Stories for August 2003

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Sunday, August 31

Briefs for Sept. 1, 2003

Registration for Pee Wee Adventures opens Sept. 11 Registration opens Sept. 11 for Pee Wee Adventures, a recreation-based program for toilet trained 2.5- to 5-year-olds. The group meets from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 2-April 15. The cost is $10 per day. Call 879-4300.

Rockin' rodeo

Steamboat bull provides winning ride; Oklahoma's Corey Navarre takes title

For the second time in three years, Steamboat Springs' own Panda provided the winning ride at the Steamboat Pro Bull Riding Classic.

Clownin' around

Circus Chimera comes to town Wednesday

Alina Sergeeva can speak fluent Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and English. She turned 11 a couple of months ago.

New knee repair brings hope

Unless you have had the misfortune of tearing your meniscus, you may not even know what it is. A torn meniscus causes knee pain that can be a constant reminder of the importance of this shock-absorbing piece of fibrocartilage. The c-shaped cushion in the knee provides stability and is most often injured during activities in-volving impact and twisting.

Woman reaches for cell phone, crashes

A two-vehicle collision near the bottom of Fish Creek Falls Road sent three people to the hospital for precautionary measures and caused minor traffic delays about 1 p.m. Sunday, Steamboat Springs Police Officer Dale Coyner said.

Never scare a pregnant woman

How Carl Howelsen turned his wife away from skiing

They are selling snowboards in parking lots this week, the first ski magazines of the season are on the newsstand and Leif Howelsen came through town last week with some fresh skiing gossip. OK, the gossip isn't really fresh, it's almost 80 years old, but it's darn juicy. Leif is the son of the late Carl Howelsen, after whom the ski jumps in downtown Steamboat Springs are named.

Hayden family sorrowed by death of father

Sherri Lawton was counting the days her husband, Staff Sgt. Mark Lawton, was serving in Iraq.

Saturday, August 30

Fresh faces in Steamboat schools

New students aren't the only fresh faces at Steamboat Springs School District schools this fall. Here's a quick glance at some of the new teachers hired by the school district.

Steamboat soccer takes tourney title

The Steamboat Springs boys soccer team picked up its first nonleague tournament championship in school history with a 3-1 win over Bullis High School of Maryland in the finals of the Alexander Dawson tournament Saturday.

An ounce of prevention ...

... may be worth significant savings to the health care insurance industry

For 30 years, Susannah Lusk often had a cigarette in her hand. A Camel Light, to be specific. She smoked six of them a day.

A taxing issue

City shies from eliminating food, utility taxes

The city of Littleton will give voters the option to repeal a 1 percent sales tax on groceries in November, becoming the latest municipality in Colorado to consider eliminating taxes on basic household necessities.

Get out there

Labor Day's mini-adventures begin in downtown Steamboat

Labor Day weekend in Steamboat Springs is all about free concerts and courageous cowboys riding snorting bulls. But that doesn't mean you can't squeeze several quick outdoor adventures into your schedule, even if you brought the kids along.

How do you answer criticism of police?

J.D. Hays is the public safety services director for the city of Steamboat Springs. Here, he answers questions about some of the issues facing the police department.

Phippsburg teen battles scoliosis

Therapy to straighten her back gave Gina Iacovetto a new perspective on life

Gina Iacovetto has been walking around Phippsburg all summer.

Our View: Random Drug Testing at Hayden High

The Hayden School Board was correct to require high school students to agree to random drug testing in order to leave campus for lunch.

Real Estate Transactions for Aug. 18-28

TEJON PARTNERSHIP, L.L.P. TO POUR BOY OIL CO. III, INC. FOR LOT 7, THE EVERGREENS AT EAGLERIDGE - $550,000

Oak Creek Bonfiglio Drug burglarized; teen arrested

A Steamboat Springs teenager was arrested Saturday morning after allegedly breaking into Bonfiglio Drug in Oak Creek and attempting to steal more than $3,000 worth of prescription drugs, Oak Creek Police Officer Felipe Nardo said.

Artist on the edge

Mathematics form the foundation for George Krawzoff's paintings

The gallery owner looked straight into the eyes of a young, hopeful George Krawzoff and explained the problem. He loved Krawzoff's work and he would love to show it in his gallery, but there were a lot of people in the United States who want to show in Aspen.

Billie M. Mitchell

Former Routt County resident Billie M. Mitchell died Aug. 15, 2003, at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. She was 75.

Calendar

Summer's last gasp draws crowd

Headwall packed for Labor Day weekend's free concert

Despite sporadic showers throughout Saturday, Steamboat Springs locals and visitors alike started their Labor Day weekend by packing the Headwall slope at Mount Werner for a free concert and by shopping for Western art.

Cowboys make good heroes

I never met 9-year-old Ryan Battistoni, but I would guess that his heroes have always been cowboys.

Motivation from a mother

Triathlete Cindie Hill competes for love of her mom

Carol France is a high-maintenance, Southern matron with not one athletic bone in her body. But given a choice between taking part in an Ironman triathlon, the ultimate test of endurance and will, or having breast cancer consume her body, France would easily choose the first, her daughter Cindie Hill said.

Sailors stomp Sierra, 35-20

Imagine what Lonny Radford might pull for an encore after scoring two touchdowns and intercepting one pass in his first varsity game in nearly a year, as Steamboat Springs defeated Sierra 35-20 Saturday.

Hayden man dies in Iraq ambush

Mark A. Lawton, 41, leaves behind a wife, two children

A Hayden man has become Routt County's first casualty of the war in Iraq.

Katherine McLaren Bennett

Katherine McLaren Bennett died Aug. 18, 2003, at the Doak Walker Care Center. She was 95.

Loi Iva Kier

Longtime South Routt County resident Loi Iva Kier passed away Aug. 24, 2003, at Horizon's Care Center in Eckert. She was 85.

Building permits for Aug. 18-22

Enclave at Quail Run LLC 3396 Covey Circle Wintergreen Homes Triplex -- Bldg 19 Unit 1 $177,714

Victorian home in Yampa filled with history

Marlene and Don Wuest were living in Stagecoach when they decided it was time to move closer to their jobs in Steamboat Springs. But, when they walked in the front door of a 104-year-old Victorian-style house in Yampa, they knew they'd found their new home.

Business News in Brief

The Sequoia Building at 141 Ninth St. is home to two new legal practices. Margaret O'Donnell and Michele M. Desoer have opened separate practices in the historic building.

Construction begins on Chadwick

Work to continue through winter on luxury condo project

The corner of Village Drive and AprÃs Ski Way will be transformed this winter by the construction of a six-story luxury condominium building. The long-awaited Chadwick at Steamboat Springs is notable in a recovering real estate market because all 23 residential condominiums are under contract at prices ranging from just more than $600,000 to $1.2 million.

Smartwool offers new line of socks

The marketing staff at SmartWool identified a national trend in outdoor sporting goods and the Adrenaline is already flowing. In fact, by November, company executivess hope the Adrenaline is flowing right out the door of the company's textile plant.

Bell Mercantile Building predates Oak Creek

Before Oak Creek was called Oak Creek, the town was named after the Bell building and its owners. In 1895, Ed and Sam Bell subdivided their ranch with a few streets and called it Bell Town. In the middle of town, they built a general store and called it Bell Mercantile. The store served as a distribution center for all types of goods for the mines and ranches of South Routt County, said Johnny ManChac, co-owner of the building.

Friday, August 29

News in Brief for Aug. 30, 2003

Columbine Youth Chorale is seeking singers Columbine Youth Chorale is seeking talented young singers. The children's choir is open to all interested youths ages 8-14; no experience is necessary. The group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Methodist Church. The choir will present a Christmas program Dec. 13 in collaboration with the Steamboat Springs Youth Orchestra. Call 879-1996.

All School Board races contested

Mike Loomis enters on final day; election day is Nov. 4

Choice is a good thing -- or at least that has been the opinion of the candidates in the pending Steamboat Springs School Board election.

Tigers back in full force

Moffat County JV can't hang on

Broom in hand, Bryan Richards was one of the last Hayden football players to emerge from the locker room after Thursday night's 43-6 win against Moffat County's junior varsity team.

Sailors teach lesson in soccer at Dawson tourney

Though the members of the Steamboat Springs boys soccer team missed a majority of their first week of school to play in the Alexander Dawson tournament, they've found ways to educate themselves by touring the University of Colorado's campus in Boulder before Friday's game.

Taking a step back in time

History usually is taught chronologically, but third-grade classes at Soda Creek Elementary are reversing course in their study of Routt County.

Sunburst developers angry

4S says it wasn't contacted by planning consultants

Developers of a proposed 900-acre subdivision say they have once again been angered and bewildered by planning recommendations for their Sunburst Ranch development.

New concept in playgrounds

Stock Bridge play area won't be ready for weeks

Youngsters who have been riding past the new playground equipment under construction at Stock Bridge Park are being asked to wait about a month before playing on the new equipment.

Rock Creek Stage Stop restored

Before Rabbit Ears Pass was even an inkling, travelers made their way to Routt County by horse through the only route available: Gore Pass. After crossing the steepest leg of the pass, travelers could rest at the only place available, the Rock Creek Stage Stop.

Land meeting draws 30

Oak Creek Town Board hears discussion on Emerald land swap

The Emerald Mountain land exchange would make it easier for the Bureau of Land Management to manage its land but could present difficult decisions for ranchers and farmers in outlying areas, as the Oak Creek Town Board heard at Thursday night's discussion.

Thursday, August 28

Weekend tourism should match 2002

Steamboat Springs expects to host as many visitors as it did in 2002 on the last big weekend of the summer tourist season.

Sailors hoping for a repeat

Steamboat won 35-34 thriller over Sierra in '02

The size and inexperience of his offensive line and a lack of overall team depth are Sierra football coach Kevin Gray's concerns heading into Saturday's season opener against Steamboat Springs.

Top bulls and riders clash this weekend

Burleson, Texas, bull rider Brian Wooley is looking to add Steamboat Springs to his list of favorite Professional Bull Riders tour stops Sunday during the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Challengers event.

Rams ready to get 2003 started right

Even through a phone line, it is easy to get a feel for Gary Heide's enthusiasm heading into the Soroco football team's season opener Saturday in Rifle.

School Board candidate field grows

One day remains for potential candidates to add their names to a growing list of Steamboat Springs School Board aspirants.

News in Brief

Kickboxing aerobics class offered in Hayden

Labor Day party is Oak Creek tradition

This year's celebration revives old contests

In 1913, members of the Oak Creek Chamber of Commerce piled in a car and chugged their way up to Baggs, Wyo. The trip was about 100 miles, and with cars traveling at top speeds of about 40 mph, it's unlikely the group made it to Baggs in less than three hours.

Girl races away with awards

Soap box derby championships held in Ohio

Soft-spoken 12-year-old Melissa Campagna was a newcomer to the soap box derby circuit when she entered Steamboat Springs' third annual Youth in Motion derby race in May.

2 named to Editorial Board

The Steamboat Pilot & Today has appointed Paula Cooper Black and Jennifer Schubert-Akin to its Editorial Board.

Fire restriction may end

Sheriff to recommend ban be lifted

Summer campfire restrictions may soon be lifted.

County garners $138,000

Grant money will be used for emergency response equipment

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, may seem far from Routt County, but the risk of future attacks is not, county officials say.

Outdoor cinema brings new trend to town

'City Slickers' to be shown under the stars

Americans are going outdoors to watch movies again. But this time, they also are getting out of their automobiles.

Wednesday, August 27

Fire 50 percent contained

Part of Mount Zirkel Wilderness to be reopened

With rain keeping the 3-week-old Sawtooth Fire at bay, the U.S. Forest Service announced Wed-nesday that it will reopen a portion of the Zirkel Wilderness closed because of fire danger.

Ski pass rate held through Sept. 15

The deadline for early season pass rates at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center is Sept. 15. The price of a season pass allowing unlimited cross country skiing on the groomed trails that wind through the Sheraton golf course is $165. The prices of all the various season passes remain at the same level as in 2002.

School Board petitions are due Friday

With the deadline for Hayden School Board candidate petitions two days away, three have been turned in.

Buffalo Pass may be paved

Commissioners want feedback from community

Paving Buffalo Pass Road to Dry Lake Campground is one of the projects proposed by the Routt County Road and Bridge Department for next year.

Nordic Council shifts focus

Goal is a valley-wide cross country ski pass

The Steamboat Springs Nordic Council envisions a day when one ticket will allow cross country skiers to enjoy any of a half-dozen touring centers in the valley.

4,000 acres cut from land swap

State Land Board pulls land from Emerald Mountain exchange

The State Land Board reduced by more than 4,000 acres the amount of land it wants to acquire in the Emerald Mountain land exchange.

District starts school year with new configuration

Oak Creek-based district moved sixth-graders to South Routt Elementary

The final weeks of summer vacation were starting to wear on South Routt Elementary School second-grader Eric Tolliver.

Tuesday, August 26

Historic tax question will be on ballot

A .3-mill levy for county museums and historical societies will be on this November's ballot, giving residents a chance to vote for or against devoting tax dollars to preserve the county's history.

Letters to the editor

Chasing rates

Steamboat Grand earns four diamonds from AAA

Resort joins short list of elite hotels in Colorado

The Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center has joined a short list of elite hotels in Colorado. It announced this week it has been designated a "four diamond" property by AAA.

Women's hockey continues to grow

"Surprised" is not a word that longtime hockey coach Nancy Wilson likes to use when describing the growth of women's hockey in recent years.

Tigers are back

Hayden opens tonight against Moffat County JV

Hayden football coach Shawn Baumgartner has prepared his coaching staff and his team to play Moffat County's entire junior varsity squad in tonight's season opener at the Tigers' field.

Our View: Police criticism unfair

Recent complaints about area law enforcement largely ring hollow given the lack of specifics the complainants have offered. But even though the criticism is off target, law enforcement agencies can address the concerns through continued training, outreach and retention of quality officers.

Commissioners want more information

A 51-lot subdivision proposed near Oak Creek could be successful, but more information should be collected before the Town Board annexes and accepts the subdivision, according to a letter from Routt County commissioners.

First draft of area plan released

Working groups involved in the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan Update process are putting their red marks on a first draft.

Bullfighter thanks God, his wife for his career

It was late Tuesday afternoon in Merkel, Texas, and bullfighter Rob Smets knew he should be on the road.

Kinderhaus will close doors

Steamboat child-care center ends 15-year run

After more than 15 years serving the child-care needs of countless area families, Kinderhaus Family Center will close its doors for the last time Friday.

Briefs for Aug. 27, 2003

Commissioners approve gravel pit hours change

Two elections contested

Crossan, Kelly join School Board race

Education Fund Board members Robin Crossan and Brian Kelly are the latest to join a growing field of Steamboat Springs School Board candidates.

Sailors look to trim strokes in Glenwood

On the eve of his first high school golf tournament, Henry Howard stood on the practice green at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort calmly rolling 7-foot putts toward the hole.

Students talk about Hayden High's drug testing policy

Some say it is a problem. Some say it isn't. But students say they know drugs are in their school.

School district combines bus routes to save time

The most significant change to the 2003-04 school year bus routes is to the Elkhead Route, Transportation Director Daren Zehner reported to the Board of Education on Aug. 20. It is now a combination of the old Elkhead Route and the U.S. Highway 40 West Route. The routes encompass the following:

Golf tournament deadline nears

Time is running out for local golfers who want to play in this year's Steamboat Combined Club Championships, which will take place at the Catamount, Sheraton and Haymaker golf courses the first week of September.

Sailors shooting for school history

A Steamboat Springs boys soccer team has never won a season opening, non-league soccer tournament.

The 10,000 Feet feat

Two races give plenty of opportunity to labor on Labor Day weekend

Bob Dapper has a confession to make.

Sunburst Ranch subdivision called 'inappropriate'

The proposed 900-acre Sunburst Ranch subdivision is "highly inappropriate," according to a consulting firm that recently completed the first phase of an impact analysis on the project.

Monday, August 25

Road trip sinks Sailors

But tennis team is ready to rebound from tough losses

It would be easy for Steamboat Springs tennis player Jonathan Solomon to feel a little down after his team's slow start to the 2003 season.

Raising awareness about meth

When more people know what a methamphetamine drug lab looks and smells like, more labs will be uncovered in the community, Lt. Lori Mariorty said.

New foe will be used to battle weeds

In mid-summer of last year, a worker with the Nature Conservancy came across a six-inch high plant with smooth reddish-brown stems and small, scale-like leaves.

Cook Chevrolet may go west

Car dealer plans new facility

Cook Chevrolet, Olds, Jeep, Subaru would like to build a new home, less than a half mile west of its present showroom.

Area students, teachers back for another school year

Classes began Monday in Steamboat Springs

The buzz of young voices, interrupted only by the hurried footsteps of a passing student, filled the halls and pods of Strawberry Park Elementary School Monday, the first day of classes for the Steamboat Springs School District.

Council hopefuls make it official

Former Councilman Ken Brenner emerged Monday as the seventh and final candidate for the Steamboat Springs City Council, filing for the District II seat.

Boy offers solutions to grasshopper problem

Bags of grasshoppers that were collected in Routt County this summer are sitting in an office at Colorado State University, waiting to be identified.

Sunday, August 24

Homesteader Model T will remain in Steamboat -- Tom Ross

Car had not been started in 20 years

Henry Ford made Model T's with everyman in mind. But it's likely he never pictured everyman living in the Rocky Mountains. The little cars that brought the convenience of motoring to average Americans beginning in 1908 were made to do many things well, but climbing steep mountain passes was not among them -- that is, unless you wanted to go up the mountain in reverse.

The overlooked problem of heart disease

Women, is your biggest health worry breast cancer? Think again. One out of three women die of heart disease. In fact, women's deaths from heart disease are greater than all cancers combined.

Learning behind the scenes

If New York is the city that never sleeps, then journalism is the profession that never rests.

Council will look at CDC changes

The city has a list of proposed revisions to its Community Development Code.

Deadline nears for election

Candidates must make decision today

Residents have until 5 p.m. today to announce their candidacy for the November City Council election.

Chutes closed

Summer rodeo series comes to an end

Monte Pickering missed his dad's big moment Saturday night at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series end-of-season awards party.

Saturday, August 23

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

One step at a time

Transition program helps kids with disabilities adjust to life after school

On a table there are two pieces of bread, a knife and two jars -- one full of peanut butter and the other with jelly. To most, it's the obvious makings for a sandwich, but for others, it can be an unsolvable puzzle.

Real Estate Transactions for Aug. 10-17

MOTT, MERRITT and MOTT, CATHERINE and WHITCHER, WILLIAM and WHITCHER, MARIJEAN to GENTILCORE, HANNAH and for PROMONTORY AT STEAMBOAT CONDO Unit: B-20 - $275,000

Rams pumped for season

Soroco girls crank up music, energy

Loud tunes and enthusiasm filled the air inside the Soroco gym Friday during the Rams' final volleyball practice of the week.

Police defend their operations

Law enforcement says recent criticism is off base

A private investigator is challenging the way law enforcement officers in Steamboat Springs treat the public.

A farewell to summer

High mountain lakes offer hikers choice of Labor Day destinations

Hikers in Northwest Colorado can bag two wilderness lakes with a moderate hike during the Labor Day weekend and say goodbye to summer without remorse.

Warden -- Martinez

Yampa Valley Beef making a comeback

Yampa Valley Beef, the value-added program to sell locally raised beef to area stores, has begun a cautious re-entry into the market. "We really see this as a great opportunity," said Jean Petersen, director of the Community Agriculture Alliance. "The question was, how do we get it back in the marketplace?"

A Labor of love

Oak Creek residents pitch in to save holiday

When Becky Wisecup was in the eighth grade, she woke up Labor Day morning in Oak Creek with as much excitement as if it were Christmas.

Obituaries for Aug. 24, 2003

Opal Josephine 'Jo' Marlatt Baugh Moss 1920-2003

'Now or never'

Pressure's on for Soroco seniors

For most of his high school career, Soroco football player Will Ford has been looking to the future.

Lila Rider for Aug. 24, 2003

Lila Rider

Buildng Permits for Aug. 1-15

Rich Dieter 2932 West End Ave. Crystal Peak Single-family Res. $108,487

West End Village progressing rapidly

Italy is much different than Colorado. Though they are about the same size, Italy has 57 million people, while Colorado has about 6 million. "There is no land there," said Lynne Erspamer, who lived in Italy for 15 years and will soon live at Steamboat's affordable housing subdivision, West End Village.

Hanging up spurs until next summer

The Steamboat Springs Professional Rodeo Series came to a close Saturday night.

Business News in Brief

Colleen de Jong recently joined Prudential Steamboat Realty. De Jong is the daughter of Matthew and Verna Crawford and grew up in Steamboat. She recently returned after working for six years as a commercial real estate manager and broker in Denver.

Hay Auction brings less than 2002

More rain in valley brought more hay this year

Les Ohlhauser stood on the back of a pickup rattling off numbers with the sing-song speed of his auctioneer's voice. His voice slowed for a moment as the numbers dropped quickly toward the minimum bid.

Access antipathy

Resident who spent 7 years, $100,000 to gain access to county road raises hogs to make a point

Nadine Arroyo gets into her white pickup each morning and night and bumps along a dirt road for about 30 minutes to reach the far end of her 680-acre property west of Steamboat Springs.

Lending a helping hand

Incoming middle schoolers welcomed by seventh-, eighth-graders

The leap from elementary school to middle school isn't easy, particularly when rumors of bullies and loads of schoolwork run rampant through sixth-grade circles.

Health cost crises

In the end, everyone pays for the uninsured

For 23-year-old Phil Atkinson, $73.58 per month seemed like a lot of money.

Why test for drugs in Hayden? Behind the Headlines

Nick Schafer is the principal at Hayden High School. The Hayden School Board recently adopted a policy in which students who wish to leave campus during the school day must agree to random drug testing. Schafer talked about the reasons for the policy and how it will be implemented.

Size doesn't matter

Sailors look for speed, chemistry to offset lack of size

Lonny Radford and David May thought everything would be different by the time they became seniors on the Steamboat Springs High School football team.

Sailors reach high

If there were any lingering feelings of disappointment in Katie Liefer's heart after coming up just short of a state volleyball championship last fall, they're gone now.

Airport, Ski Corp. officials target new summer flights

Yampa Valley Regional Airport has never enjoyed direct jet connections to cities beyond Colorado outside of ski season. But the outcome of a federal grant application could change that.

An ounce of prevention

at issue West Nile virus our view Coloradans need to do their part to prevent more deaths.

Sound off for Aug. 24, 2003

Sound off for Aug. 24, 2003

Friday, August 22

District gets contested election

Businessman enters School Board race for District 4 seat

Steamboat business owner Jerry Kozatch announced Friday he will seek a spot on the Steamboat Springs School District School Board, apparently guaranteeing the first contested School Board election in six years.

School expansion on time

Steamboat Middle School project also on budget

Architectural blueprints are no longer needed to get a feel for the expansion project at Steamboat Springs Middle School, where construction is on schedule and meeting its budget.

Oak Creek hosts Art by the Pint

Wine, wares, beer, bands

When David Epstein was hanging out with a friend one night last year, the topic of conversation turned to parties.

Lodwick wins in Austria

Johnny Spillane 23rd in Nordic combined

Steamboat Springs Olympian Todd Lodwick out-sprinted Jens Gaiser of Germany in final stages Friday night to win the opening Nordic combined Summer Grand Prix, which was held in Villach, Austria.

USFS rehabilitating 2002 fire damage

As the 200-acre Sawtooth Fire in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness continues to burn, the U.S. Forest Service is working to rehabilitate the land destroyed by last year's fires.

News in Brief for Aug. 23, 2003

Deadline for early ski passes extended Today is the deadline to purchase season ski passes at discount prices at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Customers are welcome to purchase passes in person or remotely, including at the Steamboat main ticket office in Gondola Square. The deadline is midnight.

Hockey team labors for trip

Months of fund raising; a week in Iceland, Denmark, Sweden

Next March, 15 hockey players with the Oak Creek Kodiaks will head to Iceland, Denmark and Sweden for a week of learning new cultures, meeting new people and playing hockey.

Thursday, August 21

Workshop to talk meth, danger it poses to kids

The Grand, Routt, Jackson and Moffat County Narcotics Enforcement Team is holding an all-day workshop Monday to help educate the community on methamphetamine production and the danger it poses for children.

Juveniles program changes sponsor

A state-funded program designed to keep young Routt County offenders out of jails has changed its sponsoring agency.

Riverbend Roadhouse can build cabins

Owners of the Riverbend Roadhouse just west of Steamboat Springs received permission Thursday to add five long-term rental duplex cabins to their property.

Board asked for OK on land swap

The Hayden Town Board heard arguments for and against the Emerald Mountain land exchange Thursday night.

Steamboat schools weigh new pledge law

American flags are being hung from the walls of every Steamboat Springs Middle School classroom, but whether students and teachers will face the flags and recite the Pledge of Allegiance each morning remains unclear.

Trail run offers steep challenge

Runners in Sunday's Continental Divide Challenge Trail Run will face a 16-mile racecourse that wanders up the paths of the Fish Creek Falls and Mountain View trails, past Long Lake and eventually to the summit of Mount Werner.

Rodeo finale tonight

Cowboys looking to wrap up season titles in last two performances of series

After nine weeks of rodeo in Steamboat Springs, the quest to win one of the prized buckles that goes with a series title has been narrowed to one final weekend.

Experts discuss family trends

There is little doubt the structure of the American family has changed over the past 50 years.

News in brief

Sales down in June

Other mountain towns see increases

Taxable sales in Steamboat Springs slipped in June while other mountain towns posted gains.

Wednesday, August 20

Conceptual plans for justice center determined

The new Routt County justice center will have three levels, including a full-size basement, and will be about 50,000 square feet with the potential to grow, Routt County residents, judicial officials and county commissioners decided at a meeting Wednesday night.

Nightlife

Drug tests OK'd

Hayden High to put students to the test

The Hayden Board of Education unanimously app-roved a policy Wednesday night that will require any Hayden High School student who wants to leave campus during school hours to submit to random drug testing.

Bird found with West Nile

Report of virus is first in Routt County

West Nile virus was found in Routt County for the first time Tuesday when a bird tested positive for the virus.

My friend the earwig eater

"Earwigs may cause alarm to homeowners when discovered indoors. They have a frightful appearance, move rapidly around baseboards at the ground level and may emit a foul-smelling, yellowish-brown liquid from their scent glands."

Who is Bill Smith?

It's taken Bill Smith a long time to find himself. He, or literally they, went through many incarnations as they pasted fliers with numerous identities all over town -- Perfectly Frank, Bodacious Tatas, and a band called Earthtone that morphed from form to form before shedding one skin too many and collapsing.

Students get ahead with advanced courses

The first day of school is Monday for the Steamboat Springs School District

At times, the workload seemed too much for Jane Melvin to bear.

Trial date set for vehicular homicide case

A trial date has been set for a 20-year-old Eagle County man charged with vehicular homicide.

Keeping the Spear burning

Reggae legend Burning Spear, also known as Winston Rodney or more affectionately "Spear," radiates energy that cannot only be seen and heard on stage, it comes through over the phone.

Water Congress OKs bonds

The Colorado Water Congress voted Wednesday to endorse Referendum A, the controversial initiative that would allow the state to issue $2 billion in revenue bonds for water projects.

Just Golden

Golfer takes third straight Steamboat club championship

Ruth Golden's quest for a third straight title this week at the Steamboat Golf Club began with a tough round in rain and lightning Monday.

Howelsen speaks at museum Friday

Leif Howelsen, one of the strongest links to the origins of Steamboat Spring's rich history in competitive skiing, will be the featured speaker Friday at the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

An affair to remember

'Chair Affair' benefits school scholarship fund

A famous self-portrait by Frida Kahlo depicts the painter naked except for a brace she had to wear to offset a broken back. Her chest is torn open to reveal her spine as a cracking Ionic column. Her bare flesh and face are full of nails.

Docent Program builds an artist

A set of drums brought a woodworking apprentice from the Florida Keys to Steamboat Springs.

Brief Points

Residents oppose ball fields

Open house held to gather input on city park plan

Most of the 30 residents who gathered to weigh in on a proposed city park west of town said they don't want to see ball fields built on the land

Tuesday, August 19

Returning to Leadville

Geisler looking to finish what she started last year

More than 500 runners left the starting line of the Leadville Trail 100 Run last weekend; only 206 finished the race.

Council debates water rights

Before deciding if the city should file for recreational water rights, the City Council first wants to know how much water they should ask for.

Board seeks to repair, expand town waterlines

Dana Haskins has lived at 575 West Washington St. "forever."

Sunburst shifts to Meadows

Development of the first phase of a proposed 900-acre subdivision will be shifted to Hayden's Golden Meadows area, according to radically revised sketch plans for Sunburst Park North.

Police called unfair

Department defends its actions

Bill Rangitsch told the City Council he has been pulled over so many times he knows every new officer on the Steamboat Springs police force.

Running the Race

At issue Elections for City Council and School Board Our view We hope more candidates emerge and more seats are contested.

Student drug testing?

School Board eyes policy for students who leave campus

About 80 percent of Hayden High School students left campus on a daily basis for lunch last year, Principal Nick Schafer said. If those students want to keep that option, they may have to get their parents' permission -- and submit to random drug testing.

Hayden may test for drugs

About 80 percent of Hayden High School students left campus on a daily basis for lunch last year, Principal Nick Schafer said. If those students want to keep that option, they may have to get their parents' permission -- and submit to random drug testing.

Letter to the editor

The right thing to do

Briefs for Aug. 20, 2003

Drake returns as SSHS football coach

Clouds don't steer crowds from fair

Ominous clouds loomed over the Routt County Fairgrounds on Saturday and dropped some rain here and there throughout the day, but it didn't hinder attendance.

Tigers return with a roar

It all starts with easy-going pep talks and stretches, then slowly evolves into scream-your-head-off, pad-slapping madness.

Team works on game, its winning attitude

Last year, the Hayden Tigers walked away from a few of their volleyball games in tears. But that was then. This is now.

Steamboat Lake to battle beetles

Crews at Steamboat Lake State Park are fighting a pitched battle to save some of the park's most precious resources. The public is invited to hear a report from the front lines of the struggle against pine beetles Thursday night.

Violence education program recognized

A workplace violence education program started last fall by Advocates Against Battering and Abuse recently received recognition from the Colorado Bar Association as a statewide model for similar programs.

No sunset clause in historic tax plan

A .3-mill levy for county museums and historical societies that Routt County commissioners likely will vote onto this fall's ballot will not have a sunset clause, the Friends of Heritage Fund Group decided Tuesday.

Buff Pass will test riders' endurance

Eleven miles of twisting paved and dirt roads leading from the bottom of Buffalo Pass to Summit Lake will separate the top riders in Wednesday's Town Challenge Mountain Bike race.

Monday, August 18

Montessori question approved

The Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education approved on Monday the wording of an advisory ballot question that will, in effect, poll the community on the Montessori charter school issue.

Riding for the title

Two-time winner hopes to hold on for another championship

California bull rider Chad Denton has already won two Pro Bull Riding Classic titles in Steamboat Springs, and if he gets his way this Labor Day weekend, he will own three.

Taylor schedules debate over water

In November, voters will be asked to accept or reject a referendum that would add $2 billion dollars in state debt, money that would be used to pay for water infrastructure improvements.

Officials prepare for floods

Heavy rains bring possibility of severe weather

Although much of Routt County is dry and fire danger is high, recent storms have officials thinking of the small, though present, possibility of flooding.

Airline passengers asked to arrive early at YVRA

Construction has begun on 4,300 square-foot expansion project

Departing passengers at Yampa Valley Regional Airport are being asked to arrive 90 minutes early for their flights this fall while construction is under way on a $940,000 addition to the airport's check-in facility.

Sides discuss water rights

Two lawyers will discuss the pros and cons of pursuing recreational water rights at tonight's City Council meeting.

Sailors learn lessons on the road

On Monday, the Steamboat Springs golf team returned to practice at Haymaker Golf Course after completing its first big road trip of the year.

Two council seats contested

With just less than a week left for people to announce their candidacy for the Steamboat Springs City Council, just two of the four council seats up for election are being contested, and no one has officially announced candidacy for the at-large position.

Another chance for review of justice center

Wednesday will be of the final chances for residents to give county commissioners input on plans for the new justice center's interior.

Sunday, August 17

On the Trail

Youth Corps helps shape lives in the backcountry

By 6:38 a.m. the east-facing mountains surrounding Seneca Lake in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest were awash in bright sunlight. Songbirds perched in white bark pines and stunted willows offered up melodies that carried easily through the cool, thin air. Swarms of hungry mosquitoes known to infuriate visitors to the Wind River Range were up to their same old tricks. Seek. Find. Bite.

Final 'Music on the Green' will be held Thursday

This is the final Thursday for the free music series "Music on the Green" at the Yampa River Botanic Park.

The lost art of independent travel -- thumbing it --om Ross

Just beware of the phantom hitcher in the glamorous evening gown

Have you noticed how you hardly ever see anyone hitchhiking anymore?

Panel will discuss families

More kids are in child care than ever before

As technology changes, as the economic structure of our society changes, the American family is changing with it.

Board to draft Montessori ballot question

The Steamboat Springs School Board plans to draft a ballot question tonight regarding the Montessori charter school issue.

Cemetery changes ownership

Hahn's Peak Cemetery, the oldest public burial ground in Routt County, is nestled above town on a hill locals call "Little Mountain."

Saturday, August 16

Coach has touched many lives

The heat still radiated off the concrete sidewalk late Thursday afternoon as the Steamboat Springs High School cross country team arrived for practice.

Leslie-Hoeflich

The songs of Yampa Valley

'Dangerous' David Moran sings about life in the mountains

When David Moran was in the fifth grade, he got his first real gig entertaining people.

Sound Off for Aug. 17, 2003

Bait-and-switch tactics

Back-to-school shopping begins

Students, parents prepare for upcoming year

Blond brothers Carter and Kyle Kounovsky wandered Wal-Mart aisles Thursday afternoon with school supply lists in hand and a shopping cart nearby.

Sundance Plaza remodel under way

Shopping center to feature mixture of new and old businesses

The developers refurbishing Sundance Plaza shopping center intend to complete preparations by late fall so that a new breakfast restaurant and a Starbucks coffee shop can open this year.

Langerfeld-Hager

Team's loyalty runs deep

Cross country is tough enough for freshmen. Imagine trying to compete, let alone practice, after finding out your seemingly unbreakable coach has testicular cancer.

Taking another shot

Soccer team seeks rebound from tough season

Don't be alarmed if you encounter the Steamboat Springs boys soccer team working out in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness during the next few weeks.

Fatal crashes

Fatal airplane crashes in and out of the Steamboat Springs Airport since 1986

Vectra's Lock and Roll program lures customers

While mortgage interest rates remain historically low, the market is ever fluctuating, and rates can go up in moments. To ease the frustration and uncertainties homebuyers must face when applying for a loan, one local bank is providing a unique option called "lock and roll."

Transactions for Aug. 5-9

SCOTT, HUGH J. AND SCOTT, DEBORAH TO SARIN, LOV K. FOR HUNTERS RIDGE SUBD UNIT: 24 -- $540,000

Education briefs

Lightning ignites new fire

A small fire that authorities believe was sparked by lightning erupted within two miles of Steamboat Lake on Saturday afternoon, Routt County Sheriff John Warner said.

The danger zone

20 killed in Steamboat plane crashes since 1986

From 1,000 feet above, the Harrison Creek Drainage area doesn't look threatening; it's just another dip in Rabbit Ears Pass' heavily treed and mountainous landscape.

Clouds don't steer crowds

Ominous clouds loomed over the Routt County Fairgrounds on Saturday and dropped some rain here and there throughout the day, but it didn't hinder attendance.

Health insurance gamble

In the poker game of health insurance, Routt County employees had to decide how much they were willing to ante last year.

Business News in Brief

Cindy Ptach of Colorado Group Realty LLC, was recently awarded the Master of Real Estate designation.

SSHS tennis team, coach see improved depth

Patrick Ayers and Jonathan Solomon view their rivalry for Steamboat Springs High School's No. 1 singles spot as a good thing.

Behind the Headlines with Kim Vogel

Q: How did the beetle-kill problem start?

Letters to the Editor for Aug. 17, 2003

Can't get it right

Historic Wither home listed

House was built in 1910

Those who have lived in Steamboat Springs for a while know it as the Wither home. Archie Wither, father of Tread of Pioneers founder Dorothy Wither, built the home at 153 Maple St. in 1910.

Our View: Balancing businesses

Steamboat's independently owned businesses form the core of the community, and they are about to take on new competitors.

Teachers feel pinch of insurance costs

A $35 co-pay used to cover Tracey Tyson's share of her annual physical.

On the Trail

Friday, August 15

Fire remains at 200 acres

Crews hope to keep blaze from jumping river

The Sawtooth fire in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness remained at 200 acres Friday and fire officials hope to be able to stop it from jumping the Elk River today.

Blackout can happen here

Our grid has 'been in trouble twice before'

The power blackouts that plagued large regions of the Northeast on Thursday were 1,500 miles from Northwest Colorado, but that doesn't mean it couldn't happen here.

Sierra View costs may get too high

If the developers of a proposed 51-lot subdivision in Oak Creek continue to run into unexpected costs and demands from the town, they may abandon the project.

Lee named athletics director

The search for a new Steamboat Springs High School athletics director ended Friday with the hiring of Richard Lee.

How to lure businesses

South Routt economic study: Strengthen infrastructure, build work force

The first steps South Routt should take to develop its economy do not include enticing businesses to come in and set up shop.

Another generation carries on Mason's legacy

Combined driving competition, introduced by horse breeder Beverly Mason, held at fair

You don't beat a horse into pulling a carriage through an obstacle course. It takes a soft hand and a lot of patience, Nile Mason said.

News in brief

Red planet puts on good show

Sixty thousand years ago, the Earth was in the middle of an ice age when Neanderthal man looked up into the heavens to see Mars, as bright in the sky as it is this week.

Thursday, August 14

Planning OKs Wildhorse

Developer Whitney Ward listened when the city Planning Commission asked him to make changes to his plans for an 88,600-square-foot commercial center in May

Home arts judging takes center stage at fair

Sheep, goat shows teach youngsters finer points of raising livestock

The Routt County Fair Exhibit Hall was filled Thursday with a huge array of home arts entries submitted by competitors of every age. The barn was filled with pigs, cattle, sheep and goats waiting to be judged in competitions going on throughout the day and the rest of the week.

Legal hoops hurt growth

Residents speak out at South Routt economic study session

Differing governmental procedures and policies throughout South Routt County hurt the area's ability to attract new businesses, according to some who attended an economic study session Thursday.

Fire blazes across Zirkel

A wildfire in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness jumped from 35 to 200 acres Thursday and had firefighters standing watch over a cabin near Diamond Park.

Regatta sails on Steamboat Lake

Boat races to begin at noon Saturday

It's a surreal feeling to be in the middle of the mountains, thousands of miles from the ocean and 8,000 feet above sea level, in a sailboat.

The Magic Flute

Opera pits good vs. evil in mystical Egypt

Stephanie Reineke grew up here. She graduated from Steamboat Springs High School and got her first experience as a lighting designer in the theater there. Before she moved back here from Denver, she made a name for herself as the technical director at Denver University. Reineke was nominated by the Denver Drama Critics Circle for best sound design, best set design and even best supporting actress.

Tennis match postponed

The Steamboat Springs boys tennis team's season-opening match against Delta, originally scheduled for Saturday morning in Steamboat, has been postponed.

Hockey group loses management of rink

The Oak Creek Hockey Association lost management of a downtown ice rink and warming hut when Town Board members rescinded the management rights at Thursday night's board meeting.

Summer tourism tapering off

The annual tapering off of summer tourism has begun, as children across the country head back to school.

Monday last chance for cheap ski passes

Winter sounds like a distant reprieve from the 90-degree heat of August, but the deadline for purchasing season passes for the 2003-04 skiing and snowboarding season at the Steamboat Ski Area is Monday.

What a racket

Tennis Center hosts tournament

The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs hosts the 2003 National Tennis Rating Program Tennis Championships through Sunday.

Plan for first phase of Sunburst shifts to Meadows

Development of the first phase of a proposed 900-acre subdivision will be shifted to Hayden's Golden Meadows area, according to radically revised sketch plans for Sunburst Park North that were submitted to the Hayden Planning Commission on Thursday.

News in brief

Artists treasure transforming trash

Found-objects sculpting display part of Beaux Arts Festival

Using bits and pieces of scrap metal brought to them by Steamboat Springs residents, artists will create found-objects sculptures in the midst of Torian Plum Plaza this week.

Brief Points for Aug. 15, 2003

Brief Points

Wednesday, August 13

Making a splash

Rec center offers fall swimming lessons

After successful spring and summer swim lesson sessions, the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center is gearing up for the fall season.

Nightlife for Aug. 15, 2003

Nightlife

Dominate the Clutter

Call it nomadic neurosis. About twice a year, my belongings begin to roll in on me like the tide against a seawall and it becomes time to purge some material flab.

Oak Creek Town Board to discuss impact statement

Developers of the proposed Sierra View subdivision recently delivered to the Oak Creek Town Board a two-page report about the effects the subdivision would have on the town. The report comes in response to the Town Board's request for an impact statement.

Murphy appointed coroner

Steamboat man will fill position until 2004 election

The position of Routt County coroner, which has been vacant since July 31, has been filled with a familiar face in city and county government: Dwight Murphy.

Children bring animals to the fair -- in costumes

'Snowball' helps owner, 7, tie for first place in Dress Your Bunny or Poultry contest

Eight-year-old Collin Krause and his mother, Cassandra, thought they had the perfect costume for his 4-H turkey.

Triple Crown concludes this weekend

The Triple Crown season in Steamboat Springs wraps up this weekend with the Adult Slow-Pitch World Series that runs today through Sunday.

A work in progress

Artist John Lees' paintings can take years to finish

It can take years for John Lees to finish a painting. In one case, it took him 30 years.

Nelson keeps it simple

Painter finds fulfillment in minimalistic works

If Rothko had been a landscape artist, his work would have been much like Mark Nelson's.

Developer changes South Village plans

A proposal city Planning Commission will see tonight for an 8.5-acre commercial development will be almost unrecognizable from the plans proposed for the same site last summer.

Montessori files to have case heard in Denver

Denver District Court is the appropriate and legal venue for a lawsuit filed against the Steamboat Springs School District, according to a brief filed Tuesday by Steamboat Springs Montessori.

Award-winning coach

Colorado, NFL honor Steamboat football coach Mark Drake

Mark Drake enters his 30th year as head football coach at Steamboat Springs High School after a summer spent collecting awards.

Stampede draws art cars

Artists will display works at Beaux Arts Festival

Call it Tracy's trademark. Every car she has ever owned Tracy DelliQuadri made a piece of art with paint and markers.

Crack goes the windshield

Highway project chips away at insurance deductibles

The cracked and starred car windshields were as predictable as a snowstorm on Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, August 12

Economy study begins

The South Routt County Community Economic Assessment begins today with a tour of the area and continues through Friday, at which time community members are hoping to hear strategies for expanding the area's economy.

Elkhead to boost Yampa

Flows downstream from Craig insufficient for endangered fish

The federal government hopes to rely exclusively on water from an expanded Elkhead Reservoir near Craig to augment Yampa River flows for the protection of endangered fish.

Sawtooth fire spreads to 30 acres

A lightning-sparked fire in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness jumped from a few acres to 30 acres Monday.

Our View: Rounding Percentages Not the Answer

At issue Pay-for- performance bonuses Our view Follow rules established in 2002 to reward teachers, then find something better

Dog days of August

Retriever mix named grand champion

Even a dog with the most humble of backgrounds can grow up to become a grand champion at the Routt County Fair. Lauren Frentress and Emmitt proved that Monday.

Shoppers support Hayden businesses

About half of Hayden's residents shop locally for basic goods and services, a percentage that reflects about the same amount of retail "leakage" as other communities in Routt County.

Housing decision delayed

The Routt County Planning Commission commended planners of an 85-home land preservation subdivision planned near the intersection of Twentymile Road and U.S. Highway 40 outside Hayden.

Commissioners to review subdivision

The Hayden Planning Commission will further review a preliminary plat of the Meadows subdivision at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Planning Commission has asked for several revisions to the 32-home subdivision proposed by Paul Flood.

Sailors open with fifth place

The Steamboat Springs High School boys golf team opened the season with a fifth-place finish at the Bookcliff Golf Course in Grand Junction on Monday.

Golfers scramble to sectional

Twelve amateur golfers and three professionals from area golf courses will represent the Yampa Valley at the Buick Scramble Sectional golf tournament Aug. 20 at Riverdale Dunes Golf Course in Thornton.

Man suspected in car thefts

A Nederland man was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of breaking into at least a dozen vehicles in the downtown area.

School Board eyes new counsel firms

Montessori lawyer switched firms

Steamboat Springs School District attorney Chris Gdowski's decision to switch Front Range law firms has left the Steamboat Springs School Board with a decision to make: transfer the district's general counsel responsibilities to Gdowski's new firm or employ someone else.

Man arrested on indecent exposure charge

A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure early Tuesday morning.

Letters to the editor

Tragic horse death

Horses show off at fair

Children learn the ropes of horse showing

Jason Kvols, 13, and Kacey Bull, 12, sat in the shade between two horse trailers and took a break from their morning of showing horses.

Monday, August 11

Dog days of summer at Routt County Fairgrounds

Humble retriever mix named grand champion

Even a dog with the most humble of backgrounds can grow up to become a grand champion at the Routt County Fair. Lauren Frentress and Emmitt proved that Monday.

YVCF names Philanthropists of the Year

Steve and Poogie Dawes joined the ranks of such revered residents as Gloria Gossard, Don Lufkin, Denny and Joy Swanson and Bob and Audrey Enever recently when they were named Philanthropists of the Year by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

Costs of plant improvements exceed funds

Estimated costs to improve Phippsburg's water supply and treatment facility keep rising, and Routt County commissioners are starting to consider funding alternatives for the project.

Officer fights salary battle

Detective must serve in Baghdad

A Steamboat Springs police officer who is about to be sent to Iraq with the Army National Guard said the city refuses to pay him salary and benefits he is owed for military leave.

Yampa Town Board gives nod to tax

After gaining approval from the town of Yampa, Routt County commissioners will decide how to proceed with efforts to put a .3-mill levy in place that would provide more than $200,000 a year for county museums and historical societies.

Bonus dilemma undecided

Board requests DAC recommendation

Dozens of Steamboat Springs School District teachers and staff members will have to wait at least another month to find out how much money they will receive in pay for performance bonuses.

Sunday, August 10

Relearning how to fly solo is tough on family guys --om Ross

Beware of the talking magpie

If your husband or wife travels frequently on business, this may not make any sense.

Routt County Fair keeps tradition alive

Six-year-old Laramie Parker, decked out in a checkered long sleeve shirt, dark pants, black boots and a U.S.A.-themed cowboy hat, rode confidently in the saddle of her horse, Whiskey, Sunday afternoon at the Routt County Fairgrounds.

Business News in Brief

BSB Leasing, Inc., a division of Procure Financial Services, Inc. has announced it will open an office in Steamboat Spring. Tom Alexander has relocated from the company's home office in Denver to manage the Steamboat office.

Performance bonuses in doubt

CSAP scores fall just short of goal

Strawberry Park Elementary School staff and the District Accountability Committee need a math decision to settle a score in writing.

Saturday, August 9

Transactions for July 29-Aug. 4

REIDY, DEREK TO RAMER, TODD J. FOR MORNINGSIDE SUBD I AT STAGECOACH, LOT 36 - $368,000

Clinic turns women into mountain bikers

Maybe it's the threat of falling down, getting hurt or looking stupid. Maybe it's the Lycra. Women have given former World Champion Katie Lindquist every excuse in the book for believing they can't mountain bike.

Education Briefs for Aug. 10, 2003

Education Briefs

Best Fare Finder helps boost Ski Corp. business

The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. wants to be your travel agent. Using its proprietary software, Best Fare Finder, Ski Corp. claims it can meet or beat any airfare available on the Internet for travel originating or terminating at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. During the month of August, it is willing to back that claim up with a guarantee.

Fall back into football

The leaves on my willow tree are turning yellow, I can pull the covers over my head when I sleep at night and I can feel a slight bite in the air late at night.

Building Permits for July 28-31

Ryan & Barbara Cogburn 2637 Abbey Road Owner/contractor Single-family residence $309,576

Steamboat Bed and Breakfast for sale

Comments in the guest book at Steamboat Bed and Breakfast read, "Wow!" "We're back!" and "Even better the second time." "You have a lot of choices in this world as a traveler, but once you get to know a place, where all the stuff is, you are comfortable," said Barbara LeRoy, four-year resident manager of the bed and breakfast.

Chamber eyes health plan

New community pilot insurance program would be available to most

Thousands of Steamboat Springs residents turned out to share the balmy evening and the good vibe Wednesday when a band named Los Lobos performed a free concert here. In many respects, it was as good as life gets in a resort town.

What do cuts mean to child care? Behind the headlines

The Routt County commissioners lowered the eligibility threshold for the child-care assistance program Monday. Bob White is the director of the Routt County Human Services Department.

Paying to play

Athletic fees rise

Paying to play high school sports is a foreign concept to parents such as Doug and Mary Labor.

Our View: MacArthur's battle

At issue Approval of training facility on MacArthur property Our view Now is the time to make a plan for the land.

Sound Off for Aug. 10, 2003

Sound Off

New Strings site under construction

Construction is under way on a new home for Strings in the Mountains music festival at the southwest corner of Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads. Strings President Kay Clagett said this week that although construction began about two weeks later than hoped, plans to begin the music festival at the new site in June 2004 are still on target. Clagett said concrete for the new site's elevated seating areas is scheduled to be poured in September.

Willows next for Kreissigs

12 of 16 units in condo project already committed

Kimberly and Peter Kreissig are at it again. After building Willow Brook apartments and Bear Meadows town homes on the south side of Chinook Lane in recent years, the developer couple is once again building, this time a new group of condominiums across the street called The Willows at Steamboat Springs.

Fair brings horse show

Horses whinnied as their owners walked them out of their trailers. The loudspeakers sounded, officially welcoming everyone to the 89th annual Routt County Fair.

School chief gets to know staff, her job

Walls once covered with posters, framed diplomas and a collection of newspaper clippings stand bare inside a corner office previously occupied by Cyndy Simms.

Finding the geocache

Searchers hunt for prizes in global positioning adventure

The availability of reasonably priced handheld GPS devices for cross-country navigation combined with the allure of online communities has spawned a new form of recreation in the mountains and canyons of Colorado.

Friday, August 8

LIFT-UP struggles to help

Residents, food bank scramble to make ends meet

Steamboat residents are struggling to pay their rent and LIFT-UP of Routt County is struggling to help them. Daily phone calls for monetary assistance have been draining the LIFT-UP coffers, executive director David Freseman said, and the organization is starting to turn people away.

A common thread

Charlotte Whaley passes life skills on to Routt County 4-H members

When Michelle Crawford, 13, accidentally cut a hole in the back of the lining of her hand-sewn dress, she was frantic. The Routt County 4-H Exhibit Day was coming up quickly, and Crawford wanted her clothing entry to be the best it could be.

Art festival starts today

From dog houses to art cars, Beaux's got it all

The nine-day Beaux Arts Festival kicks off today, integrating Steamboat's long-standing art programs with newer productions and special events from the Steamboat Arts Council.

Teachers get math lessons

New theories may help change students' perception of subject

It's not surprising to find a student who dislikes math, but it may be surprising to know some teachers aren't too fond of the subject, either.

Slovakian women's story

Victims were small-town friends saving for college

Miriana Feketova, 21, Nina Huskova, 22, and Monika Grigova, 23, arrived in the United States together, close friends from the same small town in Slovakia. They were college students with plans to work all summer in Steamboat Springs and return to school in the fall with big savings accounts. They lived together, sharing a place with one other Slovakian roommate.

County fair has much to offer

To say it is a community event is so true it has become a cliche. It's true that the two-week Routt County Fair draws in crowds and events comparable to the Colorado State Fair, and that it is the largest fair in Northwest Colorado. And it continues to grow

Draft plan to be unveiled Tuesday

Gerry Roehm of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will present details of a plan to manage the survival of threatened native fish species at a 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday at Centennial Hall.

Police plan DUI checkpoint

A DUI checkpoint will be set up this weekend as part of a statewide program to crack down on drunken driving.

On the fringe

SSHS golfers swing into season

Paul Berry likely will be the No. 1 golfer heading into the Steamboat Springs high school season, but he's just a freshman waiting for the upperclassmen to pull some stunt.

Thursday, August 7

Merchants' deadline nears

Chamber seeks broad participation in Fly Steamboat

Employers in Steamboat Springs have a week to decide whether to take advantage of the perks that go along with monetary contributions to the Fly Steamboat program. Not the least of the benefits is the ability to put down a $100 deposit to lock in early season ski-pass rates for their winter employees.

Throop's triumph

California teen, 15, wins Women's Sport 19-29 in Town Challenge

Mountain biking started as a family sport in which a father and his three children could be on an equal level learning from each other.

Planners approve ski jump

The Routt County Planning Commission unanimously approved a five-year conditional use permit for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's summer training facility.

Museum honors Gloria Gossard

It's a little painful to look at -- a few yards of pink cloth hanging on the wall of the Tread of Pioneers Museum. When used properly, the front-lace corset from the early 1900s would be tied tight, pinching ribs and organs into the illusion of a tiny waist.

Chia Pets bring gardens indoors

My friend Matt at the radio station asked me about Chia Pets® a while back. Chia Pets. I hadn't thought of those in years.

CMC readies for fall semester

It's been a busy summer at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus, and the way fall enrollment is shaping up, it could be a busy school year, too.

News in Brief

Local man takes 3rd with fancy footwork

Bruce Guettich proved experience and skill sometimes do trump age after the 46-year-old won third place in singles footbag net at the World Footbag Championships held in the Czech Republic last week.

Wednesday, August 6

Taylor tackles tourism issues

Senator meets with Republicans

Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, wants to create jobs and boost the economy, and he discussed with Routt County Republicans on Wednesday evening how he intends to do so.

To stay or not to stay?

The sun was setting behind Sleeping Giant in a descending pile of light. My hair was still wet from swimming and I was looking from the sunset to the flip-flop tan line on my foot.

Story telling with dance

Terry Lynn LeCompte has been doing this for years. She gets a group of kids on stage and creates a piece of "physical theater" that is somewhere between dancing and acting. The students create the show with their bodies. They are the trees and the rocks. They are the weather and props and they are the characters in the story.

Town Board to review survey

Hayden residents don't always shop in Hayden.

At ease with trees

Trees always have been Paula Jo Steele's favorite thing to photograph. They don't move and they don't make her feel uncomfortable.

Hockey camp a cool break

Cody Fritz and Charlie Smith sat on a concrete pillar just outside the newly completed addition to the Howelsen Ice Skating Arena on Tuesday dressed in shorts and T-shirts.

Brief Points

Only 4 chances to see 'Cosi' There are only four more performances of "Cosi," a comedy about a show within a show in a mental institution by Louis Nowra. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with shows at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at the Seventh Street Playhouse. Tickets are $12 in advance at All That Jazz and $15 at the door. Call 879-3254.

Coming full circle

Anne Rooney's art reflective of her past

If life travels in circles as Anne Rooney says, then her present is merely a bigger or smaller reproduction of her past -- a past full of new art mediums and cultural exploration.

Water ski jump's fate up in air

The fate of a summer aerial ski training facility could be decided at tonight's Routt County Regional Planning Commission.

Los Lobos attracts diverse crowd at free concert

Parents find events can be a family outing

Wednesday night, under a pink and gold sky dotted with colorful balloons, the revered band Los Lobos performed at the base of Howelson Hill, drawing a diverse crowd to its Latin-infused music.

Nightlife

Buick will make -- or break -- town event

Golf pro Hank Franks is hoping to get a few last-minute entries for the annual Buick Scramble championship tournament, which will take place this Saturday at Haymaker Golf Course.

Land preservation subdivision proposed

Initial plans for an 85-lot land preservation subdivision on 2,345 acres outside of Hayden will be heard by the Routt County Regional Planning Commission tonight.

McInnis urges passing of forest restoration act

The U.S. Senate Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee recently approved a Healthy Forests Restoration Act written by Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Grand Junction, and the bill was placed on the full Senate legislative calendar for an upcoming discussion.

Practice makes perfect

Fall season begins Monday for most Routt County athletic teams

The Steamboat Springs boys golf season is under way, but the remainder of Routt County athletic teams officially begins the fall season Monday.

Steamboat swimmers shine at seasonal meet

Seven Steamboat Springs swimmers traveled to Colorado Springs last weekend for the final meet of the 2003 summer season.

Fund board approves gift

The Education Fund Board approved Wednesday a $49,000 gift for the Steamboat Springs School District to help lower the district's share of costs related to small class size. The gift was somewhat expected, as the School Board counted on receiving the $49,000 when it approved budget cuts in June. Procedurally, the $49,000 must next be offered to the School Board in the form of a gift, which the School Board likely will vote to accept at its meeting later this month.

Mount Werner improvements set to begin

Road improvements to Mount Werner Circle will begin Monday, with upgrades to the Gondola Transit Center expected to follow in the fall.

School Board election nearing

Candidates can circulate petitions

Candidates for three spots on the Steamboat Springs Board of Education can begin collecting signatures needed for their nomination petitions.

Tuesday, August 5

Consumer preference survey to be reviewed by Town Board

Hayden residents don't always shop in Hayden.

Los Lobos plays tonight

'La Bamba' band takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Tonight, follow the river of people flowing from downtown to the base of Howelsen Hill. The crowd will start to build about 5:30 p.m., drawn in by the sad songs of Marty Lloyd, and hitting a critical mass two hours later when Los Lobos takes the stage.

Sculptor expands 'sacred circle'

Boom, boom, boom, boom, the drums pounded.

Crisis Stabilization secures funds

Northwest Colorado is another step closer to providing crisis stabilization services for people during 2004 after Routt County commissioners approved this week a $19,000 funding request for the project.

Changes planned for bull riding classic

Over the past several years, the Steamboat Springs Pro Bull Riding Classic has grown into one of the area's main Labor Day weekend attractions.

Routt County Fair begins Monday

Event has expanded from early days of fruit, vegetable stands

The Routt County Fair has changed since Mary Wixson began exhibiting in it as a seventh-grader in 1934.

Summer's end should see road work's end

County and state road improvement workers will be out in full force trying to finish up road maintenance projects before winter hits.

Our View: Taking Care Behind the Wheel

The news on our highways of late has been nothing short of tragic. Six people have died in four accidents in less than two weeks.

Indiana man dies in crash

Authorities have identified the victim in a fatal tractor-trailer accident that happened Monday night on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Howelsen -- Steamboat's 'gem'

Steamboat Springs mountain bikers consider Howelsen Hill their own little secret.

Town Talk

A Story About the Past

This is the story. It's a true story.

Fire tax set at 3.55 mills

The City Council passed a mill levy lower than expected in its final approval of the November-ballot property tax question.

One for the road

Franks takes medalist honors at Haywhacker

For more than a decade, junior golfer Jeff Franks has spent the final days of his summer vacation vying for some sort of club championship.

News in Brief

United loads fewer passengers in July

United Express flights leaving Yampa Valley Regional Airport in July were 70 percent full on average.

Volunteers needed for Habitat homes

Construction of the first of three Habitat for Humanity duplexes in West End Village is under way, and volunteers are needed to help.

City Council compromises

River Place residents, council strike deal on sidewalk

The City Council said it would compromise with the River Place applicants' request to not put in a sidewalk along U.S. Highway 40.

Monday, August 4

Health officials still wary of West Nile virus

Although West Nile Virus is spreading quickly through Colorado's Front Range and Eastern Plains, it has not yet infected people in the Western Slope.

News in Brief for Aug. 5, 2003

A man died late Monday when his tractor-trailer rig crashed near the base of Rabbit Ears Pass.

Metal wanted for community collage project

Steamboat residents have one more week to collect metal objects for the Beaux Arts Festival community collage project. Found object sculptor George Manus is en route to Steamboat from his home in Albuquerque, N.M. to orchestrate the creation of a sculpture made from farm implements, old tools and shovels -- whatever this town has to discard -- as part of the first annual, 10-day Beaux Arts Festival.

Flag football season about to begin

Last year, Johnny B. Goods/Go Ask Alice ran away with the Steamboat Springs adult flag football league title.

Annual Hockey Swap is Saturday

It's a huge fund-raiser for the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association, but making money isn't the main goal. "Hockey is a really expensive sport," said Diane Anderson, organizer of SSYHA's annual hockey swap, which is scheduled Saturday.

Child-restarint laws get more stringent

Greater use of child-restraint systems and seat belts is now required throughout Colorado under a child passenger safety law that went into effect on Friday.

Airport commission to be discussed tonight

The Steamboat Springs City Council could take the final step in forming an airport commission at tonight's joint meeting with Routt County commissioners.

The Record for Aug. 5, 2003

1:06 a.m. A noise complaint was made at Hillside Drive.

City may add bite to pet laws

The Steamboat Springs City Council is being asked to put more teeth into its dog-biting policy and other pet-related laws. Increasing fines and fees, adding an amendment that would make it illegal to keep an unattended dog or cat in a hot vehicle, and clarifying what constitutes a vicious or dangerous dog are all among the proposed changes to the animal section in the municipal code. The council will consider the changes at its meeting today.

Man dies in tractor-trailer accident

A man died late Monday when his tractor-trailer rig crashed near the base of Rabbit Ears Pass. The truck was traveling west on U.S. Highway 40 when the vehicle lost control and toppled off the road, coming to rest on its side on the north side of the road way.

Happenings for Aug. 5

TUESDAY -- The Steamboat Springs City Council meets at 4:45 p.m. in Centennial Hall.

Child-care cuts hit home

One young couple and several child-care providers listened as Routt County commissioners decided to lower the eligibility threshold for child-care assistance on Monday.

Sunday, August 3

BMX Stunt Show thrills crowd

Members of the Mile High Xtreme Team have been riding bicycles so long they feel more comfortable pedaling than walking. High-flying specialists Brian Gavagan and Nick Bonner said they have become one with their bikes. They prefer their bikes because they offer them a no-impact mode of transportation. Bonner said he rides so much his hands often curl at night to conform to his handlebars.

News in Brief for Aug. 4

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting applications for readers interested in serving on the newspaper's Editorial Board. Two community members will be appointed to serve four-month terms on the board.

Happenings for Aug. 4

The Routt County Board of Commissioners meets at 9:45 a.m. in the commissioners meeting room.

Tom Ross: The Poindexter principle

I couldn't believe my eyes when I read the news article last week. Once again, retired Admiral John Poindexter had come up with a creative way to conduct foreign policy, and once again Congress stepped in and screwed the whole thing up.

Child-care funds to be discussed

County taking public input on proposed cuts

Options for correcting a funding shortfall in Routt County's Child Care Assistance Program will be presented today at a public hearing before county commissioners. There is an estimated deficit of more than $110,000 for the program, which subsidizes child care for 59 income-eligible families.

Victim in rollover identified

58-year-old William Rosewater died in crash

William Rosewater died in a rollover accident Saturday in which seven others were injured, the Routt County Coroner's Office reported. The 58-year-old Golden man was pronounced dead at the scene, Deputy Coroner Dwight Murphy said. The deceased was one of eight people in a Ford Expedition that rolled 1.5 times Saturday on Elk River Road two miles north of its intersection with U.S. Highway 40.

The Record for Aug. 4

2:18 a.m. A drunken driver was reported at Whistler.

Spruce beetle numbers increasing

Nearly six years after 120-mph winds flattened about 4 million trees in the Routt National Forest, spruce beetles are eating through millions more. Spruce beetles are always present in the forests, but not in significant numbers. Andy Cadenhead, forester with the U.S. Forest Service, said that a search for the beetles prior to the 1997 wind storm would not have turned up much.

Saturday, August 2

Graystone plans coming together

Plans for Graystone Park, a 75.3-acre residential subdivision around the Sheraton Golf Course, have been delayed but the developers remain excited about the possibilities for the project.

Dental care without the anxiety

Dentists in the Yampa Valley offer a wide variety of aesthetic dental options or aesthetic dental reconstruction for patients interested in having the "perfect smile."

Mount Werner race a classic

Running up Mount Werner sure beats training on the streets of Chicago, and if Saturday's race was any indication, Kyle Meyers is in great shape to start his cross-country season at Loyola in the Windy City.

Lynx make great effort but lose title bid

Northwest Colorado coach Shane Camilletti wasn't sure his 10-year-old's were ready to play several of the country's premier baseball teams, so he decided not to use the Triple Crown World Series berth the Lynx earned by finishing second at an earlier Division I tournament.

Trying times for health system

State budget cuts have limited basic access to medical services in numerous areas, including Northwest Colorado, said Yampa Valley Medical Center President and CEO Karl Gills.

Realtors tout advantages of local lenders

Annette Krey was in tears. She was about to close on a home she was buying in Milner. She had called friends to help her move her belongings, and she had already told her former landlord she would be moving out.

Technology has major impact on eye care

Even experienced professionals such as Steamboat Springs optometrist Dr. Gary Migues are amazed with the continually improving technology in eye care and treatment. "Compared to a generation ago, it's a whole different world," said Migues, who practices at Steamboat Vision Clinic.

Behind the headlines:YVRA director discusses plans

Q: County officials said construction should begin this week. Do you know exactly when construction will begin, and how the construction will proceed? Will passengers face any inconveniences?

Class Notes

Staff shortages have less impact in Yampa Valley

The Yampa Valley Medical Center is not immune from a nationwide nursing shortage, but hospital officials said they are better off than most hospitals.

CMC to offer online degree

Students can earn bachelor's without leaving Routt County

Robert Ritschel, dean of Colorado Mountain College-Alpine Campus, doesn't foresee the two-year school transitioning to a four-year institution anytime in the near future, so he did the next best thing.

Resident spices up Oak Creek market

Rachel Green takes her Smokin' BBQ sauce on the road

Rachel Green was visiting her mother more than a decade ago in San Antonio, Texas, and the pair stopped in a restaurant for a barbecued beef sandwich.

Our View: Math mess

The rancor in the Steamboat Springs School District had little impact on Colorado Student Assessment Program test scores.

Oak Creek T-ball a hit

Children are important threads in the social fabric of South Routt.

Hayden, Soroco hire four new coaches

Open gyms aren't fun. They are often held during the summer, in hot gyms, during late afternoon hours that seemingly would be better spent by a lake.

Downhill event may put town on map

They came to Steamboat Springs in helmets and pads that make them look a little like characters from a "Mad Max" movie.

Crash leaves 1 dead, 7 injured

A rollover accident near Slate Creek Ranch, two miles north of U.S. Highway 40 on Elk River Road, killed one man, critically injured one, seriously injured three, and left three with minor injuries, said Steamboat Springs Fire Chief Bob Struble.

Tour de Force

Steamboat cycling enthusiasts watch history race through the mountains of France

The L'Alpe d'Huez stage of the Tour de France was on the television -- 13.8 kilometers, 21 switchbacks, 7.9 percent grade. Three Steamboat Springs men -- Ian Prichard, Barkley Robinson and Joe Sternberg -- walked into a French cafe to watch the epic climb. They were traveling with Prichard's cousin, Parisian Philippe Crist. He led them through the crowd and into a smoky back room.

Building Permits for July 21-25

NADINE ARROYO 27325 COUNTY ROAD 43 OWNER/CONTRACTOR SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE $364,244.00

Business news in brief

Chris Wyant has been named the executive chef of the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center. Wyant will oversee the culinary direction for the property.

Hand therapy a growing specialty

Occupational therapist Sue Winters and physical therapist Dean Hanlon like to work with others' hands. They are part of a growing specialty at Yampa Valley Medical Center -- hand therapy. It's the kind of specialty where patient and therapist get to know each other well, through treatments such as hand massages.

Valley View's closure has Craig scrambling for care

The closing of Valley View Manor caught Craig by surprise. Now, the community is exploring options to replace its only long-term care facility.

Range of living options available for the elderly

There are two options for elderly care in the Yampa Valley: skilled nursing care and assisted living.

New hospital plans on hold for now in Craig

This time last year, officials at The Memorial Hospital were predicting they would break ground on a new hospital this summer. But community concerns and financial setbacks have officials speaking in more conservative tones.

New technology, programs help YVMC grow

In an era when small community hospitals nationwide are struggling to modernize, Yampa Valley Medical Center is adding equipment and medical staff that allow it to raise the level of health care it offers patients from several counties.

Miles for Smiles brings care to those who need it most

The Miles for Smiles van rolled out of the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition parking lot July 29, ending its two-month stay in Craig. When the dentist on wheels left, the dental options for 2,000 at risk children in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties decreased.

Auxiliary carries on volunteer tradition

When Yampa Valley Medical Center Auxiliary started in 1946, it was a volunteer organization of doctors' wives. It was social organization as much as it was a way for women to lend a helping hand. A similar tradition continues today, with a wider range of volunteers from every corner of the community.

Radiology department keeps pace with advances

A tour of Yampa Valley Medical Center's radiology department provides a lesson in medical technology and the capacity of modern medicine. "A lot of brains have gone into this," Dr. Frederick Jones said of the department's capabilities.

VNA fills important role in public health

In an era when 75 million Americans are without health insurance according to Census data, public health programs can bridge the gap between doctors and the poor. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association was created in 1964 to provide affordable health care to residents of the Yampa Valley.

Rolling in the hay

Outlook good for 2003 crop

Routt County hay farmers have a chance to put up an outstanding crop this summer if monsoon rains don't interfere. But last year's drought is still affecting the industry. "It looks like a lot of hay is going to be put up in the country this year," Doug DeCosta said. "A lot of that is for sale rather than being put back into livestock."

Local stores using seminar to lure customers

Before David Scully can sell a customer on a $3,000 Turkish rug, he has to enlighten them about the virtues of hand-spun wool and the painstakingly slow process of imparting brilliant color to the yarns with indigenous vegetable dyes.

Testing an important part of care

Busy schedules and hectic lifestyles can make it tough to get to the doctor for help with a cold or an injury. It can be even tougher to make time for routine screenings and shots that help prevent illness.

CNCC nursing program gets off to a strong start

Each week openings for nurses fill the classified advertising sections of Northwest Colorado newspapers. They are ads that have run time and time again as a nationwide shortage of nurses hits the area particularly hard and ensures that the pickings will be slim.

Craig museum an example for county

On a Wednesday morning, there were a half dozen people at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig.

Real Estate Transactions for July 21-28

FOOTE, DANIEL D. AND FOOTE, CHERYL A. TO RYAN, EDMUND E. AND RYAN, DONNA L. FOR LOT 5, EXCEPT THE N35', AND EXCEPT THE S60', LOT 6, EXCEPT THE S60', BLK. 3, ORIGINAL TOWN OF STEAMBOAT SPRINGS - $445,000

Climbing to Colorado's rooftop

The second highest mountain peak in the lower 48 states is just a three-hour drive and a four-hour hike from Steamboat Springs. Anyone who can hike to the summit of Storm Peak at the Steamboat Ski Area should be able to attain the 14,433 summit of Mount Elbert (only California's Mount Whitney is higher in the lower 48). The rewards include views of some of the most rugged country in the Rocky Mountains and a sense of accomplishment.

Ambulance service proves challenging for rural areas

Emergency service crews face significant challenges in trying to provide life-saving services in rural areas such as Dinosaur and Maybell. "We have many problems," said Karen Burley, Moffat County EMS coordinator. "It's more than just equipment problems."

Clinics in Moffat County offer a variety of services

At the entrance of the Craig Medical Center, there is a sign that reads "D.O.s believe the patients are more than the sum of their parts." That is the basic approach at CMC, where three practitioners are doctors of osteopathy.

Highway 9 proves deadly

In the past 10 years, 19 people have died in car accidents on Colorado Highway 9.

Friday, August 1

Stagecoach could get fire station

If a house in Stagecoach catches fire, there's enough water to put the fire out quickly.

Students struggle with CSAP math

The 2003 Colorado Student Assessment Program test results show that, statewide and in Routt County, students continue to struggle with the math portion of the test.

Ski Corp. plans makeover

The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. has begun planning for a long-anticipated face-lift for the buildings at the base of the ski area, including the gondola building.

Search dogs train in Routt County

In attempts to become bona-fide search dogs, a group of canines will have their noses to the ground next weekend.

Lightning races across the pool

It was just one trip across the length of the E.P.I.C. pool in Fort Collins, but it was the most important 50-meters of Steamboat Springs swimmer Cole Worsley's season.

Ski area to hold job fair

The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is giving locals first crack at ski-season jobs.

It's all downhill from here

'Whoever can keep the fingers off the brakes the most wins'

Greg Wall never enjoyed riding up, so his only option was coming down.

Physical therapists help ailing athletes

Life in Steamboat Springs often revolves around sports.

News in Brief