Stories for June 2003

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Monday, June 30

Tubing season is back

Floaters urged to respect quiet zones

Sunday marked the return of Steamboat's commercial tubing fleet to the Yampa River. Operators were in a buoyant mood as they anticipated the return of revenues following a 2002 season wiped out by drought.

Candidates know controversy

Superintendent finalists have experience dealing with tough issues

Like the predecessor whose job one of them may be asked to fill, finalists for the Steamboat Springs School District's superintendent job are no strangers to controversy.

Free Artline shuttles tour Steamboat arts scene on Thursdays

A new addition to Steamboat's art scene this summer, the artLine Shuttle, will take riders on a tour of Steamboat's art spots. The free shuttle will run every Thursday, leaving the Stockbridge Multi-Modal Transit Center at 11:30 am and circling through the tour route until 7:30 pm.

Making Hay

Franks sets new course record at Haymaker Golf Course

Jeff Franks was having so much fun Friday that he almost forgot about his score.

One day left to register for parade

It hardly seems as if a year has passed since trucks and tractors draped in red, white and blue drove down Lincoln Avenue with men waving from the driver's seats, since the Perry-Mansfield dancers jazz-handed their way block by block through downtown and since a stream of smiling dogs in bandanas led their owners as part of the annual Fourth of July parade.

Court stops Overlook Preserve development

The construction of Overlook Preserve has been halted until a judge decides whether its developers were fraudulent and breached fiduciary duties.

Accident claims Gypsum man

Vehicle rolled over near Toponas

A 24-year-old Gypsum man died early Sunday morning after being ejected from a pickup truck in a one-vehicle rollover accident that happened eight miles northwest of Toponas.

Sunday, June 29

Forest Act goes before Senate

The Senate began consideration of Congressman Scott McInnis', R-Grand Junction, "Healthy Forests Restoration" Act on June 26 with a legislative hearing by the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestr

The Senate began consideration of Congressman Scott McInnis', R-Grand Junction, "Healthy Forests Restoration" Act on June 26 with a legislative hearing by the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.

Tom Ross -- Just who was Sam Elbert anyway?

You have 25 days to get in shape to climb a fourteener

Please consider this to be your personal invitation to attend my not-so-gala 50th birthday celebration. You have 25 days to prepare yourselves. And if your present level of athletic conditioning is no better than mine, you have some work to do.

Tom Ross Just who was Sam Elbert anyway?

You have 25 days to get in shape to climb a fourteener

Please consider this to be your personal invitation to attend my not-so-gala 50th birthday celebration. You have 25 days to prepare yourselves. And if your present level of athletic conditioning is no better than mine, you have some work to do.

Oak Creek may spray magnesium chloride

Dust from unpaved streets in Oak Creek is blowing over Main Street like a sandstorm.

Desserts attract donations

Sweets abound at Advocates fund-raiser

Steamboat Springs resident Holly Rogers has attended the Decadent Desserts benefit for Advocates Against Battering and Abuse for the past three years, and she said this year's event at Catamount Ranch and Club was the best one yet.

Saturday, June 28

Outdoors: Trout make come back

Early signs: Yampa River fish populations have survived the drought

Fishing guide Daren Mangiaracina took a couple from France down to the Yampa River in town Thursday and even though his clients had never fly-fished before, he got them into trout. Not just any fish, but one plump rainbow after another, all of them wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the logo "I survived the drought of 2003."

Fishing Report

In downtown Steamboat, fishing is getting better as water levels are dropping and clearing. Pale Morning Duns are hatching and fish are starting to look up.

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor June 29, 2003

Editorial --wapping Ideas

At issue The proposed Emerald Mountain land swap Our view Citizens to Save Our Public Land would be wise to develop a set of criteria for identifying ideal acreage.

GLENN HOUSTON DANIELS

1963 - 2003

Former Hayden and Steamboat Springs resident Glenn Daniels died of natural causes June 20, 2003, in Paonia. He was 39.

Sound Off for June 29

Triple Crown has a positive impact on Steamboat.

RUTH HENDRICKS GREFFENIUS:1916 - 2003

Former Routt County resident Ruth Hendricks Greffenius died June 10, 2003. She was 87.

LAVERNE LUCILLE BABCOCK: 1927 - 2003

Former Routt County resident LaVerne Babcock died May 24, 2003, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 76.

Yampa Fourth: A family celebration

Parade, picnics involve 'just about everybody'

For the size of the event, Yampa's Fourth of July celebration is unusual because it is free from modern commercialism. There won't be any corporate-sponsored booths or floats in the parade. There won't be hundreds of tourists lining the streets. The celebration is made simply of the families who call South Routt home.

Roberts secures place in history

After 36 years at Lowell Whiteman, teacher receives school's first excellence award

Joe Roberts can hardly believe it.

Education Briefs

Jordan Shackelford gets highest honors steamboat springs

South Routt Briefs

The Yampa Board of Trustees has a vacancy. Call Janet Ray at 638-4511.

Dealing with the pain

Women trapped in abusive relationships search for answers

She never saw it coming. One day Alex, who had been married for about a month, said her husband picked her up from work.

Simms' tenure in Steamboat comes to a close

Superintendent moving on after 20 years in school district

Twenty years ago, as she drove over the Colorado River near State Bridge, Cyndy Kaufmann got a strange feeling.

Residents get Taste of South Routt

Fifth annual Oak Creek event evolves into festival

Oak Creek Police Chief Tim Willert sat anxiously on a metal seat suspended above a dunk tank. He was still dry. He gripped the fence in front of him and grimaced as each pitch came.

New construction projects on the horizon

The days when residential developers here plunged into major projects without waiting to build up pre-sales have receded into turn-of-the-century memories.

Behind the headlines: Chuck Vale

Q..What precautions should people be taking around their homes to help protect them from wildfire?

Pen Pal rewrites history

Clark gelding becomes state's top racehorse

Like snowflakes or fingerprints, each quarter horse's name is unique.

Play well, look better

Crestone Construction sets goals and looks good doing it.

Spring Creek worth drive

Jenna Gruben is a commuter runner.

Mortgage rates edge up, homebuyers undeterred

Home mortgage rates inched upward by a little more than an eighth of a point this week. For consumers contemplating borrowing $270,000 in a conventional 30-year mortgage, that could translate into an additional $20 on their monthly payment.

New complex pushes lux price point

Elkhorn townhomes to be offered in $2M range

A new luxury slopeside development is pushing the market for what buyers are willing to pay for high-end townhomes. The five units -- a duplex and a triplex -- sitting under the gondola, below Bear Claw Condominiums and above Chateau Chamonix will be 4,200 square feet each and priced in the $2 million range.

Big change in insurance

Steamboat agents question savings

Consumers in the Yampa Valley can begin right away to take advantage of a change in Colorado law that will allow them to save up to 25 percent on their automobile insurance. But insurance agents are dubious about how real the savings are.

Summer smells

The Fourth of July has always been a big holiday in my family.

Self-help housing arrives

Program makes home ownership affordable

People who wish to participate in a federal program that will make affordable home ownership in Steamboat Springs a reality must throw their back into it -- literally.

Hayden on edge of boom

Planned developments could triple town's size

Hayden has the potential to become the fastest growing community in the Yampa Valley, planners say.

Commerical vacancies disappearing

Lower rents help fill long-empty office, retail spaces

The abundance of vacant commercial properties in Steamboat Springs that existed a year ago has slowly dried up despite -- or perhaps as a result of -- an economy that continues to struggle, according to some in the commercial real estate community.

Housing authority

A plan to create affordable housing options in Routt County is still on the drawing board. When -- and if -- taxpayers will give it the go-ahead is still in question.

Ranchland being sold out of traditional use

Income isn't chief concern for many new ranch owners

Five generations of Luanna Iacovetto's family have lived on the Saddleback Ranch property south of Milner. There have been times she and her husband thought about moving off of the property, she said, but they always changed their minds.

South Routt offers affordability, slower pace

New developments expand opportunities in Stagecoach, Oak Creek

The major draws to South Routt County are the tightly-knit communities of Oak Creek, Phippsburg, Yampa and Toponas; the scenic views of the Flat Tops Mountain Range; and the area's affordability compared with Steamboat Springs or Vail.

Community plan update could shape future development

The directions given in the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan Update have the potential to shape real estate and development decision in the coming years. Focusing on issues such as land use, economic sustainability, historic preservation and growth management, the document will create planning policies for the city and county to follow.

Births for June 29

Andrew Jon Van Treese, son of Tevis and Jon Van Treese of Peoria, Arizona, was born at 8:28 a.m. May 20, 2003. He weighed 8 pounds and was 21 inches long. His sibling is Taylor Rae. His grandparents are Raeanna and Jim Ellis of Steamboat Springs and the late Phyliss Van Treese of Speedway, Indiana.

Routt County rebounding from construction lull

Single-family home construction reached 10-year low in 2002

In the boom and bust boogie of the construction world, Steamboat is still adjusting to a change in tempo. Construction value dropped 18 percent in 2002 and first-quarter numbers for 2003 continued to decline by19 percent.

Real estate market entering new era

Location, construction soon may supersede square footage in setting price

David Baldinger Jr. is convinced Steamboat is about to broach a new real estate market segment where location and high construction values will supersede sheer square footage in determining price.

Luxury-home buyers returning to valley

Million-dollar home sales picking up

Buyers drive the real estate market, and broker associate Susan Wilson believes buyers interested in the $1 million-plus market are returning to the Yampa Valley.

Summer sees 'resurgence of the buyer'

Condo sales strongest at low and high ends of market

Low interest rates, a good selection of units and a changing economic climate has condominium buyers returning to Steamboat Springs this summer in search of deals.

Outdoors: Briefs

Colorado is fortunate to be the summer home for many species of migratory birds, including several species of swallows, notably the barn swallow and cliff swallow.

Of Pedals and Paws

Yampa resident Jimmy Westlake and his cat Dixie Doodle are headed north to Alaska

Dixie Doodle curled tightly in her pet carrier. She peered cautiously out of the grated door. She was in for a ride longer than some cats have in all nine lives.

The Spotlight

Friday, June 27

Chelsea's capacity to double

Oak Creek's Szechwan restaurant meets with success

Life is good for Andy Benjamin, Oak Creek Planning Commission member and owner of Chelsea's Szechwan restaurant in downtown Oak Creek.

Food Mill grinds Trappers

Hayden Valley Realty falls to Mountain West

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

News in Brief

A two-vehicle accident at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Third Street caused minor injuries and a major traffic jam Friday afternoon.

3 school chief finalists chosen

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education selected three finalists for its now-vacant superintendent position in an executive session Friday.

Out of control tractor-trailer crashes on pass

Illinois truck driver listed in serious condition

A truck driver was seriously injured after he lost control of his tractor-trailer and crashed into a hillside on Rabbit Ears Pass about 10:45 a.m. Friday.

About 9,200 tourists expected

Weekend could bring twice as many visitors as this time last year

Almost twice as many visitors are expected in Steamboat Springs this weekend compared with the same time last year.

Man with BB gun gets 'serious lecture'

Sheriff's deputies held a man at gunpoint Thursday afternoon after he was spotted walking along U.S. Highway 40 near Steamboat II with what appeared to be a hunting rifle.

The Record

Thursday, June 26

The Lone Survivors hit home

Musician Kip Strean is tired of playing "Mustang Sally" for bar crowds.

The Record

News In Brief

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is looking for volunteers to help work its beverage booth at Art in the Park July 12 and 13. Call Erin at 879-9008. CMC offers seven-week history of jazz course

Busy East Coast run leaves biker spinning

The past month and a half has been a whirlwind for Steamboat Springs mountain bike racer Ethan Johnson.

New rule for transfer athletes

High school junior Kayla Kostur, and students like her, will be the last of their kind in Colorado when they arrive for class at their new schools this fall.

Extreme biking gets the boot

Officials nix high-speed, downhill mountain biking at ski area

High-speed downhill mountain biking will no longer be permitted in the Steamboat Ski Area beginning July 1.

Ski passes to remain at $885 for 2003-04

Early season price good through Aug. 18

Hardcore skiers and snowboarders looking forward to winter have added incentive this year to buy season passes early.

Rodeman hired for grant writing

Consultant says more study required on Sierra View impact

After the Oak Creek Town Board agreed two weeks ago to pay Mayor Cargo Rodeman to write grant proposals for $25 per hour up to 32 hours per month, the board received some criticism for that decision at Thursday night's meeting.

Middle School projects are under way, on time

It's shaping up to be a busy summer at Steamboat Springs Middle School, where multiple improvement projects are under way and on schedule, according to Steamboat Springs School Dist-rict Facilities Director Rick Denney.

County asks for input on ways to fund justice facility

Working under a court mandate to build a new justice facility, the Routt County commissioners will ask for community input Tuesday on how to finance the $12 million to $14 million project.

Storage near airport OK'd

City planners open door to units, will stick to strict building guides

The city Planning Commission gave the go-ahead for a zoning change that would allow storage units near the city airport but said they would stick to tough architectural standards when the plan comes through again.

Coop program introduces plants

Mountain Lover, Corsican Violet among selections for Steamboat

Plant Select is a cooperative program of the Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension and the Green Industry. The program researches and evaluates plants, introducing new plants every year that do very well in Colorado gardens.

Runners get out of town

Spring Creek Memorial run honors history, victim

The Spring Creek Trail is one of the area's most widely used and most popular trails for hikers, bikers and horseback riders.

One Class Act

Tokyo Sting Quartet opens Strings in the Mountains Series

Violinist Martin Beaver is a familiar face at Strings in the Mountains. The Canadian performer has wowed chamber music audiences for several seasons.

Nightlife

Fourth of July activities abound

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and the Yampa Valley will be host to an array of events and festivities during the holiday. The following is a preliminary calendar of events happening in Steamboat Springs, Yampa, Hayden and Oak Creek during the holiday weekend.

Advocates benefit showcases desserts

While cleaning out his desk earlier this year, Chuck Bell came across a secret recipe in his old college lab book: frozen orange chocolate souffle.

Wednesday, June 25

News in Brief

Oak Creek hires consultant

Town wants review of impact study on planned 18-acre subdivision

In planning for the 18-acre Sierra View subdivision, which could bring 50 new homes to Oak Creek, Oak Creek officials want to ensure they are taking all the right steps, so they are hiring a consultant to review an impact study by the subdivision developers and iron out the details of a pre-annexation agreement be-tween the developers and the town, Oak Creek Mayor Cargo Rodeman said.

Triple Crown banners stolen

$4,300 advertisements were cut from their padlocks

Banners worth $4,300 were stolen from a baseball field at Howelsen Hill Park sometime between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

Version of Beau Jo's to open

Restaurateurs to test new concept at Seventh and Lincoln

Lincoln Avenue will become the site of a new concept restaurant with a pizza/pasta/salad theme intended to test the market for possible franchising.

Construction to begin on airport hangars

Construction for 16 new hangars at the Steamboat Springs Airport should get under way next week, a project expecting to generate close to $20,000 a year for the city.

Library district to form committee

Group will be asked to make recommendations on expansion

As the East Routt Library District continues to look to expand, it is asking residents to serve on a committee to help direct the path of that expansion.

Teams arrive for some Mountain Magic

The Mountain Magic series of Triple Crown tournaments continues in Steamboat Springs this weekend with the arrival of 58 teams for the Division I baseball World Series qualifier.

Hayden's slow-pitch sees success

The closest a team has come to beating Hayden Auto Body is three runs as it heads into the final tournament of the slow-pitch softball season undefeated.

High-five to golf's future

Junior instructional camp takes place at Sheraton golf club

Ten-year-old Shaq Torrella got a high-five from instructor Troy Weller after placing his putt within a couple of inches of a target Wednesday afternoon at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Golf Club's practice green.

Tuesday, June 24

Board sides with coalition

Town votes to support amendment of healthy forest act

The Hayden Town Board voted 3-1 Thursday night to support the Colorado Environmental Coali-tion's efforts to amend the Healthy Forest Restoration Act, a bill recently passed by the House of Representatives and soon to go before the Senate.

Lafarge decision tabled

Irrigation issues must be satisfied

Lafarge Inc. will have to satisfy irrigators on the Suttle Ditch or obtain a court order before its proposed gravel pit finds it way back onto the county agenda.

In town looking for things to do?

Summerfest is July 5

Last July, Curbside Laundry owner Pete Heuer had five or six friends from Arizona visiting his home on a golfing vacation. The day they took off from golfing, they all went to the inaugural Hayden Valley Summerfest. Heuer's friends said they had so much fun that they planned this year's vacation to coincide with the second annual event -- and they are bringing their friends, too.

Hayden School Board OKs town's land offer

After months of negotiations, the Hayden School Board voted June 18 to accept the Hayden Town Board's offer of $54,600 for a piece of land at the intersection of Breeze Basin Boulevard, Poplar Avenue and Third Street.

Thunder scares Lynx, 11-4

Fastball, change-up or curveball, the variety of pitch didn't really matter to Hayden's Graig Medvesk.

Fulton parcel won't be developed

Conservation easement protects 1,130 acres

The Routt County Board of Commissioners approved Tuesday more than $420,000 to purchase development rights on 1,130 acres of the Fulton Ranch north of Hayden.

YVEA's Neas beats McGill

In the only contested race for the Yampa Valley Electric Association Board of Directors, incumbent Irlan Neas defeated Scott McGill for the District 8 position representing southern Steamboat Springs. Neas won by a vote of 1141-1012.

Land-swap talk draws 40

Residents concerned about BLM/Emerald plan ask questions, make requests

Often in raised voices and piercing questions, residents had another chance Thursday to voice their resentment of the Emerald Mountain land exchange.

Swimming successes stem from yoga, Pilates

He's only 12 years old, but Steamboat swimmer Cole Worsley is sold on the value of Pilates and yoga.

Our View

Meeting the Community's Needs

The developers, including Rob Dick and Mark Halvorson, proposed building a residential neighborhood on 6.27 acres in the vicinity of Steamboat Crossing. Cottagewood would feature 46 residential units, including some live/work spaces designed to meet the needs of small-business owners. The neighborhood, which would be on the south side of U.S. Highway 40 between the highway and the railroad tracks, would be designed primarily for working families. Driving the conceptual idea is the site's proximity to child care, groceries and bus service.

Letters to the editor for June, 25, 2003

Letters to the editor

A tricky Town Challenge

Riders in Thursday's race might want to take practice runs

Gretchen Sehler spends the weekend before a Town Challenge mountain bike race setting the course, giving race participants ample time for practice rides.

News in Brief

News in Brief

Suspect identified in Rendezvous burglary

Investigators have identified one suspect they believe may have been involved in the February theft of more than $10,000 from Rendezvous Saddle on the Steamboat Ski Area.

County approves Fulton purchase

Rights will keep land from being subdivided

The Routt County Board of Commissioners approved Tuesday more than $420,000 to purchase development rights on 1,130 acres of the Fulton Ranch north of Hayden.

Monday, June 23

Real Estate Transactions for June 16-21, 2003

OPPENHEIM, WALTER H. to KETTLER, PETER S. and KETTLER, MARTHA W. for STORM MEADOWS CONDO Unit: 11, BLDG. A - $116,000

Business as usual

Franks shoots opening round 69 at Meadow Hills

It was business as usual Monday for Steamboat Springs' golfer Jeff Franks as he made his way around the Meadow Hills golf course in Denver.

Briefs

Speech team gains experience

They didn't bring home any awards, but four Steamboat Springs High School students returned from Atlanta last week with a wealth of experience after competing in a national speech competition.

City will save about $123,000 by reissuing bonds

Just as homeowners are taking advantage of low interest rates to refinance mortgages, the city is refunding its bonds.

Man seeks conservation easement

Move would protect land from future development

Hayden resident Chuck Fulton says it is "just something a guy wants to do."

Gillespie captures images of Old West in Sanctuary

Sculptor adds second piece of work to Steamboat neighborhood

Irish sculptor Rowan Gillespie sat for weeks in his studio in Dublin, Ireland watching John Wayne flicks and other Old West movies.

Lafarge may get more time

Supporters will ask commissioners to postpone hearing

The proponents of a controversial gravel pit will ask county commissioners to postpone a scheduled July hearing until Sept. 16.

Sunday, June 22

Horse trail ride benefits youth

Scholarship is awarded at Routt County Fair

Quarter horses represent not only a Western tradition, but also a way of life for Jo Semotan.

Greetings from the doggie sweater capital of Colorado

New England defined by charming shopkeepers, cheap lobstah

I was energized by the recent lively discussion over the fate of independent retailing during the Steamboat Economic Summit. I was so fired up that I felt compelled to find out how they do it in New England. We packed our bags and set out on a mission to find out how many interesting shops and indigenous restaurant meals we could discover on a seven-day blitzkrieg through five states.

A Thunder storm

Columbine takes championship from Northwest Colorado

Fastball, change-up or curveball, the variety of pitch didn't really matter to Hayden's Graig Medvesk.

Briefs for June 23, 2003

An artist reception for Rowan Gillespie of Dublin, Ireland will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Sheraton Event Tent near the Sheraton Steamboat Resort pool to celebrate his new work, "Iron Men."

Support groups for mental illness

Who are the mentally ill? How many of them are out there? Just what is their problem? And why should any of us regular people care?

Saturday, June 21

Letter: Ray Koch addresses State Board

The following concerns are in response to your ridiculous decision to grant a Montessori charter school despite the community and Steamboat School Board's opposition to the charter.

Sound Off for June 22, 2003

I was calling to ask what is being done about the traffic and the speed bumps on Pamela Lane. It seems to be getting worse every year. The City Council did promise to set an alternate plan in motion and we see absolutely no sign of that. What's going on?

June 22 birth announcements

Kiersten Alyse David, daughter of Marissa and John David of Craig, was born at 11:31 a.m. June 9, 2003. She weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Her sibling is Alina. Her grandparents are Robert and Deanna David of Craig, William and Mary Bryant of San Manuel, Ariz., Allison Daniels of Tucson, Ariz., and Tha David of Piccayune, Miss.

Lee Warner Johnson and Yoke Pei Tang

Lee Warner Johnson and Yoke Pei Tang were married Saturday, May 24, 2003, in Melaka, Malaysia.

Geoffrey Joseph Gill and Katherine Klemz Swank

Jim and Roberta Gill of Steamboat Springs announce the engagement of their son, Geoffrey Joseph Gill, to Katherine Klemz Swank, daughter of Robert Swank and Karen Swank of Eugene, Ore.

Stopping by the Kum & Go

Located in the sleepy town of Hayden is a brightly lit store ready to cater to your every need, 24-7. Welcome to the Kum & Go.

Tourists and cheese fries

It was a Friday afternoon at the end of winter in Steamboat Springs. An all-night baby-sitting job had just been canceled. The night suddenly was free. What would my friend and I decide to do? We brainstormed.

Law enforcement and teens have complicated relationship

Everyone is familiar with the game "telephone" where players sit in a row and pass a message down the line, each person whispering what they think they heard into the ear of the person next to them. When the message reaches the last player, he or she says it out loud, and usually everyone hears how distorted it became as it was passed along.

Building Permits for June 9-13

Les Liman 1049 Crawford Ave. Owner/contractor Single-family residence $696,626

Business News in Brief

Kathy Steinberg has announced that her firm will merge with Prudential. "The opportunity to work with award-winning producers like Pam Vanatta and Cam Boyd is an honor. My husband Erik and I are energized by this move." she said.

Transactions for June 11-15

JOST, TERRY N. AND JOST, SHARON K. TO PODSZUS, RODNEY L. AND PODSZUS, PATRICIA M. FOR GLEN EDEN THS PHASE I, TOWNHOUSE UNIT NO. E-2 -- $98,500

Poverty's petulance

Effects of divorce, reduced Social Security, child-care costs leave women struggling

Over a lifetime, it adds up.

Harry Potter: Three long years waiting for fifth installment

"The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive."

YVEA's Neas beats McGill in election

In the only contested race for the Yampa Valley Electric Association Board of Directors, incumbent Irlan Neas defeated Scott McGill for the District 8 position representing southern Steamboat Springs. Neas won by a vote of 1141 to 1012.

DUI checkpoint nets 1 arrest

More than 350 cars were stopped at a DUI checkpoint Friday on U.S. Highway 40 near Milner. The sobriety checkpoint resulted in one arrest for driving under the influence of drugs and one citation for possession of marijuana.

Behind the scenes

Transportation director, school psychologist look to retirement

Marj Kelton became a school bus driver 25 years ago as a way to keep in touch with what was going on in Steamboat Springs' public schools, which two of her sons attended.

Mountain town diving

Experiencing scuba 7,000 feet above the sea

Bankers laughed Jim Johnsen out the door, convinced he was a fool for wanting to open a scuba shop in Steamboat Springs, a mountain town nearly 7,000 feet above -- and 1,200 miles from -- the nearest ocean.

Listening to the art

Students paint images by capturing sounds

Children sat in the Yampa Public Library looking up and listening to the sounds of Belinda Rossi's flute. Rossi played softly and asked the children what colors came to mind for the notes she played.

Steamboat improves in Triple Crown

The Steamboat Springs 14-and-under baseball team didn't find the wins it wanted but team members and coaches were pleased with the continued progress made during pool play in the weekend's three-day Triple Crown Division II tournament.

Grether gets hooked on trials riding

Rocks, boxes and picnic tables are no match for biker Gina Grether.

That thing they call rodeo

The cheers returned to Brent Romick Rodeo Arena on Friday night along with the bulls, bucking horses and steers.

Can a housing authority be successful? Behind the headlines

Behind the headlines --ancy Stahoviak

Gerard "Jerry" Pesman, 1925-2003

Boulder resident Gerard "Jerry" Pesman died of cancer June 10, 2003, at his home. He was 77.

Education News in Brief

Lauren Weaver, who graduated Steamboat Springs High School in May, was named Teen of the Year by the Steamboat Optimist Club.

Area schools announce honor rolls

The Lowell Whiteman Primary School announced the following students were named to the honor roll for the third trimester. Sixth- through eighth-graders with grades of 85 or above in all classes have earned this honor.

Transportation director, school psychologist look to retirment

Marj Kelton became a school bus driver 25 years ago as a way to keep in touch with what was going on in Steamboat Springs' public schools, which two of her sons attended.

Our View: School Board fighting the right fight

The Steamboat Springs School Board's refusal to negotiate a contract with the proposed Montessori Charter School has gotten the state's attention.

Letter: Montessori wrong

In a story in your newspaper, I found the Montessori group is thinking of legal action against the Steamboat Springs School District.

Friday, June 20

Severe noon wind storm drops three power lines

Wind gusts recorded at 45 mph, residents were without electricity for three hours

The storm that pulsed through Steamboat Springs at midday Friday didn't produce much rain but it managed to knock down power lines in three locations and startled employees at a local business.

The Cowboy Life

Yampa Valley produces number of rodeo legends

The late Dale Earnhardt, an auto racing legend accustomed to driving almost 200 mph, once called J.C. Trujillo crazy for being a rodeo cowboy.

Viability of housing authority questioned

Serious questions were raised about the viability of a multijurisdictional housing authority at a Friday meeting attended by elected officials, Regional Affordable Living Foundation board members and government housing specialists.

Slow driving to see the falls

Traffic on upper Fish Creek Falls Road could return to normal in time for the busy July Fourth weekend.

LIFT-UP's Lucas leaves for Fort Collins

Penny Lucas is leaving Steamboat Springs after four years of service to LIFT-UP of Routt County. Robin Heide, who moved here recently from Bennington, Vt., will replace her.

Chutes open, ropes fly

Rodeo fun begins in Steamboat

The chaotic hustle and bustle behind the chutes didn't seem to bother veteran bull rider Charles Schwartz on Friday night as he prepared for his ride.

Let worms do the composting work

Most of us living in the Yampa Valley are ecologically minded. We want to do things that are good for the environment.

Promise of pizza, milkshakes brings Steamboat win

Mike McCannon's decision to offer his baseball team milkshakes and pizza in return for reaching base could be labeled bribery -- or brilliance.

Thursday, June 19

Manhunt suspect charged with 5 violations

A man who led law enforcement agents on a three-hour manhunt Tuesday night after fleeing the scene of a car accident in Phippsburg has been charged with five criminal violations.

Man arrested after Alpine Taxi joy ride

When Alpine Taxi driver Stephen Baldridge returned to the parking lot of the Tap House after picking up a customer late Wednesday night, his taxi was missing.

Hayden votes to amend bill

Town Board supports changes to Healthy Forest Restoration Act

The Hayden Town Board voted three to one Thursday night to support the views of the Colorado Environmental Coalition that encourages amending the Healthy Forest Restoration Act, a bill recently passed by the House of Representatives and soon to go before the Senate.

A book for the children

Feldmann's story draws from experience as Marine prosecutor

A father longs to leave something behind for his children.

Getting familiar with the spotlight

Susan Thompson is shy about discussing her artwork. Although her pride is obvious, she is not used to being in the spotlight.

At the Hiatt of his career

Legendary performer will kick off free summer concert series Wednesday

John Hiatt's best-known songs are perhaps those covered by other musicians.

New Noises

Perry-Mansfield festival attracts musicians, performers, writers from New York, Los Angeles

New share strategy doesn't help Grand's slump

ASC's real estate sales slump continues

The latest push to sell interval ownership in condominiums at the Steamboat Grand Hotel and Conference Center failed to take hold.

New retail space on Lincoln

Groundwork under way in parking lot next to Old Town Pub

Construction has begun on a new commercial building on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs.

High-density development's future uncertain

Developers hoping to build houses on a 6.27-acre site next to the Steamboat Crossings shopping center have hit some obstacles in the city planning process.

Routt roadies keep thin-wheel tradition alive

Every Tuesday night, a small group of dedicated cyclists arrive at the Orange Peel Bicycle Shop to carry on a tradition founded on two thin wheels.

Women hit the mark

Charity shoot draws women from across the state

Women from across the state have a chance to show their shooting skills or try a new sport Saturday at the annual Women's Charity Handgun Shoot.

Meyers spins his wheels at record speeds

For some people, retiring means the time to relax and slow down a bit has arrived.

Rice bowls on a roll

Gobi brings create-your-own Asian stir-fry to the 'Boat

When Mama's Old World Pizza decided not to renew its lease earlier this year, the owners of Azteca Taqueria had an important decision to make: find a new renter or expand their business.

Malathion, Dimilin hinder 'hoppers

County to spray this weekend -- after that, residents are on their own

With swarms of grasshoppers making their presence known, Routt County plans to spray areas along Routt County roads 33 and 46 and U.S. Highway 40 west of town this weekend -- but after that, it's up to people to take care of their own insect problems.

Morson's mountain mission

Routt County man will climb Kilimanjaro to help battle cancer

Christopher Morson often heads for Africa and a wildlife safari when he seeks adventure. But when he flies to Africa this fall, his adventure lust will be mixed with a serious mission. Morson plans to climb 19,400-foot Mount Kilimanjaro in a bid to raise funds for prostate cancer research and education.

County waits on $427,895

McInnis says Western Slope deserves bigger cut of PILT money

Routt County officials were notified this week to watch the mail for a check for $427,895 from Uncle Sam.

Wednesday, June 18

Growth forum draws residents, informative discussion

Residents wrestled with regulating the free market, providing affordable housing and diversifying the economy as they talked about managing growth Thursday night.

Hayden School Board relents

Board agrees to accept town's offer on district's land

The Hayden School Board decided Wednesday night, after months of difficult negotiations for a land swap, more money, or a track and field facility, to accept the Hayden Town Board's offer of $54,600 for the School District's land at the intersection of Breeze Basin Boulevard, Poplar Avenue and Third Street.

Golfing young

Colorado Junior Golf Association sponsors competition at Haymaker

The expression on Michael Weston's face told the story long before his chip on the No. 18 hole sent his ball crawling across the undulating green and into the cup.

Late-start schedule postponed

School district wants more communication before implementation

Plans to implement a late-start schedule at Steamboat Springs School District schools have been postponed indefinitely.

Hayden board to review Healthy Forest Act

The Colorado Environmental Coalition, an environmental advocacy group, says the Healthy Forest Restoration Act recently drafted by Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Grand Junction, does not adequately protect communities at risk of wildfire damage, according to a letter from the Coalition to the Hayden Town Board.

YVEA holds annual meeting

Customers invited to attend, ask questions

Yampa Valley Electric Association customers are invited to share their concerns and questions, learn more about their electricity provider and find out the results of a director district election Saturday.

Local baseball teams look to make magic

Steamboat Springs has a pool of talented young athletes suited to play baseball. What Ski Town USA lacks is sunny, 70-degree spring days that allow players to get on baseball diamonds before early May.

Tuesday, June 17

North Routt wants a real library

Residents hope Clark area can attract funds for services

Several North Routt County residents gathered at the North Routt Community Charter School on Tuesday night to discuss the possibility of expanding library service to the area.

Share your vision for future Steamboat

Residents are invited tonight to share their vision of what Steamboat Springs should look like in 10, 20 and 30 years.

Collision turns into manhunt

Injured suspect with numerous warrants flees scene

A manhunt ensued after one driver involved in a two-car collision fled the scene about 5:30 p.m. June 17 outside of Phippsburg. The accident happened on Routt County Road 19, near its intersection with County Road 15.

2 elementary schools to reduce class sizes

Both of the Steamboat Springs School District's elementary schools will hire an additional teacher this summer to reduce class sizes.

Old Town subdivision denied

Planning Commission rejects Foote request to split lot

Despite its endorsement by city planning staff, the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission unanimously denied a request from the city's staff attorney to subdivide an Old Town lot into two single-family home sites.

Charter group to sue district

The attorney for the Steamboat Springs Montessori Steering Committee is preparing to file a lawsuit in District Court against the Steamboat Springs School District on behalf of his clients.

Soccer men look for players

Players aim to revive traveling team

Members of the male soccer community in Steamboat Springs hope to revive the town's competitive traveling team and want willing participants.

Top tennis titles taken at Senior Sectionals

After competing in two separate divisions -- only one of which was planned -- Jim Swiggart, director of the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, picked up two titles in the recent Intermountain Tennis Association's Senior Sectional Championships.

Return golfer helps win Sunrise tourney

Joan Allsberry would rather golf than ski any day of the week, but since moving to Steamboat Springs several years ago, her golf game has been limited.

'Ready to rodeo'

Broncos start bucking Friday

It's hard for John Shipley to sleep these days. There is simply too much left to do. "I wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat," Shipley said. "There are so many details to finish and there is so much work to do at the last minute that it's overwhelming."

Monday, June 16

Justice center moves forward

Now that the county has settled on a site for its proposed justice center, the real work can begin.

Preservation plan may go to voters

The future of Routt County's past may lie in voters' hands.

Board approves $350K in cuts

Few changes made to Simms' recommendations

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education voted Monday night to keep the Strawberry Park bus route and reduce by half proposed increases to high school athletics fees for both primary sports and privately-funded sports.

Search narrows for superintendent

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education emerged from a three-hour executive session Monday night with a list of five superintendent candidate semifinalists, School Board President Paul Fisher said.

Lightning strike responsible for wildfire east of Clark

Firefighting crews stop blaze before it could spread

A small wildfire erupted about a mile east of Clark early Monday morning after lightning struck a tree about 2 a.m., North Routt Fire Protection District Marshal Chuck Vale said.

Sunday, June 15

Superintendent search heats up

Board may announce finalists' names

The Steamboat Springs School District's search for a superintendent heats up tonight, when the Board of Education might announce the names of between three and five finalists.

Off to the Big Apple

Soon-to-be Hayden High School Senior Christina Reck is looking forward to visiting New York City for all the cultural enrichment, the sights and of course the signature hot dogs and "their really flat pizza."

Triple Crown visitors bring boost to downtown

More people, including many girls with tall socks and kneepads, walked in and out of downtown shops this weekend than the last few weeks combined, some business owners reported.

Saturday, June 14

Clearing up errors on Summit

Omar Campbell's recent letter to the Editor regarding the 2003 Economic Summit contained erroneous statements (Steamboat Pilot, June 8, 2003).

Our View: Oak Creek erred on grant writer

Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman has grown into her own as mayor of Oak Creek, winning over many of those who criticized her when she was elected a little more than a year ago.

Sound off for June 15

Support for denial I very definitely support the School Board's stand on denying a Montessori Charter school. If these parents think their children need special attention, there are three private schools here in Steamboat.

Wage gap hinders women

Females trapped between sticky floor and glass ceiling

Lauren Pallotti can't understand why her male friends get paid more to build houses than she does to shape futures.

This week's births

Kaisa Paige Kimmes, daughter of Angela and Mike Kimmes of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:45 p.m. May 22, 2003. She weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and was 18 inches long. Her grandparents are Robert and Dianne Kimmes of Merriweather, Mich., and David and Gloria of Wakefield, Mich.

Driver de Wardt on the fast track

His is a racing name; at least that's what everyone tells him.

The Same Game

International competition highlights Triple Crown games

Softball is the same whether teammates shout "good try" or "no worries, mate" after a play.

And so it grows

Downtown community garden benefits LIFT-UP and keeps Steamboat green thumbs busy

David Freseman is pleased that he had a hand in coordinating a hot spot to socialize in Steamboat Springs. He means the LIFT-UP community garden on Fourth and Oak streets, which has drawn a number of residents to gossip while they garden.

Silver Spur proves golden

West of Steamboat project is developer's most successful

Developers are expecting the final phase of Silver Spur Estates to sell out by summer's end.

Yampa Blue offering more than a standard cup of joe

Several years ago, Blue Wipperfurth imagined a business where customers were more like neighbors stopping by for some chai and a chat.

Pedaling a new business

Jupiter Jones launches Pedicab taxi service

Jupiter Jones has been an avid biker for a long time. Now, he wants to take people for a ride with him. Jones recently purchased a pedicab -- a bicycle with a small cab attached to it. Jones' and his wife's new business, Steamboat Pedicabs, offers local rides as well as historical tours and rides for special engagements like weddings. Jones can already be seen pedaling the pedicab around town, passengers in tow.

School's out for teachers

Steamboat Springs faculty members move on to retirement

A handful of longtime Steamboat Springs School District staff retired at the end of the 2002-03 school year.

History alive in words, memories

Perry recalls county's past, points to books to learn more

Mary Jean Perry has roots in Routt County. While sitting at her desk in the tiny, two-room Toponas Public Library adjacent to her home, she has a perfect view of King Mountain, which is named after her grandfather, Preston King.

Triple Crown reviews mixed

The people who come here for Triple Crown may be more excited to be here than Steamboat residents are to welcome them.

A teacher's greatest lesson

From a vacation to Mexico to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary to a weeklong Canadian fishing trip with his son, Bill McKelvie had retirement all figured out.

Skier visits flat in 2002-03

The Steamboat Ski Area held steady at more than 1 million skier visits in the 2002-03 season, while other ski resorts in the state posted modest gains.

Transactions for May 31-June 10, 2003

MCCAULEY, RYAN P. TO ASHBURN, SHARON KAY FOR CHAPARRAL TERRACES CONDO UNIT: 11, BLDG. A - $108,000

Chester W. Backes, 1921-2003

Lifelong Steamboat Springs resident Chester Backes died June 11, 2003, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 82.

Bert Edward Nordlie, 1936-2003

Dr. Bert Edward Nordlie of St. Cloud, Minn., died June 5, 2003, of complications from a previous spinal cord injury. He was 67.

Barbara Rudolph, 1930-2003

Barbara Rudolph died June 3, 2003, at the Doak Walker Care Center. She was 72.

Why my bike sits in the garage

I took a deep breath as I neared the gondola building at mid-mountain Wednesday night.

Thursday, June 12

Atkinson selected for camp

Sisi Atkinson is out of school for the summer, but that will not keep the 15-year-old hockey player out of the classroom.

Dental Van drives miles for smiles

Debi Garoutte is constantly saddened by the poor dental health of children throughout Northwest Colorado.

Updating the area plan

City, county planning commissions provide their input

The two hours the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County planning commissions allotted Thursday for their discussion of the Community Area Plan Update were not nearly enough.

Local lacrosse players honored

First-year coach Sarah James believes expectations for Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse teams have been raised by the results from this year's team.

Gondola opens today for access to Mount Werner

Ski area begins new programs for summer

Patches of snow are still visible, but the base of the Steamboat Ski Area up to Thunderhead Express is green and ready to open. Summer operations begin today on the mountain.

Lafarge to seek delay on decision

Gravel company has concerns to address

Lafarge will ask the Routt County Board of Commissioners to delay a decision on the company's plans for a controversial gravel mine in the south valley.

Legislative hearing will be held on CWD bill

Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., chairman of the Resources Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, announced Wednesday that the Resources Committee would hold a legislative hearing next week on a bill to battle chronic wasting disease.

Speech team off to Nationals

The four students seated inside Marty Lamansky's Steamboat Springs High School classroom were a jumbled mix of nerves and excitement Thursday .

Oak Creek may get farmer's market

People driving through Oak Creek on Highway 131 will soon have a new reason to stop.

Softball players bridge cultures

Since arriving in Steamboat Springs Monday, 15-year-old Megan Dunn has discovered that the United States is a little different than her native Australia.

Wednesday, June 11

Tennis Center courts region's top seniors

The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs plays host to nearly 150 of the Intermountain Region's top players as the Senior Sectional Championships gets underway today.

Officials: Fire danger persists

A wet spring has not improved fire conditions in the state, said fire officials speaking Wednesday at the Colorado Counties Inc. summer conference.

Residents introduced to self-help housing program

The organization committed to helping renters become homeowners didn't sugarcoat expectations for its newest endeavor Wednesday night.

Cattle drive route changed

Organizers of the cattle drive to be held over the July 4 weekend have changed the event's route.

Mushroom gathering permits available

Mushroom gathering permits went on sale Tuesday at the Hahn's Peak/Bears Ears District of the Medicine-Bow-Routt National Forest.

Officials hope sales tax drop is over

City sales tax revenue continues to decline, but city officials are hoping the worst is over.

Oak Creek approved for water plant loan

Oak Creek took a huge step forward last week when it received word that it has been formally approved for a $981,000 loan for construction of a new water treatment plant.

Viva Las Vegas

Prichard earns trip to Sin City with Town Challenge win

The only thing better than taking a Las Vegas vacation is winning one, so Ian Prichard was excited -- and a bit tired -- after crossing the finish line at the Thunderhead Hill Climb in record time Wednesday night to earn a trip to Sin City.

Swimmers will go the distance in Sopris

This Friday in Sopris, several Steamboat Springs swimmers hope to discover their own limits by racing across a 25-meter pool 32 times in a one-of-a kind test of endurance.

Tuesday, June 10

No sidewalk for Sundance

Going against City Planning Commission's recommendation, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to allow the owners of Sundance Plaza to pay $38,000 instead of building a sidewalk along the south side of Anglers Drive.

Lacrosse team hands out awards

Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse coach Bob Hiester values the end-of-season awards that his players hand out. It's a chance for individuals to be honored by their peers.

Site for justice center selected

Building will sit south of Routt County Jail

The county has settled on a site for its proposed justice center.

District selects stakeholders

School Board forms group to choose superintendent

As the mother of three Steamboat Springs Middle School students and the executive director of Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Sue Birch says she has valuable perspectives on Steamboat Springs School District issues.

Speaker predicts ongoing budget woes

The state budget will have continuing difficulties, according to a fiscal policy analyst who spoke Tuesday at the Colorado Counties Inc. 21st annual summer conference. The problems will not be caused by the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights and slumping economy alone, he said.

TABOR could be in hands of voters

Voters -- not government officials -- have the best chance of changing the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights, a policy advisor told elected officials Tuesday night.

Our View: Water commission makes sense

The agreement between the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District to form a water and wastewater commission is a sensible idea if it isn't derailed in a dispute over commission appointees.

Property tax deadline nearing

People who opted to pay their property taxes in two installments should take note of a fast-approaching deadline.

Building for the future

Program offers chance to own home

People who wish to participate in a federal program that will make home ownership in Steamboat Springs a reality must throw their back into it -- literally. The Regional Affordable Living Foundation is bringing the Mutual Self-Help Housing Program to the Yampa Valley. The seven families who qualify to participate will build their own homes.

Boys at heart

Baseball league offers adults chance to play kids' game

With three wins in two weeks, Nerney's Golden Oldies have set the pace in the Yampa Valley Adult Baseball League. But it's still early.

Love, hate and hill climbs

Thunderhead race a favorite for local riders

The participants in tonight's Thunderhead Hill Climb mountain bike race will ascend 2,180 vertical feet over 4.7 miles.

Skiing through summer

Jenny Allen couldn't help but feel a little odd while standing near the top of the Copper Mountain Ski Resort on Tuesday morning. While her friends in Steamboat were out biking, playing soccer or basking in the Yampa Valley's 75-degree sunshine, she was standing on melting snow at a ski racing camp.

Monday, June 9

Semi loses brakes, crashes on Rabbit Ears

No one injured; officials say truck was 'not highway worthy'

A tractor-trailer headed westbound on U.S. Highway 40 near Rabbit Ears Pass skidded 500 feet before flipping on its side and slamming into concrete road barriers early Monday morning.

Stockbridge stoplight going in

Motorists might be curious about what is happening on U.S. Highway 40 in front of the Stockbridge Multi-Modal Transit Center. Pedestrian crosswalk lanes have been painted and light posts have been put up. The writing, so to speak, is already on the street: A new traffic light is going in on Steamboat's west side.

Expert on Afghanistan shares personal insights

Dick Scott, a former USAID representative and longtime veteran of Central Asian affairs, will present a lecture on Afghani culture and art on June 19.

Recycling gets stamp of approval

Deal allows post office to recycle undeliverable mail

The piles of undeliverable mail that stack up at Steamboat Springs' downtown post office usually end up in the trash bin. But for the past month, through a deal between Waste Management and the post office -- with help from Yampa Valley Recycles -- that mail has found its way into a 4-cubic-yard recycling container.

Rollercamp keeps skills sharp

Roller hockey camps taking place this week offer young hockey players a chance to sharpen their skills off the ice.

Goto-Reiter named to U.S. Team

When snowboarder Justin Goto-Reiter was named to the U.S. Snowboard Team earlier this month, the 22-year-old Steamboat Springs athlete knew he had just taken a big step.

TABOR study to be presented

Findings critical of tax-limiting amendment

At tonight's City Council meeting, The Bell Policy Center will present its study on the impact the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights (TABOR) has had on the state in the last 10 years. The County Commissioners and members from county school districts will also be there.

Sunday, June 8

Volunteers out in droves for cleanup day

More than 150 help with city's annual Green-up Cleanup Day efforts

More than 150 volunteers were up early Saturday morning to help plant flowers and pick up trash around the city for Steamboat Springs' 17th annual Green-up Cleanup Day.

Officials weigh in on update

Community recommendations to go before city, county

City and county officials will be asked this week if they are willing to follow the community's direction in updating the Steamboat Springs Area Plan. If the two planning commissions, city council and county commissioners agree with community input gathered during the area plan update process, consultants will begin working on a draft of the plan.

Sidewalk debate delays Sundance

A sidewalk debate has delayed plans for renovating Sundance Plaza. Today, the City Planning Commission will hold a special meeting to decide whether it should give a sidewalk variance to the shopping center's owner, AlpenGlow Ventures, LLC.

Saturday, June 7

Yampa River Festival

Crazy dogs, brave kayakers turn out for 23rd annual event

Marty Smith spent his 16th birthday purple-lipped and shivering with cold, and he was perfectly happy to do so.

Triple Crown will bring thousands to Steamboat

75 fastpitch teams coming for first tournament of season

Thousands of young ball players and their families will come to Steamboat Springs this summer driven by a love for the game

They're back

Grasshoppers return to Routt County

Any hopes that recent wet weather might wash out the memories of last summer's grasshopper plague already have been erased at Larry and Mary Kay Monger's Hightide Ranch.

Reforming charter school law

The recent actions of the Steamboat Springs School Board could help fuel revisions to the Colorado Charter Schools Act.

Capacity key to water's future

Area officials conclude reservoir sizes must increase

Accounting for future water needs in the Yampa Valley likely will depend on reservoirs -- making current ones larger and adding more of them.

Standing at the crossroads

Adolescence a critical time for girls

Five eighth-grade girls at Craig Junior High School are careful not to let their conversations get too serious.

Wakeup call

The decision by the largest landowners in the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan to subdivide their 538-acre parcel into 35-acre lots is a wakeup call for the city of Steamboat Springs, Routt County and others interested in controlling Steamboat's growth to the west.

Sound Off for June 8, 2003

Pay for Montessori yourself Unfortunately, the proposed Montessori school does not plan to serve all of the potential students here in Routt County. Children with learning disabilities will be served only at our existing public schools. Sounds like a private school to me. Pay for it yourself.

Leakage not a concern

Business owners react to consumer survey:

Steve Kennedy traveled to the Target in Silverthorne recently and returned unscathed.

Ski corp. looks to Delta for West Coast link

Flight program officials 'neck deep' in negotiations for Chicago connection

Resort officials here are watching closely as United Airlines' struggles to emerge from bankruptcy before ski season. At the same time, they are making plans to cover their bets.

Keeping reading fun

Summer program encourages students to visit library

It might be hard to tell who's more excited when Bud Werner Memorial Library's summer reading programs kickoff Monday -- the pint-size readers or youth librarian Currie Meyer and her assistant, Alison Lambart.

A blessing in disguise

Several people in Oak Creek Town Hall have reported being blessed recently.

Sports: It's all about having fun

After years of second-guessing some of sports' greatest minds from the comforts of my favorite armchair, I finally got my first chance to guide a talented group of young athletes to greatness last week.

Building Permits for May 26-30

Benjamin & Marjorie Wilcox 3385 Apres Ski Way Owner/Contractor Alteration to make second unit $3,500

Real Estate Transactions for May 23-June 3, 2003

TOBELMANN, RALPH TO SUMMERS, JAMES M. AND SUMMERS, RACHELLE A. FOR LOT 12, COPPER ROSE SUBDIVISION, FILING NO. 2 - $399,000

Wyman Ranch sells for $8 million

Wes Adams, owner of the Motherwell Ranch, has acquired the neighboring Wyman Elk Ranch for $8 million. The 5,911-acre ranch had been in the Wyman family for more than 80 years. Lou Wyman grew up on the ranch and raised his family there. Now, his aspirations lay outside of ranching, said Penny Fletcher, one of the brokers who listed the property. Fletcher and Troy Brookshire, both from Colorado Group Realty Inc., co-listed the ranch.

Business News in Brief

Steamboat Springs-based Schaefer Outfitter was in some heady company late last month when it collected three national marketing awards at the Western and English Trade Association industry conference in Hutchison, Island, Fla.

Ski Corp. looks to Delta for West Coast link

Resort officials here are watching closely as United Airlines' struggles to emerge from bankruptcy before ski season. At the same time, they are making plans to cover their bets.

Leakage not a concern for local retailers

Steve Kennedy traveled to the Target in Silverthorne recently and returned unscathed. Kennedy and his wife, Daniela, purchased The Homesteader, a high-quality kitchen equipment store on Steamboat Springs' Lincoln Avenue, almost three years ago.

Friday, June 6

Family gives Locks of Love

Program provides hairpieces for U.S. children

Teri Vestal's mom didn't have time for her children to talk back or disobey. She was a single mother of four and she had to run a tight ship.

Thursday, June 5

Hayden rejects track proposal

Town turns down 1.14-acre parcel offered by School Board

The Hayden Town Board on Thursday rejected a proposal from the Hayden School Board for a new track and football field.

Lacrosse lollapalooza

Lacrosse remains a mystery sport for many players in Steamboat Springs.

Capturing the landscape

She has painted landscapes in China, Turkey and New Zealand, but most of her work is inspired by scenes right here in Routt County, where she lived for 35 years.

Elected officials headed to Steamboat

Routt County's elected representatives will have some company next week. County commissioners from around the state arrive Monday to hash out concerns that affect local governments in Colorado.

High river levels help free pike

For the past three years, the Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program has removed more than 200 non-native fish from a section of the Yampa River west of Hayden and put them in a nearby pond. But when the river rose this spring, all the efforts were essentially ruined.

Winter Sports Club skiers begin water jumping

New ramp at MacArthur Lake attracts freestlyers, snowboarders

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes flipping end-over-end off of snow-covered jumps in February is a common sight in Steamboat.

Yampa will remain open

But recreational use on river remains dangerous

Although the Yampa River water level is dropping, Routt County officials say it is still dangerous to use recreationally.

Combs selected for all-state

Steamboat Springs basketball player Jannike Combs and coaches Steve Moos and Tara Arroyo will represent the Sailors at the upcoming Colorado High School Coaches All-State Game.

Fate brings young golf pro to club

Sometimes life's best gifts come when they're not expected.

Stars shoot for first

Genna Bradley took the Optional A all-around title, while teammate Maggie Faulkner won the Level 5 all-around crown at the May 31 meet hosted by the Steamboat Gymnastics Center.

Smith resigns as SSEA president

Two days after Superintendent Cyndy Simms announced $332,000 in recommended Steamboat Springs School District budget cuts, including the end of paid release time for the Steamboat Springs Education Association president, Mike Smith announced his resignation.

Commission recommends Xcel plan

A new power line could join existing power lines that run north and west of Emerald Mountain.

Class will help preserve Routt County's history

Twenty men and women put their heads together last year to tell a story. What they came up with will help preserve Routt County history.

Water and Wastewater Commission approved

The City Council and Mount Werner Water Board agreed Thursday to the creation of a Water and Wastewater Commission.

Yampa River under scrutiny

River produces more water than people are using

The surge of snowmelt that coursed down the Yampa River last weekend made news in Steamboat Springs and did not go unheeded by water managers in Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California. The Yampa carries more uncommitted water than any other river in Colorado.

Wednesday, June 4

Fund Board approves two teachers

Considering its previous voting record, the fact that the Education Fund Board approved on Wednesday a funding request for two elementary school teachers probably won't come as much of a surprise.

Physical therapists lobby for patients

Two physical therapists head to Washington later this month to support legislation that would improve patients' access to physical therapy.

Lot size could slow development

35-acre plots interfere with West Steamboat plans

The largest landholders in the West Steamboat area have platted their land into 35-acre lots, which could put major kinks in the community's plans to develop Steamboat's next high-density neighborhoods.

Roadside flowers destroying county's native plants

Some of the flowers coloring roadsides and covering the hillsides do not belong there. Several species of weeds were accidentally imported from overseas and are destroying Routt County's native plants.

Motorcyclist injured in crash

Man was clocked going 85 mph

A speeding motorcyclist was injured when his bike crashed north of Steamboat Springs Wednesday morning, police said.

Crowhurst was told job would be eliminated

Steamboat Springs High School Athletics Director Bruce Crowhurst was in disbelief Tuesday when he went to the Colorado Associate of School Executives Web site: There, he found a job listing for the position he resigned from two weeks ago after he was told it would be eliminated to cut costs.

Skiers ready to jump again

The weight of the last nine months rested heavily on Bill Demong's shoulders as he sat on the start bar at the top of Park City's K-90 jump earlier this week.

Off the blocks

Tina Roberts likes to win.

Regional Red Cross chapter honored for efforts

The regional Red Cross chapter received honors for its measles control efforts and membership donations at the 78th American Red Cross National convention, held May 30 through June 1 in Indianapolis.

Utility company studies outage options

On the night that the lights go out in Steamboat Springs, Xcel Energy doesn't want its customers left in the dark.

YVMC smoke remains a mystery

Hospital officials are still unsure what might have caused smoke at Yampa Valley Medical Center early Wednesday morning.

Buy a home --et a 1984 Jeep

Man gets creative to sell trailer

Inspired by a local deal that promises land buyers a new Hummer, George Donahue has gotten creative selling his mobile home.

Water focus group meets with officials

The water focus group will meet with the Steamboat Springs City Council and Mount Werner Water District Board today to discuss progress the group has made since it was formed at the beginning of the year.

Tuesday, June 3

No track slackers

When members of the Steamboat Springs track and field team approached coach Andy Reust about holding summer workout sessions, he wasn't about to say no.

Steamboat golfer to play on LPGA

Shannon Hanley must feel the urge to pinch herself every time she walks into the locker rooms at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del., this week.

Take steps to ensure your home is secure

There is action you can take to make your home safer and more secure for you and your family.

School Board narrows search

Superintendent candidate field will be reduced

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education will narrow a field of nearly 50 superintendent applicants to between three and five finalists at its June 16 board meeting, President Paul Fisher said Tuesday.

Affordable Dependency

The preliminary draft of the Routt County Housing Needs Assessment offered telling statistics that underscore the benefits a multi-jurisdictional housing authority could bring not only to Steamboat Springs, but also Northwest Colorado.

No explanation for power outage

More than 1,000 lose electricity Tuesday

A number of Yampa Valley residents and businesses lost their power for more than an hour Tuesday afternoon.

Our View: Housing study statistics revealing

The preliminary draft of the Routt County Housing Needs Assessment offered telling statistics that underscore the benefits a multi-jurisdictional housing authority could bring not only to Steamboat Springs, but also Northwest Colorado.

City in no rush to buy rights

The City Council said it was not going to rush into purchasing recreational water rights, saying it needs more information and wants to talk to Routt County first.

Strings in the Mountains to get permanent home

Construction begins on 2004 site, signifying music festival's staying power

When Mick Barnhart visited the vacant land near the intersection of Mount Werner and Pine Grove roads more than a year ago, he strode directly to center stage and tried to imagine a string quartet. Then he set up a sophisticated decibel meter and listened closely for coal trains, jake brakes on semitrailers and diesel pickups pulling away from the nearby stoplight. What he heard -- or what he didn't hear -- was enough to tell him that a performing arts tent could work on the site.

Council OKs Brown application

But members debated parking for Round Room

A request to change Boggs Hardware into a New-Orleans-themed restaurant sparked a council debate on downtown parking.

Scoring soccer awards

Garth, Labor earn All-State recognition

The Steamboat Springs girls soccer season ended a month ago, but Nikki Garth and Kelly Labor continue to collect individual awards.

Wet fun for all at fest

Some are drawn to the fast-moving waters of the Yampa in search of excitement, others will come for the feeling of friendship, all a part of one of Steamboat Springs' longest-running summer events.

Monday, June 2

City looks at street-naming policy

Steamboat Springs has a Village Drive and a Village Lane. It has a Bear Creek Drive, Bear Drive, Blackbear Lane and Blackberry Lane. And, six streets use some variation of "meadow" in their names.

Steamboat Marathon Results

All 431 finishers of the Steamboat Marathon are listed below according to times. John Raveling of Littleton wion the Marathon in 2:38:31, ending Jason Saitta's four-year reign.

News in Brief

Traffic on upper Fish Creek Falls Road (Routt County Road 32) will be significantly curtailed until between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. because of utility construction. Traffic above Deer Clover Lane will be allowed to pass on the hour, for 15 minutes only. County officials suggest affected drivers arrive at the control points on the hour. The delays are expected to continue through June.

Assessment shows county's housing needs

Routt County needs 400 more homes to meet the demand of out-of-county commuters, according to a draft o.f the Routt County Housing Needs Assessment.

Middle school seeks funding for a deputy

Sheriff John Warner and the Routt County Commissioners have tentatively agreed to a request to place a deputy in Steamboat Springs Middle School beginning this fall.

Habitat breaks ground on new project

Eight-year-old Codi Claire and her 6-year-old brother, Ty, used shovels to cut into the hard dirt where their home soon will be built with the help of Habitat for Humanity.

Explanation for haze over Steamboat is hazy

The source of the haze that lingered over Steamboat Springs much of Monday was, well, hazy. The haze was reported in an area stretching from the western border of the state to the Front Range.

Simms recoomends more than $300,000 in school cuts

The elimination of the transportation secretary position, two school aides, overtime costs and a bus route were among Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Cyndy Simms' recommendations to cut the district's budget by $332,000 for the 2003-04 school fiscal year.

River drops, flood threat recedes

The half-inch of rain that soaked Steamboat Springs on Sunday put the exclamation point on a memorable spring runoff. Routt County Emergency Preparedness Director Chuck Vale announced Monday that the Yampa River likely has peaked for the season.

Sunday, June 1

Gardening in a raised bed

Gardening in raised beds, a common practice before colonial times, is enjoying a resurgence of popularity among home growers.

Vinyl decks require little maintenance

Enjoyment of a deck is high on the priority list of most homeowners. Joy turns to drudgery, however, when homeowners must abandon cushy deck chairs to deal with the realities of wood decks: split boards, nails that pop up, and faded stains or paint.

Lighting can alter a room's mood

A common decorating dilemma is how to lift the spirit of a room. There are several ways, but the best solution is lighting. It's easy, it's affordable, it adds dramatic design elements and it even upgrades the value of a home.

Follow steps to install light posts correctly

In the early 1980s, we installed post lights along our driveway. We lived on a flag lot then, and the driveway was about 200 feet long. The lights were spaced approximately 10 feet apart and were buried in concrete.

Seminar teaches women self-defense

At 46, Virginia Rangitsch says she's not that strong. Still, she can throw men almost twice her size to the ground.

Giving furniture the distressed look

It's ironic but when William McQueen fixes up a piece of furniture these days it sometimes means pounding dent marks into the piece.

Small touches add life to a bathroom

The smallest room in your house is also one of the least complicated to remodel.

Putting sound and light at your fingertips

Did you hear the subtle sounds of the brush hitting drums behind Ornette Coleman's trumpet? Of course you didn't. Those cabinet speakers you've been listening to since college aren't as good as they used to be.

Abandoned canoe investigated

Search and Rescue says it's likely lost property, not missing person case

canoe found overturned and tangled in brush along a stretch of the Yampa River is being treated as lost property, not a sign of a missing person or persons, according to Routt County Search and Rescue.

Grandpa's store had penny candy, one-armed bandits

Independent retailers are a treasure that help Steamboat Springs stand out

I thought of Dorothy Wither last week while I sat in the ballroom of the Steamboat Grand Hotel and Conference Center. An image of her beehive hairdo popped into my head while I listened to the experts debate the future of commerce in Steamboat Springs.

Simms has plan to end deficit

Schools superintendent's recommendation likely to include personnel cuts

Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Cyndy Simms will announce her recommendations to eliminate an estimated $500,000 deficit in the district's budget at tonight's School Board study session.

Prepare now for another grasshopper invasion

Believe it or not, volunteers are counting grasshoppers this spring in designated areas throughout Routt County. If we experience another dry spring such as last year, we can expect to be inundated with grasshoppers again this summer.

Kremmling is in the heart of the mountains

Centrally located in the northwest Colorado Rockies, Kremmling boasts easy access by air or ground transportation. Its full-service, instrument approach airport (elevation 7,364 feet), an AMTRAK station in nearby Granby, and all-weather U.S. Highway 40 and Colorado Highway 9 make Kremmling a convenient destination, just two hours from Denver.

Tread of Pioneers Museum showcases area's history

Tuckered out hikers, bikers and kayakers -- look no further. The Tread of Pioneers Museum offers a respite for the recreation-weary. Northwest Colorado offers a surplus of recreational amenities, but visitors shouldn't pass up its cultural and historical resources.

Steamboat offers array of trails to run

The mountains and trails surrounding the Steamboat Springs area are a recreational or competitive runner's dream.

Steamboat Springs Running Series Schedule

May 3 -- 18th Annual Spirit Challenge. A 5k run/walk and 10k run. 5k run/walk is a scenic, rolling on and off road loop. 10k is out uphill and back downhill through Strawberry Park. Call (970) 871-9602

Variety of programs offered for youth

The snow may have melted and the ski lifts are long since closed, but a wealth of recreational and educational activities for local and visiting children are offered throughout the summer in the Steamboat Springs area.

Summer youth programs

The Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services offers summer youth camps for children in preschool through eighth grades. Camps run weekdays all summer long beginning June 9 and ending Aug. 22. See specific camps for days and hours.

Hayden promotoes small town pride

West of Steamboat Springs, the town of Hayden (population 1,500) offers several restaurants, bars, retail shops and even a museum, as well as a handful of recreational opportunities with a flavor slightly different than that of Ski Town USA.

Hayden offers stock car racing

With engines bellowing and dirt flying, the racers who blast around the Hayden Speedway zoom through a Saturday evening, keeping the crowds and themselves energized and excited with their driving and daring. The speed, the barely-make-it-through moves and turns, the close finishes and dominant blow-outs, the crashes and bumps all add up to thrill the fans, drivers and nervous family members with the power and passion of racing.

River ideal for floating

Mick Havrilla has seen his share of uses for the Yampa Valley River in the 15 years he has been floating it. "I've seen everything from a family trip to outfitters bringing big groups," said the Craig resident." It is a versatile river for all ages."

Craig features a taste of the Old West

Where to start on a history connoisseur's tour of Moffat County? Yampa Avenue's Museum of Northwest Colorado could be your best bet, filled with bits of pieces of a colorful county's history.

Get a view of wildlife through your lens

Hunting may be the most popular winter sport in Northwest Colorado, but it isn't the only way to get up close and personal with animals.

Museum offers into Craig's past

The Museum of Northwest Colorado began as the Moffat County Museum in 1964. Until 1990, it was housed in the Moffat County Courthouse. In 1991 it opened at its new location at 590 Yampa Ave. in the former Colorado State Armory.

Fish the Western Yampa

Fishing should be good in Northwest Colorado this summer, according to one local fisherman. Burt Clements, a member of the local Bass Masters Association, said one hot spot this year should be Stagecoach Reservoir in northwest Routt County.

Northwest Colorado reveals its beauty

With rolling hills, rocky cliffs, thick forests, flowing streams and trout-filled lakes, one might say Northwest Colorado offers a bit of everything for outdoor enthusiasts.

Moffat County is an outdoor paradise

With rolling hills, rocky cliffs, thick forests, flowing streams and trout-filled lakes, one might say Northwest Colorado offers a bit of everything for outdoor enthusiasts.

Lots of options when it comes to flooring

The options may floor you. There's no short supply of flooring alternatives for the homeowner who wants to invest a little time and money in sprucing up a room or two.

Kitchen remodeling trends toward the rustic

Bill Martin can't cook, so he has no set idea on how a kitchen should look. Instead, Martin listens to what his clients want and tries to incorporate their desires and his expertise into every one of his original designs.

Interior painting can be more art than work

Rollers and paintbrushes are no longer the only tools to choose from when it comes to giving your walls a new look.

Rodeo series provides thrills, spills and chills

Cowboy hats, boots and rodeo have been a part of the Steamboat Springs summer for the last 100 years.

Miountain keeps rolling even without snow

When the snow melts, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. doesn't shut down. The mountain hosts a variety of activities in Gondola Square and shuttles visitors to the top of the gondola for hiking, biking and dining.

Strings in the Mountains provides the sounds of summer

The snow melts away from the bottom of the ski mountain and the white Strings in the Mountains tent takes its place. The Strings in the Mountains Festival opens in June and hosts a full calendar of music through August.

New recreation sites on Yampa attract kayakers

"Park-n-play" is one of the strongest trends in whitewater kayaking, and it's thriving in downtown Steamboat. There was a time when kayakers had to drive great distances and paddle through long stretches of flat water to get to their favorite standing waves. No more.

Fish Creek Falls a must see for visitors

The U.S. Forest Service, which manages the land surrounding Fish Creek Falls, estimates that 100,000 people visit the falls every year. The 283-foot cascading waterfall is a winter's worth of snowmelt crashing over a cliff into the canyon creek below.

Botanic Park a natural beauty on Yampa River

The Yampa River Botanic Park is billed as "a place of serenity." The six acre property is just yards away from the road, but feels miles away from the rest of the town. The park is free to visit and the goal is to keep it free, park director Gayle Noonan said.

Golfers have five courses from which to choose

Golfers who visit Northwest Colorado this summer can discover plenty of challenges on the area's five unique courses.

National forest provides getaway for serious bikers

It's the time of year to swap boards for bikes. The change of seasons means some of the best biking trails around are drying out. Steamboat Springs is home to plenty of gearheads. The town's proximity to the Routt National Forest makes it a prime gateway to a memorable afternoon or all-day riding experience.

Health and Recreation Association offers pool, workout

If visitors want to get some summertime exercise without leaving the city limits, they do not have to go any further than the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association.

The summer season begins

Races, graduation, weather bring thousands to town

A popular running race, a high school graduation and summer-like weather brought thousands of visitors and much-needed business to restaurants, stores and hotels over the weekend.

Sports programs abound in Steamboat

ADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUE Men's, Women's and Co-ed teams. Season runs June 2 through August. Games played Monday-Thursday evenings between 6-10 p.m. at Howelsen Park.

Floating the Yampa is a cool summer pastime

Last year's drought provided less than satisfactory tubing conditions on the Yampa River and caused tubing companies and the river to be closed much of the summer season.

Take a Hike -- Trails all over Routt County

Hikers visiting Steamboat Springs will find trails both convenient and adventurous all within a short walk or drive from downtown.

World-class fishing in area rivers, lakes

Steamboat Lake State Park has gained national recognition for the beauty of its campgrounds. And it's an obvious destination for trout fishermen in Northwest Colorado. What people may not realize is that the impoundment 30 miles northwest of Steamboat Springs has become the repository of thousands of "extra" fingerling trout that could produce a fishing bonanza for several years to come.

Summer concert series delivers diverse music

Last year, the air was thick and dry with the smell of wildfire smoke, and grasshoppers parted with every step like the Red Sea, but still people danced. The free summer concert series brought listeners to concerts at both Howelsen Hill and the base of Headwall at Steamboat Ski Area.

South Routt communities have family feel

Oak Creek is a very tight-knit town that develops closely around its main street. Perhaps it is the surrounding mountains that commanded the planners of old to focus development in the central area.

Clark provides access to Steamboat Lake, National Forest

A short drive north from Steamboat Springs on Routt County Road 129 welcomes travelers to Steamboat Lake State Park, a popular and beautiful summer destination that offers an abundance of recreational opportunities.

Craig's Calendar of Events

June 1 -- North American Dog Agility Council Agility Trials at the Maybell Park. Contact Lori Visintainer at (970) 824-4159 for more information.

Raveling reveling in win

Saitta forced to drop out with stress fracture

Jason Saitta knows how it feels to run alone on County Road 129, so he hung on, stress fracture and all, for seven miles, pushing John Raveling to a top finish in the 22nd annual Steamboat Marathon on Sunday.

Huck Finn day set for June 7

"The widow she cried over me, and called me a poor lost lamb, and she called me a lot of other names, too, but she never meant no harm by it. She put me in them new clothes again, and I couldn't do nothing but sweat and sweat, and feel all cramped up," Huckleberry Finn said in Mark Twain's classic.

Wanted: Meadow knapweed, tamarisk

Matt Custer, Routt County's weed supervisor, has asked all residents of Routt County to be on the lookout for meadow knapweed and tamarisk. These invasive and noxious plants are top priority this year for detection and control.

Being a water-wise gardener

There are many ways to conserve water this summer while maintaining attractive and healthy landscape.

Irrigation system reduces water usage

Spring is in the air. Now is the time to start considering how you can maintain a healthy, water-wise lawn.

Soil often key to lawn maintenance

When it comes to a healthy Routt County lawn, it's the stuff you don't see that makes the biggest difference. While the merits of various grass species can be debated a hundred times over, the fate of a lawn is often determined by the quality of the top soil, said Jeff Crochiere, owner of SOL Solutions, a Steamboat Springs-based lawn and tree care company.

Growing vegetables can be a tricky proposition

There's good news and bad news about growing vegetables in the Yampa Valley. The good news is the valley has the most predictable weather pattern of any location in Colorado, so gardeners can easily and accurately plan when to plant their crops, according to the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Office.