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Friday, January 31

Oak Creek resident arrested for sexual assault

A 48-year-old Oak Creek man was arrested Thursday for charges of sexual assault on a child.

LIFT-UP willed woman's estate

Organization rewarded by grateful Oak Creek resident

No kindness goes unrewarded. In this case, the reward was a $63,000 home.

Learning to be a good listener key to diversity issues

Hispanics make up 3.2 percent of Routt County's population

If you want to gain insights into the local Hispanic/Latino population, you need to learn to "listen with your heart," Eli Vega told an audience at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Friday.

Thursday, January 30

Board sticks with selective skyline regulations

Restrictions on the height and appearance of homes built on ridges should not apply to selective areas of Routt County, county planning commissioners said Thursday night.

Leaders to attend mediation

Officials will attempt to better their working relationship

Eight months after Superintendent Cyndy Simms' performance evaluation of Strawberry Park Principal John DeVincentis sparked controversy in the school district, the two administrators will go through mediation in an attempt to better their working relationship.

Snowboard style

The next Small Works Gallery show will have three times as many entries as any other show in the history of gallery.

Fielder presenting slide show in Steamboat

Nature photographer John Fielder said he's probably driven on every road in Colorado over the past 30 years, capturing the state's most beautiful open spaces on film.

Topping the charts

The book "Hiking the Boat II" is No. 1 on Off the Beaten Path's list of the top 100 books sold in 2002.

Students showcase talents

For roughly 40 years, local children and high school students have been able to strut their stuff in the Kiwanis' "Stars of Tomorrow" talent contest.

EDGE OF STEAMBOAT

What do you say?

The first thing I learned about newspaper column writing is that no one really cares about the writer.

In remembrance

Helmets on sale in honor of fallen teen

Gina Gmeiner owns a ski helmet, but she didn't wear it regularly until her close friend, Landon Sawyer, was killed in a skiing accident. The accident happened one year ago Saturday.

State bill would be damaging to efforts

Plan may end deed restrictions on affordable housing

City Council members are worriedly charting the progress of a state Senate bill that could wipe out deed restrictions on affordable housing.

Women mentors sought for event

Locals will share experiences with teens

Everyone had one.

Rancher cleans up at stock show

Wille's sheep earn several honors at prestigious event

Sheep ranching is a labor of love for longtime local Rod Wille.

NIGHTLIFE

Today Swivel Hip Smith plays funk music at the Wolf Den Tavern, 703 Lincoln Ave. Call 871-0008 for more information.

McInnis to introduce wildfire legislation

Congressman Scott McInnis doesn't want a fiery sequel to last summer.

Realtors step in to help school

Soroco girls basketball team gets new jerseys

Soroco Middle School girls basketball players got new uniforms just in time for their team pictures, thanks to the generosity of strangers.

Promotions boosting skiers

Several attractive packages offered to get visitors here

Promotions offered by United Airlines and the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. are contributing to Steamboat's early February tourism.

For high, tight spaces, use trailers & climbers

Describes some of my Steamboat hiking buddies.

DI teaches students to solve problems, think on feet

Regurgitating answers correctly on a quiz is a good way to get an "A"; it may even help you win a round of Trivial Pursuit.

The Record for Jan. 31

Wednesday, Jan. 29 12:22 a.m. A motorist was stopped near BMC West and found to have 2 to 3 pounds of marijuana in his car trunk. Police arrested the man.

Mayer looks to make move in finals

Olympic silver medalist Travis Mayer overcame a slight mistake on his top air Wednesday en route to placing third in a qualifying round at the 2003 World Championship Mogul Finals.

Steamboat boys, girls teams look to rebound

Kelly Meek said his basketball team has to put the recent loss at Moffat County behind it because this weekend's opponents -- Glenwood Springs and Rifle -- surely don't care what happened to Steamboat Springs a week ago.

Achieving greatness

Wrestlers victorious in different ways

Kelly Chambers and Josh Iacovetto wave and say hello whenever they cross paths.

Wednesday, January 29

Stuck on a feeling

Gelande jumpers enjoy thrill of soaring through air

Back in 1976, local resident Tim Magill first climbed to the top of a ski jump, strapped a pair of Alpine skis to his feet and dared to defy gravity.

Sorensen considered favorite

With two slalom victories under his belt this season, local skier Gunnar Sorensen has to be considered a favorite to three-peat this Friday when the state's best high school Alpine racers come to Howelsen Hill.

Chix end streak with two home wins

After three consecutive losses to open the new year, the Chix with Stix hockey team earned two recent wins over Denver University at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Events benefit snowboarding program for disadvantaged

The Snowboard Outreach Society's Outreach Series, the largest snowboarding series in Colorado, returns to Steamboat Springs this weekend for two competitions at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Sports usage fees on the rise

Costs could double in some instances

Fees for some youth sports will go up this spring, a direct result of the city increasing its fees for baseball and soccer fields.

January weather mild so far

Average daily high has been in the 30s

Shoppers and midday diners were strolling up and down Lincoln Avenue in sweaters and light jackets on Wednesday. The official high for the day was 38 degrees, but the sun made the air feel warmer -- about 8 degrees warmer.

Traffic stop nets marijuana

Police find two to three pounds in Arizona man's trunk

An late-night drug bust by Steamboat Springs police landed an Arizona man in jail Wednesday.

Spanish program will be added to curriculum

¡Por fin! For years, many local parents have wanted a foreign language program for their elementary school students.

The Record for Jan. 30

Tuesday, Jan. 28 2:57 a.m. A gas leak was reported in the 1500 block of Shadow Run Frontage. Police and firefighters responded.

Planning Commission looks to sky

People planning to build homes on certain ridges in the county can expect some future direction from Routt County.

Commission looks at Master Plan

Policies of future development will be discussed

Changes to a plan outlining policies that will guide future development in the county are up for discussion tonight.

Tuesday, January 28

Local resource director chosen

Moore will assist businesses in efforts to grow markets

Longtime Routt County businesswoman Noreen Moore has been hired by a task force interested in economic development to serve as the community's new business resource director.

Partners losing state funding

$60,000 will be lost over next 18 months

A local mentoring program is feeling the effects of the state's budget crisis.

Housing study looks at what is available, needed

Consultants are about to begin a countywide housing study that would provide information on what housing is available and the policies needed to create more.

Charges filed against students for fall incident

Multiple charges have been filed against nine middle school boys who allegedly behaved inappropriately toward a girl last fall at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Vos wins first open mogul race in style

Scott Vos won his first open mogul race ever Saturday, and he did it wearing a pair of Western-style riding chaps and a jock strap.

River plan to be in place by fall

Guidelines for decisions about recreation will be set

The city of Steamboat Springs intends to have a river management plan in place by fall to guide future decisions about recreation on a 4.5-mile stretch of the Yampa within city limits.

Community responds to Routt County United Way

Agency meets its goal, reaching $365,000

Routt County United Way announced Tuesday its 2003 campaign contribution goal has been met.

Local boarder beats Powers in competition

Ross Powers may have the bigger name, but Grant Glenn had a bigger run to win a recent superpipe event in California.

SSWSC places at Keystone races

Athletes position themselves for Junior Olympics

Nearly 80 girls and more than 100 boys gathered in Keystone over the weekend for the Junior Olympic super-G qualifying races at the 13- and 14-year-old age level.

Lalive off to championships

Steamboat Springs' Caroline Lalive, a 1997 graduate of the Lowell Whiteman School, was among 17 skiers named to compete in the upcoming Alpine World Championships, which will be held in Switzerland.

Local skiers compete in Deer Valley

When the 2003 Freestyle World Championships open in Deer Valley today, more than a few eyes in Steamboat Springs will be glued to the television, watching the results on the Internet and cheering for a large number of athletes with ties to this small mountain community.

Routt County spotlight

Steamboat, Hayden, Soroco showcase talent in triangular meet

Jay Muhme looks around Routt County and asks the "what ifs."

Charges filed in officer's assault

Suspects in custody after Sunday attack outside Denver club

Five Denver men face first-degree assault and hate crime charges in connection with the alleged assault of an off-duty Steamboat Springs police officer and his girlfriend.

Monday, January 27

Up on their game

Despite loss, Sailors happy with performance

If you just glanced at the score of the Steamboat Springs Sailors 5-1 loss to Cheyenne Mountain last Saturday you might think the local hockey team played poorly.

State may mandate civics class

Taking course may no longer be an option

Some students at Steamboat Springs High School take an optional civics course because they want to.

City Council will host brown bag lunch

The City Council will be staying put for its brown bag lunches.

County not immune to West Nile

Plan to combat virus will be presented Feb. 6

Routt County is not immune to West Nile virus this summer, county health officials said Monday.

Beanpole to be celebrated today

State and local officials will celebrate the Northwest Colorado Beanpole Project today, but one of the project's main goals has yet to be completed.

Officer on leave after shooting

Baynes shot at alleged attackers Sunday in Denver

A Steamboat Springs police officer who shot at individuals that allegedly attacked him early Sunday morning in Denver has been placed on leave while the incident is investigated.

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

The State of Required Classes

Teaching civics to Colorado's high school students makes sense. We would hope that students have, at a minimum, a basic understanding of how their local, state and federal governments operate before graduating.

Roesink to seek District Attorney post

Bonnie Roesink will apply today to replace her boss as district attorney for the 14th Judicial District. The opening was created last month when Gov. Bill Owens appointed current District Attorney Paul McLimans to serve as judge for the 14th District.

Nordic series drawing skiers

The newly-formed Nordic Challenge race series just barely missed reaching a milestone during its second event.

Sunday, January 26

View 'Christmas comet' online Wednesday

The comet predicted for this week's night sky will be too close to the sun for the human eye to see, but a satellite is watching.

Conservation is not a dirty word

Bluegrass vote proves legislators are soaking it to us

Last week's column was all wet, but this week's is as dry as a Colorado reservoir.

Board looks at financial share of detox center

The county is one of three local entities being asked to each pitch in $6,750 to fund a trial detox center.

Locals hit trails for a cause

About 85 people come out for Advocates fund-raiser

On a day associated with couch sitting and consumption of large amounts of alcohol and junk food, dozens of men, women and children opted for exercise and sun.

The Record for Jan. 27

Saturday, Jan. 25 4:12 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported in the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Rising from the ashes

Trappers Lake Lodge is out of the way in summer, and even further away in winter. Yet the months when the Chinese Wall and the Amphitheater are painted with snow may be the most rewarding of all. And after all, isn't life all about the journey?

MY TWO CENTS

Riding in Steamboat

I learned to ski when I was 6, just outside of Minneapolis at a place called Afton Alps.

One of the guys: Sailors learn from female goalie

Coach Dave Strang believes his high school hockey boys could learn a thing or two about playing with junior Jessie Smith.

Born to ride

Local snowboarder goes for gold at 2003 X Games

Silver looks great on Erin Simmons' racing helmet, but not around her neck -- at least not anymore. Simmons wants gold, and the Steamboat Springs resident is considered a favorite to win the Women's Snowboarder X at the upcoming 2003 X Games on ESPN and ABC.

What every woman should know

The simple test that could save your life

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2003, about 12,200 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. Additionally, about 4,100 women will die from this affliction this year.

Saturday, January 25

When the Good Say Nothing -- LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision.

Little Toots skiers serve as pirncesses

Eight little girls, none out of kindergarten, learned to ski the black diamonds before they could even read the names of the runs. Their skiing ability and their years of participation in the Little Toots program earned them tiaras and a chance to ride on the parade float as this year's Winter Carnival princesses.

Banks keeps lighted man tradition alive

As spectators watch the Lighted Man make his way down Howelsen Hill wearing a suit of light bulbs and shooting off Roman candles, it looks like a one-man show.

Chariot races draw teams from everywhere

Peace Please and A.J. Spurs know the routine. More food and more running indicate a chariot race is approaching, so when owner and racer Shane Yeager mixes things up for Peace Please and A.J. Spurs, the horses are attuned to the changes.

Ski Band is a crowd pleaser

As if playing a musical instrument while skiing in formation isn't tough enough. Throw in a shoddy course, messy horses and frozen instrument valves and slides, and it can be a recipe for disaster.

Diamond Hitch Parade a highlight of carnival

Nothing draws a bigger crowd along Steamboat Springs' main drag than a good marching band. Well, that and 20 or 30 of the best diamond hitch parade floats you've ever seen.

Biathlon tests unique shooting, skiing skills

Competitors from around the country are scheduled to take part in this year's International Muzzle Loading Ski Biathlon, marking the 29th straight year this event has been a part of the Winter Carnival.

Telemark Revival tests skills

Local tele-heads hope this year's Winter Carnival Telemark Revival is greeted with the same weather that prevailed during last year's event.

Winter Carnival Schedule

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 5:30 p.m. -- Opening Ceremonies (Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill Lodge)

Lisa Perricone is 2003 Winter Carnival Queen

The Winter Carnival queen will be conspicuously missing from this year's float.

Button is the pass to Winter Carnival

Ninety years of Winter Carnivals have turned the annual carnival button into somewhat of a collector's item.

Sculptures display student creativity

It takes a community to make sure the annual snow sculpture competition is pulled off for the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival.

Moose Barrows is 2003 Grand Marshal

For the Barrows, being grand marshal for the Winter Carnival is all in the family. Steamboat native and 1996 Colorado Ski Hall of Fame inductee Jim "Moose" Barrows is this year's grand marshal, 16 years after his parents, Maurine and Ray Barrows, served as grand marshals for the 74th Winter Carnival.

Street events always entertain

Perhaps no other Winter Carnival event ties together Steamboat's two traditions -- ranching and skiing -- as well as the street events.

Winter Carnival history

People in Routt County will find any excuse to play in the snow. The first Winter Carnival provided local ranchers an excuse to leave their ranches for a week of fun and games in packed powder conditions.

Welcome to Winter Carnival

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is pleased to be hosting the 90th Winter Carnival. Beginning as an organizing committee for the Carnival, the Winter Sports Club has sponsored the Winter Carnival as a service to the community since 1914.

Keeping Emerald protected

Land swap in the works to preserve mountain

The western backdrop for Steamboat Springs is cherished for its unspoiled terrain. No houses dot the aspen- and spruce-covered landscape of Emerald Mountain.

Health clinic sees growing clientele

VNA's Family Planning service fills void left when Planned Parenthood lost funding

Since quietly opening six months ago, the Visiting Nurse Association's Family Planning and Women's Health Clinic has seen a growing clientele.

Big dreams for Hayden

Business owners looking at ways to revitalize

Hayden is the kind of place where ranchers come into town just long enough to gas up their trucks at the local co-op; where the biggest social scene takes place around 7 a.m. when coal miners and power plant workers line up for coffee and a donut at the Kum & Go -- the same Kum & Go where teen-agers stand around the parking lot after dark talking about how there is nothing to do.

Hayden Town Talk

Ashleigh Muhme went to Green Mountain Reservoir for a fishing tournament with her dad, Bob, Jay May, Dennis Hallenbeck and Winston Jagger on Jan. 18. Ashleigh placed third in her division and received a fishing pole.

Fanatics

Locals gear up for Super Bowl

There is an urban legend that water and sewer lines across the United States are in danger of rupturing during halftime of the Super Bowl because of so many people flushing their toilets.

Construction bill raises concerns

A bill before the Colorado House of Representatives would make it more difficult for homeowners to sue builders.

2002 stats show sales increase

Total volume lags behind 2000 but up 3.6 percent from 2001

Dollars generated from real estate sales were up 3.6 percent in 2002, and the number of sales increased a little less than 1 percent.

'Magic moments'

Santaniello says high level of service critical for resorts

When it comes to magic, John Santaniello leaves little to chance.

Markets take a beating

Local analysts predict tumultuous week ahead for stocks

The markets absorbed a pummeling on Friday.

An outfitting adventure

Couple takes over hunting business near Oak Creek

Wendy Palyo was unpacking boxes in her family's new home in Keensburg when her husband walked through the door and announced they were probably moving.

Learning the Montessori way

Traditional methodology gets different approach in alternative school

There are no desks in the classrooms at Montessori Peaks Academy in Littleton. Students don't have textbooks to read or nightly homework problems to complete.

Sound off for Jan. 26, 2003

Outraged by letter

A benefit for all

The Emerald Mountain Partnership deserves a significant amount of credit for coming up with a creative plan to preserve the 6,344-acre parcel.

Breaking the Cycle of Violence

As most of you may have noticed by the heart decorations and candy-filled displays sprouting up everywhere, Valentine's day is rapidly approaching. You can't enter a store without encountering images of hearts and flowers. Love is in the air.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

What's next for Montessori?

Friday, January 24

Ski for Women benefits Advocates

Winter enthusiasts can have some fun in the snow this weekend while raising awareness and money for abused women.

Bulldogs sink Sailors

Moffat controls pace most of the game as Steamboat gets first conference loss

There's no question that basketball is a team sport, but the postgame discussion after the Moffat County High School boys' 63-55 victory over Steamboat Springs Friday night focused on two players -- Moffat County senior Brian Skowronski and Steamboat sophomore Cameron Burney.

Moffat County's Mortensen helps lead team to win

Laurel Mortensen just couldn't hit anything Friday night. Then she took her warm-ups off.

Meeker rolls over Hayden boys, 60-32

The scoreboard may not show progress, but as long as the Hayden boys basketball team sees it on the court and in practice, the team is pleased to push forward.

Meeker edges Hayden girls

Coach says age biggest obstacle for Tigers

Meeker's Holli Squire started tough and finished tougher, dashing Hayden's come-from-behind efforts Friday night.

The Record for Jan. 25

Thursday, Jan. 23 12:44 a.m. A fight was reported at Levelz.

Boggs Hardware to close up shop

Lincoln Avenue fixture is Steamboat's second-oldest open store

Boggs Hardware will close its doors after more than 60 years in business. A Lincoln Avenue fixture, the hardware store opened in 1939 and was one of the few stores left on Steamboat Springs' main street with ties to the town's old-time ranching era.

A field trip to Yoast Mine

Hayden Valley Elementary visits pit

The mouth of a 90-foot pit, as deep as a nine-story building, gaped beneath the feet of Lane Middleton's Hayden Valley Elementary sixth-grade science class.

Neighbor faces similiar woes

Poor conditions also exist in Grand County Courthouse

When it comes to courthouses, Routt County's neighbor to the east is facing similar growing pains, but dealing with them differently.

Former councilman's lawsuit officially dead

A complaint filed to the Secretary of State against the Steamboat Springs City Council president and city manager is officially dead.

Thursday, January 23

Steamboat doesn't waste time

Newly formed club volleyball team posts impressive results

The newly formed Steamboat Springs club volleyball team wasted little time writing its name on the state map.

Town Board decides to make intersection a four-way stop

The intersection at Third Street and Washington Avenue will be a four-way stop as soon as the town can order the new signs, the Hayden Town Board decided at its Jan. 16 meeting.

Tae Bo classes kick off at Hayden school

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, 23 adults dance and strain through what looks like boot-camp aerobics in Hayden Valley Elementary School.

Board debates what to do about sidewalk

At the end of Main Street where the road is bisected by a small pocket park, Oak Creek pedestrians are afraid to walk.

Local WSC athletes ride to top finishes

Braving bitterly cold conditions, Justin Goto and Matt Drinker each won recent snowboard races for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Soroco wrestling team wins triangular

The Soroco wrestling team won a triangular between Grand Valley and North Park Thursday night in Oak Creek.

The Record for Jan. 24

Wednesday, Jan. 22 1:31 a.m. A suspicious person was reported at the corner of Seventh Street and the alley behind the Harbor Hotel.

Combatting common insect pests of houseplants

The most common insect questions the Extension Office receives about houseplants are associated with whiteflies, spider mites and scale insects. All of these insects damage the plant by sucking sap out of the leaves. This impairs the plant's vascular system and weakens the plant making it more susceptible to many other diseases.

Oak Creek development revisited

The day may have come for an idea that was ahead of its time.

Lodges expect to be busier than last year

The Steamboat Springs lodging industry is poised to post gains this weekend over last year.

Speech team hosts prestigious tournament

National qualifying event starts today at the high school

One of the NFL's biggest events comes to Steamboat Springs this weekend -- and it's not the Super Bowl.

Oak Creek man in good condition after avalanche

An Oak Creek man is in good condition after surviving an avalanche on Berthoud Pass while skiing Saturday.

Montessori school still possible

Three months after denying a local group's Montessori charter school application, Steamboat Springs School District officials hope to rule on a revised proposal at a February school board meeting.

Boyfriend pops the question, Steamboat style

Man wins 'Perfect Proposal Contest' for wanting to propose at ski area

Courtney Poynter looked startled Thursday when 10 tuxedo-clad skiers and snowboarders carrying roses and champagne sped down Rainbow trail toward her, coming to an abrupt stop and kneeling in two lines at her feet.

A couple of good storms needed

Avalanche danger moderate except for some areas

The 2 inches of snow that fell in Steamboat Springs Thursday morning represented a welcomed freshening up for a ski town that has seen just 16 inches of snow in the past 18 days.

EDGE OF STEAMBOAT

Super entertainment

Super Bowl weekend is upon us. It's funny to me how the day has transformed itself into the biggest unofficial holiday in the nation, and it's just a sporting event.

DISH OF THE WEEK

Dish: Bowl of Gumbo

Dish: Bowl of Gumbo Cost: $6.99 Where: Lucile's in Curve Plaza

Strumming banjos for benefit

The guys from the band 3-Wire organized something scary for last year's Jimmie Heuga Center benefit, and they're hoping to top it this year.

The showcase must go on

High schoolers work together to get performance ready to go

Organizing two dozen teen-age girls on stage for a finale piece for the Steamboat Springs High School Dance Showcase looked like a daunting task, especially with no song picked out and none of the dance choreographed yet.

A moment in time

Artists of the new plein air exhibit opening at the Depot capture the 'Allure of Light' throughout their paintings

Every good painter has probably had a similar epiphany about light, plein air painter Frank LaLumia said.

NIGHTLIFE

Today Hip-hop and reggae group Zion Way plays at Levelz, 1860 Ski Time Square. Call 870-9090 for more information.

Wednesday, January 22

League showdown

Steamboat, Moffat County attempt to remain undefeated in Western Slope

This season was supposed to be a rebuilding year for both Moffat County and Steamboat.

Protection plan presented

Partnership working with BLM to acquire Emerald Mountain parcel for preservation

A plan to protect Emerald Mountain was presented to the public Wednesday night, but supporters of the plan stressed their proposal won't happen overnight.

Girls teams look forward to match

Many of the Moffat County High School girls basketball players have been waiting for this game since getting clobbered by Steamboat in volleyball.

The Record for Jan. 23

Tuesday, Jan. 21 1:46 a.m. A fight was reported at the Tugboat.

In search of skiers

Horizons seeking volunteers

Horizons is looking for a few good skiers who are willing to spend several Saturdays through the winter skiing with its clients. A volunteer training session will take place Friday through Sunday.

Despite increase, sales tax lags

November numbers jump across the board

November 2002 sales tax was up by more than 1 percent, but it was still not enough to pull the year-to-date total above 2001.

City will monitor Tugboat for DUI arrests

For the next six months, the city will be looking at the number of drunken driving arrests stemming from the Tugboat Grill & Pub.

CMC funding should remain stable despite cuts

Majority of money comes from property taxes

While colleges and universities around the state fear the distinct possibility of crippling budget cuts, Colorado Mountain College officials are breathing easy -- or at least easier.

Taylor appointed to Colorado Tourism Office Board of Directors

A staunch advocate of tourism promotion in the Colorado State Legislature now has one more avenue to push the importance of marketing the state to potential visitors.

Tuesday, January 21

Finding a Better Way

Things have not worked out well for the city of Steamboat Springs in its efforts to create new sources of revenue. That's what happens to plans that don't have public support.

City pursues grant for Depot improvements

The city of Steamboat Springs is about to take the next step toward stabilizing its historic railroad depot.

Winter Sports Club wraps up competition

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's freestyle and cross country teams wrapped up recent competitions with impressive results.

Steamboat continues streak

Hockey team improves to 6-3 overall, 4-1 in league

The Steamboat Springs hockey team is on a three-game winning streak, courtesy of its victory Monday.

Board wants town to compromise

County commissioners say Oak Creek owes Sheriff's Office

The town of Oak Creek should pay its fair share for police services provided by the Routt County Sheriff's Office last fall, the Routt County Board of Commissioners said Wednesday.

SSHS senior steals show, second title

Gunnar Sorensen has found a groove.

Cowboys on skis

Downhill mixes rodeo folk, beer and Steamboat's other pastime

So what if Rob Bell got knocked out in a rodeo Monday night. Or if he broke his thumb ramping off jumps Tuesday morning. He gets a chance to compete in the Cowboy Downhill once a year, and he wasn't about to miss his shot this time around.

City holds off on impact fee decision

Developers want refund, say paying fees were illegal under state law

Monday, January 20

Group gathers in protest to possible Middle East war

Protesters carry candles, make signs

Nearly 65 people gathered around the American flag at the Routt County Courthouse Monday to protest a potential war with Iraq.

Developers seek refund from city

Companies say impact fees were collected for approved projects

Two developers will argue tonight that the $47,000 impact fees they paid to the city of Steamboat Springs were illegal under state law and should be refunded.

SSHS speech team members place in Longmont

The Steamboat Springs High School speech team competed last weekend at the Longmont City Invitational Tournament, which proved to be one of the toughest events of the year for the team.

Counties craft stance on water

CCI provides unified strategy on legislation

Local governments are working to develop a cohesive strategy to address the 30 to 70 water bills expected to come before the Colorado Legislature this current session.

Sunday, January 19

Silent candlelight walk will honor Rev. King

A small group of Steamboat Springs residents will be walking in the shadow of one great peacemaker tonight in hopes of becoming the same.

Steamboat celebrates 40 years

Legends gather Sunday in Gondola Square

Forty years old.

Last one out is a polar bear's uncle

Fulfilling hot tub fantasies at Trappers Lake Lodge

There is something I've wanted to do in a hot tub, or more accurately, right outside a hot tub, for many years now.

Saturday, January 18

A glimpse of the past

1960s and Before contest lets residents relive history

This was no thrift-store-sale-rack costume contest. The competitors went all out in the first of four 40th Anniversary Costume Contests Saturday. The theme was "1960s and Before." In a contest meant to celebrate Steamboat Springs' past, costumes ranged from Carl Howelsen, one of the founding fathers of skiing in Steamboat, to a man dressed as Captain Morgan (arguably a founding father, as well). Contestants lined up in front of the stage in Gondola Square just as hundreds of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend tourists were sliding off the mountain.

Legislators get down to business

Taylor, White have big plans for state General Assembly this term

The crippling effects of wildland fires, drought and a sagging national economy in 2002 beg for solutions from Colorado lawmakers in 2003.

Why does Euzoa visit schools? BEHIND THE HEADLINES

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Family creates support group that addresses mental illness

More than a year and a half later, Oak Creek residents Jenny and Charles Lorch easily recall the awfulness that followed their daughter's diagnosis of mental illness.

Following his lead

We applaud Gov. Bill Owens' call for a $10 million increase in tourism spending and urge the Legislature to support him.

Taking a different path

Students find alternatives at Colorado Mountain College

Like many high school students, Kindra Stanfill's grades were far from spectacular. Following her graduation from a Missouri high school, she wanted time away from classrooms, teachers and homework. So she took a year off.

A family tradition of hardware

Three generations of Hoskinsons help develop business

It's hard to believe that a business sitting just off Main Street in a town of less than 900 people could go unnoticed, but people walk into the Material Guys home improvement store in Oak Creek all the time, surprised at their discovery.

Scraping Heaven

A family's journey along the Continental Divide

Cindy Ross has a message for young couples just beginning a family, who think they'll have to put their lives of outdoor adventure on the shelf for a few years: Don't give in, you can still do it.

Cowboy tradition

National Western Stock Show riders still enjoy competing in annual downhill event at ski area

After 29 years of the Cowboy Downhill in Steamboat Springs, the event has gone from first-time skiing rodeo pros racing out of control to a crew of veteran skiers serious about winning.

Letters from the wranch

Town Talk Hayden

Letters from the ranch

Dear Denver Friends,

Monterotti steals show as Sailors stop Bulldogs

At 6-foot-6, Nick Monterotti might stand above the rest of the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team, but he hadn't ever done anything to stand out.

Girls remain undefeated, beat Palisade 47-27

Behind Bayli Stillwell's 19 points and six rebounds -- both team highs -- the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team defeated Palisade 47-27 Saturday.

Two-game streak

Sailors get second win of weekend

The Steamboat Springs hockey team had double the offensive production and double the goals, defeating visiting Coronado 2-1 on Saturday.

Thank God for my wife

For most of my life, I've been an equipment freak. I'm one of those guys who enjoys spending my free time every night flipping through the pages of product catalogs and drooling over the latest technological advances from top-of-the-line cameras to the latest and greatest computer-game consoles.

Dialing in the body

Biofeedback Connections aims to help patients deal with daily stress

Snowblowers come with an owner's manual. Microwaves and MP3 players ship with an instruction pamphlet. So why not the human body? Kristine Johnson can't sell you the manual for the human machine, but she can point out some of the features on the control panel.

Year-end statistics show construction down 18 percent

In 2002, construction decreased by 18 percent in Routt County, according to statistics from the Routt County Building Department.

Newark flights scaled back

Direct flights from Steamboat's biggest single market, the New York City area, have been scaled back from daily to once a week, but resort officials are cautiously optimistic about a planned return to daily flights next month.

Making a change in plans

Once a high rise, Ski Trail 8 scaled back to fewer units

It took six tries before the developers of Ski Trail 8 found the best plan for one of the last undeveloped ski-in, ski-out properties in Steamboat Springs.

BUSINESS FILE

SpringSips upgrades server

SpringSips is offering a cure for the Klez virus and junk e-mail. Today, the local Internet service provider will upgrade its e-mail server to provide two new features for its customers: MailArmor and SpamAssassin.

Friday, January 17

Proposals to utilize property sail through hearing

Two proposals to better utilize private property in the county sailed through their first public hearing.

Hockey team shuts out Rampart

Frustrated by a two-game losing streak, the Steamboat Springs Sailors hockey team needed a confidence booster.

Sailors slip past Panthers

Steamboat's turnovers, poor decisions nearly cost team league win

Delta coach Joe Mock didn't single out one player his team was supposed to contain. The Panthers believed they needed to stop everyone. Turns out the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team nearly did the job themselves.

Locals hope to generate interest

Business designed to promote cross country skiing

Katie Lindquist and Emily McWatters wouldn't mind if the number of cross country skiers eventually equaled the number of motorists in Steamboat Springs.

Girls stun Delta, win 60-11

It was like an ugly football score.

No official decisions made at Hayden meeting

Annexation of the Routt County Fairgrounds and the possible formation of an airport authority were the main topics of discussion when the Routt County Board of Commissioners met with the Hayden Town Board Thursday night.

Two-thirds of audience reached

County launches Reverse 911 System

The first launch of the county's emergency preparedness network reached about two-thirds of its intended audience.

Air show pilot looks forward to wooing crowd

Act is one of many events scheduled for 40th Anniversary Community-Wide Celebration

Like a combat pilot, Steve Oliver selects his weapon in midair, waits for the right moment and with the push of a button launches a fiery round into the night sky.

The Record for Jan. 18

Thursday, Jan. 16 9:15 a.m. A motor vehicle accident was reported in the 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Thursday, January 16

Express a lasting sentiment with flowers

Some people swear that talking to plants is a good thing. Hmmmm. Maybe.

The Record for Jan. 17

Wednesday, Jan. 15 12:03 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square.

Local reps applaud governor

Legislators agree with marketing tourism

Routt County's representatives in the Colorado Legislature think Gov. Bill Owens' proposal to pump $10 million into marketing Colorado tourism is money well spent.

Lodging properties expected to be close to full

13,000 visitors forecast to be in Steamboat around Martin Luther King holiday

The resort will host 13,000 visitors this weekend, but there is still room at the inn. Steamboat's bed base of 19,150 pillows is forecast to be 84 percent full Saturday night.

Hayden concerned about hike

Discussion on water rate increase will continue

After weeks of discussion over raising water rates, the Hayden Town Board was poised to finalize a five-year accelerated rate plan at Thursday night's meeting, but an outpouring of concern from town residents left board members pensive about making a decision.

School in Stagecoach discussed

Informal meeting held to see if interest exists

Two Stagecoach moms have taken the first steps toward establishing a future elementary school in their neighborhood, though community desire and necessity for the school remain unknown.

Pet crematorium in town closer to fruition

A group of animal lovers' dream of adding a pet crematorium to the local animal shelter is close to becoming a reality.

Moffat Co., wilderness groups disagree about maintaining area roads

By asserting its right to maintain roads on federal land, the Moffat County Board of Commissioners has rekindled wilderness-proposal conflicts in Vermillion Basin.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Who We Are I read with interest a letter to the editor from Mr. Clough of Aurora published in the Jan. 12 edition of the newspaper.

Sucker ready to showcase its true sound here

After five years of touring, Sucker has developed its true sound -- and more people are beginning to listen, said lead man, singer and rapper Scott Stoughton.

Stompin' up a storm for benefit

Local fans of acoustic music have an opportunity to get "stomped" by Steamboat's newest band Saturday night.

Celebrating 40 years

Ski Corp. has a variety of activities planned for Steamboat Ski Area's 40th birthday

The Pepsi Aerial Pyrotechnics Performers will buzz the crowd and perform an aerial display in a fireworks-equipped airplane at the Steamboat Ski Area's 40th Anniversary Community-Wide Celebration Sunday. After that is a big fireworks show.

EDGE OF STEAMBOAT

Celebrating a sense of community

Forty years of the Steamboat skiing experience are coming to a head this weekend and next week, marked by several events scheduled by the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

NIGHTLIFE

Today Eek-a-Mouse plays reggae at Levelz, 1860 Ski Time Square. Call 870-9090 for more information.

DISH OF THE WEEK

Dish: The Roast Beef Garlic Melt

Let the competition begin

Mayer, Bloom, Bahrke expect big things in Lake Placid

Maybe this whole skiing gig will work out for Travis Mayer after all.

Coaches want to put incident behind them

Emotion and spirit are both parts of youth sports, but at a hockey game last month, they got the better of those involved. Local coaches want to put the incident behind them and are confident no problems will arise when the teams meet again Sunday.

Wednesday, January 15

Rams top local wrestlers

Iacovetto continues quest for second state title

With the all-important Regional meets one month away, the Hayden, Soroco and Steamboat Springs wrestling teams continue to improve and refine technique.

Sailor boys, girls crack top 10

Both the girls and boys basketball teams at Steamboat Springs High School are now considered among the state's top 10 4A teams.

Winter Sports Club sends 33 to super-G

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club sent 33 racers to the recent super-G race in Breckenridge.

Midgets split with Crested Butte

The Steamboat Springs Midget Major hockey team traveled to Crested Butte over the weekend, splitting a pair of games with the home team.

Group focused on water merger

A focus group that is working on consolidating the city and Mount Werner water districts met for the first time last week.

Humane Society offering new program to aid pet control

Steamboat Springs veterinarians will perform low-cost surgeries

The Routt County Humane Society is hoping more people will take advantage of a program that helps with the cost of having their pets spayed or neutered.

Planning commission considers two proposals

The Routt County Planning Commission will consider two proposals that will allow property owners to better utilize their land tonight.

Routt County tests new network

Emergency preparedness system will send message

More than 300 telephones in Steamboat Springs will ring simultaneously today.

Old Howelsen ski tow house buried in ski history

Historic building among most architecturally significant structures in town

If there is one building that makes an architectural statement for Ski Town U.S.A. it just might be the funky little tow house for the Poma lift at Howelsen Hill.

State rules against district

Montessori school should not have been denied

The Colorado Board of Education ruled Wednesday that the Steamboat Springs School District did not serve in the best interests of its pupils, school district or the community when it denied a Montessori charter school application in October.

Tuesday, January 14

Taylor, White in Position to Lead

As the Colorado Legislature gets rolling on the 2003 session, Routt County can take comfort in the knowledge that its representatives are in excellent position to influence legislation and protect this area's interests.

Trial detox center gets closer to reality

The Steamboat Springs City Council asked city staff to find $6,750 to help fund a trial detox center.

Council revisits consolidation

City still wants to partner with rural fire protection district

The Steamboat Springs City Council indicated Tuesday it plans to merge with the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District and seek another property tax to support the consolidated district.

Districts get OK to enforce code

Commissioners want to help with fire protection

Oak Creek Fire Chief Chuck Wisecup on Tuesday asked Routt County commissioners to give him and his volunteer firefighters the tools to do their jobs better.

Officials may extend school day

In an effort to increase school-calendar flexibility, the Steamboat Springs School District Calendar Committee is considering extending the school day by five minutes.

Water district has open board spots

Feb. 8 is deadline for resumes

The Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District is soliciting applications from residents interested in serving four-year terms on its board of directors.

New elementary discussed

Parents looking at possible option in Stagecoach

Stagecoach parents are invited to a meeting tonight to discuss educational possibilities. Two mothers, Michelle Petix and Tracy Zuschlag, are interested in starting an elementary school closer to their homes and want to find out if the need and the desire exists among other area parents.

Fielder comes to town

Top photographer to showcase work

One of the most notable photographers of Colorado landscapes will give a local presentation of his work.

State to look at Montessori school

Board of Education can uphold denial or send issue back to local district

The fate of a public Montessori school in Steamboat Springs lies in the hands of the Colorado Board of Education.

Local skiers qualify for state races

A handful of Steamboat Springs Nordic skiers have qualified for the state races in Vail, following Saturday's skate races on one of the state courses in Vail.

Soroco girls sweep past Hayden, 51-42

This is the season of patience, Hayden coach Donny Rolando said.

Hayden boys hold on for win

Free throws -- the two Evan Hilling made and the 15 Soroco missed -- made the difference Tuesday night.

Monday, January 13

Council will discuss detox center

The Steamboat Springs City Council will be asked today if it wants contribute $1,500 a month for a trail run detox center.

Officials reach compromise on fire protection

County and fire officials have reached a compromise on how to best protect firefighters, county residents and their homes from wildland fire.

City considers consolidation

Ambulance, fire services may be shared

The consolidation of the city of Steamboat Springs fire and ambulance department with the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District is expected to come up today when district representatives come before the City Council.

DeVincentis signs contract

Strawberry Park Elementary School principal agrees to board's conditions

Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal John DeVincentis' employment contract was discussed publicly, so it seemed natural for him to sign it publicly.

United Way poised to attain ambitious goal

Routt County United Way is on track to achieve what seemed unachievable last summer.

Taylor will chair finance committee

State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, will chair the Senate Finance Committee during the 2003 Legislature.

Mountain of Venus returns to Steamboat

Young people generally come and go in ski towns and the scene has a short memory. The band Mountain of Venus, which formed in Steamboat Springs, experiences that phenomenon first hand when it comes back to the valley to play.

Sunday, January 12

The evolution of hot-dog skiing on Mount Werner

The 1960s brought free love. It was also a decade that brought free skiing. Youngsters who came of age 40 years ago in the United States sought change from the social norm. Free spirits in Steamboat Springs found it on the slopes.

Mountain name changed to honor Buddy Werner

Many years before Mount Werner was renamed in honor of Steamboat Springs' first family of skiing the massive bald peak that dominates views from downtown Steamboat Springs had a simple name. Most local people didn't have to ask how Storm Mountain got its name.

John Fetcher played key role in ski area

He has lunched with Supreme Court justices in Washington and exchanged gag gifts with legendary football player Doak Walker. He planned four of the area's reservoirs and designed world-class ski jumps from Howelsen Hill to Crested Butte. He designed and constructed many of Steamboat Springs' first ski lifts, not to mention the gondola that put Steamboat on the international map.

Werners became first family of Steamboat

If any family has ever approached the status of royalty in Steamboat Springs, it is the Werner family, said longtime family friend Rod Hanna.

Steamboat retains character as owners change

The Steamboat Ski Area has had five distinct ownership groups in its 40-year history, each ushering in distinctly different eras.

The year when visquine replaced Champagne Powder

What do skiing and visquine have in common? Read on and I'll connect the dots for you.

Hayden students take part in new program

The high school experience has been expanded this year for Hayden students. Not only can they learn the derivative of a trigonometric function or how to understand Faulkner, Hayden students are now learning how to be philanthropists.

Contracts discuss mediation

School board may make adjustments

Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal John DeVincentis and Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Cyndy Simms previously agreed to use a mediator to help them establish and maintain a professional working relationship in the wake of last year's evaluation controversy.

Expansions important to ski area growth

With more than 65 miles of trails and almost 3,000 acres of terrain, the Steamboat Ski Area has a reputation for being one of the biggest in North America.

Ski area was Jim Temple's dream

But founder's involvement ultimately ended in heartbreak

When construction of ski trails on Storm Mountain began, Jim Temple got calls asking how big the jumps would be. It was 1958 and the idea of a new Alpine ski area in Steamboat Springs -- let alone an internationally renowned ski resort -- seemed far-fetched to some. All the largely agricultural town knew was Howelsen Hill, which was built in 1917, and the ski jumps that were built on it.

Marketing campaigns focus on western heritage

The most recognizable marketing image of the Steamboat Ski Area is of a man and woman on horses, with skis across their laps, breaking trail through deep snow. The majestic old More barn is in the background and the ski-trail-striped Mount Werner is behind that.

Cowboy Downhill a Steamboat tradition

Put a couple cowboys together and a competition is bound to ensue, at least that was the thinking of Larry Mahan and Billy Kidd when they created the Cowboy Downhill in 1974. Originally staged with just a handful of pro rodeo cowboys, the Cowboy Downhill, entering its 29th year, has become one of the Steamboat Ski Area's grandest winter events.

Ski Area Timeline

1963 Storm Mountain, under local ownership, opens for business with one double chairlift, Bear Claw and Poma lift. An A-frame warming house known as the Storm Hut constructed in November of 1962 is a shelter for up to 250 skiers, with a snack bar and a ski shop. Cash receipts from opening day, $13.75 with temperature of minus-25 degrees.

When it comes to skiing, Kidd is a living legend

Billy Kidd figured his window of opportunity was a couple of years at the most. As an Olympic silver medalist and world champion, Kidd had an opportunity to create a new life for himself in Steamboat Springs, but he predicted his moment to shine would be short-lived as skiing fans waited for the next great American racer to come along.

Trail names come from a variety of sources

Decades ago, a group of excited skiers in their teens and early twenties hiked up the backside of Storm Mountain from Rabbit Ears Pass. They had waited for early spring when a layer of crust made for easy skiing. They raced each other through trees that would someday make way for groomed runs.

Rancher came up with 'Champagne Powder' in 1950s

The quality of the snow in Steamboat Springs is sure to leave skiers and riders thirsty for more. Champagne powder earned its name half a century ago. Today the term continues to capture the surreal quality of skiing or riding on a surface lighter than air.

Lifts critical to building a world-class resort

Before there were high-speed quads with detachable chairs for easy loading and unloading and an eight-passenger gondola, there were two 12-foot diameter bullwheels, a flatbed farm truck and a whole lot of determination.

Saturday, January 11

Mosher and Ramos

Lucky and Kim Mosher of Steamboat Springs are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lacey Elaine Mosher, to Neftali Ramos, son of Crispina Ramos of Grand Junction.

CMC grad makes his mark

Marty Carrigan leads Palmer Snowboard's U.S. sales team

Marty Carrigan goes to Las Vegas at least once a year, but he doesn't go to play cards and he doesn't go to ride the roller coasters. When Carrigan goes to Vegas this month, he'll mean business, and after 19 years, he knows the ropes.

BUSINESS FILE

New real estate office opens on Lincoln Ave. Real estate veterans Martin Grosjean and Ted Varouxakis have opened Steamboat Springs' newest office, affiliating themselves with United Country's nationwide network of offices. United Country/Allied Realty is located at 1445 S. Lincoln Ave.

Strings for sale at 3-Wire Acoustic

Hayden store buys, rehabs used instruments

Dave Hanley wants anyone who has an interest in music to visit his instrument shop in Hayden, look at what he has, and sit down and play a tune with him.

Good News lot sells at last

It has been almost nine years since a building stood at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Fifth Street.

Stargazing

CMC astronomy expert tells where to look for the interesting heavenly happenings

Any visitors to the Astronomy Picture of the Day Web site (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html) on Christmas Day saw a photo taken by Colorado Mountain College Astronomy Professor Jimmy Westlake.

TH E WAY IT WAS

Another train blockade

Another chapter in the long history of misfortune of the Moffat road was added Sunday when the bridge across Bull Creek burned, interrupting through traffic. Officials estimate that it will take until Jan. 16, at least, to rebuild the structure, and it may be another week before it can be put to use.

Heckbert and Clare

Mr. and Mrs. James Heckbert of Steamboat Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Colin Clare of Dorset, England, announce the engagement of their children, Jessica and Timothy.

Oak Creek native fills position

Photos takes over as public works director

It's been about 20 years since town officials in Oak Creek have had to fill the public works director job.

BIRTHS

Alexander Joseph Holinka, son of Kris and Tim Holinka of Parshall was born at 9:33 a.m. Dec. 26, 2002. He weighed 7 pounds, 8.5 ounces and was 20.25 inches long. His maternal grandparent is Gen Stewart of Fulda, Minn. His paternal grandparents are Chuck and Trudy Holinka of Fulda, Minn.

TOWN TALK: HAYDEN

Sylvia Walker had a wonderful holiday season. Her children John, Charla, Shantel and Ryan were here from Denver, Jason from the University of Wyoming, Jimmy, Steffanie from Albuquerque, N.M., little Avery from Grand Junction and her beloved mother also from Albuquerque.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

Dear Friends, Just a few more notes on my stay at the Collum Creek School (camping there with my friend, Mrs. Keller -- who was the school's teacher).

Speech team gets competitive

Students thrive on performing in front of strangers

Public speaking is consistently rated as the No. 1 fear for most Americans, but don't tell that to the Steamboat Springs High School speech team.

Surfing on snow

Locals try out snowboarding at clinic

Linda Fisher-Faiola is the prototypical grandmother in many regards. She likes to play and bake cookies with her grandkids and even spoil them when she gets a chance.

Sailors drop two

Machebeuf goalie Othell Miller and captain David Glotfelty are the smallest players on their high school hockey team.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

Trip to Bowl game worth every penny

College graduation couldn't come fast enough. I wanted that diploma. I wanted the nice dinner and congratulatory cards that came with it. And I wanted out. Out of homework. Out of debt. Out of Iowa.

Letters to the editor

I would like to see more coverage of the high school wrestling team.

Not a wise choice

Steamboat Springs School District administrators are barking up the wrong tree by floating the idea of a new bond issue for capital improvements. Last week, the district's administrative team made recommendations for the 2003-04 school year to the Education Fund Board, which oversees the half-cent sales tax for education. The administrative team surprised the board by recommending that none of the sales tax funds be used for capital in the coming year. Instead, the administrative team recommended spending $685,000 on technology, including new hardware and a network upgrade, and about $1.4 million on educational excellence, including small class sizes and pay for performance. That accounted for all of the $2.1 million the education sales tax is expected to raise, leaving nothing for capital. The administrative team made its recommendations even though facilities director Rick Denney outlined more than $8 million in deferred capital needs in the district. Among the most pressing and most expensive:

District receives first qualified audit

North Routt charter school's incomplete financial records lead to issue

There's a first time for everything, but this is one first the Steamboat Springs School District would just as soon forget.

Prescription problem

Recent theft of drug OxyContin brings awareness to abuse

The allure of pain pills was enough to entice someone to break into a local pharmacy last week.

Fly fishing show

Thousands of anglers attend

January is the month when fly fishermen in Northwest Colorado have two realistic choices -- sit at the bench and tie a dozen size 18 Adams, or drill a hole in Stagecoach Reservoir and pray for spring. There's a third choice -- point the pickup truck toward Denver and hand over $12 to spend part of the first weekend of the month daydreaming about the perfect fishing trip.

Friday, January 10

Businesses not seeing change

City snow removal not causing many problems, owners say

Downtown business owners said they have yet to feel the pains of the city's belt tightening.

'Missionary' arrested at YVRA for carrying a gram of cocaine

A man who claimed to be a missionary was arrested for drug possession Thursday as he tried to board a plane at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Hayden considers annexation

Officials discuss possibilities for homes outside city limits

When your house is on the agenda of a town meeting, you go.

The Record for Jan. 11

Thursday, Jan. 9 1:50 a.m. Police arrested a motorist at the corner of Mount Werner Road and Steamboat Boulevard for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Thursday, January 9

Managing fungus gnats on houseplants

You can combat those pesky insects

In Northwest Colorado, what we may call fruit flies buzzing around inside our homes or hopping across the soil of our houseplants this winter are probably fungus gnats. They could have entered your home with outdoor plants that have been brought inside for the winter or on dirty tools.

Tourism in town soft this weekend

Locals can hit the less-crowded slopes

This weekend could be a good one for local skiers to enjoy the wide-open slopes of Mount Werner. Tourism is forecast to be light on Saturday before building back to robust levels for the Martin Luther King holiday weekend Jan. 18-20.

December arrivals at YVRA up again

Every airline flying into Hayden sees increase over last year

The number of airline passengers arriving at Yampa Valley Regional Airport grew in December for the third straight year, with Air Wisconsin's fleet of commuter jets leading the way.

Congressman pushes for Calif. to adhere to pact

Congressman Scott McInnis thinks it's time to give Californians a little tough love.

Planners give group initial OK

Commission approves new condo complex, Strings facility

The city Planning Commission gave approval to 148 timeshare condominium units and a performing arts center, but did so with some reservation.

Dining scene changing in S.R.

Many businesses closing doors or altering menus

The restaurant scene in South Routt is changing.

Locals taking part in stock show

They think they are being sneaky, but it's hard to get anything past a longtime Routt County rancher like Pete Wille.

Junior development team comes home

After posting top results at Arapahoe Basin last weekend, the members of the Steamboat Springs junior development team will return to the slopes tonight to take part in the first Steamboat Cup of the season.

History of Steamboat depicted in new film

For his latest project, documentary filmmaker Smokey Vandergrift found 16-millimeter film footage from a trip up a one-chair lift that, in the 1947-48 winter, went from the bottom of Howelsen Hill to the top of Emerald Mountain.

Artist's approach on life: Bring it on

Steamboat Springs' own Amber Voiland is powerful in front of a piano. Playing on the Depot's piano earlier this week, her fingers caressed the keys while she spun her honest, personal tales with a strong voice -- a voice that demands to be listened to.

Syncopatin' Sailors

Steamboat Springs High School Dance Team prides itself on its original performances and chance for each dancer to become a choreographer

Anyone who frequents Steamboat Springs High School athletic events has seen them.

EDGE OF STEAMBOAT

Tales from a former Village Person ...

My editor suggested that I defend -- from personal experience -- the honor of male dancing and male cheerleading for my column, as a tie-in to the Steamboat Springs High School Dance Team story in this issue of 4-Points.

NIGHTLIFE

Today Locals D.J. Cochez and Cat in the Hat spin at Levelz, 1860 Ski Time Square. Call 870-9090 for more information.

Officer promoted to police chief

Oak Creek official's first task: hire a staff for department

The town of Oak Creek has a police chief.

Wednesday, January 8

Hockey league keeps players on ice

On Sunday night, the ice at Howelsen is filled with talented hockey players seeking a higher goal than the number on the scoreboard.

Steamboat jumpers gain valuable experience

Park City jumper Chris Francis dominated the bigger hills in last weekend's Utah Winter Games in Park City, but for a group of 14 young jumpers from Steamboat Springs, the event provided a chance to gain some experience and learn some valuable lessons.

Sailors ranked in top 10

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team cracked the top-10 state rankings after defeating Rangely 57-39 Tuesday night.

Planning director search narrowed

City officials have honed their search for a new city planning director to four finalists, all hailing from the western United States and most coming from cities larger than Steamboat Springs.

Football player arrested

Princeton defensive back ran from police

After being arrested for harassing women at a concert, a Princeton University defensive back decided to display his athletic prowess by running from Steamboat Springs police earlier this week.

Former councilman drops suit

A former city councilman has dropped a lawsuit that alleged the City Council president and city manager violated the Fair Campaign Practices Act.

Pedestrian traffic concerns police

Busy intersections under surveillance by SSPD

Police are stepping up surveillance of busy intersections and roadways in Steamboat Springs to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists.

School team gives budget suggestions

The Steamboat Springs School District's administrative team's "best thinking" left at least a few Education Fund Board members and its three commissions scratching their heads Wednesday night.

Tuesday, January 7

OUR VIEW

An Unfortunate Incident

The discovery of salmonella in a Steamboat Springs restaurant is an eye-opening experience for the community.

Sailors on a streak

Steamboat looks to continue winning ways against Regis Jesuit

The Steamboat Springs Sailors hockey team will visit Denver Friday hoping to extend its latest winning streak to three games and improve its league record in the process.

Gymnastics center makes progress

Rose Atkins has been waiting for giants to enter her gym.

Soroco earns first team title of new year

The Soroco Rams wrestling team returned to the mats Saturday in South Park and earned the first team title of the new year with a dominating performance.

Council OKs preliminary plat

Officials approve Overlook Preserve despite objections

The City Council gave the final planning approval for a 22-acre subdivision, but litigation between the applicant and adjacent property owners could continue.

Officials studying options for detox

Number of local cases on the rise

Routt County, the city of Steamboat Springs and Yampa Valley Medical Center may be asked to open their pocketbooks to fund a local alternative to a detoxification facility.

School board hiring public relations firm

Spurred by complaints from a group of concerned elementary school parents, the Steamboat Springs School Board is hiring a professional public relations firm to perform an audit of the school district.

Air quality honored by EPA

Visibility improved with decade-long efforts

A decade-long effort to clean up the air in the Yampa Valley and Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area was recognized Tuesday.

Bus ridership numbers increase

2002 totals pushing 1 million mark

Steamboat Springs Transit fell just 1,100 riders short of a record December last month.

Monday, January 6

Puckett cleans up in giant slalom

Former U.S. Ski Team alpine racer Casey Puckett is already making plans to return to Steamboat Springs this summer.

Board in favor of existing policy

District will still allow visitors to talk with students

The Steamboat Springs School Board recommended against changing an existing district policy that deals with the distribution and posting of materials on school grounds.

Worth the trip

Arguelles commutes from Telluride to train with Winter Sports Club

Jarrett Arguelles may live in Telluride, but last weekend he proved why he calls the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area home as a representative of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Forum focuses on future of Emerald Mountain

Partnership's board of directors will meet tonight

The preservation of one of Routt County's gems is the focus of a Wednesday evening public forum.

Painkillers stolen from Lyon's Drug

Burglars target OxyContin, Hydrocodone

More than $1,000 worth of medication was stolen from a local pharmacy last weekend.

Phone service answers FAQs

City implements program to get information to public

The city has set up a phone and Internet service to answer its most frequently asked questions.

Indoor arena destroyed by fire

Blaze was out of control when firefighters arrived

A fire destroyed an indoor riding arena northwest of Steamboat Springs Sunday morning.

Sunday, January 5

Search and Rescue locates skiers

Lost party called rescuers from cell phone

Routt County Search and Rescue was back to work, finding three lost skiers on Rabbit Ears Pass. Though the volunteer group has been working hard this winter, members say the call load has been normal.

Plan has sparked opposition

Council will make final decision tonight

The Steamboat Springs City Council will make the final decision Tuesday night on a preliminary plat application that has spurred opposition and even a lawsuit.

Painting your face and letting the freak flags wave

The NFL playoffs are upon us and I find myself wondering, "What's really up with those guys who paint their heads in team colors before leaving home for the game?"

School Board will meet for study session

The Steamboat Springs School Board will meet today for its once-a-month study session. The public is welcome to attend.

Saturday, January 4

AFTER THE WHISTLE

Keeping a resolution is not so difficult

Last New Year's Eve I pledged to give up fast food, drink less soda pop and to hop on the Health Rider for at least 20 minutes a day.

Boys basketball team back to work

Steamboat attempts to overcome effects of 10-day layoff

It was back to work for the members of the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team last week. The team was coming off a 10-day break, but coach Kelley Meek said his players were ready to get back to the mission they began before the layoff.

SSHS girls perfect so far

Sailors take undefeated record into conference

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team is undefeated through its first seven games, has stifled its past five opponents with a full-court press and brags a balanced scoring attack from its eight core players.

Wildflower Meadows sells

An Evergreen man has closed on the purchase of the $8.015 million Wildflower Meadows home, situated near the restored Mesa Schoolhouse off U.S. Highway 40 south of Steamboat Springs.

BIRTHS

Coy Anthony Kaisler, son of Darcy and Todd Kaisler of Savery, Wyo., was born at 9:04 p.m. Dec. 19, 2002.

Michael O'Hara ready to tackle new role in system

The 14th Judicial District's newest judge never gave much thought to the legal profession during his youth.

Unemployment hits four-year high

Routt County seemed almost immune from unemployment as the 1990s wound down. Those days are gone.

Eagle Ridge ready for next phase

The 35 units in the Eagle Ridge Lodge sold out a year ago. Now the groundwork is about to begin to complete the second part of the Eagle Ridge Lodge and Townhomes.

Theater is marketing tool for Grand

The smell of popcorn and comfortable seating are the newest gimmicks in attracting buyers to the quartershares at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. Two years on the market, the quartershares are 52 percent sold, and one way the real estate team hopes to boost sales is through the Little Grand Theater.

Puck drops in Oak Creek

Hockey players skate on one of northern Colorado's last outdoor rinks

There are no road signs pointing to the ice rink, but down a short maze of side streets lies the pulse of wintertime Oak Creek.

BUSINESS FILE

Klauzer joins Alpine Bank Alpine Bank announced that Alice Klauzer has joined the bank as marketing director. Klauzer is a 23-year Steamboat resident.

School absences high

More than 280 students miss classes Thursday

What do you get when you combine a touch of the flu bug, a pinch of strep throat, a handful of Winter Sports Club athletes and a dollop of extended holiday vacations?

On the move

New race series introduces skiers to expanding number of touring centers

Members of the growing legion of cross country skiers in Steamboat Springs have a new opportunity to compete in a relaxed setting at touring centers all over the county.

TOWN TALK: HAYDEN

Gary Medvesk underwent back surgery last Tuesday at the Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

Dear Friends, As I promised more description of my Collum Creek School adventure -- when I spent a month at that school with my friend Lu Lu (the Widow Keller).

THE WAY IT WAS

Why not an elk farm?

The increase of the herd of elk that each winter ranges on Copper Ridge and on the hills in the vicinity of the Hot Spring has brought on a problem for the state Game and Fish Department, which is growing with each succeeding season. While a few years ago there were only 14 animals in this herd, the number is now fully 300. Excursions of the elk into the ranches to secure feed at the haystacks is now the cause of much loss to local ranchmen each winter.

Progress in preservation

Grant may pave the way for private, historical ranches to receive funding

Tammie DeLaney said her heart fell first and then she had to figure out how her mind could follow. The ranch, just north of Hayden, was run down when she and her husband, Patrick, first walked onto the property.

The Record for Jan. 5, 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.

Real Estate Transactions for Dec. 22-29, 2002

LOCKHART, ANNABETH LIGHT; LOCKHART, TYRONE RAY; LOCKHART, LLOYD G.; TRUESTEES, LLOYD G. LOCKHART REVOCABLE TRUST AND ANNABETH LIGHT LOCKHART REVOCABLE TRUST TO DARLINGTON, MARK T., CLAASSEN, SARAH D. AND DARLINGTON, NINA R. FOR 1ST ADD TO SS SUBDIVISION LOT: 5, 6 & 7 BLOCK: 11 - $315,000

Skiing accident revisited

Man who suffered severe injuries on opening day

Scott Fox said he thought his friend Eric Heffley would die on the mountain. Heffley returned home from Craig Hospital in Denver this past week, recovering from injuries after a ski accident on the opening day of the Steamboat Ski Area.

The changing of the guard

Richard Doucette leaving the bench after 22 years as chief district judge

He came to Colorado with an eye for the natural environment. What he found was a calling that led him in a different direction, but never far from the mountains that first brought him to the state.

Behind the Headlines: Seeking a balance in the forest

Q. The U.S. Forest Service recently expanded the suggested nonmotorized area on the forest to include a portion of the Routt National Forest known as the Toutes. What brought about this decision?

Moving on

Judge Richard Doucette's summary judgment last week essentially ended Tim and Diane Mueller's bid to purchase the Steamboat Springs Ski Area.

Letters to the editor for Dec. 6, 2003

Letters to the editor for Jan. 5, 2003

Friday, January 3

Steamboat welcomes New Year's baby

Keenan Reed Hayes was born at 12:46 a.m. Friday

Keenan Reed Hayes has quite a few relatives in Routt County, but he was a family first when he became the Yampa Valley Medical Center's New Year's baby.

The Record for Jan. 4

Thursday, Jan. 2 4:30 a.m. Some damage was reported to lights at the downtown Steamboat Springs Post Office.

Girls go big in Friday's aerials

When it came to going big in Friday's upright aerial contest at the Park Smalley Freestyle Complex, nobody in the field of 13 girls came close to reaching Caterina Mader's altitude.

Winter Sports Club still rolling

Steamboat skiers share spot on podium

It was another good day for the members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's women's Alpine racing team at the Steamboat Ski Area Friday.

Owens appoints district judge

McLimans named to replace departing Thompson

Fourteenth Judicial District Attorney Paul McLimans has been appointed by Gov. Bill Owens to replace District Judge Joel Thompson. Thompson will leave the bench Sunday, nine days before his term expires.

City buses carry 931,117 passengers in 2002

Passenger numbers for the 2002 Steamboat Springs Transit are in.

Crash investigation must wait

NTSB officials cannot examine plane until after winter

The National Transportation Safety Board's investigation into the airplane crash that killed one passenger Sunday won't be completed until after the wreckage is removed from the crash site near Rabbit Ears Pass, a task complicated by deep snow and at least three more months of winter.

Thursday, January 2

Add color and aroma with houseplants

Adding aroma and color to your home through the use of houseplants is a wonderful way to freshen your interior spaces. Most any houseplant can make it in our dry, sunny climate as long as we create an indoor micro-environment conducive to healthy growth.

Long-range plan for water rates presented

Hayden residents will want to attend the next town board meeting.

Local skiers grab top spots

Summit County racer Chelsea Lynch may have stolen the show in Thursday's giant slalom race at Mount Werner, but that didn't stop the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club from grabbing its share of top finishes.

Freestyle skiers travel to Steamboat for competition

The best freestyle skiers in the Rocky Mountain Division will come to Steamboat Springs this weekend to compete in aerial, halfpipe and mogul competitions.

328 born in 2002

No New Year's baby yet at YVMC

Yampa Valley Medical Center has yet to welcome a New Year's baby for 2003, but the hospital has the statistics on the babies born in 2002.

NTSB completes investigation

Remaining plane crash survivors released from hospital

The remaining passengers in Sunday's plane crash near Rabbit Ears Pass were released from the hospital.

Steamboat gears up for college week

Central Park Liquor gets a good share of business when college week comes along in Steamboat Springs, store manager Aimee Kimmey said.

Ski area enjoys busy days

Powder brings out huge crowds for holiday skiing

New Year's Day in Steamboat Springs wrapped a ski area operator's fondest dream and biggest challenge into one frenetic morning.

Wednesday, January 1

Snow encourages some guests to stick around

Visitors who intended to leave Steamboat Springs before the first of the year had good reason to reconsider their vacation plans Wednesday. The Steamboat Ski Area reported more than 18 inches of new snow at mid-mountain from a storm that moved into the area Tuesday and continued into Wednesday.

Police enjoy quiet New Year's Eve

The winter storm that came through Steamboat Springs Tuesday evening kept many people off the roads.Fewer motorists meant light work for local police who patrolled New Year's Eve traffic.

Status of plane crash passengers unchanged

Two men injured in a plane crash near Rabbit Ears Pass Sunday are still being treated at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Steve Palmer, 22, and Lloyd "Skip" Moreau, 53, have not yet been released from the hospital.