Stories for October 2002


Thursday, October 31

Robert Bradley's long road to stardom

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.

Steamboat ready for Battle

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.

Downtown Stroll a big hit

Despite cold and snow, crowds turn out for annual event

The Ghost of Tubers Past roamed downtown Steamboat Springs Thursday night.

Officials say hunting season proving to be successful

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.

Doran walks away from U.S. Ski Team

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.

Renowned boys choir to serenade Steamboat

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.


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 history lesson

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.


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."

Wisecup changing hats in South Routt Jan. 1

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.

Voters out for last days of early voting

Early voters kept the booths filled Thursday morning as they were surrounded by Halloween cheer.

Police chief search under way

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.

Trains should be up and running today

Cleanup efforts continued Thursday at the site of a train derailment a half-mile east of Milner.

Sailors host regionals

Lizzie Sack's gut feelings were confirmed while cleaning out her car Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, October 30

The record for Oct. 31, 2002

Letter: New courthouse plan shows vision

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.

Letter: Courthouse plan inefficient and too costly

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.

Letter: There's a problem in the water agreement details

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."

Snowfall beneficial to skiers, detrimental for drivers

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.

Man hospitalized after accident

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.

Screening increases at YVRA

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.

Amendment 31 may change schools

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.

Ghouls abound on Halloween Stroll

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.

Basketball camp begins Monday

The 30th annual "Running Sailors" basketball camp is slated to begin Monday and run through the first official day of practice on Nov. 14.

2002 General Election Where to Vote

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.

Lalive sits out

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.

Train derails near Milner

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.

Tuesday, October 29

Tango & Cash will fight polio

The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club will use proceeds from its annual Tango and Cash fund-raiser to help eradicate polio in the world.

Fire station expanding

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.

LETTER: Clarifying Water Authority Issues

This column is intended to clarify several of the issues and concerns that have been raised with regard to the proposed Water Authority.

LETTERS: City Councilman: Campbell's Letter Inaccurate

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.

Back on board

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.

McInnis speaks to local Rotary

Drought, wildfires, chronic wasting disease discussed

Scott McInnis answers to plenty of people.

The Record for Oct. 30

Monday, Oct. 28 7:35 a.m. Damage and criminal mischief was reported at the Highway Department. Police took a report.

Outfitter gets OK from commissioners

Steamboat Lake Outfitters got the county's nod Tuesday night to continue operating its snowmobile and ATV tours in North Routt.

Tigers volleyball looking to future

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.

Tough year ends for Soroco football

It made no difference to the Soroco football team which version of West Grand was on the field.

Monday, October 28

Fingerprint device would speed security checks at airport

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.

Routt County honored for safety

Employees improved upon bad situation

Routt County employees used their ingenuity to make the best of a bad situation last year.

New Web site offers information on local community

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.

The record for Oct. 29, 2002

Sunday, October 27

The record for Oct. 28, 2002

SSHS speech team ready for season

Steamboat Springs High School senior Lauren Tait said participating on the speech team has helped her perform well in the school plays.

New soap opera based on life in Ski Town

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.

Charter school holds election

Four candidates seeking one position

The charter school has four candidates vying for one position on the North Routt Charter School Board of Education.

Saturday, October 26

Learning curve

New machine

A dedicated group of women dreamed up a grand scheme last year.

Answers from the ashes

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.


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.

Sound Off for Oct. 27

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.

If passed, property tax would be guaranteed to fire, EMS departments

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.

Fitness Sven's way

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.

Volleyball team earns District 6 title

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.

Third-quarter real estate sales ahead of 2001

Year-to-date sales released by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors show dollar volume is ahead of last year.


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.

The ghosts of South Routt

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.


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.

Staying in stride

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.


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?

A dark and scary night

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.

Voters choose which way to fund new construction

When people go to the polls to vote on the city's excise tax, they will not be deciding if they want a tax.


Lessons learned

This is the time of year most high school athletes and most high school sports fans live for.

Bagley and Nightwalker

On Sept. 22, Beth Bagley and Kent Wilson Nightwalker exchanged their wedding vows at the Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs.

Neal Clever Wither

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.


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.


Vonnie Frentress, Connie Lupus and Holley Barnes were all recently honored for their birthdays.

Building Permits for Oct. 14-18

Zero-down programs help homebuyers

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.

Steamboat auto dealers enjoy strong sales

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.

Advance reservations bode well for ski season

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.


Moonshiner faces pen

Deputy Sheriffs Oren Gray and Morris Pidcock came to Steamboat Sunday night and landed in jail one John Morey.

Friday, October 25

Police chief candidates create new controversy

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.

The Record for Oct. 26

Thursday, Oct. 24 4:41 a.m. A man was sleeping on the porch of RE/MAX.

Half-inch of snow falls, quickly melts away

Nearly as soon as it was on the ground, it melted away.

Sailors spike first-round competition

The Steamboat Springs volleyball team is off to the start it expected, as district play opened Friday night in Craig.

The record for Oct. 26, 2002

Locals have options for heating assistance

Routt County residents have some options to help them stay warm through the winter.

Events abound for kids today

Businesses, organizations hosting Halloween activities

The kids won't be bored today.

Sailors' state soccer dreams end

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.

Bulldogs sink Sailors' ship

Steamboat loses heartbreaker in overtime

Without hesitation, Steamboat went for the win.

Thursday, October 24

'Spiral Jetty' a sight to see

"Spiral Jetty" is probably the most famous piece of earth art made in the last century, but few have seen it.

Soroco faces tough challenge in West Grand

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.

Oak Creek looking to better prepare budget

Oak Creek Treasurer Jo Dee Stordal hopes a software switch will help the town better prepare its annual budget.

Playoff berth likely hinges on tonight's grand finale

It started in middle school before Will Zimmerer stepped between the lines.

Tigers made strides over season

Hayden has meshed despite inexperience, size limitations

A quick glance down at the roster indicated problems from the get-go.

Pruning shrubs good way to promote growth

Regular pruning of shrubs promotes safe and healthy growth and makes those shrubs just look good!

Teens apologize for damage

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.

The Record for Oct. 25

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.

Be afraid be very afraid

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.


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.

Get ready to party

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.

Steamboat man gets probation for cutting ski line last winter

The organizer of the Chute 1 Bump Off was sentenced to six months' probation this week for cutting an out-of-bounds ski line.

Groups make progress

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.

Performer gives new meaning to flame thrower

Michael Moss, fire artist and performer, has a scheme. It's called "Santa Rampage."

City turns down storage proposal

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.

Wednesday, October 23

Search & Rescue spread thin on busy day

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.

School board addresses issues

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.

Hayden volleyball team looks to end drought

Since practices began in a stuffy gym three months ago, a banner wearing 1976 has looked down upon the Hayden volleyball team.

Season ends for Soroco 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.

The Record for Oct. 24

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.

Students improve park

Upgrades made at skateboarding facilities

For middle school youth mentors, skateboarding was an activity they could use to connect to students.

Skating season opens

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.

Players take swing at winning tennis tournament

Eighty-five players took their swing at winning a Steamboat City Championship last weekend during the annual end-of-season tournament.

Man pleads guilty to sheltering runaway

A Steamboat Springs man pleaded guilty Wednesday to sheltering a runaway and not notifying the runaway's parents.

Hayden raising water rates to cover loan

Of Hayden's three enterprise funds sewer, water and electric only water is not self-sufficient.

Tuesday, October 22

Our View: Water agreement should be approved

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.

Starting fresh

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.

Area report offers tools

Personal income from farming and ranching has declined so drastically it represents a loss when you account for Routt County's total personal income.

Salazar's opponent speaks out

Marti Allbright said she believes the attorney general needs to be a lawyer, not just another politician.

Steamboat off to regionals

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.

County fair building nears completion

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.

The record for Oct. 23, 2002

Monday, October 21

The record for Oct. 22, 2002

Howelsen's cross country ski trail will be extended

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.

Red Ribbon Week addresses alcohol dangers

Area schools will demonstrate their support for increased attentiveness to drug and alcohol prevention this week.

Planning director search under way

City working to form interview committee

The city has begun its search to replace Planning Director Wendie Schulenburg.

Sunday, October 20

Save 70 percent off the regular price

This magazine pack rat just can't get enough

Are you, or is someone close to you a magazine pack rat?

Ski & Swap brings out locals

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.

The record for Oct. 21, 2002

Routt County residents can begin casting votes today

Today, Routt County residents can start casting their votes.

Saturday, October 19

New course gives high school students the business

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.

ASC pays $1 million for restructuring deal

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.

Obituaries for Oct. 20, 2002

To soar with eagles

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?

Yes on 1A

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.

Readers Sound off for Oct. 20, 2002

Readers Sound-off


Mr. and Mrs. Dale Camp and two daughters are now moved and settled into their new home on Legion Street in Craig.

Redistricting pits Craig resident against incumbent for House seat

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.

Howelsen upgrades ski jumps

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.

Just another season

CWD concerns

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.

Perfect so far

Sailors win league championship, set sights on state

Katie Carter was looking for the spike.

Sailors, Bulldogs rivalry heats up

As if the rivalry between Steamboat Springs and Moffat County wasn't heated enough, a playoff bid is on the line this time around.


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.

Options to streamline permit process weighed

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.

Building Permits for Oct. 7-11


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.

Lifetime of achievement

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.

A shocking development

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.

Start the presses

Steamboat Springs High School students begin newspaper

On Wednesday afternoon, school was out, but Tom Fitzgerald's classroom was still full of students.

The record for Oct. 20, 2002

Chateau at Catamount available for rent

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.

Sailors soccer team continues toward state goals

The Steamboat Springs soccer team has been in pursuit of 80 solid minutes of play.

Friday, October 18

Soroco's heartbreaker

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.

City sales tax revenue takes dip

Earnings drop 3.79 percent

City sales tax revenue took a dip in August after rebounding in July.

Dr. D becomes focus of discussion

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.

Planning Commission split on issue

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.

The Record for Oct. 19

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.

Nurses receive trauma training

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.

Steamboat blown out by Rifle, 34-0

The first half of Friday night's football game at Rifle went nearly as scripted. The second half, however, was a disaster.

Thursday, October 17

Ski area lift crew solves 'heavy' challenge

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.

Now and Then

Volleyball team grows into champions

Quick, knock on wood because football coach Mark Drake just said the "S" word.

Hayden asks for impact study

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.

Something for everyone

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.

Traffic ticket causes uproar

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.

Come out and pray

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.


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.


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.


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.

Oak Creek panel to narrow list of police chief candidates

The town of Oak Creek is one step closer to having a police department.

County denies proposed campground

A local rancher's quest to place a campground on his property fell short Thursday evening.

Hayden, Soroco look for win

Soroco coach Gary Heide believes his team has found an identity.

Contradictory story leads to dismissed charges

As Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James questioned one of his witnesses, he started to notice her story didn't make complete sense.

And the winner is: Fort Lupton

Soccer team will take on Blue Devils Saturday

The wait is over.

Steamboat not afraid of Rifle

Fear will not be a factor tonight.

The Record for Oct. 18

Wednesday, Oct. 16 9:12 a.m. Police ticketed a vehicle parked in a no-park area on Conifer Circle.

Hooked on rugs

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.

Wednesday, October 16

Vaccination time has arrived

Doctors hoping residents get inoculations

October is prime flu vaccination time for children and the elderly.

Wayward rifle shot lands elk hunter in jail

A wayward rifle shot that endangered sleeping children landed an unsuspecting hunter in the Routt County Jail Wednesday.

School board hosts facilitator

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.

Water group forms

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.

The Record for Oct. 17

Tuesday, Oct. 15 1:43 a.m. An officer stood by as a vehicle was repossessed.

Soroco looks forward to homecoming

The emotion surrounding homecoming week might provide a spark that has fizzled in Soroco's volleyball game.

Hayden volleyball team takes on Soroco

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.

Skiers prepare for season

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.

Tuesday, October 15

Council appoints members to board

City selects three residents to be part of water authority

The City Council appointed three members to the proposed Water Authority Board Tuesday.

Cross country teams try to make it to state

An entire season of work has come down to just 5 kilometers for the members of the Steamboat Springs cross country teams.

Sailors psyched for game

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.


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.

Officials address County Road 36

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.

The Record for Oct. 16

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.

Grant OK'd for Hayden street realignment

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.

Soccer team waits to hear playoff details

After taking Monday off, the members of the Steamboat Springs soccer team returned to practice Tuesday.

Officials support Two Plus plan

City, county endorse affordable housing recommendations

The City Council and county commissioners supported the affordable housing recommendations made by the Two Plus Housing Committee.

Ski & Swap kicks off Friday

The granddaddy of ski swaps in Steamboat Springs this weekend provides a little something for everyone.

Teen accidentally shot by dad

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.


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, October 14

Board rejects Montessori bid

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education voted unanimously to deny the Montessori charter application at Monday night's school board meeting.

Rollover survivors hospitalized

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

Snowmaking begins

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 object to amendments

County officials on Monday made public their objections to amendments that would change Colorado's election process if approved by voters Nov. 5.

Sunday, October 13

Two killed in rollover accident

Passengers airlifted to Denver hospital

Two people died and two were injured early Sunday morning, in a one-vehicle rollover accident on Colorado 131.

The record for Oct. 14, 2002

Reservations recommended at 'House of Bratwurst'

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.

Vandals hit Oak Creek vehicles

Oak Creek's three police vehicles had the license plates stolen and suffered minor damages after being vandalized over the weekend.

Council will hear appeal for new station

The Steamboat Springs City Council will hear an appeal about constructing a 20-foot gas station and fast food company sign.

Saturday, October 12

Some against keeping judge

Independent group advises voters not to retain Thompson

Routt County voters have been advised not to return one of their judges to the bench.

Mackenzie Paige McHenry

Mackenzie Paige McHenry 2002-2002

Expansion in the works

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).


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.

Restaurant scene changes

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.

Sailors end season with win

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.

Hayden pushes for higher pay for its teachers

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.


Hi Denver Friends, Well, it didn't take Fred more than a matter of a few seconds to approve both proposals.

The Record fro Oct. 13

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.

Same level, different game plan

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.

Fishing the Green

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.

Sound Off for Oct. 13

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.


Reports are that Howard Stees is healing nicely after his recent fall from a roof where he was working.

BIRTHS for Oct. 13

Colter Scott Gansmann, son of Michelle and Scott Gansmann of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 2, 2002.

Decked out in Oak Creek

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.


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.

Residents agree: Current court facility is too small

For 14 years, Mickey Miller's task was to keep order in the courtroom.


Bridging the gap

Last fall, voters in Steamboat Springs approved a tax increase that raised salaries for beginning teachers to $29,075.

Business Briefs: Charter flight service to Dallas returns

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.

Ski Corp. promotions announced

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.

Building permit numbers hold steady

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.

Works in progress

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.

Steamboat Grand manager has vision for resort's future

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.

College prep

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.

Friday, October 11

Park holds off on winter trail

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.

Sailors show their homecoming spirit

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.

Winning ways

Sailors dominate Demons, 33-20, for homecoming win

The Glenwood Springs Demons came to Steamboat Springs Friday night hoping to spoil homecoming.

Second animal near Hayden tests positive for CWD

Another animal found near Hayden has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

New Stagecoach trail completed

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.

Mustangs beat up Tigers, 56-13

West Grand showed why it is the team to beat in the Western Slope as the Mustangs rolled past Hayden 56-13 Friday night.

New technology will aid motorists at intersection

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.

Thursday, October 10

Sailors in playoffs

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.

Mountview to feature 11 home sites

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.

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. 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.

Homecoming week

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.

Building Permits for Oct. 28-31

Volleyball team continues on streak

The Steamboat Springs volleyball team continued its 11-game winning streak with back-to-back wins on the road.

The allure of Alpenglow

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.

Performers at heart

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.

Hunting outlook questionable

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.

Town wants overdue bills paid

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.

Number of registered voters should top 17,000

Voter registrations poured in earlier this week and early estimates show no political party in Routt County has a clear-cut advantage.


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.

Golf pro to leave course

When the golf season comes to an end in Steamboat Springs, so will the run of local golf professional Dennis Johnson.

Tennis team loses every first-round match

Some learning experiences come with a price.

McInnis bill moves in House

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.


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.

The Record for Oct. 11

Wednesday, Oct. 9 12:13 a.m. Police issued three tickets to three minors in possession of alcohol at Colorado Mountain College.

Paving the way for the future

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.

Wednesday, October 9

Cargo may face recall

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.

Pilot & Today receives awards

Newspaper recognized by national association

The Steamboat Pilot & Today has won a national award for its series on affordable housing.

Colorado Wild joins in appeal

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.

The record for Oct. 10, 2002

Oak Creek sells land for housing development

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.

Runners preview course

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.

Six local youth win at competition

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.

Tuesday, October 8

Sailors prepare for state

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.

City, RALF look to keep deed restrictions

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.

OUR VIEW: A Not-So-Private Affair

The arrest of Judge Joel Thompson's girlfriend on drug charges last year was an unfortunate incident.

Hayden seeking mineral funds

Municipalities and counties throughout Colorado are looking for their share of the state's energy and mineral impact funds this week.

Hayden has 1st budget meeting

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.

City holds off on decision

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.

The Record for Oct. 9

Monday, Oct. 7 2:05 a.m. A barking dog was reported on Hilltop Parkway. Animal Control was unable to locate the animal.

Monday, October 7

Steamboat earns ninth straight win

Call it Intimidation 101, and the Rifle volleyball team got front row and back row seats for Steamboat Springs' free lesson.

DeVincentis accepts mediation

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.

The record for Oct. 8, 2002

County hosts public forums

Routt County wants advice from the people who pay its bills.

Housing proposal tests council

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

'Excuse me, Mr. Sichting, but would you sign this?'

Getting autographs is a lot easier than keeping them

My 8-year-old daughter Maggie has taken a liking to volleyball.

Council interviews applicants

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.

Mayhew earns Civil Air award

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.

The record for Oct. 7, 2002

Saturday, October 5

Residents look for alternative route

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.

The importance of Oak Creek's ice rink Behind the Heads

Behind the Heads Q. What is the history of the ice rink in Oak Creek?

Quit smoking with the mayor

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.

A helping paw

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.

Down to the wire

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.

Different approach, same goal

Sailors, Panthers just want to win

Consider Delta coach Derek Carlson and Steamboat coach Mark Drake opposites with regard to non-league scheduling.

Tennis team qualifies for state tournament

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.

Routt County on pace to top 2001 foreclosure filings

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.

Funding cuts hit home

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.

BIRTHS for Oct. 7

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.

Water woes

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.

Ellsworth committed to Curve Market

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.

Sound Off for Oct. 6

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.

Right choices

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.

Obituaries for Oct. 6, 2002

Buddies for studies

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.

After the wildfires

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.

Wirth, SmartWool among honorees at Navigator Awards

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.

Letters for Oct. 6, 2002

Friday, October 4

Riders remember friend, brother

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.

A Homecoming win

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.

Steamboat holds on to win, 19-18

The members of the Steamboat Springs football team got to have their cake and eat it, too, Friday night.

Youth corps turns 10

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?

Our plants need moisture to tough out Steamboat winter

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.

Paonia shuts out Soroco, 19-0

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.

The Record for Oct. 5

Thursday, Oct. 3 6:53 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was parked by First National Bank. It was gone by the time police arrived.

Thursday, October 3

Steamboat's offense intimidates Delta

Delta plans to play keep away tonight.

Teams look forward to festivities

Boys will be boys.

A natural talent

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.


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.

Victims of domestic abuse recognized Thursday

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.

Hayden makes choice on garbage

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.

ASC announces deal for Mount Werner Circle

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.

Sailors squash Huskies

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.

Steamboat gets first snow

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.

Hayden denies pump station requests

Several Hayden residents have approached Hayden Town Hall staff asking the 5,000-gallon restriction on key pump station water usage be lifted.

Soroco prepares for Paonia

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.

The record for Oct. 4, 2002

Agreement reached for outfitter

Chad Bedell didn't walk away with everything he wanted Thursday night. But it was enough.

Zimbabwe-influenced Jaka hasn't strayed from roots

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.


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.

Start spreading the news

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.

Tuesday, October 1

Golf tournament scores big

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.

Council will scale back snow removal

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.

The record for Oct. 3, 2002

Duckels pleads guilty for blast

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.

Group wants 'hoppers controlled

Residents join forces to combat population explosion

County officials are hoping residents band together this fall to fight a tiny foe next summer.

Core Trail extends

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.

The record for Oct. 2, 2002

Sheriff: Residents should avoid phone solicitors

Organizations or individuals who wish to solicit funds from Routt County residents should put their intentions in print.

Trail rides cause friction

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.

Council hammers out budget

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.