unheard of in international skiing today.

Doctor looking forward to serving at Games

Dr. Bryan Bomberg of Steamboat Orthopedic Associates, P.C. is one of Steamboat's many ties to the 2002 Olympics.

Demong wins first Nordic Combined World Cup

American Bill Demong won his first Nordic Combined World Cup Sunday in Liberec, Czech Republic, holding off Czech Pavel Churavy by 2 seconds. World Cup leader Felix Gottwald of Austria took third. This marks the second time an American has won a World Cup this season.

Saturday, January 19

A Mother's Grief

With her daughter's killer behind bars for life, Sherry Mesecher and her family now try to move on

Bob Mesecher was not prepared for the phone call. His wife, Sherry, was vacationing in Europe, so Mesecher was alone when the phone rang at 4 a.m. on May 12, 2000. Steamboat Springs Police Detective Robert DelValle was on the line. What he had to tell Mesecher was horrific Lori Bases, Mesecher's stepdaughter, had been found butchered in her Steamboat Springs apartment just a few miles from Mesecher's home.

The Week in Review

The Week in Review

Tubing ban may be extended

Commercial restrictions on sections of Yampa River could continue for two more years

The only thing more dangerous than tubing in January is talking about tubing in January. The Parks and Recreation Commission, a public board appointed by the City Council, voted last week to recommend extending a controversial ban on commercial tubing above Fifth Street for two more years.

The ride of your life

There are some dedicated snow riders who aren't up first thing in the morning when 12 inches of new snow falls on the mountain, explained freestyle snowboard coach Derek Switzky. In fact, they might even skip that day altogether.

In Brief

In brief for Jan. 20, 2002

Coffee shop serves up hospitality by the mug

Tina Bird perks up most mornings for South Routt

Kellen Garrity may be young, but she knows what she wants in a cinnamon roll. The 4-year-old walked through the doorway of the local coffee shop Friday morning and proceeded to inspect half a dozen rolls displayed behind the glass counter.

Building better teams

Steamboat company tailors corporate training for clients

Coca-Cola assigns some of its best and brightest to the Wal-Mart account for obvious reasons.

Our View

Getting off the fence

Routt County commissioners first began considering skyline regulations six years ago, but judging from a meeting last week, they're no closer to a decision on the issue than they were in 1996.


Pipe dreams

Superpipes, tabletops, rails and the numerous other jumps and obstacles in or around terrain park is a bonus. Though I'm not one who spends a full day going on the pipe or practicing big air, I do go to the area for at least two or three runs when I ski or ride.


Create a life preserver to achiever your fitness goals

So you decided to make end-of-year changes lose weight, get to the gym, cut back on the booze, etc. and January isn't even over yet and you already feel yourself slipping back into old, negative patterns.

Readers Sound Off

Readers sound off for Jan. 20, 2002

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Jan. 10-16, 2002


Kelley and King




Brodie named president of TCD TCD Inc. has announced that Rick Brodie has been appointed president of the company.


Building permits

Building permits for Jan. 7-10, 2002

Women offered chance to learn to ski from different perspective

Lindsay Heer likes to remind her students that it is not so much the destination as the ride that counts.


Allen gives '100 percent'

This week's Student Athlete of the Week comes from the ranks of the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team.

Airline numbers

Despite gloomy forecast, flights at YVRA were up in December over 2000

All of the airlines operating direct flights into Yampa Valley Regional Airport were up in December over the previous year.

Sailor boys post third straight win

The blood streaming down Ryan Scheer's face was all the proof the Sailors needed to know that the Glenwood Demons had come to Steamboat prepared to battle.

Art of the Bounce

Bar security workers keep an eye out for fake IDs and fights

Six nights a week Jim Turczynski is looking for a fight and hoping he won't find one. As the director of security at Levelz nightclub and Lupo's sports bar, Turczynski is also looking for those under 21 who rely on counterfeit identification cards to get them into bars.

7 Catamount lots on market

Agent doesn't think current downturn will hurt resale of sites

All 25 building lots at the Ranch at Catamount have been sold out for more than a year. But that doesn't mean well-heeled buyers can't join the neighborhood.

Local businesses looking at group insurance plan

Employers' organization believes health coverage key to stable work force

More than a year ago, a loose association of professionals in human resource positions came together, gave themselves a name and set out to find the best way to insure an uninsured work force. This week they hope to sell their idea to the public.


Sportsmen Expo in Denver Jan. 24-27 DENVER The International Sports-men Exposition is from Jan. 24-27 in Denver.

The Ranch changes its plans

Instead of condominiums, duplexes and homes to be built

Developers of a long-standing Steamboat Springs condominium project, The Ranch at Steamboat, are planning to create 16 new duplex lots rather than build 70 previously approved condominiums.

Weekly Planner

The Weekly Planner for Jan. 21-26, 2002

Class Notes

Class notes for Jan. 20, 2002

The Record

The record for Jan. 11-18, 2002


Birth announcements for Jan. 20, 2002

Routt County Spotlight

Art Fiebing

Routt County Spotlight for Jan. 20, 2002

Around Town

Around Town for Jan. 20, 2002

Local Briefing

Local briefing for Jan. 20, 2002

Students to play with best in the state

Three Steamboat Springs High School musicians selected for All-State Band festivities

When Kent Seabert began playing the tuba in fifth grade, it was nearly as big as he was. But he liked the simplicity of the three keys and was drawn to the large, shiny instrument because his dad had played it. Katie Haberlan started playing the flute when she was 5 years old. For her it was either the flute or the piano and she chose the flute because she said she liked the way it sounded.

Friday, January 18

Care center gets perfect score

Agency finds no deficiencies at Doak Walker

The Doak Walker Care Center earned a deficiency-free survey from the Colorado Department of Health earlier this month.

Rifle finds hot hand

Steamboat girls drop to 2-7 on season

Autumn rains fell early on the Steamboat Sailors girls Friday night as the Rifle Bears sunk the Sailors 56-30 at Steamboat Springs High School.

Resort to host weather summit

Steamboat will backdrop for national forecasts

A blizzard of weather forecasters are expected to hit Steamboat Ski Area next week when the resort hosts a national conference for meteorologists.

Pesticide program returns

For the third year in a row, Routt County will participate in a statewide program geared toward removing pesticides from ranches and farms.

Thursday, January 17


Today Groove funk band Rob Wosserman and the Willie Waldman Project play at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.


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.

Commitment to music keeps Vinyl jamming

Although visions of rock 'n' roll lifestyles dance in their heads, members of Vinyl know there's more to it than fame, women and drugs.

Hoffman returns to town

As an instructor of art, Joan Hoffmann has found teaching technique more beneficial than teaching style.

VNA expects more flu cases

Along with the visitors who come to Steamboat to ski and snowboard come their germs. That's one of the reasons Patsy Ford, Visiting Nurse Association public health nurse, thinks Steamboat will soon see even more cases of the influenza virus throughout January and into February and March.

NYC firefighters to enjoy break in Steamboat

For Hallie van Straaten, an eighth-grader, bringing New York firefighters to Steamboat was a feat finally accomplished after a few months of hard work.

Securing the skies

New federal regulations call for checking all pieces of luggage

Starting today, travelers nationwide will have every piece of luggage checked at airports across the country, including at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Wranglers take to the slopes

Spectators wanting a good laugh can stand on Headwall at the Steamboat Ski Area Tuesday to watch some cowboys strap on skis or a snowboard for the very first time.


Winter Works one to check out

I walked into the Depot Art Center Tuesday morning to find volunteers for this year's Steamboat Springs Arts Council Winter Works laughing and smiling. It was like walking in on a group of children opening Christmas presents.

Tourism projections show peak Saturday

This weekend could mark an island of robust tourism in the midst of a four-week ocean of doldrums.


Volunteers and local artists gathered at the Depot Art Center Tuesday morning to selectively place artwork for the viewers at the Steamboat Springs Arts Council Winter Works 2002 fine art exhibit.

Wednesday, January 16

U.S. Women's Hockey Team arrives in 2 weeks

Before heading to the 1998 Nagano Olympics, U.S.A. Women's Hockey coach Ben Smith sent his players home to be motivated by family and friends.

Johnson gets life sentence

Family of Lori Bases calls the murderer a 'monster'

Thomas Lee Johnson will spend the rest of his life behind bars because he killed a Steamboat Springs woman in May 2000.

Alert skiers treated to champagne weather anomaly

Weak storm front drops a foot of new snow on Mount Werner

You could call it Mount Werner magic or you could call it a "mechanical upslope," but the weak storm front that slipped into the valley early Tuesday evening provided a fluffy bonus for powderhounds who were paying attention to the early ski report Wednesday morning.

Bomb plot suspects could face expulsion

Moffat County School Board to decide fate of Craig students

The interim superintendent of the Moffat County School District will recommend that three students accused of plotting to bomb the high school and courthouse be expelled from school. Interim Superintendent Pete Bergmann's decision came following a pre-expulsion hearing Tuesday night for Stephen Jackman, 17, Tony Jacob, 16, and Tommy Elam, 14.

Officials mull airport authority

The city and county are looking into creating an airport authority that could manage both Steamboat Springs Airport and Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Tall task at hand

Sailors boys basketball team will be outsized in Rifle

The biggest problem that will hang over the heads of Steamboat this weekend will be Rifle's height.

Australian drivers to speed up city transit

Six late-arriving Australian bus drivers will help upgrade the city's bus system for the rest of this winter, making it possible for the city to offer 15-minute service at peak hours.

'Tough times' at Kmart

Craig manager predicts restructuring, not bankruptcy

Management at the Big Kmart in Craig expressed confidence Wednesday that the store would survive the company's current financial crisis.

Residents' son named Olympic torch bearer

Keith Severson, son of locals James and Anne Severson, will pick up the Olympic torch and run with it today in California.

Girls b-ball team gears up for busy weekend

Steamboat will face the old and the new this weekend as it continues league action against Rifle and Glenwood Springs.

Tuesday, January 15

Johnson to undergo sentencing

Convicted murderer Thomas Lee Johnson has spent his last day in Routt County.

Deal sealed on West End Village

A local family company closed Tuesday on a 30-acre piece of property that, within the next year, could be home to more than 80 "families, self-starters and people who are tired of renting condos," the buyer said.

New phone system sought

Hayden School District wants to upgrade its technology

Before the Hayden School District can improve its connection to the future rise in information technology, it must first obtain a physical connection.

City, county considering housing authority

Officials want to discuss idea with other towns in the county before deciding on project

The city and county want to move quickly to decide whether to create a new multijurisdictional housing authority to help provide affordable housing and potentially levy taxes, but not before consulting other towns in the county.

2nd player joins bid for ski area

American Skiing Co.'s bid to sell the Steamboat Ski Area is still alive and there is more than one suitor. That news was revealed Tuesday in a report posted on the Internet by the independent financial ratings agency Moody's Investors Service.

Town looks at new bike path

Grants will be used to improve safety in Hayden

Pedestrians and bicyclists who currently use the streets in Hayden might be able to pursue their recreational activities away from traffic before the end of the year.

Local snowboarders continue SOS dominance

With Steamboat snowboarders capturing top spots in seven of 18 age divisions, local athletes continued to top the Snowboarding Outreach Society's series this weekend in Keystone's giant slalom races.

Man expected to plead guilty to vehicular homicide

A 19-year-old Denver man is expected to plead guilty to charges in March stemming from an alleged alcohol-related accident that killed his best friend last summer.

Block party

Steamboat's Schwall could be 3rd Olympic skier from his neighborhood

Growing up, Tommy Schwall lived one house over from Nordic Combined Gold Cup winner Todd Lodwick and just near the home of U.S. Ski Team special jumper Clint Jones.

A heavyweight performance

Steamboat wrestler pins three en route to tourney title

Heavyweight Will Zimmerer had his best tournament finish of his high school career last weekend as he pinned three straight opponents en route to a first-place finish at the Eagle Valley tournament.

Monday, January 14

Students' requests to graduate early granted

Fourteen Steamboat Springs High School seniors will get a taste of real life this semester as they work to save money for college.

Annual skiing event raises funds for MS

On March 3, competitors young and old will participate in the 17th annual Snow Express at the Steamboat Ski Area to raise money for individuals suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Lost snowmobilers located

Group of six spent the night in subzero temperatures on Rabbit Ears

One man suffered frostbite, but otherwise, six snowmobilers escaped serious injury after getting lost in a snowstorm and being forced to spend Sunday night on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Juniors off to good start

Steamboat skiers give impressive performances at Junior Olympic qualifier

Bryan Fletcher of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has begun establishing himself as one of the best young Nordic skiers in the Rocky Mountain Division and perhaps in the nation.

Housing plan gets rolling again

Developer near closing on property for affordable homes

Today could turn out to be one of the more monumental days in the short history of the Regional Affordable Living Foundation. By the end of the day, the nonprofit could be on its way to establishing a new housing authority and getting started on a previously stalled affordable-housing project.

County commissioners reject skyline regulations

The Routt County Board of Commissioners failed to approve regulations Monday night that would attempt to preserve ridges from development.

Sunday, January 13

Seniors hope early graduation motions are granted

Steamboat Springs High School students plan to work, earn money for college

Thirteen Steamboat Springs High School seniors are expected to receive a motion tonight from the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education allowing them to graduate at midyear.

Avalanche season upon us

Clinic provides important information to help backcountry users stay safe

Avalanche season has arrived, and because of the recent warm weather, snow layers have been weakened, increasing the danger of avalanches in the area.

Reminisce about the days of yore

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young evoke fond memories

Before I begin this week's column I need to get a few things straight. This column is not for everyone. In fact, some of you will not be allowed to read it at all not unless you can pass the Woodstock Generation wooden music super group quiz.

Search resumes today for lost snowmobilers

Routt County Search and Rescue will resume a search today for a group of snowmobilers lost Sunday in the backcountry.

Phippsburg pair part of missing horse incident

A Phippsburg couple was arrested for their involvement with a missing horse.

Skyline rules close to approval

Commissioners will review proposal tonight

After five years of discussing how to protect scenic vistas in Routt County, a skyline regulation proposal has been drafted that could be approved tonight.

Foreign policy class offered

Locals can discuss issues facing the U.S. at CMC forum

Students of Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus and residents of Steamboat Springs may find reason, logic or rationale to current issues that face policy makers in America.

Saturday, January 12

Around Town

Around town for Jan. 13, 2002

High School debate team wins big at tourney

Long hours of research pays off for students

In one of their smaller tournaments of the season, the Steamboat Springs High School debate team won big Saturday at home. The team walked away with 13 individual awards.

Our View

Sounding Off

Good newspapers should spark discussion in their communities. Even better newspapers find ways to facilitate that discussion. It is with that in mind that the Steamboat Pilot & Today introduces Sound Off, a new feature that we hope will create more interaction with our readers.


Walker and Hill

Behind the Headlines

Charting progress: The North Routt School

Behind the headlines for Jan. 13, 2002

In Brief

In brief for Jan. 13, 2002


Letters for Jan. 13, 2002

The Record

The record for Jan. 4-11, 2002

The Week in Review


Building permits

Building permits Dec. 24 to Jan 4

Fund-raiser to be held for high school senior bound for Spain

One high school senior wasted no time in making a decision to pursue her interests halfway around the world. Sierra Montoya, 17, said she intends to complete her remaining requirements for an early graduation from Soroco High School in time to leave for Spain Thursday.

Brownie, Daisy troop learns to look to the future

Girls get ready for upcoming cookie sale

The young girls gathered around Eileen Rossi Friday learned that today's behavior dictates tomorrow's accomplishments. Rossi, a part-time officer for the Oak Creek Police Department, capped an afternoon of celebrating careers.



Local Briefing

Local briefing for Jan. 13, 2002


Birth announcements for Jan. 13, 2002

'Bumming' it at the 'boat

Four Australians discover AmericaSteamboat style

They don't drink Fosters and "shrimp on the barbie" is a catch phrase that never passes their lips. Four 23-year-old Australian men living under one roof may sound like the latest in television sit-coms but it isn't so much a rarity in Steamboat Springs during the winter.

Weekly Planner

The weekly planner for Jan. 14-19, 2002




Wildlife meeting Tuesday in Walden WALDEN Colorado Wildlife Commissioner Tom Burke will host an open meeting from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to hear public input on a number of wildlife issues.

Creating a multimedia show

As Strings in the Mountains learned, Steamboat's Tripstream can make magic on CD-ROM

Late last summer, just a week before the last violin was scheduled to be put away in its case, the principles in Strings in the Mountains were looking for a new way to promote their product.


Recker heads Oak Creek bank branch OAK CREEK Ken Recker, the new president of First National Bank of the Rockies in Oak Creek, brings 33 years of banking experience to his position.

New business is bullish on bears

You can stuff your own teddy bear at the Rocky Mountain Bear Factory on Lincoln

Susan Mock could easily be mistaken for someone who came to Steamboat with warm and fuzzy notions of owning her own business.

House moving

Home being relocated; new building going up

An Old Town Steamboat Springs house is destined to become a home in the country, and a new office building resembling a period Victorian home will be built in its place on Oak Street.

Kurtz takes second place, again

It might have been Steamboat's home hill, but Tucker Burton claimed ownership of it Friday afternoon.


Energize your resolutions: How to make change happen

How are you doing with your 2002 "healthier lifestyle" resolutions?


Tax break largely unused

Routt County has $2.5 million for mortgage credit program

A pool of $2.5 million is available to assist first-time homebuyers in Routt County, but few qualified buyers are tapping into it.

Small Steps

VNA's partnership program for new parents making strides

Mandy Mourglia knows she will eventually need to start thinking about getting locks for the cabinets and plugs to cover electric outlets. For now, her 4-month-old son, Gavin, plays contently with the assortment of mirrors and toys that hang from an overhead bar but his blue eyes wander occasionally around the room.

Ski area's grooming supervisor headed to Olympics

Steamboat native has been preparing courses for 23 years

For years, David Hudspeth has groomed the trails that have led many Steamboat athletes to the Olympics. And now it is his turn to go.

Routt County Spotlight

Joanne Palmer

Ski Touring Center finds success in women-only programs

Every Tuesday, several women strap on their skis to build relationships as well as their skiing abilities.

Braving the ice

Peace, serenity, the beauty of the landscape and a little excitement is what brings people out to the lakes in Routt County in the dead of winter for a little ice fishing.


Rolling with the punches

It's hard not to have a love-hate relationship with tourists. On the one hand, when 13,000 tourists doubled the population of Steamboat Springs a few weeks ago, it was nice to know the local economy was hopping.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Jan. 4-9, 2002

Community flocks to CMC to continue education

While Betty Leipold isn't exactly sure, she said she thinks the first class she took at CMC was a geology class that had the students studying Native American paintings near Steamboat Lake and camping near Dinosaur.

Student skiers fly high in aerial event

Steamboat Springs men take 3 of 4 top spots in freestyle event Saturday

In his first competition since breaking his ankle last month, Steamboat Springs' Broc Sheue captured first place in the upright aerial competition Saturday at Mount Werner.

City hires emergency personnel

Six firefighters/EMTs employed to provide 24/7 response coverage

The Steamboat community has a new first line of defense in its quest to deal with the rising number of fire and ambulance calls in the area. The city of Steamboat Springs began 2002 with an elite corps of six new firefighter/EMTs that will provide 24-hour coverage to the residents of the city and the surrounding rural fire protection district.

Friday, January 11

Heritage Award nominations sought

There are two ways to land a six-point elk in your living room: leave your door open in the spring or win the Steamboat Springs Heritage Award. The second presentation of the heritage award, given to John Fetcher in 2000, will occur at Winter Carnival this year. The winner receives a bronze elk statue created by local artist and rancher Curtis Zabel. The city took a year off from presenting the award last year, but is ready to present it again in 2002. The award, perhaps the most prestigious in Steamboat, is presented to an individual or group that best exemplifies the Steamboat spirit of volunteerism and good will. City Clerk Julie Jordan-Struble said it has to do with "upholding the integrity of the community's character."

The cost of communication

State's new digital radio system may be too expensive for local agencies

The future of radio communication for law enforcement and emergency agencies in the state has Routt County officials concerned. The Colorado Department of Transportation is in the midst of putting in infrastructure across the state that would allow law enforcement and emergency agencies to communicate through a digital trunked radio system. The state plans the $45 million project in phases.

Lodging owners expect a crowd

Droves forecasted for Martin Luther King Day weekend

Local lodging properties won't be nearly as busy tonight as they were at this time a year ago. But there are signs that the three-day weekend for Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 19-21, will meet or exceed last year's levels. "It's a day-to-day guessing game," Mike Lomas said Friday. "One day we crank reservations, and the next they drop off. We're doing better than I ever thought we would this winter."

Foundation grants awarded

Organizations receive more than $400,000 in 2001

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation awarded more than $200,000 in grant money during October, November and December or 50 percent of its annual awarded grant money. The year 2001 provided the foundation with enough resources to award more than $400,000 among 174 grants. Forty-one grants were awarded in the final three months of the year.

Thursday, January 10


Today Chris LeBlanc plays Southern rock and blues at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.

Fire calls drop in 2001

City sees fewer accidents on Rabbit Ears Pass, fewer wildland fires

The Steamboat Springs Fire Department had a decrease in calls in 2001, the first time in four years the number of calls has declined. Last year, the department responded to 610 fire calls, down 13 calls as compared to the record 623 firefighters responded to in 2000. Calls include motor vehicle accidents and other emergencies in addition to fires. Despite the drop, the number of calls in 2001 was still nearly 25 percent higher than the number of calls just two years ago.

Winter Walk

Joe and Ann Wills are distance runners and avid hikers, so snowshoeing from the base of Mount Werner to the gondola and over to 4 Points seemed like a good workout Monday afternoon.

New Orleans band brings jazz, funk flavor to town

Although the 35-year-old vocalist and Hammond B-3 organ player of Papa Grows Funk isn't ready to retire anytime soon, John Gros said he's not willing to drive a van across the country his entire music career either.

High school speech tournament on Saturday

Steamboat Springs High School will host the 21st annual Steamboat Invitational Speech Tournament Saturday. The speech team will be one of 13 teams from around the state competing in the tournament. Besides trying to perform their best in Saturday's competition, Steamboat students have the added pressure of making sure the tournament runs smoothly. Speech coach Shauna Lamansky said the team has been preparing all week by making signs, assigning judges, scheduling competitions and doing paper work.

Club sees membership jump

SSWSC grows by 100 skiers, riders

Rick DeVos and Sarah Floyd were prepared to mail out a recruitment brochure for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club last fall. But one day in October, they thought better of it. Winter Sports Club enrollment has jumped 20 percent this winter to 625 youngsters. That's 100 more skiers and riders than a year ago. "We were working on a marketing mailer to send to the entire valley," DeVos recalled. "I don't remember exactly at what point we called it off. But in October the numbers started rolling and all of a sudden we noticed, 'It isn't stopping.'"

Kicking the habit

Hospital program helps those who smoke, chew to quit

A program offered by the Yampa Valley Medical Center aims to assist people who want to quit smoking. Whether it is their first or their fifth attempt to quit, people looking for a new approach to giving up tobacco for good are encouraged to enroll in the six-session seminar. The "Stop Smoking/Stop Chewing Tobacco" program begins Tuesday and runs from noon to 12:45 p.m.


Trekking down the catwalk

Earlier this week, about 10 people snowshoed along Mount Werner catwalks like a pack of wolves hunting prey. I was among them.

Freestyle competition gets started today

A full weekend of freestyle competition for area skiers kicks off at 10 a.m. today with an open mogul event on Mount Werner. The Rocky Mountain Freestyle Competition, a United States Ski Association sanctioned event, has three days of skiing for high school age skiers and older. Winter Sports Club Freestyle coach Wendy Allen expects more than 60 competitors for the events that will take place on Mount Werner's Voo-Doo run and Howelsen Hill. Teams from Winter Park, Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge and Telluride as well as area collegiate athletes will compete.

A numbers game

Short on wrestlers, Steamboat drops meet to Battle Mountain

With just four wrestlers matching up from Steamboat and Battle Mountain's low-manned teams, Thursday's regular match did not take long. But Sailor fans got to see plenty of action, as the two teams did not waste the chance to wrestle some new competitors and added on exhibition matches. "It was a great opportunity for us to get new blood to practice with," Sailor coach Jay Muhme said.

Allard bill could help preservation efforts

Federal legislation soon to be introduced in Congress could help secure Emerald Mountain's position in the state Land Board's stewardship trust, at least until the Emerald Mountain Partnership has the chance to try to save it. U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., is poised to introduce legislation that would amend the act that made Colorado a state in 1875 so that it would not conflict with the state's stewardship trust amendment. That act requires the state Land Board to use its lands to pay for public education.

The intriguing Chicarita

Dos' famous concoction a hit with locals

After sitting up late nights at Dos Amigos in the late 1980s testing various alcoholic concoctions, bartenders Chic MacMaster and Patrick Mueller found one that has been named the most popular drink in Steamboat Springs.


4-Points seeks recipes for new feature 4-Points is looking for locals with ordinary or extraordinary recipes for a new feature, "The Local Dish," coming soon in 4-Points. The Local Dish will feature locals' favorite recipes accompanied by a photo to share with readers. Please e-mail Kelly Silva at or call 871-4204 for suggestions and recipes.

Man charged with sexual assault

A 52-year-old Oak Creek man faces felony charges for allegedly soliciting sex from a teen-age girl and providing alcohol to minors. The man, who also faces a misdemeanor sexual assault charge, was arrested at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at his home after a teenage girl came forward to police Tuesday. The man appeared in Routt County Court Thursday. Judge James Garrecht set the man's bail at $20,000.

Report on Steamboat Springs area plan released

A report released by the city and the county on the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan meetings in November shows how active the local community has become in defining its future and how much work remains to be done. The report outlines the recommendations of more than 100 community members from Steamboat and the surrounding area who will sit on 10 issue groups to help determine what will go into the plan. The area plan touches on such issues as growth management, historic preservation and economic sustainability, serving as a document for both the city and county to reference in making policy decisions and analyzing development permits, among other issues.

Wednesday, January 9

Man faces fraud, deceit charge

A 48-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces a felony charge for allegedly obtaining a prescription drug illegally.

Ski area sees average snowfall

Steamboat gathers more powder than most

After packing above-average November snowfall into the last nine days of the month, the Steamboat Ski Area cruised through December with accumulations that nailed the 20-year average.

Basketball teams get back on the court

Despite being without leading scorer, coach expects girls to step up

Although it might not be coming at the best time, Sailors coach Bruce Alston said he and his team are looking forward to the challenge of facing the top-ranked team in the league.

Driving course to take youths over the ice

The Colorado State Patrol is offering the first program in the nation geared to teach young drivers how to steer through snow-packed and icy roads safely.

Double billing

Tardy video maker says city owes him twice as much as agreed-upon price

The city recently received a $20,000 video and it has no idea what to do with it. What's more, the man who made the one-hour documentary about the history of Steamboat Springs thinks it's worth at least $40,000 and has sent the city a bill for that amount.

Ski teams face off this weekend at Howelsen

Howelsen Hill will play host to the Sailors' one and only ski competition as both Alpine and Nordic teams travel to Steamboat this weekend.

Clinic to offer an overview of avalanches

Discussion to focus on backcountry travel

Nick Logan of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center will present a free avalanche clinic sponsored by Ski Haus from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the community center.

Steamboat boys, Bulldogs look to be evenly matched in Friday's opener

On paper, Friday's matchup with Moffat County looks to be just about even. But things on paper never hold much weight in games against Steamboat's biggest rival.

Director asks locals to come out, join chorale

Those who initially harbor second thoughts about enrolling in Christel Houston's class will likely walk way from the first day of class with a different attitude about their decision.

Tuesday, January 8

Council votes to raise gas fees

The new City Council's first heated ideological debate ended with a 4-3 vote Tuesday night that could result in local gas bills going up 2 percent by the end of the month.

Judge denies reconsideration

Appeals delay convicted sex abuser's sentence alteration

A judge refused to reconsider the 21-year prison sentence given to a Hayden man convicted of sexual assault of a child until after the man's appeal is resolved.

Residents get chance for ride-alongs

Civilians offered opportunity to be Hayden police officers' passengers

Hayden residents who want to better understand the role of local law enforcement can ride along with officers of the Hayden Police Department.

Hayden ice rink opens

Students taking advantage, practicing hockey skills

Hayden residents can now lace up their skates and hit the ice without driving to Steamboat Springs or Craig.

MCHS student has record

Teen accused in bomb plot convicted of explosives possession

One of the three Moffat County High School students accused of plotting to blow up the school and the Moffat County Courthouse has a previous conviction for possession of explosives.

Ex-jail inmate allegedly swindles another inmate

A 31-year-old former Routt County Jail inmate is accused of posing as a lawyer to bilk $2,700 from a fellow inmate.

Wrestlers get back to the mats

For Sailors wrestling fans, good things might come to those who wait Thursday night.

Parking on pass a problem

Illegally parked vehicles at Dry Lake Campground leads to overuse of backcountry

Forest Service officials say recreational use at Buffalo Pass has reached critical mass and that illegal parking in the area must come to an end. The parking lot at Dry Lake Campground, the highest plowed lot in the Buffalo Pass area, is designed to hold 30 vehicles with snowmobile trailers.

Monday, January 7

Judge sentences Ark. man to prison for theft

A 22-year-old Arkansas man was sentenced to prison Monday for using stolen checks and a stolen credit card to go on a two-day shopping spree in Steamboat Springs.

Central tops Steamboat boys, 37-28

With just one 6-footer in the lineup, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team fell to Grand Junction Central 37-28 in a low-scoring game last weekend.

Yampa man must pay restitution

Judge holds Hillbolt accountable for victim's expenses

A 34-year-old Yampa man serving a three-year prison sentence will have to pay about $4,700 in restitution to the man he shot in December 2000.

Consultants to aid school board

Professionals, subcommittee to discuss pay plan options

A Steamboat Springs School District subcommittee looking to organize a multiyear competitive compensation plan told the school board Monday night it needs to look to professionals for further implementation.

Developer: 'Friends' falls short

Group trying to preserve Elkins Meadow hasn't met asking price yet

The committee trying to protect Elkins Meadow from development is a few million dollars short of its goal, the owner of the parcel said Monday.

County hires new IS director

Aurora man will oversee information systems department

Routt County has selected an Aurora man as its new director of information systems.

City to decide lease agreement

Emerald City deal may be a month-to-month basis

In his first update of the new year on Emerald City, City Manager Paul Hughes will be presenting the City Council with some hopeful news. The community has pledged almost enough money to secure a lease on the city youth center through August.

Freestylers dominate over weekend

The Winter Sports Club's freestyle team opened a busy month with strong showings at home and on the road over the weekend.

Sunday, January 6

Discover the intriguing life of RV-ers

Ever been on a road trip in a four-cylinder subcompact car and found yourself in awe of the land yachts that prowl the great American highway?

Toastmasters helps improve speech skills

Mary Andre gave her fourth formal speech Friday as a member of the Toastmasters club. The speech, she said, was a sign of her improvement, a symbol of her increased confidence to speak in front of an audience.

Acupuncture goes mainstream

The 3,000 year-old Chinese art of acupuncture is moving into Western medicine on a rising tide of success stories. Millions of visits are made to acupuncturists each year in the United States for a wide variety of ailments. With the National Institutes of Health's blessing, acupuncture is well on its way to shedding its alternative image.

Cowboys taking to the slopes

Annual downhill event on Headwall set for Jan. 22

On Jan. 22, some of the best rodeo athletes in the world will trade their cowboy boots for ski boots and head to Steamboat Springs to race in the 28th annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill.

Group to swear in new member

School board study session scheduled for tonight

The Steamboat Springs School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. today at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center to discuss five agenda items.

Saturday, January 5


Is the Pilates workout program meant for men?

Billy M. e-mails from Tulsa: My girlfriend loves her Pilates class and wants me to go with her, but I don't think it's for guys. She says it is. What do you say?

Preserving the past

Volunteers strive to save Upper Yampa heritage

Men like Karl Clemens Paznokaitis and Irvin Soash are most likely strangers to most people in Routt County.


Larsen to oversee area advertising Bryna Larsen, publisher of the Craig Daily Press, has been named the regional director of advertising for the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the Hayden Valley Press and the Daily Press.


Showing off his team spirit

Sports fans around the world show their support in all sorts of ways.


One man's cache is another's treasure

Last week, I wrote an article about the new sport of geocaching. The idea is to place a cache out in the woods somewhere usually in a Tupperware container with a logbook and some trinkets.

In Brief

In brief for Jan. 6, 2002



Behind the Headlines

Justifying a new judicial complex

Routt County began a process months ago to determine the need of a new judicial complex that would replace the old county courthouse on Lincoln Avenue. The facility is old and cramped and many security and safety issues have been pointed out. Judicial District Administrator Evan Herman revisits the issue and gives a progress report on the process to bring about a new court facility.

Charter school setting courses for community

Grant could mean more adult classes, after-school and summer programs for North Routt

When the North Routt Charter School opened its doors at the beginning of this school year, its main objective was to have North Routt students return to the community. But with a recent grant, the community just might be returning to school.

Honoring History

DeLaney family plans to restore historical buildings on ranch north of Hayden

The black and white photograph that hangs in Pat and Tammie DeLaney's dining room powerfully illustrates how time can never touch some things in life.

Ski resort, Forest Service stress safety

Ropes are put up to keep skiers, snowboarders out of unsafe areas while on the mountain

Snow riders looking for adventure by skiing in the backcountry at the Steamboat Ski Area should keep in mind the physical and financial risks that are involved.

No go

Inexperience defeats Olympic biathlon hopeful Michael Brothers

Last week's Olympic tryouts were an experience of a lifetime for biathlete Capt. Michael Brothers.

Made for a woman

Snowboard manufactures realize the growing market of female shredders

The once male-dominated sport of snowboarding is becoming saturated with female riders who can rip up the powder just like the guys.

Weekly Planner

The weekly planner for Jan. 7-12



Council looking to shift budget priorities

Issues that are too costly, overly ambitious may be put on back burner for a while

With an uncertain economic future, the city's priorities, like many individual priorities in the aftermath of Sept. 11, have shifted. Going into 2002 with the potential for a revenue shortfall, the city is focusing on getting the nuts and bolts of government completed before taking on some of the larger issues facing the community.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Dec. 27 to Jan. 3

Local Briefing

Local briefing for Jan. 6, 2002

The Record

The record for Dec. 31 to Jan. 4







Class notes


Letters for Jan. 6, 2002

Our View

A Message Sent

The arrest of three Moffat County High School students on charges that they plotted to blow up the high school and the county courthouse is a reminder that no community can presume to be immune from such disturbing threats.

The Week in Review

The week in review for Dec. 31 to Jan. 5

An affordable alternative

Developer's three-story townhomes are being offered for less than $145,000

Local homebuilder Paul Flood has found a way to bring three-bedroom townhomes in Hayden onto the market for less than $150,000.

Couple brings French flair to square

It has been said that husbands and wives should not keep secrets from one another. Marco and Rebecca Pauvert aren't buying it.

Tapping into Russia's oil market

From an office in Steamboat, Howard Cooper runs a massive oil field in Siberia

Howard Cooper's business card is printed on two sides English on one side, Russian on the other. That's what you do when you're the president of the only publicly held American company that has all of its assets in Russia.

Around Town

Around town for Jan. 6, 2002

Grand results

Steamboat comes on strong at Junior Olympic qualifying event

Korie Steitz led Steamboat this weekend in two Junior Olympic qualifying events and a high school competition in cross-country skiing.

Bantam A Braves wrap up holiday tourney

The Steamboat Bantam A Braves hockey team traveled to the Arvada Bantam Holiday hockey tournament last weekend and returned home with the championship trophy.


Amateur boarders riding for a cause

Amateur boarders riding for a cause VAIL The Snowboarding Outreach Society's Outreach Series snowboarding competitions continue in Keystone next weekend.


Births for Jan. 6, 2002

Blazing a new trail

The newest addition to the Howelsen Hill Nordic trail system has become one of the most widely used routes on the mountain.

Routt County Spotlight

Nancy Barr Robertson Kramer

Friday, January 4

Meadows sledding stopped

Ski corp. considering lift at popular site

Sledding on a hill just east of the Tennis Meadows has been banned by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. because some people who took part in the activity also knocked over signs and caused parking problems.

Texas woman pleads not guilty to 3 felony charges

A 40-year-old Texas woman with a criminal history pleaded not guilty Friday to three felony charges connected to an auto theft and will have her fate decided by a Routt County jury in May.

Oak Creek man pleads guilty to DUI

A 21-year-old Oak Creek man pleaded guilty Friday to two charges stemming from two August incidents.

Burglary suspect caught on tape

A rash of burglaries may be the work of an unidentified man who was caught on film by a downtown surveillance camera, a city police officer said Friday.

U.S. women's hockey coming to Steamboat

Skiers will not be the only elite athletes taking advantage of Steamboat Springs' first-class facilities prior to the start of the Winter Olympic Games in February.

Thursday, January 3

College students coming

Approximately 2,000 expected for College Week

Approximately 2,000 college students are expected in Steamboat Springs over the next 10 days as the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. offers events and prices aimed specifically at luring the college crowd.


Local museum exhibits work of Curtis The Tread of Pioneers Museum presents "The Life and Work of Edward S. Curtis" photography exhibit through June 2002. Photo Express House sponsors the event. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 879-2214 for more information.

'Phish on a Texas country high'

LARRY bringing unique mix of music to Wolf Den

He isn't in the band, but he is a real person although his name is not Larry. Larry (real name Patrick) started as a code name for the man who helped six guys from Texas come together to play spaced-out and Cajun-style jams.

Giddyap, let's go!

Sleigh rides offer a taste of the Old West

Gary and Hattie Yeager have stories of marriage proposals on the sleighs, in the barn and on the deck. They remember wedding parties heading out to their ranch for dinner rehearsals and even fights breaking out on the bus rides to and from the Bar Lazy L Ranch.

Sailors to play with small lineup

Steamboat boys basketball team hit by injuries

When the members of the Steamboat Springs Sailors boys basketball team return to the hardwood floors of Central's gym in Grand Junction this Saturday, a few key names will be missing.

Feldmann case delayed again

Special prosecutor put on administrative leave for 'inappropriate' conduct

The special prosecutor investigating Charles Feldmann has been taken off the case, further delaying an already lengthy inquiry.


The allure of a winter sleigh ride

Fresh snow is a good reason to be optimistic as we start the new year. As human beings we continually seek out activities that will give us the most pleasure for the least amount of money.

Catching a glimpse of changing faces

Local artist's new exhibit showcases some of Steamboat's personalities

When contemporary realist painter Susan Schiesser saw Jon deCarmine for the first time, she immediately was drawn to his looks, personality and alternative style.

Hayden backs fairground upgrades

The town of Hayden endorsed future improvements to the Routt County Fairgrounds Thursday night.

Mother, daughter share oboe

Danielle Laird, Hayden band raising money for Orlando trip

When Danielle Laird decided to play the oboe, she literally picked up the same instrument as her mother.


Today Cam Pyle and Friends play Southern rock at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.

Puckett sweeps 2 at Holiday Classic

Former Olympian Chris Puckett swept the last two races of the Steamboat Holiday Classic in Steamboat Springs, but the local coach doesn't think of himself as the week's biggest winner.

Saving pieces of history

Program aims to protect wickiups, Native American structures

The U.S. Forest Service's Heritage Program is working to find, document and protect some wickiups, teepee-like shelters that are among the oldest structures in this part of the Rocky Mountains .

Campground plans reviewed

Commission has concerns, but project will move forward

Despite significant concerns by the Routt County Planning Commission, Raymond Selbe will continue with his proposal to put a campground west of Steamboat Springs.

Wednesday, January 2

County sees first birth of the new year

Craig parents celebrate the birth of their fourth child

John Ernest Collier III might have missed the first day of the new year by less than an hour, but he was still the first infant born in Routt County in 2002.

New hope for development

West End Village may become reality this year

The land for West End Village, the city's first deed-restricted affordable housing project, is under contract and could be sold within the month.

Steamboat's Glueck takes 3 1st places in N.Y. meet

Alex Glueck managed to add three more first-place finishes to his season statistics as he swept the Nordic combined events at the Lake Placid New Year's meet.

Council discusses capital projects budget

The City Council pledged Wednesday night to attempt to make capital projects account for 15 percent of the city's budget in the future, though council members realized that goal is going to be difficult to attain.

Taxi driver accused of punching passenger

A taxi driver faces a felony assault charge after he allegedly punched a passenger early in the morning on New Year's Day, breaking the passenger's nose.

A costly rescue

Man faces at least $1,900 bill after boarding out of bounds, getting lost

A 23-year-old California man will have to pay the $1,900 it cost a search-and-rescue team to come to his aid Tuesday after he skied out of bounds and got lost in the Steamboat Ski Area. Chris Dicicco of California City was cited for violation of a ski area closure, a misdemeanor punishable by a $300 fine.

Planners consider master plan

County document to address current issues

A year of work on the Routt County Master Plan could come to an end tonight if the Routt County Planning Commission approves the document.

A run for the money

Puckett beats out former U.S. Team members at Holiday Classic giant slalom

A year off the U.S. Ski Team, Chris Puckett wanted to see if he still had what it took to compete against some of the country's best.

Tuesday, January 1

Colorado's loss leaves local fans 'stunned'

For Chuck Samtistevin and Michael Martinez, things were not supposed to end like this. Sitting at the Tap House Sports Grill with the University of Colorado Buffs down 28-7 entering the fourth quarter, only one word described how they felt: Shocked.

Fire at Dream Island leaves eight out in the cold

Eight people were out of housing Tuesday night after a fire broke out in a mobile home in Dream Island Plaza.