Stories for June 2002


Sunday, June 30

Catamount opens first clubhouse

From the deck of Catamount's newly built Lake Clubhouse, a visitor can stare out at a 500-acre lake and the preserved green pastureland that surrounds it.


Steamboat women testing market for gelato

Gelato, which means "frozen" in Italian, is the name of a trendy frozen dessert that is considered to be the world's first ice cream.

Hahn's Peak Cafe opens in North Routt

The owners of the Hahn's Peak Cafnow that it will take more than the views of Hahn's Peak and Steamboat Lake to lure patrons to the Mexican restaurant.

The Record for June 30

Routt County Jail Report for the week of June 30, 2002

Letter: The facts on wasting disease

In an effort to slow the flood of inaccurate information and often grossly misleading opinions about chronic wasting disease and the elk ranching industry, I submit to you this chronic wasting disease fact sheet.

Our View: Housing Authority a missed opportunity

A multijurisdictional housing authority was an idea born out of the best of intentions.


Dezzee Lynn Pfister, daughter of Brandy and Michael Pfister of Hayden, was born at 9:41 p.m. June 13, 2002. She weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces and was 17.5 inches long. Her maternal grandparents are Jack Rickman and Janet Hayes of Hot Sulphur Springs and Harled and Debby Clark of Hayden. Her paternal grandparents are Jack and Debbie Pfister of Craig.

Hebard and Weaver

Daniel and Mauren Hebard of Steamboat Springs are pleased to announce the wedding of their daughter, April Elizabeth Hebard, to Jason Daniel Weaver, son of Pam Weaver of Paradise, Calif., and grandson of Earl and June Morford of Red Bluff, Calif., at 2 p.m. June 29, 2002.

Heavens to Betsy, who is that marching in the parade?

Just a few ideas for a fireworks-less Fourth

In anticipation of an Independence Day sans pyrotechnics, I thought I might offer seven suggestions on how you can make the most of a Fourth of July without the annual fireworks show.

Poll shows support for tax increase

59 percent of respondents favor mill levies

As fires rage through Colorado, it was little surprise to City Council members that a recent telephone poll showed 59 percent of Steamboat residents would support a property tax for fire and ambulance services.

Sound Off: Readers share their views

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Opposition to Triple Crown I just wanted to comment on Kathy Connell's remark in the Today that there are only a few people who are opposed to Triple Crown. That is not true. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of us. Why should someone who has so much to gain from Triple Crown by bringing so many people to this city be allowed to make this decision for all of us?

Letter: The irony of freedom

In about a week, we as a town, state and nation will be celebrating the 227th year of political independence from a great nation.

For locals, Ultimate Frisbee is ultimate sport

Each Monday and Wednesday afternoon throughout the summer, about a dozen people meet at 6 p.m. on the field by the old junior high school in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Rumble at Romick

79-year old 'Sandman' wins over fans Sunday

It was a bit shocking to see a 79-year-old man calling himself "The Sandman" touch gloves with an opponent and begin to throw punches when the bell rang for the first bout on Sunday at the amateur fighting show Fight Night III.


Chateau at Catamount to be auctioned

When Bob Adams purchased the six acres perched on Rabbit Ears Pass and overlooking Lake Catamount in 1969, there was just a barn and a tiny caretaker's unit.

Saturday, June 29

Police on alert

Zero tolerance

Local and area law enforcement intend to take every precaution over the Fourth of July holiday to safeguard the public and property against the threat of wildfire.

The Godfather's bridge

James Brown snatched a piece of Steamboat history nine years ago

The Godfather of Soul returns to Steamboat Springs this week. This time he's going to do what he does best perform for thousands at the Independence Incident.

Invasion of the grasshoppers

Insects have infested, devoured Routt fields

Each step that Terri George took across her front lawn, a cloud of grasshoppers buzzed up around her knees. "It's like the yard is moving it's so creepy," said Terri George, who grows hay and alfalfa with her husband, Jeff George, at Elk River Ranch in Steamboat Springs. "You take a step and they just fly."

Friday, June 28

City wins education award

Municipal league recognizes Steamboat for civics program

Sylvester the Cat, Petunia Pig and even live bears helped the city of Steamboat Springs win an award for its third-grade education program.

Oak Creek to get input

Town to hold election on its police force

An issue that is quickly becoming the benchmark of Cargo Rodeman's mayoral career may soon see its resolution.

Ling steps away from action

Law enforcement 'junkie' resigns

Janice Ling would like to thank the man who introduced to her to a career in public safety.

Thursday, June 27

N. Routt trail debated

Plans are to connect state park with the national forest

Plans for a new trail in North Routt have drawn protests from residents who live nearby.

Fire danger at record level

Chances for a large fire in the Routt National Forest have rarely been as high as they are now, U.S. Forest Service officials said.

Camp showcases alternative sports

If you can't do it in baggy shorts, tennis shoes and a t-shirt it probably doesn't belong in this weekend's Steamboat Sports Camp.

Team Lightning places second

Three swimmers take top honors in age division

Three Steamboat Springs swimmers took top honors in their age division en route to Team Lightning placing second overall at a recent meet in Meeker.

Locals remember Snyder

Army Corps of Engineers official died in wreck

A Clifton man, well respected among city staff for his work on wetlands projects in and around Steamboat Springs, died last weekend in a two-vehicle collision on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Elkins Meadow plan approved

Planning Commission tells opponents development proposal meets requirements

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission approved a 20-single-family home development for Elkins Meadow Thursday, despite pleas to preserve the area as open space.

Wednesday, June 26

Brief Points

Steamboat gets ready for the Fourth

Just because there is not a fireworks show on the evening of the Fourth of July holiday, doesn't mean there's nothing for the community to do.

Who needs fireworks anyway?

So what the heck are we going to do Thursday night when the sun goes down and there are no fireworks because of the fire ban?


Perry-Mansfiled Youth Festival scheduled

At a certain age, somewhere between small child and full-blown teenager, young people express themselves in a way that is more open, honest and unconstrained than most adults can.

String Cheese makes its return

And they brought friends Earl Scruggs and James Brown

For two days over the Fourth of July holiday fans of the String Cheese Incident and other music lovers will descend on Steamboat Springs for the second annual Independence Incident.

A Steamboat Jukebox tour

Every day has a soundtrack. Track one: the song stuck in your head all day at work. Track two: the grocery store intercom jazz selection. Track three: that same CD that's been playing in your car for the last four days. Track four: the three songs you got for the dollar fed to the jukebox.

Triple Crown contract reached

Five-year deal will include number of stipulations

Triple Crown and the Steamboat Springs negotiating committee have reached a contract agreement.

Outfitters temporarily suspend Yampa tube trips

Low water levels puts increased stress on aquatic life

Four local tubing outfitters have decided to suspend their tubing operations on the Yampa River until they see significant rainfall.

CMC, Ute tribes to join forces

Groups will share educational resources

Colorado Mountain College administrators would like to give the Ute Indians, who once inhabited the Yampa Valley, a reason to return to their homeland.

Tuesday, June 25

Affordable opportunities

Housing expo offers chance to

Laura Anderson, a school teacher and single mother of two, sat in the back of Olympian Hall Tuesday afternoon hoping luck would be with her that the number she drew would give her the chance to stay in Steamboat Springs.

Subjectivity sought in skyline building projects

Routt County commissioners want to avoid putting their stamp of approval on concepts open to interpretation as they develop proposed skyline regulations for the county.

Police locate owner of Porsche

No arrests have been made in hit-and-run accident

Police have found the owner of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident early Sunday morning.

Monday, June 24

Commission considers Elkins plan

Planning department may recommend development

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday will consider a residential development plan for Elkins Meadow that is opposed by a group of residents trying to preserve the meadow.

Air quality concerns residents

Arizona wildfires is the source of smoke

The smoky haze that has blanketed the area in recent weeks has kept Routt County phones ringing.

Police seek clues in hit and run

Steamboat Springs police are searching for the driver of a Porsche convertible who struck a Hayden man at the intersection of Seventh and Lincoln, sped away from the scene and then abandoned the vehicle.

Sunday, June 23

Sound Off: Readers offer their views

One-sided view I think Susan Bacon should be fired for her blatant one-sided propaganda article on Triple Crown in last week's Pilot. Steamboat residents do not hate Triple Crown participants as people. We do, however, dislike their trash, noise and disrespect for the environment in general. Although the money is nice, most people, other than business owners, would rather do without the hassles of babysitting 5,000 to 10,000 people every weekend.

Developer plans duplexes near ski area base

Developer Heinz Astein and listing Realtor Mike Woolverton are jumping back into the rebounding local real estate market with a new subdivision.

Rent Finders a family deal for Couchoud

Keri Couchoud was always fated to help people in Steamboat Springs find lodging. She just didn't know it until she'd already moved here and started her new business. Couchoud is the principal in Steamboat Rent Finders. She matches apartment hunters with landlords and takes a one-time fee when the lease is inked.

Restaurants offering child care for patrons

Mike Lang said he added child care to the menu at Harwigs/L'apogee purely for selfish reasons. But after a test trial, the general manager of the two restaurants thinks economics may convince him to continue offering to care for children upstairs while their parents dine below.

Local sculptor completes bust

Finney makes statue for Swim Coach of the Century

When Jack Finney moved to Steamboat more than thirty years ago, he saw no art in his future. Now, his greatest life accomplishments are artistic ones.

Damsels in distress

Magic fly clobbers cutthroat trout

If there is one thing I've learned after 23 years in Steamboat Springs, it's that summers are short and sweet, and meant to be savored.

Heath focuses on interaction

Candidate says learning is best part of governor's job

A key part of Rollie Heath's campaign for governor is his visits. After deciding to run as the Democratic candidate for governor two years ago, he made a point to visit residents in all of Colorado's 64 counties, returning to many of the counties multiple times.

Saturday, June 22

Finding beauty in the haze

Smoke from wilfires yields photo opportunities

The best nature photographers in America, shooters like Galen Rowell and David Muench, recognize opportunity in atmospheric challenges.


Everybody that comes in the shop is all enthusiastic about the columbine being in bloom already. One of the biggest bunches is at the top of Willow Creek hill at the Badger Meadow turn-off.

REAL program offers guidance

Students learn hands-on activities with relevance to business world

At the Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning five-day program at Colorado Mountain College last week, teachers gained skills to teach students ways to make a living in rural communities through the creation of a job or business.


Dear Bertha, Yes, Eileen and her mother (my father's sister) were having quite a marvelous adventure in Great Britain.


All highways open

All automobile highways into Routt County are now open for the season. Travelers may come and go in any direction.


Rethink decisions

Steamboat Springs Postmaster Bill Butler has found a way to get residents to pick up their mail more frequently hit them with big fees when they don't.


JAIL REPORT The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Town Talk: Oak Creek/Phippsburg

Bridge winners Winners at bridge at the home of Verna Whaley were: Amy Zimpher, Lila Rider and June Carr. The next meeting is June 25.


The Ledford clan was able to be here for the reunion this year. They will be remembered as Paul, Norma, Verla, Ruth, Sandy and Sonja.


Isabelle Jade DeMarais, daughter of Jamie Mitchell and Michael DeMarais of Craig, was born at 11:53 a.m. June 11, 2002.

Hot Shot waging war with Hayman

Local man helps battle blaze ravishing lands near Denver

Tom Edwards was hurrying to get out the door of his Steamboat townhome and go to work Wednesday afternoon. But he really couldn't say where his next job would be. The only thing he knew for certain was that the work would be exhausting, dirty and dangerous. That's the way he likes it.

Outlook on tubing not good

Outfitters worried about business if rains don't come soon

For many Steamboat Springs residents and tourists, tubing down the Yampa River is the ultimate summer fun.


Jean Wren was born Jean Wilkin Maxwell July 31, 1920, in Colorado Springs. Her parents were Ray and Ruth Johnstone Maxwell.


What is the status of the Yampa?

The Yampa River and its tributaries are carrying about one-tenth of the volume they normally carry this time of year because of the drought. We asked Kevin Rogers, a Division of Wildlife aquatic biologist, what the repercussions could be.

ENGAGEMENT:Bowman and Brady

Dr. Wesley Anne Bowman and Mr. Jeffrey Lynn Brady, both of Dallas, Texas, will be wed July 13, 2002, at the University Park Methodist Church in Dallas.


Looking deeper

In a conversation with a member of the editorial staff, over an article on elk ranching and CWD, that aroused my interest as well as my temper, I was told that the staff encouraged opinion pieces to stimulate reader participation.

Making a change for the better

Oak Creek youths get second chance to do the right thing

Meet Oak Creek's future mayor and town government. Meet Colorado's future legislators. As teenagers, they are already movers and shakers. They already know how to get things done. But don't hold their past against them.

WEDDING: Brewer and Powell

Katie Brewer and Lynn Powell were married June 13, 2002, in Steamboat Springs.

Customers get chance for own supermarket sweep at Curve

When Deanna Manyfires won Curve Market and Deli's 60-second supermarket sweep at the store's grand opening on Friday, she must have considered herself lucky.

Housing complex nearing fruition

Locals get chance to choose West End Village lot

West End Village has been a sort of Promise Land for the middle-income and below brackets in Routt County as they search for a housing solution in Steamboat's sky-high real estate market.

Students in ESL classes share enthusiasm for learning

Thirteen people from countries as diverse as Romania, Mexico and West Africa gathered in a room at the Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs Tuesday night with one goal in mind.

Building pride

Youth Corps teens learn valuable work ethic while working hard for the community

This spring before school let out, Michelle Burns found herself searching for a summer job to earn money for a trip to France next year. Because she is 14 years old, she said she didn't have many options.

Friday, June 21

Ride 'em cowboy

Steamboat's Pro Rodeo Series opens to delight of participants, fans

A steady rain settled the dust at the Romick Rodeo Arena Friday as spectators made their way through the gates for this summer's opening performance.

Haze likely coming from Arizona, Utah

Winds bringing in smoke from fires in neighboring states

The smoke that filled the skies in and around Steamboat Springs Friday came from wildfires, but not from fires close to home.

Triple Crown benefits others

Hayden, Oak Creek, Craig businesses get boost

As the city and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association approach a closing in their Triple Crown negotiations, outlying communities are waiting anxiously.

Contestants square off in BBQ cook off

Aspiring kings and queens of the grill have their work cut out for them today.

Bridge between post office, health & rec causes waves

A storm is brewing over a collapsed bridge that once connected the Lincoln Avenue post office and Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center.

Post office to enforce 'sack' fee for users

Neglected mailboxes will be subject to fine

Too much of a good thing could land postal patrons a hefty fee in the future.

Thursday, June 20

Lodging numbers fairly even

Drop projected because of fireworks cancellation

Summer lodging numbers have stayed fairly even with last year but are expected to dip as the end of June approaches.

Seven noxious weeds that poison, trespass and steal

With our challenging climate, it's hard enough to grow desirable plants here.

Group saves seniors' apartments

Authority created to start repairing West Routt Housing Development

Wednesday night's meeting moved as fast as a rescue mission should. Hayden attorney Mark Fischer sat at the head of the table and announced the motions that needed to be made to create the West Routt Housing Inc. Within an hour, a board had been nominated, officers elected, money was on its way and the seniors who had been forgotten by the system earlier this year were again under a watchful eye.

Hayden won't take part in housing plan

The message was clear at Thursday night's Town Board meeting: Hayden is not Steamboat's "little ghetto." The board agree unanimously that they do no want to participate in Steamboat's proposed multijurisdictional housing authority, wherein Steamboat tax dollars are used to build affordable housing in outlying communities.

Museum fund-raiser Saturday

Garage sales in Steamboat Springs have created a unique culture in the Yampa Valley.

On target

Local bow hunters can hone their skills at the Dean Acres Archery Club in South Routt

Some of the best bowhunters in the county don't hang up their bows until hunting season rolls around. In fact, their archery equipment rarely will sit around for longer than a week before it's time to go shoot.


Fun for everyone

As you scan down this column, try to picture me sitting on a sunlit hill in Telluride listening to Sam Bush and having a Scrapple (the movie) moment.

Attempted break-in stopped by officers

An attempted burglary at a residence northwest of Steamboat Springs Wednesday afternoon elicited an extra note of caution from local law enforcement officials.

Junior golf camp held at Sheraton course

The Sheraton Steamboat golf course will tend to the next generation of golfers during its junior camp Monday through Thursday.

P-M performers gear up for Faculty Showcase

Since Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp was started at the beginning of the 20th century, it has had the reputation of pulling in some of the most talented professionals to be summer instructors.

Drought may or may not be linked

Climate change will result in extreme weather conditions

As Colorado's extreme drought conditions explode into wildfires and reduce water supplies around the state, thoughts of global warming may have entered the minds of local residents.

Donations made to Nigeria

Middle school sends books, computers to students in Africa

The small straw-roofed Nigerian Christian Staff School will receive 3,379 pounds of books and computers in time for Christmas as a result of the combined efforts of local resident Joanne Churchill and Steamboat Springs Middle School students.


Today 3-Wire, a local folk and bluegrass group, plays on the Creekside Caf Grill patio, 131 11th St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19

A change of pace

Local cyclist recalls Race Across America as she sits on the sidelines

The memories, both good and bad, came rushing back as local cyclist Katie Lindquist drove her Subaru station wagon west along U.S. 40 toward Milner Wednesday morning.

Council votes to ban all fireworks sales

Decision echoes governor's wishes

The sparkling colors and crackling booms of fireworks won't be the only thing local residents miss this summer because of city and state firework bans.

Hayden may end yearbook tradition

Owners of Hayden High School yearbooks may be in possession of a last of a kind. Discussion at Wednesday's Hayden Board of Education meeting revolved around the impractical cost of putting out a yearbook.

Ride offers chance to contribute to scholarship fund

Jo Semotan remembers being occasionally left in the dust as a child. To counter the monotony of long cattle drives, her parents raced their horses to the top of steep slopes.

Hayden plans aerial spraying this week

Residents concerned about mosquitoes

For the past two weeks, the Hayden Town Hall phones have been ringing with complaints about the number of mosquitoes infesting the area.

Buffalo Pass opens early

If there is an upside to this summer of evaporating snow banks and receding creeks, it's that hikers in Routt County are enjoying unprecedented early access to wilderness trails.

Pro Rodeo Series kicks off this weekend

A 1,700-pound jewel sits secluded in the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.

Tuesday, June 18

Cowgirl anticipates final high school rodeo

Cowgirl Kaylee Myers will saddle her horse today for what will most likely be her final high school rodeo.

Lightning strikes again

Swimming standouts qualify for Silver State, Junior Olympics

Fielding a team of just 13 swimmers, the Steamboat Springs boys Team Lightning captured the title at the Sopris swim meet held over the weekend near Carbondale.

Council holds off on growth guidelines

City waiting for area plan to be finalized

The City Council decided the guidelines it had on the books were enough to regulate big-box retail until the Area Community Plan is completed.

County: New arena will be complete by fair

County commissioners reaffirmed their support Tuesday for the completion of the new indoor arena at the Routt County Fairgrounds.

Bikers race across U.S.

Riders will pass through Steamboat

It's one of the longest, toughest bicycle races in America, and over the next few days, the competitors in the Race Across America will begin passing through Steamboat Springs en route to the finish line in Pensacola, Fla.

State budget cuts may affect local VNA

Local public health officials can only speculate on the impact of recent cuts to the state budget.

Water authority goes to ballot

City, Mount Werner Water merger to be decided

Despite last-minute objections, the City Council gave final approval to put the question of a Steamboat Springs Water Authority on the Aug. 13 ballot.

Monday, June 17

Former councilors want city to wait on water

Officials say Aug. 13 would not give voters enough time to understand issues

Former and current elected city officials are urging the City Council to slow down the Mount Werner water merger so voters can have more time to look over the agreement.

Retail stores may be limited

Council will discuss ways of controlling commercial growth

The City Council will look at ways it can say no to big box retail stores tonight at Centennial Hall.

Thinning suggested in forests

Commissioners study cooperative options

The long-term health of the forests depends on the cooperation of public and private interests, county officials said Monday.

Sunday, June 16

Restaurants offering water by request only

It may take speaking up at some local restaurants for customers to receive a glass of water.

Heat threatens fish population

The trout population in the Yampa River may not survive this summer if the extreme drought conditions continue.

Metal Mashers spend Father's Day mud boggin'

Event attracts souped-up engines, snowmobiles and the Mud Stud

What could be more American on Father's Day than big bore V-8 engines and mud? Lots of mud.

Saturday, June 15


Blake Lee Puckett, son of Melinda Pierce and Frank Puckett of Colorado Springs, was born at 8:21 p.m. June 5, 2002.


Green grow the mountains, ho! Yes, the higher aspens have finally got green, so the valley from Steamboat to the rocks on Hahn's Peak, is so- so-green, finally. We need some rain, of course.


JAIL REPORT The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Aviator finds her calling in the skies

Separated with six kids to raise, Doris Grove had squat for free time until a series of strokes confined her to a bed and threatened her life.

Officials address fire danger

Wildfires have fire protection districts concerned about lack of resources

A wildfire in Routt County last week served as a reminder that the county is not immune to the fires raging near Glenwood Springs and Denver.

The faces of Triple Crown

Participating families visiting Steamboat surprised to hear about controversy

To get to the Triple Crown baseball tournament in Steamboat Springs this weekend, the PPCBA Mets, a baseball team for 13-year-old boys from Colorado Springs, took the long way.

Leveling off

Construction returning to normal

Construction values are down 14 percent from last year, but one county official said the current figures represent a return to normal construction levels.

A different look

Blackhawk Loft offers a townhome alternative

Blackhawk Loft Townhomes were conceived from the beginning to give vacation home buyers a clear alternative to the peeled log and stucco western lodge theme that has proliferated here throughout much of the last decade.


Could wildfires happen here?

Because several major wildfires are burning across the state, some residents may be wondering about the danger of wildfires occurring in Routt County. We asked Chuck Vale, Routt County emergency manager, to give his input on wildfire issues in the county and how wildfires would be handled.

More than par for the course

Troon brings golf management expertise to Sheraton course

The Sheraton Steamboat golf course is making a move to tap into an elite customer base. The Sheraton has turned management of its course over to Troon Golf, and the push is on to elevate the playing surface and the level of service at the Sheraton course to luxury status.

Bridle party

Alpine Horse and Rider Club gets set to kick off summer series

Colorado may be part of the Wild West, but when it comes to riding horses, Western style is alone. The Alpine Horse and Rider Club is one example of the passion for English riding that many people living in and around Routt County have.


Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gonzales of Craig hosted a get-together for folks from far and near who were here for the Hayden Union High School reunion. The potluck dinner was enjoyed by a very large crowd.

Mama's Old World makes its move

Pizzeria fills Bucking Rainbow Building vacancy

Mama's Old World Pizza has a new home.


Larson joins Colorado Group Bob Larson has joined Colorado Group Realty, the agency announced.

2 new members, 1 incumbent join YVEA board of directors

At the Yampa Valley Electric Association's annual meeting Friday, two newcomers and one incumbent were elected to the board of directors.


Appreciating the rodeo

Next week thousands of visitors to Steamboat Springs will get a taste of this town's longstanding Western lifestyle when the Steamboat Pro Rodeo Series opens for the summer.


Klohr named McAuliffe Academy valedictorian CLARK Christa McAuliffe Academy, a leader in distance learning over the Internet, is proud to announce it has selected Zach Klohr as valedictorian of this year's graduating class.


William A. "Bill" Maijala, 57, of Yampa, died June 4, 2002, at his home.

Making a Commotion

Softball team looks to repeat last year's winning championship

They are self-proclaimed loudmouths determined to prove the state can produce softball players equal to or better than any churned out on the West Coast.


Protecting our valley

It has been a tough week for tourism officials in Steamboat and the rest of Colorado. First, there were the wildfires near Glenwood Springs, Denver and Durango and Gov. Bill Owens' rather dramatic if somewhat inaccurate statement "all of Colorado is burning."

Monger receives Rocking A Scholarship

Remember the name Kyle Monger, Hayden. He grew up here and in the fall he will leave for the theater department of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

A modern-day trip into the Old West

The Antlers offers patrons glimpse into real western life

At the end of a wide dirt main street and a row of shops with wild west wooden fronts sits The Antlers Cafnd Bar.


Condolences The community expresses sincere sympathy to the family of Bill Maijala, who passed away this past week. Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Martins Catholic Church in Oak Creek, with burial in Yampa.

Signs of ancient civilizations in Vermillion Basin

Whatever it is, the circle of stones in northwestern Moffat County is not a "medicine wheel." But there is every indication that it was deliberately built by an ancient civilization to help its members understand the changing seasons.

Tenants moving on from Trailer Haven

July 1 is deadline for residents

One sunny afternoon, sitting on the wooden porch attached to his trailer, Doug Lockwood points to what he guesses is a yellow finch. The bird is perched high above in a willow tree that sits on the banks of Spring Creek.


Give and take

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a presentation in Boulder that was led by two environmental physicists. Their talk was about the "Lord of the Rings," how it proposes a myth for our time.

Learning the arena ropes

Routt County 4-H team practices judging livestock

The junior members of the 4-H livestock judging team winning the Northwest Judging Contest was quite an accomplishment.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for June 7 to 12, 2002

Friday, June 14

Execs adjust to aging customer base

Ski Corp. officials want to appeal to youths and preserve existing clients

Texas crooner Pat Green wouldn't appear to have much to do with the Steamboat Ski Area's performance last winter. At least, not until you look a little deeper.

Blizzard stopped cold

Steamboat loses both games on first day of Triple Crown action

The Steamboat Blizzard ran into a flurry of strong pitching and solid hitting on the first day of Triple Crown action, dropping both contests Friday afternoon in Hayden.

Bragg to headline Sojourn

Best-selling author will discuss his acclaimed writing style

Journalist Rick Bragg writes mostly about the poor and the struggling. He sat beside former murderers who lie in their prison beds, who need help going to the bathroom and barely remember their crimes.

Campfires banned in national forest, BLM land; Stage 2 restrictions enacted

As of yesterday, no campfires are allowed in the Routt National Forest or Bureau of Land Management land, not even in designated areas. The decision to announce "Stage 2" fire restrictions came down after a meeting between Forest Service and BLM officials yesterday morning.

Mustang lovers roll into town for racing competition

350 car owners participating in roundup event

Bob Ely's blue 1969 Ford mustang rested along the sidelines after setting the fastest time for the closed-circuit road race at the Mustang Roundup Solo II racing competition Friday.

Oak Creek debates housing plan

Oak Creek is not yet making any commitments to the multijurisdictional housing authority, but at Thursday's Town Board meeting, board members agreed to participate in discussion. The housing authority is an attempted solution to Steamboat's housing problem, wherein Steamboat money would be used to build affordable housing in the outlying communities. So far, the communities of Oak Creek, Yampa and Hayden have been skeptical.

Officials air views on state of forests

Fires raging in Colorado sparked discussion among dozens of county officials who attended a seminar in Vail earlier this week.

Thursday, June 13

Controversial ad misleading

Forest Service isn't planning to close road anytime soon

The U.S. Forest Service doesn't plan to close Elk Park Road to motorized users anytime soon, despite a misleading photo that has stoked a controversy of forest access in Strawberry Park.

Old-fashioned hoe down this weekend

The Routt County rural scene these days is less of the lone cowhand on his horse and more of the Friday casual real estate agent driving down gravel roads with multimillion-dollar offers to buy the ranch and all its acreage.

Officials discuss special-use permits in work session

Planning Commission, county commissioners look at bringing ranchers in on game farming

The Routt County Planning Commission and Routt County Board of Commissioners looked Thursday at the possibility of bringing ranchers to the table to discuss the likelihood of special-use permits for commercial elk and deer operations.

Local riders get set for Ride the Rockies tour

A handful of local amateur cyclists received a hero's sendoff Thursday. Ten men and women will represent Steamboat Springs and surrounding communities on a 489-mile bicycle tour through Colorado's Rocky Mountains.

Kenttala pleased with swim meet results

As times drop, Essi Kenttala's smile widens.

Don't put away those grills just yet

Fire ban does not include barbecues at private residences

There is no need to put away the grill for the summer because of fire bans imposed in Routt County and the rest of the state.

Visionary Voices

In 1935, Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield invited theater icon Agnes deMille to teach at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat Springs for the summer. During her visit, deMille asked to be taken to a square dance west of Hayden because she had never seen one. Fiddle and guitar players played the locals' favorites, until they were asked to play "Turkey in the Straw," a song deMille knew a dance to. She happily took to the cleared dance floor and performed for the cowboys.

Doctors urge residents to take precautions

Steamboat Springs may be miles away from the furious wildfires near Denver and Glenwood Springs, but smoke drifting into the area has spurred local doctors and health officials to warn people to take health precautions if smoke conditions worsen.

Montessori group moves forward with plans

The Steamboat Springs Montessori Steering Committee is making strides in establishing a public Montessori charter school after submitting a charter proposal to the Steamboat school district last Friday.

Oak Creek police chief resigns

Ling says he wants to spend time with family in Florida

Oak Creek Police Chief Tom Ling submitted his resignation Thursday, citing the need to be close to ailing family members in Florida. The announcement threw last night's Town Board meeting into an endless back and forth of argument and accusation as residents and board members tried to decide how to respond. Ling did not attend the meeting.

Teen looks forward to local event

Top-level roper competes for top-level prizes

Just like most weekends in the summer, Steamboat Springs teen-ager Danni Scheer is looking forward to spending this one in the saddle on top of her horse, Newt.

Coal seams common in Northwest Colorado

The source of the wildfire near Glenwood Springs is common in Northwest Colorado.

Commission OKs judicial facility plans

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission unanimously approved the development plan for the 52,000-square-foot Routt County Judicial Facility.


What is going on at Perry-Mansfield?

A friend from Perry-Mansfield gave me a call at work Sunday night. I asked her how things were going, and she immediately began buzzing about what was going on in camp this week.

Artist displays her reinvention

A reflection of artist Pat Walsh's personal reinvention is hanging on the walls of the Small Works Gallery at the Depot in her show titled "Works on Paper."

Destination traffic slightly up

Skier visits at the Steamboat Ski Area declined by a fraction of a percentage point last winter, but resort leaders were calling it a win because key segments of Steamboat's skier market were able to post gains, even in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Furtado better identifying himself as a musician

Popular artist returns to town, playing songs old and new

For the past five years, Tony Furtado was an instrumental part of a Colorado music scene exploring the realms of traditional and bluegrass music.

Wednesday, June 12

Woman's fatal anorexia battle chronicled in book

Steamboat man fulfills promise to dying daughter

One night last winter, Michele Pezzuti, an associate editor with the publisher McGraw-Hill in New York, was looking online to make vacation plans.

Taylor called for stiffer fire fines

Bill would have tripled penalties for offenders

A Republican bill that died on the last day of the legislative session may have helped prevent forest fires like those now raging around the state, Gov. Bill Owens and others are arguing.

Area businesses not concerned with wildfires

Fires might be burning in Colorado, but that will not stop tourists from coming to Steamboat and burning money.

Triple Crown to meet with city officials

Organization hopes to finalize proposal

Triple Crown founder Dave King said his organization will meet with city and Chamber Resort Association officials today to try to iron out the details of a new five-year contract that would keep the summer baseball and softball tournaments in Steamboat Springs.

Twentymile will lease ranch land

Coal company auctioning farm items June 30

One of the biggest coal mines in Colorado has long been one of the biggest ranches in Routt County. Now, Twentymile Coal Co. west of Steamboat Springs is turning its ranch over to the neighbors.

CMC pursues lawsuit

College suing city of Glenwood Springs

Colorado Mountain College's Board of Trustees has decided to pursue a lawsuit against the city of Glenwood Springs protesting a reallocation of the city's property taxes.

Rocky Mountain High

Morgan earns first Thunderhead Hill Climb victory

It's hard to imagine anyone staying relaxed as they climbed up the steep pitched slopes of Mount Werner during the second race of the Town Challenge Mountain Bike series on Wednesday evening. Especially when you are being chased by pack of talented local riders including Ron Koch, Doug Demusz and Tom Bedell.

Finding hockey coach proves daunting task

It's better to be thorough and confident than hasty in a decision. Such is the mindset of those responsible for selecting the Steamboat Springs boys hockey coach.

Camp to focus on speed, quickness and agility

Developing speed, quickness and agility will be the focus of a special camp, which will begin at the high school on June 17.

Nickey to teach junior golf program

For more than 11 years, Steamboat Springs resident Bill Nickey has taught the basics of golf to children in Steamboat Springs.

Hayden Heritage Museum examines history

"I want to lay down in the street every time they tear down one of the old buildings," said Donna Hellyer, tour guide at the Hayden Heritage Center Museum. "They say it's a safety issue, but in the East you see things that are 300 years old. I don't understand it."

Tuesday, June 11

Tournament affected by wildfires

Tennis players forced to take excused defaults

Even the tennis courts in Steamboat Springs couldn't escape the effects of the wildfires destroying portions of Colorado.

Service before self

Former Nordic combined coach receives award

Several years ago Nordic combined coach Tom Steitz and his wife Kathy attempted to slip away for a romantic weekend at the Redstone Castle near Aspen far away from the pressures of the U.S. Ski Team.

Teacher enters race for good cause

Bike riding, raising money and summer all go hand-in-hand for Steamboat Springs High School math teacher Lee Cox.

County Road 14 will be closing Monday

Motorists accustomed to driving along County Road 14 and 14F will need to find another route. Routt County will close the intersection of the two roads to all traffic Monday to begin reconstruction of the Y-shaped intersection.

Sheriff echoes Owens' plea

Warner wants residents to avoid using fireworks

People intent on celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks are encouraged to watch someone else's sparks fly.

Four injured in two-vehicle accident

Four people were sent to the hospital with minor injuries Tuesday evening in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of County Road 14 and Colorado 131.

Walking for a cause

Seattle woman makes trek across nation

A Seattle woman walking across the country to raise political awareness made a stop in Steamboat Springs Tuesday.

City cancels July 4th display

Fire chief said spark fire risk too great

The Steamboat Springs City Council said it was not willing to risk a spectacular fire for a fireworks spectacle.

New trail added at Stagecoach

Visitors to Stagecoach State Park this summer will find a new footpath to explore. About a dozen participants in the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps are working on a trail that runs along a section of the Stagecoach Reservoir.

Council discusses adding tax proposal to November ballot

The question City Council members raised Tuesday night was not if a tax proposal should be on November's ballot; instead, they asked what tax it should be, for how much and for what capital improvements.

Monday, June 10

Fires banned

Routt commissioners follow others' lead

Routt County commissioners approved a countywide fire ban Monday, joining counties around the state in implementing such a ban.

Routt has its own fires to fight

Local officials afraid helping others could leave county exposed

Routt County may appear to be less prone to fires than drier areas in the state, but looks are deceiving.

Water worries

City officials ask residents to practice conservation

For the first time since 1994, city officials are asking residents to voluntarily conserve water. Although a full Fish Creek Reservoir means that Steamboat is in better shape than most of state, lack of snowpack and little rainfall has stream flows lower than average.

Conference offers comparisons

County employees attend annual seminar

County offices may lack some of their usual bustle this week.

Sunday, June 9

Stumbling across space aliens in Vermillion Canyon

Walking the fine line between petroglyphs and graffiti

Twenty of us braced ourselves against the savage wind gusts in Vermillion Canyon Sunday afternoon, and gazed up at the sandstone walls.

River Festival makes history

Record number of participants turn out for event

The 22nd annual Yampa River Festival had the most participants in its history this weekend, following much anticipation surrounding the event.

Smoke rolls into Steamboat

Effects of Glenwood wildfire evident throughout valley

Over the weekend, residents in Routt County saw some of the effects of a large wildfire that is burning near Glenwood Springs.

Saturday, June 8


Hitting the fields

On Wednesday morning I woke up feeling like I had been run over by a freight train.


Thanks, Steamboat

Webster's Dictionary defines community as a unified body of individuals. Last Sunday, as a volunteer with the Steamboat Marathon, half-marathon and 10K, I would say the people of Steamboat Springs define community.

Impact fees revisited

Committee looking at excise tax as an alternative

An excise tax is emerging as the most viable alternative to replace the city-imposed impact fees. Members of a citizens group were charged with the task of finding an alternative for impact fees that could generate as much revenue and be approved by voters in November's election. So far, the group has focused on an excise tax that would levy a tax on each square foot of new construction.




Merger a benefit to city

City Council President Kathy Connell talks about the consolidation of Mount Werner Water and the city's water department, which residents will vote on Aug. 13.

Census chronicles housing changes

Numbers show Steamboat, Routt County have some of the highest values in nation

Median home values in Steamboat Springs rose 157 percent in the 1990s and are among the top 3 percent in the nation, according to Census data released Tuesday.


A shocking murder

Editor's note: Longtime Pilot & Today columnist Jean Wren, who compiled The Way it Was, died last week. Her contributions will be sorely missed. Beginning this week, the Pilot & Today is reprinting a selection of Jean's previous columns.

Farmers concerned

Assistance is available to help combat losses due to drought

There wasn't much good news to share at a drought workshop last week at Olympian Hall. But there was a little.

Tennis championship matches set

Several local tennis players will compete for the Intermountain Senior Sectional Championships on the clay today at The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

11-year-old holding his own

A Steamboat Springs Running Series poster caught Charlie Stoddard's eye. He had run in local events before but thought it might be fun to give the entire series a shot this summer. After all, his parents, Bob and Tracy Stoddard, enjoy running. Bob used to be pretty good, his wife and son said.



Bridge the gap

Overall, Census Bureau statistics released earlier this week showed Steamboat is a healthy, growing community. Household income has risen rapidly, ranking Steamboat not only among the highest in the state, but also among the highest in the nation.

It's all in the genes

Steamboat company looks to profit from breakthrough in measuring genetic activity

A biotech company based in Steamboat Springs is the sole marketer of a product that promises to better predict and treat disease by using a person's genetic fingerprint.


Local RE/MAX office on a roll

The 16 real estate agents at RE/MAX Steamboat have had ample reason for celebration this spring.


DONALD D. PIKE 1923-2002

Routt County among wealthiest in state

Gap between affluent residents, full-time employees growing

Household income grew dramatically in Routt County over the past decade, but there are signs of a widening gulf between affluent residents and full-time workers here.

Adventures in reading

Library's summer programs give kids a chance to keep learning

When librarian Currie Meyer tells kids about the importance of reading over the summer, she likes to talk about teeth.

Exploring chronic wasting disease

Sophomores delve into heated subject matter for final exam

Steamboat Springs High School sophomores explored the Catamount elk habitat as a basis for forming hypotheses about the impact local elk populations will experience from subdivision development and chronic wasting disease.

ENGAGEMENT: Rickman and Bray

Mrs. Debby Clark of Hayden and Mr. Jack Rickman of Hot Sulphur Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Pamela Nichol Rickman, to Lance Hamilton Bray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bray of Redvale.


Leslie Dale Louthan, daughter of Susan and Matt Louthan, was born at 1:17 a.m. May 30, 2002.

Benefits of Stockbridge outlined

City says facility may not be utilized now but advantages will be felt in the future

Residents who don't think much of the Stockbridge Multi-Modal Center now will in 10 years, city officials believe.

WEDDING: Taylor and Stanko

Jan Denise Taylor and Patrick James Stanko were married April 20, 2002.


Hurry, we found some! Marsy and I looked in several of the usual places, found a few plants, just barely out of the ground, and finally came upon a bunch by the service gate at Pearl Lake, those beautiful pink fairy slipper orchids. They are the cutest flower, and I always want to pick one. But, then I remember that message from the Forest Service about five years ago, "Tell Rilla that she is not to pick those orchids. They are an endangered species."


Hayden High School commencement was held at the high school gym on Thursday, May 23. Thirty young boys and girls received diplomas. Guest speaker was Robert Preator. Salutatory address was given by Kristin Brown. Valedictorian address was given by Jacques Denker. Many wonderful scholarships were awarded to deserving students.

Making waves

Kayakers give spectators at Freestyle Rodeo a variety of tricks

The spotlight was on the finalists of the Freestyle Whitewater Rodeo Saturday night literally. Hosted in Steamboat's new "D" hole under artificial lights, the several hundred fans that camped alongside the Yampa River were treated to a wide array of tricks and treats from the competitors that advanced through Saturday's preliminaries into the evening finals.


Dear Bertha, I've been sending stories about my Scottish relatives as these stories have been told to me by my cousin, Eileen Woodburn. Eileen taught school in Scotland for a year as part of her study of relative aspects of school systems in the United Kingdom and the United States, for her university matriculation (for her master's degree in education).


JAIL REPORT The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.



Innovations in backpacking

Companies creating new products with unique accessories

People in Steamboat Springs want a shelter they can carry on their back. Backpacking tents are getting ever lighter, and yet they must stand up to high country electrical storms, and even in some cases, to dense snowstorms.

The buffalo family

Rozells call month-old bison one of their own

Bigfoot sightings are everyday occurrences in one corner of northwestern Colorado.

Friday, June 7

Front Range visit numbers up

Ski area sees 20 percent increase

The Steamboat Ski Area saw an estimated 20 percent increase in visits from Front Range residents in the 2001-02 winter and had about the same number of total skier visit as it did last season.

Tricycles, and Crisco and cement, oh my!

The object of Friday's Biathlon Boatercross was to win. Organizers just made it a little harder than normal.

Ex-employee wants resignation

Woman requests Hayden town manager to resign

A former employee at Hayden Town Hall is calling for the resignation of the town manager. Jean Temple requested that Rob Straebel resign from his post of five years Thursday night at the Hayden Town Board meeting.

Man faces charges after leading police on chase

A Denver man is in custody after stealing a vehicle and leading police on a short-lived chase downtown early Friday morning.

Compensation plan passes

Receiving a competitive teaching salary is one of many benefits of the multi-year competitive compensation plan that passed with a majority vote by teachers and support staff of the Steamboat Springs School District Thursday.

Police cracking down on speeders

Brooklyn residents concerned with amount of traffic on River Road

Motorists driven by their lead feet might want to pay more attention to their speedometers when they pass through Steamboat's historic Brooklyn neighborhood.

Thursday, June 6

On the road again

Mountain bike racer chases passion to Winter Park

This Sunday, local mountain bike racer Jamie Morgan will climb out of bed before the sun rises, pack his stuff and a few buddies into his full-sized white Ford van and begin the hour-and-a-half trek to Winter Park for the opening race of the resort's annual mountain bike series.

Hayden postpones skyline-rules decision

Hayden town officials Thursday night acknowledged the impasse between those who would like to see skyline regulations in place throughout Routt County and those who would oppose any sort of new county regulations.

Fires banned on public land

More restrictions will be implemented next week to try to prevent wildfires

Open fires are banned on all public land in Routt County and similar restrictions will be placed on private property in the county next week. The restrictions are in a direct response to dry conditions increasing the risk of wildfire in the county.

Debate over sewer line brewing

Residents, city clash over ownership

The inability to unravel who owns an Old Town neighborhood sewer system might have residents forking over money for improvement costs on infrastructure they had believed for years belonged to the city.

Locals anticipate triathlon's challenge

It might appear as if Rich Hager and Bill Gamber have opted to do things backward. Instead of seeking enjoyment in entering triathlons, they find joy in preparing for them.

Book sales to aid breast cancer project

Minneapolis poet Betsy Brown and one of her sisters, Maggie, named 1996 the year of morphines. That year the sisters' father was dying from pancreatic cancer; a family friend was struggling with AIDS; and Maggie was going through treatments after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Event showcases best desserts, benefits Advocates

Those with a sweet tooth will indulge in the spoils of competition after local chefs compete for the best dessert dish presentation on Saturday to benefit Advocates Against Battering and Abuse.

Locals' Jamboree

For those who don't know, the Yampa Valley is packed with musicians.

Rotary Club, Horizons team up again for fund-raising dinner and auction

One of the longest-running fund-raisers in Steamboat Springs is next week. Horizons' 26th annual Dinner & Auction is Friday and features about 100 items for live and silent auction.

CMC Board of Trustees meets

Community members able to voice opinions

The Board of Trustees for Colorado Mountain Colleges will meet in Steamboat Springs today and is expected to decide on its annual budget. It also will hear the opinions of Steamboat community members on how the local Alpine Campus can help the community.

Keep Steamboat beautiful

Green-up/Clean-up Day to be held Saturday

It's time to get out the shovels and gardening gloves and join the rest of the community in cleaning up Steamboat Springs.

How to keep your grass green and healthy

green up, and it's time to begin a fertilization and irrigation program.


An accomplishment in itself

I had the job on Sunday morning to photograph the first leg of the Steamboat Marathon near Hahn's Peak Village and then shoot the finish some two-and-a-half hours later in Steamboat.

Deadline for tax-payment installment nears

People who opted to pay their property taxes in two installments should take note of a fast-approaching deadline.

Inline hockey camp held Monday

When Ted Hoffman first started his inline hockey camp in Steamboat Springs back in 1997, he had visions of guiding young players from the asphalt surface of the Meadows Parking Lot into a life-long love for the sport of hockey.

Wednesday, June 5

Roundup day set to safely dispose of computers

It might not be as common as recycling old newspapers and soda cans, but not disposing of computers and other old electronic equipment in landfills is becoming just as important.

Drought threatens grazing

Forest Service may have to pull livestock off allotments

Cattle and sheep ranchers in Northwest Colorado face the possibility there won't be adequate grass for their livestock to graze on public lands this summer.

Our View: Teacher Pay Plan Shopuld be Approved

Give the Steamboat Springs School District credit for creativity it has proposed a salary plan that is far unlike anything most school districts have ever seen.

United we stand

Steamboat United dominates tournament, earns trip to Invesco Field

Their shorts drop free below their knees, and their shirts hang off their shoulders, but even a group of 10-year-olds can't hide from the popularity of soccer in Steamboat. Or from the success.

Big name coach to teach small town camp

As an assistant coach at UCLA for the past nine years, Kim Jagd has welcomed several Steamboat Springs players into sunny Southern California for volleyball camps. The Bruins have a rich collegiate tradition and the Sailors enjoy tapping into the wealth of knowledge within the school's coaching ranks.

Gymkhana Club founder, director resigns

After four years of directing the Routt County Gymkhana Club, founder Bonny McGeary will step away this summer well, maybe not totally.

Hayden to discuss skyline regulations

Routt County would like to know if the town of Hayden wants to lend its support to county efforts to limit development on skyline ridges.

Hayden's Harper leaving post office after 29 years

Retirement party Friday to bid farewell to employee

The price of a stamp was cheap in 1973. Many things, stamps included, have changed since Clora Harper joined the U.S. Postal Service 29 years ago.

County expands gravel pit

Operation near Hayden will provide material for 19 years

One of the county's gravel pits will undergo future expansion to supply county projects with gravel for another two decades.

Man faces charges for retrieving pet from shelter

A local pet owner now finds himself in the doghouse after trying to get his dog out of one.

Board of Education approves pay plan

Support staff and teachers vote today

The Steamboat Springs School District's Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the new multi-year competitive compensation plan Wednesday night.

Tuesday, June 4

Children, parents flock to Huck Finn Day

Belle Mazzola, 6, gasped as she watched the green speckled fish thrash in the water. "That's a biggie!" she cried, covering her mouth with her hands. "I got a fish!"

Council votes against station

Officials vote against proposed business

Four City Council members made a clear stand Tuesday night that they were not willing to risk the health, safety and welfare of the community for a gas station.

Lightning strikes

Four swimmers finish at top of age division as Steamboat takes meet

More than a half dozen different swim teams arrived at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation pool last Saturday seeking the first title of the season, but by the time the races were completed later that afternoon it was clear the visitors would be leaving empty handed.

Historian, newspaper columnist Jean Wren dies

Jean Wren, who kept the history of Northwest Colorado alive through her weekly newspaper column, died at her home in Steamboat Springs Tuesday morning. She was 82.

Water merger goes to voters

Council will add question to Aug. 13 primary ballot

The Steamboat Springs City Council approved Aug. 13 as the date voters will determine if the city and the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District should merge.

Teacher compensation plan voted on today

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education will vote on the new proposed multi-year competitive compensation plan today.

Hayden Preator retires from teaching

Bob Preator intended to retire a year ago. The veteran teacher took steps toward retirement last spring but changed his mind when faced with the final decision. One more year was all he wanted. Or so he thought.

All 3 YVEA races contested

This month's board of directors election for Yampa Valley Electric Association will be like no other before it.

Valley welcomes rain

Steamboat receives .61 inches

Monday afternoon's rainfall in Steamboat Springs wasn't insignificant. But it wasn't a drought breaker either.

Decision expected next week on hockey coach

Steamboat Springs Athletics Director Bruce Crowhurst had hoped to conclude the search for a high school hockey coach prior to the end of the scholastic year on Thursday, but a formal decision isn't expected for at least another week.

Tennis championships back in town

The prestigious United States Tennis Association's Intermountain Senior Sectional Tennis Championships are returning to Steamboat Springs for a seventh time.

Hayden News in Brief

Town Board to look at skyline regulations

Routt County would like to know if the town of Hayden wants to lend its support to county efforts to limit development on skyline ridges. The Hayden Town Board will consider the county's Skyline Development Regulations Thursday evening.

Harper bids farewell to post office

The price of a stamp was cheap in 1973. Many things, stamps included, have changed since Clora Harper joined the U.S. Postal Service 29 years ago.

Monday, June 3

Water rates won't change soon

Members will discuss forming authority

The potential consolidation of the city and Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District might lead to increased efficiencies, but residents should not expect to see a drop in water and sewer bills at least not anytime soon.

Vandals damage project

Steamboat Springs High School offers reward for information

Mother Nature got some help last week. A man-made dam caused flooding to wetlands behind the basketball courts at Steamboat Springs High School. Vandals ripped up fence posts intended to protect tress, shrubbery and other vegetation from further vandalism and uprooted newly planted seedlings to create a blockade on a section of Spring Creek that triggered flooding of adjacent wetlands.

Our View: Public funding of Montessori not justified

Montessori, an education method that emphasizes self-guided instruction in multi-age classrooms, is widely accepted as an effective way to educate children. Perhaps the greatest strength is that students often leave Montessori schools as confident, independent thinkers. That said, we disagree with the effort to create a public Montessori charter school in Steamboat Springs.

Group studies building animal crematorium

Sue Oakley first met her golden retriever, Shasta Daisy, when she was a pup in a litter of six at the city's old animal shelter by Howelsen Hill.

Sunday, June 2


Saitta defends title record fourth time

Steamboat Springs holds a special place in Jason Saitta's heart and on his head. Four years ago, he entered his first marathon here but forgot his Colorado Rockies bandana so he raced to Wal-Mart to find a replacement. All he found was a bandana of the town map. He bought it. He won. He's worn it ever since.

Steamboat man finds unique way to endure marathon

Picking leads local finishes, qualifies for Boston

Andy Picking built a beautiful log home Sunday morning. For 26.2 miles, the 30-year old from Steamboat Springs constructed a new house to pass the time spent on the Steamboat Marathon course.

Facility may be hidden jewel

Committee recommends Emerald City deal

A committee formed to look at the facility needs of youth and teen programs in Steamboat is recommending the city purchase Emerald City.

Saturday, June 1

SSHS grads look to the future

Teachers and administrators give students advice on entering the world

Mike Knezevich, Steamboat Springs High School assistant principal, said watching students smile as they received their diplomas was one of the greater moments of the graduation. "There's not a smile you can compare that to," he said.

Wiring Steamboat

Fiber optics on the way, but who can afford high-speed access when it gets here? An off-ramp of Colorado's network of high-speed telecom connections might find its way to Steamboat Springs by the end of the summer.

Condos in demand

Antlers, Canyon Creek remain hot properties

Entering the summer buying season, Re/Max agent Stephen Baden wagers he has two of the hottest condo projects in Steamboat The Antlers at Christie Base and Canyon Creek at Eagle Ridge.

Marathon man

3-time defending champ looks to add a fourth title under his belt

At the urging of his marketing teacher, Jason Saitta joined the high school cross country team with all intentions on getting fit for basketball.


Wowee! What an exciting weekend, especially for me! I was in the shop late Friday morning, still putting stuff in the counters and a young couple came in the door. I said, "hello," as usual then jerked my head around for a second look.

IN THE SERVICE: Simon Kassemi

Rebecca Kassemi is proud to announce the appointment of her son, Simon Kassemi, to the New Mexico Military Institute.

Town Talk: Oak Creek/Phippsburg

'Dream often, and dream big'

Soroco grads take trip down memory lane

To send off its 21 seniors, Soroco High School filled Saturday afternoon with baby photos and fifth-grade memories, glitter and balloons and songs that ranged from rock to opera.


Planning costs may derail park's bumper boat, climbing wall plan

In an effort to boost revenue, Amaze'n Steamboat could see bumper boats and a climbing wall added to its miniature golf course and giant human maze park.


Talon Russell Ortiz, son of Colleen and Russ Ortiz of Yampa, was born at 2:46 a.m. May 4, 2002.

To the Rescue

Tracy Bye is prepared for almost any emergency in the animal world

In Tracy Bye's bright blue house, the fridge is always stocked with yogurt, penicillin and baby formula. The cupboard contains towers of canned cat food. And the freezer is full of frozen rats and mice.

Hairy situation

South Routt Elementary School principal rewards students for reading efforts with unique gift

Josie Rossi read more than 600 books during the school year.

New teacher salary plan proposed for district

System would allow staff members to earn higher pay at a quicker rate

The Steamboat Springs School District has developed a new salary scale that, if approved, will radically change the way teachers and school staff are paid.


Dear Bertha, Here is Cousin Eileen's account of Saxone Shoe Co.'s annual outing or company sponsored "holiday" as they term it.

Down by the river

There is a buzz going around town about this year's Yampa River Festival.