Stories for November 2002


Saturday, November 30

Tigers get back to the basics

Coach: Young wrestlers must learn the essentials, then count on hard work, instinct to win

Painted on the back wall, opposite the gym doors, are the words "Tiger Pride."

Rams have high hopes as state qualifiers return

Soroco is the experienced wrestling team of Routt County.

Tradition continues

Hayden Tree Lighting Ceremony celebrates memories of the man who started it all

The Hayden Tree Lighting Ceremony was part holiday celebration and part memorial Saturday night.

A season not wasted

Reports of chronic wasting disease unable to slow number of hunters in Northwest Colorado

It appears chronic wasting disease didn't stop hunters from coming out to shoot big game this fall. That, combined with good weather and more licenses, gave the Colorado Division of Wildlife what it asked for: a large elk harvest in the fall big-game hunting seasons.

A mountain education

Teacher recalls time spent at Terhune School

Seventy-five years ago this summer, Letha Farley began her first day teaching at Terhune School, seven miles up the mountain from Yampa.

Learning as they go

Internships offer students on-the-job training

Christian Hogrefe's knowledge of the Internet and business along with his natural curiosity was put to good use during his internship at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Sound off for Dec. 1, 2002

The record for Dec. 1, 2002

Obituaries for Dec. 1, 2002

What does the county have in store? Behind the Headlines

The Routt County budget for 2003 looks fairly unchanged from last year's budget. We asked Dan Strnad, the county's finance director, why the county's budget hasn't changed significantly and wh

All I want for Christmas :

Experts have chosen the most popular toys for the holidays

Children's Christmas wish lists will probably have a few of the most popular toys predicted for the 2002 winter season.

Holidays not jolly for everyone

Depression at this time of year is more common than people think

It is ironic the holiday season full of joy and celebration can lead to sadness and even depression.

Night Walker Enterprises is a business with a cause

Kent Wilson Night Walker is making strides in two disparate worlds. First, he is pushing his creative limits as artistic director for the Steamboat Dance Theater. But a good portion of the time, he is balancing his artistic life with the demands of running a nonprofit agency based on the other side of the Rocky Mountains in Fort Collins. Night Walker Enterprises Inc. confronts some of the most abject poverty to be found in the United States.


Annette Hall and two daughters, Alison and Alisha, left last Monday for North Carolina to be with Annette's mother, sisters and other family over Thanksgiving.


Sailors hockey members are already winners

The members of the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team haven't played a game yet this season, but who would blame them if they already feel like winners.

Building Permits for Nov. 14-18

Riverbend Roadhouse looking to add housing

Owners of the Riverbend Roadhouse said they have always intended to provide affordable housing on the 4.8 acres that surrounds the restaurant on U.S. Highway 40.

Elkins Meadow plan moving forward

With two-acre lots, views of the Flat Tops and more than five ponds, the Elkins Meadow subdivision is a rare find within the city limits of Steamboat Springs.


Dear Bertha, Yes, you remember the "Cabin Hotel" correctly as the beautiful two-story, 100-room, resort complex at the west edge of town surrounded by a variety of mineral springs. The hotel was built soon after the railroad reached Steamboat (which was in 1909). Well, actually the rails reached Steamboat in Dec. 1908, but service didn't commence until the following spring.

Gaining potential

Sailors coach wants those few wrestlers out for the team to give it their all

Jay Muhme remembers a time when wrestling dominance and Steamboat Springs were one and the same.

Dollars and sense

The holiday shopping season has begun and much is at stake for local retailers. For some businesses, the monthlong period from Thanksgiving to Christmas can account for a third or more of sales for the year. Holiday shopping can make or break those businesses.

DU Bantams top local squad in tourney

Championship games of Rocky Mountain Rumble Tournament will be played today

Darby McNamara knows what other teams are thinking.

Service Summit to foster the Steamboat experience

Kris Hagenbuch will never forget being invited to the home of the late Hazie Werner for a meal during his first winter in Steamboat. That was 24 years ago, and he's still applying some of the wisdom he picked up around the dinner table that evening.

Flight commanders

Members of Steamboat's new Skyscrapers Club have a high time flying their RC planes

Bob Adams Field provides the perfect backdrop for Jim Noppe to fly his model airplanes and helicopters. While the much larger aircraft glide in and out of Steamboat Springs, Noppe's smaller versions buzz about the sky, much lower and always in vision.


Coal crisis heats up

The mines of Routt County which last month employed 1,500 men are now practically idle. They are not officially closed but they are not working. No orders, say the operators. Many miners are leaving for other camps in the hope of obtaining work.

Steamboat now has high school hockey team

The clock inside an office at the Howelsen Ice Arena is nearing 10 p.m., and coach Dave Strang and assistant Jeff Ruff have just finished a brief conversation about the details of the night's practice session.

Friday, November 29

Rocky Mountain rumble

Hockey tournament continues this weekend at Howelsen Ice Arena

Derek Rule's job as appointed captain is to serve as a leader for the Steamboat Springs Midget Major team.

Lighten your kid's load: Leave Tolstoy at home

Therapists suggest bookbags shouldn't exceed more than 15 percent of child's weight

Everyone has seen the kid in the neighborhood who struggles to dash to the bus stop each morning, dragging a giant bookbag hanging off one shoulder. It's kind of cute and it tugs at the heartstrings. But physical therapists say overly loaded school backpacks have the potential to cause serious problems in the future.

Shoppers swarm businesses

Wal-Mart, downtown enjoy success on big day

At 5:50 a.m., the vestibule of Wal-Mart looked like the ticket line of a Rolling Stones concert.

Routt County growth scored

Forum will assess communities' preparation for expansion

Routt County will be graded Tuesday night. The test will be on how well the county has grown and residents will score based on the Colorado Smart Growth Scorecard.

The Record for Nov. 30

Thursday, Nov. 28 12:57 a.m. A burglar alarm went off in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Rocking A Scholarship bazaar benefits students

Hayden artist Lana McFadden was able to afford college because of a scholarship, and she wants to make sure other young artists have that same opportunity.

Thursday, November 28

VNA program benefits parents

House calls part of nurse-family partnership

First-time parents have questions. Wanda Ely has answers.

High school play protested

Fliers warn parents of inappropriate content for kids

On Saturday afternoon, at Steamboat Springs High School's matinee performance of "Into the Woods," Karen Decker handed out fliers to the audience at intermission.

Jewish residents to celebrate festival of lights

Just as the Thanksgiving leftovers begin to disappear, another holiday starts today.

New conductor enjoys role

Chamber orchestra revived after difficult summer

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra moves on from a turbulent summer to its Winter Concert next week with newfound energy under a new conductor.

A different view

It's true that Rod Hanna's name in Steamboat Springs is most commonly associated with the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Group seeks a few good bell ringers

People outfitted with a bell, kettle and some warm clothes are hitting popular shopping areas in town to raise money for needy people in the community.

CD on sale benefits Salvation Army

Bands and musicians who appear on special Christmas album all have ties to the Yampa Valley

A Christmas album of local musicians and bands, or musicians with ties to the Yampa Valley, is back on sale in local stores and proceeds go to the Salvation Army.


Remember folks, play it safe

The first week of local lift skiing is a perfect example of how the mind and body are two different things. My first few days on the mountain were spent using my mind to remember how to tell my body how to get down the mountain without hurting myself, or anyone else.

Residents rely on man's unique forecast technique

It's going to be a mild winter, or so says Oak Creek resident Jean Paul Caouette, aka Jean the Weatherman.


Today One of the top D.J.s in the country, Jon Bishop, is spinning at Levelz, 1860 Ski Time Square. Call 870-9090 for more information.

The Record for Nov. 29

Wednesday, Nov. 27 12:15 a.m. A hit-and-run, noninjury accident was reported in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive.

Giving thanks, Steamboat style

Hundreds gather for annual Thanksgiving meal

A feast to feed a community was spread on one long table as eager Steamboat Springs residents lined up some for the second and third time to get helpings of probably the largest dinner served in Steamboat on Thanksgiving Day.

Proper care leads to fresh Christmas tree

Having a decorated Christmas tree in our homes has been a tradition in this country for more than 150 years. The tree farms in the United States that supply the trees employ more than 100,000 people, and more than 32 million Christmas trees are sold each year. With proper care, you can have a fresh Christmas tree in your home throughout the holidays.

West End Village coming to fruition

By this time next year, 38 local families will realize a dream that had always eluded them in Steamboat Springs celebrating the holidays in their own homes.

Wednesday, November 27

Girls just want to have fun

Youth hockey program gains momentum

Fifteen-year-old hockey player Jena Hammerslag isn't used to scoring the "big" goals for her team. In fact, she isn't used to scoring at all.

Broncos game good marketing tool for ski area

Snow falling in Denver leads to increase in calls for people making reservations

The Denver Broncos provided a boost to ski reservations for Thanksgiving weekend. Snow during Monday night's nationally televised game between the Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts inspired some viewers to book ski vacations at Colorado resorts such as Steamboat, officials said.

Foreclosure proceedings halted

ASC gets 30-day reprieve from lenders on Tennis Meadows

Creditors have temporarily halted foreclosure proceedings on undeveloped land owned by American Skiing Co. Resort Properties, including the 44-acre Tennis Meadows Complex in Steamboat Springs.

Sheriff will no longer help Oak Creek

Sheriff John Warner will no longer provide law enforcement services to Oak Creek as of 4 p.m. today.

The Record for Nov. 28

Tuesday, Nov. 26 12:22 a.m. A noise complaint was reported in the 100 block of Spruce Street.

Oak Creek serves up holiday feasts

VFW, community center, mayor offer dinners

No one should go hungry in Oak Creek today. Thanksgiving turkeys are cooking at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building, Oak Creek Community Center and Mayor Cargo Rodeman's house, and all the homemade food is free to anyone who wants some.

Community dinner today

18 turkeys and all the fixings are on the menu

A few good eaters from all walks of life are wanted at the Steamboat Community Center.

Activities aplenty this winter season

People interested in ridding themselves of those extra holiday pounds, or those wanting to prevent the seemingly inevitable seasonal weight gain, should take notice of the recreational options available this winter.

Bantam team improves record

The Terry Sports Bantam A team improved its record to 3-1-2 last weekend with a solid showing in a pair of games against a team from Pueblo.

Tuesday, November 26

Students involved in incident return to class

Some of the students involved in an incident at Steamboat Springs Middle School have returned to campus following suspensions, while others remain out of school.

Town chooses new police chief

Pending background checks, Oak Creek will have new department head

Unless he has a dark past, Dale Orlowske will be the next police chief of Oak Creek.

Center assists moms with purchases

Women earn credit in exchange for taking classes

New mothers in Routt County can get free clothing, toys and furniture for their infants as long as they do their homework.


A Time to Give Thanks

It was nearly 400 years ago that the Pilgrims, having survived tremendous hardships during their first winter in America, held a feast with the Indians who taught the colonists how to raise crops and hunt game in this new land.

Construction nears completion

YVRA will be ready for second holiday surge

Jim Parker said Tuesday his airport's current appearance doesn't give the impression it will be ready when the big jets start flying Dec. 12. However, he's confident a pair of construction projects in the main terminal at Yampa Valley Regional Airport will be wrapped up in time for the arrival of the season's second major burst of winter tourism.

Sundown, Elkhead to open

Ski Corp. gets ready for busy holiday weekend

A good base of snow and a projected busy holiday weekend have prompted the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. to open an exceptional amount of terrain for Thanksgiving weekend.

Winter Sports Club looking for volunteers

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is still hoping to attract a few more volunteers for this weekend's World Cup B qualifier, which will be held at Howelsen Hill Saturday and Sunday.

Developers withdraw request

Bennett, Engelken decide not to pursue plan

Kevin Bennett and partner Jim Engelken have formally withdrawn their request for annexation of a 16-acre property owned by Martha Cannon.

Need for additional hangar space identified

The need for additional hangar space at Yampa Valley Regional Airport has been identified.

'Suspicious substance' discovered in soil

A few weeks ago, during excavation for the new backwash pond at the Hayden water-treatment plant, workers discovered a "suspicious substance" in the soil and took immediate action, Hayden Town Manager Rob Straebel said.

Chix with Stix, Aspen square off

Steamboat team ties one game, loses other

The Chix with Stix tied one game and lost the other in a two-game series with Aspen at Howelsen Ice Arena over the weekend.

The Record for Nov. 27

Monday, Nov. 25 8:24 a.m. A vehicle ran into a light pole at the corner of Ninth and Lincoln. No injuries were reported.

Monday, November 25

VNA to see budget cuts

Organization unsure of implications on programs

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, like many public health agencies in the county and across the state, is bracing for looming state and federal cuts to its budget.

Buses to run every 20 minutes

Full staff enables city to provide service

A full staff of drivers will increase the city's free bus service this winter.

Nordic combined, jumping events set for this weekend

The snow-covered slopes of Howelsen Hill have launched many skiers to the national and international levels.

The Record for Nov. 26

Sunday, Nov. 24 8:24 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported in the 2300 block of Apres Ski Way. Police could not locate the vehicle.

Court facility looked at again

Proposed 2003 county budget re-evaluates project

Routt County officials wondered if residents would ever speak out on the proposed court facility. Public input was sparse before Nov. 5. Meetings were poorly attended, and no opposition group formed to protest an addition to the courthouse.

Sailors cheerleading team takes first in its division

Following last Saturday's two-minute performance at Mesa State College, the 15 members of the Steamboat Springs cheerleading squad ran out the doors of the gym screaming in celebration.

Sunday, November 24

Search for planning director narrows

More than 50 people applied for the city of Steamboat Springs' vacant planning director position. City Manager Paul Hughes said the interviewing committee met last week to narrow those applications down to 22, and those applicants will be asked to do video interviews. Hughes said not all of the 50 applicants meet the qualifications stated in the job description and just 22 would be formally considered.

News in Brief: Trask honored by CMC

Darcy Trask, a part-time instructor in resort management at Colorado Mountain College-Alpine Campus, is the recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Alumna Award.

4-H holds annual banquet, presents awards

During Cassidy Kurtz's last speech as a 4-H member, she applauded the vision the people of Routt County have shown in growing the county's 4-H program for the last 100 years. "Don't be afraid to try new things," she told those who will follow her in 4-H. "No matter what the outcome is, you are going to benefit."

Au Pair program offers child-care option

Having an au pair help care for her three boys is an appealing option for Hillary Singer. Singer is one of six families in Steamboat who has an au pair from the EF Au Pair Program. "If you get someone who works out, it can be the most amazing child-care experience," Singer said.

The Record for Nov. 25

Tom Ross: Remembering the good old days

Try to imagine, if you can, more than 100 howling ski bums lined up across the top of Heavenly Daze. They're preparing for a mad free-for-all downhill race in which no one wins, but someone definitely loses. Incredibly, the Steamboat professional ski patrol is overseeing the preparations.

Fresh snow improves ski conditions

A small storm system blew into Routt County late Saturday night, dropping half a foot of much- needed snow at the Steamboat Ski Area. The snow continued into Sunday night and early this morning.

Saturday, November 23

Options abound for seniors

Students making smarter higher education choices

Senior Savannah Muhme said she realized she was not quite ready to leave the Yampa Valley and could receive the education she was looking for nearby. Muhme will start cosmetology school in January at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig.

Number crunching

City anticipates more in sales tax revenue while still budgeting conservatively

The proposed 2003 Routt County budget yields few surprises.


What is the status of beetle-suppression efforts?

The U.S. Forest Service has undertaken beetle-suppression efforts around the county to try to prevent a large-scale beetle epidemic in the Routt National Forest. We asked Forest Service spokesman Andy Cadenhead to explain the beetle-suppression efforts.


Service Summit scheduled Dec. 4

Service Summit 2002 is Dec. 4 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

New guy knows his game

Sailors get used to first-year coach

To the members of his team, basketball coach Steve Moos is the new guy.


Dear Friends Halden, Well, last time I wrote, my letter ended rather abruptly. Fred was ready to leave for town, and I had indicated that I wanted to go along. So, where was I? Oh, yes, I was telling about getting REA, wasn't I?


Our sympathy The community extends sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Otto Mihalich, who passed away this past week in Grand Junction. Graveside services were held Nov. 17, 2002, at the Oak Creek Cemetery.

Chadwick to break ground in spring

Construction on the Chadwick condominium project should start in the spring now that more than 50 percent of the units are under contract or reserved.

SOUND OFF for Nov. 24

Miserable already Why, oh why, with a big sigh does the town of Oak Creek and the Town Board hold the public works department accountable for the stuff they do not do? It is miserable down there already this winter.


It does take a village

The purpose of this letter is to thank the people of Steamboat Springs for their continued support of the youths of our community.


A quick summary

Our takes on recent events:

Steamboat gets down to business

Boys basketball team prepares for season

It was all business on the hardwood floors of the Steamboat Springs High School gym last Thursday afternoon.

What's new in Bashor?

Bashor Bowl, once a place where ski school instructors took low intermediates to make airplane turns, has entered a new dawn. After introducing Mavericks Superpipe in Bashor during December 2001, the Steamboat Ski Area is making plans to turn the entire bowl over to terrain parks and a slopestyle course flanking Mavericks. Out with the old, in with the new.

Building records

StructureTek documents information during construction

January DiTrani takes a deep breath and laughs out loud when asked how many hours she works a week.

Terri McAnally

The Record for Nov. 24

Tigers look ahead to play as cohesive unit

Shawn Baumgartner didn't want to know anything about last year's basketball season, so he didn't ask. The first-year coach hasn't even brought it up.

Inside Barbie's brain

Local choreographer may have retired, but creative juices still flow

Choreographer Barbie Bonfiglio said there are two kinds of people in the world stack people and drawer people.

Economic assessment

Ford: Future of Routt County's economy is dependent upon number of variables

If Routt County's economic condition were a medical patient, the long-term prognosis would be good, though future health depends on a number of factors, Scott Ford said.

LaKaterina offers rural style

Owners seeking $3.9M for 72-acre farm and ranch with equestrian facilities

Real estate agent Ron Wendler said if he had the money, he would take the 72-acre ranch and equestrian facility he is listing off the market.

Otto J. Mihalich Sr.

Otto J. Mihalich Sr., 78, died Nov. 12, 2002, at the community hospital in Grand Junction.

Steven R. Goldstein

Steven R. Goldstein, 48, of Laramie, Wyo., died Nov. 13, 2002, at Ivinson Memorial Hospital.

Girls squad cites height, speed on defense as asset for winning

Roughly 12 hours elapsed between volleyball and basketball season for the girls at Soroco.

Communication likely the key to Rams' success

Andy Smith grew up a Western Slope athlete. Now, the native of Paonia gets his shot to coach in it.


Wireless service arrives

M.D. Schafermeyer is installing a complete wireless station in the west room of his store building and will have it soon in operation. The plant will include radio-telephone with amplifiers, which will make it possible for a person in any part of the room to hear distinctly conversations and music thousands of miles distant.


Kalina Copeland is the proud mother of a baby girl. She has been named Shayleigh Rae Copeland.

BIRTHS for Nov. 24

Tayla Jenessa Siminoe, daughter of Kamisha Begay Siminoe and David Siminoe of Craig, was born at 7:07 a.m. Oct. 31, 2002.

Hayden has high hopes for season

Don't be fooled by a sophomore-heavy varsity roster. The Hayden girls basketball team has high hopes for the 2002-03 season.

Man injured while skiing at Steamboat listed as fair

Thirty-one-year-old Eric Heffley is in fair condition at Denver Health Medical Center after a skiing accident Friday morning at the ski area.

Jobs filled at record rate

Unpredictable economy leads some workers to hang onto jobs longer

In the past, latecomers to Steamboat Springs' ski season had a good chance of finding a job, complete with ski pass, at the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Preparing perfect poultry

Don't stuff that bird with stuffing. Apparently, that's one of the biggest slip-ups when cooking Thanksgiving dinner, Steamboat Grand Hotel chefs Patrick Lowe and Dan Kane explained this week.

Friday, November 22

Three gymnasts qualify for state meet

Katie Birch, Chelsea Mosser and Maggie Faulkner all admitted they were surprised to qualify for the upcoming state gymnastics meet.

Steamboat's team

City's youths work hard to achieve tennis goals

Sometimes a picture is worth more than words, and when the nine tennis players and two coaches lined up behind the dozens of trophies, medals and plaques won during the past year, their smiles said it all.

Skiers, boarders gather to celebrate opening day

Conditions favorable for first runs of ski season

Those who got up early to wait in line at the gondola for the 8:30 a.m. opening of the Steamboat Ski Area were treated to more than untracked snow.

Skier in serious condition after accident

A Steamboat Springs man is in serious condition after hitting a tree while skiing Friday at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Man sustains minor injuries

One-vehicle rollover occurs near C.R. 14, Colo. 131

A 42-year-old Steamboat Springs man sustained minor injuries in a one-vehicle rollover just outside of Steamboat Springs Friday.

Thursday, November 21

School officials, parents look at teen sex issues

Forum a springboard to start dialogue

Parent Tim Greene did not want to know the details of the recent incident of sexual misconduct reported at Steamboat Springs Middle School. He wanted to know how to prevent it from happening again.

The Record for Nov. 22

Wednesday, Nov. 20 1:24 a.m. A man reportedly lost several of his teeth when a woman and a bouncer punched him at the Wolf Den Tavern. Police are investigating the incident.

Poinsettia: A perennial favorite

Tips to keep your plants beautiful

The widely held belief that poinsettias are poisonous is wrong. While poinsettias are not an edible plant, they are not toxic if eaten. Research at Ohio State University, in cooperation with the Society of American Florists, concluded that no toxicity was evident at experimental ingestion levels far exceeding those likely to occur in a home.

Service learning

Snowboard Outreach Society brings series back to Steamboat Springs

The Snowboard Outreach Society is bringing its SOS Outreach Series back to Steamboat Springs for two winter competitions.

Town Board puts off making a decision on new water rates

Hayden Town Board members were taken aback Thursday night when they saw the numbers for a proposed increase in the town's water rates.

Hayden school staff gets raises

The Hayden School Board celebrated the victory of a ballot issue on Nov. 5 that provided an extra $154,000 in tax money to the Hayden School District.

Fair officials look to offer drop-in riding sessions

Horse owners who haven't been able to find a place to ride indoors during the long Routt County winters now have a new option.

Side dishes sought for community dinner

Ambrosia salad and mashed potatoes are on the menu Thursday when LIFT-UP Food Bank and the Routt County United Way host the community Thanksgiving dinner from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. At least they will be if kind-hearted people prepare their favorite side dishes and deliver them to the community center.

Lawsuit against town, officer dismissed

Oak Creek resident reportedly re-files suit after correcting errors in paperwork

U.S. Senior District Court Judge John Kane has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the town of Oak Creek, the Oak Creek Police Department and former police Sgt. Dave Miller.

Oak Creek hires public works director to replace Wisecup

The Town Board of Oak Creek voted to hire Jim Photos as the new public works director.

Taking the shows on the road

Ski Town Productions has big plans for plays

The Ski Town Productions team has big plans ahead, including writing a third play in its life-in-a-ski-town series and reworking its first two efforts to make them road worthy.

O Christmas trees

Tread of Pioneers Museum's annual Festival of Trees kicks off tonight

There is a special energy when it is time to trim the Christmas tree. "It's fun," said JoAnne Lathrop, a volunteer at the Tread of Pioneers Museum.


Thank your lucky stars

Just when I thought I knew everything, I find out Ullr is the Nordic god of skiing. A bunch of people in town already knew that and organized a music festival this weekend dedicated to the god.


Today Local band Worried Men perform at the Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave. Call 879-2101 for more information.

'It's all about the Dumpsters'

Local artist Barbara Hinton ready to move to more urban area to continue work

Artist Barbara Hinton has been paying close attention to trash Dumpsters lately.

Opening day or spring?

Warm temperatures will greet skiers, riders today

People taking turns on the mountain during opening day of the Steamboat Ski Area today might think it feels a bit more like spring skiing than the fall opening.

Card aids Search and Rescue

Item raises funds for all-volunteer organization

Outdoor enthusiasts shouldn't leave home without it.

Wednesday, November 20

The Record for Nov. 21

Tuesday, Nov. 19 3:18 a.m. A vehicle went off the road near Buffalo Pass.

Taxing issues for fire district

Jobs cannot be filled with weak sales tax returns

In the wake of the failed fire tax ballot issue, the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District is left asking how and when the city will fund the six additional staff members it promised.

Sales tax sees sharp decrease

Forest fires, Labor Day account for losses

Sales tax revenue for September had the biggest percentage decrease since the economic aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, but city staff is still expecting the end-of-year total to be even with 2001.

Stillwell signs letter

Senior volleyball player commits to James Madison University

Bayli Stillwell didn't think she fit in. Basketball was her first love, and the veteran volleyball players intimidated her, so she made a choice: quit volleyball to focus on hoops.

Ski Corp. exec foresees early holiday arrivals

Ski Corp. Vice President of Marketing Andy Wirth tantalized an audience of business leaders Wednesday with a hint of an early holiday present.

Snowmobilers in wilderness concern forest officials

Signs of activity are showing up in wilderness areas

The sight of fresh motorized tracks is something U.S. Forest Service officials don't want to see in the wilderness this winter.

Yampa Valley Recycles campaign concludes

Residents in Routt County gave a second thought last week to tossing their newspapers, glass bottles and soda cans in the garbage can.

Great American Smokeout encourages people to kick habit

If you want to quit smoking, today is the day to do it.

Sailors receive honors

Katie Carter, Bayli Stillwell and Abby Fritz have received postseason recognition for their individual accomplishments during the 2002 volleyball season.

Tournaments highlight hockey season

Two major tournaments will highlight the early season hockey calendar in Steamboat Springs.

Tuesday, November 19

South Routt schools study trends

The South Routt School Board is focused on improving students' achievement in math, reading and writing.

The record for Nov. 20, 2002

Middle school hosts parent forum

Recent report of inappropriate behavior prompts questions

A recent report of inappropriate conduct among students at Steamboat Springs Middle School has prompted a number of questions from parents.

Treasurer resigns

Oak Creek's Stordal gone immediately

Oak Creek Treasurer Jo Dee Stordal resigned Monday without notice, effective immediately, and cleared her Town Hall office of personal possessions the same afternoon.

Top to bottom skiing, riding

Steamboat boosts terrain

Local powderhounds are in danger of being spoiled. For the second time in as many years, the Steamboat Ski Area will open the season on Friday with the tree skiing in Priest Creek on the list of available trails.

Council withdraws resolution

West of Steamboat Plan will get second look

The City Council withdrew a resolution Tuesday that would have supported the affordable housing recommendations made by a group of local residents.

What a Difference a Year Can Make

What a difference a year makes.

Freshman volleyball team enjoys success

Amanda Anzalone couldn't answer her 13 freshman volleyball girls.

A helping hand

Ski area will donate money earned from opening day to Winter Sports Club

Fifteen bucks.

Commissioners deny expansion of Euzoa

Supporters of Euzoa Bible Church urged the county Tuesday night to look at the positive impact of a growing church on the community.

City's budget sees few changes from retreat

The annual budget approved by the City Council Tuesday night looked very similar to the one the council discussed during its budget retreat in early October.

Monday, November 18

The record for Nov. 19, 2002

Council will vote on airport lease agreement

As presales for hangars at the Steamboat Springs Airport remain stagnant, changes are being proposed for Dunn Properties' 40-year leasing agreement with the city.

Search locates snowmobilers

Men spend night in forest after becoming trapped in drainage

Two Colorado Springs snowmobilers were rescued Monday after getting trapped Sunday on Buffalo Pass.

County trims childcare subsidy

Income guidelines change; 11 families will lose assistance

Eleven local families will lose $192 per month in childcare benefits beginning in January.

Sunday, November 17

An incomplete history of restaurants in Steamboat

Can you name the local restaurant currently housed in a building which was at one time or another in the past both the town's post office and its library?

Commissioners study expansion

Euzoa was denied request to build new sanctuary

The final decision to allow a Strawberry Park church to expand its facilities will be in the hands of the Routt County Commissioners Tuesday.

Potter-mania hits Steamboat

Chris Booth thought he learned a lesson from last year.

The record for Nov. 18, 2002

Historical Society works to restore mural in Oak Creek

When the Colorado Bar in Oak Creek was destroyed in a gas explosion, a mural hanging next to it was taken down so that it might be preserved and used again.

Alternative solutions to an ongoing problem

County seeks way to treat people struggling with drug, alcohol dependence

No segment of the community escapes the effects of drug and alcohol abuse.

Saturday, November 16

Obituaries for Nov. 17, 2002

Affordable housing options pondered

One of Steamboat Springs' greatest hopes for affordable housing sits dormant in the land west of town.


Trouble in the coal fields

Trouble is brewing in the coal fields. Confidence that an increase in the capacity of the Moffat road to carry freight has encouraged Routt mine owners to invest in a great deal of development.

How does West of Steamboat fit in?

Behind the Headlines, Nov. 17, 2002

The West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan was created to aid in the city's affordable housing problems. We asked Kathi Meyer, chairwoman of the city Planning Commission and a Regional Affordable Living Foundation board member, how the West of Steamboat area will offset costs of affordable housing in Steamboat Springs and how the city's planning process may promote building in this area.

Back to the table

It was good to hear the City Council commit last week to another run at consolidating with the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District.

Safe Courts 2: Will You Be There?

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

New book challenges ski industry

Hal Clifford is convinced the ski industry is on life support and he has no qualms about rolling into a ski town on a snowy weeknight in November and delivering a gloomy message.

Billy Kidd developing his ranch

Billy Kidd did not want just any gate at the entrance to his 480-acre ranch.

A ski area looks at 40

Ski Corp. planning major birthday bash

Many people take a low-key approach to their 40th birthdays. Not the Steamboat Ski Area, which plans a major celebration of its four decades in business in January.

Sound Off for Nov. 17

Rethink courthouse plan Yes. I think it's time that they rethink the courthouse plan. It would make more sense to build a judicial facility out near the jail and keep all felons on that end of town, and use the courthouse downtown for all other county business. As for the $11,000 that they spent to educate the public, it would have been better spent to educate themselves. I think it's time that we had some new blood in the commissioners' chairs. What do you say people?

Building Permits


Kathy Parks has been enjoying a visit from her mother, who makes her home in Connecticut. She spent three weeks here helping her daughter get settled into her new home.


Hi Denver Friends, What joy to come home and find the old S Bar S Ranch joined to the "modern world" by both electricity and automobile access.

Making the grade

Competitive schedule of Winter Sports Club challenges student-athletes to keep up

It's easy to understand why, between runs, Lisa Perricone sometimes can be found reading a book. The Alpine skier and Steamboat Springs senior said, most likely, she'll be in school for only around four or five days between now and January.

Drop-in hockey allows players to get on ice

Hockey is a hard habit to shake.

Howelsen Hill

Colorado's oldest ski area prepares to open doors for yet another season

The slopes of Howelsen Hill aren't scheduled to open to the public until Dec. 1, weather permitting, but already, ski jumpers are training on the big hill, and when jumping isn't in progress, cross country skiers are tracing figure eights across the landing hill.

Car accident leads police to house full of marijuana

Perhaps the moral of the story is this: If 30-year-old Michael Edward Hlavacek would have stayed at the scene of the accident when his car rammed into the La Casa Condominiums, he may still be growing mari- juana today.

Owner to finish Fish Creek home

The unfinished house at 1170 Fish Creek Falls Road, an eyesore that has drawn complaints for years, is under contract to be completed.


Hannaway attends NAR conference

Randall Hannaway, president of the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, was among more than 22,000 people who participated in the National Association of Realtors 2002 Annual Conference and Trade Expo in New Orleans Nov. 8-11.

Real Estate Transactions

Harmon and Butler

Rob and Nancy Peckham of Oak Creek and John Harmon of McCoy announce the engagement of their daughter, Emmylou Harmon of Kremmling, to Jeremy Butler, also of Kremmling.


Emily Rose Schneider, daughter of Karen and Jim Schneider of Steamboat Springs, was born Nov. 3, 2002, at 11:26 p.m.

Winning the beetle battle

Forest Service focusing its efforts on protecting ski area

Beetle-suppression work isn't easy. Much of it involves hiking through miles of forest with axes and chain saws, cutting down trees and peeling bark off them.

The record for Nov. 17, 2002

Sound off for Nov. 17, 2002

Learning from the past

South Routt residents keep Historical Society going strong

It was flint hitting stone and a spark that lit a lifelong fire into a young Mike Yurich decades ago.

Exploring new subjects

Middle school students try new concepts with program

Steamboat Springs Middle School Principal Tim Bishop said the new middle school concept does not measure students' potential, but rather empowers students to explore new subject areas.


Taking a gamble

Ten years ago, former American Nordic combined coach Tom Steitz took a gamble, laid all his chips out on the table and went for broke.

'Tis the season

Craft fairs kick off the holiday season in the Yampa Valley

Dolls made from socks, Christmas tree decorations made from light bulbs and wooden Santa Clauses are just few craft items that usher in the official beginning of the Christmas season for many people.

Friday, November 15

The Record for Nov. 16

Thursday, Nov. 14 8:31 a.m. Police assisted the ambulance with a 31-year-old man who had a seizure after hitting his head in the 2200 block of Ski Time Square.

YVEDC wonders what's next on its agenda

The Yampa Valley Economic Development Council has spent the past few years trying to bring high-speed Internet access to the area, but now that the project is near completion, the question is what is next for the council.

Dr. DeVincentis gets pay raise

Performance evaluation marks not changed

The Steamboat Springs School Board ruled Friday that Strawberry Park Principal John DeVincentis should receive a salary increase and pay-for-performance bonus but that the unsatisfactory scores he received on his evaluation should not change.

Usable open space debated

Hayden Planning Commission wants term defined

In Hayden, all developers are required by town ordinance to set aside 25 percent of their land as open space, but the land they offer up is often land they couldn't develop anyway.

United Way close to goal

Organization asks residents to dig deeper

Routt County United Way asked residents to reach a little deeper in 2003 and raise $365,000 for agencies and human service programs in the county.

Hayden football has bright future

Greg Richards believes the football future in Hayden is bright, partly because of the talent at the middle school level and partly because of the intangibles his young kids exhibited this fall.

Volleyball popular in Hayden

Assistant coach Judy Parrott couldn't pinpoint the reason behind volleyball's popularity in Hayden.

Yampa Arts and Crafts Sale today

While the skiers of Yampa Valley pray for snow, a group of nearly 100 people in Yampa will be praying for sun.

Local programs recognized

Study Buddy Stewarship Project, Yampatika win awards

Two local programs have been recognized for innovatively reaching a broad audience with their message of conservation and care for the land.

Police investigating middle school incident

Police and school officials are investigating a report that something "inappropriate" happened between a group of boys and a girl at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Teams make the grade

Five Steamboat squads earn academic awards

Five Steamboat Springs athletic teams were recently honored for their off-field or off-court accomplishments.

Thursday, November 14

Influential men honored

Bowes, Cook earn prestigious awards

Two men, one who has been an enthusiastic friend of youth skiing, and a second who dedicated much of his free time to the local rodeo and the county fair, were honored at the Utterback Annex of the Tread of Pioneers Museum Thursday night.

Forum to address oil, gas industry in local counties

The oil and gas industry has a bright future in Northwest Colorado.

The record for Nov. 15

Dr. D is formally reviewed

Strawberry Park principal, district superintendent's attorneys go over evaluation

Whether Strawberry Park Principal John DeVincentis fulfilled his responsibilities as an administrator was argued between Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Cyndy Simms and DeVincentis' attorneys at Thursday night's school board meeting.

Predictably unpredictable

Earthtone's improvisation makes for a memorable show

Earthtone drum kit drummer Eric Schuemann was grasping for the best explanation of the local band's music.

Weather doesn't deter Chix with Stix's opener

Snow couldn't stop the local Chix with Stix hockey team from opening its season on Nov. 2 and 3 in the Front Range.

Snowboard graphics theme of future show

Ride Snowboards gets bombarded with the work of young artists hoping to get their designs on the company's snowboards.

Beyond 'happily ever after'

'Into the Woods' ponders life after the fairy-tale ending

In theater, there comes a time during rehearsals that everyone in the cast needs to come together, grasp the production and start digging in for some serious work.

Chicken pox outbreak spreads to Strawberry Park

School officials stress to parents to get their children vaccinated

Chicken pox has now been diagnosed in children at both Steamboat Springs elementary schools, and school officials are urging parents to ensure their children are vaccinated.

Too early to call it a trend

Buffalo Pass snowpack exceeds historical average

Meaningful snowpack information probably won't emerge until March 2003. However, the early November returns are optimistic.


Today Earthtone comes to the Wolf Den Tavern, 703 Lincoln Ave. Call 871-0008 for more information.


Learn a little bit about life

If you like musicals, you should probably see the performance of "Into the Woods" next week. If you've never seen a musical, this might be a good time to check one out.

Board looks at department changes

Thursday night's Town Board meeting was an official changing of the guard in Oak Creek's Public Works Department.

Varmints could be destructive

Voles and gophers can cause harm to your garden

Halloween is over, but many gardeners in Steamboat seem to still have ghosts, goblins or something bumping around in the night causing havoc among bulbs, trees and plants.

Flag football becomes more popular

Johnny B. Good's/Go Ask Alice earns league title

Could Johnny B. Good's/Go Ask Alice be good at flag football? Go ask Mike Diemer.

Wednesday, November 13

Steamboat nonprofits honored

VNA, Strings, Tribal Conservation Corps recognized

The exemplary work of three nonprofit organizations in Steamboat Springs has been recognized by one of the largest private foundations in the West.

Annual Ski Ball Saturday

Event began in 1914

If the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival is the oldest winter festival west of the Mississippi, then it's likely the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Ski Ball is the oldest ski ball at least technically.

Dr. D to get formal review

Board will decide whether meeting will be made public

The Steamboat Springs School Board will meet at 6 p.m. today to perform a formal review of Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal John DeVincentis' performance evaluation.

Steamboat seeking funds for new fire engine

City applied for Energy Impact Grant to cover costs

The city of Steamboat Springs is seeking state funding to help buy a new fire engine.

Dental coalition studies feasibility of full-time children's clinic

The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition is using a $25,000 grant from Caring for Colorado to study the feasibility of a full-time dental clinic for low-income children.

Ski Corp. celebrates 40th anniversary this year

Ski Corp.'s 40th anniversary will be a daily reminder to Steamboat Springs' residents this winter.

Carter officially commits

Volleyball standout signs letter of intent to play for UCLA

According to who you talk to, Katie Carter was either discovered 700 miles from home in Las Vegas or in her freshman Health class.

Update to system will help Hayden's town staff

Close to 100 years of paperwork slows search for records

Hayden became an incorporated town in 1906. That same year, the town began collecting paperwork.

Tuesday, November 12

Customers seek alternative

DSL service changing in Steamboat

Almost 100 local subscribers to a form of high-speed Internet access called DSL have been looking for new providers this month.

The record for Nov. 13, 2002

Lower ski passes

Lower pass prices

Seventh-grade team finishes 7-2

Daren Mangiaracina admits his seventh grade football team was unique.

Ministorage plan approved

A move is certain for the men and women whose homes stand in the way of pending construction along U.S. Highway 40.

Commissioners shoot down campground plans

Ray Selbe didn't have to convince Routt County commissioners Tuesday that visitors to the area could use another campground.

Chicken pox hits area schools

Seventeen Soda Creek Elementary students affected

Soda Creek Elementary has seen 17 of its students contract chicken pox over the past two weeks. The 17 students are at home to avoid spreading the contagious disease to their classmates.

Seventh-grade volleyball team gets big turnout

Thirty-six kids equals six volleyball teams.

Battelle to retire

Skier calls it quits after realizing she would not see another Olympics

For the past 11 seasons Steamboat Springs skier Ann Battelle has helped to push the envelope of freestyle skiing as a member of the U.S. Ski Team.

Council ready to renegotiate

Officials hope to re-enter talks with Mount Werner Water

The City Council is not ready to lose hope on consolidating with Mount Werner Water, even after the question failed at the polls Nov. 5. At Tuesday's council meeting, the council unanimously approved to write a letter to Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District asking the board to re-enter the negotiations.

Council decides on consistency

Alternate added to Golf Management Committee

The City Council decided to make changes to the Golf Management Committee so it could keep consistency but add new blood.

Time to End School District Conflict

There are those who argue that there are dozens of problems in our school district beyond the conflict between Strawberry Park Principal John DeVincentis and Superintendent Cyndy Simms.

Monday, November 11

Candidates seek golf position

Two seats on Haymaker Golf Course Committee at stake

Six residents have applied for two positions on the city's Golf Management Committee, including the two incumbents.

Facility may force out trailers

Commissioners will hear request today

Several people could lose their homes if a pending plan to build a mini-storage facility gets the county's approval.

The record for Nov. 12., 2002

Public may hear Dr. D's performance evaluation

Strawberry Park Principal John DeVincentis said Monday he will let the school board decide whether to review his performance evaluation in public or in an executive session.

Letter sends city to court

Former councilman filed complaint in October

The city is slated to go to court Feb. 4 to dispute a former city councilman's allegation that the city violated the Fair Campaign Practices Act.

Saturday, November 9

A crushing defeat

State championship slips out of Sailors' grasp

Morgan, Bethany and Lindsay Moss never saw the Steamboat Springs volleyball team play until the state tournament.

Schaefer Outfitter finds a home in Steamboat

Schaefer Outfitter was always meant to be based in Steamboat Springs. Now the wholesaler of rugged clothing for cowboys and cowgirls has returned to the Yampa Valley.

The record for Nov. 11, 2002

Surprising artist captures animals' grace

Steamboat man's passion for drawing inspires

Steamboat Springs is full of talented artists, but none so special as Joe Arnold.

Court advocates still believe in project

County will look at why voters rejected new facility and what can be done to approve plan

The space constraints and unsafe conditions that beleaguer the Routt County Courthouse didn't disappear when 59 percent of county voters said "no" to building new court facilities. Referendum 1A, a ballot measure that asked taxpayers to support a $17.2 million judicial facility, failed at the polls last Tuesday.

Preserving the environment

Oak Creek teen does her part to make South Routt a cleaner place

Residents in South Routt have always seemed to grapple with the idea of recycling.

Date set for trustee's sale on Tennis Meadows property

American Skiing Company faces its first local deadline Dec. 17, in foreclosure proceedings filed by Fleet National Bank on an outstanding loan balance of $41.8 million.


The CAN sponsored the Halloween fun in Hayden on Saturday evening, Nov. 2, at the fairgrounds for young and old alike.


District is broken

The special board meeting made it painfully obvious that we have a school district that is broken in many ways. The school board and the superintendent have significant issues to address.

Trustee's sale scheduled for ASC property

American Skiing Co. faces its first local deadline Dec. 17 in foreclosure proceedings filed by Fleet National Bank on an outstanding loan balance of $41.8 million.

The art of western wear

Schaefer Outfitter finds a home in Steamboat Springs

Schaefer Outfitter was always meant to be based in Steamboat Springs. Now the wholesaler of rugged clothing for cowboys and cowgirls has returned to the Yampa Valley.


More Than Meets the Eye

Two weeks ago, a person called in to Sound Off stating he or she intended to support John DeVincentis at the district's communication summit at Olympian Hall but left the summit no longer supporting DeVincentis, apparently based on his comments or actions.

Give the gift of adventure

Only thing better than reading about it is doing it

The weeks leading up to the holidays are enjoyable if for no other reason than Christmas shopping gives one a good excuse to go out and shop for books. Even if one is destined to give the shiny new volumes away, there's nothing that quite affirms one's own sense of self worth than purchasing a quality book. Only good people buy books.

SOUND OFF for Nov. 10

Where's the fairness?

On Friday, Nov. 8, you printed two of the most liberal, whining columns regarding the election that I have ever seen. Why can't you present fairer reporting regarding our country's government?


Don't give up

Borrowing from Yogi Berra, the results of Tuesday's election proved to be "dejvu all over again."

Salvage operation

Forest Service allows loggers to recover timber damaged

Some 8,000 trees on 230 acres of land burned by the Hinman fire are being logged near Seedhouse Road as part of the first rehabilitation project since the summer fires in the Routt National Forest.

Our heroes

American Legion, VFW work to recognize veterans

Residents of Routt County have naturally looked to the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars groups when it comes time to honor local military veterans.


Still more stills

When Bert Knight of lower Morrison Creek was arrested and fined for maintaining a still, he pled guilty and paid a fine. He complained that officers allowed Wallace Hallett of Oak Creek to swill liquor. He was told that if he could produce any evidence, Hallett would also be prosecuted.

Sally Kerstiens

Sally Kerstiens, 57, of Isabel, S.D., passed away Nov. 6, 2002, at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck, N.D., due to natural causes.

Where do we go from here?

Behind the Headlines for Nov. 10, 2002


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.

Iva Beatrice Allen

Iva Beatrice Allen passed away Oct. 18, 2002, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

Making their own masterpiece

Students walk in the shoes of famous French artists

The Steamboat Springs High School students will get to walk in the shoes of Monet and other French artists during an integrated art project next week.

Townhome project planned on U.S. 40

A new townhome project is planned for the area adjacent to the proposed River Place co-housing project on U.S. Highway 40.


Sailors Thanks for the ride

I had a bad taste in my mouth when I left the Denver Coliseum Saturday night.

BIRTHS for Nov. 10

Benjamin Robeson Wagner, son of Lori and Mark Wagner of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:42 p.m. Oct. 21, 2002.


Dear Bertha, When we returned from our winter in Arizona, Elmer had a major surprise awaiting us. Frances and Elmer expected to buy the Antone Jacob's place where they were living so you can imagine what a blow it was when Mark Whitmer bought the place for his daughter and son-in-law Mary and Mike Mosher.

Early snows hit Yampa Valley

Ski resorts across the West opening early

The buzz around town on Friday was that a storm would dump multiple feet of snow on the Yampa Valley by Sunday.

Mountview to feature 11 homes

Theodore Christner is in the process of developing a plot of land he has held for more than 30 years the 14-acre site at the intersection of Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads.

Veteran numbers continue to grow in Routt County

There are more than 1,700 military veterans to honor in Routt County today, and the number continues to grow.


Fifth-grader recruits Red Robin

When Strawberry Park Elementary School fifth-grader Alexandra Wetzler was assigned to write a persuasive letter, the first thing that came to mind was her passion for a particular brand of hamburger.

Parents looking for special-needs options for disabled kids

Horizons wants

Steamboat Springs High School teacher Sue Weis said it is heartbreaking to see her students with mental and physical disabilities be without continued special-needs services and education after graduating.

Friday, November 8

Championship slips away from Sailors

Steamboat Springs' hopes of bringing home a state championship will have to wait until next year.

Suspect pleads innocent to assault, kidnapping

A 51-year-old Loveland man pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one count of kidnapping for allegedly kidnapping and raping an Oak Creek man.

Chief search narrowed

Oak Creek mayor asks for more candidates

The police chief search in Oak Creek has yielded two final candidates, but having only two men to choose from makes the hiring panel uncomfortable.

Sailors in control

Steamboat wins three matches to earn spot in semis

The bracket has room for four, but only two lines are full. And Steamboat Springs is written on one.

The record for Nov. 9

Funds approved

Hayden was approved this week to receive $239,500 in Energy Impact funds, the full amount requested by the town.

Man sentenced to 90 days in jail

Steamboat resident charged with theft

A Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to 90 days in jail and two years of probation for theft charges.

Thursday, November 7

Groups discuss issues for area plan update

A group of city and county residents sat in a Centennial Hall conference room Thursday and talked about the community's most pressing issues for more than four hours.

Force your bulbs into bloom for the winter

Brightly colored fresh flowers are a welcome morale-booster during the shorter, colder days of a Steamboat winter. While fresh-cut flowers are nice, it's more gratifying, I think, to watch something grow and flower.

Ski area to open Nov. 22

Early snow allows Steamboat officials to make decision

Mount Werner will open Nov. 22, five days earlier than planned, Steamboat Ski Area officials announced Thursday.

Chase, art school team up for show

A one-night show this weekend will present a local interpretation of an interesting medium of art.


A case of bad timing

I hear my father's voice when I contemplate writer's block. "You know, Doug, writers never get writer's block."

Sailors open with two wins at state

Steamboat wil advance to semifinals Saturday

The Steamboat Sailors ran their record to 28-1 Friday with two wins at the state volleyball tournament.

It's showtime

Steamboat faces No. 7 seed Windsor in opening round of state tourney

Casey King, volleyball coach at Pueblo West, knows exactly what to do with this year's state tournament seeds.

The Record for Nov. 8

Wednesday, Nov. 6 1:16 a.m. A one-vehicle accident was reported in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza. No one was injured.

Giving the gift of life

About half of appointments at blood drive available

Residents can kick off the holiday tradition of giving early.

Official: Suit to return to Routt

Judge rules ski area lawsuit belongs in county

A federal judge in Denver this week sent one piece of litigation over the aborted sale of the Steamboat Ski Area back to Routt County.

County planners honored

Gravel pit matrix catches eye of planning association

The state has recognized the Routt County Planning Department for exceptional work.

Band keeps building fan base

OM Trio continues road tour and is gathering a following

Scanning through the OM Trio's Web site, one will find lists of CDs the band members bought on tour.

A deal with the devil

Don Juan sells his soul for more time to understand the mysteries of life

The moral of the story is one that many will want to hear. Chase tail. Find truth. No need to make a vow of silence and dedicate a celibate life to growing peas in a remote monastery.


Today Jersey Fresh, the Motet's guitarist Mike Tiernan's side project, comes to the Wolf Den Tavern, 703 Lincoln Ave. Call 871-0008 for more information.

Hayden lifts water restrictions

The Hayden Town Board agreed Thursday night to lift water restrictions that have been on the town since late summer. The only exception will be for key pump station users who will be asked to take no more that 10,000 gallons of water.

Wednesday, November 6

Voters defeat Referendum 2A

Property tax will not support ambulance, fire services

Early voting ballots were the deciding factor in Tuesday's failure of Referendum 2A, a Steamboat Springs property tax to support ambulance and fire services.

Voters reject Thompson's bid for re-election

A new judge will replace 14th District Judge Joel Thompson next year.

Best of the best

Volleyball team faces stiff competion at state tournament

At Wednesday morning's pep rally, with the gym lights off, each Steamboat Springs volleyball player was introduced under a spotlight before turning into a silhouette with her teammates at center court.

Water issue raised again

Former councilman files complaint with state

Despite the failure to approve the Steamboat Springs Water Authority in Tuesday's election, disagreement between the city and the opposition continues.

Ski area opening five days early

Mount Werner will open Nov. 22, five days earlier than planned, Steamboat Ski Area officials announced Thursday.

Expansion on drawing board

Administrators seek options for middle school

The Steamboat Springs Educational Fund Board approved funding for the architectural drawings of an expansion to Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Rodeo series nominated for award

The committee that organizes the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series received a huge honor from the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association this week when it was nominated for organizing one of the best small outdoor rodeos in the country.

Speech team places

The Steamboat Springs High School speech team placed first among six schools in the Moffat County Invitational Tournament Saturday.

The record for Nov. 7, 2002

County may add road near Milner

Routt County would like to add some more ground to its county road system.

Oak Creek voters defeat financial records measure

A referendum that would free the Oak Creek town government from publishing their financial records in the local newspaper was defeated Tuesday night by a 217 to 46 margin.

Tuesday, November 5


City Should Approve Two Plus Plan

The Steamboat Springs City Council should be applauded for agreeing to look again at the affordable housing recommendations of the Two Plus Housing Committee.

It's showtime

Steamboat faces No. 7 seed Windsor in opening round of state tourney

Casey King, volleyball coach at Pueblo West, knows exactly what to do with this year's state tournament seeds.

Courthouse plan fails

Residents vote against plan for new facility downtown

Routt County voters said no Tuesday to a tax increase to pay for a $17.2 million courthouse project.

Water Authority goes down

Voters choose not to consolidate districts

Voters on Tuesday rejected a plan to consolidate the city and Mount Werner water districts, creating the Steamboat Springs Water Authority.

White prevails in new House District 57

State Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, appears to have overcome the challenges of adapting to a new legislative district and Democratic opponent Terry Carwile of Craig in his bid for a second term in the state Legislature.


Just sensationalism

I was disturbed by the graphic nature of an article printed Oct. 30 regarding the serial killer in Denver for two reasons.

Property tax decision for fire, EMS services too close to call

Referendum 2A, a Steamboat Springs property tax to support ambulance and fire services, was a dead heat this morning with early voting ballots remaining to be counted.

Proposed library plans laid out

Officials generally optimistic about proposal

Plans for a 24,000-square-foot library met with general acceptance from the Steamboat Springs City Council Tuesday, but some concerns were raised.

Volleyball players out in record numbers

Sometimes too much of one thing isn't great.

Sailors dominate on ground

Eighth-graders show potential if they stick with football

A combination of talent and desire made for a successful 2002 season for the Steamboat Springs eighth-grade football team.

Judge likely won't return to the bench

It appears 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson will not return to the bench.

School employees to get raises

Hayden voters approve tax increase

Hayden teachers will be getting a raise thanks to a "yes" vote for a $154,000 tax override on Tuesday's ballot.

McInnis returning to Congress

Congressman Scott McInnis claimed a sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday night with an easy win over Democratic challenger Dennis Berckefeldt.

The Record for Nov. 6

8:23 a.m. A trespass was reported at Steamboat Springs High School.

Excise tax replaces impact fee

With majority of precincts reporting in, voters OK plan

An excise tax designed to replace the city's impact fee on new development was headed for approval Tuesday night.

Glitch in ballot counters slows vote counting

As Tuesday turned to Wednesday, most of Colorado's races had already been decided as Routt County continued to slowly count its votes.

Mission accomplished

Former Steamboat cowboy wins world title at senior rodeo finals

Back in 1975, Jim Holt jumped on the back of his first bull at a jackpot rodeo in Steamboat Springs and began dreaming of the day he would win one of those big gold belt buckles that go along with a world title.

Monday, November 4

Council looks at library expansion

Plans for new building will be unveiled

The City Council and Planning Commission will get their first look tonight at plans for expanding the Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Voters face local issues

Water merger, new courthouse, excise tax to be decided

Supporters of a new courthouse walked away from their phone bank for the last time Monday evening.

Recycling made easier

Campaign focuses on public perception

Whistle Pig Willy hopes recycling becomes a habit for Routt County residents.

Council will consider housing resolution

Tonight the City Council will consider a resolution supporting the recommendations of the Two Plus Housing Committee, including the creation of a housing authority that has the power to levy taxes.

Sunday, November 3

Strickland makes Steamboat stop

Candidate hoping to unseat Sen. Wayne Allard

Doug Monger liked what he saw when he looked out on the crowd before him Sunday morning.

The record for Nov. 4, 2002

Bruce's Trail was made with a year like this in mind

Sunday afternoon on Rabbit Ears Pass produced one of those moments when you thank goodness you have the fortune to live in the Yampa Valley.

School performance studied

Subcommittee will ask board to look at questions

A subcommittee of the Steamboat Springs School Board will ask board members tonight to look at some questions about school performance.

Saturday, November 2


An ingenious invention

John M. Trull of Steamboat Springs has made application for patents upon a set of ingenious attachments through the use of which he believes that it will be possible to continue the use of automobiles throughout the winter in Routt County, no matter how deep the snow may be.

Former Steamboat kayaker dies young in Carolina

Nationally known kayaking prodigy Charlie Beavers, who spent his formative years in Steamboat Springs, died Oct. 18 in Asheville, N.C., of head injuries suffered in a fall from a 30-foot deck. He was 21.

Sailors headed to state

It was a moment one year in the making.

Sound off for Nov. 3, 2002

Sound off for Nov. 3, 2002

The record for Nov. 3, 2002

The record for Nov. 3, 2002

Property dispute


The items did not have a lot of monetary valuable, but they meant a lot to Oak Creek's Jean Paul Caouette.

Boot camp 101

West Point it was not, but the grassy fields at Ski Town Park served as a suitable place for the members of Peak Fitness' inaugural boot camp class to bust their butts.

Public defender steps away from his love of the law after 22 years in town

Bill Schurman packed up the final remnants of his professional life and loaded it in his truck last week.

Clerk gets campaign finance numbers

Groups file reports on the eve of Election Day; safe courts committee leads pack in contributions

Routt County Referendum 1A, a property tax increase to pay for a new courthouse, has more financial muscle behind it than any other local issue on Tuesday's general election ballot.

Work Force Center site's new features

The available excuses for failing to get off the couch and look for a job have just been significantly reduced.


What is the need for a new library?

Tom Hopp is president of the board of directors of the East Routt Library District. He discusses the board's proposal to build a new library in the vicinity of the current library. The plans will be presented to the City Council Tuesday.

The Music Man

Oak Creek's Bill Norris tirelessly works to preserve his albums

At the top of a winding wooden staircase wide enough for one person in a tiny attic studio, Bill Norris slowly pecks away one song at a time at recording hundreds of vinyl albums onto his computer. So far, Norris has saved 40 gigabytes of music as MP3s.

Legendary powder

October snow makes powder cats purr

That persistent breeze you felt this week wasn't a wind at all. It was a community-wide sigh of relief as 20 inches of snow feel at the Thunderhead summit on Mount Werner.

Taking an alternate route

New school would offer students a different approach to learning

The South Routt School District is moving forward with a plan to open an alternative school in Oak Creek, and it hopes to have students enrolled by January.

Entry-level condo units planned

136-unit Sunray Meadows reflects current demand

Jeff Spanel and his partner Art Kleinstein originally planned high-end townhomes on the 11-acre lot they own along Village Drive and Meadow Lane.

Educating the community

Local students benefit from specialized programs

In the last few years, the largest increase in new students at Colorado Mountain College has been locals who are seeking new career opportunities or wanting to explore a new hobby.

Obituaries for Nov. 3, 2002

Obituary for Sunday Nov. 3, 2002


A spokesman for the Northwest Colorado Burger King franchise confirmed this week that his Denver-based company plans to build a new restaurant on the site of the present Burger King in Craig.

Steamboat 'unofficially' strikes out

According to preliminary wild-card tabulations, the Steamboat Springs football team came up short in its hopes for a trip to the 2002 state playoffs.

Rebuilding the lodge

Trappers Lake facility coming back to life after devastating fire

When the Big Fish Fire blew up in the Flat Tops south of here on Aug. 16 it stormed down from Himes Peak and took little heed of what was in its path.

Walcott and Cowman

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Arthur LaFoe III of Leland, Miss., and Mrs. and Mrs. Charles DeWitt Walcott III of Austin, Texas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Dexter Winn Walcott, of Steamboat Springs to Brickley Scott Cowman, also of Steamboat Springs.


Barbara MacMillan underwent major surgery at Yampa Valley Medical Center week before last. She had been moved to the Doak Walker Care Center for a short while where she will receive therapy, etc.

Olympic athletes oftentimes overlooked

What a difference a year can make.

A recap of stances

Apparently, you don't need locally contested races to stir interest in an election.

Friday, November 1

The great Oak Creek smokeout

Mayor prompts residents to call it quits

Violet Shaffer lifted her oxygen tank and set it down, hard, on the table.

Two-vehicle accident sends drivers to hospital

A two-vehicle accident west of Steamboat Springs Friday morning sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries.

Board to review Dr. D's evaluation

The Steamboat Springs School Board announced Friday it will hold a formal review of Principal John DeVincentis' performance evaluation in a special session.

20 inches of snow has fallen on Storm Peak since Monday

Residents make mad dash for snow tires

Any questions if the recent snow in the valley is getting people into a winter frame of mind can be answered at TDS tire distribution.

The Record for Nov. 2

Thursday, Oct. 31 7:54 a.m. A motor vehicle accident was reported on Elk River Road by the Steamboat Springs Airport.

SSHS vandalized on Halloween

An estimated $5,000 worth of property was damaged at Steamboat Springs High School Halloween night.

Winter wonderland

Steamboat nets 'fun' 47-6 win over Battle Mountain

Games like Friday's are fun.