Stories for October 2003

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Friday, October 31

Real estate sales see gains across the board

Homebuyers, homebuilders and investors should be smiling as real estate numbers continue to climb in 2003.

Wildhorse developer seeks creative business

Developer Whitney Ward said he is "holding off some national chains" that have expressed interest in his new commercial center in an effort to find a Colorado business entity that can add something extra to Wildhorse Marketplace.

Winter sports sales grow

Skis aren't the biggest factor

Sales for the winter sports market grew 4.1 percent last winter to $2.2 billion, and neither skis nor snowboards were the story.

Building Permits

Steamboat Springs Building Permits Eagle One 1439 Eagle Glen Lane Drahota Construction Single-family residence $458,799

Transactions for Oct. 20-26

ZIMMERMAN, PATRICIA A. TO OTTERMAN, KENNETH FOR SILVERVIEW ESTATES, FILING NO. 2 LOT: 47 - $95,000

Briefs for Nov. 1, 2003

N. Routt County resident's 2-car garage catches fire A North Routt County resident returned home about 4 p.m. Friday to find the roof of his two-car garage on fire.

Happenings for Nov. 1, 2003

An opening reception for "An Unspoiled Eye: New Works by Steamboat's Young Artists" is from 4 to 6 p.m. at River Art Studio, 430 Yampa Ave.

Tony Connell: Clearing up West End misconceptions

I would like to respond to Rick Bear's letter, which creates an air of confusion and misinformation about the development and sales of West End Village.

Early vote numbers close to 2001's

Two weeks of early voting ended with the polls closing at 4:30 p.m. Friday, bringing a grand total of 1,357 early votes, including 255 absentee votes, Elections Deputy Vicky Weber said.

Museum looking to 1A

Hayden Heritage Center hopes to expand hours, collection

The Hayden Heritage Center is stuck, spinning its proverbial wheels. The 87-year-old railroad depot that houses the Heritage Center is structurally sound, and its collection is well protected, but the building could use some work, be better secured and use an expansion, said Donna Hellyer, Heritage Center tour guide and chairwoman of the Hayden Planning Commission.

Costumed kids hit downtown for candy

Sponge Bob was a big hit at last year's Downtown Halloween Stroll. This year, it was his dimwitted sidekick Patrick cruising Lincoln Avenue for candy.

Halloween brings snowfall

Cold weekend temperatures may be ideal for making snow

It was treats and not tricks when skiers and snowboarders woke up on Halloween morning to the sound of snowplows rumbling on the street. Steamboat Springs recorded its first measurable snowfall since Sept. 10 on Friday.

Senior shines in Sailor victory

Senior seasons are supposed to be the greatest for football players. After years of growing into shoulder pads and helmets alongside teammates and friends, seniors finally are rewarded for sticking it out through junior high and JV.

The Record for Nov. 1, 2003

12:51 a.m. A juvenile was reported to be very intoxicated and needing help in the 1300 block of Bob Adams Drive. The boy received a ticket.

Grant aims to help smokers

ALA gives high school money to aid students who smoke

Steamboat Springs High School is the recipient of an American Lung Association grant it hopes will help students who are addicted to tobacco kick their habits.

Planting seeds: now or in spring?

To seed or not to seed? With apologies to ol' Will Shakespeare, that is the question asked by many high-country gardeners every fall.

6-car pileup on 40

Snowy road conditions and excessive speed contributed to a six-vehicle pileup outside Milner on Friday.

Steamboat fares well during JV soccer season

Balancing schoolwork, practice and a travel schedule is often a difficult task for young athletes, and it was no different for this year's Steamboat Springs JV boys soccer team.

Depth of little concern for tennis team

Future depth should be of little concern to the Steamboat Springs boys tennis team.

Business briefs

Steamboat dentist tabbed by Institute Steamboat Springs dentist Jim McCreight will assist nationally known practice consultant Robert H. Maccario at the Las Vegas Institute with a program called Dental Concierge.

Lodge's Pearl lodge

Old Clark ski area lodge on the market

Craig Lodge has found himself in many sticky situations.

Thursday, October 30

The Record for Oct. 31, 2003

2:12 a.m. Two male juveniles reportely were throwing rocks at Yampa Valley Medical Center. They were gone when police arrived.

Cold might relieve fire risk

A cold front moving into the area could douse the high-risk fire conditions that have lingered for days in Routt County.

Cruise for candy downtown

Joe Kboudi left his post at All That Jazz on Thursday afternoon to buy 3,000 pieces of candy.

Candidates ready for Election Day

Nearing the end of a campaign process that featured at least six candidate forums, a radio debate and countless interviews on the street with curious voters, most candidates for the Steamboat Springs School Board are looking forward to Election Day.

Spirits haunt Oak Creek hockey hut

Dressed as Michael Meyers from the "Halloween" horror movies, 15-year-old Chris Williams stood behind the door to "Hell" -- a room decorated with images of fire and lit by red lights -- waiting to jump out and frighten children as they walked by.

Von Trapps to bring the sound of music

The Steamboat Springs High School auditorium will be filled Thursday night with people who already feel connected to the children on stage. Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and Justin von Trapp are carrying on a family story that most Americans can sing.

'Twelve Angry Jurors' constantly moving, talking

"Twelve Angry Jurors" looks challenging before the actors even take their places -- just one long conference table in the middle of the room and 12 empty chairs.

Early voting numbers strong

If early voting is any indication, the turnout for Tuesday's election should be above average.

Howelsen jumpers waiting

Warm temperatures, improvements slow training

The idea of temperatures climbing into the high 60s during the last week of October usually would have Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic Director Todd Wilson tossing and turning instead of sleeping at night.

Arianthe C. Stettner: Vote 'yes' on Referendum 2A

As I complete my seven years of service to the residents of Steamboat Springs as your elected City Council person, I ask you to join me in voting "yes" on city Referendum 2A, the 3.55-mill property tax that would fund full-time Fire and Emergency Services and create permanent funding for necessary capital improvements.

Tom Southall: Outstanding coaches

I would like to take this opportunity to let the community of Steamboat know how truly fortunate they are to have two outstanding teachers and coaches working with their sons and daughters at Steamboat Springs High School. Coach Mark Drake and coach Kelly Meek are such assets to Steamboat and icons of high school athletics in the state of Colorado.

Jim Engelken: Missing facts

With regard to the story published in Sunday's Steamboat Pilot & Today on the Steamboat Springs Water Commission, I think you missed the story.

Betty Leipold: Water inequity

Last Monday, I went to a meeting of the Steamboat Springs Water Commission. This is a body created to plan for the consolidation of the Mount Werner Water District and the city water department.

Happenings for Oct. 31, 2003

n Hayden's Walnut Street business community offers trick-or-treating for children from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Briefs for Oct. 31, 2003

Investigation of disturbed grave continues The Routt County Sheriff's Office has identified multiple suspects in its investigation of a disturbed grave north of Hayden, said Routt County Undersheriff Dan Taylor.

Future of football

JV team's hard work to pay off -- in two years

How much the Steamboat Springs junior varsity football team accomplished this season will begin to show up in 2005.

Sailors aim to keep ball rolling

Fifteen inches of early November snow forced school officials to move last season's football game between Steamboat Springs and Battle Mountain from Minturn to Steamboat.

Johnny B.'s wins the goods

Maybe it was the sight of snow. Maybe it was tradition. Maybe it was finally getting that first touchdown. Whatever the reason behind the awakening of Johnny B. Good's, the team was going to take it, as it came from behind to win the adult flag football league championship.

Ash Ganley Band exploring

The Ash Ganley Band described its music as "greasy." It refers to a kind of music that's thick as syrup.

'Monson Chamber of Horror'

Enter if you dare

Darkness is a universal fear. Turning out the lights was the only thing the cast of the "Monson Chamber of Horror" had to do to make the Tunnel of Doom one of the scariest attractions in its haunted house.

Young artists get spot in the limelight

Seven-year-old Willoe Maynard pauses over a piece of her artwork, a monotype she made using two printing plates.

On a musical journey

Aimee Bushong writes songs based on life in Steamboat and elsewhere

Aimee Bushong plays an aggressive guitar coupled with equally aggressive lyrics and a voice that rocks forward and back from the stage.

The costume curse

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? I don't know. I can't think about that now.

Wednesday, October 29

School choice benefits all students

We are motivated to create Steamboat Springs Montessori charter school because of our enthusiasm for the Montessori method of education and our strong belief that public school choice benefits all students.

Teachers seeking child care

A group of Steamboat Springs School District teachers are hoping to tackle scheduling conflicts and a shortage of infant and toddler care programs in the area by starting their own care center.

Parents get 'Night Out'

Steamboat High students throw pizza party for kids

A group of philanthropic Steamboat Springs High School students is asking area parents to go for a night on the town next week -- and to leave their children at school.

Briefs for Oct. 30, 2003

Investigation of disturbed grave continues The Routt County Sheriff's Office has identified multiple suspects in its investigation of a disturbed grave north of Hayden, Routt County Undersheriff Dan Taylor said.

Letters to the editor for Oct. 30, 2003

West End Village and good judgment Judgment. There is good judgment, there is bad judgment and sometimes there is really bad judgment.

Chasing the dream

Former Steamboat hockey star Ryan Dingle has NHL hopes

It's the longest road trip of the season for the Tri-City Storm of the U.S. Hockey League.

JV, freshman volleyball future's strong

Regardless of the ages or faces of the players, the results are pretty much the same for the Steamboat Springs volleyball team year in and year out.

Sailors' younger cross country runners show promise

The experience level on the Steamboat Springs cross country team was a key component to its success this season. Seven of the Sailors' primary varsity runners were seniors, leaving vacancies for returning members of Steamboat's team to fill next fall.

Attempted robbery reported

Fairview resident says two men in ski masks had weapons

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating a report of an attempted armed robbery in the 400 block of Bear View Court.

Underused tax credit could pay off

About 330 Routt County residents are missing out on receiving money -- anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars -- from the Internal Revenue Service each year.

TANF families' aid extended

The five families Routt County is helping through Temporary Assistance to Needy Families no longer have to worry whether their assistance is going to come, at least for the next six months.

Tuesday, October 28

Battling odds

Soroco Rams to take on state's top team

Soroco football coach Gary Heide has heard the bad news about his team's next opponent.

Psychologist speaks at school

'Love and Logic' parenting techniques are topic of speech

Bob Kauffmann used to give his 14-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter one option when it came to doing chores or their homework: "Do it, now."

Hunter's death a homicide

Coroner's office ruling based on witnesses' accounts, time of shooting

Routt County Coroner Dwight Murphy has ruled the Sept. 20 death of a Wisconsin hunter a homicide.

SLO permit OK'd; unguided ATV use isn't

Routt County commissioners renewed Steamboat Lake Outfitters' permit for operating snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle tours in an area south of Hahn's Peak.

County eyes data management project

Keeping track of all the documents that go along with a property, such as warranties, surveys, permits, manuals and maintenance schedules, can be a job in itself.

Five grant requests on program's table

While the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program will see only one grant request next week -- $114,000 from the Hayden School District -- in the current funding cycle, the program will see five grant requests totalling almost $900,000 in the upcoming cycle.

Town advertises top job

Staff: Manager may not be replaced until March

After the Oct. 9 resignation of Hayden Town Manager Rob Straebel, the folks at Town Hall already have begun their search for his replacement. However, staff members say they may not have the position filled until March.

Wixson wants back on board

George Wixson served on the Hayden School Board from 1988 to 1999, and now he wants to do it again.

Tigers season ends with 46-13 loss to Panthers

A 14-yard touchdown pass from Keenan Bruchez to Evan Hilling with 4 minutes, 20 seconds left in the second quarter of Friday's football game in Rangely had Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner feeling pretty good.

Our View: Something to hide?

Steamboat Springs Water Commission meetings

The commission's refusal to tape its meetings makes no sense.

Not much gray area in charter school debate

The charter school debate is an important and worthy one with intelligent arguments and knowledgeable, passionate people on both sides of the issue. This makes it all the more disappointing that the Steamboat Springs School Board, led by President Paul Fisher, feels it must distort the truth to fight against establishment of Steamboat Springs Montessori Charter School. While differing opinions are expected, there are several facts where there is no debate, no gray area, nothing open for interpretation.

Briefs for Oct. 29, 2003

'Handling the holidays' to help those in grief "Handling the holidays," a free four-week program about getting through the holiday season when you are grieving the death of a loved one, is from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 4-25, at the Visiting Nurse Association office, 940 Central Park Drive. Call 879-1632, Ext. 33.

ASC posts 3 percent gain

American Skiing Co. continues to lose money, however

American Skiing Co. reported Tuesday that its resort revenues grew by 3 percent, to $251.6 million, during the last fiscal year.

Audit reveals perceptions, solutions

The tarnished image of the Steamboat Springs School Board and administrative team is the result of a rocky relationship between a former superintendent and a principal and the manner in which policy governance is practiced in the district, according to a report from the National Schools Public Relations Association.

Sailors to play football

Steamboat Springs football coach Mark Drake confirmed Tuesday that his varsity team will play Friday.

Chix with Stix open home season

The Chix with Stix, Steamboat Springs' top women's hockey team, opens its home season this weekend.

Monday, October 27

Hayden School District asking for $114,000 to remove asbestos

The Hayden School District's request for $114,000 to remove old carpet and asbestos tile from its middle and high schools is the only request from Routt County that the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program will hear next week.

Snowmakers waiting for cold

Snowmaking crews at the Steamboat Ski Area are waiting for a cold front to come through later this week before they can return to blowing manmade snow onto trails such as Betwixt and Between. Doug Allen's crews logged their first two nights of snowmaking for the new season Friday and Saturday. Allen is the ski area's director of mountain operations.

Tigers end season on a low note

A 14-yard touchdown pass from Keenan Bruchez to Evan Hilling with 4 minutes, 20 seconds left in the second quarter of Friday's football game in Rangely had Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner feeling pretty good.

Rams win tiebreaker; earn playoff trip

It only took seven plays for the Soroco Rams to earn the team's first playoff berth since 1988 on Monday in Meeker. "This is awesome," Soroco back Jack Means said after beating Plateau Valley 7-0 in a tiebreaker Monday that determined the final playoff berth from the league.

Fight at Yampa home leads to arrests

Four people were sent to jail Friday night on suspicion of barging into a Yampa house and provoking a fight, the Routt County Sheriff's Office said. Three Yampa residents and a Toponas man are alleged to have stormed into a home on Second Street and started fighting with four men inside the house.

Area Web site wins award

The yampavalley.info Web site has received national kudos for its community involvement. The Web site, which had input from more than 300 volunteers and 185 organizations, was given the Award of Excellence in Citizen Participation category by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association at the Savvy Awards.

Fire station lot could expand

Work on a proposed fire station in Stagecoach could get closer to starting if Routt County commissioners approve today a change in the lot where the station will be built. Supporters of the station had hoped to start construction on the 6,800-square-foot facility by the end of summer and complete it by Nov. 1.

The Record for Oct. 28, 2003

5:03 a.m. A vehicle was stuck in a ditch near Tree Haus along River Road. No damage was done.

News in brief for Oct. 28

City Council candidate signs are being vandalized and stolen, the Steamboat Springs Police Department reported. Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said more than 20 signs have been damaged. One candidate in particular has been targeted, but more than one candidates' signs have been harmed.

White wins award for patriotism

When Cmdr. Jane Bingham was called to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom in April, there was one thing she knew she didn't have to worry about: her full-time job in Colorado. Bingham has been a chaplain for the Navy Reserves for almost 20 years, but for the past eight years, she also has worked as a therapist and a program coordinator in Walden for Colorado West Regional Mental Health.

Cordova hearing postponed until Nov. 6

Teen convicated in school shooting seeking guardianship here

The guardianship hearing for a 16-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder has been continued until Nov. 6. Routt County residents Godelebo and Minerva Loya are seeking guardianship of their nephew, Victor Manuel Cordova Jr., who is in a New Mexico correctional facility.

Sunday, October 26

Briefs for Oct. 27, 2003

Drama department needs props for performances The Steamboat Springs High School drama department needs props and costumes for their current and future productions. The school will put on "The Sound of Music" in November and needs period clothing and shoes, black graduation gowns, prom dresses, rosaries, costume jewelry and wigs. Anyone who has these items and would like to donate them can call 870-6233 or 879-7193.

Celebrating Halloween

South Routt PTO holds holiday carnival Saturday

Dressed in army fatigues, Jeremy Schalnus, 10, holds the crosshairs of a crossbow up to his eye, aiming at a deer-shaped target a few feet away. He pulls the trigger, a plastic dart fires from the toy crossbow, just missing the bull's-eye.

Because winning isn't everything ...

Football addict recovers from frustrating weekend in the world of sports

I did not kick my dog this weekend. But I gave the matter careful consideration. Don't get the wrong idea -- Buck didn't misbehave -- he's a good dog.

Snowmobiles may be OK'd

Oak Creek Town Board may allow snowmobiles in town

The town of Oak Creek is considering allowing snowmobile use on town streets this winter.

Progams help growing businesses

Noreen Moore has been working as the area business resource director for less than a year. But in that time, she's seen the program take root and catch local interest.

Saturday, October 25

Our View: Funding our history

Referendum 1A on the Nov. 4 ballot asks voters to approve a 0.3-mill property tax to support museums and historic societies in Routt County.

Oak Creek roasters know their beans

Storm Mountain Coffee knows patience means perfection when it comes to roasting

An unroasted coffee bean is unassuming.

Career Center gives students choices

Resource helps juniors, seniors learn about college options, opportunities

October is a busy month for Gayle Dudley and the scores of Steamboat Springs High School seniors deciding their post-graduation plans.

What about breast cancer?

Behind the heads with Mary Jo Wiedel

Q. What technology do you have available in the Diagnostic Imaging Department for the detection of breast cancer?

Ski swap gets Steamboat thinking winter

The temperature cooled down Saturday, but there wasn't a hint of snow in Steamboat Springs. That didn't hinder people from dreaming about carving some champagne powder, though.

Retirees can return to work

Post-retirement employment contracts similar to ones signed by high school football coach Mark Drake the past several years aren't unusual in the Steamboat Springs School District or anywhere else in the state.

Water commission back tracks

In the once married, mostly divorced relationship between the city and the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District, the latest therapy session has the Steamboat Springs Water Commission asking how far back it needs to soul search in order to move forward.

Battling beetles

Workers strip bark to minimize tree-killing epidemic

Billions of beetles have been chewing their way through spruce trees all summer.

Building Permits for Oct. 13-17, 2003

Chris Black & Susan Noble 1160 Manitou Avenue Owner/contractor Addition $68,640

Transactions for Oct. 13-19, 2003

DEMENT FAMILY TRUST TO SCHWARZ, CONNIE B. FOR SANCTUARY SUBD FILING 4 LOT: 66 - $302,000

Just 47 lots in the Sanctuary remain

Mike Roberts, owner of Habitat Design & Construction, envisions the future when he builds a house. As a fan of computer-controlled lighting, temperature and music in new homes, Roberts has installed these elements in the construction of his new home in The Sanctuary subdivision and the house next door, which he built to sell.

Business News in Brief

Sheri Steiner has resigned from her position as director of development and marketing, fund raising and advertising for Strings in the Mountains music festival effective Oct. 31.

Excavator sees boom in business

During more than two decades in the excavation business, Ed MacArthur has never seen clients so eager to get their construction projects out of the ground in late autumn. MacArthur, the owner of Native Excavating, has been in business in Steamboat Springs for 22 years.

Officials optimistic about ski season

Chris Diamond is cautiously optimistic about the pace of reservations for the coming ski season. He's more confident that two of Steamboat's entry points will make a better impression on arriving vacationers this year.

Defying the myths of aging

Every October, in the desert near St. George, Utah, thousands of senior citizens prove that they don't have to slow down just because they are getting older.

Rams wrap up with win

Rams senior Hallie Shiner calls it fishing.

Soccer season ends in Denver

Jeff Gerali leapt high in the air and struck a header into the Steamboat net for the first goal of the match, and the Mullen Mustangs never relinquished the lead. Mullen went on to defeat the Sailors soccer team 4-0 in the 4A state soccer playoffs Saturday in Denver.

Sailors back on top

Friday was payback time for the Steamboat Springs football seniors.

Rabbit Ears

Go before the snow

It was silent on top of the southern side of Rabbit Ears Peak last Sunday, except for the wind blowing heavily to the east.

Thelma Stevenson Versaw, 1910-2003

Thelma Stevenson Versaw passed away Sept. 21, 2003, in Albuquerque, N.M. She was 93.

Janet Kathleen Preator, 1938-2003

Hayden resident Kathleen Preator passed away Oct. 1, 2003, in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. She was 65.

Edgar Stopher, 1909-2003

Former Steamboat Springs resident Edgar Stopher died Sept. 22, 2003, in Mesa, Ariz. He was 93.

Readers sound off for Sunday, Oct. 26

Hang in there, Williams I just saw in the newspaper that Marcus Williams is back in the race. Marcus -- don't have any more bad days. We are with you.

Letters to the editor for Sunday, Oct. 26

For the past four years, it has been my privilege and my heartbreak to be the attorney for Victor Cordova Jr. I do not think I have ever known a finer, nicer, sweeter young man. Your readers will have heard of Victor from the Oct. 22 news story about his guardianship case. Although your reporter did not misrepresent what was in the court file, the court file does not tell the whole story.

Friday, October 24

Dominant defense

Linemen deliver in rout of Moffat County

Travis Hodo, Kris Gayer and Wayne Buelter call it their war paint. It's nothing more than eye black smeared all over their faces, but if it makes the Steamboat defensive linemen play harder on the line, no one questions it.

Cross country coach's attitude 'contagious'

Lindsay Stanford has a theory on what happened to coach John Smith's brown hair.

Cantina remodeling reveals historic details

Owner's primary purpose was to open its facade to views of Lincoln Avenue

A green patina of old copper flashing stamped with rosettes was revealed when workers stripped stucco from the front of the historic building that houses The Cantina restaurant this month.

Former employee wins claim

A jury awarded a Steamboat Springs woman $269,000 in damages Friday for her claims that her former employer, a dentist, made sexual advances toward her while the two were on a business conference.

Council candidate to appear in court

Regardless of whether City Council candidate Marcus Williams is celebrating the day after the Nov. 4 election, he is being asked to show up for a municipal court hearing.

Taylor optimistic on Amendment 33

State Sen. Jack Taylor said he is optimistic about the passage of Amendment 33, which would allow the placement of video lottery terminals in existing gaming establishments with a portion of the proceeds being used to fund tourism promotion.

Hopp retires to pen songs

Leary will become Steamboat's first female bank president Jan. 1

Tom Hopp, president of Wells Fargo Bank in Steamboat Springs, will leave the financial world behind Jan. 1 when he leaves his 27-year banking career to write and produce country songs.

Transportation funding considered

Goals for transportation improvements in Northwest Colorado are similar to those outlined five years ago, but a key obstacle is funding.

Thursday, October 23

Briefs for Oct. 24, 2003

Man pleads guilty to criminal trespass of auto A 36-year-old Nederland man pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree criminal trespass of an automobile, a felony charge, as part of a plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office.

Gallery's focus is landscapes

Owners plan to host shows of local artists in any medium

When Don Tudor welcomed construction clients into his home, they often said the same thing when they saw his large landscape photographs: "Don, you're in the wrong business."

A place to escape

This has been the week of my Inner Recluse.

'A Festival of Dance' showcases styles

Many different forms of art will be performed

As always, Heidi Meshurel-Jolly is pushing her dancers to be better by dancing beside them. The piece is a Bob Fosse standard set to the song "Steam Heat" from "The Pajama Game."

Steamboat's bustin' out

Fund-raiser helps people bare their souls, raises money for breast cancer prevention and treatment

Fate can be cruel. It seems to pick people out at random and turn them down a road of suffering and unhappy endings.

Planners debate rezoning

Developers propose industrial lots near Steamboat airport

The majority of City Planning Commissioners said they wouldn't be opposed to rezoning land near the airport to accommodate light industrial uses, but they want to see a more defined plan first.

Television producer taps into filmmaking

'Matlock' director to showcase film he's taking to Sundance

Jeff Peters' story sounds like the making of a student film. He and his partner had a small budget and six days to film. They begged and borrowed the film and all of the filming equipment. They could barely afford to pay the cast and crew, but everyone worked for them anyway.

Man pleads guilty to break-in

Brian Fatjo will get no more than a year for ACZ lab vandalism

A 25-year-old Hayden man pleaded guilty to a Sept. 7 break-in at ACZ Laboratories that caused more than $15,000 in damages.

No charges filed in hunting accident

Charges related to the Sept. 20 shooting death of a Wisconsin hunter could be filed at the end of October.

Auroras predicted tonight

Beautiful lights should be visible from Northwest Colorado

On Thursday morning, a solar flare erupted from a sunspot on the surface of the sun. Radiation was hurled into space. As you read this, it is traveling toward Earth and will graze the planet's magnetic field tonight, causing a display of geomagnetic fireworks called the aurora borealis, or northern lights.

Oak Creek board OKs new patrol car

The Oak Creek Board of Trustees unanimously approved the purchase of a new patrol vehicle for the town's chief of police at Thursday's town board meeting.

Her story's worth sharing

If there is one thing Dee Richards has learned in life, it's that you can't change the past.

Commissioners tweak area plan

The joint planning commissioners talked about protecting mobile-home parks, jump-starting the West of Steamboat plan and keeping affordable housing affordable as they delved into the second half of the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan Update.

League lead on the line

Last season, the Steamboat Springs and Moffat County football teams played for third-place in the league. The Bulldogs won in overtime, shutting the Sailors out of the playoffs.

Sailors embrace past to get wins

You can't escape shadows.

Soroco routs Mustangs

Dripping wet in ice-cold water, Soroco Rams coach Gary Heide said he just witnessed his team play the best game of the season. After their 41-6 rout of the West Grand Mustangs, several players doused him with water from a water cooler.

Tigers ready for final game

The Hayden Tigers will travel to Rangely today for their final game of the season. Rangely, the state's eighth-ranked 1A team, has one of the most balanced offenses of the Western Slope, and Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner knows it will take everything his team has to stop it.

Oak Creek cyclist dominates in games

Oak Creek resident Bill Meyers, 66, traveled to St. George, Utah, earlier this month, hoping for a strong showing at the annual Huntsman World Senior Games.

Wednesday, October 22

Volleyball districts to be held at Soroco

The volleyball season will be on the line this weekend for several Western Slope teams visiting Oak Creek.

Parking hours to change

Enforcement should step up in December

Stricter enforcement of downtown parking rules and changes in the two-hour restricted parking times should be in place before the busy winter season begins.

Ford, Schrage win awards

Chamber, Pilot present Navigator Award to top business people

Scott Ford and Rod Schrage were called out in front of their peers Wednesday and presented with the top awards business people can receive in Steamboat Springs.

District lawyers change mid-lawsuit

Gdowski withdraws from Montessori case; Lyons to take over

The attorney representing the Steamboat Springs School District in a lawsuit over a Montessori charter school has withdrawn from the case.

Sales tax up for first time since January

In August, for the first time since January, city sales tax revenues exceeded last year's figures.

Council wants public input on tax policy

The City Council said it wants to start holding public meetings on its tax policy, regardless of the outcome of a November property tax vote.

Core Trail extension open west of Steamboat

The paved portion of the Yampa River Core Trail is now about 500 feet longer.

Fan frustrates neighbors

Officials: Noise from Twentymile Coal Co. to be resolved soon

Noise from a fan used at Twentymile Coal Co. has frustrated nearby residents in recent months, but the company said it planned to install a muffler to silence the noise by the end of this year.

All grown up

Soroco's die-hard freshmen -- three years later

They have always been undersized and outnumbered, but they have always played football.

WSC wins Fastski Trophy

In the past 50 years, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has won the Rocky Mountain Division's Fastski Trophy eight times.

WSC ski swap this weekend

It's one of the biggest days of the ski season -- even though opening day is more than a month away.

Tigers wrap up volleyball season

The Hayden Tigers' volleyball season came to a close Wednesday night after a loss to Paonia. But because the Lady Tigers "played their hearts out" in every game of the season, coach Amber Hall said she couldn't be happier.

Tuesday, October 21

Ready to rally

Lady Sailors prepare for districts

The Steamboat Springs volleyball team wrapped up its regular season during the weekend with a four-set loss to Glenwood Springs and a four-set win against Rifle.

County hears health plans

Employee health insurance could cost Routt County about $350,000 less next year than it did this year if the county switches to a new provider.

Drake forced out

School Board won't offer longtime coach another contract

Mark Drake is being forced out as head football coach at Steamboat Springs High School after 35 years with the Sailors, his attorney said Tuesday.

Steamboat Snow Club talks parking

The Steamboat Lake Snow Club met with Routt County commissioners Monday to discuss increasing parking -- and parking enforcement -- for winter recreation in North Routt.

Lockhart building torn down

A Lincoln Avenue landmark disappeared from the scene Tuesday when the Lockhart Auction & Realty building was torn down.

City retains water attorney

Council hires Glenn Porzak to file for recreational water rights

The Steamboat Springs City Council hired a lawyer Tuesday in its quest to file recreational water rights by the end of the year.

Fund-raiser held to repair D-holes

Tonight, Paddler Magazine and Friends of the Yampa are asking people to come out and get their old-timey, bluegrass, river-lovin' groove on -- all for a good cause.

Counting pennies makes sense, gives scholarship

Group from GrandKids Child Care Center involved in 'I Cent a Student to College'

Money may be a hard-to-grasp concept for most preschoolers and kindergartners, but it appears giving is not.

Local couple wants custody

Aunt, uncle want guardianship of 15-year-old murderer

A 15-year-old boy who opened fire in a crowded school hallway in 1999, killing a classmate, may be transferred to the guardianship of an aunt and uncle who live in Routt County.

Town Talk for Oct. 22, 2003

Idaho adventure Darlene Rolando and Sid Harper traveled to Paul, Idaho, to see Darlene's mother, Snooks Barber, and to help her celebrate her 93rd birthday.

Water vote may be reversed

A resolution passed last month to allow county residents to tap into town water mains may not serve any purpose at all.

Cafe caters to cowgirls and commuters

Lori Brazelton is a self-described coffee snob. She drinks it, loves it and now she serves it.

Our View: Half-hearted as bad as none

There's no doubt that the restrictions the Gallagher Amendment places upon property tax collections have contributed to the fiscal crises the state of Colorado has faced in the past couple of years. Because of those crises, it is reasonable for lawmakers to call into question the 21-year-old amendment and propose reforms.

Letter to the editor for Oct. 22, 2003

Board speaks Over the past few months, much has been made of the Steamboat Springs School Board's decision to deny an application for a Montessori Charter School. Therefore, in an effort to inform the public, we would like to explain why we, the members of the Steamboat Springs School Board continue to deny the creation of a Montessori Charter School.

Sailor soccer squad heads to Mullen for playoffs

The Steamboat Springs soccer team will take the next step toward a state title when it travels to Mullen to take on the playoff-proven Mustangs.

Briefs for Oct. 22, 2003

Rape investigation being handled by Routt, Summit An alleged sexual assault reported to the Hayden Police Department last week is now under joint investigation by the Routt County Sheriff's Office and the Summit County Sheriff's Office, said Routt County Sheriff's Office public information officer Ken Klinger.

Monday, October 20

Mesa State player wins city tennis title

John Aragon Jr. grew up on the tennis courts at the Steamboat Springs Tennis Center before leaving to attend Mesa State College in Grand Junction three years ago. Last weekend he returned home and won his first city singles title at the 2003 Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Tennis Championships. It was one of two titles he won during the weekend -- he also teamed up with another former Steamboat player, Rich Tifft, to win the 5.0-level doubles division.

Sailors draw Mullen in soccer playoffs

On Monday, Sailor soccer player Daniel Barney and his teammates basked in the warm autumn sun at Emerald Park before practice. If he was concerned about facing No. 4 Mullen this week in the state playoffs, it was hidden somewhere behind his broad smile and energetic outlook.

The Record for Oct. 21, 2003

12:03 a.m. A member of a hunting party was reported missing near Fish Creek Falls Reservoir. The missing party returned to the camp shortly after the report was made.

News in Brief

The annual Ski and Sport Swap, hosted by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, is Friday and Saturday at Steamboat Springs Middle School. Friday's early bird sale begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $5. The sale continues from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Cog rally races going national

Routt County could host one of nine national cog rally races next year. That means faster and better cars, more excitement for viewers and more tourist dollars for the area, said Jim Gill, chairman for the race.

Civil trial begins in case of employee alleging boss made advances

Attorneys made opening statements Monday in a civil trial in which a Steamboat Springs woman is suing her former boss, saying the man made unwanted advances toward her while they were at an out-of-state conference.

Billy Kidd honored in New York

For more than 20 years, former Olympic skier Billy Kidd has stood by and supported his teammate and longtime friend Jimmie Heuga as Heuga confronted the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis. On Monday, at the 18th annual Heuga Center Autumn Benefit Dinner in New York, Kidd was honored with the "Can Do" award, the center's highest recognition.

Council considers growth commission

The City Council said it would be willing to form a community-based commission to look at growth management tools. The decision came last week during a joint meeting between the council and city Planning Commission, during which the boards discussed the draft of the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan Update.

Monger resigns from Emerald Mountain Partnership Board

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger resigned Monday from the Emerald Mountain Partnership board of directors. The resignation came after Monger realized his membership on the board was a public distraction in the land exchange process that the Bureau of Land Management is considering.

Grants help child-care centers grow and improve

New picnic tables and an awning to shade and protect preschoolers from the elements have long been on Laurel Street School's list of desired improvements.That wish became a reality recently with grant funds provided through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation's special initiative project.

Multimillion-dollar arts center discussed

Robert Ritschel and Nancy Kramer are advancing a proposal they believe could lead to the construction of a new center for the performing and visual arts on the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs.

Sunday, October 19

What would you do with all this good junk?

One-day cleaning of single-car garage reveals my museum-quality collection

Honey, did you know that we have a bowling ball in the garage?

The news in brief

Time for Navigator Awards

Ski Haus, Scott Ford to be recognized for customer service

Good customer service is a description often associated with the Ski Haus sporting goods store; some say it's why the outdoor retailer has remained so successful over the decades.

Saturday, October 18

Transactions for Oct. 7-12, 2003

ALLEN, ROBERT S. AND BONNEY, LAURA E. TO STOCKDALE, JACOB M. FOR STEAMBOAT II SUBD F1 LOT: 59 - $260,000

Steamboat team clinches playoff spot

In 30 years as head coach at Steamboat Springs High School, Mark Drake's had some memorable victories, but he said the 35-29 victory over Rifle on Friday "has got to be up there toward the top."

Heart can often beat the odds

What is heart ? You hear coaches and sportswriters use the term all the time to describe a team's efforts on the field.

Overcoming obstacles

Nothing could come between local woman and dream

On the morning of Feb. 8, 2003, a training ride went awry when triathlete Joy Rasmussen was thrown over the handlebars of her road bike and onto the Florida pavement -- jaw first.

XC teams statebound

A transplanted team from the Front Range and a broken foot made the regional meet less successful than the Steamboat Springs cross country teams originally hoped, but there wasn't a lot of complaining, as the girls and boys teams advanced to next weekend's state meet.

History in our back yard

Windy Ridge quartzite quarry was vital to early American Indians

One hundred centuries ago, a modest rock outcropping overlooking the divide between North Park and Middle Park was a focal point for hunter/gatherer tribes throughout the region.

USFS, DOW team up to save fish

Crosho Lake was losing trout to shallow waters of an irrigation ditch

Crosho Lake is a popular, secluded fishing location in the Routt National Forest at the foot of the Flat Tops, but for the past 15 years, many of the fish ended up in deadly shallow waters.

Town Talk: Oak Creek/Phippsburg

Our sympathy Phyllis Burrowes reports the passing of former resident Mary Steward King in Grand Junction on Oct. 9. There were no services. Mary was raised on Trout Creek and Oak Creek. Cards may be sent to Mike and Jeannette Page at 3005 D. Road in Grand Junction. Call Phyllis at 736-8298. Our sympathy to family and friends.

Our View: Referendum 2A

Referendum 2A, the city of Steamboat Springs' proposed 3.55-mill property tax, is not much different in concept from the 5-mill tax that failed in November 2002.

Letters to the editor for Oct. 19, 2003

Public process Thursday, Ken Brenner, on behalf of the Routt County Planning Commission, urged the city Planning Commission to recommend to the City Council to appoint a "growth management commission."

Howell taking proactive role in community

Employing the community in the process of re-evaluating the direction of the Steamboat Springs School District has been near the top of Superintendent Donna Howell's to-do list since she took the helm two months ago.

James E. Dorr 1938-2003

James Elmer Dorr died Oct. 12, 2003, at Doak Walker Care Center. He was 64.

James D. Funk 1918-2003

Hayden resident Jim Funk died Oct. 2, 2003, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 85.

Worth the walk

Crop Walk raised $14,000 to help fight hunger

More than 200 people gathered at Tennis Meadows on Saturday for the inaugural Steamboat Springs Crop Walk.

Referendum 1A is a tax increase for history

Routt County has a rich history. Hahn's Peak, now a quiet, dusty town, was once the county seat. There, some found their fortunes in the form of gold, while others saw their fortunes disappear after being sentenced to the local jail.

Referendum 2A asks voters for city property tax

The City Council hopes to convince voters to approve Referendum 2A, a 3.55-mill property tax, by promising voters much-needed capital improvements if the tax passes and threatening service cuts if it doesn't.

Building Permits for Oct. 1-18, 2003

Gary Ertl 2075 Homestead Court Dalor 2000 Builders Inc. Duplex $502,888

Soundoff for Oct. 19, 2003

School Board story In an effort to allow fair reporting on Montessori, specifically regarding the article that was published Oct. 16, "School Board takes debate to Nov. 4 ballot," I'd like to point out deficiencies in the writing of this article.

Referendum to raise taxes for museums

The stories of Northwest Colorado pioneers and settlers are told through the photographs and historical items preserved in local museums. Failure to fund continued preservation of those items will cost the region its history, Don Grant told the audience attending Wednesday's candidates forum at Centennial Hall.

Education Briefs for Oct. 19, 2003

Paul Innes completes Idaho adventure course Steamboat Springs resident Paul Innes recently completed a 14-day summer adventure course in Idaho with the National Outdoor Leadership School. The course, which is designed for 14- and 15-year-olds, explored the Lemhi Range in eastern Idaho. Students learned skills such as backpacking, fly fishing, rock climbing and camping, as well as how to express their feelings openly, how to get along with a group and how to be a leader.

Learning isn't just for students

170 teachers attend conference on new teaching strategies, techniques

More than 170 teachers from across Northwest Colorado gathered at Soroco High School in Oak Creek last week, eager to show that learning isn't only for students.

Disturbed grave upsets neighbors

Nineteen-year-old Candice Moore noticed something odd while driving near her parents home north of Hayden a couple months ago: four or five men who looked to be in their 20s or 30s digging at a lone grave site just off the side of the road. One of the men leaned on his shovel and waved at her.

Meet the candidates

Several members of the Teen Style staff turned 18 this year and will be entering the voting booth for the first time. Once the curtain closes, no teacher or parent will be looking over their shoulders to tell them how to vote. They will not be graded on how they vote or if they do. They are on their own. They are adults.

Joyce-Reinier

Walker-Litchfield

Friday, October 17

Colorado Mountain College enrollment jumps

Scheduling conflicts and packed parking lots aren't always a bad thing. Just ask Colorado Mountain College-Alpine Campus officials.

Williams re-enters race

Marcus Williams said he was back in the race for a District 2 seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council, after withdrawing earlier this week.

Fox Meadow Farm for sale

Samantha Brown, host of "Great Vacation Homes" on the Travel Channel, said the barn at Fox Meadow Farm is nicer than most homes.

Beating the bears

Sailors dazzle in Drake's home finale

Fifteen minutes after Steamboat defeated Rifle the lights went out on Gardner Field. But the scoreboard stayed lit: Steamboat 35, Rifle 29.

Soroco takes it

Hayden Tigers coach Shawn Baumgartner focused his practices this week simply on playing as hard as possible. The Tigers did that Friday night for the homecoming game, but the visiting Soroco Rams played just a bit harder, defeating the Tigers 20-6.

Lady Tigers surprised by Rams

The Hayden Tigers looked as though they were going to shut down the Soroco Rams on Friday, winning the first two games, and never allowing the Rams to get ahead in the second game -- but then the tides turned.

P'burg hotel restored, ready for business

The construction of the switching yards in Phippsburg required several hands, which in turn required appropriate housing.

Sandvik's strategies

Steamboat High grad offers financial planning through Prudential

Mark Sandvik is confident he can help business owners effectively convert business wealth into personal wealth.

Woman climbs mountain for closure, to give back

As Lynne Garell sweated through a year of physical therapy, she started thinking about how to give back.

Three-year-old wanders down Lincoln Avenue

A 3-year-old girl was found walking by herself on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs on Friday morning.

'Net provider shuts

Customers received no notice, are now scrambling for service

Customers and creditors of Screaming Internet were left to howl their displeasure last week after the local Internet service provider shut down without warning.

Kids' store seized by state for taxes

Rock, Rattle and Stroll, a children's clothing store at 117 Eighth St., was seized this week by the Colorado Department of Revenue for nonpayment of sales taxes.

Thursday, October 16

Bands come out to play

Bill, the Boys and Sheep hit Levelz tonight

The band mates' conversation was peppered with references to "when we get to Texas."

Catch Jyemo's vibe

The 70s funk sounds of Jyemo bring thoughts of the musical "Hair." Their music sounds like Afros and bell-bottoms and big statements about life and society.

Brief Points for Oct. 17, 2003

Oct. 24 is Bust of Steamboat The Bust of Steamboat -- a fund-raiser to benefit the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer in Routt and Moffat counties -- will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Thirty-five artists designed bras for auction at the fund-raiser. Tickets are $5 and should be purchased in advance. Tickets are on sale at Comcast in Sundance Plaza and at the Mount Werner Sinclair station.

Frank Bradley gives in to his fate

If ever a man was denying his fate, it was Frank Bradley. In his garage were two potter wheels and a kiln, but no clay and no muddy hands turning that clay into art.

Wolf Den to Comedy Den

The Wolf Den Tavern closed for good in the first week of September without so much as a flier or a drink special, but Steamboat Springs works as fast as a waiter clearing and resetting a table between guests.

Let them entertain me

If the ego of a town is the economy and the landscape is the super ego, then local music is the id.

Opera coming to Steamboat

Denver-based Central City Opera will bring its "Opera in the Rockies" tour to Steamboat Springs on Sunday. It will be a chance for opera fans to get a sneak peek at the company's season as performers sing scenes from every opera on the winter schedule -- "Tales of Hoffman," "The Student Prince," "The Juggler of Notre Dame" and "Vanessa."

Possible grave robbery investigated

A possible grave robbery is being investigated by the Routt County Sheriff's Department.

De-Brucing water funds

Referendum 4A supporters: Protect water rights

Protecting the water rights of Western Slope residents and making sure the area has an adequate water supply are two benefits that could come from voter approval of Referendum 4A, supporters say.

Reconstruction of kayakers' D-Hole is under way

Recreation Engineering and Planning and Native Excavating work to put it back together

The "D" in D-Hole stood for "disappointment" last June. Now, steps are being taken to make things right with one of Steamboat Springs' most promising new kayak play holes.

Officials suggest alternate plant site

P'burg to build water treatment plant

Routt County officials are a step closer to pursuing negotiations on an alternate piece of land on which to build the new water treatment plant in Phippsburg.

Tigers aim for high-level finish

As far as the Hayden volleyball team is concerned, whatever happened in August or September or even early October is of little importance.

Sailors, Bears match-up almost equal

Football games will not get any bigger in Steamboat than tonight's match-up between the Steamboat Springs Sailors and the Rifle Bears.

Routt showdown promises emotion

Hayden football coach Shawn Baumgartner is expecting plenty of emotion and intensity in tonight's homecoming game against Soroco -- but not a lot of surprises.

Refuse to lose

Steamboat soccer team overcomes Greeley Central

The Steamboat Springs soccer team believed it was one of Colorado's top 16 teams heading into its regional game against Greeley Central.

Briefs for Oct. 17, 2003

Yampa water, sewer rates likely to increase Yampa residents likely will see an increase to base water and sewer rates beginning next January.

Land swap talk

Hayden board may support exchange

It does not appear that Citizens to Save Our Public Lands will receive a letter of support from the Hayden Town Board, but the Emerald Mountain Partnership might.

Wednesday, October 15

Candidates turn in first fund reports

Candidates for the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Steamboat Springs School Board this week turned in their first reports of campaign donations they have received and spent.

Hopefuls address policy governance

School Board forum held Wednesday

Policy governance as it's set up in the Steamboat Springs School District could use some tweaking to address communication barriers it has created, several School Board candidates said Wednesday.

Hayden town manager resigns after years

Straebel will head to the Village of Taos Ski Valley, N.M., after his last day, Nov. 7

While hitchhiking from Mexico to Denver, Rob Straebel found himself in the small community of Taos, N.M.

Brehmer pleads innocent

Trial date confirmed on separate March charge

A man charged with serving alcohol to a minor in one case and eluding police and resisting arrest in another had a pretrial conference for the first case and an arraignment for the second Wednesday.

Briefs for OCt. 16, 2003

Hayden man waives preliminary hearing A man accused of breaking into ACZ Laboratories Inc. and damaging property waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Routt County Court on Wednesday, and Routt County Judge James Garrecht sent the case to District Court.

Candidates debate issues

City Council contenders address Triple Crown, mill levy

Candidates for three Steamboat Springs City Council seats addressed numerous city issues in front of an audience of about 30 during a Wednesday afternoon forum hosted by the Steamboat Pilot & Today and KRMR radio.

Stettner, Bennett discuss Referendum 2A

Steamboat Springs Councilwoman Arianthe Stettner and former City Council President Kevin Bennett debated Referendum 2A, which proposes a 3.55-mill property tax to fund basic city services such as fire protection and ambulance services.

The race for state

Cross country runners prepare for regionals

Practices. Meets. Even afternoons spent in the pool or in the training room. Everything the Steamboat Springs cross country runners have done since summer has been geared toward the next two weekends.

Recreational fees increase

Adult league teams taking higher costs in stride

When the Parks and Recreational Services Department sat down to look at the 2004 budget, it was clear that the economic climate in Steamboat Springs was going to have an impact on adult sports.

Lady Rams look to increase intensity

Talent isn't the problem for Soroco's volleyball team, coach Valerie Remick said. It's intensity -- or a lack of it -- that has the Rams sitting in seventh in the Western Slope standings.

Tennis Meadows land sold

Developer to buy 52 acres near base of the ski area

The developer of the new Wildhorse Marketplace commercial center has reached a deal to purchase 52 acres representing the bulk of the remaining development land near the base of the ski area.

Tuesday, October 14

Football league up in air

The league football title is Moffat County's to win, but three other teams, including Steamboat Springs, have a legitimate shot to steal the championship, as the Western Slope season draws to a close over the next three weekends.

Sailor soccer squad seeking revenge

Greeley Central coach Ian Wale believes if anyone can give Steamboat Springs a competitive match in Steamboat, it's his team.

Grant money not in town budget

The town of Hayden's budget is tight this year, but it's nothing out of the ordinary, Town Clerk Lisa Johnston said.

4 seats open for CMC board

People who reside within the boundaries of the Steamboat Springs School District will vote next month for Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees hopefuls, including Steamboat resident and incumbent Rob Dick.

New windows should keep school cool

Window blinds and shades couldn't solve a solar warming problem at Soda Creek Elementary School, but installing specialized windows will, Steamboat Springs School District officials said.

Atmos files to lower gas rates

But natural gas bills likely will be higher than last winter's

Atmos Energy has been warning its customers all fall of an impending increase in the price of natural gas. On Tuesday, the company reversed its gloomy forecast and announced it has filed with the Colorado Public Utilities commission for a 1 percent decrease in the rate it will charge customers in Northwest Colorado this winter.

Vigil to meet at courthouse

Advocates plans to honor those who've survived abuse

When "Kelly" walked through the door of the battered women's shelter a few weeks ago, she was very small. Too small to lift her head and look anyone in the eyes and too small to answer the counselor's questions with more than a whisper.

The cost of water rights

Council agrees to research cost of hiring water lawyer

The City Council unanimously agreed to look at the cost of hiring a lawyer in its quest to file water rights on a portion of the Yampa River.

Woman injured by horse while hunting

A 55-year-old Craig woman was rescued Tuesday afternoon after a horse stepped on her leg on the Continental Divide Trail near Rabbit Ears.

Our View: Be an educated voter

One of the challenges voters face is understanding candidates' stances and the pros and cons of election issues before the election.

Letters for Oct. 15

News in Brief

Smalley's big passion

'Father of Freestyle' takes his place in Colorado Ski Hall of Fame

It's hard to talk about freestyle skiing in Colorado, or anywhere else for that matter, without referring to Park Smalley.

Atmos files to reduce natural gas rates

But customers will still be paying more for service than they did last winter

Atmos Energy has been warning its customers all fall of an impending increase in the price of natural gas. On Tuesday, the company reversed its gloomy forecast and announced it has filed with the Colorado Public Utilities commission for a 1-percent decrease in the rate it will charge customers in Northwest Colorado this winter.

Office opens with new hours

Driver's License Bureau will be open Wednesdays only

For the next few months, and possibly longer, Hayden residents who need new drivers' licenses should plan on traveling west to Craig, or east on a Wednesday to Steamboat.

Wetlands application awaits signature

Routt County commissioners are expected to sign an application today for a permit to fill about 1.5 acres of wetlands at the site of the new justice center.

Town manager resigns for Taos job

While hitchhiking from Mexico to Denver, Rob Straebel found himself in the small community of Taos, N.M.

Vigil meets on courthouse lawn

When "Kelly" walked through the door of the battered women's shelter a few weeks ago, she was very small. Too small to lift her head and look anyone in the eyes and too small to answer the counselor's questions with more than a whisper.

County mulls possible action over junkyard

Backed by a court ruling requiring the owner of a Yampa junkyard shut down his facility, Routt County commissioners discussed possible actions to take if the property isn't cleaned up by the judge's Dec. 23 deadline.

School gears up

Hayden High School teacher and rastafarian-for-the-day Ty Zabel walked into school Tuesday with dreadlocks flowing from a pate normally concealed by a cowboy hat.

Working with the rival

Music takes former band star to unexpected places

Music took one talented Hayden High School graduate all over the country -- and then brought her right back home to the Yampa Valley to pass on her mentor's legacy.

Group awaits land swap letter

Citizens to Save Our Public Lands, a grass-roots group established by a group of West Routt County residents who use Bureau of Land Management lands, could get a big boost if the Hayden Town Board signs an official letter of support.

KZKS looks to locate in Steamboat

Radio audiences in Steamboat Springs may soon be able to tune in a new country music station.

Monday, October 13

New general counsel for school district

Chris Gdowski will continue to serve as special counsel on Montessori case

After nearly four years of representing the Steamboat Springs School District, Chris Gdowski will no longer be its general counsel.

KZKS seeks Steamboat signal

Country station already reaches much of Western Slope

Radio audiences in Steamboat Springs may soon be able to tune in a new country music station.

New Phippsburg plant site weighed

Routt County is considering an alternate site for a new water treatment facility in Phippsburg.

News in Brief

County eyes bids on health insurance

Routt County is considering bids from five insurance companies that could potentially let the county and its employees pay lower premiums but keep the benefits they have now.

Justice center's next step

Commissioners expected to sign application to fill wetlands

Routt County commissioners are expected to sign an application today for a permit to fill about 1.5 acres of wetlands at the site of the new justice center.

Sunday, October 12

Water rights on City Council's table

The City Council will be asked to solidify its request in filing for recreational water rights at Tuesday night's meeting.

Feed the hungry with a walk

20,000 people die every day because they don't have enough to eat

The Steamboat Springs community is coming together to fight a worldwide problem Saturday -- hunger.

Old Man Winter teases us from Wyoming state line

Pray for subzero cold to kill grasshoppers before they hatch, because that's what it'll take

After weeks of trying, I finally landed an exclusive interview with Old Man Winter this weekend. It was heck getting through his agent, but once I was able to get Winter on the line, he was cordial and accommodating. By January, you can expect that he'll be a little more cranky.

City Council District 3: Strong in line for presidency

The votes that will have the greatest impact on City Councilman Paul Strong's role in council most likely will come a week after the general election Nov. 4.

City Council At-Large: Ivancie surprised at lack of candidates

Councilman-At-Large Steve Ivancie has been in the minority on more than a few items during his two-year term on the City Council.

News in Brief

Election forums will be held Wednesday

Candidates and issues will be addressed Wednesday during election forums sponsored by the Steamboat Pilot & Today and KRMR Radio.

New season, new promise for CMC skiers

For the past several months, the members of the Colorado Mountain College ski team have been focused on one thing: improving.

Saturday, October 11

City Council District 2: Making changes

District 2 candidates vow to leave their mark

If there is one thing the candidates for the District II seat of the Steamboat Springs City Council race have in common, it is their vow to make changes if elected.

Advocating for women for 20 years

The stories stay in her bones. They pump through her blood -- year after year of bruises and bleeding and mothers running away in the middle of the night with their children.

Wasting away

Disease breaking down elk, ranchers

Visionaries. It's how Steamboat Springs elk rancher Judith Harrington describes herself and fellow alternative livestock ranchers.

Routt County Spotlight for Oct. 12, 2003

Debbi Funston

Running on hydrogen

South Routt men convert car engines to run on alternative fuels

Fred Robinson and his son, Tai, have dreams of changing the world one vehicle at a time.

Real Estate Transactions, Sept. 29-Oct. 6

BOBONICH, PATRICIA LEE TO JODY KLINE 2000 IRREVOCABLE TRUST FOR 4 BAR G SUBDIVISION, LOT 5 -- $475,000

Sunray Meadows construction under way

It's unlikely something like this will be available in Steamboat Springs again, Realtor Ken Gold said about RE/MAX's new development of a large vacant lot on Village Drive -- the last large open space in the neighborhood.

After slow start, Mountaineer is expaning

The Mountaineer at Steamboat, a development of duplexes near the east end of Walton Creek Road, was completed in 2000, but is now expanding to meet high demand for the units. Five dual-family buildings are being constructed. Most of the concrete work is complete and several framing, siding and finishing crews are working steadily to get as much done as possible before winter arrives.

Business News in Brief

Longtime Steamboat Springs businesswoman and educator Cathy Lewis is the newest Realtor at Century 21 Ski Town Associates, according to managing broker/owner Chuck Armbruster.

Commission looks to boost airport revenues

After being quickly immersed in airport economics this week, the new Yampa Valley Airport Commission asked Routt County staff to finalize a budget that will not raise the overall fees airlines pay for the privilege of taking tickets and landing jets in Hayden.

Meat prices beefing up

Ranchers in Northwest Colorado are making a profit when they sell feeder calves this fall -- as much as $200 per animal -- but that hasn't always been then case.

Walking the line

Slack-line walking as challenging as rock climbing

As Drew Gunn steps onto a strip of 1 inch nylon webbing, it stretches under his weight like a slingshot. But Gunn stays on the line, balanced like a tightrope walker -- arms outstretched -- and starts to walk. Forward at first and then backward. Then back to the center where he practices bouncing on the rope, the first step in a series of tricks he has yet to learn.

City Council District 1: Having know-how

District 1 candidates have political experience

A four-year Steamboat Springs City Council incumbent and a former city employee say they have the experience and knowledge it takes to hold the District I seat.

Friday, October 10

Ski pass offers trail variety

Cross-country skiers can tour Yampa Valley with one pass

Nordic skiers in the Yampa Valley will be able to purchase one ski pass this winter that will allow them to enjoy groomed cross-country skiing at each of five different touring centers.

Motor home explodes at Stagecoach

Tom Engle and his brother Terry had never had problems with their 1975 motor home before. But just after noon Saturday, the engine on the 24-foot GMC motor home burst into flames that eventually consumed the vehicle.

Sailors open weekend strong

Solid team serving helps team finish home games on top

It was important to the members of the Steamboat Springs girls volleyball team Friday night that they got off to a good start in the squad's final home stand of the season.

Running past the Demons

The Steamboat Springs football team found its running game Friday against Glenwood Springs, which is fortunate for the Sailors because they would have lost if they had been forced to throw the ball.

Penalty kick makes game

Everybody expected the Steamboat Springs boys soccer team to beat a struggling Palisade team in the final regular season game Friday afternoon.

Sailors still alive in playbacks

The Steamboat Springs No. 4 doubles team of Dylan Roberts and Brian Behrman noticed a few things about their opponents in the playback semifinal at the Class 4A boys state tennis tournament Friday. First was the size of Niwot seniors Dillon Cruden and Justin Higley, who were nearly a foot taller. Next was their power, as they sent balls skyrocketing off the courts at Pueblo City Park.

Women, girls bond over books

Library presents 'It's a Girl Thing'

It's what girls and women love to do -- talk. "We especially like to discuss a topic and how it relates to our own lives," said Currie Meyer, Bud Werner Memorial Library youth services librarian. That's the idea behind the "It's a Girl Thing" reading group.

Rifle season opens today

Safety stressed as hunters descend on Routt County

The blaze orange is back. Lincoln Avenue was alive with camouflage coats, bright orange caps and horse trailers Friday afternoon as hunters from across the country descended on Northwest Colorado to try their luck with the largest elk herd in the nation.

Briefs for Oct. 10, 2003

Steamboat Pilates offers five-week FitBalls series Steamboat Pilates is offering a new five-week series called "On the Ball" Pilates utilizing FitBalls. The class will begin at beginner level and progress. Working on the ball increases balance and core strength. Classes will be at 6:45 a.m. Fridays beginning Oct. 17 at the studio in the Old West building at 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue. Cost is $55. Call 879-6788 or stop by our studio at 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue in the Old West Building.

Two arrested on drug charges

A Colorado State Patrol trooper stopped a car at gunpoint in the Steamboat Springs Heath and Recreation Center parking lot after the driver fled and another man moved into the driver's seat and attempted to leave.

Trooper may have saved man's life

A Colorado State Patrol trooper may have saved a man's life during a routine traffic stop.

Woman charged with forgery

Christine Metz PILOT & TODAY STAFF STEAMBOAT SPRINGS A 43-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of forging more than $6,000 in checks. Cindy Lou Winograsky faces charges of theft and forgery, both felony offenses. An arrest warrant issued by the Steamboat Springs Police Department alleges Winograsky stole and forged eight checks worth $6,463.34 from her former employer, Professional Ski Instructors of America and Rocky Mountain Ski Instructors Education Foundation, a nonprofit subsidiary. A Professional Ski Instructors of America employee told police that between April 19, 2002 and June 10, 2002, Winograsky wrote eight stolen checks payable to herself, endorsed them and took them to the bank. The checks were type-written and bore bond marks, confirming they had been presented for payment and honored at the bank. On June 13, 2002, Winograsky confided in the employee that she had stolen the checks from the employee's desk and used Executive Director David Hidalgo's signature stamp to complete the checks before taking them to the bank. This was done without authorization, the employee said. Winograsky also took $320 in cash and replaced it with checks from her personal account that had insufficient funds, the employee said. Winograsky had made restitution payments between $6,299.68 and $6,349.68, the employee said. The arrest warrant states Winograsky disputes the amount. Court records show that in 1997 Winograsky was charged with theft and forgery for taking more than $1,500 from Arc Welding Specialists. Documents show that she pleaded guilty to the theft charge, and the forgery charge was dismissed. Winograsky posted $5,000 bond Friday. She is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Thursday, October 9

Drivers License Bureau to begin limited hours

Office closed Sept. 26 after its only employee resigned, will now be open Wednesdays only

For the next few months, and possibly longer, getting a new driver's license will require careful timing or a 45-minute trip to Craig.

Land access granted in Elk River Valley

A district judge ruled Thursday to grant owners of 850 acres north of Steamboat Springs access to their land.

Only one contested race

South Routt School Board guaranteed one new member

The seven-member South Routt School District Board of Education is guaranteed at least one new member come November, when voters will shuffle into booths and punch their selections in five races.

River Creek Park slated for changes

The city is seeking bids for initial improvements to a heavily used Yampa River access point in its recently named River Creek Park.

Winterize your garden now

It was certainly another challenging year for gardening here in Yampa Valley. Between grasshoppers and the unrelenting heat of mid-summer, many garden plants never flowered and some just died.

Board reviews plan update

The Routt County Planning Commission suggested forming a community group to focus on one of the most controversial areas of the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan Update: growth control.

Board says rent too high

Sticker shock prevented the Oak Creek Town Board from endorsing a request by the Routt County Alternative School that it and the South Routt School District go in together on renting a large building in town. Alternative school officials proposed jointly renting the town's old parachute factory to be used for alternative school classes during the day and a town recreation center in the evenings.

Swinging ahead

Eight Sailors alive in playbacks of state tourney

Although none of the 11 players Steamboat Springs sent to the Class 4A boys state tennis tournament advanced to today's semi-final round, the three team points the Sailors scored Thursday are three more than they earned in 2002.

Demons, Sailors to square off

A season full of promise has turned into another season of bad breaks and close calls for the Glenwood Springs football team. But coach Craig Denney, a polite and well-spoken teacher, said he remains positive.

Panthers next step for Rams

The importance of tonight's Soroco football game against Rangely is magnified by the teams' league standings.

Sailors wrap up home season

This season hasn't been about records for coach Wendy Hall. What Hall wants from her Steamboat Springs volleyball team is a high level of play, especially in the final home matches of the year.

Briefs for Oct. 10, 2003

Police investigating string of stolen checks The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating a string of check forgeries that affected seven businesses in town.

Residents voice top picks

Skate park, Frisbee golf big choices for Bear River Parcel

Residents attending a community meeting on the Bear River Parcel said they still want to see a skate park and questioned plans to realign the river running through the parcel.

Wednesday, October 8

Briefs for Oct. 9, 2003

Jeffery Kyle Rigdon, a 34-year-old Breckenridge man charged with two counts of fourth-degree arson, was released from the Routt County Jail on Wednesday on a personal recognizance bond.

Residents look at plan

Growth management, well-defined vision statement discussed

Growth management and a more well-defined vision statement were the two most heavily discussed items at Wednesday's forum on the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan Update.

Sailors' big test

Steamboat soccer has 2 games left on road to title

With just two games left in the regular-season, Steamboat soccer coach Rob Bohlmann is trying not to worry about a league title that seems just out of the Sailors' reach.

State tennis tourney begins

The 2003 Class 4A State Tennis Tournament opens today at Pueblo City Park, and every varsity member of the Steamboat Springs boys team will play there. Strong performances at last weekend's regional tournament earned each player the chance to compete for a state title.

Depression screenings today

On the outside, Carol Gordon looked happy. She was cheerful, responsible, a team player. But when she left the structure of the working world for wide-open weekends or vacations, her mood fell apart.

Johnson brothers sentenced to 44 days

Two South Routt brothers charged with theft of camping gear and illegal fishing were sentenced to 44 days in jail and one-year unsupervised probation.

Board to hear proposals

Alternative school outgrowing its space, may need to move

The Routt County Alternative School is starting to outgrow its two-room, downtown location.

Foundation reaches $2 million mark

In increments of $2,000 and $3,000, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation has given away $2 million in Routt and Moffat counties, with almost $10 million waiting in the wings to be given away in the distant future.

Students study roadkill

Fifth-graders learn about community mapping

The Critter Control Project was one thing Barb Paulekas just couldn't leave behind when she decided to transfer from the Hayden School District to Steamboat Springs this year.

Four ways to escape boredom

Anyone who has ever lived in a large city knows that it is very uncool to stick around for the summer. If you can, you head for the coast or the islands or the lake house or just elsewhere. Except, of course, for the working saps, who stick around, pecking away toward their two-week vacations.

Graffiti gab

Area artists tell their perceptions of recent vandalism

The fliers started going up all over town several weeks ago. There were no words or loud announcements of message or purpose. As the number of fliers doubled and tripled and spread across town, police and residents started to notice. Routt County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.

Brief Points for Oct. 10, 2003

CMC club hosts haunted dorm The Colorado Mountain College SKY Club will present the fifth annual "Monson Chamber of Horror" haunted dormitory on the CMC campus from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31.

Break language barriers

Spanish speakers, learners meet for conversation Thursday

Every Thursday, a group meets in the small back room of Epilogue Book Co. to practice Spanish or to learn English. The group was started by Summer Laws after she moved back to the states from Mexico.

Dance by the light

Cha cha, salsa lessons offered Wednesdays

Beginning this summer, Robin Getter has hosted a Latin Night every Wednesday in her studio on 11th Street. In walked Colombians, Brazilians, Hondurans and Mexicans.

Tuesday, October 7

Tigers, Mustangs fight for win

It's the difference between a back completing an 80-yard touchdown run or getting stuffed at the line of scrimmage; it's a receiver making a diving catch for a first down or watching the ball bounce off the ground incomplete; and it's a quarterback falling forward for a touchdown or laying on his back looking up at a defensive lineman.

Gibbons suffers complications

Town Board trustee's back became infected after surgery

Hayden Town Board Trustee Ken Gibbon was looking forward to a two-week vacation to visit friends and family on the East Coast, but when the day of his flight came, he couldn't get out of bed.

City aids flight program

Council OKs $100K in first boost to YVRA summer air plan

In a 4-3 vote, the City Council decided to give $100,000 in its first boost to Yampa Valley Regional Airport's summer air program.

YVRA construction running on schedule

A new addition to Yampa Valley Regional Airport should be ready for departing passengers when the first ski season jet flights begin operating Dec. 12.

2004 city budget tightened

Number of services remains close to that offered in 2003

The City Council did not approve any major cuts to services for 2004, but residents could still feel the squeeze of a tightening belt.

Director: Music is about fun

Hayden's new music instructor is taking a well-respected program and adding even more to it, and students are noticing. The district's traditional program has evolved into a well-rounded program that is attracting an increasing number of students, Director Tim Watt said.

Candidate's rally request denied

A request by City Council candidate Marcus Williams to hold a political rally on the courthouse lawn Friday was denied by Routt County commissioners Tuesday. The proposed rally would have included live music, food and alcohol.

Food services needs subsidy

Budget cuts strike formerly self-supporting department

Higher salaries and decreased revenue have taken their toll on the Steamboat Springs School District's Nutritional Services Department.

Waterline project set to begin

Hayden residents should prepare for minor detours while several water-main replacement projects get under way this week, said Mike Miller owner of MJ Miller Inc., the company contracted for the $400,000 project.

Tigers seek 1st league win

What's half a step in football?

Xcel to study water options

If Xcel Energy wants Hayden water, it will take time, money and manpower. It will not, however, require the town of Hayden to make major structural changes or additions to the water treatment plant, Public Works Director Frank Fox said.

Bear River parcel meeting tonight

The public will be invited to view several conceptual plans for a new park on Steamboat's west side tonight.

School Board holds study session Monday

School Board Finance Director Dale Mellor commended the North Routt Community Charter School for a financial audit the school submitted to the district. Mellor, however, expressed concern over the charter school's future financial viability given its decreasing reserves and increasing losses. Charter school director Mary Bramer said fund-raisers, private donations and grant monies should cover any deficit incurred by the school.

Search and Rescue receives full funding

The City Council agreed to fund Routt County Search and Rescue with the full amount it requested, but said next year it would like to see a greater partnership with other agencies.

Utility line work delayed

The City Council is postponing putting utility lines in the downtown area underground, in hopes of funding more pressing capital improvement projects.

Justice center's look decided

After formally awarding HLM Design of Denver an architectural contract for the county's new justice center, Routt County commissioners made some initial decisions about how they want the building to look.

More bureaucracy than community

City officials are close to approving a final draft of an update of the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan. However, unless they strengthen community support to the proposed changes, this could be another sequel that doesn't live up to standards set by the original.

Adult open gyms begin

Volleyball, basketball held

The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation's adult open gyms have begun for people interested in playing recreational volleyball and basketball.

Girls second, boys third at Aspen meet

Jennifer Hooper placed second overall and Tyler O'Leary came in fifth, as the Steamboat Springs girls and boys cross country teams ran to impressive finishes at the Chris Severly Invitational in Aspen over the weekend.

Monday, October 6

Rams couldn't top Paonia power

When the game clock signaled the end of Friday night's football game in Paonia, Soroco coach Gary Heide couldn't blame his players for the Rams' 22-7 loss to the league-leading Eagles.

R. County, Oak Creek reach pay agreement

2002 dispute over law enforcement resolved

A disagreement between Oak Creek Mayor Cargo Rodeman and Routt County over payment for law enforcement services in the fall of 2002 has been resolved with a compromise.

Taylor talks on Amendment 33

Senator tells commissioners passage will fund tourism promotion

Amendment 33 would provide funds to promote Colorado's tourism that have been much-needed for the past decade, Sen. Jack Taylor told Routt County commissioners and media Monday.

Board clarifies pay stance

Members confident in committee developing pay system

Concerned about what it called misconceptions of its stance toward a pay and evaluation system for Steamboat Springs School District teachers, the School Board on Monday voiced support for the developing system and the committee working on it.

County compliant on property valuation

Auditor reviewed procedures, says county is 'doing things right'

The result of an independent auditor's review of Routt County's property assessment procedures indicate the county is compliant in all areas.

News in Brief

Cardinals trump Tigers

The Grand Valley Cardinals scored 15 points in the first quarter of Friday's game against Hayden and never looked back.

Sunday, October 5

Amendment 33 splits county

Is initiative about promoting tourism or expanding gambling?

Judging by the campaign advertisements, a voter might think the supporters and opponents of Colorado's Amendment 33 are talking about two different ballot questions.

Referendum A would fund water projects

Officials on Western Slope leery of measure

When state legislation was presented in January to provide relief during dry years, Sen. Jack Taylor studied it carefully.

The record for Oct. 6, 2003

1:25 a.m. Foot patrol was requested in downtown Steamboat Springs.

School Board: Loomis' path clear to District 5 seat

With his path to a seat on the Steamboat Springs Board of Education already clear, uncontested candidate Michael Loomis doesn't have to worry about Election Day results.

News in brief for Oct. 6, 2003

Heeling Friends, Yampa Valley Medical Center's pet visitation program, will hold a fall recruitment drive for new dog-handler teams from 6 to 8 p.m. today and Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Pre-registration is required. Call 871-0021.

Plan update meeting is this week

Residents will have their first shot at weighing in on the final draft of the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan Update Wednesday. In the final draft phase of the plan -- a plan the community has worked on for more than a year --the city will hold a community meeting to discuss the plan Wednesday night.

Area update called rushed

County planning commissioners want more time

Routt County planning commissioners' initial comments about the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan Update had one common word: rushed. "I felt the whole process rushed," Routt County Planning Commissioner Ken Brenner said at last Thursday night's board meeting.

Tom Ross: Life with Arnold

My friend, Alvin, a wildlife biologist, just returned from 18 months spent hunting for a new species of lemurs in Madagascar. During that time, he was almost completely shut off from news of the outside world. He had learned of the war in Iraq, but very little else. Naturally, he was starved for current events and asked me to bring him up to date.

17 file against Yampa water rights

Opposition from 17 entities or individuals has been filed for a $5 million sale of Yampa River water use rights to Eagle County water suppliers. The water, which could serve up to 10,000 people in the Vail Valley and Eagle County, would come from leftovers of irrigation water from the Yampa River used by Toponas rancher Kirk Shiner of Flattops Water Company.

School Board: Kelly, Troeger vie for District 2 seat

With one month remaining until Election Day, only one thing is certain in the battle for the Steamboat Springs Board of Education's District 2 seat: It will be the winner's first time on the School Board.

School Board: 2 challenge Pat Gleason in District 4

Steamboat Springs School Board incumbent Pat Gleason seeks his first election to the School Board next month, when he will face challengers Jerry Kozatch and Robin Crossan for the right to represent District 4.

Saturday, October 4

The power of paws

Heeling Friends is recruiting dog-owner teams this week

There's something about a dog's smile. It can break through some of the deepest depression and loneliness.

How did self-help housing start?

RALF, Department of Agriculture combine to make dreams reality

Last week, the Regional Affordable Living Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture celebrated the launch of Routt County's first Self-Help Housing Program. In the grant-funded program, seven income eligible families will receive skills training and then work to build their own homes in West End Village. Ellen Hoj, executive director of RALF and the architect of the program locally, talked about self-help housing.

State games: new format, same dream

Making it to the state championship is the goal of just about every high school team when a season starts.

Building Permits for Sept. 22-30

SBS Hangars I, LLC/City Of Stmb Spgs 3495 Airport Circle Tectonics Airport hangar -- Bldg E $184,464

This Cookie doesn't crumble

It's July 10. Cookie Lockhart is on the operating table in Tulsa, Okla., to have a 3.3-centimeter tumor removed from her right breast. Just before being anesthetized, she asked the doctors if they knew what breasts and martinis had in common. "One's not enough, and three is too many," she replied.

City plans $37.5M budget

Hearings are set to begin Tuesday

The 2004 city budget proposes no drops in the level of city services and just two city positions cut, despite declining sales tax revenue in 2003.

Sailing through air

Sailors' passing game stealing the show

In Mark Drake's previous 29 years as head football coach at Steamboat Springs High School, the running game has almost always been the focal point of the offense.

Sailors bound for state

The Steamboat Springs tennis team will send all three of its singles players and all four of its doubles teams to state, after the Sailors crowned five individual regional champions and got two second-place finishes to capture their sixth straight Region 8 team championship in Delta during the weekend.

Empowering parents

Program lets Mom, Dad access student's work online

Susan Rossi, like most parents, wants to be kept informed of her children's performance in school.

Take in West Elk scenes

Completing loop to Crested Butte worth drive, several rolls of film

Leaving Northwest Colorado during the peak of fall color season is a difficult thing to do, but the West Elk Scenic Loop is sufficient reason to pack up and point the SUV south toward Carbondale.

Real Estate Transactions for Sept. 22-28

MOUNTAIN ESTATES INVESTMENTS, LLC TO ERICKSON, PERRIE T. AND ERICKSON, L. SCOTT FOR CHAMPAGNE LODGE AT TRAPPEURS CROSSING RESORT UNIT: 3207 - $525,000

Lujan's home shows the work of an artist

Mason & Morse listing home for $1.5 million

Harold Lujan's home redefines "tree house." The South Routt log creation he has called home for the past 14 years took seven years to build. The home is truly one of a kind, crafted almost entirely with hundreds of locally gathered beetle-killed spruce that were then stacked and sealed using no chinking, nails or screws.

Gondola Square work may begin soon

Members of the Gondola Square Condominium Assoc-iation are advancing a multiyear plan intended to transform the buildings at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area from a stark monolith into a base village that reflects a wide range of textures, colors and shapes.

Business News in Brief

Longtime resident Roy Powell has joined Re/Max Steamboat as a broker associate. Powell has worked as a real estate professional in Steamboat Springs for the past six years.

New billboard, magazine ads market Steamboat

Virtually every vacationing skier arriving at Denver International Airport this winter will get the message. The giant billboard along Interstate 70 is hard to miss.

The essentials of hemp

Retailer seeks to promote product, educate customers

Heather Howell-Durand is not your average downtown merchant. She isn't there just to sell her hand-made soaps, serums, lotions and clothing. She wants to educate, and her lesson plan includes promoting a plant that she thinks can help save the planet.

Marks -- Crispin

Routt County Spotlight

Brian Harvey

Friday, October 3

Judy Green shares wisdom, laughs

Judy Green grew up living the ranch life in Eastern Colorado. When she married in 1969, she began visiting Routt County, where she met two other women who led similar lives on the East Williams Fork River south of Hayden.

Our View: Seize opportunity

T he views of the ski runs on Mount Werner from West End Village are unsurpassed. And the new "self-help" housing beginning to take shape in the subdivision on Steamboat's west side occupies the front row.

LIFT-UP Food Bank's new home

After leaving Old Town Hall, organization finds way to make storage unit work

The first time Robin Heide looked at the Oak Creek Mini-Storage building, she said she didn't think there would be any way LIFT-UP's South Routt Food Bank could move in to the space.

Town Talk: Oak Creek/Phippsburg

Get Well We send get better wishes to Blue Halterman of Oak Creek, who is in the hospital in Denver; to Bill Redmond who is in the hospital in Fort Collins; and to Ralph Nichol who is at the Doak Walker Care Center at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Get well soon to all.

Rabid bat found in town

Health officials confirmed Friday that a bat found recently at the old junior high school has tested positive for rabies.

Students organize workshop

Junior, senior girls get a head start on their financial future

Imagine having someone sit you down during your last year of high school and tell you not to apply for that credit card your freshman year of college. How would that change your financial life?

League of Women Voters

Group's mission: Get informed on ballot issues, find young blood

For any organization to survive, it must keep the attention of younger members. With that in mind, the League of Women Voters is asking itself why the age of members has hovered around 50 since the late 1980s.

Middle School awarded for tree program

For more than a decade Steamboat Springs Middle School's Kidscape River and Trails Tree Planting project has succeeded one tree at a time.

A product of efficiency

Sailors' defense came together, held Panthers scoreless in last 24 minutes

Had senior Casey Earp been required to grade the Steamboat Springs' overall performance in a 49-14 victory against Delta, he would have given it an A-, about a 91 out of a 100.

Sailors tennis team grabs regional title

The Steamboat Springs boys tennis team clinched its sixth-straight regional championship on the first day of action at the 2003 regional tournament Friday in Delta.

News in Brief

Thursday, October 2

Sorocco gets second chance

Rams team faces Cowboys tonight in Paonia

Through three league games, Meeker and Paonia have separated themselves in the Class 1A Western Slope standings, punishing opponents with superior size and strength en route to matching undefeated league (3-0) and overall (5-0) records.

Sailors stay on course in Huskies win

With slightly more than three weeks remaining in the regular season, the Steamboat Springs volleyball team is beginning to display the kind of ball befitting a postseason contender.

Hopes high in homecoming

Delta is one of the best 1-4 teams Mark Drake has prepped to play.

Sailors sink in 'cage'

Rifle beats soccer team, gains one-game lead

Visiting teams call Rifle High School's soccer field the "cage" because of its close fences.

Hayden Tigers face Cardinals today

Team makes changes to open running game, coach says

While recovering from last week's 34-0 loss to Meeker, the Hayden Tigers have made a few changes in hopes of a better turnout against Grand Valley at 7:30 p.m. today.

Painter knows her place

Pat Lipsky knows exactly where her dot will be placed on the timeline of art history. As she speaks, her language is soaked in the names of art movements and great artists.

Xcel seeks use of town water

EPA rule may force Hayden Station to modify its power plant

Whether the town of Hayden will supply Hayden Station with potable water is still up for discussion, but the Hayden Town Board showed enough support Thursday night to encourage the power plant's engineers to further study the possibility of using town water and the requirements such a measure would entail.

Ranch wife, 85, has stories to tell

At 85, Elaine Gay has yet to grow old. She is full of wisecracks and opinions -- ready to fight the world or feed it, depending on the needs of the day.

Summer burglary arrest made

DUI stop reportedly leads to SSWSC break-in confession

A routine traffic stop Thursday morning lead to an arrest connected to a Sept. 19 burglary of more than $4,000 in equipment from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Voters should heed deadlines, new rules

Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland said she expects some voters to be turned away at the polls this year.

Outfitters permit for tours recommended

A permit that allows Steamboat Lake Outfitters to run snowmobile and All Terrain Vehicle tours out of an area just south of Hahn's Peak was recommended for renewal by Routt County planning commissioners Thursday night.

News in brief

District's legal expenses increase

Montessori battle among reasons

Legal expenses for the Steamboat Springs School District increased nearly 700 percent last year, largely because of an ongoing battle over a proposed Montessori charter school and a feud between former superintendent Cyndy Simms and Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal John DeVincentis.

No. 3s and biological clocks

There is something about hiking that leads to great conversation.

Steamboat loses musician to Big Easy

By the time you read this, there will be a hole in the fabric of Steamboat Springs where Andy Pratt used to be.

Nightlife

Brief Points

a work in progress

Collaboration, experimentation on display at River Art Studio

Art can be a solitary, lonely endeavor, requiring hours of closed-door studio time. The quiet keeps some social people away from the canvas.

Basketball coaches cautious

The idea of changing the playoff format for the Colorado High School state basketball playoffs has been met with mixed reactions from area coaches and administrators.

Wednesday, October 1

Tennis team looking for regional title

The Steamboat Springs boys tennis team seeks its sixth straight regional championship as regional matches begin Friday in Delta.

Cugino's seeks approval for Eighth Street move

New building would allow more seating and a residence above the pizza restaurant

The owner of Cugino's Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant is seeking the city's permission to remodel a 58-year-old building on Eighth Street to create a new home for his business.

County passes fee increase

Routt County building permits will cost 11 percent more

Building permit fees for unincorporated areas of Routt County will increase by 11 percent across the board on Oct. 20, the Routt County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday.

Xcel to propose town water usage

Not only are executives at Xcel Energy looking for competition from coal suppliers, but in light of rising national standards for potable water, the company is now looking for alternative water sources.

News in Brief

Fund Board reviews budget process

Stress has been an often-recited complaint within the ranks of the Education Fund Board lately.

Court upholds ruling on drilling

Routt County welcomes decision

A Colorado Court of Appeals decision to uphold local control of oil and gas drilling came as good news to Routt County commissioners.

Briefs for Oct. 2, 2003

Railroad crossing to be closed for tie replacement The railroad crossing at Fifth Street in Steamboat Springs will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8 so the railroad ties can be replaced.

League on the line

Rifle next test for Sailors soccer squad

If the Steamboat Springs boys soccer team wants to claim the Western Slope title this year, the team will need to escape the "cage" with a victory.

Football rivals face off tonight

Rumor has it that the Hiway Bar flag football team will have significant fan representation when it takes the field tonight against Johnny B. Good's.