Sunday, June 30
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.
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.
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.
Routt County Jail Report for the week of June 30, 2002
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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?
In about a week, we as a town, state and nation will be celebrating the 227th year of political independence from a great nation.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Five-year deal will include number of stipulations
Triple Crown and the Steamboat Springs negotiating committee have reached a contract agreement.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Arizona wildfires is the source of smoke
The smoky haze that has blanketed the area in recent weeks has kept Routt County phones ringing.
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
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 Heinz Astein and listing Realtor Mike Woolverton are jumping back into the rebounding local real estate market with a new subdivision.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Katie Brewer and Lynn Powell were married June 13, 2002, in Steamboat Springs.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Aspiring kings and queens of the grill have their work cut out for them today.
A storm is brewing over a collapsed bridge that once connected the Lincoln Avenue post office and Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center.
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
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.
With our challenging climate, it's hard enough to grow desirable plants here.
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.
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.
Garage sales in Steamboat Springs have created a unique culture in the Yampa Valley.
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.
An attempted burglary at a residence northwest of Steamboat Springs Wednesday afternoon elicited an extra note of caution from local law enforcement officials.
The Sheraton Steamboat golf course will tend to the next generation of golfers during its junior camp Monday through Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 1,700-pound jewel sits secluded in the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.
Tuesday, June 18
Cowgirl Kaylee Myers will saddle her horse today for what will most likely be her final high school rodeo.
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.
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 commissioners reaffirmed their support Tuesday for the completion of the new indoor arena at the Routt County Fairgrounds.
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.
Local public health officials can only speculate on the impact of recent cuts to the state budget.
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
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.
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.
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
It may take speaking up at some local restaurants for customers to receive a glass of water.
The trout population in the Yampa River may not survive this summer if the extreme drought conditions continue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 for June 7 to 12, 2002
Friday, June 14
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Fires raging in Colorado sparked discussion among dozens of county officials who attended a seminar in Vail earlier this week.
Thursday, June 13
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.
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.
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.
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.
As times drop, Essi Kenttala's smile widens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The source of the wildfire near Glenwood Springs is common in Northwest Colorado.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
Fires might be burning in Colorado, but that will not stop tourists from coming to Steamboat and burning money.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Developing speed, quickness and agility will be the focus of a special camp, which will begin at the high school on June 17.
For more than 11 years, Steamboat Springs resident Bill Nickey has taught the basics of golf to children in Steamboat Springs.
"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
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.
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.
Bike riding, raising money and summer all go hand-in-hand for Steamboat Springs High School math teacher Lee Cox.
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.
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 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.
Seattle woman makes trek across nation
A Seattle woman walking across the country to raise political awareness made a stop in Steamboat Springs Tuesday.
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.
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.
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
Routt commissioners follow others' lead
Routt County commissioners approved a countywide fire ban Monday, joining counties around the state in implementing such a ban.
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.
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.
County employees attend annual seminar
County offices may lack some of their usual bustle this week.
Sunday, June 9
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FREDRICK "JACK" HUFF 1937-2002
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.
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.
Several local tennis players will compete for the Intermountain Senior Sectional Championships on the clay today at The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Jan Denise Taylor and Patrick James Stanko were married April 20, 2002.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ADAM "PETE" PETRANOVICH 1913-2002
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.
Rozells call month-old bison one of their own
Bigfoot sightings are everyday occurrences in one corner of northwestern Colorado.
Friday, June 7
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.
The object of Friday's Biathlon Boatercross was to win. Organizers just made it a little harder than normal.
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.
A Denver man is in custody after stealing a vehicle and leading police on a short-lived chase downtown early Friday morning.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For those who don't know, the Yampa Valley is packed with musicians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
People who opted to pay their property taxes in two installments should take note of a fast-approaching deadline.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After four years of directing the Routt County Gymkhana Club, founder Bonny McGeary will step away this summer well, maybe not totally.
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.
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.
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.
A local pet owner now finds himself in the doghouse after trying to get his dog out of one.
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
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Steamboat Springs Board of Education will vote on the new proposed multi-year competitive compensation plan today.
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.
This month's board of directors election for Yampa Valley Electric Association will be like no other before it.
Steamboat receives .61 inches
Monday afternoon's rainfall in Steamboat Springs wasn't insignificant. But it wasn't a drought breaker either.
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.
The prestigious United States Tennis Association's Intermountain Senior Sectional Tennis Championships are returning to Steamboat Springs for a seventh time.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rebecca Kassemi is proud to announce the appointment of her son, Simon Kassemi, to the New Mexico Military Institute.
South Routt Elementary School principal rewards students for reading efforts with unique gift
Josie Rossi read more than 600 books during the school year.
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.
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.
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.
Dear Bertha, Here is Cousin Eileen's account of Saxone Shoe Co.'s annual outing or company sponsored "holiday" as they term it.
There is a buzz going around town about this year's Yampa River Festival.