Monday, September 30
Runway repairs will last 40 days
The Yampa Valley Regional Airport will shut down for 40 days this spring.
Sailors, Franks within reach of state championship
An opening hole double bogie and several missed putts left Sailor Jeff Franks frustrated as he made his way off the No. 18 green at the Boomerang Links Monday, following the first round of the Colorado High School Golf Championships.
Commissioners will announce decision at today's meeting
Routt County Commissioners are expected to lift a four-month fire ban today.
Norton seeking lieutenant governor's seat
Republican Lieutenant Governor candidate Jane Norton said she fully supports Governor Bill Owens' plan that could help small businesses afford health care plans for their employees.
Sunday, September 29
Pilot & Today forum a chance for residents to voice opinions on issues they're passionate about
A few years ago, my friend Bret Bloomquist had hip replacement surgery and was hospitalized for several days. Bret was the sports editor at the newspaper where I worked the San Angelo Standard-Times.
Saturday, Sept. 28 12:07 a.m. A foot patrol was requested at Ski Time Square.
Physician assistant promotes measure to prevent illness
Physician assistant Frani Jenkins said staying healthy is a daily job, but getting a flu shot can make that job a little easier. Jenkins, who gets her flu shot every year, said she can count on her hands the number of times she has been sick over the past 25 years.
Golf tournament returns to Steamboat to raise funds
Once upon a time in Steamboat Springs 1986, to be exact a group of young people began to work and hang out together. As they grew older, they celebrated marriages, the births of children and other milestones.
Saturday, September 28
Vandalism, poor drainage visible problems with indoor rink in Oak Creek
At the last two Oak Creek Town Board meetings, residents have asked the board to address the state of the town's hockey rink
Declines in bus service, jobs, maintenance seen as solution to budget woes
The Steamboat Springs City Council will have to decide if it wants to see bus hours drop, 8.4 jobs eliminated and maintenance decline for city parks and trails in the 2003 city budget.
Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Regina Wendler knew she loved horses well before her 10th birthday. Her love for horses was sparked when she was growing up in New York, and that love still remains strong today.
Let it be known that the only people touting this policy governance are the school board, the superintendent and this newspaper, the latter of which has an editor, Scott Stanford, whose wife, Kelly Stanford, is the director of content standards and works directly for the superintendent. Let the majority speak. Ask a teacher. But wait, they can't thanks to policy governance.
Sailors strive for high school golf's most coveted title
Lakes, pot bunkers and 36 holes are the only things that separate 84 of the state's best young players from a coveted state title.
Major league baseball players don't often have time to go hunting in the midst of a pennant race. But a trio of St. Louis Cardinals along with a member of the club's broadcast team, got the deal done last week at Three Rivers Ranch.
Ben Beall is the chairman of a committee formed to support the passage of a bond issue to pay for a new judicial facility. He discusses the need for a new courthouse in Routt County.
Beth is the kind of thirteen-year-old girl that strikes immediate admiration in those around her. She has a tough-girl walk, but a baby face
Strawberry Park Principal John DeVincentis did not get his pay for performance this year but he did receive his "bonus" from his staff.
New curriculum designed to challenge every student
Parent Carole Buelter has found benefits by donating her time to help teach accelerated math to seventh-graders at the middle school.
Nobody paid a whole lot of attention to Steamboat Springs freestyle skier Travis Mayer in the days leading up to the 2002 Olympic mogul event.
Volleyball team wins, despite poor performance
Coach Wendy Hall shook her head in disbelief.
Trailing 14-7 at the half, Sailors coach Mark Drake told quarterback David May to start quarterbacking.
What was once a merger has now become a division. Nine months after Romick and Associates merged with Prudential Steamboat Realty, it has become a separate division in one of Steamboat's largest real estate companies.
Greta Newton-Brunken said she has been told she sells steel like a television evangelist sells salvation. As the finishing touches were being done to close in a light-gauge steel-frame on a house in Steamboat's Silver Spur development, Newton-Brunken gave a tour, preaching the virtues of steel in residential construction.
Samantha Johnston has been named publisher of the Craig Daily Press. Johnston was previously general manager for the Daily Press, and has been with the newspaper since September 2000.
Resort business owners should engage an architect before taking on a building project, Jerry Nichols told a Steamboat audience this week. But bricks and mortar were the furthest things from his mind.
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. officials have long thought they had one of the best proprietary reservation systems in the business. But they didn't have the same confidence in their Web presence.
Intertribal troupe of Native Americans demonstrate authentic songs, dances
Charlie Denny moves to the beat of several drummers. The 13-year-old was in Steamboat Springs last week to perform with an intertribal troupe of Native American dancers from Colorado and Utah.
Had whiskey arrested break jail
Whiskey was responsible for some excitement out of the ordinary at Oak Creek Wednesday when Joe Johnson, who now has the former Bennie Laughlin ranch, northeast of Yampa, was arrested with his brother and they broke out of jail, only one of them being recaptured. He was tried yesterday before Justice O.E. Mallory in Steamboat Springs and fined $100, which he paid. The brother is still missing.
Betsy Kalmeyer was looking for a new challenge this summer. More specifically, she sought a challenge stiffer than running a 100-mile foot race through the rugged San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Kalmeyer had already conquered the Hard Rock Hundred near Silverton in record time. She was looking for something tougher. She found it in an obscure event called "Nolan's 14."
Grief drove Andrea Hayden into the arms of her new town. Her husband died three weeks before they were to move onto land they purchased near Hayden, and the only way she could think of dealing was to fill her time with work and meetings. She didn't know many people in town yet.
Linda Halteman apologizes for going blank. She's worked as a holistic chiropractor in Steamboat Springs for 20 years helping countless people, so she has plenty of stories to share about changing lives.
Josie Dean loves animals. But it is a love that has shifted in the past two months. And though she said her love has not lessened for her dog Comet and all the other animals she works to save through the Humane Society, it now has to be expanded to include her 9-week-old baby girl, Anna.
Cheri Daschle, the Steamboat Springs Middle School secretary, said when she was offered a higher-paying job, she realized she couldn't give up spending time with kids. "I couldn't see not working with kids I didn't know it meant so much to me until someone offered me a different job," she said.
Nature Conservancy program brings Ecuadorian ranchers to Carpenter Ranch
Jeff Blakeslee steered seven Ecuadorian ranchers through a system of swinging corral doors and into a chute wide enough for one cow. He was demonstrating the Carpenter Ranch's Temple Grandin-designed system for getting beef to the slaughter in the least stressful way possible.
Jeanne Power did many things she liked to do before she found one thing she loved to do. Power, a paramedic and firefighter with the city of Steamboat Springs, has flirted with several professions.
If you had told Pat McKnight-Redmond while she was growing up in Sacramento, Calif., that she would spend her adult life in a town of 443 people with one dirt road, she probably would have laughed.
You can hear the pride in Jim Meyers' voice as he speaks about the accomplishments of his younger brother.
Kenneth and Carol Rhodes left for Grand Junction as of late to seek warmer climates. They will be in Grand Junction for a while before going on to a much warmer area to spend the cold winter months.
On March 26, American Skiing Co. pulled the plug on its deal to sell the Steamboat Ski Area to a group of investors led by Tim and Diane Mueller. Things haven't improved much for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. in the six months since.
What a glorious time of year! For most of September we've been watching the aspens change from a green to yellow, orange and red. This past week has been every color in every direction. Like I've said before, "Autumn is my favorite time of year until spring comes."
Gigi Walker has more bear stories than she can count. It comes with the territory of living in a tepee in the Colorado mountains. She remembers the first time a bear came to visit the tepee she and her husband, Johnny Walker, spend their summers in just outside of Steamboat Springs
Stepping into the Community Agriculture Alliance's executive director position hasn't been a leisurely walk through a hayfield for Jean Morrow, even though walking through a hayfield is part of the job.
Lynne Miller said her favorite times include picking her grandson, Taylor, up from school and taking him to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and walking around town, talking about nothing too important. "With Taylor I can be a kid again," Miller said.
Friday, September 27
Palisade spoils hopes for come-from-behind win
Chance Phelps wasn't supposed to be there. He wasn't even on the roster.
American Skiing Co. is in danger of losing the 44-acre Tennis Meadows development parcel to foreclosure. Fleet National Bank filed documents at the Routt County Treasurer's office Friday seeking to foreclose on $81.9 million in loans granted to American Skiing Co. Resort Properties in July 2001.
Thursday, Sept. 26 12:01 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported in the 2100 block of Curve Plaza.
North Routt charter director pleased so far
Students at the North Routt Charter School have a similar school schedule to that of the Steamboat schools with a lot more flexibility. The charter school presented a draft of its 2002-03 goals and daily school schedule to the Steamboat Springs School Board.
Speakers say increase in second-home owners a problem
In a panel that mixed statistical and empirical data, speakers said affordable housing was a regional problem and one that is exacerbated by second-home owners.
Employee sacrifices work for struggling organization
Tread of Pioneers Museum Director Marty Woodbury is taking an unpaid three-month leave of absence to allow the financially struggling nonprofit organization to keep its doors open.
Thursday, September 26
Ski area not so pedestrian friendly, consultant says
Steamboat Springs received a critique Thursday night as a mountain resort consultant talked of poor pedestrian access and of sending mixed messages.
On top of junior Devin Borvansky's sandy blond hair is an invisible target that seems to grow larger when he's in the box and Steamboat's threatening to score.
At this point in the season, it would be fair to say that Rifle, Palisade and Steamboat Springs are the top three teams football teams in the Western Slope.
When Sharon Pace woke up from hours under anesthesia, the look on her husband's face said everything.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra is filled with business people and teachers, retirees and ranchers who happen to be violinists and flautists and trumpet players.
At 8 p.m. Tuesday, I started to miss El Rancho Nuevo. I wanted to walk into a bar, disheveled as I was, order a beer and disappear behind a curtain of cigarette smoke.
Speaker says Steamboat needs to look to future
The growth of Steamboat Springs as a resort community is declining, said one speaker at Thursday's international mountain conference. Placing Steamboat in similar positions as Vail and Aspen, Becky Zimmermann, of Design Workshop Inc. in Denver, said Steamboat needed to figure out where it wanted to go next to start growing again.
A 50-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of embezzling money from an Oak Creek business.
Thursday night's meeting began with a prepared statement by Oak Creek resident Tom Bleuer. The several-page speech outlined the ways America's War on Drugs have been used to violate constitutional rights.
Collect seeds so your grandchildren can grow the same plants someday
One of the most fulfilling and fun features of gardening for me is harvesting seeds from my favorite plants and sharing them with friends and other green thumb enthusiasts. What a thrill to be able to nurture flowers for today and for the future. Who knows, maybe someday your grandchild will grow the same daisy that thrills you each summer.
Wednesday, Sept. 25 7:21 a.m. A motorist drove away without paying for $20 worth of gas at Kum & Go. Police took a theft report.
Show support for fund-raiser for breast cancer
If you must know, I've worn a plain gray sports bra for the better part of my adult life. No flowers or underwires.
Rock operas. What a great idea. Why keep what you have to say down to a three-minute single when you can spread it out over the length of a theatrical production?
Hikers can soon return to forest areas burned in the Mount Zirkel Complex. The U.S. Forest Service announced closures in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness will be lifted Saturday morning.
Travelers who miss flights will end up paying
Airline passengers flying out of Yampa Valley Regional Airport after Oct. 1 will find rules regarding ticket refunds have changed. And unless they are paying close attention, they could find out the hard way.
Wednesday, September 25
Park City official opens mountain resorts conference
For a few brief moments the sense of excitement that swept through Steamboat Springs during the 2002 Winter Olympics came back as a Park City official shared his experiences in hosting the games.
Sprint U.S. Grand Nationals come back to Steamboat
For the fourth time in five years the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand Nationals will return to the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area.
Outfitters, officials take steps to alleviate fears
The latest discovery of chronic wasting disease in Northwest Colorado has Division of Wildlife officials and local outfitters taking steps to alleviate fears about its impact on the hunting season.
Tuesday, September 24
School board wants to know stance
The disagreement between Strawberry Park Elementary Principal John DeVincentis, the Steamboat Springs School Board and Superintendent Cyndy Simms was at the heart of the school board's discussion Monday night.
Steamboat drops Moffat County to set up showdown in Glenwood
The Moffat County High School volleyball team struggled to find a way to stop Steamboat Springs' dangerous offensive attack in Tuesday night's league contest in the Sailors' gym.
Advocates looks to bring awareness to issue
Employers who turn a blind eye to violence in the home risk seeing it in the workplace.
Resort planning, development topics of event this week
In between phone calls to arrange bus trips to Vail and to supply baskets for conference packets, Thomas Clark sat in his office putting the finishing touches on his paper about affordable housing.
Things weren't working for the Steamboat Springs soccer team.
Monday, September 23
Parking questions loom as facility nears completion
When residents meet to discuss the final stage of the Stockbridge Multi-Modal Center, chances are questions will be aimed at the facility's barely-used 150 parking spaces.
When an Illinois couple lost its way in the Buffalo Pass area this weekend, a group of volunteers immediately responded to the call for help.
Sailors tennis team playing with confidence
After the first three league matches of the season, the members of the Steamboat Springs Sailors have taken to the court with a new sense of confidence.
Routt County will take precautions this winter to hinder future occurrences of the West Nile Virus in Northwest Colorado, county health officials said Monday.
Sunday, September 22
Search efforts failed to locate lost couple
Ron and Dianne Revell's picnic lunch at the lake didn't go quite as planned.
Loretta Iacovetto-Gersic was the Queen of Oak Creek
The Queen of Oak Creek has been gone for a little more than a year now. And on Sunday they auctioned off her things.
Saturday, September 21
Steamboat cheerleaders find teamwork is key to success
Steamboat's cheerleaders hope to see the crowds match their enthusiasm at the next home football game Friday night.
The following are Steamboat Springs School District new teachers and support staff for the 2002-03 school year:
Executives at the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. will tell you the most effective e-mail marketing campaign they launched last winter was the one that never bothered to ask customers for their business.
Enormous crops, big problem
What is to be done with the enormous quantities of feed that have this year been harvested on Routt County ranches? In hay alone Routt County puts into the stack 100,000 tons a year.
Oh wow! This has been an exciting week. Are the aspens going to be in full color by next weekend? Well, no, it will be another week. Of course, we can never tell until it happens, but it is beautiful right now, with some lovely reds and oranges.
What is Policy Governance?
The school district follows the system of Policy Governance a model of managing a large organization. We asked Paul Fisher, Pat Gleason, Tami Havener, Tom Sharp and Paula Stephenson members of the Steamboat Springs Board of Education to explain the system and tell how community members can address the Board of Education if they have problems in the district.
Plateau Valley coach Scott Rienks said his team's goal is to force three turnovers a game.
While developers are planning subdivisions at a record pace to the west of Steamboat Springs in Hayden, Oak Creek to the south has seen limited plans.
Vacant building in Oak Creek offered for $575,000
An old kayak factory that once housed 35 employees sits empty at the corner of Arthur Avenue in Oak Creek.
Auction at ranch in Clark a benefit for locals and Canadian operation
Home Ranch owner Ken Jones and Canadian equine rancher Gord Jessiman stood on both sides of a 5-month-old mare in a small livestock pen.
Forest Service will tear down cabin built in 1937
In 1937, the U.S. Forest Service built a small cabin at the entrance of the Routt National Forest in Yampa in order to inventory the resources of the forest. The operation was small, housing one ranger.
Support our United Way
Drive around Steamboat Springs and it's easy to be lulled into a sense of security. Beautiful homes, nice parks and other amenities dot the community's landscape. You have to look hard to find signs of need.
Sailors on top of Western Slope
Steamboat Springs overcame a shaky start Saturday to down Palisade 15-7, 15-2 and remain unbeaten in the Western Slope League. It is the first time in three years the Sailors have beaten Palisade in Steamboat Springs.
Strawberry Park principal says he's been treated unfairly by administration
Popular Strawberry Park Principal John DeVincentis is negotiating with the Steamboat Springs School Board for early retirement, saying he has not seen eye to eye with Superintendent Cyndy Simms and the school board for some time.
Deb Freseman is scheduled to receive the gift of life at a Seattle Hospital next month. But she won't know who her benefactor is for at least another year.
Taps at Brewfest don't run dry early this year; Fall Foliage Festival also a hit
Steamboat Springs was out in full Dionysian force near Gondola Square Saturday, celebrating the latest batch of beer from 23 Colorado breweries.
Drivers take to the rural roads of the county, racing against the clock in annual Cog Rally
The air smelled of dust and oil, and the excitement lasted no more than five minutes. Cars pulled into the Hayden Speedway minutes away from the end of the Cog Rally race that started seven hours earlier.
Pearl Elrene Stehley 1903-2002 Pearl Elrene Stehley, 98, died Sept. 12, 2002, in Steamboat Springs.
David Adrian Spencer 1918-2002 David Adrian Spencer, 83, died Sept. 11, 2002, at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins.
Jay Charles Outsen 1927-2002 Jay Charles Outsen, 75, died Sept. 12, 2002, in Salt Lake City.
Embrace Euzoa We are blessed to live in such a beautiful valley.
Navigator Awards deadline Monday
The deadline for the Navigator awards is Monday.
Shannon Yeager, daughter of Dan and Sharon Yeager of Steamboat Springs, and Gregg Cascarini, son of David and Nancy Cascarini of Temecula, Calif., were united in marriage Aug. 3, 2002, at the Paiute Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.
David and Marian Combs of Steamboat Springs are proud to announce the engagement in February of their daughter, Kelda, to Michael Wall, the son of Omaha, Neb., residents Mary and Elmer Wall.
On Sept. 11, Nick Schafer was master of ceremonies at 7 p.m. at a memorial held in the high school auditorium. Rowan McQuarrie played his bagpipe and Andrea Deepe sang a patriotic solo.
New hours New days and hours are offered through September at the South Routt Medical Center. Frannie Jenkins, P.A. will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays. Dr. Smilkstein will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays.
Saturday was a beautiful day for a ballgame, and the Hayden volleyball team took advantage of the weather by spending a generous portion of the afternoon outside watching Tigers football.
Doug Mason won the 7-mile race Saturday morning in the Steamboat Pilot & Today Run for Literacy, the final race of the season in the Steamboat Springs Running Series.
Photo enthusiasts should prepare for fall spectacular in upcoming weeks
Turn off the football game; prime time for fall colors begins today and continues into the first week in October.
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.
Training center is like college, TIC workers say
When the next class of aspiring millwrights enrolls at the TIC Training Center this fall, they'll be trained to install $25 million turbines in new electrical power plants.
As far as suggestions for next year's Labor Day music festival goes, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. What about that classic hot jazz called swing? It's so old it's new.
If you don't know who Raphael Poiree is, chances are you are not alone.
Friday, September 20
Resident was apparently robbed, shot to death
Chad Lee Anderson quit his job and left Hayden in August to look for employment elsewhere. He was found dead last weekend in Grand Junction.
After winning its opening two games against JV opponents, the Hayden football team figured it would be challenged sooner or later by a more experienced foe.
The Sailors football team couldn't have asked for a better start for its first league game on Friday night as the Panthers basically gave away 14 points after the opening kickoff and then rolled over to a 35-6 beating.
Euthanized horse tests positive for virus
The first case of the West Nile virus was identified in Northwest Colorado Friday.
Strength, size, speed of Cowboys too much for Rams
Gary Heide would like another crack at Meeker.
The Steamboat Springs Sailors boys tennis team opened league play Friday with an impressive 7-0 win over the host Delta Panthers.
Soroco coach Amy Pankonin said Meeker's defense at net and in the back row was the best her team had seen all year.
Local agencies' efforts to raise awareness about tobacco use may get a financial boost from the state.
The Sailors volleyball team has taken care of the bottom of the Western Slope League. Now they get the top.
Event benefits YVMC Auxiliary
Today's rubber ducky race could be the best ever for the Yampa Valley Medical Center Auxiliary. The day before the race, Auxiliary Chairwoman Pat Sharp said $11,000 had already been raised.
Thursday, September 19
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?
There will be no Ronny Ackermann, no Hannu Manninen and no Todd Lodwick on the jump hills in Steamboat Springs this December.
Hayden discusses new developments affecting supply
A week of rain added inches to the area's water supply, but Hayden officials want to make sure last week's nearly averted crisis never happens again.
Sailors struggle with loss of senior quarterback to injury
A quarterback carousel is not what coach Mark Drake wants, but both David May and Preston Stanfill are expected to see action today as Steamboat searches for a replacement for Joel Adams.
The worst thing that could possibly happen at a brew festival happened last year in Steamboat Springs.
United Way kicks off 2003 campaign
The generosity of strangers ensured boys and girls in Routt County got essential dental work today. It guaranteed senior citizens a ride to the grocery store. It made jobs possible for adults with developmental disabilities.
Today Guitar Shorty, a legendary bluesman out of Texas, is playing at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.
The Hayden School Board agreed on Wednesday night that it has enough room in each of its buildings if the town begins to grow.
Live music will still be an option during mud season
Mud season has the potential of being a boring time in Steamboat Springs for some people.
Browse through the Indoor Art Exhibit at the Depot, and you are promised to see pieces that will catch your eye.
Distinctiveness yields unity
One minute after stepping into the Depot to see the latest exhibit, you'll know why it's nice that such a resource exists in the Yampa Valley.
Soroco and Meeker have identical league records 0-1.
Wednesday, September 18
Forest Service officials warn hikers to use good judgment
A large chunk of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness is still closed for good reason.
A shiny new belt buckle, a brand new saddle and a few extra dollars in her savings account are just a few of the things Steamboat Springs senior Danni Scheer has to show for a summer of hard work.
Group of investors purchases hotel property for $3.9 million
The new owners of the Harbor Hotel will take the winter to formulate their future strategy for the management and renovation of the property.
Franks, Sherrill lead team to state tournament
Jeff Franks, meet Kenton Gamache. He likes golfing in the cold just like you which came in handy Wednesday.
Letter leads to controversy; group has $60 left in fund
Wednesday night would have brought back bad memories to any adult child of divorced parents.
Tuesday, September 17
Course will wind through rural Routt County
The backroads of Routt County will become speedways this weekend.
In preapplication process, co-housing plan mostly praised
The City Council gave glowing reviews to the River Place co-housing project during Tuesday night's preapplication hearing.
Twenty teams and 80 of the state's best junior golfers will tee off at the Haymaker Golf Course at 8 a.m. today with one objective.
Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Aspen will greet the members of the Steamboat Springs tennis team this weekend as the Sailors look to pick their game up a notch in league play.
Carrigan Koski secures overall youth title
Lex Carrigan Koski knew he was within reach heading into the final event of the World Junior Snowboarding Championships at the Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand last weekend.
Improvements to Mount Werner Circle are in question
The City Council has decided Grand Summit Property Resorts is in default of a development agreement.
One week ago, 25,000 people gathered in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada for a festival known as "Burning Man." The name comes from the culminating event when thousands gather around a gigantic effigy and set it on fire.
Monday, September 16
Courthouse tours also available
Voters have several upcoming opportunities to educate themselves about a November ballot issue.
Landlord Tom Sharp placed a closed sign on the doors of El Rancho Nuevo restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs Monday after obtaining a court order allowing him to repossess the property from the owners for failure to pay rent.
U.S. Ski Team, Jones using summer to prepare
It's been a memorable summer for Clint Jones and the members of the U.S. Ski Team's special jumping team.
County officials work on final draft
People planning to build homes on certain skylined ridges in the county can expect some future direction from Routt County.
Saturday, September 14
I would just would like to say I'm from Woodbury, N.H., and I have been traveling for four months. I have really enjoyed your community. It is very friendly.
Dear Friends Halden, I've already told of events up through the summer of 1936, including Frances' marriage to Elmer Dorr the Big Creek Association range rider.
Leona Marie Davisson, 69, died Aug. 29, 2002, at her residence in Akron.
It's always good to drive the pink Jeep up Hahn's Peak mountain and enjoy the beauty all around.
Casey Jean Buchanan, daughter of Denise and Eugene Buchanan of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:20 a.m. July 27, 2002. He weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces. Her maternal grandparents are Jack Silfren of Deming, N.M. Her paternal grandparents are Mary and Estill Buchanan of Boulder.
When some guys go through their midlife crises, they buy motorcycles or fast sports cars.
Old-time cowman cashes in
Many old-timers will regret to learn that "Hi" Barnard, one of the best-known cowmen of this section, is about to "cash in," as he expresses it himself. Before being taken to the Rock Springs hospital from his ranch in Moffat county, he bid goodbye to all his friends, saying he would not return.
Despite today's technology, local folklore is still looked at to determine how much it may snow
Last year at about this time, local rancher Jim Stanko made an observation while working on his land.
Sailors cruise to victory despite loss of senior quarterback
Pat McMahon's bloodshot, teary eyes spoke for the Steamboat Springs football team. There was no celebration following a 49-6 rout over Berthoud Saturday at Gardner Field. Instead, McMahon and his teammates emerged from the locker room one by one, visibly devastated over the loss of senior Joel Adams to an unspecified knee injury one that could possibly end the starting quarterback's season and career as a Sailor.
Rick Bragg recalls days of growing up in Appalachia
Three-quarters through the Literary Sojourn, I was going to give my resignation to the Steamboat Pilot & Today, rent a cabin in the woods for a month and write a novel. Then journalist Rick Bragg took the stage, and the moment he opened his mouth, I changed my mind.
The Colorado Department of Health recently cited the Doak Walker Care Center for inappropriately medicating a resident and failing to notify the resident's family of changes in medication and behavior.
Call your senators I wonder how much of our public knows that Sens. Daschle and Leahy and their cohorts, as well as Sen. John McCain, are holding up the confirmation hearings of the president's nominees to the federal bench.
Denise Young, daughter of Linda Young of Steamboat Springs and Darryl Young of Weatherford, Texas, was married July 26, 2002, to Brian Bettcher, son of Steve and Kathy Bettcher of Littleton.
However, fall should continue for next several weeks
There is still time to prepare for winter as fall conditions are expected to stick around through the week in the Yampa Valley and any winter-like weather is still a few weeks away.
High tops were good enough for Johnny U.
Dear readers. It is with considerable regret that I inform you this may be the final column I write for the Monday edition of this newspaper. In truth, I have no desire to give up the column writing business.
Potters donate time, projects for event
The LIFT-UP Soup Bowl Supper brings a different fund-raising idea to Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs volleyball coach Wendy Hall was a little anxious heading into Saturday's match against Rifle.
Helen Elva Viele died Aug. 28, 2002. She was 94.
Bill Barnes was a patient at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs several days last week following an accident involving hauling rock. He underwent major surgery on his shoulder. Bill will be convalescing for quite some time at his home.
Steamboat runner Sarah MacCarthy dropped to her knees on Howelsen Hill field after finishing first in her team in the 2002 Suffer Fest cross country race.
Doctor travels Routt County to serve patients
Dr. Dan Smilkstein is a modern-day rural doctor. He doesn't do home visits or even have a permanent office, but he still knows all of his patients by name and can tell you about their lives far beyond the medical history in their files.
Driving south of Glenwood Springs on Colorado 82, motorists are greeted by imposing views of Mount Sopris. The conical twin peaks dominate the landscape from up and down the Roaring Fork Valley.
Open government is best government
Open government is the best government. Those six words are a simple statement of fact. An honest philosophy of openness. A basic guideline for good government.
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.
Second edition of 'Roadside Geology of Colorado' takes motorists on outdoor adventure
Driving south of Glenwood Springs on Colorado 82, motorists are greeted by imposing views of Mount Sopris. The conical twin peaks dominate the landscape from up and down the Roaring Fork Valley.
Recent development proposals have residents wondering what will happen to town
Colorado developers are buying up Hayden at a record pace and promising that everything from a revitalized downtown to new schools will accompany the addition of thousands of residents to the quiet agricultural town of 1,634 people.
Rob Bohlmann wanted to make the goals at Dudley Field look cavernous, so he sent his Steamboat Springs soccer team to Memorial Park Saturday morning.
Students find success with individualized learning plan
With the help of school aides, special-needs students can continue their studies in the same classroom as their peers.
Friday, September 13
The Steamboat Springs volleyball team might be the most frustrated 7-1 team in Colorado.
Hayden makes five-hour commute to take on Paonia in first game of league play
Imagine silence on a school bus.
Open fires prohibited in Routt County
Don't light that bonfire just yet. Open fires are still outlawed in Routt County, including state and federal lands.
A bill that would force the federal government to hold up its side of a funding bargain made in 1976 is one step closer to passage this week. The House Resource Committee unanimously decided to send the legislation, championed by Colorado Congressman Scott McInnis, R-Grand Junction, to the floor for a vote by Congress.
Sales tax revenue bounced back in July after the city had the worst month for sales tax collection in years.
Mark Drake is tired of imperfection.
Thursday, September 12
The Oak Creek Town Board wants the Routt County sheriff's help in choosing a police chief, but it also wants to retain the strongest voice in the decision.
Sailors improve to 3-3 on the year
Kyle Nelson won one for Steamboat's soccer guys and for the little guys.
Producer Brian Harvey is excited about "6 to 1, The Goods are Odd." During one of the cast's crash-course-like rehearsals in the Strings Music Tent, he stopped for a minute to talk about it.
Hayden residents voice concerns over 'Old Farm Village'
Kevin Bennett and Jim Engelken's first foray across the line to Hayden developers from Steamboat Springs City Council members was not pretty. Thursday night's Hayden Planning Commission meeting was packed with landowners whose property adjoined "Old Farm Village," Bennett and Engelken's proposed 28-lot subdivision.
Local man brings punk, hardcore, new metal to Wolf Den
Musician-turned-event coordinator Eric Wess is focused on introducing something different to Steamboat Springs rather than being concerned with the money his Punk Off The Boat festival could bring.
Mountain Essentials sells variety of hemp products
Mountain Essentials, a new retail shop on Lincoln Avenue, has an identity problem.
Appeals of decisions regarding forests could be affected
Sparring over a wildfire prevention act has pulled the bark beetle suppression work in the Routt National Forest into federal squabbling.
Aspens can make a lovely addition
Every fall, the brilliant golden leaves of the aspen trees in the mountains inspire many local homeowners to plant a few of these beauties near their houses.
Routt County youths didn't get much of a break after the Routt County Fair.
The goods really are odd
It's perfectly logical for the folks at Ski Town Productions and Pirate Theatre to use the perceived lopsided gender pool in Steamboat Springs as the basis of their second local production, "6 to 1, The Goods are Odd."
Mike Johnson sees Grand Valley in Soroco.
Wednesday, September 11
Students weigh fallout from 9/11
More than 100 students and faculty members packed into a lounge on the Colorado Mountain College campus Wednesday for a discussion on America's war on terrorism. The exchange was sometimes provocative and at one point emotionally charged.
Police Services Director J.D. Hays asked the small crowd before him Tuesday afternoon to remember the victims of Sept. 11 and the people who died trying to save them.
When Lynn Anne Schneider woke up Wednesday morning, she and her husband watched the morning news broadcast like many others on the one-day anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Two-thirds of the 1997 Routt Divide Blowdown is estimated to have burned in the Hinman and Burn Ridge fires.
Conference will highlight preservation
Routt County's historic buildings will be on display next weekend as it hosts a three-day conference on historic preservation.
A call for peace rang loud and clear Wednesday night.
Middle school students present $1,000 to Steamboat Springs firefighters
Before seventh-grader Jada Garber went to school Wednesday, her mother reminded her to think about the colors of the American flag that she was wearing as a symbol of the nearly 3,000 people who died last Sept. 11.
Tuesday, September 10
Rabbit Ears Pass was smacked by an early snow squall during the first week of September 2001. And on Sept. 10, ski season bookings at Steamboat Central Reservations were tracking 21 percent ahead of the previous season.
The Steamboat Springs City Council will not start budget talks until October but is already looking for ways to ease the pain of deciding what to cut.
A 51-year-old Loveland man remains in jail on suspicion of kidnapping and raping a Routt County man.
Airport must pay for new passenger, baggage screening equipment
Perhaps no other entity in Routt County has been affected more by Sept. 11 than the county's only commercial airport.
Soroco scored even when it didn't try.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Americans woke to their usual routines.
Very few cross country runners head to Leadville for the Lake County Invitational to gain confidence.
12 local golfers earn titles at tourney
Local golfer Jeff Franks took a pretty straightforward approach to playing in the Rifle Bears Invitational Tuesday.
Steamboat man: Don't sweat the small stuff anymore
Former New York City firefighter Kevin Nerney has a few projects to finish on his new home in Silver Spur Estates.
Public better understands workers' roles, local fireman says
Steamboat Springs firefighters Matt Mathisen and Chuck Cerasoli don't do their jobs any differently than they did a year ago.
It was 6:53 a.m. on Sept. 11, 1979 that my mother brought me into this world.
A year later, Mike Diemer still fights back tears when he talks about Sept. 11. "What a waste," said Diemer, the owner of Johnny B. Good's Diner. "They killed a bunch of moms and dads. What did that accomplish?"
Unused lagoon may become recreational area
Turning an unused sewer lagoon into an 18-acre park is a proposal the City Council supports but is not ready to fund.
Monday, September 9
Volleyball team wins first tournament of season
When it came to beating the Sailors at last week's Fort Morgan Tournament most of the opposing teams decided to focus on trying to stop Steamboat's biggest hitter, Katie Carter.
Ranchers will not have to stop using Elk River's water
Rain showers Sunday forestalled the need to cut off more irrigation ditches on the Elk River northwest of Steamboat Springs.
County sees low response rate so far
Several organizations in Routt County want to know where and how residents spend their money.
Council will discuss project at today's meeting
The city of Steamboat Springs wants to turn its unused lagoon sewer system into a recreation complex
Sunday, September 8
Put thoughts into words for grandchildren to read
Unavoidably, and appropriately, all of us will spend a portion of this week trying to find meaning in the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Saturday, Sept. 7 12:21 a.m. An intoxicated pedestrian was reported near U.S. 40 and Dream Island.
Colorado Mountain College is encouraging dialogue among students, staff and faculty this week.
Event will be held Sept. 19 at Yampa Valley Medical Center
Now is the time for people to begin thinking about contributing to Colorado's blood supply.
Representatives will discuss strategy
It might take a good snowfall to put out the fires burning in the Flat Tops Wilderness.
Most men think they are in pretty good health. But the truth is, on average, men live six years less than women. However, there is encouraging news. For the most part, good health is in your control.
Saturday, September 7
You think you worked overtime this week?
Baseball's golden age is long gone
I think that I must have grown up in the golden age of baseball.
What a great Labor Day weekend it was at historic Hahn's Peak. It's always a special time when local year-rounders are home for the holiday, kids are not in school and summer weekenders come for last-of-summer fun time.
A Routt County landmark, Hahn's Peak is an ideal hiking adventure
September is an ideal time to summit one of Routt County's landmark peaks, but Saturday would not have been a good day to set out for the top of Hahn's Peak. The brooding clouds were a warning of the only real danger faced on a trip to the summit.
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. Sunday, Sept. 1 Douglas Wayne Ogden, 48, Debeque Driving under the influence of alcohol (Hayden Police Department)
Dear Denver Friends, As we finished our Arizona Odyssey in mid-April 1937, we found the footlog just ready to go out and Elmer was afraid that the car might get stuck in one of the several holes along the pasture road.
Bumper crops for fair
The eighth annual Routt County fair opened Wednesday, and in the number and quality of exhibits, the excellence of the program of sports and the attendance equals all previous events of the kind at Hayden. An abundance of moisture and favorable growing weather has resulted in bumper crops and better specimens of grains, grasses and vegetables than ever before displayed at the big fair.
Jewish community observes its New Year and welcomes the arrival of a part-time rabbi
As the Jewish community in Steamboat Springs reflects on the past year, it has much to look forward to in the new year.
Norma Jo Nachtman is a patient at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs undergoing medical tests.
Emily Marie Walker and Charles Anthony Hill were married April 20, 2002, at the United Methodist Church in Steamboat Springs.
I would like to comment on the PBR rodeo on Sept. 1.
Tony Vaida chaired the Impact Fee Advisory Committee appointed by the Steamboat Springs City Council. The committee recommended that the city consider a 1.2 percent excise tax to replace impact fees. Residents will vote on the tax Nov. 5.
I am so very impressed with the employees and volunteers of the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter. What a wonderful group of kind, caring and compassionate individuals. They were there for me when I adopted two of God's greatest creatures and they were there for me when I had to give them back up well over a year later, when circumstances would no longer let me retain "my children."
Tigers move to 2-0 after shutting out Sailors junior varsity squad, 18-0
Hayden offered up more than Mike McCannon was expecting.
Hayden has always been an affordable and appealing alternative to Steamboat Springs. The town of 1,635 people 25 miles west of Steamboat has the best infrastructure and the best access to Steamboat of any area community, and housing remains affordable.
Naugle accommodates students by traveling to their homes
Nita Naugle wears blue jeans and drives a pickup. She grew up on a ranch outside of Yampa, was an animal science major in college and is a member of the Routt County Cattlewomen's Association.
Kitchen staff works to make more students' meals more nutritious
Kitchen staff members for the Steamboat Springs School District gets an early start in the mornings as they prepare close to 600 school lunches.
Friday, September 6
Steamboat Springs ran out of time on its comeback effort Friday night against Eagle Valley.
Overtime goal takes wind out of sails
Hometown favorite Kyle Nelson had two huge goals in the Sailors' home opener Friday, but the biggest shot of the night came from visitor Brendon Kukral just a few minutes into the first overtime period.
Officials look more closely at benefits of fuel reduction
Colorado's lawmakers don't want a repeat of the 2002 fire season. At the state and national levels, they are seeking ways to reform the way forests are managed.
Mountain town sustainability to be discussed at conference
When Dr. Thomas Clark received a request from a young man in Pakistan to attend a four-day conference on mountains in Steamboat Springs this month, he was hesitant at first.
Routt County's biggest little multinational company has grown by thousands of barrels this year. Teton Petroleum Company announced this week that it has raised $4.4 million in new capital that will allow it to drill more wells in its Siberian oil field.
Candidate wants to move government to the people
Colorado's Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Bill Thiebaut said some state agencies should move out of Denver and into the portions of the state where they govern.
Six ditches closed on main stem of river
The summer's drought reached historic dimensions Thursday when commissioners from the State Department of Water Resources office in Steamboat Springs shut down six irrigation ditches on the main stem of the Yampa River.
Section of Routt National Forest gets fresh survey
Terry Taylor and Dirk Hatter are going where no man has gone before or at least gone for 90 years. The two men are surveying land that was last surveyed in 1911.
Residents of Hayden will no longer be allowed to water their lawns starting Monday. This summer's ever-worsening water crisis came to a head Thursday afternoon when Tri-State Generation Power Plant in Craig put a call on its water rights to the Yampa River.
Real estate sales here were on track at midyear to finish with the second highest dollar volume in 20 years, despite the general malaise in the economy. Realtor David Baldinger Jr. said a look at the statistics behind the trends reveals that demand for real estate in Steamboat has been steady for almost a decade, but the buying public shifts from one category of real estate to another.
Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity International, offered a challenge last week to the people of Routt County. "I say to you tonight, by what date are you going to make sure everybody in this county has a decent place to live?" Fuller asked an audience of around 100 people who had gathered Thursday at Lake Catamount for a Habitat for Humanity fund-raiser.
Thursday, September 5
Airport new home for company
The office space SmartWool is moving into today bears little resemblance to the Steamboat Springs Airport terminal it was three months ago.
The Shenanigans give final performance to bid farewell to Jessie Burns
The Boulder music scene had tugged on Jessie Burns for sometime. As an Irish fiddle player and founder of the well-known local Celtic-bluegrass band the Shenanigans, living in a place considered to be at the heart of a traditional music movement is an inviting thought.
John Ramunno has turned into a Devil, but as a former Sailor, he hasn't totally jumped ship.
Steamboat Springs junior varsity coach Mike McCannon remembers when Hayden beat the Sailors varsity squad.
Agency checking for infestation in the area
The Colorado State Forest Service is hanging insect traps in Steamboat Springs to catch gypsy moths before they multiply.
Grand Junction's Winder wins tournament on second hole
Thursday's high school golf tournament came down to a 5-foot putt into a tree-bending wind on the par-4 16th hole at the Haymaker Golf Course.
It didn't take long for the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team to shake off the season-opener cobwebs. After a couple of early miscommunications that led to sideouts or points for the Moffat County High School team, the Sailors overpowered the Bulldogs Thursday night in Craig 15-4, 15-3.
The trails around the base of Mount Werner will provide the setting for the final act of the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series this year.
Voters will now be asked to fund project
The proposed Routt County Judicial Facility received the last round of approval before voters will be asked to support the new courthouse in November.
'An Evening of Remembrance and Hope' a time to reflect on attacks
The community is invited to an interfaith ceremony to reflect on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks a year later and to look toward peace in the future.
Steamboat Springs could soon have a new fast-food chain restaurant. But the brand remains a mystery.
Singles victories from Patrick Ayers and Andrew Krueger were not enough to propel the Steamboat Springs boys tennis team to a victory over Loveland Thursday night.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra, rebounding from the tragic loss of its conductor, is in the process of interviewing candidates for the position.
The country's oldest performing arts school is hoping the community will come out and support one of the most popular fund-raisers of the year.
Fall is in the air, winter is on its way
For the first time ever, I'm actually taking a vacation during mud season. I mean a real vacation. It's not that "going down to the Front Range to hang with my parents and sitting at old bars with old friends" crap.
Today The Byron Shore Project plays at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.
Town Board hears plans for future development; no decisions made
Six men stood one at a time and introduced themselves to the Hayden Town Board. They described themselves as plumbers and electrical contractors working men. Despite what they said, all the trustees saw were developers trying to change the face of Hayden. "We're not here out of Los Angeles," began Tom Fox, partner in 4S Development Limited and owner of Fox Construction in Steamboat Springs.
Wednesday, September 4
In November, voters will decide if they want an excise tax to replace impact fees.
Fredrick Eugene McAnally, one of Routt County's most beloved cowboys, died Aug. 28 of a brain aneurysm. He was 51.
Financial turmoil at American Skiing Co. apparently hasn't influenced the public's perception of the ski vacation experience at Steamboat.
Only one local family greeted Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar during his stop Wednesday in Steamboat Springs, but he still took the opportunity to talk issues.
After sitting out the opening weekend of the season, the members of the Steamboat Springs Volleyball team will be hoping to make up for lost time over the next several days.
Golfers from 17 Colorado schools try to tame Catamount, conditions
Only on a windy afternoon at Catamount golf course can scores consistently in the high 80s and 90s generate smiles.
Outdoor Life Network wants to take you to the top of Mt. Everest.
Tuesday, September 3
In a 5-1 vote, the City Council agreed to ask voters to support the consolidation of the city and Mount Werner Water District.
Steamboat soccer team has successful opening weekend
After winning two out of three games in the opening weekend of play, the members of the Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team might be looking for a break headed into the second week of the season.
Agreement finalizes five-year contract
The City Council gave final approval for a five-year renewal contract with Triple Crown Sports.
Circus Chimera's unique and fascinating stunts were thrilling to people of all ages who attended the big top Tuesday evening.
Officials give nod to preliminary
After a lengthy public hearing, the Steamboat Springs City Council voted 4-2 to approve the preliminary plans for the development of Elkins Meadows.
Monday, September 2
The Mount Zirkel Complex and the Lost Lakes/Big Fish fires are still active, fueled to some extent by a stretch of warm and dry weather. Crews continue to make progress toward containment, Forest Service officials reported Monday.
Oak Creek's Labor Day festivities on Monday celebrated the town's history and gave residents a chance to focus on future goals. "Labor Day used to be the biggest day in Oak Creek in a lot of ways it still is," Historical Society member Donna Peters said.
Men working to document human impact on forest
Tim Peterson sees the forest in units and map coordinates. Instead of a scenic overlook of mountain peaks, lakes and trees, Peterson sees a grid of use areas, filtered through a list of his opinions on various environmental issues.
The owner of a guest lodge destroyed by wildfire last month plans to rebuild quickly. Dan Stogsdill, a Nebraska attorney who has owned the Trappers Lake lodge and resort for five years, said the historical qualities of the 80-year-old structure will be preserved.
Sunday, September 1
The Marshall Tucker Band performs season's last free concert
The Marshall Tucker Band's live music drew an enormous crowd eager for great entertainment, while offering the chance for local residents to catch up with each other Sunday evening at the base of Howelsen Hill.
For Clint Wells, finishing first in the 10K at 10,000 Feet was not his primary goal. He came to run the race with his dad and sister from Craig. Winning was simply an added bonus. Wells, more used to running track events, said the race's terrain was challenging.
The Marshall Tucker Band is a real band name kind of
Following yesterday afternoon's free concert by the Marshall Tucker Band, I went down to "Linkin Park," where I slipped and fell in a "Puddle of Mudd."