Stories for May 2002

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Friday, May 31

Fall victim in stable condition

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.

Fans pack Tap House to cheer on favorite teams

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.

Celebrating local creativity

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.

Groups look to fight obesity

Despite its reputation for being home to residents with healthy lifestyles, Colorado is losing ground to a more sedentary way of life.

Gear up for the fifth annual Taste of South Routt

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.

Huck Finn Day is today in Hayden

Children and adults can celebrate days gone by this weekend.

Graduation day arrives

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

Economies among ski towns compared at summit

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.

Hostas a great, shade-loving addition to your garden

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.

Moskowitz to coach at Adams State College

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.

Fair discusses status of ASC

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.

Town Challenge begins

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.

Watch groups file two appeals

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.

Group to pursue charter school

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.

Panel looks at health-care problems

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.

Official offers ways to spark area business growth

Bob Lee from the governor's office affirmed his support for small businesses and encouraged growth in already existing businesses in rural Colorado.

Man falls while hiking causeway

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

Social, natural, financial capital key to regions' wealth

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.

Hot springs access debated

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.

South Routt celebrates history

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.

City workers on the move

Renovation forces employees to adjust

City workers are sharing cramped quarters at Centennial Hall as the $635,000 renovation of City Hall begins.

Bear encounters low, may climb

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.

Day cares to combine, offer better services

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

Treatment pertinent for stroke victims

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.

Summit focuses on economy

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.

Fire council ends service

The Wildland Fire Council is gone. Its replacement arrived Tuesday when Routt County Commissioners approved proposed revisions to the county's memorandum of understanding.

Colo. 131 undergoes summer repairs

Travelers along Colorado 131 from Toponas to Oak Creek may have groaned Tuesday at the sight of new construction signs.

OUR VIEW: Summit Provides Opportunity

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.

Steamboat community blood and marrow drive will be Thursday

Donors are still needed for the Steamboat community blood and marrow drive Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Airport.

Troon Golf purchases Sheraton

A luxury golf management company will make sure the grounds stay green at the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club.

Hot springs access in question

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

Services honor local veterans

The graves in the Steamboat Springs Cemetery were decorated with flowers and American flags on Monday.

Summer bike series changes

Increasing interest in the Town Mountain Bike Summer Series has forced director Gretchen Sehler to make a few alterations heading into this season.

Man arrested after threatening suicide

Steamboat Springs police arrested a 48-year-old man outside his home Sunday after he threatened to commit suicide with a handgun.

A day to remember weather-wise

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

Graduates ready to proceed academically, religiously

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.

Sports club, slide work together

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

Whiteman graduation bittersweet

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.

THE WAY IT WAS

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.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

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.

Seniors urged to 'get on with living'

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.

Mission to Mexico

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.

A class act

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.

Field trip

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.

Buddies become friends

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.

LETTERS

Thanks, participants Hillside Village Apartments would like to thank those who participated in the United Way Day of Caring.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

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:

THE RECORD

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.

Building permits

Building permits for May 6-10

AFTER THE WHISTLE

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.

Springs in their steps

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.

A balancing act

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.

Steering committee reviewing Montessori proposal

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.

TOWN TALK: OAK CREEK/PHIPPSBURG

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.

OUR VIEW: Words of wisdom

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.

BIRTHS

Leo Chen Davies, son of Sue Chen and Ron Davies of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:06 a.m. April 8, 2002.

TOWN TALK: HAYDEN

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.

Small class size helped students succeed

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.

OBITUARY: UHL

CATHERINE DOROTHY DRAPER WRIGHT DRAKE UHL 1909-2002

TOWN TALK: HAHN'S PEAK

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.

A hike through history

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.

OBITUARY: SANDELIN

CARL "DON" SANDELIN 1932-2002

Friday, May 24

Lodging numbers nearly double those of last year

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.

Forest Service cautions about fire prevention

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.

ASC threatened with foreclosure

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.

Housing authority revisited

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.

Holiday activities get under way

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.

Police will be out in full force

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.

Thursday, May 23

Gas station survives debate

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.

Teacher wins high honor

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.

Students test laws of physics

Car dropped 101 feet in Hayden math, science experiment

A Volkswagen Rabbit fell from the sky Thursday morning.

Seniors urged not to dwell in past

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.

All-Conference girls

Five soccer players receive recognition

Five Steamboat Springs girls soccer players recently received All-Conference recognition for their individual play during the past season.

Top Picks for Paddlers

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.

Town to create committee to study Police Dept.

Police officers are important to the residents of Oak Creek.

Keep critters out of the garden

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.

Making drought decisions

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.

EDGE OF STEAMBOAT

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.

Concert series plans get under way

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.

Women: Learn how to relax

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.

Volunteers needed for marathon

The Steamboat Marathon and Half Marathon are full, but volunteers are still needed to help make next weekend's event a success.

Man arrested on drug charges

A Steamboat Springs man was arrested Wednesday on drug charges, including cultivation of 100 marijuana plants.

Wednesday, May 22

Area road improvements begin

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.

Steamboat hires girls basketball coach

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.

Liquor store debated

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.

Police restructuring

The makeup of the Oak Creek Police Department could change in the future.

Tuesday, May 21

City moves on water agreement

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Off the mark Your editorial on May 19 regarding Triple Crown fails basic common sense.

Routt County offers weed control

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.

Owens remains 'cautiously optimistic' on CWD

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.

Veterans honored

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.

Murphy resigns as manager of Grand

Terry Murphy, the first and only manager of the Steamboat Grand Hotel, has resigned effective the end of the month.

On the road again

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.

Commissioners study detox plan

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.

Council examines SmartWool

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.

OUR VIEW

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

Group may appeal Forest Service's decision

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.

Overcoming camp anxiety with the help of a groover

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?

Potters use skills for fund-raising

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

Road to recovery

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.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

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.

A dream come true

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.

ENGAGEMENT: Carrell and Kelley

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.

Piano Man

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.

Kids, sponsors all winners at Derby day

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.

Projects hit with students, teachers

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.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for May 9-16

THE WAY IT WAS

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.

TOWN TALK: HAYDEN

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.

OBIT: DELUCA

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.

Battling the Rapids

Adrenaline is a word that comes to mind after a raft trip through Moffat County's Cross Mountain Canyon.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

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.

Water situation not so cut and dry

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.

What does Strings have in store?

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.

Town talk

City tax receipts down 4 percent

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.

Area schools get ready for graduation day

As the valedictorian at Christian Heritage School, Meredith Geldmeier is putting the finishing touches on her speech before her graduation Sunday.

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.

Athletes ready for camps

Sailors volleyball coach Wendy Hall is hoping to get a glimpse of what next year will offer during a spring camp this week.

'Characters' use low-key approach

Without hesitation, the boys on Hayden's two relay teams revealed the reason for all their success.

OBIT: BOWES

WILLIAM BOWES 1950-2002 William T. "Billy" Bowes, 51, of Strawberry Park in Steamboat Springs, died May 9, 2002, at his home.

OBIT: GUIRE

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.

OBIT: KALWAITIS

PETER KALWAITIS 1942-2002 Peter Kalwaitis was born June 13, 1942, at McGregor, and passed away May 11, 2002, in Steamboat Springs.

OBIT: ANDERSON

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.

Steamboat duo earns All-Conference honors

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.

OUR VIEW

Access issues

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?

Pick up the tempo

Strings expands in 2002 summer season

Lovers of Strings in the Mountains will have more options for catching shows this summer.

Friday, May 17

Survey questions

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.

Dominating deGanahl rules meet

Apparently Soroco's Andy deGanahl didn't get the memo on proper freshman behavior at a state track meet.

Xcel weighs power line options

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.

New planning process draws criticism

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.

Airline seats to increase next winter

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.

Second annual soapbox derby kicks off today

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.

Take a tour of town's treasures

Adults and children are encouraged to get a taste of some of the town's historical treasures on foot today.

One of life's little hurdles

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.

Trooper bikes for good cause

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

Funding dilemma hurting Tread of Pioneers Museum

The Tread of Pioneers Museum's annual dinner to honor its volunteers this year was changed to morning tea, coffee and pastries on Tuesday.

Inquiry details revealed

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.

One-fly event hopes to reel 'em in

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.

Art exhibit explores ranges of light, shadows

Claire Ellison explores three basic elements with her 48-piece photography show that opens this weekend day, night and human figures.

Future of skate park rests in hands of users

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.

Emerald parking problems remain

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.

City receives honor for Centennial Hall project

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.

Perry-Mansfield faculty gear up for busy summer

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.

EDGE OF STEAMBOAT

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.

Magic in the movement

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

Community support is force behind Day of Caring

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.

Charges avoided

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.

Duckels charged for errant blast

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.

Woman gets probation for false accusation

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 officials determining which project gets funding

Hayden town officials will decide this evening which project deserves a share of the state's next round of Energy Impact Funds.

Access question fields concerns

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

OUR VIEW

Farewell Steamboat Teachers

The Steamboat Springs School District will lose 283 years of teaching experience at the end of this month.

LETTER: KIMMES

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.

County awards more bids

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.

Girls basketball coach resigns

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.

Boards discuss tax options

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.

Cog Run participants face brutal task

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.

Commissioners reject cabin plans on west side

For more than a year, Reed and Paula Stephenson used an area plan to develop an affordable housing project west of Steamboat Springs.

Boards continue talks on airport authority

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.

Decision on ex-prosecutor near

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

Kindred named 'Teacher of the Year'

Steamboat Springs Middle School teacher Brad Kindred was nominated as Teacher of the Year Monday night at the Steamboat Springs Board of Education meeting.

Airport authority question looms

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.

Man released from prison after stabbing

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.

Weather station needs funding

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

Woman survives fatal accident

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.

New Zealand man faces vehicle theft charges

A 24-year-old New Zealand man faces numerous charges for allegedly stealing a vehicle from downtown Steamboat Springs early Sunday morning.

Wildlife commission holds meeting in Craig

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

Local support

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for May 2-8, 2002

What is next in the survey process?

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.

Selfless sacrifices

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.

The View From Here

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.

Driver killed in accident on Rabbit Ears Pass

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.

THE WAY IT WAS

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.

ENGAGEMENT: WILDMAN & KUNTZ

Sharon Steele of Hayden and Russ Steele of Vernal would like to announce the engagement of their son John Kuntz (Steele) to Lindsay Wildman.

Developers offer Web advice

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.

298 combined years of service

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.

Fishing for a solution

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?

TOWN TALK: HAYDEN

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.

Facts about CWD

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.

Grand dedications

Freemasons gather in Yampa and Oak Creek to honor tradition

Schoolchildren in Yampa and Oak Creek witnessed a centuries-old tradition Friday morning.

Mothers make a difference

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.

BUSINESS FILE

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.

Office space

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.

BIRTHS

Julia Tanya McCarthy, daughter of Sean and Valerie McCarthy of Steamboat, was born April 9, 2002.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

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.

Town Talk-Oak Creek/Phippsburgh

ENGAGEMENT: ACKER & LANNIN

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.

Honors, accolades

Alex Mackey was named the Rotary Club's Student of the Month for March.

Surrounding Strings

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.

Survey says

at issue Community survey our view The survey should be used as a guide, not a mandate.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

Dear Bertha, During that year that Cousin Eileen taught school in Scotland, she had her mother (my Aunt Jennie) with her.

Lessons in e-tailing

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?

Tracksters fare well at meet

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.

A winning combination

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

Steamboat's Ramsay qualifies for state

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.

Overturned semi spills wood chips on pass

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.

Judge sentences former Steamboat resident to one year in jail for theft

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.

Guardsmen still at YVRA

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.

Jeep thief gets five years

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

Olympic-sized dreams

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.

Town looks for DA's assistance

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 and band on the road again

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.

2002 Cabaret

The first rehearsal for the 2002 "Cabaret" was choreographed chaos Sunday at the Depot.

Returning to the stage

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.

EDGE OF STEAMBOAT

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.

Commercial development plans draw criticism

City Planning Commissioners criticized a commercial site that proposed national chain restaurants and retail stores along Mount Werner Road.

Suspect may have taken own life

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.

Gun locks being handed out

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.

The wonderful world of willows

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.

Birders out on a mission

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.

Playhouse ready to solve mysteries on and off stage

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.

Bear Lake Campground closed for renovation

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

Museum may close doors

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.

Local student, cowgirl dreams of national championships

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.

Marathon Madness

Training to win or training to finish?

It is taper time for participants in the upcoming Steamboat Springs Marathon.

Camp registration begins today

Registration for the highly coveted Steamboat Springs Summer Day Camp program begins today and officials expect long lines of eager parents.

Carriers resume rural delivery

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.

Steamboat man faces sexually related charge

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.

Day of Caring unites community

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.

Cornerstone ceremony steeped with tradition

Area schools will participate Friday morning in a tradition that dates back several centuries.

Strings' music tent may be relocated

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.

Airport complies with safety regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Steamboat Springs Airport was in compliance with air safety regulations.

Tuesday, May 7

Sheriff seizes Duckels' explosives license permit

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.

Building a foundation

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.

Students get a taste of pioneer life

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.

Mail delivery policy changes

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.

Triple Peaks seeks fast resolution

Attorneys for both sides in Triple Peaks' suit against American Skiing Co. say the matter is fairly simple. They just disagree.

Water districts close to consolidation

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 OK funding fire services

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.

Team Penning tradition returns

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.

OUR VIEW: CSAP and Schools

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.

ASC wants suit moved back

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.

Five Pine gets fairgrounds' bid

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

Letter: Support expressed for Montessori

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.

All about having fun

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.

Heroes honored in Oak Creek

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.

Mt. Werner improvements uncertain

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.

Our View: Officials should tell us what they know on CWD

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.

Letter: City doesn't need Triple Crown

Should the city build more baseball fields to accommodate Triple Crown? Let's look at this from a purely business point of view.

Letter: Reader supports Oak Creek mayor

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.

Sound Off: Readers express their views

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.

Youths may face felony charges in cart fire

A prank in the early morning hours Sunday may result in felony charges for two Steamboat Springs boys.

Arena may be open by fair

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

Of matches, soap and old-fashioned healing advice

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.

Smartwool leasing may affect airport budget

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.

Republicans ready for election

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

Obituaries for May 5, 2002

MICHAEL LOUIS CLEMENTS HARRIET JANE HENDERSON ROBERT BRUCE KEPLINGER

Lockhart properties up for sale

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.

State exploration Guidebook offers glimpses into public wilderness sites

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.

The D-Hole

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.

Too dry to burn

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.

Fire protection tops ballot issue

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.

ASC moves to protect bonds in case troubles arise

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.

BUSINESS FILE

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.

Spirit Challenge kicks off series

The beginning of the 2002 Steamboat Springs Running Series got under way Saturday with the 17th annual running of the Spirit Challenge Race.

Oh, what a sight!

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.

Lacrosse ends inaugural season

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.

Music from the heart

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.

TOWN TALK: OAK CREEK/PHIPPSBURG

Condolences Wilson B. Roup, 88, of Denver, died recently.

TOWN TALK: HAYDEN

The Hayden High School jazz band director, Todd Sargent, entertained the seniors at The Haven last Tuesday afternoon. It was greatly appreciated.

Going Forward

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.

Having the time of their lives

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.

Remembering the prom

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.

THE WAY IT WAS

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.

Taking on the world

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.

Hayden's Kostur fares well at meet

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.

Leaving a legacy

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.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

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.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

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

Duckels may be charged for blast

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 a menace

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.

Do or die time

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.

Graduates ready for next step

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.

City to release survey results Tuesday

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.

Volunteers to be honored

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

A dream to dance

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.

Youth orchestra gears up for spring concert

When someone hears the Steamboat Springs Youth Orchestra for the first time, he or she usually walks away with a slight sense of awe.

CSAP scores cause celebration

Elementary schools happy with test results

Teachers at Strawberry Park Elementary School celebrated Thursday morning with cinnamon rolls, fruit and bagels.

Blast rocks subdivision

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.

Chorale Society hosts inaugural show

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.

BRIEF POINTS

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.

EDGE OF STEAMBOAT

Common themes

As I move more into the arts and entertainment beat, I realize more and more the definition of art in Steamboat Springs.

National Day of Prayer offers religious congregation

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

ASC stock unusually active

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.

Principal changes hats

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.

Grand questions upgrade bill

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.