Stories for December 2003


Wednesday, December 31

Knives found on man at YVRA

Police think it was innocent mistake

A Peruvian man was arrested Tuesday after walking into Yampa Valley Regional Airport carrying three knives hidden inside a DVD/VCR player he intended to carry on board his flight.

Happenings for Jan. 1, 2004

THURSDAY n Steamboat's Over the Hill Gang, which offers guided skiing to intermediate skiers 50 and older, meets at 9 a.m. Sunday through Friday across from the Billy Kidd statue.

News in brief for Jan. 1, 2004

Weekly women's clinics offered at Catamount The Nordic Link and Lake Catamount Touring Center are offering weekly women's cross country ski clinics from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays at Catamount. Classical and skate-skiing clinics are offered, and each session includes an hourlong lunch and lunch. The cost is $40. Call 871-6238, ext. 401 to make reservations.

Xcel planning on special-use permits

Up to 1.8 million tons of coal could be hauled annually on a 13.5-mile section of Routt County Road 27 (Twentymile Road) if the Routt County Board of Commissioners approves a special-use permit requested by Xcel Energy, owner of the Hayden Station Power Plant.

Dog teams help in Wyoming search

Two Routt County Search and Rescue members and their dogs were called to Albany County, Wyo., on Tuesday night to help search for a missing snowmobiler. Unfortunately, the man was found dead just as the dog teams were launching their search.

Storm expected tonight

Forecasts predict up to 2 feet of powder

More snow is in store for the crowded slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Tourist levels to drop soon

But predicted snowstorm could keep some vacationers in town

About 14,300 tourists were in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday, but many of them will be departing soon, dropping occupancy levels at area lodging properties from 95 percent to about 60 percent Saturday, according the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer.

Avalanche danger remains moderate

Avalanche danger in the backcountry surrounding Steamboat Springs generally is moderate, but forecasters are keeping a close watch on a storm system in the eastern Pacific. The latest front is expected to bring increasing snowfall Friday and Saturday.

The record for Jan. 1, 2004

Tuesday, Dec. 30 3:44 a.m. Noxious gas was reported leaking in a home in the 400 block of Blue Sage Circle. A carbon monoxide alarm went off, waking the residents in the home. The residents went to a well-ventilated area and waited for the gas company to arrive.

Tuesday, December 30

CMC prepares for semester

After one of the busiest fall semesters in recent memory, Colorado Mountain College -- Alpine Campus officials are gearing up for an equally busy spring.

WSC women holding their own

Things were looking good for the members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's women's Alpine team after the first run of Tuesday's slalom race.

Here's a chance to do a little dirty work

Gardening has been a part of Barbara Sanders' life from the time she was a little girl. Her parents gardened, and she learned to love planting seedlings, tending to them and watching them grow.

Happenings for Dec. 31

WEDNESDAY n Steamboat's Over the Hill Gang, which offers guided skiing to intermediate skiers 50 and older, meets at 9 a.m. Sunday through Friday across from the Billy Kidd statue.

Our view: There's plenty on 2004's plate

There is no way to have known at the end of 2002 that we would experience the things we did in 2003.

A look back at 2003

From the tragic death of one of Hayden's own in the war in Iraq to triumphs at state wrestling and track meets, the community experienced an array of emotions in 2003. What follows is a look back at 2003 and some of the events that will long be remembered in Hayden:

Steamboat skiers shine

Area athletes take on Howelsen Hill

Steady snow and the tricky pitches of Howelsen Hill did little to deter Steamboat Springs skiers in Tuesday's Rocky Mountain Trophy Series slalom race.

Lodwick takes third in Germany

Three-time Olympian Todd Lodwick captured his first World Cup podium finish in two years Tuesday in Oberhof, Germany.

PAL gives S. Routt kids New Year's Eve option

After patrolling the streets of Oak Creek last New Year's Eve, Oak Creek Police Chief Tim Willert came home and told his wife, Mindy, that the area needed to supply something for children to do.

The Record for Dec. 31

Monday, Dec. 29 3 a.m. A vehicle was reported to be off the road and stuck in a snow bank along Broad Street. The driver was thought to be intoxicated but was gone when the Steamboat Springs Police Department arrived.

Briefs for Dec. 31

Fund set up at First National to help Stillwell

Skier comes home, dominates races

Steamboat Springs ski racer Brede Halsnes capped off a strong week of ski racing in his hometown by winning the final Rocky Mountain Trophy Series slalom at Howelsen on Wednesday.

Snocross comes to Hayden this week

Last year, sports promoter Henry Billet thrilled thousands of spectators in Steamboat Springs with a pair of snowcross snowmobile events built on high-speed thrills and spills.

Tricky course tamed

Steamboat racers speed through turns

It was going to take more than a few tricky turns at the top of Howelsen Hill on Wednesday morning to trip ski racer Heidi Hillenbrand and her teammates from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

The Blotter for Dec. 31

Friday, Dec. 26 2:52 p.m. A coal hauling truck slid off an icy patch of Twentymile Road. No one was injure

Snow attracts holiday crowd

Steamboat Ski Area officials won't release numbers, but signs are that Steamboat is experiencing record holiday business.

City files for recreational water rights

Keeping its word, the city of Steamboat Springs filed for a recreational water right at the Routt County Courthouse last Friday to secure a 2003 priority.

Marijuana fight continues

Nord battles to get drugs returned to him after they were seized

A Hayden man has asked a state court to cite officers who seized marijuana from his home with contempt for not following a judge's order to return the drugs.

EDC to become part of 'economic garden'

Noreen Moore, business resource director for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, talks about unity, communication and integration as the keys to helping existing businesses succeed.

Monday, December 29

Steamboat hosting Alpine races

Annual events brings stiff competition from throughout region

With the start of the collegiate ski season less than two weeks away, University of Denver junior David Lamb is hoping a pair of slalom races in Steamboat this week will give him a boost.

Stahoviak continues to work

Telephone, computer keep commissioner connected to county

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak's primary focus is getting well, but she is continuing to work on county business. From her Denver hospital room, Stahoviak sat in on several conference calls last week with fellow commissioners Doug Monger and Dan Ellison.

YVRA struggles with crowds

Three commercial jets were rerouted to Denver before they could land at Yampa Valley Regional Airport over the weekend, and waiting passengers backed up in the terminal.

News in Brief for Dec. 30, 2003

First Impressions of Routt County has received two grants that will help qualifying Routt County families pay for child care tuition and will help early childhood care staff enroll in college classes and other improvement projects.

Briefing process ends in Montessori lawsuit

The briefings process in a lawsuit filed against the Steamboat Springs School District by a group seeking a Montessori charter school is over, but a decision in the case likely is still months away. The school district submitted a motion last week to the Routt County District Court reaffirming its request that the lawsuit be dismissed.

Ordinance would require underground utilities downtown

An ordinance before the Steamboat Springs City Council would require developers and property owners to bury electric, phone and cable lines for any new building or redevelopment downtown.

YVRA struggles with crowds

Influx of planes and travelers makes for long weekend at airport

Three commercial jets were rerouted to Denver before they could land at Yampa Valley Regional Airport and waiting passengers backed up in the terminal over the weekend.

County meeting with mine officials

Routt County commissioners will meet with Twentymile Coal representatives today to discuss the tentative sale of the coal company, decreases in grants from the Energy Impact Fund and potential railroad line relocations.

The Record for Dec. 30, 2003

1:07 a.m. A disturbance was reported in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive. A man was upset that his car was towed.

Christmas tree recycling available

The Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot is where Christmas trees go to die in Steamboat Springs. For more than 10 years, the city of Steamboat Springs has provided a place where trees can be discarded and turned into mulch. There is no cost to use the service.

Options available for revelers on New Year's Eve

A 16-day statewide campaign to step up DUI enforcement seems to be deterring drunken drivers in Routt County. Nine nights into the intensive effort, neither the Routt County Sheriff's Office nor the Steamboat Springs Police Department has made a DUI arrest, according to Colorado Department of Transportation traffic safety statistics.

Sunday, December 28

New video conferences bring inmates to judge

By mid-January, most inmates at Routt County Jail won't need to pile into a van to be driven to the courthouse to hear the charges against them and what their bond will be.

Happenings for Dec. 29, 2003

The Oak Creek Library hosts preschool story-hour at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Mondays. Call 736-8371.

Snow expected to fall all week

Mother Nature brought skiers and snowboarders a belated Christmas gift over the weekend, and if forecasts hold true, she may have more snowy presents to dole out this week.

Briefs for Dec. 29, 2003

Casting agents for the popular ABC show "The Bachelor" called Steamboat Springs this week looking for an eligible man. They are scouting in towns where there is a higher percentage of men than women.

The Record for Dec. 29, 2003

2:29 a.m. A vehicle reportedly hit an elk on U.S. Highway 40 near mile marker 138. The accident resulted in an arrest. A deputy with the Routt County Sheriff's Office said he couldn't disclose the reason for the arrest because of an ongoing investigation.

Tom Ross: Powder skiing on Rabbit Ears

When everything comes together, sport transcends human bounds

Winter wrapped us in a big bear hug over the weekend, and we enthusiastically returned its embrace.

Saturday, December 27

Home for the holidays

Craig soldier served with Mark Lawton

Caught in an ambush that killed one Routt County soldier in Iraq, Army Spc. Tyler McWilliams was wounded by more than a dozen pieces of shrapnel.

Darlene M. Ellis (1954-2003)

Darlene Ellis passed away Dec. 21, 2003, at McKee Medical Center in Loveland. She was 49.

School Board makes headlines

Controversies, decisions make it 2003 newsmaker of the year

A court case with statewide implications, controversial personnel issues and the hiring of a new leader -- all while its schools, students and staff continued to perform at some of the highest levels in the state.

2003: A great year outdoors

This year was one of healing in the forests and rivers of Northwest Colorado. Streams rebounded from a year of drought to fill area reservoirs, and new growth took hold in forests scarred by wildfire a summer earlier.

John F. Russell : Recipe for Olympic success

It might seem natural that Olympic-caliber skiers come from a town such as Steamboat Springs.

Small town; big vision

Mayor of Oak Creek pushing for big changes to improve appeal, safety

Spring runoff came fast and heavy in Oak Creek in May 1984. It soaked downtown to its core, covering storefronts and inundating homes.

Big Winners 2003: Spillane highlights year that leaves sports fans wanting more

Temperatures were plummeting and a steady wet snow began to fall from the sky as Johnny Spillane stepped onto a makeshift stage set up at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area to address several hundred supporters.

Building bridges, breaking barriers

Steamboat, South Routt students break down stereotypes while giving back

Seventeen miles and a wall of perceptions separate Steamboat Springs from Oak Creek.

VNA faces budget cuts

In 2004, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will see patients fighting cancer, children who need immunizations, upped protection against West Nile virus and more.

The year in review

In a year dominated by news from Iraq, a war waged so many thousands of miles away was brought close to home as native sons were deployed to fight, a Hayden soldier lost his life and grown men left families and well-established careers to serve their country in a desert on the far side of the globe. But Iraq was far from the only issue making local headlines this year ...

Our View: Keep up the pace

Thank you, Routt County commissioners, for a holiday gift that the thousands of people who will use Yampa Valley Regional Airport this winter are sure to appreciate. Thank you for the warm, heated, walled-in terminal addition that opened just in time for the ski season.

Real Estate Transactions for Dec. 14-20, 2003


Class Notes for Dec. 28, 2003

Joshua Nettleton, of Steamboat Springs, received his Bachelor of Science degree in sport and exercise science from the University of Northern Colorado during its fall commencement Dec. 13.

Behind the Headlines: Telemarketing truths

John Warner is the Routt County sheriff. Here, he answers questions about telemarketing.

Sound Off for Dec. 28, 2003

I couldn't believe the person whining about the Yule Log being found early again, which "took the fun out of it" for the writer. Excuse the pun, but "get a clue." Poor sportsmanship may be what's taking the fun out of it. The Farrell family seems to have embraced this Steamboat tradition; the tasteful thing would have been to congratulate them. Do you suggest that the museum sponsor a hunt where no one's allowed to find the treasure until you've read the final clues? Get with the spirit of the season instead of decking the halls with boos and hoos. Get out there and participate or "Yule" regret it.

The Record for Dec. 28, 2003

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Business News in Brief

Steamboat Springs author Allison McNeill and partner Luane Oprea of New Orleans, La., have established Bayou Soda Creek Publications and published McNeill's first book, "The Book of Gifts." The new book is a collection of reflections on what the author calls gifts. They include compassion and hope, love and trust.

Denise Anne Young (1953-2003)

Steamboat Springs resident Denise Anne Young passed away Dec. 22, 2003, at her home. She was 50.

South Routt Calendar for Dec. 28, 2003

The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. n The Toponas Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Holidays can be a good time to buy

This is the best time to buy real estate, because no one else is, Steamboat Springs real estate agents say. Statistically, annual third-quarter sales have been tried and true as the time when most real estate transactions take place. After that, sales tend to drop, in part because of winter holidays, and in part because many people like to wait until the snow has melted, said Doug Labor, president-elect of the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors and broker with Buyer's Resource Real Estate.

Looking Back: The year in Business

Air service was a recurring theme in Yampa Valley's business culture throughout 2003, as it has been for more than a decade. It was a year that began with a bit of a hangover, as so many do, from the ongoing story of United Airlines' efforts to reorganize under the protection of bankruptcy.

Friday, December 26

Bird feeders resemble county's historic buildings

Neal Callsen introduces fowl to Steamboat's past

Neal Callsen cannot identify the species of birds that come to his feeder on a cold December morning. What really interests Callsen is the construction details of the bird feeder itself.

Tourists pack Steamboat

About 14,300 guests expected to arrive for New Year's Eve

About 13,700 tourists are expected to be staying in Steamboat Springs today, the same number as the corresponding Saturday last year, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer.

No parking at Gondola in January

Access to the Steamboat Ski Area will be a little trickier than usual during January.

Happenings for Dec. 27, 2003

The public is invited to a docent-led tour of exhibitions at 2 p.m. at the Depot Art Center. Call 879-9008.

Briefs for Dec. 27, 2003

The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club has established a fund to help Chris Stillwell at Community First National Bank. Stillwell, a Steamboat resident and Rotary Club member, is in a coma in the Denver Health Medical Center intensive care unit after suffering a closed-head injury. Donations can be made to the Chris Stillwell Fund, either in person at the bank or through the mail at Chris Stillwell Fund, P.O. Box 772948, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

Donations up for December

Despite after-Christmas scare, food bank 'looking good'

LIFT-UP President Kathy Conlon got a momentary scare when she checked the stock on the Steamboat Springs food bank's shelves the day after Christmas. After an initial inspection, she declared it was a "grim situation" and the food supply had run nearly dry.

Horizons funding could increase

An additional $50,000 in federal funds could help Horizons Specialized Services increase compensation for employees but would leave the program's budget about $25,000 short.

Inbound flights full or overbooked

Holiday vacationers will be streaming into Steamboat Springs on full airplanes this weekend.

Thursday, December 25

Christmas brings abundance of good food, hungry people

Community dinner held Thursday in Steamboat Springs

For the many people who were sitting in quiet living rooms moments before, the warm lively atmosphere of Thursday's community dinner made the day feel like Christmas.

Routt County one up on planning

Following in the footsteps of Colorado's anti-sprawl movement, state Rep. Jack Pommer, D-Boulder, has a new plan to help put teeth in county master plans.

Happenings for Dec. 26, 2003

Steamboat Toastmasters, a public-speaking club, meets from noon to 1 p.m. in the Alpenglow Room at Colorado Mountain College.

Take a Gamble on puppets

For Jim Gamble, Steamboat Springs is just another puddle jump after Yugoslavia and Iran on his way to Hawaii, Croatia and Italy.

Greatest show on ice

Catch 'The Grinch' at Howelsen Ice Arena this weekend

Ellese Lupori is 6 years old, but she thinks of herself as a veteran when it comes to performing on the ice.

Autumn Phillips: Time to put down the pencil

Though my birthday doesn't officially happen until tomorrow, I will always equate the day I turned 30 with a little French restaurant on the corner of 10th and First streets in Manhattan.

Macro Cosm

Autumn Phillips 4-Points Drawing from all the decades, Cosm takes the stage with a sound that we've heard before but never in quite this way.

Brief points

Puppeteer's 'Nutcracker' Puppeteer Jim Gamble will perform a marionette production of "The Nutcracker" at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Steamboat Sheraton. Tickets are $1 for children and $10 for adults.


Music Tonight Worried Men plays at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. $5 cover charge. Free with local ID. Call 879-3773.

The Record for Dec. 26, 2003

2:24 a.m. Loud music was reported in the 2900 block of West Acres Drive. A warning was issued, and the music was turned down.

Ski Corp. breaks record

Winter Sports Club to get $70,000 for opening day ticket sales

The Steamboat Ski Corp.'s annual Scholarship Day raised a record $69,705 from opening day ticket proceeds for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Scholarship Fund. The club introduces hundreds of young area athletes to competitive skiing disciplines.

Online program popular

An online instruction program used in the South Routt School District has become so popular among high school students that district officials need another $10,000 to continue to fund it through the end of the school year.

Briefs for Dec. 26

The famous singing cowboys, Riders in the Sky, will perform two holiday concerts Saturday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort's Grand Ballroom, presented by Strings in the Mountains.

Romick races

Snocross returns to Romick arena

By Saturday, the typically flat surface of Brent Romick Rodeo Arena will take on a different appearance.

Happy New Year

Here's the skinny

On New Year's Eve, Steamboat Springs becomes a small town with a city's population. The walls begin to creak as every place is packed to overflowing.

Wednesday, December 24

RN refresher course starts Jan. 9

It has never been easier for an inactive registered nurse to get back into the profession. Yampa Valley Medical Center is one of several sites in Colorado that will host an RN refresher course in 2004.

'Just hang up' on solicitation calls

Routt County Sheriff John Warner has three words of advice for those answering calls from telephone solicitors this season: "Just hang up."

In the fast lane

Steamboat racer invited to join national field

Everything is going fast for Winston de Wardt.

Briefs for Dec. 25, 2003

Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs are seeking representatives to serve on the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Happenings for Dec. 25, 2003

A free community Christmas dinner, sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, is from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Alpine Taxi will provide free shuttles from Yampa, Phippsburg, Oak Creek, Hayden and Steamboat. Call 879-2800 to schedule a pick up.

Craig soldier is home for holidays

Caught in an ambush that killed one Routt County soldier in Iraq, Army Spc. Tyler McWilliams was wounded by more than a dozen pieces of shrapnel.

County responds to alert

President Bush raised terrorism threat level to orange

Local law enforcement and county agencies are not taking a federal orange terrorism alert lightly.

The Record for Dec. 25, 2003

5:35 a.m. A theft of a shovel was reported on East Logan Street. The reporting party said two men were seen on the home's porch. The men could not be found.

Mountain to open earlier Saturday

Skiers can hit slopes 30 minutes sooner

The day after Christmas, tourists descend on Steamboat Springs.

Tuesday, December 23

Hayden earns $100K in grants

Two grants are rarely awarded to one entity in a single grant cycle, a Great Outdoors Colorado representative told Hayden Town Clerk Lisa Johnston last week.

Marijuana not returned

GRAMNET gives back man's growing equipment but not drugs

Medicinal marijuana user Don Nord, 57, has his growing equipment back.

Flu kills two in the area

But Colorado cases are declining

Influenza has claimed two lives in Northwest Colorado this month, but reports of new cases are on the decline, according to the Visiting Nurse Association.

Tigers, Rams tie in tri

The Hayden Tigers fared well in Friday's home triangular, considering only one-third of the team showed up.

Seniors pick Tour of Lights winners

Friday, several Hayden seniors accompanied Hayden Recreation Coordinator Lindsay Heer on the Hayden Chamber of Commerce's "Tour of Lights."

Mock disaster drill a success

A couple of weeks ago, about 60 leaders from across the county received an invitation to a mock emergency meeting.

Longtime Hayden resident battling trio of illnesses

After scoring 18 points in Hayden High School's upset victory over North Park Saturday, senior Dustin Driscoll walked off the basketball court carrying a basketball signed by his teammates. The ball wasn't to remember his big night; it was to give to his father, who is in a Denver hospital, fighting three serious illnesses.

YVRA: Arrive 2.5 hours early

Alpine Taxi says no to airport's second time change

The combination of a level-orange terrorism alert and a reduced number of security screeners at Hayden airport this winter means holiday travelers departing from Steamboat Springs are being asked to show up two-and-a-half hours early for their flights.

Steamboat players All-State

The postseason accolades continue to come in for the Steamboat Springs football team.

Happenings for Dec. 24

WEDNESDAY n Yampatika's Wee Naturalist program for children ages 3 to 5 meets from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Yampatika, 925 Weiss Drive. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Price includes snack and juice. Call 871-9151.

Despite loss, girls pleased with effort

The joke in the Hayden locker room was that this was the last game of the year, and while the Tigers didn't wrap up the 2003 portion of their schedule with a win, they gave coach Jamie Adams plenty to look forward to in 2004.

The Blotter for dec. 24

All incidents shown were reported in Hayden and were taken from the Routt County Communications daily dispatch report. Wednesday, Dec. 17

Over the Hill Gang helps athlete

Financial assistance from the Over the Hill Gang will help freeskier Gina Gmeiner pay for 10 to 12 competitions this winter.

Briefs for Dec. 24

County offices will close at noon today for holidays

Dillon finishes in third

Steamboat Springs senior Donald Dillon took third place, and a few other Sailors wrestlers picked up wins at the West Grand Tournament on Saturday.

Brees nets winner in OT

In a rare Monday afternoon game, the Steamboat Springs hockey team continued its aggressive play, defeating Pine Creek 2-1 in overtim

Traffic stop nets pot, $13,000 cash

Three men were arrested after 3 pounds of marijuana and $13,000 were found in a truck they occupied. The vehicle was pulled over after cutting off a marked police car, police said.

Absentee rate high

Twenty percent of students were absent from Steamboat Springs Middle School on Tuesday, but secretary Ginny Fry expected worse.

DUI enforcement heating up

DUI enforcement is stepping up across Routt County this holiday season.

Tigers stun 'Cats

It was a bad two days in Routt County for the North Park boys basketball team.

Sheriff's office eyes Ranch Watch

When a Routt County sheriff's deputy trades in a white sport utility vehicle for a pickup, it will be for good reason.

Town wants to annex fairgrounds

The Hayden Town Board agreed to proceed with the annexation of the Routt County Fairgrounds, after Mayor Chuck Grobe requested that a discussion be held as an agenda item to make sure the board wanted to do so.

Teacher pay shift uncertain

Financial constraints may prohibit South Routt proposal

The South Routt School District's tight financial situation likely will prevent longtime teachers from getting experience-based raises.

Educational forums in planning stages

A forum to help residents learn how to start a new business or develop a piece of land could take place in Oak Creek and Yampa within the next few months.

The Record for Dec. 24

Monday, Dec. 22 8:38 a.m. A two-vehicle, noninjury accident was reported near the intersection of Nob Street and North Park Road.

Monday, December 22

Peabody bids for mine

Company reaches tentative agreement to purchase Twentymile

The largest coal mine in Routt County is on the verge of being acquired by the parent company of another, smaller mine.

Skiers fare well this weekend

Two hundred skiers came to Howelsen Hill last weekend for a pair of Rocky Mountain Division cross country races designed to give them a small taste of what the Yampa Valley has to offer.

Stahoviak out of intensive care

Thank you for all the support, commissioner says

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak has improved greatly and now is out of the Intensive Care Unit of a Denver hospital.

Briefs for Tuesday, Dec. 23

Volunteers needed to help with FIS races Dec. 30, 31 The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club needs volunteers for Alpine ski races scheduled for Dec. 30 and 31. Volunteers will earn a lift ticket. Call 871-6210.

Speech team getting ready

Students are preparing to host 24th annual tournament

A busy second half of the season for the Steamboat Springs High School speech team begins Jan. 10 when it hosts the 24th annual Steamboat Springs Invitational Tournament.

Commission won't reverse ruling

The Colorado Oil and Gas Commission will not take steps to reverse a ruling in October that upheld local control of oil and gas drilling.

Civil Air Patrol grounded

The Colorado wing of the Civil Air Patrol has been grounded since last week, but officials say the suspension is not likely to harm Routt County's ability to respond to emergencies.

Airline passengers not afraid

Orange threat level doesn't stop people from traveling this holiday season

S.J. Park kept his ID ready. He knew security would be checking it at the airport in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., before flying to Colorado, and they did -- four times.

Ewing answers the call

When freestyle skier Kyle Ewing stepped to the starting line of a dual mogul event in Breckenridge last Sunday he suddenly was confronted with a new kind of pressure.

Soft skates take pain out of learning

City ice arena offers large blocks of public ice time during holidays

Everyone can ice skate 'till their heart's content at the Howelsen Ice Arena from today through New Year's Day. The winter break skating schedule is in effect -- public-skate hours are long, new rental skates are comfortable and the rink's atmosphere is festive.

The Record for Dec. 23

Sunday, Dec. 21 8:30 a.m. Lorin Gelfand, manager of Terry Sports at the Village Center, reported that about $2,000 in cash was stolen from the safe in the store. There was no sign of forced entry into the store or the safe.

Happenings for Dec. 23

TUESDAY n Flutist Chloe Banning will be playing flute at 5 p.m. at All That Jazz. She then will play at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and The Homesteader. Call 870-6778.

Sunday, December 21

CityLink connects callers to FAQs

The city of Steamboat Springs is spreading the word to residents on how it can better answer questions and send out information.

Briefs for Monday, Dec. 22

Volunteers needed to help with FIS races Dec. 30, 31

Tom Ross: An unexpected 'greeting' from Hunter S. Thompson

Chance encounter with minister lands signed copy of counterculture classic

In my experience, among people who observe the secular aspects of Dec. 25, there are two kinds: those who open their packages the moment they are dropped on the front stoop, and those who wait until at least Christmas Eve to savage the wrapping paper. I've always been among the latter, believing that the best part of receiving gifts during the holidays is stashing them under the tree and contemplating their mysterious contents.

Focus group to establish goals

After almost a year of meetings, the water focus group decided to form a subcommittee to look at establishing its policies, goals and objectives.

Overland store returns after hiatus

A retail store that left Lincoln Avenue 19 months ago has returned in a new location.

Banner to advertise events

Hayden officials hope to hang a sign across U.S. Highway 40

The Colorado Department of Transportation has calculated that about 8,000 vehicles pass through downtown Hayden on U.S. Highway 40 each day. The town of Hayden, the Hayden Chamber of Commerce and several supporting businesses and organizations agree that one of the best ways to advertise community events is to target these motorists by direct advertising.

The Record for Dec. 22

Saturday, Dec. 20 1:54 a.m. People reportedly were arguing in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue. The incident was resolved.

United Way fulfills wishes

Routt County program helps less fortunate over holidays

Christmas wishes are coming true in Routt County once again this year.

Happenings for Monday, Dec. 22

MONDAY n The Oak Creek Library hosts preschool story-hour at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Mondays. Call 736-8371.

Sitter running for House

McInnis will no longer be representing 3rd Congressional District

When Republican Scott McInnis announced he would be ending his six-term run as representative for the 3rd Congressional District, he told supporters he had spent an estimated 3,600 nights away from home, flown 3 million miles and driven 50,000 miles annually over almost a dozen years.

Saturday, December 20

Self-help housing proposed for Hilltop

Ellen Hoj is proposing to build as many as 33 self-help affordable housing units on Hilltop Parkway. But the timing is very tight, and she needs significant concessions from the city of Steamboat Springs to get it done.

Vino adds regional European cheeses to successful formula

Limited-release wines from small vintners and artisan cheeses from small, family-owned operations bring out the best in one another. Now, Steamboat shoppers have a place to go where fine vintages and remarkable fromage converge.

Building Permits for Dec. 3-12, 2003

Steamboat Ski & Bike Care 442 Lincoln Avenue The Commercial Division Multi-Use Building $666,509

Behind the headlines: What's up with ball fields?

Chris Wilson is the director of the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Department.

Sound Off for Dec. 21, 2003

Here we go again: A third fire property tax proposal disguised as a consolidation of rural and city fire protection districts. For consolidation to take place, both districts must have a fire protection property tax. The rural district already has one; the city doesn't, and the city voters would have to approve one. They would have to vote a third time on a new tax they already have voted down twice in the past two years. When will the City Council majority realize they are whipping a dead horse? The city voters know fire protection should come from taxes they already pay, not from new taxes.

Students learn value of giving

Most of Sally Howard's focus class has been working hard for Toys for Tots campaign

Despite temperatures on the wrong side of zero, sixth-grader Katherine Lynch dutifully stood outside Steamboat Springs Middle School one morning last week and rang a bell.

Real Estate Transactions for Dec. 8-13, 2003


Credit program boosts first-time buyers

People who qualify for a mortgage credit certificate are missing a huge opportunity if they don't take advantage of it, said Jeff Chapman of Homebuyers Mortgage and the Regional Affordable Living Foundation.

A new life for old trees

Reclaimed timbers used as backbone in Burgess Creek home

The huge pieces of Douglas fir once were the skeleton of an almost century-old railroad station in rural Oregon. Now, the giant timbers are visible as the structural backbone of a house being built on a small parcel near the end of Burgess Creek Road.

Developers: Plan blocks affordable housing

A 1,000-unit affordable housing project is stalled -- and its developers blame the city and county's unwillingness to deviate from the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan.

Skis that make it easy

Skiers who have mastered the technique of rolling their knees into a turn and using them to drive their weight forward onto the tip of the ski will find there are very few skis on the market today that aren't eager to turn.

Our View: Backing water rights

At Issue: The filing of recreational water rights on the Yampa River Our View: The City Council made the correct decision.

The Record for Dec. 21, 2003

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

South Routt calendar for Dec. 21, 2003

Residents who are interested in Oak Creek's holiday lighting contest should go to town hall to sign up. The date for the contest is to be determined.

Class Notes for Dec. 21, 2003

Ross Travis, son of Judith Travis of Steamboat Springs, was named to the dean's list at the Savannah College of Art and Design for the fall quarter of 2003. Travis, a media and performing arts major, maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or better to earn the distinction.

Benjamin Loren Dunning: 1946-2003

Hayden resident Benjamin Loren Dunning died Dec. 11, 2003, at the Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 57.

Vernon 'Cy' Eldon Swigart: 1915-2003

Oak Creek resident Vernon "Cy" Eldon Swigart died Dec. 13, 2003, at the Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 88.

Sailors' shutout

Summit falls to Steamboat, 3-0 Saturday

The Steamboat Springs hockey team blanked Summit, 3-0, in Saturday's home opener at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Girls' effort noted

The joke around the Hayden locker room was that this was the last game of the year, and while the Tigers didn't wrap up the 2003 portion of their schedule with a win, they gave coach Jamie Adams plenty to look forward to in 2004.

Hayden High School honor roll

Jennifer Caryn Epp, Lauren Elizabeth Frentress, David Michael Gullett, Emily Lynn Hallenbeck, Kathryn Grace Koehler, Kyle Clayton Kuegler, Jordan Ashley Mader, Tyler James Manzanares, Jessica Michael Martin, Rebecca Gail Rosendale

Business News in Brief

The population of Steamboat Springs will more than double late this week as holiday skiers find their way to Mount Werner. The lodging barometer produced by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is making an early projection that 13,400 visitors will spend the night of Saturday, Dec. 27, in lodges here. The forecast was made Wednesday. The predicted 13,400 guests would fill 89 percent of the resort's bed base.

Tigers stun Wildcats

It was a bad two days in Routt County for the North Park boys basketball team.

John F. Russell: Are you ready to ruuumble?

I love to watch professional football on Sundays. Lately, though, I've been a little embarrassed to admit it.

Sharing tradition

Student recounts story of Hanukkah for his classmates

Seven-year-old Danny Kramer stood in front of his second-grade class, easily recounting a holiday story more than 2,000 years old. The story is one he knows by heart, but it was foreign to many of his classmates.

Girls outperforming boys

Academic 'gender gap' has educators searching for solutions

The numbers practically jumped off the page.

Community spirit, lights shine

Donations, loans, volunteers brighten Oak Creek for the holiday season

For Alice Kauffman, a highlight of Oak Creek's holiday decorations used to be the town's big Christmas Tree.

Friday, December 19

Commemorative gun maker profits

Steamboat did not approve city name engravings

Commemorative rifles honoring "Steamboat Springs' history and heritage" that were advertised for sale in Thursday's Steamboat Today were not endorsed, sponsored or approved by the city of Steamboat Springs, City Manager Paul Hughes said.

Equipment likely returned

Marijuana-growing supplies may go back to Hayden resident

Marijuana-growing equipment that was seized during a police search likely will be returned to a Hayden resident by next Tuesday.

Hayden awarded two grants

More than $100K will help fund soccer field and halfpipe

Two grants rarely are awarded to one entity in a single grant cycle, a Great Outdoors Colorado representative told Hayden Town Clerk Lisa Johnston last week.

Man defies county decision

Doug Button takes snowmobile ride on Poverty Bar Trail

Doug Button is a man of his word. After telling Routt County planning commissioners that he planned to ride his snowmobile on the Poverty Bar Trail that runs along the west side of Hahn's Peak Village, Button went out with his son and a friend and rode the trail Friday morning.

Soroco captures big win

If North Park was projected to finish near the top of the Western Slope League, and Soroco defeated North Park on Friday night, does that make the Rams a league contender, as well?

Happenings for Saturday, Dec. 20

A holiday open house is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Steamboat Lake State Park Visitor Center. Call 879-3922.

Wildcats get best of Rams

In basketball, 5 inches can make all the difference. The Soroco girls basketball team found that out Friday night.

The Record for Dec. 20, 2003

12:26 a.m. A traffic stop led to an arrest on charges of marijuana possession in the 1300 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Briefs for Dec. 20, 2003

The contractor working at Twentymile Coal Mine who injured his hand this week reportedly has been released from the hospital.

Amateur snowboard series in Steamboat

The SOS Snowboard Series will open its fifth competitive season Sunday on the steep pitched slopes of Howelsen Hill. Organizer Andy Poole said he expects between 75 and 100 of the region's top snowboarders to show up for the events, which include slalom and giant slalom races.

Tigers host triangular

The Hayden Tigers fared well in Friday's home triangular, considering only one-third of the team showed up.

Give big game a break

During the winter, the heart rate and metabolism of deer and elk slows. It is an energy-conservation mechanism used to counter balance the animals' lack of available food.

Motion hearing held Friday

Man accused of sexual assault will begin trial Jan. 12

A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman May 17 in Klumker Field appeared in District Court on Friday for a motions hearing.

Mavericks opening delayed

Eager snowboarders and free skiers will have to wait at least one more day before they can begin testing their skills against the Mavericks Superpipe and the rails in the terrain park at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Thursday, December 18

Happenings for Friday, Dec. 19, 2003

FRIDAY n Open drawing/painting sessions are 8:45 a.m. to noon at the Depot Art Center. Subject matter is live model or still-life. Fee of $10 per person to share cost of model. Call Maggie at 879-9036.

Briefs for Friday, Dec. 19, 2003

District attorney files lesser charges in kidnapping case The District Attorney's Office filed lesser charges against a man accused of kidnapping his estranged girlfriend than those for which he was arrested.

Expansion nears completion

$1.6M projects adds six classrooms at the middle school

Some Steamboat Springs School District sixth-grade teachers can't help but smile.

Playing as one

Sailors adopt team-first

No one likes to lose, especially when they are used to winning, and the members of the Steamboat Springs hockey team have enjoyed high levels of success throughout the years.

Lodwick hopes to get back on track

After a grueling first period on the Nordic combined World Cup tour, Steamboat Springs skier Todd Lodwick returned home this week to enjoy a different kind of skiing.

Downright defensive

Sailors show Rangely how it's done

There's defense, and then there's the brand of defense the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team played in a 43-33 win against Rangely on Thursday.

Planners approve linking trail

The Routt County Planning Commission approved a temporary snowmobile and skiing trail linking state park and Routt National Forest land in North Routt County, pending approval by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Strahl's warrant vacated

An arrest warrant issued Wednesday for a woman arrested on suspicion of possession of a Schedule II drug who failed to appear in court was vacated the same afternoon when the woman reported to the Routt County Courthouse.

Condos planned for Anglers Drive

A California developer is proposing to build 19 residential condominiums in a single three-story building on Anglers Drive.

Hayden seeks fairgrounds

The Hayden Town Board agreed to proceed with the annexation of the Routt County Fairgrounds, after Mayor Chuck Grobe requested that a discussion be held as an agenda item to make sure the board wanted to do so.

The Record for Friday, Dec. 19, 2003

Wednesday, Dec. 17 12:16 a.m. A man reportedly bit a woman at a nightclub in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square. A report was taken.

Yampa residents light with kids in mind

Ed Hayne and his wife, Kate, were going to stop putting up Christmas decorations three years ago because both of their children had graduated from high school.

Holiday dinner volunteers needed

The annual community Christmas dinner is set to bring holiday cheer to Steamboat Springs again this year.

Snowpack above average in Steamboat area

The snowpack accumulating in the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs is setting a torrid pace, but the race to store water is a marathon, and the outcome won't be known until April.

Parking enforcement upped

New hours expected to curb employee parking on Lincoln Avenue

Downtown parking enforcement should step up in the next week with a newly hired city-parking liaison.

Wednesday, December 17

Briefs for Dec. 18, 2003

Stahoviak's condition upgraded to good Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak's condition was upgraded to good, although Stahoviak remained in the intensive care unit of a Denver hospital Monday, spokeswoman Stephanie Lewis said.

Contractor injured on job

A contractor working at a construction site on Twentymile Coal Mine's property reportedly injured his hand Wednesday.

Autumn Phillips: Life after skiing

Last December, it seemed that my whole world was tied together by a tiny string that connected one side of my knee to the other.

Band rides into town

The group that started "just for fun" is still around 26 years later and is now the subject of a new book called "It's the Cowboy Way: The Amazing True Adventures of Riders in the Sky," by Don Cusic.

It's the little things ...

Don Van Horn's Lakewood studio smells like fresh cut wood but sounds like a dentist's office.

New name, same tune

Columbine Singers, Youth Chorale

The name has changed, but the holiday concert tradition is the same.

Brief Points for Dec. 19, 2003

Strings in the Mountain marketing director Jody Patten made a "Gift of the Arts" Holiday shopping list for people who are hard to buy for.

Nightlife for Dec. 19, 2003

Worried Men play at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. $5 cover charge. Free with local ID. Call 879-3773.

Planners mull temporary trail

A temporary trail allowing snowmobilers access to more National Forest land from Steamboat Lake State Park is up for approval tonight at the Routt County Planning Commission meeting.

The Record for Dec. 18, 2003

12:44 a.m. Domestic violence was reported on Grand Avenue. The incident is under investigation.

Warrant issued for no-show

Kremmling woman failed to appear in court on drug charges

An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for a woman who failed to appear in court on charges of drug possession.

Sing what you know

Perhaps one of the most prolific bands in Colorado, Bobber Johnson got together in January and in one year has chalked up 100 shows, put out a 14-track album with 11 originals, and already is at working on another one.

Wrestling winners

Four Sailors pick up wins at all-day tournament

Four Steamboat Springs wrestlers picked up victories at the Buena Vista Tournament over the weekend.

Planners to discuss hauling coal, safety

Routt County Planning commissioners will consider a request from Xcel Energy and its Hayden Station power plant to haul coal along a stretch of Routt County Road 27 at their meeting tonight.

DIT teacher raises on table

South Routt School Board will consider salary increases

An unprecedented pay schedule adjustment to be proposed to the South Routt School Board tonight will increase salaries of South Routt teachers with more than 29 years of experience.

Happenings for Dec. 18, 2003

A support group for parents of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and similar conditions meets at 6 p.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center, Conference Room 1. Call 871-1678.

Hockey team nets two wins on road

The Steamboat Springs hockey team started its 2003 season with two impressive wins in Colorado Springs on Friday and Saturday.

Giant slalom starts Alpine season off

The members of the Steamboat Springs High School Alpine ski team will travel to Summit County today for their only race before the holiday break.

Morse skis to silver finish

For Steamboat Springs freestyle skier Mike Morse, it was just another day in the Park -- Park City, Utah, that is.

Tigers' crazy week ends in loss

A week of early morning practices and evening commitments may have caught up to the Hayden girls basketball team in a 38-42 loss to Baggs, Wyo., on Friday.

Soroco wrestlers take titles

Whittier Gates and Matt Iacovetto continue to impress, while younger members of the Soroco wrestling team continue to learn what competing at the varsity level is all about.

Preston Plumb: A traffic stop gone awry

The Steamboat Today has written two articles about my arrest by a Colorado state trooper and the subsequent dismissal of charges against me. I have decided to express my version of the events that took place as a service to the community and in an effort to further clear my name.

Man suspected of kidnapping

Police say woman was dragged from Tamarack to Dream Island

A Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and assault after he is alleged to have dragged an estranged girlfriend from Tamarack Drive to Dream Island.

Strong questions Triple Crown's return

Triple Crown said it would not need any more fields for its 2004 season in Steamboat Springs and it expected to bring back the same amount or only a few more teams than it did in 2003.

Airport terminal addition dedicated

Passengers departing from Yampa Valley Regional Airport this winter won't recognize the place. And they probably won't miss the circus tent they waited in to check baggage last winter.

Tuesday, December 16

Soroco boys, girls pick up victories

The Soroco boys basketball team improved to 2-2 on the season with a victory at South Park on Saturday, while the Lady Rams dropped to 3-2 after splitting two games Thursday and Saturday.

Ron Coughlin: Dwight Murphy is a true hero

I worked for 10 years with Dwight Murphy in Fremont. When he told me that he was going to Iraq, I was not surprised.

Teachers earn recognition

Cindy Gay, Nat Cooper get National Board Certification

Two Steamboat Springs School District teachers recently were awarded prestigious certifications from a national organization dedicated to improving teaching and student learning.

Cordova released here

New Mexico youth pleaded guilty to 1999 school shooting

A 16-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to the 1999 murder of a schoolmate in New Mexico has been released to his relatives in Routt County.

County seeking new coroner again

Routt County is in search of a new coroner just months after finding an interim coroner this summer.

Happenings for Dec. 17, 2003

WEDNESDAY n Yampatika's Wee Naturalist program for children ages 3 to 5 meets from 9 to 11 a.m. at Yampatika, 925 Weiss Drive. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Price includes snack and juice. Call 871-9151.

Sailors get ugly win

Steamboat takes Summit to overtime, slides by with win

Other than picking up a 49-47 overtime win, there was little for the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team to be pleased about Tuesday night.

Middle schoolers end season on high note

The members of two Steamboat Springs Middle School basketball teams wrapped up the season on the road last weekend at a pair of regional tournaments.

Skiers trek to Steamboat

If you are a cross country skier in the Rocky Mountain Division, then Steamboat Springs is the place to be this weekend.

MacCarthy, Smith lead Nordic race

Sarah MacCarthy and Marty Smith fueled the Steamboat Springs High School cross country ski team last Saturday during the opening meet of the season by racing to first-place finishes.

U.S. 40 banners planned

The Colorado Department of Transportation has calculated that about 8,000 vehicles pass through downtown Hayden on U.S. Highway 40 each day. The town of Hayden, the Hayden Chamber of Commerce, and several supporting businesses and organizations agree that one of the best ways to advertise community events is to target these motorists by direct advertising via a banner across the highway.

News in brief for Dec. 17, 2003

Stillwell in serious condition after fall Christopher Stillwell, owner of Nite's Rest Motel, is in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit of Denver General Hospital after falling down a set of stairs.

The record for Dec. 17, 2003

Monday, Dec. 15 12:12 a.m. A restaurant in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue reported harassing phone calls.

County OKs 2004 budget, supplementals

Routt County commissioners approved what has been described as a tight but workable 2004 budget Monday with little discussion.

Our view: Preparing for the inevitable

Development plans mean the Westland Trailer Park's roughly 150 residents likely will will lose their homes soon.

Salon gets $10K in upgrades

Alaine Montgomery visited Alice Carroll's Kustom Kuts full-service salon for acrylic nails about a month ago, before Montgomery's daughter's wedding.

Board puts brakes on annexation

In the ever-growing town of Hayden, Mayor Chuck Grobe has decided to "take a step back" in the town's plans to annex the Routt County Fairgrounds. He wants to make sure Hayden residents and the Town Board are in full support of the move before going any further.

Harpers 'lucky' in fire

Clora Harper was mopping the kitchen while her husband, Paul, was piddling around in the garage last Wednesday morning when she smelled something odd. She soon recognized the smell as something burning.

Hayden blotter

All incidents shown were reported in Hayden and were taken from the Routt County Communications daily dispatch report. Wednesday, Dec. 10 9:27 a.m. A house caught fire in the 100 block of Shelton Lane, and firefighters had it extinguished before any major damage was sustained.

Crazy week ends in loss for girls

A week of early-morning practices and evening commitments may have caught up with the Hayden girls basketball team in a 38-42 loss to Baggs, Wyo., on Friday.

Tigers' offense bites Little Snake Rattlers

The Hayden Tigers' defense allowed few easy, inside shots Tuesday, forcing the Little Snake River Valley Rattlers from Baggs, Wyo., to shoot a low percentage of shots. Even when the Rattlers got inside, they missed. But the Rattlers came closer to biting the Tigers from outside.

Tiger wrestlers strong in Cedaredge

The Hayden wrestling team picked up four dual wins in two days, defeating Moffat County's junior varsity squad Thursday before heading to Cedaredge and taking three of four duals at the all-day tournament Saturday.

Laura Anderson, Dawn Gordon, Shelley Luchini and Lynn Wunder: Middle school rating saluted

The parents of the Steamboat Springs Middle School Advisory Committee would like to congratulate the students, staff and supportive parents of the middle school for achieving a high rating on the Colorado School Accountability Report.

Woman OK after fall from horse

Full Belly Deli owner Robyn Boeckmann answered her home phone Tuesday morning with the cheer and enthusiasm friends expect from her. That was a relief, considering that a week ago, it was unclear whether she would even be able to answer the phone.

Water rights sought

Council to file for recreational rights

The City Council unanimously agreed to file for recreational water rights on the whole of the Yampa River.

Brent Rowan is up & at 'em

Steamboat musician holding CD release party Thursday

After 25 years in the music business, Brent Rowan has one word for what he wants out of a song: believable.

Board gathers input

Forum reviews school policies

After collecting extensive input from a diverse group of district stakeholders, the task of revising district policies to meet the vision of the community falls into the lap of the Steamboat Springs School Board.

Williams' liquor license denied

The Steamboat Springs City Council denied Marcus Williams -- a 2003 City Council candidate -- a liquor license on the question of moral character.

Monday, December 15

Water rights on table tonight

City Council will decide on resolution to file on whole body of Yampa

A resolution up for City Council approval tonight would file for water rights on the whole body of the Yampa River and asks for more water than what the Colorado Water Conservation Board approves.

14 Steamboat skiers qualify for freestyle NorAm

Fourteen Steamboat Springs skiers are scheduled to compete today when the NorAm Freestyle Tour opens in Park City, Utah.

Happenings for Dec. 16, 2003

TUESDAY n The Routt Powder Riders Snowmobile Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Yampa Valley Electric Association auditorium.

Town Challenge opens

It's only fitting that the Town Challenge should open with a party.

The Record for Dec. 16, 2003

Sunday, Dec. 14 2:14 a.m. A fight between two men on a Steamboat Springs Transit Bus was reported near the intersection of Third Street and Lincoln Avenue. The incident was resolved.

Rotary River Park wins GOCo grant

Great Outdoors Colorado has awarded $114,000 to help build an interpretive boardwalk at Rotary River Park.

Triple Crown meeting today

City and chamber members are scheduled to talk with Triple Crown founder Dave King today in an annual meeting stipulated in the contract.

Board receives governance training

A consulting firm specializing in policy governance encouraged the Steamboat Springs School Board to stick with that form of governance during a meeting Monday night.

Planning: Property owner must comply

Resident near Oak Creek wanted town to annex his property, nine other lots

A resident living in an area near Oak Creek who has wanted the town to annex his property has been told by the Routt County Planning Department to comply with county zoning regulations.

SnoCross competition could come to fairgrounds

Snowmobile races could come to the Routt County Fairgrounds in early January under the umbrella of a new sponsor.

Sheriff's office helps close case

Man arrested, confesses to 7-year-old Ohio slaying

The Routt County Sheriff's Office helped Ohio authorities solve a 7-year-old murder case.

Tree Haus fire probe continues

Sheriff's office said arson has not been ruled out in Dec. 9 blaze

The Routt County Sheriff's Office has not ruled out arson as the cause of a Dec. 9 fire started in a Tree Haus home.

High-speed 'Net service begins in county

Most South Routt governmental entities such as schools and libraries will be able to access online sites with high-speed wireless services as of today.

Members of Farrell clan claim another Yule Log find

Some things never change.

News in Brief for Dec. 16, 2003

Stahoviak remains critical in Denver hospital Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak remained in critical condition in the intensive care unit of a Denver hospital Monday, spokeswoman Stephanie Lewis said.

Sunday, December 14

Tom Ross: No waiting in line to mail at this post office

Historic Bond building untouched by holiday rush

Postal stress? What stress?

Happenings for Dec. 15

Monday n The Oak Creek Library hosts preschool story-hour at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Call 736-8371.

Briefs for Dec. 15

Stahoviak remains in critical condition in Denver hospital Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak remained listed in critical condition in a Denver hospital Sunday, spokeswoman Stephanie Lewis said.

Film highlights preservation

Perry-Mansfield featured in state documentary

A new Colorado Historical Society film highlighting six preservation efforts across the state, including one at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, will come to Steamboat Springs this week.

City sets goals at retreat

Discussing and revising a city tax and revenue policy topped the list of goals the Steamboat Springs City Council set Friday.

Governance experts to hold training

Paula Stephenson expects tonight's Steamboat Springs School Board meeting to be educational for board members and the community.

The Record for Dec. 15

SATURDAY, DEC. 13 8:23 a.m. Police responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Village Drive and Apres Ski Way. No injuries were reported as a result of the accident.

Saturday, December 13

'Tis the season

Santa visits Steamboat, bringing holiday cheer

Five-and-a-half-year-old Kristina Greenwood stood in her red corduroy dress Saturday, focused on several strips of red and green paper at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. She applied glue to the ends of the rectangular pieces, looping them and connecting them to each other, making a chain of red and green.

Hometown Olympian returns to coach

Barbara LeRoy has watched her son race to the highest level of international skiing, dance through unforgiving slalom gates to an NCAA title and reach goals that most skiers will never set.

Tim Williams: Help law officers

The Southwest Colorado Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving received a phone call from a concerned residents of Steamboat Springs.

Class notes for Dec. 14

McInnis nominates Steamboat students

Officer to help train Iraqi police

Just before the new year, 150 police officers from across the country will meet in Virginia for final tests and contract signing.

Routt County Spotlight: Chris King

Chris King Age: 45 -- real soon Occupation: Clerk Place of birth: Denver

A stitch in time

Quilt takes six months

The quilt started in July with a pile of fabric scraps and a few sketches drawn by designer Madeleine Vail.

Meeting to shape district

Community to help form vision for schools

Donna Howell's effort to refocus the vision of the Steamboat Springs School District takes its largest step forward this week.

Tucked-away Timbers

Subdivision on Rabbit Ears features lodging, open space

Two miles up Rabbit Ears Pass sits a 437-acre subdivision that has enough dedicated open space to go almost unnoticed.

Transactions for Dec. 3-7, 2003


Engagement: Lori Goddard and Dustin Dahlin

Lori Goddard of Phippsburg and Dustin Dahlin of Steamboat Springs have announced their engagement.

Grand views of Colorado

When winter blues hit, head for a day trip to the Upper Colorado Scenic Byway

There is never too much snow in Routt County. Winter is just settling in nicely for skiers, snowmobilers and snowshoe enthusiasts. But less than 90 minutes south of the Yampa Valley there is another climate zone. On the hillsides above Gore Canyon, only a skiff of snow, at most, covers the ground and far below, the state's biggest river plunges through a canyon of volcanic rock.

Calendar for Dec. 14

Monday, Dec. 15 n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Soundoff for Dec. 14, 2003

The residents of Routt County and Steamboat Springs have spoken -- the justice center needs to be by the jail. It's the safest place, and it's what the residents want. Let's not waste any more time or money talking about putting it downtown.

William Harold Boggs 1911 -- 2003

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident William Harold Boggs passed away Nov. 23, 2003, at the Doak Walker Care Center. He was 92.

The Record for Dec. 14, 2003

JAIL REPORT The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

David J. Means 1951-2003

Former Steamboat Springs resident David J. Means passed away Nov. 29, 2003, at his residence. He was 51.

Omar M. Campbell: Board is correct

The recent series of three articles on the location of the new justice center seems to be beating a dead horse.

Stahoviak remains in critical condition

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak reamined listed in critical condition in an intensive care unit at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver on Saturday afternoon, spokeswoman Stephanie Lewis said.

Engagements: Stacey Elizabeth Wickland and Christopher Williams Marks

Stacey Elizabeth Wickland and Christopher Williams Marks have announced their engagement. They will be married Sept. 18, 2004, in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Talking Oak Creek history to life

Group meets weekly to celebrate town's past

Those who love history will say it's not just something of the past.

Steamboat Springs Shootout

Girls hold on to win

One would think a 25-point lead with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter would be a safe lead in any basketball game.

Teaching a love of literature

Christian Heritage School production helps students get into difficult texts

For Christian Heritage School teachers Shane Gilbert and Mari Mack, teaching is about inspiring students to dream.

Steamboat Springs Shootout

Boys team shares title

Behind its best half of play this season, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team defeated Johnson County (Tenn.), 54-33, to share the Steamboat Shootout title with Roaring Fork.

Paul Wellman: GRAMNET wrong

What is going on? I read the related articles in the Dec. 7 and Dec. 9 Steamboat Today about the drug raid and subsequent court actions involving Don Nord and GRAMNET. What a fiasco.

Willard B. Marshall Jr.: Dreams vanished?

A developer will attempt and probably succeed in his scheme to disrupt the lives of 39 Steamboat Springs families.

Our View: Too little, too late

At issue: Location of the new justice center Our view: Recent calls to build the center downtown are too little, too late.

John F. Russell: The price of Olympic dreams

In Steamboat, it seems like every kid dreams of becoming an Olympian.

Friday, December 12

Airline reservations up

More passengers have booked flights this winter

Skiers and snowboarders in warm-weather cities such as San Diego, Las Vegas and New Orleans are part of the reason behind a positive trend in early flight bookings for the Steamboat Air Program.

High school teacher puts MBA to work

Vintage Sports Video banks on gridiron game plan

Thirteen years have passed since quarterback Darian Hagan and coach Bill McCartney led the University of Colorado Buffaloes to a controversial national championship in football.

Karen Onan raises her voice

She will be the first musician to perform in Resident Artist Spotlight

During the afternoon, Karen Onan's operatic voice can be heard in the parking lot of her condo complex.

Briefs for Dec. 13, 2003

A 39-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly sexually assaulting a 38-year-old Steamboat woman.

Business briefs for Dec. 14, 2003

Records kept by Routt County show the number of airline passengers arriving at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in November was down slightly from November 2002.

Hayden art baazar today

Today's annual Holiday Craft Bazaar on Walnut Street in Hayden, hosted by the Rocking "A" Scholarship Fund for the performing and visual arts, will have a new theme this year: "Art in Motion."

Sailors dig early hole

Basalt's halftime lead too much for Sailors

A 20-point deficit is tough to overcome no matter the opponent, and while the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team tried to come back, Basalt was too much, defeating Steamboat 47-36 on Friday night.

Chix with Stix drop two over weekend

The Chix with Stix thought their new uniforms might help them to big wins against Breckenridge and Vail.

The Record for Dec. 13, 2003

2 a.m. Police reportedly made a drunken driving arrest at the corner of Ski Time Square Drive and Mount Werner Road.

Woman pleads guilty to theft

Police say Winograsky stole and forged checks worth $6,463.34

A 43-year-old Steamboat Springs woman arrested Oct. 9 on suspicion of forging more than $6,000 in checks pleaded guilty to felony charges of forgery and theft in District Court on Friday.

Building permits for Dec. 14, 2003

This document incorporates last week's permits, which did not run. Steamboat Springs The Pines 440 Ore House Plaza Owner/Contractor Multi-Family Building $561,680

Happenings for Dec. 13, 2003

Hayden's Rocking 'A' Artisans Craft Bazaar is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 148 S. Walnut St. This is a fund-raiser for the Rocking 'A' Scholarship program.

Steamboat boys triumph in OT

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team doesn't have a go-to guy. It has a go-to group of guys, which ended up working out fine in a 44-40 overtime victory against Conifer on Friday night.

Former student, soldier saluted at Soda Creek

Fifteen years after a certain red-haired student gave it to her for Valentine's Day, Ginny Osbourn clutched a little red sequined heart one last time and gave it back.

Thursday, December 11

Residents oppose project

Mobile homeowners against River Walk are likely to be displaced

The 39 mobile homes threatened to be displaced by the proposed River Walk project were as much a part of Thursday's City Planning Commission discussion as the plan for about 50 new residential units and commercial and retail space.

Happenings for Dec. 12

FRIDAY n A medic first aid course will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College. Cost is $20.50. Call 870-4444.

Detox center gets funding

People in crisis can count on local care through 2004

A year ago, there weren't many options for people having mental or substance abuse crises.

Sailors' defense slams Skiers

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team picked up its first win of the year, defeating Aspen, 53-32, in the opening day of the Steamboat Shootout on Thursday.

Marmon found guilty

Man accused of shooting could get three years in jail

It took a jury little more than an hour Thursday to find a Dream Island resident accused of shooting in the direction of construction workers guilty of felony menacing.

Still life with dog at Depot

The model is so serious, set against the plain, painted studio backdrop. The model moves her head to strike the cool, refined pose of an 18th-century royalty portrait.

Nightlife for Dec. 12

Music Tonight Worried Men plays at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. $5 cover. Free with local ID. Call 879-3773.

Small's feat

Rachael Elaine Small casts women -- literally -- as works

Rachael Elaine Small's apartment is a tiny one-room studio overlooking Old Town. She filled the space with wooden tables laden with art supplies and ceramic casts of the torsos of 40 women.

Briefs for Dec. 12

Annual meteor shower nears The annual Geminid meteor shower will peak before dawn Saturday morning. The shower produces 70 visible meteors an hour, but the display will be hampered this year by a third-quarter moon.

Behold the Irish square dance party

Gaeltacht is not just a band, it's an experience, said mandolin player and Gaeltacht member Gary Burman.

Bad acting is hard work

Charles Dickens' pen seems to be leaking. On Tuesday night, the tiny audience (me) was wiping her eyes.

From 1741 to Steamboat

Conductor Robert Ritschel brings Handel's 'Messiah' to town

It's a dense and complicated piece of classical music, but the public still flocks to performances of George Frideric Handel's "Messiah."

The long life of a short film

Jason Berman will pick up the finished copy of the film today. This weekend, he will premiere the movie in Los Angeles for the cast and crew. On Tuesday, the makers of "RIFT" will fly to Baltimore, where the people who made the film financially possible will see it for the first time. On Thursday, they will fly to Steamboat Springs, where "RIFT" was filmed, and premiere the 35 mm version at Mountain Movie.

Avalanche danger elevated

Windblown snow prompts mostly moderate marking

Avalanche danger in the northern mountains of Colorado was elevated slightly Thursday after windblown snow Wednesday created some shallow slab conditions in the snowpack near and above timberline.

Icy roads lead to 13 accidents

Icy road conditions contributed to 13 traffic accidents throughout Routt County on Wednesday.

SmartWool to sponsor Alpine ski race series

SmartWool will put its best foot forward this winter by stepping up to become the title sponsor of a 19-event Alpine ski race series, which helps young athletes pursue their skiing dreams.

Classic race opens ski season for the Sailors

Steamboat Springs cross country skiing coach Barry Smith was thrilled when 19 athletes showed up for the team's first practice session.

Nordic skiers fare well at Snow Mountain Ranch

Marty Smith was one of several Steamboat Springs Nordic skiers who got off to a fast start during Rocky Mountain Division races last weekend at Snow Mountain Ranch near Fraiser.

The Record for Dec. 12

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003 12:44 a.m. An 18-year-old male was cited for being drunk at Colorado Mountain College.

Stahoviak is critical in Denver hospital

County commissioner has kidney infection

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak is in critical condition at a Denver hospital, apparently because of an infection she originally thought was the flu.

Road to be closed for sledders

Oak Creek trustees decide to keep 50-year tradition alive

For more than half a century, Oak Creek children -- and some adults -- have greeted fresh snow by pulling their sleds up the steep section of Moffat Avenue and riding down toward Decker Park.

District's annual report gets new look

Out with the old, in with the colorful. The Steamboat Springs School District gave its annual report a fresh look after learning many recipients found past reports too lengthy and dull.

Sailors put pressure on for win

If the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team plays its next two games like it played during the first quarter of Thursday's game, the Sailors have a shot at defending their Steamboat Shootout title.

Autumn Phillips: Art is no blushing matter

To whom it may concern: I apologize for my behavior this week.

Wednesday, December 10

Yule Log Hunt begins today

If a police force needs new detectives, it should check into one family that has more than a century of history in Routt County. These family members are the masters of the famed Steamboat Springs Yule Log Hunt.

Group ponders meander

Parks and Recreation Commission considers Bear River plan

The city's Parks and Recreation Commission said it wanted to leave room in a proposed park plan for a possible river meander in the Bear River parcel.

Sailors facing tough test

Coach Kelly Meek calls the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team "a work in progress."

Steamboat readies for shootout

Girls basketball coach Steve Moos will be looking for the right combination of players to unlock a title-winning run when his team takes the floor for this year's Steamboat Springs Shootout at 8:30 p.m. today.

U.S. attorney, DEA looking into ruling

Routt county medicinal marijuana case being reviewed

A Routt County judge's order that 2 ounces of marijuana and growing equipment should be returned to a man who uses it for medicinal purposes is being reviewed by the Colorado U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Fund Board mulls revisions

Members of the Education Fund Board are working to revise the group's budgeting process in hopes of increasing efficiency without jeopardizing thorough review.

Kidd graces SI cover

Billy Kidd, former Olympian and current director of skiing at the Steamboat Ski Area, is featured on the cover-flap of this week's Sports Illustrated.

Lady Rams use defense to get the wins

After dropping the first game of its season, the Soroco girls basketball team turned around and won the next two at the DeBeque Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Rams 1-2 in opening basketball tournament

The Soroco boys basketball team went 1-2 at the DeBeque Tournament held Friday and Saturday, but coach Andy Smith saw enough positives from his squad to leave him encouraged about the coming weeks.

Oak Creek considers budget

Town trustees could approve proposed 2004 plan

With budget crunches across the state, Oak Creek is faring well and is "not hurting," town treasurer Mindy Willert said. That should make the job slightly easier for town trustees when they consider approval of Oak Creek's proposed 2004 budget tonight.

Happenings for Dec. 11, 2003

THURSDAY n Preschool story hour is at 10 a.m. at Hayden Public Library. Call 276-3777.

Briefs for Dec. 11, 2003

Youth group selling Christmas trees at church The United Methodist Church youth group is selling Christmas trees from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at the church. Proceeds will support a youth mission trip to Puerto Rico in July.

The Record for Dec. 11, 2003

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003 1:05 a.m. A noise complaint was reported in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle because of a loud party. Police issued a warning and told the partiers to turn down the music.

Marmon trial may close

The jury selected for Russell Marmon's trial Wednesday never heard the cornerstone of the defense's argument: involuntary intoxication.

Free ski vouchers spur illegal online auctions

Marketing personnel from the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. visited the Denver Pavilions shopping mall during the Thanksgiving weekend and played Santa Claus to crowds of shoppers.

Steamboat just misses skier record

The best snow in Colorado wasn't enough to push the Steamboat Ski Area's skier numbers past last Thanksgiving's record numbers, according to company officials.

Tuesday, December 9

City mulls merge

Council wants more information

The city and Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District met Tuesday night to discuss consolidating, but the City Council said it wanted more information before forging ahead.

Football season finale

Players, coaches reflect on year

All the emotion of the ride to the Class 3A semifinals replayed itself on one night in the Steamboat Grand, as the Steamboat Springs football team and cheerleaders gathered to honor and remember their remarkable 2003 season.

Skiers aim for spots on U.S. Ski Team

The calendar reminds us that it's still early in the ski season, but a series of competitions in Park City, Utah, this week may be the biggest of the year for 14 athletes from Steamboat Springs.

Jon Casson: No more ball fields

When the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission meets today to review the Bear River parcel master plan the commission vote to commit resources toward a new concrete skateboard park on the site.

Happenings for Dec. 10, 2003

WEDNESDAY n Consultation for age-related vision loss or other disabilities is at noon at the Oak Creek Community Center. Call 736-2412.

Briefs for Dec. 10, 2003

The Pilot & Today seeks new board members The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting applications for readers interested in serving on the newspaper's Editorial Board.

Our View: Our community responsibility

Recent incidents in the school district are disturbing and underscore the importance of teaching respect for our fellow citizens in our schools, in our community and in our homes.

The Record for Dec. 10, 2003

Monday, Dec. 8 2:09 a.m. The Steamboat Springs Police Department was called to assist an ambulance call for a man who was having a panic attack at Colorado Mountain College.

School Board looks to fill commissions

Members of the Steamboat Springs School Board will hold a special meeting this afternoon to interview candidates for vacancies on Education Fund Board commissions.

Cause of fire undetermined

Tree Haus blaze destroyed a home Monday night

Firefighters likely would not have been able to save a Tree Haus home Monday night even if firetrucks had not been hampered by steep, icy roads, said Steamboat Springs Assistant Fire Chief Bob Struble.

Marmon stands trial today

Man is accused in April 3 Dream Island community shooting

The trial of a Steamboat Springs man accused of firing shots in an incident at Dream Island Mobile Home Community is to begin today.

Skiers break out in Winter Park

Sunday's first-place finish in an open moguls event in Winter Park was the best start Steamboat Springs freestyle skier Michael Mead has had in more than three years.

Tom Kaesemeyer: Clarification

We read with interest the article about the video project in Hayden and appreciate the thoughtful coverage given to this important step in Hayden's planning process.

County denies woman's bid for buildable status

Routt County commissioners on Tuesday denied a request by a woman to give buildable status to a 0.44-acre lot off Seedhouse Road.

Justice center could top $15M

The new Routt County justice center could cost about $15.5 million, according to a preliminary cost estimate presented Tuesday at an open house.

Board reaches deal on water rights

In the city's quest to file for recreational water rights, the Upper Yampa Water Conservation Board is willing to support three more tributaries on which the city could file.

More roundtrips to Denver

Air Wisconsin, United bring jets for more flights out of YVRA

Travelers flying between Yampa Valley Regional Airport and Denver International Airport will have more options beginning Dec. 15; the number of daily roundtrips will jump from three to six next week.

Avalanche danger elevated

Windblown snow prompts mostly moderate marking

Avalanche danger in the northern mountains of Colorado was elevated slightly Thursday after windblown snow Wednesday created some shallow slab conditions in the snowpack near and above timberline.

Parks, Rec to review Bear River park plans

Mountain West Design Group will present options for the Bear River parcel tonight to the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission.

YVMC to acquire The Haven in Hayden

Yampa Valley Medical Center has reached an agreement with West Routt Rural Health Council Inc. to acquire The Haven, Routt County's only assisted living facility.

Monday, December 8

Energy impact grants may be cut by $5 million

Routt County has received more than $9 million in mineral and energy impact fund grants in the past five years. That money has helped pay for public projects such as roads, public safety, water, sewer and buildings.

Recreational filing opposed

County hears mostly cons on city's water right proposal

Filing a recreational water right has the potential to over-appropriate the main stem of the Yampa River, water attorney Tom Sharp said.

Justice center meeting today

Routt County commissioners will offer a sneak peek tonight of the planned 50,000-square-foot justice center.

Sailor girls split opening weekend

After an inconsistent showing against Montrose in the season opener, the members of the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team seemed to elevate their game en route to a 59-37 win over Glenwood Springs Saturday.

Skaters keep trophy at home

Steamboat Bantam A team wins weekend tournament

Memories of the Slap Shot tournament were still fresh on the minds of the members of the Steamboat Springs Bantam A team Sunday as they took the ice to face Fort Collins.

City, fire district to talk consolidation

Consolidation will be the focus of tonight's meeting between the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District.

Fire destroys Tree Haus home

A two-story home on Tree Haus Drive burned to the ground late Monday night while firefighters struggled to reach it.

Sailor boys off to slow start

Turnovers lead to pair of season-opening losses

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team is going to need more consistent play and fewer turnovers this weekend to turn things around after a disappointing start.

Skiers can't be choosers: Wet snow covers valley

The snowflakes that fell over Steamboat Springs Sunday night and Monday weren't of the famed champagne powder variety, but they were a welcome relief following more than a week of dry, mild weather.

Judge: Return marijuana

County court sides with state law

A Hayden resident who uses marijuana for medicinal purposes should have growing equipment and 2 ounces of the drug that were seized in a search returned to him, a county judge ruled Monday.

Local juniors shine in Canadian-dominated event

Eighth-grader Taylor Fletcher got off to a solid start last weekend by combining jumps of 84.5- and 81.5-meters to win the junior division at the first of two Super Tour events that will be held in Steamboat Springs this winter.

Sunday, December 7

Briefs for Dec. 8, 2003

Wrestler suspected of stealing car Saturday

Holiday shipping under way

Since Thanksgiving, business has been cranking at post offices across the country. Postal officials expect to process roughly 20 million letters and packages this holiday season.

Water rights meeting today

Commissioners to discuss impacts of requesting rights

One voice will be noticeably absent in tonight's discussion on how the city's potential decision to file for recreational water rights could impact upstream municipalities and water users: the city's.

Animal shelter may get crematorium

The Rainbow Bridge Group could be just four to five months away from bringing a pet crematorium to Steamboat Springs.

Tom Ross: Unmistakable signs of the season

Classic TV products that no one really needs make great holiday gifts

December is that happ-happ-happiest time of year when every third commercial on television is for either electric shavers that squirt lubricating goo, French perfume guaranteed to make anyone appear more glamorous or bracelets encrusted with tiny diamonds that are reputed to have the power to save a marriage.

The Record for Dec. 8, 2003

4:20 a.m. Beer was reported stolen from a convenience store in Anglers Drive.

Happenings for Dec. 8, 2003

n The Oak Creek Library hosts preschool story-hour at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Call 736-8371. n The Animal Assistance League of Northwest Colorado meets at 5:30 p.m. at Village Inn. Call 870-7554.

Saturday, December 6

John F. Russell: Wrestling legacy lives on

His friends and wrestlers simply referred to him as "Big C".

Making a Scene

With big shoes to fill, new generation of theater techs are stepping up to the plate

The hands pulling the strings in last week's production of "The Nutcracker" belonged to 15- and 16-year-olds. In a small booth behind the audience, separated from the action by a glass window, Steamboat Springs High School students Renny Harner, Drew Ganyer and Lyndsey Koehler controlled the lights, the sound and the mood of the performance.

Warren Geldmeier: On homosexuality

On homosexuality "There is no force more divine than love." Hmm ... profound. It must be profound because it is pure philosophical hogwash. In reality, Nicholas Kristof's whole article, "Lovers under the skin," is one of the most pathetic excuses for wasting ink and paper I have ever read. As a justification for changing social order, however, it is far worse. In fact, it's altogether frightening in its implications.

Finding their own solutions

Peer mediation allows students to solve their problems

High school senior Greg Williams had never heard of peer mediation a year ago, when he was nominated by a teacher to participate in the program.

Routt County Spotlight: Linda Corkadel

Age: Old enough Occupation: Nurse, pain management coordinator at Yampa Valley Medical Center Place of birth: Kansas City

Gates, Doolin repeat

Hayden's Jake Doolin and Soroco's Whittier Gates started this wrestling season much like they began last year's -- on top.

New skis more forgiving

Nordic Cruisers spark cross country revival

Why would people plod over the snow on snowshoes when they could glide on cross country skis? That's a question Nordic Touring Center operators have been asking themselves for more than five years as snowshoeing came from nowhere to become one of the fastest growing winter sports.

Births for Dec. 7, 2003

Alivia Reece Thompson, daughter of Jordan and Ryan Thompson of Steamboat Springs, was born at 5:46 p.m. Nov. 25, 2003. She weighed 6.4 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her sibling is Alex Thompson. Her grandparents are Lynn and Brian Haskins of Westminster, Patty and Steve Keesler of Boulder and Ralph and Karen Thompson of Northglenn.

Sound off for Dec. 7

No more fields Build more ball fields for Triple Crown? Absolutely not, for some very strong reasons. Just this week, our City Council refused to spend an additional $100,000 for three more permanent firefighter or emergency medical technicians who would have given the residents and visitors the full-time fire protection they should have. Yet new ball fields would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, not to mention the cost of maintaining them. These ball fields would generate even more summer traffic through downtown when Lincoln Avenue already is near or at capacity. With downtown businesses working hard to stay vital and alive, it doesn't make any sense to add more traffic and congestion to an area of the city that needs to maintain a pleasant atmosphere for shopping and dining.

Our View: Schools worthy of A+

The Steamboat Springs and Soroco school districts are to be commended for their performance in the annual School Accountability Reports.

Heating things up

Two Steamboat teams in hunt for hockey titles

The eighth annual Ski Town USA Hockey Festival concludes today with two Steamboat Springs teams vying for championships and the other two playing for third place.

Calendar for Dec. 7

Congratulations Congratulations to Ed Farington for winning the doily crocheted by Anna Saindon. The Historical Society of Oak Creek Phippsburg sold chances on the doily as a fund-raiser and had a lot of support from everyone.

Deb Jansen: Incorrect headline

"Voters support School Board in denying Montessori charter school." This is the headline that should have been in the Nov. 5 Steamboat Today reporting the result of the advisory question on the ballot. On Nov. 4, voters in Routt County overwhelmingly -- 61 percent to 38 percent -- showed their support for the decision of the Steamboat Springs School Board to deny an application for a proposed Montessori charter school.

Briefs for Dec. 7

Boettcher finalists Three Steamboat Springs High School students are finalists for the coveted Boettcher Scholarship, which is awarded annually to 40 Colorado high school students.

Hunting for treasures

Yampa man turns animals into art

Sculptor, taxidermist and jewelry-maker Floyd Montgomery used to work out of his kitchen in Yampa. From 1975 to 1983, Montgomery would put in a full day at Montgomery General Merchandise, then come home to work for hours on his bronze sculptures of wildlife.

Friday, December 5

Construction on co-housing project scheduled for spring

Investors in Steamboat Springs' second co-housing project are optimistic construction will start in the spring.

Raising money for repairs

Perry-Mansfield needs $400K more to renovate building

Built in 1880, the building known at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Cabin as "Cabeen" is the oldest building in Strawberry Park and one of the oldest in Routt County. It creaks and moves like an old man.

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps recognized

Group is one of three finalists for environmental work

The El Pomar Foundation recognized Steamboat Springs-based Rocky Mountain Youth Corps on Thursday night for its work on behalf of environmental issues.

Building permits for Nov. 18-Dec. 2, 2003


Showing off services

Fair gives businesses chance to tout

Steve Jones and John Fisher are doing their part to keep the "cowboy" in Ski Town U.S.A.

Employee theft focus of seminar

Ron Pollard knows the pain of employee theft all too well.

Transactions for Nov. 18- Dec. 2, 2003

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer PETERSEN, ROGER W. TO BELL PROPERTIES, LLC FOR STEAMBOAT LAKE SUBD 5 LOT: 148 - $1,500

News in brief for Dec. 6, 2003

Library helps with Food for Fines program During December, children with overdue fines at Bud Werner Memorial Library can "pay off" their fines while helping families in need by participating in the library's Food for Fines Program. For every item of nonperishable food children bring in to the library, the library will cancel about $1 of their overdue fines. All food will be donated to LIFT-UP Food Bank. The program is only open to those ages 18 and younger.

Sundown lift opens today

Ski area adds beginner, expert terrain for weekend skiers

The Steamboat Ski Area will bring another high-speed chairlift online this weekend to serve runs in the Priest Creek area, boosting available terrain to just more than half the mountain.

Dual win opener

First-timer Carmack helps Steamboat beat Rangely, 36-30

For the next two weeks, while Steamboat Springs' A.J. Carmack wrestles with a cast on his left hand, wrist and forearm, his coaches and teammates will refer to him as "The Club."

Business briefs for Dec. 7, 2003

The Transportation Security Administration is accepting job applications for part-time security screener jobs with federal benefits at airports in Colorado, including Yampa Valley Regional Airport near Hayden.

Developer acquires Slate Creek parcel

While the west side of Steamboat Springs seems to be growing quickly, its growth will soon accelerate ever more.

Babcock, Remick make W. Slope league's 1st team

Five Soroco and three Hayden football players received all-league recognition by coaches at a recent league meeting.

Happenings for Dec. 6, 2003

SATURDAY n The annual Christmas in the Rockies holiday artisans market is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Strawberry Park Elementary School. The craft fair features original arts and crafts, cheesecakes and pictures with Santa. Call the Steamboat Springs Arts Council at 879-9008 for more information.

The record for Dec. 6, 2003

Thursday, Dec. 4 8:20 a.m. A robbery was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. Items worth more than $6,500 in retail reportedly were stolen. The incident is under investigation.

October sales tax jumps by 15 percent

City sales-tax revenue took a giant leap forward in October, after months of either stagnating or declining.

Jessica "Jazz" Avery Zulian Ziegler Horn: 1982-2003

Craig resident Jessica "Jazz" Zulian Ziegler Horn died Nov. 2, 2003, in Texas. She was 21.

The Record and Jail Report for Dec. 7

JAIL REPORT The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Production of Hayden documentary begins

An Australian-accented cameraman with a large, high-tech digital video camera was outside Hayden upper school building when classes ended at 3 p.m. Friday, filming and questioning students at random. The presence of the camera made some shy away, but most students acted as though it was their big chance to be on national television.

Medicinal marijuana conflict

Resident's plants were seized in a raid, but he is registered as a legal user

Don Nord, 57, moves his heavy form slowly, step by step, as he carries a box of firewood up to his Hayden townhome. When he reaches the top step, he stops to catch his breath.

Diversity dilemma

A better life in Steamboat Springs awaited the Nelson family when they packed their things and moved from Aurora to the Yampa Valley last year.

Behind the heads: Susan Bowler: How bad is this flu season?

Q. Is this year's flu epidemic really different or worse than in recent years past? Can you provide any statistics or other information to describe this year's epidemic?

Thursday, December 4

Briefs for Dec. 5

Library helps with Food for Fines program During December, children with overdue fines at Bud Werner Memorial Library can "pay" off their fines while helping local families in need by participating in the library's Food for Fines Program. For every item of non-perishable food children bring in to the library, the library will cancel about $1 of their overdue fines. All food will be donated to LIFT-UP Food Bank. The program is only open to those ages 18 and younger.

Happenings for Dec. 5

FRIDAY n Open drawing/painting sessions are 8:45 a.m. to noon at the Depot Art Center. Subject matter is live model or still life. Fee of $10 per person to share cost of model. Call Maggie at 879-9036.

The Record for Dec. 5

Wednesday, Dec. 3 9:26 a.m. A code enforcement complaint was made in the 2600 block of Steamboat Boulevard. Construction equipment reportedly was parked near a residence.

Focus group in hot water

Committee struggling to reach consensus

Unable to reach a consensus between two feuding water districts within the city limits, a focus group will spend its next meeting assessing its own validity.

Schwall headlines event

Super Tour offers prize money for ski jumpers at Howelsen

More than 50 of the best young ski jumpers in North America will be in Steamboat Springs this weekend to chase $2,000 in prize money during the second Super Tour event of the winter.

Montessori suit extension wanted

The lawyer for a group of parents who sued the Steamboat Springs School District over a Montessori charter school has requested an extension to submit a response to the most recent motion filed by the district.

Police meet with public

Department holds community meeting to field concerns

The Steamboat Springs Police Department fielded questions, explained procedures and started taking steps toward improving communications with the public Thursday night.

Stagecoach development tabled

Routt County planning commissioners tabled a request for preliminary approval of 25 single-family lots and two commercial lots on a 9.5-acre parcel at Stagecoach.

All Rams' starters return

Familiarity with coach Andy Smith and each other has allowed the Soroco boys basketball team time to focus on more important aspects of the game than simple X's and O's.

Soroco girls tout experience

The cold and flu season sweeping through Colorado hit South Routt hard.

Terry Sports robbed again

More than $6,500 worth of merchandise reportedly was stolen from a mountain area sporting goods store Thursday.

Town Board approves pond construction

A bulldozer likely will be in action today immediately south of Hayden Valley Elementary School on Poplar Street as developer Paul Flood gets back to work on a pond he is building for a residential subdivision there.

Figure Skating Club to hold fund-raiser

With an ice-time bill topping $40,000 and dreams of sending 16 girls to San Diego, Calif., for a national synchronized skating competition, the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club will host its annual fund-raiser tonight at a new restaurant in Ski Time Square.

Pottery beginner transforms into artisan founder

Just two years after taking her first pottery lesson, Deb Babcock is a founder of the Steamboat Clay Artisans, a guild of 40 local potters, and she has opened Blue Sky Pottery, a working studio and gallery, with potters Lance Whitner and Trigg Gerber.

Holiday tradition returns to town

Stephanie Reese walked into her parents' living room in October with her stomach in knots.

Author writes about 'other' characters

Greer believes people don't want to read about the normal

During a writing workshop, Robert Greer learned that the way to capture the reader's attention is to write about "other."

Nightlife for Dec. 5

Music Tonight The Humble Pickers will play at 8:45 p.m. at the Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave. No cover charge. Call 879-2101.

Briefs for Dec. 5

'Boat resident battling Sunday Steamboat resident Matthew Voiland, lead guitarist in the band "Anyone But Steve" will be competing in a regional "Battle of the Bands" after winning the first round.

blues-funk-fusion boogie rock

Band covers all genres, doesn't want to be pegged

With a slide guitar that sounds almost like a washboard and a growling lead guitar, the four-member band, Music Juice, introduces its brand of Colorado grown blues.

Concert scene

The Fillmore 1510 Colfax St., Denver: Box Office: (303) 837-1482 Ticketmaster: (303) 830-TIXS Monday, Dec. 8 -- Deftones

Autumn Phillips: Why does anyone leave?

My grandparents were standing in the doorway, waving goodbye and good riddance.

Wednesday, December 3

Subdivision talks progress

A fast-paced work session involving a planning consultant and design engineer helped Oak Creek trustees and developers of the proposed Sierra View subdivision progress in their discussions of the project.

Rams enter season with high hopes

With three freshmen, two juniors and a senior on the roster, it's safe to say that this year's will not be the largest wrestling team in Soroco High School history.

News in brief Dec. 4, 2003

Police holding community meeting at 6:30 tonight The Steamboat Springs Police Department is holding a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in the Citizen's Meeting Room in Centennial Hall.

The great unknown

Sailor girls have all new starting lineup, hope to play to strengths

Steve Moos was uncertain about what to expect from last year's Steamboat Springs girls basketball team; it was his first year as coach.

The Record for Dec. 4, 2003

Tuesday, Dec. 2 2:03 a.m. A report was made that a very intoxicated woman was dropped off near a Whistler Road bus stop. The woman was gone when police arrived.

Charges dropped in Plumb case

Charges stemming from the September arrest of a 60-year-old Steamboat Springs man were dismissed Wednesday.

Happenings for Dec. 4

THURSDAY n Preschool story hour is at 10 a.m. at Hayden Public Library. Call 276-3777.

Steamboat schools 'excellent'

Steamboat Springs High School became the second district school to receive the state's highest rating on the annual School Accountability Reports released Wednesday.

ASC plans auction

Canyons Grand Summit units to be sold

American Skiing Co. will attempt to auction most, or all, of its remaining quartershare inventory at The Canyons Grand Summit Resort Hotel and Conference Center in Park City, Utah.

Four admit to house fight

Four people arrested on charges of barging into a Yampa home and provoking a fight appeared in Routt County Court on Wednesday.

Planners to discuss snowmobile tours

A request to allow guided snowmobile tours on a ranch east of Milner and south of U.S. Highway 40 will be heard by Routt County planning commissioners tonight.

Hayden, Soroco schools' ratings unchanged

Individual school ratings for the Hayden and South Routt school districts generally remained identical to last year's.

Semi rolls on Rabbit Ears

A 22-year-old man climbed out of the cab of a semitrailer after it tipped over and slammed into the side of an embankment on Rabbit Ears Pass on Wednesday night.

Wrestling challenges inner, outer strength

Wrestling is more than competing on the mats. Often, wrestling is in an athlete's mind, as well, and it's that aspect which seniors Donald Dillon and Dave Gittleson want to trim this season -- their last at Steamboat Springs.

Tuesday, December 2

City wants justice center in town

The Steamboat Springs City Council agreed to send a second letter to Routt County Commissioners urging them not to build the judicial facility west of town.

City OKs 3 more firefighters

In a ping-pong decision, the Steamboat Springs City Council said it would fund three additional firefighters and EMS personnel, which meant cutting $100,000 from the already approved 2004 budget.

Fatjo gets year for ACZ break-in

A 25-year-old Hayden man who pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal trespass was sentenced to one year in prison and one year of parole.

GOP plurality narrowed

High Court ruling gives 3rd Congressional District 7,500 fewer

Monday's Colorado Supreme Court ruling means that when voters pick a new congressman in the state's sprawling Third Congressional District next November, the Republican plurality could be 7,500 fewer than it might have been.

Video project interviews begin Friday

Residents encouraged to participate

Hayden residents who want their voices and opinions heard about Hayden's past and future just need to step up to the microphone.

Tree lighting continues in owner's memory

Spencer Corner illuminated in Saturday ceremony

For more than 25 years, David Spencer has lit with strings of lights a now 70-foot spruce tree in his Fourth Street front yard on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and he'd keep it lit until 12 days after Christmas.

Our view: Redistricting redo

The Colorado Supreme Court's ruling Monday is a warning to both political parties that their efforts are better spent trying to serve, rather than manipulate, the state's voters.

Playing with confidence

On days such as Tuesday, when practice is a walkthrough, coach Kelly Meek's voice remains classroom-like. On days such as Monday, when he's instructing the Steamboat Springs boys team on the finer points of defense, the volume is suited more for a raucous gym.

Happenings for Dec. 3

WEDNESDAY n Routt County Republicans will meet at noon in the commissioners meeting room of Routt County Courthouse. Call 870-2891.

Man arrested after 'road rage' accident

A 48-year old Tennessee man was sent to jail Sunday afternoon after allegedly damaging two vehicles in what police called a road rage incident.

School ratings released today

Strawberry Park Elementary was rated 'excellent' last year

Having one excellent school isn't good enough for the Steamboat Springs School District.

Coach: Wrestlers hungrier than ever

Hayden Tigers wrestling coach John Svoboda is excited about the upcoming season. Not only does the team have great upper-classman leadership, but every one of its 13 members are eager to start winning as well, he said.

Residents want town economic council revived

Hayden business owners could get a helping hand if a regional business development organization is re-established.

Sierra View plan on agenda

Oak Creek Town Board will hear details from developers

The Oak Creek Town Board will hold a work session today with developers of the proposed 51-lot Sierra View subdivision to get more detailed information about the proposal.

Festival of Trees is Sunday

Christmas is about giving, and this weekend in Hayden, holiday shoppers can give to many people with a single purchase.

Briefs for Dec. 3

Ski Touring Center offers skate, cross country clinics The Steamboat Ski Touring Center is offering skate and classic cross country ski clinics throughout the winter. Skate ski clinics will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; the focus is improving technique, and all ability levels are welcome. Cost is $19.

Steve Lewis: Which came first?

I must take exception to Thomas Friedman's syndicated column, which appeared Monday in Steamboat Today.

The Record for Dec. 3

Monday, Dec. 1 9:07 a.m. A Steamboat Springs Transit Bus reportedly hit the door of a pickup near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Eighth Street.

Monday, December 1

Routt County foster families honored

Cate McClure was raised in a large family. She had three biological brothers and sisters, and four others who were adopted or were foster brothers and sisters.

Happenings for Dec. 2, 2003

TUESDAY n Story-times for toddlers 18 months to 3 years old is at 10 and 11 a.m. at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Flu hits Routt County hard

Parents are cautious in wake of Front Range deaths

The emergency room at Yampa Valley Medical Center has been busy with people with the flu, another sign that the virus hitting Colorado hard has made its way to Routt County in full force.

Great Race coming to town

The Great Race -- the longest running vintage automobile rally -- is coming to Steamboat.

School district stands ground

District won't change Drake decision

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday stood behind its decision to deny high school football coach and teacher Mark Drake a 36th year of employment, despite loud protests from a board room packed with supporters of the coach.

News in brief for Dec. 2, 2003

Eagle County man gets continuance on case A 20-year-old Eagle County man charged with vehicular homicide had his case continued Monday.

School district, City Council to meet

The Steamboat Springs School District is meeting with the Steamboat Springs City Council tonight.

Teams pumped for hockey fest

Steamboat Springs hockey coach Dan Haggarty is happy that the biggest youth hockey tournament in Northwest Colorado takes place in his home town.

Club 20 hosts meeting on state finances

About 130 community leaders from several surrounding counties will gather at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort on Thursday to look for solutions to Colorado's fiscal challenges.

The Record for Dec. 2, 2003

November 30, 2003 1:14 a.m. Fighting was reported in the 800 block of Mountain Village Circle. The situation was resolved.