Stories for March 2002


Sunday, March 31

Sound Off: Readers offer views on ski area sale

I think the non-sale of the ski area to the Muellers is a disaster for the community of Steamboat Springs. We are stuck with a company that can't manage itself or get along with the community. It's beyond belief. I don't think $500,000 is enough money to compensate the Muellers for backing out of a deal the Muellers worked so carefully to put together.

Our View: Oak Creek benefits from renewed interest in town board

There is a mess to sort out at Town Hall in Oak Creek. The assistant town treasurer has resigned, accusing the town manager of improprieties on her way out the door. The town manager has submitted his letter of resignation, too, though whether he resigns, he says, is up to the Town Board.

Tom Ross: Sale reversal deflates community

But owner of ski area doesn't define Steamboat Springs

Deflating. That's the best word I can use to describe the emotions that pervaded Steamboat Springs last week. When the news broke that American Skiing Company's deal to sell the ski area had been abandoned, you could almost hear business leaders gasping.

School board to review preliminary budget

Meeting is at 8:45 a.m. Monday

A preliminary budget for the Steamboat Springs School District will be presented to education board members at 8:45 a.m. today at the George Sauer Human Services Center.

Weather Service predicts early spring runoff

Still, March was colder than normal

Though sunny spring time weather has definitely arrived in the Yampa Valley, with temperatures going above 50 degrees for the second time in two weeks this weekend, March numbers show that the month was colder than average.

Lucky skiers find golden eggs

Free passes to those who properly follow clues

Armed with a riddle for a clue, skiers and riders set out for one of the most rewarding Easter egg hunts in the valley Sunday, but only three people came up with the goods.

City Council to address development

Council meets at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday

On a City Council agenda with a number of potentially contentious development applications, the Ranch at Steamboat may be the most controversial.

Saturday, March 30

A license to drive

Sixteen-year-old Katie Liefer's new sense of freedom has been made possible by a plastic identification card issued by the state and the keys to a sleek Volkswagen bug. "I can do whatever I want," said Liefer, who recently got her driver's license. "I don't have to rely on my parents anymore."

Ward of the wilderness

Yampa is the 'ideal community' for Bruce Sigler of state Division of Wildlife

Sitting at his dinner table, Bruce Sigler thought hard about the changes he has seen in the little town of Yampa in his 32 years there. "There are more bear problems," he said finally. "And more lion problems."

A perfect match

A chance reunion between two friends becomes a survivalstory for a womanin need of a kidney

Norman Allen Townsend fought in Vietnam as a Special Forces officer and has argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, but he was not prepared to answer a question posed to him on the afternoon of Feb. 25.

Construction slip doesn't hurt unemployment rate

The construction slowdown hasn't fueled a significant increase in unemployment in Routt County.

Looking for a construction rebound

Building official sees permits returning to normal about $80 million in 2002

Just three building permits were issued in the city during the month of February, and one of those was for a demolition. But the head of the local building department foresees a return to "normalcy," during the 2002 construction season.


News from Europe certainly does not sound good. Since you get the same reports as we do, there is no object in me repeating what you hear on the radio and read in the papers. You asked about my family (the Bowies) and Fred's family (the Mays); where these people came from and what their occupations were.


A reluctant bride

Paul Papp and Miss Rosa Kovoies, both of Hayden, were married Wednesday evening in Oak Creek by Justice of the Peace Joseph C. Sharp. The wedding took place at the latter's home in the presence of several friends of the bride and groom. Mr. Papp is a well-known miner in the Oak Creek District, at present employed at the Haybro mine. His wife has been in that vicinity for several years.

Bucking Rainbow changes

Outfitters moving, Brookie's closing, Azteca hoping to stay

March has been a tumultuous month for Jim Ruggiero and Keith Hicks, partners in Azteca Taqueria.

WEDDING: Small and Gray

Lesley Gray and Dan Small were united in marriage by Father David Henderson Feb. 9, 2002, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.


So long, coach Steitz

When I arrived in Steamboat Springs more than 11 years ago looking for a job, the editor wanted to know what I knew about skiing and rodeo.

Fulfilling a dream

Group of dedicated female ski jumpers hope to push sport to the Olympic level

Under Wednesday's blue skies and beating sun, Jessica Jerome took off Howelsen Hill's 90-K jump, soared 89 meters and landed with a solid thud.


Ann Copeland and boys spent the spring break vacation time in Estes Park with her sister, Susan.


Amy Dickson Age (optional): 30 Occupation: Regional Services Manager for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Sailors strike out against Glenwood Saturday

With a rally that came up short in the seventh inning in the first game and a second game that started with the Sailors down 7-2, Steamboat dropped a doubleheader to Glenwood Springs Saturday afternoon.

Lamb continues to rack up honors

Steamboat Springs native David Lamb has been skiing as long as he can remember, but at the NCAA championships in Alaska this year, he was introduced to a new kind of pressure.

Sailors all tied up in Rifle

The Sailors' explosive offensive attack was contained in Rifle Saturday afternoon by a pesky Bears defense. After 90 minutes of play, including 10 in sudden-death overtime, neither team could muster the win. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.


Instead of fast food, try slow food for a change of pace

Too many of us in America are too fat, and fast food is at least partly to blame. French fries, greasy tacos and pizzas, monster burgers ... wolfed down in five minutes, along with giant sodas that pack 300 to 400 calories and no nutritional value. Does it have to be this way?


Mego Financial buys Raintree LAS VEGAS Las Vegas based Mego Financial Corp. has announced it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Raintreee Resorts International Inc.

New stores

Wescoin has plans for commercial development on city's south side

A local developer has plans to build a new convenience store/gas station on the city's south side.

Friday, March 29

Officials crack down on selling to minors

Six of 14 liquor stores in Routt County sold alcohol to a minor during compliance checks by Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and local law enforcement.

Oak Creek man still in race

Bevan to campaign for Town Board spot this weekend

After stating his intentions to run for the Oak Creek Town Board and then deciding against it, Charlie Bevan is back where he started.

Head of the class

Sailors basketball team members earn All-Conference honors

While Steamboat's girls basketball team did not pass through the District Tournament this season, the skills of three Sailors earned them top marks in the Western Slope.

Locals embrace their faith

Clergy, parishioners honor Christian traditions

Parishioners and clergy took turns early Friday afternoon embracing the wooden symbol that represents the foundation of their faith.

Cattlewomen honor Mucklow, Morrow at Winter Gathering

Honorees are outstanding contributors to club

As president of the Routt County Cattlewomen's Club, Nancy Mucklow wanted to open up the range of the organization.

Local riders fare well in California

Justin Goto-Reiter won the overall Alpine title last week at the USASA nationals in Mammoth, Calif., highlighting a strong finish for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Alpine snowboarding program.

Thursday, March 28

Local chariot racing airs on PBS

If anyone missed the chariot racing at this year's Winter Carnival, they will get a second chance to watch it this spring, or at least some of it.

Club raises bar for students' behavior

More than 50 students that walk the hallways of Soroco High School are playing a numbers game. They call themselves the Elevens and commit to "on a scale of one to 10, being an 11."

Alborn all the way

Jumper takes national large hill title after winning normal hill event Wednesday

Alaskan ski jumper Alan Alborn was the last jumper to take flight in the final round of the Chevy Trucks U.S. Championships Thursday, but he was the first to step into the spotlight.

Focus on a healthy tomorrow

March is a good time to start new habits

Because March is National Nutrition Month, this is a perfect time to evaluate your eating and exercise habits. This year's motto, "Start Today for a Healthier Tomorrow," focuses on healthy habits that can affect your health in the long term.

Use a little whimsy, imagination, patience

An indoor topiary garden an added addition to home

Topiary is the art of trimming and training plants to create living sculpture. This art became popular with the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

Ylianttila taking on a new role within U.S. Ski Team

Special Jumping coach Kari Ylianttila will take on a new role with the U.S. Ski team when the skiers start training this summer.

City extends its deadline on citizen survey

The survey the city sent out to 4,000 residents two weeks ago is taking some people a little longer to finish than the city expected. That's why the city is extending the deadline for returning the surveys from today the original deadline to April 8.

Young jumper gains respect

Utah ski jumper Jessica Jerome went to the top of Howelsen Hill in search of titles this week, but what she found was respect.

Humane Society hosts auction

Money raised will benefit spay/neuter program

To make it easier for low-income residents to get their cats or dogs spayed or neutered, the Routt County Humane Society is hosting an eight-week auction to raise money for its spay/neuter program as well as provide for injured animals brought to the shelter.

Two injured in car accident

Milner, Oak Creek men suffer minor injuries in crash

Two men were injured in a two-car accident early Thursday morning that reduced U.S. 40 west of Steamboat Springs to one lane for about a half-hour.

Ptarmigan may beat record

Chamber expects 10,731 people in town Saturday

When Mike Lomas says he is having his best March ever, it means something. Lomas has worked in the lodging industry in Steamboat Springs for more than 20 years. He runs the Ptarmigan Inn hotel at the base of Mount Werner, the Alpiner Lodge downtown and Sky Valley Lodge on the west side of Rabbit Ears Pass.

Wednesday, March 27

Sailors, 'Dogs square off today

After facing top 5A teams over the weekend, Steamboat's girls soccer team will get to ease into its league schedule when it goes up against Moffat County at 4 p.m. today.

Sailor talks her way to 4th place

SSHS's Jenni Stanford, other students have good showing at speech tourney

Jenni Stanford had 30 minutes to write a speech about Argentina's new president, Eduardo Duhaldo, at last Saturday's state speech tournament.

Steitz steps down from position

The meeting was a short one, but the message Tom Steitz gave to his athletes will leave a lasting impression.

Campbell gathers local input

Senator wrangles with some residents on federal issues

U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., displayed a short fuse Wednesday during a town meeting with Steamboat Springs residents.

Muellers explore options

Couple consulting lawyers about ASC's change of plans

Tim Mueller says he wants to meet with his attorneys before formally responding to American Skiing Co.'s decision Tuesday to back out of its plan to sell the Steamboat Ski Area.

Olympians receive a hero's welcome

Event also serves as forum for Colorado Ski Heritage project

Wyatt Wilson, a young Winter Sports Club athlete just learning to jump off the K-18 ski jump, walked around the Howelsen Hill Lodge Wednesday night looking for Olympians. He was carrying a sheet of paper with colorful mug shots of all 16 Steamboat 2002 Olympians on it, most of which had autographs next to them. Wilson's dreams and his identity as a young Steamboat athlete are closely connected to those Olympians.

Police embark on high-speed chase

A 26-year-old Edwards man faces numerous charges for leading authorities on a high-speed chase between Hayden and Steamboat Springs early Wednesday morning.

Alborn soars to victory

Alaskan ski jumper takes first title in championships, edging several locals

Alaska's Alan Alborn led a field of more than 80 jumpers Wednesday morning en route to claiming the first title of the week at the Chevy Truck U.S. National Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships.

Another blow to Steamboat

Lack of funds will likely prevent city from hosting Nordic Combined World Cup

Steamboat's eight-year run as host of Nordic Combined World Cup events appears to have come to an end. The reason for the event's demise is simple money.

Candidates agree to agree

Little conflict between Hayden residents vying for spots

The only thing missing from the candidate forum at Hayden Town Hall Thursday evening was contention.

Demong earns 2nd straight Nordic combined national title

Todd Lodwick's slip on Wednesday's slushy snow gave Bill Demong the chance he needed to break free in the last downhill of the 10K race to capture his second straight Nordic combined national title.

Tuesday, March 26

Reaction to ASC deal mixed

Officials hope company will work better with community

Joseph Fogliano was shocked like the rest of the Yampa Valley when he found out a deal between American Skiing Co. and an investment group headed by a Vermont couple to buy the Steamboat Ski Area collapsed on Tuesday afternoon.

Doctor's death impacts locals

Denver man who died in plane crash frequented area

Dr. Louise Theilen of Steamboat Medical Group got ready to pick up the phone Tuesday morning to consult a man she has relied on for advice since medical school.

Ready to fly

Some of the nation's best jumpers are in town for nationals

American Nordic combined skier Bill Demong is an early riser.

Students preparing to take CSAP tests

Third- through 10th-graders will be tested over the next two weeks

Ryan Urban, a sophomore at Steamboat Springs High School, thinks he should get extra credit if he does well on the Colorado Student Assessment Program test being administered to third- through 10th-graders in Steamboat schools over the next two weeks.

Hayden students rewarded after testing

Spring break comes as a welcome reprieve this week for children in the Hayden School District. Some students in the elementary, middle and high schools have filled in bubbles, read short stories and answered math questions since mid-March as part of the Colorado Student Assessment Program.


Steamboat Loses in ASC Deal

Try as we might, it is hard to find a positive spin to put on American Skiing Co.'s decision not to sell the Steamboat Ski Area.

Hayden candidates' forum set

After many years of sitting in back of the audience during Hayden Town Board meetings, Joe Schminkey wants to take a seat up front with the board.

Traditional caucuses out

Democrats changing the way they nominate candidates

In an effort to improve participation in local politics, the Routt County Democratic Party is changing the way it nominates candidates for office.

Girls lacrosse team drops two

Steamboat's girls lacrosse team went south to find greener fields as it opened its season in Colorado Springs last weekend.

Lacrosse team to face varsity competition

Last weekend was a historic moment for the Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team as it opened the first season in the school's history.

Welcome Home Olympian event today

Delayed by more than a month, the Welcome Home Olympian Celebration is coming to Steamboat Springs today.

Local mites teams take 1st place

The Mason & Morse mites won the Reach for the Peak hockey tournament title last weekend by winning four straight games in Colorado Springs.

A dead deal

American Skiing backs out of plan to sell Steamboat

Tim and Diane Mueller's chance to purchase the Steamboat Ski Area disappeared Tuesday like a snowflake in July. Tim Mueller was in New York to begin a three-day closing process when the deal evaporated.

Reported crimes up in 2001

Cases of domestic violence, rape doubled over 2000

Reported rapes and domestic violence cases significantly increased in 2001 in a record-breaking year for the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

Our View: ASC's deal not so Heavenly for Steamboat

Try as we might, it is hard to find a positive spin to put on American Skiing Co.'s decision not to sell the Steamboat Ski Area. The company's stunning announcement Tuesday that it is selling Heavenly Ski Resort to Vail Resorts Inc. and that the Steamboat deal is dead surprised just about everyone, including Tim and Diane Mueller.

Monday, March 25

County uses retreat to set goals for 2003

Improving courthouse is the top priority

During a two-day retreat in Craig, Routt County officials identified improving the county courthouse as the top goal for the 2003 budget year.



The Steamboat Pilot & Today learned Tuesday that American Skiing Co.'s $91.4 million deal to sell Steamboat Ski Area to a group headed by Tim and Diane Mueller of Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont has fallen through.

Humane Society schedules fund-raiser

Auction will help pay for spay/neuter program

Although Shanne Pollak, an animal control officer, loves to be surrounded by cute puppies at the animal shelter, she knows the puppies would not be homeless if more people took the time to spay or neuter their pets.

Man charged with felony for failure to pay child support

Police say Donald Bell owes $26,000 to Oak Creek woman

A 40-year-old California man who reportedly owes $26,000 in child support to an Oak Creek woman for their two sons has been charged with a felony in Routt County.

Hockey festival likely to see changes next year

Desapite scheduling problems, event raised $15,000

A team from Northern Colorado captured the bantam title at last weekend's Ski Town U.S.A. Hockey Festival. For the first time in the six-year history of the event, it was the only championship game with any real meaning that was played on Sunday afternoon. That's because the other two divisions failed to draw a full slate of teams for the three-day event.

Tennis team off to a strong start

Girls go 3-1 on opening weekend

The members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team will get a much needed break this weekend after coming out on the winning side of a swing through southwestern Colorado.

Sailors baseball team struggles

Squad opens with three straight losses

New high school baseball coach Sean Hicks headed to Rangely last weekend with high hopes. He returned to Steamboat this week with the realization that his baseball team still has a lot of work to do if it is going to be competitive this spring.

Sen. Campbell to visit Steamboat

Town Hall meeting set for Wednesday

Del Francis, a Walden resident, is excited to meet U.S Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell this week. Francis was a Navy radar man on a destroyer that went down after a collision with an aircraft carrier near Vietnam in 1969. Now, he is trying to get the names of his 74 downed shipmates etched on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. They were left off the wall because they were not close enough to a combat zone they were 50 miles away when their destroyer was involved in a crash with an Australian aircraft carrier.

Sunday, March 24

Somebody give Smokey an Oscar

'From Cow to Ski Town' a must for any local video collection

I couldn't track F.M. "Smokey" Vandergrift down Sunday night. But I'm going to take a chance and assume he was not rolling down the Boulevard of Dreams in a stretch limo. No need for Smokey to rent a tux. No need to prepare an acceptance speech. And I'm going to guess no starlet in a Dior gown and rented jewels hanging off his arm. No cocktails after the broadcast with Whoopi and Ron Howard. But Smokey should have been at the Oscars.

Snow fails to materialize

Spring conditions set in on mountain

A storm that was supposed to include a 60-percent chance of snow in the Steamboat Springs area largely missed the Yampa Valley, and the spring-like conditions are expected to continue through the week.

Video aims to teach middle schoolers about harassment

Parents and teachers gathered last week at City Hall to watch the premiere of a video produced in a collaborative effort between Advocates Against Battering and Abuse and several local school students. The video, "Impact of Harassment on Youth," is part of Advocates' Youth Partnership Program.

Weather boosts spring sidewalk sale

Sunshine and willing buyers made the first sidewalk sale of the year a success over the weekend, merchants said. Local residents and visitors to the valley strolled the streets on Sunday, mulling over the deals offered on clothes, jewelry and a variety of other items that didn't sell through the winter and were marked down to be cleared out before summer.

Saturday, March 23

American Skiing faces mountain of debt

Sale of Steamboat key to making loan payments

American Skiing Company is plainly confronted with the possibility of defaulting on several large loans this spring, and it is possible the company will have to go back to its creditors for more concessions even if it is successful in closing the sale of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Lessons and stories in ice fishing

Frank Baird and Ken Meyer were out on the ice at Steamboat Lake March 17 looking board. And that's no typographical error.

Let's play two

Schedule issues can't dampen fun at hockey festival

Pee Wee hockey goalie Jeff Dawes had the chance to go up against some out-of-state teams in the Ski Town USA Hockey Festival last year. But this year his opponents were a lot closer to home; in fact, one of them actually lived in his home.


Junior Olympics about more than winning

The dream can be found in the start, between the red and blue gates along the slalom course and across the finish line of the giant slalom.


'Sacred Contracts' is a book worth reading

"For our own good, each of us needs to learn what our mission is, because the details of how we live our lives accumulate to create health or illness." Carolyn Myss, "Sacred Contracts" Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired?


Holley Blake and her father are here to paint the Blakes' new home just northwest of Hayden. Steve, Holley, daughter Steffanie and son Hayden hope to get moved and settled here this summer.

The Big Playoff

When the 2002 Winter Recreation Basketball League Sweet 16 tournament begins today, there will be no cheerleaders. There will be no coaches frothing at the mouth, no monster tomahawk jams. There will not even be referees.

Fishing the Stagecoach tailwater

One more week of solitude before park road opens

Phil Eggleston squinted up at the Flat Tops Friday afternoon and tried to estimate whether the snowfields that glistened in the sun above 11,000 feet held enough moisture to fill his reservoir.


Answers available on limited licenses DENVER As the April 2 deadline for big-game limited license applications nears, Colorado Division of Wildlife staff will host evening open houses.

Talk of the town

Oak Creek rocked by accusations, resignations

Word travels quickly in a town of 850 people. And rumors never flew faster than a few weeks ago, when prnted accusations made by a town employee set in motion a chorus of "he said, she said" throughout the town of Oak Creek.


Blizzard victims buried

March 28, 1923 The bodies of Jay Sorric and his 14-year-old daughter, Thelma, who lost their lives in last Wednesday's blizzard, were buried last Wednesday at Craig. The widow and her remaining five children, all younger than Thelma, are in destitute circumstances, and Mrs. Sorric is crippled with rheumatism. They will probably be sent to relatives in Nebraska.

Letter: Steamboat should consider ski pass discounts

An open letter to the new Steamboat Ski Area management: Many Colorado ski resorts offer low-cost season passes, e.g. $200 to $350; Steamboat has so far declined, noting (letter to me) that "their product does not warrant a discount."

Sound Off: Readers react to Chamber, summer marketing

The following comments were received on the Pilot & Today Sound Off line. If you would like to participate, call (970) 871-4248 or e-mail

Letter: It is time to lend a helping hand

Project Anaconda has had quite mixed results. The United States has been training an Afghan army. Part of that army has been utilized in the recent heavy fighting in the Gardez area. At first the Afghan forces retreated when they were badly needed. But their American instructor continued working with them until now, at the end of the engagement, they have improved a great deal and will be used to search caves for any lingering al-Qaida.

Our View: Aspen helmet policy makes sense

A record number of people 14 have died from accidents on Colorado's ski slopes this year. Obviously, this is a record the state's ski industry hopes will never be broken. Perhaps what happened last week in Aspen is a step toward ensuring it isn't.

Sailors aim to keep winning with new coach

Pursuit of Excellence is written in Latin on the sleeves of the practice jerseys worn by the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team.

A smooth transition

Bohlmann expects success with girls team to continue

Even though he had coached boys soccer for 12 years, Rob Bohlmann was still bombarded with suggestions when he agreed to take over the girls program at Steamboat Springs High School.


Norman Frentress: my friend and neighbor, a truly dedicated Christian and devoted family man; a genuine old-style rancher, stockman, horseman; a real honest-to-goodness cowpuncher (anything but one of the "plastic cowboys" so common today.

The Record

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.

Family-like atmosphere aids in learning

Charter school offering students unique experience in North Routt

For children attending the charter school in Clark, its closeness to home is not just the short driving distance but the feeling children have when they are at school.


Sheri Steiner

Sheri Steiner (Sheri Lu to some, LuLu to others) Age (optional): 52 delightful revolutions around the sun Occupation: Director of Development and Marketing, Strings in the Mountains Festival of Music (and it only took 25-something years to get down to just one job)

Friday, March 22

'Great day' for Steamboat

Local racers have best finishes ever at J-4 Junior Olympic Championships

Jenny Allen stood at the top of the Sitz/See Me course Friday morning trying to calm her nerves before hitting the Junior Olympic course.

Tongan woman making a new life

On a Saturday night at the Slopeside Grill, Ailini George looks like a regular among the crowd from Euzoa Bible Church. Her easy smile and laugh belie her recent transition from an island in the Pacific to Steamboat Springs.

Bantams get first loss as tourney gets under way

Steamboat's Sam Gary was the first Bantam to strike in the Ski Town USA Hockey Festival.

Sunshine helps sale

Weather a boost for downtown stores, shoppers

Brett Lee went to bed Thursday night hoping for blue skies and warm weather for the sidewalk sale in downtown Steamboat Springs that kicked off Friday. After all, the success of a sidewalk sale relies on an abundance of clear blue skies for a blazing sun, said Lee, co-owner of StraightLine Outdoor Sports, 744 Lincoln Ave.

Steamboat to welcome Olympians

Delayed by more than a month, the Welcome Home Olympian Celebration is coming to Steamboat Springs next week.

Stopping for school buses

Hayden district enlists state patrol's help

Motorists in a hurry to pass stopped school buses on the highway should reconsider such a hasty decision.

Pusey takes 3rd in moguls

The opening day of the Chevy Truck U.S. Freestyle Championships was a good one for local skier Chris Pusey.

Thursday, March 21

Fund-raiser for teen programs set for Saturday

This Saturday, the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is sponsoring "Turns for Teens," an event to help pay for teen programs at the Steamboat Mental Health Center. The event will begin at 1 p.m. and last until 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bashor race course at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Access may be limited

Officials see more snowmobilers tracking up wilderness

The U.S. Forest Service says it will step up enforcement and perhaps limit access to prevent snowmobilers from trekking into wilderness areas and prohibited zones on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Landscaping with fire in mind

With reports of the snowpack being quite low this year, chances of an active fire season this summer in Routt County are quite high.

State clergy members address sex assault scandal

The Rev. George Schroeder of Holy Name Catholic Church in Steamboat Springs said Thursday he addressed the child-molestation scandal that has rocked the priesthood in a sermon three weeks ago.

Hayden youngsters get a treat out of Easter egg hunt

Bookshelves and display cases housed pint-sized treats for pint-sized scavengers Thursday morning.

Steamboat lands 4 on league team

Four members of the Steamboat Springs basketball team that reached the regional playoffs have earned all-conference honors.

Series of book discussions set

People who have a love for literature and the outdoors will have the opportunity to participate in Steamboat Reads, a series of community-based discussions about the book "The Ancient One," by T.A. Barron.

Influx of tourists expected

The coming weekend may kick off what proves to be the busiest week of the ski season.

No helmet rule for Steamboat

Ski Corp. not likely to follow Aspen's lead

Though Aspen Skiing Co. will require all ski and snowboard students younger than the age of 6 to wear helmets, Steamboat is not likely to follow suit, Ski Corp. officials said Thursday.

Shipley chases his heroes

Buddy Werner fan wins Junior Olympics super-G

Local ski racer Lane Shipley knew he was a winner even before he crossed the finish line of Thursday's super-G race.

Wednesday, March 20

Land swap

North Routt works out deal for site to build fire station

The last piece of the puzzle is in place for the North Routt Fire Protection District to move forward on a $1.5 million project that includes construction of a second fire station at Steamboat Lake State Park.

Nordic season ends at home

Chevy Truck U.S. Ski Jumping Championships will be held in Steamboat

After spending nearly 200 days on the road last winter, the members of the U.S. Nordic Combined ski team are looking forward to wrapping up the season at home during the Chevy Truck U.S. Ski Jumping Championship.

Hayden discusses Web classes

A dozen students in the Hayden School District want the same thing as their peers. Their method of getting what they want, however, varies.

Pay for consultants on area plan undecided

The consultants chosen to help construct the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan are ready to start working. Now the city just has to decide how much to pay them.

Impact fees may get reviewed

Council considers forming citizens group to look at issue

A citizens group may be formed to help the city determine what to do about controversial impact fees on new development.

Police investigating Steamboat man's death

Steamboat Springs authorities are investigating the death of a 43-year-old man whose body was discovered Tuesday morning.

2 more kids hospitalized due to respiratory virus

Officials believe cases of RSV should drop once the weather warms

As two more children were hospitalized with a potentially dangerous respiratory virus in the past week, Yampa Valley Medical Center has seen a 350-percent increase in the number of RSV patients from last year.

Tuesday, March 19

Snowpack creating avalanches

Weakest level in 30 years blamed for recent slides

Anyone heading into the backcountry to ski or snowmobile has to be aware of a weak snowpack that avalanche experts warn is ripe to be triggered.

Freestylers step it up at event

Freestyle skiers from Steamboat Springs won five age divisions at the Rocky Mountain Development Championships March 16 and 17 in Aspen.

Liens hold up sale of ski area

ASC hopes banks will OK closing of deal within 30 days

American Skiing Co. has been granted a reprieve by its senior creditors. But liens in place on the Steamboat Ski Area are hanging up the sale of the ski area to a group of investors led by Tim and Diane Mueller.

Athletes waiting out the storm

Weather causes cancellations for many Sailor teams

Steamboat's girls lacrosse team was so excited to step onto a grass field this weekend that some of the players were willing to make the trip to Denver to play, even if their opponents were not.

Juniors get a chance to shine

The slopes of the Steamboat and Howelsen Hill ski areas will provide a perfect stage for the future stars of skiing this week during the J-4 Junior Olympic Championships.

RSV epidemic hits Steamboat

Respiratory virus affecting several children

A local outbreak of a potentially dangerous respiratory virus for young children has resulted in a 300 percent increase in RSV patients at Yampa Valley Medical Center this year. Since Jan. 16, children all 18 months and younger have been hospitalized at the medical center with Respiratory Syncytial Virus, a potentially life-threatening respiratory infection. RSV is more susceptible to children younger than the age of 3.

A Return on an Investment

The Steamboat Springs City Council agreed last week to commit the funding from the former vendor's fee to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association to market Steamboat as a summer destination.

Fund established for fire victims

Mary Couch's home, which was torched by a fire last Wednesday, will not be ready for habitation for another three to six months, she said Tuesday.

Two face felony charges in snowboard theft

Two men are expected to be charged with a felony theft charge for allegedly stealing two snowboards from Colorado Mountain College over the weekend.

Waiting to run

Athletes hope to take part in marathon after registration closes early this year

Next year local runner Jim Harkness will start a little earlier.

School board studies sales tax dispersal

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education discussed how to best distribute money generated from the half-cent city sales tax within the local school district at their meeting Tuesday night.

Hayden residents get on the bus

Shuttle from Craig now has reserved seating

Hayden residents who depend on the bus that comes from Craig to Steamboat in the morning need not worry there won't be room for them.

Haymaker raising its prices

Fresh off another relatively lucrative season, the city-owned Haymaker Golf Course is upping its rates for the 2002 season.

Babcock testifies before committee

4-H president impresses board with speech

After this summer, Daleena Babcock won't be able to show her animals and compete in the new indoor facility planned for the Routt County Fairgrounds.

More locals participating in upcoming hockey fest

Hockey fans will get a chance to watch more local talent at the Ski Town USA Hockey Festival than they have in the past five years.

Monday, March 18

Craig man dies in avalanche

A Craig man killed in an avalanche Sunday became the eighth fatality this season in Colorado and the fourth in a span of four days.

Our View: Land swap deal a historic opportunity

Think for a moment and try to imagine Fish Creek Falls, closed to public access and with several multi-million dollar homes perched on overlooking hillsides. From that vantage point their great rooms would afford spectacular (and private) views of the cataract for dinner party guests. The public wouldn't be invited.

Seminar addresses diabetes issues

People who know nothing about diabetes, as well as people who deal with the affliction every day, will have an opportunity to learn more about the disease that affects 16 million people in the United States.

Trees at risk of beetle epidemic

Routt County and state Forest Service officials are urging Steamboat Springs residents to protect mature trees with insecticides prior to May or risk losing trees to the spruce bark beetle epidemic.

School board to discuss funds

The Steamboat Board of Education will have principals, directors and key education personnel present proposals for educational programs that could use a financial boost to get started through money from the Education Fund Board.

Grant would benefit fire station, Howelsen ski area

The energy impact fund grant committee has recommended giving more than $1 million in state grant money to two Routt County organizations.

Woman who forged check put on probation

A 37-year-old woman was placed on three years of supervised probation and released Monday after serving about three months in the Routt County Jail for forging a check in December.

January sales tax revenues down

Sales tax revenues for the city of Steamboat Springs were down again in January, this time by 7.3 percent. But, compared to some other ski resort towns, Steamboat was either near the norm or above average.

Sunday, March 17

Snow can't slow St. Patrick's Day in North Routt

Residents like their corned beef and cabbage with a little ski-joring

St. Paddy's Day in North Routt County is not for the faint of heart. Saint Paddy's Day at Steamboat Lake Marina means watching a galloping horse and rider take a tumble in the snow. It means chowing down on a steaming plate of corned beef, cabbage and boiled potatoes in a driving snow squall. And it means watching grown men who should be pretty well sick of their snow shovels at this point in the winter, riding them like horse-powered sleds.

Saturday, March 16

Clark's Market under new ownership

Robert Ellsworth sees too many people slip through the sliding doors of Clark's Market with no intention of shopping for groceries.

Steamboat Springs Arts Council 30 years of celebrating the arts

In a town where recreation reigns and the outdoors dictate personal schedules, the arts hold their ground.

Girls make a clean sweep of singles matches

After dropping its season opener to Aspen Friday, Steamboat regained its swing with a 5-2 win over Thompson Valley Saturday.


Dear Friends Halden, You asked what makes me think the United States might be in danger of getting involved in a war: Yes, the League of Nations was organized after the close of "the great war" as a means of settling disputes between countries in a peaceable manner.


Ruby Wright was recently hospitalized at the Craig Memorial Hospital for several days. When she was released, her daughter, Juanita Erickson, took her to Grand Junction, where she lives, to care for her while she recuperates.


Large blizzard strikes

An Equinoctial storm that was a record breaker throughout the central west took the form of snow and high winds from the northeast in Routt and Moffat counties.


Connor Clayborn Hassig, son of Michelle Younglund and Brad Hassig of Woodville, Texas, was born at 2:45 p.m. Feb. 20, 2002.

Ready to run

First track meet March 30

The sound of Sailors running in the Steamboat Springs High School hallways is a harbinger as certain as the groundhog's shadow that spring is on its way.

Johnson begins serving life sentence

Convicted murderer Thomas Lee Johnson's first month of a life sentence behind bars has been spent at a high-security prison in Limon.


Fosdick and Anzalone

Michael and Martha Fosdick of Steamboat Springs announced the engagement of their daughter Amanda Lee Fosdick to Kelly Patrick Anzalone, son of Mary Anzalone of Chautauqua, N.Y.


March Madness take a soaking in the office pool

Sure they will tell you that the NCAA tournament is about basketball, but it's not really. It's all about the office pool.

CMC students compete at U.S. Skiing Association Championships

Nordic skiers Todd O'Blenness and Loren Elkins started the week off strong turning in their best results at the U.S. Skiing Association National Championships on Tuesday.

Buses feeling effect of slowing tourism

Bus ridership has been down for much of this winter. That does not necessarily mean there were fewer tourists in town, but there is a definite link between ridership and tourism.


Brock Webster Age: 30 Occupation: Owner, Orange Peel Bicycle Service Place of birth: Iowa City, Iowa

Child's Play

Destination ImagiNation develops students' problem-solving abilities

Little green men invaded the Hayden High School gym Saturday morning. Seven third-grade boys, clad in green from head to toe, represented South Routt Elementary School at the 2002 Western Slope Destination ImagiNation Regional Tournament.

Bases loaded for Steamboat

Outside the snow was still falling and blowing Wednesday afternoon, but inside the protective walls of Steamboat Springs High School gym a small group of dedicated students were dreaming of warmer days and their chance to play baseball.

Friday, March 15

Officers prepare for holiday

Routt County law enforcement agencies will be out in full force cracking down on drunken drivers during a holiday weekend that proved to be fatal last year.

Steamboat girls drop opener to Aspen

Steamboat's Allison Griffing went up against some of the toughest competition in the state as the Sailors tennis season swung into play Friday night.

Hayden hosts academic tourney

An estimated 800 to 1,000 people will crowd the classrooms and hallways in Hayden today.

Vacancy signs are lit this weekend in town

There is room at the inn this weekend even though more than 11,600 visitors are expected in town tonight.

Smoke causes a scare

Little damage done to Oak Creek Town Hall

The main offices of Oak Creek Town Hall got a little crowded this week.

Iverson skis into first place

In his final year at the Junior Olympics, Mark Iverson found the podium finish he had been chasing after for six years.

Thursday, March 14

Freestylers get ready to compete

The voice of 20-year-old Carly Gmeiner was laced with anticipation as she talked on the phone about skiing in the Chevy Truck U.S. Freestyle Championships.

Man faces charge for hitting man with beer bottle

A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces a felony assault charge for allegedly striking a man with a beer bottle early Thursday morning.

Weather shift brings powder back to Northwest Colorado

From certain chairlifts at the Steamboat Ski Area Thursday morning, skiers and snowboarders looked either entirely invisible or entirely invincible.

Demong takes ninth at event in Norway

Bill Demong led the U.S. Nordic Combined Team in Trondheim, Norway Wednesday with a ninth-place finish in a sprint event.

Man faces charges after BB gun incident

A 57-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces numerous charges for allegedly shooting a BB gun at a sign and two men late Wednesday night.

Sting results in drug arrests

Bust is third in eight days for GRAMNET task force

A multijurisdictional drug task force has made its third drug bust in an eight-day period.

Wednesday, March 13

ASC will be relisted under new symbol

The trading symbol "SKI" was expected to disappear from the New York Stock Exchange this morning, and American Skiing Company's shares were expected to re-emerge on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board under the new symbol, "AESK."

Ski club teams with Horizons

Chicago group raises funds annually for local organizations

When Horizons Development Coordinator Kay Borvansky heard the Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council wanted to do a fund-raiser with her organization last fall, she thought it was the perfect fit.

Swap may save Emerald

Land exchange with State Land Board, BLM could preserve mountain

Through a land exchange between the State Land Board and the Bureau of Land Management, Emerald Mountain has its best chance yet of being preserved in perpetuity, according to members of the Emerald Mountain Partnership.

Wednesday house fire leaves family out in cold

Officials still investigating cause of blaze; three pets escape through doggy doors

A house fire Wednesday afternoon has left a family of three without a home temporarily.

Nine run for Oak Creek posts

Mike Kein has no hidden agenda. He just wants a little competition. The Oak Creek trustee did not plan to run for reelection in the town's municipal election.

Cities address housing issues

Communities may form multijurisdictional authority

Four communities have expressed an interest in talking with Routt County and Steamboat Springs officials about forming a multijurisdictional housing authority.

City's survey targeting residents' needs

The city is sending out a survey Friday to 4,000 randomly selected residents to find out what locals think about the job the city does and to help the city determine how to spend taxpayer money from the 2003 budget hearings.

Committee seeks grant to improve ski area

Members of the Colorado Ski Heritage Project will be in Fort Morgan today making their case to the energy impact fund committee for a grant of $2.5 million so they can upgrade the ski jumps at Howelsen Hill.

CMC student arrested for drug heist

An 18-year-old Steamboat Springs woman faces a felony charge for allegedly stealing a prescription drug from a Colorado Mountain College dormitory.

Tuesday, March 12

Chamber short on cash

Summer marketing discussed with City Council

In order to stabilize and advance its summer marketing program, the chamber needs more money, chamber representatives said to the City Council Tuesday night.

Forum to meet Hayden candidates set

Candidates in Hayden's April municipal election will have an opportunity to meet the voters March 20.

Wirth: Steamboat bucks statewide ski area numbers

Ski area outperforming competition

A Steamboat Ski Area executive said Tuesday his resort doesn't fit the trend of declining skier days in Colorado this winter. "While we can't report any specific numbers, Steamboat is significantly outperforming our competition," Andy Wirth said. "Our business volumes are quite favorable against prior year numbers."

Local skiers off to Alpine championships

When the Chevy Truck U.S. Alpine Championships begin in Squaw Valley this week, several Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club hopefuls will be among the field.

Area plan, budgets on agenda

City, county officials meet to discuss issues

The West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan, a multijurisdictional housing authority and budget financing will be the topics of discussion as Routt County and Steamboat Springs officials meet for the second time this year.

Monday, March 11

Alleged drug dealers granted leave

Brother, sister receive permission to return to Arizona

Arizona siblings who face numerous drug charges for allegedly attempting to sell cocaine to an undercover agent in Steamboat Springs may leave the state, a judge ruled Monday.

School sets goal of $58,000

Christian Heritage fund-raiser takes place Friday

At Christian Heritage, school-wide preparations are under way for the 11th annual silent auction and musical program, the school's main fund-raiser of the year.At Christian Heritage, school-wide preparations are under way for the 11th annual silent auction and musical program, the school's main fund-raiser of the year.

The final run

Steamboat's Chiovarelli falls short as Junior Olympics come to a close

Intermountain skier Nick Hanscom topped Steamboat Springs' Jordan Chiovarelli in the final run of Saturday's duals at the Chevy Truck USA Junior Olympic Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine, to earn the last Junior Olympic title of the week.

Area Community Plan on deck

Council, Planning Commission to meet today

Aerial photographs of Steamboat today look nothing like the same photographs taken in 1994. That's why some people in the city are pushing to buy a new $75,000 aerial map of Steam- boat for the planners of the city's future to use.

Ex-Sheraton employee charged with felony theft

Using a program offered by a local hotel that awards guests with free lodging and airline tickets, a 22-year-old Brazilian man allegedly formed fraudulent accounts to take a California vacation.

Sunday, March 10

Officers seize $50,000 in cocaine

A brother and sister from Tempe, Ariz., were arrested over the weekend in Steamboat Springs after they allegedly tried to sell $50,000 worth of cocaine to an undercover officer.

Board to hear West End update

School district officials will hear an update on the affordable housing project, West End Village, with the hope to pass the information along to staff and teachers interested in purchasing a home in Steamboat Springs.

You know, they had a heckuva garage sale in Utah

Can you imagine what a mind blowing garage sale the organizers of the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics could throw?

Saturday, March 9


Hayden hospital opens

March 14, 1923 The hospital erected by the citizens of Hayden as a memorial to the late Dr. J.V. Solandt, a pioneer physician of that town, has been entirely completed and is now in operation, having received its first patient last week. Mrs. Earl Pate, a trained nurse, from Great Divide, is superintendent, and Mrs. Anna Bowman, for many years a successful hotel proprietor at Hayden, is housekeeper. The new institution is thoroughly modern and a number of rooms have been furnished by various individuals and fraternal organizations.


Novel discussions Wednesday at CMC Colorado Mountain College presents a discussion on the novels "Tortilla Curtain" and "The Grapes of Wrath."

Music to their ears

Strings in the Mountains nears land purchase

Organizers of the Strings in the Mountains Music Festival believe they have turned the page on a new stanza one that will secure the future of Steamboat's pre-eminent cultural event. The board of directors of the music festival authorized signing a letter of intent last week to purchase six acres of land in the Golden Triangle from Trendwest Resorts, Inc. The new site will serve as the home for Strings' performing arts tent as soon as 2003.

Quilting for a cause

Guild members gather to sew gifts for abused children

Wilma Marshall can think of at least 100 quilts she has made since her first quilting project in high school.

Girls lacrosse team sets high goals

As the girls' lacrosse team ran shuttles passing the ball from stick to stick in practice Thursday afternoon, Lauren Baumann was encouraging her teammates to go faster and pass harder. As the only senior on this year's team, Baumann leads the team in experience. She also leads the Sailors in scoring and as a team captain.


Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Vedapo had guests last Saturday evening for a "make it yourself" pizza dinner with the Tom Kostur, Sam Barnes and Todd Dunckley families.

Boys lacrosse team heads into inaugural season

Ryan Hochreiter learned to hold a lacrosse stick for the first time in January, while Cooper Howard went to his first official practice three weeks ago. Almost all of the Sailors boys will play on a regular-sized lacrosse field for the first time this weekend.

Time for a change

Aussies ready to move on to the next adventure

The four Australian men living in Steamboat Springs for the winter are learning valuable lessons from their time spent here real life is not always a party. "It's hard to live on the money you get paid working on the mountain," Chris Crea said. "For the wages you get paid, the cost of living is high."


Marty Woodbury Age (optional): I'll take the option Occupations: Executive Director, Tread of Pioneers Museum and a ski instructor Place of birth: Corning, N.Y.


Remy Miles St. Pierre, son of Shelly and Richard St. Pierre of Steamboat Springs, was born at 4:53 p.m. Feb. 23, 2002. He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. His maternal grandparents are Ralph and Marilyn Henderson of Las Vegas. His paternal grandparents are George and Virginia St. Pierre of Fort Pierce, Fla.

Getting a second chance

Heart attack victim was at right place at right time on the ski mountain

John Bevelhimer nearly died at the Steamboat Ski Area last month. Now expected to make a full recovery from his heart attack, the 59-year-old Indianapolis man can't wait to hit the slopes in Steamboat again.

A full-course challenge

Kloser wins 6th-straight Steamboat Pentathlon local Zambrana finishes first for women

For Betsy Kalmeyer, Saturday morning was about transitions. In less than three hours, Kalmeyer changed from Alpine skiing to snowshoeing to cross country skiing to mountain biking to running, as she participated in the 11th annual Steamboat Pentathlon.


November 1937 Dear Bertha, Well, after getting our cattle loaded and on their way to Denver on the Moffat Railroad Saturday, I mailed my letter. Then our neighbors, the Tuflys, called and invited us to ride out with them as they were driving over to see their cattle sell and had plenty of room in their car.

Friday, March 8

Storm peaks in Steamboat

High winds, drifting snow shuts down Northwest Colorado Friday afternoon

A fast-moving storm from the northern California coast reached its peak on Friday, pinning down Steamboat Springs and much of Northwest Colorado for most of the morning and afternoon. Cars were forced to stop in the middle of the road on Rabbit Ears Pass, which closed at about 2 p.m. because of whiteout conditions and didn't reopen until about 6 p.m.

Fire dept. buys special camera

Thermal-imaging tool allows crews to see through smoke

The tool has proven it can save lives during a fire, and the Steamboat Springs Fire Department recently purchased one through grants.

Students get look at art careers

CMC hosts day to learn about artistry in professions

The children seated before Tamara Bereznak Friday morning had never heard of chas turns. They knew nothing about pli leaps or jazz squares.

Thursday, March 7

Trailer park wants subdivision

Communally owned lots will be divided among owners

A group of trailer home owners who decided about one and a half years ago to communally buy their trailer park are ready now to divvy that land up to the individual homeowners.

Science Olympians ready for competition in contest

Joe Nerney has his rocket that he made out of soda bottles ready for takeoff when he competes in the Colorado Science Olympiad in Fort Collins Saturday.

Town residents hot over snow

Hayden business owners upset over conflicting ordinances

Compliance with the law has created some headaches this winter for several business owners in Hayden.

Annual pentathlon under way

Eating a big steak or enchiladas the night before the 11th annual Steamboat Pentathlon may not be the smartest thing to do, but the key in a good diet for competition is to eat balanced meals all week.


Egg-a-mania seminar set for Wednesday Yampatika and Partners in Interpretation present a Wee Naturalists schedule for the winter. A seminar on egg-a-mania is from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Yampatika on 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue to explore the fascination of eggs. Bring ideas and a natural dye to color an egg. Call 871-9151 for more information.


Today Funk band Little Hercules plays at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Little Hercules currently is working with Leo Nocentelli, guitarist for the Meters, before heading to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in May. Call 879-7070 for more information.

Teen ready to hit the stage in theater showcase

Austin Forrest may not be able to ask for a cup of coffee in Spanish, but his artistic expression of the Argentine tango landed him a spot in this year's Steamboat Dance Theatre showcase and a trip to the South American country.


Parting is such sweet sorrow

So, this is it. With 58 4-Points, countless Style stories and even a couple of awards under my belt, I feel like I actually accomplished something in my year at the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Record number of skaters head to invitational

Twenty-four figure skaters from Steamboat Springs will compete March 15-17 at the Denver Invitational.

County unveils map to identify wildfire hazards

Fire-suppression plans could be developed

The key to Routt County and local fire districts getting a stranglehold on wildland fires may lie with a map that has been in the development stages for the past four years. Recently, Routt County's Information System Department completed a map that identifies areas of the county where wildland fires are a hazard.

Men face several charges for snowboard theft

Two Steamboat Springs men face numerous charges stemming from a Wednesday night burglary of a ski shop at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat skiers fare well in JO cross country ski events

Winter Sports Club members and alumni turned in top results at Wednesday's Junior Olympic Classic cross country skiing race in McCall, Idaho.

Family Drama

What better way to celebrate the Irish holiday weekend than Irish music and an Irish play?

Young Marley continues father's mission

He epitomizes the Rasta people of Jamaica: long dreadlocks, a heavy accent, reggae chants and a name that puts him a step above other reggae artists Marley.

Hockey teams earn 2nd places

The World Hockey Arena provided the stage and the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League championship provided the forum for three local hockey teams to step into the spotlight last weekend in Colorado Springs.

Wednesday, March 6

American Skiing Co. delisted

American Skiing Co.'s stock will disappear from the ticker of the New York Stock Exchange on March 14.

Steamboat's Perricone wins girls' slalom title

When the Junior Olympic Championships came to a close Tuesday in Beaver Creek, Steamboat ski racer Lisa Perricone had proved why she is a rising star in the Alpine racing world.

Drug sting nets second suspect in two days

A sting by a multijurisdictional drug task force has netted a second arrest involving the distribution of a prescription drug and cocaine.

Young skier applies experience to poster

Bernard awarded season pass, $60 as grand-prize winner in Ski Corp. contest

Ramsey Bernard, a sixth-grader who loves Alpine skiing, knows by heart the photos hung on the Howelsen Hill Lodge walls and the rules of skiing etiquette posted among them. Bernard's attentiveness paid off.

Lalive wins silver

Steamboat skier finishes runner-up in downhill at World Cup final

The ringing of a telephone jarred Steamboat Springs resident Frances Lalive from a restful sleep at about 3 a.m. Wednesday.

County seeking airport grant

Federal funds would be used to increase summer flights

Looking to bolster summer flights into Yampa Valley Regional Airport, Routt County is partnering itself with local communities and corporations as it seeks a grant from a federal agency.

Anonymous donations assist in city's ice rink goals

$175,000 from donors will be used to build lobby, skate rental area

Not only does the U.S. Women's Hockey Team love the newly renovated Howelsen Ice Arena, the local community loves it, too.

Local skiers earn top spots at JOs

Alpine skiing coach Chris Puckett was filled with a sense of pride as he looked at the podium on the final day of the Junior Olympic Championships in Beaver Creek earlier this week.

Tuesday, March 5

Improvements may tap water users

Operating costs will be responsibility of Phippsburg customers

Proposed improvements to the Phippsburg Water Treatment Plant are expected to impact users in the pocket book.

Texas woman, 63, dies from injury suffered at ski area

A 63-year-old Texas woman died of internal injuries she received while skiing at the Steamboat Ski Area on Feb. 24, Routt County Coroner Doug Allen ruled Tuesday. Norma Raye Teague of Spring, Texas, died Feb. 26. She is the 13th person to die from an accident on Colorado's ski slopes this season. That's a record number of ski deaths for the state, topping the 12 deaths during the 1998-99 ski season.

Tigers hunt for local recipes

Shannon Valora would like to see the cheerleading squad at Hayden High School grow, but she knows it won't happen without more uniforms. Only seven girls can cheer for the Tigers during the fall or winter season, because only seven girls can be outfitted at a time.

City OKs hangar development

Most of the participants in the debate over whether the city should lease land to a developer to build hangars at Steamboat Springs Airport have asserted a commitment to airplane hangars is equivalent to a long-term commitment to the airport.

Steamboat man arrested on drug charges

A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces felony charges for allegedly selling a prescription drug and cocaine.

Funding would benefit trails

The town of Hayden could get some money to improve its local parks or construct future trails if the Yampa Valley area receives a second round of funding from the state for preservation and conservation projects.

Council extends tubing ban for 2 more years

The City Council decided Tuesday commercial tubing above Fifth Street will be banned for another two years by a vote of 6 to 1.

Monday, March 4

White to run for re-election in District 57

Republican state Rep. Al White, who currently represents District 56, announced Monday that he will run for re-election in District 57.

Board discusses state plan

New accreditation policy changes standards for CSAP scores

Steamboat Springs School Board members on Monday night discussed how to implement a new state accreditation plan designed to raise academic standards.

Sailors have tough task in playoffs

Steamboat faces No. 4 Broomfield tonight

Right after romping Moffat County to earn a regional playoff spot Saturday, Steamboat coach Kelly Meek said it was time for his team to be giant killers. And, David will take on Goliath today in the first round of the regional playoffs when Steamboat travels to play the No. 4 seeded school in the state. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.

Strings close to land purchase

Letter of intent signed to purchase 'Golden Triangle' property

Strings in the Mountains is poised to acquire six acres of land that could serve as the basis for its new home as early as the summer of 2003.

City to consider tubing ban

Peter Van De Carr, the owner of Back Door Sports, is taking a Zen approach to the city's attempts to potentially extend a ban on commercial tubing above Fifth Street.

Council to review tubing ban

Trailer park residents raise concerns

Peter Van De Carr, the owner of Back Door Sports, is taking a Zen approach to the city's attempts to potentially ex- tend a ban on commercial tubing above Fifth Street.

Parents challenged to be role models

Locals attend program for teens at Olympian Hall

If teens are going to successfully navigate their way through the difficult challenges they face, adults have to help them on a daily basis, community members were told Monday night during a Challenge Day program at Olympian Hall.

Sunday, March 3

Fire department seeks volunteers

Dedication, strength and a willingness to be woken up at 3 a.m. are all characteristics the city is looking for in new volunteers for its fire department.

Hahn's Peak reaches 35 below

Temperatures in Routt County near record low on Sunday

A northerly flow of cold air out of Canada swept into Routt County this weekend that dropped temperatures down near record lows. The National Weather Service showed the temperature dropping to 21 below zero on Sunday morning in Steamboat Springs, getting close to the low record set in 1943 of 25 below zero. The numbers showed Saturday was warmer, at 19 below zero.

Heuga Snow Express raises $53,000

The numbers totaled after three ski races at Mount Werner on Sunday showed the 16th annual Snow Express for MS, a fund-raiser for the Heuga Center, raised just more than $53,000 in Steamboat Springs. The total is less than what was raised last year, but given the circumstances, officials say they are happy.

Waiter, call me a taxi all right sir, you're a taxi

You've probably never had the food server's recurring nightmare. But I have.

COPD: An irreversible, preventable lung disease

There is a killer disease that claims the lives of nearly 87,000 Americans every year.

Saturday, March 2


Thane Michael Peppler, son of Wanda and Chad Peppler of Craig, was born at 10:49 p.m. Feb. 15, 2002. He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21 inches long. His maternal grandparent is Larry Suits of Hayden. His paternal grandparents are Peg Peppler of Broomfield and Mike Peppler of Steamboat Springs.

The cost of keeping a rural hospital healthy

Medicare, Medicaid shortchange Yampa Valley Medical Center millions of dollars

When it comes to funding hospitals, the federal government may be trying to fit many different square pegs in one round hole.


Dear Friend Bertha, Now that I've finished with the wild tale of the outlaws, Lant and Tracy, I'll tell a little of what is going on around the May ranch; certainly nothing as dramatic as rounding up bad men in Brown's Park or being nearly beat to death by vicious killers.

Prepare for turbulence

The fate of Steamboat Springs' airport heats up

As city staff steps up its efforts to turn the airport into an efficient money-making enterprise, local opposition has stepped up, too.


Alarming reports reached Steamboat concerning the mishap which struck the passenger train which left here Saturday morning. One rumor being that the train had been struck by a snowslide on "the hill" and swept down the mountainside, many people being injured.


Cesare F. Rosati Age: 55 Occupation: Retired from federal service (State Department) Place of birth: Celano, Italy (60 miles east of Rome)

Olympic reflections

A look back at the Winter Games

Take your pick. Now that all the flag waving is done, the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics were one of two things. Either they were the last place where the world comes together to celebrate the commonality of human athletic achievement, or a $200 billion tribute to marketing and commerce. Perhaps they were both.

Sailors defeat 'Dogs for regional spot

With the game well in hand in the final seconds, Steamboat Springs coach Kelly Meek went down the bench and congratulated each of his players with a hug for their outing at districts.

Fight fire with fire

Forest Service completes plan for prescribed burns to reduce wildfire damage

The U.S. Forest Service has decided on a fire prevention plan that includes prescribed burns on 206 acres of land surrounding Steamboat Springs in the next three to five years but private landowner participation is needed to ensure complete protection from wildfire.


Congratulations to our Hayden wrestlers. We are all very proud of the great job you did at state wrestling!

Friday, March 1

Town revenues bouncing back

Area sees increase in earnings

Hayden's town officials expected the worst and hoped for the best last September. What they recently got was some reassurance their town would weather a rattled economy.

Woman sentenced to prison

40-year-old stole Blazer from resident in the fall

A 40-year-old woman who fraudulently posed as an auto broker and stole a vehicle last May was sentenced to six years in prison Friday afternoon.

Man gets six months in jail

Resident charged due to alcohol-related accident

Trouble with alcohol has led to a six-month jail sentence for a 21-year-old Oak Creek man who wrecked a vehicle into a home last summer in an alcohol-related accident.

With win, Sailors' regional hopes still alive

For a team in a do-or-die situation, the Sailors looked like they were having too much fun as they clobbered Glenwood Springs in the first quarter 19-5 and continued on to a 64-52 win.

Man pleads to vehicular homicide

Sentence to be deferred under plea agreement

A Denver man on Friday pleaded guilty to numerous charges including vehicular homicide that stemmed from a car accident that killed the man's best friend.

Arsonist released to serve probation

A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man was released from the Routt County Jail Friday after serving a little more than 100 days for setting a mobile home on fire in November.

System moves through area

NWS forecasts colder temperatures over next few days

It's typical for Steamboat Springs to see unsettling, frigid temperatures during January and February, but March 1 showed gusty winds, some snow showers and temperatures in the 20s.

Steamboat skiers go 1-2 again

Winter Sports Club teammates place first, second in moguls event

Another day of moguls at Mount Werner and another dual between two Steamboat Springs skiers.

Demong places 4th in World Cup two-jump, 15-K race

Lahti has been good to us, American Nordic combined coach Tom Steitz said on Friday morning.

Get a head start on the growing season

Seedy secrets for new garden plants this summer

With the deluge of gardening catalogues arriving daily, it's no wonder many gardeners are "pressing glass" to get started on their gardens.

Learning life's lessons in black and white

Photography exhibit teaches students courage, tolerance

Lilia Utu stared at the children and some of them stared back at her. Some of them smiled, some of them laughed, some of them looked away as if hope might be found in a different direction.

Girls' season comes to an end after loss

For the second time in three weeks, time ran out before Steamboat could even a close deficit against Palisade. And this time the sound of the buzzer ended not just a game, but a season.