Stories for November 2003


Sunday, November 30

Townsend H. Anderson: Three wrongs, no right

Three wrongs: one, a decision against a Community Plan, two, destruction of a wetlands, and three, draining the economic vitality from downtown -- do not make a right. We have at least two opportunities to reverse this course and place our investment in our government facilities where we specifically directed it to be.

Happenings for Monday, Dec. 1

MONDAY n A Water Focus Group Meeting is at 8 a.m. in Centennial Hall, rooms 113 and 114.

Tom Ross: A history of Baggs, Wyo., home to outlaws

Wyoming town linked to Northwest Colorado; located about 41 miles from Craig

Did you know that a developer named Butch Cassidy once owned real estate in Baggs, Wyo?

County looking for sources

Routt officials searching for means of revenue

Finding new sources of revenues will be a goal of Routt County officials during the next few months. Without new revenues, keeping up with the county's needs could be difficult, Routt County commissioners said.

Commissioners head to conference

Representatives from 51 of Colorado's 63 counties will meet for three days this week to discuss local and state issues during the winter conference for Colorado Counties Inc.

Briefs for Monday, Dec. 1

Bud Werner Library selling children's bags Bud Werner Memorial Library is offering sturdy, children-sized book bags that are embroidered with the message, "Take me to the library!" For a personal touch, names can be embroidered on the backs of the bags. Samples of the bags, which make a perfect holiday gift for young readers, are available at the library. The bags cost $12.50 each, with all proceeds benefiting the library.

The Record for Monday, Dec. 1

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003 2:05 a.m. An unattended death was reported on Hemlock Court. A middle-aged man reportedly died of natural causes.

Saturday, November 29

Our View: Build it so they'll come

At Issue: Bear River parcel

The city should consider building new fields for Triple Crown at the site.

Art teacher has global perspective

New Soroco instructor hopes to introduce classes, community to Zambonian artists

On the outside of the Withers' family garage is a "Vagabond" sign from the blue ski run at the Steamboat Ski Area. They got it long before their travels, but now Cindy Wither laughs at how well it fits her family.


Terry and Rebecca Wattles of Steamboat Springs and Art and Sue Mastera of Centennial would like to announce the engagement of their children LeAnn Wattles and Marty Mastera.

A yarn to spin

Close-knit group bonds, creates over traditional hobby

The clicking of knitting needles provided a rhythm to accompany the chorus of voices.

Sliced bread, Coca-Cola, snowmaking machines

Since that last great invention, we do have much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving

Steamboat Spring's holiday cornucopia was stuffed with powder this week, but it hasn't always been the tradition at the Steamboat Ski Area. During the 1970s, a November opening day was unheard of.

Not mainstream motocross

Steamboat man making national name in enduro

Eric McEachern figured if he was going to drive 13-plus hours to compete in regional motorcycle enduro races, he might as well pack up the truck and drive 25 hours to compete at the national level -- and really see where he stood.

Location, location, location

Editor's Note: This is the second in a three-part commentary examining Routt County's decision to build a new justice center west of the city. The series will continue Monday.

South Routt Calendar for Nov. 30, 2003

Monday, Dec. 1 n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. n The Toponas Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Spotlight: Jim Lorenz

Name: Jim Lorenz Age: 45 Occupation: Construction company owner Place of birth: Steamboat Springs

Births for Nov. 30, 2003

Sophia Dyana Benjamin, daughter of Jaila and Andy Benjamin of Oak Creek, was born at 1:56 p.m. Nov. 14, 2003. She weighed 6 pounds and 8 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Rodger Fox of Jacksonville, Ill., Craig and Diana Dodd of Boulder, and Kathy and Tony Benjamin of Amsterdam, N.Y.

Sound Off for Nov. 30, 2003

Where's the dish? Is our local cable company great or what? Last week they gave me 12-plus channels I didn't ask for or want for $42 a month and if I wanted HBO it is $14 more. The total is $56 a month. I used to have HBO/expanded basic for $45. I'm sure the above makes good sense to them but not to this frustrated customer. Which way to the dish?

Susan Johnston: Allow Drake to teach

Having lived in Steamboat for 30 years, it is my privilege to be able to comment on the career of Mark Drake with a broad perspective as it relates to my son and daughter.

Lila Rider: Town Talk: Oak Creek/Phippsburg

Grand Slammers The Grand Slammers met Thursday Nov. 20 at the home of Karen Carig. Ann Gilbertson was a guest. Prize winners were: Jane Weston Hightest, Cindy Montgomery, Wanda Redmond, Connie Sigler, Sharon Clementson and Ann Gilbertson. The Christmas party will be hosted by Susi Crowner on Dec. 18.

Launching young minds

Steamboat Springs Middle School sixth-graders build hot-air balloons in a lesson on heat transfer

It wasn't quite Rainbow Weekend's Balloon Rodeo, but the scene that unfolded at Steamboat Springs Middle School early last week certainly was reminiscent of the popular summer event.

Education briefs for Nov. 30, 2003

Lowell Whiteman Primary School has announced its honors list for first trimester.


Darrel and Mary Levingston of Steamboat Springs are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Storey Levingston, to Beau Blackwell, son of Tom and Gloria Blackwell of Houston, Texas.

David and Diane Cionni: Houk letter was vile

We were very saddened to read Dr. Arthur Houk's letter to the editor Nov. 26.

Friday, November 28

Hayden tree lit

'Spencer Corner' spruce glowing, growing

For more than 25 years, David Spencer lit a now-70-foot spruce tree in his Fourth Street front yard with strings of lights on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and he'd keep it lit until 12 days after Christmas.

No one gets stuck in 'Boat

Community Care Fund helps challenged travelers with funds

When the automobile carrying a family of four from California broke down in Steamboat Springs last week, a safety net already was in place to help them resume their journey.

Snowboard theft back in town

Skiers and snowboarders have wasted no time taking advantage of the fresh snow that has fallen on Steamboat, and thieves have wasted no time taking advantage of them.

Something special

Horizons helps child overcome mother's drug use

Just before Cynthia Meeks was ready to adopt 1-year-old Arielle, doctors told Cynthia chances were high that Arielle, whose biological mother abused drugs, would never be a normal child.

Musical 'refugee' out of retirement

More than 30 years ago, a musical young "refugee from the plains" found his way from the coffee houses of the Twin Cities to Colorado's Front Range.

Programs supply needed nurses

One day a year and a half ago, 31-year-old Heather Yeager, a mother of four, came home from her job as a shipping company supervisor and told her husband that she didn't want to go back to work. She wanted to go back to school to become a nurse, pursuing a lifelong interest in the medical field.

Briefs for Nov. 29

Stretching lessons offered Mondays, Thursdays Stretching lessons, a blend of yoga, martial arts movements and stretches, are being offered from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Mondays and 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Thursdays at the Center for Movement Arts, 1104 Lincoln Ave. Cost is $10 each class or $48 for a six-punch card. Call 879-0131.

School board agenda slim

Monday's meeting to be dominated by executive session

Most of Monday's Steamboat Springs School Board study session will be held behind closed doors.

Howelsen Ski Area open

Jeff Nelson, Howelsen Hill Ski Area supervisor, watched the grass patches on the slopes of the hill grow last Friday.

The Record for Nov. 29

Thursday, Nov. 27 12:53 a.m. A fight reportedly occurred outside a restaurant in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue. The situation was resolved.

Happenings for Nov. 29

SATURDAY n The Ski Town Holiday Arts and Crafts show is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 725 S. Lincoln Ave.

The Record for Nov. 30, 2003

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

Jim P. Metziner 1923-2003

Jim P. Metziner died Nov. 25, 2003, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 79.

jessica 'Jazz' Avery Zulian Ziegler Horn 1960-2003

Jessica "Jazz" Zulian Ziegler Horn died Nov. 2, 2003, in Texas. She was 21.

Retailers push for profits

A couple crammed a cart-full of items into their minivan at the front door of True Value Hardware store in Steamboat Springs on Saturday as a steady stream of more customers kept the automatic doors busy behind them.

Mary Ellen 'Mariel' Luckens Bettger: 1926-2003

Mary Ellen Luckens Bettger died Nov. 19, 2003. She was 77. Mariel was born Jan. 3, 1926, in Dayton, Ohio, to Homer Elwin and Wanda Martha Luckens. Mariel was an only child.

Mark Whittington 1960-2003

Mark H. Whittington died Nov. 14, 2003. He was 43. Mark was born Oct. 7, 1960, in Billings, Mont.

Townsend H. Anderson: A 'no-brainer'

Last June, I wrote a commentary about the irony of Routt County commissioners and the Steamboat Springs City Council asking us to participate in the update of the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan while they were making decisions contradicting the language and intent of the plan.

Gymnasts becoming force to reckon with

Steamboat Springs is a perfect place for gymnastics -- as Front Range competitors are starting to learn.

Thursday, November 27

News in brief for Nov. 28, 2003

Library's Food for Fines program offered to kids During December, children with overdue fines at Bud Werner Memorial Library can "pay" off their fines while helping local families in need by participating in the library's Food for Fines Program. For every item of non-perishable food children bring in to the library, the library will cancel about $1 of their overdue fines. All food will be donated to LIFT-UP Food Bank. The program is only open to ages 18 and younger.

Roberts' finish strong start

Winter Sports Club's ability program looks good at beginning of season

Just eight races into the 2003-04 season and it's already clear that the members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's ability programs will be strong.

Happenings for Nov. 28, 2003

FRIDAY n Free pregnancy classes will be offered at 10 a.m. at the Steamboat Springs Pregnancy Resource Center, 842 Lincoln Ave., above Lyon's Drug. Call 871-1307.

Taking away the blues

Comedy club, piano bar opens in old Wolf Den

Take a deep breath. "Don't you just love the smell of a new bar?" said Sabre's Comedy Den owner Michael Aumock.

Notes from Antarctica

Steamboat resident Dave Gardner is living and working in Antarctica. On Nov. 26, he wrote:

Plein air painter hosts show

When friends ask Zanobia how long it took her to complete a certain painting, she laughs and says, "It took 42 years, starting when I was 2."

S. Routt schools project a success

$9M update is near completion

The South Routt School District's $9 million multi-year construction project is nearing an end three years after voters approved the bond to fund it.

Community turkey dinner gets 'A-plus' from diners

Many attended after a day of skiing to enjoy a good meal, visit with friends, meet new people

Under sunny skies Thursday afternoon, Steamboat residents and visitors of all ages and backgrounds ambled in to the community center for a free Thanksgiving meal.


Music Tonight Steve Boynton performs from 7 to 10 p.m. at Coyote Springs, 435 Lincoln Ave. Call 879-4443.

The Record for Nov. 28, 2003

Wednesday, Nov. 26 1:28 a.m. A pickup was reported getting dyed diesel fuel from a back pump at a gas station in the 1600 block of 13th Street. That type of diesel fuel is permitted only for farm and construction equipment, so an officer who saw the truck contacted the driver. The officer plans to issue a citation.

Activity fair a chance to network

Winter activities related businesses that depend on vacationers have a chance to spread their net wide from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Steamboat Grand. That is the date of the Winter Activity Fair hosted by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Southern skiers take racing seriously

Many of the best ski racers who live in places where it rarely snows will be in Steamboat Springs beginning Dec. 6 for the 20th anniversary of the Crescent Ski Council's annual race training week.

Furtado returns to the 'Boat

During a concert in Gondola Square two winters ago, Tony Furtado announced he was leaving Boulder and moving to Portland, Ore.

Habitat selects its fourth family

Phippsburg couple and children chosen for half of West End duplex

Habitat for Humanity has picked the fourth family it will help purchase and build an affordable home in Steamboat Springs.

Wednesday, November 26

Backus' request denied

Life sentence will stand for man convicted in Boggs murder

Efforts by a man convicted of murder to have his life sentence overturned were denied Tuesday.

Happenings for Nov. 27, 2003

THURSDAY n Routt County United Way and Vectra Bank sponsor a free community Thanksgiving dinner from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

News in Brief for Nov. 27, 2003

YVMC Board of Trustees names new member Kathy Wolf has been named to the Board of Trustees of Yampa Valley Medical Center. A 20-year resident of Steamboat Springs, Wolf has been involved in the community in many capacities.

Plethora of plentiful powder

Opening day at Steamboat Ski Area is deemed a success

Steamboat Ski Area's opening day came with catcalls, plentiful powder and beverages, a few sore muscles and plenty of grins.

Men survive night outdoors

After getting stuck repeatedly in deep powder and running out of gas, a group of snowmobilers spent Tuesday night in a snowstorm on Buffalo Pass.

The record for Nov. 27, 2003

Tuesday, Nov. 25 12:06 a.m. A woman in the 1000 block of Central Park Drive asked for help in getting a place to stay for the night.

All about team spirit

Showing team spirit was not a problem for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School cheerleading team Saturday at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.

Gather to give thanks at community dinner

Routt County United Way, Vectra Bank sponsor annual free feast in which residents donated the food

Last year, more than 400 people jammed into the Steamboat Springs Community Center on Thanksgiving Day for a holiday meal with all of the fixings.

Selling Steamboat service

Chamber workshops aim to promote genuine friendliness

Every year a new crop of eager resort workers pours into Steamboat Springs, ready for a winter of slicing up powder and serving up dinner for thousands of vacationers.

Tuesday, November 25

Police to hold public meeting

The Steamboat Springs Police Department wants to hear from you.

Scholarship Day brings smiles to many faces

The snow falling from the sky Tuesday afternoon put smiles on lots of faces across Steamboat Springs.

James L. Selcke: School benefits from Drake's leadership

I am writing this letter in support of Mr. Mark Drake, head football coach at Steamboat Springs High School. I have known Mark for the past 38 years. We were college teammates at Western State College in Gunnison, and in later years, friends and opposing coaches. My professional experience includes teaching, coaching, being athletics director and administrator, and officiating in School District No. 51 for 32 years.

News in brief for Nov. 26, 2003

Annual Kiwanis ornament goes on sale this week The 21st annual Steamboat Kiwanis holiday ornament will feature a Routt County ranch scene by photographer Chris Selby.

The Record for Nov. 26, 2003

Monday, Nov. 25 12:14 a.m. An intoxicated woman was reported at a hotel in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue. The woman was staying at another hotel and was given a ride to that hotel.

Our View: Thanksgiving a time to reflect

Thursday is a time for us to pause and remember that, whatever hardships have come our way in the past year, we still have much for which to be thankful -- from friends and family to good health and abundant snow.

County budget presented

Commissioners unveil tight budget to audience of one

Routt County commissioners say they feel next year's tight budget is a good balance between paying new costs, such as the court-ordered justice center, and dealing with a decrease in revenues.

Dr. Arthur Houk: A different perspective

In our Steamboat Today of Nov. 24, David Brooks of the New York Times News Service, writes, "We shouldn't just allow gay marriage. We should insist on gay marriage." The writer is in error, as he expresses his opinion. God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. The gay sodomite union is wrong. The Bible speaks against it and calls it sin.

Happenings for Nov. 26, 2003

WEDNESDAY n Yampatika's Wee Naturalist program for children ages 3 to 5 meets from 9 to 11 a.m. at Yampatika, 925 Weiss Drive. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Price includes snack and juice. Call 871-9151.

County OKs basic plan update

Routt County commissioners approved updates to emergency-management plans Tuesday.

Routt County OKs wood recycling plant

Routt County commissioners approved a request Tuesday to set up a wood recycling center near the Twin Landfill outside of Milner.

Skater rises to the top

Lauren Ventrudo reaches new levels for Steamboat Springs club

Lauren Ventrudo worried that when her family left Chicago, she wouldn't have the same opportunities as a figure skater.

Monday, November 24

Ski Corp distributes grants

From improvements to the skate park to street banners in Hayden, Ski Corp. is giving $75,000 in grants to 14 community projects.

Tree skiing OK'd

Opening day set for Wednesday

The 14 inches of fresh snow that blasted Mount Werner over the weekend will allow the Steamboat Ski Area to open up some of its gladed tree skiing in Priest Creek on the day before Thanksgiving.

Briefs for Nov. 25, 2003

A public hearing on the 2004 Routt County Budget will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the Commissioners Hearing Room of the Routt County Courthouse Annex.

4-H Council holds annual banquet

Tucker Louthan, who has served on the Routt County 4-H Council for the past four years, said it was time to give some other students a shot.

Forest Service preparing trails

The U.S. Forest Service wants people to know that they should not "do as they see" when it comes to the service's snowmobile use on Rabbit Ears Pass in the next few weeks.

Public talks about permit

1.4 acres of wetlands on justice center's site to be filled

A permit to fill about 1.4 acres of wetlands at the site of the new justice center is about one month behind schedule, but county officials do not think the delay will slow the project.

Go-Fer suspect arrested

A 38-year-old Steamboat Springs woman suspected of stealing more than $7,000 from Go-Fer Foods is in custody in Minnesota.

Mail theft reported north of Hayden

Theft from mailboxes along Routt County roads 76 and 78 was reported last week.

The Record for Nov. 25, 2003

1:20 a.m. A violation of a restraining order was reported west of Steamboat. Steamboat Springs police took a report.

Happenings for Nov. 25, 2003

Story-times for toddlers 18 months to 3 years old are at 10 and 11 a.m. at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Sunday, November 23

Tom Ross: What doesn't make a big news story

Try to avoid cable television's news shows this week, and give thanks

I saw something on television this week that has been bothering me for several days, and I thought this might be a good opportunity to get it off my mind, and let it fester in your noggin for a while.

Taking responsibility

Molly Hibbard and Marci Valicenti are taking action to help soldiers

For some, it is hard to just sit back and watch the news. It is impossible to read the stories of suffering and not do something about it.

Happenings for Nov. 24, 2003

The state of the ski industry will be discussed when the Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club meets at noon Monday in the Alpenglow Room at Colorado Mountain College. Call 879-5058.

The Record for Nov. 24, 2003

1:46 a.m. A noise complaint was made on Mountain Village Circle. A warning was issued.

'Affluenza' showing Friday

On Friday, many Americans will use their day off to get a head start on Christmas shopping, and much of that buying spree will end up on credit cards for debt in the new year.

Briefs for Nov. 24, 2003

Hayden's Rocking "A" Artisans Craft Bazaar is Dec. 13 at 148 S. Walnut St.

Saturday, November 22

John F. Russell: Football team made town proud

The further you go, the harder you fall. I've seen it time after time since coming to Steamboat Springs more than a decade ago.

'They never gave up'

Sailors' football season ends in Florence

With one knee stuck in the snow and the other bent to support the weight of his body, Chris Dombey cried.

James Albert Thornton, 1929-2003

Steamboat Springs resident James Albert Thornton died Nov. 14, 2003, at his home. He was 74.

Sound Off for Nov. 23

One-sided reporting I'm frustrated by the one-sided articles you have been publishing about the Coach Drake incident. A responsible newspaper would realize that there are two sides to a story and those who know what has happened in the past aren't writing in. The school district's hands are tied. I wish you would realize there are two sides and put an end to the one-sided reporting.

Isabel Magnusson, 1912-2003

Steamboat Springs and Denver resident Isabel Magnusson died Oct. 29, 2003. She was 91.

Hayden restaurants listed

Judy Copeland loves to eat chicken-fried chicken, especially when it is prepared at The Food Mill in Hayden. She and her husband, Ted, eat at The Food Mill twice a week on average, she said. "First of all, it's convenient," Judy Copeland said. "We like to sit down and be waited on, and we like the variety. I can honestly say I've never had a bad meal there. If I did, I'd tell them."

Younger readers rise to challenge

Reading program has school principal kissing pigs, wear dresses, getting hit with pies

It's not every day that fifth-grader Myranda Hassig is allowed to wear her pajamas to school, let alone bring her favorite stuffed animal, a pink pig named Frederick.

Oak Creek to get new water system

Water will go through new filtration process that will make it cleaner, healthier, safer

By next summer, Oak Creek residents will be turning on their taps and drinking water pure enough to be bottled.

Ida Mae Wommer, 1916-2003

Ida Mae Wommer passed away Nov. 7, 2003, in Cortez. She was 87.

Paul and Mona Blee: Missing daughter

Nov. 22 is not only the anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy, it is also the 24th anniversary of the day our daughter, Marie Blee, disappeared. Marie had gone to a dance in Craig and never returned to our home in Hayden.

River Walk to offer mix of residential, commercial

A new development has the potential to transform a residential neighborhood in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs and provide new commercial energy at the east end of Yampa Street.

Briefs for Nov. 23

Kaleidoscope accepting workshop registrations Children can register now for the Holiday Break Kaleidoscope Art Exploration for Kids art workshop.

South Routt Calendar for Nov. 23

Monday, Nov. 24 n Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mike and Lucy Middleton: Deeply saddened

We are deeply saddened to hear that coach Mark Drake has been forced to resign as head football coach at Steamboat Springs High School.

Robert Ryan: A wise coach

I wanted to write a letter on behalf of coach Mark Drake. I'm a football coach for the New England Patriots in the middle of a very busy season. I came across an article "Drake forced out" by your paper that demanded my time and attention.

Third-quarter sales set record

The third quarter may have been the best ever for area real estate sales, said Doug Labor, president-elect of the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors. Labor said the third quarter numbers are the best he had ever seen in Routt County.

Business News in Brief

Anchor Realty has announced the addition of a new broker associate, Crystal Fisher. Fisher is a third generation Routt County resident. She joins her mother, Wendy Fisher, in business.

The Record for Sunday, Nov. 23

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 perfect match

Coaches Drake and Harris share many philosophies

Listen to the two exchange one-line digs. It seems as if they are sibling rivals rather than football coach and player.

County tightens to make budget

Designing Routt County's 2004 budget required a tight balance between reduced revenues and increased costs, most notably the expense of the court-ordered justice center.

Storm pounds 'Boat

Cold temps, white powder good news for skiers, boarders

A major winter storm pounded Steamboat Springs and surrounding areas with snow and gusty winds Friday night and Saturday.

Jeremiah James Garoutte, 1979-2003

Jeremiah James Garoutte died Nov. 8, 2003, in Denver. He was 24.

Transactiosn for Nov. 11-17


Get ready. Powder's coming

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. officials won't announce the official roster of trails and lifts that will be available to skiers and riders on Scholarship Day, Wednesday, until Monday. But the pictures tell the story.

Change isn't a bad thing

Jeff Winston, the urban planning consultant who guided the city and county through the West of Steamboat Area Plan, calls the 600 or so acres that comprise the plan "a staggeringly beautiful piece of land."

Vicky Johnson: Brainwashing

Emotional brainwashing, or the play on one's emotions to alter or affect one's perception or reality, is hard at work again. The question is by whom?

Many in South Routt County alarmed over water rights

"Yampa is Wild" was once a slogan found on bumper stickers stuck to the back of trucks and Subarus driving in Steamboat Springs.

Friday, November 21

Storms slide into town

Snowstorm expected for weekend, into next week

The Steamboat Ski Area likely will have a fresh topping of powder for opening day after a snowstorm moves through the area this weekend with more to follow next week.

Museum seeks award nominees

Routt County history is full of colorful pioneers and personalities who helped build and improve life in Yampa Valley.

Emergency plan updated

An update of Routt County's Emergency and Disaster Plan, which includes new sections on government organization and employee protection during a disaster, will come before Routt County commissioners Monday.

Residents recall JFK's death

Vernon Summer lives on the same ranch he did Nov. 22, 1963, the day his closest neighbor knocked on the door to tell him that someone shot President John F. Kennedy.

Happenings for Nov. 22, 2003

The Festival of Trees is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. The Children's Thanksgiving Craft Project is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Briefs for Nov. 22, 2003

Lighting of Spencer tree scheduled for Nov. 29 The third annual Lighting of the Spencer Christmas Tree is at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at the corner of Fourth Street and Jefferson Avenue in Hayden.

The Record for Nov. 22, 2003

3:00 a.m. A mother visiting Yampa Valley Medical Center said her son was stealing her prescription pain medicine. The case was handed over to the Craig Police Department.

Sailors shoot for first title game since '79

The thought of the Steamboat Springs football team playing 48 minutes of complete football brings a smile to senior Lonny Radford's face.

Thursday, November 20

YVRA addition to be open Dec. 14

When air travelers arrive at Yampa Valley Regional Airport this winter, they will be greeted with a newly constructed, modern cuing and baggage check-in area.

Briefs for Nov. 21, 2003

Routt County United Way is 70 percent of the way to its 2003 goal of $400,000.

Filmmaker focuses on storytelling

It was his best day of skiing in 27 years on Earth. Michael Martin's descent down Wedge Mountain, the highest mountain in the Garibaldi Provincial Park, came after almost a year of planning and training, and he never wanted to forget it.

Commissioners deny request to vacate part of street

Routt County planning commissioners unanimously denied a request to vacate a 50-foot stretch of a street at the west edge of Hahn's Peak Village, falling in line with the 1995 decision of Routt County commissioners concerning a similar request.

Town Board approves review committee

Narrowing the list of candidates for Hayden's open town manager position is in the hands of six Hayden residents.

Flu hits N. Routt charter

So many kids were out sick, they shut the school

The flu struck Mary Bramer on Sunday and her daughter a day later.

Alternative access for owners budgeted

Steamboat Springs, Routt County commit funds to Spring Creek

The city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County have committed funds in their 2004 budgets to pay for an alternative access for Spring Creek property owners.

Airport to get $2.1 million

Improved landing system may increase traffic, safety

The Steamboat Springs Airport is in line for $2.1 million in federal funding for improving its landing equipment.

Tread's largest fund-raiser is here: Festival of Trees

On Nov. 4, the residents of Routt County approved a 0.3-mill property tax to support museums and historic societies, ensuring the future of the Tread of Pioneers Museum. To thank the community, this year's Festival of Trees will be free to Routt County residents.

Nightlife for Friday, Nov. 21

The Humble Pickers will play at 9 p.m. at Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave. No cover. Call 879-2101.

Warrant issued in Go-fer robbery

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 38-year-old woman suspected of stealing more than $7,000 from Go-Fer Foods on Saturday.

The Record for Nov. 21, 2003

12:28 p.m. A truck was reported idling in the 1200 block of 13th Street. Police talked to the driver of the truck, who moved to a different location.

Leading cheers, competition

Squad to compete in Grand Junction

Jessica Vernon and her teammates on the Steamboat Springs cheerleading squad have been under a bit of pressure in the past week.

Man's death linked to drug overdose

Monday's death of a 34-year-old man has been linked to a drug overdose, said J.D. Hays, the city's director of public safety services.

N. Routt school gets grant

Funds will help to create school library, upgrade technology

A $105,500 grant will enable the North Routt Community Charter School to expand its resources and continue to fulfill its long-term vision, the school's director said.

Happenings for Nov. 21, 2003

n "The Sound of Music," presented by the Steamboat Springs High School Drama Department, is at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Steamboat Springs High School Theater. Tickets are $5 to $12 and are available at Celebrations, All That Jazz and the SSHS box office. Call 871-3677.

Autumn Phillips: It's going around

"Please do not flush excessive amounts of toilet paper down the toilet. This is a low flush toilet, and it will clog easily."

Football feast

Squad bonds over large quantities of meat

Football games are won between the hashes, but winning teams are built away from football fields.

The sweet, sweet sounds of music

A familiar story is brought to life through movement

It's hard to find someone who doesn't know the story of Captain Georg von Trapp and Maria or someone who can't sing along with "The Sound of Music."

Wednesday, November 19

Putting the CAP on assault

The feeling of safety and comfort often associated with living in a small city or town is a wonderful thing.

Briefs for Nov. 20, 2003

Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Oak Creek A community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Oak Creek Community Center.

Hayden School Board approves deal

Contract with Pepsi Cola will give $10K to athletic department

The Hayden School Board on Wednesday approved a contract with Pepsi Cola that will provide the school's athletic department with $10,000 for using only Pepsi-produced beverages in vending machines and concession fountains.

Unsurpassed passing

But can the Sailors out-throw defending champs?

This is the matchup Florence football coach Mark Buderus expected.

Salazar visits Steamboat

State representative announces candidacy to town

State Rep. John Salazar stopped in Steamboat on Wednesday to announce his candidacy for the Third Congressional District.

Click It or Ticket campaign in effect

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is cracking down on seat-belt violations in the hopes that more people will buckle up.

The Record for Nov. 20, 2003

Tuesday, Nov. 18 1:27 a.m. An intoxicated man was reported in the 1700 block of Lincoln Avenue. He was taken to the detox center at the Routt County Jail.

City Council plans to look into smell

Residents complain about wastewater plant

The Steamboat Springs City Council listened Tuesday night as Heritage Park residents complained of odors coming from the city's wastewater treatment plant.

Vacation request to be heard today

Hahn's Peak Village property owners are seeking to vacate a portion of Placer Street in the North Routt County community.

Hockey teams will skate into Steamboat

A few years ago, the idea of turning teams away from the Ski Town USA Hockey Festival was unimaginable.

Grasshopper planning starts now

Infestation of critters predicted to be even larger in spring of 2004

Right now, grasshopper eggs sit dormant in snow-covered fields across Routt County. But when they emerge next spring, there are likely to be more of them than during the past two summers, agriculture officials said.

Happenings for Nov. 20, 2003

"The Sound of Music," presented by the Steamboat Springs High School Drama Department, is at 7 p.m. today through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Steamboat Springs High School Theater. Tickets are $5 to $12 and are available at Celebrations, All That Jazz and the SSHS box office. Call 871-3677.

Comcast changes channels

The TV landscape has changed dramatically for Steamboat Springs customers of Comcast cable.

Tuesday, November 18

Man was electrocuted Monday

A man who was hunting alone in the Hayden area was electrocuted Monday when lightning struck his rifle, Solandt Medical Clinic Nurse Debbie Doolin said.

S. Routt welcomes members to board

The South Routt School District said goodbye to a two-term School Board member and welcomed back four incumbents and one new member at Thursday's board meeting.

Three restaurants

Judy Copeland loves to eat chicken fried chicken, especially when it is prepared at The Food Mill in Hayden. She and her husband, Ted, eat at The Food Mill twice a week on average, she said.

More firefighters for city?

The second reading of the 2004 budget passed Tuesday night, but not before one council member asked if $210,000 should be added for six additional firefighters and EMS personnel.

Tamarisk eradication seminar

Nature Conservancy hosts program on water-robbing plants

When an area botanist stumbled on a Tamarisk plant at Pearl Lake State Park last summer, Matt Custer knew it was time to take action.

Florence to bring strong game

Huskies have two losses, but they're also the defending state champs

Steamboat Springs defeated D'Evelyn, which beat Alamosa, which upended Florence, which means Steamboat should beat Florence, right?

Housing authority deal OK'd

Intergovernmental agreement represents more than a year's work

The Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County commissioners unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement establishing a multijurisdictional housing authority.

Happenings for Wednesday, Nov. 19

WEDNESDAY n A Peripheral-Neuropathy support group meeting is at 3 p.m. in Conference Room 3 at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Call Kathleen Kelly 871-4696.

Leslie Ryan: We must all care

In recent weeks, the Off the Beaten Path Bookstore deck has been vandalized.

Extension office ends successful year

From fighting grasshoppers to organizing 4-H programs, the Routt County Extension Office has had a successful year.

Thanksgiving Day volunteer cooks are needed

What would Thanksgiving be without green beans baked in cream of mushroom soup?

Rep. John Salazar to stop in Steamboat

First-term state Rep. John Salazar will stop by Steamboat Springs today to announce his candidacy for the Colorado's Third Congressional District.

Our View: Punished for following state law

The state of Colorado's rules regarding Adequate Yearly Progress for schools and school districts are conflicting and should be changed.

Karen Tait: Sorry, coach Drake

With regret, I belatedly read the stories and controversy surrounding coach Mark Drake.

Board seeks enlargement of Wolford

The Board of Directors of the Colorado River Water Conservation District has agreed to pursue a second enlargement to Wolford Mountain Reservoir. The board's proposal calls for raising the height of the dam's spillway up to an additional 6 feet to increase the reservoir's storage capacity by 9,775 acre-feet.

Log furniture an eye-catcher

Karen and Craig Tomke's log furniture store at 108 S. Walnut St. has done well since opening in July, attracting the eyes of many drivers along U.S. Highway 40.

Schools could get $10K boost

The Hayden School District could get a $10,000 financial boost if the School Board approves an offer from Pepsi.

Adult winter leagues big news

With nearly 900 athletes coming out to play basketball, indoor soccer and volleyball last winter, the gyms in Steamboat Springs were hot spots for adult recreation.

Sales tax receipts still lag

But building use taxes are up

City sales tax receipts in September were down 0.16 percent from September 2002, the city of Steamboat Springs reported.

Hayden, Oak Creek support search

Towns back proposed housing authority's quest for funds

The towns of Hayden and Oak Creek have expressed support for a $159,000 energy impact grant to help fund startup costs for the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Boys team puts 'D' first

The Hayden High School boys basketball team knows the drill. The players know the system, and for these reasons, coach Shawn Baumgartner said, the Tigers will be a much-improved team this year.

Craft bazaar to benefit scholarships

The Rocking "A" Craft Bazaar again will feature bowling with turkeys.

Girls basketball team gets aggressive

The Hayden High School girls basketball team is learning to minimize mistakes.

Review committee to form

Town Board will form group to help choose town manager

Hayden has received 18 applications for its open town manager position, Town Clerk Lisa Johnston said.

Briefs for Wednesday, Nov. 19

4-H Achievement Night starts 4 p.m. Saturday The Routt County 4-H Achievement Night will start at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. It is open to the public.

The Record for Wednesday, Nov. 19

Monday, Nov. 17 3:05 a.m. A vehicle reportedly was parked illegally in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. A person was found sleeping inside.

Monday, November 17

'It's been a very great honor to serve'

Troeger, Loomis replace Sharp, Fisher on Steamboat Springs School Board

After countless meetings lasting late into the night over the past four years, Paul Fisher and Tom Sharp were happy to make Monday night's Steamboat Springs School Board meeting not only their last one but also their shortest.

The Record for Nov. 18, 2003

Sunday, Nov. 16 7:15 a.m. The words "Big Country Sucks" were found painted on a building in the 700 block of Weiss Drive.

Housing authority deal up for approval

The final step in the long process of forming a housing authority could come tonight when the Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County commissioners approve an intergovernmental agreement.

Sailors ready for road test

Saturday's winner in semifinals against Florence will play in state championship

After stunning No. 2 seed D'Evelyn in the Class 3A state quarterfinals Saturday, the Steamboat Springs High School football team must now prepare for its first away game of the playoffs.

County to raise pay in tight budget year

Routt County commissioners are committed to employee pay raises, even if it means tightening spending elsewhere.

City to decrease its bus service

The city plans to decrease bus service to save money.

Happenings for Nov. 18, 2003

TUESDAY n Story-times for toddlers 18 months to 3 years old will be held at 10 and 11 a.m. at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

County's land preservation profiled in study

About 40,000 acres on 46 parcels of land have been set aside from development during the past 10 years in Routt County.

Foundation recognizes women in the community

In celebration of National Philanthropy Week, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation sponsored a cocktail social at Catamount Golf Clubhouse on Friday to acknowledge the generosity and philanthropic spirit of women in our community.

News in Brief for Nov. 18, 2003

Thousands stolen from Go-Fer Foods Between $7,000 and $10,000 was stolen from Go-Fer Foods on Sunday.

Treatment plant causes stink

City receives first complaint in years on wastewater facility

Kate Nowak said things started to smell last August when she moved into her home in Heritage Park.

Soroco graduate heads to Iraq

23-year-old re-enlisted in Air Force, may see combat

On Thursday, a 1998 Soroco High School graduate shipped off from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana for Iraq.

Sunday, November 16

Romberg: 'I have no regrets'

As Bud Romberg gave his parting remarks during Tuesday's City Council meeting, he said he wouldn't apologize for any of the stands he had taken during his four years on the City Council.

Stettner leaves behind legacy of service

If Arianthe Stettner needs a reminder of what was accomplished in her seven years on the Steamboat Springs City Council, all she has to do is look out her dining room window.

Tom Ross: Remember Joe and his plight during next game

A teammate's willingness to sacrifice pinky motivated '79 Sailors football team

Looking back on it now, it appears clear that Joe Ramunno's left pinky finger was the key to the Steamboat Sailors' amazing 1979 state football championship run. Ramunno took the notion of sacrificing for the team to a new level.

News in brief for Nov. 17

Salvation Army looking for volunteer bell ringers Bell ringers are needed for the local Salvation Army's annual Christmas Kettle Campaign. The campaign runs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 24. One- or two-hour shifts are available at selected sites on Thursday and Friday evenings, weekends and every day during the week of Christmas. Money goes toward the emergency needs of Routt County families. To volunteer, call 879-8192.

The Record for Nov. 17

Saturday, Nov. 15 1:33 a.m. An officer was requested to tend to an intoxicated man in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square. Police took the man home.

Fisher, Sharp say goodbye

With 12 combined years of School Board experience between them, Paul Fisher and Tom Sharp have seen the Steamboat Springs School District through some trying times and momentous decisions.

Opening day nine days away

Since Halloween, Mount Werner has been showered with 39 inches of snow at mid-mountain, according to the Steamboat Snow Report. Though warm temperatures have melted some of the powder, morning temperatures have steadily lingered at or below 32 degrees, leaving a 21-inch-deep base as a solid foundation for the season to come, according to Switchboard Kent's recorded message at the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Happenings for Nov. 17

MONDAY n The Oak Creek Library hosts preschool story hour at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Call 736-8371.

Saturday, November 15

Good winter reads

Backcountry biking The latest edition of Tom Barnhart's "Steamboat Single Tracks, The Mountain Biking Guide to Steamboat Springs, Colorado," is indispensable for area cyclists searching for new routes to test their skills and endurance.

N. Routt plans for winter use

Skiers have been dreaming of fast, graceful turns through thigh-high powder. Snowmobilers have been falling asleep with the imagined kiss of cool wind on their faces as they speed through open meadows on their tuned machines.

Town Talk: Oak Creek/Phippsburg

Welcome The Phippsburg community welcomes Mr. and Mrs. Chris Zuschlag and Mr. and Mrs. Tim Fink to our area as they prepare to open the South Routt Nursery south of town. They are starting a greenhouse and already have hauled in trees and will have other items. We hope you are with us a long time. Nice to have you here.

Sailors headed to semis

Sailors turn up the heat to stay in the game

Mud-soaked and smiling, Steamboat Springs cornerback Chris Dombey looked over his shoulder, pointed at the scoreboard and shouted, "Twenty-two to nothing? You've got to be kidding me!"

The Record for Nov. 16, 2003

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

Scott Stanford: A fantasy gone astray

The burning question is, "Should I ditch David Boston for Curtis Martin?"

Behind the Headlines: Tami Havener, who should be School Board president?

Tami Havener works full time as the executive director of the Family Development Center, which operates Discovery Learning Center, the Child Care Network and the Newborn Network. Havener, who was appointed to the Steamboat Springs School Board in 2000 and elected to a four-year term in 2001, serves as the School Board's vice president. The School Board will elect new officers at its Monday meeting.

A nursery with community in mind

Co-owners hope business will grow into a garden center, focal point

A few hundred saplings -- including aspens, five types of crab apples and cottonwoods -- sit on a 5-acre lot at the south end of Phippsburg.

School Board gets new look

Paul Fisher and Tom Sharp have been dominating personalities on the Steamboat Springs School Board. They lead the board through some of the district's most important decisions and greatest controversies.

All-weather fans

Like many fans, parents and family members of the Steamboat Springs High School Sailors, Cheryll McKenzie went to every football game this season, home and away.

Fantasy football changes how fans see games

Marcus Worthen has a dilemma.

Sound Off for Nov. 16, 2003

A contradiction Ken Brenner's pre- and post-election comments of being elected to serve the working residents and small-business people of Steamboat but not the lodging and resort industries is a contradiction.

Mary ida KEnyon 1921-2003

Mary Ida Kenyon died Oct. 8, 2003, after a lengthy illness. She was 82.

Earl Van Tassel 1918-2003

Craig resident Earl Van Tassel died Nov. 5, 2003. He was 85.

Routt County Spotlight

Quinn River Cain Age: 7 Occupation: Second-grader Place of birth: Steamboat Springs

Ken Brenner: Backing a tax policy commission

The Nov. 13 commentary written by Sandy Evans Hall inferred that I advocate a property tax. This is incorrect. It is the past Steamboat Springs City Council that on two consecutive years proposed a property tax.

William McCawley: 527 PACs

Regarding "Dean to skip public finance for campaign" on Nov. 9, Howard Dean's decision not to use public funds to finance his campaign had nothing to do with "rejecting taxpayer money" and nothing to do with "avoiding the accompanying spending limits."

John William Kagie 1954-2003

John William Kagie died Oct. 7, 2003, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C. He was 49.

CMC club brings running to school

Joey Tarbill has always loved competitive running.

Sailors now face Huskies

As far as the Moffat County High School football team is concerned, the difference in determining whether the Moffat Bulldogs or the Florence Huskies would take on Steamboat Springs in the semifinals came down to one thing Saturday -- big plays.

Class Notes for Nov. 16, 2003

Erica Gallagher, a science teacher at Lowell Whiteman Primary School in Steamboat Springs, was one of 13 educators who toured the Sand Wash Wild Horse Herd Management Area 25 miles northwest of Maybell in September.

Jim Engelken: Water debate

A big heartfelt thanks to Janice Illian who responded to my letter to the editor on the issue of water and the difference in water rates between the city and the Mount Werner Water District.

South Routt Calendar for Nov. 16, 2003

Monday, Nov. 17 n Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. n Toponas Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cargo Rodeman: Bluefest thanks

I am writing to express my undying gratitude to all of the unbelievably generous and caring people and businesses in the Yampa Valley who made BlueFest such an amazing success.

Births for Nov. 16, 2003

Chloe Jane Salazar, daughter of Joann and Mike Salazar of Craig, was born at 12:44 a.m. Nov. 5, 2003. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her siblings are Anthony, Sarah and Rachel Salazar.


Kristen Kaufman and Mathieu Aubuchon were married July 26, 2003, at the Cottonwood Grill by Reverend Larry Oman.

'We're politicians in training'

Strawberry Park, Soda Creek students take Student Council seriously

Strawberry Park Elementary School fifth-grader and student council president Chandler Kim is learning that serving as an elected official isn't always easy, particularly when the school playground rarely strays from the minds of her schoolmates.

Woolens' wonders

Routt County co-op fills niche, keeps small-flock owners alive

The community came out to Greg Brown's sheep ranch in April to watch the spectacle of hundreds of bleating sheep receiving haircuts.

Our View: Kudos to the Sailors

At issue: Steamboat Sailors football

The Sailors have kept the focus on the field.

Friday, November 14

Briefs for Nov. 15, 2003

Yampa Valley Recycles celebrates the sixth annual America Recycles Day today. Through Nov. 17, there will be six satellite recycling sites accepting aluminum and tin cans, glass and plastic bottles, newspapers, magazines and corrugated cardboard.

Happenings for Nov. 15, 2003

The Routt County Humane Society's 18th annual "Picture your pet with Santa" fund-raiser is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Cost is $15 per pet. Call 879-7247.

Sliegh rides make for fun and unique entertainment

Horse-driven sleighs were the historical mode of winter travel in the Yampa Valley, allowing ranchers to throw pitchforks of hay to waiting cattle even in the deepest snow.

'Tis the season

Craft bazaars mark start of holiday festivities

Church basements lined with cookies and handmade Christmas decorations help mark the beginning of the holiday season.

Museum brings Meeker history alive

The White River Museum in Meeker houses an array of artifacts and oddities documenting the history of settlers in Northwest Colorado.

Whole package

Steamboat PostNet franchise caters to customers

When Kathy and Terry Stokes first proposed opening a PostNet franchise in Steamboat Springs, the company told them the market was too small to afford success.

Elkins subdivision under construction

The 20 households at Elkins Meadow at Little Fish Creek will enjoy Steamboat Spring's only formal ice skating pond when their homes are complete.

Ready for more

Sailors face undefeated Jaguars on Saturday

It's hard not to stare. Wednesday afternoon, as the Steamboat Springs football coaches watched D'Evelyn on the game film that is their only visible scouting tool, eyes kept focusing on a football player heads and shoulders above everyone else -- literally.

Transactions for Nov. 2-10, 2003


Northwest Colorado is prime hunting ground

Northwest Colorado boasts some of the largest elk and mule deer herds in the world, making it a prime destination for hunters. Affordable license fees, first-rate accommodations and the availability of over-the-counter licenses contribute to the influx of tourists the area sees from September through November.

Hot Springs is one of city's top attractions

For centuries, people have come to the Yampa Valley to enjoy its hot springs. The Ute Indians believed the area springs had healing powers and would visit them after battles.

Yampa water, sewer rates may rise

Yampa residents likely will be paying about $10 a month more for water and sewer charges beginning in January.

Howelsen Hill has a legendary history

Jeff Nelson, Howelsen Hill's skier services supervisor, likes to refer to the downtown park and ski area as the Jewel of the City. "It's our most heavily used city park," Nelson said.

Permits for Nov. 1-7

Steamboat Springs Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel 2300 Mt. Werner Circle A & O Enterprise LLC Roof Replacement $170,000

Briefs for Nov. 16, 2003

Colorado Group Realty LLC has announced that Pete Wither has joined the ownership group of the company, making a total of 17 owners.

Steamboat team doing fine in underdog role

Kevin Dombey gets the impression that those outside the Steamboat Springs locker room don't believe that he and his teammates belong on the same football field as D'Evelyn.

Playing a numbers game

When he was growing up, Kip Hafey remembers wanting to be just like the Moffat County quarterback.

Fair promoter awarded

Linda Long recognized for work on Routt County Fair

Lifelong Routt County rancher Linda Long is a firm believer that county fairs bring people and families together. Ever since her grandparents introduced her to the Routt County Fair when she was a young girl, she understood the annual gatherings could unite generations.

The Record for Nov. 15, 2003

Thursday, Nov. 13 1:30 a.m. A domestic dispute was reported on Cherry Drive, where a boyfriend and girlfriend reportedly got into a verbal argument. Alcohol reportedly was involved.

Steamboat rolls D'Evelyn 22-0

David May scored on a 2-yard quarterback sneak to put Steamboat up 22-0 over D'Evelyn and seal a trip to the state semifinals for the Sailors.

Steamboat ski school teaches perfect turns

With more than 400 instructors coming from a variety of backgrounds, including ex-CEOs, PhDs, year-round professional instructors who travel to different countries to teach, and young skiing stars, Steamboat Ski and Snowboard School offers the perfect lesson for everyone.

Ice skating programs grow in popularity

The recent expansion of Howelsen Ice Arena and the growing interest in ice skating in Steamboat Springs has figure skating coaches and rink directors excited about this season's ice skating offerings for locals and visitors to Steamboat.

Health and Recreation offers chance to swim, relax, work out

The Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association offers a chance for skiers to relax after a day on the slopes. The facility is at the intersection of Third Street and Lincoln Avenue and offers yoga classes, hot springs-fed pools, massages, workout equipment and other amenities.

Retailers make it easy to get outfitted

After committing to a ski vacation in Steamboat Springs, out of town visitors may find their next challenge is getting outfitted. With a wealth of rental shops and specialty clothing stores, visitors don't have to look far to find the equipment they need.

Ice fishing opportunities abound

With the long winters in Northwest Colorado, the lakes freeze over thick enough for fishermen to enjoy their favorite winter pastime -- ice fishing.

Steamboat is a skier's dream

Steamboat Springs is known for its champagne powder, a term that was coined before the ski resort even began. As legend has it, a rancher gave the snow its name, said Andy Wirth, vice president of sales and marketing for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Now, skiers and boarders from across the country come to the resort, hoping to catch a powder day.

Thursday, November 13

Trustees question nuisance code

To dozens of Oak Creek residents, and even to the Oak Creek police, the town's nuisance code has become something of a nuisance itself.

Area plan stalled

West of Steamboat landowners say plan hampers development

Landowners west of Steamboat came together Thursday to point out major stumbling blocks in the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan and what could be done to encourage development.

Residents question river realignment

Whether a section of the Yampa River should be realigned to slow its flow through a proposed city park -- and whether the city will really listen to residents' input on its design -- were the foremost questions asked by people attending a Thursday meeting on the Bear River parcel.

Kelly questions campaigning

Election opponent questions Troeger's e-mail use

Jeff Troeger's opponent in the Nov. 4 election plans to file a complaint with the Routt County District Attorney's office because of e-mails Troeger sent to Steamboat Springs School District employees on Election Day.

Briefs for Nov. 14, 2003

Monday Medical hospital health columnist honored Yampa Valley Medical Center Public Relations Director Christine McKelvie won a Gold Leaf award for her Steamboat Today Monday Medical columns about health care.

Happenings for Nov. 14, 2003

FRIDAY n The annual Fall Fare bake sale, lunch and raffle is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at United Methodist Church, Eight and Oak streets. Lunch costs $5 per person.

The Record for Nov. 14, 2003

Wednesday, Nov. 12 12:17 a.m. A man was reported walking up Fish Creek Falls Road yelling obscenities about the police department and Steamboat in general. Police gave the man a ride to his home.

Preliminary plat approved

After more than two hours of discussion about the preliminary plat of Paul Flood's residential subdivision "The Meadow," the Hayden Planning Commission approved the plat given that Flood complete several conditions.

Eagle Ridge Lodge townhomes aimed at homeowners

Eagle Ridge Lodge and Townhomes is growing on a prime piece of property about 100 yards from the gondola. The complex's proximity to the mountain, along with its unobstructed views of Mount Werner and the Flat Tops, keep buyers buying and builders pushing to keep up with sales.

Young hockey players rumble

The first big tournament of the season for the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association opens today. The three-day Rocky Mountain Rumble Hockey Tournament will host teams in the pee wee and bantam divisions.

Orchestra's fall concert features CU musicians

When Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra conductor Richard Niezen made room on his stage for new musicians, he did it to challenge his orchestra while nurturing new talent.

Wednesday, November 12

Landowner offers snowmobile trail

Snowmobilers in North Routt County likely will have what many call "critical access" between Steamboat Lake State Park and Routt National Forest land this winter.

Residents get a peak at parcel

Detailed drawings of Bear River park plan to be considered

At a meeting tonight, residents will have detailed drawings to help them help the city decide how to use the Bear River parcel.

Athletes get recognition

Students get awards based on season accomplishments

More than a dozen Steamboat Springs athletes received recognition for their accomplishments during the fall sports season.

Autumn Phillips: Making choices

To get into the Aristo Apartments, you walk through a pair of dented metal doors and up a wide, dirty linoleum staircase. Get there before the sun goes down because the lights don't work in the hallway.

keeping it simple

mark koons, exhibit focus on art's function

In 1999, a gregarious man with stained and cracked woodworker's hands walked through the doors at the Depot Art Center and made a lasting impression. The furniture he brought to show there was beautiful in its simplicity. He was given the Best of Show award and invited back to judge the next year's show.

Cut it out: Skill of scissoring

She sits in her cabin, tucked in the trees near Lynx Pass. The wood stove is burning, music is playing, and Mary Beth Galer is hunched over her work. Her scissors click closed with a sound like fast-moving knitting needles as she cuts out pictures of early century burlesque dancers and rabbits. She cuts up yellowing sheets of classical music and old maps of Colorado. Her scissors follow the scroll of some Victorian architectural embellishment. The elements collect in a pile for later use.

Yampa townhomes planned

Site at 11th Street formerly was miniature golf course

A development group has entered the city planning process with a proposal that would result in a three-story building on what is now a vacant lot at the corner of 11th Street and Yampa Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Town to look at snowmobile ordinance

Snowmobiles could be allowed on the streets of Oak Creek after tonight's Town Board meeting.

Athletes awarded for academic success

The Colorado High School Activities Association announced that six Steamboat Springs high school teams and 69 high school juniors and seniors have been named All-State Academic champions or team members for the 2003 fall season.

Mixing mediums and adding horses

Take traditional Western art, blend it with the even more traditional art of the still life, and then thread the combination through the creative mind of artist Michelle Ideus.

Nightlife for Nov. 14, 2003

Tonight Worried Men play at 9:30 p.m. at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Call 879-3773.

Do you want to quit smoking?

Nov. 20 is the time, during the Great American Smokeout

Judy Hiester and the Routt County Tobacco Prevention Partnership have a simple message for area tobacco users: Anybody can quit.

Boards eye U.S. 40 bypass

A U.S. Highway 40 bypass on Yampa Avenue and the location of gravel pits sparked the most heated discussions at the City Council and County Commissioner's joint meeting on the area plan.

Tuesday, November 11

Driver's license office hours too short for residents

The Steamboat Springs driver's license office was packed Wednesday. People took every chair, perched on the windowsill and even sat on the floor while waiting in line to talk to the office's one temporary employee, on the one day a week the office is now open.

Briefs for Nov. 13, 2003

United Way reaches halfway mark of $400,000 Routt County United Way has reached the halfway mark of its annual campaign goal of $400,000.

The Record for Nov. 13, 2003

Tuesday, Nov. 11 6:54 a.m. Complaints were made that trucks were idling at a business in the 1100 block of 13th Street. The noise violated a city ordinance.

Parent cranes stick with offspring

The first call came about a month ago. A worker from Xcel Energy was driving past Yampa Valley Regional Airport and saw a sandhill crane that seemed hurt in a nearby field.

English riding lessons in full swing

When she was about 8 years old, Tammie Delaney rode her horse around the Perry-Mansfield riding arena in Becky Thayer's English riding class. Now Delaney's children, Millie, 6, and Liam, 8, are enrolled in Thayer's riding class.

Our view: Pioneers should look to future

We applaud the residents of Routt County for understanding the importance of preserving our heritage and approving Referendum 1A, the 0.3-mill property tax to support museums and historical organizations in Routt County.

Happenings for Nov. 13, 2003

n Preschool story hour is at 10 a.m. at Hayden Public Library. Call 276-3777.

News in Brief for Nov. 12, 2003

Kaleidoscope accepting after-school registration Kaleidoscope Art Exploration for Kids is accepting registration for after-school and school-break art workshops for children ages 6 to 12. Call the Steamboat Springs Arts Council for dates, times and additional information at 879-9008.

Strong to head council

Split pro-tempore vote harkens of things to come

The Steamboat Springs City Council appointed its new president with little discussion and a unanimous vote Tuesday, but its split vote in naming a new second-in-command testified to new, post-election divisions.

Veterans reflect on holiday at Steamboat VFW

Many talked of the importance of Veterans Day, honoring those who've served

Steamboat Springs rancher and Vietnam veteran Jim Stanko was weary when he walked to the mailbox. He reached inside and pulled out the envelope containing the letter explaining that he would be shipping off for Vietnam as part of the Marine Corps draft. His son was 1 month old.

Phippsburg system going to bid again

Construction to improve the Phippsburg water system will go to bid again, a step that potentially could result in a lower price for the delayed project.

Kathy Connell: My apologies

Dear Sound Off participants, I am writing to you in response to Christine Metz's article of Nov. 5, 2003, and your subsequent reactions via Sound Off.

Loveland planner may be given more work

Tim Katers will be in Hayden on Thursday to update the Planning Commission on the progress of several projects he is working on and to discuss providing assistance that may be needed with other planning efforts in town.

Ladies first

Chix with Stix net first win

The Steamboat Chix with Stix picked up its first win of the season, defeating the visiting Denver Bandits on Saturday at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Winter sports seasons begin Thursday

The Steamboat Springs High School ski season is under way, but official practices for the remaining winter sports in Routt County begin Thursday.

Justice center going blond

Plans for the exterior of the new justice center are not finished, but the building likely will have blond brick and look similar to the Routt County Jail.

The Record for Nov. 12, 2003

Monday, Nov. 10 9:58 a.m. A license plate reportedly was taken from a rental car and was reported to the sheriff's office.

Pay plan to be analyzed

School district looks to pay teachers based on performance

Steamboat Springs School District officials hope an outside analysis will provide the district a clearer picture of how the Knowledge and Skills-Based Pay plan will impact its budget.

Knowledge Bowl team finishes second

Just a few months removed from its sixth-place finish in a state tournament last spring, the Steamboat Springs High School Knowledge Bowl team placed second in its first meet of the season.

Housing tackled in Steamboat area plan

The housing section of the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan received the most attention during Tuesday's joint meeting with the City Council and City Planning Commission.

Happenings for Nov. 12, 2003

WEDNESDAY n Yampatika's Wee Naturalist program for children ages 3 to 5 meets from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Yampatika, 925 Weiss Drive. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Price includes snack and juice. Call 871-9151.

Monday, November 10

Steamboat athletes knock 'em down at championships

For Steamboat Springs bowlers Debbie Linthicum, Misty Garcia, Don Pearce, Jeff Dockstader, Tim McClenathan, Jesse Rudnick, Myles Barber and Seth Sobeski, last weekend's Special Olympic Championships in Aurora marked the end of an eight-week journey.

Tight budget; bumpy roads

Unpaved county roads likely won't be improved next year

It is unlikely that any of Routt County's gravel roads will be paved next year, county commissioners said Monday.

City seeks to improve online services

City staff is proposing to spend $10,000 to add new services to its Web site and to make maintaining it easier.

County to switch plans

Health care plan change to Anthem will save about $200,000

Routt County commissioners voted Monday to change providers for the county's health care plan in an effort to save about $200,000 in a tight budget year.

Happenings for Nov. 11, 2003

TUESDAY n The annual Veterans Day breakfast is from 6 to 8:30 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 924 Lincoln Ave. The meal is free, but donations are accepted.

News in Brief

Salvation Army looking for volunteer bell-ringers Bell-ringers are needed for the Salvation Army's annual Christmas Kettle Campaign. The campaign runs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 24. One- or two-hour shifts are available at selected sites Thursday and Friday evenings, weekends and every day during Christmas week. Money goes to meet emergency needs of Routt County families. To volunteer, call 879-8192.

Lathrops take Wolfs in stunning match

JoAnn Lathrop has been playing tennis for 30 years, so there isn't much that she hasn't seen on a tennis court.

Museum director steps down

Marty Woodbury will become a full-time ski instructor

When the Tread of Pioneers Museum faced funding cuts, struggled to fund-raise in tough economic times and its board questioned whether it could continue to stay open, director Marty Woodbury championed its cause.

Council has area plan meetings this week

The City Council will meet twice this week to review the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan.

County signs deal to bring South Routt high speed 'Net

South Routt residents should have the chance to sign up for high-speed Internet access in the next few weeks, with services scheduled to be up and running before 2003 ends.

Sailors take on Jags Saturday

Playoff football will come to Gardner Field for the second straight week this Saturday when Steamboat Springs hosts the D'Evelyn Jaguars.

The Record for Nov. 11, 2003

Sunday, Nov. 9 12:29 a.m. A verbal disagreement between a husband and wife was reported at Fish Creek Falls Condominiums. The issue was resolved.

Harriet Freiberger: A day of honor, thanks

A few weeks ago, when autumn gold colored Colorado's Western Slope, I stood at the cemetery on the hill overlooking our valley. A couple of hundred people gathered -- quite a few for our small town. Folks talked with friends and neighbors, shared hugs with those who were special, nodded in appreciation of warm sunshine and calm blue skies. Then, without apparent signal, voices around me stopped in mid-sentence and I turned toward the direction everyone was looking. Sudden silence was broken only with sounds of marching feet, as the VFW's color guard approached with two flags -- an Air Force eagle on one, the other, a familiar red, white and blue. Although I have seen military funerals on television and in movies, this was firsthand for the first time.

Sunday, November 9

Tom Ross: Just how cold is a three-dog night?

The conversation at Saturday night's dinner party was thoughtful and profound. A dozen people weighed in with opinions. Many brows were furrowed in consternation.

Stolen truck recovered

A truck stolen from a residence in Yampa was found early Friday morning in South Routt.

Routt County to honor veterans

With the recent death of a Hayden soldier and the involvement of Routt County residents with the war in Iraq, the flag-raising ceremonies and honorary dinners on Veterans Day will hold a special poignancy this year.

The Record for Nov. 10, 2003

Saturday, Nov. 8 1:50 a.m. An officer was requested in the 2300 block of Mount Werner Circle.

Preserving history

House on Oak Street dates back more than 100 years

The infant town of Steamboat Springs looks almost unrecognizable in a blown-up photograph hanging on the wall of the City Cafe.

Briefs for Nov. 10, 2003

The Mental Health Support and Education Group is suspending its meetings. Anyone interested in any mental health support resources can call Jenny at 870-8898.

Happenings for Nov. 10, 2003

The Oak Creek Library hosts preschool story hour at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Mondays. Call 736-8371.

Saturday, November 8

Cross country skiing begins

Skiers hit the trails for second earliest opening in 25 years

The Steamboat Ski Touring Center figuratively stepped into its bindings Saturday, marking its second earliest opening in 25 years.

Sound-off for Nov. 9, 2003

Connell comment City Council President Kathy Connell's "let them bleed a little" statement shows just how little she thinks of us taxpayers.

Historic tax successful in Steamboat

There's a sign outside the Tread of Pioneers Museum in downtown Steamboat Springs with a smiling face that simply reads, "Thanks for your support."

South Routt Calendar for Nov. 9, 2003

Monday, Nov. 10 n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. n The Toponas Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The art and craft of the Yampa fair

More than 70 booths will offer myriad products, just in time for the holidays

When Yampa resident Nita Naugle is painting, she has to set an alarm to remind her of appointments. Otherwise, she would paint all day.

Josefita "Josie" Gallegos Hyre, 1928-2003

Former Hayden resident Josie Gallegos Hyre died Oct. 28, 2003, in Grand Junction after a brief illness. She was 75.

Our View: Board, council must show way

At issue: The new Steamboat Springs City Council and School Board

Our view: The leadership of the new presidents will be critical.

Sailors survive

Steamboat slips by Sterling in playoff victory

Steamboat Springs' defense was not supposed to win Saturday's playoff game. Ask linebacker David May, who doubles as the Sailors' starting quarterback. May figured the only way Steamboat could beat Sterling was if the game turned into a shoot out.

John F. Russell: Ski season may cure my Bronco blues

The snow that fell in Steamboat Springs last week couldn't have come at a better time.

Behind the heads: Ken Brenner

What to expect from a new council?

Q. In 2001, you lost to Loui Antonucci in a City Council election. This year, you defeated Kathi Meyer. What was different this time?

Strong set to lead council

Councilman Paul Strong, in line for the council presidency, sits in the center of the revolving power axis created by the results of Tuesday's municipal elections.

From Iraq, with love

Military operations separated Steamboat teacher, soldier husband

So her students would understand why Ms. Rush cries sometimes, she prepared an explanation.

Class Notes for Nov. 9, 2003

4 students named to merit program

Students teach good health

Middle schoolers become health conscious, teach their peers

Alyssa Walter is going to think twice about what she eats.

Family walks on the wild slide

Passion for music runs in the family

Never has the phrase "family unit" been more apt. To enter the Clark family home at the end of long dirt driveway is to enter a self-contained world.

Births for Nov. 9, 2003

Kori Tara Deaton, daughter of Jennifer Deaton and Charlie Deaton of Craig, was born at 3:15 p.m. Oct. 21, 2003. She weighed 4 pounds and 13 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Kay Schaffer of Carr, Mike Schaffer of Fort Collins, Terry Deaton of Rainier, Ore., and Sandy and Charles Deaton of Oakland, Ore.

Janice Illian: Mount Werner Water

In response to ex-City Council member Jim Engelken's letter in the Oct. 31 Steamboat Today, it most definitely is not a fact that Mount Werner Water owes the city any money.

Larry Kaminski: Support coach Drake

I have read with amazement the articles about coach Mark Drake. I have yet to hear what he has to say or see some investigative, nonbiased reporting. I see a mob, hanging judge and malicious folks.

Lindsey Rosso: Late-term abortion ban

The partial-birth abortion ban that President Bush signed into law last week leaves out the most important thing of all: the health of a woman.

Lila Rider: Town Talk for Oak Creek and Phippsburg

Happy anniversary Dan and Susan Allen celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary Oct. 29 and went to Las Vegas for the celebration. Lots of happiness, and have many more years together.

Pamela L. Mittlestadt, 1948-2003

Pamela L. Mittlestadt, 55, of Newark, Del., died suddenly Oct. 25, 2003.

Bere S. Neas: Drake is an asset

Coach Mark Drake is an asset to the Steamboat community and for the area's young adults.

The Record for Nov. 9, 2003

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

Routt County Spotlight: Lynette Weaver

Lynette Weaver Age: 52 Occupation: Pet groomer, director of "Heeling Friends" Place of birth: Alamosa

Skaters' results don't reflect accomplishments

The results don't stand out, but the accomplishments are noteworthy.

Friday, November 7

The Record for Nov. 8, 2003

Thursday, Nov. 6 10:48 a.m. A bus shelter was reported damaged on Central Park Drive. A bb gun was believed to have shattered the middle panel of glass in the shelter.

Game day: Sailors host Tigers

The Western Slope League is poised to make noise this postseason.

Dellinger wins by 3 votes

Throughout his campaign, District I incumbent Bud Romberg ran ads saying "every vote counts."

Leisure Resorts purchased

Florida firm acquires time-share assets in Steamboat

A pair of Steamboat Springs timeshare resorts are among a half dozen properties nationwide that were purchased out of bankruptcy liquidation Friday by an Orlando, Fla.-based company, Celebrity Resorts, for undisclosed millions.

Meeting held to attract teen skiers

Students who want to become a part of this year's high school ski team should show up for a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the Steamboat Springs High School commons area.

Hayden gets approval for funds

Money would go toward replacing asbestos tile and carpet in schools

The meeting could not have gone any better, Hayden Schools Superintendent Scott Mader said about the school district's appearance before the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program State Advisory Committee on Friday.

Happenings for Saturday, Nov. 8

SATURDAY n LIFT-UP and Steamboat Cleaners will distribute winter coats from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the former Rock, Rattle and Stroll building in the Elk River Crossing shopping center west of Steamboat Springs. Continues daily through Saturday. Call 870-0727.

Nondelivered refunds waiting to be mailed

About $9,075 worth of tax- refund checks and advance child- tax credit from the Internal Revenue Service is waiting to be claimed by Steamboat Springs area residents.

Wood Recycling center recommended

A wood recycling center outside of Milner could be ready for operation in the next few months.

Success greets speech team

After losing some of its most experienced members to graduation last spring, the Sailors speech team entered last weekend's season opener with many questions about what to expect.

Straebel enjoys last day as Hayden town manager

Prime rib night at the Hi-way Bar was Rob Straebel's first taste of Hayden. He was getting settled in preparation for an interview at 9 a.m. the next day with the Hayden Town Board for the town manager position. That was almost six years ago.

News in Brief

County clerk: Candidate did not break law

Thursday, November 6

Attorney wants teen supervised

St. James: Murderer's transfer must be interstate agreement

The Routt County Health and Human Services Department said it wants the courts to go through an interstate agreement before allowing a 16-year-old convicted of murder to live in Routt County.

Stoplight annoys drivers

Officials are working on improvements to Stock Bridge signal

The new traffic light at the Stock Bridge Transit Center has Del Herman seeing red.

Mark Thomsen brings his magic to Emerald City Opera

Days ago, operatic tenor Mark Thomsen returned to the United States after a tour of China. His first show after singing Mozart's "The Magic Flute" with the Beijing Music Festival and the Hong Kong Opera will be in Steamboat Springs.

Town board talks water taps

Routt County resident Brett Brooks will get the privilege of using Hayden town water. After two months of debate in Hayden Town Board meetings, the trustees finally voted 3-2 to deny Brooks an out-of-town water tap, a move that most likely will mean that the town will not grant any other out-of-town taps.

Transactions for Oct. 27-Nov. 2


Demand for townhomes on the rise

Recently published numbers from the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service testify to the growing popularity of townhomes.

Revitalizing downtown

Can the 'Main Street Approach' work for Steamboat Springs?

Steamboat Springs' downtown shopping district isn't as robust as it could be, and revitalizing it could be key to jumpstarting the retail economy.

Blackhawk Townhomes bring urban feel to mountains

Somehow, this urban townhome got built in a mountain community.

Black Tie Ski Rentals caters to customers

Ian Prichard and Joe Sternberg served their apprenticeships turning screws on the assembly line of renting skis to tourists. The experience convinced them there had to be a way to provide better service to customers.

Happenings for Nov. 7, 2003

n Free pregnancy classes will be offered at 10 a.m. at the Steamboat Springs Pregnancy Resource Center, 842 Lincoln Ave., above Lyon's Drug. Call 871-1307.

Playoff preparation

Sailors, Tigers to face off Saturday at Gardner Field

Nearly 300 miles and a mountain range separate the towns of Steamboat Springs and Sterling, but Colorado is a big state with small football circles.

Autumn Phillips: Astronomical aspirations

As soon as he opened his mouth, I knew our relationship was not going to last.

Notes from Antarctica

Steamboat resident Dave Gardner, who is living in Antarctica, writes about his experiences:

Howell seeks district input

Superintendent seeks representation from all residents

Donna Howell hopes the success of focus forums she initiated with several Steamboat Springs School District stakeholder groups will continue next week, when she will meet with parents and staff from both elementary schools.

Dellinger maintains lead

District 1 ballots will be recounted

Susan Dellinger maintained a four-vote lead over incumbent Bud Romberg in the City Council District 1 election after provisional ballots were verified and counted Thursday. Because the margin was less than 0.5 percent, state law requires that all ballots cast in the race be recounted before an official winner could be declared.

News in Brief for Friday, Nov. 7

Pickup reportedly stolen in Yampa this week A truck was reported stolen in Yampa on Wednesday.

Nightlife for Friday, Nov. 7

Music Tonight Worried Men plays at 9:30 p.m. at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Call 879-3773.

Total lunar eclipse is Saturday

Watch the sky Saturday evening as the moon rises. A total lunar eclipse will have begun already. It will be the second total lunar eclipse in 2003.

Business briefs

Steve Elkins and Jo Geier, owners of Lake Catamount Realty, announced their merger with Prudential Steamboat Realty. Lifetime residents of Steamboat, Elkins and Geier bring many years of experience and knowledge of the Yampa Valley to Prudential.

Steamboat youngster fares well in tourney

The idea of playing in a tennis tournament with a field of 200 players might seem a bit intimidating for a middle school student.

The Record for Friday, Nov. 5

Wednesday, Nov. 5 3:16 a.m. The Steamboat Springs Police Department had a request from an inmate at the Routt County Jail to retrieve his chinchilla from a storage unit. The police did so.

Building permits for Nov. 9, 2003

Steamboat Springs Robin & Heather Craigen 2750 Burgess Creek Road

Force flower bulbs to grow indoors

Plants will give winter color, fragrance

With our mountain community so drab here in the wintertime, a little color from fresh flowers can give us a needed boost at the time cabin fever kicks in. By forcing bulbs to flower indoors, you bring color and fragrance inside while getting a gardening fix, even as the ground is as hard as a brick.

Wednesday, November 5

Lynx honored as Division 2 Team of the Year

In an effort to recognize the accomplishments made by the Northwest Colorado Lynx, Triple Crown named it the Division 2 Team of the Year in Colorado regardless of age division.

Taylor reacts to elections

Senator blames misinformation for defeat of Amendment 33

State Sen. Jack Taylor said Wednesday morning he will continue to work in the wake of Amendment 33's overwhelming defeat to find a permanent funding source for statewide marketing of tourism.

Residents named as FIS delegates

During his years as a coach with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in the 1980s, Ken Brenner never hesitated to utter his opinion about unfair conditions during a ski race.

Happenings for Thursday, Nov. 6

THURSDAY n Preschool story hour is at 10 a.m. at Hayden Public Library. Call 276-3777.

Man facing bigamy pleads to lesser crime

A 48-year-old Yampa man charged with bigamy and forgery pleaded guilty to a lesser crime Wednesday and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Chix drop 2 home games

The Chix with Stix dropped their first two home matches of the year to the University of Colorado's club team, 6-0 and 8-2, at Howelsen Ice Arena during the weekend.

County discusses area plan

The need to discuss where industrial uses can take place in Routt County and the need to support health and human services plans came up at the joint meeting of the Routt County commissioners and planning commissioners Wednesday.

Fund Board wants to involve public

Education Fund Board President Jim Gill knows how confusing the group's budgeting process can appear to those unfamiliar with it.

County may get wood processing plant

When construction sites are cleared, trees, shrubs and even grass can be recycled at wood processing plants. The recycled wood then can be used for firewood, posts, woodchips, mulch and more, saving landfill space and disposal costs.

The Record for Thursday, Nov. 6

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003 8:03 a.m. Tables on a hill near the Soda Creek Elementary School reportedly were used for snowboard jumps. The Steamboat Springs Police Department said this was trespassing and is illegal.

Blue Fest brings party to town

Event to benefit Oak Creek's gentle giant, who has a brain tumor

Over the years, Oak Creek Mayor Cargo Rodeman has thrown more than 25 benefits for people in the community.

District 1 ballots to be tallied

As other candidates fluttered in and out of the Routt County Courthouse on Tuesday night, Susan Dellinger barely moved.

News in brief for Thursday, Nov. 6

LIFT-UP seeks people interested in its board LIFT-UP of Routt County is seeking people interested in being nominated to its board of directors for a three-year at-large term beginning Jan. 1. The at-large position represents people throughout Routt County, not representing any specific affiliation. The term is renewable one time at the discretion of the board. If interested, contact Brian Weerts at 871-1249 or, David Freseman at 870-0727 or or Kathy Conlon at 879-9245.

Tuesday, November 4

Heritage Center boosted

Hayden votes down measure, but it still passes

The Hayden Heritage Center will get much-needed improvements, thanks to the Routt County voters who approved Referendum 1A.

County residents back museum tax

The promise of free admission to the Tread of Pioneers Museum didn't hurt.

November race will have runners Cold to Core

Colorado Mountain College freshman Joey Tarbill isn't trying to hide the fact that the running event he has planned for November may require a few extra layers.

Local voters in step with state

Routt County voters issued a resounding "No" to a trio of disparate statewide ballot issues Tuesday, echoing the measures' overwhelming defeat on a statewide basis.

Happenings for Nov. 5, 2003

WEDNESDAY n Hayden High School's parent-Teacher conferences are from 4:30 to 8 p.m. today and Thursday. Call 276-3761.

Sailors host state

Sterling coming to town for opening round

Steamboat Springs will host Sterling in the opening round of the Class 3A state football playoffs, and if the Sailors win, they could host a second-round game, as well.

Hiker disoriented by storm

Todd Pollert, 37, forced to spend night in the elements

Monday's winter storm forced a 37-year-old Steamboat hiker to spend the night in the elements, unable to get back to his base camp.

Man walks into YVRA with handgun

A 20-year-old man walked into Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Monday afternoon unknowingly carrying a handgun in his knapsack, Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan said.

Hot Shots more than salon

Karen Richmond has been working in beauty salons for the past 11 years, but now she said, "I'm ready to play in my own sandbox."

Troeger defeats Kelly in District 2 race

Steamboat Springs resident Jeff Troeger has been a professor at Colorado Mountain College for 20 years, and after winning Tuesday night's election, the longtime educator will bring that experience to the Steamboat Springs School Board.

Camilletti takes Hayden seat

Hayden School Board member Jody Camilletti will return for another four-year term after edging former School Board member George Wixson by 30 votes in Tuesday's election.

Gneiser wins spot on Soroco board

Phippsburg resident and South Routt School District School Board incumbent Kevin Gneiser beat close friend Clyde Iacovetto to win another term on the board.

Water conservation measure failed

Voters in the 15-county Colorado River Water Conservation District turned down a measure to protect the river's mill levy from further cuts, although some headwater counties supported the measure.

Dellinger leads Romberg in unfinished race

With five votes unofficially separating Susan Dellinger and incumbent G.H. "Bud" Romberg and 39 provisional ballots left to verify, the race for the District I City Council seat continues.

Gleason easily takes District 4 seat

Incumbent Pat Gleason cruised to an easy victory in a three-way race for the Steamboat Springs School Board's District 4 seat.

News in brief for Nov. 5

Man walks into regional airport with handgun A 20-year-old man walked into Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Monday afternoon unknowingly carrying a handgun in his knapsack, Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan said.

Rainforests win protection

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday approved the first reading of an ordinance to ban the use of rainforest wood in construction projects completed within the city of Steamboat Springs.

Cynthia Corson Fletcher: A good man

My family has known the Drake family for nearly 20 years. We are friends.

Meadow Green residents OK LID

Residents of the Meadow Green subdivision in Stagecoach approved a system of paying for a sewer and water system that involves county-issued bonds.

Judy Copeland: Reconsider Drake

I would respectfully request that the people responsible for the forced departure of Steamboat Springs High School football coach Mark Drake reconsider their action.

Voters return Brenner to City Council

Former Steamboat Springs City Councilman Ken Brenner was returned to the council Tuesday, winning a three-way race that was the most expensive local election.

Camilletti edges Wixson by 30 votes

Hayden School Board member Jody Camilletti will return for another four-year term after edging former School Board member George Wixson by 30 votes in Tuesday's election.

Voters say nay to 2A

City voters turned down a property tax dedicated to fire and ambulance services for the second year in a row.

The Record for Nov. 5, 2003

Monday, Nov. 3 1:01 p.m. A gas skip was reported at Kum & Go. The incident is under investigation.

Kelsey Draper: Drake had impact

I want it to be known the tremendous impact coach Mark Drake has had on the countless young men whose lives he has touched.

Water rates may rise

Increase would help balance budget

The combination of water being lost through old, corroded pipes and money being lost through old, corroded water meters drains money from the town of Hayden every day, Town Manager Rob Straebel said.

District investigating allegations against Drake

Attorney: Coach asks that unsubstantiated claims be removed from his file

Resigning Steamboat Springs High School football coach Mark Drake has asked the school district to remove unsubstantiated allegations from his personnel file, his attorney said Tuesday.

County prioritizes grant requests

The town of Oak Creek's grant request for a water system improvement project will be at the top of Routt County's list when the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program state advisory committee meets early next year.

News in brief for Nov. 5, 2003

Man walks into regional airport with handgun A 20-year-old man walked into Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Monday afternoon unknowingly carrying a handgun in his knapsack, Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan said.

Voters support School Board's stand on Montessori

Victory is often in the eye of the beholder.

Our View: City needs better tax plan

If at first you don't succeed, tweak the plan and try again. If you fail twice, it's time to scrap the plan and start over.

Monday, November 3

Rainforests on council table

Steamboat resident, 20, asks City Council to pass ordinance

A University of Vermont student has sparked the City Council to look at an ordinance that would protect tropical rainforests.


TUESDAY n LIFT-UP and Steamboat Cleaners will distribute winter coats from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. at the former Rock, Rattle and Stroll building in the Elk River Crossing shopping center west of Steamboat Springs. Continues daily through Saturday. Call 870-0727.

Recycling: Get into the habit

Yampa Valley Recycles says turning old into new can be fun

One of the hardest parts of getting into the habit of recycling is starting.

News in Brief

Steamboat Cleaners, LIFT-UP to distribute coats LIFT-UP and Steamboat Cleaners will distribute winter coats from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. at the former Rock, Rattle and Stroll building in the Elk River Crossing shopping center west of Steamboat Springs.

CMC has a new freeskiing club

A few skiers piled out of a packed sport utility vehicle in a snow-covered parking lot at the top of Buffalo Pass late last week with shovels in their hands and skiing on their minds.

Sieverding responds to recommendations

Kay Sieverding has responded to a federal magistrate's recommendation that her lawsuit against the Colorado Bar Association and several other defendants be dismissed.

Pay system still up in the air

Maintaining momentum essential to KSBP success

An informal and partial pilot of the Knowledge and Skills-Based Pay system completed last month provided valuable information for its development committee, but when the daunting task of creating the progressive pay and evaluation system will end is still unclear.

The Record for Nov. 4, 2003

Sunday, Nov. 2 12:01 a.m. A noise complaint was reported in the 3000 block of Columbine Drive.

Today is Election Day

Kay Weinland and her staff in the Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office hope a new ballot counter and a little cooperation from Mother Nature will make today, Election Day, a success.

County considers next year's budget

How to balance decreased revenues with the additional costs of the new justice center will be at the center of budget discussions Routt County commissioners are having this week.

Forum features $100 million capital fund

Area business owners are invited to learn how they can latch onto a piece of a $100 million capital fund created by the state legislature to aid expanding businesses in Colorado.

Program starts for heat bill help

Members of low-income households who need help paying heating bills through the winter have a place to turn for assistance.

Routt County Riders junior team performs

Since late last summer, the Routt County Riders have made it a priority to inspire young mountain bikers in Steamboat Springs to pursue competitive racing.

Vehicles at trailheads broken into

A few hunters received a rude shock when they returned to their vehicles Sunday afternoon and found they had been burglarized.

Williams faces a fine

City Council candidate Marcus Williams could have to pay a $50 fine for missing the state's filing deadline for campaign contributions and expenditures.

Sunday, November 2

News in brief for Nov. 3, 2003

Voters must bring IDs to polls Tuesday Voters are reminded to bring identification to the polls Tuesday. New federal law requires that voters present identification before being allowed to vote. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sailing adventurer to lecture in town

When Bonnie McGee sat down to write the story of her four and a half year circumnavigation sailing adventure, people told her that publishers would want to see a storm in every chapter. If you have a shipwreck or do something stupid, you have a book, they said.

Happenings for Nov. 3, 2003

MONDAY n The Steamboat Springs School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. in the School Administration Building on Seventh Street.

Retail workshop upcoming

Kent Burnes will discuss future of locally owned stores

Small-business consultant Kent Burnes will be in Steamboat Springs this week to discuss the future of locally owned retail stores in a mountain resort community.

Library wins high honor for program

Bud Werner Memorial Library recently received the highest honor in Colorado awarded to children's libraries. The Summer Reading Program Award from the Colorado Association of Libraries and Econo-Clad Books was given to Youth Services Librarian Currie Meyer and Assistant Youth Services Coordinator Alison Lambart for their development of "Don't Bug Me, I'm Reading."

The Record for Nov. 3, 2003

Saturday, Nov. 1 12:01 a.m. A theft was reported in Ski Time Square.

Tom Ross: What did reporters do before rubber cement?

Ah, technology: Most 'N-Geners' have never typed on a manual typewriter

The Eagles checked into the Hotel California. Alex Haley tapped into black pride with a book titled "Roots." Jimmy Carter pardoned draft dodgers, and the Yankees defeated the Dodgers four games to two in the World Series. Manfred Mann and the Earth Band were "Blinded by the Light," and the top tv shows of the day included "Happy Days" and "60 Minutes."

Saturday, November 1

S. Routt explores economic options

Interest in economic development is building in Oak Creek. There are new businesses such as a coffee shop, a thrift store, a coffee roasting company and a tile and granite shop. There are new residents, who have chosen to live in Oak Creek for the lifestyle and tele-commute to work.

Five injured in snowy accident

Five young adults were injured Saturday morning when their 1987 Subaru GL-10 wagon slid on an icy section of Colorado Highway 131 and collided with a tow truck en route to another accident.

Tuesday's election expensive

Meyer leads campaign spending with $6,000

The three-way City Council District 2 race is shaping up to be the most expensive in Tuesday's local elections.

Happenings for Nov. 2, 2003

MONDAY n Steamboat Springs School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. in the School Administration Building on Seventh Street.

Steamboat prepares for Tri-Valley's Sterling

The Colorado High School Activities Association won't release official playoff pairings until mid-day today, but Steamboat Springs most likely will be hosting Sterling to open the 2003 postseason.

John Bouldin: Highway thanks

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to travelers on U.S. Highway 40 during our recent series of resurfacing and guardrail projects on northwest highways.

The Record for Nov. 2, 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.

Our View: A recap of our stances

On Tuesday, Routt County residents will decide on candidates and issues that will help shape the future of our communities, our schools and our state.

Bob Wiley: Support of Referendum A

It is very disappointing, disturbing, disconcerting, disgusting, disagreeable, discomforting, displeasing, distressing, discouraging and disastrous the attitude of many politicians, public figures and others in Colorado regarding "Referendum A." The misconceptions that are being spread by those against it are appalling.

Yoga: the Fountain of Youth

Brittain Roberts believes she has discovered the secret to staying young forever. On Saturday, she's going to share it with Steamboat Springs.

Book fairs take children on adventures

Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementaries host events to get children excited to read

Visitors to Strawberry Park Elementary School's library and media center may not believe someone could be more excited about a book fair than library information specialist Sherry Holland -- until they see the ear-to-ear smiles of students entering the fair.

Soundoff for Nov. 2, 2003

No snowmobiles I am calling in reference to the article about snowmobiles being approved possibly in the town of Oak Creek. Last year, they were being ridden in town anyway with no repercussions. There were no lights on them. They were being ridden up and down the streets and jumped over hills late at night. They were an accident waiting to happen. I totally disagree with the town of Oak Creek's decision. Please reconsider and do the right thing.

Hunting hazards

Lapses can lead to fatal accidents

Patt Dorsey says split-second mental lapses often are to blame for incidents that end in serious injury or death for hunters.

John F. Russell: Olympians need more than snow

Remember the days when freestyle skiers in the Rocky Mountain Division needed snow to practice their sport?

Marvin "Dick" Wisecup 1935-2003

Lifelong Oak Creek resident Dick Wisecup died suddenly on Oct. 25, 2003, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 68.

Births for Nov. 2, 2003

Emily Elizabeth Howe, daughter of Lyn and Jim Howe of Craig, was born at 1:35 a.m. Oct. 16, 2003. She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her siblings are Jimmy and Rose Howe. Her grandparents are Bill and Janet Smith of Anchorage, Alaska, Gussie Howe of Seattle and Blake Howe of Seattle.

Lila Rider: Town Talk: Oak Creek/Phippsburg

Sympathy We extend our sympathy to the family of Mary Ida Kenyon, who passed away Oct. 8, 2003. Kenyon was born in Oak Creek, where she spent her youth on a ranch. She later moved to Steamboat Springs and then to Grand Junction.

Nancy Spillane: Whiteman thanks

We would like to publicly thank the many people who attended our recent ABC Fund Raiser at Olympian Hall.

Class Notes for Nov. 2, 2003

Gallagher named teen of month Kaitlin Gallagher, a Steamboat Springs High School senior, is the Optimist Club's teen of the month for October.

Terry DelliQuadri: Vote no on Ref. A

If you are a boater make sure you get out and vote against State Referendum A in the coming election. Also, make a point to remind another boater voter that they need to do the same thing.

South Routt Calendar for Nov. 2, 2003

Monday, Nov. 3 n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. n The Toponas Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Michael Brown: Truth about 2A

I would like to address Referendum 2A, which I find to be an insult to the intelligence of the voting public.

Donna Brinton: Get numbers right

I am writing in regard to the article on Referendum 2A in the recent voters guide.

Ashley Thomas-Koler - Eric Caster

Mr. and Mrs. William Koler and Mr. Phillip Thomas announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Thomas-Koler, to Eric Caster of Hayden.

Snow aids big game hunters

The 3 to 5 inches of snow that fell on the area overnight Thursday was a blessing for hunters gathering for the beginning of the third rifle season, which started Saturday.

Pair plans wood shop, furniture store

Businessmen Roach, Rench working on former VFW building in Oak Creek

Mike Roach walked with Craig Rench into the musty former VFW building on the corner of Sharp Avenue and Main Street to show him the site of their new wood shop and furniture store. Half of the old wooden bar was torn away. The floor was covered with dirty dishes, yellowed newspapers, plumbing fixtures and a thick layer of dust that had settled on everything.

Routt County Spotlight: Michelle Avery

Age: 36 Occupation: Realtor Place of birth: Denver