Stories for May 2003


Saturday, May 31

Moving into the future

Steamboat Springs High School graduates encouraged to 'enjoy the ride'

The Steamboat Springs High School gymnasium glittered with camera flashes as the soon-to-be graduates of 2003 marched in to "Pomp and Circumstance."

Big-box or not?

In trying to chart our community's future, city, county and business leaders should consider the messages emanating from the 2003 Economic Summit.

Festival preparations under way

Organizers cook up events for sixth annual Taste of South Routt

David Bonfiglio wants to unite the residents of South Routt County, even if it's just for one day of fun.

Saitta goes for fifth win

Steamboat Marathon begins at 7:30 a.m.

Jason Saitta hears the whispers and sees the fingers pointed in his direction.

City reviewing Eagle Crest townhome plans

The city is reviewing plans for three townhome buildings along Eagle Ridge Drive. Last week, the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission heard pre-application plans for the Eagle Crest development and the City Council is scheduled to hear the plans on Tuesday.

Controversial South Village project overhauled

Shopping center now called Wildhorse Marketplace

The proposed 8.5-acre commercial development along Mount Werner Road that provided some of the impetus for the community's recent debate on commercial growth has had a major overhaul.

Main street's past is key to its future

In order to understand Main Street America, it's necessary to travel back in time, Frank Gray told a Steamboat Springs audience last week.

Real Estate Transactions for May 19-22, 2003


Sound Off for June 1, 2003

I am outraged by the incidence of sexual assault within the teen community in our small town. Even if we are following a national trend, we should work hard to stem this problem. Our daughters and sons deserve better. This is a community-wide problem that must be addressed by parents, schools, police, churches, coaches and other community members.

Confronting sexual assault

Steamboat Springs sees disturbing increase in teen girls who say they have been raped

"Jennifer" can't remember losing her virginity. It was the last day of her sophomore year in high school, and she joined all her friends for a year-end party. "It was my first party," she said. "And I wasn't going to drink."

Man gets jolt from lightning

Distance from light pole may have saved man's life

A bicyclist is happy to be alive after being caught in a fast-moving storm that rolled through Steamboat Springs on Saturday afternoon.

Building Permits for May 12-23

Paolo Guidi 325 Blue Sage Circle Porch addition Owner/contractor $1,450

Business News In Brief

Steamboat Ski Area master mechanic Sean Luciano took top honors at the 18th annual Ski Area Vehicle Maintenance Institute (SAVMI) Conference and Trade Show awards luncheon on May 13 in Grand Junction.

Lightning strikes Steamboat

Liza Stout, purple swim cap on, sat with her feet in the water, eating a bagel.

Young golfers start the season

Every golfer has to start somewhere, and for Haymaker pro Nina Krats, it was in a junior program much like the one she is heading this summer.

The appeal of minor league ball

Remember Rod Beck? The MLB closer with the long hair, moustache and the right arm that swung like a pendulum before every pitch?

Controlling the market mix

Economic Summit focuses on community character, regional prosperity

Steamboat Springs and Routt County can take control of the future makeup of their commercial districts, if their leaders want to.


Massage technique making a deep impression

When Jackie Braley started working as a massage therapist five years ago, she felt the pain collecting in her wrists and hands and thought to herself, "I only have 10 years of this in me."

Friday, May 30

Historic properties abound

When thinking of historic buildings, usually courthouses, old railroad depots or 100-year-old banks come to mind.

Off and running

22nd annual Steamboat Marathon is Sunday

Andy Picking used to think running was dumb.

Riding waves of the future

Kevin Dombey had the moves and the training of a professional kayaker, but until last weekend, he was just another 16-year-old with a boat and a dream.

Hayden board approves districts

Concluding a five-month project, the Hayden School Board approved new director districts in compliance with the Colorado Association of School Boards.

School Board stands ground

Warnings from a Colorado State Board of Education member will not cause the Steamboat Springs School Board to waiver from its position opposing a Montessori charter school.

Concerns voiced about Emerald

Residents discuss mountain's future Friday in Hayden

In a meeting mixed with angry voices and laughter, rural residents had the chance to raise their concerns over the proposed Emerald Mountain land exchange and found out what the next step was in protecting public lands they did not want to see private.

Students apply ecology knowledge at tree planting

Sixth-graders at Steamboat Springs Middle School got a chance to put their lessons in tree ecology to work by planting trees at the middle school and Strawberry Park Elementary School this week.

Thursday, May 29

Residents query Allard at meeting

Senator Wayne Allard listened to residents at a town meeting Thursday morning in Centennial Hall.

Who needs a guidebook, anyway?

This is a treatise on being a tourist, now that they are on their way. This is treatise on how to treat a tourist, and on me being an idiot.

Hayden magician Royston Davenport dies

His wife of 23 years tells their story of devotion

Marilee Davenport's life in Vancouver, Wash., was going down the toilet when she saw the ad for a traveling magic show. Hitting the road in a 42-foot semitrailer with a group of magicians seemed like a great way to change her life, so she applied.

The rocket scientist's sculptor

Clay sculptor Rosie MacDonald's father sent a clear message as she applied for colleges: You will not be an artist; there's no money in it. "It's funny how those two words, 'starving' and 'artist,' always go together," MacDonald said. "Art is supposed to remain a hobby and then you have your real job."

Enjoying the routine

Steamboat gymnasts will compete in first meet Saturday at 'Spring Fling'

Six young gymnasts will make their competitive debut Saturday when the Steamboat Gymnastics Center hosts a Capital Cup meet, hosting more than 100 gymnasts from across Colorado.

'Last chance' for School Board

State board threatens to pull accreditation if Montessori application isn't accepted

The Steamboat Springs School Board is down to its "last chance" to allow a Montessori charter school to open, a state school board member warned Thursday.

Identifying blooms is easy, fun

Besides the spectacular scenery, Steamboat residents are blessed with a profusion of wildflowers along the hiking trails throughout Routt County. In my first years here, two-hour hikes would stretch to three and four hours as I stopped with my wildflower identification book to find a name for a beautiful flower by the side of the trail.

Performance group postponed until fall

A committee assembled to revamp the Steamboat Springs School District's pay-for-performance bonus system will postpone its work until the fall.

Big box can be community boon

The arrival of big-box retailers is almost a foregone conclusion in the Yampa Valley, and the best strategy is to use them to fund revitalization and preservation of downtown commercial districts. That was the message of two speakers who took part in Economic Summit 2003 at the Steamboat Grand Resort and Conference Center on Thursday.

Warm weather's got the Yampa River rising fast

City officials say not to worry, the flooding is normal and the city isn't in any danger

Sections of the Yampa and Elk rivers and Soda Creek are starting to look like lakes. Water is gushing over their banks into yards, fields, park areas and creeping ever closer to buildings.

Swimmers show strength in numbers

The Steamboat Springs Swim Team opens the summer season with its only home meet of the year Saturday.

Geographical journey

Stephen Ruddock was in Mexico City for the Grand Prix auto races in 1986 when the direction of his life changed. Until then, he had been an auto mechanic and a race fan. But after the race, he attended a slide show during which the photographer handed out a mimeographed sheet of directions on how to take pictures.

Elaine Gay to speak at Circle of Wisdom

Elaine Gay is known for two things in Routt County -- her pie and her love of the valley.

Wednesday, May 28

Young school grows, improves

North Routt Community Charter School's enrollment is up

The word is getting out. Nearly two years after securing a three-year charter school contract with the Steamboat Springs School District, the North Routt Community Charter School continues to grow and improve, and North Routt County residents are taking notice.

Junior golfers hit Steamboat

Many of the top young golfers in Colorado will gather in Aspen next week for The Colorado PGA Foundation Aspen Junior Gold Classic.

Senator comes to Routt Co.

Allard to hold meeting at town hall today

U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard has pledged to hold a town hall meeting in each of Colorado's 64 counties every year.

Seniors independent with center's help

Grace Dubendorf, who turned 80 Sunday, is slowly losing her sight. She has macular degeneration, but she has found a way to help.

Up for the Challenge

Mountain bikers open Steamboat series Wednesday night at Howelsen

Chuck O'Connell is proof that turning 40 isn't so bad.

Hayden middle-schoolers run wild

The Hayden Middle School track and field team has burgeoned into the largest athletic squad at the school.

District eyes budget cuts

Teacher, director positions appear to be safe

Steamboat Springs School District officials are not ready to discuss planned budget reductions, but early indications are the district will not cut teachers or directors.

Make a beeline for ArtLine

Bus service to art attractions begins today

Susan Schiesser and Pat Walsh have a vision for Steamboat Springs. The two self-proclaimed art activists would like to see the city become a thriving artistic hot spot. Their program, ArtLink, is an attempt to work with businesses and artists to create an artistic culture for tourists in Steamboat Springs.

City asked to look at recreation water rights

As the Yampa River is over-flowing its banks, the city is being asked to take steps to make sure it does not dry up.

State gets $2M to push tourism

Lieutenant governor discussed economy at local summit

Colorado Lt. Gov. Jane Norton told an audience Wednesday that ski town economies can look forward to a $2 million advertising campaign this winter touting the advantages of a winter vacation at the state's resorts.

Tuesday, May 27

Man arrested at gunpoint after hit-and-run

Hayden police arrested a man at gunpoint Monday evening after a hit-and-run accident that injured a Craig woman.

Park Place to tap into earth for geothermal heating

The excavation work going on at the Park Place development does not look all that unusual above the surface. It's what's underneath that is so groundbreaking.

How To Keep Dollars in Steamboat?

A recent consumer preference survey contained useful information for retailers. The survey found that when it comes to buying cars, clothes, furniture, books, computers and other goods, residents shop somewhere other than Steamboat Springs more than half of the time. That's concerning for a town so heavily dependent on sales taxes.

County targets river polluters

Carwash fund-raisers are one of the activities the Routt County Department of Environmental Health has targeted as polluting the Yampa River.

Bid on a piece of local history

Harbor Hotel items, some dating to 1940, going to auction

After 63 years, it is possible that the historic Harbor Hotel will no longer be used as a hotel.

YVRA will open on schedule

The Yampa Valley Regional Airport is scheduled to reopen on time June 14, despite a week of rainy weather that put construction behind earlier this month.

Town Challenge starts tonight

The early spring snow and continued moisture caused Gretchen Sehler to sweat a bit, but warmer temperatures over the past several weeks have left the bottom portion of Howelsen Hill ready to host the first race in this year's Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series.

Emerald Park soon will have shady spot to picnic

Addition to restroom facility should be completed in several weeks

Emerald Park has softball and soccer fields, and a playground where children can romp while siblings compete on the playing fields. What it doesn't have is a place for families to gather out of the sun and enjoy a picnic.

Oak Creek to hold town yard sale

Last year, Oak Creek resident Janette Manke walked around her neighborhood on Sharp Avenue and got to know her neighbors better.

Building Permits Issued May 1-9, 2003

The following are building permits issued May 1-9, 2003

Tennis players gain experience

Memorial Day Championships held in Steamboat

Though no Steamboat Springs tennis player came away with a championship, the five that participated in the Intermountain 12-and-under Memorial Day Championships gained valuable experience.

Monday, May 26

Artist, 86, keeps her eye on the scenery

When 86-year-old Modine McLimore paints, she loses track of time. As her husband always said, "If you don't say anything to her, she'll forget to eat."

Residents remember

A loud blast tore through the quiet of the Steamboat Springs Cemetery on Monday morning as the rifle squad of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars began a 21-gun salute.

Police: It was slow holiday

The first holiday weekend of Routt County's summer season got off to a relatively peaceful start.

Home trashed, teen arrested

Natches Way homeowners away on vacation

A Montana teenager was arrested Saturday on suspicion of breaking into a Steamboat Springs home and hosting a party for high school students.

Hayden's Yampa View Estates offers affordable options

Hayden developer Mike Bell said he noticed a lack of something in Steamboat that Hayden could provide: affordable housing.

Businesses a bit disappointed

Holiday weather too nice to be indoors

The Yampa River was raging at 2,760 cubic feet per second on Memorial Day, the temperature hovered in the 70s and trails as far out as Hinman Park were dry enough for hikers.

Parenting expert to speak in Steamboat

Nationally known parenting expert Dr. Jim Fay, co-founder of The Love and Logic Institute, will be speaking in Steamboat Springs tonight, sharing his approach to parenting and discipline with families.

Sunday, May 25

Remembering our lost veterans

Charles Christian Graham is virtually forgotten here. However, he is always memorialized one weekend near the end of May when they place a small American flag in front of his headstone. There was a time, more than 90 years ago, when he was a prominent citizen of Steamboat Springs.

Grad students tap Routt County for film

Remember these names: producers Jason Berman, Richard Rosen, Jason Schuster, Aaron Biller and director Sam Goldberg. Berman and Rosen are 20 years old. Schuster and Biller are 19. Goldberg is 27. They're in Steamboat right now shooting a 20-minute short film with a $50,000 budget and aspirations to be making films for the rest of their lives.

Christian Heritage School holds graduation

Appropriately, graduation at Christian Heritage School opened with a prayer. The Rev. Kevin King of Anchor Way Baptist Church thanked God for the time that the seven seniors had spent at the school and for the time that those in attendance Sunday afternoon had given to be parents, teachers and friends.

Saturday, May 24

Soroco celebrates graduation in style

Most high schools prepare students for their careers, but Soroco High School didn't prepare Justin Greenhill for his future aspirations.

A mother's challenge

Luanne Feldmann loves being home. It's where little boys are superheroes, little girls play dress-up and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are the order of the day.

Tennis player, 11, gets start at home

Now 11, Kirsten Brehmer has been playing tennis off and on since she was 3, but this summer she wants to focus on the sport to see what she can do.

Real Estate Transactions for May 12-18, 2003


Changing times

Things have changed for Jack Redmond. Fifty years ago, Redmond knew almost everyone in Yampa. He frequented the Antlers Cafe & Bar, where many people would come in simply to chat. He could drive to Steamboat Springs and see friends there, as well.

Roy "Royston" Davenport

Hayden resident Roy "Royston" Davenport died May 19, 2003, of complications from cancer. He was 47.

A close one

Sachs, Johnson battle for first in springs race

Darrin Johnson vows to be back. Johnson missed winning the Hot Springs Short Cut Run by 26 seconds Saturday, finishing second to Paul Sachs in the tightest men's race in years.

Theodore Frederick "T.J." Johnson

Former longtime Routt County resident Theodore Frederick "T.J." Johnson passed away April 26, 2003. He was 81.

At C.H.S., it's a family affair

Seven seniors have been together since grade school

Each has a different last name, but they might as well be family. Christian Heritage School's graduating class of seven seniors consider themselves brothers and sisters, which really isn't surprising considering the time they've spent together over the past decade.

Seniors say goodbye to beloved Whiteman

Lowell Whiteman School graduates had a hard time describing their experiences at the school nestled among the aspens near Strawberry Park.

Montessori picture is still cloudy

It's anybody's guess what's next for charter school

The Steamboat Springs School District will likely find itself in court over a resolution refusing to follow a state order to approve a Montessori charter school application, the attorney representing the Montessori Steering Committee said last week.

Our View: Talk to teens

It has been said many times, and it is worth repeating: Steamboat Springs is a wonderful place to raise children. It is small town with above-average socioeconomic levels, good schools, abundant activities and access to a wondrous outdoor playground. Who could ask for more?

The next generation of bikes

'Free ride' trend has changed mountain biking for good

Why on earth would a bicycle shop stock shin guards? If you don't know the answer, you're obviously not a member of the extreme sports movement of America's youth culture.

Business News in Brief

Colorado Group Realty has announced that brokers Penny Fletcher and Troy Brookshire have joined the company's ownership team.

House, lot at Oak and Ninth under contract

One of the four lots on the long-eyed property at the corner of Oak and Ninth Street came under contract just a few days after it went on the market.

Building Permits for May 12-16, 2003


Youngsters represent Steamboat in tourney

The Intermountain 12 and under Memorial Day Championships continued Saturday at the Tennis Center in Steamboat Springs.

Economic Summit to tackle key issues

Noreen Moore will be disappointed if the only people who turn out for this week's Economic Summit 2003 are businessmen and businesswomen. "This program is for everyone," Moore said. "The real thrust is to provide economic education to citizens so that when we participate with elected officials, we have more knowledge. So often we react to things on a visceral level.

What issues plague Routt County? Behind the Headlines

Behind the Headlines

First West End Village homes arrive on site

After waiting almost three years to buy a house in Steamboat's first affordable housing project, Michael Beyer watched his home go up in an afternoon. Beyer's home was the first to arrive in the West End Village development. On Wednesday afternoon he stood with tool belt in tow and watched as cranes lifted parts of the modular home off of truck trailers and onto a foundation Beyer helped lay.

New bookstore to sell publishers' overstocks

This week marks the prologue for Epilogue. Epilogue is a bookstore that opened Friday in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue between Steamboat Shoe Market and the Franklin Mall. Owners Whitney Kaaz and Erica Fogue believe they can fill a niche in book retailing that wasn't available in Steamboat Springs before they opened their new shop.

Quayle honored by family at half marathon

Watching the wildfires rage through sections of Colorado last summer, Anthony Quayle composed a poem both powerful and beautiful at the urging of his sister Edie Zambrano that captured the spirit of a furious blaze and the struggle that ensues when trying to control it.

Steamboat is left off schedule

It brought world class skiers to a community that loves the sport, it inspired athletes such as Johnny Spillane to dream and made Steamboat Springs the focus of international attention every winter for nearly a decade.

Friday, May 23

Sound Off for May 25, 2003

Support School Board I can't believe the editorial in the newspaper on class size. You should know better. The School Board was the only one with the courage to stand up to the small but vocal minority on class size. The newspaper should be applauding the board, not criticizing it. Finally, someone did what is right. Finally, someone did what was financially responsible. I support our School Board.

Middle school track team enjoys success

Coaching 111 middle school athletes is hard work, but Ken Brenner wished the season wasn't over.

Town has humble style

Architecture reflects how downtown Steamboat has grown

Local Architect Jan Kaminski has a theory about how Steamboat Springs architecture came to be.

Local schools start to say 'bye

64 seniors graduate this weekend

Local schools plan to hand out some 64 well-earned diplomas this weekend when Soroco High School, The Lowell Whiteman School and Christian Heritage School hold their annual commencement exercises.

Hayden man injured in fire

Bernie Nelson, 21, lost his home and his cat

A 21-year-old Hayden man suffered burns and lost his mobile home in a fire early Friday morning.

Let the howling begin

The Howler Alpine Slide opens today

Going into its third full summer of operation, the Howler Alpine Slide has quickly turned into a favorite attraction for tourists and locals alike.

Buyers can land new H2 Hummers

Next five to purchase lot in Grassy Creek Ranch get hard core vehicle

The next five individuals to buy lots in the Grassy Creek Ranch at Mount Harris will get an H2 Hummer with their land.

Oak Creek Town Board welcomes Eskridge

Jim Eskridge was appointed to serve on the Oak Creek Town Board Thursday night.

Thursday, May 22

SSHS grad readies for humanitarian trip

Cody Reed will add Nicaragua to her list of globe-trotting adventures

Life has taken Cody Reed far from home. In the past three years, Reed got used to not having hot water. Sometimes, she had no running water at all. She killed her own dinner. She was mugged three times. She overcame a serious bacterial infection in a foreign country. She learned to speak Swahili.

Remember: Say no to weeds

Weeds are undesirable plants in the garden. They don't look good. They take up space. They can harbor insects. They compete with desirable plants for food, water and light. They've gotta go.

Get rid of waste, make power

BioMax 15 turns wood chips into electricity

It eats trees for lunch, and it's coming to a forest near you.

Veterans honored this Memorial Day

Soldiers' families urged to participate

Members of veterans organizations hope more valley residents than ever will rediscover the true meaning of Memorial Day this weekend and take part in ceremonies honoring military veterans who have defended America's freedom.

Planning Commission OKs Round Room

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission said yes to a change in use request that will transform Boggs Hardware into a New Orleans-themed restaurant with a performance stage.

Parents, teens meet on survey

Statistics released on teen sex, drug and alcohol use

Sex, drugs and alcohol. Many parents say these are the toughest subjects to discuss with their children.

Hayden grads eager, anxious about future

Just minutes after receiving her diploma, Kimberly Walker could not stop the tears from flowing down her red cheeks as her "posse" sang to her.

Group will seek candidates

Political action committee looking to bolster School Board election

It's been seven years since the last contested Steamboat Springs School Board election. That streak likely will end this fall.

Careers in sports field explored during trip

Patty Hanley hopes to pursue a career in pediatric physical therapy, so Thursday's field trip to Peak Fitness proved beneficial for the Steamboat Springs junior.

Lodging numbers down

Rooms estimated to be half-occupied Saturday

Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the start of summer. In Steamboat Springs, however, this weekend of barbecues, breaking out the baseball gloves and remembering fallen soldiers plays second fiddle to a weekend of singlets, aid stations and finish lines.

Rivers rising fast in valley

Flows already higher than last year

No one knows for sure what happened to the D-Hole. The only thing river users know is that the kayak feature in the Yampa River is gone -- washed out.

Wednesday, May 21

Fairgrounds may be annexed to Hayden

Any Routt County resident will tell you the county fair is held in Hayden every August.

Honor code is OK'd

SSHS committee unanimously approves proposal

An honor code for Steamboat Springs High School will be in place for the 2003-04 school year after the proposal was approved Wednesday by the school's Nuts and Bolts Committee.

Emergency agencies sponsor car seat safety course

In an effort to protect children and raise awareness among parents, emergency agencies have teamed up with Children's Hospital for a child safety technician course.

Graduates looking to future

Hayden High School holds ceremonies tonight

Graduating from high school is an exciting time for many students, but feelings of fright and sorrow linger, as well.

Residents fight for right to water

Recreational designation would help keep Yampa flowing

A Colorado Supreme Court Decision sparked two residents to ask the city to step-up its research on acquiring recreational water rights.

Barclay outlines plan

Newly hired coach doesn't want a lot of changes

The high school golf season is months away, but that hasn't stopped newly hired coach Ryan Barclay from moving ahead with his plans.

Councilman: Long-term looks 'bleak'

Government officials provided a Budgeting 101 lesson Wednesday night, and what they had to say wasn't pretty.

Oak Creek looks at applicants

Stordal's resignation opens Town Board position

The Oak Creek Town Board will consider tonight the appointment of a new board member to replace Trustee David Stordal, who recently resigned.

Board seeks to improve salaries, curriculum

The Hayden Board of Education wants to improve student test scores and teacher salaries. At the board's Wednesday night meeting, the group discussed how to do so.

Tuesday, May 20

Survey: People buy out of town

Most purchase cars, clothes

The results of a consumer preference survey show that consumers are spending money outside of Routt County for many of their goods but are keeping the dollars local when it comes to buying services.

Dems invite all to forum

Organizers hope to educate everyone on issues

Leave the stuffed donkeys and "I Dig Dubya" signs at the door. Partisan bickering is not welcome tonight.

Mosquito season is here, with threat of West Nile

Residents who hope to reduce the number of mosquitoes on their property, and consequently the threat of West Nile Virus, have a window of opportunity that begins now.

Mothers, daughters talk sex

Most children would rather do almost anything than talk to their mothers about sex. But on Saturday, that is exactly what a group of fifth-grade girls did at the first Mother-Daughter Day.

Six soccer players honored

Individual awards often are the reflection of a successful season by the entire team.

School Board Should Have Said 'Yes'

While we sympathize with the financial challenges facing the Steamboat Springs School Board, we believe the board erred in its decision to turn down a $147,000 gift for smaller class sizes.

Man pleads guilty to harassing nanny

A Steamboat Springs man pleaded guilty to harassing his former nanny Tuesday.

Wilson receives

It's obvious that Todd Wilson doesn't like to toot his own horn.

All-Senior State Lacrosse game features

Steamboat's Cooper Howard was selected to participate in this year's Froecklier/Toll All-Senior State Lacrosse game by lacrosse coaches from across the state.

Sales-tax numbers diving

City's tax revenue down from last year

City sales-tax numbers continue to drop below last year's, keeping the city on its toes.

Athletics director resigns

Crowhurst instrumental in bringing hockey to high school

After two years at Steamboat Springs High School, Bruce Crowhurst resigned as the school's athletics director Monday.

Charges dropped in hit-and-run

3 Steamboat men were accused of helping driver

Charges have been dropped against three Steamboat Springs men suspected of being connected to a hit-and-run that seriously injured a Hayden man last summer.

Pam Walter named Steamboat Teacher of the Year

The classroom buzzed with energetic little faces. One boy sat alone at a table, carefully placing block after block on a plastic tower. Sud-denly, a touch shakes the building and it falls apart. The boy slumps sadly in his chair.

Monday, May 19

Residential development may affect YVRA

Commissioners ask town to study land near airport

The Routt County Commissioners asked the town of Hayden Monday night to keep the long-term needs of Yampa Valley Regional Airport in mind as it undertakes a major study of undeveloped land just outside the town limits.

Natural gas prices rise

Increases seen nationwide

In the last two months, the price of natural gas has jumped 48 percent -- and Steamboat Springs residents are feeling the impact on their gas bills.

Finding shortcuts

Hot springs run encourages 'cheating'

In this race, cutting corners, finding shortcuts and making your own path is not only legal, it's encouraged.

School Board votes against gift

District plans to cut $500,000 from next year's budget

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education voted Monday against an Education Fund Board gift that would have provided three additional elementary school teachers for the 2003-04 school year.

Council will look at changes to districts' lines

In an attempt to even out voter numbers, the Steamboat Springs City Council could approve a change to its districts' lines.

Board stalls on Montessori

School district: State mandate is optional

The Steamboat Springs School Board said Monday it would not follow the Colorado Board of Education's mandate to approve a Montessori charter school application.

Sunday, May 18

Time running out on Montessori contract

The future of a Steamboat Springs Montessori charter school will become clearer tonight when the Steamboat Springs Board of Education decides whether to negotiate a contract with the applicants.

Board will vote on funding

Many Steamboat Springs teachers and parents were thrilled two weeks ago when the Education Fund Board voted to approve funding for three additional elementary school teachers for the 2003-04 school year.

It's in the water that comes tumbling off the Divide

Welcome to Track and Field Town U.S.A.

There's something you ought to try this summer to see if you've still got it in you. But wait until just before dusk so no one catches you making a fool of yourself.

Stock dogs ready for sheep

Region's best herders will compete this weekend

It sounded as if birds were singing Sunday afternoon even as the rain started pouring on the Sasak ranch.

The right equation

Werner wins Cog Run day after graduating with Ph.D.

It took more than four hours for Mark Werner to get to the Hayden Cog Run. He finished the race in less than a quarter of that time.

Saturday, May 17

Public defender Townsend bound for Fort Collins

Norm Townsend rarely steps inside the hockey rink. He can't skate well or check or sink a puck. But he loves to watch the game.

A State Champion

Steamboat's Jessica Peters captures title in 400-meter event

By 1 p.m. Saturday, the sun's rays on the all-weather track at Jeffco Stadium made it almost too hot to touch.

Advice for incoming seniors

OK, juniors, take a deep breath. You'd better relax now, because next year, your world will be turned inside out, twisted, and so busy, you will wish you had an extra seven hours in the day to give you time to sleep.

Qwest puts new face on local customer service

Qwest Communications has started a program to put a human face on its business for consumers.

Letter: Kathryn Antyr

I was disappointed after reading the article, "CSAP scores above state average -- Administrators pleased with results." The headline should have read, "South Routt leads in CSAP scores."

Winona's owners opening new restaurant called "Freshies"

Patrons stand in line on the sidewalk to get a breakfast table at Winona's on summer mornings. So it's not surprising that owners Scott and Kristy Fox are encouraged they can repeat that success in a second location.

Class size means everything

Spending second through 12th grade in a class that was barely larger than a dozen students at any given time has been quite an experience.

Sound Off for May 18, 2003

I vote yes on the Sound Off question "is it fair to make rural landowners give up access to neighboring public lands in order to preserve Emerald Mountain." Actually this question is misleading. It does not state that the public lands, identified, are landlocked by private lands and are rendered ineffective as public lands because there is no public access. The neighboring landowners have exclusive use of this land and determine who can have access to it.

Our View: Commission, authority make sense

Officials from the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County took proper steps this week to address two of this area's most pressing issues -- air transportation and affordable housing.

The Record for May 18, 2003

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

Behind the Headlines: Sue Birch

Sue Birch is the executive director of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Inc. She has more than 20 years' experience in the public health field. VNA works extensively with Steamboat's ever growing Hispanic immigrant population.

New air ambulance dedicated

Original was damaged in March plane crash

Mountain Flight Service dedicated its new air ambulance Saturday, nearly two months after its twin-engine King Air E90 crashed just outside Kremmling.

Park Place to tap into earth for geothermal heating

The excavation work going on at the Park Place development does not look all that unusual above the surface. It's what's underneath that is so groundbreaking. Groundbreaking for Steamboat Springs, at least.

School officials say personnel cuts inevitable

Steamboat Springs school officials are hoping for the best. But in the midst of a severe economic downturn statewide, Superintendent Cyndy Simms and Finance Director Dale Mellor are preparing for the worst.

Population of Mexican immigrants growing

Need for services also increasing

A sign reads "Abierto Ahora!" (Open now!) in the window of a tiny store called "Mercadito" in the Dream Island Mobile Home Community. The store is no larger than the foyer of most homes. The walls are lined floor to ceiling with shelves holding dried chili peppers, Mexican sodas and candies, corn meal and bulk spices. The prices are low and if you don't speak Spanish, you'll need a pen and a paper to calculate your total.

Building Permits for May 1-9


Real Estate Transactions for May 7-11


Hayden's Yampa View Estates coming along

Hayden developer Mike Bell said he noticed a lack of something in Steamboat that Hayden could provide: affordable housing.

Business News in Brief

Longtime local Realtor Wayne Ranieri has joined Steamboat Village Brokers, Ltd.Ranieri has been a Steamboat resident since 1985 and has more than a decade of experience as a broker.

E. Dillon Rich, 1912-2003

Longtime Routt County resident E. Dillon Rich died May 13, 2003, at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle. He was 90.

Eva Brazelton, 1919-2003

Hayden resident Eva Brazelton passed away May 2, 2003, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. She was 84.

Fire destroys RV on Rabbit Ears Pass

No one injured in mishap

A fire destroyed a California man's motor home and damaged his car Saturday afternoon on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Schoeberl, Stark stand out for Hayden

"And in lane eight ... Samantha Shoe-barrel," the announcer called over the loudspeaker.

Letter: Omar Campbell

"I Wonder Why" is the public forum of a small weekly newspaper in another town -- much like Sound Off in the Sunday Pilot & Today.

Edwin Howard Root, 1925-2003

Former Steamboat Springs resident Edwin Root died May 10, 2003, at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. He was 78.

David Bruce Clark, 1953-2003

Former Steamboat Springs resident David Bruce Clark died April 23, 2003, of cancer. He was 50.

DeGanahl runs away with state title

Soroco sophomore Andy deGanahl couldn't believe it. He had to bite into his first-place medal to make sure it was real.

Soap Box Derby turns into all-day event

It was a day for the little guys. Pint-size rookies and their hand-built cars headlined a day of racing, riding and roaring past the finish line Saturday.

Stars show promise for program

I spent this weekend under the blazing sun at the state high school track meet watching some of the best athletes in the state strut their stuff at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.

Friday, May 16

National Geographic wants you

'Worlds Apart' seeking families for TV show

Even without seeing them, you can imagine it: an upper-middle-class family from New Jersey, the Palmers, standing in the middle of a remote northern Kenyan village with their suitcases overpacked and a look of shock on their faces.

Stark throws personal-best

Hayden track coach Kevin Klecker soon will be sporting a new pink hairdo. It's not that he's reverting back to his heavy metal days -- it's because he lost a bet to Alan "Bubba" Stark that he could not throw more than 45 feet in the shotput.

DeGanahls steal show in Pueblo

Soroco senior track star Jessie deGanahl swears her family doesn't feed her or her younger brother Andy anything out of the ordinary. She said their success must simply come from good genes.

40 attend land swap meeting

Residents upset about BLM, Emerald proposal

When Lyle and Gail Valora bought 40 acres of rural land, they envisioned their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren using the 180 acres of Bureau of Land Management land beside it.

On a roll

Peters runs over competition

Freshmen are not expected to qualify for the state meet in four different events, they're not projected to advance to the finals and they are rarely the favorite to win the state title.

Steamboat groups ready for Historic Preservation Month

Some of the best storytellers along Lincoln Avenue have never spoken a word. They stand still and let the bricks, door arches and architecture do the talking.

Johnson: This was a learning experience

All you needed to do was look into Tyler Johnson's eyes after Friday's 200-meter dash to see he had given everything.

The Record for May 17

Girl injured in minivan incident recovering

A young girl injured in a car accident Wednesday suffered a cracked pelvis but is doing fine, said Richard Everard, the girl's father.

News in brief

Thursday, May 15

Water-wise lawns

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

Housing authority meeting pushed back

A public hearing on a multi-jurisdictional housing authority has been pushed back a month.

A winning combination

To be successful in the 400 meter, athletes must have speed, endurance

Kevin Kleckler remembers when the 400 meters was a run instead of a leg-numbing sprint.

2-year-old hurt after she was left in a running car

A young girl was injured when she and her older brother got behind the wheel of their mother's minivan Wednesday afternoon

Hayden Valley third-graders test high in reading on CSAP

For the second straight year, more than 90 percent of the third-graders at Hayden Valley Elementary School who took the Colorado Student Assessment Program reading test read at an advanced or proficient level, according to results released last week.

Learn about area's water management at forum

Two years of drought have given residents of Northwest Colorado a new appreciation for the normally abundant water supply here. They'll have a chance to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of water management in this region June 5, during the Yampa River Basin Water Forum. The event is scheduled to run all day at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill Lodge in Steamboat Springs.

Tennis season in full swing

Summer leagues offer competition, fun

The sun isn't the only bright yellow ball in the sky these days. Now that spring has arrived, play at tennis courts is starting to pick up, and players are looking for some competition.

Courts lose in budget battle

The to-do list gets longer, but the doers can't keep up. And it's not for lack of trying, either. The 14th Judicial District must stomach a 15 percent cut to its staff this summer, all the while keeping up with the demands of a growing caseload.

The news in brief

Wednesday, May 14

The news in brief

Artists in 'Transition' at Depot

Suzy Holloran talks about her paintings as if someone else made them. Her finger wanders around the canvas explaining symbols and colors in a chalk talk of her subconscious.

Spanish Nights

The ballet begins. But this time, when the curtain parts, the dancers are not swans. They are proud Spanish dancers. Their backs are straight. Their wrists snap back, their chests lift.

Franks will take golf game to Wyoming

When he is on top of his game, Jeff Franks displays a sense of confidence that is hard to overlook.

Soroco seeking respect

"Where's Soroco?" It's a question the South Routt track athletes get a lot from their competitors.

The Hayden nine

Tigers set sights on state meet

Outnumbered 7-to-2, the Hayden boys participating in this weekend's state track and field meet -- Evan Hilling and Alan Stark -- already have devised a plan to pass the time in the hotel.

Woman, children rushed to hospital after crash

A two-vehicle accident at the corner of Fish Creek Falls Road and Amethyst Drive sent a woman and her two children to the hospital Wednesday.

Firm can start justice center plans

Committee: It's time to let them do their job

The architectural firm tasked with designing the county's new justice center got the go-ahead Wednesday night to begin putting ideas on paper.

Survey lists characteristics sought in schools' new chief

Sensitivity. Decisiveness. Self-confidence. Commitment. These are among the qualities Steamboat Springs parents, civic leaders, teachers and school district officials and staff desire in Superintendent Cyndy Simms' replacement, according to survey results released by Ray and Associates

Keith's religious-themed work at Depot

The clouds in Kim Keith's photograph are pointing. They are reaching. They are speaking.

Area courses to open

The Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club will be the third area course to open for the season when it allows golfers to start playing the front nine Friday.

Believe it or not: Life does go on

This is to the guy who said the walls of the Yampa Valley are too high to climb. That the world is too large a place and what would he do out there, anyway.

High on survey: city growth rate

270 questionnaires find residents want more policies to control growth

By a 2-to-1 margin, Steamboat Springs residents favor putting policies in place to control the city's growth rate.

Volunteers spring into action

Community members pitch in on annual Day of Caring

Many hands make light work. Dozens of volunteers rolled up their sleeves Wednesday morning to spruce up their community and help out their neighbors.

Tuesday, May 13

Facing state's standouts

Tracksters hope for the best, prepare for the worst

Reality sometimes does bite.

Council approves cattle drive down Lincoln

City Council members could not resist making a few cow puns as they voted to close down Lincoln and Yampa avenues for a cattle drive during the 100th Annual Cowboy Round-Up Days.

Reading initiative pays off

A comprehensive South Routt Elementary School reading initiative created hard work for school staff and students, but it's unlikely there will be complaints from either group as the positive results continue to roll in.

Trust and the Media

The story of fraud and plagiarism by a young journalist at The New York Times damages not only one of this nation's most respected newspapers but also the industry as a whole.

Airport commission approved

The City Council and Routt County commissioners decided to take the plunge Tuesday night to create an airport commission that would oversee their airports.

Rice to take over softball league

A familiar face will greet softball players when they return to the Howelsen Hill fields this June.

Runners challenged at cog race

Tenadore Dean of Steamboat Springs will be a contender for the Hayden Cog Run this year. He won the Spirit Challenge 5-kilometer race May 3 in 17 minutes, 39 seconds, despite injuring his foot and knee during the winter.

A glimpse of Sunburst Ranch

Three-dimensional software highlights subdivision's impact

Hayden officials already can see what the planned 900-acre Sunburst Ranch subdivision will look like, even though not a single home has been built.

Haymaker golf course set to open Thursday

The wait is over.

Co-op extensions meet budget crunch

Colorado's budget woes may deal Routt County yet another blow.

North Routt celebrates new station with dance

Fred Astaire, you've got four days to find Ginger.

Yampa View Estates caters to young professionals

Hayden developer Mike Bell said he noticed a lack of something in Steamboat that Hayden could provide: affordable housing.

Hayden gets online

Whether they have a personal computer or not, Hayden residents can now access the Internet and a bevy of Yampa Valley community information and resources, from a kiosk in the West Routt Public Library.

Planning Commission sees annexation pay-off

The Hayden Planning Commission expects recent annexations near Yampa Valley Regional Airport to pay off when construction begins on a planned development, Planning Commission member Garold Gilbert said.

Monday, May 12

A hole lot of fun

Gary Lacy stood along the shores of the Yampa River Monday afternoon watching as paddlers tested their skills in the river's fast-moving waters.

Reservoirs nearing capacity

Stagecoach expected to fill this week

The dramatic reversal in Routt County's water outlook will become clear later this week when water begins spilling over the top of Stagecoach Reservoir.

School district plans to cut $500,000 next year

Simms asks board to begin reduction proposals

In the face of decreasing revenue and increasing expenditures, the Steamboat Springs School District plans to cut nearly $500,000 from its 2003-04 fiscal year budget.

City, county will discuss airport commission

The city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County are considering the creation of an airport commission to oversee their two airports.

Judicial facility questions to be answered

People who wonder why the county can't build its new courtrooms smaller or reduce the probation department staff's office space are invited to hear why Wednesday night.

Warning system short of goal

Weather alert transmitter depends on donations

Efforts to bring a weather warning system to Routt County this summer could fall short without more donations.

Students can have fun at fund-raiser

For high school students the annual Booster Club Golf-A-Thon is a chance to get out of class and spend the day playing golf at the Sheraton with friends.

Sunday, May 11

Youth in Motion this Saturday

Organizers hope for large turnout

Area youngsters are on the move this weekend.

Preparing for backcountry medical emergencies

Don't forget to flick your Bic

I did something May 10 that I've never done before.

The record

Enthusiasts flock to Bird-a-Thon

Some might think it's for the birds -- shivering and straining in the early morning hours for the faintest sound of a swallow.

Saturday, May 10

Drake to represent Colorado at NFL summit

As a kid growing up in Colorado, Steamboat Springs football coach Mark Drake often answered, "I want to play in the NFL" when asked about his future plans.

Sound Off

Sound Off

An honor code

An honor code at Steamboat Springs High School will not prevent cheating among students.

Suckers for recovery

Students participate in endangered fish program with Division of Wildlife

Entering their sophomore year at Steamboat Springs High School, Abby Johnson, Matt Holthausen and Meghan McNamara had little, if any, interest in fish.

Driving for alternatives

'Drive to Survive 2003' campaign focuses on fuel sources

Henderson Park resident Fred Robinson and his son, Tai, tried their best to get a speeding ticket in their Toyota Tacoma.

Four team up to take first

The final event of every track meet, the 1,600-meter relay -- or 4x400 relay -- is arguably the grandest race of them all.

Land deal has rural residents worried

For eight years, Jolene Lyons worked in the coal mines so she could buy the land where she grew up.

Local courses among state's best

Golfers have more than 200 golf courses to choose from in Colorado, but they can find two of the best right here Steamboat.

Branstetter shines at regional meet

With a smile that expressed half excitement and half fatigue, Lauren Branstetter left the Stocker Stadium track as a regional champion.

Obituaries for May 11, 2003


Climbing gym to close

Steamboat Springs' only commercial indoor climbing gym is closing its doors to make way for a lumber-yard expansion.

Real Estate Transactions for April 29-May 6


Habitat seeks help with next project

From people who have never driven a nail to professional contractors, Routt County Habitat for Humanity is looking for a few good volunteers.

Mansion is next step in luxury

When Joe Patrick Robbins began the architectural designs for the Covered Bridge House he started with the kitchen, just as he does for every other house.

Business news in brief

Michelle Avery is the repeat winner of the annual top producer award at Coldwell Banker Silver Oak realty in Steamboat Springs. Avery has been a Realtor here for nine years.

A crime against the community

Thousands of shards of shattered glass covered the seats, floor and just about everywhere else inside the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club van.

Valuation jumps affect taxes

Most homeowners here saw an 8 percent to 10 percent increase in the valuation of their property when they opened their envelopes from the Routt County Assessor's Office this month.

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

The search for a superintendent Behind the Headlines

Behind the headlines

Road rules

Mud season drives mountain bikers to look at skinny tires

Mud season and mountain bikes don't mix. After two years of drought, Steamboat spoke species may have forgotten how easily May can break their hearts -- the single track that isn't still covered in snow is too sloppy to ride, at least in good conscience. And this is normal weather.

The freshman sensation

Regionals no different for state-qualifying Peters

Jessica Peters never lost during her middle school track career, but she wasn't really threatened either, so she was a little uncertain about what to expect from her first high school season.

Odyssey gets seniors ready for real world

For as long as she can remember, graduating Steamboat Springs High School senior Danni Scheer wanted to be an interior designer.

Rodeman's rocky road

Oak Creek mayor's first year has not been easy, but she's learned plenty

After being elected in April 2002, Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman has, at times, been scared she was going to have a heart attack.

Friday, May 9

Philanthropy program teaches kids the basics

The shoe was on the other foot Thursday night as adults sat patiently while high school students dished out their fates.

Tigers, Rams come on strong at regional meet

Hayden's Kayla Kostur qualified for state and Soroco's Jessie and Andy deGanahl demonstrated again why they are two of the state's best, as the Tigers and Rams opened the two-day regional track and field meet Friday.

Four qualify for state

Gary, Chotvacs, Hooper, O'Leary highlight regional meet

On an atypically cold and rainy day in Grand Junction, four members of the Steamboat Springs track and field team surprised even themselves by qualifying for the 2003 Class 4A State Track Meet in Denver next weekend.

Charter school opening in doubt

Parents hoping to enroll their children in the proposed Montessori charter school in the fall should make other plans, the committee trying to create the Montessori charter school announced Friday.

Man cleared of indecent exposure, other charges

Several more serious charges dropped, one misdemeanor stands

A single misdemeanor charge of harassment has been filed against a Steamboat Springs man cleared of more severe charges earlier this week.

Parnell places in top 6

Described as a quick athlete with good hands, Steamboat Springs' Kelli Parnell finished in the top six at the 2003 Colorado State High School Tennis Championships on Friday.

Hayden Clean-Up Day sees large turnout

Someone took advantage of Hayden resident Patrick Zimmer-man and his pickup last week.

Questions from 2002 plane crash remain

Questions about what caused last December's plane crash on Rabbit Ears Pass may go unanswered until later this year.

Thursday, May 8

Paddlers showcase skills

Friends of the Yampa River Kayak Series begins May 14

The fast-moving waters of the Yampa River will provide the perfect playing field for some of Steamboat Springs' most extreme athletes this spring.

Water wise plants tough it out

As in any garden before planting, soil preparation is necessary. Proper soil preparation will help conserve water. Prepare soil before planting by loosening it to a depth of 12 inches. If it is a heavy clay or sandy soil, add 2-3 inches of compost on the surface and then till it.

Report on Rossi Meadow finds it stable to build on

A report to the Oak Creek Board of Trustees on a second geological survey of the Rossi Meadow finds the land just outside the southern border of town stable enough on which to build a subdivision.

Legislative session ends a bit early

It's finally over. State lawmakers are saying goodbye to their home away from home after spending four-plus months under the Capitol dome. Among them are Routt County's representatives in the Statehouse.

Potters ready for LIFT-UP Soup Bowl Supper

Tickets for fund-raiser include handmade bowl, soup and bread

Three hundred clay soup bowls are waiting at the door of the Ceramic Design Group kiln, ready for their first firing. For four days, volunteer potters had their hands wet with clay as they shaped pound after pound of it for this fall's annual LIFT-UP Soup Bowl Supper.

Power line OK'd

The city Planning Commis-sion unanimously approved a small portion of the 18-mile power line proposed by Xcel Energy.

Wrestlers snag 5 first-place medals

The Steamboat Springs peewee wrestling team walked away from the Dave Schmittel wrestling tournament in Oak Creek last weekend with five first-place medals and a number of other top finishes.

Parnell drops match in opening round

Steamboat Springs' Kelli Parnell dropped her opening round match at the 2003 Colorado State High School Tennis Championships on Thursday.

Teton Petro trading on AMEX

Howard Cooper, chairman of Steamboat Springs-based Teton Petroleum, made some noise in the New York Financial District on May 6 as he rang the opening bell on the American Stock Exchange. The ceremony marked Teton's first day of trading on the AMEX.

Wednesday, May 7

Indecent exposure charges dropped

Man was accused of making advances on nanny

A judge on Wednesday dismissed charges against a Steamboat Springs man accused of making sexual advances toward his child's nanny and threatening her if she reported him.

Hayden seeking volunteers for Arbor Day planting

Snow pushed holiday to May 10

The Hayden Recreation Board is asking help from community members in planting a variety of seedlings 9 a.m. Saturday in Dry Creek Park.

Tracksters line up for meets

Ten teams will run this weekend in Steamboat

Ten teams will arrive at the Steamboat Springs High School this weekend for the biggest track meet of the season.

Parnell welcomes challenges

Instead of complaining and worrying about her first-round opponent, Kelli Parnell welcomes the challenge ahead.

Riding high

Steamboat biker named to Balance Bar/Devo race team

For most of his life, Ethan Johnson had dreamed of the day he would compete in the Winter Olympics as a member of the Nordic combined ski team.

Oak Creek may get subdivision

Town Board will review conceptual plans tonight

Oak Creek could be getting its first residential subdivision, if town officials' concerns about the instability of the land in question can be suitably addressed.

Commission reviews power lines

Xcel Energy works to meet city's electrical needs

The city Planning Commission will review a small portion of the new power lines Xcel Energy is proposing to put in place.

Trial date set for man accused of shooting

A Steamboat Springs man accused of shooting at two excavation workers last month will have his case heard in District Court.

Board approves smaller class size

But no word on

The largest crowd to attend an Education Fund Board meeting since the board's inception in 1993 got what it wanted Wednesday -- Fund Board approval for smaller class sizes.

Tuesday, May 6

CSAP scores above state average

Administrators pleased with results

Steamboat Springs School District administrators Tuesday praised the high test scores of district third-graders on the reading section of the Colorado Student Assessment Program test.

Ralston a Living Reminder

Aron Ralston's saga of survival has captivated the nation. Trapped for five days by a boulder crushing his hand, he was forced to amputate his own arm. He then made a one-handed rappel of about 70 feet and then hiked five miles to safety.

YVRA expects boost in security personnel

Denver and Colorado Springs' loss has become Northwest Colorado's gain.

Concert series back at Howelsen

Los Lobos, John Hiatt will headline acts

Last year, the air was thick and dry with the smell of wildfire smoke, and grasshoppers parted with every step like a Biblical 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.

Park residents' future uncertain

If Westland is sold, trailers essentially would become worthless

With a plan in the works that would redevelop the Westland Mobile Home Park, owners of older trailers there were confronted this month with the possibility their homes could become worthless if the land is sold and converted to another use.

Gas station plans receive final approval

Council OKs controversial proposal

Plans for a controversial gas station at the east entrance of town received final City Council approval Tuesday, despite concerns the city already has enough gas stations.

Rams post top results

Despite windy conditions, members of the Soroco track and field team took advantage of some of the season's warmest weather to post impressive results at the league meet May 3.

Tiger qualifies for state

Hayden senior Alan Stark pre-qualified for the 2003 Class 2A State Track Meet in the discus, following a personal-best throw at the league meet in Kremmling on May 3.

City will help sponsor summit

The city will give the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association $2,000 to help sponsor the 2003 Economic Summit.

Month of the Young Child wraps with Saturday gala

April's Month of the Young Child wrapped up Saturday evening at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel with a special dinner and celebration for local child care providers and teachers of young children.

Student off to U.S. finals in junior golf circuit

There are still a few weeks left in the school year, but eighth-grader Paul Berry already is looking forward to escaping to Florida when classes end.

Monday, May 5

Weather should boost crops

Farmers, ranchers pleased with

The sloppy weather that has inundated the Yampa Valley the last two weeks has area farmers and ranchers whistling a happy tune.

The final leg

For the members of the Steamboat Springs track teams, the season comes down to this weekend and the regional track meet.

Justice center site undecided

Facility will be west of Steamboat

Routt County will build its proposed justice center west of Steamboat Springs. How far west is still up in the air.

District sets July goal

Superintendent search heats up

The search for a new Steamboat Springs School District superintendent is beginning to heat up as the school year and Cyndy Simms' stint as head of the district wind down.

Time for Sailors to get physicals

For physician Jim Dudley spring has always been a time to give back, but it's also a great opportunity for student athletes to cash in on the doctor's generosity.

Communications director arrives

Faith Mendoza is here for the long haul.

Summer camp sign-up begins

Arrive early and bring a tent. That's the best advice for parents wanting to register their children for spots in the Steamboat Springs Summer Day Camp program.

Sunday, May 4

Visiting Nurse Association honored this week

Nearly 50 years after it formed, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association continues to touch the lives of Routt- and Moffat-county residents.

Forest Service, city meet on backcountry issues

The U.S. Forest Service will present information on key issues to the Steamboat Springs City Council at Tuesday's council meeting.

Travel abroad without a passport in Sin City

Complete with an Eiffel Tower and air conditioning

This was going to be the year that I finally got my chance to travel abroad.

Air ambulance back in the air

Service will be running in next 10 days

Yampa Valley Air Ambulance should be ready for takeoff within the next 10 days, after nearly two months of suspended service following the crash of its lone plane.

Saturday, May 3

Soldier-to-civilian transition rough

The "Support our Troops" signs are starting to fade from spring rains, television attention has shifted from 24-hour coverage of the war in Iraq to regular programming and the first rotation of soldiers are on their way home.

Three locals to be tried in hit and run

Three Steamboat Springs men will be on trial later this month for their suspected connection with a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a Hayden man last summer.

Academic integrity

SSHS weighs honor code to make accusations, disciplinary actions more fair

Steamboat Springs High School soon may join the growing ranks of a nationwide trend by implementing a student honor code.

Friday, May 2

School Board mum on Montessori charter school

Board met with lawyer in executive session to discuss options

When -- and if -- a Steamboat Springs Montessori charter school will open for students remains unclear, even though the Colorado Board of Education ordered the Steamboat Springs School Board more than three weeks ago to approve the charter school application.

4-H Livestock Judging Team builds confidence

Ten 4-H members are learning what it takes to work in the ranching business.

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

Parnell lone SSHS athlete in finals

It would have been easy for members of the Steamboat Springs girls tennis team to pack up and come home from Grand Junction, but the Sailors decided to stay and support Kelli Parnell.

Educational journeys

Study trips bring international flavor to humanities programs in U.S.

Like most teachers, Sandy Conlon can use a little shot in the arm at the conclusion of a long school year.

Summer at Stagecoach

Park offers variety of recreational activities

Byers Fleming of Denver has been fly fishing on the Colorado River, South Platte and many other places, but never the Yampa -- until Saturday.

The Right to Privacy

In 1996, Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Making progress

Lacrosse team picks up stick skills, understanding of game

The Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team concluded its 2003 season -- the second year of the program's existence -- with a 7-2 loss to Green Mountain on Friday night.

Gardening can be for the birds

If you've ever seen the mating dance of the male prairie chicken, you've witnessed one of the most spectacular displays of male posturing in the bird species. He struts, spreads his tail feathers, hoots and puffs a bright red sac in his neck as he attempts to woo females.

May 14 is the day to show you care

United Way event gives opportunity to help elderly, disabled, disadvantaged

It's time to care. Routt County United Way is holding its annual Day of Caring the morning of Wednesday, May 14.

'Smile-a-bration' offers kids free dental care

More than 7,000 Colorado children without dental insurance will receive free dental care today as part of "Smile-a-bration," which will serve as a platform to enroll children in the Colorado Child Health Program Plus (CHP+).

Prep sports provide valuable life lessons

Only a few Routt County athletes will ever get to experience winning a state title. That is a fact of life.

Parnell snags second, trip to state

Kelli Parnell advanced to the 2003 Girls State Tennis Tournament after finishing second in regional competition this weekend.

Devastating defeat

Sailors downed 3-1 in opening round

Disappointed in the result but not the effort, the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team saw its season come to an end after losing to Longmont 3-1 in the postseason's opening round Saturday.

Zion National Park

Natural attraction a must-see

The canyons of southeast Utah are the obvious first choice for frozen mountainfolk who want to escape mud season and already have used up their serious-fun tickets.

Sound Off for May 4, 2003

Sound Off

All Losers

The two most important government entities in the town of Hayden -- the Board of Trustees and the Board of Education -- are embroiled in a dispute in which there is only one loser: the taxpayers they both represent.

Girls team ends season with defeats

The Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse season came to a close last week in Denver with a pair of heartbreaking losses.

Children get their day in court

An 11-year-old boy presided over court proceedings at the Routt County Courthouse on Friday. He took testimony from a blue ox, heard closing arguments from a pint-size prosecutor and entrusted the fate of a man named Paul Bunyan to a jury of fifth-graders.

Thursday, May 1

Searching for the most beautiful pet

Contest kicks off Be Kind to Animals Week

Something terribly, terribly wrong happens when people have pets. Their voices get higher and they start squeaking nonsense as if the pets were children.

Nonprofit ArtLink sets sights on art museum

Free weekly art shuttle begins May 29

Pat Walsh works in paint, pastels and monotypes, but lately the dabs of oil paint on her glass palette are starting to dry next to the half-finished canvas on her easel.

Flash of sunlight called summer

Imagine: I was a squinting cavefish emerging from years in the dark. There was warm air and leaves on every tree.

'Sober Prom' brings tears

Assembly a painful reminder of ugliness of drunken driving

The short walk from the front-row seats in Steamboat Springs High School's auditorium to the on-stage podium is hardly remarkable -- unless Steamboat Springs resident Mike Westphale is the one doing the walking.

Popular roller hockey camps are back

Every summer, Ted Hoffman attempts to replicate on asphalt the feeling that comes from gliding across a smooth layer of ice.

City, Greyhound make center work

Thursday marked the first day of Greyhound Lines' cooperative effort with the city of Steamboat Springs at the Stockbridge Multimodal Transportation Center.

Hayden track backers fill hall

It's a good thing that every member of the Hayden High School track team didn't make it to last night's Hayden Board of Trustees meeting.

Party puts money back in bikers pockets

The snow, rain and mud in Steamboat Springs are sure signs that the mountain biking season is still a few weeks away.

Postseason play begins

Girls soccer team will face Longmont at home Saturday

The Steamboat Springs girls soccer team will open postseason play against Longmont at 10 a.m. Saturday.

State budget cuts hit local arts groups

Chamber orchestra, Arts Council, Strings in the Mountains affected

On Tuesday, members of the Steamboat arts community receiv-ed a sobering e-mail from Steamboat Springs Arts Council Executive Director Nancy Kramer announcing what she termed an "unfortunate sign of the times."

Developer has eye on Eagle Glen

Florida man also seeks to build 12 luxury units

The same Florida developer who intends to break ground on The Chadwick condominium project this spring has two other projects in the works here.

Buzz Cut Sheep

Band plays Friday at Old Town Pub

If you can recognize your favorite Johnny Cash tune after it has been threaded through the punk rock guitars of Buzz Cut Sheep, it may be that you are listening too hard.

Biology teacher wins 2nd award

Cindy Gay says, 'I have the perfect job'

"Look at all this," Cindy Gay said with the unabashed enthusiasm of a child, her pointed index finger panning her Steamboat Springs High School science classroom. "It's like a giant playroom."

Euzoa Bible gets OK to continue services

Euzoa Bible Church got a little breathing room to continue holding worship services and other church activities at its Strawberry Park location Thursday night.

Fund-raiser held at Antares

They met in Auburn, Ala., as college seniors ready to graduate and build the rest of their lives. Phil and Jessica Laramore had been dating for three months when Phil asked if she wanted to pack up her life and move to Colorado with him. It was 1991. They tried Boulder first.