Thursday, October 31
It's hard to think of anything in the Yampa Valley that has been around for 500 years, short of the mountains and the streams. Most trees aren't even that age.
Music is the eyes of Robert Bradley. Blind since birth, Bradley, 52, was a street musician who now leads one of the most interesting bands touring, Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise. But it was a long musical journey before he was discovered in 1991.
Cleanup efforts continued Thursday at the site of a train derailment a half-mile east of Milner.
Animals being tested for CWD providing valuable information
There are high hopes the next big-game hunting season will improve the already successful harvest, while the strong numbers of animals being tested for chronic wasting disease this fall are proving valuable.
Despite cold and snow, crowds turn out for annual event
The Ghost of Tubers Past roamed downtown Steamboat Springs Thursday night.
Oak Creek began the first of four interviews for its police chief position Thursday. A panel consisting of members of the Town Board, Oak Creek reserve officer Eileen Rossi and Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing are conducting the interviews.
At the next Oak Creek Town Board meeting, Public Works Director Chuck Wisecup will hand in his official resignation. On Jan. 1, Wisecup will walk away from the public works department he has worked in for almost 20 years and take a job as the full-time fire chief of the Oak Creek Fire Protection District.
Two Olympics and a national title are the things local ski jumper Brendan Doran is going to remember as he walks away from the U.S. Ski Team this year.
As a man who loves football and the kids he works with, Steamboat Springs football coach Mark Drake's heart aches for the Battle Mountain program.
Lizzie Sack's gut feelings were confirmed while cleaning out her car Sunday afternoon.
Early voters kept the booths filled Thursday morning as they were surrounded by Halloween cheer.
Today Moment of Release, a Denver-based "Funk and Roll" band, plays at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.
A glimpse into the past
I've often wondered what exactly James Crawford was thinking when he walked into the Yampa Valley in the 1870s on his fabled hunting trip, found this little area by the river and said, "Here's the spot."
The new exhibit at the Depot is a glimpse into the area's past through selected pieces of art
The most recent exhibit at the Art Depot is a glimpse into the past of Steamboat Springs through selected pieces that may be new to historical buffs of the area.
Wednesday, October 30
Crews forced to extract drivers from cars
A Steamboat Springs man injured in a collision Wednesday morning on U.S. Highway 40 near Milner is in fair condition.
Polls in Tuesday's general election are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Polling locations are shown below by voting precinct, site and address. Sites in which a town is not named are in Steamboat Springs.
The proponents of the new courthouse proposal are waging a "campaign of fear," telling us that it is only a matter of time before something (an act of violence) happens in our present facility. The fact is, no incident has been reported in more than 80 years.
Winston Churchill said "Democracy is the worst form of government except all others." The debate over Routt County Referendum 1A, the new judicial facility bond issue and associated mill levy question, is proving that statement true.
It appears that most everyone is in agreement that the city and Mount Werner should consolidate water districts. What is causing the problem is the document setting forth the terms of the agreement and the uncertainty of living with a very powerful appointed "Water Board."
No one injured in accident Wednesday morning
Union Pacific officials and police are investigating what caused a 16 railroad-car pileup outside of Milner early Wednesday morning.
Officials contemplate tent for waiting passengers
New federally mandated security screening measures are the reason Yampa Valley Regional Airport officials are thinking about renting a really big tent.
Many non-English-speaking students in the Steamboat Springs School District have a tutor that attends class with them and interprets phrases or information when the student needs help.
Annual event offers fun for the whole family
There is no reason to stay in for Halloween, because there are lots of opportunities to wear costumes and have fun.
Five accidents occurred on Routt County roads Wednesday
The snow that has fallen in Steamboat for the past two days has been a good omen for skiers and snowboarders but a wake-up call for drivers.
The 30th annual "Running Sailors" basketball camp is slated to begin Monday and run through the first official day of practice on Nov. 14.
Injury forces skier to the sidelines
A month ago, the last place U.S. Ski Team Alpine racer Caroline Lalive expected to be was at home in Steamboat Springs.
Tuesday, October 29
New facility should be completed
The Mountain Fire Station will more than double in size in an expansion project that is ongoing at the building along Pine Grove Road.
The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club will use proceeds from its annual Tango and Cash fund-raiser to help eradicate polio in the world.
It made no difference to the Soroco football team which version of West Grand was on the field.
Hayden coach Kipp Rillos believes the 2002 volleyball team should be proud of its accomplishments this year, as well as future expectations it has hopefully created.
Drought, wildfires, chronic wasting disease discussed
Scott McInnis answers to plenty of people.
New coaches getting ready for season
A fresh layer of snow covered the ground at Howelsen Hill early Tuesday morning a sure sign that a change is just around the corner in the Yampa Valley.
Steamboat Lake Outfitters got the county's nod Tuesday night to continue operating its snowmobile and ATV tours in North Routt.
I normally don't respond to "Letters to the Editor," but I feel obligated to reply to the letter from Omar Campbell in last Sunday's Steamboat Pilot & Today because of the inaccuracies contained therein.
This column is intended to clarify several of the issues and concerns that have been raised with regard to the proposed Water Authority.
Monday, Oct. 28 7:35 a.m. Damage and criminal mischief was reported at the Highway Department. Police took a report.
Monday, October 28
The Routt County Commissioners could decide this morning to purchase a $26,000 digital fingerprinting machine that would speed up background checks for airport workers who wear security badges.
Project will serve as a guide to living in Steamboat
If you have questions about Routt County, there is only one place to go the Steamboat Springs and Routt County Community Information Center.
Employees improved upon bad situation
Routt County employees used their ingenuity to make the best of a bad situation last year.
Sunday, October 27
Steamboat Springs High School senior Lauren Tait said participating on the speech team has helped her perform well in the school plays.
Four candidates seeking one position
The charter school has four candidates vying for one position on the North Routt Charter School Board of Education.
The Steamboat Today has learned from unreliable sources that a veteran soap opera producer is planning to tape several pilots for a series of new daytime dramas in Steamboat Springs.
Saturday, October 26
81-year-old Steamboat world champion still finding ways to stay in shape
Sven Wiik is on a mission to persuade more Americans 50 and older to stay in shape. And he's firmly convinced the best way to reach that goal is with a pair of ski poles in your hand. That goes for summer as well as winter.
Where's our vote? Referendum 2C affects residents outside of Steamboat Springs, including Steamboat II, Heritage Park and Silver Spur, yet these people have no vote on this referendum at all. So I hope everyone votes no on 2C.
With historically low interest rates, lenders said now is a great time to buy a house. And, many buyers won't have to come up with a traditional downpayment.
Year-to-date sales released by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors show dollar volume is ahead of last year.
John Centner of Steamboat Motors is pleased that his prediction of a year ago has not come to pass. Centner's Ford/Dodge dealership had a record month in October 2001, selling 96 vehicles. He expressed concern at the time that once manufacturer-sponsored, zero-percent financing went away, the dealers would find everyone who might have bought a car in 2002 had already made a purchase in 2001.
Steamboat Ski Area officials are expressing early optimism about the first stretch of winter based in part on a survey that tells them last year's skiers were more inclined to return to Ski Town USA than at any time in the past.
What will a new property tax do?
The city is seeking a 5 mill property tax on the Nov. 5 ballot dedicated to local fire and ambulance services. We asked City Councilman Paul Strong to discuss the proposed tax: how it will be spent if approved and the impact if the tax is not approved.
On Sept. 22, Beth Bagley and Kent Wilson Nightwalker exchanged their wedding vows at the Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs.
Jason Leo VanHorn, son of Jacinda and Paul VanHorn of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:02 p.m. Oct. 10, 2002. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long.
No on 2A
The ballot says Referendum 2A is a property tax to pay for fire and ambulance services in Steamboat Springs.
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.
Neal Clever Wither was born Sept. 24, 1948 in Steamboat Springs. He was the son of Pete and Annabel Wither. He died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002, as a result of a one-car automobile accident on Monday evening, Oct. 14, 2002.
Reports of supernatural sightings keep mysteries alive
Whether Mary Ray's ghost paces the halls of the inn at the entrance of town in Oak Creek, stories of ghosts have kept a lot of history alive for residents.
Condolences The community extends sincere sympathy to the family and friends of John Moose Petranovich, who passed away Oct. 10 in Texas. He was born and raised in Oak Creek.
Dear Bertha, So much has happened over the past year that I have totally lost track of what events I have told you about and (and what events I have not told you about) so, I'm afraid that as I try to catch up, there may be things I will still miss; and some degree of repetition as I try to tie events together. So, here goes I'm sure I told you that in June of 1936 our daughter, Frances, married our range rider, Elmer Dorr. And that their first summer together was spent at Cow Camp, riding range for the Big Creek Cattle Association.
Vonnie Frentress, Connie Lupus and Holley Barnes were all recently honored for their birthdays.
Are We More Secure Now?
With early voting under way, it would be wise for us all to take a moment and consider the question: Are we more secure now than we were a year ago?
Moonshiner faces pen
Deputy Sheriffs Oren Gray and Morris Pidcock came to Steamboat Sunday night and landed in jail one John Morey.
Downtown Steamboat Springs merchants play host for the Halloween Stroll
When Jerry Kozatch was a child, he wouldn't eat just any Halloween treat. "I had a real bias against bad candy," he recalled.
Students study damage from the Mount Zirkel Complex, Hinman fires
Sophomore and junior biology students from Steamboat Springs High School got a firsthand look at fire ecology on a field trip to the different forest fire spots in the Routt National Forest.
When people go to the polls to vote on the city's excise tax, they will not be deciding if they want a tax.
Services currently compete for funds
If voters approve the fire tax on the Nov. 5 ballot, it will be the first time in more than 20 years property taxes support the city budget.
This is the time of year most high school athletes and most high school sports fans live for.
Sailors improve on times at state despite placing with high finishes
Laura Philip may not have won a state title Saturday at Kent Denver, but the Steamboat Springs runner was smiling after her race just the same.
A dedicated group of women dreamed up a grand scheme last year.
Steamboat squad will advance to regionals next weekend
Take notice. The Steamboat Springs volleyball team has officially been challenged, and it responded in a fashion befitting a team on a mission.
Friday, October 25
Nearly as soon as it was on the ground, it melted away.
Amended list leads to Routt County sheriff, Oak Creek mayor
The message from Routt County Sheriff John Warner to the town of Oak Creek was clear: Play by the rules or be cut off.
Steamboat loses heartbreaker in overtime
Without hesitation, Steamboat went for the win.
For the first 28 minutes of Friday night's state playoff soccer game against Greeley Central, things went according to plan for Steamboat Springs coach Rob Bohlmann.
The Steamboat Springs volleyball team is off to the start it expected, as district play opened Friday night in Craig.
Thursday, Oct. 24 4:41 a.m. A man was sleeping on the porch of RE/MAX.
Routt County residents have some options to help them stay warm through the winter.
Businesses, organizations hosting Halloween activities
The kids won't be bored today.
Thursday, October 24
Today The critically acclaimed Boulder band the Beloved Invaders play vintage surf-swing at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.
Locals have variety of Halloween bashes to attend
Maybe everyone likes to wear his or her costumes more than once, but for some reason, Halloween is a holiday that's celebrated over and over again.
"Spiral Jetty" is probably the most famous piece of earth art made in the last century, but few have seen it.
Michael Moss, fire artist and performer, has a scheme. It's called "Santa Rampage."
Planning Commission says unit would be inappropriate
The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission said Thursday night a storage unit would be inappropriate for a piece of property zoned residential and bordered by a mobile home park and a neighborhood subdivision.
Permit for ski tours on Buff Pass discussed
Members of two conservation groups said progress was made Thursday in a meeting with the U.S. Forest Service about a permit renewal the Forest Service issued for ski tours on Buffalo Pass.
The organizer of the Chute 1 Bump Off was sentenced to six months' probation this week for cutting an out-of-bounds ski line.
Oak Creek juveniles come forward about vandalism
Four teen-agers responsible for vandalizing an Oak Creek Police car stood before the Oak Creek Town Board and everyone present Thursday night to publicly apologize for the damage.
Regular pruning of shrubs promotes safe and healthy growth and makes those shrubs just look good!
Wednesday, Oct. 23 2:33 a.m. Loud music was reported in the 600 block of Tamarack Drive. Police gave a warning to turn the music down.
Oak Creek Treasurer Jo Dee Stordal hopes a software switch will help the town better prepare its annual budget.
With two state titles, three runner-up finishes, and six trips to the state semifinals in the books, the days of beat-up equipment and tattered uniforms seem like a distant memory in West Grand.
Hayden has meshed despite inexperience, size limitations
A quick glance down at the roster indicated problems from the get-go.
It started in middle school before Will Zimmerer stepped between the lines.
When the first revolving door in the Monson Chamber of Horror opened and a skeleton came out, I screamed and ran into the pack of 9- to 12-year-olds eagerly waiting to enter the haunted house.
Wednesday, October 23
Figure skaters participate in biggest competition of year
The figure skating season just opened, but that didn't stop four skaters from Steamboat Springs from heading to the biggest event of the year in Kansas City, Mo., earlier this month.
A Steamboat Springs man pleaded guilty Wednesday to sheltering a runaway and not notifying the runaway's parents.
Upgrades made at skateboarding facilities
For middle school youth mentors, skateboarding was an activity they could use to connect to students.
Eighty-five players took their swing at winning a Steamboat City Championship last weekend during the annual end-of-season tournament.
Since practices began in a stuffy gym three months ago, a banner wearing 1976 has looked down upon the Hayden volleyball team.
The Soroco volleyball season came to an end Tuesday night after falling to Plateau Valley in a last-ditch effort to claim the final spot in district play.
Of Hayden's three enterprise funds sewer, water and electric only water is not self-sufficient.
Snow-related injuries and wayward hunters had Routt County Search and Rescue members going in several different directions Wednesday. Teams responded to calls for help in the Flat Tops Wilderness area, California Park and Rabbit Ears Pass.
Tuesday, Oct. 22 1:41 a.m. Four horses were standing on the corner of Pawintah and Merritt. The owner said he would bring them in.
Members look to foster communication
The Steamboat Springs School Board drafted the issues facing the district and began to find resolutions at Wednesday night's board meeting.
Tuesday, October 22
Personal income from farming and ranching has declined so drastically it represents a loss when you account for Routt County's total personal income.
The end is in sight for the completion of the Routt County Fairgrounds indoor arena. Grant money and hours of volunteer time and donations from area companies has made it possible.
With postseason play about to begin, Steamboat finds itself on equal ground
At this point in the season opponents don't care that the Steamboat Springs volleyball team went through the league season undefeated and compiled an impressive 18-1 overall regular season record.
Steamboat Springs cross country coach John Smith knew the race for state-qualifying spots at last weekend's regional in Palisade was going to be tight he just didn't now how tight.
Advocates of water district consolidation, Referendum 2C, have made a number of mistakes in the months leading up to the Nov. 5 election, but voters should approve the measure.
Marti Allbright said she believes the attorney general needs to be a lawyer, not just another politician.
Monday, October 21
Area schools will demonstrate their support for increased attentiveness to drug and alcohol prevention this week.
City working to form interview committee
The city has begun its search to replace Planning Director Wendie Schulenburg.
Upgrades will give local skiers a 'total facility'
The heavy equipment working on the eastern flank of Howelsen Hill this week is building the newest extension of the city's cross country ski trail. And there's a name change involved.
Sunday, October 20
This magazine pack rat just can't get enough
Are you, or is someone close to you a magazine pack rat?
Today, Routt County residents can start casting their votes.
Residents jump on early deals
As if New Year's Day was sometime in October, Steamboat residents have already started making promises and resolutions to spend more days on the mountain this year.
Saturday, October 19
As if the rivalry between Steamboat Springs and Moffat County wasn't heated enough, a playoff bid is on the line this time around.
The city and county are looking at ways to speed up the building permit process. One of the solutions City Planning Director Wendie Schulenburg proposes is to have a stamp of approval from the city planning department before plans are submitted to the building department.
Other families can now use what had been a family retreat for the Bob Adams family for more than 30 years. Mountain Castles Inc. is the management company for The Chateau at Lake Catamount, a family compound on six acres perched on Rabbit Ears Pass and overlooking Lake Catamount.
The young man stared intently into the glowing screen, his fingers tapping furiously at the keyboard. Suddenly he straightened up. "Dude, I kicked the hell out of the game," he said.
American Skiing Company's real estate division agreed to pay an additional $1 million this month to Textron Financial Corp. as part of the restructuring of more than $40 million in loans for which ASC's Grand Summit Resort Properties was already in default.
The political match between Incumbent State Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, and Democratic challenger Terry Carwile of Craig would never have taken place had it not been for the 2000 Census.
Fund-raising for plastic ongoing by local entities
Snow has not quite stuck to the ground yet in Steamboat Springs, but plans are already in the works for improvements to Howelsen Hill's winter facilities.
Orange banners reading "Welcome Hunters" outnumber the few political placards in Craig, a small town enveloped by the sagebrush-dotted hills of northwestern Colorado's high desert.
Sailors win league championship, set sights on state
Katie Carter was looking for the spike.
The Steamboat Springs soccer team has been in pursuit of 80 solid minutes of play.
Our house was built on a rock-bar by Buck (Sam) Buchanan, the former owner of the place. Buck reasoned that the rock-bar was of no use for any other purpose, so you can see Elmer had a good supply of rocks close at hand for filling the five crib piers.
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Camp and two daughters are now moved and settled into their new home on Legion Street in Craig.
Two perils for Moffat Road
Northwestern Colorado faces a double peril of suspension of transportation facilities, for not only would the Moffat road be tied up if a general strike of railroad employees should take effect as threatened, but a court order has been asked for by certain of the bondholders who maintain that the road must be shut down if wages are not reduced.
Boy Scouts provides opportunity for students to prepare for the future
It's easy to list reasons why the Boy Scouts of America is good for boys. It teaches them to become proper young men, provides an opportunity for responsibility, drills in basic survival techniques in the woods and provides a constructive after-school alternative.
Mulling over the Mullen situation
Mullen in this weekend's regional cross country meet in Palisade?
Retired superintendent has South Routt athletic field complex named after him
Retired superintendent Bill Meek handed all three of his children their diplomas in their eighth-grade year and again for their graduation from high school.
Visit to Yampa River yields plentiful results
A group of 13 fishermen netted more than 350 trout from a short stretch of the Yampa River south of here Friday morning. And if you're thinking they might have been cheating, you are correct in that analysis.
Steamboat Springs High School students begin newspaper
On Wednesday afternoon, school was out, but Tom Fitzgerald's classroom was still full of students.
In the debate over a new judicial facility for Routt County, some argue against spending so much money on a facility most residents will rarely use.
Friday, October 18
A facilitator led the Steamboat Springs School Board and participants in a discussion Thursday night that developed into a community outpouring of emotion regarding the controversy relating to policy governance and Strawberry Park Elementary Principal John DeVincentis.
Timmy Meagher has been trying to sell his mobile home for months. But a plan that would force him to relocate the trailer house to make way for new buildings has hindered his efforts to sell the property.
Tigers toss Rams homecoming loss
The Rams' Kory Babcock stood in the center of the Soroco High School football field Friday night powerless to stop the game clock as the final few painful seconds ticked away.
The first half of Friday night's football game at Rifle went nearly as scripted. The second half, however, was a disaster.
Course taught at least once a year in Steamboat
Nurses at Yampa Valley Medical Center this week treated patients who had fallen trying to reach a rubber ducky on the top shelf at Wal-Mart, partied too hard at Mardi Gras and been hit and dragged by a vehicle.
Earnings drop 3.79 percent
City sales tax revenue took a dip in August after rebounding in July.
Thursday, Oct. 17 2:00 a.m. A man who did not pay for his cab fare on Lincoln Avenue took off running down the bike path. Police could not locate the man.
Thursday, October 17
Soccer team will take on Blue Devils Saturday
The wait is over.
Today Kelly Richey plays his brand of rock music at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.
Group rediscovers a traditional American folk art
The first snow had just touched the valley. It was a blizzard on the tops of the mountains and damp, cold air, laced with occasional snowflakes, chilled bones on the valley floor.
How unfortunate that artists must also be people, that art does not pay for itself, that the dancers in Steamboat Springs only have time to perform once a year because their energy must go toward jobs at restaurants and coffeehouses, in classrooms and offices.
Pray for SnowFest a big hit last year
During last year's Pray for SnowFest, Keri Hirsch decided to give away the rest of the T-shirts.
In search of the perfect guitar
A bunch of famous guitars were auctioned off in New York by Guernsey's auction house this weekend. Basically instruments owned by famous people, such as Elvis, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix and Waylon Jennings, as well as the world's oldest guitar, from the 16th century.
Divide and conquer: Prevailing over perennials
Although many gardening books tout dividing herbaceous perennials every two to five years, don't rely strictly on the calendar. Instead, consider a plant's shape and condition before taking a spade to it.
Volleyball team grows into champions
Quick, knock on wood because football coach Mark Drake just said the "S" word.
Fear will not be a factor tonight.
Soroco coach Gary Heide believes his team has found an identity.
After 18 years on the job, the haul rope on the Elkhead chairlift at the Steamboat Ski Area needed to be replaced. It was a weighty matter for the lift maintenance crews at Steamboat.
A local rancher's quest to place a campground on his property fell short Thursday evening.
Wednesday, Oct. 16 9:12 a.m. Police ticketed a vehicle parked in a no-park area on Conifer Circle.
Cargo gets advance on salary to pay for violation
The story spread up Oak Creek's Main Street as fast as fire following a stream of gasoline. The town of Oak Creek paid Mayor Cargo Rodeman's traffic ticket.
The town of Oak Creek is one step closer to having a police department.
As Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James questioned one of his witnesses, he started to notice her story didn't make complete sense.
Town requests more information about development
The Hayden Town Board voted 5-to-1 to ask for an impact study from the developers of the proposed Sunburst Ranch.
Wednesday, October 16
Fletcher, Miller excited to resume training
Bryan Fletcher and Davis Miller returned from Lake Placid last weekend excited to resume training for the upcoming Nordic combined season and armed with the knowledge they still have some work to do.
The Hayden volleyball team split its two recent matches to remain above .500 with less than a week of games remaining in the regular season.
Citizens for Consolidation support authority agreement
With less than three weeks to go before the Nov. 5 election, a group has formed in support of the water authority agreement.
Tuesday, Oct. 15 1:43 a.m. An officer stood by as a vehicle was repossessed.
The emotion surrounding homecoming week might provide a spark that has fizzled in Soroco's volleyball game.
Doctors hoping residents get inoculations
October is prime flu vaccination time for children and the elderly.
A wayward rifle shot that endangered sleeping children landed an unsuspecting hunter in the Routt County Jail Wednesday.
Officials hope communication will be enhanced
The Steamboat Springs Board of Education is hosting a facilitator to enhance communication between parents, teachers, the administrative team and superintendent at 6:30 p.m. at Olympian Hall.
Tuesday, October 15
Volleyball team hopes to pack gym for showdown with Glenwood
None of this tiebreaker stuff, the Steamboat Springs volleyball team wants the Western League title all to itself.
City, county endorse affordable housing recommendations
The City Council and county commissioners supported the affordable housing recommendations made by the Two Plus Housing Committee.
The granddaddy of ski swaps in Steamboat Springs this weekend provides a little something for everyone.
Boy was sitting on rifle when gun went off
A freak accident with a hunting rifle in North Routt sent a Fort Lupton teen-ager to the hospital with severe gunshot wounds.
Crews will apply scoria after plowing
When the snow flies, area law enforcement must direct significant time and resources to a small stretch of road that leads up to Strawberry Park Hot Springs.
A Taxing Question
The driving force behind the Steamboat Springs City Council's decision last year to implement impact fees was the notion that growth does not pay for itself and that current residents should not be asked to subsidize growth with their tax dollars.
Monday, Oct. 14 5:44 a.m. The camera at the Department of Motor Vehicles was suspiciously disconnected when employees arrived in the morning. Police checked the scene and found nothing amiss.
The Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Advisory Committee in Silverton on Friday voted unanimously for full funding of a $239,000 Energy Impact grant to the town of Hayden for the realignment of Breeze Basin and Third Street, a busy intersection near the elementary school.
Item 2C Item 2C on the Nov. 5 ballot is the adoption of Article15 of the City Charter to form a Water Authority which would encompass the existing city and Mt. Werner Water and Sanitation functions, providing that the Mt. Werner patrons also pass a dissolution election which will be scheduled after the first of the year, should 2C pass.
City selects three residents to be part of water authority
The City Council appointed three members to the proposed Water Authority Board Tuesday.
An entire season of work has come down to just 5 kilometers for the members of the Steamboat Springs cross country teams.
After taking Monday off, the members of the Steamboat Springs soccer team returned to practice Tuesday.
Monday, October 14
System was installed in 1981
Snowmaking operations have begun in earnest at the Steamboat Ski Area even though the aspen trees are still golden.
County officials on Monday made public their objections to amendments that would change Colorado's election process if approved by voters Nov. 5.
Both in serious condition at Denver Health Medical Center
The two survivors in a one-vehicle rollover accident in South Routt that left two dead are in serious condition at the Denver Health Medical Center
The Steamboat Springs Board of Education voted unanimously to deny the Montessori charter application at Monday night's school board meeting.
Sunday, October 13
Ever since my college days, when I waited tables at the Stag and Hound, I've secretly harbored a desire to open my own restaurant. Those feelings were rekindled last week as I went around town interviewing restaurateurs making changes to the Steamboat dining scene.
Oak Creek's three police vehicles had the license plates stolen and suffered minor damages after being vandalized over the weekend.
The Steamboat Springs City Council will hear an appeal about constructing a 20-foot gas station and fast food company sign.
Passengers airlifted to Denver hospital
Two people died and two were injured early Sunday morning, in a one-vehicle rollover accident on Colorado 131.
Saturday, October 12
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.
Let's see. The front page major article says Cargo may face recall. But no one has stepped forward to say she is going to be recalled, except this guy in jail who says he might start a recall petition. No one has come to the Town Board of Oak Creek and said they would like to petition for a recall. How can you put this on the front page? That's sensationalism.
A 10.8-percent decrease in building valuations is largely a result of a slide in major commercial projects, said the chief building officer for the Routt County Regional Building Department.
John Santaniello's task as the new general manager of the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel is not unlike that of a new coach that takes over a struggling team under orders to get the team to the playoffs.Two years after it opened, half of the quartershare condominiums at the resort remain unsold, and the resort faces a heavy debt load, lightened recently by a restructuring agreement with Textron Financial Corp.
Adventure Tours USA of Dallas has announced it will renew its charter flights from Dallas/Fort Worth into Yampa Valley Regional Airport near Steamboat Springs this winter.
The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has announced the promotion of Trish Sullivan and Jim Schneider to the positions of vice president-human resources and vice president-skier services, respectively.
October is a month when some local restaurants close for cleaning, others look for a new home and others disappear for good. In some cases, new operators decide to give it their best shot in Ski Town USA. The news on Lincoln Avenue this October runs the gamut from Italian cooks who will soon be belting out Tony Bennett tunes, to a restaurant with a slap shot theme. Closer to the mountain, a major acquisition has brought a giant seafood chain to town, although customers will never know it.
Volunteers build deck at senior center
In the tradition of an Amish barn raising, a handful of Oak Creek residents showed up with screwdrivers and work clothes to build a deck for the local senior citizen apartments on Moffat Street.
Students get a glimpse of life after high school
If Steamboat Springs High School students are up to the challenge, they can earn up to one year of college credit before graduating.
Junior varsity squads find themselves in unique situations
Junior varsity is about strengthening fundamentals and fostering an attitude that prepares the younger players for varsity.
A few weeks ago, soccer coach Rob Bohlmann moved Mike Holland and Devin Borvansky to the front of his offensive attack, and on Saturday, he saw it paid off.
For months, the Progress for Education campaigners in Hayden have taken every chance they can get to convince the town that their teachers and school district staff are underpaid.
Time to prepare is now
Just drive past Howelsen Hill and you will see the sure signs that ski season is just around the corner.
For 14 years, Mickey Miller's task was to keep order in the courtroom.
Independent group advises voters not to retain Thompson
Routt County voters have been advised not to return one of their judges to the bench.
Library board looking to build new facility at current location
For more than a year, the East Routt Library District board has been looking and talking about ways to expand the Bud Werner Memorial Library.
Sensationalizing Cargo Let's see. The front page major article says Cargo may face recall. But no one has stepped forward to say she is going to be recalled, except this guy in jail who says he might start a recall petition.
A hidden agenda My letter to the editor of Aug. 11 thanked a group of ex-councilmen and other concerned citizens for exposing the "fishhooks" imbedded in the proposed water merger between the city and Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District. The proposal amounts to an end-run on the residents of Old Town, who were woefully under-represented by our council negotiators (Connell and Romberg).
Bridging the gap
Last fall, voters in Steamboat Springs approved a tax increase that raised salaries for beginning teachers to $29,075.
What are Parents for Dr. D's goals?
Jim Swiggart is the chairman of Parents for Dr. D., a group that formed last month after a dispute involving Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal John DeVincentis, Superintendent Cyndy Simms and the Steamboat Springs School Board. Swiggart and the committee have met with the school board and this week and answered questions about the committee's goals.
Mackenzie Paige McHenry 2002-2002
For anglers who gave up on fishing the Green River below Flaming Gorge Reservoir a long time ago because of the crowds, now is the time to strike.
Reports are that Howard Stees is healing nicely after his recent fall from a roof where he was working.
Hi Denver Friends, Well, it didn't take Fred more than a matter of a few seconds to approve both proposals.
Colter Scott Gansmann, son of Michelle and Scott Gansmann of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 2, 2002.
Writers meet weekly at the Depot to help others improve their pieces
The writers' group, a writing workshop sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, doesn't belong to anyone. It's not an exclusive group, and there is no set membership. It's simply serious writers who respect each other's work. The participants welcome people with open arms and open minds. Everyone shares the same goals: to improve their writing and finish projects.
Friday, October 11
Steamboat Lake looking at alternative nonmotorized site
Plans for a motorized winter trail adjacent to Hahn's Peak Village have come to a temporary halt while an alternative site is pursued to the north.
Crews worked all summer to finish pathway
Anyone driving through Stagecoach State Park must have seen them: crew members, working in the hot sun like a chain gang, to clear a mile of sagebrush by hand and smooth a truckload of gravel with a rake.
Steamboat Springs High School's Mardi Gras theme displayed on classes' floats in annual parade
The red flatbed semi decorated for Mardi Gras and holding close to 100 freshmen screaming "double 'O' six" was one of the five floats that made its way through Steamboat Springs in the homecoming parade Friday.
Sailors dominate Demons, 33-20, for homecoming win
The Glenwood Springs Demons came to Steamboat Springs Friday night hoping to spoil homecoming.
West Grand showed why it is the team to beat in the Western Slope as the Mustangs rolled past Hayden 56-13 Friday night.
The industrial-looking video cameras that appeared this month on the traffic lights at U.S. 40 and Walton Creek Road are nothing more than the latest attempt to make stoplights intelligent.
Another animal found near Hayden has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
Thursday, October 10
When the golf season comes to an end in Steamboat Springs, so will the run of local golf professional Dennis Johnson.
The Steamboat Springs volleyball team continued its 11-game winning streak with back-to-back wins on the road.
Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs and Battle Mountain all have their invitations to the big dance after Thursday's action. Now it's just a question of who's going where.
Some learning experiences come with a price.
If signed into law, proposal would cut through red tape
Spruce beetle suppression work remained an element of the Healthy Forests and Wildfire Risk Reduction Act, introduced in September by Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., when it passed the House Resources Committee this week.
Some Oak Creek residents owe more than $900
Anyone with overdue electric bills in Oak Creek can expect a bright red sign on their doorknob today.
Fall rifle season figures are hopeful though
Success for elk hunters and the Colorado Division of Wildlife this fall is still questionable as the first of four rifle seasons kicks off this weekend.
Voter registrations poured in earlier this week and early estimates show no political party in Routt County has a clear-cut advantage.
Parking expansion at Health and Rec may lead to building addition
The Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association took the first step toward a possible major expansion this fall when it relocated its tennis courts to the site of the old Trailer Haven mobile home park.
A new townhome project is planned for the area adjacent to the proposed River Place co-housing project on U.S. Highway 40. Known as Majestic Valley Town Homes, the four-acre site is south of the Super 8 Motel. The project is planned for 41 townhomes and 2,400 square feet of retail.
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. This fall, excavation work started on site. Plans are for 11 single-family lots by summer.
What is a ski town without a microbrewery? It's a question that Steamboat Springs locals are going to have to ask themselves when the Steamboat Brewery and Tavern closes for business on Saturday.
Promethea Dance Project members get ready to take the stage for fall concert
The most recognizable role for the members of the Promethea Dance Project is being dance teachers to 2,000 elementary school children in Northwest Colorado.
Small towns can offer opportunities to pursue dreams
Chris Carbone made a good point when I was chatting with him about the Promethea Dance Project. He said there aren't very many communities he could have come to where he and his friends could start a program such as Promethea Dance Project.
Wednesday, Oct. 9 12:13 a.m. Police issued three tickets to three minors in possession of alcohol at Colorado Mountain College.
Today The Michael Howard Band from the Front Range plays Texas-style blues and rock at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.
Sailors coach says it's not about the band or the floats but who wins the game
Steamboat Springs seniors Johnny Stanko and Brenden Gormley have played football for six years waiting for a shot at varsity minutes.
Wednesday, October 9
Cross country team prepares for regionals
The road to the state championship will take the members of the Steamboat Springs cross country team down the flat, 5-kilometer course in Palisade.
Blake Eddington was one of six winners in the area NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass and Kick football competition, which was held in Steamboat Springs on Sept. 25.
Environmental group questions use of Buffalo Pass
For the first time, a high-profile environmental group has entered the debate on motorized vs. nonmotorized use on Buffalo Pass by authoring an appeal to a Steamboat Powder Cats/Blue Sky West backcountry skiing tour permit.
At Wednesday night's Town Board meeting, Oak Creek agreed to sell almost an acre of land to Dave Epstein, owner of Oak Creek's Chelsea's restaurant and several other properties in town, for a small housing development.
Newspaper recognized by national association
The Steamboat Pilot & Today has won a national award for its series on affordable housing.
Wednesday was the six-month anniversary of the April 9 election that saw Oak Creek's controversial mayor, Cargo Rodeman, voted into office by a 164-to-81 margin.
Tuesday, October 8
Council chooses to wait to appoint board members to water authority
The City Council decided to postpone appointing members to the proposed water authority board at its Tuesday meeting.
Municipalities and counties throughout Colorado are looking for their share of the state's energy and mineral impact funds this week.
Groups want to preserve affordable housing
The City Council said it would help the Regional Affordable Living Foundation ensure deed restrictions remain with affordable housing.
The arrest of Judge Joel Thompson's girlfriend on drug charges last year was an unfortunate incident.
Monday, Oct. 7 2:05 a.m. A barking dog was reported on Hilltop Parkway. Animal Control was unable to locate the animal.
11 members of tennis team qualify for tournament
When Steamboat Springs' Andrew Krueger takes the court at Pueblo City Park Thursday for his first match of the state high school tennis tournament, there shouldn't be any big surprises waiting for him.
Town Board members hear proposals
The Hayden Town Board met Tuesday night in the first of three budget meetings to yea or nay the wish lists of its residents and staff and to decide the monetary outlook of 2003.
Monday, October 7
Principal outlines conditions
Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal John DeVincentis and the board and superintendent attempted to resolve the controversy relating to DeVincentis' employment and policy governance at Monday night's school board meeting.
Routt County wants advice from the people who pay its bills.
Call it Intimidation 101, and the Rifle volleyball team got front row and back row seats for Steamboat Springs' free lesson.
City could back mortgages for affordable homes
A proposal tonight will test how far the City Council is willing to go to support affordable housing.
Sunday, October 6
Familiar faces will come before the City Council Tuesday as it determines who should fill the three city-appointed positions on the proposed Water Authority Board.
After two years of tests, flight training and classes, Timmy Mayhew has become the first member of Steamboat Springs Civil Air Patrol's Cadet Program to earn the Mitchell Award.
Getting autographs is a lot easier than keeping them
My 8-year-old daughter Maggie has taken a liking to volleyball.
Saturday, October 5
Faced with an anticipated shortfall in revenues again next year, the Steamboat Springs City Council made tough, but necessary, decisions at its budget workshop last week.
Hikers may be surprised at the renewed forest
Saying this past summer wasn't a good hiking season in the Steamboat Springs area is an understatement.
Behind the Heads Q. What is the history of the ice rink in Oak Creek?
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. executive Andy Wirth and sock-maker SmartWool received Navigator Awards Saturday night at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's 2002 Gala Evening.
Access to forest in North Routt has homeowners striving for solutions
Bryan Heselbach doesn't mind snowmobiles. He just doesn't want them in his backyard.
Pros, cons of proposed merger weighed by residents, officials
Consolidating the city water and sewer system with Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District should be a no brainer. The district shares three reservoirs with the city and both mainly process their water through the Fish Creek Filtration Plant. And the city-owned wastewater treatment plant collects sewage from both entities. The two even had what was termed as a living arrangement for two years in the late 1990s with offices housed together above the water filtration plant.
The United Way thermometer in front of Steamboat Springs City Hall is a little taller this year. City and state budget cuts have left non-profits hurting this year.
Gabrielle Elisabeth Ellis, daughter of Ashley and Rod Ellis of Craig, was born at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 3, 2002.
Little Garrett Salazar underwent surgery on his feet at the Children's Hospital in Denver Sept. 17. His mother reports the operation was very successful.
Little Garrett Salazar underwent surgery on his feet at the Children's Hospital in Denver Sept. 17. His mother reports the operation was very successful.
Steamboat boys establish radio station
The world's voices, transmitted by electric waves, the most marvelous feat of an age of marvels, are being heard in Steamboat Springs.
Heeling Friends pet visitation program helps bring smiles, comfort to those who need it
Ginger, a multicolored Shih Tzu, was an ill-behaved homeless dog that had four homes before Marles Humphrey adopted her. Now, two years later, Ginger is an entirely different dog and helps community members feel happier and more comfortable during a time of stress. Ginger and Humphrey, members of the Heeling Friends pet therapy program, regularly visit the Doak Walker Care Center to brighten residents' days.
With only two games left, Sailors cling to narrow half-game lead
With only two games left in the season, it looks as if the race for the Western Slope soccer title will be a sprint to the finish line between the Sailors and the Demons.
Sailors, Panthers just want to win
Consider Delta coach Derek Carlson and Steamboat coach Mark Drake opposites with regard to non-league scheduling.
For the fifth straight year, the Steamboat Springs boys tennis team is the Region 8 Champion. For the second straight season, all 11 Sailors qualified for state with an impressive run through the regional brackets in Delta this weekend.
Secret of the game
I love the game of golf, but golf doesn't love me. For years I've tried to master the basics of the game putting, chipping and driving.
Developer says he does not have plans to sell grocery
Steamboat Springs developer Robert Ellsworth said he is committed to Curve Market and deli, the grocery store in Elk River Crossing he took over seven months ago. Ellsworth said he has had offers from corporate chains for the store but that he is not interested in selling.
The number of foreclosures filed in Routt County are on the rise again this year. With 43 foreclosures and three more months before the end of the year, County Treasurer Jeanne Whiddon, who records foreclosures for the county, said the number of foreclosures is on track to surpass last year's 50 foreclosures.
Rodeman hopes new campaign will help in overcoming addiction
When Oak Creek Mayor Cargo Rodeman was 8 years old, smoking was advertised on the radio with singsong jingles and on television with the Marlboro man riding his horse into the sunset after lighting one up.
Elementary, high school students join forces in program
First-grader Hannah Widner had her high school study buddy, Kelly Nickols, accompany her during a field trip at the wetlands park near Stagecoach Reservoir Tuesday.
Yes, Scott Stanford, I find it quite amusing that you are looking for a little sympathy because people are picking on you and saying false, mean hateful things about you even though that's exactly what you did to Oak Creek Mayor Cargo Rodeman, based on your statements that were false perceptions rather than reality. By golly, what goes around comes around, and I guess it's your turn. I hope you can quit your hatefulness and maybe that will be a lesson to you that you should know what you are talking about before you open your mouth.
Friday, October 4
The members of the Steamboat Springs football team got to have their cake and eat it, too, Friday night.
Group says former pilot led extremely active lifestyle
When the Fat Tire Dirtbag mountain bike group rides together the next time, it will be in Missing Man Formation, Don Little said, an idea that the "missing man," former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Mike Kane, could appreciate.
Organization offers many opportunities
In 10 years, the local chapter of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' budget went from $3,000 to top $1 million. But who's counting?
Thursday, Oct. 3 6:53 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was parked by First National Bank. It was gone by the time police arrived.
There are many factors that affect how often to water plants in the garden. Wind, heat, south and west exposures, soil conditions, slope of the land, how established a plant is and mulch all play roles in the frequency and amount of water necessary for plant growth and survival.
The Soroco Rams football team was in a good position to win its first league game being down 6-0 at halftime to the Paonia Eagles, but an inability to maintain defense and set a consistent offensive series dashed the players' hopes.
Hayden Tigers top Grand Valley Cardinals, 33-21
With just over four minutes remaining to play, and his team clinging to a six-point lead, Hayden Tigers quarterback Kelly Bruchez put the game into the hands of junior Jared Alpe.
Thursday, October 3
Boys will be boys.
Chad Bedell didn't walk away with everything he wanted Thursday night. But it was enough.
Delta plans to play keep away tonight.
Star of local community theater accepted to prestigious academy in New York
Anyone who has seen a play in Steamboat Springs in the last couple of years most likely saw Aly Matthews on the stage.
The percussionist and drummer for the band Jaka doesn't like to pigeonhole music. But if he has to, he said the band's new music and upcoming third album, "Balance," has a pop feel.
Advocates has helped nearly 300 people this year
The anonymous black silhouettes that stood on the courthouse lawn Thursday were attempts to give domestic violence a face.
Volleyball team led by Stillwell's eight kills
Though it seems like it would be a fun thing to do, Bayli Stillwell shook her head vigorously when asked if the Steamboat Springs volleyball team guesses how long it will be out on the court.
Weather blamed for accidents on Rabbit Ears Pass
The first accumulation of snow on Rabbit Ears Pass since last spring settled on the golden aspen leaves, clumped on the conifer branches and blanketed the ground Thursday morning.
Leo Atkinson's sculptures are fueled by fossils
Leo Atkinson emerged from a cutting room in the back of his workshop on Oak Street looking like an alien.
Today Sad Star Caflays critically acclaimed rock music at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.
Several Hayden residents have approached Hayden Town Hall staff asking the 5,000-gallon restriction on key pump station water usage be lifted.
Hayden Town Board member Richard Hagins was at home sick Thursday night when the phone rang. The board was deadlocked at 2-2 over who should be awarded the waste management contract for the town. They needed Hagins to come in and break the tie.
Grand Summit Resort Properties is prepared to fund improvements to Mount Werner Circle now that it has restructured a construction loan with Textron Financial Corp. American Skiing Co. announced Wednesday that an agreement has been reached with Textron for loan defaults by Grand Summit Resort Properties, an ASC subsidiary that oversees the company's eight Grand Summit hotels including the Steamboat Grand.
Soroco football coach Gary Heide said preparations for tonight's game against Paonia have been similar to the ones made to face Meeker a couple weeks ago.
Childhood joy revisited
There was a time when I had ambitions of being the greatest rock collector in world. As a child I'd spend ample hours looking on gravel roads and through random rock piles for the coolest-looking minerals. I ended up with a huge rock collection, and I was convinced it was worth money.
Tuesday, October 1
Residents join forces to combat population explosion
County officials are hoping residents band together this fall to fight a tiny foe next summer.
Organizations or individuals who wish to solicit funds from Routt County residents should put their intentions in print.
GOCo will dedicate project today
State and local officials will gather at the Stockbridge Multi-Modal Center today to celebrate the newest extension of the Yampa River Core Trail and the anniversary of an organization that helped make it happen.
Neighbors raise complaints about outfitter's practices
A North Routt outfitting company is asking the county for some breathing room to operate its snowmobile and ATV tours.
Many local groups see city funding drop; museum gets boost
The Steamboat Springs City Council decided to give the Chamber Resort Association contribution a $50,000 boost, but most community groups did not see their city funding increase as the council held a steady line during Tuesday's budget retreat.
Errant explosion in May damaged nearby buildings
Fred Duckels pleaded guilty to causing a wayward dynamite blast that injured a young girl and damaged a nearby property.
Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations
The Ski Town USA Golf Classic and Auction netted $200,000 in proceeds that will benefit the Doak Walker Care Center, Grandkids, the Doak Walker Memorial Endowment Scholarship and community service grants offered through the Rotary Club.
An $85,000 slash to the city snow removal budget won't be felt until this winter, but City Council members are gearing up for the complaints already.