Stories for April 2003


Tuesday, April 29

Planning Commission hears church request

Officials say public did not back facility

Members and supporters of he Hayden High School track team will appear before the Hayden Town Board tonight to seek a new track facility.

Man beaten, robbed by five

Victim was leaving Shadow Run

Police are looking for five men who reportedly attacked and robbed a Steamboat Springs man late Monday night.

Proceeds will help support animal rescue efforts

Proceeds will help support animal rescue efforts

Kids eat a lot. Everyone knows that. But Tracy Bye's brood once polished off 2,000 mealworms and 2,000 goldfish in a week at a cost of $500.

Fishing for an answer

Big fish are fond of eating smaller fish, and that's why more than 25 people turned out at the Routt County Courthouse on Tuesday night. They were there to learn about a series of experiments that will be carried out this year in area rivers including the Yampa.

Practice makes perfect

Steamboat, Soroco use time wisely after meet was canceled because of weather

Due to less than ideal running conditions, the fastest times at Steamboat's meet Wednesday might have been for post-event pizza.

Track supporters go to board

Officials say public did not back facility

Members and supporters of he Hayden High School track team will appear before the Hayden Town Board tonight to seek a new track facility.

Students celebrate World's Fair at Strawberry Park

International cultures represented at event

Strawberry Park Elementary School second-graders toured the world's continents Wednesday, and they didn't even leave the building.

The record for May 1, 2003

Haymaker opening set back by spring storm

From U.S. Highway 40 the lush fairways and manicured greens of the Haymaker golf course look inviting.

The Record for April 30

Forest plan proposed

U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis hopes his colleagues in Congress don't let another opportunity to improve the sad state of the nation's forests pass them by.

Running series sees several changes

The series stretches across four mountain towns, lasts five months and includes 13 different events.

Proposed pilot pay program revised

Steamboat Springs School District will offer master's credit

The development team responsible for designing a Knowledge and Skills-Based Pay system for Steamboat Springs School District teachers has revised its plans for a spring pilot of the system.

Girls face Longmont on Saturday

The Steamboat Springs girls soccer team will open the postseason against Longmont High School.

Watch out for phone scams

Give them the cold shoulder. That's how people should respond to telephone solicitors with something to sell, Routt County Sheriff John Warner said.

A perfect win

Sailors finish off schedule with thrilling double overtime victory over Demons

In her final regular season game, in double overtime against rival Glenwood Springs, senior Tracy Lucas elected to pass the soccer ball -- to a freshman.

Big Trouble With Big Business

The American economy continues to struggle. The market is down, unemployment is up, and so is the cost of goods and services. Meanwhile, those in the best position to help right this ship continue to give us more and more reason to be skeptical that they can.

Stark sets school record in discus

Hayden senior breaks 35-year-old mark

Senior Alan Stark set a new school record in the discus at the Phelan Alexander Invitational in Vail on April 26, breaking a 35-year-old mark.

Monday, April 28

Alternative energy tops forum

Renewable sources could help Northwest Colorado

Generating renewable energy sources could generate income for Northwest Colorado ranchers and farmers.

Bill changes gun laws

Only Sheriff's Office can issue permits

The criteria for deciding who gets to carry a gun in Colorado is changing. However, Routt County firearm enthusiasts may not notice the changes as much as people in other counties.

Homeward bound

Tracksters hope to take advantage of rare home meet

In the big picture, Wednesday night's track meet in Steamboat Springs is small.

School communications audit begins today

The Steamboat Springs School District communications audit begins today when eight focus groups meet with National School Public Relations Association Auditor Karen Klemenz.

Police unsure about charges in drugging case

Authorities will decide later this week whether they will pursue charges against two people suspected in a burglary at a local clothing store last month.

Sailors playoff hopes dashed

Baseball coach Gary Engle is hoping the Sailors will pick up one more game before the high school season comes to a close.

Funny money hits Steamboat

'Liberty dollars' are legal, but not usually accepted as currency

A new type of currency is popping up in Steamboat, but it's highly unlikely that stores or banks will accept it.

Sunday, April 27

Looking for adventure in a kayak on the Yampa

Hey, it shouldn't be a problem

Standing on the banks of the Yampa River this weekend, I decided there's not a better way to spend a sunny spring afternoon than kayaking.

Montessori holds hiring forum

Supporters prepare for fall opening

A committee working to establish a Montessori charter school in Steamboat Springs will hold a hiring forum Tuesday. The forum is part of its continuing efforts to open the school this fall, despite the absence of contract negotiations between it and the Steamboat Springs School Board.

Screenings offered as part of Autism Awareness Month

Expert can recommend follow-up treatment

An autism expert is coming to Steamboat Springs this weekend, the last weekend in National Autism Awareness Month.

Stallion Parade draws area horse owners

The Stallion Parade is like a TV dating show, minus the roses.

'Magic Flute' auditions begin tonight

Will the next Pavarotti please stand up.

Saturday, April 26

Go Getter

Robin Getter secures dream of owning her own dance studio

After 20 years of being shuffled from public space to public space, Robin Getter finally has a home.

Investor's Guide

Retirement planning online

Groomer on the go

Mobile service brings the bath to the pet

When it came time for Tanya Klein to name her mobile pet grooming business, she had a handful of ideas floating around: The Grateful Dog, Bark-N-Bubbles, Luv-N-Sudz.

Spring a Catch-22 for restaurants

Whether they close or stay open, mud season typically means

Each year, many Steamboat restaurants face the tough question of how they want to lose money: Stay open and lose money, or shut down for a month and lose money?

Tough choices for schools

With public school enrollment declining throughout Northwest Colorado, area school districts would be wise to take note of what has happened in South Routt.

Hayden water upgrades come just in time

Hayden's water treatment plant needed work. About a week and a half ago, the motor in one of the two old high-service pumps blew out. Four days later, the other one broke to the point it couldn't be fixed.


Dalrymple takes reins at golf club

George Dalrymple will be the first to tell you that he isn't the best golfer in Steamboat Springs.

First-quarter sales down

Number, value of transactions lowest in five years

Real estate sales dipped in the first quarter of 2003, according to Steamboat's multiple listing service.

The Royal ghosts of Yampa

Guests report strange encounters in South Routt hotel

Frank Powell felt something on the edge of his bed while he was almost asleep one night at the Royal Hotel in Yampa. As soon as he sat up to see what it was, he felt the bed "lift up," as if someone who was sitting there got up.

An eye on the senses

Hayden students learn lessons of dissection as part of health curriculum

Eye contact took on new meaning last week when Hayden Valley Elementary School second-graders faced a tricky -- and sometimes nauseating -- science lesson.


Girls soccer team meets its match

Kelly Labor believed the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team belonged on the same field as 5A Eaglecrest; she just wished Saturday's score had reflected it. Playing in Denver, the Sailors fell 4-1 to the Raptors.

Sound Off

On the Road to Recovery

Her bones were as hollow and light as a bird's after two days of chemotherapy that killed all traces of bone marrow. She had been vomiting all day from the physical shock of radiation and she wondered, just for a minute, if she wouldn't die from the surgery that was designed to save her life.

Removing sportfish

Yampa River anglers mixed on native recovery program

A program designed to increase numbers of endangered fish in sections of the Yampa River has left some anglers casting their approval while others reel in disappointment.

Behind the Headlines

The county received an overwhelming number of responses to the proposal to place a mining operation in the south valley. Eastman noticed a trend in many of those responses; residents were asking many of the same questions.

'Urban' housing planned at Harbor

Plans are in the works to begin renovating the condominium building behind the Harbor Hotel. Work should be under way by summertime.

Game 7 loss hits home

Like most Colorado hockey fans, I woke up Wednesday morning with an empty feeling in my stomach. This wasn't supposed to happen.


Friday, April 25

Racers off to X Games in Aspen

Chris Burandt admits he has a sweet job. At 24, he is a professional snowmobile racer and jumper. At 24, the Silverthorne man already has attended two X Games in Aspen -- the ultimate gathering of extreme-sport talent -- and been treated like a celebrity.

Woman in stolen clothes case not drugged

A 28-year-old Steamboat Springs woman who told police she thought someone slipped a date-rape drug into her drink the night before she found stolen clothing in her house was not drugged, police said Friday.

YVRA seeks expansion funds

TSA says security devices have reduced lobby space

Routt County is still waiting to hear whether funding is available for an expansion project at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Friends rally to help pastor

Bill Cox had no insurance when he suffered heart attack

Christie Fox is trying to bring the South Routt community together, but she doesn't have to work too hard. Re-sidents from Yampa, Phipps-burg and Oak Creek have been rallying together to help their friend Bill Cox.

Thursday, April 24

Oak Creek subdivision planned

Sierra View asks Town Board for OK to build in Rossi Meadow

An 18.64-acre subdivision that was proposed to the Oak Creek Town Board on Thursday night received mixed responses from trustees.

Forest Service may rent cabins

Program would generate revenue for preservation

Campers and hikers may soon have the opportunity to live like rangers if the Forest Service approves public use of five small guard stations in the Routt National Forest backcountry.

Snow slams city, workers

The city was not anticipating the rate or volume of snow that fell early Wednesday evening causing snowplowing problems and messy conditions on its streets.

Police continue probe of vandalism at club

Winter Sports Club suffered up to $12,000 in damage to facilities, vehicles

Police are still investigating a break-in and vandalism that did more than $10,000 worth of damage to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's training facilities and vehicles earlier this week

Storm surprises many

Wednesday's potent storm slammed Steamboat Springs with up to 2 feet of snow in some areas of the city, left many residents in the dark as power outages plagued Routt County and was to blame for many traffic accidents.

Arena to shut down for use by skating club

The Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club has negotiated a contract giving it exclusive use of the Howelsen Ice Arena for nearly one month this summer.

Fire officials push for defensible space

Fields and forests left bone-dry by drought might have seemed like a distant summer memory when winter showed its face Wednesday.

Search and Rescue given useful new tool: a printer

Some unexpected generosity will ensure that Routt County Search and Rescue has the tools for continued success in North-west Colorado.

Review commission OKs gas station

The city Architecture Review Commission said yes Thursday to architecture and landscaping plans for a gas station at the east entrance of town.

Wednesday, April 23

Steamboat author gives us 'Permission to Play'

Listen to Ray Bradbury: "If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting. I wake up early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans. I get out of bed to trap them before they escape."

Spring storm hits Steamboat

More than 16 inches expected from front

A major spring storm dumped more than a foot of snow through much of the Yampa Valley and caused havoc for motorists and residents as road conditions deteriorated rapidly Wednesday evening and power lines were snapped under the weight of heavy snow and fallen trees.

Summer Music 2003

It's time to plan to get out of Steamboat for a tour of summer music festivals as many are rapidly selling out.

Creekside claims soccer crown

Indoor soccer is more like basketball or hockey than outdoor soccer. The narrow parameters of the field -- a hardwood floor in Steamboat Springs' case -- allow bleachers and walls to be in play. With just four people on the floor for each team, not counting the goalie, the fast-paced game calls for deft touch and competent ball-handling skills.

Rams finish eighth

Changing conditions affect times

The Soroco girls placed 10th and the boys came in eighth of 22 teams at the Demon Invitational, held April 19 in Glenwood Springs. Pleasant morning conditions changed to rain and a strong headwind on the track's homestretch by the afternoon. Times were directly affected, as preliminary results proved faster than the finals in most of the events.

Tigers show well in Glenwood

Kelly Bruchez and Alan Stark are the best throwers Kevin Kleckler has had the pleasure to coach at Hayden. At their last meet, the April 19 Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs, where more than 100 throwers representing 22 schools from classes 2A, 3A and 4A competed, the two 2A athletes handily won their respective events.

Adult baseball league begins

For the last 43 years, baseball has never drifted too far from Joe Bender's thoughts. "My dad taught me to play baseball and bowl when I was a kid," Bender said. "I've always loved to play the game." Bender said his love for the game has shadowed him his entire life. It explains why he can't seem to hide the smile on his face each spring when the Yampa Valley Adult Baseball League holds the first practice of the season. This year, that practice will take place at 6 p.m. May 1 on Vanatta Field.

Exhibit asks artists to share their view of the valley

To Sue Oehme, the story started as soon as the car entered Wolcott and her cell phone rang. She hadn't even noticed that the van that was following her to Glenwood Springs was no longer behind her and hadn't been for quite some time.

Board to weigh legal issues

Discussion seems bottomless on gravel pit

County Commissioner Doug Monger kept one eye on an hourglass and the other on the speaker before him Tuesday night. Three minutes go fast. But a time limit was the only way to accommodate the large number of people who wanted to testify on Lafarge's proposed gravel pit in the south valley.

Bulls dealt in Hayden

Buyers turn out for auction

People from all over Colorado, Utah and Wyoming came to the Routt County Fairgrounds on April 12 for the Northwest Colorado Bull Auction, making the event "incredibly successful," Community Agricultural Alliance Director Jean Morrow-Petersen said.

Tuesday, April 22

BMC West snags adult basketball league title

Rod Willie confessed. BMC West recruited.

Gas station plans move ahead

City staff ask commission to OK South Side Station

If the signs were gone, a person should not be able to tell that a proposed gas station at the east entrance of town was part of the Shell franchise.

Proffitt steals spotlight

For most of the season, senior sprinter Ryan Proffitt has pushed himself to the limits in the 100-meter dash with hopes of crossing the finish line first.

Gravel pit decision delayed

Board will not hear proposal until July 22

A decision anytime soon on a proposal to mine gravel in the south valley is wishful thinking.

Alborn makes retirement official

Special jumper Alan Alborn made it clear at last winter's U.S. National Ski Jumping Championships in Steamboat that he wanted to retire, and Tuesday he made it official.

Grasshoppers could be back

Rains will determine population levels

Last summer's winged nightmare isn't a bad memory yet.

Should 40 People Speak For All of You?

It was a little disappointing to learn that just 40 of the Community Area Plan Update questionnaires have been returned.

Earth Day discussion focuses on energy issues

Two dozen residents talk about alternative fuel sources

Jeff Troeger brought his 15-year-old son to Earth Day's community discussion in the hopes of broadening the teen's perspectives.

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

Sunday, April 20

Community plan update process nearing end

Residents have four days to return comment forms that will help direct key decisions on how the community plans to grow.

Judicial facility plan changing

Building will be smaller than originally planned

The building expected to hold the county's new courtrooms and judicial staff will be a smaller a version of what voters rejected last fall, but just how small is in question.

Conservation dream comes true

A dream that began five years ago has come true.

Missionaries spread hope

Church members spend 10 days in Dominican Republic

Larry and Martha Oman packed their bags to move to the Dominican Republic in 1963, but they didn't get there until today.

Face plants in Gondola Square aren't cool

Season No. 2 was much better than season No. 1

I think I can put winter No. 2 in the bag, though as I write this, I am a little unsure about my 2:30 p.m. tee time.

Shooting on Iraq's front lines

Clark cameraman returns from war

On Friday, Joe Klimovitz was driving over Rabbit Ears Pass when a shooting star crossed the horizon. He flinched.

Tennis team plays waiting game

The sound of the clock on the wall constantly reminds Kelli Parnell just how painfully slow time can crawl.

Ramping it up at Howelsen

Stairs and skateboards might seem like a bad combination to many adults.

Colorado Music Alliance promotes festivals

Colorado has more summer music festivals than almost any other state, so why not promote that fact.

Gravel pit open for discussion

Meeting is public's last chance to comment before decision is made

People who have something to say about a proposed gravel pit in the south valley can say it tonight at Centennial Hall.

Saturday, April 19

Comcast ready to deliver digital TV, cable Internet

Some Steamboat Springs cable subscribers will be able to sign up for digital cable by July, with the availability of high speed Internet access via coaxial cable to follow within 30 days, Comcast Corp. said.

Readers Sound Off

Wins and losses

Rep. Al White doesn't get funds for tourism, but his boxers are still bulletproof

State Rep. Al White is going places. Every morning he hops aboard his electric scooter and rides five blocks to work. It's an amusing combination of man and machine.

Pit warrants approval

The opposition to the gravel operation proposed by Lafarge on the More Ranch south of Steamboat Springs is significant. Opponents say the pit will create unwanted noise and traffic and be a blight on perhaps the Yampa Valley's most scenic area.

Construction slips in first quarter

Since the winter, Jeremy MacGray has been getting two to five phone calls a week from out of work construction laborers looking for jobs.

Area schools take steps to prevent dropouts

Steamboat, Hayden and South Routt all offer day treatment programs with counseling for students with unique challenges, and it's a program that has worked well, Schmid said.

West End lots going quickly

Norbert Turek has watched the steady stream of closings on lots in West End Village in recent weeks.

Is there a cow in the house?

Family nurses calf back to health in living room

Dick Gibbs said it was 15 or 20 degrees outside early April 8 when he made his first daily check of the cattle herd at the Bar GS Ranch near the Stagecoach area. Everything appeared OK, but just as Gibbs was about to leave the pasture, he noticed something out of the corner of his eye -- a newborn bull calf stuck in the mud of an almost frozen pond.

Real Estate Transactions April 8-12


Children scour local parks for Easter eggs

Finding Easter eggs wasn't easy this year, said 6-year-old Paige Eivins, after discovering seven eggs buried under the hay. "They were buried pretty good," she said.

Building permits April 7-11

Steamboat Springs Colorado Mountain College /Sprint PCS 1370 Bob Adams Drive Spectrum Construction Equipment shelter for antenna $65,000

Arts and craftsmen on display at Live Edge

Chris Venezia wasn't certain what he would do after graduating from the University of Arizona six years ago. He only knew he wasn't going to law school.

Friday, April 18

Carrying the cross

Christ's sacrifice remembered

A small band of committed followers was undeterred by the wind and snow Friday in downtown Steamboat Springs. The courthouse was one of 14 places where the short procession of clergy and parishioners stopped to pray, read and sing.

Taking part just as important

In my line of work, it's easy to think that every sports story is about winning and losing.

Sailors strike out

Multiple injuries, silent bats hurt Steamboat in doubleheader against Rifle

Pain isn't as important as baseball, so Steamboat Springs' Tyler Fosdick continues to play with tendonitis in his throwing arm.

Celebrating Easter

Traditional egg hunts scheduled at churches, parks today

Forecast snowfall may send the Easter Bunny indoors today at the United Methodist Church.

What political issues are facing us?

Behind the headlines

Weather dampens schedule

The Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse games scheduled for this weekend have been postponed until April 29.

Group weighs city, water district plan

Steamboat Water partnership re-examined

The water focus group has a proposal to bring together the city and Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District.

Anglers shift attention

Recent rainfall sends local fishermen tailwater fishing

This week's rain pushed the Yampa River up over the tops of boulders in downtown Steamboat Springs and transformed the water to the color of cafe au lait.

The record for April 18

Little league registration under way

Registration forms are being taken for the summer little league season scheduled to begin the first week in May.

Recent moisture in valley adds to snowpack

Vance Fulton of the Natural Resource Conservation Service had it pegged on April 1.

Looking into the past

Well-traveled mirror gives glimpse into history of Oak Creek

The mirror hung in Spiro Callas' shed for years, unseen by anyone except his family.

Granting independence

Lowell Whiteman receives $50,000 grant from Edward F. Ford Foundation

The Lowell Whiteman School has received a $50,000 grant to help boost teacher salaries. It's hard for Walt Daub, Whiteman's head of school, to imagine better news.

Thursday, April 17

Mushroom hunting a treasure in Routt County

Bill Sanders is an avid hiker who thrills in the pursuit of mushrooms in the forests surrounding Steamboat Springs. He told me my hiking privileges with him would be suspended if I gave away his prize locations for finding tasty morels, chanterelles and other varieties he and his wife, Barb, enjoy collecting and eating.

Routt County shows support for troops

It was a simple gesture of support. Rally organizers encouraged people who showed up on the Routt County Courthouse lawn Thursday evening to sign their name in support of President George Bush and U.S. troops in Iraq.

County Planning nixes wedding plan

Brides and grooms will have to take their vows elsewhere. The Routt County Planning Commission nixed a proposal to host weddings on a ranch nine miles south of Steamboat Springs Thursday night.

Fighting for a chance

Local snowmobilers look to qualify for Winter X Games

Local snowmobilers trying to qualify for next year's Winter X Games will be at Steamboat Ski Area this weekend.

YVRA numbers down in March

The number of airline passengers arriving at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in March was off by more than 1,800 from a year ago. Seven airlines, including two charters, combined to bring 25,619 passengers here last month. That compares with 27,480 in March 2002.

Soroco cuts staff

Financial woes force elimination of middle school principal

Faced with a budget crisis, the South Routt School District Board of Education approved two new conceptual educational plans Thursday. The plans include the elimination of the middle school principal position and two teaching positions.

Woman, children injured in accident

Police are investigating a two-vehicle accident that sent a woman and her two children to the hospital Thursday afternoon.

4S to pay for impact study

Company has plans to develop Sunburst Ranch near Hayden

4S Development agreed Thursday night to incur all the costs for an impact study of the proposed 900-acre Sunburst Ranch.

Wednesday, April 16

Protecting resources focus of Earth Day

The No. 1 reason why Jen Seidenberg of the Colorado Wilderness Network is so passionate about energy issues can be found by heading west on U.S. Highway 40 into Moffat County.

Oliphant represents the 'boat

Eight million college students at 720 colleges across the United States will learn about Double Z Bar and Barbecue's Chicken Lips sandwich, thanks to 24-year-old hometown boy George Oliphant.

Cattle drive will be back

Organizers say this year's event will not create traffic jam

Another cattle drive down Lincoln Avenue could be in the works this year, despite the public's beef with the "udder" gridlock created by a similar event two years ago.

Taxi Cab Confessions

It was Friday night, the last weekend of ski season and Steamboat was turning off one fuse box switch at a time.

Grass is greener on this side

Superintendent, staff make sure golf course is ready

A small group of golfers will stroll down the fairway of the No. 1 hole at the Steamboat Golf Club on Friday, marking the start of a new season here in the Rockies.

Steamboat Reads

'Pass the Poetry, Please,' one project of monthlong literacy campaign

For the past three weeks, office and retail employees have taken a break from their work to arrange and rearrange the order of magnetic words, hoping to create a turn of phrase and then a poem.

Man asks for help on gravel pit

Council not willing to overstep boundaries

John Holloway asked the Steamboat Springs City Council Tuesday to help persuade the Routt County commissioners to postpone their decision on Lafarge's proposed gravel pit.

Sailors clinch title

7-1 win over Moffat County hands Steamboat league championship

Gas is expensive regardless of a driver's age, but for Allison Hall, the price tag on daily drives to Steamboat for soccer practice became too high. So she quit before her junior year.

Hayden coaches seek support for new track

After seeing the new track facilities in West Grand, Hayden High School, track coaches Kevin Kleckler and Sally Brach said they were envious of what they had seen.

Justice center plan unveiled

Architects present sketch of facility

A few dozen people got a vision of what the county's proposed justice center could look like Wednesday night.

Fighting fire with fire

Forest Service holds prescribed burns

People in the Yampa Valley should not fear if they see smoke coming from forest land in the coming weeks. From now through the second week of May, the U.S. Forest Service will be conducting prescribed burns.

Race director needed for springs run

The future of the Hot Springs Short Cut Run is in jeopardy if a race director isn't found in time to plan the May 24 event, Steamboat Springs running series race director Emily Conjura said.

Vandals hit Anchor Way Baptist Church

Some local parishioners are wondering why vandals have targeted their church.

Commission will hear inn request

Woman wants to host weddings, seminars on property

The Routt County Planning Commission will consider tonight granting a woman's request to share her back yard with brides, professionals and leisure-seekers.

Tuesday, April 15

Girls, women join forces at conference

Career choices highlight event

Opalanga Pugh stood before more than 200 women and girls and told a parable about a village of women.

Man pleads guilty to string of burglaries

Eight local businesses were broken into last summer

A Longmont man pleaded guilty Monday to burglary for his part in a string of local burglaries last summer.

Girls soccer team loses first game

The Steamboat Springs girls soccer team lost its first game of the season Monday in Littleton.

Architects will present vision for justice center

Introductions are in order tonight.

Siblings pre-qualify for state meet

Soroco siblings Jessie and Andy deGanahl pre-qualified for the 2003 state track meet with strong showings over the weekend.

Athletes honored

Winter Sports Club hands out awards

What better place for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club to honor its top athletes than in a hall named after Olympians?

Career Day offers students options

Eighth-grade boys learn about occupations

Local professionals descended upon Steamboat Springs Middle School on Tuesday for Career Day, an opportunity for eighth-grade boys to learn about occupational disciplines.

Saluting War's Coverage

As the combat phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom winds down, it is instructive to look back at how this war was covered and the impact it has had.

School district selects Iowa-based search firm

Ray and Associates Inc. will recruit superintendent candidates

Provided contract negotiations go smoothly, Ray and Associates Inc., will lead the Steamboat Springs School Board's search for a new superintendent.

Growth issues put on hold

City will wait for Economic Summit to make decisions

When Councilman Bud Romberg drove down Lincoln Avenue on Tuesday, the clock was ticking.

Moffat Co. downs Steamboat, 6-1

Before Steamboat Springs' game against Moffat County in Craig there were fireworks to thank fans for coming. On the first pitch from Steamboat pitcher Sean Murphy, Moffat's Eric Bastow provided some fireworks of his own with a shot over the left-field fence.

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

Milner gas station proposed

Planning Commission will hold hearing Thursday

A rural Hayden couple is planning to develop a new gas station and convenience store on U.S. Highway 40 in the unincorporated town of Milner.

Monday, April 14

Council to look at commercial growth again

The question of when enough is enough is back on City Council's agenda. At tonight's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting, members will discuss the tools that are available to control commercial growth.

Boys race to second on relay results

Steamboat has one of year's strongest showings

A good relay team needs speed, strength and a certain flow that helps them win the big races.

Peters breaks 20-year record

Debi Duckles hasn't been in a track meet since the early '80s, but last week her name was added to the long list of athletes topped by Steamboat track sensation Jessica Peters. The freshman cleared 5 feet, 4.25 inches at a meet in Kremmling last Saturday to set a new Steamboat Springs high-jump record. It was a mark formerly held by Duckles, who jumped 5 feet, 4 inches back in 1983.

Storm rocks the state

Steamboat women's team wins hockey championship

A season-long goal became a reality Sunday for the members of the Steamboat Storm women's hockey team. They celebrated by hoisting the silver trophy awarded to the state champion women's B2 team over their heads as they skated around the rink in front of the hometown fans at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Summer art program lets children produce their play

"Once upon a time, there was a mask. The mask lived with the sky and with the Earth." So begins the West African story of Mody, a boy who leaves his village for the city.

Alleged shooter allowed to return home

Marmon accused of firing at river-improvement project workers

A Steamboat Springs man ordered to stay away from his trailer after he reportedly shot at two men excavating rock on the Yampa River can return home.

Childhood contact with healthy adults critical

Expert on youth in crisis speaks in Steamboat

Dr. Bruce Perry, a leading authority on children in crisis, made a special stop in Steamboat Springs on Monday for a special child -- his own daughter.

Man charged in shooting incident allowed to go home

A Steamboat Springs man ordered to stay away from his trailer after he reportedly shot at two men excavating rock on the Yampa River can return home. At a court appearance Monday, Routt County Judge James Garrecht allowed Russell Dean Marmon, 45, to return to his mobile home at 20 Dream Island Plaza.

Locust control plan in works

They're coming. Signs of the big-eyed bugs everyone loves to hate could pop up in Routt County as early as next month, Routt County Cooperative Extension Office Dire

City, Steamboat II reach water agreement

The city and the Steamboat II Water and Sanitation District have come to an agreement over sewer connection and water tap fees after almost nine months of negotiations and threatened lawsuits.

Charter's future

A seemingly small business item on the Steamboat Springs Board of Education's Monday meeting agenda turned into a big deal for advocates of a Montessori charter school.

Sunday, April 13

School board will hear from search firms

Representatives from at least two national search firms will present proposals to the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education tonight.

Group walks for peace Saturday evening

Many protesting U.S. involvement in Iraq

A small group of people gathered Saturday evening at Bud Werner Memorial Library to march to the Routt County Courthouse for the cause of peace

Season ends with celebration

The skin-tight leopard print outfit left too little to the imagination, so Ben Eilers went conservative Sunday.

Fighting a revolution -- and that's no Bolshevik

Letters from Russia shed light on soldiers' thoughts

Sunday night April 13, 2003, was an occasion to celebrate as seven soldiers headed home. And it was an opportune time to reflect on thousands of life paths forever altered. I have no firsthand experience in the matter, but I have read that for soldiers who go away to war, that event and the experiences contained within it become the defining moment of their lives. And so it will be for the seven former prisoners of war who began the journey home yesterday and for their many comrades in arms. As it was for my grandfathers.

Saturday, April 12

Team not immune to economic woes

In today's rocky economic climate, words like "layoffs" and "cutbacks" litter the vocabulary of most of the country's top business executives.

Dream Island's nightmare

Widely supported river project draws residents' ire

When the backhoes and dump trucks started rolling into the Yampa River behind Dream Island, Joe Bullock laid down in front of one.

Jack of all trades

A day in the life of Steamboat's Republican senator

The phone never stops ringing. The lobbyists have questions, and the people back home want answers. Their inquiries, hurriedly scribbled on pink slips and yellow Post-it notes, add to the clutter of an already crowded desk.

Vacationers demand convenience

The vacationers planning to come to Steamboat next winter want it their way, and they want it fast and easy.

Soroco may be forced to cut middle school principal's job

In response to declining budget revenues and an attempt to stop spending from its reserves, the South Routt School District will take action this week on a plan to reorganize its district, including the elimination of two teaching positions and a principal position.

Soccer team remains perfect

Kelly Labor is a natural forward but spent a majority of early season games playing in Steamboat's backfield.

Building Permits issued April 1-4

Routt County Foundation for Senior Citizens 629 Pine St. Peak Repair & Renovations $7,800

Students paint the town

Middle-schoolers clean up Oak Creek for 'National Youth Service Day'

The bell didn't ring, but all the students at Soroco Middle School were out of class, roaming the streets of Oak Creek on a warm, sunny Friday afternoon.

Uncertain future

Just when the drive to provide affordable housing in Steamboat Springs is celebrating its finest moment, the future of the movement is entering a period of uncertainty.

Girls lacrosse team splits pair of games Saturday

The Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team split a pair of home games Saturday at the Colorado Mountain College field.

Real Estate Transactions for April 1-7


Real estate author offering seminar

When Ken Otterman bought his first home in Steamboat almost 30 years ago, there were a few things he wished he knew. At the time Otterman closed on his house, he didn't know about supplement fees and said he almost could not finish the deal because he did not budget the extra $5,000. He lucked out when the owners were gracious enough to sell the property anyway, but that doesn't happen very often, he said.

Business News in Brief

Pam Vanatta, co-owner of Prudential Steamboat Realty, was presented the 10-year Legend Award at the recent Prudential Convention in Las Vegas.

Unusual home may become an inn

There probably is not a skier in Steamboat who has not noticed the Victorian house tucked between the typical log-accented ski-in, ski-out hotels and homes during the ride up the gondola.

Packaging the Peaks

Four in 10 Americans feel they lead humdrum lives -- and that's a good thing. At least it is for the nearly 800 resort professionals who gathered in Steamboat Springs this week.

Leading separate lives

Families, children sacrifice to chase Steamboat's Olympic dream

Bill and Jamie Paley walked into their children's New Jersey public school last fall with an unusual request.

Parents, play fair

The challenges facing parents keep getting harder in today's increasingly competitive world.

Letters to the editor

Planning confusion

Friday, April 11

Lacrosse team drops home opener

The Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team had trouble containing Golden's offense, falling 10-4 in its home opener.

Cause of fire still under investigation

The cause of a Thursday morning fire that severely damaged a Tree Haus home is still under investigation.

Storm over Aspen

Women open state hockey tourney with win

The Steamboat Storm's previous games against Aspen had been close, which explains why members of the local team felt nervous heading into Friday night's state tournament opener.

Gardening class cultivates student interest

"It's kind of slimy, so you guys will love it," volunteer teacher Mo Shifter said to a class of fifth-graders at Soroco Elementary School on Thursday.

District prepares for audit

Communication report should be done by summer

After months of planning, a communications audit of the Steamboat Springs School District is near fruition.

Thursday, April 10

Officials ask for notice for open burns

Spring brings the yearn to burn. Local, state and federal fire officials are aware warmer temperatures and longer days give residents more reason to build fires in their backyards and fields.

Bus ridership sees sharp decline

After a fast start to the ski season, ridership on Steamboat Springs' free-to-rider bus system trailed off during what is normally the busiest time of the winter.

Oak Creek board backs Lafarge pit

After hearing several Routt County residents speak of their concerns about the proposed Lafarge Gravel Pit along Colorado Highway 131, the Oak Creek Board of Trustees voted to support the construction of the site 5 to 1, with one undecided.

Emerald, BLM land swap moves forward

A list of federally owned land parcels has been submitted to the Bureau of Land Management in the hopes that selling the properties will generate enough money to trade for Emerald Mountain.

Sailors hurt Huskies

Steamboat rolls to a 13-4 victory against Battle Mountain

Steamboat Springs catcher Ryan Marsden was all smiles Thursday as he rounded third base after hitting one over the fence at the Craig Middle School complex.

Fire damages home in Tree Haus

City officials are investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a home in the Tree Haus subdivision Thursday morning.

More's Corner zoning change approved

The Steamboat Springs Plan-ning Commission approved a zoning change to allow 34 duplex lots to be sold as timeshares.

Bulls sale Saturday at the fairgrounds

Brita Horn and her husband have driven many miles for many days looking for a bull to complement their cattle herd.

Steamboat shocks defending champs

Steamboat Springs took a big step toward dethroning Class 4A Western Slope League champion Glenwood Springs on Thursday night. Steamboat's Nikki Garth broke a 1-all deadlock, scoring in the 69th minute to give the Sailors a 2-1 victory over Glenwood in girls soccer action at Stubler Field.

Wednesday, April 9

Mesa will operate turboprops

Most airlines phasing out propeller-driven planes

Mesa Airlines has loaded its summer flights between Hayden and Denver into travel computers, and the route will be served by 37-passenger turboprop De Havilland Dash-8's. However, commercial aircraft with propellers are endangered birds, even in small markets such as the Yampa Valley, Bill Oliver said Wednesday.

Goto-Reiter takes fifth in slalom in Aspen

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Justin Goto-Reiter is looking forward to spending a few days surfing in the waters just off the Baja Peninsula this spring.

Steamboat riders battle it out

National championships dominated by local duo

The battle for the alpine title in the Menehune division at the U.S. Amateur Snowboarding Association's national championships came down to two riders -- both of them from Steamboat Springs.

Four Sailors qualify for national speech competition

For the first time in its history, the Steamboat Springs High School speech team will send four members to the mother of all high school speech competitions, the National Forensics League National Tournament and Congress.

Board approves Montessori

Decision mandates charter school be negotiated

The Steamboat Springs School District was ordered Wednesday to accept a Montessori charter school application, by a 5-2 vote of the Colorado Board of Education.

Impacts of proposed gravel pit to be addressed

With the recommended approval of a controversial gravel pit by the Routt County Planning Commission, several concerned residents will approach the Oak Creek Town Board tonight to ask them to closely examine the impacts of such a gravel pit.

Food drought affecting LIFT-UP

David Freseman saw something last week he had never seen in the three years he has worked at LIFT-UP of Routt County: empty shelves at the food bank.

Townhome owners want timeshares

Developers seek zoning changes

The owners of a 64-unit luxury townhome development are seeking a zoning change to sell some of the units as timeshares.

Tuesday, April 8

Community plan questioned

Members working toward completion

City Planner Tom Leeson asked the City Council on Tuesday night how many dwellings it wanted to see in the area west of Steamboat.

Hearing will decide Montessori's fate

State Board of Education makes final ruling today

There will be no more appeals and no more hearings. This time around, the decision is final.

Rescuers busy Tuesday

Back-to-back backcountry rescues kept Routt County Search and Rescue crews busy Tuesday.

Steamboat ski patrol wins overall title

The Steamboat Springs Ski Patrol reclaimed the title as best patrol in Colorado during the 32nd annual Colorado All-State Ski Patrol Convention held April 1 and 2 at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Former council president comments on water

Former City Council President Kevin Bennett came before the council Tuesday night casting criticism on the current president and asking the council to equalize sewer rates between the city and other water and sewer districts.

Month of the Young Child festivities begin with parade

National campaign raises awareness of development issues

The Steamboat Springs Fire Department rerouted traffic around two blocks of Lincoln Avenue on Tuesday morning so that almost 100 preschool-age children could toddle down the street to kick off the first day of Month of the Young Child.

Sailors rout Huskies

Return of Allen, Fritz lifts Steamboat girls past Battle Mountain

The return of Anya Allen and the season debut of Abby Fritz helped an already deep Steamboat Springs girls soccer team Tuesday as the Sailors routed the Battle Mountain Huskies 8-0 at Woodbury Field in Craig.

Our View: Open records and open meetings

The Steamboat Springs City Council needs to be reminded that open government is the best government.

April storm boosts snowpack

Stillwater, Yamcolo reservoirs still not expected to fill

The city's domestic water supply is ensured for this summer. However, even the wet storms that swept the valley during the first week in April won't fill the largest reservoirs in South Routt County this spring. Elvis Iacovetto of the Colorado Division of Water Resources said he anticipates Stillwater and Yamcolo reservoirs south of Yampa in the Flat Tops will be between 50 percent and 60 percent full when irrigation season begins this year.

Religion in the schools

Steamboat district weighing changes to existing policies

The Steamboat Springs School Board will vote next week on three policies that, if implemented, could restrict the access religious groups and their representatives have to Steamboat schools.

Monday, April 7

Festival moves to Labor Day

Free concerts will be family-oriented

Business leaders here have decided to forgo a major outdoor music festival over the Fourth of July in favor of two days of free concerts intended to attract families over the Labor Day weekend.

Board approves hiring search firm

Simms' resignation accepted

Accepting Superintendent Cyndy Simms' resignation was a quick formality Monday for the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education.

Hooper jumps right back into swing of things

For the second week in a row, freshman runner Jessica Peters made plenty of noise on the track. This week in Eagle Valley, she wasn't alone.

Squirts overcome challenges in late season

After wrapping up the hectic regular season with nine wins, the Mason Morse Squirts knew they were going to face more than a few challenges during a two-tournament postseason run.

Sewer agreement broached

Mount Werner Water wants to renegotiate with city

The Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District wants to renegotiate a city sewer agreement that expires in 2005.

Sailors hoping for bus trip to state meet

When the time comes to travel to the state track meet, Steamboat Springs sprinter Tyler Johnson has already decided which vehicle he wants to use for the three-hour journey to Denver.

Sunday, April 6

E-mail con men look to profit from tragedy of war

Only the good die young and ...

I feel confident in assuming that many of you have been as transfixed as have I by the television news coverage of this war.

Lafarge will plead case tonight

Company has opportunity to refute claims made last week

The company that wants to bring a gravel pit to the south valley has one last opportunity to plead its case to the Routt County Planning Commission.

School board will hold study session tonight

Superintendent Simms' resignation will be accepted

The Steamboat Springs School Board will formally accept Superintendent Cyndy Simms' resignation tonight.

Young Life reaches area teens

Program aims to build relationships

Organized chaos.

Saturday, April 5

Business News in Brief

Real estate veteran Kathi Skytta has joined the firm of Mason & Morse Real Estate in Steamboat Springs.

McInnis speaks

Being a Democrat, Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger took a verbal beating at the Routt County Republican's Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday night. Guest speaker U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Grand Junction, jokingly said he couldn't believe Monger showed up, but it warmed his heart to think the county commissioner might be a Republican at heart.

Landlord says no to crab shack

Borden opposes Landry's plans for Chart House

Tilman Fertitta, CEO of the Landry's restaurant chain, said recently that Chart House restaurants in Steamboat Springs and Aspen are on the list for conversion to Joe's Crab Shack restaurants. But Fertitta's landlord says it won't happen in Steamboat Springs.

Tomorrow's leaders

Program teaches business skills to Routt County high school students

Networking. Interviewing. Communicating. Competing. These skills -- essential to have in the business world -- are usually learned through firsthand, real-world experience.

Lien sales can prove lucrative

As April 15 approaches, paying someone else's taxes seems like the last thing anyone would want to do. But if it is property taxes paid through the Routt County tax lien sale, it can become a lucrative investment.

Peak lek attendance quickly approaching

Local Colorado Division of Wildlife Officer Jim Haskins said prime time for witnessing the mating dance of one of Routt County's most dramatic birds is fast approaching.

Godzilla with fins

Local angler releases apparent state record pike

When Chad Kurtenbach first glimpsed the giant eye staring back at him through a hole in the ice, it reminded him of a cinematic lizard.

Training with a twist

More and more sports teams using non-traditional workouts to gain edge

Weights on Mondays and Thursdays. Vertical jump work on Tuesdays and Fridays. And on Wednesdays, members of the Steamboat Springs volleyball team went to Pilates class to increase core strength, flexibility, balance and power.

Tape it, paint it, push it: Cardboard Classic is annual rite of spring

Ryan Brewster and Isaac Abernathy stood amid a crowd of hundreds of racers and spectators at the Cardboard Classic on Mount Werner Saturday afternoon.

Search dog retires

'Pepper' served eight years on county rescue squad

One veteran of Routt County Search and Rescue doesn't have much to say about her time with the volunteer organization. She prefers to keep her nose to the ground and let her tail do the talking.

Study shows LPS benefits

A planning tool developed to preserve open space and satisfy development demands in rural Routt County is paying off.

All fired up

Jonathan Kaplan's Ceramic Design Group

If you don't pass on what you know, it dies. That is the philosophy with which potter Jonathan Kaplan entered the current phase of his life.

Sound Off for April 6, 2003

I'd just like to make a comment about the editorial in Wednesday's newspaper. The state's budget crisis was not caused by the TABOR Amendment and Amendment 23, it was caused by the Republican legislature making tax cuts permanent instead of temporary. So when Bill Owens brags that everyone in the state got an $800 tax cut which I am sure helps him get re-elected, on the other hand the state is suffering. It is a problem the Republicans in the Legislature brought upon themselves and now we are all paying for it.

Olympic athletes get raw deal

You've spent your whole life training and competing for a shot at making it to the top level of your sport.

15 errors cost Sailors games

This year's Steamboat Springs baseball team is arguably the best in school history, so the 15 errors the Sailors committed in two lopsided loses Saturday left both the coaches and players frustrated.

Soccer team still perfect

The Steamboat Springs girls soccer team remained perfect on the season with a 7-0 victory over Palisade Saturday at Woodbury Field in Craig.

Survey key step in area plan update

The brightly colored "Key Choices and Directions" packet looks harmless enough sitting at the city's planning department. But inside, it holds questions that have been debated from dinner tables to City Council chambers for years.

A legacy intact

Nine years after she returned to lead the Steamboat Springs school district, Cyndy Simms will leave with a successful legacy intact.

A perfect 11

Newly formed volunteer organization helps students improve their community

On a scale of one to 10, these folks are 11s. At the beginning of the last school year, several Soroco High School students decided to create a volunteer organization, open to all students, that would "create a positive and supportive school and community atmosphere, while improving ourselves and the people around us," as their mission statement reads.

New in the Saddle

Avid cyclist acquires Steamboat Springs bike shop from Crislips

Steamboat's singular bicycle shop, and possibly the only bicycle shop in the Western world housed in a former sawdust and wood chip burner, has changed hands.

Thursday, April 3

Wrestling teams wrap seasons

The Hayden and Soroco middle school wrestling teams recently wrapped up their seasons with positive results.

Hayden to amend animal ordinances

Several Hayden residents expressed frustration Thursday night with revisions the Town Board made a month ago to its animal ordinances.

Planning Commission delays decision on Lafarge pit

People holding their breath to hear what the Routt County Planning Commission has to say about a proposed gravel pit in the south valley will have to wait until next week.

Shots fired at river workers

A Steamboat Springs man reported to be upset with a river excavation project behind his home shot at two men working on the project Thursday morning, police said. Russell Dean Marmon, 45, was arrested on suspicion of firing two shots outside his home at 20 Dream Island Plaza around 11:15 a.m. Steamboat Springs police said Marmon appeared to be intoxicated.

Sailors finish sixth at Brighton meet

Updated results from the Brighton track meet show the Steamboat Springs girls track team placed sixth and the boys finished 15 in a field of 21 teams on either side.

Marmon makes court appearance

Man accused of shooting at excavating crew

A Steamboat Springs man accused of shooting at two men excavating rock on the Yampa River was ordered Friday to stay away from the workers.

Health fair answers questions

Skin cancer screenings, blood tests offered

Your husband is prescribed antibiotics in January, but starts to feel better before all the pills are gone.

Mesa to replace Air Wisconsin

Spokeswoman confirms airline will discontinue flights

A spokeswoman for Air Wisconsin airlines confirmed Friday the regional carrier will discontinue its United Express flights into Yampa Valley Regional airport effective July 7. After that date, the route will be flown by Mesa Air Group, which recently signed a code-sharing agreement with United Airlines.

Winter Sports Club to hand out awards

On Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club awards night, Alpine director Tony Nunnikhoven gladly trades his winter parka for a dinner jacket and has even been known to replace his wool hat with a silk tie.

'Magic Moments' ice show is tonight

Five figure skaters will have detention Saturday for misbehavior, but they will be the center of attention for a grandstand full of paying customers. The five skaters, members of the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club, will reenact scenes from the 1985 coming-of-age movie "The Breakfast Club" as part of this year's "Movie Moments on Ice," an annual ice show and silent auction fund-raiser.

Kids turned on to sport

Young wrestlers learn from each other

Jay Muhme remembers when seventh grade was a youngster's first exposure to wrestling. After all, that's when he started.

Brauns Bar & Grill to fill Swiss Haven's spot at Harbor

A group of Fort Collins restaurateurs intend to open a Brauns Bar & Grill in the Harbor Hotel in downtown Steamboat Springs by mid-June. It will be the third Brauns restaurant in Colorado.

Ski area theft investigation continues

With fingerprints, personal items and other evidence collected, investigators are closer to solving a February break-in at Rendezvous Saddle. Approximately $10,000 was stolen from a restaurant safe.

The record for April 4

Two injured in accident

Two women were injured in a crash that occurred around 8:30 a.m. Thursday on Colorado Highway 131 just south of the intersection with County Road 179.

Students eager for trip to France

In two weeks, a handful of Steamboat Springs students will throw themselves into a world of sidewalk cafes, art masterpieces and historic structures.

Steamboat nets win over Cedaredge

Sailors score seven goals in Friday's game

It would be a wise decision, when attending Steamboat Springs soccer games in the future, to avoid parking behind the goals.

Wednesday, April 2

A party patrol

Ski patrollers from across Colorado gather in Steamboat

Pay no attention to the pink, purple and white feather boas that may be whipping around in the trees on the face of Storm Peak today. They are gifts from the Beaver Creek Ski Patrol.

Rob Dick resigns from RALF

The man who worked tirelessly to create Steamboat Springs first homeowner-affordable housing project will not be in charge when that project, West End Village, comes to fruition.

Soroco students kick cigarettes' butts

Eighth-graders stage mock trial to address dangers of smoking

With the bang of a gavel and the turn of a bucket, Soroco Middle School students kicked butts Wednesday as part of a nationwide initiative to curb youth tobacco use.

Steamboat chef brings adventures into kitchen

Yampa Valley Medical Center's Jacques Wilson wins regional Chef of the Year award

She cooked all day at work, and when she got home, she was ready to get cooking again.

Lacrosse ready for Border War

The Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team makes its first appearance at the three-state Border War Tournament when it opens with scrimmages today.

Public can hear gravel pit plans

Commissioners will be presented with proposal tonight

Come early. Stay late. Lafarge's request to mine gravel south of Steamboat Springs is sure to draw a crowd to Centennial Hall tonight.

Questions surround judicial facility

Residents turn out to discuss cost, design

The county's decision on Tuesday to build a proposed judicial facility near the Routt County Jail wasn't left idling for long.

Shots fired at river excavation workers

A man was arrested Thursday morning following an incident in which shots were fired at workers doing excavation work on the Yampa River. No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred around 11:15 a.m. near the Stockbridge Multi-Modal Transit Center.

Taliaferro ready to begin new life beyond BOCES

After 33 years working in various educational positions, Sharon Taliaferro is ready to dabble in a field entirely new to her -- retirement.

Simms leaving district

Superintendent accepts top post in Mercer Island, Wash.

Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Cyndy Simms announced her resignation Wednesday morning. She has agreed to become the superintendent of the Mercer Island, Wash., school district.

Tuesday, April 1

A dogfight in Craig

Late home run sinks Sailors hope of win over valley rival

Tuesday afternoon was nearly perfect for Sailors baseball player Preston Stanfill.

Air ambulance still grounded

Three medical flights missed since March 19 crash

Yampa Valley Air Ambulance has missed three medical flights, two of them for local patients, since a March 19 plane crash near Kremmling totaled the aircraft normally based at Bob Adams Field.

Cit says no to gravel pit

The Steamboat Springs City Council does not want to see a gravel pit at the city's east entrance, even if it means more trucks coming through the downtown.

Simms expected to take Mercer Island, Wash. position

Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Cyndy Simms announced her resignation this morning. She has agreed to become the superintendent of the Mercer Island, Wash., School District. Simms will finish the school year in Steamboat Springs. Her resignation is effective July 1.

Ski patrol workers join new union

More than 400 professional ski patrollers from six ski areas in Colorado and Utah have joined the Communications Workers of America.

Wrestlers end season with a bang

Tigers best Bulldogs in final middle school tournament

Coach Dallas Robinson had nothing but praise for his middle school wrestlers, their parents and the community of Hayden, following the official completion of the wrestling season. For the first time in "a long time" a Hayden team -- middle school or varsity -- took first place at a tournament.

Cardboard Classic to be held Saturday

Have you been stocking up on duct tape? It might come in useful this weekend.

Rate hikes, past drought make conservation key

With increased water-usage rates, conservation has new importance for Hayden residents: Conserve water to conserve money. Although recent rainfall and snowpack is improving the water situation locally, last summer's drought has forced city councils and town boards nationwide to take preventative measures in the form of irrigation regulations.

Figure skating team hits the road

Competitions, tests, ice shows and exhibitions have kept the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club on the road and on the ice during the past four months.

Soccer team remains undefeated

The Steamboat Springs soccer team has opted to take advantage of what it can control rather than dwell on what it can't.

Go west

County chooses judicial facility near jail

Plans for a proposed judicial facility are going west.

Town Board meets Thursday

Town Board to tackle animal control, mobile garage ordinances Thursday

A month ago, Hayden Animal Control Officer Ed Corriveau proposed revising the town's animal ordinances to clarify and bring them up to date. The request seemed simple enough, until Hayden Planning Commissioner Garold Gilbert pointed out how his family, and potentially others, would be impacted by the revisions.

Children's Health Fair offers free testing

For no charge, Hayden children from birth to 5 years old can attend a Children's Health Fair at Hayden Elementary School from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 10.

Park makeover good for monkey business

Safe and fun: a parent's dream. No more looking all around for your children at the Hayden Town Park. Groundbreaking for new playground equipment will begin April 25, and parents will be able to rejoice it its consolidated design.

HHS freshman competes in pageant

She stood in front of a panel of judges, terrified. It was Friday, the day before the final competition of 2003 Miss Jr. Teen Denver pageant on at Teikyo Ooretto Height University Theater. She was competing for a $1,000 scholarship.

New owner has big plans for Walnut Street business

Boulder-based architect has family members in Hayden

Pamm McFadden has new direction in life. Ever since having a tumor removed from her brain, she has a new drive to spend more time with her family. She said buying a business close to her family in Hayden seemed logical, in that she can spend more time with them, and they can help out with the business when she is away.

County fairgrounds to host bull auction

Brita Horn and her husband have driven miles and miles for days looking for a bull to complement their cattle herd. From McCoy, they would drive through all of South Routt, Walden, Hayden, Craig and Steamboat Springs looking for just the right one. Tired of the tedious process, which most ranchers are familiar with, Horn got together with other organizations to make a better way for ranchers to find their perfect bull.

Deed restriction bill dies in Senate

City officials gave a sigh of relief when a bill that would have made it illegal for governments to require deed restrictions died on the Senate floor Monday.

Honoring a Principal

Dave Schmid's recognition as Colorado's Principal of the Year is an honor not only for him as an individual but also for Steamboat Springs High School and the school district as a whole.