Sunday, August 31
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.
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.
Circus Chimera comes to town Wednesday
Alina Sergeeva can speak fluent Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and English. She turned 11 a couple of months ago.
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.
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.
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.
Sherri Lawton was counting the days her husband, Staff Sgt. Mark Lawton, was serving in Iraq.
Saturday, August 30
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Therapy to straighten her back gave Gina Iacovetto a new perspective on life
Gina Iacovetto has been walking around Phippsburg all summer.
The Hayden School Board was correct to require high school students to agree to random drug testing in order to leave campus for lunch.
TEJON PARTNERSHIP, L.L.P. TO POUR BOY OIL CO. III, INC. FOR LOT 7, THE EVERGREENS AT EAGLERIDGE - $550,000
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.
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.
Former Routt County resident Billie M. Mitchell died Aug. 15, 2003, at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. She was 75.
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.
I never met 9-year-old Ryan Battistoni, but I would guess that his heroes have always been cowboys.
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.
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.
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 died Aug. 18, 2003, at the Doak Walker Care Center. She was 95.
Longtime South Routt County resident Loi Iva Kier passed away Aug. 24, 2003, at Horizon's Care Center in Eckert. She was 85.
Enclave at Quail Run LLC 3396 Covey Circle Wintergreen Homes Triplex -- Bldg 19 Unit 1 $177,714
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
History usually is taught chronologically, but third-grade classes at Soda Creek Elementary are reversing course in their study of Routt County.
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.
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.
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.
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
Steamboat Springs expects to host as many visitors as it did in 2002 on the last big weekend of the summer tourist season.
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.
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.
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.
One day remains for potential candidates to add their names to a growing list of Steamboat Springs School Board aspirants.
Kickboxing aerobics class offered in Hayden
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.
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.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today has appointed Paula Cooper Black and Jennifer Schubert-Akin to its Editorial Board.
Sheriff to recommend ban be lifted
Summer campfire restrictions may soon be lifted.
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.
'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
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.
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.
With the deadline for Hayden School Board candidate petitions two days away, three have been turned in.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Working groups involved in the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan Update process are putting their red marks on a first draft.
It was late Tuesday afternoon in Merkel, Texas, and bullfighter Rob Smets knew he should be on the road.
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.
Commissioners approve gravel pit hours change
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.
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.
Some say it is a problem. Some say it isn't. But students say they know drugs are in their school.
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:
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.
A Steamboat Springs boys soccer team has never won a season opening, non-league soccer tournament.
Two races give plenty of opportunity to labor on Labor Day weekend
Bob Dapper has a confession to make.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former Councilman Ken Brenner emerged Monday as the seventh and final candidate for the Steamboat Springs City Council, filing for the District II seat.
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
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.
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.
If New York is the city that never sleeps, then journalism is the profession that never rests.
The city has a list of proposed revisions to its Community Development Code.
Candidates must make decision today
Residents have until 5 p.m. today to announce their candidacy for the November City Council election.
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
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.
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
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.
Law enforcement says recent criticism is off base
A private investigator is challenging the way law enforcement officers in Steamboat Springs treat the public.
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.
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?"
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.
Opal Josephine 'Jo' Marlatt Baugh Moss 1920-2003
Pressure's on for Soroco seniors
For most of his high school career, Soroco football player Will Ford has been looking to the future.
Rich Dieter 2932 West End Ave. Crystal Peak Single-family Res. $108,487
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.
The Steamboat Springs Professional Rodeo Series came to a close Saturday night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the end, everyone pays for the uninsured
For 23-year-old Phil Atkinson, $73.58 per month seemed like a lot of money.
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.
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.
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.
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.
at issue West Nile virus our view Coloradans need to do their part to prevent more deaths.
Sound off for Aug. 24, 2003
Friday, August 22
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.
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.
Wine, wares, beer, bands
When David Epstein was hanging out with a friend one night last year, the topic of conversation turned to parties.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
A state-funded program designed to keep young Routt County offenders out of jails has changed its sponsoring agency.
Owners of the Riverbend Roadhouse just west of Steamboat Springs received permission Thursday to add five long-term rental duplex cabins to their property.
The Hayden Town Board heard arguments for and against the Emerald Mountain land exchange Thursday night.
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.
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.
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.
There is little doubt the structure of the American family has changed over the past 50 years.
Other mountain towns see increases
Taxable sales in Steamboat Springs slipped in June while other mountain towns posted gains.
Wednesday, August 20
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
A trial date has been set for a 20-year-old Eagle County man charged with vehicular homicide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
A set of drums brought a woodworking apprentice from the Florida Keys to Steamboat Springs.
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
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.
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.
Dana Haskins has lived at 575 West Washington St. "forever."
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.
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.
At issue Elections for City Council and School Board Our view We hope more candidates emerge and more seats are contested.
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.
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.
The right thing to do
Drake returns as SSHS football coach
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.
It all starts with easy-going pep talks and stretches, then slowly evolves into scream-your-head-off, pad-slapping madness.
Last year, the Hayden Tigers walked away from a few of their volleyball games in tears. But that was then. This is now.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two lawyers will discuss the pros and cons of pursuing recreational water rights at tonight's City Council meeting.
On Monday, the Steamboat Springs golf team returned to practice at Haymaker Golf Course after completing its first big road trip of the year.
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.
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
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.
This is the final Thursday for the free music series "Music on the Green" at the Yampa River Botanic Park.
Just beware of the phantom hitcher in the glamorous evening gown
Have you noticed how you hardly ever see anyone hitchhiking anymore?
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.
The Steamboat Springs School Board plans to draft a ballot question tonight regarding the Montessori charter school issue.
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
The heat still radiated off the concrete sidewalk late Thursday afternoon as the Steamboat Springs High School cross country team arrived for practice.
'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.
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.
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.
Cross country is tough enough for freshmen. Imagine trying to compete, let alone practice, after finding out your seemingly unbreakable coach has testicular cancer.
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 airplane crashes in and out of the Steamboat Springs Airport since 1986
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."
SCOTT, HUGH J. AND SCOTT, DEBORAH TO SARIN, LOV K. FOR HUNTERS RIDGE SUBD UNIT: 24 -- $540,000
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.
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.
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.
In the poker game of health insurance, Routt County employees had to decide how much they were willing to ante last year.
Cindy Ptach of Colorado Group Realty LLC, was recently awarded the Master of Real Estate designation.
Patrick Ayers and Jonathan Solomon view their rivalry for Steamboat Springs High School's No. 1 singles spot as a good thing.
Q: How did the beetle-kill problem start?
Can't get it right
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.
Steamboat's independently owned businesses form the core of the community, and they are about to take on new competitors.
A $35 co-pay used to cover Tracey Tyson's share of her annual physical.
Friday, August 15
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.
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.
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.
The search for a new Steamboat Springs High School athletics director ended Friday with the hiring of Richard Lee.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Steamboat Springs boys tennis team's season-opening match against Delta, originally scheduled for Saturday morning in Steamboat, has been postponed.
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.
The annual tapering off of summer tourism has begun, as children across the country head back to school.
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.
Tennis Center hosts tournament
The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs hosts the 2003 National Tennis Rating Program Tennis Championships through Sunday.
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.
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.
Wednesday, August 13
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
The Triple Crown season in Steamboat Springs wraps up this weekend with the Adult Slow-Pitch World Series that runs today through Sunday.
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.
Painter finds fulfillment in minimalistic works
If Rothko had been a landscape artist, his work would have been much like Mark Nelson's.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Highway project chips away at insurance deductibles
The cracked and starred car windshields were as predictable as a snowstorm on Thanksgiving.
Tuesday, August 12
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.
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.
A lightning-sparked fire in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness jumped from a few acres to 30 acres Monday.
At issue Pay-for- performance bonuses Our view Follow rules established in 2002 to reward teachers, then find something better
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Nederland man was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of breaking into at least a dozen vehicles in the downtown area.
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.
A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure early Tuesday morning.
Tragic horse death
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Beware of the talking magpie
If your husband or wife travels frequently on business, this may not make any sense.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Athletic fees rise
Paying to play high school sports is a foreign concept to parents such as Doug and Mary Labor.
At issue Approval of training facility on MacArthur property Our view Now is the time to make a plan for the land.
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.
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.
Horses whinnied as their owners walked them out of their trailers. The loudspeakers sounded, officially welcoming everyone to the 89th annual Routt County Fair.
Walls once covered with posters, framed diplomas and a collection of newspaper clippings stand bare inside a corner office previously occupied by Cyndy Simms.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
A DUI checkpoint will be set up this weekend as part of a statewide program to crack down on drunken driving.
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
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.
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.
The Routt County Planning Commission unanimously approved a five-year conditional use permit for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's summer training facility.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Hayden residents don't always shop in Hayden.
Trees always have been Paula Jo Steele's favorite thing to photograph. They don't move and they don't make her feel uncomfortable.
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.
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.
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.
The fate of a summer aerial ski training facility could be decided at tonight's Routt County Regional Planning Commission.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seven Steamboat Springs swimmers traveled to Colorado Springs last weekend for the final meet of the 2003 summer season.
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.
Road improvements to Mount Werner Circle will begin Monday, with upgrades to the Gondola Transit Center expected to follow in the fall.
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
Hayden residents don't always shop in Hayden.
'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.
Boom, boom, boom, boom, the drums pounded.
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.
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.
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.
County and state road improvement workers will be out in full force trying to finish up road maintenance projects before winter hits.
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.
Authorities have identified the victim in a fatal tractor-trailer accident that happened Monday night on Rabbit Ears Pass.
Steamboat Springs mountain bikers consider Howelsen Hill their own little secret.
This is the story. It's a true story.
The City Council passed a mill levy lower than expected in its final approval of the November-ballot property tax question.
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.
United Express flights leaving Yampa Valley Regional Airport in July were 70 percent full on average.
Construction of the first of three Habitat for Humanity duplexes in West End Village is under way, and volunteers are needed to help.
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
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.
A man died late Monday when his tractor-trailer rig crashed near the base of Rabbit Ears Pass.
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.
Last year, Johnny B. Goods/Go Ask Alice ran away with the Steamboat Springs adult flag football league title.
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.
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.
The Steamboat Springs City Council could take the final step in forming an airport commission at tonight's joint meeting with Routt County commissioners.
1:06 a.m. A noise complaint was made at Hillside Drive.
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.
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.
TUESDAY -- The Steamboat Springs City Council meets at 4:45 p.m. in Centennial Hall.
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
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.
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.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners meets at 9:45 a.m. in the commissioners meeting room.
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.
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.
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.
2:18 a.m. A drunken driver was reported at Whistler.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
The Yampa Valley Medical Center is not immune from a nationwide nursing shortage, but hospital officials said they are better off than most hospitals.
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.
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.
The rancor in the Steamboat Springs School District had little impact on Colorado Student Assessment Program test scores.
Children are important threads in the social fabric of South Routt.
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.
They came to Steamboat Springs in helmets and pads that make them look a little like characters from a "Mad Max" movie.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
The closing of Valley View Manor caught Craig by surprise. Now, the community is exploring options to replace its only long-term care facility.
There are two options for elderly care in the Yampa Valley: skilled nursing care and assisted living.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
On a Wednesday morning, there were a half dozen people at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig.
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
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.
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."
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.
In the past 10 years, 19 people have died in car accidents on Colorado Highway 9.
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If a house in Stagecoach catches fire, there's enough water to put the fire out quickly.
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.
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.
In attempts to become bona-fide search dogs, a group of canines will have their noses to the ground next weekend.
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.
The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is giving locals first crack at ski-season jobs.
'Whoever can keep the fingers off the brakes the most wins'
Greg Wall never enjoyed riding up, so his only option was coming down.
Life in Steamboat Springs often revolves around sports.