Friday, May 31
A 20-year-old Illinois man who sustained serious injuries after falling off a trail in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area is in stable condition at the St. Anthony Hospital in Denver.
Peter and Mike Woolverton predicted the Avalanche would win. One thought the score would be 3-2. The other thought it would be 3-1. They are Avs fans. What can you expect? Before they left the Tap House Friday night, they wanted to take their predictions and toss them in the garbage with the leftover hot wings.
Some of the most accomplished local artists, dancers and musicians, as well as locally and nationally recognized writers, will gather next week to lend their talents to raise money for scholarships.
Despite its reputation for being home to residents with healthy lifestyles, Colorado is losing ground to a more sedentary way of life.
There is something fascinating about South Routt County. It might be the diversity of the different communities down there, the quintessential localness of people or even some of the most beautiful open spaces in the county.
Children and adults can celebrate days gone by this weekend.
Class of 2002 at both Soroco, Steamboat say goodbye
The recognition of achievement students have made over their past 12 years of school will be celebrated and acknowledged during the graduation ceremonies at Soroco and Steamboat Springs high schools today.
Thursday, May 30
The median income in Routt County lags more than $10,000 behind Summit County, Utah, home of Park City. Yet, the annual payroll per employee in Summit County is lower than it is in Routt County.
Hosta, also known as Plantain-lily, is a lovely perennial that thrives in the shade garden. Originally from China, Korea and Japan, these plants are grown mostly for their foliage.
Katie Moskowitz has a "huge fire in her pit" just like her dad, Kelly Meek a trait likely to prove useful as the recently named interim head volleyball coach at Adams State College.
American Skiing Co. CEO B.J. Fair's sense of humor came out Thursday at one of the least expected moments. Asked when he expected his company to turn a profit, Fair couldn't suppress a chuckle. Fair was speaking to more than 150 people gathered at the Sheraton Steamboat for Economic Summit 2002.
Mountain bikers kick off races with Howelsen Hill Criterium
Nearly 145 mountain bikers took part in the opening race of the Town Challenge Series Wednesday, including a record number of youth riders.
All beetle-suppression work on hold
Environmental watch groups filed two appeals to a U.S. Forest Service decision to try to control a spruce beetle outbreak because it encroaches on roadless areas in the Routt National Forest.
Montessori committee says school district proposal didn't go far enough
The Steamboat Springs Montessori Steering Committee will pursue a publicly funded Montessori charter school that it hopes to open in the fall of 2003.
Small businesses facing financial challenges to providing coverage
The cost of health care is the No. 1 problem small businesses in the Yampa Valley face, said panelists in an hour-long discussion at Economic Summit 2002 Thursday.
Bob Lee from the governor's office affirmed his support for small businesses and encouraged growth in already existing businesses in rural Colorado.
20-year-old from Illinois flown to Denver hospital
A 20-year-old Illinois man hiking in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area fell off a technical part of a trail and was airlifted by a Flight For Life helicopter to Denver General Hospital, where he is being treated for serious injuries.
Wednesday, May 29
Research director cites importance of each leg as Economic Summit 2002 gets under way
Any economic development strategy that focuses exclusively on financial wealth is incomplete, Amy Horne told an audience of more than 100 people at the Sheraton Steamboat Wednesday night.
Road's condition raises questions from residents
County officials, law enforcement and homeowners sought common ground Wednesday morning. They tried to identify viable solutions to the increase in traffic and accidents on the small stretch of County Road 36 that leads up to Strawberry Park Hot Springs.
Students study local historical buildings, give presentation
Soroco middle and high school students and their teachers celebrated the historical significance of their community Wednesday night.
Renovation forces employees to adjust
City workers are sharing cramped quarters at Centennial Hall as the $635,000 renovation of City Hall begins.
There have been only a few incidents involving bears so far this spring, but officials are urging residents to be careful with trash and take other steps to reduce the likelihood of contact with a bear.
Through a federal loan, Young Tracks and Young at Heart preschools will combine facilities and begin construction of a new building that will be able to accommodate more children and improve the quality of day care.
Tuesday, May 28
A Routt County woman we'll call Patricia was recently talking to a friend at work when the room seemed to darken. Suddenly Patricia found she couldn't speak the right words; everything that came out of her mouth was gibberish. She tried to slow down but still couldn't speak clearly.
Resort communities will discuss similar problem
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association reported Tuesday that 200 people are expected to attend the 2002 Economic Summit that begins today.
The Wildland Fire Council is gone. Its replacement arrived Tuesday when Routt County Commissioners approved proposed revisions to the county's memorandum of understanding.
Travelers along Colorado 131 from Toponas to Oak Creek may have groaned Tuesday at the sight of new construction signs.
In what was supposed to be one of the ski industry's most challenging years, an estimated 54 million people hit the slopes this past winter.
Donors are still needed for the Steamboat community blood and marrow drive Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Airport.
A luxury golf management company will make sure the grounds stay green at the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club.
Alpine Taxi may quit shuttling to popular local attraction
Routt County Commissioners reiterated Tuesday the county's new restrictions for the section of County Road 36 that leads up to Strawberry Park Hot Springs.
Monday, May 27
The graves in the Steamboat Springs Cemetery were decorated with flowers and American flags on Monday.
Increasing interest in the Town Mountain Bike Summer Series has forced director Gretchen Sehler to make a few alterations heading into this season.
Steamboat Springs police arrested a 48-year-old man outside his home Sunday after he threatened to commit suicide with a handgun.
Temperatures should rise through rest of the week
Temperatures peaked in the upper-70s for Memorial Day and forecasters say it should get warmer through the week.
Sunday, May 26
Students honored in Sunday ceremony
Two Christian Heritage High School students received diplomas in a ceremony on Sunday, while a third graduate who is on a mission in Nepal addressed the audience by videotape.
Athletes find 'the best job in town'
The alpine slide at Howelsen Hill has always helped pay for a competitive skier or rider's gear, but this year many of the athletes will take home a paycheck from the slide as well.
Saturday, May 25
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.
Sixteen seniors, most wearing suits or dresses, all wearing white corsages and some sporting flip-flops, walked into the wooden gymnasium of the Lowell Whiteman School Saturday morning to the rhythm of pop music and the cheers of parents, friends and teachers.
America's smallest living baby
Pat Cullen of Steamboat Springs claims the honor of being the grandfather of the smallest living baby in the United States. It is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Squire of Brookston. When it was born Sunday it weighed only 1.5 pounds. Despite this fact, it is thriving and bids fair to become a healthy child. Mrs. Squire is doing nicely.
Is Montessori right for Steamboat?
David Patterson is a photographer of architecture and interiors. He is also a parent and one of the 12 members of the Steamboat Springs Montessori Steering Committee. The committee is working to incorporate the Montessori education method into the public schools.
The valedictorian of the 2002 graduating class of Hayden High School encouraged his peers Thursday night to pursue things of a more eternal value in their quest for success after graduation.
Youth groups spending first part of summer on mission trip south of the border
Cari Lindahl, a junior at Steamboat Springs High School, will spend the first week of her summer vacation in Mexico. But she won't be sitting on the beach sipping icy drinks.
After 26 years, teacher Bob Preator bids farewell to Hayden academics
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.
Yampatika offers summer seminars
If you've ever become lost on Rabbit Ears Pass while stumbling through the intoxicating fields of wildflowers that you struggled to identify, and then thought to yourself how in heck did the landmark rock formations come to resemble the elongated ears of a jackrabbit? well then, Yampatika has a field seminar for you in June.
Program fosters relationships between first-graders and high schoolers
Ed Hayne's biology students found a rapt audience this year in the classrooms of South Routt Elementary School.
Thanks, participants Hillside Village Apartments would like to thank those who participated in the United Way Day of Caring.
Dear Bertha, In my last letter I was letting Cousin Eileen Woodburn, my Aunt Jennie's daughter, talk about accompanying her mother, Aunt Jenny, on a trip back to what had been Jennie's childhood home in Ayrshire, Scotland. I'll just let Eileen continue:
Building permits for May 6-10
Runners, bikers and walkers challenge unorthodox, seven-mile course
Paul Sachs looked ready to go another seven miles after crossing the finish line first in Hot Springs Short Cut Run on Saturday.
Steamboat gymnasts have a good time in often-criticized sport
A short while ago, the youths from the Steamboat Springs Gymnastics Center had a tough time winning anything. Now, it's becoming harder and harder to keep the kids off the podium.
The Steamboat Springs School District will consider using some Montessori educational methods in the local elementary schools in response to a group advocating Montessori as a public education alternative in the district.
Bridge winners Winners at bridge May 14 with Clarice Reid were: Coralie Ritkouski, Jane Sullivan, Clarice Reid and Verna Whaley. The next meeting is Tuesday at the home of Cindy Porter.
The members of the Class of 2002 at Hayden and Lowell Whiteman have graduated. The three seniors at Christian Heritage will graduate today, and next weekend, their peers at Soroco and Steamboat Springs will join them.
Leo Chen Davies, son of Sue Chen and Ron Davies of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:06 a.m. April 8, 2002.
Darrell and Cindy Akers have been enjoying a visit from her twin brother. He was very happy to be here for the eighth-grade graduation of his nephew, Adam.
The students graduating from Christian Heritage School will leave the ceremony today to begin a new part of their lives but will not leave behind the lessons and friendships they developed through school.
CATHERINE DOROTHY DRAPER WRIGHT DRAKE UHL 1909-2002
Just like when I was a kid
Hot dogs, peanuts and baseball were a summer tradition in the Russell household when I was growing up in Denver.
Yaohoa! I'm back again. When I topped the hill and got my first look at Hahn's Peak mountain about the first of May, I was surprised to see that most of the snow was already gone, and the aspens were getting green.
Mad Creek Trail among the most popular for early season hikes
Few wilderness adventurers who aren't on horseback will have the resolve to hike all the way up the Mad Creek Trail through Swamp Park and on to Luna Lake in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area. It's just too easy to pass on the arduous climb and wait for Buffalo Pass to open, later in the summer. From there, hikers can make the trek in to Luna and Mount Ethel along the Continental Divide Trail without having to gain 2,500 feet in elevation.
CARL "DON" SANDELIN 1932-2002
Friday, May 24
Nearly twice as many overnight guests are in Steamboat Springs this weekend than were in the city for Memorial Day weekend last year, according to the lodging barometer provided by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.
Lenders have notified company they want to move on real estate loans
American Skiing Co. officials acknowledged this week they face the possibility of foreclosure on the remaining unsold quartershares in the Steamboat Grand Hotel, as well as on other undeveloped parcels of land here.
Officials hear presentation on other counties' projects
Housing authority directors in two Colorado counties shared with town and county officials earlier this week their experience with bringing affordable housing to their region.
Members of the Steamboat Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4264 and American Legion Post No. 44 will hold a ceremony Monday in honor of Memorial Day.
Having a great time with friends and family over the Memorial Day weekend is something local police officers do not want to see ruined by a lack of good judgment and planning.
People who take advantage of the area's natural resources this Memorial Day weekend are asked to do their part to ensure future enjoyment of national forests and recreation areas.
Thursday, May 23
Planners OK plans for South Side Station at Walton Creek
For a few moments Thursday night, it appeared the Planning Commission might fail to take any action on a proposal for a new combination gas station on Steamboat's southern city limits.
Sandy Conlon headed to China as part of award
Steamboat Springs High School world history and literature teacher Sandy Conlon will spend part of her summer studying and traveling in China thanks to a prestigious Fulbright-Hays Award. "It blows me away to even think I have the opportunity," she said.
Car dropped 101 feet in Hayden math, science experiment
A Volkswagen Rabbit fell from the sky Thursday morning.
Hayden Class of 2002 ready to take next step in life
The valedictorian of the 2002 graduating class of Hayden High School encouraged his peers Thursday night to pursue things of a more eternal value in their quest for success after graduation.
Five soccer players receive recognition
Five Steamboat Springs girls soccer players recently received All-Conference recognition for their individual play during the past season.
This summer paddlers are happy to be living in Steamboat Springs. Though a drought is being felt all around the state, the Yampa River and its tributaries are reported to be the best-flowing waters in all of Colorado.
Police officers are important to the residents of Oak Creek.
Most gardeners love to have visitors browse through their gardens. It's nice to be appreciated for the thought and the work you put into creating a beautiful environment around your house. It's nice, that is, unless your visitors express appreciation by nibbling on tree buds, chewing on leaves and flowers and digging up bulbs and plant roots.
Extension service offers forum to help ag producers
The ongoing drought in Colorado means area agriculture producers face tough decisions in the coming months on selling livestock, grazing, buying hay and supplementing feed.
Taking on a new challenge
It's always good to reinvent yourself when life gets complacent, at least that's what a colleague of mine once said.
Three bands are set for the Steamboat Springs summer concert series and a deal for a fourth one is close to being made. A fifth band has yet to be determined.
Pianist Mary Martin Stockdale and author Jill Murphy Long are inviting the community to a unique CD and book signing aimed at teaching women how to relax.
The Steamboat Marathon and Half Marathon are full, but volunteers are still needed to help make next weekend's event a success.
A Steamboat Springs man was arrested Wednesday on drug charges, including cultivation of 100 marijuana plants.
Wednesday, May 22
Construction on County Road 14 and County Road 14F begins this summer, and county officials hope the improvements minimize the number of accidents that occur at the Y-shaped intersection.
Former Steamboat Springs Athletic Director and current teacher Steve Moos has been hired as the new Sailors girls basketball coach, filling the void left after Bruce Alston resigned earlier this month.
Opponents say Steamboat's ratio higher than state average
The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will consider a new convenience store and gas station that has drawn opposition because of the owner's plans to locate a liquor store there as well.
The makeup of the Oak Creek Police Department could change in the future.
Tuesday, May 21
Voters in the city could be going to the polls Aug. 6 to determine the fate of a plan to create a new authority to oversee water and wastewater treatment services in Steamboat Springs.
Monday, May 20
Off the mark Your editorial on May 19 regarding Triple Crown fails basic common sense.
Landowners in Routt County can take advantage of a weed control program that will benefit their property as well as preserve the quality of the Northwest Colorado landscape.
Governor said he understands importance of hunting industry in Northwest Colorado
Gov. Bill Owens said he is "cautiously optimistic" chronic wasting disease has been contained in Northwest Colorado. Owens stopped in Steamboat Springs for about an hour Monday as part of a three-day tour of the state.
Ceremony will be held at cemetery
Since 1922, veterans of Steamboat Springs have sponsored Memorial Day services to honor local veterans and other men and women who have served their country.
Terry Murphy, the first and only manager of the Steamboat Grand Hotel, has resigned effective the end of the month.
Colo. 131 repairs near completion
Drivers traveling along a four-mile section of Colorado 131 can expect a wider and smoother road with no more construction delays starting tonight.
Center could save money spent on fighting problems
Investing dollars in drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs could save the county money that is otherwise spent to fight the effects of drugs and alcohol on society, Routt County commissioners said Monday.
Office space in Steamboat Springs Airport at stake
The Steamboat Springs City Council could decide tonight if SmartWool is a smart way to improve the fiscal picture at Steamboat Springs Airport. The council is close to finalizing terms that would allow it to rent office space in its largely vacant airport terminal to the local outdoor wear company.
Much Ado About Nothing
Recent complaints about the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's involvement in the 2002 Community Survey appear to be much ado about nothing.
Sunday, May 19
Plan would call for experimental thinning of trees
Environmental watch group Colorado Wild looks to appeal a U.S. Forest Service decision to thin trees in portions of two roadless areas in the Routt National Forest. The thinning is part of an experimental plan to protect close to 5,700 acres of old-growth spruce trees from bark beetle infestation.
It's good to think twice about turning down that offer
How would you like to spend five days and four nights floating through majestic Desolation Canyon on the Green River, free of charge?
Bowls will be sold to benefit LIFT-UP
A unique plan to support a local relief organization kept more than two dozen pottery wheels spinning this weekend.
Saturday, May 18
Hayden junior regaining her athletic stride
Jaclyn Etzler knows what it feels like to win. The junior sprinter at Hayden High School made her mark in the 100- and 200-meter races as a freshman and sophomore. Her perspective on winning changed somewhat last summer when she underwent a series of four surgeries to correct scoliosis.
A marriage of love and sports
Nine years ago last week my wife took a long walk down the aisle of the Concordia Lutheran Church to join me in marriage.
Hayden relay team brings home first state title in 17 years
Jacques Denker had dreams he and his friends would be state champions, but the reality proved better than anything he could ever imagine.
Gene and Bettiann Carrell of Steamboat Springs are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather, to Dustin Kelley, son of Randy and Lana Kelley of Aurora.
Soroco High School student lets fingers do the talking
When Gregory Block injured his index finger playing basketball last winter, he knew his playing days were over for a while.
Rotary Club sponsors Steamboat's sophomore soapbox challenge
Every child that coasted to the bottom of Rockies Way on Z-Glass wheels Saturday walked away a winner, regardless of the time it took to reach the finish line.
Steamboat Springs High School to require program in future
Steamboat Springs High School senior Jessica Flores said broadcasting at two high school track meets for a senior experience project has reaffirmed her desire to pursue broadcast journalism in college.
Four killed on Moffat
Four section men engaged in removing ice and snow from the top of snowshed No. 32 on the Moffat road were instantly killed Monday afternoon when the shed collapsed, trapping them in the ruins. The shed, directly above Dixie Lake, was demolished. Some of the timbers slid down the mountain to the track below, which was also obstructed.
Jack Rickman and Janet were here last weekend to attend the graduation of his daughter, Nichol, from the Rangely college, where she received an associate's degree with honors in dental hygiene. Grandmother Carol Rickman made the trip with them. Other family members able to be there were Nichol's mother, Debbie Clark; sisters Steffanie and Brandy and their families; grandmother Phyllis and husband Donnie Williams from St. Francis, Kan.
SAMUEL DELUCA 1927-2002 Samuel (Sam) DeLuca of Saratoga, Wyo., passed away April 18, 2002, at the Spring Creek Care Center in Fort Collins following a lengthy illness. He was born Nov. 28, 1927, in Salida to Louis and Gloria DeLuca.
Adrenaline is a word that comes to mind after a raft trip through Moffat County's Cross Mountain Canyon.
Real estate transactions for May 9-16
Dear Bertha, To continue quoting my cousin, Eileen, who had taught school in Scotland for a year, her mother, my aunt Jennie, had spent part of that year with Eileen, and together they had enjoyed "re-discovering" scenes from Jennie's girlhood.
Conservancy officials remain optimistic over local drought
Hay growers in the Yampa Valley have begun irrigating their crops a good three weeks early because of the drought. But as ominous as that sounds, Routt County may have the best water picture in the state.
It's going to be a busy summer for everyone involved with Strings in the Mountains. The 2002 summer season is expanding, many new and unique artists are coming to perform as part of the series and a proposed permanent facility is in the works. We asked Kay Clagett, president and CEO of Strings in the Mountains, what the future holds for Strings. Is there a Behind the Headlines issue you want to know more about? Let us know. Call the News Desk at 871-4207.
As the valedictorian at Christian Heritage School, Meredith Geldmeier is putting the finishing touches on her speech before her graduation Sunday.
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.
Sailors volleyball coach Wendy Hall is hoping to get a glimpse of what next year will offer during a spring camp this week.
Without hesitation, the boys on Hayden's two relay teams revealed the reason for all their success.
WILLIAM BOWES 1950-2002 William T. "Billy" Bowes, 51, of Strawberry Park in Steamboat Springs, died May 9, 2002, at his home.
Fred H. Guire 1939-2002 Frederick Hugh Guire was born Oct. 21, 1939, in Alma to Ralph Frederick and Mavis Irene Guire. When Fred was a young boy, his family moved to Steamboat Springs. He spent his childhood on Copper Glow ranch just off Elk River Road.
PETER KALWAITIS 1942-2002 Peter Kalwaitis was born June 13, 1942, at McGregor, and passed away May 11, 2002, in Steamboat Springs.
Robin Anderson, M.D. 1919-2002 Robin Anderson was born May 13, 1919, in New York City and grew up in Passaic, N.J. He graduated from Princeton College with a degree in physics, Class of 1939, and Harvard Medical School, Class of 1943.
Preston Stanfill was a little surprised when he found out he had earned All-Conference honors for his efforts on the baseball field this spring.
Lower utility bills major cause in revenue decrease
The city might have planned for fewer tourists this season to mean less money for its budget, but the biggest drop in its sales tax revenue came from smaller utility bills, not less tourism.
If Triple Crown pulls up stakes and finds another home for its baseball and softball tournaments, will summertime traffic, noise and congestion be diminished significantly?
Strings expands in 2002 summer season
Lovers of Strings in the Mountains will have more options for catching shows this summer.
Friday, May 17
Some want to know chamber's role in survey
Questions have risen over how Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association names found their way onto the list used to survey people in Steamboat's 2002 Community Survey.
Apparently Soroco's Andy deGanahl didn't get the memo on proper freshman behavior at a state track meet.
Officials of Xcel Energy said this week their preferred option for bolstering electrical transmission lines into Steamboat Springs is not to build a new substation.
The Steamboat Springs Planning Department intended its new community development code to speed up the planning process, but developers have complained of increasing hurdles since the code was implemented in December.
The resort community can look forward to a modest increase in the number of ski season jet seats next winter even as the airline industry adapts to the post Sept. 11 era.
About 20 local children will roll down Rockies Way in an engineless car this morning as the second annual soapbox derby in Steamboat Springs kicks off.
Adults and children are encouraged to get a taste of some of the town's historical treasures on foot today.
Steamboat's Flores, Jenkins qualify for finals
Steamboat Springs' Jessica Flores has waited four years for her chance to compete in the 100-meter hurdles at the State Track and Field Championships, so it's not a big surprise that the senior is making the most of her only opportunity.
Keadle participates in 'Ride the Rockies' for students
A member of the Colorado State Patrol wants to give more high school students the means to become better drivers.
Thursday, May 16
The Tread of Pioneers Museum's annual dinner to honor its volunteers this year was changed to morning tea, coffee and pastries on Tuesday.
Feldmann faces no charges, but trip raises questions
Former Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann advanced himself $3,300 in federal drug money so that he and his wife could attend a conference in San Francisco, according to an investigation summary filed by Fifth Judicial District Attorney Michael Goodbee.
Tournament will benefit Yampa Valley Fly Fishers
Entrants in Saturday night's One-fly Competition and Barbecue at Fetcher Pond will have to make some careful decisions. First, there is the question of whether to douse one's hot dog with ketchup, or mustard or both. Even more important is choosing the single trout fly that promises to catch the most and biggest fish during the evening.
The youth in Hayden who use the town's skateboard park should not take their skating or biking privileges for granted, Hayden town officials said Thursday night.
Residents along Pamela Lane do not want traffic accessing Emerald Park from behind their homes any more than they want park traffic on Pamela Lane itself.
Claire Ellison explores three basic elements with her 48-piece photography show that opens this weekend day, night and human figures.
Steamboat one of five Colorado communities to receive recognition
The city of Steamboat Springs is among five recipients of a State Honor Award from Colorado Preservation Inc.
Spring has come at Perry-Mansfield. That means one of the oldest performing arts schools in the country is getting ready for another summer of nearly 400 children and young adults studying the arts in a rustic setting.
Long-term solution needed
It's nerve-wracking to listen to Tread of Pioneers Museum officials talk of the possibility the museum could close by the end of the summer because of a lack of funding.
Dance instructor and Rocky Mountain Dance owner Karin Comeau has a very simple motto. "Everyone should dance for the rest of their lives," she said.
Wednesday, May 15
Tree planting, landscaping and picking up trash all part of volunteer efforts
The hard work that school children and adults put into the Day of Caring was symbolic of the community's pride and willingness to help those in need.
Ex-DA Feldmann's expense fund was being investigated
No charges will be filed against former prosecutor Charles Feldmann following a yearlong investigation into his use of an expense fund.
Fred Duckels has been charged with a felony and a misdemeanor for an errant dynamite blast that injured a young girl and caused damage to a neighboring property.
A 31-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was placed on one year of probation for falsely accusing a Routt County Sheriff's deputy of sexually assaulting her in February.
Hayden town officials will decide this evening which project deserves a share of the state's next round of Energy Impact Funds.
Council will meet today to discuss Emerald Park options
The baseball fields at Emerald Park are proving to be a precious bargaining chip between Triple Crown and Steamboat's negotiating committee.
Tuesday, May 14
Farewell Steamboat Teachers
The Steamboat Springs School District will lose 283 years of teaching experience at the end of this month.
Alcohol and Tobacco Compliance Checks
Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, conducted alcohol compliance checks in Oak Creek, Steamboat Springs and Hayden in March and April.
Companies chosen for fairgrounds arena work
Routt County continues to award construction bids in an informal fashion to ensure an arena is complete in time for the 88th Routt County Fair.
Alston cites personal responsibilities as reason for leaving
A range of emotions tested Bruce Alston's resolve Tuesday as he sat down to write letters to each of the players in the Steamboat Springs girls basketball program.
City Council, commissioners ponder ballot questions
A crowded November ballot could have some tax proposals waiting until next year before voters will get a chance to cast their approval.
Lindsey Heer has driven up and down the cog road in Hayden but hasn't braved it with her feet and a good pair of running shoes. As the race organizer for this year's Hayden Cog Run, she'll leave that task to the participants.
For more than a year, Reed and Paula Stephenson used an area plan to develop an affordable housing project west of Steamboat Springs.
Corporation may be formed to issue revenue bond
The City Council and Routt County Commissioners unanimously agreed to forge ahead to create a regional airport authority and finance improvements to the Yampa Valley Regional Airport terminal.
DA sends packet to court stating whether he'll file charges
One year after Charles Feldmann resigned his post as a prosecutor in Steamboat Springs, an envelope with a decision whether he faces criminal charges is on its way to Routt County Court.
Monday, May 13
Steamboat Springs Middle School teacher Brad Kindred was nominated as Teacher of the Year Monday night at the Steamboat Springs Board of Education meeting.
Council will hear from consultants at tonight's meeting
The City Council and County Commissioners will discuss forming an airport authority and how to fund improvements to the Yampa Valley Regional Airport terminal at tonight's joint meeting.
A 45-year-old Steamboat Springs man whose 1999 conviction on first-degree assault charges was overturned in April was released from prison Monday on a personal recognizance bond.
How quickly a new weather radio station will be up and operating will depend on how fast donations from the community come in.
Sunday, May 12
Authorities suspect driver fell asleep
A 48-year-old Walden woman walked away from an accident Saturday where a truck rolled numerous times killing the driver.
A 24-year-old New Zealand man faces numerous charges for allegedly stealing a vehicle from downtown Steamboat Springs early Sunday morning.
Raftopoulos will field questions about chronic wasting disease
State wildlife officials will gather in Craig tonight for a public meeting to discuss a number of topics, including chronic wasting disease.
Saturday, May 11
Real estate transactions for May 2-8, 2002
With the statistics having been compiled from the 2002 Steamboat Springs Community Survey, Councilwoman Nancy Kramer discusses the issues that will most affect Steamboat residents. Strong leadership, utilizing information and a comprehensive approach to planning are areas Kramer says will need to be addressed if the city wants to continue to be successful in the future.
Routt County Human Services worker honored by state for service, dedication to helping children
Even after receiving a prestigious state award from the Colorado Department of Human Services, Michael Sidinger brushes it aside like it is no big deal.
Growth, environment top issues in 2002 Community Survey
Protecting the environment and managing growth should be the top priorities for the city, residents said in the 2002 Steamboat Springs Community Survey.
Man apparently fell asleep at the wheel traveling
A 45-year-old Walden man was killed Saturday afternoon in an accident where a truck plunged 100 feet off Rabbit Ears Pass.
2 shot in Oak Creek quarrel
Shooting from a second-story window of his building in Oak Creek, Ed Carnes fatally wounded town trustee B.F. Williams and struck his brother, Charles Williams, in the leg with two bullets last Sunday afternoon. The Williams brothers had been walking down the road toward Carnes' place of business when they were shot. Carnes claims that both men had guns, but others say only B.F. Williams was armed.
Sharon Steele of Hayden and Russ Steele of Vernal would like to announce the engagement of their son John Kuntz (Steele) to Lindsay Wildman.
Local businesses thinking of engaging in e-commerce will need ample supplies of patience and perseverance. Local Web developers say going beyond a home page that serves as a marketing tool and entering into e-tailing demands a longer launch time, and continuous effort.
12 retire from Steamboat Springs School District
Many of the teachers retiring from the Steamboat Springs School District this year would agree that being a teacher is a state of being, and not a profession that they can separate from other aspects of their life.
God didn't intend for northern pike to cruise the eddies of the Yampa River, searching for native fish to sink their teeth into. But the fact is they're there. And they must be eating something. How else can you explain their ability to grow to be 3 1/2 feet long?
Janice Muhme hosted a PartyLite party at her home May 3 in the evening. Many guests enjoyed learning about decorating with glowing candles and beautiful accessories. Janice served lovely refreshments and fun games were also played. The sales representative was Joann Schuler.
You would like the wildlife official to talk about what is known about CWD, or what they suspect? For years our Division of Wildlife knew about CWD in the northeastern part of Colorado, but they suspected that CWD animals would not carry this disease over the continental divide.
Freemasons gather in Yampa and Oak Creek to honor tradition
Schoolchildren in Yampa and Oak Creek witnessed a centuries-old tradition Friday morning.
Whether they work or stay at home with the kids
Patty Schrader gave birth Wednesday to a little boy, and she hopes her husband knows about it.
Each year, the Steamboat Springs Workforce Center participates in the Governor's Summer Job Hunt, developed to help youth ages 16 to 21 find summer employment.
Highland Commercial Company converts old newspaper building into executive suites
A building that once housed the hospital, newspaper, forest service and even doctors is looking for new clientele.
Julia Tanya McCarthy, daughter of Sean and Valerie McCarthy of Steamboat, was born April 9, 2002.
Thanks for the memories
By late Saturday afternoon, all the cheers will have faded away, the crowds will have filtered out of Jefferson County Stadium and the high school sports season will have come to a close for Steamboat Springs High School.
Alex Mackey was named the Rotary Club's Student of the Month for March.
Wallace and Janet Acker of Steamboat Springs are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Lynn to Josh Lannin, son of Duffie and the late Jeffrey Lannin of State College, Pa. A June 23 wedding is planned in Lyons.
Condos, shopping center planned around proposed venue
When the Strings in the Mountain Festival of Music relocates to a six-acre parcel across from the ski area's Meadows Parking Lot it will be joined by some new neighbors.
at issue Community survey our view The survey should be used as a guide, not a mandate.
Dear Bertha, During that year that Cousin Eileen taught school in Scotland, she had her mother (my Aunt Jennie) with her.
Catherine's tries offering furnishings on Internet
For a mom-and-pop store on Lincoln Avenue, it sounds like an impossible dream. If Amazon.com is struggling to make a profit, aren't the odds even greater against small retail shops succeeding in e-commerce?
Eighteen area athletes will represent Routt County at the upcoming state track meet following an onslaught of outstanding performances at the Western Slope Regional gathering at Stoker Stadium May 10-11.
Sailor tennis players willing to sacrifice for success
Channel surfing in Switzerland often is a lost cause so Kelli Parnell gave in.
Friday, May 10
In less than the amount of time it takes to snap the fingers, a track runner's goal of making state can be dashed or realized.
A semitrailer accident spilled thousands of pounds of wood chips onto U.S. 40, which delayed traffic on the east side of Rabbit Ears Friday.
Soldiers will leave any day as part of statewide withdrawal
National Guard soldiers remained on duty at the security checkpoint in the terminal at Yampa Valley Regional Airport Friday, along with an armed Routt County Sheriff's Deputy.
For entering a neighbor's home and stealing 15 compact discs, a former Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to one year in jail because of his prior criminal history.
Steamboat man says he will strive to better himself
A 32-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing two Jeep Cherokees last summer.
Thursday, May 9
Mayer stresses importance of education, pursuing goals during career day
One of the benefits of winning an Olympic silver medal is that you can normally get the attention of a room full of eighth-grade boys for an extended period of time.
Oak Creek officials want outside investigation into complaints about officer
Law enforcement and town officials in Oak Creek are seeking a third party to mitigate alleged complaints about the Oak Creek Police Department.
Jerry Joseph was on the run Wednesday in Little Rock, Ark. When he answered his cell phone, Joseph was climbing into his van, fleeing tornado alarms.
The first rehearsal for the 2002 "Cabaret" was choreographed chaos Sunday at the Depot.
Zanobia, a longtime resident of the Yampa Valley, is going to play both kinds of music Saturday when she performs at the Roadhouse in Milner country and western.
Learn to laugh at yourself
In childhood, everyone knew a person whose sole existence was to let you know when you are being stupid. They were the first to point out if you had something hanging from your nose.
City Planning Commissioners criticized a commercial site that proposed national chain restaurants and retail stores along Mount Werner Road.
Man accused of touching family member inappropriately
Hours after a 51-year-old Steamboat Springs man was released from jail because of allegations of sexual activity with a family member, authorities suspect he took his own life.
SSPD distributing safety devices for free
The Steamboat Springs Police Department is giving away free gun locks to residents through the nationwide campaign of Project HomeSafe.
There is a whole world of willows with brightly colored stems and leaves, unique forms, textures and stunning catkins available to Steamboat-area gardeners. Native willows, such as Coyote and Pacific, are used to stabilize and restore riverbanks in several restoration projects throughout Routt County.
Locals can explore bird habitats to aid Fish and Wildlife
Birders will get an opportunity to get their binoculars out Saturday to help determine if the migratory bird population in the area is as healthy as it has been in previous years.
The biggest mystery to solve this spring at the 7th Street Playhouse's production of a Sherlock Holmes play doesn't involve the plot of an elusive blackmailer and the search for the mother of Sherlock's daughter.
The early snowmelt in the mountains of Routt County means residents and visitors should have earlier than usual access to High Country campgrounds.
Wednesday, May 8
Tread of Pioneers could shut down facility without financial assistance
The Tread of Pioneers Museum said it couldn't tread water any more as it tries to keep its daily operations afloat on private and public donations.
She is just a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, but local cowgirl Genny McGeary is already a well-traveled veteran of the rodeo road.
Training to win or training to finish?
It is taper time for participants in the upcoming Steamboat Springs Marathon.
Registration for the highly coveted Steamboat Springs Summer Day Camp program begins today and officials expect long lines of eager parents.
Postmaster warns about 'copycats'
Today, local postal carriers will cautiously resume delivering mail to rural mailboxes regardless of whether the door is open or closed.
Volunteers will participate in event May 15
On Wednesday, May 15, teams of volunteers throughout Routt County will unite in an effort to "Build a Caring Community," the focus for the 6th annual United Way Day of Caring.
Area schools will participate Friday morning in a tradition that dates back several centuries.
An application that would relocate Strings in the Mountains Festival of Music and build 144 timeshare condominiums will come before the City Planning Commission tonight.
A 51-year-old Steamboat Springs man has been jailed in lieu of $20,000 because of allegations he improperly touched a family member, Routt County Sheriff John Warner said.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced Steamboat Springs Airport was in compliance with air safety regulations.
Tuesday, May 7
Explosives licenses held by a local construction owner have been suspended by a state agency after allegations that an errant dynamite blast that caused damage to neighboring homes and injured a young girl was done illegally.
Freshmen key to improving lacrosse program
Freshmen know the rules. Seniors get the back seats on road trips. At assemblies, the upperclassmen sit in the middle and upper sections. In sports like football, respect the elders or else expect to tote around the equipment.
Oregon Trail trek teaches teamwork, culinary skills
Some area teen-agers last week learned to appreciate modern-day comforts and conveniences after getting a firsthand taste of pioneer life.
Rural customers must leave mailboxes open in wake of recent bombings
Steamboat Springs Postmaster Bill Butler on Tuesday ordered his postal carriers not to deliver mail to any rural mailbox in Routt County that does not have its door open. The policy is being implemented statewide following a rash of pipe bombs across the country, including one found Monday in Colorado.
Attorneys for both sides in Triple Peaks' suit against American Skiing Co. say the matter is fairly simple. They just disagree.
A proposal to consolidate Mount Werner Water and Sanitation and the city's water and sewer services will come before the City Council in two weeks.
Voters in the Oak Creek Fire Protection District Tuesday gave a nod to raising their property taxes to fund improved fire and emergency services within the district.
A summer tradition will return to the Saddle Mountain Ranch Sunday afternoon as local cowhands saddle up their horses for the start of the Soda Creek Western Mercantile Team Penning series.
Standardized tests are not the only measure of a school's performance. Still, it was nice to see the Colorado Student Assessment Program scores achieved last week by schools in Routt County.
At the same time Triple Peaks was asking Tuesday for a quick resolution to the lawsuit it filed April 6, attorneys for American Skiing Co. were filing to have the case returned to federal court in Denver. That's where it began six weeks ago.
The construction manager who will coordinate the building of the Routt County Fairgrounds arena is confident it can be completed in time for the fair.
Monday, May 6
We want to thank the more than 65 families representing nearly 100 students who have expressed support for the Montessori method being offered as a choice in our school district.
Sailors' duo takes laid-back approach to state tournament
After surprising some of the top tennis players on the Western Slope this season en route to a 9-0 dual record, Sailors freshman Kelli Parnell will be hoping to shock a few more this weekend in Pueblo.
Volunteers recognized for educational efforts
Heroes are not those who necessarily give their lives, but those who give of their lives, Tim Selby told the crowd of students and adults who gathered Monday night in the Soroco High School to recognize local volunteers.
Council will decide what actions should be taken next
The City's agreement with the Steamboat Grand to complete improvements to Mount Werner Circle by the end of the year hinges on the hotel's ability to come up with its $600,000 share of the project.
The federal government's decision to pay elk ranchers to go out of business to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease could be a huge hint on how disease is spread.
Should the city build more baseball fields to accommodate Triple Crown? Let's look at this from a purely business point of view.
Inspired by the need for clarity and more accurate information, I, too, would like to share my insight and viewpoints regarding Oak Creek's recent election of Ms. Cargo Rodeman as its mayor.
Town manager good idea I do believe Oak Creek needs a town manager, especially after reading that Officer Dave Miller was upset that his sting operation wasn't more successful down in Oak Creek. He should be glad that Oak Creek is obeying the law and not serving alcohol or tobacco to minors.
A prank in the early morning hours Sunday may result in felony charges for two Steamboat Springs boys.
County officials expected to hire project ma
With a construction manager expected to be on board by the end of today, Routt County officials said Monday the new arena for the fairgrounds is back on track to open in time for the fair.
Sunday, May 5
A visit to the corner store can turn up some interesting stuff
The never ending quest for column material took me this week to the Unique Shop at 116 Ninth St. in downtown Steamboat. I was led to believe that I would find something singular there to write about.
Mayor says agreement would be a win-win situation
The city could see the operating costs for the Steamboat Springs Airport come into the black in two years if they approve a five-year leasing agreement with Smartwool.
Democrats fail to produce candidates
At its assembly on Sunday, the Routt County Republicans re-nominated all the incumbent candidates holding county jobs that are up for re-election. Since the Democrats failed to produce any of their own candidates to challenge at its assembly last month, all of the incumbents will be alone on the ballet in November.
Saturday, May 4
MICHAEL LOUIS CLEMENTS HARRIET JANE HENDERSON ROBERT BRUCE KEPLINGER
Several suitors looking to buy historic places around town
The three properties that Cookie Lockhart has put up for sale hold enough history for its own chapter in a Steamboat Springs textbook.
Scott Warren's book, "Exploring Colorado's Wild Areas," will tempt you to visit areas of the state you might never have visited had you not delved into it.
Kayakers throng to new whitewater park
"Park-n-play" is one of the strongest trends in whitewater kayaking, and it's thriving in downtown Steamboat.
Wildfire danger in Colorado postponed plans for controlled burns around Steamboat Springs. The Dry Lake Fuel Reduction Plan calls for 206 acres of controlled burning on three sites in the Steamboat urban interface areas of the Routt National Forest. U.S. Forest Service officials wanted to start the burns this spring, but wildfires in the state left the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears District shorthanded.
Supporters of a property tax increase to raise revenue for the Oak Creek Fire Protection District hope May 7 brings them the outcome they see as necessary to ensure safety and responsiveness in the district.
American Skiing Co. raised the specter of its real estate division confronting bankruptcy in documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission April 23.
Environmental expert joins NWCC Northwest Colorado Consultants Inc. now provides a broader range of environmental and engineering services with the addition of Bob Peterson to its staff.
The beginning of the 2002 Steamboat Springs Running Series got under way Saturday with the 17th annual running of the Spirit Challenge Race.
View of planetary alignment happens once every 60 years
Since the end of April, local astronomer Jimmy Westlake has made it a point to gaze toward the western horizon.
The Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team ended its season with its best half of the year. Problem was the first half wasn't so fantastic as the Sailors fell to Cherry Creek 13-3 on Saturday.
Batson family, community team up to battle leukemia
Sean Batson said he is going to play his flute for his 9-year-old brother, Galen, and all the children when he visits the Children's Hospital in Denver where Galen has been receiving treatments for leukemia. Deb Batson, mother of the children, said Sean lifts Galen's spirits by playing with him and hanging out during chemotherapy treatments, but will also help him recover by being the bone marrow donor for the transplant Galen will need.
Condolences Wilson B. Roup, 88, of Denver, died recently.
The Hayden High School jazz band director, Todd Sargent, entertained the seniors at The Haven last Tuesday afternoon. It was greatly appreciated.
Residents, officials updating the Area Community Plan
There is no question that Steamboat Springs will grow. Where the question lies is how the city and county will manage that growth.
Sailors spend prom night 'on the Nile'
Entering the world after high school is a rite of passage that can begin with the pinning of a corsage to a beautiful silk gown or with wearing a tux and dancing with friends, an experience many juniors and seniors had at the prom Saturday night.
Finding a prom dress in Steamboat Springs in 1976 may have been hard for most girls attending the prom, but for Kim Symalla, it was easy after being offered a flight on a private LTV Lear Jet to Denver.
Roads to the outside open
Spring is opening up in good shape. Farmers are getting at their work and the roads are getting good. Automobiles have been traveling between Craig and Steamboat for the past week.
Outdoor sports companies fasten onto global markets
A half-dozen of Steamboat's biggest companies are also among its smallest companies. And they refuse to be contained by four walls.
Soroco, Steamboat athletes also have good showings in Craig
Hayden's lone female freshman jumper said she joined the track team in March to improve her agility in fall and winter sports. Her most recent performance proves otherwise.
Sailors' soccer season ends after 3-1 loss to Lightning
The senior members of the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team huddled together in their grass-stained uniforms, holding real flowers, trying to form smiles.
Sailing as the underdog
The idea must have looked better on paper when the Colorado High School Activities Association drew the line a few years ago.
Dear Bertha, Not able to work in the mines on account of TB, Davie had to do something to keep busy and so took up knitting. He became so expert at knitting that he made petticoats and even underwear for his sisters.
Friday, May 3
A local construction company owner may face criminal charges for an errant dynamite blast at a construction site that propelled debris onto neighboring homes and also hit a young girl in the head.
White pine weevil is the No. 1 pest of immature Colorado blue spruces in Steamboat Springs. The developing insects feed underneath the bark causing the topmost terminal branch (leader) to suddenly wilt, curl and die in early summer.
Sailors must win against to Lightning today to keep playoff hopes alive
Instead of worrying about the unknowns of Legacy, Rob Bohlmann and the players of the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team are concerning themselves with what they can control how they play.
CMC students praise school's faculty, staff
The graduation ceremony for Colorado Mountain College students Friday night celebrated each student's achievements in academics and life and the journey that lies ahead of them.
The surveys are in. But the results are not. Steamboat Springs city officials are waiting until Tuesday night's City Council meeting before divulging the information found in a survey sent out to 4,000 residents.
South Routt to recognize residents at ceremony
People young and old who devote their time and energy to making the South Routt community a better place will be recognized Monday evening.
Thursday, May 2
When dance instructor Stephanie (Hunter) Reese says it's time to get down to business, people listen. More than a dozen 13-year-old girls, dressed in leotards and ballet shoes, surrounded her in a rehearsal earlier this week.
When someone hears the Steamboat Springs Youth Orchestra for the first time, he or she usually walks away with a slight sense of awe.
Elementary schools happy with test results
Teachers at Strawberry Park Elementary School celebrated Thursday morning with cinnamon rolls, fruit and bagels.
Explosion sends debris flying onto houses, children in Steamboat II
Local and state authorities are investigating a construction dynamite blast that sent flying debris on nearby homes and also hit a 6-year-old girl in the head.
Conductor Robert Ritschel and a dedicated group of singers have organized a chorale group that formerly performed only every other year into the year-round Yampa Valley Chorale Society.
Playhouse seeks help in various areas The 7th Street Playhouse production needs help solving its mystery how will it pay for its Sherlock Holmes spring play? The playhouse is seeking donations from individuals and businesses, fund-raising ideas or advice. Leave a message at the 7th Street Playhouse at 879-3254 if interested. Donators receive a free ticket to the much-anticipated spring play.
As I move more into the arts and entertainment beat, I realize more and more the definition of art in Steamboat Springs.
The acappela sounds of young voices in harmony filtered over a loudspeaker to the crowd reverently gathered on the courthouse lawn Thursday.
Wednesday, May 1
Stock finished 17 cents ahead for the day after wild ride
Shares of American Skiing Company's stock took a wild run up and down the mountain in trading on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board Tuesday and Wednesday.
Administrator one of many faculty members leaving Soroco High School
The principal of Soroco High School keeps a hard hat in his office, just in case visitors stop by for a tour of construction on the new high school gym.
Steamboat Ski Area owner calls contribution 'unrealistic'
As the city prepares to put out bids for road and pedestrian improvements to Mount Werner Circle, the Steamboat Grand questions how much of the bill it will be expected to pay.