Stories for March 2003

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Monday, March 31

Schmid named Principal of the Year

Steamboat Springs High School administrator receives state's top honor

For a man who prefers to avoid the spotlight, Dave Schmid has suddenly found himself the subject of great attention.

Arts group seeks new bus program

Organization wants transportation to cultural sites

A nonprofit arts group is seeking the Steamboat Springs City Council's help in developing a bus program to transport patrons between different cultural sites in the city.

Starting blocks

Steamboat tracksters open season at Fort Lupton

Freshman runner Jessica Peters got her first taste of high school track Saturday in Fort Lupton at the Mercury Classic.

Forest Service stepping up snowmobile patrols

The U.S. Forest Service is stepping up efforts to catch people using snowmobiles in protected wilderness areas.

Hospital volunteer snags trip to Captiva

Whittemore stands out among Steamboat's service workers

The oldest service worker in the ballroom walked off with a trip to Florida Monday night as the Steamboat Springs Resort community gathered for the 2003 Hospitality Banquet at the Steamboat Grand.

Chix with Stix capture tournament win on home ice

Heidi Chapman's third-period goal proved to be the difference as the Chix with Stix women's hockey team secured a win in its final game of the Colorado Women's Hockey Association's state tournament.

Goto-Reiter ready for snowboard finals

The echoes of the ski season are quickly fading away as administrators, coaches and skiers at Howelsen Hill begin the process of winding down.

Area snowpack levels nearing average

123 inches reported on Buffalo Pass

The snow at the top of Buffalo Pass is 10 feet deep today, just about where it should be on April 1.

Judicial facility decision looms

County commissioners will vote on location tonight

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to decide tonight where to build a new judicial facility.

Sunday, March 30

Doak Walker Care Center battles outbreak

Nine cases of influenza reported

The Doak Walker Care Center has isolated residents in the last four days to try to contain an influenza outbreak.

Rink's come a long way

Howelsen Ice Arena nearing end of improvement project

Fourteen years ago, the Howelsen Ice Rink was nothing more than a glorified pond.

Gravel pit sparks controversy

Some residents outraged at plan to add another operation

Diane Holly has been fighting the noise and fumes for 10 years.

Yeah, but what's it got to do with groundhogs?

Generations of reporters later, airport still needs expansion

Any time I yearn to feel like the zany comedic actor Bill Murray, I simply get up and walk around the corner of my handsome office cubicle and open the drawer of a big file cabinet. Right near the front, under the heading "airports" is a manila file folder dedicated to clippings of stories about Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Saturday, March 29

Ty Lockhart

Standing up for his principles

F.M. Light and Sons smells of boot leather and Stetson hats stack the shelves, but the most memorable thing about the store is probably not inside it.

Preservation threatened

Proposed State Historical Fund cuts would hurt Routt County

The State Historical Fund has touched every corner of Routt County.

'Stealth instructor' Smith maintains enthusiasm

Barry Smith has become so adept at teaching skiing that most of his pupils on Mount Werner aren't even aware that he is driving a pair of Nordic skis even he instructs them in alpine technique.

Letters to the editor

Letters

Don and Barb Silva

Sharing a taste for the Old West

Don Silva wants to set the record straight -- he was not the Marlboro Man. It's a rumor that has been floating around town for years, but it was Winston, not Marlboro, that used Don's face to hawk cigarettes in the early 1980s.

Forest Service Building For Sale

The U.S. Forest Service building at the corner of 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue has taken the No. 1 spot on federal agency's nationwide list of buildings it wants to sell.

Bringing amenities to Oak Creek

New Depot Day Spa offers wide array of services

She appears twice a month to make her pain disappear.

Nancy Wilson

A smile for those who need it most

Ski instructor Nancy Wilson loves her job. You can see it in her broad smile, hear it in the words she uses to describe her students and feel it in her enthusiastic approach to the way she lives her life.

Ski Corp. looks to Front Range for April boost

Families with students attending the Cherry Creek School District have already heard from the Steamboat Ski Area about the 90-inch base at the top of Mount Werner. The hope is that when they pack up the SUV for spring break this week, they'll head for Steamboat.

Kathy Winograsky-Main

Recording the history of Clark

Tucked inside her cozy Clark home, Kathy Winograsky-Main is making history. She even has the books to prove it. It began innocently 11 years ago with a quiet funeral ceremony for one of Clark's last pioneers, Hannah Murphy-Larsen.

Real Estate Transactions for March 11-16

MCKAY, NORA J. TO FREEMAN, DEBORAH L. AND BERNARD, BRUCE D. FOR SELLER'S ADD TO HAYDEN LOT: 4 & 5, BLOCK: 7 - $159,000

Habitat for Humanity buys duplex lots

Habitat for Humanity is hoping the purchase of three duplex lots will put a significant and long-lasting dent in Steamboat Springs' affordable housing problem.

Jason Patrick

Mentor, coach, officer and friend

Police work isn't all about catching the bad guys. In the halls of Steamboat Springs High School, it's about building relationships.

Katie Carter

Rising above the competition

Katie Carter likes the color red, lasagna dinners and the rap group Outkast, so she's not much different than the other teenagers walking the halls at Steamboat Springs High School.

Tim Selby

Touching the lives of local youth

Tim Selby's kids have graduated from high school and college, pursued jobs in the real world and found true love. They are athletes, artists, musicians and accomplished speakers. Some have been to the prom. Not all of them have their drivers' licenses.

Nancy Spillane

Dedicated to helping children

Sprites wearing smiles and slippers surround Nancy Spillane early on a Tuesday morning at Lowell Whiteman Primary. Her 5- to 7-year-old students are excited about learning in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and Spillane is happy.

Back in Time

The good, the bad and the neon

Tom Schwall told his wife Judy he would give her $1,000 not to participate in the Steamboat Ski Area's 40th Anniversary Costume Contest. It's a good thing she turned him down.

Dee Richards

Steamboat's newswoman

Helen "Dee" Richards never imagined herself a journalist until the day Steamboat Pilot publisher Chuck Leckenby thrust an old Graflex camera into her hands. Her new boss suggested it would be a good idea to hustle across town and snap a picture of the high school principal's home before it burned to the ground.

Welcome to Locals 2003

What constitutes a local? Different people have different definitions. Some would put a time limit on it. You have to call Routt County home for 5, 10 or 20 years before you can call yourself a local. Others would say if your license plate has WZ on it, you qualify.

On thin ice

Chix with Stix lose two in opening round of women's state hockey tourney

Breakfast will be served on ice for the Chix with Stix after the home team dropped its opening two games of the Division "A" Women's State Hockey Tournament Saturday.

A mini society

Strawberry Park Elementary School students put economic concepts to use at 'Selling Day'

For about an hour last Wednesday, Strawberry Park Elementary School's main hall had all the semblances of an Old World marketplace.

Business News in Brief

Jeff Yeager of Quintin USA in Steamboat Springs has announced his family's specialty tobacco wholesaling company has been acquired by Kretek International of Moorpark, Calif.

Jon Gibbs

Rock and roll rancher

Beef is not what's for dinner, at least not at Jon Gibbs's house. After a long day of tending to cattle on his ranch, Gibbs comes to the dinner table where his vegetarian wife Heidi has prepared veggie burgers.

Bill McKelvie

Making history on his terms

"Single!" Such a call was customary before the advent of separate singles lines at ski resorts. And on a beautiful bluebird day in early February 1976, barely a moment passed before Bill McKelvie's request for a lift companion was answered.

Chriss Parks

A modern Renaissance man

A decade ago, Chriss Parks thought he might be ready to leave the Yampa Valley. A physical therapist with his own practice, he wasn't sure he wanted to continue competing with the local hospital. Maybe, he thought, there was another place that could offer the appeal of Steamboat without some of the professional headaches.

Ann Casey

No time to slow down

Ann Casey has done everything she wanted to do in this life. At 90, she's not done yet. On the kitchen door of her apartment she has a navigator's map of the Puget Sound. In red ink are the sailing trips she made with her son, Bill, in the last few years and trips she took as a young woman with her brother.

Bruce Alston

A quest to learn more

The pile of notebooks and textbooks in the middle of Bruce Alston's coffee table seems uncharacteristically out of place in his otherwise uncluttered living room.

How do preservation funds help? Behind the heads

Q. How has Routt County benefited through grants from the State Historical Fund?

Sundance Plaza to get a facelift

Promised changes in the retail mix at Sundance Plaza are under way. Ted Heid, owner of Sundance Liquor, is conducting a going-out-of-business sale after 16 years.

Alice Klauzer

Lighting up the stage

Call her Lisa. She's famous. Everyone in the Midwest wants to see her and her sister sidekick, Lisa, especially at Little America in Cheyenne, Wyo. where they are most popular.

Unrealistic expectations

The Bush administration has pleaded for patience in recent days, arguing it has said all along the war with Iraq will take longer than many anticipated.

Pail Draper

Traveling down his own road

The Alabama drawl, the one that hasn't left him despite 22 years in the Yampa Valley, is how most people know Paul Draper.

Friday, March 28

School district puts land in North Routt up for sale

A little more than one year ago, Rick Denney's curiosity was sparked when he discovered plot maps while flipping through old files.

Missile hits Kuwaiti mall

Explosion rocks popular shopping center

A missile fired by Iraq fell into the sea and exploded near Kuwait's most popular shopping mall early Saturday, blasting out windows, according to Kuwaiti and U.S. officials.

Iacovetto picks up national title

Soroco's Justin Iacovetto picked up his first national title after winning the 62-pound weight division at the Rocky Mountain National Tournament in Denver.

Sailors suffer close defeats

Steamboat doubles teams fall to Montrose

Stacy Cavanagh picked up a tennis racket seriously for the first time about three months ago, loved the sport and decided to go out for the high school team.

Local women's donation helps with early detection

New tool helps find breast cancer in beginning stages

One woman's generosity has given doctors in the Yampa Valley a new tool to detect breast cancer early.

Recycling program gets additional bins

Yampa Valley Recycles will add three recycling units to the city after the success of a pilot recycling center on the corner of Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Troops' families tune in to TV

Relatives have little information

Tuning into television coverage of the Iraqi conflict has become a ritual for Hayden resident Charlie Epp.

Family members of soldiers wait with hope

Most families of active American servicemen and servicewomen do not know where their family members are located right now, but for some Oak Creek residents, that does not get them down.

Thursday, March 27

Wednesday, March 26

Chix with Stix drop puck at Steamboat tournament

The Chix with Stix started a decade ago with nine women in Steamboat Springs who were interested in playing hockey.

Fund Board allocates budget

A long, revised process came to an end -- if only for a year -- Wednesday night when the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board allocated its 2003-04 budget.

Council makes appointments

25 positions expire in March and April

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will have one new face in April.

Working for children

KidsCount statistics unveiled

It takes a healthy family, neighborhood and community to help a child succeed, one of the state's leading children's advocates said Wednesday night.

Games help students relax before CSAP testing

In a surprise move, President George W. Bush delivered inspiring words of encouragement to Steamboat Springs Middle School students Thursday as they prepared for day three of Colorado Student Assessment Program testing.

Spring storm hits Yampa Valley

Some residents lose power after high winds cause outages

March lived up to its reputation Wednesday, but not in the way that it usually does.

Striding and gliding into spring

For the last 15 years, the Steamboat Ski Touring Center has provided the perfect setting for a clash between winter and spring during its annual Stride and Glide race.

Oak Creek will hear economic proposal

South Routt's economic development efforts could get a big boost in the near future, thanks to a proposal for assistance from the state economic development office that will be presented at tonight's Oak Creek Town Board meeting.

The Mayer's office

Steamboat Springs' skier will compete less next season

In the last two seasons, Travis Mayer has won an Olympic silver medal, climbed onto the World Cup podium seven times and placed his name on a short list of elite freestyle skiers.

Students test out rocket science

Olympians prepare for state competition

Rocket scientist Melissa Walsh and forensics investigator Kelsey Pal giggled with friends over bowls of ice cream Tuesday before finding themselves caught in the midst of an impromptu snowball fight.

Ski Area begins phase down

Sunshine, Morningside, Pony Express lifts will close Monday

The boundaries of the Steamboat Ski Area will effectively shrink on Monday when the Sunshine, Morningside and Pony Express chairlifts are shut down for the season to save operating costs at the ski area.

Tuesday, March 25

SLO sees more changes

County alters outfitter's rules

A North Routt outfitter must change the way it runs its snowmobile tours -- again.

Fund Board ready to budget

Half-cent sales tax generates money

The Education Fund Board is prepared to set its 2003-04 budget tonight.

Local shipping companies catch up after blizzard

Last week's storm causes delays throughout Colorado

Last week's monster snowfall in Denver is melting rapidly, but local shipping companies were still coping with an avalanche of packages early this week.

Middle schoolers plead guilty

Eighth-graders accused of inappropriate sexual contact

Two Steamboat Springs Middle School students plead guilty to unlawful sexual contact with another student Tuesday.

Silent auction benefits school

Christian Heritage relies on donations

Since its inception in 1987, Steamboat Springs' Christian Heritage School has often relied on the kindness and donations from the community.

November tax initiatives may see consultation

Local government leaders are hoping to hire a consultant to help them decide what tax initiatives to put on the November ballot.

Krats takes over junior golf program

It is fresh, enthusiastic and determined.

Lafarge presents gravel pit plan

Company plans to operate for 12 to 15 years

Twenty-two seconds.

Monday, March 24

Steamboat's Ames wins Ski 100 in Leadville

Several hours after winning the women's division of the grueling Ski 100 Nordic Ultra Ski Race, Steamboat Springs skier Kirsten Ames lay in her hotel bed, unable to sleep. Her feet twitched uncontrollably under the blankets as if they still needed to carry her another mile along the snow-covered trails in the shadows of several 14,000-foot peaks around Leadville.

News in Brief

County hires architect for airport expansion

Routt County has selected an architect to plan a proposed expansion at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport. The Ross Partnership of Aspen will design an expansion to the front of the airport's cramped terminal.

Program to kick off Month of the Young Child

April is the Month of the Young Child in Routt County, but organizers are kicking off the month-long celebration a little early this year.

City Council to consider gravel pit proposal

The Steamboat Springs City Council will meet at 11 a.m. today for a presentation on a gravel pit proposed by Lafarge Corp. six miles south of the city.

Sales tax receipts slide again

City sales tax revenue dropped in January for the second consecutive year. The city collected $1.5 million in sales tax in January 2003, a 1 percent decrease from January 2002. Last January sales tax revenue dropped by more than 3 percent from January 2001.

Air ambulance remains grounded

Yampa Valley Medical Center intends to resume its air ambulance service in the wake of a recent crash that crippled its airplane, but no date has been set.

SLO coming back before county

Some North Routt residents are appealing the county's decision not to tighten restrictions on a neighboring outfitter.

Mayer wins U.S. Freestyle National Championship

Sunday was a big day for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in Missoula, Mont. Big because three skiers with ties to the club, including winner Travis Mayer, filled the podium of the men's dual mogul event at the Chevy Trucks U.S. Freestyle Championships.

School calendar surveys in

Results indicate residents prefer existing schedule

Based on school calendar survey results, next year's calendar should be similar to the current one. The Steamboat Springs School District Calendar Committee mailed more than 2,100 calendar surveys the week of Feb. 24 to district teachers and staff and the parents of district students. Recipients had approximately one week to respond to the eight-question survey.

Sunday, March 23

Hayden attorney disbarred

The Supreme Court of Colorado has disbarred Hayden attorney Mark Fischer from practicing law for eight years.

Steamboat Reads getting under way

At 10 a.m. today, Steamboat Springs High School students will stop by five local businesses in an attempt to reveal the closet poets among us. Springsips, City Cafe, the Sports Medicine Clinic at the Yampa Valley Medical Center, Steamboat Premiere Properties and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council were all given magnetic poetry kits and told to write a poem.

Danie Harrelson: Memories of the first Gulf War

They sat in the kitchen for two weeks. I would trip over them on my way out the door to school and ballet and horseback riding lessons. Sometimes I would sit on them, knees up to my chin, and thought that as long as I sat there, they weren't going anywhere.

War pains local residents

Martha Oman sent e-mail to the ombudsman of National Public Radio Sunday afternoon to ask for a break from the intensive war coverage. As the mother of a U.S. Marine in the Persian Gulf, no one has more of a need for information about the status of the current conflict, but "there is only so much I can take," she said.

Steamboat track team has the numbers

Steamboat Springs High School track and field coach Andy Reust maxed out his budget, and the first meet is still a week away. The Steamboat Springs High School did not have enough uniforms to outfit the 70 members of this year's squad, so he had to order additional sets.

Saturday, March 22

City gets ready for security threats

No community, no matter how small, should forego preparedness in the face of so many threats to the nation's security and political instability overseas.

Carnival makes reading a game

Five-year-old Brooke Green sat in a chair across the table from Routt County Fair Queen Kaylee Myers, engaged in a deep conversation about word relationships. Green was learning, but all she knew was that she was having fun.

Program offers second chance

Cyber school gives students an alternative to the classroom

Eight months ago, Adam Tilley was kicked out of Steamboat Springs High School, marking the end of two turbulent years at the school.

YVRA seeks a backup plan

United woes have officials looking to Delta, Salt Lake

The Yampa Valley may be forced to depend on Salt Lake City, Utah, for summer air service this fall if United Airlines is unable to emerge from bankruptcy.

Sound off for March 23, 2003

Thanks city workers

Willows planned for Chinook area

Plans for The Willows at Steamboat Springs have not yet appeared before the City Planning Commission, and marketing has not quite begun, but reservations have already been placed on 10 of the 16 townhomes.

Skier credits practice for performance

The sport of ski racing is normally measured in seconds, but the winner of Saturday's slalom preferred to judge his performance in terms of years.

Letters to the editor

Support preservation

Sotheby's partners with Steamboat Village Brokers

A milestone in Steamboat's emergence into the luxury market was reached when Steamboat Village Brokers, Ltd. affiliated with Sotheby's International Realty.

Business owners lukewarm on summer flights

Half of the limited number of business owners responding to a recent Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association survey said they would be willing to put up cash to secure summer airline service.

Steamboat girls split Saturday's meets

All three of Steamboat Springs' girls singles players remain undefeated, but the team suffered its first loss of the year when the Sailors split Saturday's meets against Cedaredge and Delta.

Races a distraction for skier whose sister is in Iraq

Most of the skiers in Steamboat Springs this week were clearly focused on the Junior Olympics.

The Target quandary

Silverthorne store raises concerns about leakage for Steamboat

Stagecoach's Michelle Petix needed to make a quick shopping trip before a family vacation in Mexico. Petix was looking for inexpensive clothes and shoes she knew her daughters would soon outgrow and a swimsuit for less than the $80 it would cost her to order one out of the L.L. Bean catalog.

'Survival of the fittest' Gibbon's personal philosophy

Ken Gibbon is grateful to be alive.

Steering growth

Should Steamboat Springs' rate of growth be managed?

As the snow melts, Utah calls

The snow at Howelsen Hill has begun to turn to mush and the snowboarders can almost visualize the mountain bike trails on a lingering June evening. In the meantime, others have pointed their wheels southwest to Grand Junction, southeast Utah and the Four Corners region beyond.

Friday, March 21

Center hosts exhibition

The Steamboat Springs Gymnastics Center is hosting an exhibition show tonight that will feature gymnasts of all different levels in an environment conducive to fun rather than competition.

Bombs over Baghdad

The United States launched a ferocious, around-the-clock aerial assault on military targets in Baghdad and other cities on Friday and invading ground troops penetrated 100 miles into Iraq. Fires lit the night sky over the capital as bombs struck.

Thursday, March 20

Donors pledge to support healthcare programs

Men and women who have contributed to nonprofit organizations in Northwest Colorado will be honored next week.

Snow can't keep racer away from competition

After working for a year to get his shot at the Junior Olympic Championships, Wyoming skier Max Marno wasn't about to let a little snow keep him for getting to Steamboat Springs.

Passengers escape plane crash

A Steamboat Springs pilot, nurse and paramedic walked away from a plane crash Wednesday night with minor injuries.

Town Challenge wraps up season

More than 150 skiers took part in events

Howelsen Hill used to intimidate Patti Zehner.

Horizons displays works of H'art

In one corner of Alpine Bank hang three works of H'art by Sharon S. Pace.

Storm hits shelves

Businesses impacted by weather

Yes! We have no bananas -- at least not today.

Students talk about war

Teachers, administrators taking cautious approach with children

Like a lot of kids her age, seventh-grader Erin Van Patten is scared by war.

Let the games begin

Racer discovers waiting is hardest part of event

Young Alpine racer Jace Wirth discovered Thursday waiting is one of the hardest things to do in the sport of ski racing.

Planning Commission approves Master Plan

A year of negotiations about the best plan for future development in Routt County came to a close Thursday night.

Skier puts Stamp on accomplishments

When it comes to talking about her accomplishments on the ski slopes Steamboat's Ashley Stamp is a little reserved.

Vail resort fires subject of new book

'Powder Burn' examines motives

A tiny Western town is transformed from a high-altitude agricultural community to the location of a publicly held corporation controlled from the East Coast. The resort corporation dominates the social and physical landscape of the area and though much of the town depends on the resort for its livelihood, resentment is building.

Gravel pit request turned down

Planning Commission rejects earlier opening

The county turned down a gravel pit's request to expand its business hours Thursday night.

Students catch reading bug

Reading Challenge encourages learning

Students at South Routt Elementary have never been more excited to read than now.

Making turns

JO skiers work through poor visibility

When Steamboat Springs ski racer Taylor Coe arrived at the starting gate for the first of two Junior Olympic giant slalom races Friday, he was greeted by gray sky and a driving snowstorm that made it hard to see exactly were he was going.

Wednesday, March 19

Board revises recommendations

Funding for middle school expansion project updated

Provided the chance to revise its initial recommendations to the Education Fund Board, the Steamboat Springs School District's administrative team took advantage of that opportunity Wednesday night.

Planning department asks residents questions

The community is asking to take on some tough questions -- and have their answers back to the city in about a month.

The need for speed

JO skiers find new thrills while training for super-G

Just imagine the feeling that comes from barreling down the ice- and slush-covered slopes of the Sitz/SeeMe ski run at breakneck speed.

Hayden district passes job sharing policy

Hayden teachers now have the option to work half days if necessary, after the Hayden Board of Education passed a policy Wednesday night that would allow two teachers to share one job.

YVRA heightens security measures

TSA issued new directive Tuesday

Travelers passing through Northwest Colorado's only commercial airport will begin to see signs of heightened security today as America goes to war with Iraq.

Cancellations continue

YVRA passengers still waiting for flights

Passengers booked on United Express and United Airlines flights between Yampa Valley Regional Airport and Denver face the possibility of a third day of cancellations today.

Patrick hat trick key for Blades

Clayton Patrick's hat trick helped lead the Steamboat Springs Blades past Gunnison during the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League's peewee championship last Sunday.

Preservationists will ask local taxpayers for help

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

Tuesday, March 18

City to maintain Gilleland sewer lines

The City Council ended a yearlong sewer system dispute Tuesday night by agreeing to take responsibility for sewer lines in the Gilleland subdivision.

Park trail gets county's OK

Path will connect National Forest, Steamboat Lake

Bikers, hikers and horseback riders in North Routt will have a new route to the Routt National Forest by late summer.

Soda fountain steps back in time for movie

'Six Wire Winter' film crew transforms Lyon's Drug

Taking a break from classes, Jeni Lee Gardner and Dory Mylar walked into Lyon's Drug and Soda Fountain Tuesday looking for candy.

Fund Board to get district's revised recommendations

The Steamboat Springs School District's administrative team raised eyebrows Jan. 9 when it excluded capital projects from its funding recommendations to the Education Fund Board.

Miller gets bid for stream improvement project

Miller Excavating of Steamboat Springs has been awarded the bid to complete a stream improvement project being undertaken by the city of Steamboat Springs on the Yampa River between the Depot and Stockbridge.

Streaker hits Lincoln Avenue

St. Patrick's Day turned into a cold and snowy night, but it didn't stop a Steamboat Springs man from making good on a lost bet made over a basketball game. According to the bet, the loser would run naked from the Old Town Pub to the Smokehouse at 8 p.m. AT&T Media Services Producer Kelly Anzalone caught the sprint on tape.

Group to prepare plan for Yampa River

The same consultants studying the flow of water into the Grand Canyon have been contracted to complete a management plan for the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs.

Time to Support President, Troops

Let there be no argument -- Saddam Hussein is a menace.

Local reactions to war mixed

Janet Locke doesn't know where her son is, but she has a feeling.

Monday, March 17

County to consider Steamboat Lake State Park trail

A plan to give summer recreationists a footpath from Steamboat Lake State Park to the Routt National Forest goes before the county tonight. The Routt County Board of Commissioners will consider a request to develop the proposed trail for summer non-motorized use only.

Steamboat celebrates Spillane's gold

The U.S. Nordic combined team may have moved its operations to Park City, Utah last summer, but its heart is still firmly planted in Steamboat Springs. A crowd of several hundred proved that Monday as they braved a steady stream of wet snow, falling temperatures and rather dismal conditions to honor native son and world champion Johnny Spillane.

Routt, County, Steamboat setting for new movie

Filming for a big-screen movie will have force part of Ninth Street to close today. For more than a month, film crews have been shooting around Routt County for the movie "Six Wire Winter," a coming of age story set in 1964.

Freestyle skiers get shot at nationals this week

After a solid showing at the Divisional Championships in Winter Park earlier this month, Lauren Crawford and several other top Steamboat freestyle skiers have shifted their attention to capturing a national title.

Parks and Rec Commission backs motorized events at Howelsen

The Parks and Recreation Commission is advising the City Council to continue to allow motorized events at Howelsen Hill.

Gilleland Addition homeowners say city owns sewer lines

A group of Old Town homeowners is asking the City Council not to force them to pay for upgrades to sewer lines the homeowners thought belonged to the city.

CSAP testing starts today for fourth, fifth grades

Sharpen your pencils. It's testing time. Beginning today, Strawberry Park Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders will take the reading portion of the Colorado Student Assessment Program test, or CSAP. Soda Creek Elementary School fifth-graders will also begin CSAP testing today.

Steamboat brewery to reopen

Cafe Diva owners to open Mahogany Ridge April 1

The operators of Cafe Diva say they are within a couple of weeks of reopening a downtown brew pub that closed last fall. Paul Underwood said he and partner Seth Cheikin will call their newest restaurant Mahogany Ridge. Not to worry, Underwood said, former Steamboat Brewery and Tavern brew master Charlie Noble has been brought on board and he'll be making batches of Alpenglo Ale when Mahogany Ridge opens, perhaps as soon as April 1.

Cross country skiers perform well in Alaska

The Junior Olympic Championships came to a close in Fairbanks, Alaska Saturday, but not before a pair of young Steamboat cross country skiers made an impact in the relay events.

News in Brief: Burglar arrested

A Steamboat Springs man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of breaking into a local bookstore and coffee shop and taking $439 in cash.

Sunday, March 16

Wayfarers to offer Irsh music for St. Pat's Day

After five years in Steamboat Springs, the rest of the world starts to feel far away. Leaving this comfortable small town is like stepping out of a time warp.

Tom Ross: Making the French connection

The American Kennel Club announced today that owners of French poodles have 96 hours to certify their pets have taken an oath of loyalty or face repatriation -- to France, that is.

Winter weather to return today

Put away the shorts and t-shirts -- winter weather is on the rebound. Forecasters for the National Weather Service say last week's spring-like weather will be replaced with winter conditions as a strong Pacific storm system covers much of the state today and Tuesday.

Career Expo to offer college alternatives

Representatives from more than a dozen educational institutions will converge on Steamboat Springs High School Tuesday for the Career and Educational Expo.

Saturday, March 15

County weighs land options

Time running short for commissioners to select judicial facility site

If the county decides next month to forego plans to build new courtrooms across from the Routt County Courthouse, it will need to acquire land in west Steamboat Springs pretty quickly.

Playing by their own rules

Antlers' owners made mark on town's history

You either loved them or you hated them. Regardless, they were the most popular couple in Yampa for decades.

Sharing space

Tom Scilacci is a smart guy. In his backcountry adventures, he has crossed paths with more people than he'd like to see -- skiers and snowmobilers alike -- and the number is only increasing. Rather than dig in, get mad, and pine for the good old days, he is trying to adapt.

YVRA committee weighs upgrades

Members of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport Steering Committee toured the airport Saturday afternoon and discussed ways to upgrade the undersized terminal.

Gas prices may not hurt summer travel

Vacationers could be confronted with record gasoline prices this summer, but one travel expert said a 50-cent increase in the price of gas shouldn't deter most people from taking road trips.

Seeking compromise

With emotions running high, solutions hard to find in the backcountry

Giving up the powder is painful. Diehard backcountry users have a favorite stash somewhere that they protect like rare treasure. The only thing worse than imagining that spot overrun and tracked out by strangers is imagining that spot taken away entirely.

Living the hard-knock life

Middle school presents classic musical 'Annie'

Dozens of Steamboat Springs Middle School students will be living a hard-knock life this week.

Steamboat to celebrate Spillane's gold

The city of Steamboat Springs and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will honor native son Johnny Spillane Monday in conjunction with St. Patrick Day's festivities in Gondola Square.

Old meets new

Soccer team will rely on chemistry between

The Steamboat Springs girls soccer team opened its 2003 season with a 3-0 win over Moffat County Saturday in Craig. The Sailors are one of several teams that consistently competes for a Western Slope league title. But the outcome of this season rests on the ability of the team's veterans to get used to playing with the rookies. Many are teammates for the first time.

Mason & Morse's new digs

Real estate firm moves into Yampa River Office Park

Mason & Morse Real Estate is moving offices in an attempt to increase its visibility and grow its sales staff.

Junior Olympics coming to Steamboat

The Junior Olympics will be the biggest thing going in Steamboat Springs this week, especially if you happen to be an 11- or 12-year-old skier.

Engagements

Town Talk Hayden

Betting on bedding

Owners of Arctic Liquors open new mattress store in Elk River Crossing

Interested in a nightcap? Harris Greene and Joe Armstrong can cover both ends of the proposition for you.

Otters return to Yampa Valley

Old time Routt County residents have begun moving back into the valley after being away for almost 70 years.

Learn from history, or expect to repeat it

U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis spoke on the floor of the House about the Iraq situation. It was aired March 4 on C-SPAN.

JAIL REPORT

Snow a rite of spring training for Sailors

The asphalt surface of the parking area at Emerald Park is perfectly suited for holding cars.

Tennis team sets sights high for 2003

It's tough to look outside the Tennis Center and see snow piled halfway up the fence lines.

Friday, March 14

Almost perfect

Midgets just miss undefeated season

If not for a red-hot team from Laramie, the members of the Steamboat Springs midget minor hockey team might have put the finishing touches on a perfect season last weekend in Wyoming.

Hayden senior will represent school at state science fair

Student questions breath tests

Hayden High School senior Grace Faucett recently gave beer and shots of gin to three teachers.

Bradley competes in Level 7

Ten-year-old Genna Bradley recently competed in a Level 7 invitational and state qualifying gymnastics meet in Grand Junction, representing the first Steamboat Gymnastics Center student to reach such a high level.

Jump starting this year's garden

Gardening can be a challenge in our high altitude climate. The growing season is short and the temperature fluctuates as much as 40 degrees in a day. If you want to harvest a crop before the first frost hits, you need to get a head start on your garden plants.

Lodging numbers up

Occupancy is at 88 percent

Spring break, late season deals and remnants of the last three week's heavy snows all helped to boost the lodging barometer this weekend.

Oak Creek takes step toward better water

The Oak Creek Town Board took another step toward improving its water quality Thursday night.

Students bring awareness to high-risk behavior

A group of Steamboat Springs High School seniors is bringing awareness and caution to high-risk behavior, one student at a time.

Thursday, March 13

Majestic Valley plan gets favorable response

Despite the project's proximity to a city water supply, the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission gave mostly favorably feedback to a plan to build 21 homes and three commercial buildings along U.S. Highway 40.

For the love of the game

Hockey standout leaves Steamboat to pursue dream of playing at higher level

Daniel Coloccia wants to play hockey as long as he can at the highest level he can, which is why he made the tough decision to leave Steamboat Springs for a club team in Denver last summer.

New firehouse opens doors

Expansion project began last fall

It is a home away from home.

Steitz, Smith stand out at JOs in Alaska

Korie Steitz and Marty Smith proved that they are among the nation's very best junior cross country skiers Wednesday in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Airport steering committee will observe traffic

Members hope to determine immediate, long-term needs

Members of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport Steering Committee will meet at the airport terminal to observe passenger traffic at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Glenn Miller Orchestra gets Grand

Event has drawn close to 600 people

After receiving a posthumous, life achievement award at this year's Grammy Awards, Glenn Miller's music continues to inspire audiences and propel a band that bears his name through years of success.

Students, teachers get messy celebrating Pi Day

Contest marks end of seventh-graders unit on geometry

Seventh-grader Molly Weiss stood in front of her peers Thursday in the Steamboat Springs Middle School cafetorium, looked to the back of the room, and began reciting.

County employees spend day at Steamboat Lake

County officials and employees are hoping to find their vision for the coming year.

Tentative date set for school appeal

Montessori application will get final look

A tentative date is set for the second and final appeal of a Steamboat Springs Montessori charter school application.

Wednesday, March 12

ASC loses $16.7 million

Despite increased revenue, company reports loss in second quarter

Abundant early snowfall in New England and the Colorado Rockies helped American Skiing Company improve its balance sheet in the second fiscal quarter. However, even a 12 percent increase in resort revenues translated into a $16.7 million loss for the three months ending Jan. 26.

Majestic Valley will be shown

Planning Commission gets first look at possible subdivision

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will get its first look tonight at a plan to build 21 homes and three commercial buildings on U.S. Highway 40 at the east end of town.

Spanish program may get funding

Safeway grocery certificates may no longer be the primary funding source for an elementary Spanish program.

Routt County's top Democrat steps down

The head of the Routt County Democratic Party stepped down Wednesday night.

Alcohol, drugs led to drowning

Women had cocaine, methamphetamine in her system

Drug and alcohol use were a major factor in a Brighton woman's death at the Strawberry Park Hot Springs last weekend, according to toxicology and autopsy reports on 37-year-old Patricia Maestas.

Tuesday, March 11

Detox center a success so far

Residents being helped by trial services

Seven men and women have utilized an alcohol detoxification program launched Feb. 20 in Routt County.

Growth control debated

New commercial

Adam Smith and Karl Marx would have been proud.

Squad's season a success

Boys JV team ends schedule 14-5 overall, 11-1 in league

The Steamboat Springs boys junior varsity basketball team concluded the 2002-03 season 14-5 overall and 11-1 in league play to finish atop the final standings.

February airline arrivals were down

1,000 fewer passengers deplaned

The number of passengers arriving at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in February was down 1,000 from the same month a year earlier.

Chix with Stix come up short on Front Range

The Chix with Stix came up empty in two games on the Front Range over the weekend.

Local skier sweeps age division

It was a clean sweep for Christina Roberts at last weekend's Alpine Junior Olympic Championships.

Boarders ride away with top spots

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Thedo Remmelink was smiling this week.

JV girls learn about game

The Steamboat Springs girls junior varsity basketball team ended the 2002-03 season at 12-7, but coach Tara Arroyo said the record is a bit deceiving.

Monday, March 10

Burglary may be tied to druggings

Police investigate bizarre incident

A woman who wound up with clothes taken from a local clothing store may have been drugged the night of the burglary, police said.

Grizzly Creek Guard Station opens for nightly rentals

Cabin was built in 1922 to house Forest Service ranger

Forest rangers in the Colorado Rockies during the early part of the 20th century had to be rugged individualists who could shoot straight, build a cabin by hand and use surveyor's tools properly.

Beating the bumps

Steamboat's Kyle Ewing focuses on getting the upper hand

Standing in the starting gate at the top of the Voodoo mogul course Sunday, Kyle Ewing was focused on getting the upper hand.

Hayden Critter Control Project makes Newsweek

A school project is eliciting national exposure for two Hayden Valley Elementary school classes.

Hot springs drowning remains a mystery

Police have no fresh leads in their investigation into a drowning at the Strawberry Park Hot Springs around midnight Saturday.

Girls hockey team places second

Two local teams returned from the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League's end-of-season tournament with second-place trophies in tow.

Commercial growth questioned

Council will discuss tools to control expansion at tonight's meeting

Local business owners will join the Steamboat Springs City Council tonight for a discussion about commercial growth.

Sunday, March 9

Celiac disease demands gluten-free diet

March is National Nutrition Month. This year's slogan, "Healthy Eating, Healthy You," can be a challenging goal for people suffering from celiac disease.

Service with a smile 'binds' us all together

Friendly service pops up when you need it most

I attended enough "friendly service" seminars this winter to make the Grinch a candidate for the next opening at Welcome Wagon.

Brighton woman drowns at hot springs

Police are investigating the death of a Brighton woman who drowned at the Strawberry Park Hot Springs around midnight Sunday.

Young talent showcased at Depot

Student musicians shine at performance

Sean Batson took a deep breath, readied his instrument and turned to his audience.

Woman seeks revenge, gets ex's brother in trouble

A Steamboat Springs woman inadvertently got her ex-boyfriend's brother in trouble this weekend when she stole what she thought was her former beau's backpack.

Saturday, March 8

Possible druggings worry locals

Police suspect date-rape drugs being slipped into drinks around Steamboat establishments

A woman walked into Yampa Valley Medical Center on Friday unable to remember much of the past 12 hours. On Thursday night, she went out to a local bar, and after settling into an evening of drinking and socializing, she didn't think much of accepting a drink from a stranger.

ASC's losses exceed $200M

Ski area owners report softening in demand

American Skiing Co. sustained unprecedented losses of $206.7 million in fiscal year 2002, according to long-overdue earnings reports released Friday.

TOWN TALK: HAYDEN

The Lambert Pitney and Rod Romaine families recently returned home from a fun-filled trip to California.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

Not having water with which to make ourselves a pot of coffee, no water with which to wash our faces, none with which to brush our teeth or a sip to drink. We teachers were learning the importance of water.

Obituaries for March 9

Emily Gladys Benedick 1911-2003

Room for everyone

District ranger optimistic her organization can solve conflict between skiers, snowmobilers

David Brown hit the kill switch on his Ski Doo 650 as a puzzled expression came over his face. "What conflict?" Brown asked, when quizzed for his take on the increasing friction among snowmobilers and cross country skiers in the area.

THE WAY IT WAS

Hayden hospital opens

The hospital erected by the citizens of Hayden as a memorial to the late Dr. J.V. Solandt, a pioneer physician of that town, has been entirely completed and is now in operation, having received its first patient last week. Mrs. Earl Pate, a trained nurse, from Great Divide, is superintendent, and Mrs. Anna Bowman, for many years a successful hotel proprietor at Hayden, is housekeeper. The new institution is thoroughly modern and a number of rooms have been furnished by various individuals and fraternal organizations.

The Record for March 9

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

A place of tremendous beauty

Cowboys work to preserve historical Egeria Park Roping Club

Egeria (e jir e a): Roman myth. A nymph who advised Numa, the second king of Rome.

Fishing hole of dreams

Pursuing Atlantic salmon above the Arctic Circle yields plentiful results

Steve Henderson had heard the stories about Atlantic salmon -- about expert fishermen who had gone to Scotland and been told they were lucky to have felt the tug of a big fish on the end of their line, and never mind that they never really had a solid hookup.

Vail resident wins seventh Steamboat Pentathlon

Mike Kloser planned to compete in the Steamboat Pentathlon for five years before moving on.

Cross country skiers off to Alaska

Six local skiers will head north this week with hopes of striking gold in the hills of Alaska during the Junior Olympic Championships.

BUSINESS FILE

Roddy joins newspaper staff

Melissa Roddy has joined Steamboat Pilot & Today as the newspaper's city editor.

Our View

A new beginning

The city should thank Greyhound for keeping it out of the doghouse. Because of the deal inked Tuesday with the nationwide bus line, the city finally can point to at least one regular use for the $1 million-plus bus turnaround known as the Stockbridge Multi-Modal Transit Center.

Series of productions showcase talent

Drama students take on touchy, yet important, subject matter in latest performance of 'Secrets'

It's less than a week before the "Secrets" production is set to hit the stage, and illnesses have reduced Thursday's rehearsal from a cast of five to three performers.

Local workers struggling in weakening economy

The job board at the Colorado Workforce Center is sparse.

Sound Off for March 9

Plow on the west side That rotary plow ("The Way it Was, Steamboat Pilot & Today," Sunday, March 2, 2003) at the loop trestle and tunnel on Rollins Pass is on the west side of the Divide, rather than the east.

Man living in Craig arrested, suspected of drug distribution

A Mexican man was arrested late Friday night on suspicion of drug distribution and use after police found a large amount of cash and scales with methamphetamine residue on them during the course of a routine drunken-driving stop.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

Howelsen heart of Steamboat

Thanks to my 5-year-old son, I recently discovered the real reason Steamboat Springs produces so many Winter Olympians.

BIRTHS

Mary Lucille Wuest, daughter of Marlene Paula and Donald Francis Wuest of Yampa, was born at 8:05 p.m. Feb. 24, 2003.

Hogue and Clementson

Ms. Janice Bostock of Phippsburg and Mr. Charles J. Hogue of Grand Junction are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Rene Hogue, to Lonn Clementson, the son of Rod and Patte Clementson of Grand Junction.

Sunray to offer 136 units

New Wintergreen project features entry-level housing

Wintergreen Homes is hoping the success of The Villas at Walton Creek and Quail Run will spill over into its next endeavor, Sunray Meadows.

Resort leaders preach service

When it comes to setting Steamboat's ski resort apart from its competition, nothing, not even champagne powder is as important as sincerity, a ski area executive said this week.

Stettner broaches licensing contractors

A proposed state law that would make it more difficult for homeowners to sue builders has one Steamboat Springs City Council member ready to require contractors to be licensed.

Weston expansion

Oil company acquires well-known stores in Clark, Yampa

Weston Oil Company has begun to diversify its gasoline distribution business with the acquisition of two landmark retail stores at opposite ends of Routt County.

Behind the Headlines for March 9

The details behind the date-rape drug

Carla Scarpone is a case manager for Advocates Against Battering and Abuse. She discusses the problem of date-rape drugs being used in Steamboat Springs and what to do if you suspect you were drugged.

Letters for March 9

Helping, Not Harming The United States could be and should be improving our nation's infrastructure -- bridges, highways, roads and passenger railroads. We could have and should have men and women exploring the moon and Mars and the rest of space. So many things we now take for granted have come from our scientific exploration of space.

Big air, big crashes

McArthur one of several victims who didn't complete both runs in event

The fourth day of the Chevy Trucks Junior Olympic Freestyle Championships was all about going big.

The Record for March 10

Saturday, March 8 4:06 a.m. A drunken driver was reported leaving Steamboat Springs on Routt County Road 129.

More than a workout

Toddlers, elementary-aged children benefit from yoga in many ways

Joanne Palmer led the kids around the room on what she called "The Breathing Train." Palmer and about 10 children from 5 to 9 years old ran in a circle until they were breathing heavy.

Friday, March 7

Fund-raiser raises awareness for kids with disabilities

Money raised from silent auction can be used to offset families' unexpected medical costs

Local artists are putting their work on display to benefit children in the community.

The Record for March 8

Thursday, March 6 12:04 a.m. Police arrested a motorist along Burgess Creek Road for driving under the influence of alcohol.

A time to shine

Nation's best young skiers showcase talent on slopes of Mount Werner

The gray sky that greeted the aerialists on the third day of the Chevy Trucks Junior Olympic Freestyle Championships didn't prevent the nation's best young skiers from shining on the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Feedback on changes positive

Most seem pleased with new schedule at middle school

Six months into the school year, teachers and staff members at Steamboat Springs Middle School are generally pleased with the school's new flexible schedule.

Event combines the beauty of the stars, talent of poets

CMC offers stargazers a closer look at outer space

A little-known poet named Jimmy Westlake will be reading his work to a room of stargazers tonight as part of the annual SKY Club free event.

Oak Creek VFW closes its doors

Loss of business contributes to downfall

Locally known as "The V," the Veteran of Foreign Wars, Post 3311 in Oak Creek has finally shut its doors after a downward spiral of lost business in previous years, owner Cynthia Hatlee said.

McInnis, colleagues look to reduce the threat of wildfires

Congressman Scott McInnis sought a remedy Friday to last summer's fire season in the ashes of the largest wildfire of 2002.

Thursday, March 6

Auction to raise money for mini-school bus

Proposed legislation would force development center to sell passenger van

What do you tell your children when they start asking uncomfortable questions like "Where do babies come from?"

Survival skills

Junior mogul skiers brave conditions to take top honors

The top junior mogul skiers in the nation arrived at the top of the Voo Doo course for Thursday's final round with one goal in mind -- to win a Chevy Trucks Junior Olympic title.

Board waits to pass ordinance

Hayden officials review water rate increase

Hayden residents can still bathe in the luxury of low water costs as the Accelerated Water Usage Ordinance will not be passed until the next town board meeting.

SLO survives

Outfitter must do more to stop trespassers

Steamboat Springs Men who earn their livelihood operating snowmobile tours in North Routt asked the county not to stifle their ability to make a living Thursday night.

Book brings awareness to disease

Local man tells story of daughter who died of anorexia

Dee Hubbard is ready to shake up a medical profession that could not stop his daughter from dying of anorexia.

What a treat: Flora that feed on fauna

Some people say we gardeners are consumed by our plants. I don't think they mean it literally, but there is a group of bizarre plants which obtain nourishment from consuming animals -- not necessarily gardeners.

Williams utilizes lines, simplicity in work

Steamboat Springs artist Rob Williams paints a Masonite panel with a thick sheet of white gesso. Then he scrapes across the panel with a palette knife.

Eisenach's work depicts the 'human condition'

Barry Eisenach had an idea for a portrait of a dancer in his head.

Instruments of Art

Violins as varied as artists creating them

Bill Sanders held the violin in his hand and knew he meant to destroy it. He examined the strings and the neck of the thing and felt sorry for what he was about to do.

New Monsoon brings its magic to town

New Monsoon hasn't signed to a major label and this will be its first stop in Steamboat Springs.

NIGHTLIFE

Music Tonight Amber Voiland will be playing piano at Wired Internet Cafe and Martini Bar, 1860 Ski Time Square. Call 870-0306.

Young talent showcased

Recital features kids 18 and younger

Young musicians will take center stage at the Depot this weekend.

ASC dropped from Over the Counter Bulletin Board

American Skiing Co. officials are optimistic shares of their stock will resume trading on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board within a few days of the company bringing its earnings reports up to date.

Speech team members qualify for tournament

Seven headed to state

Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Kayla Murphy waited patiently as the names of state qualifiers were read at last week's Region 6 speech team qualifying tournament in Montrose.

Wednesday, March 5

No decision made on sale of Hayden land

Town board, school board can't come to agreement

In light of the recent heated debate over land at the intersection of Third Street and Breeze Basin Boulevard in Hayden, Hayden Schools Superintendent Scott Mader intended to ease the tension by making a joke at a joint meeting between the Hayden Town Board and the Hayden School Board Wednesday night.

Girls come up short against Lewis-Palmer

With his team down 18 points, Steve Moos didn't spend halftime reflecting on the season or instructing his Steamboat girls basketball players to just enjoy the second half of their regional game against Lewis-Palmer.

Avalanche danger increasing

Heavy snows adding stress to snowpack

High winds were expected to inundate the peaks surrounding Steamboat Springs Wednesday night, adding even more danger to a serious avalanche situation.

Finding her comfort zone

Gmeiner earns title with ease in first event of 2003 Junior Olympic Championships

With its 18-foot-high walls and unequalled length, most area riders can find plenty of words to describe the Mavericks Superpipe at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Snowmobile concerns go before commissioners

Neighbors see progress, but say there is room for improvement

Nancy Weber sees fewer trespassers these days.

Funding recommendations given

EFB doesn't support money for pay for performance

The last of the Education Fund Board's commissions presented its funding recommendations Wednesday night, setting the stage for end-of-month funding allocations by the board.

Officials hear pros, cons on court locations

People from all walks of the community turned out Wednesday night to tell their elected representatives where the county should build its new courtrooms.

Snowmobilers to catch big air

Sam Carver is one of the best riders in the sport of freestyle snowmobiling. He will be the star attraction Friday night when Warrior Promotions puts on a big air show at the Steamboat Springs Airport.

The Record for March 5

Tuesday, March 4 7:28 a.m. A two-vehicle accident was reported at the Steamboat Springs maintenance building. No one was injured.

Subdivision sparks lawsuit

City may wind up in court over controversial approval

The Steamboat Springs City Council's approval of a controversial 22-acre subdivision could land it in court.

Tuesday, March 4

Judicial district cutting hours

Heavy caseloads, waning manpower reason for cutback

Court clerks in Routt and Moffat counties are closing up shop an hour early beginning March 10. Heavier caseloads and waning manpower are forcing courts in the 14th Judicial District to shorten their business hours.

Thieves steal money meant for man's medical expenses

After 19-year-old Keith Dorland was seriously injured in a car accident, a local convenience store put a three-gallon tub on its counter and asked shoppers to contribute money to help with Dorland's medical expenses.

Lack of funding may doom school pay plan

Recommendations presented today

The failings of the pay-for-performance system itself have put the program's future in doubt, but it is a lack of funding that could spell its doom.

Skiers take up space on Keystone podium

He might have been caught a little off guard by his team's recent run of success, but Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Chris Puckett wouldn't want it any other way.

Boys lose at home

Greeley West nets 59-56 regional win over Steamboat

Greeley West basketball coach Roger Johnson was pleased to get Tuesday's 59-56 regional win over Steamboat Springs even if he isn't quite sure how his team managed to pull it off.

Group asks city to use buses for art route

City Council President Kathy Connell told representatives from ArtLink Steamboat to "bring it on."

School administrators ready 'to start over'

Two of Steamboat Springs School District's top administrators say they are ready to "start over."

Sailors come together

Though the word "teamism" is absent from the dictionary, it's pretty easy to define.

Forest Service seeks comments on special use permits

Officials consider renewing 11 permits for companies who offer services on public land

Local Forest Service officials are seeking public comment as they consider renewing 11 special use permits for companies offering recreational services on public land in Northwest Colorado.

Vandals damage Oak Creek warming hut

Light bulbs, soda machine smashed in incident

Oak Creek's ice rink is open at all hours. The warming hut is unlocked and anyone who wants to skate is welcome, without supervision.

Local middle schoolers take part in national test

Eighth-graders selected to provide representative sample of what American students know

It's not often that Steamboat Springs Middle School students get excited about tests, but that was precisely the case Tuesday when 60 eighth-graders were selected to take part in a national assessment test.

Demong wins final Nordic Challenge

Bill Demong had a good-sized lead on the pack in Saturday's final Nordic Challenge race at Vista Verde Guest Ranch, but he couldn't escape the feeling that the pack was breathing down his throat.

Course raises non-resident rates

Council OKs increase for out-of-town Haymaker users

Haymaker golf fees will increase for out-of-town users this spring.

Applicants in no rush to apply for positions open with the city

The city has 25 positions coming up for grabs on its various boards and committees, but it has not received a single application from anyone other than incumbents.

Judicial facility comments will be heard

County officials hope residents turn out to identify site

Wanted: People who have strong opinions about where new county courtrooms belong.

Steamboat girls face familiar foe

Of the 31 other teams in the regional bracket, the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team had to be paired against Lewis-Palmer.

Greyhound may come to town

City may offer bus line permanent home

Greyhound buses have dropped off passengers at the Kum and Go, Alpine Taxi, the Ramada and Taco Bell in Steamboat Springs.

Local water appeal gets boost

Board ranks Oak Creek water 2nd, airport sewer lines 3rd

The town of Hayden's appeal for state dollars to help replace its aging water lines got a boost from the county Tuesday.

Monday, March 3

Montessori voted down again

Board unanimous in vote against charter school application

By a unanimous vote, the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education denied a Montessori charter school application for the second time since October.

Forest Service seeks comment on permits

Local Forest Service officials are seeking public comment as they consider renewing 11 special use permits for companies offering recreational services on public land in Northwest Colorado.

Greyhound may use Multi-Modal Transit Center

City Council to weigh contract tonight

Greyhound buses have dropped off passengers at the Kum and Go, Alpine Taxi, the Ramada and Taco Bell in Steamboat Springs. But Greyhound District Manager Mike Timlin said it is hard for these businesses to operate a bus service.

Our Heroes

For those who revel in sport in its purest form, the photo gracing the front page of the March 1 issue of the Steamboat Today is worth holding onto.

Thieves hit Rendezvous Saddle

Break-in occurred late Thursday night

Someone broke into a Steamboat Ski Area restaurant last week and stole approximately $10,000 from a restaurant safe, the Routt County Sheriff's Office said.

Thieves hit Rendezvous Saddle

Sheriff says about $10,000 stolen from restaurants' safe

Someone broke into a Steamboat Ski Area restaurant last week and stole approximately $10,000 from a restaurant safe, the Routt County Sheriff's Office said.

Simms, DeVincentis ready to start over

Two of Steamboat Springs School District's top administrators say they are ready to "start over." Superintendent Cyndy Simms and Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal John DeVincentis said they both are looking forward to a new working relationship following a one-day mediation session last week in Denver.

Vandals strike Oak Creek ice facility

Oak Creek's ice rink is open at all hours. The warming hut is unlocked and anyone who wants to skate is welcome, without supervision. But the honor system doesn't work for everyone, as vandals proved this weekend.

Thieves steal donation bucket

About $200 stolen from Steamboat Kum & Go

After 19-year-old Keith Dorland was seriously injured in a car accident, a local convenience store put a three-gallon tub on its counter and asked shoppers to contribute money to help with Dorland's medical expenses.

Officials to review Energy Impact Grant requests

Routt County and the towns of Oak Creek and Hayden are looking to the state for some cash to fund needed water and sewer projects. Their requests amount to almost $1 million. But before the state reviews their wish lists, a review board must decide which requests are most deserving of state aid and prioritize the projects.

School Board votes down Montessori application again

By a unanimous vote, the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education denied a Montessori charter school application for the second time since October.

Here's to the Future

Johnny Spillane was as surprised as anyone.

Sunday, March 2

Montessori application is back

School board will get another look at issue

For the second time in less than five months, the Steamboat Springs School Board will decide whether to approve a Montessori school charter application.

Chariot racegoers bet on good time

Friendly wagers, bidding part of event's tradition

There was trash talking along the snow banks at Sunday's chariot races.

Thieves strike Lyon's Drug again

Officials say OxyContin was target

OxyContin has been stolen from Lyon's Corner Drug and Soda Fountain for the second time in less than two months.

Open houses will benefit ski jumps

Johnny Spillane's victory at the Nordic Combined World Championships came at a convenient time for the Colorado Ski Heritage Project.

Blokes from England agree -- Steamboat is posh

The British have come and gone

Houseguests can become a way of life for Steamboat locals.

Saturday, March 1

In case of emergency ...

Behind the Headlines

Service way of life for Beall

Millie Beall came to Steamboat Springs in 1971 for the ski season. She has been here ever since.

Playing with fire: Area clubs crack down

The speakers are shaking from the sound of a screaming electric guitar. Fists are pumping in the air and everyone is shouting familiar lyrics along with the heavy-metal tribute band on stage.

Granting access

Parties try to identify, provide public another route to the forest

The worn hardwood floors and wrought iron stove inside the Columbine General Store say much about how little the world around this tiny North Routt cabin has changed.

Letters from the Ranch

Steamboat Springs Dear Bertha, I can hardly believe my month at Collum Creek is almost over; and yet all the adventures I've experienced here seem like twice as much as could be squeezed into a full year. And, there is still a whole heap I want to tell.

Competing for a cause

Mavericks Superpipe Challenge helps educate about breast cancer

The link between active snowboarders and breast cancer seems to be an unlikely one -- and the founders of Boarding for Breast Cancer aspire to make it that way.

Sound off for March 2, 2003

Fire station red OK

What if United folds?

Officials prepare contingency plans for YVRA

Community leaders probably have no more than two weeks to decide whether to cover their bets on summer air service. If they decide to double down, the wager could reach a quarter of a million dollars.

Hayden Town Talk

West End Village lots to be listed

No deed restrictions on free market properties in affordable housing development

If Tony Connell had his way, his West End Village development would be full of working families -- employees of local governments, schools, hospitals, police and fire departments, and the like.

3 taxes options on 2003 ballot

More than nine months away from the November election, tax initiatives for the 2003 ballot are far from set in stone.

A backup plan

Yampa Valley officials are wise to start planning now for United Airlines' demise.

The Way it Was

Train was overturned

Seeking a new strategy

YVRA officials discuss contingency plans in case United ends air service

Community leaders probably have no more than two weeks to decide whether to cover their bets on summer air service. If they decide to double down, the wager could reach a quarter of a million dollars.

Euzoa looks to move

Current church property on market for $2.485 million

Churches grow. It's the mission and passion of most.

Girls have disappointing game

Basketball team scores only 19 points in loss to Montrose

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team can put up 19 points in one quarter.

Up for a challenge?

The Steamboat Pentathlon is not for the faint of heart.

Steamboat hosts JO Freestyle Championships

This mountain town has played host to some of freestyle skiing's elite athletes during several recent World Cup events.

Powder Daze

Recent snowfalls give late-season skiers best outlook in five years

March came in like the proverbial lamb and local skiers were out in force Saturday, slicing and dicing the considerable leftovers from the 5 feet of snow that fell during the preceding seven days.

Number of sales at Grand increasing

Evidence has begun to show up at the Routt County Courthouse that American Skiing Co.'s latest push to sell interval ownerships in the Steamboat Grand is producing results.

Panthers top Sailors, 76-48

Boys' shooting drought hurts team

Defending 4A state champion Montezuma-Cortez proved it is going to be a tough team to dethrone at any tournament, defeating the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team 76-48 Saturday night in the district final at Mesa State.

Pace of sales at Steamboat Grand increasing

14 quartershares closed in February

Evidence has begun to show up at the Routt County Courthouse that American Skiing Co.'s latest push to sell interval ownerships in the Steamboat Grand is producing results. Fourteen transactions totaling approximately $750,000 closed in early February.

A new hope

West Africans building lives in Steamboat Springs

Douda Adama stepped off the Greyhound bus in Silverthorne with the name of someone he'd never met scribbled on a piece of paper.

Testing the free market

Remainder of West End Village lots to be listed this month

If Tony Connell had his way, his West End Village development would be full of working families -- employees of local governments, schools, hospitals, police and fire departments, and the like.

King of the Road

Oak Creek resident reflects on well-traveled life

Longtime Oak Creek resident Eric Hudson sat under several blankets in his green recliner and thought back on his singing career during the 1930s and '40s.

The science of solving problems

Middle school students display work at annual fair

A tornado ripped through seventh-grader Brandon Gorney's living room recently, yet his family's home sustained absolutely no damage.