Stories for July 2003


Thursday, July 31

City submits fields plan to Triple Crown founder

Staying true to its words, the city submitted plans for more area ball fields to Triple Crown founder Dave King this week.

2 Hayden School Board seats are up for election

Two seats on the Hayden Board of Education will be up for election in November.

Teach the grandkids to garden

When I learned that my grandsons were coming for a long visit this summer, I had great plans to teach them to garden, among other things. I envisioned them spending hours in the garden with Gamma and readily devouring the fruits of our labors by the end of the visit.

Juniors' ACT scores improve

Student scores on one of the nation's most popular college entrance exams increased throughout Routt County this year, according to ACT test results released Wednesday by the Colorado Department of Education.

Bending the music rules

Ivers' music varies; Irish influence remains a constant

Tonight's Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul concert sold out faster than you can say Celtic music, but, weather permitting, those who didn't buy tickets in time can still race for the $5 lawn seating that goes on sale an hour before the show.

Tourney, condo numbers drop

Fewer Triple Crown players show in reduced occupancy

Steamboat Springs is in the midst of the second of three straight weeks of Triple Crown youth baseball World Series events. And the drop in the number of participating teams each week is beginning to show up in condominium occupancy.

Berry wins Cowboy Shootout with 69

Paul Berry has had a hectic schedule this summer, traveling the state to play in an estimated 15 golf tournaments.

Ice arena to reopen Monday

Manager Stacey Foster is expecting brisk business Monday when Howelsen Ice Arena opens for the season.

Lynx shine in Triple Crown series

Every baseball team loses, but that doesn't mean the Northwest Colorado Lynx has to expect -- or accept -- it, coach Shane Camilletti said.

The Record for Aug. 1, 2003

North Routt gets a new fire engine

After a severe lightning storm July 17 sent fire officials chasing multiple fires across the county, Routt County Emergency Manager Chuck Vale said he was thankful for the newest addition to the county's fleet of fire engines.

Advisory board OKs grants for county

All three of Routt County's requests for Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance grants were unanimously recommended for approval by a state advisory committee Thursday afternoon.

News in Brief

Ready for the big time

Four Sailor volleyball players taking their games to Division I

Former Steamboat Springs volleyball players Val Finch, Bayli Stillwell and Katie Carter have spent the summer increasing their muscle mass to a point where sometimes they struggle to put on their pants.

Wednesday, July 30

CSAP scores above average

Some areas, however, fell from last year

The Steamboat Springs School District continued its routine run of above-average Colorado Student Assessment Program test results, though scores dropped from last year in several areas, according to CSAP test results released Wednesday.

Chip-sealing causes delays on U.S. Highway 40

Clark resident Jim McDowell was angry when his son, Chris, arrived late to pick him up from Yampa Valley Regional Airport. But Chris had a good excuse. While driving to Hayden, he encountered a surprise delay from a chip-seal highway-resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 40. The project, being done by Intermountain Slurry Seal of Salt Lake City, Utah, is causing six- to 10-minute traffic delays, flagger Kelly Watson said.

District hopes to fill holes

Wanted: Volunteers for education committees

The Steamboat Springs School District is accepting applications to fill vacancies on four volunteer committees, the Education Fund Board, the Education Excellence Commission, the Technology Commission and the Capital Commission.

Learn the basics of rug weaving

Steamboat Springs residents will soon have the opportunity to take an in-depth look into the intricate, complicated process of creating a woven rug.

Hayden math scores slip

Hayden students exceeded state proficiency averages in fifth- and seventh-grade math, but sixth-, eighth-, ninth- and 10th-graders were at least 17 percent below state averages, according to Colorado Student Assessment Program results released Wednesday.

South Routt test results mixed

Colorado Student Assessment Program test results reveal numerous declines in South Routt School District student scores. Students improved their scores over last year's in several areas.

News in Brief

Space available in city's Mini Sprouts day program The city of Steamboat Springs has spaces available in Mini Sprouts, its morning summer preschool camp. Cost is $10 per day. Call 879-4300.

Man charged in burglary

A man has been charged with second-degree burglary after more than $10,000 was stolen from the Ski Area's Rendezvous Saddle, but it could be almost two years before he stands trial.

Pool play pitch

Triple Crown Division I World Series is this weekend

The advantage -- if there is one -- to traveling 14 hours from southwest Missouri to Steamboat Springs with a group of 18-year-olds is that they can drive.

The Record for July 31

Woman sentenced to 2 years on DUI

A woman involved in an accident last October in which two people were killed was sentenced to jail Wednesday on drunken driving and other charges.

Women's tennis on to district playoffs

Team captain Kathi Ayres didn't expect her Steamboat Red to advance to the district playoffs when the tennis season began this summer.

Environmentalists, commissioners at odds over roads

Environmentalists are trying to stop state and local governments across the West that are claiming rights of way for roads through national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, wilderness areas and other public lands.

Tuesday, July 29

Steamboat man dies in Highway 9 crash

A 69-year-old Steamboat Springs man died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident along Colorado Highway 9 near Green Mountain Reservoir, just a day after three local women were killed along the same stretch of road.

Steamboat pair takes tennis tournament

High school tennis players Patrick Ayres and Kelli Parnell have discovered a winning combination.

Our View: YVRA About to Get Off the Ground

Yampa Valley Regional Airport is finally getting a much-needed face-lift, thanks indirectly to the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy.

Rain signals start of monsoon precipitation

Storm slams Steamboat with hail up to a half-inch in diameter

A fierce thunderstorm raced through Northwest Colorado on Tuesday, dumping rain and hail on sun-parched land and bringing the first significant precipitation of the summer monsoon season.

News in Brief

Fund created to help friends of Slovakians A fund has been set up to help the friends of Miriana Feketova, Nina Huskova and Monika Grigova, three Slovakian women killed in a car accident on Colorado Highway 9 on Thursday. The fund will help pay for travel expenses, allowing many of the women's friends to return to Slovakia for the funerals. To make a contribution, contact Marty Lepper at Alpine Bank, 870-7411.

Late hours in Oak Creek shops

Oak Creek residents taking a summer stroll tonight will have a new reason to stop when they reach downtown.

A Classic climb

Mount Werner Classic hits the ground running Saturday

After a three-week break, the Steamboat Springs Running Series heads into the final two months of the season with the ninth annual Mount Werner Classic.

Delta is coming to YVRA

Andy Wirth is convinced he can land vacationing skiers at Salt Lake City International Airport, right in front of the noses of ski executives at Snowbird and Park City, Utah, and fly them over the Wasatch Range to an ultimate destination in Steamboat Springs.

Candy, soda stolen from yurt

An 18-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday on charges he broke into a yurt at Howelsen Hill and stole $80 worth of soda and candy.

Snow Country Construction chosen for YVRA phase one

On Tuesday, Routt County commissioners chose Snow Country Construction to complete the first phase of improvements at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Lightning likely killed 3 horses on More land

Lightning likely killed three horses Monday in a field behind Yampa Valley Medical Center, a Steamboat Springs veterinarian said.

Letters to the editor

I would like to express my deep appreciation and thanks to all those who came to my aid when I rolled my truck off Colorado Highway 131 last Friday (July 25th) afternoon.

County OKs improvement district policy

Residents trying to form local improvement districts will have an easier time understanding what steps are necessary, thanks to a policy approved by the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Monday.

The Record for July 30

Monday, July 28

Jumpers soar without snow

American athletes earn top-10 finishes in Continental Cup

Members of the American ski jumping team made some noise Friday at a Continental Cup meet in Park City, Utah, collecting several top finishes including three jumpers in the top 10.

Steamboat Golf Club Classic set for Aug. 8-10

With more than 70 golfers in the field and an expected $7,000 in prizes, the annual Steamboat Golf Club Classic is one of the biggest tournaments of the summer in the Yampa Valley.

Conditions ripe for wildfire

6 citations issues since restrictions established last week

Despite brief rain showers, conditions are ripe for fires in Routt County, emergency officials said. "We are having daily fire occurrences from lightning (in Northwest Colorado)," said Chuck Vale, the director of Routt County emergency services. "The luck is we haven't had any in Routt County. I don't know why. There was a terrible amount of lightning Saturday night."

Study participants sought

South Routt economy focal point of Aug. 14 discussion

Organizers of an economic study for the South Routt area are sending out more than 150 letters to business owners, workers and other members of the public to elicit participants.

District wants local venue

School Board asks for Montessori case to be heard in county

The Steamboat Springs School District filed a motion Monday in Denver District Court requesting the its legal dispute with Steamboat Springs Montessori be settled in Routt County, not Denver.

'Fair Days and Fun Nights' around the corner

90th Routt County Fair begins Aug. 9

The first Routt County Fair and Rodeo was held in 1914. Now, organizers are busy preparing for the 90th installment of the event, which runs Aug. 9-17 at the fairgrounds in Hayden.

The Record for July 29, 2003

12:36 a.m. A male was reported yelling, breaking glass and causing problems at Colorado Mountain College.

Towns vie for grant funding

Community officials will seek the state's assistance on several area projects this week at a meeting of the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance advisory committee in Glenwood Springs.

Sunday, July 27

Camp celebrates 90th year

Perry-Mansfield alumni visit from across country

Suzanne Hartung said she would recognize Princess Morris anywhere, even after 40 years. "Even if I heard her voice behind me, I would know it was Princess," Hartung said. Morris is distinctive for her long, graceful neck. Her tall ballet body holds the same poise it did in 1959 when the two women danced together at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.

Skin spots signs of sun damage

Have you ever seen a brown spot on your skin and wondered what it was? Sun kisses scattered over the nose of a red-haired child are readily identified as freckles, but other spots can be more difficult to categorize without experience -- or a biopsy.

Philharmonic musicians visit

This week, Strings in the Mountains features three principal instrumentalists from the New York Philharmonic, violinist Michelle Kim, violist Cynthia Phelps and clarinetist Marc Nuccio. The New York Philharmonic is the oldest orchestra in the United States.

Lecture series to begin Aug. 7

The first speaker in Steamboat's Summer Seminar Series will take the stage Aug. 7, opening yet another door between this tiny mountain town and the world.

Pre-cut firewood available

Forest Service fuels-reduction program offers fringe benefit

There is a stash of firewood on the lower levels of Buffalo Pass that is already cut to manageable lengths. In some cases it's even stacked by the side of the road, waiting for permit holders to come and haul it away.

The Record for July 28

12 p.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported in the 1700 block of Lincoln Ave.

Measure the mountain by the people you meet

Keep on truckin', Dennis ...

The big hike up Colorado's highest peak is very much like a trip to the supermarket in Steamboat Springs.

Saturday, July 26

Letters to the editor

Much-needed relief

With growing population, North Routt's preschool was necessary

After 17 years of providing in-home child care for many North Routt County children, Nancy White realized she couldn't fulfill the community's needs.

Knickknacks, years, friends

Oak Creek woman, 90, enjoys collecting all sorts of things

Lottie Turon, a longtime resident of Oak Creek, will never forget the day the pipes froze.

Royal Enfield

1945 motorcycle is a blast from the past

The 1940s Enfield appeared under veil of night as far as anyone can tell, but everyone knew who put it there.

Bike Festival rolls into town Friday

A heart-pounding 1,900-foot vertical drop will challenge downhill racers and bring a fresh touch of excitement to the long-running Steamboat Springs Bike Festival this weekend.

Baseball's unspoken dress code

If you play ball at Howelsen Hill these days, you probably already know the dress code.

Passionate about paintball

Ryan Johnson turns his love for the game into a profit

The thought of mowing lawns crossed Ryan Johnson's mind, but playing paintball with friends seemed like a better summer job.

Duo's fancy footwork takes them to finals

The Czech Republic is the site of the 24th World Footbag Championships, where Steamboat Springs resident Peter Shunny and his partner, Chris Siebert of Virginia, will attempt to repeat as men's doubles net champions.

Routt County Spotlight

Paving the way for future climbers

The Stettner brothers, Joe and Paul, were admired pioneers in American mountain climbing, putting up routes on Longs Peak and the Grand Teton that no one had climbed before.

YVRA construction to begin

Construction for the first phase of improvements to Yampa Valley Regional Airport is slated to begin this week, after Routt County officials approve a bid Monday, Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan said. County officials are working to find solutions to a projected $3.4 million funding gap for the overall $17.8 million project.

'Be the change you want to see in the world'

Mike Miles, Democratic candidate for Colorado's U.S. Senate seat, grew up poor with eight siblings in Colorado Springs -- "the go-to-bed-hungry kind of poor," he said.

Births for July 27

Class notes

Jimmie D. Hinkle 1926-2003

Dashed dreams, valiant effort

Endurance race proves too much for Colorado athletes

Russ Garrity and his mates on Team Summit spent three nights in a chilly swamp in Northern Ontario before they acknowledged the inevitable -- they weren't going to complete the Eco Challenge North American Championships.

Building permits for July 14-18

Subalpine Condo Assoc 3170 Columbine Dr. J. Cina Construction Re-side, replace windows & decks $161,595

Business News in Brief

Robert Mann will give a presentation titled "From Wool to Rugs -- a Look at Turkey and its Weavers," from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 7 at Chase Oriental Rug Co. in the Riverside Center on Steamboat's west side.

ASC CEO's compensation doubled in 2002

American Skiing Co. CEO B.J. Fair saw his compensation in salary and bonuses more than double in 2002 to $850,000. Information on salaries and bonuses for ASC's top corporate executives is contained in a report to shareholders that was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this week. The report announces ASC's annual meeting will be held Aug. 26 in Park City, Utah.

ASC CEO's pay doubled in 2002

American Skiing Co. CEO B.J. Fair saw his compensation in salary and bonuses more than double in 2002 to $850,000. Information on salaries and bonuses for ASC's top corporate executives is contained in a report to shareholders that was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this week. The report announces ASC's annual meeting will be held Aug. 26 in Park City, Utah.

Sound Off for July 27, 2003

Summer rental market slow

An unusual number of condominiums and other rental properties in Steamboat Springs are empty right now, a fact that could lower the average market price for long-terms rental properties, local rental property managers say.

Builders plan new mixed-use facility

Two Steamboat Springs businessmen hope to build a three-story building that would combine commercial and residential uses on the city's west side. Stephen Moore and Ben jamin "Jamie" Letson are the principals in Highway 40 LLC. Together, they own lots 1 and 2 of the Riverside Subdivision.

Real estate transactions for July 16-20


Child care conundrum

Amy Danforth, 23, has lived in Routt County since 1990 and has two daughters ages 1 and 3.

Our View: Learned lesson

The Steamboat Springs City Council has decided to go after a property tax to fund fire and ambulance services again.

The Record for July 27

Friday, July 25

Greeley man arrested after van crashes into lumber pile

After resisting arrest and behaving oddly toward police officers, Greeley resident Daniel Jamison Hayslip was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving.

The Record for July 26

Crash victims identified

The names of three Slovakian women killed Thursday in a car accident near Green Mountain Reservoir were released by the Colorado State Patrol on Friday.

Spinder revels in retirement

Bill Spinder got serious about mountain climbing several years ago, after a blown-out knee forced him off the ski slopes and marathon courses under doctor's orders.

News in Brief

Fine arts studio class offered Mondays, Tuesdays A beginning hands-on multimedia studio class designed to give participants a solid foundation for all fine arts will begin Monday and run Mondays and Tuesdays through Aug. 12. Call instructor Ruth Conner at 871-4740 to register.

Colorado Days begins today

Northwest Colorado Shrine Club member Don Johnson has attended every Colorado Days celebration since its inception 20 years ago.

Wal-Mart employee arrested after alleged threat to co-worker

A Wal-Mart employee was arrested Friday morning after allegedly threatening to stab a co-worker with a blade.

N. Routt charter holding fund-raiser

The North Routt Community Charter School's "fun-raiser," being held today at the Lower Glen on the Elk River, promises to raise merriment and funds.

11,400 expected tonight

Steamboat saw 12,200 at same time in 2002

The arrival of 78 youth baseball teams from all over the United States fueled tourism in Steamboat Springs this week.

SSHS student wins Lamm award

16-year-old honored with $1,500, board membership

At 16, Amanda Toy already is attracting statewide attention, as a leader, as a good student and as a young woman with a promising future.

Thursday, July 24

3 die in highway crash

Steamboat motorist may be chaged with careless driving causing death

Three women from Slovakia who likely were doing seasonal work in Steamboat Springs were killed in a car accident Thursday morning on Colorado Highway 9 near Green Mountain Reservoir.

No extra hours for hot springs

After an intense meeting that brought out more than two dozen residents, the Routt County Planning Commission turned down the Strawberry Park Hot Springs' request to extend weekday hours to midnight.


Tim Cahill featured speaker at sojourn

After reading through a pile of Tim Cahill's work, it's easy to understand why people living in a mountain town -- notoriously adventurous limit-pushers -- would enjoy the writings of a man who has explored the back alleys and raging rivers of more than 170 countries.

News in Brief

Making music around the censors

The first movement starts innocently. The music is simple and accessible -- music for the masses. That is what the censors required in late-1940s Russia. From 1948 to 1953, Dmitri Shostakovich's music was banned in Russia because "they thought it was too intellectual," conductor Paul Eachus said. So the composer started writing around the censors.

Planner eases tension over Sunburst proposal

After some debate, raised voices and frustrated looks, planning consultant Tim Katers got what he was looking for Thursday: a positive response from the Hayden Planning Commission and Sunburst Ranch developers.

Planning OKs River Place

The city Planning Commission approved the River Place co-housing project, but said it wanted an 8-foot sidewalk along U.S. Highway 40 to go with it.

Bringing the big city feel

If you live in Steamboat, you probably haven't experienced rush hour on the subway for a long time.


Deciphering between bugs

A quick guide to the insects in your garden

At the Strings Garden Tour earlier this month, Whitney Cranshaw talked about bugs in our gardens. According to Whitney, an entomologist with Colorado State University, all bugs have a purpose here on Earth. It's just that some bugs tend to, well, bug us more than others.

Returning softball champs take first

The South Routt women on the Bonfiglio's/Pisa's of Oak Creek team were concerned there would be no adult women's league this summer, so they signed up for the coed league.

Kids urged to register early for football camp

Christina Freeman's advice to young football hopefuls and their parents is not to wait.

Reggae Cowboys ride into Steamboat

A Canadian band originally from the Caribbean was influenced by an Italian composer who wrote music for movies about the American West.

Roommates arrested on drug charges

Three roommates living in a condominium along Burgess Creek Road were arrested on felony drug charges Wednesday.

Teams named academic champs

The Colorado High School Activities Association has named two Steamboat Springs athletic teams "Academic Team Champions."

The ladies of legend

Perry-Mansfield celebrates 90 years in Strawberry Park

The story has been told a thousand times and will be told a thousand more until it is solidified into history.

Drought is apparent in reduced river flows

Yampa River flowing at half the historical mean but double last year's flow at this time

The water flowing under the Fifth Street Bridge in downtown Steamboat Springs is less than half of normal, but that's significantly more than this time last year.

Autumn Phillips: Simmering summer

It's so hot, my forehead just melted into my eyeballs, and I can barely see to write this column.

Wednesday, July 23

Sailors hone skills during summer

It's the sound of a baseball colliding with leather or aluminum, the thrill of racing around third en route to a score and his deep-rooted love of the game that has brought Sean Murphy to the diamond most of his life.

Viva los Banditos

Texas team holds three national championships

The Banditos Baseball Club plays tournaments every weekend and runs practices three nights a week from September through July.

Wonders inspire author of 'Simple Acts of Faith'

The two stories caught the eye of author Margaret Feinberg, who was inspired to find others like them. Feinberg incorporated the tales, along with others about such figures as Sam Walton and Reader's Digest founder Wallace DeWitt into a single volume.

Coroner identifies victims

Man from Windsor, pilot from California among deceased

The Routt County Coroner's Office has positively identified 24-year-old Windsor resident Keith Stickel and the plane's pilot, 52-year-old Santa Clara, Calif., resident Walton Chun, as two of the three victims who died in a plane crash Saturday near Rabbit Ears Pass.

ASC names new marketing VP

American Skiing Co. has hired an insider with a track record of innovation to be its new senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Bail money benefits Muscular Dystrophy

Sheriff John Warner has been raising bail money in case he gets locked up next week.

Consultant will present Sunburst analysis

A planning consultant hired by the town of Hayden will present his analysis of the first phase of a proposed 900-acre subdivision and get more input from developers at tonight's Hayden Planning Commission meeting.

Hot springs hours may change

The Strawberry Parks Hot Springs will ask the Routt County Regional Planning Commission tonight to change the park's official weekday hours to give residents and tourists more time to soak.

Briefs for July 24, 2003

Tuesday, July 22

Swimmers ready to compete

Last weekend's Western Slope Championships in Rangeley served as an eye-opener for many of the swimmers on the Steamboat Springs swim team.

Next stop: Noxious whitetop, toadflax

At a weed tour tonight, residents may think they're getting a close-up look at some of the area's most beautiful flowers.

A summer on ice

Skaters take advantage of seasonal opportunities

According to the U.S. Figure Skating Association, a young skater may fall down more than 20,000 times while trying to learn a jump.

Hayden OKs waterline map

Hayden Public Works Director Frank Fox has determined that almost 25 percent of the town's treated water was lost in 2002.

Sunburst revisions proposed

A planning consultant met with town officials Thursday to discuss the Hayden Planning Commis-sion's desires to revise the sketch plans for Sunburst Park North, the first phase of the planned 900-acre Sunburst Ranch.

The evolution of 'The Moonlight Smithy'

He is a firefighter and volunteer rescue worker by day. But after-hours, between emergency calls blasting from the scanner in his home or workshop, Dal Leck is "The Moonlight Smithy."

What Grace Period?

Donna Howell officially takes over Aug. 8 as the new superintendent of the Steamboat Springs School District.

Ideas for justice center unveiled

Routt County commissioners got the first glimpse of what the county's new justice center could look like Tuesday.

Colorado Days are this weekend

Profits from annual celebration go to Shriners Hospital

Northwest Colorado Shrine Club member Don Johnson has attended every Colorado Days celebration since its inception 20 years ago.

Airplane victims' autopsies to be released

Autopsy reports on the three victims in Saturday's airplane crash likely will be released today.

Eagle County man seeks lower bond

Luke Ross Gray's hearing set for Aug. 20

A 20-year-old Eagle County man accused of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of alcohol appeared in court Tuesday to request a bond reduction.

Sailor returns to support golfers

Cody Sherrill added another trophy to his collection Monday during the first Sailors Shoot-Out at the Catamount Ranch & Club.

Sunshine Loop offers racers a classic ride

With four races left in the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike series, riders who are interested in winning their divisions can make a push tonight in the Mount Werner Sunshine Loop.

Letters to the editor

Rest of the story

Briefs for July 23, 2003

Highway 40 construction brings drivers to halt

Rick Taylor drives to Steamboat Springs from Denver every two months for work. As he started on his journey back to the metro area Tuesday, he was surprised when it suddenly stopped.

Euzoa Bible Church keeps most of permit amendments

The Routt County Board of Commissioners let Euzoa Bible Church keep much of the breathing room it was given last month so it can continue holding worship services at its Strawberry Park location while it searches for a new home.

Monday, July 21

Discussion on historic mill levy continues

Routt County commissioners met with the Friends of Heritage Fund Group Monday morning to discuss how to proceed with efforts to put a 0.3-mill levy in place that would provide more than $200,000 a year for county museums and historical societies.

Players can get in on club championship

The Steamboat Springs Combined Club Championships will not tee up until Sept. 5, but Haymaker professional Hank Franks said local players shouldn't wait to get their names on the list.

Soccer teams score

Area squads show well at Steamboat tournament

The Lakers from Salt Lake City scored the winning goal with seven minutes left in Sunday's championship game of the girls U-18 division of the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament.

Altitude can cause problems

Pilots say flying is more complicated in mountains

Area pilots said it is likely nothing more than coincidence that two small planes have crashed in nearly the same remote spot south of Rabbit Ears Pass in the last six months.

Routt County approves fire restrictions

The season for summer campfires has come to an end. Routt County commissioners on Monday approved fire restrictions for all private and state lands.

Crash victims identified

Airport official says pilot flew out of Fort Collins on Saturday

A young couple from Windsor and a recreational pilot from Fort Collins are believed to be the victims in a plane crash Saturday near Rabbit Ears Pass.

Tennis fund-raiser seeks love

Proceeds will help fund SSHS, junior teams

When coach John Aragon's high school tennis team had yet to boast a regional title, he decided it was time to offer some incentive.

Sunday, July 20

Police bike patrols return to streets

Bike cops have taken to the streets of Steamboat Springs.

Windsor couple, Fort Collins pilot believed dead in crash

A young couple from Windsor and a recreational pilot from Fort Collins are believed to be the victims in a plane crash Saturday near Rabbit Ears Pass. Investigators would not release the names of the victims, saying dental records are required to confirm their identities. However, Don Stickel of Illinois said investigators have indicated to his family that the people in the plane were Stickel's brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Kela Stickel of Windsor, and a pilot who worked with Keith Stickel at Hewlett Packard in Fort Collins. Don Stickel did not know the pilot's name.

Tubers finding it difficult to stay afloat

Tubers may have to work a little harder to make it down the Yampa River, but that isn't stopping hundreds from taking the float while it is still permitted.

You never forget your first car, Porsche or not --om Ross

A young man's dream goes up in smoke

Marsh Gooding had a firm grip on a heavenly set of wheels for the better part of 10 months. He was driving a car that most people his age, and plenty who are decades older, have only dreamed about.

Saturday, July 19

Council elections lining up

There is still a month to go before the deadline to file candidacies for the Steamboat Springs City Council, but five candidates already have announced they will run.

Real Estate Transactions for July 8-15


Back in business

Big Tuna's reopens in Oak Creek

A lot about Big Tuna's restaurant in Oak Creek has changed since new owners John and Michele Barkal, and Fred and Kathy Matzdorf reopened the business on the Fourth of July.

The garden of youth

Study Buddy program creates children's area at Yampa River Botanic Park

Nearly 400 students from the Steamboat Springs and Soroco school districts recently finished creating a Children's Garden at Yampa River Botanic Park.

Business News in Brief

A group of local businessmen with backgrounds in banking, real estate and property management have formed a new direct private lending firm called Capital Funding Advisors LLC.

Letters to the Editor: Ski Town USA

In the past couple of years, there was a large article in the Steamboat Pilot & Today addressing the fact that Utah was trying to claim the title of Ski Town USA. In this article, everyone who was interviewed seemed to have a strong passion for maintaining the town's title rather than allowing Utah to claim it.

Sound Off for July 20

Editor's Note: Problems with the Steamboat Pilot & Today's voicemail system have interrupted Sound Off service. Service to the line, 871-4248, is scheduled to be restored Monday. In the interim, callers may leave Sound Off comments on editor Scott Stanford's voicemail at 871-4221.

Leisure Resprts' parent files bankruptcy

Mego Corp. will likely sell Hilltop and Pine Grove Road suites

A pair of timeshare resorts here are "likely" to be offered for sale after their parent company field for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week. A company spokesman said the 56-unit Leisure Resorts Hilltop on Highpoint Drive and 60-unit Leisure Resorts Steamboat Springs Suites on Pine Grove Road will continue to operate normally. However, the local sales office closed on Wednesday.

Pedal the Zirkel Circle

Bike route circumnavigates park range; blacktop kept to a minimum

Neill Redfern and Craig Russell are bicycling buddies, but the truth is one of the two men spends most of his summer on a road bike and the other trains regularly on a heavier mountain bike.

A tribute to a true American -- Melinda Mawdsley

For $47.99 a month -- $42.99 a month because Comcast is running a promotion -- you can get the Outdoor Life Network, the current digital cable home of Lance Armstrong -- America's greatest athlete.

Our View: Broad board

As much as the editorials expressed here reflect the newspaper's stances on specific issues, they also should acknowledge our community's standards, expectations and values.

Safe at home

New businesses aim to create defensible space for houses

The haze in Northwest Colorado's skies this week signaled the return of wildfire season, and the Colorado State Forest Service is offering cash incentives to property owners willing to remove some of the trees and brush surrounding their buildings.

United standing on undefeated record

As Steamboat United's name suggests, it is a soccer team proud to work together toward a common goal.

Making waves

Water skiers prepare for regional championships

Jenni Stanford is 19 with one year of college behind her, but Jerry Stanford is still driving his oldest daughter around.

Teen Style: If we can't vote, why bother forming political beliefs?

Politics are not often discussed among teenagers, but with the right amount of poking and prodding, teenagers are not as apathetic to politics as society assumes. Though the inability to vote is often frustrating, teenagers can be filled with clever insight into the governmental structure that they will soon be a part of.

Teen Style: Choosing what you believe is a proactive decision

A long time ago, but not so very long ago, there was a man by the name of Lucas. He was trapped on the roof of his house surrounded by floodwaters.

Plane crash still a mystery

Victims so badly burned no identifications can be made

The burned wreckage of Saturday's deadly small plan crash on Rabbit Ears Pass left little clue as to who the passengers were and why the plane crashed.

Plane crash kills 3

Three people died Saturday when their single-engine plane crashed in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area near Rabbit Ears Pass, the Routt County Sheriff's Office reported.


Marguerite Crawford, a former resident of Steamboat Springs, passed away in Mesa, Ariz., on June 29, 2003. She was 99 years old.


Births for July 29, 2003

Building Permits for July 7-11

BLT Restaurant LLC 425 Lincoln Ave. Owner/contractor Exterior Siding $1,700

Letters to the Editor: Paving the way

I have not seen coverage in the Pilot or the Today on an issue of great importance to anyone who appreciates our national parks and monuments, designated wilderness areas, national wildlife refuges, and Bureau of Land Management lands for their natural qualities and the relative absence of impact by motorized vehicles and roads.

Teen Style: Choosing to believe something different than your parents

Though many parents want their children to follow in their religious footsteps, not everyone can be like the Flanders family from "The Simpsons."

Teen Style: My life as a Jehovah's Witness

The number of Jehovah's Witnesses is growing, and I feel privileged to be one of them.

Teen suicide rates alarming

Katie said she felt detached last year as she swallowed a handful of prescription painkillers.

Standing tall

Drunken driver took Jodie Spradlin's leg, not her spirit

Jodie Spradlin still has a copy of the police report from Thanksgiving Day, 1988. When she tells the story of that night, it's as if she is reading directly from the report.

Storm Mountain home sites back on the market

Of 14 home sites in the 1,063-acre Storm Mountain Ranch subdivision, three are back on the market with price tags higher than $3.5 million, making them some of the most expensive residential lots in town. Seven miles south of Steamboat Springs, two of the Storm Mountain Ranch home sites are undeveloped: the 70-acre "Homestead Eight" with an asking price of $4.2 million, and the 35-acre "Homestead Four" with an asking price of $3.87 million.

Friday, July 18

Howell signs 3-year contract

New superintendent will make $127,500 annually

The Steamboat Springs School Board voted Friday to hire Donna Howell as the district's next superintendent. Her base salary will be $127,500.

Taking on the best

Steamboat's U-14 boys prove their mettle against elite-level team

Nearly every member of the Bombers, Steamboat Springs' U-14 boys soccer team, is looking ahead to August.

Stanko has high hopes for CattleWomen

President wants to focus on education, outreach, communication

Jo Stanko didn't grow up on a ranch. Her parents never owned cattle. But she always knew she wanted to ranch.

Local war hero will be on Fox

Robin Olds to appear on WWII commemoration series

War hero Robin Olds and fellow fighter aces Chuck Yeager, Walker "Bud" Mahurin and Jack Bolt will be featured on the season premiere episode of a FOX News series commemorating World War II veterans.

Teenager's dream Porsche 911 destroyed in fire

'He took such good care of it,' his mother says

A 1975 Porsche burst into flames Friday morning along Fish Creek Falls Road.

Judge to decide Wolf Den lease case

Alex Wolf, owner of the Wolf Den Tavern in downtown Steamboat Springs, is in a legal dispute with his former landlord over the bar's lease.

Two believed dead in plane crash near Rabbit Ears

Plane down south of Rabbit Ears in Sarvis Creek Wilderness

A plane crashed Saturday morning in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area near Rabbit Ears Pass, sparking a fire, the Routt County Sheriff's Office reported. Sheriff John Warner said a Forest Service helicopter flying over the site spotted what appeared to be two bodies at the crash site about 6.5 miles south of U.S. Highway 40 on Rabbit Ears Pass.

For U-10 girls, learning is key

For 8- and 9-year-old soccer players the score isn't nearly as important as the post-game Popsicle.

Thursday, July 17

Remembering Matt

This week, instead of my regular column, I would like to rerun a column written a week after Matthew Shepard's death by a hometown friend, Jason Marsden. Jason was a good friend of Matthew's and spent the weeks after his death, processing it as a journalist assigned to the story and as a gay man who chose to stay in Wyoming.

Leaner, Lunker and Betsy make return

When Leaner, Lunker and Betsy where playing cover songs during aprÃs ski in the Thunderhead Lodge back in the 1970s, the group never dreamed the gig and the crowd would be around for another 30 years.

A comedic trip to the asylum

Lewis Riley was nervous when he walked into the asylum. He'd never been around "crazy" people before and was reticent to even shake a hand. His face was red with embarrassment, but he needed the money. He was here to direct the "loonies" in a therapeutic play.

Dog competitions proves to be quite a show

A Wednesday packed with endurance and agility tests did little to rob Lazer of his energy, as the dog dropped his retrieval bumper on the ground ready to fetch it again.

Pines losing beetle battle

Lodgepole pine trees around the Steamboat Lake and Hahn's Peak area have turned a dry red this past week, a clear sign of mountain pine beetle infestation.

Hayden OKs master waterline

Hayden Public Works Director Frank Fox has determined that almost 25 percent of the town's treated water was lost in 2002.

News in Brief

Artists are needed to creatively paint chairs for the third annual Chair Affair and Auction, presented by the Mixed Media Painting School of Steamboat Springs. The auction will take place Aug. 23, and proceeds will be used to create a fellowship for art education to benefit artists in Routt and Moffat counties.

Residents offer input on airport funding

A projected $3.4 million funding gap for improvements proposed for Yampa Valley Regional Airport could triple if the airport does not receive full federal discretionary funding.

Fire restrictions recommended

Routt County is one of four Northwest Colorado counties in which officials are recommending fire restrictions. The decision came after a Thursday conference call between federal land managers, fire officials and sheriffs in Routt, Moffat, Grand and Jackson counties.

Blood drive seeks donors

What gift can be spread among three people, costs nothing and is always in demand? The gift of life.

Donna Howell hired as Steamboat superintendent

Donna Howell, an Austin, Texas-based regional vice president for the private Edison Schools company, will be the next Steamboat Springs School District superintendent.

The Iguanas get a lesson in growing up

For The Iguanas, recording their latest album, "Plastic Silver 9 Volt Heart" was an exercise in growing up -- or in realizing they had.

Brief Points

Mystery writer Coel visits Steamboat

Author captures life on Wind River Indian Reservation

Stark and desolate. Margaret Coel's characters exist in a landscape that's lonely to look at and beautiful for that very reason. They live on the high plains of Wyoming on the Wind River Indian Reservation. It's a dry, windy patch of land where the Arapahoe were relocated in the 1870s from their home in Colorado. It's a land that captured Coel's imagination when she wrote her first book in 1981.

The Record for July 18

4:59 a.m. A bear call was made at Spring Creek Circle.

Steamboat flirts with record heat

The city endured its seventh straight day of 90-plus-degree heat Thursday, nearing the end of a week that has seen daily highs come within several degrees of the records.

Hayden Town Board supports museum tax

County Commissioner Doug Monger said he wasn't trying to sell the proposal of a new property tax to benefit Routt County Museums, but the Hayden Town Board bought it anyway.

Revisiting the fence five years later

One voice is conspicuously missing from a play about Matthew Shepard's death -- Matthew's.

Wednesday, July 16

Town nets tourney

150 soccer teams from seven states will play in Steamboat

The opening of the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament Friday allows the participating 12 local soccer teams a break from travel to compete at home.

W. Routt Housing wants improvements

Company seeks funds from Department of Agriculture for Hayden buildings

West Routt Housing Inc. is seeking funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to improve its three subsidized housing buildings in Hayden.

May sales tax numbers down

May sales tax numbers continued a four-month slide in falling city revenue.

Yampa looks to fill trustee position

The town of Yampa has had a vacancy on its Board of Trustees since October, and town clerk Janet Ray is hoping to fill it as soon as possible.

2 small fires start in county

Suspected causes: cigarette, lightning strike

Two small wildland fires Tuesday, one in West Routt and the other in South Routt, sparked concerns about the county's fire danger.

Audit called over water leaks

The town of Hayden is experiencing "substantial water loss," Town Manager Rob Straebel said.

Tuesday, July 15

Craig race-car driver hurt in 'worst wreck' of season

Modified race-car driver Brian Powers of Craig said he was lucky to come away from the accident like he did.

Guide seeks people for trek

Six have canceled plans to participate in Yampatika fund-raiser

It's time to test your level of spontaneity. Six of the people signed up for Yampatika's five-day llama trek through the Flat Tops Wilderness canceled their plans because of injuries or schedule conflicts.

News in brief

City's planning planning process

The City Council questioned and residents opposed a proposal to form an advisory committee to improve the city's planning process.

Our View: Debate, Influence and Re-election

Steamboat Springs School Board President Paul Fisher's announcement Monday that he will not seek re-election in November creates an unusual situation as the board prepares to make critical decisions that could affect the district for years to come.

YVRA board seeks input today

With a $17.6 million price tag for renovations and additions to Yampa Valley Regional Airport over the next five years, the YVRA Advisory Board is requesting public comment to help identify means to finance $3.4 million funding gap.

Yampa residents: No museum tax

At a Yampa Town Board meeting earlier this month, some residents opposed an effort to establish a .3 mill levy that would provide more than $200,000 a year for county museums and historical societies.

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

Debate, Influence and Re-election

Steamboat Springs School Board President Paul Fisher's announcement Monday that he will not seek re-election in November creates an unusual situation as the board prepares to make critical decisions that could affect the district for years to come.

Ranch to hold workshop

Resident entomologist aims to teach the beauty of bugs

When some people think about bugs, they cringe, recall the smell of insect repellent or picture what's splattered all over their windshields. Clark Pearson, however, can't get enough of them.

Residents voice opinions over river's future

A group of eight teenagers cooled off by splashing and swimming in the whitewater of Charlie's Hole on the Yampa River on Tuesday night.

Tree Haus fire remains under investigation

The Routt County Sheriff's Office and the Steamboat Springs Fire Department are still investigating an April fire that damaged a home in the Tree Haus subdivision. They are trying to determine the cause of the fire and whether arson was involved.

Quartet appreciates harmony in Hayden

The Hyperion String Quartet has played in places all over the United States: California, New York, Kentucky, Ohio and Massachusetts to name a few. But the quartet's viola player, Jamie Arrowsmith, said he was enjoying Colorado so much that it will be hard to leave.

City Council turns levy over to November ballot

The City Council gave the nod to put a 4-mill levy property tax for fire and ambulance services on November's ballot.

Ski Town Classic draws golfers

The opportunity to play on two of the most beautiful golf courses in Colorado, and the chance to benefit the Rotary Club, the Yampa Valley Medical Center and area students, drew 200 golfers to the Ski Town USA Golf Classic last weekend.

Fore a good cause

Rally for a Cure tournament raises funds for breast cancer awareness

Mary White was just one of the golfers who staked her claim to a title at the Rally for a Cure Golf Tournament, held Tuesday at the Steamboat Golf Club.

Police find $40,000 marijuana crop

An Oak Creek man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of growing marijuana on public land in Eagle County.

Town Board to consider water audit

The town of Hayden is experiencing "substantial water loss," Town Manager Rob Straebel said.

Trustees agree to extra costs

Although the Hayden School District has agreed to sell to the town of Hayden 1.14 acres at the corner of Breeze Basin Boulevard, Poplar Avenue and Third Street, the land still will be used as a play area by Hayden Valley Elementary students after the sale.

Montessori questions question

School Board wants poll question put on November ballot

The Steamboat Springs School Board's decision to poll voters on its handling of the ongoing Montessori charter school situation has baffled representatives of Steamboat Springs Montessori.

Ski Town Classic raises $110,000

The final dollar amount raised during the sixth annual Ski Town USA Golf Classic hasn't been figured, but the Friday auction held in conjunction with the two-day golf tournament brought in $110,000 that will directly benefit those in Routt County.

Monday, July 14

Rise in domestic violence prompts concerns

The shelter for victims of domestic violence is beyond capacity as a result of a recent surge in incidents, Advocates Against Battering and Abuse officials reported.

Fisher won't seek re-election to School Board

Steamboat Springs School Board President Paul Fisher announced Monday that he will not seek re-election. Fisher, who is serving his fourth year on the board and his second as its president, said family issues influenced the decision.

News in Brief

South Routt County residents are needed to help with the Colorado Community Assessment Program, an economic study sponsored by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

County reimbursed for coal haul

Hayden Station Director Frank Roitsch presented a check Monday for $400,616 to the Routt County commissioners to reimburse the county for heavy use of Routt County Road 27 during a coal haul that ended June 18.

The Record for July 15, 2003

12:05 a.m. A bongo drum was stolen outside of Go-Fer Foods along Lincoln Avenue.

Council to map out city's liquor licenses

A new map displays Steamboat Springs' 84 liquor licenses, giving city leaders a clear sense of how concentrated establishments that sell alcohol are in the community.

City to look at Ridge Road

Property owners seeking help with improvements

Property owners along Ridge Road are seeking the city of Steamboat Springs' help in upgrading the steep, winding road off of Burgess Creek Road near the ski area.

River management plan is topic of public meeting

The future of recreation on the Yampa River will be on the table tonight when the city of Steamboat Springs hosts an informal meeting to discuss the Yampa River Management Plan.

Vote set on Montessori Charter School

School Board puts question on election ballot

The Steamboat Springs School Board thinks it's not alone in regards to its opposition to a Montessori charter school. Now it wants the numbers to prove it.

Rally for a Cure is today

Golf tournament benefits breast cancer awareness, research

More than 70 golfers and volunteers are expected to show up at the Steamboat Golf Club today for the Rally for a Cure golf tournament.

Cog Rally races into town in September

In a little more than a month, speedy cars will be racing almost 80 miles of bumpy backcountry roads of Routt County as part of the third annual Colorado Cog Rally.

Christmas in July helps those in need

Santa Claus has traded in his wheels. Instead of using his trademark sleigh, Santa will now bring gifts to families in his new method of transportation -- a red Ford Escape.

Sunday, July 13

Strong wind ends fair early

Mother Nature aside, vendors call Art in the Park a success

On Sunday afternoon, vendors at Art in the Park had a few derogatory things to say about Mother Nature.

A hog by any other name would smell as sweet

Routt County place names often tell more than one story

We drove all the way to Hog Park over the weekend and never saw one darn pig. That would be 104 miles roundtrip and the place didn't live up to its name. Not a boar, not a sow, not a gilt, not even a piglet. Man, that chaps my hide. To top it off, we drove straight through Whiskey Park, and I didn't spy a single drop of rye to sip. What's this country coming to?

Seven domestic violence cases reported Sunday

Police busy as Rainbow Weekend draws to close

At 1 a.m., the phones at the Steamboat Springs Police Department started ringing off the hook and didn't stop until 4 a.m., Officer Brian Rogers said. In those three hours, police responded to five domestic-violence calls and three fights in progress were reported.

Use your head to protect your brain

Slipping on ice or falling off a bike can happen to anyone. Yet these everyday incidents are potentially dangerous to one of our most precious possessions -- the brain.

pianist opens music week

This week at Strings in the Mountains begins with a Different Tempo concert at 7 p.m. tonight.

Saturday, July 12

Homefinder launches

Realtors, newspaper partner to create comprehensive Web site

The Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors have launched Steamboat Homefinder, a new real estate Web site. Steamboat Homefinder ( includes a searchable database of all properties in the multiple listing service, updated real estate news, photos, videos and detailed information on the area.

Transactions for July 1-7


Not-so-secret gardens

A red Asiatic lily blooms only a foot from the bike path. You'll be riding by and you won't be able to stop. The flower is too thick with red and the gate to the Yampa River Botanic Park is unlocked -- always.

Ski and Bike Kare plans new home

Building will occupy former Good News lot

The downtown commercial lot at Lincoln Avenue and Fifth Street has stood empty ever since the old Good News Building was consumed in a fiery natural gas explosion on Feb. 3, 1994. The partners in Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare hope to begin bringing new commercial life to the vacant lot late this summer.

Women's issues come to the forefront in Yampa Valley

Since May 25, the Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Craig Daily Press have worked to bring women's issues to their front pages. The goal was to gather and examine statistics, but also to explore the stories of the women living right here in Northwest Colorado -- the faces behind the statistics.

Finding opportunity in leakage

Entrepreneur offers personalized delivery to and from Front Range

Rich Voldness has always wanted to be his own boss but during 25 years as a truck driver and deliveryman, he never quite got there. Then a blessing in disguise came along -- Voldness lost his job.

Carving legends into leather

Jody Vetter, 62, sits back in his workshop in Yampa and begins to tell a story.

Children ARC into summer

Computer-based program keeps reading skills sharp during school break

The white computer mouse dwarfed the small hand of 5-year-old Seth Niederhauser as he sat in front of a large computer screen Thursday afternoon at Soda Creek Elementary School.

Letters to the editor

Steamboat's future


Martin -- Lyons


Kreske -- Webb

John Russell Weekend brings cash, soccer talent to town

Next weekend, Steamboat Springs will be transformed from Ski Town USA to Soccer Town USA.

Volleyball elimination tourney ends today

Liz Coker, a part-time Steamboat Springs resident, is committed to the Steamboat Doubles volleyball tournament.

Women's triathlon is focus of clinic

Kirsten Ames and Mo Valenta realize women will have butterflies in their stomachs before, during and even after participating in a triathlon.

Soccer tourney not all about soccer

Money raised from event supports Steamboat's traveling teams

With more than 150 teams, 250 volunteers and 2,000 players involved, it's no wonder that the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament is one of the biggest in the state.

Cowpie competition

Steamboat rugby team wraps up pool play with win

JoJo Bucci grew up playing football in Steamboat Springs.

Building Permits for June 23-July 4

Randall Kohl 2653 Abbey Road Owner/contractor Single-family residence $207,304


Developers unhappy with planning process

Even while City Councilman Loui Antonucci was running for office almost two years ago, he heard complaints about the city's red tape that made everything from developing a subdivision to adding a sundeck a sticky proposition.

Balloons rodeo in the sky

Weather conditions ideal for 23rd annual event

Hundreds of spectators gathered in the chilly morning air to watch as fiery air inflated 39 hot air balloons and propelled each into the sky during the first day of the 23rd annual Community First National Bank Hot Air Balloon Rodeo.

Education briefs

Education briefs


Jim Carns 1907-2003

Viewpoints --quality

We have come a long way in the past half century in terms of issues involving women and girls. But despite the progress, much still needs to be done.

Trekking the bells

Take a hike along a 23-mile loop of trails through the Snowmass Wilderness area

Just a few miles west of the swanky, Hummer-lined streets of Aspen lies one of Colorado's most scenic -- if not populated -- wilderness areas.

Sound off for July 13, 2003

Sound Off

Friday, July 11

News in brief

Superintendent choice made

The Steamboat Springs School Board is "on the verge" of offering a contract to one of three finalists for its vacant superintendent position, School Board President Paul Fisher said Friday.

School Board's Fisher defends position

Some of the state politicians who have spoken out against the actions of the Steamboat Springs Board of Education don't understand the issues behind the School Board's decision, board president Paul Fisher said Friday.

Ski jump decision delayed

Planning Commission has unanswered questions

The Routt County Planning Commission delayed its decision on a conditional-use permit request for a summer ski ramp at the 16-acre Bald Eagle Ski Lake half a mile south of Steamboat Springs.

Walk-in visitors on the rise

Innkeepers to host 10,000 Saturday

Rainbow Weekend isn't projected to be quite as busy for area lodging properties as the recent Fourth of July holiday. Still, Steamboat innkeepers will be watching to see if walk-up business can push tourism numbers higher.

Ski Town Classic under way

The opportunity to play on two of the more beautiful golf courses in Colorado and the chance to benefit the Rotary Club, Yampa Valley Medical Center and area students drew 200 golfers to the Ski Town USA Golf Classic this weekend.

Artisans enjoy their freedom

Every artist at this year's Art in the Park has something unique to sell, but they all have one thing in common: They love their freedom.

Woman tackles MS head-on

Heuga Center helps Hayden resident

While some people drive around and around the grocery store parking lot looking for that one parking space that will prevent them from walking three steps to the front door, Leisha Epp parks in the spot farthest away.

Dinosaurs wrap it up

Duo takes home fifth straight Steamboat Doubles title

Some relationships are too good to end.

Weekend offers a Rainbow of activities in town

Balloon Rodeo, live music, arts, crafts and food booths part of festivities

Cowboys will come to Steamboat Springs to compete in steer roping this weekend. But instead of riding horses, these cowboys will be flying high above the steers in hot air balloons.

S. Routt economic study in works

Area has been selected for Community Assessment Program

The first steps toward making an economic study of South Routt County a success were taken by the study's steering committee, which met Thursday night in Oak Creek.

Thursday, July 10

Grants aid skiers with camp and other costs

Thirteen-year-old Max Pensack wants to be an Olympic freestyle skier someday just like his mentor, Olympian Travis Mayer.

Autumn Phillips: Hahn's Peak Cafe welcomes me home

I missed the Rocky Mountains the second I left Jackson Hole for the rest of the world. As anyone who has lived there will attest, those mountains change your life. Once you've lived in their shadow, you always live in their shadow.

Powderkeg explodes today at Howelsen

200 teams expected for annual doubles volleyball tournament

Former pro volleyball player Reed Stephenson spent Tuesday evening trying to regain his edge in the sand at Howelsen Hill.

Looking for a test

Xterra event lures local triathletes

Off-road triathlon competitions have taken off globally thanks largely to the commitment to the sport by the people affiliated with the Nissan Xterra series.

Central Park addition OK'd

Planning Commission unanimously approves plans

The city Planning Commission approved development plans and architectural plans for the last building to go in at Central Park Plaza.

DOW enacts emergency monkeypox legislation

Six species of African rodents are now prohibited in Colorado and transportation of any species of prairie dog is prohibited as part of an emergency regulation adopted by the Colorado Wildlife Commission during a Thursday meeting in Steamboat Springs.

Mountain berries can be delicious or deadly

The beautiful berries on the shrubs we see on hiking trails, in gardens and in parks around the Steamboat area are some of the most delicious you'll ever taste, but beware: some are also the most deadly if ever eaten.

Cowgirl returns with Hot Club of Cowtown

Anyone with a long enough memory of Routt County might remember her. She was in her early 20s and she was working as a horse wrangler at The Home Ranch in Clark. If you knew her, you may or may not have known that Elana Fremerman had dreams of one day becoming a professional musician.

Students shine at Youth Festival I

At 11 years old, dance students already are starting to ask the big questions of their teachers: "How old were you when you decided you were going to be a dancer?"and, "How many classes were you taking at my age?"

Brief Points

Ski Corp. amends health plan

Changes affect 50 part-time employees

Rising health insurance costs have prompted Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. to stop offering health benefits to part-time workers.

Teens injured in crash with semi

A semi-trailer collided with a car at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Pine Grove Road Thursday afternoon, smashing in the car's passenger side and sending two teenage girls to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Hayden Planning puts Sunburst on hold

Members of 4S Development were disappointed after the Hayden Planning Commission told them they would have to wait until August before getting approval of their sketch plans of the first phase of their planned 900-acre Sunburst Ranch development.

Building a better doghouse

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council will unveil entries in a dog-gone good fund-raiser at Art in the Park

Open your mind and your dog will follow.

Bet on Inside Straight

A new jazz band called Inside Straight formed this week and will disband Saturday night after playing only two gigs.


Allstars headline free concert

Saturday show second in summer series

North Mississippi Allstars sounds like an electric version of the way I picture the South. They sound like boys playing on a porch in Mississippi, or, more accurately, like boys who used to play on the porch before years of tour dates and recording studios.

Utility vehicle donated to fire department

North Routt Fire District chosen from field of 600 to receive Gator

The Hahn's Peak Fire Department in the North Routt Fire Protection District was chosen as one of 43 stations nationwide to receive a John Deere Trail Gator Utility Vehicle, donated by the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company.

News in brief

Town wants more from developer

The Sierra View Development Group will have to meet several new requirements before its proposed subdivision south of Oak Creek can be approved for annexation, Town Board members decided at Thursday night's meeting.

Owens weighs in on charter

Governor, State Board of Education voice support for Montessori lawsuit

Gov. Bill Owens and State Treasurer Mike Coffman joined the State Board of Education Thursday in support of a lawsuit filed against the Steamboat Springs School District over its refusal to approve a Montessori charter school application

Wednesday, July 9

District champs

Steamboat Springs 10-and-under team gets second win in two years

There was no time for Hondo Anderson to clean up and bandage his right knee.

Briefs for July 10, 2003

Wildfire threat similar to 2002

Officials warn that county is not safe from fire

Routt County may look green, but it's a dry green.

Ski Town Classic tees off

It's a chance to go to the 2004 Super Bowl, check out the scenery in Costa Rica and play golf at some of Steamboat's most notable courses.

City Market fingerprinting payroll checks

The Steamboat Springs City Market grocery store has joined the ranks of retailers and banks nationwide that are fighting check fraud by requiring a fingerprint when cashing payroll checks and other third-party checks.

Fair Board flushes Action Drain

Royal Flush wins bid on revote

After some deliberation, the Routt County Fair Board voted Wednesday night to dismiss the previously awarded bid from Action Drain Services of Craig and give the job of providing portable toilets at this year's fair to Royal Flush of Steamboat Springs.

School Board nears decision

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education is working to complete the contract it will offer to one of three superintendent finalists, but no date has been set for board action to approve the hiring of a new district leader.

Grasshoppers here for summer

Grasshoppers in Routt County are reaching maturity, if they haven't already, and each day thousands are earning their wings and taking to the skies.

Town Challenges Steamboats youths

Sometimes sacrifices have to be made to mountain bike.

Rodeo crowd may have set record

A majority of the seats at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena last Friday were filled before the first notes of the national anthem rang out or the first bull made its entrance.

Stray cats strut stuff

Feline gives birth at child care center

Tami Havener and Sharyl Ritschel of Discovery Learning Center got a surprise Tuesday morning when a stray cat showed up at the child care facility and gave birth shortly afterward.

City will review commercial building

Construction would complete final phase of Central Park Plaza

The city Planning Commission will be reviewing plans for a 28,800-square-foot commercial building next to Central Park Plaza at its meeting today.

Council hears water proposal

A focus group working on the formation of a Steamboat Springs Water Commission has agreed for it to consist of four city representatives and four representatives from the Mount Werner Water Board.

7 teams take titles in Triple Crown

Seven teams grabbed titles during the third leg of the Triple Crown slowpitch softball series, which brought 149 squads to Steamboat Springs over the Fourth of July weekend.

Montessori group sues district

Lawsuit seeks order to approve charter school application

Steamboat Springs Montessori filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Steamboat Springs School District and the Steamboat Springs Board of Education in an attempt to enforce a state order to approve its charter school application.

Transportation planning under way in region

Plan will cover five counties in northwest Colorado

Population increases, roadway congestion, highways without shoulders and poor road conditions are all transportation troubles facing Northwest Colorado, according to information provided Wednesday by the Northwest Regional Planning Commission and the engineering company URS.

Tuesday, July 8

Real estate company wins appeal

Colorado Group Realty won't have to go through conditional use process

A real estate company's appeal of an administrative decision turned into a council discussion on the validity of real estate offices on main streets and flaws in the community development code.

Editorial --riving Toward the Future

While it is hard to predict what the specific transportation needs for this area will be in 30 years, the focus for Steamboat Springs and Routt County should be on improving our surrounding highway infrastructure to handle an anticipated increase in commuters and visitors.

Letters to the editor

Has county saved too much?

Having extra money in the bank is usually a good thing. But at Tuesday night's public hearing on Routt County's financial situation, county commissioners and residents asked whether the county has saved too much money.

Council to send mill levy to voters

Property tax would free up capital, fund fire departments

The City Council is preparing to ask voters to approve a 4 mill levy for fire and ambulance services in November.

Acting 'bug' infects S. Routt

Community Drama Club presents on 'Kiss Me Kate'

During the past two months, 17 adults, teenagers and adolescents in South Routt have caught a bug: the acting bug.

The Cowpie crown

Steamboat rugby team looks for hometown championship

The Steamboat Rugby Club is set to host the 29th annual Cowpie Classic this weekend, and bolstered by several new team members, it hopes to make a run for the finals.

Heritage gets new principal

Former Limon man leaving Washington state for Steamboat job

After six years in the Pacific Northwest, Tim Calkins is headed home.

Armstrong celebrates hole-in-one

Golfer Tom Armstrong was thrilled when he scored his first hole-in-one June 29 at the Steamboat Golf Club on the 125-yard No. 3 hole, but that doesn't mean he's in any hurry to do it again.

Fourth Town Challenge race will be at Howelsen

The Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series is nearly half over, with the fourth race in the eight-race series being held today at Howelsen Hill.

Youngsters get lessons in agility

Jessie Dunlop showed up for her first Speed, Quickness and Agility Camp at Steamboat Springs High School on Tuesday unsure of what to expect.

Fair toilet bid may be flushed

Action Drain Services of Craig recently was awarded the job of providing portable toilets for the upcoming 2003 Routt County Fair, but a call from a competing business to the Routt County Fair Board may mean the Craig business's bid could be, well, flushed.

7 families to build their own homes

Self-help housing meeting tonight

The Regional Affordable Living Foundation will hold an educational meeting tonight on a federally funded self-help housing program.

Briefs for June 9, 2003

Monday, July 7

Man airlifted from wilderness

A 72-year-old man had to be airlifted by a Flight-For-Life helicopter after reportedly suffering from exhaustion while backpacking Monday in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness, Routt County Under Sheriff Dan Taylor said.

Swimmers prepare for meet in Craig

Two weeks ago Paul Rose dominated his age division in Rangely, taking home the high-point award, four first-place medals and a new pool record in the 50-meter freestyle.

Allen steps down as Routt County Coroner

Routt County Coroner Doug Allen's investigations of deaths have taken him to countless places across the county, from family residences to hospitals to the backcountry.

Tennis team draws interest

Chris Reitz never played high school or college tennis when she was growing up.

Men cited for damaging forest meadow

A pair of Steamboat Springs men who are suspected of driving their pickups through a fragile Alpine meadow on Buffalo Pass on Thursday have been issued federal citations.

Lightning sparks brush fire near Stagecoach

Lightening sparked a fire Monday in a meadow of grass and sagebrush bordering Bureau of Land Management property on the south side of Stagecoach State Park.

County to hold finance meeting

Upcoming budget will be discussed

Routt County commissioners and County Finance Director Dan Strnad will discuss the state of the county's finances and its upcoming budget with the public tonight.

Rabbit Ears will continue to watch over Steamboat

Historic motel sign receives historic designation

Ronald G. Koehler, 81, estimates he has taken more than 10,000 photographs of visitors over the past three decades at one spot in Steamboat Springs -- the sign in front of the Rabbit Ears Motel.

Elected officials weigh in on plan

City, county reject growth caps, Lincoln Avenue bypass

Elected officials offered clear direction Monday for the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan Update, saying they opposed growth caps and do not support creating a bypass for Lincoln Avenue.

Sunday, July 6

Restaurant sued over salmonella outbreak

Steamboat man filed complaint after December incident

A Steamboat Springs man is suing BLT Restaurants LLC for damages and expenses related to a salmonella outbreak last December at Seasons at the Pond.

Fourth of July a quiet one

Law enforcement officials report few problems

With the exception of a few fireworks, the Steamboat Springs Police Department said the July 4 holiday was a quiet one.

Officials to weigh area plan update today

Directions for the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan Update will be discussed twice today.

Tom Ross -- Planning a perfect vacation for the adventurer

For members of Team Summit, pain is only temporary

When you and I think of the perfect summer vacation, we daydream of a clambake on Cape Cod, or maybe frolicking in the California surf. We look forward to water skiing behind a big Evinrude at the cottage by the lake in Northern Minnesota, or saddling a paint horse at a Rocky Mountain guest ranch.

Cattle drive celebrates heritage

Cowboys, cowgirls lead herd through downtown Steamboat

Nadine Arroyo's grandfather was the last man to run sheep down Lincoln Avenue.

Strings holds Encore Concert this evening

This week at Strings in the Mountains gets started today with an Encore Concert at 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

Letter for July 6, 2003

Women and politics

Responsibility to family, lack of encouragement keeps many women from running for office

When Pat Holderness became Routt County's first female county commissioner, there were plenty of skeptics.

Behind the Headlines

Doug Monger is a Routt County commissioner representing West Routt County. He discussed the county's decision to build a new court facility using certificates of participation.

Just for kicks

Adult soccer league offers competition for all skill levels

Dr. Jim Dudley is one of the original Steamboat Springs adult soccer league players.

Business News in Brief

Tony Walton, managing broker at Mason & Morse Real Estate, has announced that Medora Fralick has joined the company as a broker associate. Fralick specializes in the sales and leasing of commercial and industrial real estate.

Study to help South Routt assess its economy

South Routt County has been selected to participate in the Colorado Community Asse-ssment Program, an economic study sponsored by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

Fastenal aims for customers big and small

A national construction and industrial supply company has opened a branch office in Steamboat Springs. Fastenal store manager Kelly Nelson said his 3,100-square-foot store at 1712 13th St. (Twentymile Road) represents his company's new emphasis on reaching smaller contractors and homeowners.

Irwin J. 'Butch' Curtis

Irwin "Butch" Curtis died June 27, 2003, after a long struggle with cancer. He was 60.

Sound Off for July 6

Your Sound Off Question of the Week is completely incorrect. Once again, you guys need to hire some proofreaders who can read. The Ski Corporation has not banned downhill biking on the mountain. It has banned extreme individuals from biking on the mountain. Get your facts straight for once.

Routt County Spotlight: Valerie Schechter

Valerie Schechter Age: 34 Occupation: Owner of Just Gardens Place of birth: Los Angeles, Calif.

Grant will help improve Howelsen ski jumps

There was a new feeling of enthusiasm in John Adams' voice earlier this week as he talked about a recently announced grant from Great Outdoors Colorado.

Heritage Party serves up 'oysters,' fun

The key to getting someone to try a Rocky Mountain Oyster for the first time is telling him or her to try it before they know what it is.

Angela Kreske and Kirk Webb

Linda Smith announces the marriage of her daughter, Angela L. Kreske of Golden, Colo., to Kirk T. Webb, also of Golden.

Therapy from a horse

Mountain Madness to benefit Humble Ranch

Cheri Trousil believes that the outdoors has profound therapeutic benefits. She is making sure that others can benefit from the animals, vistas and activities on the ranch she and her husband own in Steamboat Springs.

The Mongers

The John Monger family held a family celebration on June 29 at Blacktail Campground on Gore Pass.

Renee V. Lea Golden

Renee Golden passed away June 8, 2003, at Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. She was 46.

Steamboat teams make mark in Triple Crown

Every player in the men's division of this weekend's Triple Crown slow-pitch tournament can hit the softball. Playing defense is another story.

John Russell -- Ski jumps really are priceless

How can you put a price on a park? Have you ever stopped and asked how much that ball field means to you and your family? Or how about those scenic ski jumps at the base of Howelsen?

Noon whistle to sound again

Oak Creek's whistle will blow every day, just like it did in the 1900s

Oak Creek residents have their watches synchronized, and they know the moment it's time to eat lunch.

Students earn while they learn

Kaitlin Gallivan wakes up early these days.

Mountain Madness celebrates 25 years

The course speaks for itself.

Projected growth will impact transportation

In the 30-year time span between 2000 and 2030, Routt County's population is projected to grow by 73 percent, from 20,102 inhabitants to 34,842.

Our View: A Taxing Issue

Routt County commissioners have figured out a way to build a new court facility without asking for a tax increase. But while the commissioners deserve credit for financial creativity, the new plan raises concerns about long-term costs and the impact those costs will have on county operations.

First-timers brave chilly river waves

Paddling's new generation of "play boats" has transformed kayaking.

Friday, July 4

Historic Werner home goes on market

Steamboat's first family of skiing no longer lives in the shaded house along the banks of Soda Creek. But the Werner family's presence lingers in a home with a chipped-wood staircase, a large kitchen island and the well-known family's photos hanging on the walls.

Push America pedals on behalf of those with disabilities

Tanner Bacon spent many Independence Days during his childhood at the parade and rodeo in Steamboat Springs, where his grandparents live.

The Record for July 5, 2003

1:26 a.m. A mountain bike was reportedly stolen from behind Mazzola's restaurant.

Real Estate Transactions for June 22-30


DOW seeking bear volunteers

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is looking for a few good Routt County men and women who like to talk about bears.

Parade celebrates 100 years of Cowboy Roundup Days

Dana Schoewe and Liza and Sara Stout spent their Fourth of July morning in true American fashion -- manning a homemade lemonade stand at the corner of Seventh and Oak streets.

News in Brief

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp is offering free tours at 10 a.m. every Tuesday in July. Visitors can see dance, theater, and musical theater classes at the National Historic Site, America's oldest performing arts camp. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, and includes some robust hiking. Visitors should meet at the camp office. Call 879-7125 for information and directions.

Council to weigh tax questions

The Steamboat Springs City Council will provide feedback Tuesday on a proposed mill levy to create a heritage fund that would support five area museums.

Fire follows fireworks show

A 10-by-20-foot blaze erupted on Howelsen Hill shortly after the city's annual Fourth of July fireworks show ended Friday; however, fire officials said the display did not cause the fire.

Park Place changing face of Old Town

While the gentrification of Old Town Steamboat Springs has been under way for eight years, the trend has accelerated with a number of impressive new homes replacing modest two-bedroom boxes.

Thursday, July 3

Weekend activities abound

Steamboat promises another fun Fourth

Brief Points

Mad Creek Gallery will reopen in its new location at 811 Lincoln Ave. today. Mimosas will be served during and after the parade from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mad Creek Gallery specializes in fine contemporary art. Call 875-1301.

Vacation epiphanies

I have yet to carve my nigh three-week vacation into witty and poignant anecdotes, but I did return with several mental souvenirs -- less tangible than a pile of seashells, but collected in much the same way.

Wedding display tells tales of Routt County lives

A Yurich wedding party stares stern-faced from a photo at the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

News In Brief

The Steamboat Storm women's hockey team, the reigning Colorado Women's Ice Hockey State Champions, will be working for tips all day and all night at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Friday and Saturday. Look for them inside the two concession trailers at Romick Rodeo Arena, where they will be selling cold beer and sodas, with their tips going to support the team.


The Hahn's Peak Historical Society will hold an ice cream social, silent auction and membership drive from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hahn's Peak schoolhouse. The cost is $5. Call 879-7887.

Steamboat's size to double

More than 11,000 people are expected this weekend

The population of Steamboat Springs will more than double this weekend as 11,400 people are expected to check into local lodging properties.

Unjammed on the jam bands

I was going to turn over a new leaf. For the month of July, I vowed that I would not write about any jam bands.

Lecture gives female composers their due

The best way to call up Clara Schumann on the Internet is to type "wife of Robert Schumann" into the search engine.

Artist's travels began with a handshake

Art is not about making money or prestige, Rich Galusha said. It's about legacy and communicating to others what you experienced on this Earth.

Garden Tour offers peek of Steamboat's best back yards

Gardening and landscaping in Northwest Colorado have their own unique problems. Just because a plant is hardy in zone 3 or 4 doesn't mean it will thrive in your yard. How do you avoid repeating the mistakes of others or making some mistakes of your own?

Campgrounds near capacity for Fourth

Fire danger for weekend is high

Visitors planning on pitching tents and camping out this weekend are running out of options.

Parade, fireworks offer chance for fun on Fourth

Children can be more than just spectators at Steamboat Springs' annual Fourth of July Parade.

Weekend of racing

Chariots take to Romick Arena track Saturday and Sunday

Robin Sis doesn't spend a lot of time looking at the flying dirt, dust and rocks she leaves in her wake.

Conjura signs on with Degree

Steamboat Triathlete gets free clothes, deodorant out of deal

Emily Conjura is a running, biking and swimming advertisement.

City ups DUI watch for Fourth

Police hope that residents of Steamboat Springs and visitors enjoy the Fourth of July holiday, but remember to stay safe and not drive drunk.

Garden Tour offers peek of Steamboat's best backyards

Gardening and landscaping in Northwest Colorado have their own unique problems. Just because a plant is hardy in zone 3 or 4 doesn't mean it will thrive in your yard. How do you avoid repeating the mistakes of others or making some mistakes of your own?

Fry 'em up at Heritage party

Rocky Mountain oysters began their culinary history as a cowboy tradition that took place after the castration of calves and resurface today as a tourist novelty. They will appear this weekend as something in between.

Night Life

Latin funk band Agua Dulce will play at 10 p.m. at The Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square. Call 879-7070.

Treasure Gardens

Six years ago, Linda Fisher-Faiola's yard was an acre of sun-baked sagebrush. She stood on her deck overlooking the impossible landscaping task ahead of her and started up the chain saw.

Wednesday, July 2

Finalist declines AD job

Steamboat Springs High School's search continues

The search for a new Steamboat Springs athletics director continues after the school's top choice, a man from Colorado Springs, turned down the job.

State foundation provides fuel-bill help

The Colorado Energy Assistance Foundation has distributed thousands of dollars to LIFT-UP of Routt County, the Independent Life Center of Craig and the Community Budget Center to aid families that require assistance paying energy bills, but it still isn't enough to cover requests.

GOCO grants $176,000

Three Routt County projects receive funds

Three Routt County entities are the happy recipients of recently announced Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund grants.

Weekend activities abound

Steamboat promises another fun Fourth

7 to 10 a.m. The Steamboat Springs Lions Club will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The price is $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors; proceeds will benefit the Lions Club scholarship fund. Call 879-5853.

Hayden receives growth-planning grant

The town of Hayden received a $158,000 grant from the Gates Family Foundation this week to go toward proactive community visioning and planning efforts.

News in Brief

An ambulance transporting a man injured in a motorcycle accident Wednesday evening was involved in an accident en route to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Golf for fun, to raise funds

The members of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team realize that the price of a state title includes lots of practice, hard work and dedication.

Tennis Center team pulls perfect matches

The Steamboat Springs Tennis Center Blue team turned in a perfect showing last weekend by winning all of its points in two matches against the Maroon Creek Women's 3.5 USTA team during a road trip to Aspen.

Survey: YVMC No. 1 in patient satisfaction

Hospital garners multiple customer service awards

Yampa Valley Medical Center was named the nation's top performer in patient satisfaction in June by a national polling company. The medical center was one of 173 hospitals polled in the nationwide survey.

Tuesday, July 1

Summer reading program begins today

It is once again time for summer fun at the Hayden Public Library. The Summer Reading Program kicks off today.

RALF OKs housing authority

Impacts of merger on assets, new program were concerns

Despite some concerns, the Regional Affordable Living Foundation has given its blessing to the formation of a multijurisdictional housing authority.

Our View: Room With a View, and Some Tubes

Three dozen households in the Dream Island neighborhood will host a giant three-day block party this weekend whether they like it or not. It's safe to predict that almost 1,500 uninvited party guests will float by their back yards on inner tubes.

Town receives $158,000 grant for growth studies

The town of Hayden received a $158,000 grant Monday from the Gates Family Foundation to go toward proactive community visioning and planning efforts.

Hayden schools request grant to remove asbestos

The Hayden School District on Tuesday requested $114,000 in state energy and mineral impact funds to replace carpet and remove asbestos at its high school and middle school.

Buffalo Pass open to lake

8-foot snowdrifts persist on Divide

The road to Buffalo Pass is open -- barely -- in time for holiday hikers to access the southern end of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness.

July Fourth tourney a Triple Crown gem

'The best of the best'

If one were to compile a list of Colorado's competitive adult slow-pitch softball teams and compare it with the participation list for this weekend's Triple Crown tournament, the differences would be hard to notice.

Food Mill wins Craig softball tournament

Two Hayden slow-pitch softball teams turned in impressive season-ending performances in the two-day double-elimination tournament held in Craig.

School district requests money for improvements

The Hayden School District on Tuesday requested $114,000 in state energy and mineral impact funds to replace carpet and remove asbestos at its high school and middle school.

Mama Mia, what a ride

Bareback rider returns to defend Siegal title

Lexie Siegal has always had a soft spot in her heart for rodeo cowboys.

County will fund justice center

Commissioners vote unanimously to use certificate of participation

The Routt County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to pay for the planned justice center by means of a certificate of participation, rather than going to the voters to propose a tax increase.

Successful race

Thank you to all who made the June 29 Road Criterium a huge success. I think I speak for all when I say we really enjoyed thundering down Lincoln Avenue on a road bike without worrying about traffic and doing something we all like to do -- riding a bicycle!

Planning Commission looks at annexation

The Hayden Planning Commission addressed some of the town's desired uses for the Routt County Fairgrounds at its June 26 meeting, a preliminary step in the town's plan to annex the fairgrounds in the fall.

Officials: Swap home show for professional show

Serious injury, even death can occur if fireworks are used improperly

After drought canceled last year's Independence Day fireworks shows, people may be doubly eager to play with sparklers and see fireworks light up the sky this Fourth of July. But the city of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Fire Department warn that fireworks can be dangerous and should be used with caution.

News in Brief

Our View: City should listen to Dream Island's tubing concerns

Three dozen households in the Dream Island neighborhood will host a giant three-day block party this weekend whether they like it or not. It's safe to predict that almost 1,500 uninvited party guests will float by their back yards on inner tubes.